Characters: Naruto - Tailed Beasts
The 9 Jinchūrikinote
The Living MacGuffins
of the series, at least in the second part. The Tailed Beasts (or, in the original Japanese, "biju") are humongous, primal creatures known for their extraordinary power and immense amounts of chakra. Most of the Tailed Beasts seen in the series have been sealed into human hosts in order to contain their destructive power — all the beasts are, if not actively malevolent, then at least dangerously feral. It's stated in the series that although the Beasts have massive amounts of power, they cannot use it effectively because of their lack of intelligence — the human hosts (also known as "jinchuriki") are able to make better use of the Beasts' power than they themselves can. Much later, it is suggested that these perceptions of the beasts' natures may not be entirely true
, which contributes largely to their bitterness and disdain towards the humans who use them
During the wars, the various ninja villages experimented with trying to use the Tailed Beasts as weapons of war. However, the Beasts proved to be too unstable to use directly. A last-ditch effort to make use of the Beasts involved sealing them into the bodies of humans, giving those humans access to the Beasts' power while also suppressing their influence, but this too was ultimately deemed a failure, as it was not a foolproof method and had damaging effects on the psyche of the host. Most hosts are lonely people who hate the world; according to various members of the Akatsuki, when some of the hosts were captured, the people in their villages were glad to be rid of them. (Naruto considers the term "jinchuriki" to be a slur, and sympathizes with the others.)
The presence of a Tailed Beast usually has some sort of effect, physically and mentally, on their hosts. If the host dies, the Beast does too - at least temporarily - so the Beasts usually have some method of protecting the host's life without the host's knowledge. The reverse is also true — the removal of the spirit will result in the death of its host. The Beasts seem to have the ability to take control of the host's body during periods of extreme stress, anger, or weakness.
Akatsuki's mission is to collect all nine of them
. When they capture a Beast, they seal it into a large statue. Akatsuki's stated mission is to use the Tailed Beasts to start wars and then immediately quell them, creating a monopoly on shinobi labor that would then drive the other Hidden Villages out of business. From there, Akatsuki can easily take over the world. However, certain Akatsuki members have other designs on the Beasts — Pain and Konan want to use the Beasts' incredible amounts of chakra to fuel a jutsu that is roughly equivalent in power to a nuke, which they will then use to teach the world about the foolishness of fighting. Tobi, meanwhile, wants to collect the beasts to recreate the ten-tails and use it to enact his "Moon's Eye Plan.".Here be spoilers. Any thing that has not been aired on the free versionnote of Crunchyroll should be spoiler-tagged.Back to the main character index
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General Tailed Beast Tropes
- Animal Battle Aura: All of them except Shukaku have provided them.
- Animalistic Abomination: All of them greatly resemble living animals except The Ten Tails who falls between the lines of Eldritch Abomination and Humanoid Abomination, and whose true form is a giant tree.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: All of them except again The Ten Tails are gigantic exaggerated versions of living animals
- Badass: Well, they are creatures of mass destruction, what did you expect?
- Casting Gag: The Japanese voice actors of the Two Tails to the Seven Tails also play the six dead Jinchuurikis. But they mix their roles up, so none of the Tailed Beasts share their voice actors with their own hosts.
- Eldritch Abomination: Despite looking like gigantic versions of various animals, they are masses of chakra that drive unexperienced hosts into a mad frenzy.
- The Ten Tails, from which they originate from, is closer to this trope in description.
- Energy Ball: The Bijudama.
- Breath Weapon: The Tail Beast Bomb.
- Wave Motion Gun: Each of them has one, ranging from air bullets to dark orbs to pellets that can cause devastating explosions enough to wipe massive mountains off the map without losing momentum.
- Kaiju: Sideways. All of the Tailed Beasts are giant versions of living animals and have the typical stomp-smash behavior of this trope but are thoroughly different in origins, motives, and raisons d'etre.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Most of them have mixes of different animals or human characteristics.
- Multiple-Tailed Beast: A genuine example.
