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Yuji Itadori ( (いた) (どり) (ゆう) () Itadori Yūji?) is the main protagonist of the Jujutsu Kaisen series. He is the son of Jin Itadori and grandson of Wasuke Itadori who was living a normal life until he encountered Megumi and ate one of Sukuna's fingers. After becoming Sukuna's vessel, Yuji began attending Tokyo Jujutsu High alongside Megumi and Nobara as first-year students.

Appearance

Yuji is a young man of average height and appears to have a slender build when wearing baggy clothing, but actually has a lean and muscular physique. He also has relatively large light brown eyes and spiky pink hair (brownish blonde in the manga) that's styled in an undercut fashion. When becoming the vessel for Sukuna after eating his finger, he gains a second pair of eyes that only open when Sukuna controls his body along with his many markings.

At the start of the series, Yuji wore a light-colored hooded jacket, high-cuffed black pants, and white shoes. However, in the anime, his pants were denim, and his shoes were bright red. When Yuji enrolled into the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College, he began wearing his version of the uniform; a black long sleeve shirt resembling a gakuran over a red hoodie, black pants, and red shoes.

He gains a noticeable scar between his two eyes and a smaller scar on his left labial commissure of the mouth during the Shibuya Incident.

Personality

Yuji is a fair person who truly cares for not only his comrades but anyone he views as people with their own wills, despite how deep or shallow his connection to them is. He highly commends "the value of life," and to this end, he will ensure that others receive a "proper death". Because of this, he believes that it is morally unethical for him to take another human life, and tries to avoid any possibility of doing so unless as a last resort.

He is also not without his more energetic and outgoing traits. Such as his frequent comedic moments where he was seen alongside Nobara gushing about Tokyo and his eagerness to train with Gojo or even when entertaining both Junpei and his mother. Yuji is also highly passionate whenever he's focused on achieving certain goals and being quite stubborn when confronted about them, such as when Yaga questioned why Yuji wanted to become a sorcerer. He is also quite naïve due to his inexperience in the world of cursed spirits and jujutsu sorcerers, but is shown to be a quick learner, capable of adapting to his surroundings and picking up how to use cursed energy quickly.

Although usually composed, good-natured and friendly, Yuji can be angered quickly in the face of pure malice after witnessing firsthand the cruelty that curses were capable of, particularly Mahito's inhuman exploitation of Junpei. Yuji felt so profoundly disgusted that he felt a genuine desire to kill for the first time in his life and has a very intense yet focused hatred towards the cursed spirit.

One of Yuji's defining traits is his willingness to sacrifice himself for others, triggered by his grandfather's last words to him to die surrounded by others. When he and Megumi were under the threat of being killed by a curse, Yuji impulsively swallowed Sukuna's finger to exorcise the curse and save them despite having met Megumi for the first time on that day.

Abilities and Powers

Yuji contending with a Special Grade curse.

Overall Skill Level: Yuji is one of his school's most powerful and talented students. Despite having no connections to the jujutsu world before a few months prior to the Shibuya Incident, Yuji is able to contend with and defeat Grade 1 and Special Grade curses. He is one of the few people that Satoru Gojo stated had the potential to surpass him. Yuji was gifted with superhuman physical abilities which he masterfully combines with his cursed energy. Yuji is also able to contain Sukuna with no ill effects. This enables him to harm Mahito, whose control over the shape of his soul otherwise renders him resistant to injury.

Yuji using his superhuman strength.

Superhuman Strength: Yuji is quite powerful even without the usage of cursed energy, as he can destroy walls with ease, throwing a lead ball with enough force to bend a soccer goalpost, and has also been able to throw a car. As powerful as he is, especially when it comes to fighting, his exceptional strength can often be augmented to further levels with the usage of both the Divergent Fist and the Black Flash allowing him to exorcise cursed spirits. His unique strength has also been compared to Kento Nanami, a Grade 1 sorcerer. He can even harm Hanami and Choso, two curses who have remarkable durability and toughness with the former being near-impossible to damage.

Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: Yuji is shown to have great speed and can finish a 50-meter track within 3 seconds, implying he can run at speeds of 60.12km/h (37.3mph). He's also been shown to dodge the attacks of all five opposing sorcerers from the students from Kyoto School who tried to murder him. He has been shown to be fast enough to evade Choso's Piercing Blood, which travels at the speed of sound, proving he has superb reflexes.

