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Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Matt Ellis (series), Illich Guardiola (movie) (EN), Emilio García (Spain)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: People often call him "Zura", but he always corrects them that it's "Katsura". It's later revealed in chapter 564 that "Zura", for him, is personal (as it can be read as "friend"), because he can rely on Gintoki and Takasugi as both a friend and a general, so when he declares "Katsura ja nai. Zura da!" while fighting Shoukaku, he finally embraces it.
- Alliterative Name: Kotaro Katsura.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Invoked as Zurako when he is forced into drag with Gintoki by Saigo.
- If Katsura had been involved in Gender Bender Arc, he might become an actual Zurako.
- Badass Long Robe: Clad most of the time in a blue kimono, and fights quite effectively while wearing it.
- Biseinen: Comes with his voice actor.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: At least initially. His Cartoon Bombs are still indicative of his scatterbrained nature.
- Brick Joke: Katsura finally embraces being called "Zura" in the tail end of chapter 563.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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 myriad variations such as: "I'm not Zura, I'm Captain 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.", and "It's not rap, it's Katsu-rap, yo!". Episode 176 has an incomplete list of this, at the time of its airing.
- When he believed his role was taken over by Kyuubei, his new catch phrase was "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. Shown really well in the final arc where he finds out that not only is Elizabeth an alien but also the rightful king of an amanto kingdom, and he still accepts him as family.
- 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 has 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 Girl: A Rare Male Example. 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" 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: While Katsura does value personal honor, he doesn't care about fighting fairly and will freely use bombs to win a fight.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cuteness Proximity: Has a weakness for cute animals and will often be overcome with a desire to pet them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was an orphan (he lost his parents to an illness and his grandmother followed suit not long after them) and had to learn to survive on his own with the ideal of becoming a strong "coward" samurai to be able to protect his comrades. Eventually, together with Gintoki and Takasugi, he lost a war, and, more importantly, he also lost his teacher, Shoyo. He parted ways from them shortly after Shoyo's decapitation. While he didn't end up obsessed with his death as Takasugi or with apparent apathy as Gintoki, he seemed to be on peace with that, although he became a terrorist against the Bakufu.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may wanted to kill the Shogun, but he wouldn't do it when the Shogun was naked and had his dick out aiming at him. In fact, he insisted Kondo to protect him!
- Eyepatch of Power: Always wears an eyepatch 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.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates the Amantos, and claims they are "soiling" the country simply by living there.
- 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.
- 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.
- Historical-Domain Character: His historical counterpart is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kido_Takayoshi 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 for new anti-Bakufu terrorist's recruits...
- Let's Get Dangerous!: He takes after Gintoki in chapter 562.Katsura: Forgive me, Elizabeth. Everyone. As I am now, I have no chance of winning this fight. As a general of an organization, I cannot beat that thing. So I must go back. Not for the organization, nor my comrades. I will swing this sword for myself. As a lone samurai.
- 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 and as long as he is able to protect his comrades, 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.
- Meaningful Name: His "Zura" nickname can be read as "Friend" in Japanese. This is important during his childhood, because that way he became acknowledged by both Gintoki and Takasugi as both their general and a friend they both could truly rely on.
- Nice Hat: Often disguises himself as a monk, complete with a monk's straw hat.
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
After accidentally stepping on a kid's toy, disguised as a priest.Kid: "Hey, smelly priest!"
- 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:
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: Parodied. He was on standby the entire time.
- 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.
Voiced by: Shinji Takamatsu, Toru 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).
- Alternate Company Equivalent: A Japanese counterpart of Will E. Coyote of the Western Animation/Looney Tunes franchise. Considered both are well known for Talking with Signs.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Is Prince Hata's older brother with amnesia. He has left quite the trail of blood behind him. Still, Katsura accepts him as family when he finds out and allows him stay with him.
- Author Avatar: It has been revealed that underneath the costume is the director, although this is obviously a non-canon 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.
- Irony: He's part of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. He is a foreigner himself
- Long-Lost Relative: As mentioned in Put on a Bus bellow are there many different Elizabeths doing shifts. It seems like the regular one is Prince Hata and Prince Barka's older brother Dragonia who seemingly died at age 5 in a war who was known for his long and huge chinko. He was saved by some renho. He later came to identify himself as one after befriending Katsura, priding himself as "Elizabeth of Earth".
- 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 (non-canonically, 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 Quiet One: It talks once in a while (emphasis on while), but usually, it just communicates through instant signboards.
- Rightful King Returns: Is the king Oukoku wants as he's the most fit with the hugest chinko and best leader skills to boot. But gives it to his younger brothers so he can stay with Katsura.
- The Rival: He strikes up a rivalry with the Shinsengumi's Saito Shimaru... because they have the same gimmick of talking with signboards.
- Significant Birth Date: Shares name and birthday with Elizabeth I. Foreshadowing him being the Rightful King of a kingdom.
- Talking with Signs: Always uses signboards to communicate. Well, except for the times he's the director...
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Katsura. Whom he is willing to give up his kingdom for.
- Weapon of Choice: Those signboards. Well, that, or the bazooka.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (JP), Andrew Francis (series), Chris Ayres (movie) (EN), César Díaz (Spain)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, but it makes it all better when he is badass.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's all laughs and smiles until he's angry. And when he's angry, he's furious, as shown when he demands the Chidori captain to give Mutsu back when he appears to have captured her.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: He's a good enough shot to shoot enemy guns out of their hands.
- 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.
- Career-Ending Injury: Batou of the Harusame cut up his right hand with a beam saber during the war, leaving him with a nasty scar and a hand that can no longer properly wield a sword.
- Chivalrous Pervert: A goofy variation of this.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sakamoto's mind is not of this world.
- Cool Shades: Always wears them in the present.
- 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: Manages to make his way in the world with a positive outlook despite his sheer idiocy.
- 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. Later explained by losing proper mobility in his right hand when Batou of the Harusame cut it up.
- 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?!"
- Retired Badass: After suffering a Career-Ending Injury during the War, Sakamoto has more or less retired from combat. While he's still a gunslinger, he looks for the peaceful solution as much as he can.
- Running Gag: Always refers to Gintoki as "Kintoki", which replaces the "silver" kanji with "gold" kanji. Much to Gintoki's annoyance.
- Snake Oil Salesman: A Professional trader, but he also has a habit of trading complete crap.
- 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.
- Uncle Pennybags: According to Gintoki, it was Sakamoto who managed to raise the funds to support their army during the Joi War.
- 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.
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Tabitha St. Germain (EN), Pepa Agudo (Spain)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 takes a long time, but the arc detailing her backstory finally shows off her fighting skills, revealing her to be one of the strongest female characters in the series.
- A Day in the Limelight: After more than 400 chapters since her introduction and never having been in the spotlight for long, we finally get an arc detailing who she is and where she comes from, starting with chapter 477.
- Balloon Belly: In chapter 599, she is shown to be as much of a Big Eater as Kagura and Kamui, complete with a full belly that disappears shortly after.
- 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.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: Like her boss, she's a good enough shot to blast enemy guns out of their hands.
- Combat Stilettos: Wore high-heeled boots into combat when she was younger.
- The Comically Serious: She's constantly serious and composed, so any time a comedic situation involves her, it's this.
