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Muzan and the Upper Moons

The Demon King and the Upper Moons.

Demons ( Oni?) are a race of monstrous, immortal and malevolent beings and the major antagonists of the series.

Most Demons possess a murderous instinct to kill and devour humans, and have lost most of their memories from their human life. Demons do still retain their original personality, except it often turns into a twisted, dark version of what it used to be. However, there are a few Demons who have completely retained their human emotions and memories, such as Nezuko Kamado, Tamayo and Yushiro.

Characteristics

Hand Demon punches Tanjiro

A largely mutated Demon.

Demons come in a variety of forms. Most look human at first, only with slight changes like paler skin, catlike eyes with unusually-colored sclera, dark markings that come in various patterns across their bodies, or a change in hair color. The changes differ from Demon to Demon, as some Demons can still retain their normal appearance while others gain monstrous features like multiple heads, mouthes or limbs.

Demons are a mostly carnivorous, vampiric species whose primary diet is humans, consuming their flesh and blood and with an strong aversion to sunlight which burns them to ash, so they strictly operate at night. Demons have an abnormally powerful physical constitution and regenerative ability which makes them immune to normal weaponry and can regenerate most wounds with ease. Only the Nichirin Blades, special weapons that have been exposed to sunlight can inflict life-threatening wounds, with beheading being the prefered method to kill them. They are also known to hate Wisteria flowers which are poisonous them and whose smell is repudiated by them.

The Demon Slayers are the central adversary to the Demon race as they are an organization trained to destroy them through a multitude of well refined techniques and tools developed across centuries to exterminate them. As a result, Demons tend to live in secrecy with the population at large being ignorant to their existence. Even more, some Demons blend into human society as a way to hide from persecutors and also to have a much easier access to prey.

Older Spider Sister Demon welcomed to the family

A rare case of Demons working together.

Demons for the most part work in solitude not bothering to group up and are in fact shown to be highly territorial and fight over both prey and potential hunting grounds, the sole exception is the Spider Demon Family a group of Demons forced to work together by their leader Rui in what was a hostile environment. Nonetheless, Demons are all for the most part connected to their progenitor, Muzan Kibutsuji, who through an array of curses is able to read their minds, witness what they see and discern their location, and even destroy them remotely, very much operating like a hivemind of sorts. All Demons pledge obedience to Muzan who relies on fear and manipulation to obtain their loyalty. However, Muzan's control over his progeny is not omnipotent as an individual with a strong will can in fact sever their bond with Muzan rendering them immune to his curses and undetectable by him. The only beings known to do this are Tamayo and Nezuko.

Koketsu Arrow

Blood Demon Art powers.

The Demon species is also known to mutate and grow stronger over time the more humans they consume, allowing them to grow into more monstrous forms and develop Demon Blood Arts, an array of signature supernatural powers which are unique to each Demon. Both Tamayo and Nezuko are also shown to be exceptions to this rule, the former is shown to have become a very powerful Demon despite surgically modifying her body to require minimum blood consumption (typically in the form of blood donations), the latter who has never consumed any ounce of human life but gathers most of her strength through extensive sleep and who was able to develop her own powers and grow stronger over time.

Muzan's own blood is also shown to have special properties that can strengthen a Demon, proportional to the amount of blood infused. The blood, however, is dangerously toxic in higher concentrations and can force a mutation in the recipient's body far beyond what they can withstand, causing death, but, if they do acclimate through the process which is shown to be excruciatingly painful for high doses, their strength will grow tremendously. Conversely, Muzan is also shown to be able to nullify a Demon's immortality and regenerative ability, being able to devour and kill them if he so desires.

Origin

The first Demon that is said to have existed was Muzan Kibutsuji. The one who turned him into a Demon was a generous doctor from the Heian Period, who wanted to save Muzan from death since, at the time, he was diagnosed with a disease which would kill him before he turned twenty. Out of frustration and belief that the treatment would be useless and only cause him more suffering, Muzan killed the doctor before the latter could finish the treatment by letting Muzan consume the final part of his "Blue Spider Lily" medicine.

