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  • Accidental Innuendo: The sword Tessaiga is astonishingly phallic. It even throbs with warmth when "awakened" and grows hair on its hilt. The reason the sword was created was for a WOMAN. The sword is "awakened" by "protecting" a WOMAN. Plus powerful energies being "released" from it.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Kikyo. Many haters bawled when she bit it.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Would it be a stretch to say that Miroku is more desperate than lecherous? After all, if he doesn't have an heir before the Wind Tunnel consumes him, well...
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    • The old lady from the Demon's head arc, is she really a fraud or is it merely Obfuscating Stupidity and she is actually more powerful than she seems, especially since she's not unnerved by the demonic aura that keeps everyone in the main group on the edge.
  • Arc Fatigue: A common criticism of the series, even by its fans, is that it was way longer than it needed to be. Naraku's Joker Immunity meant he kept getting more and more powerful while his Motive Decay meant he became less and less interesting, turning him into a Generic Doomsday Villain. The Love Triangle between Inuyasha, Kagome, and Kikyo takes a very long time to be resolved, even though it's obvious who Inuyasha would end up with eventually and it should be obvious to all the cast as well. The story was also dragged out by Inuyasha's group being full of Chronic Hero Syndrome, helping anyone in spite of Inuyasha noting this draws them away from finding Naraku and thus the main plot. The Final Act reverses this issue, cramming more than 20 volumes into 26 episodes, at the sacrifice of one chapter involving a regenerating tree hermit demon never being adapted in favor of Kanna's character development.
  • Awesome Music:
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    • Look no further than "Hanyou."
    • The music was done by Kaoru Wada. EVERY track in the series is CMOA.
    • Inuyasha and Kagome's theme and To Love's End, two of the most beautiful love themes ever written, with the first featuring a mesmerizing One-Woman Wail.
    • Kikyo's theme, an understated and haunting song that epitomizes traditional Japanese culture and aesthetics.
    • Sesshomaru's theme starts off creepy and then goes into pure badassery.
    • "Every Heart", anyone?
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Kikyo and Kagome, either good foils to Inuyasha or incredibly bad influences on his behavior. Kagome being extremely clingy and getting jealous for any reason, even if it's not justified and Kikyo, who constantly avoids him and/or manipulates him into getting what she wants. Both their problems (going back to the present to graduate and finishing off Naraku when she's not capable) respectively have dragged down Inuyasha on more than one occasion.
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    • Inuyasha himself. He's either a badass Anti-Hero with a heart of gold or a whiny, abusive Designated Hero.
    • Sesshomaru: The coolest character ever or a childish and extremely powerful character who can't come up with interesting dialogue and suffers from Daddy Issues.
    • Koga and Shippo are disliked by some viewers, but they also have their decent share of fans, especially Koga.
    • Naraku. He is either loved for being a badass Chessmaster, or is hated for sitting on his ass most of the time and constantly cheating death to the point of absolute boredom for the audience when he does fight.
  • Broken Base:
    • Over The Final Act, which crammed over 20 volumes into 26 episodes. It's either considered an Even Better Sequel from the last few seasons of the anime because of the fast pacing and removal of a lot of filler, or it's considered just painful to watch because of said pacing being too fast (particularly if one is familiar with the manga), cutting Character Development, rushing a lot of the storylines and leaving many Plot Holes as a result.
    • There's even a small one over whether the original anime is a good adaptation of the manga or not. Detractors usually dislike the anime for adding too many pointless filler moments or even entire episodes, while removing some other important moments of the manga. A second group will complain on the characters, particularly Kagome and/or Kikyo, being portrayed as more unlikable than their manga counterparts, i.e. Kagome in the anime has a tendency to be more short-tempered (she tells Inuyasha to "Sit" a lot more in the anime than in the manga, for instance), while anime!Kikyo appears even more aloof and holds her grudge towards Inuyasha longer. Still, the majority of the fanbase will greatly enjoy the anime despite its flaws.
