Characters: Naruto - Akatsuki
The Akatsuki ("sunrise" or "daybreak" note
) is a criminal organization consisting of no more than ten S-ranked
criminal ninja. (Orochimaru was once a member, but defected before the series started. He was never replaced, so the organization has nine members for the series proper.) They all seem to have their own agendas, but the primary group's goal is to Take Over the World
by seeking the nine Tailed Beasts. They work in pairs, with each partner's abilities and temperament complementing the other's. Their signature costume is a dark robe adorned with stylized red clouds, as well as broad-brimmed hats that they discard when discovered. They also wear their original shinobi headbands, but with a deep scratch across the emblem.
They mostly appear in Shippuden
— only Itachi, Kisame, and Zetsu appeared in the original series
at all while the rest appear in silhouettes. Itachi and Kisame appear in an arc that lasts ten chapters
(five episodes in the anime), and Zetsu's case was merely a cameo. They become much more active in the second series as their plan to capture and seal the Tailed Beasts begins to move forward in earnest.
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The organization as a whole provide examples of...
- Anti-Villain: Their motives vary, but some of them qualify as this one way or another.
- Back from the Dead: The revived Akatsuki members, brought back by Kabuto to fight in the war: Deidara, Sasori, Kakuzu, Itachi, and Nagato/Pain. Also Hidan in the anime.
- Badass Crew: Everyone is Badass to the bone.
- Badass Longcoat: Their standard uniform is a high-collared black coat with red clouds.
- Black Cloak: In addition to the coats, they also have cloaks, although only Tobi is seen wearing one.
- Battle Strip: Once any of them come to their fight's climax, they remove their robe, willfully or from Clothing Damage. Every single Akatsuki member to do so has died, save for Konan, who died without stripping.
- Big Bad: They are the main antagonistic force of the entire series.
- Bigger Bad: In Part I, they mostly waited in the shadows as Orochimaru rampaged in the Leaf, but their presence and the danger they pose became evident when Itachi and Kisame first appeared.
- Cosmopolitan Council: They could stand some improvement gender-wise, but when your group contains a Shark Man and a walking venus fly trap you qualify.
- Dark Is Evil: One of the group's distinguishing traits is that each member wears a black cloak.
- Evil Duo: They operate in teams of two, usually complementing each other's skills and personalities. Itachi (stoic, fire-user, illusionist) and Kisame (talkative, water-user, tears people up with his BFS) set the trend.
- Hero Killer: Each of them is an effective in dominating over the cast with their powers; Hidan and Pain /Nagato are extremely efficient seeing as they killed Asuma and Jiraiya respectively.
- High Collar of Doom: Their cloaks reach right above their chins, looking rather ominous.
- Humanoid Abomination: They were all originally going to be blatantly non-human. Even with that dropped, the most normal members of the group are the woman who can turn herself into sheets of paper and the man with magic eyes fueled by The Power of Hate.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Just about all of them reveal at least one new ability or special attack.
- Knight of Cerebus: Their appearance was when the series took a darker turn.
- Meaningful Name: If you read the name as Red Moon, referring to Madara's Infinite Tsukuyomi plan, which would turn the moon into a giant Sharingan able to hypnotize the entire world.
- Nice Hat: Elaborate straw hats covering their faces during travel. They work for reconaissance.
- Oddly Small Organization: For one of the most terrifying terrorist organizations in the world, there are never more than ten official members at a time. Quality beats quantity, as each member is capable of fighting an army, as their performance during the Fourth Shinobi World War indicates.
- Order vs. Chaos: They represent the Order to Orochimaru's Chaos.
- Private Military Contractors: Subverted - this is what they tell the new guys the plan is. The higher ups have conflicting ideas about what the organization is actually planning.
- Ring of Power: Each member has a ring used to activate the statue which absorbs the Tailed-Beasts from their hosts.
Sasuke's Aloof Big Brother
is the Akatsuki member with the most screen time to date. He was believed to have killed his closest friend in order to gain the Mangekyo Sharingan, a more advanced form of the Sharingan with several unique abilities. He then proceeded to kill the entire Uchiha clan save Sasuke for reasons of his own, then abandoned the village to join Akatsuki.
Onscreen, he rarely moves and rarely speaks, but he's too good a fighter for even high-level ninja to take on. He was a prodigy as a child and has only gotten stronger since. He is an expert at genjutsu, is a master of the Fire-Style Techniques of his clan, and knows most of Konoha's signature jutsu, such as the Shadow Clone Jutsu; Itachi, uniquely, has demonstrated the ability to detonate his clones as an offensive technique when he no longer needs them. In addition, the Mangekyo Sharingan gives Itachi three extremely powerful but draining jutsu with which to fight: Amaterasu, a black flame hotter than the sun which can burn anything, even other flames; Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu which can bring its target to complete mental and physical collapse by tormenting them for what seems like days in just a few seconds
; and Susano'o, which summons a massive ethereal warrior which can attack and defend on Itachi's behalf. The new abilities the Mangekyo gives come with a price, however. Extended use causes the user's eyesight to fade, eventually resulting in complete blindness. The only way to combat this is to create a permanent Mangekyo Sharingan by replacing the user's eyes with his brother's.
His only appearance in the original series was directly after the Chunin Exam arc, when he appeared in Konoha with his partner Kisame to capture Naruto. He and Kisame easily defeated Kurenai, Asuma, and Kakashi, but retreated rather than become involved in a general melee. When Sasuke heard his brother was in the area, he immediately rushed out to challenge him, but Itachi easily beat him and Mind Raped
him in the process, further feeding Sasuke's inferiority complex. After Jiraiya chased the Akatsuki off, Itachi was ordered not to attempt to capture Naruto again until after the Time Skip
, Pain creates a clone of Itachi to serve as a delaying action during the Rescue Gaara arc. Team 7 beats it, and Itachi doesn't appear again until directly prior to his fight with Sasuke, where he briefly confronts Naruto, force-feeding him a crow containing one of his friend's Sharingan before leaving to duel his brother. He claims that he left Sasuke alive because he wanted to take Sasuke's eyes for himself. However, Itachi dies from a terminal illness before he can kill Sasuke. More about his character and his relationship with Sasuke is revealed after his death.
His hobby was visiting traditional Japanese cafés.
Favorite word: "peace"
- The Ace: Itachi is one of the best ninjas the Leaf has ever produced. He was the third strongest shinobi in the Akatsuki Organization (right under Nagato and Tobi). He also understands the essence of what it means to be a true shinobi. Hiruzen Sarutobi, the third God of Shinobi even claimed he had the mindset of a Hokage when he was just seven years old.
- Broken Ace: And yet, while he's never lost a fight onscreen, we also see that he's sacrificed his family, his happiness, and his honor all for the sake of serving the village. In addition to this, after his death, almost all of his plans backfire horribly in his face, as Sasuke goes completely insane and decides to destroy Konoha. Tobi also heavily implies that the only reason he is so strong and wise is because he was so traumatized by war when he was four years old that he had no choice but to grow up quickly.
- Affably Evil: Always polite, offers his opponents the chance to escape (unless they are his target) and never uses more power than needed to disable, without lasting harm if possible. He is also an unrepentant mass murderer with history of mentally torturing several protagonists of the series, especially his little brother (who was 7 years old the first time, 13 the second). Subverted, since he was really Good All Along.
- Aloof Big Brother: One of the Anime poster boys for this trope. Even before his family's death, he was always detached. His father remarked that Itachi wasn't good with people.
- Always Someone Better: Sasuke develops a massive inferiority complex because Itachi is always leagues ahead of him.
- And I Must Scream: As a genjutsu expert, he's more than capable of pulling this off, particularly with Tsukuyomi.
- Animal-Eared Headband: Anime only, a flashback shows him wearing cat ears so he could talk to Nekomata. No, seriously.◊
- Animal Motifs: Itachi will often dissolve into a murder of crows which Sasuke remarked was his favorite jutsu.
- Antagonist Abilities: Mind Rape (3 days in 3 seconds) and Instant Armor with an Absurdly Sharp Blade and a impregnable Deflector Shield
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: He killed his entire clan, including his family, in order to avoid civil war. While his goals for peace are ultimately noble, his methods, which include torturing his little brother in order to strengthen him, are questionable.
- Arc Words: "Your hate is not strong enough".
- The Atoner: After he's revived by Kabuto, he fights in order to help the Allied Shinobi Forces and save Sasuke.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Among all his other abilities, Itachi is excellent at analysing his opponents' skills.
- Back from the Dead: Kabuto revives him to fight in the war. He manages to undo the technique with Sasuke's help.
- Badass: Kills an entire clan of elite ninja and Becomes an S-rank missing-nin at age 13, while blackmailing Danzo. Wins nearly every fight we've seen him in without breaking a sweat, including "battles" against Part I Kakashi, Naruto, Sasuke and Orochimaru (to be fair, Orochimaru wasn't at his best at either confrontation), until he meets Sasuke in Part II. Sasuke drives him to the edge, but Itachi still wins the fight despite literally dying in front of him. The only people who he hasn't beaten on his own were Nagato and Kabuto.
- Badass Baritone: Especially in the English version.
- Badass Boast: "Every jutsu has a weakness. That jutsu's weakness... is me."
- Badass Longcoat: As per usual for Akatsuki.
- Handicapped Badass: Remember his final fight with Sasuke? As it turns out, he was near-blind from overusing the Mangekyo Sharingan, in addition to suffering from a terminal illness that he only staved off as long as he did thanks to drugs. Even with all of that, Sasuke only beat him because he was trying to lose.
- Heartbroken Badass: He actually doesn't want to do the things he does, mostly he's just following orders and trying to atone for it all.
- Bash Brothers: He and Kisame make an excellent team, even when they aren't actually fighting alongside each other.
- Beneath the Mask: During his fight with Sasuke, he briefly lets his stoic personality slip and psychotically gives a speech about stealing Sasuke's eyes, and claims that this unhinged persona is his true self. It's subverted when you learn that Itachi was merely faking it and never intended to take Sasuke's eyes. However, post-mortem it's revealed that the aloof personality he maintained was indeed an act. What was underneath was a young man torn up by guilt. After he's revived by Kabuto, we get to see how Itachi really is, and he turns out to be a virtuous, wise, and even humorous individual.
- Big Brother Mentor: Seems to be this way to Naruto when they meet during the 4th Shinobi War. He convinces Naruto to actually let others help him instead of trying to save everyone by himself, which was a flaw in Itachi's life.
- Big Brother Instinct: He spared Sasuke from the Uchiha Massacre and made sure he would be safe from Danzo until the day they fought. In their battle he made sure to remove Orochimaru's influence permanently and tried to make him a hero.
- Zigzagged later. Although if Sasuke became a threat to Konoha, he left Shisui's ability in Naruto and planned to leave Sasuke permanently obedient to Konoha.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he rescues Naruto and Killer Bee from certain death at the hands of Edo Nagato after Nagato defeated the two Jinchuriki in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Bishōnen: He inherits the Uchiha's handsome traits.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: He started on his path to villainy by killing his entire family except for Sasuke. Turns out it was a sham and he actually killed them to prevent them from staging a coup.
- Blue and Orange Morality: His acts, goals, and desires are in such contradiction with each other that he not only skirts, but happily jumps to this category.
- Break the Cutie: He witnessed and was traumatized by the Third Shinobi World War at just four years old.
- Cain and Abel: Intentionally made Sasuke hate him, so he'd never learn the truth that the clan was killed on orders from Konoha. During which he fully knew he would be hated.
- Character Development: After he's revived. He finally acknowledges how disastrous his plans to keep Sasuke safe ended up, and acknowledges that he should have simply been honest with his younger brother.
- Character Shilling: Everybody loves to point out how much of a saint he was, even his enemies, characters who would have valid reasons to dislike him, or characters who have only just heard of him.
- This gets especially ridiculous when the First Hokage, of all people, says that Itachi's a better shinobi than him, after simply hearing a brief description of his history. Even though Hashirama didn't seem to be serious, Hiruzen seemed serious that Itachi had 'Hokage-level reasoning skills/wisdom' at age seven. In context, they are referring to Itachi's willingness to put the village ahead of his clan, but it still rankles.
- The Chessmaster: Played his own game inside Akatsuki for years. Manipulated Sasuke just the same. Subverted in that nearly everything he planned or wanted failed hideously.
- Chewing the Scenery: Made even more awesome by Crispin Freeman in the dub.
- Child Prodigy: At age 7, Itachi graduated from the Academy at the top of his class after only one year, mastered the Sharingan at age 8, passed the Chūnin Exams at age 10, and enrolled in the Anbu half a year later. He became Anbu Captain at 13.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Itachi mentally tortures his foes with genjutsu; among his victims are Kakashi, Naruto, and especially Sasuke. He does it as a standard fighting technique, apparently without wrath or pleasure.
