Characters: InuYasha Naraku & Incarnations

Character sheet for the main antagonist, and his incarnations, of InuYasha.

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  • Even Evil Has Standards: With the exception of Byakuya and those who were killed way too fast for them to actually form an opinion, not even the detachments can stand Naraku. That's right, even the parts of Naraku's own body hate him; he's that much of a dick.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Several of Naraku's detachments bare the same spider-shaped scar on their backs as he does.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The majority are Ambiguously Human separations of the main body, which Was Once a Man, with the exception of Goshinki who is more traditionally monstrous.

A murderous bandit who was betrayed by his comrades and badly burnt. Permanently crippled, he was taken in the the miko Kikyo and came to lust after her. Dissatisfied by his inability to move, Onigumo summoned a horde of yokai and offered them his body in exchange for a new one. However, the yokai, merged into a collective consciousness called Naraku, double-crossed Onigumo and suppressed his consciousness. Onigumo's human heart and feelings for Kikyo remained in Naraku, preventing him from trying to kill her, and after Naraku realized this he attempted to purge Onigumo from himself several times, first as Musou, then as the Infant.

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (JP), Paul Dobson (EN), Raúl de la Fuente (LA SP)

  • Asshole Victim: He was immolated by his band of thugs.
  • Ax-Crazy: As revealed by Musou, he was a violent hedonist who killed whoever and whenever he wanted.
  • Bandaged Face: And thankfully too, considering what could be seen of what was left was not pretty.
  • Barbarian Longhair: If Musou's appearance is any indication.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Sold his soul to youkai for a new body, because he wanted to have Kikyo, the demons on the other hand had other plans.
  • Deal with the Devil: Summoned thousands of evil youkai and offered them his body in exchange for a new one. The demons double crossed him and merged to form Naraku, suppressing Onigumo's consciousness.
  • Enemy Within: For Naraku, ironically enough, as his love for Kikyo prevented Naraku from trying to kill her.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He intended to retain control of his new demon-spawned body, but the youkai double-crossed him and suppressed his consciousness.
  • The Faceless: He did have a face, but what was left of it was kept wrapped in bandages save for one eye and his mouth.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: He was obsessed with the woman who nursed him after he was horribly burned.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was a faceless, crippled bandit who became the foundation for the main antagonist.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Musou reveals this is what Onigumo intended to do to the youkai he summoned, but was taken over by Naraku instead.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He fell obsessively in love with Kikyo when she took care of him after he was burned to almost death, but when she fell in love with Inuyasha, he sold himself to demons to get her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated a bandit into being a scapegoat.
  • Meaningful Name: Onigumo translates as "ogre spider" or "demon spider". Naraku's Animal Motif is a spider.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: As evil as Onigumo was, he didn't want Kikyo to die and was horrified that Naraku tried to kill her. Not actually because he thought that was too cruel, but because his wish was to make Kikyo his possession, and that wasn't possible with her dead.
  • Yandere: He became obsessed with Kikyo and would often whisper to Kaede about what he wanted to do to her.

The main villain of the series, a youkai of strange and mysterious origins. He seeks to obtain and corrupt the Shikon Jewel, and uses extremely manipulative tactics in order to pursue that goal, proving to have a hand in nearly everything bad that happens over the course of the series.

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka/Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Paul Dobson (EN), Luis Alfonso Padilla (LA SP), Andrea Ward (IT), Emmanuel Lemire (FR)

