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A former comrade of Gintoki during the Joi War. Even after the Amanto take-over of Japan, Katsura continues to resist the Amanto, and has amassed a band of followers known as the Anti-Foreigner Faction
, which is in continuous, direct conflict with the Shinsengumi.
Although his initial methods were more violent in nature, Katsura has since come to believe that there are people important to him in Edo, and decides that he no longer wants to destroy the country. He and his faction now seek a way to bring about change without causing needless bloodshed.
Since he is a wanted man, Katsura is often seen wearing disguises (which are always completely ineffectual). Katsura sometimes works odd jobs to raise money for his terrorist activities and is often seen trying to coerce Gintoki into assisting him with his eccentric endeavors. He is always accompanied by his pet, Elizabeth, whom he cares deeply for. Gintoki often calls him "Zura," to which he will typically respond with "Not Zura, it's Katsura."
- Accidental Misnaming: Zura ja nai, Katsura daaa!
- Alliterative Name: Kotaro Katsura.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Invoked as Zurako when he is forced into drag with Gintoki by Saigo.
- Badass: He did fight in the Amanto war alongside Gintoki, after all. He's still pretty badass in the present too, best shown in the Benizakura arc.
- Badass Long Robe: Clad most of the time in a blue kimono, and fights quite effectively while wearing it.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A highly capable and lethal warrior, on par with Gintoki, completely obscured by the fact that he is always seen with a giant duck by his side.
- Bishōnen: Comes with his voice actor.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: At least initially. His Cartoon Bombs are still indicative of his scatterbrained nature.
- Bunny Ears Terrorist: His actions and reasoning are often incredibly eccentric and strange but he's displayed a shocking amount of competence in managing to evade the Shinsengumi day-after-day. Need it be pointed out again that he fought side-by-side with Gintoki during the Joi War?
- Catch Phrase: "Zura ja nai, Katsura da!"
- Along with the myriad variations such as: "I'm not Zura, I'm Captain Katsura.", "It's not disgusting, it's Elizabeth.", "I'm not a monk, I'm Katsura.", "I'm not Zura, I'm Zurako", "I'm not Fruit Punch Samurai, I'm Katsura.", "I'm not Zura, I'm a pine tree.", "I'm not Mr. K., I'm Katsura.", "I'm not K_tsura, I'm Katsura.", "It's not rap, it's Katsu-rap, yo!", "I'm not Mario, I'm Katsu—.", "I'm not Zura, I'm Katsuo." Episode 176 has an incomplete list of this.
- Now that he believes his role has been taken over by Kyuubei, his new catch phrase is "I am/was on standby the entire time."
- Character Development: Started out willing to go to any extreme to destroy everyone and everything related to the new Edo. Thanks to Gintoki and the Yorozuya, he's softened his stance and only goes against the government and Amanto and is now seen by the Shinsengumi as a moderate rebel. Doesn't mean he's not any less dangerous though.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He thought that Gintoki could hide from some ronin in an empty tin can, keeps Elizabeth as a partner without so much as a single question (completely ignoring the fact that it's just a guy in a costumenote ), and fends off attackers using poisoned fried rice and curry as a weapon. Heck, when he had a Newtype reaction, he can only say completely nonsensical things!
- Here's a really extreme example: he once went out for a pleasant bicycle ride... through a safari park during the Popularity Poll arc, just because he wanted to see the animals' paws up close—while everyone that has a lower ranking than him wants to kill him.
- Cosplay Otaku Terrorist: He's so single-mindedly incompetent at disguising himself that it might just be something he does for fun.
"He likes his pet alright, but he loves his costume, uh-huh"
as Kagura put it once when he showed up in Captain Harlock
cosplay for the second time. Live on television, no less. Using Captain Katsuura as his alias.
- The Comically Serious: Subverted because we see him doing something utterly stupid or weird more times than we see him be serious, but he remains perfectly serious during all of his appearances.
- Crossdresser: He has a crossdressing "persona" named Zurako.
- Cuteness Proximity: Has a weakness for cute animals and will often be overcome with a desire to pet them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Together with Gintoki and Takasugi, he lost a war, probably countless comrades and more importantly his teacher. Considering how the Bafuku killed Shoyo-sensei and how he found out about it, it is a miracle that Zura is not batshit insane like Takasugi.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may want to kill the Shogun, but he will not do it when the Shogun is naked and has his dick out aiming at him. In fact he insist Kondo protect him!
- Eyepatch of Power: Always wears one as part of his Captain Katsura disguise. His future self in the second movie also sports bandages over his eye in the same manner as Takasugi.
- Flanderization: In his first appearance, he's at least reasonably competent, dangerous, and aware of the world around him, if a bit prone to idealistic ranting. After the debut of Elizabeth, he's a silly Cloud Cuckoo Lander with the naive idealist traits turned Up to Eleven. He's considerably funnier this way.
- Historical-Domain Character: Katsura Kogoro, later known as Kido Takayoshi.
- Historical In-Joke: A lot of his characterisation is based on his historical counterpart's nickname "Running Kogoro", as he lived a lot longer than most rebels by virtue of clever disguises and running away when he needed to. In one chapter he hides from the Shinsengumi with a ramen shopkeeper named Ikumatsu, and falls in love with her. The real-life Katsura met his wife, a geisha named Ikumatsu, while in hiding from his enemies.
- Insane Troll Logic: Just look at the exam he wrote...
- Likes Older Women: Has a thing for married women and widows, according to Gintoki. There was also the incident with Ikumatsu, which Gintoki teases him for much later on in the manga.
Gintoki: "Zura, might you have ****** with Ikumatsu?"
