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UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi is a special anti-terrorist police unit in Edo deployed by the Bakufu. They consist of lower status samurai and ronin from out in the country.
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[[folder:General Tropes]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: The Shinsengumi uniforms are lined with silver in the manga, but gold in the anime.
* AmazonBrigade: For the GenderBender Arc.
* BadassCrew
** BadassArmy
* CopsAndDetectives: Their primary roles is being local cops for the Bakufu. Most of them apply at some level for the following tropes:
** ByTheBookCop: Kondo.
** GoodCopBadCop: Yamazaki and Kondo are the good cops. Hijikata and Sogo the bad ones.
** DirtyCop: Sogo, sometimes.
** InspectorJavert: All of them, towards Katsura.
** PoliceAreUseless: Played with. They are highly competent at their jobs but when we're talking about everyday life...
** RabidCop: All of them but mostly Sogo.
** SWATTeam: In serious arcs.
* DeadpanSnarker
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Kondo
** TheLancer[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Hijikata
** TheBigGuy: Sogo
** TheSneakyGuy: Yamazaki
** TheTeamBenefactor: Matsudaira
* {{Foil}}: To the ''Yorozuya''. To be specific: Hijikata to Gintoki, Sogo to Kagura, Kondo to Shinpachi.
** When Katsura is with the ''Yorozuya'': Yamazaki to Shinpachi, Kondo to Katsura.
** The counterparts tend to be fairly fluid at times; Shinpachi and Hijikata both share the role of the most level-headed character, while Okita and Gin have a similar streak of trickery(especially when it comes to tormenting Hijikata).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: They're all based off the historical members of TheShinsengumi, though their names have been altered slightly, while their personalities and behavior are very different from their historical counterparts.
* PowerTrio: Most of the time with Kondo, Hijikata and Sogo.
** ThreePlusTwo: Sometimes, Yamazaki and Matsudaira join in on the action.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* TrueCompanions: The Shinsengumi is forged through bonds of friendship and loyalty, so much so that even grim-faced and sadistic warriors like Hijikata and Okita would toss away their lives to protect their commander.
* UndyingLoyalty: Almost all the members of the Shinsengumi has this towards Kondo.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: All of the officers wear one under their jacket.
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[[folder:Isao Kondo]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/SusumuChiba (JP), David Wald (EN, movie)

Commander of the Shinsengumi. A goofy, but good-natured and honorable leader who has won the respect and admiration of his subordinates. Despite appearing completely incompetent, he takes his job seriously and will not hesitate to make tough decisions in order to protect his comrades and the people of the country.

The members of the Shinsengumi are fiercely loyal to him and he shares a particularly close bond of friendship with Sogo Okita and Toshiro Hijikata. Okita often remarks that Kondo's nice attitude is also his weak point as he never takes notice of a person's negative traits.

He has a crush on Shinpachi's sister Tae and stalks her, to which she responds by repeatedly beating him senseless.
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* AFatherToHisMen: A trait that is much more apparent in serious arcs. And his men love him for it.
* AnimalMotifs: The gorilla, by way of what people usually call him.
** {{Everything Is Better With| Monkeys}} Gorillas
* AttractiveBentGender: In the GenderBender Arc, he receives probably the most drastic change, turning into a tall busty blonde ''and looks no way like he did before.''
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: Kondo faces stiff competition from other characters for this title, but the show refuses to give him a break. He's gone so far as to earn the nickname "Gorilla-san," a title which even ''he'' sometimes uses to refer to himself. A ButtMonkey with more emphasis on the "monkey".
* TheCaptain
* ChristmasCake: A surprising male version! Apparently his higher ups keep trying to force Kondo into an ArrangedMarriage because he's [[VagueAge pushing thirty]] and still single.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: No seriously, he ''does'' have his moments.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Otae.
* FireForgedFriends: Him and the Shinsengumi.
* GagPenis: As his transformation into an actual gorilla and a much later manga chapter shows, Kondo is very... uhm... well-endowed.
* GentleGiant: One of the nicest characters of the show, if it weren't for his somewhat stalkerish ways.
* HeirToTheDojo: Despite his ButtMonkey status.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kondo_Isami Kondo Isami]], the historical commander of the Shinsengumi.
* HopelessSuitor: To Otae.
* IdiotHero: Considering the tone of the series and the fact he's the leader of the Shinsengumi, Kondo's a standout at this: He constantly has to ask Hijikata what other people are saying, for instance.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's the tallest and the biggest of the Shinsengumi. And yes, he's the boss.
* TheLeader: Type IV. Kondo is the one who binds the Shinsengumi together and they all hold great respect for him as such.
* LetsGetDangerous: Yes, he's the light-hearted ButtMonkey of the Shinsengumi, but he's also the heir to the dojo where Hijikata and Okita studied, if his credentials as the Shinsengumi's leader weren't already enough. Proof? [[SingleStrokeBattle KO-ing Tojo with one move]] after wiping his ass with extra coarse sandpaper!
* MaleFrontalNudity: Pixelised for the MoralGuardians and the insecure though.
* ManlyTears: Especially during the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc. For ''very'' understandable reasons.
* NiceGuy: Stalker tendencies aside, Kondo is a pretty nice guy.
* {{Nosebleed}}: While he's more prone to a LuminescentBlush around Otae, the one time she displays her panties to help catch a PantyThief, his arousal was too much to contain.
* PermaStubble
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the more serious arcs.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Otae, who doesn't approve, [[ArmorPiercingSlap violently]].
* TallDarkAndHandsome: When not in ButtMonkey mode. [[http://www.zerochan.net/401962 Yes]].
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[[folder:Toshiro Hijikata]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/KazuyaNakai (JP), Creator/BlakeShepard (EN, movie)

