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The main characters of the series, the Yorozuya Gin is a freelancer business in the red light district of Kabukicho in Edo.

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* BadassCrew: Particularly in serious arcs.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: They all disguise themselves as members of the [[AmazonBrigade Hyakka]] to sneak into Hosen's palace with Tsukuyo, but are immediately discovered.
* TheGadfly: It's more of something that Gintoki and Kagura do, but the ninth opening has all of them pulling a great troll-face.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Shinpachi and Kagura are both in their teens, whereas Gin is [[VagueAge twenty-something]].
* JackOfAllTrades: What their job basically is. Heck, this is what ''yorozuya'' literally translates to in English.
* PerpetualPoverty: They hardly ever get paid for what they do, and Otose really sticks her neck out for them.
* PowerTrio: TwoGuysAndAGirl.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A washed up war veteran, an otaku dojo heir, and an illegal alien immigrant, all grouped together and doing odd jobs.
* SnarkBall: They each have their moments.
* StraightMan: Primarily Shinpachi, though Gintoki is not too far behind.
* TrueCompanions: They fight and insult each other all the time, but when it really counts, they're as close a family you can get.

[[folder:Gintoki Sakata]]
!!Gintoki Sakata
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSugita (JP), Creator/HarukaTomatsu (JP, female), Creator/MichaelDaingerfield (EN, series), Creator/VenusTerzo (EN, female), Creator/ChrisPatton (EN, movie), Creator/AlfredoMartinez (Spain), Shun Oguri ({{Live Action|Adaptation}} movie)

A lazy, washed-up samurai living in an era when samurai are no longer needed. Gintoki resides with his friends Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place and to pay off their rent. The three of them run a freelancer business known as ''Yorozuya Gin'' (''Odd Jobs Gin'').

During the Joi War, he was known as the ''Shiroyasha'' or "[[RedBaron White Demon]]" due to his silver hair and white coat he wore in battle, which, combined with his impressive capabilities as a swordsman, made him famous among his comrades and struck fear into the hearts of the Amanto. He fought the invaders until he realized the lack of sense in doing so, leading to him choosing to instead make a living as a freelancer for hire in Edo.

Gintoki has an insufferable sweet tooth and is also obsessed with acquiring and reading the ''Weekly Shōnen Jump''. Despite his uncaring attitude and brash behavior, Gintoki has a great amount of pride for the old bushido code and will go to great lengths to protect anyone in trouble, be it those he considers close comrades or complete strangers.
* AccidentalMisnaming: [[CloudCuckoolander Sakamoto]] always calls him "Kintoki" instead of Gintoki. Gintoki always objects to this, especially since if his name were "Kintoki", the series' title would be "Kintama", which, in Japanese, means ''[[VulgarHumor balls]]''.
* AccidentalPervert: Has on three occasions groped Tsukuyo, who has in turn [[PervertRevengeMode responded with violence]]. He has also pulled down Kyubei's swimsuit and looked up under their kimono at one point, with [[PervertRevengeMode similarly predictable results]].
* TheAlcoholic: No, it's not a problem for him, but he loves a drink, and he routinely gets completely drunk.
** Although, at one point his nearest and dearest decided it was a problem and... [[UnwantedHarem took steps]].
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: Discussed and not played for laughs in the amnesia arc where [[IHatePastMe he hates what he felt like he used to be]]. With already guilt in his heart, and the others talking about how he used to be behind his back making him hate himself even more. He even moves away and starts working in a Justaway factory, until his memory returns.
* AntiHero: Gintoki isn't exactly what you'd call your typical Shonen Hero. [[MrViceGuy A man of several vices]], he drinks, gambles (and loses), rarely (if ever) pays his rent on time and sometimes can be quite the [[TheGadfly troll]]. Also, when the situation requires it, he ''will'' kill his enemies. In spite of this, Gintoki is a good person at heart and when push comes to shove, you can expect him to do the right thing.
* AttractiveBentGender: The GenderBender Arc shows him to be very pretty as a woman.
* BackToBackBadasses: Has a long string of moments where he fights back-to-back together with someone else. The most notable has to be his back-to-back fight alongside Katsura against the Harusame in the Benizakura arc.
* BadassAndBaby: In the Infant Strife arc he has to fight while carrying the baby Kanshichiro, who is falsely believed to be his son.
* BadassBoast: He makes a lot of them before proceeding to kick ass. Below is one of the earlier ones, when he's about to take on [[NeatFreak Daraku]].
-->''"Hey, listen. I don't care what you punks do around the universe, but this is my sword, and anywhere it can reach is my country. Bastards who come in and try to mess with my things... whether it be a shogun, whether it be space pirates, whether it be a meteorite... Iíll destroy them!"''
* BadassNormal: He's just a regular human, but through CharlesAtlasSuperpower and being a {{Determinator}} he manages to stand up to and defeat people of mass destruction and superpowerful aliens.
* BerserkButton:
** Hurting his TrueCompanions is an excellent way to trigger Gintoki's change from a seemingly useless bum to the ''White Demon''.
** A teacher abusing his own student is another, as Jiraia learned the hard way.
** Men that exploit and trample upon relationships tend to face the really bad side of the White Demon, as Hosen (strongest Yato) and former Shogun Sadasada find out.
* BigBrotherInstinct: At one point a one-off character actually assumes he ''is'' Shinpachi's big brother. It's also implied that he would kill any guy who tried to shack up with Kagura. In addition, Okita of all people looks up to him as something of a big brother figure, as seen when Gintoki is the first person Okita goes to after Okita's sister asked Okita if he has made any friends outside of the Shinsengumi.
