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Mahito ( () (ひと) Mahito?) is one of the primary antagonists of the Jujutsu Kaisen series. He is an unregistered special grade cursed spirit allied with Pseudo-Geto. He is also the leader of his own group, consisting of Jogo, Hanami, and Dagon. His group's ultimate goal is the eradication of humanity and ultimately replacing the population with cursed spirits.

Appearance

As described by jujutsu sorcerers, Mahito is a human-looking cursed spirit with a patchwork face and gray eyes. (In the anime, Mahito possesses heterochromia, as his left eye is dark blue and his right eye is gray.) He has long grayish-blue hair that reaches past his neck and is sectioned off into three large strands with ties at the ends. Along with his face, Mahito has stitches all across his body that give him the appearance that he was sewn together.

Mahito normally sports a black shawl that is separated into three pieces on the left sleeve. He also wears matching pants with and sometimes without white shoes.

Personality

Mahito talking with Junpei (Anime)

"Thanks to the hate spewed between people... I was born."

Mahito is a sadistic, immature cursed spirit who enjoys toying with human emotions. He believes he was born from human transgressions and considers himself the very manifestation of humans' hatred of each other. As such, Mahito believes that humans should be extinguished and cursed spirits should rule in their place.

Mahito has no sympathy for human lives and appears to place little value on even his own life. He is devoted to his cause, believing that reviving Sukuna is more important than his own well being. As long as cursed spirits eventually reign supreme, Mahito cares not if he's there to see it. Unlike his ally Jogo, who is very short-tempered and arrogant, Mahito can remain relatively calm and is playful in nature. Even so, they agree on the same goals when it comes to their race. He has a genuine friendship with the other curses, as he scolded Kenjaku for putting Jogo in danger, protected Hanami from Haruta and wanted to avoid fighting with Jogo in Shibuya.

Possibly due to the nature of his birth, Mahito is extremely adept at interacting with and manipulating human beings. He preys on their hatred, sorrow, and insecurities in order to direct them to act the way he wishes, even to the point where they act against their common sense. After indirectly causing the death of Junpei's mother, he convinces Junpei that the one who placed Sukuna's finger in his house that attracted the curse was Shota Ito and drove Junpei to become a curse user as revenge. Mahito manipulated Junpei so completely that Junpei never considered the fact that Mahito was evil until he actually tried to defend him to Yuji, even after seeing his experiments in the sewer.

Mahito misleads Junpei (Anime)

Mahito feeding the darkness in Junpei's heart.

Nanami describes Mahito as extremely immature and has a superficiality about him similar to Satoru Gojo. He enjoys toying with humans, even in battle when his life is on the line. Mahito befriended Junpei because he saw him as a toy that could be fun to play with. He coerced Junpei into becoming a curse user by feeding on his hatred. When his toy ran out of use, Mahito used him as leverage against Yuji and had even killed him without a second thought.

Mahito is also very philosophical when it comes to the concept of souls. He believes that the human soul came before the body and is intrigued by the very nature of the soul. His cursed technique is derived from this obsession, and he uses it to experiment on human victims in order to gain further knowledge.

He does keep his composure for the most part but can be visibly shaken when his own safety is threatened as when Yuji showed that his own attacks could do real harm to Mahito. Later when Nobara Kugisaki used her cursed technique on him, he was shocked when he was hurt as her cursed technique can bypass physical resistance and attack the soul the same as Yuji's attacks. He then emphasizes getting rid of her showing his strong desire to neutralise anyone or anything capable of hurting him. At the end of his second battle with Yuji, being critically injured by Black Flash and exhausted, Mahito became terrified of Yuji when Yuji showed Mahito his resolve to hunt him down, seeing in Yuji the same callous disdain that Mahito himself showed others. Mahito then desperately tried to escape Yuji showing that despite all his bravado and pontificating, he was little more than a cruel, cowardly, and hypocritical child at heart that enjoyed hurting others when there was no danger to him but fearful when the consequences of his actions finally caught up with him.

Abilities and Powers

Yuji and Nanami fighting Mahito

Mahito single-handedly holding off both Yuji and Nanami.

Overall Skill Level: Mahito is an unregistered Special Grade cursed spirit that eclipses the power of at least three of Sukuna's fingers at the time of his first encounter with Yuji Itadori, and only continues to grow stronger.[2] He is younger than Jogo and as a result, is less experienced and not as powerful at first. Despite this, Mahito is far above what a Special Grade cursed spirit would normally be and demonstrates rapid growth over the course of only two months. He has very high intelligence and an extremely dangerous cursed technique. Mahito has incredible development potential, as on multiple instances he has developed in the middle of battle.

