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Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN, movie), 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 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 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 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.
- 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 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.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates the amanto, 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: 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).
- 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 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.
- Distaff Counterpart: A Japanese counterpart of Warner Bros.' Will E. Coyote of Looney Tunes franchise. Considered both are well known using a Talking with Signs.
- 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).
- 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".
- 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.
- 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), Chris Ayres (EN, movie), 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 after so-called capturing her, and when Katsura gets himself taken prisoner by Prince Hata in chapter 612.
- 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?!"
- 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.
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), 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 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.
- Balloon Belly: In chapter 599, she is a Big Eater Yato, after all.
- 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, though she barely uses it. Still 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: With Umibouzu, since he and her dad were old acquaintances.
- Miser Advisor: In the anime she 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.
- 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.
- 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), 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.
- 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: Made even more disastrous by the fact that she's a ninja.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's an extremely capable assassin, provided that she has her glasses and Gin is not in her line of sight.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite her wacky antics, when it's time to get serious she steps up the plate.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and purple eyes.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Most people call her by her nickname "Sacchan", making it easy to forget her real name.
- The Peeping Tom: She often hides in the Yorozuya's HQ in order to peep on naked Gintoki.
- Professional Killer: She is an assassin after all. Unfortunately for her, she is seen failing at it more often than not.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a long purple scarf all the time, even in combat.
- Single-Target Sexuality: All of her affections are aimed at Gintoki. The other guys she interacts with? Zenzo gets Ass Shoved, Okita gets turned down for an S&M session (twice), and fellow Stalker with a Crush Kondo was nothing more than a beard for the one chance they got.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Gintoki, much like how Kondo is to Otae.
- 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: Mostly just kunai and some 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 FujiwaraA 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 the runs. Even more unfortunately, Ayame loves taking advantage of that fact...
- 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 one 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: 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: "Oh sorry about that. I dropped my kunai. I have no idea what's going on. I've been reading JUMP the whole time. I'm obviously not lending a hand here."
- 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: Like Kondo, only with emphasis on the butt part rather than the monkey part.
- Combat Pragmatist: Smoke bombs, feints and traps are tricks of the trade for a ninja.
- Fake Defector: Pretends to defect to the Kiheitai by seemingly assassinating the Shogun, which was actually a fake.
- Flechette Storm: Makes his grand entrance to protect Hinowa with an absurdly large amount of thrown kunai.
- 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: With the clairvoyant little girl Okuni.
- I Was Just Passing Through: His default excuse when he helps the Yorozuya, always claiming that he doesn't want to get involved in any way, shape or form.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Emphasis on the "heart of gold" part. He may jab at people but he's overall one of the nicest characters of the show.
- Literal Ass Kicking: Often the victim of this approach from Ayame.
- Mr. Exposition: During the Red Spider Arc, letting the audience know just who Jiraia is and what his motives are.
- Ninja: And 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 be at least, though not always the case.
- Pocket Protector: A shojo manga magazine saves his life when he protects Okuni from one of his former employers.
- Professional Killer: Just like Ayame.
- 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 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: Ninjato, kunai, smoke bombs, flashbangs, yeah he's got a pretty big and typical ninja arsenal.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN, movie)An aristocrat who was brought up as a male in order to succeed their family's clan. They dress and behave like a boy due to their upbringing, and while they go through a great deal of conflict regarding their gender, they eventually decide they're "neither a man or a woman." They were close friends with Tae Shimura as children, and lost their left eye protecting her when they were young. The incident also left them with the determination to become stronger and improve their skills.
- Action Girl: They're able to give Hijikata a run for his money while simultaneously taking down several Shinsengumi members. In one blow.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: For a long time, the series wasn't particularly clear on how Kyubei personally saw their gender; on one hand there were episodes where Kyubei tried to get in touch with their feminine side after having lived their entire life as a male—sometimes discreetly pleased and sometimes uncomfortable — while on the other several episodes threw in the mention that Kyubei still, after their introduction arc, had interest in "becoming a man." Their angst and confusion over their identity and feelings for Tae became the catalyst for the Gender Swap Arc, in which they decided "I am neither a man nor a woman," and wherein Gintoki followed that even if they continued to waver on the subject "That's fine, isn't it?"