* BigDamnHeroes: Too many times to count. It's usually accompanied by some truly fantastic snarking.
* BrainBleach: At the end of the [[UnwantedHarem Scandal Arc]], his reaction to learning he [[spoiler:''did'' sleep with Hasegawa]] while absolutely wasted? Run as far away as possible to a bar where he immediately begins ordering booze to get drunk enough to forget he just learned that.
* BridalCarry: Carries Tsukuyo in his arms after freeing her from Jiraia's web.
* BrilliantButLazy: An amazingly skilled fighter who could slice through a legion of enemies in seconds, yet spends his days scrambling after JUMP magazines and lounging about eating sweets.
* BrokenSmile: [[spoiler:In chapter 674 when asked to return to yorozuya]].
* CelebCrush: Has one on Ana Ketsuno. He's absolutely thrilled at getting a chance to help her in the Onmyoji arc, but then a [[UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} shikigami]] [[OhCrap comes crashing into his house...]]
* CharacterDevelopment: While most of his development into the person he is now is shown in flashbacks, he does begin to care more openly for the people around him in the present.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: How else can one describe the human who is able to take on [[PersonOfMassDestruction people of mass destruction]] such as the swordsman possessed by a parasite sword which can cut through warships like knife through butter and the mob boss from one of the strongest races in the universe?
* ChickMagnet: At least two of the girls he regularly interact with (Sacchan and Tsukuyo) are confirmed to be in love with him, and a third (Tae) may or may not like him as well. He also seems to be quite popular among the courtesans of Yoshiwara, having attracted a large number of them before he ever saved them from Hosen, and his popularity only increases afterwards.
* ChivalrousPervert: Regularly watches and reads porn, has peeped on women in the shower before, makes all sort of propositions and sexual comments, but he genuinely cares about his female friends and outright refuses to take advantage of them (probably because [[PervertRevengeMode they kick his ass]] when [[AccidentalPervert he does it by accident]]).
* CombatPragmatist: Will use every possible advantage he can to win a fight and is not afraid to cheat outright, as seen in his duel with Kondo.
** The first thing he does in his fight against the Onmyoji [[SquishyWizard Doman]] is to start beating the crap out of him before he can summon his shikigami.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Remember that all the goofiness and shenanigans aside, this is a man who had lost a war, countless comrades, and his beloved sensei during the Joi war. Shoyo also found him eating off corpses with a katana in his possession.
** Even his past after the war was not particularly bright, as Otose found him dishevelled, starving, and slumped against a tombstone in a graveyard.
** All the hints of his dark past eventually come to a head when it's revealed [[spoiler:that he was forced to kill Shoyo in exchange for allowing Katsura, Takasugi and himself live.]]
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: [[spoiler:Why he started the Yorozuya in the first place.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Even after being pummelled and slashed to near-death, he never gives up a fight, pushing on through sheer willpower despite his injuries until he beats his enemy.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Apart from the aforementioned failed attempt to disguise himself as one of the [[AmazonBrigade Hyakka]], he later on disguises himself as a member of the Naraku along with Tsukuyo and Nobume, which allows him to get the drop on Oboro while Tsukuyo and Nobume take care of Sadasada and his escape vessel, respectively.
* DrunkenMaster: Bansai remarks while fighting him that his tune is "haphazard, like jazz" but with an undignified air, as if he were drunk.
* DualWielding: Fights against Hosen with his wooden katana in one hand and a regular steel katana in the other.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: People often tell him that he has dead, fish-like eyes.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: In the Onmyoji arc, he gets his wooden sword empowered by the nearby onmyoji and shikigami, allowing him to defeat [[PhysicalGod Antenmaru]].
* EnemyMine:
** He and Jirocho unite to take on Kada's EliteMooks together before they settle the score between each other with a SingleStrokeBattle.
** Happens again in the Shogun Assassination arc with him and Kagura briefly fighting together with [[spoiler:Takasugi and Kamui against the Naraku]].
* ExperiencedProtagonist: He was already a great war hero and extreme badass prior to the start of the series. He notably doesn't get particularly stronger either, but manages to tap back into his years of experience in battle whenever he's involved in a serious fight.
* {{Expy}}: His notorious past as the ''Shiroyasha'' (plus his current attempt to stay out of the way of fights) is almost a WholePlotReference to [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin's]] past as the ''Hitokiri Battousai''. The only difference is that Gintoki has way more levity and mischief in his life than Kenshin.
* FailureKnight: A large part of Gintoki's desire to protect others and the absurd lengths he goes to do it is due to the guilt of believing that he couldn't save or protect anyone during the war. The other part is him being Gintoki.
* FashionableAsymmetry: [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It's not because he thinks it's cool to wear his clothes that way, okay?! It's because he can reach his special weapon faster if his right arm is sleeveless, understand?!]]
* ForgotICouldntSwim: Has a tendency to fight on bridges, ships, and boats. Sure it looks [[RuleOfCool cool]], but one of the problems is that he ''can't swim'' and he happens to fall off them a lot. It's rarely explained how he gets to safety again.
* FreakyFridayFlip: For absolutely no reason, he goes through one with Sadaharu in the anime, which at the end of episode switches to [[RuleOfFunny Shinpachi's glasses.]] [[NegativeContinuity Of course everything's back to normal in next episode.]] It happens again in chapter 470, this time with Hijikata.
