!!'''Sekihara Tae'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/SumiShimamoto (JP - Anime), Creator/MichikoNeya (JP - Drama CD), Creator/MichelleRuff (EN - Anime)

The manager of the beef hot pot restaurant, the Akabeko. She has a twin sister named Sae managing in a similar restaurant called the Shirobeko in Kyoto. Sagara Sanosuke also owes her a seemingly large sum of money in which interest is accounted for. In the anime, and a bit in the manga, she has also tried to push the relationship between Himura Kenshin and Kamiya Kaoru since it seemed it to her that it was not working.
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* ChristmasCake
--> '''Kaoru:''' Don't lecture me about getting married, Tae!! You're already '''twenty-XXXXX'''' year's old!!
--> [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Tae turns to stone at that comment.]]
* CoolBigSis: To Kaoru.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Later in the anime.
* KansaiRegionalAccent
* MsExposition: Since her restaurant is a well-known reunion place, she more than once drops useful info to Kenshin and Kaoru; i.e., Tae tells them Yahiko's backstory as a StreetUrchin under a gang's orders, which motivates them to go rescue him.
* ParentalSubstitute: Pretty much adopts Tsubame after she's free from her abusive caretaker.
* ShipperOnDeck: Biggest Kenshin/Kaoru fangirl ever, aside of Kenshin's group.
* SupremeChef: Good enough to have her own restaurant, the Akebeko.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Has a twin younger sister named Sae in Kyoto, who plays her r­ole in that setting. Watsuki's notes admit that playing the BackupTwin card was something of a cop out so he didn't have to design yet another new character for the arc.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Played by one of the well-known ''{{seiyuu}}'' of [[PigeonholedVoiceActor the character type]] aside of Creator/KikukoInoue, Mrs. Creator/SumiShimamoto.


!!'''Sanjou Tsubame'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/YuriShiratori (JP), MichelleRuff (EN)

A waitress at Tae's restaurant and Myojin Yahiko's sweetheart. She was saved by him from the ronin her family worked for as Yahiko stopped them from robbing the Akabeko.
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* {{Expy}}: Of Hotaru Tomoe from SailorMoon.
* LoveTriangle: In the manga one-shot ''Yahiko no Sakabato'' set not long after the DistantEpilogue of the original series, she's apparently the focus of a mild one between Yahiko and Tsukayama Yutaro. By WordOfGod Yahiko eventually married her and they had a son who competed with Kaoru and Kenshin's son Kenji to inherit the sakabato.
* MeetCute: In the anime. Finds Yahiko training, watches him and then repairs his broken sandal. They meet up again as Kenshin's group goes to the Akabeko, where Tsubame is working part-time.
* {{Meido}}: In [[spoiler: the epilogue chapter, she wears one as the new uniform of the Akabeko. She got a few perverted leers from street thugs and even Yahiko (who beat up the former) thought it invited ridicule.]]
* RescueRomance: Yahiko has to defeat the JerkAss who took Tsubame in after her parents died and abused her both physically and emotionally.
* ShrinkingViolet: She even wears a purple kimono in her first episode.
* YamatoNadeshiko: One in training, thanks to her boss/adoptive mother Tae.

!!'''Makimachi Misao'''
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->Voiced by: TomoSakurai (JP), Creator/PhileceSampler (EN)
A kunoichi who was raised by the Oniwabanshū. She appears in the story after Himura Kenshin leaves Kamiya Kaoru and his friends and goes to Kyoto alone.
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* ActionGirl
* AlliterativeName
* AnimalMotifs: The weasel.
* BadassAdorable
* BoisterousBruiser
* [[spoiler:BloodSplatteredInnocents]]: The moment when she witnesses [[spoiler: Aoshi almost murdering Okina in the ''Shin Kyoto Hen'' OVA leaves her splattered with the latter's blood. Much [[NightmareFuel creepiness]] and [[TearJerker sadness]] ensues.]]
* {{Bokukko}}
* GenkiGirl
* {{Kawaiiko}}
* KnifeNut: Her [[WeaponOfChoice preferred weapons]] are her throwing knives.
* {{Ninja}}
* OlderThanSheLooks: [[BerserkButton "LITTLE GIRL!!]] I'm a beautiful sixteen year old maiden, thank you very much!!"
* PluckyGirl
* SheCleansUpNicely: Wears a Western dress once in the anime. Sano doesn't recognize her.
* ShortHairWithTail
* ShortTank
* {{Tsundere}}:Type A...


