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Naruto's loved onesA few other people who have had a deep impact on Naruto.
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Quinton Flynn (EN), José Antonio Macías (Latin America), Alexandre Crepet (French)
" I think you're one of my most precious students… and… you're like a little brother to me."
OK, he doesn't appear all that often, but to deny his impact on Naruto's life would be impossible.Iruka is a Chunin, an academy instructor, and — at first — one of the few people willing to acknowledge Naruto as anything other than a hideous monster. This is largely because Naruto's childhood mirrored his own - both lost their parents at an early age, and both tried to cope by acting out and becoming goofballs. (Though it's stated that Iruka did feel awkward around Naruto at first — his parents were killed by the Nine-Tails, after all). It's this influence in Naruto's life that keeps him from becoming a psychotic killer — like, for example, Gaara.Iruka appears rather infrequently in the plot, but remains incredibly beloved with the fandom. He figures pretty heavily into the first episode, where he fights Mizuki with Naruto, but later is reduced to a few cameo appearances. He's also involved in one of the Filler arcs and actually gets to fight.In Shippuden, he appears to welcome back Naruto to the village, then doesn't show up for a long time. He finally reappears in Chapter 405, where he helps Naruto get over the death of Jiraiya. Pain attacks him during the second invasion of Konoha, but Kakashi saves him. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he's sent to try and stop Naruto leaving the island, but decides to tell him the truth about the war, and is unable to prevent Naruto from running off.Two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Iruka attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding as the former's surrogate father.
His hobby is going to the hot springs.
Favorite word is "Reliance"
- Advertised Extra: He's nowhere near as prominent as some of the story's posters (including the one here) and other promotional material would have you believe—he only makes token appearances throughout the manga, and only fares slightly better in Filler.
- All There in the Manual: He's a chuunin academy teacher and possibly one of the most genuinely kind people in Konoha, but his overall stats reveal that he is more skilled than quite a few jounin and special jounin. He does, however, lose the fight against Mizuki, albeit largely as a result of Taking the Bullet for Naruto, leaving him weakened.
- Animal Motifs: Dolphins. His name, when spelled "umi no iruka", means "sea dolphins" and he can use echolocation.
- Attention Whore: As a young boy, he would do ridiculous things like humiliate himself in front of his classmates for attention to cope with the loneliness of being an orphan.
- Badass Bookworm: Chuunin-level academy teacher. Capable of projecting two sophisticated, all-senses illusions on opposite sides of Konoha. Echolocation (a possible bloodline limit). Can handle repeatedly being kicked in the spine by a beyond-super-strong former best friend. As skillful as Anko. Stood up to Pain. He's still a Chuunin simply because there's no reason for a higher rank while working as an academy teacher.
- Badass Teacher: Dude threw himself in front of a giant ass shuriken in order to protect Naruto in the first chapter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's an extremely laid-back and compassionate man in almost every appearance, but that all flies out the window when someone tries to hurt Naruto.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards his former or current students, especially Naruto. Overlaps with Papa Wolf.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards his former or current students, especially Naruto. Bonus points for being their Academy Instructor.
- Celibate Hero: Never has any romantic pursuits throughout the series.
- Character Development: Pretty decent amount for a minor character.
- In one of the Fillers, after a dangerous mission with Kakashi, he comes back wounded and he tells Hiruzen he wants to be teacher at the Academy. Soon after, he's appointed as homeroom teacher of Naruto and becomes depressed because he doesn't know how to get through to him, because he can't help but think about the monster that killed his parents. Thanks to Kakashi, he begins to understand Naruto as a person, not as the Nine-Tails' Jinchuuriki.
- In the beginning of the series, he had no problem requesting that none of the Rookie Nine be allowed to take the Chuunin Exams while their teachers were present. He taught them all so he believed that he had a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses were. He didn't think any of them were prepared. Kakashi tells him rather matter-of-factly that they were not his students anymore but the members of Team 7 were his soldiers. Later on, he understands Kakashi's words for himself when he is able to be the one to congratulate Team 7 when they passed the second phase of the exams. He finally came to terms with Naruto's growth as a shinobi through a letter to him wishing for his safe return.
- Character Tics: Whenever he blushes, he will scratch his scar.
- Containment Field: One of his known jutsus is a sealing barrier that he used on Naruto.
- Cool Teacher: He's the only adult that Naruto interacted with regularly for much of his life prior to the start of the series that didn't treat Naruto like trash.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Both his parents were killed by the Nine-Tailed Fox, leaving him an orphan. He became a Sad Clown to cope with loneliness.
- A Day in the Limelight: There's a 3-part episode Filler arc after the Invasion of Pain arc that details a fictitious version of him first meeting Naruto.
- Establishing Character Moment: He insists that Naruto is not allowed to go home until he cleans the monuments, but after Naruto sullenly points out that he has no one to go home to, offers to buy him ramen if he finishes.
- Former Teen Rebel: Like Naruto, he became a prankster as a means of coping with his parents' death, making him strict but sympathetic with Naruto (he makes Naruto clean up his graffiti on the Hokage faces, but after Naruto points out he has no one to go home to, he offers to buy him ramen).
- For Want of a Nail: Had Iruka not stood up for him against Mizuki, Naruto could very well have ended up, in a worst case scenario, a murderous monster like Gaara initially was or a hate-filled avenger like Sasuke. Naruto even acknowledges this.
- Freakiness Shame: When Mizuki points out that Naruto is the "reincarnation" of the Nine-Tailed Fox that killed his parents and that he has every reason to hate and want to kill him, Iruka initially seems to agree, then angrily rebukes his former comrade. It's this that prevents Naruto from snapping and proving everyone's fears right.
- Geometric Magic: We finally see him use a ninjutsu in Chapter 535 and its a barrier seal but Naruto is able to escape easily.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Across his nose.
- Like a Son to Me: Towards Naruto. Frequently mixes into the fatherly domain as well.
- Meaningful Echo: 600 chapters into the manga, and the words and actions of Iruka in the very first chapter inspire Naruto and enable him to befriend Kurama, thus making Iruka indirectly responsible for rehabilitating a living mass of hate and turning it into a hero.
- Meaningful Name: "Umino Iruka" is a riff on "umi no iruka," or "sea dolphin." In a few Filler episodes, he can use echolocation.
- Nice Guy: Iruka is described as being both big-hearted, and soft-hearted.
- Nose Bleed: Gets these from Naruto's perverted jutsus, and Naruto nicknames him this at one point.
- Not So Different: He realizes that he and Naruto had very similar childhoods, and he is one of the few people to acknowledge him as more than the Nine-Tails' host.
- Papa Wolf: To most of his students, but especially towards Naruto. Iruka's more than willing to challenge Kakashi when he feels that Naruto's being put in unnecessary danger and he won't hesitate to place himself in harm's way if it'll protect his favorite student.
- Parental Substitute: Naruto suggests that being with him is like having a father. In Konoha Hiden, Naruto asks him to come to his and Hinata's wedding as his father. Iruka himself disagrees with the sentiment, considering Naruto and his relationship to be a brotherly one. Possibly because he's only ten years older than Naruto.
- Rank Up: Even thought he's retired as a ninja, he's now the headmaster of the Ninja Academy in the Boruto anime.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though he initially didn't like Naruto at first in a Filler arc, he quickly realized that Naruto was his own person and not the Nine-Tails' host.
- Sad Clown: Iruka is implied to have been like this, having lost both his parents to the Nine-Tailed Fox. Unlike Naruto, he did not have to deal with being hated, but he acted the way he did to ease his loneliness. He reaches out to Naruto when he realizes they have this in common and becomes Naruto's first father figure.
- Scars Are Forever: Iruka has a scar that runs across the bridge of his nose — which he has had since his youth.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Mizuki tries to convince Iruka to help him kill Naruto, saying he's a vicious monster who would destroy the village. Iruka appears to agree, then refutes Mizuki's statement by saying that Naruto and the Nine-Tailed Fox are not one and the same. Naruto, who was teetering on the edge of a Face–Heel Turn, overhears this and comes to his rescue, proving him right.
- So Proud of You: To Naruto on numerous occasions as he grows and matures throughout the series, but especially after Jiraiya's death and Pain's invasion of Konoha.
- Stern Teacher: Iruka is a strict teacher, but also also a kind one.
- Team Dad: Even though he is soft and caring, he's a strict teacher.
- Team Mom: Despite his strict nature, he fits this personality more.
- Tsundere: Pegged as a Type B in fandom.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Iruka, like Naruto, enjoys ramen, with Ichiraku Ramen being his premier choice.
- You Killed My Father: For a long time, Iruka hated Naruto due to his parents dying in Kurama's rampage. He comes to see past this and his acknowledgment of Naruto as his own person instead of the Nine-Tailed Fox in human form made all the difference.
- You Shall Not Pass: To Naruto, himself when he tries to leave the island and join the war. Naruto shrugs it off, anyway. Though Iruka had a feeling it would go that way anyway.
Voiced By: Ikue Otani (young), Hidenori Takahashi (adult) (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (young), Max Mittelman (adult) (EN), Gaby Ugarte (Latin America, Part I), José Antonio Toledano (Latin America, Part II), Stéphane Flamand (French)
"Someone told me there's no shortcut on the path of a ninja!"
Grandson of the Third Hokage, nephew of Asuma; first introduced early in the series (second anime episode) as an 8-year-old privately tutored in ninja arts by self-described elite teacher Ebisu in this appearance; later on, he's a regular Academy student. His goal is to become Hokage — after Naruto, whom he sees as a role model (addressing him as Naruto-niichan). Usually appears with friends Udon (who has an udon-like booger hanging from his nose) and self-described "cutest kunoichi in grade school" Moegi.Generally, an appearance of Konohamaru in Part I is an indication that you're watching Filler.In Shippuden, he's a genin under Ebisu-sensei along with Udon and Moegi. Though every appearance of Konohamaru still consists of Filler, fans can see that he's taking after members of his own Sarutobi clan and admirer; the Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique from his grandfather, the Fire Release: Ash Pile Burning Technique from his uncle, and of course, the Rasengan from Naruto.Years later during the epilogue, Konohamaru becomes powerful enough to become a Jounin and actually becomes the leader of his own team consisting of Boruto Uzumaki, Sarada Uchiha, and Mitsuki.
Favorite phrase: "There are no short cuts on the road to Hokage!"
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Acts as this to Naruto who is his Big Brother Mentor.
- Badass Adorable: He manages to hit Pain with a Rasengan to save Ebisu.
- Badass Boast: "I am a genin of the Sarutobi clan, honored with the name of this village! Surname is Sarutobi! Given name is Konohamaru! Remember that!"
- Badass Teacher: Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, his skills improved greatly to earn him the rank of jōnin. He became the jonin instructor Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Inverted. It was because Naruto wasn't nice to him initially and coddling him because of his being the Third Hokage's grandson like the rest of the village that got Konohamaru to respect Naruto.
- Berserk Button: You can insult him, you can insult his clan, but insult Naruto and he'll Rasengan you.
- Big Brother Worship: Thinks of Naruto as a big brother and greatly admires him.
- Blue Is Heroic: He wears his trademark blue scarf.
- Blush Sticker: Before the Time Skip.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He starts out this way, but tones it down slightly after the Time Skip.
- Butt-Monkey: In a one-shot omake leading up to Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Konohamru's attempts to come off as a Cool Teacher fails spectacularly. He attempts to perform the bell test and ends up suffering a Groin Attack, gets lemons squirted into his eyes, and finally beaten to a pulp by Sarada.
- Energy Ball: He learned the Rasengan from Naruto.
- Flechette Storm: Inherits the Third Hokage's Shuriken Shadow Clone technique.
- Generation Xerox:
- In the anime, he uses techniques from both his late grandfather and uncle, and Naruto.
- During the epilogue, Konohamaru is shown to be much more strict but also dense at the same time, much like his teacher Ebisu, as well as a hypocrite.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Like Naruto, he wears them as he would a headband until he makes Genin.
- Gonk: His first attempts at the Sexy Jutsu.
- Hero-Worshipper: He idolizes Naruto because he is the first person outside his immediate family who treats him like he actually wants to be treated (everyone else called him "Honorable Grandson" and gave him recognition for his grandfather, not himself). Additionally, Naruto taught him the value of working hard to escape a shadow you're caught in (his being the Third Hokage's, Naruto's being the Nine-Tailed Fox).
- Hidden Depths: During his time at the Academy, Konohamaru was extremely sharp-witted. This was shown when he noticed the schedule of classes were off combined with Iruka being much more serious than usual, which were a response to Konoha Crush invasion.
- Hypocritical Humor: In the epilogue, he harps on Boruto Uzumaki for his mischievous behaviour much the way Iruka used to do to Naruto, and Naruto himself considers mentioning Konahamaru was no better as a child.
- Invisible Parents: His parents are totally absent from the original manga, and weren't even mentioned until the release of the manga-omake Boruto: Road to B, which came out well after Naruto had ended. It turns out that they were both ANBU, but we still don't know their names or faces.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A mouthy brat with a good and courageous heart.
- Meaningful Name: The konoha part of his name is Japanese for "leaf".
- Me's a Crowd: Inherits Naruto's Shadow Clone technique.
- Mobile Shrubbery: Used one pre-Shippuden with Moegi and Udon. It was kind of a running gag in the anime.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: When Konohamaru confronts Pain when the latter attacked Konoha. Also doubles as a Badass Boast.I'm a genin of the Sarutobi clan, endowed with the name of the village! My family name is Sarutobi!! My given name, Konohamaru!! Remember it, hey!!!
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Some of his disguises, like a perfectly rectangular rock with visible eyeholes that has gunpowder in it.
- Playing with Fire: Inherits Asuma's Burning Ash technique.
- Puppy Love: With Moegi in Part I.
- Royal Brat: Started off as this in Part I, but thanks to Naruto he gradually loses it.
- Scarf of Asskicking: To the general effect of having one.
- Took a Level in Badass: He saves Ebisu's life by using his shadow clones and Rasengan to temporarily knock out one of Pain's bodies.
- Verbal Tic: "kore".
- Warrior Prince: Grandson of the Third Hokage.
Voiced By: Emi Shinohara (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN debut), Laura Bailey (EN current)
"Thank you for letting me be your mother, and for letting Minato be your father. Thank you for being our son. Thank you… Thank you!"
Naruto's Missing Mom. Originally from the Whirlpool country, she grew up in a time of very many wars before eventually coming to live in Konoha after her country was destroyed. Became Kurama's second Jinchuuriki, after receiving it directly from the first one, the First Hokage's wife Mito Uzumaki; Tobi somehow discovered this and extracted Kurama from her, taking advantage of the fact that Kushina had just given birth to Naruto. She dies soon afterwards, but not before taking part in the defense of Konoha by helping Minato seal the fox (along with some of her own chakra) into their son.Over 16 years after her death, the sealed chakra comes into play when she appears inside Naruto's head to help him defeat Kurama and to explain the details of Kurama's attack, as well as just to finally bond with the son that tragedy prevented her from raising.
Her hobbies were pulling pranks and chatting.
Favorite phrase was "Don't give up until the very end"
- Action Mom: She even managed to survive having Kurama pulled out of her, albeit only briefly. She even took a freaking claw through the stomach and caught it on the way out to keep it from hitting Naruto.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A minor example. She's gorgeous as an adult in both the manga and the anime, but her pudgy face as a child, which led to her initial nickname "Tomato", is an Informed Deformity in the anime while being much more apparent in the manga.
- Adult Fear: Kushina, knowing that their newborn son Naruto would have to walk alone on a very treacherous path in life by making him Kurama's jinchuriki, naturally objected to it before Minato managed to convince her that he's doing it not just to save the village, but also because he believes that their son would somehow make the world a better place. It would still be something that would haunt them both in death, till Naruto told them he understood.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Kushina was picked on in her youth because of her red hair.
- Barrier Maiden: Not only was Kurama's seal made from her chakra, but she was also the former Jinchuuriki of Kurama. More exactly, the second one: the first was Mito, member of her clan and the First Hokage's wife.
- Battle Couple: She and Minato definitely count, as they worked together to seal Kurama into Naruto and play the Thanatos Gambit that would take their lives and be so important for their village and their kid.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: For most of her life, people made fun of her red hair. However, when she was rescued by Minato from the Kumo ninja, he boldly complimented her red hair by telling her that it was beautiful. This is the main reason why Kushina realized she was in love with him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When her spirit tells Naruto about her childhood, she starts giving off Blood Knight vibes that freak him out, all while keeping a serene smile on her face.
- Bully Hunter: In her youth she beat up everyone who teased her.
- Chain Pain: She could form chains made out of chakra and her specialty sealing jutsus where themed around them.
- Character Tics: Like her son, she scratched the back of her head when she felt flattered.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Minato knew each other as kids, and couldn't have been more than about 14 when they fell in love.
- Color Motifs: Red, given her fiery personality and beautiful red hair. She was even given the nickname, "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero".
- Dead Person Conversation: With Naruto, when he tries to defeat Kurama. Minato had a sealed a piece of Kushina inside Naruto's seal for them to talk at one point.
- Fiery Redhead: She beat up all the kids who called her "Tomato," thus earning her new "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero" nickname.note Her spirit even gave her own son a good thwack when he accused her of being Kurama's real form and how off putting she laughed, too. Though she acknowledged and apologized for her temperamental fuse.
- Force Field: She was able to generate a powerful barrier ninjutsu with her chains.
- Genius Ditz: She often acted ditzy or Hot-Blooded, exactly like Naruto, and admitted her ninjustu sucked. But she also taught Minato many sealing techniques. The kind for which her country was destroyed because they were so feared.
- Happily Married: To Minato. They had a loving and close marriage when they were alive.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She was pretty well-known by her loved ones for her burning temper, even in her adult years. Though even she is a little off put by her natural impatience, when her spirit was too quick to thwack her son when he mistook her for Kurama and told her how unnatural her laugh is.
