* AbandonShipping: Nobume & Isaburo's relationship turned out to be parental. He even gave her the name intended for his real daughter, whom was never born.
* AntiClimaxBoss: Unlike most villains, Kintoki Sakata poses almost no challenge to Gintoki alone and their fight lasts for less than ten pages.
* AwesomeMusic: Most of the anime's opening and ending themes sound amazing and fit the series very well. In particular are:
** "Donten" by DOES (Opening 5) is a badass song that suits Gintama's darker moments.
** Before that, "Shura" also by DOES was the perfect ending for Benizakura, the first truly badass arc.
** Tougenkyou Alien by serial TV series (Opening 9) is unashamedly wacky, over-the-top and catchy.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Tsukuyo is one of the more divisive characters in the fandom. She's still popular enough to rank 10th and 11th on the character polls, but she is also hated by some fans who see her as either a SpotlightStealingSquad or a [[DieForOurShip threat to rivalling ships involving Gintoki]], sometimes even both.
** Otae is loved and hated for her PlayedForLaughs violent/psychopathic nature; some people find it hilarious, others find it unnecessary and too far.
* BrokenBase: TheReveal that [[spoiler: Utsuro is Shoyo]] is either one of the most brilliant reveals possible for the narrative or an utter betrayal that Sorachi pulled right out of his ass.
* CrackPairing: A series with this many characters who regularly interact with each other is bound to be rife in pairings, but the Japanese fandom really likes to get creative by shipping Sakamoto and Takasugi (who very rarely show) with the likes of Kondo and Hijikata (whom they've barely interacted with), as well as with ''each other'' (they were old comrades but they've only interacted with each other in a so far unanimated manga chapter). There were also doujin artists who published the Gintoki and Hasegawa pairing long before episode 239. Shinpachi has also been paired up with Sakamoto, Takasugi, and various unexpected Shinsengumi members for some reason or another. Other odd pairings include: Hijikata/Katsura and Elizabeth/Gintoki.
* DieForOurShip:
** Due to the ShipTease she receives with Gintoki, Tsukuyo tends to be disliked by fans who pair him with other characters.
** Nobume also received some hate around her first appearance, as Okita/Kagura fans viewed her as a potential threat to the pairing, but it's since died down.
* EarWorm:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHbntMWpDHs Katsura's rap]] Which also brings in a funny moment that goes with the AwesomeMusic trope.
** Mr. Raindrop, falling away from me now~
** There's also the next episode preview theme "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Jg4o6iCBw Temee Raaaa!! Soredemo Gintama Tsuiten no Kaaaa!.]]" If that tune doesn't turn into a ringtone for your cell phone, then you officially are deaf to any and all {{Ear Worm}}.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Kamui isn't even the [[BigBad main villain]] like Takasugi is, yet he managed to rank 7th in his first popularity poll even though he had only appeared in the Yoshiwara Arc at the time, and to the surprise of many later on jumped up to 3rd in his next poll.
** Of the notable Shinsengumi members, Yamazaki is probably the least important and the most plain, yet despite or perhaps ''because'' of this he remains pretty popular, having managed to consistently rank in the top ten on the popularity polls.
** Tsukuyo was one initially, having only appeared in the Yoshiwara Arc by the time the votes for the second popularity poll were being submitted, managing to rank 10th on said poll, making her the second most popular female character behind Kagura. However, her role has since expanded, to the point where she got her own arc right before the results of the poll was released. As a result, she has also become something of a BaseBreakingCharacter.
* EvilIsSexy: Takasugi, Bansai and Kamui for the female fans.
* FanPreferredCouple: Gintama has so far no {{Official Couple}}s, and the chances of there being any are slim, but this has not daunted the shippers in any way. Okita/Kagura, due to the FoeYay and BelligerentSexualTension between them, are ardently shipped together. A close second would be Gintoki/Tsukuyo (Though in Japan, it competes with Gintoki/Tae), especially after the {{Ship Teas|e}}y Red Spider Arc. {{Yaoi}} couples such as Gintoki/Hijikata and Hijikata/Okita are also hugely popular due to a large part of the fanbase consisting of YaoiFangirls. In fact Gintoki/Hijikata could probably be considered the most popular pairing in the fandom. The {{Yuri}} pairing would be Otae/Kyuubei.
