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Ayame is a wolf youkai princess, grandaughter of the well-respected leader of a tribe allied with Kouga's. She claims to be Kouga's fiancee, though he says he doesn't remember any such thing.
- Action Girl: Of the Cute Bruiser variety
- Animal Motifs: The Wolf
- Ascended Extra: Only mentioned in the manga, got a mini-arc to herself in the anime.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She has loved Kouga since she was a child.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: One that Kouga gave to her when she was a little girl, but he came to pretty much forget. It's hinted that he did remember later, but chose to not aknowledge it to not have her tag along for danger.
- Ultimately in the anime, Kouga and she do get married when he takes full leadership of the wolf youkai.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Like the rest of Koga's tribe, Ayame is always barefoot.
- Fiery Redhead
- Flower in Her Hair: Kouga gives her one of her namesake flowers as a child when he promised to marry her, and she's worn one in her hair ever since.
- Flower Motifs: "Ayame" means "iris," and she wears an iris in her hair. Koga gave her one of these in their first encounter.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hidden Depths: Not herself per say, but her existence does make Koga a more rounded protagonist in the anime, rather than being another romantic rival for Kagome's affections.
- Plucky Girl: Despite being much weaker than most demons, she's just as resolved as any in the series
- Rescue Romance: Kouga saved her life when she was young.
- Youkai: A wolf one.
The ancestor of Hōjō, one of Kagome's classmates whom Inyasha's group have run into from time to time.
- Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Jp), Benjamín Rivera (LA SP), Matt Smith (En)
- Accidental Pervert: Accidentally stumbled upon Kagome and Sango while they were bathing.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Yet another suitor who's smitten with Kagome (which was even speculated by her when she saw Hojo's family history and noticed someone with the name "Kagome" on it) but notices that she and Inuyasha have feelings for each other. The Kagome on the family tree was another woman whom Akitoki had fallen for after leaving the group. It wasn't even her real name (it's Suzuka), he had requested she change it.
- The Klutz: Is undeniably clumsy.
- Naked First Impression: His first encounter Kagome and Sango while they're bathing in a hot spring, but neither of them knew he was there.
- Sixth Ranger: Well somewhat, he lacks fighting skills but fits in quite well with the group.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivers one to Hoshiyomi about human nature and how it makes them strong.
Botan and Momiji
A sibling duo of rookie mikos who are duped by Tsubaki into attacking Inuyasha's group in the anime.
Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (Botan, JP) and Shiho Kikuchi (Momiji, JP), Nicole Bouma (Botan, EN) and Alexandra Carter (Momiji, EN); María Fernanda Morales (Botan, LA SP) and Patricia Acevedo (Momiji, LA SP)
- Action Girl - Cute Bruiser
- Anti-Villain/Hero Antagonist: They only attacked Inuyasha because Tsubaki tricked them into doing so. When they realize that Tsubaki duped them and are defeated, they stop.
- Color-Coded Characters/Red Oni, Blue Oni: Botan wears blue while Momiji wears red. Their hair colors and eyeshadow match their clothing as well.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Given their apprentice status, Inuyasha and co. are more than a match for them.
- Cuteness Proximity: They're smitten with Shippo and Kirara from the minute they lay eyes on them, and as soon as they're convinced that the two aren't evil, they begin fawning over them.
- Horrible Judge of Character: They instantly trust Tsubaki of all people after she reveals herself to be a priestess.
- Implausible Hair Color/You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Momiji has dark red hair, whereas Botan has dark blue hair.
- Miko: They're only rookies, though.
- No Sense of Personal Space: See Cuteness Proximity above.
- Plucky Girls: Even when it's clear that Inuyasha's group can take them easily, they don't give up until they're K.O.'d by an explosion.
- Sibling Team
- Sympathetic Magic: They make giant doll replicas of Inuyasha and Kagome by getting ahold of locks of their hair.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Even after discovering her true colors, Momiji still expresses pity for Tsubaki.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Tsubaki.
