Characters / Gintama Yorozuya Gin

Back to the main character index.

The main characters of the series, the Yorozuya Gin is a freelancer business in the red light district of Kabukicho in Edo.
    open/close all folders 

    General Tropes 

    Gintoki Sakata 

Gintoki Sakata

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gintoki.jpg
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP), Haruka Tomatsu (JP, female), Michael Daingerfield (EN, series), Venus Terzo (EN, female), Chris Patton (EN, movie), Alfredo Martínez (Spain), Shun Oguri (Live Action movie)

A lazy, washed-up samurai living in an era when samurai are no longer needed. Gintoki resides with his friends Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place and to pay off their rent. The three of them run a freelancer business known as Yorozuya Gin (Odd Jobs Gin).

During the Joi War, he was known as the Shiroyasha or "White Demon" due to his silver hair and white coat he wore in battle, which, combined with his impressive capabilities as a swordsman, made him famous among his comrades and struck fear into the hearts of the Amanto. He fought the invaders until he realized the lack of sense in doing so, leading to him choosing to instead make a living as a freelancer for hire in Edo.

Gintoki has an insufferable sweet tooth and is also obsessed with acquiring and reading the Weekly Shōnen Jump. Despite his uncaring attitude and brash behavior, Gintoki has a great amount of pride for the old bushido code and will go to great lengths to protect anyone in trouble, be it those he considers close comrades or complete strangers.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Sakamoto always calls him "Kintoki" instead of Gintoki. Gintoki always objects to this, especially since if his name were "Kintoki", the series' title would be "Kintama", which, in Japanese, means balls.
  • Accidental Pervert: Has on three occasions groped Tsukuyo, who has in turn responded with violence. He has also pulled down Kyubei's swimsuit and looked up under their kimono at one point, with similarly predictable results.
  • The Alcoholic: No, it's not a problem for him, but he loves a drink, and he routinely gets completely drunk.
    • Although, at one point his nearest and dearest decided it was a problem and... took steps.
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Discussed and not played for laughs in the amnesia arc where he hates what he felt like he used to be. With already guilt in his heart, and the others talking about how he used to be behind his back making him hate himself even more. He even moves away and starts working in a Justaway factory, until his memory returns.
  • Anti-Hero: Gintoki isn't exactly what you'd call your typical Shonen Hero. A man of several vices, he drinks, gambles (and loses), rarely (if ever) pays his rent on time and sometimes can be quite the troll. Also, when the situation requires it, he will kill his enemies. In spite of this, Gintoki is a good person at heart and when push comes to shove, you can expect him to do the right thing.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: The Gender Bender Arc shows him to be very pretty as a woman.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Has a long string of moments where he fights back-to-back together with someone else. The most notable has to be his back-to-back fight alongside Katsura against the Harusame in the Benizakura arc.
  • Badass and Baby: In the Infant Strife arc he has to fight while carrying the baby Kanshichiro, who is falsely believed to be his son.
  • Badass Boast: He makes a lot of them before proceeding to kick ass. Below is one of the earlier ones, when he's about to take on Daraku.
    "Hey, listen. I don't care what you punks do around the universe, but this is my sword, and anywhere it can reach is my country. Bastards who come in and try to mess with my things... whether it be a shogun, whether it be space pirates, whether it be a meteorite... I’ll destroy them!"
  • Badass Normal: He's just a regular human, but through Charles Atlas Superpower and being a Determinator he manages to stand up to and defeat people of mass destruction and superpowerful aliens.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurting his True Companions is an excellent way to trigger Gintoki's change from a seemingly useless bum to the White Demon.
    • A teacher abusing his own student is another, as Jiraia learned the hard way.
    • Men that exploit and trample upon relationships tend to face the really bad side of the White Demon, as Hosen (strongest Yato) and former Shogun Sadasada find out.
  • Big Brother Instinct: At one point a one-off character actually assumes he is Shinpachi's big brother. It's also implied that he would kill any guy who tried to shack up with Kagura. In addition, Okita of all people looks up to him as something of a big brother figure, as seen when Gintoki is the first person Okita goes to after Okita's sister asked Okita if he has made any friends outside of the Shinsengumi.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Too many times to count. It's usually accompanied by some truly fantastic snarking.
  • Brain Bleach: At the end of the Scandal Arc, his reaction to learning he did sleep with Hasegawa while absolutely wasted? Run as far away as possible to a bar where he immediately begins ordering booze to get drunk enough to forget he just learned that.
  • Bridal Carry: Carries Tsukuyo in his arms after freeing her from Jiraia's web.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: An amazingly skilled fighter who could slice through a legion of enemies in seconds, yet spends his days scrambling after JUMP magazines and lounging about eating sweets.
