Inuyasha

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
Jump to: navigation, search
Inuyasha2.jpg

Inuyasha is an enormously popular Anime based upon the similarly popular Manga of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. Seven seasons totaling 167 episodes were made and shown on Japanese television, with the series ending in September 2004 in Japan. Adult Swim aired the final episode of a very decent English-language dub in October 2006, and the series continues to air in the very early Sunday morning slot, where it has been airing continuously since the series' end (the only other show to have run longer on Adult Swim is Cowboy Bebop). Inu-Yasha and friends appear in the Massive Multiplayer Crossover game, Sunday VS Magazine Shuuketsu Choujou Daikessen.

Typical Japanese teenage Ordinary Middle School Student, Genki Girl Kagome, granddaughter of a Shinto priest, has the ability to climb down into an ancient well on the grounds of her grandfather's shrine and, in doing so, Time Travel to allegedly-feudal-Japan, except for the fact that demons, goblins, vengeful ghosts, malevolent wizard-priests, short-tempered twelve-foot-tall ogres, and all manner of other creepy-crawlies[1] are all over the place and you can barely swing your arms without hitting one of them. Another noteworthy difference from most anime is that almost all of the characters who are supposed to be Japanese humans are actually depicted with black hair. If you've seen just a bit of anime, you might recognize how unusual this is (other Hair Colors are much more common).

One of the first characters she meets is the titular Bishounen Inuyasha - an obnoxious, abrasive, arrogant half-demon teenage boy with long flowing white hair and super-cute doggy ears on top of his head; his father was apparently a dog-demon with a taste for human women. Inuyasha, needless to say, actually has a heart of gold, though he requires Kagome's insistance to do good deeds. You all knew that was coming, didn't you? Right? Right.

Oh, and did we mention that Kagome happens to be the Reincarnation of the Miko that Inuyasha once loved 50 years in his past, who just happened to be the one who fired a sacred arrow which sealed him to the sacred tree, essentially killing him?

Kagome's arrival in the past is pivotal in that she is the one who releases Inuyasha from his "death" by pulling the arrow from his chest. Her connection with his past love allows her to perform this otherwise impossible feat.

In addition to the romance angle between Inuyasha and Kagome, there is an overarching plot about Kagome and her adventuring companions wandering pseudo-medieval-Japan in order to collect the pieces of the shattered Shikon no Tama/Jewel of Four Souls, but the overall structure of the show is very much episodic.

There is also the plot thread concerning the evil incarnate that is Naraku, a human-turned-demon that seeks the Shikon Jewel in order to taint it and become a full-fledged demon with powers far beyond anything any demon has ever known. Over the course of the series, Inuyasha and company confront Naraku several times, but each time he gets away, gaining more shards of the Jewel - and an extra power or two - in the process.

Naturally, Status Quo Is God (no matter how much it seems like things are building towards a resolution), and the anime was consequently Cut Short with no proper ending, due in large part to the anime actually catching up with the production of the manga (and thus running out of episodal stories to do). The remaining chapters of the manga that the anime didn't cover before its abrupt end were adapted into the 26-episode series Inuyasha: The Final Act, which picks up where the original anime left off and tells the remainder of the manga's story through to its conclusion.

Viz has posted a licensed subtitled version of Inuyasha online on Hulu. For those who can't wait for the dub of The Final Act, a sub for it is also available.

Tropes used in Inuyasha include:
  • 0% Approval Rating: Naraku. Also Moryoumaru and Hakudoushi, for the obvious reasons.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Sesshoumaru and Kouga never go anywhere without their armor. Given that Inuyasha's fire-rat robe is supposed to double as armour, he never goes anywhere without it either.
  • The Abridged Series: There exists a series of parody clips that were made before the abridged craze, and they are probably the most well-known for Inuyasha.
    • And there is an semi-official IY Abridged, done by ICanadianJutsuI and Scarlotte of YouTube and hosted on the former's channel (which is here [1]). It's quite funny and currently has 9 episodes. The guy who's doing it is on his ELEVENTH YT channel. Check it out!
  • Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female On Male
  • Accidental Pervert: Inuyasha. Just how many times has he seen Kagome naked?
  • Action Girl: Sango, Kikyou, Ayame, eventually Kagome.
  • Action-Hogging Opening: One or two.
  • Actor Allusion: Kagome is voiced by Moneca Stori, who also voices Laura Haruna. When asked by Miroku if she will have his children, this is her reaction.

"Heke?!"