- 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: In the anime at least, her eye color is the same as her hair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Prone to deadpan comments over somebody's antics, usually her boss.
- 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: Carries around a pistol as her weapon and is a good enough to blast guns out of the enemy's hands though.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Mutsu is so much more competent than her boss that she's effectively the one in charge, even when Sakamoto is on board.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She has a close friendship with Umibouzu, since he and her dad were old acquaintances, and he often worked as her bodyguard.
- Miser Advisor: In the anime she tricks Gintoki into getting less pay for a job—that is, finding her boss.
- Nice Hat: Wears a large straw hat all the time, only taking it off when invited at somebody's home. Its large size also serves to shield her from the sun, being a Yato and all.
- Not So Stoic: Tries to maintain a calm and serious appearance, but she occasionally flips on her boss in anger over his sheer stupidity.
- 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 Sakamoto. She always backs him up during his dealings and transactions or when they're fighting.
- The Stoic: Not an Ice Queen though. Just serious.
- Super Strength: She is later revealed to be a Yato with strength capable of stopping an escape vehicle dead in its tracks and is just as capable of punching a huge hole in it.
- 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), Kazuyuki Okitsu (JP, male), Ashleigh Ball (EN, series), Carli Mosier (EN, movie), Carolina Tak (Spain)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 falling off, leaving her blind.
- 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: Shows up to save Zenzou from being killed by the Kihetai.
- Blind Without 'Em: Her horrible eyesight often leads her into trouble when she loses her glasses, which is made even worse 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.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Sarutobi" means "flying monkey", and she's often called just "monkey" by people who don't like her.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears black gloves without fingers.
- 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: Unlike most ninja in the series, she actually prefers throwing only a few kunai at the time, but she's equally capable of throwing a huge barrage of kunai at once.
- Highly Visible Ninja: While she is a skilled ninja, her poetic declarations and tendency to lose her glasses prove an obstacle for her jobs.
- 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: Cracks her knuckles when she first appears by simply clenching her fists.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: A Rare Female Example. Her kinky antics are strictly Played for Laughs.
- Mad Love: Gintoki is not interested in her and lets her know this harshly, but she gladly enjoys the poor treatment and rejection and will never stop stalking him.
- Meganekko: A pretty girl with glasses, though unless your name is Gintoki she is anything but sweet and pleasant.
- Ms. Fanservice: Pretty much every appearance by her pushes the poor broadcasting regulations to their limits, especially when she shows up in SM gear or tied up in bondage.
- 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 a 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.
- Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Subverted. All of her antics are strictly Played for Laughs just as much as Kondo is.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Carries around some typical ninja gear, including kunai and caltrops.
- 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 Blue Hair: She has light purple hair.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP). Brent Miller (EN)A skilled ninja from the Oniwabanshū, acquainted with Ayame. He used to lead the organisation, but with it being disbanded, he takes what jobs he can get. He's a big fan of Weekly Shonen Jump, just like Gintoki—he and Gintoki once 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 hemorrhoids. Even more unfortunately, Ayame loves taking advantage of that fact...
- The Ace: Laziness aside, Zenzo is actually the strongest of the Oniwabanshu ninjas. In his first appearance he fought Gintoki to a standstill, has had several One-Man Army feats, and even successfully managed to smuggle the shogun out of his palace after an assassination attempt without anyone realizing.
- Animal Motifs: As a ninja, he compares himself to a cat, while the samurai are dogs. Where dogs are loyal to their owners like the samurai are to their masters, cats are only loyal as long as they are fed in the same way ninjas only serve someone as long as they are paid. Of course, he's a lot more loyal to the Shogun and his friends than his personal philosophy suggests.
- Ass Shove: Poor guy, always getting something stuck up his ass.
- Badass Boast: Makes a boast when he saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks.Zenzo: I'll show you how scary a real ninja can be. Pop out your eyes and watch carefully. My moves will be over in an instant. Zenzo Hattori of the Marishiten has come to play!
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a long blue coat as part of his more casual wear. Notable in that he wears it when he saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks and single-handedly takes them all down.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the Red Spider arc he shows up to save Hinowa when she is attacked by Jiraia's mooks.
- Blinding Bangs: His eyes are always covered by his air and never seen in the anime, though on occasion glimpsed in the manga. In recent dramatic moments, his blue eyes have shown themselves from behind the hair.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Similar to Gintoki in combat skill and in obsession with Jump. What's he doing when Jiraia beats Gintoki during the two's first encounter? Laying back on top of a nearby container, reading Jump, claiming he didn't see anything and that he wouldn't get involved, albeit with good reason, citing his father's own clash with Jiraia. Later in the arc he saves Hinowa from a large group of Jiraia's mooks, taking them all down off-screen.
- Butt Monkey: Despite his great skill, he has literally shitty luck as something always ends up getting stuck in his ass.
- Bystander Syndrome: Despite being nearby during Gintoki and Tsukuyo's first encounter with Jiraia, he stays out of the fight and just reads Jump on top of a container, leaving Gintoki to almost get killed and Tsukuyo to get captured. He does however save Gintoki's life by dragging him out of the water he fell into, before getting him to Yoshiwara for medical attention. He also later saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks.
- Combat Pragmatist: As a ninja, Zenzo doesn't care one bit about fighting fairly. Smoke bombs, feints and traps are just the tricks of the trade of his profession.
- Fake Defector: Pretends to defect to the Kiheitai by seemingly assassinating the Shogun, who was actually a Body Double.
- Flechette Storm: Makes his grand entrance to protect Hinowa with an absurdly large amount of thrown kunai.
- Has a Type: In his own words, he's not into pretty women and is more entranced by ugly ones. He was even attracted to the gender-bent Hijikata.
- In Harm's Way: A former employer of his mentions that he feels the most alive when he puts himself in danger. He also gets very excited at the prospect of fighting said former employer and his minions because Okuni had foreseen his death if he did so.
- I Have the High Ground: He does this a lot, including in the 9th anime opening. Probably comes with the territory.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He befriends the clairvoyant little girl Okuni.
- I Was Just Passing Through: His default excuse when he helps the Yorozuya is that he was simply nearby, always claiming that he doesn't want to get involved in any way, shape or form.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He jabs at people and pretends to not care one bit about other people, but will often get personally involved when they are in danger
- Literal Ass Kicking: Often the victim of this approach from Ayame.
- Mr. Exposition: During the Red Spider Arc he provides most of the information about Jiraia's past, letting the audience know just who he is and what his motives are.
- Ninja: He is a very skilled ninja and is regarded as the closest thing to a leader among them.
- One-Man Army: Singlehandedly defeats Jiraia's large gang of mooks in the Red Spider arc.
- Only in It for the Money: Claims to only have interest in the money he is hired with, but in certain cases he is perfectly willing to do the right thing without being paid for it.
- Pocket Protector: A shojo manga magazine saves his life when he protects Okuni from one of his former employers.
- Professional Killer: Just like Ayame, he works as an assassin.
- Punch Clock Villain: Briefly serves as an antagonist in the Go-Ninja Arc, but mainly because he just happened to have been hired by the magistrate. Though his earlier encounter with Gintoki where they fought over Jump made their confrontation in the same arc a bit... personal on Zenzo's side.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Averted. He's the scion of a very wealthy ninja family but he holds two jobs: an official one as a pizza guy (mostly a cover) and his real one as an assassin.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Like Sa-chan, he also wears a very long scarf all the time, and has no problem fighting while wearing it.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: He uses a wide variety of typical ninja weaponry in the series, including: Ninjato, kunai, smoke bombs, and flashbangs.
