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The Hokage are the leaders of the Hidden Leaf village. Each is recognized as the head of the village, and each one has the talent to match.

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[[folder: In General]]

!!Hokages display example of:
* TheAce / TheGift: The first four Hokage were each hailed as the strongest warriors of their time and managed to surpass every other shinobi in the art of asskicking, to the point where their strength and skill were considered absurdly unnatural.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Zig-zagged. It was initially claimed the Hokages earned the position by being hands down the strongest ninja in the village at the time (which the first four were, to be fair), but politics also plays a big role in their selection, as they need to be approved of by both the ninjas of the village and the daimyo. Notably, Hashirama originally intended the First Hokage to be [[spoiler:Madara]], but he was outvoted by the rest of the village. However, it's likely that candidates still need to be one of the village's best to even be considered for the job.
* BackFromTheDead / OurZombiesAreDifferent: The first four were all [[spoiler: revived by Orochimaru in Chapter 618.]]
* {{Badass}}: They're Kage, who are by the very nature of the title {{Badass}}. The Hokage are considered to be {{Badass}} even ''by the other Kage''.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:After Orochimaru revives them using Edo Tensei to speak with Sasuke, they go to join the war against Madara and the Ten Tails.]]
* BroadStrokes / ContinuitySnarl: [[RashomonEffect We never get an objective view of just which Hokage is truly strongest]], and WordOfGod is [[FlipFlopOfGod no help]]. It leads to SeriousBusiness debates.
* FailureKnight: The only Hokage who didn't end up lamenting his shortcomings or inability to resolve certain problems was Tobirama, who arguably did more damage in the long run than all the others combined.
* FamedInStory / FolkHero: Like most elite ninja. Most notable with Hashirama, who has both the largest reputation and is the farthest from it (in terms of personality).
* InformedAbility: For most of the series, almost everything we knew about their combat prowess was through word of mouth from characters that came after them, and what we actually saw was fairly underwhelming, to say the least. [[spoiler:After they're all revived by Orochimaru during the Fourth Ninja War, we get a much better showing from them, particularly the First and Second Hokages.]]
* MasterApprenticeChain: Hashirama founded the village and was the First Hokage. His brother became the Second Hokage, and was the one who trained the Third Hokage and Danzo, who would become acting Sixth Hokage. The Third Hokage trained the Fifth Hokage (who is herself the granddaughter of the First and grandniece of the Second) and the man who would go on to train the Fourth Hokage.
* NoSell: Thanks to being [[spoiler:resurrected zombies]], the first four Hokages are immune to [[spoiler:Madara's Infinite Tsukiyomi]].
* OneManArmy: Part of the job description.
* PosthumousCharacter: The first two and the Fourth are this, and we also end up learning more about the Third after his death than we did before it.
* RenaissanceMan: Everything we've seen and heard of their abilities shows each of them as masters of a wide variety of techniques that [[ComboPlatterPowers don't really have anything in common with each other]].
* SelfDuplication: All but Tsunade have some sort of Clone technique, and Tsunade's summon can do this too. Wood for Hashirama and Shadow clones for the rest.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The first four Hokages have all inadvertently helped cause the current conflicts.
** Hashirama spared Madara, enabling everything Madara would go on to do.
** Tobirama was partially responsible for Madara going bad, and he laid the groundwork for the prejudices that would cause the Uchiha coup and massacre.
** Sarutobi was the one to first get Orochimaru fixated on immortality, due to a comment made near Oro's parents' graves.
** Minato let his students Rin and Obito die, which is what spawned the BigBad.
* WalkingSpoiler: Given just how deeply ingrained their actions are into the backstory of the series, and its influence on everything that's actually going on in the present day, this is unavoidable.
* WorldsBestWarrior / WorldsStrongestMan: This title has been somewhat liberally applied to the whole group, even Tsunade (being one of the strongest Kunoichi in all the verse, and the best medic), with each having been variously stated to be the strongest Shinobi alive while they held the position and "strongest shinobi ever produced/seen by the Hidden Leaf". Chapter 627 even uses "the four strongest soldiers" in the ''narrative text'' when referring to them. Needless to say, when the top dog of the four is discussed, [[InternetBackdraft it gets messy]].

[[folder:First Hokage]]
->''"Those who stray from the path of justice have no courage, but under the wing of a strong leader, cowardice cannot survive."''

->Voiced By: Creator/TakayukiSugo (JP), Creator/JamiesonPrice (EN)

Real name: Hashirama Senju.

The First Hokage, also Tsunade's grandfather, was the founder of the Village Hidden in The Leaves. He was one of the greatest shinobi to ever live and respected by nearly everyone. His claim to fame was his Kekkai Genkai, Wood Style, which allowed him to utilize wood for various effects, to the point of being able to combat and suppress the power of a Tailed Beast.

In ''Shippuden'', it's revealed he was the head of the Senju Clan who, in the olden days, clashed with Madara Uchiha and his clan. He formed an alliance with Madara and the other Uchiha to establish the Hidden Leaf Village as the first ninja village; However, Madara believed that he and the Uchiha were being treated unfairly and the two fought at the Valley of the End, with Hashirama ultimately emerging victorious.
->His hobbies: bonsai and wood sculpting.
->Favorite phrases: "The vast lands fertile" and "Heaven's garments are without seams"
-->They refer to perfect beauty without any artificial elements.