* FreeFallFight: The latter half of his fight with Oboro has both of them falling from the top of the Shogun's palace while they fight mid-air. Gintoki wins the fight by throwing his broken bokuto into the roof below, impaling Oboro on it, while he himself just gets a very hard landing that he somehow survives.
* FriendToAllChildren: He's willing to go fight a literal deathmatch in a coliseum just to make some children stop crying, in addition to singlehandedly challenging the ''mob boss'' of the strongest alien race in the galaxy to reunite a scruffy pickpocket with his mother. It's safe to say that he has a weakness for kids.
* TheGamblingAddict: He always tries to gamble his way to money, but he never succeeds.
* GogglesDoNothing: Had a pair hanging around his neck as part of his initial character design in the manga, but dropped after the first chapter because they became a pain to draw all the time. They still appear on his scooter helmet, but he almost never actually uses them.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: [[RealMenWearPink Pink strawberry boxers]].
* GroinAttack: May explain why he can survive many fatal wounds, as most if not all of the damages goes into his groin, including detachments, conversion, and disintegration. Also explains why it's called Gintama (Can be misread as "testicles" in Japanese).
* HasAType: It's {{Zig Zagged|Trope}} whether he likes {{Tsundere}} characteristics or not as he claims to not like violent women, but when his LoveInterest of the DatingSim arc turned into the girl of his dreams ''did'' she turn into a fullblown tsundere after much abuse of him. He was even interested in sleeping with [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman her]], which even {{squick}}ed the InUniverse hardcore {{Otaku}} out.
* HeroicAlbino: The hero of the series has white hair and red eyes -- although they're sometimes colored gray in the manga.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: ''Very'' loosely based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintaro Kintaro]], also known as Sakata Kintoki. Notably, they're from entirely different time periods.
* HonorBeforeReason: He takes his code of Bushido very seriously and will always do the right thing in the end no matter how dangerous it is, shown most prominently in the more serious arc.
* HotBlooded: Gintoki's normally pretty lazy and relaxed, but when he's really excited he gets fired up.
* HumbleHero: "Humble" isn't really a word that normally applies to him, but when it comes to the matter of being the Savior of Yoshiwara, he's adamant about not deserving the title and praise.
* HypocriticalHumor: Always refers to Katsura as Zura but gets hilarious mad when Sakamoto does the same to him, calling him Kintoki instead of Gintoki.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Gintoki's hands are capable of turning anything into a weapon in lieu of anything better, be it someone's pipe or the broken pieces of his own wooden sword.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Extremely well hidden, but it's there. Underneath the arrogant {{Narcissist}} who compliments hinself in the mirror, is a DeathSeeker with SurvivorGuilt from his DarkAndTroubledPast, and all that keeps him alive is his wish to be able to protect his friends once and for all.
* ItsAllMyFault: In the second movie, he learns he's the cause of the White Plague which has devastated the world. He then takes on the responsibility alone, going back in time to kill himself to prevent the incident from ever happening. A good thing the rest of the cast followed suit and helped prevent that from happening.
* ItsPersonal: Sadasada and Oboro earns his eternal hatred when they're revealed to be responsible for Shoyo's arrest and execution, causing him to go into a blind rage to get back at them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's rude and snarky to almost everyone and often scoffs off other people's problems as none of his business. However, when push comes to shove, his kindness and sense of honor pushes him beyond humanly possible limits and the juxtaposition certainly makes him seem that much more awesome.
* LimitedWardrobe: He goes to a store that sells ''only'' the same clothes he wears. Turns out that he wears sports clothes.
* LetsGetDangerous: Lazy, arrogant, and quite the manchild, but when the situation calls for it he will step up to the plate and prove just why he's known as the White Demon. This is lampshaded with the title ''There Will Be Hell to Pay when a Lazy Man Gets Angry.''
* MadeOfIron: Gintoki may be human, but his toughness is anything but. He regularly survives getting skewered, slashed up in multiple ways and being hit by overwhelming blunt force. It's even lampshaded early on when both he and Shinpachi are hit by a car; Shinpachi's hospitalized in the following episode, but Gintoki is just fine. When Shinpachi questions his durability, Gintoki says it's because of all the calcium he gets from drinking strawberry milk.
* MagneticHero: There's something about Gintoki that make people go out of their way to help him.
* {{Manchild}}: Gintoki is, at his age, an enthusiastic JUMP reader who has an affinity for sweet foods.
** In episode 250, he was even angered after finding out he didn't receive a New Year's Envelope, which is something only kids are supposed to get.
** In general, as demonstrated in that episode, he will avoid responsibility like most people would avoid plague until [[LetsGetDangerous things get serious]]. Or it's a part of the job. Or it's [[NeutralGood a good day for saving people]].
* MasterSwordsman: Gintoki is one of the most skilled and dangerous swordsmen in the series, though his style is anything but typical.
* MeaningfulEcho: He first meets Otose much like he meets Shouyo-sensei -- getting food from the dead. Only this time he asks.
* MessyHair: He has messy curled hair and hates it, often wishing he had straight hair instead.
* MrViceGuy: Meet the main character: He's greedy, lazy, perverted, prone to gambling and drinking, and not all that nice a person in general. However he still has his own morals and goes out of his way to help people in need. He also has plenty of surprisingly profound life lessons to share to people.