- Heroic Host: While she was never shown using Kurama's powers, she was still his Jinchuuriki from a young age.
- Hot-Blooded: Despite being a demure housewife on the surface, she had a fiery temper. It was even part of her nickname.
- Hot Consort: To the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze.
- I Am Not Pretty: Kushina's spirit actually apologizes to Naruto for inheriting her face instead of his father's, but Naruto is glad she's so pretty.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Played With. Part of Kushina's dying wish was for Naruto to marry a girl like herself. She actually didn't make it clear on what exactly she meant, but presumably she meant a Fiery Redhead with a Hot-Blooded personality. The pink-haired Hot-Blooded Tsundere Sakura fits the bill, but in the end she doesn't marry Naruto, because she always loved Sasuke and she and Naruto were more like siblings than anything else. Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews that he deliberately Invoked these comparisons as a Red Herring to mess with the shippers. However, Kushina does bear similarities to Naruto's future wife Hinata, because they both went through a lot of the same life events and share certain hobbies, which is how the Generation Xerox sets in: Both have unique hair colors that match their respective personalities. Both were bullied as children because of a physical feature of theirs; Kushina, her red hair and Hinata, her Byakugan eyes. Both were kidnapped by Kumo ninja when they were younger because of the powers they possessed. Both were Not Afraid to Die to protect Naruto because of their love for him. Both enjoy knitting scarves. Both fell in love with their husbands in the same way: Rescue Romance. The Red String of Fate was utilized in both rescue scenarios. Both also fell in love with their husbands partly because they are good men. Both attracted the attentions of their husbands because they are Action Girls. Both are considered Supreme Chefs by their husbands. Finally, both are considered very beautiful by their husbands partly because of their long flowing hair.
- Love Epiphany: Her spirit explains to Naruto how she fell in love with Minato: when she was kidnapped by the Kumo ninja, Kushina left a trail of strands from her long red hair. Minato was the only one able to decipher the trail, ended up rescuing her, and then boldly complimented her red hair.
- Mama Bear: When the Nine-Tails tried to kill baby Naruto, Kushina threw herself in front of the fox so that its giant claw impaled her instead of her son, then grabbed the claw and physically stopped it from reaching Naruto. Keep in mind that she just gave birth and was slowly dying at that point.
- Missing Mom: She died less than an hour after Naruto was born, but part of her chakra was set inside the seal, so happy reunions all around!
- Motor Mouth: She's very talkative and chatting is actually one of her hobbies.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Red Hot-Blooded Habanero.
- Opposites Attract: With her husband Minato, whom she initially saw as a wimp. While she was a Hot-Blooded Tomboy, he was a very nice and polite man.
- Posthumous Character: After Naruto suppresses the fox, her spirit reveals that she's planning on rejoining Minato, indicating that she truly is dead. And this is confirmed later, as she fades away a while later.
- The Prankster: Like her son, Kushina would also play pranks.
- Punny Name: Uzumaki - "Uzu" means "whirlpool".
- Rapunzel Hair: Part of her most defining feature in life was her long red hair.
- Rasputinian Death: Kushina was incredibly durable in her final hours. Minutes after giving birth to Naruto, she had the Nine-Tails extracted from her, something that instantly kills people even at the height of their strength. After that, she survived getting stabbed by the Nine-Tails. She finally died when she completely bled out.
- Red Baron: "The Bloody Habanero/Red Hot-blooded Habanero".
- Redhead In Green: As seen in the page picture, Kushina had long red hair and wore a green dress.
- Red-Headed Stepchild: She was bullied when she was young because of her distinctive long red hair.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She was a loud and Hot-Blooded Red to her husband's calm and mild Blue.
- Red String of Fate: In a metaphorical sense. Strands of her long red hair led Minato to find and rescue her. She came to not only appreciate her hair (hearing from him that he'd always considered it beautiful), but she came to consider it as the "red thread of fate" that led to them falling in love.
- Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Minato when he rescued her from a group of Kumo ninja who had kidnapped her.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The hot-headed Energetic Girl to Minato's cool-headed Savvy Guy.
- Screaming Birth: Justified since being a Jinchuuriki resulted in her pregnancy running ten months instead of the usual nine. Not to mention the fact that childbirth weakens the seal, meaning she had to hold the demon in while pushing her kid out.
- Screwy Squirrel: One of her hobbies was pulling pranks.
- Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: She was Kurama's jinchuriki until Naruto's birth.
- She Is All Grown Up: According to Tsunade, she grew into her looks.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: What really made Kushina fall in love with Minato was him rescuing her from the Kumo ninja who kidnapped her and afterwards referring to her long red hair, something that was repeatedly made fun of, as beautiful.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: In The Last: Naruto the Movie, it's revealed that she knitted a green scarf, and it was left in the care of the Third Hokage upon her death.
- Tomboy: In her youth, where she was a lot more temperamental and beat people up for teasing or bullying her.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She may have been a rough-housing terror in her youth, but Minato's favorite food was her cooking. The Last reveals that she also enjoyed knitting scarves. Interestingly, she shares these two traits with Naruto's future wife Hinata.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Naruto got his love of ramen from her, though it is interesting to note that their favorite flavors of ramen differ. Namely Naruto's favorite is Miso Ramen with extra pork while Kushina likes Salt Ramen.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: When she was kidnapped by the Kumo ninja, she left behind a trail of her red hair, which is how Minato found her.
- Tsundere: Kushina was usually very sweet, but she was also quick to anger.
- Verbal Tic: "Dattebane!", translated as "Y'know!". She does it when flustered or excited, just like Naruto (though his is "Dattebayo").
- Wacky Cravings: Happened during a short flashback.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wore those when a teenager.
Konoha's EldersThere are several Elders aside from the Hokage who make some of the decisions in Konoha. Although they rarely appear, their decisions direct Konoha and thus their impact is keenly felt. They were the ones who selected the Third's replacement. They were the ones who decided to have Itachi massacre the Uchiha Clan.
Koharu Utatane and Homura Mitokado
Koharu Utatane and Homura Mitokado
Voice for Koharu Utatane: Junko Midori (JP), Ikuko Watanabe (young adult, JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN), Joanna Brito (LA Spanish)
Voice for Homura Mitokado: Hikaru Miyata (JP), Taira Kikumoto (young adult, JP), Beau Billingslea (EN), Carlos Águila (LA Spanish)
Koharu Utatane is the woman. Really hates Tsunade.Homura Mitokado is the man.Both two are former teammates of the 3rd Hokage.
- Badass Grandpa: In a flashback, Homura (and Koharu) contributed in throwing Kurama out of Konoha by force, through the Village Walls, standing in the front Line.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: During the Battle of Kurama helped to throw by force the Demon out of Konoha.
- Eyes Always Shut: Koharu's eyes are never shown open.
- Government Conspiracy: Along with Danzo, they are the ones who ordered the Uchiha Massacre. Pretty much confirmed by Danzo.
- I Was Quite a Looker: You wouldn't know it now, but Koharu was hot◊ in the old days. Not that she's a Gonk now, but...
- Jerkass: Both elders blame Tsunade for letting Konoha's destruction at the hands of Pain occur, even though she was trying everything in her power to keep everyone else alive and her decision to bring back Naruto ultimately saved the villagers from a worse fate. Hell, because of Naruto, those that did die ended up coming back to life! And it's not like one can prevent freaking gravity from activating and destroying en masse.
- This is a case of adaptation evil. In the original managa, when Homura and Koharu asks Tsunade to not call Naruto back during the Pein attack, their reasoning is that Naruto is still a child and the enemy is someone who killed Jiraiya, the strongest Shinobi from Konoha at the time(not counting Naruto for obvious reasons). Also, if Naruto is capture, it is game-over for everyone. It is hard to argue for jerkiness when they are willing to die to keep Naruto safe from enemy hands, though letting a great village fall seems like a high price to pay.
- Karma Houdini: Koharu and Homura never really got their just desserts for essentially sentencing the entire Uchiha clan to their deaths. One could argue that there was no other choice in the matter but if the Third Hokage was doing everything in his power to prevent their deaths, one would think they'd put in the same amount of effort...
- It should be noted that high treason is punished by death even today. In the ancient time, clan extermination for high treason is widely accepted.
- Never Mess with Granny: In a flashback, Koharu (and Homura) contributed in throwing Kurama out of Konoha by force, through the Village Walls, standing in the front Line. Utatane is stated to be one of the few people able to put Tsunade in her place when she oversteps her authority.
- Reality Warper: Koharu in Filler. She shows the ability to alter matter to remove explosive tags.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: So far they have not shown any resentment for Naruto, Tsunade or even the Uchihas and seem to only care for the well being of Konoha... which means they can choose very harsh and brutal options, like wanting to put on a leash Naruto (Tsunade refused. Though it should be noted that the need to keep Naruto in the village is brought up by Shizune.) or instigating the Uchiha Massacre to avoid a civil war. They later wanted to protect Naruto from Akatsuki by leaving him in a secret place. Not because they cared for him as a person, but to be sure the sole Tailed-Beast Host of the Leaf wouldn't be abducted.
Voiced By: Hiroshi Ito (JP) Masayuki Kato (young) (JP), William Frederick Knight (EN) Peter Lurie (young) (EN), Alfonso Ramírez (LA Spanish), Mathieu Moreau (French)
"To be a shinobi is to sacrifice oneself. Closing your eyes to the sunlight, distinguishing yourself in the shadows. That is the true form of ninja."
A war hawk who ran opposite Sarutobi for the position of Third Hokage, but lost. Runs ANBU's Root Division, a secret-police-type division of Konoha's military which is zealously loyal to the village (or more accurately, zealously loyal to Danzo personally). (According to Danzo, Root is the unseen support on which the Leaf depends — get it?)May end up being quite a bit more important to the plot than his infrequent appearances would suggest (he didn't even appear until Shippuden), as he's evidently been pulling strings behind the scenes for quite some time. He believes Konoha should rule by force, and resents the more diplomatic stances taken by the Third Hokage and his successors, which he believes softens the village's ninja and makes them weak.It turns out that he wanted the position of Third Hokage so bad, that he secretly aligned himself with Hanzo of the Rain Village. After Pain's invasion is thwarted, he lambasts the citizens of Konoha, stating that the interconnected Hokages made the village weak (although all of the disasters that fell upon Konoha are directly or indirectly caused by him). As a result, he is named the acting Sixth Hokage in Tsunade's absence by the daimyo, but currently lacks the approval of the jonins needed to get the position permanently. He expects that if he can make the Kage Summit go well, they would have no choice but to give him full approval. He goes off to the summit with his bodyguards. He almost managed to get appointed leader of the alliance against Akatsuki on Mifune's advisement, but Ao interrupts, stating that Danzo's eye allows him a Mind Control dojutsu that is being used to influence Mifune's decision. He admits to it, claiming that he's fulfilling a need for the shinobi to unify for protection, then makes a veiled threat towards Ao. When Sasuke invades the meeting room, he takes it as an opportunity for his party to leave with Ao in pursuit.Tobi manages to track him down, and after a brief battle with the bodyguards, Tobi disposes of them and brings out Sasuke to fight him, at which point Danzo reveals what's really under his bandages- his "collection" of Sharingan. Despite Danzo's liberal use of the forbidden reality-warping jutsu Izanagi, he loses the battle, and in his dying moments activates a suicide technique in a final but failed attempt to kill both Sasuke and Tobi.It's further revealed that his obsession with ninjas being strong stems from a inferiority complex that's been with him since before Hiruzen was selected as the 3rd Hokage and from his personal belief that a ninja should be prepared to sacrifice himself for the greater good — a belief he follows to the letter. It's also revealed that his rivalry with Sarutobi was less bitter than it seems to be.Due to Danzo's draconian beliefs and his need for Konoha's "protection", he ended up causing more problems than he did solve: brainwashing his subordinates into total obedience as he almost did with Sai, corrupting Nagato and creating "Pain" by influencing Hanzo into betraying the idealistic Akatsuki members, turning Kabuto against Konoha by having him kill his foster mother despite the years of service he put in and letting countless villagers die so he can blame Tsunade for it and usurp the Hokage position. The most jarring act is forcing Itachi to slaughter his entire clan and preventing Shisui from using his technique to end the conflict non-aggressively, all because he wanted the technique for himself. Arguably, Danzo's death makes everyone else in the story better off in the end.
His hobbies were appreciating famous pictures, and keeping diaries.
Favorite word: "fortitude"
- Aggressive Negotiations: Plans to sorta do this at the Kage Summit, using Shisui Uchiha's eye.
- Ambition Is Evil: All his actions are aimed to get him to the position of Hokage so he can bring stability -at least, his own idea of stability- to the Land of Fire.
- Absentee Actor: He isn't shown during the Nine-Tails's attack on the Leaf village, despite the other three village elders appearing in the battle together. Subverted in that one could assume he's hiding in a bunker as he usually does during attacks on the village, or is simply on a mission elsewhere at the time.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Danzo tells Itachi flatly that if he doesn't slaughter his Uchiha relatives (aside from his brother Sasuke) himself, the Leaf village will do it later instead, only with Itachi and Sasuke included in the purge of the clan if it comes to that.
- Asshole Victim: Let's face it, Danzo's actions were more negative than good and his personality doesn't really help matters. No one really grieved his death when it came.
- Assimilation Backfire: Having all these techniques constantly activated became severely draining on Danzo's reserves of chakra, hence the giant metal brace he wears underneath his clothes. By the time his battle with Sasuke comes to an end, the arm itself starts mutating into a tree, threatening to engulf Danzo's entire body. Danzo manages to save himself by ripping off the arm in time; when one looks closely at the "tree", one can see the imprints of the "closed eyelids" making up the bark. In the space of one battle, Danzo loses nearly all the techniques that made him special.
- The Assimilator: Danzo's right arm, which originally belonged to the villain of the Naruto spinoff, Shin "Uchiha" allows for it to integrate any DNA into itself without fear of rejection. It's the reason why he able to implant that many Sharingan into the arm at once, as well as injecting Senju cells, boosting his natural energy and achieving Wood Release and Izanagi.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: For someone who rarely fights, Danzo is extremely arrogant. When confronted alone by both Sasuke and the Akatsuki leader Tobi (thought to be THE Madara Uchiha), without a shred of fear he simply claims he's going to kill both and take their Sharingans. He persists even after he's run out of Izanagi uses, been stabbed in the chest, lost control of Hashirama's DNA, and been forced to rip off his own right arm. He only realizes the futility of his continued fighting after being stabbed in the heart, but still tries to take Tobi and Sasuke down with him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Almost became Hokage, after all. And is the leader of Root, regardless of what the Hokage has to say about it.
- Authority in Name Only: Danzo's treated like this with regards to international relations after his actions at the Kage Summit. The other Kages stop acknowledging him as the Hokage (even assuming that he won't last long in the position), and instead communicate with the Leaf village through Kakashi. Tobi also doesn't bother revealing the Moon's Eye Plan and his declaration of the Fourth Shinobi World War to Danzo, unlike he did to the other Kages.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite being over 70 years old, he was still very strong, putting up a strong fight against Sasuke.
- Badass Transplant: A dozen or so Sharingan eyes.
- Bad Boss: Unlikely you would call a good boss man who brainwashing his subordinates giving they learning together and then forcing them to fight to the death with each other. Also he is quite ready sacrifice his subordinates for his own purposes and/or if he considering them too dangerous for him.
- On the other hand, he never punishes subordinates for failing or disappointing him, as he considers it his own failure to properly gauge theirs and the enemy's strengths.
- Bastardly Speech: In his pitch to become the Sixth Hokage, Danzo attempts to rally support for his cause by blaming others for problems he himself secretly contributed towards creating. He lies and otherwise obscures the truth so effectively however that very little of it is discovered, or at least proven, prior to his death.
- He blames the Leaf village's sympathetic attitude towards other villages for its decay, while hiding the fact that he himself previously arranged underground alliances with the Rain village, the Sound village, and possibly the Sand village.
- He blames the generosity and teachings of Hiruzen and Jiraiya for the rise of Orochimaru and Pain, respectively, as dangerous Leaf threatening terrorists. However, it was Danzo who provoked Pain's radical anti-Leaf beliefs by assisting with Hanzo's slaughter of his allies, and who empowered Orochimaru by training him in Root, covering up his illegal experiments with forbidden ninjutsu, accidentally driving the skilled medic and spy Kabuto into defecting from the Leaf into his ranks, leaking the identities of ANBU ninja to him, and possibly assisting with his invasion of the Leaf village.
- He blames the softness of Tsunade for the departure of the Leaf's last living Uchiha, Sasuke, despite having masterminded the Uchiha massacre that caused the village's lack of Uchiha and ultimately led to Sasuke going rogue.
- He blames all of the above for the growth of Akatsuki as a terrorist organization, despite having potentially kept whatever additional intel he had on Tobi (the Akatsuki's shadow leader) private for years.
- Betrayal by Inaction: He leaves the Leaf village to fend for itself when Pain attacks, despite being one of the most powerful ninja in the village.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Akatsuki and Orochimaru for Shippuden.
- Blow You Away: He knows several wind techniques, all of which involve Razor Wind or vacuum.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: One of the foundations of Root.
- Body Horror: It starts innocently enough - when Ao scans him with the Byakugan, we're told he's not only taken Shisui's eye, but his arm; turns out it wasn't Shisui's arm, but Shin "Uchiha's". Observe closely, and you can clearly see that Danzo has a second face hidden on his arm. And that's merely the beginning; his entire arm is dotted with Sharingan he's taken from dead Uchiha.
- When Danzo loses the arm as a result of being stabbed by Sasuke and it starts growing out of control, Danzo is forced to rip/tear off the "arm" from his body. He's successful but not entirely and he spends the rest of his short lifespan with bits of tree branches jutting out of his side.
- Cavalry Refusal: He keeps Root stationed underground while Pain is attacking the Leaf village.
