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Four Heavenly EmperorsThe Heavenly Emperors are the four leaders of Kabukicho's biggest factions. Months after Jirocho's retirement and Kada's "disappearance" they are replaced by Gintoki for Otose, Azumi for Saigo, Tae for Kada, and Katsuo for Jirocho.
Voiced by: Kujira (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie), Pepa Agudo (Spain)Gintoki's tough-as-nails landlady. "Otose" is just her alias, and her real name is Ayano Terada.She owns a snack-bar and is usually helpful towards those in need. Up until the Four Devas Arc, she mostly remained in the backgorund, often giving precious advice or taking in Tama, Catherine or Seita temporarily.Despite constant arguments over Gintoki's inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her. She is apparently one of the four "emperors" that rule the Kabukicho and has the personal title "Empress of the Kabuki District," mainly because of her good relationships and channels... and Gintoki.
- Badass Grandma: Don't be fooled by her age, her attitude is as tough as ever.
- Badass Pacifist: Not a fighter, but damn tough-as-nails anyway.
- Cool Old Lady: An old lady who owns a simple snack shop, yet she commands a huge amount of respect in Kabukicho.
- Disney Death: Jirocho stabs her in front of her husband's grave, presumably killing her, only for her to survive and it to be revealed as part of Jirocho's plan to keep her out of the eventual confrontation with Kada.
- Her Heart Will Go On: She lost her husband during the Joi War, but keeps on going.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Yes she was◊.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her often blunt attitude, she sincerely cares for the Yorozuya and her employees, Catherine and Tama (even though Catherine's very introduction into Gintama was trying to steal from Otose) , going as far as to call them her family. This kindness was more obvious when she was a young woman, as she secretly fed poor children food from her job (and got fired for it).
- Landlady: To Gintoki.
- Never Mess with Granny: Her title "Empress of the Kabuki District" should tell you that this is one old lady you do not want to mess with. While she has zero ability to defend herself, she has a small army made of the best fighters in Kabukicho under her command. The kicker? Every single one of them holds an Undying Loyalty toward her and are thus ready to fight to death if it means protecting or avenging her.
- Non-Action Snarker: Despite counting on the Yorozuya for her own protection, since she is just too old to really make an impression in a heated physical fight, she does gibe at them a lot.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everybody calls her Otose, even those close to her who know her real name is Ayano Terada.
- Parental Substitute: Functions as one for Gintoki, Catherine, Tama and, briefly, Seita.
- Pet the Dog: Among other examples, she is shown many times ripping into Gintoki for not paying her each month's rent on time, yet she cuts him some slack a few times all the same.
- Plucky Girl: In her youth.
- Protectorate: Otose first met Gintoki while offering meat pies at her husband's grave. She let grubby-looking Gintoki eat them and for this favor, Gintoki promised to protect her until she joins her husband. Even earlier, Tatsugoro (Otose's husband) with his last words entrusts her safety to Jirocho.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: This! Is! KABUKICHO!!!
- Skunk Stripe: In the second movie, her future self is seen sporting a double one, though she remains otherwise unchanged.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes cigarettes.
- Undying Loyalty: Be it Gintoki himself, Catherine, Tama or pretty much anyone who knows her well, she inspires this due to her kind and caring self underneath her apparent toughness.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Regino Ramos (Spain)A former member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. Since his wife's death he has done everything he could to be both a father and a mother to his son. He is also the owner of an okama cabaret bar, and most of the crossdressers are formerly of the Faction as well. In his first appearance he tried to transform Gintoki and Katsura into crossdressers as well until they helped him out.
- A Father to His Men: And hir son.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Saigo usually doesn't wear a weapon, instead he tears people up with his bare hands.
- Battle Strip: Always discards his kimono before he goes into battle.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him or any of his "girls" freaks if you don't want to be curb stomped and forced to be a crossdresser at his club.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He may as well be the physically strongest human in Gintama, pulling off feats that are impossible for Gintoki.
- Crossdresser: Duh.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a massive one in the attack on Otose's snack-bar.
- Fundoshi: Often strips all his garments save for his fundoshi when he goes to battle, which is where he gets his nickname from.
- Macho Camp: He's one of the hugest humans in the series in terms of bulk.
- Old Soldier: A renowned veteran of the Joi War.
- One-Man Army: He took down Amanto battleships on his own during the Joi War while wearing nothing but his signature loincloth.
- Papa Wolf / Mama Bear: Don't put a finger on Teruhiko if you want to live.
- Slight subversion in that by doing so, Kada forced Saigo to attack the Yorozuya even though he and his faction doesn't really want to. Of course, once the Yorozuya rescue him...
- Perma-Stubble: In case he wasn't obvious enough already.
- Red Baron: White Loincloth Saigo as a member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction and Fearsome God Mademoiselle Saigou as an okama.
- Shirtless Scene: Many times.
- You Have 48 Hours: What he says to Catherine, Tama, Shinpachi and Kagura during the Four Devas Arc. After that, he was to destroy the Yorozuya's home as Kada instructed him to, having kidnapped his son.
Voiced by: Miki ItoAlso known as "Kujakuhime" ("Princess Peacock"), she is an Amanto who operates most of the gambling outfits in Kabukicho.Manipulative, vain and highly territorial, she runs her casino with an iron fist and isn't very close to the other "Emperors" of Kabukicho. During the Four Devas Arc, it is revealed that she is actually linked to the Harusame Space Pirates and that her intentions are far from benevolent.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: If you dare to cheat in her casino, only luck, literally, will save you from death.
- Arch-Enemy: Her and Jirocho regard each other as their worst enemy.
- Arc Villain: Of the Four Devas Arc.
- The Baroness: A sexpot type. She's very good-looking but rather domineering despite her delicate appearance.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Harusame condemn her to isolation after they catch her. Her mind snaps as a result.
- Femme Fatale: Subverted. Despite speaking in a very suggestive tone and her sultry attitude, she makes it clear from the get-go that she means business and that she has no intention of seducing anyone.
- Femme Fatalons: Long nails to match her character.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: She completely snaps after the Harusame enclose her for stealing and using their money.
- Hidden Weapons: Her fan's spokes end with razor-sharp blades that she can activate at will, but she never gets to use it.
- Manipulative Bitch: She manipulates everyone in Kabukicho to her benefit.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: She even has a fan!
- Non-Action Big Bad: Doesn't fight herself, relying entirely on her army of Elite Mooks. The one time she tries to fight, she gets knocked out.
- Ojou: She's treated like and spoken of as a princess.
- Peacock Girl: Not literally but close enough.
- Pointy Ears: She's an Amanto, but the only real indication are those pointy ears of hers.
- Professional Gambler: She runs huge gambling rings and doesn't appreciate people messing with them.
- Smug Snake: She's smug and confident in her plan to seize Kabukicho for her own. Fittingly, when her plan falls apart, so does her confidence.
- Villainous Breakdown: Reacts less than calmly when not only do Gintoki and Jirocho manage to kill all of her Elite Mooks, the rest of Kabukicho rallied together and managed to defeat the minions she sent to Otose's snack shop.
- We Will Meet Again: Says this to Gintoki and Jirocho at the end of the Four Devas arc. They do meet again in the same episode, while all the other emperors are recovering from the huge Kabukicho fight, and this time she loses for good.
- Woman in White: Villainous lady wearing courtly white robes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More than justified by being an Amanto.
Voiced by: Takayuki SugoThe last Emperor of Kabukicho to be revealed in the series. A former member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction, currently a yakuza. Grew up with Otose and ended up befriending her future husband. Due to the fact that he also loved her, he backed down, allowing Otose to marry his best friend. When Otose's husband died protecting Jirocho from a bullet, Jirocho took it upon himself to protect Kabukicho — no matter the means.
- A Father to His Men: According to Katsuo, he and the other members of Jirocho's faction were the outcasts of society before he took them in.
- Ambiguously Brown: He is very dark skinned despite being Japanese, and Gintoki even calls him ganguro because of it.
- Anti-Hero: A vigilante in his youth, and one of the reasons why Kabukicho hasn't been taken over by Harusame over the years as an adult.
- Arch-Enemy: Him and Kada regard each other as their worst enemy.
- Badass Grandpa: He might be old, but he can still throw down with people much younger than him.
- Badass Long Robe: Kicks ass in a white and brown robe.
- The Bus Came Back: After leaving at the end of the Four Devas arc, he returns to Kabukicho with Pirako in the final arc of the series.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: During his fight with Gintoki, Jirocho punches Gintoki so hard that he flies through a row of tombstones, crashing hard into a stone wall.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's barely even on-screen in his first appearance, but takes on a major role in the Four Devas arc.