    • Naraku's defeat. The revelation that his true wish had been to have Kikyo's heart had fans either finding it a touching, final moment to showcase his human heart in the end, or a complete deviation from his consistent portrayal as a Complete Monster through the entire series, next to Onigumo having been stated to have only been a part of him, which made said revelation come a little out of nowhere to some fans.
    • The ending. Fans either find it a touching and satisfying wrap-up of the series, or quite underwhelming given the lack of any real emotional payoff between either Sango/Miroku or Inuyasha/Kagome, or between any of the main cast for that matter. While Sango and Miroku were at least given Babies Ever After during the three year time-skip, fans never quite forgave Takahashi for not giving Inuyasha and Kagome a single kiss. The Final Act would eventually fix that last one though.
  • Catharsis Factor: Naraku finally being rendered Deader Than Dead after being an Invincible Villain for 12 real-life years.
  • Common Knowledge: 'Sesshomaru raised/adopted Rin' pops up often in discussions of their characters, but while Rin does spend most of the series travelling with him, the time that covers is only about a year. As protective as Sesshomaru is towards her, both in and out of universe their relationship is described as a lord and his vassal/follower, rather than father and daughter. The series actually ends with Rin staying behind in a human village until she's old enough to decide whether she wants to remain in the human world or not; and it's Kaede who takes her in and raises her for the rest of her childhood, with Sesshomaru visiting her but not actually involved in her upbringing.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Original manga:
      • Naraku is a manipulative half-demon seeking the Sacred Jewel. Born out of the bandit Onigumo's pact with demons to covet the love of the priestess who guards the Jewel, Kikyo, Naraku instead uses his first moments to mortally wound Kikyo and make her think her lover Inuyasha betrayed her. When Kikyo has the Jewel burned with her body, Naraku, while awaiting its return, curses a family of monks to die slowly and horribly with each generation lest they kill him. In present time, Naraku becomes more active as the Jewel returns; orchestrating countless demon attacks to devastate cities and towns across the country; creating incarnations of himself to sew chaos while leading them to their deaths; corrupting a young demon slayer into killing his family and manipulating him as a puppet; and even resurrecting the Band of Seven, a group of mercenaries who have killed thousands, to murder as they please to distract the heroes from his true plans. Horrifically abusive to his own incarnation-children, Naraku threatens their lives to ensure their allegiance and cruelly leads them to their deaths as soon as they cease being useful to him. A spiteful, sadistic monster, Naraku deals with his own depression and insecurity by devastating the land of Feudal Japan and seeking nothing more than to cause as much misery as possible.
      • Hakudoshi, Naraku's incarnation born of a split from the Infant, is the most like his father in cruelty and sadism. Murdering multiple demons to examine their minds for the secrets of the netherworld and forcing Kagura to risk her life to test the gates, Hakudoshi eventually unleashes swarms of demon rats to devour entire villages to lure out Kikyo and plans to unleash them all over Japan should she not give herself up, showing sadistic glee in the almost unparalleled amounts of bloodshed caused. Later murdering demons for his own experiments to create the living armor Moryomaru, Hakudoshi even plans to backstab Naraku with no loyalty to anyone or anything but himself.
    • Anime films:
      • Affections Touching Across Time: Menomaru is a moth demon from Mongolia and the former second-in-command to his father, the Lord Hyoga, who sought to conquer Japan 200 years in the past until Hyoga was killed and Menomaru sealed by Inuyasha's father. Awakening in reaction to the power of the Sacred Jewel, Menomaru manipulates Inuyasha into unsealing the dead Hyoga's powers, allowing him to spread his poisonous moths across Japan, killing all they come across for Menomaru to consume their souls. Empowering himself enough to become the new Lord Hyoga, Menomaru, a vicious monster bent on proving his superiority over everything, summons forth his father's army and orders them to kill every living creature on the planet.
      • The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass: "Princess Kaguya" is a ruthless demon who devoured many other demons for power, later consuming the real Kaguya and taking her identity and form. After being sealed off by Miroku's grandfather after slaughtering numerous villagers, Kaguya returns after Naraku's supposed death to attempt to turn Inuyasha into a bloodthirsty monster. Enacting a ritual to bring "Eternal Night" and end time for all beings, destroying them, Kaguya intends to reign over the planet as the only living thing left.