* AintTooProudToBeg: He's more than willing to bow his head to another person if it helps calm the situation down.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: While he is willing to let others abuse him, he will [[BewareTheNiceOnes remind them if they've said the wrong choice of words]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Contrasted with his more [[TheStoic stoic brother]], Hashirama seems downright goofy in comparison. He's chagrined at the idea of his granddaughter, Tsunade, being the Fifth Hokage, admitting that he spoiled her rotten as a child.
* AbusiveParents: His own father would punch him in the face for speaking out against conflict, in particular [[ChildSoldiers the toll it took on children]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: He and his brother likely inherited traits from different sides of their parents, though curiously, in the manga he seems to have the same skin tone as his brother.
* BadassCreed: The "Will of Fire" originates from him.
* BadassGrandpa: He lived long enough to see his granddaughter, Tsunade, so he qualifies.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may be a big goof, but there is a reason why he was known as the God of Shinobi.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: He's an easygoing, jovial, and polite guy, but [[LetsGetDangerous when he gets serious]] he won't hesitate to kill someone who he considers a brother, or even his own ''family'' if they threaten his home.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: The Boke to his brother's Tsukkomi.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When Hashirama was brought back by an incomplete Edo Tensei, he seemed to be quite a serious and composed warrior, he and Tobirama didn't look much different personality wise; one could assume Orochimaru's limiting their powers to control them better also took its toll on their personalities, but nothing was said back then. This first taste of Hashirama's personality was pasted on related material as well, such as VideoGames and fillers, showing us a composed warrior befitting of his legend. All that was rendered incompatible by the time [[spoiler:Hashirama was revived again]], showing us a more laid back and vigorously juvenile man who greatly contrasts with his brother, whose personality does resemble the one we first see. That said, when his BerserkButton [[BewareTheNiceOnes gets pushed too far]]...
* ChildhoodFriends: With Madara.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Invoked by [[spoiler:Suigetsu]] in-universe after witnessing his personality when Hashirama [[spoiler:gets revived by the Edo Tensei]]. He finds it hard to believe such a jovial, happy-go-lucky person is one of the strongest shinobi ever. The second half of this trope comes into play when his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] are pressed.
* DeathGlare / AwesomenessIsAForce: To [[spoiler:Tobirama]] after he threatened [[spoiler:Sasuke]]. Everybody got scared shitless, and the sheer force of his and [[spoiler:Tobirama]]'s chakra nearly destroyed the temple they were in.
** He gave Tobirama one to stop him from killing Madara Uchiha. Arguably, his seriousness in ''that'' particular situation is how Hashirama's dream for a truce with the Uchiha came into fruition.
* FacialMarkings: Gets these in his Sage Mode.
* FamedInStory / FolkHero: Hashirama went down in history as one of the most powerful shinobi to ever live, certainly the most powerful in his time; the man who founded Konoha in its entirety with his Wood Release, the man who achieved a brief world peace, the man who created the Will of Fire, etc. It's actually to the point many in-story characters consider a lot of the stories about Hashirama to be mere myth and exaggeration. What those stories didn't pass on was his exuberant and jovial personality.
* FluffyTamer: His powers allowed him to control the Tailed Beasts.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish sibling to Tobirama's responsible sibling. At least in terms of demeanor.
* FounderOfTheKingdom: Co-founder of Konoha with Madara Uchiha, before things went sour with the latter. He's also the founder of the whole BalanceOfPower system between the five great ninja villages.
* TheGadfly: Enjoyed getting a rise out of Madara back when they were kids.
* GenerationXerox: [[ZigZaggingtrope Zig-zagged]]. When you actually see him for the first time, he seems to be a stoic, but kind leader. The next time we get a chance to see him, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he's not only as energetic as Naruto, but also not very well-respected among his peers]]. His rival was [[TheStoic Madara]] [[TheAce Uchiha]], who is basically Sasuke with his crazy turned UpToEleven.
* GreenThumb: He can grow entire forests in seconds with his Wood Style.
** DishingOutDirt: One half of the Wood Style.
** MakingASplash: Other half.
* HealingFactor: According to [[spoiler:Madara]], he could regenerate without using hand signs and knew healing jutsu which put ''Tsunade's'' to shame.
** [[spoiler: However, upon revealing her Byakugo Jutsu, Tsunade's HealingFactor was put on the same level as Hashirama's by Madara himself.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Probably one of his nicest characteristics is also is biggest flaw. He wants to believe that there is good in everyone, so he gave his childhood friend a lot of chances over the years and he utterly refused to accept that Madara was beyond help until their final battle at the Valley of the End, after he had attacked the village one to many times.
* IdiotHero: As noted by his brother, though he comments that Naruto outdoes him in this regard.
* {{Irony}}: As pointed out by [[spoiler:Sasuke]], Hashirama being ready and willing to kill ''anyone'' (be it a brother, a friend or even a family member) to protect Konoha makes ''Itachi'' the direct heir to his legacy, as he did the same thing on a larger scale.
* {{Keet}}: As revealed after [[spoiler:his second resurrection by Orochimaru]], while not outright childish, [[BunnyEarsLawyer he's a lot more energetic and bubbly]] than his legend would have people believe.
* LivingStatue: Hashirama's most powerful techniques create gigantic wooden figures to attack and defend with.
* MultiMeleeMaster: Flashback frames to his fight with Madara show him using a wide variety of different weapons, from kunai to shuriken to ''a greatsword.''
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: His True Several Thousand Hands technique summons a gigantic wooden statue of Avalokiteśvara that can deliver RapidFireFisticuffs like no one's business just by the sheer volume of arms.
* MrViceGuy: Was fond of gambling and passed this flaw to his granddaughter [[TheGamblingAddict Tsunade]].
* NiceGuy: Despite knowing [[spoiler:Sasuke]] is considering destroying the village he helped create, Hashirama is remarkably cheerful and courteous towards him. It makes a lot more sense in hindsight once you realize that [[spoiler:Hashirama was best friends with Madara and that Sasuke's resemblance to Madara means Hashirama is trying to succeed with the former where he failed with the latter.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He stops Tobirama from killing Madara.
* NotSoDifferent: With Madara, ironically, concerning the Tailed Beasts. For all of Hashirama's compassion, he, like Madara, was unable to take the Tailed Beasts' feelings into consideration when using his powers to subjugate them and dole them out to the Hidden Villages as peace offerings.
* NoHeroToHisValet: He may be revered as a God-like shinobi by the rest of the world, but his younger brother Tobirama shows him much less respect, and even shushes Hashirama at one point, though he is quick to back down [[LetsGetDangerous when Hashirama gets serious]].
* OfferedTheCrown: Much to his chagrin. Hashirama's plan to make [[spoiler:Madara]] the First Hokage fell apart when Tobirama correctly predicted that everyone in the village, including the Uchiha clan, would choose Hashirama instead.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Doesn't look much older than 30 when he is revived (and the technique used to do gives the revived the same appearance they had at their time of death), but he actually lived long enough to meet his granddaughter, meaning he was probably closer to 50.
* OneManArmy: His wood style can easily decimate armies.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Orochimaru brought him back (along with his brother) with the forbidden jutsu ''Edo Tensei''. [[spoiler: He brought them back again in Ch. 618, along with the 3rd and 4th.]]
** [[spoiler:Madara used some of his cells to recreate his body. It has no will of its own, though. The many Zetsus can also be considered quasi-Hashirama clones, as they're made from his cells but more along the lines of [[PlantPerson plant people]].]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: He was able to single-handedly fight the power of Madara Uchiha ''and'' the Nine-Tailed Fox simultaneously in a battle that created an entire valley.
* RebelliousSpirit: As a young teenager, Hashirama didn't hesitate to loudly criticize the cruelty of the shinobi system and the hypocrisy of the Senju clan to his father's face, getting routinely assaulted in the process for his trouble.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Hashirama's jovial demeanor, pacifistic nature, his desire to enlighten [[spoiler:Sasuke]], his establishment of a harmonious village that overcame the boundaries of clan-based tribalism, and several of his jutsu all heavily imply a Buddha-related theme. He was even able to establish a short world peace that promptly shattered after his death. The first character used in writing his given name is also used as a counter for Buddhas.
* RedBaron: Like Sarutobi, he is also called the '''The God of Shinobi'''.
* RedOni: With Hashirama's personality being more fleshed out later on in the story, he became this to his brother Tobirama, complete with matching armor colors.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Hashirama is the reincarnation of Ashura, the Sage of Six Paths' younger son.
* SiblingYinYang: To the point of being a HairContrastDuo with his younger brother.
* SkilledButNaive: His brother's opinion of him. He thought the Senju and Uchiha would live together happily ever after once the village was founded, along with any other clan that joined them. Things unfortunately weren't that simple.
* SuperMode: [[InHarmonyWithNature Hashirama]] has [[EnlightenmentSuperPowers Sage Mode]].
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: His life-giving chakra and Wood Style are highly coveted, especially since it seems to be a major recessive trait not shared by any of his siblings or passed on to any of his descendants.
** LivingMacGuffin: The man's cells have been stolen and cloned so many times over that it is not an exaggeration to state that ''every BigBad'' is running off his power. The primary BigBad's army is actually just a ton of quasi-Hashirama clones.
** [[spoiler:PhlebotinumRebel: Unlike the first time Orochimaru zombified him, where he was brought back much weaker than he was in life, the second time he's revived Hashirama is strong enough that Orochimaru can't control him. No doubt due in part to the fact that he's taking advantage of his new body being composed entirely of Hashirama's own cells to augment the resurrection technique. Lucky for Orochimaru, though, Hashirama is much more interested in giving Sasuke some desperately-needed therapy than picking a fight at the moment.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Very {{Bishonen}}, has a darker skin tone than his brother, and is the tallest of the Hokages.
* TerrainSculpting: In the flashback of his last fight against Madara, his [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] allowed him to create a '''TITANIC''' statue of Kannon/Guanyin, the 1000-armed bodhisattva, in the span of a ''second''. For the sake of perspective, the Nine-Tails looks like a real fox next to a two-story building.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The brothers were right on the verge of defeating the Uchiha for good, with Tobirama holding a katana directly above an exhausted Madara's chest and about to kill him. Then Hashirama stopped him, allowing everything Madara would later set in motion to occur.
* VerbalTic: Played with. He's not as bad as the likes of Naruto, but ends his sentences with a forceful "''zo''" pretty frequently.
* WarriorTherapist: Tried to play this role to Madara and the Uchiha as a whole. It... didn't really work out in the long run.
* WideEyedIdealist: Comes across as one.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Black Zetsu hijacks Obito's attempt to bring back several deceased characters, forcing him to instead resurrect Madara. Just to demonstrate how powerful Madara is even now when he's no longer an Edo Tensei zombie, Hashirama is subject to this, with Madara somehow ''absorbing his Sage mode''.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: Due to the fact that Edo Tensei hadn't been perfected when Orochimaru used it against Sarutobi, he was brought back with much less than full strength, which accounts for his poor showing in that fight.
** [[spoiler: As Madara's resurrection showed, Hashirama couldn't have been brought back by Orochimaru at full strength, leading to him being defeated with almost zero effort by Madara.]]
* WorthyOpponent: To Madara Uchiha.

