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Character sheet for the supporting cast of ''Manga/InuYasha''.

[[Characters/InuYasha Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/InuYashaMainCharacters Main Characters]] | [[Characters/InuYashaNarakuAndIncarnations Naraku and Incarnations]] | [[Characters/InuYashaBandOfSeven The Band of Seven]] | [[Characters/InuYashaOtherVillains Other Villains]] | [[Characters/InuYashaFillerMoviesAndVideoGamesCharacters Other Characters]]


Myoga the flea youkai 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.

->Voiced by: Creator/KenichiOgata (JP), Creator/PaulDobson (EN), Daniel Abundis (LA SP), Mino Caprio (IT), Hughes Boucher (FR)
* AnimalMotifs: The flea.
* ArrangedMarriage: Kind of in the anime. He got roped into a wedding with an energetic lover, but seems none too happy about it and escapes.
* ButtMonkey: Everyone is always making fun of his cowardice and swatting him.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DirtyCoward: Books it whenever there's danger.
* LovableCoward: 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.
%%* MentorArchetype
%%* MrExposition
* NighInvulnerability: He's still kicking despite being repeatedly squashed flat.
%%* OldRetainer
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: It is never stated how old he really is.
* RunningGag:
** 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 LovableCoward 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 RunningGag, 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.
* SuckOutThePoison: On more than one occasion, he saves Inuyasha and co. from dying by sucking poison out of their systems.
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: According to him, Inuyasha's blood which he inherited from his father.
* ThirdPersonPerson: He does sometimes speak in terms of "This Myouga" in the Japanese dub.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''[[{{Squick}} Inuyasha's blood]].''
* {{Youkai}}: A flea youkai.

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: Creator/NorikoHidaka (JP), Willow Johnson (EN), Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (LA SP), Francesca Guadagno (IT), Claire Beaudoin (FR)
* AdaptationalVillainy: Kikyo is far more antagonistic in the anime, whereas in the manga she and Inuyasha reconcile much more quickly.
* AllLovingHeroine: She was an unadultered version of this, until she died. She still retained some of the traits after being forcibly revived and becoming a DarkMagicalGirl, helping the poor and disinherited whenever she could [[spoiler: and helping Saint Hakushin to finally let go of his hate and despair]].
* AloofAlly: Eventually she becomes this to Inuyasha and Kagome.
* AloofBigSister: Towards Kaede, and to Kagome to a degree.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She is tall, beautiful, dark-haired, pale-skinned, and ''extremely'' aloof.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Kikyo fills this role for Kagome and Tsubaki.
* {{Anti Hero}}ine: While a good person at heart, she's too manipulative and aloof to be a 100% traditional hero.
* {{Anti Villain}}ess: At first after her resurrection. She [[CharacterDevelopment eventually]] becomes an {{Anti Hero}}ine.
* ArcherArchetype: Travels on her own, is aloof and tends to appear out of nowhere surprising everyone with a perfect shot.
* ArtificialHuman: After revival; her body is made from her ashes and clay and sustained by the dead souls of women.
* BackFromTheDead: She's revived by Urasue to help her find the Shikon shards.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: After her resurrection, she has to periodically absorb dead souls to be able to move but is otherwise a heroic and good person.
* BadassPreacher: Not only she's a {{Miko}}, but a powerful LadyOfWar.
* BigSisterInstinct: She is very protective of her little sister Kaede.
* BloodlessCarnage: Justified; as her body is composed of clay, Kikyo has no blood to shed.
* BrokenBird: Particularly after her resurrection. She constantly angsts over her current condition and the events that led to it.
* BrokenMessiah: After being revived, she angsts at the world and "Inuyasha" for killing her. Really not helped by how the world has changed.
* BroughtDownToBadass: According to the filler episodes 147 and 148 of the anime, her powers were weakened somewhat thanks to Tsubaki's {{curse}}. She's still pretty powerful.
* CameBackWrong: She's resentful and the only thing that keeps her going is revenge.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: [[TheUndead Dead]] or alive, she never hesitates to help someone in need.
* CooldownHug: On [[spoiler:Saint Hakushin]].
* DamagedSoul: Once the resurrected Kikyou regains part of her soul, she goes from an EmptyShell to consumed by the rage and bitterness with which she'd died. Her first act is to blast Urasue, who'd resurrected her, into oblivion, and she spends quite awhile afterwards trying to kill Inuyasha, Kagome, or both together. While she might have gained balance with her full soul, most of it reverted to Kagome. Which was why in all her later appearances Kikyou had to take the souls of recently deceased women to survive. Whether she destroyed those souls in the process, or merely borrowed them temporarily before letting them pass on, is never made clear, but aside from the soul-eating bit she eventually focuses her attention on destroying Naraku, who should have been the target of her anger in the first place.
* DarkActionGirl: She's not super bloodthirsty when fighting, but is still rather aloof and more merciless than ActionGirl Sango and ActionSurvivor --> ActionGirl Kagome.
* DarkMagicalGirl: 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 [[HeelFaceTurn later becomes a hero.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen
* DoesNotLikeShoes: In the manga only. Averted in the anime, where she wears standard tabi socks and sandals.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: In her early interactions with Inuyasha she would simply pin him to a tree with her arrows while warning him to stay away from her and the Shikon no Tama. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted, however]]; she only restrained him and always held back from dealing the killing blow.
* TheDreaded: Out of all of his various foes and pursuers, Kikyo is the ''only'' one whom Naraku considers any sort of serious threat.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Black hair, pale skin and her current self is actually a body made from her ashes and clay that came to life with a resentful fragment of her soul.
* EvilCounterpart: In the start, she looks this to Kagome. Ends up turning into the {{Anti Hero}}ine counterpart
* FriendToAllChildren: One of her most consistent traits, either alive or undead.
* GuileHeroine: 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. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, he killed her before she could complete her task, but in the end her plan worked as that's how Kagome killed Naraku. Kikyo just 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 AxCrazy 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.]]
* HandicappedBadass: She's one of the most powerful characters in the series, but she's hampered by her clay body. Hitting her with enough force or depriving her of her accumulated souls is enough to incapacitate her.
* HimeCut: The fitting hairstyle of a {{Miko}}.
* HolyHandGrenade: She is one of the most powerful priestess in the series. Her holy power is rivaled only by her {{Reincarnation}} Kagome unsealed, Hitomiko, Midoriko and Saint Hakushin.
* HumansAreBastards: Says something to this effect when revealing that Onigumo/Naraku set them against each other purely out of jealousy of Inuyasha for being with Kikyo:
-->'''Inuyasha''': He was jealous? Over something so ridiculous?\\
'''Kikyo''': Yes, ridiculous. But that's what mortals are.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: 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.
* IdiotBall: She picks it up when she gloats to Naraku that he can't kill her as long as he contains Onigumo's heart and human emotions. Naraku spends a good chunk of the series trying to discard said emotions and do just that, [[spoiler: eventually succeeding]].
* IllGirl: Took this role more than once, despite being undead. Namely, more than once she was either weakened by poison, suffered the physical downsides of having a clay body, or was separated from the [[YourSoulIsMine Soul Collectors]] that kept her "alive."
* InformedAttribute: 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.
* InhumanHuman: After her resurrection, and she's ''not'' happy about it.
* ItsPersonal: Naraku tricked her into thinking Inuyasha had betrayed her and killed her, specifically by disguising himself as Inuyasha, fatally wounding Kikyo, and then, while still in Inuyasha's guise, taunting Kikyo for being stupid enough to believe that Inuyasha loved her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's considerably more bitter and resentful than she was when she was alive, but is still a good person.
* LadyOfWar: A composed and graceful archer.
* LastKiss: [[spoiler: She and Inuyasha share a last kiss right before she definitely dies.]]
* TheLostLenore: To Inuyasha, much to Kagome's chagrin.
* MageMarksman: Magic Ranger, a trait she shares with Kagome.
* TheMagicTouch: She can use her purification powers to burn opponents such as Inuyasha and Urasue with a touch, and once paralyzed Kagome by touching her forehead.
* MagicalGesture: Kikyo uses what seems to be a mudra (first two fingers straight out, next two curled, with the thumb touching the top of the third finger) when focusing her spiritual powers.
* {{Miko}}: Wuite powerful with holy magic and of course she dresses like this.
* NakedOnRevival: Is completely nude upon being resurrected by Urasue.
* NeverFoundTheBody: After her confrontation with Naraku in Mt. Hakurei.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The whole plot of the series began because she decided to show compassion to a crippled bandit and help care for him. What does Kikyo get in return? Said bandit makes a DealWithTheDevil to become a half-demon, then mortally wounds her while duping her into thinking that Inuyasha, her lover and the first one to ever treat her like a person, had betrayed her. It's all downhill from there.
* NotSoDifferent: When Inuyasha was trying to steal the Jewel from her, she repeatedly spares Inuyasha because she sensed that Inuyasha felt all alone just as she did.
* NotSoStoic: Generally calm and aloof, but when she believes that Inuyasha betrayed her, she is absolutely ''pissed'' and makes no effort to hide it.
* OutGambitted: 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. [[spoiler: This made Naraku stronger which made him able to kill her. In the end, her plan worked but she wasn't as ruthless as she thought she was in order to pull it off.]]
* ThePowerOfHate: After Kagome regains her soul, Urasue claims that Kikyo is only kept going by her hatred of Inuyasha for his perceived betrayal.
* PowerGlows: With her arrows.
* PureIsNotGood: At times, Kikyo is aligned against Inuyasha's group and uses her purifying priestess powers to thwart their efforts, since she's a DarkMagicalGirl who wants to face Naraku all alone.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair reaches her hips when let down.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She has black hair, pale skin, and is considered beautiful by many other characters.
* RevengeBeforeReason: In episode 23, Kikyo plans to drag Inuyasha to Hell with her as revenge for allegedly betraying and killing her. Even after Kagome tells her that Naraku set them up and that Inuyasha still loved her despite everything, Kikyo openly states that she doesn't care because it doesn't change the fact that she died. However, after confirming Kagome's story with Kaede, Kikyo focuses her efforts on Naraku from there on out. It's still this trope though, but in a different way [[spoiler: that ultimately doesn't work out for her in the end]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Her immediate priority after revival is to try to kill Inuyasha for his perceived betrayal.
* SacredBowAndArrows: As a priestess, she can fire arrows infused with holy energy.
* SoulFragment: Between her and Kagome's shared soul, she only has a little fragment.
* TheStoic: Nearly always cool, calm, and collected.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She acts cool, collected and aloof, but she's still a good-natured person at heart. Her death just made her much more bitter.
* TakingYouWithMe:
** Fatally injured, she tries to do this to Inuyasha, who she believes had betrayed her (it was actually Naraku in disguise). At the last second, 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 [[DraggedOffToHell drag Inuyasha down to hell with her]]. She gets better, however.
* TranquilFury: Slays youkai and kicks Naraku's ass, all with a cool glare.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The witch Urasue resurrects Kikyo expecting her to collect jewel shards for her. Kikyo decides to burn her to death using her sacred powers instead.
* TheUndead: The first notable example in the series.
* UngratefulBitch: After Kagome saves her from Naraku's poisoning in episode 151, Kikyo explicitly tells Kagome that she won't thank her for doing so because Kagome [[ChronicHeroSyndrome never considered doing anything else]]. This is just Kikyo putting on a JerkAssFacade though, as she's seen to be secretly touched by Kagome's action as soon as she leaves.
* UnwantedRevival: Urasue does this to her.
* VagueAge: The ''[=InuYasha=] Profiles'' book states that Kikyo was 18 when she originally died, whereas Rumiko Takahashi herself stated that she was "around 17" when it happened.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: When she reunites with her RivalTurnedEvil Tsubaki, who was working with Naraku at the time, she physically restrains her and tells her that, while she has little concern for Kagome's life, she ''will'' personally kill Tsubaki if she harms Inuyasha in any way.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: As mentioned above, she was 18 when she died, but she acts, sounds, and thinks like she is in her late twenties.
* WomanScorned: Right after being revived, since she believes the man she loved betrayed her. She got better.
* WorldsBestWarrior: By all accounts she is the most powerful priestess in the series which is why ''she'' guarded the Shikon Jewel. This makes her one of the most powerful characters in the series and one of the few whom [[InvincibleVillain Naraku]] considers a genuine threat.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Prior to her death she was benevolent and compassionate miko who desired to erase the Shikon Jewel so she could become an ordinary woman (i.e. start a family). Eventually, as she calms down and loses her rage with the world, she develops back into a mix of YN and DarkMagicalGirl in the later parts of the series.
* {{Yandere}}: Arguably, right after being revived. As said above, she got better.
* YouDidEverythingYouCould: Towards both Inuyasha and Kagome when [[spoiler: 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 [[ManlyTears 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]].
* YourSoulIsMine: After her revival, and due in part to her DamagedSoul, Kikyo has to periodically absorb the souls of the dead to be able to move.