  • 0% Approval Rating: Just about every named character in the entire series completely despises him and wants nothing more than his death, including his detachments, which are explicitly stated to be spawned from his own flesh and spare body parts. It's to the extent that, when he spawns the Infant, he correctly predicts that it will eventually turn on him. His final detachment, Byakuya, is literally the only being in the series to have any kind of tolerance for him at all.
  • Abusive Parents: Being a Truly Single Parent to his detachments, as well as a Bad Boss, he qualifies as such.
  • Actually a Doombot: Very often in the earlier arcs, where he'll left a kugustu (earth puppet) to fight the heroes instead of him.
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: Early in the series he wore a baboon-skin robe with its head acting as a combined hood and mask, and he still wears it from time to time throughout the series.
  • And Then What?: Before the final battle, he admits to Byakuya that, after he kills Inuyasha and his friends, he has no idea what he'll do next.
  • And Your Little Dog Too: LOVES taunting his victims/enemies about what he'll do to them
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders.
  • Animalistic Abomination: His final form is a huge black spider.
  • Antagonist Abilities: There's his practically limitless Healing Factor, his ability to mask his presence to hide from his foes, and his nigh-unbreakable Deflector Shield with Attack Reflector capabilities.
  • Arch-Enemy: Let's count the ways, shall we?
    • He mortally wounded Kikyo while under the guise of Inuyasha, leading to her sealing the real one for 50 years.
    • He cursed Miroku's family with a void in their right hands that will eventually consume them if Naraku doesn't die first, solely to cause Miroku's bloodline eternal suffering.
    • He forces Kohaku to kill all the Demon Slayers except Sango (who still gets attacked), then sics a large amount of demons on her village and blames it on Inuyasha.
    • Kagura slaughtered most of Koga's wolf tribe, then also blames it on Inuyasha.
  • The Assimilator: He can assimilate demons and the parts he spits out can become individuals to protect him, which he can re-assimilate if they step out of line.
  • Attack Reflector: His barriers develop this ability in Mt. Hakurei.
  • Bad Boss: He constantly threatens his subordinates/detachments with death should they defy him, once tortured Kagura by squeezing her disembodied heart in his hands, and personally killed Kanna as part of a Suicide Mission he put her on. Needless to say, quite a few of his detachments turn on or try to turn on him throughout the series, with Byakuya being the only one to stay loyal to him.
  • Badass: After Mt. Hakurei, he goes from a manipulator to a Smug Super Invincible Villain who gets more and more powerful.
  • Badass Longcoat: After Mount Hakurei he forms one.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: When he's exposed and not in Body Horror form
  • Big Bad: He's the primary villain the heroes face because his Evil Plan to corrupt the Sacred Jewel infects every other villain and most of their adventures. Until the Sacred Jewel reveals itself to be the True Final Boss.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Magatsuhi, the evil spirit within the Sacred Jewel. Both are working together to corrupt the Jewel, but unlike Naraku's incarnations or pawns, Magatsuhi has his own agenda and is too independent to be one of the Co-Dragons along with Byakuya.
  • Bishōnen: In spite of all of his disgusting deeds, he's this in his Kagewaki guise.
  • Black Magic: How he create replicas via voodoo like dolls and combine demons to merge with himself in order to separate.
  • Body Horror: Whenever he tries to reform, it is usually a mashup of the demons he's absorbed so far.
  • Body of Bodies: His half-demon form during his period of weakness results in a writhing pile of randomly placed demonic body parts with his human head dangling in the middle of the mess. At one point in order to obtain a stronger body he performs a Kodoku spell: thousands of fierce demons fight inside a cave in a mountain, and the winner absorb and merge with the losers, with Naraku absorbing the surviving demon himself. Even his full-demon form is composed of different parts.
  • Breaking Speech: He loves to give this to whoever is listening. They normally end with a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • The Chessmaster: Plays with everyone, sometimes so he can get more powerful, sometimes to get rid of his enemies, and sometimes just For the Evulz.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He has a rather nasty tendency to double-cross those who help him, typically by assimilating them. Case in point: he gives Sesshomaru a human arm which he can use as a Borrowed Biometric Bypass to wield the Tessaiga, said arm later spontaneously combusting and forcing Sesshomaru to cut it off.
  • Combat Tentacles: He can produce regenerative ones.
  • The Corrupter: To everyone.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He deliberately made the Infant a helpless baby because he correctly predicted he would try to turn on him.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • For all of his faults, he is smart enough to retreat whenever a fight goes against his way rather than fight a losing battle like his other enemies, he also aims to rid himself of his human heart so that Kikyo won't be his Morality Pet.
    • Additionally he revives the Band of Seven and St. Hakushin specifically because they were all examples of Too Powerful to Live/Too Cool to Live so that they would give Inuyasha a hard time.
    • He also has Kagura's heart captive in order to prevent her from turning against him like some of her other siblings.
    • On top of it all, he knew from the start that the Infant would eventually try to turn on him and thus deliberately made him a helpless baby.
  • Demonic Possession: Is the result of hundreds of youkai devouring and merging with Onigumo's body.
  • Demoted to Extra: In all four films; he only physically appears in the second one, and even then, he finds himself on the "Thou" side of Eviler Than Thou when he tries to take on Kaguya.
  • Detachment Combat: Is able to control all of his body parts at all times, even when severed.
  • Dirty Coward: Especially before he Took a Level in Badass. He often uses demonic puppets of himself to fight Inuyasha and co. without having to worry about his own safety, and when he doesn't use them, he manipulates others into fighting for him. Whenever he does fight on his own, he'll almost always make a Villain Exit Stage Left as soon as he starts losing.
  • Divide and Conquer: He always tries to split the heroes, trying to put them against each other, or makes other villains fight them instead, including making detachments of himself to distract them.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: He often disguises himself with a white baboon pelt. Given his nature, it's subverted.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • For one, he, by his own admission, is unable to understand why, even after everything he made the Brainwashed and Crazy Kohaku do, Sango simply will not kill him even to save her own life. On another occasion, he remarks that the fact that Inuyasha and co. would show mercy to Kanna, whom he had sent on a Suicide Mission against them, actually makes him sick.
