Inuyasha is a half-demon; his mother was a human and his father was a great, legendary dog demon. 500 years ago, Inuyasha fell in love with Kikyo, a priestess who protected the mystical Shikon Jewel. Kikyo told Inuyasha that he could use the Jewel to make himself a human. However, the evil demon Naraku tricked Inuyasha and Kikyo into hating and betraying each other. Kikyo used the last of her strength to seal Inuyasha to a tree using one of her sacred arrows. After being sealed for 50 years, Inuyasha was released by Kagome, who was supposedly the reincarnation of Kikyo. When the shards of the Shikon Jewel were spread all across feudel Japan, Inuyasha and Kagome were forced to team up in order to collect them all before evil demons do. Still filled with rage and bitterness from Kikyo's betrayal, Inuyasha decided that once he found all the Jewel shards, he would use the completed Jewel to make himself a full-demon.
Being a half-demon, Inuyasha found himself feeling isolated from both the demon and the human world. So he was forced to spend most of his life alone and fending for himself. This lifestyle, coupled with the oppression he faced from demons and humans alike for being a "lowly" half-demon, caused him to turn his heart away to all acts of compassion and he belittled his own emotions as a sign of weakness. He became arrogantly uncaring and insensitive, and he trusted no one but himself. But like all good characters, he has more than one side to him. Though we mostly see him tearing demons apart with his claws or cutting them down with his sword while jeering at them, he harbors an elusive kind side to him. This side of him is barely evident at first, but as his relationship with Kagome deepens, he shows signs that he does care about others besides himself. Little by little, spending time with her melts the ice around his scarred heart. Though he refused to accept her or any of his other friends at first, their friendship eventually rubs off on him, no matter how hard he tries to deny it. And in order to protect them, he finds himself calling forth feelings that he never had before. He'll always retain his hot-tempered and anti-hero personality, but gradually it becomes more natural for him to show his emotions. He obviously grows to love Kagome dearly, but his lingering devotion to Kikyo makes their relationship extremely ambivalent, and he's often at a loss as to how to handle it. He's definitely not some flawless, overly dynamic, cliché hero, but a unique and unpredictable protagonist.
Though he pretends to be indifferent, Inuyasha can't stand injustice and he won't hesitate to fight any evil demon he encounters. He prefers to use his powerful sword, Tetsuaiga, to battle, but his claws are also formidable weapons. However, if he's forced into a fight when he doesn't have Tetsuaiga, the demon blood inside of him could take over and turn him into a berserk demon! And like all half-demons, there's a time when he loses all his demon powers and becomes a human. In Inuyasha's case, it's once a month during a new moon. But no matter how strong Inuyasha may seem, he's powerless against Kagome's "sit" command :)
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