An half demon who's cursed to turn into an ox demon every night. He's trying to create artificials Shikon Jewels to cure his status.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Matsumoto (JP), Lee Tockar (EN), Alberto Caneva [Izumo] and Roberto Draghetti [Gyu Oh] (IT)
- Adaptational Villainy: In the English dub he's portrayed as a full-fledged villain, while in the original dub is clear that he's just driven by his madness.
- Carry a Big Stick: As Gyu Oh wields a wooden club embedded with fake Shikon Jewels.
- Genius Bruiser: Oxen and bovine creatures are usually portrayed as dumb or stupid, but Gyu Oh is far from this stereotype, as he managed to built several artificial (though weaker) Shikon Jewels.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-bull demon. Unlike most other half-demons in the series, his father was the human and his mother the demon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He ingests a large quantity of his fake Shikon Jewels to go One-Winged Angel and fight Inuyasha, but the toxic properties of the fakes end up killing him by sunrise.
- Jekyll & Hyde: A more radical variation.
- A Load of Bull: He's a minotaur
- Tragic Monster: Izumo is genuinely a good person, but, y'know, turning into a savage bull demon every single night will probably be bad for your sanity.
A moth demon and the brother of Gatenmaru.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP)
- Avenging the Villain: Defied: he laughs it off when Inuyasha asks him if he's coming after them to avenge Gatenmaru's death.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Gatenmaru's tendency to suck human blood abhorrent.
- Facial Markings: Red stripes on his cheeks.
- Guyliner: Wears purple lipstick.
- Sissy Villain: While not as girly as Gatenmaru, he's still quite effeminate.
- Youkai: A moth youkai.
Once a powerful ninja demon, he was in love with Tsukiyomi, a human woman. However, he was possessed by the dark powers of the Naginata of Kenkon, forged by Kaijimbo, and turned evil.
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Giuliano Bonetto (IT), Salvador Delgado (Latin America)
- Alas, Poor Villain: As he dies, he feels relief. The heroes even have a makeshift funeral for him and Tsukuyomi, with Inuyasha openly sympathizing with him.
- Battle Couple and Inter Species Romance: Him and Tsukiyomi
- Casting a Shadow
- Double Weapon: The two blades of the naginata can actually be removed and reattached.
- Evil Weapon: The naginata is what drove him crazy and evil.
- Irony: ... And he got it to actually help his beloved Tsukiyomi, since he didn't want her to work herself to death.
- Facial Markings
- Fallen Hero: Used to a Noble Demon who only wanted to protect his lover, then lost it
- Heartbroken Badass: It's complicated.
- Heel–Face Turn: Did one, thanks to Tsukiyomi. However, it didn't last thanks to the Naginata.
- Omnicidal Maniac: When possessed by the naginata, he decides to create a black hole to destroy humanity and possibly all of existence. This is especially jarring, especially most of the villains just want power, killing and eating.
- Outside-Context Problem: Most villains including the Big Bad are merely selfish egotists that want things their way and kill whatever disrupts them. It's jarring to see a villain that wants to destroy everything due to personal tragedy.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: He thought Tsukiyomi betrayed, so he decided to destroy all humanity with a black hole, thanks to the naginata.
Hoshiyomi's girlfriend, and a powerful Magical Girl Warrior in her own right. She was a demon hunter who nevertheless managed to "tame" Hoshiyomi and form a Battle Couple with him. However, tragedy struck and Hoshiyomi was consumed by the demonic energy from his Evil Weapon.
- Battle Couple and Inter Species Romance: Her and Hoshiyomi
- Blessed with Suck - Cast from Hit Points: She had to use her spiritual abilities constantly, which greatly weakened her. Hoshiyomi got his Evil Weapon to actually support her so she wouldn't have to use her power in excess!
- Grand Theft Me: Heroic example. She possesses Kagome's body to try talking to Hoshiyomi, but he's too consumed by his rage and power so she channels what's left of her powers through her so Inuyasha and Co. can finish him.
- Magical Girl Warrior: She's both a skilled naginata user and a Barrier Maiden able to purify spirits.
