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Kabukicho is an infamous red light district in Edo where the main characters also reside.

[[folder:Four Heavenly Emperors]]
The Heavenly Emperors are the four leaders of Kabukicho. [[spoiler:Months after Jirocho's retirement and Kada's "disappearance" they are replaced by Gintoki for Otose, Azumi for Saigo, Tae for Kada, and Katsuo for Jirocho]].


!!!!!!Voiced by: {{Kujira}} (JP), Creator/ShelleyCaleneBlack (EN, movie)

Gintoki's tough-as-nails landlady. "Otose" is just her alias, and her real name is Ayano Terada.

She owns a snack-bar and is usually helpful towards those in need. Up until the Four Devas Arc, she mostly remained in the backgorund, often giving precious advice or taking in Tama, Catherine or Seita temporarily.

Despite constant arguments over Gintoki's inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her. She is apparently one of the four "emperors" that rule the Kabukicho and has the personal title "Empress of the Kabuki District," mainly because of her good relationships and channels... and [[OneManArmy Gintoki]].
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandma
** BadassPacifist
* CoolOldLady
* DisneyDeath: Jirocho stabs her in front of her husband's grave, presumably killing her, only for her to survive and it to be revealed [[spoiler:as part of Jirocho's plan to keep her out of the eventual confrontation with Kada.]]
* HerHeartWillGoOn: As is exposed during the Four Devas Arc.
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jirochu_otose_5698.jpg Yes she was]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite her often blunt attitude, she sincerely cares for the Yorozuya and her employees, Catherine and Tama (even though Catherine's very introduction into Gintama was trying to steal from Otose) , going as far as to call them her family. This kindness was more obvious when she was a young woman, as she secretly fed poor children food from her job (and got fired for it).
* [[{{Landlord}} Landlady]]: To Gintoki.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Her title "Empress of the Kabuki District" should tell you that this is one old lady you do not want to mess with. While she has zero ability to defend herself, she has a small army made of the best fighters in Kabukicho under her command. The kicker? Every single one of them holds an UndyingLoyalty toward her and are thus ready to fight to death if it means protecting or avenging her.
* NonActionSnarker: Despite counting on the Yorozuya for her own protection, since she is just too old to really make an impression in a heated physical fight, she does gibe at them a lot.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* ParentalSubstitute: Functions as one for Gintoki, Catherine, Tama and, briefly, Seita.
* PetTheDog: Among other examples, she is shown many times ripping into Gintoki for not paying her each month's rent on time, yet she cuts him some slack a few times all the same.
* PluckyGirl: In her youth.
* {{Protectorate}}: Otose first met Gintoki while offering meat pies at her husband's grave. She let grubby-looking Gintoki eat them and for this favor, Gintoki promised to protect her until she joins her husband. Even earlier, Tatsugoro (Otose's husband) with his last words entrusts her safety to [[spoiler:Jirocho.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: '''This! Is! KABUKICHO!!!'''
* SkunkStripe: In the second movie, her future self is seen sporting a double one, though she remains otherwise unchanged.
* SmokingIsCool
* UndyingLoyalty: Be it Gintoki himself, Catherine, Tama or pretty much anyone who knows her well, she inspires this due to her kind and caring self underneath her apparent toughness.
* WidowWoman

!!Tokumori Saigo
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/HisaoEgawa

A former member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. Since his wife's death he has done everything he could to be both a father and a mother to his son. He is also the owner of an okama cabaret bar, and most of the crossdressers are formerly of the Faction as well. In his first appearance he tried to transform Gintoki and Katsura into crossdressers as well until they helped him out.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Hir Women]]: And hir son.
* {{Badass}}
* BareFistedMonk
* BattleStrip: Always discards his kimono before he goes into battle.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call him or any of his "girls" freaks if you don't want to be curb stomped and forced to be a crossdresser at his club.
* TheBigGuy
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He may as well be the physically strongest human in Gintama, pulling off feats that are impossible for ''Gintoki''.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Duh.
** WholesomeCrossdresser
* DropTheHammer: Wields a massive one in the attack on Otose's snack-bar.
* MachoCamp
* OldSoldier: A renowned veteran of the Joi War.
* OneManArmy: He took down Amanto battleships on his own during the Joi War while wearing nothing but his signature loincloth.
* PapaWolf / MamaBear: '''Don't''' put a finger on Teruhiko if you want to live.
** Slight subversion in that by doing so, Kada forced Saigo to attack the Yorozuya even though he and his faction doesn't really want to. Of course, once the Yorozuya rescue him...
* PermaStubble: In case he wasn't obvious enough already.
* RedBaron: ''White Loincloth Saigo'' as a member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction and ''Fearsome God Mademoiselle Saigou'' as an okama.
* ShirtlessScene: Many times.
* UnderwearOfPower[=/=]{{Fundoshi}}: Often strips all his garments save for his fundoshi when he goes to battle.
* YouHave48Hours: What he says to Catherine, Tama, Shinpachi and Kagura during the Four Devas Arc. After that, he was to destroy the Yorozuya's home as Kada instructed him to, having kidnapped his son.

!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/MikiIto

Also known as "Kujakuhime" ("Princess Peacock"), she is an Amanto who operates most of the gambling outfits in Kabukicho.

