Characters: InuYasha Main Characters
Character sheet for the protagonists of InuYasha
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- Conveniently an Orphan: Everyone except Kagome, who has a living mother.
- Date Peepers: Every time Inuyasha and Kagome or Miroku and Sango have any romantic moments, the rest of the group will be spying and/or eavesdropping.
- Deadpan Snarker: They all have their moments.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The women of the group often tend to physically attack the men for annoying them or crossing a line, and everyone just rolls with it.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Some more than others, but the entire group has been united in their common goal of taking down Naraku for revenge at what he's done to them.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Inuyasha, Shippo, and Kirara are all demons and/or half-demons who fight other demons.
- It's Personal: Naraku hurt them and/or ruined all of their lives in some manner.
- Only One Name: Everybody except Kagome.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The gang consists of a half-dog demon, a time-displaced Ordinary High-School Student, a Dirty Old Monk, a demon hunter, a size-changing cat demon, and a seven-year-old kitsune.
- Shipper on Deck: With Inuyasha/Kagome. Whenever Inuyasha and Kikyo have a romantic moment, the rest of the group is miffed with his indecisiveness. Especially with Sango, who even uses a sit command on Inuyasha. It obviously doesn't work, however.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the beginning, particularly between Inuyasha and Kagome.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Inuyasha with everyone.
Inuyasha is the son of a dog youkai
and a human woman. Persecuted throughout his childhood due to his halfbreed nature, he sought to use the Shikon Jewel to become a full youkai, but fell in love with the Jewel's human guardian, the miko
Kikyo. Fifty years prior to the start of the series, Kikyo sealed Inuyasha to a tree with a magical arrow; when Kagome releases him, he resumes his mission to obtain the Shikon Jewel, which requires him to team up with Kagome to track down the broken Jewel's many shards.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: He can easily rip apart demons and humans with them, and his Iron Reaver Soul Stealer/Sankon Tessō attack, according to Word of God, can slice clean through an industrial steel support beam at full power.
- Accidental Pervert: Whenever Kagome is bathing in the feudal era, it's almost a guarantee that Inuyasha will see her naked.
- Aesop Amnesia: You would think that after all the dozens of times Kagome's made him "sit" for annoying her or being rude, he would just learn to keep his mouth shut.
- Airplane Arms: Often runs like this.
- All Genes Are Co-Dominant: He's half dog-demon and half human, so he usually looks like a human with akita inu ears, fangs and claws. His abilities are somewhere between that of a demon and that of a human, with an odd twist on the transformation ability.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He was bullied and picked on for his half-demon heritage his whole life.
- Animal Motifs/Animal Stereotypes: The dog
- Anti-Hero: The reason he had to wear the necklace of subjugation was because he used to be as bad the rest of the demons after the jewel. He slowly mellows into a heroic-yet-rude-and-selfish good guy.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!/Leeroy Jenkins: His usual method of dealing with enemies, though it's usually the reason he gets his ass kicked, too. In the first movie, Menomaru even uses this to his advantage to dupe Inuyasha into freeing his father.
- Attack Reflector: His Bakuryuuha/Backlash Wave technique uses the Wind Scar to send an opponent's attack right back at them, but can only be used against enemies of a similar power level.
- Ax-Crazy: His Superpowered Evil Side.
- Badass: The most notable of the main cast, who are all very behind him in terms of raw power.
- Barbarian Longhair: His hair is as long as Sesshomaru's but considerably more unkempt.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He always wanted to become a pureblood demon. When he discovers the savage brutality of his Superpowered Evil Side, however, he changes his mind.
- BFS: The transformed Tessaiga.
- Big Eater: As he is a half demon son of a huge dog demon, it's justified.
- Big Fancy House: He and his Missing Mom lived in a huge Japanese traditional mansion, according to the flashbacks.
- Bishōnen: Though not as feminine as, say, Sesshoumaru or Naraku, he's still quite slender and youthful-looking.
- Blood Knight: Especially in his full yokai form.
- Bloody Murder: Hijinkessou / Blades of Blood, one of his earliest and least-used attacks, involves digging his claws into a wound and slinging his own blood at the enemy.
- Blow You Away: Tessaiga's early abilities are loosely wind-based, particularly the Wind Scar.
- Bring My Red Jacket: His clothes are all red and as the main fighter he gets injured often, tainting them in blood. Ironic since his clothes are supposed to be an armor against sharp objects.
- Brought Down to Normal: Whenever a new moon appears.
- Brutal Honesty: He seemed to be about six when he was orphaned, and seems to have survived most of his childhood rejected by both human and Youkai, no surprise he forgot what tact he'd learned from his mother.
- Butt Monkey: Generally thanks to the restraining necklace and not helped by his jerkish behavior. Thankfully he's an Iron Buttmonkey.
- Calling Your Attacks: Almost everyone does at least a little of this, but Inuyasha does it nearly every time.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In episode 3, he freely admits to Kagome and Kaede that he's one of the "wrong hands" that they're trying to keep the Shikon Jewel shards away from.
- Casual Danger Dialog: In the English dub, his response to Sesshomaru's dog transformation stands out:
"Yeah, yeah, 'roar roar' to you too, buddy."
- The Chew Toy: This guy can never catch a moment of peace because he always (sometimes unintentionally) perks his allies which don't take him very seriously.
