"[Anyway], aside from my shortcoming of not being so amazing that I was lucid fresh from the womb, I can relate the circumstances of my birth and early childhood." -Chapter 1
The unnamed protagonist and narrator of the story, who eventually grows up to become Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru's father. He was raised as an ordinary dog in a human village until one day the village was attacked and destroyed, and his mother mysteriously disappeared. On his own for the first time, he sets out to discover what happened to his mother and village.
"Kid" (by Yachouon), "Bake-inu
" (by Akagane), "Wan-chan" (by Hisui), "Puppy Boy" (by Eika), "Woof" (by his mother)
- Action Pet: Acts as Akagane's pet dog for a good chunk of the story, and often uses that form to kick some ass.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Akagane calls him "Bake-inu", which just means "Monster Dog".
- Animal Stereotypes: He's a dog, and acts like one, too.
- Animorphism: Can take the form of a human or a dog.
- Badass and Child Duo: The Child to Akagane's Badass.
- Barrier Warrior: Youki is good for that sort of thing.
- Big Friendly Dog: He's big. He's friendly. He's a dog.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Put through a brainwashing regimen by the Big Bad in an attempt to snap him out of his Heroic BSoD. Sent him on a murderous rampage instead.
- Canis Major: Your dog wants cow.
- Child by Rape: Euphemistically implied all the way back in chapter 1, then more explicitly confirmed in chapter 104.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He just can't say no to someone who needs help.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Conveniently, but not willingly.
- Deadpan Snarker: So. Much. Snark.
- Determinator: He REALLY can't say no to someone who needs help.
- Doomed Hometown: Given that there's a rampaging army of oni going around razing everything in their path this is seen quite a bit.
- Enemy Within / Split-Personality Merge: His Brainwashed and Crazy half splits from his Woobie half, and the two duke it out in his subconscious until they acknowledge each other's merits and merge back together.
- Everyone Has Standards: Spans the story.
- Facial Markings: The blue stripes aren't just a fashion statement.
- Flight: Once he learns how.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: It's the only thing that saves his life on a few occasions.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When he finds out what happened to his mother. The fact that his head was pumped full of miasma at the time didn't help
- Healing Factor: A broken arm tis but a scratch.
- Hurting Hero: Spans the story.
- It's Personal: He just wants his mommy back.
- Ki Manipulation: More like youki.
- Killer Puppy
- Missing Mom: The entire plot revolves around this.
- Morphic Resonance / Little Bit Beastly: Keeps his tail, teeth, and claws in human form.
- Noble Demon
- No Name Given
- No One Could Survive That!: Good thing he can heal.
- The Nose Knows
- O.C. Stand-in: He's technically a canon character, but since almost nothing is actually known of his canon personality or history, he may as well be an Original Character in this work.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Since he has no given name.
- Pointy Ears
- Power at a Price
- Pretty in Mink: As a dog, he is quite fluffy. As a humanoid he's...still quite fluffy.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: One of his most powerful weapons
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sapient Pet: Type 2. He'll speak and use his human form around humans he knows, but generally plays "normal dog" around strangers.
- Sizeshifter: He's able to control his size as a canine by remembering how to felt to be smaller in size, however he can not make himself any larger than he is naturally.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Superpowered Evil Side
- Super Speed: Thanks to eating lots of bunnies.
- Super Strength: Depending on his size.
- Talking Animal: Sort of. In dog form he can project his voice into a person's head, but he can't actually talk.
- The Unpronounceable: He does have a name. It's "Woof". But no one can say it quite right.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: But only if he kills them with his fangs.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Wide-Eyed Idealist. Initially, at least
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- You Are Who You Eat: He is able to gain the traits and abilities of what he eats.
Yachouon: "Well, you're definitely a pathetic sight now, kid. I dunno what you were thinking trying to take on that oni by yourself, but thanks for distracting him for me for a bit. Too bad you're so small and wimpy, though, else I could've used you." -Chapter 4
A sound-based youkai who takes the appearance of a 12 year old child with bat ears. He carries two bells, Kakyou and Genkyou, which can amplify and suppress a target's power, respectively. Genkyou has been stolen, and he enlists in Inu-papa's canine tracking skills in order to get it back.
Name (kanji): 夜潮音
Name meaning: "Sound of waves at night"
Akagane: " "You are more than welcome to roll over and die if the idea of inconveniencing anyone else is so distasteful to you. The reality of the world, however, is that every action you take affects someone negatively somewhere, even if you did not intend it, and even if you are not aware of it." -Chapter 21
A skilled blacksmith who abandoned his trade after his sister's soul was stolen by the mysterious "One-Eyed Youkai". He begins working as a taijiya
, contracting his services to slay youkai in the hopes of finding and defeating the One-Eyed Youkai that killed his sister. Inu-papa ends up on his hit-list, and must convince Akagane that he is not a threat.
Name (kanji): 赤金
Name meaning: "Copper"
- Aloof Older Brother
- Animal Nemesis: He doesn't like dogs very much especially since one completely destroyed his family and home as a child.
- Badass and Child Duo: The Badass to Inu-papa's Child.
- Badass in Distress: Seems like Inu-papa has to save him every battle they get into.
- Badass Normal: Don't let the bloated speech, massive spear, or tight leather fool you. He is very much a normal human.
