Name meaning

Iris Flower

English TV


Biographical information


15 (Physical appearance)


Married to Kōga[Note 1]

Physical information


Wolf yōkai




163 cm (5'4")


115 lbs (52.2 kg)

Eye color


Hair color


Skin color



Skills information


Iris, leaves



Wolf Demons


InuYasha Anime

Episode 83

Voice Actors

Japanese Seiyū

Yumi Kakazu

English VA

Natalie Walters

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Ayame (菖蒲, あやめ, "Iris Flower") is the granddaughter of the Northern Yoro Tribe leader, the Wolf elder (Chōrō) as well as Kōga's fiancée and eventual wife.



Ayame as a child.

As a little girl, Ayame was once saved by Kōga from the Birds of Paradise and was promised marriage when she got older.

During the storyEdit

She later grows up and comes after Kōga, saying that her grandfather was going to marry her off to another wolf demon but she chose him since he promised, is very persistent, and tries to use force several times on him. When Kōga says that he will only marry a woman who can sense the Shikon Jewel shards (as a way to get rid of her), she announces that she will train herself to sense them like Kagome[1] (though Miroku makes it clear that it is probably impossible).


Ayame handing Shippō back to Kagome.


Ayame and the Wolf elder.

Ayame appears again later when the northern wolf demon tribe is attacked and almost completely decimated by Kyōkotsu.[2] She runs into Inuyasha and his group and tells them of the attack; she also mentions that the beast devouring demons is neither a human nor a demon.


The marriage of Kōga and Ayame.

Following the defeat of Naraku, Kōga moves on from Kagome, and ultimately keeps his promise to Ayame and they finally marry. Following this, Kōga became the chief of a now-unified Wolf Demon Tribe.[3]


Ayame is a very dutiful and dedicated person, as shown by the fact that she trained in the Northern Mountains for a very long time while holding Kōga's promise to marry her close to her heart. She was understandably heartbroken when Kōga had apparently forgotten but still hoped that he would eventually live up to it.

Like many demons, she has a distaste for humans, judging by her initial hostility towards Kagome and belief that Kōga was above falling for a human. While she could be impulsive at times, Ayame was actually pretty smart and observant; she was able to quickly figure out that Kōga's love for Kagome was completely one-sided, something Kōga and Inuyasha had been unable to figure out for ages.

Physical descriptionEdit


Ayame has red hair that is always in pigtails and has green eyes. She wears an iris in her hair and a band that goes across her forehead. Her clothing consists of white wolf fur draped over her shoulders, a necklace, white fur skirt, insteps and arm guards, and red and blue armor.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

  • Whirlwind: Like Kōga's, Ayame can generate whirlwinds of air and green leaves and build it up until her whole body is engulfed in a cyclone.
  • Speed: Ayame had the ability to run at high speeds, but not as fast as Kōga.
  • Agility: Ayame is very light on her feet and can leap incredibly large distances.
  • Senses: Ayame can sense like other demons.
  • Whirlwind of Leaves: Ayame pounds the ground with her fist, summoning a multitude of green leaves that swirl around her and can knock back or kill demons.


  • Iris: Ayame possesses a mystical iris, a plant believed to have the power of purification and only used it to stab a discarded hair demon. She often wore it in her left pigtail.
  • Cutting Leaves: Ayame carries with her an unlimited supply of sharp green leaves. She uses them as shuriken, and are able to slice through demons.


"How could you fall for a mortal?! Where's your wolf demon tribe pride?!"
"I don't like this! Your name sounds just like mine!"
"You promised me... on the night of the lunar rainbow. Don't you remember at all?"
"Look how hard he's trying, and she doesn't even like him."
"Remember though, that doesn't mean I'll stop hoping you'll live up to your promise. I'm the only one who can be your wife."


  • Ayame is a filler character, meaning she did not originally appear in the manga. However, due to Rumiko Takahashi's fondness for the character, she was referenced by name in the manga.
  • Ayame believes that her name and Kagome's name are too similar (in truth, it's just the last syllable of their names; め, me); Kagome even points this fact out.[4]
  • When she first meets Kōga, Ayame tells him she will train to use the Iris she is holding as a weapon, since she and the flower "have the same name." This is because "Ayame" means "iris".
  • She is the only known wolf-demon who has special powers (the cutting leaves).
  • Her characteristics resembles San from Princess Mononoke. She was not nasty at her first appearance, but nevertheless had reservations about humans. But in her second appearance, she was nicer to humans.

Media appearancesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 In the anime only


  1. InuYasha anime; Episode 84
  2. InuYasha anime; Episode 102
  3. InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 26
  4. InuYasha anime; Episode 83
Yōkai Wolf Tribes
East Ginta  •  Hakkaku  •  Kōga
North Ayame  •  Kai  •  Shinta  •  Rōyō  •  Wolf elder  •  Wolf demon graveyard protector
Unique Places Lair of the wolf demon tribe  •  Wolf demon tribe graveyard
Unique Items Goraishi
Enemies Birds of Paradise  •  Naraku