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The Bakufu is the government of Japan, which is led by the Tokugawa Shogunate, though it is in reality controlled by a council of Amanto called the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tendoshu]].
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[[folder:Tokugawa Clan]]
!!Shigeshige Tokugawa
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/YukiOno

Also known as the Great General, he is the ruling Shogun of Edo in the ''Gintama'' world. He is a close friend of [[TriggerHappy Matsudaira]].
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* ButtMonkey: It's amazing how a man who could order to execute ''any'' person he wish can achieve such big levels of humiliation and pain in just a few seconds/a few panels after his appearence. It's a record even for Gintama standards!
* CovertPervert: Gets a nosebleed at the prospect of seeing the girls naked at the pool.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite not being shown fighting, he's very honorable and would sacrifice his own position in order to make justice. Then he turns fully badass when it's revealed he's received ninja training.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Dies peacefully and smiling with his head on his unknowing sister's lap.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: His historical counterpart is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Iemochi Tokugawa Iemochi]], who was Shogun during the Bakumatsu period.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends / IJustWantToBeNormal: The main reason behind his appearances, as he tries to experience the life of a normal citizen. It always ends up badly for him.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: Bows down to Kagura and Shinpachi and thanks them for helping save his retainer and father figure, Maizo.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Almost constantly ends up naked. Always funny.
* NervesOfSteel: No matter what happens to him, he never loses his cool.
* NiceGuy: Compared to his uncle (and Nobunobu), he is a humble man that wants to make a difference in Edo, and at the same time, puts himself at the same level of their citizens.
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Shoguns Are Different]]
* PhraseCatcher: Gintoki will often say "''Shogun ka yo...!''" ("It's the shogun..!") when he shows up.
* PuppetKing: For his uncle Sadasada, who still ran the show behind the scenes, and [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Tendoshu]].
* TheQuietOne: He usually lets others do the talking for him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He may be a PuppetKing, but he has the best interests of his people in mind and tries to improve their lives to the best of his ability.
* RunningGag: Him getting naked.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:He is the first major recurring character to die, being killed with a poisoned needle at the end of the Shogun Assassination arc. This has major consequences in the following events.]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Surprisingly heroic during the Courtesan of a Nation arc, getting the entire police force to overthrow Sadasada and then defies the Tendoshu's orders.
* TheStoic: He always keeps up his composure as shogun, even if he's secretly crying on the inside.
* TeenyWeenie: Mentioned in his first episode after he strips off all his clothes.
* TheWisePrince: Despite his young age, Shigeshige has the best intentions for his people and seems to be a legitimately competent ruler in his own right.

!!Princess Soyo Tokugawa
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/RyoHirohashi

Shigeshige's little sister. She occasionally sneaks out of the palace because of boredom and loneliness. She met Kagura at one time and they have been good friends ever since.
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* CheerfulChild: Constantly cheerful and oblivious.
* ChekhovsGunman: Becomes quite a pivotal character in the Courtesan of a Nation arc few hundreds chapters/around two-hundred episodes after her introduction.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Sees no problem in sneaking into a prison for sleepover.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: As a member of the ruling Tokugawa Clan, she's considered a princess.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Has a rather prominent forehead.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: She feels lonely in the palace, which is why she sneaks out.
* OlderThanSheLooks: She's apparently older than Kagura, who is 14, but just like Kagura she looks and acts like she's a couple of years younger.
* RebelliousPrincess: Mild example.
* SpoiledSweet: Despite her upbringing she's a sweet girl.

!!Sadasada Tokugawa
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/TakayaHashi

