Myoga, a flea demon, was one the most loyal retainers of Inuyasha's father. After the great dog demon's death Myoga disappeared for many decades. He was absent from Inuyasha's life as he grew up, and only rediscovered the half-demon after Inuyasha was revived from his fifty year slumber. This is not unusual for Myoga, who is not the most courageous or competent of servants. After Inuyasha was revived, Myoga resumed his duties and began serving Inuyasha as an advisor on his quest to locate the missing Shikon Jewel shards.

At the first hint of danger Myoga often disappears for long stretches of time. When away from Inuyasha, Myoga is most often found with Totosai, another old friend of Inuyasha's father. Though the flea demon is cowardly, he is extremely knowledgeable about ancient demons and the long forgotten locations of mystical items. Though he rarely stays long enough to ensure Inuyasha follows his advice, his limited assistance is often invaluable.

Unlike Sesshomaru's servant, Jaken, Myoga rarely gets involved in any sort of physical battles. He often gets crushed by someone assuming he is a regular bug. One of the few abilities he has ever shown is a capacity to remove poison from peoples' bodies. After sucking a large amount of blood Myoga blows up to a larger size and is often seen rolling around on the ground.

The Meaning Behind the Name

"Myoga," originally a Buddhist term, means "unnoticed assistance or protection of the Buddha".

Kenichi Ogata & Paul Dobson

Kenichi Ogata is known for his fatherly roles, and has been in almost all of Rumiko Takahashi's previous anime. He portrayed Ataru's Father in Urusei Yatsura as well as Genma Saotome in Ranma , Azaka in Tenchi Muyo, and Nebraska in Trigun.

Myoga's English voice does double duty in Inuyasha. Paul Dobson also plays Naraku. He is probably best known as Happosai in Ranma , but he has also played Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z, Count Mecha in Galaxy Express 999, Shion in Please Save My Earth, Wolfgang Krauser in Fatal Fury, and Folken Fanel in The Vision of Escaflowne.

An Introduction to Inuyasha