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Post by Sesshoumaru/Neji/Sasuke on Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:08 am

Name: Sesshoumaru
Age: 17
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Weapon: sword
Weapon In Bankai form: sword??
Bankai Form:??
Race:umm... human?
Bio: Sesshomaru (殺生丸, Sesshōmaru?) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series InuYasha created by Rumiko Takahashi. He is the older half-brother of the series' protagonist, InuYasha. Sesshomaru's role in the series has varied from antagonist, to hero, and most often an anti-hero, depending on his current situation, but he is consistently shown as InuYasha's rival and the two have fought many times. Their rivalry runs deep, influenced primarily by Sesshomaru's hatred for half-breeds (which InuYasha is) and his blaming InuYasha for the death of their father. He also hates InuYasha for possessing their father's legendary sword Tetsusaiga, which he believes is rightfully his.

Initially portrayed as a cold, stoic character with a hatred of humans, Sesshomaru undergoes a series of trials throughout the series that reshape his beliefs and his relationships with those around him. These trials include his care for an orphan named Rin, and his possession of his father's second sword Tenseiga, which can revive the dead.

In an InuYasha character guide, it was revealed that Sesshomaru means "Killing Perfection".[


Sesshomaru is the youkai son of the powerful Inu no Taishou and another, yet unnamed inuyōkai known only as Sesshomaru's Mother.[3] Since Inu no Taishou is considered to be a daiyoukai (great youkai), Sesshomaru is a daiyoukai himself. In both the manga and the anime, he appears stoic and hard to read. He rarely smiles, and when he does, it is usually not a good thing; Jaken once wanted Sesshomaru to beat him rather than to smile because it was Sesshomaru's smile that he feared more.[4] Sesshomaru believes that struggle is the only way for survival, and throughout most of the series, he shows his contempt for InuYasha, his half brother.

Although Sesshomaru inherited his father's Tenseiga, which can bring 100 people back to life with a single swing, he originally coveted InuYasha's inheritance, the powerful Tetsusaiga. However, a barrier was cast around Tetsusaiga so that full youkai cannot wield it without burning their flesh. Even knowing that he cannot touch the sword without being burned,[5] Sesshomaru still desires to take it from InuYasha. He fights with InuYasha in their father's grave and by chance, InuYasha transforms the blade and cuts off Sesshomaru's left arm.[6] It is not until his fight with Magatsuhi that his left arm returns.[7] By the time he regains his left arm, however, he is no longer interested in obtaining the Tetsusaiga.

He is followed by his retainer, an imp-like yōkai with a small beak named Jaken, and later by a human orphan named Rin, whom Sesshomaru brings back to life using Tenseiga, which he tells Jaken was merely a test of the sword. He is also followed by a two-headed dragon that Rin names Ah-Un. Also, Sesshomaru later saves Kohaku from Byakuya, resulting in Kohaku's decision to join his retinue as they leave Sesshomaru's mother's palace.[8] It is also revealed that none of his companions (excluding Ah-Un) can again be revived by the Tenseiga since they have all died before and were already revived by Tenseiga.


Although Sesshomaru maintains a cool, disinterested exterior, throughout the story his compassion seems to be growing. When InuYasha is controlled by his yōkai blood, Sesshomaru comes to see for himself the power that InuYasha could produce in that state. After defeating InuYasha, he instructs Kagome to return the Tetsusaiga to InuYasha in order to restore him to his former self. It is possible that he lost interest in obtaining the Tetsusaiga mainly due to InuYasha's need for the sword to control his yōkai blood, or because he had recently got his own offensive sword, Tokijin. He left claiming that he intends to kill InuYasha one day, when InuYasha could adequately fight back. By making this public declaration, Sesshomaru is claiming first right to InuYasha's death by his own hand, and at his choice of time and place. As by his declaration, any enemy attempting to kill InuYasha is infringing on Sesshomaru's intent to do so.

Though Sesshomaru is prone to hitting, kicking, and stepping on his servant Jaken, he has repeatedly warned Jaken to move out of the way prior to an attack. Sesshomaru also allows Rin to follow him and protects her when she gets in trouble. Kagura later kidnaps Rin for Naraku as part of his attempt to absorb Sesshomaru. When Naraku tries to escape after failing to absorb him, Sesshomaru intended to pursue Naraku, but upon hearing that Rin was in danger, he lets Naraku go, and instead goes to aid Rin.

