Nobara Kugisaki ( (くぎ) (さき) () () () Kugisaki Nobara?) is the tritagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen. She is a first-year at Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College.


Nobara is a short girl with orange eyes and orange hair (dyed).

Nobara's school uniform consists of a black button down jacket, black long skirt, black stockings, and black shoes. She also wears a light colored belt to hold her hammer, nails, and straw doll.

While training, Nobara wears a light colored hoodie with a dark flower pattern around her shoulders, black pants, and white shoes.

While in casual clothes, Nobara wears a black sleeveless shirt, a sweat wrapped around her neck, and a long black skirt.


Nobara Kugisaki is a brash and self confident woman with a strong belief in being "true" to herself, and has an unshakable character. She prides herself on her physical appearance, taking great offense to anyone insulting her and or attempting to hit her face. She is also very talkative during battle, belittling and verbally sassing her opponents even while on the verge of death.

Abilities and Powers

Overall Skill Level: Nobara Kugisaki is a Grade 3 sorcerer. But she has showcased above-average skill when it comes to being a jujutsu sorcerer. Her abilities were enough to be recognized by Aoi Todo and have him recommend her to be promoted to a Grade 1 sorcerer.

Enhanced Strength: She has been shown to be physically stronger than she looks, capable of kicking away an 80kg Yuji with not much visible effort.[2]

Nobara showing the extent of her determination.

Enhanced Pain Tolerance: Nobara has shown incredible pain tolerance when she faced off against Eso and Kechizu's cursed technique. During that fight, she not only withstood the Decomposition Technique, but also struck her arm with her nails in order to use them to attack her opponents with Resonance. Some of the nails have also been inserted through her entire wrist.

Weapon Mastery: She has shown exceptional combat skill when using her hammer, nails, straw doll, and rubber mallet.

Great Tactical Intellect: Nobara has demonstrated to have a strong grasp on jujutsu and the various ways she can combat her opponents. This is a result of her Innate technique being very technical and requiring a lot of thought. Nobara has shown her tactical thinking during pretty much every battle she has participated in. The tactical intelligence she has allows Nobara to gain the upper hand in one-on-one battles.


Cursed Energy Manipulation
Yuji and Nobara unleash Black Flash (Anime).gif 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. Nobara learned how to use Black Flash during her fight against Kechizu. Currently, she has performed it once.
Innate Technique
Straw Doll Technique (Anime).gif Straw Doll Technique (芻霊呪法 Sūrei Juhō?): Nobara's Innate technique allows her to use a straw doll to attack the opponent from distance. She can also use charm weapons to perform her technique. She does this by “shooting” the nails from distance when hitting them with her hammer. Upon hitting a curse, her cursed energy surrounds and enlarges around the nails, exorcising it.[3]
Resonance (共鳴り Tomonari?): By using a straw doll and part of the curse, she links the doll to the curse and anything the doll experience, the curse will too.[4] The damage isn't limited to the physical and can even injure the soul as the technique was effective on Mahito. Nobara using Resonance on Eso (Anime).gif
Hairpin ( Kanzashi?): Nobara scatters the nails on the solid objects such as trees and destroys the objects to control the environment.[5] Nobara exorcises Kechizu (Anime).gif


Nobara's Hammer and Nails (Anime).png Hammer: Nobara uses the hammer to either hammer the nails into the straw doll for her technique, hit the nails and fire them like projectiles, or simply hit the target with it.
Nobara exorcises a Cursed Corpse.gif Nails: Nobara uses these to for multiple purposes. She can use them with her technique, or fire the nails like projectiles.
Nobara's Straw Doll (Anime).png Straw Doll: By placing a piece of her target within or on the straw doll, Nobara hammers a nail into the straw doll to cause the target to be destroyed.
Nobara's squeaky hammer (Anime).png Rubber Mallet: Nobara uses this red hammer to attack humans with so that she doesn't kill them.


  • Nobara's surname contains the kanji for "nail, peg, tack" ( kugi?) and "peninsula, cape" ( saki?), and her first name contains "wilderness" ( no?) and "rose" (薔薇 bara?).
  • Nobara is just short of 160 centimeters (5' 3").
  • Nobara's hair is dyed and it is naturally dark.
  • Nobara goes shopping during her spare time.
  • Nobara buys a lot of food and tries a lot of clothes, enjoying her life in Tokyo.
  • Nobara ranked 6th place in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll with 9,590 votes.


  1. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 1, Profile
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 1, Profile
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 5 (p. 2).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 5 (p. 12).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 41 (p. 7-8).


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