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Tropes associated with Chizuru:
- Ancestral Weapon: Her kodachi, the Shotsuren.
- Attempted Rape: By the drunk samurai in Sumiya (where she had to be saved by Saitou and Yamazaki), and earlier from Itou by Okita.
- Beautiful All Along/I Am Not Pretty: She considers herself plain, but just watch when she gets shanghaied into dressing up as a maiko.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Downplayed. She tries to reason with him in most of the routes, even the ones in which he's clearly beyond redemption. Thankfully, there's always someone else who'll call him out in her stead.
- The Chick
- Childhood Friends: With Heisuke in Sweet School Life.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Heisuke in SSL, potentially.
- Disappeared Dad
- Feminine Women Can Cook
- Half Identical Twin: with Kaoru.
- Happy Flashback
- Healing Factor: This is how Kazama Chikage confirms that she is indeed a demon.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- I Just Want to Fit in
- Insecure Love Interest: Particularly in Harada's route.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the demon attack on the temple and for the transformation of certain characters.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Notably in Okita's and Toudou's routes, and also at the end of Hijikata's route.
- The Load: She has no real combat ability and is thus a liability to the Shinsengumi any time there's a fight, particularly once they've left Kyoto and are embroiled in losing battle after losing battle. Her narration in the game frets continuously over how little she's able to do to help them, and she tries to find ways to be useful off the battlefield, if only by doing chores and making tea.
- Averted in certain routes. And, although she isn't much help physically, she still helps trying to defend the Shinsengumi or get them to safety in battle.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, adopted daughter.
- The Medic: Along with Yamazaki.
- Neutral Female: Moreso in the anime than in the game; although she has a number of moments in both in which she freezes up on the sidelines during battles, especially in the game she can also prove more than willing to draw her kodachi and take a swing at the enemy, or just generally do whatever she can to distract or hinder them and give the Shinsengumi an opening.
- One of the Boys: Justified, as there are no women she can hang out with other than Osen whom she rarely gets to see anyway. Despite being the Yamato Nadeshiko, she grows accustomed to their antics and starts to enjoy their company.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Her crossdressing, which completely fails to fool a good half of the Shinsengumi captains. Unnamed minor characters fall for it more easily, but even then it tends to fall apart quickly if they pay attention to her for very long.
- Parental Betrayal
- Player Character
- Sweet Polly Oliver/Wholesome Crossdresser: Her disguise may be paper thin (see above), but it works just enough for Shinpachi, Heisuke, and Kondou to be fooled, and also normally works on minor characters provided they don't get the chance to look too close.
- Take Me Instead: On a couple of occasions, such as one of the early scenes of Saito's route, she tries to surrender herself to Kazama to protect one of the guys. None of them ever allow her to go through with it.
- Tender Tears: This girl sure does cry a lot. But then, can you blame her? Lampshaded by Hijikata in his ending.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Hijikata in the anime. They do.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Being a crossdresser she naturally doesn't look the part but she has the personality down to a T. She's sweet, kind, and too ladylike for her crossdressing to be remotely effective; at the same time, she also won't hesitate to step forward to protect others and in her gentle way proves to be very stubborn and resilient, as Hijikata ruefully acknowledges in his route and in the anime.
Tropes associated with Hijikata:
- Annoying Patient: Even Chizuru's constant scolding can't keep Hijikata from trying to ignore his own physical condition and get back to work. Saito has to deliver a very pointed and physical smackdown to convince Hijikata to take time to rest and heal from the injuries he received at Utsunomiya Castle rather than go marching straight off to the front lines in Aizu.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: While he's a lot better than Kondou at knowing when to order his men to retreat, when it comes to himself he refuses to back down from a fight no matter how outmatched or injured he is.
- Badass Boast: Hijikata is the source of no few of these.
- Badass Longcoat: His second outfit.
- Big Brother Instinct: To Saitou and, to an extent, Souji. This is more evident in Reimeiroku where he seems extremely worried about Souji's increasing bloodlust. He even picks a fight with Serizawa after he successfully turned him into a killer.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: It's for this reason that he stays away from drinking, even though he'll claim otherwise. According to Word of God, his limit is about four pints - along with Kondou, he has the lowest tolerance for alcohol in the entire cast.
- Chick Magnet: According to the others.
- Cluster F-Bomb: He's pretty foul-mouthed in the Aksys Games English release.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Death Glare
- Defrosting Ice King
- Despair Event Horizon: When Kondou orders Hijikata to flee with the men while he buys them time.
- Determinator: Shows the most in his route. Even more after becoming a fury. The man does not rest!
- Determined Defeatist: Though he rarely admits it to others lest their morale go down the tubes, he's well aware from as early as Toba-Fushimi (if not before) that the Shinsengumi are fighting a war they can't win. Nevertheless, he does everything even remotely within his power to make things work, and throws himself wholeheartedly into the fight all the way to the end.
- Giftedly Bad: His poetry sucks, but he's still fond of it. He even admits that he has no talent, albeit in desperation because he doesn't want to hear Saitou inadvertently tell him so.
- A Father to His Men: Shows the most in the later parts of his route; near the end he even says outright that the men following him are like sons to him.
- The Fettered
- Jade-Colored Glasses
- Jerkass Façade/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hijikata pretends to be Drill Sergeant Nasty to his men because he sees it as a necessary evil. We see his true colors when he's the one who vouches for Chizuru's life in the beginning of the anime though.
- The Leader: Although he's second-in-command to Kondou, he's in charge of operations and is thus the one who gives most of the orders and does most of the actual work of keeping the Shinsengumi together and working smoothly.
