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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: Kenichi Ogata (JP), Paul Dobson (EN), Daniel Abundis (LA SP), Mino Caprio (IT), Hughes Boucher (FR)

  • Dirty Coward: Books it whenever there's danger.
  • 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He's still kicking despite being repeatedly squashed flat.
  • Old Retainer: He aided Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father in years past.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It is never stated how old he really is but we're led to think he's pretty 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.
  • Suck Out the Poison: On more than one occasion, he saves Inuyasha and co. from dying by sucking poison out of their systems.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: According to him, Inuyasha's blood which he inherited from his father.
  • Third-Person Person: He does sometimes speak in terms of "This Myouga" in the Japanese dub.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: 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: Noriko Hidaka (JP), Willow Johnson (EN), Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (LA SP), Francesca Guadagno (IT), Claire Beaudoin (FR)

  • Adaptational Villainy: Kikyo is far more antagonistic in the anime, whereas in the manga she and Inuyasha reconcile much more quickly.
  • All-Loving Heroine: 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 Ally: Initially antagonistic, she eventually becomes an ally but always keeps her distance .
  • Aloof Big Sister: After they reach an understanding of sorts, she is something like a stern and distance big sister to Kagome. She had a similar relationship with her blood sister, Kaede, when she was still alive since she was always focused on her duty.
  • 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 by showing them up in spiritual abilities (and in romantic matters for the former). In a flashback, there is a scene of Tsubaki tossing her best shot at Kikyo, who nonchalantly deflects it back at her.
  • Anti Heroine: She was a traditional hero when she was alive. After her resurrection, while still a good person at heart, she's too manipulative and aloof to be a 100% traditional hero.
  • Anti Villainess: After her resurrection, she suffered from intense hate and vengeance; the fact that demonic magic raised her can't have helped her alignment either. She eventually becomes an Anti Heroine.
  • 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, her body is made from her ashes and clay and sustained by the dead souls of women.
  • Back from the Dead: She's revived by Urasue to help her find the Shikon shards.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: After her resurrection, she has to periodically absorb dead souls to be able to move but is otherwise a heroic and good person.
  • Badass Preacher: Not only she's a Miko, but a powerful Lady of War.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She is very protective of her little sister Kaede.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Justified; as her body is composed of clay, Kikyo has no blood to shed.
  • Broken Bird: Particularly after her resurrection, she constantly angsts over her current condition and the events that led to it.
  • Broken Messiah: After being revived, she angsts at the world and "Inuyasha" for killing her and is more focused on revenge and smiting evil than helping others like she used to.
  • Brought Down to Badass: 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.
  • Came Back Wrong: She's resentful and the only thing that keeps her going is revenge.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Dead or alive, she never hesitates to help someone in need.
  • Cooldown Hug: On Saint Hakushin.
  • Damaged Soul: Once the resurrected Kikyou regains part of her soul, she goes from an Empty Shell 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.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's not super bloodthirsty when fighting, but is still rather aloof and more merciless than Action Girl Sango and Action Survivor —> Action Girl Kagome.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She has holy powers like Kagome, but is more mature, more powerful and more vicious. She gets Extra points for being Kagome's previous incarnation. She spends the early seasons as an antagonist but later becomes a hero.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She is extremely frosty when she first meets Inuyasha, and is wholly focused on her duty. Spending time with him, and falling in love with him, awakened more tender emotions. Then Naraku stepped in and the process repeated itself.
  • 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: 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. She only restrained him and always held back from dealing the killing blow.
  • The Dreaded: Out of all of his various foes and pursuers, Kikyo is the only one whom Naraku considers any sort of serious threat.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: In the start, she looks this to Kagome due to being her prior incarnation with all the same abilities except better. Ends up turning into the Anti Heroine counterpart
  • Friend to All Children: One of her most consistent traits, either alive or undead, is her fondness of children.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tried to kill Kagome out of nothing, but jealousy for the fact Inuyasha was falling in love with her.
  • Guile Heroine: 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. 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 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: 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.
  • Hime Cut: The fitting hairstyle of a Miko.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: 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.
  • Humans Are Bastards: 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.
  • 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. It's implied that she was tired of constantly being on guard against demons trying to steal it.
  • Idiot Ball: 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, eventually succeeding.
  • Ill Girl: 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 Soul Collectors that kept her "alive."
  • 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 she is a clay doll that only looks human and she's not happy about it.
  • It's Personal: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's considerably more bitter and resentful than she was when she was alive, but is still a good person.
  • Lady of War: A composed and graceful archer.
  • Last Kiss: She and Inuyasha share a last kiss right before she definitely dies.
  • The Lost Lenore: Inuyasha, much to Kagome's chagrin, never quite gets over her. It causes a lot of trouble for the three of them.
  • Mage Marksman: Magic Ranger, a trait she shares with Kagome.
  • The Magic Touch: 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.
  • Magical Gesture: 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: Quite powerful with holy magic and of course she dresses like this.
  • Naked on Revival: Is completely nude upon being resurrected by Urasue.
  • Never Found the Body: After her confrontation with Naraku in Mt. Hakurei, her body falls into poison and presumably disintegrates.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The whole plot of the series began because she decided to show compassion to a crippled bandit. What does Kikyo get in return? Said bandit makes a Deal with the Devil 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.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • Not So Stoic: Generally calm and aloof, but when she believes that Inuyasha betrayed her, she is absolutely pissed and makes no effort to hide it.
  • 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. 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.
  • The Power of Hate: After Kagome regains her soul, Urasue claims that Kikyo is only kept going by her hatred of Inuyasha for his perceived betrayal.
  • Power Glows: Her arrows have the same pinkish glow as Kagome's.
  • Pure Is Not Good: At times, Kikyo is aligned against Inuyasha's group and uses her purifying priestess powers to thwart their efforts, since she's a Dark Magical Girl who wants to face Naraku all alone.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her hips when let down, and was something of an elite in her village.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has black hair, pale skin, and is considered beautiful by many other characters.
  • Revenge Before Reason: 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 that ultimately doesn't work out for her in the end.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Her immediate priority after revival is to try to kill Inuyasha for his perceived betrayal.
  • Sacred Bow and Arrows: As a priestess, she can fire arrows infused with holy energy.
  • Soul Fragment: Between her and Kagome's shared soul, she only has a little fragment.
  • The Stoic: Nearly always cool, calm, and collected.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She acts cool, collected and aloof, but she's still a good-natured person at heart. Her death just made her much more bitter.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • 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 drag Inuyasha down to hell with her. She gets better, however.
  • Tranquil Fury: Slays youkai and kicks Naraku's ass, all with a cool glare.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: 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.
  • The Undead: The body she uses for most of the series is not alive; it's just a clay doll that stolen spirits temporarily animate.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: 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 never considered doing anything else. This is just Kikyo putting on a Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade though, as she's seen to be secretly touched by Kagome's action as soon as she leaves.
  • Vague Age: 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: When she reunites with her Rival Turned Evil 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.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As mentioned above, she was 18 when she died, but she acts, sounds, and thinks like she is in her late twenties.
  • Woman Scorned: Right after being revived, she believes the man she loved betrayed her and tried to kill him for it. She got better.
  • World's Best Warrior: By all accounts she is the most powerful priestess in the series surpassed only by Midoriko 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 Naraku considers a genuine threat.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: 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 Dark Magical Girl in the later parts of the series.
  • Yandere: After her revival, she hated Inuyasha enough to kill him but also loved him enough to make it a Murder-Suicide. She gets 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 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 healing sword which cannot wound anyone.