- Posthumous Character
- Spirit Advisor
The Four Ninja Demons
The four demons serving Hoshiyomi, they're named and based after the Four Gods of the Si Ling. They're Seiryu (a snake demon), Suzaku (bird demon), Byakko (tiger demon) and Genbu (turtle demon).
- Anime Hair: Byakko and Suzaku
- The Brute: Genbu.
- Camp Gay: Suzaku, to the point that even his companions have to tell him to stop that.
- Depraved Homosexual: Suzaku, who openly targets Hojou Akitoki.
- Evil Albino: Byakko.
- Evil Redhead: Suzaku.
- Expy: Suzaku is likely modeled after Jakostu.
- Feathered Fiend: Suzaku's true form.
- Flechette Storm: Seiryu can throw his own scales like shuriken.
- Mesa Crowd: They're capable of creating clones of themselves.
- Ninja: All of them
- One-Winged Angel: Suzaku turns into a giant red bird, Byakko becomes a sort of tiger man, Genbu grows a turtle shell on his back. The only exception is Seiryu, who grows dark green hair.
- Panthera Awesome: Byakko.
- Red Baron: Suzaku of the Flower, Byakko of the Snow, Seiryu of the Moon and Genbu of the Darkness.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Seiryu and Genbu.
- Stalker with a Crush: Suzaku towards Hojo and Seiryu towards Sango.
A princess that fell for Sesshoumaru when he slaughtered the army that was attacking her family. However, after tragedy strikes and she is totally broken, she returns with a darker purpose.
- Decoy Damsel: She makes herself pass as a girl about to be offered as a Human Sacrifice to the demon Umineko.
- Despair Event Horizon: Her dad had been Driven to Suicide after not being able to defeat Sesshoumaru, her clan was in tatters, and Sara was about to die of illness. Then she made a...
- Elegant Classical Musician: She was a very skilled flute player.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Ill Girl
- Not So Different: There are some parallels between her and Naraku. Both of them made deals with hordes of demons to either gets the affections of those they were in love with, or destroy them while trying. However, Sara was far more sympathetic than Naraku for obvious reasons.
- The Ojou
- Parental Marriage Veto: While Sesshoumaru wasn't planning to marry Sara, her father Souju heard that she liked Sess and tried to pull this. Things went From Bad to Worse immediately afterwards.
- Rescue Romance: Subverted. Sesshoumaru didn't rescue her, he mostly happened to be passing in the middle of the army.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Also subverted, as while Sara kept company to an injured Sesshoumaru and he didn't exactly hate her, he didn't love her like she did.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden
The leader of the Panther Devas and daughter of the Panther King who was the swore enemy of Inuyasha's father. She sets out to revive her father with her fellow siblings in the hope of conquering the land.
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (Jp), Alison Matthew (En)
- An Ice Person: Uses ice and freezing attacks
- Dark Action Girl
- Distaff Counterpart: Her personality and attitude are reminiscent of early-series Sesshōmaru.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely loves her family and was distraught by their father sacrificing them to revive himself.
- Heel–Face Turn: After seeing her father sacrifice his own family to revive himself. As well as Sesshōmaru, whom she's been mocking through the story arc, revive her siblings. She decides to call off the feud as there nothing to fight over anymore.
- Pointy Ears: As with most human looking demons
- Smug Snake: Pretty much, mostly due to seeing Sesshomaru lacking an arm and Inuyasha and his father being dead while hers is just sealed away.
Shunran, Karan, and Shūran. Tōran's siblings who command the remnants of the Panther Tribe.
Voiced by: Shunran: Yuki Masuda (Jp), Jocelyne Lowen (En)
Karan: Yoko Teppozuka (Jp), Maggie Blue O'Hara (En)
Shuran: Masaya Takatsuka (Jp), Scott Logie (En)
Karan: Yoko Teppozuka (Jp), Maggie Blue O'Hara (En)
Shuran: Masaya Takatsuka (Jp), Scott Logie (En)
Sister of Manten and Hiten. She challenges Shippo to a duel to avenger her brothers.
