Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is a thrilling anime series based on the popular manga of the same name, which tells the story of an exciting cast of characters clashing in a dark fantasy version of Japan’s Taisho Era.
The Demon Slayer anime is produced by animation studio ufotable and began airing in 2019 to critical acclaim. It’s currently airing its second season, where the unfolding struggle against demonic forces is reaching its most dramatic arc.
Demon Slayer has reached meteoric popularity across the world due to its engaging setting, beautiful animation and wide variety of interesting characters. From the empathetic and kind protagonist Tanjiro to the arrogant Inosuke and beyond, every character in Demon Slayer is someone’s favorite.
There’s a lot to learn about the many characters of Demon Slayer’s world and it can be easy to forget some of the basic info, so we’ve compiled all of the key facts about every major Demon Slayer character into one handy resource.
Demon Slayer Character Statistics
|Tanjiro Kamado||July 14th||16||165 cm / 5'5"||134 lbs / 61 kg||Demon Slayer|
|Nezuko Kamado||December 28th||14||153 cm / 5'0"||99 lbs / 45 kg||Demon|
|Inosuke Hashibira||April 22nd||15||164cm / 5'4½"||139 lbs / 63 kg||Demon Slayer|
|Zenitsu Agatsuma||September 3rd||16||164.5 cm / 5'4¾"||128 lbs / 58 kg||Demon Slayer|
|Genya Shinazugawa||January 7th||16||180 cm / 5'11"||168 lbs / 76 kg||Demon Slayer|
|Kanao Tsuyuri||May 19th||16||156 cm / 5'1½"||101 lbs / 46 kg||Demon Slayer/Tsuguko|
|Sanemi Shinazugawa||November 29th||21||179 cm / 5'10½"||165 lbs / 75 kg||Wind Hashira|
|Shinjuro Rengoku||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Demon Slayer
Former Flame Hashira
|Kyojuro Rengoku||May 10th||20||177 cm / 5'9½"||159 lbs / 72 kg||Flame Hashira|
|Jigoro Kuwajima||Unknown||60+||Unknown||Unknown||Former Thunder Hashira|
|Sakonji Urokodaki||Unknown||60+||Unknown||Unknown||Former Water Hashira|
|Kanae Kocho||Unknown||17||Unknown||Unknown||Flower Hashira|
|Shinobu Kocho||February 24th||18||151 cm / 4'11½"||82 lbs / 37 kg||Insect Hashira|
|Muichiro Tokito||August 8th||14||160 cm / 5'3"||123 lbs / 56 kg||Mist Hashira|
|Tengen Uzui||October 31st||23||198 cm / 6'6"||209 lbs / 95 kg||Sound Hashira|
|Gyomei Himejima||August 23rd||27||220 cm / 7'2½"||287 lbs / 130 kg||Stone Hashira|
|Obanai Iguro||September 15th||21||162 cm / 5'4"||117 lbs / 53 kg||Serpent Hashira|
|Mitsuri Kanroji||June 1st||19||167 cm / 5'6"||123 lbs / 56 kg||Love Hashira|
|Giyu Tomoika||February 8th||21||176 cm / 5'9¼"||152 lbs / 69 kg||Water Hashira|
|Muzan Kibutsuji||Unknown||10,0000+||179 cm / 5'10½"||165 lbs / 75 kg||Twelve Kizuki Leader/Demon|
Demon Slayer Character Guide
If you can’t tell which character is which or just need a refresher, here’s a guide and summary of each character’s role in Demon Slayer. There are a lot of demon slayers, siblings, and relationships to get to grips with.
Tanjiro is the protagonist of Demon Slayer, a kind and earnest boy who believes the best in others. After a series of tragic losses at the hands of demons and the transformation of his sister, Tanjiro becomes quietly focused on his goal of restoring Nezuko’s humanity. Resolving to join the Demon Slayer Corps and find a cure for Nezuko’s demonic nature, Tanjiro wields the techniques taught to him by the former Water Hashira in order to best his opponents.
Tanjiro is a responsible, level-headed type which often places him as the leader in many situations. He forms strong bonds with the people around him and often behaves as the moral compass. As the main character, Tanjiro has been given ample depth and development, growing to meet their newfound responsibilities.
Nezuko, Tanjiro’s mute demon sister, is the second most important character in Demon Slayer. She’s the motivation for Tanjiro to pursue joining the Demon Slayer Corps as a means to find a way to restore Nezuko’s humanity, setting in motion the events of the series. Despite having the appearance of an unassuming child, Nezuko is actually a feral demonic creature, albeit one that remains at least somewhat loyal to Tanjiro.
Nezuko is protective over those she views as being a part of her family. Outside of this small circle, Nezuko’s demonic nature makes them relatively hostile to all other lifeforms, even eschewing the standard kinship that demons seem to have for each other in the rest of the series. Nezuko’s level of self-control and understanding of her human family makes her a unique type of demon and an essential part of the series’ puzzle in terms of understanding how the demon threat might be ended in a more permanent way.
The beloved boar-boy of Demon Slayer, Inosuke Hashibira forms a vital part of the main group of characters the show focuses on. Raised alongside wild boars, Inosuke is a slightly obnoxious and short-tempered young boy who is always ready to fight. He wears a detailed boar mask and dual-wield katanas, which probably gives you an impression of his slightly chaotic nature. After clashing with Tanjiro initially, he quickly becomes a valuable ally and aids him in his quest.