In a one on one fight, he was able to overwhelm Grade 1 sorcerer, Kento Nanami, by rendering his cursed technique useless. Following that fight, Nanami believed that Mahito had to be exorcised immediately or else he would grow into something too fearsome for Jujutsu High to handle.

In Mahito's two on one battle with Nanami and Yuji, Mahito would also have likely defeated both jujutsu sorcerers if it were not for Sukuna's intervention. During this fight, Mahito was able to grow stronger while his life was in danger, allowing him to achieve the ability to conjure his own Domain Expansion.

Later, during the Shibuya Incident, Mahito went further beyond his boundaries, being able to create whole clones of himself that were indistinguishable from the original, while also developing his Soul manipulating abilities. Even after splitting his cursed energy in order to create a double, the divided Mahito still demonstrated relativity to Yuji in combat. During his fight with Yuji and later, Todo, he managed to land a Black Flash on the two of them, allowing him to gain sufficient understanding of cursed energy and his own soul to activate Instant Spirit Body Of Distorted Killing, further increasing his power.

Mahito smashes waves of Mechamarus (Anime)

Mahito easily destroying multiple Mechamaru.

Enhanced Strength: Mahito has great physical strength. He mercilessly beat Yuji Itadori in their second fight, enough to make the latter cough up blood. Despite having divided strength after splitting his body to create a double, he delivered a blow (enhanced by Idle Transfiguration) to Yuji that was so powerful it made him bleed from the forehead. Mahito claimed that if he had put his back into it more, he could have split Yuji's skull. He could easily destroy numerous Mechamarus and was strong enough to pin down Nanami. When enhanced with Black Flash, Mahito's hits can be so powerful they made Aoi Todo cough up blood despite the latter focusing his cursed energy.

Mahito touches Nanami's soul

Mahito blitzing past Nanami's guard.

Enhanced Speed: Mahito also has immense speed. He was able to blitz past Nanami's guard in their fight when using Idle Transfiguration. He was able to outrun Yuji and attack Todo so fast the only thing he could do was to focus his cursed energy.

Enhanced Reflexes: Mahito has superb reflexes. When fighting with Yuji and Todo, he was able to react to their attacks and counter. Mahito even kept up with Todo's Boogie Woogie to an extent. He even single-handedly fought both Yuji and Nanami, all while dodging their attacks and countering extremely fast.

Mahito suddenly gets behind Yuji (Anime)

Mahito tricks Yuji and gets behind him.

High Intellect: Mahito possesses very high intellectual prowess, especially for a cursed spirit. He was accurately able to deduce that jujutsu sorcerers were investigating him and was able to set a trap for his pursuers. Mahito can also surmise his opponent's skill level and even their cursed technique after just a few exchanges. He was able to accurately do so against Nanami and he was able to realize that Yuji had the ability to see souls thanks to his relationship with Sukuna. He had also developed countermeasures to Todo's Boogie Woogie far quicker than Hanami did. He is also very adept at using a variety of tricks to fool his opponents. Along with Pseudo-Geto, Mahito often acts as the brains of his faction's operation.

Enhanced Durability: Mahito is exceptionally difficult to kill. Not only does his cursed technique render physical attacks meaningless, but even Mahito's soul is extremely resistant to damage. Nanami attempted to crush Mahito's body, but he went through their entire battle without expressing that he felt any pain even when attacks did land. When Yuji was able to hit Mahito's soul and both jujutsu sorcerers overwhelmed Mahito, he was able to weather the storm and unlocked a new power instead of allowing his body to crumble under the pressure. While using Instant Spirit Body of Distorted Killing in a weakened state, Mahito suffered zero damage from Yuji's reinforced punches. This prompted Yuji to believe that only a Black Flash embued with his maximum cursed energy could take Mahito down.

Jujutsu

Cursed Energy Manipulation
Mahito's cursed energy (Anime)

Immense Cursed Energy: Mahito has a vast amount of cursed energy at his disposal, more so than even Sukuna's vessel after consuming three fingers. Nanami himself said that fighting Mahito until his cursed energy ran out was unrealistic. Mahito is able to use his cursed technique repeatedly without depleting his cursed energy. Only his Domain Expansion has used up significant enough amounts of cursed energy to exhaust Mahito's reserves.

As the events progressed, Mahito evolved his control over cursed energy. The first major results of that were shown in his fight with Yuji during the Shibuya Incident, when he used a variety of manipulations with his cursed energy to trick his opponent. Mahito's control ended up becoming well-refined from using Black Flash, enough that he could shorten the process of using Domain Expansion into one step instead of two.