Voiced by: Ken Narita (JP), David Kaye (EN), Michael Daingerfield (EN, The Final Act), Alfredo Basurto (LA SP), Niseem Onorato (IT), Phillpe Leroy (FR)

  • 24-Hour Armor: Sesshomaru never takes his armor off, not even when it's broken.
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: 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.
  • The Ace: 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 an incredibly varied moveset, he's only ever brought to mortal danger a handful of times through the entire run, and he's an Instant Expert with any weapon he touches.
  • 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: 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.
  • Amazon Chaser: Kagura is worth noting because the one girl to become Sesshomaru's Implied Love Interest was also the only one who dared to shout insults to his face.
  • An Arm and a Leg: 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. 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.
  • Animal Motifs: Dogs, due to being a dog youkai.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I, pre-Character Development.
  • Appendage Assimilation: 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.
  • 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 in Distress: Chapters 512-518 sees this happen. Inuyasha initially has to rescue him.
  • Bad Boss: 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.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Bakusaiga, a sword born from his own power, decomposes any living flesh it cuts - an effect that spreads endlessly like a virus. Given Sesshomaru's love for offensive power and the meaning of his name ("Destruction of Life") it is clear that the weapon is a reflection of his nature. However, by the point that he gains Bakusaiga, he had already graduated to Anti-Hero status.
  • Berserk Button:
    • 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 but which set up the life-threatening injury from which he came back stronger with Bakusaiga.
  • Big Brother Mentor: 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, 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.
  • Bishōnen: Very feminine, though thanks to Art Evolution he looks more masculine in later chapters.
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: On one occasion, he grafts a human arm to his left stump to bypass Tessaiga's anti-full demon barrier.
  • Break the Haughty: An integral part of his Character Development is learning that he has limits and getting over his sense of entitlement as a full-blooded demon.
  • Byronic Hero: Lacked the compassion of his brother and overall moral restraints at first.
  • Cain and Abel: Starts out as the Cain to Inuyasha's Abel by trying to steal his younger brother's inheritance and then kill him. He gets better.
  • Canis Major: His true form is a massive white dog with red eyes.
  • Chain Reaction Destruction: Bakusaiga destroys what it touches, and then whatever was touching that, and then whatever was touching that etc..
  • Character Development: From villain to Anti-Villain to, kinda-sorta, 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 enjoyed actively mocking and insulting Inuyasha rather than simply treating him with dismissive disdain; he was, basically, a bully. His Stoic, Perpetual Frowner tendencies didn't appear until his second appearance. You won't see this in the anime, though, where he affected the stoic, unsmiling demeanor from later in the manga right from the start (although he still engaged in the same acts of wanton brutality as in the manga).
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: His dog form lacks the intelligence, grace and agility of his standard form, making it easier to attack.
  • The Comically Serious: 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.
  • 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, it's meant to make sure Inuyasha can't kill him with his sword). 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 sadness 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 glows 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. Eventually, Sesshomaru develops the Souryuuha, the Azure Dragon Strike, that can overpower Inuyasha's backlash wave. Distinct in design for being a moderately large broadsword/tsurugi 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.
  • Death Glare: Dishes these out to whoever annoys him. When he gets really angry, his eyes turn red with blue irises.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Thanks to Rin, Tenseiga, and and Kagura's death, he becomes a more compassionate person.
  • Determinator: Even after the reveal that the Tessaiga has a barrier that repels any demon who touches it, himself included, Sesshomaru keeps trying to find a way to take it from him for quite a while. When he finally loses interest in taking his brother's sword, he shifts the same unrelenting determination towards developing power superior to it.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: 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. Word of God 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.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He gets pissed off when Inuyasha feels sorry for him.
  • The Dreaded: He's considered second-best when compared to Kikyo, but even Naraku knows not to take him lightly.
  • Empathic Weapon: He carries both Tenseiga and Tokijin, which have their quasi-sentience. The former was meant to guard him and help him get along with his brother; the latter is an evil blood-thirsty thing that Sesshoumaru basically whipped into obedience.
  • Establishing Character Moment: 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: As Inuyasha's older, more callus, and full-youkai brother, he makes a fitting contrast.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.)
  • Fangs Are Evil: Like Inuyasha, he has prominent canines, but you won't see them too often.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like many fully-fledged Youkai in the series, Sesshomaru looks down on humans and half-demons, especially Inuyasha since they share the same father (in his debut, he is shown insulting Inuyasha's late human mother). Thanks to Character Development, he gets better.
  • Flash Step: He leaves afterimages at top speed.
  • Flight: Like many of the stronger Youkai, he has his own methods of flight.
  • Friend to All Children: Despite his rather cruel nature, he's actually shown to be quite good with children. This is seen with Rin and even Kohaku.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: 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 Character Development, it gradually becomes Good Powers Good People. Kind of.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tranquil Fury version. Totosai remarks on one occasion that Sesshomaru's temper proves that he and Inuyasha are brothers.
  • Handicapped Badass: Inuyasha cut off one of his arms in his first appearance but 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.
  • Healing Factor: As a demon he can recover quickly from injuries, but he can't regenerate his lost arm or so it seemed.
  • Healing Shiv: Tenseiga, which can bring back the dead once.
  • Honor Before Reason: He refuses to kill Inuyasha even he is under the influence of his full demon blood because he is not himself. It would mean nothing.
  • 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. Later on, he punches Inuyasha for disturbing their father's grave when he was about to do the very same thing to fight Naraku (though this one was probably just an excuse to hit his brother).
  • I Was Just Passing Through: To be clear, he never helps Inuyasha's group; he just "cuts away foul stenches" that happen to be their enemies, or some other excuse.
