Table of Contents
- 20. Koinatsu
- 19. Hinaki Ubuyashiki
- 18. Naho Takada
- 17. Nakime
- 16. Mother Spider Demon
- 15. Susamaru
- 14. Ruka Rengoku
- 13. Makio
- 12. Hinatsuru
- 11. Suma
- 10. Makomo
- 9. Aoi Kanzaki
- 8. Kanae Kocho
- 7. Kie Kamado
- 6. Tamayo
- 5. Daki
- 4. Kanao Tsuyuri
- 3. Mitsuri Kanroji
- 2. Shinubo Kocho
- 1. Nezuko Kamado
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge. it’s a relatively new series, but it has taken the world by storm and many believe it to be one of the best shonen of all time.
The story follows a young boy named Tanjiro Kamado, who lives in a world where demons roam the earth and prey on humans. Sadly, Tanjiro’s family is slaughtered by demons and his younger sister, Nezuko, is turned into a demon herself. Motivated to find a way to turn Nezuko back into a human and avenge his family, Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps, a group of demon hunters dedicated to eliminating demons and protecting humans.
As the story progresses, he meets a diverse cast of strong female characters, including the Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji, the villainous Daki, and the talented alchemist Kanao Tsuyuri. Together, they embark on many adventures filled with danger and heartbreak and confront powerful forces as they uncover secrets of their pasts.
And these aren’t the only ladies of Demon Slayer that left a mark on the protagonists and fans. In this article, we will show some love to the 20 best female characters of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and learn more about their abilities, personalities, backstories, and more.
Koinatsu is a well-respected Oiran of the Tokito House in Yoshiwara, an entertainment district we visited in the second season of the show.
She is known for her beauty, grace, and kindness toward everyone, particularly children.
Unlike the other Oiran in Yoshiwara, she is a highly competent and perceptive person. She is a much-needed light in the dark times brought to the entertainment district by characters like Daki.
Koinatsu is the woman who was able to notice that Tanjiro was actually a boy when he first went to Yoshiwara as an undercover agent of the demon slayers.
19. Hinaki Ubuyashiki
Hinaki Ubiyashiki is the oldest, most famous, and most loved of the Ubuyashiki quintuplets.
Earlier in the series, she was a mysterious character. But as we saw more of her, she is revealed to be a kind person with an intimidating intellect.
She is also an introverted person, but this doesn’t prevent her from leaving a positive impression on those she encounters. Her loyalty and love for her family know no bounds. In fact, she’s so loyal that she chooses to die alongside her father.
Her gentleness and kindness are unlike any other woman in the series, which makes her another character whose presence is welcome in the dark and orderless Demon Slayer Universe.
18. Naho Takada
Naho Takada is a careful and kind nurse in the Butterfly Mansion, and because of her services, she is one of the most valuable characters in the show.
Naho doesn’t appear in the series for very long, but she was very helpful in healing Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke from serious injuries and helping our heroes recover their strength.
Demon Slayer is a sad story full of death and tragic moments. While this boosts the intensity and tension, characters like Naho offer a bit of breathing room not only for the characters but also for viewers on the edge of their seats.
Nakime is one of the most useful demons in the whole series. She appeared in the first season and revealed only a portion of her abilities, but it was enough for us to learn that she is very strong.
At first, she transported demons to the infinity castle. She did this under the orders of the main villain in Demon Slayer, Muzan Kibutsuji.
She hasn’t demonstrated any fighting abilities in the show. However, even if we don’t know anything about her combat abilities, the fact that she quickly became an Upper Moon Rank Four says a lot about how powerful she is.
Another unique characteristic is her skill in playing an instrument called Biwa. It’s a stringed instrument she uses to create beautiful music.
Little spoiler alert: Nakime makes many appearances in the last arc of Demon Slayer, which confirms that she is one of the most powerful demons.
16. Mother Spider Demon
The Mother Spider Demon is a well-known character thanks to her appearance in one of the best fights we’ve seen in the show yet.
She was introduced to fans in the Mount Natagumo arc when Tanjiro and the group fought her, Lower Moon Demon Rui, and the other spider demons.
The Mother Spider Demon is a tragic and ruthless demon who fought our heroes using her web. She showed no mercy, and as Tanjiro was not an experienced demon hunter at that time, she gave him and his friends a very tough battle.
Her life wasn’t easy. She lived in fear because of Rui and her fake father’s abuse. In the fight on Mount Natagumo, Tanjiro ultimately beat her.
Susamaru is probably Tanjiro’s first serious opponent. She was a powerful demon with six arms. For her main attack technique, she used her arms to throw and kick special demon balls with so much velocity that they could split a person in two.
While she is strong, Susamaru is nowhere near a demon moon level. However, Muzan Kibutsuji trusted that her abilities were sufficient to deal with Tanjiro, which means she is not a demon to be taken lightly.
