Characters: InuYasha Band of Seven
Tropes Associated With The Band of Seven
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: For a band of murderers, they are True Companions, Determinators and downright quirky, especially Bankotsu and Jakotsu. Renkotsu on the other hand, feigns kindness to hide his treacherous nature
- Ax-Crazy: To varying degrees
- Badass Normal/Empowered Badass Normal: Their mastery of superhuman skills makes them the strongest non spiritually endowed humans in the series. Despite that some members Kyokotsu and Ginkotsu are unusual to say the least.
- Blood Knight: All of them would rather go down fighting with the notable exception of Renkotsu.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Despite being True Companions, they are unrepentant murderers, so much that Mt. Hakurei's purity makes them feel sick.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: A brilliant aversion of the more Genre Blind villains in the series, instead of petty trickery, they use various strategic tactics in order to weaken and catch the heroes off guard. And more than one occasion did they nearly manage to kill them.
- Determinator: With the exception of Renkotsu, all of them don't go down without a fight.
- The Dreaded: All seven of them were feared by all people, even years after their deaths.
- Facial Markings/Tattooed Crook: Each of them has unique facial markings to identify each member.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Naraku made the series Darker and Edgier, the Band of Seven were extremely effective in attempting to wipe out Inuyasha's group in their first encounter, forcing them to absolute desperation, something that most of the villains, including Naraku would barely manage each time before this incident. They also weren't picky in how they wanted them dead.
- Meaningful Name: Goes both ways, they all share the name Kotsu which can translate as bone from which they were resurrected and as well as skill, to which fighting style they're specialized in.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness: Kyokotsu, Mukotsu and Ginkotsu are the weakest and therefore most hideous of the group
- No Nonsense Nemesis: While they do have their quirks, they are certainly less prone to Villain Ball moments than most of the villains, if anything if not for the intervention of Sesshomaru and Myoga, the group would've suffered severe casualties
- One-Man Army: There are only seven of them, but each could take down a battalion easily
- Our Zombies Are Different: With the sacred jewel, they were resurrected to their former state, but had the smell of cemetery ground and enhanced strength
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The group in general gets along much better, complying even when they argue otherwise than Inuyasha's group who are always bickering with each other over the smallest things.
- Psycho for Hire: They were ronin who took service under anyone who allowed them to kill as many as they could.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: For Naraku at Mt. Hakurei while he was reassembling himself, but it's more of Dragon with an Agenda than anything
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A giant, a Gonk poisoner, a Hollywood Cyborg, a Camp Gay swordsman with an Whip Sword, a doctor with a Super-Powered Evil Side with Wolverine Claws, a pyromancer and a teen with a BFS, easily the most diverse group in the series
- Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: Their encounter is the first time Inuyasha has been very close to having his friends die not because of their power, but because they're Genre Savvy enough to target the group while he's busy
- Too Powerful to Live/Too Cool to Live: In a series filled with Yokai and super-powered priests/priestesses, they stand out as the sole Badass Normal group in the series when each Cast Herd has at least one or two of the aforementioned, having little supernatural abilities other than their own unique traits honed through battle and technique to fight and in one case, eat demons as well as other forces. They were able to take down entire armies easily before being ambushed by their retainers who thought they were too powerful and dangerous to wander freely. In fact the only thing that can take them out at this point are those are not human (half demon, revived priestess and demons to be more precise) and far surpass anyone else at the time.
- True Companions: They are this despite being villains
- The Undead: Brought back by Naraku to fight his enemies via Shikon Jewel
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Leader of the Band of Seven, a powerful group of Psychos For Hire
that roamed through Japan and was slaughtered ten years before the story sets. Naraku revives them with Shikon shards to have them as his bodyguards while his body evolves inside Mt. Hakurei.
- Affably Evil: He's genuinely a Book Dumb and somewhat laid back person, but he's also a trigger happy killer. Even then, he genuinely cares for his comrades and is so sportsman like in his craft that you can't help, but enjoy his killings.
