The primary antagonists of the series, the Kiheitai is a radical branch of the Anti-Foreigner Faction led by Takasugi.


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[[folder:General Tropes]]
* FiveBadBand: The officers of the Kiheitai form one:
** TheBigBad: Shinsuke Takasugi.
** TheDragon: Bansai Kawakami.
** TheEvilGenius: Henpeita Takechi.
** TheBrute: Nizo Okada.
** TheDarkChick: Matako Kijima.
* LaResistance
* TheRemnant
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[[folder:Shinsuke Takasugi]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: TakehitoKoyasu (JP), Kyle Jones (EN, movie)

A former comrade of Gintoki and Katsura during the Joi War and the series' [[BigBad primary antagonist]]. He leads a radical branch of the ''Anti-Foreigner Faction'' called the ''Kiheitai'' (Demon Soldiers Army) and is known amongst the Shinsengumi as one of the most dangerous criminals around. After the war ended, he vanished and has since gained a deadly reputation due to his assassination of many of the Bakufu's main officers.

Unlike Katsura, he believes that the only way to save the country is to destroy the "rotten" post-Joi war world. His resentment and overwhelming spite drove him to strike a partnership with the ''Harusame'' SpacePirates in order to eliminate the Bakufu.
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* ArchEnemy: Gintoki's and Katsura's.
* {{Badass}}: He was a former comrade-in-arms with Gintoki and Katsura during the Joi War, there's no way he's not badass.
* BigBad: Arguably the main antagonist of the series.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Later on enters in an alliance with fellow major villain Kamui, and then [[spoiler:allies himself as well with the shogun-to-be Nobunobu Hitotsubashi.]]
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: His kimono is covered in golden butterflies and the symbolism is perfectly in-line with his radical intentions.
* TheChessmaster: He's managed to turn his small but dangerous organisation into a major player in the great scheme of things through the acquisition and manipulation of new allies, to the point where [[spoiler:he's managed to ally himself with the Shogun-to-be Nobunobu, and at the same time be seen as an equal.]]
* TheCorrupter: Often corrupts others, including his employers, into evildoing.
* TheDreaded
* EyepatchOfPower: His bandages serve as one.
* EvilCounterpart[=/=]ShadowArchetype: His character is a fairly good representation of what Gintoki and Katsura could become if they ever decide to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* EvilFormerFriend: Of Gintoki and Katsura.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* FreudianExcuse: Shoyo Yoshida's unfair treatment and death at the hands of the Bakufu sent him flying over the DespairEventHorizon and led to his view of the world being rotten and unsalvageable.
* GigglingVillain
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takasugi_Shinsaku Takasugi Shinsaku]].
* ItsPersonal: Towards the Bakufu as whole for ordering Shoyo's arrest and execution, but especially towards the former Shogun Sadasada and the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tendoshu]]. [[spoiler:He personally [[OffWithHisHead takes the head of the former]] in prison.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:He kills the Shogun's corrupt uncle in the Courtesan of a Nation Arc. Said person was responsible for Shouyou's death along with many other atrocities.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Whenever Takasugi shows up, things start getting very serious.
-->'''Elizabeth''': ''"[[LampshadeHanging Such a violent development! Did this turn into a different anime?!]]"''
* KnightTemplar: Believes that the eradication of ''everything'' is the only way to save the country.
* ManipulativeBastard: So far, he's actually shown a fair amount of restraint when it comes to his Kiheitai, but he's not above igniting mutiny among the Shinsengumi by manipulating one of their advisors.
* NietzscheWannabe: The world as he sees it is a rotten place which can only be saved by destroying it.
* PerpetualSmiler
* PocketProtector: An old school book saves him when Katsura pulls a surprise attack on him from within an Elizabeth costume.
* PsychoticSmirk: His default expression.
* TheRemnant: His ''Kiheitai''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He is especially bitter at the world for taking away his, Katsura and Gintoki's teacher, Shoyo.
* SlasherSmile: He's more prone to {{Psychotic Smirk}}s, but he occasionally gives one of these as well.
* SmokingIsCool
* VisionaryVillain
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[[folder:Bansai Kawakami]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/TakumiYamazaki (JP), Andrew Love (EN, movie)

Regarded as one of the strongest swordsmen in the country, Bansai serves as second-in-command of the ''Kiheitai''. He carries a shamisen which doubles as a tool for garroting or tying up his opponents.