!!'''Kashiwazaki Nenji (aka Okina)'''
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->Voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Michael [=McConnohie=] (EN)

An elder member of the Oniwabanshu, and during the Bakumatsu, he operated at the Kyoto Investigator in order to analyze the movements in the city's political world. After the Restoration, he raised Misao, who was handed over by Aoshi.
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* AlmightyJanitor: Was once considered capable of taking the spot of Okashira himself and even holds his own against Aoshi [[spoiler: though the Kodachi [=NitouRyuu=] eventually does him in.]]
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassBoast: "Once they called me the most horrific of the Oniwabanshu. Only a fool resists me."
** BadassGrandpa
** RetiredBadass
* CoolOldGuy
* {{Determinator}}
* DirtyOldMan: Mildly, and lampshaded by one of the maids at the inn (also a former Oniwabanshuu) when some young women come by to deliver a message from Aoshi.
* DualTonfas: His WeaponOfChoice is a pair of metal ''tonfa''.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Generally a friendly old man, but his wrath is terrifying to invoke. A mook who attacked him in his sleep got [[DisproportionateRetribution nails driven into his hands with candlewax]] dripped upon it, before being sent back to Shishio with a message.
* LetsGetDangerous
* {{Ninja}}
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* OldMaster
* TheSpymaster
* TheStrategist
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler: Is almost killed by Aoshi to show that he has mastered the Kodachi Nitoryu.]]

!!Tsukayama Yutaro
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->Voiced by: MayumiTanaka (JP), Creator/MichaelLindsay (EN - Raijuta arc), Creator/BrianDonovan (EN - Black Knights arc)

A young boy who wishes to become a better swordsman.
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* DisappearedDad: Only in the anime. His father's still very much alive and present in the manga, but he feels that Yutaro despises him for giving up swordsmanship and his former samurai status to become a merchant.
* HeroicBSOD: Following Raijuta's KickTheDog moment.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Regarding Raijuta.
* JerkAss --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold --> JerkassWoobie: He's spoiled, stubborn and bratty. Still doesn't deserve to be punted by Raijuuta.
* [[spoiler:LovableSexManiac: Apparently comes back as a dangerous play boy in Yahiko's Sakabatou.]]
* PutOnABus: At the end of his story arc, Yutaro leaves Japan to go to Germany, where their advanced medicine may help him regain the use of his right arm, which was [[KickTheDog injured by Raijuta]]. [[spoiler:The manga's epilogue reveals that he eventually returns to be an assistant instructor at the Kamiya dojo.]]
** [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack: A more visible, proactive one in the anime's Black Knights Arc. Although at the end of the arc, he eventually chooses to drop being a kendo student altogether to become a Western medicine doctor in Germany.]]
* RichBitch: A male example, though he gets better.
* TheRival: To Yahiko.
* SpoiledBrat

!!'''Hiko Seijuurou XIII'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/ShuichiIkeda (JP), Creator/RichardEpcar (EN - Anime), Joe York (EN - First OVA series), James Brownlee (EN - Second OVA series)