The chain-smoking "Demonic" Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi who has garnered an infamous reputation for his ruthless, no-nonsense attitude both on and off the battlefield. Since he's the one usually left in charge of the operation, he takes his work seriously and is fiercely loyal to his commander, Isao Kondo, and the Shinsengumi as a whole.

Cucumber cool for the most part, Hijikata is respected and feared by his subordinates, as he's responsible for implementing the 45 Regulations (on pain of {{seppuku}}). His swordsmanship is second only to Okita, although he ran into difficulties on discovering his sword was possessed.

Hijikata is also obsessed with mayonnaise and has a tendency to smother anything he eats under a mountain of it, in addition to carrying a mayonnaise jar-shaped cigarette lighter. Under his callous, brazen exterior, Hijikata is genuinely compassionate and cares as much about the people he protects as Gintoki. He regards both Gintoki and Okita as not only rivals, but close friends.
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* AloofAlly: Often grudgingly sides with the Yorozuya under the pretense of fulfilling his duty as an officer of the Shinsengumi.
* {{Badass}}: Very much so.
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler:Artwork for the 2nd movie features his future self wearing a black longcoat along with clothes strangely reminiscent of clothes worn by the real life Hijikata.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: Hijikata had one: His half-brother Tamagoro who died not long ago. He sort of becomes one for Tetsunosuke.
* BloodKnight: Before he met Kondo he would often get into fights for no reason, leaving a bloody trail wherever he went. There are still traces of it left.
* ChickMagnet: Apart from being a MrFanservice, Tae's fellow hostesses at the cabaret club all become very excited when he visits the place and Tae entertains the idea of a LoveTriangle between him, herself and Kondo.
* TheComicallySerious: Due to the nature of the show, he's seen in this role far more often than not. See EvilWeapon below.
* CutenessProximity: Initially wanted to throw out the little puppy that Sadaharu dragged in to the Shinsengumi, but when he held it up he became overwhelmed by its sheer cuteness. He then tells Kondo that he just remembered they don't have any police dogs.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* {{Determinator}}
* EtTuBrute: Towards Okita, who framed him with Ito's help in order to have him demoted.
* EvilWeapon: Carries a cursed sword that houses the spirit of an otaku which manifests by taking over his body and reducing him to a helpless, childish, anime-obsessed coward.
* FairCop
* HeroicBastard
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Loosely based off the real [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijikata_Toshizo Hijikata Toshizo]]. Sorachi kept his "demonic" personality.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: With Mitsuba, whom he rejected before joining the Shinsengumi since he believed it was no sort of life for her.
* IWasJustPassingThrough: He's not friends with Gin and pals. He wouldn't dream of helping them. [[BlatantLies He is certainly not risking his life to save Shinpachi's sister or anything, nope.]] According to Okita, he just thinks he's [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLancer: To [[IdiotHero Kondo]].
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: As shown in the flashbacks.
* MercyKill: At the end of the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc, he grants one to the dying [[spoiler:and redeemed Ito in form of the duel he wanted with Hijikata, allowing him to die as a samurai and comrade instead of dying alone as a traitor via bullet wounds.]]
* MrFanservice: Has a kinda large and devoted female fandom, always places highly in the character polls, and generally acts cool and attractive (such as when he was chosen as the perfect host).
* NotSoAboveItAll: Occasionally happens. It usually has something to do with mayonnaise, but it's not limited to just that, as seen by his CutenessProximity entry.
* PlayingCyrano: Meet the master of epic, manly FOLLOW-UP WRITING!!!
* RedBaron: Just like with Gintoki, you probably don't want to mess with the "Demonic Vice-Commander."
* TheRival: Closest thing to a recurring rival Gintoki has.
* SamuraiPonytail: Wore his hair like this before the Shinsengumi was formed.
* SandInMyEyes: Usually averted, as he doesn't attempt to make excuses for crying over non-emotional movies (such as ''[[MyNeighborTotoro My Neighbour]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Pedro]]'' and ''[[AlienVsPredator Alien VS]] {{Yakuza}}''), but this trope is played straight at the end of [[TearJerker Mitsuba arc.]] Gin, sitting nearby, hears him muttering to himself.
-->''"These crackers are so spicy... Damn. They're so spicy it's making my eyes water... (sob) So spicy..."''
* SmokingIsCool: Lighting a cigarette with a mayonnaise jar is even cooler.
* StraightMan: Often plays this to Kondo, Okita, or Gintoki.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Him and Gintoki are way more similar than either one cares to admit, which may be why they always try to compete and outdo each other whenever they meet.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: There's a reason why people refer to him as ''Mayora.'' He'll put a heap of mayonaisse (to the point it resembles s**t) on everything, even dessert and coffee.
** Quoting Okita: "He basically elevated normal food into dog food."
*** BrickJoke: That's wrong. Even Sadaharu rejects it.
** He also tries to make the embarrassing things the show puts him through to look cool, [[EpicFail only to fail.]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: Despite his facade, he's generally more respectful to women, and held back against Kyubei when he found out that she was actually a girl.
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[[folder:Sogo Okita]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/KenichiSuzumura (JP), Clint Bickham (EN, movie)