Shigeshige's uncle and predecessor as Shogun. Despite having retired, he secretly controls the government from behind the scene. He made use of Suzuran's popularity, at the time Yoshiwara's highest ranking courtesan, prior to and during his reign to trap and assassinate his political rivals. He's also the one responsible for having cut off her lover Maizo's arm.
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* ArcVillain: Of the Courtesan of a Nation Arc.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:He gets assassinated by Takasugi in prison.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The loss of Gintoki's sensei, for him, was a traumatic experience implied to be the very reason he joined the war. For Sadasada, it was just one worm more crushed in his way to power, to the point he can't even remember his name. [[spoiler:This might have to do with him not being personally involved in Shoyo's arrest and execution, but he's responsible nonetheless.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: First appeared in flashback in the Red Spider Arc as Jiraia's original prey before he made his actual appearance in the Courtesan of a Nation arc.
* CorruptPolitician: Backstabbed his way to power and screws over everybody else just to stay there.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When Tsukuyo confronts him about reuniting with Suzuran again, were those tears from his face due to him not seeing her in a long time? No. That was actually ''drool'' from the memories of her hands stained in blood by his corrupt takeover as Shogun and ''wanting to suck them again''. From that point on, we look into his history and what had his actions resulted in the past that made him the most evil villain in the series to date.
* EvilGloating: Constantly, when Gintoki and his friends come looking for Maizo.
* EvilIsPetty: Really? You're going to have Suzuran killed just to prevent Maizo from meeting with Suzuran again, for no other reason than to get the last laugh after being ousted from your position?
* EvilOldFolks: He's as despicable in his old age as he was in his youth.
* EvilPrince: In the past, having ascended to the position of Shogun by murdering his rivals to the position.
* EvilUncle: He's Soyo's and Shigeshige's uncle, but has little to no good intentions to do with them.
* FatBastard: He's really let himself go in his old age.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He acts politely in front of others, but his speech is just dripping mockery and venom.
* HateSink: Virtually everything he does makes him more and more despicable.
* HumiliationConga: Gets ousted from his position, pinned to a wall by his arms and [[GroinAttack crotch]] by Tsukuyo, accidently beaten up and poisoned by Oboro, before getting arrested and then [[spoiler:murdered by Takasugi in prison.]] He had it all coming.
* ItsAllAboutMe: All that matters to Sadasada is that he stays in power and that everybody submit themselves to his authority.
* IWasQuiteALooker: He looked much like a meaner Shigeshige in his youth, though his eyes were shadowed.
* {{Jerkass}}: Cruel and sadistic. Even Takasugi isn't as assholish as he is.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:As pointed out by Okita. He built up his power base and attained his position through assassination and was ultimately assassinated in prison. The assassin, Takasugi, was even one of Shoyo's students to boot.]]
* KickTheDog: Several.
** He cut off Maizo's left arm and prevented him from meeting with Suzuran forever. He later has his other arm cut off as well when he learns Suzuran is alive.
** He mocks Shouyo Yoshida's way of life and sacrifice right in front of Gintoki.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Courtesan of a Nation Arc is basically a long overdue string of these happening to him.
** Cutting off Maizo's arm for disloyalty and preventing him to meet with Suzuran again? Gintoki and his friends' attempt to reunite the two lead to him being ousted from his position.
** Proclaiming his intent to have the Naraku take over Yoshiwara and kill Suzuran just to spite them? Tsukuyo, the law in Yoshiwara, pins him to a wall with kunai by his arms and a pointy staff between his legs.
** Ordering Shoyo's arrest and execution for very vague and minor reasons? [[spoiler:Takasugi, one of Shoyo's students, murders him in his prison cell. Though he later turns out to have less to do with Shoyo's death than intially thought.]]
* ManBehindTheMan: At least he thought so...
* NonActionBigBad: Never fights physically, instead letting the Naraku do all the dirty work.
* SmugSnake: He's a competent manipulator and backstabber, but his petty desires and vile actions ensure everybody turn against him to oust him from power. Appropriately, he completely loses his cool when his plans fall apart.
* VillainousBreakdown: As his plans fall apart, he devolves into shouting and raging against the people that ousted him from power.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As the former shogun he still has a lot of power.

!!Nobunobu Hitotsubashi
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Member of the Hitotsubashi branch of the Tokugawa Clan and their candidate for the position of Shogun. His claim is supported by high-ranking members of the Bakufu called the Hitotsubashi faction. By the time of his actual appearance, he has pretty much been confirmed for next in line for the position.

