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Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN, movie)A former comrade of Gintoki during the Joi War. Even after the Amanto take-over of Japan, Katsura continues to resist the Amanto, and has amassed a band of followers known as the Anti-Foreigner Faction, which is in continuous, direct conflict with the Shinsengumi.Although his initial methods were more violent in nature, Katsura has since come to believe that there are people important to him in Edo, and decides that he no longer wants to destroy the country. He and his faction now seek a way to bring about change without causing needless bloodshed.Since he is a wanted man, Katsura is often seen wearing disguises (which are always completely ineffectual). Katsura sometimes works odd jobs to raise money for his terrorist activities and is often seen trying to coerce Gintoki into assisting him with his eccentric endeavors. He is always accompanied by his pet, Elizabeth, whom he cares deeply for. Gintoki often calls him "Zura," to which he will typically respond with "Not Zura, it's Katsura."
- Accidental Misnaming: Zura ja nai, Katsura daaa!
- Alliterative Name: Kotaro Katsura.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Invoked as Zurako when he is forced into drag with Gintoki by Saigo.
- Badass: He did fight in the Amanto war alongside Gintoki, after all. He's still pretty badass in the present too, best shown in the Benizakura arc.
- Bishōnen: Comes with his voice actor.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: At least initially. His Cartoon Bombs are still indicative of his scatterbrained nature.
- Bunny Ears Terrorist: His actions and reasoning are often incredibly eccentric and strange but he's displayed a shocking amount of competence in managing to evade the Shinsengumi day-after-day. Need it be pointed out again that he fought side-by-side with Gintoki during the Joi War?
- Catch Phrase: "Zura ja nai, Katsura da!"
- Along with the myriad variations such as: "I'm not Zura, I'm Captain Katsura.", "It's not disgusting, it's Elizabeth.", "I'm not a monk, I'm Katsura.", "I'm not Zura, I'm Zurako", "I'm not Fruit Punch Samurai, I'm Katsura.", "I'm not Zura, I'm a pine tree.", "I'm not Mr. K., I'm Katsura.", "I'm not K_tsura, I'm Katsura.", "It's not rap, it's Katsu-rap, yo!", "I'm not Mario, I'm Katsu—.", "I'm not Zura, I'm Katsuo." Episode 176 has an incomplete list of this.
- Now that he believes his role has been taken over by Kyuubei, his new catch phrase is "I am/was on standby the entire time."
- Character Development: Started out willing to go to any extreme to destroy everyone and everything related to the new Edo. Thanks to Gintoki and the Yorozuya, he's softened his stance and only goes against the government and Amanto and is now seen by the Shinsengumi as a moderate rebel. Doesn't mean he's not any less dangerous though.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He thought that Gintoki could hide from some ronin in an empty tin can, keeps Elizabeth as a partner without so much as a single question (completely ignoring the fact that it's just a guy in a costumenote ), and fends off attackers using poisoned fried rice and curry as a weapon. Heck, when he had a Newtype reaction, he can only say completely nonsensical things!
- Here's a really extreme example: he once went out for a pleasant bicycle ride... through a safari park during the Popularity Poll arc, just because he wanted to see the animals' paws up close—while everyone that has a lower ranking than him wants to kill him.
- Cosplay Otaku Terrorist: He's so single-mindedly incompetent at disguising himself that it might just be something he does for fun."He likes his pet alright, but he loves his costume, uh-huh" as Kagura put it once when he showed up in Captain Harlock cosplay for the second time. Live on television, no less. Using Captain Katsuura as his alias.
- The Comically Serious: Subverted because we see him doing something utterly stupid or weird more times than we see him be serious, but he remains perfectly serious during all of his appearances.
- Crossdresser: He has a crossdressing "persona" named Zurako.
- Cuteness Proximity: Has a weakness for cute animals and will often be overcome with a desire to pet them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Together with Gintoki and Takasugi, he lost a war, probably countless comrades and more importantly his teacher. Considering how the Bafuku killed Shoyo-sensei and how he found out about it, it is a miracle that Zura is not batshit insane like Takasugi.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may want to kill the Shogun, but he will not do it when the Shogun is naked and has his dick out aiming at him. In fact he insist Kondo protect him!
- Eyepatch of Power: Always wears one as part of his Captain Katsura disguise. His future self in the second movie also sports bandages over his eye in the same manner as Takasugi.