- Combat Compliment: While Itachi was a powerful shinobi, he showed no arrogance and often commended his opponents on their abilities.
- Combat Pragmatist: Itachi tries to end fights as quickly as he can and certainly doesn't shirk away from dirty tactics.
- The Comically Serious: Despite his traumatic past and the lifetime of guilt that accompanies it, he has a sense of humor, believe it or not. Pretty much the only person never thrown off by Itachi's joking is Sasuke, implying that Itachi used to be like this before the massacre (or possibly that nothing Itachi does throws him off anymore). He even joins in at one point!
Itachi and Sasuke have just successfully double-teamed Kabuto, using an upgraded version of a move that Sasuke messed up on when he and Itachi took on a giant boar as children:]]
- Consummate Liar: His life in a nutshell. There were only a handful of people who knew the real Itachi. Otherwise he fooled everyone into believing whatever role he fabricated. He acted as The Mole for the Uchiha clan, a member of Akatsuki, was known to the world as a criminal, and had Sasuke believe he was the one dimensional villain that slayed the Uchiha Clan.
- Convenient Terminal Illness: As it turns out, Itachi was terminally ill at the time he battled Sasuke and only managed to stay alive as long as he did thanks to special drugs.
- Crazy-Prepared: The number of steps he's taken to protect Sasuke either directly or indirectly definitely qualifies him. He even had a backup plan in case Tobi survived his trap and won Sasuke over.
- Subverted in that all of his plans, while fairly thought out, simply didn't work like he wanted and in some cases backfired. In particular, Sasuke ends up doing the EXACT opposite of what he'd wanted, the trap he set for Tobi failed, and the failsafe he left Naruto ended up being used on himself (long story) instead of Sasuke. At this point he's down to his last backup plan which is basically "trust Naruto to fix this somehow".
- Creepy Child: When he was younger nobody understood him. He was actually very conflicted between the village and the clan and his social abilities took a lot of damage as a result, especially between him and his parents.
- Creepy Crows: Itachi's most identifiable jutsu were those involving the use of crows. He was able to create a large flock of them which he used in his ninjutsu and genjutsu. This is seen primarily with his use of clones which dissolve into crows, and crows that would dissolve into shuriken for surprise attacks. Whenever his enemies would strike him down, chances are he would just turn into a bunch of crows and reveal they were in genjutsu.
- Creepy Monotone: The whole damn time, save for one instance (see Chewing the Scenery above).
- His voice becomes less monotonous after he is revived, since he no longer has to pretend to be emotionless.
- Cruel to Be Kind: As a rogue ninja, Itachi still had to defend himself from otherwise being captured or being killed. He would warn enemy ninja not to engage him, and if so, put them down quick with Tsukuyomi. Also keeping his partner Kisame from escalating a battle further at the same time. Kakashi didn't realize this, but did wonder why Itachi didn't just kill him instead.
- Cry Cute: He broke down into near-hysterics as he killed his parents, despite their differences in politics (to say the least), they still told him they loved him and were proud of him.
- Cryptic Conversation: Pretty much everything Itachi has EVER said.
- After being revived as a zombie and teaming up with Sasuke to defeat Kabuto and undo the jutsu, he finally decides he's done trying to manipulate Sasuke and tells him how he really feels.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Pretty much every fight that he was actually present for, including fights that he had no interest in winning. The only exceptions are Nagato and Kabuto.
- Cursed with Awesome: His Susanoo possesses the Yata Mirror, an supposedly indestructible shield and the Sword of Totsuka, a blade that can seal away any person it pierces. The drawback is that it pretty much destroyed his eyes and put severe strain in his body. Not to mention he can't use it well or to its full extent due to how low his stamina is.
- After killing off the clan, all he wanted was to die by Sasuke's hands to atone... but he's so damn strong, it took a massive fight with him holding back and being terminally ill to actually get that done. The man is too good for his own good. Zetsu was convinced there was something seriously wrong with the guy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially after his resurrection, since he doesn't have to pretend to be evil anymore, so his real personality is more apparent.
- Defector from Decadence: In the Valley-of-the-end flashback, he expresses his disgust at how his fellow clansmen are obsessed with the Uchiha's glory and utterly full of themselves, losing sight of their actual capacities. He then proceeds to throw a kunai into the nearest Uchiha crest, and the rest is history... We later learn that he turned against them because they were planning a coup d'etat that would've plunged the entire continent into a senseless war.
- Deus ex Machina: Multiple times he has pulled plot-developing jutsus or items right out of nowhere to advance the plot. Izanami, his sickness and even his backstory seems to come straight out of nowhere.
- Didn't Think This Through: Zigzagged. He certainly thought through much of his Gambit Pileup, but in hindsight his methods to implement it were contradictory with his goals.
- Dirty Business: He took up the mission to eliminate the Uchiha Clan and became a rogue ninja afterwards. In doing so, he prevented Konoha being held accountable and the Uchiha's reputation being damaged because they planned a coup.
- Disc One Final Boss: For Sasuke.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: In his first appearance, he warns Asuma and Kurenai that he doesn't want to kill them because he actually didn't want to kill them.
- The Dragon/ The Starscream: For Nagato as one of the Akatsuki zombies, and the both of them as Co-Dragons for Kabuto, but Itachi later escapes the latter's control.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Is hindered by near blindness, and a terminal illness during his fight with Sasuke, and was seeking to wear his brother down rather than actually kill him. The extent of how weakened he was during the fight is unknown, although Tobi explicitly states that if Itachi were serious, then Sasuke would be dead.
- The Dreaded: According to Tobi, Itachi's visit to Konoha early in the series was meant to intimidate the upper echelons of the village simply by reminding them he's still alive. Later, Tobi mentions that with Itachi's death, Konoha is no longer off limits, suggesting even he was scared of Itachi's power.
- Easily Forgiven/Karma Houdini: By Sasuke who went from loathing him to protecting his legacy (albeit in a way completely opposite to what Itachi wished) in the matter of a night.
- Also by Naruto: even though Itachi can be directly responsible for what happened with Sasuke, Naruto doesn't give him any crap.
- Evil Genius: He's a genius. He's evil. Pretty self-explanatory. May also play this role within Akatsuki, given his Master of Illusion powers.
- Subverted later on, when we learn he was just pretending to be evil. He was certainly willing to Shoot the Dog though.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: He was capable of doing ninjutsu, genjutsu, taijitsu, and/or shurikenjutsu simultaneously against a S-ranked opponent without any strain.
- Exotic Eye Designs: The Mangekyo Sharingan, of which his was the first revealed.
- Fake Defector: After slaying the Uchiha clan, he joined Akatsuki as a spy for Konoha.
- Fallen Hero: He was the pride and joy of the Uchiha clan and Sasuke's idol before the massacre.
- Fatal Flaw: Itachi's obsession with keeping Sasuke safe could arguably qualify as this, as it spurs him to constantly deceive and manipulate his younger brother. As a result, a good deal of his plans backfire, and Sasuke's mental state degrades. Itachi himself acknowledges this tendency as a major failing, after he is revived.
- Feather Motif: His genjutsu often include a shower of crow feathers.
- For the Evulz: He pretty much confessed to Sasuke that the only reason he killed off the clan was to see if he could. Subverted later, when it turns out he was ordered to do it.
- The Gift: Obviously. He graduates from the Academy at age 7, masters the Sharingan at 8, becomes Chuunin at 10, joins the ANBU at 13, the defects to become an S-ranked criminal and one of the strongest members of Akatsuki. Who thinks this guy is normal?
- Genocide from the Inside: Killed off his entire clan aside from younger brother Sasuke, on orders from Konoha, to prevent their plans at a coup.
- Glass Cannon: Very skilled and powerful, but suffers from a lack of stamina.
- Good All Along: He does love Sauske and Konohagakure, but he was forced to do horrible things to keep them safe.
- Gone Horribly Right: He deliberately made Sasuke full of hate and power-obsessed in order to have him strong enough to kill him and redeem the Uchiha clan. The first part worked beyond any expectation, the second... not so much.
- Go Out with a Smile: "Sorry, Sasuke. There won't be a next time."
- Twice, actually, thanks to being revived through Edo Tensei.
"You never have to forgive me... No matter what happens to you (Sasuke) from here on out, I will always love you."
- Happiness in Slavery: The ultimate fate he prepared for Sasuke, though he failed to actually implement it. He had to use Shisui's eye on himself instead after Kabuto Edo Tensei.
- It is to be mentioned that this was meant as an ultimate last resort in case all his other backup plans failed, and that he is later shown to feel somewhat guilty about it. He outright tells Naruto "I hope you never have to use it." He just didn't want a genocide to happen because of his personal wish to let his little brother live.
- Heel-Face Turn: A variant in that he was an Anti-Villain all along. He was definitely still wrong, though, and admits it to Naruto later.
- Hero with an F in Good: Between his Mind Rapes of Sasuke and Kakashi, general brutality, and a pretty serious lack of social skills, Itachi sucks at being the good guy.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Somewhat helps balance out the above Character Shilling. Itachi recognizes his actions as misguided and largely responsible for what Sasuke has become, and considers himself a failure.
- Heroic Resolve: Due to disease, Itachi had taken medicine to prolong his life until the day he fought Sasuke. In their battle; Itachi had his thigh punctured with a shuriken, his right arm burned, his eyesight deteriorate into nothing, and coughed up blood numerous times. In the end, he succeeded in removing Orochimaru's curse seal and implanted Amaterasu within Sasuke before dying.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Since the first act it has been confusing which are his goals or if indeed he has any beyond messing with Sasuke's life. It's only revealed later that he just hoped to close the book on his actions and leave Sasuke as the hero.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He killed the Uchihas on the orders of his superiors, in order to prevent his clan from starting a civil war.
- I Let You Win: What he was intending to do in his last battle with Sasuke.
- Ill Boy: Some combination of Incurable Cough of Death and Soap Opera Disease.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Defense: Counter Shuriken Rain.
- Informed Attribute: Allegedly at the age of seven, he had Hokage-level skills of reasoning and wisdom. Let's just say that his actions don't lend themselves well to this claim.
- Innocent Prodigy: During Kurama's attack on Kononha, Itachi (then five) calmly comforted the crying Sasuke (who was only a few months old) and assured him that he would keep him safe no matter what. His inner-monologue, however, reveals a rather frightened child wishing their parents would hurry and get home.
- He was so advanced during his time in the academy that one teacher mentions having to do very little work with him. He still put off doing his homework in favor of playing games with Sasuke, even with their mother wanting him to study.
- It's All About Me: While he doesn't display this trope nearly to the extent that other members of his clan might this was basically the reason he let Sasuke live. He mind raped Sasuke by forcing him to repeatedly relive the apparently quite gruesome deaths of their parents, forcing him to grow up into a bitter obsessive lunatic all so that Itachi could die on his own terms: At the hands of said brother (which he didn't in the end, making all of his efforts totally meaningless). Subverted through his secondary and tertiary motives, which were to make Sasuke a hero for killing him (ensuring his permanent protection against Danzo) and to keep Tobi from manipulating him. Of course, both of these backfired amazingly.
- Japanese Mythology: All of his special abilities, like many of the Uchiha Clan's techniques, are named after Japanese gods.
- Kick the Dog: His mental torture of Sasuke and Kakashi in part 1, so he could continue his appearance as an Akatsuki and further motivate Sasuke to kill him.
- Knight in Sour Armor: If his comments after Kabuto resurrects him are anything to go by.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Had decided on his own what was best for Sasuke. Sasuke will become a great warrior. Sasuke will avenge the Uchiha. Sasuke will become a hero, and putting him through horrible torture, forcing him to walk the path of rage and hate, and making him a criminal is just a small price to pay. And left Shisui's eye to Mind Rape Sasuke should he try to destroy Konoha. However, subverted in that Itachi realizes he was beyond wrong in his methods and reasoning and unbelievably selfish. He realizes he should have believed in Sasuke and trusted him instead of trying to decide his destiny.
- Leitmotif: "Many Nights". It's very fitting... somehow.
- Lock and Load Montage: An anime-only scene of him getting ready to slaughter the Uchiha clan can certainly be viewed this way.
- Magical Eye: The Sharingan and then later the Mangekyou Sharingan. They grant the following abilities:
- Manly Tears: The night of the Massacre when he ran from Sasuke having attempted to kill him.
- Master of Illusion: One of the best genjutsu users in the manga. The only exceptions are Shisui, Madara Uchiha himself, Tobi, and the Second Mizukage.
- Master Swordsman: We only see him using a sword a few times (deflecting kunai thrown by Sasuke and cutting off Kabuto's horn) but it's clear he's incredibly skilled with the blade, as expected of an ANBU member. It also seems that he used his sword extensively when he killed off the Uchiha Clan. After relinquishing his ANBU gear, his skills carry over to his usage of kunai in close proximity combat. He also gets to wield Sasuke's sword during the brothers' fight against Kabuto, utilizing it to great effect.