- Covered with Scars: Fittingly for a war hero, he has several scars to show for it.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Dark skin and white hair.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Jirocho became friends with Tatsugoro after losing his first fight against him.
- Disappeared Dad: He is Pirako's father, having left her and her mother to protect Kabukicho from the shadows.
- Doting Parent: After returning to Kabukicho with his daughter Pirako, he constantly showers her with affection, compensating for not being there during her childhood.
- Enemy Mine: He and Gintoki unite to take on Kada's Elite Mooks together before they settle the score between each other with a Single-Stroke Battle.
- Evil Counterpart: He's essentially a much older, less lazy, and seemingly evil version of Gintoki. This gets subverted when it turns out he was Good All Along.
- Evil Old Folks: Appears to be an evil and old crime boss at first, but his intentions are proven to be the protection of Kabukicho.
- The Faceless: His face is not shown until the Four Devas arc.
- Good All Along: The biggest reason Kada (and, by proxy, the Harusame) hasn't taken over Kabukicho yet is because of the influence his faction has had all along.
- Good Is Not Nice: He might be out to protect Kabukicho, but he's not exactly friendly and well-mannered.
- Grumpy Old Man: He constantly complains about his old age and how the youngsters of today don't measure up to his own youth.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: His preferred style is quickly drawing and resheathing his sword again for another quick-draw.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite loving Otose, he stepped aside when she married Tatsugoro and approved of their marriage.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was indeed very attractive in his prime◊. And yes, that's Otose in the middle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although it really isn't obvious at first.
- Love Makes You Evil: Something like that, at least at first glance.
- Master Swordsman: Jirocho is a master of the sword on par with Gintoki and his skill is emphasized by his use of Iaijutsu, having the ability to quickly draw his sheathed sword to slash an opponent before sheathing it again.
- Not So Different: From Gintoki.
- Old Master: Has the appearance down and nobody wants to mess with him.
- Old Soldier: A renowned veteran of the Joi War.
- One-Man Army: Has the reputation to go and against Kada's Elite Mooks he turns into a two-man army alongside fellow One-Man Army Gintoki.
- Overprotective Dad: After returning to Kabukicho with Pirako, it is revealed he has become a very doting father, to the point he gets up in Gintoki's face and threatens to cut up anybody who touches her, especially any boys she is weirdly attracted to and calls aniki (which Gintoki points out only applies to him).
- Passing the Torch: After the Four Devas arc, he retires and hands over the reins of his organisation to Katsuo.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Kabukicho together with his daughter Pirako at the end of the Four Devas arc. He later returns together with Pirako in the final arc of the series, helping in the fight against the Shinra warriors hired by the Altana Liberation Army.
- Second Love: He was originally in love with Otose and might still be, but after Tatsugoro married her, Jirocho met and married Pirako's mom, though they later separated.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes Tatsugoro's old kiseru.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: He grew up and fell in love with Otose, but didn't get together with her, letting Tatsugoro marry her instead.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He was best friends with Otose's husband Tatsugoro, but the two would often get in violent fist fights, before going out drinking together.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Does whatever is necessary to protect Kabukicho from being taken over.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Tragically distant from his daughter for most of her life, due to his promise to protect Kabukicho. Thankfully not the case by the end of the Four Devas Arc.
- Yakuza: He's the biggest Yakuza boss in Kabukicho.
Snack House Otose
Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto (JP), Luci Christian (EN, movie), Yolanda Gil (Spain)A middle-aged cat-eared Amanto whom Otose takes in. She used to be a cat-burglar and eventually got framed for larceny by Gintoki and his pals after trying to steal from them.Sharp-tongued and rather unpleasant, she often gets called out on her "lack of manners" by Otose and often gets into fights with Kagura. However, she can be genuinely helpful and kind when she wants to. Especially remarkable for her strange accent and her uneven accentuation when she speaks.
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: To the point where Otose remarks when she actually gets it right.
- Aliens Speaking English: Probably explains why her accent is so weird, even in Japanese.
- Butter Face: She has a very nice body but her face is... weird to say the least.
- Cat Girl: Yeah. But she isn't cute at all.
- Cats Are Mean: The least you can say about her is that she's... bitchy.
- Christmas Cake: The reason why she looks different than most other female characters might be due to her being an older woman. She's also a spinster, as everyone is quick to point out.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Subverted. She has the outfit but certainly not the class.
- Deadpan Snarker: Prone to snarky comments at others' expense.
- Generic Cuteness: Averted.
- Girls with Moustaches: Her Bad Future self in the second movie grows a beard, but tries to play it off as her being a catgirl and the beard her whiskers.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending of the situation, she could be the first if the situation is not serious or the latter if is really serious.
- Reformed Criminal: She used to be a thief.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes cigarettes, though actually not that cool on her part.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite everything, she's extremely devoted to Otose for having given her a second chance at life.
Voiced by: Omi Minami (JP), Chantal Strand (EN, series)Tama is a female android found as a disembodied robot head in a trash can one night by Gintoki and Kagura. She was named by Kagura, who was obsessed with eating egg on rice at the time. She seems to have some rather strange main functions, such as acting as an interactive interface for a Dragon Quest game.Tama was originally a robot servant created by Dr. Hayashi to provide his sickly daughter with a companion. Hayashi tried to implant the personality of his daughter, Fuyo, into Tama, but the experiment killed his daughter in the process. He gradually became wracked by grief and his intentions became more and more selfishly twisted after the event. Tama came to possess the element known as the "Seed", and is therefore capable of human emotion in addition to retaining some of Fuyo's personality.After the events of the Fuyo Arc (in which she was introduced), Tama was fully reconstructed and has since been employed at Otose's snack house where she is always seen working alongside Otose and Catherine.
- Broom Stick Quarterstaff: Uses a mop with an inbuilt flamethrower as her weapon.
- Disney Death: Twice! First her Heroic Sacrifice and she is later on supposedly killed by Kintoki. Thankfully, Gengai was able to repair her both times.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: The subject of this when she comes down with an unknown virus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices herself to stop the Terminal from blowing up at the end of the Fuyo Arc.
- And then again in the last arc of the series, when she, Kintoki and the robots used the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Gengai Cannon in order to release a lethal machine virus on the air. That virus would affect her too leading into her very probably death.
- Homage: She's a walking Dragon Quest reference and even has an entire arc centered around this particular quirk.
- Improbable Weapon User: She uses a flamethrower... mop?
- Keigo: Unfailingly polite.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Both when she is first discovered and after the Fuyo Arc comes to a close.
- Inverted in the Kintama Arc where she and Sadaharu are the only ones who remember Gintoki.
- Losing Your Head: The state she is initially found in and consequently named (as an egg-cracking device nonetheless).
- Replacement Goldfish: The entire point of the Fuyo Project was for Hayashi to implant his dying daughter's personality into a robot host. It ends in disaster.
- Retro Gaming: She comes across a virus that, among other things, reduces her to an 8-bit sprite.
- Robot Maid: Tama's robot model is based on a female robot meido.
- Spock Speak: It's either this or an incessant barrage of Dragon Quest menu options asking for player input.
- Tears from a Stone: A result of carrying "the Seed", which basically makes her a "maiden circuit".
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Justified by being a robot.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her green hair is more than justified by her being an android.
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Janyse Jaud (EN, series), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie), Diana Torres (Spain)Shinpachi's violent and unhinged older sister. She runs the Kodōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part-time as a bar hostess to pay for the upkeep.She is usually addressed as "Otae", although Kagura always addresses her as anego ("big sister" in Japanese informal speech), and the Shinsengumi call her nee-san ("big sister" in Japanese formal speech), which the usual honorific used to refer to a samurai leader's consort.Despite her sweet face and cheerful demeanor, she is one of the most brutal characters in the show. She often delivers sound thrashings to Isao Kondo and Gintoki, or well, anyone else, whenever they anger her.
- Action Girl: Not an active one, but woe to anyone who stand in her way when she does takes action.
- A-Cup Angst: Especially shown when all the men turned Attractive Bent-Gender and had larger busts then her.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: In comedic situations she regularly beats up characters that are portrayed as much stronger than her, like Kondo or Gintoki.
- Bastard Girlfriend: How Kondo sees her, though part of the reason is because he continues to stalk her despite the fact that she doesn't actually reciprocate his feelings.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A variation. She isn't exactly malevolent but she does put a front of kindness and sweetness to hide her much less pleasant real self.