Manipulative, vain and highly territorial, she runs her casino with an iron fist and isn't very close to the other "Emperors" of Kabukicho. During the Four Devas Arc, it is revealed that she is actually linked to the Harusame Space Pirates and that her intentions are far from benevolent.
* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: If you dare to cheat in her casino, only luck, literally, will save you from death.
* ArchEnemy: She is Jirocho's.
* ArcVillain: Of the Four Devas Arc.
* TheBaroness: A sexpot type. She's very good-looking but rather domineering despite her delicate appearance.
* FateWorseThanDeath
* FemmeFatale: Subverted. Despite speaking in a very suggestive tone and her sultry attitude, she makes it clear from the get-go that she means business and that she has no intention of seducing anyone.
* FemmeFatalons
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: She completely snaps after [[spoiler:the [[SpacePirates Harusame]] enclose her for stealing and using their money.]]
* HiddenWeapons: Her fan's spokes end with razor-sharp blades that she can activate at will, but she never gets to use it.
* ManipulativeBitch
* NoblewomansLaugh: She even has a fan!
* NonActionBigBad: Doesn't fight herself, relying entirely on her army of EliteMooks. The one time she tries to fight, she gets knocked out.
* {{Ojou}}
* PeacockGirl: Not literally but close enough.
* PointyEars
* ProfessionalGambler
* SmugSnake
* VillainousBreakdown: Reacts less than calmly when not only [[spoiler:do Gintoki and Jirocho manage to kill all of her EliteMooks, the rest of Kabukicho rallied together and managed to defeat the minions she sent to Otose's snack shop.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler:Says this to Gintoki and Jirocho at the end of the Four Devas arc. They do meet again in the same episode, while all the other emperors are recovering from the huge Kabukicho fight, and this time she loses for good]].
* WomanInWhite
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Jirocho Doromizu
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/TakayukiSugo

The last Emperor of Kabukicho to be revealed in the series. A former member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction, currently a yakuza. Grew up with Otose and ended up befriending her future husband. Due to the fact that he also loved her, he backed down, allowing Otose to marry his best friend. When Otose's husband died protecting Jirocho from a bullet, Jirocho [[spoiler:took it upon himself to protect Kabukicho.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: According to Katsuo, who mentions how he and other members of Jirocho's faction were the outcasts of society before he took them in.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:He really just ''seems'' evil.]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* AntiHero: A vigilante in his youth, [[spoiler:and one of the reasons why Kabukicho hasn't been taken over by Harusame over the years as an adult.]]
* ArchEnemy: He is Kada's.
* {{Badass}}: He is probably one of the strongest humans in the series.
** BadassGrandpa
** BadassLongRobe
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: During his fight with Gintoki, Jirocho ''punched'' Gintoki so hard that he flew through a row of tombstones, crashing hard into a stone wall.
* CoveredWithScars
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Of the white-haired variety.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: This was how he and Tatsugoro became friends.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:He is Pirako's DisappearedDad, having left her and her mother to protect Kabukicho from the shadows.]]
* EnemyMine: He and Gintoki unite to take on Kada's EliteMooks together before they settle the score between each other with a SingleStrokeBattle.
* EvilCounterpart: He's essentially a much older, less lazy, and evil version of Gintoki. [[spoiler:Which then gets subverted when it turns out he was GoodAllAlong.]]
* TheFaceless: For a while, before his proper appearance in the Four Devas arc.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:The biggest reason Kada (and, by proxy, the Harusame) hasn't taken over Kabukicho yet is because of the influence his faction has had all along.]]
* GoodIsNotNice
* GrumpyOldMan
* IaijutsuPractitioner
* IWasQuiteALooker: He was indeed [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jirochu_otose_5698.jpg very attractive in his prime]]. And yes, that's Otose in the middle.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Although it ''really'' isn't obvious at first.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Something like that, [[GoodAllAlong at least at first glance]].]]
* NotSoDifferent: From Gintoki.
* OldMaster
* OldSoldier: A renowned veteran of the Joi War.
* OneManArmy
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:To Katsuo.]]
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Leaves Kabukicho together with his daughter at the end of the Four Devas arc.]]
* SmokingIsCool
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: [[spoiler:Tragically distant from his daughter for most of her life, due to his promise to protect Kabukicho. Thankfully not the case by the end of the Four Devas Arc.]]
* {{Yakuza}}

[[folder:Otose's Snack Shop]]
!!!!!!Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto (JP), Creator/LuciChristian (EN, movie)

A middle-aged cat-eared Amanto whom Otose takes in. She [[ReformedCriminal used to be a]] [[IncrediblyLamePun cat-burglar]] and eventually got framed for larceny by Gintoki and his pals after trying to steal from them.

[[DeadpanSnarker Sharp-tongued and rather unpleasant]], she often gets called out on her "lack of manners" by Otose and often gets into fights with Kagura. However, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she can be genuinely helpful and kind when she wants to]]. Especially remarkable for her strange accent and her [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable uneven accentuation when she speaks]].
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: To the point wher Otose remarks when she actually gets it right.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Probably explains why her accent is so weird, even in Japanese.
* ButterFace: She has a very nice body but her face is... plain to say the least.
* CatGirl: Yeah. But she isn't cute at all.
* CatsAreMean: The least you can say about her is that she's... bitchy.
* ChristmasCake: The reason why she looks different than most other female characters might be due to her being an older woman. She's also a spinster, as everyone is quick to point out.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Subverted. She has the outfit but certainly not the class.
* DeadpanSnarker
* GenericCuteness: Averted.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Her BadFuture self in the second movie grows a beard, but tries to play it off as her being a catgirl and the beard her whiskers.
* {{Jerkass}} --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Depending of the situation, she could be the first if the situation is not serious or the latter if is really serious.
* ReformedCriminal: She used to be a thief.
* SmokingIsCool
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite everything, she's extremely devoted to Otose for having given her a second chance at life.

