Characters: Gintama Kabukicho
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Four Heavenly Emperors
The Heavenly Emperors are the four leaders of Kabukicho. 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 Hinowa's son
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
- Cool Old Lady
- 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: As is exposed during the Four Devas Arc.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Widow Woman
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 Mother To Hir Women: And hir son.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- 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.
- The Big Guy
- Charles Atlas Superpower
- Crossdresser: Duh.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a massive one in the attack on Otose's snack-bar.
- Macho Camp
- 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.
- Underwear of Power/Fundoshi: Often strips all his garments save for his fundoshi when he goes to battle.
- 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.
Also 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: She is Jirocho's.
- Arc Villain: Of the Four Devas Arc.
- The Baroness: A sexpot type. She's very good-looking but rather domineering despite her delicate appearance.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Subverted and defied. Despite her dainty looks and attitude, she is a very rare case of an evil, manipulative and power-hungry princess.
- Fate Worse than Death
- 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.
- Glass Cannon: At the end of the Four Devas Arc, she is confronted by Pirako and threatens to kill her herself but all it takes to knock her out is a slight jab at the nape from Gintoki.
- 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
- 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.
- Peacock Girl: Not literally but close enough.
- Pointy Ears
- Professional Gambler
- Smug Snake
- 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
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The 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.
- 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
- Anti-Hero: A vigilante in his youth, and one of the big reasons why Kabukicho hasn't been taken over by Harusame over the years as an adult.
- Arch-Enemy: He is Kada's.
- Badass: He is probably one of the strongest humans in the series.
- 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.
- Covered with Scars
- 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 Disappeared Dad, 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 evil version of Gintoki. Which then gets subverted when it turns out he was Good All Along.
- 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
- Grumpy Old Man
- Iaijutsu Practitioner
- 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
- Old Soldier: A renowned veteran of the Joi War.
- One-Man Army
- Passing the Torch: To Katsuo.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Kabukicho together with his daughter at the end of the Four Devas arc.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- 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.
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
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
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.
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie)
Shinpachi's violent and unhinged older sister. She runs the Kakidōkan 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
- 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 no Naku Koro ni, 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
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Heir to the Dojo: Together with Shinpachi.
- Ill Girl: Becomes infected with the Enmi nanomachine virus called the White Curse in the second movie's Bad Future, with her hair turning 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.
- Naginatas Are Feminine
- Perpetual Smiler: Always smiling and welcoming, even when she's about to fly into a violent rage.
- Tsundere: Mainly Type B, but her violent side's easy to trigger due to her temper.
- 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.
The 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 later revealed that he only survives thanks to his cybernetic half that was given to him by aliens who found him on the brink of death after he got defeated in one of his many battles. He was also infused with a split personality, called Kenofi, in the service of the aliens who fixed him.
Voiced by: Katashi Ishizuka
An infrequently recurring character and one of the higher-ranking members of Dobunezumi, Jirocho's organization. An on-again-off again antagonist.
A 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: A textbook Type 2.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Cute and Psycho
- Daddy Issues: Oh, Pirako...
- Dark Action Girl
- Fiery Redhead
- 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: The biggest one 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
- 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
- The Reveal: She's 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?
Taizo "Madao" Hasegawa
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 "dork", which stands for "dumb old retarded kook."
- Actor Allusion: Assumes the Gendo pose in the Kagura "replacement" episode.
- In the parody of the final episode of Evangelion, he appears with his wife in the same way as with Gendo and his deceased wife.
- During the Mon-Hun Eye Catch his silhouette is shaped like Kenpachi
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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?
- Embarrassing Nickname: Madao.
- 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.
- Jerkass Fašade: At one point, puts one on in order to dissuade a caring family from taking him in.
- Perpetual Poverty: After his redundancy.
- Running Gag: His nickname, Madao.
- Smoking Is Cool: Not that it makes him any less of a loser, though...
- 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.
A crazy inventor who can repair any
kind of machine. He is often concerned about his son who he often wishes to have raised better.
He is the one to put Tama back together and helped a lot in taking down the army of robot-maids.
Voiced by: Kouichi Sakaguchi
A 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.
Owner 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 recent arc.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's a very mannerly and hospitable lady who hides quite a fierce streak.
Shinpachi'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. However Shinpachi managed to pull him out from the gang and he has since then been a member of Otsu's fan club.
An 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 not a whole lot of customers because of how scary he looks.
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi
The owner and frontman of the #1 host club, Takamagahara. Occasionally visits Gintoki and company for help.
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.
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.
Otose'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.
A 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.