Sesshomaru is Inuyasha's elder 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 Sesshomaru also inherited a sword, Tenseiga, he feels he has no use for it since it is a [[HealingShiv healing sword]] which cannot wound anyone.

->Voiced by: Creator/KenNarita (JP), Creator/DavidKaye (EN), Creator/MichaelDaingerfield (EN, ''The Final Act''), Alfredo Basurto (LA SP), Niseem Onorato (IT), Phillpe Leroy (FR)
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Sesshomaru never takes his armor off, not even when it's broken.
* AbsurdlySharpClaws: Like Inuyasha, Sesshomaru's main form of offense when not wielding a sword (in fact, more so than Inuyasha given that his main sword is near harmless for most of the series) are his claws, which easily slice through youkai bodies on top of being poisonous.
* TheAce: One of the few yokai who doesn't explicitly come after the Shikon shards for their immense power, he doesn't ''need'' it, and he ''knows'' it, all he ever really seeks is the fullest of the power derived from his own family. Even among other highly powerful yokai in the series; his full yokai blood and heritage give him [[ComboPlatterPowers an incredibly varied moveset]], he's only ever brought to mortal danger a handful of times through the entire run, and he's an InstantExpert with any weapon he touches.
* AdaptationDyeJob: 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.
* AloofBigBrother: Extremely aloof. He resents Inuyasha for his human blood mixing with his own yokai blood. He also despises Inuyasha for receiving the Tessaiga instead of him.
* AmazonChaser: Kagura is worth noting because the one girl to become Sesshomaru's ImpliedLoveInterest was also the only one who dared to shout insults to his face.
* AnArmAndALeg: His first fight with Inuyasha ends when Inuyasha severs his left arm. Sesshomaru initially struggles to handle the loss, which causes Naraku to exploit it in an attempt to pit the two brothers against each other for his own gain. Being used by Naraku starts Sesshomaru down the road of becoming one of Naraku's enemies. Sesshomaru eventually admits that the one thing he has never blamed Inuyasha for is the loss of his arm because the loss has made him much more powerful than he ever was with two arms. [[spoiler:When Naraku finally sends Magatsuhi against Sesshomaru, Magatsuhi renders Sesshomaru unable to fight by deliberately targeting Sesshomaru's only arm. The sheer scope of Magatsuhi threat to both Sesshomaru and Inuyasha's groups brings even Sesshomaru to the verge of death, resulting in him finally manifesting his true power - regenerating his lost arm in the process and creating the only sword that is capable of defeating Naraku's regeneration.]]
* AnimalMotifs: Dogs, due to being a dog youkai.
* AntiHero: 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.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleofAntiVillains Type I]], pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* AppendageAssimilation: For a time, he tried to find a replacement for his lost left arm by using others from powerful demons; they all proved useless, and eventually he just stopped trying.
* ArtEvolution: In addition to [[{{Bishonen}} 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.
* BadassInDistress: Chapters 512-518 sees this happen. [[spoiler: Inuyasha initially has to rescue him.]]
* BadBoss: He abuses Jaken, both physically and verbally, on a regular basis, and Jaken is so damn loyal to Sesshomaru that he puts up with it.
* BerserkButton:
** When Mouryoumaru insulted Kagura in an attempt to enrage Inuyasha, he instead inflamed Sesshomaru beyond all reason to the point that he broke his Tokijin and almost got crushed by Moryoumaru's kongosouha. Inuyasha's group, and Mouryoumaru himself, were left stunned both by Sesshomaru's rage and the unusual recklessness of his fighting, which got him into all sorts of trouble.
** Receiving Inuyasha's pity sent him into such a fury that he transformed into his true form and, as with the Mouryoumaru incident, resulted in him making unusual mistakes on the battlefield [[spoiler: but which set up the life-threatening injury from which he came back stronger with Bakusaiga]].
* BigBrotherMentor: Toyed with. Attempting to get Sesshomaru to form this kind of bond with Inuyasha was one of the true purposes behind him receiving the Tenseiga. However, Sesshomaru saw took this as a slight and this never really came fruition as intended. Ultimately, [[spoiler:he does go through with helping Inuyasha by giving him the mastered form of the sole offensive strike of the Tenseiga to allow Inuyasha the true completed Tessaiga as wished by their father; but not without being understandably bitter about the affair.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Very feminine, though thanks to ArtEvolution he looks more masculine in later chapters.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: On one occasion, he grafts a human arm to his left stump to bypass Tessaiga's anti-full demon barrier.
* BreakTheHaughty: An integral part of his CharacterDevelopment.
* ByronicHero: Lacked the compassion of his brother and overall moral restraints [[spoiler: at first]].
* CainAndAbel: Starts out as the Cain to Inuyasha's Abel. He gets better.
* CanisMajor: His true form is a massive white dog with red eyes.
* ChainReactionDestruction: [[spoiler: Bakusaiga]].
* CharacterDevelopment: From villain to AntiVillain to, arguably, AntiHero.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterDevelopment aside, Sesshomaru's personality was markedly different in his first appearance from his subsequent ones. He was smug, cruel, sneered a lot, and enjoyed actively mocking and insulting Inuyasha rather than simply treating him with dismissive disdain. His [[TheStoic Stoic]], PerpetualFrowner tendencies didn't appear until his second appearance.
* ClippedWingAngel: His dog form lacks the intelligence, grace and agility of his standard form, making it easier to attack.
* TheComicallySerious: Sometimes. Sesshomaru rarely loses his stoic poise, and the only times he smiles are when it bodes very, very ill for ''someone.'' Once he acquires Rin, however, it's pretty common for him to end up right in the midst of silly shenanigans involving her, Jaken, and others, made all the funnier by Sesshomaru's unrelenting gravitas.
* CoolSword: 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;
** [[HealingShiv 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... [[spoiler: ''[[ItOnlyWorksOnce once]]'']]. It, like its companion blade has a slight sentience and will protect Sesshomaru whether he wants it or not (in particular, it's meant to make sure Inuyasha can't ''kill'' him with ''his'' sword). [[spoiler: It's revealed later, that it bears but one single offensive strike- one which banishes whatever it touches into the abyss, and it gained this ability because of Sesshomaru's feelings for Kagura. However, it turns out that Tenseiga was once part of Tessaiga and that this lone strike was meant to be ''given'' to Inuyasha, returning the blade to its original abilities]]. 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.
** [[EvilWeapon 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 broadsword/tsurugi instead of a katana. It's eventually broken by Moryoumaru after he insults [[spoiler: 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.
** [[spoiler: [[ChainReactionDestruction 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.]]
* DeathGlare: Dishes these out to whoever annoys him. When he gets ''really'' angry, his eyes turn red with blue irises.
* DefrostingIceKing: Thanks to Rin [[spoiler: and Kagura's death]].
* {{Determinator}}: Even the reveal that the Tessaiga has a barrier that repels any demon who touches it, himself included, won't stop him from plotting ways to swipe it from Inuyasha.
* DogsAreDumb: In the battle against Magatsuhi, he takes his true form but gets entangled in his enemy's tentacles. Jaken realises that all Sesshomaru has to do is transform back to his smaller humanoid form to easily escape. When Sesshomaru pointlessly shakes like a wet dog, Jaken understands that, while Sesshomaru's dog-form gives him his full power, it also reduces his intellect to that of a dog. WordOfGod has confirmed that Sesshomaru's intelligence is his weakest ability - while he is indeed very smart, his intellect pales in comparison to his other powers.
* DontYouDarePityMe: He gets pissed off when Inuyasha feels sorry for him.
* TheDreaded: He's considered second-best when compared to Kikyo, but even Naraku knows not to take him lightly.
* EmpathicWeapon: Both Tenseiga and Tokijin.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Casually rips the head off a samurai commander and then has Jaken incinerate his troops simply because he couldn't be bothered to walk around their camp.
* EvilCounterpart: To Inuyasha.
* EvilPlan: Back when he was the first major villain, it was to find his father's grave and steal Tessaiga. When he mellowed into an AntiVillain he focused less on stealing a sword and more on making one.
* EvilWeapon: Tokijin, having been crafted from Goshinki's fangs, is full of Goshinki's hate for Inuyasha, and only Sesshomaru himself can wield it without being possessed.
* FacialMarkings: 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.)
* FangsAreEvil: Like Inuyasha, he has prominent canines, but [[PerpetualFrowner you won't see them too often.]]
* FantasticRacism: Like many fully-fledged {{Youkai}} in the series, Sesshomaru looks down on humans and [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demons]], especially Inuyasha since they share the same father (in his debut, he is shown insulting Inuyasha's late human mother). Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, he gets better.
* FlashStep: He leaves afterimages at top speed.
* {{Flight}}: Like many of the stronger {{Youkai}}, he has his own methods of flight.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: At first after getting Tenseiga, a sword that can revive instead of kill, and he's dismayed he got it while Inuyasha got Tessaiga. After CharacterDevelopment, it gradually becomes Good Powers Good People. Kind of.
* HairTriggerTemper: TranquilFury version. Totosai remarks on one occasion that Sesshomaru's temper proves that he and Inuyasha are brothers.
* HandicappedBadass: He only has one arm. [[spoiler: 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.
* HealingFactor: As a demon he has this, but he can't regenerate his lost arm [[spoiler:or so it seemed.]]
* HealingShiv: Tenseiga, which can bring back the dead. [[spoiler: Once.]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Towards Inuyasha and Jaken.
* HonorBeforeReason: He refuses to kill Inuyasha even he is under the influence of his full demon blood because he is not himself.
* {{Hypocrite}}: During his debut arc, he calls Inuyasha out on his disrespect for trying to fight him in their father's grave. Inuyasha just as quickly calls ''him'' out by pointing out that he has no room to talk about disrespecting their father's grave when he himself was trying to ''rob'' it.