On top of being famous as a skilled swordsman, Bansai is also a talented songwriter. He works as a music producer under the name ''Tsunpo'' and the pop idol Otsu's newer songs are written by him. Overall, Bansai is shown to have an extremely calm demeanor, although he is capable of violence when necessary and appears to take an interest in potential challenges to his skill.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: He's got black hair in the manga, judging by color pages and a manga cover.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBiker
** BadassLongcoat
* CoolShades
* TheDragon: Takasugi's right-hand man.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Subverted. He wears them to show his innate connection to music, which he uses as a means of judging a character's personality and fighting style.
* HiddenWeapons: His shamisen has a sword hidden within.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Gintoki uses his strings against him by pulling his helicopter to the ground with them, though he manages to survive.
* InstrumentOfMurder / SenselessViolins: Shown in his fight with Gintoki, Bansai can use the strings from his shamisen to restrain people. Also, said shamisen has a katana hidden inside of it.
* {{Keigo}}: He ends his sentences with ''de gozaru'' and uses the humble first person pronoun ''sessha''. Remind you of [[RurouniKenshin anyone]], ''[[VerbalTic de gozaru]]''? Turns out he was named after Gensai Kawakami, one of the four notable assassins of the Bakumatsu period, whom Kenshin himself was inspired by.
* MadeOfIron: He's particularly resistant as shown in his fight against Gintoki.
* NobleDemon: He's devoted to the Kiheitai's cause, seeing himself essentially as a villain, but despite this he confesses to Takasugi that he'd "fallen in love with the heroes' song" and also spares Yamazaki's life.
* PetTheDog: He spares Yamazaki's life.
* RazorFloss: From his shamisen strings, no less.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to Gintoki in their encounter in the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc.
-->''"Gintoki Sakata... You are a ghost. You once tried to protect this country with Shinsuke and the others. You are obsessed and unable to let go. You are a living ghost! There is no longer anything for you to protect! Ghosts should go back to where they belong!"''
* TheStoic
* SunglassesAtNight
* VerbalTic: As noted above, he uses "-de gozaru", an ancient suffix mostly used by {{Ronin}}s and other types of rogue swordsmen to mark hostility and masculinity without being rude.
* VillainsOutShopping: Although he works with Takasugi in the Kiheitai, he's also a songwriter who's written songs for Otsu Terakado while off-duty.
* WarriorPoet
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: In the anime.
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[[folder:Matako Kijima]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: RisaHayamizu (JP), Carli Mosier (EN, movie)

A member of the ''Kiheitai'' who is skilled at using firearms rather than swords. She wields a pair of pistols and is known as the "Red Bullet" for her honed sharpshooting skills. She is extremely loyal to Takasugi to the point where it appears she has a crush on him. She is quick-tempered, easily agitated, and prone to screeching when upset.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: While still blonde in both versions, her clothes are changed from dark red in the manga to pink in the anime.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Though she's hardly any better than Takasugi herself.
* BareYourMidriff
* BlondesAreEvil
* DarkActionGirl: As one of the higher ranked members of the ''Kiheitai.''
* GenderFlip: She's apparently based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kijima_Matabei Kijima Matabei]], a ''male'' gunslinger.
* GunsAkimbo
* TheGunslinger: Prefers old-fashioned pistols to heavier firearms or swords.
* TheLadette: She's considerably undignified, once engaging in a crude spitting match with [[{{Tomboy}} Kagura.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: She often throws a fit when she gets upset.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Subverted, though she actually wears red in the manga.
* RedBaron: "Red Bullet".
* RevolversAreJustBetter
* SlasherSmile
* SmittenTeenageGirl: She's maybe a bit ''too'' devoted to Takasugi.
* SubordinateExcuse: She seems to be part of the Kiheitai mainly due to Takasugi, but she seems to hold their goal, the eradication of the Bakufu, in high regard with or without Takasugi.
* TriggerHappy
* UnfortunateNames: As Kagura is quick to point out, ''Mata'' is slang for crotch.
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[[folder:Henpeita Takechi]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/{{Chafurin}} (JP), George Manley (EN, movie)