[[folder:Second Hokage]]
->''"Guide the people, and believe in them, for it's from among them that one will come who will carry on when your time is done."''

->Voiced By: KenyuuHoriuchi (JP), Peter Lurie (EN)

Real name: Tobirama Senju.

The younger brother of the First Hokage, who is a master of Water Style jutsu. He is also very impassive and lacks the merciful nature that defines his older sibling. He revolutionized the shinobi system by creating institutions and organizations, such as ANBU and the Shinobi Academy, that were adopted by all other ninja villages. Post TimeSkip, quite a few new elements about him were revealed, including him being the one who created Edo Tensei, the Flying Thunder God Technique, and the Shadow Clone Technique.
->Favorite words: "Mind – technique – body"
* AFatherToHisMen: He was this to Sarutobi, Danzo, and their teams, to the point of [[SacrificialLion sacrificing his own life to guarantee theirs]].
%% * [[AloofOlderBrother Aloof Younger Brother]]
* AwesomeByAnalysis: [[spoiler: He figures out Obito's Chakra Weapons are Yin-Yang Release, which means... Edo Tensei can't regenerate and if hit fatally-they die permanently. He also constantly analyzes Obito's abilities and powers to find a weakness, and finally found one in the form of Senjutsu.]]
* BerserkButton: Threatening to destroy Konoha. ''Especially'' if you do it in front of him, as [[spoiler:Sasuke]] found out the hard way.
* BlueOni: With their personalities being more fleshed out in the flashback to Konoha's founding [[spoiler:and his second resurrection]], Tobirama became this to his brother, matching armor colors.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: The Tsukkomi to his brother's Boke.
* BrutalHonesty: Dude's got no problem saying exactly what he thinks of the Uchiha clan, even when he's saying it to an Uchiha.
** This is possibly related to the fact that [[ChildSoldier when they were children]], he and Hashirama had two other brothers, Itama and Kawarama, [[CynicismCatalyst who were murdered by shinobi from the Uchiha clan.]]
* CombatPragmatist: It's been noted Tobirama liked to wait for the moment his opponent thought they had claimed victory, then strike while their guard was down. He also seemed to have inspired Minato's combat tendencies, using the Flying Thunder God Technique to teleport directly to an enemy and strike them before they could even react.
* TheComicallySerious: Ever since [[spoiler:being revived again]], he's done practically nothing but call [[spoiler:Minato]] a moron and balk at [[spoiler:Naruto]]'s [[DudeWheresMyRespect lack of deference to his admittedly awesome acomplishments.]] It makes for some of the funniest material in the series.
* DeadpanSnarker: Along with being TheComicallySerious, his statements about [[spoiler:Minato and Naruto]]'s lack of thinking are pure gold.
* DeathGlare: [[spoiler:One strong enough to make Orochimaru, Sasuke, and Suigetsu freak out and alarm both Minato and Hiruzen.]]
** [[spoiler: It wasn't just the glare, but also a massive release of chakra as a threat when Sasuke openly considered destroying Konoha in front of him. Hashirama releases an equal amount of chakra (including his own DeathGlare) which causes the shrine they're in to start crumbling]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: After failing to stage a surprise attack on the [[InvincibleVillain revived Madara]] [[CurbstompBattle and being]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice pinned to the ground by several chakra rods]], the thing he does after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Madara boasts how Hashirama's world has failed]] [[ShutUpHannibal is to spit on the bastard's face.]]]]
* DoppelgangerAttack: Invented the Shadow Clone technique.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Played for laughs between him and [[spoiler:Naruto]]. [[spoiler:Naruto]] is completely unaware of his role in inventing various jutsu, which annoys Tobirama without fail.
* ElementalBaggage: The first major aversion in the series. The ANBU watching his fight with Sarutobi mention how incredible he is to be able to use massive [[MakingASplash water style jutsu]] with no preexisting water source.
* FacialMarkings: A reason he's not like his brother.
* [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Bigotry]]: Played with. He believed the Uchiha were a "clan possessed by evil", and the [[ThePowerOfHate nature]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil of]] [[PowerBornOfMadness the Sharingan]] makes them volatile and dangerous. To this end he tried to give them a position that would help channel their power to something productive with the Military Police. When he learns they had been wiped out after attempting a coup he is unsurprised, but admits he does not hate the Uchiha, just that they should be treated with caution. He even admired those who never succumbed to the Curse of Hatred and worked with the village, like Kagami. It's just that the Uchiha were on his radar more than any other clan in Konoha.
* FlashStep / SpeedBlitz: He invented the Flying Thunder God Technique, and mortally wounded Izuna Uchiha with it.
** [[spoiler:Due to their mutual mastery of it, Tobirama and Minato can pull off a perfect combo using it, the Flying Thunder God Switch, which scores a hit on Obito. Then he uses it to transport a pissed-off Naruto in [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] straight behind Obito, which actually ''damages'' Obito.]]
** [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Fastest Man]]: He was hailed as the fastest Shinobi in the world while he was alive, and Minato would later claim that title using the same technique Tobirama used.
* FolkHero: Founded the education system of the Leaf and is the one who created most of its infrastructure and administration.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible sibling. Note that doesn't mean flawless or even ''nice''.
* GeniusBruiser: Just look at the amount of Jutsu that he invented.
* GoodIsNotNice: Tobirama is among the leaders in ''{{Naruto}}'' who lean towards [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynicism]] while still being ''a priori'' good. The fact that '''Orochimaru''' of all people said Tobirama was the Hokage he admired the most says a lot...
* HeroicAlbino: It makes him look quite different from his AmbiguouslyBrown brother.
* HeroicSacrifice: Possibly. It's hinted that he appoints Sarutobi as Third Hokage because Tobirama did this to save his team.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Brought back as a indestructible zombie by Orochimaru thanks to the technique he created. Twice.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: He feels no guilt in his treatment of the Uchiha clan, even after hearing of [[spoiler:Itachi's massacre of them.]]
* JackOfAllTrades: He invented Edo Tensei, but Orochimaru and Kabuto perfected it and took it to a whole new level. He invented the Flying Thunder God Technique as well, but Minato's use of it is faster than his. He also created the Shadow Clone technique, and it became one of Naruto's signature techniques.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Everything he says about the Uchiha is littered with bigotry and FantasticRacism, but at the same time, considering that the two main villains of the series are both Uchiha, and that he's saying this to [[spoiler:''[[RevengeBeforeReason Sasuke]]'']], his point is undeniably valid. His decision to appeal to democracy and dislike of the Sharingan's [[ThePowerOfHate grim source of power]] caused Madara to JumpOffTheSlipperySlope.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tobirama may not be the nicest but he is driven by love for the village and its people.
* MakingASplash: [[AllInTheManual According to the databook]] he's the greatest Suiton user to ever live. Yes, that means greater than Kisame and the Second Mizukage. Ironically, he's barely used any in his biggest battles.
** GiantWallOfWateryDoom: His Water Encampment Wall not only surrounds him with a towering wall of water, but also floods the surrounding area.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Tobirama was an excellent sensor-type ninja in the same vein as Karin and the Second Tsuchikage, to the point he could detect both the number and the strength of shinobi from a long distance away, as well as the direction they're in/coming from.
** DetectEvil: He could distinguish Madara's chakra not only by the strength its source, but also the feel, calling it "foul." He could also determine what ''clan'' someone's from in the same way.
** TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: He could tell how strong a shinobi's chakra signature was from a ''long'' distance away.
* NervesOfSteel: Everyone else ''freaked out'' when Hashirama actually got serious after Tobirama's epic DeathGlare. Tobirama himself barely even flinched, and despite the fact he backed down soon afterwards, showed no signs of even being bothered by his brother's LetsGetDangerous moment. Possibly justified by the fact they're ''brothers'' who seem to be on rather good terms and have known each other for so long. Of course, that doesn't explain Tobirama's emotional flat-line at the idea of [[spoiler:facing a resurrected Madara Uchiha]], even taking the initiative to do just that before [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] stopped him.