- Meaningful Echo: Throughout their childhood, when Sasuke would ask Itachi to train with him, Itachi would poke his forehead and say something along the lines of "Sorry, Sasuke, next time." The last thing he does before dying is to poke Sasuke's forehead and say "Sorry, Sasuke, there won't be a next time." It's heart wrenching.
- Then, as he is released by Edo Tensei, he seems poised to poke Sasuke's forehead again... and then he reaches back towards his neck, and their foreheads meet.
Itachi: "You never have to forgive me. No matter what happens to you from here on out, I will always love you."
- Mind Rape: Tsukuyomi. Also, for far too long, his solution to anything involving Sasuke.
- Morality Chain: Itachi's existence notably keeps Sasuke's sanity anchored to this world. Back when Itachi was alive, Sasuke may have been angsty, but not insane. After he killed Itachi was when he began to lose it, but, now that Itachi is... "alive" again, Sasuke is acting far more sane than he has in 100 chapters.
- And now that he realizes that Itachi is about to go back to being dead (as a result of ending the technique that revived him), he's right back to talking about destroying Konoha...
- My Country, Right or Wrong: "The village does have its dark side and inconsistencies. But I'm still the Leaf's Itachi Uchiha."
- Necessarily Evil: He certainly viewed himself this way, though, and hated himself for it. Then, after his resurrection, he realizes how horribly wrong he was.
- The Needs of the Many: He thought more highly of the village as a whole than clans keeping their individualized mindset. When he spoke out against his father concerning this, his father only thought of it as more strange behaviour. As a result, he massacred his clan to prevent them from starting a civil war with Konoha and possibly a world war because other countries would attack if they saw weakness.
- Nerves of Steel: Itachi lived his life as a spy within Akatsuki and maintained his façade despite not being anything like the other members. He was so good Nagato was surprised how good he was.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: See Deus ex Machina above.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: All of his actions seemed to have been aimed at making Sasuke realize that the village is more important than his family's pride. He couldn't have failed more if he had done it on purpose. He at least accepted the possibility of failure and left Naruto, Shisui's other eye, as a safeguard, only for that to fail, too.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Using Tsukuyomi on Sasuke the night of the massacre ultimately made him able to resist Orochimaru's "killing intent" during the Chuunin Exams just enough to break free from the paralysis by stabbing himself.
- No Social Skills Possibly a subversion, as after he's resurrected, he turns out to be good with advice and actually pretty funny. His lack of social skills may have just been a part of his act.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Before leaving the village he managed to blackmail Danzo.
- A filler episode taking place in part one has team 7 go through hell fighting their way through a city of ninja cats, then against their leader Nekomata in order to get his pawprint. At the end of the episode it's revealed that Itachi, when he was about six years old, decimated the entire ninja-cat army and Nekomata himself with apparently no difficulty whatsoever.
- Once the truth is learned, the entire Uchiha massacre could be seen this way given that we're only shown tiny bits of it.
- Oh Crap: His (fake) reaction to Kirin during his final fight with Sasuke and to Sage Mode Dragon Kabuto.
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When the Uchiha police question Itachi about Shisui's death, Itachi rants at them and his father for being simple minded. They aren't able to understand and Fugaku sees it as strange behaviour. At first glance, it looks like Itachi is speaking of achieving new heights in ability because he saw the Uchiha clan as weak in strength. After The Reveal, he was actually criticising them for their betrayal against the village.
Itachi: You hold on to your organization, your clan, your name... These things limit us and limit our capacities... These things deserve to be shunned... It is foolish to fear what we've yet to see and know.
Fugaku: Stop Itachi!!! Stop it already. What in the world is wrong? Itachi you've been acting strange lately.
Fugaku: Then.. why did you not come last night?
Itachi: ...in order to reach the height.
Fugaku: The what?
Itachi: Of my capacity. I've lost all hope for this pathetic clan. You forget what is most important to you because you cling to something small like your clan. True change cannot be made if it is bound by laws and limitations, predictions and imagination.
Fugaku: What arrogance!
- Only Sane Man: He and Kisame together make up this as part of the Akatsuki. That says a lot.
- Parental Favoritism: Fugaku spent much of his time focusing on the development of Itachi and little time with Sasuke. This had more to do with Itachi being the eldest and one day required to assume leadership of the clan, and at the time Itachi was The Mole for the Uchiha against Konoha.
- The Unfavourite: Subverted with his mother. Despite having become distant and little to no interaction taking place between them, the night she was killed by Itachi, she still told him she loved him and to look after Sasuke.
- Playing with Fire: The Uchiha specialty is a fireball as big as a house and strong enough to plow a furrow in the ground.
- Power Degeneration: The Mangekyo Sharingan degraded his eyesight to the point he could only see Sasuke as a blur at some points in their fight.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Deconstructed. He annihilates the entire Uchiha Clan, his own family, apparently For the Evulz. His actual reason was because they were about to go forward with their betrayal of Konoha. He also antagonises and tortures his pre-teen little brother into hating him, casts himself as the vile traitor so that one day his brother will be led to kill him, all to tie up everything and making everybody believe that the Uchiha Clan save him were a proud and noble clan devout to Konoha, when he knew full well that he was the only one left in the clan that was actually like that.
- Quick Draw: Shuriken flavor. Capable of throwing dozens of shuriken with perfect accuracy in milliseconds without any effort.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Sharingan, which he almost always has activated.
- Reverse Mole: Joined Akatsuki to keep an eye on their activities.
- Sadistic Choice: He had to side with either his clan or the village basically summed up by Danzo, the main benefit keeping his brother safe should he side with the village, he chose the village and thus the Uchiha Massacre.
- Sanity Slippage: Displays it during his fight against Sasuke, when he explains his desire to steal the younger Uchiha's eyes, and surpass Madara. It's later revealed that Itachi was faking it, and intentionally invoked the trope in order to provide Sasuke with further motivation.
- Secretly Dying: He was "plagued" by an unnamed terminal illness for an unspecified amount of time before it finally killed him, meaning he may have been slowly dying since before the series even started.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his clan to prevent them from starting a civil war with the village.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: After the Third Ninja War. At four years old.
- Although he is said to have witnessed it, not taken part in it. It's already horrible enough.
- Shoot the Dog: He went through with the Uchiha Massacre to avoid the potential world war the Uchiha would create and the countless lives that would be lost with it.
- Sibling Team: He and Sasuke against Kabuto.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Was this in Akatsuki all along alongside Orochimaru.
- So Proud of You: Right before his death, Fugaku bluntly told Itachi that no matter what, he was proud of him.
- Spanner in the Works: Itachi has foiled or complicated the plans of pretty much every single organization or chessmaster he's encountered in the series. Short list: the Uchiha clan, Danzo, Orochimaru, Team 7's attempts to rehabilitate Sasuke, Tobi, and Kabuto. Sadly, this includes a few of his own plans too — needlessly pushing an already vengeance-minded Sasuke over the edge and accidentally triggering his own failsafe in Naruto on himself. He further complicates Kabuto's plans by intending to force him to end the Edo Tensei, and seemingly puts a cork in Sasuke's Kill Konoha plan by promising to finally explain his motivations in exchange for his help in stopping Kabuto. He gets deified for this.
- Stealth Mentor: Was this to Sasuke, before he died.
- Stepford Smiler: Acting like a kind and gentle boy to hide his plan to murder his clan pretty much for the heck of it. Although his mask started to slip quite a bit after Shisui died. Later revealed that he was kind and gentle but smiled to hide his despair at knowing he had no choice but to kill the people he loved. His attitude changed after Shisui's death because he was legitimately mourning his best friend.
- The Stoic
- Stoic Woobie
- Not So Stoic: During his final fight with Sasuke. Subverted in that it was actually fake.
- Turns out, he was crying hysterically when he killed their parents, so much so that they actually had to encourage him to go through with it.
- The Strategist: So good that all his fights degraded into well-oiled choreographs eventually.
- Suicide by Cop: Subverted. He kept himself alive despite being eaten up with disease so that 1) Sasuke could kill him, become a hero for Konoha and redeem their clan and 2) to punish himself for his sins. Ultimately, he died from by a combination of his disease and fighting Sasuke.
- Super Reflexes: So fast with his hand seals that the two other ninja with Super Reflexes can barely see a blur.
- Super Speed: Has been noted for making hand signs so fast that Kakashi couldn't keep track.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Towards Kabuto. He empathized with Kabuto because they both lived their lives as a spy and acted like people they were not. As Kabuto grew more obsessed of becoming like others, Itachi cast Izanami on Kabuto to trap him in a mental loop until he can accept his own identity and stop trying to be someone else. It seems to have worked as Kabuto showed up to help Sasuke later on, giving up on acquiring the Uchiha's power.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Along with Bleach's Ulquiorra is the anime poster boy of this trope.
- Tantrum Throwing: When his father and three other policemen start to lecture him about the importance of the clan (immediately after he's been accused of murdering Shisui) he hurls a kunai at one of the crests painted on a nearby wall, then goes off on a rant about how useless and limiting concepts like clans are.
- Teach Him Anger And Hate: Twice to Sasuke with a heavy dose of trauma and encouraging him to develop an obsession with power so the latter could become a loyal shinobi of Konoha and redeemer of the Uchiha Clan... yeah.
- Technical Pacifist: After the Third Shinobi World War, he became a pacifist above all else. His slaughter of the Uchiha clan was to prevent them from throwing Konoha into chaos and starting another war. He's one of the least violent fighters, only ever using enough power to accomplish his ultimate goals, of which just victory is a rare one...
- Thanatos Gambit: He had an emergency plan to stop Tobi from manipulating Sasuke by implanting an Amaterasu in his brother that would be triggered at the sight of Tobi's Sharingan. It failed. However, Itachi had a backup plan since he knew there would inevitably be a confrontation between his brother and Naruto. His backup plan was to brainwash Sasuke permanently to be loyal to Konoha forever with Shisui's eye that implanted in Naruto with the crow, which would activate during their fight. However, the one thing he did not count on was being resurrected and turned into a thrall by Kabuto. The power he gave Naruto is used on himself, which allows him to break Kabuto's geas with another. His Plan C appears to be "trust Naruto."
- Theme Naming: His Mangekyo Sharingan powers are named after Japanese gods. Of note is that these are the exact same gods who slew Orochimaru of the legendary Sannin of Konoha.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Kisame, early on. Par for the course for Akatsuki, who generally go about their grim business in pairs. This is given some depth in the two understanding each other, both being men lost without knowledge of their true selves, unable to forgive and acknowledge themselves. Itachi wants nothing more than death, Kisame wants his world of truth. Both live with the pain of having betrayed and killed their comrades and both. Later on he strikes up quite the rapport with Nagato, whom he helps about the battlefield as they involuntarily serve Kabuto.
- Tough Love: In the most extreme and twisted way possible. He would come to regret it later.
- Undying Loyalty: Uchiha Itachi will never betray Konoha, not even after death.
- The Unfettered: He will do anything to protect Sasuke and the Land of Fire.
- Subverted later. Not with the Land of Fire but he deemed Sasuke's free will an acceptable sacrifice, after realizing that his brother may have fallen too far to save.
- Vocal Dissonance: In the Japanese version, his deep voice is initially a bit off putting. The English dub gives him a higher-sounding, yet still fairly low voice.
- War Is Hell: His real motivation for killing off his clan. They were on the verge of starting a civil war (that would likely lead to a world war) and he was unable to convince them to call it off.
- Warrior Therapist: In a very odd way to Kabuto. Kabuto's arrogance, unwavering faith in his own abilities and belief he cannot fail and handle everything himself reminds Itachi of himself. Itachi was unable to let go of the selfish belief that he could shoulder every burden, which ended up making things far worse than if he hadn't tried at all. As a result, even though he knows what Kabuto is doing is wrong, Itachi wants to save Kabuto from the lies he tells himself, even if the methods he uses are a mite unconventional.
- Was It All a Lie?: Yes and no, depending on which "it" is being referred to. The insane, unrepentant murderer we first meet? Yeah, that's a huge lie. As for the loving (if extreme) brother Sasuke remembers? No, it wasn't.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When they meet during the 4th Shinobi War, Sasuke tries to do this to him, trying to understand his brother. Due to Itachi both being in a hurry to stop Kabuto and feeling it's in Naruto's hands now to save him, Itachi keeps shutting Sasuke down with curt yet vague replies. Once Kabuto is stopped, Itachi finally explains himself and understands he was wrong. Not requiring Sasuke's forgiveness, he still reassures his love for his brother.
- When He Smiles: Itachi rarely smiles, and most of the time it's rather unnerving. However, the few times he cracks a genuine smile are downright heart moving.
- Wise Beyond His Years: Itachi is incredibly advanced in the mental department. Far more than any teenager has any right to be.
