History Characters / RurouniKenshinRivalsAndVillains

19th Jan '17 7:13:35 AM rafi
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* TheAce: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''



* {{Badass}}: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''
** BadassCreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Aku. Soku. Zan.]]

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* {{Badass}}: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''
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BadassCreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Aku. Soku. Zan.]]
13th Jan '17 12:53:51 PM DrPsyche
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Kanryu vs. Kanryuu.
10th Jan '17 3:49:24 PM DrPsyche
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* EyesAlwaysShut: Saito himself averts this, but when he's in his Fujita Goro persona he plays the trope straight as it makes him look a lot less threatening. He also utilized this trope when impersonating a medicine man which Sanosuke commented on.
9th Jan '17 1:10:14 PM DrPsyche
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* AdaptedOut: Doesn't appear in the live action films.

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* AdaptedOut: Doesn't appear in the live action films. A nameless MookLieutenant fills in his role at the village while his murders are implied to be performed by Shishio.
30th Nov '16 12:11:54 AM DrPsyche
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* ConspicuousGloves: His white gloves are very note worthy and get a lot of focus. Whenever he lines up his Gatotsu his gloves are on clear display, when he fights Sannosuke and his sleeves are shredded, his gloves accentuate his arms, and when Saitou's put into the opening credits, he's putting on those gloves.
24th Nov '16 5:54:29 PM DrPsyche
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* KatanasAreJustBetter: Saitou favors his katanas in a fight. It's even lampshaded with Yahiko noting how odd it is for a police officer to be carrying a Katana rather than the Sabers that Uramura and the others use. Saitou himself firmly believes that the katana is a superior weapon and had to request clearance to use it. When the concealed sword he uses for a sneak attack snaps in half, he laments its poor quality.
24th Nov '16 4:42:17 PM DrPsyche
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[[folder:Shinomori Aoshi]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/YoshitoYasuhara (JP), Terrence Stone (EN)

The genius young leader of the Oniwabanshū onmitsu. Known to his followers as the "Okashira", Aoshi's skills in combat, stealth and information gathering are without parallel, but having missed his chance to gain glory for the Oniwabanshū during the Bakumatsu, he led a group of his men in serving as enforcers for the wealthy industrialist and opium dealer Takeda Kanryū in the hopes of finding a new battlefield in the Meiji era.

When Kanryū made himself the enemy of the legendary Hitokiri Battōsai, Aoshi believed that his long-missed chance to prove the superiority of the Oniwabanshū had finally come. Unfortunately, Kanryū's wicked deception and greed [[spoiler: cost Aoshi's men their lives]] and the shame of being defeated and then rescued by Battōsai drove the Okashira to a new vow: he would defeat Battōsai at any cost in order to gain the title of "the strongest" and offer that title [[spoiler: at his comrades' graves]].

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[[folder:Shinomori Aoshi]]
[[folder:Takeda Kanryuu]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/YoshitoYasuhara Creator/NobuoTobita (JP), Terrence Stone (EN)

The genius young leader of the Oniwabanshū onmitsu. Known to his followers as the "Okashira", Aoshi's skills in combat, stealth and information gathering are without parallel, but having missed his chance to gain glory for the Oniwabanshū during the Bakumatsu, he led a group of his men in serving as enforcers for the wealthy
John Snyder (EN)
->Portrayed by: Teruyuki Kagawa (Live Action)

A cunning money-minded
industrialist and opium dealer Takeda Kanryū in the hopes of finding a new battlefield in the Meiji era.

When Kanryū made himself the enemy of the legendary Hitokiri Battōsai,
dealer. He hired Shinomori Aoshi believed that and his long-missed chance to prove the superiority of the Oniwabanshū had finally come. Unfortunately, Kanryū's wicked deception Oniwanbanshu, as well as numerous lesser warriors, as personal bodyguards and greed [[spoiler: cost Aoshi's men their lives]] and the shame of being defeated and then rescued by Battōsai drove the Okashira to a new vow: he would defeat Battōsai at any cost in order to gain the title of "the strongest" and offer that title [[spoiler: at his comrades' graves]].hitmen.



* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: [[spoiler: In the live action films, he is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge grieving]] his fallen comrades [[DeathByAdaptation for a decade]] instead of half or roughly a year.]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: He is much more [[KickTheDog menacing]], [[TheUnfettered cutthroat]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge unstable]] in the live action films, desperately wanting to fight Kenshin. [[spoiler: Even after his HeelFaceTurn, he is portrayed as a standard rival with a strong TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou mentality contrasting his FriendlyRivalry[=/=]WorthyOpponent one in the manga/anime.]]
* AloofBigBrother: To Misao.
* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]
* {{BFS}}: Averted when he returns in the Kyoto Arc. His sheathe actually has two openings and his second kodachi has no guard with the hilt resembling the end of a sheath. When it and his first kodachi (which has a normal guard and hilt) are sheathed, it gives the illusion that he's carrying a long tachi blade.
* BadassLongcoat: One of the ''iconic'' badass longcoats of anime; has inspired countless imitators.
* BareFistedMonk: While primarily a swordsman, he's also a Kenpo master and relied on it for his offense before getting two kodachi. WordOfGod says he creates his own martial arts style.
* BerserkButton: It is never wise to [[spoiler:desecrate the graves of his men]]. Four of Shishio's [[EliteMook Elite Mooks]] learned this [[TranquilFury the hard way]].
* BloodKnight: Becomes this after [[spoiler:Kanryuu kills the Oniwabanshu, who die protecting him. Kenshin is able to talk him out of it.]]
* BrokenAce: His abilities could have easily gained him a job as a government official, but he sought not to abandon his comrades. However, this ended up making them underlings for Kanryuu. Becomes even worse after Kanryuu [[spoiler: kills the Oniwabanshuu]].
* TheComicallySerious: During the Jinchuu arc, his scenes (at least when [[GenkiGirl Misao]] is present) usually put him in this role.
* CompositeCharacter[=/=]DecompositeCharacter: In the live action films, he has traits fused with Han'nya and Gein (who wears his manga outfit) while also appearing as a separate character (wearing his anime outfit).
* DeathSeeker: He becomes much more obsessed with defeating Kenshin after [[spoiler: Kanryuu kills his men]] and is willing to throw his life away for it
* DeceptiveDisciple: To Okina.
* DoppelgangerSpin: His Ryusui no Ugoki, which involves alternating his speed to make illusions of himself appear to psych-out his opponent.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:Though it takes a second fight to do the trick.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: After [[spoiler: his defeat at the hands of Kenshin in the Kyoto arc]], Aoshi starts becoming a little more sociable and friendly, even if he doesn't visibly show it often.
* DragonInChief: To Kanryu. This leads to some friction between them.
* DualWielding: When he starts wielding two kodachi.
* {{Expy}}: Based on Hijikata Toshizo in design.
* AFatherToHisMen: Cares quite a bit about his QuirkyMinibossSquad, and desires to give them the chance to become great that they never got in the Revolution. He would die for any of them. [[spoiler: When they die for him instead, he... doesn't take it well.]]
* {{Foil}}: A young, talented individual (around Kenshin's age) who mirrors Kenshin in prodigious ability and respect from his peers. However, they end up in opposite positions. While Kenshin received unwanted renown for being the Battousai, Aoshi desired glory from the Revolution he was unable to participate in. Both had DeathSeeker tendencies, but while Kenshin was trying to atone, Aoshi merely sought more fights, especially after [[spoiler: his underlings sacrifice themselves]].
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers this when [[spoiler: he witnesses his men being gunned down right in front of him, courtesy of Kanryuu]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Misao. She comes up to ''his waist''.
* TheLeader: Of the Oniwabanshu.
* MagneticHero: Well respected by the members of the Oniwabanshuu, he's attracted a number of strong individuals.
* MasterSwordsman: Of ''two'' kodachi. Subverted in his first appearance, where his kodachi was mostly a tool to parry sword blows while he worked his opponent over with his martial arts.
* MrFanservice
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* {{Ninja}}
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Runs one [[spoiler:before they die]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Kenshin.
* TheRival: One of Kenshin's two.
* RivalTurnedEvil: After the Kanryu estate. [[spoiler: He gets better]].
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The [[TheStoic stoic]] Savvy Guy to Misao's [[GenkiGirl genki]] Energetic Girl.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler:To two different [[FiveManBand Five Man]]/[[FiveBadBand Five Bad]] Bands]].
* SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Aoshi eventually betrays his FiveBadBand]].
* SkywardScream: Though it may be silent, Aoshi does this after [[spoiler: Kanryuu guns down his men]].
* ShoutOut: His coat is based on the one worn by [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Remy Le Beau/Gambit]].
* TheStoic
* SwordAndFist: A master of both martial arts and swordsmanship, and he will use both in a fight to destroy an opponent.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: His Onmyo Hasshi which involves him throwing both kodachi in a straight line towards the opponent. The trick is that one of the kodachi is thrown directly behind the other so that his opponent is vulnerable should he parry the attack.
* TranquilFury: When he [[BerserkButton gets angry enough]], his blades express what his face doesn't.
* WorthyOpponent: To Kenshin.

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: [[spoiler: In AdaptationalBadass: Badass might be too strong a word, but he doesn't cry for his life in the live action films, he is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge grieving]] film. For comparison, when Megumi pins him down to stab him in the live action film, his fallen comrades [[DeathByAdaptation first reaction is to yell at his subordinates for a decade]] not doing anything whereas in the anime, his reaction to shriek (to add insult to injury, Megumi doesn't even pin him down in the anime). Much of his cowardice seems to have instead been transferred to his army of half or roughly a year.]]
[[YesMan Yes Men]].
* AdaptationalVillainy: Downplayed. He is much more [[KickTheDog menacing]], [[TheUnfettered cutthroat]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge unstable]] was easily one of the most evil villains in the live action films, desperately wanting to fight Kenshin. [[spoiler: Even after original Manga, but the film ups his HeelFaceTurn, he is portrayed as a standard rival with a strong TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou mentality contrasting villainy. He's the one who hired Jin-E, so the dozens of police officers killed was his FriendlyRivalry[=/=]WorthyOpponent one doing, and he later has the water supply to the village poisoned so he could lure out Megumi, which in turn nearly kills a number of people. With that said, his biggest KickTheDog moment [[spoiler:killing the Oniwaba group via gatling gun]] has been removed due to the characters in question being AdaptedOut and the scene has a slightly more comical tone to it than in the manga/anime.original.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Inverted--he's the Oniwabanshu's boss during the Kanryuu Arc, but he's a major weakling physically.
* BigBad: Of the first live-action movie as well as the ''Restoration'' manga. In the original manga and anime, [[BigBadDuumvirate he and Aoshi share the role.
]]
* AloofBigBrother: To Misao.
* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]
* {{BFS}}: Averted when he returns
CorruptCorporateExecutive: Participates in shady businesses (opium and weapon trade) and won't hesitate to have people slaughtered if it will allow to continue making money. The live action movie expands on this, showing snub his nose at the Kyoto Arc. His sheathe actually has two openings and his second kodachi has no guard authorities whenever they try question him.
* DepravedHomosexual: The ''real'' Kanryu Takeda was this (see "Historical Domain Character"). Nobuhiro Watsuki ''tried'' to work this trait in, but couldn't see how it would fit
with the hilt resembling story, and so left out any explicit references to Takeda's sexuality. (He did mention in his side-panel notes in the end of manga that he wondered WhatCouldHaveBeen if he ''did'' manage to find a sheath. way to work that in, however.)
* DirtyCoward: He throws his weight around, acting like nothing can hurt him.
When it and his first kodachi (which has a normal guard and hilt) are sheathed, it gives the illusion someone comes around that he's carrying can, watch him crumple into a long tachi blade.crying mess.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He fails to understand why Kenshin would come to rescue Megumi when there's no financial reward in it for him. This leads to him [[WhatAnIdiot trying to bribe Kenshin with money and a job offer as his personal bodyguard]], which only serves to aggravate Kenshin further.
--> '''Aoshi:''' [[LampshadeHanging "You don't understand. You can't win him over with money."]]
* EvilIsHammy: Taken UpToEleven in his more recent depictions. His depiction in the ''Restoration'' manga deserves special mention, where he describes his love of money while he practically dances with his Gatling Gun.