- Cock Fight: Inuyasha + Koga = this, especially if Kagome is present.
- Counter Attack: Bakuryuuha / Backlash Wave.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Especially when Koga's involved with Kagome.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His dad died from a demon dragon wound, he and his mother had to suffer years of discrimination due to being a half demon and another demon turned his lover against him. Not to mention the implications of being hunted down by humans and demons alike when trying to survive after his mother's death.
- Deadly Upgrade: When his youkai blood goes out of control.
- Deadpan Snarker: One good example is this exchange between Kagome in Episode 31:
Kagome: You like being with me, don't you?
Inuyasha: I dunno. Is it a trick question?
- Declaration of Protection: Countless times, to both Kagome and Kikyo, with expected shades of "I failed to protect her" with the latter. Things do, of course, get messy whenever both happen to be in danger at the same time.
- Defrosting Ice King: Thanks to his comrades.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: He pulls one off against Sesshomaru after the latter steals the Tessaiga, allowing him to punch a hole through his torso with one arm and giving Inuyasha the opportunity to slice off his other arm and take back the sword.
- Determinator: He just keeps going, no matter how bad the odds are or how injured he is, even when he's human.
- Distinguishing Mark: His dog ears mark him as a half-demon.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Has never worn shoes a day of his life, nor has he really needed them (unless in human form). No one seems to care, not even in the modern era.
- Dogs Are Dumb/Idiot Hero: Inuyasha is half dog-youkai and is extremely simple-minded as a result. While it makes his fighting instincts very powerful, Inuyasha is clueless when it comes to higher-reasoning.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: More often than not, his "period of weakness" occurs during a situation that could easily be resolved with his demonic powers.
- Empathic Weapon: In order to use the Tessaiga's true power, he has to be actively thinking about protecting humans.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Jakotsu of the Band of Seven is infatuated with him.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's crass, hot-headed, and violent, but there are plenty of lines that even he won't cross:
- In the filler "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" anime special, he refuses to attack Kikyo for the Shikon Jewel when she's badly injured and can't fight back, explaining to her that he doesn't "play dirty"; he even personally saves Kaede from Mistress Centipede while refusing to take her hostage for the jewel as Centipede intended to do.
- When he fights Tōkajin, the latter demands that he eat some of the Ninmenka's fruit before their fight; given the source of the fruit, Inuyasha is quick to turn it down.
- When he meets Shiori, he adamantly refuses to kill a fellow half-demon, let alone a little girl.
- When he and Sesshomaru discover that their father only intended for Sesshomaru to master the Meidō Zangetsuha technique and then give it to Inuyasha, Inuyasha agrees with Sesshomaru that that was cruel of their father.
- A combination of Ranma and Guts.
- On a second look he also shares many traits with Sun Wukong, including being sealed in the past, following and protecting the one who released him, having a restraining bolt and a size-shifting weapon and fighting demons while slowing growing more compassionate and decent.
- Eye Color Change: Whenever Inuyasha goes full demon he gains red sclera and blue irises. His eyes also change from gold to a very human gray when he undergoes his monthly transformation to his human form.
- Eye Scream: In the manga, Sesshomaru cuts out his right eye to get at the black pearl that links to their father's grave; the eye regenerated over the course of the next few chapters.
- Face Fault: When Kagome says "Sit!" / "Sit, boy!" (Japanese = "Osuwari!" an imperative form of "to sit" that is used, among other things, as a command for dogs.)
- Facial Markings: When his youkai blood overloads his system he gains jagged purple stripes on the sides of his face.
- Finger Twitching Revival: When he wakes from Kikyo's seal, the audience is treated to a close-up of his right hand twitching.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Whenever he goes to Kagome's era. It's not really touched upon much, but he was once amazed at the sight of a TV.
- Forced to Watch: After getting All Webbed Up by Gatenmaru in episode 51, Gatenmaru decides to show Inuyasha just how helpless he is before he dies by making him watch as he kills and eats helpless village women for fun. He and his men don't survive the consequences.
- Frame-Up: Aside from Kikyo's murder, Naraku has framed Inuyasha for the destruction of Sango's village and the deaths of Koga's packmates to trick both into trying to kill Inuyasha for him.
- Furry Reminder: Every once-in-awhile Inuyasha will do something that reminds the viewers he is part dog-demon. For example, he'll shake off like a dog when wet, occasionally scratch his ear with his foot, and also sniff around on the ground. Then there was the time Kagome got him to fetch a stick (he kind of got pissed about that one though).
- Godzilla Threshold: After the threshold was crossed in the first episode, unsealing him was the solution.
- Good Is Not Nice: A prime example: he starts off motivated largely by self-interest, and while Character Development soon brings out his better nature, he remains a short-tempered, foul-mouthed Jerk with a Heart of Gold whose first solution to most problems involves violence.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Let's face it, with all of the injuries he's suffered, he'd most likely be dead a hundred times over if not for this.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: Even though he made it clear through his acts that he cares for Kagome but never said it out of pride, whenever Koga shows up or if Kagome just as much as talks about him in a non-derogatory way, Inuyasha will become fiercely possessive and jealous.