    • Ultimately subverted when Kagome points out that he must have a pretty solid understanding of human bonds and their significance to successfully manipulate people as easily as he does, and that he could only do that because he is part human. Both she and Inuyasha declare that this makes his deeds especially unforgivable since he must have known exactly what he was doing to his victims. So it's that he's not he's incapable of understanding bonds, it's that he doesn't care about anything other than what can achieve his goal.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Inuyasha, both are half-demons that desired to become full demons in order to throw away their human weakness. However, while Inuyasha eventually embraced both sides of his heritage and used it to his advantage to form bonds with individuals of both species, Naraku destroyed the bonds of others, human and youkai alike, to amuse himself; during their final battle, Inuyasha explicitly states that this is one of the reasons Naraku completely disgusts him.
    • Could also be seen as one to Kikyo, being a very powerful evil force to her good one, while both of them still struggle with the fact that they have human feelings. Both their personality stats in the profile book and their interactions with Saint Hakushin play into this.
  • Evil Evolves: Each appearance shows a new form all the way to the climax. Its part of his Evil Plan. The form he took at the end of the Band of Seven arc was by far the most obvious point to this trope.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: At one point, he deliberately awakens Ryukotsusei, the dragon daiyokai who slew Inuyasha's father, in an attempt to get him to kill Inuyasha. Instead, Ryukotsusei attacks Naraku instead before choosing to fight Inuyasha out of boredom anyway; as usual, Naraku was Actually a Doombot.
  • Evil Is Petty: His only real motivation is his love/hate feelings for Kikyo and pure hatred for Inuyasha, although he doesn't want to admit that to himself. Even after discarding his human feelings and obtaining the Shikon Jewel, he decided the best possible use for the Jewel's power was using it to finally be rid of Inuyasha and his friends, openly admitting that he has no real idea of what to do afterwards. But he still ruins or attempts to ruin lives of seemingly everyone he encounters For the Evulz.
  • Evil Plan: He wants to become a powerful full youkai using the complete tainted Shikon Jewel, but his own desire for Kikyo gets in the way.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Especially in the English dub
  • Extra Eyes: After his upgrade in Mt. Hakurei, he has one eye on his chest and one eye on each hand.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: See above.
  • The Faceless: Prior to taking Kagewaki's appearance, he never removes his baboon mask. It was probably best not known what was under there.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He speaks politely, but it's obvious that it's merely a sign of mockery, somewhat justified as his current disguise was a noble who used royal dialect. After he Took a Level in Badass during the climax of the Mt. Hakurei arc, he drops the act completely in favor of being a Smug Super.
  • Flight: He uses clouds then self flight once he gets rid of his human heart.
  • For the Evulz: His main personality trait. Naraku has no plans to Take Over the World or anything big like that; he just wants to ruin the lives of everyone and everything he encounters because he has nothing better to do with his time. Everything he does, from trying to purge his human heart and emotions to gathering the Shikon Jewel, is specifically geared towards doing so.
  • Frame-Up: On two different occasions, he tries to frame Inuyasha for his own crimes in order to trick people into trying to kill Inuyasha for him; first, with the destruction of Sango's hometown and family, and then with the slaughter of Koga's packmates. Both times, they eventually discover the truth and turn their wrath on Naraku.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Initially a crippled bandit whose lust for Kikyo led him to form a contract with demons and become Naraku, one of the most powerful and vicious beings. The anime implies that the mind that eventually becomes Naraku comes from a tiny spider demon that Onigumo makes a deal with.
  • Fusion Dance: He's the result of a human merging with hundreds of youkai. And he's able to separate parts of them at will except for the human part since it's what keeps it all together, although in Mt. Hakurei he managed to at least separate his human heart and discard its human feelings.
  • Grand Theft Me: The yokai Onigumo summoned pulled this on him. When absorbed by his incarnations' creation, he just reverses the process on him.
  • Giant Spider: His insignia, as well as the outer shell of his final form.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a burn scar in his back in the form of a spider, part of the human Onigumo.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He tries to get rid of his human part and seems to succeed in Mt. Hakurei but eventually reabsorbs it.
  • Hate Sink: There's seriously nothing likable about Naraku. He's nothing but a Dirty Coward and a Smug Super who commits all manner of horrible atrocities and goes out of his way to ruin the lives of everyone he comes in contact with simply because he can. In-universe, the number of people who don't hate his guts and/or want him dead can easily be counted on one hand.
  • Hero Killer: He murdered Kikyo. Twice.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Pretty much any antagonist the heroes ever run into can be traced back to Naraku somehow.
  • I Have Your Wife: Had Kohaku for the longest time, till the boy escaped.
  • Invincible Villain: While Naraku was fairly weak at the start, once he gains the ability to assimilate more demons and create detachments he becomes this. Especially after Mount Hakurei, he continued to become more and more invincible and his plans becoming more and more ridiculously perfect when beforehand, he failed a great deal of the time. Kagome had to use the Shikon Jewel to wish him out of existence completely just for him to finally die.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Is the Hyde to Onigumo - the cruder, more hedonistic bandit who lusts for Kikyo - Jekyll.