* {{Necromancer}} / OurZombiesAreDifferent: He invented Edo Tensei, which creates infinitely-regenerating bodies of paper and ash that have a self-perpetual supply of chakra.
* NotSoSmallRole: Prior to ''late'' in Part II, Tobirama's only real purpose is to fill the gap between Hashirama and Hiruzen in the Hokage line, and being the one who started the Chunin Exam tradition. Turns out he's one of the most important characters in the entire setting.
* TheObiWan: To Hiruzen, Danzo, and their teammates, and later to [[spoiler:Naruto]].
* OneManArmy: He was renowned for being able to clear entire ''battlefields'' by exploiting the regeneration ability of an Edo Tensei body and turning all that paper and ash into tags that summon more of themselves before exploding for a massive, self-perpetuating chain of explosions. It's implied he could do it needing to use Edo Tensei, too.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: This was a shinobi who could infinitely nuke entire battlefields and single-handedly dominate any battle of attrition, and that's before you take into account the [[MakingASplash tsunami-level water techniques]], the {{Speed Blitz}}ing, and the [[DoppelgangerAttack shadow clones]].
* ProperlyParanoid: He's undeniably prejudiced against the Uchiha, and [[PetTheDog while there were a few he held in high regard]], Tobirama still believed they were inherently evil unless they proved themselves to him. His mistrust ultimately turned out to be completely valid.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He wasn't just suspicious of the Uchiha, he was suspicious of ''every'' clan that might pose a threat to Konoha. However, those individuals who could overcome clan mentality and put Konoha first were the ones who inevitably ended up earning both his trust and his respect.
* ReasonBeforeHonor: His methodology in running the village, which arguably started more problems than it solved, and his distrust of Madara and the nature of the Sharingan even after the alliance made by the Senju and Uchiha clans eventually helped drive Madara to his StartOfDarkness.
* SacrificialLion: Used himself as a decoy during the First Shinobi War to allow his subordinates to escape a group of highly elite enemy ninja, naming Hiruzen as Hokage right before he did so. Presumably, he didn't come back.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: His atitude towards Uchiha can come off as this.[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And let's just leave at that]].
* SiblingYinYang: To the point of being a HairContrastDuo with his younger brother.
* SpaceMaster: Just as good at [[TeleportersAndTransporters space-time ninjutsu]] as Minato and Tobi, this is the guy who invented the Flying Thunder God Technique. Though it's more a case of Minato and Tobi being just as good at the art as he was, given they came after him.
* StuffBlowingUp: He could use Edo Tensei, or just place special explosive tags on his target, and said tags would summon more tags before blowing up, then the summoned tags would do the same... over and over and over... starting a chain reaction of massive explosions to wipe out the target. During the First Shinobi World War, his use of it was a ResetButton for entire battlefields.
* TheSpock: Much more rational and cold in his thinking than his brother. When he was younger and had a conversation with his brothers about what was needed to stop the conflict and create peace, his answer was to give shinobi a code of conduct that would stop senseless and endless killing. He even stated everything he does is for the greater good of the village, even if it leads to what many would and do consider bigotry, discrimination, or callousness.
* TheStoic: Tobirama is always composed, even when he's threatening someone.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Undoubtedly the greatest example in the series, and one of the best ever. Let us count the ways:
** He is the one that that killed Madara's last living brother, Izuna. Since the loss of his brother was a ''major'' factor in Madara going bad, Tobirama is arguably indirectly responsible for everything Madara's actions would cause in the present day. Which is basically everything. Izuna's death would also lead to Madara implanting his brother's eyes into himself and unlocking the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, which would eventually evolve into the Rinnegan and ultimately be implanted into a young boy named Nagato.
** Tobirama protested Hashirama's wish to make Madara the Hokage. While there's nothing wrong with sharing his belief that their leader should be elected democratically in private, he also gets into his belief that the Sharingan is evil due to it being powered by hate and tells Hashirama that the village, ''including the Uchiha'', would never accept Madara as Hokage. When Madara was, unbeknownst to Tobirama, concealing himself from his sensory abilities and eavesdropping on them. This dashed Madara's slowly rekindling hopes for a peaceful future and sent him [[JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope right back off the deep end]]. He even used Tobirama's likely ascension to Hokage after Hashirama and his "inevitable" persecution of the Uchiha as part of his justification for turning on the Leaf.
** Tobirama game the Uchiha control over the Military Police in the hope they could channel their power and emotions into something useful to the village, and as a means to prevent a new Madara from showing up because the Military Police would be right there to catch them. What that actually ended up doing was isolate the Uchiha from the rest of the village, on top of giving them their own base of operations. Naturally, when things started to go sour, there wasn't nearly enough communication or good will going around to try to reverse the damage until it was already too late.
** He created Edo Tensei, which was said to be meant as a ResetButton for entire battlefields, essentially allowing ''anyone'' who knew the technique to single-handedly dominate a war through sheer attrition. Orochimaru later acquired the technique and made improvements to it, eventually culminating in Hashirama and Tobirama's resurrection by Orochimaru during the latter's attack on Konoha, which would result in the Third Hokage's death. Then Kabuto got his hands on the technique and made even more improvements to it, using it to revive ''dozens'' of powerful ninja throughout history under his control, inflicting countless casualties against the allied shinobi forces trying to stop Tobi's EvilPlan. Then [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] used it to revive [[spoiler:Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen, and Minato]] at ''near full strength,'' and he has full control over the movements of all of them except [[spoiler:Hashirama.]]
** It's heavily implied Tobirama was the one who inspired Danzo's political philosophy and outlook, given the eerie similarities between the two. Pretty much every non-Uchiha villain in the series including ''Orochimaru'' has ties to Danzo, and Danzo not only was one of the parties directly responsible for ordering the Uchiha massacre (the other two were part of the team Tobirama personally trained, by the way) that led to Sasuke's StartOfDarkness, he was also there to help along both Nagato and Kabuto's own [[StartOfDarkness Starts Of Darkness]].
* WalkingSpoiler: His choice of words and philosophies are what caused almost all of the problems in the story; in fact the only ones he didn't cause were ones that happened prior to his birth, and those he just made worse.
* WeaponOfChoice: Unlike [[MultiMeleeMaster his brother]], Tobirama's only ever been shown using some kind of sword.
** KatanasAreJustBetter: The flashback accompanying the tale of Konoha's founding shows Tobirama using a katana.
*** BladeAcrossTheShoulder: As a child he carried his sword as such.
** LaserBlade: A filler arc centered around a sword he once wielded called the Raijin Blade, an [[ShockAndAwe electric blade]] made from HardLight.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] calls him out for even creating [[CameBackWrong Edo]] [[ResurrectedForAJob Tensei]], let alone actually revealing it to the world. Even one of the Kage who was alive during Tobirama's time called Edo Tensei a "wretched technique" after being revived by it. His predecessor (and older brother) Hashirama also apparently lectured him about it being an inappropriate jutsu at some point in the past.
* TheWorfEffect: After absorbing [[spoiler:Hashirama's Sage Mode, Madara subjects Tobirama to a CurbStompBattle.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: Due to the fact that Orochimaru had not yet mastered Edo Tensei in Part I, he was brought back with less than full strength, which accounts for his poor showing in his fight against Sarutobi.