- Worf Had The Flu: Subverted. He couldn't fight Sasuke at full force for two reasons: 1) he didn't want to; 2) he was terminally ill.
- Would Hit a Girl: Up to and including his own mother.
- You Are What You Hate: Vividly believed this at one point in his life, but then accepted himself for who he was and acknowledged his mistakes in death.
A former member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, Kisame is a polite, but a savage warrior who loves to fight
. He is partners and good friends with Itachi, and owns a sentient sword called Samehada ("Sharkskin" in the dub and as a rough translation) which can absorb chakra from anything it shaves, and can fuse with him to transform him into an anthropomorphic shark. He also possesses an enormous amount of chakra that is compared to the level of a tailed beast.
, a clone of his is beaten by Guy, then he doesn't do too much but hang around Itachi. He later gets assigned to go after the Eight-Tailed Ox and seemingly gets killed for his troubles. It is later revealed that was just a clone and Kisame manages to infiltrate Kumogakure by hiding in his sword. His cover ends up blown and he fights Guy again, but rather than give up the information upon losing he commits suicide by having his own shark summons eat him. It was revealed that Kisame was Tobi's Psycho Supporter
since before his days as a member of the Seven Swordsmen, and served as the personal bodyguard of the Fourth Mizukage, who was Tobi's puppet.
His hobby was taking care of his sword, Samehada.
Favorite phrase: "The weak are meat, the strong eat", a Japanese idiom for survival of the fittest.
- Actually a Doombot: Happens twice.
- Affably Evil: Cheerful, polite, and always pleased to make the acquaintance of someone new. Like Itachi, he'll also give opponents the chance to back down, which makes him very different from most of his teammates, who can be anywhere from naturally cruel to just plain genocidal.
"Well to say it simply… He wants to get rid of all the bad things in the world and run away to a dreamland full of good things! In a dream you can do whatever you want… even revive the dead."
Zetsu is a strange plant-like being created from the First Hokage's DNA that serves as Akatsuiki's spy, lookout, and corpse disposal
. He possesses Literal Split Personalities
that talk to each other, and was the only Akatsuki member who is never shown with a partner, because he can be his own partner. He can perfectly blend into the background (sometimes by use of a Venus flytrap thing). He is capable of recording events, such as Naruto and Sasuke's fight at the Valley of the End and Sasuke and Itachi's final battle, for others to view.
Zetsu knows Tobi's identity and status as the true leader of Akatsuki, and thus works closely with him. He showed ability to split his two sides apart, and had his white side lead Sasuke to the Kage summit while the black side stayed behind with Tobi. The white half interrupted meeting and revealed that Sasuke was in the building, after which the Raikage strangled him until he lost consciousness.
White Zetsu managed to escape the summit and healed the wounds Sasuke had received in his battles with Danzo, Kakashi and Naruto. Both halves appeared to be looking for Kisame's dead body, only to reveal that the body was just a White Zetsu clone, which was created so Kisame could infiltrate Kumogakure. During the Fourth Great Shinobi World War, Zetsu is the main source of Tobi's army. It is eventually discovered by Sakura that White Zetsu was created using the 1st Hokage's DNA. Black Zetsu was defeated by Naruto and the Mizukage's squad while attempting to assassinate the daimyos, while White Zetsu was killed by Sasuke Uchiha in order to test out his Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan. During Tobi's flashback arc
, it is revealed that White Zetsu was one of numerous prototypes created by Madara Uchiha using Hashirama Senju's DNA and served as Obito's bodyguard during his recovery. One of these was a Spiral Zetsu with a quirkish personality and a face that inspired Tobi to don his spiral-patterned mask. The "main" Zetsu was one specifically chosen by Madara to contain his "will." Madara, just before he died, inserted his "will" into half of this Zetsu, forming the black half of his body.
His hobby is observing unique shinobi.
Favorite phrase: "Independence unbending" which means "The only one you can count on is yourself".
- Artificial Human: One of an army of artificial soldiers created from the cells of the First Hokage or so we were led to believe.
- Blatant Lies: "Tobi is a good boy!"
- Cloud Cuckoolander: White is more prone to bizarre thoughts and actions than Black, sometimes downright stupid, such as bursting into the meeting room of the five Kages to announce Sasuke broke in and giving away Taka's cover - albeit on Obito's orders. Spiral Zetsu has a nagging curiosity for bowel movements out of wonder what such a function would be like if he had it. No Social Skills, indeed.
- The Dragon: To Tobi. He's been working with Tobi much longer than most of Akatsuki. Ironic, given Tobi's first appearance made him look like Zetsu's underling, but it possibly was to cover him. And also Co-Dragons with Pain and Kisame before their deaths.
- White Zetsu clones count as well. One did bring back his Rinnegan after all, as well as providing a spare arm...
- Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared after the climax of Naruto and Sasuke's duel, noting that he found the fight interesting.
- Energy Absorption: White Zetsu can drain chakra through physical contact.
- Enigmatic Minion: Until Tobi's flashback and later clarification by Black Zetsu, nobody really knows what his deal is, except being one of the few that knows the truth about Tobi.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Looks like plant seeds.
- Fusion Dance: The White Zetsu can combine to create a hideous gigantic plant monster.
- Green Thumb: Can merge with the earth and even burrow underground, masking his chakra altogether and allowing him to tunnel around undetected at extreme speeds.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: White Zetsu only has the left half of his body.
- Hive Mind: The White Zetsu Clones all share one mind that they link through a system of underground roots; once linked they instantly share information with each other. Although the original has his own, singular mind.
- Humanoid Abomination: A cannibalistic Man-Eating Plant who can move seamlessly within the earth, grass and trees and has black and white halves which differ in personality and which can split from each other physically, with the white half capable of making clones of himself in a process akin to a fungal parasite. It's revealed that he and his brethren were once humans who were assimilated by Kaguya.
- I'm a Humanitarian/Man-Eating Plant: Disposes of corpses by eating them. His favorite food is even listed as chewy people.
- Ironic Echo: "Tobi is a good boy" becomes this in chapter 603.
- Killed Off for Real: The original White Zetsu gets offed by Sasuke, though he still has plenty of clones running about.
- Mana Drain: He can drain chakra from those he touches, as well as give it through the same method.
- Me's a Crowd: He's one of an army of 100,000 White Zetsu, and he can create copies of himself.
- Mysterious Watcher: Subverted. Nobody knew who he was or what he wanted the first time he showed up in the series but it soon beame clear he belonged to Akatsuki.
- Non-Action Guy: White Zetsu is not terribly powerful, with Tobi even referring to him as not a front line fighter. Black Zetsu on the other hand...
- Plant Person: has several plant like appendages, and has many plant characteristics.
- Literal Split Personality: The black half and white half are actually very separate entities that talk to each other.
- Talking to Themself: White and Black Zetsu talk to each other and frequently argue.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Had this dynamic with Black Zetsu, and before him with Guruguru.
- The Dark Chick: When Kabuto joins in and after Konan's defection.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can make himself into a perfect double of a person after absorbing their chakra.
- Was Once a Man: It's revealed that White Zetsu was once a human who was changed by the first Infinite Tsukuyomi.
"A weapon's strength or weakness is dependent on the user's ability to use it. An expert with a rock can still beat a rookie with a shuriken."
A dark symbiotic entity (seemingly) manifested out of Madara's will and attached to White Zetsu in order to monitor the progression of the Moon's Eye Plan.
- Apologetic Attacker: Black Zetsu tells Obito he's sorry since he has to fulfill the reason Madara Uchiha created him for, although he later berates him as being useless for going against Madara's plans.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Ever since the time of the Sage and his sons, this guy has been meddling with events behind the scenes to ensure Kaguya's revival.
- Bigger Bad: He kickstarted the entire generational conflict that began with Hagoromo's sons, jumped to Madara and Hashirama, then Naruto and Sasuke. Every conflict and casualty from the warring clans era to the modern village wars and Akatsuki can be traced back to his constant manipulation of the world.
- Batman Gambit: Black Zetsu unleashed a whopper that spiralled into many other conflicts and bled into so much misery for others. A plan that duped Indra, Madara, Hashirama, Tobirama, Obito, Kakashi, Kabuto, Sasuke, the entire Uchiha clan, and countless others into becoming his pawns to revive Kaguya. It also resulted in the death of Rin, the death of Naruto's parents, the creation of Akatsuki, Orochimaru's nefarious schemes with Akatsuki, the Uchiha Massacre, Sasuke's defection, Madara and Obito's own gambits, Gaara's temporary death, the deaths of all active Akatsuki members, the birth of the army of White Zetsus among others who had been absorbed into Kaguya, the revival of the Ten-Tails, the controlling of said beast, the revival and subsequent murder of Madara, the enslavement of all humanity, and on top of all this, Kaguya's return to life.
- Chekhov's Skill: How Black Zetsu was able to get to the final battle field becomes important in chapter 664, when he uses the same ability to steal the other half of Kurama.
- The Chessmaster: Black Zetsu rewrote the text that Hagoromo left on the Uchiha's stone monument, turning the Uchiha into his pawns.
- The Corrupter: He convinced Haguromo's son Indra to turn against his own family after his brother Ashura was declared the successor. He would continue to do the same to Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan.
- The Dragon: Black Zetsu is seemingly this for Madara, but is later revealed to be this for Kaguya.
- Energy Absorption: Black Zetsu can drain chakra through physical contact while attached to Kaguya.
- Enigmatic Minion: Black Zetsu's true origins and motives remain unrevealed until the final arc, where it's revealed he played everyone for fools.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's been manipulating events for thousands of years to resurrect his "mother".
- Evil Sounds Deep: Black Zetsu has a deep voice.
- Gambit Roulette: He's been manipulating the Senju and Uchiha clans to revive Kaguya since before they were founded, and it's all gone off without a hitch.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Black Zetsu is cut in half by Chojuro during the War arc. It doesn't faze him much at all.
- The Heavy: Surpasses both Obito and Madara for this! Black Zetsu is ultimately responsible for all of ninja history by causing the conflict between the Sage's two sons, and then by manipulating Madara to create the Moon's Eye Plan. Nearly every single conflict, every single tragedy in Naruto was a result of his actions, all in the pursuit of reviving Kaguya.
- Humanoid Abomination: Black Zetsu is a Living Shadow who is thousands of years old and was "born" from Kaguya's will to be reborn and take back "her" chakra.
- Mana Drain: Just like White Zetsu.
- Man Behind the Man: And he's been at it for millennia in order to resurrect Kaguya.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: After taking over Obito, he manifests a wide, jagged mouth pattern that he keeps even with no host.
- Off Model: In early anime episodes (and some in later ones, it seems to vary by who does animation) Black Zetsu has orifices besides eyes. In the manga, Black Zetsu half never had any of those.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Black Zetsu, being the manifestation of Kaguya's will, is able to take control of a person's body. In chapter 657, he possesses Obito's near-dead body to fight Kakashi and Minato. But this backfires, as Black Zetsu underestimated Obito's will. The dying man forced Black Zetsu to stay melded to him, knowing that as long as this fusion lasts, he'd live.
- Put on a Bus: Black Zetsu disappears for a while during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- The Bus Came Back: In chapter 656, when the weakened Obito is about to use Rinne Tensei, doing the same thing that Nagato did and betraying Madara, Black Zetsu appears from the ground and forces him to revive Madara instead.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's been around since the battle between the Sage and the Ten-Tails.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Although he appears genuinely loyal to Kaguya and praises her as being an almighty goddess, he's not above referring to her with a light jab or two.
- Slasher Smile: Black Zetsu sports one after taking over Obito's body to fight Minato and Kakashi, while also managing to give the impression of More Teeth than the Osmond Family due to the way it's stitched up.
- The Starscream: Royally screwed over a gigantic number people because of the ripple effect of his master plan, most of all Madara, who he brutally murders in a very Karmic Death to use as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. She appears to be the one and only person he's loyal to.
- The Strategist: Black Zetsu recorded centuries of wars after his master was sealed, meaning he has more knowledge of the art of war than anyone. This is shown when he suggests separating Naruto and Sasuke to prevent their sealing jutsu and when he insists on killing Naruto when absorbing his chakra is shown to be riskier. As such, Kaguya relies on his advice when her battles go south.
- The Symbiote: Spends most of the series attached to White Zetsu.
- Wham Line: In Chapter 678 especially.
Wrong again... The will that is in me is Kaguya's.
Hiruko Voice: Yutaka Aoyama (JP) JB Blanc
A Mad Artist
and Marionette Master
notable for being very impatient. Before being destroyed by Sakura Haruno, Sasori was usually found maneuvering inside a large, hollow puppet called Hiruko as a means of transportation. It crawled on the ground and featured a scorpion tail that - like most of his weapons - was doused in poison.