* {{Narcissist}}: For all of his couldn't-care-less ways, Gintoki often notes just how good-looking he is.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Has on different occasions been heavily wounded and dropped off either a bridge or fallen into the water, being presumed dead each time. Though in the case of his fight against Jiraia, he ''would'' have died of his wounds had Zenzo not been nearby to fish him out and get him to Yoshiwara for medical attention. He has been on hospitals hundreds of times of course.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Breaks Oboro's first sword by ''biting it''.
* OneManArmy: Still has the reputation from the war and often goes to town on huge groups of enemies on his own.
* PapaWolf: He tries his best to take care of Kagura in place of her dad and serves as a heartwarming father figure in the Infant Strife Arc. His reaction to violence being committed near the child is less than calm.
* ParentalSubstitute: Acts as one to Kagura in place of her absent father. She even referred to him in one episode as her "oyaji" (old man).
* PopculturedBadass: One of the biggest in anime and manga as a whole, coming with at least 1 ShoutOut per chapter.
* PublicDomainCharacter: He is named after and partially based on the [[HistoricalDomainCharacter semi]]-mythical Kintaro, also known as Kintoki Sakata. Ironically, Gin's EvilCounterpart is the one who gets this name.
* RedBaron: Probably not a good idea to take the nickname "White Demon" lightly.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Inverted. Despite having deep red eyes in the anime, he is not what you'd call a bad guy. However, it's played straight during the Courtesan of a Nation arc when he gets really angry at Sada Sada and Oboro. Due to the shadows, one of his eyes is little more than an ominous red glint.
* TheReveal: A shocking truth about his past is revealed late in the series: [[spoiler:He was the one who killed Shoyo, having been forced by the Tendoshu to make a SadisticChoice between killing his beloved mentor to save his friends Katsura and Takasugi or killing his friends to save his mentor.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Lost many of his friends during the Joi War. While he is not out for vengeance, his grief over those losses is implied a few times and is never played for laughs.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Katsura and Ikumatsu, teasing the former about his relationship with the latter and offering to be his wingman.
* ShutUpHannibal: When Bansai pulls a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against him in the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc, telling him he has nothing left to fight for, Gintoki responds with his own speech before pulling Bansai's helicopter to the ground using his own strings against him.
-->'''Gintoki''': ''"Clean out your ears and listen up! I've never once fought for the sake of this cheap country. I couldn't care less if the country or the samurai fell. I have always... Then and now... ! [[TrueCompanions What I protect]]... has never changed!"''
* SlasherSmile: He does this every now and then.
* SmokingHotSex: Parodied twice in the Love Potion arc!
** After smelling too much of the love-inducing incense Aizen-kou, Kagura and Shinpachi find him in bed with an old woman while smoking, though the woman reveals he couldn't get it up.
** At the end of the arc, after smelling too much of the antidote Aidan-kou, he is found smoking in bed together with Kondo, who then reveals "there are bananas not even gorillas touch."
* SweetTooth: To the point he invented the now infamous [[StrawberryShorthand Strawberry Milk speech.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Has twice so far taken a barrage of kunai in Tsukuyo's stead and survived it both times.
* TeamDad: When he actually bothers to act as a responsible adult.
* ThirdPersonPerson: While Gintoki normally uses male pronouns, he occasionally switches to talk like this, referring to himself as Gin-san. He isn't being egoistic or anything when doing that. It's more like that he gets his point across better then. Such as "Gin-san really can't figure out how to separate trash, give him a break," for example.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Anything sweet, really, but [[StrawberryShorthand strawberry milk (!!!)]] seems to be the most prominent for him, as well as chocolate parfaits and a heap of sweet adzuki beans on rice.
* {{Tsundere}}: While not normally a tsundere, he occasionally makes explicit use of tsundere tactics to get his way, such as using it to get women to visit the Takamagahara host club.
* UseYourHead: Caps off his fight with Jiraia after the latter's VillainousBreakdown with a powerful headbutt.
* VagueAge: All we know is that he is in his twenties. Most likely mid- or late-twenties.
* VerbalTic: Ends many of his sentences with "Oi", which is Japanese equivalent of "Hey".
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Katsura and Sakamoto. And pretty much all of his friends.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Gintoki's primary weapon is a wooden sword he claims to be made out of the wood of a 10,000 year old diamond/adamantine tree, which he calls ''Lake Toya'', but is actually bought through mail order, and it being a present from a wizard is just an urban legend Gin made up for fun.
** The things he can do with it are incredible though, as he's managed to stab and slash people with it on occasion. Though it's somewhat mitigated by the fact that Gintoki does use steel swords when he is up against stronger opponents (i.e. his battles against Night King Hosen and Nizo possessed by Benizakura).
* WouldHitAGirl[=/=]WouldntHitAGirl: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]]. He has no compulsion about hitting girls, especially in a comical way, but he has never ''killed'' one and hesitated long enough at the end of the Four Devas arc to let Kada exit the scene, despite being in perfect position to kill her and put an end to her threat.
* WreckedWeapon: Any weapon in his hand inevitably gets broken at one point or another in the more serious arcs.
* XMarksTheHero: Gains a [[Manga/DragonBall Yamcha]]-esque scar during the two-year "timeskip". Of course it turns out to be a fake and he was really just playing along.
* YouCanBarelyStand: Almost ''every single'' final confrontation with an ArcVillain has him barely able to stand, but somehow pulling off a win through sheer determination. Both Tae and Tsukuyo note on two seperate occasions that he'd confront the villain even if they tried to stop him, so they let him go anyway.