- Pure Magic Being: The tailed beasts are literally solid, living, sentient masses of chakra.
- Retcon: At the start of the series, there was no mention of the tailed beast and it was assumed that the Nine-Tails was one of potentially many dangerous spirits that just dotted the land, Shukaku being an example. At the start of Part II, however, the classification of specific nine tailed beast came up.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Shrouded in Myth: Many of the tailed beasts have legends surrounding them in story such as once being human.
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: The tailed beasts from 1-7 seem like your standard giant animals and/or Mix-and-Match Critters, with Eight and Nine-Tails having upper bodies which become more humanoid, with the Ten-Tails being some sort of Humanoid Abomination.
- Super Mode: If the host and beast have a good enough relationship the host can use their chakra to give themselves an aura of chakra and fuse their blood with the beasts chakra to begin to create a new body around their own, thereby taking partial qualities of the beast, or even fully becoming the beast itself. Kurama seems to have a different effect on Naruto, but why hasn't been revealed.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The tailed beasts can give their jinchuuriki the ability to create arms of chakra (or in Shukaku's case sand).
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Excluding the Ten-Tails, when they were young they were adorable◊
- Telepathy: They can use this to communicate with one another from within their Jinchuuriki.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite the Tailed Beasts' extreme power, as well as their high intelligence, they are unable to focus their power. Due to this, as Akatsuki demonstrated, even a full Beast such as Isobu (the Three-Tails) can be easily defeated. The only way for them to focus their powers is when sealed inside a human. As shown by Naruto and Bee, with the former being able to overpower five controlled Tailed Beasts at the same time and the latter keeping his intelligence and using ninjutsu in his full Tailed Beast form
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Four-Tails reveals that the beasts find humans abhorrent for treating them as mere animals, using them as tools in their wars and never even giving them the courtesy of learning their names.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: All the effort that went to releasing the tailed beast from Akatsuki goes straight to hell after about 5 chapters, potentially killing both Naruto and B.
- Youkai: The Nine, Eight, Two and One Tails respectively are based on animal-like youkai (such as kitsune) from Japanese myth, the others are original creations by Kishimoto.
The Tailed-Beasts and their Jinchuriki are:
My motto is absolute defense. That is what I, Shukaku pride myself on.
Real Name: Shukaku.
Apparently the only Tailed Beast with an actual name instead of just referred to by what animal he looks like - at least, up until chapter 568
. A gleefully malevolent sand spirit. According to the (untrue)
legends of the Hidden Sand Village, Shukaku was once a man, a corrupted monk who was sealed into a tea kettle. It was sealed into Gaara upon his birth by Chiyo on orders from the Fourth Kazekage, using Gaara's mother as a sacrifice.
In contrast to Gaara's sullen, morose personality, Shukaku is wild and incoherent, like a drunk. (This fits in with typical depictions of tanuki in Japanese mythology, and "Shukaku" itself can translate as "drunk".) Like all Tailed Beasts, it has an immense bloodlust and hunger for battle, and relishes a chance to kill opponents.
Shukaku has the ability to levitate sand, which it does to protect Gaara from all harm. This prevents even self-inflicted injuries - Gaara had never known physical pain before the series. Gaara's famed sand shield is actually Shukaku's doing until the Shukaku is extracted from Gaara's body, and it is revealed that the sand manipulation is actually bestowed upon Gaara by his mother's love and protection
. When angry or in a bloodlust, Gaara can give himself over to Shukaku, allowing the spirit to take its true form. In this form, it is so large that Naruto was forced to summon Gamabunta in order to defeat him. Shukaku is associated with the Wind element.
Shukaku manifests itself on Gaara's body by way of dark, raccoon-like circles that appear around his eyes.