His grandmother was Chiyo, who taught him how to master puppets in order to divert his attention away from his absent mother and father (who were killed by The White Fang of Konoha, although Sasori did not know this - he was told by Chiyo that they were on another long mission). He developed a technique to convert living humans into puppets, thus creating puppets who could use jutsu. Kidnapped the Third Kazekage and converted him into one of these puppets, somewhere along the way converted himself
into a puppet, and then fled the village to subsequently join the Akatsuki, where he was partnered with Orochimaru, with whom he worked well together with. After his partner's betrayal of the organization, Sasori sent Kabuto as a spy to infiltrate Orochimaru's ranks and retrieve information.
He was then paired up with Deidara, a fellow art enthusiast. The downside was that they had conflicting views on art, Sasori for "eternal" and Deidara for "fleeting". They frequently argued over this concept, even amidst confrontation with the Leaf ninja sent to retrieve Gaara. Sasori fought his grandmother Chiyo and Sakura, eventually using his own puppet body in battle. He was killed by being pierced in the heart by the first two puppets he ever created: replicas of his Mother and Father.
His body serves as Kankuro's newest puppet, but Kabuto has used Edo Tensei to revive his spirit as well. In the first fight of the Fourth Ninja War, Kankuro defeats Sasori, telling him how he should not be a puppet to Kabuto. Sasori, moved by this speech, dissolves from his temporary body, giving Kankuro his Mother and Father puppets and telling him to take care of them.
His hobby was remodeling his puppet collection.
Favorite phrase was "Eternal beauty"
- 24-Hour Armor: Hiruko was the first puppet to be shown being used by Sasori in the series, as both a weapon and an armour, and as a means to eliminate the puppeteer's weakness of being a separate and exposed target. As Hiruko was one of his favourite puppets, Sasori adorned it in Akatsuki attire for nearly the entirety of his tenure in the organisation. Because of this, only certain members like Orochimaru, Deidara, or relatives like Chiyo knew Sasori's true face while others like Zetsu and Kabuto had no idea that Hiruko was not his actual body. While within Hiruko, Sasori speaks through his puppet in a deeper voice.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Happens, mixed with Pulling Themselves Together, when he reattaches his head to his body. In the anime it also happens to his hands when he uses the Water Scroll.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His parents were killed by Kakashi's father, leading him to question his beliefs about life in general; even when his grandma Chiyo tried to help him make puppets shaped like his parents, it made the pain more obvious and ultimately led him to his dangerous obsession with Immortality.
- Ambition Is Evil: Sasori's ambition was to become an exquisite piece of art himself by turning his body into one of his own puppet works. Sasori adhered so strongly to his belief that true art was ever-lasting that he even went as far as to conduct human experiments on himself and other ninjas.
- Anatomy Arsenal: See below.
- The Ageless: Due to being a puppet.
- Animal Motifs: Scorpions, of course.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His bladed shoulder blades allow him to fly via the propeller motion they make and can function as swords or a giant powersaw, but because they're attached to his hips it's hard to fight with them properly due to the angle they're situated at.
- Badass: Being in Akatsuki automatically qualifies for this, and he could've defeated Sakura and Chiyo, but chose to die at the hands of his puppets.
- He also personally killed the Third Kazekage, who was apparently the strongest ninja his village had ever produced. This makes Sasori the strongest ninja in Sunagakure´s history.
- Badass Boast: "Since I don't like waiting or making other people wait... I'll end this quickly."
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Both his Hiruko puppet and his body have a scorpion-like tail.
- Bishōnen: Appearing as a 15 year old boy helps.
- Body Horror: If 95% of his body being a Creepy Doll wasn't enough, the 5% that's left is an unnamed part of his original human body that is as purple as his poison.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Turning human bodies into puppets is a hobby for him.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Applies to his ultimate technique. The less puppets he controls the better he controls each one. Justified by having more attention to spare as the numbers dwindle.
- Creepy Doll: After The Reveal of this being why he hadn't aged, the anime wastes no time raising the creep-o-meter a few notches.
- Cyborg: Kinda.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After the death of his parents.
- Emotion Suppression: He gives Sakura a lecture on how worthless emotions are to a ninja and how above he is on them, despite actually not having overcome them himself when he decided to take the final blow from his puppet parents, choosing to die in the embrace of his "parents".
- Evil Genius: For Akatsuki alongside Orochimaru - who both seem to fit the role - and for the revived Akatsuki by Kabuto.
- Evil Redhead
- Freudian Excuse: Suggested to some degree that the death of his parents and his attempting to replace them with puppets caused him to turn evil, but Chiyo suggests that the Sand Village teachings caused it.
- Go Out with a Smile: After his defeat by Kankuro.
- Heart Drive: Sasori's core was the only living part of his body that he still contained which he required to continue using chakra. It was also his only weakness, and its destruction would mean his death.
- Hidden Weapons: In each and every puppet.
- Heel Realization: After being revived, Kankuro's words caused him to renew his faith in humanity again
- Immortality Immorality: Believes that by becoming a puppet one can attain eternal life, and has some fairly twisted views on human life. He was, rather poetically, the first of the Akatsuki to get taken down in season two.
- In-Series Nickname / Awesome McCoolname: Akasuna no Sasori (Sasori of the Red Sand/Scorpion of the Red Sand).
- Irony: He hates waiting, but because of his puppet body he technically has all the time in the world.
- He claims that emotion is a form of weakness despite having a heart but no brain.
- Yet thanks to them, Kankuro could set him free of Kabuto´s control.
- His body is now used as a puppet by Kankuro, whom Sasori had easily defeated way earlier.
- And now his soul is a puppet for Kabuto, who was once under his control as a spy.
- Lack of Empathy: While chastising Sakura for her emotions, he went so far as to state that he would feel nothing if Chiyo died, just as ninja should behave.
- Leitmotif: "Shitsui" Translates as 'Despair'.
- Mad Artist: Believes that art lasts forever.
- Making a Splash/Playing with Fire: Thanks to fire and water sealed into scrolls, he's able to use the guns in his puppet body's hands for at least those two elemental attacks. First flamethrowers hot enough to melt rock, then water streams intense enough to cut or smash through it (this one is Anime only).
- Man in the Machine: Sasori's first appearance is actually just his puppet Hiruko, that he spends his time inside.
- Marionette Master: He created the puppets used by Kankuro, and was the most skilled puppeteer in the world while he was alive.
- Master Poisoner: His poisons were nigh incurable to the best of the Sand's medical corps.
- Meaningful Name: "Sasori" means "scorpion". Sasori's Hiruko armor runs on all four and has a bladed tail, Sasori uses Poisoned Weapons, and he uses a scorpion as his symbol on the puppets he created before his defection.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast / Red Baron: He´s known as Akasuna no Sasori, literally "The Scorpion of the Red Sand".
- Older than They Look: He's 35 years old but his puppet body, which he created 20 years ago, looks like a teenager.
- One-Man Army: Literally. Sasori used his Performance of a Hundred Puppets to bring down a small country.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Sasori grew up in a sad and lonely environment due to the absence of parental love. When introduced to the art of puppetry by his grandmother, Chiyo, he grew a little happier. He eventually created puppets in the likeness of his parents, but when he realised that the puppets couldn't give him the actual love that he desired, he became cold.
- Passing the Torch: To Kankuro.
- People Puppets: Indulges in this after being revived by Kabuto's Edo Tensei due to a lack of usable puppets at his disposal. He combines this with Deidara's explosive clay to turn an incapacitated ninja from Konoha into a suicide bomber.
- Pulling Themselves Together: After Sakura seemingly destroys his puppet body.
- Raised by Grandparents: His parents were killed in war, so he was raised by his grandmother Chiyo, who taught him the puppet arts to cheer him up.
- Self-Constructed Being: His own puppet body.
- The Spymaster: Using a jutsu, Sasori would seal the memories of his spies and they'd infiltrate an enemy, performing spy activity over a long period of time with no memory of the procedure. Once Sasori canceled the jutsu, the spy would once again remember their mission as sleeper agent and would supply him with info.
- The Stoic: He claimed that his heart had become like his puppet body: without any emotions.
- Not So Stoic: After he reveals his puppet body, he becomes considerably less calm.
- Teen Genius: At 15, he was already a prodigy in the use of puppets within the Sand Village and created several puppets that the village used. He also kidnapped the Third Kazekage shortly after leaving the village around this age.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Before dying, as a reward to Sakura for defeating him, Sasori informed her of a spy that he had within his former Akatsuki partner, Orochimaru's, ranks, and told her to meet him ten days from then at noon at the Tenchi Bridge.
- Zerg Rush: His trump card, Red Secret Technique: Performance of the 100 Puppets.
A Mad Artist
and Mad Bomber
who likes Stuff Blowing Up
. The former student of the Third Tsuchikage, Deidara has mouths in his palms which shape explosive clay, along with a stitched mouth on his chest. He defected from his village of Iwagakure and worked for various anti-government terrorist groups because they readily supplied him with chances to show off his "art". He was forcibly recruited into Akatsuki by Itachi, and hates him and the Sharingan for his dismal defeat.
His first partner was Sasori, with whom he frequently argued about what "true art" was (Sasori vouching for 'eternal' art in the form of puppets, and Deidara siding with 'fleeting' art in the form of his bombs). He single-handedly captured Gaara during the first arc of Shippuden, but not without having his arm crushed and subsequently ripped off by the Kazekage's sand, while his other arm was sent to another dimension when confronted by Kakashi. He managed to successfully fight against the entirety of Team Guy with no arms
After Sasori's death he was paired with Tobi, with whom he assumes the role of a reluctant and impatient elder. With Tobi, he successfully captures the Three-Tailed Beast. After a pitched battle with Sasuke, Deidara tries to defeat him by using his own body combined with his clay as a mini-nuke
. He fails; Sasuke survived by summoning the giant snake Manda
to block the explosion.
He was later revived by Kabuto's Edo Tensei, joining Kabuto in finding Killer Bee and Naruto, mistakenly believing he killed Sasuke with his final attack. During the Fourth Ninja World War he was teamed with Sasori and Shin, Sai's adopted brother. He was defeated by Sai and imprisoned by Kankuro until the Edo Tensei was ended.
His hobby was experimenting with explosions.
Favorite phrase: "Art is an Explosion!"
- An Arm and a Leg: Has one arm ripped off in the battle with Gaara, and the other teleported to another dimension by Kakashi. We see later that he's had both re-sewn back, though they never give an explanation of how they were recovered.
- Art Attacker: His fighting style.
- Ax-Crazy: Not as much as Hidan, but is obsessed dangerously with art.
- Badass: He didn't come to Akatsuki. Akatsuki came to HIM.
- Berserk Button: People not giving his "art" the awe he feels it deserves. He can appreciate a fellow artist with a different philosophy, but Itachi and Sasuke drive him insane. The fact that Itachi effortlessly tricked him into near-suicide the day they met doesn't help.
- And same goes for calling his art a rip off... That's a sure way for a blast off Pokemon Style without the glimmering star in the sky.
- Bishounen: So much that many fans thought he was a girl at first.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: More Selfish Evil rather than For the Evulz, but still counts.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite his power being instantaneous, he likes to take things slow, something that in itself is conflicting with his ideal of short-lived beauty.
- He does however get defeated in the shortest amount of time compared to the other Akatsuki.
- Catch Phrase: "Art is a blast!" Doubles as his Famous Last Words.
- Dark Chick: Serves this role in both Original Flavor and Zombified Akatsuki. He doesn't care about his leaders' cause, nor does he have one of his own besides spreading his "art", and is one of the less serious members overall.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: If everyone didn't keep saying "he", Deidara would be considered the second female member of the Akatsuki. Hell, he could pass off as Ino's evil twin.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His bombs were made of clay and thus susceptible to the same vulnerabilities as other earth ninjutsu.
- Evil Laugh: Not as often as Hidan, but still frequently.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's far from a sympathetic character, but he's often entertaining to watch.
- For the Evulz: Before being forcefully recruited into Akatsuki, he worked for various anti-government factions for no reason but the opportunity to blow things up, and Pain said his reason for fighting is "just because".
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He gets pretty unhinged when he realizes that Itachi's Sharingan is more artful than his bombs.
- Having a Blast: A lot of the time, and half of it comprises his Catch Phrase.
- Horse of a Different Color: Will perch himself on a variety of different clay birds while he rains hell on his opponents.
- Hot-Blooded: To the point of having a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- The Hypocrite: Expresses hatred of people with Kekkei Genkai, especially Sharingan users, claiming they're just "blessed with good genetics". Later, it's revealed that his explosion techniques that he is so proud of are actually Explosion Style - a Kekkei Genkai.
- Large Ham: Not as much as Hidan, but he is proud to be an artist.
- Mad Artist: Of the belief that true art fades in an instant.
- Mad Bomber: His specialty, even before he joined Akatsuki.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Felt this way about Orochimaru, partly because his departure resulted in him being forced to join Akatsuki.
- He also wanted to use his most powerful techniques on Itachi and Sasuke, only because he hated the Sharingan.