  • Actually a Doombot: Naraku’s puppets.
  • Adaptation Distillation: In The Final Act series, the remaining 20 volumes are compressed into 26 episodes. The previous series had used a much more sedate pace of approximately 2 chapters per episode (with lots of recaps and As You Know), while TFA distills 8 chapters into an episode. Or in other terms, 8 seconds per page of manga. Obviously, many storylines are shortened, and the tone of the show shifts away from Rom Com towards action.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Shippo, though on the road to becoming more like Inuyasha.
  • Adventure Towns: The Demon Slayer's village, the one town where everyone looks like a youkai due to a spell.
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: Kagome uses one of this once.
  • Alas, Poor Yorick
  • The Alcoholic: Mushin and Yakurou Dokusen.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Kagura, for Sesshoumaru.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Every hanyou in the story, including Inuyasha himself.
  • All Part of the Show: During a school festival episode, Inuyasha unwittingly interrupts Kagome's play by challenging the male lead to a duel, then slays a watermelon demon that suddenly appears, then jumps through a hole he made in the ceiling while carrying Kagome, and none of the Muggles in the audience realize this was unscripted.
  • Almighty Mom: Sesshoumaru's mother is a plot device designed to help Sesshoumaru's Character Development by achieving something almost no-one else in the manga managed to do - putting him in his place in the most brutal manner possible.
  • Almost Kiss: Inuyasha and Kagome almost shared one before being rudely interrupted. It was the closest they got to a kiss in the manga. Final Act fixed that.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Sesshomaru
  • Always Save the Girl: Sango suffers from this.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Shikon Jewel is shattered by accident by one of Kagome's arrows. Other demons that get even one or two shards get a comparatively large power boost. Naraku collects all the shards for reassembly into the intact Jewel for the purpose of becoming the ultimate youkai.
  • Anatomy of the Soul: The soul is divided in two: Kon and Haku. Kon it's the heart (will) and Haku is the power that moves the body:
    • Moryomaru is just a bunch of dead youkai body parts animated by Haku. When Akago is inside of him, he provides the Kon.
    • Kikyo's Kon is the part she stole from Kagome's soul but she needs to constantly steal Haku to be able to move.
  • Anchored Ship: Both Inuyasha/Kagome and Miroku/Sango are Type 1.
  • And Then What?: Near the end, Byakuya asks Naraku what wish he will make on the Shikon jewel after he has killed Inuyasha and the rest; he admits he isn't sure.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too: Naraku, who is behind almost everything bad that happens to, well, everyone.
  • Animate Dead: Kagura's Dance of the Dead.
  • Anti-Hero: Kikyo settles into the role after her resurrection, once the worst of her initial rage has subsided.
    • Sesshomaru starts off as a villain, but subsequent Character Development shifts him from there to Anti-Villain and from there arguably to Anti-Hero; exactly where he falls tends to vary depending on your perspective.
    • A case can also be made for Kagura possibly reaching Anti-Hero status by the end of her character arc when she begins acting directly against Naraku - again depending on your mileage.
  • Anti-Villain: Saint Hakushin; Kagura and Sesshoumaru both evolve into this role as well, and some also count Bankotsu and Jakotsu, although their actions overall make them more arguable cases.
  • Appendage Assimilation: Sesshoumaru tried to replace his severed arm with other youkai arms, but they all turned out to be useless and after a while he just stopped trying.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Shikon no Tama.
  • The Archer: Kikyou, later Kagome.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Kagome to Naraku: "The Shikon Jewel didn't grant your real wish, did it?"
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Kagome, and not only on Inuyasha. Sango, mostly on Miroku.
  • Art Evolution: Just look at Sesshoumaru.
  • Art Shift: The first three movies have a different character designer from the anime, resulting in this. This is averted for the fourth movie, however.
  • Artifact of Death: The Shikon no Tama and its search only brings death and destruction.
  • Artifact of Doom: There are... A lot of this in this show.
    • Yura of the Hair is actually a spirit born from a comb used to comb the hair of dead people. Destroying the comb destroys Yura.
    • The cursed Noh Mask. It is a deadly artifact that once placed on the face, it absorbs/consumes the wearer.
    • Later, Sesshomaru commissions the making of the deadly sword Tokijin, crafted from the teeth of Naraku's detachment Goshinki. It possesses its own maker, but when Sesshomaru takes it for himself, he shrugs off the sword's attempt to possess him through sheer willpower.
    • Kanna has her Mirror, which can steal the very soul of those she shows it to or, in some cases, absorb the power and devastating effect of a weapon and allow her to direct it back at the sender.
    • The Naginata of Kenkon, aka the Naginata of Heaven and Earth, was fashioned from the corpses of 222 demons by the same demonic smith who made Tokijin.
    • Dakki, the youki-absorbing sword that transformed its human smith into a pseudo-youkai in order to try and absorb Tessaiga's youki and then transferred the full force of Inu Yasha's attack to said smith's body in a desperate attempt to save itself.
    • The Movies also introduce a few more, like Kaguya's mirror and the terrible Sou'unga: The Sword of Hell. Sou'unga can not only create the devastation of the dragon vortex, but it can possess its owner and force them to commit murder wherever and whenever possible.
    • The best example however, would be the Shikon no Tama, the real Big Bad of the story.
  • Artificial Human: Kikyo's body is made of her ashes and clay.
  • As You Know: One of the many methods that the show uses to recap events.
  • Asia Rune Chant
  • Asshole Victim/Kick the Son of a Bitch: Inuyasha's Super-Powered Evil Side killed several bandits in a brutal way.
  • Attack Reflector: Kanna's mirror, and later Naraku's barrier develops this as well.
  • Attempted Rape: In the manga, Mukotsu attempts to rape Kagome but she's saved by Sesshoumaru. The anime tones this down into having Mukotsu try to force Kagome into marriage with him.
  • Awful Truth: The truth about Tenseiga is kept secret for a long time because it's this trope for Sesshoumaru.
  • Ax Crazy: Evil!Suikotsu, as well as Inuyasha himself whenever he goes in his youkai form.
  • Babies Ever After: In the manga's finale, Miroku and Sango have gotten married and have three children; twin girls and a baby boy who is born at the start of the final chapter.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Inuyasha and Sesshomaru in movie 3.
    • Inu Yasha and Koga vs. Naraku's two speedster detachments
  • Badass: It is almost impossible to not be impressed by some of the characters' exploits in the story, such as Sesshomaru not flinching from having his arm ripped off, Naraku eating Moryoumaru from the inside out and later dying with smarmy remarks and a smile at the end of the series, Sango digging herself out of her own grave, Kagura slaying entire army of demon wolves with a couple of wind-blades, Inuyasha defeating the foe his father died fighting, Inuyasha being able to completely break the state of full-demon he became from losing Tessaiga and much more for every character.
    • Hell, Shippo is something of a badass, when one considers all the things he's done even though he's a little kid, up to and including having to be knocked out to keep from following the team into the final battle against Naraku... and then did it anyway once he regained consciousness. Just look how the much larger kitsune treat Shippo's exploits during the kitsune youjutsu exam that he didn't even know existed until after he was auto-enrolled into it by accident.
    • Whenever Inuyasha turns human he continues to try the same potentially fatal exploits that wouldn't even bruise him as a half demon, up to and including fighting homicidal demons three times his size. Crosses the line into Determinator territory when he (of course) keeps fighting after massive blood loss and broken bones.
  • Badass Family: Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru and their father; Sango, Kohaku and their father.
  • Badass in Distress: Sesshoumaru in Chapters 512-518 when he has to be rescued by his brother. He gets stronger.
    • Inuyasha, whenever he turns human.
  • Badass Long Hair: And how!
    • Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, Koga, Naraku...
  • Badass Normal: Sango. She's completely human and the only protagonist who doesn't have any kind of supernatural or magical power, but she's able to throw around the huge boomerang as if it were a toy, and is just about as good of a fighter as Inuyasha himself.
    • And of course, Kohaku. His shikon shard doesn't seem to do anything but keep him alive and under Naraku's control, but by the end of the series he's able to easily slaughter groups of trained guards and youkai like they were nothing.
  • Band of Brothers: The Inu-tachi.
  • Bandage Babe: Sango.
  • Bandaged Face: Onigumo.
  • The Barnum: Played for Laughs with Miroku. He gets better as time goes by.
  • Barrier Maiden: Poor little Shiori...
