Characters: Naruto - Hidden Mist Village
aka: Naruto-Hidden Mist Village
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- Making a Splash
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Particularly, the seven swordsmen and potential members.
- Public Domain Character: Zabuza and Haku are based on Kirigakure no Saizo (Saizo of the Hidden Mist), a legendary ninja who also lends his nickname to the Hidden Mist Village. Zabuza got the Bad Ass reputation and his supposed fog-based abilities as well as his Water dragon (which here is just another Water jutsu), while Haku got the feminine appearance and cross-dressing.
The first major antagonist of the series, a renegade shinobi from the Hidden Mist Village hired to kill Tazuna the bridge-builder.
Before the series, he lead a coup attempting to oust the Mizukage and take control of the Village for himself; this failed, and Zabuza barely escaped with his life. Since then, he's been hiring out his sword to the highest bidder, hoping to raise enough funds for another go at the Mizukage.
Zabuza was one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist (like Kisame), making him one the strongest ninja in the Hidden Mist Village before his defection. He knows a great deal of Water-Style jutsu and has the ability to shroud himself in mist, making himself invisible. Plus, of course, he's got a BFS
. In a slight subversion of the Sorting Algorithm of Evil
, Zabuza was far too strong for Naruto or Sasuke as they were at the beginning of the series to take on; they had to leave him to Kakashi.
Zabuza attacked Team 7 twice during the Land of Waves arc, first with a collection of hirelings, then with his protege Haku. He battled Kakashi to a draw both times before Haku's Heroic Sacrifice
caused him to turn on and kill his employer, Gato. He dies in the process
, and asks to be buried along with Haku.
, Sasuke takes Suigetsu to Zabuza's grave so that Suigetsu can take Zabuza's BFS
. Much later, Kabuto resurrects him and Haku with Edo Tensei, and he is not the least bit happy about it. He is quickly defeated by Kakashi
- Alas, Poor Villain: The earliest pure example in the series (though Haku also got a bit of this by default).
- Animal Battle Aura: He can focus his chakra / sheer Killing Intent into one. It looks like a demon, hence his epithet of "The Demon."
- Anti-Villain: His attitude was strictly professional, and the Mizukage he killed or tried to kill wasn't exactly a good guy.
- Back from the Dead: He's rather pissed off about it too.
- Badass Normal: Besides his water jutsu, his skill set is mainly involves the BASICS of Assassination.
- BFS: Weapon of choice. It is named the Kubikiribōchō ("Decapitating Carving Knife").
- Bloodbath Villain Origin
- Blood Magic: His sword regenerates and repairs itself using the iron in an enemies blood.
- Contract on the Hitman: Gato hires a bunch of mercenaries to kill Zabuza, who has become a "liability". Backfires BIG time.
- Cynical Mentor: To Haku.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: See below.
- Deadly Graduation/Enfant Terrible: When he was a kid, he killed an entire graduating class of pre-genin, 100 total, despite not even being a student himself.
- Determinator: Even with his arms out of commission, he charges through a whole mob of hired thugs and cuts through them with nothing but a kunai held in his mouth just so he can get to and kill Gato; not even being stabbed from every angle is enough to impede him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He is much stronger than Gato, the Big Bad of his arc, and carries much of the fighting.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses his disgust with Gato for double crossing him (and desecrating Haku's corpse), and is extremely pissed off because Kabuto brought him and several others back from the dead to use as mindless drones.
"This is bullshit, I don't want to fight for someone who would stoop this low."
- Excalibur in the Rust: The Legendary sword Kubikiribōchō is pretty much an oversized cleaver with a very slow Healing Factor. Compared to, say, Kisame's sword it can be a bit of a letdown until you see why it got the name.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Handicapped Badass: Tears through Gato's army with his arms heavily damaged.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: One of the deadliest ninja in the Naruto-verse. And he is by using... mist, basic water ninjutsu, a relatively normal BFS, and well fined skulking. He's good enough with using the mist that Kabuto actually goes out of his way to make sure that the rest of the swordsmen act as meat shields so that he can keep the mist up.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Begs Kakashi to stop him and Haku as he feels his mind is being sealed away by Kabuto.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He is a member of the seven swordman of the mist, but besides that, he was good enough to force Kakashi to face him with the Sharingan and killed dozens of Ninjas in seconds after being revived by Kabuto.