- Ambiguous Gender: Played with, the Time Skip arc had them identify as female, dress very feminine, hit on Shinpachi, and have surgery done to have a dick to make it even more confusing.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In the Gender Bender Arc, though they don't change much except for getting taller and having a spiky ponytail. In the arc they eventually express they're "neither a man or a woman."
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a long and stylish white samurai's coat to go with their badassery.
- Bi the Way: Very in love with Otae, in later arcs shows attraction to women in general, and might also have some feelings for Gintoki.
- Bokukko: Whenever they identify as female.
- Boyish Short Hair: Kyubei's Bad Future self in the second movie has cut their hair really short, which gave them a masculine look.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: With Tae! They work everything out after Kyubei's first arc, though they continue to pine after her.
- Cleans Up Nicely: Dresses rather stellar all the time, whether in masculine or, a few times, feminine clothing.
- The Comically Serious: Prone to acting silly while remaining completely serious. Katsura regards this as a character overlap between them and wants them to change their character archetype.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to the Yorozuya, they come around to befriending them.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch to cover their lost left eye.
- Failure Knight: Failing to save Tae and Shinpachi from their Evil Debt Collectors and losing their eye in the process is what motivated them to get strong enough to protect Tae.
- Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Tae after asking her to uphold her end of their promise.
- Gayngst: Kyubei is in love with Otae, but believes they 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. They've got nothing against men per se, but they'll hurl any guy who tries to touch them. Even if that guy's the Shogun!
- Heir Club for Men: The head of the Yagyu family is traditionally always male. This is part of the reason Kyuubei was raised as a man.
- Heir to the Dojo: The successor to the Yagyu clan.
- Nice Hat: Wears a large straw hat that obscures their face when they first appears, though it's never seen again after that.
- Ojou: As the heir to a rich family of celebrities, they command a great deal of respect.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: Kyubei was raised as a man to ensure that the Yagyu Clan would have a male heir. To say it causes some trouble for them would put it mildly. They also uses "boku" as pronoun due to how they were raised.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In their first arc they 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. They pretty much takes it all back after their defeat.
- Sarashi: Wears a sarashi in the anime's 7th ending, which features the majority of the male characters shirtless.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: They're calm and controlled on the outside, but they really are a sweet person on the inside.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Katsura considers them his due to both of them being The Comically Serious.
- Tomboy: A result of their upbringing. They speak and acts like a man, and eventually decide they're "neither a man or a woman."
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Their usual hairstyle.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Part of their male-oriented cultivation, though they mainly thinks of themself as "neither man or woman."
Voiced by: Takaya KurodaKyubei's father, a man of very short stature who is very obsessed with maintaining his clan's image as celebrities. 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 them as a boy instead in order to succeed the clan and keep their place in the family.
- The Napoleon: Short and easily agitated.
- The Patriarch: He's not the actual head of the clan, but he's effectively in charge of the family.
- Skunk Stripe: As seen by his picture, while he's mostly dark-haired, he has a stripe of white in the middle.
- 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 TatsutaKyubei'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.
- Badass Grandpa: Old and short, but still quite capable of matching blades with the likes of Gintoki.
- Badass Mustache: Not particularly impressive, but it counts.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has a large trash collection and willingly eats Tae's food.
- Cool Old Guy: He's pretty reasonable in comparison to his son.
- Graceful Loser: Admits his defeat after Shinpachi shatters his plate, getting Koshinori to call off his guards.
- Master Swordsman: Kyubei calls him the best swordsman in the history of the Yagyu Clan.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's absolutely tiny, though according to Kyubei, people in their family tend to just be very short.
- Old Master: Easily capable of throwing down with the youngsters.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: For a man of his size, he's quite strong.
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 they've stated on one occasion that they have never liked him from the beginning and never shies away from responding with physical abuse.His obsession with making Kyubei happy is most pronounced when he repeatedly tries to force them to wear gothic lolita outfits, claiming they suit them perfectly. Despite his radical approach to caring for his master, he genuinely has the best of intentions for both Kyubei and the Yagyu family. He is generally 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 voice actor and this should remind you of someone...
