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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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Pretty much every appearance by her pushes the poor broadcasting regulations to their limits.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- 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 originally from the 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
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Distaff Counterpart: Katsura considers her his due to both of them being The Comically Serious.
- Eyepatch of Power
- 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.
The leader of the Hyakka
(Hundred Blooms), Yoshiwara's law-enforcement squad which consists solely of women
, deployed by the King of the Night, Hosen. A competent Action Girl
, she is also known as the "Courtesan of Death", which means she doesn't serve as an actual courtesan, rather she protects them from unsavory patrons and general aggression. She scarred her own face to display her refusal of classic femininity. Her loyalty and home lies with Hinowa who looked after her when she was a child.
Despite initially appearing to be Hosen's loyal enforcer
, she is quick to defect and become allies with the Yorozuya when they try to reunite Seita with Hinowa. Starting out she was cold and reserved, but the Yorozuya were able to make her open up to others, for which she thanks them. She also appears to have developed a crush on Gintoki, but remains firmly in denial of her own feelings.
- Action Girl: One of the most active and accomplished female fighters among the supporting cast.
- A Mother to Her Women: And how! She harbored prostitutes who were cast out (and consequently marked for execution) for not being able to attract customers anymore or for trying to escape and gave them a home as members of the Hyakka. She also staunchly refuses to harm any of them, even if they're at the moment trying to kill her.
- The Atoner: In her first appearance, where she carries the weight of all the terrible things she's done under Hosen. She thus tries to make up for it by sacrificing herself against the Hyakka to buy the Yorozuya time. She manages to get over it when the Hyakka convince her she has nothing to atone for.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Turns into a tall and very handsome man in the Gender Bender Arc. She even gets a personality change into a Handsome Lech to go along with it.
- Badass: Established right off the bat by disposing of a bunch of samurai harassing courtesans in her first appearance, and keeps on going from there.
- Badass Boast: Delivers one to the Shogun's palace guards on behalf of herself, Kagura and Nobume.
"Show that you can stop the women you sneer at. Show that you can defend the castle built upon the tears of those women. Since you've forgotten about them, we'll have to remind you! These women have come to topple a country!"
- Badass in Distress: In the Red Spider Arc, where she gets captured by Jiraia and Forced to Watch as he burns down Yoshiwara. She ends up being the one to kill him after she is freed by Gintoki though.
- Broken Bird: Her troubled past, both her growing up in Yoshiwara and what happened with her mentor, left her emotionally scarred.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: At one point, Tsukuyo wanted Gintoki to touch her chest, as she didn't want to be treated as a woman. Unfortunately, when Gintoki falls face-first onto her chest (and feels them for good measure), she realizes that she doesn't want any of it. Cue Armor Piercing Suplex.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: You want hilarity? Give Tsukuyo some alcohol. Any will do, including one piece of brandy-filled chocolate.
- Combat Stilettos: She wears high-heeled boots despite her chosen profession and seems to have little problem fighting in them.
- The Comically Serious: Tsukuyo's still somewhat unfamiliar with the world above ground, which causes her to be dragged into stupid or funny situations while remaining completely serious, though she occasionally laments her own participation.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as one for Seita. He even calls her "Tsukuyo-nee".
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dressed in all black and is called the "Courtesan of Death", yet is arguably one of the most kind-hearted and selfless characters in the series.
- Death Faked for You: Highly experienced in this field, having faked the deaths of prostitutes otherwise marked for death before hiding them in Hyakka and also does it for the Yoruzuya and Seita in their first encounter.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially cold and reserved, but meeting Gintoki and his friends made her unveil the kind and considerate woman she is inside.
- Detached Sleeve: Wears a tight one on her right arm in place of her kimono's missing sleeve.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Along with Gintoki and Nobume, she disguises herself as a member of the Naraku to sneak aboard Sadasada's escape vessel and ambush him.
- Drunken Master: Goes on a rampage whenever she drinks just a drop of alcohol.