- 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.
- Historical-Domain Character: Katsura Kogoro, later known as Kido Takayoshi.
- Historical In-Joke: A lot of his characterisation is based on his historical counterpart's nickname "Running Kogoro", as he lived a lot longer than most rebels by virtue of clever disguises and running away when he needed to. In one chapter he hides from the Shinsengumi with a ramen shopkeeper named Ikumatsu, and falls in love with her. The real-life Katsura met his wife, a geisha named Ikumatsu, while in hiding from his enemies.
- Insane Troll Logic: Just look at the exam he wrote...
- Likes Older Women: Has a thing for married women and widows, according to Gintoki. There was also the incident with Ikumatsu, which Gintoki teases him for much later on in the manga.Gintoki: "Zura, might you have ****** with Ikumatsu?"
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy. Long hair? Check. Bishonen? Check.
- Lovable Coward: He can fight, but he will run away from losing battles, as indicated by an early flashback in which he tries to persuade Gin to do the same. (See Historical In-Joke above.)
- Master of Disguise: Or so he thinks. He's managed to fool the Shinsengumi at least.
- Nice Hat: Often disguises himself as a monk, complete with a monk's straw hat.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Whether he dresses up as a priest, as Captain Katsura (Dattebayo/Believe it!), or as Katsuo, almost nobody (excluding Gintoki & co.) ever seems to recognize him, despite baring his unaltered face in plain sight. A lot of times, he doesn't even bother going for secrecy:After accidentally stepping on a kid's toy, disguised as a priest.Kid: "Hey, smelly priest!"
- Moreover, when he's interviewed by Hanano, he's outraged with the network altering his voice, obscuring his face with a mosaic, and using an alias instead of his real name. Instead, he has them stop, using only a pair of gag glasses as a disguise, and he even takes those off just to eat some ramen.
- Pocket Protector: Carries around an old school book which saves his life against Nizo.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds / Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gintoki. Gintoki normally thinks of him as a bother, but they've been around each other since childhood. The flip side of that is that Katsura is extremely serious about keeping Kagura and Shinpachi safe, claiming that Gintoki wouldn't forgive him otherwise.
- When they're on the same side, Kondo and Katsura get along great.
Voiced by: Shinji Takamatsu, Tōru Furuya (in Episodes 234 & 235) (JP), Andrew Love (EN, movie)Katsura's right hand... duck/penguin-costume-guy-thingy. Originally a present from Sakamoto, Elizabeth hangs around with Katsura, who doesn't even think twice about treating it like a dear friend (and not some person in a costume). It almost never talks, preferring to communicate with signboards (which it uses as weapons, whenever necessary). Real name is General Eren, and belongs to the mercenary race of Renho.Or not, as there are (at least) two Elizabeths: General Eren is apparently a temp who fills in on mondays, while the regular Elizabeth's identity remains unknown.
- Author Avatar: It has been revealed that underneath the costume is the director, although this is obviously a gag exclusive to the anime adaptation.
- BFG: Sometimes uses a bazooka.
- Carry a Big Stick: His Bad Future self in the second movie wields a huge spiky mace.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Or ducks... or whatever Elizabeth is supposed to be.
- Future Badass: His Bad Future self in the second movie is extremely buff and fights with a huge spiky mace.
- Homage: Elizabeth seems to like dressing up as a reference to Golgo13, while Eren is a complete shout out to Amuro Ray. Heck, they even pilot the same Gundam and are voiced by the same person.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Elizabeth's appearance already seems like a costume, but look at Elizabeth when it's running, and you'll see flippers being worn by hairy legs. More obviously, when its mouth is open, you can see either glowing eyes or a man (the director).
- Put on a Bus: Subverted! In probably the greatest moment of trolling in the series, at the end of the Renho Arc Elizabeth/General Eren presumably leaves with the rest of the Renho forever, only for it to be revealed that General Eren was just a temp who fills in on mondays while the regular Elizabeth is away. The characters reacted much the same way as the audience.
- The Quiet One: It talks once in a while (emphasis on while), but usually, it just communicates through instant signboards.
- The Rival: He strikes up a rivalry with the Shinsengumi's Saito Shimaru... because they have the same gimmick of talking with signboards.
- Talking with Signs: Always uses signboards to communicate. Well, except for the times he's the director...