Shortly after, Muzan came to realize that the treatment had in fact worked, prolonging his life, although at the cost of his humanity. He soon regretted killing the doctor, as he found out that becoming a Demon made him unable to expose himself to sunlight anymore, as it burned him, and the only way to overcome the sunlight was by consuming the "Blue Spider Lily" medicine of the doctor, whom he had killed. The Blue Spider Lily however could not be found. Obsessed with walking under the sun once more and getting rid of his weakness, Muzan has made his the life goal to find the "Blue Spider Lily" by creating Demons with his blood, so they may help him finding it. This makes Muzan the progenitor of all Demons.

Creation

Demons are not born naturally, excepting Muzan, the very first Demon who was born as a result of the Blue Spider Lily medicine. Most members of the race reproduce by converting a human through exposure to the blood of a very strong Demon; only Muzan and his top two Twelve Demon Moons, Doma and Kokushibo, have been shown to possess this ability. People resistant to Demon blood exist, however they are very rare.[1]

Tamayo was also able to convert a human into a Demon, although through science rather than the sharing of blood, however this method is nowhere near as efficient as it took her two hundred years to develop, and was put into practice only once. Yushiro was also able to demonify Chachamaru through an unknown way.

It should be noted that their creation is not a mystical, but a biological process achieved through substances, suggesting Muzan's blood and the Blue Spider Lily medicine have mutagenic properties. As evidenced by Muzan pouring blood into a civilian, the process is performed at a cellular level, where if the mutation is too drastic, the victim's cells unable to withstand the change will be destroyed leaving only ash behind.

Restoration

Although not known at large, a Demon's transformation is not permanent and can in fact be reversed. A drug that can reverse demonification was developed by Tamayo after hundreds of years of research using the blood of many strong Demons for testing. The drug's effectiveness seems to be dependant on the target, as a Demon as powerful as Muzan was able to resist its effects and remain demonified although it is known to have taken a massive biological effort to do so.

Abilities

  • Immortality: Demons possess eternal youth and can live for centuries, sometimes even longer if they're incredibly strong. They can't die through conventional means, but can be killed by sunlight or with one of the Demon Slayer Corps' special Nichirin Blades.
  • Enhanced Regeneration: Demons have a strong regenerative ability more than any living being or human, able to heal any sort of injury caused by a conventional mean in mere seconds. That includes regrowing limbs and organs.
  • Inhuman Physical Capabilities: Demons possess inhuman strength, speed and endurance.
  • Blood Demon Arts : These are spells that Demons can cast due to their special blood. The look and abilities of these spells can vary, for example, Rui can manipulate fine, sharp threads and Daki can turn into and manipulate special sashes.
  • Growing Power: The strength of a specific Demon depends almost entirely on how many humans they have eaten, and they can also grow stronger by receiving additional blood from Muzan, which is how the Twelve Demon Moons gained their overwhelming power. Some Demons, however, have a limit to how much they can use to grow stronger, and they might be not compatible with a higher amount of Muzan's blood.

Weaknesses

  • Sunlight : The sunlight is deadly to all Demons, making it their most major weakness. Sunlight ignites the Demon cells and hampers the regeneration to the point where the entire Demons body burns to ashes, resulting in its death. The only Demon so far to have developed resistance to sunlight is Nezuko and Tanjiro.
  • Nichirin Blades: Nichirin Blades are blades made out of Scarlet Crimson Iron Sand and Scarlet Crimson Ore, which absorbed sunlight to such an extent that a decapitation strike with such a weapon can instantly kill a Demon.[2] There are exceptions, however, as Muzan, Akaza and Kokushibo have been able to overcome this weakness and become immune to being killed through decaptication by a nichirin blade.
  • Wisteria: The Wisteria Flower is poisonous to Demons and also gives off a smell which they don't like, making it useful as a tool to ward them away. Wisteria Flowers can be used as a base ingredient to create deadly and highly potent poison mixtures, which can easily kill lower ranked Demons and even ended up playing a large part in the death of Doma, Upper Moon Two and one of the strongest Demons in existence.
  • Curse of Muzan: Every Demon created through Muzan's blood is also inflicted with a deadly curse which activates if they call out Muzan's name or divulge any information about him. Demons like Tamayo and Nezuko, however, have freed themselves from the curse through a special method.

