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[[folder:Kabuto Yakushi]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/NobutoshiCanna (JP), Henry Dittman (EN), Moisés Ivan Mora (Latin America), Ricardo Escobar (Spain)

As a young child, Kabuto was orphaned in the Great Ninja War. Konoha's Head of Medical Corps took pity on him, taking him in and teaching him medicine. [[spoiler: This is revealed to be a [[MultipleChoicePast cover given to him by Orochimaru]]. He was actually taken in by an orphanage run by [[NunTooHoly Nonou Yakushi]], a former Root member who he considered his mother. He joined Root to supply the orphanage with money, but was eventually attacked by and forced to kill Nonou, who Danzo had [[ManipulativeBastard tricked intending for them to kill each other]], causing him to cross the DespairEventHorizon. Orochimaru found him and took him in, offering him a new identity in exchange for his allegiance, which Kabuto accepted.]] At some point in the past, he started working for Sasori [[spoiler: on Orochimaru's orders]], who [[MemoryGambit erased part of his memory to make him a sleeper agent]]. Then, when Orochimaru defected from Akatsuki, [[AmnesiacDissonance he broke the memory seal, and Kabuto became Orochimaru's follower]].

In combat, Kabuto uses medical techniques that he repurposed for combat. His main technique is the Ninja Scalpel, which can sever the strongest muscles with great ease. This, combined with his love of torture, makes him an especially dangerous opponent.

Kabuto shows up in the first series during the Chunin Exams; at first, he appears to be a good guy, helping Naruto's team make it to the finish. Later, it's revealed he's spying on Naruto and Sasuke. After this revelation, he (while disguised as an ANBU) heals Hinata's rather severe internal injuries even though he gained absolutely nothing by doing so (and was healing somebody who could literally see right through his mask if she woke up). He plays a bit of a bigger role in the Search for Tsunade arc, where he engages Tsunade in battle. Though she has her SuperStrength to fall back on, he quickly finds a way around it, beating her. Fortunately, Naruto saves her and is more than willing to demonstrate his new Rasengan on Kabuto, doing more damage than even he can heal and motivating Tsunade to beat the tar out of Orochimaru.