      • Swords of an Honorable Ruler: So'unga is a sword housing the evil soul of a dragon. Possessing those who wield it to slaughter all about them, So'unga was controlled by the great demon Toga until his death. Returning to briefly possess Inuyasha and trying to destroy modern-day Tokyo, So'unga revives the vicious demon-hating warrior Takemaru to slaughter numerous men to steal their souls and revive them as zombies, enhancing Takemaru's negativity and hate for demons against Toga's children for revenge. Even after Takemaru is dead, So'unga is intent on opening the path to the underworld and annihilating all that lives.
    • The Secret of the Cursed Mask: This version of Naraku maintains his deceitful nature and is the game's true villain. Manipulating the living doll Utsugi, Naraku brings their descendant, the Player Character, to the past, ostensibly to allow Utsugi to become human but really to devour them and empower himself. Framing the protagonist as a criminal to draw them out, Naraku fights them in Castle Town after possessing the Lord and after defeating them, wipes out the city and resurrects the local samurai and even a little girl to serve as his undead soldiers. Also orchestrating Utsugi's attacks on the wolf demon tribe and piling his lair with the carcasses of demons he used and devoured, Naraku eventually consumes the pained Utsugi for their powerful aura.
  • Covered Up: Of the Translated Cover Version variety: Australian pop singer Sophie Monk's Come My Way was covered by Namie Amuro as "Come" and used as the 7th end theme. Try finding a video where it's not listed as "English cover".
  • Die for Our Ship: Has its own page
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Sesshomaru. Character Development eventually renders him more sympathetic, but even prior to that he already had a substantial fanbase willing to overlook how in his early appearances he made several attempts at murdering Inuyasha and Kagome over a sword that he honestly didn't even need. In the manga he chops someone's head off just because he was standing there in his introduction.
    • Koga. A lot of fans, especially shippers, are quick to forgive and forget his history of siccing his wolves on human villages for their meals, kidnapping Kagome to make her his mate and force her to gather jewel shards for him, and in general acting like other youkai in that he looks down on normal humans and especially Inuyasha for being a half-breed. Character Development does make him more heroic, but he's far from the Nice Guy many depict him as. It might be more a case of Characterization Marches On as the narrative and characters themselves seems to forget about Koga's villainous introduction, as he goes on to be an overall Anti-Hero instead.
    • Naraku. Unlike the above two, he has no Character Development, and he tortures, manipulates, and tries to kill every member of the main cast several times over.
    • Yura of the Demon Hair. For...some not-so-subtle reasons.
  • Ending Fatigue:
    • Many complain that around the third or fourth season the anime begins to drag, pace-wise. This is a complaint of many of Takahashi's work - namely that they're good, but tend to go nowhere fast. However, this doesn't happen as much in the manga, since the aforementioned seasons of the anime are filler-heavy.
    • Oddly, the second series has the reverse problem. Well over 100 chapters are condensed into a single season of 26 episodes.
  • Epileptic Trees: Since the announcement of a Sequel Series, fans has been clamoring over who is the mother of Sesshomaru's daughters, Setsuna and Towa. According to the title, his daughters are apparently half-human, making assumptions if the mother in question is Rin. Some fans are aware of the Feudal Era's Values Dissonance at the time, but there are some who sees the Wife Husbandry of the two being a Squick factor. At this point, this is all that will be said for now.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Yura of the Demon Hair was in two early episodes as a random Monster of the Week and yet she somehow amassed a decent fanbase and a ton of fanart due to her alluring design, speaking habits, and unique hair-based powers. Many of her fans had lamented over her death, feeling and believing that she could've been an interesting recurring character for the series. Some fans have even gone as far as saying that she could've made a great addition to the main cast given her unexpected popularity.
    • The Band of Seven, a bunch of True Companions who were basically bit players for an arc (they were just serving Big Bad Naraku, after all) but damn if they're not well received and it's one of the best-remembered arcs from the original series' run.