The strategist of the ''Kiheitai'' is notable for his strange fetishes and his usually brilliant assessment of situations. While capable of fighting, his abilities are less notable in comparison to other big players of the ''Kiheitai''.
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: In the matters of organisation and strategy, he's actually quite competent, but it's offset by his fetishes and weird habits.
* ButtMonkey: The Kiheitai's resident ButtMonkey, who suffers all of the humorous abuse among its members.
* TheEvilGenius
* GenreSavvy: He's well aware that Gintoki, Katsura and Sakamoto will be a future threat to Takasugi's plans and takes steps towards eliminating them.
* InsistentTerminology: "I'm not a lolicon, I'm a feminist!"
* {{Lolicon}}
* TheNondescript: He looks like a generic ronin mook.
* PaperThinDisguise: Often tries to pass off as Takasugi, which almost always ends with him getting beaten up by Matako and Bansai. Gintoki, Sakamoto and Katsura also get to beat him up when he shows up at their reunion party dressed as Takasugi.
* TheStrategist
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[[folder:Nizo Okada]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (JP), Jay Hickman (EN, movie)

The main antagonist of the Benizakura Arc. A blind sword-for-hire who works for the Kiheitai and who normally answers to Shinsuke.

He's first encountered by Gintoki and the Yorozuya while he's working for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Kahei Hashida]]. He fights Gintoki, who breaks his sword and defeats him. At the onset of the Benizakura Arc, he tries to assassinate Katsura with the cursed sword Benizakura, but fails to actually kill him. He then becomes more crazed and out of control due to Benizakura [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul gradually turning his body into a cybernetic extension of itself]]. After Gintoki sets off to find the vanished Katsura, the two cross paths again, with Nizo defeating him with the help of Benizakura. He is later on presumed killed in his third and final encounter with Gintoki aboard the Kiheitai's main ship.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Shinpachi cuts off his right arm while he's busy trying to kill Gintoki, but he replaces it with Benizakura.
* AxCrazy
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Benizakura turns into one as it grafts itself onto his right arm, later replacing it entirely when Shinpachi cuts it off.
* BlindWeaponmaster: He's blind, but still a quite accomplished swordsman.
* BloodKnight
* BodyHorror: Benizakura turns him into a monstrous combination of machine and flesh as it takes over his body.
* TheBrute: Serves as the Kiheitai's strongarm, being quite good at killing, but not very good at handling more delicate matters.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: The longer he wields Benizakura, the more of himself he loses to the sword, before being completely consumed by it at the end.
* DeathSeeker: He wants to go out in a blaze of glory in service to Takasugi, hopefully killing as many people as possible while at it.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* HandicappedBadass
* HeroKiller: Tries to be this by going after and supposedly killing Katsura but doesn't succeed.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: A master at drawing his sword and slashing in the same motion, but he ends up abandoning his former fighting techniques as Benizakura fuses itself to him.
* LeeroyJenkins: A villainous example. He is so eager to test out Benizakura that he ends up ruining Takasugi's plans regarding the sword by luring the Kiheitai's enemies to their hideout.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: He barely reacts to Shinpachi cutting off his arm, instead choosing to nonchalantly say it was mean of him to do that.
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: Rides a flying bike shaped like a horse into battle against Katsura's flying warships, complete with reins!
* ProfessionalKiller: Serves as both an assassin and a sword-for-hire when he's not working with the Kiheitai.
* PsychoForHire
* PsychoSupporter: For Takasugi.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: While running around hunting ronin and testing out Benizakura.
* SwordCane: Initially wields one until Gintoki breaks it and he gets hold of Benizakura.
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