Lord Sesshōmaru, are you going to come rescue me...?


Rin (りん) is an orphaned human girl who became a traveling companion of the dog daiyōkai Sesshōmaru.


Early life[]

Rin witnessed her parents and brothers being savagely murdered by bandits when she was still young. This plagued her with nightmares and a general fear of humans.[5] She was so traumatized that she lost her voice and became a mute.[4] She never spoke to the people in the village she was raised in, so the villagers often got frustrated with her strange behavior and acted harshly. Even when the villagers would beat or scold her, Rin remained submissive and unresponsive.[6][7]

Joining Sesshōmaru[]

Rin Aiding An Injured Sesshomaru

Rin offering Sesshōmaru food.

Rin was generally allowed to do whatever she wanted, so long as she did not disturb the villagers. She discovered the daiyōkai Sesshōmaru in a forest near her village. She relentlessly and fearlessly tried to help him, even though he would not accept her help. She went through the trouble of finding food in the village preserves or in the forest itself, and brought this food to him. Sesshōmaru never actually ate the food or accepted the help she gave him, but she continued with her actions. She was caught rummaging through one of the village's fish preserves, and some village men beat her and warned her not to do it again.[7] When she later brought food she foraged in the forest, Rin's visible injuries sparked Sesshōmaru's curiosity, and he asked her about them. This brought about a beaming smile on Rin's bruised face. Sesshōmaru scoffed at her, silently wondering what had made her suddenly so happy.

When Rin returned to her home later that day, she discovered a thief going through her food. She was shocked and remained in the doorway, frightened by the man. When the man realized she was there, they could hear the sounds of the Wolf Demon Tribe attacking the village and searching for the thief. Whilst the thief ran off, Rin realized that she had to get away from the village. She ran into the forest, hoping to escape with her life. However, the wolves gave chase to her and she was soon overcome and killed by them. Her last thoughts were of Sesshōmaru.

Young Rin

The smile that made Sesshōmaru revive her.

Elsewhere, Sesshōmaru had been rejoined by his traveling companions Jaken and a two-headed dragon. He picks up the scent of blood and discovered Rin's corpse in passing. Her death did not interest him and he had planned to continue on his way, but he recalled the girl's smile from earlier, which made him pause.[4] He unsheathed Tenseiga and it began to pulsate, allowing him to see the messengers from the other world surrounding her corpse. To satisfy his sudden curiosity, he tests his sword Tenseiga and he slew the messengers. Once he had, Sesshōmaru knelt down by her side and was satisfied when she opened her eyes. Feeling his task complete, he stood back up and continued on his way, ignoring the questions from Jaken. Rin followed him, and became a part of his entourage from then on. She regained the ability to talk when she was revived, so she spoke very often to Jaken, the two-headed dragon whom she named A-Un,[8] and to Sesshōmaru as well.

Rin, being a young girl without combat skills, presented the problem of becoming a liability to Sesshōmaru when he battled. She dutifully remained in safe places far from the battlefields as instructed of her, often awaiting his return with A-Un and Jaken. She was also told she would have to fend for herself if she ever got hungry. This did not faze her, and she agreed since she already knew how to survive on her own. He had Jaken accompany her to assist whenever she went in search of food.[9]

Used as bait[]

The hanyō Naraku, bent on defiling the Shikon no Tama, had come into conflict with Sesshōmaru's brother, Inuyasha. In an attempt to force Sesshōmaru's cooperation in ending Inuyasha's life, Naraku ordered his incarnation Kagura to abduct Rin.[9]


Rin could not escape.

Rin was in a field of melons with Jaken, trying to find something to eat, when Kagura appeared and abducted her.[9][10] When Rin awoke, she found herself in a room with a young boy named Kohaku, who was meant to keep her there under Naraku's orders (though Rin was unaware of his part in this). She tried to leave, but the place was surrounded by yōkai which she could not face on her own. During her time trapped there, Rin quickly became attached to Kohaku, who was the first human she truly had a chance to speak with since her revival. She shared the melon she had gotten from the fields with Kohaku after asking him a bunch of questions, and she told him about her family's slaughter. He told her about how he didn't remember anything of his past, and they bonded.[5]

Meanwhile, a group of Inuyasha's companions consisting of Kohaku's sister Sango, the monk Miroku and the miko Kagome Higurashi arrived outside in search of Kohaku. Kohaku led Rin away from the group as they fought the yōkai outside.

Kohaku and Rin

Kohaku about to attack Rin.

Whilst they were running, Kohaku received an order from Naraku to kill Rin. With no free will of his own, Kohaku turned to Rin and attacked her. Rin fell unconscious during the attempt, but before Kohaku was able to fulfill his orders, Sesshōmaru appeared. Kohaku attacked Sesshōmaru just as Inuyasha and Kagome appeared; Kagome immediately checked on Rin before asking that Sesshōmaru not kill Kohaku. Sesshōmaru initially ignored the request, but seeing the lack of emotion in Kohaku's eyes caused the daiyōkai to lose interest in killing him.

Rin woke up in time to see Kohaku escape with Kagura. She was pleased by the sight of Sesshōmaru, and when he set off, Rin bade a cheerful farewell to Kagome before following him.