- Guttural Growler: His initial transformations into a full demon invoked this.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Justified as being passive in the feudal times filled with superstitious humans and justifiably arrogant demons with power to back up their claims tend to abuse the meek, as shown when he compares himself to Jineji, a fellow half-demon with a lack of an ability to defend himself.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: When he was a kid he was shunned by humans and hunted by youkai only for being a hanyou. Even now, humans suspect and fear him while youkai mock him.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He hates this because his mother suffered for it at first
- Healing Factor: Being half demon helps.
- Hellish Pupils: Inherited from his youkai side.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to his demonic heritage.
- Heroic BSOD: One time when Kagome told him he was "exhausting". To which he replied "What? Do you mean you're tired of being with me?" Cue the signature sitting position and a (very) blank stare.
- Hey, You!: How he initially addresses Kagome.
- Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Whenever he's injured, he holds his shoulder. In fact, the only time he doesn't hold his shoulder is when he is literally too injured to move.
- Honor Before Reason: For all of his flaws, Inuyasha does have a sense of honor:
- When Kaijinbo, possessed by the newly-forged Tokijin, comes to kill him while he's Brought Down to Normal, Inuyasha decides to fight him himself rather than let his friends do so for him because he was the one Kajinbo was after.
- He also invokes this trope in the filler episode "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny," which details how Inuyasha and Kikyo first met and the events that led up to Kikyo's death and Inuyasha's sealing. When he first discovers the existence of the Shikon Jewel, he refuses to attack Kikyo for it when she's badly injured and can't fight back; when Kikyo asked why he didn't try to kill her then, he explains that he "doesn't play dirty." He also makes sure that Kikyo gets Kaede to safety before they really get into it.
- Hot-Blooded: Inherited from his father and hostility gained from being hunted down by both sides.
- Human Mom, Non-human Dad: His mom Izayoi was an Ojou, his dad the Inu-No-Taishou (Dog General) is... well, a demon.
- Hypocritical Humor: He hates people who hide how they feel towards others while hiding his feelings for Kagome.
- Indy Ploy: Despite his reputation as the Idiot Hero and the fact he's the least-sophisticated fighter of his group, he's also the character most likely to think outside of the box in a pinch, such as the time he was told of there being an Achilles' Heel somewhere on his youki-absorbing opponent with the intent that he would find it and attack there instead. His reaction was basically, "That'll take too long, so I'll just use my Sword Beam to blow up the ground underneath him and smack him while he's off balance."
- Informed Ability: His fire rat robe is allegedly "stronger than any suit of armor", despite being ripped to pieces every other chapter.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Into both full human and full youkai.
- It's Personal: Naraku killed Kikyo and tricked Inuyasha into thinking she had betrayed him.
- Jerkass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His character development over the course of the series. Though he remains crass, short-tempered, and violent, he is fiercely protective of his friends, especially Kagome, and able to sympathize with other half-demons who were prejudiced against, such as Shiori and Jinenji.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Sometimes Inuyasha makes points that actually make sense in the situation, however due to his crass way of saying them and his Butt Monkey status, he is often viewed as an Idiot Hero by his companions.
- Ki Attacks: Pretty much all of his attacks depend on the power of his youki. His Bakuryuuha, turns his enemy's youki against them and consequently can only be used against demons with enough youki to match his without dwarfing it, or vice versa.
- Kubrick Stare: He sometimes does this when he's in his full youkai form.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even while holding his BFS he's fast.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: To Kagome and the rest of their group, thanks to Character Development.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: See Bishōnen above.
- Man Child: Pre-Character Development; Kagome even reflects that her little brother is more emotionally mature than Inuyasha.
- Meaningful Name: Inuyasha: "Inu" is Japanese for "dog" and "Yasha" means "friendly spirit," "forest spirit," or "holy demon." It seems to refer to a demon that is fueled by positive energy (reiki) rather than negative energy (youki).
- Megaton Punch: Justified by his considerable half-demon strength.
- Mr. Fanservice: As his clothes are often torn, it leads to this.
- My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save Kikyo from being killed by Naraku multiple times.
- Named Weapons: Tessaiga ("Steel-Cleaving Fang")
- No Sell: He once got a log smashed over his head without even flinching (though it did give him a Cranial Eruption). He can also withstand direct contact with acid without getting fried, and didn't even flinch when Sango stabbed him in the arm with a sword.
- No Social Skills: Being ostracized and living alone for most of your life can mess up the way you approach other people.
- Not Quite Flight: InuYasha makes Roof Hopping look easy. Doesn't matter if there are any buildings handy or not, treetops also work. And his leaps can cover kilometers (Word of God has stated one leap could clear three mountains). He also both rises and falls rather slowly, as if he was gliding.
- The Nose Knows: Can smell on par with a dog... which doesn't always help; for example, in the episode "The Cursed Ink of the Hell-Painter," the strong smell of black ink actually caused him to pass out.
- Out, Damned Spot!: After slaughtering a bunch of bandits while in his youkai form, he tries to wash his hands but he's still able to smell the blood.
- Parental Abandonment: Actually his dad died immediately after his birth and his mother also died while he was young. The most he says about his mom's passing is that she "died a long time ago" and that it "wasn't her fault."
- Perpetual Frowner: He has a lot to be pissed about, and manages to be pissed at everything.
