Aoi Todo ( (とう) (どう) (あおい) Tōdō Aoi?) is a supporting character in the Jujutsu Kaisen series. He is a third-year at Kyoto Metropolitan Curse Technical College.

Appearance

Aoi is a young man with a tall and very defined muscular build, standing about the same height as Satoru Gojo[1]. Aoi has shoulder-length black hair that is always tied into a top ponytail and small black eyes. One of Aoi's most noticeable features is the large scar running down the left side of his face.

While fighting, Aoi never wears a shirt and usually dons his signature martial arts pants and slippers. His normal choice of pants are accented with a teal blue sash. Casually, Aoi chooses to wear normal t-shirts and collared shirts. He has also worn shorts while playing ping-pong rather than his normal choice of pants.

In his fantasy attending Junior High with Yuji Itadori and Takada-chan, Aoi wears a school uniform that consists of a black jacket that Aoi left open to reveal the purple shirt underneath. Even in these forged memories, Aoi wears his blue sash with his pants.

Personality

"What kind of girls do you like!?

Aoi is an extremely eccentric individual who at first appears to be nothing more than a battle-crazed meathead to all his peers. He enjoys posing, showing off his muscles, and the thrill of battle.

Upon first meeting Megumi, Aoi beat the first-year to a pulp for simply being "boring". This is because Aoi hates boring things in life and he feared that his last Goodwill Event would be uneventful without Okkotsu attending.[2]

As a child, Aoi was extremely strong and his life became mundane due to his overwhelming strength relative to his age.[3] By becoming a Jujutsu Sorcerer, Aoi quelled his boredom and is irritated by anyone or anything that might return him to that boring state of life.

Aoi bored to tears by Megumi's answer.

In order to get a read on people and tell if they're boring, Aoi will ask male rival Sorcerers what kind of girls they like.[4][5] He believes he can tell everything about a man about his taste in women because the women who introduced him to the Jujutsu World introduced herself by asking that very same question.[6] Due to this line of questioning, Aoi's disposition towards fellow sorcerers can vary drastically. From attacking Megumi on sight after not being pleased with his response, to becoming incredibly friendly towards Yuji after he reveals they have the same tastes.

Aoi's lust for battle.

While mentoring Yuji during the Goodwill Event, Aoi showed a much more intelligent and even philosophical side of himself. Aoi showed Yuji how to properly focus his Cursed Energy by mastering his emotions by understanding how it flows. Aoi understands that every individual exists in the world with their entire mind, body, and soul, something most people take for granted.[7] This philosophy is what trigged Yuji into eventually realizing a part of his potential by utilizing Black Flash to its fullest effect.[8]

Aoi showing Yuji the way to becoming a strong Sorcerer.

In the face of danger, Aoi has gained a reputation for defeating powerful Cursed Spirits. Against Hanami, he was able to maintain a confident presence that made Hanami wary of him despite the difference in their Cursed Energy.[9] Aoi also speaks lightly of his achievements during the Shinjuku-to-Kyoto Night Line of a Hundred Demons.[10]

Aoi is known by his peers to be extremely strong, but somewhat irritating due to his eccentric attitude. In fact, the majority of his peers appear to hate Aoi, as most students from both Tokyo and Kyoto praised Maki for pitching the ball into Aoi's face during the baseball game.[11]

Synopsis

History

When Aoi was in grade school, Aoi had met a Sorcerer who asks what his type of women after he has just defeated a high school student. This event causes Aoi to feel that this meeting will cure his boredom.[12]

When Geto launches an attack at Shinjuku and Kyoto, Aoi had taken out 6 cursed spirits, 5 first-grade cursed spirits without using his cursed technique, and 1 special grade cursed spirit with his technique, all by himself while taking a walk at night.[13]

Cursed Training Arc

Aoi and Mai came to Tokyo with principal Yoshinobu, in order to size up the opposition for the Kyoto Goodwill Event. Aoi confront Megumi and asks what type of girl he likes. As Megumi wonders why he should answer him, Aoi fully introduces himself and explains why he asks that question. When Megumi gives Aoi an answer, Aoi calls him boring and attacks him. When Megumi brings up about not using his Cursed Technique against spirits at one points, Aoi corrects Megumi on what really happens which causes Megumi to think that Aoi is a monster.[14]

As Megumi prepares to fight Aoi at long range, Aoi easily closes the distant and slams Megumi to the ground. When Megumi tries to get away, Aoi easily grabs a hold of Megumi and slams him through some structures. Aoi is suddenly restrained by Megumi's shikigami's, which Aoi says that he doesn't feel any power from Megumi's technique. When both of them start to get serious, Toge and Panda arrive and stops Aoi from getting serious. Aoi and Panda start to talk, and Aoi decides to stop fighting and leave. Aoi then meets up with Mai and says that they are leaving much to Mai's protest. Aoi leaves with Mai to go attend a celebrity meet. Later Aoi attends the celebrity meet and get to shake hands with the celebrity he wanted to meet.[15]