- Straight Man: He's even played straight man to Shinpachi.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: He and Gintoki often comment on how similar they are in tastes and personality.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite his insistence to the contrary, Zenzo is actually extremely loyal and devoted to the Shogun Shigeshige. Part of his loyalty comes from being Childhood Friends with him.
- Volleying Insults: Mostly with Gintoki, whenever a JUMP issue is involved.
Voiced by: Tomomichi NishimuraZenzo's father, who died shortly before actually setting foot in the series — though what appears to be his ghost sticks around for a moment to play kick-the-chan with Yorozuya. He was the previous leader of the Oniwabanshū, having retired after getting his leg injured while protecting the former Shogun. After retiring, he settled down to teach the next generation of Oniwabanshū; including Ayame Sarutobi and his own son Zenzo.
- Adult Child: He had a quite childish fascination with the game kick-the-can.
- Badass Grandpa: He was a very skilled ninja well into his old age.
- Body Double: Acted as one for former Shogun Sadasada, knowing that Jiraia would try to assassinate him.
- Career-Ending Injury: Jiraia injured his legs to such a degree he could no longer work as a ninja.
- Dirty Old Man: According to Zenzo, he sold all of his Jump magazines to buy a lot of porn DVDs.
- Dual Wielding: Wielded two short swords in his confrontation with Jiraia.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite his leg injury forcing him into retirement, he was still a quite capable ninja.
- Ninja: As the leader of the Oniwabanshu, he was a skilled ninja in his own right.
- No Name Given: We never hear his actual name; the most we know for sure is that his family name is Hattori.
- Posthumous Character: Apart from the one instance of his apparent ghost appearing to play kick-the-can with the Yorozuya, he's mostly explored through other characters and in flashbacks.
- Retired Badass: Retired at the time of his death, but seemingly still quite skilled.
- Reverse Grip: Held two short swords reversed in his hands when he faced Jiraia.
Voiced by: Satomi AraiA fellow member of the disbanded Oniwabanshū, and an acquaintance of both Sa-chan and Zenzo. She works as part of the Shinobi 5, a group of ninjas led by Zenzo which clashes with the Yorozuya at one point. Her daytime job is at a flower shop.
- Action Girl: She can handle herself just as well as Sa-chan.
- Improbable Weapon User: In her first appearance she throws roses as kunai.
- Ninja: Trained as a ninja alongside Zenzo and Sa-chan.
- Petal Power: One of her ninja techniques spreads out rose petals that paralyzes her foes.
- Punch Clock Villain: Like Zenzo, the main reason she fights Sa-chan and the Yorozuya in her first appearance is because she was hired by the magister that "kidnapped" Elizabeth.
- Something About a Rose: Carries around a rose, and even uses them as weapons.
People from Gintoki's past
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Simon Hayama (EN, series), 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.
- The Atoner: It is implied that he had a bloody past, which he tries to atone for by teaching children in the countryside. Later confirmed when it's revealed he was one of many Utsuro's selves, the leader of Naraku.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's strong enough to knock people straight down into the ground with a simple tap to the head.
- Decapitation Presentation: Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi learned of his execution when they received his head. Except not, Gintoki was the one forced to kill him. They just left the head behind for the three of them to look at afterwards.
- Disappeared Dad: He's effectively the closest thing to a father Gintoki's ever had and died before the start of the series.
- 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. When his time of death actually comes, he accepts it willingly to ensure his three students survive.
- 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.
- Heel–Face Turn: Had his moment in abandoning his past as one of many Utsuro's selves and changed to become a better person as a way to supress and resist his immortal identity in all possible means. This lasted until a grown up Gintoki was forced to execute him, which led him to come back to life as Utsuro again when the Naraku tried to burn his corpse.
- Historical-Domain Character: Loosely based on the historical Yoshida Shoin.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long-haired? Check. Boyish good looks? Check.
- The Mentor: 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. The person who did said deed? Gintoki, by way of a Sadistic Choice to kill either his own teacher or his friends. This later led to Shoyo coming back to life as Utsuro again after being burned on a pyre.
- Perpetual Smiler: Has a cheerful smile constantly plastered on his face.
- Posthumous Character: He's dead in the present time of the series, but we learn of him through flashbacks and accounts from other characters.
- Sadistic Choice: Gintoki was forced to choose between executing his master or allowing Katsura and Takasugi to die.
Voiced by: Kensho OnoThe phantom fifth man of Gintoki's comrades during the Joi War. A team player and supporter, he was so forgettable that even his friends forgot about him during the war. In fact, they even forgot he was left in the temple they lured the Bakufu forces into and blew up, since they were playing kick the can and he was counting. Remembering this event, they begin fearing Kurokono has returned to take his revenge on them at a reunion party he supposedly invited them to. When it proves to be a plot from the Kiheitai to take out Takasugi's former comrades, Kurokono himself shows up to stop them, proving the phantom fifth man is real and alive.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to save Katsura and Sakamoto from the Kiheitai.
- The Faceless: To enforce how people forget about him and can’t remember his face, his eyes are always obscured when his face is shown.
- Forgettable Character: Gintoki, Katsura and Sakamoto all completely forgot about him until the fake reunion planned by Henpeita. They had to go through a flashback to discover that he might actually have died. Not that he did anyway.
- The Generic Guy: Apparently seen as so generic and helpful that people forget about him completely.
- Homage: He is a complete Shout-Out to Kuroko no Basuke. Not only is his name in Japanese order Kurokono Tasuke, he has Kuroko's voice actor, is referred to as the phantom fifth man, and has a special talent for avoiding attention.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being pretty good in his own right, he is completely overshadowed by the feats of his friends. He is pretty content with helping them out from the shadows though.
- Remember the New Guy: Invoked and parodied; he suddenly gets introduced into the story as the fifth phantom member of Gintoki's war comrade, but Gintoki, Katsura, and Sakamoto all have a hard time remembering who exactly he is.
Onmyoji and Shikigami
Voiced by: Sayaka NaritaA 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.
- Arranged Marriage: She married Doman as part of a peace agreement between the Shirino Clan and Ketsuno Clan. Seimei got her to divorce Doman when he noticed how sad she was.
- But Not Too Foreign: According to Sorachi, the reason her real name is Crystal is because one of her parents was a foreigner.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She is a minor character for most of the series, but later ends up important in the Onmyoji arc, along with the fact she was once married and now divorced.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She names her dog Last of the Mohicans Night of the Living Dead McGuffin.
- Dissonant Serenity: She is almost always smiling, even while giving her Black Horoscopes.Today you die! Today your lucky color is red. So let's hide that blood-covered body with something red!
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Previously thought to be little more than a cutesy weather reporter, but when a shikigami comes crashing into Gintoki's house she reveals herself to be a rather badass onmyoji and destroys it.
- The Ojou: A nice, humble one.
- Onmyodo: It is revealed later in the series that she actually uses magic and fortunetelling to predict the weather with. Her skill at onmyodo is shown off by her instantly destroying a giant shikigami that crashed into the Yorozuya building.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always smiling and seemingly happy.