* BadassLongcoat: One EvilGloating: He loves doing this, but only when he has someone more powerful backing him.
* EvilerThanThou: When two
of his guards and Beshimi report a failure to capture Megumi, Kanryuu executes the ''iconic'' badass longcoats pair as a show of anime; has inspired countless imitators.
* BareFistedMonk: While primarily a swordsman, he's also a Kenpo master
strength and relied on it for his offense before getting two kodachi. WordOfGod says he creates his own martial arts style.is mildly disappointed that Aoshi doesn't do the same to Beshimi.
* BerserkButton: It is never wise to [[spoiler:desecrate the graves of {{Expy}}: Between his men]]. Four of Shishio's [[EliteMook Elite Mooks]] learned this [[TranquilFury the hard way]].
* BloodKnight: Becomes this after [[spoiler:Kanryuu kills the Oniwabanshu, who die protecting him. Kenshin is able
modified hairstyle and extra hammy personality, his ''Restoration'' incarnation seems to talk him out of it.]]
* BrokenAce: His abilities could
have easily gained him taken a job as a government official, but few pages from [[Manga/BusouRenkin Papillon]].
* GatlingGood: When cornered,
he sought not to abandon his comrades. However, this ended up making them underlings for Kanryuu. Becomes even worse after Kanryuu [[spoiler: kills the Oniwabanshuu]].
* TheComicallySerious: During the Jinchuu arc, his scenes (at least when [[GenkiGirl Misao]] is present) usually put him in this role.
* CompositeCharacter[=/=]DecompositeCharacter: In the live action films, he has traits fused with Han'nya and Gein (who wears his manga outfit) while also appearing as
wields a separate character (wearing his anime outfit).Gatling gun.
* DeathSeeker: He becomes much more obsessed with defeating Kenshin after [[spoiler: Kanryuu kills GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He's of the evil variety, casually smoking a cigar while shooting his men]] and is willing to throw his life away for it
Gatling gun at the protagonists.
* DeceptiveDisciple: To Okina.
* DoppelgangerSpin: His Ryusui no Ugoki, which involves alternating his speed to make illusions of himself appear to psych-out his opponent.
HistoricalDomainCharacter: Yes, there really ''was'' a Kanryu Takeda. And yes, he really ''was'' an all-around bad guy.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:Though it takes a second fight HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Him being this only serves to do the trick.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: After [[spoiler: his defeat at the hands of
piss Kenshin off after he tries to bribe the former manslayer.
* JerkAss: The single '''most''' unpleasant character
in the Kyoto arc]], Aoshi starts becoming a little more sociable and friendly, even if he doesn't visibly show it often.
* DragonInChief: To Kanryu. This leads to some friction between them.
* DualWielding: When he starts wielding two kodachi.
* {{Expy}}: Based on Hijikata Toshizo in design.
* AFatherToHisMen: Cares quite a bit about his QuirkyMinibossSquad, and desires to give them the chance to become great that they never got
entire series.
** Taken UpToEleven
in the Revolution. He would die for any of them. [[spoiler: When they die for first live action movie.
* ManipulativeBastard: Towards Megumi.
* MoneyIsNotPower: As stated below, he boasts that having so much money makes
him instead, he... doesn't take stronger than warriors like Kenshin and Aoshi, but he finds out this trope is in play the hard way when Kenshin beats the stuffing out of him.
** In the ''Restoration'' manga,
it well.]]
goes a lot more literally as he uses a money purse in the final battles. It's ''Yahiko'' who ultimately kicks his ass. Counts as LaserGuidedKarma as well considering how his mistreated and mocked him.
* {{Foil}}: A young, talented individual (around RichBitch: Male version.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: He plays it utterly straight with his declaration that money is the greatest power in the world, and his having so much of it makes him stronger than Kenshin or Aoshi. [[spoiler:Too bad his money can't save him from
Kenshin's age) who mirrors Kenshin in prodigious ability wrath]].
* SharpDressedMan
* SissyVillain
* SmugSnake: Acts cool
and respect from his peers. However, they end up in opposite positions. While Kenshin received unwanted renown for being the Battousai, Aoshi desired glory from the Revolution he was unable to participate in. Both had DeathSeeker tendencies, but while Kenshin was trying to atone, Aoshi merely sought more fights, especially after [[spoiler: his underlings sacrifice themselves]].
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers this
collected when [[spoiler: he witnesses his men being gunned down right in front control of him, courtesy of Kanryuu]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Misao. She comes up to ''his waist''.
* TheLeader: Of the Oniwabanshu.
* MagneticHero: Well respected by the members of the Oniwabanshuu,
a situation, such as when he's attracted a number of strong individuals.
* MasterSwordsman: Of ''two'' kodachi. Subverted in
using his first appearance, where his kodachi was mostly a tool to parry sword blows while he worked his opponent over with his martial arts.
* MrFanservice
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* {{Ninja}}
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Runs one [[spoiler:before they die]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Kenshin.
* TheRival: One of
gatling gun, but the minute he's at Kenshin's two.
* RivalTurnedEvil: After the Kanryu estate. [[spoiler: He gets better]].
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The [[TheStoic stoic]] Savvy Guy to Misao's [[GenkiGirl genki]] Energetic Girl.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler:To two different [[FiveManBand Five Man]]/[[FiveBadBand Five Bad]] Bands]].
* SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Aoshi eventually betrays
mercy, he's left pathetically begging for his FiveBadBand]].
life.
* SkywardScream: Though it may be silent, Aoshi does this after [[spoiler: Kanryuu guns down TheToothHurts: Kenshin breaks his men]].
* ShoutOut: His coat is based on the one worn by [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Remy Le Beau/Gambit]].
* TheStoic
* SwordAndFist: A master of both martial arts
jaw and swordsmanship, and he will use both in a fight to destroy an opponent.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: His Onmyo Hasshi which involves him throwing both kodachi in a straight line towards the opponent. The trick is that
knocks out one of the kodachi is thrown directly behind the other so his teeth.
* WouldHitAGirl: He doesn't just hit Megumi, he ''batters her bloody'' after she returns to his mansion [[spoiler:and makes an attempt on his life with a dagger
that is nabbed away by Aoshi]].
* YesMan: Has an army of them at
his opponent is vulnerable should he parry beck and call in the attack.
* TranquilFury: When he [[BerserkButton gets angry enough]], his blades express what his face doesn't.
* WorthyOpponent: To Kenshin.
live action film, usually seen fanning him at a moment's notice. They are even more spineless than him.



[[folder:Tokyo's Oniwabanshu]]

The four members of Aoshi's squad serving Kanryu Takeda. They all follow Aoshi with loyal devotion. The members are Hannya the spy, Beshimi, Hyottoko and Shikijo. [[spoiler: After being defeated by our heroes, they all die performing a heroic sacrifice to save Aoshi from Kanryuu's gatling gun. Their heads are buried near a dark wood by Aoshi himself.]]