  • Barrier Warrior: There are several, including Miroku, Kikyo and Naraku, but the most impressive is Saint Hakushin who is able to create an enormous barrier surrounding Mt. Hakurei which is incredibly powerful, enough to weaken youkai in the surrounding area and purifying them instantly if they get too close.
  • Bash Brothers
  • Bathing Beauty: Kagome is the picture for the page.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Kagome and Sango, but instead of a bathtub it's a hot spring.
  • Battle Aura: Demons and spiritually powerful humans have this.
    • Sango, the only member of the group that doesn't have supernatural powers, also manifests one when she's really pissed off, usually at Miroku. It sends Inuyasha ducking for cover.
  • Battle Boomerang: Hiraikotsu.
  • Battle Butler: Kanna, the only minion who's honestly loyal ( At least until right before she dies.).
    • Byakuya's also completely loyal to Naraku, and like Kanna, throws his life away for one of Naraku's plans, though in his case he didn't even do a posthumous betrayal.
    • Jaken arguably also fits this trope, but with somewhat less "battle".
  • Battle Couple: Inuyasha/Kagome and Sango/Miroku.
  • Battle Tops: Shippo has an arsenal of tops.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Inuyasha desires to become full youkai. When it happens, he doesn't want it anymore and does everything in his power to stay as a hanyou.
  • Beam Spam: Tessaiga gets one that would make a Gundam jealous.
  • Beast and Beauty
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Inuyasha and Kagome.
  • Berserk Button: Miroku is normally very calm and collected, even in the presence of Naraku. But if you dare make inappropriate advances on Sango, he will beat you into a pulp.
    • Manten gets extremely upset when his last few hairs are lost from his head.
    • Sesshoumaru's are mostly related to receiving Inuyasha's pity and hearing Kagura's death being insulted.
    • Discuss Inuyasha's love for Kikyo around Kagome. I dare you.
  • Betty and Veronica: Kagome and Kikyo.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Jinenji.
  • BFG Renkotsu's grenade launcher and gatling gun, And Ginkotsu's flak cannon and ( Missile launchers after being made into a giant cybernetic tank.).
  • BFS
  • Big Bad: Naraku. Well, that's what the Shikon no Tama wants you to think.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Akago with Moryomaru.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sesshomaru towards Inuyasha increasingly as the storyline progresses, Sango towards her little brother Kohaku, even the evil Hiten towards his younger brother Manten (and their little brothers love them too). Kagura also seems to develop one towards Kohaku, which ultimately led to her dying for it.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Miroku to Inuyasha.
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Inuyasha and Kagome in the finale of the anime.
  • Big Eater: Inuyasha and Shippo.
  • Big Entrance: If the main activity suddenly gets interrupted by everyone being drawn to what appears to be a massive bolt of lightning that crashes into the earth, rattling the ground and releasing an overload of raw power, it almost always means Sesshoumaru's just entered the scene.
  • Bigger Bad: The Shikon no Tama.
  • Biological Mashup: Naraku.
  • Bird Run
  • Bishounen: Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru, Naraku.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: And not just blades, but any weapon which is thrown or dropped, including staves and giant boomerangs.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Sango has a retractable blade hidden in her right sleeve that she uses as a last resort.
  • Blade Brake: Inuyasha rams Tessaiga into the ground to prevent being sucked into the Wind Tunnel. In one of many amusing examples of just how alike the two brothers really are, when Sesshoumaru first experiences the power of the Wind Tunnel, he reacts in exactly the same way (and since he's holding Tessaiga at the time, he even uses the same sword).
  • The Blank: One of Naraku's incarnations starts off this way, until he starts stealing people's faces (leaving them faceless and dead).
    • And of course, the Muonna that Sesshoumaru had impersonate Inu Yasha's mother looked like this under her illusion.
  • Blatant Lies
  • Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome: Miroku. The Wind Tunnel in his right hand, a curse placed on his grandfather and passed down onto him, is basically a one-way dimensional gateway with the force of a minute black hole. Even the most powerful of demons seem to be unable to escape it if drawn inside—witness the spirit of Kaguya, an entity stated to be truly immortal, being banished forever by being drawn inside the Wind Tunnel. However, Miroku can only control it by wrapping his hand in certain special beads, and as Naraku created it, he has also created a counter for it: a rapidly-breeding wasp-like creature called Saimyosho contain a poison that will cause Miroku intense pain and eventually death if he draws them in. Oh, and the Wind Tunnel, even if not used, is slowly growing ever larger, until the day when it consumes Miroku and everything around him in a fair-sized Sphere of Destruction, just as it has already devoured his father and grandfather.
    • Inu Yasha's youkai form. Insanely high levels of strength and speed, a much improved healing factor, enough youki to make even Sesshoumaru feel one, brief moment of fear and have a youketsu capable of holding the evil spirit of the Shikon no Tama immobile against its will and decay a frggin' portal to hell when its sliced by the Dragon-Scale Tessaiga. Of course, there's the little matter of him being a bloodthirsty monster that has barely any of Inu Yasha's restraint, and each time it gets even less controllable and less intelligent. Of course, he does get to occasionally take advantage of it and Tessaiga at the same time, whenever someone starts stealing some of Tessaiga's forms, or he boosts Tessaiga with purified Shikon shards.
  • Blood From the Mouth: This happens to Miroku (along with blood from the eyes, nose and ears) when he tries to suck Naraku into his curse only managing to absorb a lot of miasma.
  • Bloody Murder: Inuyasha's first and most basic ranged attack involves him making flying blades out of his blood (or, sometimes, other people's). He tends to pull it out only as a desperation move, for obvious reasons.
  • Blow You Away: Kagura. Her wind powers include tornados, flight, manipulating the wind to (attempt to) cut off the wind-based attacks of opponents and even Razor Wind.
  • Body Horror: Naraku's main fighting style.
    • Also very noticeable when the living Noh mask attacks Kagome; the body it has is the corpses of its previous victims mashed together into one fleshy lump.
  • Boomerang Comeback: Sango uses this technique several times. She lets her enemies attack her while Hiraikotsu is away so they'll be hit by it when is returning to her.
  • Bowdlerise: First villainess Mistress Centipede’s breast size is flattened in the Viz dub. Some scenes that focus on Kagome bathing and Shippo's crotch are also skipped.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Kohaku. After being revived, Naraku erased his memories to be able to control his mind. He then ordered Kohaku to kill a lot of innocent people, including his own sister.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Shippo.
  • Break the Cutie: Kohaku.
  • Breath Weapon: Ah-Un being a dragon has this, in both heads.
  • Bridal Carry
  • Broken Bird: Kagura, Kikyou.
  • Broken Hero: Miroku is a carefree, cheerful guy in spite (or maybe because) of having death looming over him his whole life.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inuyasha and Kagome.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Happens to Inuyasha (and every other half demon) every month, most often during a plot that could be resolved effortlessly with Inuyasha's normal powers.
    • Also happens during the Mount Hakurei arc.
    • And to Miroku, of all people, in one of the questionably canon movies, when his wind tunnel is removed by Naraku.
  • Brutal Honesty: Inuyasha, which normally earns him a SIT!
  • Buried Alive: Sango, after being badly wounded. She clawed her way out.
    • Granted, they genuinely thought she was dead.
  • Cain and Abel: Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru for a while. A better example would be Kinka and Ginka, brothers who are attached to one another because neither of them had managed to kill each other in their childhood as was the nature of their species.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: After returning to her time after her first trip to the feudal era, Kagome assumes the whole experience was a dream and proceeds to forget about the whole thing....until Inuyasha barges into her house while her family is having dinner. It doesn't help that one of the bad guys (Yura of the Hair) seeking the Shikon Jewel tries to enter Kagome's time moments later.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Once the manga hit its stride, almost all the characters do this. Uniquely, Sesshoumaru's the only one who rarely calls his attacks out loud. He thinks them instead.
  • Came Back Strong: Sesshoumaru in Chapter 518.
  • Camp Gay: Suzaku of the Flower, a Demon Ninja based off of the Vermillion Phoenix. His comrades tell him several times to stop acting like that, as it creeps them out, and Jakotsu of the Band of Seven.
  • Canis Major: Sesshoumaru and his parents' true forms.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ayame (Koga's childhood love interest), and Akitoki Hojo (an ancestor of one Kagome's classmates) only appear in the anime.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: Talking about his infamous question:

Sango: "After all, she's the one you asked to bear your child."
Miroku: "Well, it's something I always say when I meet a girl."
Sango: "You haven't said it to me though."
Miroku: "Forgive me Sango! Will you..."
Sango: "You don't have to say it!"

  • Cats Are Mean: A rather impressive filler arc showcased some cat demons as this.
  • Changed My Jumper: Kagome traveling through Feudal Japan in her school uniform with a very short skirt.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Played straight by Sango at least once in the anime where she changes from her normal clothes to her armor in a second, while leaping. Usually she averts it though, either having some time to change, fighting in her kimono or already wearing her armor since the beginning.
  • Characterization Marches On: Probably what happened to the smiling, talkative Sesshoumaru. Lampshaded briefly in the manga, however. In the early days, his smiles were usually only sadistic. Later on in the manga, once Sesshoumaru's unsmiling, taciturn personality is established, Jaken does briefly observe that Sesshoumaru only smiles when he's in a killing mood.
  • Chastity Couple: Basically what Miroku and Sango become after the proposal and before their marriage.
  • The Chessmaster: Naraku.
  • The Chew Toy: It's just too hard trying not to laugh whenever poor Jaken gets the crap beaten out of him.
    • Shippo might be the Jaken of the good guys. Poor kid can't open his mouth without Inuyasha beating the living crap out of him. then again, most of the time he is asking for it.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Miroku is able to behave himself when the situation calls for it.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kagome, although it's Inuyasha who ends up doing the saving most of the time.
  • Clothing Damage: Kagura is prone to this.
  • Cock Fight: Happens every time Inuyasha and Kouga meet.
  • Cold Flames: Shippo's foxfire.
  • Color Failure: When Shima claims that she has already given herself to Miroku; he, Sango and the youkai Nushi (who Shima is promised to marry) all experience this.
  • Combat Commentator
  • Combat Pragmatist: Miroku shows signs of this in his fight with Sango, tripping her with his staff so she'll lose Hiraikotsu. He's reminded painfully she has other weapons.
  • Combination Attack: The anime made up one for the films and a filler mini-arc involving Kagome's arrows and one of Inuyasha's special attacks combining together for impressive results. This doesn't actually make much sense because Kagome's arrows purify youki which is exactly what Inuyasha's attacks are made of, but it's not something that ever crops up in the manga.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Comic Book Time: While the manga lasted for 12 years, the whole story happens in barely one year, not taking into account the three-year Time Skip at the end.
  • The Constant: The Sacred Tree and Bone Eater's Well. To the extent that, when the Bone Eater's Well disappears in the Final Battle, it's seen as a very, very bad sign by everyone on both sides of the well.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Everyone in Inuyasha's group except for Kagome who has a living mother and the two humans in Sesshoumaru's group are an orphan and Self-Made Orphan.
  • Conveniently-Timed Attack From Behind: Inuyasha did this at one time and was almost sucked into the Wind Tunnel for his troubles.
  • Cool, Clear Water: None of the character seem to worry about how safe the water is to drink unless it's because a dangerous Youkai might be lurking there waiting to pounce on unwary drinkers... despite the story being set during a time of rampant war, death and disase.
  • Cool Old Lady: Kaede and Jinenji's mother.
  • Cool Sword: Tessaiga, Tenseiga, Tokijin, Sou'unga, Bakusaiga.
  • Cooldown Hug: In the final episode of the (first) anime, when Inuyasha was turning into full youkai, Kagome's hug stopped the transformation. Justified in that she's in fact purifying the corrupt Shikon shard he was using.
    • And again in the second movie, under similar circumstances - Inuyasha being forced to turn full youkai by the villain of the week. Except this time it didn't work until she kissed him.
  • The Corrupter: Naraku (His favorite tactics are those that involve messing with his enemies' hearts).
  • Counter Attack: The Backlash Wave.
  • Crazy Prepared: Sango habitually carries a backup weapon, a hidden backup backup weapon, and a considerable assortment of poisons designed for use against demons.
  • Creepy Centipedes: The Mukade-Joro and tons of regular demon mooks serving Naraku.
  • Cross-Popping Veins
  • Cry Into Chest: Sango finally breaks down crying into Kagome's chest releasing all her heartache when the group forgive her for betraying them.
    • Kagome does this to Inuyasha a lot. It usually freaks him out somewhat.
  • Curse: The Kazaana/Wind Tunnel/Air Rip is a Hereditary Curse.
  • Cut Short: The anime initially ended just over half-way through the manga and there was nothing more for several years until the manga ended. This was finally subverted when a wrap-up series The Final Act was produced to conclude the anime, although it heavily truncated the story to try and fit over 200 chapters into 26 episodes.
  • Damaged Soul: Kikyo only has one part of her soul since Kagome has most of it.
  • Dark Action Girl: Kagura (starts off this way), Tsubaki, Jakotsu (or so he thinks), Princess Abi, Mistress Centipede, Yura, Kaguya
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Inuyasha and Miroku. Inuyasha was shunned by humans and hunted by youkai for being a hanyou (his half-brother hate him for that same reason), lost his mother early in his life and spent the rest alone, then he fell in love with Kikyo who betrayed him (or so he thought) and was sealed for fifty years. Miroku witnessed his father fall victim to his curse when he was a little kid, watching him being consumed by his hand only leaving a big crater afterwards, and grew up knowing that that would be his fate one day.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Shiori.
  • Darkest Hour: Sango and Miroku waiting for the Wind Tunnel to absorb them while their despair consumes the light within the Shikon no Tama leaving it in darkness.
    • Sesshoumaru's darkest hour occurs when he finally learns the truth about Tenseiga's origins and the real reason why he was given Meidou Zangetsuha, resulting in him believing that his father had been training Inuyasha to kill him. His Heroic BSOD is so overwhelming that even Myouga is desperate to help him. He's left so shaken that when Naraku attacks his group he doesn't even try to rescue them; Inuyasha ends up saving them while he watches from a distance. Nothing in the manga - not even Kagura's death or Rin's second death - has ever made him despair the way thinking his father hated him did.
  • Date Peepers: Every time Inuyasha/Kagome or Miroku/Sango have any romantic moments, the rest of the group will be either spying or eavesdropping.
  • Death by Origin Story
  • Death Glare: Sesshoumaru. Early in the manga, he scares off a pack of wolves with his glare alone. Later on, he's badly injured to such an unusual degree that Kagome and Shippou worry about it and discuss healing him. His glare sends both of them scurrying behind Inuyasha for protection.
  • Death Is Cheap: Ask Kikyo... or Kohaku... or Rin. The series does try not to take it too far: before he could master Tenseiga's Meidou Zangetsuha, Sesshoumaru had to learn that even Tenseiga's ability to revive the dead has its limits, since he couldn't properly appreciate the value of the lives of others as long as he assumed he could simply bring them back. However, the lesson is rather undermined when Sesshoumaru's mother revives Rin a second time anyway.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Kikyo.
  • Deflector Shields
  • Defrosting Ice King: Sesshomaru, thanks to Rin.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Inuyasha lets Sesshoumaru impale him through the chest, taking advantage of the moment and ripping off his older brother’s arm to get Tessaiga back.
  • Demon Head
  • Demon Slaying: A common theme of the series.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Jakotsu. He's Affably Evil enough to soften the effect a little, but still pretty depraved.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Subverted. When the Inu-tachi plus Kouga face the Band of Seven, Sango ends up fighting Jakotsu, much to his chagrin.
  • Determinator: The series is full of them.
  • Devour the Dragon
  • Diagonal Cut: Inuyasha kills Hiten in this manner.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Kikyo in Inuyasha's arms.
  • Dirty Old Man: Yakurou Dokusen.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Disappears Into Light: Kikyo.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Shikon Jewel.
  • Disney Death: Too many to count.
  • Distant Finale
  • Damsel in Distress: The anime likes putting the female characters into distress much more than the manga does, especially Kagome and Rin. In the manga, however, Kagome's last true kidnapping by the hands of the baby. After that she becomes a full-on Action Girl, saves Kikyo's life, defeats Naraku alone while burning in the flames of Hell, gets her ultimate weapon and her last part of Character Development after facing the shadows of her heart before ultimately killing Naraku and the Shikon Jewel. Rin isn't really kidnapped much, given the length of the manga, but the final time she's kidnapped lasts for quite a few chapters since it's the final battle.
  • Diving Save
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Inuyasha, Rin, Kagura, Kohaku, Kouga... apparently Rumiko Takahashi has a well known foot fetish, meaning you'll see plenty of her characters barefoot, and plenty of close-ups...
  • Dojikko: Rare male example: Akitoki Hojou. Also a Dogged Nice Guy towards Kagome, like one of his descendants.
  • Doom It Yourself: In one of the filler episodes, Inuyasha accidentally damages the handlebar to Kagome's new bicycle. While she goes to school, he volunteers to fix it. Given his lack of knowledge on bicycles - or anything else from the modern era for that matter - things quickly get out of hand, and by the time Kagome gets home, the bike is in even worse shape.
  • Doomed Hometown: The demon slayers' village.
  • Double Standard: When Inuyasha gets jealous of Kagome's interactions with Kouga, in which she does nothing to discourage his flirting with her, Inuyasha is usually subdued by Kagome. When it comes to Inuyasha's relationship with Kikyo and the two meet up, he's normally also subdued by a jealous Kagome and is criticized by the rest of the group for hurting her feelings.
  • Dragon Rider: Rin and Jaken. Kohaku, too, for a while.
  • Dramatic Wind
  • Dress Hits Floor
  • Drop What You Are Doing: Played for Laughs. When Kagome asks Sango, who's cleaning Hiraikotsu, if she's in love with Miroku (more like states it), Sango drops the weapon in shock and breaks the floor.
