Characters: Inu Yasha Supporting Characters
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Myoga the flea was once a servant of Inuyasha's father, and tries to help Inuyasha and his friends by providing useful information, although he is a coward and a bit of a lecher. He claims Inuyasha's blood is delicious, and often appears by biting Inuyasha to drink some of his blood, usually resulting in getting squashed by Inuyasha.
- Animal Motifs: The flea.
- Arranged Marriage: Kind of in the anime. He got roped into a wedding with an energetic lover, but seems none too happy about it and escapes.
- Butt Monkey
- Deadpan Snarker
- Expy: Of Happosai, though he's much less perverted.
- Made much more obvious in the English and Latin-American dubs, where the two characters are played by the same actors.
- Genre Savvy: Knows he's screwed if he sticks around for too long in a big battle.
- Lovable Coward: Will no doubt run when the going gets especially tough, but only because he's a puny flea with barely any combat potential other than sucking a demon's blood dry over the course of several hours.
- Made of Iron: No matter how many times he gets swatted or crushed, he always survives and bounces back.
- The Mentor
- Mr. Exposition
- Old Retainer
- Really 700 Years Old
- Running Gag: Usually, when Myoga shows up, he tries to nibble on Inuyasha's blood, to which Inuyasha retaliates with a firm swat to the flea, which sends him sailing to the ground like a flattened sheet of paper. A few times, it clues the gang in to his sudden, unseen arrival.
- His Lovable Coward tendencies - specifically his habit of abandoning whichever party member he's perched on if it looks like they might be in danger - are also played as a Running Gag, to the point that in at least one instance Myoga moving from one character's shoulder to another character's is taken as a warning sign, and the first character is advised to move where it's safer.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: According to him, Inuyasha's blood which he inherited from his father.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Inuyasha's blood.
- Third-Person Person: He does sometimes speak in terms of "This Myouga" in the Japanese dub.
As a miko
and the Shikon Jewel's guardian, Kikyo's responsibility was to purify the Shikon Jewel and keep it out of anyone else's hands. Falling in love with Inuyasha, however, led to her death, and she had the Jewel burned with her body in order to protect it, causing it to reappear within the body of her reincarnation, Kagome. However, this is not the last we see of her...
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
(JP), Willow Johnson (EN), Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (LA SP), Francesca Guadagno (IT), Claire Beaudoin (FR)
- Action Girl/Dark Action Girl
- Aloof Ally: Eventually she becomes this to Inuyasha and Kagome.
- Aloof Big Sister: Towards Kaede, and to Kagome to a degree.
- All-Loving Hero: She was an unadultered version of this, until she died. She still retained some of the traits after being forcibly revived and becoming a Dark Magical Girl, helping the poor and disinherited whenever she could and helping Saint Hakushin to finally let go of his hate and despair..
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is tall, beautiful, dark-haired, pale-skinned, and extremely aloof.
- Always Someone Better: Kikyo fills this role for Kagome and Tsubaki.
- Anti Heroine: While a good person at heart, she's too manipulative and aloof to be a 100% traditional hero.
- Archer Archetype: Travels on her own, is aloof and tends to appear out of nowhere surprising everyone with a perfect shot.
- Artificial Human: After revival.
- Back from the Dead
- Betty and Veronica: She's the Veronica to Kagome's Betty.
- Big Sister Instinct: She is very protective of her little sister Kaede.
- Broken Bird: Particularly after her resurrection.
- Broken Messiah: After being revived, she angsts at the world and Inuyasha for killing her.
- Came Back Wrong
- Casting Gag: She voiced Akane in the Ranma ½ anime.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Dead or alive, she never hesitates to help someone in need.
- Cooldown Hug: On Saint Hakushin.
- Damaged Soul: Between her and Kagome's shared soul, she only has a little fragment.
- Dark Magical Girl: She has holy powers like Kagome, but is more mature, more powerful and more vicious. Extra points for being Kagome's previous incarnation. She spends the early seasons as an antagonist but laters becomes a hero.
- Death of the Hypotenuse
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Inuyasha's if you were wondering.
- It is probably worth mentioning that Naraku explicitly tried to invoke this, in a twisted Yandere fashion. (He was, as usual, the reason she was dying in the first place)
- Does Not Like Shoes: In the manga only. Averted in the anime, where she wears standard tabi socks and sandals.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: Her early interactions with Inuyasha, according to the "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" anime special, consisted of her simply pinning him to a tree with her arrows while warning him to stay away from her and the Shikon no Tama. Subverted, however; she only restrained him and always held back from dealing the killing blow.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Counterpart: In the start, she looks this to Kagome. Ends up turning into the Anti Heroine counterpart
- Could also be seen as one to Naraku, being a very powerful good force to his evil 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.
- First Love: For Inuyasha.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: On Naraku - or more accurately, his original self, Onigumo.
- Friend to All Children: One of her most consistent traits, either alive or dead.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Guile Heroine: When she took the Jewel from Kagome and gave it to Naraku... but only to lull him into a fake sense of security rather than help him.
- Technically, that's how Kagome killed Naraku. However, Kikyo wasn't as ruthless as she thought she was and was unwilling to let Kohaku get killed by Naraku in exchange for purifying the Shikon no Tama, since she was a bit more Ax-Crazy when she came up with that plan. Also, no one planned for the Shikon no Tama trying to grant Naraku's wish by trying to pull Kagome into itself with his soul.
