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 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 the 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 really 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, him believes that it is morally unethical for him to take another human life, and tries to avoid any possibility of doing so unless it is a last resort.

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.

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 meeting Megumi for the first time.

Abilities and Powers

Overall Skill Level: Yuji is famous for his superhuman physical abilities, earning him the nickname "The Tiger of West Junior High" before becoming a sorcerer. As a vessel, he has the exceedingly rare ability to contain Sukuna's soul without any ill effects. This natural skill allows him to perceive the soul's contours and lets him harm Mahito.

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.

Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: Yuji is shown to have great speed and can finish a 50-meter track within 3 seconds. 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. In recent events have 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 still able to fight the special-class curse after being blown through a wall losing a hand and multiple fingers.

Enhanced Stamina: Fitting his other superhuman capabilities, Yuji possesses a large amount of stamina and has been shown continuing to fight injuries such as a severed hand and fingers and multiple stab wounds.

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 realize Aoi Todo's guide quickly. According to Akutami, he is the best at cooking among the first years' trio. Yuji has shown that he can master a new weapon in a short period.

Yuji shows off his martial arts skills.

Proficient Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Yuji is a skilled combatant that can make quick judgments and strike powerful blows. Yuji can make refined attacks, like stopping his attack just before it hits and adjust his power within his fist. Yuji is also skilled in a martial arts style, Taido Martial Arts.

He is capable of performing a Knee Release. Which is an ancient martial arts technique that eliminates starting movements. Yuji can 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
Yuji's Cursed Energy (Anime).png 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 talent, 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?)[2]: 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.
Divergent Fist.gif
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
Binding Vow (Anime).png 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:
  • Yuji would allow Sukuna to take over his body for one full minute when the cursed spirit would chant "Enchain" and
  • 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.

Former Equipment

Slaughter Demon (Anime).png Slaughter Demon (屠坐魔 Tozama?)[3]: 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.[4]


Trivia

  • Yuji is 173 centimeters tall (5'8") and, according to Akutami, will continue growing.[1]
  • He weighs about 80 kilograms (176 pounds), but his body fat percentage is in the single digits.[1]
  • Yuji loves watching TV.[1]
  • He has a huge repertoire of half-cooked impressions.[1]
  • He isn't picky about food.[1]
  • He isn't actually a hoodie guy but wears it because he can be indecisive.[1]
  • His type is "tall girls with big butts... like Jennifer Lawrence".[5]
  • Yuji ranked 1st place in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll with 21,735 votes.
  • According to Jujutsu Kaisen Official Fanbook:
    • His hobbies are watching TV, impersonations, and singing at karaoke.
    • Favorite food: any kind of rice bowls and noodles.
    • Cause of stress: science subjects (He failed molecular science).
  • Yuji was nominated for the "Best Protagonist" award in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2021.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Vol. 1, Profile
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 20 (p. 8).
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 4 (p. 2).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 6 (p. 18).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 2).

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