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    The calculate of caption who about killed Muzan Kibutsuji 400 years in the past. He was a Demon Slayer whose skills seemed to be divine, earning some envy from people due to how unapproachable Yoriichi seemed to be, namely Shinjuro Rengoku in the portray and his own erstwhile twin brother in the past, Michikatsu Tsugikuni, late known as Kokushibo.

    Yoriichi was the godhead of the initiation of all Breathing teachings, late labeled as Sun Breathing. His special torso stipulate with affinity towards its techniques made Yoriichi the first gear Demon Slayer to have capabilities beyond human perception, and with that he taught others what he could do, albeit none at the time could amply replicate him, frankincense all early Breathing styles were born.

    He is technically the reason for the institution of the Hashira rankings since it is revealed that the hierarchy within the Demon Slayer Corps was put into invest thanks to Yoriichi demonstrating the office gaps between the Slayers .

  • All-Loving Hero: Though Yoriichi had a hard time expressing it, he held all human life to be sacred. Often times, he was willing to put his own life on the line in order to help other people and even became a Demon Slayer to prevent Muzan and his demons from destroying innocent lives. Destroying that sanctity was a good way to earn Yoriichi’s ire. He didn’t see all demons as evil things that he needed to kill though. Right after he fought Muzan, Yoriichi noticed Tamayo was not a threat and managed to console her when she was crying due to Muzan’s escape.
  • Animal Lover: Yoriichi’s unearthly presence always seemed to attract wild animals, a volume extra shows that when he was a kid large group of animals always gathered around him to be pet and fed by Yoriichi.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Yoriichi singlehandedly inspired the Demon Slayer Corps to instill a hierarchy system, thanks to his absurd skills being so far above anyone in his time. The Hashira ranks were put into place thanks to him after his sword was given the unique “Metsu” (Destroy) engraving in its blade. After that, all Hashira swords were to have “Akkimesatsu” (Destroyer of Demons) engraved in the blades.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yoriichi may have been an extremely kind and humble person but he was also the World’s Strongest Man. Muzan experienced firsthand why you shouldn’t anger Yoriichi.
  • Big Brother Worship: Yoriichi loved and thought very highly of his older counterpart brother, Kokushibou, because he constantly treated him charitable in their childhood despite being the privileged heir of their family in contrast to Yoriichi ‘s condition as an unwanted child. even after Kokushibou chose to become a monster, Yoriichi reflected to Sumiyoshi that his brother was a kind man, and continued to cherish the flute that Kokushibou made for him when they were children. Ironically, Kokushibou besides seems to view Yoriichi about as some classify of idol, likening him to “ the alone sunday ” .
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Yoriichi was born with a Demon Slayer Mark, something that other powerful characters only awaken in the most life-threatening of situations. The mark also puts incredible strain on the body, but had no negative effects on Yoriichi at all, with him living well into old age despite the mark killing all other users by age 25. The unique nature of Yoriichi’s mark is speculated in-universe to have started the spread of the marks to other swordsmen, and his brother believes that it’s proof that Yoriichi was “blessed by the gods”.
  • Broken Ace: Yoriichi was the single greatest demon slayer in history. Yet he was haunted by his failure to kill Muzan, his brother becoming a monster and how he could not protect his family from demons, having been a far sadder man than anyone truly knew.
  • But Now I Must Go: He left Sumiyoshi’s home after teaching him Sun Breathing and leaving behind his earrings to continue his fight against Muzan.
  • Cain and Abel: His kinship with Michikatsu, his older brother, was n’t arrant. specially when Michikatsu harbored envy towards Yoriichi for his invention of Breathing skills. Michikatsu finally became a man-eating devil and Muzan ‘s right man.
  • Child Prodigy: chapter 177 reveals that Yoriichi was born with the Demon Slayer Mark and that he had improved spy and potency in his everyday biography. He learned about swordsmanship from his church father ‘s servant, Ito, very quickly, and swiftly won in their spar equal. He besides told Michikatsu that he could see through things, meaning that everything in his vision was transparent to him. He truly was a special child in his youth, but he never let that go to his head. unfortunately, this did make Michikatsu covetous of his talents .
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Not long after leaving his family’s home at age seven, Yoriichi came across a young girl named Uta who had lost her family to disease, and the two became inseparable friends living together as they had no one else. Ten years after meeting, they became a couple and were expecting a child, but it ended tragically as both Uta and their unborn child were killed by a monster curtly before the parturition while Yoriichi was away searching for person to assist with the rescue. The loss of his young family was what drove him to join the Demon Slayer Corps and swear retaliation against Muzan .