- Named Weapons: His katana, Izumi-no-Kami Kanesada. (Approximately, "establish and guard the spring of harmony".)
- Not So Stoic: When he snaps.
- Poisonous Friend: To Kondou, to an extent. Where Kondou's warm and friendly nature wins him the loyalty of most of the Shinsengumi captains, Hijikata intentionally takes on the role of harsh disciplinarian and "Demon Vice-Commander" to keep order within the Shinsengumi and further Kondou's goals against the heavy opposition of the era's very classist society. It's a mild example since Kondou is aware of everything Hijikata is doing, but there are points at which Hijikata is specifically noted as "playing the villain" for Kondou's sake. In the end, it kind of backfires on both of them, as Hijikata's efforts protect Kondou from many of the harsher realities of leadership and leave him unprepared to deal with the situations the Shinsengumi face after the Boshin War begins.
- Purple Eyes
- Purple Is Powerful
- Red Baron: The "Demon Vice-Commander" ("Oni no Fukuchou").
- Samurai Ponytail: Until he cuts it short during the Shinsengumi's switch to Western-style clothing.
- Sergeant Rock
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hijikata gives no hoot.
- Snake Oil Salesman: Ishida Sanyaku, the medicine his family sells, doesn't actually work—at least, not to the extent that's advertised. Even so, Hijikata (and Saitou even moreso) swear by it.
- So Bad, It's Good: In-universe, Okita certainly thinks this in regard to Hijikata's poetry, and will take every opportunity to make fun of the poor vice commander for this. Shinpachi mentions in Sanosuke's route that everyone thinks this in regard to Hijikata's poetry. There's even an unlockable gallery scene that features Okita keeping Hijikata's poetry book away from him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: For most of the storyline he's the "Demon Vice-Commander" who leads with an iron fist, but by Hakodate he becomes a much gentler and more approachable leader, going out of his way to reassure and encourage the men under his command.
- Tragic Dream: His only ambition is to uplift Kondou to fame and glory and have both of them, and the rest of the Shinsengumi, recognized as true samurai.
- Trauma Conga Line: The Shinsengumi's fall. Hijikata blames himself for everything that goes wrong and each new comrade that falls only adds to his burden.
- Trying Not to Cry: Thankfully, Chizuru is there to do the crying for the entire cast.
- Warrior Poet: Except he's apparently terrible at the poetry part. A for effort though.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gets a stern talking to from a dying Yamazaki, and later from Ootori, for charging recklessly, ahead of his men.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Chizuru in the anime. They do.
- Workaholic: Several characters call him out for it.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: To Kazama after the battle of Toba-Fushimi.
Kondou IsamiCommander of the Shinsengumi. A rather likeable and even humble person.
- Voiced by: Toru Okawa (JP), David Wald (EN)
Tropes associated with Kondou:
- Ambition Is Evil: His Fatal Flaw.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Somewhat of an Informed Ability. In Okita's route, Okita says that Kondou is much stronger than him - and in Saito's Memory he notes that Kondou is basically invincible when he gets serious. However, the only time you actually see him fight he trades blows with Kazama, which comments that Kondou is not a weakling but doesn't break a sweat either.
- Big Brother Mentor: Especially to Okita, and his leadership of the Shinsengumi takes this tone in general.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Like Hijikata, his limit is about four pints.
- Despair Event Horizon/My God, What Have I Done?: As seen in Hijikata and Saitou's routes. Burdened with the guilt of having led so many of his men to a meaningless death, he becomes understandably depressed.
- Drunk with Power: In every Shinsengumi route, after he becomes a daimyo. Sobers up very quickly when his first battle afterward goes badly. It's this behavior that makes Shinpachi and Sanosuke depart.
- Face Death with Dignity: On Saito's route, Hijikata bitterly recounts how Kondou, upon being rudely denied the right to commit seppuku, simply politely asked to at least be allowed to shave.
- First-Name Basis: He's one of exactly two people (the other being Inoue) who doesn't address Hijikata by his surname or title, choosing to call him by the diminutive "Toshi" instead.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In every route. After realizing that he's been Drunk with Power, he gives himself up to buy everyone else time to escape. He's planning on them recognizing that he is a daimyo and showing him mercy or allowing him to commit honorable suicide. He doesn't get either, and is executed.
- Glory Seeker
- Good Old Ways: Even when all his men start dressing up in Western-style uniforms, Kondou does not. Fittingly enough.
- Honor Before Reason: He remains blindly loyal to the shogunate, even when the Shogun proves unworthy of such loyalty.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: In the end, he finally comes to terms with the fact that courage and idealism alone can only get you so far.
- No Hero to His Valet: Nagakura recalls their days at the Shieikan, when their lives were simple and Kondou treated them more like friends than subordinates.
- Off with His Head!
- Put on a Bus: He basically disappears from the game around the middle part of all routes...
- Bus Crash: ... and is executed offscreen with little ceremony.
- Rags to Riches
- Tragic Dream: He wanted to be a hero to the people.
- Tragic Mistake: The Battle of Koshu-Katsunuma.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Downplayed, but he's still a bit too idealistic for his own good.
Tropes associated with Sannan:
- Badass Longcoat
- Barehanded Blade Block: He pulls one in Heisuke's route. The sword slices most of the way into his forearm, but since he's already a fury by that point...
- Big Bad: In Heisuke's route.
- The Chessmaster: Played for laughs in the drama CDs.
