Characters / Naruto - Akatsuki
aka: 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 high-collared, ankle-length, button-down black coat 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, though the rest do appear in silhouettes. Itachi and Kisame appear in an arc that lasts ten chapters (five episodes in the anime), and Zetsu's case is 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.

This page grew so large that it needed to jettison Tobi's massive entry. You can find his character sheet here.

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    In General 

The organization as a whole provide examples of...

  • Anti-Villain: Their motives vary, but some of them qualify as this in 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.
    • A better example would be after the 4th Great Ninja War. It seems that the mysterious figure has reformed Akatsuki with Shin Uchiha being one of his allies.
  • Badass Crew: Everyone is Badass to the bone.
  • Badass Longcoat: Their standard uniform is a high-collared ankle-length 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 dies, save for Konan, who dies without stripping.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: They are the main antagonistic force of Shippuden.
  • 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.
  • Greater Scope Villain: In Part I, they mostly wait in the shadows as Orochimaru rampages in the Leaf, but their presence and the danger they pose become evident when Itachi and Kisame first appear.
  • Hero Killer: Each of them is effective in dominating over the cast with their powers; Hidan and Pain/Nagato are extremely efficient, seeing as they kill 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.
  • Leitmotif: "Akatsuki", the theme which plays for the organization as a whole. Some individual members have their own, but this is the one for the group in general.
  • 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 cover 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, but 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.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: They act as this for the series.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Only Nagato, Konan, and Kisame are in the know about the Moon's Eye Plan, and even they don't know everything.
  • Villainous Friendship: Several of the pairs are friends, even if it is a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship.

    Itachi Uchiha 

Itachi Uchiha

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Yuka Terasaki (JP, young), Skip Stellrecht (EN, original), Crispin Freeman (EN, current) (main series), Robbie Daymond (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals), Roberto Cuenca Rodríguez Jr. (Spain), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Latin America)

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.