  • Cradle of Loneliness: After coming home only to discover his wife and their unborn child had been killed by some devil, Yoriichi held them in his arms for 10 days. He only stopped when a demon slayer (implied to be Rengoku’s ancestor) came and broke him out of his shock enough to give the dead a proper burial.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yoriichi dealt one to Muzan. He cut Muzan into pieces about immediately, who was ineffective to amply recover due to the Sun Breathing ‘s stifling effect on his regeneration. He was only able to survive by splitting himself into 1800 pieces and fleeing in terror, and even then Yoriichi was able to slice up 1500 of his pieces instantaneously. To top it all off, the wounds Yoriichi inflicted have not healed in the centuries since their brush, acting as a permanent reminder of Muzan ‘s helplessness and terror during that moment .
  • Dented Iron: Yoriichi’s skill may have been as sharp as it was during his prime but at over-80 years of age, his body equitable could not go any promote and Yoriichi passed away before he could deliver the end blow to Kokushibo .
  • Died Standing Up: Defiant to the end. As an 80-year-old man, Yoriichi died while trying to put his demon buddy out of his misery. He actually seemed to have the upper hand in his final conflict, but due to his old historic period, Yoriichi ‘s body merely gave up at the final irregular, and he died standing with his sword still in hand .
  • Dissonant Serenity: A tame example, but Yoriichi is constantly shown with a flat and impassive expression, with Kokushibou noting that he had never seen him show a hint of emotion until Yoriichi shed tears upon seeing how his old brother had given up his pride and humanity and become a demon. This is his usual countenance, even when he’s slaying demons.
  • Dramatic Irony: His wish was to live a happy life with his family, but he lost it all when a monster killed them when he was away. His own twin brother who wanted to be strong just like Yoriichi already had such a life when the two met up again as adults, but gave it up in pursuit of strength.
  • The Dreaded: To Muzan, as Yoriichi was the demon slayer who almost killed him. Even as an old man on death’s door, Kokushibo knew he stood no chance of defeating him. Muzan’s sheer terror of the man is such that when Tanjiro ends up resembling him through a combination of his Sun Breathing technique and his sheer rage towards demons who disrespect the sanctity of life, the cells he implanted in the 12 moons cause them to experience vivid flashbacks of Muzan’s encounter with him— to repeat, Muzan’s very cells carry his deep terror for the man who came closest to inflicting death upon him despite all his precautions and abilities. Muzan even went out of his way to destroy any record of the Sun Breathing style and killed most of the inheritors of the technique himself, despite his usual paranoia with being identified, out of fear of another like Yoriichi appearing before him again—which lead to Tanjiro’s family massacre and him embarking on the role of a demon hunter.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: He had these for most of his life, signifying his alienation from other people due to his see-through-sight, along with his search for his purpose in life. Then later, his failures in defeating Muzan, and protecting his family and others despite his strength.
  • Dying Alone: The most powerful demon slayer, who came close to killing Muzan Kibutsuji and dedicated his whole life to exterminating demons, a Samurai dedicated only to his craft. He never stopped to pursue any happiness for himself after his wife and unborn child were killed in his twenties, rather choosing to die alone 60 years late in one survive match against a monster he knew very well, his own duplicate brother .
  • Evolving Weapon: Yoriichi had a black blade like Tanjiro does, but unlike all normal demon slayers who permanently enhance the color of their blades due their Breathing affinity when they touch it for the first time, Yoriichi could make his black blade turn red at will when he engaged in battle, showcasing his proficiency in Sun Breathing. interestingly, Yoriichi compared his wife Uta ‘s eyes to obsidian the sidereal day he met her.
  • Failure Knight: The fact that Yoriichi failed to kill Muzan (with the added insult that he only escaped because Yoriichi’s kindness distracted him when he noticed Tamayo’s sad nature on the sidelines) weighted him down immensely since Yoriichi came to realize he was pretty much the strongest demon slayer to ever live, thus knowing very well Muzan would be responsible for many deaths to come without anyone at the time being able to put a stop to that terror.