- Blade on a Stick: Her Weapon of Choice is a naginata. It's mostly utilized for threatening the likes of Gintoki and Kondo, but she's used it a number of times in actual combat.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts like a big sister towards Kagura.
- Cute and Psycho: Otae can be somewhat Tsundere, but she also flies into a crazy, violent rage at the slightest disturbance while still acting the sweet older sister. (Add the fact that she shares a voice actress with Shmion of Higurashi: When They Cry, and well...)
- Disease Bleach: In the second movie's Bad Future her hair turns completely white after being infected with the White Curse.
- Dissonant Serenity: Will happily tear people a new one and threaten them, all while keeping that perfectly happy smile on her face.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much for her to fly into a frothing rage.
- Heir to the Dojo: Together with Shinpachi.
- Ill Girl: In the second movie's Bad Future she becomes infected with the Enmi nanomachine virus called the White Curse, causing her hair to turn white and her eyesight failing along with her health.
- In-Series Nickname: She is often called Otae, which is simply adding the prefix "O" to her name, a respectful way to address a woman.
- Intertwined Fingers: Used between her and Kyubei. Which seems to speak for itself.
- Lethal Chef: Tae burns anything she cooks and people eating it usually turn very sick, or even lose their memories. When Gengai gets his hands on some of her cooking he calls it some undiscovered foreign substance.
- Mega Ton Punch: For stalker gorillas and other undesirables.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: She strives to act like a traditional samurai lady and fittingly wields a naginata. Too bad about her lethal cooking and violent nature.
- The Not-Love Interest: With Kyubei, who is in love with Otae.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Most people call her only Otae.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always smiling and welcoming, even when she's about to fly into a violent rage.
- Parodied in the genderswap arc, where "Goriko" makes Otae blush, but still ends up getting accidentally punched by an embarrassed Otae.
- Slasher Smile: If she's being particularly vicious or sadistic, her smile turns wicked.
- Stepford Smiler: Viewed in-story as this by Shinpachi and Kyubei.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves eating Baagen-Dash ice cream. At one point she even gets fat from eating so many, forcing her to go to a diet boot camp alongside Kagura and Sacchan.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Tae strives to act like a traditional samurai lady and she has the prim attitude, devotion to her family, and the naginata to fit the trope. However, her efforts are subverted by her violent nature and inability to cook.
Voiced by: Masaya OnosakaThe former head coach of the Shimura family dojo, the Kodokan. He was like a big brother to Tae and Shinpachi back in their childhood and all three used to be very close. He later chose to travel to outer space to improve his skill, but was presumed killed during a teleportation incident at the Terminal.He comes back late in the series and reunites with Tae and Shinpachi, hoping to help them revive their dojo with beam sabers. Through his feats from fighting in various battles in space, he has earned the title of Galaxy Sword Master.Unfortunately, it is quickly revealed that he is only alive thanks to his cybernetic half that was given to him by Amanto of Planet Beam. The Amanto found him on the brink of death after his ship had crashed and exploded. He was also infused with a split personality, called Kenofi, in the service of the Amanto who fixed him.
- Ass Shove: At one point gets a beam saber shoved up his ass by Tae when he suggested that she and Gintoki were dating.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Shinpachi who calls him Hajime-nii.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The cybernetic half of his body eventually assumes direct control.
- Dead All Along: A variation. His original self is still present but without his cybernetic equipment, he would die.
- Electronic Eye: Has one brown eye and one red cybernetic eye.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: The Amanto who saved him propped him up as some great galactic war hero, but in reality the Amanto had started the wars in the first place with the beams they put in his body.
- First Love: Hajime was Tae's first love, though considering their age differences at the time, he probably did not reciprocate.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a long scar that runs from his forehead, around his right eye and then to his right ear.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a smile on his face during his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He eventually takes out the Amanto that were about to destroy Earth by aiming the Wave Motion Gun inside his body at them and dies in the process.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blond all-around good guy. Too bad about the evil cybernetic half...
- Hollywood Cyborg: He is literally half robot.
- In-Series Nickname: Obi-One.
- Laser Blade: His weapon is a light- we mean beam saber. He's also able to project a huge one from his hand thanks to his cyborg half.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always has an ear-to-ear smile plastered on his face. It's a clear indicator that his Kenofi persona is the one in control when he isn't smiling.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He's equipped with highly destructive beams.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When his cyborg half takes over, both his eyes turn red.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a dotted red scarf.
- Shipper on Deck: Briefly seems to be one for Gintoki and Tae, as he suggests the two were dating. Tae disagrees.
- Split-Personality Takeover: What his Kenofi persona tries to do.
- Wave Motion Gun: The Amanto who fixed him put one in him, to be used to spark a war that would lead to Earth's destruction. He ends up using it to destroy the aliens.
Taizo "Madao" Hasegawa
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Ted Cole (series)(EN), Chris Ayres (movie) (EN), Jaime Roca (Spain)A close acquaintance of the Yorozuya Gin, introduced as an official working for the Bakufu. After an incident with Amanto dignitary Prince Hata, whom he was assigned to serve and protect, he fled. He has consequently become homeless, jobless, and a heavy drinker and survives pretty much the same way Gintoki and his pals do: doing pretty much anything he can get paid for.He is often referred to as "Madao," which stands for "totally useless middle-aged man" in Japanese. In the English translation, it's either "middle-aged dumb-ass oldie," or abbreviated to "dork,": "dumb old retarded kook."
- Action Survivor: One of the least action-oriented males of the series, yet still capable of coming out on top in dangerous situations.
- Almighty Janitor: Subverted. Despite having bouts of Hidden Depths, his epiphanies and reflective speeches are often ignored by everyone.
- Amicable Exes: While he's not officially divorced with his wife, he and Hatsu are almost always in good, friendly terms when interacting with each other.
- Bungled Suicide: Daigoro, a kid doing a summer project about the life of a Madao, notes that his Madao was sad because it "tried to make a swing," but accidentally messed it up.
- Butt Monkey: Things keep getting worse and worse for him. If it helps any, he's most definitely not the only Butt Monkey among the cast.
- Cardboard Box Home: He's taken living with cardboard to the extreme, not only sleeping in various cardboard box houses, but has made cardboard suits, cardboard mecha-armor, a cardboard camcorder, etc...
- The Chew Toy: Hasegawa's only purpose in the show is to suffer setback after setback, making the audience either laugh at him or feel bad for him.
- Cool Loser: Despite being called out on his inability to crawl out of his homelessness, he is still part of the Yorozuya's entourage and they consider him a friend.
- Cool Shades: Parodied. Although he starts off as a high-ranking official in the government, he becomes less cool and far more loserly as the series goes on. On the other hand, they sorta invoke the image of Gendo Ikari, whom Fumihiko Tachiki also voices.
- In a hilarious demonstration, during the Ryugujo Arc, he is shown to have the fighting power of something around 600K (K for kelp, and regular humans possessing roughly 360 times K, Shinpachi had 364). That is, until he drops his sunglasses and it's revealed that device was reading data from said sunglasses and his actual fighting power was a mere 1K, i.e. on the same level as kelp. "It's true, Madao is nothing more than a pair of sunglasses."
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Who would've though a laid-back, easy-going homeless guy would hold such a fierce streak in times of need?
- Determined Defeatist: Even though he often feels as if he's got no chance of getting his wife back, securing a stable job, or finding a place to live, he is still determined to try anyway. He often finds himself sinking to the depths of despair, but he always finds some way to climb out of it—whether it be through his own epiphanies or with the help of his friends.
- Driven to Suicide: Hasegawa has been shown to be depressed to the point of contemplating and attempting suicide numerous times. Fortunately, various circumstances, both extenuating and deliberate, have foiled his attempts.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Madao.
- Fatal Flaw: He's had many chances to pull himself out of the gutter, but his unwavering friendship with the Yorozuya and his tendency to sacrifice his own happiness and comfort for others has proven to be quite fatal for his chances at holding a stable job. However it is intentional on his part as he is actually selfless and that he can leave his gutter lifestyle when he wants to. Best shown when not only he gave all his money he has been collecting to Gintoki to pay his debt to him, but he is willing to fight to protect Earth.
- Friendless Background: Before his introduction to the series being fired from his job, Hasegawa didn't have any real friends. This seems to be because he was a bit of a jerk to all of his subordinates, orchestrating the government's various agendas with an aloof yet ruthless efficiency.
- Gay Option: Was the lone guy in Gintoki's Unwanted Harem during the Scandal arc. He gets bonus points for being the only person who actually did the deed with Gintoki.