The 18-year-old captain of the first squad and widely-regarded as the best swordsman in the entire Shinsengumi. He tends to be light-hearted and somewhat childish, though his speech is heavily deadpan. Unlike Hijikata or Kondo, he seems to take his position for granted and is often seen slacking off or napping.

Okita displays a strong dislike of his comrade Toshiro Hijikata, and continuously tries to embarrass, wound, or even kill him whenever he has the chance in order to take his rank of Vice-Commander. He also holds a deep grudge towards Toshiro for having left Mistuba, Sougo's beloved sister, and holds him accountable for her never being able to find happiness before her death. His violent tendencies and habit to torture others mentally in glee have caused his comrades to label him a "sadist," a title which he actively embraces. Nonetheless, he still thinks of Hijikata as his friend and also holds Gintoki, whom he addresses as "boss," in high regard.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: He's a hit with the ladies despite openly being a jerk to them. Hijikata notes how frighteningly talented he is at being a host.
* AttractiveBentGender: In the GenderBender arc, although he doesn't look all that different, save for having a bust and longer hair.
* {{Badass}}
* BelligerentSexualTension: Often with Kagura whom he deliberately provokes and teases whenever given a chance.
* BerserkButton: Do not hurt Kondo or Mitsuba in front of Okita. Exception is given to the former when the situation is comedic, but in a serious situation no quarter is given.
* {{BFG}}: His weapon of choice is a freakin' Bazooka. In an era where most people are wielding swords, it would seem to make for some fairly one-sided battles. However, he does use swords for serious battles.
* {{Bishounen}}: Invoked, as [[WordOfGod every series has to have one]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "Sadomaru" really is a beetle? Seriously? Even with the purple eyebeams?
-->''"Eat this! SADO BEEEEAAAMMMM---!!"''
* DeadpanSnarker
* DevilInPlainSight: He's always ready to mess with Hijikata, yet no one else, save for [[FoeYay Kagura]] and Gintoki, seems to notice or even care.
* DualWielding: Briefly wields two swords during the Rokkaku Arc, using them to deflect bullets before he throws them at those firing upon him.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Jerkassery Has Standards]]: Sadistic as he is, he shows utter contempt towards the bosses of the death match arena and enlists help from Gintoki & co to bring about their downfall. Can also be counted as a PetTheDog moment for him.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Kamiyama, anyone?
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Sougo's future self in the second movie sports a long ponytail and [[BringMyRedJacket a red]] and white kimono.
* FairCop
* FalseFriend: Sometimes towards Hijikata whom he's not above backstabbing or setting up.
* TheGadfly: Oh so very much. Most of his pranks turn out to be quite harmless, however.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: ''Technically'' a good guy, at least later on, but that doesn't stop him from torturing suspects, blowing up buildings at the slightest provocation, or trying to backstab his teammates.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: He is loosely based off of the real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okita_Soji Okita Soji]].
* HistoricalInJoke: Like his namesake, Okita's a prodigy with the sword. However, Sorachi inverted his relationship with the Vice Commander from HeterosexualLifePartners to (extreme) VitriolicBestBuds. Also the real Okita Soji died from tuberculosis; in Gintama it's his sister instead.