* IWasJustPassingThrough: Repeatedly does this with Inuyasha's group.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By Magatsuhi. One of his opening moves was to pierce Sesshomaru's only arm in three places. [[spoiler: He eventually stabbed Sesshomaru through the chest twice.]]
* ImpliedLoveInterest: To Kagura. Rin [[ShipperOnDeck comments on it at one point.]]
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Towards Inuyasha who he both resents for being the "favorite" and looks down for being a half demon.
* InstantExpert: See MasterSwordsman below.
* ItsPersonal: Naraku used him several times to kill Inuyasha, tried to absorb him, kidnapped Rin, [[spoiler: and killed Kagura]].
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: [[spoiler: Tenseiga can't resurrect the same person more than once.]]
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler: 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 father's, and potentially more powerful than ''any physical weapon in the series.'']]
* {{Jerkass}}: Initially starts off as unrepentantly antagonistic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: It starts with Rin, encompasses Kagura, Kohaku, then Inuyasha and his entire group. [[spoiler: The manga eventually ends with the implication that his compassion is still growing - he still doesn't like it being pointed out.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In his second fight with Inuyasha, he eventually notices that the latter is about to awaken Tessaiga's true power, which causes Sesshomaru to casually back off and leave.
* LickedByTheDog: Rin's hero-worship of Sesshomaru is the first indication of his well-buried better nature.
* LightningBruiser: He's faster and stronger than Inuyasha.
* LikeADaughterToMe: Implied to be his eventual relationship with Rin.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: So very much.
* ManlyTears: Has a dry cry when Rin dies for the second time.
* MarkedChange: 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).
* MasterSwordsman: 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. Sesshomaru 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, it's 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. [[spoiler:Their father seemed to anticipate this talent in Sesshomaru and bequeathed him the part of Tessaiga (forming the Tenseiga in the process) that had one its most powerful and lethal techniques, the strike which opens up the abyss, explicitly so ''he'' could master it and pass it on to the Tessaiga and Inuyasha later on knowing Inuyasha would likely be incapable of learning the technique properly. He ultimately does this, but not without extreme bitterness.]]
* MeaningfulName: 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 [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "perfect killer" or "complete destruction of life."]]
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* MrFanservice: Even more so than his brother.
* MuggingTheMonster: Sesshomaru actually looks ''more'' humanoid at first glance than his half-demon half-brother (particularly because he doesn't have [[UnusualEars dog ears]]). Several people early in the series died thinking that they were attacking a human.
* NamedWeapons: Tenseiga ("Heavenly Birth Fang"), Tokijin ("Demon-Fighting God") and Bakusaiga ("Explosive Crushing Fang").
* {{Narcissist}}: He's extremely prideful, confident and arrogant. It heavily hurts his ego that his father prefered to give his powerful sword to his brother, a mere half-demon, instead of him.
* NeckLift: Does it several times.
* NighInvulnerability: It is very rare that he is seriously injured, and even when he is he makes a quick recovery.
* NobleDemon: Eventually, and still in denial about it.
* NoSell: Sesshomaru's incredibly potent demonic power enables him to easily shrug off threats that anyone else would struggle with. Even Naraku tends to get no-sold by Sesshomaru on the rare occasion he dares try anything openly, and it's not until [[spoiler:Magatsuhi]] that anyone or anything manages to put him in genuine peril.
* TheNoseKnows: At higher level than his brother, but is too dignified to sniff around like the former.
* OffModel: 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.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He expresses on multiple occasions that ''he'' will be the one to kill Inuyasha, and only when Inuyasha himself is ready. Not that he ever does.
* PapaWolf: After reviving her, he becomes very protective of Rin, so threatening her is a bad idea.
* ParentalSubstitute: For the orphaned Rin, whom he more or less adopts as his daughter. As noted above, threatening her is a good way to die. He also takes in Kohaku for a time. He seems to have a soft spot for children.
* PerpetualFrowner: Rarely smiles, and it's usually a bad thing if he does.
* PetTheDog: His informal adoption of Rin and his attitude toward Kagura. He also saves the inu gang from being killed by Mukotsu, [[IWasJustPassingThrough ostensibly]] so that they could tell him where Naraku was.
* PointyEars: As opposed to his brother's [[UnusualEars dog ears]].
* PoisonIsCorrosive: His toxic claws.
* PoisonousPerson: 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. His affinity for it also gives him an immunity to most -if not all- poisons.
* PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes: He and Inuyasha have no love lost between them, but Sesshomaru is formal but contemptuous while Inuyasha is generally rude and disrespectful to almost everyone to begin with.
* PrettyInMink: The mass of fur hanging over his shoulder, affectionately referred to as "''[[AllThereInTheManual mokomoko-sama]]''"[[note]]"mokomoko" is an UnsoundEffect indicating something fluffy, plus the extremely respectful [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorific]] "sama"; the term could be literally translated as "Lord Fluff-Fluff"[[/note]]. According to WordOfGod, it is actually a part of Sesshomaru's body (through which blood will flow if Sesshomaru is injured at the shoulder), which wraps around his torso and connects to his tail when he enters his [[CanisMajor dog form]]. In the manga, he can use it to whip, grasp and throw opponents or [[NotQuiteFlight 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}}
* RapunzelHair: Taken UpToEleven in the anime, where his hair reaches his knees. In the manga, his hair is only waist-length.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: 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.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Like Inuyasha, his eyes are [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden]], but the sclera turn red when he's about to transform. This is never a good thing.
* ReviveKillsZombie: Inverted. Tenseiga's abilities to slay the undead and creatures native to the netherworld can be used to revive a dead person.
* SicklyGreenGlow: His poison-claws and anime-exclusive poison whip.
* SmugSuper: He's so confident in his own strength and powers that, unlike nearly every other {{youkai}} in the series, he has no interest in the Shikon Jewel.
* TheSnarkKnight: Very condescending to everyone.
* TheStoic: He's also an example of NotSoStoic as his temper is almost as short as Inuyasha's, something that was once lampshaded by Totosai [[NotSoDifferent as marking them as brothers]].
* StrongerSibling: He is stronger than his younger half-brother, Inuyasha, as Sesshomaru is the very powerful full-blooded youkai.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Towards his followers and Inuyasha.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Reflecting his nature as a [[CanisMajor dog]]-{{youkai}}.
* SuperSpeed: He outruns Inuyasha pretty easily. Complete with SpeedEchoes in the anime.
* SuperStrength: According to WordOfGod, Sesshomaru's strength in one arm is equal to the strength in Inuyasha's entire body.
* TameHisAnger: What Rin [[spoiler: and later Kagura's death]] did to him.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "This Sesshomaru", in the Japanese version; "I, Sesshomaru" in the English dub. This is a valid, if showy way to refer to oneself in the Japanese language, and, in Sesshomaru's case, probably meant to be an aristocratic way of talking.
* TookALevelInBadass: Yes, really. You'd think losing an arm and getting a MoralityPet child companion that slowly leads him to take more of an AntiHero role would make him submit to BadassDecay? ''Wrong.'' [[spoiler: When he regains his arm and gets his own, unique sword, exactly the opposite happens.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Sesshomaru starts off as an arrogant antagonist who would have thought nothing of killing Kagome and actively attempted to kill Inuyasha. After he was badly wounded when Inuyasha blasted him with the Wind Scar, a young human girl named Rin came across him and started bringing him food and water. Initially, he treated her with his usual cold disdain, but when he saw she had been killed by Kouga's wolf youkai he looked at her with a tender expression before [[DeathGlare scaring the wolves away with a look]] and using Tenseiga's resurrection power for the first time to bring her back. Rin's influence [[spoiler:and Kagura's death]] continue to cause him to become more compassionate as the series goes on.
* TranquilFury: The most anger he usually shows is a cool glare and slight frown. Especially tranquil when compared to the perpetually HotBlooded Inuyasha.
* TheUnfavourite: 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.
* TheUnsmile: When he smiles, it's usually not a good thing. On one such occasion, Jaken actually freaked out and literally ''begged'' Sesshomaru to beat him instead.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: When he comes across [[spoiler: Rin's body]] in the Underworld and discovering he cannot bring her back while undergoing his mother's test, he outright says that ''nothing'' he could have gained was worth losing her.
* WhipItGood: In the anime he can generate a poison whip made from his own youki.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Initially very cruel, but with CharacterDevelopment he gets better.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: In a battle when he learns the truth about the Tenseiga; despite not receiving Tessaiga from his father and losing an arm, he acknowledges it's allowed him to excel much more in battle just by working harder without them.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Like his brother, he has white hair.
* {{Youkai}}: His true form is that of a giant supernatural dog, but he prefers to spend most of his time in humanoid form where his youkai nature is reflected in his coloration, facial markings and pointed ears. Although one of the strongest characters in the story, he only officially achieves "[[TookALevelInBadass Daiyoukai]]" status after he achieves his full power and surpasses his own daiyoukai father.