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Because of all his antics, it's very easy to forget he's actually a skilled warrior and one of the Yagyu school's top students.
- Expy: Possibly of Mousse, Badass Longhair, one almost never see their eyes, doesn't leave when asked to, and is an annoyance for the one they have a crush on.
- Eyes Always Shut: A part of his perpetually calm demeanor, he always keeps his eyes closed. The few times he opens them show he has green eyes.
- 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.
Voiced by: Ryoko ShiraishiInitially 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 an Overly Long Name, which can be seen further below.
- 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.
- Named After Someone Famous: Named after Jugemu of legend
- Overly Long Name: Okay, here goes... Jugem Jugem Unko Nage Ki Ototoi no Shin-chan no Pantsu Shinpachi no Jinsei Balmunk Fezarion Isaac Schneider San Bun no Ichi Junjyou na Kanjyou no Nokotta San Bun no Ni wa Sakamuke ga Kininaru Kanjyou Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiruyou de Shinranai no wo Boku wa Shitteiru Rusu Surume Medaka Kazuno Kokoedame Medaka….Kono Medaka wa saki no to wa Chigau Yatsu Dakara Ikeno Medaka no Hou Dakara Raa-yuu yuuteimiouki Mukou Pepepepepepepepepepepepe Bichiguso Maru.
- Or in English: 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.
- He even holds the record of the longest anime name of all time.
Voiced by: Show HayamiThe 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.
- Action Dad: A lot easier to pull off when you're from the Yato clan, yet he's undeniably a badass dad.
- A Day in the Spotlight: He gets an episode where he helps liberate a planet from its rampant environmental computer. It's really a hair growth shampoo commercial.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: The long cape he wears is big enough to cover most of his body.
- Amazon Chaser: Fell for his future wife Kouka while fighting off giant monsters with her and chased her despite all his instincts telling him how dangerous she was.
- An Arm and a Leg:
- Loses his left arm from being attacked by his son Kamui when it was in possession of an Altana crystal needed to prolong Kouka's life.
- He also loses his right arm after Utsuro resurrects himself and yanks his sword out of Umibouzu's body.
- Artificial Limbs: It's hidden underneath a glove and a long sleeve, but his left arm's actually a prosthetic. After Utsuro rips off his original arm as well as his prosthetic, he later gains two new ones that fires rockets!
- Badass Cape: Always wears a long cape.
- Badass Family: The Yato are a race of badasses, but his family is a stand-out case.
- Badass Mustache: Some of the only real hair he has left.
- Bald of Awesome: Not that he likes being bald...
- Blood Knight: Shades of it, in that it's heavily implied he works as an alien hunter not just to distance himself from his family (out of fear of accidentally killing Kagura), but also because he genuinely enjoys seeking out dangerous aliens for him to hunt. Hosen also implies that he was definitely one in his youth.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He tries to justify his leaving (see below), but realizes that, for the most part, he was just being a coward. However, he feels no remorse over Kamui whom he considers a "disgraceful idiot".
- Disappeared Dad: He is Kagura and Kamui's Disappeared Dad. He left Kagura with her dying mother after an incident with Kamui, where Kamui tried to kill him, and Umibouzu tried the same in retaliation. The only thing stopping him from doing so was Kagura. He left, afraid that Kagura might one day turn on him too, and that he would kill his own daughter.
- Dodgy Toupee: He insists otherwise, but everyone can see it. However, hair or no hair, he is undoubtedly a badass.
- Dysfunctional Family: He blames himself for the current state of his family.
- Enemy Mine: He temporarily allies with Utsuro and the Harusame solely to get to Kamui, but quickly turns on them again when they try to get involved.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He wears a pair of goggles, probably to protect his eyes on desert planets.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Used to have long hair when he was younger, and started to use a braid before his onset of baldness. Kouka was already referring him as "baldy", then.
- Handicapped Badass: Not at all impaired by the fact his left arm is actually a prosthetic.
- Healing Factor: As a Yato Clan member he presumably has this.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was wildly handsome and manly in his younger days. He also had a large mane of black hair, which Kouka started to braid once they started a family together.
- Lightning Bruiser: Being a Yato, he has strength, speed and endurance to match.