Black Flash ( (こく) (せん) Kokusen?): A phenomenon that creates a spatial distortion when a user connects an impact of cursed energy within 0.000001 seconds of a physical hit, causing cursed energy to flash black, creating a more potent attack to the power of 2.5 of a normal hit. Mahito learned how to use Black Flash during the Shibuya Incident. He has performed it twice.

Mahito uses Black Flash (Anime)
Innate Technique
Idle Transfiguration

Idle Transfiguration ( () () (てん) (ぺん) Mui Tenpen?): Mahito's cursed technique grants him the ability to reshape souls. Doing so allows him to disfigure the body of his victims, heal his own wounds, transform his appendages into weapons, and a limitless variety of other possible transformations. Mahito can even create a clone that may use Idle Transfiguration on himself, but not on others.

Soul Multiplicity ( () (じゅう) (こん) Tajūkon?): Mahito uses his cursed technique to merge two or more souls together, which causes a reaction due to the rejection of the merge. Mahito activating Soul Multiplicity (Anime)
Body Repel ( (ばっ) (たい) Battai?): By using the effect of Soul Multiplicity and increasing the soul's energy, Mahito directs the overwhelming output towards an opponent. Body Repel (Anime)
Polymorphic Soul Isomer ( () (こん) () (せい) (たい) Kikon Iseitai?): Using Soul Multiplicity, Mahito can form the souls with weak rejection into one body. The result is a transfigured human that can attack Mahito's opponents on its own. A Polymorphic Soul Isomer is more stable than a regular transfigured human, as it doesn't seem to be capable of randomly dying mid-battle. A result of expending so many souls at once is the explosive power behind the Isomer's attacks, as they're strong enough to send a powerful sorcerer, like Aoi Todo, flying. However, the trade-off is the low durability of these transfigured humans, which was shown when Todo managed to take them down in just one punch for each. Polymorphic Soul Isomer (Anime)

Instant Spirit Body of Distorted Killing ( (へん) (せつ) (そく) (れい) (たい) Hensetsu Soku Reitai?): When Mahito found the true essence of his soul, he unlocked a new stronger body. When using it, Mahito is visibly more muscular and monstrous, bearing some resemblance to Hanami. This body is also extremely tough, as shown when Yuji's punches had no effect on him. In order to activate this form, Mahito has to rip his human face off. He can transform back into his original form either voluntarily or when he sustains heavy damage. Mahito was so powerful in this form that he was said to become a totally different thing from before his transformation.

Mahito achieves his true form (Anime)
Barrier Techniques
Mahito using a curtain (Anime) Curtain ( (とばり) Tobari?): Mahito can create a barrier that surrounds a certain area. The barrier is capable of sealing the area off from other people or a specific person wanting to get in.
Domain Expansion
Mahito's Self-Embodiment of Perfection

Self-Embodiment of Perfection ( () (へい) (えん) (どん) () Jihei Endonka?): Mahito's Domain Expansion creates an environment where he is automatically connected with the souls of anyone inside and is capable of transfiguring them at will.[3] His control over the technique is flexible enough that, much like Satoru Gojo, he is capable of activating it for 0.2 second intervals.

Battles & Events

Vs. Mahito Arc

Shibuya Incident Arc

Trivia

  • Mahito's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows;
    • Mahito ranked 25th in the first Popularity Poll with 946 votes.
    • Mahito ranked 19th in the second Popularity Poll with 449 votes.
    • Mahito ranked 22nd in the third Popularity Poll with 279 votes.
  • Mahito's name rather ironically translates to "true person" ( () (さと) masato?), tying into his group's ideology of curses being the "true humans". Junpei Yoshino even catches himself mid-sentence when Mahito attacks Yuji Itadori, saying "Mahito's not a bad person", only then realizing the truth about his evil mentor.
  • Mahito is the favorite Jujutsu Kaisen character of Kohei Horikoshi, the author of My Hero Academia, which coincidentally features two antagonists that are similar to Mahito (Tomura Shigaraki and Dabi).
  • Mahito is one of the three characters who appeared individually on two separate manga volume covers, his being Volume 6 and Volume 15. The other characters are Sukuna, who is on the cover of Volume 14 and Volume 25; and Satoru Gojo, who is on the cover of Volume 4 and Volume 26.
  • Mahito was born from humanity's collective hatred and fear of other humans. This makes him the only member of the group to not be born from a fear of natural disasters.