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[[folder:Tokyo's Oniwabanshu]]

[[folder:Isurugi Raijuta]]
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->Voiced by: Ryunosuke Obayashi (JP), Creator/RichardEpcar (EN)

The four members leader and founder of Aoshi's squad serving Kanryu Takeda. They all follow Aoshi the Shinko-ryū "school" of kenjutsu - an organization whose purpose is to revitalize Japanese kenjutsu through force.
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* AdaptationalBadass: In the manga he easily gets curbstomped by a wounded Kenshin (who got his right arm disabled in an earlier ambush before the main fight) WITHOUT Kenshin even using the blade of his sakabatou. He doesn't even go down fighting but LOSES because of a psychological breakdown from a lecture by Kenshin about real lethal swordsmanship. In the TV series, not only does he give a hell of a fight and go down KO'd (after giving Kenshin several wounds) but he WIPES OUT an entire battalion of an elite Imperial Army platoon of riflemen
with loyal devotion. The members are Hannya one swing. He's also shown adept with commanding small squads to execute ambushes and other military tactics.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While he's certainly a conniving scum who manipulates and uses patrons in
the spy, Beshimi, Hyottoko original manga, his primary goal was to merely preserve Japanese sword arts in their original form and Shikijo. to make his philosophy of swordsmanship of Shink Ryu dominant in the Meiji era. In the anime, his Shinko Ryu group has been in existence before the Revolution as an elite group of Samurai and his intention from the very start was to use his school to recruit swordsman so he can lead a revolt against the Meiji government and create his own small sovereign Kingdom in which the rigid Tokugawa caste system will be the status quo and that thrives around a SocialDarwinist sort of lifestyle. As oppose to his manga counterpart (who never killed a single person in his life),his [[AdaptationExpansion TV series ]], however, he's vicious enough [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness to kill his own henchmen]].
* AdaptedOut: Doesn't appear in the live action films.
* ArcVillain
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Though to be honest he is a powerful kendoka, he gloats too much about his skills as a killer
[[spoiler: After despite being defeated by our heroes, they all die performing not one.]]
* BigOlEyebrows
* CallingYourAttacks: In the manga he shouts "Nun!" before each and every strike.
* EvilGloating: He does this during his fight against Kenshin.
* InformedAbility: Claims his Izuna technique is the "ultimate killing technique." Kenshin proves him very, ''very'' wrong.
** Averted with his kenjutsu skills. He is quite strong with his technique (though not as powerful as Kenshin).
* LargeAndInCharge: He's
a heroic sacrifice giant of a man and is in charge of the Shinko Dojo.
* ManipulativeBastard: He utilizes Yutaro's hero-worship of him
to save Aoshi his own advantage, pretending to be the boy's sword instructor while accessing Yutaro's family fortune for his own ends.
* NiceHat: Wears a large japanese hat. All his disciples wear one.
* RazorWind: How is technique Izuna and Tobi Izuna works. Kenshin even refers to the Kamaitachi while describing this attack.
* StrawHypocrite: In the manga, [[spoiler:Kenshin (correctly) guesses that despite Raijuta's ambition to restore the "killing sword" philosophy and his claims of Izuna being the "ultimate killing technique," Raijuta himself has never actually killed anybody. The fact that Raijuta celebrates at being able to nick Kenshin on the wrist with said technique, instead of expressing disappointment that the blow wasn't a fatal one, cements the point.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:In the manga, following a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
from Kanryuu's gatling gun. Their heads are buried near Kenshin]].
* TheWorfEffect: He fights Kenshin in one-on-one combat following the KickTheDog scenario above. It goes about as well for him as you'd expect ([[CurbStompBattle totally one-sided against him in the manga]]).
* WouldHurtAChild: Uses the Izuna to wound Yutaro, severing his muscles. In the manga, [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence the wound is so deep you can actually see the bones in his arm!]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Arundo Akamatsu]]
An arrogant and overly-confident warrior sent to kill Kenshin along with Saitou, but fails. Wields
a dark wood by Aoshi himself.]]kusarigama and hidden chains.



* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler:When the others die, Aoshi beheads them in order to give them an honorable burial.]]
* BadassCrew
* BerserkButton: Hyottoko lose his cool when Kenshin likens his fire-spitting technique to a circus trick.
* BodyHorror: Shikijo's completely covered in scars.
* BreathWeapon: Hyottoko has a large oil bag inside his belly, with the nozzle in his mouth. Add a pair of flintstone teeth and you have a fire-breathing apparatus.
* BulletProofHumanShield:
** [[spoiler:Shikijo ends up throwing himself in front of Aoshi to protect him from gatling gun fire. Shikijo is proud that his physique could stop the bullets from passing through him entirely and killing Aoshi]].
** [[spoiler:Hyottoko]] seems to have used his girth to this effect as well, providing a human shield for [[spoiler:Beshimi]]
** Averted for [[spoiler:Beshimi]] who's body is perforated by the bullets, likely because he wasn't as large as the previous two.
* CompositeCharacter: In the live action films, their roles are filled by Enishi's six comrades. Han'nya in particular is fused with Aoshi and Gein.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Of a sort. Their abilities are generally only useful for battle or covert actions such as spying and assassinations. When the bakumatsu ended and the rest of the Oniwabanshu moved on to other careers, they were unable to find other types of work. It is primarily for their sakes that Aoshi remains their leader and seeks out battlefields rather than take a high-level government job.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: They are reduced to {{Posthumous Character}}s in the live action films.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ugly at best, monstrous at worst, you will nevertheless be hard-pressed to find warriors braver and friends more loyal then these five men.
%%* FiveBadBand
* {{Gonk}}: Hyottoko and Shikijo, while Beshimi, who's not a looker, is still described as "cute" by some fans.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: All of them end up performing a rather tragic and tearjerking one against Kanryuu's gatling gun in order to save Aoshi.]]
* HiddenDepths: Despite being introduced as mere mooks, they all have different characteristics that show themselves as the series goes on. Most notably they all helped to raise [[spoiler:Misao]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Beshimi's only gimmick involves small poisoned darts which he can throw with his thumb.
* {{Kevlard}}: Hyottoko's fat. Subverted in that he still feels Sanosuke's fists.
* LightningBruiser: Aoshi in a slight degree, being fast enough to catch Kenshin off guard and powerful enough to bat him around quite easily.
* TheLoad: Beshimi is easily the weakest of the group and his only [[CripplingOverspecialization skill is his usage of poisoned bullets]]. [[spoiler: He tearfully apologizes for his ineptitude to Aoshi with his dying breath.]]
* MeaningfulName: Hannya and Hyottoko are both named after a Noh mask. The former is a demon showing wrath and envy, the latter is a humorous mask of a man blowing on the fire.
%%* MightyGlacier: Hyottokko.
%%* TheNapoleon: Beshimi is very small.
* NumberTwo: While [[TheDragon Shikijo]] seems to be the last physical challenge before Aoshi, Hannya is generally agreed to be Aoshi's right hand man (and quite-possibly Best Friend).
* {{Ninja}}s: Though only Hannya and ''maybe'' Beshimi properly qualify for being such.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:Misao]] viewed them as parental figures for the first half of her childhood.
%%* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* VillainousValor: [[spoiler:Yes, even if they are bad guys they're shown to be really decent people after all.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Played tragically (and triumphantly) straight to its logical conclusion.