[[folder:Shinpachi Shimura]]
!!Shinpachi Shimura
!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi (JP), Cole Howard (series), Mark X. Laskowski (movie) (EN), Mariano García (Spain), Masaki Suda ({{Live Action|Adaptation}} movie)

A 16-year-old samurai-in-training who joins Gintoki in hopes of studying under him. He stays at his family's dojo along with his older sister Otae Shimura. Although he commonly criticizes Gintoki's lazy behavior, Shinpachi comes to regard him as a very important person to him in the same fashion as Kagura.

Despite his meek, scholarly appearance, Shinpachi is a more than competent swordsman. He serves as the captain of the "Otsu's Imperial Guard," a fan club devoted to the famous idol singer Otsu and takes his role seriously.
* AffectionateNickname: Otae calls him "Shin-chan".
* AlliterativeName: '''Shi'''npachi '''Shi'''mura.
* BadassOnPaper: You wouldn't give him much credit due his rather average stature, but trust us, he ''does'' pull off his own weight much better than you'd expect.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Inverted. He openly admits how much he loves his older sister at one point.
* ButtMonkey: While far from the only one in the series, he seems to be designated this role among the main trio.
* CuteGlassesBoy: To the point where the glasses are often identified as his only actual character trait.
* ADayInTheLimelight: He and Tae get a bit more backstory during the Beam Sword Style arc.
* DistractedByTheSexy: He instantly falls head-over-heels for a {{Moe}} girl just because she had [[CatGirl cat ears]]. His subsequent lack of judgment ends poorly for him. Although thanks to his friends, it ends worse for her.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Invoked whenever he takes up his position as head of Otsu's fan club.
* EnragedByIdiocy: As a StraightMan, he is this. One of the most notable moments is him pissed off to Katsura and Tatsuma's incompetent assistance with Nobunobu during their negotiation with Shijiaku in the Silver Soul Arc. He even crushed the communicator when they reported their second negotiation gets a little...[[LiteralMinded shitty]].
* FutureBadass: Shinpachi's BadFuture self in the second movie is grown up, DarkerAndEdgier and much more of a badass.
* {{Geek}}: A mild version. His passion of Otsu-chan is somewhat geeky but he's quite competent at many other things besides this.
* TheGenericGuy: Shinpachi is most often relegated to the role of straight man, so much so that he's occasionally lampooned as being little more. Later episodes make fun of the fact that his identifying character trait is his glasses, to the point where the cast addresses a pair of glasses as if they're really Shinpachi.
** In a ''Ginpachi-sensei'' skit, Gintoki teaches viewers how to draw Shinpachi and Kagura's faces. For Shinpachi, draw a face as average as possible, then add glasses. For Kagura, draw a Shinpachi without glasses, then add two buns on the side. Then Gintoki says Shinpachi's face is the base for all other faces and if you master Shinpachi, you can draw any face.
** In ''VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVS'', while Gintoki, Kagura, and Sadaharu appear as themselves, Shinpachi only appears as a pair of glasses while commentating on whatever Gintoki is doing.
** After the [[spoiler: TimeSkip this is downplayed a little since he is now a TallDarkAndHandsome {{Bishonen}}. ]]
* HeirToTheDojo: Together with Otae. Eventually, Pachi gets to regularly teach a group of homeless bums in exchange for chestnuts.
* HeIsAllGrownUp: In the second movie's BadFuture, he grows up to be a TallDarkAndHandsome {{Bishonen}}. Gets lampshaded by Gintoki, who says that he doesn't recognize [[ItMakesSenseInContext those pair of glasses at all]].
** Totally played straight [[spoiler: after the TimeSkip. ]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: He is actually based on the historical person [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagakura_Shinpachi Nagakura Shinpachi]], one of the captains of the Shinsengumi leader, which was given a nod in the fake TimeSkip arc. He was also one of the kenjitsu instructors, hence why this Shinpachi along with his sister are [[HeirToTheDojo Heirs To The Dojo]].
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Otsu-chan's biggest fan? Possibly, but he's nowhere near as good a singer as she is.
** Despite having a usually calm and caring personality, though, Shinpachi is also well-known -- particularly amongst anime viewers -- for his shrill and shrieking harpy voice whenever he tries, as the show's [[LemonyNarrator commentating]] StraightMan, to keep the sanity together in whatever ridiculous situation(s) the characters have gotten themselves into yet again, regardless of often utterly failing in the end.
* IncestSubtext: Shinpachi tends to be a little [[MySisterIsOffLimits over-productive]] of Otae. Majority of time it's PlayedForLaughs. Of course, Shinpachi doesn't help his "Sister-Complex" image any; during the Virtual Girlfriend arc, his ideal girlfriend was a [[CoolBigSister big sister type]] who also looked suspiciously similar to Otae.
* InkSuitActor: Seriously, take a good look at Shinpachi, then [[http://i46.tinypic.com/deli06.jpg take a good look at his seiyuu.]] There really is no difference at all. It gets {{Lampshaded}} in episode 241.
* InSeriesNickname: He is often called "Patsu-san", mostly by Gintoki, and more rarely by Kagura.
* LimitedWardrobe: DoubleSubverted. He switches out his usual attire for a fedora, scarf, coat, khakis, and dress shoes, and the OP even shows him wearing his new outfit, but he immediately apologizes and promises to go back to his old outfit next week.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Trends to have this attitude regarding all of Otae's would-be suitors; primarily Kondo and to a lesser degree Gintoki and Kyubei. Of course, Shinpachi's antics can also results in people accusing him of having a Sister Complex.