In Shippuden, 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.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His Susanoo is yellow in the manga, but red in the anime.
  • Adorkable: When he was a kid, very much so.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Itachi Shinden light novels, which were adapted into an arc in the anime, focus on Itachi's childhood.
  • 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 an impregnable Deflector Shield
  • Anti-Villain: He killed his entire clan, including his family, in order to avoid civil war. Although 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.
  • Aura Vision: The Sharingan allows him to see chakra, and distinguish different types based on color.
  • 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 see 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 whom he doesn't beat on his own are Nagato and Kabuto.
  • Badass Baritone: It's worth noting however, that his voice in the english dub eventually evolved into this rather than starting out this way, which can make sense as Itachi would be technically be growing older himself.
  • Badass Boast: "Every jutsu has a weakness. That jutsu's weakness... is me."
  • Badass Longcoat: As per usual for Akatsuki.
  • Bash Brothers: He and Kisame make an excellent team, even when they aren't actually fighting alongside each other. He and Sasuke become an official pair of literal bash brothers against Kabuto during the 4th war.
  • 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. In case Sasuke became a threat to Konoha, he left Shisui's ability in Naruto and planned to leave Sasuke permanently loyal 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.
  • Black Sheep: He is one for the Uchiha clan, being the only one in his family who does not believe that being an Uchiha makes one superior, and eventually massacres all but one member of the clan. That last part is because he was the only Uchiha who opposed a planned hostile takeover of Konoha.
  • 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.
  • Broken Ace: And yet, though he never loses 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.
  • Byronic Hero: Itachi was assumed by many to be a stoic, ice-cold villain who slaughtered his clan to test the power of his Mangekyo Sharingan. Posthumously, he is revealed to be a conflicted and tragic person who took on the role of a villain to prevent a war and set up a convoluted scheme so that his brother Sasuke would kill him, put a stop to Akatsuki, and return to the Hidden Leaf a hero. It backfired.
  • Cain and Abel: Intentionally made Sasuke hate him, so he'd never learn the truth that the clan was killed on orders from Konoha.
  • 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 good ninja he was, even his enemies, characters who would have valid reasons to dislike him, or characters who have only just heard of him. However it's more a praise on how he had to make a choice when it wasn't possible to get it right.
    • 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 Clairvoyance: One of the Sharingan's abilities, allowing him to see his opponent's next physical movement based on the tension in their muscles.
  • 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.]
    Itachi: You could easily kill that pig now!
    Sasuke: Rather than the pig, I think this snake is the more pressing priority.
  • 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, was 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 has a backup plan in case Tobi survives his trap and wins Sasuke over.
    • Subverted in that all of his plans, though fairly well-thought out, simply don't work like he wanted them to and in some cases backfire. In particular, Sasuke ends up doing the EXACT opposite of what he wanted, the trap he set for Tobi failed, and the failsafe he left Naruto ended up being used on himself instead of Sasuke. By the end 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 are those involving the use of crows. He is able to create a large flock of them which he uses 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 strike him down, chances are he'll just turn into a bunch of crows and reveal they were in a 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 they did, would put them down quickly with Tsukuyomi, keeping his partner Kisame from escalating a battle further at the same time. Kakashi doesn't realize this, but does 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 is actually present for, including fights that he has no interest in winning. The only exceptions are Nagato and Kabuto.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His Susano'o possesses the Yata Mirror, a 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 takes 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 is 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.
  • 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 doesn't want to kill them.
  • The Dragon: 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: He was 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: 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.
  • Eldritch Location: Itachi's preferred method of using Tsukuyomi is to create a world that completely warps the perception by turning the sky red with black clouds and people monochrome.
  • 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. It's 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 is capable of doing ninjutsu, genjutsu, taijitsu, and/or shuriken jutsu simultaneously against an S-ranked opponent without any strain.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: The Mangekyo Sharingan, of which his is the first revealed.
  • Expy: Betrayer of his village/ Nation and branded as a criminal? Former friend of a key protagonist turned enemy? Was actually a Fake Defector all along, doing what he felt was best for the village? Sounds quite similar to The Boss, don't you think?
  • 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 himself acknowledges two major failings after he is revived.
    • He didn't put trust in anyone and relied solely on himself. His last gambit with Sasuke involved using Shisui's powerful eye genjutsu, stored within Naruto, to reprogram Sasuke should he turn against the village. After his revival he puts his trust with Naruto and no longer worries about his own failure to keep Sasuke away from the wrong path.
    • His obsession with keeping Sasuke away from the truth, as it spurs him to constantly deceive and manipulate his younger brother. As a result, once he finds out, Sasuke is driven towards revenge against Konoha because Sasuke sees the village made his brother suffer.
  • Feather Motif: His genjutsu often include a shower of crow feathers.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Itachi Shinden arc introduces Izumi, the supposed girlfriend Tobi mentioned to Sasuke. We all know what is going to happen to her eventually.
  • 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.
  • Gambit Roulette: Itachi planned to push Sasuke to awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan, tell him about "Madara", and die fighting him so that the Uchiha Clan could be avenged. Sasuke was to then take his eyes to get the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, kill Madara, and return to Konoha a hero. This, of course, banked on Sasuke actually wanting to go back to Konoha instead of razing it to the ground.
  • 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, then defects to become an S-ranked criminal and one of the strongest members of Akatsuki. Who thinks this guy is normal?
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Revealed in the filler arc about Itachi's childhood and hinted in the books it's adapted from, despite his Trademark Favorite Food being onigiri with cabbage and seaweed. In the case of the latter, his hobby is often visiting Japanese tea shops; in the former case, he really wanted to go for some dango with his father at some point, though it's thanks to a childhood friend of his he was pretty thankful he had some, despite earlier implications.
  • 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: Itachi was very skilled and powerful, but suffers from a lack of stamina.
  • Good All Along: He does love Sasuke 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."
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: He uses the genjutsu Izanami to place Kabuto in one.
  • 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 resurrects him with 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.
  • 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.
  • Hellfire: Amaterasu, a black flame that burns almost anything it comes into contact with.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: He's one of the strongest antagonists in the series, a genius of the Uchiha clan and master of the Sharingan. However, unlike Sasuke, he recognizes the skills of others and knows when he's outmatched.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Itachi's preferred method of confrontation is through his Sharingan's illusions and Mind Rape.
  • 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. Subverted in that he's so strong he couldn't convincingly hold back enough to let Sasuke win, so ended up kicking the crap out of Sasuke, only "losing" by dropping dead on the spot of an unrelated disease.
  • Instant Armor: His Susano'o, which wields all 3 of Japan's Three Sacred Treasures: the Totsuka Sword (Evidently another version of the Kusanagi) which here is an Laser Blade with sealing abilities, the Yata Mirror which functions as a shield and the Yasaka Magatama which is a giant shuriken.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Witnessing the horrors of war and then being told there's no meaning in life by Orochimaru drove a four year-old Itachi to throw himself off a cliff, before a passing murder of crows brought him to his senses.
  • I Regret Nothing: As he puts a stop to the Edo Tensei, he proclaims as Itachi Uchiha of Kohoha, he's happy to have been able to help the village again, and trusting Naruto to save Sasuke from the wrong path.
  • Ill Boy: He contracted a terminal combination of Incurable Cough of Death and Soap Opera Disease, and would have died from it by Part II had he not been taking medication to prolong his life so that Sasuke could kill him.
  • 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: He doesn't hardline this trope like the rest of his family does, but the reason he let Sasuke live and mind raped Sasuke repeatedly by forcing him to repeatedly relive the 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 Sasuke's hands (which he didn't in the end, making all of his efforts totally meaningless).