Enhanced Durability: Yuji's durability surpasses the average sorcerer. He was able to continuously take hits from Choso during their fight and even Piercing Blood, an attack moving at the speed of sound didn't pierce Yuji immediately. He was also able to withstand numerous attacks from Mahito in his Instant Spirit Body of Distorted Killing form and continue fighting.

Enhanced Stamina: Fitting his other superhuman capabilities, Yuji possesses a large amount of stamina and has often been shown continuing to fight despite grievous injuries for longer periods of time without rest. Such as when his hand was severed and having his fingers disintegrated when battling the Finger Bearer allowing for Megumi to escape with Nobara. He was also able to resist several poisonous stab wounds from when he tried to stop Junpei from hurting anyone at his school. Especially afterwards when he is also sustained damage from Mahito and was able to still able to go on the attack.

Proficient Learner: Yuji is a curious person and an earnest student. He is also good at progressing - being quick at Satoru's Movie Appreciation Training, and realizing Aoi Todo's advice quickly. According to Akutami, he is the best at cooking among the first years trio. He was able to master using martial arts alongside cursed energy and honed it to a level with which he can take on Special Grade curses. He was even able to use Black Flash four times in a row a short time after he had even learnt of its existence.

Yuji's martial arts skills.

Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Yuji is one of the greatest, if not the greatest practitioner of martial arts in the series. With his fighting prowess go toe to toe with Aoi Todo, another extremely proficient martial artist and can effortlessly defeat a Semi-Grade 1 cursed spirit, and challenge Special Grade curses purely using martial arts and infusing his style with cursed energy. Yuji also possesses an impressive control over his attacks, being able to pause his punch a moment before impact and adjust his power into several counter blows. Yuji's fighting style is usually depicted as being very acrobatic with his movements, allowing him to strike his opponent in several different angles which also allow him to evade several oncoming attacks. Essentially giving him great offensive and defensive capabilities, especially if the initial strike he is going for has been blocked he is able to use high flying kicks, unorthodox punches, and even a knees strike to retaliate. He is also skilled in a martial arts style known as, Taido Martial Arts. Which grants him the ability to perform the

Knee Release, which is an ancient martial arts technique that eliminates starting movements and allows Yuji to release his knees, hips, and shoulders to guide him to his opponent's feet instead of falling down.

By combining the technique mentioned above with Taido Martial Arts, Yuji can perform a Manji Kick, where he uses the momentum to throw his right leg upwards and land a kick to his opponent's head. By adding cursed energy to this attack, it can harm cursed spirits.

Poison Resistance: Since Yuji is the host to Sukuna, he has a resistance to all kinds of poison. Yuji will feel the pain from the poison, but he is mostly unaffected. This ability was first demonstrated during his fight with Junpei when he could resist Moon Dregs' poison.

Weapon Mastery: Yuji was not trained in the use of weapons; however, due to his physical power and talent, he can still become proficient with one quickly.

Jujutsu

Cursed Energy Manipulation
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Great Cursed Energy: Yuji's cursed energy originates from the parts of the special grade curse, Ryomen Sukuna. He doesn't seem to have an innate technique, but he has shown great proficiency with learning how to control cursed energy.

Currently, Yuji primarily uses cursed energy combined with his martial arts skills and superhuman strength to reinforce his strikes, increasing their impact and allowing him to hurt curses.

Thanks to the various regimens of training he had, Yuji has better grasped the nature of cursed energy than most of his peers. By the time he's had his rematch with Mahito during the Shibuya Incident, Yuji managed to learn how to use Black Flash practically at will.

Divergent Fist (逕庭拳 Keitei Ken?)[3]: After Yuji lands a punch on a target, his cursed energy flows and makes a stronger second impact. Divergent Fist was often used initially, but after Yuji's fight with Aoi Todo at the Kyoto Sister-School Goodwill Event and the Kyoto third-year's critique of this attack, he practically stopped using it. Yuji currently can willingly perform this attack so he is an expert at using this power of his.
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Black Flash (黒閃 Kokusen?): A technique that creates spatial distortion when a user connects with an impact of cursed energy within 0.000001 seconds of a physical hit. The phenomenon causes cursed power to flash black, creating a more potent attack to the power of 2.5 of a normal hit. Currently, Yuji is capable of using Black Flash four times in a row and has performed it a total of nine times. Yuji using Black Flash (Anime).gif
Binding Vows
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Yuji has an unnamed Binding Vow with Sukuna. The King of Curses agreed to revive the boy after his apparent death in the Cursed Womb Arc under two conditions:

① Yuji would allow Sukuna to take over his body for one full minute when the cursed spirit would chant "Enchain".