- Hime Cut
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her holy power is rivaled only by her Reincarnation Kagome and Saint Hakushin.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Before her death, she told Inuyasha more than once that she wanted to live as a normal girl instead of as a priestess and guardian of the Shikon Jewel.
- Ill Girl: Took this role more than once, despite being undead. Namely, more than once she was either weakened by poison or suffered the physical downsides of having a clay body.
- Informed Attribute: In the manga, she and Kagome 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 compared to Kagome.
- Inhuman Human: After her resurrection, and she's not happy about it.
- Interspecies Romance: With Inuyasha.
- It's Personal: Naraku tricked her into thinking Inuyasha had betrayed her and killed her.
- Lady and Knight: She had these dynamics with Inuyasha in the past.
- Lady of War
- Last Kiss: She and Inuyasha share a last kiss right before she definitely dies.
- Lonely Together: With Inuyasha in the past. Both felt extremely alone and bonded over it.
- The Lost Lenore: To Inuyasha, much to Kagome's chagrin.
- Mage Marksman: Magic Ranger, a trait she shares with Kagome.
- Magical Gesture
- Miko: And quite powerful.
- Never Found the Body: After her confrontation with Naraku in Mt. Hakurei.
- Not So Different: In the "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" two-parter, part of the reason she repeatedly spares Inuyasha during their early confrontations is because she sensed that Inuyasha felt all alone just as she did.
- Out-Gambitted: She tried to lull Naraku into a false sense of security by giving him the portion of the Sacred Jewel Kagome had been previously holding onto in order to destroy both him and the jewel was it was completed. Her plan worked, she just wasn't as ruthless as she thought she was.
- Power Glows: With her arrows.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Inuyasha.
- The Stoic: Nearly always cool, calm, and collected.
- Not So Stoic: Of course, when she believes that Inuyasha betrayed her, she is absolutely pissed and makes no effort to hide it.
- Taking You with Me:
- Fatally injured, she tries to do this to InuYasha, who she believes had betrayed her. Having softened up a bit, she seals him with a spell that would make him sleep eternally without aging or decomposing instead of killing him.
- After her revival, she attempts to [[Dragged Off to Hell drag Inuyasha down to hell with her.
- Tranquil Fury: Slays youkai and kicks Naraku's ass, all with a cool glare.
- Turned Against Their Masters: The witch Urasue resurrects Kikyou expecting her to collect jewel shards for her. Kikyou decides to burn her to death using her sacred powers instead.
- The Undead: The first notable example in the series.
- Unwanted Revival: Urasue does this to her.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- Woman Scorned: Right after being revived, since she believes the man she loved betrayed her. She got better.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: When she's not controlling others to kill Naraku, she's being a good samaritan to the villagers and gives a Cool Down Hug to St. Hakushin, who only protected Naraku out of a completely natural fear of dying alone
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Prior to her death. Eventually, as she calms down and loses her rage with the world she develops back into a mix of YN and Dark Magical Girl in the later parts of the series.
- Yandere: Arguably, right after being revived. As said above, she got better.
- You Did Everything You Could: Towards both Inuyasha and Kagome when Naraku kills her for real; she softly reassures Kagome that even if she couldn't save her life, she nonetheless saved her soul, and when Inuyasha is breaking down over being too late to save her, she smiles and gently reassures him that the fact that he came for her is all that matters.
- Your Soul Is Mine: After her revival, and due in part to her Damaged Soul, Kikyo has to periodically absorb the souls of the dead to sustain her clay body.
Sesshomaru is Inuyasha's half-brother, and unlike Inuyasha is a very powerful full-blooded youkai. He initially appears in pursuit of the sword Tessaiga, which their father had created from his own fang and left for Inuyasha to inherit; although Sesshoumaru also inherited a sword, Tenseiga, he feels he has no use for it since it is a healing sword
which cannot wound anyone.
Voiced by: Ken Narita
(JP), David Kaye
/Michael Daingerfield (EN), Alfredo Basurto (LA SP), Niseem Onorato (IT), Phillpe Leroy (FR)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, his armor is green-tinged and his sash is pink with red accents. In the anime, his armor is matte-black and the sash is yellow with purple accents.
- Aloof Big Brother: Inuyasha, it's very hostile at first, but gradually softened over time
- Animal Motifs: The dog
- Anti-Villain: Type I, pre-Character Development.
- Anti-Hero: Adopting Rin touches off a period in which he is portrayed increasingly sympathetically, though he remains an antagonist until later in the series, with his compassion for Kagura completing his development out of being a villain.
- Art Evolution: In addition to his looks, the fur over his shoulder grows progressively longer and thicker as the series progresses, going from a small boa to a gigantic tail-like mass of fur wider than his head that drags behind him as he walks.
- Badass: He's easily the strongest non-enhanced demon alive in the series, only surpassed by his father, whom he later surpasses upon receiving the Bakusaiga.
- Badass and Child Duo: He's the badass, Rin is the child.
- Badass in Distress: Chapters 512-518 sees this happen. Inuyasha initially has to rescue him.
- Handicapped Badass: He only has one arm. For most of the series anyway. It doesn't slow him down at all. In fact, he once admits he doesn't hate Inuyasha for what happened because it's actually made him even stronger than he was before he lost it.
- Took a Level in Badass: Yes, really. You'd think losing an arm and getting a Morality Pet child companion that slowly leads him to take more of an Anti-Hero role would make him submit to Badass Decay? Wrong. When he regains his arm and gets his own, unique sword, exactly the opposite happens.