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* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler:When the others die, Aoshi beheads them ArrogantKungFuGuy
* BullyingADragon: All without realizing that Saito is actually manipulating him for his plans.
* DirtyCoward: Beg for forgiveness when Kenshin disarms him.
* EpicFlail: His kusarigama, along with some flails hidden
in order to give them an honorable burial.his armlets.
* {{Expy}}: Of Omega Red. His surname (Aka means Red and Matsu End) and weapons makes this clear.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has badly sewn scars on his forehead and cheeks.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Beheaded by Saito.
]]
* BadassCrew
* BerserkButton: Hyottoko lose his cool
OhCrap: Several, as when he realize that Kenshin likens his fire-spitting technique disarmed him and later when he's about to a circus trick.
* BodyHorror: Shikijo's completely covered in scars.
* BreathWeapon: Hyottoko has a large oil bag inside his belly, with
land the nozzle in his mouth. Add a pair of flintstone teeth and you have a fire-breathing apparatus.
finishing hit.
* BulletProofHumanShield:
** [[spoiler:Shikijo ends up throwing himself in front of Aoshi to protect him from gatling gun fire. Shikijo is proud that his physique could stop the bullets from passing through him entirely and killing Aoshi]].
** [[spoiler:Hyottoko]] seems to have used his girth to this effect as well, providing a human shield for [[spoiler:Beshimi]]
** Averted for [[spoiler:Beshimi]] who's body is perforated by the bullets, likely because
ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once he wasn't as large as the previous two.
* CompositeCharacter: In the live action films, their roles are filled by Enishi's six comrades. Han'nya in particular is fused with Aoshi and Gein.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Of a sort. Their abilities are generally only useful for battle or covert actions such as spying and assassinations. When the bakumatsu ended and the rest of the Oniwabanshu moved on to other careers, they were unable to find other types of work. It is primarily for their sakes that Aoshi remains their leader and seeks
finds out battlefields rather than take a high-level government job.
* DeathByAdaptation:
about [[spoiler: They are reduced Ookubo]], he decides to {{Posthumous Character}}s in the live action films.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ugly at best, monstrous at worst, you will nevertheless be hard-pressed to find warriors braver and friends more loyal then these five men.
%%* FiveBadBand
* {{Gonk}}: Hyottoko and Shikijo, while Beshimi, who's not a looker, is still described as "cute" by some fans.
*
quit. [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: All of them end up performing a rather tragic and tearjerking one against Kanryuu's gatling gun in order to save Aoshi.]]
* HiddenDepths: Despite being introduced as mere mooks, they all have different characteristics that show themselves as the series goes on. Most notably they all helped to raise [[spoiler:Misao]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Beshimi's only gimmick involves small poisoned darts which
But is killed by Saito before he can throw with his thumb.
* {{Kevlard}}: Hyottoko's fat. Subverted in that he still feels Sanosuke's fists.
* LightningBruiser: Aoshi in a slight degree, being fast enough to catch Kenshin off guard and powerful enough to bat him around quite easily.
* TheLoad: Beshimi is easily the weakest of the group and his only [[CripplingOverspecialization skill is his usage of poisoned bullets]]. [[spoiler: He tearfully apologizes for his ineptitude to Aoshi with his dying breath.]]
* MeaningfulName: Hannya and Hyottoko are both named after a Noh mask. The former is a demon showing wrath and envy, the latter is a humorous mask of a man blowing on the fire.
%%* MightyGlacier: Hyottokko.
%%* TheNapoleon: Beshimi is very small.
* NumberTwo: While [[TheDragon Shikijo]] seems to be the last physical challenge before Aoshi, Hannya is generally agreed to be Aoshi's right hand man (and quite-possibly Best Friend).
* {{Ninja}}s: Though only Hannya and ''maybe'' Beshimi properly qualify for being such.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:Misao]] viewed them as parental figures for the first half of her childhood.
%%* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* VillainousValor: [[spoiler:Yes, even if they are bad guys they're shown to be really decent people after all.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Played tragically (and triumphantly) straight to its logical conclusion.
do anything.]]



[[folder:Hannya]]
->Voiced by: Akio Nojima (JP); Tom Wyner (EN)

A masked warrior and Aoshi's most trusted henchman. A noble and honorable man in spite of his monstrous appearance.