Later in the manga, when Rin appears to be dead due to her time in Hell, Sesshomaru enters Hell for the purpose of rescuing her, but upon learning that he cannot save her life, he is crushed. When he realizes that it was his urge to strengthen Tenseiga which brought them to Hell and ultimately killed her, he casts the sword aside and says for the sword to gain power at the expense of Rin's life means nothing.[9] However, when Sesshomaru's mother revives Rin, he is seen to be relieved.[10]

When Kagura is injured, Sesshomaru originally intended to leave her in the river she was drowning in, but when Rin falls in trying to save her and Jaken follows Rin, Sesshomaru pulls all three from the river. Later however, before Kagura's death, Sesshomaru seeks her out and considers using the Tenseiga, only to conclude that Tenseiga cannot save her.[11]

He has also been shown saving InuYasha's friends on several occasions. On his way to Hakurei-zan, Sesshomaru saves Kagome, Miroku, and Sango from the poison master Mukotsu, one of the Shichinintai, but only claims that he killed Mukotsu because he was in his way. He also revives a young otter yōkai's father, claiming that it was the will of Tenseiga.[12] Another example is when InuYasha and his companions are involved in a fight with the "water god" Numawatari; when Sesshomaru arrives, he insults InuYasha's inability to kill a "low life yōkai", and then easily dispatches Numawatari using his Meidou Zangetsuha ability, leaving straight after.[13] Later, in Naraku's body, he allows Kagome to follow him, keeping her safe.[citation needed]

Also, when Byakuya, Naraku's newest offspring, is about to take Kohaku, who has one of the last three shards of the Shikon Jewel, back to Naraku, Sesshomaru appears and launches a ranged Meidou-Zangetsuha (still in the crescent moon shape), barely missing him. Byakuya flees claiming that he does not want to die, and comments on how it is so unlike Sesshomaru to save someone. Thereafter, Sesshomaru seems to have taken Kohaku under his protection, albeit in his typical grudging fashion. Later, when Kohaku's shard gets tainted by Magatsuhi, he attempts to save Kohaku at the expense of great injury to his arm.[14]

It is his compassion that caused the Tenseiga to be reforged as a weapon. Its offensive powers were locked until Sesshomaru shows true compassion. In battle with Mōryōmaru, the villain insulted the deceased Kagura, which angers Sesshomaru and he shatters Mōryōmaru's indestructible shell (and his only weapon in the process). Acknowledging the yōkai's growth because he is defending dead person, Tenseiga called to its creator to reforge it as a weapon. Later, to show his compassion and respect for his father, he gave the offensive powers of his sword to InuYasha (albeit in his typical fashion) in accordance with his father's wishes and recognizing his brother's worth as the heir to the sword.

Despite his growing compassion, he, like his brother, uses impolite Japanese. He addresses strangers or people he does not like with "kisama", which, like "temee", is an offensive form of "you", though still more formal. He addresses himself with the polite "watashi", signifying his high rank and power. Other than "kisama", he uses "omae", either to Jaken or to InuYasha, the latter being occasionally and not rarely. Thus he can be insulting while retaining the dignified speech pattern of a lord, as opposed to the rougher speech used by InuYasha


Humanoid Form
Sesshomaru has a Prussian blue crescent on his forehead. He also has two magenta stripes on each cheek and on the sides of his wrists as well as one magenta stripe on each of his eye lids.[15] Most of the time, Sesshomaru appears in this form in both the manga and the anime.
True Form
Sesshomaru's original form is a giant white dog with markings similar to those he has in his human form. In the anime, he transforms surrounded in a bright red aura or has a tornado circling around him.[16] His eyes then take on a bright red color and yōkai marks on his body widen and become more apparent; the stripes on his cheeks which are usually smooth become jagged and change into a somewhat fiercer color. In the anime, he has acidic saliva and in his breath spreads poison in the form of mist that melts anything nearby.[17] He only fully transforms to his original form three times: during a battle with InuYasha which results in the loss of his left arm, when he meets his mother, and during the battle which eventually leads to his arm regenerating and the formation of his sword Bakusaiga.[18]

[edit] Clothing
Sesshomaru's armor includes a spiked pauldron that covers his left shoulder attached to the upper section of his cuirass. When damaged, his armor automatically regenerates itself using youki.[19] Both his armor and his long flowing sash have a decided "Mainland" (Chinese) influence, as opposed to the customary Japanese armor and Obi (sash or belt). His Kimono is mostly white with a red[20] honeycomb and flower crest at the collar and sleeves. He wears Sashinuki Hakama, (a type of traditional flowing Japanese "pants"), which are gathered at the ankles producing the "ballooning" effect. His footwear consists of flat pointed ankle-high boots (instead of sandals), also reminiscent of Mainland influence.

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Post by Sesshoumaru/Neji/Sasuke on Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:08 am

Many of Sesshomaru's innate abilities are a result of his lineage, being the son of two extremely powerful demons. Naraku has referred to Sesshomaru as "the perfect demon"; the natural 'completion' of Sesshomaru's demonic aura may be the reason why the Shikon Jewel appears to have no effect on his demonic abilities, and thus would explain why he has no interest in obtaining its shards. In contrast, nearly every other sentient demon, save those affiliated with Sesshomaru's father in some way, seek its power relentlessly.


