When I first started Kimetsu No Yaiba, otherwise known as Demon Slayer, I thought I had an idea about the deaths involved. I mean, I grew up in the era of the Big 3. So, a huge number of deaths in Shounen aren’t all that novel, right? Like, there are plenty of deaths in Naruto Shippuden that hit you harder than a truck in an Isekai anime (Rest In Power, Neji Hyuuga!), so I was prepared, right?
Okay, so who was going to tell me that there are a record 673 deaths in Demon Slayer, from start to finish? I am actually baffled right now, even though in hindsight? It makes sense. Like, there are so many wars and Battle Royale scenarios in Shounen, of course the casualties are, like, in the triple digits. There’s just no way that isn’t the case. But still, six hundred and seventy three deaths? Spoiler Alert: That’s insane.
And of course, some of those deaths feel much more impactful than others. Like, an unnamed Final Selection aspirant getting culled has nothing on, say, the death of Tanjiro Kamado’s mother, right? But even if you take all the deaths that do matter, or were integral to the plot moving forward, it’s still a high number. Like, the fans weren’t kidding when they said that Demon Slayer is brutal, because consider me overwhelmed.
But luckily, Kimetsu No Yaiba is a finished manga, meaning all the deaths that were supposed to happen, have already occured. Now it’s just a matter of seeing which one broke us down more. So, today, let’s take a look at all the deaths in Demon Slayer in another segment of Get Ranked! This is going to be a little different than previous Get Ranked sections, as I’ll be grouping some unnamed victims in certain ‘death events’ as one entry, and so on, and so forth. Let’s dive in!
44. Unnamed Victims Of Various Demons
This is more of a general entry, because the deaths of normal people in Demon Slayer who just happened to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, is unfairly common. And to date, the list of those victims run in the triple digits.
43. Gyutaro And Daki’s Mother
There isn’t much to say about the death of this one, because she technically died before the series started. The mother of the sibling demon duo, Gyutaro and Daki, was an abusive woman, living in the Entertainment District. She resented her children, especially her daughter, for the color of her hair and eyes.
Eventually, she rotted away from ‘Ume’ disease, but her abuse impacted the children forever.
Satoko was yet another one of those victims who was taken by a Demon and killed unfairly. Her fiance, Kazumi, is the one who was with her when the ground opened up and the Swamp Demon devoured her.
Omitsu was just one of those bystanders that bit off more than they could chew. As the manager of the Kyogoku House, she knew that Warabihime, one of her most prized courtesans, was starting to act out and hurt customers more than anything else.
But confronting her alone was what sealed her fate, as Warabihime revealed her true self to be Daki and killed the poor woman in an act of defiance.
40. Tengen Uzui’s Siblings
Again, this is one of those cases where the people were raised in a cruel environment to be nothing but killers. Tengen Uzui’s siblings were never identified, but they all belonged to a prominent Shinobi clan.
3 of these siblings died young, a product of extremely harsh training, and 4 more died before they turned 15, pitted against each other by Tengen’s father. In the end, it was just Tengen and his younger brother, who ended up becoming like their cruel father. Disgusted, Tengen defected from his clan.
39. Ruka Rengoku
Kyojuro’s mother, Ruka Rengoku was an elegant but strict woman, a calligraphy teacher by profession. She was clearly very impactful on her children’s upbringing, despite dying early on after being bedridden from an unknown disease.
38. Gyokko The Fish Demon
Technically, Gyokko makes multiple appearances through the series, like during the Final Selection arc, when a Fish Demon known as Eight Fish was caught by Sakonji Urokodaki.
But the Gyokko we know was actually killed during the Swordsmith Village arc, by Muichiro Tokito, the Mist Hashira. While it felt like Gyokko might’ve had the upper hand at first, Muichiro ended up beating him with the help of Kotetsu.
37. Swamp Demon
The Swamp Demon is like a Three-For-One deal. Aka it separates itself into three sentient bodies, with three distinct personalities.
So, its death was a little trickier than most. But all of their deaths happened at the hands of Tanjiro, using his Water Breathing Techniques. But what was special about Swamp Demon’s death in Demon Slayer was the amount of information we gained. Because this was where we saw the sheer infamy of Muzan Kibitsuji, with the Swamp Demon looking petrified at the mere mention of his name.