- Berserk Button: His are receiving Inuyasha's pity and hearing Kagura's death being insulted. The latter upset him so much that he broke his sword Tokijin over it, endangering his own life in the process.
- Bishounen: Very feminine, though thanks to Art Evolution he looks more masculine in later chapters.
- Blood Knight: Despite believing in only victory, he smiles when a possible fight is occurring.
- Break the Haughty: An integral part of his Character Development.
- Byronic Hero: Lacked the compassion of his brother and overall moral restraints at first
- Came Back Strong: Thanks to Magatsuhi.
- Canis Major: His true form.
- Chain Reaction Destruction: Bakusaiga.
- Character Development: From villain to Anti-Villain to, arguably, Anti-Hero.
- Characterization Marches On: Character Development aside, Sesshomaru's personality was markedly different in his first appearance from his subsequent ones. He was smug, cruel, sneered a lot and rather than merely treating Inuyasha with dismissive disdain seemed to actively enjoy taunting him. His Stoic, Perpetual Frowner tendancies didn't appear until his second appearance. Losing Tessaiga and an arm to Inuyasha may contributed to humbling him a bit.
- Clipped Wing Angel: His dog form lacks the intelligence, grace and agility of his standard form, making it easier to attack.
- The Comically Serious: Sometimes.
- Cool Sword: As opposed to his brother who gets one ridiculously powerful blade with some evolving/adaptive abilities, Sesshomaru here wields a small set throughout the run;
- Tenseiga: The blade which he received from his father, the initial source of much of his animosity towards his brother. Can't harm the living, naturally enough it can strike the undead. By striking down the pallbearers of the afterlife it can revive the recently deceased...once. It, like its companion blade has a slight sentience and will protect Sesshomaru whether he wants it or not (in particular, its meant to make sure Inuyasha can't kill him with his sword). It bears but one single offensive strike- one which banishes whatever it touches into the abyss. It was reforged into a fighting weapon because of Sesshomaru's feelings for Kagura, and he accepted it in order to make sure that she hadn't died in vain. However, after learning of his father's true intentions, this lone strike was then given to Inuyasha. It is a simple katana in design with little flare and no transformations, it does glow blue when utilized. Still carries it at the end.
- Tokijin: The second blade he carries over the course of the series (and most artwork will see him carrying this blade, as it stays with him for much of the series). Notable for being nigh-uncontrollable for anyone save for Sesshomaru himself and though it doesn't have any distinct named strikes its power waves are more than strong enough to compensate. Distinct in design for being a moderately large long sword/tachi blade instead of a katana. It's eventually broken by Moryoumaru after he insults Kagura's death and Sesshomaru became so upset that he attacked Moryoumaru so hard that it broke, after which Sesshomaru deems it worthless and doesn't bother repairing it.
- Bakusaiga. His final sword, gained at the pinnacle of his character development. It's not his father's or from anyone else; it's a sword formed purely from his own youki that would reveal itself only after he threw everything else away. Its only known power by the end of the series is a virus-like wave that, once struck with, will continue to eat away at its victim until there's nothing left. The damage will also transfer from person to person like a disease, enabling Sesshomaru to take out thousands of weaker demons with a single swing. He's seen with this along with Tenseiga at the end.
- Defrosting Ice King: Thanks to Rin and Kagura's death.
- Death Glare: His eyes turn red with blue irises when very angry.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Likely the reason he rarely transforms into his true form. When he does in the fight against Magatsuhi, he gets entangled in his enemy's tentacles. Jaken realizes that all Sesshoumaru has to do is transform back to his much smaller humanoid form to easily slip out of the tentacles. However, all Sesshoumaru does is shake his body like a wet dog, which achieves absolutely nothing. Word of God also confirmed that of all his abilities, Sesshomaru's intelligence is his weakest point.
- Mind you, it's still listed as very high, fitting his various Awesome by Analysis moments; The only characters who are listed as smarter than him are Miroku, the resident smart guy, Naraku, who needs to be smart enough to trick and manipulate everyone else for the plot to happen, and Kikyo, whose character wouldn't work if she was significantly dumber than Naraku. That's not Sesshomaru being stupid, that's simply the difference between an awesome Character and a Gary Stu.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He gets pissed off when Inuyasha feels sorry for him.
- Empathic Weapon: Both Tenseiga and Tokijin.
- Evil Counterpart: To Inu-Yasha.
- Evil Plan: Back when he was the first major villain, it was to find his father's grave and steal Tessaiga. When he mellowed into an Anti-Villain he focused less on stealing a sword and more on making one.
- Evil Weapon: Tokijin.
- Expy: Herb.
- Facial Markings: A crescent moon on his forehead and two pairs of stripes. (Also, his “eyeshadow” isn’t makeup - they’re part of the markings around his eyes.)
- Fan Nickname: "Fluffy," "Fluffy-sama," Sesshy.
- Fantastic Racism: Like many fully-fledged Youkai in the series, Sesshomaru looks down upon any Hanyo/Half-Demon he meets. Inuyasha particularly gets this from his elder brother.
- Flash Step: He leaves afterimages at top speed.
- Flight: Like many of the stronger Youkai, he has his own methods of flight.