- Knight of Cerebus: The villains before him were an easily-defeated Jerk Ass intending to use Naruto and Ebisu, who's played for laughs and mostly harmless. The moment he and his minions show up, it's clear they intend to kill their opposition in cold blood.
- Lightning Bruiser: Able to keep up with Kakashi in their fight.
- Making a Splash
- Manly Tears:
Zabuza: You talk too much. Your words cut deep... deeper than any blade. While he fought you, his heart was breaking in two. You see, Haku was always too soft and too kind. He felt pain and sorrow, and now, curse him, I feel them, too!"
- Master Swordsman
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has them under his facial wraps.
- No Sympathy: Responds to Haku's Heroic Sacrifice with a single Beat Panel of Stunned Silence, before smiling and mocking Kakashi, then commenting that he "sure chose a good tool" (i.e. Haku).
- Noble Demon
- Not So Stoic: Shows this at the end of his life, as he notes that not even he can completely kill his emotions.
- Pet the Dog: It's indicated he still treated Haku kindly enough despite claiming to see him as a mere tool.
- Professional Killer: He makes it clear that he has nothing against the people in his way; business is just business.
- Punch Clock Villain: See above. The instant he's aware of Gato terminating his employment, he deadpans that he and Kakashi have nothing more to fight about.
- Rasputinian Death: There is a reason why he is the Poster Man of a Human Pincushion.
- Red Baron / Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Kirigakure no Kijin" / The Demon of the Hidden Mist.
- Redemption Equals Death: When he realizes how much Haku meant to him, he charges Gato and his men, killing them but being mortally wounded in the process. His arms were both disabled, but he could still hold a kunai with his mouth to take out Gato.
- See You in Hell / Taking You with Me: Pulls one of these on his traitorous employer Gato.
- So Proud of You: To Haku at his last moments of life and done after the resurrection via Kakashi.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: To Haku, who he deemed as a weapon and tried to force him to kill his "heart"... but he was secretly proud of him all along.
- Starter Villain: At first.
- Stealth Expert: He specialized in stealth kills which he enforced with the Hidden Mist jutsu.
- The Svengali: He gets better.
- Together in Death
- Unwanted Revival
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He's the first genuine threat in the series, showing the Team 7 genin both how out-classed they are and also how brutal the ninja world can be.
- Weapon Tombstone: Until Suigetsu retrieved it. In the anime, it was pinched by a crime lord before Taka went after him to obtain it.
- Why Won't You Die?: Last words of Gato. Pretty Justified.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Kakashi to be one. Acknowledges Naruto as one before his death.
Zabuza's Battle Butler
. An extreme case of Dude Looks Like a Lady
(or maybe a Villainous Crossdresser
; resulted in Unsettling Gender-Reveal
Haku was born in a cold village orphaned during the wars. At the time, there was a prejudice against people with kekkai genkai; unfortunately, Haku's mother had one, which he inherited.. When Haku's dad and the villagers learnt it, they killed Haku's mom and tried to kill him, but he killed them with his newfound powers instead and ran away. Zabuza encountered him and, thinking he might be useful, took him in and raised him. After only a few years, Haku was almost as good an assassin as Zabuza himself.
, Haku serves Zabuza because he lacks any other sense of purpose in life, claiming to be nothing more than Zabuza's tool. Zabuza treats him as such.
Haku's kekkai genkai, the one he got from his Missing Mom
, allows him to fuse the water and wind elements to generate ice. He uses this ability to perform the devasting Demonic Ice Mirrors (Crystal Ice Mirrors in the dub) jutsu. Demonic Ice Mirrors generates a dome of mirrorlike panes of ice around his opponents, each with an image of Haku reflected in them. Haku can travel between the panes at high speed, attacking with needle-like senbon while in transit. The panes are all but indestructible, so Haku can fight defensively, avoiding damage and wearing his opponents down bit by bit. It takes the combined power of Sasuke's Sharingan developing and the Nine-Tailed Fox's chakra manifesting for the first time to break the mirrors.