In ''Shippuden'', he shows up in the second arc. Later, after Orochimaru dies, he has something of an existential crisis and integrates some of Orochimaru's DNA into his body. He feels that he needs to prove his strength by overpowering the growth in his body, but appears to be failing... [[spoiler:until he shows back up even later with some new Orochimaru-esque powers and allies himself with Tobi. Several of these new abilities are shown off when he battles the shinobi guarding the two remaining jinchuuriki, managing to nab Yamato in the process. He then proceeds to [[ZombieApocalypse resurrect almost every deceased character in the Narutoverse and then some]], including the jinchuriki, Akatsuki, and the real Madara. He is confronted by Itachi and Sasuke, who attempt to stop the Edo Tensei, and reveals he has surpassed Orochimaru by becoming the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Snake Sage]]. He attempts to both capture Sasuke and return Itachi to his control but is snared in Izanami, a powerful genjutsu that traps its victim in a GroundhogDayLoop, and is forced to end Edo Tensei by Itachi. Afterwards, Orochimaru, having been revived by Sasuke, reabsorbs his chakra and DNA that was inside Kabuto, returning him to his original appearance.]]
* AdjustingYourGlasses: Often does this.
* AffablyEvil: [[FoeYay Towards Naruto anyway.]]
* AnimalMotifs: [[SnakePeople Guess.]] And later [[spoiler:''dragon'']].
* AllYourPowersCombined: Has copied the powers of [[spoiler:the Hidden Sound's elite.]]
** AllWebbedUp: From [[spoiler:Kidomaru.]]
** AntagonistAbilities:
** PowerCopying, as mentioned earlier.
** {{Pressure Point}}s, as shown in his battle against Tsunade and Naruto.
** BadWithTheBone: [[spoiler: From Kimimaro.]]
** DishingOutDirt: [[spoiler: From Jirobou, though he has used more and stronger earth ninjutsu on his own.]]
** HealingFactor: The main reason Orochimaru got an interest in him are his unusually high regeneration abilities. [[spoiler:Kabuto implements more and more abilities of this fashion as the manga goes. He implants himself with Orochimaru's highly regenerative snake cells, then later with the various healing abilities of the Uzumaki (through Karin) and whatever clan Jugo was a part of]].
** InHarmonyWithNature: [[spoiler: From Jugo.]]
** MakingASplash: [[spoiler: From Suigetsu, though altered somewhat to fit his own physiology.]]
** MusicalAssassin: [[spoiler: From Tayuya.]]
** TwoBeingsOneBody: [[spoiler: From Sakon, which allows him to use the powers of others in tandem with the Kekkei Genkai he now has access to.]]
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler: After Orochimaru's death, he wants to punish Sasuke.]]
* TheAssimilator: Of [[spoiler: Orochimaru and the Sound Five's powers; unfortunately, Orochimaru himself removed them. Later revealed not all the chakra was taken and he still has those powers.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Performed the impossible by implanting multiple Kekkei Genkai into an already living being, solely using DNA recombination.
* {{Badass}}: Kakashi muses that Kabuto is his equal in terms of ninja ability. [[spoiler: Even moreso after becoming a Sage, assimilating Orochimaru's remains, and utilizing Edo Tensei on a massive scale. He's also a physically capable combatant, fighting two Mangekyo Sharingan-wielding opponents on equal grounds.]]
** BadassBookworm: Never been impressive physically, but he is very gifted in medicine, poison and biology, while being also cunning and quite manipulative.
** HandicappedBadass: His glasses aren't for deception, he really has myopia. That means that when he escaped from Naruto soon after absorbing Orochimaru's remains, when not wearing his glasses, he was technically "''half-blind''".
** BadassLongrobe: Kabuto even uses its [[InTheHood hood]] to block out [[spoiler:Itachi and Sasuke's [[HypnoticEyes sharingan]] until he could go into Sage Mode]]
* BaitTheDog: If you were just going by his actions up until the end of the second part of the Chunin Exam, you would never have guessed that he was actually working for one of the most infamous Ninjas to walk the face of the earth.
* BastardUnderstudy: To Orochimaru.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Forms one with Tobi for a short time.
* BioAugmentation: In addition to Orochimaru's blood, he implants [[spoiler:Karin's, Jugo's, Suigetsu's, and the Sound Four's blood into his body as well, giving him access to all their abilities.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't dismiss the value of a name to his face.
* {{Beta Test Baddie}}: Kabuto reveals the reason why he bioaugmented himself is because he wanted to eliminate his lack of self.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Male example, especially in the Chunin exams.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: His sclera turn black when he uses his Sage Mode.
* BlindWithoutThem: Until he goes Sage Mode.
* BlindedByTheLight[=/=]SonicStunner: [[spoiler: His White Violent Technique is a flash-bang.]]
* BodyHorror: Gets scales all over his body and a snake growing out of his abdomen after he "masters" Orochimaru's cells power.
* BossRush: His necromancy is a real StoryBreakerPower.
** LoweredMonsterDifficulty: Unfortunately most are weaker than when they were alive.
* BroughtDownToNormal: His serpentine body modifications are [[spoiler:removed by [[BackFromTheDead Orochimaru]], although he can still use dragon Sage Mode.]]
* TheChessmaster: Briefly for the 4th Shinobi War.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: His genuine loyalty to Orochimaru is the exception (and O himself wasn't always certain about that - he just found it more interesting).
* CombatMedic / DeadlyDoctor: Kabuto is trained in medical jutsu and knows how to use it to lethal effect.
* CombatPragmatist: Slits his wrist and throws his blood on Tsunade because she is AfraidOfBlood and later wipes his own blood in Naruto's eyes to blind him.
* ContemplateOurNavels: He bombards Naruto with questions such as ''[[FauxlosophicNarration "Who are we? What is our purpose?"]]'' prior to revealing he has fused himself with the remains of Orochimaru to give himself an identity.
* CrazyPrepared: He appears to have [[spoiler: altered one of his snakes' venom so that it will cancel out Yamato's wood release powers without otherwise injuring him]].
* [[spoiler:CryForTheDevil: His backstory is ''[[TearJerker heartbreaking]].'' [[FreudianExcuse Debatably.]]]]
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Kabuto vs Anko (offscreen), and Kabuto's ambush squad against Anko's recon squad]].
** [[spoiler: When he got serious against Itachi, Itachi couldn't even ''react'' to him and was [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut clean in half]].]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Edo Tensei, which he claims has no weakness... [[spoiler: Except for when the zombies break free.]]
--> '''Kabuto''': This jutsu has no risks or weaknesses.
--> [[spoiler: '''Itachi Uchiha''': Any jutsu has a weakness. [[BadassBoast This jutsu's weak point and risk... are]] ''[[BadassBoast me]]''.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Madara Uchiha''': [[EvilIsNotAToy Tell the summoner that forbidden techniques should be used with caution]].]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Upon gaining the power to raise the dead, the ''first'' thing he did was to put together an undead army of fallen super-villains, including the real Uchiha Madara. Later on he added damn near every other dead, notably powerful ninja he could think of]].
** GenreBlind: "Nobody can stop me!" Also, loudly declaring that his ultimate technique has no weaknesses.
** WrongGenreSavvy: His choice of [[spoiler:allowing his zombies to keep their minds facing against people they loved/respected, not to mention the zombies themselves ''not liking the fact they can't rest in peace'' has been shown to be kinda shooting yourself in the foot]]. Though it's hard to say if he is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder really trying to win the war]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Moreso than his master.
* DeepCoverAgent: Spent much of his life as one, working for [[spoiler: Root]], Orochimaru, and Akatsuki.
** DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler: Was thought to be a spy for Sasori to investigate Orochimaru, but it turns out that he was with the latter from the beginning.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Naruto's usual approach has rather twisted results here: Kabuto credits Naruto with inspiring him to step out of Orochimaru's shadow and prove his worth as a new BigBad.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Becomes this when his decision to pull a HeelFaceTurn ends up saving Sasuke's life.]]
* DevourTheDragon: Inverted, as he integrates Orochimaru's DNA and chakra into himself.
* DragonAscendant: Both figuratively and literally.
* EnigmaticMinion: To Orochimaru, who at times doubts whether Kabuto is truly on his side or not.
* EpiphanicPrison: Itachi traps him in an especially poetic one. He can leave at any time provided he just admits his limits and that there are things no amount of flashy jutsu can change. [[spoiler: He eventually does so, and returns to save Sasuke's life.]]
* EvilAlbino: After becoming becoming a scaly abomination he is covered in pale scales.
* EvilCounterpart: One of Naruto's, more subtly than the others. His main motive seems to be to validate his own existence--he peppers Naruto with fauxlosophic questions on the subject upon reappearing after Orochimaru's death. This is a rather warped take on Naruto's (initial) reasons for wanting to be Hokage. He even has the same Sage powers as Naruto thanks to his training under the White Snake Sage, and compares Orochimaru's cells trying to take over his body to the Nine-Tailed Fox trying to take over Naruto. Plus, his mentor/pupil bond with Orochimaru mirrors the one that united Naruto and Jiraiya.
* EvilGenius: Is this in Tobi's shaky alliance, with Zetsu doubling as the DarkChick and TheDragon (CoDragons along with Kisame after Pain's death but he later dies) and the revived Madara Uchiha as TheBrute.
* EvilGloating: Indulges more and more into this trope once [[spoiler:the 4th Ninja War]] has begun, to the point of being quite insufferable during his fight against [[spoiler:the Uchiha bros.]]
* EvilerThanThou: Forms a shaky alliance with Tobi, with both trying to one-up the other on who's the BigBad.
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Especially in his fight against [[spoiler:the Uchiha bros]]. Goes hand in hand with [[EvilGloating bragging constantly]] about [[TookALevelInBadass how far]] he has [[PowerParasite evolved]] and is [[{{Pride}} supposedly]] undefeatable.
* {{Expy}}: Of ''Manga/{{DragonBallZ}}'''s Cell in that they’re both humanoid abominations who wish to become perfect and are considered threats due to the power which they’ve gained from Bio-Augmentation genetic manipulation. Also noteworthy are the similarities between Cell’s tail and Kabuto’s navel snake.
* FanNickname: Kabuchimaru / Kabutomaru / [=KabutOro=] (french-speaking domain) / Kabuto+ / [[{{Pokemon}} Kabutops]]]]...
* FateWorseThanDeath: Itachi's Izanami makes him live through a fight sequence [[AndIMustScream for all eternity]]. It ''has'' a stipulation to break out, though: in Kabuto's case, Itachi stipulated that he has to come to terms with one's faults and admit he's not perfect. But by this point Kabuto is so convinced he's unstoppable that he'll never do it, and still thinks its all a Sharingan technique he can bypass. [[spoiler:He eventually comes to accept his flaws and breaks free.]]
* FatalFlaw: Kabuto's obsession with surpassing Orochimaru and his twisted admiration of Naruto.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler: His ability to reanimate the dead becomes this after he begins spamming the Impure World Resurrection.]]
** Kabuto’s blood type being AB, meaning that he is an universal recipient, [[spoiler: becomes this when it is revealed that he gained a boost in power after injecting himself with the blood of powerful ninja.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Pre-evolution.
** HellishPupils: Post-evolution, and bow howdy are they creepy. They're almost [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Terumi]]-esque levels of devilish.
*** BlackEyesOfCrazy: When you thought he couldn't get any scarier his sclera turn black when he's in Sage Mode.
*** RedEyesTakeWarning: His sclerae turn red [[spoiler: while in his snake form.]]
* FreudianExcuse: He's telling Sasuke and Itachi his childhood, possibly invoking this trope by saying he had "'''nothing'''"... and yet this is so far ''[[AvertedTrope averted]]'' since he was taken in by an OrphanageOfLove where one nun gave him her own glasses so he could see. This actually makes him a bit scarier--how detached is he to see all that kindness as nothing?
** [[spoiler:The reason for this is then revealed; he was spying on Iwagakure when he was attacked by the woman who had taken him in, as she was undercover and failed to recognize him. He inflicted lethal injuries on her before he realized who she was, and he tried to heal her but failed, and she did not remember him even as she died. This caused Kabuto to feel as if his life had been meaningless, as the reason he had decided to become a ninja was to repay her for her kindness.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Goes from a Jonin level Genin to [[spoiler: briefly the closest thing to the mastermind of the entire war.]]
* GambitPileup: Not exactly him, but [[spoiler: his backstory and personality appears to be one: having been a spy all his life, no one is exactly sure who he really was working for at any point he was in the story. The time he was supposedly a spy for Sasori against Orochimaru? Turns out he was Orochimaru's spy to Sasori since the beginning!]]
* HarmfulToMinors: Like Itachi, Kabuto was exposed to the horror of a shinobi world at war at a very young age[[spoiler:; he then became too good at his job as a spy and lost his superior's trust and they planned his assassination.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: In chapter 667, [[spoiler:he reveals that imprisonment by Itachi's Izanami helped him realize his true nature, which in turn set him free, and he's now on the battlefield, helping to revive a critically injured Sasuke. It also helps him realize that he has a home to return to. ]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Finally upgraded into one by the time he meets the BigBad in person.
* HornedHumanoid: In his Dragon-Sage Mode.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: His entire motivation after meeting up with Orochimaru was just to be noticed by people.
* {{Irony}}: For the majority of his early childhood, Sasori manipulated him like a puppet. Now, thanks to his newfound necromancer status, he controls Sasori in almost the exact same way. Sasori was less than enthusiastic about this.
** Subverted, as he was never really under Sasori's control to begin with.
* LineOfSightName: Kind of. As a kid, he forgot his [[spoiler:given name]] after a battle, and he was wearing a [[spoiler:samurai's helmet]] [[note]](also known as a ''kabuto'')[[/note]] when the people who found him decided to [[spoiler:name him]].
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Orochimaru was this to him.
* LossOfIdentity: Struggled with this his whole life. Only after Orochimaru's death does he confront it and decides to assimilate his remains and become a new more powerful person.
* MadDoctor: Like his master.
* MadScientist: Like his master again.
* MeaningfulName: "Yakushi" is the name of the Buddha of Medicine. Fitting for the second best medic-nin of the series.
** ThemeNaming: "Kabuto" is a samurai's helmet, which matches his teammates '''Yoroi''' Akado ("armor") and Misumi '''Tsurugi''' ("sword").
* ManipulativeBastard: Orochimaru even called him cruel for manipulating Kimimaro on his deathbed.
* MasterPoisoner: Was able to synthesize a poison that could [[spoiler: neutralize Yamato's mokuton ninjutsu.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: He's the fusion of [[spoiler:'''ten different people!''']]
* MrExposition: During the Chunin Exams.
* TheMole: To Orochimaru [[spoiler: (was suspected to be a spy of Sasori, but was Orochimaru's to be begin with).]]
** [[spoiler:ReverseMole: Interesting subversion between two groups of villains. Is allegedly Sasori's spy, but he's actually loyal to Orochimaru.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: After Orochimaru freed him from [[MarionetteMaster Sasori]]'s MindControl, he chose to become loyal to him, not from gratitude, but because ''he was seduced by his view of the world and [[ForScience mot]][[AGodAmI ives]]''.
* MultipleChoicePast: It's been revealed that the backstory he gave when he was introduced [[spoiler: was a cover given to him by Orochimaru when he joined the Sound Village]].
