From the demon slayers of the Demon Slayer Corps to the terrifying demons they fight, each character in Demon Slayer has their own unique backstory, personality, and abilities that make them a vital part of the series. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, join us as we delve into the world of Demon Slayer and the Demon Slayer characters that make it so special.
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About Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an anime and manga series that tells the story of a young boy named Tanjiro Kamado who becomes a demon slayer after his family is brutally attacked and killed by demons. Determined to avenge his family and save his younger sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a demon herself, Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a cure for Nezuko’s condition and to defeat the demons responsible for his family’s death.
Along the way, Tanjiro joins forces with other demon slayers, including his mentor Urokodaki, his comrades-in-arms Zenitsu and Inosuke, and the powerful Hashira (or “Pillars”) of the Demon Slayer Corps. Together, they battle against increasingly powerful demons and uncover the secrets of the demon world, all while striving to protect humanity from the bloodthirsty demons that threaten to destroy it.
Demon Slayer Characters
Tanjiro is a Demon Slayer in the Demon Slayer Corps, who joined to turn his sister, Nezuko Kamado, back into a human. He is a prodigious fighter, having a strong natural aptitude for combat. As well as Tanjiro’s Water Breathing technique, he can harness the power of the Hinokami Kagura, which is a traditional dance passed down through the Kamado family for generations.
After being attacked by Muzan Kibutsuji, Nezuko was transformed into a demon. She is the younger sister of Tanjiro and the pair are the only remaining members of their family. Nezuko’s fighting style mainly revolved around the use of her powerful legs and sharp nails. She doesn’t use her Blood Demon Arts as often, as using too much blood could make her fall asleep.
Zenitsu is easily frightened and often panics in dangerous situations. However, he also has a talent for swordsmanship, particularly in the use of the Thunder Breathing style, which allows him to generate powerful electrical attacks.
Inosuke is a wild and boisterous young man who grew up in the mountains and has a feral personality to match. And he wears a boar mask over his face and often behaves like an animal. Inosuke is incredibly strong and agile, and has a unique fighting style that involves using two curved swords. As well as this, he can use the Beast Breathing technique.
Genya is the younger brother of Sanemi Shinazugawa, a high-ranking member of the Demon Slayer Corps. Unlike his brother, Genya is selfish and ruthless, willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. Genya has a unique demon transformation ability, which allows him to gain the powers of any demon he consumes.
Kanao is shy and reserved, she struggles to express herself and make decisions. She possesses a unique eye technique, which allows her to see the true nature and emotions of those around her. She is also a highly skilled fighter, with advanced agility and swordsmanship skills.
Aoi is a Demon Slayer of the Demon Slayer Corps. However, she works as a helper at the Butterfly Mansion, rather than taking to the front lines and fighting demons. She is tough, uncompromising, strict and serious, displaying an efficient and no-nonsensical attitude nearly at all times.
Sabito is a student of the Urokodaki Sakonji, the same mentor who trained Tanjiro Kamado. Despite his brief appearance in the series, Sabito has a significant impact on Tanjiro’s journey as a demon slayer. Sabito’s training and guidance helped shape Tanjiro into a skilled and determined demon slayer.
Leader of the Demon Slayer Corps
Kagaya is the head of the Ubuyashiki family, the governing body of the Demon Slayer Corps. He is a wise and benevolent leader who values the lives of his subordinates and is willing to make difficult decisions for the greater good. Known for his empathetic nature, Kagaya offers guidance and support when needed to the demon slayers.
Hashiras are the strongest and most skilled Demon Slayer characters, each specializing in a unique breathing technique that enhances their abilities in battle. The Hashiras are often referred to as the “Pillars” because they provide the foundation and support for the Demon Slayer Corps. They are responsible for training and guiding the lower-ranked demon slayers, as well as leading missions against powerful demons.
Giyu is the current Water Hashira. He is a calm and composed individual, known for his stoic personality and unwavering dedication to his duty as a demon slayer. Giyu is a highly skilled swordsman, specializing in the Water Breathing style. And he is considered one of the strongest demon slayers in the Corps.
Kyojuro is the current Flame Hashira. He is a charismatic and flamboyant individual, known for his unwavering dedication to his duty as a demon slayer and his fierce loyalty to his comrades. He is also a skilled swordsman, specializing in the Flame Breathing style, which allows him to use the power of fire to enhance his attacks and defend himself from enemy attacks.
Mitsuri is the current Love Hashira, which allows her to harness the power of love to increase her strength and speed in battle. She is cheerful and bubbly, who is often seen with a smile on her face. She is also deeply passionate about her duties as a demon slayer, and is always eager to help others.
After a demon killed her parents, Shinobu joined the Demon Slayer Corps along with her sister in order to protect others from suffering the same fate as her. She is the current Insect Hashira. Shinobu is creative, intelligent and agile. She wields a katana that acts as a stinger to inject lethal poison into demons.
Tengen is the current Sound Hashira. He is a flamboyant and eccentric character who loves beauty and luxury. He wears an eyepatch and has a distinctive tattoo covering his face and body. As well as this, he is shown to be highly skilled in combat, possessing incredible speed and agility, as well as the ability to manipulate sound waves.