36. The Final Selection Candidates That Didn’t Make The Cut
The Final Selection is one of the hardest trials that any aspiring Demon Slayer can go through, because it’s literally a Survival Of The Fittest challenge. If you don’t make it through, it’s probably because you died in the process. It’s the harshest enlistment test out there for a reason. And so, there were plenty of candidates that didn’t pass, lost to the Demons before they even had a chance.
35. Kamanue Of The Twelve Kizuki
Kamanue was yet another member of the Twelve Kizuki, but as a Lower Rank Demon. Skittish and scared, Kamanue was summoned by Muzan to explain why the Lower Ranks were unable to defeat Tanjiro. But Kamanue scoffed at his words, and that was his downfall.
Kamanue was devoured by Muzan in front of the other Demons, as retribution.
34. Mukago Of The Twelve Kizuki
Kamanue wasn’t the only one who thought to defy Muzan when summoned by him. Mukago might’ve been in the Twelve Kizuki, however she was considered the most cowardly out of all of them.
So, when her thoughts of fear at being killed by a Hashira came forward, that was the end for her. Muzan also killed her for not putting her service to him above her fear of the Demon Slayer Corps.
33. Wakuraba Of The Twelve Kizuki
Look, let’s just admit that meeting Muzan at the Infinity Castle was a death sentence for everyone involved. Because once Kamanue and Mukago were dead, Wakuraba was naturally next.
Wakuraba realized what was happening and tried to make an escape thinking that Muzan was distracted while eating Mukago. However, his speed was no match for Muzan, who beheaded Wakuraba as he tried to flee.
32. Rokuro Of The Twelve Kizuki
Okay, you already know how this one goes. Lower Ranks are summoned by Muzan to answer for their insolence, only to find out that they can’t lie their way to survival by pleading their loyalty to Muzan, and then chaos.
Thing is, Rokuro genuinely tried. He said that he’d try to be more powerful, that all he needs is a portion of Muzan’s Demonic Blood to empower him. But it was too little, too late. Muzan took offense at his ‘ordering’ tone and killed the Lower Two Demon without question.
Out of everyone during that cursed meeting of the Lower Rank Demons with Muzan, Enmu was the only one to survive. Because apparently, he was more than honored to die at the hands of Muzan. Weird, but he got to live another day, so.
Except that didn’t matter much because he was eventually killed during the Mugen Train arc by Tanjiro and Inosuke Hashibira, who snapped his neck while he was fused to the train itself.
Unnamed Demon Slayers Killed By Various Demons
Similarly, the amount of Demon Slayers who had laid their lives down in the pursuit of Demons, is many. There were plenty of unnamed Demon Slayers who were killed in action while trying to protect the general public from harm or while they were on a mission.
30. Yahaba, The Arrow Demon
Yahaba was yet another one of those Demons that just wanted to impress Muzan. A failed endeavor, considering he was killed by Tanjiro before he ever got the chance.
Yahaba was the Arrow Demon, a stickler for poise and finesse. Even his killings had to be clean affairs, so naturally he considered Tanjiro an uncouth foe. But this is where he ended up underestimating Tanjiro, leading to his beheading before he could ever achieve his goals.
29. Susamaru, The Temari Demon
Just like with Yahaba, Susamaru was yet another Demon that was working to improve her standing in Muzan’s eyes. But unlike Yahaba, the Temari Demon was a spitfire.
She fought alongside Yahaba when it came to their battle with Tanjiro, but her style was much more mocking and playful. However, just like Yahaba, she also failed to kill Tanjiro. But instead of her being killed by Tanjiro, Susamaru was revealed to be manipulated by Muzan, who killed her for her insolence.
Slasher was one of the Demons that appeared during the Mugen Train arc, a sadistic individual who looked down upon everyone. With his Augmented Speed, he terrorized humans where he went.
Aboard the Mugen Train, he was found by Kyojuro Rengoku, sent by the Demon Slayer Corps to investigate a string of deaths in the nearby area. Of course, Slasher looked down at him as well, using hostages to further vilify him. But the Flame Hashira is no one to underestimate, proving that fact true when Kyojuro reacted faster than Slasher and beheaded him.
27. Temple Demon
The Temple Demon’s death will always be a memorable one, solely because this was the first Demon that Tanjiro came across that had actually killed a human nearby. He also happens to be the death that made me scoff out a laugh, simply because of the way he was beheaded by Nezuko Kamado with a kick out of nowhere.