!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/OmiMinami

Tama is a female android found as a disembodied robot head in a trash can one night by Gintoki and Kagura. She was named by Kagura, who was obsessed with eating egg on rice at the time. She seems to have some rather strange main functions, such as acting as an interactive interface for a DragonQuest game.

Tama was originally a robot servant created by Dr. Hayashi to provide his sickly daughter with a companion. Hayashi tried to implant the personality of his daughter, Fuyo, into Tama, but the experiment killed his daughter in the process. He gradually became wracked by grief and his intentions became more and more selfishly twisted after the event. Tama came to possess the element known as the "Seed", and is therefore capable of human emotion in addition to retaining some of Fuyo's personality.

After the events of the Fuyo Arc (in which she was introduced), Tama was fully reconstructed and has since been employed at Otose's snack house where she is always seen working alongside Otose and Catherine.
* DisneyDeath: Twice! First her HeroicSacrifice and she is later on supposedly killed by Kintoki. Thankfully Gengai's able to repair her both times.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: The subject of this when she comes down with an unknown virus.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sacrifices herself to stop the Terminal from blowing up at the end of the Fuyo Arc.
* {{Homage}}: She's a walking DragonQuest reference and even has an [[FantasticVoyagePlot entire arc]] centered around this particular quirk.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A flamethrower... mop?
** BroomStickQuarterstaff
* {{Keigo}}
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Both when she is first discovered and after the Fuyo Arc comes to a close.
** Inverted in the Kintama Arc where she and Sadaharu are the only ones who remember Gintoki.
* LosingYourHead: The state she is initially found in and consequently named (as an egg-cracking device nonetheless).
* ReplacementGoldfish: The entire point of the Fuyo Project was for Hayashi to implant his dying daughter's personality into a robot host. It ends in disaster.
* RetroGaming: She comes across a virus that, among other things, reduces her to an 8-bit sprite.
* [[RobotGirl Robot]] {{Meido}} / RobotMaid
* SpockSpeak: It's either this or an incessant barrage of DragonQuest menu options asking for player input.
* TearsFromAStone: A result of carrying "the Seed."
* YamatoNadeshiko
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: Though more than justified by her being an android.

[[folder:Kodokan Dojo]]
!!Tae Shimura
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/SatsukiYukino (JP), Creator/ShelleyCaleneBlack (EN, movie)

Shinpachi's violent and unhinged older sister. She runs the Kakidōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part-time as a bar hostess to pay for the upkeep.

She is usually addressed as "Otae", although Kagura always addresses her as ''anego'' ("big sister" in Japanese informal speech), and the Shinsengumi call her ''nee-san'' ("big sister" in Japanese formal speech), which the usual honorific used to refer to a samurai leader's consort.

Despite her sweet face and cheerful demeanor, she is one of the most brutal characters in the show. She often delivers sound thrashings to Isao Kondo and Gintoki, or well, anyone else, whenever they anger her.
* ActionGirl: Not an active one, but woe to anyone who stand in her way when she does takes action.
* ACupAngst: Especially shown when all the men turned AttractiveBentGender and had larger busts then her.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: On those rare occasions she's being nice.
** MegaTonPunch: For stalker gorillas and other undesirables.
* BastardGirlfriend: How Kondo sees her.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: A variation. She isn't exactly malevolent but she does put a front of kindness and sweetness to hide her much less pleasant real self.
* BladeOnAStick: Her WeaponOfChoice is a naginata. It's mostly utilized for threatening the likes of Gintoki and Kondo, but she's used it a number of times in actual combat.
* CoolBigSis
* CuteAndPsycho: Otae can be somewhat {{Tsundere}}, but she also flies into a crazy, violent rage at the slightest disturbance while still acting the sweet older sister. (Add the fact that she shares a voice actress with Shmion of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', and well...)
* DiseaseBleach: In the second movie's BadFuture her hair turns completely white after [[spoiler:being infected with the White Curse.]]
* DissonantSerenity
* HairTriggerTemper
* HeirToTheDojo: Together with Shinpachi.
* IllGirl: In the second movie's BadFuture she becomes infected with [[spoiler:the Enmi nanomachine virus called the White Curse, causing her hair to turn white and her eyesight failing along with her health.]]
* InseriesNickname: Otae, which is simply adding the prefix "O" to her name, a respectful way to address a woman.
* IntertwinedFingers: This staple of the YuriGenre is used between her and Kyubei. Which seems to speak for itself.
* LethalChef: Shinpachi even suggests that his bad eyesight is from eating too much of her cooking.
** ...and it's been shown to cause amnesia. Lethal, indeed.
** Gengai calls it some undiscovered foreign substance.
* NaginatasAreFeminine
* PerpetualSmiler: Always smiling and welcoming, even when she's about to [[DissonantSerenity fly into a violent rage.]]
** SlasherSmile: Tends to evolve into this.
** StepfordSmiler: Viewed in-story as this by Shinpachi and Kyubei.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mainly Type B, but her violent side's easy to trigger due to her temper.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Subverted. She has many characteristics and attributes, including the (apparent) prim attitude and the naginata, but her true self is anything but this since she can hardly cook and is very violent otherwise.

