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Characters: Gintama Kiheitai
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The primary antagonists of the series, the Kiheitai is a radical branch of the Anti-Foreigner Faction led by Takasugi.
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    Shinsuke Takasugi 
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Kyle Jones (EN, movie)

A former comrade of Gintoki and Katsura during the Joi War and the series' primary antagonist. He leads a radical branch of the Anti-Foreigner Faction called the Kiheitai (Demon Soldiers Army) and is known amongst the Shinsengumi as one of the most dangerous criminals around. After the war ended, he vanished and has since gained a deadly reputation due to his assassination of many of the Bakufu's main officers.

Unlike Katsura, he believes that the only way to save the country is to destroy the "rotten" post-Joi war world. His resentment and overwhelming spite drove him to strike a partnership with the Harusame Space Pirates in order to eliminate the Bakufu.

    Bansai Kawakami 
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (JP), Andrew Love (EN, movie)

Regarded as one of the strongest swordsmen in the country, Bansai serves as second-in-command of the Kiheitai. He carries a shamisen which doubles as a tool for garroting or tying up his opponents.

On top of being famous as a skilled swordsman, Bansai is also a talented songwriter. He works as a music producer under the name Tsunpo and the pop idol Otsu's newer songs are written by him. Overall, Bansai is shown to have an extremely calm demeanor, although he is capable of violence when necessary and appears to take an interest in potential challenges to his skill.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He's got black hair in the manga, judging by color pages and a manga cover.
  • Badass
  • Cool Shades: Never takes them off.
  • The Dragon: Takasugi's right-hand man.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Subverted. He wears them to show his innate connection to music, which he uses as a means of judging a character's personality and fighting style.
  • Hidden Weapons: His shamisen has a sword hidden within.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Gintoki uses his strings against him by pulling his helicopter to the ground with them, though he manages to survive.
  • Instrument of Murder / Senseless Violins: Shown in his fight with Gintoki, Bansai can use the strings from his shamisen to restrain people. Also, said shamisen has a katana hidden inside of it.
  • Keigo: He ends his sentences with de gozaru and uses the humble first person pronoun sessha. Remind you of anyone, de gozaru? Turns out he was named after Gensai Kawakami, one of the four notable assassins of the Bakumatsu period, whom Kenshin himself was inspired by.
  • Made of Iron: He's particularly resistant as shown in his fight against Gintoki.
  • Noble Demon: He's devoted to the Kiheitai's cause, seeing himself essentially as a villain, but despite this he confesses to Takasugi that he'd "fallen in love with the heroes' song" and also spares Yamazaki's life.
  • Pet the Dog: He spares Yamazaki's life.
  • Razor Floss: From his shamisen strings, no less.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Gintoki in their encounter in the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc.
    "Gintoki Sakata... You are a ghost. You once tried to protect this country with Shinsuke and the others. You are obsessed and unable to let go. You are a living ghost! There is no longer anything for you to protect! Ghosts should go back to where they belong!"
  • The Stoic: Calm and collected, with little variation beyond an occasional smirk.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Even when at work at nighttime, he still wears his sunglasses.
  • Verbal Tic: As noted above, he uses "-de gozaru", an ancient suffix mostly used by Ronins and other types of rogue swordsmen to mark hostility and masculinity without being rude.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Although he works with Takasugi in the Kiheitai, he's also a songwriter who's written songs for Otsu Terakado while off-duty.
  • Warrior Poet: Speaks in musical terms and enjoys music in general.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: In the anime.

    Matako Kijima 
Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu (JP), Carli Mosier (EN, movie)

A member of the Kiheitai who is skilled at using firearms rather than swords. She wields a pair of pistols and is known as the "Red Bullet" for her honed sharpshooting skills. She is extremely loyal to Takasugi to the point where it appears she has a crush on him. She is quick-tempered, easily agitated, and prone to screeching when upset.

    Henpeita Takechi 
Voiced by: Chafurin (JP), George Manley (EN, movie)

The strategist of the Kiheitai is notable for his strange fetishes and his usually brilliant assessment of situations. While capable of fighting, his abilities are less notable in comparison to other big players of the Kiheitai.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In the matters of organisation and strategy, he's actually quite competent, but it's offset by his fetishes and weird habits.
  • Butt Monkey: The Kiheitai's resident Butt Monkey, who suffers all of the humorous abuse among its members.
  • The Evil Genius
  • Genre Savvy: He's well aware that Gintoki, Katsura and Sakamoto will be a future threat to Takasugi's plans and takes steps towards eliminating them.
  • Insistent Terminology: "I'm not a lolicon, I'm a feminist!"
  • Lolicon: However much he denies it or tries to twist it positively.
  • The Nondescript: He looks like a generic ronin mook.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Often tries to pass off as Takasugi, which almost always ends with him getting beaten up by Matako and Bansai. Gintoki, Sakamoto and Katsura also get to beat him up when he shows up at their reunion party dressed as Takasugi.
  • The Strategist: Most of his actual planning is done off-screen, but he does exposit on the Kiheitai's plans.

    Nizo Okada 
Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (JP), Jay Hickman (EN, movie)

The main antagonist of the Benizakura Arc. A blind sword-for-hire who works for the Kiheitai and who normally answers to Shinsuke.

He's first encountered by Gintoki and the Yorozuya while he's working for Kahei Hashida. He fights Gintoki, who breaks his sword and defeats him. At the onset of the Benizakura Arc, he tries to assassinate Katsura with the cursed sword Benizakura, but fails to actually kill him. He then becomes more crazed and out of control due to Benizakura gradually turning his body into a cybernetic extension of itself. After Gintoki sets off to find the vanished Katsura, the two cross paths again, with Nizo defeating him with the help of Benizakura. He is later on presumed killed in his third and final encounter with Gintoki aboard the Kiheitai's main ship.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Shinpachi cuts off his right arm while he's busy trying to kill Gintoki, but he replaces it with Benizakura.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Benizakura turns into one as it grafts itself onto his right arm, later replacing it entirely when Shinpachi cuts it off.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: He's blind, but still a quite accomplished swordsman.
  • Blood Knight
  • Body Horror: Benizakura turns him into a monstrous combination of machine and flesh as it takes over his body.
  • The Brute: Serves as the Kiheitai's strongarm, being quite good at killing, but not very good at handling more delicate matters.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The longer he wields Benizakura, the more of himself he loses to the sword, before being completely consumed by it at the end.
  • Death Seeker: He wants to go out in a blaze of glory in service to Takasugi, hopefully killing as many people as possible while at it.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Handicapped Badass
  • Hero Killer: Tries to be this by going after and supposedly killing Katsura but doesn't succeed.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: A master at drawing his sword and slashing in the same motion, but he ends up abandoning his former fighting techniques as Benizakura fuses itself to him.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A villainous example. He is so eager to test out Benizakura that he ends up ruining Takasugi's plans regarding the sword by luring the Kiheitai's enemies to their hideout.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He barely reacts to Shinpachi cutting off his arm, instead choosing to nonchalantly say it was mean of him to do that.
  • My Horse Is a Motorbike: Rides a flying bike shaped like a horse into battle against Katsura's flying warships, complete with reins!
  • Professional Killer: Serves as both an assassin and a sword-for-hire when he's not working with the Kiheitai.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Psycho Supporter: For Takasugi.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: While running around hunting ronin and testing out Benizakura.
  • Sword Cane: Initially wields one until Gintoki breaks it and he gets hold of Benizakura.
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