Master of the Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū, he served as Kenshin's swordsmanship instructor and eventually passed his signature style to him.
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* TheAce: Kind of expected considering [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda who's voicing him]]: [[MemeticMutation HE'S]] [[MythologyGag ALSO]] [[MobileSuitGundam A CHAR]].
* {{Badass}}: Possibly ''the'' biggest badass in the series.
** BadassCape
** RetiredBadass
* BigDamnHeroes: His only fight in the series starts this way.
* BrilliantButLazy: Although he isn't lazy so much as jaded.
* BystanderSyndrome: How he feels about most conflicts in the outside world.
* CatchPhrase: "My stupid/idiot apprentice" (''baka deshi'' in Japanese) when speaking of Kenshin.
* ChickMagnet
* CoolOldGuy: He ''is'' 43 after all.
* CynicalMentor
* DeusExMachina: His arrival at the Aoiya.
* HermitGuru: He saw in Himura Shinta's kindness the potential of a worthy successor to his tradition, and adopted him as Kenshin to create one... though the results were not exactly what he intended or liked... until much later.
* HeroicNeutral: Content to live a quiet life as a potter, but will come out of retirement to help his pupil.
* IaijutsuPractitioner
* InsufferableGenius: He loves bragging and calls himself a genius, but it doesn't change the fact that he ''really'' is the best swordsman in the series.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may treat him like dirt mostly, but shows a surprising amount of warmth towards Kenshin [[spoiler: when he thinks Kenshin's mortally wounded him]] and later talks and fights [[spoiler: Fuji]] out of [[spoiler: being a member of the villainous Juppongatana.]]
* KnightInSourArmour: With the emphasis on sour; He berates Kenshin that yes, the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu successor '''is''' meant to protect the innocent and uphold justice, but as a warrior unbound by political prejudices, '''not''' a political tool. He knows the age of the the swordsmen is over, and is quite bitter about it.
* LastNameBasis: "Seijuurou" is his ''given name''.
* LegacyCharacter: As suggested by the name and number, he's part of a long line of men who mastered the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (By tradition, all masters of the Hiten Mitsurugi take the name Hiko Seijuro up achieving mastery so that they cannot use the style to attain fame for themselves). The first one (featured in the one-shot ''Sengoku no Mikazuki'') was a vassal samurai who is no slouch in the style either [[spoiler: and who would later on [[StandardHeroReward become the daimyo of the domain he rescued/married into]].]] Kenshin himself was in line to become Hiko Seijuro ''The Fourteenth'' had he not refused the position.
* LightningBruiser: Faster, stronger, ''and'' more skilled than ''any'' other character in the series.
* MasterSwordsman: Probably the best example in a series full of them.
* {{Narcissist}}: Though one of the more benevolent examples.
* NeverGetsDrunk: WordOfGod has it that this is why Watsuki drew drinking sake so much.
* TheObiWan: Subverted twice. Firstly when Kenshin disobeys him and storms off before finishing his training, secondly when [[spoiler:he survives Kenshin's ultimate attack.]]
* OlderThanHeLooks: He's 43, but doesn't look a day over 30. Reinforces the running gag of practitioners of the the Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryu being ''much'' older than they look. Yahoo and Misao have a minor freak out after hearing his age, wondering if the Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryu is some kind of fountain of youth.
* ParentalSubstitute: Played with; he deliberatedly made the training of Kenshin harsh and emotionally distant, to make sure his student will not feel pain or sadness for having to slay him in battle to succeed the ''Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu'' tradition, as he did with his teacher;
--> Do not grieve; this is a well-deserved fate for one who teaches with cruelty rather than kindness.....
* PowerLimiter: That cape does more than just look badass. In addition to being quite heavy, it's also outfitted with several springs that provide resistance in opposition to muscle movement to limit the wearer's strength. It's a testament to how strong Hiko is that he only takes the darn thing off ''once'' in the entire series. And that was just for his pupil's final exam.
* RealMenWearPink: Makes his living... as a potter. Pottery in Japan is ''very'' SeriousBusiness.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a rather scathing one to Kenshin, but eventually helps him anyway.
* SexyMentor
* ShoutOut: His cloak is based on {{Spawn}}'s.
* SplitSecondBladeSpam: As the 13th master of the ''Hiten Mitsurugi'' style, he naturally is capable of using the same ''Kuzu Ryuu Sen'' that he taught Kenshin [[spoiler:just before he went off to face down Shishio and his Juppongatana at their HQ.]]
* StoryBreakerPower: In Watsuki's own words, he's the "Joker in the Card Deck" and Watsuki wrote himself into a corner with him, which is why he's reserved for use as a DeusExMachina.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TookALevelInKindness: While his ''Shin Kyoto Hen'' incarnation is still giving off that InsufferableGenius vibe, he seems more relaxed and welcoming of the fact that Kenshin has learned a few lessons for the past ten years after meeting Yahiko and Kaoru.
* WarriorPoet
* WarriorTherapist: Just watch his fight with Fuji.