- The Chessmaster: Tricked Nono into going after Kabuto after turning him into a spy, manipulated Itachi into slaughtering the Uchiha clan in order to gain their eyes, and placed Sai in Orochimaru's group in order to keep an eye on Sasuke and his former agents.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout his career in the manga he has betrayed Kabuto, Shisui, Hiruzen, Orochimaru, Itachi, Tsunade, Mifune, the other four Kages, and potentially Tobi as well. The anime adds even more victims.
- Corrupt Politician: Willing to orchestrate assassinations, massacres, and terrorist attacks to gain more influence in the Leaf village.
- The Corrupter: Indirect example as his actions are responsible for the Face–Heel Turn and fall of Sasuke, Itachi, Nagato, and Kabuto. While Hanzo was the culprit of the prime event regarding the later two, Danzo was an accomplice in the betrayal that led to said event, which makes him indirectly responsible. More directly, to all the members of ROOT, whose Training from Hell includes repeatedly being forced to battle one another to the death to kill their emotions. He would probably deny that any of this was corruption, though- in his mind, this is how ninja are supposed to be.
- Corruption of a Minor: Tends to recruit children into an organization which deprives them of emotions and turns them into perfect soldiers.
- Create Your Own Villain: He kept on doing this, with at least three different characters:
- First he helped Hanzo capture Konan, which resulted in the death of Yahiko, and Nagato's mental break down and making him join to Tobi.
- Then he had Itachi murder the entire Uchiha clan, who however left his brother, Sasuke alive. Guess who had killed Danzo, after Tobi revealed this bit of information to him?
- And finally Kabuto joined Orochimaru because Danzo had set up him and his adoptive mother -both faithful and competent spies working for him- to murder each other, but Kabuto survived.
- Determinator: Never gave up his dream of becoming Hokage. Utterly refuses to let go after his defeat at Sasuke's hands. Even badly wounded and with an arm lost, he tried to kill the latter and Tobi. One feels a bit sorry when his desperation technique doesn't even manage to hurt them.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: He tries to hypnotize Mifune so the Kages will elect him leader of their alliance. It doesn't work. Mifune then informs him that he was going to nominate him, but no longer intends to do so, and Danzo attempts to justify his action by claiming that he had to be certain.
- Doomed Moral Victor: His attempt to kill Sasuke and Tobi while he's dying fails, but he still destroys Shisui's eye, which pisses Tobi off.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: He never really understood the Second Hokage's teachings:
- His entire philosophy is based on Tobirama Senju's words that ninja should be in control of their emotions and not let them cloud their judgement. However, he takes these words to the extreme and turns his subordinates into emotionless puppets willing to follow any order. Ao and even Tobi call him out on this during the Five Kage Summit arc.
- Tobirama also believed that the safety of the Leaf is more important that any individual, no matter who they are. That's why he was willing to die in order to save the lives of his subordinates and why he was going to pulverize Sasuke the moment he spoke about possibly destroying the Leaf. Danzo believes himself to be too important to die. He is also willing to let hundreds of people die if that means he can become Hokage.
- Eye Scream: The Sharingans he stole from the dead Uchihas do not look particularly healthy, especially in the anime.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Presumably taken from other dead Uchihas. All over his arms.
- Eyepatch of Power: A bunch of bandages conceal a Sharingan, which he got from Shisui Uchiha.
- Failure Hero: More like Failure Anti-Villain but still just about everything that Danzo does either fails or turns out to be a disaster.
- First-Name Basis: Was the only character in-series to be this with Hiruzen Sarutobi, the 3rd Hokage.
- Flanderization: Danzo is no saint but he's too complex to be written off as completely evil and his actions, while questionable, are always aimed towards the "good of the village". Filler episodes of the series tend to make Danzo the main antagonist, particularly during "Kakashi's Anbu Arc", where he was deliberately working with Orochimaru, had a hand in corrupting (at first) a young Yamato and even tried to kill the Third Hokage! Perhaps most glaring is the fact that during the saga, Danzo deliberately stopped Shisui from using his Kotoamatsuki to halt the Uchiha coup d'etat, reasoning that he would make better use of the technique and is "worried" that Shisui may perform this technique on him.
- Foil: To Sarutobi. As he puts it, Sarutobi was the leaves that bathed in the sun and he was the roots that grew in the dark.
- From a Certain Point of View: He convinces the Feudal Lord to appoint him Hokage by saying that since Pain/Nagato was Jiraiya's student, it was Jiraiya's teachings that doomed the village. And since Kakashi was Minato's student (who was, in turn, Jiraiya's), he's a poor choice for the next Hokage. He forgets to add that it was Naruto, another of Jiraiya's students, that saved the village and that Jiraiya's ideals motivated Nagato to revive those that were killed. What he also left out was that Nagato's grudge against Konoha was due to his own underhanded actions that resulted in his friend, another of Jiraiya's students, getting killed in the past.
- Generation Xerox:
- He shares a lot of Tobirama's philosophies and ideals, such as the belief that shinobi should be emotionless, or at the very least suppress their feelings.
- Most of his actions and beliefs are shown to be similar to Madara Uchiha's during Madara's time as a Konoha ninja. They were both cynical and acted in secret to do what was needed to protect Konoha and both (as they claimed) suppressed their emotions for the sake of the village. Also both were eventually Driven by Envy to their best friend / rival which was selected for the post Hokage over them.
- Genocide Backfire: Ordered the Uchiha Massacre, and years later was killed by the survivor.
- Geometric Magic: He seems very proficient in sealing techniques, including one that paralyzes the person it's on if they try to reveal certain information, and another that simply paralyzes a person as soon as it's activated.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: An X-shaped one on his chin.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Every single non-Uchiha Big Bad is connected to Danzo, including Orochimaru. If includes the Uchiha, he's responsible, indirectly or otherwise, for the Starts of Darkness or action of no less than four villains (Pain, Itachi, Sasuke, and Kabuto).
- Green Thumb: Which he got as a result of the same Orochimaru experiment tested on Yamato. His doesn't work quite as well, though.
- Handicapped Badass: Seems this at first, with a bandaged eye and arm. Subverted, as he only pretended to be handicapped; both his arm and eye actually work, he just doesn't want to use them unnecessarily.
- He Knows Too Much: He marks Anko for assassination because she might reveal information about his negotiations with Orochimaru. He also tries to have Kabuto assassinated simply because he had become too knowledgeable of a spy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His belief of self sacrifice being the true purpose of a shinobi. He only thought of himself as the exception because he was convinced the shinobi world needed him to continue living, and he might have been a bit cowardly in sacrificing himself at the same time. He does end up performing this trope when Tobi attempts to steal Shisui's eye, and he destroys it first before his death. As this happens, he thinks of his memories of the 2nd and 3rd Hokages.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Danzo had a massive inferiority complex when he was younger, believing himself to be weak because he couldn't quite bring himself to be the first to volunteer to do potentially life threatening tasks, and therefore in his eyes unable to live up to his father's example, or his own personal creed about self-sacrifice.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: After Danzo's political reputation is destroyed at the Kage Summit, and he can presumably no longer win the Hokage election in the Leaf village, it's unclear what his goals are. He tells Foo that he still has a plan, and that he'll explain it once Torune returns. However, the audience isn't shown the conversation they have upon reuniting, and Danzo dies before this new plan of his is revealed. Via Tobi's theories however, it could be guessed that Danzo planned to use Naruto's Nine-Tails to take over the Leaf village by force.
- Hour of Power: Each eye on his arm lets him use Izanagi for one minute. After that the eye goes blind instantly and closes forever.
- Human Resources: Has a collection of Sharingans, as well as Orochimaru's custom-made right arm with Hashirama's cells to keep them in, and views Sasuke and Tobi as prospective additions to same.
- Hypocrite: He seems to be unaware that most of his words (and expectations of his subordinates) don't match his actions.
- He expects ninjas to be self-sacrificing while he himself is too cowardly to do so himself and has never perform any self-sacrifice in his entire life. He is more likely to throw others under the bus to advance his own goals than to sacrifice anything of his own for the sake of others. It should be noted he hates himself for this and wishes he had the courage to give his life for his village. He does... in the Taking You with Me sense that he was going to die anyway, at least.
- He also expects ninja to adhere to the teachings of the Second Hokage and suppress their emotions. Yet he himself is guided by his ambition to become Hokage. He's so consumed by it, he lets Pain rampage through the Leaf while he and his subordinates merely observe the battle, planning to use this destruction as "proof" that Tsunade was unsuited for Hokage. At this point, the hypocrisy has reached critical mass: Danzo wants to become Hokage by completely ignoring the example of all the previous Hokage, who always put the lives of their subordinates above their own.note
- Danzo claims that it was because of Jiraya interfering with the affairs of other villages that Konoha was destroyed by Pain. Hyppocritally it was for Danzo interfering in Amegakure's affairs that Pain attacked. He lied to Hanzo, who back then trusted Akatsuki, telling that Akatsuki was plotting to overthrow him and made an alliance with him for power. The result was Yahiko's death, which sparked Nagato's Start of Darkness, making him join Tobi, reform Akatsuki into a criminal organization and attack Konoha. Pain attacked Konoha solely due to Danzo's actions.
- Danzo criticizes the weakness of the Leaf village towards its enemies, despite for political reasons often choosing to sit out on fighting against them AT ALL when they attack the village.
- When speaking through Mifune to nominate himself to become Supreme Leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces, Danzo disqualifies the Third Tsuchikage Onoki for being too old and frail... despite himself being the second oldest Kage present, and at the time faking injuries to his right eye and right arm.
- I Did What I Hadto Do: His response to both the other four Kages and Sasuke when called out.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Though not quite as bishonen as some of the others, in a flashback he's revealed to have been quite good looking in his younger years.
- It's All About Me: Sorta. Everything he does is for the sake of the Leaf village, but he considers himself gaining political power to be essential for the village's well being. This leads to him letting the village be invaded without doing anything to help himself become Hokage, which in his mind is all for the good of the village.
- Jerkass: If you take into account he has never spent a seconds thought reflecting of what effects his actions have had nor the people who are just as dedicated to peace as him (Shisui, the original Akatsuki) or unaffiliated with the shinobi world anymore (Kabuto's foster mother Yakushi Nonou) then you undoubtedly qualify for this trope.
- Jerkass Has a Point: At one point during his battle with Sasuke, he tells the latter that the truth about Itachi doesn't really matter to him so much as needing someone else (everyone in Konoha) to put his hatred on now that Itachi's dead. Unsurprisingly, this falls on deaf ears.
- Also the fact that he tells Sasuke that his current actions against Konoha are completely wasting Itachi's sacrifice and all he did to protect the village. Sasuke really doesn't take this well.
- His designating Sasuke as a missing-nin and an assassination target is considered by Naruto and Sakura to be cruel and unacceptable. Kakashi reminds them Sasuke genuinely is a missing-nin and the penalty for that is death. The only reason he wasn't already slated for death was Tsunade being abnormally lenient on him.
- This trope is how he hides his uses of Shisui's eye. Both times we see him use it, he has enough of a strong arguing position that it's already believable that the person he is controlling would side with him. After he's outed, Mifune chides Danzo for using the eye when there was already a good chance he would have been picked to command the alliance anyway.
- Knight Templar: While he does acknowledge that some of his actions are morally reprehensible, the lengths he is willing to go to, his conviction that only he can save the world, and the fact that he still believes his methods to be fully justified even when they cause most of the problems in the series, pushes him over the edge from Well-Intentioned Extremist into this trope.
- Lack of Empathy: While fighting Sasuke he wondered why Itachi choose to spare his little brother from the Uchiha Massacre and considered the act his only failure.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: An alternative take. Since he can revive himself thanks to Izanagi, Danzo doesn't bother with tricks or dodging moves for most of his fight against Sasuke. It almost looks like his strategy was simply "make him believe you're dead to catch him". It doesn't end well.
- Manipulative Bastard: Used Nono and Kabuto’s feelings for the orphanage so that they would act as spies for him, and manipulated Itachi into slaying his clan by preying on his love for his village.
- Mayor of a Ghost Town: Subverted; while Danzo does indeed allow the destruction of the village he wants to lead by ordering his Root forces to stand down against Pain, he takes action to prevent Naruto from being caught in the crossfire, and has faith in Tsunade's ability to protect the village's population from total annihilation. Regardless, that didn't stop the contradictory nature of his plan from becoming a minor meme.
- Missed Him by That Much: Despite Danzo's goals hinging on controlling Naruto's Nine-Tails (as theorized by Tobi), Naruto wanting to confront Danzo over the order to execute Sasuke, and the two typically residing in or traveling through the same countries at the same time, the two never meet. First, Naruto tries to seek an audience with Danzo about Sasuke, but Kakashi convinces him not to out of fear of Naruto being imprisoned in retaliation. Then when Naruto and co. learn about Tobi's secret identity and need to inform Danzo about it, he's already left the village for the Kage Summit, and they have to message him by bird instead. When they're told the truth of the Uchiha massacre by Tobi and need to confirm it with Danzo, he's already beyond contact at the Kage Summit. And lastly, when Naruto learns about Sakura's plan to kill Sasuke and resolves to stop her, he's sidelined by a hyperventilation attack and later put under watch by Yamato, only to escape and arriving at Sasuke's location shortly after Danzo's already died there.
- Motive Misidentification: When Danzo sends Sai on a secret mission to infiltrate the Orochimaru's hideout as an ally, Yamato theorizes that Danzo's goal is to negotiate a deal where he helps Orochimaru destroy the Leaf village, in exchange for Orochimaru overthrowing Tsunade and allowing Danzo to rule the ashes of the village as the new Hokage. However, the actual goal of Sai's secret mission is revealed to be much more friendly to the Leaf village; he's simply been sent to gather intel on Orochimaru and assassinate Orochimaru's "successor," Sasuke. Played With in that Danzo really was toxic enough to develop plans similar to the one in Yamato's theory on other occasions previously and afterwards, but just wasn't being so ambitious in that specific instance, making Yamato right for the wrong reasons.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: For all the critics of his actions and results, is clear that he deeply loved and wanted what was best for Konoha. Subverted in a sense- since he is one of the Elders and is perhaps the only guy in the entire village who actually preaches or believes this, it is he who decides what is Right and Wrong.
- Necessarily Evil: How he views his actions with regards to protecting the Leaf village.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- Acts he has committed in the past indirectly are responsible for the fall of Akatsuki, Itachi and Sasuke as well as being indirectly responsible for Kabuto's fall into darkness.
- He intentionally sabotages an attempt by Shisui to prevent the Uchiha coup with Kotoamasukami out of a desire for more personal power and to secure his position from the same.
- No Ontological Inertia: The seal he put on each member of Root disappears when he dies.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Though he's not really goofy looking like Lee or the Tsuchikage, his face is still drawn in an incredibly different fashion than most other characters.
- Not Me This Time: The Fifth Mizukage Mei suspects that Danzo was involved in the mind control of the Mist village's Fourth Mizukage Yagura. It's later revealed that Tobi was the lone offender in that crime. Danzo simply responds to her accusation with complete silence, contrary to how he usually tries to justify his actions.
- Not So Different: His belief that a ninja should protect his village at all costs, his dream of becoming Hokage, and having to do things the hard way as opposed to being naturally gifted, makes for some eerie parallels between him and Naruto if one thinks about it.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Danzo has this written all over him. When first introduced he was well past his prime (being about the same age as the Third Hokage was)- with one eye, a missing arm and a walking cane. Cut to the Kage Summit arc where it is revealed that he's got a friggin' Sharingan and effortlessly wipes out a unit of mooks that attacks him, sheathing his sword in one of their heads to free up his hand so he can use jutsu. Later at the meeting we find out he has Mind Control powers, and then that he's not missing an arm, he just has an arm full of Sharingan eyes that allows him to shamelessly respawn as if the Naruto universe was some multiplayer first person shooter. Huh.
- Not So Stoic: When it's suggested Kakashi be appointed Sixth Hokage ahead of him he immediately flies into a rant about how the Third Hokage's teaching have left the village weak and lead to all its trouble. In spite of his own beliefs, this one display of emotion was what finally got him the position he had been seeking for years.
- That or him finally being in a position to mind-woogie the Fire Daimyo with his implanted eye without being noticed.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Theorized by other characters, but ultimately subverted; while Danzo's actions were commonly portrayed as counterproductive to the village's best interests and largely selfish, it's revealed prior to his death that Danzo had genuinely deluded himself into believing that what was best for him was best for the Leaf village, and that only he could lead it to prosperity. It's only when it's clear to him that he's about to die that he abandons his own well-being for the sake of advancing the village's interests alone.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He openly mocks the legacies of the deceased Hokage, which are normally considered sacred in the Leaf village. He also openly laments not having Ao assassinated, or least forcibly deprived of his Byakugan, at the Kage Summit.
- The Only One: He believes he's the only person who can change the world for the better. Someone apparently forgot to tell him he was in a shonen series.
- Opportunistic Bastard: While he sometimes orchestrates controveries in the Leaf village, he is also willing to exploit completely spontaneous ones for the sake of his political goals.
- Opt Out: When Pain attacked Konoha, he chose to avoid senselessly throwing his life away by charging in headfirst. Not only that, but he also attempted to make Naruto Opt Out by killing a messenger being sent to retrieve him, on the (totally accurate) basis that Naruto would be unable to stop Pain.
- Poisonous Friend: He believed himself to be this to Hiruzen, using Root "in the shadows" to protect Konoha (and maybe Hiruzen). At all costs. If he was right is a matter for debate.
- Power Incontinence: When he's on the brink of death he loses control of his Wood Release power, and has to rip off his arm before it engulfs him.