[[spoiler:Thanks to the Tendoshu's intervention, Nobunobu has become the 15th Shogun after Shigeshige is ousted.]]
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* BadassLongcoat: Wears a rather cool long coat.
* BigBadWannabe: When it comes to his alliance with Takasugi, he seems to consider himself equal if not superior to him, but in reality he's just being used by Takasugi. Even when he [[spoiler:betrays the Kiheitai and becomes Shogun, he's just a puppet for the Tendoshu and Isaburo.]]
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Blond and a ruthless villain.
* ButtMonkey: Of a karmic sort. He seems to have a tendency to get himself punched into a wall.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Makes his actual appearance by ruthlessly decapitating [[spoiler:Yaemon]] with one clean stroke before calmly talking with Takasugi about how he intends to become the country's executioner.
* EvilCounterpart: He is the complete opposite of Shigeshige. [[spoiler:Especially as the Shogun, where he freely uses the privilege of executing anyone he wants. And while he and Shigeshige are punchable, Nobunobu's case is karmic.]]
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:Really, Nobunobu. You have the Mimawarigumi cut down two innocent hostesses out of dissatisfaction... just because their attitudes and service remind you of Shigeshige? Getting a little too happy when seeing blood from Otae's neck while you are holding her face?]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He addresses others civilly, but with a clear hint of mockery and arrogance below the surface.
* HateSink: The more we see about him, the less sympathetic he gets.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: He's based on Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the ''last'' Shogun.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He wants to lead the new era as the Shogun by changing Edo to his image, [[spoiler:by that, he means getting rid of anyone who supported Shigeshige, or speak ill about him and his mandate.]]
* KickTheDog: His actions get worse as the series progresses. Most notable event would be the entire ruckus he causes at [[spoiler:the Snack Smile cabaret club, where he not only threatens to make Hijikata the security for Kondo's execution and has two innocent hostesses slashed up, he also puts a sword to Tae's throat while smiling about in satisfaction.]]
* KnightTemplar: Like Takasugi, he believes the country to be corrupt and beyond repair, and has similar intentions of destroying it. However, his vision seems to entail rebuilding the country by his ideal. [[spoiler:Subverted once he actually becomes Shogun. His only intentions are self-interested.]]
* PuppetKing: Takasugi plans to install him as one. [[spoiler:He later takes up the Tendoshu's offer and becomes their puppet instead without a single regret.]]
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:He proposes for Hijikata to be part of the security for Kondo's execution, and if he sheds a tear, he will be forced to be the security of his comrades' execution... only as a test of loyalty. And entertainment.]]
* SlasherSmile: He sports a horrific one when he has his sharp blade pressing into [[spoiler:Otae's neck!]]
* SmugSnake: Arrogant and very confident in his own plans, but in reality he's just a tool for Takasugi to take down the Bakufu. He turns out to be even worse after he [[spoiler:betrays the Kiheitai to the Tendoshu.]]
* TheStoic: Calm, reserved and stone-faced. At least at first...
** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:As the new Shogun, he angrily demands everyone who goes against him or insulted him (like Kamui accidentally punching his face in) to be executed. To be fair, he did get punched hard into a wall by a Yato, so of course he'll wake up in rage. But that doesn't excuse any of his dog-kicking after finally becoming Shogun.]]
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler:He orders Kondo and Matsudaira to be sentenced to death for Shigeshige's death, when it is obvious that the Tendoshuu had a part in it. And that's not getting into what happened following that. Just ask Otae who's thankfully alive.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Like Takasugi, he intends to completely destroy the country, but only so that he can rebuild it into a stronger and better nation. [[spoiler:Subverted, when offered the position of Shogun by the Tendoshu, he completely betrays his "allies" and their plans.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: He put his blade against [[spoiler:Otae's neck for no reason other than calling out his actions in cutting down two innocent hostess. Said women were cut down because they reminded him that Shigeshige enjoyed the club.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: Cuts off [[spoiler:Yaemon’s head after he loses to Gintoki and helps him and Asaemon to escape.]]
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[[folder:Officials and Retainers]]
!!Katakuriko Matsudaira
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/NorioWakamoto (JP), Kyle Jones (EN, movie)

An infrequently recurring character, as the head of national police he acts as the direct superior to the Shinsengumi and reports to the Shogun. He's often regarded as a dangerous, paranoid nutcase who resorts to violence at the first sign of provocation and sees potential assassins everywhere around him. In addition, he is extremely protective of his daughter, Kuriko, often ordering the Shinsengumi to assist him in shadowing any dates she goes on.