- Power at a Price: His full yokai form grants him the full measure of power but overwhelms him with bloodlust and will make him fight until he gets killed.
- Psychic Static: His full yokai form displays this when he fights Goshinki. In this state, Inuyasha's only coherent thoughts are anger and the joy of killing, which rendered Goshinki incapable of reading his mind and thus predicting his next move.
- Really 700 Years Old: Inuyasha's exact age and whether or not the fifty years he spent asleep count toward it is the subject of considerable debate in the fandom, due to the fact that Takahashi prefers not to provide exact ages for youkai and hanyou characters. It is, however, established in the series that youkai live longer and age more slowly than humans, so while official materials only state that he's effectively a teenager, it's generally accepted that this trope is in effect. Swords of an Honorable Ruler sets his actual age at about two hundred and fifty (including the time spent in stasis) but is not considered canon.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His irises are gold, but the sclerae turn red with blue irises when his youkai blood drives him berserk.
- Restraining Bolt: Tessaiga prevents his Super-Powered Evil Side from taking over. And the necklace he sports was unwillingly placed on him by Kaede to stop him from attacking humans, which Kagome has the power to activate (much to his dismay).
- Roof Hopping: When in the modern world.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Thanks to his sense of smell.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: The reason Kagome released him from his suspended animation in the first place was because he was the only person in the immediate vicinity who could kill a Shikon-fueled Mistress Centipede.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Inuyasha wasn't always a hero or anti-hero. Kikyou pinned him to a tree with a seal that lasted for 50 years until it was broken by Kagome. Once he began traveling with Kagome, his evilness was rapidly cured.
- Secret Keeper: Of the existence of Miroku's shouki wounds and that he can no longer feel pain when poisoned.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: When Miroku assumes Kagome to be his lover, Inuyasha states that she's just a "jewel detector," much to Kagome's annoyance.
- Single-Target Sexuality: A unique take on the trope; the only two women he's ever really loved are Kikyo and Kagome.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Especially in the Japanese dub, in which his language is pretty crude.
- So Last Season: Just about every upgrade he gets for the Tessaiga quickly diminishes in usefulness, forcing him to find another.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kikyo.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Reflecting his dog-based Youkai nature.
- Super Mode: There have been three occasions in which InuYasha didn't go berserk when tapping into his full youkai powers.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: He inherited more power from his youkai side than his half-human body can handle. Once this power is awakened by a near-death experience, if it's not kept sealed each time he draws upon it it degrades his sanity and drives him into fits of feral Unstoppable Rage that can only be controlled by Tessaiga's anti-youkai barrier. The fact that he was a threat to his friends in this state is what ultimately convinced InuYasha not to become a full youkai.
- Super Senses: Particularly his sense of smell.
- Super Strength: Being a half demon can do that for you.
- Super Speed: Considering that he dodges Koga's attacks.
- Suspended Animation: Sealed to a tree for fifty years by Kikyo's arrow.
- Sword Beam: The Kaze no Kizu / Wind Scar.
- Tame His Anger: At first he restrains himself somewhat in response to having a necklace placed on his neck that can put him in line whether he wants to be or not. Later, Character Development also contributes to this, but it really becomes crucial to him when he assumes Youkai form and unintentionally threatens the ones he cares about.
- Team Dad: He's an unorthodox example, but he tries to give the Team Mom emotional support, physically prevents the Action Girl from giving up on her brother and the Smart Guy from throwing his life away, and is an example for both the Tagalong Kid and Kagome's little brother.
- Token Evil Teammate: At the beginning of the series, he only agreed to help gather the Shikon Jewel shards so he could use them himself.
- Tragic Keepsake: His fire-rat armor was left to him by his mother before she died. According to episodes 147 and 148 of the anime, he also kept a shell of lipstick that belonged to her, which he later gave to Kikyo as a gift.
- Treasure Chest Cavity: The gateway to his father's grave is hidden in a black pearl stored inside his right eye.
- Troubled, but Cute: Considering that he is a Bishōnen Jerk with a Heart of Gold complete with a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Tsundere: A male version of the Tsun variety. Very tsuntsun, but when he wants to he can be very sweet and generous.
- Unusual Ears: Dog ears, reflecting his youkai heritage; specifically, they're akita inu ears.
- Unskilled, but Strong: A prime example. Word of God explains that instead of using techniques and tactics, Inuyasha wins simply with raw power and instinct: Despite the Tessaiga's many abilities, Inuyasha's typical approach to battle is charging head-on with his sword raised high, screaming like a maniac, and either hammering his opponents with the blade or spamming his Sword Beam. His actual sword strikes are either overhead swings or horizontal slashes that often miss their mark, making him an easily predictable opponent and allowing his opponents to exploit holes in his attacks. If he ever gets his ass kicked, this is usually why; in fact, his recklessness is why Goshinki was able to break Tessaiga in the first place.