    • The Panther Deva quartet (Toran, Karan, Shuran, and Shunran), much like Yura as already mentioned above and despite being part of an anime-exclusive Filler mini story arc has also amassed a decent fanbase and a ton of fanart as well due to their character designs, their own respective Elemental Powers, and Backstory of their clan's past battle against Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father. Unlike Yura, who was Killed Off for Real, the Panther Deva quartet had survived their battle against Inuyasha and company (although Karan, Shuran, and Shunran were temporarily killed by the Panther King only to be resurrected by Sesshomaru later on) while burying the hatchet between them and just like Yura's scenario, fans felt and believed that the Panther Deva quartet could've been interesting recurring characters who would've also made great additions to the main cast of the series as well.
    • Although she started out as an anime-exclusive character before eventually becoming a Canon Immigrant to the original manga, Ayame has her own small yet loyal fanbase who loves her character design, Plucky Girl personality, and hilarious interactions with Koga.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Inuyasha and Kagome are hinted to be married and are living happily with one another, however the probability that Inuyasha will age much slower than Kagome is never mentioned, meaning he'll most likely still be young looking when Kagome (and Sango and Miroku for that matter) are old. Also, it's never confirmed whether they can still use the well, meaning Kagome could possibly be separated from her family forever.
  • Estrogen Brigade: With this many bishonen, it was inevitable.
  • Evil Is Cool: Naraku after the Band of Seven arc, Goshinki, Ryukotsusei and the Band of Seven themselves.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • As already mentioned above, Yura of the Demon Hair was in two early episodes as a random Monster of the Week and yet she somehow gained plenty of fanboys thanks to her sexy voice and Stripperiffic outfit.
    • Kagura is also pretty attractive for a demoness and gets Clothing Damage to the chest, twice! Although the anime has her breasts covered up during her Clothing Damage, the manga has no problem showing her breasts completely uncovered! Cue nosebleeding fanboys.
    • Believe it or not, Naraku himself has plenty of fangirls, when he isn't shown with Body Horror.
    • Sesshomaru before his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Toran, Karan, and Shunran of the Panther Deva quartet before their Heel–Face Turn.
    • In fact, any normal looking evil demons are pretty sexy themselves.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: You can't swing a Tessaiga in the fanfiction community without hitting a fic where characters from the feudal era appear in the present having lived through to the modern era. Charms and spells to mask youkai as normal humans are pretty much a requirement, too.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Fifty years passed between when Kikyo died and when Kagome came to the Feudal Era. Fifty years during which time Sesshomaru was looking for Tessaiga, Naraku was around scheming, Kaede grows up to take Kikyo's place protecting the village, and so forth.
    • The series says only Inuyasha and Kagome can travel through the well between the feudal and modern era, but disregarding that allows mountains of story potential to be realized.
    • Early in the series, Naraku has a large majority of Shikon Jewel shards, and continuously acquires more off-screen. Where he got them and how is an open book. For that matter, writing in the characters encounting others with Jewel shards is a ripe concept.
    • Five hundred years passed between Kikyo dying and being reincarnated as Kagome, plenty of time to say that perhaps she reincarnated before Kagome, and the fifty year time frame is large enough to say she reincarnated just a few years later and this reincarnation could be active during the events of the series.
    • What happened in five hundred years that demons seem to have vanished from modern-day Japan?
  • Fanon: Now has its own page.
  • Foe Yay: Kikyo and Naraku. Inuyasha and Jakotsu. Inuyasha and Bankotsu. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru. Inuyasha and Koga.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • In America the show's Periphery Demographic is much larger than its intended audience, and is considered the most popular girls' anime, matched only by Sailor Moon... despite being a Shōnen show.
    • Inuyasha is also very popular in Canada, as it and Gundam Wing helped kick off the airing of teen-oriented anime on the YTV network, not to mention that both shows feature Canadian dub casts from The Ocean Group.
    • This show is very popular in Vietnam as chances you would see comments from Vietnamese speakers are high in the internet, and to the point the OST is also used in Vietnamese media and films (though it probably doesn't include credit and permission however).