* NervousWreck: Overreacts at anything, sometimes to the point of getting a stroke.
* NightmareFace: Gains one when he accidentally inhales an evil spirit in the Onsen arc.
* TheNondescript: Second only to Yamazaki in nondescriptness, yet so much so that it's become a RunningGag that the cast talks to a pair of glasses as if it were Shinpachi.
* NoRespectGuy: Unless he's in his fanclub leader role.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Many, many times. Of particularly note would be the incident with Pandemonium.
* OnlySaneMan: Relatively speaking, as Shinpachi has his own quirks. But as a fairly normal person in a crazy gag series, Shinpachi is one of the few people that act with any manner of sanity.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He's a competent swordsman but the people around him are just ludicrously powerful. Of the three Odd Jobs characters, he's also the one with the least ties to the main plot of the story (Gin with his mentor and his past in the Joi war, Kagura and her Yato heritage and brother), putting him out of focus there as well.
* RunningGag: His glasses being his only distinguishing trait, to the point where many characters say that they ''are'' him. He also consistently gets 8th place in the character polls, which is a topic brought up many times. It was only at the final poll when he was able to snag a [[LuckyNumberSeven seventh place]] position, and he's left bewildered and confused.
* SacredFirstKiss: He accidentally gets his first kiss with one of the ugly creatures called [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/11/81205.jpg Pandemonium.]] It causes him to fantasize the Pandemonium's face as that of a pretty young girl (while still having the body of a bug), falling in love with it... until it's eaten by a demon.
* {{Squick}}: InUniverse reaction to Gintoki undressing to sleep with his DatingSim girlfriend. This is also what makes him get over his [[JustOneMoreLevel game addiction]], which Otae sent Gintoki in the first place to beat out of him.
* StoicSpectacles: His BadFuture self in the second movie.
* StraightMan: His main role in the series is to react with outrage at the ridiculous things that happen and lampshade the absurdity of it. Although sometimes he is NotSoAboveItAll, which becomes important in the Time-Skip Arc, where he says he actually enjoys being wacky as everyone else and leaving the job as straight man to someone else.
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes more and more badass over the course of the series, showing himself capable of taking down opponents you'd never have imagined him even standing up to at the beginning of the series.
** This is going to the point to manage to [[spoiler: stop Utsuro and lands some hits to him. ]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: In the second movie's BadFuture, he grows up to be tall, handsome, and much more serious than he is now.
* TeamMom: You'd be surprised how many traits he's got down, from his usually calm, caring personality to his occasionally displayed domestic skills, and his determination to protect those he loves. This all despite him being, you know, male. His [[TheNondescript nondescriptness]] might reinforce this trait.
* TragicKeepsake: Uses Gin's sword in the BadFuture of the second movie.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: His crossdressing persona, Pachie. He does look really cute, albeit a little [[TheNondescript plain.]]
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Like Gintoki, he also uses wooden katanas as his WeaponOfChoice, though nowhere near as effectively.

!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/RieKugimiya (JP), Creator/KoujiIshii (JP, male), Jocelyn Loewyn (series), Creator/ScottMcNeil (series, male), Creator/LuciChristian (movie) (EN), Marta Méndez (Spain), Kanna Hashimoto ({{Live Action|Adaptation}} movie)

Seemingly an innocuous, carefree young girl of Chinese descent, Kagura is actually an alien belonging to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest and most bloodthirsty of the Amanto races. Because of her Yato blood, she is extremely strong and an incredibly fierce and capable fighter, able to singlehandedly take down multiple enemies, crush vehicles with her bare hands, and regenerate from wounds sustained in combat. She came to Earth to earn money for her family, and to escape her violent Yato heritage, which she staunchly rejects.

Kagura and Gintoki's relationship is very much a father-daughter one and she is highly protective of him, often affectionately referring to him as Gin-chan. Kagura also has an unusually strong appetite and is often seen devouring mountains of food or complaining that she's hungry. She is often seen with or riding atop of her gigantic pet dog [[BigFriendlyDog Sadaharu]].
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: [[spoiler:Not long after leaving the yorozuya does she give birth to a daughter at [[TeenPregnancy age 14]], apparently she's a TrulySingleParent giving birth to Kanna [[Manga/{{Dragonball}} Piccolo]] style after eating too many bananas. Of course its quickly revealed [[SubvertedTrope that it's just Kagura shapeshifting as a joke.]]]]
* AchillesHeel: She is a [[CuteBruiser cute]] LightningBruiser who can throw a car one-handed, but without her umbrella she'll get sunstroke. Though she seems to be handling the sun better than certain other Yato, being able to stay out in the sun without any harm, at least for a while. Then again, according to a Ginpachi-sensei question, [[BreakingTheFourthWall she's just in the studio when we see her basking in the sun without her umbrella.]]
* ActionGirl: As a Yato, she is one of the strongest girls in the series, and is arguably the most powerful among the Yorozuya. Although Gintoki is an accomplished samurai with immense strength, Kagura's is incomparably and insanely powerful, so much that she could strike back an RPG with her umbrella.
* AnalogyBackfire: At one point she compares Gin, Shinpachi and herself to [[TrueCompanions a human body]] (i.e. they work together well and have to stick together), but claims that Gin and Shin are the left arm and leg, and she is the ''white blood cells''. The others are less than reassured after being told that they're a pile of bloody, disembodied limbs.
