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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 student at Kyoto Jujutsu High School and a grade 1 jujutsu sorcerer. He was mentored by Yuki Tsukumo in his youth and considers Yuji Itadori his best friend.

Appearance

Aoi Todo is a tall young man that stands about the same height as Satoru Gojo[3]. He has a very defined, heavy muscular build and relatively tan skin. He has small black eyes and shoulder-length black hair that is almost always tied into a top-knot bun. One of his most notable features is the large scar running down the left side of Todo's face that he got from harsh training with Yuki.

While Todo does sport his jujutsu high uniform, he usually takes his jacket off and rips the undershirt either before or during the battle. He usually dons martial arts pants and slippers. Todo's choice of pants is very loose and stops above the ankle with a bright blue sash wrapped around the waist. He wore a tennis-type of outfit while playing ping-pong with Mei Mei, sporting a collared shirt and shorts rather than his normal outfit.

In his fantasy of attending junior high with Yuji Itadori and Takada, Todo wears a school uniform that consists of a black jacket similar to his Jujutsu High one. Like with all his jackets, Todo left it open to reveal the undershirt. Even in these forged memories, Aoi wears his blue sash with his pants.

During the Shibuya Incident, Todo had to sever his left hand to avoid being fully transfigured by Mahito.

Personality

"What kind of girls do you like!?"

Aoi Todo is a very unique person with an extremely eccentric attitude. He can come off as nothing more than a battle-crazed meathead to all his peers because not only does he enjoy posing and showing off his muscles but revels in the thrill of battle as well. Much of his personality also revolves around his very vocal love for his favorite tall pop-idol Takada-chan. He'll often bring her up in conversation and refuses to be late to any of her shows or meet and greets no matter what. Todo even visualizes talking to Takada sometimes when he has an inner dialogue with himself.

As a child, Todo was exceptionally strong but he felt his life was mundane due to his overwhelming strength. That all changed when he met Yuki Tsukumo and he fondly remembers the feeling of his boredom turning upside-down. Yuki introduced herself to him by asking "what kind of girls do you like?", a catchphrase that Todo would adopt for himself.[4][5]

Todo bored to tears by Megumi's answer.

Todo hates being bored more than anything else. He asks people what kind of girls do they like so he can get a read on them and his reaction to their replies can vary greatly. When Megumi gave a response to this question that Todo deemed as boring, he beat the first-year to a pulp. Todo was especially irritated in this case because Yuta Okkotsu, a worthy opponent, wouldn't be attending Todo's last Goodwill Event, so he felt it would be uneventful.[6][7] He also doesn't like any of his peers at Kyoto Jujutsu High because he's disappointed in their terrible taste in women. During the planning stage for Goodwill Event, Todo took absolutely zero interest in "exorcising Sukuna's vessel" and told his team and Principal Gakuganji that their schemes were stupid and he'd kill them if they tried to order him around again.

Yuji revealed that he has the same taste in women that Todo does, causing Todo's response to be drastically different from his reaction to megumi. A memory of an event that never even occurred populated Todo's head and he honestly believes it to be the truth. The memory was of Yuji comforting Todo after he was rejected by Takada. From that moment on in Todo's mind, he's always been best friends with Yuji and believes no one could beat them in their hometown. Even after coming back to reality, Todo shed tears and told Yuji they're best friends, confusing the first-year.

Todo's excitement at the prospect of a fight.

While mentoring Yuji during the Goodwill Event, Todo showed a much more intelligent and even philosophical side of himself. Todo found much enjoyment in fighting with Yuji and took pride in helping foster his potential. He showed Yuji how to properly channel his cursed energy by effectively explaining how it's supposed to flow. Todo understands most people think of their body in disproportionate parts, but that every individual actually exists in the world with their entire mind, body, and soul, something most people take for granted.[8] This philosophy is what trigged Yuji to step up his level of jujutsu considerably, eventually even learning to unleash Black Flash.[9]

Todo taking a liking to Yuji and willingly showing him the way to becoming a strong sorcerer.