Haku first appears after Zabuza's first encounter with Team 7 disguised as a Mist Village "hunter-nin", claiming that he's been assigned to kill Zabuza for betraying the Village. In reality, however, Haku merely stunned Zabuza, allowing the pair to escape unharmed. He later appears to give Naruto some advice (since Haku was wearing a mask during their first encounter, Naruto didn't recognize him), and then again at the arc's climactic battle on the bridge, where he engages Naruto and Sasuke while Zabuza faces down Kakashi (and poor Sakura, uh, looks on helplessly
, since she's stuck shielding Tazuna). After a lengthy battle, Haku jumps in front of Zabuza
to protect him from Kakashi's Lightning Blade. Zabuza, realizing how much he valued Haku's companionship, ceases his pursuit of Tazuna and turns on Gato, killing him and lots of his minions in a desperate and badass Foe-Tossing Charge
before he dies.Kabuto later resurrects him and Zabuza with Edo Tensei. He sacrifices himself (again) to prevent Kakashi from killing Zabuza (again)
Real name: Mei Terumi.
The beautiful adult woman who is currently leader of the Village Hidden in the Mist and apparently relatively new to the position. She does not remember the previous leadership fondly. Tends to coddle her younger bodyguard.During the Kage Summit, she acts rather dodgy when asked about rumors that Akatsuki formed in her village, and when she finds out Danzo is capable of Mind Control she suspects him of using it on the previous Mizukage. She manages to nearly kill Sasuke during the meeting, and initially helped guard the daimyo of the Shinobi Countries. She is currently fighting the revived Madara Uchiha with the other Kages.
- Action Girl: A very efficient one, for a change.
- All Your Powers Combined: Uses Earth,Fire and Water release.
- Anime Hair: How does she do this?!
- Authority Equals Asskicking: You bet!
- Black Mage: She avoids getting in the thick of things preferring to unleash barrages of elemental ninjutsu from a distance.
- Berserk Button: The mere mention of anything regarding her age or relationship status (or lack thereof) within earshot. It doesn't even have to be directed or about her. It doesn't even have actually ''be'' a mention of age or relationships, but similar sounding words.
- Breath Weapon: She has various techniques which involve shooting things out of her mouth.
- Christmas Cake: She takes issue with any comment even vaguely related to her age or ability to get married.
- Dissonant Serenity: Maintains a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude even when making a death threat or trying to melt off someone face.
- Elemental Powers: She has several.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Several female fans do, but it's hard not to see why.
- Foil: One to Tsunade. They are both the 5th generation kage, women and Christmas Cakes. While Tsunade doesn't care, its Mei's berserk button. Their fighting styles are opposite, Tsunade uses super strength, while Mei's uses her Kekkai Genkais. The most obvious is Tsunade is the Fire Shadow, while Mei is the Water shadow.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: She gracefully wipes a drop of dissolving goo she spat out from her mouth. It looks like it's white and kinda thick. It doesn't help that she looks hungrily at it and comments on Sasuke's handsomeness while doing so. Doesn't apply in the anime where the color shows she is wiping lava from her mouth.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: If it wasn't for her chainmail, we could probably see her nipples... Though given the nature of chainmail, we probably already could.
- Lady of War: Fights one of the strongest missing nin with one of the most dangerous jutsu without a single hair out of place.
- Meaningful Name: "Mei Terumi" actually means "Shining beauty".
- Mrs. Robinson: She spends her entire conversations with Sasuke pointing how he is at her taste − and let's not even mention the "mouth-wiping" scene. Sasuke is 16! She is also a bit too attentionate to Chōjūrō − not that the latter minds, really.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her incredible hotness is jokingly considered a bloodline limit in its own right on some forums.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: To Sasuke, saying he is cute before melting freaking Susanoo with a single attack.