[[folder:Third Hokage]]
->''"When the tree leaves dance, one shall find flames. The fire's shadow will illuminate the village, and once again, tree leaves shall bud anew."''

->Voiced By: HidekatsuShibata (JP), SteveKramer (EN), César Arias (Latin America)

Real name: Hiruzen [[SarutobiSasuke Sarutobi]].

Sarutobi was the Hokage when the series began. At the outset of the story, he was one of only two people - the other being Iruka Umino - shown to give Naruto any consideration at all.

We learn more about him through flashbacks: In his prime, he was hailed as "The Professor" for his mastery of numerous techniques (allegedly knowing every jutsu developed in the Leaf), and "God of Shinobi" for being unquestionably the greatest ninja of his generation, and after seeing [[spoiler:the power of Hanzo, the Third Raikage, and the Third Kazekage to name a few]], this is saying ''a lot''. He also trained the Sannin. Later, we learn that he was the only member of the Leaf's brass to speak out against the massacre of the Uchiha Clan, who were suspected of plotting a coup.

He retired after a while, giving the title to the Fourth Hokage, Jiraiya's student Minato Namikaze. After the Fourth's death, he takes the title of Hokage again. He later gets a [[MentorOccupationalHazard more permanent retirement]] at the hands of Orochimaru, but not before sealing his old student's arms.
->His hobby was chatting with young girls.
->Favorite phrase: "Absolute Truth"

