Do I look like I have some kinda talent? If that's how you see someone like me, you must have a wonderful life[...] I got chosen? Don't mess with me. How many lives do you think have slipped through my fingers?
 
Tengen Uzui to Gyutaro in Gathering

Tengen Uzui ( () (ずい) (てん) (げん) Uzui Tengen?) is a major supporting character of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and a major character in the Entertainment District Arc. He is a Demon Slayer of the Demon Slayer Corps, and the Sound Hashira ( (おと) (ばしら) Oto Bashira?).[3]

Appearance

Tengen is a very tall, wide-set man of a bulky, muscular build with lightly-tanned skin. His hair is white and of uneven length, the longest strands reaching his shoulders, and is styled with three more notable, shorter clumps arching up to fall as bangs between his eyes and on either side of his face. He has quite thin, maroon eyes that appear to slant inwards, each with one long eyelash flowing to the far side of his face.

During his days serving Demon Slayer Corps, Tengen wears a sleeveless and dark turquoise version of the standard Demon Slayer uniform, along with a wrap of burgundy cloth around his calves where his hakama pants tuck in, and white-strapped sandals. He also wears two thick, golden rings around his upper arms and what appear to be a pair of fingerless blue gloves, secured around his middle finger with a band of white and his wrists with another set of thinner gold rings, this time with two on each side. As well as this, Tengen sports a white head-wrap that covers his hair, leaving only a thin ponytail visible to fall behind his head from between its layers, which is adorned with a large headband of pale gray that's decorated by six light pink gemstones, three large and arranged in a line, and three small and arranged in a triangle to the far left. A chain of smaller, pale blue gemstones hangs from each side of this headdress, framing his face, and he also wears what looks to be red eye make-up around his left eye, consisting of alternating large and small dots that run inwards, towards his eye.

After his retirement from the Demon Slayer Corps due to the injuries his sustained during his fight with one of the Upper Rank 6 Demons, Gyutaro, Tengen changes his appearance to coordinate the loss of his left eye and hand. He now wears a long, aqua colored yukata and a black haori, and replaces his old head-wrap with a dark eyepatch adorned with what look to be the remaining gemstones left over from his old headdress, leaving his hair to fall loosely past his shoulders.

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Personality

Tengen is a very eccentric person, always wanting to complete actions "flamboyantly." Although he has displayed an uncaring and forceful attitude towards some people—he gets excited imagining how "flamboyant" it would be if Tanjiro Kamado's blood vessels exploded, and tries to forcefully haul Aoi Kanzaki off to the Entertainment District with him so she can unwillingly help him with a dangerous mission—he also has a caring side that is mainly only shown towards his most treasured ones, most notably his three wives, Makio, Suma, and Hinatsuru. He also shows a somewhat nicer side towards Tanjiro after their mission and starts to accept him more as the series goes on.

Although it is heavily implied, Tengen likely has self esteem issues and deep regrets under his outgoing front. During the battle with Gyutaro, he compared himself to his fellow Hashira, (Muichiro Tokito, Gyomei Himejima, Kyojuro Rengoku) for having natural talent. He also thinks that he is not capable of nurturing others like Rengoku or Shinobu.

Despite being a shinobi that has traditionally valued completing the mission over all else, Tengen has rejected that ideology after seeing its effect on his family.[2] Now, he believes that his subordinates, whether they be his wives or the Demon Slayers under his command, should value their lives, and the lives of innocents, over their missions or his own.[4][5]

Abilities

Overall Abilities: As a Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, Tengen is a very powerful swordsman.[6] He has displayed numerous abilities that allow him to easily overpower Demons in a fight and even allow him to battle on par against the Upper Rank of the Twelve Kizuki. During his fight against Gyutaro, he was able to fight evenly with the Upper Rank 6 while protecting others at the same time, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that he also had to fight off Daki as well during one point in the fight.[7] As the Sound Hashira, Tengen utilizes a sound-based combat style.

Physical Abilities

Immense Strength: Tengen possesses great physical strength, as shown during his fight with Gyutaro and Daki. One example of this is his ability to use his blades with great proficiency while only holding them at the tip and with only two fingers,[8] as well as being able to fight Gyutaro with only one hand after his left hand was cut off.[9] In an arm-wrestling contest between Hashira, Tengen is ranked second, with only Gyomei surpassing him. He was also able to knock out Inosuke and Zenitsu with a single strike each, though it was in a comical manner.

Immense Speed & Reflexes: Tengen possesses great speed, as stated by Inosuke Hashibira.[10] He is able to cut off Daki's head before she can even register his movements.[11]

Immense Stamina & Endurance: Due to his upbringing being raised to become a ninja and his own father's increased attempts to revive their clan by forcing Tengen and his siblings to train even more harshly and painfully then necessary, Tengen developed powerful resistance to pain, as seen where he bared little to no reaction at having being caught up in a hail of Kunai knives and being pierced by them without even flinching or showing any form of discomfort or pain, continuing his battle against Gyutaro with full concentration. Later Tengen was also noted to have suffered other severe/painful injuries during this battle and managed to acclimate/ignore the pain of such injuries as well.

  • Poison Resistance: As a shinobi, Tengen has been shown to possess high resistance to poison to the point where he could continue fighting while under the effects of a poison from Gyutaro [12] that should have killed him instantly.

