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Let's play one more song!
— Don Wada

Don Wada (Japanese: 和田どん, Wada Don), usually refers to as Don-chan (Japanese: どんちゃん, Donchan) or simply Don, is the main character of the Taiko no Tatsujin series. He is the protagonist and the playable character. His brother is Katsu.



Don is an anthropomorphic taiko drum. His face and body is red orange and blue respectively. His face is beady eyed and often sports a cat face-like mouth while his arms and legs are shaped like ear buds.

In the Clay Anime, Don's appearance is slightly different in the game itself; His body is a little chubby and is baby blue, and his face is slightly more red (Although The Great Soul says it is orange).


Don, in his most appearances in the franchise, is usually shown to be carefree and easygoing. He has a child-like voice, and he is often very cheerful.

He has a monstrous appetite, and has expensive shopping at the Wada House which may take over for the worst. He is unable to think of very complicating things.

His specialty is handicraft, and he's known for crafting items related to summer festival. His favorite foods are takoyaki and sushi. He is unaware that Donko has a crush on him.

He usually ends his sentences with "da-don" (だドン) or "don" (ドン) and his questions with "nanoka" (なのカッ) or "ka" (カッ), but that was omitted in Taiko Drum Master.


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Don, along with his twin Katsu, were born on March 3, 2000, when a pair of tamashii were fused into the taiko drums.

Still the infants, Don and Katsu were being taken care of by Master Bachio and learning taiko drum skill. He and Katsu, who grew up and wanted to realize their dream to share the beauty of the taiko drums to the world, settled on staying in Wada household.

When Kodama arrived into the Wada house, she revealed that Don's tamashii is in fact the one she accidentally slipped into the human world. Don's tamashii was ultimately taken away by the tennyo and the body became a static normal taiko drum. That was until a year later, Don's tamashii was sent back into the taiko drum and Don was revived. Happy that he came back to the world, he breaks down in tears of joy.[1]


  • "Dongyaa--!!" - Don's usual screaming/yelling, whenever he was being sent into different worlds through various means in the beginning of some games' story mode,[2][3][4], when he was surprised by something, when he got zapped,[5], or when he gets sent flying when defeated.[6] Katsu also uses that scream/yell.
  • "Wahh! That's not what I mean..." - Said the frightened Don toward the angry and jealous Donko after he said Alumi is cute.[7]
  • "Ba Dum ka Da dum Ba dum Da dum" - Don's first words before being born in the Claymation.



  • Being a protagonist as well as the mascot for Taiko no Tatsujin series, Don has made many appearances as well as cameos. The list is as follows:
    • Accessories that are based on Don and Katsu appears in the Idolm@ster series.
    • Don appeared in Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan.
    • Don, along with Katsu and Bachi-Sensei, appears in a side-event in Klonoa Heroes.
    • The job costumes based on Don and Katsu can be obtained and worn by the protagonists in Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3.You fight a posessed Don chan in Tales of Asteria.
    • Don and Katsu appeared in Mizuiro blood.
    • Don, along with Katsu, Donko and Masked Kid, were featured in a special stage 'Wangan Taiko-night (Japanese: 湾岸太鼓ナイト, Wangan Taikonaito, A play on Wangan Midnight.) in a few Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune arcades.
    • In Sgt. Frog RPG: Kishi to Musha to Densetsu no Kaizoku, Don appear as support character.
    • In several titles in R.B.I. Baseball franchise, one of the pre-registered scorer's name is Don Wada, named after the titular character.
    • Don appears as a playable driver in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
    • Don appears as a Yo-kai in Yo-kai Watch 2 as well as Yo-kai Watch 3, where he can be recruited. This is ironic as in Dororon! Yokai Great Decisive Battle! he is mistaken for a yokai by old ninja Master.
      • Yo-kai Watch 3 also features a minigame where player must catch the don and kat notes using the rotatable curve block which can be rotated by player via rotating the disk on the touchscreen. The Namco Original song Fuun Shishi was used in the minigame.
      • Due to his status as a guest character from other franchise, he did not appear in any of the side series of the Yo-kai Watch franchise.
    • Don was summoned randomly by Pac-Man during his Namco Roulette taunt in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Also should be noted that considering everyone else was from the 1980's and in 8 bit, The Don head is not in 8 bit as Taiko no Tatsujin series was not from the 80's.
    • When equipped as an "accessory", Don will follow the player around in Tekken 7 after downloading the free Taiko DLC.
    • Don and Katsu appear in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate along with a weapon dedicated to Don.
    • Don and Katsu have their own dedicated Gashat in Kamen RIder. It was the final Gashat owned by Dr. Pac-man.
    • Don appears in Family Tennis for the GameBoy Advanced as an unlockable character. The player must unlock him by completing a 5-set exhibition match.
    • Don had several appearance in the Japanese releases of Puzzle & Dragons games. Do note that it doesn't apply to international releases of the game.
      • There are several collaboration events in the Puzzle & Dragons mobile game where Don and other characters can be obtained as playable monsters.
      • There is a time-limited free DLC dungeon where player can obtains Don and other characters in the Japanese version of the 3DS game Puzzle & Dragons Z.


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Character in Taiko no Tatsujin series
Wada household Don Wada · Katsu Wada · Master Bachio · Tetsuo Wada · Kiyoshi Wada · Inu Wada · John Wada · Suzudon · Daruma-san · Mimizu Wada · U-chan
Takahashi household Hana Takahashi · Neko and Shaxy
Lantern Eel gang Lantern Eel · Turtle · Ika · Takoyaki Brothers · The Chicks · Ms. Mariko · Goldfish · Lantern · Cotton Candy Quadruplets
Municipal Wadaiko Laboratory Professor Otowa · Assistant · Mecha-Don
Neighbors Donko · Kabuki Kids · Namahage · Shishimai · Toramai · Kasedori · Currycutta Dondy · Yomogimaru · Miko · Alumi
Recurring characters Dokon gang Dokon · Botan · Dorabot · Nyanki
Evil Lou gang Dr. Evil Lou · Antimony · Yttrium · Gallium · Tantal · Germa · Tungsten · Tellu
Taiko world Kodama · Fuga · Mirai · Arashi · The Great Spirit
Ancient Japan Ponko · Ninja Master · Great Tanuki
Fantasy Merdival Ralco · Princess Soprano · Maou · Aut
Time Patrols Tacky · Ticky
The Timedyne gang Najimu Timedyne · Pietro · Durnam · Helga
From various eras Nobunaga Oda · Marie Antoinette · Lakio · Alenka · Cleopatra VII Philopator · Chris · Rose · Orville Wright · Wilbur Wright
Mystery Adventure Tia · Popo Kaka · Makemake · Heracles · Ceska · Susanoo · Kushinada · Himiko · Yeti
Sorcery Society Hexaglia Lily · Arnold Crowgaia · Deborah Ignispada · Mateus Aquadia
V Version Maple · Lila da Gamba · Violia
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