  • Immortal Breaker: His final sword, Bakusaiga, is not only ludicrously overpowered in terms of raw might, it also decomposes anything it strikes until its gone entirely. This acts as a hard-counter to Naraku's regeneration abilities, because he cannot reabsorb the flesh that was struck by Bakusaiga (since the decomposition effect would spread to the rest of his body).
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Magatsuhi. One of his opening moves was to pierce Sesshomaru's only arm in three places. He eventually stabbed Sesshomaru through the chest twice.
  • Implied Love Interest: Rin comments on his supposed interest in Kagura at one point.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He both resents Inuyasha for being the "favorite" and looks down on him for being a half demon.
  • It's Personal: Naraku used him several times to kill Inuyasha, tried to absorb him, kidnapped Rin, and killed Kagura.
  • It Only Works Once: Tenseiga can't resurrect the same person more than once.
  • 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 father's, and potentially more powerful than any physical weapon in the series.
    • It could also be argued that his father understood this about his children before they knew themselves. While it appears heartless that the Tessaiga and all of it's techniques were meant for Inuyasha alone. He also knew that Sesshomaru was strong enough as a full blooded Youkai to fend for himself, while Inuyasha on the other hand as a hybrid would need all the help he could get just to get by.
  • Jerkass: Initially starts off as unrepentantly antagonistic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It starts with Rin, encompasses Kagura, Kohaku, 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.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: 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.
  • Licked by the Dog: Rin's hero-worship of Sesshomaru is the first indication of his well-buried better nature.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's faster and stronger than Inuyasha. While he rarely takes a direct hit, he is also implied to be tougher.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's extremely beautiful and has very long white hair like his younger half-brother.
  • Manly Tears: Has a dry cry when Rin dies for the second time; a significant show of emotion for someone like him.
  • 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. 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 every weapon he comes across while his brother must always take the long complicated route to mastery. 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.
  • 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."
  • Mugging the Monster: Sesshomaru actually looks more humanoid at first glance than his half-demon half-brother (particularly because he doesn't have dog ears). Several people early in the series died thinking that they were attacking a human.
  • Mystical White Hair: Like Inuyasha, Sesshomaru has the long white hair inherited from their youkai father, except Sesshomaru is even more mystical because he's a full-blooded youkai.
  • Named Weapons: 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: It is very rare that he is seriously injured, and even when he is he makes a quick recovery.
  • No-Sell: 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 Magatsuhi that anyone or anything manages to put him in genuine peril.
  • The Nose Knows: At higher level than his brother, but he is too dignified to sniff around like the former.
  • Not So Stoic: It usually isn't obvious because of his constant cool expression, but Sesshomaru's temper is almost as short as Inuyasha's, something that was once lampshaded by Totosai as marking them as brothers.
  • 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.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: 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.
  • Papa Wolf: If you threaten or harm Rin, it will be the last thing you ever do.
  • Parental Substitute: 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's characterized by his constant aloof, disdainful frown. He rarely smiles, and it's usually a bad thing if he does.
  • Pet the Dog: His informal adoption of Rin and his attitude toward Kagura mark his transition away from villainy. He also saves the inu gang from being killed by Mukotsu, ostensibly so that they could tell him where Naraku was.
  • Pointy Ears: As opposed to his brother's dog ears, his are human-like but pointed.
  • Poison Is Corrosive: His toxic claws can melt his foes.
  • 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. His affinity for it also gives him an immunity to most -if not all- poisons.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: 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.
  • 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 (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 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. In any case, he is a demon lord, after all, and a narcissistic one at that.
  • 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: Inverted. Tenseiga's abilities to slay the undead and creatures native to the netherworld can be used to revive a dead person.
  • Sickly Green Glow: His poison-claws and anime-exclusive poison whip are both green.
  • Smug Super: 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.
  • The Snark Knight: Very condescending to everyone.
  • Stronger Sibling: He is stronger than his younger half-brother, Inuyasha, as Sesshomaru is the very powerful full-blooded youkai.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's incredibly cold, aloof and never smiles, even around his travel companions despite obviously caring about their safety, especially that of his surrogate human daughter Rin.
  • 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, Sesshomaru's strength in one arm is equal to the strength in Inuyasha's entire body.
  • Third-Person Person: "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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: 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 scaring the wolves away with a look and using Tenseiga's resurrection power for the first time to bring her back. Rin's influence and Kagura's death continue to cause him to become more compassionate as the series goes on.
  • Tranquil Fury: The most anger he usually shows is a cool glare and slight frown. It is especially tranquil when compared to the perpetually Hot-Blooded Inuyasha.
  • The Un-Favourite: 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.
  • The Unsmile: 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.
  • Villain-Beating Artifact: Bakusaiga's decomposition effect is a direct counter to Naraku's endless regeneration ability which made him nearly immortal. In the final battle, Sesshoumaru was responsible both for destroying Naraku's "outer" giant spider body, as well as landing the killing blow on his inner humanoid body (although the shikon jewel he was fused with remained unharmed).
  • Was It Really Worth It?: When he comes across 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.
  • 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.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: In a battle 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like his brother, he has white hair because of demon blood.
  • 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 "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: Akiko Yajima (JP), Alex Doduk/Danny McKinnon (EN), Eduardo Garza (LA SP), Fabrizio de Flaviis (IT)