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.

->Voiced by: Creator/AkikoYajima (JP), Alex Doduk/Danny [=McKinnon=] (EN), Creator/EduardoGarza (LA SP), Fabrizio de Flaviis (IT)
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]]. Eventually [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type IV]].
* BackFromTheDead: Naraku brought him back to life solely to screw with Sango's head.
%%* BadassAdorable
* BadassNormal: The jewel shard in his back does nothing but keep him alive and under Naraku's control, and he's still a skilled and efficient fighter against demons and other supernatural threats.
%%* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* BreakTheCutie: 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 [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to die taking Naraku with him]].
* ChainPain: His weapon of choice is a kusarigama.
* ChildSoldiers: Kohaku is sent on his first demon-slaying mission at age 11, and judging from his father's comments, it appears to be standard in his village.
* CosmicPlaything: Probably moreso than other characters in the series. Kohaku just cannot catch a break.
%%* CuteBruiser
* DeathSeeker: After regaining his memories. He first attempts suicide, and then later settles on [[TakingYouWithMe living on until he can kill Naraku]]. In the end, however, he snaps out of it and decides to continue living.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: When out of his demon-slaying outfit.
* DoomedHometown: Kohaku's village barely lasts past a few episodes/panels
* DyingAsYourself: When he died, he had come to his senses after being possessed, [[spoiler: both times. Specially jarring the second time since he had just accepted to live and fight. Fortunately he got better thanks to FirstLawOfResurrection]]
* FightingFromTheInside: When Naraku takes control of him and forces him to attack Kagome, he fights back and stops himself from killing her outright; both Inuyasha and Sango take this as proof that Kohaku still has a human heart and can still be saved.
%%* IdentityAmnesia
* LovableCoward: The reason Naraku is able to control him so easily is because Kohaku fears confronting his past so he just prefers to forget.
* MagicSkirt: Averted VERY BRIEFLY in the second movie.
* MindControlEyes: Whenever Naraku begins to influence him, his pupils disappear.
* MoralityPet: To Kagura.
%%* MultiMeleeMaster
* NecessarilyEvil: 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.
* NiceGuy: Default mode when he isn't being controlled.
* SelfMadeOrphan: He killed his father while possessed.
* ShrinkingViolet: Before the possession.
* ShirtlessScene: Two in the second movie.
* SinisterScythe: His kusarigama.
* TokenGoodTeammate: To Naraku, at first.
* TookALevelInBadass: Prior to his death, he was too scared to be an effective demon slayer. After being revived and controlled he loses this fear.
* TheUndead: The only thing that keeps him "alive" is the Shikon shard on his back. [[spoiler: When Naraku reclaims it, however, Kikyo's lingering light brings him back]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: He was ''so'' badly traumatised by his murder of the youkai hunters under Naraku's possession 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.
%%* UnwantedRevival
* UsedToBeASweetKid: And he still is... when not controlled.
%%* YouthfulFreckles


