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The Akatsuki
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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. Orochimaru was once a member of Akatsuki, but defected prior to the beginning of the series. You can find his character sheet here.

Here be spoilers. Any thing that has not been aired on the free versionnote  of Crunchyroll should be spoiler-tagged.

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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 Fourth Shinobi World 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. They are all S-Ranked missing-nin, which would put them on the same level as Kage. Several members have, in fact, beaten or held their own against Kage.
  • 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 Ensemble: 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.
  • Tragic Villain: Most of them are people who had some kind of tragic events in their lives who made them the ones we know today. The only exceptions are Hidan, Deidara and Zetsu.
  • 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.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The Akatsuki members in the series proper are Kage-level shinobi yet most of them are dealt with in the first 200 (out of 500) episodes, before the protagonists' skill levels really take a rise, so to make their defeats possible almost all of them are handicapped in some way, shape, or form going into the battle. A good few of them have to fight against a larger group of Shinobi as well.

Official Members

    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 (not believing Tobi). 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). His abilities include all the regular Sharingan abilities, such as being able to copy various techniques he sees, predict another person's movements, and trapping people in illusions. Beyond this, however, his Mangekyou Sharingan granted him access to Amaterasu, which casts eternal black flames of intense heat, Tsukuyomi, an illusion that manipulates a person's perception of time, and Susano-o, a chakra avatar that defends his entire body, while also being able to attack opponents as well; Itachi's particular version also holds a nigh unbreakable mirror that could adjust to all of the different Chakra natures and a blade that could seal anyone it stabbed away in an illusion. Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi are both hailed as some of the most powerful ninjutsu and genjutsu in existence and, when combined with his Susano-o, were enough for Black Zetsu to claim that Itachi was invincible. 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 extremist 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).
  • 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".
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A common trait of the Uchiha, but Itachi displays a different take of the trope. He wasn't overly boastful or quick to put others down on their ability. In their childhood, he tells Sasuke that strength isn't everything and those who seek it are quick to lose sight of their goals. Itachi however did end up turning out like this. Itachi only valued his own strength and didn't rely on anyone else which lead to the mistakes in his life. The Itachi Shinden novels show that even as a child, Itachi was so focused on becoming strong to bring about peace that he neglected other parts of his life such as relationships.
  • 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.
  • Awful Truth: The truth that he was following orders from Konoha to slaughter the Uchiha Clan. He made Sasuke believe he did it out of selfish desire so Sasuke wouldn't hold it against the village and the Uchiha clan wouldn't lose their honor by betraying the village.
  • Back from the Dead: Kabuto revives him to fight in the war. He manages to undo the technique with Sasuke's help.
  • 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 Bookworm: The Itachi Shinden novels reveal him as one. As a child, in between his training, academy classes and as a genin he studied all sorts of material from books such as the history of ninja starting from the Sage of Six Paths, politics of other shinobi lands, ninja techniques, kekkei genkei, tailed beasts, natual energy fundamentals, etc. He didn't need to cheat on the first chunin exam and thought it was easy. Itachi having studied so much in his youth explains why was knowledgeable on Konoha's founding and of Madara Uchiha, and also how he was familiar with Kabuto's sage jutsu.
  • 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.
  • Batman Gambit: Attempts one. His plan was based on the fact that people will do something that he expects from them for example like Sasuke will want to transplant his eyes to himself if he learns the truth about him or Naruto will find Sasuke before he will manage to do a lot of trouble in order to activate eye Shisui which brainwash Sasuke into protecting Konoha. And let's just say that everything went not quite according to plan.
  • Becoming the Mask: It's strongly implied that the cold, stoic, cruel figure Itachi pretended to be while in the Akatsuki started to become closer to his real self than Itachi would have liked as a result of the intense trauma of the Uchiha massacre and being forced to commit so many dark deeds to maintain his cover.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: He admits at one point in his life he thought he was capable of shouldering all responsibility for the Uchiha Massacre and Sasuke that he never believed he needed help from anyone. He sees similar behaviour in Kabuto attempting to acquire power of others that he disregards his true self.
    Itachi: If you want to know who you are, you have to look at your real self and acknowledge what you see.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Itachi is a decent person, nice guy and likes to end his fights as quickly and painlessly as possible, but push him too far at your peril. For Yashiro Uchiha, a coward who manipulated the entire Uchiha rebellion conflict, helped get Shisui killed and did it all without having to take responsibility himself? Itachi lets him realize how utterly screwed it is before torturing him in Tsukuyomi to utterly shatter his mind before beheading him.
  • 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 with the intend to brainwash Sasuke into loyalty 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 Jinchuuriki 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.
  • Blessed with Suck: Using the Mangekyō Sharingan required vast amounts of chakra to use. If he used these techniques too often in a short span of time, Itachi would become so fatigued that he would deactivate his Sharingan altogether. Every time he used his Mangekyō Sharingan his eyesight deteriorated, a process that would progressively worsen. Early uses of the Mangekyō would only cause his eyes to bleed, but by the end of his life he reached the point where he was nearly blind, most things looking to him like mere blurs. He does not suffer these shortcomings after his reincarnation and can use all his Mangekyō techniques without problems.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: He started on his path to villainy by killing his entire family except for Sasuke to prevent them from staging a coup.
  • Break the Cutie: He witnessed and was traumatized by the Third Shinobi World War at just four years old.
  • Broken Ace: He's one of the most talented shinobi in the setting but 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 Mangekyou 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. Unfortunately, his trait of keeping people at arm's length, including comrades, along with his sight of horrors and tragedies meant he tried to do everthing by himself without trusting others. His plan backfired big time and his resurrection shows that he has realized his shortcomings in this.
  • 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. Also Hiruzen affirm 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.
  • Characterization Marches On: He going from a somber sadist who brutalized Sasuke and Kakashi both physically and mentally and was ok with Kisame cutting off Naruto's limbs who killed his clan For the Evulz to a secret hero who killed his clan to prevent war, non violent and had cared for his brother deeply. Let's not even get into when Itachi develops a witty sense of humor after his resurrection as a Edo Tensei ninja.
  • The Chessmaster: Itachi executed a complex plan intended to put a stop to "Madara/Tobi" — who he believed responsible for the Nine-Tails attack and who helped him slaughter the Uchiha Clan. To accomplish this he joined the Akatsuki to keep a tab on Tobi's activities, manipulated Sasuke into giving in to the Curse of Hatred to get him to awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan, kill him and take his eyes to gain the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, kill "Madara" to fully avenge the Uchiha Clan and save the world, and return to Konoha a hero. In case "Madara" got to Sasuke first, he implanted an Amaterasu into Sasuke that would trigger at the sight of his Sharingan and implanted a crow with Shisui Uchiha's Mangekyo into Naruto that would activate at the sight of his own Mangekyo — intending to have it brainwash Sasuke as a last resort. Subverted in that nearly everything he planned or wanted to accomplish failed hideously.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When he confronts Sasuke, he drops the stoic facade and shouts. 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.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted like his partner. He is fully loyal only to Konoha and to his younger brother Sasuke. However, while he was a spy he managed to betray the Uchiha clan (along with the personal betrayal of his parents), Danzo (blackmailing him that if he will tries to do something with Sasuke, he will disclose information about the Konoha to other countries), and Akatsuki (as a double agent for Konoha). He also was later ready partially do it in regards to Sasuke, as he considered Sasuke's free will an acceptable sacrifice for good of the Konoha.
  • 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. Justified since his stamina is pretty awful and the degenerate disease he later gains makes it worse.
  • 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. Seeing plenty of death, especially that of your comrades, at such a young age would do that to you.
  • 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: His fight against Kakashi, over in literally three seconds and the subsequent battle with Sasuke.
  • 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.
  • Dark Secret: See Awful Truth above.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially after his resurrection, since he doesn't have to pretend to be emotionless anymore, so his real personality is more apparent.
  • Death Seeker: He intentionally made his little brother hate him so one day he could be brought to justice for his crimes by the hand of another Uchiha. His Survivor Guilt also played a part.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: 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.
  • 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 seem 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. A large part of it was due to his lack of trusting other people,
  • 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.
  • Doom Magnet: Danzo's arc words in the Itachi Shinden Novels.
    "Chaos will follow you throughout your life."
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • By Naruto: even though Itachi can be directly responsible for what happened with Sasuke, Naruto doesn't give him any crap.
    • Justified, in that considering the circumstances Itachi had to deal with, it's really hard for anyone to hold a grudge. Sasuke was mentally unbalanced from learning that Itachi still loved him and at the point was just looking for another target to direct his rage at. For Naruto, the massacre happened because Itachi wanted to protect Konoha, and that and everything afterwards was ultimately desperate attempts to protect Sasuke. While Naruto clearly and firmly disagreed with his methods, he did not disagree with his intent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Exposition Beam: Using genjutsu to display images and memories in the mind, he does this twice with Sasuke. The first time, to reveal the history of Madara Uchiha and reveal his inner "true self". The second time, when he revealed the truth to Sasuke, he showed him his memories before and during the Uchiha Massacre.
  • 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.
  • Family Honor: He seems to have cared about this. Apparently this was all Danzo led him to believe he could save of his family, that and Sasuke's life, given the choice between preventing the Uchiha rebellion under the cover of massacre and letting a civil war begin that would destroy all of Konoha, he made the choice that at least salvaged his family honor since Itachi felt that his clan would lose all the honor they had ever had by betraying the village.
  • 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.
      • The anime expands on his past and showed he even had a girlfriend of sorts and comrades back when he was younger. He ends up losing them fairly early on and it's implied this also played a part in his overly self-reliant nature. He may not have wanted anyone else to die.
    • His obsession with keeping Sasuke away from the truth, as it spurs him to constantly deceive and manipulate his younger brother. As a result, Sasuke is driven towards revenge against Konoha because Sasuke sees the village made his brother suffer. Itachi corrects this flaw spending his final moment while reincarnated admitting the truth and his feelings to Sasuke.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • His childhood was during the Shinobi World War and he was traumatized by it (Quote Tobi: "For a child, war is hell."), so he grew up to be a man who values peace above anything else. Above anything else. And then, you know the story. Then again, unlike some of the other Freudian Excuse-inspired villains, he was forced into the situation, albeit because Danzo knew about that part of his personality.
    • The anime expands on it to where we saw he was on Team 2 and saw the death of one comrade and the trauma caused his other comrade (amongst other reasons) to retire from Shinobi life. This understandably probably made things worse.
  • Gambit Roulette: Itachi planned to push Sasuke to awaken the Mangekyou Sharingan, tell him about "Madara", and die fighting him so that the Uchiha Clan could be avenged. After that Sasuke was to take his eyes and kill "Madara" with the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan 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.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Revealed in the filler arc about Itachi's childhood and hinted in the books it's adapted from, despite his 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 suffered from a lack of stamina.
  • 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:
    • When he died the first time, he smiled and said:
    Itachi: "Sorry, Sasuke. There won't be a next time."
    • Once again, on his second death:
    Itachi: "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 a mental loop until Kabuto is able accept his true self. The jutsu comes at the cost of one of his eyes and was meant as a counter for the Izanagi, a genjutsu that changed the reality of the user.
  • Happiness in Slavery: The ultimate fate he prepared for Sasuke. He left Shisui's eye inside Naruto which would activate if Sasuke, possessing Itachi's eyes, were to become a threat to Konoha and would cast him into a genjutsu to protect the village instead. He had to use Shisui's eye on himself instead after Kabuto resurrects him with Edo Tensei which helped Itachi regain control of his body.
  • 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.
    • Anime makes this even worse, his girlfriend was one of the first people he targeted... because he loved her. His final act was to put her in a genjutsu to let her experience them growing old togther.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: He does this to himself using the chakra-crow he implanted in Naruto. That was an accident, though. It was intended for Sasuke as an absolute last resort. Itachi didn't count on being revived as a mind-controlled zombie. And since It Only Works Once, his plan was ruined.
  • Heel Realization: At the very least in his relationship with Sasuke. 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 and do not hide the truth from him.
  • Hellfire: With his right Mangekyō eye he could use Amaterasu, igniting whatever he looked at with inextinguishable black flames that would burn anything, including fire itself. It was noted by Jiraiya that these flames could even burn the Mountain Toad that could breathe fire itself.
  • 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. Not that he's precisely heroic.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Itachi might not be what he appeared to be at the outset, but there's still the fact calling him "one of the good guys" (that other characters loves speak) is quite a stretch. While Itachi killed the Uchiha family to prevent a devastating civil war (although wholesale genocide as a peacekeeping measure is rather fucked up, too) rather than simply as a way to test his own powers, he made some rather complicated decisions regarding sparing his little brother Sasuke; rather than simply kill him, Itachi decided to spare his life and try and make Sasuke hate him enough that he could commit Suicide by Cop later to turn Sasuke into a hero and let him live free of the shadow-conflict that consumed their family. Unfortunately, he did this by inflicting horrific Mind Rape upon Sasuke on the night of the massacre and later on, emotionally crippling Sasuke for the rest of his life, and Itachi's eventual suicide at Sasuke's hands was implied to be just as much for Konoha's sake and his own self-loathing as it was out of any affection for Sasuke. Unsurprisingly, a lifetime conditioned into obsessive hatred for his brother to the exclusion of all else means Sasuke goes completely batshit insane once Itachi's gone and Tobi gives him a slanted account of Itachi's life, but Itachi turns out to have had a plan for this; using Sasuke's erstwhile best friend Naruto as the delivery system, if Sasuke failed to become the hero Itachi wanted him to be, Itachi left behind a posthumous genjutsu that would brainwash Sasuke into protecting Konoha with his dead best friend's mind-controlling eye. While he is depicted as a man who made many sacrifices and tough choices, Itachi is still dangerously close to just being a Manipulative Bastard with an Omniscient Morality Licence. When he was revived via Edo Tensei, he eventually acknowledged that he was wrong, and realized that the most he could do was hope Naruto would fix everything.