  • Growing the Beard: Once Kikyo is revived (and, more importantly, we discover that someone turned her and Inuyasha against each other), a much more complex and intricate plot arose from what had previous been fully a Monster of the Week story. While it strongly contains the previous elements, the story would focus more on the group facing a far more intimate enemy than they had previously faced. And in Final Act, the anime began extremely fast-paced and didn't give the viewer enough time to digest all of the information being thrown around. However, after a few episodes, the pacing was fixed and the series handled the grand finale episodes quite decently.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During his first appearance, Sesshomaru makes the Nothing Woman take the form of Inuyasha's mother to extract the location of their father's grave from him. When Inuyasha claims he's not fooled since his mother is long-dead, Sesshomaru convinces him that he brought her soul back from the dead and gave her a new body, and Inuyasha seems to believe that such a thing actually is within his brother's power. It totally isn't, but later in the series when he gains mastery of Tenseiga, resurrecting the dead actually does become one of his trademark abilities.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Contrasting with Jakotsu's Foe Yay to Inuyasha, his relationship with Bankotsu was much sweeter. Bankotsu himself held Jakotsu in high regards, and was PISSED when Renkotsu killed him.
    • Inuyasha and Koga, the former drops everything to argue with him like they have Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: The series has a legendarily huge and ship-happy fanfiction community, and the two most popular male characters are Inuyasha himself and his half-brother Sesshomaru (who also happen to share a classic shonen rivalry, with all the usual implicit homoeroticism). Do the maths, and rest assured that hundreds of writers have done so before you.
  • Iron Woobie: Inuyasha, Miroku, Sango, Kohaku…
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kagura, Inuyasha. The former is forced by Naraku to do his whims and only can be free on death, all she wants is to be independent and free. The latter, has his mother dying at a young age, hunted down by both demons and zealot, demon hating humans from that young age, his own half brother despises him, a malicious Big Bad forces his first love to betray each other and that's not even getting into the constant abuse from his allies, justified or not. It's no wonder he's abrasive to everyone.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Kagome is Type B: Because she is the easiest character for a girl to relate to, she is paired up with tons of characters while the author projects themselves onto her.
    • For his part, Sesshomaru is Type A: He is the most lusted-after male character, so girls usually pair him with a female character that they can relate to (usually Kagome) and project themselves onto the female as a sort of Wish Fulfillment fantasy of putting themselves with him.
  • Les Yay: Episode 98. "Kikyo and Kagome: Alone in a Cave" (the title speaks for itself), focuses on the two putting aside their differences for once and working together to survive. The episode title alone sounds precisely like a fanfic prompt.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: To no one's surprise, our heroes were able to get the Sacred Jewel shard out of Kohaku's body without killing him.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Amidst the Gambit Pileup of planners aiming to possess or destroy the Shikon Jewel, these schemers truly distinguish themselves in the brutal Warring States Period.
    • Kikyo was once a priestess guarding the Shikon Jewel until Naraku tricked her and her lover Inuyasha into mistrusting and attacking one another, resulting in her death. Resurrected 50 years later, Kikyo learns the truth and maintains her body on borrowed souls to observe Naraku and plans his destruction by purifying the Jewel once he possesses its completed form. Engineering her own rescue when wounded by Naraku, Kikyo also turns the Jewel-corrupted Kohaku against him and nearly succeeds in killing her foe, only failing thanks to his acquiring the ability to read thoughts, still managing to save Koga as Naraku extracts his Jewel shards. Nevertheless, Kikyo manages to die peacefully in Inuyasha's arms, leaving the heroes the means to finally destroy Naraku for good and spare Kokahu's life.
    • Kagura is the second incarnation of Naraku. An intelligent wind sorceress who lures the wolf demon tribe into a trap to slaughter them, Kagura soon reveals she is reluctantly forced into Naraku's service by him holding her heart. Seeking to free herself, Kagura regularly attempts to pit Naraku against his enemies, including trying to both protect the demon Sesshomaru and lure him into bringing about Naraku's destruction, forming a subtle romantic bond with him. Kagura also assists Naraku's detachment, the Infant with his schemes before being subordinated to the monstrous Hakudoshi, but is able to get the last laugh by tearing him apart when she knows Naraku will no longer defend him from Inuyasha's team. Finally poisoned by Naraku, Kagura spends her final moments with Sesshomaru, accepting her end with dignity and even happiness as she notes she is the "free wind" at last.