② He would forget about the agreement.

Yuji initially opposed the Binding Vow, making Sukuna promise that he wouldn't kill or hurt anyone during that minute. The boy still disagreed with the terms and instead had a battle against the King of Curses, where he'd allow the agreement to occur if he lost. Sukuna effortlessly defeated Yuji, forcing him into the Binding Vow.

Equipment

Cursed Tool
Slaughter Demon (Anime).png Slaughter Demon (屠坐魔 Tozama?)[4]: A charm weapon given by Satoru Gojo, originally belonging to Maki Zenin. It's effective against curses. Slaughter Demon was destroyed by a special grade Finger Bearer.[5] (Formerly)

Battles & Events

Introduction Arc

Cursed Womb Arc

Cursed Training Arc

Vs. Mahito Arc

Kyoto Goodwill Event Arc

Death Painting Arc

Shibuya Incident Arc

Itadori's Extermination Arc

  • Yuji Itadori & Choso vs. Cursed Spirits
  • Yuji Itadori vs. Yuta Okkotsu

Trivia

  • According to Jujutsu Kaisen Official Fanbook[1]:
    • His hobby is karaoke, watching TV, and impersonations.
    • Favorite food: Rice bowl with food on top and noodles.
    • Least favorite food: None.
    • Cause of stress: Science subjects (he failed molecular science).
    • His last name is from a medicinal plant. His given name is from Akutami's classmate, which he thinks is suitable.
    • His hair color is natural.
    • He doesn't talk to Sukuna as they do not get along well.
    • Despite Sukuna's influence, he can sleep just fine.
    • There are two scenarios for what would happen if Yuji were to eat a Death Painting. If instead of Sukuna he ate a Death Painting, the consciousness of the Cursed Womb will disappear and Yuji will get its cursed energy. If Yuji ate a Death Painting after he ate Sukuna, the Sukuna inside will make the Death Painting disappear.
    • No one specifically told him to master martial arts. His grandfather taught him a bit of karate. Manji Kick is picked up by Yuji, so it becomes his best move.
    • The movies that he watched during his movie training were “Léon: The Professional”, “The Descent”, “The Host”, “The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On”. The one Gojo spoiled is “Deep Blue Sea”.
    • He has friends other than those from Tokyo High, but Yuji only got a phone when he entered Jujutsu High. When asked "Does he still keep contact with his friends from middle school and hometown?", Akutami said "I’ll let you guess."
    • If he didn't become a sorcerer, Yuji would have probably become a firefighter.
    • His favorite TV shows and channels are related to food. He will laze around watching them, if he’s into it.
    • When it comes to school tasks, he’s the type to do it the day before. Yuji is the type that may be late, but will properly submit it anyway.
    • Though called “The Tiger of West Junior High”, Akutami really had not thought about it at all.
    • If Yuji and Aoi went to the same middle school that was not related to sorcerers, they would probably find something in common.
  • Yuji ranked 1st place in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll with 21,735 votes.
  • Yuji is 173 centimeters tall (5'8") and, according to Akutami, will continue growing.[2]
  • He weighs about 80 kilograms (176 lbs.), but his body fat percentage is in the single digits.[2]
  • Yuji loves watching TV.[2]
  • He has a huge repertoire of half-cooked impressions.[2]
  • He isn't picky about food.[2]
  • He isn't actually a hoodie guy but wears it because he can be indecisive.[2]
  • His type is "tall girls with big butts... like Jennifer Lawrence".[6] He first saw her when he watched the Silver Linings Playbook.[1]
  • As credited by Gege Akutami, his theme music is "Heart ni Hi wo Tsukete" by 9mm Parabellum Bullet and "Itsuka Dokoka De" by Kuchiroro.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jujutsu Kaisen Official Fanbook: (p. 4-7).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 1, Profile
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 20 (p. 8).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 4 (p. 2).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 6 (p. 18).
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 2).
  7. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 3, Theme Songs

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