Characters: Inu Yasha Main Characters
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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.
- Accidental Pervert: On more than one occasion, he ends up walking in on or accidentally seeing Kagome naked.
- 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.
- Always Save the Girl: Protecting Kagome (and Kikyo) is his top priority; everything else is a distant second.
- 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!: His usual method of dealing with enemies, though it's usually the reason he gets his ass kicked, too.
- 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 Sesshoumaru's but considerably more unkempt.
- Battle Couple: With Kagome.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kagome, especially at the beginning. They later become a variant since they come to an understanding as to their mutual feelings, but the belligerence doesn't die down.
- Berserk Button: Being called an idiot or half-demon. Above all else, however, do not threaten his friends or Love Interests if you don't want to get chopped up into hamburger.
- BFS: The transformed Tessaiga.
- Big Eater: As he is a half demon son of a huge dog demon, it's justified.
- Bishounen: Though not as feminine as, say, Sesshoumaru or Naraku, he's still quite slender and youthful-looking.
- Blood Knight
- 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.
- Brains and Brawn: He's the brawn to Kagome's brain.
- 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.
- Broken Bird: A rare male example.
- Brought Down to Normal: Whenever a new moon appears.
- Brutal Honesty
- 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.
- 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 yokai blood goes out of control.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can't get away with a lot of this though.
- 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.
- Determinator: He just keeps going, no matter how bad the odds are or how injured he is, even when he's human.
- 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.
- Empathic Weapon: Tessaiga.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's crass, hot-headed, and violent, but there are plenty of lines that even he won't cross:
- In the "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 meets Shiori, he adamantly refuses to kill a fellow half-demon, let alone a little girl.
- Expy: 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.
- 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.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Whenever he goes to Kagome's era.
- Furry Reminder: Every once-in-awhile Inuyasha will do something that reminds the viewers he is part dog-demon. Such as he'll shake off like a dog when wet and occasionally scratch his ear with his foot. Then there was the time Kagome got him to fetch a stick (he kind of got pissed about that one though).
- Good Is Not Nice: Especially in the first two chapters, but he tends to range from Jerkass to Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: Even when in human form, however, he's managed to survive injuries that would kill or at least cripple normal humans, such as being drained of his blood by a flesh-eating tree demon.
- 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.
- 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
- Happily Married: To Kagome in the epilogue.
- Healing Factor: Being half demon helps.
- Hellish Pupils: Inherited from his youkai side.
- The Hero: His name would suggest this, and he is usually the one to finish off enemies, but he actually fits the Lancer trope better. His Jerkassery contrasts Kagome's Nice Girl to people other than him and he fights up close with a sword instead at a distance with a bow.
- 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.
- 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: In the "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" two-parter, upon learning of the Shikon no Tama from Kikyo, he runs off and refuses to attack her when she's badly injured and passed out; when Kikyo asks why he didn't kill her then, he explains that he "doesn't play dirty."
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: With Kagome and Kikyou. He's also the product of one.
- 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.
- Lady and Knight: He had these dynamics with Kikyou first, and later has them with Kagome.
- The Lancer: Although he could be seen as The Hero or The Big Guy (because of how how important he is to the show or because he does most of the fighting), he is the Lancer to Kagome. Inuyasha is constantly trying to be a loner and go against what the group wants to do. The fact that Kagome 'makes him sit' when he is bad or the fact that whenever Kagome leaves, Inuyasha is helpless in his quest to find the jewel shards, is proof that Kagome is the Leader of the group.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even while holding his BFS he's fast.
- Lonely Together: With Kikyo in the past.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Meaningful Name: Inuyasha
- "Inu" is Japanese for "dog."
- "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")
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Roguish Male to Miroku and Sesshomaru's Noble Male.
- 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 Hollywood Acid.
- No Social Skills: Being ostracized and living alone for most of your life can mess up the way you approach other people.
- Not So Different: See Lonely Together above.
- 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 can really help or suck depending on the situation.
- Official Couple: With Kagome.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: He's the only one who can use the Tessaiga's true power; any human who tries will only be able to access its basic rusty form, while demons will be burned on contact.
- 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.