  • Jerkass: He constantly goes above and beyond to cause humans and youkai alive pain simply for the sake of it. Even at his "nicest," Naraku is a heartless asshole with no redeeming qualities at all.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Kikyo's death and Inuyasha's sealing were his fault via slashing Kikyo disguised as Inuyasha causing the former to seal the latter and attacking Inuyasha in Kikyo's image, he did have a point in that they were quick to distrust each other and how easy it was to drive a wedge between them. This is a world where youkai have shown the ability to shapeshift into other people's forms or take control of people's bodies yet neither of these possibilities occurred to either one of them, instead the two of them were quick to assume the worst of the other despite being lovers.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He has a very long list of screwing people over, and the only one of the main cast he hasn't messed with at any point is Shippo.
    • In the anime it's taken to another level when 15 years ago, he tries to kill Hitomiko, a little girl with strong spiritual powers just because she was a threat. When that failed, he kills her friends and parental guardian. Notable in that's it's jarring for someone who usually intends to have his ends lead to the Sacred Jewel's corruption, would just kill someone just because they existed.
  • Knight of Cerebus: After he's mentioned, the story (as well as any plot involving him) becomes much more Darker and Edgier.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has absolutely zero empathy for anyone or anything but himself. To him, all other beings are either food to get stronger, pawns to be manipulated, entertainment to torment and kill, or some combination of the three.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Always trying to make everyone kill each other.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: He often uses Combat Tentacles as well as other Body Horror powers, especially after Mt. Hakurei.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Emphasis on the "manipulative." And the "bastard."
  • Master of Illusion: Early on he used some vines that show the victims the negative aspects of their hearts.
  • Merger of Souls: Naraku was created when thousands of youkai devoured the deranged and perverse thief (and Kikyo's Stalker with a Crush) Onigumo and fused together. However, the demons suppressed Onigumo's consciousness and went on to try to kill Kikyo.
  • Motive Decay: He's changed motives so many times that by the end, he was just evil for the sake of being evil. Initially, he wanted to use the Shikon Jewel to become a powerful full-fledged youkai, so his goal is getting all the shards of the Jewel. But then, he was somewhat driven by his lust for Kikyo and hatred for Inuyasha, both coming from his human heart, so his goal becomes getting rid of that. He succeeds in separating his physical heart and discarding his feelings for Kikyo, so now his goal changes to killing her. But it turns out he needs both his heart and feelings to do this so the goal becomes reabsorbing them, and when he does, he finally kills her. In the end, he succeeds in getting the whole Shikon Jewel, but he neither absorbs it nor does he wish on it, he just decides to use it to kill his enemies. Naraku himself admits he's not sure what comes next after he's done that. Yes, that's right - he spends most of the series trying to get the Shikon Jewel, and once he finally has it, he's not sure what to do with it!
  • Mr. Fanservice: When not in his Body Horror form.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast:"Naraku" refers to the Buddhist version of hell
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Almost every possible variation depending on which form his body has currently taken.
  • One-Winged Angel:
  • Poison Is Corrosive: His poison can dissolve things like the Inu no Taisho's fang that kept Ryukotsusei in check.
  • Poisonous Person: His body is made of deadly miasma. At one time, Kirara got seriously poisoned after biting him.
  • Put on a Bus: A rare self-imposed version. When he retreats to Mt.Hakurei, to get stronger over many months, he disappears for several dozen episodes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's the Big Bad and when his eyes glow, true nastiness is about to be unleashed.
  • Scars Are Forever: The spider scar on his back. On one occasion, he actually cut the flesh of his own back off in an attempt to get rid of said scar; the skin grew back, scar and all, as though nothing had happened.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Kagewaki's appearance.
  • Sissy Villain: Long hair, androgynous features... shapeshifted himself into a woman to distract Miroku's grandfather and into Kikyo to distract Inuyasha.
  • Smug Super: Especially after Mt. Hakurei.
  • The Sociopath: Other than power, he mainly does things For the Evulz.
  • Split Personality Takeover: Naraku was formed from the collective consciousness of the yokai Onigumo summoned, and was revealed to have pulled this on Onigumo, who had been hoping to retain control of his new body.
  • Stupid Evil: His only plan is to cause humans and yokai alike as much pain and grief as possible for no other reason than because he can. It's to the extent that when he finally has the completed Shikon Jewel in his hands, he has no idea what to do with it.
  • Super Smoke: He can surround himself with and transform his body into a cloud of miasma, and uses it to escape.
  • The Trickster: A very dark one.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A villainous example who takes advantage of absorbing and throwing out demonic parts he needs or doesn't need so he becomes more powerful.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Twice, both Tekkei and Moryomaru try to devour him, only for it to bite them in the back, especially for the latter.
  • Transhuman Treachery: His original self, Onigumo, gives up his body to demons in order to move again and be able to get Kikyo. What happens next isn't part of his original plan.
  • Truly Single Parent: Of all his detachments.
  • Was Once a Man: Was once a lowly bandit named Onigumo till he made a Deal with the Devil to create the identity known as Naraku.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Kohaku who he intends to kill to get his Jewel shard. And he does.
    • In the anime, he tried to kill a young priestess named Hitomiko, merely because she posed a threat.
  • Villain Ball: While a Manipulative Bastard, he's prone to picking it up. For example, his plan to pit Sango against Inuyasha might have succeeded had he not openly admitted that he was the one who destroyed Sango's village and slaughtered her loved ones and friends after Inuyasha subdued Sango and tracked him down.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After getting a rather spot on Armor-Piercing Question and statement from Kagome and Inuyasha, he loses his long standing calm demeanor and begins to lose it.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: When he's about to lose, he'll make an escape.
  • Villainous Crush: On Kikyo, thanks to his human heart. He tries to get rid of it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In order to confuse and manipulate people in his way. Although he only used it in flashbacks.
  • Yandere: While Naraku himself wants to kill Kikyou, the remnant of Onigumo within him loves her and prevents him from doing so. Both sides want to kill InuYasha.