- Summon Magic: As an onmyoji she has a shikigami under her command that she is able to summon at will. Hers is the sadistic Cute Bruiser Gedomaru.
- Unfortunate Name: Ketsuno Ana = "ketsu no ana" = asshole.
Voiced by: Hikaru MidorikawaThe 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.
- The Ace: An immensely talented and super powerful onmyoji, well respected and looked up by almost everyone that knows him.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Blocks a shikigami's sword with a single hand after releasing his full power.
- Beam-O-War: Engages in a battle of magical blasts with Doman, his blue magic against Doman's red, which ends with him blasting Doman off the arena. The commentator even compares it to Dragon Ball!
- But Not Too Foreign: Like with his sister, one of their parents was a foreigner. The reason he has a Japanese name while she doesn't is because the head of the clan always takes on the name Seimei.
- Historical-Domain Character: Abe no Seimei probably. According to legend Abe no Seimei wasn't fully human, which fits with the Seimei not being fully Japanese in an odd way.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: His power is normally limited due to all the shikigami he has stationed around Edo, but in his fight with Doman he recalls every single shikigami to focus his power and utterly curb stomp him.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Tries it on Doman when Antenmaru takes over his body.
- Onmyodo: The most powerful onmyoji in the series.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Extremely powerful when he calls upon his full power.
- Playing with Fire: Countering Doman's boast of incinerating him with "an infinite number of flames", Seimei conjures 1562 flaming wards against Doman's measly 103 wards.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Doman's red oni, which is even reflected in the color of their spells.
- Sinister Surveillance: Strangely heroic example. He has shikigami stationed around the city to act as his eyes and relays the information they gather to the Bakufu.
- The Stoic: Calm and composed, except for when his sister is on tv.
- Straight Man: With Shinpachi briefly loses the role due to being forced into a Shikigami's costume, Seimei takes over the role by making exaggerated reactions to everybody's antics.
- Summon Magic: Able to call upon a lot of shikigami, though he generally only uses them to non-violent ends.
Voiced by: Ken NaritaHead 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, being overconfident in the superiority of his magic and eager to trample on his opponent's.
- Ass Shove: A frequent victim of butt-related abuse, with Gintoki smashing him down several times on Gedomaru's club. Not helping the problem, he also has hemorrhoids like Zenzo.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gets turned into a demonic giant when Antenmaru fully takes over his body.
- Beam-O-War: Engages in a battle of magical blasts with Seimei, his red magic against Seimei's blue, which ends with Doman being blasted off the arena. The commentator even compares it to Dragon Ball!
- Butt Monkey: Despite being the villain of the arc, he is treated with little in the way of respect and suffers a lot of physical abuse, especially to his ass.
- Demonic Possession: His body is possessed 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: He and Seimei were once close friends, but their clans' opposition to each other soured their relationship.
- Fighting from the Inside: Holds back Antenmaru after he takes over his body, allowing Gintoki to defeat him.
- Heel–Face Turn: Reforms at the end of the Onmyoji arc.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in that he actually survives.
- Historical-Domain Character: Probably Abe no Seimei's rival Ashiya Doman.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's certainly not bad on the eyes and has long hair to match.
- Onmyodo: He's actually a pretty decent onmyoji but compared to Seimei he just can't measure up.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his left eye.
- 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, but it's actually a sign that he's let Antenmaru's spirit into his body to increase his own power. The tattoo even glows red when he uses some of his dark magic.
- 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: Changes the weather through magic to contradict Ana Ketsuno's weather forecasts.
Voiced by: Ayako KawasumiA 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.
- Action Girl: She lays quite the smack down with that mace.
- Carry a Big Stick: She wields a giant tetsubo, a studded club used in Japanese warfare.
- Combat Pragmatist: She will act out a highly dramatic scenario where she's mourning her mother to get her enemies to drop their guard, allowing her to go in for an easy kill. Her teamwork with Gintoki also consists of them physically humiliating Doman before he can use his magic.
- Cute Bruiser: She might be small and looks cute, but she packs hell of a punch with that mace.
- Empty Eyes: Likely due to her shikigami nature.
- Horned Humanoid: Tiny little horns at that.
- Our Demons Are Different: An evil spirit turned into a shikigami by onmyoji.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: One of the shortest characters in the series, but also one of the physically strongest. She takes down huge shikigami several times her own size in her first appearance.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She's still an evil spirit after all.
- The Stoic: She has a mostly cold demeanor about her.
- Undying Loyalty: She's genuinely loyal to Ana Ketsuno, who treats her like a friend.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: She often carries her mace over the shoulder.
Voiced by: Kazuyuki IshikawaAn evil god who plagued the capital with eternal rain a thousand years ago. He was vanquished and sealed away by the two Mikado brothers from whom both the Ketsuno and Shirino Clans are descended. He eventually possessed the brother from which the Shirino clan is descended, after he had killed the Ketsuno brother, but was sealed away again by the other brother's son.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When he assumes direct control of Doman's body, he turns into a demonic giant.
- Breath Weapon: Shoots beams out of his mouth.
- Demonic Possession: He possessed the brother from which the Shirino clan is descended until he was killed by the son of the Ketsuno brother. In the present he also takes over Doman's body.
- Horned Humanoid: When he takes over Doman's body, he sprouts horns from the top of his head.
- Our Demons Are Different: One of the most powerful evil spirits.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Right there in his character image.
- Physical God: Explicitly referred to as an evil god.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed away through the efforts of the ancestors of the Ketsuno and Shirino Clans. In the present day, Doman breaks his seal and brings him into his body.
- Weather Manipulation: Calls forth huge storms with his very presence.
Voiced by: Maya OkamotoAne is a former miko shrine maiden in Edo. Together with her sister Mone, she used to tend a shrine where the Terminal now stands, said to be the location of the Dragon's Hole, where the chi of the Earth flows out. After losing the shrine, they could no longer care for both of their dog gods and left one of them with the Yorozuya, who named him Sadaharu. When Sadaharu later goes on a rampage because of being fed strawberry milk, the two sisters show up to help them bring him back to normal.Between the two sisters, Ane is the one who earns money for the both of them. She works as hostess in the Snack Smile Cabaret Club in Kabukicho, where she puts her natural talent at manipulating men to good use to wring money out of their pockets. As one of the top hostesses at the club, she gets into a rivalry with Tae.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being Tae's rival at the cabaret club, she never appears again in relation to the club after the Ryugujo arc, and Tae is often referred to as the top hostess.
- Forced Sleep: Uses a spell to cause all the reporters interrogating Gintoki and Shinpachi about Sadaharu's rampage to sleep.
- Gold Digger: Claims to have a sugar daddy who bought her a house. She also manipulates men at the cabaret club to wring money out of them.
- Miko: She is a former shrine maiden who had to move out with her sister because the Amanto built the Terminal on top of their shrine. She still wears miko clothes in her job as a hostess, manipulating people with a miko fetish into giving her money.
- Onmyodo: She's a miko capable of using ritual magic. Between the two sisters, she is the one primarily casting the spells, while Mone assists with her flute.
- The Rival: Tae's rival as a hostess, particularly after the manager threatens to fire which one scores the lowest. She later vanishes from the series, leaving Tae as the top hostess at the club.