- Psychic Block Defense: In his full demon form, his only thoughts are the joy of killing, which prevented Goshinki from 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 eyes are gold, but the scleras turn red with blue irises when his youkai blood drives him berserk.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Miroku's Blue.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sibling Rivalry: It's a ding-dong battle with his older brother who has daddy issues. It eventually gets resolved but not before it descends into a temporary period of Cain and Abel. Lampshaded in the manga itself when Inuyasha complains about two fighting brothers causing trouble for everyone and realises his True Companions are thinking he's talking about himself and Sesshoumaru. When he claims it's all Sesshoumaru's fault, Miroku observes that's exactly what a troublemaker would say.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Especially in the Japanese dub, in which his language is pretty crude.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kikyou.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Reflecting his dog-based Youkai nature.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: He inherited more power from his youkai side than his half-human body can handle. If it's not sealed, it drives him into fits of feral Unstoppable Rage that can only be controlled by Tessaiga's anti-youkai barrier. With every transformation, it gets easier for him to slip into the rage and harder for him to change back.
- 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.
- Time Travel Romance: With Kagome.
- Token Evil Teammate: At the beginning of the series.
- Tragic Keepsake: His fire-rat armor was left to him by his mother before she died.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: How he often carries the Tessaiga.
- 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.
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)
- Action Girl: Eventually she develops formidable archer skills.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown eyes in the anime, blue eyes in the manga.
- All-Loving Hero
- Audience Surrogate
- 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's frequently shown bathing for fanservice purposes. More often than not, Inuyasha ends up walking in on her while she does so.
- Battle Couple: With Inuyasha.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Inuyasha. They become a variant since they come to an understanding as to their mutual feelings, but the belligerence doesn't die down.
- 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.
- Betty and Veronica: She's the Betty to Kikyo's Veronica and Inuyasha's Archie. The triangle is eventually "resolved" through the tragic Death of the Hypotenuse, after which Inuyasha ultimately ends up marrying Kagome.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she's a nice person, you don't want to get on her nerves.
- Bound and Gagged: Happens to her on more than one occasion.
- Brains and Brawn: She the brain to Inuyasha's brawn.
- Brainy Brunette
- 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 much later, she unhesitatingly chooses to save Kikyo from dying of Naraku's miasma.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To some degree, but not as bad as other examples in the page.
- Cool Big Sis: To Sota, and a surrogate one to Shippo.
- Damsel in Distress: Quite a few times, especially early in the series. She gradually grows out of it, though.
- Badass Damsel: And she wasn't exactly super helpless and docile, either.
- 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, she is known as Aome.
- 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.
- Eye Scream: Subverted. 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, Kagome manages to take the feudal era in stride due to how often she keeps going there.
- Genki Girl: Down played. She's more plucky than energetic but can get really excited.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: She uses a longbow, while Inuyasha prefers brute force.
- The Heart: She's a Parental Substitute for Shippo, emotional support for Sango, and steers Inuyasha to the path of heroism instead of jerkism.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The bulk of her powers are holy spiritual powers.
- I Choose to Stay: Travels back in time at the end to marry Inuyasha, and is trained as a miko in Kikiyou's place.
- I Feel Angry: "Please let me tell you, Naraku... YOU'RE DESPICABLE!"
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: With Inuyasha.
- 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.
- Lady and Knight: She's the Lady and Inuyasha is her Knight.
- The Leader: Although it could be argued that Inuyasha is The Hero, Kagome is the Leader of the group and the Narrator of the show. The fact that Kagome 'makes Inuyasha sit' when he is bad or the fact that whenever Kagome leaves, Inuyasha is helpless in his quest to find the jewel shards, is proof that Kagome is the dominant one in the relationship.
- 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. Some attempt at justification is made when Kagome mentions that her uniform is easier 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially in the early parts of the series, both anime and manga, where her bathing scenes are more common.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: Calling her Kikyou 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.
- No Sell: Kagome is flat out immune to many things such as illusionary attacks and demonic poisons.
- Official Couple: With Inuyasha.
- Ordinary Junior High Student: Until she fell into that well...
- 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 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.
- Sailor Fuku
- 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.
- 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.
- Stepford Smiler: Slightly, as she learns to keep her feelings in regards to Inuyasha and Kikyo to herself. 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 jealousy makes her an easy prey for 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.
- Team Mom: Keeps The Hero and Team Dad on check, counsels The Big Girl and encourages her relationship with The Smart Guy, and is a mother figure to the Tagalong Kid.
- This Is Unforgivable: And then she blows up Naraku and purifies all his miasma saving everyone.
- Time Travel Romance: With Inuyasha.
- 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.
- Trapped in the Past: In the end she can't use the well but that's okay because she'd rather be in the past.
- 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.
- White Magician Girl: She is a Nice Girl who becomes a miko with holy powers.