- Pet the Dog: Right before pulling his Taking You with Me, he mentally apologizes to Tobi.
- Power Perversion Potential: He has hands with autonomous mouths (fully decked with teeth and tongue) in his palms, and another in his chest. Freud Was Right.
- Psycho for Hire: Of the Terrorist Without A Cause variety.
- Screaming Warrior: Not as much as Hidan, but still is one due to his pride as an artist.
- Shout-Out: To Japanese artist Tarô Okamoto. Deidara's Catch Phrase is a quote, while his ultimate explosion has the shape of Okamoto's Tower of the Sun.
- The Sociopath: Not as much as Hidan or Tobi/ Obito, but it's still safe to say he doesn't care for anything beyond his own art.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Does occasionally happen.
- Taking You with Me: Attempted on Sasuke, but it didn't work.
- Terrorist Without A Cause: Pain says his reason is "Just Because".
- Too Many Mouths: Has mouths on his palms. And one over his heart for his Suicide Attack.
- Übermensch: He believes that his ninjutsu is a work of art that should inspire others for its short lived brilliance, while every other ninja does not put nearly as much pride in their techniques.
- Unknown Rival: He can't stand the Uchiha siblings' cooler-than-thou attitude and utter indifference to his "art". To him, It's Personal. To them, he's an annoying idiot. He spends his fight with Sasuke trying to provoke some kind of reaction, while Sasuke just wants him to give up Itachi's location. After his self-destruction and revival, he learns that Sasuke not only survived, but still doesn't think any more of him.
- Verbal Tic: Adds "hm" to the end of every other sentence, hm.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Sasuke was getting the better of him
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He's the first really challenging opponent for Sasuke in Part II.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In one filler episode during the Shinobi World War, he ponders the fact that his Edo Tensei body will never age or decay, and cannot even be permenently destroyed. Played with, as his angst isn't so much about the pains of living forever as much as it is the fact that the concept of his newfound immortality (such as it is) clashes with his view of art.
"Hidan, anyone with a brain would know that the world revolves around money!
Kakuzu is a Nigh Invulnerable
and almost immortal Bounty Hunter
who cares only about money. He is old enough to have once fought the First Hokage, and can make his body as hard as stone
and extend his body into thred-like tendrils
. The source of his immortality is his ability to incorporate other peoples' hearts into his body, extending his lifespan and allowing him to use their elements. Paired with Hidan due to his habit of killing his other partners, he captured the Two-Tailed Cat and attempted to go after the Nine-Tailed Fox, but was crippled by Naruto's newest Rasengan variant, and killed by Kakashi. He was revived by Kabuto's Edo Tensei and sent to fight alongside Kinkaku and Ginkaku, but was sealed.
His hobby was reading old and rare books.
Favorite phrase: "If you're prepared, there won't be any sorrow"
"As the other dies, their agony radiates through my body, and living through it is pure ecstasy!
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma
(JP), Chris Edgerly (EN), Víctor Martínez (Spain)
An immortal ninja who wields a Sinister Scythe
, Hidan is murderously insane
and follows a Religion of Evil
. Foul-mouthed and arrogant, he hates
his partner, Kakuzu
just about everyone. Fuelling his immortality is a gruesome
ritual that can transfer injuries to his enemies, and being immortal he can survive even losing his head
. He kills Asuma with this power, and in revenge Shikamaru dismembers him and buries
the still-speaking pieces alive
. And it seems that he's still not dead: Kabuto is able to bring back to life
almost every defeated member of Akatsuki EXCEPT him.]] However, Kabuto does create a snake clone of him in the Chikara Arc special by harvesting some of the old Hidan's DNA, but when the snakes composing the clone's body burn out their lifespans, the clone crumbles into oblivion.
His hobby is "Jashinistic" activities.
Favorite words: "massacre" and "Jashinism"
- And I Must Scream: Buried alive while being kept living by his immortality.
- Another Man's Terror: Hidan experiences his victims' final moments. Though he doesn't exactly feel terror from the experience.
- Ax-Crazy: The most openly deranged and bloodthirsty member of the group.
- Back from the Dead: Played with in one filler arc. His 'real' self is still buried at the Nara shrine, but Kabuto manages to recreate an entire edo Hidan from some of his cells. The fact that even the neo Hidan's personality matches the original is played for laughs.
- Badass: His first reaction to be stabbed through the chest with 2 swords? "Who the hell are you?"
- Blade on a Stick: Carries around several collapsible spikes in order to inflict precise self injury.
- Blood Knight: Fighting is quite literally all he lives for, and the specific reason why he left his village in the first place.
- Blood Magic: Uses his opponent's blood to link his body with theirs, and typically uses his own to draw the circle.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: Killed his fellow villagers because they made the village into a bathing resort... BECAUSE it meant no more violence.
- The Brute: He and Kakuzu fulfill this role for Akatsuki early on, although he's more of the traditional Dumb Muscle.
- Characterization Marches On: Hidan is noticeably more level-headed when he debuts fighting Yugito compared to the Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild he is portrayed as later.
- Chew Toy: Official Title in Akatsuki. Kakuzu when enraged would kill his partners. Solution: Give him an immortal one. An obnoxious, swearing, religious nut one. A strange amalgamation of stress reliever/punishment apparently.
- Cluster F-Bomb: In some fan translations.
- Combat Sadomasochist: "Let me feel your pain!"
- Confusion Fu: He swings around his scythe on a long cord, making it fly around unpredictably, and thus making it tougher to block.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Well, subverted in that he cannot die, but being blown up to pieces and buried while alive certainly is cruel and unusual.
- Dumb Muscle: Incredibly stupid, with no sense of tactics or strategy and a penchant for just charging into situations without thinking. Hidan would have been taken out many times over if not for Kakuzu's brains.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't condone blasphemy or attacking priests. Although he stil willingly does the latter when he thinks he can get a good fight out of it.
- Evil Albino: Has white hair and magenta eyes.
- Evil Gloating: Kakuzu is really irritated about that to the point of constantly making (useless) death threats.
- Evil Is Hammy: Quite possibly the hammiest villain in Naruto.
- Evil Laugh: A particular offender.
- Fate Worse than Death: Word of God states that his head will rot before his immortality runs out.
- For the Evulz: His religion seems to be built around a sadistic god who encourages his followers to murder For the Evulz.
- Fragile Speedster: Sorta. He's incredibly quick and agile, but his style doesn't lend itself to close combat and he's physically quite fragile and easy to incapacitate. His immortality and Kakuzu's ability to sew him up prevent him from experiencing any real consequences of this, but it's safe to say that without the latter, he would have been in his current situation a long time ago.
- From a Single Cell/Cloning Blues: In the Chikara anime filler arc he is brought back by Kabuto. However, he used a cloning method different from the Edo Tensei resurrection. Instead he uses a lake to regenerate the clone.
- The Grim Reaper: What his ritual does as a type of One-Winged Angel.
- Hot-Blooded: Never thinks things through, and charges into trouble without a second thought.
- Hypocritical Humor: Once cracks a joke about his enemies attacking clergymen. Of course, his religious dogma is Thou Shalt Massacre Thy Neighbor.
- Irony: That fancy immortality of his? It's the only thing that's keeping him from being brought back with the other beaten Akatsuki by Kabuto, meaning that he's stuck where Shikamaru buried him until he dies from malnutrition.
- Jerk Ass: He's a rude, disrespectful, vulgar, and generally repellent jackass on his very best days.
- Kick the Dog: He takes time during his fight with Team 10 to insult Asuma, who he had killed eariler; then he calls Choji fat.
- Large Ham: He really hams it up once he starts his ritual, even Shikamaru calls him out for this.
- Laughably Evil: He is a psychopathic monster, but loves being evil so much, that he becomes enjoyable in his hamminess and crazy antics.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Thanks to his arrogance over being immortal.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's the most impulsive member of the organization.
- Leitmotif: "Hidan"
- Licking the Blade: It's necessary for his ritual.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Whenever he is injured, though he does feel the pain. Justified, as he's immortal.
- Mr. Fanservice: Sort of, given he's an almost Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Obligatory Swearing: In many fanlations, less so in Viz translations, to convey his very rude way of talking.
- Psycho for Hire: The biggest example in the Akatsuki as he's literally there for acting psychotic and killing as many people as possible.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Has a tendency to act like a teenager enjoying an adrenaline rush, complete with much smack talk and "woo-hoo"ing.
- Religion of Evil: Follows the religion of Jashin, which literally means "evil god", and requires killing his opponents.
- Religious Bruiser: See Religion of Evil above.
- Sinister Scythe: Weapon of Choice, more for drawing blood than fatally injuring opponents. Has three blades.
- Smug Snake: Not only is he a loudmouthed psychopath, but he's also an arrogant dick who thinks that he's invincible.
- Stupid Evil
- Synchronization: Once he uses his Blood Magic.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Kakuzu and apparently with Deidara during the Chikara filler arc. Ironically, the two argue no less than he and Kakuzu did, if not more so since they are more similar than they'd like to think.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: While they disagree and bicker a lot, him and Kakuzu clearly have some mutual respect for each other.
- White Hair, Black Heart
The figurehead leader of Akatsuki, Pain possesses the Rinnegan, the predecessor to the Sharingan, which allows the user to use all six elements and learn any jutsu. Orphaned by the Land of Rain's civil war, Nagato was raised by Jiraiya, who believed him to be the prophecized Chosen One
, alongside his friends Konan and Yahiko, with whom he would later found the Akatsuki. When Hanzo, the leader of the Hidden Rain village, and Danzo, set a trap, Yahiko was killed and in his rage Nagato summoned the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, crippling himself in the process. Believing his suffering had caused him to become enlightened and his power caused him to become a god
, Nagato took on the alias of Pain and outfitted six corpses, including Yahiko's, with chakra receivers and used them to take over the Hidden Rain village. Pain wanted to use the Tailed Beasts to create a weapon of mass destruction which can be used to put an end to war
. Each of his six (actually seven) different bodies possesses a different skill, and can't be defeated unless all of them are killed at once. The bodies are all ninja Jiraiya fought as he wandered the earth. His first physical appearance has him engaging his old master in battle in the Hidden Rain Village until Jiraiya killed one of his bodies and sent it back to Konoha (along with a toad bearing the message "The real one isn't there"), but he was eventually overwhelmed and killed.
He quickly replaced the missing body with a new one, and arrived in Konoha in the hopes of capturing Naruto. After his bodies engage - and in some cases, are defeated by - Konoha's villagers, he rounds them all up and uses Shinra Tensei, an ability which nukes the city. He fights the newly-empowered Naruto in a long drawn out battle that bumped the HSQ
up a few notches. Finally, Nagato is defeated and after accepting Naruto's ideals about peace, uses a jutsu to revive many of the Konoha ninja he killed, dying in the process. However, Kabuto resurrects him later with Edo Tensei and pairs him with a similarly resurrected Itachi, who helps him move around. They engage Naruto and Bee, where it is revealed that he can use all of the Six Paths' jutsu without the bodies, and nearly kills the pair until a liberated Itachi intervenes and seals him with Susano'o. He is eventually revealed to be a descendant of the Uzumaki clan, just like Naruto.
His hobby was practising ninjutsu.
Favorite phrase: "The stars are hidden on a rainy night". As a child, it was "Growing up".
- A God Am I: Wielding the Rinnegan and believing the traumas he experienced in his youth had enlightened him to the true meaning of pain and suffering, he considered himself a deity, and believed he had evolved beyond a mere human being.
- A God I Am Not: During his battle with Naruto however, he reveals that this attitude is simply a farce on his part. He actually does not think that he's a god. In fact, he repeatedly tells Naruto during their battle that he is only a man, and as such, he cannot find a perfect solution to the problem of the 'Cycle of Hatred' in the shinobi world.
- Affably Evil: If you don´t stand between him and a Jinchuuriki, he won´t harm you. Even then he´s always polite and doesn't kill unnecessarily unless it can lure out Naruto
- Ambition Is Evil: Surprisingly inverted: Him wanting to change the world is viewed in a very positive light. How he wanted to change it is where he gets into trouble.
- Antagonist Abilities:
- Area of Effect: Shinra Tensei hits everything in a complete spherical radius around himself. However, the greater he extends the range, the longer it takes for the power to return.
- Attack Reflector: Shinra Tensei can reflect any jutsu used against him, as well as people.
- Energy Absorption: The Preta Path can absorb any jutsu used against him.
- Hydra Problem: The Animal Path can summon hounds that split when cut or struck.
- Mind Manipulation: Via Your Soul Is Mine, the Human Path can absorb all knowledge a target has.
- The Paralyzer: He manages to paralyze Naruto's movements somewhat when he stabs him with multiple control rods.
- People Puppets: His main gimmick. He controls six bodies remotely, while his real one is hiding safe and sound.