- Creepy Monotone
- Deadpan Snarker: Best seen here:Hijikata: Rather than a beloved brother, on the contrary, all those needless meddling and trouble-making are more like how someone treats an annoying unwanted relative.Sannan: So true. That's Hijikata-kun, knowing full well what you're like in other people's eyes.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: The abovementioned Barehanded Blade Block is also one of these. He comes to regret it when Heisuke takes a page out of the same book shortly thereafter.
- Despair Event Horizon/Despair Speech:
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He's perfectly capable of pitying himself, thank you very much.
- Driven to Suicide
- Face–Heel Turn: In Toudou and Saitou's routes.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He comes off this way following his injury, and especially after he becomes a fury. It's subverted, however, in the anime and in Hijikata's route of the game, in which he turns out to have kept hold of his better nature right to the end.
- Handicapped Badass: Averted. His arm injury severely hinders his ability to use a sword. He's quite bitter about it, leading to his fall in most routes.
- It Has Been an Honor
- Living on Borrowed Time
- Mad Scientist: After he turns into a fury. How bad he gets depends on the route. He's at his worst in Heisuke's route, with Sanosuke's route (and his near-constant harassment of Chizuru during one chapter of it) a close second.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Necessarily Evil
- Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted. Chizuru is relieved to hear that it was only his left arm that was injured - until the other captains point out that it's enough to permanently end his career as a swordsman, and thus nothing to be relieved about.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Played for laughs on Heisuke's route in Yuugiroku.
- The Smart Guy
- Stoic Spectacles: He's aloof and calculating.
Tropes associated with Okita:
- All of the Other Reindeer: He was bullied as a child.
- Annoying Patient: Hijikata has to stay on his case constantly to keep him out of the fighting when his health starts going bad, and even then it doesn't always work.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While complaining about Hijikata.Okita: However, the person Kondou-san trusts most is that certain somebody who's treacherous, self-centered, self-absorbed, and enjoys writing crappy haiku.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!
- The Berserker: In the anime.
- Berserk Button: Do not threaten Kondou. Just don't.
- Black Comedy/Gallows Humor: Much to everybody's chagrin.
- Blood Knight: Shows signs of this in Reimeiroku.
- Bittersweet Ending: His best ending in Shinsengumi Kitan is bittersweet even in comparison to the other characters' endings, given that he's still dying of tuberculosis and thus he and Chizuru will only have a limited amount of time together.
- Bottled Heroic Resolve
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: At the beginning of his Sekkaroku OVA, he's challenged by a ronin who declares his intention to avenge his master. Okita replies that he doesn't even remember the name.
- Cat Smile: His chibi form in Yuugiroku. He also pulls one in the Sekkaroku OVA while trolling Hijikata.
- The Champion: For Kondou, and how. His dedication runs almost to the point of Subordinate Excuse.
- Cheshire Cat Grin
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker/Stepford Snarker: Especially towards Hijikata.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Especially when he was a child. Kondou earned his loyalty by being the only one who encouraged him to look to the future instead of saying things like, "Oh, you poor child, your parents are dead and your sister left you all alone."
- Freudian Excuse
- Friend to All Children: Rather adorably so.
- The Gadfly: The epitome of this trope. Especially in the drama CDs - see the "we named the cat Toshizo" incident for just one example of his trolling.
- Green Eyes
- Heroic Sacrifice: In one of his endings, he dies protecting Chizuru from Kaoru. In the anime, he uses the last of his strength to protect Hijikata.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Hijikata finds out about Okita naming a cat after him and demands that Okita imagine what it would be like if he got a dog and named it 'Souji,' Okita's response is, "That's so disgusting. Please stop."
- I Can Still Fight: Says this like a mantra after his tuberculosis hits him.
- Ineffectual Death Threats: Towards Chizuru. To everyone else, very effectual.
- Incurable Cough of Death
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Last Dance/Last Stand: In the anime.
- Lack of Empathy: Taking lives is easy for him and he really doesn't get what the problem is. this starts to get remedied in his relationship with Chizuru.
- Kondou: Shuusai-sensei and I taught [Okita] sword skill. But perhaps we failed to teach him the most important thing about being a human.
- Master Swordsman
- Murder Is the Best Solution: His suggested solution to any problem is almost guaranteed to be killing someone.
- Odd Friendship: He and Saitou get along well enough for Saitou to joke around with him, especially in the drama CDs. Of course, it should be mentioned that their first meeting involved them beating each other up with wooden swords until Heisuke, Harada and Nagakura were forced to intervene.
- Parental Abandonment: It's revealed in Reimeiroku that after his parents died, his older sister begged Kondou to take him in. Okita didn't get over it until Kondou told him that everything must happen for a reason. This one scene is why Okita is so dedicated to Kondou.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Has shades of it.
- Put on a Bus: In every route but his own. In at least one route, there's a Bus Crash.
- The Resenter: Okita appears to have a pretty strained relationship with Hijikata. Reimeiroku justifies it.
- Suggestive Collision: In the game, one possible course of events during the demon attack on Shinsengumi headquarters has Yamazaki throwing Chizuru bodily into the nearest room to get her out of the way of the fighting. It happens to be the room that Okita is resting in, and she lands directly on him. Cue teasing from Okita and embarrassed flailing from Chizuru.
- Undying Loyalty: Yes.
- Verbal Tic: When drunk, "deshu~".
- Would Hit a Girl: He makes it quite clear that he doesn't care whether his enemy is a man or a woman. He's prepared to kill anyone who stands in the Shinsengumi's way.