- He's Back: He stops being a bum and is wearing his old uniform again... to show that he plans on fighting as Samurai!
- Hidden Depths: He has tons. In fact, if you take out his butt-monkey style, Hasegawa is easily one of the best if not the best person in the series. He has been having countless chances of turning his life around but eventually ruined them himself for the sakes of other people. Pathetic as he may seem, you gotta admire the man's selflessness.
- Hobos: A rather benevolent and dignified one.
- If It's You, It's Okay: He says something to this effect to Gin during the Scandal Arc. Though he mainly tries to stay as faithful to Hatsu as he can, he's oggled a few women and visited a few hostess bars throughout the series. He's also displayed a kind of cool understanding when it looked like Gin was 'doing a thing' with Hattori. In this case, however, it's unclear if he just happens to be Bi the Way, or if the idea of being in a serious relationship with Gintoki is appealing enough to Hasegawa that he'd jump across the sexuality spectrum for him.Hasegawa: I wouldn't mind falling to the bottom of society with you. That's how I feel now.
- Interrupted Suicide: In the episode "Madaodog Madaonaire," Hasegawa meets the little girl that he would later take care of after she stops him just as he was standing on a block of wood, about to hang himself. She says that she knew what to do because her dad used to do a lot of "hanging around" too.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Gintoki, who is somewhere between a decade or two younger than him.
- Jerkass Façade: At one point, puts one on in order to dissuade a caring family from taking him in.
- Keep the Reward: He's somehow able to win 10,000,000 yen on a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire rip off, and immediately gives it all away—in spite of his own financial dire straights—to help a family that's struggling to be together because of the father's massive debt.
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: After meeting and befriending Gin, Hasegawa went from being an inconsiderate jerk who was willing to sacrifice anything for the greater good, to being a selfless, understanding man who is willing to live in absolutely demoralizing conditions as long as he's able to "live life standing tall."
- Megaton Punch: Punches Prince Hata into the sky when he has enough of his complaints.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Though it's obvious why he can't hold down a stable job, (thanks to his bad luck and wild friends,) the jobs he does have from episode to episode are usually super convenient to the plot. For example, being a lifeguard when the Shogun just happens to want to take a swim, or working at a festival when there just happens to be a festival episode.
- Not with Them for the Money: This is his relationship with Hatsu. He came from a poor samurai family, and she was unobtainably above him in terms of social class. So in order to be with the woman he loved, he married into her family instead of the other way around and never tried to use her wealth for his own personal gain. Even though Hatsu could probably support them both with her vast wealth, Hasegawa believes that he needs a stable job to prove his dedication and worthiness before even attempting to get back with her.
- Odd Friendship: You'd think after all of the misfortune and misery Gintoki (an ex-Joi patriot) has brought upon him (an ex-bakufu official), they'd be bitter rivals, but somehow they've found camaraderie in poverty instead.
- Parental Substitute: Somehow, he seems to be a magnet for kids with deadbeat, absentee dads. He usually ends up turning into a surrogate father who forms such a strong bond that, before long, he'll end up sacrificing everything he has so that the kids will be able to have their old dads back.
- Perpetual Poverty: After his redundancy. It turns out that he's been saving his money to pay his debt to Gintoki by TONS and the next thing he does... put his old uniform on and stands up to the invading Altana Liberation Army who are hostile to Earth citizens.
- Running Gag: His nickname, Madao.
- Seppuku: After the Yorozuya first meet Hasegawa and inspire him to impulsively mess up his job, (by punching Prince Hata, an important Amanto figure, into the stratosphere,) his boss orders him to commit suicide by harakiri. Instead of following through, he christens himself a coward, flees his job, and sinks into obscurity. This later becomes a plot point when he has to stand trial for a mostly unrelated crime, his refusal of seppuku potentially dooming him if the information had been made public.
- Smoking Is Cool: Not that it makes him any less of a loser, though...
- Talking Down the Suicidal: When Hasegawa is imprisoned in the Prosecution Arc, he becomes so wrought with despair over losing what he saw was his last chance with his wife that he repeatedly asks Gintoki to bring him a rope to hang himself with. Gin, tired of hearing him talk as if no one cared if he lived or died, reaffirms just how far he's willing to go for a friend.Gintoki: Oh yeah, and about that rope. I'll bring it next time I come. I have no intention of getting you a rope so you can hang yourself. But... If it's a rope to pull you out of hell, then I'll bring you as many as you want.
- That Didn't Happen: Essentially what he says to Gin the first time they see each other after their one night stand.
- The Tramp: Rather than a member of the Crazy Homeless People since he is much more sympathetic and much less slovenly than your average bum.
- Wisdom from the Gutter: The lower he sinks socially and economically, the more insight he finds in life. Too bad almost no one is willing to listen to him or ask him for advice because they only see him as a good-for-nothing Madao.
Voiced by: Kouichi SakaguchiA recurring minor character, an old homeless man usually seen with Hasegawa. His name actually isn't Musashi, but it's what he is listed as in the credits.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His mind is a weird place. When asked about a music producer, he wondered aloud whether it was edible.
- Crazy Homeless People: Much straighter example than Hasegawa.
- Dirty Old Man: Hits on Tsukuyo when she comes by to ask about one of Suzuran's former customers.
- Hobos: Like Hasegawa.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Though he didn't know it himself, he turns out to be Ikumatsu's missing father Matsugoro Nishiki.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Suffers from severe memory impairment, which has caused him to forget all about his family and identity.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Wears them all the time. He has strangely intense eyes behind them.
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), Paul Dobson (EN)The Hard-Boiled Detective, a man with tough looks who's been on the hunt for the fox thief Chogoro for years. However, despite his tough looks, Kozenigata is not a competent officer. He has a tendency to ramble in monologues and getting sidetracked, either by alcohol or sex clubs. He's usually accompanied by his younger partner Haji.
- The Alcoholic: He's constantly downing alcohol, such as his favorite camus.
- Butt Monkey: He regularly screws up his own job, ties himself up with his own weapons, and also gets beat up on top of it.
- Cool Shades: Makes him look even cooler.
- Cowardly Lion: He's not particularly brave, but if somebody's in danger he'll step up to the plate.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Zigzagged. He actually looks competent and tries to act the part, but he's really bad at his job. However, in a real pinch he's able to help out in a fight, even taking out a Naraku while fighting alongside Hijikata.
- Hardboiled Detective: He's a parody of this type of character, complete with constant monologuing, but is actually not good at his job.
- Improbable Weapon User: He throws coins attached with strings as weapons. Surprisingly effective, when he doesn't accidentally tie himself up with it.
- Lawman Baton: He carries a jutte, a small metal baton with a hook used by policemen at the time.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes a mean cigar.
- Taking the Bullet: He pushes Hijikata out of the way of an attacking Naraku, taking a sword slash down the chest while killing said Naraku.
Voiced by: Kumiko HigaHaji is a policewoman in Kabukicho who often works together with Kozenigata, looking up to him despite his incompetence.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: While Kozenigata is the better fighter, Haji is far more competent at actually working as a policeman despite being his sidekick.
- Kid Sidekick: She seems to be much younger than Kozenigata, whom she works under.
- Lawman Baton: As can be seen in her character image, she carries a jutte, a small metal baton with a hook used by policemen.
- Reformed Criminal: She is a former thief who now works for the police.
Voiced by: Hiroaki HirataOtose's late husband, a policeman who was highly respected and looked up to by the people of Kabukicho. He and Jirocho became friends after having initially fought against one another. They joined the Joi war as part of the Anti-Foreigner Faction together, but he died during the war, leaving Otose a widow.
- The Ace: He's looked up to virtually everybody who knows about him, including Gintoki and Jirocho.
- Fair Cop: Not bad on the eyes for a cop.
- Lawman Baton: Along with his sword he also used a jutte, a small metal baton with a hook used by policemen. Jirocho recalls him often playfully throwing it around in his hand while on patrol and Otose still keeps it in a shrine to her husband.
- Perma-Stubble: Always shown with a fair bit of unshaven stubble on his chin.
- Posthumous Character: Died long before the series began.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smoked a kiseru while still alive. Jirocho took it after his death while promising to protect Kabukicho.
- Taking the Bullet: He died taking a bullet for Jirocho during the war.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He was best friends with Jirocho, but the two would often get in violent fist fights, before going out drinking together.