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy. Long hair? Check. Bishonen? Check.
- Lovable Coward: He can fight, but he will run away from losing battles, as indicated by an early flashback in which he tries to persuade Gin to do the same. (See Historical In-Joke above.)
- Master of Disguise: Or so he thinks. He's managed to fool the Shinsengumi at least.
- Nice Hat: Often disguises himself as a monk, complete with a monk's straw hat.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Whether he dresses up as a priest, as Captain Katsura (Dattebayo/Believe it!), or as Katsuo, almost nobody (excluding Gintoki & co.) ever seems to recognize him, despite baring his unaltered face in plain sight. A lot of times, he doesn't even bother going for secrecy:
After accidentally stepping on a kid's toy, disguised as a priest.
Kid: "Hey, smelly priest!"
- Moreover, when he's interviewed by Hanano, he's outraged with the network altering his voice, obscuring his face with a mosaic, and using an alias instead of his real name. Instead, he has them stop, using only a pair of gag glasses as a disguise, and he even takes those off just to eat some ramen.
- Pocket Protector: Carries around an old school book which saves his life against Nizo.
- Red Baron: It's probably a good idea to not take someone with the nickname "Young Noble of Terror" lightly.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Freaks out and denies having done the deed when Gintoki asks him about him and Ikumatsu.
- Shower Scene: While talking about how he sometimes likes to take a whizz in the shower.
- Snark Ball: Has his moments.
- Traumatic Haircut: In the Benizakura Arc. It's grown back the next time we see him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds / Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gintoki. Gintoki normally thinks of him as a bother, but they've been around each other since childhood. The flip side of that is that Katsura is extremely serious about keeping Kagura and Shinpachi safe, claiming that Gintoki wouldn't forgive him otherwise.
- When they're on the same side, Kondo and Katsura get along great.
Voiced by: Shinji Takamatsu, Tōru Furuya (in Episodes 234 & 235) (JP), Andrew Love (EN, movie)
Katsura's right hand... duck/penguin-costume-guy-thingy
. Originally a present from Sakamoto, Elizabeth hangs around with Katsura, who doesn't even think twice about treating it like a dear friend (and not some person in a costume). It almost never talks, preferring to communicate with signboards (which it uses as weapons, whenever necessary). Real name is General Eren, and belongs to the mercenary race of Renho.Or not, as there are (at least) two Elizabeths: General Eren is apparently a temp who fills in on mondays, while the regular Elizabeth's identity remains unknown.
- Author Avatar: It has been revealed that underneath the costume is the director, although this is obviously a gag exclusive to the anime adaptation.
- BFG: Sometimes uses a bazooka.
- Carry a Big Stick: His Bad Future self in the second movie wields a huge spiky mace.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Or ducks... or whatever Elizabeth is supposed to be.
- Future Badass: His Bad Future self in the second movie is extremely buff and fights with a huge spiky mace.
- Homage: Elizabeth seems to like dressing up as a reference to Golgo13, while Eren is a complete shout out to Amuro Ray. Heck, they even pilot the same Gundam and are voiced by the same person.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Elizabeth's appearance already seems like a costume, but look at Elizabeth when it's running, and you'll see flippers being worn by hairy legs. More obviously, when its mouth is open, you can see either glowing eyes or a man (the director).
- Put on a Bus: Subverted! In probably the greatest moment of trolling in the series, at the end of the Renho Arc Elizabeth/General Eren presumably leaves with the rest of the Renho forever, only for it to be revealed that General Eren was just a temp who fills in on mondays while the regular Elizabeth is away. The characters reacted much the same way as the audience.
- The Quiet One: It talks once in a while (emphasis on while), but usually, it just communicates through instant signboards.
- Talking with Signs: Always uses signboards to communicate. Well, except for the times he's the director...
- Weapon of Choice: Those signboards. Well, that, or the bazooka.
A former comrade of Gintoki during the Joi War. He is perpetually cheerful and upbeat even in the most dire of situations. Despite his goofy nature, Sakamoto is actually a successful businessman and pilot with a private, well-equipped defensive business fleet: The Kaientai. Sakamoto's goal is to use trade to improve relations and negotiations between Earth and the Amanto in order to bring about freedom in a peaceful manner.
- Badass Longcoat: Subverted most of the time, as he rarely ever does anything badass while wearing it. Though it's actually played straight when he headbutts the remnant leader of the Chidori Space Pirates.
- Bring My Red Jacket: He wears a red longcoat and is prone to being physically abused and bleeding.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be goofy, but he's actually a quite competent businessman (when he actually does work that is). During the Renho Arc, he even gets most of the Renho to join their side by working out a business deal.
- Chivalrous Pervert: A goofy variation of this.
- Cool Shades
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Though he doesn't get much of a chance to show the 'badass', he did fight alongside Gintoki and Katsura during the Joi War and does have his moments in the present.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Despite his incessant laughter, Sakamoto actually suffered a lot from losing most of his friends during the Joi War. This is what motivated him to leave Earth and start a new life as a businessman.
- The Fool
- Genius Ditz: A very competent businessman, but he's too busy acting like an idiot most of the time.
- The Gunslinger: Now prefers a pistol to the sword he used to wield during the Joi War.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: When they were younger, he said that he was only willing to try flying because he knew Gin was waiting for him on the ground. Gin is impatient with him in the present day, but both are willing to risk their lives for the other.
- Historical-Domain Character: Based off of Sakamoto Ryouma.
- The Hyena: AHAHAHA!!
- Keet: A rare grown-up example.