    • Bankotsu, leader of the Band of Seven, is an affluent young man and brutal mercenary who was executed 15 years prior to the events of the series. Revived by Naraku with his followers, Bankotsu promptly massacres the lord who betrayed him for revenge and to retrieve his weapon, the Banryu, christening it by making the lord his 1000th kill. Setting about to his missions, Bankotsu proves that despite his lack of formal education, he is an incredibly intelligent fighter and strategist who simply believes in following his own bloody path. Upon the betrayal of his ally Renkotsu, Bankotsu manipulates him into a false sense of security before killing him to remove his Shikon Jewel shards and face Inuyasha in a battle to either win or die on his own terms where he accepts his defeat and final end with his characteristic good humor.
    • Byakuya of the Dreams is a playful, friendly man despite being the right-hand and final incarnation of Naraku. A crafty operative, Byakuya provides reconnaissance for Naraku and manipulates a fight between Sesshomaru and Inuyasha for his master. In the final battle, Byakuya almost succeeds in tricking the heroes to their deaths with his illusions and later calmly leaves himself open to a fatal attack from Inuyasha while completing his role in Naraku's plan, serenely commenting that he dies without regrets as he fades away.
  • Memetic Mutation / Never Live It Down:
    • OSUWARI/SIT! In actuality, Kagome uses the control collar less and less over the series, not every time he says something off. It's also more played up in the anime than the manga, as she mostly stops using it the way she did earlier on around volume 7 or so.
    • Sango slapping Miroku for groping her. She stops slapping him after he proposes, which happens almost halfway through the story.
    • INUYASHA! KAGOME?!. The sheer amount of Say My Name reached the point of Adult Swim airing a promo that is just them calling out to each other.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Sesshomaru was adored and praised by fans long before he started petting the dog.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Naraku crosses it when he breaks up InuYasha and Kikyo, which leads the former to being pinned on a tree for 50 years and the latter to her death, as well as putting a curse on Miroku's family that slowly destroys them; and that's before he's even properly introduced. And once he is introduced, it's really hard to pick when he crosses in the main story, things like turning Kohaku into a Tyke Bomb to kill his own family and then uses that guilt to make him do his bidding, landing a mortal wound on Kikyo at Mt. Hakurei, having Kagura and Kanna killed because he had no more use for them, trying to have Kagome kill Inuyasha the same way Kikyo sealed Inuyasha and killing those allied with him once they served their use. It is taken even further by the anime, where he really crosses the line between The Corrupter and Evil Genius into an utter monster when it's revealed that 15 years ago he tried to kill a young priestess named Hitomiko just because of the small possibility she might pose a threat.
    • Taigokumaru, a nasty bat yokai who manipulates his own granddaughter to do his bidding crosses it when he reveals that he murdered his own son for fraternizing with a human.
    • Goshinki crosses it when he gloats to two orphaned village children about killing their parents earlier on and had planned to do the same thing to them had Inuyasha and his friends not came to save them at the very last second.
    • Renkotsu when he kills Jakotsu to get his Jewel Shard.
    • Moryomaru when he gloats about Kagura's death.
    • Gantenmaru and his men cross it when the former drains an innocent woman's essence in front of Inuyasha, killing her in the process and the latter cross it when they still help their boss even after he's revealed to be a blood sucking demon.
  • Narm: A lot of the drama of "The Final Act" is hurt by Kohaku's heavy involvement. Not plot-wise (there's a lot to wrap up there), but because his English voice actor is a master of Dull Surprise.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The dog demon forms of Sesshomaru and his and Inuyasha's father can come off as more cute than scary due to the rather feminine-looking dog ears.
    • While the manga is good at producing frightening demons Magatsuhi's true face can be more Narmy than actually scary.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Due to the long nature of the series, several characters whose prominence is in one arc and never appear again are this, including an old exorcist woman from the Demon head arc, several possible Ship Tease interests and a great deal of demons and villains whose traits are as or more so interesting than the main villain and his overall scheme; most particularly the Band of Seven.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Both Kagome and Kikyo. See Die for Our Ship.