  • 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. His childhood truama also made him a pacifist yet he knew he was going to need to do violence.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Itachi regularly used Sharingan Genjutsu. Through eye contact, he could suggest thoughts and actions to a target, coercing them to divulge information or act in a particular way, potentially without the target's awareness. He defeated Deidara in this manner. He hypnotized a women into luring away Jiraiya when he and Kisame went after Naruto. He also had Kabuto reveal the hand signs of cancelling the Edo Tensei Jutsu. Ao noted that Itachi was the only person who could use his genjutsu to control other individuals outside the range of even the Sensor Division.
  • 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. He still wanted to wear Sasuke down enough in order to release Orochimaru and to rid Sasuke from the cursed seal. He also knew he was going to die in that fight, one way or another.
  • Incest Is Relative: It's mentioned that one of the people Itachi killed in the Uchiha Clan Massacre was his lover. Given that only members of the Uchiha Clan were killed, this person had to have been a relative, most likely a cousin. (It's possible, even probable, that she was Itachi's fiancee, in an Arranged Marriage.)
  • 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 a 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 Konoha, he's happy to have been able to help the village again, and trusting Naruto to save Sasuke from the wrong path.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Defense: Counter Shuriken Rain fires a volley of insanely accurate shuriken.
  • Ineffectual Loner: His Fatal Flaw. He didn't put trust in anyone and relied solely on himself. His ultimate goal fails completely due to his belief that he was the only one who needed to suffer the burden of the Uchiha Clan's darkness. Later on, he admits to Naruto that if he had been willing to share the pain and let others help him, especially Sasuke, things would have worked out much better than they did.
  • 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 Konoha, 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: His Fatal Flaw, as expected from an Uchiha, even if he shows it in different ways than some of the others.
    • He believed that he alone (and he alone) could fix everything, every time. He admitted this after his death.
    • 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).
  • Jerkass Façade: He doomed himself to a life of being hated by his only remaining family, who he truly loved all along, along with the stigma of being a missing-nin AND part of an evil organisation, all while hating violence and combat, and was ordered to kill his family in order to prevent another war from breaking out but he spared Sasuke. His actions were partly motivated out of love for Sasuke, and he put on a cold emotionless front acting like he just wanted to kill Sasuke and take his eyes (which wasn't true) and unfortunately Sasuke only found out about Itachi's true intentions after Itachi died.
  • Just Following Orders: The excuse given to his atrocities by everyone, in and out of universe.
  • 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 of Cerebus: First thing we learn about him is that he killed the entire Uchiha clan save Sasuke for reasons of his own, then abandoned the village to join Akatsuki. And when he first appeared in Konoha with his partner Kisame to capture Naruto. He and Kisame easily defeated Kurenai, Asuma, and Kakashi, sending the last in hospital. 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.
  • 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, after his resurrection 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.
  • Making a Splash: With Water Release, Itachi could perform the advanced Water Dragon Bullet Technique without an external water source, as well as shape existing water into tendrils to strike his opponents from behind.
  • Manly Tears:
    • The night of the Massacre when he ran from Sasuke having attempted to kill him.
    • He wept in grief when he had to murder his parents.
  • Master of Illusion: One of the best genjutsu users in the manga. The only ones that compare to (or exceed) him 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: With his left Mangekyō eye he can use Tsukuyomi, an extremely powerful genjutsu that distorts the victim's perception of time to make seconds of torture seem like days.
  • 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 himself: "The village does have its dark side and inconsistencies. But I'm still the Leaf's Itachi Uchiha."
    • Ironically, it was this attitude that makes him an inheritor of the legacy of the First and Second Hokages. More than one character (and fan, for that matter) has expressed the sentiment that, had things been different, Itachi probably would've one day been named Hokage.
  • 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 exploit the opportunity of a fractured Kohona.
  • 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 at how good he was.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Multiple times he has pulled jutsu or items right out of nowhere. 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.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: What Itachi was saying when he warned Naruto not to take on everything by himself, or he'll risk ending up like Tobi and himself.
  • No More Lies: As the Edo Tensei jutsu is deactivated, he confesses everything to Sasuke and assures him that he really does love his little brother unconditionally.
  • 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 Different: With Kabuto. Both were spies that pretended to be people they were not and held valuable secrets. They both worked hard to acquire power to meet their goals. While Itachi died lying to himself believing he could accomplish everything with his own strength, he tries to help Kabuto realize the mistake in seeking strength and ignoring his true self.
  • 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: 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reactions to Kirin during his final fight with Sasuke and, later, to Sage Mode 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 planned 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!
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His default expression outside of flashbacks, only breaking it the moment before his death when he pokes Sasuke a final time. Not a case when he's brought back as an edo tensei as he acts more like himself.
  • 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 Mangekyou 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, whom 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, which would have led to civil war and potentially another shinobi war. He also antagonizes 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 one of the few 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 Mangekyou 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.
  • The Reveal: Being under orders from the village to slay the Uchiha clan was a surprising revelation and also shifted Sasuke's revenge motives to destroying the Leaf Village.
  • 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-Duplication: He integrated crows into clones of himself that would draw opponents' attacks. He was likewise able to create shadow clones which could lure in opponents before exploding.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his clan to prevent them from starting a civil war with the village.
  • Self-Sacrifice Scheme: The Uchiha Massacre was this. Itachi took responsibility for the murder of the Uchiha clan to prevent the breakout of a shinobi war. In doing so, making his brother hate him to prevent him from finding out the truth.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Uchiha Clan Downfall, at least from Itachi's point of view. He carried it out in the hopes of preventing a possible Fourth War. A Fourth War did end up happening and, as if to drive the point further, it was triggered by the same person who helped him do it. Itachi himself seems to be aware of his failure.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His father took him to the Third Shinobi World 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. One could trace many of Itachi's neurosis and problems from having seen the devastation of warfare at such a young age.
  • 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. In chronological order, the Uchiha clan's plan to revolt against Konoha, Danzo's plan of taking over Konoha, Orochimaru's plan of stealing Itachi's Sharingan eyes and later preventing him from taking over Sasuke's body, Team 7's attempts to rehabilitate Sasuke (in order to preemptively foil any plans Danzo might have after the Third Hokage's death), a failed attempt to foil Akatsuki's plans as The Mole and also a failed attempt to foil Tobi's plan to brainwash Sasuke. Even the resurrected Itachi foils Kabuto's plans by sealing the resurrected Nagato, and then traps Kabuto himself in an infinite loop. He also foils his own plans for Sasuke multiple times by needlessly messing up with an already vengeful Sasuke's mind.
  • Start of Darkness: The Itachi Shinden Novels tells the story of how a four year old Itachi is motivated and becomes a ninja up to the point of the Uchiha Massacre. The story begins with Itachi's dream of becoming Hokage and ridding the world of fighting and concludes with Itachi's deciding to draw in all the fighting and darkness into his heart, so he could make Sasuke the hero who struck down the darkness.
  • Stealth Mentor: In a very perverse manner he was one for Sasuke. He made Sasuke hate him so much that he would spend his entire life training to get strong enough to kill him, informed him of "Madara" and how to obtain the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan before his death, and implanted an Amaterasu into him to protect him from Tobi. His methods were a little harsher than most of the other examples, but he got the job done... too bad what Sasuke decided to do with this power, really.
  • 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.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His genjutsu was so powerful he could Mind Control others without making eye contact with them. A portion of the anime is spent detailing how the main character learned how to counter this kind of technique, only for it to be revealed that Itachi's version can't be countered the normal way. And that's before he brings out his trump card which just happens to be equipped with a shield that can counter almost any attack, and a sword which can trap the victim in a world of eternal drunken dreams!
  • The Strategist: So good that all his fights degrade into well-oiled choreographs eventually.
  • Suicide by Cop: 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.
  • 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.
  • Survivor Guilt: He spared Sasuke from the Massacre because he loved his little brother and also to be judged and defeated by Sasuke's hand since he believed only an Uchiha should pass justice.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: The Uchiha Clan Massacre wasn't for his villainous motives but revealed to have been done to prevent a civil war that quite likely would have triggered the Fourth Shinobi World War. Not to mention Itachi was pretty shaken by the whole ordeal.
  • 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 Mangekyou 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...
  • Telepathy: Using genjutsu, Itachi can communicate with people in the mind. Such as when he and Naruto had a talk about Sasuke and he gave Naruto Shisui's Sharingan.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He attempts this. His plan revolves around Sasuke killing him as retribution for his crimes. Due to his life threatening illness he is already dying, when the final confrontation with his brother occurs. The whole point of his actions are to redeem the Uchiha clan and to allow his brother to be seen as a hero for killing him after he massacred the Uchiha clan. It fails spectacularly. He also set up a postmortem trap to kill the Big Bad and stop him from spilling his secrets. This also fails. He also set up another postmortem contingency plan to brainwash Sasuke to protect Konoha in the event he turned evil. This also fails. His Plan C is apparently "trust Naruto". This succeeds.
  • Tough Love: In the most extreme and twisted way possible. He comes to regret it later.
  • Tragic Villain: His love for his village and family tore him apart when he was forced to pick a side, and he was shaped into a villain in order to bear the responsibility and safety of his brother.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: He awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan after witnessing the suicide of his best friend, Shisui Uchiha, shortly before the Uchiha Clan Massacre. In the Itachi Shinden novels, when he was eight, he witnessed his teammate Tenma Izumi killed by Tobi, which awakened his Sharingan at the two tomoe stage shortly after.
  • Trying Not to Cry: In the Itachi Shinden Novels, Itachi believed crying was a weakness and wouldn't allow himself to shed tears in front of others since the day he shed tears at the sight of corpses on the battlefield he witnessed when he was four years old. Despite attempting to hold back his tears; he cries during his final moments with Shisui and his parents, and when he flees from Sasuke the night of the Uchiha massacre.
  • Tsundere: Type B. When he was a kid, to Izumi.
  • Undying Loyalty: Uchiha Itachi will never betray Konoha, not even after death.
  • The Un-Favourite: 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, in regards to Sasuke, as he considered Sasuke's free will an acceptable sacrifice, after realizing that his brother may have fallen too far to save.
  • Unintentional Backup Plan: Just before he dies, he plants a mysterious crow inside of Naruto with the message, "I hope you never have to use it." Jump to the Fourth Shinobi World War where Itachi has been revived as a zombie under the enemy's control. He and Naruto fight, that crow appears, and suddenly Itachi is on the good guys' side. Itachi explains that the crow contained a pre-prepared genjutsu that would hypnotized whoever saw it to protect Konoha, programmed to only to respond to the presence of Itachi's eyes. The plan was that if Sasuke decided to turn on the Leaf and use Itachi's eyes to power himself up, the genjutsu would turn him good. However, now in control of himself, Itachi can work to undo the resurrections and talk some sense into Sasuke personally.
  • 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 Breakdown: He has a rather frightening one during his fight with Sasuke. When he finally reveals his reason for sparing Sasuke, he flips out into a maniacal, almost psychotic scream session, sharply contrasting his usual stoic behavior. It's later revealed, however, that the entire breakdown was purely an act.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Legacy: He was once claimed to be Konoha's worst villain by a group of Konoha shinobi. His legacy was so powerful that several years later, Shin Uchiha took after Itachi and sought to avenge his death against Sasuke. Itachi's legacy was also praised by Danzo who considered him the perfect shinobi willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Sasuke also believed Itachi choosing to take such a legacy meant he was the true Hokage choosing to embrace the village's darkness at the cost of his own self, which motivated Sasuke to bring forth revolution against the ninja system and embracing darkness until Naruto convinced him otherwise.
  • Villain Respect: Itachi's interactions with Naruto have been quite polite for an antagonist, and he ends up giving a smile when Naruto declares that he will bring back Sasuke to Konoha. As well, he acknowledges Might Guy's Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass credentials, escaping as soon as the latter shows up when he and Kisame first show up in the series. This may be a complicated example, though, since he's not exactly a villain in the full sense of the word.
  • Visible Silence: Probably 75% of Itachi's dialogue consists of this. He's a bit more talkative when he's revived as a zombie. Probably because he doesn't have to pretend to be evil anymore.
  • 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. It becomes deeper post-timeskip, presumably due to having grown a bit more.
  • 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 Just Following Orders 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. He also experienced it at four years old, which is what helped make him into what he was.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Why he's an Anti-Villain. He might have had the best of intentions, but genocide is genocide.
  • 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: In several ways, but the ways in which he's wise cause him a severe lack in other types of intellect.
    • 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 the brutal effects of the Shinobi World War when he was only four years old and causing him to become a pacifist. Searching for a way for peace, 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.
    • Deconstructed at the same time. Despite having a much greater understanding of what was needed to be done and a desire for peace, this intellectual isolation led to him gaining the attitude of having to do everything by himself. This inabiity to trust others became his Fatal Flaw and despite utilizing his intelligence and wisdom in several back-up plans, they all failed and fell apart due to his inability to trust other people to help with plans or even to explain matters to them. After his resurrection, he fully acknowledges his folly and entrusts Naruto to help bring Sasuke from his abyss of insanity and hatred.
      • The anime expands on this, having had teammates and even a girlfriend. His team fell apart when he was young when one died and the whole truamatic ordeal was the last straw for his other teammate and caused her to retire. Furthermore, while he did love his girlfriend, he still priortized his mission and killed her first (though she was offed in the anime by Tobi.)
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Up to and including his own mother.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His beatings and mind-rapes on Sasuke qualify him as this. Also Danzo implied that there were other children besides Sasuke in the clan, whom he too killed.
  • You Are What You Hate: Vividly believed this at one point in his life, but then forgave and accepted himself for who he was and acknowledged his mistakes in death. His own experience with self hatred and forgiveness caused him to see the error in Kabuto's ways, which motivated him to help Kabuto learn his mistakes.
  • 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), René García (Latin America)

