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Do I look like I have talent to you? You've got a pretty rosy outlook on life if that's what you think. Then again, you've been hiding out here for hundreds of years so I guess you've got a pretty ignorant view of the world. This is a big country and it's teeming with incredible people. Some are a mystery... and a few have a natural way with the sword and become a Hashira in two months. So I'm chosen? Gimme a break. You have no clue how much I've lost over the years!
~ Tengen to Daki and Gyutaro

Tengen Uzui (宇髄 天元) is a major character in the 2016-2020 action dark fantasy manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and its 2019 anime series adaptation. He serves as the deuteragonist of the Entertainment District/Red Light District Arc and its season two adaptation.

Tengen is the Sound Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps and the only ninja of the group. He was discharged from his duty as a Hashira due to his injury of losing his arm, after his battle with the Upper Six Kizuki Demons.

He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese and Ray Chase in English.


Tengen is a very tall, broad-set young man with a heavy, muscular, lightly tanned skin frame. His hair is white and of uneven length, the longest waves touching his shoulders and is cut with three more prominent, shorter clumps, arching above his eyes on either side of his face to fall as bangs. He has very small maroon eyes that seem to slant inward, along with one long eyelash that falls to the far side of his nose. 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.

Tengen wears a sleeveless dark-turquoise traditional Demon Slayer Corps uniform when serving the Demon Slayer Corps along with a burgundy cloth around his calves where is hakama pants wrap in, and white strapped-sandals. He also wears two thick golden rings on his upper arms, and what appears to be a pair of fingerless blue gloves, protected with a band of white all over his middle finger and wrists with another set of golden thin rings, this time with two on either side. As well as this, he 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.


I am a god! You three are trash! That's the first thing you need to pound into your heads! Drive it in! You will turn into dogs if I tell you to! Turn into monkeys if I say so! Hunch over and rub your hands together, constantly pander to my every whim and suck up to me with every fiber of your being! And let me repeat: I am a GOD!
~ Tengen Uzui

Tengen is a very odd individual who still likes to flamboyantly complete his acts. While he has displayed an uncompromising and powerful attitude towards others, he is eager to think how flamboyant it would be if the blood vessels of Tanjiro Kamado burst, and he attempts to violently take Aoi Kanzaki off the Red Light District with him so she will help him on a dangerous mission unwillingly.

He is usually seen as arrogant, proclaiming that he is "god" in front of Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke, even calling them trash and declaring that he intends to train them to become dogs (or monkeys). Tengen even demands for the trio to always humor and stoop down to him, pleading him for favors and always doing their best to flatter him. This was also shown in his initial encounter with Upper Rank Six, Gyutaro, proclaiming that he was in tip-top shape despite being severely poisoned.

However, Tengen does possess a sympathetic side that is masked under his egotistical façade, one he only shows to those that are extremely close to him, most notably his three wives, Makio, Suma, and Hinatsuru, who Tengen is shown to truly care for, praising and encouraging Makio and Suma after their undercover mission and assuring Hinatsuru that she has completed her mission and warning her to stay out of harm's way. Furthermore, Tengen also declares that they must value their lives above all others as they are precious to him. After the events in Yoshiwara, Tengen also becomes more friendly towards Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke.


Tengen was born into a family of nine children within a shinobi clan. Three of the nine children died before they even reached 10 years old due to overzealous training. With the remaining six of his siblings, they were forced to kill each other on their abusive father’s orders without them knowing who they fought, as their heads and faces were covered with masks. Tengen realized his father's trick only after he had killed two of his brothers. By the age of 15, seven of his siblings had already died leaving only him and his younger brother who is two years younger. As children, his father had forced them to undergo harsh and intensive training as an attempt to save the clan, and influenced them to believe that they needed to dispose innocent lives for their benefit, and solely have a wife as means for producing offspring. As his last remaining brother adopted this mindset, and did not feel bad about killing their other siblings, Tengen became disgusted and decided to leave the clan permanently. He left the village with his wives without fighting his brother.