- Made a Slave: In the past he was made one by the Chidori Space Pirates, which dealt in human trafficking and which Mutsu was part of due to her father being its leader. Sakamoto ended up stealing the whole fleet with the help of the human slaves and Mutsu. This then turned into the Kaientai merchant fleet.
- One Head Taller: With Mutsu. So far, a non-romantic example.
- The Pollyanna: Rare Male Example. He can somehow find an optimistic explanation for waking up to being eaten by a giant dog.
"(...) Must've sweated while I was asleep too. Eh? Why's everything going red? ...Oh yeah...I was drinking tomato juice."
"Look, there's a limit to positive thinking, okay?!"
- Running Gag: Always refers to Gintoki as "Kintoki", which replaces the "silver" kanji with "gold" kanji. Much to Gintoki's annoyance.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Seeing as he was the one who gave Elizabeth to Katsura as a gift, it's probably safe to assume that these two are the only ones who operate on the same wavelength.
- Technical Pacifist: He doesn't like pointless battles and will try anything to resolve conflicts without violence. But if you challenge him, all bets are off.
- Urban Legend Love Life: There's a brief mention that he can "only handle Earth women" and Mutsu implies that he may have once or twice caught an STD, but we never actually see any evidence one way or another, as all the women he hits on reject him.
- Verbal Tic: Ends many of his sentences with the suffix "-o" which is an informal way of emphasizing the whole sentence.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believes there is a way to bring about peace in a non-violent manner whereas Gintoki has succumbed to indifference and both Katsura (initially) and Takasugi have resorted to terrorism to bring about change.
Sakamoto's serious, down-to-earth second-in-command, and the real leader behind the Kaientai.Competent and reliable
, Tatsuma usually leaves her in charge of everything while he's away... which is 90% of the time. A Running Gag
in the series is her trying to find him. As we later learn, she's actually a Yato and former member of the Chidori Space Pirates.
- Action Girl: It took a long time, but the arc detailing her backstory finally showed her to be one.
- A Day in the Limelight: After more than 400 chapters since her introduction and never having been in the spotlight for long, we finally got an arc detailing who she is and where she comes from starting with chapter 477.
- Badass: To the point where Gintoki questions if she is a Yato.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Played straight and subverted. While she is Sakamoto's assistant, this only applies when he's aboard his ship. When he isn't she's the one in charge.
- Bifauxnen: Dresses and speaks like a man in the present day.
- Combat Stilettos: Wore high-heeled boots into combat when she was younger.
- The Comically Serious
- Crazy-Prepared: She had the Kaientai fleet modified into a Combining Mecha behind Sakamoto's back just in case they had to work out business deals with giant aliens, which proves useful in defeating the Renho's artificial planet.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Deadpan Snarker
- Emotionless Girl: You can count on one hand the times Mutsu actually cracks a smile or lets go of her perpetual poker face.
- The Gunslinger
- Hypercompetent Sidekick
- Miser Advisor: She once tricks Gintoki into getting less pay for a job—that is, finding her boss.
- Nice Hat: Only takes it off when invited at somebody's home. Its large size also serves to shield her from the sun, being a Yato and all.
- Number Two: Serves as Sakamoto's second-in-command, which means she practically runs the entire Kaientai most of the time.
- Pirate Girl: Used to be one before Sakamoto picked her up.
- The Reliable One: To Tatsuma. She always backs him up during his dealings and transactions or when they're fighting.
- The Stoic: Not an Ice Queen though. Just serious.
- Thigh-High Boots: Wore a pair of long, high-heeled boots when she was younger.
- The Woman Behind the Man: She pretty much runs everything concerning Sakamoto's business.
- Women Are Wiser: A variation. She isn't more moral than Sakamoto. Just more realistic and practical.
Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Carli Mosier (EN, movie)
A female ninja and former member of the now disbanded Oniwabanshū nicknamed Sa-chan.
She meets Gintoki when she falls through his roof during a failed mission and has since become infatuated with him, much to his chagrin. Her feelings for him seem to be encouraged, as she enjoys being put down and threatened by him, due to her blatant masochism.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Played with. It's not her looks that Gintoki finds abhorrent, it's her attitude and her perverted persona.
- Action Girl: Don't be fooled by her silly antics, she is a quite capable fighter when she's not otherwise distracted.
- Assassin Outclassin': Often shown failing at carrying out her assassinations due to her glasses.
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: She works at a "kunoichi cafe", wearing a Highly-Visible Ninja costume between assassination jobs.
- Beauty Mark: It's under the corner of her eye.
- Big Damn Heroes: When she uses her Flechette Storm to save Zenzou from being killed by the Kihetai.
- Blind Without 'Em: Made even more disastrous by the fact that she's a ninja.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's an extremely capable assassin, provided that she has her glasses and Gin is not in her line of sight.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite her wacky antics, when it's time to get serious, she steps up the plate.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and purple eyes.
- Detached Sleeves
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Sarutobi" means "flying monkey", and she's often called just "monkey" by people who don't like her.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flanderization: As with Katsura, her wackiness was turned all the way up and her competence all the way down very shortly after her debut.
- Flechette Storm
- Highly-Visible Ninja
- I Meant to Do That: Obviously the caltrop sticking out of her forehead was thrown there on purpose.
- Improbable Weapon User: Who knew natto could be used as a weapon?
- In-Series Nickname: The aforementioned "Sa-chan", which is used more often to address her than her real name.
- In the Name of the Moon: She always recites a poem about the vanity of life before completing a job.
- Knuckle Cracking: Does it when she first appears, from as little as clenching her fists.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: A Rare Female Example. Her kinky antics are strictly Played for Laughs.
