Characters: Gintama Kabukicho
Back to the main character index.Kabukicho is an infamous red light district in Edo where the main characters also reside.
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Four Heavenly Emperors
The 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)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 EgawaA 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 Mother To Hir Women: And hir son.
- Badass: Make no mistake, this is the guy that took on Amanto battleships in a loincloth and emerged victorious.
- 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 ItōAlso 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, who mentions how he and other members of Jirocho's faction were the outcasts of society before he took them in.
- Affably Evil: He really just seems evil.
- Ambiguously Brown: Gintoki even calls him ganguro because of it, despite it being how he looks naturally.
- 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.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: During his fight with Gintoki, Jirocho punched Gintoki so hard that he flew 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: Of the white-haired variety.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: This was how he and Tatsugoro became friends.
- Disappeared Dad: He is Pirako's father, having left her and her mother to protect Kabukicho from the shadows.
- 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 Gintoki at first, but his intentions are proven to be the protection of Kabukicho.
- The Faceless: For a while, before his proper appearance in 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.
- 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.
- Passing the Torch: Retires and hands over the reins of his organisation to Katsuo.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Kabukicho together with his daughter at the end of the Four Devas arc.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes Tatsugoro's old kiseru.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: He grew up and fell in love with Otose, but didn't get with her.
- 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.
Otose's Snack Shop
Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto (JP), Luci Christian (EN, movie)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... plain 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 MinamiTama 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's 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.
- Homage: She's a walking Dragon Quest reference and even has an entire arc centered around this particular quirk.
- Improbable Weapon User: 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 Meido / Robot Maid
- 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."
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Justified by being a robot.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Though more than justified by her being an android.
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie)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: On those rare occasions she's being nice.
- Bastard Girlfriend: How Kondo sees her.
- 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.
- Inseries Nickname: Otae, which is simply adding the prefix "O" to her name, a respectful way to address a woman.
- Intertwined Fingers: This staple of the Yuri Genre is used between her and Kyubei. Which seems to speak for itself.
- Lethal Chef: Shinpachi even suggests that his bad eyesight is from eating too much of her cooking.
- ...and it's been shown to cause amnesia. Lethal, indeed.
- Gengai calls it some undiscovered foreign substance.
- Mega Ton Punch: For stalker gorillas and other undesirables.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: She strives to act like a Yamato Nadeshiko and fittingly wields a naginata. Too bad about her lethal cooking and violent nature.
- 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.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Kyubei, who is in love with Otae.
- 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.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. She has many characteristics and attributes, including the (apparent) prim attitude and the naginata, but her true self is anything but this since she can hardly cook and is very violent otherwise.
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 until he chose to take-off to outer space and earned the title of Galaxy Warrior. He comes back late in the series and reunites with his estranged wards.Unfortunately, it is quickly revealed that he is only alive thanks to his cybernetic half that was given to him by aliens. The aliens 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 aliens 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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: His Kenofi persona.
- 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 aliens who saved him propped him up as some great galactic war hero, but in reality the aliens 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 aliens 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- I 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 aliens 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), Chris Ayres (EN, movie)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.
- 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.
- 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 Fašade: 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.
- 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 (and 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.
- 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.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: 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.
- 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. He is actually Ikumatsu's amnesiac father Matsugoro Nishiki.
- 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.
- 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 IshizukaThe 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 is also physically 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, constantly 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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 his kiseru in life with style.
- Taking the Bullet: He died taking a bullet for Jirocho.
Voiced by: Katashi IshizukaAn 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.
- Badass: Despite his unfortunate encounters with the Yorozuya, he is one of the most feared men in Kabukicho for a reason, proving it in spades when he goes to town on Kada's assassins.
- 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: Nothing like beating armed alien Ninjas with just your 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.
- 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 hired killer 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.
- 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: Takeshi Aono, Bin Shimada (Enchousen onwards)A crazy inventor who can repair any kind of machine. As a result, whenever the Yorozuya have technical problems they always go to him. He had a son who died during the war, a fact that still haunts him to this day.He is the one who put Tama back together and helped a lot in taking down the army of robot-maids.
- Badass Beard: More hair than on top at least.
- Badass Driver: Since he's 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: Is there a mechanical problem, everybody goes 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: 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: By her brother-in-law.
- 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.
- Mrs. Robinson: She is somewhat older than Katsura.
- 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 infrequently appearing best friend and a member of Otsu's fan club, known more widely by the name Taka-chin. He used to be a delinquent, but was mistreated by the gang he was involved with. Shinpachi managed to pull him out from the gang and has since then been a member of Otsu's fan club.
- Butt Monkey: Hardly a stand-out case, but he frequently finds himself physically abused.
- Delinquent Hair: Wears his hair in the style of a delinquent's pompadour.
- In-Series Nickname: Always referred to by Taka-chin. Bet you didn't remember his real name?
- Otaku: Becomes an idol otaku alongside Shinpachi when he joins Otsu's fan club.
Voiced by: Tesshō 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's impossibly nice, but won't hesitate to throw knives or punch somebody to prevent them from stepping on a bug.
- Face of a Thug: Because of how scary he looks, everybody is afraid of him and assumes 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: All Dakini have horns.
- Nice Guy: Possibly the nicest person in the series.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. The Yorozuya initially assumes he's a bad guy, but he proves himself to be anything but.
Voiced by: Atsushi KisaichiThe owner and frontman of the #1 host club Takamagahara. Occasionally visits Gintoki and company for help.
- Beautiful All Along: Subverted. He was ridiculously ugly until the plastic surgery...
- Bishounen: Probably has the most Bishie Sparkle scenes of all the characters.
- The Charmer: Well, it is his job.
- Gonk: Before plastic surgery.
- Host Club: Head of the number 1 host club in Kabukicho.
- I Know Kung-Fu: "Blade of the Male Escort!" It's super-effective against transvestites. (To be fair, they were lining up to be slain)...
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit is considered typical of pimps by the standards of Japanese culture.
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 helped Gintoki Sakata and the Yorozuya during the Benizakura Arc.
- Action Girl: While not a particularly accomplished fighter she is capable of wielding a sword and brings a hammer to the battle in front of Otose's snack shop.
- The Atoner: She feels responsible for standing by and letting her brother continue his work, and thus seeks out Gintoki to stop him.
- The Blacksmith: Took up her father's craft as a swordsmith alongside her brother.
- Drop the Hammer: Brings along a huge blacksmithing hammer as her weapon in the Four Devas arc.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Initially, though she seems to have grown out of it by the Four Devas arc.
Voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (JP), John Swasey (EN, movie)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.
- 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. Too bad he dies in the attempt.
- Taking the Bullet: Pushes Tetsuko out of the way when the Benizakura-possessed Nizo attacks her and dies as a result.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: He mixed together swordsmithing and Amanto technology in order to create Benizakura.
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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Shining golden hair. Complete bastard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He seems to be on the verge of reforming himself at the end of his arc, but has never appeared again since.