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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has proved to the masses that it was more than just a typical protagonist adventure story. Its horror-thriller story with just the right amount of action, comedy, slice-of-life, and even a dash of romance were a few of the things that any watcher or reader can expect within the plot.
Just for a quick overview, in a world where demons existed, a Demon King named Muzan had plans to become immortal and conquer the sun. Then entered our main protagonist Tanjiro along with his friends and fellow demon slayers, with their aim to put a stop to the Demon King’s evil plans. It was not always demons versus the demon slayers.
Some demons were good in general and helped the demon slayers to fight off evil. Then entered one of my favorite characters in the story, Tamayo.
She may not be on par when it comes to screen time in the anime version or being mentioned all the time in the manga with the rest of the characters. However, I found her a hidden gem among the other characters because of her intelligence and capabilities as a fighter.
What made me more hooked with her character was her grace and calmness despite the chaos that revolved around her life. Her skills and knowledge shined in her personality, which made me in awe. Also, her sweet demeanor and dedication to helping human beings made me love her character even more.
Personally, her willingness to devote her life to the good was one of her great traits. Tamayo may be a side character, but she impacts the flow of the story and the growth of the protagonists. I assure you that she was more than meets the eye. Let us get to know her better in this article, from her powers, knowledge, and relationships with the other characters in Demon Slayer. Disclaimer, there may be spoilers ahead.
Bottom Line Up Front
Tamayo is a demon who lives in Tokyo and is hiding from Muzan, the demon king. She is also a doctor trained to assist demon slayers whenever injured or poisoned. She is usually with Yushiro, who is also in the same case as her- a demon who helps the humans.
She may be a demon and should be treated as an enemy by the protagonists, but Tamayo stands firm with her loyalty to the good side. I find her calm and graceful as she transforms into a powerful woman when she faces adversaries and conflicts.
For me, Tamayo is the type of character wherein you figure out that this is her behavior- but then it suddenly changes when she is in front of her nemesis, which keeps her more interesting to many.
Who is Tamayo?
Tamayo (珠世) is a human turned demon who aids the main protagonists, Tanjiro and Nezuko. She is a very skilled doctor who helps put an end to Muzan.
Even though she is kind-hearted and radiates a sweet demeanor, she is a remarkably strong and intelligent woman who helps Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko fight the series’ primary antagonist, the Demon King. Tamayo, Yushiro, and the main protagonists team up to develop a drug that can help them defeat Muzan.
A few of the reasons that make me absorbed by her character is that she is incredibly smart and caring toward her friends. Because of Tamayo, the main protagonists are able to discover their true potential in connection with their mission.
There was not much known about Tamayo’s backstory in the Demon Slayer series. But back when she was still a human, Tamayo had a family, with a husband and kids. Then, she suffered from an incurable illness and started looking for a cure.
Due to her life-threatening situation, Tamayo was willing to indulge in any opportunity that could help her. Then Muzan offered her that he could cure her illness but wanted to turn Tamayo into a demon. It was quite saddening when I saw how Tamayo suffered when Muzan took advantage of her.
She underwent many uncontrollable tragedies throughout her journey as a demon. She killed her loved ones and some of her villagers as well. In addition, she had also lost her memories and her ability to feel any human emotion.
Although through her time being a demon, she then regained her sanity and lived a life without having to kill human beings. Tamayo had also decided to study everything about demons and worked on making a cure for the turned demons.
Tamayo continued to become a mentor and friend to other characters in the Demon Slayer. She dedicated her life to getting revenge on everything Muzan had done to her. For me, her backstory was so tragic, yet it showcased how strong she was as a woman to continue in her life serving the good.
Tamayo: Appearance, Personality, Quotes, and More
It is no lie that she is a beauty. I can say that Tamayo is an eye-catcher. With her soft demeanor and feminine appearance, it is no doubt that any watcher or reader would find her beautiful in the series. I think Tamayo is one of the attractive characters in this anime series. From her traditional hōmongi kimono down to her zōri sandals, Tamayo graces both the show and manga with her dazzling looks.
Tamayo is always wearing her iconic dark purple kimono, with bright red flowers and green leaves decorating her clothing. There are also violet branches surrounding her kimono and a cream-colored obi to match, securing her waist. She also wears traditional violet sandals for her feet and plain white socks.
Her luscious, long, dark brown hair is always tied into a large low bun. She secures her bun with a purple floral pin to hold it. Also, I find her thick hair parted in the middle showcases more of her beauty. Other than that, Tamayo does not have another accessory on her body besides the hairpin with a small flower design on it.