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (Jp), Rebecca Shoichet (En)
- Arch-Enemy: To Shippo whom she thinks killed her brothers.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She's no older then Shippo
- Harmless Villain: Nowhere near the level of her older brothers.
- Samus Is a Girl: Shippo and the others didn't know this until Kagome started hugging her.
- You Killed My Brothers: Mistakenly believes Shippo did this.
The Big Bad of the first Movie, a powerful moth demon from Asia, but he and his father were defeated by Inuyasha's father and sealed inside the Tree of Ages. Released by a fragment of the Shikon Jewel, he's now back with revenge.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Jp), Vincent Gale (En)
- Back from the Dead: Can revive himself at will.
- Badass Cape: Has one in the form of wings.
- Barrier Warrior: While in Chrisalys mode.
- Big Bad: Of the first movie.
- Bishōnen: Till he transforms.
- Cool Sword: Actually a pretty normal broadsword, though he does use it to deflect Inu Yasha's Wind Scar.
- Dance Battler: His fighting style, not surprisingly since his origins are in China.
- Demonic Possession: Does this to Kagome in an attempt to kill Inuyasha.
- Devour the Dragon: Does this to Hari when she's cut in half by Sango.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts politely, except is as racist and arrogant as any other demon.
- Green Thumb: His technique to transform involves growing a tree of a cocoon.
- Hero Killer: He defeats Inuyasha in his bout and nearly kills him by manipulating Kagome into doing the deed
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Death by Bakuryuha.
- Legacy Character: His goal is to literally become the same being as his father.
- Lightning Bruiser: While by no means as fast as Sesshomaru, he was able to outpace Inuyasha in their first bout.
- Manipulative Bastard: In a particularly mean way: brainwashes Kagome into killing Inuyasha in the same manner as Kikyo. More generally, everything in the movie is all part of his plans; he also takes advantage of Inuyasha's Leeroy Jenkins tendencies to release his father.
- The Minion Master: He releases demons that were under his father's service to fight for him.
- One-Winged Angel: After becoming the New Lord Hyoga, he turns into a colossus with moth wings and antennae. It makes him a bigger target and is no where near as fast as he was before.
- Poisonous Person: As a moth, it's obvious.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed in a tree, along with the remains of his father.
- Smug Super: The reason he doesn't need the Shikon Jewel for a power booster, is that, like Sesshomaru, he already has power to back his claims.
- The Stoic: He's reserved, but is very smug.
Ruri and Hari
Menomaru's servants who aid in his evil plan.
- The Beastmaster: Hari who takes control of Kirara and turns her against Sango.
- Didn't Think This Through: Ruri really should have done more research on the Wind Tunnel before she copied it.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Hari ends up getting this via Sango's boomerang. Doesn't quite kill her but her master going One-Winged Angel and sucking in souls at the worst possible time does the trick.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Ruri who tries to even the deadlock against Miroku's Wind Tunnel by expanding hers. However she winds up losing control and ends up sucked into it.
- Power Copying: Ruri who copies Miroku's Wind Tunnel for her own.
The Big Bad of the second movie. The legendary maiden found in a bamboo stalk, this one is actually a powerful demon who devoured the real Princess and disguised as her. Confined inside a mirror, she's freed by Kanna and Kagura and tries to bring forth the "Eternal Night".
Voiced by: Mieko Harada (Jp), Nicole Oliver (En)
- Affably Evil: Most of the time...
- Faux Affably Evil: The other half
- Badass Princess: A very powerful opponent, she also managed to kick Naraku's ass. She pretends to be a preincess.
- Barrier Warrior: Can make barriers capable of repelling attacks.
- Benevolent Boss: She's pretty nice to both Kanna and Kagura. Before she betrays and imprisons them anyway. Even then, she's still nicer than Naraku who outright murders or sacrifices them in the end.
- Big Bad: Of the second movie.
- Cool Sword: Makes a giant golden sword out of her hairpin.
