* ActorAllusion: A few that often even crosses over NoFourthWall territory.
** One of the ''3Z Ginpachi Sensei'' omake has a funny one, in which Creator/TomokazuSugita tells about how he got a call from his mother after the Stand Inn arc was aired, telling him he really should work on his singing.
** In episode 65, Okita (voiced by Creator/KenichiSuzumura) says [[Series/KamenRiderDenO "Mind if I beat you? Can't hear your answer!" and his eyes flash purple.]]
** Episode 150 includes a frame-by-frame parody of a scene in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Hasegawa takes the place of Gendou Ikari, both of whom are voiced by Creator/FumihikoTachiki. He also, sometimes does some mannerisms as Gendou.
*** In episode 122, before he was revealed, the {{Eyecatch}} has his silhouette shaped like [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi]]
** Taken to the extreme in fight between Elizabeth (Creator/ToruFuruya) and Dark Vader (voiced by Creator/ShuichiIkeda), to resemble the fight between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The staff even made Elizabeth pilot the RX-78 Gundam.
** Hijitaka says [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara LET'S PARTY!]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxCr6svK_ZY in his introduction]] as hosts in the Takamagahara host club. The difference is, instead of a horse, Hijikata uses Kondo as his Harley Gorillason!
** Upon Gedomaru's arrival in episode 249, Gintoki yells [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber!]]
* AuthorExistenceFailure: In continuity example. During the Second Popularity Poll Arc, Otae, pissed off that a "[[AuthorAvatar gorilla]]" got a better ranking than her, [[BreakingtheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] to kill Sorachi in the real world. He [[WeCanRebuildHim sort of]] got better in the next episode/chapter.
* CashCowFranchise: For Creator/{{Sunrise}} mostly, leading to people not ''even'' believe when they say they are 'stopping' with the animation series once at a while. ''Gintama'' is one of the best sold anime series on [=DVDs=] in its origin country and merchandise come and go because the popularity of it.
* NamesToKnowInAnime[=/=]HeyItsThatVoice: Oh boy. This could take awhile.
** Creator/TomokazuSugita: The lovable white perm haired Gintoki.
** Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi: Shinpachi. Hell, he looks EXACTLY like Shinpachi.
** Creator/RieKugimiya: Here playing Kagura.
** Creator/MikakoTakahashi: Sadaharu and Tsu Terakado
** Creator/SusumuChiba: As Kondo, leader of the Shinsengumi.
** Creator/KazuyaNakai: As the oh-so-[[BadAss badass]] mayo-loving Hijikata.
** Creator/KenichiSuzumura: Sougo Okita
** Creator/AkiraIshida: Playing Zura (it's Katsura!) Kotarou...who has long hair and looks really good when he crossdresses.
** Creator/SatsukiYukino: Tae Shimura. Her voice and actions probably will remind you of [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Shmion]].
** Creator/NorioWakamoto: Playing the minor role of Matsudaira, a direct superior to the Shinsengumi.
** Creator/FumihikoTachiki: Taizo Hasegawa. Been trying to channel Gendo all the time but failed miserably.
** Creator/FumikoOrikasa: Yagyu Kyubei.
** Creator/ShowHayami: Umibouzu, Kagura's pop. Arguably one of the few roles where he's NOT EVIL.
** Creator/OmiMinami: Tama.
** Creator/ShinichiroMiki: Tatsuma Sakamoto
** Creator/TakehitoKoyasu: Shinsuke Takasugi
** Creator/SatoshiHino: Kamui. Definitely one of his most badass roles to date.
** Creator/KeijiFujiwara: Zenzo Hattori.
** {{Kujira}}: Otose. You may know her other role as [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Orochimaru]].
** Creator/YuuSugimoto: Catherine. Not so hyper as a certain [[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis redheaded Osaka tennis player]].
** YuuKobayashi: Ayame Sarutobi
** YukoKaida: Tsukuyo
** Creator/TakeshiAono: Gengai Hiraga
** Creator/HiroshiKamiya: Robot 502 [[spoiler: AKA Professor Hayase's robot vessel]], [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei who doesn't seem to be]] [[CatchPhrase in much despair, actually.]]
** Creator/YukariTamura: Shall Hanano... [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha cool your head?]]
** Creator/MitsuakiMadono: Kamotarou Itou.
** HochuOtsuka: Abuto
** Creator/AkenoWatanabe: Mutsu.
** Creator/AyakoKawasumi: Gedomaru, ''[[VerbalTic de gozansu.]]''
** Creator/MamikoNoto: [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/11/81205.jpg Pandemonium]]. No, seriously.
** Creator/HikaruMidorikawa: Seimei Ketsuno
** Creator/AiNonaka: Pirako Doromizu
** Creator/MiyukiSawashiro: [[MoeAnthropomorphism BluRay-ko]]
** Creator/NoriakiSugiyama: Kame, [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight a redheaded]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} brooding]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} skilled marksman]]
** Creator/JunkoTakeuchi: Daigoro Kitaouji
** Creator/SanaeKobayashi: Rei
** Creator/RyokoShiraishi: [[OverlyLongName Jugem-monkey]]
** Creator/SayakaOhara: Narasaki Sachi
** Creator/NobuyukiHiyama: Daito
** Creator/HiroyukiYoshino: Taka-Chin
** Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa: Isaburo Sasaki, ''yet'' another silver haired badass.
** Creator/AyaHirano: Nobume
** KojiYusa: Ayumu Tojo
** Creator/YuuichiNakamura: The golden straight-permed Kintoki and almost the new main character of the series. Possibly one of the best CastingGag ever.