!!Hajime Obi
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/MasayaOnosaka

The former head coach of the Shimura family dojo, the Kodokan.

He was like a [[BigBrotherMentor big brother]] to Tae and Shinpachi back in their childhood and all three used to be very close until he chose to take-off to outer space and earned the title of ''Galaxy Warrior''. He comes back late in the series and reunites with his estranged wards.

Unfortunately, it is later revealed that he only survives thanks to his cybernetic half that was given to him by aliens who found him on the brink of death after he got defeated in one of his many battles. He was also infused with a split personality, called Kenofi, in the service of the aliens who fixed him.
* AssShove: At one point gets a beam saber shoved up his ass by Tae when he suggested that she and Gintoki were dating.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Shinpachi who calls him ''Hajime-nii''.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: His Kenofi persona.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul
* DeadAllAlong: A variation. His original self is still present but without his cybernetic equipment, he would die.
* ElectronicEye: Has one brown eye and one red cybernetic eye.
* FirstLove: Otae's.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a long scar that runs from his forehead, around his right eye and then to his right ear.
* GoOutWithASmile: Dies with a smile on his face during his HeroicSacrifice.
* HeroicSacrifice: He eventually takes out the aliens that were about to destroy Earth by aiming the WaveMotionGun inside his body at them and dies in the process.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HollywoodCyborg: He is literally half robot.
* InSeriesNickname: [[StarWars Obi]]-[[PunnyName One]].
* LaserBlade: His weapon is a [[StarWars light-]] I mean beam saber. He's also able to project a huge one from his hand thanks to his cyborg half.
* PerpetualSmiler: Always has an ear-to-ear smile plastered on his face. It's a clear indicator that his Kenofi persona is the one in control when he ''isn't'' smiling.
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When his cyborg half takes over.
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* ShipperOnDeck: Briefly seems to be one for Gintoki and Tae, as he suggests the two were dating. [[AssShove Tae disagrees]].
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: What his Kenofi persona tries to do.
* WaveMotionGun: The aliens who fixed him put one in him, to be used to spark a war that would lead to Earth's destruction. He ends up using it to destroy the aliens.

[[folder:Homeless People]]
!!Taizo "Madao" Hasegawa
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/FumihikoTachiki (JP), Creator/ChrisAyres (EN, movie)

A close acquaintance of the Yorozuya Gin, introduced as an official working for the Bakufu. After an incident with Amanto dignitary Prince Hata, whom he was assigned to serve and protect, he fled. He has consequently become homeless, jobless, and a heavy drinker and survives pretty much the same way Gintoki and his pals do: doing pretty much anything he can get paid for.

