(or Inuyasha, or Inu-Yasha, depends on how you want to write it)
Addressed as: Inu Yasha-sama (Myouga), Inu Yasha-niichan/inu no niichan (Souta), inukkoro (Kouga), Inu Yasha (everyone else)
Family: Father (deceased), mother (deceased), Sesshoumaru (older half-brother)
Facts: Inu Yasha is a hanyou (half-youkai/half-demon). From his father, the powerful dog youkai Inu Taisho, he inherits the sword Tetsusaiga, which can only be used in the defense of humans. With it Inu Yasha can perform the techniques Kaze no Kizu and Bakuryuuha. On the first day of the month, Inu Yasha loses his youkai power and becomes full human. His power returns in the morning. Inu Yasha is often accompanied by a flea youkai, Myouga (seiyuu: Ogata Kenichi), who has a vast knowledge but is also something of a coward.
Info: Hanyou boy is rude, stubborn, violent, arrogant and prone to use swear words (something like Ranma on acid). However, he is also honest and curiously childish, and hates sneaky tactics. Fifty years before he meets Kagome, Kikyou seals him in the sacred Goshinboku tree. Kagome takes out Kikyou's arrow, thus freeing him. He used to have feelings for Kikyou, and although he has grown more and more caring toward Kagome, old feelings die hard.
Addressed as: Kikyou-sama (villagers and other folks), Kikyou-oneesama (Kaede), Kikyou (everyone else)
Family: Kaede (younger sister)
Facts: Kikyou is a miko (priestess) who seals Inu Yasha in Goshinboku before she dies from fatal wounds. Fifty years later she is revived, but has become strange and somewhat evil. She is a skillful archeress and a competent doctor.
Info: Hardly anybody knows what back-to-life Kikyou actually has in mind. When she's in danger, Inu Yasha always rushes to her rescue, to Kagome's discomfort. Usually, however, Kikyou walks her own path, using her skills to help the sick and the injured.
Addressed as: Kagome-sama (Miroku), Kagome-chan (Sango), Neechan (Souta), Higurashi (Houjou), Neesan (Kouga's men), Kagome (everyone else)
Family: Jiichan (grandpa), Mama (mother), Souta (younger brother)
Facts: A fifteen-year-old junior high student, she is dragged into the past through an ancient well, meets Inu Yasha, and becomes involved in the quest for Shikon no Tama. Kagome is armed with arrows called Hama no Ya (Purity Arrows). She goes back and forth from past to present, carrying modern stuff from her own time such as her bike, flashlight, medical supplies and instant food.
Info: One of the most appealing things about Kagome is that she's got brains and actually uses them. She also has plenty of gumption. Kagome is falling in love with Inu Yasha, but feels she can't compete with Kikyou, who has once died because of him. An enchanted necklace around Inu Yasha's neck enables her to control him by saying, "Osuwari!" (sit).
Addressed as: Miroku-sama (Kagome), Houshi-sama (Sango/folks), Houshi-dono (Kaede), Miroku-ichiroku (Shippou, sometimes), Miroku (everyone else)
Family: His father and grandfather died swallowed by their own Kazaana
Facts: Miroku is a houshi (a low-level Buddhist priest). His grandfather is cursed with Kazaana (air rip) on his hand, which he passes on to his descendants. Kazaana can suck anything into it but will swallow its owner someday, so to stop that from happening, Miroku must kill Naraku, who gave his family the curse.
Info: Other than when praying and exorcising, Miroku is not priestly at all. He asks every pretty girl he meets if she will bear his child, he grabs Sango's behind when she least expects it, and he's not above ripping people off. But he is a good fighter and thinker.
Addressed as: Sesshoumaru-sama (Rin/Jaken, and sarcastically by Naraku), Sesshoumaru (everyone else)
Family: Father (deceased), Inu Yasha (younger half-brother)
Facts: He is Inu Yasha's older half-brother, and he despises Inu Yasha's human blood. Their father gave him Tenseiga, a sword that can save 100 lives. His claws can emanate powerful poison (this move is called Dokkasou). Sesshoumaru orders a sword made, called Toukijin, which is as strong as Tetsusaiga. He travels with a companion, Jaken (seiyuu: Nagashima Yuuichi) and later a human girl, Rin.
Info: Sesshoumaru is haughty, but he is also remarkably calm, not prone to overflowing emotions, and he always thinks logically. He deems human as low beings, so it is a mystery why he lets Rin tag along. He isn't interested in Shikon no Tama, more in besting Inu Yasha.br>
Addressed as: Shippou-chan (Kagome), Shippou (everyone else)
Family: Shippou's parents are both dead
Facts: Shippou first makes hia appearance when he's in the middle of taking his revenge against youkai brothers who killed his father. After the brothers are dead, the young fox youkai follows Inu Yasha and Kagome. Shippou can transform into almost anything or anyone, and can create illusions.
Info: He adores Kagome, and likes teasing Inu Yasha (for which he usually gets a lump on his head).
Addressed as: Sango-chan (Kagome), Aneue (Kohaku), Sango (everyone else)
Family: Father (deceased), Kohaku (younger brother), revived by the ever-creative Naraku
Facts: Sango is the oldest daughter in a youkai exterminator family. Naraku lays a trap for her villagers, and everyone dies, including her father and brother. Later Naraku revives Kohaku, her brother, and uses it against Sango. She has a pet monster, Kirara.
Info: A tough, independent girl, sixteen-year-old Sango proves to be a valuable companion to Inu Yasha and the others. Lately she begins to like Miroku, despite his grabbing acts, something Kagome supports and Inu Yasha doesn't believe.