Was Muzan inspired by Michael Jackson in ‘Demon Slayer?’


The Demon King, Muzan, from the anime Demon Slayer, may have struck a chord of familiarity for some viewers, and that’s because fans have drawn parallels between the villain’s appearance and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Muzan, as the primary antagonist in Demon Slayer, is recognized for his distinctive and somewhat eccentric appearance. He is often seen donning a full suit accompanied by a white fedora that conceals his curly black hair tied back in a low ponytail. His skin tone is notably pale, even within the context of anime character designs. Given these visual cues, it’s not surprising that some fans draw a resemblance to Michael Jackson, particularly his style in the 1990s. However, it’s important to note that any resemblance ends at the visual aspect, as there are few similarities in terms of personality.

The creator of Demon Slayer, Koyoharu Gotouge, has never officially confirmed whether Muzan Kibutsuji was intentionally modeled after Michael Jackson. Despite this, certain fans still feel that the resemblance is striking enough to stand on its own, without explicit confirmation.


It’s worth mentioning that anime and manga frequently draw inspiration from famous musicians, and Demon Slayer isn’t the only series to do so. Notably, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, another highly popular anime, features characters inspired by musicians like Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Kenny Loggins, and many others. Additionally, examples can be found in other series, such as Gordon Agrippa in Black Clover, who is believed to be inspired by Marilyn Manson, and Chara Soon in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, who is thought to be influenced by Cyndi Lauper.