Susamaru is able to regenerate her body, something that she did with ease in the fight against Tanjiro. She can also alter her body, an ability that allowed her to grow her additional arms.
14. Ruka Rengoku
Ruka is one of those characters that appear for a very short time yet still leave a big impression on the fans.
She was the mother of Kyojuro Rengoku, and she taught him a lot of important and valuable life lessons. If it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t be the man he is today.
These lessons proved crucial in helping Kyojuro resist the temptation to become one of the demons under the influence of Akaza, the upper moon three.
Ruka’s strength, her love for her child, and her acceptance of death with dignity make her a memorable and admirable female character in Demon Slayer.
Makio is one of Uzui Tengen’s wives. She is well-known for her strictness and seriousness, which often causes many humorous fights with Tengen’s other wife, Suma.
Her seriousness stems from her insecurities about being a woman in a man’s world. She feels like she can’t measure up to the male ninjas who are bigger, stronger, and faster.
Makio is ready to fight and give her all in order to defeat her enemies and prove that she is a capable Kunoichi. This is why she is conflicted when Uzui urges her and the other wives to prioritize their survival above all else in every mission.
Hinatsuru is another one of Tengen Uzui’s three wives. Thanks to the Kunoichi training she’s received since she was a child, Hinatsuru is now a female ninja who specializes in gathering intel.
Using her skills and bravery, she took on a nearly impossible mission of infiltrating a city district in order to find a demon among the Yoshiwahara courtesans. She found the hidden demon and finished the mission successfully.
Her bravery doesn’t stop here, as she did not hesitate to consume poison in order to escape and also help Uzui (while injured) in combat against Upper Moon Six.
It’s a fact that she is a strong woman, but is also compassionate and acts as a big sister to the other wives.
Suma, the youngest of Uzui’s three wives, is known for her sweet and humorous personality. She doesn’t know how to react in tense situations and usually overreacts, which results in a lot of comical moments. Her personality is often compared to Zenitsu’s as both tend to be immature and overdramatic.
Apart from being a funny person, she is a very skilled Kunoichi who has amazing reflexes and acrobatic abilities, something that we saw during the fight against Daki. In this fight, she was able to avoid all of Daki’s Obi Sash Oni attacks easily and proved that she is just as strong as her companions.
Makomo was one of the pupils of Sakonji Urokodaki. She trained along with Sabito and Tanjiro to become a skillful water-breathing technique user.
Her training was going really well and she showed potential to one day become the most skilled user of the technique. However, she was killed by the Hand Demon—the same one who has eaten a lot of Urokodaki’s students through the years.
Makomo was a gifted demon slayer. With her agility, speed, and reflexes, she was able to defend herself well and attack swiftly.
Despite the sad end to her journey, Makomo will always have a place in Tanjiro’s story. She was one of the people who helped him become stronger by manifesting in a spirit form before Tanjiro in order to help him pass Urokodaki’s test.
9. Aoi Kanzaki
Aoi is a medic in the Butterfly mansion. She helps the Demon Slayer Corps along with Tanjiro and his friends and has become of the most important characters in the show.
She is loved by fans, many of whom are hoping for a romantic relationship between her and another one of the fan-favorite characters, Inosuke Hashibira.
Aoi is much more than just a medic. Before her current job, Aoi passed the final selection for becoming a Demon Slayer, something she insists happened entirely out of luck.
However, fighting wasn’t something she enjoyed, so she chose to focus on healing.
8. Kanae Kocho
To prevent the demons from killing more humans, Kanae and her younger sister, Shinobu, became Demon Slayers after their parents were killed by a demon attack.
She was a very gifted demon slayer who developed her own breathing technique, Flower Breathing, and then became the Flower Hashira.
Sadly, fans weren’t able to see her true power because Kanae reached her peak potential before the series began when she fought an upper moon two demon named Doma. She died in this fight but was able to describe the demon to Shinobu, who arrived to help just moments too late.
7. Kie Kamado
A list of the best female characters in Demon Slayer wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the show’s best mother. Kie Kamado is the mother of Tanjiro Kamado and her tragic story gave rise to all of the Demon Slayer adventures.
After losing her husband, Kie Kamado was left with six small children. While she didn’t possess any powers or breathing techniques, Kie’s ultimate power was keeping the kids fed, happy, and most importantly, safe.
Sadly, in the first episode of the series, the main villain of Demon Slayer, Muzan Kibutsuji, killed Kie and all of her children except Tanjiro and Nezuko.
Kie was the first person who influenced Tanjiro’s development and despite dying, she still appears in the boy’s visions.
Tamayo’s past is a tragic one. She used to be a married woman with children, but fell severely ill and crossed paths with Muzan, who offered to turn her into a demon to save her life.