* AndCallHimGeorge: She unintentionally kills any cute animal she keeps (like say, a rabbit) by hugging them when she sleeps. Both Gintoki and Shinpachi were unsure whether to laugh or cry at such a story. Averted later when she gets Sadaharu, who is normally aggressive and deadly, and has the tendency to bite on anyone's head to draw blood, but for someone like Kagura, is the perfect pet.
* AnimeChineseGirl: In both appearance and in speech mannerisms, aru. Which is why Okita calls her "China girl".
* AttractiveBentGender: Kagura looks quite good dressed as a male host. Though subverted when she became Kagura Dun in the Dekobokko arc, becoming a huge buff old man with a beard and a missing eye.
* BadassAdorable: Her quirky, childish tendencies are all so endearing, but she can hold her own against an entire army if need be.
* BadassFamily: Easily qualifies, given her strength, as well as Kamui's and Umibozu's strength.
* BareFistedMonk: Whenever she doesn't have her ParasolOfPain, she fights using martial arts.
* BerserkButton: Like Gintoki, any attempts to hurt her friends will be dealt with severely. Her snapping into her murderous Yato senses when Abuto nearly killed her friend Shinpachi is a case in point - she almost killed Abuto by the end of the arc, but was later saved by Sorachi since he got used to drawing him.
** Seems that trying to kill Shinpachi gives her a particular way to snap her Yato senses since it happened twice: once when Abuto was about to kill him and then when [[spoiler: Okita did the act to hurt him (despite it doesn't managed to do noticeable damage) ]] .
* BigEater: Her tastes are rather plain though, befitting of her childish behavior.
* BigSisterWorship: She loves Otae, addresses her extremely respectfully, and hugs her a lot.
* BoobsOfSteel: Normally inverted as she is among the physically stronger female characters of the show, yet hardly has any breasts to speak of due to her age, but it's played straight after the fake "time skip." Then played even more straight in the second movie, in which Kagura's future self definitely qualifies.
* BrutalHonesty: A firm practitioner of this, especially when it comes to debunking the myth of WomensMysteries.
* BulletCatch: Against Matako, catching two with her fingers and one with her ''teeth''.
* CainAndAbel: She is the Abel, while her brother Kamui is the Cain. He seems rather indifferent but Kagura is still ''very'' sore over the attempt to kill their dad and the abandonment.
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: She really loses her temper when she pretends to run away and no one really seems to notice, but in the end she misses them and comes back, justifying it by saying that she's the only one who could put up with Gin and Shinpachi.
* ChronicPetKiller: Played for laughs. Like in episode 65, where she crushes her own beetle in agitation. Happily averted with Sadaharu, who's [[CanisMajor big enough]] to survive it.
* CuteBruiser: Small, adorable and super strong.
* DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength: Prone to accidental mishaps due to being a super strong Yato.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Her family has... problems, to say the least.
* {{Expy}}: One of the main characters in the mobile RPG ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' has a ''frightening'' number of similarities with her, which include {{name|sTheSame}}, [[TokenMiniMoe role in the main group]], [[ParasolOfPain weapon]], HealingFactor ability and even ''voice actress''.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her outfit in the second movie.
* FieryRedhead: Has an outspoken presence and temper to match with her hair.
* FunSize: During the ''real'' TimeSkip, it turns out [[spoiler:her supposed "daughter"]] is just her in a younger and smaller form.
* HairDecorations: Which are hilariously revealed to be actually ''[[RuleOfFunny alien jockstraps]]''.
* HealingFactor: Comes with being from the Yato Clan. She can heal bullet wounds in a matter of hours.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She once gets a boyfriend who turns out to be a giant Amanto, though they part at the end of the arc.
* HumanAliens: Despite looking human, she is a Yato, a race known by their insane strength.
* IdiotHero: Not too bright, enjoys fights a lot, sternly clings to her ideals, and eats her hosts into poverty.
* LightningBruiser: Despite her small size, she's both super strong and very endurable, and has speed to match with it.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]]: Even though they're not related, Kagura really takes after Gintoki, even more so than her own father.
** Later chapters show her to take really after her mother, Kouka. Both wearing HairDecorations, are BadassAdorable, stubborn, and a soft centre. All her TimeSkip apperances show their StrongFamilyResemblance.
* LittleMissBadass: Don't underestimate her because of her age and size, she ''will'' kick your ass several times over. She proves herself a capable, independent fighter numerous times in the series, such as [[spoiler:going toe to toe with her elder brother, Kamui, one of the strongest Yato alive.]] When she was a child, she could singlehandedly beat up thugs twice her size to protect herself.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: As mentioned in BulletCatch, when she fights Matako she catches one of her bullets with her teeth.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: When she fights for food.
* OdangoHair: Her trademark hairdo, complete with metal bun-holders.
* OlderThanSheLooks: She's 14, but looks and acts like somebody a few years younger.
* OneOfTheBoys: Most of her friends in Kabukicho are shown to be boys, [[{{Tomboy}} and she does use crude language.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father is, for the most part, off fighting monsters, while her mother died of an illness. [[SubvertedTrope After Umibouzu's first appearance, it seems they keep in touch through letters]].
* ParasolOfPain: Dual-functionality. Sunlight deterrent (the Yato are incredibly weak to the sun's rays) and a rapid-fire projectile weapon.