Rin is 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: Creator/MamikoNoto (JP), Brenna O'Brien (EN), Creator/MarianaOrtiz (LA SP), Letizia Ciampa (IT)
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The people in her village treated her like crap.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Twice.]]
* BirdRun: Occasionally, including in at least one of the opening sequences.
* CheerfulChild: Despite having witnessed her family being murdered and being beaten to a pulp for stealing food, she manages to smile when Sesshomaru asks what happened to her. She becomes much more playful once she starts traveling with Sesshomaru.
* CuteMute: In her first appearance. She gets over it after joining Sesshomaru.
* DamselInDistress: Is frequently the target of enemies seeking to exploit Sesshomaru's fondness of her.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her entire family were murdered by bandits, it traumatized her so badly she became mute until she met Sesshomaru.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Constantly goes barefoot. Notable for being the only example that's not at least half-demon.
* GirlishPigtails: Or better said, her single one.
* TheLoad: The number of times she does something useful are totally dwarfed by the number of times she needs to be rescued.
* MoralityPet: To Sesshomaru, in an oddly inverted case of the [[PetTheDog dog petting human]].
* PluckyGirl: Rin may not be much use in a fight, but let's face it, she's brave as hell. Heck, the first time she meets Sesshomauru she doesn't run screaming when he snarls at her but actually dumps water on him; and when Jaken's sick she climbs a mountain filled with ''youkai'' to find a cure for him, without a second thought.
* {{Protectorate}}: To Sesshomaru, simply put, if he catches you trying to harm Rin it will ''not'' end well for you.
* SatelliteCharacter: She's largely defined by her interactions with Sesshomaru.
* ShipperOnDeck: She becomes very excited when she thinks that Kagura might be in love with Sesshomaru, tries to convince Jaken that she's right, and says that they should trust Kagura more after she comes to this conclusion - seemingly trying to get them closer together.
* ThirdPersonPerson: In the Japanese dub.
* TokenHuman: Of Sesshomaru's group until [[spoiler: Kohaku starts traveling with them]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: At least in the anime, she's shown to be afraid of wolves. Justified in that some wolves ''killed'' her.


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 Sesshomaru when needed.

->Voiced by: Creator/YuichiNagashima (JP), Don Brown (EN), Creator/CarlosInigo[=/=]Alfredo Basurto (LA SP), Fabrizio Mazzotta (IT), Christophe Giordano (FR)
* BattleButler: To Sesshomaru.
* ButtMonkey: Poor little just can't catch a break. See Below.
* TheChewToy: 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". Even Kagome, prior to awakening her powers, easily dumps him in a river and whacks him with his own staff for badmouthing Inuyasha.
* DiagonalCut: [[spoiler: Kaijinbo kills him this way. He recovers, thanks to [[DisneyDeath Tenseiga.]]]]
* FantasticRacism: 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. His disdain for Rin comes from envy that a human girl they recently met gets far better treatment than he does.
* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: [[spoiler: When Rin kicks it again, Jaken cries on Sesshomaru's behalf explaining that Sesshomaru would never do something so undignified himself.]] Jaken also ''sneezes'' for Sesshomaru when others are gossiping about him, since it would be too undignified for Sesshomaru to sneeze.
* IOweYouMyLife: In the anime, this is his reason for following Sesshomaru so loyally.
* IronButtMonkey: He receives a lot of physical abuse, mostly but Sesshomaru, but is still kicking.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Toward Rin. He's initially quite sour about a human joining them (more so with Sesshomaru showing far more compassion toward her despite his longer time of servitude), but is quite protective of her (though partly out of fear of Sesshomaru should anything happen to her).
* OhCrap: Whenever Rin is endangered and he's unable to protect her, he panics thinking Sesshomaru will kill him.
* OldRetainer: To Sesshomaru.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Rin, albeit more begrudgingly than Sesshomaru is. He does, in the end, seem to show concern for her well-being, and babysits her whenever his master is away.
* PlayingWithFire: His only attack is to fire gouts of flame from the ever-present Staff of Two Heads.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In the manga; [[AdaptationDyeJob in the anime]] his eyes are yellow.
* SycophanticServant: Is Sesshomaru's yes-man to the nth degree.
* ThirdPersonPerson: He has been known to say "This Jaken" in the Japanese dub.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite being a real kiss-up, he's very loyal to his master despite [[TheSoCalledCoward his cowardice]] and [[TheChewToy being abused constantly]].
* {{Youkai}}: Resembles a kappa, being a green-skinned goblin with a beak.


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: Creator/HisakoKyoda (JP), Pam Hyatt/Linda Harlow (EN), Ángela Villanueva (LA SP), Cristina Grado (IT), Frederique Cantrel (FR)
%%* TheComicallySerious
%%* CoolOldLady
%%* DemotedToExtra
* EyepatchOfPower: A very spiffy metal one.
* EyeScream: Lost her left eye as a little girl, some time before Kikyo's death. [[spoiler: In the anime the culprit is Kikyo's old rival, the Evil {{Miko}} Tsubaki. In the manga, it's implied Inuyasha's attack was responsible.]]
* ForceField: Can make minor barriers and joins with Miroku to make one to protect Inuyasha as he heals from his wound fighting Sesshomaru.
%%* HolyHandGrenade
* MagicalGesture: Does the full blown AsianRuneChant in TheMovie.
%%* TheMedic
%%* {{Miko}}
* MissionControl: Her village often becomes the headquarters of Kagome and Inuyasha's team.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Any old woman capable of more or less keeping up with all of this qualifies. Not many people can stand up to demons, and few will go headlong into fights against them. Also, while not as handy as her sister in a fight (in her defense, Kikyo was a noted prodigy), Kaede is still a gifted archer and mage, able to hold her own in a fight against lesser demons.
* YeOldeButcheredEnglish: In the dub.

Totosai is a youkai blacksmith, the one responsible of forging Tessaiga and Tenseiga from the fang of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father.

->Voiced by: Creator/JojiYanami (JP), Creator/RichardNewman (EN), Paco Mauri (LA SP), Giancarlo Padoan (IT), Yann Guillemot (FR)
* BigEater: In the anime, he swallows a whole roast piglet in one bite.
* BreathWeapon: Fire.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's the best swordsmith of the land, and can instantly understand the qualities of a weapon by a mere look. He also happens to act like a senile goof for most of the time.
%%* CombatCommentator
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: His perpetually dazed, three-eyed cow.
%%* MrExposition
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The whole senility thing? He's playing dumb.
* OverlyLongTongue: The first time is seen when he licks a piece of leather to block and sharpen Tessaiga. Played for comedy later when he heals Inuyasha... by licking his face over with a giant tongue.
* PlayingWithFire: Not only he can spit fire, but his hammer can create lava pits when used.
%%* PointyEars
%%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* SecretKeeper: He knew the truth [[spoiler: about Tenseiga and Bakusaiga]] all along.
* TricksterMentor: For both Inuyasha and Sesshomaru.
%%* UltimateBlacksmith
%%* {{Youkai}}


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.