* {{Necromancer}}: One of three, the other two being Orochimaru [[spoiler:and the Second Hokage. They all used the same technique: Impure World Ressurection]]. Kabuto is probably the best example though. He's the only one [[spoiler:who pulled off the "zombie army" part (Orochimaru used it on a smaller scale)]]. Even before he had shades of this with his Dead Soul Jutsu reanimating corpses to use as decoys.
* NerdGlasses: Subverted. After he turns out to be with Orochimaru, these turn into FourEyesZeroSoul.
* NighInvulnerability: He has medical jutsu to speed his healing. And Orochimaru's regenerative powers to speed it up some more. [[spoiler:And Karin's Uzumaki cells to speed it up some more. And Suigetsu's ability to turn into liquid and absorb any non-lightning physical attack harmlessly. And Sage Mode, which means his body is now impossibly durable and his heightened senses make him even better at dodging than he was before. Theoretically, Dragon Sage Kabuto is more difficult to deal lasting physical harm to ''than Tobi or the real Madara''.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Admits he and Tobi share several similarities. It's even more deep then he realizes though.[[spoiler:Both of them were involved in the Great Ninja War and were left for dead only to be found by the BigBad and taken in a a loyal student. When said BigBad died, they both took said BigBad and tried to become them and both went from joke level fighters to Kage level enemies. To add to it, both of them pulled a FaceHeelTurn after said BigBad returned from the dead and decided to embrace who they actually are. Both are also Foil's to Naruto who use this to their advantage.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He seemed to be a not very good Chunin candidate, but after he's revealed to be Orochimaru's right-hand man, he's shown to be a Jonin-level medical ninja.
** Later on, [[spoiler:he's moved up to doing things like reanimating Akatsuki members, which given that Impure World reanimations retain all the (kage-level in this case) powers of the original plus regeneration from all damage, puts him well above most other cast members]].
** [[spoiler:He also trained under the White Snake Sage to attain Sage Mode just like Naruto.]]
** His latest achievement is [[spoiler: bisecting ''[[TheAce Itachi.]]'' Itachi was completely helpless around Kabuto alone and needed an EMS Sasuke to back him up.]]
* OneManArmy: Thanks to [[spoiler:Kuchiyose Edo tensei, Kabuto has summoned a number of warriors who probably qualify in themselves to do his bidding. Oh, they are also near immortal and can regenerate in a manner of seconds]].
** [[spoiler: Also has a case of AllYourPowersCombined with his Sage Mode use of the Sound elite's powers.]]
* OrphanageOfLove: Kabuto's flashback reveals [[spoiler: he hrew up in one. Go figure.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: His Sage Mode.
* PersonalityBloodTypes: In ''Shippuden''. Kabuto is AB, despite Orochimaru's asking if he is A based on his compulsive desire to keep corpses sealed in a scroll in a certain order.
* PetTheDog: Cured Hinata of the wounds she got against Neji for apparently no reason other than random kindness. Much later he also heals Sakura from her 4-Tailed inflicted wounds, though he justifies it through [[EnemyMine pragmatism]].
* PowerParasite: In Part II. Implants himself with Orochimaru's cells after the latter's "death". Later he copies some abilities of [[spoiler:Karin, Jugo, Suigetsu and the Sound Five]], but he doesn't forget to train properly in some other fields.
* PsychoticSmirk: Prone to this after he absorbs Orochimaru's cells.
* RazorSharpHand: His signature Chakra Scalpel technique which is actually a re-purposed medical technique; it allows him to cut tendons without breaking skin but, even better, it allows him to just plain slice people in half!
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: His Sage Art: White Rage Technique acts as a flashbang combined with producing enough noise to make the air oscillate from the vibrations, blinding and paralyzing the opponent. He must use his snake-like brille to block out the light and Suigetsu's Hydration Technique to liquefy his organs so they can absorb the sound.
* SanitySlippage: After Orochimaru's death he loses it.
* ScaledUp: Both the Dragon and Snake varieties.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Later removed during the fight with Sasuke and revived Itachi.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Not in the way you'd think. As a child, he grew up in a orphanage and was very close to the head caretaker (that he even referred to as mother), who was a former intelligence officer for [=ROOT=]. When Danzo came along with a request that she go undercover, lest he revoke the orphanage's budget, Kabuto went as well. Years later, he ended up mortally wounding her when she was in disguise. The real kicker? [[TearJerker She didn't recognize him since [=ROOT=] had been sending her fake pictures of him, slowly replacing them with someone completely different]].]]
* SnakePerson: Takes after Orochimaru.
* TheStarscream: Discussed. It's suggested that he might be trying to betray Orochimaru. The latter even muses that he's not sure which way Kabuto will go. But he never actually does, and after Orochimaru's death shows great respect towards him.
* StoryBreakerPower: ''Summoning: Impure World Ressurection'' is [[MagicAIsMagicA taken to its logical conclusion]]: Kabuto uses it to revive nigh every single poweful dead ninja that we have ever heard of, all of whom are now immortal, near indestructible and possess every single ability they had while alive. Literally this one technique, on its own, allows him to fight the ''entire rest of the world'', at once. And he nearly won.
** Also having a Sage Mode, as well as all of the Sound Elite's powers.
* SuperMode: Kabuto can use Snake Sage Mode, which gives him a draconic appearance..
* TeensAreMonsters: Before the timeskip he is merely nineteen years old and has some severe issues from his childhood as the SoleSurvivor found after a large battle.
* TookALevelInBadass: From Orochimaru's [[TheDragon Dragon]] to one of the two [[BigBad Big Bads for a short while]].
* TragicKeepsake: His glasses, [[spoiler:which used to belong to the head caretaker of the orphanage he grew up in.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: If his backstory discussed in chapter 582 is to be believed.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Could be considered a [[AvertedTrope Most Triumphant Aversion]]. He started as a jonin-level threat. Now he's probably at Kage level, and that's just as an individual combatant. Counting all the elite shinobi he resurrected and put under his control with Edo Tensei, he might even be more dangerous than Tobi with the Rinnegan. He even went through the same kind of training Naruto did to become a Sage.
* VillainousFriendship: His bond with Orochimaru was one, however twisted.
* VillainOverride: Periodically throughout his ZombieApocalypse, Kabuto will take control of the resurrected ninjas himself. He has a nasty habit of doing this in time to break up what would normally be a touching reunion, though surprisingly this part ''isn't'' intentional.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Kabuto has naturally white hair and has performed some nasty actions.
* WildCard: Out-gambitted Tobi himself and forced him into an unstable alliance while supplying the best undead shinobi. In the more traditional sense of the word, he has done several selfless actions to help his enemies. In one scene, before their relationship was retconned into being a years long respectful partnership, Orochimaru commented that he wasn't sure how much he could trust Kabuto.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers Naruto. The Databook even said that the person he wanted to fight most was Naruto.
* XanatosGambit: Kabuto's Edo Tensei can only be stopped by his own hand, and if he dies, it will go on forever. Whether or not he considers the latter outcome a benefit depends on whether or not he cares if his plan is acomplished while he's alive.
** [[spoiler: The former happens.]]


