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[[folder:Sekihara Tae]]
->Voiced by: Creator/SumiShimamoto (JP - Anime), Creator/MichikoNeya (JP - Drama CD), Creator/MichelleRuff (EN - Anime)

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.
* ChristmasCake: Something that she's particularly sensitive about.
--> '''Kaoru:''' "Don't lecture me about getting married, Tae!! You're already '''twenty-XXXXX'''' year's old!!"
--> [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Tae turns to stone at that comment.]]
* CoolBigSis: To Kaoru.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Later in the anime.
* KansaiRegionalAccent
* MsExposition: Since her restaurant is a well-known meetup place, she more than once drops useful info to Kenshin and Kaoru; i.e., Tae tells them Yahiko's backstory as a StreetUrchin under a gang's orders, which motivates them to go rescue him.
* ParentalSubstitute: Pretty much adopts Tsubame after she's free from her abusive caretaker.
* ShipperOnDeck: Biggest Kenshin/Kaoru fangirl ever, aside from Kenshin's group.
* SupremeChef: Good enough to have her own restaurant, the Akebeko.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Has a twin younger sister named Sae in Kyoto, who plays her r­ole in that setting. Watsuki's notes admit that playing the "previously-unmentioned twin" card was something of a cop out so he didn't have to design yet another new character for the arc.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Played by one of the well-known ''{{seiyuu}}'' of [[PigeonholedVoiceActor the character type]] aside of Creator/KikukoInoue, Mrs. Creator/SumiShimamoto.

[[folder:Sanjou Tsubame]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YuriShiratori (JP), Creator/MichelleRuff (EN)

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 ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''
* LoveTriangle: In the manga one-shot ''Yahiko no Sakabato'' set not long after the DistantEpilogue of the original series, she's apparently the focus of a mild one between Yahiko and Tsukayama Yutaro. By WordOfGod Yahiko eventually married her and they had a son who competed with Kaoru and Kenshin's son Kenji to inherit the sakabato.
* MeetCute: 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 [[spoiler: 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]].
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Although as mentioned in the above tropes Yahiko ultimately marries her, in the manga they were never shown as a couple and at best being just in the "friend" zone. The anime shows Yahiko nursing a big crush on her, something never shown in the manga, and on several occasions he gives her presents as well as goes on social activities with her.
* RescueRomance: Yahiko has to defeat the JerkAss who took Tsubame in after her parents died and abused her both physically and emotionally.
* ShrinkingViolet: She even wears a purple kimono in her first episode.
* YamatoNadeshiko: One in training, thanks to her boss/adoptive mother Tae.

[[folder:Makimachi Misao]]
->Voiced by: Creator/TomoSakurai (JP), Creator/PhileceSampler (EN)
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.
* ActionGirl
* ACupAngst: She's not all that happy about her lack of curves.
* AdaptationalBadass: While her action scenes are few and far between in the manga and anime, she manages to take down dozens of Shishio's men during the second live-action film.
* AlliterativeName
* AnimalMotifs: The weasel.
* BadassAdorable
* BetaCouple: While [[spoiler: Aoshi]] isn't completely comfortable with the idea, in general their relationship provides a nice contrast to Kenshin and Kaoru's relationship in the sense that Misao is far more capable of expressing her feelings.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: The moment when she witnesses [[spoiler: Aoshi almost murdering Okina in the ''Shin Kyoto Hen'' OVA leaves her splattered with the latter's blood. Much [[NightmareFuel creepiness]] and [[TearJerker sadness]] ensues.]]
* BoisterousBruiser
* {{Bokukko}}
* GenkiGirl
* {{Kawaiiko}}
* KnifeNut: Her [[WeaponOfChoice preferred weapons]] are her throwing knives.
* LargeHam: She can be very loud and theatrical.
* {{Ninja}}
* OlderThanSheLooks: [[BerserkButton "LITTLE GIRL!!]] I'm a beautiful sixteen year old maiden, thank you very much!!" Doesn't help that, in the Epilogue, which is a 5-year later TimeSkip, she looks ''exactly'' the same at 21, to the point that a 15-year old Yahiko even looks older than her.
* PluckyGirl
* SheCleansUpNicely: Wears a Western dress once in the anime. Sano doesn't recognize her.
* ShortHairWithTail
* {{Shorttank}}: A tomboyish GenkiGirl who argues with Kenshin (and most other male characters, actually) and whose preferred fighting clothes are shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Even her "civilian" clothes involve shorts.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Heavily implied toward Aoshi. She's loved him (one way or another) since her early childhood and is still very focused on him even in the manga's final arc. Of the series's four female protagonists, Misao alone never expresses interest in Kenshin (though she admits that Enishi is "finer of face than she expected" in the Jinchuu arc).
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.