Mount Hakurei[]

Later on, as Sesshōmaru decided to hunt down Naraku, Rin was worried that he may kill Kohaku whom she meets again inside Mount Hakurei. She and Jaken were present while Sesshōmaru had a confrontation with a member of the Shichinintai: Jakotsu, who discovered that Rin was Sesshōmaru's weak point,[11] and planned on capturing her to use as bait.

When Rin and Jaken fled the scene to keep from distracting Sesshōmaru, they found themselves facing another member of the Shichinintai: Suikotsu, a man with split personalities. The bridge collapsed from Jaken's efforts to protect Rin, and the young girl fell unconscious from the fall. When she regained consciousness, she was being carried by Suikotsu to the village where he worked as a physician. His personality seemed to have shifted back to his kind-hearted side, and Rin followed him despite her initial misgivings. It was soon revealed that he was merely acting; once approached by the villagers who wanted him to leave, he slaughtered them with indifference.[12][13] Rin attempted to run away, but was caught by Jakotsu, who had followed them to the village.


Suikotsu moves in for the kill.

With his goal of capturing her accomplished, Jakotsu took the struggling Rin to Mount Hakurei, with Suikotsu at his side. As predicted, the plan lured Sesshōmaru into the sacred barrier. Rin was delighted to see him, but the ensuing conflict landed her with Suikotsu's claws at her throat. Rin was helpless, and likely would have died if it had not been for the perfectly-timed arrival of Kikyō and her sacred arrow. Once Suikotsu had been pierced by the arrow, though, Rin ran to Sesshōmaru's side and watched from there as Suikotsu explained himself to Kikyō. After Jakotsu escaped with Suikotsu's shards of the Shikon no Tama, Suikotsu himself returned to nothing but bones. Rin took the opportunity to approach Kikyō and expressed her gratitude for saving her.[12]

The defeat of Sō'unga[]

Sesshōmaru, Rin, and Jaken see a blinding light coming from the Bone-Eater's Well, and Tenseiga begins to pulsate. Later, Rin and Jaken watch on as Sesshōmaru confronts the Sō'unga possessed Inuyasha, and Rin comments that Sesshōmaru and Inuyasha do not get along. Sesshōmaru and Inuyasha begin to battle once again, forcing Rin and Jaken to take cover as the battle spills over near them. As the battle wages on, Sō'unga takes more and more control over Inuyasha's body. In a lust for more blood, the possessed Inuyasha charges after Rin and Jaken, and tries to kill them. The pair is saved by Kagome, who arrives on the scene and tells Inuyasha to sit, stopping his movement, which forces Sō'unga to leave Inuyasha's body, freeing him from Sō'unga's control. Afterwards, Rin and Jaken briefly spend time with Kagome's group, having been left by Sesshōmaru. Rin returns the Beads of Subjugation to Kagome, and thanks her for saving them earlier. Later, in the ensuing battle with Takemaru and his undead army, Rin and Kagome are captured by the Undead ogre and are taken to Takemaru. Before Takemaru can kill Rin and Kagome, Sesshōmaru arrives just in time to save them. As Kagome and Rin try to escape the castle, they are once again attacked by the undead ogre. The ogre grabs Kagome, causing the Beads of Subjugation to fall on the ground. Rin grabs one of the beads and throws it at the ogre, disintigrating its head. Inuyasha arrives soon after and kills the ogre, saving them. Sō'unga later opens a portal to the netherworld, which threatened to kill all of the humans; they are saved, however, but Saya's barrier. Sesshōmaru and Inuyasha are able to destroy Sō'unga when they combine their Backlast Wave and Dragon Strike, finally working together. Following Sō'unga's defeat, Rin was present as Tōga appeared before Sesshōmaru, Inuyasha, and the others. Sesshōmaru left soon afterwards, and Rin followed after him.[14]

Forever with Sesshōmaru[]

Main article: Episode 162 When Rin was foraging in a forest, she was approached by a group of monks led by monk Ungai. Scared of the human men, she escaped on A-Un and returned to Jaken. That evening, she asked Jaken about Sesshōmaru's plans after defeating the evil hanyō Naraku. She inquired about what her role in his future "empire" will be, and protested greatly when Jaken implied that she wouldn't be around long enough.[3]


Rin chose to continue following Sesshōmaru.

That same night, Rin was lured into a trance and away from their campsite by the sound of a flute being played by the yōkai Ongokuki. When she regained her consciousness, she was in a cave of other human children and told them that bandits are scarier than yōkai. She also expressed her confidence that "he" will come to save her. So, she seated herself in the cave and waited patiently. When Ungai and his group arrived, she did not want to go with them. She struggled when Ungai tried to take her by force, and called out for Sesshōmaru to help her. When Sesshōmaru did appear, Rin tried to get to him, but Ungai would not release her. She instead had to watch as they tried, and failed, to defeat him. When she was finally released, she chose to continue following Sesshōmaru despite Ungai's protests. After that, Sesshōmaru and Rin meet up with Jaken as Sesshōmaru wonders where A-Un is. Jaken remembers he left him back at the campsite, and he goes to get A-Un. While Jaken gets A-Un, Rin visits the gravestones of her family. Rin asks Sesshōmaru if she were to ever die if he'd remember her. He blows off her question by telling her not to "say such silly things." Jaken then returns with A-Un and asks where Sesshōmaru is going. He retorts that he is going to find Naraku. Jaken asks if he can come along if it isn't too much trouble. Rin tells Jaken that he doesn't need to ask and moves on.[3]