- Power Parasite: He merged ten Sharingans into his arm, including an eleventh one taking place in his right socket, which happens to be Shisui's Sharingan. This eye is particularly important since it has the Mangekyo Sharingan and the famous technique that Shisui gained from it, Kotoamatsukami. The arm itself belonged to Shin "Uchiha" and Danzo also managed to obtain Senju DNA as well, thereby granting multiple access to Izanagi for himself. He uses them in conjunction when he fights Sasuke. Throughout the fight, Danzo expressed interest in taking Sasuke's eyes for himself after he kills him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Danzo delays major reform of the village as the temporary Sixth Hokage, in order to remain viable for the upcoming Hokage election. Additionally, he refrains from imposing new restrictions on Naruto's travel, because publicly confronting the recently acknowledged village hero would be bad for him politically.
- Reality Warper: A partial form of this. He can use the technique "Izanagi" which evidently allows the user to remove the boundaries between reality and illusion, allowing the user to reinforce his vision of reality on himself. In doing so, the user can take any injury, even death, and deem it an illusion, but it can render user's attack as reality.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Portrays himself as this to Sai, allowing Sai to remain on Team 7 despite failing Root's secret mission, and claiming that he won't go to extremes to implement his agenda in the Leaf village after becoming the temporary Sixth Hokage (but that he will be more strict than the lenient Tsunade).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Believed that he and Sarutobi were this, saying that Sarutobi represented the leaves that grow in the sun while he himself represented the roots within the dark.
- Remember the New Guy: Shows up after the Time Skip. Subverted in that the younger characters really don't know who he is- the main continuity issue is where the hell he was when Orochimaru attacked the village, but that could be Hand Waved without too much difficulty, given how much he prefers to operate in the shadows. He could even simply have been elsewhere at the time. He actually allied himself with Orochimaru, so it makes sense that he would get the hell out of there.
- Secret Police: He leads the Root organization, which protects the Leaf village from the shadows.
- The Resenter: Danzo was this to Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, believing his pragmatic/Knight Templar approach was better than the latter's idealism and that he should have been the Third. In their youth, he actually kind of admired how Sarutobi would, without hesitation, risk his life for his comrades, while Danzo himself was struggling with his fear and anxiety when a suicide mission is called for. Even back then though, he fit the trope, resenting the praise and admiration Sarutobi received for volunteering immediately.
- The Rival: To Sarutobi, who Danzo felt was better than he was, and always tried to surpass him, though it didn't stop him from respecting Sarutobi deep down (he was even on a First-Name Basis with Sarutobi which says a lot).
- Rival Turned Evil: Danzo used to be Sarutobi's rival, but also respected him. However, as he grew older, their rivalry became much more bitter over time, at least on Danzo's end.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Sasuke throughout their fight. Falls on deaf ears.
- Shadow Archetype:
- To the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi who both wanted to protect Konoha at all costs, despite Danzo's less ethical ways of going about it.
- Also with Naruto. See Not So Different above.
- Sinister Surveillance: Has Root ninjas track Naruto's every move after becoming the temporary Sixth Hokage.
- The Starscream: Implied to have had a hand in Orochimaru's invasion of Konoha so he could seize the position of Hokage for himself. Left the Hidden Leaf to its destruction in Pain's invasion to seize the position after the ashes. Allied with Hanzo in order to get the Hokage position (though how he intended to use this alliance remains extremely blurry).
- The Stoic: "Emotions generate hatred and hatred breeds conflict."
- Taking You with Me: Does a last-ditch attempt of this on Sasuke and Tobi before he dies, to no effect.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Subverted, as he would certainly like to make major changes (especially involving Naruto), but he knows this would make him unpopular (and make him lose his position), so avoids making decisions that might prove unpopular.
- Un-person: It's not enough for Danzo to mark Kabuto for assassination; he also used photos of lookalikes to replace him and trick Kabuto's loved ones into believing he was okay.
- Unknown Rival: Sarutobi apparently never even knew that Danzo felt this way about him.
- Unwitting Pawn: In spite of all his motives he became for Tobi. So nearly all his actions played into the hands Tobi: His union with Hanzo in the betrayal Nagato allowed Tobi to take under his control Akatsuki. Also he manipulated Itachi into slaying his clan that allowed Tobi not only acquire a large number of Sharingan's but also use Itachi to find a new pawn in the person of Sasuke. And Danzo is the one who reveals to the Kages that Tobi is Madara, which is exactly what Tobi wants them to believe.
- Uriah Gambit: Sends Kabuto out on a spy mission where he's fully expected to be exposed and killed.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He legitimately wants to bring peace to the ninja world and believes he can do so if he's in charge. Unfortunately he gives little consideration to ethics and won't hesitate to kill anyone in the way of his goals or otherwise Shoot the Dog.
- Villainous Breakdown: It is happening to him when his battle with Sasuke comes to an end. He begins to lose his composure when he realizes that all his Sharingan's closed and Sasuke caught him in the illusion. After Danzo loses the arm as a result of loss of control on Senju cells, he begins to cling to his life taking Karin hostage despite his belief of self sacrifice being the true purpose of a shinobi and in the end when he was not able to escape he decided does the Taking You with Me sense that he was going to die anyway.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A bit more on the extreme side than some, but there's no doubt that he thinks that he has Konoha's best interest at heart.
- Why Won't You Die?: Although he effectively died more or less ten times during his fight against Sasuke. Justified thanks to his Reality Warper powers.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: What he did to Nono and tried to do to Kabuto.
- You Just Told Me: Sasuke gets him with this regarding his technique's limitations. Danzo gets pissed at falling for such a basic trick.
Recurring Chunin and JoninThese characters occasionally appear in the plot to support the main characters. They are mainly used to show how the Leaf Villages has a finite number of officers.
Voiced By: Taiten Kusunoki (JP), Kim Strauss (EN, Original), Christopher Corey Smith (EN, Current), Carlos Segundo (Latin America), Robert Dubois (French)
Head of Konoha's Interrogation Department, and very good at what he does. His name alone is enough to scare people. First appeared as the proctor of the written part of the Chunin Exam, alongside the rest of the Interrogation Force. Since then he shows up whenever Konoha needs to make a prisoner talk.
His hobby is suggestive interrogation.
Favorite word: "Truth"
- Aloof Big Brother: A Filler arc showed he had a little brother, Idate, whom he failed with a different version of the Chunnin Exam. The brothers have also been estranged for quite some time, although Ibiki still keeps track of Idate's movements outside the village.
- Break Them by Talking: This is his job.
- Bald of Awesome: Though in his case, it's combined with...
- Exalted Torturer: He specializes in torture in order to get information for the good guys.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: See above image. 'Good guy' scars over his lip and cheek. The thing is, that's only two of them. The rest are under his bandanna.
- Guile Hero: Despite his quite imposing physical appearance, he does not focus in fighting and is most concerned with the intellectual part of the ninja job. However, he is shown to be a rather formidable opponent, managing to hold his own against Pain's Animal Path, and Word of God even states the person he desires to fight the most is Orochimaru of all people.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Towards his younger brother and possibly Naruto after he passed the hidden test.
- Hidden Purpose Test: Double layered. An actual written exam with a hidden purpose that itself hides a second test.
- I Was Quite a Looker: As the cover of Chapter 604 reveals.
- Mind Rape: The "mundane" variety is his favorite interrogation tool.
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: The scars on his head represent the mental torture he underwent years back along with the burns he received from saving his little brother.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: The scars on his head are so horrible that everyone shudders when he takes off his bandanna. He's the one providing the trope image.
- Sadistic Choice: Subverted. See Hidden Purpose Test.
- Spartan Sibling: It's alluded to that Ibiki was some degree of this prior to Idate's exile. He did pull a Knight Templar Big Brother when he found out Idate's Manipulative Bastard instructor had tricked and used him, but it was already too late by that point.
- Summon Magic: His specialty while in the battlefield. He can summon rather impressive torture devices to trap his enemies.
- Torture Cellar: Can trap his enemies in one.
Voiced By: Takako Honda (JP), Julianne Buescher (EN Original), Laura Bailey (EN Current), Connie Madera (Latin America), Nathalie Hugo (French)
"Heads up, boys and girls, this is no time to be celebrating! I'll be your next proctor. Anko Mitarashi. You ready for the second test? Good! Then let's go, follow me!"
A spunky, boisterous Action Girl, Anko is without a doubt best known in the fandom for her Badass Longcoat (which she wears very little underneath) and her Dark and Troubled Past - she was a student of Orochimaru and he abandoned her... but not until AFTER he branded her with a Cursed Seal to try and see if it would kill people that were given it. It did, and she was the only one to survive. Most of her appearances have her eating her Trademark Favorite Food, dango, which is basically a stick with dumplings on it made from rice paste. She has a Punny Name, too - both her first and last names are dango toppings.Her first appearance has her proctoring the Forest of Death section of the Chunin Exams.In Shippuden, she was tasked with tracking the movements of Kabuto. Just as the Fourth Shinobi World War started, she was attacked and defeated by Kabuto. Her Cursed Seal, though at first useless, proved instrumental in reviving her former master Orochimaru and finally freed Anko from its influence.Years later during the epilogue, Anko has noticeably become chubbier due to all the sweets she loves consuming. This makes her best friends with Choji and Karui's daughter, Chocho.
She likes conducting tea ceremonies as a hobby.
Favorite phrase: "Calling on"
- Action Girl: Lost the two fights she was in (first was Orochimaru and second against Kabuto), but held her own as much as she could against both of her opponents.
- Adaptation Expansion: Her background is explained further in the Kaima Capture Mission arc, where it's revealed that she wasn't tossed aside by Orochimaru, but that she left on her own.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Anko was taught Orochimaru's snake techniques and is actually the first person in using them in the series, but she is one of the good guys.
- Big Eater: She ate at least 40 sticks of dango in one sitting. Girl loves her dango. Ends up making her quite overweight in the finale.
- Blood Lust: Her first two scenes establish that she has a flair for the dramatic - and a really creepy fascination with blood. As in, she cuts Naruto's cheek and then licks it off. Poor kid.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's outgoing and playful, but somewhat mischievous and rather hyperactive.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's basically a female Naruto, except more studious - hence why she's an Exam Procter.
- Dynamic Entry: That's how she first appeared.
- Establishing Character Moment: Interrupted Ibiki Morino's part of the exam by breaking through the window. You can read the quote right at the top of her page; the rest of the class was understandably weirded out.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Pupil-less.
- Formerly Fit: The epilogue shows that she's gone to seed.
- Genki Girl: Ibiki lampshades it when she first appears.
- Hidden Depths: Her hobby is conducting Tea Ceremonies.
- The Lad-ette: Very much so, but with a more cocky, boisterous outlook.
- Maniac Tongue: The Kaima Capture Mission arc shows she adopted her mentor's habit of sticking her tongue out in a creepy manner.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Mitarashi and anko are dango toppings. Guess what her favorite food is.
- Moment Killer: Her boisterous entrance kills the contemplative, congratulatory feelings after everyone passed the first test. Ibiki calls her out on not reading the mood.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of the most recognizable ones in this series to date.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She got really close to Naruto when they first met.
- Out of Focus: She was used and betrayed by Orochimaru, so you might think she would get her revenge, right? Wrong, Sasuke got to him. Also, she seems like an interesting and dramatic character, so you might think they would explore her a bit more, right? WRONG, she's a side-character, and most of her supposedly genius skills, which made Orochimaru interested in her in first place, are mostly obscured! When she discovered Kabuto's hiding place, you might think she can do justice to her fame and defeat him, right? WRONG AGAIN! She is captured, bound, and has her Curse Mark power slowly drained by Kabuto.
- Power Tattoos: Like Sasuke, she had the Cursed Seal of Heaven, though she lacked the will necessary to use it and it was later removed by Sasuke to resurrect Orochimaru.
- Sexy Mentor: Well, she's technically a teacher, and she's sexy. Also, see the following entry and look at the Ms. Fanservice label.
- Snakes Are Sexy: Contrasting nicely with her mentor Orochimaru's evil snake motif.
- Stripperiffic: Yeah, only a miniskirt, longcoat, and wire mesh/chainmail covering from her neck down to her thighs. How her outfit manages to actually conceal anything is a mystery that really could only be explained by genjutsu.
- The Tease: Remember, she did scratch Naruto's face with a knife and licked the blood off his cheek. Also, her outfit is pretty distracting.
- There Was a Door: We first see her entering the testing room by smashing through a window.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dango, of course, which even provide the inspiration for her name ("mitarashi" is a dango seasoning, as is "anko").
- Vapor Wear: Well, given her outfit, it seems like she's not wearing a bra.
- You Taste Delicious: Did this to Naruto once, twice in the anime.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Mild example. For reference.◊
Voiced By: Nozomu Sasaki (JP), Lex Lang (EN), Irwin Daayán (Latin America), Romain Barbieux (French, 1st voice), David Manet (French, 2nd voice)
The proctor for the preliminaries of the Third Chunin Exam, who is responsible for determining the winners for the fights and ending them when one person is unable to continue. He's an Ill Boy Tokubetsu Jonin who specializes in kenjutsu and is actually quite talented with clone techniques.He stumbles upon Kabuto meeting with Baki to discuss the Sand Village participating in the invasion of Konoha, and Baki kills him for it. His lover Yugao finds his katana and swears to avenge him.When the main match of the Third Exam begins, he's been replaced by fellow jonin Genma Shiranui.In Filler episodes, his spirit was brought back to fight for the bad guys as an Edo Tensei zombie, though he was ultimately put down and saved by his former lover and gave her the closure that they both needed.
- Armor Is Useless: Surprisingly subverted, unfortunately for him - Baki's flak jacket blocks his attack. This is one of the few moments in which the flak jackets actually do something.
- Back from the Dead: In the Chikara anime only arc, while Kabuto is still experimenting with Edo Tensei. He then shows up for a Filler episode in the war arc as one of Kabuto's zombies.
- Handicapped Badass: Implied - he moves with astounding speed to stop Neji from killing Hinata, and Baki actually praises his skills and wonders whether all Konoha ninja are this talented. However, he's got the Incurable Coughof Death and looks like he's about to fall over.
- He Knows Too Much: He was killed for spying on Kabuto and Baki's meeting.
- Ill Boy: His distinctive trait. He hunches a lot, has dark lines under his eyes and frequently coughs with virulence. Those symptoms are never explained nor play an important role, but nonetheless make him look creepy.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Subverted because it's not the coughing that ultimately kills him.
- Informed Ability: As said above, Baki greatly praises Hayate before killing him, but the act itself could sound odd to the viewer when noticing that all his sword attack did to Baki was barely wound his shoulder through his flak jacket, which is never told to be more than a regular garment. That said, he was able to produce and control multiple shadow clones while simultaneously maneuvering himself behind Baki.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields a katana and is said to be skilled at kenjutsu, but loses his only fight. Baki, after all, wielded an air katana!
- Sacrificial Lamb: Pretty much his whole purpose; he's the first heroic character to die in the series.
Voiced By: Hiroaki Hirata, Mariko Higashiuchi (child) (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch, Richard Cansino (2 video games), Crispin Freeman (Naruto: Ultimate Ninja) (EN), Grégory Praet (French)
"Trust me. You're pawns of Orochimaru and you don't want to mess with Konoha shinobi."The proctor for the third part of the Chunin Exams and a Recurring Extra Tokubetsu Jonin. Never seen without a senbon in his mouth, which he can utilize as a projectile weapon.He takes over the Exams after Hayate is killed, and oversees the last couple battles. When the Konoha Crush starts, he confronts Baki and protects Sasuke.Later, when Sasuke leaves with the Sound Four, he follows them and fights the Four alongside fellow Tokubetsu Jonin Raido Namiashi, but is grievously wounded.It's revealed much later that he was one of the Fourth Hokage's personal bodyguards alongside Iwashi Tatami and Raido, and as such the three of them can teleport.
His hobby is traveling.
Favorite phrase: "No words, but action."
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's blonde in the manga but has brown hair in the anime.
- Bullet Seed: He can spit the senbon in his mouth fast enough to deflect a kunai thrown by Sakon, the fastest and strongest of the Sound Four.
- Determinator: He was actually rooting for Naruto in the Chunin exams as he admired Naruto's victory because he never doubted himself. After Neji's defeat, Genma also tells him that even a caged bird can eventually free themselves.
- Does Not Like Spam: His least favorite food is spinach.
- Informed Attribute: Shikaku insists that he not throw any wisecracks at their situation, but we've never seen Genma behave in any such way.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Has a somewhat-similar appearance to Hayate - they even wear their forehead protectors in a similar way.
- Those Two Guys: Occasionally, with Raido.
- Wonder Twin Powers: He can teleport - as long as Iwashi and Raido are around to help.
- The Worf Effect: Both the sender and the receiver. When battling the Sound Four, he gets beat up pretty badly. But the Sound Four only barely beat him, even with their Level 2 Cursed Seals. In other words, he (and Raido) were able to handle four prodigal Cursed Seal-wielding ninja for a while.
Voiced By: Hiroshi Tsuchida, Yūko Takayama (child) (JP), Patrick Seitz, Kirk Thornton (Video Games) (EN), Grégory Praet (French)
Raido is a Tokubetsu Jonin who specializes in close-combat swordplay and assassination. He uses the Kokuto, a blade coated in poison.He's also one of the Hokage's personal bodyguards; his first appearance is in the Third Hokage's box, acting as his bodyguard. He's taken out by Orochimaru before he can protect him, however.In Shippuden, he's part of the team that backs up Asuma against Hidan and Kakuzu. He works together with Aoba to disrupt Kakuzu, allowing the others to escape.
Favorite phrase: "Time is money."
- Armor Is Useless: His Chunin flak jacket did nothing to protect him from Orochimaru's kunai. Somewhat justified in that Real Life kevlar protective armor is bad at stopping piercing damage.
- Informed Ability: It is stated he also specializes in assassination. Obviously, we never see this, but we do see he is exceptionally skilled in stealth and close quarters.
- Poisoned Weapons: His signature weapon is the Kokuto, which has a coating of poison.
- Rugged Scar: One of his most prominent traits.