- Villain Protagonist: Would have happily killed Kagome and the rest of the village at the beginning to get at the Shikon Jewel, although he quickly mellows into an Anti-Hero.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: How he often carries the Tessaiga.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He'll kill demons without batting an eye, but absolutely hates to kill humans no matter how evil or despicable they are. Case in point: in Episode 51, he succumbs to his Superpowered Evil Side and personally hunts down and slaughters Gatenmaru's henchmen; despite the fact that they were knowingly serving a demon and that they had personally fed innocent villagers to their demon boss For the Evulz while making him watch, he undergoes a complete My God, What Have I Done? moment as soon as he snaps out of it.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: His solution to any problem eventually works out to some form of "I hit it with my BFS." Admittedly said BFS was apparently made for the Swiss Army's Magical WMD Division.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Early on he qualifies since he was a borderline Villain Protagonist, although he quickly mellowed into an Anti-Hero. Personality-wise, he's the opposite to the usual mysterious and aloof behavior used on this trope.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: See Super-Powered Evil Side above.
- The Worf Barrage: The Kaze no Kizu / Wind Scar. In fact, with the exception of the Dragon-Scaled Tessaiga (which he never used enough to find a fixed weakness), pretty much all of his abilities eventually become this.
- Would Hit a Girl: He fights Kagura and Tsubaki just as hard as any male foe, and tells Princess Abi that, though he doesn't like fighting women, she's so vile that he's making an exception.
- Would Hurt a Child: He won't hesitate to give kids like Shippo a good smack upside the head when they annoy him, but he draws the line at actually killing them, as seen when he first met Shiori.
Kagome is a girl from the present era who finds herself in Japan's Sengoku era after falling down an old well in her family's Shinto shrine. She proves to be Kikyo's reincarnation, and discovers that she possesses strong spiritual powers resembling that of a miko
. After she accidentally shatters the Shikon Jewel, she joins up with Inuyasha to find and reassemble the broken pieces.
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino
(JP), Moneca Stori/Kira Tozer (EN), Anna Lobo/Leyla Rangel (LA SP), Letizia Scifoni (IT), Maelys Ricordeau (FR)
- A Birthday, Not a Break: She was dragged into the whole mess with the Shikon Jewel on her fifteenth birthday.
- Action Girl: Eventually she develops formidable archer skills.
- Action Survivor: When it all started, she was an Ordinary Junior High Student stranded in a world she doesn't understand, but she slowly adapts and becomes a master archer and powerful miko.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown eyes in the anime, blue eyes in the manga although is debatable.
- All-Loving Hero: Unless you get on her bad side, she's nice to just about everyone.
- Audience Surrogate: She is the first to want to know what the hell is going on or to point out that the situation at hand is supernatural.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Sort of happens to her in one episode, though the villain intends to feed her to some immortality-fruit-bearing-tree rather than... what you'd normally expect.
- Bathing Beauty: She enjoys bathing and is frequently shown bathing early on in the series for fanservice purposes. More often than not, Inuyasha ends up walking in on her while she does so.
- Berserk Button: Cause anyone in her circle of friends pain. Before you do, though, make sure you've made peace with any higher being you may worship. She also hates being mistaken for Kikyo.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she's a nice person, you don't want to get on her nerves. Even Naraku was all "WTF?!" when he pissed her off so damn much that she uses one of her arrows that was powered-up by her rage and almost blew him up.
- Big Fancy House: The two-store house that she lives in with her family seems to be rather average... until you remember that it's located in the grounds of a Shinto shrine located atop of a hill.
- Bound and Gagged: Happens to her on more than one occasion.
- Brainy Brunette: She's not good at math, though.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: In episode 4, she's managed to return home and is fully prepared to go on with her life and forget about the feudal era... but Inuyasha and Yura have other plans.
- Changed My Jumper: In the second episode a bandit remarks that her skirt is shorter than their kimono, and in the manga some people speculate that she's a youkai, but after that no one seems to notice. Of course, regarding the way other demons and the poor dress, her garb's not the most striking thing people are used to seeing.
- The Chick: Before Sango came she was the only girl in a group of three guys and did more bickering with Inuyasha than shard detecting.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: For example, she risks life and limb to save the vengeful spirit of a little girl from being Dragged Off to Hell, and unhesitatingly saves Kikyo's life on more than one occasion. As she herself puts it to Kikyo in episode 151:
Kagome: If there's a person right there who I can save and I'm told she can only be saved by me, of course I'll choose to save her!
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To some degree, but not as bad as other examples in the page because it's focused on Kikyo, her guy's ex, and her own former incarnation.
- Cool Big Sis: To Sota, and a surrogate one to Shippo.
- Damsel in Distress: Quite a few times and especially early in the series before she developed her archery and holy powers. She gradually grows out of it and graduates to an Action Girl.
- Damsel out of Distress: All those times she was captured she wasn't super helpless and docile. If she doesn't arrange her own escape, she will certainly be defiant.
- Disappeared Dad: The novels explain that he died in an accident when Kagome was little, therefore her family had to move into the Shinto temple owned by Grandpa Higurashi.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Kagome angsts over the idea that Inuyasha sees her only as a replacement for Kikyo.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She frequently uses Inuyasha's cursed necklace to force him to the ground when he's being a jerk or she's dealing with her romantic angst. Often taken Up to Eleven when she uses it to plow him into the ground or through bridges into rivers.
- Dub Name Change: In the Brazilian dub, she is known as Agome. In the Latin American dub, her name is pronunciated as Aome. A Justified Trope since in both languages, "Kagome" sounded way too much like a slang phrase that means "shit on me."