- Meaningful Name: Umibouzu is a legendary creature who lives in the ocean, characterized for having a big, bald head.
- One-Man Army: Umibouzu was the only one among the Yato to stand up to Hosen and challenge his rule, taking on all of his minions alone before proceeding to fight with Hosen for three days straight. He also single-handedly mops the floor with several Harusame divisions.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: For a long time he was only known as Umibouzu, but his real name is later revealed to be Kanko. Both Kagura and Kamui's names also contain the kanji for god (kami, 神).
- Overprotective Dad: Cares deeply for Kagura, to the point where he tried to take her away from the Yorozuya (rather, away from the planet). note
- Papa Wolf: Don't hurt Kagura. Don't even let Kagura get hurt in front of him.(in a letter to Kagura) If anything happens, all you need to do is send me a letter. I'll go over there and kill everybody.
- Parasol of Pain: Weapon of Choice of all Yato.
- Parents as People: Tragically distant from his family, but he still loves and cares about Kagura.
- Super Strength: Umibouzu is considered one of the strongest characters of the entire series. And that is mostly because he is one of the most powerful Yato.
Kagura and Kamui's mother, Kouka was a strong and beautiful yato. Like her other family members would she often hide her feelings behind sweet smiles.
- Action Girl: As one of the strongest Yato in the series, she was capable of handling even giant monsters with ease.
- Anime Chinese Girl: A parody like her daughter.
- Braids of Action: Ties her hair up in a long braid.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She was rather cold and emotionless until she met Umibouzu and became a mother.
- Emotionless Girl: Tries to appear to be one, but isn't very good at it.
- Hair Decorations: Wore a single bun at the back of her head.
- Idiot Hair: Which she passed on to Kamui.
- Ill Girl: Most of her appearances feature her sick and lying in bed. The reason behind her disease turns out to be because she is absent from the Yato homeworld's Altana, which kept her immortal.
- Incurable Cough of Death: The first signs of her disease is her coughing up blood, which falls on the newborn Kagura.
- Missing Mom: Kagura and Kamui's dead mother.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Umibouzu "baldy" long before he even got bald.
- No Social Skills: From living without anyone else to talk to for a long time.
- Posthumous Character: She died before the series began and is only explored through flashbacks and comments by her family.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes with a kiseru pipe like Takasugi and Tsukuyo does.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She appears cold and emotionless, but through her relationship with Umibouzu and their children we see her warmer side.
- Super Strength: She's even stronger than Umibouzu, who's usually considered to be the strongest Yato alongside Hosen.
People of Gintoki's past
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.
- 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 countless 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 in the temple they lured the Bakufu into and blew up (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.
Voiced by: Marina InoueA 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 clans 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 assistant.
- 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: She's an excellent master of the sword.
- The Atoner: Wishes to atone for having to kill her adopted father.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Yaemon's Cain.
- Cool Mask: Shaped like a skull, as Asaemon is seen as a "God of Death".
- Dark is Not Evil: She's an executioner wearing black clothes along with a creepy skull mask, but has a kind heart.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Towards her brother Yaemon when she finds out he sold her and Gintoki out to the Hitotsubashi.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her left sock is much longer than her right, and she wears an armwarmer on her left arm.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She met Gintoki when she was a child when he appeared before the Hitotsubashi in an attempt to get them to spare the people her father sold out, including herself.
- Happily Adopted: By the former head of the Ikeda Clan, though it didn't end happily.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her style of swordsmanship involves quickly drawing, slashing and then sheathing the sword again in the blink of an eye.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Most swordsmen in the series get some improbable feats, but she and her brother Yaemon take it to another level with the special techniques of the Ikeda Clan, which allows them to cut things in a way so they either stay attached or can be easily reattached. The primary use of the technique lies in executing criminals without letting their heads fall off, letting them die with some semblance of dignity.
- In the Hood: While she mostly keeps it down, she wears a hooded cloak.
- Legacy Character: Invoked, Yaemon hands over his name and leadership of the Ikeda Clan to Asaemon, as it is tradition for every head of the clan to bear the name.