She has an ashen complexion; it would be expected since she was already a demon. She has large eyes with no pupils seen. Her eye color was somewhat between a dark blue and a purple shade. Tamayo also has small lips with a crimson red tint. Tamayo has soft features and always has a bit of sadness on her face. Well, after finding out about her backstory, I would even have the same expression that she was wearing.
Tamayo is a wise person since she is a doctor, after all. There is a part of the story wherein Tamayo explains to Tanjiro how there might be a cure to turn demons into humans but needs further research. She is also gentle, like a motherly figure to Tanjiro and Nezuko. She openly welcomes Tanjiro into her home and even scolds Yushiro after being hostile to the guests.
Moreover, she is kind and always ready to lend a helping hand. Tamayo offers Yushiro to turn him into a demon; this option is usually given to those who are on the verge of dying. She helps other people in line with her profession as a physician.
Tamayo is also very strong-willed as a person. She is brave and up for it when given a chance to face Muzan again. Also, even though she experiences a very tough time after becoming a demon, it does not stop her from turning into a new leaf. Her past makes her a tough and capable fighter.
I am completely wonderstruck as she embodies the essence of being calm in facing adversaries. In a world wherein demons and human beings fight, she always prefers compassion over violence. To survive, Tamayo does not attack humans but rather gets human blood from consenting blood donors.
Tamayo is a kind-hearted person but has a vindictive type of personality. She never ceases to amaze me with her intelligence and gracefulness, no matter what the situation is. She inspires you as a person to be at ease with everything yet at the same time be alert to your surroundings.
She is the type of character in the series that might seemingly not leave much of an impact. But once you take a closer look like I have and connect the dots about her relationship with other characters, you’ll be in awe. As being known as the character who is delicate but not the kind of person who wants to mess with, Tamayo leaves us with some memorable quotes from the Demon Slayer plot:
- “That’s right, I am a demon, but I am also a healer. I’m also bent on eradicating a certain Muzan Kibutsuji.”
- “It’s not hard on me at all. I think I’m much gentler than the average demon. It’s because I have extensively reformed my body. I even freed myself from Kibutsuji’s curse.”
- “It’s said that no other demon can create new demons besides Kibutsuji. In general, that’s true. In the 200 years I have spent, Yushiro is the only one I’ve created.”
- “For any kind of wound, there’s always some kind of medicine or treatment.”
- “You still use the term ‘person’ to refer to even a transformed demon. And you’re trying to save him. Allow me, then, to lend you a hand.”
- “If only I understood, I would never have become a demon!”
- “You’ve uttered that name out loud, haven’t you? That will trigger the curse. I do feel sorry for you but, farewell.”
- “Today is the day you will fall into hell.”
- “The drug I used turns you into a human and I’m not telling you. Why don’t you try using all those useless brain cells you now have?”
- “Well, well. It looks like the death you’ve hated for so long is right before your eyes now.”
- “I don’t need to be stronger than you to kill you. I can just make you weaker. Just as you’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive, I… No, we will do whatever it takes to kill you.”
In the last quote, her rage and hatred toward Muzan accumulate up to that moment. I can feel her strong disliking of the demon king, who is behind the tragedy she faces in the story. Unfazed, Tamayo is ready to fight along with her cherished friends up until the end of her life.
Tamayo is knowledgeable about medicine. She knows how to treat injuries, and she is quite skilled when it comes to physiology. Moreover, she is quite good at handling drugs as she can concoct medicine to help others. Also worth mentioning is that Tamayo can survive with only a tiny amount of human blood in her system.
When she showcases her medicinal skills throughout the plot, it is astonishing. Tamayo transforms the terminally ill Yushiro into a Demon without the need for Muzan’s blood. Another instance is that she assists Shinobu in saturating the body with a deadly poison without it so much as causing her the slightest illness.
Anti-Blood Demon Coagulant
This drug is one of many that Tamayo created to help humans. She creates this treatment to prevent a demon from progressing its Demon’s Blood Demon Art. Yushiro also uses this medicine to cure Zenitsu Agatsuma after his fight with Kaigaku.
With the combined efforts from Yushiro and Shinobu, Tamayo successfully makes a strong drug with four stages that can gravely weaken Muzan Kibutsuji. Once administered to him, the effects are strong enough to leave a significant amount of harm to him.
Human Conversion Stage
The first stage was to turn a demon into a human, something thought to be impossible by the Demon Slayer Corps and the creator of the Demon race.
Although unclear, Tamayo had hinted that some of the ingredients she used to create the said drug were the blood of powerful demons, the blood of Muzan Kibutsuji, and the blood of Nezuko Kamado. Muzan was able to nullify the human conversion stage but accidentally triggered the next following stages.