This one gets points in comedic timing!
26. Tongue Demon
The Tongue Demon was a grotesque demon that Zenitsu Agatsuma came across in the Tsuzumi Mansion arc.
While on the prowl for his prey, Kiyoshi, the Tongue Demon comes across Zenitsu and Kiyoshi’s little brother, Shoichi. At first, Zenitsu faints because he didn’t expect the Tongue Demon to look like he did. But in a complete U-Turn, Zenitsu suddenly shoots up to cut out his tongue, his entire demeanor completely changed. He instantly beheads the Tongue Demon with a single use of his Thunder Breathing Technique.
25. Kyogai, The Drum Demon
Even though he was expelled from the Twelve Kizukis for not being strong enough, Kyogai was still powerful enough to be one of the main antagonists of the Tsuzumi Mansion arc.
But Kyogai met his death at the hands of Tanjiro. The Drum Demon would use his Blood Demon Art to corner the young Demon Slayer, but didn’t expect that Tanjiro would be able to evade his maneuvers. But Tanjiro was a gracious winner, complimenting his techniques and giving Kyogai the validation he never got from the King Of Demons.
24. Spider Demon Family
Rui was not born the way he was. Instead, he was part of a group of Demons known as the Spider Demons. Dysfunctional and sadistic, they didn’t act very much like a family. Even though there was Spider Demon Mother and a Spider Demon Father, Rui was the one at top of the hierarchy.
Each of the family members died a separate death. The Mother was killed by Tanjiro, while the Father was taken care of by Giyu. The Spider Demon Son was exterminated by Zenitsu, but the last remaining Spider Daughter was killed by Rui himself.
23. Gyutaro And Daki/Ume
Honestly, I feel bad for how things went down for the Shanaba siblings. Because they didn’t ask to be born in the life they did, nor the cruelty thrust upon them. Gyutaro, after the death of his mother, had to see his sister be lynched by a Samurai and carried her dead body for hours before Doma made the two into Demons.
Afterwards, Gyutaro became an Envious Demon, while Ume became an Urban legend in the Entertainment District, a deadly Oiran known for her hunger and anger. In the end, both siblings were killed by Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Nezuko, aided by Tengen Uzui.
22. Rui Of The Twelve Kizuki
Rui is one of the Twelve Kizuki, which is a personal armada of the Demon King made up of the most powerful Demons in existence.
While Rui looked much younger in age, he made up for his stature by being one of the most terrifying Demons. However, when he faced Tanjiro and Giyu Tomioka, he was outnumbered. Sure, he had exhausted Tanjiro before, but with the help of Giyu, Tanjiro came back swinging.
In the end, death became Rui’s salvation as he was finally given what he longed for in his afterlife: a life with his family.
21. Rui’s Parents
Rui’s parents were collateral damage in one of the many experiments Muzan conducted, one of which resulted in Rui existing. Rui was born a frail child, who made a deal with Muzan to become stronger on his caring parents behalf.
However, Muzan turned him into a Demon. And as a Demon, Rui’s hunger grew until he was found devouring someone by his parents. That night, he woke up to his parents trying to kill him, horrified at what their son had become. He hurts them fatally, but they revealed they already planned on following him into the afterlife by killing themselves as well.
20. Sabito And Makomo
Sabito and Makomo were two disciples of Sakonji Urokodaki, who were trained alongside Giyu and entered the Final Selection test for the Demon Slayer Corps. However, they do not make it out alive, being killed by the Hand Demon.
It’s gut wrenching to see children die, but that is on par for Demon Slayer.
19. Kanae Kocho
Kanae Kocho died several years before the series started, but her death impacted many key members of Demon Slayer. She was, after all, the adoptive sister of Kanao Tsuyuri.
The Flower Hashira was mortally wounded by Doma while on a mission . As she lay dying, she asked her sister, Shinobu, to leave the Demon Slayer Corps, but Shinobu stayed adamant on avenging her sister.
Tetsuido was a swordsmith who worked with the Demon Slayer Corps, providing them with blades as bespoke as they could get. He was responsible for Muichiro’s Katanas, leading to the Mist Hashira being one of the most feared Demon Slayers out there. However, Tetsuido died of a heart attack.