  • Celeb Crush: Has one on Ana Ketsuno. He's absolutely thrilled at getting a chance to help her in the Onmyoji arc, but then a shikigami comes crashing into his house...
  • Character Development: While most of his development into the person he is now is shown in flashbacks, he does begin to care more openly for the people around him in the present.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: How else can one describe the human who is able to take on people of mass destruction such as the swordsman possessed by a parasite sword which can cut through warships like knife through butter and the mob boss from one of the strongest races in the universe?
  • Chick Magnet: At least two of the girls he regularly interact with (Sacchan and Tsukuyo) are confirmed to be in love with him, and a third (Tae) may or may not like him as well. He also seems to be quite popular among the courtesans of Yoshiwara, having attracted a large number of them before he ever saved them from Hosen, and his popularity only increases afterwards.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Regularly watches and reads porn, has peeped on women in the shower before, makes all sort of propositions and sexual comments, but he genuinely cares about his female friends and outright refuses to take advantage of them (probably because they kick his ass when he does it by accident).
  • Combat Pragmatist: Will use every possible advantage he can to win a fight and is not afraid to cheat outright, as seen in his duel with Kondo.
    • The first thing he does in his fight against the Onmyoji Doman is to start beating the crap out of him before he can summon his shikigami.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Remember that all the goofiness and shenanigans aside, this is a man who had lost a war, countless comrades, and his beloved sensei during the Joi war. Shoyo also found him eating off corpses with a katana in his possession.
    • Even his past after the war was not particularly bright, as Otose found him dishevelled, starving, and slumped against a tombstone in a graveyard.
    • All the hints of his dark past eventually come to a head when it's revealed that he was forced to kill Shoyo in exchange for allowing Katsura, Takasugi and himself live.
  • Determinator: Even after being pummelled and slashed to near-death, he never gives up a fight, pushing on through sheer willpower despite his injuries until he beats his enemy.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Apart from the aforementioned failed attempt to disguise himself as one of the Hyakka, he later on disguises himself as a member of the Naraku along with Tsukuyo and Nobume, which allows him to get the drop on Oboro while Tsukuyo and Nobume take care of Sadasada and his escape vessel, respectively.
  • Drunken Master: Bansai remarks while fighting him that his tune is "haphazard, like jazz" but with an undignified air, as if he were drunk.
  • Dual Wielding: Fights against Hosen with his wooden katana in one hand and a regular steel katana in the other.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: People often tell him that he has dead, fish-like eyes.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In the Onmyoji arc, he gets his wooden sword empowered by the nearby onmyoji and shikigami, allowing him to defeat Antenmaru.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • He and Jirocho unite to take on Kada's Elite Mooks together before they settle the score between each other with a Single-Stroke Battle.
    • Happens again in the Shogun Assassination arc with him and Kagura briefly fighting together with Takasugi and Kamui against the Naraku.
  • Experienced Protagonist: He was already a great war hero and extreme badass prior to the start of the series. He notably doesn't get particularly stronger either, but manages to tap back into his years of experience in battle whenever he's involved in a serious fight.
  • Expy: His notorious past as the Shiroyasha (plus his current attempt to stay out of the way of fights) is almost a Whole Plot Reference to Himura Kenshin's past as the Hitokiri Battousai. The only difference is that Gintoki has way more levity and mischief in his life than Kenshin.
  • Failure Knight: A large part of Gintoki's desire to protect others and the absurd lengths he goes to do it is due to the guilt of believing that he couldn't save or protect anyone during the war. The other part is him being Gintoki.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: It's not because he thinks it's cool to wear his clothes that way, okay?! It's because he can reach his special weapon faster if his right arm is sleeveless, understand?!
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Has a tendency to fight on bridges, ships, and boats. Sure it looks cool, but one of the problems is that he can't swim and he happens to fall off them a lot. It's rarely explained how he gets to safety again.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: For absolutely no reason, he goes through one with Sadaharu in the anime, which at the end of episode switches to Shinpachi's glasses. Of course everything's back to normal in next episode. It happens again in chapter 470, this time with Hijikata.
  • Free-Fall Fight: The latter half of his fight with Oboro has both of them falling from the top of the Shogun's palace while they fight mid-air. Gintoki wins the fight by throwing his broken bokuto into the roof below, impaling Oboro on it, while he himself just gets a very hard landing that he somehow survives.
  • Friend to All Children: He's willing to go fight a literal deathmatch in a coliseum just to make some children stop crying, in addition to singlehandedly challenging the mob boss of the strongest alien race in the galaxy to reunite a scruffy pickpocket with his mother. It's safe to say that he has a weakness for kids.