* ParasolOfPrettiness: Subverted due to the above, but she does love having a pretty umbrella.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: She can wipe the floor with opponents physically larger than her due to her Yato heritage.
* PrettyFreeloader: After her introduction story, she got Gintoki to take her in by punching (and cracking) the wall next to him. Now, she lives with him as a coworker/daughter-of-sorts, sleeping in his closet.
* {{Qipao}}: One of her two outfits.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Okita's Blue Oni. They compete at everything, but are more than willing to team up against rampaging robots that ruin a festival for them.
* ShesAllGrownUp: Invoked with the "Timeskip" arc when she shows up two years later taller and with boobs. Meanwhile her BadFuture self in the second movie actually plays this one straight. Gintoki even lampshades it.
* SlasherSmile: During the time her Yato instincts took over in her fight against Abuto, her smile was constantly affixed in a psychotic grin.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Kagura hates her own Yato instincts and with good reason: When Abuto almost kills Shinpachi, she turns into a mindless berserker with no reason and control, brutally curb-stomping Abuto with a creepy smile on her face. As such, she does everything she can to maintain control over them and even subconsciously holds back on her punches to not kill people.
* SuperStrength: Being a Yato, Kagura is by far the physically strongest of the Yorozuya.
* TechnicalPacifist: Does not like killing and subconsciously holds back her true strength in fights to avoid killing anyone, but she sure isn't afraid of beating somebody up.
* ThirdLawOfGenderBending: It is a RunningJoke in Gintama that when Kagura had the chance to become a male, she turns into a scary old man befitting her violent personality. For example in the Genderbend Arc, instead of following the standard tropes of [[RuleSixtyThree Rule63]] she turns into [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Xiahou Dun]] - a historical chinese general who instilled fear in his enemy by [[RatedMForManly plucking and eating his own eyeball]].
* {{Tomboy}}: Often very crude and blunt in her manner of speaking.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Crude manners, hangs out with boys, but she also has girly interests and really likes cute things.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sukonbu, or pickled seaweed.
* {{Tsundere}}: Becomes this in the BadFuture of the second movie. Gintoki comments that her personality finally matches her [[Creator/RieKugimiya voice actress]].
* UnstoppableRage: Only invoked once thus far when Shinpachi is mere seconds from death and her innate Yato instincts are awakened, turning her into a rampaging monster.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: No one ever seems to find the presence of an ultra-rare alien worthy of comment, even though she's apparently identifiable on sight as otherworldly. Although it's implied that most bystanders believe her to be [[AnimeChineseGirl Chinese]].
* VerbalTic: Ends many of her sentences with "aru", a typical speech pattern for Chinese characters in Anime (which is translated as "uh-huh" in the Viz licensed volumes). In the Mexican Spanish dub she speaks with a slight Chinese accent without going overboard with it, while in the European Spanish she talks in stereotypically Chinese YouNoTakeCandle.
* VolleyingInsults: Whenever she and Okita meet, this is usually what happens, when they're not at each other's throat that is.
* WaifFu: She may look like a little girl, but she's really a super strong Yato fighter.


!!!!!!Voiced by: Creator/MikakoTakahashi (JP), Kyle Jones (movie) (EN)

A huge dog that was abandoned on their doorstep by a pair of Miko sisters. At first Gin and Shinpachi weren't too keen of the idea of Sadaharu living at Yorozuya, thanks to his habit to chew on anything smaller than himself (including humans), but as the time has passed in series they have become attached to him too and he has become tamer and friendlier towards everyone as well, even letting Kagura ride on his back regularly. Shinpachi and Gintoki too, when the situation is serious enough and they need to get somewhere fast.

Sadaharu was named after Kagura's first pet rabbit which she accidentally killed while having a nightmare. After that incident, she vowed to never go near animals again, were the same thing happen again. Since Sadaharu is pretty strong himself, she doesn't have that problem with him. After seeing how important that is to Kagura, Gintoki agrees to take him in.
* BigFriendlyDog: Initially subverted as everyone but Kagura turns into a ChewToy when he's around. Sadaharu's strength and aggression makes him ideal for the superhumanly strong Kagura, who has crushed several pets to death in the past. Later double subverted as Sadaharu got better. Nowadays, he's a [[TookALevelInKindness pretty nice dog]].
* CanineCompanion: Almost constantly by Kagura's side.
* CanisMajor: He's huge enough for several people to ride on him...and he grows even larger when he drinks strawberry milk.
* CharacterDevelopment: Yes, even for the TeamPet. He used to be more of a nuisance for the Yorozuya, giving them multiple head wounds, but now he hardly does it, [[BigFriendlyDog and is more adorable for it]].
* CuteIsEvil: At first.
* DogWalksYou: Inevitable, given his size.
* DoorstopBaby: Except he's a dog.
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Averted, in the GenderBender Arc he turns into a ''horse'', possible reference to AllGirlsLikePonies.
* FreakyFridayFlip: In a filler episode in the anime...with Gintoki. Then during the Freak Friday arc, Madao occupied his body for a moment and loved it...before he turned into Sadaharu's poop.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Very much, given his size. He was also transformed into an actual horse during the Gender Bender arc.
* NonHumanSidekick: To Kagura. When they got a translator to understand his barks, [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick he's surprisingly snarky]].
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Strawberry milk isn't really the best thing to give Sadaharu, Gin.
* TeamPet: The Yorozuya's resident animal member.
* TookALevelInKindness: Becomes a very lovable and loyal dog over time.