- Anti-Villain: He was a bloodthirsty fighter, but he truly cared for his teammates and mourned their deaths. In fact, he snapped when Renkotsu killed Jakotsu, killing him in punishment for his treason
- Asskicking Equals Authority: While punching Inu Yasha he points out that he was the leader precisely because he could fight all the other members to submission.
- Back from the Dead
- Bad Ass: Especially in a world filled with divine powered priests and powerful demons, he manages to kick ass by just being ridiculously strong for his size
- Barbarian Longhair
- BFS: Banryuu (“Barbarian Dragon”) his halberd (not THAT kind, stupid!) is even bigger even than Inuyasha's. And he can wield it one-handed with such ease!
- Blade on a Stick: His "halberd" is somewhere between the genuine article and a really big sword.
- Blood Knight: He desired the jewel shards to increase his power and thus his fighting ability.
- Book Dumb: Can't write a letter let alone read, but makes up for it with good judge in character and instincts.
- Charles Atlas Superpower
- Cool Sword: Like InuYasha, Bankotsu can use his sword to channel magical attacks, up to and including a lightning storm. (anime only)
- The Combat Pragmatist: "In a match to the death, there's no such thing as foul or fair''.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Diagonal Cut: In the Manga, Inu Yasha feints a Wind Scar and then slash him across the chest. The anime apparently thought that it was anticlimatical, so...(see below)
- Dumb Muscle: He may be as powerful as a hundred men, but is the same guy who can't write a proper letter.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Wear the same loose footwear that Yura does, leaving his toes, heel and really, majority of his soles bare.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Even Evil Has Loved Ones: What sets him apart from Renkotsu? He won't betray his friends.
- Evil Counterpart: To Inuyasha, both aren't the brightest in their groups, have BFS, and are incredibly strong to make up for it
- Facial Markings: A cross on his forehead
- Genre Savvy: He correctly deduces the extent of Renkotsu's treachery.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the anime, he slays some demons, turning his Banryuu into a uber-powerful demonic weapon. Sadly, this also gives him a demonic aura, making him a perfect target for Inu Yasha's Bakuryuha attack.
- The Leader: of the Band of Seven / Shichinin-tai. Headstrong type because the strength of his body and personality made him dominant of them all.
- Malaproper: Hilariously done in his first scene
- The Napoleon: A badass shorty.
- Noble Demon: Cares for his comrades which in turn share varying degrees of loyalty, does not betray them and fights with pride; someone very opposite to Naraku
- Off with His Head!: his first death. He's pretty obsessed with it, too.
- Psycho for Hire: "We'll become mercenaries and slaughter everybody!"
- Rapunzel Hair: Kept in a long braid
- Razor Wind: Banryuu can cast very hot wind blasts at foes.
- Shirtless Scene: Naraku revived the whole Band naked, so...
- Street Smart: While he is Book Dumb, what makes him The Leader and not Renkotsu is that he can read the intents of others, is very good at improvising and has good instincts overall
- The Undead
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: Normally.
One of the Band of Seven, Bankotsu's best friend and most loyal follower, also the most openly homosexual villain
in the series.
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa
(JP), Jenn Forgie (EN), Ana Patricia Anides/Rocío Prado (LA SP), Monica Bertolotti (IT)
- Affably Evil: He is amiable among his colleagues and his obsession with Inuyasha borders on goofy, when it is not frightening.
- Anti-Villain: For his very genuine friendship with Bankotsu
- Ax-Crazy: While a psychopathic killer, it's played more for laughs
- Back from the Dead: And he died knowing he had fun because he got to go down fighting in a cooler way than when he first died
- Beware the Silly Ones: He squeals over nice clothes and cute men (not just Inuyasha, but also Miroku and even Sesshoumaru) at one moment. At the other, he slices you into ribbons with his Whip Sword.