I knew that from the first time I had to kill my comrades… Kill a Kiri ninja as a Kiri ninja. What does that make me? Am I a friend or foe? What is my purpose and my position? Where do I go? Where can I go? I'm well aware that my entire life has been one giant lie.

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.
  • Adapted Out: Is omitted from the first live theater adaptation, though he does feature in the second.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being prominently featured in promotional material for the second live theater adaptation, he doesn't play much of a role in the actual show.
  • 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 any more information as a last act of loyalty to his comrades in Akatsuki.
    Kisame: "You were right... Itachi-san... it seems that... in the end... I'm not so terrible after all."
  • Animal Motifs: His shark-like attributes carried over into techniques, for he even shaped his Water Release attacks into sharks.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Energy Absorption, Samehada can absorb anyone's chakra, including that of the 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.
  • 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!
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: As a mist ninja, Kisame was to guard the Cypher Division under orders from his superior. When the group was cornered by Konoha-nin during a mission, Kisame chose to kill the Cypher Division members to keep their intel from being leaked out through Ibiki's interrogation, as instructed by his superior. This started his streak of missions of killing ninja from his own village until he grew sick of it. He eventually became a missing-nin when the Land of Water sought him for plotting to overthrow its government and being involved in numerous assassinations that included another country's daimyō.
  • Blood Knight: Kisame is a rare mix of this and Affably Evil: he may be polite, but he also has a great love of fighting and mutilating his opponents. When he was told that he needed to capture Naruto alive, he suggested cutting off his legs so he couldn't get away and would be easier to carry. While the databooks mention who characters want to fight, his entry says "anyone". And all this despite his role being an espionage agent
  • The Brute: Serves this role in the Akatsuki up until Pain dies. Then he becomes The Dragon.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted. He is loyal enough to his partner Itachi and Akatsuki, and fanatically devoted to Tobi. 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In his final battle, he demonstrated this trait. After preparing a scroll containing vital intel, he was found out by enemies and attempted to flee. Knowing he couldn't escape, he summoned a shark to carry the message, only to be intercepted. So he summoned a few hundred spares to distract the enemy before personally launching a massive attack. When all of that failed and he was captured, he had his own summons kill him, ending the threat... until his intel scroll turned out to be a trap that held his enemies still while a new shark summon made a run for it with the intel.
  • 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.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He bit through his tongue, trapped himself in a water prison, and summoned three sharks which he let eat him alive so that he wouldn't divulge any information on Akatsuki to the good guys.
  • 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, the Samehada is capable of detecting and absorbing chakra. However, it seems to be unable to automatically absorb ambient chakra, judging by the fact that all instances in which it has used the ability have either been when the opponent had a visible aura around them or when direct physical contact had already been established. When Samehada absorbs chakra, its scales grow and it slowly begins to unwrap itself, revealing a mouth with several rows of shark-like teeth. Samehada is extremely proficient in absorbing Tailed Beast chakra to the point where Killer Bee was drained from Version 2 State into merely having a few tails in Version 1. When fused with Samehada, his chakra absorption is enhanced further during physical contact.
    • It later turns out several of his jutsu allow him to absorb chakra even without Samehada's help, as seen when grabbing Samehada and even reversing the effect of Aoba Yamashiro's paralysing technique.
  • 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.
  • Faking the Dead: After his original seeming death by decapitation, it was revealed 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Before he gives himself to be eaten by sharks he's smiling.
  • Gradual Grinder: His preferred method of taking down powerful foes.
  • Hidden Depths: From the first glance he seems the usual The Brute from Akatsuki who does not care about anything but a good fight. However, in the end he turned out a much deeper character being the one of the few who knew the true purpose of Akatsuki and also being the one of the few in Akatsuki who showing true devotion to his comrades even committing suicide in order to not give any information he may hold to the enemy.
  • His Name Is...: When Aoba is about to see Tobi's true face by delving into the memories of an unconscious Kisame, the latter forces himself to wake up by biting through his own tongue and then commits suicide using his summoned sharks. At the time this seemed like just a ridiculous way of hiding the face from the readers (with it being beside the point that Aoba also didn't get to see it), but later it's revealed that Aoba had known Tobi for years before he assumed that identity and thus most certainly would have recognized the face as Obito Uchiha and thus prematurely exposed one of the biggest plot twists in the entire story.
  • Hungry Weapon: Samehada can absorb chakra and use it to add to Kisame's own.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Kisame met Itachi while he was in his early teens and Kisame was in his mid twenties, and yet, they get along very well. Especially for Akatsuki partners, who kind of have a reputation for bickering.
  • 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.
      • 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. And even this lie was being manipulated by the lies of Black Zetsu.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He barely reacts at all when Killer Bee throwing a sword into his shoulder, apparently just because it would have gone even further in if Samehada hadn't eaten the chakra the blade was enhanced by. Likewise, his reaction shortly afterward to Killer Bee launching an attack so strong it smash through Samehada and blew open his chest was to calmly let his opponent know this surprised him before Samehada fused with him to heal his injuries.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Believe it or not but Itachi is this for him. While Kisame enjoying the battles and don't mind to fight with any opponent Itachi is one of the few who can stop him from holding senseless violence to make him leave the battlefield.
  • 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-Handed Zweihänder: He wield his massive swords (Samehada) only one-handed.
  • One-Winged Angel: Can fuse with Samehada.
  • Red Baron: As a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, Kisame was given the title of "Monster of the Hidden Mist".
  • Self-Duplication: He was capable of utilizing the water clone jutsu.
  • 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 Tobi 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 Tobi.
  • Threatening Shark: His face, attacks and more.
  • Tragic Villain: He grew up during "Bloody Mist Village". He never felt as though he had a place or knew who he truly was as he was often ordered to undertake gruesome missions such as killing his own comrades because his boss Fuguki ordered him to protect information above even the lives of his comrades. This experience caused him to develop a guilt that lasted until just before his death, causing him to believe he was a worthless and terrible person. Later on, he discovered Fuguki, a man who he respected and trusted was actually intel to enemies and therefore he had to kill him. As such, he came to the conclusion that his entire life has been a lie that in turn motivated him to help Tobi in completing the Eye of the Moon plan because of his own disillusionment with the world he lived in.
  • 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 bids him a fond farewell when Itachi goes to die against Sasuke.
  • Villainous Valour: Kisame may be Blood Knight kidnapper that thinks nothing of cutting limbs off Jinchuuriki so they can't get away, but when he backed into a corner, rather than let his enemies forcibly read his mind, he bites off his own tongue to end the mind reading, and commits suicide and all in order to not give any information he may hold to the enemy.
  • 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 (or so we were led to believe) 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).

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. The white Zetsu 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 Shinobi World War, Zetsu is the main source of Tobi's army. Ultimately original White Zetsu was killed by Sasuke Uchiha in order to test out his Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan.

His hobby is observing unique shinobi.
Favorite phrase: "Independence unbending" which means "The only one you can count on is yourself".