17. The Shinozugawa Family
Sanemi Shinozugawa’s cold personality isn’t exactly a front. After losing his entire family in the way he did, and then having his little brother, Genya Shinozugawa, blame him for it? Well, it’d be rough on anyone.
Sanemi’s mother, Shizu, was married to an abusive man, but she held on for her 7 children. However, one day she went missing and Sanemi found her, but she was turned into a Demon. She returns home, only to be discovered after killing 5 of his siblings. Sanemi had to kill his own mother in the end, left with a Genya who thought him a murderer.
Kaigaku is a Demon who ends up replacing Daki in the Twelve Kizuki hierarchy. However, he was a Demon Slayer before, under the Thunder Hashira. He was the senior disciple of Zenitsu.
So, it’s only fitting that he met his end at Zenitsu’s blade. In the Infinity Castle, Zenitsu and Kaigaku are hunting each other out, but then Kaigaku is beheaded by Zenitsu using his Honoikazuchi no Kami technique.
Nakime is peak feminine rage. She became a Demon after singling out Muzan from the crowd while she played her Biwa. Impressed by her, Muzan made Nakime one of his top servants, entrusting the Infinity Castle to her.
Nakime’s fate was sealed when she was blindsided by Yushiro. However, realizing that he couldn’t take back Nakime and keep all the Demon Slayers away at the same time, Muzan chose to sacrifice Nakime himself.
Akaza’s death is one of those moments where you realize that while the Demons might be monsters now, but at one point they were truly human. And even if they don’t remember that life easily, some remnants of it remain.
Akaza technically gave up, remembering his past and regretting his action as an Upper Rank Three in the Twelve Kizuki. After realizing he doesn’t want to kill Tanjiro or Giyu, Akaza used his own technique on himself. As he lay there, his body does try to regenerate but eventually gives into the ashes.
Inadvertently, Doma is responsible for a lot of the events that occur in Demon Slayer, including the deaths of people like Inosuke Hashibara’s mother. As a cult leader, manipulation comes naturally to him.
So his death? It’s one of the most satisfying deaths in all of Demon Slayer. While Kanao and Inosuke struggle initially against the powerful Upper Rank Two Demon, Inosuke comes up with a Beast Breathing, Sudden Throwing Strike Technique on the fly, strengthening Kanao’s blades and beheading Doma.
Kokushibo is technically the most powerful Demon, aside from Muzan. He happened to be a former Demon Slayer, creating the foundation of the Demon Slayer Corps with his brother, Yoriichi.
During the Infinity Castle Arc, Kokushibo finds himself facing the conjoined might of the Shinozugawa brothers, Muichiro and Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Hashira. At first, it looked like he won, but then Gyomei crushed his head with a flail. However, this time Kokushibo could not regenerate, due to Muichiro’s red blade still stuck inside him. And so, he crumbles away.
11. Sumiyoshi, The Kamado Ancestor
Sumiyoshi is clearly a Kamado, considering how he’s the spitting image of Tanjiro. He was also a close confidante of Yoriichi Tsugikini, widely regarded as the strongest Demon Slayer to ever live. But it isn’t clear how Sumiyoshi died, considering we never learned if he was a Demon Slayer himself.
10. The Kamado Family
Okay, if you started Demon Slayer blind like I did, the way you were not prepared for the Kamado family massacre will be familiar. One of the most heartbreaking things, right out the gate.
Of course, we learn Muzan was the killer, who targeted Nezuko as a potential ‘Chosen Demon’ and devoured Tanjiro’s mother and his younger siblings. The only one left alive was Nezuko, transformed into a Demon. We didn’t spend much time with them, but the feeling of disbelief was unreal.
9. Gyomei Himejima
Losing the Stone Hashira in the way we did was saddening, but the man did get a hero’s death. Gyomei Himejima was tragically killed while fighting Muzan, but his efforts paid off when he had helped weaken the Demon King enough for Tanjiro to strike the killing blow.
Of course, we see him enter the afterlife, surrounded by the Monastery kids he left behind. It was a bittersweet end for sure.
Tamayo is like Nezuko in the sense that she is also a Demon that fights on the side of humanity. She was polite and gentle, one of the nicest characters in all of Demon Slayer. Despite her hatred of Muzan, she did her best to try and be an ally to humanity.
Which is why her death hits so hard. Tamayo makes the prototype for the Anti-Demon Drug and injects it into Muzan. However, it ended up not working and Muzan killed her. But her sacrifice is not forgotten or gone in vain.
