Prince Ashitaka belongs to the people of the East. One day he is forced to kill one of the forest gods turned demon, when it attacks his peaceful village. In the process he is inflicted with a cursed wound. He is banished from the tribe and must travel west to meet the Deer God who may cure his wound and curse before it kills him. He can't return to the village, though.
Ashitaka is a proud, strong young man. His sense of justice is the most prominent trait. He is very capable of viewing a matter from various sides, not judging someone on their beliefs. Ashitaka ends up in a conflict between the humans on one side (Lead by Lady Eboshi) and nature on the other (Lead by San and the Wolf God).
Ashitaka is a character from the Mononoke Hime film.