- Dual Wielding: Almost always wields two weapons in her hands when she goes into melee, be it her kunai or her tanto.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her kimono is slitted on one side and is missing the right sleeve, in place of which she wears a long detached tight sleeve.
- Flechette Storm: Her signature combat technique is throwing tons of kunai at her foes. While the other ninjas in the series also make use of it, none of them apart from Jiraia really uses it as much as she does.
- Forced to Watch: Jiraia gives her a front row seat to Yoshiwara's destruction by tying her up in a spider's web with full view of the burning town.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She's initially introduced as an antagonist, for which the scar seems fitting, but it's very quickly subverted as she defects to aid the Yorozuya. Despite how it looks, it doesn't hinder her appearance and many characters have commented on how beautiful she is.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She smokes a kiseru, which is a long Japanese pipe. This along with her scar and introduction initially marks her as an exotic and dangerous villain, but like the scar it also gets subverted as she defects to help the Yorozuya.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a pair of mini-kunai on either side of her hair. One has to wonder how they stay there...
- Hypocritical Humor: Chastises Gintoki for being a bad drunk and destroying a bar, conveniently forgetting what her own comedic quirk is. Sa-chan even calls her out on it and mentions she helped him destroy the aforementioned bar.
- Important Haircut: The second movie features Tsukuyo's Bad Future self wearing her hair loose and shorter.
- In-Series Nickname: "Tsukki", which is first coined by Kagura, but also used frequently by Sa-chan.
- In Vino Veritas: Goes from aloof to a violent psycho when drunk.
- Knife Nut: Apart from Flechette Storm, she uses two tanto when pressed to fight hand-to-hand.
- Knife Outline: People who piss her off enough sometimes receive this treatment one way or another, though in Gintoki's case she prefers to just throw a kunai at his head instead.
- Lady of War: Despite her rejection of classic femininity at her master's request, she still carries herself with a feminine grace in combat.
- Love Potion: Becomes the victim of one via an incense that causes her to fall in love with the first person she lays her eyes upon. This happens to be Gintoki... who was peeing in front of her.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after the Shinto moon god Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto and the first kanji of her name literally means moon. As the protector who watches over the town at night, Tsukuyo is considered the Moon of Yoshiwara just as Hinowa is considered the Sun of Yoshiwara.
- Ninja: As a Hyakka, Tsukuyo utilizes the skills and tools of a ninja.
- Not so Above It All: Generally tries to remain aloof and act above the stupidity of the rest of the cast, but sometimes she too gets dragged into the stupidity. When teaching history to Seita with Gintoki, she ends up using gorillas and modern technology to teach him about the Sengoku period after having previously gotten angry at Gintoki for doing exactly that. The same chapter also has her asking for a volume of "Nushi ni Todoke" (A shoujo manga) to read at the end after Hinowa salvaged the situation, despite even earlier having put a kunai in Gintoki's head for trying to read a shonen manga with Seita instead.
- Orphan's Ordeal: She was sold as an apprentice courtesan while still a young child, but her rebellious nature often got her into trouble until Hinowa came along to take care of her. In order to be able to protect her she then got tutored by Jiraia, but seemingly lost him in a fire.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: Don't grope her, like Gintoki accidentally does, unless you want to be suplexed into the ground.
- Pink Means Feminine: In the Bad Future shown by the second movie, she wears a pink haori over her regular clothes, which seems to accompany a more relaxed and feminine attitude.
- Red Baron: Also known as the "Courtesan of Death".
- Reverse Grip: Her preferred way of holding her tanto in melee combat.
- Rugged Scar: Tsukuyo's scar helps show her to be a badass Action Girl right off the bat.
- Running Gag: Gintoki can't seem to dodge kunai around her; they usually end up in his head.
- Sarashi: Wears a sarashi with her kimono's right sleeve hanging off to the side during her time as part of the Diamond Perfume backing band in the HDZ48 arc.