Voiced by: Masako JouMone is a former miko shrine maiden together with her sister Ane. They used to tend a shrine where the Terminal now stands, said to be the location of the Dragon's Hole, where the chi of the Earth flows out. After losing the shrine, they could no longer care for both of their dog gods and left one of them with the Yorozuya, who named him Sadaharu. When Sadaharu later goes on a rampage because of being fed strawberry milk, the two sisters show up to help them bring him back to normal. Unlike her sister Ane, Mone usually stays at home, watching television and lounging around with their remaining dog god Komako.
- Butt Monkey: In her only episode in the series, she ends up suffering a fair bit of abuse. She gets her flute stuck in her mouth, with the other end stuck in Gintoki's mouth until Kagura breaks it. The flute stays there until she gets hit in the face by a baseball. And then she gets hit in the face again by the ball shortly after that, despite making a heroic speech.
- Hikkikomori: She just stays at home and watches television, while her sister works in a cabaret club.
- Hime Cut: Her hairstyle fits her occupation as a miko.
- Miko: She is a former shrine maiden who had to move out with her sister because the Amanto built the Terminal on top of their shrine. Unlike her sister, she doesn't use it as an advantage in any job, preferring to just stay at home and watch television.
- Onmyodo: She's a miko capable of using ritual magic, but she primarily assists her sister Ane's spells by playing her flute.
Voiced by: Kenji UtsumiKaguzo is the Yakuza boss of the Mashiroi gang. He took in Kyojiro as a kid and raised him alongside his own son Utsuzo. Since he is old and dying, he is desperate to have his son succeed him and lead the gang. But his son has no taste for the Yakuza life and tried to work in a textile shop until his father's harassment caused him to be fired. This led to his son locking himself in a storehouse for five years. Unaware that his son hanged himself inside, he hires the Yorozuya to bring him out in an attempt to reconcile with him. He later collapses and succumbs to his illness in the hospital.
- Blood from the Mouth: Starts coughing blood from his mouth and collapses when Kyojiro calls him out for harassing his son's workplace to force him to quit. He later succumbs to his illness and dies in the hospital.
- My God, What Have I Done?: With his death approaching, he realizes that he only hurt his son by trying to force him to succeed the family.
- Parental Substitute: He took in Kyojiro as a kid and raised him alongside his own son. Kyojiro in turn looks up to him and refers to him as his father.
- Pet the Dog: He may be a Yakuza boss, but instead of killing a young Kojiro for stealing from his gang, he took him in and cared for him like he was his son.
- Punny Name: According to the translation notes, Mashiroi Kaguzo can mean "I'm gonna sniff some white (powder)". This causes the Yorozuya to think that's what he is going to do when he introduces himself, especially since they were worried they had been hired to transport drugs.
- Yakuza: He is the big boss of a powerful Yakuza gang.
Voiced by: Chikara Ousaka, Ayana IshikawaKaguzo's only son and heir. He was raised alongside Kyojiro, who became his friend and protector. He is a meek and gentle person who has no taste for the Yakuza life his father wants for him. Instead of becoming his father's successor he left their home to work in a textile shop, but his father harrassed the shop until he was fired. He then returned home, only to take all his belongings, putting it in a storehouse which he then locked himself in five years ago. Kyojiro eventually discovered he had hanged himself inside the storehouse and buried him. In order to spare his father from the truth, Kyojiro kept up the ruse by having people inside the storehouse pretending to be him, until the Yorozuya are hired and discover the truth.
- Dead All Along: Gintoki finds out Utsuzo committed suicide quite a while ago. Kyojiro is simply keeping up the ruse to spare his father from the reality his son hanged himself because of his actions.
- Driven to Suicide: He hanged himself inside the storehouse in despair over his father preventing him from living his own life.
- Hikkikomori: He has seemingly locked himself inside a storehouse for five years and refused to come out, while he slips out papers with request for food and magazines. However, he actually committed suicide inside the storehouse, while the ones inside when the Yorozuya arrive are people hired by Kyojiro to pretend to be him to keep up the illusion he is still alive.
- Posthumous Character: He is already long dead by the time the Yorozuya are hired. His character is instead explored through flashbacks and comments by other characters.
- White Sheep: He has no desire to succeed his father as the boss of the family, instead he just wants to live an honest life as a textile worker.
Voiced by: Masaya MatsukazeKyojiro is the junior boss of the Mashiroi Gang, known as the Guardian Dog. He used to be a street kid, but after stealing from the Mashiroi Gang he was taken in by the boss Kaguzo and raised alongside his son Utsuzo.
- Death Seeker: He knows the other factions of the gang will be out to kill him at his inauguration ceremony as the new boss, but goes to the ceremony anyway to die for failing to stop Utsuzo's suicide.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies sitting against Kaguzo Mashiroi’s grave with a smile on his face.
- Gun And Sword: Uses a revolver together with his sword.
- Jerkass Façade: After Gintoki discovers Utsuzo is dead, he paints himself as the murderer, pretending to have killed him so he could be the next boss. In reality he is simply planning to take the secret with him to the grave.
- Red Baron: Known as the Guardian Dog.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He shoots Gintoki with a revolver, an appropriate gun for the time period, but outdated compared to the modern weapons introduced by the Amanto.
- Scars Are Forever: He got the scar on his face as a kid, having gotten injured protecting Utsuzo from a rival gang.
- Yakuza: The junior boss of a powerful Yakuza gang and the most qualified candidate to succeed Kaguzo.
Voiced by: Seiko TomoeOiwa is the owner of the Senbokyo Hot Springs Inn, whose customers consist of ghosts who cannot pass into the next life. She is supported by the ghost of her dead husband Tagosaku, who died 10 years and now serves as her Stand. She is an old friend of Otose, who seemingly sends the Yorozuya and Tae to the inn for the winter break, but they are actually being to sent work for Oiwa for 10 days. After everybody but Gintoki are possessed by ghosts, she forces him to work for her, until he rebels against her with the aid of Rei.
- Arc Villain: She is the villain of the Ghost Inn Arc, also known as the Stand Arc.
- Evil Old Folks: An elderly lady who ruthlessly rules over her inn of ghosts and forces Gintoki to work for her with his friends as hostages.
- Graceful Loser: She gracefully accepts her loss after she is beaten by Gintoki (while possessed by Francis Xavier), acknowledging how well he is able to control the Stands possessing his body. Unfortunately, her own Stand and husband Tagosaku goes out of control and tries to suck in the spirits of everybody in the area.
- Heel–Face Turn: After accepting her defeat and acknowledging where she went wrong, she returns to being a good person and works to help ghosts pass on to the next life.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The main reason she forces all the ghosts to remain with her at her inn is because she realised they are some of the only friends she has after her husband died.
- I See Dead People: She has been able to talk and interact with ghosts since she was a kid.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Just like Otose, Oiwa was fairly good looking in her youth.
- Paper Talisman: After catching Rei plotting against her with Gintoki, Oiwa puts her in a disciplinary room sealed with paper talisman which prevents her from leaving.
- Powers via Possession: She is able to fight by allowing her husband's ghost to possess her body, turning her huge with strength to match.
- Punch Parry: After Gintoki has become possessed by Rei and able to fight back against Oiwa, the two clash with a powerful punch, with Oiwa winning and sending Gintoki flying.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: When possessed by her husband, she pummels Gintoki into the floor with a huge barrage of punches, while also yelling "ora ora ora ora", clearly referencing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure like the rest of the arc.
