Yuji Itadori (虎いた杖どり悠ゆう仁じ 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.
- Kanji: 虎杖悠仁
- Rōmaji: Itadori Yūji
- Species: Human
- Birthday: March 20th
- Age: 15
- Gender: Male
- Height: 173 cm (5′ 8″)
- Weight: 80 kg (176 lbs)
- Hair Color: Blonde (Manga)/Black and Pink (Anime)
- Eye Color: Light Brown
Appearance Yuji Itadori
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.
Yuji Itadori 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 Itadori
Overall Skill Level: Yuji is one of his school’s most powerful and talented students, Satoru Gojo placing him on the same level of potential as Yuta Okkotsu and Kinji Hakari as one of the three students who he believes will surpass his strength.
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.
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.
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.
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.