[[folder:Sound Five]]
The Sound Five are Orochimaru's squad of personal bodyguards. They first appear during the Chunin Exam arc, where they prevent anyone from interfering with Orochimaru's fight with the Third Hokage. Their main appearance, though, is in the Sasuke Retrieval arc, where they are sent to escort Sasuke to Orochimaru's lair and serve as the antagonists of the arc. Each of them fights one of the members of the Retrieval team, and all of them are dead by the end of the arc.

Each of them possesses a Cursed Seal, which allows them to [[OneWingedAngel transform into more powerful forms]] during battle.

The Sound Five as a whole have examples of:
* AxCrazy: Except for Kimimaro. Sakon in particular had to be reminded ''not'' to kill Sasuke in their first meeting.
* {{Badass}}
* {{Barrier Warrior}}s: The Sound Four cast various barrier and sealing jutsu together.
* ChekhovsGunman: All of them (sans Kimimaro) first appear at the end of the Chunin Exam arc, where they don't do much aside from setting up the barrier jutsu and helping Orochimaru escape. We don't get to see what they can really do until the Sasuke Retrieval Arc.
* [[EliteMook Elite Mooks]][=/=]QuirkyMinibossSquad
* FiveBadBand: With Orochimaru acting as the BigBad
** Sakon/Ukon - CoDragons
** Jirobo - TheBrute
** Kidomaru - EvilGenius
** Tayuya - DarkChick
** Kimimaro - SixthRanger
* HeroKiller: Every single one of them provides a ''major'' threat to the heroes, such that only Shikamaru and Naruto weren't nearly killed by their opponent before killing them/reinforcements showed up. They ''are'' among Orochimaru's finest warriors after all.
* KilledOffForReal: All of them, despite all being young.
** BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Kimimaro was resurrected by Edo Tensei in the manga. All of them were in the anime.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Courtesy of the Curse Mark.
** Kimimaro has one that's stronger than the others.
* PsychosForHire: Save for Kimimaro.
* {{Sore Loser}}: In the anime after [[BigBad Kimimaro]] [[CurbStompBattle defeats them]] it takes them a while to follow his orders.
* SummonMagic: All of them have a summoning technique (Though Jirobou's is only in the anime)
* TrashTalk: They are ''very'' fond of this. Even Kimimaro, despite his calm and otherwise polite speech.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Their relationship with each other is ratter volatile, though they still have powerful collaboration techniques when the situation calls for it.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Believe it or not, they are FOURTEEN. Except for Kimimaro who is fifteen. They only look their age in the stock photos we use.

Their members are:


->''"You get five people together, one of them is always the reject. The guy they keep around for a laugh, and in a pinch, he's always the first to go, a pawn among knights."''

->Voiced by: Creator/KentaMiyake (JP), Michael Sorich (EN)

Big guy. Constantly berating Tayuya for her foul mouth. The most physically powerful member of the five, but the weakest overall when considering all abilities combined. Hates being called fat, but calls Choji fat constantly in their battle -- [[HypocriticalHumor go figure]].

He knows lots of Earth-Style jutsu and taijutsu, and can eat other peoples' chakra to strengthen himself. His Cursed Seal form makes him bigger and tougher.

Has Choji on the ropes for most of their fight, but Choji uses a DeadlyUpgrade and kills him in one punch.
* AntagonistAbilities: Of the EnergyAbsorption variety.
* BaldOfEvil: Not completely, though he's lacking in hair nonetheless. He grows a large amount of hair in his second state of his cursed seal.
* BerserkButton: Being called fat.
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: He is the first member of the Sound Four to die.
* BoomerangBigot: Makes fun of Choji for being fat during their fight, despite being fatter than he is.
* TheBrute: But a lot smarter than most examples, enough to dish out some serious emotional abuse against Chouji. [[BullyingADragon Not smart enough to realize, however,]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners that dissing Shikamaru was a really bad idea...]]
* {{Butt Monkey}}: Interestingly, he mocks Choji for being the butt of everyone's jokes despite the fact that [[{{Hypocrite}} he's the butt of everyone's jokes]]. Not to mention, since everyone seems aware he is the weakest of the five, they tend to remind him that fairly often.
* ContainmentField: He could make one out of earth and combine it with his EnergyAbsorption too. In the anime, it was actually shown to be deadly.
* DishingOutDirt: He is very proficient at earthbending jutsus.
* EvilRedhead
* EnergyAbsorption: This is Jirobo's specialty, and one of his most powerful abilities.
* FatBastard
* {{Golem}}: He can summon one in the anime and it shares his EnergyAbsorption powers.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In several aspects, he's an Evil Counterpart to Choji.
* {{Irony}}: See ButtMonkey.
* LifeEnergy: He can eat chakra to regain strength.
* MightyGlacier: Though the physically strongest member of the group, he is also the slowest. This is one of the reasons why he is considered by the rest of the Sound Four to be their weakest member.
* OneWingedAngel: Becomes even bigger, [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow grows more hair]], has his skin turn red, and grows wart-like portrubences, causing him to resemble an ogre.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: The second stage of his cursed seal.
* StoutStrength
* SuperStrength: He is able to lift a giant Choji in his second stage of his cursed seal.



-->''The weakest one in the game always goes down first!''

->Voiced by: Creator/SusumuChiba (JP), Peter Lurie (EN)

Spider guy. Has four extra arms. [[AmbiguouslyBrown Sort of dark skinned]]. Does whatever a spider can...and more. Can produce both regular webs and golden ones which instantly harden to become harder than steel. In the Japanese version, always talks as if battles are some sort of RealTimeStrategy game. A good strategist, though -- is able to determine Neji's weakness merely by watching him fight for a while.

Can instantly forge weapons using his webs, including a bow-and-arrow with tremendous destructive potential. Has a personal summon; a spider who can instantly create hundreds of smaller ones. His Cursed Seal form makes him more spiderlike.

Nearly kills Neji, but Neji manages to turn the tables on him at the last minute.
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire: 8 members, check; can make web, check; has a spider for summon, check. He even gets a ThirdEye when in OneWingedAngel form.
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* AntagonistAbilities
** MultiArmedAndDangerous: Tayuya once calls him an octopus, but this is otherwise never mentioned nor discussed in-universe.
** AlwaysAccurateAttack: In his Level Two form, he can make sure that his arrows never miss. Neji was only able to redirect the arrow away from his heart to avoid an instant kill.
** LongRangeFighter: After going Level 2, Neji never even gets to see him until he is given the opportunity for a finishing blow, though his vulnerability to a close-ranged assault helps him counteract this.
* ArcherArchetype: He fits the intellectual aspects and is a composed fighter but like everyone in the group he is an unrepentant sadist.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He's able to figure out the effects and limitations of several of Neji's techniques just by watching how he reacts.
* EvilGenius: It takes Kidoumaru about five minutes to figure out the weakness in the Hyuuga Clan's much-vaunted Absolute Defense, and another two minutes to exploit it and bring [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Neji]] to his knees.
* GiantSpider: Summons one in Level Two, and it ''reproduces''. Sleep tight, arachnophobes...
* GlassCannon: He's an effective ranged combatant, but falls after Neji's first successful Gentle Fist assault on him.
* InstantArmor: By secreting golden spider silk from his sweat glands.
* MultiRangedMaster: Archery is his speciality.
* OneWingedAngel: Becomes even more spider-like, grows horns, and has his hair turn white and grow.
* PowerDyesYourHair
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Into an Afro, no less.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: He can create weapons like [[KnifeNut throwing knives]] and a bow and arrow them out of a specialized spider silk from his mouth.
* TheStrategist: And thinks killing people is fun, like an RTS game. Remember that he's ''fourteen years old''.
* ThirdEye: Helps his accuracy.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Told Neji that it's the destiny of minor characters to be removed from the game first. Too bad he didn't realize ''he'' was the minor character...