Kyoto Goodwill Event Arc

A month later, Aoi arrives in Tokyo along with the other Kyoto students and staff. Aoi is their when Gojo reveals that Yuji is alive to everyone, and is given a souvenir from Gojo's trip.[16] Aoi then attends the pre-event meeting along with the other Kyoto students, and gets annoyed when Yoshinobu instruct them to kill Yuji. When Aoi is stopped from leaving, Aoi threatens them all and still leaves.[17]

When the Event begins, Aoi encounters the Tokyo group and splits them apart. Aoi then starts to fight Yuji and manages to pound him into the ground. Aoi thinks he has won and starts to walk away, but is stop when Yuji get back up. Aoi gets excited by this and asks what Yuji name is along with what is Yuji's type of woman. Yuji introduces himself and gives an answer that Aoi agrees with, which Aoi thinks about a school life that they didn't have and calls Yuji his best friend. When Yuji is surrounded by the Kyoto students, Aoi saves him and forces the students to leave.

Aoi and Yuji then continue fighting, which Aoi figures out how Yuji is able to adapt to his surrounds. Aoi also figures out that Yuji's Cursed Energy has a habit of lagging and says that that is wrong. Aoi tells Yuji that if he wants to get stronger then he will have to stop having his Cursed Energy lag, which Yuji agrees with. As both of the continue to fight, Aoi notices that Yuji is still growing as the fight continues. Aoi then explains how Cursed Energy flows in the body, which Aoi manages to understand. Both of then continue to fight, were Aoi decides to help Yuji grow stronger.

When intruders arrive at the site of the event and seal it off, Aoi and Yuji save Megumi and Maki from Hanami. After Aoi hands Maki and Megumi over to Panda to get them to a save location, Aoi watches Yuji fight Hanami until he can use Black Flash. Aoi notices that Yuji is to angered to fight properly, so Aoi slaps Yuji and tells him that he need to calm down. After Yuji manages to use Black Flash on Hanami, Aoi explains to Yuji that he now know what his cursed energy is capable of. Aoi then joins Yuji to face off against Hanami. As Aoi and Yuji face Hanami, they learn that Hanami's Cursed Technique is capable of manifesting plants. Aoi and Yuji continuously dodge Hanami's attacks, which Aoi decides to use his technique.

Aoi then thinks about everything that Hanami has done and prepares to charge but Aoi is grabs by Hanami's power. As Hanami prepares to kill Aoi while fight Yuji, Aoi uses his power to switch place with Hanami. When Hanami figures out what Aoi's technique is capable of, Aoi explains what his technique is capable of. As Aoi and Yuji charge towards Hanami, Aoi explains how he activates his technique. Aoi then uses his technique to have Yuji continuously attack Hanami with Black Flash. When Hanami figures out their strategy, Aoi tricks Hanami so that Yuji can land the same attack again. Aoi and Yuji continue to fight Hanami, after they figure that the continuous use of Black Flash wears Hanami down. When Hanami launches an technique at the two, Aoi uses his technique to switch Yuji and Hanami. As Aoi goes to defend himself with Cursed Energy, but figures that that will work against him and releases his Cursed Energy's flow. As Aoi comes out unharmed, Aoi and Yuji continue to fight Hanami. Once they reach a certain spot, Aoi uses his technique to switch Yuji with a cursed tool. Aoi then uses the cursed tool to harm Hanami. As Hanami goes to counter, Aoi manages to dodge the counter. When Yuji returns to the fight, Aoi tells Yuji to stay away since Hanami is preparing a technique.

Once Gojo arrives at the battle site and Hanami decides to retreat, Aoi stops Yuji from heading after Hanami because Gojo launches a technique at Hanami. After Gojo technique lands a hit, Aoi explains how the technique is so destructive that they don't know if the cursed spirit is exorcised. After the days event is cancelled, Aoi continues to chase Yuji around.

On the second day of the Kyoto Goodwill Event, Aoi convinces everyone that they should continue the event. Aoi then plays a game of baseball along with the other students. When its Aoi up to bat, he is intentional hit by the ball with everyone compliments Maki for the pitch. After the event is finishes, Aoi head back to Kyoto along with the other students and staff.

The Origin of Obedience Arc

Days later Aoi along with Mei Mei meet with principal Yoshinobu, and nominates Megumi, Nobara, and Yuji to be promoted to grade 1 Sorcerers. Afterwards Aoi plays a game of tabletop tennis with Mei Mei, he voices how he will be about to accompany Yuji on more mission for his promotion. Mei Mei tells him that the one that nominated the person is not able to accompany the nominee much to Aoi disappointed.