Todo is supremely confident in himself and revels in heated combat even when the situation is extremely dangerous. He made light of his own achievements during the Night Parade of a Hundred Demons, revealing to Megumi he only needed his cursed technique to defeat a special grade.[10] Despite undoubtedly possessing more cursed energy than Todo, Hanami was wary of him before they ever exchanged blows just based on his intense presence and supreme confidence.[11] Todo's peers recognize that he's the most powerful out of all of them but they don't get along at all and everyone finds him irritating. In the baseball game, it was made abundantly clear that Todo is seriously hated by all the other students. Maki hit in him the face with the baseball and everyone other than Yuji praised her for the "nice pitch".[12]

Todo confidently states that he and Yuji will never falter.

In a situation as dire as the Shibuya Incident, Todo was able to maintain a completely serious composure and intelligently assess what his best course of action was. Once he noticed Prison Realm was already moved, Todo immediately moved on and switched to prioritizing rescuing is allies over rescuing Satoru Gojo. He was confident that his "brother" Yuji would be in the center of the chaos and went to go find him.[13]

Todo encourages Yuji to remember what he's been entrusted with by his fallen allies.

By the time Todo found him, Yuji's body and mind were both battered and beaten by Mahito. Upon rescuing Yuji, Todo confidently stated that they were the exception to the rule that the prosperous must decline. Despite Yuji's condition, Todo encouraged him to get back up because their fight had just begun.[14]

Yuji explained to Todo that he couldn't fight anymore because he couldn't forgive himself for allowing his allies to die. Todo told him not to constrain himself to conventional thinking because all of their allies together are jujutsu sorcerers. He believes as long as one of them lives to fight, those who have fallen will never have been truly defeated. To Todo, it's not about punishments because jujutsu sorcerers can't afford to limit themselves to such misfortune. He knows that looking back on the memories of friends who've died can be disheartening, but even so he encouraged Yuji to try and remember what his friends entrusted him. Todo didn't require Yuji to figure it out right away but told him to never stop pushing forward until he finds that answer. Todo believes that this is the only punishment sorcerers must endure.[15]

Abilities and Powers

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's intense presence.

Aoi single-handily defeated five grade 1 cursed spirits and 1 special grade during Geto's Night 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 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 the careful planning and precise teamwork with Yuji allowed Aoi to dominate the fight.

Todo effortlessly overpowering Megumi.

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, who's extremely talented in 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 ahead 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 blows, stomps, and suplexes in quick succession.

Todo producing enough raw strength to damage Hanami's hard shell.

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.

Todo's speed takes Megumi off guard.

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; claiming to have an IQ of 530,000. 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 explaining how cursed energy flows (Anime).png

Great Cursed Energy: Aoi has a high degree of cursed energy and a good 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 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 having 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 the 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 (Anime).gif 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 (Anime).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 Todo hits Hanami with Playful Cloud (Anime).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.

Battles & Events

Trivia

  • Aoi ranked 8th place in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll with 7,791 votes.
  • Akutami likens Aoi to a highly skilled gorilla, as he became a grade 1 sorcerer as a student despite being from a non-sorcerer family.[2]
  • Aoi takes his appearance very seriously. He makes sure to shower, put on deodorant, and be well-groomed. He always smells nice, which infuriates the girls at the Kyoto school.[2]
  • He wants to marry Takada immediately, so he's not a fan of the rule that bars idols from dating.[2]
  • According to Jujutsu Kaisen Official Fanbook[1]:
    • Enrollment method: Scouted.
    • His hobby is watching Takada.
    • Favorite food: Skirt steak.
    • Least favorite food: None.
    • Cause of stress: Boredom.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jujutsu Kaisen Official Fanbook: (p. 36-37).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 5, Profile
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 5 (p. 26).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 50 (p. 1-2).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 34 (p. 19).
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 16 (p. 10).
  7. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 17 (p. 3).
  8. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 37 (p. 10-12).
  9. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 48 (p. 19).
  10. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 17 (p. 9).
  11. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 48 (p. 6).
  12. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 54 (p. 15-16).
  13. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 133 (p. 1-3).
  14. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 126 (p. 17-19).
  15. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 127 (p. 10-12).

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