* AdaptationDistillation: What Hannya looks like under his mask and the backstory of why he looks that way were cut from the Anime, there didn't seem to be a place they could have been included with the time allotted.
* CompositeCharacter: His role in the Live-Action films is merged with Gein of the Six-Comrades. The noble mask-wearing assassin under Kanryu's employ is now Gein who fights Kenshin and confronts Megumi when she thinks she's safe as Hannya did in the source.
* TheDragon: He's Aoshi's most powerful underling. When Kenshin and the gang finally storm Kanryuu's house, it's Hannya who is sent out to kill them. Aoshi will only fight Kenshin and co. once they've proven themselves against Hannya.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Averted. Kanryuu struggles to understand why Kenshin has come all the way to save Megumi as the concept of selflessness is beyond him. Hannya was the one to criticize Kanryuu for his reaction saying:
-->"If Himura the Batosai acted only on what was beneficial to him, he would be a high ranking official of the army at this time. Of course, people like you would never understand."
* {{Expy}}: The author notes that he modeled Hannya on the Elephant Man.
* FacialHorror: His face under that mask. [[spoiler: He burned his lips, chopped off his ears, sawed off his nose and crushed his cheekbones in order to become the perfect spy.]]
* GlassCannon: Strong and fast enough to deal some good damage to Kenshin, but still falls rather quickly once Kenshin sees through his trick.
* {{Gonk}}: Played for Tragedy over his appearance when we finally do learn what he looks like behind the mask.
* LightIsNotGood: Downplayed. Hannya's outfit is primarily dark and threatening, but his mask is ghostly white, a malevolent sign of death.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: PlayedWith. He wears a chalk white oni mask at all times, and is easily the most physically scary of the Oniwaba Group; however he's also the most human and shows the greatest amount of sympathetic qualities amongst them.
* MaskPower: Literally as Kenshin points out, he can't anticipate Hannya's attacks by looking at his face.
* TheMentor: [[spoiler:Misao]] credits her bare-fisted fighting technique to Hannya's tutelage.
* {{Ninja}}: While the Oniwabanshu are all supposed to be ninjas, Hannya's the one who best fits the look and role.
* NinjaLog: Hannya who uses this technique on Beshimi when the latter was defeated by Kenshin.
* ParentalSubstitute: Her dialogue implies that he was this to [[spoiler:Misao]] when she was being trained by them. Hannya even appears to her one last time to encourage her during the Kyoto arc.
* WolverineClaws: His trump weapon, should his iron gloves not be enough.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shikijō]]
->Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP); Dean Elliot (EN)

The most physically strong member of the Oniwaba Group. He isn't present for any of the attacks on the Dojo, but serves as a guard at Kanryu's mansion. Powerful, boisterous, and covered in scars, Shikijō is a formidable foe.

* AffablyEvil: To a limited extent in the manga.
* BoisterousBruiser: Proud of his power and hungry for combat.
* CompositeCharacter: He's combined with Inui Banjin of the Six Comrades for the live action movie. Banjin of the movie has several of Shikijo's affable traits and is the guard posted at Kanryu's mansion to fight Sannosuke.
* EpicFlail: His main weapon, soon discarded in exchange for a one on one unarmed battle against Sanosuke.
* HardHead: Shikijo tries to smash Sano's skulls with headbutts. He also claims that after his first one, Sano will be unable to react immediatly, as his brain is still shaken.
* LightningBruiser: A massive giant of the man who can be surprisingly quick on his feet and capable of absorbing blows and dishing out as much.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shikijo ends up using his massive, well-muscled body to shield Aoshi from the Gatling Gun.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Takeda Kanryuu]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/NobuoTobita (JP), John Snyder (EN)
->Portrayed by: Teruyuki Kagawa (Live Action)

A cunning money-minded industrialist and opium dealer. He hired Shinomori Aoshi and his Oniwanbanshu, as well as numerous lesser warriors, as personal bodyguards and hitmen.

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[[folder:Hannya]]
->Voiced by: Akio Nojima (JP); Tom Wyner (EN)

A masked warrior and Aoshi's most trusted henchman. A noble and honorable man in spite of his monstrous appearance.

* AdaptationDistillation: What Hannya looks like under his mask and the backstory of why he looks that way were cut from the Anime, there didn't seem to be a place they could have been included with the time allotted.
* CompositeCharacter: His role in the Live-Action films is merged with Gein of the Six-Comrades. The noble mask-wearing assassin under Kanryu's employ is now Gein who fights Kenshin and confronts Megumi when she thinks she's safe as Hannya did in the source.
* TheDragon: He's Aoshi's most powerful underling. When Kenshin and the gang finally storm Kanryuu's house, it's Hannya who is sent out to kill them. Aoshi will only fight Kenshin and co. once they've proven themselves against Hannya.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Averted. Kanryuu struggles to understand why Kenshin has come all the way to save Megumi as the concept of selflessness is beyond him. Hannya was the one to criticize Kanryuu for his reaction saying:
-->"If Himura the Batosai acted only on what was beneficial to him, he would be a high ranking official of the army at this time. Of course, people like you would never understand."
* {{Expy}}: The author notes that he modeled Hannya on the Elephant Man.
* FacialHorror: His face under that mask. [[spoiler: He burned his lips, chopped off his ears, sawed off his nose and crushed his cheekbones in order to become the perfect spy.]]
* GlassCannon: Strong and fast enough to deal some good damage to Kenshin, but still falls rather quickly once Kenshin sees through his trick.
* {{Gonk}}: Played for Tragedy over his appearance when we finally do learn what he looks like behind the mask.
* LightIsNotGood: Downplayed. Hannya's outfit is primarily dark and threatening, but his mask is ghostly white, a malevolent sign of death.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: PlayedWith. He wears a chalk white oni mask at all times, and is easily the most physically scary of the Oniwaba Group; however he's also the most human and shows the greatest amount of sympathetic qualities amongst them.
* MaskPower: Literally as Kenshin points out, he can't anticipate Hannya's attacks by looking at his face.
* TheMentor: [[spoiler:Misao]] credits her bare-fisted fighting technique to Hannya's tutelage.
* {{Ninja}}: While the Oniwabanshu are all supposed to be ninjas, Hannya's the one who best fits the look and role.
* NinjaLog: Hannya who uses this technique on Beshimi when the latter was defeated by Kenshin.
* ParentalSubstitute: Her dialogue implies that he was this to [[spoiler:Misao]] when she was being trained by them. Hannya even appears to her one last time to encourage her during the Kyoto arc.
* WolverineClaws: His trump weapon, should his iron gloves not be enough.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shikijō]]
->Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP); Dean Elliot (EN)

The most physically strong member of the Oniwaba Group. He isn't present for any of the attacks on the Dojo, but serves as a guard at Kanryu's mansion. Powerful, boisterous, and covered in scars, Shikijō is a formidable foe.