- Glass Cannon: His strength in one arm is equal to his half-brother's full strength, was able to overpower Tokijin's malicious aura through sheer willpower, was able to pass through the barrier surrounding Mount Hakurei without being purified and eventually gains a ridiculously powerful sword that can take out a thousand demons in one swing. At the same time, he got his arm lopped off by a recently-awakened Tessaiga without any special abilities involved, can easily be harmed by bladed weapons and was nearly killed by Inuyasha's Wind Scar (which lacked killing intent and only had enough power to shift a few boulders at best).
- Good Powers, Bad People: At first after getting Tenseiga, a sword that can heal instead of kill, and he's dismayed he got it while Inuyasha got Tessaiga. After Character Development, it gradually becomes Good Powers Good People.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Tranquil Fury version.
- Healing Factor: As a demon he has this, but he can't regenerate his lost arm or so it seemed.
- Healing Shiv: Tenseiga.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Towards Inuyasha and Jaken.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Repeatedly.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Magatsuhi. One of his opening moves was to pierce Sesshoumaru's only arm in three places. He eventually stabbed Sesshoumaru through the chest twice, including once through the heart.
- Implied Love Interest: To Kagura. Rin comments on it at one point.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Towards Inuyasha who he both resents for being the "favorite" and looks down for being a half demon.
- It's Personal: Naraku used him several times to kill Inuyasha, tried to absorb him and kidnapped Rin. Kagura's death is the last straw and he starts going after Naraku in order to avenge her.
- It Was with You All Along: Learning compassion, accepting his younger half-brother for what he is, and understanding even his vast power has limits (notably when Rin almost died for good if it wasn't for his mother) was all for the purpose of giving him what he wanted all along...a sword. The Bakusaiga. A sword born of his strength not his fathers, and potentially more powerful than any physical weapon in the series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It starts with Rin, encompasses Kagura, then Inuyasha and his entire group. The manga eventually ends with the implication that his compassion is still growing - he still doesn't like it being pointed out though.
- Karma Houdini: For his early actions.
- Licked by the Dog: Rin's hero-worship of Sesshoumaru is the first indication of his well-buried better nature.
- Lightning Bruiser: He moves much faster than any character early on in the series, using Flash Step before Bleach made it popular.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: So very much.
- Marked Change: In the manga, he gains three stripes on his wrists whenever he uses his dokkasou (in the anime he has two stripes on his wrists at all times).
- Master Swordsman: He's able to use any weapon to its full potential the moment he gets his hands on it. This is most evident in the few occasions when he uses Tessaiga - Inuyasha, for whom the sword was made, has to be actively thinking about protecting a human before it will change from a rusty piece of junk to a usable blade, and it takes him at least a season to master the Wind Scar to the point that he can use it at will. Sesshoumaru is able to fire off Wind Scars immediately. He gets similar results with Tokijin, Bakusaiga, and even Sango's Hiraikotsu. His own heirloom is a bit of a special case, its not that he can't make it work, he knows full well already that it's useless for what he generally prefers to do. Once he willingly lets it guide him for the first time, he has no issues with seeing and subsequently dispatching pallbearers. This is then played straight with its only combat-ready skill, which he displays unnatural speed at learning once more.
- This is lampshaded by Totosai, who remarks during a number of various sessions with both of them; that Sesshomaru has a gift for bringing out the latent abilities in almost every weapon he comes across while his brother must always take the long complicated route to mastery.
- Meaningful Name: His name is written with characters meaning "kill," "life" or "genuine," and "perfection," a combination which could be interpreted to mean something to the effect of "perfect killer" or "complete destruction of life."
- Morality Pet: Rin is this to him.
- More Than Infinite: Bakusaiga
- The Mourning After: Kagura's death filled an empty hole in his heart for the first time and he risks his life to defend her and vows to avenge her death.
- Mr. Fanservice: Even moreso than his brother.
- Named Weapons: Tenseiga ("Heavenly Birth Fang"), Tokijin ("Demon-Fighting God") and Bakusaiga ("Explosive Crushing Fang").
- Narcissist: Initially ticked off because he lost his arm, but he eventually becomes a Papa Wolf
- Neck Lift: Does it several times.
- Noble Demon: Eventually, and still in denial about it.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noble Male to Inuyasha's Roguish Male.
- No One Could Survive That: He got stabbed through the heart. It made him angry.
- The Nose Knows: At higher level than his brother, but is too dignified to sniff around like the former.
- Off Model: In the anime, overall positioning of the fur over his shoulder varies from episode to episode. In some scenes it's attached to his armor and looped around his shoulder while in others it's pulled up and out of an opening in his sleeve and tossed back over his shoulder.
- Papa Wolf: Threaten Rin. You'll be dead soon. And if you're the King of Hell, you'll be destroyed...unless you're Kagura, who has gotten away with it.
- Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles, and it's usually a bad thing if he does. Case in point: when he smiled, Jaken was so freaked out by it that he begged for Sesshomaru to beat him instead.
- Pet the Dog: His informal adoption of Rin and his attitude toward Kagura.
- Pointy Ears: As opposed to his brother's dog ears.
- Poisonous Person: Able to channel acid through his claws; he used this power quite often during his first appearances, but not so much in his later ones.
- Pretty in Mink: The mass of fur hanging over his shoulder, affectionately referred to as "mokomoko-sama"note . According to Word of God, it is actually a part of Sesshomaru's body (to the point that it can bleed and feel pain), which wraps around his torso and connects to his tail when he enters his dog form. In the manga, he can use it to whip, grasp and throw opponents or carry himself through the air (the anime replaced this with an energy whip and a sparkling dust cloud respectively).
