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  • Affably Evil: For a band of murderers, they are True Companions, Determinators and downright quirky, especially Bankotsu and Jakotsu. Renkotsu, on the other hand, feigns kindness to hide his treacherous nature and pays dearly for it when confronted by Bankotsu.
  • Ax-Crazy: To varying degrees
  • Badass Crew: When they were still alive as a group collectively they were already able to kill entire armies of hundreds of men and take over castles and fortresses. Now back from the dead, they are One-Man Armies capable of not only slaughtering entire hordes musket riflemen and large demons as individuals on their own, but they have been reborn with multiple powers they never had while alive including insane durability to endure multiple gunshots like its nothing and other super demon feats.
  • Badass Normal: Aside from the jewel shards reanimating them, the Band of Seven are all just humans that have no supernatural abilities of their own. Everything they can do is from raw skill. The borderline exceptions are Ginkotsu who is a cyborg and Kyoukotsu who is a giant.
  • Blood Knight: All of them would rather go down fighting with the notable exception of Renkotsu.
  • Breakout Villains: Story wise, they're just a Quirky Mini Boss Squad that's quickly forgotten after their arc. Despite this, they got their own Leitmotif, part in a video game, this page dedicated to them and the fourth opening to the anime "Grip!" feature them due to how unique they are.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Despite being True Companions, they are unrepentant murderers, so much that Mt. Hakurei's purity note  makes them feel sick.
  • Determinator: With the exception of Renkotsu, all of them don't go down without a fight.
  • The Dreaded: All seven of them were feared for their brutality in combat, even decades after their executions.
  • Facial Markings: Each of them has unique facial markings to identify each member.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Naraku made the series Darker and Edgier, the Band of Seven were extremely effective in attempting to wipe out Inuyasha's group in their first encounter, forcing them to absolute desperation, something that most of the villains, including Naraku would barely manage each time before this incident. They also weren't picky in how they wanted them dead.
  • Meaningful Name: Goes both ways, they all share the name Kotsu which can translate as "bone" from which they were resurrected and as well as skill, to which fighting style they're specialized in.
  • Monstrosity Equals Weakness: Kyokotsu, Mukotsu and Ginkotsu are the weakest and therefore most hideous of the group
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: While they do have their quirks, they are certainly less prone to Villain Ball moments than most of the villains, if anything if not for the intervention of Sesshomaru and Myoga, the group would've suffered severe casualties.
  • Off With The Head: How they all died before they were resurrected.
  • One-Man Army: There are only seven of them, but each could take down a battalion easily.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: With the sacred jewel, they were resurrected to their former state, but had the smell of cemetery ground and enhanced strength.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The group in general gets along much better, complying even when they argue otherwise than Inuyasha's group who are always bickering with each other over the smallest things.
  • Psycho for Hire: They were ronin who took service under anyone who allowed them to kill as many as they could.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: For Naraku at Mt. Hakurei while he was reassembling himself, but it's more of Dragon with an Agenda than anything
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A giant, a Gonk poisoner, a Hollywood Cyborg, a Camp Gay swordsman with an Whip Sword, a doctor with a Super-Powered Evil Side with Wolverine Claws, a pyromancer and a teen with a BFS, easily the most diverse group in the series
  • Resurrected for a Job: Naraku resurrected them solely to keep Inuyasha's group distracted while he upgraded himself in the depths of Mt. Hakurei.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: Their encounter is the first time Inuyasha has been very close to having his friends die not because of their power, but because they're savvy enough to target the group while he's busy.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: They all conveniently fit this.
    • Pride: Bankotsu, being the leader of the Band of Seven, states at one point that he "does what he wants with no fear of the afterlife." He's also a big talker, and has the skills to match.
    • Greed: Renkotsu becomes obsessed with immortality and betrays his team for the jewel shards.
    • Lust: Mukotsu is intent on marrying (but nonetheless raping) Kagome.
    • Sloth: Suikotsu is unwilling to kill while his good side is dominant.
    • Envy: Jakotsu lashes out at anyone who interferes with him and Inuyasha.
    • Wrath: Let's face it, Ginkotsu is one angry dude. He doesn't express much emotion beyond anger. Same for Suikotsu's evil side.
    • Gluttony: Kyokotsu eats demons. And possibly humans. This is where his immense size comes from.
  • Too Powerful to Live/Too Cool to Live: In a series filled with Yōkai and super-powered priests/priestesses, they stand out as the sole Badass Normal group in the series when each Cast Herd has at least one or two of the aforementioned, having little supernatural abilities other than their own unique traits honed through battle and technique to fight and in one case, eat demons as well as other forces. They were able to take down entire armies easily before being ambushed by their retainers who thought they were too powerful and dangerous to wander freely. In fact the only thing that can take them out at this point are those are not human (half demon, revived priestess and demons to be more precise) and far surpass anyone else at the time.
  • True Companions: They are this despite being villains.
  • The Undead: Brought back by Naraku to fight his enemies via Shikon Jewel shards. As such, it takes a lot to finally kill them with the only guaranteed way being the removal of their shards.
  • Villains Out Shopping: With the exception of Kyokutsu the band are shown doing perfectly normal hobbies in their free time.

