Many people who are not yet familiar with Demon Slayer ask themselves: why does it have such good reviews? This answer is straightforward; it is a series with an excellent script. The animation techniques and fighting are unique, and perhaps the factor that most engages the audience is the characters.
The characters of Demon Slayer are unique, not only on an aesthetic level but also on the level of their unconventional personalities, which is the opposite of what we can see in most manga. They are characters that openly show their feelings, weaknesses, doubts, and their dark side.
We can practically get attached to any character, be it the heroes or the villains. Each character’s personality, with their strengths and weaknesses, catches the audience from the first chapter. For this reason, the Demon Slayer characters and their main features will be the focus of this article.
This anime has a fantastic repertoire of main characters. All of them are great, from the main character Tanjiro, or his sister Nezuko, through Zenitsu to the pillars. In addition, in this series, each protagonist has their personality and particular characteristics very well defined.
- Tanjiro has a powerful sense of smell.
- Zenitsu has a highly developed sense of hearing.
- Inosuke can dislocate his body to change his organs.
- The Pillars are all fantastic, and it’s hard to say that one is better than another.
- Superior Moons are almost invincible and have very few weaknesses.
- The Demon Hunters are other fascinating characters, and even with the villains, we can generate sympathy.
The reason for these emotions is in the quality of each character; the producers have taken care of every detail when adding differentiating features, which provokes the audience’s empathy.
The first season of Demon Slayer gave us a wide range of fantastic characters. These main characters are Tanjiro Kamada, Nezuko Kamada, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira. Find a complete list of the characters of this series below.
- Tanjiro Kamada – The main character and demon slayer.
- Nezuko Kamada – Protagonist and demon.
- Zenitsu Agatsuma – The main character, and demon slayer.
- Inosuke Hashibira – Protagonist and demon slayer.
- Kagaya Ubuyashiki – Leader of the Demon Slayer Corps.
- Kiriya Ubuyashiki – Son of Kagaya.
- Hashira – They are the strongest demon slayers: Gyomei Himejima, Mitsuri Kanroji, Obanai Iguro, Giyu Tomioka, Sanemi Shinazugawa, Kyojuro Rengoku, Shinobu Kocho, Muichiro Toquito and Tengen Uzui.
- Kanao Tsuyuri – A demon slayer and successor of Hashira.
- Murata – A demon slayer.
- Genya Shinazugawa – A demon slayer.
- Ozaki – A demon slayer.
- Aoi Kanzaki – A demon slayer.
- Sumi Nakahara, Naho Takada, and Kiyo Terauchi – Servants in the Butterfly Mansion.
- Goto – From the demon slayers’ cleaning brigade.
- Muzan Kibutsuji – The main villain and first demon.
Main Female Characters of Demon Slayer
These are the main female characters in Demon Slayer.
Shinobu is a demon slayer who is a member of the elite corps of the Pillars. She is currently the hashira of the insects. Shinobu inherited this position from her older sister Kanae who died in a battle with a demon.
Mitsuri is a demon slayer, and she is the Pillar of Love. Mitsuri has a superhuman constitution that gives her eight times an average person’s muscle mass and strength.
Kanao is a mysterious and quiet young woman who is Shinobu’s apprentice. This girl is very indecisive, so she cannot make her own decisions until she adopts a system with a coin that helps her choose between two options.
Kanae is the older sister of Shinobu and Kanao; she is a demon slayer and a member of the Pillar of Flowers. This sweet girl shows her concern for others by adopting Kanao after finding her on the street.
We meet Nezuko at the beginning of the series as a demon transformed at Muzan Kibutsuji, who kills the Kamado family. Nezuko is Tanjiro’s younger sister and is very similar to her brother in personality.
Thanks to Sakonji Urokodaki’s hypnosis technique, Nezuko cannot harm humans and instead protects them as if they were her family. When her brother and friends are in danger, Nezuko enters the battle to defend them from death. One of her abilities as a demon is that she can change her size.
Main Male Characters of Demon Slayer
These are the main male characters in Demon Slayer.