  • The Gambling Addict: He always tries to gamble his way to money, but he never succeeds.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Had a pair hanging around his neck as part of his initial character design in the manga, but dropped after the first chapter because they became a pain to draw all the time. They still appear on his scooter helmet, but he almost never actually uses them.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Pink strawberry boxers.
  • Groin Attack: May explain why he can survive many fatal wounds, as most if not all of the damages goes into his groin, including detachments, conversion, and disintegration. Also explains why it's called Gintama.
  • Has a Type: It's Zig Zagged whether he likes Tsundere characteristics or not as he claims to not like violent women, but when his Love Interest of the Dating Sim arc turned into the girl of his dreams did she turn into a fullblown tsundere after much abuse of him. He was even interested in sleeping with her, which even squicked the In-Universe hardcore Otaku out.
  • Heroic Albino: The hero of the series has white hair and red eyes — although they're sometimes colored gray in the manga.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Very loosely based on Kintaro, also known as Sakata Kintoki. Notably, they're from entirely different time periods.
  • Honor Before Reason: He takes his code of Bushido very seriously and will always do the right thing in the end no matter how dangerous it is, shown most prominently in the more serious arc.
  • Hot-Blooded: Gintoki's normally pretty lazy and relaxed, but when he's really excited he gets fired up.
  • Humble Hero: "Humble" isn't really a word that normally applies to him, but when it comes to the matter of being the Savior of Yoshiwara, he's adamant about not deserving the title and praise.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Always refers to Katsura as Zura but gets hilarious mad when Sakamoto does the same to him, calling him Kintoki instead of Gintoki.
  • Improvised Weapon: Gintoki's hands are capable of turning anything into a weapon in lieu of anything better, be it someone's pipe or the broken pieces of his own wooden sword.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Extremely well hidden, but it's there. Underneath the arrogant Narcissist who compliments hinself in the mirror, is a Death Seeker with Survivor Guilt from his Dark and Troubled Past, and all that keeps him alive is his wish to be able to protect his friends once and for all.
  • It's All My Fault: In the second movie, he learns he's the cause of the White Plague which has devastated the world. He then takes on the responsibility alone, going back in time to kill himself to prevent the incident from ever happening. A good thing the rest of the cast followed suit and helped prevent that from happening.
  • It's Personal: Sadasada and Oboro earns his eternal hatred when they're revealed to be responsible for Shoyo's arrest and execution, causing him to go into a blind rage to get back at them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and snarky to almost everyone and often scoffs off other people's problems as none of his business. However, when push comes to shove, his kindness and sense of honor pushes him beyond humanly possible limits and the juxtaposition certainly makes him seem that much more awesome.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He goes to a store that sells only the same clothes he wears. Turns out that he wears sports clothes.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Lazy, arrogant, and quite the manchild, but when the situation calls for it he will step up to the plate and prove just why he's known as the White Demon. This is lampshaded with the title There Will Be Hell to Pay when a Lazy Man Gets Angry.
  • Made of Iron: Gintoki may be human, but his toughness is anything but. He regularly survives getting skewered, slashed up in multiple ways and being hit by overwhelming blunt force. It's even lampshaded early on when both he and Shinpachi are hit by a car; Shinpachi's hospitalized in the following episode, but Gintoki is just fine. When Shinpachi questions his durability, Gintoki says it's because of all the calcium he gets from drinking strawberry milk.
  • Magnetic Hero: There's something about Gintoki that make people go out of their way to help him.
  • Manchild: Gintoki is, at his age, an enthusiastic JUMP reader who has an affinity for sweet foods.
    • In episode 250, he was even angered after finding out he didn't receive a New Year's Envelope, which is something only kids are supposed to get.
    • In general, as demonstrated in that episode, he will avoid responsibility like most people would avoid plague until things get serious. Or it's a part of the job. Or it's a good day for saving people.
  • Master Swordsman: Gintoki is one of the most skilled and dangerous swordsmen in the series, though his style is anything but typical.
  • Meaningful Echo: He first meets Otose much like he meets Shouyo-sensei — getting food from the dead. Only this time he asks.
  • Messy Hair: He has messy curled hair and hates it, often wishing he had straight hair instead.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Meet the main character: He's greedy, lazy, perverted, prone to gambling and drinking, and not all that nice a person in general. However he still has his own morals and goes out of his way to help people in need. He also has plenty of surprisingly profound life lessons to share to people.
  • Narcissist: For all of his couldn't-care-less ways, Gintoki often notes just how good-looking he is.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Has on different occasions been heavily wounded and dropped off either a bridge or fallen into the water, being presumed dead each time. Though in the case of his fight against Jiraia, he would have died of his wounds had Zenzo not been nearby to fish him out and get him to Yoshiwara for medical attention.