- Shoot the Medic First: The Naraka Path can infinitely revive the others as long as he's around.
- Summon Magic: The Animal Path can summon creatures and people.
- Super Senses: All of the Pains can see what each other one sees.
- Anti-Villain: Vic Mignogna's performance manages to drive this home even further than the original seiyuu.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The purpose of the Animal Path is to invoke this trope.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Pain's interrogation methods. He uses two main abilities to try to find Naruto, one of which can instantly read the mind of those it touches. On it's own, this is perfectly practical. His other, however, can kill anybody who either lies to him or refuses to answer his question. Meaning anybody who actually knows ends up dead... This does spare him the trouble of having to look up misinformation, though.
- His mind reading would be practical if it didn't rip out the person's soul, making it essential that the person had outlived his/her usefulness.
- Awesome McCoolname: PAIN
- Badass: The combination of the Rinnegan's powers with his attitude and fighting ability make him one of, if not the, strongest shinobi of the current generation.
- The three Sannin couldn't beat Hanzo. Pain completely destroyed him, has never lost a fight (and he´s presumed to be at least 30), easily defeated the entirety of Konoha and would´ve completely destroyed Naruto if it wasn't for the fact that Deva´s powers were down for a good 10 minutes after the Shinra Tensei and the vast amount of help Naruto had with him. He is easily the most badass character in the entire show. Oh, and he went up against a Six-tailed Naruto with 1 body left... and WON.
- When Kabuto revives him, he shows that he´s even more badass than we could possibly expect by curbstomping Naruto´s Chakra Mode, Killer Bee and Itachi (after all, Itachi had been hit by the blindsiding OHKOing Shinra Tensei too and spent the time regenerating). He only gets sealed after all three of them destroy the Chibaku Tensei core. And even this arguably only happened due to his controller, Kabuto, being careless, and didn't even know of Nagato's sensing abilities which made up for when his Rinnegan got blinded...
- Badass Baritone: The voices of the 6 Paths of Pain, barring the female Animal Path, are all extremely deep.
- Badass Transplant: His Rinnegan actually belong to Madara, who removed them and somehow implanted them into Nagato without his awareness.
- Bald of Evil: The Asura Path is bald. And evil.
- Berserk Button: He does not like people questioning his ideals as Tsunade learned the hard way.
- Big Bad: Seemed to be this for a long time. Subverted when he turns out to be the right hand man for Tobi, the real leader from behind the scenes.
- Blood Knight: Despite of his ideas of peace, he really wanted to fight Naruto in his Nine-Tailed form according to the databooks; unfortunately, it was too much for him.
- This does explain why he pissed off Naruto once to do so, and complimenting him as a fellow student.
- Not to mention that he briefly shows an uncharacteristic expression of awe ("The nine tailed fox' power... is amazing...") when he fought the six tails, like he was feeling the thrill of fighting a worthy opponent for the first time.
- Break the Cutie: His entire backstory.
- Cast from Lifespan: The Rinnegan's more powerful techniques take years off his life. He dies from overusing them.
- Combo Platter Powers: The Rinnegan's powers are basically a mish-mash of various powers that are all Game Breakers in their own right.
- Aura Vision: He can see chakra in a manner similar to the Byakugan.
- Elemental Powers: He can use all five, but unlike Kakuzu it comes naturally.
- Hive Mind: The Six Paths of Pain technique which controls six bodies that are in constant communication, and it's justified in that they're being controlled and coordinated by one person. Each path is also granted a different power...
- Deva Path: Which has limited control over gravity through pushing and pulling things, as well as the ability to create what is best described as a miniature black hole.
- Asura Path: Which transforms the body into a cybernetic Anatomy Arsenal, including an Arm Cannon, Beware My Stinger Tail, Multi-Armed and Dangerous, Multiple Head Case, Rocket Boots and Rocket Punch.
- Human Path: Which can read the mind and soul as well as tear it from the body.
- Animal Path: Which summons Bond Creatures controlled by the Rinnengan including a Stone Panda, a Giant Buffalo, a giant centipede, a giant bubble blowing crayfish, a Hell Hound that can separate its many heads into new bodies, a gigantic drill-beaked bird and Giant Chameleon.
- Preta Path: Which absorbs and seals chakra and ninjutsu.
- Naraka Path: Which summon an entity that tears the tongue from liars and regenerates the other paths.
- Outer Path: Which can resurrect the deceased as well as controls the Statue of the Outer Path.
- Cosmic Plaything: His entire backstory is him being this; ironically prior to his death, he had enough power to make the entire shinobi world into a literal plaything.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Every battle Nagato/Pain has participated in to some extent.
- vs. Jiraiya: Though Jiraiya was able to defeat three of his Paths, when Pain brought out all six he lost quickly. Pain does concede that if Jiraiya knew the secrets of his abilities he would have had a sizable chance of beating Pain.
- vs. Konoha: Fighting an entire village and only temporarily losing one expendable Path puts the assault square into this category.
- vs. Sage Naruto: The first time ever that the Six Paths had faced a challenge, and that quickly disappeared after Deva Path's powers returned.
- vs. 9-Tail Naruto, Killer Bee & Edo Itachi: Not so much a Curb-Stomp Battle as a massacre until Itachi unleashed Susanoo and used the one thing that had a chance of beating him in that situation.
- Cute Bruiser: The second Animal Path.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He and Konan became villains after the death of their best friend Yahiko.
- Dark Messiah: Nagato has the same goal of bringing about peace as Naruto does. His methods, however...
- Darth Vader Clone: Grievous injuries? Check, if you count loss of leg use. Evil Sounds Deep? Check. The Dragon to the Big Bad (who is another Darth Vader Clone)? Check again. Freudian Excuse? Check check. It even with the extra mile, with Pain battling his former teacher, Jiraiya, and being responsible for the man's death. What he has that the other Darth Vader Clone lacks is a Heel Realization shortly before death, an iconic Leitmotif, being related to The Hero, and being able to emotionally crush The Hero while he's on the ropes.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Nagato, or more specifically the Six Paths, had never encountered someone who could fight him on even grounds until Naruto. To be fair though, he did admit that Jiraiya would have kicked his ass if he had known the workings of his techniques.
- Actually, Villain Sacrifice. Before Naruto came Pain fought and defeated the entire Hidden Village. And Nuked It. Naruto came with a Super Mode and the strongest warriors of the Frog village, and was defeated. He fought with the Nine-Tails all out and was technically defeated. Even the last Path needed all the juice Naruto had left to take. And when Nagato met with Naruto face-to-face he could use all the Paths' Powers, had Konan with him, and enough chakra left to revive the entire Village.
- Deus Angst Machina: Pretty much Nagato's entire backstory.
- Deus ex Machina: Pain pulls a case of Redemption Equals Death and revives everyone that he'd killed in the last thirty chapters or so. Bonus points to him for considering himself a god and sitting in a machine.
- Disc One Final Boss: Deva Path to Nagato, Nagato to Tobi.
- The Dragon: For quite a while, everyone thought this guy would be the Big Bad, but he was actually working as a figurehead for Tobi.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Nagato, using the Six Paths of Pain, gave Naruto the fight of his life. Using his own single body after being resurrected, is an even more massive Badass despite his crippled legs, as he managed to overwhelm Naruto (in Nine-Tails Chakra Mode), Killer B (in perfect jinchūriki form), and Itachi (who, this time, lacked the weakness of low chakra reserves and eye side-effects). Who knows what would have happened if this guy could've used his legs?
- Dramatically Missing the Point: The portion of the fandom that thinks Naruto should have killed him.
- Due to the Dead: He was seen to be quite respectful to the fallen and the dead. Suggesting that Akatsuki mourn for Deidara after his passing, and he reprimanded Kisame for calling Hidan and Kakuzu the "Zombie Combo". After his battle with Jiraiya, he held a moment of silence for his former teacher, out of respect for his power.
- Evil Counterpart: Naruto's third one. He's even a fellow descendant of the Uzumaki clan.
- Evil Cripple: Nagato lost full use of his legs after saving Konan from Hanzo's fire attack.
- Evil Red Head: Yahiko, and all of Pain's bodies (even the ones that weren't in life) except the bald Asura path, have orange hair, while Nagato has dark red hair.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Has the Rinnegan, after all.
- Fat Bastard: Preta Path is overweight.
- Fallen Hero: Nagato was once an idealist through Jiraiya's tutelage, until he lost his best friend and Tobi sunk his claws into him.
- Freak Out: Nagato after Yahiko's death
- From Nobody to Nightmare: While he is a descendant of the Sage of Six Paths and Uzumaki clan, he was born to a normal family of non-shinobi people, as well as a Street Urchin who stole food to survive. Who would've thought he'd grow up to be the "leader" of the Akatsuki, killing Hanzo who defeated the Sannin, and reducing the Leaf Village to a crater and creating a mini moon in his acts as a Physical God.
- Gonk: The Asura Path.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: He viewed Jiraiya and his beliefs in peace as childish because they would lead no where.
- Handicapped Badass: Even after Kabuto summons him, he is unable to use his legs to do more than stand up, which leads to his sealing by Itachi.
- Hero Killer: Killed Jiraiya, Kakashi, Shizune and Fukasaku, and nearly killed Hinata and Choza. Then he brought them all back to life, except for Jiraiya.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Initially Akatsuki sought to work with Hanzo but they were betrayed and Yahiko was killed as a result. Afterwards he sought Hanzo out and killed him off and everyone associated with him in order to establish himself as casting God's judgement.
- Hollywood Cyborg: Asura Path's powers allow it to transform and create a variety of cybernetic weapons.
- Ill Guy: He is crippled and confined to a mobile throne. Even after being resurrected he has to rely on Itachi to support him.
- Implacable Man: Pain's modus operandi until he faced Naruto.
- It's Personal: Because Konohagakure was partly responsible for the tragedies in his life, he held a great deal of animosity towards the village. Although Jiraiya's influence improved his opinion of the village during their time together, he eventually came to believe that Konoha profited from the tragedies of others and hated it and his former teacher.
- Kick the Dog: His nearly killing Hinata to demonstrate a lesson of pain to Naruto.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He's the one who killed Hanzo.
- Knight of Cerebus: Played straight, then subverted. He does not have any quirks to hinder him and is unfettered in his methods. He kills Jiraiya, destroys the Leaf Village, kills off characters like Kakkashi and Shizune, and finally nearly kills Hinata to bring Naruto to almost become the Nine Tails. However, after Naruto's words get to him, he revives the aforementioned except Jiraiya at the cost of his life.
- Leitmotif: "Courtesy", which perfectly captures everything about his character.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Deva Path. When you can keep up with and beat up on both the Four-Tailed and Six-Tailed manifestations of the Nine-Tailed Fox while simultaneously taking whatever it can dish out, you deserve the title.
- Nagato himself shows just how broken the Rinnegan is after he gets brought back with Edo Tensei. He curb-stomps Naruto's new Super Mode, Killer Bee, and Itachi at his peak physical condition simultaneously. The only reason he lost is Itachi had what is quite possibly the one ability that could beat him. And even then the only reason said ability even connected was that Nagato was both controlled by an outside influence and seemed to be too busy WTFing at the fact that someone actually broke out of Chibaku Tensei to dodge it coupled with the fact that he couldn't use his legs properly either, and the fact that the one thing that would compensate, Nagato's sensing, wasn't even known by Kabuto.
- Madness Mantra: "(Now) Do you understand pain?"
- Magical Eye: The most powerful ones in the setting. It gives him the powers in the Super Power Lottery above although due to his immobility he is forced to divide his abilities between six puppets.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: The Six Paths of Pain are insanely powerful, but they're just puppets. Nagato is extremely weak physically, extremely skinny, and has difficulties to walk unaided.
- Mighty Glacier: Nagato is able to use all abilities of the Pain Rikudo, making his main body one the strongest individuals in the Naruto universe. But due to his almost immobile legs, he cannot dodge by his own; that is one of his greatest weaknesses he has. That's why he let the Pain Rikudo fight.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Asura Path can create multiple arms, true to its name.
- Must Make Amends: After being convinced by Naruto.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Well, duh! Who wants to be friends with a guy called "Pain"?
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Naruto was down for the count and demoralized... until Pain almost killed Hinata, which resulted in the Nine-Tails coming within a hair's breadth of being completely unsealed.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: This is a man who's only desire in life was a world of peace and compassion, and he struggled to make life better for everyone. Fate's response was to destroy everything he held dear in the cruelest possible way, thus causing his Start of Darkness.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: His capture of the Six-Tails is expanded on in the anime. It truly goes to show how much of a joke even the most powerful ninjas of the current generation are to him.
- One-Man Army: The Pain Rikudo, but Nagato himself is a One-Man Army.
- Only Sane Employee: He seems to be the only member of Akatsuki that cares about the organization itself, and is constantly telling the other members not to piss off each other and not make light of their comrades' deaths. Justified in a way seeing how he was one of the co-founders of the original Akatsuki.