  • Dude, She's Like, In A Coma!: Ironically, Sango kissed Miroku while he was unconscious.
  • Dying as Yourself
  • Dynamic Entry: Happens several times. One example consists of Kagome, Miroku and Sango being saved from Mukotsu by a clawed hand slicing into Mukotsu's body signify the arrival of - to Kagome's shock - Sesshoumaru rather than Inuyasha.
  • Dysfunction Junction
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything the main characters went through, almost all of them got a happy ending. Miroku and Sango are Happily Married and have three kids; Shippo is learning to get better with his powers; Kohaku, accompanied by Kirara, is atoning by helping other people; Rin is staying with Kaede and is often visited by Sesshoumaru; and even though they were separated for three years, Kagome and Inuyasha are reunited at the end.
  • Eat Me: Naraku lets Moryomaru absorb him so he could get close to Akago and consume both of them from the inside.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Jakotsu.
  • Eldritch Abomination: While Naraku likes to consider himself one, Magatsuhi, the composite youkai who killed Midoriko fits the bill.
  • Embarrassing Cover Up: Made by Kagome's grandfather.
  • Emotionless Girl: Kanna, at least before she dies.
  • Empathic Weapon: Several weapons in the series are this, most notably Tessaiga, Tenseiga and Hiraikotsu. Tokijin starts off as one, but its will is completely suppressed by Sesshoumaru's.
  • Episode Title Card: Always read aloud by Inuyasha himself.
  • Eternal English
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Princess Abi joins Naraku to save her dying mother.
    • A female bone-youkai stole Sango's weapon to try and save her father.
    • While it's hard to tell how he and his mother feel about each other, a significant part of Sesshoumaru's character development involved getting over his daddy issues which required her help.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Inuyasha not only is in the middle of a Love Triangle with Kagome and Kikyou, but Villainous Crossdresser Jakotsu is explicitly and obsessively in love with him. Jakotsu was also attracted to Sesshoumaru and Miroku, but concluded that he preferred Inuyasha.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone could see Inuyasha and Kagome liked each other since the beginning. Everyone could also see Sango liked Miroku, except for Inuyasha.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: The Saimyoushou, the poisonous insects Naraku uses.
  • Evil Evolves: Naraku. Oh, Naraku.
    • Tessaiga, though just demonic and not technically evil, qualifies as well late in the series, absorbing power from the demons it slays.
  • Evil Plan: Each villain has one but its Naraku's that drive the plot.
  • Evil Weapon: Tokijin.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Moryomaru's a mean guy but he's just a thug compared to Naraku.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: In the hands of almost anyone except Inuyasha, Tessaiga looks like a katana that has seen better days. When Inuyasha weilds it, the blade takes its true form.
  • Exponential Plot Delay: It never ends! It never ends! (Well, until it finally does; the story does progress and characters do develop, just very slowly except for near the beginning and end of the series.)
  • Expy: Mostly of Ranma ½. Rumiko Takahashi herself admitted that the InuKag romance was supposed to be the Ranma/Akane romance as it should have been written. Sango resembles Ukyo Kuonji in terms of design and Miroku looks a lot like Shinnosuke (and like the young Luckyosai, Happosai's "old friend"). Also, Myoga resembles manga-Happosai in looks though not personality. And if you look at it the right way, Koga/Ryoga Hibiki.
    • Bonus points for the fact that Ranma and Inuyasha share voice actors in BOTH Japanese and English (Kappei Yamaguchi and Richard Ian Cox, though only for the latter half of Ranma in Dick's case), and Kelly Sheridan is the English voice for both Ukyo and Sango. Further, David Kaye voices both Soun and Sesshomaru, and Paul Dobson voiced both Happosai and Myoga.
  • Eye Scream: In the manga, Sesshoumaru stabs Inuyasha's right eye in order to get the black pearl that's hidden there, a portal to his father's grave.
  • Face Fault: Justified via phlebotinum: "SIT, BOY!".
  • Face Stealer: Muso.
  • Facial Markings
  • The Fair Folk: The demons tend to be otherworldly and ruthless. Some are very ugly, others very beautiful. It's stated that the most powerful and dangerous ones are those that look like humans.
    • This actually plays into Japanese culture; the beings referred to in Japan as Youkai and Obake would probably be considered more Fey than Demons by Western standards.
  • Family Theme Naming: The three named characters from the demon slayers' village—Sango, her younger brother Kohaku, and their pet Kirara—all have names referring to semi-precious stones (coral, amber and mica, respectively). Additionally, Kikyou and her younger sister Kaede both have names that begin with K and refer to plants (bellflower and maple).
  • Fan Service: Kagome does seem in many shots to be almost entirely made up of very shapely legs, though we never see up her skirt. Twice, Kagome's breasts were bared though this is edited for the American releases as is the short shot of Shippo disrobing for a dip in an onsen. Also, Sango's Taijiya uniform is very form fitting. All of the main girls have been subject to nude scenes shortly after their introduction. Kagura's top gets ripped off numerous times.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans and demons don't get along very well, even when they aren't straight-up killing each other.
  • Fantastic Romance: Inuyasha and Kagome.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Midoriko and Magatsuhi, having to battle each other forever inside the Shikon Jewel.
  • Feel No Pain: Yakurou Dokusen offers a "medicine" to Miroku so he'll stop feeling pain everytime he sucks poison into his curse but it won't cure the shouki wounds that are killing him. He takes it.
    • Shikon shards in the body will make it insensitive to pain no matter how severe the injuries are, which is how, for example, Sango manages to go toe-to-toe with Inuyasha in her first appearance despite being grievously injured.
  • Field Power Effect: The one night of the month half-demons lose their powers.
  • Final Battle: The series' final battle takes place when the Five-Man Band plus Sesshomaru's group go inside Naraku after he transforms into a giant, floating spider.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The main group was formed because all the members (except Shippo) share a common goal, and at first they were hostile to each other. Inuyasha and Kagome are forced to work together to find the Shikon shards, they let Miroku join after learning they share a common enemy and Sango joins for the same reason. They warm up to each other and end up being best friends since they don't really have anyone else.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Kikyo to Inuyasha
  • First Law of Resurrection: Kikyo, and arguably Rin. And definitely Kohaku
  • First-Name Basis: Inuyasha starts to call Kagome by name after defeating Yura. Miroku jumps directly to first name basis with no honorifics with Sango, the only woman he addresses in such a fashion.
    • Averted by Sango, who never uses Miroku's name at all, always calling him "Houshi-sama" even after she's promised to marry him. (This and Miroku's use of yobisute mentioned above are distinctions not carried over into the English dub due to the difficulty of translating them effectively.)
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Both Kagome and Inuyasha.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: How Onigumo falls in love with Kikyo.
  • Follow the Chaos: Naraku, along with his "stink", also tends to leave behind trails of dead bodies everywhere he goes
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Plays with this. Kagome isn't flighty per se, but often forgets to bring her homework to class, only for Sota to pick up the slack. Then again, considering she's spending most of her time in the Feudal Era, she can hardly be blamed for losing focus on her supposed off days.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Most of the main characters are able to detect youki.
  • Foreshadowing: A brilliantly blatant yet easy-to-miss example occurs when Naraku manipulates Sango into stealing Tessaiga for him. He is able to hold it and briefly uses it against her. Amids the ensuing drama, the audience isn't likely to remember that said sword was suppossed to have a demon-repelling barrier around it that should've left a full demon like Naraku with some ugly burns on his hand... this is explained when we learn that Naraku isn't a full demon at all...
    • Another moment occurs as a result of the same incident. Sango tells Inuyasha's group that they can't trust her because, if Naraku attempts to use the same tactic on her in the future (making her choose between friends and a loved one), she'll make the same decision all over again. Right at the end of the manga, Naraku attempts what Sango feared and does indeed try to repeat the incident. This time, it's a choice between Rin's life and Miroku's life and, as warned, Sango does indeed make the same decision again: attempting to kill Rin to save Miroku.
    • Another throwaway comment, this time by Toutousai. When Inuyasha first masters the Kaze no Kizu while fighting Sesshoumaru and it's revealed at the same time that Tenseiga has chosen Sesshoumaru as its true master, Toutousai mutters to himself "Whether Tenseiga lives or dies will depend on Sesshoumaru's heart". It takes hindsight to show us just how significant that statement proved to be.
  • The Four Gods: a Quirky Miniboss Squad in one of the late filler arcs (first half of the anime's sixth season) is a squad of four Demon Ninjas based on them; Byakko of the Snow (Byakko the White Tiger), Genbu of the Darkness (Genbu the Black Turtle), Seiryuu of the Moon (Seiryuu the Azure Dragon), and Suzaku of the Flower (Suzaku the Vermillion Phoenix).
    • The villains of the the fourth movie, "Fire on the Mystic Island", are also based off of The Four Gods, though somewhat less blatantly than the aforementioned Demon Ninjas.
  • Free Sample Plot Coupon: Downplayed. Kagome already has the Shikon pearl inside her at the start of the series, but after some unsavory events it is fragmented into several pieces, scattered through Feudal Japan. Thus the objective is to retrieve them, and the first of them is held by a very powerful opponent, negating the trope entirely.
  • Fuel Meter of Power: The Wind Tunnel is constantly expanding (a process that is accelerated every time it's used and even more so if it's injured) until it's big enough to break the seal and kill Miroku.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Muso, although it is toned down by Barbie Doll Anatomy. Moral Guardians, you know...
  • Furo Scene