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: Breaks Oboro's first sword by biting it.
  • One-Man Army: Still has the reputation from the war and often goes to town on huge groups of enemies on his own.
  • Papa Wolf: He tries his best to take care of Kagura in place of her dad and serves as a heartwarming father figure in the Infant Strife Arc. His reaction to violence being committed near the child is less than calm.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts as one to Kagura in place of her absent father. She even referred to him in one episode as her "oyaji" (old man).
  • Popcultured Badass: One of the biggest in anime and manga as a whole, coming with at least 1 Shout-Out per chapter.
  • Public-Domain Character: He is named after and partially based on the semi-mythical Kintaro, also known as Kintoki Sakata. Ironically, Gin's Evil Counterpart is the one who gets this name.
  • Red Baron: Probably not a good idea to take the nickname "White Demon" lightly.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted. Despite having deep red eyes in the anime, he is not what you'd call a bad guy. However, it's played straight during the Courtesan of a Nation arc when he gets really angry at Sada Sada and Oboro. Due to the shadows, one of his eyes is little more than an ominous red glint.
  • The Reveal: A shocking truth about his past is revealed late in the series: He was the one who killed Shoyo, having been forced by the Tendoshu to make a Sadistic Choice between killing his beloved mentor to save his friends Katsura and Takasugi or killing his friends to save his mentor.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Lost many of his friends during the Joi War. While he is not out for vengeance, his grief over those losses is implied a few times and is never played for laughs.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Katsura and Ikumatsu, teasing the former about his relationship with the latter and offering to be his wingman.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Bansai pulls a "The Reason You Suck" Speech against him in the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc, telling him he has nothing left to fight for, Gintoki responds with his own speech before pulling Bansai's helicopter to the ground using his own strings against him.
    Gintoki: "Clean out your ears and listen up! I've never once fought for the sake of this cheap country. I couldn't care less if the country or the samurai fell. I have always... Then and now... ! What I protect... has never changed!"
  • Slasher Smile: He does this every now and then.
  • Sweet Tooth: To the point he invented the now infamous Strawberry Milk speech.
  • Taking the Bullet: Has twice so far taken a barrage of kunai in Tsukuyo's stead and survived it both times.
  • Team Dad: When he actually bothers to act as a responsible adult.
  • Third-Person Person: While Gintoki normally uses male pronouns, he occasionally switches to talk like this, referring to himself as Gin-san. He isn't being egoistic or anything when doing that. It's more like that he gets his point across better then. Such as "Gin-san really can't figure out how to separate trash, give him a break," for example.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Anything sweet, really, but strawberry milk (!!!) seems to be the most prominent for him, as well as chocolate parfaits and a heap of sweet adzuki beans on rice.
  • Tsundere: When he works as a host, he explicitly uses tsundere tactics to get women to visit the host club.
  • Use Your Head: Caps off his fight with Jiraia after the latter's Villainous Breakdown with a powerful headbutt.
  • Vague Age: All we know is that he is in his twenties. Most likely mid- or late-twenties.
  • Verbal Tic: Ends many of his sentences with "Oi", which is Japanese equivalent of "Hey".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Katsura and Sakamoto. And pretty much all of his friends.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Gintoki's primary weapon is a wooden sword he claims to be made out of the wood of a 10,000 year old diamond/adamantine tree, which he calls Lake Toya, but is actually bought through mail order, and it being a present from a wizard is just an urban legend Gin made up for fun.
    • The things he can do with it are incredible though, as he's managed to stab and slash people with it on occasion. Though it's somewhat mitigated by the fact that Gintoki does use steel swords when he is up against stronger opponents (i.e. his battles against Night King Hosen and Nizo possessed by Benizakura).
  • Would Hit a Girl/Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Zigzagged. He has no compulsion about hitting girls, especially in a comical way, but he has never killed one and hesitated long enough at the end of the Four Devas arc to let Kada exit the scene, despite being in perfect position to kill her and put an end to her threat.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Any weapon in his hand inevitably gets broken at one point or another in the more serious arcs.
  • X Marks the Hero: Gains a Yamcha-esque scar during the two-year "timeskip". Of course it turns out to be a fake and he was really just playing along.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Almost every single final confrontation with an Arc Villain has him barely able to stand, but somehow pulling off a win through sheer determination. Both Tae and Tsukuyo note on two seperate occasions that he'd confront the villain even if they tried to stop him, so they let him go anyway.