- Meganekko: A pretty girl with glasses, but is anything but sweet and pleasant... unless your name is Gintoki.
- Ms. Fanservice: Pretty much every appearance by her pushes the poor broadcasting regulations to their limits.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Most people call her by her nickname "Sacchan", making it easy to forget her real name.
- The Peeping Tom: She often hides in the Yorozuya's HQ in order to peep on naked Gintoki.
- Professional Killer: She is an assassin after all. Unfortunately for her, she is seen failing at it more often than not.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a long purple scarf all the time, even in combat.
- Single-Target Sexuality: All of her affections are aimed at Gintoki. The other guys she interacts with? Zenzo gets Ass Shoved, Okita gets turned down for an S&M session (twice), and fellow Stalker with a Crush Kondo was nothing more than a beard for the one chance they got.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Gintoki, much like how Kondo is to Otae.
- Too Kinky to Torture: And how!
- Though there's plenty all throughout the series of her tied up or begging Gin to bang her or spank her (etc.) the best example has to be a later episode where Gin inexplicably switches bodies with Sadaharu. Sada-Gin then encounters Ayame and lifts his leg on her, in broad daylight, in public, and her reaction is, "YES! DO IT! DO IT NOW!" Too kinky indeed...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Hangs out a lot with Tsukuyo despite the two often bickering with each other.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: Her glasses become these for a time when Gengai "repairs" them.
- Hattori even says "Dude, I’m not even entirely sure if we should classify those as eyewear or weapons of mass destruction."
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
A skilled ninja who used to lead the now-disbanded Oniwabanshū, acquainted with Ayame. He's a big fan of Weekly Shonen Jump
, just like Gintoki—once he and Gintoki fought to the death over the Jump
Christmas double issue (which turned to be a double issue of Akamaru Jump
). Despite his great skill, he's unfortunate enough to have the runs. Even more unfortunately, Ayame loves taking advantage of that fact...
An aristocratic young lady who was brought up as a male in order to succeed her family's clan. She dresses and behaves like a boy due to her upbringing. She was close friends with Tae Shimura when they were children, and lost her left eye protecting her when they were young. The incident also left her with the determination to become stronger and improve her skills.
- Action Girl
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In the Gender Bender Arc, though she doesn't change much except for getting taller and having a spiky ponytail. Tae, who was not affected by the gender bending, certainly approved though.
- Badass: Giving even Hijikata a run for his money.
- Bifauxnen: Not all that surprising, given her somewhat masculine appearance.
- Boyish Short Hair: Kyubei's Bad Future self in the second movie has cut her hair really short, which makes her look more like a boy.
- Butch Lesbian
- Childhood Marriage Promise: With Tae! They work everything out after Kyubei's arc, though she continues to pine after her.
- The Comically Serious: Prone to acting silly while remaining completely serious. Katsura regards this as a character overlap between them and wants her to change her character archetype.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to the Yorozuya, she comes around to befriend them.
- Distaff Counterpart: Katsura considers her his due to both of them being The Comically Serious.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch to cover her lost left eye.
- Failure Knight: Failing to save Tae and Shinpachi from their Evil Debt Collectors and losing her eye in the process is what motivated her to get strong enough to protect Tae.
- Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Tae after asking her to uphold her end of their promise.
- Gayngst / Incompatible Orientation: Kyubei is in love with Otae but believes she can't be with her as a woman.
- Gender Flip: Of Yagyu Jubei, no less.
- Hates Being Touched: Not so much hate being touched in general as being touched by men. She's got nothing against men per se, but she'll hurl any guy who tries to touch her. Even if that guy's the Shogun!
- Heir to the Dojo: Part of the reason why she was raised as a man.
- Nice Hat: Wears a large straw hat that obscures her face when she first appears, though it's never seen again after that.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In her first arc she gives several to Shinpachi, pointing out how he is so weak that he has to rely on and hide behind others, such as his sister, and that because of it he is unable to let her go and be herself. She pretty much takes it all back after her defeat.
- Sarashi: Wears a sarashi in the anime's 7th ending, which features all of the male characters shirtless. As the ending was featured during her arc, it's sort of a spoiler pointing towards her true gender, if it wasn't obvious enough already.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: During the few times she gets to dress as a girl.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's not so much attracted to women in general as she is just in love with Tae.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Tomboy: A result of her upbringing. She speaks and acts like a man.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Transgender: The series isn't entirely clear on how Kyubei personally sees her gender; on one hand there are episodes where Kyubei tries to get in touch with her feminine side after having lived her entire life as a male—sometimes discreetly pleased and sometimes uncomfortable—while on the other several episodes throw in the mention that Kyubei still, after her introduction arc, has interest in "becoming a man." Her feelings for Tae seem to be the primary reason. Her angst and confusion over her identity and feelings for Tae even become the catalyst for the Gender Swap Arc.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Part of her male-oriented cultivation.
- Yagyu Jubei: Kyubei is loosely based on him.
Kyubei's father, who like his own father is very short of stature. He is very obsessed with maintaining his clan's image as celebrities, to the extent where he keeps a persian cat despite hating them. He tries to implore the rest of the family to live up to their celibrity status, usually to no avail. His wife died after giving birth to Kyubei and in order to protect Kyubei's status in the clan, he refused to take another wife. He thus decided to raise her as a boy instead in order to succeed the clan and keep her place in the family.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Though he's not that old, and according to Kyubei, people in her family tend to just be very short.
- The Patriarch: He's not the actual head of the clan, but he's effectively in charge of the family.
- Skunk Stripe
- Slave to PR: He puts a lot of effort into maintaining the clan's image as celebrities and even keeps a persian cat despite hating and being allergic to them. The rest of the family doesn't seem to care.