- That Man Is Dead: Declares Asaemon to be dead after taking on the name Yaemon and leadership of the Ikeda Clan. To symbolize this she cuts her skull mask in half.
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.
- Accidental Misnaming: It's Prince Hata, not Prince Baka (Idiot Prince).
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's purple.
- Authority in Name Only: Up until chapter 613, we didn't know anything about his planet or his kingdom, or why he had a "prince" title. He is from planet Oukoku, and he holds to the title of "prince" because, although he took control of his country, he only had the "looks" (a big "chinko") but not the capability to lead it. He originally considered that he would be able to rule it alongside his older brother, prince Barkas, since his capability to lead was superior (but his "chinko" was smaller), as they didn't have the equal talents of their oldest brother, Draconia.
- Butt Monkey: Anytime he appears, he ends up humiliated or beaten up in some manner.
- Catch Phrase: LOVE AND PEACE. With accompanying hand motions.
- The Chew Toy: His sole reason for being in the series was to be humiliated, beaten up and chewed on. That seems to be changing in the Final arc.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While he was initially a recurring Butt Monkey, he later stopped making appearances in the manga. The anime has him make a brief appearance in episode 252, but that was about it. He later reappears hundreds of chapters later during the Final arc.
- Dull Surprise: His "acting" while dubbing over Takasugi and the other characters in the anime. All of it, really.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Barkas' responsible.
- Friend to All Living Things: Prince Hata self-admits that he loves every single breathing thing in the universe (the more stranger, the better)... except humans.
- Gonk: Just take look at him. He is old, fat, and he is losing hair...
- I Was Quite The Looker: He was very beautiful in his youth, though he became more of a gonk as his years of glory (and innocence) were left behind.
- No Respect Guy: Despite his supposed authority, nobody takes him seriously. Not even Jii, his loyal servant.
Voiced by: Toshitaka HiranoPrince 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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's green.
- Butt Monkey: Like his boss, he ends up humiliated or beaten in some way. Probably one of many reasons he cannot stand him.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Used to be a recurring Butt Monkey alongside Hata, but he also stopped making appearances in the manga for a while, though he also made a brief appearance in the anime's episode 252. He finally reappears hundreds of chapters later during the Final arc.
- Dirty Coward: Will gladly offer up the prince to save his own hide.
- Jerkass: He's rude and constantly insults everybody, including the prince.
- Never My Fault: While he previously chastised some assistants on the possibility of breaking glass cages containing rare aliens, he quickly tries to shift away blame when he himself breaks one of them.
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: To 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: You probably don't remember that whole thing about her getting married...
- Cloudcuckoolander: She names her dog Last of the Mohicans Night of the Living Dead McGuffin.
- Dissonant Serenity: 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: What she actually uses to predict the weather with.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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: 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.
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.
- 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: Pulled it on the brother from which the Shirino clan is descended. And also takes over Doman's body with it.
- Horned Humanoid: When taking 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 htere 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: Eriko KigawaSon 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.
- Silent Snarker: He comes with quite a bit of snark despite not being able to fully talk yet.
Voiced by: Haruhi TeradaKanshichiro’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.
- Good Parent: Is very protective of her son and is willing to do anything to keep him safe.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Kantaro dies, leaving her and their son behind, yet she’s determined to keep going and raise their son alone if she has to.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Gives birth to her son by Kantaro after he dies.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kahei’s dying son, Kantaro.
Voiced by: Koji YadaHead of the Hashida Zaibatsu and a major backer for the Anti-Foreigner Faction, whom he hires as personal enforcers in exchange for funds for their goals.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the villain of the Infant Strife Arc.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He hires ronin and rebels as enforcers in exchanging for funding their illegal activities.
- Evil Old Folks: Though he is revealed to be not as evil at the end, mostly misguided and extreme in his actions to secure his family line and company.
- Eyes Always Shut: Keeps his eyes shut most of the time, making him look more affable and friendly. He opens his eyes whenever he acts in a more sinister manner.
- Heel–Face Turn: Redeems himself at the end of the arc and hands back Kanshichiro to his mother after realizing where he went wrong.