Following the departure from his clan, Tengen and his family searched for Kagaya Ubuyashiki to help fight for the Demon Slayers, and he formally joined. Tengen would later go on to climb the ranks of the Corps and become the Sound Hashira before Sanemi Shinazugawa became a Hashira, and when Kanae Kocho was a member.

Powers and Abilities[]

Overall Abilities: As a Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, Tengen is a very powerful and skilled combatant. He has displayed incredible physical feats of strength and speed, being the second physically strongest Hashira in the current generation as well as being the fastest runner out of all the Hashira. In terms of skill, he could match the combat proficiency of both Daki and Gyutaro, both Upper Rank demons that have fought and killed numerous Hashira in the past. Tengen was also able to effortlessly decapitate Daki without her realising it, to the point that he didn't see her as an Upper Rank demon at all. Impressively, he was able to fend off the combined efforts of Daki and Gyutaro while being infected by a poison that would kill someone instantly under normal circumstances, even managing to protect bystanders in the process. Tengen has also showcased great skill and precision in using explosives, minimizing damage dealt to the surroundings and maximizing the damage dealt to his opponents. Due to his shinobi training, Tengen has greater tactical skills and sharper senses, especially his sense of hearing, which helped him greatly during the course of his battle. Even after losing his left hand to Gyutaro, Tengen was able to fight the Upper Rank on even terms due to completing the Musical Score, allowing him to deflect Gyutaro's attacks, cut off his arm and pin him down at the cost of losing his left eye. But due to the poison circulating in his body, he was unable to attempt a finishing blow.

  • Master Swordsman: Being a Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps, Tengen is one of the most powerful and skilled swordsmen in the entire organization.
  • Unique Weapon: Tengen uses two large Nichirin Blades, each have a notch in the sharp ends of their blades and are held together at the hilt by a metal chain. The swords also contain large amounts of explosive power, and it is stated that, until Tengen's fight with Upper Moon Six, no one had ever survived a blow from them. He also carries bombs with him. They are small but powerful anti demon bombs, made with a special gunpowder and uses his sound abilities to make sure there is no collateral damage on humans when throwing them out of his line of sight.
  • Echolocation: Tengen has superhuman hearing similar to Zenitsu Agatsuma, just far more advanced. 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 Kamado. By analyzing the sounds reflected and resonated through the air by the walls of the caverns, he can accurately locate and is even able to guess the number of people inside the tunnels by listening to the sounds bouncing from their physical bodies.
  • Immense Strength: Tengen possesses great physical strength, in an arm wrestling contest between the Pillars, Tengen is ranked second with only Gyomei Himejima surpassing him.
  • Enhanced Speed: Tengen possesses great speed, because of his training as a shinobi, he is able to move swiftly and silently despite his large build.


  • Tengen was originally a shinobi before becoming a Demon Slayer Hashira as stated by Gyutaro.
  • Tengen and Inosuke Hashibira are the two Demon Slayers who used two Nichirin Swords instead of one.

External Links[]


            Kimetsu no Yaiba logo Heroes

Demon Slayer Corps
Giyu Tomioka | Sanemi Shinazugawa | Kyojuro Rengoku | Tengen Uzui | Shinobu Kocho | Mitsuri Kanroji | Gyomei Himejima | Kanae Kocho | Muichiro Tokito | Obanai Iguro

Demon Slayers
Tanjiro Kamado | Kanao Tsuyuri | Zenitsu Agatsuma | Inosuke Hashibira | Genya Shinazugawa | Murata | Nagakura | Yoriichi Tsugikuni

Jigoro Kuwajima | Sakonji Urokodaki | Shinjuro Rengoku

Butterfly Mansion
Aoi Kanzaki | Goto

Ubuyashiki Family
Kagaya Ubuyashiki | Kiriya Ubuyashiki | Kuina and Kanata Ubuyashiki

Hinatsuru, Makio and Suma | Koyuki

Nezuko Kamado | Tamayo | Yushiro

Final Selection
Makomo & Sabito

Swordsmith Village
Hotaru Haganezuka | Kozo Kanamori