Aside from his considerable spiritual power as a Buddhist monk, Miroku possesses a "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 family curse originally put on Miroku's grandfather by Naraku, and it dooms Miroku to an early death unless it can be removed by killing Naraku first. To that end, Miroku joins forces with Kagome and Inuyasha.
Miroku is a rather unusual monk, since he is a skilled con artist and a Handsome Lech
who habitually asks any pretty girl he meets to bear his children - to carry on the mission to kill Naraku if he doesn't succeed, he claims.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: At the end of the series, he's in his early twenties, and already has three kids. Of course, two of them are twins and the youngest is only a newborn.
- Amazon Chaser: A big part of his attraction to Sango is because she's an Action Girl.
- Babies Ever After: With Sango.
- 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 cant do shit without the Wind Tunnel, you are seriously dead wrong.
- 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.
- Battle Couple: With Sango.
- 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.
- Beta Couple: With Sango.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Inuyasha.
- 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
- Chick Magnet: Throughout the series he attracts Sango, Koharu, Shima and whenever he's in a village girls surround him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is capable of being noble and a gentleman, to the incredulity of both Inuyasha and Sango.
- Combat Commentator
- Commitment Issues
- Con Man: His favorite trick is to, upon arriving in a town, single out a particularly large and wealthy-looking house and announce that it is "threatened by evil spirits," which he then generously offers to exorcize in return for a meal and a place to stay for the night.
- Cursed with Awesome: His curse really is a curse, but in an admirable example of making the best out of a bad situation, he uses it as a very powerful weapon as well.
- Awesome but Impractical: It quickly becomes this once Naraku starts using insects that, if they get sucked in, will poison him. Because they're present in almost every battle, Miroku rarely has a chance to use it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He watched his father die being sucked into his Wind Tunnel when he was a little boy.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dirty Old Monk
- Expy: Ataru, sort of, but he is nicer and more mature.
- Feel No Pain: After taking Yakurou Dokusen's "medicine", so he's able to suck any poison into his Wind Tunnel and keep fighting even though it's still killing him.
- Fuel Meter Of Power: The Wind Tunnel will kill him eventually.
- Good Shepherd: Vices aside, he's a heroic holy man.
- Handsome Lech
- Happily Married: To Sango.
- Hereditary Curse
- Holy Hand Grenade: As a monk that is to be expected.
- Hot Dad
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Sango is courted by a nice rich guy, he seriously thinks he should let go of her so she can have the nice life she needs so badly.
- It's Personal: Naraku cursed his family.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: The Saimyoshou are always around preventing him from using his curse.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's an unrepentant womanizer who falls in love with Sango, not that it stops his flirting. Cue Hiraikotsu.
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Loveable Rogue: He'll do anything to have a comfortable and enjoyable life, whether it's conning, lying or even stealing to get food, lodgings, money and women.
- Lust: Runs in his family, and one of the reasons his grandfather ended up with the Wind Tunnel.
- Magical Gesture
- Master of the Mixed Message: Even his proposal had this.
- Meaningful Name: "Miroku" is the Japanese name for Maitreya, a figure who according to Buddhism will one day descend to earth and become the future Buddha.
- Moment Killer: Tender moments between Miroku and Sango are most often ruined by Miroku's wandering hands.
- On one hilarious occasion, when he managed to keep his hands to himself, she reached around to touch his rump — checking for a tail, to make sure he wasn't Shippo in disguise. 
- On another rare moment, Miroku tries to comfort her which he usually would've ruined with his wandering hands, however Miroku remains perfectly chivalrous and prepares to walk away. Sango's lampshading of the usual routine, arguably, is the starting cause of the moment killer.
: "That's it?" Miroku
: "Hm?" Sango
: "Well it's just that usually after the encouragement you try to do something lecherous." Miroku
: [smiles, sighing]
"Sango..." [places his hand on her breast]
"If that's all you wanted you should have said so." [cue slap]
Sango comes from a village of professional demon slayers. After the deaths of the other hunters, including Sango's father and little brother Kohaku, she first mistakenly pursues Inuyasha intending to kill him, but later joins forces with him and the others. Sango's primary weapon is Hiraikotsu, an enormous boomerang
made from demon bones, but she's also skilled with a variety of other weapons and tricks, and has a broad array of knowledge about youkai and how to fight them.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: By the end of the story she's about 19/20 years-old and already has three kids; however, this is justified since the setting is Feudal Japan.