* AFatherToHisMen: To the entire Leaf Village, whose inhabitants he refers to as his "family" when confronting Orochimaru.
* AnimalMotifs: Monkeys, as seen with his MeaningfulName. During his fight with Orochimaru, he even ''moves'' somewhat like a monkey.
* BadassGrandpa: Despite being severely weakened by age, he fought and defeated the previous First and Second Hokages when they were resurrected as immortal, inexhaustible zombies by [[TheDreaded Orochimaru]] ''at the same time''. This was considered pathetic by his ally, Enma, the King of Monkeys, compared to his prime. It's even claimed that despite his advanced age, Sarutobi was still the strongest of the existing Kage at the time of his death.
* BenevolentBoss: To all of the Leaf Village.
* BigGood: Through most of Part I up until Orochimaru kills him.
* CoolOldGuy: He's a very affable grandfatherly figure who was looked up to by pretty much everyone in the Leaf.
* DishingOutDirt: His preferred element, and he was very capable at creating walls made of dirt.
* DirtyOldMan: Likes talking with young girls, and gets a NoseBleed when Naruto uses his Sexy Jutsu on him. Asked Jiraiya to teach him how to turn invisible, and Jiraiya realized what he planned to use it for... However, he's [[CovertPervert much more restrained than his student]] for the most part.
* ElementalPowers: The ''only'' shinobi besides a Rinnegan user and Kakuzu who can use inherently [[BeyondTheImpossible all five elements simultaneously]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: His summon was a monkey who was a LivingWeapon (specifically a SimpleStaff), and his name means "Jumping Monkey".
* GenerationXerox: When he was younger he looked exactly like his son Asuma Sarutobi (albeit with a smaller beard and eye marks). They also both had ADeathInTheLimelight.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He has a smoking pipe on his time-off.
* HeroicSacrifice: By summoning the Death God to stop the indestructible Hokages and Orochimaru once and for all. [[SenselessSacrifice The last one didn't go as planned]].
* InformedAbility: Supposedly mastered every jutsu in the village, yet all he uses is Fire and Earth Style jutsu and a pole that's also a monkey. He's also supposed to be the strongest ninja of his generation, but his one and only on-screen battle against the two preceding Hokages and Orochimaru leaves something to be desired.
** Justified considering he seems to be more of Taijustu and weapons user than a primary-Ninjutsu user (look at his use of shurikens, Enma, and close range explosions), it would make sense he would get the shaft as he got older: compared to someone like Onoki who stays far away from the enemy and blasts them while suffering from aches and cramps.
** [[spoiler:As an edo tensei he reveals the power that gave him such a mighty reputation. No longer limited by the chakra of an aging body (as edo tenseis don't run out of chakra) he uses shadow clones to launch jutsus of considerable power of ALL FIVE main elements at the same time]].
* LastNameBasis: Virtually everyone who doesn't refer to him by his title calls him by his last name, [[spoiler:except Danzou, who was on a FirstNameBasis with him because he was his rival]].
* MeaningfulName: In addition to being derived from SarutobiSasuke, the first half of his last name (which is sometimes used as a nickname) means "Monkey". He also has a Summoning contract with the Monkey King, Enma.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Badass trains student. Student turns evil. Student kills badass in climactic battle. Strictly formula.
* ModernMajorGeneral: He believes his entire tenure as Hokage was merely one failure after another, and that he was unable to properly carry on the work his predecessor had begun.
* MyGreatestFailure: He has a few, the two major ones being bot being able to bring himself to kill Orochimaru when he had both the chance and the ability and the destruction of the Uchiha this way too. He also deeply regrets not reigning in Danzo's activities more than he did, which Danzo to do things that ended up causing or influencing many of the tragedies in the manga.
* NiceHat / CoolHelmet: He's the only Hokage (actually, the only Kage) to wear one for most of his screen time, and even when he's forced to fight for real, he wears a badass and old-fashioned helmet.
* TheNoseKnows: Uses his sense of smell to bypass Zombie!Hashirama's darkness genjutsu.
* TheObiWan: Trained the next generation to be ready for any dangerous threat, once he passes on.
* OldMaster: He's the only Hokage to live into his autumn years.
* OldSoldier: Even in his old age, he still went on combat missions where his skill and knowledge was required.
* PlayingWithFire: Fire Style is passed down in his family much like it is in the Uchiha family.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A lot more reasonable and tolerable then the Fifth Hokage, and a peaceful man.
** Though one of his flaws was being a bit ''too'' nice, as he admits that many of the problems in the current story stem from him letting people such as Orochimaru and Danzo get away with things.
* RedBaron: He was named the "Professor" for his apparent mastery of all ninja arts, but what really set the bar was his second nickname... '''God of Shinobi''' (which, by the way, was originally the moniker of [[spoiler: both the Sage of the Six Paths and [[FounderOfTheKingdom Hashirama Senju]]]].)
* RenaissanceMan: Was a master of many shinobi arts including: [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[MakingASplash water]], [[ShockAndAwe lightning]], [[BlowYouAway wind]], [[DopplegangerAttack clones]], [[FlechetteStorm shuriken]] and [[SummonMagic summoning]] ninjutsu, [[GoodOldFisticuffs taijutsu]], [[SimpleStaff stick-fighting]], [[GeometricMagic sealing jutsu]], and [[CrystalBall spying]].
* SacrificialLion: The Third Hokage is the first major good guy to die, after having had plenty of screentime and characterization. This has a huge impact and lasting consequences, setting up a MeaningfulFuneral and kicking on the "Search for Tsunade" arc.
* SenselessSacrifice: He sacrificed his soul to stop then-current BigBad Orochimaru. While this did bring Orochimaru's immediate plans to a halt, it didn't actually do anything to hinder him in the long run, apart from forcing him to switch bodies before Sasuke could arrive at his base, and even if Hiruzen had succeeded it's been established that [[spoiler: Orochimaru can completely resurrect from any of his subordinates' Cursed Seals]], so basically the Third killed himself to kill Orochimaru and utterly failed in every respect. [[spoiler: And now that Orochimaru has cut open the Death God's stomach, the only permanent result of Sarutobi's sacrifice is his own death, and Undead!Sarutobi is painfully aware of this]].
** Later subverted in that [[spoiler:doing this stopped Kabuto from summoning the Hokages with the Edo Tensei and using them against the Shinobi Alliance.]]
* SimpleStaff: Themed after the Nyoi-Bo in JourneyToTheWest.
** TelescopingStaff: Much like the Nyoi-Bo it is based on.
* TeamDad: To pretty much the entire village, especially the Academy students.
* UnknownRival: [[spoiler:He apparently had no idea that Danzou was always envious of him.]]
* WarriorPoet: The quotation about tree leaves and flames at the top is from a poem of his.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: During the battle with Obito, he was hit by one of his Ten-Tails Weapons. In the first form, Edo Tensei are able to regenerate (as shown by Tobirama) but Hiruzen hasn't been back up for another round against Obito or even assisting Hashirama against Madara. He finally shows up after the WorldTree is formed from the Ten-Tails, saving Naruto from its life-sucking branches.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: He is a near septuagenarian Shinobi, which mean that his [[RealityEnsues body is very weakened from old age and overuse and way past his time]], instead of becoming a normal {{Wuxia}} ''seemingly'' old master.

[[folder:Fourth Hokage]]
->''"To be a ninja is to be at constant war against hate. It holds true for all of us."''

->Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (JP), Creator/TonyOliver (EN)

Real Name: Minato Namikaze

The Fourth was Kakashi's teacher, Naruto's father, the hero of the Third Great Shinobi War (so feared by the Hidden Rock Village that a "flee on sight" order was given to their entire army for him) and vanquisher of the Nine-Tailed Fox. Notably, he was a master of the Flying Thunder God technique (which allowed him to instantly teleport to any spot marked with his seal), and developed the Rasengan, a spiraling ball of kinetic energy that took him three years to develop and is so devastating as to be able to defeat even S-class nin with a single attack. He later taught it to Jiraiya and Kakashi, the former of whom would eventually teach it to Naruto.

