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[[folder:Muto Shougo aka Amakusa]]
->Voiced by: Junichi Inoue (JP), Creator/CrispinFreeman (EN)

A Christian, and sought revenge for Christianity, and to make the Holy Land, after his parents were killed for their beliefs when Christians were persecuted during the Shogunate. He mastered "God Speed" by the age of 14, and according to Kenshin, had surpassed even God Speed. His followers believe that he is the "Son of God". Some of his "miracles" were really just due to his education in Western Medicine, and other sciences.
* ArcVillain
* BadassPreacher: A man devout to the Christian faith and an excellent fighter. He bests Kenshin in their first bout.
* {{Bishounen}}
* BigBrotherInstinct: Sayo is his MoralityPet, so he fiercely adores and protects her.
* BreakTheCutie: As a child, he and his sister saw their family die horribly, which embittered him very much.
* BreakTheHaughty: As an adult, when his plans fall.
* ChurchMilitant: He's both a badass swordsman ''and'' a cultist leader.
* {{Expy}}: Of RealLife rebel UsefulNotes/AmakusaShiro. It's notable that the historical Shiro ''does'' exist in the series and his followers see Shougo as a reincarnation of him.
* FreudianExcuse: The persecution of his people for their religion culminating with the death of both of his parents, sent him down the path to being the villain he is.
* KickTheDog: His blinding of his master and ParentalSubstitute Hyoue really starts looking like this more and more as the series goes on. The man risked his life to rescue Shougo and Sayo, and had to leave his sick sister (their mother) behind. He raised the pair and taught Shougo everything he knows. Shougo blinding him when he tries to reel in Shougo's KnightTemplar tendencies makes him come across as petty and uncaring of his own uncle, plus the sign that [[DarkMessiah he's losing it]].
* AGodAmI: Or better said, A Son Of God Am I. He seems to enjoy claiming that his use of the Hiten Mitsurugi style was blessed by God.
* TheLeader
* LoveFreak: Played quite tragically.
* TheMedic: Studied medicine during his adult years. Still not enough to cure his sister's illness.
* ReligiousBruiser: Deconstructed ''nastily''.
* TallDarkAndSnarky

[[folder:Muto Sayo aka Magdaria]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HirokoKasahara (JP), Creator/LiaSargent (EN)

Shougo Amakusa's younger sister. She serves as a holy mother to their crowd of followers and a teacher to the young children. She has suffered from consumption ever since she was a child (which she most likely obtained from her and Shougo's dead mother, who suffered the same illness). She is often seen accompanied by Shozo, a childhood friend whom she and her brother saved from persecution.
* BreakTheCutie: Was a happy-go-lucky Christian little girl from the countryside. Then, shit happened. LOTS of shit.
* BrokenBird: Her hardships [[IceQueen left her very embittered]], until she befriended Sanosuke. She lampshades the trope as she thanks Sanosuke for emotionally helping her [[spoiler: while she lays dying in his arms.]]
* CloserToEarth: While she's not without her ruthless moments, she's less gung-ho on war than Shougo.
* DefrostingIceQueen
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Died in Sano's arms.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: As a child, she had super short messy hair. As a teenager, she wore it longer and in GirlishPigtails. As an adult, [[LongHairIsFeminine she kept it loose.]]
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: She took care of a young and injured Shouzo after Shougo took him in his Christian group, and he fell in love with her.
** Similarly, she and Sano start understanding each other a liiiiittle better when she found him wounded and tended to his bruises.
* GenerationXerox: Looks a lot like her MissingMom [[spoiler: and inherits her IllGirl condition]].
* GirlsWithGuns: [[spoiler:Sayo owns a tiny hand gun, and considering how she ''did'' consider shooting Sano before learning that he was less of an asshole than she thought, it's a sure thing that she was trained to use it.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gets shot to protect the only person, aside of Kenshin and his group, who was willing to help her crazed older brother.]]
* IllGirl: Has tuberculosis, which gives her BloodFromTheMouth ''and'' IncurableCoughOfDeath.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Lady Magdaria and Shouzo were doing a great job of not provoking the police, who had stopped them for no reason other than they were Christians in the lisghtest... when Sanosuke jumped out from behind a bush and beat the crap out of them and probably got mistaken for a Christian (after all, who else would have bothered?). ''This'' is the kind of thing that RealLife activists from oppressed minority groups avoid unless they want to deepen the impression that they're a bunch of dangerous lunatics, so even if Magdaria could have been a little less harsh, she had a ''very'' good reason to not be happy.
* MeaningfulName: Her Christian name comes from Mary Magdalene.
* MoralityPet: To Shougo.
* PluckyGirl: When Shouzo got trapped under a tremendous pile of rocks while trying to shield Sayo, she immediately started to try getting them off him. Considering that she's an IllGirl and such an effort could make her collapse... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome whoa]].
* ShipTease: Got a lot of this with both [[BodyguardCrush her bodyguard Shouzo]] ''and'' Sanosuke.
* TakingTheBullet
* TeamMom: To the Christian children she takes care of.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
* TragicKeepsake: Her medallion, which belonged to her MissingMom.

