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Who Is Master Tengen in Jujutsu Kaisen? Explained

You must have heard a bizarre new name, i.e. Master Tengen, in the latest season 2 of Jujutsu Kaisen. While anime-only fans continue to wonder what kind of character they are, manga fans know them well. Master Tengen is heavily connected with the Star Plasma Vessel and plays a vital role in the future of the Jujutsu world. They play a mysterious character and their powers guard the Jujutsu society. Therefore, if you feel perplexed about his nature and want to learn about them, you are in the right place. Here is everything you need to know about Master Tengen in JJK.

Spoiler Warning: This article contains heavy spoilers about Master Tengen’s character in Jujutsu Kaisen. We suggest you watch the JJK anime or read the manga (up to chapter 208) to avoid ruining the experience.

Who is Master Tengen in Jujutsu Kaisen

Master Tengen in Jujutsu Kaisen/JJK.
Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami (Fandom)

Master Tengen is a Jujustu Sorcerer in JJK, and “Immortality” is their innate Jujutsu technique. They are also referred to as the Star in the Jujutsu-verse. Although their technique allows them to keep living forever, it doesn’t provide them the look of perpetual youth. Hence, this immortal sorcerer has been around for a long time.

And as we know, they had a significant background impact on most of the plot. They were formerly in charge of propagating the principles of Jujutsu sorcerers from the Nara period. And from then, they built the foundation of Jujutsu in this world.

Therefore, Master Tengen is confined inside a chamber called the Tombs of the Star Corridor, which can be found at Jujutsu High in Tokyo. They serve as one of the important supporting characters in the currently airing season 2 of the anime. We will learn more about him as time progresses.

Master Tengen: Personality & Appearance

Master Tengen's female form in Jujutsu Kaisen/JJK.
Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami (Fandom)

Master Tengen’s primary form was a human being in Jujutsu Kaisen. After failing to merge with Star Plasma Vessel Riko Amanai, as seen in Gojo’s Past Arc, Tengen had undergone the “evolution” process. Therefore, they are now seen as a cursed spirit with a cylindrical head and four eyes.

Master Tengen’s current gender is unknown, but they used to be a female in the past, as we can see in the above image. Moreover, they also referred to themselves as “granny” in the current timeline in manga Chapter 202.

As they are one of the most important sorcerers responsible for the protection of the world and humanity, Tengen is a respectful and wise character in the series. They possess great knowledge and remain calm as an old person, guiding the young generation while guarding the human world.

Importance of Master Tengen’s Character

Master Tengen in Jujutsu Kaisen/JJK.
Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami (Fandom)

Tengen is considered one of the strongest pillars in Jujutsu society. They strengthen the pillars (barriers) of the Jujutsu world and guard them from his confined space. Without him, the entire Jujutsu society would collapse and the downfall would begin.

Master Tengen’s role and their Immortality technique are vital for passing down and protecting Jujutsu as it always has been. They have been around for centuries and are in charge of passing down the Jujutsu fundamentals to younger generations. As a result, it gave rise to the contemporary Jujutsu society and techniques we know of. So, hope you can understand Tengen-sama’s importance in the series.

Furthermore, Tengen needs to regularly undergo a process called Emerging to revitalize his body and not lose his will. We have explained this detail in our Star Plasma Vessel article, so do check it out. And if this process fails, it is mentioned that sending the Jujutsu sorcerers on missions would become riskier. The worst part is that Tengen Sama may turn into an enemy of humanity.

Moreover, in the context of the ongoing story, Tengen played a crucial role in Gojo’s release from the Prison Realm in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. He was the one who explained how the Prison Realm works and what the Jujutsu sorcerers need to do to unseal Gojo from it. We have explained it all in detail, so do check out the linked article.

JJK Master Tengen: Powers & Abilities

Master Tengen explaining barriers in Jujutsu Kaisen/JJK.
Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami (Fandom)

Tengen is not a combatant Jujutsu sorcerer like Gojo. They are a far different sorcerer, who is primarily non-combatant, as they don’t like to use Jujutsu for fighting. As a result, Master Tengen remains non-belligerent and uniquely uses his barrier techniques. Lord Tengen is the most powerful barrier user in Jujutsu history, as they are more adept at using barrier techniques than any other sorcerer here. With these techniques, he shaped the Jujutsu society and remains essential to them throughout centuries, as mentioned earlier.

There are four main barriers surrounding Jujutsu High and Tengen Sama has enhanced them. According to manga Chapter 136, Tengen’s barriers are necessary for optimizing cursed energy throughout the Jujutsu Kaisen world. So you can understand how they are distinct yet powerful. The various barrier techniques utilized by Master Tengen are:

  • Concealing Barriers: A barrier that controls more than 1000+ shifting doors and guards the entry of the Tomb of the Star Corridor.
  • Jujutsu High Barriers: Barriers at the Jujutsu High sites alter their designs every day to conceal the school from the public.
  • Pure Barriers: A barrier of an advanced form whose priority is to increase the accuracy of Master Tengen’s cursed spirit suppression technique and the barrier techniques used by teachers and managers of Jujutsu High.
  • Empty Barriers: They are entirely empty barriers as the name suggests and are used in different cases.

While these barrier techniques sound cool, keep in mind that Tengen mainly conceals the presence of something (for example, the Jujutsu High sorcerers using barriers when fighting curses). But if one knows the location, it is always easier for them to infiltrate these barriers.

Tengen’s Current Status in Jujutsu Kaisen

Master Tengen after the battle against Kenjaku in Jujutsu Kaisen/JJK.
Image Courtesy: Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 208 by Gege Akutami (Fandom)

When Master Tengen was captured by Kenjaku, it was the last time we saw them in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. In the last panel of Chapter 208, we see Tengen-sama curled up like a baby in a womb. Now, their whereabouts and current status are unknown, but JJK creator Gege Akutami did reveal to us Kenjaku’s plan for Tengen.

Kenjaku plans to attain evolution by merging the sorcerer supreme with all of humanity. We also see Tengen-sama reveal the same in JJK manga chapter 145, but the merger is yet to kick off, possibly due to the ongoing spat between Gojo vs Sukuna in Jujutsu Kaisen. How is it possible, you ask? Well, those reading the manga know that Kenjaku has possessed Geto’s body and can use cursed spirit manipulation as well. And since the evolution process has turned Master Tengen into more of a cursed spirit, Kenjaku can use his technique to assimilate Tengen and evolve himself.

That’s everything we know about Master Tengen in Jujutsu Kaisen right now. They are an enigmatic character, the effect of whose death is yet to be revealed in the series. Nevertheless, they will play a more important role and more about their character will be known to us soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Master Tengen?

Master Tengen is a Jujutsu Sorcerer with the Immortality cursed technique. This allows them to live on for centuries and they play a vital role in the series.

Who is protecting Tengen?

Yuki and Choso remain to protect Master Tengen from Kenjaku.

Who is the strongest in JJK?

Gojo Satoru is lauded as the strongest sorcerer of the current generation in Jujutsu history.

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