|“||Killing humans is... unforgivable.||”|
Tanjiro has burgundy hair combed back and dark eyes with a birthmark on the top left of his forehead, which looks like a scar. He wears hanafuda earrings with a sun symbol and a checkered black and green patterned haori over the standard Demon Hunter uniform.
He additionally carries a wooden box on his back, where his sister sleeps during the day.
Tanjiro is kind by nature and has been described by others as having very gentle eyes. He has a great deal of determination and will not give up once he has a goal to achieve; an example is finding a cure for Nezuko. Even though he is relatively strong on his own, he isn't opposed to asking others for help when he needs it. He is very protective of his friends and even more so of his younger sister. His most important attribute is his ability to empathize with anyone, even demons. This often makes him hesitate when killing demons. However, this trait also could make some Demons to redeem themselves moments before death, albeit rarely.
For the years of his service and amount of experience he faced, he became more calculating and strict in his decision. His courage to protect the weak committed him to face his enemy with respect and dignity whether good or evil demons.
Abilities and Powers
Enhanced Sense of Smell: Tanjiro has a heightened sense of smell even before he underwent sword training. It is strong enough for him to smell the 'line of interval'-- the slight pause in an enemy's movement-- and distinguish between species, as well as their approximate position. After training, he can smell emotions as well as track objects, humans and demons over long distances.
Fighting ability: This trait of Tanjiro's was pointed out by Giyuu Tomioka during their first encounter in which Tanjiro skillfully laid out a plan to attack Giyu by surprise by charging towards him not showing he was unarmed and plan to have brought down Giyu with an axe he had thrown in the air beforehand.
Enhanced strength: After training, Tanjiro gained immense strength and speed and has demonstrated a great use of it (i.e., Jumping over twice his height during the Final Selection arc when fighting the Demon who killed Urokodaki Sakonji's disciples. His forehead is sturdy as well, although this ultimately become one of the running gags in the series.
Breath of Water (
- First Style: Water Surface Slice (
壱ノ 型 水 面 斬り Ichi no kata: Minamo giri?): A single concentrated slash.
- Second Style: Water Wheel (
弐ノ 型 水 車Ni no kata: Mizu guruma?): Tanjiro jumps and spins his body while slashing.
- Third Style: Dance of the Rapid Current (
参ノ 型 流 流 舞い San no kata: Ryūryū mai?): Tanjiro swings his blade at his opponent in a way that mimics the movement of waves on the surface of water.
- Fourth Style: Striking Tide (
肆ノ 型 打ち 潮Shi no kata: Uchishio?) - The swordsman makes multiple consecutive slashes, while twisting their body in a flowing fashion similar to a harsh tide.
- Fifth Style: The Merciful Rain of a Dry Day/Blessed Rain After the Drought (
伍ノ 型 干 天の 慈 雨Go no kata: Kanten no jiu?): A "sword strike of kindness" that beheads the target with little to no pain. Used when the enemy surrenders him/herself willingly.
- Sixth Style: Twisting Whirpool (
陸ノ 型ねじれ 渦Roku no kata: Nejire uzu?): Tanjiro fiercely twists his upper and lower body, which creates a whirlpool that cuts anything caught in it.
- Seventh Style: Piercing Rain Drop - A fast and accurate stab. The fastest Breath of Water technique.
- Eight Style: Waterfall Jar (
捌ノ 型 滝 壷Hachi no kata: Takitsubo?): Tanjiro cuts the target vertically.
- Ninth Style: Water Splash (
玖ノ 型 水 流 飛沫Ku no kata: Suiryū shibuki?): Minimizes the landing time and surface needed when landing, allowing the user to move without limits. Ideal when fighting in a place with no solid foothold.
- Ninth Style: Water Splash - Chaos (
玖ノ 型 水 流 飛沫・ 乱Ku no kata: Suiryū shibuki - ran?)
- Ninth Style: Water Splash - Chaos (
- Tenth Style: The Dragon of Change (
拾ノ 型 生 生 流 転Jū no kata: Seisei ruten?): A constant attack that increases in power with each rotation, creating a strong slash.
The Mark of the Sun state: He entered this form at chapter 81 and later at chapter 152. This state increases his strength, speed and reaction time drastically, as he becomes easily capable of dodging and countering Daki's attacks, an Upper Moon Six, without Daki being able to injure him at all. He is able to easily dodge Akaza's end-style chaotic blue metal afterglow, which Giyu's Eleven Style has failed to counter and his speed becomes fast enough to cut off Akaza's, Head Upper Moon Three, without the latter being able to react. Drawback is that he can only enter in rare occasions and can only use it for a very short period of time and it causes exhaustion towards his body, as shown in his battle against Akaza and Daki.
- Waltz (
円 舞Enbu?) - A single concentrated slash.
- Blue Heaven (
碧 羅の 天Heki-ra no ten?) - A similar attack to "Water Wheel" in which Tanjiro spins his body to create a 360-degree slash.
- Scorching Crimson Mirror (
烈 日 紅 鏡Retsujitsu kōkyō?) - Tanjiro unleashes two horizontal slashes that defends him from attacks from the front or the side.
- Flame Waltz (
炎 舞Enbu?) - A two-combo strike which starts with a vertical slash and then a horizontal one right after.
- Parhelion Rainbow (
幻 日 虹Gen'nichi kō?) - Tanjiro uses this technique to evade techniques using high-speed twists and rotations. It works most effectively on enemies with good vision, as they will attack an afterimage of him and not his actual body.
- Fire Chariot (
火 車Kasha?) - Tanjiro uses this technique in quick succession with Parhelion Rainbow and attacks the enemy while they are distracted.
- Burning Sun (
灼 骨 炎 陽Shyakkotsu en'yō?) - A circular slash that defends from imminent frontal attacks.
- Shining Sun Stab (
陽 華 突Yōkatotsu?) - A single thrust attack with the sharp blade.
- Solar Halo Dragon Dance (
日 暈の 龍 頭 舞い Nichiun no Ryū Kaburimai?) - A combination attack utilizing Nezuko's Blood Burst, Tanjiro's sword adopts a red colour and is coated in flames. While in this state, he circles the enemy in a pattern resembling a flaming dragon and slashes them multiple times, ultimately beheading them.
- Waltz Flash (
円 舞 一 閃Enbu Issen?) - Tanjiro utilizes Zenitsu Agatsuma's Thunderclap Flash and combines it with his Flame Waltz by pumping air through his entire body, focusing it on the legs, and releasing it all, while ending with a flaming slash. The technique was capable of out-speeding Genya Shinazugawa and Nezuko Kamado, as well as the fleeing Hantengu, although it is still slower than Zenitsu's Thunderclap Flash.
- Soaring Flame Haze (
飛 輪 陽 炎Hirin Kagerō?)
- The Setting Sun (
斜 陽 転 身Shayō Tenshin?)
Ability to See-Through: Like his father, he finally gained the ability to foresee the opponent's attack while showing no battle spirit and sense of blood-lust, empowering his opponent with no rust.
- Kamado, without the second kanji (竈, かまど) is a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal-fueled cook stove/furnace.
- Do, the second kanji of his family name, (門, ど) means door.
- Tan (炭, たん) means charcoal.
- Ji (治, じ) can mean 'to heal'.
- Rou (郎, ろう) is a common Japanese name suffix for boys. It also means male.
- Tanjiro was ranked in 1st place as of the first character popularity poll with 6,742 votes.