- Eek, a Mouse!!: She can handle youkai, blood, guts, wounds, man-eating rats, two-timing boyfriends, time-travel, saving the world while trying to pass exams, lifting the spirits of the depressed, downtrodden and bullied and can even befriend the reclusive, the painfully shy, and aggressively hostile, but ask her to help a giant beast-faced hanyou in his herb garden when there's an earthworm in plain sight and she'll absolutely freak out.
- Expy: Her appearance is nearly identical to that of Akari Unryu from Ranma ½. Her personality is similar to Akane, although she's a bit more subdued.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: To the extent that she once had a nightmare about geometry.
- Eye Scream: Downplayed. One small shard from Kanna's body did hit the eye but it did little to no permanent damage.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: At first. As the series goes on, she adapts to the Feudal era due to how much time she spends there.
- Freaky Is Cool: This quote while Inuyasha's manhandling Shippo when they first meet him:
"A fox? It talks?! Cool! Let me touch him when you're done!"
- Genki Girl: Down played. She's more plucky than energetic but can get really excited at times.
- He Will Come for Me: While trapped inside the Shikon Jewel near the end of the series.
"Inuyasha will come... I believe in him."
- Holy Hand Grenade: The bulk of her powers are holy spiritual powers.
- I Feel Angry: When Naraku reveals he has brainwashed Kohaku to use against Sango, Kagome is outraged, explicitly tells Naraku that he is "despicable," and vows that she will never forgive him.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Sometimes, especially later in the story, but by then, her abilities as a priestess have matured to the point when she can automatically knock an arrow and guide it to its target through sheer willpower.
- Informed Attribute: In the manga, she and Kikyo do indeed look very similar. In the anime however, their designs are both subtly altered and they don't look much alike at all — at a glance, Kikyo has a different hairstyle, smaller eyes, and paler skin.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Kikyo's definitive death at Naraku's hands and is reduced to a sobbing wreck for being unable to save her.
- Joshikousei: She's almost never seen not wearing a Sailor Fuku.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: No matter how many times her grandfather told her the Shikon Jewel history, she just wouldn't remember it. It seemed that the Shikon Jewel wouldn't let her remember.
- Light 'em Up
- Limited Wardrobe: She actually does change outfits from time to time, but spends by far most of her time in her school uniform. Word of God is that Kagome wears it so much because the uniform is "durable and easy to clean."
- Mage Marksman: Magic Ranger variety, able to use a bow in addition to her spiritual powers.
- Magic Skirt: In the second episode, a dirty thug became an Accidental Pervert when he decided to lift up Kagome's skirt in wonder of how small it was, thinking it was a badly undersized kimono. Of course, her panties get exposed to everyone in the room but never to the audience.
- The Magic Touch: Kagome can purify things defiled with evil power such as miasma simply by touching them, though large doses require more concentration and may require a medium of an arrow.
- The Medic: She takes this role in the team, helped by the medicines from her time as well as having the ability to purify wounds infected by demonic energy.
- Miko: She has miko powers and at the end of the story becomes a real miko for a living.
- Morality Pet: To Inuyasha; she's normally the one who gets him to help out those who need it.
- Ms. Fanservice: All of the major females were subject to it, but Kagome got most of the Fanservice scenes. These happen mostly in the early parts of both the anime and manga, where her bathing scenes are more common. Whenever she's naked, the artists go to great lengths to show how big her breasts are and how curvy her body is. All throughout the series, there are also quite a few camera angles that exist only to show off her shapely legs.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: Calling her Kikyo is a sure-fire way to piss her off.
- Nice Girl: Except when she has to "sit" Inuyasha because he keeps insulting her, or because he keeps hitting Shippo, or has otherwise done something extremely rude. Other than that, Kagome's very warm and friendly.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero/Accidentally Broke the MacGuffin: She was the one who shattered the Shikon Jewel into fragments in the first place.
- No Sell: Kagome is flat out immune to many things such as illusionary attacks and demonic poisons.
- Ordinary Junior High Student: Until she fell into that well... She even continues wearing her sailor uniform.
- Playing Sick: Her cover for being in the feudal era all the time. Up to Eleven when she's gone for months at a time. In the real world, somebody would've got suspicious by then, even with her family covering for her.
- Plucky Girl: Are demons and roughing it in Feudal Japan going to stop her? No, not at all. She's more worried about her grades and boyfriend issues.
- Power Glows: In her case, a pinkish purple.
- Power Limiter: The Shikon no Tama kept her true spiritual powers sealed to protect itself.
- Power Nullifier: Kagome's main power is to purify demonic auras which can work to dissolve their attacks or even destroy them outright.
- Reincarnation: Of Priestess Kikyo... who is later resurrected, leading to a very awkward love triangle.
- Sailor Fuku: Her default costume.
- School Uniforms are the New Black: Kagome takes a liking to wearing her uniform into the feudal era because it's easily cleaned (although it has a downside- a lecherous man once thought her skirt was a super-short kimono). She does wear casual clothes on occasion, though.
- Screw Destiny: When the Baby attempts to make her pull a Face-Heel Turn while repeatedly telling her she is destined to be an Unrequited Tragic Maiden, Kagome at first is depressed and considers his words, but then tells him that she is NOT and will NEVER be one of these.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: By the time of episode 3, she gets so sick of butting heads with Inuyasha that she decides to leave him and the feudal era behind. It doesn't last, though.