- Those Two Guys: Occasionally, with Genma.
- Wonder Twin Powers: He can use the Flying Thunder God teleportation technique, as long as Iwashi and Genma are around to help.
- The Worf Effect: Both the sender and the receiver. When battling the Sound Four, he gets beat up pretty badly. But the Sound Four only barely beat him, even with their Level 2 Cursed Seals. In other words, he and Genma were able to handle four prodigal Cursed Seal-wielding ninja for some time.
Voiced By: Nobuo Tobita, Manami Hanawa (child) (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN), Tony Beck (French)
Ebisu is a Tokubetsu Jonin who specializes in the private training of elite ninja... such as Konohamaru. He first appears in the second episode, where he protests against Naruto taking Konohamaru under his wing. Naruto later goes to him for training after the Chunin Exam tournament's preliminaries, but he gets knocked out by Jiraiya before he can teach anything.In the dub, he repeatedly calls Konohamaru the "honorable grandson of the Third Hokage".
Favorite word: "elite"
- Character Development: Ebisu was introduced as one of the many adults of the Leaf Village who detested Naruto because of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside of him. After spending the day as Naruto's teacher, Ebisu's view on the young ninja changes, as he begins to let go of his misguided hatred and respect Naruto.
- Character Tics: When perturbed, Ebisu often pushes his sunglasses up his nose.
- Cool Shades: He wears black sunglasses.
- Covert Pervert: Judging by his reaction to Naruto's Harem Jutsu...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Averted. He was clearly willing to pull one for Konohamaru during Pain's assault, but Konohamaru refuses to run away and decides to help instead. This ends up saving his life.
- Informed Ability: Ebisu was hired as Konohamaru's because he is one of the most skilled ninjas in the Leaf. This was never shown in full.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Described as being decent in most combat skills.
- Only One Name: He doesn't have a last name.
- Papa Wolf: Ebisu has a lot of attachment to his students, going so far to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to protect Konohamaru.
- Playing with Fire: In the anime, he can use the Fire Release.
- Stern Teacher: More or less, though a bit overboard as he sometimes tries to limit what his students are exposed to.
Kotetsu Hagane and Izumo Kamizuki
Kotetsu Hagane and Izumo Kamizuki
Voiced for Kotetsu: Tomoyuki Kono (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN), David Manet (French)
Voiced for Izumo: Tomohiro Tsuboi (JP), Richard Cansino, Jamie Simone (Ultimate Ninja Impact) (EN), Alexandre Crepet (French)Basically, these guys are the main pair of Those Two Guys. Izumo and Kotetsu are a pair of Chunin and inseparable best friends. They are part of the Interrogation Force, but also participate frequently in conventional missions. The duo generally seem to use Water techniques in battle.They first appear in the Chunin Exams, where they set up a genjutsu to trick prospective genin into going the wrong way. Following the exams, they show up occasionally in the background as Recurring Extras until they are sent alongside Asuma and Shikamaru to take down Hidan and Kakuzu. Then...they fade into the background again.They reappear during the war arcs, where they confront Kakuzu once again.
- Breath Weapon: Izumo's Starch Syrup Capturing Field.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: On the receiving end of this from Kakuzu.Kakuzu: Sorry, pal. I tend to forget about chump-change shinobi when I'm done with them.
- Carry a Big Stick: Kotetsu wields a giant shell on a stick and uses it as a mace.
- A Day in the Limelight: Their mission against Hidan and Kakuzu was VERY close to becoming A Death in the Limelight.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied. The duo are always seen together, be it mission related or not, and implicitly trusts the other to keep them safe
- Making a Splash: Izumo's Water Release skills.
- Master of Illusion: Kotetsu can use Yin Release to set up illusion-based genjutsu. He uses this in his first appearance to trick the genin into going the wrong way.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Izumo's hair covers his left eye.
- Secret Test: Their first appearance has them disguising the first test room before the Chunin Exam.
- Those Two Guys: If you hadn't figured it out already...
- Would Hit a Girl: One of them hit Tenten during the Chunin Exams.
Aoba is a Recurring Extra Tokubetsu Jonin who is well-versed in multiple skills but specializes in illusions. His first appearance is in the Konoha Crush, when he fights alongside Kakashi against the Sand and Sound invaders. He also leads the retrieval team sent to support Asuma against Hidan and Kakuzu, and later shows up accompanying Guy to check on Naruto and Bee.
His favorite foods are grated yam and yamaimo.
Favorite phrase is "Just as planned."
- Butterfly of Doom: Unintentionally catalyzed Sasuke's choice to leave the village.
- Immune to Mind Control: He is noted to be one of the few in the crowd who could free himself from Kabuto's genjutsu, the others being Kakashi, Guy, and Sakura.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Noted to be decently skilled in taijutsu and ninjutsu despite specializing in genjutsu.
- Not So Above It All: Loses his Only Sane Man role after Guy mistakes Kisame for a puffer fish, and promptly remarks about how tasty pufferfish are.Motoi: "Are all of you deliberately pretending to be idiots?!"
- Not So Stoic: He is prone to panicking if the situation gets too intense. There's also tension between him and Kabuto, as he blatantly tries to label Kabuto's defection as a mistake and rub it in his face that he was losing.
- Only Sane Man: Initially plays this role along with Motoi during the Confining the Jinchuriki Arc, especially compared to Guy and Killer Bee.
- The Paralyzer: He can manipulate his chakra to do this.
- Playing with Fire: One of his first appearances has him shooting a Fire Ball Jutsu.
- Pride: He's denoted to be boastful in private.
- Recurring Extra: Never truly introduced in the series; most of what we know about him is from the datebooks.
- The Stoic: Described as reserved and quiet in public.
- Summon Magic: Uses crows similar to Itachi's as a method of attack.
- Telepathy: He has some skill in telepathy, but is apparently not truly proficient yet.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His carelessness made Sasuke defect, or at very least sped up a process that would've led Sasuke out of the Leaf Village anyway. He accidentally revealed Itachi's presence and goals, which led to Sasuke confronting his brother again, and then to Orochimaru.
Voiced By: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN), Mireya Mendoza (LA Spanish), Claire Tefnin (French, original series), Géraldine Frippiat (French, Shippuden)
Tsunade's first apprentice and her late fiancé Dan's niece. Travels along with her while trying to curb her gambling habits. After Tsunade becomes Hokage, she serves as her secretary. She's still serving as Hokage's secretary, now Naruto's.She's a Jonin who specializes in healing and debilitating poisons. During the Sannin War, she helps fight Kabuto but is defeated. She also accompanied Genma, Raido, and Iwashi in hunting down the Sound Four, and provided medical help to Genma and Raido after they were grievously injured by the Four.In Shippuden, she begins to doubt Tsunade for sending Naruto out on dangerous missions despite Akatsuki's attempts to capture him, but eventually regains faith in her. During the Pain Invasion, she helps those trying to deciminate information from one of Pain's bodies and has her soul removed by Human path Pain, but is later resurrected. Later she is placed in charge of the Logistical Support and Medical Division for the Fourth Shinobi World War.
Her hobby is visiting cultural heritage sites.
Favorite phrase is "The flowers, the birds, the wind, and the Moon", an idiom of the beauty of nature.
- Back from the Dead: Was resurrected by Nagato.
- Badass Bookworm: Being a medic-nin requires an extensive knowledge of the human body.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Tsunade, who dislikes filling paperwork and working long hours. She seems to have an easier time with Naruto in the Epilogue.
- Berserk Button: Do not look at Tonton like she food.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As kind, level-headed, and humble as Shizune is, she has a ruthless side whenever in combat, or when Tsunade is insulted.
- Breath Weapon: Her poison mist jutsu.
- Children Raise You: Apparently, she does this for Tsunade.
- Christmas Cake: In an omake, she drunkenly confesses that she's jealous of Kurenai for having a boyfriend and maybe even husband while she is too busy working for Tsunade to find one for herself. Unfortunately, Tsunade happens to hear it. Harsher in Hindsight when you remember that this omake happens few episodes before said boyfriend dies, and the death had already happened in the manga.
- Combat Medic: She's a medic that can fight.
- Cool Big Sis: She often gives this vibe.
- Despite having just met Naruto, she helped him, took care of him when he collapsed from exhaustion and did her best to keep him safe during the battle between the Sannin. In Part II, her main objection to Naruto leaving the village was that if the Akatsuki found him, he'd be killed (while the elders were only worried about the Nine Tails falling into enemy hands).
- She's this to Sakura, as shown by their multiple interactions and the respect Sakura has for her. In Naruto Gaiden, she takes care of Sakura after she fainted; also, Sarada seems to be quite close to her.
- Cultured Badass: Shizune's main hobby is visiting cultural heritage sites.
- Curtains Match The Windows: One of the few to have matching black hair and black eyes.
- Deadly Doctor: Pulls a scalpel to Kabuto's throat when he threatens Tsunade.
- A Girl And Her X: A Woman and Her Pig. Shizune is almost always seen taking care of Tsunade's pet pig, Tonton.
- Healing Hands: She specializes in medical ninjutsu.
- Humble Hero: Being Tsunade's student, she too tried to master the Strength of a Hundred Seal, but ultimately failed. When she sees that Sakura was able to succeed in the task and, shortly after that, use Katsuyu's Long Distance Healing, is she jealous? Nope:Sakura, you are just amazing.
- Kimono: She wears a dark blue one with long sleeves, tied with a white shash. In the Epilogue, she switches to an all-black, sleeveless one.
- Master Poisoner: Her specialty, including Poisoned Weapons.
- Nice Girl: She is a very kind and calm person.
- Number Two: Shizune becomes the Hokage Assistant and Adviser for Tsunade.
- Older Than They Look: In the Epilogue, set at least ten years after the War ended, she doesn't look like she aged at all. Hey, she was Tsunade's student, after all. Hell, even at the start of the series she looks like she's barely out of her teens, when she's already 28 (a year older than Kakashi).
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: She has spring-operated needle launchers hidden up her very long sleeves.
- Senpai Kohai: Sakura considers her a senpai as Tsunade's previous disciple.
- Undying Loyalty: To Tsunade, to the extent that she sees working under her as her purpose in life.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month when Sarada noted that she knew there were no records of her birth, questioning her parentage, Shizune inexplicably keeping quiet with a sad look on her face only served to greatly fan the flames of Sarada's doubts.
Previous Ino-Shika-ChoThe Nara clan, the Yamanaka clan, and the Akimichi clan have a long history together, with an Ino–Shika–Chō group formed once a generation with one member from each clan under the leadership of a member of the Sarutobi clan. The previous Ino–Shika–Chō are the fathers of the members of Team Asuma, teamed up in their younger days and continued working together even after passing the torch to their children.
All provide examples of:
- Animal Motifs: Shikaku (deer), Inoichi (boar), and Choza (butterfly).
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A male example. Inoichi is the blond, Shikaku is the dark-haired one, and Choza is the redhead.
- Generation Xerox: Shikaku looks almost exactly like his son, albeit with more scars and facial hair. Similarly, his relationship with Choza and Inoichi is a copy of the past 14 generations of their three families (and their own children make 16). Inoichi is a genderflipped example; had Ino been a male, he would look like a younger Inoichi; Choza, meanwhile, looks like a larger, more masculine, red-haired version of Choji, albeit with different facial markings and eyes that are nearly always shut.
- Good Parents: All three of them have good relationships with their kids.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Maybe not as much as their sons, but Choza and Shikaku display traits of this. Shikaku might not wear blue, but he's generally calm, fiercely intelligent, a respected and trusted strategist, and a long-range fighter. Choza, meanwhile, is the most physical of the trio (and in the Fourth Shinobi World War, he's the only one on the frontlines), fights at close to mid-range, and although he's not as emotional as his son, he has his moments. Not to mention he has the appropriate hair colour.
- Sacrificial Lion: As of Chapter 613, Choza is the only member of the trio left.
Voiced By: Hiroshi Yanaka (JP), Jonathan Fahn (EN), Gerardo Vázques (Latin America), Gaëtan Wiernik (French)
Shikamaru's father and the Jonin Commander of Konoha. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he acts as Tsunade's right-hand man and is in charge of planning and co-ordinating attacks for the entire army.As of chapter 613, he has been killed by the Ten Tails' destruction of the Allied Shinobi Forces HQ, along with Ao and Inoichi.
His hobby was looking after deer.
- Always Someone Better: His son may have an I.Q. of over 200, but Shikaku can school him in shogi.
- Ascended Extra: He's gotten a more prominent role during the war against Obito and Madara.
- Badass Beard: A nice pointed and trimmed one.
- Badass Bookworm: Well, he is Shikamaru's father.
- Commanding Coolness: He's the Jounin Commander of Konoha and Tsunade's right-hand man, famed for his strategic abilities. When Tsunade goes out onto the battlefield, Shikaku takes charge back at HQ and gives his final orders to the Alliance when he realises HQ is going to be bombed. Even foreign ninja such as the Raikage are impressed.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like his son. Their family's secret jutsu makes use of Casting a Shadow and Shadow Pin.
- Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to Obito and Madara launching an attack at the Shinobi Alliance HQ is to calmly accept that he and everyone else around him is going to die and tell everyone via mind link his last strategy to take down the Juubi.
- Friend to All Living Things: His hobby is looking after the deer.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Shikaku had two scars on the right side of his face which were probably his most noticeable feature.
- Henpecked Husband: Both him and Shikamaru are very careful to never make Yoshino angry.
- I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!: This reaction to his son made him come across as somewhat of an alcoholic, in his first appearance.
- Jerkass Has a Point: After the Sasuke Retrieval arc ended in failure, he calls his son out for being a coward and bluntly stating that even if he retires from being a ninja, his friends would still go on other missions, just under a different leader.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's blunt and harsh, but ultimately fair. As an added note, he was one of the few parents who let Shikamaru play with Naruto when they both were kids.
- Nerves of Steel: A trait he passed onto his son.
- Passing the Torch: Passes on the position as the Alliance's Chief Strategist to his son moments before his death
- Porn Stash: Just before he dies, he tells Shikamaru to get rid of something in a wooden box on a bookshelf. Whatever it is, Shikaku is quite ashamed of its contents, so the effect is the same.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Was the one to decide to let Naruto talk to Pain alone, when he saw how important it was to him.
- Sacrificial Lion: Obito's and Madara's reaction to the Shinobi alliance attacking the mind of the Juubi is to attack the minds of the Shinobi Alliance - Namely Shikaku and men linking him to the rest of the Shinobi Alliance. He's among the first casualties of the Ten-Tails' second form.
- Smart People Play Chess: Can even beat Shikamaru at shogi.
- The Stoic: Always kept his cool, either when scolding his son, killing enemy ninja, or facing his death.
- The Strategist: He the strategist for the entire Shinobi Alliance. He also manages to plan an attack using the entire army against Madara, Obito, and the Juubi, in only about a minute.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To Shikamaru, calling him a spineless coward when the latter decides he wants to give up being a shinobi after failing to retrieve Sasuke, resulting in Neji and Chouji being brought back in critical condition. He says his friends will still go on missions without him, and without him, they might not survive.
Voiced By: Daiki Nakamura (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), Raúl Anaya (Latin America), Franck Dacquin (French), Laurent Vernin (French, replacement voice)
Ino's father and a member of the Konoha Interrogation Unit. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he leads the Intelligence Division and acts as one of the main points of communication via his telepathic abilities.As of chapter 613, he has been killed by the Ten Tails' destruction of the Allied Shinobi Forces HQ, along with Ao and Shikaku.
His hobby was cultivating flowers.
- Ascended Extra: He's gotten a more prominent role during the war against Obito and Madara.
- Badass Longcoat: In Part I, Inoichi was seen wearing the standard flak jacket over a black outfit, complete with hand-guards, forehead protector and a sleeveless red haori.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He could give Guy and Lee a run for their money.
- Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to Obito and Madara launching an attack at the Shinobi Alliance HQ is to calmly accept that he and everyone else around him is going to die and help tell everyone via mind link Shikaku's last strategy to take down the Juubi.
- Mind Probe: Complete with raiding the Neuro-Vault.
- Mission Control: He acts as this during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He's a sensor ninja.
- Passing the Torch: Does this to Ino just before his death.
- People Puppets: The Mind Body Disturbance Technique takes control of an enemy's body without transferring your own consciousness, making it a lot less risky than the Mind Body Switch Technique.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Relaying a message to thousands of Shinobi does this.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Inoichi's hobby is cultivating flowers.
- Sacrificial Lion: Obito's and Madara's reaction to the Shinobi alliance attacking the mind of the Juubi is to attack the minds of the Shinobi Alliance - Namely Shikaku and the men linking him to the Shinobi Alliance. He's among the first casualties of the Ten-Tails' second form.
- Telepathy: Another part of the Yamanaka clan specialty.
Voiced By: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Michael Sorich (EN), Salvador Nájar and later Jorge Roig Sr. (Latin America)
Choji's father and head of the Akimichi clan. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he is placed in the First Division alongside Darui, Tenten, and Hiashi Hyuga. Due to the events of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Choza becomes the only surviving member of the previous Ino-Shika-Cho trio.
His hobby is visiting all-you-can-eat shops.
- Acrofatic: It's the Akimichi clan schtick along with Kevlard.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: First one to use it. It's a clan specialty.
- Badass Boast:Dan: You sure got big, Choza.
Choza: And I'm about to get bigger.
- Big Eater: A given since he's part of the Akimichi Clan that use the calories in food as chakra.
- Characterization Marches On: He's first seen in an Early-Bird Cameo as part of a mob of ninja who want to hunt down and murder Naruto for stealing a scroll filled with forbidden techniques. When we get around to meeting him properly, he's almost nothing like that.
- Eyes Always Shut: Choza's eyes are never seen open.
- Facial Markings: Seems to be a clan thing.