Voiced by: Katashi Ishizuka (JP), Brian Drummond (ENG)An infrequently recurring character and one of the higher-ranking members of Dobunezumi, Jirocho's organization. An on-again-off again antagonist.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: A minor case, as a much later color page shows his hair to be black and his clothes to be white in the manga.
- Affably Evil: He's more antagonistic than outright evil, but acts pretty laidback with his supposed enemies anyway.
- Alliterative Name: Katsuo Kurogoma.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Of Jirocho, as is implied many times in his first appearances.
- Character Tic: He has a habit of smoothing his hair back.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Smashes alien Ninjas through roofs and walls with nothing but sheer physical strength.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Goes to town on Kada's assassins, beating them up with his bare hands.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A stitched scar across his face isn't exactly heroic, though he isn't exactly evil.
- Graceful Loser: Takes his first loss at Gintoki's hands pretty well and backs off when he realizes it's more trouble than worth.
- Oral Fixation: Constantly seen with a large toothpick in his mouth.
- Pet the Dog: Has an adorable dog that he loves and pampers.
- Rank Up: He takes the place of Jirocho as one of the new Four Heavenly Emperors of Kabukicho after his former boss leaves town with his daughter.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a big red scarf, even into combat.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He is very quick to abandon the Planet Catnip ambassadors when their plans backfire on them.
- Straight Man: Plays the role among the new Four Heavenly Emperors, all of whom seem determined to drive him nuts with their crazy ideas.
- Yakuza: A junior yakuza boss of Jirocho's organisation, but eventually takes the top spot.
Voiced by: Ai NonakaA young girl who comes to the Yorozuya Gin at the onset of the Four Devas Arc and asks them to help her find her father.Despite her happy-go-lucky appearance and her perpetual smile, she soon reveals herself as a sadistic, bloodthirsty Psycho for Hire, in the service of Kada, whose goal is to infiltrate Kabukicho's line of defense and facilitate Kada's takeover, in exchange of being reunited with her father, Jirocho.
- Anti-Villain: She just wants to go back home with her dad, no matter the method required.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She tries to act all happy and smiling around the Yorozuya, but she's really using them and stabs them in the back on the first opportunity.
- The Bus Came Back: After leaving at the end of the Four Devas arc, she returns to Kabukicho with Jirocho in the final arc of the series.
- Cute and Psycho: Happy, adorable, smiling, murderous... wait what?
- Daddy Issues: Oh, Pirako...
- Daddy's Little Villain: A variation. Jirocho was antagonistic but not a real villain and she was simply gullible enough to believe Kada would keep her word.
- Dark Action Girl: She's absolutely vicious in her methods.
- Empty Eyes: Her eyes have no shine in them, the first sign that she's not exactly who she says she is.
- Graceful Loser: Upon facing the Yorozuya-Gin after Kada's defeat, she throws her sword at their feet and kneels in submission, saying she's now ready to pay for what she has done to the Kabukicho district. But Gintoki has other plans for her and instead sends her off to her long-lost father.
- Idiot Hair: Gintoki often takes advantage of her unruly hair to catch her.
- Karma Houdini: One of the biggest in the series. She never suffered any consequence for having facilitated Kada's schemes and setting everyone up. She got away with only a minor injury to the forehead.
- The Mole: She works for Kada, at least at the beginning.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She tries to pass off as a total spazz but it's not long before her true self is revealed.
- Perky Female Minion: To the much more serious and sultry Kada.
- Perpetual Smiler: As part of her deception.
- Persona Non Grata: In the end, even though he helps her get away, Gintoki makes it clear that he doesn't want to see her face again after what she did to the Kabukicho district. And if she ever comes back, she will be dealt with permanently that time.
- Professional Killer: She worked as a hitwoman before she came to Kabukicho.
- Psycho for Hire: The very reason why Kada recruited her.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Kabukicho together with her father at the end of the Four Devas Arc. She later returns together with Jirocho in the final arc of the series, saving Tae and the other cabaret girls from falling to their deaths with a large net. She then helps in the fight against the Shinra warriors hired by the Altana Liberation Army.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Those red eyes might look cute, but she has anything but good intentions.
- The Reveal: She's quickly revealed to be Jirocho's daughter.
- Sarashi: Wears one under her kimono, which is usual for Japanese Action Girls, both in fiction and in Real Life.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Jirocho's been distant from her all her life and tired of waiting, she takes action into her own hands.
Voiced by: Koji YadaKahei is the head of the Hashidaya, a powerful corporation based in Kabukicho. He is a major backer for the Anti-Foreigner Faction, whom he hires as personal enforcers in exchange for funds for their goals. After the death of his sick son Kantaro, he sets his sights on his grandson Kanshichiro to become his heir and succeed him. He attempts to kidnap Kanshichiro from his mother Ofusa, forcing her to leave him at the Yorozuya, where he is confused for Gintoki's bastard son.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the villain of the Infant Strife Arc.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In order to advance the goals of his corporation, he hires ronin and rebels as enforcers in exchange for funding their illegal activities.
- Evil Old Folks: An elderly businessman who commits various crimes for the sake of his corporation, and tries to separate a mother from her child. However, at the end of the arc he realises where he went wrong and tries to reform himself.
- Eyes Always Shut: Keeps his eyes shut most of the time, making him look more affable and friendly. He mostly opens his eyes when he acts more sinister.
- Heel–Face Turn: Redeems himself at the end of the arc and hands back Kanshichiro to his mother after realising where he went wrong.
- Karma Houdini: After reforming himself and giving back Kanshichiro to Ofusa, he suffers no consequences for his actions. Ofusa even forgives him and allows him to visit Kanshichiro as his grandfather.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Realises at the end of the arc that despite promising to give Kantaro a happy if short life, he mostly brought him suffering by forcing him to stay in bed at home and taking him away from his lover Ofusa. He also realises the suffering he's causing by trying to take away Kanshichiro and gives him back to his mother.
- Non-Action Guy: He is a businessman, not a warrior, so he leaves all the fighting to his hired ronin like Nizo.
- Would Hit a Girl: He is not afraid to hit Ofusa despite being defenseless and held by his men. He even tries to have her tortured to reveal where Kanshichiro is, but they are interrupted by Kagura, Shinpachi and Hasegawa.
Voiced by: Hisayoshi SuganumaKantaro is Kahei's son and Kanshichiro's father. Because of his illness, Ofusa was hired to care for him, but the two fell in love and eloped together. Unfortunately, Kantaro's health worsened and his father took him back home, where he eventually died. Before he died, he impregnated Ofusa who would later give birth to their son Kanshichiro.
- The Gadfly: He is something of a troll and plays pranks on the Hashida servants. When Ofusa first starts as his caretaker, he suddenly coughs up blood, then reveals it was fake when she panics.
- Identical Stranger: He has the same wavy silver hair and dead fish eyes as Gintoki, and passed it on to his son Kanshichiro, causing people to confuse him as Gintoki's son. Though Ofusa's message addressing Gintoki as the father didn't help.
- Ill Boy: He is very sick and is kept in bed at home to make sure his health doesn't become worse. After eloping with Ofusa, his condition worsens and he eventually dies after being taken home by his father.
- Posthumous Character: He is already dead when the Infant Strife arc begins and is shown in flashbacks.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Fell in love with his caretaker Ofusa despite their difference in status and the two were forced to elope to be together. When his condition worsened, he was forcefully separated from Ofusa by his father and taken back home.
Voiced by: Eriko KigawaSon of the late Kantaro Hashida and his lover Ofusa. His grandfather Kahei attempted to kidnap him from his mother to raise him as his heir in place of his late son, however Ofusa fled with Kanshichiro, leaving him at the Yorozuya to shake off her pursuers. Due to looking like him, everybody initially assumes him to be Gintoki's bastard son.
- Badass and Baby: The baby to Gintoki's badass during his arc.
- Doorstop Baby: Fusa left him in front of Otose's Snack Shop in order to shake off her pursuers. He even provides the page image!
- Is That Cute Kid Yours?: The cause of it for Gintoki, looking just like him despite the two not being related.
- Silent Snarker: He comes with quite a bit of snark despite not being able to fully talk yet.
Voiced by: Haruhi TeradaKanshichiro's mother. A servant hired by Kahei Hashida to take care of his sick son Kantaro. However, the two fell in love and fled to live together. Unfortunately, Kantaro's condition worsened and he ended up dying. As a result, Kahei set his eyes on their newborn son Kanshichiro as his new heir, leading Ofusa to flee with her son and leave him at Otose's Snack Shop.
- Eye Scream: Narrowly averted in the manga. Kahei orders one of his men to stab out one of her eyes, but they are interrupted by Nizo discovering Shinpachi, Kagura and Hasegawa spying on them.