- Blood Knight: Views Inuyasha as a Worthy Opponent among other things, and enjoys a good fight
- Camp Gay: He can easily be mistaken for a woman, acts in an energetic manner, and is keenly interested in Inuyasha.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Enjoys inflicting pain as well as receiving it
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Both in the original and in the dubs.
- Depraved Homosexual: Though he develops, thanks to his Hidden Depths.
- The Dragon: To Bankotsu.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Jakotsu dresses like a woman, has a female voice actor on both sides of the Pacific, is Camp Gay, and is contemptuous of his female opponents.
- Evil Laugh
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike the other members, he's honestly and totally loyal to Bankotsu. In the anime, is shown that they were together even before forming the Band of Seven.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he's about to die, he has no regrets at all and is surprisingly calm.
- Facial Markings: He’s got facepaint AND actual women’s makeup!
- Go Out with a Smile
- He-Man Woman Hater: Bankotsu scolds him for killing all the women in a castle, so that now they have no one to serve them saké.
- Hidden Depths: See Pet the Dog
- In Love with Your Carnage
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: God yes.
- Laughably Evil
- Major Injury Underreaction: Gets impaled in the liver by Sesshomaru. He just flirts with him.
- Pet the Dog: His sincere and even sweet friendship with Bankotsu is his main humanizing trait.
- Psycho for Hire: Along with the rest of the Band of Seven
- Serial Killer: Sure, unlike Mukotsu, he can looks cute and act goofy when pursuing his crush... but when he says that you are his type, this means he wants to cut you apart and the slower the better, not to get into your pants. He explicitly notes that Inuyasha was just the last in his line of victims, too.
- Sissy Villain: He doesn't mind pain, but is very girly
- The Undead
- Villainous Crossdresser: Plays the more feminine energetic part rather than the outright flamboyant portrayal
- What Could Have Been: Was originally supposed to be female, but the author decided she didn't want Inu Yasha hitting a human female so she made him a Villainous Crossdresser instead.
- Whip Sword: Rather than being a longsword with a segmented blade is a large scimitar with lots of identical, crescent-shaped blades connected by the tips.
- Yandere: Expresses his love for Inuyasha by cutting him up.
One of the Band of Seven, the strategist and fire arms expert of the group.
- Back from the Dead: Like the rest of the seven, but unlike the rest he wants to stay alive instead of just taking it as a chance to kill some more.
- Bald of Evil: Unlike Mukotsu who has a poor Freudian Excuse for his actions, he is power hungry and ambitious
- BFG: Wields a small cannon against Inu Yasha and Koga.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He sets himself up to be a cunning strategist, it becomes very obvious he's no where near as street smart and powerful as Bankotsu
- The Chessmaster
- Dirty Coward: Especially compared to his bloodthirsty companions, it's so obvious that Kagome immediately realizes his attempt to bring everyone to "hell" with him is merely a bluff
- Evil Genius: He's technically the second in command and top strategist, but it's obvious that Jakotsu is the real right hand man of Bankotsu
- Facial Markings: What’s with these guys and makeup?
- Gadgeteer Genius: Managing to create a cyborg and a tank in Feudal Japan. By rebuilding Ginkotsu.
- Genre Savvy: See The Undead below. He also distrusted Naraku and his word that he would let them take the shards if they helped him, which somewaht motivated to his later betrayal.
- Manipulative Bastard: To the rest of the Band of Seven, too bad Bankotsu isn't like that
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Bankotsu, it obviously doesn't work.
- Pet the Dog: His friendship with Ginkotsu is his only redeeming trait
- Playing with Fire: HELL yes.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Smug Snake: Relies on strategy working due to his cunning, loses it when he doesn't have it go the way he thought it go.
