* ActorAllusion: A few that often even crosses over NoFourthWall territory.
** One of the ''3Z Ginpachi Sensei'' omake has a funny one, in which Creator/TomokazuSugita tells about how he got a call from his mother after the Stand Inn arc was aired, telling him he really should work on his singing.
** In episode 65, Okita (voiced by Creator/KenichiSuzumura) says [[Series/KamenRiderDenO "Mind if I beat you? Can't hear your answer!" and his eyes flash purple.]]
** Episode 150 includes a frame-by-frame parody of a scene in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Hasegawa takes the place of Gendou Ikari, both of whom are voiced by Creator/FumihikoTachiki. He also, sometimes does some mannerisms as Gendou.
*** In episode 122, before he was revealed, the {{Eyecatch}} has his silhouette shaped like [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi]]
** Taken to the extreme in fight between Elizabeth (Creator/ToruFuruya) and Dark Vader (voiced by Creator/ShuichiIkeda), to resemble the fight between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The staff even made Elizabeth pilot the RX-78 Gundam.
** Hijitaka says [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara LET'S PARTY!]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxCr6svK_ZY in his introduction]] as hosts in the Takamagahara host club. The difference is, instead of a horse, Hijikata uses Kondo as his Harley Gorillason!
** Upon Gedomaru's arrival in episode 249, Gintoki yells [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber!]]
** When [[Creator/YukoKaida Tsukuyo kicks]] Gintoki, Gintoki yells out [[Anime/GundamUnicorn Kshatriya]].
** Creator/KenshoOno is the voice of Kuroko in Manga/KurokoNoBasuke and also voices Kurokono Tasuke in the Joui Reunion arc.
** The casting of GenderFlip Kondo makes more sense when you realize that [[Creator/ChiakiTakahashi Chiaking]] used to voice a genderflipped Kondo in [[Anime/SengokuCollection another anime.]]
* AuthorExistenceFailure: In continuity example. During the Second Popularity Poll Arc, Otae, pissed off that a "[[AuthorAvatar gorilla]]" got a better ranking than her, [[BreakingtheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] to kill Sorachi in the real world. He [[WeCanRebuildHim sort of]] got better in the next episode/chapter.
* CashCowFranchise: For Creator/{{Sunrise}}, leading to people to do not ''even'' believe when they say they are "stopping" or "finishing" the animated adaptation once in a while. ''Gintama'' is one of the best sold anime series on DVD in Japan and merchandise come and go because the franchise's popularity.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Oh boy. This could take a while.
** Creator/TomokazuSugita: The lovable white perm haired Gintoki. When genderflipped, (s)he's voiced by Creator/HarukaTomatsu.
** Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi: Shinpachi. Hell, he looks EXACTLY like Shinpachi.
** Creator/RieKugimiya: Here playing Kagura. When genderflipped, (s)he's voiced by... Creator/KoujiIshii. No, seriously.
** Creator/MikakoTakahashi: Sadaharu and Tsu Terakado
** Creator/SusumuChiba: As Kondo, leader of the Shinsengumi. When genderflipped, (s)he's voiced by Creator/ChiakiTakahashi.
** Creator/KazuyaNakai: As the oh-so-[[BadAss badass]] mayo-loving Hijikata. And STILL voicing his genderflipped version, and not even bothering with CrossDressingVoice!
** Creator/KenichiSuzumura: Sougo Okita. When genderflipped, (s)he's voiced by Creator/ShizukaIto.
** Creator/AkiraIshida: Playing Zura (it's Katsura!) Kotarou... who has long hair and looks really good when he crossdresses.
** Creator/SatsukiYukino: Tae Shimura. Her voice and actions probably will remind you of [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Shmion]].
** Creator/NorioWakamoto: Playing the minor role of Matsudaira, a direct superior to the Shinsengumi.
** Creator/FumihikoTachiki: Taizo Hasegawa. Been trying to channel Gendo all the time but failed miserably.
** Creator/FumikoOrikasa: Yagyu Kyubei.
** Creator/ShowHayami: Umibouzu, Kagura's pop. Arguably one of the few roles where he's NOT EVIL.
** Creator/OmiMinami: Tama.
** Creator/ShinichiroMiki: Tatsuma Sakamoto
** Creator/TakehitoKoyasu: Shinsuke Takasugi
** Creator/SatoshiHino: Kamui. Definitely one of his most badass roles to date.
** Creator/KeijiFujiwara: Zenzo Hattori.
** Creator/{{Kujira}}: Otose. You may know her other role as [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Orochimaru]].
** Creator/YuuSugimoto: Catherine. Not so hyper as a certain [[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis redheaded Osaka tennis player]].
** Creator/YuuKobayashi: Ayame Sarutobi
** Creator/YukoKaida: Tsukuyo
** Creator/TakeshiAono: Gengai Hiraga
*** Creator/BinShimada: [[TheOtherDarrin Gengai's new voice actor]]
** Creator/HiroshiKamiya: Robot 502 [[spoiler: AKA Professor Hayase's robot vessel]], [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei who doesn't seem to be]] [[CatchPhrase in much despair, actually.]]