He is often referred to as "Madao," which stands for "totally useless middle-aged man" in Japanese. In the English translation, it's either "middle-aged dumb-ass oldie," or abbreviated to "dork,": "dumb old retarded kook."
* ActionSurvivor: One of the least action-oriented males of the series, yet still capable of coming out on top in dangerous situations.
* AlmightyJanitor: Subverted. Despite having bouts of HiddenDepths, his epiphanies and reflective speeches are often ignored by everyone.
* AmicableExes: While he's not officially divorced with his wife, he and Hatsu are almost always in good, friendly terms when interacting with each other.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: When he was chief of the Amanto Immigration department, he was actually quite a [[MegatonPunch strong]], [[ClickHello threatening individual]]. After he lost his job--and subsequently all authority he had--his asskicking status dropped right off the map.
* ButtMonkey: Things keep getting worse and worse for him. If it helps any, he's most definitely not the only ButtMonkey among the cast.
* CardboardBoxHome: He's taken living with cardboard to the extreme, not only sleeping in various cardboard box houses, but has made cardboard suits, cardboard mecha-armor, a cardboard camcorder, etc...
* ChewToy
* CoolLoser: Despite being called out on his inability to crawl out of his homelessness, he is still part of the Yorozuya's entourage and they consider him a friend.
* CoolShades: Parodied. Although he starts off as a high-ranking official in the government, he becomes less cool and far more loserly as the series goes on. On the other hand, they sorta invoke the image of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]], whom Creator/FumihikoTachiki also voices.
** In a hilarious demonstration, during the Ryugujo Arc, he is shown to have the fighting power of something around 600K (K for ''kelp,'' and regular humans possessing roughly 360 times K, Shinpachi had 364). That is, until he drops his sunglasses and it's revealed that device was reading data from said sunglasses and his actual fighting power was a mere 1K, i.e. on the same level as kelp. ''"It's true, Madao is nothing more than a pair of sunglasses."''
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Who would've though a laid-back, easy-going homeless guy would hold such a fierce streak in times of need?
* DeterminedDefeatist: Even though he often feels as if he's got no chance of getting his wife back, securing a stable job, or finding a place to live, he is still determined to try anyway. He often finds himself sinking to the depths of despair, but he always finds some way to climb out of it--whether it be through [[EpiphanyTherapy his own epiphanies]] or with the help of his friends.
* DrivenToSuicide: Hasegawa has been shown to be depressed to the point of contemplating and attempting suicide numerous times. Fortunately, various circumstances, both extenuating and deliberate, have foiled his attempts.
** BungledSuicide: Daigoro, a kid doing a summer project about the life of a Madao, notes that his Madao was sad because it [[ChildrenAreInnocent "tried to make a swing,"]] but accidentally messed it up.
** InterruptedSuicide: In the episode "Madaodog Madaonaire," Hasegawa meets the little girl that he would later take care of after she stops him just as he was standing on a block of wood, about to hang himself. She says that she knew what to do because her dad used to do a lot of [[ChildrenAreInnocent "hanging around"]] too.
** {{Seppuku}}: After the Yorozuya first meet Hasegawa and inspire him to impulsively mess up his job, ([[MegatonPunch by punching Prince Hata]], an important Amanto figure, [[MegatonPunch into the stratosphere]],) his boss orders him to commit [[{{Seppuku}} suicide by harakiri]]. Instead of following through, he christens himself a coward, flees his job, and sinks into obscurity. This later becomes a plot point when he has to stand trial for a mostly unrelated crime, his refusal of seppuku [[OffWithHisHead potentially dooming him]] if the information had been made public.
** TalkingDownTheSuicidal: When Hasegawa is imprisoned in the Prosecution Arc, he becomes so wrought with despair over losing what he saw was his last chance with his wife that he repeatedly asks Gintoki to bring him a rope to hang himself with. Gin, tired of hearing him talk as if no one cared if he lived or died, [[FriendshipMoment reaffirms just how far he's willing to go for a friend.]]
---> '''Gintoki''': Oh yeah, and about that rope. I'll bring it next time I come. I have no intention of getting you a rope so you can hang yourself. But... If it's a rope to pull you out of hell, then I'll bring you as many as you want.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Madao.
* FatalFlaw: He's had many chances to pull himself out of the gutter, but his [[OddFriendship unwavering friendship with the Yorozuya]] and [[HeroicSacrifice his tendency to sacrifice his own happiness and comfort for others]] has proven to be quite fatal for his chances at holding a stable job.
* FriendlessBackground: Before his introduction to the series being fired from his job, Hasegawa didn't have any real friends. This seems to be because he was a [[{{Understatement}} bit of a]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]] to all of his subordinates, orchestrating the government's various agendas [[MeanBoss with an aloof yet ruthless efficiency]].
* GayOption: Was the lone guy in Gintoki's UnwantedHarem during the Scandal arc. [[spoiler: He gets bonus points for being the ''only'' person who actually did the deed with Gintoki.]]
* HiddenDepths: He has tons. In fact, if you take out his butt-monkey style, Hasegawa is easily one of the best if not the best person in the series. He has been having countless chances of turning his life around but eventually ruined them himself for the sakes of other people. Pathetic as he may seem, you gotta admire the man's selflessness.
* {{Hobos}}: A rather benevolent and dignified one.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: He says something to this effect to [[spoiler:Gin during the Scandal Arc]]. Though he mainly tries to stay as faithful to Hatsu as he can, he's oggled a few women and visited a few hostess bars throughout the series. He's also displayed a kind of cool understanding when it looked like [[NotWhatItLooksLike Gin was 'doing a thing' with Hattori]]. In this case, however, it's unclear if he just happens to be BiTheWay, or if the idea of being in a serious relationship with [[spoiler:Gintoki]] is appealing enough to Hasegawa that he'd jump across the sexuality spectrum for him.
--> '''Hasegawa''': I wouldn't mind falling to the bottom of society with you. That's how I feel now.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Gintoki, [[VagueAge who is somewhere between a decade or two younger than him]].
* JerkassFacade: At one point, puts one on in order to dissuade a caring family from taking him in.
* KeepTheReward: He's somehow able to win 10,000,000 yen on a [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Who Wants To Be A Millionaire rip off]], and immediately gives it all away--[[PerpetualPoverty in spite of his own financial dire straights]]--to help a family that's struggling to be together because of the father's massive debt.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: After meeting and befriending Gin, Hasegawa went from being an inconsiderate jerk who was willing to sacrifice anything for the greater good, to being a selfless, understanding man who is willing to live in absolutely demoralizing conditions as long as he's able to "live life standing tall."
* NotWithThemForTheMoney: This is his relationship with Hatsu. He came from a poor samurai family, and she was unobtainably above him in terms of social class. So in order to be with the woman he loved, he married into her family instead of the other way around and never tried to use her wealth for his own personal gain. Even though Hatsu could probably support them both with her vast wealth, Hasegawa believes that he needs a stable job to prove his dedication and worthiness before even attempting to get back with her.
* OddFriendship: You'd think after all of the misfortune and misery Gintoki (and ex-Joi patriot) has brought upon him (an ex-bakufu official), they'd be bitter rivals, but somehow they've found [[BirdsOfAFeather camaraderie in poverty]] instead.
* ParentalSubstitute: Somehow, he seems to be a magnet for kids with [[DisappearedDad deadbeat, absentee dads]]. He usually ends up turning into a surrogate father who forms such a strong bond that, before long, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he'll end up sacrificing everything he has so that the kids will be able to have their old dads back]].
* PerpetualPoverty: After his redundancy.
* RunningGag: His nickname, Madao.
* SmokingIsCool: Not that it makes ''him'' any less of a loser, though...
* ThatDidntHappen: Essentially what he says to Gin the first time they see each other after [[spoiler:their [[WhatDidIDoLastNight one night stand]].]]
--> '''[[CigaretteOfAnxiety Hasegawa:]]''' [[INeedAFreakingDrink Get drunk and forget it ever happened.]] [[DrowningMySorrows I'll do the same.]] [[spoiler:[[ThatDidntHappen Last night didn't happen.]]]]
* TheTramp: Rather than a member of the CrazyHomelessPeople since he is much more sympathetic and much less slovenly than your average bum.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Though it's obvious why he can't hold down a stable job, (thanks to his bad luck and wild friends,) the jobs he does have from episode to episode are usually super convenient to the plot. For example, being a lifeguard when the Shogun just happens to want to take a swim, or working at a festival when there just happens to be a festival episode.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: The lower he sinks socially and economically, the more insight he finds in life. Too bad almost no one is willing to listen to him or ask him for advice because they only see him as a good-for-nothing Madao.