- Karma Houdini: While a lower scale antagonist, he's probably the biggest example in the series, getting absolutely no recompense for his actions. Instead he gets exactly what he wanted (Kanshichiro as his heir) with the only cost to himself being accepting Ofusa as Kanshichiro’s mother.
- Would Hit a Girl: Though he doesn’t do it himself, he has his men beat up Fusa and orders them take out one of her eyes, which was thankfully interrupted.
Voiced by: Gara TakashimaThe 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 after she's caught under the rubble.
- Evil Old Folks: She used to be a kind ruler, but she's grown bitter and hateful in her old age.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Envious of people who are younger than herself and have retained their beauty, and unable to find a way to keep herself young, she unleashes a gas on people to age them all up to be older and uglier than herself.
- Heel–Face Turn: Reforms at the end of her arc.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She was quite beautiful in her youth.
- Large and in Charge: She seems to have grown quite tall in her old age.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Fittingly enough laughs in this manner.
- Redemption Earns Life: Her attempted sacrifice at the end of the arc causes people to go back to save her.
Voiced by: Tetsu ShiratoriA turtle from Ryugujo. Once a captain of the guard, Kamenashi defected and rebelled against Otohime to stop her plans.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is very insistent that the skeleton in his cave is really just his wife; she's just thin and tired after giving birth.
- Cool Shades: Has a pair of sunglasses that look pretty cool. Too bad the rest of him doesn't.
- Defector from Decadence: Once a high-ranking member of the guard, but decided to defect to stop Otohime's plans, being labelled a rebel in the process.
- Nerd Glasses: The glasses he normally wear aren't particularly flattering when combined with his face and his receding hairline.
- Stat-O-Vision: Has a "Spouzer" (totally not a Scouter), which he uses to measure the Power Levels of the group, so they can split their battle power evenly. In true Dragon Ball fashion, it ends up exploding.
- Turtle Power: Supposedly a humanoid turtle, but he and the other Ryugujo inhabitants look more like humans wearing turtle shells.
Voiced by: Shuichi IkedaThe leader of the Renho, a notorious Amanto mercenary clan (That all resemble Elizabeth), which seeks to take over Earth.His true identity is that of Sagi, the central system of the Renho mother ship.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the villain of the Renho arc.
- Brain in a Jar: As Sagi, this is how he actually looks like.
- Breath Weapon: Shoots powerful laser beams out of his mouth.
- Darth Vader Clone: A deliberate parody of Darth Vader.
- Healing Factor: A robotic variation. He will self-repair if severely damaged, as seen when Katsura cuts him in half.
- The Quiet One: Even had it enforced as a rule for the Renho and doesn't even speak himself. However, as soon as he becomes voiced, he hams it up.
- Talking with Signs: Established it as a rule among the Renho and employs it himself. Of course, when he begins speaking for real, he drops it.
- Vader Breath: Comes with being a parody of Darth Vader.
Voiced by: Atsuko TanakaFumiko is one of the Renho mercenary clan. She rebels against Dark Vader and the Renho to stop their invasion of Earth.
- Action Girl: Like most women in Gintama. Although she is more of an informant.
- All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs: Inverted, she awakens Gintoki's inner sexual sadist.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Fujiko Mine.
- Defector from Decadence: Rebels against the Renho to stop their invasion.
- Disney Death: She seems to sacrifice herself at the end of the Renho arc, only to show up alive and well afterwards with no explanation.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. She seemingly sacrifices herself to weaken and destroy the Renho mother ship, but survives. How she did it is not explained.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Extremely perverted and shows off all the time.
- Spy Catsuit: Wears one when she confronts Sagi.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Seemingly of Sacchan. A masochist who falls in love with Gintoki. Although it's later averted, as she has a very different personality and isn't a Stalker with a Crush.
- The Tease: Flirts and flaunts her assets to get others flustered.
Iga Ninja Clans
Voiced by: Rina SatoHead 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.
Altana Liberation Army
Admiral Shijaku is one of the founders of the Altana Liberation Army, an alliance of various planets dedicated to taking down the Tendoshu's control of their planets' Altanas.
- Badass Cape: He wears a long flowing cape, even into battle.
- Blade on a Stick: A flashback shows his favored weapon to be a spear.