- Conspicuous CGI: Her "smoke blob form" is the most overt example in probably all of anime. It consists a total of EIGHT polygons!
- The Corrupter: She almost manages to permanently transform Inuyasha into his demon form.
- Dark Action Girl: One of the strongest in the series
- Dead Person Impersonation: It's not the real Princess Kaguya. She's a demon who's long since killed her and just took her name and form.
- Does Not Like Shoes: After her Evil Costume Switch.
- Evil Costume Switch: When she appears for the first time, she wears the typical Yamato Nadeshiko style dress. After revealing her true nature, she dons a skimpier outfit complete with cape and breast bands.
- Evil VS Evil: The promo materials made it look like she might be yet another one of Naraku's mooks. They most certainly are not friends, though in the scheme of the movie, she's the bigger threat.
- Fantastic Racism: She hates half-demons even more than your typical youkai.
- Green Thumb: She can grow flora like Menomaru, but uses it for more combative uses,
- Hair-Trigger Temper: During her true form.
- It's All About Me: Unlike other villains, she's overwhelmingly selfish in her goal (namely, ruling over a world where the time is frozen and nothing is alive.)
- Manipulative Bitch: No Naraku by any means, but is still very manipulative
- No Body Left Behind: Deprived of the Celestial Robe, she's hit by Inu Yasha's attack and turns into a handful of cherry blossoms.
- Noodle Incident: It's implied she had an old score with Naraku in the past, but it is never elaborated upon. All that is known is that they were both enemies of Miroku's grandfather, and whatever grudge they had with each other was serious enough for Naraku to fake his own death simply to lure her out of hiding.
- Out-Gambitted: By Naraku at the end, naturally.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed in a mirror. She spend the first part of the movie still inside it.
- Time Stands Still: The effects of the Eternal Night.
- Vain Sorceress
The Big Bad of the third movie. Literally "Fang of the Gathering Clouds", was a demonic sword owned by Inu Yasha's father, and more powerful than Tenseiga or Tessaiga, having the ability to summon 100 dead souls from hell. Is the main villain in the third movie, manipulating the actions of Inu Yasha and later Takemaru.
- Big Bad: Of the third movie.
- Body Horror: When possessing Inuyasha, it sprouts tentacles that pierce his hand and anchor it to the hilt.
- Combat Tentacles: Grows some on Inu Yasha while trying to possess him.
- Demonic Possession: Inflict this on everyone who holds it.
- Evil Weapon: Unlike Tenseiga and Tessaiga, this sword is extremely evil.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Night of the Living Mooks: Can raise the corpses of a hundred people and demons.
- One-Winged Angel: Develops a self-reliant body for itself.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Unholy Nuke: Gokuryuuha ( Hell Dragon Wave, "Dragon Twister" in the dub).
Secondary antagonist of the third movie, he was a samurai lord who was crazy jealous of Izayoi, Inu Yasha's mother, and tried to kill her. He's resurrected as a wraith by So'unga, so that the sword may have a wielder.
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Jp), Jonathan Holmes (En)
- Alas, Poor Villain
- Came Back Wrong: Resurrected as a yuurei.
- The Dragon: To So'Unga.
- Empowered Badass Normal
- Evil Weapon
- Healing Factor: Thanks to his new form he can regenerate at will.
- Horned Humanoid
- Love Makes You Evil: Seriously, he nearly killed Inuyasha's mother just because she loved a demon.
- Master Swordsman: Capable of taking on Sesshomaru in a fair fight.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Villainous Valour: Even ask he's dying, he fights the great dog demon to the death in a burning house.
The main villains of the Fourth Movie. The Shitoshin (Four War Gods) were four powerful great demon lords that invaded Horaijima but got their power source removed, forcing them to stay on the island. The four members are (again) based on the Four Guardian Gods and are named Ryuura (Dragon), Kyora (Phoenix), Jura (Tiger) and Goura (Turtle).
