Wakikaoru (脇薫) is a freelancer ninja currently working in the Shinobi 5 as a follower of Hattori Zenzou.
She also known as Ninja Academy Madonna (弁財天の薫 benzaiten no kaoru), is a ninja and a member of the Shinobi 5, a mercenary ninja group for hire. She is familiar with Zenzou, and attended his father's funeral. She has been seen operating a flower shop into which Kagura (posing as a mini-Gintoki) crashed his scooter, damaging a flower-petal birthday present that was planned for Michiko, the wife of Wakikaoru's manager at another of her part-time jobs, the Kunoichi Café.
She has bright maroon colored hair and usually wears a black attire. She is a attractive looking woman and she tends to hold a rose in her hand most of the time.
Much like Sarutobi Ayame, Wakikaoru is often childish and playful, eg. when the two of them were supposed to fight during the Ninja Battle in the Elizabeth Rescue chapters, but spent a long time just standing around talking trash to each other. And when they finally fought, instead of using their formidable skills they slapped, scratched and pulled each other's hair.  However, she gets serious when it comes to work.
As a ninja she has been seen using roses as a weapon (e.g. by using the polens to paralyze her opponents, and she can also throw them with such force that they become hard as kunai).
- Wakikaoru has the same voice actress as Bisca Mulan and Asca Connell from Fairy Tail, Sayoko Shinozaki from Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch and Kuroko Shirai from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.
- ↑ Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 9, Lesson 69, p. 3.
- ↑ Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 9, Lesson 76, p. 13.
- ↑ Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 13, Lesson 107, p. 15.
- ↑ Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 9, Lesson 69, p. 12.