- Pride: His major flaw early on is to prove his superiority over his brother because of his noble status. This overlaps with Envy
- Rapunzel Hair: Taken Up to Eleven in the anime, where his hair reaches his knees. In the manga, his hair is only waist-length.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's biologically 19 years old despite being much older. The anime sometimes, and inconsistently, makes him look like he's in his early twenties.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like Inuyasha, his eyes are golden, but the sclera turn red when he's about to transform. This is never a good thing.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Tenseiga's healing powers can be used to slay the undead and creatures native to the netherworld.
- Sickly Green Glow: His poison-claws and anime-exclusive poison whip.
- Smug Super: He's about one of the few antagonists in the canon to not be obsessed with the Shikon because of how powerful he is.
- The Snark Knight: Very condescending to everyone
- The Stoic: He's also an example of Not So Stoic as his temper is almost as short as Inuyasha's, something that was once lampshaded by Toutousai as marking them as brothers.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Towards his followers and Inuyasha
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Reflecting his nature as a dog-youkai.
- Super Speed: He outruns Inuyasha pretty easily. Complete with Speed Echoes in the anime.
- Super Strength: According to Word of God, a one-armed Sesshomaru's strength is equal to Inuyasha's total strength.
- Tame His Anger: What Rin and later Kagura's death did to him
- Third-Person Person: "This Sesshoumaru", in the Japanese version; "I, Sesshomaru" in the English dub.
- Note that this is a valid, if showy way to refer to oneself in the japanese language, and, in Sesshoumaru's case, probably meant to be an aristocratic way of talking.
- Twenty-Four-Hour Armor: Sesshoumaru never takes his armour off, not even when it's broken.
- The Unfavourite: A major element of his characterization revolves around his dissatisfaction with the thought that their father favored Inuyasha over himself. It's only after he moves beyond his daddy issues that he's finally able to obtain his own sword Bakusaiga.
- Whip It Good: In the anime he can generate a poison whip made from his own youki.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Initially very cruel, but with Character Development he gets better
- Worlds Strongest Youkai: He's one of the strongest characters in the entire story, but only officially achieves "Daiyoukai" status after he achieves his full power and surpasses his own daiyoukai father.
- Youkai: Daiyoukai
Rin was a young orphan child who encounters Sesshomaru while he is recovering from being beaten by Inuyasha. In spite of Sesshomaru's coldness, she shows no fear of him and instead develops a case of hero worship. For his own reasons, Sesshomaru allows her to accompany him and Jaken thereafter.
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
(JP), Brenna O'Brien (EN), Mariana Ortiz (LA SP), Letizia Ciampa (IT)
Kohaku is Sango's younger brother. Apparently killed along with the rest of the youkai hunters, he reappears not long afterwards under the control of Naraku, who uses him in frequent efforts to manipulate Sango.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. Eventually Type IV.
- Back from the Dead
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Normal: He's quite skilled and a very efficient involuntary assassin.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Brainwashed Counterpart: To Sango.
- Break the Cutie: He was a shy, gentle and somewhat frightened 11 year-old boy who was going to take part in his first demon extermination. And then he was forced to kill a lot of people (including his father), work for the one who destroyed his life and was constantly hunted for the Shikon shard in his back. After all this, he only wishes to die taking Naraku with him.
- Cosmic Plaything: Probably moreso than than other characters in the series. Kohaku just cannot catch a break.
- Cute Bruiser
- DeathSeeker: After regaining his memories. He first attempts suicide, and then later settles on living on until he can kill Naraku.
- Does Not Like Shoes: When out of his demon-slaying outfit.
- Dying as Yourself: When he died, he had come to his senses after being possessed, both times. Specially jarring the second time since he had just accepted to live and fight. Fortunately he got better thanks to...
- First Law of Resurrection
- Fighting from the Inside
- Identity Amnesia
- Lovable Coward: The reason Naraku is able to control him so easily is because Kohaku fears confronting his past so he just prefers to forget.
- Magic Skirt
- Mind-Control Eyes
- Morality Pet: To Kagura.
- Multi-Melee Master
- Necessarily Evil: Continues to follow Naraku's orders, even after regaining his memories, because it's the only way he can remain close enough to kill him.
- Nice Guy: Default mode when he isn't being controlled.
- Redemption Earns Life
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his father while possessed.
- Shrinking Violet: Before the possession.
- Sinister Scythe/Chain Pain: His kusarigama.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He was so badly traumatised by his murder of the youkai hunters under Naraku's brainwashing that he refuses to remember it. Naraku uses this to his advantage, as he does with everything; offering to use his powers to ensure that Kohaku can't remember anything about it, no matter how forcibly reminded, is why Kohaku agreed to serve him in the first place.
- Token Good Teammate
- The Undead: The only thing that keeps him "alive" is the Shikon shard on his back. When Naraku reclaims it, however, Kikyo's lingering influence brings him back.
- Unwanted Revival
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And he still is... when not controlled.
- Youthful Freckles
This goblin-like youkai is Sesshomaru's longsuffering and loyal retainer. He is not a very powerful fighter, but can wield the Staff of Two Heads in order to assist Sesshoumaru when needed.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima
(JP), Don Brown (EN), Carlos Iñigo/Alfredo Basurto (LA SP), Fabrizio Mazzotta (IT), Christophe Giordano (FR)
- Battle Butler: To Sesshoumaru.