Leader of the Band of Seven, a powerful group of Psychos For Hire that roamed through Japan and was slaughtered ten years before the story sets. Naraku revives them with Shikon shards to have them as his bodyguards while his body evolves inside Mt. Hakurei.

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Matt Hill (EN), Gerardo García (LA SP), Giorgio Borghetti (IT)

  • Affably Evil: He's genuinely a Book Dumb and somewhat laid back person, but he's also a trigger happy killer. Even then, he genuinely cares for his comrades and is so sportsman like in his craft that you can't help, but enjoy his killings.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: While punching Inuyasha he points out that he was the leader precisely because he could fight all the other members to submission.
  • Badass Normal: Especially in a world filled with divine powered priests and powerful demons, he manages to kick ass by just being ridiculously strong for his size.
  • BFS: Banryuu (“Barbarian Dragon”) his halberd (not THAT kind, stupid!) is even bigger even than Inuyasha's. And he can wield it one-handed with such ease!
  • Blade on a Stick: His "halberd" is somewhere between the genuine article and a really big sword.
  • Blood Knight: He desired the jewel shards to increase his power and thus his fighting ability.
  • Book Dumb: Can't write a letter let alone read, but makes up for it with good judge in character and instincts.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: No fancy supernatural powers here, Bankotsu is just outrageously strong to the point where he can fight demons on equal footing. The anime plays with it by having his weapon gain sentience from killing so many humans and demons, allowing Bankotsu a few attacks that are supernatural in nature.
  • Combat Pragmatist: "In a match to the death, there's no such thing as foul or fair''.
  • Cool Sword: Like Inuyasha, Bankotsu can use his sword to channel magical attacks, up to and including a lightning storm. (anime only)
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's got quite a sharp tongue even when in the middle of battle.
  • Diagonal Cut: In the Manga, Inu Yasha feints a Wind Scar and then slash him across the chest. The anime apparently thought that it was anticlimatical, so...(see below).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wear the same loose footwear that Yura does, leaving his toes, heel and really, majority of his soles bare.
  • Dumb Muscle: He may be as powerful as a hundred men, but is the same guy who can't write a proper letter.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He was a bloodthirsty fighter, but he truly cared for his teammates and mourned their deaths. In fact, he snapped when Renkotsu killed Jakotsu, killing him in punishment for his treason
  • Even Evil Has Standards: What sets him apart from Renkotsu? He won't betray his friends. Unless the friend in question has betrayed your mutual friends, as Renkotsu learns the hard way.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Inuyasha, both aren't the brightest in their groups, have BFS, and are incredibly strong to make up for it