  • Friend to All Children: Yoriichi loved children very dearly. It was his dream to become a father for his and Uta’s unborn child, and his interactions with Sumiyoshi’s children were very kind and gentle.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A benign example. Though he had incredible talent, Yoriichi was perfectly content with living a peaceful life with his family because he didn’t like hurting people. then Uta was killed with their unborn child because of a monster, and the resulting Heroic BSoD had Yoriichi dedicate his life to ending Muzan. Even though he wasn’t successful (although he came very close to doing so), his techniques and skills remained as part of the Demon Slayers and Muzan is still terrified of him centuries later.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Like Tanjiro, Yoriichi didn’t understand what was so enjoyable about trampling on the lives of others as Muzan had done so many times. He besides did n’t see the envy and despair zymosis in his own twin brother ‘s heart until it was excessively late .
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: He was the godhead of the Breathing Styles, with Sun Breathing being the progenitor of all early Breathing Styles which inspired the creation of the Hashira. Yoriichi besides handed down his earrings to Tanjiro ‘s ancestor .
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: After he expired during his duel with his older twin brother, Kokushibo slashed his torso in two under the guise of ensuring his death, but it was more of a fit of jealousy and impotent rage.
  • Happily Married: His marriage with Uta was the happiest and most peaceful time of his life, and he wanted nothing more than to continue his life just like that. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out due to circumstances beyond his control.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Yoriichi started his life-long career as a demon slayer after his wife and child ‘s end, never seeking personal happiness again. His heart was broken a second time when his brother chose to become a demon.
  • Heroic BSoD: Had a huge one after discovered the bodies of his wife and unborn child in their house. Even after the worst had passed, Yoriichi never quite recovered and chose to live his life alone, dedicating himself to the single goal of killing Muzan.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite being such a legendary skilled swordsman, he was quite melancholic. He didn’t see himself as a person of worth since he ultimately failed to kill Muzan, and could n’t protect his wife and unborn child or prevent his buddy from walking the path of a monster .
  • Horrifying the Horror: Muzan, who’s a Humanoid Abomination is scared shitless of him to the present day.
  • Humble Hero: He was kind and respectful, never putting himself above others. In his youth, he told his brother Michikatsu, later Kokushibo, that if Michikatsu dreamed of being the greatest, most brawny fencer who ever lived, then Yoriichi would be satisfied fair being the second strong. He very was a sweetly child in the past, therefore far as to even refusing to become the family ‘s successor sol that he would n’t usurp Michikatsu and willfully left early to become a monk. It ‘s revealed that he did n’t evening go to the synagogue because he knew their founder would attempt to bring him back, and he left no tracing of himself so that Michikatsu would surely achieve the side .
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In contrast to his brother, Yoriichi just wanted to have a mundane life free of conflict with his wife and family. Unfortunately, Muzan and the demons made that impossible and Yoriichi ended up locked on the path of the sword in order to purge the world of their evil, outright saying that he was born specifically to slay Muzan.
  • The Immune: Somehow escaped the curse of the Demon Slayer ‘s Mark. It ‘s noted that no pallbearer of the Mark lives past 25 years of age, so far Yoriichi went on to live to 80 years, and with his skills becoming intact .
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: His swordmanship was so impossibly complex that a combat training dummy modelled after him to train Demon Slayers had to be installed with six arms to even begin to emulate his techniques.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Other than being “blessed by the gods”, the explanation for why Yoriichi is so inhumanly powerful is never given. He was simply born that strong, Having had access to Full Concentration Breathing, the Demon Slayer Mark and the Transparent World, techniques that are supposed to take lifetimes of effort to achieve, since childhood.
  • Invincible Hero: Yoriichi went his entire life unchallenged in battle, absolutely trivializing the skills of anyone he fought. Both his brother Michikatsu/Kokushibo, the strongest of the Twelve Kizuki by a very big allowance, and Muzan, the most herculean demon to ever exist, stood no gamble against him at all. He dealt with them as if they were equitable ordinary demons.
  • Long-Dead Badass: Yoriichi has been dead for centuries by the time of the present story, but his influence on the setting is still heavily felt.
  • Manly Tears: He shed tears before his fight against Kokushibo, knowing that his early older brother Michikatsu betrayed him and became a devil, the sworn foe they were supposed to fight against .
  • Master Swordsman: Presented as a legend who wielded the most complete Breathing form ever and the origin of all others, the ridicule however managed to retain his abilities as an 80-year-old samurai, noted by his own twin-brother-turned-demon who still felt apprehensive against an honest-to-god valet who looked much more spend than the ageless Kokushibo. In his young person, he was the merely one who ever came close to defeating Muzan .