- Gentle Giant: When off-duty. Especially seen in a flashback where he explains the Ino/Shika/Cho trio story to little Chouji.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is severely injured and believed to be dead after protecting Choji from Pain. He does get better, though.
- Nice Guy: He is a gentle and caring man with seemingly great wisdom and understanding of the world, and has deep love for his son, Chōji.
- Papa Wolf: Choza's shown himself to be willing to risk his life if it means keeping Choji safe. When Pain attacks Konoha and he and Choji are trying - and failing - to restrain Pain, and the Asura Path comes into contact with Kakashi's Chidori, he shields Choji from the resulting explosion, almost dying in the process. Later, when an undead Asuma aims a fire attack at Choji, Choza comes charging in in his giant form and shields Choji, getting badly burned. He doesn't let this faze him for too long and orders Choji to man up and remember the oath he made. Which Choji then does.
- Rolling Attack: One of the clan techniques. He performs a double one with Choji against Pain, not that it helps them.
- Simple Staff: Choza's weapon of choice, also wielded by several other Akimichi. He uses it to hold back the Gedo Mazo statue, whack some Zetsu clones and renegade Sand shinobi, and in the anime he can even create winds with it.
- Sole Survivor: He's the sole remaining living member of the original Ino-Shika-Cho.
- Size Shifter: He is the first to use the Expansion Jutsu's ability this way, during the invasion of Konoha.
- Taking the Bullet: Does this for Choji in the fight against Pain, enabling him to survive Shinra Tensei without being severely wounded. To Choji's relief, he survives the attack. He also blocks the tail of a faux Kurama with his body, and later blocks an attack from Asuma, getting burned in the process.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Choza is not pleased with Choji when he refuses to hit the zombiefied Asuma, and calls him out.
The Hyuga clanThe Hyūga Clan is one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure. All members born into this clan possess the Byakugan, a kekkei genkai that gives them extended fields of vision and the ability to see through solid objects and even the chakra circulatory system, amongst other things. Members of this clan also possess the unique ability to expel chakra from any of the tenketsu in their body.
All provide examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, everyone in the Hyuga clan has large pupil-less white or silver eyes, which are depicted as lavender in the anime.
- Alliterative Name: Very common among the clan.
- Aura Vision: The Byakugan can see chakra.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: There is in fighting withing the clan's Branch Family and Main Family though they are ultimately all bound together in a strong sense of duty and pride. Though compared to the Uchiha, they aren't nearly as screwed up, especially with the truth of the Uchiha Massacre.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Pupil-less white or silver eyes.
- Hufflepuff House: The Hyuga are an extensive and important family in Konoha, but you wouldn't know it to look at them. The Uchiha clan never has more than three members during the present story, and it still has more influence over everyone and everything in the setting than the Hyuga clan does. Their Byakugan was part of the "Three Great Doujutsu" along with the Sharingan and Rinnegan, but thanks to the Sharingan gaining about five thousand new abilities since this was brought up (including the fact that the Rinnegan is just a powered up Sharingan), it has had no relevance to the story beyond a one-time use by Neji to find Gaara after Deidara kidnapped him.
- Then it is found out that Kaguya possessed the Byakugan. However, it appears that this was only done to tie the Byakugan into the other two Dojutsu with Hamura establishing the origins of the Hyuga clan. Beyond that, and the fact Black Zetsu's plot did not involve the Hyuga in any shape or form, still leaves the Hyuga as this trope.
- The Last: Naruto the Movie, however, remedies this to a degree by making a Hyuga (Hinata) as a main character, establishing that the Byakugan having its own upgraded form (the Tenseigan), and having Hamura himself appear in an important scene. In a reversal to the above, the Uchiha are reduced to mere cameos.
- Boruto remedies this further by having Boruto's main ability in the anime be tied to the Tenseigan, making his Hyuga blood a huge part of his character.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Standard outfit for every member of the clan we see is a plain kimono unless they are in uniform or training.
- Magical Eye: The Byakugan.
- Power Palms: The Gentle Fist style typically focuses on striking the opponent with the palm.
- Pressure Point: The point of the Gentle Fist style is to target these.
- Praetorian Guard: The Branch Family who are sworn by their lives to protect the Main Family who governs the clan.
- Prophet Eyes: Inverted with Byakugan. Though their eyes are blank white, they are not blind. Just the opposite, as the Byakugan greatly enhances their vision.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: The Gentle Fist which provides examples of...
- Superpowerful Genetics: All the Supernatural Martial Arts and Magical Eye abilites are granted by these. The Last reveals that all Main Family members inherit their chakra from their ancestor Hamura.
- Super Senses: And other abilities such as 360 degree vision and telescopic view.
- Touch of Death: The idea behind the Gentle Fist style.
- True Sight: The Byakugan has the ability to pierce through visually disabling techniques and illusions.
- Vein-O-Vision: The Byakugan can see the chakra network and identify chakra points.
- X-Ray Vision: The Byakugan can see through solid objects.
Voiced By: Eizou Tsuda (JP), John Demita (EN), José Luis Orozco (Latin America), Martin Spinhayer (French)
Hiashi Hyūga (日向ヒアシ, Hyūga Hiashi) is the head of the Hyūga clan. He is also the father of Hinata and Hanabi Hyūga, as well as the older twin brother of the late Hizashi Hyūga, and the paternal uncle of Neji Hyūga. Born as the eldest of the twin sons of the former leader, the ruthless traditions of the clan and a tragedy that happened later would make him very, very bitter...In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he is placed in the First Division alongside Darui, Choza Akimichi and Tenten, and ends up having to fight his brother, who has been brought back as a zombie via Edo Tensei.Appears again in The Last: Naruto the Movie, trying to fight the film's villain Toneri but ultimately loses. He is saved by Sasuke and it is due to his pleading to Kakashi that his daughters and Naruto's team were saved from vaporizaton while they were on the moon. Later becomes a grandfather to Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari.
His hobbies are playing Go and Shoga which is a field of art that combines calligraphy and painting. It is considered a very important skill for classic literati.
Favorite phrase: "Steadfast and unswerving"
- Abusive Parent: To Hinata. Things have started to get better now, though, if his talk with Edo-Tensei!Hizashi is a good sign, as he points out that Hinata and Neji are fighting together against their fates.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When it came to gaining Neji's forgiveness.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: A grandparent example. Old Hiashi is completely doting towards his grandson and especially his granddaughter.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the invading Sound ninja painfully find out.
- Badass Boast: Hiashi tends to give ones regarding the strength of the Hyuga clan.(To the invading Suna and Oto shinobi) "The Hyūga clan is the strongest in Konoha. Remember it well."
- Big Brother Bully: What Neji viewed him as in relation to Hizashi.
- Cain and Abel: With his twin younger brother Hizashi, due to the inner politics of the Hyuga clan. Subverted later.
- The Chains of Commanding: He's the head of the Hyuga clan's main family (of Konoha's upper class) and, when we first meet him, he appears to be a very strict, stern-looking man and a "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl for his daughter Hinata. However, it's later revealed that he's been carrying around massive inner grief for the Heroic Sacrifice pulled nine years earlier by his twin brother (who was delegated into the clan's branch family because Hiashi was born first) and the rift between both sides of the clan exacerbated by such terrible circumstances.
- Distressed Dude: In The Last, an encounter with Toneri left him very injured and was rescued by Sasuke days later, to be brought back to the Leaf village for treatment.
- Doting Grandparent: Revealed to be one to his two grandchildren in the Boruto anime.
- Evil Uncle: What Neji originally saw him as, until he learned the truth about his father's death.
- Geometric Magic: Is in charge of the Caged Bird Seal.
- Heartbroken Badass: Heavily implied that his wife suddenly passed away after the birth of Hanabi (she's shown in a brief flashback of Episode 166 in Shippuden holding baby Hanabi while Hinata is barely older than a toddler) not long before the Cloud coup took place, which caused him to go sour and start mistreating his daughters.
- It's All My Fault: "My apologies Hizashi, I let Neji die."
- Just One Man: Near the end of the Invasion of Konoha arc, around 20 Sand Ninjas surround him and remark that he's just one man. Hiashi then defeats them all with a very large Rotation jutsu.
- Kneel Before Frodo: Goes on his knees and begs for Neji's forgiveness when he tells him the truth over his father's death.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: His Kaiten (a defensive spinning technique) can send the attackers flying with lethal force.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had he been truthful earlier, Neji would've been somewhat less of a bitter Jerkass...
- Not So Stoic: When he tells Neji what truly happened with Hizashi.
- Papa Wolf: He did kill that Cloud Ninja who attempted to capture Hinata.
- Parental Favoritism: Hinata's perceived incompetence compared to Hanabi results in a rather heavy case of this.
- Parents as People: He was an ass, no questions about it, especially towards Hinata, but the situation that led him to being an ass wasn't exactly easy. And as said before, he gets better later.
- Secret Keeper: Hid what truly happened with Hizashi, in the hopes to tell Neji when he was Older and Wiser.
- Then again, if he had been truthful from the start, Neji wouldn't have believed him at first; in the manga (when Hizashi didn't leave a letter behind), Neji tells him that the story sounds convenient, and Hiashi says he wanted to wait until he could listen to him as an uncle rather than head of the family.
- Screw Destiny: What he tells to the Edo-tensei-revived!Hizashi in Chapter 526.
- The Stoic: Generally not a very expressive individual.
- Super Mode: Gains a chakra cloak from Naruto that greatly increases his power.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When he sees wooden spikes heading toward Hinata and Naruto, with neither Hinata nor Neji able to knock them out of the air. Neji manages to block them... with his body.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- With Neji — Hiashi decided to make amends with his nephew and openly chose to train Neji in the Hyūga clan's full arts. Also, as this was considered a taboo to pass down secret techniques to the Branch House, this showed Hiashi to have become much more lenient and is not as strictly devoted to traditions, now desiring to end the rift within the clan, thus somewhat merging the two houses.
- With Hinata — He began to treat her better after the Chunin Exams arc, he openly applauded her for trying to fight Pain, he allowed her to participate in the Fourth Shinobi World War, and he did not stop her from helping him and Neji protect Naruto during the fight against Obito and Madara.
Voiced By: Kazuaki Ito (JP), John Demita (EN), José Luis Orozco (Latin America), Martin Spinhayer (French)
Twin younger brother of Hiashi, and a member of the branch house. Very, very bitter towards his older twin because of that, and presumed to have been sacrificed for Hiashi after a terrible incident. Things weren't so black and white in the end: Hizashi willingly sacrificed himself for his brother, as his way to Screw Destiny.Resurrected by Kabuto via Edo Tensei and fought Hiashi himself before being sealed away.
- Abusive Parents: It's revealed in the databooks the Hyuga Elder who he conspired with to be killed in his brother's place was Hiashi and Hizashi's father.
- Back from the Dead: Kabuto resurrects him with Edo Tensei and makes him fight his brother.
- Cain and Abel: With his twin older brother Hiashi, due to the inner politics of the Hyuga clan. Subverted later: he was bitter, but deep down still cared.
- Facial Markings: The branch house mark on his forehead. Also a sort-of leash on him, as it can be activated and cause him horrible pain if he's suspected of being rebellious.
- Generation Xerox: Neji also dies protecting a Main Family member, and his last thoughts are addressing his father, realizing what it means to choose death for your comrades.
- Heroic Sacrifice: What his death truly was, since he willingly died for Hiashi (as his brother) and the village.
- Posthumous Character: Except when he's revived by Edo Tensei.
- Restraining Bolt: The seal on his forehead.
- Screw Destiny/You Can't Fight Fate: A constant theme for him and Neji. He died willingly to prove the first one, then said the latter when revived and Hiashi replied with the first.
- The Unfavorite: Abusive Parents favored his brother over him, since he was born second.
Voiced By: Kiyomi Asai (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN), Monserrat Mendoza (Latin America), Nycolle González (Latin America, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4)
Hinata's younger sister. A dutiful ninja who bears the weight of the clan on her shoulders. She loves and admires her older sister very much and the feeling is mutual.
Her hobby is training with her father.
- Adaptation Expansion: Hanabi gets more screen-time in the anime.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents An aunt example. Acts just like her father when she's around her nephew and niece in the Boruto anime.
- Because Destiny Says So: Much of the reason why she trains so much is because she's told she's destined to be the clan head instead of Hinata, which puts a huge burden on her to live up to expectations.
- Big Sister Worship: Hanabi idolizes and deeply loves her elder sister, Hinata.
- Broken Pedestal: Hanabi adores and idolizes her sister but her confidence in her was shaken when she defeated her in a match to determine which of the sisters would be their father's successor. She later realizes her sister was never as weak as she appeared.
- Cat Smile: Rather unexpectedly sports one when she's gently teasing Hinata about her hesitation to give her red scarf to Naruto at the start of The Last.
- Character Development: She gets very little attention in the manga, but gets a lot of development in the two-part anime special focused on her.
- Cool Aunt: She's this with her nephew and niece in the Boruto anime, as she's playful with them and also gives her nephew helpful advice.
- A Day in the Limelight: Hanabi gets a two-part special in the anime as an interlude to the plot of The Last, exploring the relationship between her and her sister.
- Eye Scream: Toneri steals her eyes so he can use them to activate the Tenseigan after marrying her sister, but Hinata gets them back for her.
- Heiress To The Dojo: Hiashi passed Hinata over and named Hanabi his heir apparent.
- Informed Ability: Was said to be stronger than Hinata, but we haven't seen her in action.
- That said, when testing her nephew in the Boruto anime, she was completely dominating the fight despite his creative use of Shadow Clones, mostly with her Gentle Fist style.
- Satellite Character: Only appeared twice in the Naruto manga, both times in the presence of her father. She has a much bigger role in the anime.
- Screw Destiny: After seeing Hinata get stronger and stronger, despite being called a failure and yet remaining the kind, gentle person she knew, she's determined to be just like her sister and find her own path.
- She Is All Grown Up: Appears as an adult in the Boruto anime, alongside Hiashi.
- Shipper on Deck: The Last shows that she is supportive of Hinata's feelings for Naruto.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Hinata. However, she has great respect for her sister, scoffing at the idea of Neji being stronger than her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Hanabi takes after her father the most.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: The video games peg her with one.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Her personality is drastically different after the end of the 4th Shinobi World War, with The Last showing her becoming much more easygoing, cheerfully teasing her sister, and even hanging a small doll on a kunai; the novelization notes that "something inside of her changed" since the death of her cousin Neji.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Doesn't make any canonical appearance in Naruto after the Time Skip, until during Hinata's Infinite Tsukuyomi-induced dream.
- On the other hand, as noted earlier, a post-Time Skip version of her designed by Kishimoto does show up in the spin-off Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth. She also makes her way into canon expansion packs during the run of the anime that inserts her into the events of previous moments retroactively.
- Hanabi finally appears in The Last, where she is kidnapped by Toneri, and appears again in the Boruto anime.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Like her older sister, but in different ways. Hinata is more about the humility and developing the core of steel, while Hanabi is more about the obedience to her elders. She grows out of this after the end of Naruto's War Arc, becoming more of a Genki Girl instead.
OtherNotable citizens from the Leaf village.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (JP), Michael Reisz (EN), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America), Thierry Janssen (French), Jean-Paul Clerbois (French, Shippuden episode 327)
Mizuki is a childhood friend and was a former fellow Ninja Academy instructor of Iruka Umino. He later becomes the first antagonist of the series. At the series' start, he tricked Naruto Uzumaki into stealing Konoha's Scroll of Seals, which contains a number of forbidden jutsu. He convinced Naruto to do it by appearing sympathetic towards him, and told him that it would help him graduate from the Academy, but, in actuality, he despised Naruto. While he intended to steal the scroll from Naruto and to use Naruto as a scapegoat in the meantime, Iruka eventually figured out what he was up to and quickly caught up with Naruto and Mizuki. Realizing that it would be harder to get the scroll from Naruto if he teamed up with Iruka, he decided that he had to get Naruto to not trust Iruka. Mizuki then revealed to Naruto the truth about his past and why the village despised him: that he is the container for the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.As Naruto was frozen in shock by this knowledge, Mizuki used this to his advantage by hurling a giant shuriken at the frightened Naruto. Iruka jumped in at the last second to block the shuriken with his own back, wounding him. Later, because of Iruka's kind, caring words and selfless action, Naruto had the courage to use the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique he had learned from the scroll to defeat Mizuki as punishment for harming Iruka, which inevitably greatened Mizuki's hatred for Naruto.
Favorite phrase: "Positive thinking"
- Adaptation Expansion: They gave him a Filler arc in the anime, which was infamous both for Mizuki's tiger transformation and being the second of a long series of fillers.
- Some people did enjoy the arc, though - it was one of the few at least halfway-decent ones, if only for the backstory it provided on Iruka and giving Mizuki more in-depth characterisation.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the "Mizuki Strikes Back" anime Filler arc.
- Bait the Dog: Until Naruto steals the scroll, nothing seems off about him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seemed kind towards Naruto at first, then drops the act when the Scroll of Seals is in sight.
- Brought Down to Normal: Tsunade saves him after he's defeated, but the damage his body suffered will prevent him from ever being a shinobi again.
- Driven by Envy: Towards Iruka, since he envied the positive attention his childhood friend received.
- False Friend: To Iruka, according to the anime. The manga doesn't imply that they're anything more than fellow teachers
- For the Evulz: Unless you actually buy his idea that it was some kind of Mercy Kill or that it was necessary for the mission, his killing a comrade chunin in a flashback is this. He didn't seem to have any reason to do it, and it even screwed him over later (see Hoist By His Own Petard).