The Fourth died as a side effect of sealing the Nine-Tails into Naruto. The price for the seal was to imprison his own soul along with the Nine-Tails'. The seal has a failsafe; upon reaching 8 tails, Minato appears in Naruto's mind to prevent the total destruction of the seal. When Orochimaru split open the Shinigami Death God's belly, it released his soul from its 16-year confinement and allowed Orochimaru to put it in an Edo Tensei body.
->Favorite phrase: "The fire's shadow illuminates the village"
* ActionDad: He's Naruto's father.
* AmazonChaser: Kushina is a pretty tough lady. Minato quickly becomes smitten with her.
* AwesomeByAnalysis: [[spoiler:Minato was able to understand Madara's Black Chakra's properties such as Madara can only control them up to 70 meters, meaning that if Madara can't see them, he loses control of them]]
* AnArmAndALeg: As a result of [[spoiler: Obito's AntiMagic powers, he loses an arm as a zombie and can't regenerate it, then loses the other to Madara's use of the same AntiMagic]].
* AnimalBattleAura: Can use [[spoiler:Yin Kurama's chakra to enter Tailed Beast Mode.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Known for it, and his son Naruto temporarily inherited the tradition.
* CulturedBadass: Hailed as one of the greatest ninja ever born, he was the guy that invented the devastatingly powerful Rasengan and had plans to make it ''stronger'' before he died. Enjoys reading, notably Jiraiya's first novel and the Third's poem, and even discussed the 'cycle of hatred' with Naruto, regarding Pain.
** HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Thanks to Obito cutting off one of his arms, he has spent most of the war like this. This is made more extreme when Madara cuts off the other arm.]]
** HiddenBadass: Kushina initially believed him to be nothing but an unreliable wimp, but he proved her wrong when he saved her from the Hidden Cloud's kidnapping attempt.
* BattleCouple: With Kushina.
* BigDamnHeroes: He stopped the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha. [[spoiler:Later on, he erased the Ten-Tails' Tailed-Beast Ball, saving the entire shinobi alliance from destruction.]]
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* BrokenPedestal: A mild version. He was one of Naruto's inspirations growing up. After learning about the seal, Naruto never showed any change in attitude until they met and Naruto learned that he was his father. Naruto did punch him and called out on the cruddy childhood before wondering whether he should be happy or angry. While the 4th says that it's admittignly of little consolation to just apologize, Naruto does say that he'll deal with it, being the 4th's kid. During their talk, [[RebuiltPedestal it was then built back up and even strengthened.]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Died sealing away the Nine-tailed fox inside Naruto.
* BrutalHonesty: Isn't afraid to deal some cold truths to his students from what we see of him in Kakashi Gaiden - he's impressed that Kakashi came up with a new technique (Chidori), but forbids him from using it on the basis of its impracticality for as long as Kakashi has no way of predicting and countering his opponent's attack, and he lets Obito get away with the 'got something in my eye' excuse until his inability to react puts them in danger during a mission.
** [[spoiler: Ended up receiving this from Obito during the Fourth Great Ninja War. On his own part, despite finding out that Obito was responsible for everything that's happened up to that point, Minato is fully willing to admit some of the blame in not protecting Obito during the Third World War and Rin during the mission in the Hidden Mist Village. He also tells Kakashi that as Obito's teammate and friend, it should have been Kakashi's, not Naruto's responsibility, to knock some sense into Obito.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: He and Kushina knew each other as kids, and couldn't have been more than about 14 when they fell in love.
* CombatPragmatist: Given he didn't seem to have the same amount of raw power his predecessors were capable of, Minato relied on [[CrazyPrepared prior preparation]], TeleportSpam, and using every advantage he could find against his opponents. He would even put the Flying Thunder God's formula on enemies' bodies, often without their knowledge, to extend where he could teleport to beyond the predictability of his kunai's locations. This also let him always find and go directly to an enemy even if he couldn't see them, and he would usually teleport ''behind'' them.
** The worst part about the markings was they couldn't be erased once they were placed. Enemy shinobi who were marked by them were stuck with them for the rest of their life, and the markings could be used as a kind of sensory technique that let Minato know what was happening within a certain area of them. It's pretty much the shinobi-equivalent to BigBrotherIsWatchingYou.
** Another thing that makes his combat style so pragmatic is it uses no seals. Minato relies on speed, skill, and his unique kunai in combat. The only techniques you ever see him use during fights are the Rasengan and the Flying Thunder God. Neither one uses any hand seals, which not only minimizes his periods of vulnerability, but allows him to ''instantly'' punish opponents who do rely on jutsu as well as free up both his hands and his concentration. He's called the fastest ninja in history, and he ''earned'' that, because he maximizes speed in all its forms when he fights.
* CrazyPrepared: He prepared countermeasures for if Naruto's seal is on the verge of being broken or opened (his chakra was sealed inside so that he could restore the seal), and if his wife was in danger (he put a seal on her that allows him to immediately be at her side at any given moment). In fact, he seems to have scattered a bunch of seals all throughout the Leaf Village and the surrounding area, so he could teleport to anywhere in the village or redirect high powered enemy attacks into abandoned areas.
* DeadPersonConversation: With [[spoiler:Naruto.]]
* DisappearedDad: Naruto's.
* DitzyGenius: Has shades of this in contrast to his wife's GeniusDitz. Generally hailed as a genius who appeared once a decade, yet has little to no naming sense at all and acts like a total dork on some occasions. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Tobirama when he makes comparisons with Naruto.
* TheDreaded: Due to his ability to clear a battlefield in an instant alone, there was a flee on sight order should he appear to a fight.
* EnergyBall:The Rasengan
* EpicFail: [[spoiler: When his son is dying in front of him, Minato has to seal the other half of Kurama inside him to save his life but as he distracts himself with a flashback of how he promised Kushina to protect Naruto, Black Zetsu gets between them and steals the Kyuubi right under his nose.]]
* FatherToHisMen: Towards his students.
* FlashStep[=/=]SpeedBlitz: Thanks to the horribly broken combination of SuperSpeed and TeleportSpam.
** LightningBruiser: He was the fastest man alive, and his Rasengan can hit harder than most high-level jutsu can ever hope to.
** SuperSpeed: Even without the teleportation, he can apparently move much faster than most people can see him.
** SuperReflexes: Given he was able to react to [[LightningBruiser A's]] top speed, which even the Sharingan could not track.
*** [[RequiredSecondaryPowers He would have to have this, as well as a healthy dose of]] HyperAwareness, to truly be ''able'' to wipe out entire battalions in an instant as it was claimed. Even though he can get to every enemy on the battlefield by tossing his special kunai in every direction, he would have to warp to each one, identify the nearest enemy, dispatch him in the most efficient way possible, move on to another target, rinse and repeat. Scores of times. While the kunai are still flying. And this would ''all'' happen ''in a matter of seconds''.
** TeleportSpam: His entire fighting style. If [[spoiler:his battle with Tobi]] and wiping out entire battalions in an instant are any indication, this guy had some serious teleport hax going for him.
** [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Fastest Man]]: Commonly considered the fastest Shinobi in the world while he was alive. After his death, the title went to the Fourth Raikage. And was then claimed by his own son during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
*** [[spoiler:Of the four reincarnated Hokage, he is the first one on the scene to fight the Juubi. The Second Hokage, the creator of Minato's trademark Flying Thunder God Technique, explicitly says that Minato is faster than him upon arriving.]]
* FourIsDeath: The first Hokage to be confirmed to be dead in the first chapter.
* GeometricMagic: His speciality, [[SpaceMaster sealing techniques]], taught to him by his wife Kushina, which included the Flying Thunder God jutsu, and was used to defeat the Nine-Tails.
* GiverOfLameNames: The names of his techniques can be overly grandiose. [[spoiler: Tobirama Senju]] mentions that a name for a new attack he came up with would make him laugh if they weren't in the middle of a battle.