** Creator/YukariTamura: Shall Hanano... [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha cool your head?]]
** Creator/MitsuakiMadono: Kamotarou Itou.
** Creator/HochuOtsuka: Abuto
** Creator/AkenoWatanabe: Mutsu.
** Creator/AyakoKawasumi: Gedomaru, ''[[VerbalTic de gozansu.]]''
** Creator/MamikoNoto: [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/11/81205.jpg Pandemonium]]. No, seriously.
** Creator/HikaruMidorikawa: Seimei Ketsuno
** Creator/AiNonaka: Pirako Doromizu
** Creator/MiyukiSawashiro: [[MoeAnthropomorphism BluRay-ko]]
** Creator/NoriakiSugiyama: Kame, [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight a redheaded]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} brooding]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} skilled marksman]]
** Creator/JunkoTakeuchi: Daigoro Kitaouji
** Creator/SanaeKobayashi: Rei
** Creator/RyokoShiraishi: [[OverlyLongName Jugem-monkey]]
** Creator/SayakaOhara: Narasaki Sachi
** Creator/NobuyukiHiyama: Daito
** Creator/HiroyukiYoshino: Takachin
** Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa: Isaburo Sasaki, ''yet'' another silver haired badass.
** Creator/AyaHirano: Nobume, quite the opposite to her most [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya famous]] GenkiGirl role.
** Creator/KojiYusa: Ayumu Tojo
** Creator/YuuichiNakamura: The golden straight-permed Kintoki, who almost took the series' main character role. Possibly one of the best CastingGag ever.
** Creator/KazuhikoInoue: Oboro
** Creator/KoichiYamadera: Yoshida Shouyou-sensei
** Creator/ShigeruChiba: Jiiya/Rotten Maizou
** Creator/MasayaOnosaka: Hajime Obi One
** Creator/YukiOno: Tokugawa Shige Shige
** Creator/DaisukeNamikawa: Hitotsubashi Nobu Nobu
** On a sidenote, among all the major characters, Creator/TomokazuSugita is the only one that never voice act a Gundam pilot.
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, [[Creator/JesusBarrero Gintoki]] is [[Manga/SaintSeiya Seiya]], [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Rex]] and [[Anime/{{MazingerZ}} Kouji Kabuto]].
* NoExportForYou:
** So, Creator/SentaiFilmworks has the first season of the series licensed, the series can be watched through Crunchyroll not only in the States, but many countries with the service as well, and the Benizakura-hen movie was also licensed and released with an English Dub... BUT, the other tons of episodes of ''Gintama'' can't be reached in home release form, and Creator/VizMedia cancelled the publishing of the series in Volume 23 for both low sales and because some translation difficulties (killing also the possible license of similar comedy series that rely mostly in the wordly dialogue and Japanese jokes and heavy words such as ''Manga/SketDance'', ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' and ''[[Manga/ChounouryokushaSaikiKusuoNoSaiNan PSI Kusuo Saiki]]'').
** There are some exceptions in some countries where the anime has either been released dubbed (Spain and Mexico, for example) or the manga has been being published in its own right (Germany and Italy).
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: The first half of episode 67 was based on the winning submission for a contest to create an Amanto character.
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** Subverted with a CainAndAbel role where Creator/SatoshiHino is Kamui and Creator/RieKugimiya is Kagura.
** Played straight with Creator/TomokazuSugita and Creator/MikakoTakahashi as Gintoki and Sadaharu (or to a lesser extent Otsuu) where previously, they're the [[OfficialCouple Official Alpha Couple]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Bullet and Kusuha]].
** While they are not exactly "rivals" as Gintoki and Kintoki, Creator/TomokazuSugita and Creator/YuuichiNakamura are real best friends.
** This wouldn't be the first time where Sugita and Creator/KazuhikoInoue (Oboro) are against each other, until ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 as Joseph Joestar and Kars, respectively.
** Creator/MikakoTakahashi (Sadaharu) and Creator/YuuSugimoto (Catherine) had worked together as acquaintances not only in the same building, but as middle schoolers from different schools in Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis as Sakuno Ryuzaki and Kintaro Tooyama.
* TalkingToHimself:
** LITERALLY. Both as an in-universe example and in real life, Gintoki and [[spoiler: the Leukocyte King.]]
** Episode 26 (or 227, depending on your point of view) has it when characters from ''Manga/SketDance'' meet the Yorozuya gang: Creator/TomokazuSugita as both Sakata Gintoki and Switch. It's [[NoFourthWall well pointed out]] in their correspondent crossover anime episodes, where EVERYONE (with the exception of [[Creator/RieKugimiya Kagura]]) talked with themselves. Yes, even Creator/RyokoShiraishi who got casted as the monkey (Jugem-monkey).
* TheOtherDarrin: Creator/TakeshiAono used to voiced Gengai up until his [[Main/AuthorExistenceFailure death]] in 2012. Starting in ''Enchousen'', he is now voiced by Creator/BinShimada.
* ThrowItIn: The initial title of "Yorozuya Gin-san" was rejected by the editor, and another one was needed. Expecting that his other ideas would be shot down too, the author decided to play a little joke and submitted a random title his dad had made up: "''Gintama''".
* TrollingCreator: Sorachi is known as the greatest troll on the other side of Japan. There's even a special idiom for him, "Gorilla is playing with reader's crotch again."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Hideaki Sorachi once wanted to do the series based on the Shinsengumi. In fact, Shinpachi and Gintoki were once conceived as police units of the group. Hasegawa would eventually lead them (he was replaced by Kondo), and a girl who ended up being split into Okita (which original design was reused for his genderbent identity in the Dekobokko arc, ''nine'' years after the serialization started), and Kagura (her weapon was an umbrella, which became the defacto weapon for the Yato clan).
** The title of the manga was originally going to be "Yorozuya Gin-san", reflecting the nature of Gintoki's odd-jobs shop, but the editors of the magazine didn't like it, so it ended up being "Gintama".
** The "Be Forever Yorozuya" movie was originally stated for a release in Spring 2013, just after the anime new season (originally consisted of reruns, plus the airing of new such as the Kintama arc, and the Courtesan of the Nation arc) ended. However, as proved in the anime previews, the script seems to have suffered many changes in the process, making it move until a more proper release in Summer.
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