A daiyōkai (大妖怪, だいようかい, "Great demon") is a very powerful type of yōkai that is much stronger and smarter than common yōkai. Daiyōkai possess many different shapes and powers, with some being gigantic and inhuman in appearance, like Ryūkotsusei. Some have, or are able to assume, more human-like forms (e.g. Tōga and Sesshōmaru). It seemed that some daiyōkai became feudal rulers over vast territories, commanded armies of lesser yōkai, and constantly waged war against each other and humans alike. Most daiyōkai were supernaturally long-lived, possibly having even longer lifespans than the average yōkai.

During the series, most daiyōkai (except Tōga, Hōsenki, and Tsukuyomaru) showed a haughty, arrogant, ruthless attitude towards other yōkai and humans, despising them for being weak in their opinion. They also saw themselves as invincible and were quite confident in their own skills and weapons, staying calm in even the most dire situations. Sesshōmaru was the only daiyōkai who seemed to have positively changed their point of view about humans in any sense as the series progressed.

Notable Daiyōkai Edit

See also Edit

Yōkai Bakeitachi  •  Bat yōkai  •  Bird yōkai (Demon birds)  •  Bull yōkai  •  Kappa  •  Kawauso  •  Oni  •  Rat yōkai  •  Shinidamachū  •  Tree yōkai  •  Turtle yōkai
Canines Dog yōkai  •  Kitsune  •  Tanuki  •  Wild dog yōkai  •  Wolf yōkai
Felines Bakeneko  •  Nekomata  •  Leopard cat yōkai  •  Tiger yōkai  •  Wildcat yōkai
Insects Flea yōkai  •  Mantis yōkai  •  Moth yōkai (Yōkai moth)  •  Ōmukade  •  Parasite  •  Saimyōshō  •  Spider yōkai  •  Steel wasps
Other Human  •  Hanyō  •  Ghost  •  Specter  •  Dragon  •  Kami  •  Shikigami  •  Kugutsu
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