  • Ancient Conspiracy: In Naruto Gaiden, Sasuke learns that the White Zetsu army was created a very long time ago, even before the ninjas existed. Leading to the fact that whoever created them is probably another enemy of Kaguya's level or stronger somewhere in the world. Later, it turns out they really were created by Kaguya, but only so she would stand a chance against the stronger foe.
  • Artificial Human: One of an army of artificial soldiers created from the cells of the First Hokage or so we were led to believe.
  • Blatant Lies: "Tobi is a good boy!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: White is more prone to bizarre thoughts and actions than Black, sometimes downright stupid, such as bursting into the meeting room of the five Kages to announce Sasuke broke in and giving away Taka's cover - albeit on Obito's orders. Tobi has a nagging curiosity for bowel movements out of wonder what such a function would be like if he had it. No Social Skills, indeed.
  • Combat Commentator: He plays this role during the battle between Itachi and Sasuke.
  • The Dragon: To Tobi. He's been working with Tobi much longer than most of Akatsuki. Ironic, given Tobi's first appearance made him look like Zetsu's underling, but it possibly was to cover him. And also Co-Dragons with Pain and Kisame before their deaths.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared after the climax of Naruto and Sasuke's duel, noting that he found the fight interesting.
  • Energy Absorption: White Zetsu can drain chakra through physical contact.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Until Tobi's flashback and later clarification by Black Zetsu, nobody really knows what his deal is, except being one of the few that knows the truth about Tobi.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Looks like plant seeds.
  • Fusion Dance: The White Zetsu can combine to create a hideous gigantic plant monster.
  • Green Thumb: Can merge with the earth and even burrow underground, masking his chakra altogether and allowing him to tunnel around undetected at extreme speeds.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: White Zetsu only has the left half of his body.
  • Hive Mind: The White Zetsu Clones all share one mind that they link through a system of underground roots; once linked they instantly share information with each other. Although the original has his own, singular mind.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A cannibalistic Man-Eating Plant who can move seamlessly within the earth, grass and trees and has black and white halves which differ in personality and which can split from each other physically, with the white half capable of making clones of himself in a process akin to a fungal parasite. It's revealed that he and his brethren were once humans who were assimilated by Kaguya.
  • I'm a Humanitarian/Man-Eating Plant: Disposes of corpses by eating them. His favorite food is even listed as chewy people.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • In regards with Tobi:
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Zetsu's clone of Kisame was decapitated in the middle of Calling His Attack.
  • Killed Off for Real: The original White Zetsu gets offed by Sasuke, though he still has plenty of clones running about.
  • Laughably Evil: Not to the extent like Hidan, Deidara or Tobi but he's still has some funny moments.
  • Literal Split Personality: The black half and white half are actually very separate entities that talk to each other.
  • Mana Drain: He can drain chakra from those he touches, as well as give it through the same method.
  • Me's a Crowd: He's one of an army of 100,000 White Zetsu, and he can create copies of himself.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Subverted. Nobody knew who he was or what he wanted the first time he showed up in the series but it soon became clear he belonged to Akatsuki.
  • Non-Action Guy: White Zetsu is not terribly powerful, with Tobi even referring to him as not a front line fighter. Black Zetsu on the other hand...
  • Number Two: He is for Tobi in the Akatsuki.
  • Plant Person: Has several plant like appendages, and has many plant characteristics.
  • Talking to Themself: White and Black Zetsu talk to each other and frequently argue.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Had this dynamic with Black Zetsu, and before him with Tobi.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can make himself into a perfect double of a person after absorbing their chakra.
  • Was Once a Man: It's revealed that White Zetsu was once a human who was changed by the first Infinite Tsukuyomi.

    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. He 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.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War Black Zetsu was defeated by Naruto and the Mizukage's squad while attempting to assassinate the daimyos and disappears for most of the war.
  • The Ageless: Given that he lived more than a thousand years he clearly is this.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Although he's The Dragon to Kaguya, Black Zetsu is the direct planner responsible for much of the turmoil faced in the world: 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: After the defeat Obito is about to use Rinne Tensei, doing the same thing that Nagato did, 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 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. Furthermore, he manipulated countless individuals throughout the centuries all for his ends. He started with manipulating Indra from the start and began all the way since.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed gigantic number of people for the implementation of his plan but the most recent examples this Obito whom he forced fully to resurrect Madara and himself Madara whom he brutally murders to use as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. She appears to be the one and only person he's loyal to.
  • The Corrupter: He convinced Haguromo's son Indra to turn against his own family after his brother Ashura was declared the successor and was already a large influence on him beforehand. He would continue to do the same to Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan.
  • Dark Is Evil: Black Zetsu is a pitch-black shadow thing responsible for all of the suffering throughout ninja history.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Initially seen as just half an Akatsuki member throughout the story, when really he's been manipulating practically everything through it.
  • The Dragon: At first is seemingly this to Tobi later to Madara, but is eventually revealed to be this to Kaguya.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He is genius planner and devoted minion to Kaguya, who required him to enact the plans necessary to ready her return. Even after she regains her original form, Black Zetsu has to handle most of the planning, with her having barely any idea how to strategize against the heroes without him. As if to prove this stance further after the heroes succeed in sealing Kaguya away Naruto makes sure to hunt Black Zetsu down and seal him in the new moon as well in order to prevent him from resurrecting Kaguya at a later point and to end her threat once and for all.
  • 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: When Obito dies of Kaguya's attack and Naruto trying to save him, Black Zetsu asks why he does it after all Obito was their enemy.
  • Evil Gloating: He really likes to gloat.
    • In particular when he backstabs Madara before using him for Kaguya's resurrection, he laughs at him and says that he has always been a pawn for her resurrection.
    • Later when he sucks chakra out Naruto and Sasuke, he says to them how his plan occurred without any visible reason except to boast.
    • And at the time of death Obito, he spends an incredible amount of time for laughing and bullying at him that in turn leads into a frenzied Naruto tearing him off Kaguya's arm and pressing him to the ground.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Black Zetsu has a deep voice.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: For most of the series, though his voice changes after Kaguya's revival.
  • Evil Plan: 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.
  • Gambit Roulette: His whole plan to revive Kaguya is one big Gambit Roulette. First he caused Indra's betrayal of Ashura in order to start the Uchiha-Senju feud. Then he edited the Sage of the Six Paths' tablet in order to make the Uchiha Clan his pawns. Then he watched over both brothers reincarnations in hopes of finding someone that would be able to awaken the Rinnegan: Madara. Note  From there, he had to rely on Madara creating the Moon Eye Plan in order for his plan to succeed. In the process, Madara was somehow tricked into thinking he himself created Black Zetsu. And guess what? His plan went off without a single hitch.
  • A God Am I: He verges on this, declaring boldly "I am the Land!"
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: The Reveal that he manipulated the entire shinobi story turns him basically into this.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: He mocks Obito and calls him trash because he betrayed all people around him at some point. However Black Zetsu himself betrayed gigantic number of people for the implementation of his plan and in fact he has no right call someone a traitor being most big a traitor in history.
  • Ironic Hell: All he 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.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: Most of the time he seemed only The Dragon for Madara, imagine how Madara and all the spectators were surprised when he showed that he manipulated Madara all this time for the revival his creator 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.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Despite being the culprit of almost every bad event in the world, himself he not so good fighter сompared with other antagonists of the series and more prefers to rely on other people to do the work for him.
  • Number Two: He is for Tobi in the Akatsuki.
  • 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.
  • Pride: You might expect from creature which dare to call himself "creator history".
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Type B though he is not quite human. His whole motivation in a nutshell can be described as the desire to be reunited with his mother and does not matter that due to this suffering a lot of people because they are only part of the story which he created for the revival of his mother. Naruto even lampshaded this calling him a child clinging to his mother's side even after millennia, of living.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Black Zetsu, being the manifestation of Kaguya's will, is able to take control of a person's body. he possesses Obito's near-dead body to fight Kakashi and Minato. This backfires because to Black Zetsu underestimated Obito's willpower.
  • 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.
  • Satanic Archetype: Black Zetsu is a pitch-black shadow which was born from the local a God of Evil with a view to reviving her in the future. In order to do this he convinced Haguromo's son Indra to turn against his own family after his brother Ashura was declared the successor and was already a large influence on him beforehand. Subsequently, this led to many other conflicts and the suffering for others throughout ninja history. He also was continue to do the same to Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan in order to bring The End of the World as We Know It and to revive a God of Evil.
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake: Despite being very smart and cunning, he firmly falls under this trope at the moment revival Kaguya. Due to his tendency towards underestimating his opponents, constantly love to gloat even in the moments when was more logical keep silent and his arrogance, Kaguya gets re-sealed about ten chapters later only this time he will be sealed together with her in order to he never was able to revive her again.
  • 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.
  • Underestimating Badassery: For creature which manipulated the entire ninja world he very often to underestimate his opponents: He underestimated willpower Obito, and this is a man who was able to subdue himself Ten-Tails only through willpower. This in turn allowing Obito to return control of his body. Also underestimated intelligence Naruto that allowing him several times outwit him. Finally he underestimated the whole team 7 thinking that Kaguya cope with them herself. He was wrong.
  • Villain Ball: After activating the Infinite Tsukuyomi, he backstabs Madara and uses him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection, but also showed that he knows about the seals on Naruto and Sasuke's hands that will seal Kaguya if they touch her together. So why he just not wait until Madara, will win them and already after this using him for Kaguya's resurrection. After all, the Madara better chance to beat them because he much more experienced in combat than Kaguya and he does not need to worry about these seals unlike Kaguya. But apparently he just wanted to gloat.
  • 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He does this with Madara. After activation Infinite Tsukuyomi he backstabs him and tells him that the moons eye plan was itself a lie, it's real purpose was to resurrect Kaguya and Madara now made himself the perfect vessel for her return.



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) Alejandro Orozco (Latin America) Hiruko Voice: Yutaka Aoyama (JP), JB Blanc (EN), Jesse Conde (Latin America)

Fine art is something wonderful that's left long into the future ... eternal beauty.
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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 Shinobi World 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 Ace: He is the best puppeteer in all of Suna's history. He created a lot of the puppets used in Suna and his puppets was greatly feared throughout the Third Shinobi World War as he turned the sand red with blood, giving him the nickname, "Sasori of the Red Sand". Also he was the one who killed The Third Kazekage who was originally considered to be the strongest shinobi Suna had ever produced, that technically makes him the strongest shinobi in Suna's history.
  • Adapted Out: His character is excised from the musical theater adaptation, though he is mentioned in passing.
  • 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.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The only way to kill him is destroying his core in his chest. This was lampshaded by Deidara.
    Deidara: I wouldn't be so arrogant, considering you died, Sasori... especially when your one weak point is a huge bullseye in the middle of your chest, hmmm!
  • 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.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When he defeated Kankuro, he left Kankuro to die from his poison instead of killing him immediately. This ultimately allowed Sakura create an antidote to his poison, and that in turn became the main cause of his defeat.
  • Broken Ace: He is one of the most talented shinobi of Suna but emotionally, he is very broken. He grew up without parents; grandmother Chiyo never broke it to him that they were really dead, instead claiming they were away on mission after mission after mission. So he fills the gap by creating two puppets to replace them, but quickly realizes that wooden dolls can't take the place of real parental love. His emotional growth is stunted to that of a young teenager, which makes sense because he preserved his body to look that of his 15-year-old-self. And this is not to mention that his belief that true art was ever-lasting went as far as to conduct human experiments on himself and other ninjas and become Nukenin.
  • 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.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Sasori was ultimately messed up when he lost his parents and grew up in a sad and lonely environment due to the absence of parental love.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: 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".
  • I Let You W In: Sasori could have still prevailed over Granny Chiyo and Sakura, but instead let himself get hit by his "parent" doll's attacks so that he could feel their embrace once more. Chiyo says as much.
  • 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: He turned himself into a human puppet in order to attain eternal life and an undecaying body as part of his philosophy that "true art" resists the passing of time.
  • 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.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He dies this way. After being stabbed in the heart capsule by poisoned swords handled by his Mother and Father puppets, he continues to talk to a wounded Sakura and a severely weakened Chiyo, though he is immobilized. He then grudgingly congratulates Sakura on defeating him and gives her a parting gift: Information gathered by a spy he was supposed to meet at Tenchi Bridge. He is stopped mid-sentence while lamenting he won't be able to meet his subordinate when the poison and the damage to his heart finally catches up to him, and he dies.
  • 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.
  • Memory Gambit: 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.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His puppet the Third Kazekage's form equipped with this.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Tragic Villain: His parents died when he was very young and his grandmother kept lying to him that they were away on a mission. He grew so alone from the lack of love from his mother and father that—when Chiyo taught him the art of puppets—his first two creations were that of his Mom and Dad. But they could never replace the kindness, love, and affection that human parents could provide, which lead to the development of his twisted views on immortality, the sanctity of life, and how it was so fleeting and needed to be preserved... Cold, emotionless, stoic, and impatient with wasting time.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: LOOK at this boy!
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He had no problem with it when he had tried to kill Sakura and Chiyo.
  • 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), Jesús 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!"