- Your Days Are Numbered
- Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN)
Tropes associated with Saitou:
- Adorkable: Saitou is, by and large, very stoic and serious. Even as his route progresses, it can be hard to see, but the adorkable is definitely there. See his ending in Zuisouroku, where he asks to be upgraded to First-Name Basis with Chizuru.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Prior to arriving at the Shieikan, he was constantly ostracised for being a left-handed swordsman.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted. Shinpachi mentions something about women and playfully nudges Saitou, who awkwardly responds that he's "not familiar with this kind of topic."Shinpachi: That's expected. If he told me he loved hanging out with women and had lots of love experience, that would be breaking news.
- Badass Longcoat: His second outfit.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His Undying Loyalty to Hijikata and the Shinsengumi is because they understood and unreservedly accepted his left-handedness instead of trying to "correct" his stance or accusing him of cheating.
- Beware the Quiet Ones
- Cannot Tell a Joke: In one of the drama CDs, Okita affectionately calls Saitou "Pochi".note With a completely straight face, Saitou responds with "Woof". The other captains think that he's telling them something by code. Saitou just looks dejected and tells them that it's okay if they don't get it.
- Comically Serious: He's usually the Straight Man to Okita's Wise Guy.
- Cuteness Proximity: in one of the drama CDs. He also has a similar reaction to seeing Chizuru dressed up as a maiko.
- Declaration of Protection: Says this a lot in his route.
- Defrosting Ice King
- Fake Defector
- Geek: When it comes to Japanese swords, Saitou knows everything.
- Historical Beauty Update: Looked like this in real life.
- Honor Before Reason
- I Was Just Passing Through: Word for word, this is his excuse for turning up to save Chizuru from Amagiri in his route of Shinsengumi Kitan.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Says in chapter two of Reimeiroku that he practices Iai because "it is a skill that can reliably slice the enemy at the first strike."
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses "anta" to address other captains and uses "ore" in regard to himself.
- Keigo: Some find him difficult to translate because he uses very polite speech with social superiors.
- Master Swordsman
- Oblivious to Love: There are a number of times in Saitou's route where he's utterly baffled by Chizuru, wondering why she's always worrying about him.
- Odd Friendship: With Okita.
- Offhand Backhand: In Zuisoroku and his OVA.
- Only Sane Man: In the more light-hearted scenarios.
- Not So Above It All: As long as he's not hero worshiping Hijikata, that is.
- The Quiet One: Until he gets drunk, that is. He will either lecture at length (with the same emotionless face, no less) or start rambling about swords.
- Real Men Cook
- Scarf of Asskicking: A white version, and quite prone to blowing in the wind.
- Snow Means Love: Snow is a recurring motif for Saito in the games and supplementary material, most visibly in his good ending in Shinsengumi Kitan. His Sekkaroku end theme is subtitled "The Whisper of Snow Falling," and two of his character-specific short stories are "The Warm First Snow" and "Banked Fire in Winter."
- The Southpaw: A central part of his identity and past. Samurai culture widely considers it practically taboo to use a sword left-handed or wear one's sword on the right (in order to draw left-handed); most of the schools Saito trained with tried to "correct" his style by making him fight right-handed, or accused him of cheating when he defeated their best students left-handed. The Shieikan is the first school to encourage him to play to the strengths of his left-handed stance rather than hobble himself in the name of doing things "correctly."
- The Stoic: To extremes. He even stays stoic while drunk and doesn't show signs of discomfort during summer. Even moreso after he becomes a fury.
- Submissive Badass: In the game, Shinpachi describes him rather accurately as "practically Hijikata's shadow." He follows orders faithfully and absolutely; it's a very, very big deal when he ultimately refuses one.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Swipe Your Blade Off: Within seconds of meeting him.
- Tranquil Fury
- Undying Loyalty: To Hijikata and the Shinsengumi in general.
- What You Are in the Dark: Early in his route, he's in danger of losing to Kazama. Chizuru offers to go with Kazama in exchange for leaving Saitou and his men alone. Kazama suggests that he agree and simply tell his superiors that they were overpowered and she was captured. Saitou states that he would know the truth and is determined not to surrender.
- Worthy Opponent: To Amagiri. It's his salvation in his good ending, as it prompts Amagiri to step in momentarily on his behalf, and to share with him the information about how to mitigate the effects of the Water of Life.
- You Shall Not Pass: His name is Saitou Hajime! ...and he pulls this in the anime, never to be seen again.note .
Tropes associated with Toudou:
- Badass Adorable: Being a captain of the Shinsengumi means he is one of the strongest members, and hands down the most adorable.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Sanosuke and Shinpachi, in the climax of Saitou's route.
- Bishōnen: To be expected coming from an otome series.
- Butt Monkey: Being both young and short earns him this status.
- Childhood Friends: With Chizuru in SSL.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Chizuru in SSL.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Unlike most of the other main characters in the Shinsengumi, Heisuke is an Imperial loyalist. This was not an issue when the group started out, but as the shogunate comes to power and conflict rises between the factions, he becomes increasingly uncomfortable and uncertain as to whether remaining with the Shinsengumi is the right thing for him to do. His discomfort with the difference in ideologies cause him to leave with Itou for the Guardians of the Imperial Tomb, but when the shit hits the fan at Aburano Koji he throws in with his old friends and rejoins the Shinsengumi.
- Cute Bruiser: Being a captain of the Shinsengumi, Heisuke is possibly the strongest of his unit and he's definitely cute.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: In his route of the game, this is how he defeats Sanan.
- Dope Slap: Throughout his Butt Monkey career, he gets quite a few of these from Hijikata and Harada. He also receives a well-deserved Armor-Piercing Slap from Chizuru at one point in his route. Chizuru!
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- First-Name Basis/Friendly Address Privileges: Insists on this.