    Shinpachi Shimura 

Shinpachi Shimura

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shinpachi_2_194.png
Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (JP), Cole Howard (series), Mark X. Laskowski (movie) (EN), Mariano García (Spain), Masaki Suda (Live Action movie)

A 16-year-old samurai-in-training who joins Gintoki in hopes of studying under him. He stays at his family's dojo along with his older sister Otae Shimura. Although he commonly criticizes Gintoki's lazy behavior, Shinpachi comes to regard him as a very important person to him in the same fashion as Kagura.

Despite his meek, scholarly appearance, Shinpachi is a more than competent swordsman. He serves as the captain of the "Otsu's Imperial Guard," a fan club devoted to the famous idol singer Otsu and takes his role seriously.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Otae calls him "Shin-chan".
  • Alliterative Name: Shinpachi Shimura.
  • Badass on Paper: You wouldn't give him much credit due his rather average stature, but trust us, he does pull off his own weight much better than you'd expect.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted. He openly admits how much he loves his older sister at one point.
  • Butt Monkey: While far from the only one in the series, he seems to be designated this role among the main trio.
  • Cute Glasses Boy: To the point where the glasses are often identified as his only actual character trait.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He instantly falls head-over-heels for a Moe girl just because she had cat ears. His subsequent lack of judgment ends poorly for him. Although thanks to his friends, it ends worse for her.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Invoked whenever he takes up his position as head of Otsu's fan club.
  • Future Badass: Shinpachi's Bad Future self in the second movie is grown up, Darker and Edgier and much more of a badass.
  • Geek: A mild version. His passion of Otsu-chan is somewhat geeky but he's quite competent at many other things besides this.
  • The Generic Guy: Shinpachi is most often relegated to the role of straight man, so much so that he's occasionally lampooned as being little more. Later episodes make fun of the fact that his identifying character trait is his glasses, to the point where the cast addresses a pair of glasses as if they're really Shinpachi.
    • In a Ginpachi-sensei skit, Gintoki teaches viewers how to draw Shinpachi and Kagura's faces. For Shinpachi, draw a face as average as possible, then add glasses. For Kagura, draw a Shinpachi without glasses, then add two buns on the side. Then Gintoki says Shinpachi's face is the base for all other faces and if you master Shinpachi, you can draw any face.
    • In J Stars Victory VS, while Gintoki, Kagura, and Sadaharu appear as themselves, Shinpachi only appears as a pair of glasses while commentating on whatever Gintoki is doing.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Together with Otae.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In the second movie's Bad Future, he grows up to be a Tall, Dark and Handsome Bishōnen. Gets lampshaded by Gintoki, who says that he doesn't recognize those pair of glasses at all.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He is actually based on the historical person Nagakura Shinpachi, one of the captains of the Shinsengumi leader, which was given a nod in the fake Time Skip arc. He was also one of the kenjitsu instructors, hence why this Shinpachi along with his sister are Heirs To The Dojo.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Otsu-chan's biggest fan? Possibly, but he's nowhere near as good a singer as she is.
    • Despite having a usually calm and caring personality, though, Shinpachi is also well-known — particularly amongst anime viewers — for his shrill and shrieking harpy voice whenever he tries, as the show's commentating Straight Man, to keep the sanity together in whatever ridiculous situation(s) the characters have gotten themselves into yet again, regardless of often utterly failing in the end.
  • Incest Subtext: Shinpachi tends to be a little over-productive of Otae. Majority of time it's Played for Laughs. Of course, Shinpachi doesn't help his "Sister-Complex" image any; during the Virtual Girlfriend arc, his ideal girlfriend was a big sister type who also looked suspiciously similar to Otae.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Seriously, take a good look at Shinpachi, then take a good look at his seiyuu. There really is no difference at all. It gets Lampshaded in episode 241.
