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Who is this guy?? He's wearing a boar's hide... and he's wielding Nichirin Swords!!
 

Inosuke Hashibira ( (はし) (びら) () () (すけ) Hashibira Inosuke?) is a Demon Slayer in the Demon Slayer Corps and traveling companion of Tanjiro Kamado.

Appearance

Inosuke is a young man of average height and pale complexion with an extremely toned and muscular build for his age, possessing large, defined muscles most notably over his stomach and arms. In sharp contrast to this, he has an incredibly pretty and feminine face,[1] with large, wide eyes that are framed by an array of long eyelashes, their irises a dark to soft pale green, thin eyebrows and what could be a small, well-mannered mouth. His thick, black hair reaches just past his shoulders, fading into blue at the tips and forming an unruly and uneven fringe that falls just above his eyes, puffing out before curving and thinning towards his forehead.

Inosuke wears his altered version of the standard Demon Slayer uniform, which consists only of the baggy hakama pants, his tinted a dark gray-blue, which he fastens around his hips with a thick belt of fluffy brown animal fur. The usual cloth leg-wraps are replaced with what appear to be knee-high socks of furry hide which expose his heels and toes, which also appear to be what fastens the sandal-bases he wears on his feet. His most defining feature is the gray, hollowed-out boar's head he wears as to mask his own, the eyes of which he has tampered with to allow himself vision while wearing it,[2] which has been revealed to have belonged to his late adoptive boar mother.

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Personality

Inosuke trying to instigate a confrontation

Inosuke trying to instigate a fight.

Inosuke is an extremely short-tempered and proud young man who always likes to think he is the strongest fighter in a situation, constantly challenging most people he comes across and wanting others to respect and praise him for his skill. This often leads him into unnecessary danger, since he tends to overestimate his abilities in comparison to who it is he's fighting and refuses to accept when he's been defeated, which can be seen when Giyu Tomioka literally has to tie him up after his fight with the Father Spider Demon to prevent him challenging the Pillar to a fight while still severely injured from his previous battle.[3] This constant wanting to be the best can also cause Inosuke to be very provocative, as he often tries to goad others, most prominently Tanjiro Kamado, into fighting him, although in the case of the latter he usually fails due to Tanjiro's obliviously kind nature.[4]

Shinobu motivating Inosuke

Inosuke angered by Shinobu's motivation.

Due to him having been raised by boars, Inosuke has also been shown to possess little understanding of normal human interaction, at least at the time of his debut, as he seems to frequently assume that people who approach him want to attack him, and doesn't appear to understand the kindness others show him.[5]

However, as the story goes on, Inosuke is influenced more and more by Tanjiro's ways and becomes more accustomed to affection and generosity, learning to also acknowledge the strength of people besides himself and develop feelings of friendship towards him and Zenitsu Agatsuma, although he does still retain his proud nature and constant want for praise. He also begins to think more strategically when engaging in combat, using smarter tactics he has picked up from more experienced Demon Slayers and not just rushing into fights head-on without thinking.

Abilities and Powers

Natural Abilities

  • Enhanced sense of Touch: After growing up in the mountains, Inosuke developed a sharp and incredibly sensitive sense of touch. He can even feel small vibrations in the air. By using this ability, he can tell if anyone is looking at him, especially if they have any hostile intentions. He can even pinpoint the exact location they are looking at, which gives him an edge in combat.[6]
  • Flexibility: Inosuke is extremely flexible, to the point where he is able to bend over backwards so far that his head reaches between his feet,[7] and dislocate any of the joints in his body at will.[8]
  • Poison resistance: Inosuke was able to resist and survive the effect of Upper Moon Six's poison although it was considered incredibly deadly, which suggests that he may have complete immunity to some poisonous substances. However, as stated by Aoi Kanzaki, this also means that none of Shinobu Kocho's medicines will work on him, so, if he is exposed to a stronger poison than that of Gyutaro or one that he has not developed a resistance to, they cannot be used as a remedy and he is in greater danger of death.[9]

Swordsmanship

Breath of the Beast ( (ケダモノ) () (きゅう) Kedamono no kokyū?): Developed by Inosuke after living in the mountains, Breath of the Beast is an original Breath Style exclusive only to its creator himself. With his enhanced sense of touch, Inosuke can utilize several different techniques.[10]

  • First Fang: Pierce and Extract ( (いち) (きば) 穿 (うが) () Ichi no kiba: Ugachi nuki?) - Inosuke stabs the target's neck with both blades.[11]
    Inosuke using Fang Three Devour on Horned Demon

    Inosuke using Third Fang: Rip and Devour on the Horned Demon.