  • Japanese Mythology: All of his special abilities, like many of the Uchiha Clan's techniques, are named after Japanese gods.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Itachi was forced to kill his girlfriend, mother, and father during the Uchiha Clan Massacre. The only person he spared was his younger brother.
  • 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. He 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.
  • Know When To Fold Them: He's fairly confident he and Kisame can defeat Kakashi, Asuma and Kurenai but retreats when Guy joins the fray, since it's only a matter of time before more Leaf jonin arrive. And he didn't even try to fight Jiraiya; as soon as the sage got serious, they bolted.
  • 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: Like many Uchiha, Itachi possesses the Sharingan, and he awakened the Mangekyou Sharingan by witnessing his best friend's suicide.
  • 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."
  • Mega Manning: Averted. The Sharingan gives him this, but we never saw him using this ability, though we don't honestly know if some of his heightened abilities stem from using this power at one point or another. The water technique he uses against Kakashi was more than likely learned this way.
  • Mental World: He can do this with Tsukuyomi.
  • Mind Rape: His go-to strategy, especially where Sasuke is involved, which horribly backfired several times.
  • 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 was acting far more sane than he had in 100 chapters. And after Itachi goes 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: As Itachi put it himeself: "The village does have its dark side and inconsistencies. But I'm still the Leaf's Itachi Uchiha."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Learning of how Sasuke has become hellbent on revenge on the Leaf village due to his own well meaning yet misguided actions towards him.
  • Necessarily Evil: He certainly viewed his actions and 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 behavior. 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: He's an Uchiha, so you gotta expect it. The biggest example would have to be Izanami, the purpose of which is incredibly contrived and wouldn't have worked on anyone except than the person Itachi was fighting at the time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He placed Sasuke on the path for revenge, only to shield him from the truth of the coup, but ending up making things worse once Sasuke found out about it and the added burden Itachi carried.
    • Itachi does help steer Sasuke away from outright wanting to destroy Konoha once he's honest with him about his life and feelings, but still left trust in Naruto to save Sasuke completely.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 behavior. At first glance, it looks like Itachi is speaking of achieving new heights in ability because he sees 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.
    Itachi: Nothing's strange. I'm just carrying out my duty.
    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.
  • Playing with Fire: The Uchiha specialize in Fire-style ninjutsu, the most basic of which 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.
  • Puppy Love: Itachi Shinden reveals that Itachi did have a girlfriend, Izumi Uchiha, who he killed first, using his Tsukuyomi to ease her passing with a vision of them growing old together.
  • 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 and 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 for him, were a proud and noble clan devoted to Konoha, when he knew fully 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 seconds without any effort.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Itachi's hobby is visiting traditional Japanese cafes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Sharingan, which he almost always has activated.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: His Mangekyo Sharingan powers are named after the three main Shinto kami. Of note is that his battle with Orochimaru using Susanoo strongly paralleled the myth where Susanoo slew the Orochi.
  • 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 being 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: His father took him to a Third Ninja War battlefield when he was four years old. Itachi spotted a wounded enemy ninja and gave him water, only to be forced to finish him off when the ninja suddenly attacked him.
  • 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 foils or complicates the plans of pretty much every single organization or chessmaster he encounters 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: He never shows emotion unless he either is faking it or is an Edo Tensei zombie.
  • The Strategist: So good that all his fights degrade 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 can't keep track.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Towards Kabuto. He empathizes with Kabuto because they both lived their lives as spies and acted like people they were not. Because Kabuto grew obsessed with becoming like others, Itachi casts 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 work, as Kabuto shows up to help Sasuke later on, giving up on acquiring the Uchiha's power.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Fairly tall, and has been reffered to being handsome In-Universe at least once or twice.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: He and Bleach's Ulquiorra are the anime poster boys 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, in order to push Sasuke into awakening his Mangekyo Sharingan and avenging the Uchiha Clan. He Mind Rapes Sasuke twice with a heavy dose of trauma and encourages 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: Itachi planned to push Sasuke to awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan, then get him to take his eyes to attain the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan and kill Tobi - who he believed to be Madara Uchiha - and return to Konoha a hero. 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 he implanted in Naruto with a 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 is apparently "trust Naruto."
  • Tough Love: In the most extreme and twisted way possible. He comes to regret it later.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: When he was eight, he witnessed his teammate Tenma Izumi be killed by Obito Uchiha, which awakened his Sharingan at the two tomoe stage. Years later, seeing Shisui commit suicide awakened his Mangekyou Sharingan.
  • Tsundere: Type B. When he was a kid, to Izumi.
  • Undying Loyalty: Uchiha Itachi will never betray Konoha, not even after death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ultimately was this to Tobi. Itachi believed, like almost everyone else who was confronted by him, that Tobi was Madara, and despite his efforts to act in defiance, all of his failsafes to protect Sasuke from Tobi failed and he only succeeded in making Sasuke into a more powerful and hateful pawn for Tobi to manipulate.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Kisame. 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. Later on he strikes up quite the rapport with Nagato, whom he helps about the battlefield as they involuntarily serve Kabuto.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the dub at least. Initially, his voice sounded softer, higher, and practically emotionless. Come Shippuden, however, his register took on a noticeably deeper, and more ominous tinge.
  • Walking Spoiler: It was revealed that he was Good All Along and his death reveals many subsequent twists as a result.
  • 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. 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 was 18-21 during his role in the series and he is shown to have wisdom and maturity extending well beyond his age, even in scenes focusing on his past childhood. It is revealed late in the series that this is a result of witnessing a Shinobi World War at the age of 4, causing him to value peace. As a means to this, he studied the ancient history of not only his home village but the entire world, which allowed him to garner the mindset and wisdom expected of a Hokage by the age of 7. Through this and the teachings of his best friend, Shisui Uchiha, he understands what it truly means to be a shinobi, being able to bear disgrace and hatred in the place of honor and love should it be necessary to further the greater good. Another example is his lecturing of his father and his fellow clansmen about the potential deceptions that are judging solely based on appearances and preconceptions, at the same time surreptitiously advising the Uchiha to rethink their plans at a coup towards the village, being one of the very few of his people not bound by the clan's individual mindset, and ultimately having to wipe them out to prevent another potential large-scale war due to his prioritizing his village as a whole. At that point he was still only 13.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Subverted. He couldn't fight Sasuke at full force for two reasons: 1) he didn't want to, and 2) he was terminally ill.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He has been through immense trauma (see Sadistic Choice and Shell-Shocked Veteran) and endures being hated by everyone in his homeland along with the mental stress of playing the Reverse Mole and lying to literally everyone, all without making a single complaint or expressing his grief and sorrow.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Up to and including his own mother.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Although it was for a noble cause, his beatings and mind-rapes on Sasuke still qualify him as this. Also Danzo implied that their were other children besides Sasuke in the clan which would most likely mean he would have had to have killed them too.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Attempts one. He tried to setup things so that no matter what happened after his death, Sasuke would end up returning to Konoha as hero. It backfires massively due to Tobi's interference.
  • 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.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He massacred his clan (except his little brother) in order to prevent a coup d'etat that would've led to war, taking on the blame for himself to prevent it leaking that the village elders ordered him to do it and thus prevent Sasuke from hating the village.

