Animated Character Database
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Shippo is a young orphaned Fox Demon, who attempts to steal the Shikon Jewel from Inuyasha and Kagome, wanting to become stronger and avenge his father's death. Though his plan fails, Inuyasha and Kagome aid him after hearing his story, and he becomes their companion. Shippo normally appears to be a young boy with certain fox-like features: his legs, feet, ears, and tail. He can shape-shift, but his other forms (such as a large flying balloon) are temporary and often ineffective, usually given away by his lingering fox tail and 2 5'' in height. He can also create illusory duplicates of himself, as well as weak Foxfire (狐火 Kitsunebi?) magic and toy-based tricks such as his giant spinning top attack. Naively observant, he often directs cheeky comments to Inuyasha, earning a smack on the head. His actual age is never stated in the series; according to the official InuYasha guide by Rumiko Takahashi, his appearance is equivalent to that of a seven-year-old boy. He often bears crushes toward the little girls in the village and strives to protect and impress them, and it usually works; Kagome believes Shippo has picked up some of Miroku's habits. Though he is the weakest member of Inuyasha's group, Shippo gradually becomes braver during the series and is dedicated to his friends. Despite Inuyasha's attempt to stop Shippo from joining their final battle against Naraku, Shippo goes anyway in hopes of helping his friends in the ways that he can. At the end of the Final Act, Shippo resides in Kaede's village, but often leaves to train and take the kitsune demon examination.


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