- Second Love: For Inuyasha.
- She's Got Legs: Her miniskirt emphasizes her long legs.
- Shipper on Deck:
- She's a Sango/Miroku fangirl, especially in the anime.
- In episode 90, she seems to enjoy the idea of Sota having a crush on Hitomi.
- Stepford Smiler:
- Very obvious when Kikyo almost dies for the second time and disappears: Kagome ignores her own distress and tells Inuyasha to go search for her... and her inner insecurity makes her the target of The Baby's Breaking Speeches.
- Every one of her friends — ordinary high school girls and super-powered youkai hunters alike — are terrified of her smile when she's pretending that she's not upset.
- Sometimes, it happens if Inuyasha suffers the misfortune of setting Kagome off with snide comments. Kagome will crack a dangerous smile... then batter him into the ground with "Sit" commands.
- Supporting Protagonist: Kagome is the view point character of the series, but a good deal of the plot (and fights) tend to focus on her other companions. As the series continues, she plays more and more of an active role.
- Sympathy for the Devil: She explains to her companions how Kanna truly did have emotions and didn't want to die and that she told her Naraku's weakness.
- Team Mom: Keeps Inuyasha in check, counsels Sango and encourages her relationship with Miroku, and is a mother figure to Shippou.
- This Is Unforgivable: And then she blows up Naraku and purifies all his miasma saving everyone.
- Took a Level in Badass: Slowly but surely it sets in, eventually turning Kagome from doddering school girl in a world she doesn't understand, to a badass with mastery archery skills.
- Treasure Chest Cavity: Kagome was born with the Shikon Jewel hidden inside her body as a result of Kikyo, her previous life, having the jewel cremated along with her. When Mistress Centipede bites a chunk out of her, the Jewel falls out.
- True Sight: She is immune to illusions.
- Tsundere: The Dere variety; sweet and nice, unless someone - most often Inuyasha - pisses her off.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She will threat and even blast anyone who threatens Inuyasha.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Regardless of how much time she spends in the Feudal era, she still does have to go back to school every once in a while.
- White Magician Girl: She is a Nice Girl who becomes a miko with holy powers.
A young, low-ranking, nomadic Buddhist monk, Miroku possesses a Kazanna ("wind tunnel" or "air void") in his hand, a miniature black hole which sucks in anything if it's not kept magically sealed. The wind tunnel is the product of a curse originally put on Miroku's grandfather by Naraku that dooms Miroku's family to an early death unless it can be removed by killing Naraku first. To that end and after an awkward first encounter, Miroku joins forces with Kagome and Inuyasha.
Although Miroku has considerable spiritual power, he is not a very devout Buddhist (he usually uses his religion as an excuse when it's convenient for him) and frequently uses his status to manipulate people into giving him food, money, clothing, shelter etc. He is a skilled con artist and a Handsome Lech
who habitually flirts and fondles any pretty girl he meets, usually asking them to "bear his children" so that they can carry on the mission to kill Naraku if he doesn't succeed.
- Amazon Chaser: A big part of his attraction to Sango is because she's an Action Girl.
- Armor-Piercing Question: After InuYasha tells him he intends to use the Shikon Jewel to become a full youkai, Miroku asks if he's ever heard of the Shikon Jewel's power being used for good and then nails him with "When you become full youkai using the Shikon Jewel... what if you decide to kill and eat Shippo and Kagome?" InuYasha scoffs at this, but after awakening his full power and almost doing exactly what Miroku predicted, he gives up on wanting to become a full youkai.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His Wind Tunnel is easily the strongest for most with the series with only the Meidō Zangetsuha approaching it, but it turned into this very quickly since Naraku always has some hell bees to make sure that Miroku using it would lead to him sucking poison, which can kill him.
- Badass: Yeah. He just can't use his strongest attack most of the time, but he is very badass when it comes down to business. In fact, if you think he can't do shit without the Wind Tunnel, you are seriously dead wrong.
- Badass Preacher: He is a Buddhist monk who slays demons (or at least pretends to).
- Bad Powers, Good People: He has the power to make anything disappear into oblivion. He only uses it against violent and hostile youkai.
- The Barnum: Has a tanuki sidekick with whom he works to cheat people out of money and rice.
- Barrier Warrior: He can create small barriers.
- Beat The Curse Out of Them: He does this in episode 132 to the possessed village women and Sango. It's less extreme than most examples; it only amounts to him attaching Paper Talismans to either the women or his fist and then punching them in the gut, forcing them to cough up the baby salamander demons that were controlling them.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't necessarily feel the need to get involved every time someone takes a more-than-friendly interest in Sango, if he thinks they respect her and stand a chance of making her happy. If physical force or brainwashing is involved, however, he will go for the kill. He doesn't just get violent, his whole manner of speech changes as well, going from mild and polite to just as potty-mouthed and crude as Inuyasha.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Inuyasha. He's always trying to give him advice and trying to make him take things more calmly and think things through first. As the relationship develops Inuyasha starts to return the favor.
- Blessed with Suck: Literally. His Wind Tunnel can suck up anything, but it will eventually kill him and sucking up poison and sharp objects will only make his death occur that much sooner.