If you think that her sad past life ended here, you are wrong. The story continues with her losing everything human about herself and eating her own family.
Thirsty for revenge, Tamayo accompanied the Demon King for centuries before finally freeing herself from his control. Tamayo then chose to distance herself from her demonic ways and devoted herself to helping those who suffer from the demons’ wickedness.
She has an important role in the series as one of the characters who help Tanjiro find a cure for his sister Nezuko.
Daki is the main villain of the Entertainment District arc in the second season of Demon Slayer. She is a powerful demon who possesses enormous physical strength and the ability to regenerate in an instant.
In the fight against Tengen Uzui, Daki’s immature personality showed that she still has some human characteristics. Daki remembers details from her past, including being burned alive in a previous life, which she revealed during her fight with Nezuko.
Using her Blood Demon Art, Daki is able to create Obi sashes and use them to attack her enemies or defend herself. While these Obi sashes may seem soft, they can easily cut through any object, including human bodies.
4. Kanao Tsuyuri
Kanao is the youngest of the Kocho siblings. After being oppressed and abused by her parents, she suffered trauma which turned her into a quiet girl with a lot of insecurities. Her parents sold her to human traffickers, but luckily for her, Kanae and Shinobu came to her rescue and made her their sister.
Despite her insecurities, Kanao is incredibly talented. She managed to learn the Flower Breathing technique solely by watching her older sister Kanae perform it.
Kane and Shinobu loved Kanao like one of their own and developed her into a strong young woman who is able to take care of herself and beat skilled people like Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu in a fight. She is one of the fans’ favorite characters to follow throughout the series.
3. Mitsuri Kanroji
Mitsuri is a cute yet fearsome demon slayer who holds the title of Love Hashira. It’s said that she is even faster and stronger than Tengen Uzui (something that will likely be revealed in the third season of the Demon Slayer anime).
As a weapon, she uses a unique sword that is very thin and bends like a whip. Its deceptive strength and flexibility have spelled the end for many demons. Mitsuri has another interesting power that allows her to make her muscles eight times denser than average.
Just how strong is Mitsuri? Well, she completed the final selection after training for six months, which is about half the average time.
Mitsuri has a vibrant look characterized by her pink hair and green eyes. While she may seem eccentric, her colorful appearance is actually caused by a genetic mutation.
2. Shinubo Kocho
Shinubo Kocho is a lovely woman whose most recognizable trait is her smile. However, behind this smile are feelings of anger and sadness, as well as the desire to revenge her sister Kanoe, who died in a fight with one of the strongest demons.
She is the Insect Pillar, and she created a new breathing technique called Insect Breathing that has never failed to help her in a fight. Shinobu’s fighting style is a very special one. While it’s the demon slayer’s way to cut the heads off of demons, she instead eliminates them by using a wisteria poison.
When not slaying demons, she is a funny and playful person. She loves to tease everyone, especially Giyu Tomioka by calling him the most unlovable Hashira.
1. Nezuko Kamado
And finally, we’ve gotten to the last woman on the list. Is she the best one? Maybe, maybe not, but what’s sure is that she is one of the best-loved characters by the fans. And what’s there not to love? She is a sweet and caring demon who loves her brother unconditionally.
Nezuko became a demon when Muzan attacked her family, but interestingly, she didn’t inherit all of the characteristics of a demon. Even if her appearance changed and the sun turned into her biggest enemy, Nezuko still has her human feelings and does not need to eat humans in order to survive.
She has since become more powerful and now has her own Blood Demon Art that allows for blood manipulation that can burn down the demons she fights. She can also manipulate her height, turning herself into a big scary demon or an adorable little child.
As the fights go on, Nezuko becomes stronger. Fans are waiting for her to achieve her fully awakened form and gain massive regenerative abilities.
We Love the Ladies of Demon Slayer
Those were the top 20 female characters of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. As you can see, this anime has one of the most diverse female casts of any shonen anime (a genre typically aimed at teenage boys). The ladies of Demon Slayer are just as often villains as they are heroes, and they have vastly different personalities, looks, ideals, and abilities.
While there are some characters like Nezuko, Mitsuri, and Shinobu that you simply cannot hate, we really love the way some of the villains like Daki and the Mother Spider Demon are portrayed, too. Even if they are morally reprehensible characters who choose evil over good, we often learn that are influenced by their tragic pasts. As a result, fans develop strong connections with all of these leading women.
All in all, there is not a bad female character in the show. Every woman has her own distinct role in this amazing story. And we can’t wait to see what will come of each one in the future of the anime series. Want to learn more about the top ladies of Anime? Check out our list of the top 20 female anime characters of all time. Or, learn more about your favorite Demon Slayer characters’ heights, ages, and birthdays here.