Demon Slayer has featured a wide range of characters with varying personalities, strengths, and overall battle abilities.
The Demon Slayer Corps has a grading system that categorizes members based on their strength and ability to take on powerful demons.
The most important members are referred to as Pillars or Hashiras. It’s a difficult profession, and only the greatest of the best may assume this distinguished title.
As a result, becoming a Hashira requires killing at least 50 demons or defeating one of Muzan’s Demon Moons. A Hashira can also select their successor, or Tsugoku, from among the Corps’ most skilled members.
Unfortunately, many fan-favorite characters were brutally killed off in Demon Slayer, and the Hashira were no exception!
Following are all the Hashira who have died in the series:
The Flame Hashira, Rengoku Kyojuro, was the most loved and respected Hashira of all.
During the Mugen train arc, Rengoku, Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu encountered Upper-Rank Three Demoon Akaza. Rengoku took it upon himself to fight him, as the other three were not strong enough.
Early in the fight, Rengoku realized that he could not defeat Akaza but continued to fulfill his duty as a demon slayer. Akaza is impressed by his strength and offers to make him a demon, but Rengoku refuses.
Akaza is impressed by Hashira’s physical and mental strength, and the Hashira prepares for his next, Flame Breathing: 9th Form, and both clash.
After the dust has settled, we see that Akaza has pierced Rengoku’s solar plexus. In a last-ditch effort, Rengoku summons all of his strength and pins the demon as he tries to sever its head.
Akaza panics as he is unable to free himself, and the sun has started rising too. Utilizing the opportunity, Inosuke rushes towards Akaza and jumps to sever his head, Akaza tears his arm, freeing himself, and then rushes away into the forest to escape the sunlight.
While Akaza ran away, he still won, as Sengoku succumbed to the injuries after a few minutes.
The insect Hashira, Shinobu Kocho, knew that she was not strong enough to defeat Upper Rank Two, Doma.
In her fight against Doma, she outsmarts the demon and impales him on the roof with her sword. Her aim was to poison Doma, and she is relieved to see the poison working.
However, in doing so, she sustained critical damage.
As her injured body starts to fall down, Doma grabs her and remarks on her futile attempt as he recovers from the poison. He then proceeds to absorb the Hashira.
Her disciple, Kanao, enters the room at the same time, and Kocho throws a signal as if she expected this. Kanao, furious at the demon, rushes to attack but is deflected by Doma.
After absorbing Shinobu, Doma is suddenly poisoned again and grows weak. Kanao then, along with Inosuke, severed the demon’s head, killing him.
It is revealed that Doma was the one who killed Sinobu’s elder sister, and Shinobu had been drinking different poisons for over a year.
Her plan was to poison the demon, but if she failed and got eaten, her body would poison the demon, which ended up working.
The Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito, was the youngest Hashira and the youngest demon slayer to defeat an upper-rank demon.
During the events of Infinity Castle, Muichiro fought alongside Gyomei (Stone Hashira) and Sanemi (Wind Hashira) to defeat upper-ranking One Moon Kokushibo.
Kokushibo is the most powerful demon after Muzan and was able to see the strength of all three hashira with just one look.
He also recognized Muichiro as his descendant, but this did not stop the brutal death that awaited him.
The demon stabbed him in the chest and cut his arm and legs off. Yet, Muichiro attempted to fight by turning his nichirin blade red and pinning Kokushibo, allowing Gyomei and Sanemi to attack the demon.
The two slashed Kokushibo several times, and severing Muichiro’s body in half and killing him in the process.
The Stone Hashira, Gyomei Himejima, is widely considered to be the strongest Hashira.
He was already injured and tired after his gruelling battle against upper rank one, after which he went on to fight Muzan.
The Hashira withstood several heavy injuries at the hands of the demon king, and his chained weapon broke while trying to stop infant Muzan’s escape.
He was found dead after the battle, although the reason for his death is unknown.
It is also possible that he may have died due to the curse of the Demon Slayer mark. He had awakened it at the age of 27, and Kokushibo mentioned that he may only have a few hours left to live given his unique circumstances.
Mitsuri Kanroji and Iguro Obanai
The Love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji, and the Serpent Hashira, Iguro Obanai loved each other and died together.
Mitsuri was heavily injured in the battle against Muzan and dodged all the demon lord’s attacks by pure luck. She decided to get behind Muzan and twist his arm off to provide a window of time for her comrades to attack him.
As she approached him, she felt like something was pulling her, and she realized that it was one of Muzan’s attacks.
The attack ruptured her left arm and left cheek. Later, when Muzan tries to stab Tanjiro with his arm tentacles, Mitsuri tears them apart and loses her right arm in the process.
Obanai later rescues Mitsuri and runs back to fight Muzan.
During the fight, the serpent Hashira is able to turn his nichirin blade red and stab Muzan, inflicting heavy damage. Even after Muzan blinded him, Obanai managed to injure Muzan.
After the fight, he tries to find Mitsuri, and both confess the love they had for each other. Obanai held Mitsuri in his arms, and the two succumbed to their injuries.
These were all the Hashira who died in the series. The only Hashira who have survived are Tegen, Sanemi, and Giyu. For more Demon Slayer and other Shonen-related articles, stay tuned to our website.