* KidSamurai / TeenGenius: While not anywhere close to the age where he could be considered a "kid," he is significantly younger than the rest of the Shinsengumi members. And he ''is'' the ''captain'' of the 1st squad.
* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Little Brother]]: Despite being the little brother, he ''dearly'' loves his big sister, Mitsuba, and will do anything to make her happy. Screw things up for her, especially by using her wedding as a way to do illegal business, and you're DEAD, as Kuraba would have told you from his bisected exploding car.
* {{Jerkass}}: Proud owner of the nickname "Prince of Sadists."
* MasterSwordsman: Noted to be ''the'' best swordsman in the Shinsengumi (On a technical level at the very least) and as such he gets probably the most implausible feats of swordsmanship among them.
* MoralityPet: His sister Mitsuba.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Very protective of Mitsuba and basically forbids anyone he doesn't trust near her. This includes Hijikata.
* OneManArmy: The Shinsengumi Arc features him easily taking down an entire ''train car'' full of enemies with nary a scratch. In the Rokkaku Incident, he's credited for killing most of the enemy rebels (possibly 33 out of... 33).
* PetTheDog: Has his own ''arc'' dedicated to it. Where he still manages to be a JerkAss.
* PoisonousFriend: To Kondo and for the Shinsengumi in general, although it's PlayedForLaughs. They acknowledge and use his [[{{Jerkass}} sadistic tendencies.]]
** Okita even lampshades this in an early episode by commenting that he and Hijikata ''need'' to be cutthroat, as Kondou is too kind for his own good.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the Shinsengumi Rebellion arc.
-->'''Okita''': (To Ito) ''"What do you think you're doing, you piece of shit?"''
* PsychoticSmirk: Often when indulging in his sadistic tendencies or trying to dispatch Hijikata.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: He has red eyes in the anime and is a guy to watch out for, even if he's technically on the protagonists' side.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Kagura's Red Oni. They compete at everything, but are more than willing to team up against rampaging robots that ruin a festival for them.
* {{Sadist}}: ''The'' sadist of the series.
* SleepMask: He was first seen using one to sleep while on-duty, and it's become iconic of his character ever since.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Throws the two swords he picked up in the Rokkaku Arc at the gunmen he was faced with.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Among the Shinsengumi, being sadistic and quite willing to bend the law to his own ends.
* TreacherousQuestGiver / TheStoolPigeon: Once did this with Ito in order to set up Hijikata for demotion.
* VerbalTic: Often ends his sentences with ''-desu zee'' or ''-desaa'', which are polite ways for young men to assert their masculinity.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Everyone is under the impression that Hijikata and Okita are bitter rivals always looking for an opportunity to take the other's head, but in truth, they share a strong bond of friendship.
* {{Yandere}}: At least some of his behavior towards Hijikata stems from his belief that Hijikata "stole" Kondo's attention from him. In the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc, he calmly states that he's more than willing to backstab and kill anyone who gets too close to Kondo, because "the place at Kondo's side is ''mine''."
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[[folder:Sagaru Yamazaki]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Tetsuharu Oota (JP), Clint Bickham (EN, movie)