- Gallows Humor: Not to the same level or usage as Souji though.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Heroic Bastard: Illegitimate son of the Lord of Tsu.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Hot-Blooded: Not to extremes, but in comparison to everyone else.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses "ore" in regard to himself. Oddly enough, the games transcribe it in katakana instead of kanji. He also refers to all of the older captains and commanders with the honorific "san", though in the dub, he only calls Shinpachi "Shinpachi" rather than "Shinpattsuan/Shinpat-san"
- Living on Borrowed Time: As a fury. Out of all of Chizuru's potential love interests, he's the only one who drinks the water of life on every single route. It makes sense, since the real Toudou did die at Aburano Koji.
- The Napoleon: Stands at 160 cm or 5 feet 3 inches, making him the smallest amongst the Shinsengumi
- Older Than They Look: He looks to be about 15 or 16, he's actually about 18 or 19 when introduced, 22-23 when he becomes a fury and about 24 when he dies, not only that, but his voice still sounds like he's in the mid-stages of puberty as it is much higher than the other characters.
- Parental Neglect: Due to being illegitimate, Heisuke's parents probably didn't really raise him, he may have even run away from home considering how young he is and the fact that he's been in the Shinsengumi for years before meeting Chizuru.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He says himself that he isn't very strong, but he definitely can hold his own in battle, also considering he's a captain, it can be assumed he's the strongest member of his unit.
- Plucky Comic Relief: At least, until things start getting Darker and Edgier...
- Power Trio: With Harada and Nagakura.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: He throws his sword (and in the game his wakizashi) to save Chizuru at Aburano Koji. He's thus left defenseless and open to Amagiri's attack, and would have died but for taking the water of life.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Harada and Nagakura.
Tropes associated with Harada:
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He gives a lot of these to Ryuunosuke and Chizuru.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Made especially obvious in his route.
- Babies Ever After/Happily Married: His ending in the games.
- Badass Longcoat: His second outfit.
- Badass Normal: In the games, he's the only one of Chizuru's potential love interests in the Shinsengumi who never drinks the Water of Life, and it makes him no less badass. In fact, it probably makes him more badass, as he goes up against a Water of Life enhanced Koudou and an army of furies with a little help from Shiranui and survives. It also means his is the only path to have a genuine, long term happy ending.
- Badass in Distress: At one point in his route, he gets cornered by Shiranui while trying to protect Chizuru, and it's up to her to save him. Her choosing to heed his advice and run away instead leads to a bad ending in which both she and he are killed.
- Big Brother Instinct: Especially in regard to Saitou in the drama CDs, and Ibuki in Reimeiroku.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Heisuke and Shinpachi, in the climax of Saitou's route.
- Blade on a Stick
- Bungled Suicide/Seppuku: Just like his historical counterpart.
- The Charmer
- Conflicting Loyalty
- Every Scar Has a Story: Always played for laughs.
- Fiery Redhead: A male variant.
- First-Name Basis: Towards the end of his route, he asks Chizuru to call him by his first name, signifying their Relationship Upgrade.
- Handwraps of Awesome: Red ones, which he keeps even after switching to his black and white Western-style attire.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Bash Brothers: Nagakura is his best buddy. Their bromance is actually a major theme in his route.
- Hidden Depths: While he appears pretty cheerful and easygoing, he's constantly wrestling with doubts and negative emotions concerning the Shinsengumi, the furies and the fighting in general. Unless he's asked for his opinion, though, he usually keeps it to himself.
- Humble Goal: In contrast to Kondou's grand ambitions and Hijikata and Saitou's high ideals, Sanosuke reveals in his route that his dream is to marry a woman he loves and settle down with her to live a peaceful life.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: In his encounters against Shiranui.
- Large Ham: Usually when facing off against demons, or showing off his scar.
- Life of the Party
- Mistaken for Gay: In Zuisouroku, he starts hitting on Chizuru in front of some men, briefly forgetting that she's supposed to be a boy. Needless to say, this happens.
- Moral Dilemma: Ultimately, he finds himself torn between his sense of camaraderie towards Nagakura and his devotion to Chizuru, as their paths suddenly diverge at the end of his route. Chizuru decides to return to Edo to try to stop Koudou and his furies from ravaging the city, while Nagakura and the Seiheitai prepare to join the Bakufu forces in Aizu. Either way, he must say goodbye to one of them for what may well be the last time.
- Nice Guy
- Power Trio: With Nagakura and Toudou.
- Put on a Bus: Willingly, along with Shinpachi. The bus turns around in the climax of Saitou's route. In his route, you get on the bus with him.
- Rage Breaking Point
- Sarashi/Walking Shirtless Scene
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right/To Be Lawful or Good: In Sekkaroku, as well as his route in the main game.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: The only guy in the game with a sex scene. It's not explicit and barely descriptive.
- Shipper on Deck: He actively encourages Ryuunosuke's relationship with Kosuzu in Reimeiroku, and eventually helps them run away so they can finally be together.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: To Chizuru in his route. Claims it's the only way he knows to calm a woman down.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He firmly believes that it's a man's responsibility to protect women and children, and often takes a very dim view when Chizuru tries to take action on her own. Justified considering the setting and the fact that the woman he's dealing with is Chizuru, who is pursued by demons and has very little ability to defend herself: his objection is often not so much that she's trying to do something as that she insists on trying to do it alone rather than asking for help.
- Twinkle Smile: In some of the artwork.
- Voiced by: Tomohiro Tsuboi (JP), Kalob Martinez (EN)
Tropes associated with Nagakura:
- Affectionate Nickname: Heisuke calls him "Shinpattsuan/Shinpat-san."