  • In-Series Nickname: He is often called "Patsu-san", mostly by Gintoki, and more rarely by Kagura.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Double Subverted. He switches out his usual attire for a fedora, scarf, coat, khakis, and dress shoes, and the OP even shows him wearing his new outfit, but he immediately apologizes and promises to go back to his old outfit next week.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Trends to have this attitude regarding all of Otae's would-be suitors; primarily Kondo and to a lesser degree Gintoki and Kyubei. Of course, Shinpachi's antics can also results in people accusing him of having a Sister Complex.
  • Nervous Wreck: Overreacts at anything, sometimes to the point of getting a stroke.
  • Nightmare Face: Gains one when he accidentally inhales an evil spirit in the Onsen arc.
  • The Nondescript: Second only to Yamazaki in nondescriptness, yet so much so that it's become a Running Gag that the cast talks to a pair of glasses as if it were Shinpachi.
  • No Respect Guy: Unless he's in his fanclub leader role.
  • Not So Above It All: Many, many times. Of particularly note would be the incident with Pandemonium.
  • Only Sane Man: Relatively speaking, as Shinpachi has his own quirks. But as a fairly normal person in a crazy gag series, Shinpachi is one of the few people that act with any manner of sanity.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a competent swordsman but the people around him are just ludicrously powerful.
  • Sacred First Kiss: He accidentally gets his first kiss with one of the ugly creatures called Pandemonium. It causes him to fantasize the Pandemonium's face as that of a pretty young girl (while still having the body of a bug), falling in love with it... until it's eaten by a demon.
  • Squick: In-Universe reaction to Gintoki undressing to sleep with his Dating Sim girlfriend. This is also what makes him get over his game addiction, which Otae sent Gintoki in the first place to beat out of him.
  • Stoic Spectacles: His Bad Future self in the second movie.
  • Straight Man: His main role in the series is to react with outrage at the ridiculous things that happen and lampshade the absurdity of it. Although sometimes he is Not So Above It All, which becomes important in the Time-Skip Arc, where he says he actually enjoys being wacky as everyone else and leaving the job as straight man to someone else.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes more and more badass over the course of the series, showing himself capable of taking down opponents you'd never have imagined him even standing up to at the beginning of the series.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: In the second movie's Bad Future, he grows up to be tall, handsome, and much more serious than he is now.
  • Team Mom: You'd be surprised how many traits he's got down, from his usually calm, caring personality to his occasionally displayed domestic skills, and his determination to protect those he loves. This all despite him being, you know, male. His nondescriptness might reinforce this trait.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Uses Gin's sword in the Bad Future of the second movie.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: His crossdressing persona, Pachie. He does look really cute, albeit a little plain.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Like Gintoki, he also uses wooden katanas as his Weapon of Choice, though nowhere near as effectively.

    Kagura 

Kagura

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kagura_1_7230.png
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Kouji Ishii (JP, male), Jocelyn Loewyn (series), Scott McNeil (series, male), Luci Christian (movie) (EN), Marta Méndez (Spain), Kanna Hashimoto (Live Action movie)

Seemingly an innocuous, carefree young girl of Chinese descent, Kagura is actually an alien belonging to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest and most bloodthirsty of the Amanto races. Because of her Yato blood, she is extremely strong and an incredibly fierce and capable fighter, able to singlehandedly take down multiple enemies, crush vehicles with her bare hands, and regenerate from wounds sustained in combat. She came to Earth to earn money for her family, and to escape her violent Yato heritage, which she staunchly rejects.