->Voiced by: Creator/TaikiMatsuno (JP), Creator/ScottMcNeil (EN), Creator/IrwinDaayan (LA SP), Corrado Conforti (IT), David Maisse (FR)
%%* TwentyFourHourArmor
* AmazonChaser: He falls for Kagome when she stands up to him.
* AnimalMotifs: Wolf.
* AscendedExtra: Appears in a larger proportion of the anime adaptation than he originally did in the manga.
* BackForTheFinale: In the anime, he appears briefly during the epilogue.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He's introduced as another ruthless villain as he sics his wolves on an entire human village and kills another wolf youkai without batting his eye. This is never mentioned again afterwards as Kouga goes on to be an AntiHero that flirts with Kagome and bickers with Inuyasha for comedy relief and occasionally helps the group in their battles.
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes
* EasilyForgiven: The heroes aside from Inuyasha are quick to forgive that in his debut episodes he set his wolves to feast on a human village (and had done so in the past), 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.
* FantasticRacism: Constantly mocks and insults Inuyasha either because he's a half-demon or because his demon lineage is that of a dog, while Kouga is a wolf demon.
%%* HealingFactor
* HiddenDepths: He's actually quite clever, and he values loyalty above all else.
%%* HotBlooded
* HopelessSuitor: To Kagome.
* ItsPersonal: Naraku killed his pack and tricked him into thinking Inuyasha had done it.
%%* JerkAss
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LightningBruiser: So fast he makes whirlwinds by running.
* LimaSyndrome: He kidnaps Kagome for her ability to see the Shikon jewel shards, but ends up falling in love with her because of her kindness, loyalty, and courage.
* LongBusTrip: After he loses his shikon fragments and says goodbye to the group, he's never seen again.
%%* MagicSkirt
* MarsNeedsWomen: Like most demon characters, he doesn't hold humans in high regard, treating them as nothing but a food source early in the series. However, this doesn't stop him from developing a crush on Kagome.
* MoralMyopia: His EstablishingCharacterMoment is slaughtering an [[ThrowAwayCountry entire village]] because his pet wolves were hungry, but enters an UnstoppableRage when his [[MauveShirt pack]] is killed by Inuyasha's group, even though the group only killed the pack out of self-defense. Despite this Kouga is considered to be [[AntiVillain sympathetic]].
%%* TheNoseKnows
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Insists that he alone will be able/allowed to defeat Naraku.
* OrnamentalWeapon: His sword. He only uses it once to free himself from Moryomaru's assimilation abilities, and mentions that he took it from a human.
%%* PointyEars
%%* PrettyInMink
* TheRival: To Inuyasha.
* SuperSpeed: Helped by the Shikon shards in his legs.
* SuperStrength: Helped by the Shikon shard in his arms.
%%* TameHisAnger
* ThrowawayCountry: A rare example of a "heroic" character actually being a ''cause'' of this trope. Kouga 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.
* ToServeMan: Formerly, he set his pack on a human village and this is why Rin died the first time. Although he's never seen doing it himself.
* WolverineClaws: His AncestralWeapon the Goraishi. [[Creator/ScottMcNeil Ironic given his voice actor.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: "Hey Kagura! Wanna know how the Wolf Youkais deal with evil bitches?" ''*punch*''
* {{Youkai}}: A wolf one

[[folder:Ginta and Hakkaku]]

Two demon wolves of the Yoro tribe, always following Kouga around. They mostly serve as his sidekicks.

->Voiced by: Creator/HiroyukiYoshino (Ginta) and Creator/DaisukeKishio (Hakkaku) (JP), Creator/PaulDobson (Ginta) and Alistair Abell (Hakkaku) (EN), Carlos Hugo Hidalgo (Ginta) and Gabriel Ortiz (Hakkaku) (LA SP), Alessandro Vanni (Ginta) and Gianluca Musiu (Hakkaku) (IT)
* AnimeHair: Both.
* ButtMonkey: Whenever they appear, they'll usually be tired and beg Kouga to slow down a bit, as they can't catch up with him.
* CallingYourAttacks: Parodied in a filler episode: they try to [[SuicidalOverconfidence take on Sesshomaru]] and start yelling random names and threats as they pose. Good thing Sesshomaru was in a good mood.
%%* GreekChorus
* MoralityPet: During the trial in the Yoro Burial Grounds, Kouga decides to save them from the MacGuffinGuardian instead of taking the Goraishi. This actually allows him to pass the test and obtain the weapon.
* OhCrap: They often freak out over the enemies they met.
* SecretKeeper: They're one of the few people who knows about Inuyasha's weakness period.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys
* UndyingLoyalty: For Kouga.
%%* {{Youkai}}


A two-headed dragon {{youkai}} and Sesshomaru's beast of burden, he had no name until Rin came along. Though typically used as a means of transportation, he is capable of fighting when the situation calls for it.
* BreathWeapon: Both heads can fire energy from their mouths.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Typically carries Rin and Jaken on his back.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: A dragon yokai. 'Nuff said.
* MultipleHeadCase: Two heads.
* TheNameless: He was this until Rin gave him his name.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: He's a two-headed dragon youkai.
%%* {{Youkai}}

[[folder:Mrs. Higurashi]]

The mother of Kagome and Sōta, Mrs. Higurashi is extremely supportive of her daughter and takes much of the bizarre nature of her trips to the Feudal era in stride.

->Voiced by: Asako Dodo (JP), Cathy Weseluck (EN), Rebeca Manríquez (LA SP)
%%* BoyishShortHair
* DullSurprise: She takes everything surrounding Inuyasha, Kagome, and the Feudal era in stride.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: She could see early on that her daughter was in love with Inuyasha.
* GoodParents: She cares for Kagome very much and supports her as much as possible, probably thinking it's her destiny and since she cannot stop her, she'd better help her. [[spoiler: In the final episode, she even encourages Kagome to follow her heart and return to the feudal era, even though she knows she will probably never see her daughter again.]]
* LikeParentLikeChild: Like Kagome, she finds Inuyasha's [[UnusualEars ears]] cute and tries to play with them when she first meets him, much to his annoyance.
* NoNameGiven: She's only ever referred to as "Mom," "Mama," "Mrs. Higurashi," or "Kagome's mom."
* ParentalSubstitute: She acts like this towards Inuyasha, whose mother is long dead.
* SecretKeeper: She knows of Kagome's journeys in the feudal era and helps cover for her.
* ShipperOnDeck: Supports and encourages her daughter's relationship with Inuyasha.
* UnfazedEveryman: "What's that Kagome? You say our well is a time portal and demons exist? Oh that's interesting. And you want to skip school to go through this portal to a place where demons try to kill you on a regular basis? Well sure, go right ahead. Don't worry about school, I'll provide a cover story. I see also that you're madly in love with a half human hybrid. He's welcome here anytime. I'll even cook for him."
* WidowWoman: Her husband aka Kagome and Souta's dad died in an accident, which is one of the reasons why she moved into her husband's family home aka the shrine. (The other is that Grandpa Higurashi's wife had also died, so the old man wouldn't be alone.)

[[folder: Sota Higurashi]]

Kagome's younger brother.

->Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (JP), Creator/SaffronHenderson[=/=]Rebecca Shoichet (EN), Claudio Velázquez (LA SP)
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episode 90 of the anime centers largely around him as he tries to win the affections of his crush with Inuyasha and Kagome's help.
* BrattyHalfPint: Kagome regards him as this a lot of the time.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Even he could see that his sister was in love with Inuyasha. He asked Inuyasha for advice about love because he thought that Inuyasha and Kagome were a couple. He was surprised to find out they hadn't admitted it.
* HeroWorshipper: He idolizes Inuyasha.
* SecretKeeper: He, like his mother and grandfather, knows of Kagome's trips to the feudal era and helps cover for her.


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)
* TheAlcoholic: He drinks a lot, a bit too much according to Miroku.
%%* BigFun
* BunnyEarsLawyer: 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.
* DemonicPossession: He's the victim of one due to Naraku's Kokochu demon.
* DrowningMySorrows: A possible explanation.
* HolyHandGrenade: He wields a giant rosary, which he can use in conjunction with the "Houriki" (Law's Power) to submit demons.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his drunk and perverted personality, he does care about Miroku.
* NunTooHoly: Now you know from who Miroku took it.
* OhCrap: When he's attacked by the Kokochu.
* ParentalSubstitute: Raised Miroku after his father was consumed by his Wind Tunnel.