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta
Kyubei's grandfather and the current head of the Yagyu Clan, though he seems to leave the actual leading of the clan to his son Koshinori. He is a man of short stature but great skill, considered one of the greatest swordsmen in the history of the clan.
Voiced by: Koji Yusa (JP), Blake Shepard (EN, movie)
A steadfast servant of the Yagyu Clan who personally looks after Kyubei. He is extremely dedicated to the point of obsession in his concern for his young master's well-being. He goes to great lengths to ensure that no misfortune ever befalls her, much to her annoyance. In return, Kyubei is usually indifferent to Tojo's excessive attention, although she has stated on one occasion that she has never liked him from the beginning and never shys away from responding with physical abuse.
His obsession with making Kyubei happy is most pronounced when he repeatedly tries to force her to wear gothic lolita outfits, claiming they suit her perfectly. Despite his radical approach to caring for his master, he geninuely has the best of intentions for both Kyubei and the Yagyu family. He is generally incredibly calm and composed in both appearance and mannerisms although he easily becomes agitated whenever anything concerning his master is brought up.
- Battle Butler: As he is a part of the Yagyu clan and has been entrusted with the safety of its successor, he is a highly skilled combatant.
- Berserk Button: Ah, he sure loves eating his raw egg yolk on his rice... but when the yolk breaks...
- Butt Monkey: Past his first arc, he's never treated with any respect, being the subject of much physical and verbal abuse.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Combine this with his seiyuu and this should remind you of someone.
- Dude, She's A Lesbian: Still can't figure that one out.
- Eyes Always Shut: A part of his perpetually calm demeanor. He almost never opens them, but they're shown to be green.
- Fan Disservice: The less is said about his crossdressing incident, the better.
- Incompatible Orientation: With Kyubei, who's clearly in love with Tae and uninterested in men.
- Keigo: He generally speaks in a very polite manner, using masu and desu instead of the short dictionary forms usually employed in normal male-speech.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He has an obsession with beating a raw, unbroken egg yolk on his rice for meals and has been shown to fly into a rage if the yolk breaks.
Initially the pet monkey of the Shogun's cousin Morimori, Jugem caused too much trouble at the palace. He was as such given to the Yagyu Clan to train. Koshinori entrusted the monkey to Kyubei, who quickly bonded with the monkey.
Due to Kyubei taking suggestions for his name from the Yorozuya and Tae, and mixing them all together, he ends up with the Overly Long Name
of Jugem-Jugem Poop-Throwing Machine Shin-chan's Day Before Yesterday Underwear Shinpachi's Life Balmunk Fezarion Isaac Schneider One Thirds Pure Feeling Two Thirds Worried-Over-a-Hangnail Feeling Though Betrayal Knows My Name I Know The Unknown, The Cuttlefish Tastes Kind Of Different Than It Did Last Time Because It Was Caught Near The Pond And Served With Oil From A Hoofed Mammal, pepepepepepepepepepepep Bichiguso-maru.
- Dung Fu: Constantly throws poop at Gintoki and Tojo. Kyubei uses it for training by wearing a mask of Gintoki's face.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or worse, in the case of Gintoki and Tojo. Good in the case of Kyubei.
- Overly Long Name: Okay, here goes... Jugem-Jugem Poop-Throwing Machine Shin-chan's Day Before Yesterday Underwear Shinpachi's Life Balmunk Fezarion Isaac Schneider One Thirds Pure Feeling Two Thirds Worried-Over-a-Hangnail Feeling Though Betrayal Knows My Name I Know The Unknown, The Cuttlefish Tastes Kind Of Different Than It Did Last Time Because It Was Caught Near The Pond And Served With Oil From A Hoofed Mammal, pepepepepepepepepepepep Bichiguso-maru.
Onmyoji and Shikigami
Voiced by: Sayaka Narita
A reporter and weather forecaster for Oedo News, well-known and loved for her cheerful disposition. It isn't elaborated until later, but she uses fortune telling in both her weather and horoscope predictions, which are always very accurate. It's mentioned in the series that she gets married, and that she later gets divorced. The latter is the focus of the Onmyoji arc. Gintoki has a crush on her.
Her real name is Crystal.
The young head of the Ketsuno Clan and also Ana Ketsuno's big brother. A very talented onmyoji, who is regarded as one of the most powerful in history. He works for the Bakufu as the lead guardian of Edo, which means he has shikigami scattered all over town to gather information. He processes this information and delivers it to the Bakufu. He used to be friends with Doman despite their clan's rivalry, but their relationship soured as Doman became obsessed with defeating Seimei and having his clan surpass Seimei's. Despite this, he still seeks to end the centuries long rivalry between the two clans.
Head of the Shirino Clan and a rival of Seimei. Although the two started out as friends despite the struggle between their clans, Doman was pressured by his father into trying to defeat Seimei and surpass his clan. He eventually became bitter after the years of humiliation he suffered in trying to defeat Seimei and his hatred of his former friend has since then grown. However, he still agreed to a peace treaty between the two clans on a single condition: That he marry Seimei's sister and his long-time crush Ana Ketsuno. Following their divorce, Doman seeks to exact his revenge on both Seimei and his sister.
- Arc Villain: Of the Onmyoji Arc.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: An onmyoji variant.
- Ass Shove: A frequent victim and just like Zenzo, he's also got hemorrhoids, which definitely doesn't help.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gets turned into a demonic giant when Antenmaru fully takes over his body.
- Butt Monkey: Emphasis on butt.
- Demonic Possession: By Antenmaru, an evil spirit long since thought to be vanquished.