Although appearing to be an unstable lunatic, he is highly devoted to his job. Unlike Kondo, he is unable to sympathize with the Shinsengumi on a personal basis as he is not in direct command of them, but he holds the safety and well-being of the country and its people in high priority.
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* {{Badass}}: Goes up against an entire building filled with terrorists to save his daughter.
** BadassGrandpa: He's pretty fit for a man his age.
** BadassLongcoat: Wears a pretty nifty black coat.
* BadBoss: He frequently threatens to shoot his subordinates in the face.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: A very quirky and nutty official who is actually competent at his job. Sometimes.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Believes that people who wear sunglasses are usually assassins, even though he himself wears them in addition to other abnormal things such as the idea that righteousness is what makes up 80% of old men and the police being not more than a branch of the mafia community.
* CoolOldGuy: A competent official despite his age. When his paranoia and trigger happiness doesn't take over that is.
* CoolShades: Nothing like shooting up terrorists with a cool pair of sunglasses.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Paranoid nutcase. Extremely competent marksman.
* DaChief: Of Kondo and, through him, the whole Shinsengumi.
* DirtyOldMan: As if he weren't crazy enough, drinking often reduces him to this.
* DotingParent: Constantly dotes on his daughter Kuriko.
* TheGunslinger: More prone to using firearms than a sword when he acts directly.
* OverprotectiveDad: So much so that he frequently orders the Shinsengumi to assassinate any of his daughter's suitors.
* PapaWolf: Don't mess with his daughter, as the terrorists who kidnapped Kuriko soon found out.
* PermaStubble: Constantly unshaven, yet it never grows beyond stubble.
* RedBaron: Known as the "God of Destruction" for his highly destructive solutions to any problem.
* SmokingIsCool: Though funnily enough he's one of the foremost enforcers of the smoking ban.
* TalkativeLoon: The fact that he's voiced by the [[PlayingAgainstType normally serious and cool]] Creator/NorioWakamoto makes it even weirder.
* TheTeamBenefactor: Sort of as he's the one keeping tabs on the Shinsengumi and reports their activities to the Shogun to make sure they don't stay out of line.
* TriggerHappy: He won't hesitate to pull a gun on somebody for the most minor offenses.
* UndyingLoyalty: He's completely loyal to Shigeshige, both as a subject and as a friend. [[spoiler:Even when Nobunobu becomes the new Shogun after Shigeshige's death, he's still loyal to the deceased Shogun.]]
* WaveMotionGun: His personal flying warship is equipped with one called the "Matsu-Blaster." Probably a major contributing factor as to why he's called the "God of Destruction."

!!Maizo Rotten
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/ShigeruChiba (Old), Eiichiro Tokumoto (Young)

A loyal retainer of the Tokugawa Clan, noted for his service in keeping the former Shogun alive in a time of political turmoil. As proof of his loyalty, he lost his left arm in service to Sadasada.

He raised the orphaned Shigeshige and Soyo, and currently serves as Soyo's personal retainer. It is revealed that he was once Suzuran's lover and the one she made a promise to leave Yoshiwara with. Sadasada had learned of the promise and cut off the arm he made the promise with, as well as forbidding him to go see her on the pain of death for both of them.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Supposedly lost his left arm long ago in service of the former Shogun. In reality Sadasada himself had it cut off when he learned of his promise to Suzuran. He later has his other arm cut off as well when he learns Suzuran is still alive!
* BigOlEyebrows: Prominent even when he was young!
* CoolOldGuy: A competent and well-respected retainer of the Tokugawa Clan.
* DistressedDude: The Yorozuya set out to rescue him and reunite him with Suzuran when they learn of his past with her.
* GrumpyOldMan: Constantly complains Soyo's antics and what she's allowed and not allowed to do.
* InSeriesNickname: "Jiiya" (Translated as "Grampy").
* IWasQuiteALooker: Not too bad on the eyes in his youth, though he still had his big eyebrows.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He was quite a bit taller in his youth, but has become tiny in his old age.
* NonActionGuy: He's simply too old and is lacking an arm to be able to fight, really.
* OldRetainer: He has served the Tokugawa Clan for a long time.
* ParentalSubstitute: The one who raised the orphaned Shigeshige and Soyo, both of whom view him as their father figure.
* ThePromise: Promised Suzuran long ago that he'd take her away from Yoshiwara with him, but due to Sadasada's interference, this is postponed until they are finally reunited just before her death.
* TheReveal: He was Suzuran's lover all along.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Suzuran, though they're finally reunited in the end.

