Sagara Sanosuke is a street fighter who befriends Kenshin early in the series. As a youth, Sanosuke ran away from home to join the Sekiho Army, a group of farmers and merchants who fought for the Ishin Shishi during the Meiji Revolution. When the Sekiho were betrayed and executed by the other revolutionaries, Sanosuke escaped and began to pick fights to vent his anger. He challenges Kenshin, a former Ishin Shishi, but when Sanosuke is defeated he becomes one of Kenshin's closest friends and strongest allies. Sanosuke enjoys fighting, gambling, and mooching off of other people.