Tanjiro is the eldest of the brothers and is a charcoal salesman. When he returns from one of his business trips, he finds his family slaughtered and his sister Nezuko turned into a demon by Muzan Kibutsuji. From that moment, Tanjiro’s training to become a demon slayer begins.
Tanjiro develops an ancestral battle technique to face the most powerful demons and get the cure to transform his sister back to a human.
A wild boar raised Inosuke, which gave him an impetuous personality that led him to react violently. Inosuke is a muscular and skilled hunter and hides his feminine features under a boar mask.
Giyu is the Water Pillar, a severe person of few words, who stands out for his constant search for justice. He is a hunter who has no respect for demons, although he breaks his code of conduct to protect the Nezuko. Giyu is a very skilled swordsman and also has excellent speed and endurance.
Obanai is the Pillar of Cobra; he is a man who can’t stand that some demon slayers break the hunters’ code of conduct. Obanai specializes in finding weak and incapable recruits, so he is surprised when he learns that Tanjiro survived the final selection mission.
Zenitsu is a very fearful young man who joins the demon slayers in the same period as Tanjiro. Zenitsu feels self-doubt for not learning all the techniques that make up the Thunder Breath battle style.
However, Zenitsu shows great discipline and dedication to learning and has a highly developed sense of hearing. As time goes by, he begins to control his fears and enters combat whenever necessary. This young hunter has great strength when he is unconscious, giving very complex and powerful attacks.
Main Demons/Villains Characters of Demon Slayer
These are the main demon characters in Demon Slayer.
Muzan is the first demon to exist and is the father of all the demons in the series. Muzan is responsible for the death of the entire Kamado family and Nezuko’s transformation into a demon.
Muzan can adopt different forms to escape the demon slayers. Besides being brilliant and having no mercy, he only cares about his life and considers humans inferior. This demon has seven hearts and five brains.
Susamaru is the demon of the temaris; she works in duplicity with Yahaba to gain the recognition of Muzan and thus rise in the rank of the twelve demonic moons. He can multiply his limbs, in addition to the mastery of the temaris balls.
Yahaba is a blind demon who uses his hands to read tracks and directions Susamaru’s temaris balls. He has Koketsu arrows that direct the wind and distorts the force that Tanjito uses for attacks, making it very difficult to fight in melee.
Enmu is the first lower Moon under Muzan’s orders; she is a demon that can show nightmares to humans. Muzan can separate his right hand from his body, where he has a mouth that gives orders and that he uses during fights.
Now you can see a list of the Hashira characters in Demon Slayer:
- Gyomei Himeyima is the Hashira of the Stone.
- Obanai Iguro is the Hashira of the Snake.
- Sanemi Shinazugawa is the Hashira of the Wind.
- Tengen Uzui is the Hashira of the Sound.
- Muichiro Toquito is the Hashira of the Mist.
- Shinobu Kocho is the Hashira of the Insects.
- Kyojuro Rengoku is the Hashira of Flames.
- Gitu Tomioka is the Hashira of Water.
- Mitsuri Kanroji is the Hashira of Love.
The strongest characters in the series are:
- Yorich Tsugikumi
- Muzan Kibutsuji
- Tanjiro Kamado
- Gyomei Himejima
- Sanemi Shinazugawa
Chibi is an artistic style that draws characters in a small and cute way, enlarging their heads. The origin of Chibi comes from anime and manga, but it is already a term used in other artistic fields.
Concerning the Chibi and Demon Slayer characters, Natsuki Hokami, the author of the upcoming spin-off Demon Slayer series, previewed a Chibi illustration that included Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke. Some media speculate that this new series might have a Chibi graphic style. Still, this information is just a rumor at the moment.
The characters in Demon Slayer have an essence of their own that makes us grow fond of them very quickly. You can see in them a tender, childish and extravagant side. Still, they all have a drama behind them that makes them characters with a certain darkness and mystery. This contrast is probably the magic formula that makes people love Demon Slayer.