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  • Abandon Shipping: Many people who shipped Nobume and Isaburo together abandoned the ship when their relationship turned out to be parental. He even gave her the name intended for his real daughter, whom was never born.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Unlike most villains, Kintoki Sakata poses almost no challenge to Gintoki alone and their fight lasts for less than ten pages.
  • Arc Fatigue: The "Silver Soul" arc, the last arc of the manga (before it moved to Jump GIGA, anyway), has been accused of this. While it delivers on plenty of good moments and fights, the story took over a year to finish as it brought back a huge amount of characters who had been missing for ages and gave many of them focus for a bit. This, combined with the slower pacing than usual left some fans fatigued.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Tsukuyo is one of the more divisive characters in the fandom. She is popular with a lot of people and regularly places highly in the popularity polls for a female character. But she is also hated by some fans who see her as either a Spotlight-Stealing Squad or a threat to rivalling ships involving Gintoki, sometimes even both.
    • Otae is loved and hated for her Played for Laughs violent/psychopathic nature; some people find it hilarious, others find it unnecessary and too far.
    • Shinpachi's job is to be the Straight Man for a lot of the series' wacky antics, and for a lot of fans he does an admirable job, but just as many consider him more obnoxious than funny.
    • Shoyo, after his reveal as Utsuro: Even with the explaination we get later on about him, just how much people can trust him after being just one of Utsuro's personalities remains to be seen. Some even consider him to be a separate entity entirely; the last character poll even showed that Shoyo ranked 5 places higher than Utsuro did.
  • Broken Base: The Reveal that 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.
    • A problem that many shounen dramedies run into when they're in serialization— that the series focuses more on the drama and less on the comedy. The tone shift isn't that bad in Gintama, but fans still criticize it for trying to be a serious battle manga when it never presented itself as such, while others believed that it was just the natural progression and that its battles and character development make it just as memorable as its jokes. Of course you have detractors on either sides, saying that the comedy was underwhelming and that they're happy the stakes are getting higher or that the drama turns Gintama into a generic shounen and would rather get back to the comedy.
    • The later arcs have it pretty bad. On one hand, you've got people claiming the twists, one-liners, and general increase of threats culminating in a full-blown Save the World plot in the final arc turn it into the very manga the series is known for parodying, while others welcome the change and point out for all the lampooning it does, it's still a Jump series and carries a little of the torch of its forebearers even if it was unorthodox in doing so.
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    • Following the Silver Soul arc, the denouement chapters have been better received for making the series return to its roots of comedy while doing some sort of timeskip. Nevertheless, some readers feel like they are being trolled by Sorachi due to some cliffhangers and mentions of character's fates, most notably Okita.
    • The English dub was well-received but the decision to start it at season 3 was met to a lot of criticism. Of course there's the fact that fans would have preferred to have the series dubbed from the beginning since it is the most logical decision and it would allow the voice actors to get used to their characters which is especially important for a long-runner. Some will also point out that since Gintama is more niche than other long-runners most of the viewers will be fans of the series or VO fans so there isn't much to lose in starting it earlier. There's also the fact that many of the plot elements later on in season 3 require an understanding of what has occurred in the earlier episodes. Others however are just happy that a dub has finally come out and argue that much like what Funimation did with One Piece dubbing it at a recent point will draw more audiences in.
  • Cant Un Hear It: Tomokazu Sugita as Gintoki.
  • Crack Pairing: 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 never interacted with). 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.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Due to the Ship Tease 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.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Kamui isn't even the 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, becoming a part of the main supporting cast and getting an arc focused on her right before the results of the poll were released.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Takasugi, Bansai and Kamui for the female fans.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Gintama has so far no Official Couples, and the chances of there being any are slim, but this has not daunted the shippers in any way. Okita/Kagura, due to the Foe Yay and Belligerent Sexual Tension between them, are ardently shipped together. A close second would be Gintoki/Tsukuyo (in Japan, however, it competes with Gintoki/Tae), especially after the Ship Teasy 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 Yaoi Fangirls. In fact Gintoki/Hijikata could probably be considered the most popular pairing in the fandom. The Yuri pairing would be Otae/Kyuubei.
  • Foe Yay:
    • 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 Foe Yay 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 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 Belligerent Sexual Tension.
    • 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, it worked.
    • Kamui and Takasugi also get some in Odd or Even.