Second death[]

During his pursuit of Mōryōmaru, Sesshōmaru encountered Byakuya of the Dreams attacking Rin's yōkai taijiya friend Kohaku. After effortlessly scaring off Byakuya, Sesshōmaru prevented Rin from touching and aiding Kohaku due to the poisonous snakes.[15] They retreated to a nearby cave, where Rin worried ceaselessly for her poisoned friend. Despite her protests, Kohaku felt convinced that he should sacrifice himself to the miko Kikyō in order to contribute to Naraku's defeat. Before Kohaku could follow through with his plan to leave before fully recovered, Sesshōmaru delivered the news that she had already passed.[16]

Kohaku ended up joining their group on their next endeavor, which was seeking out Sesshōmaru's mother so he could strengthen his sword's newest technique, the Meidō Zangetsuha. After arriving at her palace in the sky, Sesshōmaru's mother brought forth a hound of the underworld. Although Sesshōmaru used his new technique against the hound, it was unaffected and turned its attention to the two humans: Rin and Kohaku. The hound swept both into its mouth before retreating through the portal opened by Sesshōmaru's Meidō. The path it followed led further and further into the underworld, and Rin's life was quickly drained.[17]

Sesshomaru and Kohaku in the underworld

Kohaku carried Rin on his back and followed Sesshōmaru's lead.

Sesshōmaru pursued and used Tenseiga to cut the hound in half, allowing time for Kohaku to regain consciousness (his life was sustained by the shard of the Shikon no Tama embedded in his neck) before they were attacked by yōkai. Sesshōmaru had Kohaku take Rin and run, unaware of her death as he did away with their attackers. Once their path was cleared and they continued, Kohaku noticed Rin's breathing had stopped. Sesshōmaru was visibly surprised, though he regained and maintained his mask of indifference even as his Tenseiga refused to aid her. Before any more could be done, darkness appears and sweeps Rin away from the two living creatures. Sesshōmaru ignored his mother opening another portal and warning it was his only chance of escape; the male daiyōkai chose to instead pursue Rin, and was followed closely by Kohaku.[17]

At the end of the path, they came across the Guardian of the Underworld, who held Rin while towering over a pile of corpses. Sesshōmaru slew the Guardian with little effort. When he held her lifeless body, Sesshōmaru found himself in emotional torment. Tenseiga continued to refuse his desire to save Rin, and his grief drove him to verbally abandon the sword, letting it "die" as he comes to the realization that nothing was worth her life.[17]

When the mountain of corpses surrounded the trio, Sesshōmaru collected himself and reclaimed Tenseiga, following the sword's will and purifying the bodies. The purification opened another portal back to his mother's castle, and - still carrying Rin's corpse - he calmly exited the underworld with Kohaku by his side. His mother revealed that Tenseiga cannot bring back person from the dead twice. Made aware of the grief it brought Sesshōmaru due to Jaken's words, his mother unveils her Meidō Stone.[17]

Resurrecting Rin

Rin is revived by the Meidō Stone.

The stone revived Rin once placed around her neck, and she awoke to Sesshōmaru hovering over her. Despite not knowing what had taken place for the past hour or so, it was clear Rin had played a fair part. Sesshōmaru's mother made it clear that this was her last chance at life, though, and no force could further prolong it.[17]

Final battle against Naraku[]

Rin would be affected by the incarnation of the evil within the Shikon Jewel unleashed by Naraku and brought to be used as bait to preclude anyone from using their destructive powers on him and his huge spider body. She is rescued none the less and together with Kohaku riding on A-Un would assist to the destruction of Naraku.


Rin gets a new kimono

Rin with a gift from Sesshōmaru.

Within three years after the permanent destruction of the Shikon no Tama, the elderly miko Kaede took on the duty of raising Rin in her village to get her re-accustomed with living among other humans. Inuyasha stated that this was "practice" to return Rin to a human village or whatever life she chooses.[18] She assisted Kaede with everyday tasks, as well as with special occasions such as the birth of Miroku and Sango's son, whom she helped clean after his birth.[18] Sesshōmaru visited Rin on a regular basis, normally bringing gifts for her (e.g. new kimonos).

Hanyō no Yashahime[]

Six months later, Rin along with Kaede, Hisui, Kin'u and Gyokuto were protected from Ne no Kubi by Sesshōmaru.


Rin with her new-born twin daughters.

Years later, she would become Sesshōmaru's wife and give birth to their twin hanyō daughters, Towa and Setsuna at Kaede's village. However, they were taken away by Sesshōmaru afterwards as Zero intended to kill them to prevent the prophecy of her younger brother Kirinmaru being defeated by a hanyō from happening.[19][20]


Rin and Zero are connected by the red thread of fate.