- Badass Armfold
- Bad Liar: Often played for laughs.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Sanosuke and Heisuke, at the climax of Saitou's route.
- Big Eater
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Bromantic Foil: To Harada, in Harada's route.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Likes ladies, has a heart of gold.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: His symbolic dream about Kondou.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Bash Brothers: With Harada.
- Large Ham
- Master Swordsman
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat: Bandana.
- Power Trio: With Harada and Toudou.
- Put on a Bus: Willingly, along with Sanosuke. The bus turns around in the climax of Saitou's route. In Sanosuke's route, you get on the bus with him, but depart with Sanosuke.
- Shirtless Scene: Complete with Pec Flexing. Parodied in Sweet School Life.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Smarter Than He Looks: Chizuru is surprised to find out that he's pretty knowledgeable when it comes to politics.
- Sudden Principled Stand
- Testosterone Poisoning: His eagerness to demonstrate his "manliness" is always played for laughs. Like a lot of things with Nagakura.
- Voiced by: Norio Kobayashi (JP), Kurt Bauer (EN)
Tropes associated with Inoue:
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Every route except Hijikata's.
- First-Name Basis: Aside from Kondou, he's the only person who doesn't call Hijikata by his family name, addressing him instead as "Toshi-san."
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Hijikata's route.
- It Has Been an Honor: His Final Speech.
- Nice Guy
- Parental Substitute: To Chizuru in Hijikata's route. Immediately after Chizuru accepts him as one, he sacrifices himself to save her.
- Sorry That I'm Dying
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Kondou and Hijikata.
- Voiced by: Takayuki Suzuki (JP), Connor Leach (EN)
Tropes associated with Yamazaki:
- Burial at Sea: Every route except Okita's.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Hijikata's route.
- Combat Medic: He studied medicine under Matsumoto Ryoujun, and his job in Kyoto was that of a doctor. He acts as an emergency medic in the Shinsengumi.
- Final Speech: He's got three. One for Hijikata, one for Chizuru and one for Ibuki.
- Ninja: Though he dresses like a stereotypical ninja, oddly enough, he isn't one. He actually works as a spy for the Shinsengumi. However; he does (quite hilariously), pretend to be one in Zuisouroku and Sekkaroku in order to save Chizuru.
- Perpetual Frowner/The Stoic: Comes off as this even though he's actually quite expressive and even a little childish (see Ninja entry above) underneath.
- Purple Eyes
- Tsurime Eyes
- Undying Loyalty: To Hijikata.
- Voiced by: Takeshi Ohba (JP), George Manley (EN)
Tropes associated with Shimada:
- The Big Guy: Towers over everyone else and is also incredibly strong.
- Gentle Giant
- Manly Tears: On a number of occasions in Hijikata's route.
- Voiced by: Ryuusaku Chijiwa (JP), Clint Bickham (EN)
Tropes associated with Itou:
- Animal Motifs: He's compared to a Tanuki.
- Asshole Victim: Taken drinking, and then attacked on his way home.
- Bishie Sparkle: See the entry for Camp. Bonus points for having hearts, too.
- Camp: Shown best when he blows a kiss in Yuugiroku.
- Disc One Final Boss: Killed before the end of Chapter 3.
- Cultured Warrior/Wicked Cultured
- Lured into a Trap: And killed off-screen.
- Smug Snake: Joins the Shinsengumi, only to betray them by making a separate organization.
- Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Corey Hartzog (EN)
- Big Bad: In Saitou's and Hijikata's routes.
- Blue Blood
- Cool Sword: The Doujigiri Yasutsuna, his demon-slaying blade.
- The Cynic: He believes that Humans Are Bastards, and all they care about is power and wealth.
- Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end of one at the end of Saitou's route. Saitou, Heisuke, Sanosuke, and Shinpachi beat him down.
- Enemy Mine: In Heisuke's route. He does not appreciate Sannan kidnapping Sen, who'd promised him a child. Approaches Vitriolic Best Buds by the route's conclusion, judging from the banter post-rescue.
- Evil Laugh
- Explosive Breeder: His aspiration to have children is exaggerated and played for laughs in Yuugiroku, where he exclaims that Chizuru will give him 100 children. She's quick to point out that she's physically unable to.
- Face Death with Dignity: Only in Hijikata's route.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In Yuugiroku, the drama CDs and live drama.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Played straight in Harada's third bad ending.
- It Amused Me/Just Toying with Them
- Pitiful Worms: Likes to address the Shinsengumi in this manner. Another favorite is "Bakufu's dogs". Additionally, he constantly calls the furies "fakes", to the point where Sen comments in Heisuke's route that he'd do so with his last breath.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Despite his warped personality, he lives by a strong moral code and despises demons ( like Kaoru) who go against it. For this reason, he also will not attack Chizuru when she's alone on the streets of Kyoto or pick fights with the Shinsengumi when she's not around.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech
- Ship Tease: His ending. It's implied he and Chizuru will end up reuniting eventually, though we don't get to see it until his ending in Zuisouroku.
- This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction to basically anyone proving that they can stand up to him, especially Hijikata and Saito managing to draw blood on him in their respective routes.
- Villainous Breakdown: He absolutely loses his shit when Hijikata and Saito prove able to stand up to him in their respective routes. He gets over it in Hijikata's, not so much in Saito's.
- "You!" Exclamation
- Voiced by: Ryu Yamaguchi (JP), Steven Fenley (EN)
- Badass Armfold
- Badass Goatee
- Good Old Fisticuffs
- Heel–Face Turn: In Saitou's route. Out of respect for Saitou as a warrior, he turns on Kazama and is almost killed for it.