    • Gintoki and Takasugi have a fair amount of this in later arcs, after the students' backstory with Sensei is finally broached and Takasugi steps back from being the primary villain of the series, with possible vague Ass Pull thrown in that the world he wished to "destroy" may or may not have been Utsuro's the entire time (though Gintoki and Katsura point out their allying together wouldn't absolve him of wishing for the more literal implication that's been assumed till now). Though once more-so traditional Weekly Shonen Jump rivals (i.e., as friends, within a given definition of the word), he and Gintoki are now fatalistically fixated on the idea of being the ones to kill each other, to the point that when Takasugi saves Shinpachi, he expresses his reasoning with "Make sure no one else takes his head," before basically saying that he cares more about Gintoki and him having their last showdown than anything else at that point. (Katsura and Sakamoto end his 'so until we meet again' with "...take care of our friend for us.") Possibly as a Lampshade Hanging, after Sakamoto "translates" Gintoki and Katsura's replies to Takasugi with at least a partial no-bullshit filter, an irritated Gintoki tells him to "properly" translate "Fuck you, man. Ptoo." and Sakamoto goes "Mr. Takasugi, he's basically sayin'... He wants to fuck you." to Takasugi's unchanging poker-face and Gintoki's ire. (Amusingly, when Katsura changes the subject to spitting on Takasugi via the translator afterwards, Takasugi reacts to the idea with immediate hostility and his own spit.)
  • Growing the Beard: While Gintama got fans in the beginning, it was the Benizakura Arc that got people hooked.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • During a Ginpachi-sensei's segment, in episode 209, Ginpachi-sensei reports to his class that Kakashi from class N had his Sharingan stolen, which eventually happens years later in Naruto.
    • In one episode/chapter, Katsura desperately wants to enjoy the same TV shows as his subordinates. After the events presented in chapter 563, this stops being funny as it shows that Katsura spent most of his childhood alone, not long after his parents and his grandmother died. Although he is still on friendly terms with Gintoki and Sakamoto in the present (and he often sees them), he doesn't want to feel like he is excluded from his own terrorist organization, even if it's the result of something as silly as not watching the same TV drama series as they do.
    • Say, about the balls of Gintoki had a names like 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, killing Shoyou in exchange for Katsura and Takasugi's lives, and wishes he had the chance to save them all.
    Gintoki: 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.
    • Remember Shinpachi's Tragic Dream as a stranded-but-rescued lonely old man in the Ryugujo Arc? The 669th chapter of the Manga had him ended up being a lone member of the Yorozuya, with an exception of him being 18 years old and the Yorozuya office still somewhat intact.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • As always for Gintoki.
      • The Stand arc parodying JoJo's Bizarre Adventure becomes this since 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. Every time Gintoki runs away is a dead-on ringer for how Joseph runs as well.
      • Another example with Sugita. In 2013, there was a manga chapter where Gintoki told stories involving Phoenix Ikki from Saint Seiya. When Ikki debuted in the spinoff Saint Seiya Omega the same year, he was voiced by none other than Sugita.
      • Otae-san dons her Aquila Cloth was this since 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 Takasugi in Urakata Hakuouki this time. For more hilarity, he gets tortured by Tsukuyo, Kyuubei, Sa-chan and Otae-san.
      • If you watch the entire Tama Quest Arc and you know who voiced the Leukocyte King, you'll get a kick out him being demoted from king to rank-and-file Basophil.
      • Remember that Gintoki wants to become a Samurai King? Well, he becomes Charlotte Katakuri in this anime.
      • Also in Kabukichou Stray Cats Arc when Gintoki becomes a cat. It becomes this when Sugita takes the role as this cat.
      • And of course, there's the series' parodies of Dragon Ball Z, which is even funnier now that Sugita has actually gone on to play a Dragon Ball character as Lemo.
    • Also in Episode 75, a recap of the first half of the second season, features a fake movie trailer for the Benizakura arc. Shinpachi yells and Gin for trying to trick fans into beliving a movie of the arc would be made and Kagura snarks that Sunrise could just do a recut of the episodes just like they've done Gundam in the past. The first Gintama movie released after the first series ended was literally a remake of the arc.
    • Remember when Shigeshige became a human-board in the Winter Vacation Arc? Well, it becomes this when 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 Kuroko's Basketball. This picture cannot escape your mind, now.
    • Let's not forget Zura... Katsura as well in this trope.