Shibuya Incident Arc

As Mahito was about to execute a distressed Yuji Itadori, Aoi appeared just in time to save him, using Boogie Woogie to swap positions with Mahito. After a short clash between Aoi and Mahito, Yuji tells Aoi about the events of Shibuya, including Sukuna's rampage, Kento Nanami's death, and Nobara's injuries from Mahito, overwhelmed with despair due to his inability to stop these events.

Aoi rebuff's Yuji's speech, telling him to accept that the path of Jujutsu Sorcerers cannot be stopped by feelings of guilt or sadness and to keep moving forward to honor the memories of those passed. Continuting to spar with Mahito, Aoi uses Boogie Woogie to evade Mahito's attempts to use Idle Transfiguration, as well as avoiding Mahito's transfigured humans. As Mahito goes in for another attack, Todo uses Boogie Woogie to swap himself and Yuji, allowing Yuji to strike Mahito with a Black Flash. With Yuji now ready to fight once more, Aoi welcomes him back into the battle and promptly rips his shirt off.

Abilities and Powers

Aoi's intense presence.

Overall Skill Level: Aoi is an exceptionally powerful Sorcerer, undoubtedly one of Jujutsu High's strongest students. He obtained the rank of a Grade 1 Jujutsu Sorcerer as a student despite coming from a non-sorcerer family.

Aoi single-handily defeated five Grade 1 Cursed Spirits and 1 Special Grade during Geto's Nite Line attack in Kyoto. He only used his Cursed Technique to defeat the Special Grade. This feat became well known around the Jujutsu community and caused the rumor that Aoi defeated all six Curses without his Cursed Technique.

Aoi overpowering Yuji's physical prowess in a one-on-one fight.

Aoi possesses physical strength that surpasses Maki and Panda's by rivaling Yuji's prowess. Using brute force and fierce martial arts, Aoi was able to easily overwhelm Megumi as well as pummel Yuji in the early stages of their bout. Even after beginning to guide Yuji on how to become stronger, Aoi maintained the upper hand while fighting due to his experience and cleverness.

Aoi using his Cursed Technique while working together with Yuji to fend off Hanami.

Aoi and Yuji turned out to be a good match and Aoi showcased his intelligence and knowledge surrounding Jujutsu Sorcery and Battles. Aoi's understanding of Cursed Energy allowed him to teach Yuji how to properly use it alongside his superhuman speed and strength. While fighting alongside Yuji, Aoi was very nearly able to defeat Hanami, one of the most powerful Special Grade Cursed Spirits to have appeared.

During the heat of battle against Hanami, Aoi was able to analyze all his moves and instantly create ways to counter them using his own Cursed Technique. Hanami initially analyzed Aoi to be weaker than himself, but careful planning and precise teamwork with Yuji allowed Aoi to dominate the fight.

Master Hand to Hand Combatant: Aoi prefers close quarters combat to anything else, normally relying on brute force to overpower his opponents rather than Jujutsu. He completely outclassed Megumi when trading blows, easily able to outmaneuver and brutalize the first year at every turn. Even against Yuji, an extremely talented hand to hand fight, Aoi was able to effortlessly overpower at the start of their fight. Even as the fight went on and Yuji began to adapt to Aoi's moves, he was still able to surprise Yuji and stay one step a head thanks to his combat experience.

He generally employs a mix of direct and crushing blows such as punches, forearm smashes, stomps and other brutal strikes. This type of fighting was effective against Hanami, mainly while being used alongside his Cursed Technique.

Enhanced Strength: Against most opponents, Aoi is more than capable of relying on raw physicality to win fights. A single strike against Megumi was able to send him reeling back several meters. His fighting style includes a barrage of powerful strikes, stomps, and suplexes in quick succession.

Aoi increasing his physical power.

A Cursed Energy infused strike from Aoi is capable of obliterating a lower grade Curse completely while still damaging Yuji, his intended target before the curse suddenly inhibited his punch. Alongside Yuji's enhanced punches, Aoi was able to hit Hanami's guard hard enough for the Special Grade to acknowledge the weight of the hit.

Combined with his Cursed Technique, Aoi's strength becomes even more difficult to deal with. It allows him to exploit openings in his opponent's defense which allows him to land lethal strikes using his physical strength.

Using Boogie Woogie to switch out his partner for a Special Grade Cursed Tool, Aoi delivered a strike so powerful it shattered Hanami's weak point, the branches growing out of his face, in a single blow. A hit so strong, Aoi believed it should have ended the fight altogether. The Cursed Tool, Playful Cloud relies on the strength of its user, further cementing Aoi's near-superhuman levels of physical power.