- Scars Are Forever: She scarred herself with a knife as a child as part of her rejection of the life of a courtesan.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Not a ponytail, but her hair comes loose during her stand against her own Hyakka.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes her pipe with quite a bit of style.
- Straight Man: Occasionally plays the role in response to Gintoki's stupidity or Ayame's antics.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's normally somewhat aloof and reserved, but she's friendly enough to those she knows (Especially after her defrosting) and often goes out of her way to help people, regardless of cost to herself.
- Tsundere: A mild example, and only towards Gintoki, who is quite good at invoking her anger. Her feelings for him are also quite obvious, but she denies it whenever it's suggested, as seen when she denies buying chocolate for him for Valentine's Day.
Tsukuyo: "I only bought this chocolate because I was ordered to, not because I wanted to..."
- Undying Loyalty: As she says herself, her only loyalty is to Hinowa, no matter what.
- Verbal Tic: Not in the strictest sense of the term, but the manner in which she speaks is based off of oiran speech, which makes sense given her position in Yoshiwara.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Hangs out a lot with Ayame Sarutobi despite the two often bickering with each other.
- When She Smiles: It's rare for her to give a completely heartfelt smile, but when she does it's really touching.
- Wingding Eyes: Her eyes briefly turn into Heart Symbols after being affected by a Love Potion, before turning into a pair of golden balls. Yes, as in those kinds of balls.
- Workaholic: Extremely dedicated to her job as Yoshiwara's guardian, to the point where Hinowa has to trick her into working as a courtesan for a night to get her to relax a little.
- You Shall Not Pass: Stands alone against her own Hyakka to give the Yorozuya time to get to Seita and Hinowa in her first arc. She ends up convincing them to rebel against Hosen with her.
The highest ranked courtesan in Yoshiwara and Seita's mother, Hinowa is a close friend to Tsukuyo and the object of Hosen's "affection". She took care of little Tsukuyo when she was sold as an apprentice courtesan. Hinowa once tried to escape Yoshiwara with Seita shortly after his birth but Hosen, who was already obsessed with her
, wouldn't have any of it and caught up to her. He had her heel tendons sliced up so she couldn't walk anymore as punishment for having dared to run away from him. It is also revealed that Hinowa adopted Seita after his actual mother died giving birth to him.
- All-Loving Hero: To the point where she even comforts Hosen and stays by his side as he dies, despite being the cause of everything bad in her life.
- Cool Big Sis: To Tsukuyo when the latter was still a little girl.
- Distressed Damsel: Justified. Hinowa is wheelchair-bound so she can't help herself.
- Good Samaritan: Used to feed Tsukuyo, and other children like her, at the risk of getting punished.
- The Heart: Everyone wants to protect Hinowa in Yoshiwara.
- High-Class Call Girl: Pror to Hosen slicing up her heel tendons she was the highest ranking courtesan in Yoshiwara.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- Jerkass Façade: Hinowa puts one up when Seita gets to her so as to avoid him suffering over her condition.
- Lust Object: For Hosen.
- Meaningful Name: The first kanji in her name can mean both 'day' and 'sun', which is fitting seeing how she is considered the Sun of Yoshiwara.
- The Pollyanna: Never loses her good mood, even in the direst conditions. Only exception was when she rejected Seita in order to not have him fall under Hosen's sway... or worse.
- Plucky Girl: Dignified and determined, even when facing a group of Mooks who could kill her in a heartbeat.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hinowa has become the de facto leader of Yoshiwara following its liberation.
- Shipper on Deck: Appears to ship Tsukuyo together with Gintoki, having tricked the two into a (ultimately disastrous) sort of date and constantly teasing Tsukuyo about her crush on him.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She would fit the role to a "T" if she wasn't a courtesan.
Seita is a young Street Urchin
who tries to survive on his own after his caretaker died. He lives by pilfering bypassers' money in the streets of Kabukicho so he can save enough money to meet his mother Hinowa, the highest ranked courtesan in Yoshiwara.