- Mercy Kill: On a couple of occasions he indicates that he thinks it would be merciful for him to kill Chizuru in order to save her from suffering at Kazama's hands. In the final bad end of Saito's route, as well as in one of the bad endings of Hijikata's route, he goes through with it.
- No Eyebrows
- Noble Demon
- Reluctant Warrior: An interesting villainous example. He makes it obvious that he prefers peaceful solutions over fighting, and tries to talk down nearly every member of the Shinsengumi that he comes into conflict with. When they almost inevitably refuse to back down, the result is often as not a Curb-Stomp Battle. With his fists. Against swords.
- The Stoic
- The Teetotaler: Doesn't like to drink.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He's not very amused with Kazama's BS at the end of Saitou's route.
- Worthy Opponent
- Voiced by: Hiroaki Yoshida (JP), Houston Hayes (EN)
- Beneath the Mask
- Character Development: Receives some in Sanosuke's route. It's revealed that he was friends with Takasugi Shinsaku until Takasugi died of tuberculosis, and this plays into why he turned on Koudou and the furies.
- Dead Partner: Takasugi.
- Enemy Mine: In Sanosuke's route. Teams up with the Shinsengumi when the furies interrupt their fight, and gives them an opening to escape from the fight. Sanosuke later returns the favor when Shiranui appears near the end of his route to confront Koudou.
- Fangs Are Evil: There is no evil or good in Hakuouki, but Shiranui is one of the enemies for the majority of it.
- Gun Fu
- Guns Are Useless: While the guns used by the Imperial Army are a constant source of grief for the Shinsengumi, Kyo's pistol is practically useless against any character with a name; Harada repeatedly goes toe-to-toe with him wielding a spear. Given that they're fairly friendly about their fights, an argument could be made that his failure to just shoot Harada is because he's having too much fun fighting him - he does mow down Mooks by the dozen - but if that's the case it's never made explicit.
- Humans Are Flawed: They just up...and die on you.
- Ineffectual Loner
- I Was Just Passing Through: In Sekkaroku, he just "happens" to bump into the thief that Chizuru is trying to chase down, and beats the crap out of him "for not apologizing." This conveniently allows Chizuru to retrieve the stolen document and get back with it in time to prevent Sanosuke from having to commit seppuku.
- Japanese Pronouns: Addresses himself as "ore-sama", sometimes.
- Purple Eyes
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He carries a nifty Smith & Wesson Model 3.
- Smug Smiler
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Stepford Snarker
- You Cannot Kill An Idea:
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- You Remind Me of X: Harada reminds him of Takasugi, which may partly explain his complicated attitude toward Harada and Chizuru.
- Voiced by: Hasumi Ito (JP), Shannon Emerick (EN)
- Ancestral Weapon: Daitsuren.
- Big Bad: In Okita's route.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As discussed by Okita.
- Disguised in Drag: He's even better at crossdressing than his sister is!
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness
- Evil Twin
- Freudian Excuse: His reasoning for tormenting Chizuru. He had an incredibly crappy childhood, simply because he wasn't female. As he puts it, the Nagumo family wanted a female demon to breed and they got the wrong twin.
- Half Identical Twin
- Laughing Mad: His Evil Laugh.
- Revenge by Proxy: Targets Okita just because Chizuru cares for him.
- Voiced by: Ayano Ishikawa (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)
- Badass Princess: Like Chizuru, she isn't much of a fighter. Unlike Chizuru, nobody messes with her...normally. She's outspoken and opinionated and won't hesitate to let you know when she hates your guts. She even whacks Kazama with her hand fan when she catches him pestering Chizuru. Subverted in Toudou's route, when The Big Bad does end up kidnapping her for her royal demon blood, despite all her bravado.
- Blue Blood
- Brainwashed and Crazy/Hypnotize the Princess: In Heisuke's route. Complete with Mind-Control Eyes.
- Distressed Damsel: In Heisuke's route.
- Famous Ancestor: Suzuka Gozen.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Heisuke's route. Not the standard type of sacrifice: Sen convinces Kazama to leave Chizuru alone, saying she'll bear him a child instead.
- Keigo: Similar to Oichi in that Chizuru calls her "Osen-chan".
- Lonely at the Top: Kimigiku reveals that she has lots of adoring subjects, but no real friends.
- My God, What Have I Done?: You stabbed Kimigiku!
- The Ojou
- Out of Focus: She was never a major character to begin with, but her character is outright cut from the movies.
- Voiced by: Akiko Katsuta (JP), Carli Mosier (EN)
- Voiced by: Ryuugo Saitou (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)
- Bald of Evil: How evil he is varies from route to route. He is arguably his most evil in Saitou and Sanosuke's routes. Neither one has him receive a Redemption Equals Death moment. In the former, he's even dispatched offscreen, while Sanosuke finishes him off in the latter.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Longitudinal studies people. They are important for a REASON.
- Big Bad: Sanosuke's route. To a lesser extent in Kazama's route, mainly because of how short that route is.
- Deadly Doctor
- The Dragon: To Kazama in Saitou's route.
- Evil Gloating: With Evil Laughter.
- Evil Plan
- Heel Realization: In some of the routes, and in the anime.
- Mad Scientist
- Offing the Offspring: Successfully, in some of the bad endings.
- Redemption Equals Death: In Hijikata and Okita's routes. Both times, it's to save Chizuru.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Chizuru will always try to talk him out of his Evil Plan before resorting to violence. Whether or not he's willing to listen to her depends on the circumstances. Played straight and then inverted for good measure in Harada's route; subverted in Hijikata's and Okita's routes.