!!Yaemon Ikeda
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The current head of the Ikeda Clan, which comprise a long line of executioners for the Bakufu. He serves as the Bakufu’s official executioner and sword tester, which means that he controls and distributes swords for the Bakufu, and tests them on the corpses of criminals.
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* AchillesHeel: The Ikeda style of swordsmanship is mainly used for the sake of quick and painless executions. While it's [[ImplausibleFencingPowers very effective in combat]], the style has a critical weakness in that the user is left open after an attack, which can be exploited by making the user waste their attack.
* ArcVillain: Of the Shinigami Arc.
* BadassBack: [[spoiler:Flips around the Hitotsubashi retainers with his back turned to them in his YouShallNotPass moment.]]
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Asaemon’s Abel.
* CombatPragmatist: Brings in riflemen as backup and goads Asaemon into wasting her attack on Gintoki in order to kill her when she’s let her guard down, though the latter plan doesn’t work as intended.
* DissonantSerenity: Always smiling and polite, even when he's sneaking up on somebody and threatening to cut them up.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Keeps his eyes closed most of the time, rarely opening them.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He takes his death calmly, standing still as Nobunobu walks up to him and cuts off his head.]]
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Part of the Ikeda swordsmanship style consists of quickly drawing his sword to execute a criminal.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Most swordsmen in the series get some improbable feats, but he and his sister Asaemon take it to another level with the special techniques of the Ikeda Clan, which allows them to cut things in a way so they either stay attached or can be easily reattached. The primary use of the technique lies in executing criminals without letting their heads fall off, allowing them to die with some semblance of dignity.
* LegacyCharacter: Invoked. Every head of the Ikeda Clan take on the name Yaemon.
* OffWithHisHead: As the Bakufu's chief executioner, his job entails cutting off the heads of criminals. [[spoiler:He ends up getting his own cut off by Nobunobu himself.]]
* OhCrap: When he notices too late that Asaemon has given her sword to Gintoki while he himself is open to attack.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Hands over the name of Yaemon and leadership of his clan to Asaemon after his defeat.]]
* PerpetualSmiler: Never lets go of that smile on his face.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Redeems himself by allowing Asaemon and the Yorozuya to escape, but it costs him his life.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Desperate to prove himself worthy of the title of the clan's head, to the point where he murders several criminals ahead of time in order to master the Ikeda style of swordsmanship. His father did ''not'' approve.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Stands against the Hitotsubashi retainers to allow Gintoki and Asaemon to escape after his defeat. Nobunobu cuts off his head for it.]]
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[[folder:Mimawarigumi]]

!!Isaburo Sasaki
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa

The leader of the newly-established and significantly more illustrious Mimawarigumi. He comes from an elite samurai family, with the skills and training to match. He's polite and disdainful--but his personality changes completely when he uses emails, becoming sickeningly sweet instead.