Shinobu had proposed a countermeasure if ever the first stage failed- thus the aging stage. This second stage of the drug’s effects created by Tamayo was capable of aging its user at a rate of fifty years per minute.
The drug had successfully managed to internally age Muzan 9,000 years for three hours and severely put him off in his battle. He forced his body to divide its power to repel the drug’s effects and fight the Demon Slayers simultaneously.
Division Prevention Stage
The third stage of the drug was made when Tamayo witnessed Muzan’s escape from Yoriichi Tsugikuni’s grasp. Muzan had divided his body into different pieces and escaped individually to put them back together at a later time.
Tamayo then proceeded to incorporate a drug that was capable of preventing him from splitting into a thousand pieces. Thus, Muzan’s attempts to split up his body into chunks failed, and he was unable to escape.
Cellular Destruction Stage
This was the fourth and final stage of Tamayo’s Anti-Kibutsuji drug, meant to finish him after the first three stages had finished taking effect. This stage began to deteriorate Muzan’s body on a cellular level that weakened his immortality.
As a result of this final drug, Muzan begins to cough blood due to internal damage and completely and utterly weakens him to the point that his entire body feels heavy and unmovable. This rendered him unable to move one of his arms, and the protagonists managed to delay the total fight until sunrise.
Tamayo can control her body according to her whim. She claimed that this was the reason why she was able to remove Muzan’s curse from herself. This could be the origin of her blood demon art powers.
Blood Demon Art
Her special blood played a vital role in Tamayo’s many abilities. Through this, she can control her demon blood to her advantage. I found her abilities really interesting since they were different from the powers of other characters.
There were two types of blood demon art that Tamayo used in Demon Slayer. These were the scent of illusionary blood vision dreams and the mystical aroma of the white day.
The Scent of Illusionary Blood Vision Dream
This was a type of unique blood demon art that made her opponent see illusions that resembled some sort of flower pattern. Through this ability, Tamayo can make advances or create a distraction. Our side character has notably used this to protect Tanjiro from being hit by the policemen. We can see her helpfulness toward anyone who was in dire need – another solid proof of how great she was.
Mystical Aroma of White Dream
This was Tamayo’s second spell of blood demon art ability. This type differed from the first one as this one used aroma. Tamayo exposed her demon blood and created an aroma that surrounded the enemy that destroyed the brain.
Not only was Tamayo able to damage the opponent’s brain, but she made them spill secrets. This worked by damaging the brain’s function and made the enemy cough up any lies and secrets that Tamayo wanted to know.
Tamayo used this to use Susamaru to get information about Muzan. Also, in line with Muzan’s rule that any demon that said his name or disclosed any information about him died, she made Susamaru say his name. Susamaru died right after.
Tamayo has created a branch of blood techniques that needed her to draw her blood that then sprouted various effects from her targeted enemies using the scent from the blood. This worked when Tamayo released blood, and then we can safely assume that this entered the body of the enemy and fogged the brain.
Tamayo used her flesh and blood to produce a great number of thorn-like tiny flesh seeds that could cover and pierce the enemy.
The seeds then burst and expand into ginormous pulp trees with a lot of pointed, spiked branches that then penetrate the opponent. Tamayo used this ability when she faced Muzan, which then was powerful enough to stop him, but only for a moment.
Their relationship started when Tanjiro Kamado dealt with a newly turned demon by the Muzan. The police instructed him to stop what he was doing in the middle of the streets.
Tanjiro then showed compassion toward the demon as he did not want the demon to kill anybody. Tamayo then decided to help him and used her technique Enchanting Blood, Aroma of Visual Fantasy.
I was amazed how Tamayo immediately decided to lend a helping hand, even if they did not know each other at all. If this happened to me, I would look the other way. This was one of the motivations I got from Tamayo, to be helpful to those who are in need.
Nezuko Kamado was the sister of Tanjiro Kamado. Nezuko and Tamayo first met when Tanjiro met the latter. Inside her clinic, Tamayo smiled at her when Nezuko decided to lie down- which made Tanjiro all flustered.
Nezuko looked relaxed around Lady Tamayo and acted more childish than she normally would. She saw Tamayo the same way she viewed all humans, and that was a part of her family. Nezuko looked at Tamayo specifically as an individual similar to her mother. This made Tamayo grow fond of her.
She appreciated the fact that Nezuko viewed her as an average person, despite being a Demon and her past sins. If I were in Tamayo’s shoes, I would also cherish Nezuko. Based on my own experience, it was rare for others that accept you regardless of your past.