[edit] Attacks
Poison Claws (Toxic Flower Claw)
Sesshomaru's claws release deadly acidic poison which can melt flesh and virtually anything else very quickly and he can also spray the poison from his claws. They can fire large blades of energy similar to InuYasha's claw attack.
Whip of Light (Energy Whip)
In the anime, Sesshomaru can generate a thin, whip-like strand of yellow-green energy from his fingertips that can slice through almost anything.[21] The whip also displays characteristics of poison akin to the burning effect it has on contact.
Mokomoko
The fur on Sesshomaru's shoulder can be extended to great lengths and used to whip or constrict people.[22] It appears to be part of his body,[19] despite some misdepictions in the anime.[23] When fighting Setsuna no Takemaru in the third InuYasha movie, Swords of an Honorable Ruler, the Mokomoko has been shown bleeding. Jaken has been seen clinging to it whenever Sesshomaru takes flight, but Rumiko Takahashi has said that Jaken is actually a parasitic demon[citation needed].

[edit] Powers and abilities
Flight
In the manga, Sesshomaru has the ability to float in the sky;[24] however, in the anime, he can sometimes ride upon a sparkling dust cloud. The latter way of flight enables him to bring others along with him while flying by riding the cloud along with him.[25] Despite having the ability of flight, he occasionally rides Ah-Un.[4]
Senses
Due to his lineage, Sesshomaru exhibits extremely heightened senses, particularly his sense of smell. He can discern characteristics of most objects through scent, such as the undead Band of Seven through the scent of graveyard soil and pure-demon blood from half-demon blood (such as when InuYasha's demon blood takes over). Through smell alone, Sesshomaru can follow events transpiring far away or which have already transpired; for example, he learned of everything that had happened during Inuyasha's confrontation with Goshinki by simply sniffing the area in which they fought at least several hours, if not days, after the battle.[19] Besides the five basic senses, Sesshomaru's ability in sensing other's auras are exceptional.
Superhuman strength
Sesshomaru possesses physical strength far beyond that of a normal demon; he was able to easily lift InuYasha by the throat into the air with one hand in one of their earlier encounters. In addition, Sesshomaru was seen carrying the boulder-sized demon head of Goshinki in one hand with little to no effort.[26] In the InuYasha profiles manga, Rumiko stated that Sesshomaru has Herculean strength, even with only one arm; his strength with only one arm is equal to InuYasha's full strength; InuYasha's strength allows him to lift a 9 to 10 ton boulder using one arm with little effort, so Sesshomaru would naturally be capable of lifting double that or far more with the same amount of effort.[19]
Superhuman speed
Sesshomaru can move faster than the eye can see, both on land and through the air.[19] When he does this in the anime, he leaves behind after-images.[4] He can also instantaneously close long distances without being detected by others.
Teleportation
In the anime, Sesshomaru can morph into a ball of energy and move himself, as well as others,[27] over great distances in a short amount of time.
Daiyōkai
As the son of a daiyōkai, Sesshomaru has inherited similar levels of power and thus is a daiyōkai in his own right — endowed with heightened senses, intelligence, strength, and a myriad of yōkai powers. While he usually appears to be a humanoid bearing splendid clothing and armor, he can transform into his true form at will, that of a gigantic, crimson eyed, canine with white fur. With the acquisition of Bakusaiga, Totosai has stated that Sesshomaru has exceeded his father as a daiyōkai.[7]
Longevity
Being a yōkai, Sesshomaru does not age the way humans do, as he has been around for at least a few hundred years.[1]
Immunity
Sesshomaru is immune to diseases, poisons, and gases that can paralyze or kill both humans and other normal creatures as well as weaker yōkai.[1] His greatest resistance seems to be toward holy and divine powers; his resistance to purification powers was so strong that he was able to enter Mt. Hakurei's purification barrier, by far the strongest of its type in the series, without being purified. He was somewhat weakened, however, though not significantly so, and it negated his sword's powers. In another instance, Sesshomaru catches one of Kagome's purification arrows barehanded and to no ill-effect;[28] any other demon would have been severely injured, if not outright purified. Monks who try to purify him to 'save' Rin are totally ineffective, and Sesshoumaru's yōki destroys their relics merely by being released. It seems that the only mystical powers that Sesshomaru is not resistant to is yōki such as InuYasha's Kaze no Kizu. Another example of his strong body is seen in Naraku's inability to absorb him. Because of Sesshomaru's demonic purity, his aura emanates around his body in perfect "completion", making it almost impossible to compromise.[19][29] InuYasha states that human attacks will not harm Sesshomaru, and true to this, none ever have; barring one incident in Mt. Hakurei, which is excusable because of the barrier. Thus far, the only damage he has sustained throughout the series has been from yōki-powered attacks.
Intelligence
Despite his vast overall intelligence, Rumiko Takahashi reveals that his intellect is actually one of his weakest points (despite it being considerably high, it pales in comparison to his other capabilities). With this attribute, he was able to correctly deduce that Magatsuhi can be slain with Tenseiga. Only being wrong once,in the 3rd InuYasha movie, Sesshomaru cut Takimaru in half with Tenseiga, but because of So'unga's ability to bring back the living dead, it did not work. [19]
Regeneration
During his battle with Magatsuhi, Sesshomaru's right arm was badly injured. By beginning to transform into his daiyōkai form, the pure fighting spirit and eminence output of his demonic aura allowed Sesshomaru to completely regenerate the injuries to his right arm.[30] In the same battle, he is also able to restore his left arm, which is cut off by InuYasha at the beginning of the series.[7] However, the full extent to which Sesshomaru can regenerate his wounds is not given in the series.