  • Achilles' Heel: Since all of his explosives were earth-based, they were vulnerable to lightning, and most could thereby be defused with lightning-based attacks.
  • 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.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He would often boast about his works of art, even towards his opponents in battle. Deidara's pride as an artist makes him simply unwilling to accept that anything could defeat it, leading to his abandonment of strategy during his battle with Sasuke Uchiha in the end.
  • 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!
  • Batman Gambit:
    • He pulls one to capture Gaara: he realizes the sand Gaara is attacking with is the one he has the most control over, so when Gaara rips Deidara's arm off he has the living clay inside said arm crawl inside this sand. He then sends a huge bomb towards the Sand Village so Gaara has to send most of his sand to withhold the blast, forcing Gaara to block his next attack with his best sand, has the clay he left inside that sand crawling into the center of Gaara's sand sheild, then detonates them.
    • Also making another one in battle with Sasuke: He uses "C4" to kill him but he also knows that the Uchiha may use genjutsu to protect himself from it. So Deidara checks the area by using his left eye, which he trained to cancel out any genjutsu casted on him by the Sharingan, and creates a clay clone to lure Sasuke into a position that would allow him to use "C4."
  • 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. Bonus points for the fact that this is what got him enrolled in the Akatsuki in the first place. He did NOT want to be a member at all.
    • 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.
  • Body Horror: See Too Many Mouths below.
  • Breakout Villain: Deidara ranked 3rd in one official character popularity poll shortly after his debut, just one rank above Naruto. He also ranked higher than any other member of Akatsuki (though at the point that poll was taken, only about half of Akatsuki's members were formally introduced). Unfortunately, he dies half way through Part II.
  • 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. Despite this, he is a very formidable individual.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Art is a blast!" Doubles as his Famous Last Words.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His murderous hatred for Itachi, and eventually Sasuke, was because they didn't appreciate his art.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Deidara versus Gaara could have been much more one sided with the odds heavily against Gaara had it not been for the fact that Deidara was trying to capture Gaara, not kill him and expressly doesn't use many powerful bombs against him. When he goes up against Sasuke, whom he doesn't need to take alive, he uses powerful explosives while trying to kill him.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: Even when lost both hands and had just a kunai, no one could stop him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His bombs were made of clay and thus susceptible to the same vulnerabilities as other earth ninjutsu.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He used a jutsu which transformed him in a Fantastic Nuke in his fight with Sasuke, who had no intent to kill Deidara. Deidara didn't kill himself for a Heroic Sacrifice or Taking You with Me, but to spite the Uchiha and make himself his final work of art.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: On the bad end of it. Deidara's entire fighting style is based on an Earth-style jutsu, rendering it easily neutralized by Lightning-style jutsu, which Sasuke unfortunately specializes in. Deidara still nearly wins.
  • 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).
  • Faux Affably Evil: He just as loud as Hidan and more flamboyant, yet he is stated by Pain to have joined Akatsuki only for shits and giggles. In fact, Deidara was forced to join Akatsuki after losing a bet against Itachi. It doesn't make him any less of an example of this trope, however - while really desperately trying to pass off as a "cool" villain he has to put up a humongous effort to hide his rampant insanity. That is, until the very end.
  • 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. It's just as explosive as his art.
  • Having a Blast: Deidara possessed the Explosion Release kekkei genkai. This allowed him, by simultaneously using earth and lightning chakra natures, to give his chakra explosive qualities
  • 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 the result of a Kekkei Genkai; the Explosion Style or Explosion type jutsu (a fusion of Earth and Lightning Chakras.)
    • In fairness, his Explosive Clay techniques are only partially based on a Kekkei Genkai; the actual explosive chakra. The ability to infuse it into clay is the result of a Kinjutsu he stole from his village. By using the kinjutsu, he can mix in his Explosion style into the clay (and implied to be other materials) to create his explosive art. So while he was "blessed with good genetics," Deidara didn't stop there and took it a step further.
  • Indy Ploy: He prides himself with these, as it correlates with his belief that true art is a momentary concept.
  • It Only Works Once: His "ultimate art" C0 involves using himself as a bomb.
  • It's Personal: With his ego crushed from his defeat at the hands of Itachi's dōjutsu, Deidara carried a murderous loathing for Itachi and his sharingan for the rest of his life. Acknowledging that Itachi was a more powerful opponent, Deidara took steps during his time with Akatsuki to ensure he could get revenge on Itachi, such as training his left eye to counter genjutsu, and devising the means to create C4.
  • Kick the Dog: He luring Naruto into fighting him by confirming Gaara's first death and then sitting on Gaara's corpse in front of Naruto.
  • 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: Deidara referred to his explosive ninjutsu as art, usually quoting "Art is an Explosion!" and seeing each bomb he made to be a significant accomplishment.
  • Mad Bomber: He loved to create explosions with his clay sculptures, seeing that moment as the expression of his true art.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He takes to an extreme, even knowing that he could probably get his limbs replaced by Kakuzu or use it as part of his plan. Gaara rips his arm off and he merely grins, Kakashi sends the other arm to an alternative dimension and he barely even acknowledges it.
  • One-Man Army: He was a hired bomber who regularly compromised secured areas prior to joining the 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.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can create pseudo-atomic bombs whenever he feels like it. He can also turn himself into a bomb and explode, although obviously he can only do it once. And later after he's brought back to life as an immortal zombie, same as most of the rest of Akatsuki. He's outright stated that he can go nuclear repeatedly, as the resurrection technique allows himself to reform, though he feels it makes his art cheap.
  • Pet the Dog: Deidara respected Gaara enough to allow him to move the enormous sand he used to protect his village into the desert before kidnapping him, even going so far as to admiringly call him noble. Also, right before pulling his Taking You with Me against Sasuke, 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-Duplication: Deidara could create clones from his clay and could detonate them, which made for a deadly surprise attack.
  • 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.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He has all the subtility and grace of a Mad Bomber and appears not very bright. His tactical skills are nothing to scoff at and the Naruto databook rates him a 4.5/5 for intelligence, making him smarter then geniuses like Sasuke and Neji.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: "Art is an Explosion!"
  • Suicide Attack: As an ultimate last resort, Deidara could turn himself into a bomb by devouring explosive clay that has a large blast radius in which he calls his "Ultimate Art".
  • Super Reflexes: He possessed high reaction speed, able to avoid a high-speed blitz by Sasuke and Gaara's sand.
  • 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".
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He can summon all of his clay and use his "C4" attack, creating a massive clay golem in his image that scatters into countless microscopic bombs that, he claims, will dissolve any living being in range to dust and the most funny he can do this a few times in battle.
  • Too Many Mouths: Has mouths on his palms. And one over his heart for his Suicide Attack. It's implied that it's the result of the kinjutsu he stole from Iwa, which allows him to mould chakra into substances, such as clay.
  • 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: Enraged and driven half-mad by Sasuke's indifference to his art, Deidara released the mouth located on his chest and turned himself into a suicide bomb in a last effort to kill Sasuke.
  • 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.
  • With My Hands Tied: He loses one arm in battle with Gaara and the other blown into an alternate dimension... and still fends off Gai, Ten Ten, Lee, and Neji with just a kunai in his mouth. Later, he tries to strangle Tobi to death with his legs.

See Tobi



Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Fred Tatasciore (EN), Fernando Elegido (Spain), Dafnis Fernández (Latin America)

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"

  • Adapted Out: He and Hidan are absent in the musical theater adaptation "Song of the Akatsuki", though both are mentioned in passing.
  • 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 Baritone: His voice is EXTREMELY deep.
  • Badass Grandpa: Kakuzu is both old and powerful enough to have (barely) survived a clash with the first Hokage. And yes, when it comes to Hashirama Senju, escaping with your life IS a feat of badassery.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: As a loyal Takigakure ninja, Kakuzu took on a mission to assassinate the First Hokage. This mission, however, ended in failure against the God of Shinobi. Despite the insurmountable danger faced on the mission, what awaited his return to his village was harsh punishment with the failure of his mission. Betrayed, Kakuzu came to hold a violent hatred for Takigakure as he escaped from imprisonment. Kakuzu killed the village elders, took their hearts, and fled with knowledge of the village's most prized forbidden jutsu.
  • 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.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed and killed 4 his partners in fits of blind rage and tried several times to kill Hidan.
  • 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. Furthermore, his favorite hobby is to read old and rare books.
  • Glasgow Grin: After his mask finally comes off, seen better after his resurrection.
  • 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.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He is something of this to Hidan. They're partners and thus of equal standing, but while Kakuzu is a calculating, forward-thinking, highly competent tactician who tries to accomplish goals in the most pragmatic way possible, Hidan is a psychopathic, blood-crazed moron who relies on his immortality to compensate for his complete disregard for caution and inability to even acknowledge his limits, but he's not invincible and thus very easy to incapacitate enough to take him out of the fight. Without Kakuzu there to think for him and rescue him from his bad decisions, he would have been taken out a long, long time ago.
  • Immortality Immorality: Kakuzu stole his opponents' hearts to replace his old, failing ones (though Kakuzu declines to think of it as immortality, being more of an extended lifespan than an indefinite one, and is likely more interested in the power that gives him than the immortality).
  • 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. That being said, he did wind up nearly killing Naruto when the objective was to capture him.
  • 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. In the manga, he could also use Water-Style through his stolen heart, but it was destroyed before he could use it.
  • 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.
  • Nigh Invulnerable. Even after one of his hearts is destroyed by Kakashi, Kakuzu still manages to take an early version of the Rasenshuriken Note  and stay alive for several moments afterwards. The only one who has a better track record tanking that Jutsu without absorbing it is the third Raikage. He can also harden his skin to be harder than iron.
  • 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.
  • One-Man Army: He and Hidan single-handedly killed entire scores of Shinobi Monks, but Kakuzu takes it a step further by being a literal one-man army, being able to separate his four hearts from his body and use them as Mooks.
  • 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.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can use wind, fire and lightning elemental techniques that destroyed dwarf a forest casually.
  • Playing with Fire: His Fire Style: Searing Migraine technique.
  • Rasputinian Death: He was stabbed through the heart twice and blown up with a jutsu that essentially killed him on a cellular level. And then Kakashi had to kill him again just to make sure.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's the oldest of the Akatsuki, but keeps his youth due to his extended life-spans of the hearts he's taken. He's been around since the First Hokage, and at 91 he's even older than Madara, 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.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Hidan. Compared to most of Akatsuki's other teams, which be able to get along with one another or at least tolerate each other, they openly hate each other and do not hesitate to talk about it to each other. In fact, the only reason why they work together because Hidan's borderline immortality means that Kakuzu can't kill him when annoyed.
  • Tragic Villain: Kakuzu was once a very loyal shinobi, but at one moment he took on a mission to assassinate Hashirama Senju. This mission ended in failure and despite the insurmountable danger faced on the mission, what awaited his return to his village was the stigma and harsh punishment associated with the failure of his objective. In response Kakuzu began hate his village, since despite his loyalty and willingness to risk life on a dangerous mission, his failure was repaid with uncharacteristically harsh punishment. He responded in kind by brutally betraying his village — committing jailbreak, taking knowledge of their most valuable kinjutsu, killing all of the elders and leaving from the village, deciding to believe only in money from now on.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Downplayed, but by the time he started fighting Kakashi, Ino, and Choji he had already lost one heart because of Shikamaru's trick during the previous battle, and spent three days meditating to assist in the jutsu needed to seal the Two-Tails into the Gedo statue instead of resting. By the time he gets hit by Naruto's Rasenshuriken, he had already lost a second one. Had he not needed to take into account the other Shinobi's presence on the battlefield, Naruto may not have been able to land the attack, either.