!!'''Okita Souji'''
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->Voiced by: YokoOgai (JP)

Leader of the first squad of the Shinsengumi during the revolution. He suffers from tuberculosis as seen when he fought Kenshin in a flashback, and even ''then'' he was still able to fight the red-headed warrior to a ''draw.''
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* {{Bishounen}}
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* HandicappedBadass: He battled Himura Kenshin to an ''equal-draw'' even as he was ''literally'' coughing bloody chunks of his lungs out; Had Okita been in perfect health, neither he ''nor'' Saitou would have been his match.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* IllBoy: As per his historically-accurate tuberculosis case.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath
* MasterSwordsman: [[TruthInTelevision Historically documented]] to be Saitou's ''superior'' as a warrior even when he was dying from tuberculosis. Let that sink in for a moment.
* PsychoForHire: Has some vibes.
* TheShinsengumi

!!'''Yukishiro Tomoe''' [[spoiler: or less commonly, Himura Tomoe]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/JunkoIwao (JP), Rebecca Davis (EN)

Kenshin's first love and Enishi's sister. She was the elder daughter of a samurai, a low-level bureaucrat who served the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo. [[spoiler:Tomoe left home and joined the Yaminobu with the intention of killing Kenshin in order to avenge her fiancé's death, but ultimately fell in love with him... and sacrificed her life to save him.]]
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's beautiful, tall, has black hair and appears [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] at first sight.
* BecomingTheMask
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: When she first met Kenshin, since he "made rain blood".
* BrokenBird
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Her deceased fiancé was her childhood friend.
* CryCute: In the Manga.
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:Kenshin's enemies use her as a hostage in order to lure Kenshin into a trap.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: The original manga gave her a few moments of this, but the OVA, which was told from her point of view, removed much of it.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Although it was short-lived, she did eventually warm up to Kenshin and even [[spoiler:sacrificed herself to save Kenshin]].
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight: She dies in Kenshin's arms.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EmotionlessGirl: Subverted. She does have emotions, but isn't good at expressing them. It brings her lots of heartbreak since she couldn't express her genuine love for Kiyosato as much as she wants to... which leads him to go to Kyoto [[spoiler:and then die at Kenshin's hands]].
* FirstLove: For Kenshin.
* FlowerMotifs: Plum blossoms.
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]
* TheGwenStacy
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: When Kenshin was about to make a suicidal final blow, Tomoe threw herself between Kenshin and his opponent, intending to protect him. Blinded with pain, Kenshin was unable to see her until it was too late, and delivered a fatal blow to his opponent and to her with the same slash of his sword.]]
* [[spoiler:HoneyTrap: She thought she was just TheMole, but actually the Shogunate spymasters sent her to make Kenshin fall in love with her and lure him into a trap.]]
* [[spoiler:InLoveWithTheMark]]
* TheLostLenore: To Kenshin.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: She deeply regrets never have been able to openly express her love for Kiyosato, especially since it was her lack of expressiveness which led to him going to Kyoto in the first place.
* OneeSama
* TheOphelia: Has a fit of this because of her fiancé's death. The first time she meets Kenshin, she's drunk and her only reaction to getting splattered by the blood of someone Kenshin just eviscerated is to say that he made it rain blood. She then promptly faints.
* PosthumousCharacter
* PromotionToParent: Helps raise Enishi [[DeathByChildbirth since their mom died when giving birth to him]], so Enishi sees her more as a mother than a sister.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: WordOfGod has stated that Tomoe's appearance and personality were modeled after Rei Ayanami.
* [[spoiler:{{Revenge}}: She took the role of TheMole in order to avenge her fiancé Akira Kiyosato, whom Kenshin killed.]]
* [[spoiler:SnowMeansDeath: She dies in the snow.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: The Shogunate spymasters knew Kenshin would fall in love with her and when she tried to save him, they used her as a hostage to lure Kenshin into a trap.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: [[spoiler:Kenshin and Enishi have visions of her, but she isn't smiling at them, which causes them great grief (and madness in Enishi's case). When she smiles at them, they have finally found peace.]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: When she and Kenshin met, she was wearing a white kimono. He had just killed a man in front of her. She said "you make rain blood". Do the maths.
** Tomoe was wearing the white kimono too [[spoiler: in her own death scene]].
* WomanInWhite: She wears a white kimono.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Subversion: she looks and acts the part but her train of thoughts is ''very'' different. [[spoiler:Tomoe wanted revenge for her fiancé's murder, and she also felt horribly guilty because he went to Kyoto to make a name for himself and got killed off.]] Double subverted [[spoiler: after she falls for her mark, i.e. Kenshin.]]