->Voiced by Creator/KazueIto (JP), Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (EN)

The leader of the Kairyu pirates, who raid ships containing valuable goods that they can sell off to feed the poor.
* ActionGirl: Highly skilled with a three-section staff and sword, has great agility and reflex.
* BadassAdorable: She is good looking as she is strong.
* BadassNormal
* TheCaptain
* HopelessSuitor: Ends falling up for Kenshin. Doesn't last long, though.
* HonorAmongThieves: Shura has a great sense of nobility, stealing only from those who gain their riches through illicit means and using her earnings to feed, clothe and shelter the poor people in her village. She opposes the idea of killing or harming women and children. This is deconstructed to an extent as this causes most of her crew to not respect her as leader, feeling that she's too soft and also [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain because she's a woman]].
* InterruptedSuicide: After being betrayed by Ginjo and the rest of her crew. She attempted to kill herself but Kenshin stops her.
* LeaderWannabe: Averted with Shura herself, who is competent in battle and excellent at controlling her crew. Unfortunately, in-universe, all but two members of said crew believe her to be this trope due to her standards about woman and children and to just being a woman in general. They waste no time betraying her when the opprotunity presents itself.
* PirateGirl: She leads a band of pirates.
* SamusIsAGirl: In her masked form, she has the appearance of a dangerous killer, but is a slim attractive young woman unmasked.

[[folder:Lorenzo Shouzo]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HozumiGouda (JP), Creator/PeterDoyle (EN)

A Chinese young man who was taken in by Shougo and Sayo's group after being bullied and beaten up by his Christian beliefs. Due to this he holds UndyingLoyalty for both of them and acts as Magdaria's bodyguard, eventually seeing Sanosuke as his WorthyOpponent.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Was a Chinese Christian boy, which got him into lots of trouble.
* BadAssPreacher
* BareFistedMonk
* BodyguardCrush: On Sayo.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: He has loved Sayo since he was young. She cares for him greatly as well.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: He fell in love with Sayo after she shed TenderTears for him and nursed him back to health.
* IOweYouMyLife: To both of the Mutou siblings, who gave him a new lease on life as well as something similar to a future.
* MartialPacifist
* MeaningfulName: His Christian name seems to come not just from Saint Lawrence (the martyr who was allegedly burned alive by ''roasting''), but also from the protomartyr of the Philippines [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Ruiz Saint Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila]] -- a half-Chinese/half-Filipino Christian man who was [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic martyred in Japan in 1637]]... few months before [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimabara_rebellion the real Shimabara Rebellion]] took place.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler:To Sayo. One of the reasons why he gives a GetAHoldOfYourselfMan to Sano was because he ''was'' there for Sayo when she kicked it, so he shouldn't beat himself up for her death anymore.]]
* RazorWind: His Red Dragon fighting technique, which was fast enough to catch Sanosuke off guard and knock him off a cliff in their first duel. [[spoiler: Sanosuke later [[AwesomenessByAnalysis breaks down the technique thanks to his experiences fighting opponents who had similar styles]] [[PowerCopying and uses it to defeat Shouzo]].]]
* RedOniBlueOni: To Sanosuke.
* ReligiousBruiser
* StreetUrchin
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* WarriorMonk
* WorthyOpponent: To Sanosuke.

[[folder: Elsten]]

A Dutch medic who is the ambassador of the Netherlands in Japan, and Kenshin has him in high regards.
* AssInAmbassador: Completely averted, because he is the Dutch ambassador but is quite the NiceGuy.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: He's a kind-hearted ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and has blond hair and moustache.
* InterGenerationalFriendship: Elsten is a CoolOldGuy at least in his early 50's, but gets along well with the 28-year-old Kenshin.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is a calm, wise man with both good medical knowledge and the sincere desire to help the Shimabara Christian colony. This makes him a key figure in the arc, so much that [[spoiler: Sayo goes down TakingTheBullet for him, since she knows he's the only one in power who's willing to cut a deal with Shougo. He lives up to he hopes and manages to safely send everyone in the Japanese Christian colony to the Netherlands.]]

[[folder:Gentatsu Takatsuki]]
->Voiced by: Creator/NozomuSasaki (JP)

A young samurai/assassin of the Aizu clan whom we meet in the ''Ishinshishi e no Requiem'' movie.

* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:He does in Shigure's arms.]]
* KnightTemplar: While Gentatsu himself as we saw him isn't really one, he is primarily affiliated with the Aizu clan, who are relatives/close retainers of the Shogunate and pretty much one-up even UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi [[MyMasterRightOrWrong in their hatred of the Restoration rebels]] (i.e. Kenshin's camp). This is the reason why [[spoiler:he and Battousai/Kenshin clashed at first sight with no questions--leading to his death.]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* PlotTriggeringDeath: [[spoiler:His death is what kickstarts the whole plot of TheMovie.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Kenshin killed him in battle during the war, which drives a good part of the conflict.]]
* PromotiontoParent: Had to raise his baby sister alone.
* RedBaron: In the limited screentime we saw him, he would've been probably Kenshin's equivalent amongst the Aizu.
* StuffedInTheFridge
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* WeHardlyKnewYe

[[folder:Shigure Takimi]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KazuhikoInoue (JP)

One of the leading warriors of the Aizu clan, he was Gentatsu's best friend. He also subsequently befriends Kenshin in the modern age.

* HeroicSacrifice
* ParentalSubstitute: Raised [[spoiler: Toki]] after the death of her brother [[spoiler: Gentatsu]].
* SacrificialLion
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* WorthyOpponent

[[folder:Toki Takatsuki]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YukoMiyamura (JP)

Shigure's ward and a local school teacher, as well as Gentatsu's younger sister.

* AlliterativeName
* HotTeacher: Works as a schoolteacher.
* TheQuietOne
* WifeHusbandry: Strongly implied to have feelings for her ParentalSubstitute Shigure.

[[folder:Yasuharu Musashino]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KappeiYamaguchi (JP)

A teenage boy who works for Shigure and quickly makes friends with Yahiko. He dies in the middle of Shigure's rebellion.
* AntiVillain
* BigBrotherMentor: For Yahiko.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Him and Yahiko could have been brothers, their similar backstories and all. Only that Yahiko is younger and far more HotBlooded than the calm Musashino.
* {{Bishounen}}
* NiceGuy
* SacrificialLamb

[[folder:Sadashiro Kajiki]]
->Voiced by: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (JP)

One of Shigure's supporters.
* KickTheDog
* TheMole
* SmugSnake

[[folder:Ebin Tamono]]
->Voiced by: Creator/JurotaKosugi (JP)

Another of Shigure's supporters. Yet another [[TheMole mole]].
* SmugSnake

->Voiced by: Creator/EzraWeisz (EN)
* ArcVillain: The main antagonist of the Black Knights arc starting with Yutaro's return.
* BadassNormal: Not only can he kill the best of an ancient Ninja clan's warriors with ease but he is so far the only Westerner in the series who doesn't use modern gunpowder weapon... but can still give Kenshin some difficulty in battle while LACKING superhuman swordsmanship and magics.
* DrivenToSuicide: Losing to Kenshin (who he looks down on), and accidentally destroying the elixir has made him insane. He chose to throw himself into the fire.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He looks down on the Japanese. He refers to them as "monkeys".
* StepThreeProfit: His plan to conquer the world with the elixir he hopes to find in Japan. He's put most of his effort into acquiring the elixir, striking deals, hunting people across continents, but from there the plan just becomes a vague "we'll sell the elixir on the black market, and use the money to buy an army to conquer the world." The key points of his plans have so many variables that it's probably for the best that he failed at such an early stage.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: He does this to Misanagi. This causes Schneider to turn against him and defend Misanagi.

->Voiced by: Creator/PaulStPeter (EN)
* TheBrute
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Schneider ultimately turns on them and challenges Meldars, it's Lentz who tries to de-escalate the situation by trying to convince Schneider to back down, while Meldars was willing to kill him right there.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Just like Meldars, he looks down on the Japanese.

* KnightInShiningArmor: Double-subverted since he definitely has the mannerisms and skills an ideal knight should have but he is also shown having somewhat racist views towards Japanese culture and is not above killing to advance his organization's goals. [[spoiler: However, he defends Misanagi when Meldars betrays her and orders her executed; he refuses to do so and fights back against Meldars.]]
* ShipTease: He and Misanagi seem to be rather attracted to each other. [[spoiler: [[StarCrossedLovers But they can't stay together]].]]

[[folder: Misanagi Sanada]]
->Voiced by: Creator/ChisaYokoyama (JP) Creator/JulieAnnTaylor (EN)
* DefrostingIceQueen: Specially regarding her interactions with Schneider.
* MasterOfDisguise: She can disguise herself as a man and mask her voice as well.
* FauxActionGirl: She can't fully live up to her fame as a {{ninja}} towards the end.
* ShipTease: As said above, she and Schneider have quite a bit of chemistry. [[spoiler: Bad thing, it doesn't work out as he has to return to Germany (and is believed to be dead) and she has to stay in Japan to rebuild her clan.]]