As Rin saw the Grim Comet pass by, she prayed to keep her children safe. When suddenly, Rin was confronted by Zero. Zero attacked Rin, using the Silver Scale Curse, until she is stopped by the arrival of Sesshōmaru and Jaken. Sesshōmaru goes to attack Zero, but she warns him that she used a red thread of fate, meaning that killing her would kill Rin, and tells him that she will remove the curse she placed on her if he reveals the location of his twin daughters. However, Rin wouldn't allow it and grabbed his Bakusaiga, and pleaded him to end her life. Zero then retreats. Rin loses consciousness, and Sesshōmaru and Jaken take her to the Sacred Tree of Ages to seal her within, hoping to slow the process of the curse.[1]

Four years later Zero finds the twins, and orders Homura to set the forest on fire. Jaken tells Rin that Zero had found them as he must break the curse, but the silver-scale is spreading. The Spirit of the Tree of Ages tells him that Towa has traveled through time to other world. She gave him the Butterfly chrysalis and tells him to attach it to someone who is close to Rin and grow the Dream Butterfly; this will cause Rin to be in a deep sleep, thus slowing the process of the curse. Jaken chooses to attach the Butterfly to Setsuna, Rin's daughter.[1]

Adult Rin (4HNY)

Rin, asleep inside the Sacred Tree.

Thereafter at some point, she was plunged into a deep sleep and her physical self was buried in the bowels of the Sacred Tree of Ages in the care of the Tree's essence and Sesshōmaru.[21] The Dream Butterfly stole Setsuna's memories and ability to sleep, which were transmitted to Rin to keep her in an incessant dream.

In a battle at the ruins of Izayoi's mansion, Setsuna kills Zero with her newly awakened Blood Blade. Due to Zero and Rin's fates being connected, Rin also begins dying. Sesshōmaru quickly arrives on the scene and resurrects Zero with his Tenseiga, saving Rin's life.[22] Rin sheds a tear when Setsuna is killed in the ensuing battle.[23]

As Towa and Setsuna attempt to go through the barrier at Mount Musubi, they are separated. Setsuna is somehow transported into the Sacred Tree where she sees Rin for the first time. Towa and Moroha arrive later, and Setsuna resolves to save Rin with her Yukari no Tachikiri by severing Rin's shared-fate with Zero.[24]

Sesshōmaru destroys Setsuna's Dream Butterfly with his Tenseiga, allowing her to sleep again. However, in doing so, Rin's life is put in danger as the Silver Scale Curse is back in effect. Setsuna reiterates her desire to save Rin.[25]

On the night of the new moon, Sesshōmaru and Jaken visit Rin inside the Sacred Tree. The Silver Scales have spread since the Dream Butterfly has been destroyed, which worries Jaken. Rin awakens and tearfully tells Sesshōmaru that she wants to see Towa and Setsuna "one last time." As Sesshōmaru goes to leave, Rin tells him that Towa is crying.[26]


The Silver Scale Curse has spread.

Sesshōmaru tracks down Setsuna and tells her to go to the Sacred Tree, and relays Rin's message that Towa is crying. Setsuna rushes to the Tree of Ages, and is shocked to see how far the Silver Scale Curse has spread. Rin comes to, and tells Setsuna that she heard her music, and that she saw her dreams. Setsuna declares that she will save Rin with her Yukari no Tachikiri, but Rin wants her to instead save Towa. As Setsuna is about to sever the red thread of fate which connected Rin to Zero, Rin stops her. She tells Setsuna that severing the thread will not break the curse, and claims that the real curse is Zero's regrets; Setsuna must settle these regrets to save Zero. Setsuna is stunned that Rin wants her to save Zero, who is her enemy, but Rin begs for Setsuna to save Towa and Zero. Rin then gives Setsuna something to give to Towa.[27]


Rin is freed from the Silver Scale Curse.

Setsuna rushes to Nanahoshi's mansion and blocks Towa's attack on Zero. Setsuna tells Towa that if she kills Zero then Rin will die. However, Towa, in her unhinged state, says she doesn't care about that anymore, and that she'll never forgive Zero. Setsuna slaps Towa, and says that Rin had given her a Dream Butterfly, which held all of Setsuna's memories. Rin reveals to Setsuna that they placed the Dream Butterfly on her to protect her from the painful memories of her past. Setsuna, having regained all of her memories, tells Towa all of this, which snaps Towa out of her outrage. Zero becomes infuriated when she learns that Rin wants Setsuna to "save" her, and she resolves to take her own life, which would also kill Rin. Setsuna's Yukari no Tachikiri pulses and she sees a red thread of fate connecting Zero to the spirit of Tōga, and severs it. Zero felt regret over Tōga's death, but is freed from that regret by Setsuna. Zero thanks Towa and Setsuna, and severs her and Rin's thread of fate, thus completely freeing Rin from the Silver Scale Curse.[27][28]

Rin recovers from the curse inside the Sacred Tree. Sesshōmaru tells her not to leave this place and he leaves. Outside, Sesshōmaru battles with Kirinmaru. Hearing rumbling from outside, Rin and Jaken exit the tree, and see Sesshōmaru has been grievously injured by Kirinmaru's Bakuseiken.[29]

Rin and Jaken find the wounded Sesshōmaru, and Jaken frets that Sesshōmaru's haku is being drained due to Kirinmaru's attack. Rin asks how they can save him, and Jaken posits that they can if they remove Kirinmaru's yōki which is surrounding Sesshōmaru's body; Jaken realizes that Towa's Zanseiken may be able to do the job. Jaken says he does not know where Towa is, but Sesshōmaru whispers that she's in the Black Pearl. Jaken uses the Nintōjō to find it. Rin and Jaken eventually find it in the possession of Takechiyo, who is being threatened by Kirinmaru. Rin yells at Takechiyo to not give it to him. Kirinmaru turns and tells her that his duel with Sesshōmaru is finished, and that he will soon die. Rin declares that she will fight Kirinmaru, and that she will protect her daughters. Kirinmaru draws his sword, and is about to attack Rin, but is stopped by the arrival of Sesshōmaru, who summoned the last of his strength to protect Rin and the others.[30]