      • Well if it isn't enough, Zura... I mean Katsura rode in two Mobile Suits (One Zaku in Jump Festa and a pixelled Original Gundam in Season 5) in this anime. Remember that he voiced Athrun Zala of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and its sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, who rode Justice Gundam in these 2 series. What is more hilarious is when one of the characters (who voiced by Ishida) has the tendency to Self-Destruct any mobile suits when he rode on.
      • In two arcs, when Katsura pulls out Gintoki (and later, his own tail) to become his sword to fend off enemies at Kabukichou Stray Cat Arc and fighting Enshou with beam saber at Silver Soul Arc, this becomes funny as usual since Akira Ishida took the role as Luke Skywalker.
    • In the Bentendo Owee arc, at one point, Hijikata berates Okita by telling him to go back to waiting for a sequel to 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.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The entirety of the Shogun Assassination arc is one "holy shit" moment after one another, culminating in the Shogun's death.
  • Ho Yay: It has its own page!
  • Hype Backlash: When a show is 5 of the 10 highest rated shows on MyAnimeList, it happens.
  • Idiot Plot: 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 the series's comedy and wackiness comes in.
  • Memetic Loser: In more serious discussions Takasugi is spoken of as the dangerous Big Bad 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' Trademark Favorite Food.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • 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 Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon. It has such a good finish...
    • Fans joked that Takechi Henpeita being a true immortal than Utsuro due to him surviving from being (repeatedly) beaten up/gunned down by some of his crew mates (or Tatsuma or Gintoki in the Patriot Reunion Party Arc) for pretending as Takasugi, complete with a voice-changing megaphone.
    • Watch Gintama, they said. It's comedy, they said. explanation 
    • During the reveal of the Gintama Ranbu game, some fans made a spoiler joke about the game being a real life release version of "Tales of MADAO Hazard".
    • Gintoki's screams.
  • Periphery Demographic: Make no mistake, this is a series written for Shonen Jump, and that's the group they're aiming for, but thanks to trying to avoid common pitfalls of shonen Fighting Series (they don't even have named techniques, much less new ones every arc), deviation from "fight progressively stronger enemies" formula at least until the final arc, where they fight the strongest enemy of all, and an older-than-average protagonist, it's attracted a lot of older fans who otherwise find Jump comics juvenile— especially when that series spends half its time calling those comics out on it and kicking itself in the head when it indulges in some of those tropes. The presence of attractive guys who aren't entirely effeminate has earned it a healthy-sized Estrogen Brigade 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. And for the guys, the fact that those girls tend to be fanservice on very powerful legs doesn't hurt.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Despite a Running Gag of Shinpachi being entirely generic and plain-looking in the actual series, doujinshi artists consistently draw him incredibly pretty. It's surprisingly averted with Kondo and Hasegawa, though, but Bara artists tend to reach the other way and make them out-and-out rugged Hunks.
    • Sougo and Kagura tend to get their attractive features upped (Sougo becomes more overtly Bishounen, Kagura gets noticeably cuter), but their bitchy qualities get downplayed as consequence when they get paired up together, making them look more like a standard "spunky girl and teasing guy" Belligerent Sexual Tension couple.
  • Shallow Parody:
    • In their Pretty Cure parody, they seem to believe that Saki and Mai are powered-up forms of 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.
  • Superlative Dubbing: In contrast to Sentai's dub of the movie which was very divisive, Ocean's dub for Crunchyroll was met to very positive reception from day 1. The biggest concern which was the joke translations was intensively worked on by Crunchyroll themselves who provided a script that was faithful to the Japanese version while having funny new jokes in place of the old ones. Made even better is that Karl Willems is the director who is known for working on some of Ocean's best dubs.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Whenever the show parodies anything space-related, the background music will sound something similar to a Star Wars soundtrack. "The Imperial March" is normally one of the targets.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: It's basically Rurouni Kenshin on pot, salt LSD's, reefer, and any other drug you can think of, mixed with pop culture references, parody and Lupin III thinking it's in the future.
    • Or they just snorted the fourth wall.
    • Technically the time frame syncs better with Peacemaker Kurogane. 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 Hakuouki.
  • The Woobie: 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 The Chew Toy, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him at some point. His fans can at least find comfort in him being an accidental war hero in the end, even if he's a bit conceited about it.
  • 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 pointed out that the character made a Japanese pun, and was shocked that someone would do untranslatable humor — "That's the worst kind!"
    • The Mexican Spanish dub will possibly have to rely on 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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