Characters: Rurouni Kenshin Supporting Characters
The manager of the beef hot pot restaurant, the Akabeko. She has a twin sister named Sae managing in a similar restaurant called the Shirobeko in Kyoto. Sagara Sanosuke also owes her a seemingly large sum of money in which interest is accounted for. In the anime, and a bit in the manga, she has also tried to push the relationship between Himura Kenshin and Kamiya Kaoru since it seemed it to her that it was not working.
A waitress at Tae's restaurant and Myojin Yahiko's sweetheart. She was saved by him from the ronin her family worked for as Yahiko stopped them from robbing the Akabeko.
- Expy: Of Hotaru Tomoe from Sailor Moon.
- Love Triangle: In the manga one-shot Yahiko no Sakabato set not long after the Distant Epilogue of the original series, she's apparently the focus of a mild one between Yahiko and Tsukayama Yutaro. By Word of God Yahiko eventually married her and they had a son who competed with Kaoru and Kenshin's son Kenji to inherit the sakabato.
- Meet Cute: In the anime. Finds Yahiko training, watches him and then repairs his broken sandal. They meet up again as Kenshin's group goes to the Akabeko, where Tsubame is working part-time.
- Meido: In the epilogue chapter, she wears one as the new uniform of the Akabeko. She got a few perverted leers from street thugs and even Yahiko (who beat up the former) thought it invited ridicule.
- Rescue Romance: Yahiko has to defeat the Jerk Ass who took Tsubame in after her parents died and abused her both physically and emotionally.
- Shrinking Violet: She even wears a purple kimono in her first episode.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: One in training, thanks to her boss/adoptive mother Tae.
A kunoichi who was raised by the Oniwabanshū. She appears in the story after Himura Kenshin leaves Kamiya Kaoru and his friends and goes to Kyoto alone.
Kashiwazaki Nenji (aka Okina)
Voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)
An elder member of the Oniwabanshu, and during the Bakumatsu, he operated at the Kyoto Investigator in order to analyze the movements in the city's political world. After the Restoration, he raised Misao, who was handed over by Aoshi.
A young boy who wishes to become a better swordsman.
- Disappeared Dad: Only in the anime. His father's still very much alive and present in the manga, but he feels that Yutaro despises him for giving up swordsmanship and his former samurai status to become a merchant.
- Heroic BSOD: Following Raijuta's Kick the Dog moment.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Regarding Raijuta.
- Jerk Ass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold —> Jerkass Woobie: He's spoiled, stubborn and bratty. Still doesn't deserve to be punted by Raijuuta.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Apparently comes back as a dangerous play boy in Yahiko's Sakabatou.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of his story arc, Yutaro leaves Japan to go to Germany, where their advanced medicine may help him regain the use of his right arm, which was injured by Raijuta. The manga's epilogue reveals that he eventually returns to be an assistant instructor at the Kamiya dojo.
- The Bus Came Back: A more visible, proactive one in the anime's Black Knights Arc. Although at the end of the arc, he eventually chooses to drop being a kendo student altogether to become a Western medicine doctor in Germany.
- Rich Bitch: A male example, though he gets better.
- The Rival: To Yahiko.
- Spoiled Brat
Hiko Seijuurou XIII
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda
(JP), Richard Epcar
(EN - Anime), Joe York (EN - First OVA series), James Brownlee (EN - Second OVA series)
Master of the Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū, he served as Kenshin's swordsmanship instructor and eventually passed his signature style to him.
Leader of the first squad of the Shinsengumi during the revolution. He suffers from tuberculosis as seen when he fought Kenshin in a flashback, and even then
he was still able to fight the red-headed warrior to a draw.
Yukishiro Tomoe or less commonly, Himura Tomoe
Kenshin's first love and Enishi's sister. She was the elder daughter of a samurai, a low-level bureaucrat who served the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo. Tomoe left home and joined the Yaminobu with the intention of killing Kenshin in order to avenge her fiancé's death, but ultimately fell in love with him... and sacrificed her life to save him.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's beautiful, tall, has black hair and appears emotionless at first sight.
- Becoming the Mask
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: When she first met Kenshin, since he "made rain blood".
- Broken Bird
- Childhood Friend Romance: Her deceased fiancé was her childhood friend.
- Cry Cute: In the Manga.
- Damsel in Distress: Kenshin's enemies use her as a hostage in order to lure Kenshin into a trap.