Rin was a very simple and innocent young girl who believed that life was something to be treasured.[4] Prior to meeting Sesshōmaru and joining him, Rin lived all alone and was a mute. However, she still had a strong enough heart to aid the mysterious daiyōkai when she found him in the forest. Her efforts were not asked for, nor were they particularly welcome, but she was determined to help him.[7] Since being revived by Sesshōmaru's Tenseiga, Rin has always appeared to be happy. She constantly showed that she had a very free spirit. She enjoyed making up songs, often about Sesshōmaru and Jaken, and would often sing when she was alone (or with A-Un), waiting for their return.[31]

She would innocently approach friends or foes due to her childlike curiosity. Rin's gentle heart gave her the strength to always trust in people's good intentions,[4] so she did not bear a grudge towards anyone who wronged her. As in the case with Kagura, Rin went so far as to risk her own life by entering a river with a strong current to rescue her, despite the fact that Kagura had kidnapped Rin in the past.[32] Her willingness to go to great lengths for those she holds dear was witnessed by the hanyō Jinenji, who compared her strength to that of the miko Kagome.[33]

Due to witnessing the savage murder of her entire family by bandits, she firmly believes that humans are scarier than demons. She has said "humans go around killing people for no reason." Rin seemed okay with other human children around her age, but was mistrustful of most adults.[3] Even so, Rin was always very respectful to her elders, addressing them by a proper title such as "Miss Kagome," [14] or "Lord Sesshōmaru," to show her respect. She would go out of her way to extend a proper thank you if someone helped her as well.

Rin's faith in Sesshōmaru is so great that she doesn't seem to be bothered by his regular killings of demons in front of her or when seeing him in demon form, easily brushing off such sights. It is possible that witnessing her family getting slaughtered in front of her helped develop this tolerance. She also doesn't mind watching him beat up Jaken for running his mouth.

Years later, when the lives of Rin's daughters Towa and Setsuna were threatened by the demon Zero, Rin demonstrated tremendous courage and bravery when she offered her to let her own life be taken in place of her daughters. [1] Rin displayed further courage when she offered to fight the Beast King Kirinmaru to protect her daughters.[30]

Physical description[]

Rin is a typical young peasant girl with fair skin, bright brown eyes, and long black hair with short bangs. She has the right side of her hair tied up into a small ponytail jutting out in front of her face by a light gray and then orange hair tie. After many years, she has grown tall and she doesn't tie her hair anymore.


Rin's initial outfit was an ordinary, dirty, tarred reddish pink kosode that came just below her knees, and a dark olive green obi sash which was tied at her back. She wore it in the village she grew up in, but when she began to accompany Sesshōmaru, she wore a yellow and orange checkered kosode that extended to her ankles, and a green obi sash which was tied at her back. Once living with Kaede, Rin was seen wearing kimonos that Sesshōmaru brought her. One of these kimonos was purple and lilac with yellow butterflies and a rose obi sash, and she was also seen receiving a kimono that was pink with dark pink lines, yellow dots and lantern-like patterns on it. Despite being only a human child, she remained barefoot on any terrain, and continued this habit when she lived in Kaede's village.

In Hanyō no Yashahime, Rin normally wears a larger version of the purple and lilac kimono that was given to her when she lived with Kaede, and also wears brown woven sandals. During the birth of her daughters and after being sealed in the Sacred Tree of Ages, she wears a white kimono with a gray lilac obi sash.

Powers and abilities[]

Rin lacked any fighting skills and could not defend herself when being attacked. She had no weapons and was often forced to flee to safety when under attack. The only abilities she had were related to survival. Although minor, these skills were vital in surviving as a wanderer in the feudal era of Japan.

  • Looting: Rin was very familiar with how harsh the world can be, and she was used to looting village fields and stealing food in order to survive.[4] Jaken would often serve as her lookout whenever she looted food. She had a lot of practice with this skill before and after joining Sesshōmaru's entourage.
  • Scavenging: Rin was able to catch fish for herself,[34] as well as forage for mushrooms, berries, and other food in forests.[7] She knew what kinds of foods were edible in the forests, and she was able to provide for herself in this manner.




