Who is your favorite movie/TV/cartoon character of all time? Why? What is the special significance of that character to you?
It's hard to say, but even in real life, you get frowned upon when you are "different", meaning "not in the stupid norms society dictates". you are gay? Some homophobic ass ***** will mock you, or worse. Your skin color is different? The same. Religious beliefs? The same .... You are sick? Have a special disease that makes you different? The same. We are all humans beings damnit, it's about time we accept this!
So to me Inuyasha is a "victim" of ignorance. So it has a somewhat special meaning to me.