* AffablyEvil: To a limited extent in the manga.
* BoisterousBruiser: Proud of his power and hungry for combat.
* CompositeCharacter: He's combined with Inui Banjin of the Six Comrades for the live action movie. Banjin of the movie has several of Shikijo's affable traits and is the guard posted at Kanryu's mansion to fight Sannosuke.
* EpicFlail: His main weapon, soon discarded in exchange for a one on one unarmed battle against Sanosuke.
* HardHead: Shikijo tries to smash Sano's skulls with headbutts. He also claims that after his first one, Sano will be unable to react immediatly, as his brain is still shaken.
* LightningBruiser: A massive giant of the man who can be surprisingly quick on his feet and capable of absorbing blows and dishing out as much.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shikijo ends up using his massive, well-muscled body to shield Aoshi from the Gatling Gun.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Takeda Kanryuu]]
[[folder:Saito Hajime (aka Fujita Goro)]]
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%%[[caption-width:225: Sickest interpretation of Saitou Hajime ever.]]
->Voiced by: Creator/NobuoTobita (JP), John Snyder Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki (JP -Anime), Creator/KenNarita (JP - 2011 OVA), Creator/KirkThornton (EN)
->Portrayed by: Teruyuki Kagawa Eguchi Yosuke (Live Action)

A cunning money-minded industrialist The former captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi and opium dealer. He hired Shinomori Aoshi currently a special agent for the Meiji Government's Department of Internal Affairs. Having a long-standing rivalry with Himura Kenshin since their days on opposite sides of the Bakumatsu, Saitō nevertheless holds a begrudging respect for the rurouni and has come to his Oniwanbanshu, aid on assignment more than once, acting as well as numerous lesser warriors, as personal bodyguards a ruthless ally and hitmen.the voice of cynical reason in the Kenshin-gumi's major battles.



* AdaptationalBadass: Badass might be too strong a word, but he doesn't cry for his life in the live action film. For comparison, when Megumi pins him down to stab him in the live action film, his first reaction is to yell at his subordinates for not doing anything whereas in the anime, his reaction to shriek (to add insult to injury, Megumi doesn't even pin him down in the anime). Much of his cowardice seems to have instead been transferred to his army of [[YesMan Yes Men]].
* AdaptationalVillainy: Downplayed. He was easily one of the most evil villains in the original Manga, but the film ups his villainy. He's the one who hired Jin-E, so the dozens of police officers killed was his doing, and he later has the water supply to the village poisoned so he could lure out Megumi, which in turn nearly kills a number of people. With that said, his biggest KickTheDog moment [[spoiler:killing the Oniwaba group via gatling gun]] has been removed due to the characters in question being AdaptedOut and the scene has a slightly more comical tone to it than in the original.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Inverted--he's the Oniwabanshu's boss during the Kanryuu Arc, but he's a major weakling physically.
* BigBad: Of the first live-action movie as well as the ''Restoration'' manga. In the original manga and anime, [[BigBadDuumvirate he and Aoshi share the role.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Participates in shady businesses (opium and weapon trade) and won't hesitate to have people slaughtered if it will allow to continue making money. The live action movie expands on this, showing snub his nose at the authorities whenever they try question him.
* DepravedHomosexual: The ''real'' Kanryu Takeda was this (see "Historical Domain Character"). Nobuhiro Watsuki ''tried'' to work this trait in, but couldn't see how it would fit with the story, and so left out any explicit references to Takeda's sexuality. (He did mention in his side-panel notes in the manga that he wondered WhatCouldHaveBeen if he ''did'' manage to find a way to work that in, however.)
* DirtyCoward: He throws his weight around, acting like nothing can hurt him. When someone comes around that can, watch him crumple into a crying mess.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He fails to understand why Kenshin would come to rescue Megumi when there's no financial reward in it for him. This leads to him [[WhatAnIdiot trying to bribe Kenshin with money and a job offer as his personal bodyguard]], which only serves to aggravate Kenshin further.
--> '''Aoshi:''' [[LampshadeHanging "You don't understand. You can't win him over with money."]]
* EvilIsHammy: Taken UpToEleven in his more recent depictions. His depiction in the ''Restoration'' manga deserves special mention, where he describes his love of money while he practically dances with his Gatling Gun.
* EvilGloating: He loves doing this, but only when he has someone more powerful backing him.
* EvilerThanThou: When two of his guards and Beshimi report a failure to capture Megumi, Kanryuu executes the pair as a show of strength and he is mildly disappointed that Aoshi doesn't do the same to Beshimi.
* {{Expy}}: Between his modified hairstyle and extra hammy personality, his ''Restoration'' incarnation seems to have taken a few pages from [[Manga/BusouRenkin Papillon]].
* GatlingGood: When cornered, he wields a Gatling gun.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He's of the evil variety, casually smoking a cigar while shooting his Gatling gun at the protagonists.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Yes, there really ''was'' a Kanryu Takeda. And yes, he really ''was'' an all-around bad guy.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Him being this only serves to piss Kenshin off after he tries to bribe the former manslayer.
* JerkAss: The single '''most''' unpleasant character in the entire series.
** Taken UpToEleven in the first live action movie.
* ManipulativeBastard: Towards Megumi.
* MoneyIsNotPower: As stated below, he boasts that having so much money makes him stronger than warriors like Kenshin and Aoshi, but he finds out this trope is in play the hard way when Kenshin beats the stuffing out of him.
** In the ''Restoration'' manga, it goes a lot more literally as he uses a money purse in the final battles. It's ''Yahiko'' who ultimately kicks his ass. Counts as LaserGuidedKarma as well considering how his mistreated and mocked him.
* RichBitch: Male version.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: He plays it utterly straight with his declaration that money is the greatest power in the world, and his having so much of it makes him stronger than Kenshin or Aoshi. [[spoiler:Too bad his money can't save him from Kenshin's wrath]].
* SharpDressedMan
* SissyVillain
* SmugSnake: Acts cool and collected when in control of a situation, such as when he's using his gatling gun, but the minute he's at Kenshin's mercy, he's left pathetically begging for his life.
* TheToothHurts: Kenshin breaks his jaw and knocks out one of his teeth.
* WouldHitAGirl: He doesn't just hit Megumi, he ''batters her bloody'' after she returns to his mansion [[spoiler:and makes an attempt on his life with a dagger that is nabbed away by Aoshi]].
* YesMan: Has an army of them at his beck and call in the live action film, usually seen fanning him at a moment's notice. They are even more spineless than him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Isurugi Raijuta]]
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->Voiced by: Ryunosuke Obayashi (JP), Creator/RichardEpcar (EN)