He tries to steal from Gintoki but gets outdone by him and eventually agrees to work for Otose to get the money he needs. The Yorozuya end up taking on Yoshiwara's ruler Hosen to reunite him with Hinowa. It is revealed that his actual mother died giving birth to him and that Hinowa adopted him as she was forbidden to carry a child herself.
Called the King of the Night, Hosen is the ruler of Yoshiwara and a high official within the Harusame Space Pirates. He also once ruled over the Yato clan as well. He is of comparable strength to Umibozu, the most powerful alien hunter in the universe and one of the few Yato who opposed Hosen's rule. He founded the 7th Division of the Harusame, composed entirely of Yato, of which Kamui later would become the youngest leader after Hosen stepped down to live out his retirement in Yoshiwara.
- Achilles' Heel: Like all Yato, direct exposure to the sun can be lethal to him, especially since he has been underground for so long. This weakness ends up being his demise against Gintoki.
- Arc Villain: Of the Yoshiwara Arc.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Ruled over the Yato as King of the Night by virtue of being the strongest among them. Only Umibozu was able to challenge his rule.
- Badass: He is so badass even his fellow Yato feared him. He also fought Umibozu for THREE DAYS; the reason they stopped was because Umibouzu had to go to the bathroom.
- Badass Grandpa: Old and retired, but still just about one of the strongest villains Gintoki has ever fought in the series.
- Retired Badass: He treats Yoshiwara as his own private little retirement home, which Kamui is immensely disappointed in, but he's still quite capable of turning people into blood smears on the wall.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: His fight with Kamui shows him to be quite the capable hand-to-hand fighter without his umbrella.
- Battle Strip: Discards the top of his robe before he fights Kamui and later on Gintoki.
- BFS: The other Yato Clan members wield relatively small umbrellas, but Hosen wields one bigger than himself!
- Blood Knight
- Dirty Old Man: A villainous example and not played for laughs. Both Kamui and Gintoki call him out on it.
- Evil Gloating: Gloats right in Gintoki's face about the weakness of the samurai and the futility of his efforts to stop him while slowly crushing his head against a wall.
- Evil Old Folks
- Eye Scream: Gintoki stabs out his right eye with Tsukuyo's pipe.
- Face Palm of Doom: Grabs Gintoki's face and crushes it against a wall, all the while taunting him. Gintoki retaliates by stabbing out his right eye.
- Healing Factor: As a Yato Clan member he presumably has this, but apart from the minor scratches he received against Kamui having healed by the time he faces Gintoki, he doesn't get the chance to show it.
- If I Can't Have You: Towards Hinowa.
- Kick the Dog: Slicing up Hinowa's heel tendons so she couldn't walk anymore as punishment for having dared to run away from Yoshiwara.
- Large and in Charge
- Lightning Bruiser: He's big, insanely strong and deceptively fast. Combine that with his huge weapon and it's no wonder Gintoki, Tsukuyo and the Hyakka could barely take him on.
- Lodged Blade Recycling: Tsukuyo and the Hyakka unleash a huge barrage of kunai against him. Of those kunai, he pulls out three and throws them back at Tsukuyo, though Gintoki pushes her out of the way.
- Lonely at the Top: Despite his alleged ruthlessness and his love for battle, at the twilight of his life he realizes that his lifestyle only brought him emptiness and longing.
- Love Makes You Evil: He even acknowledges it before he dies.
- One-Man Army: Effortlessly fends off Gintoki and the Hyakka on his own with little more than scratches to show for it.
- Parasol of Pain: As with all Yato he wields one and his is notably huge.
- Super Strength
- Villainous Widow's Peak
- Weapon Tombstone: His giant umbrella is used to mark his grave.
- World's Strongest Man: Along with Umibozu.
- Would Hit a Girl: He sure as hell would. He would even kill her if he deemed it necessary.
- Would Hurt a Child: While he was initially willing to let Seita go, he does express his intent to kill him when he refuses to leave.
Voiced by: Yara Yuusaku
A drug mobster who starts to set his views on Yoshiwara after its liberation.