- Rapunzel Hair: It goes almost all the way down to the floor even though she's wearing it in a long top knot.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Superpowerful enough to be blessed with two blood inheritances.
- Superpower Lottery: In addition to having control over three regular elements, she also has two bloodline limits each giving her another element.
- Story Breaker Power: Her Boil Release managed to melt Susanoo in seconds making it the single strongest heat attack until now... and barely taxes her at all. Not even Madara Uchiha wanted to be anywhere near it.
- The Chick-of the Five Kages
- Twisting the Words: May take any random comment as a statement about her age or relationship status (or lack thereof), even if that person wasn't talking to or about her.
Ao: What have you engaged for us to eat tonight? You have arranged our meals, Chojuro, haven't you?
Mei: (thinking) Engaged... Engaged to be married?!
- You Need to Get Laid: Self-imposed and doubles as her Berserk button.
One of the Mizukage's body guards. Middle-aged and wears an eyepatch
. Critical of his teammate Chojuro's indecisiveness, likely as a result of his upbringing during the time when the village was known as "the Blood Mist".When Mifune suggest Danzo to lead the inter-village effort against Akatsuki, Ao reveals that he has a Byakugan under his eyepatch and uses it to discover that Danzo's eye and arm are that of a ninja he previously fought named Shisui Uchiha, who had the ability to control others minds without their knowledge. He then goes after Danzo's group when they flee, but falls for Fu's trap, with Danzo not too happy about him possessing abilities taken from a Konoha ninja. He is eventually saved by the 5th Mizukage and Chojuro, and is currently serving in the Allied Shinobi Forces as captain of the Sensor Division
. As of chapter 613, he has been killed by the Ten Tails' destruction of the Allied Shinobi Forces HQ, along with Inoichi and Shikaku
Like Ao, he is another bodyguard to Mei Terumi, the 5th Mizukage. One of the 7 Swordsmen of the Mist. Now that Zabuza & Kisame are dead, the only real one left
. Frequently annoys Ao because he stutters and seems to lack self-confidence.After accompanying the Mizukage to the Kage Summit, he is currently helping her guard the daimyo of the Shinobi Countries
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (JP)
Real name: Unknown, it's only implied that he's from the Hozuki clan.
One of most powerful Shinobi, The Second Mizukage was a respected leader of Kirigakure. He was killed during the last confrontation against the Second Tsuchikage Mu, killing him at the same time. Kabuto's Edo Tensei brought him back to life to face the Shinobi Alliance in the 4 Ninja War.
Besides being a very tall mustached
man with large poofy hair, curious way of dressing
and with no eyebrows
, not much is known about him other than he was a Master of Illusion
, a laid back and very charismatic leader concerned with the wellfare of the Secret World and that he loathed
the Second Tsuchikage. It is revealed in chapter 556 that he was a member of the Hozuki clan, like Suigetsu
and his brother. Uniquely to the former two his hydrification technique manifests itself in the form of producing an oily, water like substance.
- Archenemy: To the 2nd Tsuchikage.
- A Father to His Men: Stated to be this to his Shinobis during his reign and even after being brought back, he was more concerned with the fate of his subordinates than his own zombified self.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Like all kages.
- Berserk Button: While very laid back and charismatic, Mu could send him in a rage with only two words. He was also was pretty upset that the Shinobi army couldn't hurt him at all. Also doesn't like having his mustache called 'whiskers'.
- Black and Gray Morality: While he is morally ambiguous like other Shinobi, Mu's underhanded and selfish goals piss him off completely.
- Blood Knight: For all his unwillingness to fight and kill the Shinobi Alliance's ninjas, once Gaara showed up and turned out to pose a challenge, he admitted that the fighting was getting to be fun. A wee bit too fun, even.
- Cross-Popping Veins
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Unlike the other two Kages, he managed to destroy "his" batallion, and Gaara is barely standing after facing him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Didn't See That Coming: His death at hands of Mu. He also was shocked that the Fourth Batallion could barely make him sweat.