    • Yoriichi was such a inhumanly fast and powerful swordsman that the only way anyone’s found to replicate his moves, even 300 years later, is through a mechanical doll with 8 limbs. Evidently it’s just not possible for anything with just two arms to do what he can.
  • Meaningful Name: His given name is comprised of the kanji for ” destiny, fate” and the Japanese term for 1, so it’s possible to translate Yoriichi as “destined to be number one”. While his family name “Tsugikuni” contains the kanji for “inherit, succeed”, referencing how so many slayers are desperate to live up to Yoriichi’s legacy.
  • My Greatest Failure: He never forgave himself for failing to kill Muzan, knowing how many would die as a result. His failure to protect Uta and their unborn child never left him either .
  • Nice Guy: Not just an unbelievable warrior, but a kind, generous and warm man. It ‘s revealed in chapter 177 that he was constantly a very sweet person since childhood. He loved his family very much and did not object to his don ‘s treatment of him. He felt bad for his beget ‘s retainer, Ito, after using his extra talent and injuring him in his sword discipline. He besides helped his ailment mother by walking alongside her and supporting her left side, when she could not walk on her own. He treasured the flute that Michikatsu made for him, telling him that he would always remember his big brother after he prepared to travel to a temple. He did n’t even stay at the temple and left on his own travel so that his buddy would become the next successor to their family .
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Yoriichi saved Tamayo from Muzan ‘s manipulate, however, the other Demon Slayers argued that this was against their rules and Yoriichi ended up getting banished from the arrangement .
  • Not So Stoic: Turns out Yoriichi equitable was n’t beneficial in expressing his emotions by rights, noted as not even having cried as a baby normally would in their first years of life. He was in fact identical kind, but his reactions could be interpreted as apathy by those who did n’t want to see Yoriichi for what he in truth was. In his advance senesce, Yoriichi grew to properly show sorrow for his brother Michikatsu at survive, who turned into a monster and betrayed the demon-slaying way. Seeing him crying was something Michikatsu noted he had never seen Yoriichi do ahead. But the first time he actually cried was when he went to visit Sumiyoshi and played with Sumiyoshi ‘s child Sumire because it showed him what he would miss with his own unborn child .
  • Old Master: As an over-80-year-old valet, Yoriichi was still able to use his swordsmanship skills in the lapp way as he did in his prime. He managed to slash Kokushibo ‘s neck, something that the latter finds unfair, as he became a devil who retained his young while his brother remained human, so far still could boast that much skill as an elder .
  • Passing the Torch: It can be seen that he, as an over-80-year-old valet, nobelium longer had the hanafuda earrings. By that point, he had already passed his will on to Tanjiro ‘s ancestors. Yoriichi taught Sumiyoshi the Sun Breathing Style when he humored the latter ‘s wife Suyako ‘s desire to see him practice once again, then passed his earrings to them after that. Sumiyoshi pledged to pass the earrings and Sun Breathing down his family tune out of gratitude for saving his life .
  • The Perils of Being the Best: Yoriichi being the strongest demon slayer to ever exist in the story brought him nothing but constant misery and loss. His hidden strength unintentionally caused a succession dispute between his older twin during their childhood and coupled with his difficulties expressing emotion made him rather isolated. To note, the happiest moments of his life were just living quietly with his wife for a few years, where his strength wasn’t needed at all.
  • Red Is Heroic: Yoriichi wore a red haori and had a mysterious power that allowed him to turn his Nichirin Sword from black to red.
  • Reincarnation Romance: He and Uta are finally reincarnated and fall in love all over again, ultimately having the family they were deprived of. They are seen in the final examination volume extras, labelled “ a very felicitous couple ” .
  • Samurai: Yoriichi was from the Sengoku period where the Samurai were still around. Since the demon slayers weren’t quite what they are now, Yoriichi was better known publicly as a samurai instead of a demon slayer.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Despite being the guy who made Muzan shake in his boots, Yoriichi and the Tsugikuni family, in general, don’t seem to be well documented within the Slayer records. Any info on their legacy is quite limited and sparse.
  • Single-Stroke Battle:
    • How his last struggle went down. Yoriichi, as an old valet, gave his all into one attack that very got Kokushibo by surprise, but it only slashed his neck. After that, Yoriichi ‘s life just expired, and he died standing with his sword in hand .
