Jujutsu Kaisen: Not Sukuna, Gojo died of the same mistake as Madara

Satoru Gojo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)
Satoru Gojo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)

Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 236 saw the end of Satoru Gojo. This was quite unexpected, as the previous chapter saw Gojo win the fight against Ryomen Sukuna. Nevertheless, the battle seemingly ended with Gojo being handed the short straw as he got chopped in half.

Since Satoru Gojo's death, fans have been coming up with theories that may see the strongest sorcerer return to life. That said, how did Gojo die in the first place? He was the strongest sorcerer, but still, he lost the fight to Sukuna, that too due to an undisclosed method.

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers from the Jujutsu Kaisen manga and reflects the author's opinion.


Jujutsu Kaisen's Satoru Gojo may have died because of his ego

Satoru Gojo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)
Satoru Gojo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via MAPPA)

While Satoru Gojo died in Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 236, no one really knows how Ryomen Sukuna managed to defeat him. Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 235 ended with Gojo having won against Sukuna; however, the next chapter saw Gojo in the afterlife.

The manga then hinted that Sukuna used a brand new form of Dismantle to defeat Gojo. He seemingly enhanced the original move using Megumi's Mahoraga. Nevertheless, fans have been left confused about how Sukuna pulled this off.

Ryomen Sukuna as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via Shueisha)
Ryomen Sukuna as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via Shueisha)

In chapter 235, Sukuna was seen battered, missing an arm and eye, and presumably low on cursed energy. Thus, it was odd that he managed to pull off such a move in the next chapter. Moreover, the shocking part was that Gojo couldn't evade the move.

Satoru Gojo was born with the Six Eyes, using which he should be able to detect all forms of cursed energy around him. On top of that, he was proficient at using cursed and reverse cursed energy, using the same in succession throughout the battle against Sukuna. Thus, in no way did it make sense that Gojo, who had won the fight against Sukuna, couldn't evade one attack from the King of Curses.

Hajime Kashimo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via Shueisha)
Hajime Kashimo as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen (Image via Shueisha)

To put this into perspective, Kashimo, who started fighting Sukuna, managed to avoid multiple attacks from Sukuna, one of them being Dismantle itself.

So, how did Gojo get defeated? The only plausible reason behind Gojo's defeat has to be his ego. There is a good chance that, similar to Madara Uchiha in Naruto Shippuden, Gojo must have become confident about his victory and left himself unguarded.

Madara Uchiha as seen in Naruto Shippuden (Image via Studio Pierrot)
Madara Uchiha as seen in Naruto Shippuden (Image via Studio Pierrot)

In Naruto, Black Zetsu pierced Madara's torso with his hand when the former Uchiha head had left himself open. Madara was the strongest fighter on the battlefield at the time. Nevertheless, he was defeated by a character like Zetsu, who, despite his unique abilities, wasn't known to be the strongest.

Hence, similar to how Madara was defeated, there is a good chance that Satoru Gojo got defeated due to his ego. He must have felt he had won the fight and let his guard down. That's when Sukuna must have attacked him and managed to chop him into two.