Alongside Inosuke, Zenitsu Agatsuma forms another essential member of Tanjiro’s traveling party. His blonde hair and colorful orange clothing gives him a distinctively bright look which matches the aesthetics of his thunder breathing abilities.
Zenitsu is also a particularly cowardly guy. Considering the circumstances, it’s understandable, but his fears extend far beyond demons! Despite this, he is a particularly capable fighter, especially when he’s able to channel his thunder breathing alongside their swordsmanship for some truly shocking attacks.
Genya Shinazugawa is easily identifiable thanks to his dark hair, facial scarring, and nefarious vibe. He first appears in the series as an edgy warrior who ‘works best alone’, but eventually learns to work with others. He’s the younger brother of Sanemi, the current Wind Hashari, which is a point of insecurity for him.
Genya is one of the few characters who are able to consume demon flesh to temporarily gain extra abilities without fully transforming.
The reclusive Kanao Tsuyuri is known for her quiet and resilient nature in addition to her ‘flower breathing’ techniques. She’s the adoptive sister of Flower Kashira Kanae Kocho. Her combat prowess combined with her mastery of ‘flower breathing’ makes her a powerful member of the Demon Slayer Corps.
The older brother of Genya, Sanemi Shinazugawa is the more extreme of the two siblings. As a child, Sanemi took drastic measures to protect the two by killing their mother. Sanemi’s coldhearted and aggressive nature as the Wind Hashira has strained the relationship with his sibling.
Shinjuro is one of several Rengoku family characters who appear in Demon Slayer, bearing a strong resemblance to his two sons. As a former Flame Hashira and member of the Demon Slayer Corps, Shinjuro is almost as intimidating as his fire-inspired aesthetics and ‘fire breathing’ powers would suggest.
Kyojuro is the most outspoken of the Rengoku family and the successor to the Flame Hashira title. He’s very proud of his role as Flame Hashira and acts as an inspirational figure for his younger brother, Senjuro.
The slightly more timid and inexperienced of the Rengoku brothers, Senjuro comes across as quite different to both their older brother and their father, despite having a similar ‘fiery’ appearance. He admires his older brother and aspires to achieve as much as he has.
Jigoro is an elderly mentor figure and former Thunder Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps. He tutored Zenitsu in his early training. Little is known about Jigoro’s early life. He’s remained committed to the cause of the Corps far into his old age, despite suffering multiple personal tragedies.
The master of ‘water breathing’, Sakonji has had a profound influence on a lot of the characters in Demon Slayer. As the most talented water breather in the cast (and the former holder of the Water Hashira title), he’s taught other characters like Tanjiro a small portion of their powers. He’s almost always wearing a red oni mask which gives him a mysterious presence.
Kanae is the adoptive sister of Kanao Tsuyuri and biological sister of Shinobu Kocho. She’s the former holder of the title of Flower Hashira title for the Demon Slayer Corps. Kanae has a ‘butterfly’ theming to her look which matches her gentle demeanor. She’s also extremely talented in ‘flower breathing’ and dream of being able to one day live in peace with demons.
Shinobu Kocho is another member of the Kocho family, serving as the Insect Hashira in Demon Slayer Corps. To begin with, she masks a strange bitterness with false optimism, but eventually starts to warm to others. She harbors an intense grudge against demons due to childhood trauma.
Muichiro is a coldly rational member of the Demon Slayer Corps, with the title of the Mist Hashira. Although he doesn’t always seem invested in everything going on around them, there’s a noticeable shift in his energy when he engages in battle against demons and engages his mist-based abilities, highlighting his commitment to his Hashira title.
Tengen Uzui is an eccentric and talented member of the Demon Slayer Corps, holding the title of the Sound Hashira. His unique sound-based abilities of ‘sound breathing’ and echolocation make him a reactive and formidable opponent, and his stylish fashion sense and enthusiastic presence make him a valuable ally.
Gyomei Himejima is a strong and muscular member of the Demon Slayer Corps and the rightful holder of the Stone Hashira title. His physique and stone breathing techniques make him a fierce combatant. By contrast, his personality is a lot more gentle and sensitive.
Obanai is a no-nonsense member of the Demon Slayer Corps who relishes his position as the Serpent Hashira. Although he can come across as quite callous with high expectations for other members of the Corps, he’s shown to have an affection for a few specific characters around whom he is able to let his guard down.
Mitsuri Kanroji is the cutesy emotional center of the Demon Slayer Corps, acting as the Love Hashira. Her unique ability of ‘love breathing’ allows her to unleash devastating ranged attacks using her whip-sword, which gives her the upper hand in a wide range of encounters.
Giyu Tomioka is one of the first Hashira that Tanjiro and Nezuko encounter. He continues to influence the story far beyond his initial appearance, acting as a foil to Tanjiro. An aloof and calculated individual, Giyu’s always looking to improve himself and be the best of the best. As the Water Hashira, he has similar abilities to Tanjiro.
The leader of the mysterious Twelve Kizuki and certified ancient demon, Muzan is the villain for the show’s first arc. Although he takes on the appearance of a young man, Muzan is over 10,000 years old and has been advancing his machinations in the shadows of Japanese society for a long time.