[edit] Weapons
Tenseiga (天生牙, Tenseiga? lit. Heavenly Life Fang)
Tenseiga (also known as the 'Immortal Fang' or simply 'Heavenly Fang') is a sword that can revive the dead. It does this by letting Sesshomaru see the pall-bearer imps that take away the souls of the dead so that he may destroy them with Tenseiga. In extreme cases, the Tenseiga also protects Sesshomaru from potentially lethal attacks. When in use, the Tenseiga has a blue aura. Later in the manga, the Tenseiga is reforged by Tōtōsai to become a weapon, allowing Sesshomaru to use the Meidou Zangetsuha. It is later revealed that the ability and the sword itself is merely a cast off of the Tetsusaiga; his father wanted Sesshomaru to master the Meidou Zangetsuha, then pass it back to InuYasha, knowing that InuYasha couldn't handle the technique himself. Sesshomaru discards the sword as his father wished, giving the ability back to the Tetsusaiga and making the Tenseiga only a healing sword once again.[31]
Tōkijin (闘鬼神, Tōkijin? lit. Demon-Fighting God)
Tōkijin is a sword crafted by the evil sword smith Kaijinbō from the fangs of Goshinki as part of Sesshomaru's continued efforts to obtain Tetsusaiga or a sword matching it in power. It can fire off extremely powerful blasts of pure evil energy, but because it is filled with Goshinki's malice, only Sesshomaru can wield it without being controlled by it. Tōkijin can be used to blow back and injure an enemy with a powerful pinkish-purple aura, generated as the manifestation of pure hatred. It can also be used to slash at an opponent either directly or with kenatsu, and, like Tenseiga, can perform Sōryūha; however, being "only an oni's fang," Tōkijin initially could not withstand repeated uses of Sōryūha the way that Tenseiga could. Later in the manga, Sesshomaru broke Tōkijin while battling Mōryōmaru, and afterwards abandoned the broken pieces with no further interest in keeping the sword. He instead searched for a replacement, which he found in the Meidou Zangetsuha ability of the Tenseiga.
Bakusaiga (爆砕牙, Bakusaiga? lit. Explosive Crushing Fang)
Bakusaiga is Sesshomaru's most recent signature weapon. The Bakusaiga manifested itself in the hand of Sesshomaru's fully regenerated, and longtime-severed, left arm during his battle with Magatsuhi. The sword is the polar opposite of the Tenseiga, as it has the power to decompose any organic material that its blade comes in contact with, nullifying any regenerative abilities while doing so. Miroku comments that Naraku would suffer the same affliction should he absorb any demon wounded by Bakusaiga.[7] The blade itself is the manifestation of Sesshomaru's own true power, born from his detachment of InuYasha's Tetsusaiga. Its birth signifies Sesshomaru's graduation into a full-fledged daiyōkai, which was long compromised by his obsession with Tetsusaiga. Totosai comments that his ability to manifest his own blade suggests his strength has surpassed that of his father's and connotes his growth through the many trials he endured to emerge as a daiyōkai, with the Bakusaiga serving as the product of this 'rite of passage'.
Much like the Tetsusaiga's Kaze no Kizu, the Bakusaiga can also unleash massively powerful amounts of yōki, enough to slay thousands of demons with one swing.[32] Though similar, Rumiko stated that Bakusaiga's wave attack, which is similar to the Kaze no Kizu, possesses greater power than a full power Bakuryūha from Tetsusaiga.[citation needed]
Staff of Two Heads
The Staff of Two Heads is also called the Staff of Skulls, nintōjo or Two-Headed Staff. It can locate Sesshomaru's father's grave or perhaps Tetsusaiga itself, as well as blast streams of flame, and is usually held by his assistant Jaken. Also, it has been shown that the Staff of Two Heads can be used to summon yōkai.

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