- Good Parent: Is very protective of her son and is willing to do anything to keep him safe.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Kantaro dies, leaving her and their son behind, yet she’s determined to keep going and raise their son alone if she has to.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Gives birth to her son by Kantaro after he dies.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She fell in love with Kahei's son Kantaro despite their class difference, forcing them to run off together. When Kahei found out about the relationship, he forcibly separated them by taking his dying son home.
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono, Bin Shimada (Enchousen onwards), Scott McNeil (EN)Gengai is an old man renowned as the best mechanic in Edo. He is an expert in making robots, but he is just as capable as making and fixing other kinds of machines. As a result, whenever the Yorozuya have technical problems they always go to him. His son Saburo died during the war, a fact that still haunts him to this day.When he first appears, he is manipulated by Takasugi into trying to kill the shogun during a festival to avenge his son, but is talked down by the Yorozuya. Despite being a wanted man, he continues to work as a mechanic in Kabukicho while his status as a criminal is rarely brought up.
- Badass Beard: More hair than on top at least.
- Badass Driver: Since he is not a physical fighter, his main contribution is driving a freaking tank into battle.
- Badass Grandpa: His age doesn't prevent him from driving a tank deep into an army of robots.
- Bald of Awesome: Except for that little bit of hair on the back of his head, he's mostly bald.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He's actually pretty restrained most of the time, but he has some rather odd ideas, like how to turn mecha-Tama into an attractive woman (which involved adding a huge butt to the mecha).
- Cool Old Guy: Still a competent mechanic in his old age.
- Death Seeker: Takasugi manages to prod him into trying to kill the Shogun to avenge his son, but he admits to Gintoki he never had any intention of succeeding. He is ultimately talked out of it.
- Drives Like Crazy: In a freaking tank.
- The Engineer: Anything that's mechanical is usually left for him to handle.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He builds and maintains almost anything. Even weapons! What do you mean you modified Lake Toya to squirt soy sauce!?
- Goggles Do Nothing: Actually, being a mechanic, they do serve a purpose. However, he never takes them off even when he's not working.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a stitched scar on top of his head.
- Mad Scientist: The rare benevolent kind.
- Mr. Fixit: If anybody has a mechanical problem they go to him.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Had the great misfortune of having to witness his son's decapitated head being presented in public during the Joi War.
- Tank Goodness: Drives a self-built tank that can also sail on water and fly through the air.
Voiced by: Wataru HatanoGengai's son, who died during the war against the Amanto. He joined the war in his father's place to prevent him from making machines that would kill people, eventually ending up in the Kiheitai, led by Takasugi. He was captured and executed during the war, with his head displayed in public.
- Decapitation Presentation: His head was displayed in public in Edo near one of the rivers, which his father Gengai witnessed.
- The Engineer: During the war he served as the engineer and mechanic of the Kiheitai.
- Non-Action Guy: According to Takasugi he was no good with a sword, but a very good mechanic.
- Posthumous Character: He died during the war 10 years ago and only appears in flashbacks.
- Off with His Head!: His head was cut off when he was executed.
Saburo is Gengai's main robot and is named after his deceased son.
- Arm Cannon: Gengai equips him with a cannon in his arm for the festival the shogun is attending. While it initially shoots fireworks, it also fires a smokescreen at the audience to make them run away, before he arms it with actual ammunition against the Shinsengumi.
- Disney Death: He is seemingly destroyed by Gintoki during the festival and even gives Gengai a dying speech, but is later repaired by him.
- Drop the Hammer: In the Tama Quest arc, he smashes a giant hammer down on the Yorozuya, leaving behind a huge pool of blood. In reality, it's a hammer known as the Magic Mallet Z503, which shrinks anybody it hits, allowing them to enter Tama to save her.
- The Quiet One: Since he is a robot with limited artificial intelligence, he doesn't speak much and mostly just says "affirmative".
- Replacement Goldfish: Gengai regards the robots as his sons after his real son died and even named Saburo after him.
- Robot Buddy: He is Gengai's main robot, often serving as his assistant, and he has some degree of artificial intelligence.
- Stout Strength: Gengai built him to be big and strong.
Voiced by: Mayumi AsanoOwner of the Hokuto Shinken ramen shop in Edo. She lost her husband to members of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. Katsura hides out in her house to escape the Shinsengumi at one point and falls in love with her.
- Bound and Gagged: When her brother-in-law kidnaps her, he ties her up and gags her.
- Damsel in Distress: Her brother-in-law kidnaps her with the intention of selling her, but she gets saved by Katsura.
- Determined Widow: Despite being pretty defenseless, she still stands her ground firmly against her would-be embezzlers.
- Implied Love Interest: Her relationship with Katsura is heavily hinted at but never shown on-screen or on-panel.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father disappeared when she was little. Turns out he had gotten amnesia after saving a young boy who would eventually become Ikumatsu's future husband.
- Samaritan Relationship Starter: A variation. She gave Katsura home and shelter for a while, which he didn't quite expect from her. This is how he started to see her as a potential lover.
- Satellite Love Interest: Entirely linked to Katsura story wise and lost pretty much all plot significance after her first appearance. She only made cameos afterwards until finally regaining some importance in a so-far unanimated arc.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's a very mannerly and hospitable lady who hides quite a fierce streak.
Voiced by: Hiroyuki YoshinoShinpachi's childhood friend and a member of Otsu's fan club, known more widely by the name Taka-chin. He was friends with Shinpachi back in temple school, but that ended after he had an embarrassing incident where he had to poop and Shinpachi ignored him. He later became a delinquent, but was mistreated by the gang he was involved with. Shinpachi managed to pull him out from the gang, reviving their friendship. He has since then been a member of Otsu's fan club.
- Butt Monkey: He makes very few appearances, but in those appearances he is often mocked or physically abused.
- Delinquent Hair: Wears his hair in the style of a delinquent's pompadour.
- In-Series Nickname: Known by the nickname Taka-chin.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Always referred to by the nickname Taka-chin and never by his real name.
- Otaku: Becomes an idol otaku alongside Shinpachi when he joins Otsu's fan club.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was friends with Shinpachi back in temple school, but his embarrassing incident ruined it. They patch things up after Shinpachi helps him leave the gang that mistreated him.
Voiced by: Yuko SatoOryo is one of Tae's fellow hostesses at the Snack Smile cabaret club and the two are also friends outside of work. She is chased after by Sakamoto.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: In an anime filler episode, she hits Sakamoto when he tries to jump her. In canon, she notably frowns upon the idea of hitting him when Tae proposes she does it in response to him groping her. When they are first seen on page together in the manga, she also hides behind Tae instead of hitting him.
- Groin Attack: Gives Sakamoto a kick in the balls in an anime filler episode.
- Historical-Domain Character: Surprisingly yes, she is based on the historical person Narasaki Ryou, who was the historical Sakamoto's wife.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: Fitting for a woman of the period, she shows up in the Four Devas Arc wielding a naginata along with the other cabaret girls.
- Straight Man: She tends to react with shock and outrage at some of Tae's antics.
Voiced by: Tessho GendaAn Amanto of the Dakini clan who moves into the house behind the Yorozuya. In spite of his scary appearance, he is a very friendly and nice person. He owns a flower shop, but doesn't have a whole lot of customers because of how scary he looks.
- All the Other Reindeer: Everybody is afraid of him and shun him as a result. One of the endings in the anime show him as a child where none of the other children wanted to play with him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is extremely friendly, but won't hesitate to throw knives or punch somebody to prevent them from stepping on a bug.
- Defector from Decadence: He used to be a legendary warrior who was revered among the Dakini, but after starting to grow that flower on his head he decided to leave them behind, renouncing the way of war.
- Face of a Thug: Because he looks so scary, everybody is afraid of him and assume he has evil intentions. In reality, he's probably the nicest person in the entire series.
- Gentle Giant: Huge and scary-looking, but very friendly.
- Horned Humanoid: As with all Dakini, Hedoro has a pair of horns on his head.
- Living Legend: The Dakini revere him as a legendary warrior and the ultimate masterpiece of their god Igor.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Most of the Dakini are violent brutes who live for war and destruction, but Hedoro is a peaceful person who just wants to make and sell flowers.
- Nice Guy: Possibly the nicest person in the series.
- No Sell: The Dakini Ougai had previously smashed through Kabukicho's iron gate in one blow with his club, but when he smashes it down on Hedoro's back, Hedoro simply stands back up without a single sign of injury.