- Blood from Every Orifice: He ends up absorbing so much of Naraku's miasma through the Wind Tunnel that he bleeds from the mouth, nose, eyes, and ears.
- Broken Hero: He's easygoing, carefree and cheerful, even when he'll die very young being swallowed by his own hand.
- Bromantic Foil: To Inuyasha.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He flirts, cons, and generally comes across as a terrible Buddhist, but he wields a substantial amount of holy power and proves to have a deep core of spirituality when it really counts.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Averted and played straight. He flirts, gropes and peeks on Sango every chance he gets, but he never asked her to bear his child. At least not until he was serious about their Relationship Upgrade.
- The Casanova: The series implies he used to be this. Word of God confirms it.
- Catch Phrase: "Will you bear my children?"
- The Charmer: He's a very good sweet-talker and he can charm his way out of trouble or to get whatever he wants.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is capable of being noble and a gentleman, to the incredulity of both Inuyasha and Sango.
Raised from a young age to be a formidable fighter, 16 year old Sango is a Yamato Nadeshiko
coming from a village of taijiya (professional demon slayers). She is the sole survivor of the massacre of her entire village by Naraku's hand, (including Sango's father and little brother Kohaku). After she recovered from the massacre, she is tricked into thinking that Inuyasha is the culprit and attacks him, but soon discovers that Naraku was responsible and joins Inuyasha's group to take revenge.
Sango's primary weapon is Hiraikotsu, an enormous boomerang
made from demon bones, but she also has various hidden blades and poison potions stored in her armor and is knowledgeable about many varieties of youkai and how to fight them. Her cat companion Kirara aids in combat and also serves as her steed.
- Tsundere: The Dere variety. Even though she's usually more of a Yamato Nadeshiko, Miroku is a genius bringing out the tsundere in her.
- Weak, but Skilled: She's actually very strong but her strength doesn't compare to that of youkai. She makes up for it and her lack of powers with knowledge, techniques and training.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She's quite the spin on the trope: she's tall, willowy, dark-haired, gentle and follows the family tradition... which happens to be demon slaying. Slightly based on how real life Yamato Nadeshikos were trained in weapon use so they could defend their households when in a pinch.
- You Are Worth Hell: She prefers to die with Miroku than live without him.
Kirara is a nekomata - a two-tailed youkai cat - who is also Sango's companion. She can change from a tiny feline to a huge fanged one for Sango to ride on, and has the ability to fly in her larger form.
Voiced by: Tarako (JP)
Shippo is a young fox youkai who joins Kagome and Inuyasha following the death of his father. Since he is still a child, he is not very strong in battle, but can change his shape and has a repertoire of trickery that occasionally comes in handy. His youth and immaturity bring him into frequent conflict with Inuyasha; it is not clear exactly how old he really is, given that youkai age more slowly than humans.
- Adaptational Badass:
- Animal Motifs: Fox, being a kitsune.
- Battle Tops: "Fox Magic! Spinning tops!"
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's a young kitsune.
- Captain Obvious
- Chick Magnet: He may not look it, but he gets plenty of Girls of the Week.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when poking fun at InuYasha's romantic issues.
- Disappeared Dad: We meet him right after his dad, a powerful fox youkai, was murdered and skinned by Hiten and Manten.
- Expy: Jariten.
- Faux Fire: His fire doesn't burn.
- Green Eyes: Despite his young age, he has immense magical talent for his species, lampshaded when he's accidentally dragged into a kitsune examination session he didn't even know existed. Despite having no time to prepare for his exams and being the youngest examinee present, he wipes the floor with his fellow examinees, earning their absolute awe as he breaks records in the speed at which he climbs the Kitsune rankings. It's confirmed in-universe that one day he'll grow up to be a Taiyoukai.
- Hair Decorations: Ties his hair back with a blue bow.
- I Am Not a Tanuki: "I'm a Kitsune!"
- Kidanova: Has a lot of conquests for someone so young.
- Kid Sidekick
- Kitsune: Although he only has one tail and his transformations are flawed.
- Little Bit Beastly: Aside from his tail and hind legs, he really doesn't look much like a fox.
- The Load: His powers are of little use in battle or otherwise.
- Master of Illusion: Most of his tricks fall under this branch of magic including Me's a Crowd.
- Morphic Resonance: Can't hide his tail most of the time.
- Mouthy Kid: Which often gets him smacked over the head by Inuyasha.
- Parental Abandonment: His father was killed by the Thunder Brothers, and no mention is made of his mother.
- Parrot Pet Position: Often rides on either Inuyasha's or Kagome's shoulder.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Pointy Ears
- Sweet Tooth: Kagome often brings him lollipops during her returns to the modern era.
- Tagalong Kid
- The Trickster: Enjoys pranking InuYasha.
- Vague Age: Word of God is that he's the biological equivalent of a seven-year-old human.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can shapeshift, although his human impersonations retain his tail.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In episode 97, he gives one of these to Inuyasha, Miroku, and Kagome, accusing them of being the reason Kirara ran away. The rest of the group gives it right back to him when it turns out that Myoga merely borrowed Kirara to run errands and Shippo forgot to tell them; they're so pissed at him that, for once, Kagome gives Inuyasha free rein to pound Shippo rather than "sitting" him.
- Youkai: He is a young kitsune.