[[folder: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.
* AdaptationalBadass: The live action films made him capable of using a katana and lasts longer in his fight with Aoshi. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he became a [[TooCoolToLive little too badass]] for [[DeathByAdaptation his own good]].]]
* AlmightyJanitor: Was once considered capable of taking the spot of Okashira himself and even holds his own against Aoshi [[spoiler: though the Kodachi Nitou Ryuu eventually does him in.]]
* BadassBeard
* BadassBoast: "Once they called me the most horrific of the Oniwabanshu. Only a fool resists me."
* BadassGrandpa
* CoolOldGuy
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:It is heavily implied in the third film that he ultimately succumbed to his wounds from his fight with Aoshi]].
* {{Determinator}}
* DirtyOldMan: Mildly, and lampshaded by one of the maids at the inn (also a former Oniwabanshuu) when some young women come by to deliver a message from Aoshi.
* DualTonfas: His WeaponOfChoice is a pair of metal ''tonfa''.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Generally a friendly old man, but his wrath is terrifying to invoke. A mook who attacked him in his sleep got [[DisproportionateRetribution nails driven into his hands with candlewax]] dripped upon it, before being sent back to Shishio with a message. Keep in mind that [[TruthInTelevision this was the rumored favorite interrogation tactic]] of TheShinsengumi, more specifically [[TortureTechnician the real-life Saito Hajime]].
* LetsGetDangerous
* {{Ninja}}
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* OldMaster
* RetiredBadass
* TheSpymaster
* TheStrategist
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler: Is almost killed by Aoshi to show that he has mastered the Kodachi Nitoryu.]]

[[folder:Tsukayama Yutaro]]
->Voiced by: Creator/MayumiTanaka (JP), Creator/MichaelLindsay (EN - Raijuta arc), Creator/BrianDonovan (EN - Black Knights arc)

A young boy who wishes to become a better swordsman.
* AdaptedOut: He doesn't exist in the live action films.
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DisappearedDad: 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.
* HeroicBSOD: Following Raijuta's KickTheDog moment.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Regarding Raijuta.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's spoiled, stubborn and bratty.
* LovableSexManiac: [[spoiler:Apparently comes back as a dangerous play boy in ''Yahiko's Sakabatou''.]]
* PutOnABus: 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 [[KickTheDog injured by Raijuta]]. [[spoiler:The manga's epilogue reveals that he eventually returns to be an assistant instructor at the Kamiya dojo.]]
* RichBitch: A male example, though he gets better.
* TheRival: To Yahiko.
* SpoiledBrat