- Second Love: She was originally in love with Otose's husband Tatsugoro, but she later met and fell in love with Tagosaku.
- Smug Snake: She is very confident in her control of her inn and completely underestimates Gintoki, falsely believing she has broken his spirit and made him loyal. She is in shock once she discovers he is helping several of the ghosts pass on despite her control.
Voiced by: Masahiro OkazakiOiwa's late husband who died 10 years ago. Because of his close bond with her and his promise to protect her, he remains with her as a ghost and serves as her Stand. The bond between the two has made him the strongest Stand at the inn, leaving nobody able to fight their control.
- Declaration of Protection: He promised that he would always protect Oiwa and the inn, and he tries to keep that promise in death, protecting her as her personal Stand.
- Our Ghosts are Different: Since his death he has become a purple ghost who always hangs on his wife Oiwa's back. Because of his bond with Oiwa, he has become the strongest Stand at the inn.
- Powers via Possession: He is capable of possessing his wife's body, granting her his power and turning huge with strength to match.
- Second Love: Oiwa was originally in love with Otose's husband Tatsugoro, but she later met and fell in love with Tagosaku.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Because of the strain of keeping so many ghosts at the inn, he eventually becomes overwhelmed by negative emotions and tries to absorb all the souls in the area, including the living, assimilating them so that Oiwa won't be lonely again. They are all released when Oiwa apologises and thanks them, with the living souls returned to their bodies and the dead souls passing on.
Voiced by: Sanae KobayashiRei is a ghost who works at the Senbokyo Inn. She was taken in by Oiwa as a kid and has worked at inn since. She later died of unknown circumstances but continues to work at the inn. After Gintoki arrives at the inn and is forced to work by Oiwa, she helps him out, eventually plotting with him how to take down Oiwa.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After Oiwa is about to be absorbed by the out-of-control Tagosaku, Rei jumps in and pushes her out of the way, getting absorbed in her place. However, when all the souls are released, she stays back at the inn to help out Oiwa.
- Our Ghosts are Different: She resembles a typical Japanese ghost, with long black hair and a white robe. As a ghost she mostly floats around and can pass through walls. She is also able to possess people as a Stand.
- Powers via Possession: She is able to possess Gintoki, giving him power that allows him to fight back against Oiwa.
- Woman in White: She is dressed in a white burial robe, fitting considering she is a ghost.
Voiced by: Tomokazu SugitaThe king of the Leukocyte Kingdom inside Tama. He is an anti-virus program based on the strongest person in Tama's collection of data, but has grown beyond an anti-virus program and developed into someone who is more human than even Tama is. When the Tapir virus infects Tama, the Yorozuya journey inside her to find him. Together, they go to confront the Archfiend Tapir, the progenitor of the Tapir virus.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the ruler of the Leukocytes inside Tama and the strongest of them all.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long white cloak which goes well with his RPG hero look.
- Baleful Polymorph: Tama turned him into a dog to prevent him from fighting the Tapir alone and getting killed, waiting until the Yorozuya arrive to turn him back.
- Beam-O-War: After a few too many disagreements with Gintoki, they try to blast each other with beams from their weapons: The Leukocyte King using his sword and Gintoki using a modified toothpick that shoots beams. While neither wins over the other, the clash of beams causes the Tapir army to be wiped out as side effect. Together with Gintoki he also engages in a battle of beams against the Archfiend Tapir, then holds it off alone using his own life energy while Gintoki attacks him.
- Cast From Hitpoints: Uses his own life energy to hold off the Tapir's beam and blast it back, allowing Gintoki to beat him. It almost kills him, but Tama and the Yorozuya save him.
- Chest Monster: After making a speech about only caring about saving Tama, he spots a treasure chest and opens it like the RPG hero he is, only for the chest to spawn teeth and bite down on his hand.
- Cool Crown: Fitting the RPG hero archetype, he wears a silver circlet with a blue gem on his head.
- Cool Sword: He wields a large sword with a broad blade and a rapier hilt which is sheathed on his back. The sword can shoot out blasts that destroys viruses.
- Fire-Forged Friends: After mostly arguing and fighting with the Yorozuya, he becomes friends with them after fighting alongside them against the Tapir.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts to sacrifice himself to save Tama and the Yorozuya, using his own life energy to hold back Archfiend Tapir's beam while Gintoki kills him. However, he is saved from dying by Tama and the Yorozuya after the fight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is abrasive and rude towards anyone but Tama, but he ends up caring about the Yorozuya, wishing to adventure more with them at the end.
- Wrecked Weapon: His sword breaks as he tries to tank Archfiend Tapir's beam alone while Gintoki attacks him. However he does get a new sword after the battle.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he is the hero of an RPG like Dragon Quest, which causes him to come into conflict with Gintoki. He also thinks of everything in RPG contexts, forgetting that they aren't in a video game.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki YanadaThe progenitor of the Tapir virus that has infected Tama and turned her into pixels. Because of how advanced Tama is, the Tapir virus has evolved to take physical form of an evil king in the RPG world inside Tama.
- Arc Villain: He is the main villain of the Tama Quest arc.
- Beam-O-War: Engages in a battle of beams against Gintoki and the Leukocyte King. When Tapir appears to be winning, the Leukocyte King tanks it alone using his own life energy while Gintoki moves in to kill Archfiend Tapir.
- Computer Virus: He is a virus, having infected Tama while she was the internet and turned her into pixels. Because of Tama's obsession with Dragon Quest, he evolved into the physical form of an evil RPG king.
- Evil Laugh: When Tapir takes Tama's form, he mocks the Leukocyte King for being unable to attack him and then laughs evilly about it... before getting kicked in the face by Gintoki.
- Evil Overlord: He rules over the rest of the Tapir like an evil king from an RPG.
- Groin Attack: Hits Gintoki in the crotch with his beam, which turns it into pixels. Poor guy.
- Horned Humanoid: He grows horns from his head after transforming.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Shoots dark beams from his hands that turns people into pixels.
- Keystone Army: All of the Tapir minions stop fighting after he dies, discarding their black bodysuits to wear white again as Leukocytes.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Tries to reveal himself as the Leukocyte King's lost father Fortega, only to be interrupted by the Yorozuya kicking him in the face and mocking him for using such a cliche.
- One-Winged Angel: After being plugged out of Tama's system, he reveals his true form, turning into a huge demonic man in a black bodysuit with wings, horns and a cape. He also fires beams capable of turning people into immobile pixels.
- Power Gives You Wings: He gains demonic wings after revealing his true form.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Takes Tama's form, making the Leukocyte King unable to attack him, though Gintoki proceeds to ignore that and just kicks Tapir in the face. He also takes the form of the Leukocyte King's lost father Fortega, but with less success as the Yorozuya immediately pile on him.
Voiced by: Akiko KimuraDaughter of the Rokkaku inn owner Muneharu, who was supposedly killed by Sougo Okita during the Rokkaku Incident. While she and her mother tried to run the inn afterwards, they eventually lost ownership of it and her mother later died of exhaustion. Two years after the incident, she is informed by Sotatsu that Okita killed her father and tries to assassinate him in broad daylight, but fails. She is later captured together with Kagura and Okita by Sotatsu and the Sokai Faction, but they manage to escape.