- Two of the kids are twin girls under 3 years old and her youngest has just been born (with Kaede as the midwife), and she married Miroku of all people.
- Action Girl
- Always Save the Guy: Sango will do anything to save Miroku.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Usually used on Miroku.
- Babies Ever After: With Miroku.
- Badass: Very much. As stated below, she was stabbed with a scythe, shot with multiple arrows, buried alive, and she did not let that hold her back and dug herself out of her own grave.
- Badass Normal: The only member of Inuyasha's group with no real supernatural powers of her own, and she's still perfectly capable of keeping up with them.
- Heartbroken Badass
- Bad with the Bone: Hiraikotsu is made of purified youkai bones.
- Battle Aura: When Sango is pissed off she can manifest a Battle Aura that can send even Inuyasha ducking for cover. This even though Sango is the only member of the Five-Man Band with no supernatural powers whatsoever.
- Battle Boomerang: Her weapon of choice.
- Battle Couple: With Miroku.
- Berserk Button: Miroku being a lecher. She later calms down as long as he's only a lecher with her.
- Beta Couple: With Miroku.
- The Big Girl: She fills the role in the Five-Man Band, despite being neither big nor a guy, by being the hardest hitter short of Inuyasha himself. She's also the only one that's been formally trained to fight.
- Big Sister Instinct
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Has a hidden retractable blade in her right sleeve.
- Broken Bird
- Brown Eyes: She’s the more down-to-earth of the main characters.
- Buried Alive
- Chain Pain
- Charles Atlas Super Power
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Cool Big Sis: To Kohaku.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Cute Bruiser
- Deceased Parents Are the Best
- Demon Slaying: The protagonists do a lot of this in general, but for Sango it's both her profession and a family tradition.
- Determinator: She was stabbed with a scythe in her back, got hit with several arrows and was buried alive. But instead of dying she just got pissed off, dug herself out and later proceeded to hike for miles and fight Inuyasha who she thought had destroyed her village, all this while bleeding to death.
- Doomed Hometown
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Sango frequently hits/slaps/bludgeons Miroku for groping her (before their engagement) and flirting with others (after it).
- Dual Wielding
- Dudette, He's Like, In A Coma!: She kissed Miroku while he was unconscious and in the brink of death before leaving to fight Naraku.
- Empathic Weapon: Her giant boomerang, Hiraikotsu.
- Expy: Ukyo.
- She also has quite a few similarities to Rin.
- Guilt Complex: She tends to blame herself a lot, it doesn't matter if it really is her fault or not.
- Happily Married: To Miroku.
- Heroic BSOD: Spends quite a few episodes after her introduction completely depressed and angst-ridden. Considering the fact that she had just lost her entire family and hometown, can you blame her?
- Hidden Weapons: Where to begin…
- Hime Cut
- Hot for Preacher: For Miroku.
- Hot Mom
- It's Personal: Naraku murdered her family and destroyed her village, tricked her into thinking Inuyasha was responsible and brainwashed her brother.
- Jack of All Stats
- Lady of War
- Last of Her Kind: She's the last taijiya. For a while.
- Luminescent Blush
- Master Poisoner: She has extensive knowledge in the preparation of different kinds of poisons and how they affect youkai.
- Multi-Melee Master: Her weapons include the Hiraikotsu, a wakizashi (small sword), a chain and a hidden blade.
- My Greatest Failure: Being unable to prevent Kohaku's death. Lucky for her, he eventually gets better.
- Named Weapons: Hiraikotsu ("Bone that flies back")
- Parental Abandonment: We never see her mother, and her father is killed by her brother when he's under Naraku's control.
- Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Naraku gives her the choice between killing Rin to kill Naraku in order to save Miroku's life, or staying her hand to save Rin and therefore letting Miroku die. She chooses to save Miroku but Kagome manages to save Rin just in time. Sango promptly offers her life to Sesshoumaru as payment for her attempt on Rin's life, but Sesshoumaru lets her live.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: And it's bigger than she is.
- Scars Are Forever: "Kohaku's scar" on her back.
- Sensual Spandex
- Sole Survivor: Of the Taijiya massacre.
- Survivor Guilt
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "It's not like I'm jealous or anything."
- "It's not really like I expected you'd be in love with me or anything."
- The Team Normal
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Troubled, but Cute
- Tsundere: The Dere variety. Even though she's usually more of a Yamato Nadeshiko, Miroku is a genius bringing out the tsundere in her.
- 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.