The leader and founder of the Shinko-ryū "school" of kenjutsu - an organization whose purpose is to revitalize Japanese kenjutsu through force.
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* AdaptationalBadass: In the manga he easily gets curbstomped by a wounded Kenshin (who got his right arm disabled in an earlier ambush before the main fight) WITHOUT Kenshin even using the blade of his sakabatou. He doesn't even go down fighting but LOSES because of a psychological breakdown from a lecture by Kenshin about real lethal swordsmanship. In the TV series, not only does he give a hell of a fight and go down KO'd (after giving Kenshin several wounds) but he WIPES OUT an entire battalion of an elite Imperial Army platoon of riflemen with one swing. He's also shown adept with commanding small squads to execute ambushes and other military tactics.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While he's certainly a conniving scum who manipulates and uses patrons in the original manga, his primary goal was to merely preserve Japanese sword arts in their original form and to make his philosophy of swordsmanship of Shink Ryu dominant in the Meiji era. In the anime, his Shinko Ryu group has been in existence before the Revolution as an elite group of Samurai and his intention from the very start was to use his school to recruit swordsman so he can lead a revolt against the Meiji government and create his own small sovereign Kingdom in which the rigid Tokugawa caste system will be the status quo and that thrives around a SocialDarwinist sort of lifestyle. As oppose to his manga counterpart (who never killed a single person in his life),his [[AdaptationExpansion TV series ]], however, he's vicious enough [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness to kill his own henchmen]].
* AdaptedOut: Doesn't appear in the live action films.
* ArcVillain
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Though to be honest he is a powerful kendoka, he gloats too much about his skills as a killer [[spoiler: despite being not one.]]
* BigOlEyebrows
* CallingYourAttacks: In the manga he shouts "Nun!" before each and every strike.
* EvilGloating: He does this during his fight against Kenshin.
* InformedAbility: Claims his Izuna technique is the "ultimate killing technique." Kenshin proves him very, ''very'' wrong.
** Averted with his kenjutsu skills. He is quite strong with his technique (though not as powerful as Kenshin).
* LargeAndInCharge: He's a giant of a man and is in charge of the Shinko Dojo.
* ManipulativeBastard: He utilizes Yutaro's hero-worship of him to his own advantage, pretending to be the boy's sword instructor while accessing Yutaro's family fortune for his own ends.
* NiceHat: Wears a large japanese hat. All his disciples wear one.
* RazorWind: How is technique Izuna and Tobi Izuna works. Kenshin even refers to the Kamaitachi while describing this attack.
* StrawHypocrite: In the manga, [[spoiler:Kenshin (correctly) guesses that despite Raijuta's ambition to restore the "killing sword" philosophy and his claims of Izuna being the "ultimate killing technique," Raijuta himself has never actually killed anybody. The fact that Raijuta celebrates at being able to nick Kenshin on the wrist with said technique, instead of expressing disappointment that the blow wasn't a fatal one, cements the point.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:In the manga, following a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Kenshin]].
* TheWorfEffect: He fights Kenshin in one-on-one combat following the KickTheDog scenario above. It goes about as well for him as you'd expect ([[CurbStompBattle totally one-sided against him in the manga]]).
* WouldHurtAChild: Uses the Izuna to wound Yutaro, severing his muscles. In the manga, [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence the wound is so deep you can actually see the bones in his arm!]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Arundo Akamatsu]]
An arrogant and overly-confident warrior sent to kill Kenshin along with Saitou, but fails. Wields a kusarigama and hidden chains.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* BullyingADragon: All without realizing that Saito is actually manipulating him for his plans.
* DirtyCoward: Beg for forgiveness when Kenshin disarms him.
* EpicFlail: His kusarigama, along with some flails hidden in his armlets.
* {{Expy}}: Of Omega Red. His surname (Aka means Red and Matsu End) and weapons makes this clear.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has badly sewn scars on his forehead and cheeks.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Beheaded by Saito.]]
* OhCrap: Several, as when he realize that Kenshin disarmed him and later when he's about to land the finishing hit.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once he finds out about [[spoiler: Ookubo]], he decides to quit. [[spoiler: But is killed by Saito before he can do anything.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Saito Hajime (aka Fujita Goro)]]
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%%[[caption-width:225: Sickest interpretation of Saitou Hajime ever.]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki (JP -Anime), Creator/KenNarita (JP - 2011 OVA), Creator/KirkThornton (EN)
->Portrayed by: Eguchi Yosuke (Live Action)

The former captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi and currently a special agent for the Meiji Government's Department of Internal Affairs. Having a long-standing rivalry with Himura Kenshin since their days on opposite sides of the Bakumatsu, Saitō nevertheless holds a begrudging respect for the rurouni and has come to his aid on assignment more than once, acting as a ruthless ally and the voice of cynical reason in the Kenshin-gumi's major battles.
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* AffablyEvil: Shikijo to a limited extent in the manga.



* EpicFlail: Shikijo's main weapon, soon discarded in exchange for a one on one unarmed battle against Sanosuke.



* {{Expy}}: Shikijo was modeled (in role, not appearance) after Sanosuke as a boisterous power fighter



* HardHead: Shikijo tries to smash Sano's skulls with headbutts. He also claims that after his first one, Sano will be unable to react immediatly, as his brain is still shaken.



* LightningBruiser: Shikijo. Aoshi in a slight degree, being fast enough to catch Kenshin off guard and powerful enough to bat him around quite easily.

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* LightningBruiser: Shikijo. Aoshi in a slight degree, being fast enough to catch Kenshin off guard and powerful enough to bat him around quite easily.



* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shikijo ends up using his massive, well-muscled body to shield Aoshi from the Gatling Gun.]]


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[[folder:Shikijō]]
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP); Dean Elliot (EN)

The most physically strong member of the Oniwaba Group. He isn't present for any of the attacks on the Dojo, but serves as a guard at Kanryu's mansion. Powerful, boisterous, and covered in scars, Shikijō is a formidable foe.

* AffablyEvil: To a limited extent in the manga.
* BoisterousBruiser: Proud of his power and hungry for combat.
* CompositeCharacter: He's combined with Inui Banjin of the Six Comrades for the live action movie. Banjin of the movie has several of Shikijo's affable traits and is the guard posted at Kanryu's mansion to fight Sannosuke.
* EpicFlail: His main weapon, soon discarded in exchange for a one on one unarmed battle against Sanosuke.
* HardHead: Shikijo tries to smash Sano's skulls with headbutts. He also claims that after his first one, Sano will be unable to react immediatly, as his brain is still shaken.
* LightningBruiser: A massive giant of the man who can be surprisingly quick on his feet and capable of absorbing blows and dishing out as much.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shikijo ends up using his massive, well-muscled body to shield Aoshi from the Gatling Gun.]]

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* NinjaLog: Interestingly enough is Hannya who uses this technique on Beshimi when the latter was defeated by Kenshin.


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* {{Ninja}}: While the Oniwabanshu are all supposed to be ninjas, Hannya's the one who best fits the look and role.
* NinjaLog: Hannya who uses this technique on Beshimi when the latter was defeated by Kenshin.
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