Kanna is a "detachment" of Naraku, a creature created from his body. She appears to be an emotionless young girl with white hair, and uses a mirror which can monitor distant events, trap souls, and reflect energy back onto attackers.

Voiced by: Yukana (JP), Janyse Jaud (EN), Lupita Leal (LA SP), Gemma Donati (IT)

  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime build up her emotion more steadily than the manga up to a point that she has extra part of an episode in The Final Act for herself.
  • Attack Reflector: Her mirror bounces opponents attacks back at them.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: As black as the void her demonic nature represents. It also serves to emphasize her (mostly) emotionless state.
  • Creepy Child: Her unnatural appearance and quiet nature even creeped out Naraku's other detachments.
  • Dark Chick: Due to her delicate, child-like stature, she never fights directly and relies entirely on her mirror for attack and defense.
  • Emotionless Girl: She looks like a very straight example but it ends being subverted: Kanna seemed to miss Kagura, she didn't want to die, wanted to be free, and ultimately betrayed Naraku showing that she did have emotions.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She keep two white lilies in her hair.
  • Flower Motifs: In the anime, a reference to her freedom.
  • Hime Cut
  • Light Is Not Good: Has white hair, wears a white kimono... and is one of Naraku's detachments.
  • Little Big Sister: She's the first of Naraku's creations, but she looks like a little girl while most of her younger "siblings" look older.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Magic Mirror: Her Weapon of Choice, which she uses to steal souls. It also turns into a monstrous demon that she is linked to.
  • Mystical White Hair
  • No Sell: As she's composed of void, she has no demonic aura; thus, Mt. Hakurei's purity has no effect on her.
  • Power of the Void: She's composed of void. As a result, there's no way to sense Kanna except with the naked eye; not even Inuyasha can sniff her out.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Artificial Human created by the main antagonist, white hair, pale skin, lack of emotions.
  • The Stoic: Especially compared to her mentally unstable or manipulative siblings, she shows no emotion till the climax
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The protagonists, especially Kagome, felt sympathy for her after realizing that she deep down had feelings.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Naraku. Inuyasha's group is shocked by the realisation that her loyalty to Naraku is so extreme she'll die for him. Then Kagome learns Kanna used her death to cover a last minute betrayal to reveal to Kagome what Naraku's Achilles' Heel is for ordering her death soon after obtaining her emotion.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Woman in White
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Her mirror absorbs souls.