* GoldenSuperMode: Due to sealing [[spoiler: the Yin half of Kurama's chakra into himself he can use use the kyuubi's chakra for this effect.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Kushina.
* HellishPupils: Vertical slits when using [[spoiler: the kyuubi's chakra for his GoldenSuperMode.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Kishimoto has said that he would be interested in writing another story in the Narutoverse with Minato as the protagonist, which, at the very least, implies that he was this.
* HeroesWantRedheads: The first thing he noticed about Kushina is her hair. This was also how he was able to track her down and rescue her when she was kidnapped, by following the strands of red hair that she dropped.
* HeroicSacrifice: The [[DeathByOriginStory first thing]] we learn about him.
** HeroicSuicide: Use of the Reaper Death Seal invokes this.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By Kurama when it tried to kill baby Naruto.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler: Ironically, while his student is one of the BigBad's and a significant amount of the plot occurred within his lifetime, Minato seems to be the most ignorant of four revived Hokages about the whole situation.]]
** [[spoiler: Later on during the [[WarArc war]] when Minato is revived (and finally learns that [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil his student]] is the BigBad), Obito [[InvokedTrope calls him out on this]] and says he's always found him to be a bit clueless.]]
* LongTitle: Prone to giving his (and sometimes other people's) attacks comically long and convoluted names.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Turns out he's Naruto's father. Not that this wasn't obvious from the word Go.
* MassTeleportation: By [[spoiler:channelling his own power through Naruto and Kurama's chakra, he is able to teleport an entire army.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: This is in full effect considering [[spoiler: that his student Obito is responsible for summoning Kurama to destroy the Hidden Leaf Village, which led to Minato's death in the end.]]
* MessianicArchetype: Of a sort. He's like a proto-Naruto in that sense. When he was a kid, he wanted to be Hokage so that he could help everyone in his village. Jiraiya also at one point believed he was "The Child Of Prophecy", and would be the savior of the ninja world. To say nothing of the WarriorPoet tendencies he had, and the fact he literally gave his life protecting the village against the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox as his last act as Hokage.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not realizing [[spoiler:the masked man was his [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil former student]] Obito Uchiha lead him to sacrificing his life and family for the sake of facing a man he could have stopped.]]
** [[spoiler:However, as Kurama (of all people), is quick to point out, it wasn't his fault. He couldn't have known his student would survive, and even then, knowing Tobi's identity that night wouldn't have changed anything. Kurama still had to be stopped, and trying to convince Obito to stop his plans would have been pointless. The Obito he knew was long dead by that point.]]
** [[spoiler:He also feels this way about his failure to protect his former team; specifically Obito (from being crushed and then taken in by Madara) and Rin (from dying). Had he managed to save either of them, most of the current story wouldn't have had to happen.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He was nicknamed The Yellow Flash. The running away part is acknowledged in the series, as Minato is still, to our knowledge, the only ninja to have ever had a ''flee-on-sight order'' placed on him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: So after Obito got the Jubi taken out, he was back to being normal. Kakashi was about to give him a well-deserved finishing blow, but Minato stopped him, using the IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim argument. In an attempt to redeem himself, Obito tries to use Rinne Tensei to bring back a number of deceased characters, but is hijacked by Zetsu and forced to bring back the real Madara Uchiha instead. So now, any trouble Madara gives the heroes, which so far includes ''all nine of the tailed beasts being simultaneously absorbed'', will happen because of Minato's decision to spare Obito.]]
** He feels this way about not being there to save Obito, and his failure to handle the Kyuubi attack better.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: A case particularly annoying to the fandom, as he was an integral person in Jiraiya and Kakashi's lives as well as knowing a number of other people in the Leaf who would come to know his son Naruto... and ''none'' of them bother to tell Naurto about his family. While there are {{Fanon}} handwaves that Naruto's lineage was kept secret to prevent Minato's enemies from attacking him, that doesn't explain why no one has told Naruto about his parents or had any plans to. Naruto eventually learns via Minato himself, who sealed some of his personality into the Kyuubi seal.
* OneManArmy: Like all the Kages so far. For him it was the ability to destroy entire squadrons in milliseconds thanks to his Flying Thunder God Technique, and his Rasengan could defeat even Kage-level opponents in a single hit [[spoiler: as Tobi can attest]].
* OppositesAttract: With Kushina.
* PanickyExpectantFather: Well, he has every right to be with the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox trying to escape from his wife's body during the birth of his son.
* PapaWolf: Obito exploits this to get him away from Kushina long enough to break the seal. [[ManipulativeBastard Bastard.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Single-handedly curb-stomped Kushina's kidnappers when he was still in his early teens.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: His last act was to seal the Nine Tails inside Naruto, thus providing impetus for the plot.
* PosthumousCharacter: We've come to know him quite well for a character whose death kicked off the plot.
* RedBaron: The Yellow Flash of The Leaf.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's a calm and mild Blue to his wife's loud and HotBlooded Red.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Savvy Guy to Kushina's Energetic Girl.
* SealedInAPersonShapedCan: He sealed half of the Kurama's power inside himself and the other half into his son, Naruto.
* SenselessSacrifice: At first. One of his desires when he sealed Kurama's Yang half into Naruto was that that the people of Konoha would embrace Naruto as a hero instead of a plague. Which they didn't due to the grudge against the fox, instead they were convinced Naruto and Kurama were one in the same. Ultimately subverted when Naruto earns the entire village's respect and becomes a hero.
* SpaceMaster: Is a master of Space-Time Ninjutsu. Thanks to the [[TeleportersAndTransporters Flying Thunder God Technique]], he could move instantaneously between locations where he's placed specialized seals.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To his son Naruto.
* SuperMode: [[spoiler: Due to having Kurama's Yin Half, he has access to its chakra allowing him to use the same GoldenSuperMode that Naruto can, and also an avatar of Kurama's Yin Half in his mind.]]
** [[spoiler:He later reveals that he also has [[InHarmonyWithNature Sage Mode]].]]
* ThanatosGambit: Sealed Kurama the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox into Naruto in order to eventually combat Tobi, as well as make sure that the tailed beast would not resurrect elsewhere, lost to the Leaf Village. He also used this to fulfill his beloved Kushina's dying wish that she might be able to see her son grow up, by placing her chakra in the seal.
* ThroughHisStomach: His favorite food is his wife's cooking.
* WeaponOfChoice: His custom-made kunai, as pictured in the above image, all of which have the Flying Thunder God seal on the handle.
** KnifeNut
* WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison: Discussed this with Kushina about sealing Kurama into their son Naruto in order to protect the village, damning him to a jinchūriki's lonely existence.
** WasItReallyWorthIt: [[spoiler: Upon being resurrected with Edo Tensei and learning about the Uchiha clan massacre, Minato contemplates that his premature death contributed a lot to the present mess and that had he stayed around many tragedies could have been averted. He also acknowledges not giving Naruto the parental love he deserved and decides to compensate for that with a [[ChekhovsGun present]]]].
*** [[spoiler: It hits him really hard when he discovers his [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil student]] was the one behind the attack and he could have stopped him without losing his life, his wife and making his son the [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan Jinchuuriki]] of Kurama the Nine-Tailed Fox. Ouch...]]

[[folder:Fifth Hokage]]
See [[{{Characters/Naruto-TheLegendarySannin}} Tsunade]].