- The Unseen: Does not show up in Heisuke's route in person.
- Voiced by: Kouta Sato (JP), John Swasey (EN)
- Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (JP), Clint Bickham (EN)
- Voiced by: Eiji Itou (JP), Mike Yager (EN)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Adam Gibbs (EN)
Tropes associated with Ryuunosuke:
- Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Brett Weaver (EN)
Tropes associated with Serizawa:
- The Alcoholic
- Bad Boss: Poor Ryuunosuke
- Badass Beard
- Face Death with Dignity: He knew the others were coming to kill him. He knew they would succeed. That didn't mean he would make it easy it for them.
- Freudian Excuse: subverted. He was dying from some disease (heavily implied to be syphilis) but when Ryuunosuke revealed it to the others, it was far too late for them to excuse Serizawa's actions.
- It Amused Me
- Manipulative Bastard: Oh so very much. Especially in regard to Okita. From a practical standpoint his actions are justified, but...
- Necessary Evil: A lot of his actions are horrible, but it is also explicitly stated a lot of them have directly helped the Roshigumi get where they are.
- Pet the Dog: He does occasionally show kindness to Ryu and Oume, and he is pretty friendly with Nagakura.
- Voiced by: Kensuke Tamura (JP), John Swasey (EN)
- Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP)
- Voiced by: Kazunori Nomiya (JP)
- Voiced by: Kazuya Murakami (JP)
- Voiced by: Youko Nishino (JP), Margaret McDonald (EN)
- Voiced by: Saya Shinomiya (JP), Molly Searcy (EN)
Tropes associated with Oume:
Toki no Kizuna Characters
Suzumori YukinaA strong guardian who seeks out to find a way to save Yasehime, who is under a coma, while at the same time, carrying another mission – to stop the demons involvement with the humans. Thus, she departs on her journey. She is actually the younger sister of Yasehime, and has an ability to absorb the Life Force of other demons.
- Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (JP)
- Big Eater: He's bonding with Senkimaru over food in the live-drama despite his suspicions about the rogue demons. He also steals Senkimaru's food once.
- Bishōnen: At least Yukina mentions that regular demon ladies would find him attractive.
- Bittersweet Ending: In his ending, he and Yukina managed to defeat Shutendoji, but the Shimazu were on the losing side of the war and his brother figure Toyohisa died.
- Blue Blood: Head of the Kazama-clan
- Butt Monkey: He often gets the short stick in conversations.
- Character Development
- Cool Sword: His sword Hotarumaru is a flaming sword.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- First-Name Basis: He mentions how formalities make him feel all itchy...
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Chitose does this to Yukina after one of her grandpas dies. He probably would have given her time, but the enemy was approaching and they had to get out of there asap.
- Go Out with a Smile: In his bad end.
- Happily Adopted: He calls Yoshihiro, the human warlord, his old man and likewise Yoshihiro thinks of Chitose as a son. Both of them are extremely happy with this relationship.
- Healing Factor
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has this after he kills a lot of shuras and Toyohisa sees him in his true demon form, making him believe that perhaps humans and demons can't live together.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In his bad end, he stops Shutendoji by himself so that Yoshihiro can escape the battlefield of Sekigahara.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Toyohisa.
- Idiot Hero
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he has gone on a rampage in his true demon form.
- Nice Guy: One of the reasons why Yukina ends up falling for him in his route. He's very understanding and gives her time to recover after one of her grandpas dies and he's making it clear that he worries for her because it's her and not just because she is a rare demon lady. In pretty much every route, he's giving Kazutake's people a land to live on.
- The Prankster: The older characters imply he was that in his childhood. Considering his first encounter with Yukina he hasn't grown out of it.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- Undying Loyalty: The reason why he helps the Shimazu-clan despite it going against the demon rules.
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP)
- Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (JP)
- Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP)
- Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP)
- Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (JP)
- Voiced by: Naomi Lida (JP)
- Voiced by: ??? (JP)
- Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (JP)
- Voiced by: Kazuhiko Nishimatsu (JP)
- Voiced by: Bon Ishihara (JP)
- Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP)
- Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (JP)
- Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP)
- Voiced by: Maaki Terasoma (JP)
- Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP)
- Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP)
- Voiced by: Toshihiko Nakanishi (JP)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (JP)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami (JP-Battle Gameplay)
- Revenge: Against the Shinsengumi, who she claims to be responsible for ambushing her famther's Dojo and her brother's murder.
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP)
- Ascended Extra: He was mentioned by Shiranui Kyou in Hakuouki, and now he's one of the main characters in Urakata.
- Foil: to Harada.
- Incurable Cough of Death: like Okita, he's also suffering from tuberculosis.
- Your Days Are Numbered
- Voiced by: KENN (JP)
- Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (JP)
- Foil: to Okita.
Thomas Blake Glover
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
- Big Bad: In Takasugi's route.
- Foil: to Toudou
- Guns Akimbo
- Our Vampires Are Different: It has been implied that he's a demon that hailed from Europe (where his country referred them under the term "Vampires", along with furies as "Ghouls" or "The Undead").
- Red Baron: "Merchant of Death"
- Revolvers Are Just Better
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (JP)
- Voiced by: Juuta Morishima (JP)
- Back from the Dead: he was later revived as a fury in every routes.
- Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP)
- Voiced by: Gou Inoue(JP)
- Voiced by: Ken Narita (JP)
- Big Bad: in Okada's Route.
- Voiced by: Naoya Nakanishi (JP)
- Big Bad: In Katsura's and Glover's routes.