    • This is how his battle with Muzan went as well. The first second, Muzan launched just one attack at Yoriichi which the latter dodged. The second after, Muzan was literally trying to hold his body together in vain after Yoriichi cut him up into pieces with his red blade.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He only had eyes for Uta. After the death of his wife and unborn child, he never found sexual love or started a family again since Uta was the only woman he always loved .
  • The Stoic: Noted to be a very composed Samurai who rarely showed his emotions. He seemingly was a determined man who gave his all to slay demons. However, it seems he enjoyed the company of more expressive people, like his friend Sumiyoshi.
  • Super Speed: An absolute master of the Flash Step. All his battles ended with one swing of his sword and then the demon trying to figure out what the hell happened in that split-second.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He wept when he saw his old twin brother as a devil and gave him actual sympathy for throwing aside his pride and morality barely to prolong his strength .
  • Tears of Joy: Yoriichi cried when he played around with Sumiyoshi ‘s child Sumire because she reminded him of his own child who he would never see grow up .
  • Tragic Dream: Yoriichi tells Sumiyoshi ( Tanjiro in his memory ) that all he wanted was to live in a little, quieten home with his wife Uta and their newborn child, both of whom were killed by a monster .
  • Tragic Keepsake: As a child, Yoriichi was given the hanafuda earrings by his mother and a handmade wooden flute by his twin Michikatsu. While he passed on the hanafuda earrings to Sumiyoshi and his family cable, he never stopped carrying his buddy ‘s flute, not even when in death as an 85-year-old homo, long after Michikatsu became the monster Kokushibo. The flute was kept encased in a small piece of framework, with the lapp traffic pattern as his long-deceased wife Uta ‘s kimono ; Yoriichi kept the memories of his most cherished people near to him through all his life.
  • Training Dummy: Midway into the series, we’re shown an automated training dummy named Yoriichi Zeroshiki, said to be modeled after a powerful slayer with skills so absurd that the doll had to be given six arms with a katana on each hand just to emulate what the 2-armed slayer was capable of. It’s eventually made clear that it was modelled after Yoriichi, even sharing his name.
  • Tranquil Fury: His face is shown to have been visibly anger when he encountered Muzan for the first time .
  • When He Smiles: The last time Yoriichi ever smiled was when he left Sumiyoshi, who gave him a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech. Due to how generally inexpressive he was, the few times that he did smile are always emphasized by large panels and light.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As a seven-year-old child, he was the alone member of his kin who understood the asperity of his mother ‘s failing health and did everything he could to support her until she died. He was besides aware of his founder ‘s hardheaded scene of the family ‘s succession and knew he would usurp his brother Michikatsu ‘s place as heir due to his distinctly superior swordsmanship, and chose to leave the family on his own terms to spare his brother of this destiny .
  • World’s Best Warrior: He was the Demon Slayer. So overwhelmingly powerful that even Muzan went down in an incredibly one-sided Single-Stroke Battle against him and remains terrified of him long after his death. Literally the only reason that he didn’t win his final fight against Kokushibo

    was that he was at least eighty and his body just gave out on him before he could properly inflict a killing blow. To put that feat in perspective, when Kokushibo is fought in the series proper, it takes multiple Hashira working together, a few Heroic Sacrifices, and Kokushibo suffering a What Have I Become? moment and a Villainous BSoD to put him down for good. This guy almost did it by himself while on death’s door. Likewise, the only reason he didn’t kill Muzan was because he paused his onslaught to ask Muzan what he thought of all the lives he took, which gave Muzan the open he needed to escape .

  • World’s Strongest Man: In addition to being an inhumanly good swordsman, Yoriichi is extremely strong. The first example we get of this is when he was a mere child and knocks out a full-grown sword instructor with a practive sword, even leaving huge welts that take weeks to go away. The damage he can do to powerful demons like Kokushibou and Muzan is nothing to sniff at, especially when you consider that his Sun Breathing is a perfect combination of absolute strength and lightning speed.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Sumiyoshi told him that his life did have meaning despite his failures since he saved Sumiyoshi and his family. Yoriichi was so touched that he gave one last heartfelt smile to them before he left forever. His descendant Tanjiro echoes that sentiment 400 years later, by saving Tamayo’s life (which she later repays by providing the medicine needed to turn Nezuko back into a human).
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