- Weapon of Choice: Those signboards. Well, that, or the bazooka.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (JP), Chris Ayres (EN, movie)A former comrade of Gintoki during the Joi War. He is perpetually cheerful and upbeat even in the most dire of situations. Despite his goofy nature, Sakamoto is actually a successful businessman and pilot with a private, well-equipped defensive business fleet: The Kaientai. Sakamoto's goal is to use trade to improve relations and negotiations between Earth and the Amanto in order to bring about freedom in a peaceful manner.
- Badass Longcoat: Subverted most of the time, as he rarely ever does anything badass while wearing it. Though it's actually played straight when he headbutts the remnant leader of the Chidori Space Pirates.
- Bring My Red Jacket: He wears a red longcoat and is prone to being physically abused and bleeding.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be goofy, but he's actually a quite competent businessman (when he actually does work that is). During the Renho Arc, he even gets most of the Renho to join their side by working out a business deal.
- Chivalrous Pervert: A goofy variation of this.
- Cool Shades: Always wears them in the present.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sakamoto's mind is not of this world.
- 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.
- 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 WatanabeSakamoto's serious, down-to-earth second-in-command, and the real leader behind the Kaientai.Competent and reliable, Tatsuma usually leaves her in charge of everything while he's away... which is 90% of the time. A Running Gag in the series is her trying to find him. As we later learn, she's actually a Yato and former member of the Chidori Space Pirates.
- Action Girl: It took a long time, but the arc detailing her backstory finally showed her to be one.
- A Day in the Limelight: After more than 400 chapters since her introduction and never having been in the spotlight for long, we finally got an arc detailing who she is and where she comes from starting with chapter 477.
- Badass: To the point where Gintoki questions if she is a Yato.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Played straight and subverted. While she is Sakamoto's assistant, this only applies when he's aboard his ship. When he isn't she's the one in charge.
- Bifauxnen: Dresses and speaks like a man in the present day.
- Combat Stilettos: Wore high-heeled boots into combat when she was younger.
- The Comically Serious: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Number Two: Serves as Sakamoto's second-in-command, which means she practically runs the entire Kaientai most of the time.
- Pirate Girl: Used to be one before Sakamoto picked her up.
- The Reliable One: To Tatsuma. She always backs him up during his dealings and transactions or when they're fighting.
- The Stoic: Not an Ice Queen though. Just serious.
- Thigh-High Boots: Wore a pair of long, high-heeled boots when she was younger.
- The Woman Behind the Man: She pretty much runs everything concerning Sakamoto's business.
- Women Are Wiser: A variation. She isn't more moral than Sakamoto. Just more realistic and practical.
Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Carli Mosier (EN, movie)A female ninja and former member of the now disbanded Oniwabanshū nicknamed Sa-chan. She meets Gintoki when she falls through his roof during a failed mission and has since become infatuated with him, much to his chagrin. Her feelings for him seem to be encouraged, as she enjoys being put down and threatened by him, due to her blatant masochism.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Played with. It's not her looks that Gintoki finds abhorrent, it's her attitude and her perverted persona.
- Action Girl: Don't be fooled by her silly antics, she is a quite capable fighter when she's not otherwise distracted.
- Assassin Outclassin': Often shown failing at carrying out her assassinations due to her glasses.
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: She works at a "kunoichi cafe", wearing a Highly-Visible Ninja costume between assassination jobs.
- Beauty Mark: It's under the corner of her eye.
- Big Damn Heroes: 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.
- Detached Sleeves: Wears a purple pair on each arm.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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: Well regarded as one of the most skilled ninja in the Oniwabanshu, proving it in spades when he takes on Jiraia's mooks on his own.
"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 Boast: Makes one when he saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks.
- 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 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: Him 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: Retired at the time of his death, but seemingly still quite skilled.
- 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.
- Reverse Grip: Held two short swords like this 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 aristocratic young lady who was brought up as a male in order to succeed her family's clan. She dresses and behaves like a boy due to her upbringing. She was close friends with Tae Shimura when they were children, and lost her left eye protecting her when they were young. The incident also left her with the determination to become stronger and improve her skills.
- Action Girl: She's able to give Hijikata a run for his money while simultaneously taking down several Shinsengumi members. In one blow.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In the Gender Bender Arc, though she doesn't change much except for getting taller and having a spiky ponytail. Tae, who was not affected by the gender bending, certainly approved though.