- Big Brother Mentor: Eventually.
- Big Brother Instinct
- The Blacksmith: He's a bit of a prodigy.
- Blade on a Stick / Named Weapons: Sansazume.
- Break the Haughty: Sometimes legitimately, sometimes just to make him the Butt-Monkey to knock him down a few notches.
- Broken Bird: Detaches himself from other people after his sister's soul is stolen and he makes it his singular mission to retrieve it.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Hisui.
- Butt-Monkey: It's so fun to tease the serious ones.
- Cerebus Retcon / Harsher in Hindsight: Akagane is frequently hit on by other men and put into demeaning situations as a way to Break the Haughty. However, he later implies that he was sexually assaulted when he was younger, which makes his earlier treatment by the plot decidedly darker.
- Characterization Marches On: He was quite a bit more of a Jerkass when he first showed up, and also regularly used contractions. Both these traits were toned down within a few chapters.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Hisui, whom he's lived with since he was 6 or 7.
- The Comically Serious
- Cultured Badass: In his speech patterns, at least. He's also an artist.
- Delusions of Eloquence: While he typically doesn't bungle his inflated speech (unlike his sister when she attempts to imitate him), he's still faking it. He's just been doing it so long that it's stuck.
- Even the Guys Want Him: His looks only seem to draw attention from men.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: Youkai killing? Easy. Blacksmithing? No problem. Reading and writing? Pfft. Accounting? Oh God no!
- Everyone Has Standards: Most notable in his very first interaction with Inu-papa.
- Happily Married
- Hates Being Touched: Particularly with Hisui, at least initially.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Yeah, pretty much.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Black, form-fitting snakeskin leather bodysuit.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In the Cock Fight that was Chapter 100, was revealed to match or beat Inu-papa in every stat but speed, even then only because of an injured leg and Inu-papa's speed being artificially augmented.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kick the Dog —> Licked by the Dog —> Pet the Dog —> Adopt the Dog
- Knight in Sour Armor
- The Lancer: Literally.
- Men Can't Keep House: Lives in a glorified storage shed that's so cluttered with junk that he has to sleep in a hammock hanging above it. Once he moves into the house, he wastes no time in decorating his room with piles of old clothes.
- Missing Mom: Killed by rampaging youkai when he was 6.
- Mistaken for Gay
- Mr. Fanservice: Regularly wears skin-tight black leather, gets two naked scenes and a few more topless scenes.
- Multi-Melee Master: Is proficient with both a spear and a sword. Sometimes both at once.
- Papa Wolf: Woe to anyone who threatens his family.
- Primal Fear: Afraid of heights. Or, specifically, afraid of flying, where he has no direct anchoring to the ground.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Type 3.
- The Queen's Latin: Is meant to sound stuffy and aristocratic, which in English tends to come across as a British accent, despite the fact that he is quite Japanese.
- Real Men Hate Affection: Slowly grows out of it, though.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Though really, it's light red.
- Sensual Spandex
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Affected the speech patterns of the nobility in order to sound more refined because Kogane thought it sounded cool
- The Snark Knight
- The Stoic / Not So Stoic
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Or rather, "Tall, Dark, and Human", according to Eika.
- Team Dad
Hisui: "Yes, that's exactly it! Tragedies aren't the end of the world, and you need to be able to learn from them and see that there can still be a future." -Chapter 60
The daughter of the chief of the Artisan Village where Akagane lives. She crafts women's hairpins to sell in the city, and has a passion for accounting and record-keeping. She supports Akagane's quest to find his sister's killer, at odds with the rest of the village who demand he return to proper work. She is the first person to treat Inu-papa kindly after the loss of his mother, so he becomes instantly attached to her.
Name (kanji): 翡翠
Name meaning: "Jade"
Ryakki: "In the future, the legend all the children will want to hear will be the one about the great female oni thief Ryakki!" -Chapter 45
A little oni girl trapped in the cursed forest at the base of the cursed mountain. She is a kleptomaniac and makes a hobby of ransacking the corpses that are regularly thrown from the mountain. She desires to someday be taken seriously despite her gender and speech impediment. Ryakki first meets Inu-papa when he approaches the cursed mountain in search of his mother, and she agrees to guide him in return for his "treasure".
Name (kanji): 略鬼
Name meaning: "Thieving oni"
"I was... alone. Eika, while annoying and extremely superficial, was at least company. But in my moment of emotional need she had... left. She couldn't handle it, so just left." -Chapter 31
A sound-based youkai who can manipulate people like puppets with her musical instrument. She is constantly seeking the perfect man with the perfect aura, and chases any man she sees to varying degrees of success. She had a past relationship with Yachouon that didn't work out, so decides that Inu-papa is going to be her perfect man once he grows up.
Name (kanji): 詠歌
Name meaning: "Poem"
"You make it sound like it's no big deal. My family's very purpose is to guard this forest. They would die to protect them, and they did, and so will I." -Chapter 95
A shapeshifting kitsune who is the last surviving guardian of the forest. She sought revenge against humans for the deaths of her family and her forest, until she discovered that the one who betrayed her wasn't who she thought. Now, abandoning her duties, she seeks out her sister's true killer. Deception is the only means by which she knows how to interact with people, and her hatred of humanity runs deep.
Name (kanji): 輪影
Name meaning: "Ring Shadow"