Kagura, like Kanna, is a detachment of Naraku. She has power over wind, and unlike Kanna is more rebellious, with a will of her own. She serves Naraku only because he can kill her at any time, and hopes to be free of him someday.

Voiced by: Izumi Oogami (JP), Janyse Jaud (EN), Diana Pérez (LA SP), Cinzia De Carolis (IT), Isabelle Bouchemaa (FR)

  • Animal Motifs: The Spider, inherited from her "father"
  • Animate Dead: Her wind can do this
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV by the end of her Character Development.
  • Anti-Villain: She starts off as an antagonist, but her resentment towards Naraku drives her to attempt a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Badass: Her Razor Wind attacks are powerful and she is a potent necromancer as well.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Before her death, she became very protective towards Kohaku; in the same way that his real sister Sango is. She also gets along fairly well with Kanna, though the same can't be said for any of her other "siblings".
  • Black Mage: She is a necromancer.
  • Blow You Away: Can manipulate the wind, so much that in her first appearance she could even control the wind necessary for the Wind Scar.
  • Broken Bird: She doesn't want to serve Naraku or even necessarily be evil, but he literally holds her heart in his hand.
  • Clothing Damage: A lot, for fanservice purposes.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Her weapon of choice. She can use this to enhance her wind attacks.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes blase comments about what Naraku is doing and is very sarcastic.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Kagura is always barefoot, and there are plenty of closeups of her bare feet.
  • Feet-First Introduction: In the anime adaptation.
  • Femme Fatale: Of the morally conflicted type.
  • Forced Into Evil: Subverted. She only serves Naraku because he holds her heart in his hands, but she definitely enjoys fighting and wreaking havoc, at least until Character Development kicks in.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has Naraku's trademark spider mark on her back.
  • Hot Witch
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Her one wish was to be free from Naraku's control.
  • Implied Love Interest: While it isn't blatant enough to be Official Couple since there was no kissing or marriage or anything like that, there's plenty of implication with Sesshomaru.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By the end of her Character Development.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Her powerful wind spells and necromancy and elegant demeanor make her one.
  • Lady of War: A powerful and graceful fighter with her Combat Hand Fan. Her attacks are even dance-based.
  • Magic Dance: How her attacks are named after dances.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In her first battle with Inuyasha her kimono was shredded by the Wind Scar, leaving her topless. This is far from the last time she ends up with her clothes destroyed.
  • The Necromancer: Her "Shikabane no Mai" (Dance of Corpses), which she uses to manipulate dead people and even skeletons.
  • Pet the Dog: Her later attitude towards Kohaku.
  • Plucky Girl: Very grim version
  • Pointy Ears
  • Razor Wind: The usual, bullet like version (known as "Fujin no Mai", Wind Blades Dance) and the tornado-shaped version (Ryuuja no Mai, Dragon-Serpent Dance).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. Although introduced as a villain, Character Development makes her an Anti-Villain who tries to help Inuyasha's group, supports Sesshoumaru, and who ends up having an Heroic Sacrifice to save Kohaku's life.
  • Secret Keeper: She finds out about Inuyasha's human night, but she never tells Naraku when it is or uses it against him.
  • Tragic Villain: She has to carry out Naraku's orders since he has her heart and can kill her at any moment.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Naraku, knowing that she had briefly teamed up with Hakudoshi for independence from him, returns her heart, the only thing keeping her under his command... then promptly stabs her and pumps her full of miasma, which slowly kills her because her heart is back in her body.

The third of Naraku's detachments, is a beastly-looking ogre with powerful fangs and the ability of reading minds. He destroys Tessaiga with his fangs, but is slaughtered by Demon!InuYasha. Later Sesshomaru revives his head so that his teeth can be used to forge Tokijin.