  • Future Spandex: Sango's fighting outfit includes this under her body armor.
  • Gatling Good: Renkotsu battles Inuyasha with a giant gatling gun that seems to fire mortar rounds or cannon balls.
  • Gentle Giant: Jinenji.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: After Miroku hallucinates about the Wind Tunnel absorbing him, Inuyasha has to hit him to get him out of the shock.
  • Giggling Villain: Kukuku.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Several instances, most notably Kagura and Kikyo.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Inuyasha.
  • Good Parents: Mama Higurashi.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Scars in the shape of a spider on one back mark incarnations of Naraku; it's a taint that he can't get away from because of the part of him that's Onigumo.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Inuyasha.
  • Gotta Catch Em All
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inuyasha and Kagome. Inverted by Sango and Miroku.
  • Hair Colors
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The title character.
  • Handicapped Badass: Sesshoumaru lost his left arm fighting Inuyasha in his first appearance. He still was one of the most powerful characters in the series. He even got his arm back towards the end in a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Handsome Lech: Miroku
  • Harmful to Minors: Poor Shippo, Kohaku and Rin.
  • Hazy Feel Turn
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Jaken does this for Sesshoumaru when Rin dies.
  • Head Pet: Inverted. When Shippo travels on Kirara, he usually does it on her head.
  • Healing Factor: Everyone with youkai blood. Sesshoumaru ups this to eleven later on in the series, however, which results in him being able to regenerate his missing left arm.
  • Healing Shiv: Sesshomaru's sword Tenseiga can revive the dead by cutting down the pallbearers of the afterlife as they come to collect the dead person's soul. However, as is eventually revealed under tragic circumstances, people can be revived in this manner only once.
  • Held Gaze: This type of gaze occurs a few times between several different pairs, including a moment between Sesshoumaru and Kagura. As her life ebbs away, they talk, run out of words, and finally hold each other's gaze as she distintegrates into the wind.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Miroku stole Kagome's bike and the Shikon Shard she carried when they first met.
  • Hey, That's My Line!
  • Hidden Eyes
  • High on Catnip: In a filler episode, a villain incapacitates Kirara with catnip.
  • Hime Cut: Many, notably Kikyou and Sango.
  • Hitchhiker Heroes
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Taigokumaru picks the wrong time to mouth off about his son Tsukuyomaru's death to Shiori, his granddaughter. Guess what happens.
  • Homage: Doesn't the whole plot around how only the "right" person can pull the sword Tessaiga from the place it stands remind alot of King Arthur?
  • Home, Sweet Home: All the protagonists settle down in Kaede's village at the end.
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Horned Humanoid
  • Horse of a Different Color: Kirara and Ah-Un.
  • Hot Amazon: Sango is wanted by both Miroku and Kuranosuke because of her beauty and her strength. Definitely Kagura's main appeal.
  • Hot Dad: Miroku, by the end of the series, with Sango as the (predictable) Hot Mom.
    • Judging by the flashbacks, Miroku's father wasn't so bad either.
    • Inupapa looks like Sesshomaru with a ponytail.
    • Shiori's dad, Tsukuyomaru is a Dark-Skinned Blond bishonen.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!
  • How Do I Shot Web?: It takes quite some time for Inuyasha to master the Wind Scar.
  • Human Shield: Naraku uses Rin as a shield while prompts Sango to kill him.
  • Hurting Hero: Kikyo, Sango, Miroku is the cheerful kind, Kohaku after he regains his memories and Inuyasha after some Character Development.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Miroku: "What a terrible guy, to trick girls with a fake medicine"
  • I Am a Humanitarian: Several Youkai feeds on humans/humans innards, but Tokajin the sennin takes the cake. Seriously toned down in the anime.
  • I Am Not Weasel
  • I Am Your Opponent: Used several times by Inuyasha and Sango; inverted by Naraku.
  • I Can Still Fight: Mainly Inuyasha and Sango. Sesshoumaru, too, at one point - although he manages to avoid these exact words, he still ends up in an argument with Inuyasha over whether he should be on the battlefield at all.
    • Actually, at least in Inuyasha's case, it's usually TRUE. Very rarely will he actually reach a point where he can't fight anymore. When this happens, he usually continues anyway via Deus Ex Machina demonic blood.
  • I Choose to Stay: After finishing her education, Kagome opts to remain in the past with Inuyasha.
  • I Die Free: Kagura only desire is to be free but doesn’t want to die to get it so she does everything in her power to get Naraku killed without him knowing. When she chooses Kohaku’s life before her own and gets impaled by Naraku for her troubles, she realizes that dying was the only way to be free. (Further confirmed by Byakuya who mentions that the detachments would die anyway when Naraku is killed).
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Mukotsu, on Kagome. Jakotsu, on Inuyasha.
  • I Have Your Wife: Naraku revived and brainwashed Kohaku just to mess with Sango.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Kagura.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Kikyo.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Basically every time Sango encounters brainwashed!Kohaku.
  • I Never Told You My Name: In the Hoshiyomi filler arc, demons manage to get a photo of three of Kagome's friends from her backpack, and use it to create puppets of them in order to trick Kagome and Hojo into handing over the magic blade that their master needs. Kagome is suspicious to begin with, but her suspicions are confirmed when one of the three calls her by her name - which she hadn't mentioned to them.
  • Informed Attribute: In the anime, Kagome and Kikyo don't look much alike at all, Kikyo having much paler skin and smaller eyes, just to mention a couple differences at a glance. Averted in the manga, where they do indeed look very similar.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Mouryoumaru tries to goad Inuyasha into getting so angry he does something stupid by insulting Kagura's death. To everyone's shock (including Mouryoumaru's) the one who flies into an Unstoppable Rage is actually Sesshoumaru instead.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Inuyasha called Miroku a "fake lechering monk" once. His response? "I may be a lecher, but how dare you call me a fake!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: This is Miroku's reaction when Takeda proposes marriage to Sango, much to Kagome's frustration.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Sesshoumaru's favorite excuse whenever he helps the heroes.
  • I Will Definitely Protect You: Inuyasha to Kagome: "Shut up! I'm saying I'll protect you!"
  • Identity Amnesia: Kohaku.
  • If I Can't Have You: Naraku with Kikyou. He tricks Kikyou and Inuyasha into betraying each other, in hopes that he might be able to whisk the girl away after she's killed her former lover, but to much of his dismay she decides to choose death. Then when she's resurrected, he tries to kill her over and over again until he finally succeeds. He even wanted her to die in his arms, hoping that Inuyasha would be too late.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Happens several times in the manga, bad guys impaling good guys, good guys impaling bad guys. Brothers impaling each other. One of the most dramatic occurances, however, takes place in the latter stages of the manga when Magatsuhi impales Sesshoumaru through the heart, bringing the entire cast to a shocked, disbelieving stand-still.
  • Implied Love Interest: Sesshoumaru and Kagura, whose feeling are never specifically confirmed but whose significance to one another is clear in the later parts of the storyline (and helpfully spotlighted by Rin).
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: The demon slayers' uniforms, not to mention Inuyasha's fire rat kimono.
  • In the Past Everyone Will Be Famous: Subverted. When Inuyasha and Kagome meet a young samurai named Nobunaga, she immediately asks for his autograph excited to be meeting the famous Oda Nobunaga. It turns out he's Amari Nobunaga and is offended to be mistaken for that "idiot".
  • Incendiary Exponent: The first time Inuyasha turns into a human, he ends up having to fight a spider demon. So he pulls up a bunch of wooden grave markers amidst cries of blasphemy, sets them on fire, and then uses them as flaming javelins.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: By the end of the series, Tessaiga can generate huge energy blasts, reflect incoming energy attacks, launch a spray of adamantine spikes, cut through energy barriers, siphon demonic energy, and CREATE DIMENSIONAL PORTALS TO THE UNDERWORLD.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Inuyasha arrives just in the nick of time to stop Sango from killing her brother and committing suicide.
  • Interspecies Romance: Inuyasha, Shiori and Jinenji all have human mothers and Youkai fathers.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Inuyasha: "I ain't drunk. And why are there two Kagomes?" On another occasion he ends following a butterfly and falling off a cliff.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Inuyasha turns human during the night of the new moon. He also transforms into full youkai when in danger (and not having Tessaiga near to seal his blood) and when a very corrupt Shikon shard is nearby (and not having Kagome near to purify him).
  • It Only Works Once: Tenseiga can revive the dead, but only once. A second revival requires a trip to hell and a Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?, and that likewise will only work the one time.
  • It Was with You All Along: Toutousai explains that Bakusaiga was this to Sesshoumaru.
  • It's Personal: Everyone wants revenge against Naraku.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru, Koga.
  • Jidai Geki: The story (while not in the present) takes place during the Sengoku Jidai.
  • Joker Immunity: Naraku in the anime.
  • Joshikousei: Kagome
  • Journey to the West: a Shout-Out only found in the anime version is the appearance of a Boar Demon named Chokyukai, who claims to be a descendent of Chohakkai, aka "Disciple Pigsy". He also has a monkey and a scrawny kappa as his slaves, and claims that they are descendents of Shagoyjo (aka "Disciple Sandy") and Son Goku (aka "Monkey", aka "Sun Wukong"). Kagome has to explain to Inuyasha and co. that Chokyukai is talking about the famous tale of a Monk who travelled to India alongside a pig demon, a water demon, and a rebellious monkey god to retrieve sacred sutras.