At the end of his first appearance, he was shown amiably conversing and plotting with Shinsuke Takasugi, suggesting an alliance between the two. He's also backed by the Hitotsubashi faction, which is opposed to Sadasada and seeks to install Nobunobu Hitotsubashi as shogun.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: Was shown having a friendly conversation and possibly plotting with Takasugi. However, Isaburo's motivations still remain unknown. [[spoiler:His plan is to provoke a new rebellion against the Bakufu and Tendoshu, taking down the country with him.]]
* {{Badass}}: The heir of the elite Sasaki family, with the skills to match.
** BadassLongcoat: Wears a rather awesome white longcoat as part of his uniform.
** CulturedBadass: Sophisticated elite asskicker.
* TheCaptain: Of the Mimawarigumi.
* CavalryBetrayal: Subverted in the Courtesan of a Nation Arc. While he initially makes it seem like the case when he arrives at the scene and shoots Gintoki, it's quickly revealed that he shot him with an antidote against Oboro's poison, making him genuinely part of TheCavalry.
* CerebusRetcon: You know the gag of him sending sweet emails on his phone as a habit? Turns out it has a rather dark twist to it... [[spoiler:His pregnant wife made him use a phone so they could communicate while she was giving birth to their child. However, after making sure the Shinsengumi succeeded in their first mission, the Naraku turned on his family, killing his wife and newborn child.]]
* TheChessmaster: It's heavily implied he planned and orchestrated the events that led to the former Shogun Sadasada being ousted from his position, though certain details, such as Shigeshige's attempted (but rejected) resignation, were not part of his plan.
* CombatPragmatist: Brings a gun to a sword-fight and doesn't hesitate to use the environment to his advantage.
* TheComicallySerious: Completely serious and composed at all times, even when writing his sickeningly sweet e-mails or trying to shake Nobume off the hand he held a donut in.
* CulturedWarrior: A sophisticated and well-spoken fighter.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Since his plans involve provoking a rebellion against Nobunobu's government and the Tendoshu, he has no intentions of surviving. In fact he tasks Nobume with killing him.]]
* TheDragon[=/=]DragonWithAnAgenda: As the new Police Chief, he serves as Nobunobu's chief enforcer, but is really not loyal to him ''or'' the Tendoshu. [[spoiler:His actual intentions are to provoke a rebellion against the Bakufu and Tendoshu.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: His motives and goals are only hinted at, while his actions confuse people even further.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:He had a pregnant wife who was discussing with him by phone on what to name their child... only for them both to get killed by Mukuro in retaliation for Isaburo covertly helping the Shinsengumi complete their first mission. He then appears to have taken Mukuro in as a replacement for his daughter, naming her what he'd intended to call his own daughter: Nobume.]]
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Shoots a charging Hijikata (who was counting on taking the hit so he could attack a vulnerable Isaburo) through his shoulder, with the bullet hitting barrels of gasoline behind him, which explodes and throws Hijikata straight in the path of Isaburo's sword.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:For a given value of "good". He's trying to spark a rebellion against the Bakufu and the Tendoshu, hoping to be taken out in the process while the country destroys itself.]]
* GunAndSword: Wields both a sword and a pistol at once, to stunningly deadly effect.
* HighClassGlass: As seen above, he wears a monocle befitting his elite status.
* {{Keigo}}: Addresses everyone politely.
* KnightTemplar: Seems to give off the vibe of being one, though his actual intentions remain unknown.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite wearing purely white clothes, his intentions are anything but pure.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: He barely reacts at all when he gets run through with a poisoned katana.
* ManInWhite: Complete with having rather shady motivations.
* ManipulativeBastard: He's quite good at playing everyone around him with words.
* NervesOfSteel: He never flinches from any kind of threat, at most acting with mild surprise that he's actually been stabbed.
* TheProudElite: And he will proudly remind you of the latter as many times as possible.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Uses one in the manga. The anime version has him use a modern pistol instead, though he did use a revolver when he shot Gintoki with an antidote.
* TheStoic: He's usually stone-cold and composed.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Is usually quite cold but he's much nicer when he's writing e-mails. A bit '''too''' nice.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Under his uniform.
* WildCard: A rather grey character since it's never really clear whether he's an antagonist or just neutral.

!!Nobume Imai
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/AyaHirano

The Vice-Commander of the Mimawarigumi. A cold and highly efficient assassin with a surprising fondness for donuts.