    Kisame Hoshigaki 

Kisame Hoshigaki

Voiced by: Tomoyuki Dan (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN), Pedro Tena (Spain), Rene Garcia (Latin America)

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.

In Shippuden, 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He's given this after killing himself to prevent revealing anymore information.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Energy Absorption, Samehada can absorb anyone's chakra including Tailed Beasts.
  • Anti-Villain: He was raised to not trust anyone and betray anyone at a second's notice; to the point that he wanted to accept Tobi's plan of a world of no lies, which Kisame desired.
  • Badass: Especially in death. Who else would feed himself to killer sharks to guard a wellspring of dark secrets in his mind?
    • On top of that, he took on Killer Bee by himself after Bee succeeded in making complete fools of Sasuke's team (even after Sasuke unveiled his shiny new Mangekyo Sharingan). In fact, it seems the only reason Kisame actually lost was because his own sword took too much of a liking to Bee's chakra and betrayed him, which bought Bee enough time for the Raikage to show up and bail him out.
  • Become Your Weapon: With Samehada, in a very Arrancar-esque way.
  • BFS: If you can really count that thing as a sword. It is known as the Samehada ("sharkskin").
    Kisame: My massive blade Samehada, doesn't slice… It shreds you to ribbons!
  • Blood Knight: Kisame is very eager for a fight, despite his role being an espionage agent
  • The Brute: Serves this role in the Akatsuki up until Itachi dies. (see the Five-Bad Band page)
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted. He is loyal enough to his partner Itachi and Akatsuki, and fanatically devoted to what he thinks is Madara and to protecting valuable information at all costs. However, while he was a Mist-nin he had an even more severe case of this, slaughtering his allies at the drop of a hat and murdering his superior who is implied to have been his mentor, although this was out of loyalty to the village.
  • Cyanide Pill: Instead of getting captured, he opted for suicide so as to not give any information he may hold to the enemy.
  • Cool Sword: A sentient sword that can absorb chakra and fuse with it to form a One-Winged Angel.
  • Dirty Business: Constructed around this. His job in the Mist? Murder of other Mist ninja.
  • The Dragon: Becomes this to Tobi and replaces Pain's position as the Dragon of Tobi and with Zetsu as Co-Dragons.
  • Empathic Weapon: Samehada's hilt will sprout spikes if anyone other than Kisame picks it up. It can also return to his hand. It turns out to be a living, sentient sword with a toothy mouth. When Kisame commits suicide, Samehada begins crying out for its master in mourning, despite it choosing to side with Killer B because it liked the taste of his powerful chakra to the point it got greedy and selfish enough to betray Kisame and make its master force it back under control until his death.
  • Energy Absorption: His sword lets him absorb the chakra of anyone it touches, or of any technique that launches into the air.
    • It later turns out several of his jutsu allow him to absorb chakra even without Samehada's help.
  • Exact Words: He was ordered to protect an Intel squad carrying important codes, and above all to prevent those codes from falling into enemy hands. At the first sign of trouble, he massacres the squad, so they can't tell anyone the codes they are protecting. His attitude at the time suggests he was actually hoping they would be attacked just so he could do this, which would mean he did it For the Evulz.
  • Faking the Dead: After his original seeming death by decapitation, it was revealed several months later that what actually died was a clone created by Zetsu.
  • Fusion Dance: With his sword.
  • Genius Bruiser: Rarely seen, but he is very quick to pick up on weaknesses and has shown a decided knack for quick yet highly successful plans.
  • The Giant: He's the tallest Akatsuki member, at 195 cm (6'5").
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom / Kill It with Water: His preferred finishing moves.
  • Gradual Grinder: His preferred method of taking down powerful foes.
  • Hungry Weapon: Samehada can absorb chakra and use it to add to Kisame's own
  • Irony: He originally joined Tobi because he desired a world of no lies, the irony of this being that the Moon's Eye Plan would in fact create a world made up of nothing but lies.
    • Also his hatred of lies makes his seemingly genuine friendship with Itachi a little awkward, as Itachi was one of the biggest liars in Akatsuki.
    • Taken further still when it's revealed that even the "Madara" he believed in and followed so devotedly was yet another mask and a lie to hide the true Madara's hand in everything. And even that Madara was being manipulated by the lies of Black Zetsu.
  • Keigo: Always talks in polite speech in the Japanese, something no other Akatsuki member does.
  • Klingon Promotion: How he became a member of the Seven Swordsman. Over his mentor's corpse.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Terrifyingly fast, and strong enough to trade blows with Guy without any real difficulty.
  • Living Weapon: Samehada is sentient to some extent.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Doubly subverted, as it seems to betray Kisame in favor of Bee, but ultimately proves to be a deception on Kisame's part.
  • Loners Are Freaks: His backstory has elements of this, such as refusing to have lunch with the Intel group he was protecting.
  • Making a Splash: Kisame specializes in flashy water jutsu.
  • Meaningful Name: "Same" means shark in Japanese.
    • The "ki" part of his name is written with a kanji character meaning ogre or demon. Therefore, his given name is "demon shark."
  • The Mole: Becomes this to infiltrate the Allied Force.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Kisame means "demon shark".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Kisame ultimately fails to subdue Killer B because he spammed Samehada's chakra absorbing ability to the point that it loved Killer B's chakra and chose him as it's new master.
  • Noble Demon: He died as one remaining loyal to Akatsuki's goal of achieving the Moon's Eye Plan, that he desperately wanted to see.
  • Not-So-Small Role: For a long time he was just considered as The Brute and Itachi's sidekick. In the end, he was the last member of Akatsuki (except for Zetsu) to be taken down, dying after Itachi and even Nagato and Konan. He also turned out to be just as close to Tobi as Itachi was before he left Konoha, apparently.
  • Off with His Head!: When the clone of Kisame goes up against the Raikage and Killer B, he gets struck with the manliest move ever used in the Naruto universe. His head flies off like a champagne cork.
    Kisame: Water Release: Super Shark Bo—[sickening thud]
    [screen flashes white]
    Kisame's disembodied head: Well... you guys are just too fast for me.
  • One-Winged Angel: Can fuse with Samehada.
  • Only Sane Man: With Itachi and Konan, among the Akatsuki.
  • Shape Shifter Weapon: Samehada is one.
  • Shark Man: For some reason that is never explained. Judging by his mentor, fish people might just be a thing in the Mist.
  • Straw Nihilist: He believes the world is based on nothing but lies, so he has no particular reason to trust or be loyal to anyone. He only follows Madara Obito because the latter agrees, because he appears to validate his opinions (for example, by the revelation that he was controlling the 4th Mizukage, thus showing that the Mist was based on a lie and not run by the man everyone was following), and because Kisame believes him when he says he can change all that.
  • Thanatos Gambit / Taking You with Me: The scroll he stole back and made Guy fight so hard for... was booby trapped. As soon as it was opened it sealed everyone within range with the Water Prison Technique, complete with shark summonings in each individual prison, while one of the summonings takes the scroll to Madara.
  • Threatening Shark: His face, attacks and more.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Akatsuki and to Tobi.
  • Unknown Rival: Guy has a hard time remembering just who Kisame is for Kisame's whole life.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He became a member of Akatsuki because he really wanted to see a world of no lies that Tobi's Moon's Eye Plan offered.
  • Villainous Friendship: Compared to most of Akatsuki's other teams, which involve hostile relationships between partners, Kisame and Itachi get along quite well. While they were hostile when they first met, Kisame displays genuine concern for Itachi. In fact, other than the aforementioned meeting, they are never shown to argue at all, and that argument was quite civilized and only turned nasty when Kisame drew Samahada. Kisame's last words are even directed at Itachi! Their friendship is actually quite sweet. It is later revealed that both share a common burden of killing comrades for the common good. Both of them were men lost in their own contradiction and unable to know their true identity. In the anime, Kisame is well aware of Itachi's true nature and bis him a fond farewell when Itachi goes to die against Sasuke.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Guy (ironic in that the latter never remembers him until his death).

    White Zetsu 

White Zetsu

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Brian Beacock (EN, original), Travis Willingham (EN, current)

"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 Akatsuki'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".

    Black Zetsu 

Black Zetsu

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Michael Sorich (EN, original), Travis Willingham (EN, current)