- One-Man Army: After punching Ougai into a far-away building, he tears through the front of the Altana Liberation Army, punching people into the air by the dozens and sending them running.
- Red Baron: During his days as a warrior, he was known as the "Horn of God" by the other Dakini, referring to their god Igor.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes add to just how scary his appearance is, and the Yorozuya initially assumes he's a bad guy, but it's subverted as he is actually a very nice guy.
- Retired Badass: He was once a legendary Dakini warrior, but left his old life behind to open up a flower shop.
- Super Strength: His natural Dakini strength makes him capable of punching people through walls. In fact, he is the strongest Dakini alive and shows off his strength by punching fellow Dakini Ougai so hard that he flies into a far-away building.
Voiced by: Hibi AikoA (would-be) member of the Me-gumi fire brigade. She meets Gintoki after suspecting him to be a serial-arsonist, catching him peeing on a fire, but lets him go after finding out he is innocent. She lost her parents in a fire and was raised by the leader of the fire brigade. While he refuses to let her become a firefighter, he ultimately relents and lets her join after she rescues an old man from a burning building.
- Bokukko: Uses the male pronoun "ore" since she was raised by firemen, reinforcing how tomboyish she is.
- Happily Adopted: She was raised by the leader of the fire brigade and had a mostly happy childhood despite the loss of her parents. She has a bit of a conflict with him in the present because he won't let her become a fireman, but ultimately he relents and lets her.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: Beats up Gintoki with her extinguisher after finding him peeing on a fire.
- The Team Wannabe: She desperately wants to be a real firefighter because of the firefighter who adopted her, and goes out of her way to catch an arsonist on her own. Ultimately, the chief of the firefighters lets her join for real.
- Tomboy: She dresses, speaks and tries to act like a man.
Fire Brigade Chief
Fire Brigade Chief
Voiced by: Shinpachi TsujiThe chief of the Me-gumi fire brigade in Kabukicho. He saved Tatsumi from the fire her parents died in, then adopted and raised her. He comes into conflict with her as she tries to become a firefighter, while he refuses to put her in that kind of danger. After saving her from debris inside a burning building while she rescues an old man, and then getting rescued by Gintoki, he is ultimately convinced to let her become a real firefighter.
- The Atoner: He claims to have raised Tatsumi as atonement for failing to save her parents, but he truly does love her like a daughter.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for failing to save people in fires, claiming that he let people die.
- Jerkass Façade: After Tatsumi keeps trying to become a firefighter, he pretends not to care about her, claiming that he only raised her to atone for failing to save her parents.
- No Name Given: He is never given a name in the series.
- Red Herring: He is very briefly set up as the arsonist while he is sneaking around the alleys. In reality he is just trying to throw out some porn magazines.
- Scars Are Forever: He got that burn scar over his left eye while saving Tatsumi's life when she was a kid.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Pretends to believe that women can't be firefighters, but he really just wants to keep Tatsumi out of harms way.
Voiced by: Keikou SakaiAzumi is one of the okama who works at Saigo's Kamakko Club.
- Blade on a Stick: In the final arc of the series, he fights using a naginata against the Altana Liberation Army.
- Butt Monkey: He is frequently the butt of jokes, mostly due to his very prominent chin, but also due to the whole okama thing.
- I Know Kung-Faux: When Kyoshiro seemingly kills several okama with a special anti-okama sword technique, Azumi reveals he has mastered a martial art that can counter it... only to immediately get struck down. Then Kyoshiro reveals it was a fake sword and that none of the okama were killed.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: Wields a naginata against the Altana Liberation Army, which is fitting since it is considered a feminine weapon.
- Perma-Stubble: Reinforcing the whole "okama" thing, he always has very prominent stubble around his mouth.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He is a friendly person and a crossdresser, though not very convincing.
Voiced by: Atsushi KisaichiKyoshiro is the owner and frontman of Takamagahara, the #1 host club in Kabukicho. His real name is actually Hachiro Kuroita. He came to Edo from the countryside to work as a host, and along with his name changed his appearance through plastic surgery. He is first encountered by the Yorozuya when his mom comes to Edo looking for him. After thinking his best friend Hachiro was her son, since he had the same name and appearance, the Yorozuya learn it is actually Kyoshiro she is looking for.
- Agent Peacock: Despite his pretty face, fabulous clothes and non-violent occupation, he is actually a decent fighter with a sword, taking part in defending Kabukicho from invaders.
- Bishōnen: Thanks to plastic surgery, he is probably the prettiest man in the series, complete with sparkles in the air when he appears.
- Bishie Sparkle: The air is often filled with sparkles when he appears, highlighting how pretty he is.
- The Charmer: He is the number 1 host in Kabukicho, and his job is to charm and entertain women.
- Gonk: Like his mom, he was very ugly before he went through plastic surgery.
- Host Club: Head of the number 1 host club in Kabukicho.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Through plastic surgery he completely changed his appearance from a dark-haired Gonk to a blond sparkling Bishōnen.
- Momma's Boy: He is very devoted to his mom and feels a lot of guilt over having to change his name and appearance to work as a host.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit is considered typical of pimps by the standards of Japanese culture.
Voiced by: Hidenari UgakiHachiro is Kyoshiro's best friend, who works with him at the host club Takamagahara. He used to be a host himself, but a mishap with surgery caused him to work as an assistant instead. He used to be a girl with the name Hanako (not to be confused with Snack Smile's Hanako), but went through surgery and took the name Hachiro, which coincidentally is his friend Kyoshiro's original name. When Kyoshiro's mom and the Yorozuya come looking for him, they initially think he is her son, only to learn it is actually Kyoshiro.
- Funny Afro: He has an enormous afro, which is so big he can hide his cellphone in it.
- Gonk: His ugliness after his surgery accident is repeatedly emphasized, with his enlargened lips, broad nose and uni-brow. This is especially contrasted with the Bishonens he works alongside, like his best friend Kyoshiro.
- Identical Stranger: He somehow looks exactly like how the Yorozuya speculated the actual Hachiro would look like, complete with the afro, uni-brow and mustache they doodled on his picture.
- Red Herring: He is initially believed to be the Hachiro that his mother is looking for, as he has the same name and resembles the picture that the Yorozuya had drawn of how he could possibly look. It is actually Kyoshiro she is looking for, as Hachiro took the name and appearance after he went through surgery.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As he works in a host club, he is always dressed in a beige suit.
Voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN, movie)Tetsuko is a swordsmith in Kabukicho and Tetsuya's younger sister. As children of renowned swordsmith Jintetsu Murata, the two run the swordsmith shop together. She meets Gintoki when her brother Tetsuya hires him to track down the stolen Benizakura. When Gintoki is severely injured by Nizo wielding Benizakura, she requests his help in stopping Tetsuya and the Kiheitai's development of the weapon. After Tetsuya dies during the incident, she runs the shop by herself.
- Action Girl: While not a particularly accomplished fighter she is capable of wielding a sword and later fights with a large blacksmithing hammer to defend Kabukicho.
- The Atoner: She feels responsible for standing by and letting her brother work with the Kiheitai to develop Benizakura, and thus seeks out Gintoki to stop him.
- The Blacksmith: Took up her father's craft as a swordsmith alongside her brother. After her brother's death, she runs the shop herself.
- Cool Sword: In order for Gintoki to stand up to Nizo and Benizakura, she makes him a steel sword with an awesome looking guard in the shape of a coiled dragon. Gintoki disagrees on the coolness, though, as he feels the coiled dragon looks like poop.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a large blacksmithing hammer as her weapon.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She is blue-haired and initially rather shy, but she grows out of it to become more confident and open.
- Wrench Wench: She is a female swordsmith, a rather unfeminine profession, which is also reflected in her clothes.
Voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (JP), John Swasey (movie) (EN)Tetsuya is a swordsmith in Kabukicho and Tetsuko's older brother. As children of renowned swordsmith Jintetsu Murata, the two run the swordsmith shop together. Feeling overshadowed by his father's legacy, Tetsuya is completely obsessed with surpassing him. He forged Benizakura for Takasugi in an attempt to make the ultimate sword, basing it on the original sword made by his father. In order for Benizakura to grow more powerful, he hires Gintoki to search for the "missing" sword, only for him to meet Nizo wielding it and almost getting killed.
- The Blacksmith: Took up his father's craft as a swordsmith alongside his sister.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies saving his sister from Benizakura.
- No Indoor Voice: He shouts very loudly all damn the time.