- Assassin Outclassin': She tries to assassinate Okita in broad daylight with a sword when she bumps into him, but fails hilariously as she just stabs the tabasco he was carrying while he smashes her face into the ground with his ass.
- Happily Adopted: She is revealed to have been adopted by her relatives after the arc.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She was supposed to be bait and lure in Okita so the Sokai Faction could kill him, but instead she tried to kill him herself.
- You Killed My Father: She is trying to kill Okita for killing her father Muneharu. It is later revealed that he was actually killed by Shinsengumi member Kamiyama in self-defense.
Voiced by: Yasunobu IwataFather of Kirie and owner of the Rokkaku inn. He was killed during the Rokkaku Incident two years ago, presumably by Okita. He is revealed to have been an unwilling member of the Sokai Faction, as his wife and daughter were held as hostages. He was killed by Kamiyama during the incident while trying to stab him with a dagger, believing it was the only way he could save his family.
- Awful Truth: The reason Okita claims to have killed him is to prevent his daughter Kirie from learning that Muneharu was killed by Kamiyama when he tried to stab him with a dagger.
- The Dog Shot First: It's initially believed that he was killed by getting caught in the crossfire between the Shinsengumi and Sokai Faction's fight, but he actually survived it and was only killed when he tried to stab Kamiyama with a dagger.
- I Have Your Wife: The Sokai faction held his wife and child hostage, forcing him to work with them and allowing them to use his inn as a hiding place. He only tried to kill Kamiyama to save them.
- Posthumous Character: He was killed two years ago and is only seen in flashbacks.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki KonishiLeader of the revived Sokai Faction, a radical branch of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. He is the younger brother of the original Sokai Faction's leader, Koutatsu Tendo, who was killed at the Rokkaku Incident. He managed to escape from the inn and now seeks revenge against Okita, using Kirie's desire for revenge to trick her into killing him.
- Arc Villain: He is the villain of the Rokkaku arc.
- Dirty Coward: He only survived the Rokkaku Incident by hiding while the rest of the Sokai Faction were killed. When Okita starts fighting back, he panics and stays behind his men, letting them fight in his place. He even tries to use snipers to take him down from afar. When his remaining men are revealed to be Gintoki, Shinpachi and the Shinsengumi in disguise, he tries to run away in fear only to get cut down by Okita.
- The Remnant: The Sokai Faction was almost wiped out in the Rokkaku Incident, but he survived and leads a revived Sokai Faction with more members to get revenge.
- Revenge: He wants revenge against Okita for killing his brother Koutatsu and almost destroying the Sokai Faction.
- Sissy Villain: He is a male villain who wears lipstick, earrings and fabulous purple clothes.
- Smug Snake: He is very smug and overconfident in his plans of revenge. He panics very easily when Okita starts fighting back and kills several of his men.
Iga Ninja Clans
Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP), Maryke Hendrikse (EN)Head of the Momochi clan and one of three great leaders of the Iga ninja clans alongside Zenzo Hattori and Gaimon Fujibayashi.
- Action Girl: She's quite capable of taking direct action herself if she has to.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Her puppet can turn into a huge shuriken, which she controls with a large chain.
- Ninja Maid: Disguised as a maid that carts around the supposed Momochi, which is actually her puppet and also serves as a decoy.
- People Puppets: Controls Gaimon's slain minions as a puppet army against the Yato and a decoy for her own ninjas.
- 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.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Her puppet can be turned into and used as a Wave Motion Gun, a Fuuma Shuriken, a drink dispenser... and a toilet?!!
- Variable-Length Chain: Chains are among her puppet's arsenal, which she uses to catch and restrain her foes. When her puppet is in Fuuma Shuriken mode, she swings it around with the chain.
- Wave Motion Gun: The puppet that she poses as herself has one built into it, which she blasts Gaimon with.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: Rests her puppet-turned-shuriken across her right shoulder, despite the blades previously being sharp enough to cut several Yato in half.
- You Shall Not Pass: Destroys the bridge the Yorozuya and the Shogun just crossed, while staying behind on the other side to face the Yato chasing after them. She is joined by Kondo and Hijkata however.
Voiced by: Hiroshi ShirokumaHead 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: An old man with little in the way of noble intentions.
- Fast Tunnelling: He only has his bare hands to dig with, yet is so fast at tunnelling he can appear in another location in seconds.
- Hidden Weapons: Shoots a kunai out of his mouth at Momochi's puppet after he's been restrained by her chains.
- Large and in Charge: He's a huge yeti-like man who 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 a place in the new world after destroying the Bakufu.
- Tunnel King: 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.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Loses his leg in the very same chapter he's introduced and is seemingly killed in the next.
Voiced by: Mikako TakahashiA 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Since she rarely appears in the manga, not even colored pages, the cover of volume 51 suggests she is a brunette in the manga.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her brain must be somewhere up there to mash up those song titles.
- The Ditz: Sweet, naive, pretty weird ideas.
- Idol Singer: A parody of the stereotypical idol singers, with hit singles such as "Where the hell is your mother from?!" and "Oh, if you don't shape up right now, I'm gonna tear that mole right off!"
- In-Series Nickname: She is mostly known by her fans as "Otsu".
- Lady Swearsalot: So they have to censor her songs. It's unknown if it's a joke or that they generally shouldn't broadcast it in real life or print it.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The one time she drops her Perpetual Smiler schtick is when she couldn't come up with lyrics for her next hit single. Her mom and manager were quite unnerved by her change in personality.
- Perpetual Smiler: Probably as part of her image, she's always seen happy and smiling.
- Verbal Tic: She's fond of making words out of the last character of each sentence.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Her lyrics are all a random assembly of threats and insults.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair in the anime.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wears long socks that reach up to below her short skirt.
Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie)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. She comes to Edo together with her fiancé Toma Kuraba and takes the opportunity to meet with the Shinsengumi.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: She puts tabasco on everything and will gladly force others to eat it too.
- The Gadfly: She might not be sadistic like Sougo, but she also enjoys trolling others. For example, forcing Gintoki to eat a tabasco covered parfait by pretending to spit out blood when he refuses. After he eats it and spits out fire, she reveals to be an act.
- The Heart: Of the Shinsengumi.
- Historical-Domain Character: Her historical counterpart is Okita Mitsu, who was also Okita Souji's sister. Historically however it was Souji (Sougo) who died from tuberculosis, not her.
- Ill Girl: Suffers from a disease that keeps her bedridden most of the time.
- Incurable Cough of Death: She often coughs up blood whenever put into stressful situations.
- Peaceful in Death: She eventually dies peacefully with her beloved younger brother at her side.
- Promotion to Parent: Had to raise Sogo when their parents died. He's as a result completely devoted to her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She is as considerate and gentle as Sougo is unkind and obnoxious.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Fell in love with Hijikata who didn't dare to love her back, even though he did.
- So Proud of You: Tells Sogo this with her last breath.
- Soap Opera Disease: Averted, they directly state it's tuberculosis, which is why it's such a huge deal that she escaped from hospital.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tabasco and spicy food.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Kind-hearted and loved by all, she inevitably ends up dying in the hospital.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Kind-hearted, devoted and loyal to a fault.