[[folder:Hiko Seijuurou XIII]]
->Voiced by: Creator/ShuichiIkeda (JP), Creator/RichardEpcar (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.
* TheAce: Kind of expected considering [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda who's voicing him]]: [[MemeticMutation HE'S]] [[MythologyGag ALSO]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam A CHAR]].
* AdaptationalHeroism: While his ''Shin Kyoto Hen'' incarnation is still giving off that InsufferableGenius vibe, he seems more relaxed and welcoming of the fact that Kenshin has learned a few lessons for the past ten years after meeting Yahiko and Kaoru.
** His live action incarnation loses most of his characteristic arrogance, and while it is still made clear that he is a harsh teacher, he looks like a better ParentalSubstitute than his manga counterpart.
* AllPowerfulBystander: Is strong enough that he could defeat any of the series' villains if he cared to. Unfortunately, [[SomebodyElsesProblem he doesn't]].
* BadassCape: His cape is actually the symbol of his mastery of the Hiten Mitsurugi style, and he inherited it from his own master.
* BigDamnHeroes: His only fight in the series starts this way.
* BrilliantButLazy: Although he isn't lazy so much as jaded.
* BystanderSyndrome: How he feels about most conflicts in the outside world.
* CatchPhrase: "My stupid/idiot apprentice" (''baka deshi'' in Japanese) when speaking of Kenshin.
%%* ChickMagnet
* CoolOldGuy: He ''is'' 43 after all.
%%* CynicalMentor
* HermitGuru: He saw in Himura Shinta's kindness the potential of a worthy successor to his tradition, and adopted him as Kenshin to create one... though the results were not exactly what he intended or liked... until much later.
* HeroicNeutral: Content to live a quiet life as a potter, but will come out of retirement to help his pupil.
* IaijutsuPractitioner
* IAmNotLeftHanded: In ''The Legend Ends'', [[spoiler: he uses a wooden stick found randomly to retrain Kenshin, and only resorts to his sword when he needs to teach him a lesson about the will to live]].
* InsufferableGenius: He loves bragging and calls himself a genius, but it doesn't change the fact that he ''really'' is the best swordsman in the series.
* JerkassHasAPoint: His prediction that Kenshin would be used by the Isshin-Shishi as a cold blooded assassin and tool rather than a liberator of the people turned out to be pretty spot on, as angry as Kenshin was about him saying it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may treat him like dirt mostly, but shows a surprising amount of warmth towards Kenshin [[spoiler: when he thinks Kenshin's mortally wounded him]] and later talks and fights [[spoiler: Fuji]] out of [[spoiler: being a member of the villainous Juppongatana.]]
* KnightInSourArmour: With the emphasis on sour; He berates Kenshin that yes, the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu successor '''is''' meant to protect the innocent and uphold justice, but as a warrior unbound by political prejudices, '''not''' a political tool. He knows the age of the the swordsmen is over, and is quite bitter about it.
* LastNameBasis: "Seijuurou" is his ''given name''.
* LegacyCharacter: As suggested by the name and number, he's part of a long line of men who mastered the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (By tradition, all masters of the Hiten Mitsurugi take the name Hiko Seijuurou up achieving mastery so that they cannot use the style to attain fame for themselves). The first one (featured in the one-shot ''Sengoku no Mikazuki'') was a vassal samurai who is no slouch in the style either [[spoiler: and who would later on [[StandardHeroReward become the daimyo of the domain he rescued/married into]].]] Kenshin himself was in line to become Hiko Seijuro ''The Fourteenth'' had he not refused the position.
* LightningBruiser: Faster, stronger, ''and'' more skilled than ''any'' other character in the series.
* MasterSwordsman: Probably the best example in a series full of them.
* {{Narcissist}}: Though one of the more benevolent examples.
* NeverGetsDrunk: WordOfGod has it that this is why Watsuki drew him drinking sake so much.
* OlderThanHeLooks: He's 43, but doesn't look a day over 30. Reinforces the running gag of practitioners of the the Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryuu being ''much'' older than they look. Yahiko and Misao have a minor freak out after hearing his age, wondering if the Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryuu is some kind of fountain of youth.
* ParentalSubstitute: Played with; he deliberately made the training of Kenshin harsh and emotionally distant, to make sure his student will not feel pain or sadness for having to slay him in battle to succeed the ''Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu'' tradition, as he did with his teacher;
--> Do not grieve; this is a well-deserved fate for one who teaches with cruelty rather than kindness...
* PowerLimiter: That cape does more than just look badass. In addition to being quite heavy, it's also outfitted with several springs that provide resistance in opposition to muscle movement to limit the wearer's strength. It's a testament to how strong Hiko is that he only takes the darn thing off ''once'' in the entire series. And that was just for his pupil's final exam.
* RealMenWearPink: Makes his living... as a potter. Pottery in Japan is ''very'' SeriousBusiness.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a rather scathing one to Kenshin, but eventually helps him anyway.
%%* RetiredBadass
%%* SexyMentor
* ShoutOut: His cloak is based on {{Spawn}}'s.
* SmugSuper: He loves bragging about how skilled he is, but since he's the WorldsStrongestMan, he has every right to do so.
* SplitSecondBladeSpam: As the 13th master of the ''Hiten Mitsurugi'' style, he naturally is capable of using the same ''Kuzu Ryuu Sen'' that he taught Kenshin [[spoiler:just before he went off to face down Shishio and his Juppongatana at their HQ.]]
* StoryBreakerPower: In Watsuki's own words, he's the "Joker in the Card Deck" and Watsuki wrote himself into a corner with him, which is why he's used sparingly.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
%%* WarriorPoet
* WarriorTherapist: Just watch his fight with Fuji.
* WhoAreYou: In the opening of the ''Trust and Betrayal" OVA, Seijūrō saves Kenshin from being killed by bandits. Just before being killed, the last bandit asks the Seijūrō who he is. He replies "You won't live long enough to remember my name."
* WorldsBestWarrior: The most powerful character in the entire series.