  • Second Fang: Rip and Tear ( () (きば) () () Ni no kiba: Kirisaki?) - A double X-shaped slash with his two blades in both diagonals.[12]
  • Third Fang: Rip and Devour ( (さん) (きば) () () San no kiba: Kuizaki?) - Simultaneous horizontal slashes towards the target's throat.[13]
  • Fourth Fang: Mince to Bits ( () (きば) (きり) (こま) () Shi no kiba: Kiri koma zaki?) - A multiple diagonal double slashes with both swords.[14]
  • Fifth Fang: Mad Cleave ( () (きば) : (くるい) (ざき) Go no kiba: Kurui zaki?) - The 'Crazy Cutting' is a technique which slices everything in all directions.[15]
  • Sixth Fang: Jagged Gnaw ( (ろく) (きば) (らん) (ぐい) () Roku no kiba: Ran gui gami?) - A simultaneous decapitation with his two swords from both directions.[16]
    Inosuke using Fang of Seventh Spatial Awareness

    Inosuke using Seventh Style: Spatial Awareness.

  • Seventh Style: Spatial Awareness ( (しち) (かた) (くう) (かん) (しき) (かく) Shichi no Kata: Kūkanshiki kaku?) - Inosuke can identify the position of enemies by feeling small disturbances in the air. He usually plunges both of his Nichirin blades into the ground in order to utilize this technique.[17]
  • Eighth Style: Pig Assault ( (はち) (かた) (ばく) (れつ) (もう) (しん) Hachi no Kata: Bakuretsu Mōshin?) - Inosuke makes a mad dash at his opponent, not even paying attention to defending himself along the way.[18]
  • Ninth Fang: Godly Undulating Slice ( () (きば) (しん) うわり () Ku no kiba: Shin uwari saki?) - Inosuke dislocates the joints of his arm to increase the range of his attack.[19]
  • Tenth Fang: Circular Fangs ( () (きば) (えん) (てん) (せん) () Jū no kiba: Enten senga?) - Inosuke spins his swords in a circular motion. He used this attack to blow away Doma's Freezing Clouds.[20]


Battles

Trivia

  • The "ino" in his first name sounds similar to the Japanese word for "boar" ( inoshishi?).
  • Inosuke was ranked in 5th place as of the first character popularity poll with 1,977 votes.
  • Inosuke doesn't care to remember other peoples names, and usually gets it right every seven attempts (referring to Tanjiro as Gonpachiro, Kentaro, Monjiro, etc.).
  • Both of Inosuke's voice actors, Yoshisugu Matsuoka and Bryce Papenbrook, also share the role of Kirito from Sword Art Online.
  • Inosuke used boars, bears and wolves as references when creating the Breath of the Beast.[21]
  • He's hated by the uniform-makers of the Demon Slayer Corps because he always tears apart the top part of his uniform.[21]

Quotes

  • (First on-screen words) (Maniacal laughter) Better watch out! Cuz ready or not, HERE I COME!!"
  • (Catchphrase) "PIG ASSAULT!"
  • (To Doma) "It truly is a miracle, meeting you here. The Demon who killed my mother and my friends is right before my eyes! Allow me to thank you for making me remember, but I won't just cut off your head now! I'll show you what true hell is like!"[22]
  • (To Doma) "If there isn't a hell, then I'll make one God damn it! Just shut the hell up already! Don't talk about my mom as if she was unhappy, you bastard!"[23]

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 26, Page 18
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 159, Page 18
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 38, Pages 1-3
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 38, Pages 11-12
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 28, Page 3
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 150
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 25, Pages 15-16
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 158, Page 14
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 100, Pages 7-10
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 23, Page 15
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 37, Page 9
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 61, Page 9
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 23, Page 17
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 61, Page 22
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60, Page 3
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 79, Page 8
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 29, Page 17
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 91, Page 13
  19. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 159, Page 15
  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 161, Page 5
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Databook
  22. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 160, Page 19
  23. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 161, Page 4

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