!!Sakon and Ukon


->''"I agree. I think the two of us[[note]]The way he words this makes it initially sound as though he's referring to himself and Tayuya[[/note]] can tear this Leaf shinobi apart."''

->Voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya (JP), Creator/BrianBeacock (EN)

Two members for the price of one. They share the same body most of the time, and are basically the same in terms of personality -- the only real difference is that Sakon is a showboat who likes to toy with his opponents, while Ukon likes to end things quickly.

With their unique kekkai genkai, Ukon is able to spend most of his time sleeping in Sakon's body, but can emerge to give Sakon extra arms or legs to work with, or can separate entirely. They can also merge with their opponents to destroy the enemy's body from the inside. Their Cursed Seal form is a two-headed ogre -- when they split in this form, half of their body is covered in spikes. Overall, Sakon is the most powerful of the group besides Kimimaro, making him generally the default leader.

They tangle with Kiba and Akamaru in a two-on-two fight, but are eventually killed by Kankuro's puppet combinations.
* AntagonistAbilities: They're a BodySnatcher that can destroy their opponent from the inside.
* {{Bishounen}}: A strange, creepy version. They're even described as fox-like.
* BrainsAndBrawn: To a degree. Sakon handles the physical stuff, while Ukon deals with the possession jutsu and other mental aspects of fighting.
* BodyHorror: Not only are they living in each others' bodies, they can go into other people's bodies to kill them. It's ...[[http://images.wikia.com/naruto/images/f/f9/Kiba_vs_Ukon.JPG freaky]].
* CreepyTwins
* CoolGate: The Rashumon Gates that they summon.
* TheDragon / TheStarscream: To Kimimaro. They're the strongest members after him, act as the leader in the latter's absence, and really don't seem to like him.
* EleventhHourRanger: Ukon's unexpected presence (and ''existence'') very nearly led to Kiba's death at the twins' hands.
* FusionDance: Their main skill is using their ability to fuse their bodies with each other and their opponents.
** TwoBeingsOneBody: The current poster boys of the trope.
* GrandTheftMe: Ukon can take control of his enemy's body and slowly kill them, but is hurt when the target is hurt, too.
* HealingFactor: Due to their cellular based powers.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kankuro kills them both in this manner.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The dormant body was able to lend the dominant one its arms and legs which gave them very versatile taijutsu skill.
* OneWingedAngel: Turns into a demonic looking pair of ogres, with fangs, claws, SpikesOfVillainy, and one arm and leg that are [[RedRightHand grossly larger and more deformed]] than the other.
** HornedHumanoid
* RealMenWearPink: Both brothers wear blue lipstick.
* SissyVillain: A subversion: he's pretty and wears a lot of makeup, but his mannerisms are anything ''but'' feminine, and he's a violent, unapologetic sadist to boot.
** Though Tayuya does call him a "fairy".
* SpikesOfVillainy: In OneWingedAngel form.
* WhamShot: After Shikamaru has captured the Sound Four in his shadow jutsu, you can see that the head sticking out of his back is gone. Moments later, Ukon attacks the group, forcing Shikamaru to dispel the jutsu and enabling the Sound Four to get the upper hand.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair


->Voiced by: Creator/AkenoWatanabe (JP), KariWahlgren (EN), Cristina Hernandez (Latin America)

[[TheSmurfettePrinciple The only female]]. [[EvilRedheads Redheaded]] DarkActionGirl. Very rude. In combat, [[MusicalAssassin she uses a flute to order around three huge demons]]. Her Cursed Seal form is a five-horned demon-like creature with brown skin. Fights Shikamaru to a draw, but is killed by Temari.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Her hair is more pink than red in the manga
* AntagonistAbilities: MindManipulation via illusion.
* BrownNote: While playing a melody on her flute, Tayuya can create an illusion that her opponent is strung up by wires while the skin starts to melt off their bones.
* ClusterFBomb: In some translations.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Her level two curse transformation is much less monstrous and ugly than the others. Some think she even looks better.
* DarkActionGirl: Is more than capable of fighting both physically and tactically, at one point decking Naruto in the face hard enough to send him flying.
* DarkChick: Of the Sound Five.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvilRedhead
* FieryRedhead
* FlunkyBoss: Her main method of fighting is controlling three demonic creatures with her flute.
* GodivaHair: When [[spoiler: Kabuto makes a naked manifestation of her protrude from his body.]]
* LadyOfWar: She fights from long-range by playing a flute.
* LongRangeFighter: She uses her flute and her Doki to attack her enemies from a distance.
* MasterOfIllusion: Tayuya is shown to be skilled at genjutsu.
* MusicalAssassin: Her flute is heavily utilized in her fighting style.
* NumberTwo: To Sakon, being the second most-powerful of the group until Kimimaro shows up.
* OneWingedAngel: A demon girl with multiple horns and very creepy eyes.
** HornedHumanoid
* SummonMagic: Summons {{Youkai}} demons based on the MonkeyMoralityPose.
* SuperStrength: Not nearly as profound as Jirobo's, but she was able to break free of Shikamaru's shadow techniques once she activated the second stage of her cursed seal.
* PlayingAgainstType: In Latin-America, she's voiced by Sakura. [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura The REALLY famous one.]]
* RoseHairedSweetie: Pink-haired? Yes. Sweetie? HELL NO!
* TheStrategist: During her fight with Shikamaru, her defensive position with her summoned demons is done so well that Shikamaru admits that she's almost as good at thinking and strategics as he is.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Tends to be the one heaping on verbal abuse of her teammates, and doesn't seem to enjoy working with her squad...[[HiddenDepths although there may be a reason for her conduct: when Shikamaru catches them up while impersonating Jirobo, Tayuya immediately throws off a string of abusive remarks, and she, Kidoumaru, and Sakon instantly caught on on to the deception when Shikamaru-as-Jiroubou just takes her abuse without complaint.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Considers Shikamaru this in their battle, and vice-versa.

!!Kimimaro Kaguya

->Child Voice: Makoto Tsumura (JP), Creator/KariWahlgren (EN)
->Adult Voice: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (JP), Creator/KeithSilverstein (EN)

The strongest member by far. The last member of a clan of {{Blood Knight}}s who were killed off after attempting to revolt against the Hidden Mist Village. Taken in by Orochimaru, who he idolizes. He was originally supposed to be Orochimaru's next vessel, but he contracted a terminal illness (likely tuberculosis), which prevented this. The others didn't want him to join, but as he was stronger than them all combined, they didn't have much of a choice.