    • Inuyasha is also subjected to this for the same reasons, being portrayed as a callous bastard so Kagome can get her heart broken and run into the arms of Sesshomaru/Koga/Naraku/etc.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Hojo, for his inability to catch a hint that Kagome isn't interested in him.
    • Kagome's friends (Yuka, Eri, and Ayumi) can also count, as their sole purpose in the story is to keep pressuring her into dating Hojo.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • The Kikyo/Inuyasha and Kagome/Inuyasha shippers hate each other, and if they were given the chance they would take up arms and start physically fighting. Then the shippers for any of those three with Koga, Sesshomaru, Rin and/or Kagura (or any of those four with one of the other three) would get pulled into it for one side or the other, and it would spiral out of a two-sided war into a multi-melee brawl. About the only shippers that wouldn't get involved are for Sango/Miroku, as the most official and least ambiguous of the series' pairings that isn't really a threat to other pairings nor do others threaten it... but there are periphery fandoms for pairings like Inuyasha/Sango and Miroku/Kagome. And let's not touch on the fandoms for Kagome with one of the Band of Seven, Koga or Inuyasha with Ayame, or any of the above with Naraku.
    • Any of the individual ships featuring Sesshomaru and Rin vs. Sesshomaru/Rin itself, especially towards the New Tens. With Sesshomaru/Rin being one of the bigger ships of the fandom, it was sure to catch some heat from fans who thought the relationship was Wife Husbandry in the making (mostly due to Values Dissonance), and some who simply preferred them with other partners. Sesshomaru/Kikyo and Sesshomaru/Kagura were often used as alternatives for the former, and Kohaku/Rin for the latter. Sesshomaru-related Ship-to-Ship Combat only intensified many years later when its anime sequel Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon revealed that Sesshomaru has two half-demon daughters with no mother initially announced.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In-universe for Sesshomaru: 1) Compassion is a good thing. 2) You don't need your brother's sword. 3) You are NOT infallible. 4) No, really. YOU DON'T NEED YOUR BROTHER'S SWORD.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: This is pretty much Journey to the West but done as a Japanese period piece with its own folklore. Try think of Inuyasha being Sun Wukong, Kagome being Tripitaka, Shippo being Pigsy, and Miroku being Sandy.
  • Squick:
    • At some point, the group needs to drink a mix of blood from other dead animals that was first sucked and blended by Myoga, then spit out into bottles.
    • The press release for the upcoming sequel Yashahime reveals that Sesshomaru has half-demon daughters, leading fans to speculate on who the mother is. The possibility of Rin being the mother produced this reaction for some people.
  • Stoic Woobie: Sesshomaru, believe it or not (See Page for full detail). His entire journey through the manga takes him from being Inuyasha's enemy to a reconciled brother via a series of increasingly dark tests of character designed to bring him first to emotional breaking point and then to within an inch of his life. He overcomes this status towards the end of the manga. In style.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Inuyasha often complains about the group's many divergences to investigate something or help someone unrelated to their quest to defeat Naraku and reclaim the Jewel shards. He is universally treated as an uncaring Jerkass and overruled. However, Naraku is an Evil Overlord out to rule Japan and probably more, and feudal Japan is a Crapsack World where humans and demons alike slaughter villages on a weekly basis. Stopping Naraku and getting his massive shard of the Jewel into safer hands would do a lot of good on its own, and it's rather unreasonable for the group to stop and help every single civilian in need at the cost of delaying their journey and putting themselves in danger.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Shippo, considering that he's introduced as a capable magic user able to hold his own against Inuyasha, but is just Flanderized into being a Bratty Half-Pint and The Load. Shippo's wasted potential is pretty prevalent in the video games where he is almost always a Game-Breaker due to his speed and vast attacking abilities.