Voiced by: Masaharu Satoh (JP), Michael Kopsa (EN), Roberto Mendiola (LA SP), Mario Bombardieri (IT)

    Juromaru and Kageromaru 
The fourth and fifth detachment of Naraku. Juromaru is a pretty looking boy with white hair who behave like a beast. Kageromaru is a worm-like creature with scythes for arms who lives inside Juromaru's body and can talk. They're defeated by Inu Yasha and Koga's combined efforts.

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (JP), Brian Drummond (EN), Humberto Solórzano (LA SP), Giuliano Bonetto (IT)

  • Blade Run: Juromaru stands on Tessaiga several times.
  • The Brute: Juromaru.
  • Dual Boss: Essentially what they are to Inu Yasha.
  • Flat Character: The only reason of their existence is to offer some challenge to Inu Yasha, similar to Goshinki, but at least he had more sentience and personality than both of the duo.
  • Fragile Speedster: Kageromaru is absurdly fast, but lacks stamina.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Kageromaru. Strikes very fast and immediately hides underground or in his brother stomach.
  • Meaningful Name: Juromaru roughly means "Beast Boy", Kageromaru "Shadow Boy".
  • No Body Left Behind: They're both turned into dust by the Wind Scar.
  • The Speechless: Juromaru.
  • The Starscream: The first thing that Juromaru does after being freed by the chains and mask is to behead Naraku's Kugustu. Heck, even when they were still a lump of lifeless flesh the first thing they did was to behead Naraku, they kill and devour some soldiers.
  • Sinister Scythe: Kageromaru's arms.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his first appearance, but unlike Goshinki, he and his "twin" barely get any characterization
  • White Hair, Black Heart

The sixth detachment of Naraku, who appears as a faceless man born from a blob of flesh. He is also Naraku's first attempt to purge Onigumo from himself.

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (JP), Brian Dobson (EN), Luis Daniel Ramírez (LA SP), Vittorio Guerrieri (IT)

  • Ax-Crazy: He's more-or-less nothing but a violent hedonist who kills whoever and whenever he wants. When one considers the fact that he's essentially Onigumo reborn, this reveals what Onigumo was like before he was immolated.
  • The Blank: There's a grisly spot where his face should be. That's because Onigumo had his face burned. Muso later adquired the face we see after stealing the features of a young and handsome monk whom he just killed.
  • Blood Knight: Really likes killing.
  • Body Horror: Including spikes, Rubber Man characteristics and Combat Tentacles.
  • Enemy Without: He attacks Naraku for keeping him shut up for 50 years and is reabsorbed for his troubles.
  • Face Stealer: In fact the face wears is that of a handsome priest he comes by.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Is eventually re-absorbed by Naraku when he finds out that he can't exist without him.
  • Full-Frontal Assault
  • Healing Factor
  • The Hedonist: Lives for getting what is best in life.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He remembers nothing about his past, not even his name. That's one reason he calls himself "Musou", the other being it was the name of the monk whose face he stole. He eventually regains his memories of being Onigumo when he comes across the cave where Kikyo cared for him.
  • Naked on Arrival: Was naked after being formed.
  • One-Winged Angel: See Scary Scorpions below.
  • Reincarnation: Of Onigumo, after a fashion: he's Onigumo's soul and heart shunted into a body made from Naraku's flesh.
  • Scary Scorpions: His battle form looks like one, save for the pincers.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Can sprout these as part of his shapeshifting ability.
  • Stupid Evil: He's extremely selfish, hedonistic, and just wanders around killing and pillaging without a cause.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While running from Naraku, he changes his mind, doubles back, and impales him... which gives Naraku the perfect opening to reabsorb him.
  • Yandere: As Onigumo reborn, he retains his psychotic affection towards Kikyo.

    The Infant 
Another detachment of Naraku, created in the depths of Mt. Hakurei.

Voiced by: Ai Kobayashi (JP), Chiara Zanni (EN), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (LA SP), Stefano Mondini (IT)

After the Infant is split in half, one of the halves becomes Hakudoshi, a white-haired young boy with powers very much like Naraku's but had an agenda of his own.