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna [Ryuura], Takeshi Kusao [Jura], Nobuo Tobita [Kyora], Tadahisa Saizen [Goura] (Jp), Kristian Ayre [Ryuura], Jason Simpson [Jura], Ted Cole [Kyora], Ward Perry [Goura] (En)
- A God Am I: They claim to be gods.
- Animal Motifs: See above in the description.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Goura.
- Badass Normal: Jura is the only member who does not use any kind of energy or magic for his attacks.
- BFG: Jura's Thunder Cannon.
- BFS: Ryuura's Fujinga and Raijinga swords.
- Blood Magic: Goura uses a blood sample extracted from Kikyo 50 years ago to create a clone of her.
- Big Bad Ensemble
- Dual Wielding: Ryuura wields two huge scimitars in battle.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kyora.
- Expy: All of them In-Universe: Ryuura's similar to Bankostu, Kyora to Jakostu and Abi, Goura to Ryukotsusei and Jura to Renkostu.
- Kaiju: Goura, an island-sized turtle.
- Guyliner: Kyora's lipstick.
- One-Winged Angel: They all get a power up after retrieving their power orbs. They also merge in a grotesque, asura-like monster with the bodies of the three members and Goura's shell.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Kyora's weapon.
- Playing with Fire: Kyora and Goura to some extent.
- Turtle Power: Goura.
- Worthy Opponent: Sesshoumaru for Kyora.
A clone of Kikyo who had been hibernating in an artificial womb for 50 years. She was created from a blood sample taken from the real Kikyo 50 years prior to the events of the movie to do the Shitoshin's bidding. She is a soulless body with no will of her own. She is unleashed to seduce and kill InuYasha but is easily taken out by the real Kikyo.
- Ambiguously Human: Revealed to have fangs prior to her demise.
- Artificial Human
- Cloning Blues
- Composite Character: A clone of Kikyo who wears Midoriko's clothing and wields the latter's Weapon of Choice.
- Deadly Hug: When Inuyasha can't kill her, she embraces him and seems poised to bite into his neck before the real Kikyo shows up and takes her down.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: She's foreshadowed throughout most of the movie but killed very quickly and effortlessly by Kikyo.
- Emotionless Girl: She has no will of her own and wears a blank expression on her face.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Inuyasha initially tries this on her, but gives it up when he realizes it's not the real Kikyo.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's completely naked for most of the movie. There's a few camera pans showing off her butt and legs.
- Lightning Bruiser: Unlike the real Kikyo, she wields a sword and is fast and strong enough to physically fight Inuyasha on an even footing.
- Naked on Arrival
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Inuyasha manages to overpower her, but can't bring himself to finish her off; the real Kikyo shows up at that moment and kills her before berating Inuyasha for letting himself be tricked by the fake.
- The Speechless
The protagonist of the DS game "Secret of the Divine Jewel."
- But Not Too Foreign: She's an American exchange student, but was initially born in Japan before immigrating to the U.S.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Several characters in-game remark on how pretty her hair is.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: Her weapon of choice.
- Reincarnation: She's the reincarnation of a demigod child of the storm god Datara.
- Shock and Awe
- Token Minority: She's the first and so far only American to be featured in the entire Inuyasha franchise.
The protagonist of the PS2 game Secret of the Cursed Mask.
- Audience Surrogate: Oh heck yes, and a rather awesome example, at that. He/she quickly becomes very useful thanks to the Shikigami powers and is integral in solving some of the major problems that come up (for example, one of his/her powers is essential to taking away enemy barriers so attacks will actually damage them). He/she's the "player character". Not to mention that given that Kururugi can "hook up" with one of the members of the group, he/she's also a "fanboy/fangirl surrogate". Although that last part's kind of spoiled during the ending when Kururugi is sent back to the modern era...unless it's Kagome's ending, since of course Kagome lives in the modern era as well, so they can meet up pretty quickly.
- But Now I Must Go: How his/her story arc ends.
- Calling Your Attacks: Since Kururugi must rely on the powers of Shikigami in order to use any of his/her moves, every attack gets its own phrase.