* FoeYay:
** Gintoki and Hijikata's rivalry throughout the series is often seen in this light, which has helped make them probably the most popular Gintama ship, particularly in Japan. The anime adding filler episodes with more FoeYay probably also helped. The ship actually got lampshaded in Episode 92 with Gintoki holding a mock manga cover with them in a... erm, ''suggestive'' pose.
** Kamui got just a little too excited at watching Gintoki fight Hosen. Cue Kamui's unhealthy interest in him. Umibozu even said Yoshiwara doesn't interest Kamui, he only became its ruler solely to prevent anyone from getting close to Gintoki, who [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he's staked his claim on as future prey]].
** Okita and Kagura have this in spades, so much so that whenever the two interact, it's almost always some kind of BelligerentSexualTension.
** Nizo and Katsura, with Nizo cutting his hair off and caressing it against his face, talking about how it was soft like a woman's. If he meant to piss off Gintoki, [[BerserkButton it worked]].
** Kamui and Takasugi also get some in Odd or Even.
* FreudWasRight:
** Isn't that the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon?
* GrowingTheBeard: While Gintama got fans in the beginning, it was the Benizakura Arc that got people hooked.
* HarsherInHindsight: In an omake, Gin says that Kakashi had his Sharingan stolen. [[spoiler:Which happens years later]]
** In one episode/chapter Katsura desperately wants to like the same TV-shows as his surbonates. After chapter 563 is it not that funny anymore[[spoiler: as it shows that he spent most of his childhood alone after first his parents diesd, then his grandmother whom he lived with, so being afraid of being alone for him makes a lot of sense… even if it's just being the only one not having watched a K-Drama.]]
** Say, about the balls of Gintoki had a names like [[Manga/SketDance Yuusuke and Sasuke]], it becomes this when the story of Bossun came to light.
** Gintoki's drinking. Hilarious when he's putting his head in a vending machine. Harsh when his past is taken into consideration, like when he tells Hijikata how he still dreams of the worst moment of his life, [[spoiler: killing Shoyou in exchange for Katsura and Takasugi's lives,]] and wishes he had the chance to save them all.
-->''Alcohol sure is nice, you can forget all your troubles, if only for a moment. You’ll have to remember them tomorrow, though. And they’ll be even more painful than they were the night before. You can’t run away from things like this. Especially from the things you want to forget.''
* HilariousInHindsight: More on Sugita and less extent for Yuki Ono's
** The Stand arc parodying ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' becomes this since [[Creator/TomokazuSugita Gintoki]] shares a voice actor with Joseph Joestar, the main character for the second part of the series and who later on wields a Stand himself.
** Another example with Sugita. In 2013, there was a manga chapter where Gintoki told stories involving Phoenix Ikki from ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. When Ikki debuted in the spinoff ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'' the same year, he was voiced by none other than Sugita.
*** Otae-san dons her Aquila Cloth was this since [[Creator/SatsukiYukino she]] took the role as Aquila Yuna
** In episode 75, where Prince Hata dubbed as Takasugi much to Shinpachi's chagrin while Gintoki and Kagura made fun of it. Guess who took the role as [[Creator/TomokazuSugita Takasugi]] in Urakata ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' this time.
** Remember when Shige Shige became a humanboard in the Winter Vacation Arc? Well, it becomes this when [[Creator/YukiOno Taiga Kagami]] brought one of the freshmen in basketball to become a human surf board just to get the Iberian Pork Sandwich right before the epic 'THIS IS A JAPANESE LUNCH TIME RUSH!' line at [[Manga/KurokoNoBasuke Kuroko's Basketball]]. [[http://funnymama.com/post/195015 This picture]] cannot escape your mind, now.
** Well if it isn't enough, [[Creator/AkiraIshida Zura... I mean Katsura]] ride TWO Mobile Suits (One Zaku in Jump Festa and a pixelled Original Gundam in Season 5) in this anime. Remember that he was voiced as Athrun Zala of Gundam Seed and its sequel, Gundam Seed Destiny who rode Justice Gundam in these 2 series
** In the Bentendo Owee arc, at one point, Hijikata berates Okita by telling him to go back to waiting for a sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'', with Okita answering that he's certain it will come back no matter what anybody else says. Several years later, he's proven right by ''Shenmue III'''s kickstarter campaign.
