The relationship between Yuji Itadori and Sukuna is one of the series’s central themes and one of the most intriguing ones portrayed in Jujutsu Kaisen. The two of them were accidentally connected when Itadori swallowed one of Sukuna’s fingers, and since then, their relationship has been a very intriguing one. Sukuna has, in the meantime, left Itdori’s body and is now inside Megumi. However, his relationship with his original host is still interesting, so we will tell you what kind of relationship they had.
Sukuna neither liked nor did her care for Yuji Itadori. In fact, he considered him to be a nuisance, and he never cared for his fate. Itadori was useful to him because he was his host, but the fact that he simply switched to Megumi as soon as he found out about Megumi’s potential speaks for itself. Sukuna had problems with Yuji because the latter’s willpower severely restricted his potential, so he even disliked Itadori. At one point, he even took Yuji’s heart out to kill the boy while he was in control of the body, to keep him hostage, so no, there is no way that he ever cared for him.
The rest of this article will explore the relationship between Sukuna and Yuji Itadori while focusing, in particular, on the nature of their relationship and whether Sukuna ever grew to care about Yuji in the series or not, seeing how they had a very complex relationship as a whole. If you’re not fully up-to-date with the events of Jujutsu Kaisen, this article might contain some important spoilers, but we have to state that no new information will be presented here, as we will focus on old and well-known facts about the two of them.
No, Sukuna was too narcissistic to ever care about Yuji
Sukuna, sometimes called Ryomen Sukuna, is the King of the Curses in Jujutsu Kaisen. He is an ancient, powerful, cursed spirit who has achieved notoriety because of his enormous powers and his vile and wicked nature. Despite being the series’ principal villain, Sukuna has gained a lot of fans, and many fans of the series are actually rooting for him and think that he should come out as the final winner, even though he is a villain and a tyrant.
On the other hand, Yuji Itadori is the true protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen, although – based on how the plot has been evolving and how many fans he has – you wouldn’t really think so. Yuji has been with us from the start, and he is actually the one who introduced Sukuna to the main timeline of the series, which is why their stories are connected.
Yuji is a very loyal, albeit somewhat confused, individual who is still learning how to cope with his newly found powers and abilities, which is also one of the central topics of the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. Now, let us connect these two.
As we’ve said, Yuji Itadori, who became Sukuna’s host after eating his finger, introduced the character in the present timeline. However, he mostly succeeded in keeping Sukuna under control and preventing him from entirely taking over his body. Sukuna’s original body and Yuji’s body would combine while he was in control of Yuji’s body, changing it.
But because Yuji Itadori posed a real challenge to Sukuna because he was powerless to permanently thwart Yuji’s will, he searched for another host. He discovered Megumi Fushiguro to be the ideal candidate. Megumi was not only much easier to break and control because of his tragic past, but he also possessed a particular specific set of abilities that the Sukuna desired to use, which is why, later in the story, he abandoned Itadori and took over Megumi’s body.
This fact speaks for itself, but this was only an introduction to the issue. What we want to talk about now is Sukuna’s personality, as this will also help us get closer to the precise answer we are actually aiming for in this article. So, let us see what Sukuna was like as a person.
Sukuna has a free spirit that is guided only by pleasure, and given his sadistic personality, he likes and enjoys the suffering of others immensely. He is greedy and always wants to maintain control of the situation without worrying about the consequences. He claims to have no interest in his vessel, Yuji Itadori, but he flatly refuses that anyone would try to kill him since doing so would mean getting in the way of his plans.
He immediately considers anyone who does not meet his expectations based on strength or physical abilities boring. He constantly criticizes his vessel for how weak and incompetent he is with his abilities, even becoming upset when he loses to an opponent he considers to be weaker than Itadori. On the other hand, if he encounters someone strong and capable of entertaining him enough, he often flatters his opponent’s abilities.
Although he likes to kill humans, especially weak children and women, he possesses a cunning side that he often uses to his advantage. For example, during his confrontation against Megumi Fushiguro, he ripped out his vessel’s heart to prevent him from successfully performing the body switch.
Sukuna considers himself above humans, sorcerers, curses, and curse users. His attitude is similar to that of an arrogant tyrant king, and, as such, he constantly treats others as his inferiors and orders them around as he feels he has the right to do so. Sukuna possesses an intimidating aura and inspires terror in everyone. He does not hesitate to intimidate and threaten those around him so that they do what he orders.
In Shibuya, as soon as he woke up and took control of his vessel’s body, he threatened Jogo, Mimiko, and Nanako to kneel before him. He also threatened all the humans present, saying that if they moved without his permission, he would kill them all without hesitation.
As you can see, Sukuna has absolutely no positive personality traits, and he is a narcissist and a sadist in the true meaning of the words. This absolutely confirms that there is no love in him. Seeing how he was ready to kill Itadori simply to stop him from switching bodies and how he left him for Megumi, as Megumi was easier to control, we can absolutely confirm that Sukuna never really cared for Itadori, but to be fair, he never really cared for anyone except for himself.
Whether he liked him is a different question, but it doesn’t seem like he had such emotions either. Sukuna might have felt some degree of fondness towards Yuji because of Yuji’s own personality, but that is nowhere near any real emotion, and it is similar to the praise he gives those whose fighting skills he deems special.