- Ambiguously Bi: While still in love with Otae, she might also have some feelings for Gintoki.
- Badass: Giving even Hijikata a run for his money.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a long and stylish white samurai's coat to go with her badassery.
- Bifauxnen: Not all that surprising, given her somewhat masculine appearance.
- Bokukko: Due to how she was raised, she uses masculine pronouns.
- Boyish Short Hair: Kyubei's Bad Future self in the second movie has cut her hair really short, which makes her look more like a boy.
- Butch Lesbian: She's more typically manly than Tae.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She really wanted to be feminine when she was younger, wearing beautiful kimonos and doing girly things but wasn't allowed to. She seems to hesitantly enjoy wearing feminine clothes when she has to, but since she isn't used to it she gets easily embarrassed about it.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: With Tae! They work everything out after Kyubei's arc, though she continues to pine after her.
- The Comically Serious: Prone to acting silly while remaining completely serious. Katsura regards this as a character overlap between them and wants her to change her character archetype.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to the Yorozuya, she comes around to befriend them.
- Distaff Counterpart: Katsura considers her his due to both of them being The Comically Serious.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch to cover her lost left eye.
- Failure Knight: Failing to save Tae and Shinpachi from their Evil Debt Collectors and losing her eye in the process is what motivated her to get strong enough to protect Tae.
- Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Tae after asking her to uphold her end of their promise.
- Gayngst / Incompatible Orientation: Kyubei is in love with Otae but believes she can't be with her as a woman.
- Gender Flip: Of Yagyu Jubei, no less.
- Hates Being Touched: Not so much hate being touched in general as being touched by men. She's got nothing against men per se, but she'll hurl any guy who tries to touch her. Even if that guy's the Shogun!
- Heir to the Dojo: Part of the reason why she was raised as a man.
- Nice Hat: Wears a large straw hat that obscures her face when she first appears, though it's never seen again after that.
- Ojou: As the heir to a rich family of celebrities, she commands 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 issues would put it mildly...
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In her first arc she gives several to Shinpachi, pointing out how he is so weak that he has to rely on and hide behind others, such as his sister, and that because of it he is unable to let her go and be herself. She pretty much takes it all back after her defeat.
- Sarashi: Wears a sarashi in the anime's 7th ending, which features all of the male characters shirtless. As the ending was featured during her arc, it's sort of a spoiler pointing towards her true gender, if it wasn't obvious enough already.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: During the few times she gets to dress as a girl.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's not so much attracted to women in general as she is just in love with Tae.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's calm and controlled on the outside, but she is really a sweet person on the inside.
- Tomboy: A result of her upbringing. She speaks and acts like a man.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Transgender: The series isn't entirely clear on how Kyubei personally sees her gender; on one hand there are episodes where Kyubei tries to get in touch with her feminine side after having lived her entire life as a male—sometimes discreetly pleased and sometimes uncomfortable—while on the other several episodes throw in the mention that Kyubei still, after her introduction arc, has interest in "becoming a man." Her feelings for Tae seem to be the primary reason. Her angst and confusion over her identity and feelings for Tae even become the catalyst for the Gender Swap Arc.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Part of her male-oriented cultivation.
- Yagyu Jubei: Kyubei is loosely based on him.
Voiced by: Takaya KurodaKyubei's father, who like his own father is very short of stature. He is very obsessed with maintaining his clan's image as celebrities, to the extent where he keeps a persian cat despite hating them. He tries to implore the rest of the family to live up to their celibrity status, usually to no avail. His wife died after giving birth to Kyubei and in order to protect Kyubei's status in the clan, he refused to take another wife. He thus decided to raise her as a boy instead in order to succeed the clan and keep her place in the family.
- 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: He may not look like much, but he's a quite capable asskicker, managing to match blades with Gintoki.
- 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.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's absolutely tiny, though according to Kyubei, people in her 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 she has stated on one occasion that she has never liked him from the beginning and never shys away from responding with physical abuse.His obsession with making Kyubei happy is most pronounced when he repeatedly tries to force her to wear gothic lolita outfits, claiming they suit her perfectly. Despite his radical approach to caring for his master, he geninuely has the best of intentions for both Kyubei and the Yagyu family. He is generally incredibly calm and composed in both appearance and mannerisms although he easily becomes agitated whenever anything concerning his master is brought up.