Obanai is the current Serpent Hashira. He is a reserved and serious character who rarely shows emotion. Obanai wears a mask over his face and has a distinctive snake-like appearance, with scales covering his skin and snake-like eyes. And he has the ability to summon and control snakes, using them in battle to attack and restrain his opponents.
Sanemi is the current Wind Hashira. He is depicted as a brash and confrontational character who is quick to anger and prone to violence. Sanemi has a scarred and rugged appearance, with a distinctive scar across his face and a missing arm that has been replaced with a prosthetic. He has a deep-seated hatred for demons, stemming from his traumatic childhood experiences with them.
Gyomei is the current Stone Hashira. He is kind and gentle. Gyomei is blind and wears a blindfold over his eyes, relying on his other senses to perceive the world around him. He is also shown to have a strong sense of justice and compassion, often going out of his way to help those in need.
Muichiro is the current Mist Hashira. He is quiet and reserved, with a calm and collected demeanor. Very skilled in combat, he possesses incredible reflexes and swordsmanship. Muichiro suffers from amnesia as a result of the trauma he experienced, and struggles to remember his past and the identity of his brother.
Demons are supernatural creatures that feed on humans in order to gain power and extend their own lives. They are depicted as being incredibly powerful, with a wide variety of abilities and powers that make them difficult to defeat. Demons are created when a human is infected by a demon’s blood. This process grants the human with enhanced strength, speed, and regeneration abilities. Demons also possess a unique blood demon art, which allows them to control various elements or use other supernatural powers.
Muzan is the Demon King, the first of his kind, as well as the progenitor of all other demons in existence. He is also the leader of the Twelve Kizuki. This means that he is the strongest demon in existence.
Enmu is a demon serving as the Lower Rank One of the Twelve Kizuki. He has the ability to enter and control people’s dreams, which he uses to trap and feed on his victims. This power allows him to create terrifying dreamscapes and illusions that are difficult for his opponents to distinguish from reality. He was sent by Muzan Kibutsuji to board the Mugen Train and target its passengers.
Rui is the Lower Moon Five of the Twelve Kizuki – a group of the most powerful demons in Muzan Kibutsuji’s army. He is depicted as a small and fragile-looking demon, but he possesses immense strength and agility, as well as the ability to control spider-web like threads. He creates and controls his own web of threads, using them to trap and manipulate his opponents.
Akaza holds the position of Upper Rank Three of the Twelve Kizuki. He is shown to be very skilled in combat, possessing incredible strength, speed, and regeneration abilities. His main fighting style revolves around his unique Breath of the Moon technique, which allows him to manipulate water and create powerful waves and whirlpools.
Gyutaro is the Upper Rank Six of the Twelve Kizuki along with his twin sister Daki. His fighting style is focused on using his sharp claws and manipulating his blood to attack his enemies. Along with his twin sister, he is tasked with defending the Swordsmith Village and killing any intruders who attempt to enter.
Daki is the Upper Rank Six of the Twelve Kizuki along with her twin sister Gyutaro. Her fighting style is also focused on using her sharp claws and manipulating her blood to attack her enemies. Daki is a beautiful and seductive demon who preys on humans, particularly men.
Doma is the Upper Rank Two of the Twelve Kizuki. His most notable ability is his ability to manipulate flesh and blood. He can detach his body parts and control them remotely, as well as manipulate the flesh and blood of others to create powerful attacks. Doma also possesses a unique blood demon art that allows him to create clones of himself.
Tamayo is a demon who has broken away from Muzan Kibutsuji’s control and is working to find a cure for demon blood in order to help other demons escape their fate. She is kind and caring and is dedicated to finding a way to save demons from their hunger for human flesh.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the 12 Hashira?
There has actually been a total of 13 Hashira, former and current. The 9 Hashira at the beginning of the series are:
- Giyu Tomioka – Water Hashira
- Mitsuri Kanroji – Love Hashira
- Obanai Iguro – Serpent Hashira
- Sanemi Shinazugawa – Wind Hashira
- Gyomei Himejima – Stone Hashira
- Muichiro Tokito – Mist Hashira
- Shinobu Kocho – Insect Hashira
- Kyojuro Rengoku – Flame Hashira
- Tengen Uzui – Sound Hashira
The former Hashira are:
- Kanae Kocho – Flower Hashira
- Sakonji Urokodaki – Water Hashira
- Jigoro Kuwajima – Thunder Hashira
- Shinjuro Rengoku – Flame Hashira
Who are the top 10 Demon Slayers?
There are many strong Demon Slayers, but the top 10 are:
- Tanjiro Kamado
- Giyu Tomioka
- Muichiro Tokito
- Obanai Iguro
- Sanemi Shinazugawa
- Kyojuro Rengoku
- Tengen Uzui
- Mitsuri Kanroji
- Gyomei Himejima
- Shinobu Kocho
Who are the top 5 demons in Demon Slayer?
There are many strong demons throughout the series. But the top 5 strongest demons in Demon Slayer are:
- Muzan Kibutsuji
- Nezuko Kamado