Taizo Hori (ホリ・タイゾウ Hori Taizou?), originally known as Dig Dug (ディグダグ?), is the protagonist of the Dig Dug series and a main character in the Mr. Driller series. Taizo was born in January 1 (New Year) and is 45 years old in the Mr. Driller series. His blood type is O.
In 1982, Taizo solved the "Dig Dug incident" caused by Pookas and Fygars, and some time later the problem in the tropical islands that happened in Dig Dug II. Afterwards he was treated as a hero. At one point of his life, Taizo was married with Masuyo Tobi, but they separated for unknown reasons. They had three sons: Susumu Hori, Ataru Hori, and Taiyo Tobi. Taizo is the chairman of the Driller Council.
In Taizo's appearances in the Mr. Driller games as a playable character, he can drill at high speed, but his air gauge decreases fast.
In Dig Dug: Digging Strike, Taizo is jealous of Susumu receiving all the attention as he was the first Driller. When he received a call from Horinesia to ask for help from Susumu, Taizo said he could help with it, but as the person never heard of him and insisted to talk with Susumu, he got angry and decided to do the job himself.
Appearances in other games
Dig Dug is a playable character that joins the group alongside Mappy in the end of stage 16.
In the game Namco × Capcom, Taizo was a former soldier that now lives as a Digger (Digouter in Japan, a term from the Mega Man Legends series). In Chapter 21, Taizo, Mega Man Volnutt, and Roll Caskett ended up in the Third Moon because of a dimensional transfer and are attacked by the villains inside, which includes Pookas created artificially. The party rescues them and Taizo joins the group. In the end he says the way he likes to dig isn't like a Digger, and wonders if a job called called "Driller" would be more fitting. Masuyo jokingly calls him "Mr. Driller".
- Taizo Hori appered in the Disney animation movie Wreck-It Ralph. When Taizo saw Ralph, he dug straight down to the ground in Game Central Station.
- In Bravoman Show "Couch of Doom", a statue of Taizo appeared in Bravo's front yard.
- His name is a pun on the Japanese phrase "Horitai zo" (掘りたいぞ) or "I want to dig!" (掘り = dig, たい = want, ぞ = !)