- Battle Butler: As he is a part of the Yagyu clan and has been entrusted with the safety of its successor, he is a highly skilled combatant.
- Berserk Button: Ah, he sure loves eating his raw egg yolk on his rice... but when the yolk breaks...
- Butt Monkey: Past his first arc, he's never treated with any respect, being the subject of much physical and verbal abuse.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Combine this with his seiyuu and this should remind you of someone.
- Dude, She's a Lesbian: Still can't figure that one out.
- Eyes Always Shut: A part of his perpetually calm demeanor. He almost never opens them, but they're shown to be green.
- Fan Disservice: The less is said about his crossdressing incident, the better.
- Incompatible Orientation: With Kyubei, who's clearly in love with Tae and uninterested in men.
- Keigo: He generally speaks in a very polite manner, using masu and desu instead of the short dictionary forms usually employed in normal male-speech.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He has an obsession with beating a raw, unbroken egg yolk on his rice for meals and has been shown to fly into a rage if the yolk breaks.
Voiced by: Ryōko 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.
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: Immensely talented and super powerful onmyoji, well respected and looked up by everyone that knows him (if they're not envious of him that is).
- Badass: He's quite capable of mopping the floor with anyone, especially after releasing his full power.
- 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.
- Ass Shove: A frequent victim and just like Zenzo, he's also got hemorrhoids, which definitely doesn't help.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gets turned into a demonic giant when Antenmaru fully takes over his body.
- Butt Monkey: Emphasis on butt, as he claims to have hemorrhoids.
- Demonic Possession: By Antenmaru, an evil spirit long since thought to be vanquished.
- Disney Death: He initially appears to die when Antenmaru is defeated, only for him to show up alive and well after the end of the arc, with no reason provided. The characters are also surprised about it.
- Evil Former Friend: 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: Uses it to make it so that Ana Ketsuno's weather forecasts end up being wrong.
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.
AntenmaruAn 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.
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.
- 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 however.
- 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, who's so thin and tired after giving birth.
- Cool Shades: Has a pair of sunglasses that look pretty cool. Too bad the rest of him doesn't.
- Defector from Decadence: Once a high-ranking member of the guard, but decided to defect to stop Otohime's plans, being labelled a rebel in the process.
- Nerd Glasses: The glasses he normally wear aren't particularly flattering when combined with his 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.
- Artificial Renho: He's completely robotic.
- Brain in a Jar: As Sagi, this is how he actually looks like.
- Breath Weapon: Shoots powerful laser beams out of his mouth.
- Captain Ersatz: A deliberate parody of Darth Vader.
- Healing Factor: A robotic variation. He will self-repair if severely damaged, as seen when Katsura cuts him in half.
- The Quiet One: Even had it enforced as a rule for the Renho and doesn't even speak himself. However, as soon as he becomes voiced, he hams it up.
- Talking with Signs: Established it as a rule among the Renho and employs it himself. Of course, when he begins speaking for real, he drops it.
- Vader Breath: Comes with being a parody of Darth Vader.
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.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Fujiko.
- 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.
- The Tease: Flirts and flaunts her assets to get others flustered.
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.
- Artificial Limbs: It's hidden underneath a glove and a long sleeve, but his left arm's actually a prosthetic.
- Badass: Fighting evenly with Hosen for days, while Gintoki barely survived fighting Hosen to a standstill, even with some help from the Hyakka? Blocking a Wave Motion Gun with his umbrella? He more than qualifies.
- 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: Kamui tried to kill him, and Umibozu 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.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He wears a pair of goggles, but their actual purpose is unknown.
- Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: Used to have a nice long braid before his onset of baldness.
- Healing Factor: As a Yato Clan member he presumably has this.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was wild and manly in his younger days. He also had a large mane of black hair.
- Lightning Bruiser: Being a Yato, he has strength, speed and endurance to match.
- Meaningful Name: Umibozu is a legendary creature who lives in the ocean, characterized for having a big, bald head.
- One-Man Army: Umibozu 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: he was long only known as Umibozu, but his real name is 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: Pretty much one of the strongest characters in the series.
- World's Strongest Man: Along with Hosen. Now the sole holder of the title, though Kamui seems to be getting there...
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 say 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: "Where the hell is your mother from?!"
- "Oh, if you don't shape up right now, I'm gonna tear that mole right off!"
- In-Series Nickname: Otsu.