Rin and Sesshōmaru share a close bond. It was Rin's smile and innocence that first planted the seeds of compassion in Sesshōmaru's heart. When Rin was injured by the villagers near where she lived, Sesshōmaru expressed curiosity regarding her wounds, sparking a smile from the young girl. Later, when the village had been attacked by Kōga's wolves, Rin was among the slain. Remembering her smile, Sesshōmaru's heart changed, allowing him to use the power of Tenseiga to revive her from death. From then on she traveled at his side. Sesshōmaru often threatened Jaken with death or violence if harm were to come to Rin while she was under the imp's care. When Rin died a second time during Sesshōmaru's training in the underworld, he expressed nearly inconsolable grief, guilt, and shame for allowing her to die for the sake of his own power. When his mother used the Meidō stone to revive her, Sesshōmaru expressed his joy and elation by silently caressing Rin's cheek as she held his hand. After the destruction of the Shikon Jewel, Sesshōmaru decided that Rin was safer with humans than with him, and left her in the care of Kaede, though he still visits her very often, bringing gifts with him. Rin looks forward to these visits, and is clearly delighted with the gifts he brings her. Sesshōmaru is shown to deeply care for Rin, feeling responsible for her safety and well-being. Rin admires Sesshōmaru greatly, wishing to be at his side as often as possible, and finds comfort in the great demon. She has also shares some of his prejudice against humans, since humans, not demons, were responsible for the death of her family; as such, she finds herself more at home with Sesshōmaru, Jaken and A-Un. In Hanyō no Yashahime, she weds Sesshōmaru and bears him twin Hanyō daughters, Towa and Setsuna. Even after so many years, Rin still places great faith in her husband, permitting him to take her newly born twins with him for a rite of passage.


Rin first encountered Inuyasha when Jaken attempted to steal Tessaiga, but they did not actually meet at this time. She later properly met him after Naraku escaped from both Inuyasha and Sesshōmaru and Kohaku almost killed her under orders. Though Inuyasha tried to kill her and Jaken while under Sō'unga's control, she held no grudge against him when he came to rescue her and Kagome from Takemaru's ogre. Rin has even been shown to trust Inuyasha - she sought his help to escape from Magatsuhi. Though she was scared by his transformed state, almost believing he wasn't Inuyasha, he saved her.

Kagome Higurashi

Rin returning the Beads of Subjugation to Kagome.

Kagome Higurashi, a human miko traveling with Inuyasha, first saw Rin when pursuing Jaken and the stolen Tessaiga.[9] She was both shocked and curious when she noticed Rin was human, yet was traveling with Sesshōmaru. Kagome and Inuyasha later pursue her when Rin and Kohaku flee the shrine where Rin was being held hostage.[5] Kagome and Inuyasha arrive in time to see Sesshōmaru and Kohaku facing off, while Rin laid unconscious. Kagome rushed to Rin's side and ascertained she was still alive. Kagome saved the life of both Rin and Jaken when Inuyasha was possessed by the sword Sō'unga.[14] Seeing Inuyasha headed for them with malicious intent, Kagome threw herself at Inuyasha and yelled out "Osuwari!" so he would not be able to harm them. Both Kagome and Jaken were knocked unconscious during the ensuing explosion, and Sesshōmaru abandoned Rin and Jaken. Rin, in gratitude for Kagome saving them, gathered the scattered Beads of Subjugation, and returned them with proper thanks to Kagome when she later regained consciousness.[14] Later, Kagome saved Rin from being killed by a soldier under Takemaru of Setsuna. Soon after, however, they were both taken to Takemaru's castle and met the possessed Takemaru himself. Kagome was thrown back by Sō'unga, and Rin grew angry with Takemaru. She protected Kagome, throwing her arms out in front of her and ignoring Kagome's instructions to run away. Sesshōmaru arrived, giving them a chance to escape. Unfortunately, they were attacked by the same demon who took them to the castle, and Kagome was trapped in its grasp. Rin, hoping to be of assistance, gathered some of the Beads of Subjugation that had scattered across the floor. She threw them at the demon, and succeeded in saving Kagome. Inuyasha showed up in time to save them both.[14] Years later, when Rin was under the guidance of Kaede in her village and Kagome returned to the feudal era, she and Kagome met again and became reacquainted and eventually become sisters-in-law by way of their respective marriages to Sesshōmaru and Inuyasha.[18]

Towa and Setsuna

Towa and Setsuna are her twin daughters. Rin has shown to love her daughters very deeply and even sung a lullaby to them when she was still pregnant. After their birth, Rin permitted Sesshōmaru to take Towa and Setsuna on that night to protect them from Kirinmaru and Zero, and later offers to sacrifice her own life in place of her daughters' when they are threatened by Zero, despite not having the chance to hold them in her arms yet.

Traveling companions[]

Jaken and Rin

Jaken complaining to Rin.

The yōkai Jaken also serves under Sesshōmaru. Rin also respects him addressing him as "Master Jaken", even though they fight sometimes. Most of the time, Jaken unwillingly finds himself acting as her "babysitter" when Sesshōmaru goes off alone; she constantly annoys Jaken with her childish behavior. Despite this, Rin does care a great deal about Jaken. In an episode exclusive to the anime, when Jaken was poisoned by a Saimyōshō, Rin showed great concern for his well-being and desperately did not want him to die.[33] Also, because of how protective Sesshōmaru is of her, Jaken gets hit when she's endangered. He is smaller than Rin, something he found very frustrating. Jaken could never understand why Sesshōmaru allowed Rin to stay with them, and he often expressed his annoyance of her presence. It is clear by the end of the series that he does care for the human child, in his own way.


Sesshōmaru's two-headed dragon got along well with Rin. Rin gave each head a name, "A" and "Un", respectively. She declared their name as just A-Un,[8] and giving the dragon a name was likely what got their friendship off to such a good start. Rin was often left in the care of Jaken, but A-Un was usually also with her. More often than not, she stayed with A-Un when Jaken would go off on his own. A-Un was Rin's mode of transportation when she was not walking, and he could be counted on for a quick escape; Rin would often take naps on A-Un's back as well. Jaken would also ride on A-Un with Rin if they needed to escape, but otherwise he merely led the dragon using his reigns.