A huge half-human, half-demon character who owns a field of healing herbs along with his old, human mother. Despite his large, intimidating appearance he's a gentle and shy creature.

->Voiced by: Creator/HisaoEgawa (JP), Creator/MichaelDobson (EN), Jorge Ornelas (LA SP), Saverio Indrio (IT)
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He was frequently bullied by the other villagers, and [[VanHelsingHateCrimes instantly accused of attacking humans]] simply for being half-demon.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Generally passive and kind, but as shown in his appearance, he's ''not'' one to be trifled with when push comes to shove. 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.
* CoveredWithScars: Due to being attacked and bullied by the villagers.
* CowardlyLion: Normally shy and cowardly, he turns into a demon-smashing machine when Kagome is threatened.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first time we see him, he starts bawling his eyes out and begging his mother to save him from Inuyasha and the villagers.
* GentleGiant: Despite his stature and great strength, Jinenji is far too kind and timid to even try to defend himself against the abuse of the villagers.
* TheGrotesque: The villagers don't like him in part because he is so hideous.
* HalfHumanHybrid: His father's brief appearance is that of a radiant {{Bishonen}}, leaving it unclear what kind of youkai he was.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Much to the surprise of Inuyasha and Kagome, who initially mistake Jinenji's mother for a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yama-uba yamanba]] (a man-eating mountain hag; the dub goes with Literature/BabaYaga as an equivalent that English-speaking audiences might be familiar with).
* OddFriendship: With Kagome, who's the first person (outside of his mother) to not be afraid of him.
* ShrinkingViolet: A rare GentleGiant male version; he's quite timid.
* SuperStrength: Capable of tearing giant demons to pieces with his very hands. Luckily he's also very peaceful.
* TemptingFate: 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 [[EekAMouse freaking out over a worm]].
* TopHeavyGuy: His upper body is larger than his lower one.
* TheUnreveal: 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.


A young female half-bat demon who was kidnapped by her paternal grandfather, Taigokumaru, and forced to power their tribe's DeflectorShield. It's through her that Inuyasha gains the Red Tessaiga.

->Voiced by: Creator/KaoriMizuhashi (JP), Nicole Bouma (EN), Creator/AlondraHidalgo (LA SP)
* AllGenesAreCoDominant: Her only real unusual features are her purple eyes, silver hair, and dark tan complexion. Other than that, she's physically completely human.
%%* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
* BarrierMaiden: Literally; she powers the bat demon tribe's [[ArtifactOfDoom Blood Coral Crystal]], which generates {{Deflector Shield}}s.
* {{Dhampyr}}: Half-bat demon, anyway, though the bat demons shown ''do'' drink blood.
* DisappearedDad: Her father was murdered [[spoiler: [[OffingTheOffspring by her paternal grandfather]].]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: [[AuthorAppeal Like half the cast, she too is barefoot]]. But at least she lives on a beach.
* HairDecorations: She wears two blue hair ribbons.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: She and her human mother Shizu are badly treated by the humans of their village. Taigokumaru isn't much kinder either.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[HumanMomNonhumanDad Born to a bat youkai dad and his human girlfriend]].
* MeaningfulName: Her name means "Purple Woven," befitting her purple eyes.
* NotSoDifferent: Just like Inuyasha, she's suffered at the hands of people simply for being a half-demon. Because of this, as well as her [[WouldntHurtAChild age]], Inuyasha is ''extremely'' reluctant to kill her, even for the sake of enhancing the Tessaiga. [[spoiler: Taigokumaru's death allows Shiori to [[TakeAThirdOption willingly use the Blood Coral]] on Tessaiga and empower it.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: When she discovers that [[spoiler:Taigokumaru]] killed her father, she promptly expels him from the barrier, giving Inuyasha free rein to attack and kill him.


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: Creator/RyuzaburoOtomo (JP), Dave Pettitt (EN), Sandro Sardone (IT)
* BadassGrandpa: Admit it, you wouldn't expect it from a mussel monster...
* DeadpanSnarker: In his interactions with Inu Yasha.
* DiagonalCut: [[spoiler: His skull cracks in half after bestowing his trademark attack Kongosoha (Adamant Barrage in the dub, literally "Wave of Adamantine Spears"). Though, being already dead, he doesn't die.]]
* FatalFlaw: He's far too prideful and confident.
* FlechetteStorm: Can spit volleys of large diamond chunks.
* MadeOfDiamond: Literally, as his body is made of diamond spikes.
* MeaningfulName: Housenki means "Demon Hermit of the Treasure".
* NoSell: He's so old and tough that not even Kagome's holy arrows can damage him.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's already dead by the time the group hear of him, but they still [[TheUndead meet him.]]
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SpikesOfVillainy: Except that he's not really a villain.
%%* {{Youkai}}


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), Creator/DavidKaye (EN), Gerolamo Alchieri (IT)
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: A ''mountain'' demon!
%%* GeniusLoci
* GentleGiant: Hinted at. Despite his immense size and fearsome appearance, he prefers to avoid trouble and even has a crystal to keep his demonic energy from being detected so he can sleep
* GiantEqualsInvincible: Averted: despite being huge, he's not very powerful.
* TheWorfEffect: Killed by three of Goryomaru's pupils.
%%* {{Youkai}}


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)
* ArmCannon: 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).
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Resurrected by Naraku, so that he could be merged in Moryomaru again.]]
* IdenticalStranger: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* LightTheWay: Can spit "light beams" from his arm.
* NoSell: [[spoiler: His attacks don't affect Hakudoshi, much to his horror.]]
* RedRightHand: More like red right arm. [[spoiler: Said arm is actually Moryomaru.]]
%%* ScarsAreForever
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: When Moryomaru takes over his body, he tells Kagome he's no longer the Goryomaru they knew.]]

[[folder:Kinka and Ginka]]
The two heads of a particular youkai, who fight for control of their body. This is how their race is born, and usually the weaker head is kill long before maturity, but in their case, the two are equally matched.
* ShaggyDogStory

[[folder:Yorei Taisei]]

A guru demon of great wisdom and power, he tests Inuyasha and teaches him about the [[AchillesHeel Yoketsu (Demon Hole)]], explaining him how to properly use the Dragon-Scaled Tessaiga.

->Voiced by: Creator/IchiroNagai (JP), Carlo Reali (IT)
* AchillesHeel: 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 instantly.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Given how he behaves, he could be Totosai's brother.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: 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.]]
%%* MasterOfIllusion
* MeaningfulName: His name overall translates to "Great Holy Demon Spirit".
* SinkOrSwimMentor: His training will drastically improve Inuyasha's Tessaiga... or render it useless forever.
* WartsAndAll: Yup, our heroes did not expect a meek old man seemingly made of paper.
%%* {{Youkai}}



A "Master of Potions" whom Inuyasha's group consult to repair Sango's Hiraikotsu. He also gives Miroku a potion to [[FeelNoPain nullify the pain]] of his miasma poisoning.

->Voiced by: Creator/MinoruInaba (JP)
* TheAlcoholic: He's got entire pots of sake just laying around, and the "waterfall" near his home is pure liquor.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's a drunken mess, true, but there's no doubt he's good at his job.
* DirtyOldMan: He instantly agrees to repair Hiraikotsu when he discovers that it's Sango's weapon. On top of that, he gropes Sango to "determine her strength" and lifts up Kagome's skirt.
* OverlyLongTongue: He has one, which he uses to test Hiraikotsu's recovery rate.
* RubberMan: Has the ability to stretch his limbs to grab a jug from a long distance.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: The test he puts Sango through will either repair Hiraikotsu or destroy it forever; or even kill her.
%%* {{Youkai}}

[[folder:Sesshomaru's Mother]]

The mother of Sesshomaru, whom he consults for advice on how to perfect the Meidō Zangetsuha.