- 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 Purple Hair: In the anime at least.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wears long socks that reach up to below her short skirt.
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.
- 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 Adoptive 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.
- Historical-Domain Character: Loosely based on the historical Yoshida Shoin.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long-haired? Check. Boyish good looks? Check.
- The Mentor: To Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi.
- The Obi-Wan: Considering how he taught Gintoki, Katsura, and Takasugi everything they know about the path of bushido and the amount of respect those three still have for him in return, Shoyo-sensei definitely qualifies despite appearing only in brief flashbacks.
- Off with His Head!: The Bakufu ordered him executed and had his head cut off. The person who did said deed? Gintoki.
- 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: 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).
- Authority in Name Only: We haven't actually seen his planet. Or see him do anything other than be an idiot.
- 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 is to be humiliated, beaten up and chewed on.
- 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's about it.
- Dull Surprise: His "acting" while dubbing over Takasugi and the other characters in the anime. All of it, really.
- Gonk: Just look at him.
- No Respect Guy: Despite his supposed authority, nobody takes him seriously.
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.
- Butt Monkey: Like his boss.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Used to be a recurring Butt Monkey alongside the prince, but just like him he stopped making appearances in the manga, though he also made a brief appearance in the anime's episode 252.
- Dirty Coward: Will gladly offer up the prince to save his own hide.
- Jerkass: He's rude and constantly insults everybody, including the prince.
- Never My Fault: While he previously chastised some assistants on the possibility of breaking glass cages containing rare aliens, he quickly tries to shift away blame when he himself breaks one of them.
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.
- Disposable Woman: A textbook example. She was Sogo's sister, Hijikata's First Love and beloved by the whole Shinsengumi. She was treated accordingly i.e. killed off to push the guys' story and never mentioned again once her arc was over. Sougo does refer to her indirectly though.
- 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.
- 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.
- So Proud of You: Tells Sogo this with her last breath.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tabasco and spicy food.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Kind-hearted and loved by all, she inevitably ends up dying in the hospital.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Kind-hearted, devoted and loyal to a fault.
Voiced by: 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 one to Professor Meguro, but very quickly takes over the Arc Villain role.
- Faking the Dead: Meguro thought he’d killed Ryuzan, but as it turned out he was in his new android body, who got up after the attempt and then used the news of his death to his advantage.
- From a Single Cell: A variation. He claims that as long as his central processor is intact his body will repair itself and that said processor is tinier than a single micron. Gintoki gets through this by shoving him in the way of the beam of energy under the Terminal.
- Healing Factor: His body will always repair itself so long as his central processor is safe.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Sort of. As a human Ryuzan Hayashi was desperate to avoid loneliness, causing him to create androids as company for both himself and his sick daughter. Unfortunately he ended up killing her when he tried to transfer her personality data over into Tama.
- Kick the Dog: Ordering the employees of the Hayashi Research Institute to be crushed to death.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Screams it out to Tama as his last words before being destroyed completely.
- The Starscream: Betrays his apparent master Meguro and takes over in his stead.
- The Stoic: More than justified by being an android.
- Waistcoat of Style: Wore one initially but then adds a red longcoat on top of it after betraying his master.
Voiced by: 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.
Asaemon IkedaA rogue member of the Ikeda Clan, which comprise a long line of sword testers and executioners for the Bakufu. She is on the run for supposedly murdering the clan’s former head, who had previously adopted her. She grew up and bonded with her adoptive brother, who would eventually take on the position as the clan’s head and the name Yaemon. It's quickly revealed that the former head had aided a number of criminals to escape because he believed them to be innocent. The matter was handled within the clan, allowing him to commit seppuku with Asaemon as his second.She takes over the clan and the name of Yaemon at the end of the Shinigami Arc.
- Abusive Parents: Her real father was a Dirty Coward who hit her and tried to sell her to the Hitotsubashi in exchange for his own life.
- Achilles' Heel: The Ikeda style of swordsmanship is mainly used for the sake of quick and painless executions. While it's very effective in combat, the style has a critical weakness in that the user is left open after an attack, which can be exploited by making the user waste their attack.
- Action Girl: 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's an executioner wearing black clothes along with a creepy skull mask, but has a kind heart.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Towards her brother Yaemon when she finds out he sold her and Gintoki out to the Hitotsubashi.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her left sock is much longer than her right, and she wears an armwarmer on her left arm.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She met Gintoki when she was a child when he appeared before the Hitotsubashi in an attempt to get them to spare the people her father sold out, including herself.