[[folder:Okita Souji]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YokoOgai (JP), Creator/MonaMarshall (EN)

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.''
* AdaptedOut: He is nowhere to be seen in Saito's flashbacks in the live action films.
* {{Bishounen}}
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* HandicappedBadass: He battled Himura Kenshin to an ''equal-draw'' even as he was ''literally'' coughing bloody chunks of his lungs out; Had Okita been in perfect health, neither he ''nor'' Saitou would have been his match.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* IdenticalStranger: Cut off his topknot and he may well be a time-shifted Soujiro. In fact, Watsuki explicitly mentioned he based Soujiro on darker literary interpretations of him (such as in Shiba Ryotaro's novels).
* IllBoy: As per his historically-accurate tuberculosis case.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath
* MasterSwordsman: [[TruthInTelevision Historically documented]] to be Saitou's ''superior'' as a warrior even when he was dying from tuberculosis. Let that sink in for a moment.
* PsychoForHire: Has some vibes.
* TheShinsengumi

[[folder:Yukishiro Tomoe]]
->Voiced by: Creator/JunkoIwao (JP), Rebecca Davis (EN)

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.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's beautiful, tall, has black hair and appears [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] at first sight.
* BecomingTheMask
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: When she first met Kenshin, since he "made it rain blood."
* BrokenBird
* CharacterExaggeration: The OVA takes several aspects of her personality, such as her vengefulness, and plays it up compared to the more DeadpanSnarker personality she had in the original manga. Understandable since the OVA is told from her point of view and lets us in on her motivation and thought process way earlier than the manga, where it was only fully revealed after her death.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Her deceased fiancé was her childhood friend.
* CryCute: In the Manga.
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:Kenshin's enemies use her as a hostage in order to lure Kenshin into a trap.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: 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.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Although it was short-lived, she did eventually warm up to Kenshin and even [[spoiler:sacrificed herself to save Kenshin]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:She dies in Kenshin's arms.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EmotionlessGirl: 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 [[spoiler:and then die at Kenshin's hands]].
* FirstLove: For Kenshin.
* FlowerMotifs: Plum blossoms.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:She gave Kenshin one last smile before dying.]]
* TheGwenStacy: [[spoiler:Her death caused Kenshin great guilt]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: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.]]
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler:She thought she was just TheMole, but actually the Shogunate spymasters sent her to make Kenshin fall in love with her and lure him into a trap.]]
* InLoveWithTheMark: [[spoiler:Tomoe was a spy for Kenshin's enemies, with the intention to discover his weaknesses and kill him in revenge for her fiance. Then Tomoe abandoned her mission once she fell in love with him.]]
* TheLostLenore: To Kenshin.
* MoralityChain: Prior to the Kenshin-gumi, [[MysteriousWaif Tomoe's]] presence made the Battousai less of a cold, ruthless killer. As his employer, Choshu clan head [[KnightInSourArmor Katsura Kogoro]], asked of Tomoe, she serves as "the sheath to temper his mad justice."
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: 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.
* OneeSama
* TheOphelia: 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.
* PosthumousCharacter: She is already dead by the start of the series.
* PromotionToParent: Helps raise Enishi [[DeathByChildbirth since their mom died when giving birth to him]], so Enishi sees her more as a mother than a sister.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: WordOfGod has stated that Tomoe's appearance and personality were modeled after Rei Ayanami.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:She took the role of TheMole in order to avenge her fiancé Akira Kiyosato, whom Kenshin killed.]]
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:She dies in the snow.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: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.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Being an incredibly important part of Kenshin ''and'' Enishi's past, and motivations, she is inevitably this.
* WhenSheSmiles: [[spoiler: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.]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: When she and Kenshin met, she was wearing a white kimono. He had just killed a man in front of her. She said "you made it rain blood". Do the math.
** Tomoe was wearing the white kimono too [[spoiler: in her own death scene]].
* WomanInWhite: She wears a white kimono.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Subversion: she looks and acts the part but her train of thoughts is ''very'' different. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: after she falls for her mark, i.e. Kenshin.]]