He's actually a rogue member of the Oniwabanshū and Tsukuyo's long gone master who came back to meet his pupil and see if she had become the woman he wanted her to be. Disapproving of her beginning to bond with and rely on other people, he captures Tsukuyo and tries to maim her so she can leave behind everything that could make her a regular woman.
- Animal Motifs: The spider motifs are all over this guy. He is called "Jiraia the Spider" and fights by spinning threads all around the area, using it to jump from thread to thread and execute brutal hit-and-run attacks on his foes. He also frequently compares himself to an unusual spider with his philosophy of "feeding" the prey caught in his web, either by training them or gaining their trust, before finally killing his prey when they are ready. He even ties up Tsukuyo in a spider's web to witness Yoshiwara's destruction.
- Anti-Villain: Type II.
- Arc Villain: Of the Red Spider Arc.
- The Atoner
- Backstab Backfire: A variation. He gets up after his defeat at Gintoki's hands and tries to kill him when his back is turned, only for Tsukuyo to kill him with a kunai to the neck.
- Battle Strip: Literally jumps out of his robes when he prepares to fight Gintoki for a second time.
- Broken Pedestal: To Tsukuyo. She even stops calling him by his master title after being captured by him, though she uses it again when she learns of his backstory.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cynicism Catalyst: Initially the death of his family, but his sister's suicide is what really drove him off the edge.
- Death Seeker: His ultimate goal was to die at the hands of his pupil to atone for failing to save his sister.
- Declaration of Protection: Originally to Tsukuyo, then to what he wanted her to become.
- Evil Mentor: For Tsukuyo.
- Facial Horror: Due to him burning his face off.
- Faking the Dead: He was thought to have died in a fire for a long time.
- Flechette Storm
- Go Out with a Smile
- I Have Many Names: How he eludes the Hyakka and the government. Even Jiraia is not his real name. It's Danzo Tobita.
- Leitmotif: "It's Bad Luck to See a Spider at Night"
- Kick the Dog: Almost kills Gintoki and tries to burn down Yoshiwara just to piss off Tsukuyo.
- Master of Disguise: Thanks to having burned his face off, he's capable of replacing it with fake ones to work undercover.
- Neck Lift: Chokes and lifts up Tsukuyo while lecturing her about her failures.
- One-Man Army: When the Oniwabanshū was on the verge of splitting due to divided opinions on the Amanto invasion, he alone was sent to wipe out the faction clamoring for resistance against the Amanto and succeeded. He also subjugated all of the many gangs now working for him all on his own.
- Playing with Fire: Via his threads, letting him set Yoshiwara on fire from a distance.
- Psychotic Smirk
- Razor Floss: His threads have been shown to be capable of being used to this effect.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives several to Tsukuyo throughout his arc about how weak she is for relying on other people and not living up to his expectations.
- Tragic Villain
- Two-Faced: Though the unburned half is actually just the part of his mask he didn't remove from his face.
- Villainous Breakdown: Goes through one when he realizes that despite everything he has lost and sacrificed in order to be strong, Gintoki was still able to beat him.
- Would Hit a Girl: And willing to flay the skin off her face for that matter.
Voiced by: Teiyu Ichiryusai (Old), Yumi Uchiyama (Young)
A formerly legendary courtesan who was known as the highest ranking in Yoshiwara in her youth. She was also a favorite of the former Shogun, Sadasada Tokugawa.
She once made a promise to leave Yoshiwara with her loved one, who never returned to her. Learning of the promise, Gintoki and Tsukuyo set out to reunite her with her lover. While they initially presumed Sadasada was her lover, it is revealed that he only used her to lure his rivals to their deaths. Her lover actually turns out to be Sadasada's retainer, Maizo, whose promise to Suzuran had been found out by Sadasada, causing him to prevent Maizo from meeting Suzuran on the pain of death for both of them.
Onmyoji and Shikigami
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
- 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.
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: 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
- Plucky Girl
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.