- Happily Adopted: By the former head of the Ikeda Clan, though it didn't end happily.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her style of swordsmanship involves quickly drawing, slashing and then sheathing the sword again in the blink of an eye.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Most swordsmen in the series get some improbable feats, but she and her brother Yaemon take it to another level with the special techniques of the Ikeda Clan, which allows them to cut things in a way so they either stay attached or can be easily reattached. The primary use of the technique lies in executing criminals without letting their heads fall off, letting them die with some semblance of dignity.
- In the Hood: While she mostly keeps it down, she wears a hooded cloak.
- Legacy Character: Invoked, Yaemon hands over his name and leadership of the Ikeda Clan to Asaemon, as it is tradition for every head of the clan to bear the name.
- That Man Is Dead: Declares Asaemon to be dead and executed after taking on the name Yaemon and leadership of the Ikeda Clan. To symbolize this she cuts her skull mask in half.
- Zettai Ryouiki: One leg only.
Chidori CaptainA captain of the Chidori Space Pirates, which was in the past an organization rivaling the Harusame. He used to supervise the Governor-General’s daughter and had plans to shape and rule beside her. Too bad for him he encountered Sakamoto, who ended up taking both the daughter and his fleet, turning them into the Kaientai. With the Chidori now a broken shadow of its former strength, the Captain seeks revenge against the people that stole his fleet and ruined his ambitions.
- The Chew Toy: He’s constantly puked on, injured and treated with virtually no respect from anybody but his crew.
- The Faceless: His face is almost constantly obscured; whether it be by smoke, puke or bandages. The above image is the closest look you’ll get of his face.
- No Name Given: Whatever his name is, nobody mentions it.
- The Remnant: Leads one of the few remaining cells of the Chidori Space Pirates, which once rivaled the Harusame.
- Space Pirate: In particular, he dealt in slave trade.
- The Starscream: Planned to usurp Mutsu as the Governor-General with her father dead.
Kozo EtekichiA famous thief, known for stealing from criminal organisations and exposing their crimes, while the money is used to buy bananas to the poor. While he had seemingly retired for a while, he returns for a time in order to find a successor and sets his eyes on Kondo.As it turns out, the two already share history: The famous thief was once the chief priest of a shrine dedicated to the monkey god Sarugami. For a time, Kondo attended the temple school where he taught, going from a troublemaker and a thief to a diligent and kind boy. The shrine was burned down in an incident with loan sharks and since then, Kondo never returned and the chief priest turned into the thief Kozo Etekichi.
- Animal Motifs: Definitely monkeys. His given name as a thief (Etekichi Kozou) can be translated as “Lucky Monkey Boy”, he’s the chief priest of a shrine dedicated to a monkey god, and he hands out bananas to the poor.
- Cool Old Guy: He might be too old for it, but he still goes out of his way to expose the real criminals and gives out food to the poor.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a proud smile, while holding hands with his student Kondo.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Takes the money he steals from criminals and buys bananas, which he then distributes to the poor.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Kondo’s old teacher and appropriately, he ends up dying while sharing a heartfelt moment with his student.
- Stealth Clothes: Appropriately for a thief in the setting. Surprisingly for the trope, he’s actually competent.
Rappa MomochiHead 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.
Gaimon FujibayashiHead of the Fujibayashi clan and one of the three great leaders of the Iga ninja clans alongside Zenzo Hattori and Rappa Momochi.
- An Arm and a Leg: Hijikata cuts off one of his leg in a surprise attack. He still attempts a shot at the Shogun despite it.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They’re massive and bushy.
- Evil Old Folks: Seems rather elderly, but has by no means any noble intentions.
- Fast Tunnelling: He only has his bare hands to dig with, yet is so fast at tunnelling he can appear in another location in seconds.
- Large and In Charge: He’s a huge, yeti-like man, yet also leads one of the great Iga ninja clans.
- Oh, Crap: In addition to losing his leg, he’s beyond shocked to learn that the Shogun faked his death and is disguised among Momochi’s ninjas.
- The Quisling: Betrays Iga to let the Yato in and wreck havoc in the region, all for a chance to ally with them and earn him a place in the new world after destroying the Bakufu.
- 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.