The Kuchisake-onna (口裂け女 Kuchisakeonna), known in the anime as "The Dragger", is an entity born from the myths and the fear and curiosity of people.
The Dragger looks like a regular woman with long straight black hair that generally covers her face, wearing a plain, tattered, gown-like garment. The Dragger's most striking feature is her gaping maw, slit from ear to ear, filled with a mangled mess of sharp teeth, which she reveals when she is about to kill someone. She is known for dragging a line of broken dolls along the ground wherever she goes. She always has a deranged facial expression and can morph her body in disturbing ways to enhance her combat capabilities, such as growing her nails into long blades.
In the manga she was based on a more traditional interpretation of the Kuchisake-onna, lacking dolls and instead wielding a pair of scissors in her hand. She also always has her toothy mouth open, and conceals it with a medical mask.
The Dragger exists to hunt and to kill. She initially appears to her targets as a dark and mysterious woman. She will calmly ask her target if they are thirsty, and if they respond with yes then she will drag them to a lake and drown them in it. The very thought and fear of such a creature existing easily breeds paranoia in the populace. When attacked she is also a fierce fighter who screams as she leaps about the battlefield like some kind of savage monster.
In the manga, the Kuchisake-onna is much more like the real-world urban myth. Upon choosing a target, she will ask them if she is pretty while wearing a medical mask that conceals her identity. Upon answering that she is, she removes the mask to reveal her fanged, slit open maw. She then proceeds to slaughter everyone in the vicinity.
The Dragger is first encountered by Banshomaru Shinra as he works together with Arataka Reigen to investigate urban legends and find spirits around the city to exorcise. He ends up chasing down a perverted flasher who was initially thought to be a spirit to a forest, where the flasher subdues him using an electroshock weapon. However, the Dragger then approaches the flasher, who attempts to shock her as well but ends up being incapacitated himself. The Dragger begins to drag him into a nearby pond but is stopped by Shinra's Spirit Bind. She easily escapes the trap and attacks Shinra, nearly drowning him before Dimple, who tagged along, possesses him and helps him get away.
Just before Dimple and Shinra are cornered by the Dragger, Mob and Reigen arrive to save them. Shinra explains that she has grown incredibly strong due to rumors of her being spread all over social media, and that no one who's under her fearful influence can stop her. Reigen suggests they run, but they find that their feet have suddenly been covered in mud and they can't escape. The Dragger emerges as a giant mud monster, but just as she is about to attack Mob overpowers her with his psychic power and exorcises her. He explains that he'd never heard of the Dragger before, which effectively rendered her powerless against him.
Powers & Abilities
The Dragger is a powerful and dangerous swamp spirit whose power is connected to fear. The more people are scared of her, the more powerful she becomes. However, this potent ability came with a downside that was eventually her downfall. In the manga the Kuchisake-onna utilized scissors as her weapon of choice, and her powers were slightly more subdued in nature.
|The Dragger's Abilities|
The more people are scared of the Dragger, the more powerful she becomes. By the time she encounters Shinra and the others she has grown incredibly strong due to rumors of her spreading faster than ever over social media. This gives her superstrength and superspeed, and makes her almost impossible to defeat. However, if a person doesn't know about the Dragger and isn't under her fearful influence, she is much less powerful to that person, as shown when Mob could simply exorcise her where the other heroes could not.
A sub-technique of her fear empowerment, the Dragger is able to morph her body to suit her needs. This includes extending her fingernails into long blade-like claws, or transforming her arm into a large, grotesque sword. In the anime, near the end of the battle she also transforms into a giant monster composed of mud that trapped the feet of the heroes, but the full power of this form wasn't seen as she was shortly exorcised by Mob.
Notes & Trivia
- The Dragger is based off of the real-life Japanese urban myth of the kuchisake-onna. In the manga she is much more accurate to a traditional depiction of the kuchisake-onna, but in the anime she was modified to be more of an original character of her own.
- The fear-based manifestation of the Dragger is most likely based on tulpa.
|Mob Psycho 100 Characters|
|Main Protagonists||Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama • Arataka Reigen • Dimple • Ritsu Kageyama • Teruki Hanazawa • Sho Suzuki|
|Side Characters|| Salt Middle School
Takane Tsubomi • Tome Kurata • Haruto Kijibayashi • Mameta Inukawa • Shirihiko Saruta • Momozo Takenaka • Musashi Goda • Hideki Yamamura • Hiroshi Kumagawa • Jun Sagawa • Ryohei Shimura • Tenga Onigawara • Ichi Mezato • Emi • Shinji Kamuro • Hikaru Tokugawa
|Claw|| Boss & Ultimate 5
7th Division Scars
|Evil Spirits & Entities||Keiji Mogami • Psycho Helmet • The Dragger • Wriggle Wriggle • Scent-Ghoul • Boss • Ceiling Crasher • ???%|