Rin first met Kohaku after being abducted by Kagura. When she woke, she was in a shrine with Kohaku, but she could not escape because of the yōkai outside. She sat with him and became fast friends. They shared some melon, and talked about their pasts. Rin found that they both had awful pasts, and shared her story with him after learning he couldn't remember his family.[5] Although Kohaku sometimes commented that she was talking too much, he understood her need to talk about her family and said that it was fine for her to talk about them. At the time, Kohaku was under the influence of a defiled Shikon shard that allowed Naraku to control him. Unaware of his actions, Kohaku took Rin to a field and then tried to kill her. Rin was scared and confused by his actions, but was still concerned. She ran away, but ended up falling and knocking herself unconscious. He was about to carry out his orders but Sesshōmaru appeared and saved Rin. Sesshōmaru chooses not to kill him and lets him go. He then leaves with Kagura. Rin bares Kohaku no ill will for his actions.

Rin and kohaku

They encounter each other a second time in a cave on Mount Hakurei. Kohaku protected Rin from the emerging demons, but also urged her to escape before she was killed. Later, he joined Sesshōmaru and Jaken after Kagura's death and Kikyō was about to die. Kohaku went to leave and save her but Rin urged him to stay, thus showing her concern for his safety. Towards the end of the series, Rin's friendship with Kohaku goes on well when he shows his protective side over her.

Years later, Kohaku would take in and train Rin's younger daughter Setsuna as a yōkai taijiya.


Wolf yōkai

Rin was killed by wolves under the command of Kōga. After she was revived by Sesshōmaru, she was shown to have a terrible fear of all wolves, and for good reason. When she came across Ginta and Hakkaku, Kōga's wolf demon comrades, at a riverside, she immediately hid behind Jaken in fear.[34] Later, Sesshōmaru, Jaken, and A-Un came across Kōga himself. He saved Rin's life from a demon, managing to defend her faster than Sesshōmaru because of the two shards of the Shikon no Tama in his legs. Rin did not have any problems when Kōga left and Sesshōmaru did not pursue him. It means she did not bear any grudge against them, but fears them nonetheless.[34]


Kagura was an incarnation of the half-demon Naraku, an enemy to Sesshōmaru. Kagura kidnapped Rin under Naraku's orders, knocking Rin unconscious and bringing her to a yōkai-surrounded building that Kohaku guarded. It is later shown that Rin bears Kagura no ill will; although, she was initially fearful that she would be taken away from Lord Sesshōmaru again when she reappeared.[35] Rin goes so far as to go into a rushing river when she spots the unconscious Kagura floating by, and is soon pulled into the river's currents as well.[36] Sesshōmaru saves both of them from the river, and Rin watched with Jaken as Kagura's wound from Goryōmaru heals. She was happy to see that Kagura was alive, and when she left, she correctly guessed that Kagura came to see Sesshōmaru because Kagura had feelings for him and Rin was seemingly happy about it.[37]


Rin was brought to Takemaru's castle when she refused to give up Sesshōmaru's sword, Tenseiga. Kagome Higurashi was also taken there. Takemaru saw both Rin and Kagome as Izayoi to him, because they were both humans with affinities to yōkai. Having killed Izayoi 200 years ago, he had no problem in his resolve to dispose of both Kagome and Rin as well. Takemaru attacked Kagome and injured her, evoking an angry response from Rin. Rin stood up to Takemaru, confident that Sesshōmaru would come to save them. Takemaru lashed out at Rin and brought his sword down, but Sesshōmaru arrived in time to deflect the strike aimed at Rin. She was able to escape Takemaru's grasp along with Kagome.[14]


Renowned priest Ungai and his followers found Rin in the cave of Ongokuki. She and local village children had all been lured there by the sounds of the demon's flute, but Ungai and his colleagues managed to slay him. Unlike the other children, Rin did not want to go to the village with the priests. Ungai carried her out although she was kicking and yelling to be let go. Ungai tried to reason with her and explained that she would never be able to survive alone in that area of the mountains. Rin continued to protest, and told him that she could and would.[3] Ungai dismissed her arguments, calling her a "stubborn little girl". Rin demanded he release her, maintaining that Sesshōmaru would come for her. When Sesshōmaru did arrive, Ungai was convinced that he must have placed some sort of spell on Rin. He failed to defeat Sesshōmaru, and Rin managed to get away. Before she ran to Sesshōmaru's side, Ungai pleaded with her not to go with him. He was convinced that humans and demons could never associate with one another peacefully. Rin paused, listening to his words, but then merely smiled in farewell before hurrying after Sesshōmaru.[3]



She becomes acquainted with Sango as Kohaku's older sister sometime in the series. Her biggest interaction with Sango is inside Naraku's monstrous body as his hostage. Naraku almost tricks Sango into killing Rin for the chance to save Miroku, whom Sango was in love with. Rin remained unaware of what Sango almost did, thus, she holds no grudge towards the demon slayer. When Sango gives her gas mask along with an apology to protect Rin from the fatal fumes of Naraku, Rin is surprised and is dismayed to see Sango rush ahead to sacrifice herself in penance for endangering Rin. Rin then begs Sesshōmaru to stop Sango.