- People Puppets: Uses corpses as hosts/weapons.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In general, Pain is a one... er, six-man army who can level villages on his own. In particular, his Shinra Tensei technique. It's also been shown that he is perfectly capable of being a one-man army on his own, since he is the Six Paths, and can use the abilities better than through People Puppets.
- The Philosopher: Easily summed up as "Humans Are Bastards" and "War Is Hell".
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Now, the world shall know pain... SHINRA TENSEI"
- Redemption Equals Death: After being impressed by Naruto's conviction, he uses up the last of his power and his life to revive everyone killed during his invasion of the Hidden Leaf.
- Schizo Tech: The Asura Path tosses around heat-seeking missiles, rocket-propelled punches, and laser cannons.
- Shipper on Deck Episode 356 makes him out to be one for Konan and Yahiko during Akatsuki's formative years.
- Shirtless Scene: Deva Path's coat is shredded during his fight with Six-Tailed Version 2 Fox Cloak Naruto.
- Shrinking Violet: As a child.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: After experiencing more losses after Jiraiya's departure, he came to believe Jiraiya's beliefs as false and considered true peace wasn't possible.
- Skilled, but Naive: He is/was an indomitably powerful ninja, but his ultimate goal was to end all war with the threat of the use of an incredibly powerful weapon. This sentiment has been expressed by many inventors in the past, who believed that the weapon they created would be devastating enough to end war forever (the gatling gun and dynamite to name two) and without exception they have been sadly mistaken.
- His aim wasn't to end war forever, but to a create a lasting peace for several generations, until the weapon will be used again when war breaks out again, creating cycling periods of peace.
- Spanner in the Works: His Redemption Equals Death act robbed Madara of Rinne Tensei, which was originally supposed to be used for his own rebirth.
- Squishy Wizard: For all the power the Rinnegan gives him, with his horribly mangled legs he's not going anywhere unaided.
- Start of Darkness: See No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
- Story Breaker Power: There's a reason fans accuse him of being a God-Mode Sue: His Rinnegan gives him ridiculous amounts of chakra that rivals the Nine-Tails, a virtually unlimited number of summons, and the ability to use all five elements (in addition to another two), level entire cities, create miniature moons, read minds, rip souls from peoples' bodies, and revive the dead all while being in a wheelchair.
- Superpower Lottery: Of all the superpower lotteries in Naruto, Pain hit the absolute jackpot. In chapter 602 of the manga, it's revealed that he was actually given his eyes by the Big Bad, Madara Uchiha. He still hit the jackpot, but more by virtue of being one of the few related to the Senju bloodline that he didn't hate with a passion.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a sniveling brat to a godly badass over the course of his backstory.
- Took a Level in Cynic: After Yahiko's death and more losses, he came to believe that the world could only understand peace through the mutual understanding of pain.
- Too Powerful to Live: The guy levelled an entire village on his own and resurrected hundreds of people. It's implied that had he not expended most of his chakra fighting Naruto he would have survived the usually fatal after-effects of the latter and been able to do it again. Coupled with his Heel-Face Turn thanks to Naruto, and...
- Tragic Keepsake: Yahiko's body.
- Tragic Villain: He lost his parents because two incompetent Konoha shinobi thought they were combatants and not civilians, his best friend kills himself to save him and Konan, and his dog, Chibi, was killed by a stray explosive when he was a child. Once his past is expanded upon, he becomes a far more sympathetic character.
- The Unfettered: A villainous example, as he's willing to do anything to achieve peace.
- The Unfought: Subverted. Nobody ever fought Nagato himself during the Pain Arc, but he's revived by Kabuto using Edo Tensei, allowing him to have a proper battle against Naruto.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until the world stomped on him and his dreams until there was nothing left. After making peace with Naruto, his good nature returns and he is Actually Pretty Funny.
- Visionary Villain: Nagato seeks peace just like Naruto does, but his party to getting there is a lot darker and bloodier.
- Violence is the Only Option: He sought to show the world the meaning of pain by using an ultimate weapon to deter future wars, by means similar to "mutually assured destruction", only then would people understand each other and begin peace.
- Walking Spoiler: The sole fact that Nagato is alive is a huge spoiler.
- Simply showing the 6 paths of Pain is a spoiler, given Jiraiya fights and defeats only 3 bodies.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goal is essentially gaining world peace by using the threat of essentially nuclear warfare in order to frighten people enough to fight wars anymore which is almost similar to Schneizel's Plan but embedded with Zechs Merquise/Milliardo Peacecraft style.
- World's Strongest Man: The strongest member of Akatsuki, even acknowledged by Tobi as being invincible. His defeat by Naruto, Itachi, and Killer Bee drove Kabuto to resurrect the original Madara Uchiha.
- Would Hit a Girl: Notably, almost killing Hinata and attempting to kill Tsunade when she didn't agree with his opinion.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Hell Path had no reservations about using his jutsu in order to kill Konohamaru.
The only female in Akatsuki
, and the last to be revealed. Konan uses origami-based powers
. As a child she was orphaned by the Land of Rain's civil war and trained by Jiraiya. She was one of the founding members of Akatsuki, along with Nagato (Pain) and Yahiko, and both Nagato
had feelings for her. After Yahiko was killed she became Pain's lieutenant
, calling herself "God's
Angel". She helped Pain kill Jiraiya when her old mentor came searching for intel on Akatsuki's leader, and accompanied him during his invasion of Konoha. After Pain's death, she sided with Naruto and quit the Akatsuki. She tried to prevent Nagato's corpse from ending up in Tobi's hands, but died in the process.
Her hobbies were origami and flower pressing.
Favorite word: "Order"
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She's the first person to figure out Tobi's Made Of Air powers.
- Badass: Eventually shown to be one of, if not the, strongest female character in the 'Verse, given that she very nearly kills an enemy that took the 4th Hokage a lot of effort to even land one hit on.
- Broken Bird: Yahiko's death destroyed her emotionally.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Yahiko if Chapter 511 is any indicator.
- Closer to Earth: By far the most level-headed and, well, sensible of the whole bunch.
- Crazy-Prepared: Disguised 600 BILLION paper bombs as the Hidden Rain Village's lake.
- Creepy Monotone: Except when she's yelling at Nagato for being too reckless.
- Cynicism Catalyst: She and Nagato became villains after the death of their best friend Yahiko.
- Dark Action Girl: Although her powers are not over all as strong as some, she still has some very deadly tricks up her sleeves.
- Dark Chick
- Dark Mistress
- Determinator: In her last fight against Tobi.
- Designated Girl Fight: Thankfully averted, despite everyone's expectations. Instead, she got to face off with the Manipulative Bastard who hijacked their organization and led both her True Companions to their doom, fighting for her ideals.
- Emotionless Girl: Konan's more or less dead inside, except when it comes to Nagato.
- Gray Eyes: In the manga.
- Hair Decoration: A flower made of paper.
- Heel-Face Turn: Subverted when examined closely enough. Konan was only allied with Akatsuki, which is very different from being on their side. She was only ever on Nagato's side and nobody else's. His Redemption Equals Death is a Heel-Face Turn, but as far as Konan is concerned she never switched sides, since her "side" was Pain. Since Pain chose to throw his support to Naruto, she's supporting Naruto now.
- Heroic Sacrifice: God knows she tries. Her first attack against Tobi was an attempted suicide attack. He ended up saving her too. A "thank you" is in order.
- Lady of War: Konan finally has the chance to show Tobi just how much ass she can kick.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Granted, being in Akatsuki should have been the first clue. But not even Tobi realized how tough she could be when she wanted to. He still beat her, but he had to warp reality to SURVIVE.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Kisame, she is generally the only member who consistently acts in a rational manner.
- Paper Master: Her main means of attack is transforming into paper.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Thanks to billions of explosive tags.
- Prim and Proper Bun
- Punny Name: One of her techniques, kami no shisha no jutsu is a pun off of her "Angel" epithet. Phonetically, it could be read as the "messenger of God technique," but the kanji instead reads "paper-person of God technique."
- Satellite Character: Take away Yahiko and Nagato's influence on her and what do you have left? A near-emotionless woman with paper powers who likes to do origami.
- Ship Tease: Chapter 511 heavily implies that she and Yahiko were at least aware that they were attracted to each other, and episode 346 plays that up for all it's worth.
- The Smurfette Principle: Word of God says this was the original intention.
- Stripperific: Kishimoto's concept art shows that beneath her cloak, she wears a scanty robe that exposes her stomach, part of her breasts and back.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Acts and looks very cold, but genuinely cares for Nagato.
The founder and original leader of Akatsuki, until he sacrificed himself to save Konan from Hanzo. He believed Nagato was the Chosen One
, and so sacrificed himself to spare him from making a Sadistic Choice
. His body was later used by Nagato to make the Deva Path, the most powerful of the Six Paths of Pain.
Born into the war torn land of Ame, Yahiko was orphaned like so many others. Forced to fend for himself, he soon met Konan and Nagato. They were forced to work together to survive, but became close friends under Jiraya's tutelage.
His hobby was fishing.
- A God Am I: For a little while, but he grew out of it.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Konan if Chapter 511 is any indicator.
- Dead All Along: After seeing Konan and The Six Paths of Pain, Jiraiya briefly believed that the rumors of their deaths weren't true. It turns out that it was only true of Yahiko. His body was used as the Deva Path by Nagato.
- Expy: Zigzagged of Mario, the main character of Kishimoto's one-shot of the same name. See, Kishimoto actually wrote Mario back in 1998 before shelving it for 15 years at the advice of his editor, rewriting it for release in 2013. In the interim, Mario's design and basic motives were reused for Yahiko.
- Fiery Redhead
- Heroic Sacrifice: Killed himself to satisfy Hanzo and save Konan.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Hanzo promised to free Konan in exchange for his sacrifice. Needless to say, that was a lie.
- That said, he saw through Tobi's lies pretty fast.
- Idiot Hair
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He killed himself by running into Nagato's kunai knife.
- Leader Wannabe: Wanted to be leader of Amekagure so that he could reform it.
- Making a Splash: He specialized in water jutsu.
- Messianic Archetype: He's like a mature Naruto.
- People Puppets: His body along with the others were used as the Six Paths of Pain by Nagato.
- Posthumous Character: Everything we know of him comes from flashbacks.
- Power Trio: With Konan and Nagato.
- Red Herring: The manga suggested that he was the villain Pain, but Pain was then revealed to be his friend Nagato.
- Ship Tease: He was in love with Konan, according to Chapter 511 and Episode 356.
A unique White Zetsu clone who seemingly inspired Obito's Tobi persona. Veritably loony
, but just as threatening as the rest of the Zetsu. However, he's also the most crude of them all, thanks to a penchant for finding out what making doo-doo is like because he was not born with such bodily functions. And let's just leave it at that. Please.
- Adaptive Armor: Functioned as such for Obito during his early days as Madara II.
- Badass Longcoat: The same type Obito wore prior to it being shredded.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Guruguru makes his return after Madara's revival by taking on the entire Alliance with a scaled down version of Hashirama's titanic statue, while still talking about poo!
- The Blank: Guruguru has a hollow head with one hollow eye socket, yet it still manages to see through the link it shares with the other Zetsu.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Is obsessed with bowel movements, and his zany personality possibly inspired Obito's Tobi persona.
- Green Thumb: Can merge with the earth and even burrow underground, masking his chakra altogether and allowing him to tunnel around undetected at extreme speeds, and can function as a living suit of armour for a person.
- Me's a Crowd: Madara created an army of 100,000 White Zetsu Clones, although Guruguru is unique.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Spiral Zetsu likens the sensation of killing someone to the relief of releasing your bowels; considering his obsession with it all his previous quirks now feel downright unnerving.
- Replacement Goldfish: Seems to have taken over Obito's role as Madara's second-in-command alongside Black Zetsu, even wearing the same sort of cloak as Obito.
- Speak In Unison: Does this with the other White Zetsu on occasion.
- Spike Shooter: His Wood Release: Cutting Technique projects and fires sharpened branches and roots that, if they impale a person, grow into and through their body.
- Super Toughness: Tanks a hit from Karin's Chakra Chains and Suigetsu's Finger Firearms with minimal damage, and even manages to skewer Karin with his Wood Release: Cutting Technique in retaliation.
- Toilet Humor: Living incarnate of it. Heck, his skin pattern is swirl-shaped, basically a Visual Pun for a Swirlie... or the spiraling vortex of a flushing toilet!
- The Symbiote: Acted as a living suit of armour for Obito in his early days as Madara II. During the 4th World War he had Yamato inside him as "filler", but he is in complete control.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Used to have this rapport with White Zetsu.
- Voice of the Legion: His voice has a reverberating effect.
- Was Once a Man: It's revealed that he were once a human who was absorbed by the Ten-Tails.