  • Facial Markings: A cross on his forehead
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His armor has a single shoulder guard for his left shoulder.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite living in a world where youkai and magic are common knowledge, and being a resurrected human, he explicitly tells Kikyo that he doesn't believe in an afterlife. It's worth noting that this could actually be a clue that his resurrection wasn't quite normal; the soul is shown to exist in Inuyasha, but if he's more of an animated corpse rather than a resurrected human, he might not have any memories of the afterlife. In that light, saying he doesn't believe in it is perfectly acceptable.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In the manga, Inuyasha chops him in two.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the anime, he slays some demons, turning his Banryuu into a uber-powerful demonic weapon. Sadly, this also gives him a demonic aura, making him a perfect target for Inuyasha's Bakuryuha attack.
  • The Leader: of the Band of Seven / Shichinin-tai. Headstrong type because the strength of his body and personality made him dominant of them all.
  • Malaproper: Hilariously done in his first scene
  • The Napoleon: A badass shorty.
  • Never Learned to Read: He can't read or write, and he needs help when writing letters. Justified, since only members of the Upper Class such as Samurai were taught how to read and write at the time period.
  • Noble Demon: Cares for his comrades which in turn share varying degrees of loyalty, does not betray them and fights with pride; someone very opposite to Naraku; Inuyasha even explicitly says that, though he may be evil, Bankotsu is still "a hundred times more decent" than Naraku.
  • Off with His Head!: His first death. He's pretty obsessed with it, too.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Can effortlessly lift and swing his Banryu with one hand, even prior to being resurrected with the Jewel Shards. The Samurai lord who took Banryu as a trophy after executing the Band of Seven lampshades this, remarking that it took 3 men to carry it.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's one of the smallest members of the team, but can swing a massive halberd like it's a toothpick.
  • Psycho for Hire: "We'll become mercenaries and slaughter everybody!"
  • Rapunzel Hair: Kept in a long braid
  • Razor Wind: Banryuu can cast very hot wind blasts at foes.
  • Shirtless Scene: Naraku revived the whole Band naked, so...
  • Straw Nihilist: Since he doesn't remember anything between his first death and resurrection, He thinks this means there is no afterlife, and thus he can do whatever he feels like, since people don't get punished or rewarded for what they do.
  • Street Smart: While he is Book Dumb, what makes him The Leader and not Renkotsu is that he can read the intents of others, is very good at improvising and has good instincts overall
  • Villainous Friendship: Especially with Jakotsu, whom he claims is the only person he can trust. After Renkotsu kills Jakotsu for his jewel shard, Bankotsu returns the favor.
  • Weapon Across the Shoulder: Normally.