!!'''Kiyosato Akira'''
->Voiced by: TetsuyaIwanaga (JP), Ray Clayton (EN)

The second son of a shōgun retainer, he was the childhood friend and fiancé of Yukishiro Tomoe. Fearing that his own meager position would not be enough to impress his betrothed, Akira postponed the wedding and left Edo for Kyoto to join the Mimawarigumi, where he became a bodyguard for the high-ranking samurai Shigekura Jūbei. [[spoiler:But in the first year of Genji (1864), after a night of drinking with Shigekura and fellow bodyguard Ishiji, Akira came face-to-face with the infamous Ishin Shishi hitokiri Himura Battōsai and met his demise.]]
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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:It's thanks to him that Tomoe becomes TheMole and the HoneyTrap. We won't know it for a while, though.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Had this with Tomoe. [[spoiler:And then he got killed by Kenshin.]]
* {{Determinator}}: To the point that despite being hopelessly outclassed, he [[spoiler: gave Kenshin the first half of his X-shaped scar before dying. Which Kenshin aknowledges.]]
* [[spoiler:FamilyUnfriendlyDeath]]
* HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler:He engages Kenshin, despite the fact that Kenshin is far more skilled than he is, the fact that Kenshin already killed Shigekura, and the fact that Akira is scared out of his mind during their fight. The OVA ''really'' sticks the point home that Akira hadn't needed to fight Kenshin, as Shigekura actually ''saves him'' from Kenshin before he is killed.]]
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Implied more than anything. He's the second son of a samurai family, and to make his girlfriend Tomoe happier with their engagement, he sent off to Kyoto. [[spoiler: It doesn't do any good for both of them.]]
* [[spoiler:PosthumousCharacter]]
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLamb]]


!!'''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kido_Takayoshi Katsura Kogoro]]'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (JP)
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* AlliterativeName
* BigBrotherMentor: He and Takasugi are this to young Kenshin.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* KnightInSourArmor: Being a ruthless revolutionary leader of your domain does that.
* PosthumousCharacter
* {{Revenge}}: Basically believes in this as a life philosophy, which is consistent with most ''shishi'' of his time. His belief that the Tokugawa Shogunate has been abusive (exemplified in [[MentorOccupationalHazard executing his mentor]] [[TruthInTelevision Yoshida Shoin]]) drives his extremist methods. (Which is probably why [[spoiler: he sent Shishio to murder the traitorous Iizuka]] after the latter played a part in turning Kenshin's life into hell).
* ShipperOnDeck: Mild case, as he notices how Tomoe is a calming influence on Kenshin and refers to her as "the sheath of his sword".
* SupportingLeader

!!'''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinsaku_Takasugi Takasugi Shinsaku]]'''
->Voiced by: Creator/WataruTakagi (JP)
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* BigBrotherMentor: He and Katsura are this to young Kenshin
* BloodFromTheMouth: For a very good reason. See below...
* IllBoy: The real Takasugi died of tuberculosis when in his late 20's. His RK portrayal keeps up with this, and he's already fatally ill when he recruits Kenshin.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HotBlooded: Iizuka noted that he was this so much that, when he got bored of his imprisonment by the conservative Chōshu government, [[TruthInTelevision he just broke out of jail and waged a coup d'etat with the Kiheitai]], [[CrazyAwesome winning control of the domain for the Ishin Shishi.]]
* KnightInSourArmor
* PosthumousCharacter
* WhatTheHellHero: Wasn't too happy with Katsura's plans for Kenshin. Not like he could do a lot about it at that point.
* TallDarkAndSnarky

!!'''Iizuka'''
->Voiced by: RyuseiNakao (JP)

* BigBrotherMentor: In the field, he's the one who works with Battousai more closely (being his "mission inspector"/lookout), and has more bantering time with him. [[spoiler: As you can see with the other spoiler-tagged tropes, this is pretty much a sham.]]
* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing]]
* DeadpanSnarker: So much that he gives the younger, whinier [[MobileSuitGundam Kai Shiden]] a run for his money.
* [[spoiler: ItsAllAboutMe]]: Turns out to have this personal philosophy, which is why [[spoiler: he sold out his Ishin Shishi comrades to get a more comfortable life after the revolution]]. Of course, [[spoiler: Katsura didn't let him get away with it]].
* [[spoiler:TheMole]]
* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor]]
* [[spoiler: SmugSnake]]