- Hate Sink: For goodness sake, the man's least favorite food is ramen! How much more offensive to Naruto can be possibly be? On a more serious note, Mizuki is one of very few characters who can't really elict any sympathy from the audience, even if he's overshadowed by the more major villains, because his motivations and goals are so petty in comparison. Even Orochimaru had a tragic Start of Darkness that took many years to be completed.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Filler stated he was in cahoots with Orochimaru who gave him a recipe for a potion that would increase his chakra. It did, giving him a humanoid tiger appearance and he bats Naruto and Iruka around a bit. But after the two manage to beat him, the potion turns him into a withered old man as it was highly unstable. Tsunade surmises that Mizuki was just another test subject for Orochimaru meaning he got screwed over twice. What's more he can no longer be a ninja now due to it. And for a real kick in the teeth, Iruka tells Mizuki that Naruto far surpasses him in terms of strength.
- This happens to him in his flashback as well. He and a comrade decided to leave the third member of their team for dead during a code-retrieval mission. However, Mizuki hung back and killed the guy himself, thinking it a fitting fate for someone "weak enough" to get injured while fleeing from the enemy. Because of this, he was initially denied an academy teaching post due to the Hokage and other jonin suspecting he had unnecessarily killed a comrade. Being denied that post seemed to be the last straw in his hate for Iruka.
- Heck this goes back all the way back to the first chapter when he tricked Naruto into stealing the scroll (the Filler revealing he was trying to give it to Orochimaru). He assumed he could easily take it from Naruto just for his amateur rank. Not only does that not happen, Naruto manages to figure the scroll's power and beats him silly with it. Said power would later becomes a trademark of Naruto's which he only got better with over time.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He tells Naruto that Iruka is strict because he had to learn maturity after losing his parents at a young age, and that deep down, he understands Naruto. Granted, this is a tactic used to manipulate Naruto, but he also happens to be correct.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His Filler arc shows a flashback of him being once a good friend of Iruka when they were kids... Only to reveal in the next episode that, on Mizuki's part, this friendship has always been a lie.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Trusting Orochimaru to keep his word ultimately cost him dearly.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Naruto to steal the scroll, in order to steal it for himself and make Naruto his scapegoat.
- Mighty Glacier: In the Filler arc, he starts to sacrifice speed for power, which ends up being part of what helps Iruka and Naruto beat him.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: As a result of going along with his plan, Naruto learns the crucial Shadow Clone Jutsu and actually does graduate from the academy, even if Mizuki was planning on using him.
- Older Than They Look: The First Databook lists Mizuki's age as 27, and Iruka's as 25. However, the Second Databook - due to a case of Writers Cannot Do Math (Iruka's meant to be a student at the time of the Nine-Tails' attack) - does a Retcon for Iruka's age to 22-23 (during Part I) and 26 (for Part II). Mizuki, meanwhile, is never mentioned in the Databooks again, being a One-Shot Character before the anime Filler brought him back. So Mizuki was originally described as two years Iruka's senior, but if the anime Retcon is taken as Canon, they're both the same age (22-23) during Part I.
- The Resenter: Towards Iruka. It seems they used to be genuine friends at some point, but Mizuki grew jealous of the attention paid to Iruka, and Iruka passing the teaching exam when he didn't seemed to be the last straw for him.
- Sequel Episode: His brief reappearance in a Filler arc qualifies.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He gets beaten in the start of the series and not counting Filler, just vanishes from the plot. Yet his single action of convincing Naruto to steal the Hokage's scroll and learning Shadow Clone Jutsu ended up helping Naruto go from the worst student at the academy, to the World's Strongest Man.
- Social Darwinist: Shows shades of this in the Filler—it bites him in the ass because he's applying the "only the strong survive" ideal against Naruto, when it's actually against him.
- Starter Villain: The first villain that Naruto encounters.
- Start of Darkness: It's unclear if he was ever a decent human being (his lover believes he was, he claims he wasn't), but his resentment for Iruka turned any feelings of genuine camaraderie sour until the ambition and malice was all that was left.
- Took a Level in Badass: Until he got a serious Hoist by His Own Petard.
- Undying Loyalty: To Orochimaru at first, truly believing him to be a great ninja (if only for how powerful he was) and refused to believe Naruto when he told him otherwise. It isn't till he's a victim of Oro's manipulations himself that he finally gets the message and by that point it costs him greatly.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played With. He did level grind during his time in prison. It's just that Naruto's level grinding, by the time of the Filler arc in which he appeared, was more effective.
- Wham Line: Delivers the first in the series, revealing Naruto's status as the demon fox host.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair, is an asshole.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Plans on doing this to Naruto.
Voiced By: Shiho Hisajima (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)
A seemingly intelligent young female ninja working in Konoha's cryptography unit. She helps Shikamaru, Naruto, and Kakashi figure out the code Jiraiya left before his death. Later, she accompanies Shikamaru and his father Shikaku when Pain attacks, and survives the destruction of Konoha.Her most notable trait is her huge crush on Shikamaru, who is completely oblivious about it. See Hinata and Naruto.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: By the side.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Temari and Ino's Veronicas.
- Cute Bookworm: So adorable.
- Declaration of Protection: Shikamaru breaks his leg while protecting her when Pain destroys most of Konoha.
- Ditzy Genius: Pretty competent at her job, hopeless in anything else.
- Love at First Sight: When seeing Shikamaru.
- Third-Option Love Interest: Compared to Temari and Ino.
Fu and Torune
Fu and Torune
Voice for Fu: Manabu Sakamaki (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Voice for Torune: Hidenori Takahashi (JP), Grant George (EN)
Danzo's bodyguards for the Kage Summit, and the best operatives in Root. Fu is from the Yamanaka clan and Torune is from Aburame clan. Fu attempts to posses Ao's body in an effort to take his Byakugan, but fails thanks to Fifth Mizukage's efforts. Both get worfed by Tobi, but not before Torune infects his right arm, forcing him to sit out on the fight between Sasuke and Danzo. Later on they are unceremoniously killed off as a demonstration of Edo Tensei's preperation rituals.
- Adaptation Expansion: Torune was deployed by Kabuto into the war in episode 316, and faced Shino in battle during the next episode, giving both characters a little backstory.
- And I Must Scream: Fu's variation of the Yamanaka clan's Grand Theft Me invokes this, by placing the target's body in a booby trapped puppet, while Fu gains control of the target's body. When he used this on Ao, he immediately attempted to stab out his eye and when that didn't work, attempted to cut off his head.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Both of them figure out how Tobi's Made of Air powers work after 3 minutes of fighting him. Tobi even compliments them on it.
- Back from the Dead: Torune is revived by Kabuto using Edo Tensei. This is expanded upon in the Anime.
- Bee Bee Gun: Torune's bugs differ from the rest of his clan's being that they are nano-sized and capable of destroying target's cells in addition to draining chakra.
- Beetle Maniac: Torune, being a Aburame, can control bugs.
- Big Brother Mentor: Torune was one to Shino in the anime.
- Bus Crash: And they are immediately killed off after their reappearance.
- Childhood Friends: Torune and Fu in the anime.
- Combination Attack: When Fu and Torune attack together.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Torune's Jar of Poison technique.
- Friend to Bugs: Torune. Again, he's an Aburame so it kinda comes with the territory.
- Grand Theft Me: Fu's Mind Transfer Jutsu.
- Human Sacrifice: Fu becomes one when Kabuto uses him for Edo Tensei.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Fu is a very skilled sensor, though not in the same league as Karin.
- Odd Name Out: Their names don't fit their respective clans' naming patterns. Justified because Root typically assigns a Code Name to their members.
- Poisonous Person: Torune, via his bugs.
- Psychic Powers: Fu abilities stem from this.
- Put on a Bus: Aren't seen after the Danzo fight until the Start of the war arc.
- The Stoic: Due to Root's emotional suppression training.
- The Symbiote: Torune has a mutually beneficial relationship with the insect colony living inside his body.
- Touch of Death: Torune's bugs are distributed this way.
- Satellite Character: Aside from being Danzo's guards and having unique twists on their respective clan's techniques, they really don't contribute much apart from being fuel for an Edo Tensei demonstration.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Both are introduced with little to no characterization, quickly beaten and then killed off.
- The Worm That Walks: While not made of bugs, Torune has housed a swarm of nano-sized bugs in his body since shortly after his birth, which might be more disturbing than simply being composed of the insects. Torune is basically a human hive.
Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN), Julie Basecqz (French)
Kakashi's team member from his childhood, Rin was a skilled medical ninja. Obito is killed in action saving Kakashi from an enemy Rock Ninja and Rin is presumed deceased although it is not revealed how. In Chapter 604, it's revealed that she did die, but at the hands of Kakashi. This was how both Kakashi and Tobi got their Mangekyo Sharingan, and was a key factor in sparking Obito's Face–Heel Turn into becoming Tobi. It was also revealed that she was a former Jinchuriki of the Sanbi.Her presence can still be felt years after her death, influencing how both Kakashi and Obito behaved for the rest of their lives. Her promise of "always watching over Obito" was taken to a literal degree when her very spirit waited for Obito in Limbo and ultimately goes to spend the rest of her days with him after his death.
Her hobby was collecting shells.
Favorite word: "friendship"
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime extends Kakashi's flashbacks to the day Rin died, adding scenes of him rescuing her and dialogue between the two, wherein she describes the ritual she underwent, but can't completely recall - which was having the Sanbi implanted in her.
- Animal Battle Aura: As a playable character in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, her Ultimate Jutsu involves her losing control of the Three-Tails, first forming a Version One Chakra Shroud, then rapidly progressing to Version Two and transforming into the beast itself.
- Break the Cutie: This poor little girl's life was harsh, to say at least. She was kidnapped by bad guys, watched one of her teammates die, was kidnapped again and turned into the Naruto equivalent of a nuke, and decided to kill herself to save her village.
- Cannot Self Terminate: Madara Uchiha, the true perpetrator behind her death placed a cursed seal in her heart which stopped any attempts to off herself and stop his plans. She was forced to have Kakashi take it out for her.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Obito were very close from a young age and he had an unrequited crush on her.
- The Cutie: A textbook example of this.
- Damsel in Distress: She is taken captive by a Stealth Expert Rock ninja, prompting the plot of the gaiden. Later she was kidnapped again, this time by Mist-nin with a crazy evil scheme...who were themselves being mind-controlled by Madara.
- Dramatic Irony: She wanted to prevent the attack Tailed Beast on Konoha and deliberately took the hit from Kakashi. The irony is that her suicide by Kakashi hands will be one of the main reasons into becoming Obito the masked man known as Tobi and his the attack Nine-Tails on Konoha.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She can be seen with the rest of her team in a photo behind Kakashi's bed on the cover of chapter 16.
- Easily Forgiven: Her spirit has been watching Obito from the other side all this time, including all the heinous acts that he's done under the name "Tobi/Madara", and yet not once does she yell or berate Obito for his actions after his death, instead smiling and praising him for "doing his best in trying to become Hokage." This girl is a Saint.
- Facial Markings: She had a rectangular purple marking on both sides of her cheeks.
- Freudian Trio: She was The Ego on Team Minato.
- Healing Hands: She's able to use the standard healing technique.
- The Heart: She was the mediator between Kakashi and Obito whenever there was conflict between them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She deliberately took the hit from Kakashi, as she had the Sanbi sealed inside her and was intended as a Trojan Horse for Konoha. Once they had "rescued" her and taken her back, the seal would break and the Sanbi would run wild.
- Heroic Suicide: She puts herself in front of Kakashi's Chidori to save village from a potential disaster.
- Heroic Willpower: She is able to resist giving away vital information while under an enemy genjutsu.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ran through the heart with a Chidori from her love interest. Sure, it was quite unintentional on Kakashi's part, but damn.
- Kill the Cutie: Kakashi killed her by running her through with a Chidori. But that was Rin's plan all along. But unfortunately for her this very much played into the hands Madara Uchiha, the true mastermind behind Rin's death.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She was Obito's entire reason for living, and also the only one keeping Kakashi's mental health together out of a promise he made with Obito to keep her safe. When she dies, everything goes to hell for both boys.
- The Lost Lenore: For Obito, whose entire motivation stems from her death and a desire to create a world where she can live once more.
- Love Triangle: Obito was in love with Rin, who had feelings for Kakashi.
- The Medic: She was extremely skilled for her age, being able to preform a complex eye transplant with minimal tools at thirteen.
- Morality Chain: Had she never died, both Kakashi and Obito would have never turned out to be the broken men who've dragged the entire world in their despair.
- Nice Girl: Mediates Kakashi and Obito's arguments without taking sides, despite her feelings for Kakashi. A contrast to Sakura, who spent most of her time always agreeing with her Love Interest Sasuke over Naruto.
- Not-So-Small Role: She died. Everything went straight to hell.
- Oblivious to Love: She was completely unaware about Obito's feelings for her, until Kakashi told her. Given Obito's fate, she didn't take it too well.
- Only One Name: She's actually a subversion, but it's still worth noting that it took roughly 350 chapters since her introduction before we finally learned her family name. Many fans used various reasonings to assume that she didn't have one.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for several years by the time the plot commences.
- Plot-Triggering Death: It wasn't her sensei's death, nor her teammate's "death". It was her death that caused the plot of Naruto in the first place, despite being a rather obscure character who had no direct connection or hand in any of the major events of the backstory, such as the Nine-Tails' Attack or the Uchiha Clan Massacre. Why? Because her death in the backstory directly motivated Obito into becoming Tobi.
- Protectorate: To Obito and Kakashi.
- Satellite Love Interest: The only real characterization which she receives is the fact that Obito loves her but she loves Kakashi. This may be justified since she's a Posthumous Character so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, and the main reason for her existence, this in order to become The Lost Lenore for Obito and with motivate him to become Tobi. Although she still isn't characterized all that much in flashbacks she's featured in - she's a kind girl, a Combat Medic in training, and nothing else.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: In her was sealed Three-Tailed Beast for a short time.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Given that she died not too long after Obito, which would have largely rendered his and Kakashi's rescue of her (and Obito's Heroic Sacrifice) pointless, barring Kakashi's acquisition of the Sharingan Eye. Considering this also resulted in Obito's Start of Darkness as Tobi, her kidnapping kinda acts as the catalyst for the events of the series.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She doesn't submit and give away vital information when under genjutsu torture and is able to steel herself long enough to perform the eye transplant on Kakashi, but breaks down afterwards when she is forced to leave Obito behind to die alone.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She was just a minor character, but her death turned a really good kid into a really bad guy, which influenced the whole plot.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Her entire reason for existing in the series is so that she would die and would directly motivate Obito into becoming the masked man known as Tobi.
- Suicide by Cop: The Three-Tailed Beast had been sealed inside her by agents of Kirigakure, and intended for Rin to return to Konoha, where the beast would break out and rampage, destroying the village. Instead, when Kakashi tried to kill one of the Mist-nin pursuing them, Rin chose to save her village from this fate by putting herself in the way of his attack, which resulted in both she and the Sanbi (temporarily, in the Sanbi's case - Tailed Beasts cannot truly die, being living chakra, though they take some time to reform after their host dies with the beast still sealed in them) dying and thwarting Mist's plan.
- Together in Death: Of a sort: Much like Kakashi and his father, she meets Obito after his death and takes him into the afterlife.
- Tragic Monster: The Mist-nin planned for her to become one by destroying her hometown with the Three Tails.
- Turtle Power: Guess who got Three Tails?
- Unwitting Pawn: Despite all her attempts to counteract she became for Madara Uchiha.
- Warts and All: She promised Obito she would always watch over him, this extended to after her death. When Obito dies, Rin greets him in the afterlife with a smile. Even knowing all he has done, she accepts him all the same.
Voiced By: Ena Shimokawa (old woman), Noriko Miyashita (young woman) (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)
The First Hokage’s wife, and grandmother of Nawaki and Tsunade. She was well-known as a sealing techniques specialist, which later helped her lock the nine-tailed fox inside her own body and made her his first Jinchuuriki.
- Battle Couple: With Hashirama.
- The Empath: According to Tobi.
- Generation Xerox: Both the second and the third host of the Nine-Tails belong to the same clan she did.
- Hot Consort: To the First Hokage.
- Kissing Cousins: Possibly. It was stated that Uzumaki and Senju are distant cousins, but we know nothing about how closely Mito and Hashirama were related themselves.
- Long-Lived: Her clan was know for this and since her born before the founding of Konoha to well into the term of the Third Hokage's reign. and since her granddaughter Tsunade may have it late 20's she may have around 100 years old maybe older
- Outliving One's Offspring: Unknown for her own kids but possibly her grandson.
- Parental Substitute: It's hinted she may have been one to Kushina, because of their clan heritage and girl's final fate as Kurama's second Jinchuuriki.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She sealed the nine-tailed fox inside herself, becoming his first Jinchuuriki.
ANBUThe ANBU are Elite Mooks that take orders directly from the Kage, performing special high-level missions, such as assassinations and torture.
- Elite Mooks: More of an Informed Ability, but there was that case with three ANBUs stopping one of Pain's summons with an epic elemental jutsu combo.
- Informed Ability: They're allegedly super-awesome badasses. Their track record does little to support this.
- Mauve Shirt: Zo the cat-masked ANBU member and Yugao.
- Red Shirt: If they appear at any point you can bet they're going to be murdered sooner rather than later.
- Worf Effect: Since they're supposed to be the best of the best most elite awesomeness, they're used to hype whatever stray gust of wind wants to brutally murder them that day.
Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (JP)
A member of Root whom Sai looked up to as an older brother. He was killed when Danzo forced the two of them to fight to the death. Later it was revealed that Shin was already dying from an unidentifiable disease and lets it claim his life in order to spare Sai the guilt and horror of murdering a foster brother. Though the act numbs Sai afterwards, it is this act that allows Sai to not completely give up his emotions and be brought back to "normal" by Naruto and Sakura years later.
- Back from the Dead: Brought back with Edo Tensei.
- Cool Big Bro: Sai's older brother figure who regularly complimented his talent in art.
- Determinator: Shin was noted to be quite tenacious.