Mental Abilities

Tactical Intellect: Tengen has a lot of experience in battle as a ninja and Demon Slayer, shown during his battle with Gyutaro, where he displayed incredible judgement and precision in use of his anti-demon bombs.

Miscellaneous Abilities

Enhanced Senses: As a former ninja and skilled Demon Slayer, Tengen's senses are extremely honed and precise, allowing him to senses demonic presences over a wide distance.

  • Enhanced Hearing: Tengen has shown to possess superhuman hearing similar to that of Zenitsu Agatsuma. This ability allows him to easily hear noises deep underground, and he uses it to immediately figure out that there are underground tunnels and caves directly beneath him when he's looking for Tanjiro and Daki.
    • Echolocation: Complementing his enhanced hearing, Tengen also possesses echolocation. When trying to find the location of a battle underground, he analyzed the sounds reflected and resonated through the air by the walls of the caverns, and accurately locates and is even able to guess the number of people inside the tunnels by listening to the sound bouncing from their physical bodies.[13]

Indomitable Will: Like all Demon Slayers, Tengen has an undaunted will, especially with his resolution to protect everyone else and his wives, his lifeline and joy.

Fighting Style

Master Swordsman: Being a Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, Tengen is one of the most powerful and skilled swordsmen in the entire organization.[6]

Swordsmanship

Sound Breathing ( (おと) () (きゅう) Oto no kokyū?): A Breathing Style that is branched out from the Thunder Breathing. The Sound Breathing combat style involves using a battle strategy called a "Score", which involves Tengen reading his opponents movements and deconstructing them into sound by analyzing the rhythm of their movements. Through this, he is able to take advantage of their openings to much greater effect by striking in a way similar to making the beat to a song. His combat style focuses on generating huge amounts of sound to overwhelm his opponents. In conjunction with this, he uses small but powerful anti-demon bombs made with a special gunpowder that are capable of overpowering an Upper Rank Demon briefly, and uses his sound abilities to make sure there is no collateral damage on humans when throwing them out of his line of sight.

  1. First Form: Roar ( (いち) (かた) (とどろき) Ichi no kata: Todoroki?)[14] - Tengen lifts his twin swords above his head and slams them down with great force whilst simultaneously creating an explosion with his bombs, causing a loud sound resembling thunder.
  • Fourth Form: Constant Resounding Slashes ( () (かた) (きょう) (ざん) () (けん) Shi no kata: Kyōzan Muken?)[15] - Tengen holds his swords apart and spins them rapidly in conjunction with releasing his bombs, making this technique a combination of offense and defense.
  • Fifth Form: String Performance ( () (かた) (めい) (げん) (そう) (そう) Go no kata: Meigen Sōsō?)[16] - Tengen holds one of his swords with a reverse grip and spins the other using the chain that connects them. He couples this by also releasing numerous bombs to detonate. This technique was able to overpower an Upper Rank Demon.

Equipment

  • Dual Giant Nichirin Cleavers: Befitting Tengen's flamboyant personality, he carries an equally flamboyant set of weaponry. As his main weapons, he uses two larger-than-normal Nichirin Blades that are amber in color, which each have a notch in the sharp ends of their blades and are held together at the hilt by a metal chain.[17] His swords are said to have large amounts of explosive power, and it is stated that, until Tengen's fight with Upper Rank 6, no one had ever survived a blow from them. His hilt circular shaped with 4 slight indentations and gold in color, there's a maroon ring that connects to the center; it has an outer green border. His blades are engraved with the phrase Destroyer of Demons ( (あっ) () (めっ) (さつ) Akki Messatsu?).

Battles

Trivia

  • Before Tengen became a Demon Slayer and then a Hashira, he was originally a Shinobi, as stated by Gyutaro.

Tengen's initial design.

  • In his initial design, Tengen:
    • Was less muscular with a far thinner build.
    • Had of his face covered in bandages, making it hard for others to see what he looks like.
    • Wore sleeves due to him "not wanting his arms sunburned," according to the author.
  • Tengen is the only known Demon Slayer and Hashira to retire due to being permanently disabled instead of death or age.
  • He and Inosuke Hashibira are the only known Demon Slayers who use two Nichirin Blades instead of one.
  • Tengen's rankings in the popularity polls are as follows:
    • Tengen ranked 37th in the first popularity poll with 14 votes.
    • Tengen ranked 13th in the second popularity poll with 3436 votes.

Quotes

  • (To Gyutaro and Daki) "Do I look like I have some kinda talent? If that's how you see someone like me, you must have a wonderful life. You've lived hundreds of years, yet you shut yourself up in this place. I'm not surprised you don't know how the world works. There are swarms of amazing guys. There are some who became a Hashira just two months, just two months after picking up a blade. I got chosen? Don't mess with me. How many lives do you think have slipped through my fingers?"
  • (To Kagaya Ubuyashiki) "I myself should be thankful to you. Of course I'll bet my life. Of course I'll do what I can. People who carry contradictions and conflicts are weaklings. I was always living in that kind of environment."[18]

References

  1. Official Twitter Account
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 87 (Page 9).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 45 (Page 3).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 75.
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 80.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 45 (Page 2).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapters 85-93.
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Pages 16-17).
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 93 (Pages 14-19).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 80 (Page 6).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 84 (Page 19).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 87 (Page 6).
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 77 (Page 6).
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 77 (Pages 7-8).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 90 (Pages 6-7).
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 8).
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 77 (Page 8).
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 87 (Page 9).


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