- The Starscream: When comforted with the possibility of unlimited power and a chance of eternal life, he jumps right on it, betraying his allies one by one
- The Strategist: He's the one who comes up with the plans for the group
- Taking You with Me: When Koga disarms him, he tries to blow everyone up with two sticks of gunpowder. Kagome actually calls him out on this one.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Ginkotsu
- The Undead: Like the rest of the Seven, he smells like a corpse and dirt but manages to hide this scent by hiding in an attacked temple around burnt bodies while pretending to be the only surviving monk that is burying the rest
Another member of the Band of Seven, and even more
bloodthirsty than Jakotsu... when he's dominated by his Superpowered Evil Side
, that is.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata
(JP), Michael Donovan (EN), José Luis Orozco (LA SP), Mirko Mazzanti (IT)
- Anti-Villain: It's complicated: his evil personality is Ax-Crazy, but his regular personality is a kind doctor who isn't evil at all, who was traumatized after a soldier brutally killed one of his patients and laughed about it.
- Ax-Crazy: His evil side, in addition to a merger of the two has Dissonant Serenity to back it up.
- Back from the Dead: Unlike the others, he didn't awake fully until his trigger was pulled due to his dual nature
- Blood Knight: The only one who compares to Bankotsu
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Inuyasha finds him once he senses the jewel via Kagome which leads the Band of Seven to drag him back into their service.
- The Dark Chick: He's definitely the odd one out in the Five-Bad Band that the Seven eventually become.
- Deadpan Snarker: In his Evil sides.
- Facial Markings: Only appears when he gets mean (at first).
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He was a normal medic, but watching a soldier kill one of his patients in the war and then laugh about it made him snap and become the evil Suikotsu from the Band of Seven.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Asks Kikyou to kill him. When she can't bring herself to do so, Jakotsu does so.
- Jekyll & Hyde: In addition to a "Jekyde" of sorts
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When revived, Suikotsu couldn't remember his past and retook his life as The Medic.
- Out, Damned Spot!: His good personality doesn't like blood. Even Kikyo was weirded out when he kept washing his hands after they already looked clean.
- Psycho for Hire: He really, really likes to kill people when his evil personality is in control.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Two of 'em, one Obviously Evil and a second that plays to Dissonant Serenity
- The Undead: Unlike most of the Band of Seven, as his doctor personality, he thought he was still alive. This goes away once his other personality awoke
- Wolverine Claws: Which get mocked by Inu Yasha.
A robotic man who serves as the primary muscle of the Band of Seven.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa
(JP), Mark Gibbon (EN), Javier Rivero (LA SP), Alessandro Pala (IT)
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga he dies after Koga manages to stuff his armor inside his cannons, but in the anime, he actually manages to last longer and pull a Heroic Sacrifice in order to save Renkotsu
- Anatomy Arsenal: Most of his body.
- Artificial Limbs: To enhance his capabilities
- Back from the Dead: Twice, first as a zombie, then as a robot zombie tank
- Brains and Brawn: With Renkotsu.
- The Brute: Serves as this with Kyokotsu, but is even less brainier than he is
- Determinator: A great villainous example. Nothing you do to Ginkotsu will put him down permanently.
- Even when he becomes more machine than man, he’s still up and running!
- He can live that way because of Renkotsu’s genius skills in mechanics and metalwork.
- Evil Redhead: His hair is red. He is evil. Kind of self-explanatory.
- Evil Laugh: Grush, doubles as Pokémon Speak for most of the time
- Gonk: Even if you put aside all the numerous modifications, he's pretty much weird.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Manages one, despite his villainy. He blows himself up so that Renkotsu can escape from Koga, but only in the anime.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the manga, he's blown to smithereens when Koga stuffed his cannon with a piece of metal plate.
- Hollywood Cyborg: “Run awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!” Especially, since it's very out of place in the Feudal era filled with demons and supernatural priests
- Mid-Season Upgrade: After his battle with Inu Yasha. Renkostu turns him into a tank.
- Schizo Tech: How did they manage this in Feudal Japan?
- That technology became possible in China way over a thousand years ago. They were the first to use coal to power mechanical devices and even use gunpowder. Technology changes, but the principals of mechanics don’t.