->Voiced by: Creator/YoshikoSakakibara (JP), Creator/LisaAnnBeley (EN)
* AlmightyMom: She achieves what almost no one else could ever do - [[BreakTheHaughty putting Sesshomaru in his place]] in the most [[CruelToBeKind brutal]] [[LackOfEmpathy manner]] [[DeathIsCheap possible]].
* BigFancyHouse: She possesses a huge, sprawling traditional Japanese palace. The location? Floating amongst the clouds. It takes even someone with Sesshomaru's insanely good nose a good few days of active searching to actually find it and even then his mother has to come to meet him before he can locate it. The lady [[IncrediblyLamePun must be an absolute bitch]] to get in touch with at short notice.
* GoodIsNotNice: She's more or less on the side of good, but she's also extremely callous.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She proves that she truly does care for Sesshomaru by using the Meidō Stone to [[spoiler: resurrect Rin]].
* TheMourningAfter: She remains loyal to the Inu-no-Taisho years after his death.
* NoNameGiven: As is the norm for the series she is an UnnamedParent. That's why we have "Sesshomaru's Mother" as the label for this folder.
* ParentalNeglect: The Inu-no-Taisho explicitly told her not to be worried or concerned about Sesshomaru even if the test she puts him through endangers his life, and at best, she's only casually concerned about her son. Then again, it's not like he needs coddling.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Sesshomaru gets his FacialMarkings from her. He also gets his stoic personality.
* {{Youkai}}: Like her son and husband she is a powerful inugami.


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: Creator/KikukoInoue (JP), Alaina Burnett (EN), Rommy Mendoza (LA SP)
* AlmightyMom: For one thing, this was a woman who had a child with a yokai. Not just any yokai but a powerful and legendary one that not even Naraku would be a match for. Also she was able to flee a burning building just after giving birth in the snow, barefoot while watching her beloved husband die. Not only that, Inuyasha says he only once saw her cry. So she was this in her own way.
* BackFromTheDead: According to the third movie, she died during childbirth and was revived with Tenseiga.
* DeathByChildbirth: Subverted; though she does die in the process of giving birth to Inuyasha during the third movie, it's due to Takemaru [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbing her with a spear]]. Thanks to Tenseiga, she gets better.
* GoodParents: She loved Inuyasha very much and tried her best to protect him.
* HappilyMarried: From what is state, she and the Inu no Taisho were madly in love.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She's much smaller than her husband, the Inu no Taisho, even in his human form. But being that he is an enormous yokai, it would be expected.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Implied to be one of these. In the anime she's shown living in a BigFancyHouse alongside a very young Inuyasha, but said house is incredibly empty and no servants are seen around...
* InterspeciesRomance: She fell in love with the Inu no Taisho, who returned her affection. They married and had Inuyasha. She even calls the Inu no Taisho "Anata" (which means "dear or beloved") rather than "Danna" (which means "master" and is what most women of her time would have called their husbands), meaning that they were equals to each other.
* MissingMom: She died pre-series so she isn't around when Kagome arrives.
* NoodleIncident: 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."
* NoNameGiven: 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 SayMyName.
* PosthumousCharacter: She's long dead by the time of the series.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair is ''long''. TruthInTelevision, as she's a noblewoman and long hair was a status symbol and mark of femininity for women of the period.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She's black-haired, fair-skinned, and is explicitly described as a beauty by Myoga.
* StepfordSmiler: 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. One of the few memories Inuyasha has of her is how he once asked her what a "half breed" was, and he noticed she was TryingNotToCry...
* WickedStepmother: Sesshomaru seems to see her as this. He sees the love between her and his father as having weakened his father and he blames her for his father's death.

[[folder:The Inu-no-Taisho]]

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: Creator/AkioOhtsuka (JP), Don Brown (EN)
* ActionDad: 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.
* BadassBaritone: In both versions.
* BadassCape: 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.
* CanisMajor: Gigantic. The transformed Sesshomaru is smaller than his head.
* CrazyPrepared: He set all manner of trials and tests in place for his sons before he died, which contributed greatly to both of their CharacterDevelopment.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: 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.
* TheFaceless: 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 in the frame, etc. However, momentary glimpses of him can be seen as he's running through the forest as {{Freeze Frame Bonus}}es.
* TheGoodKing: While it's unknown if his title and standing came with any land or other perks, he was a noble and compassionate daiyoukai.
* GoodParents: Despite everything, it's clear he loved both his sons very much.
* GreaterScopeParagon: The Inu no Taisho, the father of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, was a powerful dog daiyoukai that spent his life working to protect both the humans and youkai of Japan against other powerful beings. In the movies he repelled the Mongol invasion of Japan that was influenced by Lord Hyoga's tribe of moth youkai, and in both sealed away the dragon daiyoukai Ryukotsusei. Both Tensaiga and Tessaiga were forged from his fangs, and both brothers end up fighting a lot of his old enemies, but his own direct influence on the plot is limited because he died long before the events of the series as a result of the wounds he sustained fighting against Ryukotsusei.
* HappilyMarried: Based on what we know, he and Izayoi were madly in love. Possibly he was this with Sesshomaru's mother as well, since he seems to have trusted her with the Meido stone.
* InterspeciesRomance: He fell in love with a human, Izayoi, who fell in love with him to and became the mother of Inuyasha. Their love is mentioned several times in the series by both allies and enemies of him. His love for her is the reason behind Tessaiga's construction in the first place.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: See ManipulativeBastard for more details.
* LargeHam: 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 HotBlooded as Inuyasha. His sons have inherited these traits to varying degrees.
* ManipulativeBastard: A positive fatherly take on this trope. He's left trials in place for them with the interests of spurring CharacterDevelopment for the better, but like a true parent his lessons aren't learned easy and come with harsh truths attached.
* NoNameGiven: 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.
* OlderAndWiser: 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.
* ParentalFavoritism: Implied, but ultimately averted; the chip on Sesshomaru's shoulder stems from the belief that he was TheUnfavorite to Inuyasha, to the extent where he actually believes his father was grooming Inuyasha to kill him. The situation between the brothers is eventually resolved when it becomes clear that their father understood the vulnerabilities of being half-human and just how powerful Sesshomaru would one day become. His real desire was for Sesshomaru to become a source of support and guidance for Inuyasha.
* PosthumousCharacter: 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.
%% PrettyInMink
* SamuraiPonytail: The same silver hair as his sons, worn in this manner.
* SayMyName: Yells Izayoi's name a lot even in what minimal on-screen time he's given in the prologue of the third movie. Which explains where Inuyasha gets the habit.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The main reason Inuyasha got Tessaiga and Sesshomaru got Tenseiga. Later it becomes apparent there was more to it than this, though.
* SinsOfOurFathers: 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.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: From [[TheFaceless what we can see of him,]] he looks like Inuyasha when Inuyasha's SuperPoweredEvilSide 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.
* {{Youkai}}: He was an immensely powerful inugami.
* WorldsStrongestMan: 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. Just one of his fangs is enough to slay one hundred lesser demons in a single swing.


An extremely powerful {{miko}} and the creator of the Shikon Jewel.
* AndIMustScream: After she died in the process of creating the Shikon Jewel, her soul was imprisoned within the jewel and forced to battle with the spirits of the demons she took with her for centuries.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the manga, her remains are mummified as opposed to crystallized.
* TheDreaded: She was demonkind's boogeyman during her lifetime.
* TheFaceless: In the manga her face is never seen.
* FacialMarkings: Has a star-shaped marking in the center of her forehead.
* MasterSwordsman: In addition to her already impressive spiritual abilities, she has mastery over the sword.
* {{Miko}}: A legendary priestess at the source of the Shikon No Tama legend.
* OneWomanArmy: She was said to have the combined might of a hundred {{samurai}}. What better proof of this claim than fighting off hordes of demons nonstop for seven days and seven nights solid?
* PosthumousCharacter: By the time of the series, she's been dead for centuries.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
* RegretEatingMe: The youkai literally had her in his jaws when she took him down.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's long dead by the time of the series' beginning and only appears in flashbacks, but her influence persists, since she was the creator of the Shikon Jewel.
* TakenForGranite: Her physical body remains in crystallized form in a cave near Sango's hometown.
* TakingYouWithMe: What she does to the merged demon, resulting in the birth of the Sacred Jewel.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: She's the creator of the Shikon Jewel, and the indirect cause of all the tragedy surrounding it.

[[folder:The Twins and Baby]]

Miroku and Sango's three children, twin girls and a boy. They are introduced in the final chapter of the manga.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The twins are only differentiated by [[ColorCodedCharacters their respective pink and green kimonos]].
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: The final new characters introduced in the series.
* NoNameGiven: Their names are not mentioned.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: The twins look exactly like Sango, while the boy more closely resembles Miroku.