One of the Band of Seven, Bankotsu's best friend and most loyal follower, also the most openly homosexual villain in the series.

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Jenn Forgie (EN), Ana Patricia Anides / Rocío Prado (LA SP), Monica Bertolotti (IT)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Inuyasha. It's not that Jakotsu is repulsive in appearance (actually, he's far from it), it's that he's completely and undeniably nuts.
  • Affably Evil: He is amiable among his colleagues and his obsession with Inuyasha borders on goofy, when it is not frightening.
  • Agent Peacock: He may be as Camp Gay as one could be and even be perceived as a sissy villain. But he's a One-Man Army who can kill armed bandits and samurai of over fifty men with a single blow and given time, easily obliterate hundreds. He gives Inuyasha and his companions a TOUGH TIME.
  • Ax-Crazy: While a psychopathic killer, it's played more for laughs
  • Back from the Dead: And he died knowing he had fun because he got to go down fighting in a cooler way than when he first died
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He squeals over nice clothes and cute men (not just Inuyasha, but also Miroku and even Sesshoumaru) at one moment. At the other, he slices you into ribbons with his Whip Sword.
  • Bishōnen: Jakotsu is very, very pretty.
  • Blood Knight: Views Inuyasha as a Worthy Opponent among other things, and enjoys a good fight
  • Camp Gay: He can easily be mistaken for a woman, acts in an energetic manner, and is keenly interested in Inuyasha.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Enjoys inflicting pain as well as receiving it. When he fights a Brought Down to Normal Inuyasha on Mount Hakurei, he absolutely delights in being able to hurt him; by the time the "fight" is over, Inuyasha is half-conscious and unable to move, while Jakotsu is disappointed only that Inuyasha never screamed in pain.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Plays the more feminine energetic part rather than the outright flamboyant portrayal.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Though he develops, thanks to his Hidden Depths.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: And sounds like one too: one absolutely wouldn't be blamed for thinking that he is a woman.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Jakotsu dresses like a woman, has a female voice actor on both sides of the Pacific, is Camp Gay, and is contemptuous of his female opponents.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike the other members, he's honestly and totally loyal to Bankotsu. In the anime, is shown that they were together even before forming the Band of Seven.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He's pretty calm as he lays dying and then as Renkotsu definitely kills him, even smiling a little.
  • Facial Markings: He’s got facepaint AND actual women's makeup!
  • Has a Type: Not picky when it comes to men, but Inuyasha is his favorite.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Bankotsu scolds him for killing all the women in a castle, so that now they have no one to serve them saké.
  • Hidden Depths: See Pet the Dog.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Oh yes.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: After dishing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Human!Inuyasha at Mt. Hakurei, Jakotsu is openly disappointed that Inuyasha didn't scream even once.
  • Mad Love: Inuyasha found himself on the receiving end of Jakotsu's attentions who was quite determined to show Inuyasha the affection he always gives to his favourites... which involves death and possibly torture/rape.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Gets impaled in the liver by Sesshomaru. He just flirts with him.
  • Number Two: The second in command of the Band of Seven.
  • Pet the Dog: His sincere and even sweet friendship with Bankotsu is his main humanizing trait.
  • Pretty Boy: I mean, take a look at him. He could, very easily, pass for a woman.
  • Psycho for Hire: Along with the rest of the Band of Seven
  • Serial Killer: Sure, unlike Mukotsu, he can looks cute and act goofy when pursuing his crush... but when he says that you are his type, this means he wants to cut you apart and the slower the better, not to get into your pants. He explicitly notes that Inuyasha was just the last in his line of victims, too.
  • Sissy Villain: Extremely effeminate, looks, talks, acts, and dresses like a woman, is obsessed with fashion, hates women, and is very openly gay, but he is also a dangerously psychopathic Agent Peacock with a very cool sword.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He becomes obsessed with Inuyasha from the very first moment they meet. He loves Inuyasha's ears so much he wants carve them off and keep them for trophies. After he's had his way with Inuyasha, of course.
  • Undying Loyalty: While the group are generally true companions, he's the most clear example when it comes to their boss Bankotsu. He at one point hands him a jewel shard rather than keeping it for himself (not thinking it as a big deal; he was just doing what he was told), causing Bankotsu to privately realize he was the most trustworthy member of the lot.
  • Villainous Crush: On Inuyasha.
  • Villainous Friendship: His very genuine friendship with Bankotsu.
  • Whip Sword: Rather than being a longsword with a segmented blade is a large scimitar with lots of identical, crescent-shaped blades connected by the tips.
  • Yandere: Expresses his love for Inuyasha by cutting him up.

One of the Band of Seven, the strategist and fire arms expert of the group.

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP), Brian Drummond (EN), Ricardo Mendoza and then Jorge Ornelas (LA SP), Maurizio Fiorentini (IT)

Another member of the Band of Seven, and even more bloodthirsty than Jakotsu... when he's dominated by his Superpowered Evil Side, that is.

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), Michael Donovan (EN), José Luis Orozco (LA SP), Mirko Mazzanti (IT)

A robotic man who serves as the primary muscle of the Band of Seven.

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Mark Gibbon (EN), Javier Rivero (LA SP), Alessandro Pala (IT)