Voiced by: Ai Kobayashi (JP), Chiara Zanni (EN), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (LA SP), Stefano De Filippis (IT)

  • Badass: His first order of business is to kill Entei's former master with no effort. In fact, Entei bows down to him due to his sheer awesomeness.
  • Badass Adorable: Much cuter than a lot of other incarnations.
  • The Beast Master: Command over the monstrous Monryomaru.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: After setting himself up as an intimidating enemy to Inuyasha, he tries to betray Naraku and take over.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a Naginata.
  • Blood Knight: Likes fighting strong demons.
  • The Chessmaster: Like father, like son.
  • Creepy Child: Just as big of a sociopath as Naraku despite looking like a young boy.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To Naraku considering how alike they are, it shouldn't be a surprise.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He doesn't appear to need them, either.
  • The Dragon: To Naraku, at least until The Final Act, when he plots against him.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Plotting against his superior.
  • Enfant Terrible: Technically, he still is an infant; however, he's matured into a young boy. That being said, he's just as evil as his father.
  • Evil Gloating: He openly brags to Inuyasha and co. about his plans to double-cross Naraku... which is what leads to his downfall when Naraku abandons him to die.
  • For the Evulz: He'll go the extra mile to cause innocent humans and demons pain, a prominent example being his setting a colony of rat demons upon several villages simply to lure Kikyo out of hiding.
  • Healing Factor: He's inherited the rapid healing factor if he's ever cut down.
  • Lack of Empathy: This is first shown when he cuts off the head of a demon just walking by and later a otter demon's father in front the child's eyes. The latter got resurrected by Sesshomaru after wandering a bit. This exchange sums it up quite well:
    Inuyasha: Do you know how many villages were destroyed just so you could lure Kikyō out?!
    Hakudoshi: Oh, please. Is that what you're so upset about?
  • Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly fast and powerful
  • Like Father, Like Son: Naraku made many incarnations as servants, but Hakudoshi is much more of a son than any of the other creatures that emerged from his body, because Hakudoshi and Naraku share the same core. Naturally loyalty isn't a trait he inherited, since Naraku doesn't possess it either.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's perfectly capable of using Inuyasha, as well as Kagura, to test traps for him caring whether or not they'll die in the process or solve a problem for him; though having both isn't too bad for him either.
  • Mind over Matter: Displays this when telekinetically controlling pebbles to hit Kagura.
  • Off with His Head!: One of the first things he does is to harvest the heads of several powerful demons in order to find out where's the Shikon fragment.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Thought himself as being Naraku's successor, but when he dies, he has the undignified honor of Naraku outright leaving him to die because he boasted too highly, instead of being used to stall his enemies or being killed by Naraku himself like the rest of his brethren.
  • Smug Super: Unlike The Infant, he has incredible power to back up his claims.
  • The Sociopath
  • The Starscream: To Naraku, but he'll troll the other detachments as necessary to achieve it (especially Kagura).
  • Villain Ball: His gloating about betraying Naraku is what gets him abandoned by the latter to be sucked into the Wind Tunnel. Maybe being subtle about your treachery like Kagura would've being a good idea.
  • White Hair, Black Heart

Naraku's final detachment, he appears to be a beautiful young man with a playful disposition. He is purely loyal to Naraku and has a wide variety of powers.

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Michael Adamthwaite (EN) Andrea Lavagnino (IT)

  • Affably Evil: Playful, loyal and polite, he's easily the most affable of Naraku's incarnations.
  • Battle Butler: And loyal to Naraku to the death as well.
  • Bishōnen
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like Kagura, he likes to make snide comments, but unlike her, he's genuinely more laid back about it.
  • Eye Scream: He can detach his eye to spy others.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Like Kanna, his main purpose is to perform a specific duty for Naraku that will result in his death. Unlike Kanna, he remains loyal to the end and barely bats an eyelid over having to sacrifice himself.
  • Foreshadowing: As he watches the manner in which Kanna dies, he contemplates that's his likely fate as well. He was right.
  • Guyliner: Has lipstick.
  • Just Following Orders: He tries to interfere with Sesshoumaru's pursuit of Mouryoumaru. When Sesshoumaru turns on him, he asks Sesshoumaru not to hate him because he's just doing his job, and then beats a hasty retreat.
  • Master of Illusion
  • Mega Manning: The true purpose of his sword.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Subverted. It's seemingly purely decorative, but turns out to have quite specific abilities.
  • Paper Master
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He comes in after Kagura's death, plays the same role, does the same things, and even looks and behaves similar. All except having that pesky personal desire of hers to be independent.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: One of his powers
  • Undying Loyalty: The only one of Naraku's detachments shown to be completely loyal to him, and also the only being in the entire series who doesn't completely despise Naraku or try to kill him.