!!!!!!Voiced by: Kouichi Sakaguchi

A recurring minor character, an old homeless man usually seen with Hasegawa. His name actually isn't Musashi, but it's what he is listed as in the credits. [[spoiler:He is actually Ikumatsu's amnesiac father Matsugoro Nishiki.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CrazyHomelessPeople: Much straighter example than Hasegawa.
* DirtyOldMan: Hits on Tsukuyo when she comes by to ask about one of Suzuran's former customers.
* {{Hobos}}: Like Hasegawa.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Though he didn't know it himself, he turns out to be [[spoiler:Ikumatsu's missing father.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Suffers from severe memory impairment, which has caused him to forget all about his family and identity.]]
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Wears them all the time. He has strangely intense eyes behind them.

!!Heiji Kozenigata
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/UnshoIshizuka

The Hard-Boiled Detective, a man with tough looks who's been on the hunt for the fox thief Chogoro for years. However, despite his tough looks, Kozenigata is not a competent officer. He has a tendency to ramble in monologues and getting sidetracked, either by alcohol or sex clubs. He's usually accompanied by his younger partner Haji.
* TheAlcoholic: He's constantly downing alcohol, such as his favorite camus.
* CoolShades: Makes him look even cooler.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Zigzagged. He actually ''looks'' competent and tries to act the part, but he's really bad at his job. However, in a real pinch he's able to help out in a fight, even taking out a Naraku while fighting alongside Hijikata.
* HardboiledDetective: He's a parody of this type of character, constantly monologuing, but is actually not good at his job.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He throws coins attached with strings as weapons. Surprisingly effective, when he doesn't use it to himself up.
* SmokingIsCool: Smokes a mean cigar.
* TakingTheBullet: He pushes Hijikata out of the way of an attacking Naraku, taking a sword slash down the chest while killing said Naraku.

!!Tatsugoro Terada
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/HiroakiHirata

Otose's late husband, a policeman who was highly respected and looked up to by the people of Kabukicho. He and Jirocho became friends after having initially fought against one another. They joined the Joi war as part of the Anti-Foreigner Faction together, but he died during the war, leaving Otose a widow.
* TheAce: He's looked up to virtually everybody who knows about him, including Gintoki and Jirocho.
* FairCop: Not bad on the eyes for a cop.
* PermaStubble: Always shown with a fair bit of unshaven stubble on his chin.
* PosthumousCharacter: Died long before the series began.
* SmokingIsCool: Smoked his kiseru in life with style.
* TakingTheBullet: He died taking a bullet for Jirocho.

!!Katsuo Kurogoma
!!!!!!Voiced by: Katashi Ishizuka

An infrequently recurring character and one of the higher-ranking members of Dobunezumi, Jirocho's organization. An on-again-off again antagonist.
* AdaptationDyeJob: A minor case, as a much later color page shows his hair to be black and his clothes to be white in the manga.
* AffablyEvil: Though antagonistic would probably be a better fit.
* AlliterativeName: '''K'''atsuo '''K'''urogoma.
* {{Badass}}: He is one of the most feared men in Kabukicho for a reason, despite his unfortunate encounters with the Yorozuya. He certainly proves himself a competent fighter when he gets the chance against Kada's assassins.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Of Jirocho, as is implied many times in his first appearances.
* CharacterTic: He has a habit of smoothing his hair back.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Smashes alien {{Ninja}}s through roofs and walls with nothing but sheer physical strength.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Nothing like beating armed alien {{Ninja}}s with just your bare hands.
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* GracefulLoser: Takes his first loss at Gintoki's hands pretty well and backs off when he realizes it's more trouble than worth.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* OralFixation: Constantly seen with a large toothpick in his mouth.
* PetTheDog: Has an adorable dog that he loves and pampers.
* RankUp: [[spoiler:He takes the place of Jirocho as one of the new Four Heavenly Emperors of Kabukicho after his former boss leaves town with his daughter.]]
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Wears a big red scarf, even into combat.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He is very quick to abandon the Planet Catnip ambassadors when their plans backfire on them.
* StraightMan: Plays the role among [[spoiler:the new Four Heavenly Emperors,]] all of whom seem determined to drive him nuts with their crazy ideas.
* {{Yakuza}}

!!Pirako Chin
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/AiNonaka

A young girl who comes to the Yorozuya Gin at the onset of the Four Devas Arc and asks them to help her find her father.

