is the main protagonist of the series and is a samurai living in an era when samurai are no longer needed.
In later chapters, Gintoki reveals that prior to meeting Shinpachi and Kagura he worked in Yorozuya along with three people of African descent whom he threw to a river when they planned to abandon him or started dating other people.Although he considered the story Samuraider very poor, the setting of such one-shot served as the base for Gintama such as the addition of alien characters.While thinking of the name of a manga, Sorachi's editor commented "Do you think a silver samurai would be cool?He often blames his "perm" hair of sorts to be a source of some of his misfortune.is one of the main protagonists of the series and is a teenager who joins Gintoki's freelancer business to learn the ways of the samurai.They also encounter several times the police force Shinsengumi, who normally ally with Yorozuya in their works, since they commonly involve dangerous criminals.
When creating the series, Sorachi developed various characters based on the historical Shinsengumi, which he is a fan of.
Additionally, other characters from the series are also based on real people.
The characters from the series have also been features in pieces of merchandise based on their appearances as well as video games.
He stays at his family's dojo along with his older sister Tae Shimura.
Both used to live there with their father who died when they were still children.
The characters from the anime and manga series Gin Tama were created by Hideaki Sorachi.