As mentioned above, Muzan Kibutsuji was the Demon King. In the very first encounter between Muzan and Tamayo, he took advantage and tricked Tamayo with a “cure” but turned her into a demon. He hid from her the true consequences of the transformation, which caused her family’s death.
Tamayo had attempted to kill Muzan numerous times. Moreover, when she realized that she stood no chance of winning, Tamayo’s mental state was completely defeated. Her resolve had a docile, servant-like demeanor.
However, when she witnessed Yoriichi’s power and skill during his fight with Muzan, Tamayo’s mission to kill him reignited, which led her to once again refocus her efforts on defeating the Demon King and restart her research into creating drugs to weaken or kill him.
I am not the type of person who would hold grudges, but Tamayo’s case was different because it changed the course of her life.
Yushiro was always together with Tamayo. People speculate that both met each other when he faced a grave illness. She asked him if he either wanted her to save his life by turning him into a demon or to let him give in to his illness.
Yushiro decided to become a demon and since then became Tamayo’s personal assistant and a medical practitioner. He fell in love with Lady Tamayo, which led him to become aggressively possessive.
However, it was a one-sided love because she never got over the loss of her family. There were cute scenes wherein he displayed his affection, but the romantic love was never reciprocated. I applauded him because he still stayed by her side despite being stuck in the friendzone.
Shinobu and Tamayo worked together to create a drug that could help defeat Muzan. In the beginning, there was little trust between them, with Tamayo being at first scared of trusting a Demon Slayer and Shinobu’s paranoia and dislike against her for being a demon.
However, both eventually became friends and developed a respect for each other. It was refreshing to see how the two of these characters’ relationships developed for the better.
Interesting Trivia Facts about Tamayo
Tamayo was a Renegade from Muzan’s People
Believe it or not, Tamayo was once an accomplice under the demon king. This was most evident when Yoriichi Tsugikuni went up against a horrifying battle with Muzan. She stood quietly beside the demon king and looked just like a mere spectator. The other demons saw her as a runaway and proved that not all demons are obedient to their leader.
She had a Tragic Past
Before she turned into a demon, Tamayo was just a simple housewife with a loving husband and kind children. Muzan tricked and transformed her into a demon when she had a life-threatening ailment. Tamayo lost all of her human emotions, memories, and, sadly, her humanity.
She then uncontrollably ate her husband and her kids and other people in her village. Horrified when she regained sanity, she dedicated her existence to helping human beings. Her horrendous past earned my sympathy toward her and gave her overall personality a little more backstory.
She Survived by Buying Human Blood
Tamayo was different from other demons as she did not want to harm anyone. She shared with Tanjiro and Nezuko that she only bought blood from consensual human beings just to survive. Although she also mentioned that she disguised the reason as a blood transfusion.
Question: Was Tamayo Able to Get Her Revenge?
Answer: Yes, Muzan was eventually killed with the help of demon slayers. Tamayo did everything she could to beat Muzan. In Muzan’s battle, she was ultimately determined to kill him. She weakened and turned him into a mere mortal.
She used all of her strength and punched her fist through his stomach, and inside her fist was the drug that she had made. This mutated and weakened him. This scene made me really happy that Tamayo was able to get her sweet revenge.
Question: Was Tamayo Already Old?
Answer: She was around 500 years old when she met the main protagonists. Tamayo thrived during the same time as Yoriichi Tsugikuni, the demon slayer who gave her hope in defeating Muzan. She could have turned into a demon even before that.
Question: Did Tamayo Die?
Answer: Unfortunately, yes, she died. When faced with Muzan and the main protagonists, Muzan crushed her head, which led to her death. It made my heart ache how my favorite character died in the arms of her nemesis. However, her passing was not in vain, and she did what she wished for, and that was revenge.
Tamayo Demon Slayer Final Thoughts: Lady Tamayo’s Flaws and Potential
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba was a tear-jerking story that has anyone on the edge of their seats. This manga turned anime has everyone buzzed up with excitement as to what would happen next.
Although Lady Tamayo was partly fueled by her revengeful dislike towards Muzan, this became her power to strive hard and improve. As an avid watcher of this anime series, her sweet demeanor and gentleness made her a loveable character.
Even though she was a demon and made past mistakes, she has proved to the mass that she changed and did everything for the greater good.
I think Lady Tamayo has proved that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. It inspired me to be calm when faced with problems. With her endless effort to do research surrounding demons, her sacrifice bore fruit eventually.
Lady Tamayo became a huge factor in taking down Muzan due to her knowledge and expertise in working with poison. I hope you found Lady Tamayo as amazing as I did. After reading this blog, were you impressed with Lady Tamayo’s capabilities?