This is the policy for the naming of InuYasha articles, characters, places, skills, and techniques.

General notesEdit

There are a few small important notes in the naming policy that applies to all categories of names rather than just a specific group.


The InuYasha Wiki uses Revised Hepburn for the romanization of kanji, like Wikipedia does (to some extent; They have their own tweaks to that system but it's primarily revised hepburn).

The primary point here is that fandubs and scanalations commonly use Wāpuro rōmaji. In addition to that the net has a bad habit of spreading bad translations around enough that people begin to believe they are the official only way to write something. So the net is a bad place to hunt down the proper rōmaji to use for a character's name.

The most relevant point here is the difference in treatment of long vowels. In wāpuro the long o and u vowels are written using an extra u, so long o would be ou and long u would be uu. However, in revised hepburn they are represented using macrons, long o being ō and long u being ū. This means that some names like Kōga, Sesshōmaru, and Myōga are mistakenly entered into the wiki as Kouga, Sesshoumaru, and Myouga by newer editors.

For the most part if you see a uu, or ou used on the wiki it's a mistake that can be cleaned up. Read the rest of the policy to understand what form of the name you should clean that up to.

Italics and MacronsEdit

This section is subject to changes in the near future from daimyō-kai discussion.

On the wiki we use italics in some locations to indicate that the written form of a term we are using is in Japanese (commonly rōmaji) rather than English. And we also use the macrons inside of rōmaji to give a pronunciation guide to the reader. However for ease of editing we only require these in certain locations, as it would be a strain to write articles and reformat them when names change if we were to use the stylization everywhere.

Basically, we use italics and macrons in any unique location, ie: one that isn't repeated and bears some significance to the reader. Basically it boils down to:

  • Macrons are not used in the English forms of words (The English translation Koga uses no macrons, but the rōmaji Kōga does use macrons)
  • Macrons and Italics are used inside of the {{translation}} template.
    • The translation template is primarily only used at the top of the article on a topic. In that location the primary name in the first parameter is normally bolded.
    • The third parameter to the translation template (the romaji parameter) already contains code to italicize the romaji so 's aren't needed there, but if you are using rōmaji in the main parameter apostrophes (') are needed to italicize it.
  • Macrons are used in the romaji parameter for infoboxes. However italics are not since the infobox adds those automatically.

Use of namesEdit

In articles we refer to the character by a single primary name, aliases are not used unless relevant to the context of the paragraph. (ie: We use the Inu no Taishō unless specifically referring to him as the Great Dog Demon).

We also list all the versions of a name. English, Kanji, Romaji, and aliases are listed in their infoboxes, and all of those, as well as some misspellings or shortened names are redirected.


For reference the following paragraphs will refer to certain terms:

Primary name
The name primarily used for a character. This name is used as the page title for that character, listed in bold in the first parameter in the {{translation}} template used at the start of that character's page, inside the name parameter (header) of the infobox, and is also used throughout the wiki to refer to the character.

Primary names should use the character's name from the English Anime Dub.

(Kagome Higurashi not Higurashi Kagome)

When a character has an alias their real name is used as the primary name. However if relevant to the context the alias my be used in a section of an article.

(The Inu no Taishō not the Great Dog Demon)

The title character of the InuYasha series is not to be spelled as InuYasha. There is a barely noticeable difference between the series's spelling (InuYasha) and the character spelling (Inuyasha), but it is a difference nonetheless.

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