- Redemption Equals Death: Serves with the Kiheitai throughout the Benizakura arc, but redeems himself by saving his sister at the cost of his own life.
- Taking the Bullet: Pushes Tetsuko out of the way when the Benizakura-possessed Nizo attacks her, dying as a result.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: He mixed together swordsmithing and Amanto technology in order to create Benizakura, a powerful sword capable of destroying battleships. Benizakura also hosts an artificial intelligence that takes over the wielder's body like a parasite, and has the ability to grow smarter with every battle.
Voiced by: Masashi HiroseKanbei the Luck Reader is a legendary gambler known for the ability to read the flow of luck with his right eye. Forced to cut out his right eye to save a friend, he now resorts to cheating to win. He meets Gintoki and Hasegawa at one of Kada's gambling parlors and wins back the clothes they lost while gambling. When they accidentally expose his cheating, they are forced to play a gambling game with their lives at stake, but manage to succeed and survive.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: He wears a black cloak over his robe that covers his body and makes him look like a reaper when he approaches Gintoki and Hasegawa.
- Cigar Chomper: He always has a cigar in his mouth, even when reduced to his underwear.
- Fixing the Game: All of that supposed gambling luck of his is just him cheating. However, he did use to be as good at gambling as he claims, but that went away when he lost his right eye.
- Fundoshi: He is stripped down to just a white loincloth after losing a round of gambling without cheating.
- Hypocritical Humor: He chastises Gintoki and Hasegawa for gambling without any skill or luck, and thus being stripped down to their underwear. After he accidentally leaves behind the tools he cheat with, he is subsequently stripped down to his underwear after losing.
- In the Hood: Wears a dark hood over his head when first appears, making him look like a reaper and scaring both Gintoki and Hasegawa.
- Professional Gambler: He is a legendary gambler who lives off his trade.
- Smoking Is Cool: For added coolness while gambling, he smokes a cigar.
- There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: According to him, there are two types of gamblers in the world: Those who simply love to gamble and those who think they are cool when gambling. He pegs both Gintoki and Hasegawa as the latter type, but they refute by calling themselves a third type: Those who are desperate to make money.
Voiced by: Masaaki TsukadaChogoro the Firefox is a famous thief dressed in white who wears a fox mask. He has been pursued by Heiji Kozenigata for 10 years, but has never been caught. When he is not being a thief, he serves drinks at a street bar that Kozenigata frequents. He is a former member of the Nine-Tails Fox Gang of Thieves, a group of nine thieves trained as ninjas, but he split from them 30 years ago during a robbery in Kyoto. They later commit various murders in Kyoto and frames him for it, forcing him out of retirement as he sends out a calling card to steal a golden tofu.
- Badass Grandpa: He is a short old man capable of taking down multiple policemen in one move.
- Bring It: He challenges Kozenigata and the Yorozuya to pursue him with a wave of his hand.
- Cool Mask: He wears a white fox mask.
- Cool Old Guy: A friendly old man who runs a bar and is also a very competent thief.
- Defector from Decadence: He split from the Nine-Tails Fox Gang 30 years ago in Kyoto, saving Kozenigata after the gang had murdered his parents.
- Eyes Always Shut: He always keeps his eyes shut, making them resemble the eyeslits on his fox mask.
- Frame-Up: He is framed as a murderer by the rest of the Nina-Tails Fox Gang, forcing him to come out of retirement as a thief.
- Gentleman Thief: He may be a thief, but he mostly steals from the rich or criminals, and even gives some of what he steals to the poor. He also never harms anybody, which is the reason Kozenigata refuses to believe he's become a murderer. He's right as Chogoro has actually been framed by his former comrades.
- In the Back: At the end of the arc he is stabbed in the back by his replacement in the Nine-Tails Fox Gang. He still manages to survive his injury on top of falling into the fire.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood under his fox mask to hide the rest of his head.
- Just Like Robin Hood: He gives what he steals to the poor.
- Ninja: While he is a thief, he and the rest of the Nine-Tails Fox Gang are trained and skilled in the ways of the ninja.
- No One Could Survive That!: He is assumed dead after he falls into the fire at the end of the Hard-Boiled Detective Arc, but Kozenigata and Gintoki seemingly meet him again at a new street bar, though he is only heard, not seen.
Voiced by: Yosuke AkimotoHoichi is the boss of the stray cats in Kabukicho. Despite his strict rule and violent reputation, he is only out to protect the other stray cats by preventing them from getting into trouble with humans. When Gintoki and Katsura are turned into cats, and Kondo is turned into a gorilla, he takes them under his wing. After an attempted mutiny by the other cats, he is captured along with the other cats by Katsuo for the Amanto of Planet Catnip. While he protects the other cats from a huge beast, Gintoki, Katsura and Kondo come to the rescue and help them escape.He used to be human, but became a cat 13 years ago. Back when he was human, he was a lowly killer working for the yakuza. One day he found and became attached to a kitten, which taught him the value of life. He made a promise never to kill again, which got him into trouble with his employer, who sent him on a suicide mission. When the cat sacrificed itself to save him, he awoke to find himself in the body of the cat, while his own body laid lifeless and surrounded by corpses.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the boss of the stray cats by virtue of being the strongest.
- The Atoner: He sees being turned into a cat as penance for his crimes while alive and for breaking his promise not to kill.
- Badass Grandpa: He is a tough old cat who is bigger and stronger than the rest. He is even able to fight against a giant alien beast to protect the other cats.
- Jerkass Façade: He only provokes and fights newly arrived cats like Gintoki to test if they have what it takes to survive in Kabukicho. His tough attitude towards the other cats and his strict rule is also purely to keep them in line so that they won't get themselves killed.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be rude and aggressive, but he goes out of his way to protect other cats. He even helps out Gintoki, Katsura and Kondo-turned-gorilla with finding food.
- Large and in Charge: The boss cat of Kabukicho is both bigger and stronger than all the other cats.
- Morality Pet: While he was still human and a lowly killer, he found a stray kitten that he became attached to. That taught him the value of life and made him promise to no longer kill people. When he was later about to be killed, the cat jumped in the way to save him, after which he killed his attackers at the cost of his own life, only to awake in the cat's body.
- Taking the Bullet: Stands in the way of several thrown pieces of rubble to shield the cowering cats behind him, getting severely injured in the process.
- Yakuza: He was a lowly yakuza back when he was human.
Voiced by: Yuuichi NakamuraA replacement robot that Kagura and Shinpachi had Gengai build since Gintoki left them. He winds up brainwashing the whole cast and the whole Kabukicho with Fake Memories of him as the protagonist of the series.
- Ai Is A Crapshoot: Even turned against his creator Gengai.
- Arc Villain: Of the Kintama Arc.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Saw himself as the Big Bad whose defeat would result in the series ending for good, allowing him to be the star of his own series. Boy was he proven wrong.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Since he's Gintoki's opposite, it goes without saying.
- Break the Haughty: The recipient of it, when after a brutal beatdown, the Yorozuya creates a dream anime for him, only to constantly humiliate him and tear it down.
- Break Them by Talking: Does it to Gintoki by convincing him his whole life was a lie which he made up in his head because of watching Kintoki's accomplishments from afar. Tama and Sadaharu both manage to bring Gintoki out of it again though.
- The Bus Came Back: Kintoki was left alive after being beaten at the end of his arc, but didn't make any more appearances until the Silver Soul arc, where he returns to aid Gengai and Tama in using the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Gengai Cannon!
- Embarrassing First Name: When you use his name for the title instead of Gintoki's, you end up with Kintama (a homophone of the word for 'testicles' in Japanese).
- Evil Counterpart: To Gintoki.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to act polite, but his mockery of Gintoki and his sheer delight in his suffering shines through.
- Gone Horribly Right: Was made into a "Perfect Gintoki" to act as the leader of Odd Jobs while the real Gintoki was away.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Happens in the last arc of the series, when he along Tama and the robots used the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Gengai Cannon in order to release a lethal machine virus on the air. That virus would affect him too leading to his death.
- Kick the Dog: Apart from convincing Gintoki his whole life was a lie, there's also his vicious attack on Tama, which he frames Gintoki for.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Gintoki literally creates a dream anime for him just to destroy it.
- Parody Sue: A villainous example.
- Replacement Goldfish: Started out as a replacement for Gintoki, who was absent for a while.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Done on purpose.
- Smug Snake: His sheer confidence in his control over Kabukicho proves to be his undoing, as his brainwashing wears off. He also boasts of how destroying him would reset everybody's memories, while his own data is transferred to another body to live out his own dream series, but it is completely torn down.