Salamander true form




Name meaning


English TV


Biographical information


Killed by Inuyasha's Wind Scar



Physical information





Eye color



Manga Debut

Chapter 288

InuYasha Anime

Episode 131

Voice Actors

Japanese Seiyū

Haruko Kitahama

English VA

Patricia Drake

Salamander (山椒魚, さんしょううお, "Sanshō̄o") was a yōkai who was controlling women to help return her to her original form.


The Salamander was once the yōkai that ruled the marshlands of the area years ago. One day, she was sealed in into a scroll by a monk. The villagers used the skin of the Salamander to create a painting of the Buddhist deity Kannon on the scroll to restrict her movements. Many women who lost their loved ones to war sought comfort by praying at the temple where the painting was being kept. That made them more susceptible to the Salamander's influence.

During the storyEdit

While Naraku's remarkably strong jaki slowly spread, reaching the painting's location, the Salamander was revived from the seal, and used women to lure men to her so she could obtain their skins to regenerate her own skin. She controlled the women by feeding them eggs, which later hatched into salamanders in their stomachs. When the eggs hatched, the Salamander assumed complete control of the woman's actions. She infected several women including Sango. She had one of the women escort Miroku to the temple where she attempted to devour his skin. Miroku sensed her presence, and was able to escape; but not before hearing the Salamander's origin. The Salamander also had Wakana escort her fianće Shinosuke to the temple. He was saved by Miroku, and the Salamander's soul left the temple to return to her body in the marsh.

She attempted to eat the skin of the hanyō Inuyasha. She believed it would be enough to complete her revival. She was killed by Inuyasha with the Wind Scar. Even when the Salamander itself was killed, her hatchlings still possessed the women. They were soon liberated by Kagome, with the exception of Sango. She was free from possession after confronting Miroku.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

She had the ability to control people by feeding them her salamander eggs.

Manga vs. AnimeEdit

  • In the manga, the painting of Kannon is the only thing that sealed that Salamander's soul. In the anime, sacred sutras are also placed on the painting to seal the Salamander.
  • In the anime, she remarks that women are weak-willed, and are easy to control.

Media appearancesEdit



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