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

  • Adapted Out: He and Kakuzu are absent in the musical theater adaptation "Song of the Akatsuki," though both are mentioned in passing.
  • 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.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His curse jutsu is very impractical. It is a highly complex technique to follow: first, Hidan must ingest the blood of an opponent, from which he must then undergo that skeleton man transformation and then draw a large Jashin marking (an upside down triangle within a circle) on the ground. So long as he's within the circle, the jutsu is active, whereas if he moves out of it the jutsu is cancelled out; which means he's now stationary. That doesn't sound so bad, right? Well, then there's the real clincher: it can only be used on one opponent at a time. That's right, after all that setup, Hidan can only inflict damage on one target, all the while remaining vulnerable to said target's teammates, who can more or less work to force him out of the circle. Oh yeah, and due to the nature of the jutsu, whatever damage Hidan wishes to inflict on the target he has to inflict on himself first; in other words, if it weren't for his immortality, he would have to kill himself just to take out one guy. Overall, the jutsu seems to only work for sadomasochists (which Hidan happens to be); otherwise there are far more efficient and effective techniques in the Naruto universe. It wouldn't be so bad if Hidan just slit his throat or has Kakuzu taking care of the other enemies the moment the ritual is complete but being part of his religious process and his inherent sadism makes him take his time.
  • 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.
  • 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: Hidan was annoyed that his village converted to a peacetime economy so he slaughtered his neighbors, potentially including his family, and became a missing-nin.
  • 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.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He is immortal, this should make him powerful, but it doesn't. He only has one real power, which requires him to ingest someone's blood after cutting them, then create a ritual circle, stand in it, and he becomes a living voodoo doll for that person. He uses it to kill Asuma. Once this technique is analyzed, there are a few weaknesses. If Hidan is removed from the circle, the effect ends. Furthermore, while immortal, he can be chopped up to remove the threat he poses. Finally, he has to attack someone with melee in order for the technique to work. A user of long ranged combat who is powerful enough to disable him will have no problem doing so.
  • 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.
  • Decapitation Required: Subverted. Asuma thinks it'll work and cuts it off, but all it does is keep Hidan from controlling his body and Kakuzu can re-attach it.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: He worships a God of Evil that is never mentioned before or after his appearances; nobody else in the entire setting appears to have powers from divine backing, and no other followers of his religion ever appear.
  • 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!
  • Faux Affably Evil: Especially his anime rendition. Snarky, prone to weird faces, hammy, almost childish sometimes, and so fun to watch as he hammily pounces over the Moral Event Horizon. Too bad some fans took it in another way.
  • 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 be killed. 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. And furthermore, he can die from things like hunger.
  • Immortality Immorality: Hidan's immortality is both very evil and very immortal which effectively being fueled by him killing people, but unlike the other versions of immortality in the series, he's able to keep his original body intact with no other repercussions at all. He even sees durability that's unmatched by anything below the zombies of the series.
  • 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 starves and 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 butchered 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.
  • Sadist: He intentionally strikes non vital areas of his opponent so that he can make them die a "good death". Though he does feel the need to join a Religion of Evil before acting on his sadistic impulses, so at least he feels his sadism needs some "higher" purpose.
  • Sinister Scythe: His Weapon of Choice, more for drawing blood than fatally injuring opponents. His has three blades.
  • The Sociopath: He slaughtered his entire home village because in his eyes they were too boring for him, he is extraordinarily sadistic as his killing of Sarutobi shows quite well, and has an absolute Lack of Empathy for his victims, for in his mind, they're only stress toys to torture and murder For the Evulz.
  • Smug Snake: Not only is he a loudmouthed psychopath, he's also an arrogant dick who thinks that he's invincible.
  • The Starscream: He has expressed his desire to kill his leader, but has no real desire to lead, he just wants to kill people.
  • Stupid Evil: He tends to make reckless, disadvantageous and generally stupid actions in the name of his religion which is very annoying forhis partner Kakuzu.
  • Synchronization: Once he uses his Blood Magic.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Compared to most of Akatsuki's other teams, which be able to get along with one another or at least tolerate each other, the team of Hidan and Kakuzu hate each other and do not hesitate to talk about it to each other. In fact, the only reason why they work together because Hidan's borderline immortality means that Kakuzu can't kill him when annoyed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After he understands that will be buried alive he throws a tantrum and the only thing that he can do is throw a flow of insults at his opponent as he is blown apart and Buried Alive.
  • The Watson: Pain 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)

This world shall know pain.
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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".

