Watching Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba), it is fascinating to see different kinds of characters. It is good to see that there not all humans have cute or lovely faces. Some of these humans had faced demons early in their lives and the only option they have is to be strong and fight demons.
Hashiras are the elites among the Demon Slayer Corps. They are the ones who are known for their extraordinary agility, reflexes, swordsmanship, and other skills and abilities that enable them to fight off demons.
There are no specifics on how to become a Hashira other than you need to be extremely skilled. Extremely skilled to the extent that you need to be able to fend off demons, and gather information at the same time.
Joining the Corps alone is already a tedious task, preparations could take years, getting promoted to a Hashira could also take years. Some ranks are being followed to become a Hashira. Unless you are a Tsuguko or a chosen successor.
Giyu was the first Hashira that was introduced in the series. Back then, he was not called a Hashira but a demon slayer. Demon slayers are revered swordsmen in entire Japan who can fight demons. Later in the series, in the Ubuyashiki Mansion, Tanjiro and his friends met all the 9 Hashira.
Hashira has “Destroyer of Demons” engraved on their sword. They can also retire at will that is why there are Hashira who are still able to mentor the next generation of demon slayers. Here is a list of Hashira and a piece of short information about them.
The strongest and the tallest among the Hashira. This Stone Hashira is also the leader of the Hashira. He has a strong build and good reflexes. When he was battling Kokushibo in the Infinity Castle Arc, it can be seen how fast he is.
He is even to fight one on one with the Upper Moon 1 and match his speed and reflexes. Gyomei had always been strong, when he was a boy, he beat the demon using only his bared hands. Two months after joining the Demon Slayer Corps, he became the Hashira.
Gyomei despite having a huge build is one of the kindest and soft-spoken of all the Hashira. His immense training during the Hashira training course had been seen to be fruitful as he was one of those who are still able to have full stamina after fighting off the Upper Moon.
Despite his legs getting cut off by Muzan, he was still part of the battle and refused to give up. He was one of the deciding factors in driving Muzan to the corner. Among the Hashira he did not carry a sword but instead an ax and a Kusarigama, which is a scythe and heavy iron weight connected by a chain.
He is one of the flashiest of all the Hashira. He has three wives, Makio, Suma, and Hinatsuru who helped him infiltrate the Red Light District These are the people who he deeply cared for.
This Sound Hashira wants to boast and call himself a god. Despite his flamboyant character, he values the lives of the people around him, whether they are his wives or colleagues.
As a former shinobi, he had no regard to the lives of others, as what his brother and father had taught him, but that had greatly changed when he became a Hashira. Tengen Uzui was one of the most skilled combatants among the Hashira, this was because of his upbringing as a shinobi.
He had learned a special ability from being a shinobi that he still uses those abilities when he became a Hashira. Some of these abilities are echolocation, stealth, and poison resistance.
He is one of the most skilled swordsmen almost unrivaled in the whole Corps. His experience as a shinobi allows him to be flexible when strategizing for battle.
The Flame Hashira is known for his warm personality. He is welcoming and is always helpful to the younger member of the group. He came from a family of demon slayers and he is the one who is currently holding the title of the Flame Hashira.
Coming from the family of Hashira, he follows a strict code of conduct that had been instilled in him by his father who was the former Flame Hashira. This strict environment resulted in his swordsmanship and work ethic.
Even during his last moments, he still cared so much for his family that his last words are even for his brother and father. When he battled Akaza during the Mugen Train Arc, he was acknowledged by Akaza for his swordsmanship and offered to turn him into a demon.
He has an immense perception as he can sense the strength of a demonic aura. He has immense strength and he is capable of lifting the train. He does not use any flashy weapon. He displays his fighting skills using a katana and he was able to master all the forms of the Fire Breathing style.
The Water Hashira is extremely quiet. He is a man of few words. He was mentored by a former Water Hashira. He has a cold personality and always follows the code of the Corps which is zero tolerance for demons.
The only time he violated this code was when he showed mercy to Nezuko and allowed her to live. Giyu is caring towards the people he is closest to. He cares too much for those he considers his friends.