7. Jigoro Kuwajima
To see a beloved character such as the Thunder Hashira kill himself for mistakes he technically didn’t have a hand in, was rough to say the least.
Zenitsu’s mentor, Jigoro Kuwajima, ended up committing seppuku once he learned the fate of his senior disciple, Kaigaku and his betrayal to the Demon Slayer Corps. He slowly bled to death, with no one to put him out of his misery.
6. Half The Ubayashiki Family
The Ubayashiki Family sacrifice is one that needs to be talked about more. I mean, Kagaya Ubuyashiki, the head of the Demon Slayer Corps, basically led a suicide attack with his family in an attempt to kill Muzan. That is metal as hell.
It doesn’t end up killing Muzan, but makes him weak enough for the Anti-Demon Drug to be injected into him. This is what opens up the window for his downfall later on, so at least the sacrifice wasn’t in vain. What’s worse is Muzan was probably an ancestor to the Ubayashiki Family.
5. Shinobu Kocho
I mean, Kanao had already lost her big sister, Kanae. To lose Shinobu was a tragedy on top of that. But Shinobu went out with the same rage as her sister.
She was absorbed by Doma, but not only did she warn Kanae about Doma’s fighting techniques, but she had also been experimenting with Tamayo and ingesting Wisteria Flower extract. Which is a poison to Demons, and she was holding a lot of it when Doma consumed her. This led to Doma’s inevitable demise.
4. Genya Shinazugawa
Genya Shinazugawa truly proved his merit as a capable Demon Slayer. Even if he was one of the only Demon Slayers incapable of using Breathing techniques.
His death was an admirable one, being integral in the downfall of Kokushibo. His unpredictable style throws off Kokushibo long enough to have him get killed, but the price is his own life. As Sanemi watches his younger brother crumble to ashes in front of him, you can’t help but feel alongside him.
3. Mitsuri Kanroji And Obanai Iguro
Mitsuru Kanroji, I will never, ever get over your death! The Love Hashira was probably my favorite character in the series, so her death hit me hard. And likewise for Obanai Iguro, because are you kidding me?
I mean, Mitsuru had just realized that she and Obanai loved each other in the Sunrise Countdown Arc, and the two fought valiantly against Muzan, only to be one of the many that ended up being fatally wounded by him. They didn’t even get the time to process the fact that they were soulmates, but they promised to find each other in the next life.
I mean, how do you not cry over something this heartbreaking?
2. Kyojuro Rengoku
Repeat after me: Kimetsu No Yaiba The Mugen Train movie ruined all of us in a single go and none of us have recovered since. Not since we lost the brightest star in the sky, Kyojuro Rengoku.
Previously we talked about his mother, but the Flame Hashira also astounded everyone he met. I mean, Akaza literally asks him to become a Demon alongside him while they fight, but Kyojuro refuses. In the end, we see Akaza impale Kyojuro’s stomach, and the end is near. But Kyojuro just. Keeps. Fighting.
He uses his dying breaths to swing the sword and behead Akaza, refusing to surrender. And the wisdom Kyojuro impacts on Tanjiro, asking him to visit Rengoku house, to live with his head held high, even as he’s fading away? God, no wonder people were crying in theaters when the scene happened.
1. Kibutsuji Muzan
This is the Muzan. So, yeah, his death was probably going to be on top, considering he’s the Big Bad of the entire series. And oh, what a battle it was. It took the combined powers of all the Demon Slayers to defeat him, but it paid off.
Literally, a horde of Demon Slayers from every corner was used to push him into the breaking dawn, making him panic and run around finding any out. But of course, this was not meant to be. Sanemi appears, slicing one arm off and demanding him to die. And then Gyomei throws a chain around his neck, forcing him to struggle and burn under the sunlight. He tries digging his way out, only to be stopped by Giyu, Sanemi and Obenai.
But it was Tanjiro, who was initially absorbed when Muzan transformed, that awakened his blade and killed the Demon King from the inside. And so, he crumbled and burnt to ashes in the sun, his reign of terror finally at an end.
This has been one of the hardest lists for me to compile, solely because of the sheer volume of lore I had to work with. But I’m pretty sure these are all the deaths in Demon Slayer, from start to finish. If you don’t agree with the ranking, or feel like a character is missing? Sound off below and let us know!