He has a kekkai genkai which allows him to control the growth of his bones, which are harder than steel. He can cause them to protrude from his body as SpikesOfDoom, or remove them from his body entirely to use as weapons. (They evidently grow back instantaneously.) This reaches [[{{Squick}} squicky]] levels at times, for example when he pulls out his own spine to use as a weapon. His Cursed Seal form is a dinosaur-like creature.

Fights Naruto, then Rock Lee, and then Gaara. He beats the first two without much difficulty, but is nearly buried alive by Gaara. He manages to break free (which should have been physically impossible), but succumbs to his illness before he can land the killing blow.

[[spoiler:Kabuto later resurrects him with Edo Tensei, but is made dead again with Itachi's intervention]].
* AffablyEvil: Polite if not outright nice to his opponents, lets Lee take his medicine mid-fight and even praises his opposition.
* AlasPoorVillain: In-universe after his death, Rock Lee and Gaara had a talk about how unfortunate he was. See TragicVillain below.
* AlliterativeName
* AnatomyArsenal: His power
* AntiVillain: The [[NobleDemon Noble]] type.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: When it comes to the Sound 5.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]: [[spoiler:With Kabuto's mass Edo Tensei, ''he's baaaack'']].
** [[spoiler: But is made dead again before he could do anything major]].
* {{Badass}}: Fights successive one-on-one battles with Naruto, Lee (admittedly not fighting at his best), and Gaara. Only the last of the three actually manages to seriously harm him, and even then Kimimaro only lost because he was already terminally ill before the fight ever started.
** HandicappedBadass: And considering how the Four were able to handle shinobi of Chunin and Jounin level, it is not likely to boast that he would have been the strongest person below Orochimaru and face off against foes of even a Kage caliber
* BadWithTheBone: His power
** BallisticBone: Can fire them like bullets
* BerserkButton: Gaara was nearly killed for insulting his belief in Orochimaru.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BodyHorror: His power to [[BadWithTheBone control his bones]] can become this. At one point, he ''rips out his own spine to use as a whip''.
* ConvenientTerminalIllness: Reason why Orochimaru can't use him as a host.
** IllBoy: Reason two.
** IncurableCoughOfDeath: Reason three why Orochimaru can't take his body.
** YourDaysAreNumbered: [[FourIsDeath Reason four why he can't be Orochimaru's host]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Kimimaro was referred to as the most powerful member of the Kaguya clan, having abilities that even his war-loving clan feared. Because of this, he was locked away in a cage for most of his life, only released occasionally when needed to fight other clans. Once his clan was exterminated, he only found value in his life following Orochimaru.
* {{Determinator}}: His illness was well into it's final stages before he set out to retrieve Sasuke, and he keeps on fighting until the moment of his death.
* DanceBattler: His attacks are all named "_____ no Mai" (Dance of the ____), and involve dance-like movements with his bones jutting out.
* TheDragon: Leader of the Sound Five, and one of Orochimaru's best followers. May have been CoDragons with Kabuto pre-illness. If you count the anime, then ''both'' Kimimaro and Kabuto shared this role with Guren.
* DramaPreservingHandicap: He is practically ''invulnerable'' to any sort of damage, constantly emerging unscathed from Gaara's attacks that would crush anyone else like a grape. So, of course, he has a ConvenientTerminalIllness that ultimately kills him right when he is about to stab Gaara.
* {{Expy}}: His relationship with Orochimaru is quite reminiscent of Zabuza and Haku's.
** Which is made apparent in episode 126 of part one. When he runs into the two just before he meets Orochimaru for the first time, when his clan attacks the hidden Mist Village.
* FacialMarkings: Like all members of the Kaguya clan, two points on the forehead, which are based on a fashion of ancient Japanese noblemen.
* HonorBeforeReason: He doesn't kill a defenseless Rock Lee when Lee asks him to hold on so he can take his medicine, even though he has plenty of opportunities. It costs him.
* ImplacableMan: He was ill at the time which makes it even more impressive as a pre-time skip Gaara was barely able to slow him down.
* LastOfHisKind: The last living Kaguya.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: During his fight with Rock Lee, Lee stops him for a few moments by...telling him to wait and let him take his medicine, as he had just recovered from major surgery. Kimimaro ''abides.''
* LightningBruiser: Of the hard-hitting speedster variety.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: He can manipulate bones through the use of chakra to the degree that ''[[{{Squick}} he can pull out his spine]] and use it as whip.''
* MeanBoss: Despite his honourable qualities, he treats the Sound 4 like dirt. Even threatening to kill Tayuya because they didn't bring Sasuke to Orochimaru on time and once beating Kidomaru to near death. In the anime, he beat the crap out of all 4 of them when he declared himself leader.
* NighInvulnerability: Highly durable due to his manipulation of his bone structure and he is able to NoSell the crushing pressure of Gaara's Dessert Funerals.
* OneWingedAngel: Bones jut out completely, hair colour and eye colour changes, and he gets even faster and more NighInvulnerable.
* OnlyOneName: In spite of being from the Kaguya clan, the databooks say his name is only "Kimimaro".
* ThePawn: The sad truth he couldn't accept.
* PetTheDog: He was empathetic and kind to Jūgo, being one of the few people able to keep Jūgo from losing control over himself. He even visited Jūgo a last time before setting out to retrieve Sasuke.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: He tangles with the LiamOBrien-voiced Gaara. [[{{Anime/Monster}} Hmm...]]
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: He appears to have a HealingFactor, given that his body should be a mess after all the bones he removes.
* SpikesOfDoom: Many of his moves, particularly Dance of the Larch, involve sprouting bones from his body to impale him.
** SpikesOfVillainy: The bones jutting from him in released form certainly count.
** SpikeShooter: Can fire his finger bones like bullets
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: Out of his bones. With it he could make a [[CoolSword swords]], BladeBelowTheShoulder, a [[WhipItGood Whip]] and a giant spearhead.
* TheLastDance: Fights Naruto, Rock Lee and Gaara to ensure Orochimaru gets his new vessel.
* TheStoic: Compared to his wild partners
* SycophanticServant: To Orochimaru.
* TokenGoodTeammate: While not a saint, he's a great deal more honorable than his whole team and is one to his entire clan of AxCrazy
* TokenHeroicOrc: While not a saint, he's this to his clan.
* TragicVillain: A {{Deconstruction}} of UndyingLoyalty. He only found purpose serving someone who didn't care about him at all.
* UndyingLoyalty: Under Orochimaru, Kimimaro found purpose in his life as he desired to ensure the continuation of his master's dreams and ambitions. Though Orochimaru took him under his wing to become his future vessel, Kimimaro did not mind such a fate if it meant being of aid to his master.
* VillainousValour: A common trait of important villains. He genuinely cares about Orochimaru and Kabuto, and is such a Determinator Rock Lee can barely believe it.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: He belongs to a violent and AxCrazy clan.

