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Shinobu Kocho

The Insect Hashira, Master of Poison
Shinobu Kocho


Shinobu Kocho is a major supporting character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. She serves as the Insect Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps. After losing her parents to a demon attack, Shinobu joined the Corps alongside her older sister, Kanae, to protect others from suffering the same fate. Despite her cheerful demeanor, she harbors a deep hatred for demons due to her past trauma.

Personality and Appearance

Shinobu Kocho wearing her Demon Slayer uniform

Shinobu is a petite young woman with a slender build and pale complexion. She has large, pupil-less eyes with a gradient purple haze and short black wavy hair that fades to dark purple. Her Demon Slayer uniform consists of a dark purple jacket and hakama, with a white haori featuring a butterfly wing pattern.

Outwardly, Shinobu displays a bright and friendly demeanor, always smiling regardless of the situation. However, this is largely a façade hiding her intense hatred for demons and her constant state of anger. She can be sadistic and cruel towards demons but always shows compassion to her allies. She also struggles with an inferiority complex due to her small stature and lack of physical strength compared to other Hashira.

Powers and Abilities

Shinobu uses her Insect Breathing against a Demon

As the Insect Hashira, Shinobu possesses exceptional skills.

  • Master Swordswoman: Uses a modified katana designed for injecting poison
  • Insect Breathing: A unique Breathing Style focusing on quick, precise strikes
  • Enhanced Speed and Agility: Moves so fast she appears to teleport
  • Medical Expertise: Highly skilled in creating and using various poisons
  • Keen Intellect: Excellent at analysis and devising strategies
  • Poisonous Physiology: Saturated her body with wisteria poison to defeat Upper Rank demons


  • Her name contains the kanji for "butterfly"
  • Dislikes furry animals
  • Has a pet goldfish named Fugu
  • Skilled in Western cooking, taught by Mitsuri Kanroji
  • Her parents worked in compounding medicine
  • Burned her original Demon Slayer uniform due to its revealing design

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