- Incurable Cough of Death: He coughs, and eventually dies from it. Also goes hand in hand with Blood from the Mouth. Bonus points for Shin using only the word "incurable" when he's describing it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to Sai, he was very similar to Naruto — loud, impatient, and unrefined. He was also a kindly Cool Big Bro figure to Sai who encouraged the former to continue with his art.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's a Edo Tensei zombie.
- Posthumous Character: Dead before Shippuden (where Sai is introduced) begins.
- Unwanted Revival: He was brought back against his will.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shin has grey hair.
Voiced By: Daichi Endo (JP), John Demita (EN), Peppino Capotondi (French)
Kakashi's father, also known as the White Fang. He was a extremely skilled shinobi and respected by others, until during a critical mission for the leaf, he chose to rescue his comrades instead of completing the mission. Soon the leaf village, including the teammates he rescued shunned him for his actions, after it became too much to bear, he took his own life. He apparently killed Sasori's parents at some point, fueling Chiyo's ire towards Konoha for many years, though she later gets over this.After Kakashi was temporarily killed during the Pain saga, Sakumo met with his son's spirit and both father and son finally reconciled over their tragic circumstances.
- 0% Approval Rating: After he chose to abandon an important mission to save his comrades, he was completely and utterly vilified by his home village, even by the people he saved, leading to his subsequent depression and suicide.
- Broken Pedestal: To all of Konoha, especially Kakashi.
- Driven to Suicide: He committed Seppuku to regain his lost honor.
- Famed In-Story: At the height of his time, he was even more legendary than the Sannin.
- Good Parents: At least at first. A single dad after his wife died giving birth, he loved Kakashi dearly and showered him with affection along with picking him up every day after school despite his busy schedule. His suicide crushed his son, who decided to live entirely by the rules and shut off his emotions... at least until Rin and Obito died, after which Kakashi took his father's ideals to heart.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Averted, his preferred sword was a tanto.
- Kenjutsu: (In)famous for his proficiency with a sword.
- My Greatest Failure: He sees his suicide and subsequent failure to raise Kakashi as this.
- Nice Guy: He was perfectly cordial to Might Dai, who was known and mocked for being an 'eternal genin'. He's also appropriately abashed when he mistakenly assumes Gai got into the academy, and acknowledges to Kakashi that Gai's hard work will make him a strong rival.
- Not-So-Small Role: Look at the entries of the people he indirectly influenced. Despite being much older than them, in a way he was the prototype for all the values embodied in the series.
- Posthumous Character: Dead long before the story begins.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Saved his teammates at the expense of a mission.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Thanks to Obito, Kakashi eventually gets that pedestal back, after hearing Obito say that he respects Sakumo's decision. Seems the rest of the village eventually (as well as many from neighboring villages) got the pedestal back as well. With most characters in the present speaking very highly of the leaf's legendary "White Fang".
- Red Baron: Konoha's White Fang, stemming from his use of a White Light Chakra Blade. Some say that he was even more terrifying to face in combat than the Sannin!
- Spirit Advisor: Eventually meets up with Kakashi and listens to his tale.
- So Proud of You: To Kakashi, after hearing his tale in the Invasion of Pain arc.
- True Companions: With his fellow shinobi, who he chooses to protect instead of finishing the mission. Unluckily for him, they don't return the devotion. True, it was an important mission, but still...
Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN), Luis Fernando Orozco (LA Spanish), Ioanna Gkizas (French)
The grandson of Mito Uzumaki and Hashirama Senju. Dreamed of being Hokage, but died before he could do so.
- Artifact of Doom: Tsunade gave him her cursed necklace to wear. He wore it for one day before dying.
- Idiot Hair: Just like Naruto.
- Idiot Hero: Look who he's based off of.
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN), Luis Daniel Ramírez (LA Spanish)
Tsunade's lost love, and Shizune's uncle. Dreamed of being Hokage. Years after his death, Tsunade still carries a torch for the guy, thus leading Tsunade to never find someone else to fill his place (i.e. Jiraiya).
- All-Loving Hero: His favorite phrase is even "peace"."It is because we are living in the shinobi world, where death is always following us, that I… want to put my life on the line to subdue this war-ridden world. I dearly love both the village and my comrades… That is why I want to protect them."
- Back from the Dead: Kabuto revived him for the war using Edo Tensei.
- Big Damn Heroes:Saves Tsunade just before she is killed by Madara.
- Cool Uncle: His niece Shzune holds him in very high regard, and respects him deeply.
- Grand Theft Me: His Spirit Transformation Technique.
- Leader Wannabe: Like Nawaki before him, he dreamed of being Hokage.
- The Lost Lenore: Gender inverted. He's Tsunade's dead love interest.
- Nice Guy: Dan was a great man that deeply loved his village and its inhabitants. He also cared deeply for his sister and would often pick her up from the Academy; something he would later do with his niece as well. He is also described as a wise and honourable man that truly believed in justice.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's an Edo Tensei zombie.
- Posthumous Character: Dead before the story started.
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu (JP)The adopted mother of Kabuto who ran an orphanage that was funded by her former connections to the ROOT cell of the Konoha village. It was thanks to her influence that Kabuto later inherited her kindness and trademark glasses. She was tragically killed by her own adoptive son after both were brainwashed into killing the other by Danzo.Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto goes on to inherit her orphanage and takes her place as primary caretaker.
- Combat Medic: While we don't know much about her combat abilities, we do know she was skilled enough at medical ninjutsu to give Kabuto the foundation of what he knows.
- Death by Origin Story: Her death was a part of Kabuto's.
- Generation Xerox: Despite no indication that they're related by blood, she and Kabuto look similar enough to be related.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason why Danzo tried to pit Kabuto and Nonou against one another.
- I Have Many Names: As a result of being an informant that infiltrated villages over time. She's called Nonou (her real name), The Walking Maiden (her nickname as a ROOT member), Mother (by the children and caretakers of the orphanage), and Nanigashi (by Tsuchi ninja that didn't know she was a spy) over the course of the two chapters that cover Kabuto's past.
- The Informant: Her job as part of ROOT.
- Mama Bear: To the children of the orphanage. Danzo uses this knowledge to blackmail her back into Konoha's service.
- Nerves of Steel: According to Danzo, some ninja would betray Konoha or lose their minds during long missions that involve gathering information about other villages, but her tenacity in the face of similar situations makes her the best at what she does.
- Offing the Offspring: Just barely averted due to Danzo manipulating her knowledge of the children at the orphanage. She ultimately ends up on the receiving end of Self-Made Orphan.
- Orphanage of Love: Ran one after her days as a ROOT ninja.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death causes Kabuto to join Orochimaru, who didn't know what else to live for after he finds out he was part of Danzo's plot to kill her.
- The Red Baron: The Walking Maiden.
- Retired Badass: Was formerly part of ROOT.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Left ROOT to find a peaceful life because she was too emotional about the job. Blackmailed back into service, and agrees to continue to serve the village to save one of her adopted children who took her place, not knowing that she was being re-recruited for the sole purpose of being eliminated because she knew too much about the village. The one that ended up killing her was the adopted child she was trying to save in the first place, whom she utterly broke emotionally when she didn't realize it was him.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her glasses are Kabuto's, which is why he still wears them even after his change into Sage Mode enhances his sensory capabilities.
- Undying Loyalty: According to Danzo, she will never betray Konoha, even while gathering potentially harmful informations about her home village and other enemy villages. Unfortunately, Danzo uses this as a reason to seek her help in infiltrating other villages and gathering information. Danzo later uses her knowledge of Konoha and other villages as a reason to have Kabuto kill her.
Mr. Teuchi, the Ramen Guy
Mr. Teuchi, the Ramen Guy
Voiced by: Eisuke Asakura (JP), Lex Lang (EN Original), Patrick Seitz (EN Current), Alejandro Villeli (LA Spanish)
"Just cuz these things happen, doesn't make it an excuse!"
The owner of Ichiraku Ramen, Naruto's favorite place to eat. He has been giving Naruto delicious ramen for many years. Along with Iruka, he and his daughter become one of the first people to not treat Naruto as an outcast when they first meet.
Favorite phrase: "Artisan", "craft".
- Berserk Button: Tarnishing ramen, as Matsu found out when he stuck his finger in some ramen Naruto was going to eat.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He does not take kindly to people who are unnecessarily cruel; when someone suggested that not letting Naruto eat there would increase his customers, his response boiled down to "Get out and take everyone else who thinks that with you."
- Cool Old Guy: He's a pretty cool guy that is also pretty old.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 320 features him heavily, as he is subjected to the incompetency of his two ramen understudies.
- Meaningful Name: Teuchi's name can mean "making noodles by hand" (手打ち).
- Nice Guy: Teuchi is a very kind and jovial man. He and his daughter are among the few villagers who don't look at Naruto with contempt and/or fear from the very beginning; they even state outright that he's their favorite customer.
- Nice Hat: He wears a cool ramen hat.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike most of the other characters on this page, he's not a ninja.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the "what's under Kakashi's mask" episode, Teuchi is seen swooning over Kakashi's unmasked (and unseen) face along with his daughter Ayame. Make of it what you will.
- Supreme Chef: He makes the best ramen in town.
- You Fool!: He screams at Matsu and calls him a fool for sticking his finger in a bowl of ramen.
Voiced by: Masayo Hosono (JP), Danielle Judovits (EN Original), Laura Bailey (EN Current), Mireya Mendoza (LA Spanish), Jennifer Baré (French)
Daughter to the proprietor of Ramen Ichiraku, Naruto's favorite restaurant.
- Changing of the Guard: According to Episode 18 of the Boruto anime, she has taken up the role of head ramen chef/owner at Ichiraku.
- Cool Big Sis: Because she is one of the very few people who has always been nice to Naruto since the beginning, Naruto looks up to her as an older sister figure and even affectionately calls her "Ayame-neechan."
- Nice Girl: Ayame is a kind and cheerful young woman. She and her father are among the few villagers who don't look at Naruto with contempt and/or fear from the very beginning; they even state outright that he's their favorite customer.
- Satellite Character: She's only shown assisting her father in the Ramen Shop.
- Stay in the Kitchen: A literal variation of this, since she's always shown in the Ramen Shop.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's very attractive compared to her father who's getting on in years.
Voiced By: Masashi Ebara (JP)
Father of Might Guy, died fighting the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- All the Other Reindeer: Like Might Guy and Rock Lee, he only knows Taijutsu. Unlike them, he was unable to make a name for himself until his death.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite mastering the Eight Gates, he never ascended past the rank of Genin, earning himself the title of 'Eternal Genin'.
- Badass Mustache: Not only did he have Guy's thick eyebrows, he had a just-as-thick 'stache to go with it.
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes one for his son for a brief period of time after publicly failing one too many missions and apologizing in front of him. After Guy has a talk with Kakashi where the latter calls Dai an amazing ninja and Dai shows Guy the Eight Gates, he becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He wasn't taken seriously as a ninja due to his inability to go beyond the Genin rank, but through hard work and determination he discovered and created the Eight Gates Technique which was powerful enough to stop seven elite ninjas at the same time when he defeat the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Just like his son and Rock Lee, he is stronger and faster than most ninja.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The man mocked as the "Eternal Genin" and also the perfected user of the Eight Inner Gates Formation.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deconstructed with the Eight Gates as he shows what happens when you use the jutsu past your prime. Dai took 20 years of his Taijutsu career creating the jutsu, making him a middle aged man and father by the time of its completion. Opening the gates puts an enormous strain on the body that demands the user to recuperate after each use. Add Dai training, the stresses of being a father, and the different ninja missions that Dai had to do and one can see why Dai always failed simple missions that labeled him as the Eternal Genin. Even his Dying Moment of Awesome on which he killed four out of Seven Swordsmen of the Mist pales in comparison when Might Guy nearly killed Madara, then the World's Strongest Man by using the same technique.
- Determinator: A trait that was also passed down to his son Guy.
- Doomed Moral Victor: One of his philosophies was that "winning" wasn't defined as defeating an opponent, but as protecting something important to oneself. He died saving his son from the 7 ninja swordsmen of the Mist.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: To save Gai and his team when he was a Genin, Dai opened up all Eight Gates and fought the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- Eccentric Mentor: He was the foundation to Guy's youth based philosophy and self rule training.
- Genius Bruiser: He'd have to be this, since he was the one who discovered and created the Eight Gates Technique.
- Good Parents: One of the best in series. He's loving, supportive and outright awesome to Gai, instilling in him his never-give-up attitude, in addition to dying for Guy and his team.
- Go Out with a Smile: He died opening the Gate of Death while giving his son a smile that his self rule was to protect him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Using the Eighth Gate is a suicide technique after all. His own Heroic Sacrifice is the instilling value behind using the Eight Gate, to protect your loved ones.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Just like Guy and Rock Lee, Dai would discipline Guy for acting impulsive and misusing the self rule concept. Then they would embrace while in tears.
- Hot-Blooded: Like father, like son.
- Lightning Bruiser: Once he used the Eight Gates Technique.
- Nice Guy: Dai is friendly to everyone he meets. Any insult to him will result in him giving a thumbs up and an earnest thanks for the support.
- Obi-Wan Moment: His final moment with Guy was a smile and a thumbs up.
- One-Man Army: You'd have to be to fight all seven of the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- Papa Wolf: He rushed to the battlefield and beat all seven of the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist to protect his son.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time the story begins.
- Punny Name: A ninja named 'Might Die'...
- You Shall Not Pass: Pulled this on all seven swordsmen of the Mist to protect his son.
Kizashi and Mebuki Haruno
Kizashi and Mebuki Haruno
Voice for Kizashi Haruno: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Steve Blum (EN), Jean-Michel Vovk (French)
Voice for Mebuki Haruno: Kazue Ikura (JP), Kate Higgins (EN), Marcha Van Boven (French), Julie Basecqz (French, Road to Ninja)
The parents of Sakura Haruno.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To Sakura. Their first meeting with Kakashi was basically brownnosing him behind her back, and Mebuki is such a nag that Sakura can't live under the same roof as her or venture outside without hearing her moan about her untidy habits. Kizashi is a fountain of dad jokes and a laid back man with no sense of tact.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Kizashi's hair resembles a cherry blossom. His daughter's name is literally "cherry blossom" in Japanese.
- Canon Immigrant: Their character designs and personalities were created by Kishimoto, but they made their first debut in the 6th non-canon Shippuden movie.
- Good Parents: They love their daughter deeply.
- Happily Married: They're usually seen together and joking with each other.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Sakura got her hair color from her dad. Sarada seemed to have received her hairstyle from Sakura's mother Mebuki.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Sakura gets her temper and nitpickiness from her mother, and her joking side and laziness from her father.
- Neat Freak: Mebuki hates how Sakura is always just tossing her shoes at the entrance in a heap and leaving articles of clothing scattered around the house.
- Parents as People: Despite their love for Sakura, they did advise her to stay away from Naruto without giving her a reason, which lead to their daughter initially being a jerkass to him. Later on, she turned it back on them, especially her mother, because she was policing too much of her life and it became insufferable.
- Pungeon Master: Kizashi's fond of puns, much to Sakura's chagrin.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kizashi has (dull) pink hair. It was apparently red when he was younger, as seen in the 6th Shippuden movie with an alternate version of him from about 15 or 16 years ago. It has since faded with age.
Voiced By: Naoko Matsui (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN), Fanny Roy (French)
Shikamaru's mother and Shikaku's wife. Known by both to be "troublesome".
- Almighty Mom: Her husband and son both fear her and usually try not to do anything to make her mad.
- Apron Matron: Her son and Husband do their best not to make her angry.
- Hidden Depths: The reason Shikaku fell in love with her? Because she has a gentle side.
- Housewife: She's a stay-at-home mom.
- Rapunzel Hair: Yoshino has long hair that is usually kept in a ponytail.
- Tsundere: Known by both Shikamaru and Shikaku to be "troublesome". Yet as Shikaku said, she is capable of being kind at times.
Voiced By: Junpei Endo (young), Yutaka Nakano (present) (JP), Doug Stone (EN)
An old man who appears in a Filler episode. He is known as Konoha's Strongest Genin as he refused to be promoted to Jonin even after fifty years of service for personal reasons. Naruto is at first dismissive of him for his age, but learns to admire and respect him after seeing his combat prowess.
- Almighty Janitor: Easily Jonin level despite getting on with the years and his official status as a Genin.
- Badass Grandpa: Able to go toe to toe with dozens of other ninja a fourth of his age and kick their asses all the while.
- Cool Old Guy: Pleasant, friendly, humble, and always willing to lend a hand. But don't you dare attack Konoha in any shape or form, or he'll lay the smackdown on your ass!
- Eyes Always Shut: They're almost always seen shut in a relaxed state to emphasize his seemingly harmless and grandfatherly exterior.
- Handicapped Badass: Lost a leg at some point so he has a prosthetic... that can come off to reveal a hidden sword before exploding!
- Improbable Weapon User: Brings cooking tools to a ninja fight! A bit subverted in that he rarely actually swings them around and the wok is there for blocking projectiles, but still...
- Kill It with Water: Trained under the Second Hokage who was a specialist, allowing him to use highly advanced techniques such as the Water Style: Water Dragon Jutsu to such an extent that it overpowered a similar technique that it was weak against.
- My Greatest Failure: When he was young he made a reckless decision during an important mission that cost the lives of his teammates. AS a result, he refused to be promoted beyond a Genin as he felt that he was undeserving of the title.
- Old Master: Trained under almost every deceased Hokage who even taught him many of their secret techniques. He's extremely proficient in taijutsu despite his age and can overpower an Earth-type Ninjutsu with a Water-type Ninjutsu of the same level despite the type disadvantage. He's able to fight on par with the Sannin, Kakashi's father, and the previous Ino-Shika-Cho!
- You Shall Not Pass: Attempts this in order to have Naruto relay important info back to headquarters. Subverted in that Naruto comes back in a nick of time for the finale. It's also part of the village creed, in that the next generation (the Genin) must be protected by the seniority at all cost, in contrast to the other nations who use them as cannon fodder.