Tanjiro Kamado

Tanjiro offering food to Inosuke

Tanjiro offers his food to Inosuke

Inosuke sees Tanjiro as a rival due to him enjoying competing with stronger opponents. Over the months that they spend together, Tanjiro has had a positive effect on Inosuke as, ever since meeting Tanjiro, Inosuke has been more open-minded about how others are strong, hence the Pillars. Inosuke also developed his ability to think and analyze the opponent's powers and skills. While Inosuke still thinks of Tanjiro as a rival in a sense, it is clear that he also cares for him, and the two have become close friends.

Zenitsu Agatsuma

In their first encounter, it was distinctly depicted
Zenitsu protecting the box from Inosuke

Inosuke attacking Zenitsu

that the two had vastly different personalities. Inosuke has a raging personality and is always ready for a fight whereas Zenitsu tends to be cowardly and prefers to avoid confrontation as when he was trying to protect Nezuko.[1] Inosuke is constantly looked down upon by Zenitsu due to his lack of knowledge, even to the point where he is insulted for his stupidity. Despite this, the two manage to overcome their dislike for each other, and team up in order to defeat powerful Demons, such as when they encounter Daki in the Entertainment District[2].

Shinobu Kocho

Shinobu quickly learns to manipulate Inosuke in a similar fashion to Tanjiro, figuring out that she can convince him to undertake any task by second-guessing his ability to do so. Inosuke initially shows his usual abrasive and disrespectful
Shinobu motivating Inosuke

Shinobu angering Inosuke

attitude towards Shinobu, going so far as to threaten to rip her breasts off when he feels insulted by this second-guessing.[3] However, it becomes clear that, after she cared for him in his injured state, Inosuke harbored affection for Shinobu, vowing to avenge her death when he learned that Doma absorbed her.[4] Shinobu's sweet demeanor and use of a "pinky promise" with Inosuke inadvertently recalled deep subconscious memories of his mother.[5] It is also of note that Shinobu is one of few people whose names Inosuke never gets wrong.

Kanao Tsuyuri

Inosuke has fairly minimal interaction with the detached Kanao during their training, but the two later form a battle-forged bond while teaming up against Doma, who was responsible for the deaths of both of their loved ones. The pair make for an effective team in combat, and, with help from Shinobu's poison, they manage to slay one of the most powerful Demons in the series together, despite neither even being a Pillar.[6] Afterward, though they exchange no dialogue, they share a moment to grieve the families they both lost to Doma. When they return to fight Muzan, they exchange some brief banter, and seem to work well together.

Kyojuro Rengoku

Inosuke trembling after Kyojuro's fight
Like Tanjiro and Zenitsu, Inosuke is immediately taken with the strong and magnanimous Kyojuro, looking up to him as a mentor and leader after they meet on the Infinity Train.[7] After Kyojuro's death following his fight against Akaza, Tanjiro and Zenitsu despair, while Inosuke is the one to pick them up, correctly voicing that Kyojuro would want them to keep fighting and live great lives to honor his memory and sacrifice.[8]

Gyomei Himejima

During pillar training, Inosuke revels in the final phase of endurance testing under Gyomei, pushing himself to the point of falling unconscious while remaining on his feet under a freezing waterfall. Inosuke immediately admires Himejima for his incredible strength, identifying him as the strongest Pillar.


Inosuke only interacts with Doma for the duration of their battle, but rapidly develops a deeply personal hatred and desire for vengeance against him. This starts when he finds out Doma absorbed Shinobu, and takes on a whole new dimension when he finds out that Doma orphaned him and devoured his mother when Inosuke was an infant. For his part, Doma is intrigued by Inosuke's attitude and fighting style, and underestimates him entirely as an opponent.

Kotoha Hashibira

Kotoha is Inosuke's mother. Kotoha deeply loved and cared for Inosuke as a baby. She promised to protect him and raise him happily, however that never happened when she found out Doma was eating his worshippers, resulting in her attempt to flee with baby Inosuke. She was cornered by a cliff when she made a rushed decision to throw Inosuke into the river in order to save him from Doma, and she had been killed and eaten. When Inosuke found out that Doma had killed his mother, he became enraged.




  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 28, Page 4
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 94, Page 12
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 51, Page 3
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 159, Pages 5-7
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 160, Page 11
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 162, Page 20
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60, Page 18
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66, Pages 13-15


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