  • Badass Normal: 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.
  • 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.
  • Chain Pain: His weapon of choice is a kusarigama.
  • Child Soldiers: 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.
  • Death Seeker: After regaining his memories. He first attempts suicide, and then later settles on living on until he can kill Naraku. In the end, however, he snaps out of it and decides to continue living.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: When out of his demon-slaying outfit.
  • Doomed Hometown: Kohaku's village barely lasts past a few episodes/panels
  • 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.
  • Extreme Doormat: When not brainwashed, he follows Naraku's orders in part because he knows nothing else. Once he regains his memories and drops the act around Kagura, she immediately catches on because Kohaku doesn't usually say anything other than what he needs to.
  • Fighting from the Inside: 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.
  • Identity Amnesia: After Naraku revives him, he's spends much of the series not remembering anything outside of his name, outside of brief flashes. This changes later on down the line when he is able to regather his memories and starts to pretend he's this trope.
  • 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: Averted VERY BRIEFLY in the second movie.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Whenever Naraku begins to influence him, his pupils disappear.
  • Morality Pet: To Kagura, whose full Heel–Face Turn comes about when she's ordered to essentially kill Kohaku. Also one to Kikyo, who starts wavering in her previously single-minded quest to kill Naraku when she realizes it means sacrificing the kid.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Like Sango, he has other weapons beside his trademark kusarigama and is seen using a sword at least once for close combat.
  • 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his father while possessed.
  • Shrinking Violet: Before the possession.
  • Shirtless Scene: Two in the second movie.
  • Sinister Scythe: His kusarigama.
  • Token Good Teammate: To Naraku, at first.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Prior to his death, he was too scared to be an effective demon slayer. After being revived and controlled he loses this fear.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: 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.
  • The Undead: The only thing that keeps him "alive" is the Shikon shard on his back. When Naraku reclaims it, however, Kikyo's lingering light brings him back.
  • Unwanted Revival: After he regains his memories, he makes it clear that he would've been better off staying dead with his father and comrades, as he doesn't feel like he deserves to be alive. It doesn't help that his Trauma Conga Line didn't end with his death.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And he still is... when not controlled.
  • Youthful Freckles: He, being a young character, has these but they are best seen in closeups.