- The Comically Serious: He is almost completely serious in his first chapter, despite the fact it involved Nobunobu struggling not to shit his pants, and Shijaku himself joining him in shitting his pants, thinking it's to stop some secret weapon from being launched.
- Four-Star Badass: An admiral who is quite capable of throwing it down with the best of them in a fight.
- Freud Was Right: Despite having the qualities of a true leader, the reason he was denied the throne was because of the small size of the antennae on his forehead, called "Chidanneksko" and shortened to "Chinko", the Japanese word for penis. He wears the headband on his forehead to hide the "Chinko".
- Friendly Enemy: Regarded Enshou as his archenemy in the past, but during a battle he still chatted with him like a friend through video.
- Frontline General: Shijaku takes personal part in both space battles as an admiral and ground battles as a warrior.
- Long-Lost Relative: Shijaku's real name is Barkas, and he is actually Prince Hata's older brother. He goes under "Shijaku" as he was exiled from his country after Hata took control of it.
- Pointy Ears: One of the few visible indicators he's not human are his pointy ears.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike the rest of the Liberation Army, Shijaku is a moderate willing to see reason and make peace when possible.
- Rightful King Returns: How he sees himself, even making a reference to Aragorn.
- Warrior Prince: While he has long since left his kingdom behind, he is both a prince and a capable warrior.
Enshou is the prince of Burei, a planet previously engaged in war with Shijaku. Following the Altana incident, he joins the Altana Liberation Army and becomes one of its hardline leaders.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long dark cape and has no issue fighting while wearing it.
- Four-Star Badass: The commander of Burei's armies is a capable warrior who is not afraid of taking part in battles personally.
- Frontline General: As the leader of Burei's forces, Enshou is personally present on the field of battle, both on his flagship and on the ground.
- Friendly Enemy: Is seen chatting with his enemy Shijaku through video in a friendly manner in the past.
- Hair Decorations: Not unlike Tsukiko's.
- Happily Married: While his devotion to warfare keeps him separated from her, he loves his wife and she seems to feel the same about him. Unfortunately she is killed along with their newborn child when the Altana on their planet blows up.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His newborn child is killed along with his wife when the Altana on his planet was blown up by Utsuro.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Burei is described as a great military nation and Enshou himself is proud of their warrior ways.
- Red Baron: He is known as the Gun Smoke Prince.
- Revenge Before Reason: He is devoted to getting revenge against the Tendoshu for deaths of his wife and child. When he discovers that the Tendoshu has essentially been killed off, he still resumes the Liberation Army's efforts, feeling that he and the soldiers can't go back empty-handed without obtaining some form of revenge.
- Tragic Keepsake: He keeps a picture of his now-dead wife in his locket.
- War Hawk: Enshou takes over the Liberation Army's operation on Earth to continue waging war against them, seeing that after the Tendoshu were discovered to have become a bunch of living corpses, they cannot afford to go back empty-handed.
- Warrior Prince: Enshou is the prince of Burei and is devoted to the ways of war, whether it be leading fleets of spaceships or personally fighting on the ground.
Leader of the Dakini forces hired by the Altana Liberation Army.
- Badass Beard: His rough unkempt beard adds to both his age and badassery.
- Badass Boast: Boasts of the strength of both himself and his Dakini warriors.Ougai: We are the Dakini! The warriors feared as the 'Demolishing Tanks'!
- Badass Cape: Wears a long flowing cape draped over his left arm.
- Badass Grandpa: Ougai is an old but fierce Dakini warrior, easily capable of tearing through Edo's defenders by himself.
- Blood Knight: Ougai doesn't just enjoy a good fight, he sees the battlefield as a sacred ceremony where men put their pride and their lives on the line.
- Carry a Big Stick: Fitting the oni motifs of the Dakini, Ougai carries a huge club dotted with iron knobs, called a kanabo.
- Catch and Return: The defenders of Kabukicho throw huge boulders at him and his forces, only for him and the Dakini to simply catch them and throw them back.
- Elite Mooks: His Dakini warriors are all very strong and prove a formidable challenge even to named characters.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a nasty scar running down his dead left eye, which combined with his demonic appearance doesn't make him look particularly heroic.