Despite her happy-go-lucky appearance and her perpetual smile, she soon reveals herself as a sadistic, bloodthirsty PsychoForHire, in the service of Kada, whose goal is to infiltrate Kabukicho's line of defense and facilitate Kada's takeover, in exchange of being reunited with [[spoiler:her father, Jirocho.]]
* AntiVillain: A textbook Type 2.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CuteAndPsycho
* DaddyIssues: Oh, Pirako...
* DaddysLittleVillain: A variation. [[spoiler:Jirocho was antagonistic but not a real villain and she was simply gullible enough to believe Kada would keep her word.]]
* DarkActionGirl
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Upon facing the Yorozuya-Gin after Kada's defeat, she throws her sword at their feet and kneels in submission, saying she's now ready to pay for what she has done to the Kabukicho district. But Gintoki has other plans for her and instead sends her off to her long-lost father.]]
* IdiotHair: Gintoki often takes advantage of her unruly hair to catch her.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:One of the biggest in the series. She never suffered any consequence for having facilitated Kada's schemes and setting everyone up. She got away with only a minor injury to the forehead.]]
* TheMole: She works for Kada, at least at the beginning.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She tries to pass off as a total spazz but it's not long before her [[CuteAndPsycho true self]] is revealed.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: [[spoiler:To the much more serious and sultry Kada.]]
* PerpetualSmiler: As part of her deception.
* PersonaNonGrata: [[spoiler:In the end, even though he helps her get away, Gintoki makes it clear that he doesn't want to see her face again after what she did to the Kabukicho district. And if she ever comes back, she will be dealt with permanently that time.]]
* ProfessionalKiller
* PsychoForHire: The very reason why Kada recruited her.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Leaves Kabukicho together with her father at the end of the Four Devas Arc.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:She's Jirocho's daughter.]]
* {{Sarashi}}: Wears one under her kimono, which is usual for Japanese {{Action Girl}}s, both in fiction and in RealLife.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad

[[folder:Other Residents]]
!!Gengai Hiraga
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/TakeshiAono

A crazy inventor who can repair ''any'' kind of machine. He is often concerned about his son who he often wishes to have raised better.

He is the one to put Tama back together and helped a lot in taking down the army of robot-maids.
* {{Badass}}: Especially in the Fuyo Arc.
** BadassBeard
** BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome: Except for that little bit of hair on the back of his head, he's mostly bald.
* CloudCuckooLander
* CoolOldGuy
* DeathSeeker: Takasugi manages to prod him into trying to kill the Shogun to avenge his son, but he admits to Gintoki he never had any intention of succeeding. He is ultimately talked out of it.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: In a freaking tank.
* TheEngineer
* GadgeteerGenius: He builds and maintains almost anything. Even weapons! What do you mean you modified Lake Toya to squirt soy sauce!?
* GogglesDoNothing: Inverted. In his case, they do serve a purpose.
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* MadScientist: The rare benevolent kind.
* MrFixit
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Had the great misfortune of having to witness his son's [[DecapitationPresentation decapitated head being presented in public]] during the Joi War.
* TankGoodness: Drives one.

!!Ikumatsu Nishiki
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/MayumiAsano

Owner of the [[FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto Shinken]] ramen shop in Edo. She lost her husband to members of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. Katsura hides out in her house to escape the Shinsengumi at one point and falls in love with her.
* BoundAndGagged: By her brother-in-law.
* DamselInDistress: Her brother-in-law kidnaps her with the intention of selling her, but she gets saved by Katsura.
* DeterminedWidow: Despite being pretty defenseless, she still stands her ground firmly against her would-be embezzlers.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: Her relationship with Katsura is heavily hinted at but never shown on-screen or on-panel.
* MrsRobinson: She is somewhat older than Katsura.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Her father disappeared when she was little. Turns out he had gotten amnesia after saving a young boy who would eventually become Ikumatsu's future husband.]]
* SamaritanRelationshipStarter: A variation. She gave Katsura home and shelter for a while, which he didn't quite expect from her. This is how he started to see her as a potential lover.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Entirely linked to Katsura story wise and lost pretty much all plot significance after her first appearance. She only made cameos afterwards until finally regaining some importance in a so-far unanimated arc.
* SilkHidingSteel: She's a very mannerly and hospitable lady who hides quite a fierce streak.

!!Hachibei Takaya
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/HiroyukiYoshino

Shinpachi's infrequently appearing best friend and a member of Otsu's fan club, known more widely by the name Taka-chin. He used to be a delinquent, but was mistreated by the gang he was involved with. However Shinpachi managed to pull him out from the gang and he has since then been a member of Otsu's fan club.
* ButtMonkey: Hardly a stand-out case, but he frequently finds himself physically abused.
* DelinquentHair: Wears his hair in the style of a delinquent's pompadour.
* InSeriesNickname: Always referred to by Taka-chin. Bet you didn't remember his real name?
* {{Otaku}}: Becomes an idol otaku alongside Shinpachi when he joins Otsu's fan club.