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: Mamiko Noto (JP), Brenna O'Brien (EN), Mariana Ortiz (LA SP), Letizia Ciampa (IT)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: The people in her village treated her like crap.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. Sesshomaru used Tenseiga to bring Rin back from death after she was killed by wolves. Much later, Rin dies again from overexposure to the atmosphere of the Underworld. Sesshomaru's mother revives her using the Meido Stone to bring Rin's soul back to her body.
  • Bird Run: Occasionally, including in at least one of the opening sequences.
  • Cheerful Child: 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.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is frequently the target of enemies seeking to exploit Sesshomaru's fondness of her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her entire family were murdered by bandits.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Constantly goes barefoot. Notable for being the only example that's not at least half-demon.
  • Dumb Struck: The death of her family at the hands of bandits traumatized her so badly she became mute until she met Sesshomaru.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: A platonic love example with Sesshomaru. She first finds him after he's injured in his latest fight against Inuyasha. Rin approaches him, wanting to give him food, but he rebuffs her attempt to help him. Eventually, Rin does grow on Sesshomaru enough for him to revive her after she's killed by wolves.
  • Happily Adopted: She chooses to follow Sesshomaru after he revives her. While Sesshomaru doesn't openly act like her parent, Rin is fond of him and feels safe because he always protects her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Often makes comments mocking Jaken's appearance and lack of strength, but mostly his height.
  • Interspecies Adoption: She's a little human girl who has been taken under the protection of the dog youkai Sesshomaru.
  • The Load: The number of times she does something useful are totally dwarfed by the number of times she needs to be rescued.
  • Morality Pet: To Sesshomaru, in an oddly inverted case of the dog petting human.
  • Plucky Girl: 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.
  • Satellite Character: She's largely defined by her interactions with Sesshomaru.
  • Shipper on Deck: 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.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese dub.
  • Token Human: She's the only human of Sesshomaru's group until Kohaku starts traveling with them.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: 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: Yuichi Nagashima (JP), Don Brown (EN), Carlos Íñigo/Alfredo Basurto (LA SP), Fabrizio Mazzotta (IT), Christophe Giordano (FR)

