Toshiro Kago is one of the four people that the Lone Wanderer thaws out on board Mothership Zeta. As he doesn't speak English and no other character speaks Japanese, conversation is largely limited to gestures. Paulson refers to him as "the Chinaman," until Sally corrects him, after which Paulson changes his description to "oriental."
After the decimation of the Oda clan, he fought for one or more other unknown clans during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568–1603). Also, during the Tokugawa shogunate (1600–1868), Toshiro chose the "wood sorrel" mon for his name and placed it on his okegawa dô. That makes him the oldest NPC of all the Fallout games, as he was born sometime before 1562, making him more than 715 years old in 2277.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is a temporary companion.|
|This character is involved in quests.|
- Among the Stars: Toshiro can be spoken to about his missing sword and the Lone Wanderer can return it to him after retrieving it from the maintenance level.
- This Galaxy Ain't Big Enough...: During the final battle on the bridge, after the first wave of aliens are defeated, Toshiro will run in from a side door and assist Paulson and Somah in battling the next wave of attackers.
Effects of player's actions
After the events of Mothership Zeta, he stays aboard Zeta and cannot be interacted with. He will disappear if one revisits the Steamworks but will remain on the bridge if the player character travels to or from the Capital Wasteland. He can be found later in the living quarters.
Despite being unable to understand English, Toshiro still responds with different dialogue depending on whether the player character speaks to him with the polite, neutral, or smarmy dialogue options.
- * Toshiro will use the sword if it is either recovered from the waste disposal area and given it to him, or if one never enters the Disposal area. Should the player decide to keep the sword, he will be unarmed.
- If he is killed before the player character destroys all three generators, everyone will still act as if he wandered off after the generators are destroyed, and his body cannot be found afterward.
- Despite the era he lived in, he wears modern undergarments, should he be killed, and if the player character loots his samurai armor. However, this is because the game shows all "naked" corpses wearing modern undergarments.
- Unlike other characters who speak foreign languages, the in-game dialogue text merely shows his dialogue in romaji, rather than translate it into English, effectively making it difficult for non-Japanese speakers to understand what he is saying.
- "Onushi wa nanimono? Koko wa dokoda?" – What/who are you? Where is this place?
- "Hito wo azakeru na. Onushi no monoii wa sappari wakaran. Sessha wo tasuke takuba, sessha no ken wo sagashi dase!" – Do not make fun of me. I do not understand what you meant. If you want to help me, find my sword!
- "Sappari wakaran. Koko ga doko nanoka moose. Sessha no ken wa do shita?" – I don't understand [you] at all. Tell me where this place is! What has become of my sword?
- "Nani wo itteorunoda. Sappari wakaran. Nantoka shitekure!" – What are you saying? I can't understand. Please do something!
- "Nani wo itte orunoda. Kono chi ni mioboe wa nai. Ittai sessha ni nani wo shita?" – What are you saying? This place does not look familiar to me. What the hell has been done to me?
- "Sessha no ken o imasugu kaesunoda. Hayaku kaesanu ka!" – Return my sword immediately. Hurry and return it!
- "Sumanuga, sessha mizukara korekara okorukotoni sonaeneba naranu." – I am sorry, but I must now prepare myself for what is to come.
- "Youkai kara mi o mamoru niwa, ken ga iru!" – I need my sword to defend against [these] monsters!
- "Nani ga okotta no ka, kento tsukanu." – What has happened? I cannot understand at all!
- "Yoojutsu de sessha wo toraete yookai me. Kono mama de wa okanu zo!" – These wretched monsters have taken me captive with their sorcery. I cannot be left like this!
- "Ken wo ubawarete shimatta, taegataki kutsujoku!" – I have been robbed of my sword - this is an unbearable disgrace!
- "Hito wo azakeruna. Onushi no monoii wa sappari wakaran." – Do not mock me! I cannot understand a word you are saying.
- "Sessha wo tasuketakuba, sessha no ken o sagashi dase!" – If you want to help me, go and search for my sword!
- "Nanto? Nani o nozonde orunoda. Nani yue, onushi no iu koto ga wakaranu no da?" – What? What do you want? How is it that I have no idea what you are saying?
- "Onushi, naniyue sonoyo ni hanasu? Nanika shomo no mono demo arunoka?" – You, why are you talking like that? Is there something you want?
- "Aa, sessha no ken! Kaeshite moraerutowa, katajikenai." – Oh, my sword! I am most grateful for its return!
- "Jyama o suru na." – Don't get in my way.
- After completing the main quest of Mothership Zeta, with Toshiro still alive, it is possible to pickpocket him. In his inventory, his samurai sword will appear but trying to steal it may result in the game crashing.[verified]
- [verification overdue] Toshiro's mustache may lose its texture, becoming invisible on his face.
- Paulson: "Fine. Let the Chinaman in. Could use his arm in here if it gets rough."
- Sally: "Actually, I think he's from Japan."
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.101: "Toshiro Kago
One of the four entities that you thaw out during the abduction exploration on board Mothership Zeta is a silent and stoic man named Toshiro Kago. His lack of English, and your inability to converse in Japanese, mean conversation is never more than stilted gestures. Paulson refers to him as "the Chinaman," until Sally corrects him. It appears Kago is a Samurai warrior, and well-skilled in sword combat. His armor appears to date from around the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1603), suggesting that Aliens have visited the Earth throughout history. He is more than capable of slaying Aliens if a particular ceremonial blade is presented to him. Or he can be slain without your other allies protesting."
(Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
- The formation of a samurai from his childhood ended at the age of 19-20 years. As Toshiro wears the colors of the Oda clan (lemon yellow kote and other pieces in black), he had participated in at least one of the battles with the Oda Clan, and since the last Oda clan battle was the Battle of Temmokuzan in 1582 and the Oda Clan ended on June 21, 1582, he must be at least 20 years old during this period.
- At the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate on March 24, 1603, the use of mon spread to all classes, from peasant to samurai, and were not anymore reserved for aristocratic families and clans. The mon chosen by Toshiro was a mon popular among the samurai class, since the swards are the symbol of the samurai spirit and the three leaves represent compassion, wisdom and virtue.