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Tsukuyo (月詠), also known as the God of Death Courtesan (死神太夫, shinigami tayuu), is a highly skilled ninja, specializing in the usage of kunai, having trained under the infamous assassin and then-Leader of Hyakka, Jiraia 地雷亜. She is the current leader of the Hyakka, Yoshiwara's guardians (吉原自警団「百華」の頭), an all-female law enforcement squad deployed by Housen 鳳仙.
Tsukuyo is a blond woman of average height and a slender figure. She has a scar running horizontally on the left side of her forehead and another vertically on her left cheek.
Her shoulder length hair is normally tied up at the back of her head, while her parted fringe is done up in a bundle, held by 2 miniature kunai, both with red thread at the end, on each side. The part of her hair that isn’t tied is left to run down her cheeks, reaching past her chin.
Tsukuyo’s preferred attire is a black kimono, without a right sleeve and exposing her right leg, decorated with autumn leaves, held by a red obi. On her right arm she sports a detached sleeve that goes from her wrist to her mid-biceps. She also wears fishnet stockings and black high-heel boots that reach just below the knee. She’s often seen smoking a kiseru, a trait she shares with fellow main character, Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助.
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As mentioned by Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎, she's dead serious at all times, even when making jokes or finding herself in a comedic situation. Because she cares deeply for her friends, she carries her own burdens as to not trouble them and only seems to open up to the Yorozuya.
She has a very low alcohol tolerance, needing only a small amount to get drunk, even whiskey bonbons. While drunk, she tends to display an extremely aggressive nature, mercilessly beating whoever is near her, namely Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時. However, after resting she shows no visible signs of a hangover. Despite claiming to have abandoned herself as a woman and not having an issue with being touched by a man, she's shown embarrassment on both occassions Gintoki groped her by accident.
She was sold in Yoshiwara at an early age, where she became the apprentice of courtesan Kamekichi, with whom she would often get into fights. She quickly grew to hate Yoshiwara because of how all the women have given up on leading a normal life. It wasn't until she saw Hinowa's strength and her influence on the other courtesans that Tsukuyo demonstrated her desire to protect Hinowa and Yoshiwara.
Seeing her strong will, Jiraia took her under his wing and trained her in the ninja arts, but not before she scarred her face thus throwing away her life as a woman. Four years prior, during a fire in Yoshiwara, Jiraia sacrificed himself to protect Tsukuyo, seemingly burning to death.
Some time after that, she became the leader of Hyakka, where one of her jobs was to hunt down and kill prostitutes trying to escape. However, going against those orders, she would simply scar them to ensure they wouldn't lead such a life again and hide them as members of Hyakka.
When the Yorozuya and Seita infiltrated Yoshiwara, she gave them an opportunity to escape, unbeknownst to the rest of the Hyakka. That was prevented by Kamui and his subordinates as they manage to kidnap Seita to take to Housen. When the Yorozuya reveal their plan to get Seita back and free Yoshiwara from Housen's terror, she agrees to help them, also wishing for the city to see the vast sky once again. Their plan, however, is quickly discovered by the Hyakka and Tsukuyo agrees to hold them off so that Gintoki can reach Housen. While under her subordinates' attack, she refuses to fight back, claiming she has no right to do so as she's become a traitor. The Hyakka refuse to kill her, saying she's their saviour and just as important to them as Hinowa. They later join Gintoki in his fight against the Night King.
- She speaks with a classic prostitute accent.
- Kagura calls her "Tsukky", a nickname Hinowa likes.
- Tsukuyo, whose name contains tsuki, meaning "Moon", is referred to as Yoshiwara's Moon, just as Hinowa is referred to as its Sun.
- It is hinted by Jiraia (in Chapter 255/Episode 178) and Hinowa and Seita (in Chapter 294) that she has feelings Gintoki. This is further supported by her inability to give him chocolates for Valentine's Day.