  • A Day in the Limelight: In Episode 79, he tries to steal the Tessaiga.
  • Battle Butler: To Sesshomaru.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor little guy just can't catch a break. See Below.
  • 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". Even Kagome, prior to awakening her powers, easily dumps him in a river and whacks him with his own staff for badmouthing Inuyasha.
  • Diagonal Cut: Kaijinbo kills him this way. He recovers, thanks to Tenseiga.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Myoga (for a given value of "evil" anyway), acting as Sesshomaru's retainer the same way Myoga (ostensibly) does for Inuyasha. He even reflects the initial power disparity between the brothers- he's not a strong demon by any measure, but he can at least use the Staff of Heads to unleash huge bursts of fire, making him moderately dangerous, while Myoga is completely useless in a combat scenario except for giving the odd bit of advice (from a safe distance).
  • 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. His disdain for Rin comes from envy that a human girl they recently met gets far better treatment than he does.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: 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.
  • I Owe You My Life: In the anime, this is his reason for following Sesshomaru so loyally.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He receives a lot of physical abuse, mostly but Sesshomaru, but is still kicking.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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).
  • Oh, Crap!: Whenever Rin is endangered and he's unable to protect her, he panics thinking Sesshomaru will kill him.
  • Old Retainer: To Sesshomaru.
  • Parental Substitute: 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.
  • Playing with Fire: His only attack is to fire gouts of flame from the ever-present Staff of Two Heads.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the manga; in the anime his eyes are yellow.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Is Sesshomaru's yes-man to the nth degree.
  • 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.
  • 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: Hisako Kyoda (JP), Pam Hyatt/Linda Harlow (EN), Ángela Villanueva (LA SP), Cristina Grado (IT), Frederique Cantrel (FR)

  • Cool Old Lady: She's always ready to help Kagome and Inuyasha on their quest. This is especially notable in the case of Inuyasha. At the start of the story, she watched Inuyasha attack her village, presumably kill her older sister during the enusing battle, and its implied he is responsbile for the loss of her eye. Despite all this, Kaede quickly gains trust in him even before it becomes apparent that Inuyasha isn't fully responsible for Kikyo's death.
  • Eyepatch of Power: A very spiffy metal one.
  • Eye Scream: Lost her left eye as a little girl, some time before Kikyo's death. 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.
  • Force Field: Can make minor barriers and joins with Miroku to make one to protect Inuyasha as he heals from his wound fighting Sesshomaru.
  • Miko: Like her older sister Kikyo.
  • Mission Control: Her village often becomes the headquarters of Kagome and Inuyasha's team.
  • Never Mess with Granny: 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.
  • Ye Olde Butchered English: In the dub (for some reason).

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

Voiced by: Joji Yanami (JP), Richard Newman (EN), Paco Mauri (LA SP), Giancarlo Padoan (IT), Yann Guillemot (FR)

  • Big Eater: In the anime, he swallows a whole roast piglet in one bite.
  • Breath Weapon: Fire.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The whole senility thing? He's playing dumb.
  • Overly Long Tongue: 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Not only he can spit fire, but his hammer can create lava pits when used.


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: Taiki Matsuno (JP), Scott McNeil (EN), Irwin Daayán (LA SP), Corrado Conforti (IT), David Maisse (FR)

  • Amazon Chaser: He falls for Kagome when she stands up to him.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolf.
  • Ascended Extra: Appears in a larger proportion of the anime adaptation than he originally did in the manga.
  • Back for the Finale: In the anime, he appears briefly during the epilogue.
  • Characterization Marches On: 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 Anti-Hero that flirts with Kagome and bickers with Inuyasha for comedy relief and occasionally helps the group in their battles.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's never seen wearing any shoes (or anything like shoes), so, like the titular protagonist, he goes barefoot.
  • Easily Forgiven: 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.
  • 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 Kouga is a wolf demon.
  • Hidden Depths: He's actually quite clever, and he values loyalty above all else.
  • 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, loyalty, and courage.
  • Long Bus Trip: After he loses his shikon fragments and says goodbye to the group, he's never seen again.
  • Mars Needs Women: 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.
  • Moral Myopia: His Establishing Character Moment is slaughtering an entire village because his pet wolves were hungry, but enters an Unstoppable Rage when his 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 sympathetic.
  • Throwaway Country: 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.
  • To Serve Man: 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.
  • 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)