It is later revealed that she used to work alongside Oboro in the Naraku and was known as Mukuro, with a tattoo on her neck to show for it. However, she has made it clear that she has no intention of joining forces with him and remains loyal to Isaburo.
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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Hates herself for all the deaths she has caused, especially slaughtering Isaburo's family. To make up for it, she joins in his cause, but finds herself unwilling to follow through on his final order to kill him. She ultimately decides to atone by choosing her own path instead of blindly following someone's orders.]]
* AxCrazy: PlayedForLaughs. Whenever there's a problem you can expect her to suggest cutting it up.
* {{Badass}}: She's more than a match for Sougo in combat.
** BadassLongcoat: Wears a white longcoat as part of her uniform.
* ChildSoldiers: Served as a highly skilled assassin in the Naraku even as a little child.
* CoolBigSis: She acts like a big sister for Soyo. They even share a bed!
* DarkActionGirl: While her motives are unclear, she's still a ruthless assassin that won't hesitate to cut you up.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Sougo.
* TheDragon: To Isaburo as the vice-commander of the Mimawarigumi.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Along with Gintoki and Tsukuyo, she disguises herself as a member of the Naraku to sneak aboard Sadasada's escape vessel and destroy the ship's core.
* DualWielding: Has a tanto sheathed in the bottom end of her sword's sheath which she occasionally uses in conjunction with her nodachi.
* HimeCut: Being set around the time of the Bakumatsu, her hairstyle makes at least some sense.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Her preferred style is quickly drawing and then sheathing her nodachi.
* IceQueen: Except when donuts are involved.
* LadyOfWar: Swings her sword with a deadly lady-like grace.
* NotSoStoic: Only when donuts are involved. [[spoiler:However, at the prospect of having to kill Isaburo, she begins crying.]]
* OneHandedZweihander: She wields a nodachi, a two-handed weapon, in one hand due to being a IaijutsuPractitioner, but also because she sometimes wields a [[DualWielding tanto in the other hand]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: She's stone-cold assassin with red eyes, be warned.
* TheStoic: She's cold and composed at virtually all times. Well, except for when it comes to donuts.
* SweetTooth: Her favourite food is donuts, which Sasaki uses to bribe her.
* ThatManIsDead: Nobume Imai is a pseudonym. Oboro reveals her former name was Mukuro. Whether or not this was also a pseudonym is unknown as of now. In Chapter 539, it turns out that Nobume is the name [[spoiler:Isaburo was about to give to his newborn dead child.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Donuts, as mentioned above.
* UndyingLoyalty: Shown to be very loyal towards Isaburo, trusting in his survival and stating to Oboro she only works with Takasugi because he is. [[spoiler:Even though she's the one who killed his wife and child, being sent by Tendoshu to do so.]]
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Although hers are hidden by her long white coat.
* WildCard: Just like Isaburo, her motives are pretty unclear. Especially since we know that she used to work with Oboro.
* WomanInWhite: Well, white clothes are part of the Mimawarigumi and she's fighting alongside people with rather shady motives.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Dark blue at that.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A.
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[[folder:Naraku]]
!!Oboro
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/KazuhikoInoue

The leader of Naraku, a secret assassination squad employed directly under Sadasada Tokugawa.

He was the one responsible for Kansei Purge which eradicated most of Anti-Foreigner Faction of the past including the falsely accused Shoyo Yoshida. He's actually in service to the Tendoshu.
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: He's immune to the poison he coats his needles in.
* AnimalMotifs: Crows, specifically the three-legged crow Yatagarasu which is considered a symbol of the will of heaven or divine intervention in JapaneseMythology.
* ArchEnemy: To Gintoki, but less so than Takasugi.
* {{Badass}}: He's able to fight toe-to-toe with Gintoki himself.
* BareFistedMonk: Still a quite capable fighter without weapons, mixing martial arts with ki attacks.
* BloodKnight: Oboro showed shades of this. He ''smiled'' satisfyingly in chapter 542 when Gin broke his staff.
* CombatPragmatist: Utilizes poisoned weapons and paralyzes his opponents to gain an advantage in a fight.
* TheDragon: He works as Sadasada's right hand man.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: However, his true loyalty is to the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tendoshu]].
* EvilCounterpart: In terms of behaviour AND looks, he's practically Gintoki's EvilTwin.
* EvilVersusEvil: Due to his allegiance towards the Tendoshu, he also considers Takasugi an enemy.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Karmically, Takasugi stabs out his left eye while he's busy fighting Gintoki.]]
* FacePalmOfDoom: Grabs Gintoki's face while he's already downed and blasts him point-blank with a KiAttack.
* TheFatalist: Is of the belief that those who have been dealt a bad hand by fate should accept it, as they can't change anything and any attempt will only result in further loss. It's part of the reason he hates Gintoki so much, as he sees him as refusing to learn from the losses he's suffered and continuing to oppose the people in charge who were responsible.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a long scar across his face.
* HiddenWeapons: He's got a sword hidden inside his staff, though Gintoki breaks it immediately. He also has a lot of needles hidden inside the straw hat he wears.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: With Gintoki's wooden sword. However, he survives thanks to the intervention of the Tendoshu.
* KiAttacks: Able to produce short range ki blasts from the palm of his hands. No one is sure how just yet.
* KnightTemplar: Any act of defiance towards the Tendoshu's rule is a crime against the heavens in his eyes.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:He stabbed out Takasugi's left eye with a thrown dagger to stop him from charging in after Shoyo's execution. Takasugi later pays back the favor stabbing out ''his'' left eye while he's busy fighting Gintoki.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Dresses in white robes and claims to speak for the heavens, but his intentions are by no means noble.
* ManInWhite: His robes are white and his intentions are anything but benevolent.
* NotQuiteDead: The Tendoshu retrieve and patch him up after Gintoki had presumably killed him.
* {{Ninja}}: While more of a warrior monk, his role as an assassin and the skills he wield puts him here.
* OhCrap: When he notices that he's about to fall down and be impaled upon a piece of Gintoki's broken wooden sword.
* TheParalyzer: In addition to being poisoned, the needles will severely immobilize his opponents when they strike a PressurePoint.
* PerpetualFrowner: Never seen cracking a smile.
** He cracked a smile in chapter 542 when Gin [[WorthyOpponent broke his staff]]
* PoisonedWeapons: His needles are coated in a deadly poison that will kill its target.
* PowerPalms: Utilizes palm strikes against his oponnents in hand-to-hand combat, sometimes combined with a KiAttack.
* PressurePoint: Attacks enemy pressure points with his needles in order to immobilize and damage his opponents, though he is quite capable of hitting them personally in close quarters.
* StaffOfAuthority: The Naraku wield [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khakkhara khakkhara]] (Buddhist monk staves) with hidden swords inside as their main weapon.
* StealthHiBye: In his talks with Nobume, he's made a habit of disappearing when she looks for him, leaving only raven feathers behind.
* SwordAndFist: Fights with both weapons and martial arts at the same time.
* SwordCane: The khakkhara the Naraku wield are essentially this, featuing hidden blades inside of them.
* VillainousBreakdown: Really loses his cool in the final stages of his fight with Gintoki, though he recovers after he is revealed to be alive.
* WarriorMonk: He's dressed like a monk and addressed as a messenger of heaven.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Unlike Gintoki, Oboro is a definite villain.
* WreckedWeapon: Gintoki breaks his first sword with his ''teeth''. Later on in the fight as well, he breaks Oboro's second sword with his own wooden sword.