Aoi's incredible speed blitzes straight past Megumi

Enhanced Speed: To match his incredible strength Aoi possesses extreme speed. He incorporates his frightening speed in his fighting style by continuously striking with quick succession before his opponents can react. He blitzed clean through Megumi's every defense in their fight and landed blow after blow to overpower him.

At the very beginning of the Goodwill Event, it took Aoi just a few seconds to reach the opposing team. He was even able to surprise Yuji with his speed and momentarily overpower him with sheer physical prowess. Aoi's speed also allows him to move unpredictably when utilizing his Cursed Technique, as shown while fighting Hanami.

Great Tactical Intellect: Aoi's oafish demeanor fools most people, but he's actually incredibly intelligent. Using his own experience and vast understanding of Jujutsu, he was able to transform Yuji from a sub-par Jujutsu Sorcerer to a fighter capable of taking on Special Grade Cursed Spirits. Aoi even has a deeper philosophical side that was able to help Yuji grasp the understanding of Jujutsu. Additionally, his thinking speed is unmatched, able to review Hanami's entire move set within just 0.01 second and accurately determine the correct way to defend against his attacks.

Jujutsu

Cursed Energy Manipulation
Aoi challenges Yuji to go all out.png Great Cursed Energy: Aoi has a high degree of Cursed Energy and understanding of how to utilize it. He is able to reinforce his punches enough to obliterate curses in a single punch and can infuse his energy into Cursed Tools. For defense, Aoi can also apply a flash coating of Cursed Energy to his body to protect himself from attacks. Aoi possess an Innate Technique that he can use repeatedly without exhausting his energy reserves that he can utilize alongside reinforced physical applications.

Despite never using Black Flash himself prior to the Shibuya Incident, Aoi understands the essence of Cursed Energy and possesses masterful control over it. He understands the nature of how to make cursed energy flow throughout his entire body, allowing him to freely manipulate it as a part of his close combat arsenal.

Black Flash (黒閃 Kokusen?): A technique that creates spatial distortion when a user connects with an impact of Cursed Energy within a span of 0.000001 seconds of a physical hit. The phenomenon causes Cursed Energy to flash black, creating an attack that is equal to a normal hit to the power of 2.5. Aoi first used Black Flash when him and Yuji fought Mahito during the Shibuya Incident. Currently, he has performed it once. Aoi Todo uses Black Flash.png
Binding Vows
Boogie Woogie.png Showing One's Cards: A commonly used Binding Vow by many Jujutsu practitioners. By divulging how his Cursed Technique works, Aoi can increase the effectiveness of his technique as well as mislead his opponents on how it works.
Innate Technique
Aoi using Boogie Woogie to overwhelm Hanami.png Boogie Woogie (不義遊戯 Bugi Ugi?): Aoi's Innate Technique allows him to switch the positions of anything with Cursed Energy within his range with a clap of his hands. He can change himself out with the location of another person, or switch two different parties other than himself as well. Though a clap is required to trigger the ability, he does not have to clap both of his hands specifically, as Todo is shown triggering Boogie Woogie by clapping Mahito's hand with his own.
Barrier Techniques
Aoi Todo attempts to use Simple Domain.png Simple Domain (簡易領域 Kan'i Ryōiki?): A type of Barrier Technique that automatically neutralizes or counters all Cursed Techniques in a set area of space. Aoi inherited this technique from Yuki Tsukumo.

Equipment

Cursed Tools
Aoi smashes Hanami with Playful Cloud.png While it was within his range of his technique, Aoi was able to switch out Yuji to summon the Special Grade Cursed Tool: Playful Cloud to his side. By infusing it with his Cursed Energy, Aoi could generate enough destructive force to smash Hanami's extremely hard shell.

Trivia

  • Akutami likens Aoi to a highly skilled gorilla, as he became a Grade 1 Sorcerer as a student while being from a non-sorcerer family.
  • Aoi takes his appearance very seriously. He makes sure to be shower, put on deodorant, and be well-groomed. He always smells nice, which infuriates the girls at the Kyoto school.
  • He wants to marry Takada immediately, so he's not a fan of the rule that bars idols from dating.
  • Aoi ranked 8th place in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll with 7,791 votes.

References

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 5 (p. 26).
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 17 (p. 3).
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 50 (p. 1).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 16 (p. 10).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 34 (p. 19).
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 50 (p. 2).
  7. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 37 (p. 10-12).
  8. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 48 (p. 19).
  9. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 48 (p. 6).
  10. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 17 (p. 9).
  11. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 54 (p. 15-16).
  12. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga : Chapter 50, (p. 1-2)
  13. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga : Chapter 17 (p. 9)
  14. Chapter 16, Chapter 17.
  15. Chapter 17, Chapter 18.
  16. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga : Chapter 32 (p. 16, 18)
  17. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga : Chapter 33 (p. 7-10)

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