- Butt Monkey/Iron Butt Monkey/ The Chew Toy: Jaken's role in the series boils down quite effectively to "show up, highlight how annoying he is by being a jerk and/or kissing Sesshomaru's ass, then get abused by Sesshomaru for being such a lickspittle".
- Diagonal Cut: Kaijinbo kills him this way. He recovers, thanks to Tenseiga.
- Fantastic Racism: Jaken hates humans and half-demons, and routinely insults and mocks them. Then again, this might be a way of singing the praises of the similarly disdainful Sesshomaru, given his jeers often revolve around how worthless such beings are compared to him.
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: When Rin kicks it again, Jaken cries on Sesshoumaru's behalf explaining that Sesshoumaru would never do something so undignified himself.
- I Owe You My Life: His reason for following Sesshoumaru so loyally.
- Playing with Fire: His only attack is to fire gouts of flame from the ever-present Staff of Two Heads.
- Old Retainer: To Sesshoumaru.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the manga; in the anime his eyes are yellow.
- Sycophantic Servant
- Third-Person Person: He has been known to say "This Jaken" in the Japanese dub.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite being a real kiss-up, he's very loyal to his master despite his cowardice and being abused constantly.
Kaede is Kikyo's younger sister and assistant. Following her loss of an eye and Kikyo's death, she became a miko herself, and is an old woman when Kagome arrives in the past and unseals Inuyasha. She recognizes Kagome as Kikyo's reincarnation, and assists Kagome and Inuyasha by providing advice and information.
Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda
(JP), Pam Hyatt/Linda Harlow (EN), Ángela Villanueva (LA SP), Cristina Grado (IT), Frederique Cantrel (FR)
An old, fat Buddhist monk who greatly loves saké. He's Miroku's foster father and master, as well as the only person who can take care of his Wind Tunnel.
Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto (JP), Alec Willows (EN), Armando Réndiz (LA SP), Giancarlo Padoan (IT)
- The Alcoholic: He drinks a lot, a bit too much according to Miroku.
- Big Fun
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He loves liquors a little too much, but is the only person who can take care of Miroku's Wind Tunnel and even repair it when it's chipped by something. He's also shown that he can use spiritual powers.
- Demonic Possession: He's the victim of one due to Naraku's Kokochu demon.
- Drowning My Sorrows: A possible explanation.
- Holy Hand Grenade: He wields a giant rosary, which he can use in conjunction with the "Houriki" (Law's Power) to submit demons.
- Nun Too Holy: Now you know from who Miroku took it.
- Oh Crap: When he's attacked by the Kokochu.
Totosai is a youkai blacksmith, the one responsible of forging Tessaiga and Tenseiga from the fang of Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru's father.
Voiced by: Jouji Yanami
(JP), Richard Newman (EN), Paco Mauri (LA SP), Giancarlo Padoan (IT), Yann Guillemot (FR)
Kouga is the leader of a tribe of wolf youkai. He has collected several Shikon Jewel shards, which enable him to run incredibly fast and to execute powerful kicks. He kidnaps Kagome due to her ability to sense Jewel shards, and soon develops a crush on her, much to Inuyasha's annoyance.
- Animal Motifs: Wolf.
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Easily Forgiven: The heroes aside from Inuyasha are quick to forgive that in his debut episodes he kidnapped Kagome, declared he intended to make her his mate and would use her to get more jewel shards, and warned if Inuyasha interfered he'd kill him and feed him to his wolves.
- Expy: In theory Ryouga, but appearance and name only, as he is enormously nastier.
- Fantastic Racism: Constantly mocks and insults Inuyasha either because he's a half-demon or because his demon lineage is that of a dog, while Koga is a wolf demon.
- Handsome In Mink
- Healing Factor
- Hidden Depths: He's actually quite clever, and he values loyalty above all else.
- Hopeless Suitor
- I'm a Humanitarian: Formerly, although he's never seen doing it himself.
- It's Personal: Naraku killed his pack and tricked him into thinking Inuyasha had done it.
- Jerk Ass
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Towards Kagome at least.
- Lightning Bruiser: So fast he makes whirlwinds by running.
- Lima Syndrome: He kidnaps Kagome for her ability to see the Shikon jewel shards, but ends up falling in love with her because of her kindness and loyalty.
- Magic Skirt
- The Nose Knows
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Insists that he alone will be able/allowed to defeat Naraku.
- Ornamental Weapon: His sword. He only uses it once to free himself from Moryomaru's assimilation abilities, and mentions that he took it from a human.
- Pointy Ears
- Put on a Bus
- The Rival: To Inuyasha.
- Super Speed: Helped by the Shikon shards in his legs.
- Super Strength: Helped by the Shikon shard in his arms.
- Tame His Anger
- Throwaway Country: A rare example of a "heroic" character actually being a cause of this trope. Koga slaughtered the populace of two villages, on screen, and not a word is ever said about them — or the others he may well have destroyed before he met Kagome.
- Twenty-Four-Hour Armor
- Wolverine Claws: His Ancestral Weapon the Goraishi. Ironic given his voice actor.
- Would Hit a Girl: "Hey Kagura! Wanna know how the Wolf Youkais deal with evil bitches?" *punch*
- Youkai: A wolf one
Ginta and Hakkaku
Two demon wolves of the Yoro tribe, always following Kouga around. They mostly serve as his sidekicks.