A member of the Shinsengumi, he handles intelligence work, often serving as a spy. He's often seen with a badminton racquet (sometimes during sword training, when Hijikata's more likely to beat him up for it). Shinpachi and Yamazaki have a bit of a rivalry, being the more plain and generic guys on their respective teams, but they're good friends nonetheless.
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* [[BewareTheQuietOnes Beware The Nondescript Ones]]: It's easy to overlook Yamazaki, but you have to remember that this guy tends to do all the reconnaissance missions for the Shinsengumi, usually alone. Then there's him being the one behind all the paranoia in the Popularity Poll Arc. Oh, and [[CrazyConsumption ANPAN SPARKIIING.]]
* ButtMonkey: He gets hurt a lot, especially by Hijikata. Also, despite his [[EnsembleDarkhorse popularity]], the author [[WordOfGod stated]] that Yamazaki will never be on the cover of any Gintama manga volume. Notably, after being spared by Bansai during the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc, he spies on the Shinsengumi, thinking that they're holding a funeral for him. It turns out that the funeral is being held for Matsudaira's pet, with Yamazaki being treated as an afternote.
** Put it this way: During the FreakyFriday Arc, his soul was switched with Madao's sunglasses, who was placed on top of Madao's new body (a literal piece of shit)
* CloudCuckooLander: After surviving an entire month only eating anpan...
* EdibleAmmunition: ANPAN SPARKING!!!!
* {{Homage}}: Aside from always carrying around his Badminton racquet, [[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis he once cosplays as Ryoma while playing Badminton against Musashi.]] ''[[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis Mada mada da ne]]'', indeed.
* MadnessMantra: ANPANANPANANPANANPANANPANANPANANPAN
** After falling for Tama: TAMACHANTAMACHANTAMACHANTAMACHANTAMACHANTAMACHANTAMACHAN
* TheNondescript: Aside from his Badminton, he's acknowledged in-universe as a very plain and generic guy. He uses this to his advantage against Shinpachi (himself another [[TheNondescript nondescript]]) during the [=OwEe=] arc, playing [[VulgarHumor pixellized vomit]] VideoGame/{{Tetris}} in such a boring and non-flashy manner that he made fewer mistakes. And he states that one of the reasons he's the best undercover agent of the Shinsengumi is because he is so [[TheNondescript easily overlooked]].
* SanitySlippage: After eating Anpan for a month. He has not really been the same ever since...
* SlasherSmile: Gets some absolutely deranged expressions during the [=OwEe=] battle against Shinpachi, including this.
* StalkerWithACrush: For Tama.
* StraightMan: At times.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Subverted, Yamazaki eats anpan with milk during stakeouts as an offering to the "stakeout god" even thought he [[DoesNotLikeSpam doesn't like anpan]]. However, after a whole month of anpan it takes [[CrazyConsumption its toll on his mind]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Though he's also a swordsman like the rest of the Shinsengumi, he sure likes holding onto that racquet.
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[[folder:Unosuke Harada]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/KentaMiyake

Captain of the 10th unit. Little is known about him, but he's quite passionate about "manly" things and is prone to shouting in excitement or anger. He also used to smoke, but quit at one point.
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* BaldOfAwesome: A capable officer with a shaven head.
* TheCavalry: The leader of the Shinsengumi reinforcements that come to Kondo's rescue in the Shinsengumi Rebellion arc.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: His historical counterpart is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harada_Sanosuke Harada Sanosuke]], who was also in charge of the 10th unit.
* HotBlooded: From what we do know of him, he's a quite passionate man.
* ManlyTears: Pushed to tears by the [[ShowWithinAShow Alien VS Yakuza movie]].
* MauveShirt: He only barely stands out from the other Shinsengumi officers by having a name and slightly bigger role as a result.
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[[folder:Kamotaro Ito]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/MitsuakiMadono

An advisor to the Shinsengumi who serves as the main antagonist of the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc. Initially introduced as a ruthless, power-hungry tactician, he is revealed to be a traitor, secretly allied with Shinsuke Takasugi.