- Deadpan Snarker: The original manga gave her a few moments of this, but the OVA, which was told from her point of view, removed much of it.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Although it was short-lived, she did eventually warm up to Kenshin and even sacrificed herself to save Kenshin.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Kenshin's arms.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She does have emotions, but isn't good at expressing them. It brings her lots of heartbreak since she couldn't express her genuine love for Kiyosato as much as she wants to... which leads him to go to Kyoto and then die at Kenshin's hands.
- First Love: For Kenshin.
- Flower Motifs: Plum blossoms.
- Go Out with a Smile
- The Gwen Stacy
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Kenshin was about to make a suicidal final blow, Tomoe threw herself between Kenshin and his opponent, intending to protect him. Blinded with pain, Kenshin was unable to see her until it was too late, and delivered a fatal blow to his opponent and to her with the same slash of his sword.
- Honey Trap: She thought she was just The Mole, but actually the Shogunate spymasters sent her to make Kenshin fall in love with her and lure him into a trap.
- In Love with the Mark
- The Lost Lenore: To Kenshin.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: She deeply regrets never have been able to openly express her love for Kiyosato, especially since it was her lack of expressiveness which led to him going to Kyoto in the first place.
- The Ophelia: Has a fit of this because of her fiancé's death. The first time she meets Kenshin, she's drunk and her only reaction to getting splattered by the blood of someone Kenshin just eviscerated is to say that he made it rain blood. She then promptly faints.
- Posthumous Character
- Promotion to Parent: Helps raise Enishi since their mom died when giving birth to him, so Enishi sees her more as a mother than a sister.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Word of God has stated that Tomoe's appearance and personality were modeled after Rei Ayanami.
- Revenge: She took the role of The Mole in order to avenge her fiancé Akira Kiyosato, whom Kenshin killed.
- Snow Means Death: She dies in the snow.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Unwitting Pawn: The Shogunate spymasters knew Kenshin would fall in love with her and when she tried to save him, they used her as a hostage to lure Kenshin into a trap.
- Walking Spoiler: Being an incredibly important part of Kenshin and Enishi's past, and motivations, she is inevitably this.
- When She Smiles: Kenshin and Enishi have visions of her, but she isn't smiling at them, which causes them great grief (and madness in Enishi's case). When she smiles at them, they have finally found peace.
- White Shirt of Death: When she and Kenshin met, she was wearing a white kimono. He had just killed a man in front of her. She said "you make rain blood". Do the maths.
- Tomoe was wearing the white kimono too in her own death scene.
- Woman in White: She wears a white kimono.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Subversion: she looks and acts the part but her train of thoughts is very different. Tomoe wanted revenge for her fiancé's murder, and she also felt horribly guilty because he went to Kyoto to make a name for himself and got killed off. Double subverted after she falls for her mark, i.e. Kenshin.
The second son of a shōgun retainer, he was the childhood friend and fiancé of Yukishiro Tomoe. Fearing that his own meager position would not be enough to impress his betrothed, Akira postponed the wedding and left Edo for Kyoto to join the Mimawarigumi, where he became a bodyguard for the high-ranking samurai Shigekura Jūbei. But in the first year of Genji (1864), after a night of drinking with Shigekura and fellow bodyguard Ishiji, Akira came face-to-face with the infamous Ishin Shishi hitokiri Himura Battōsai and met his demise.
- Chekhov's Gunman: It's thanks to him that Tomoe becomes The Mole and the Honey Trap. We won't know it for a while, though.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Had this with Tomoe. And then he got killed by Kenshin.
- Determinator: To the point that despite being hopelessly outclassed, he gave Kenshin the first half of his X-shaped scar before dying. Which Kenshin aknowledges.
- Family-Unfriendly Death
- Honor Before Reason: He engages Kenshin, despite the fact that Kenshin is far more skilled than he is, the fact that Kenshin already killed Shigekura, and the fact that Akira is scared out of his mind during their fight. The OVA really sticks the point home that Akira hadn't needed to fight Kenshin, as Shigekura actually saves him from Kenshin before he is killed.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Implied more than anything. He's the second son of a samurai family, and to make his girlfriend Tomoe happier with their engagement, he sent off to Kyoto. It doesn't do any good for both of them.
- Posthumous Character
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Big Brother Mentor: In the field, he's the one who works with Battousai more closely (being his "mission inspector"/lookout), and has more bantering time with him. As you can see with the other spoiler-tagged tropes, this is pretty much a sham.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Deadpan Snarker: So much that he gives the younger, whinier Kai Shiden a run for his money.
- It's All About Me: Turns out to have this personal philosophy, which is why he sold out his Ishin Shishi comrades to get a more comfortable life after the revolution. Of course, Katsura didn't let him get away with it.
- The Mole
- Sixth Ranger Traitor
- Smug Snake