* {{HoYay}}/{{LesYay}}: [[HoYay/{{Gintama}} It has its own page!]]
* {{HypeBacklash}}: When a show is 5 of the 10 highest rated shows on MyAnimeList, it happens.
* IdiotPlot: Any stories that don't count as a serious arc has shades of this due to the characters' nature of overthinking simple problems or relying on people who are anything but sensible, and this is where a good chunk of Gintama's comedy and wackiness comes in.
* InternetBackdraft: On certain websites, just mentioning your opinions on Kyubei's gender will more than likely garner you a few angry replies.
* LoserProtagonist: Some see Gintoki more as this than ever when Takasugi was the one to finally kill [[spoiler:Oboro]], despite the chapter constantly reminding them that the opponent was immortal until then.
* MemeticLoser: In more serious discussions Takasugi is spoken of as the dangerous BigBad of the series he is. In less serious discussion however, the very same people will make fun of him for either his height or his constant rambling about destroying the world. The one-arc joke about his love of Yakult is also turned up to the level of obsession reminescent of other characters' TrademarkFavoriteFood.
* MemeticMutation:
** The "strawberry milk speech" and "evil grin" pictures are recognizable even to people who have never heard of the series.
** To a lesser extent, the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon]]. [[PhraseCatcher It has such a good finish...]]
* PeripheryDemographic: The series is technically shonen, but thanks to its avoidance of most pitfalls of the shonen fighting genre (they don't even have named techniques, much less [[SoLastSeason new ones every arc]]), deviation from "fight progressively stronger enemies" formula, and an older-than-average protagonist, it's attracted a lot of older fans who otherwise find JUMP comics juvenile. The presence of attractive guys who aren't entirely effeminate has earned it a healthy-sized EstrogenBrigade as well, in addition to a quite large cast of proactive and useful female characters who can fight (and be successful at it) and who aren't the usual flat and ineffectual {{Fanservice}} on legs.
* SelfFanservice: Despite a RunningGag of Shinpachi being entirely generic and plain-looking in the actual series, doujinshi artists consistently draw him [[{{Wimpification}} incredibly pretty]]. It's surprisingly averted with Kondo and Hasegawa, though.
* ShallowParody:
** In their ''Anime/PrettyCure'' parody, they seem to believe that [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Saki and Mai]] are powered-up forms of [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa and Honoka]], rather than different people.
** The Owee Arc displays very little knowledge of even the most well-known Wii gimmicks, and one of the launch titles is a dating sim involving groping, which doesn't really gel with Nintendo's famously kid-friendly image. Truth to be told, the arc was published around the time of the launch of the Wii and it was making fun of the hype around getting one before lampooning video games in general (thus you have Tetris, a dating-sim and an RPG). It wasn't really meant to satirize Nintendo itself.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Whenever the show parodies anything space-related, the background music will sound something similar to a StarWars soundtrack.
* TakeThat: What does the author do when the campaign against Ecchi appears? Give us an UnwantedHarem Arc of course!
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: It's basically ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' on pot, salt LSD's, reefer, and any other drug you can think of, mixed with pop culture references, parody and ''Franchise/LupinIII'' thinking it's in the future.
** Or they just snorted the fourth wall.
** Technically the time frame syncs better with ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane''. And just try watching Peacemaker and then Gintama and watch your beautiful image of the Shinsengumi get shattered to pieces.
*** Compare the Shinsengumi in this anime and them in ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}''.
* TheWoobie: Hasegawa is the premier example of the series due to never being able to resolve his drama around being poor, jobless and separated from his wife. He may be TheChewToy, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him at some point.
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** The Viz Media official translated manga pulled these out here and there. One particular instance involved a character shocked by how terrible a pun was. Rather than come up with an ill-fitting translation, they [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] that the character made a Japanese pun, and was shocked that someone would do untranslatable humor--"That's the worst kind!"
** The upcoming Mexican Spanish dub will possibly have to rely un this. Unlike the English translations, Mexican and Latin American audiences have more tolerance over not-so-literal translations of jokes, as long the jokes are funny.

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