Sakonji Urokodaki is a retired member of the Demon Slayer Corps, having held the position of the previous Water Hashira. He is the main cultivator of the Water Breathing style, having trained Makomo, Sabito, Giyu Tomioka, and Tanjiro Kamado. Sakonji is a reasonably tall elderly man, as noted by the countless number of students he has trained, along with his silver-colored hair. His face has never once been revealed or depicted throughout the entire completed manga; he is always seen wearing a tengu mask that covers his entire face although Tanjiro states through a Taisho Secret that Sakonji's face is very gentle and calm. He is always seen wearing a cloud-patterned jinbei kimono with navy colored pants which are fastened at his shins by white kyahan guards. He also wears traditional black tabi socks, and sandals similar to Tanjiro, except his sandals have blue straps. On the occasions when Sakonji travels, he wears a white cloth that covers his head and wraps around his neck. When he was younger, his hair was black and fashioned into a topknot. As a trainer and former Demon Slayer, Sakonji is pragmatic, strict, and vigilant, while simultaneously sympathetic and understanding. When first meeting Tanjiro, he was quick to criticize him for his weak resolve and innate kindness, harshly telling him the solution to when Nezuko eats someone is to kill her and then himself. He possessed a no-nonsense demeanour while training Tanjiro, repeatedly kicking, beating, and harshly instructing him to get his bearings together and get things quickly and properly; he even began to utilize traps armed with knives and spikes when Tanjiro began to improve his descent of his mountain. That said, he became incredibly proud of the Demon Slayer he would become. As a cultivator who had lost so many student over the years, Sakonji was haunted by his association with the Hand Demon, realizing it had been the demon to kill his past 13 students. He flatly told Tanjiro that he had no intention of sending him to Final Selection and believed the giant boulder he had set on the boy was too big to cut. Taken aback by his student's accomplishment, he hugged him and told him to come home. Upon seeing that Tanjiro would indeed return from Final Selection, Sakonji embraced him and cried in relief. He also commended him for being the one to kill the Hand Demon. He showed great dedication to Nezuko, attempting, and successfully, to implant suggestions within her to protect humans and kill demons. He wrote to Kagaya Ubuyashiki his belief that Nezuko was completely able to withstand her hunger of humans, even putting his own life on the line by promising to commit suicide should the occasion ever arise.