  • Anime Hair: Both.
  • Butt-Monkey: Whenever they appear, they'll usually be tired and beg Kouga to slow down a bit, as they can't catch up with him.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Parodied in a filler episode: they try to take on Sesshomaru and start yelling random names and threats as they pose. Good thing Sesshomaru was in a good mood.
  • Morality Pet: During the trial in the Yoro Burial Grounds, Kouga decides to save them from the MacGuffin Guardian instead of taking the Goraishi. This actually allows him to pass the test and obtain the weapon.
  • Oh, Crap!: They often freak out over the enemies they met.
  • Secret Keeper: They're one of the few people who knows about Inuyasha's weakness period.
  • Those Two Guys: They are never seen separate.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Kouga.
  • Youkai: They are Japanese wolf monsters/demons that appear mostly human in stature and are explicitly stated to be 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.


    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)

  • Dull Surprise: She takes everything surrounding Inuyasha, Kagome, and the Feudal era in stride.
  • Everyone Can See It: She could see early on that her daughter was in love with Inuyasha.
  • Good Parents: 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. 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.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Like Kagome, she finds Inuyasha's ears cute and tries to play with them when she first meets him, much to his annoyance.
  • No Name Given: She's only ever referred to as "Mom," "Mama," "Mrs. Higurashi," or "Kagome's mom."
  • Parental Substitute: She acts like this towards Inuyasha, whose mother is long dead.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows of Kagome's journeys in the feudal era and helps cover for her.
  • Shipper on Deck: Supports and encourages her daughter's relationship with Inuyasha.
  • Unfazed Everyman: "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."
  • Widow Woman: 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.)

     Sota Higurashi

Kagome's younger brother.

Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (JP), Saffron Henderson/Rebecca Shoichet (EN), Claudio Velázquez (LA SP)

  • A Day in the Limelight: 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.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Kagome regards him as this a lot of the time.
  • Everyone Can See It: 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.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He idolizes Inuyasha.
  • Secret Keeper: 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)

  • The Alcoholic: He drinks a lot, a bit too much according to Miroku.
  • Big Fun: He's fat, goofy, and fun loving.
  • 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.
  • Ironic Name: "Mushin" refers to the state of empty-mindedness and spiritual purity associated with mastery of Zen. Miroku points out the irony when he claims that Mushin taught him every vice he knows (Mushin's name is spelled with the character for "Dream" and "Mind" rather than "Empty" and "Mind").
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his drunk and perverted personality, he does care about Miroku.
  • Nun Too Holy: Now you know from where Miroku got it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's attacked by the Kokochu.
  • Parental Substitute: 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: Hisao Egawa (JP), Michael Dobson (EN), Jorge Ornelas (LA SP), Saverio Indrio (IT)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was frequently bullied by the other villagers, and instantly accused of attacking humans simply for being half-demon.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • The Grotesque: The villagers don't like him in part because he is so hideous.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His father's brief appearance is that of a radiant Bishōnen, leaving it unclear what kind of youkai he was.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Much to the surprise of Inuyasha and Kagome, who initially mistake Jinenji's mother for a yamanba (a man-eating mountain hag; the dub goes with Baba Yaga as an equivalent that English-speaking audiences might be familiar with).
  • 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; he's quite timid.
  • Super Strength: Capable of tearing giant demons to pieces with his bare 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 to be startled by Kagome screaming bloody murder a split-second later. As it turns out, she was freaking out over a caterpillar. This actually made it even more heartwarming since, as Jinenji's mother muses, Kagome is afraid of caterpillars and worms but not of him.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His upper body is much larger than his lower one.
  • The Un-Reveal: 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. Only his mother knows what his human form looks like, and he prefers to hide at home on that day.


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), Alondra Hidalgo (LA SP)


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: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), Dave Pettitt (EN), Sandro Sardone (IT)

  • Deadpan Snarker: In his interactions with Inu Yasha.
  • Diagonal Cut: 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's far too prideful and confident.
  • Flechette Storm: Can spit volleys of large diamond chunks.
  • Made of Diamond: Literally, as his body is made of diamond spikes.
  • Meaningful Name: Housenki means "Demon Hermit of the Treasure".
  • No-Sell: He's so old and tough that not even Kagome's holy arrows can damage him.
  • Posthumous Character: He's already dead by the time the group hear of him, but they still meet him.


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)

  • Gentle Giant: 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
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Averted: despite being huge, he's not very powerful.
  • The Worf Effect: Killed by three of Goryomaru's pupils.


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.
  • 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.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Moryomaru takes over his body, he tells Kagome he's no longer the Goryomaru they knew.

