Characters: Gintama Yorozuya Gin
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The main characters of the series, the Yorozuya Gin is a freelancer business in the red light district of Kabukicho in Edo.
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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 by accident, who has in turn responded with violence. He has also pulled down Kyubei's swimsuit and looked up under her 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.
- 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.
- Badass: Not immediately apparent, but once you get to know him...
- Badass and Baby: During the Infant Strife arc where he has to fight while carrying the baby Kanshichiro, who's 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... Iíll destroy them!"
- Berserk Button: Hurting his True Companions is an excellent way to trigger Gintoki's change from a seemingly useless bum to the White Demon.
- Let's not forget the how he was first introduced to us.
- 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.
- Best Served Cold: Towards Oboro.
- 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 this way 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: Inverted. He has a Mysterious Past that is revealed depending on the particular arc, showing us how Gintoki became who the man he is today.
- 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. He also seems to be quite popular among the regular courtesans of Yoshiwara, having attracted a large number trying to get him as customer when Seita first led him there, before he ever saved them from Hosen.
- Chivalrous Pervert
- 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.
- 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.
- Determinator: Shows himself to be one during the climax of any serious arc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?!
- "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.
- 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.
- Heroic Albino: He has white hair and red eyes—although they're gray in the manga.
- Historical-Domain Character: Kintaro or... Sakata Kintoki.
- 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, as shown in several arcs.
- 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.
- 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.
- It's Personal: Towards Sadasada and Oboro when they're revealed to be responsible for Shoyo's arrest and execution.
- 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.
- Let's Get Dangerous: He loves this trope so much.
- Lampshaded with the title There Will Be Hell to Pay when a Lazy Man Gets Angry.
- Made of Iron: 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
- Meaningful Echo: He first meets Otose much like he meets Shouyo-sensei — getting food from the dead. Only this time he asks.
- Messy Hair: And he hates it.
- Mr. Vice Guy
- 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- One-Man Army
- 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).
- Public Domain Character / Very Loosely Based on a True Story: He is named after and partially based on the semi-mythical Kintaro, also known as Kintoki Sakata.
- 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.
- 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 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!: Gintoki gives one to Bansai in the Shinsengumi Rebellion Arc in response to the latter's "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how Japan under the Amanto's dominion is doomed to rot away and how there's nothing left for Gintoki to fight for. Followed by him pulling his helicopter to the ground using his strings against him.
: "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: Despite being male, he's explicitly said to use incredible tsundere tactics at least once.
- 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-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 uses one 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. Both Tae and Tsukuyo note on two seperate occasions that he'd confront them even if they tried to stop him, so they let him go anyway.
Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN, 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.
- Alliterative Name: Shinpachi Shimura.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: He's terribly sensitive about not having a girlfriend, which even children tease him about at times.
- 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
- Distracted by the Sexy: He instantly falls head-over-heels for a Moe 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.
- Historical-Domain Character: Of Nagakura Shinpachi.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Otsu-chan's biggest fan? Possibly, but he's nowhere near as good a singer as she is.
- House Husband / 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.
- 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.
- 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: "Pachi-san", mostly from Gintoki, more rarely from Kagura.
- The Leader: Of the fan club.
- Like Brother and Sister: Between him and Kagura.
- Nervous Wreck: Overreacts at anything, sometimes to the point of getting a stroke.
- 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 / Only Sane Employee / Straight Man: Relatively speaking.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a competent swordsman but the people around him are just ludicrously powerful.
- Sacred First Kiss: His is with Pandemonium.◊ It actually breaks him out of his Straight Man persona.
- Stoic Spectacles: His Bad Future self in the second movie.
- 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.
- 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.
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 fighters, 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
- 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 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".
- 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.
- Little Miss Badass
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Whenever she doesn't have her Parasol of Pain, she uses this fighting style.
- Berserk Button: Like Gintoki, any attempts to hurt her friends will be dealt with severely.
- 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 practicioner of this, espcially 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.
- Fiery Redhead: Has an outspoken presence and temper to match with her hair.
- 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.
- Idiot Heroine: 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.
- 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.
- 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: Shown only once, during Yoshiwara Arc. And it was permanently on her face when her Yato instinct and inner bloodlust took over. Since her brother and father also have this kind of expression when "getting serious" it's probably an ethnic trait that... runs in the blood.
- Superpowered Evil Side: She's far more ruthless when her Yato instincts take over. Case in point: Abuto's utter curb stomping at her hands. Unlike Kamui, however, Kagura's not predominantly violent by choice, and her trying to maintain control over her Yato instincts is one of her greatest goals.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Volleying Insults: Whenever she and Okita meet, this is usually what happens, when they're not at each other's throat that is.
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Kyle Jones (EN, movie)
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.
- Big Friendly Dog: Subverted as everyone but Kagura turns into a Chew Toy when he's around. Sadaharu's strength and aggression makes him ideal for the superhumanly strong Kagura, who has crushed several pets to death in the past. Later double subverted as Sadaharu got better. Nowadays, he's a pretty nice dog.
- Canine Companion: Almost constantly by Kagura's side.
- Canis Major: He's huge enough for several people to ride on him... and he grows even larger when he drinks strawberry milk.
- Character Development: Yes, even for the Team Pet. He used to be more of a nuisance for the Yorozuya, giving them multiple head wounds, but now he hardly does it, and is more adorable for it.
- Cute Is Evil: At first.
- Dog Walks You: Inevitable, given his size.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: In a filler episode in the anime... with Gintoki. Then during the Freak Friday arc, Madao occupied his body for a moment (and loved it)... before he turned into Sadaharu's poop.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Kagura. When they got a translator to understand his barks, he's surprisingly snarky.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Strawberry milk isn't really the best thing to give Sadaharu, Gin.
- Team Pet: The Yorozuya's resident animal member.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes a very lovable and loyal dog over time.