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Ginta) and Daisuke Kishio (Hakkaku) (JP), Paul Dobson (Ginta) and Alistair Abell (Hakkaku) (EN), Carlos Hugo Hidalgo (Ginta) and Gabriel Ortiz (Hakkaku) (LA SP), Alessandro Vanni (Ginta) and Gianluca Musiu (Hakkaku) (IT)
A young female half-bat demon who was kidnapped by her paternal grandfather, Taigokumaru and forced to power their tribe's Deflector Shield
. It's through her that Inuyasha gains the Red Tessaiga.
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP), Nicole Bouma (EN)
- All Genes Are Co Dominant: Her only real non-human features are her purple eyes and silver hair.
- All of the Other Reindeer
- Barrier Maiden: Literally; she powers the bat demon tribe's Blood Coral Crystal, which generates Deflector Shields.
- Dhampyr: Half-bat demon, anyway, though the bat demons shown do drink blood.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father was murdered by her paternal grandfather.
- Hair Decorations: She wears two blue hair ribbons.
- Half-Breed Discrimination
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "Purple Woven," befitting her purple eyes.
- Not So Different: Just like Inuyasha, she's suffered at the hands of people simply for being a half-demon. Because of this, as well as her age, Inuyasha is extremely reluctant to kill her, even for the sake of enhancing the Tessaiga.
- You Killed My Father: When she discovers that Taigokumaru killed her father, she promptly expels him from the barrier, giving Inuyasha free rein to attack and kill him.
A huge half-human, half-demon character who owns a field of healing herbs along with his old, human mother. Despite his large, intimidating appearence he's a gentle and shy creature.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He was frequently bullied by the other villagers, and instantly accused of attacking humans simply for being half-demon.
- Badass: When provoked into a fight, he can kill demons with his bare hands. In the anime he beheads a giant insect demon by hugging it, and then shatters its head with one punch.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Covered with Scars: Due to being attacked and bullied by the villagers.
- Cowardly Lion: Normally shy and cowardly, he turns into a demon-smashing machine when Kagome is threatened.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him, he starts bawling his eyes out and begging his mother to save him from Inuyasha and the villagers.
- Gentle Giant
- The Grotesque
- Half-Human Hybrid: What kind of demon, however, is unknown, though his face vaguely resembles a horse.
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Much to the surprise of Inuyasha and Kagome, the latter of whom thought his mother was Baba Yaga.
- Odd Friendship: With Kagome, who's the first person (outside of his mother) to not be afraid of him.
- Shrinking Violet: A rare Gentle Giant male version.
- Super Strength: Capable of tearing giant demons to pieces with his very hands. Luckily he's also very peaceful.
- Tempting Fate: Subverted; when Kagome is helping him tend to the herbs, he thinks about how it's the first time he talked to a girl without said girl screaming, only for Kagome to start screaming bloody murder a split-second later. As it turns out, she was freaking out over a worm.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His upper body is larger than his lower one.
- The Unreveal: In the anime, Rin meets Jinenji in his "full human" period, but we don't get to see how he looks like, as he's covered by a giant blanket.
An elder oyster youkai who made faboulous gemstones while alive, including the black pearl leading to the demon's netherworld. After his death, he took a fragment of the Shikon Jewel with him to protect it.
Voiced by: Ryozaburo Ohtomo (JP), Dave Pettitt (EN), Sandro Sardone (IT)
An elder mountain demon, whose aura-sealing stone was stolen by Naraku, who used it to conceal the aura of the Infant. Desperate, he asks to our heroes to help him, but is offed by Goryomaru's disciples before they can help him.
Voiced by: Tamio Sobami (JP), David Kaye
(EN), Gerolamo Alchieri (IT)
A mysterious, scarred monk with a demonic, laser-spitting arm. He takes care of some orphaned children and equips them with demon-slaying weapons, so that they may avenge their parents.
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (JP), Ross Douglas (EN), Emiliano Coltorti (IT)
- Arm Cannon: Sort of: it was part of a demon who was trying to assimilate him, and can shoot demon-killing light (which is actually composed of lesser demons).
- Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Naraku, so that he could be merged in Moryomaru again.
- Evil All Along: Moryomaru was actually hidden in his arm, and got released when killed.
- Identical Stranger: Since Moryomaru confirmed that Goryomaru already existed as a monk before he came into existence, this means that his similarity to Moryomaru is just a coincidence.
- Light The Way: Can spit "light beams" from his arm.
- No Sell: His attacks don't affect Hakudoshi, much to his horror.
- Red Right Hand: More like red right arm. Said arm is actually Moryomaru.
- Scars Are Forever
- That Man Is Dead: When Moryomaru takes over his body, he tells Kagome he's no longer the Goryomaru they knew.
A guru demon of great wisdom and power, he tests Inuyasha and teaches him about the Yoketsu (Demon Hole)
, explaining him how to properly use the Dragon-Scaled Tessaiga.
- Achilles' Heel: Thanks to his lessons, Inuyasha is now able to see the "Yoketsu" (a whirwind of demonic energy) of demons, which he can cut with the Dragon-Scaled Tessaiga, killing the demon istantly.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Given how he behaves, he could be Totosai's brother.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: All the trial endured by Inuyasha and co after entering into his home are actually his work. He also states that a non-lethal Youketsu he made is much more powerful than those produced by lesser demons.