He considers himself a rival to Toshiro Hijikata and manages to get him suspended from the Shinsengumi, later attempting to assassinate Kondo.
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* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Loses his arm in the train explosion.]]
* ArcVillain: Of the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc.
* BigBadWannabe: He wanted to take over the country and thought the Kiheitai would be a willing ally for his plans. He never realized that ''he'' was the one being manipulated by the Kiheitai so as to weaken and destroy the Shinsengumi.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BrokenAce: He's extremely accomplished in several fields, both matters of sword and mind, but to say it has not helped his mental state any is putting it mildly.
* TheChessmaster
* EvilChancellor
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Played straight at first, then subverted after his CharacterDevelopment.
* FreudianExcuse: His past explains why he became so embittered at people other than himself.
* GoOutWithASmile
* IJustWantToHaveFriends
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: A stellar example.
* OhCrap: When he wakes up and realises he's [[spoiler:minus an arm]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Between him and Hijikata.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Threatened with, as Bansai openly states that they have no use for someone with such morals. [[spoiler:Itou is saved by the other Shinsengumi though and was given a MercyKill instead in a form of his wanted duel with Hijikata.]]
* SmugSnake: All too confident in the success of his plans, despite failing to account for Okita's loyalty and the possibility of the Kiheitai merely using him to weaken the Shinsengumi.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:He jumps in the way of the Kiheitai's gunner to take machine gun shots meant for Kondo and Hijikata.]]
* TreacherousAdvisor: He worked with the Kiheitai so he could become leader of the Shinsengumi.
* TheUnfavorite: Revealed in his past that [[spoiler:he had a sick older twin brother who was heir to his family and his mother ONLY cares for him. To the point that despite Itou's hard work in getting perfect grades just to get noticed by her, he overhears her saying that she doesn't care about Itou's progress ''at all'' as she believes that he is to blame for his brother's condition and blatantly said that she wished that ''he was never born''. Ouch.]]
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[[folder:Tetsunosuke Sasaki]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/KentaroIto

Tetsunosuke is the bastard son of the head of the elite Sasaki clan, making him half-brother to the Mimawarigumi's leader Isaburo Sasaki. Considered the clan's BlackSheep, he is sent to the Shinsengumi in the hopes of being straightened out and is assigned as Hijikata's assistant. Although he was initially something a rebel, under Hijikata's mentorship he quickly straightens himself out. Unfortunately for him, he runs into trouble with the gang he was once a part of, and the Mimawarigumi gets involved as well.
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* AllTheOtherReindeer: Looked down upon and mocked by his own family for his bastard-born status and incompetence, which caused him to criminal gangs.
* BigBeautifulMan: He looks unusually pretty after taking off his sunglasses, yet retain his fat.
* {{Bishonen}}: Parodied after he takes off his sunglasses (and inexplicably losing his beard) in that he has a baby face along with sparkling eyes, but is still fat.
* BlackSheep: Considered the shame of the Sasaki Clan and his half-brother Isaburo actively tries to ensure his death.
* DistressedDude: He's captured by the Check-It-Out Gang and has to be rescued by Gintoki and the Shinsengumi members.
* HeroicBastard: He's bastard-born, and while he didn't initially fit the term heroic, he eventually grows into a good person.
* ReformedCriminal: He used to be a member of the Check-It-Out Gang, but left when it turned to violence and more serious crimes.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: He initially dressed like a rapper, and tried to act in the same way, but without much success. He leaves it behind during his tutelage under Hijikata.
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[[folder:Shimaru Saito]]
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Saito is the captain of the 3rd unit, in charge of rooting out spies and traitors within the Shinsengumi.
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* AfroAsskicker: Despite his absolutely silly hair, he's still a very capable fighter.
* BadassLongcoat: His uniform is modified to include a black longcoat.
* TheComicallySerious: Stone-faced, serious, yet not only does he look ridiculous, he's involved in very weird and funny situations without ever dropping his facade.
* CustomUniform: His uniform is completely unique among the members of the Shinsengumi.
* DualWielding: He carries around two swords on his back and fights Katsura to a stand-still with two training swords.
* FunnyAfro: His hair is positively ridiculous, but he's quite protective of it.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Based off of the historical Shinsengumi captain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sait%C5%8D_Hajime Saito Hajime]].
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Always wanted friends, but was too shy to talk to them. What's worse, his silence would drive the people he was trying to befriend into paranoia, and they would they betray the Shinsengumi, meaning he would have to kill them. However, he finally manages to make friends... with Katsura (Who was infiltrating the Shinsengumi and trying to frame him).
* PunnyName: While the historical Saito's name Hajime means 'beginning', the Gintama version of Saito's name, Shimaru, means 'end', and he ends lives.
* TheQuietOne: To say that he rarely ever speaks is putting it mildly... which turns out to be because he's ridiculously ''shy''.
* RememberTheNewGuy: While he has previously been confirmed to be part of the Shinsengumi by WordOfGod, he's never appeared and makes his entrance as if he'd always been around, despite his unusual and unique appearance.
* ShrinkingViolet: The reason for his silence? He's too nervous to actually talk.
* SlasherSmile: His attempt at smiling proves to be quite nightmarish... especially for an undercover Katsura, whom Saito was trying to smile at.
* TheStoic: Along with being ridiculously quiet, he's completely stone-faced most of the time, though the mask he wears probably helps.
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