In the 2007 anime, Nue is depicted as a large shadowed equine figure, resembling that of the Qilin or the Longma. He has a voluminous and flowing mane and tail, as well as having tufts of hair around his hooves. His face has a long thin snout with a thin pair of whiskers, glowing green eyes, and lighter bushy eyebrows. He usually covers himself with a black cloud.
In the 2018 anime, Nue's appearance returns to the usual depiction, being a chimerical yōkai, having the head of a monkey, the body of a tanuki, the limbs of a tiger, and the tail of a snake.
Nue in the 2007 anime, takes priority over the happiness of other Yōkai and humans over his injuries, both on his body and honor, saving others even in his weakened state and does not mind leaving the misunderstanding of him and prefers to stay hidden because he worries about scaring other Yōkai and humans by revealing his true appearance and voice.
He welcomed the recovery of the Hyakki Yagyō, the traditional midnight marching by yōkai of Kyoto.
Nue is a famous being even among Yōkai. Before the wrong history was rewritten, he was said to possess a traditional chimera-like appearance.
During a wrong history created by notorious Bake-Tōrō, he was scared as a vicious monster by both yokai and humans with false rumors spread by the villain. As the villain took innocents as hostages, Nue couldn't defeat it and was sealed, so the great yōkai called Kitarō and Medama-Oyaji for help.
As history was changed, he became a respected hero among yōkai and humans so does the purpose of the Nue Temple in Kyoto 1200 years later; from introducing terror of the beast to praising the honorable savior.
Powers and Abilities
Immense Spiritual Power: Nue possesses an immense level of spiritual power, having sent a letter into the future and take its recipient back to his current time while sealed away in a lantern. Even after being severely weakened, Nue is still capable of performing various powerful acts as demonstrated where he extinguishes large-scale fires in quick succession with ease after being freed.
Life Force Absorption:
Thrush Legion: Nue is able to command an entire legion of thrushes.
The Nue of legend in ancient folklore it is said to have been a nocturnal bird, due to its call sounding like a thrush, specifically the White's thrush, thus giving it its name, where it is written in kanji containing "bird" and "night". However its actual appearance was never described, leaving it a mystery. Later depictions of the Nue makes it appear as a chimera-like yokai with the head of a monkey, the body of a tanuki, the limbs of a tiger and the tail of a snake. In fewer cases, it was depicted with the head of a cat, the body of a chicken, and the tail of a fox. Most of the Nue's life is unknown as during the few times that it has interacted with humans, the results of said events have been devastating.
On occasions, Nue is confused with Raijū.
- Nue's depictions where most of his character stayed hidden in the 2007 anime correspond to the original tale of Nue and another meaning of the word "Nue" in Japanese; mysterious.