  • The Ace: Where to begin? At the age of 10, Jiraiya admitted that Nagato was able to master every jutsu the former attempted to teach him, which covered jutsu in each of the 5 main elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Lightning), along with Yang-Style (Light) techniques as well! Even adult Shinobi in the series struggle to use 2 or 3 elements, much less 6! The list of techniques Nagato mastered is one of the most comprehensive in the series, covering numerous different areas. He is able to control gravity, absorb Chakra, summon seemingly immortal beasts, revive the dead, and summon mechanical armor and weapons at will, just to name a few. Before losing to Naruto, Nagato had never lost a single fight, and he had expended an enormous amount of his power before fighting Naruto, due to taking on the entire Leaf village and winning! After being resurrected, he casually overwhelms Killer Bee and Naruto, two of the 5 people in history who have managed to gain complete control over a Bijuu and the two most powerful Bijuu no less. It's no wonder that Nagato was not only the leader of Akatsuki, but the organization's most powerful member, hailed as a God by the people of the Rain Village, and considered by Kabuto to be the second most powerful Edo Tensei, after Madara Uchiha.
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Nagato is able to use all abilities of the Pain Rikudo that make Nagato a real Physical God. However Nagato himself is extremely weak physically, extremely skinny, and has difficulties to walk unaided that is one of his greatest weaknesses he has.
    • Also Deva Path Pain has limited control over gravity through pushing and pulling things. However he can't do it constantly and has a five second interval before it can do it again that allowed Naruto defeated him.
  • 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 or if you touched his Berserk Button.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Surprisingly inverted: Him wanting to change the world is viewed in a very positive light. How he wanted to change it is where he gets into trouble.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Multi-Armed and Dangerous, People Puppets, Energy Absorption and The Paralyzer.
  • Area of Effect: Shinra Tensei hits everything in a complete spherical radius around himself. However, the more power he puts into the blast, 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: He has a tragic backstory and the same goal of bringing about peace as Naruto does. His methods, however...
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Nagato was once a student of Jiraiya who dreamed of making the world a better place. One too many tragedies later and he's a terrorist leader who believes annihilating a country every so often is the best way to ensure world peace.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Pain asks if Naruto has a better solution against the cycle of hatred, but Naruto doesn't respond. Only later did Naruto respond that he would continue searching for the answer, and convinced Nagato to believe in him.
  • The Atoner: Nagato is re-convinced of his former pacifism by Naruto, who believes the struggle for peace is worth any personal cost to the point of sacrificing his life to atone for his actions.
  • 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 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.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's beloved "god" to his village, genuinely cares for his country. He also this to Akatsuki being the only member who cares about the organization itself, is constantly telling the other members not to piss off each other stressing teamwork and mourns those who die in the pursuit of Akatsuki's goals.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like people questioning his ideals as Tsunade learned the hard way.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: At first he was introduced as the Big Bad in charge of Akatsuki, but was soon Demoted to Dragon with aspirations of becoming the supplanting Tobi after gathering the Bijuu. Despite gaining a massive Hero Killer reputation by killing Jiraiya, he was defeated by Naruto in his second appearance and after only the first of Naruto's Shounen Upgrades.
  • Blood Knight: Despite of his ideas of peace, he really wanted to fight Naruto in his Nine-Tailed form according to the databooks. This does explain why he pissed off Naruto once to do so, and complimenting him as a fellow student. And it 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 Them by Talking: In their battle, he was able to temporarily break Naruto's resolve by questioning his method of obtaining true peace.
  • Breaking Lecture: He gives one during fight with Naruto.
  • 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.
  • Child Prodigy: During his training with Jiraiya, Nagato mastered every technique he was taught, covering numerous styles, all of the basic nature transformations, and Yang Release, accomplishments extremely rare even for adults, let alone ten year-olds.
  • Combo Platter Powers: The Rinnegan's powers are basically a mish-mash of various powers that are all Game Breakers in their own right.
  • Cooldown: The Deva Path's gravity manipulating powers can't be performed in rapid succession; the amount of time required to recharge after use varies depending on the scale of the technique used, five seconds being the basic minimum.
  • Co-Dragons: With Zetsu to Tobi.
  • 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.
  • The Cynic: He believes that humans can never really understand each other and the only way to fix this is to make the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and bring suffering to the entire world in order to frighten people enough to stop fighting wars.
  • 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.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: To use an incredibly powerful version of his gravity attack he has to take off years of his life, but can destroy an entire city in one blast. And he uses it. Although Nagato, on the other hand, is an Uzumaki, which means he has his clan's longevity, so he can use it with reduced risk.
  • 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: As Pain, Nagato was regarded as unbeatable by various individuals, whose strength allowed him to kill Hanzō, a feat which the combined efforts of the Sannin couldn't accomplish. He continued his undefeatable portrayal by killing Jiraiya, Kakashi and overwhelming Konoha itself. Before he faced Naruto, Pain was said to have never lost a single battle.
  • Demoted to Dragon: For quite a while, everyone thought this guy would be the Big Bad, but eventually revealed to have been the Dragon with an Agenda to Tobi.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He crossed it when Yahiko killed himself in order to save Konan. This can be considered the moment when Pain was born.
  • 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.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He is one to Tobi, since his final plan completely contradicts the plan Tobi has.
  • 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?
  • The Dreaded: Jiraiya nearly shat himself when he heard that Pain had defeated Hanzo, who a younger Jiraiya had failed to defeat even with the support of his team. He goes to his Super Mode to counter Pain's power but sadly it's not enough, as he didn't have enough information on it. Sometime later Pain makes the whole of Konoha wet their pants when he effortlessly destroys the village.
  • Dueling Messiahs: His fight with Naruto. Pain wanted to bring peace by creating a horrifically destructive jutsu (which would get used), thereby horrifying/scaring everyone into peace for a long time. Once time lets people get over it, they will use it again, after this there will be a very long period of peace, rinse and repeat till the end of time. Naruto wanted to achieve peace in a much more moral yet still unexplained way that he still probably hasn't come up with.
  • 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.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Pain's plan for the Tailed Beasts is a rare tragic example that subverts Utopia Justifies the Means. He wanted to create and give free access to a Fantastic Nuke so powerful its use would deter future wars, seemingly forever. But he eventually explains that he doesn't expect this peace to last, just create a Vicious Cycle that alternates between mass annihilation and living in fear thereof. In essence, Pain became so obsessed with bringing peace that he went past Utopia Justifies the Means to aiming for a world technically at peace, but worse off for it.
  • Elemental Powers: During his training with Jiraiya, Nagato mastered all five nature transformations, and unlike Kakuzu it was his natural affinity for all five natures.
  • Energy Absorption: The Preta Path has the ability to absorb chakra in any form. This ability is primarily defensive in nature as it is capable of absorbing chakra from an individual through physical contact. In addition to this, the Preta Path is able to absorb ninjutsu-based techniques, thereby nullifying their effect. This is done by forming a barrier around the user's entire body, allowing them to absorb attacks from all directions. During the 4th Shinobi World War, Nagato used the Preta Path ability to absorb Killer B's chakra while he was in his Version 2 form. He then apparently used the chakra to revitalise his body to its state before it was emaciated by the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. It also restored his hair colour back from white to red.
  • 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 willingness to cross any line to save his village & having a 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, symbolizing his ability to endlessly consume chakra.
  • 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
  • Freudian Excuse: He wants to make the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and bring suffering to the entire world because he saw his parents killed by enemy ninja and grew up orphaned in a country constantly embroiled in both civil wars and war with other countries. When he, Konan, and Yahiko lead a peaceful organization, they're attacked by Hanzo, backed by Danzo, both of which have brought a small army with them thinking the group are revolutionaries. When Nagato is left with the choice of killing Yahiko, the leader, or watching Konan be killed, Yahiko grabs Nagato's knife and kills himself with it.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: While he is a descendant of the Sage of Six Paths and the 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: With his faith restored by Naruto, Nagato dies with a smile on his face, wondering if perhaps all the circumstances that led him to his end were the work of a real god.
  • 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.
  • God Guise: During his battle with Naruto, he reveals that his A God Am I 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 that he himself is extremely well aware of his own mortality.
  • Gonk: The Asura Path.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: He viewed Jiraiya and his beliefs in peace as childish because they would lead no where.
  • Gravity Master: The Deva Path can manipulate attractive and repulsive forces with objects and people. With the Chibaku Tensei, a black sphere is released that attracts all the surrounding matter to create a huge makeshift terrestrial body.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: He pulls a weird one on Naruto: after he impales Fukasaku, he throws the corpse at Naruto, which distracts him long enough for Pain to pull him in and pin him down.
  • Handicapped Badass: Following his first fight with Hanzō, Nagato's legs were badly damaged and his body was left frail. This limited his mobility for the rest of his life and rendered his original body largely defenceless. He regained some of his former mobility after being reincarnated and taking some of the Eight-Tails' chakra. When not handicapped, Nagato could rapidly move around a battlefield, closing the gap between himself and his opponents fast enough to force them to retreat. Unfortunately, he is unable to use his legs to evade his sealing by Itachi.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After talking with Naruto, Nagato pulled it realizing the error of his path and accepting Naruto's ideals about peace, also regaining his faith in Jiraiya. Subsequently he uses a jutsu to revive many of the Konoha ninja he killed, dying in the process.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He tells Tsunade to not be haughty. Considering the fact that he call himself to be a god and that he's divine... Well, arrogance is blinding, isn't it?
    • He condemns the system of five hidden villages because their "peace" is built on a set human lives despite the fact that Nagato himself is going to bring a lot more of human lives the sacrifice for the sake of what he calls "peace".
    • Despite of all his ideas of peace, he himself markedly loves battle and violence as for example in during his climactic fight against Naruto when Naruto at his mercy, he critically injure Hinata right in front of him instead of just taking him to the Akatsuki only because he really wanted to fight Naruto in his Nine-Tailed form.
  • Implacable Man: Pain's modus operandi until he faced Naruto.
  • Insane Troll Logic: All his arguments about his plan to end all the war are absolutely illogical. His plan was to create a weapon so powerful it could destroy an entire country in a single attack. Thus ending all wars out of fear of the weapon's use and ushering in an era of true peace. But Pain also knows that people will eventually forget about all that and just go back to fighting so they used his weapon again and this will allow future civilizations to experience the terror of destruction themselves and revert to peace for short periods before doing it all over again. So he claims that wants to create "true peace" though any adequate person would say that his plan will not lead to anything resembling "true peace" at all. But apparently he just can't think of a better plan.
  • It's Personal: Because Konoha was partly responsible for the tragedies in his life, he held a great deal of animosity towards the village. Although Jiraiya's influence improved his opinion of the village during their time together, he eventually came to believe that Konoha profited from the tragedies of others and hated it and his former teacher.
  • Kick the Dog: His nearly killing Hinata to demonstrate a lesson of pain to Naruto.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He's the one who killed Hanzo.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In his first appearance he kill one of the most influential mentors to Naruto, Jiraiya and then single-handedly destroyed the Leaf Village, and brought Tsunade to a coma. He also killed numerous named characters, such as Shizune and Fukasaku, lead Kakashi to his death, and nearly-killed Hinata, though these were reversed with his redemption, other than Jiraiya.
  • 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.
  • Madness Mantra: "(Now) Do you understand pain?"
  • Magical Eye: The second-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.
  • Mass Resurrection: He uses the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique to revive all the Konoha villagers he killed.
  • 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.
  • Moral Myopia: He lampshades this to Naruto. Naruto says that after killing his mentor, sensei and village he has no right to claim he desires to bring peace. Nagato instantly asks then how come only Konoha has the right to talk about peace, when they killed his family, friends and destroyed his village. Naruto couldn´t answer.
  • Morality Pet: Konan is the only thing that's kept him tethered to humanity, to the point that even though Tobi and Zetsu know she's a ticking time bomb in betraying them eventually, to dispose of her would bring Nagato's wrath on them.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Asura Path can create multiple arms, true to its name.
  • Must Make Amends: After being convinced by Naruto that Jiraiya's path is the correct one, he sacrifices himself to resurrect everyone he'd killed during his attack on Konoha.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As a child, he and Yahiko were assaulted by an Iwagakure ninja. Fearing for his friend's life, Nagato used his Rinnegan to kill the Iwa-nin. Nagato was remorseful for killing the Iwa-nin, but Jiraiya convinced him that sometimes violence and personal pain was necessary to protect others.
  • 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: During his attack on Konoha, when the Six Paths were dispersed throughout the village to act strategically, they managed to wreak devastation and kill many powerful shinobi. Nagato had effectively almost singlehandedly overpowered the village.
  • 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.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Losing his parents was his first source of pain in his life. As a child, he would break down into tears being reminded of them and even as an adult he admits he still can't get over his loss.
  • The Paralyzer: He manages to paralyze Naruto's movements somewhat when he stabs him with multiple control rods.
  • The Pawn: He was a pawn in the grand scheme of Madara and eventually Obito's plans. As Madara implanted his Rinnegan into Nagato and planned to use him to revive himself. Obito required Nagato to synchronize with the Gedo Statue. Nagato, however, made his own choice to betray Obito in favor of Naruto's idealism.
  • People Puppets: Nagato could form what he calls his "Six Paths of Pain". By embedding black receivers throughout the bodies of six corpses he arranged them to resemble body piercings. Nagato was able to control all of them remotely as though they were his own.
  • 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".
  • Physical God: He owns the Rinnegan, which possess seven different sets of powers that basically make him this trope. To elaborate, the first set allows the user to summon powerful creatures, and see through their vision. The second allows them to absorb chakra, allowing them to negate most ninjutsu. The third rips out people's souls through physical contact. The fourth mutates the user's body into essentially a cyborg with multiple abilities, including firing lasers and missiles. The fifth can summon a gigantic hellish head that can heal any injury by crunching people in its mouth. The sixth manipulates gravity, and can create mini-black holes. The seventh allows the user to create chakra transceivers that can control corpses, people, and Tailed-Beasts alike if stabbed to their bodies, and allows the user to channel the powers of one of the other six sets at the controlled puppets, and see through their eyes too. Oh, and the seventh set can also resurrect people Back from the Dead. If there's any limitation, it's that he still have mortal lifespan and that he is crippled and confined to a mobile throne.
  • The Poorly Chosen One: Nagato was raised by Jiraiya, who believed that he to be The Chosen One of an ancient prophecy destined to save the world and his best friend Yahiko also believed in it. However, later Yahiko died, Tobi sunk his claws into Nagato and he becomes Pain...
  • Pride: Well, you might expect from a man dare calling himself a god. Also, this is the ultimate cause of his defeat: See Pride Before a Fall a below.
  • Pride Before a Fall:
    • When he has Naruto pinned down and impaled with six chakra draining rods to prevent movement. Instead of simply capturing him right then and there, he stabs Hinata in a way that would make her bleed out quickly without immediate medical attention. Turns out those chakra draining rods are no match for six tails of the Kyuubi's power, and his trump card is no match for eight tails. Pain snatches defeat, but also some redemption, from the jaws of victory because of nothing but his ego.
    • The same can be said of his annihilation of the Hidden Leaf Village shortly beforehand. Despite having already won the battle and gotten what he wanted (the location of the Kyuubi jinchuuriki), Pain insists on physically destroying the entire village before leaving, expending significant chakra to do so and severely straining himself. It's entirely possible that, had he not been weakened by this effort, he might have been strong enough to succeed in his capture of the Kyuubi. And it's particularly notable considering that, up until this point, despite his repeated A God Am I declarations, Pain had demonstrated a very realistic evaluation of his own abilities, putting careful thought into his strategies and averting Explaining Your Powers To the Enemy to great effect. In both the above instances, he did what he did to make others know pain, showing how important that motivation is to him.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Now, the world shall know pain... SHINRA TENSEI"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gave one to Tsunade about the big villages not caring if they hurt the smaller ones. She's not convinced and claims that even the big villages suffer. Not to be outdone, Pain's response was to crush the village.
  • 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.
  • Ruling Family Massacre: When Pain killed Hanzo and took leadership of Amegakure, he proceeded to kill all of Hanzo's relatives and associates to secure his control of the village and demonstrate his divine punishment. Although, Nagato may have had a more personal reason for doing so other than just taking over the village, as Hanzo was responsible for Yahiko's death.
  • Sadistic Choice: When Hanzo attacked his group out of paranoia he had to kill Yahiko or else Hanzo would kill Konan. When Nagato freezes up at the thought of hurting either of his friends, Yahiko Takes a Third Option: he grabs the arm the chooser was holding a kunai in and stabs himself with it.
  • Satellite Character: He was one to Yahiko in the backstory. For all that he's supposedly prophecies to change the world, he spends all his time orbiting Yahiko, and tells Jiraiya that all he really wants to do is protect Yahiko and Konan. After they form the Akatsuki, Nagato becomes Yahiko's Lancer, dedicating himself to ensuring his friend's dream comes true. When Yahiko dies, and Nagato loses a planet around he snaps and becomes Pain...and is still trying to fulfill Yahiko's dream of a peaceful world, not so much because he cares, as because it was Yahiko's. Even after all this time, he's still chasing his friend's ghost.
  • Schizo Tech: The Asura Path tosses around heat-seeking missiles, rocket-propelled punches, and laser cannons.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Although the Six Paths were individually strong, they were at their most formidable when used together, with the simultaneous use of all six being the primary reason for Pain's infamous invincibility. This was because the six Paths, as well as the Animal Path's summons and the King of Hell, let Nagato share their vision, allowing him to coordinate their movements with maximum efficiency. They could attack from multiple angles and dodge attacks they couldn't have seen but that occurred within another Path's field of vision.
  • Shadow Dictator: He rules the Hidden Rain Village as a god after annihilating everyone even remotely associated with the old leader, but nobody's ever actually met him in person.
  • Shipper on Deck The anime makes him out to be one for Konan and Yahiko during Akatsuki's formative years.
    Nagato: "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. Part of the reason he doesn't capture or kill Naruto immediately is because he can't stand Naruto's Heroic Spirit and wants to hammer the cruel reality of the world into his head before finishing him off, but unfortunately for Nagato he just does not break.
  • Spanner in the Works: His Redemption Equals Death spoiled plans for both Tobi and Madara. Both wanted to use his to their advantage and both were unhappy with his betrayal.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Nagato and his Six Paths of Pain can generate black chakra rods from their bodies. They also serve as piercings inserted into the body's of Pain, so Nagato can control them. The Six Path's of Pain then create more of them in battle from within their cloak. By stabbing a target with these receivers Nagato can transmit his chakra into them, hindering their movements if pierced with only one receiver, and completely paralysing them if pierced through multiple pressure points.
  • Squishy Wizard: For all the power the Rinnegan gives him, with his horribly mangled legs he's not going anywhere unaided.
  • Start of Darkness: He lived in a state of constant war, as his homeland was the battleground for all the bigger countries' wars. For years, he was subtly manipulated Tobi. Then, his parents were killed in front of him. Eventually, the death of his dear friend Yahiko and his subsequent crippling drove him to share his Pain with the rest of the world.
  • Start X to Stop X: Pain's grand plan is to get people to see first-hand the horrors of fantastic nuclear warfare and make war much less likely by virtue of mutually assured destruction. He flat out states that his plan is a stop-gap measure, and he expects them to resume fighting and nuke each other once they've forgotten how terrible it is. And eventually revert to peace for short periods before doing it all over again.
  • The Stoic: He definitely fit since the death of Yahiko. Especially as Deva Path.
  • Story-Breaker Power: There's a reason fans accuse him of being a God-Mode Sue: His Rinnegan and Senju ancestry 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 the other Six Paths of Pain.
  • Superpower Lottery: Of all the superpower lotteries in Naruto, Pain hit the absolute jackpot. 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. The basic abilities of the Rinnegan include the ability to see Chakra, access to all five basic nature transformations, and the ability to create black Chakra receivers, which can disrupt the Chakra of anyone stabbed by them. Along with these abilities Nagato has other abilities, which are split into 7 categories. These are described as "Paths" within the series itself.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Amazed by Naruto's answer to world conflict, he is reminded of not only Jiraiya but himself when he was younger. Deciding that he will place his faith in Naruto, he uses the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique to revive everyone that died during his attack on konoha. As a result he dies from overusing his chakra.
  • Teach Him Anger: Well, or pain in any way. He stabs Hinata in front of Naruto to "teach him pain" and prove that humans can never really understand each other. He's convinced that his pain is stronger than anyone else's so Naruto's resulting fury is no threat to him. Naruto proves him very, VERY wrong.
  • This Cannot Be!: He loves saying it. The same Shinra Tensei that destroyed the entire home village was rendered useless by Naruto twice, leading to that phrase. Naruto, while in his six-tailed fox form, not only blocked it with a massive amount of chakra, but he reflected it, hurling Pain into a cliff 2-3 miles away. He also resisted the attack a second time after coming out of his rage... using a hundred shadow clones. Pain's final resort to containing 6-tailed Naruto didn't work. Naruto broke out, with Pain saying "I can't believe it." upon seeing him in his skinless eight-tailed state.
  • 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: He kept Yahiko's corpse as his most treasured and powerful Path of Pain, Deva.
  • 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.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Konoha ninja killed his parents in self-defence and, upon realising they were only civilians, tried apologising to Nagato. Overcome with grief, Nagato used his Rinnegan for the first time to kill them and avenge his parents.
  • 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.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Subverted. First he claimed that wants to achieve utopias by harnessing the power of the tailed beasts to make a weapon of mass destruction that could destroy a country. If a war was started with one side lacking ninja, they would turn to Akatsuki, who would wipe out the entire opposing nation. After this, most countries would be too scared to start a war. However, he then reveals an even more cynical expectation that bring it toward Dystopia Justifies the Means and subverts Utopia Justifies the Means: Pain knows that people will eventually forget about all that and just go back to fighting. Planning to leave it for future generations, Pain believes that the weapon will allow future civilizations to experience the terror of destruction themselves and revert to peace for short periods before doing it all over again.
  • Villain Ball: During his climactic fight against Naruto when he has Naruto at his mercy, he proceeds to blow up Konoha and then critically injure Hinata right in front of him instead of just taking him to the Akatsuki. Naruto snaps and gives in to the Nine-Tails, which proceeds to kick Pain's ass.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Konan.
  • Villain Respect: As part of his Affably Evil he showed certain respect to his opponents and praising them for their skills and ability but to a greater extent shows this to his former sensei Jiraiya whom he considered strong enough to be able to defeat him if Jiraiya had prior knowledge about him.
  • 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.
  • War Is Hell: He grew up during the 2nd Shinobi World War in Hidden Rain where the conflict between major nations was centralized. He lost his parents and ended up wandering alone in hunger until he met Yahiko and Konan. During the 3rd Shinobi World War, he lost Yahiko. Before his death, he explains how terrible war can be senselessly losing people causing never ending hatred and pain.
  • The War to End All Wars: His plan was to create a weapon so powerful it could (and would) destroy an entire country in a single attack. Thus ending all wars out of fear of the weapon's use and ushering in an era of true peace. Of course, he's also cynical/realistic enough to expect that this won't really last as people begin to forget how terrifying the weapon is, war will flare up again, and the weapon will be used to enforce peace, over and over…
  • Walking Spoiler: The sole fact that Nagato is alive is a huge spoiler. And it not to mention that 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was witnessing his parents being killed when he was still a child. Though he did get revenge by activating the Rinnegan and killing the two shinobi who were mistaken as assassins. Nagato became an orphan, finding companionship from Yahiko and Konan, and was taken in by one of the Legendary Sannin, Jiraiya, who took him and his friends in and taught them the ninja arts so that they could protect themselves and each other. This all went downhill as the group was locked into a Sadistic Choice that resulted in Yahiko's death, following which Nagato slaughtered a good number of the opposing force at the cost of his health. Nagato then obsessed with finding a method to establish absolute peace: whatever brought him into the Big Bad's clutches, it led to him demolishing a village full of people and leading a one-man (well, six or seven) assault against Konoha.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • His invasion and destruction of Konoha is basically him showing off just how powerful he is.
    • During his battle with Naruto as an Edo Tensei, Nagato beats the nearly-mastered Nine-Tails Chakra mode Naruto and Killer Bee with little issue, whereas before Pain struggled to defeat the uncontrolled 6-tailed state.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Pain versus Naruto could have been much more one sided with the odds heavily against Naruto had it not been for the fact that Pain was trying to capture Naruto, not kill him. It also didn't help that he'd just finished fighting and leveling a village, and his most powerful body had its powers disabled at the start of the fight, and said body doesn't regain its strength until after Naruto destroyed the rest. That's not even getting into the fact that Nagato isin a crippled state to start with,forced to channel his chakra from a rather large distance, or the fact he still had enough power to revive the entire village by the time Naruto could barely even make his way to Nagato's location. When Nagato is revived during the fourth great war, he quite badly overpowers the improved Naruto, Killer Bee, and an Edo Tensei Itachi Note  and only loses when Kabuto forces him to use a technique that leaves him wide open. All while Nagato still can't use his legs.
  • 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. In fact, outside of Madara, Nagato is acknowledged as the single strongest Shinobi in an army that includes the second Tsuchikage, the Third Raikage, Ginkaku and Kinkaku, and Hanzo of the Salamander. And even then, Madara is tampered with by Kabuto to possess powers that he did not have until he was nearly dead of old age in his first life (Rinnegan and Wood-Style) in a physically restored youghtful body.
  • 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)