    • Some fans were sad to see Koga leave the story simply because his shikon fragments were taken and would have liked to see him join in the final battle, considering he also held a strong grudge towards Naraku and had aquired another powerful weapon with his Goraishi. Takahashi may have wanted only the main characters to fight the final battle, though it appeared to come at the cost of contradicting Koga's personality up until that point as he had been just as eager as everyone else to finish off Naraku.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It's never explained why only Inuyasha can follow Kagome through time, which wastes some very interesting plots involving other characters and how they react to the present, especially with very dangerous characters like Naraku becoming a threat in the present rather than the Monster of the Week that occasionally shows up. Justified in the first movie Affections Touching Across Time: that the tree and the gateway that was made from it, were a sacred tree of time, so being bond to the tree, as well as being in close proximity to it is what allows Kagome and Inuyasha to travel through time. It's still a waste of a good idea though.
    • Similarly, one anime-only Filler depicts an attempt to create fake Shikon jewels. Being a Filler, it is never referred to again and comes off as inserted in.
    • For how lengthy and filled with characters and sub-plots the series is, we never get any chapters about Inuyasha's parents when they were alive, which many fans would have certainly liked to see. They did eventually have an appearance in the third movie Swords of an Honourable Ruler though.
    • Sesshomaru only transforms into his epic dog form a total of 3 times in 167 episodes. He doesn't need to do it every time he fights, but it would have been nice if he did it at least a little more often. Inuyasha doesn't even get a dog form probably because he's half human.
    • Early in the series, it is shown that Naraku has a vast majority of the Jewel shards, causing the goals of "destroy Naraku" and "gather all the shards" to become intertwined for the entirety of the story. Some feel that the series could be more interesting if it didn't have an Overarching Villain like Naraku, and focused on Monster of the Week stories like the earlier episodes before Naraku took over the narrative.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • The Inu no Taisho, the third film shows how much more powerful and wiser than both of his sons, while being entirely badass as he was at his death thralls to save Inuyasha's mother. In his rescue attempt, he had used his two swords to mow down an army of soldiers and omniyoji with ease, revived Izayoi with the third, shot down with arrows and spent his last moments fighting a samurai in a collapsing buying castle. This is after suffering fatal wounds from a powerful lightning spewing dragon demon of the highest caliber that he barely managed to seal away.
    • Also Ryuukotsusei is this, being the killer of the aforementioned Inu no Taisho, a genuinely strong demon and was so strong that he had to be killed by his own power.
    • Kikyo despite her having powers and abilities that far surpass Kagome, she sacrifices herself for Kohaku in order to break a weakness for Naraku.
  • Toy Ship: Rin and Kohaku, Shippo and many random village girls he comes across.
  • The Un-Twist: "Goryomaru is Moryomaru?!" Honestly, guys? Having the same face and names differing by one letter aren't enough, apparently!
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Kagome, as the average modern teenager, via whom the audience mostly experiences the plot, travels through the exotic feudal-era landscape and characters she's surrounded by.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Jakotsu and Hiten are the most notable cases of this trope from within the series.
    • It's very easy to mistake Shippo for a girl at first, in both the manga and anime.
    • Sesshomaru is also very feminine looking and some mistake him for a woman.
  • Wangst:
    • Kagome. Sometimes very justifiable, sometimes... well, not. Despite the fact that she complains a lot, if she goes overboard, she stops herself.
    • Another case could be made for Sesshomaru's constant dwelling on how his dad didn't give him the sword that he wanted when most of the other characters have problems that are much worse then that, even him.
  • What an Idiot!: Hey Kikyo, if the bad guy is unable to kill you, don't reveal it to him or you'll probably be thrown from a cliff... No, don't give him the jewel's fragments, you are only making him stronger!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Fans throwing a fit because Sango dared to get married and have kids, and calling Kagome "weak" because being physically weak somehow makes you a weak person overall, even though she was just a regular schoolgirl thrust in the feudal world and she STILL gets a lot stronger as time goes on. It's averted in the actual series: Sango is a feminine, Yamato Nadeshiko family girl who is a demon slayer, and Kagura is a Lady of War that fights in a pretty kimono, her weapon is a pretty folding fan, and her attacks are all dances.
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