** Creator/KazuhikoInoue: Oboro
** Creator/KoichiYamadera: Yoshida Shouyou-sensei
** Creator/ShigeruChiba: Jiiya/Rotten Maizou
** Creator/MasayaOnosaka: Hajime Obi One
** On a sidenote, among all the major characters, Creator/TomokazuSugita is the only one that never voice act a Gundam pilot.
** In the upcoming Mexican Spanish dub, [[Creator/JesusBarrero Gintoki]] is [[Manga/SaintSeiya Seiya]], [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Rex]] and [[Anime/{{MazingerZ}} Kouji Kabuto]].
* NoExportForYou: Okay, right, Creator/SentaiFilmworks has the first season of the series licensed, the series can STILL be watched through Crunchyroll not only in the States, but many countries with the service as well, and the Benizakura-hen movie was also licensed and released with an English Dub... BUT, the other tons of episodes of ''Gintama'' can't be reached in a home release form, and Creator/VizMedia cancelled the publishing of the series in Volume 23 for both low sales and because translation difficulties (killing in part also the possible license of similar comedy (and comedy action) series that rely mostly in the wordly dialogue and Japanese jokes and heavy words such as ''Manga/SketDance'', ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' and one Jump's recent hit, ''The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki'').
** On the other hand, it was recently announced it will be dubbed in Mexico for both Mexican and Latin American audiences.
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: The first half of episode 67 was based on the winning submission for a contest to create an Amanto character.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Subverted with a CainAndAbel role where Creator/SatoshiHino is Kamui and Creator/RieKugimiya is Kagura.
** Played straight with Creator/TomokazuSugita and Creator/MikakoTakahashi as Gintoki and Sadaharu (or to a lesser extent Otsuu) where previously, they're the [[OfficialCouple Official Alpha Couple]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Bullet and Kusuha]].
** Though not exactly rivals as shown in the anime as Gintoki and Kintoki, Creator/TomokazuSugita and Creator/YuuichiNakamura are real best friends.
** Played straight with Sugita (again) and Creator/KazuhikoInoue (Oboro) since they eventually fought against each other, again, in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]] Part 2 as Joseph Joestar and Kars. It is straightforward, however in the VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle game applying some what ifs and strange cases, and different cast from Part 3's anime adaptation and subsequent ones if they get animated. AyakoKawasumi, Gedoumaru, did Erina Pendleton (later Joestar), who is Joseph's grandmother, too.
** Creator/MikakoTakahashi (Sadaharu) and Creator/YuuSugimoto (Catherine) had worked together as acquaintances not only in the same building, but as middle schoolers from different schools in Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis as Sakuno Ryuzaki and Kintaro Tooyama.
* TalkingToHimself:
** LITERALLY. Both as an in-universe example and in real life, Gintoki and [[spoiler: the Leukocyte King.]]
** Episode 26 (or 227, depending on your point of view) has it when characters from ''Manga/SketDance'' meet the Yorozuya gang: Creator/TomokazuSugita as both Sakata Gintoki and Switch. It's both checked in their correspondent crossover anime episodes, EVERYONE (with the exception of [[Creator/RieKugimiya Kagura]] literally talked with themselves. Yes, even Creator/RyokoShiraishi who got casted as the monkey (Jugem-monkey).
* ThrowItIn: The initial title of ''Yorozuya Gin-san'' was rejected by the editor, and another one was needed. Expecting that his other ideas would be shot down too, the author decided to play a little joke and submitted a random title his dad had made up: ''Gintama''.
* TrollingCreator: Sorachi is known as the greatest troll on the other side of Japan. There's even a special idiom for him, "Gorilla is playing with reader's crotch again."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Hideaki Sorachi once wanted to do the series in base of the Shinsengumi. In fact, Shinpachi and Gintoki were once conceived as police units of the group. Hasegawa would eventually lead them (technically in the series he once worked with the Shinsengumi at the pretty start of the serialization, but his original role in the first ideas of the series was replaced by Kondo) and a girl who ended up being separate into Okita, which hairstyle was used so much later for Otsuu (and technically a [[spoiler:reused idea for his genderbent identity in an arc that happened 9 years later the serialization started]]), and Kagura (she had an umbrella as a weapon, which became the defacto weapon of use for her and the Yato clan).
** The title of the manga was originally going to be ''Yorozuya Gin'', reflecting the nature of Gintoki's "work", but the editors of the magazine didn't like it, so it ended up being "Gintama".
** The Be Forever Yorozuya movie was originally stated for a release in Spring 2013, just after the anime new season (reruns of some selected episodes, plus the airing of new such as the Kintama arc, and the Courtesan of the Nation arc) ended. However, as proved in the anime previews, the script seems to have suffered many changes in the process, making it move until a more proper release in Summer. The original ideas were discarded, and it makes it wonder what would haven't worked instead of the final result: [[spoiler:a BadFuture story involving the dissapearance of Gintoki, and a sickness that has been spreaded towards all Kabukicho in his absence]].
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