  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga he dies after Koga manages to stuff his armor inside his cannons, but in the anime, he actually manages to last longer and pull a Heroic Sacrifice in order to save Renkotsu
  • Anatomy Arsenal: Most of his body.
  • Artificial Limbs: To enhance his capabilities
  • Back from the Dead: Twice, first as a zombie, then as a robot zombie tank
  • Brains and Brawn: With Renkotsu.
  • Determinator: A great villainous example. Nothing you do to Ginkotsu will put him down permanently, even when he becomes more machine than man, he's still up and running!
  • Evil Redhead: His hair is red. He is evil. Kind of self-explanatory.
  • Evil Laugh: Gesh, doubles as Pokémon Speak for most of the time
  • Gonk: Even if you put aside all the numerous modifications, he's pretty much weird.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Manages one in the anime, despite his villainy. He blows himself up so that Renkotsu can escape from Koga, but only in the anime.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the manga, he's blown to smithereens when Koga stuffed his cannon with a piece of metal plate.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: "Run awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!" Especially, since it's very out of place in the Feudal era filled with demons and supernatural priests
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: After his battle with Inuyasha. Renkostu turns him into a tank.
  • More Dakka: Attempts this on Koga just after Koga stuffs his cannons.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Basically, a zombie cyborg in the Feudal Era of Japan that also later become a tank.
  • Schizo Tech: How did they manage a cyborg in Feudal Japan?
  • Shoulder Cannon: Has one.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Containing several deadly tricks, mostly wire darts.
  • Taking You with Me: He blows himself up so that Renkotsu can escape from Koga.
  • Tank Goodness: Post-upgrade.
  • This Is a Drill: Amongst thousands of weapons, he uses a giant drill coming out of his chest to skewer Inu Yasha.
  • The Undead: A robotic one
  • Villainous Friendship: with Renkotsu, being the latter's only redeemable trait
  • Walking Armory: About as literal as possible. His arsenal includes projectile saw blades, a grappling arm, incendiary bombs, a canon, an axe, and a drill. And these are before his upgrades into a literal walking tank.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Thanks to Rekotsu

Member of the Band of Seven, is a short, ugly man and poison user who's obsessed with girls.

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Trevor Devall (EN), Orlando Rivas (LA SP), Danilo De Girolamo (IT)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Kagome, who he intends on raping and marrying (possibly not ...In That Order).
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Working with various poisonous substances made him immune to toxins.
  • Attempted Rape: On Kagome, in the manga. It was bowdlerized into a weird pseudo-marriage ceremony in the anime.
  • Berserk Button: Really hates to be mocked or rejected because of his ugly face, to the point that he starts crying when Kagome stab his neck as he tries to embrace her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Tries to kill Sesshomaru twice with poison clouds. It goes as well as you can imagine.
  • Depraved Dwarf: Shortest and most repulsive of the seven
  • Determinator: When facing Sesshomaru, he doesn't go down without a short struggle
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted. Seemed to be this like Renkotsu once Sesshomaru easily passed through his poisons, but it was an act to let his guard down it obviously didn't work
  • Dirty Old Man: Not as bad as Guame but still bad
  • The Evil Genius: Could share this role with Renkotsu, but was killed before the main ones appeared.
  • Evil Old Folks: The oldest of the Band of Seven, and like Kyokotsu and Renkotsu has little redeeming qualities.
  • Gonk: An obsession for him.
  • Lighter and Softer: In the anime, Mukotsu is a sadistic poisoner who likes to kill victims, but he also wants a woman to be wedded in a bizarre manner, but still tries to kill them if they refuse and is very self conscious on his Gonk looks. In the manga, he is a straight up rapist and his Gonk looks are his Berserk Button.
  • Master Poisoner: His specialty is poison, being able to come up with various concoctions that serve different purposes.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realize that his poisons don't work on a powerful demon like Sesshomaru.
  • Poisonous Person: As a result of being of working with poison for so long, his body has absorbed some poisonous properties.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's easily the most disgusting of the Band of Seven in personality, even when juxtaposed against rotten people like Renkotsu and Evil!Suikotsu. It makes his death at Sesshomaru's hands (who is himself not exactly a saint) all the more deserved.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Usually a sickening purple.
  • Universal Poison: Subverted, he fights with several kinds of poisons, including an acidic cloud, a paralyzing toxin and a poison that affects the victim throught the eyes and skin.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He punched Kagome in the face when she tried to defend herself.

The first member of the Band of Seven, is a colossal brute of a man that feeds on demons to restore his power. Easily dispatched by Kouga.

Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (JP), Mark Gibbon (EN), Carlos del Campo (LA SP), Massimo Bitossi (IT)


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