    • The main characters mirror the Journey's main characters to some extent. Inuyasha just like Goku is bad tempered, is set free from a long curse at the beginning, has an elongable weapon, has animal traits and is subdued by a talisman which is under control of the person he's protecting. Kagome, like Tripitaka, is on a quest for a sacred item, is the reincarnation of a noble soul of the past, is the preferred target of demons and is helpless compared to most other characters. Miroku and Sango have some traits in common with Pigsy and Sandy respectively.
  • Just a Kid: Lord Kagewaki: "The most skilled [slayers]? But I see here before me a young girl, and you even brought a small child".
  • Just Following Orders: Byakuya's excuse to Sesshoumaru when he interferes with Sesshoumaru's pursuit of Mouryoumaru is, "don't hate me, I'm just doing my job".
  • Kabuki Sounds: Boy howdy.
  • Ki Attacks: Most all the attacks Inuyasha does are ki attacks focused through his sword; he rarely uses it to actually cut anyone, aside from monster-like demons. This is eventually lampshaded by Sesshoumaru, who cryptically advises his brother that he's put so many weird powers into the blade that he's forgotten what the point of a sword is (the point of the sword is to cut).
  • Killer Rabbit: Kirara. She's usually a very small and cute kitty with two tails but she can transform into a large saber-toothed cat with flames around her feet and tails, and in this form she's able to fly and carry up to three people on her back.
  • Kiss of Life: Miroku tries this on Sango. Guess what.
  • Kitsune: Shippo. One episode featured an Inn full of them.
  • Knife Outline: When Inuyasha was trying to steal the Jewel from Kikyo, instead of killing him she decided to pin him like this to a tree.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Even though the Wind Tunnel is the most powerful (and destructive) weapon, Miroku rarely gets to use it since it's vulnerable to poison, and more often than not the foe they're fighting is poisonous. Naraku has the Saimyoshou (poisonous hell bees) exactly for this reason.
  • Lady of War: Kikyou, Kagura, Sango.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Miroku falls hard for Sango. He still flirts with any beautiful lady, though.
  • Lap Pillow: Inuyasha rests in Kagome's lap while he's poisoned during his human night.
  • Last Kiss: Inuyasha and Kikyo shared a kiss right before she died.
  • Last of His Kind: Sango is the last surviving demon slayer. At least until Kohaku really gets better.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Inuyasha's preferred battle strategy.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: This is Naraku's preferred tactic.
  • Licked by the Dog: Sesshomaru and Rin
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Lighter and Softer: One example would be Mukotsu's attempted rape of Kagome in the manga. The anime gets around this by having Mukotsu attempt to force Kagome into marriage with him.
  • Lightning Glare
  • Lima Syndrome: Kouga falls for Kagome after kidnapping her.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • Living Memory: Resurrected Kikyo.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Naraku and Bankotsu.
  • Long Runner: The first anime was 167 episodes plus four movies, five in Japan. The Final Act added 26 episodes, for a grand TV total of 193. The Manga started in 1996, and finally concluded in June 2008 with its 558th chapter. Overall the series ran for twelve years.
  • Losing Your Head: The first of Naraku's Demon Puppets.
  • Lotus Eater Machine: The Shikon no Tama makes Kagome believe she's living a normal life while she's trapped inside the jewel.
  • Lovable Coward: Myoga.
  • Love Bubbles
  • Love Epiphany: Kagome, not that it changes anything
  • Love Hurts
  • Love Transcends Spacetime
  • Love Triangle: Kagome/Inuyasha/Kikyo
  • Loveable Rogue: Miroku doesn't have any problems with lying, cheating, conning, stealing, drinking, womanizing, etc. He's still one of the good guys and a Buddhist monk.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Naraku, who’s an amalgamation of thousands of youkai.
  • Loved Ones Montage
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Kirara, especially to Sango.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Several weapons. Tessaiga initially appears to be this, then it seems to be averted when it's revealed Sesshoumaru can use it as well, it's only the youkai-repelling barrier that stops him. Finally, it's confirmed during a Die or Fly test of worth when Sesshoumaru deliberately steals Tessaiga's power to test its bond with Inuyasha only to find the power immediately flees back to Inuyasha at the first chance it gets.
    • Toukijin is so powerful and evil not even Toutousai can approach it. Sesshoumaru overcomes the blade's evil will easily and the sword obeys him loyally until the day it's destroyed.
    • Tenseiga accepts only Sesshoumaru as its true master even though Sesshoumaru doesn't want it at all. Even when he deliberately shatters the blade and discards it, the sword ends up reforging itself and landing back on the ground near Sesshoumaru. The only reason Tenseiga is not a Clingy MacGuffin is because it can be physically separated from Sesshoumaru. It just won't stay separated.
  • Luminescent Blush: Particularly Sango, but also Kagome and Inuyasha when things get a little too "romantic" between them.
  • Lunacy: Inuyasha loses his powers whenever is the new moon.
  • Magic Skirt: Kohaku has more panty shots than Kagome...
  • Magical Gesture: Mikos and monks use this.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Shiori and Jinenji's parents definitely suffered this.
  • Man Behind the Man: Nearly every antagonist the Inu-tachi face is either working for or is a direct detachment of Naraku himself.
    • Near the end of the manga, it's implied that the Shikon no Tama, or rather, the aggregate demon inside it manipulated Naraku in a bid to free itself while perpetuating the Vicious Cycle. The last chapter implies that the Shikon no Tama was the REAL Big Bad that Kagome was sent back in time to defeat.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters
  • Manipulative Bastard: Naraku loves to turn people against each other.
  • Manly Tears: Inuyasha shed tears when Kagome, Sango and Miroku survived after thinking they had died. And later, he cried as he held a dying Kikyo in his arms.
  • Master of Illusion: Byakuya.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Miroku so very much. His proposal is infamous for this: first telling Sango she's a special woman to him but later saying he can't love her and she's only a friend to fight alongside with, and then culminating with asking her if she would live with him and bear his child after Naraku is defeated.
  • Master Poisoner: Mukotsu of the Band of Seven, Yakurou Dokusen and Sango.
  • Master Swordsman: Sesshomaru
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Since youkai are Really Seven Hundred Years Old, any relationship between a human and a youkai. Curiously enough, in the three known relationships like this, the youkai died first.
  • Meaningful Name: The series is rife with them, starting with Inuyasha himself whose name means Dog-Yaksa. A yaksa is a spirit who in Buddhism serves a benevolent god that protects the righteous. Because Tessaiga is meant to be used for the protection of humans, Inuyasha's name suits him very well.
    • Naraku means "abyss", Tessaiga literally translates into "Iron Crushing Fang", Sesshomaru translates into something like "perfect killing circle" (Yikes) and Miroku is the Japanese name for the future Buddha.
    • Another very noticeable example is the entire Band of Seven, whose names all end with "-kotsu" (meaning "bone"), indicating their undead natures. The prefixes of their names are individually meaningful as well; for instance, the "ja-" in Jakotsu's name means "snake," a reference to his serpent-like Whip Sword (accordingly named "Jakotsu-to," "snake bone sword").
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: Miroku.
  • Mega Neko: Kirara.
  • Megaton Punch: Inuyasha.
  • Men Don't Cry: Inuyasha says this to a crying Shippo when they think Kagome, Miroku and Sango have died. When it turns out they haven't, Inuyasha tries to hide his tears which Shippo is fast to point out.
  • Mind Control Eyes: Kohaku and Kagome
    • In the questionably canon second movie, Inuyasha is forced to transform into a full demon by Kaguya, complete with the classic "eyes fade to red" effect.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Shikon no Tama/Jewel of Four Souls
  • The Minnesota Fats: Kikyou, for Kagome.
  • Missing Mom
  • Mistaken for Dying: Mushin in a filler episode of the anime.
  • Mistaken for Granite: A pair of statues guard the doorway to the underworld
  • Moment Killer: Kagome and Inuyasha get interrupted several times. One noteworthy example happens towards the end of the story when they’re alone in her house and are about to kiss when Souta comes crashing through the door.
    • Miroku and Sango on the other hand don’t need any help, they’ll ruin the moment themselves.
  • Monster Lord
  • Monster of the Week
  • Monstrosity Equals Weakness: It's stated that the more human-looking demons are the most powerful.
  • Morality Pet: Rin, for Sesshoumaru. Kohaku becomes something of a Morality Pet for Kagura for a short time until she dies saving his life, resulting in him defaulting to Sesshoumaru. One imagines that if everyone else got killed off, Fluffy'd probably end up with Shippo as well.
  • More Than Infinite: Unlike Tessaiga, Bakusaiga does not need multiple flashy techniques. It has just one. Chain-Reaction Destruction. It nukes everything - even things it didn't cut in the first place if they come into contact with anything that took the original blow. It can take out thousands in a single blow.
  • Morphic Resonance: When Shippo shape shifts he is usually unable to conceal his tail.
  • Mouthy Kid: Shippo.
  • The Movie: Four times. They're generally non-serial, but occasionally nods to them are thrown into the anime, like Sesshomaru's Soryuha technique, which was made up for a movie. The fandom periodically circulates rumours of a fifth but that generally refers to either the ending of an old computer game or a more recent OVA that was released as part of the Rumic World Specials and can be found, with minor editing, as episode 15 of the the Final Act.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Miroku.
  • Muggle and Magical Love Triangle: Kagome has the most desired boy in school fall in love with her, but even when she goes on dates with him she finds herself thinking about Inu Yasha, half-dog demon from the mythic past.
  • Multi Melee Master: All demon slayers are this, carrying a main weapon and a short sword, and if Sango is any indication, a chain and a hidden blade in their sleeve, too. Sango even fights with the Hiraikotsu and the sword at the same time.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Kikyo kinda tries this, letting Kagome fall to Naraku's miasma.

