Despite already being dead at the beginning of Jujutsu Kaisen, Suguru Getō is a character who is enormously important to the story of Jujutsu Kaisen. A powerful Jujutsu Sorcerer and Gojo’s close friend, Suguru Getō was killed by Gojo after his battle with Yuta, which he lost. Still, Suguru Getō is present even in the current narrative in the form of Pseudo-Geto, which has people wondering whether Suguru Getō is actually dead?
From what we know, Suguru Getō is indeed dead in Jujutsu Kaisen. After losing to Yuta in Jujutsu Kaisen 0, he was finished off by Gojo, his former friend, and classmate. Still, Suguru Getō “returns” in the main Jujutsu Kaisen narrative, although it turns out it is the villainous sorcerer Kenjaku, who simply usurped Suguru Getō’s original body.
The rest of the article is going to be dedicated solely to Suguru Getō and his death in Jujutsu Kaisen. You’re going to find out how Suguru Getō died, who killed him, and when the events we are talking about actually took place. Suguru Getō is a character with a great story, which is why the events surrounding his death are certainly of interest to fans. Beware, this article is going to be full of spoilers.
In 2017, Suguru releases a curse at an elementary school that swallows two children. However, the curse is defeated by Yuta Okkotsu and Rika Orimoto. Some months later, Suguru goes to the Hapina Gallery to see the vengeful S-class spirit, Rika. Suguru releases a powerful spirit and makes it fight against Yuta and Toge Inumaki. After the two manage to defeat the curse, Suguru expresses his disappointment at Rika’s non-appearance.
Suguru also says that he will have to meet Yuta soon as he will have to return his student card which one of his spirits stole. Afterward, Suguru returns to his base. A few days later, Suguru helps a woman cursed by a spirit. The woman expresses how grateful she is that the curse is exorcised and leaves. Following this, Suguru expresses his distaste for non-exorcists.
Manami Suda shows up and informs him that his commanders have arrived. As Suguru and his comrade head to the meeting, one of Suguru’s donors, Kanemori, suddenly shows up. Kanemori complains that Suguru has to give him an exorcism since he gave so much to his sect which Manami confirms before adding that he hasn’t donated for six months.
Suguru then kills Kanemori and heads for his meeting. Suguru meets up with his fellow Curse users and informs them that they will soon be attacking the Exorcism School.
Later, Suguru arrives at the school in Tokyo with his allies. He introduces himself to Yuta and reveals to him that he wishes to kill all non-exorcists in order to create a world only for exorcists, which Yuta disagrees with. The school staff suddenly show up and ask why Suguru is here. Suguru says he will release 2,000 spirits all over Japan on December 24. Suguru then leaves with his followers but leaves a few curses in the high school.
On December 24, Suguru arrives at the Tokyo Exorcism School to get Rika. Suguru kills all his opponents and puts up a curtain all around the school. Suguru then encounters Maki Zen’in, Panda, and Toge, whom he easily defeats. While Suguru is happy to see exorcists sacrificing themselves for more exorcises, Yuta shows up and then gets angry.
Suguru sends several curses on Yuta and Rika, but Yuta manages to fight back and save his friends as well as heal them. As Yuta returns to battle, Suguru releases more spirits, but Yuta uses Rika’s power to defeat them.
Suguru manages to understand what Rika’s power is and further expresses his desire to possess her. Suguru then takes on Yuta in close combat and overpowers him, causing Rika to pull Yuta away from Suguru. While Suguru faces Yuta, the master of curses expresses his views on non-exorcists. Yuta rushes at Suguru but the latter manages to break his sword.
After a brief conversation that the two have with each other, Suguru decides to use all his curses against Yuta and Rika through his Whirlwind technique. Yuta decides to fully unleash Rika’s power at the cost of his life and both fire an energy beam powerful enough to exorcise all of Suguru’s blights and force the latter to retreat.
Suguru ends up with his right arm ripped off and expresses his desire to possess Rika. Suguru then meets Satoru and the two begin to chat. Suguru returns Yuta’s student card to him before getting finished off.
After that, Satoru chooses not to donate Suguru’s body to the Exorcism School. This allows an entity named Kenjaku to take possession of Suguru’s corpse, reanimating him, and giving him access to all of his abilities. The man who is now called “Suguru Getō” by many people is in fact an impostor (see below).
Gojo ultimately had to kill his friend because of two reasons. The first one was that Getō never really gave up his wrong ideals, despite losing the fight. In that aspect, had Gojo spared Getō’s life, the world of Jujutsu Sorcerers would ultimately have to fight against Getō once more, and we all know how tough of an opponent he was.
The second reason is that Getō was considered to be a criminal, and his crimes were irredeemable. Had Gojo captured him, he would’ve been executed anyhow, so it was a more poetic and fitting end for Getō to die at the hands of his close friend. Ultimately, it was a touching, yet just death and it was the best way for Getō to leave the story.
After losing to Yuta, Suguru hoped he would get another chance at absorbing Rika, but he is then confronted by his former friend, Gojo. Gojo confirms all of Geto’s followers fled and admits that he trusted Geto enough not to injure young sorcerers like Panda and Toge. He gives Geto a chance for last words and the curse user admits he harbors no disdain for Jujutsu High, he simply couldn’t be happy in this world no matter what.
If you’ve read our article carefully, you already know that Getō is 100% dead in Jujutsu Kaisen. So, how is the guy present in the main narrative? The catch is that he is not. His body is there, but Getō himself is dead; Gojo is, as we know, well aware of that. The imposter in Getō’s body, also called Pseudo-Getō, is actually an ancient evil sorcerer called Kenjaku, who is the main antagonist of the series and a big-time powerful villain.