!!Utsuro
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First leader of the Naraku, who rose to become one of the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tendoshu]].
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* AnimalMotif: Like Oboro, a crow. He referred to himself as "the yatagarasu", the three legged crow associated with Heaven's will in JapaneseMythology, and also wears a cape of raven feathers.
* AllEncompassingMantle: That black cloak of his covers his entire body.
* {{Badass}}: He absolutely manhandles Kagura and Nobume, despite the former being a Yato.
* BadassCape: His black cloak is adorned with raven feathers.
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Grabs Nobume's blade with only three fingers, then smacks the hilt into her open wound with it.
* BlackCloak: Covered completely from the neck down in a black cloak, which gives him both an air of mystery and intimidation.
* BlackSwordsAreBetter: Wields a black katana with a manji-shaped guard. [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Remind you of anything?]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Doesn't appear to be a Yato, but is able to block a kick from Kagura and toss her around like a ragdoll.
* CoolMask: Wears an intimidating tengu mask to cover his face.
* CoolSword: Completely black sword with a guard in the shape of a manji? Awesome!
* DarthVaderClone: He dresses in all black, complete with a identity-concealing CoolMask, Tendoshu's trademark NiceHat and a raven-feathered BadassCape.
* EvilCounterpart: Like Oboro to Gin: In both looks and demeanor, and even badassery, he seems to be designed as an evil Yoshida Shouyou, fueling fans's {{WMG}}s about his real identity.
* {{Expy}}: In terms of design only. He is referred to as a "Shinigami", clad from the neck down in a cloak, and his main weapon is a black sword with a manji-shaped guard. Very much like {{Anime/Bleach}}'s protagonist Ichigo in his Bankai form.
* FlashStep: He is fast enough to disappear and then appear behind Nobume to attack her.
* HatOfAuthority: A member of the Tendoshu and wears the same style of straw hat as the rest of them.
* NiceHat: Wears the usual large straw hat like the rest of the Tendoshu and Naraku.
* StaffOfAuthority: Carries a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khakkhara khakkhara]] like the rest of the Naraku, but with a more ornate design.
* SwordAndFist: Mixes in martial arts with his sword to deadly effect.
* WarriorMonk: As the head of the Naraku, it goes without saying he's dressed as a monk and deadly as a warrior.
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