"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.
  • And I Must Scream: Even worse than Hidan. Black Zetsu's ultimate fate is to be pinned against the new moon where Kaguya was sealed, within her personal dimension. Add that he appears incapable of aging. He's going to be trapped in a pocket dimension with his failure, forever.
  • 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.
  • Big 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.
  • Brains and Brawn: When Kaguya comes into the picture to fight, Black Zetsu uses his intelligence to compliment her immense strength and making up for her... lacking tactical abilities.
  • 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.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Hagoromo and Hamura's Abel.
  • Characterization Marches On: Before the start of the Final Arc, Black Zetsu is shown to be a loyal servant of Obito Uchiha as shown in several scenes before along with him apologizing to Obito when he is forced to use Rinne Tensei on Madara. But once the Final Arc kicks in, he is shown to as callous as Madara and berates Obito for ever daring to betray Madara's plans. This even culminates in him betraying Madara and Retcon him from a will of him into a will of Kaguya, with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
  • 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 Dog Was the Mastermind: Initially seen a just a insignificant henchman throughout the story. When really he's been manipulating practically everything through it.
  • The Dragon: Black Zetsu is seemingly this for Madara, but is later revealed to be this for Kaguya.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's the one who's been masterminding everything.
  • 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.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Tries to give one to Naruto in his weakened state. Naruto responds that he neither owns nor created ninja history and that someone who has to cling to his mother (Kaguya) isn't much of a ninja to begin with, before punching him into the sealing moon.
  • Hate Sink: The Reveal that he manipulated the entire shinobi story turns him basically into this.
  • The Heavy: He manipulated Madara (and the rest of the world) to help the Greater Scope Villain in her plans.
  • 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.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Strategy is clearly not Kaguya's strong point, so he's there to give her pointers.
  • Ironic Hell: All he actually wanted was to resurrect his mother and be with her forever. Naruto makes sure he gets just what he wanted by nailing him, immobilized, to the moon in her personal dimension where she's sealed.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Honestly, killing Madara hardly comes off as an unforgivable sin.
  • Mana Drain: Just like White Zetsu.
  • Man Behind the Man: He's the man behind the man behind the man behind the man behind the man, and he's been at it for millennia in order to resurrect Kaguya.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Of the entire ninja world, no less.
  • Momma's Boy: Naruto even calls him out on it, stating that some brat who's still clinging to his mother's side after centuries, perhaps even millennia, of living doesn't have the right to compare himself to the countless shinobi who shaped history with their lives.
  • 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. This backfires, as Black Zetsu underestimated Obito's will. The dying man forces Black Zetsu to stay melded to him, knowing that as long as this fusion lasts, he'll live.
  • Put on a Bus: Black Zetsu disappears for a while during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's been around since the battle between the Sage and the Ten-Tails.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Madara when he betrays him for believing himself to be the savior of the world when he's really no better than Obito. Speaking of Obito, when he is finally dying from Kaguya's bones, Black Zetsu mocks him for being a constant failure who will die without anyone mourning him because he made everyone his enemy at some point.
  • 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.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Or a moon in this case. Naruto makes sure every bit of Kaguya is sealed this time upon her defeat and personally goes back and punches him into the moon as the Ten-Tails is being sealed.
  • 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.
  • Spotting the Thread: After Kaguya gets fooled by Naruto's shadow clones, he quickly deduces how to locate the real one among them. Naruto gets around this by deliberately moving his truth-seeking orbs to one of his clones, making them think it's the real one.
  • The Starscream: Royally screwed over a gigantic number of people because of the ripple effect of his master plan, most of all Madara, whom 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. However, he still gets outwitted by Naruto several times because he mostly watches from the sidelines rather than actively experiencing the heat of battle.
  • The Symbiote: Spends most of the series attached to White Zetsu.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Naruto comes back to make sure he can't cause any more trouble in his weakened state, Black Zetsu tries to put on a bravado that Naruto is just another part of history he created. Naruto responds that he neither owns nor created ninja history and that someone who has to cling to his mother (Kaguya) isn't much of a ninja to begin with, before punching him into the sealing moon.
  • Walking Spoiler: As you can see.
  • Wham Line: In Chapter 678 especially.
    Black Zetsu: Wrong again... The will that is in me is Kaguya's.



Child Voice: Akiko Yajima (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Jesús Barreda (Spain) Adult Voice: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (main series), Doug Erholtz (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals) (EN), Jorge García Insúa (Spain) Jesse Conde (Latin America) Hiruko Voice: Yutaka Aoyama (JP) JB Blanc (EN)

"Fine art is something wonderful that's left long into the future ... eternal beauty."

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 armor, and as a means to eliminate the puppeteer's weakness of being a separate and exposed target. As Hiruko was one of his favorite puppets, Sasori adorned it in Akatsuki attire for nearly the entirety of his tenure in the organization. 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.
  • The Ageless: Due to being a puppet.
  • 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: He's long since turned himself into a puppet, and has outfitted himself with a variety of weapons.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions, of course.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: A variant. His parents died when he was young, and he was raised by his grandmother, Lady Chiyo. She's one of Sunagakure's longest-serving and best respected elders. He's a murderous sociopath who killed the Third Kazekage and helps kidnap the Fifth. In the end, there is a lethal confrontation between he and Chiyo.
  • 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: As if 95% of his body being a Creepy Doll weren't enough, the 5% that's left is an unnamed part of his original human body that is as purple as his poison.
  • 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, seeing as he's a living puppet with what's implied to be the real Sasori's heart controlling it.
  • 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: He has red hair and is evil.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he's inside the Hiruko puppet.
  • 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.
  • Immortality Seeker
  • In-Series Nickname / Awesome McCool Name: 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, it's his emotions that allow Kankuro to set him free of Kabuto´s control.
    • His body is now used as a puppet by Kankuro, whom Sasori easily defeated way earlier.
    • And now his soul is a puppet for Kabuto, who was once under his control as a spy.
      Sasori: My old puppet body… Suddenly it all seems so pointless. I now have the body I've always desired, one that will never rot or decay. I've truly become a puppet in every sense of the word.
  • Lack of Empathy: While chastising Sakura for her emotions, he goes so far as to state that he would feel nothing if Chiyo died, just as ninja should behave, as a side effect of his puppet body.
  • 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 (the latter 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 fours 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".
  • Not So Stoic: After he reveals his puppet body, he becomes considerably less calm.
  • 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.
    Sasori: Kankuro… I want you to have my "Mother" and "Father" puppets as well… and when you die, pass them both on… to the next generation.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: He spares Kankuro's life when he attempts to save Gaara. However, he notes that without a cure to the poison, Kankuro will likely wish that he was dead.
  • Poisoned Weapons: His weapons (and his puppets' weapons).
  • 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.
  • Take That: To unevolving, fossilized forms of art.
  • 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 informs her of a spy that he had within his former Akatsuki partner Orochimaru's ranks, and tells her to meet him ten days from then at noon at the Tenchi Bridge. Kabuto speculates this was a subversion and Sasori's real aim was to pit two of his enemies against each other so at least one would get killed off.
  • Zerg Rush: His trump card, Red Secret Technique: Performance of 100 Puppets.



-Voiced by: Katsuhiko Kawamoto (JP), Quinton Flynn (EN, original), Roger Craig Smith (EN, current) (main series), Robbie Daymond (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals), Sergio García Marín (Spain), Jesus Barrero (Mexico)

"Art is a blast!"

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.
  • Art Initiates Life: He brings bombs to life so that they attack people, then explode.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not as much as Hidan, but is obsessed dangerously with art.
    Deidara: Look at those fools. They have no appreciation for art. You have to feel art. And true art… is an EXPLOSION!
  • 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: In fact the long blond hair that he keeps in a ponytail almost makes him resemble an evil version of Ino.
  • 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.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
  • Catch Phrase: "Art is a blast!" Doubles as his Famous Last Words.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. It's to the point where he self-destructs to trigger a reaction of awe from Sasuke (he fails).
  • 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He sure has a temper on him.
  • 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.
    Deidara: Tobi, even a Buddha loses patience when insulted a third time… One more word and there'll be no doubt about the cause of your death.
  • 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.
    • In fairness only half of his technique is a Kekkei Genkai; the actual explosive chakra. The ability to infuse it into clay is part of a Kinjutsu he stole from his village, so his actual Clay Style is not a bloodline technique, it's something he created using one and a forbidden jutsu. So while he was "blessed with good genetics," Deidara didn't stop there and took it a step further.
  • Large Ham: Not as much as Hidan, but he is proud to be an artist.
  • Laughably Evil: He's far from a sympathetic character, but he's often entertaining to watch.
  • 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.
  • Take That: Deidara's arrogance about his art his a jab at Japanese contemporary artists, as his self-description of his art as "Superflat", his CatchPhrase and the shape of his ultimate attack attest. To him, Uchihas are like art critics who say "Meh" to his art and his big ego can't stand it.
  • 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.




Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Fred Tatasciore (EN), Fernando Elegido (Spain)

"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"

  • All Your Powers Combined / You Will Be Assimilated: He can take his opponents' hearts and, at the same time, their elements. Therefore, he controls earth, fire, wind, water and lightning.
  • Appendage Assimilation: With human hearts.
  • Ax-Crazy: The reason that Hidan is his partner is because he killed his previous partners in fits of blind rage.
  • Badass: One of Akatsuki's more impressive fighters. He mentions that he fought the First Hokage and lived (although Bonus Material reveals he was more dead than alive), a feat Madara Uchiha only barely pulled off.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is EXTREMELY deep.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's the oldest of the Akatsuki, but keeps his youth due to his extended life-spans of the hearts he's taken.
  • Blow You Away: His Wind Style: Pressure Damage technique.
  • Body Horror: What his body strings do, and create five large beasts that fire powerful elemental attacks from his back that contain one of his five hearts each. Oh, and he has two One-Winged Angel modes by recombining with those beasts.
  • Bounty Hunter: He annoys Hidan by collecting the corpses of their kills for various underworld bounties. The video games indicate this was his occupation before he joined up with Akatsuki.
  • The Brute: He and Hidan fulfill this role for Akatsuki during the early part of Shippuden, although he's more of a Genius Bruiser. He's also The Brute for Kabuto's Akatsuki zombies.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: After meeting up with Izumo and Kotetsu, the two ninja he held helpless while Hidan killed Asuma, Kakuzu merely remarks:
    Kakuzu: Sorry, pal. I tend to forget about chump-change shinobi when I'm done with them.
  • Chrome Champion: One of his more frequently used abilities is to turn his skin into stone to protect himself or give himself a Power Fist.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Because Hidan is immortal, he doesn't have to worry about Friendly Fire from Kakuzu. The two of them exploit this by having Kakuzu attack with large-scale jutsu while Hidan pins the enemy down.
  • Combat Tentacles: Can extend his stitches and arms as weapons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Asuma decapitates Hidan and when Hidan tries to talk Kakuzu into bringing him his body, Kakuzu instead takes his head by its hair and carries it over to the body, under loud protests from his partner, stating that Hidan's head "is lighter". He says this with a completely straight face after having just razed a building with his bare fists. Later, when Hidan gloats about having killed Asuma as if it was no big deal, Kakuzu points out that Asuma did cut his head off. Hidan is not pleased.
  • Death In All Directions: Many of his attacks do this, which makes Hidan an ideal partner because he doesn't have to worry about accidentally hitting him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Earth Style: Iron Skin technique.
  • Energy Absorption: Combined with Organ Theft. His stolen hearts grant him an physical capacity and levels of chakra well beyond an normal 91 year old(even for Naruto standards) would have and most probably extended his lifespan.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: The reason why he turned evil in the first place.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's 91 years old.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Especially in the Japanese.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Green iris. Maroon sclera. It may or may not be related to the Body Horror above, since unusual eyes designs aren't exclusive to people with kekkei genkai in the Naruto universe, as Kurenai proves.
  • Four Is Death: Kakuzu harvests the hearts of the victims he kills, and his special ability is Four Hearts Jutsu, with which he prolongs his life by adding four hearts to his own.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was once a very loyal shinobi, but after his village locked him away for years after a lifetime of loyal service for failing an impossible task, he stole a forbidden technique, killed some of the elders and left, deciding to believe only in money from now on.
  • Genius Bruiser: Collectively, he and Hidan are more or less The Brute for the Akatsuki. This doesn't stop Kakuzu from being very bright, even outsmarting Shikamaru on occasion.
  • Glasgow Grin: After his mask finally comes off, seen better much later in chapter 489.
  • Greed: He's the banker of the Akatsuki and greedily takes his opponents' hearts.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Killed all of his partners this way, until he met Hidan.
  • Informed Flaw: While he is repeatedly described as having a Hair-Trigger Temper, the closest he ever comes to losing his cool on-screen is taking a single swipe at Hidan for his repeated mocking of his love of money, only to immediately shrug him off and go back to being stoic. For someone with such a big chip on their shoulder, he puts up with a surprising amount of annoyance from enemies and allies alike.
  • Leitmotif: "Kakuzu"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast even for the series standards.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: His body strings tear his enemies' hearts so he can fuel his black elemental beasts that emerge from his back. Oh, and he has two very nice One-Winged Angel forms.
  • Making a Splash: His anime-only Water Style: Water Wall technique.
  • Mask of Power: Has 4 stitched to his back which can split from him to attack or fuse with him to go One-Winged Angel.
  • Miser Advisor: His role in the organization.
  • Money Fetish: Admits this, saying that it'll be useful even in Hell.
  • Nothing Personal: He doesn't seem to be particularly mad when he runs into Team 10 again after being revived, even playing along with Shikamaru's shogi metaphors.
  • Oh Crap!: When he sees Naruto's Rasen-shuriken. In his own words: "If I get hit by that, this is over. I'm finished."
  • One-Winged Angel: He has two more powerful forms that he can use when combined with his mask monsters.
  • Only in It for the Money: His motivation.
  • Only Sane Man: His intermittent fits of berserk rage notwithstanding, he's among the more realistic and collected members of Akatsuki.
  • Organ Theft: His method of immortality. He rips out the hearts of his enemies, up to five at a time, and stores them within himself. All five have to be destroyed to finally put him down.
  • Our Angels Are Different: The masks on Kakuzu's back correspond to the four heads of the Living Creatures of Judeo-Christian Mythology. Likewise, they also correspond to the symbols of the four Evangelists, and are arranged on his back in the same order as the Evangelists were traditionally depicted.
  • Playing with Fire: His Fire Style: Searing Migraine technique.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's been around since the First Hokage, and at 91 he's even older than Madara, the true Big Bad, before he died and even then he was in a lot better shape than he was at his time of death.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When Hidan warns him that killing a priest is a one-way ticket to hell, he simply replies that, "Even hell runs on money, I'd be just fine."
  • Serious Business: Money!
  • Shock and Awe: His Lightning Style: False Darkness technique.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: All of his unique techniques are named (and pronounced very similarly in Japanese) after Mobile Suit Gundam mecha used by Zeon in the One Year War, with meaningful kanji replacing the phonetic characters. (e.g., MSN-02 Zeong -> Jiongu -> Earth Grudge Fear; this is Kakuzu's forbidden "body of threads" technique, and the Zeong was a mobile suit that could detach its arms on wires for ranged attacks.) Complete list: Jiongu, Domu, Zukokku, Atsugai, Gian = Zeong, Dom, Z'Gok, Acguy, Gyan
  • Soul Jar: He can't die unless all of his collected hearts are destroyed.
  • Super Strength: Even by Naruto standards. He manages to wreck an entire building in a single blow.



Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (JP), Chris Edgerly (main series), Brian Beacock (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals) (EN), Víctor Martínez (Spain), Mario Castaneda (Latin America)

"As the other dies, their agony radiates through my body, and living through it is pure ecstasy!"

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 means 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. However, 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 being 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.
  • The 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. Considering Hidan is the newest member of Akatsuki outside of Tobi and Deidara's backstory shows Akatsuki intentionally recruits specific ninja to their ranks, willing or not, Hidan might very well have been headhunted specifically to give Kakuzu a partner he couldn't kill off no matter how hard he tries.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In some fan translations.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Because he's immortal, Hidan doesn't have to worry about Friendly Fire from Kakuzu. The two of them exploit this by having Kakuzu attack with large-scale jutsu while Hidan pins the enemy down.
  • 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.
    Hidan: Now! Let's savor the utmost of suffering together!
  • Fragile Speedster: 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: In the Chikara anime filler arc he is brought back by Kabuto. However, Kabuto used a cloning method different from the Edo Tensei resurrection. Instead, he uses a lake to regenerate the clone.
  • Giggling Villain: See Evil Laugh.
  • The Grim Reaper: What his ritual does as a type of One-Winged Angel.
  • Hot-Blooded: He 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.
  • Immortality: Hidan cannot die. Blood loss will not stop him. Beheading will not stop him. Being stabbed through the heart will not stop him. However, his wounds apparently take the normal amount of time to heal, seeing as he has Kakuzu's stitches in his neck for a good while after the fact.
  • 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 rots.
  • Jerkass: 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, whom he killed eariler; then he calls Choji fat.
  • Large Ham: He really hams it up once he starts his ritual. Shikamaru calls him out on it.
  • 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 Akatsuki organization.
  • Leitmotif: "Hidan"
  • Licking the Blade: How he usually ingests his opponent's blood, which is 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.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He's completely obsessed with killing. He botchered his neighboring villagers because they wanted peace. Afterward he joined Akatsuki for the opportunity to kill as many people as he can.
  • Orgasmic Combat: It's strongly implied that he jizzes himself when he impales himself to finish off Asuma.
  • Precision F-Strike: The above-mentioned Obligatory Swearing becomes this in the English dub.
  • Profane Last Words: The quite vulgar Hidan. After being blown to pieces by Shikamaru, his still-insulting head is Buried Alive while throwing a flow of insults at his opponent.
  • 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: He 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: He's very religious (even if it's a Religion of Evil) and is one of the more deadly members of Akatsuki.
  • Sinister Scythe: His Weapon of Choice, more for drawing blood than fatally injuring opponents. His has three blades.
  • Smug Snake: Not only is he a loudmouthed psychopath, he's also an arrogant dick who thinks that he's invincible.
  • Synchronization: Once he uses his Blood Magic.
  • The Watson: Pein explains the Akatsuki's plan to him in the anime when he asks.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and is a massive Sadist.



Deva Path: Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP, Pain), Dave Wittenberg (EN, original), Troy Baker (EN, current) (main series), Matthew Mercer (Rock Lee and his Nin), Arturo Mercado Jr. (Latin America) Nagato: Junpei Morita (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

The leader of Akatsuki after Yahiko's passing, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aura Vision: He can see chakra in a manner similar to the Byakugan.
  • 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 McCool Name: 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 35), 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 Boast: "We are Pain, that's all. We are God."
  • Badass Transplant: His Rinnegan actually belonged 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.
  • Co-Dragons: With Itachi for Kabuto after being revived with Edo Tensei, and when he was alive he was with Zetsu for Tobi.
  • 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.
    Nagato: You think you're the only ones who matter. You think you can put off death. But that peace made you foolish and thoughtless. If you kill someone, someone else will kill you… this hatred binds us together. I want you to feel pain, to think about pain, to accept pain, to know pain.
  • Dark Messiah: Nagato has the same goal of bringing about peace as Naruto does. His methods, however...
    Nagato: We are both but men, driven to seek vengeance under the banner of justice. However… if there is justice in vengeance, then justice will breed only more vengeance… thus forging more links in a chain of hatred.
  • 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 went 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?
  • 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.
  • Elemental Powers: He can use all five, but unlike Kakuzu it comes naturally.
  • Energy Absorption: The Preta Path can absorb any jutsu used against him.
  • Evil Counterpart: Naruto's third one. He's even a fellow descendant of the Uzumaki clan.
    • Even moreso to Minato. Both of them were Jiraiya's student with rare Story Breaker Powers who'se best showing involves curb stomping a big shinobi army, both were assumed to be the child of prophecy, both became leader of their village & genuinely loved their village. The only difference was Nagato willing to cross any line to save his village & having wider worldview beyond a single village.
    • Funny enough he is one to Kushina Uzumaki as well, making him this trope for the entire family.Like Kushina, he was an Uzumaki displaced by the destruction of their village. They both posessed exceptional chakra & were given rare powers that are associated with legendary Rikudou Sennin with purpose of using them as tools for somebody else's work. While Kushina found love & respect from everyone in Konoha, turning her into an idealist, Nagato faced constant warfare & death, becoming a cynic. They even died during separate invasion of Konoha, one pulling Heroic Sacrifice while other pulling Redemption Equals Death sacrifice.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Preta Path puts Naruto in a hold to drain away all of his chakra. Since he can't move anyway, Naruto takes the opportunity to gather up more sage chakra. Draining that turns Preta Path into a frog.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Asura Path's powers allow it to transform and create a variety of cybernetic weapons.
  • Hydra Problem: The Animal Path can summon hounds that split when cut or struck.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif: "Girei", 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.
  • Malevolent Mutilation: The Six Paths are literally covered in chakra receiver body piercings.
  • 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.
  • Mind Manipulation: Via Your Soul Is Mine, the Human Path can absorb all knowledge a target has.
  • 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.
  • The Paralyzer: He manages to paralyze Naruto's movements somewhat when he stabs him with multiple control rods.
  • 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 346 makes him out to be one for Konan and Yahiko during Akatsuki's formative years.
    • "Do you like Konan, Yahiko? ... I think Konan likes you."
  • Shirtless Scene: Deva Path's coat is shredded during his fight with Six-Tailed Version 2 Fox Cloak Naruto.
  • Shoot the Medic First: The Naraka Path can infinitely revive the others as long as he's around.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Summon Magic: The Animal Path can summon creatures and people.
  • 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.
  • Super Senses: All of the Pains can see what each other one sees.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: And all it took was a little sympathy and Jiraiya's terrific Literature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Remind Me of X: Naruto reminds him of his younger self, cue this line:
    Nagato: You are an odd kid… You remind me of myself when I was young… I couldn't believe in what Jiraiya believed in… nor believe in myself… but you chose a different path. In you I can see another future. I… will believe in you…



Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)

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 Yahiko 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"

  • Anti-Villain: Has a tragic backstory and, like Nagato, desires peace.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She's the first person to figure out Tobi's Made of Air powers.
  • Badass: Eventually shown to be one of the strongest female characters in the 'Verse, given that she very nearly kills an enemy that took the Fourth Hokage a lot of effort to even land one hit on. He had to rewrite reality to escape death, and left the fight without an arm and a functioning eye.
  • 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.
  • Covert Pervert: Kishimoto referred to her as an obscene woman who is scantily clad underneath her Akatsuki cloak.
  • 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 overall as strong as some of the other members of Akatsuki, she still has some very deadly tricks up her sleeves.
  • Dark Chick: Of the Akatsuki. The somewhat detached, right hand to the true leaders of the organization. Her role is to be more on support and reconnaissance, though she eventually gets a chance to demonstrate her deadliness. She's the most normal of the Akatsuki, not having any particular appearance quirks, fixations, or sociopathic tendencies, and is driven out of a genuine belief that they'll make the world better, and out of the memory for her lost friend. She's almost more of a regular Chick on the bad guys side.
  • Determinator: In her last fight against Tobi.
    Konan: Yahiko and Nagato did what they wanted to do. They were never your pawns! No matter what happened to them, they both fought for their own ideals! And that's why their will has been passed down! I won't let you ruin it!
  • 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.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Can turn herself into paper.
  • Emotionless Girl: Konan's more or less dead inside, except when it comes to Nagato.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She's more mature and elegant, and has had a paper flower in her hair ever since she was young.
  • Feather Flechettes: Can fire paper shuriken from her wings.
  • Gray Eyes: In the manga, signifying her cold and stoic personality.
  • Hair Decoration: A flower made of paper.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her Crowning Moment of Awesome despite it being a failure. She made an entire lake of paper bombs, and nearly killed Tobi in the process.
  • 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.
    Konan: Nagato believed in you, so I believe in you, too.
  • 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: An elegant and stoic kunoichi fond of turning into origami butterflies and forming angelic paper wings. She makes Tobi lose his arm and part of his mask, and literally killed him with the Paper Angel Technique which contained 600 billion explosive tags.
  • 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.
  • Paper Talisman: All ninja use paper bombs but she gets a special mention for her Sacred Paper Emissary.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Thanks to billions of explosive tags.
  • Power Gives You Wings: One of her powers is to create paper Angel's Wings.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Suiting her demure personality.
  • 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.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Kishimoto's concept art of her reveals she wears a backless and sleeveless coat that also exposes her belly and the sides of her breasts.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Upon meeting her again for the first time in years Jiraiya comments that she's become quite the beauty.
  • 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.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: She prepared six hundred billion explosive tags, enough to fill a lake and explode continuously for ten minutes straight all to target Tobi, who had to break and manipulate the laws of reality to survive.
  • True Blue Femininity: She has blue hair and a graceful and calm temperament to match.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Nagato.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was a very sweet little girl...then shit happened.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Her powers are nullified by oil.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Her paper abilities. Her origami skills and ability to convert the paper sheets into explosives makes it significantly more awesome.
  • Women Are Wiser: In contrast to her more hot-headed and reckless male colleagues in the Akatsuki, Konan is more level-headed and analytical.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Known as "Blue" prior to actually being given a name. More like light purple in the anime.



Voiced By: Wataru Hatano (JP, child); Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Troy Baker (EN)

"If war is going to continue - I will become the God of the world!"

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.

  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Episode 346 shows him getting jealous and uncomfortable of Konan getting a love letter and confession.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • A God Am I: For a little while, but he grew out of it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Yahiko: I'm gonna' rule the world!
  • 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Databook 4 revealed that Yahiko was 15 when he died. When Choji described Yahiko (as Pain's Deva Path) to Tsunade as aged 25 to 30.

    Tobi (Zetsu) 


Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP)
"I asked you how it feels to have a bowel movement. Well... I think it resembles how refreshed you feel after killing a person..."

A unique White Zetsu clone who 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: When he appears during the 4th World War, he's clad in the same type Obito wore prior to it being shredded.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Tobi 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: Tobi 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: He is talkative and obsessed with bowel movements, and his zany personality inspired Obito's Tobi persona.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The sole function of his return was to block the Alliance from fighting against Madara. Even after Karin seems to destroy his colossus and Orochimaru temporarily weakens him by giving Yamato a curse mark, he is shown to be still blocking the Alliance several chapters later. His only other appearance was in a flashback set almost two decades before, and the manga don't shows what he was up to and why he showed up in that exact moment.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: As the Infinite Tsukuyomi is dispelled, he spontaneously crumbles into dust. Only Yamato even knows what happened to him.
  • 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 armor for a person.
  • Me's a Crowd: Tobi is one of 100,000 White Zetsu, although he is unique in his ability to symbiotically bond to a person and augment his power with their own.
  • No Body Left Behind: When the Infinite Tsukuyomi is cancelled and the Ten-Tails sealed away in another dimension, Tobi attempts to rebond to Yamato, but crumbles into dust before he can do so.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Tobi compares 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.
  • No Name Given: His name was only revealed in the 4th Databook, with the manga only giving him the nickname Guruguru/Spiral/Swirly.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: The 4th Databook ambiguously hints that Tobi's encounter with Obito caused him to become fascinated with humans.
  • 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: Tobi takes 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: He is the 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 armor for Obito in his early days as Madara II. During the 4th World War he had Yamato inside him as "filler", but he was in complete control.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He 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 was once a human who was absorbed by the Ten-Tails. Cancelling the jutsu which created that altered form caused his body to dissolve immediately.

     Shin Uchiha.Jr 

     Shin Uchiha.Sr 

Alternative Title(s): Naruto-Akatsuki