- Disney Death: He initially appears to die when Antenmaru is defeated, only for him to show up alive and well after the end of the arc, with no reason provided. The characters are also surprised about it.
- Evil Former Friend
- Fighting from the Inside: Holds back Antenmaru after he takes over his body, allowing Gintoki to defeat him.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in that he actually survives.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Playing with Fire: Summons 103 flaming wards and boasts of incinerating Seimei with an infinite number of flames. Too bad for him Seimei summons almost 15 times that number of wards.
- Power Tattoo: Gedomaru takes the tattoo on his face as a sign he's been dabbling in forbidden magic. In truth, he's actually freed Antenmaru and let his spirit into his body in order to increase his power.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Seimei's blue oni, which is even reflected in the color of their spells.
- The Rival: Seimei's.
- Squishy Wizard: Invoked when he fights Gintoki and Gedomaru, who make it a key part of their strategy to brutally attack him before he can use his magic. He manages to get out of it with an illusion, but not before being thoroughly humiliated.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Ana Ketsuno.
- Weather Manipulation: Uses it to make it so that Ana Ketsuno's weather forecasts end up being wrong.
A shikigami, bound in service to Ana Ketsuno. Originally an evil spirit, she was caught long ago by onmyoji when she was tearing up Mount Oe during the Heian period. Cold and relentless, Gedoumaru will do anything to beat her opponent and is not above putting up an act just to get her opponents to lower their guard.
An evil god who plagued the capital with eternal rain a thousand years ago. He was vanquished and sealed away by two brothers from which both the Ketsuno and Shirino Clans are descended. He eventually took over the brother from which the Shirino clan is descended, after he had killed his brother, but was sealed away again by the other brother's son.
Voiced by: Eriko Kigawa
Son 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.
Kanshichiro’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 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.
- 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 and Kantaro’s son after the latter’s death.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kahei’s dying son Kantaro.
Voiced by: Koji Yada
Head of the Hashida Zaibatsu and a major backer for the Anti-Foreigner Faction, whom he hires as personal enforcers in exchange for funds for their goals.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the villain of the Infant Strife Arc.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He hires ronin and rebels as enforcers in exchanging for funding their illegal activities.
- Evil Old Folks: Though he is revealed to be not as evil at the end, mostly misguided and extreme in his actions to secure his family line and company.
- Eyes Always Shut: Keeps his eyes shut most of the time, making him look more affable and friendly. He opens his eyes whenever he acts in a more sinister manner.
- Heel-Face Turn: Redeems himself at the end of the arc and hands back Kanshichiro to his mother after realizing where he went wrong.
- Karma Houdini: Probably the biggest example in the series, even if his crimes were more low scale compared to some of the other antagonists. He gets exactly what he wanted with the only cost to himself being accepting Ofusa as Kanshichiro’s mother. He gets absolutely no recompense for any of his villainous acts.
- Would Hit a Girl: Though he doesn’t do it himself, he has his men beat up Fusa and orders them take out one of her eyes, which was thankfully interrupted.
Voiced by: Gara Takashima
The ruler of the mythical Ryugujo.
- Arc Villain: Of the Ryugujo arc.
- Bad Boss: She cares little for her own subordinates and even subjects them to her aging gas. She comes around at the end when she orders them to leave her behind however.
- Evil Old Folks
- Green-Eyed Monster: Envious of people who are younger than herself and have retained their beauty, and unable to find a way to keep herself young, she unleashes a gas on people to age them all up to be older and uglier than herself.
- Heel-Face Turn: Reforms at the end of her arc.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She was quite beautiful in her youth.
- Large and in Charge: She seems to have grown quite tall in her old age.
- Noblewoman's Laugh
- Redemption Earns Life: Her attempted sacrifice at the end of the arc causes people to go back to save her.
A turtle from Ryugujo. Once a captain of the guard, Kamenashi defected and rebelled against Otohime to stop her plans.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is very insistent that the skeleton in his cave is really just his wife, who's so thin and tired after giving birth.
- Cool Shades: Has a pair of sunglasses that look pretty cool. Too bad the rest of him doesn't.
- Defector from Decadence: Once a high-ranking member of the guard, but decided to defect to stop Otohime's plans, being labelled a rebel in the process.
- Nerd Glasses: The glasses he normally wear aren't particularly flattering when combined with his receding hairline.
- Stat-O-Vision: Has a "Spouzer" (Totally not a Scouter), which he uses to measure the Power Levels of the group, so they can split their battle power evenly. In true Dragon Ball fashion, it ends up exploding.
- Turtle Power: Supposedly a humanoid turtle, but he and the other Ryugujo inhabitants look more like humans wearing turtle shells.
The leader of the Renho
, a notorious Amanto mercenary clan (That all resemble Elizabeth), which seeks to take over Earth. His true identity is that of Sagi, the central system of the Renho mother ship.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the villain of the Renho arc.
- Artificial Renho: He's completely robotic.
- Brain in a Jar: As Sagi, this is how he actually looks like.
- Breath Weapon: Shoots powerful laser beams out of his mouth.
- Captain Ersatz: A deliberate parody of Darth Vader.
- Healing Factor: A robotic variation. He will self-repair if severely damaged, as seen when Katsura cuts him in half.
- The Quiet One: Even had it enforced as a rule for the Renho and doesn't even speak himself. However, as soon as he becomes voiced, he hams it up.
- Talking with Signs: Established it as a rule among the Renho and employs it himself. Of course, when he begins speaking for real, he drops it.
- Vader Breath: Comes with being a parody of Darth Vader.
Fumiko is one of the Renho mercenary clan. She rebels against Dark Vader and the Renho to stop their invasion of Earth.