Yahiko and Nagato… I will be the support that holds both our bridges up!

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"

  • Affably Evil: She always polite, and doesn't kill unnecessarily. Also she's the most normal out of all 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. In fact, the only thing that makes her "evil" this is what she is on the bad guys side.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: 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 flashbacks 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.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She being the first person since Minato to give Tobi a run for his money to the point that he has to bring out the big guns just to insure she didn't blow him TO BITS.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Can turn herself into paper.
  • Emotionless Girl: Konan's more or less dead inside, except when it comes to Nagato.
  • Enigmatic Minion: She was this within the Akatsuki. Little to nothing was known about her, before her initial reveal. Serving as Pain's partner and literal guardian angel it was soon uncovered that she has a far deeper connection to the organization than newcomers such as Deidara or Hidan.
  • 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.
  • Having a Blast: Her ninjutsu focuses on the manipulation of paper as weaponry, but she can also utilize explosive tags as they too are made of paper. This comes to a head in her final battle with Tobi when she utilized hundreds of billions of explosive tags to avenge Nagato and Yahiko.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: One of the most dangerous ninja in the world despite the fact that her entire fighting style is based around manipulating paper. 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.
  • Master of Illusion: Can create realistic structures that are virtually identical to natural ones solely out of paper, such as an enormous tree as the original Akatsuki headquarters or an entire lake for her Paper Person of God Technique.
  • Morality Pet: She to Pain.
  • Number Two: She for Nagato in Amegakure.
  • Oh, Crap!: It is her face when she realizes that Tobi survived her trap.
  • Only Sane Man: She for Akatsuki.
  • 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.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: By far the least evil member of Akatsuki. She's generally not an outright bad guy, just not on the good side.
  • 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."
  • The Quiet One: Out of all of the Akatsuki, she was significantly the quietest; even when it was time for her and Pain's introduction, she only spoke when it truly mattered.
  • 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: Flashbacks heavily implies that she and Yahiko were at least aware that they were attracted to each other, and Anime 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: She is fanatically devoted to Nagato. After his death, her loyalty transfers to Naruto, who she sees as the path to peace.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was a very sweet little girl...then shit happened.
  • Villainous Friendship: Nagato has been friend since childhood. In their adulthood, she knows all his secrets, and cares for him as much as he does her.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell Are You?: She asks this question to Tobi after he survived her trap and told her about principle of action Izanagi.
  • 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 flashbacks 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: Anime shows him getting jealous and uncomfortable of Konan getting a love letter and confession.
  • 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 flashbacks.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He became for Tobi since his suicide was Start of Darkness for Nagato that in its turn allowed Tobi to take under his control Akatsuki.
  • Younger Than They Look: Databook 4 revealed that Yahiko was 15 when he died, but Choji described Yahiko (as Pain's Deva Path) to Tsunade as aged 25 to 30.

Not Official Members

    Tobi (Zetsu) 


Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP)

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 his penchant for wanting to finding out what a bowel movement feels like because he was not "born" with such bodily functions. He has a unique ability among Zetsu to bond to other people and augment their power... and to hijack an unwilling person and use their power for himself.

For most of the series, Tobi serves as Obito's armor, willingly being given control of his body and becoming the zany character that Akatsuki Tobi is known as. After Obito's plans for the Fourth Great Shinobi War take shape, they separate, and Tobi would not reappear until Madara became the Ten Tails jinchūriki, whereupon he bonds with a captive Yamato and forcefully uses his power to keep the Alliance forces away. After Infinite Tsukuyomi is activated, he leaves Yamato to be taken by the genjutsu - which later proves to be his undoing, as after both Kaguya and the genjutsu are foiled, Tobi is left with neither a host nor the Gedo Statue to sustain him, and he quickly crumbles into nothing.
  • Adaptive Armor: Functioned as such for Obito during his early days as Madara II.
  • All There in the Manual: The 4th Databook revealed his real name is Tobi, while Guruguru was just Obito's nickname for him. It's possible Obito named his own persona after him.
  • 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!
  • Bio-Armor: 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.
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: 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 doesn't show what he was up to and why he showed up at 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. Having a high concentration of Hashirama cells also gives him access to Wood Release if he has a host that can use it.
  • 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.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Tobi has an expansive knowledge of many rare jutsu including Nature changes and Wood Release, but requires a host body capable of the techniques to actually 'use' them. Once he assimilates Yamato, he gains full access to 'all' of them and becomes a match for almost all of the Alliance, including four of the Kages.
  • Sharing a Body: With Obito, during the beginning of his career as Madara.
  • 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's body is a 'lot' harder than rest of the goopy, shapeshifting Zetsu. He 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!
  • 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