Kagura and Gintoki's relationship is very much a father-daughter one and she is highly protective of him, often affectionately referring to him as Gin-chan. Kagura also has an unusually strong appetite and is often seen devouring mountains of food or complaining that she's hungry. She is often seen with or riding atop of her gigantic pet dog Sadaharu.
  • Achilles' Heel: She is a cute Lightning Bruiser who can throw a car one-handed, but without her umbrella she'll get sunstroke. Though she seems to be handling the sun better than certain other Yato, being able to stay out in the sun without any harm, at least for a while. Then again, according to a Ginpachi-sensei question, she's just in the studio when we see her basking in the sun without her umbrella.
  • Action Girl: As a Yato, she is one of the strongest girls in the series, and is arguably the most powerful among the Yorozuya. Although Gintoki is an accomplished samurai with immense strength, Kagura's is incomparably and insanely powerful, so much that she could strike back an RPG with her umbrella.
  • Analogy Backfire: At one point she compares Gin, Shinpachi and herself to a human body (i.e. they work together well and have to stick together), but claims that Gin and Shin are the left arm and leg, and she is the white blood cells. The others are less than reassured after being told that they're a pile of bloody, disembodied limbs.
  • And Call Him "George"!: She unintentionally kills any cute animal she keeps (like say, a rabbit) by hugging them when she sleeps. Both Gintoki and Shinpachi were unsure whether to laugh or cry at such a story. Averted later when she gets Sadaharu, who is normally aggressive and deadly, and has the tendency to bite on anyone's head to draw blood, but for someone like Kagura, is the perfect pet.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: In both appearance and in speech mannerisms, aru. Which is why Okita calls her "China girl".
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Kagura looks quite good dressed as a male host. Though subverted when she became Kagura Dun in the Dekobokko arc, becoming a huge buff old man with a beard and a missing eye.
  • Badass Adorable: Her quirky, childish tendencies are all so endearing, but she can hold her own against an entire army if need be.
  • Badass Family: Easily qualifies, given her strength, as well as Kamui's and Umibozu's strength.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Whenever she doesn't have her Parasol of Pain, she fights using martial arts.
  • Berserk Button: Like Gintoki, any attempts to hurt her friends will be dealt with severely. Her snapping into her murderous Yato senses when Abuto nearly killed her friend Shinpachi is a case in point - she almost killed Abuto by the end of the arc, but was later revived by Sorachi since he got used to drawing him.
  • Big Eater: Her tastes are rather plain though, befitting of her childish behavior.
  • Big Sister Worship: She loves Otae, addresses her extremely respectfully, and hugs her a lot.
  • Boobs of Steel: Normally inverted as she is among the physically stronger female characters of the show, yet hardly has any breasts to speak of due to her age, but it's played straight after the fake "time skip." Then played even more straight in the second movie, in which Kagura's future self definitely qualifies.
  • Brutal Honesty: A firm practitioner of this, especially when it comes to debunking the myth of Women's Mysteries.
  • Bullet Catch: Against Matako, catching two with her fingers and one with her teeth.
  • Cain and Abel: She is the Abel, while her brother Kamui is the Cain. He seems rather indifferent but Kagura is still very sore over the attempt to kill their dad and the abandonment.
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: She really loses her temper when she pretends to run away and no one really seems to notice, but in the end she misses them and comes back, justifying it by saying that she's the only one who could put up with Gin and Shinpachi.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: Played for laughs. Like in episode 65, where she crushes her own beetle in agitation. Happily averted with Sadaharu, who's big enough to survive it.
  • Cute Bruiser: Small, adorable and super strong.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Prone to accidental mishaps due to being a super strong Yato.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Her family has... problems, to say the least.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her outfit in the second movie.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has an outspoken presence and temper to match with her hair.
  • Hair Decorations: They're jockstraps.
  • Healing Factor: Comes with being from the Yato Clan. She can heal bullet wounds in a matter of hours.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She once gets a boyfriend who turns out to be a giant Amanto, though they part at the end of the arc.
  • Human Aliens: Despite looking human, she is a Yato, a race known by their insane strength.
  • Idiot Hero: Not too bright, enjoys fights a lot, sternly clings to her ideals, and eats her hosts into poverty.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite her small size, she's both super strong and very endurable, and has speed to match with it.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Even though they're not related, Kagura really takes after Gintoki, even more so than her own father.
  • Little Miss Badass: Don't underestimate her because of her age and size, she will kick your ass several times over. She proves herself a capable, independent fighter numerous times in the series, such as going toe to toe with her elder brother, Kamui, one of the strongest Yato alive. When she was a child, she could singlehandedly beat up thugs twice her size to protect herself.