The father of Kagura and Kamui, he's another of the last members of the Yato Clan. He travels the galaxy as a famous alien hunter. Like all Yato, he fights using an umbrella. He is one of the few characters able to overpower Kagura. He first appears when aliens go berserk in Edo, and he uses the opportunity to take Kagura away with him, despite her desire to stay with the Yorozuya. He relents after fighting an especially powerful alien off together with Gintoki.
He's appeared rarely afterwards, first via a letter, warning Kagura about Sadaharu, and then via his own day in the spotlight
. He appears again after Gintoki defeats Hosen, warning him about Kamui, who now wants to fight Gintoki himself.
A popular Idol Singer
popularly called Otsu, who's sung multiple hit singles with surprisingly foul lyrics ("Where the hell is your mother from?"). When she started her singing career on the streets, Shinpachi was the first to cheer her on, and he's continued doing so as the leader of her fan club ever since.
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), David Wald (EN, movie)
The swordmaster who taught Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi everything they know. He was unjustly accused of trying to raise an army and executed by the government, in return for saving his students' lives.
- Decapitation Presentation: Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi learned of his execution when they received his head.
- Disappeared Adoptive Dad
- Face Death with Dignity: While his death isn't immediately afterwards, last he's seen alive he allows himself to be taken by the Naraku while making his promise to Gintoki.
- The Faceless: His eyes aren't shown until a flashback in the Courtesan of a Nation Arc, which showed him to look either like a long haired and gentle version of Sougo, or a white haired version of Katsura.
- Historical-Domain Character: Loosely based on the historical Yoshida Shoin.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long-haired? Check. Boyish good looks? Check.
- The Mentor: To Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi.
- The Obi-Wan: Considering how he taught Gintoki, Katsura, and Takasugi everything they know about the path of bushido and the amount of respect those three still have for him in return, Shoyo-sensei definitely qualifies despite appearing only in brief flashbacks.
- Off with His Head!: The Bakufu ordered him executed and had his head cut off.
- Posthumous Character: He's dead in the present time of the series, but we learn of him through flashbacks and accounts from other characters.
Voiced by: Kouichi Sakaguchi (JP), Andrew Love (EN, movie)
An Amanto prince that regularly visits Edo. He likes collecting unique and dangerous animal/alien species and when there is a Monster of the Week
episode, he's usually the one at fault.
He really has little idea of how repulsive the rest of the characters find him.
Voiced by: Toshitaka Hirano
Prince Hata's not particularly loyal and brave butler — while he's quite eager to please the prince, he will not hesitate to throw him under a bus to save his own life.
- Butt Monkey: Like his boss.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Used to be a recurring Butt Monkey alongside the prince, but just like him he stopped making appearances in the manga, though he also made a brief appearance in the anime's episode 252.
- Dirty Coward: Will gladly offer up the prince to save his own hide.
- Jerkass: He's rude and constantly insults everybody, including the prince.
- Never My Fault: While he previously chastised some assistants on the possibility of breaking glass cages containing rare aliens, he quickly tries to shift away blame when he himself breaks one of them.
Sogo's older sister, who raised him after their parents died. She and Hijikata fell in love with each other, but Hijikata rejected her because he believed his dangerous lifestyle would end up leaving her alone and unhappy.
The last android built by Professor Ryuzan Hayashi, who also built Tama, before his death. He initially works under Professor Meguro after Ryuzan’s death, but quickly betrays him to fulfill his own plans. It is quickly revealed that transferred his personality data and memories over to this android, essentially making him the Professor.
- Arc Villain: Of the Fuyo arc.
- Artificial Human: The last of Professor Hayashi's androids.
- Badass Longcoat: Sports a red one after betraying Meguro.
- The Dragon: Initially looks to be one to Professor Meguro, but very quickly takes over the Arc Villain role.
- Faking the Dead: Meguro thought he’d killed Ryuzan, but as it turned out he was in his new android body, who got up after the attempt and then used the news of his death to his advantage.
- From a Single Cell: A variation. He claims that as long as his central processor is intact his body will repair itself and that said processor is tinier than a single micron. Gintoki gets through this by shoving him in the way of the beam of energy under the Terminal.
- Healing Factor: His body will always repair itself so long as his central processor is safe.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Sort of. As a human Ryuzan Hayashi was desperate to avoid loneliness, causing him to create androids as company for both himself and his sick daughter. Unfortunately he ended up killing her when he tried to transfer her personality data over into Tama.
- Kick the Dog: Ordering the employees of the Hayashi Research Institute to be crushed to death.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Screams it out to Tama as his last words before being destroyed completely.
- The Starscream: Betrays his apparent master Meguro and takes over in his stead.
- The Stoic: More than justified by being an android.
- Waistcoat of Style: Wore one initially but then adds a red longcoat on top of it after betraying his master.
A rogue member of the Ikeda Clan, which comprise a long line of sword testers and executioners for the Bakufu. She is on the run for supposedly murdering the clan’s former head, who had previously adopted her. She grew up and bonded with her adoptive brother, who would eventually take on the position as the clan’s head and the name Yaemon. It's quickly revealed that the former head had aided a number of criminals to escape because he believed them to be innocent. The matter was handled within the clan, allowing him to commit seppuku
with Asaemon as his second. She takes over the clan and the name of Yaemon at the end of the Shinigami Arc.
- Abusive Parents: Her real father was a Dirty Coward who hit her and tried to sell her to the Hitotsubashi in exchange for his own life.