Quotes

  • (To Junpei Yoshino) "Life has no weight or particular value. Just like how water flows through the earth, life simply flows. For you, me and everyone else–it's the same. Without meaning. Without value. That’s why you can do whatever you want. Live the way you want. Don’t limit yourself to just being indifferent. There's no reason to live by such a restricting philosophy. If you're hungry, eat. If you hate, kill. I support everything you represent, Junpei."[4]
  • (To Yuji Itadori) "I bet you thought you were gonna do some pest control! Or ghost exterminations like in some make-believe story! You came to Shibuya with half-assed determination didn't ya?! How naive, you stupid brat! This is war! Not a battle to fix what's wrong! But a clash of truths! You and your fragile justice! You are me, Yuji Itadori! I kill without a second thought just like how you save people without a second thought! The instincts of a curse against the so-called dignity obtained by human reason! It's a battle to determine who will be left standing in a hundred years! How the hell did you think you were gonna beat me when you don't even realize that? Tell me, Yuji Itadori… have you ever stopped to count how many curses you've killed? No, right? Me neither, me neither. ♡ Like I care about how many people I've killed. I'm sure I'll eventually forget about you too!"[5]

References

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen Official Fanbook: (p. 112-113).
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 116 (p. 16).
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 29 (p. 18-19).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 21 (p. 8-9).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 126 (p. 11-15).

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Tokyo Jujutsu High
Faculty Akari Nitta  •  Atsuya Kusakabe  •  Kiyotaka Ijichi  •  Masamichi Yaga  •  Satoru Gojo  •  Shoko Ieiri
Students Kinji Hakari  •  Kirara Hoshi  •  Maki Zenin  •  Megumi Fushiguro  •  Nobara Kugisaki  •  Panda  •  Toge Inumaki  •  Yu Haibara  •  Yuji Itadori  •  Yuta Okkotsu
Kyoto Jujutsu High
Faculty Utahime Iori  •  Yoshinobu Gakuganji
Students Arata Nitta  •  Aoi Todo  •  Kasumi Miwa  •  Kokichi Muta  •  Mai Zenin  •  Momo Nishimiya  •  Noritoshi Kamo
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Professional Sorcerers Kento Nanami  •  Mei Mei  •  Takuma Ino  •  Tengen  •  Yuki Tsukumo
Zenin Clan Chojuro Zenin  •  Jinichi Zenin  •  Naobito Zenin  •  Naoya Zenin  •  Nobuaki Zenin  •  Ogi Zenin  •  Ranta Zenin
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Non-Combatants Kaori Itadori  •  Misato Kuroi  •  Riko Amanai  •  Ui Ui
Fukuoka Jujutsu High Kaito Yuki  •  Kensuke Nagino  •  Saki Rindo
Curse Users
Suguru Geto's Group Larue  •  Manami Suda  •  Miguel Oduol  •  Mimiko Hasaba  •  Nanako Hasaba  •  Suguru Geto  •  Toshihisa Negi
Kenjaku's Group Haruta Shigemo  •  Jiro Awasaka  •  Juzo Kumiya  •  Kenjaku  •  Niji Ebina  •  Ogami  •  Ogami's grandson  •  Sukuna  •  Uraume
Q Bayer  •  Kokun
Non-Curse Users Shigeru Sonoda  •  Shiu Kong  •  Toji Fushiguro
Cursed Spirits
Mahito's Group Dagon  •  Hanami  •  Jogo  •  Mahito
Vengeful Spirits Kuchisake-Onna  •  Michizane Sugawara  •  Rika Orimoto  •  Tamamo-no-Mae Incarnate
Death Paintings Choso  •  Eso  •  Kechizu
Other Curses Akuro-o Otake  •  Finger Bearer  •  Fly Heads  •  Ganesha  •  Ko-Guy  •  Kurourushi  •  Rainbow Dragon  •  Rika  •  Smallpox Deity
Non-Sorcerers
Sugisawa Third High School Setsuko Sasaki  •  Takagi  •  Takeshi Iguchi
Satozakura High School Junpei Yoshino  •  Shota Ito  •  Sotomura
Saitama Urami East Junior High Fujinuma  •  Taichi Kanada  •  Takeda  •  Tsumiki Fushiguro
Civilians Furudate  •  Fumi  •  Jin Itadori  •  Keita Oe  •  Nagi Yoshino  •  Saori  •  Tadashi Okazaki  •  Takada-chan  •  Wasuke Itadori  •  Yuko Ozawa
U.S. Government Cyrus Veil  •  Garry K. Johnson
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