[[folder:Sound Genin]]
The Sound Genin appear during the Chunin exams. While they initially appear to be a legitimate three-man squad, it's revealed that they're just taking the test to get at Sasuke. All three of them die by the end of the arc. They are:

!!Zaku Abumi

->Voiced By: SouichiroHoshi (JP, child) Keiji Okuda (JP) SamRiegel (EN)

Zaku fights using special pipes in his arms which allow him to channel wind with destructive force. As a child, he was a thief at his village who faced punishment from the authorities. Orochimaru saw what he liked in the boy (no, not like that--probably), and recruited him. In the Chunin Exams, he fights Shino, who beats him by plugging up his arm holes with bugs. He then is used as a human sacrifice to revive one of the Hokages.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Sarutobi, who is disgusted at the disregard Orochimaru has for his subordinates' lives.
* AnArmAndALeg: In the manga, the explosion of his air pipes results in him losing his arms.
* ArcVillain: Only appears during the Chunin Exams, and briefly as a corpse during the Sound-Sand Invasion. Never mentioned again afterwards.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: His headgear was pretty much similar to the one Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage, wore. Guess who he is used to revive.
* TheBrute
* GaleForceSound: His air tubes shoot out sound waves.
* {{Jerkass}}
* TheMcCoy
* OutGambitted: In his fight with Shino.
* {{Pride}}: Very arrogant.
* WellDoneSonGuy: The anime shows this (towards Orochimaru) is his main motivation.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: His sound waves are his main jutsu, and can be used from anything from attacking targets to blocking kunai to even softening the earth.
* UnwittingPawn

!!Kin Tsuchi

->Voiced By: Akiko Koike (JP) StephanieSheh (EN)

Kin is a long-haired DarkActionGirl who fights using strings attached to bells, which are then used to hypnotize and disorient her opponents (although in the manga they simply served to distract the opponent while she threw more needles at them). She and her companions attempt to kill Sasuke under Orochimaru's orders and she's the one who holds Sakura hostage, which drives her to her ImportantHaircut. Later, she fights Shikamaru in the Chunin Exams, who demonstrates his superior strategic thinking by sliding his shadow under one of her strings, then forcing her to knock herself out. She's then used as a human sacrifice.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Sarutobi, who is disgusted at the disregard Orochimaru has for his subordinates' lives.
* ArcVillain: Only appears during the Chunin Exams, and briefly as a corpse during the Sound-Sand Invasion. Never mentioned again afterwards.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Her facial structure and hair was a dead ringer for Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage. Guess which Hokage Orochimaru used her as a host for.
* DarkChick
* DidntSeeThatComing: Along with her ''Hoist By Her Own Petard'' below, she's so focused on Shikimaru she doesn't know where she's positioned. When Shikamaru forces her to throw her knife (as he does likewise) and is made to bend over backwards to dodge it. She slams her head into the wall and is K.O'd.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Shikamaru defeated her by using the very thin shadows of the string her bells were attached to to hide his Shadow Possession Technique, allowing him to take control of her body and subsequently knock her out.
** Not to mention, of course, motivating Sakura to cut the hair she was tugging, which kinda screwed the Sound Trio over...
* JerkassHasAPoint: She calls Sakura on her attention to her looks over her skill. This narrowly avoids being hypocritical because, while she has long hair herself, she still clearly took her job as a kunoichi more seriously at the time.
* {{Jerkass}}
* TheKirk
* RapunzelHair
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: To Sakura, calling her out on not being a proper kunoichi.
* SonicStunner: Through her bells.
* UnwittingPawn

!!Dosu Kinuta

->Voiced By: Daisuke Egawa (JP) John De Mita (EN)

Dosu fights using his Melody Arm, a special attachment which, when struck, causes painful resonation within the body. Since the inner ear is used for balance, it's quite devastating. In the Chunin Exams, he fights Chouji, who attempts to avoid his Melody Arm by curling up into a ball. It's to no avail as, thanks to the body being mostly water, it makes an excellent conductor of sound. After he advances, he decides he'll have a better shot at fighting Sasuke by killing the Uchiha's opponent, Gaara. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Naturally, this fails]], [[DroppedABridgeOnHim and he dies]].
* AffablyEvil: He's less brutal and belittling than either Kin or Zaku, and is generally more soft-spoken and polite towards his opposition.
* ArcVillain: Only appears in the Chunin Exams and is never mentioned afterwards.
* CurbStompBattle: Dosu's fight with Choji in the Chunin Exams. Choji rolls into a wall and Dosu finishes him off with his sound waves.
** He's also at the receiving end of one from Gaara. Upon hearing that Dosu wants to kill him, Gaara immediately goes OneWingedAngel and [[OneHitKill obliterates him with one shot]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Killed off while trying to kill Gaara so that he can face Sasuke more easily.
* EvilGenius[=/=]TheLeader: For his team, seeing that Zaku and Kin defer to him for advice or information.
* TheFaceless: His face is covered in wrappings except for one eye.
* GeniusBruiser: Has a good grasp of how to take advantage of his opponents' weak spots, and even realizes that Orochimaru is using the Sound Genin.
* GenreSavvy: But it wasn't enough to survive...
* PrimalStance: He tends to hunch over a lot.
* SonicStunner: His melody arm which can cause extreme disorientation without even striking the opponent.
* TheSpock: Out of the [[PsychoForHire psychopaths]] that make up the Sound Team, he's the most sane
* UnwittingPawn: He actually figured it out when he thought of how Orochimaru had placed a Curse Seal on Sasuke, whom they were ordered to kill. Unfortunately...
* WrongGenreSavvy: When he tried to whittle down the opposition so he'd more likely fight Sasuke, he figured he'd go straight for Sasuke's opponent. Not only would he have had a better chance if he'd tried whittling them down instead, but he wasn't aware of Gaara's being a demon container, and he paid the price for it.