- Achilles' Heel: The Ikeda style of swordsmanship is mainly used for the sake of quick and painless executions. While it's very effective in combat, the style has a critical weakness in that the user is left open after an attack, which can be exploited by making the user waste their attack.
- Action Girl
- The Atoner
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Yaemon’s Cain.
- Cool Mask: Shaped like a skull.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's an executioner wearing black clothes along with a creepy skull mask, but has a kind heart.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Towards her brother Yaemon when she finds out he sold her and Gintoki out to the Hitotsubashi.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her left sock is much longer than her right, and she wears an armwarmer on her left arm.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She met Gintoki when she was a child when he appeared before the Hitotsubashi in an attempt to get them to spare the people her father sold out, including herself.
- Happily Adopted: By the former head of the Ikeda Clan, though it didn't end happily.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her style of swordsmanship involves quickly drawing, slashing and then sheathing the sword again in the blink of an eye.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Most swordsmen in the series get some improbable feats, but she and her brother Yaemon take it to another level with the special techniques of the Ikeda Clan, which allows them to cut things in a way so they either stay attached or can be easily reattached. The primary use of the technique lies in executing criminals without letting their heads fall off, letting them die with some semblance of dignity.
- In the Hood: While she mostly keeps it down, she wears a hooded cloak.
- Legacy Character: Invoked, Yaemon hands over his name and leadership of the Ikeda Clan to Asaemon, as it is tradition for every head of the clan to bear the name.
- That Man Is Dead: Declares Asaemon to be dead and executed after taking on the name Yaemon and leadership of the Ikeda Clan. To symbolize this she cuts her skull mask in half.
- Zettai Ryouiki: One leg only.
A captain of the Chidori Space Pirates, which was in the past an organization rivaling the Harusame. He used to supervise the Governor-General’s daughter and had plans to shape and rule beside her. Too bad for him he encountered Sakamoto, who ended up taking both the daughter and his fleet, turning them into the Kaientai. With the Chidori now a broken shadow of its former strength, the Captain seeks revenge against the people that stole his fleet and ruined his ambitions.
- The Chew Toy: He’s constantly puked on, injured and treated with virtually no respect from anybody but his crew.
- The Faceless: His face is almost constantly obscured; whether it be by smoke, puke or bandages. The above image is the closest look you’ll get of his face.
- No Name Given: Whatever his name is, nobody mentions it.
- The Remnant: Leads one of the few remaining cells of the Chidori Space Pirates, which once rivaled the Harusame.
- Space Pirate: In particular, he dealt in slave trade.
- The Starscream: Planned to usurp Mutsu as the Governor-General with her father dead.
A famous thief, known for stealing from criminal organisations and exposing their crimes, while the money is used to buy bananas to the poor. While he had seemingly retired for a while, he returns for a time in order to find a successor and sets his eyes on Kondo.
As it turns out, the two already share history: The famous thief was once the chief priest of a shrine dedicated to the monkey god Sarugami. For a time, Kondo attended the temple school where he taught, going from a troublemaker and a thief to a diligent and kind boy. The shrine was burned down in an incident with loan sharks and since then, Kondo never returned and the chief priest turned into the thief Kozo Etekichi.
- Animal Motifs: Definitely monkeys. His given name as a thief (Etekichi Kozou) can be translated as “Lucky Monkey Boy”, he’s the chief priest of a shrine dedicated to a monkey god, and he hands out bananas to the poor.
- Cool Old Guy: He might be too old for it, but he still goes out of his way to expose the real criminals and gives out food to the poor.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a proud smile, while holding hands with his student Kondo.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Takes the money he steals from criminals and buys bananas, which he then distributes to the poor.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Kondo’s old teacher and appropriately, he ends up dying while sharing a heartfelt moment with his student.
- Stealth Clothes: Appropriately for a thief in the setting. Surprisingly for the trope, he’s actually competent.
Head of the Momochi clan and one of three great leaders of the Iga ninja clans alongside Zenzo Hattori and Gaimon Fujibayashi.
- Ninja Maid: Disguised as a maid that carts around the supposed Momochi, which is actually her puppet and also serves as a decoy.
- Puppet Fighter: Fights using the puppet in the wheelchair she carts around. Said puppet is multi-purpose, armed with cannons and blades, but also quite capable of making tea or serving as a toilet.
- Reverse Mole: Pretends to ally with Gaimon and the Kiheitai in order to smuggle the shogun away to safety, before betraying them.
- The Stoic: She’s calm and reserved, with little deviation in facial expression.
- Variable-Length Chain: Chains are among her puppet's arsenal, which she uses to catch and restrain her foes.
- Wave Motion Gun: The puppet that she poses as herself has one built into it, which she blasts Gaimon with.
Head of the Fujibayashi clan and one of the three great leaders of the Iga ninja clans alongside Zenzo Hattori and Rappa Momochi.
- An Arm and a Leg: Hijikata cuts off one of his leg in a surprise attack. He still attempts a shot at the Shogun despite it.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They’re massive and bushy.
- Evil Old Folks: Seems rather elderly, but has by no means any noble intentions.
- Fast Tunnelling: A master of digging through the ground to reach and surprise his foes, even getting the drop at Kagura and almost getting a shot at the Shogun.
- Large and in Charge: He’s a huge, yeti-like man, yet also leads one of the great Iga ninja clans.
- Oh Crap: In addition to losing his leg, he’s beyond shocked to learn that the Shogun faked his death and is disguised among Momochi’s ninjas.
- The Quisling: Betrays Iga to let the Yato in and wreck havoc in the region, all for a chance to ally with them and earn him a place in the new world after destroying the Bakufu.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Loses his leg in the very same chapter he’s introduced and is seemingly killed in the next.