List of known Demons

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Demons
Muzan Anime Profile
Nezuko Anime Profile
Tamayo Anime Profile
Yushiro Anime Profile
Susamaru Anime Profile
Muzan Kibutsuji Nezuko Kamado Tamayo Yushiro Susamaru
Yahaba Anime Profile
Temple Demon Anime Profile
Hand Demon Anime Profile
Tongue Demon Anime Profile
Horned Demon Anime Profile
Yahaba Temple Demon Hand Demon Tongue Demon Horned Demon
Swamp Demon Anime Profile
Father Spider Demon Anime Profile
Mother Spider Demon Anime Profile
Older Brother Spider Demon Anime Profile
Older Sister Spider Demon Anime Profile
Swamp Demon Father Spider Demon Mother Spider Demon Older Brother Spider Demon Older Sister Spider Demon
Nakime Anime Profile
Biwa Demon
Upper Moons
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Upper Moon One Upper Moon Two Upper Moon Three Upper Moon Four Upper Moon Five
No Image Available
Upper Moon Six
Lower Moons
Enmu Anime Profile
Rokuro Anime Profile
Wakuraba Anime Profile
Mukago Anime Profile
Rui Anime Profile
Lower Moon One
Enmu
Lower Moon Two
Rokuro
Lower Moon Three
Wakuraba
Lower Moon Four
Mukago
Lower Moon Five
Rui
Kamanue Anime Profile
Kyogai Anime Profile
Lower Moon Six
Kamanue
Former Lower
Moon Six
Kyogai

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Demons
Muzan colored profile
Tanjiro colored profile
Tamayo colored profile
Yushiro colored profile
Susamaru colored profile
Muzan Kibutsuji Tanjiro Kamado Tamayo Yushiro Susamaru
Yahaba colored profile
Temple Demon profile
Hand Demon profile
Tongue Demon profile
Horned Demon profile
Yahaba Temple Demon Hand Demon Tongue Demon Horned Demon
Swamp Demon profile
Father Spider Demon profile
Mother Spider Demon profile
Older Brother Spider Demon profile
Older Sister Spider Demon profile
Swamp Demon Father Spider Demon Mother Spider Demon Older Brother Spider Demon Older Sister Spider Demon
Serpent Demon profile
Serpent Demon
Upper Moons
Kokushibo colored profile
Doma colored profile
Akaza colored profile
Nakime colored profile
Hantengu profile
Upper Moon One
Kokushibo
Upper Moon Two
Doma
Upper Moon Three
Akaza
Upper Moon Four
Nakime
Former Upper
Moon Four
Hantengu
Gyokko colored profile
Gyutaro colored profile
Daki colored profile
Kaigaku colored profile
Upper Moon Five
Gyokko
Former Upper
Moon Six
Gyutaro
Former Upper
Moon Six
Daki
Upper Moon Six
Kaigaku
Lower Moons
Enmu colored profile
Rokuro profile
Wakuraba profile
Mukago profile
Rui colored profile
Lower Moon One
Enmu
Lower Moon Two
Rokuro
Lower Moon Three
Wakuraba
Lower Moon Four
Mukago
Lower Moon Five
Rui
Kamanue profile
Kyogai colored profile
Lower Moon Six
Kamanue
Former Lower
Moon Six
Kyogai


References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Volume 2, Character Introduction Page

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