He is also a good teammate and does not mind mentoring the new generation of demon slayers. As a Hashira, it is expected of Giyu to be a highly skilled combatant. He has great reflexes and stamina.
He was mentored by a former Water Hashira and he was able to master all the forms of Breath of Water. He is very strict with his training regimen as a result, he has immense reflexes, stamina, and endurance.
Behind the cheery and carefree attitude lies a deadly Hashira. She is the Insect Hashira and is known to develop different kinds of poison and medicine. She came from one of the most affluent families and even own the Butterfly Manor.
Her hatred for demons knows no equal. She had lost all the people she love and the people she cared for to demons. Shinobu always wears a smile, even when she is already killing a demon, she was still smiling before the execution.
Shinobu is known to have a keen intellect and medical expertise. She could easily calculate the situation based on the little information she has. She also likes gathering information. Her medical expertise allows her to develop the poison that will defeat Muzan.
This poison she develops with Tamayo who has a vast knowledge of demons and demon transformation. She also altered her body so that every cell will contain poison so when she battles with Doma, she can stop him from regenerating.
The Hashira of Love is one of the strongest female characters for a reason. Her body is eight times denser than any regular human. She joined the Corps not to fend off demons but to find a suitable husband.
She can get very excited and she always shows how much she cares for others. She likes to hug her friends and would always express her feelings for them. She is extremely dedicated to the cause of the Demon Slayer Corps.
While she is always kind and caring to her friends, this is the opposite when it comes to the demons. Aside from having very dense muscle, She had mastered all the forms of the Love Breathing style.
As a Hashira she is a highly skilled combatant and this was seen during the Swordsmith Village Arc where she was able to defeat the clone form of the Upper Moon 4. She has a cat when she was a child. so even if she uses the Love Breathing style, the forms are mostly named after a cat.
The Wind Hashira is hot-blooded, impulsive, and extroverted. His brother Genya joined the Corps to look for him but instead of welcoming him to the Corps, he would hurl insults at him.
Tanjiro said that despite the outward appearance of Sanemi, he greatly cared for his brother. He wished for him to settle down have a family and stop being a demon slayer so he could be out of harm. Losing his family to demons, he believes that all demons were vile.
This was displayed when Nezuko arrived in the Ubuyashiki mansion. In his battle against Kukoshibo, he lost his brother but have to quickly recover from it. He assisted other Hashira in their fight against the Demon King himself Muzan.
When Sanemi was fighting the Upper Moon 1, he was complimented by Kukoshibo saying that his physical prowess had reached his peak and he is in another league even among his fellow Hashira.
Being surrounded by women and getting abused by them, this Serpent Hashira had developed a fear for women. He hates people who do not abide by the code of the Corps.
He got extremely jealous of Tanjiro who would always sit with Mitsuri during meals. Obanai love showering the people he loves with gifts. This was proven true with Mitsuri who he cared for deeply. While the cars for Mitsuri are too much, the same is not true for others as he is merciless even with his fellow Hashira.
This Hashira is one of the strongest considering that he rises to the ranks of the Hashira with only one functioning eye. In the final battle against Muzan, he took a hit for Tanjiro and when he was about to be eaten by Muzan, he landed a blow on him to weaken him more.
Obanai was one of the Hashira who lost their lives to bring down Muzan. His death had greatly saddened Mitsuri and she wished that in their next life, they will be reincarnated and be together.
The Mist Hashira has a twin brother, Yuichiro Tokito, who died fighting a demon. They lost their parents at such a young age and while Akame Ubuyashiki had been recruiting them, they would have to continuously decline.
It was only when his brother died that he had decided to finally join the ranks of demon slayers. Muichiro did not care much about his surroundings. He is a capable Hashira but he just did not care for anybody around him.
Muichiro is a child prodigy who accomplished his Hashira Status only two months after training. He can easily defeat the other demon slayers that are older than him. In Swordsmith Village Arc, he was able to easily subdue Gyokko, the Upper Moon 5 even in his real form. He died sacrificing his life to defeat Kukoshibo.