!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/TesshoGenda

An Amanto of the Dakini clan who moves into the house behind the Yorozuya. In spite of his scary appearance, he is a very friendly and nice person. He owns a flower shop, but doesn't have a whole lot of customers because of how scary he looks.
* AllTheOtherReindeer: Everybody is afraid of him and shun him as a result. One of the endings in the anime show him as a child where none of the other children wanted to play with him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's impossibly nice, but won't hesitate to throw knives or punch somebody to prevent them from stepping on a bug.
* FaceOfAThug: Because of how scary he looks, everybody is afraid of him and assumes he has evil intentions. In reality, he's probably the nicest person in the entire series.
* GentleGiant: Huge and scary-looking, but very friendly.
* HornedHumanoid: All Dakini have horns.
* NiceGuy: Possibly ''the'' nicest person in the series.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted. The Yorozuya initially assumes he's a bad guy, but he proves himself to be anything but.

!!Kyoshiro Honjo
!!!!!!Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi

The owner and frontman of the #1 host club Takamagahara. Occasionally visits Gintoki and company for help.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Subverted. He was ridiculously ugly until the plastic surgery...
* {{Bishounen}}: Probably has the most BishieSparkle scenes of all the characters.
* TheCharmer: Well, it is his job.
* {{Gonk}}: Before plastic surgery.
* HostClub: Head of the number 1 host club in Kabukicho.
* IKnowKungFu: "Blade of the Male Escort!" It's super-effective against ''transvestites''. (To be fair, they ''were'' lining up to be slain)...
* SharpDressedMan: His outfit is considered typical of pimps by the standards of Japanese culture.

!!Tetsuko Murata
!!!!!!Voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Creator/BrittneyKarbowski (EN, movie)

Tetsuko is a swordsmith in Kabukicho and Tetsuya's younger sister. As children of renowned swordsmith Jintetsu Murata, the two run the swordsmith shop together. She helped Gintoki Sakata and the Yorozuya during the Benizakura Arc.
* ActionGirl: While not a particularly accomplished fighter she is capable of wielding a sword and brings a hammer to the battle in front of Otose's snack shop.
* TheAtoner: She feels responsible for standing by and letting her brother continue his work, and thus seeks out Gintoki to stop him.
* TheBlacksmith: Took up her father's craft as a swordsmith alongside her brother.
* DropTheHammer: Brings along a huge blacksmithing hammer as her weapon in the Four Devas arc.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Initially, though she seems to have grown out of it by the Four Devas arc.

!!Tetsuya Murata
!!!!!!Voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (JP), Creator/JohnSwasey (EN, movie)

Tetsuya is a swordsmith in Kabukicho and Tetsuko's older brother. As children of renowned swordsmith Jintetsu Murata, the two run the swordsmith shop together. Feeling overshadowed by his father's legacy, Tetsuya is completely obsessed with surpassing him. He forged Benizakura for Takasugi in an attempt to make the ultimate sword.
* TheBlacksmith: Took up his father's craft as a swordsmith alongside his sister.
* HeroicSacrifice: Dies saving his sister from Benizakura.
* NoIndoorVoice: He shouts ''very'' loudly all damn the time.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Serves with the Kiheitai throughout the Benizakura arc, but redeems himself by saving his sister. Too bad he dies in the attempt.
* TakingTheBullet: Pushes Tetsuko out of the way when the Benizakura-possessed Nizo attacks her and dies as a result.
* UltimateBlacksmith: He mixed together swordsmithing and Amanto technology in order to create Benizakura.

!!Kintoki Sakata
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/YuuichiNakamura

A replacement robot that Kagura and Shinpachi had Gengai build since Gintoki left them. He winds up brainwashing the whole cast and the whole Kabukicho with FakeMemories of him as the protagonist of the series.
* AiIsACrapshoot: Even turned against his creator Gengai.
* ArcVillain: Of the Kintama Arc.
* BigBadWannabe: Saw himself as the BigBad whose defeat would result in the series ending for good, allowing him to be the star of his own series. Boy was he proven wrong.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Since he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Gintoki]]'s opposite, it goes without saying.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Shining golden hair. Complete bastard.
* BreakTheHaughty: The recipient of it, when after a brutal beatdown, the Yorozuya creates a dream anime for him, only to constantly humiliate him and tear it down.
* BreakThemByTalking: Does it to Gintoki by convincing him his whole life was a lie which he made up in his head because of watching Kintoki's accomplishments from afar. Tama and Sadaharu both manage to bring Gintoki out of it again though.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: When you use his name for the title instead of Gintoki's, you end up with ''Kin''tama (a homophone of the word for 'testicles' in Japanese).
* EvilCounterpart: To Gintoki.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He tries to act polite, but his mockery of Gintoki and his sheer delight in his suffering shines through.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Was made into a "Perfect Gintoki" to act as the leader of Odd Jobs while the real Gintoki was away.
* KickTheDog: Apart from convincing Gintoki his whole life was a lie, there's also his vicious attack on Tama, which he frames Gintoki for.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Gintoki literally creates a dream anime for him just to destroy it.
* ParodySue: A ''villainous'' example.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Started out as a replacement for Gintoki, who was absent for a while.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Done on purpose.
* SmugSnake: His sheer confidence in his control over Kabukicho proves to be his undoing, as his brainwashing wears off. He also boasts of how destroying him would reset everybody's memories, while his own data is transferred to another body to live out his own dream series, but it is completely torn down.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He seems to be on the verge of reforming himself at the end of his arc, but has never appeared again since.