Voiced by: Joji NakataMitsuba's fiancé, a rich merchant who runs the trading company Tenkaiya. While he is kind to Mitsuba, he actually doesn't love her and is only trying to marry her to keep the Shinsengumi away from his business. He is secretly a black market dealer who sells weapons to the Anti-Foreigner Faction.
- Arms Dealer: He provides weapons to the Anti-Foreigner Faction through the black market.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite being kind towards Mitsuba, he actually doesn't care one bit about her except for her use as a tool in keeping the Shinsengumi away from him.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He is right in the middle of the car when Okita cuts it in half vertically, before it then explodes.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Immediately after telling his driver to go to the hospital so he can take Mitsuba hostage, he is stabbed in the shoulder by Hijikata and then shortly after cut in half with his car by Okita.
- Non-Action Guy: He is a merchant, not a warrior, so he leaves all the fighting to his minions.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He is marrying Mitsuba solely to get connected to the Shinsengumi, so they won't interfere in his business.
Voiced by: Touko AoyamaKimiko is the rich daughter of a Tokugawa retainer and a user of the drug Paradise, which is supplied by the Harusame. When she goes missing, the Yorozuya are hired by her father to bring her home. The Yorozuya's search for her leads them into conflict with the Harusame. After being saved by Gintoki, she later hires them to help out her boyfriend Tasuke escape from criminals. Despite throwing her under the bus to save his own skin, she still forgives him. According to Sorachi, she later breaks up with her boyfriend.
- Accidental Misnaming: She is almost always called "Hamko" by people, since her size and appearance reminds people of pigs.
- Butt Monkey: She only barely appears in the earlier parts of the series, but when she does appear she is made fun of by everyone and mistaken for pigs. Her boyfriend also throws her under the bus to save his own skin.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: She is tanned and blonde, likely modeled after the ganguro fashion.
- Fantastic Drug: She is addicted to the alien drug Paradise, which almost kills her from overuse. After she is saved from the Harusame, she gets off the drug and goes back to normal.
- Fat Girl: Her most notable trait is that she's fat, which she is made fun of for whenever she appears. One of Sorachi's answers in the volumes reveal she later lost weight, but is still ugly.
- Gonk: As if being fat wasn't enough, she doesn't exactly have a pretty face.
Voiced by: Joji NakataGoing under the name of Kidomaru and wearing a demon's mask, Doushin is the champion of the Rengokukan fighting arena, which is run by the Tendoshu. He used to be a hired killer and was scheduled for execution, but the organisers of the Rengokukan freed him in exchange for fighting in the arena. Outside of the arena, he lives in a run-down temple with his many adopted children. When the Yorozuya come knocking by, he is convinced to stop killing and flee Edo with his children, but is killed in the process by his replacement, the Dakini Onijishi. His children then convince the Yorozuya to destroy the Rengokukan arena, avenging his death.
- The Atoner: He intially saw adopting orphaned children as a way of atonement, but he later began to love them. In order to then atone for killing people in the arena, he tries to flee Edo and raise them elsewhere, but is killed before they get far.
- Carry a Big Stick: In the arena he wields a large studded club, known as a kanabo, which is a weapon heavily associated with the demonic Oni.
- Cool Mask: Wields a red demonic mask in the arena in his guise as Kidomaru, making him look like the Oni of Japanese mythology.
- Good Parents: He loves all of his many adopted children and Gintoki outright calls him a good father.
- In the Back: Onijishi kills him by stabbing a spear into his back.
- Oni: His Kidomaru persona is themed after the demonic Oni of Japanese mythology, wearing a red demonic mask and using a club heavily associated with the Oni. He also repeatedly refers to himself as an Oni.
No. 502 / Ryuzan Hayashi
Voiced by: Hiroshi KamiyaThe 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 Ryuzan 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.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: After causing a power outage in Edo, he appears on all television screens to announce that the robots are taking over the city and that they will kill Shinpachi if they don't get Tama's data back.
- The Dragon: Initially looks to be Professor Meguro's right-hand man, but very quickly takes over the Arc Villain role after betraying him.
- Faking the Dead: Meguro thought he had killed Ryuzan, but he had already transferred himself into his new android body. He simply 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: Similar to how the defective androids were recalled and then crushed, he orders the employees of the Hayashi Research Institute to be crushed to death.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Screams out for Tama to not leave him before he is completely destroyed by the energy under the Terminal.
- The Starscream: Betrays his apparent master Meguro and takes over in his stead.
- The Stoic: He is calm and shows little in the way of emotions, which is more than justified by being an android.
- Waistcoat of Style: Initially wears a black waistcoat over a white shirt and later adds a red longcoat on top of it after betraying his master.
Voiced by: Atsushi OnoVice-Director at the Hayashi Research Institute. He murdered Professor Ryuzan Hayashi to get control of the institute. He sends the androids on the hunt for the missing Tama to obtain the "Seed" that she contains, so he can continue Ryuzan's Project Fuyo in his own name. After obtaining Tama's head, he recalls all the androids to be destroyed after their rampage. He is then killed by the android No. 502, whom Ryuzan Hayashi transferred his own personality data and memories to.
- A God Am I: Dreams of becoming equal to a god by creating human beings, more specifically androids with human souls and emotions.
- Frame-Up: He frames Tama for murdering Ryuzan Hayashi.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: No. 502 kills him by piercing his chest with his arm, shown in the manga but off-screen in the anime.
- Smug Snake: He is arrogant and confident in his own importance, despite having murdered his way to control of the Research Institute. While gloating about becoming equal to a god, he is killed by No. 502, who uses the situation he created to his advantage.
- The Starscream: He betrayed and murdered Ryuzan Hayashi to gain control of the Hayashi Research Institute.
Voiced by: Shigeo KiyamaA muscular foreigner hired by Gintoki to stand in for the injured Taka-chin in the Otsu fanclub competition.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted in a specific area: Taka-tin is the only character who is actually drawn with visible nipples.
- Carpet of Virility: Taka-tin has some of the only chest-hair in the series and is very muscular.
- Cool Shades: Always wears his sunglasses and never takes them off.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of French bread as weapons as he destroys the bridge that Hijikata's otaku minions are occupying.
- Edible Bludgeon: Again, he uses French bread as weapons.
- Gratuitous English: Since he is not from Japan, he often speaks a bunch of phrases in English such as "time is money".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He heavily resembles Hulk Hogan in appearance.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like Taka-chin whom he is a substitute for, he is only ever called Taka-tin. We never learn his real name.
- Phenotype Stereotype: As the only prominent foreigner in the series who is not an Amanto, Taka-tin is of course both blond and presumably blue-eyed (from what little we see of his eyes).
- Potty Failure: During the quiz part of the competition, he keeps trying to get permission to go to the toilet but somehow gets every question correct before anybody has a chance to hear it. It ends with him crapping his underwear and asking if he can go and change it.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves French bread and is always seen eating a loaf.
Voiced by: Akihiko IshizumiA 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 who appropriately ends up dying while sharing a heartfelt moment with his student.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is unknown as he is only referred to as "Etekichi Kozou", which is a nickname meaning "Lucky Monkey Boy".
- Stealth Clothes: Appropriately for a thief in the setting, he wears a handkerchief over his head which is tied under his nose. Surprisingly for the trope, he’s actually competent.