- Fan Nickname: Trollkage.
- His status as a major SNK Boss in Storm 3 does nothing to help matters.
- Finger Gun: His water finger technique. It also serves as a Call Back to Suigetsu's debut when he threatened Sasuke with the same technique.
- Friendly Enemy: Mu excluded, he is not above praising his enemies' power and abilities like being impressed and excited after seeing Gaara's sand attacks.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Played with. He looks like a Bond Villain waiting to happen, but he is deemed as a force of good in the Naruto verse, his forced slaughter of the Fourth Batallion notwithstanding.
- Having a Blast: His Infinite Explosion technique.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Even he is shocked how hard dying has come out to be.
- Implacable Man: The guy just refuses to stay sealed.
- Improbable Hairstyle
- Japanese Mythology: His Kuchiyose in form of the giant clam might come form a mythological shape-shifting dragon in said form, capable of creating the Fata Morganas, one of its invocation techniques.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He might frustrate the forces with his abilities, especially when he stops cooperating, but his reasoning is sound:
"If you can't win against me using all of your abilities, that means you're less than dead old me, you fool! How are you gonna win against an enemy boss like that?!"
- Large Ham: He was having way more fun than any of the rest of the resurrected kages in his group.
"Charisma oozes out of people without eyebrows, you know!"
"Hot damn! I don't have eyebrows either!"
- Loyal Animal Companion: In the form of a giant clam.
- Making a Splash
- Master of Illusion: His illusions operate in the same matter a real life mirage does. By summoning his clam, it creates a heavy, illusionary mist that can create a 'false' Mizukage for the enemy to target. While the enemy tries to attack, all their attacks just pass through the mirage while the real Mizukage moves through the mist and attacks covertly. Due to the method of how the genjutsu is cast, even entire teams of sensors couldn't pinpoint the real Mizukage and even with his explanation, the Mizukage still couldn't be hit. The only way to cancel the genjutsu is to find and neutralize the clam...but since the clam also moves around in the illusion and creates is own mirages its a task easier said than done. Now if we take his Joki Boi (Infinite Explosions Technique), he's made into a nearly unbeatable ninja since he can hide in a mirage which is so broken that not even entire teams of sensors and possibly Dojutus users could find the real Mizukage and the Clam. Thus...when Joki Boi is created the real Mizukage, who'd be weakened by the Joki Boi's creation, could just sit back and let his little psycho clone attack while he's safe and sound. All and all, its this ability that makes him the strongest of the Edo Kages, acknowledged in-universe.
- In a way, he's even better than Itachi is in genjutsu. True, his isn't as powerful as Tsukuyomi, but its far more broken and subtle. All standard genjutsu breaking methods are useless against his genjutsu, and there's a chance that even Dojutsu can't see through it due to being blinded like the mist like the Hidden Mist Technique could.
- Mutual Kill: He and the second Tsuchikage Mu both met their end this way.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Gaara "Mr. No-eyebrows" (while this could totally apply to himself).
- Nice Guy
- One-Man Army: He destroyed the entire Fourth Batallion, and gave a hard fight to Gaara and Oonoki.
- Obviously Evil: Subverted, he's arguably the nicest and cheeriest of the 4 zombie kage.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Shinobi style.
- Springtime for Hitler: He tried so very hard to lose, giving the Shinobi Alliance as many hints and tips as possible on how to defeat him. He slaughtered them all. He was not amused.
- Stealth Mentor: Takes up this role when fighting Gaara, believing that if he can't defeat him in zombie mode, a victory against the Big Bad wouldn't be possible either. His efforts finally pay off.
- Verbal Tic: A tendency to end his sentences with "maji de" (seriously/for real).
- World's Strongest Man: Acknowledged in Universe by Gaara to be the strongest of the resurrected Kages.