She becomes acquainted with Kirara as Sango's and Kohaku's pet. In episode 186, Rin petted Kirara as Jaken, and Sango realized that Kohaku haven't woken up for days which his jewel shard had been defiled by Magatsuhi.


Kaede was an elderly miko and Kikyō's younger sister who became like a mentor to Rin when she lived amongst other humans. Rin dutifully assisted Kaede with whatever was asked of her, and under Kaede's instruction, Rin grew more accustomed to interacting with other humans on a daily basis. Rin lived in Kaede's village, and was happy getting regular visits from Sesshōmaru.[18]


"In the mountains - In the breeze
In the forest - In my dreams
Lord Sesshōmaru, where are you?
Jaken is serving under you, too
I will wait, for you - On my own
Please return to me - Waiting all alone.

"I can survive just fine! I can make it on my own!"

"Stupid master Jaken. I'll always be with Lord Sesshōmaru. Forever, and ever."

"Um, I was wondering Lord Sesshōmaru. If I died one day, I was wondering... Would you always remember me?"

"Your height, your heart, your personality. Lots of things about you are little."
―Rin to Jaken.[src]

"Take my life! I'd rather die myself than have those two die because of me!"

"It's true I've hardly had the chance to even hold them in my arms yet but even so, even so, my love for them as our children is just as strong as yours lord Sesshōmaru. I'd willingly sacrifice myself for them!"

"I'm sorry, Setsuna. I thought you were too young to bear such painful memories. That's why I kept them away from you. Go to Towa and tell her just how much she means to you."

"Towa, Setsuna. I am so grateful you were able to survive, both of you. But it breaks my heart you had to do it without me. That I wasn’t there for you."

"See that both of you come back alive. And when you do, you'll let your father and I hold you for as long as you two will let us. Will you both promise me that?"


  • Rin has a better sense of smell than average humans, including Sango and Miroku.[4] This is likely due to her secondhand nature of living in the wilderness.
  • Rin does not have any special powers, but her youth and vulnerability seem to bring out the best in everyone she meets. Even Sesshōmaru and Jaken, two mortal-despising yōkai, eventually warm up to her.
  • Rin is one of the few females in InuYasha who remains barefoot throughout the series. The only time she is not seen barefoot is during the second ending theme of InuYasha The Final Act, in which she is wearing a pair of boots.
  • Since Rin's name is written in Hiragana, its literal meaning can be anything ranging from a "bell" to "dignified", "cold", or "companion".
  • Rin's character is developed more in the anime than in the manga.
  • Rin shares her name with a character from Mermaid Saga, another series by Rumiko Takahashi.
  • Her seiyū later voiced Chibi's owner from Takahashi's newest series Rin-ne.

Media appearances[]




InuYasha The Final Act[]

Hanyō no Yashahime[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 27
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 InuYasha manga; Chapter 220
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 InuYasha anime; Episode 162
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Zusetsutaizan Ōgikaiden, page 174.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 InuYasha anime; Episode 80
  6. InuYasha manga; Chapter 130, page 8
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 InuYasha anime; Episode 35
  8. 8.0 8.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 52
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 InuYasha anime; Episode 79
  10. InuYasha manga; Chapter 219
  11. InuYasha anime; Episode 115
  12. 12.0 12.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 116
  13. InuYasha manga; Chapter 261
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
  15. InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 7
  16. InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 8
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 9
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 InuYasha manga; Chapter 558
  19. InuYasha manga; Chapter InuYasha Since Then
  20. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 15
  21. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 4
  22. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 23
  23. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 24
  24. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 28
  25. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 29
  26. Hanyō no Yashahime: Episode 35
  27. 27.0 27.1 Hanyō no Yashahime: Episode 36
  28. Hanyō no Yashahime: Episode 37
  29. Hanyō no Yashahime: Episode 38
  30. 30.0 30.1 Hanyō no Yashahime: Episode 39
  31. InuYasha anime; Episode 77
  32. InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 2
  33. 33.0 33.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 96
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 InuYasha anime; Episode 99
  35. InuYasha anime; Episode 149
  36. InuYasha anime; Episode 166
  37. InuYasha anime; Episode 167
Incarnations KannaKaguraGoshinkiKagerōmaruJūrōmaruMusōInfantHakudōshiByakuyaAkagane
Rejected parts Unnamed incarnationHair monsterEye monsterOnigumo (reabsorbed)KugutsuKodoku
Allies SaimyōshōTsubo TsukaiSesshōmaru (formerly)Jaken (formerly)RyūkotsuseiTsubakiHakushinShichinintaiSalamanderEnteiAbiTekkeiMōryōmaru (formerly)GoraiMirror demonMagatsuhiDemon of the Shikon no Tama
Enemies InuyashaKagome HigurashiKikyōMiyatsuMiroku's fatherMirokuSangoKiraraKohakuKōgaGintaHakkakuKaiShintaSesshōmaru (currently)KaguyaMōryōmaru (currently)Hōsenki IHitomikoKansukeKaedeMidorikoShippōJaken (currently)RinA-UnJanis
Locations Onigumo's caveNaraku's castleMount HakureiNaraku's cave
Miscellaneous Shikon no TamaKazaanaOnigumo's caveNaraku's castleMount Hakurei