Kikyo: We are the same. But there need only be one of us.

Naraku: Blah, blah, blah your soul will be corrupted. Blah, blah, blah."
Kagome: You are rather talkative!

Naraku: "If you kill me, my shouki-stained body will rain upon the village"
Sesshoumaru: "So what?" Bakusaiga!

Kaede: "Little youkai, will you be staying here too?"
Jaken: "That's Jaken-sama to you!"
Rin: "You sure talk big..."
Sango: "... for such a little body."

Magatsuhi: "Hmpf. It seems that you've put on quite a show for me. However, this is still a borrowed body. I feel neither pain nor..."
Slice.

Byakuya summons a swarm of demons
Sesshomaru: "You can't stop me with dozens of these demons"
Byakuya: "Oh, I know that. That's why I've summoned thousands of them"
Sesshomaru easily tears them apart
Byakuya: "Maybe I should have gone for millions..."

Kagome Higurashi (first look at Inuyasha): "Dog ears? I think I wanna... Touch 'em!" (tweak tweak)

Sango: "I was really scared... I was scared that I'd be alone"

Notes

  1. significantly, this is one of the few Japanese fantasy anime that isn't set in a pseudo-medieval-European fantasy world; just about everything in it is based on Japanese myths and legends, and that alone makes it worth your time to look for
Retrieved from "https://allthetropes.org/w/index.php?title=Inuyasha&oldid=1533152"