[[folder:Kiyosato Akira]]
->Voiced by: Creator/TetsuyaIwanaga (JP), Ray Clayton (EN)

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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:It's thanks to him that Tomoe becomes TheMole and the HoneyTrap. We won't know it for a while, though.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Had this with Tomoe. [[spoiler:And then he got killed by Kenshin.]]
* {{Determinator}}: To the point that despite being hopelessly outclassed, he [[spoiler: gave Kenshin the first half of his X-shaped scar before dying. Which Kenshin acknowledges.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Akira is brutally killed by Kenshin.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MiddleChildSyndrome: 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. [[spoiler: It doesn't do any good for both of them.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:He is dead by the start of the series.]]
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:His death doesn't become important until later.]]

[[folder:Katsura Kogoro]]
->Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (JP), Corey M. Gagne (EN)

Katsura Kogorō was the legendary young leader of the Chōshū Ishin-Shishi who, along with Ōkubo Toshimichi and Saigō Takamori, became one of the three key figures of the Meiji Restoration after they forged an alliance between former enemies Chōshū and Satsuma. After witnessing young Himura Kenshin's impressive performance in the Kiheitai, Katsura recruited the fourteen year-old swordsman into his service as a hitokiri in Kyoto and acts as the Battōsai's immediate superior during the Bakumatsu.
* AlliterativeName: '''K'''atsuya '''K'''ogoro.
* BigBrotherMentor: He and Takasugi are this to young Kenshin.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* KnightInSourArmor: Being a ruthless revolutionary leader of your domain does that.
* PosthumousCharacter
* {{Revenge}}: Basically believes in this as a life philosophy, which is consistent with most ''shishi'' of his time. His belief that the Tokugawa Shogunate has been abusive (exemplified in [[MentorOccupationalHazard executing his mentor]] [[TruthInTelevision Yoshida Shoin]]) drives his extremist methods. (Which is probably why [[spoiler: he sent Shishio to murder the traitorous Iizuka]] after the latter played a part in turning Kenshin's life into hell).
* ShipperOnDeck: Mild case, as he notices how Tomoe is a calming influence on Kenshin and refers to her as "the sheath of his sword".
* SupportingLeader

[[folder:Takasugi Shinsaku]]
->Voiced by: Creator/WataruTakagi (JP), Jason B. Phelps (EN)

Takasugi Shinsaku is the best friend of Katsura Kogorō who opposed his friend's recruit of a young boy named Himura Kenshin as Hitokiri Battōsai. Takasugi belived that Kenshin suffered deeply as assassin, due to him having to take away the lives of others in order to create the new Meiji era.
* BigBrotherMentor: He and Katsura are this to young Kenshin.
* BloodFromTheMouth: For a very good reason. See below...
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HotBlooded: Iizuka noted that he was this so much that, when he got bored of his imprisonment by the conservative Chōshu government, [[TruthInTelevision he just broke out of jail and waged a coup d'etat with the Kiheitai]], [[CrazyAwesome winning control of the domain for the Ishin Shishi.]]
* IllBoy: The real Takasugi died of tuberculosis when in his late 20's. His RK portrayal keeps up with this, and he's already fatally ill when he recruits Kenshin.
* KnightInSourArmor
* PosthumousCharacter
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* WhatTheHellHero: Wasn't too happy with Katsura's plans for Kenshin. Not like he could do a lot about it at that point.

->Voiced by: Creator/RyuseiNakao (JP), Lowell B Bartholomee (EN)

I'izuka is the examiner of executions for the Choshu Clan. After a member of the Choshu Clan kills, for example Kenshin, he goes and takes care of the body. He usually puts a note warning the Shogunate. He appears to be somewhat skilled at kenjutsu.
* AssholeVictim: Really, [[spoiler:his death at Makoto's hands was well-deserved]].
* BigBrotherMentor: 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. [[spoiler: As you can see with the other spoiler-tagged tropes, this is pretty much a sham.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Pretended to be a kind, loyal person while plotting behind his comrade's backs.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: So much that he gives the younger, whinier [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Kai Shiden]] a run for his money.
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler: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]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler:A spy for the Yaminobu.]]
* SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Betrayed the Choshu Clan and became TheMole for the Yaminobu.]]
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:Turns out to be a smug, slimy jerk.]]