Seven Ninja Swordsmen of The Mist
The Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist are a group of the most powerful and skilled swordsmen in Mist, each of whom wields one of seven powerful swords (passed down in Kiri). Of all the known members, which also included Zabusa and Kisame, Chojuro is the sole surviving official member. Meanwhile, Mangetsu Hozuki's younger brother, Suigestu Hozuki, dreams of collecting all their swords and reforming the group once again.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Jinin's Kabutowari specializes in this type of attack. He uses the axe to get his opponent to block and the hammer to propel the axe through his opponent's guard
- Ax-Crazy: Some of 'em are freaking lunatics.
- Badass: Special attention was drawn to the fact that they can cut through Team Good Guy like a hot knife through butter.
- Back from the Dead: The most recent generation of the Seven Swordsmen were revived by Kabuto to fight in the 3rd World War.
- Blood Knight: All of them, apart from Chojuro. It's implied the Fourth Mizukage or rather Tobi encouraged this behavior.
- Cool Mask: Kushimaru Kuriarare wears one.
- Cool Sword: Being the symbols of their group, each of the Seven Swordsmen have swords with all kinds of crazy abilities or which are otherwise very exotic in design.
- Dual Wielding: The Kiba is actually two separate blades.
- Fallen Hero: A great deal of them became treacherous missing nins.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Well, duh. They were at least considered heroes by their home, Kiri.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kushimaru and Jinpachi's endless bickering, not to mention Akebino Jinin's sword that breaks any defense? Not helplful when he's trying to use it to anchor himself to the ground.
- Ill Girl: Ameyuri Ringo died from her incurable disease in the anime.
- Large and in Charge: Fuguki Suikazan is even bigger than Kisame.
- Making a Splash: It's a specialty of their village, so several of them use Water Release jutsus.
- Prehensile Hair: Fuguki Suikazan uses his hair to make deadly needles and impale enemies.
- Shock and Awe: Ameyuri Ringo's Kiba swords use lightning to attack.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Post revival. Some of them REALLY don't like eachother, but have to fight together regardless. Kushimaru and Jinpachi outright hate one another.
- The Smurfette Principle: Ameyuri Ringo's the only known female.
- Theme Naming: All of them are named after some form of produce.
- Worthy Opponent: Zabuza to Kakashi and Naruto, Kisame to Guy, Ameyuri Ringo to Omoi.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Often, their swords would be passed down to the person who killed them, who would take their place in the group.
Raiga Kurosuki (黒鋤雷牙, Kurosuki Raiga) was a former member of Kirigakure's Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist introduced in an anime filler arc, and the current owner of the Kiba double lightning sword. During his life in Kirikagure, Raiga was a very tormented, cruel, and lonely individual looking for the meaning of life. During a raid on a village, Raiga finds a boy with health problems named Ranmaru. Ranmaru is the possessor of a rare Bloodline Limit which can create very powerful illusions (enough to even fool the Hyuga Clan's Byakugan) and see through things.
- Badass Decay: It's implied that his teamwork with Ranmaru can make wonders, he's too much used to being with him and is not as effective as before without him.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He doesn't really hate most people he kills, he just thinks that funerals are the best way to see the good in people.
- Canon Foreigner: While his swords were eventually made canon, no mention is made of him when Kabuto revives the Seven Swordsmen.
- Canon Immigrant: Raiga himself does end up making a cameo wielding the Kiba double lighting swords during a flashback in chapter 669, implying that he might have been Ringo Ameyuri's predecessor.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: During his days in Kirigakure, he found one when he met Ranmaru.
- Driven to Suicide: Eventually, what losing Ranmaru does to him. He lets Naruto beat him before killing himself.
- Dual Wielding
- Expy: Of Zabuza, which is actually pointed out at a few points.
- Filler Villain
- Lightning Can Do Anything
- Made of Iron
- Morality Pet: His relationship with Ranmaru resembles Zabuza's relationship with Haku.
- Not Quite Dead: After his first defeat.
- Shock and Awe: In addition to normal Lightning Style techniques, he has limited control over "actual lightning".
- Tender Tears: He likes funerals because he always remembers the good sides of the dead, crying sincerely while doing so.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Naruto's team make Ranmaru realize that there is other things to do in life than travelling with Raiga.