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: As mentioned in Bullet Catch, when she fights Matako she catches one of her bullets with her teeth.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When she fights for food.
  • Odango Hair: Her trademark hairdo, complete with metal bun-holders.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's 14, but looks and acts like somebody a few years younger.
  • One of the Boys: Most of her friends in Kabukicho are shown to be boys, and she does use crude language.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father is, for the most part, off fighting monsters, while her mother died of an illness. After Umibouzu's first appearance, it seems they keep in touch through letters.
  • Parasol of Pain: Dual-functionality. Sunlight deterrent (the Yato are incredibly weak to the sun's rays) and a rapid-fire projectile weapon.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Subverted due to the above, but she does love having a pretty umbrella.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She can wipe the floor with opponents physically larger than her due to her Yato heritage.
  • Pretty Freeloader: After her introduction story, she got Gintoki to take her in by punching (and cracking) the wall next to him. Now, she lives with him as a coworker/daughter-of-sorts, sleeping in his closet.
  • Qipao: One of her two outfits.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Okita's Blue Oni. They compete at everything, but are more than willing to team up against rampaging robots that ruin a festival for them.
  • She's All Grown Up: Invoked with the "Timeskip" arc when she shows up two years later taller and with boobs. Meanwhile her Bad Future self in the second movie actually plays this one straight. Gintoki even lampshades it.
  • Slasher Smile: During the time her Yato instincts took over in her fight against Abuto, her smile was constantly affixed in a psychotic grin.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Kagura hates her own Yato instincts and with good reason: When Abuto almost kills Shinpachi, she turns into a mindless berserker with no reason and control, brutally curb-stomping Abuto with a creepy smile on her face. As such, she does everything she can to maintain control over them and even subconsciously holds back on her punches to not kill people.
  • Super Strength: Being a Yato, Kagura is by far the physically strongest of the Yorozuya.
  • Technical Pacifist: Does not like killing and subconsciously holds back her true strength in fights to avoid killing anyone, but she sure isn't afraid of beating somebody up.
  • Third Law of Gender Bending: It is a Running Joke in Gintama that when Kagura had the chance to become a male, she turns into a scary old man befitting her violent personality. For example in the Genderbend Arc, instead of following the standard tropes of Rule63 she turns into Xiahou Dun - a historical chinese general who instilled fear in his enemy by plucking and eating his own eyeball.
  • Tomboy: Often very crude and blunt in her manner of speaking.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Crude manners, hangs out with boys, but she also has girly interests and really likes cute things.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sukonbu, or pickled seaweed.
  • Tsundere: Becomes this in the Bad Future of the second movie. Gintoki comments that her personality finally matches her voice actress.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Only invoked once thus far when Shinpachi is mere seconds from death and her innate Yato instincts are awakened, turning her into a rampaging monster.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one ever seems to find the presence of an ultra-rare alien worthy of comment, even though she's apparently identifiable on sight as otherworldly. Although it's implied that most bystanders believe her to be Chinese.
  • Verbal Tic: Ends many of her sentences with "aru", a typical speech pattern for Chinese characters in Anime (which is translated as "uh-huh" in the Viz licensed volumes). In the Mexican Spanish dub, she speaks with a slight Chinese accent, without going overboard with it.
  • Volleying Insults: Whenever she and Okita meet, this is usually what happens, when they're not at each other's throat that is.
  • Waif-Fu: She may look like a little girl, but she's really a super strong Yato fighter.

    Sadaharu 

Sadaharu

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sadaharu_2381.png

Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Kyle Jones (movie) (EN)

A huge dog that was abandoned on their doorstep by a pair of Miko sisters. At first Gin and Shinpachi weren't too keen of the idea of Sadaharu living at Yorozuya, thanks to his habit to chew on anything smaller than himself (including humans), but as the time has passed in series they have become attached to him too and he has become tamer and friendlier towards everyone as well, even letting Kagura ride on his back regularly. Shinpachi and Gintoki too, when the situation is serious enough and they need to get somewhere fast.

Sadaharu was named after Kagura's first pet rabbit which she accidentally killed while having a nightmare. After that incident, she vowed to never go near animals again, were the same thing happen again. Since Sadaharu is pretty strong himself, she doesn't have that problem with him. After seeing how important that is to Kagura, Gintoki agrees to take him in.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/GintamaYorozuyaGin