- Shoulder Cannon: Has one
- Shoulders of Doom: Containing several deadly tricks, mostly wire darts.
- Tank Goodness: Post-upgrade.
- This Is a Drill: Amongst thousands of weapons, he uses a giant drill coming out of his chest to skewer Inu Yasha.
- The Undead: A robotic one
- Villainous Friendship: with Renkotsu, being the latter's only redeemable trait
- We Can Rebuild Him: Thanks to Rekotsu
Member of the Band of Seven, is a short, ugly man and poison user who's obsessed with girls.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Kagome
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Working with various poisonous substances made him immune to toxins.
- Attempted Rape: On Kagome, in the manga. It was bowdlerized into a weird pseudo-marriage ceremony in the anime.
- Berserk Button: Really hates to be mocked or rejected because of his ugly face, to the point that he starts crying when Kagome stab his neck as he tries to embrace her.
- Bullying a Dragon: Tries to kill Sesshomaru twice with poison clouds. It goes as well as you can imagine.
- Depraved Dwarf: Shortest and most repulsive of the seven
- Determinator: When facing Sesshomaru, he doesn't go down without a short struggle
- Dirty Coward: Subverted. Seemed to be this like Renkotsu once Sesshomaru easily passed through his poisons, but it was an act to let his guard down it obviously didn't work
- Dirty Old Man: Not as bad as Guame but still bad
- The Evil Genius: Could share this role with Renkotsu, but was killed before the main ones appeared.
- Evil Old Folks: The oldest of the Band of Seven, and like Kyokotsu and Renkotsu has little redeeming qualities.
- Gonk: An obession for him.
- Half the Man He Used to Be
- I Have You Now, My Pretty
- Lighter and Softer:In the anime, Mukotsu is a sadistic poisoner who likes to kill victims, but he also wants a woman to be wedded in a bizarre manner, but still tries to kill them if they refuse and is very self conscious on his Gonk looks. In the manga, he is a straight up rapist and his Gonk looks are his Berserk Button.
- Master Poisoner
- Oh, Crap!: When he realize that his poisons don't work on a powerful demon like Sesshomaru.
- Poisonous Person: As a result of being of working with poison for so long, his body has absorbed some poisonous properties.
- Technicolor Toxin
- The Undead
- Universal Poison: Subverted, he fights with several kinds of poisons, including an acidic cloud, a paralyzing toxin and a poison that affects the victim throught the eyes and skin.
- Would Hit a Girl: He punched Kagome in the face when she tried to defend herself.
The first member of the Band of Seven, is a colossal brute of a man that feeds on demons to restore his power. Easily dispatched by Kouga.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gouri
(JP), Mark Gibbon (EN), Carlos del Campo (LA SP), Massimo Bitossi (IT)
- Ambiguously Human: He claims to be a human, but is hard to swallow, considering how big he is
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Seriously, how could he be that large!!??
- The Brute: Shares this with Ginkotsu, but focuses more on brute strength rather than offensive force
- Epic Flail: Anime only.
- Giant Equals Invincible: Inverted, he's the largest of the seven, but also the weakest.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Goes around devouring humans and demons alike to replenish his strength. Oddly enough, the other undead mercenaries don't show such need.
- Neck Snap: Subverted in that isn't enough to stop him.
- Odd Name Out: It's later stated that the seven mercenaries were decapitated, and their Shikon shards are hidden in their neck wounds, yet Kyokotsu's shard is located in his forehead.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Especially for being a human
- The Undead: One that needs to eat to replenish his power
- Villainous Glutton: Mainly eats demons, implied to have eaten even humans during his time
- Was Once a Man: His monstrous size is implied to be from devouring demon flesh.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Unlike his colleagues, he has no motivation for his being over than being a large brute to fight Koga, who happens to be a human who ate enough demons to go to that size.
- Especially compared to his colleagues who each have unique distinct personalities other than being bad
- The Worf Effect: Koga manages to kill him without help. According to Jakotsu, he was the weakest of the band.