- Master of Illusion
- Meaningful Name: His name overall transaltes to "Great Holy Demon Spirit".
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His training will drastically improve Inuyasha's Tessaiga... or render it useless forever.
- Warts and All: Yup, our heroes did not expect a meek old man seemingly made of paper.
Inuyasha's mother, she fell in love with a demon and gave birth to Inuyasha. She raised him alone in a village and was apparently from a noble family who had fallen into ruin. Sometime before the series, she died through unknown circumstances.
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Alaina Burnett (EN), Rommy Mendoza (LA SP)
- Back from the Dead: According to the third movie, she died during childbirth and was revived with Tenseiga.
- Death by Childbirth: Subverted; though she does die in the process of giving birth to Inuyasha during the third movie, it's mostly due to Takemaru stabbing her with a spear. Thanks to Tenseiga, she gets better.
- Hot Mom: Granted she was very young when she had Inuyasha.
- Missing Mom
- Noodle Incident: It's unknown exactly when and how she passed; all Inuyasha says about it is that she died "a long time ago" and that "it wasn't her fault."
- No Name Given: In the anime and manga. Her name was made up for the third film like Inuyasha's father, but unlike his name, hers appears frequently since he's a big invoker of Say My Name.
- Posthumous Character
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long. Truth in Television, as she's a noblewoman and long hair was a status symbol and mark of femininity for women of the period.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Stepford Smiler: It's implied in some flashbacks she was this, trying to shield Inuyasha from the pain, humiliation and persecution she knew his heritage would earn him in the future.
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father, a great demon lord who was known throughout Japan. Though he died shortly after Inuyasha's birth according to the third film, his presence is felt throughout the series in the trials and weapons he leaves to his sons, and the legacy they (especially
Sesshomaru) aspire to.
While he never appeared in the anime or manga save for the corpse of his demon form, he appears in the prologue of the third film on the eve of his death.
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Don Brown (EN)
- Action Dad: To Sesshomaru and Inuyasha. In the manga, Inuyasha has limited memories because his father died when he was young. The third film contradicts this by instead claiming he died when Inuyasha was born, leaving Inuyasha with no memories at all.
- Badass: Clearly and obviously one of the most powerful characters shown in the series. It took a dragon to kill him, and in the anime movies he hung on through mortal wounds to fight his way through a castle of soldiers and see Izayoi before he died.
- Badass Baritone: In both versions.
- Badass Cape/Pretty in Mink: Has a parted fur pelt on his shoulders that flows past his feet; it becomes twin streaks of fur running down his back when he transforms.
- BFS: Tessaiga, of course, as well as So'unga.
- Canis Major: Gigantic. The transformed Sesshomaru is smaller than his head.
- Crazy-Prepared: He set all manner of trials and tests in place for his sons before he died, which contributed greatly to both of their Character Development.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Sealing a dragon that breathes lightning, despite having taken fatal wounds (in the manga, at least). The third film takes this further by having him survive for a little bit longer so that he can easily battle his way through a castle of soldiers to reach Izayoi, despite the fatal wounds he's carrying.
- The Faceless: Even when he appears in the third film, his face is never shown clearly. There are occasional close-ups of parts of his face, but otherwise his face is obscured in shadows, or he's facing away from the viewer, or his head isn't on screen, etc. However, momentary glimpses of him can be seen as he's running through the forest as Freeze Frame Bonuses.
- Hot Dad: It's proved in close ups: he's basically Inuyasha with a ponytail. (Inuyasha gets his youkai facial marks from him.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See Manipulative Bastard for more details.
- The Good King: While it's unknown if his title and standing came with any land or other perks, he was a noble and compassionate daiyoukai.
- Large Ham: While he's just as even-toned as Sesshomaru when speaking to him, he still manages to make every word dramatic and intense. Then he gets into battle and acts just as Hot-Blooded as Inuyasha. His sons have inherited these traits to varying degrees.
- Manipulative Bastard: A positive fatherly take on this trope. He's left trials in place for them with the interests of spurring Character Development for the better, but like a true parent his lessons aren't learned easy and come with harsh truths attached.
- No Name Given: The above name is just his title, "(The) Dog General". The third film attached the name "Touga" ("King Battle Fang") to him during development and on the soundtrack, but it's never in the finished film and was mostly made so the staff had a name to refer to him by.
- Older and Wiser: Those that knew him don't hesitate to let Sesshomaru and Inuyasha know that not only was he older and stronger, but he was wiser than they are. His scene with Sesshomaru in the third film adequately demonstrates this.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead before the story started, and it is very clear that if he was still alive, a lot of the current enemies, including the fully demonized Naraku would not stand a chance against him.
- Samurai Ponytail: The same silver hair as his sons, worn in this manner.
- Secret Test of Character: The main reason Inuyasha got Tessaiga and Sesshomaru got Tenseiga. Later it becomes apparent there was more to it than this, though.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He left behind a lot of enemies that Inuyasha and Sesshomaru inevitably have to clean up now that he's gone, often because it's mentioned that the two are honor-bound to finish his battle, or because said enemies seek them out.
- Strong Family Resemblance: From what we can see of him, he looks like Inuyasha when Inuyasha's Super-Powered Evil Side is in control (minus the eyes, of course, which remain golden for the Inu no Taishou). The jagged facial markings Inuyasha carries in his transformed state are clearly inherited from his father.