    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.

    Yorei Taisei

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.

Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (JP), Carlo Reali (IT)

  • 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 instantly.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: His name overall translates 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.


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

Voiced by: Minoru Inaba (JP)

  • The Alcoholic: He's got entire pots of sake just laying around, and the "waterfall" near his home is pure liquor.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a drunken mess, true, but there's no doubt he's good at his job.
  • Dirty Old Man: 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.
  • Overly Long Tongue: He has one, which he uses to test Hiraikotsu's recovery rate.
  • Rubber Man: Has the ability to stretch his limbs to grab a jug from a long distance.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: The test he puts Sango through will either repair Hiraikotsu or destroy it forever; or even kill her.

    Sesshomaru's Mother

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

Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara (JP), Lisa Ann Beley (EN)

  • Almighty Mom: She achieves what almost no one else could ever do - putting Sesshomaru in his place in the most brutal manner possible.
  • Big Fancy House: 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 must be an absolute bitch to get in touch with at short notice.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's more or less on the side of good, but she's also extremely callous.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She proves that she truly does care for Sesshomaru by using the Meidō Stone to resurrect Rin.
  • The Mourning After: She remains loyal to the Inu-no-Taisho years after his death.
  • No Name Given: As is the norm for the series she is an Unnamed Parent. That's why we have "Sesshomaru's Mother" as the label for this folder.
  • Parental Neglect: 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Sesshomaru gets his Facial Markings 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 the court of nobles and was herself a noblewoman who's family 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)

  • Almighty Mom: 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.
  • 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 due to Takemaru stabbing her with a spear. Thanks to Tenseiga, she gets better.
  • Good Parents: She loved Inuyasha very much and tried her best to protect him.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: She wears an elaborate juhito, a kind of kimono only worn by extremely wealthy noble women, showing her to be of noble birth.
  • Happily Married: From what is state, she and the Inu no Taisho were madly in love.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: 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.
  • Impoverished Patrician: She is said to have been from a noble family that had fallen to ruin.
  • Interspecies Romance: 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.
  • Missing Mom: She died pre-series so she isn't around when Kagome arrives.
  • 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: She's long dead by the time of the series.
  • 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: She's black-haired, fair-skinned, and is explicitly described as a beauty by Myoga.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: Its clear her relationship with Inuyasha's father was not well received by her noble peers, when she is giving birth to Inuyasha, an army of samurai are there to keep the father of her child out of the mansion.
  • 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. 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 Trying Not to Cry...
  • Wicked Stepmother: 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.

    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: 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 Baritone: In both versions.
  • Badass Cape: 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 in the frame, etc. However, momentary glimpses of him can be seen as he's running through the forest as Freeze Frame Bonuses.
  • 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.
  • Good Parents: Despite everything, it's clear he loved both his sons very much.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: 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 yokai from the continent that came to feast on the souls of those who died in the Mongol invasion of Japan, and 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.
  • Happily Married: 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.
  • Interspecies Romance: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See Manipulative Bastard for more details.
  • 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.
  • Parental Favoritism: Implied, but ultimately averted; the chip on Sesshomaru's shoulder stems from the belief that he was The Unfavorite 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.
  • Posthumous Character: He's long dead before the story started.
  • Samurai Ponytail: The same silver hair as his sons, worn in this manner.
  • Say My Name: 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.
  • 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.
  • Youkai: He was an immensely powerful inugami.
  • World's Strongest Man: 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.

  • And I Must Scream: 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.
  • Determinator: She was fighting for centuries inside the jewel even when there was only a tiny speck of light inside it.
  • Disappears into Light: In the anime, after Kagome makes her wish for the Shikon Jewel to disappear, Midoriko sheathes her sword and vanishes along with the demons inhabiting the jewel. The everlasting battle that began centuries ago was finally over.
  • The Dreaded: She was demonkind's boogeyman during her lifetime.
  • The Faceless: In the manga her face (save for her corpse) is never seen.
  • Facial Markings: Has a star-shaped marking in the center of her forehead.
  • Master Swordsman: 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.
  • One-Woman Army: 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?
  • Posthumous Character: By the time of the series, she's been dead for centuries.
  • Regret Eating Me: The youkai literally had her in his jaws when she took him down.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: 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.
  • Taken for Granite: Her physical body remains in crystallized form in a cave near Sango's hometown.
  • Taking You with Me: What she does to the merged demon, resulting in the birth of the Sacred Jewel.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She's the creator of the Shikon Jewel, and the indirect cause of all the tragedy surrounding it.

    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.


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