- Horned Humanoid: Like all Dakini, Ougai has horns on his head. Unlike most of the Dakini he has three of them, with one horn poking out of his forehead and the left horn broken off.
- The Juggernaut: Referring to the Dakini as the 'Demolishing Tanks' is no idle boast, as Ougai and his warriors smash their way through Kabukicho's defenses to get to the cannon that disabled their technology. He smashes open Kabukicho's gate in one blow and throws back the boulders they launched with catapults with his own hands. Even lowering parts of the street fail to stop their advance, as the Dakini simply smash apart the surroundings to create makeshift bridges.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: Catches Tojo's sword between his teeth and then breaks the blade when he bites down on it.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Owing to his Super Strength, Ougai swings his enormous club effortlessly with one hand.
- One-Man Army: He's significantly stronger than a standard Dakini warrior and can take down multiple soldiers at once with a swing of his weapon.
- Rousing Speech: When the Altana Liberation Army's ground forces are in disarray after all their technology is disabled by Gengai, Ougai rallies them with a speech and personally leads them towards Kabukicho.
- Rugged Scar: A long scar runs down his dead left eye, instantly marking him as an experienced warrior.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Ougai is a proud Dakini warrior who longs for the days where war wasn't exclusively fought and won with new technology.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to smash through the iron gate protecting Kabukicho in one blow. He is also capable of catching huge boulders thrown by catapults mid-air and throw them back.
- You Are in Command Now: Takes command of the Altana Liberation Army's forces in Edo when all their technology is disabled and communication with their commanders is cut off.
Leader of the Shinra forces hired by Altana Liberation Army.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long white cloak that partially covers his body and hides his weapon.
- Ninja: The Shinra are Amanto that essentially work as ninjas.
- Only in It for the Money: Soutatsu has no interest in honor or the cause of his employers, only the money he and his warriors will be paid with.
- Pointy Ears: As a Shinra, Soutatsu has pointy ears like an elf.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
A captain of the Chidori Space Pirates, which was once an organization rivaling the Harusame. He used to supervise the Governor-General's daughter and had plans to shape and rule beside her. Too bad for him he encountered Sakamoto, who ended up taking both the daughter and his fleet, turning them into the Kaientai. With the Chidori now a broken shadow of its former strength, the Captain seeks revenge against the people that stole his fleet and ruined his ambitions.
- The Chew Toy: He's constantly puked on, injured, and treated with virtually no respect from anybody but his crew.
- The Faceless: His face is almost constantly obscured; whether it be by smoke, puke or bandages. The image on the right is the closest look you’ll get of his whole face.
- Hunk: Implied to be with the small pieces of face one can see right before something happens to cover it again.
- No Name Given: Whatever his name is, nobody mentions it.
- The Remnant: Leads one of the few remaining cells of the Chidori Space Pirates, which once rivaled the Harusame.
- Running Gag: Something covering his face.
- Space Pirate: In particular, he dealt in slave trade.
- The Starscream: Planned to usurp Mutsu as the Governor-General with her father dead.
- The Unreveal: Each time his face is about to be shown, something happens and covers it.
A famous thief, known for stealing from criminal organisations and exposing their crimes, while the money is used to buy bananas to the poor. While he had seemingly retired for a while, he returns for a time in order to find a successor and sets his eyes on Kondo.As it turns out, the two already share history: The famous thief was once the chief priest of a shrine dedicated to the monkey god Sarugami. For a time, Kondo attended the temple school where he taught, going from a troublemaker and a thief to a diligent and kind boy. The shrine was burned down in an incident with loan sharks and since then, Kondo never returned and the chief priest turned into the thief Kozo Etekichi.
- Animal Motifs: Definitely monkeys. His given name as a thief (Etekichi Kozou) can be translated as "Lucky Monkey Boy", he’s the chief priest of a shrine dedicated to a monkey god, and he hands out bananas to the poor.
- Cool Old Guy: He might be too old for it, but he still goes out of his way to expose the real criminals and gives out food to the poor.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a proud smile, while holding hands with his student Kondo.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Takes the money he steals from criminals and buys bananas, which he then distributes to the poor.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Kondo's old teacher 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.