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His name, Shutendouji ( 酒呑童子) literally is written with kanji reading "sake gulping boy". There are a number of legends about where Shutendouji came from, depending on the region: He's generally depicted as having been a human at birth, but having become an oni through various methods. All the various myths have several things in common, though: his extremely violent temper and his love of drink. He is described as being one of the three most powerful monsters in Japan at the time; he was eventually slain by a battle party formed by Minamoto no Yorimitsu.

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