- Canon Name: The default names of the male and female Kururugi are Michiru and Kaname respectively.
- Character Development: When Kururugi is first sent to the Feudal era, he/she's a fish out of water and is upset that there are no supermarkets around and his/her cell phone doesn't work. Then he/she is granted "Shikigami" powers, and eventually develops into a brave warrior in his/her own right. Also, in another example albeit a more minor case, Kururugi eventually learns (through his/her optional "romance" arc should the player choose to become especially close to a specific member of the group) to be more true to his/her feelings.
- Guide Dang It: It's possible for Kaname (and not Michiru, since he isn't gay or bisexual) to end up with Sesshomaru of all people... but that requires a convoluted effort to not only not build up much affection with the other group members but also to do all the Sesshomaru events in the right order when you get them so you don't miss any. And at one point you have to choose to worry about Rin instead of your friends, but the impact of the choice isn't apparent right away. You'll only know you're on the right track if the "profile picture" on your save file suddenly has Sesshomaru's picture on it instead of one of the group members' pictures.
- On the other hand, it can be surprisingly easy to get the Sesshomaru ending, even if you wanted to get a different ending. All that's required is to worry about Rin and trigger the random event on the road to Castle Town when it's available towards the end of the game; seeing the other random events involving Sesshomaru is not necessary.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Because the player can change Kururugi's first name, said first name is never uttered during audible dialogue. As shown in the opening cutscene, s/he's apparently on a Last Name Basis with his/her friends.
- Level-Up at Intimacy 5: Michiru/Kaname Kururugi can learn more "team-up" techniques depending on which member of the group Kururugi chooses to spend his/her days off with. (This is also indirectly how the others learn different "team-up" techniques, since if Kururugi pairs up with one of the group, the rest of the group must then pair up with different people for their days off).
- Nice Guy\Nice Girl
- Schrödinger's Player Character: Some plot details change slightly depending on whether you pick Michiru, the boy, or Kaname, the girl. For example, the senior citizen "Kakuju" whom you meet early in the game is an old woman if you pick Michiru, and an old man if you pick Kaname, so Kakuju is always the opposite sex of whomever you pick as the player character. Likewise, if you pick Michiru, the antagonist "Utsugi" turns out to be a man, and it's a fake person who looks like your identical ancestor. Utsugi is also your identical ancestor (not really) if you pick Kaname, but Utsugi is female instead. So unlike Kakuju, Utsugi is always the same sex as whomever you pick as the player character. This is a major plot point; you find out near the end of the game that Kakuju and the real Utsugi were lovers, but Utsugi died and Kakuju created fake versions instead. And since the real Utsugi is your identical ancestor, this is why both Kakuju and Utsugi are each a different sex depending on whom you pick.
- Squishy Wizard: S\He serves as this to the group.
- Took a Level in Badass
The Big Bad of Secret of the Cursed Mask alongside Naraku, and the one responsible for Kururugi's arrival in the feudal era. Like Kururugi, his/her gender is chosen by the player.For the sake of clarity, Utsugi will not be referred to by any gender-specific pronouns.
- Artificial Human: Utsugi is actually a Hitogata, an enchanted clay doll created in the image of the real Utsugi.
- Big Bad: Part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Naraku.
- Blood Knight: In their first encounter with the gang, they injure Inuyasha and remark that his wounds are "beautiful like the setting sun."
- Cloning Blues: Part of the reason for Utsugi's actions is to become a real human and not just a duplicate of the original Utsugi.
- Dramatic Unmask: After Inuyasha's Wind Scar splits their mask in two.
- Hijacked by Ganon: For the Final Boss, they're possessed by Naraku, who seizes their Shikigami powers for himself.
- Love Makes You Evil: They want to steal Kururugi's soul and become a real human so that Kakuju will love them just as if they were the original Utsugi.
- Make Up Is Evil: The female Utsugi wears red lipstick and eyeshadow.
- No Sell: In their first encounter, Utsugi effortlessly deflects the Wind Scar.
- Walking Spoiler: Just look at all the spoiler tags.