Deidara was assigned to capture Shukaku. He does so, defeating Gaara and transporting his body to an Akatsuki hideout to extract the spirit. Although Shukaku was successfully extracted, resulting in Gaara's death, Chiyo used a forbidden jutsu to repent her old sin and revive Gaara at the cost of her own life
As once stated by the Eight-Tails, Shukaku has a titanic hatred for the Nine-Tails, in response to judging the power of the tailed beasts by the number of tails they have. The fox, having the most tails, and Shukaku, having the least, causes Nine-Tails to view himself as the strongest and the latter as the weakest. Ever since the fox made the scathing insult, Shukaku goes into a vicious rage when he hears so much as the mere mention of his arrogant archenemy.
Tropes associated to the One-Tails:
- Ax-Crazy: The worst example among the biju for this sort of behavior.
- Blow You Away: The only tailed beast shown to actually use actual jutsu; he uses one to create huge projectiles of air.
- Canis Major: Even if they're akin to racoons, tanukis are actually canines.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's made of sand after all
- Driven by Envy: He hates the Nine Tails for viewing him as an inferior due to his single tail
- Fat Bastard
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Turns out he actually warned Gaara to not fall asleep in early childhood. And despite not really liking the old priest, he was kind enough to say he was like the Sage of the Six Pathes
- Large Ham: The Shukaku speaks bombastically much like a drunkard would.
- Laughing Mad
- Mighty Glacer: He declares that he prides himself on his defense.
- Power Tattoo: The markings on his body are Cursed Seals.
- Retcon: As mentioned above, Shukaku was originally believed a monk that turned demon with no connection to the Nine-Tails. In fact, it wasn't until Part II that Shukaku was even referred to as the One-Tail, instead being referred to as Shukaku the Sand Spirit. Hell, even its name is worth mentioning because before their past was revealed, Shukaku was the only tailed beast referred to by his given name.
- Turns out Kishimoto didn't forget about this. Years before Gaara, Shukaku was in fact sealed in a priest. He was sealed for so long that the villagers came to see the priest as Shukaku and thus the old belief.
- Selective Magnetism: Was never shown using it himself, but his chakra allows Naruto to use Magnet Release.
- Tanuki: What he's based on, down to his rivalry with Kurama.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Changes his attitude towards Gaara, even giving a Declaration of Protection.
Gaara of the Desert
Real Name: Matatabi
Host: Yugito Nii
This Tailed Beast was sealed into Yugito Nii, a kunoichi of the Hidden Cloud Village. It is said to be a spirit of vengeance- the living ghost of a twisted human being. It can breathe fire. The spirit manifests itself on Yugito's eyes, which are shaped like a cat's. Yugito can transform into the Cat, but this didn't help her against Hidan and Kakuzu, who defeated her in a battle with massive collateral damage. (It's unknown which one, specifically, was assigned to capture her.) The spirit was later extracted, and Yugito died from the procedure
.Yugito and the Two-Tails return in the Shinobi World War Arc alongside the other jinchuriki, brought back to life under the control of Edo Tensei, with the demon cat re-sealed inside her. Killer B expresses his distaste when he sees one of his old role models being used like a chew toy.
Tropes associated to the Two-Tails:
The host of the Two-Tailed Monster Cat, a jonin of the Hidden Cloud Village, who has since been captured and killed by Akatsuki in a mostly unseen battle
. But Kabuto later resurrects her with Edo Tensei
Voiced By: Shigenori Soya (JP)
Real Name: Isobu
Former hosts: Yagura, 4th Mizukage
, Rin Nohara, Konoha Kunoichi
This giant turtle-like monster is the only Tailed Beast seen so far who was not sealed into a host when Akatsuki captured it. (Chapter 420, however, reveals that the Beast did have a host at one point, a young man from the Hidden Mist Village named Yagura who was apparently at some point the Fourth Mizukage
. However, Yagura was apparently mind controlled by Tobi and killed afterward, so
the Beast was free by the time it was encountered in the main story.) A Filler
arc was centered around this creature, with the Leaf Ninja trying to seal it, only to be stopped by Guren and her henchmen repeatedly, eventually foiling the mission altogether. As such, the Akatsuki tracked it down, where it was easily defeated by Deidara and Tobi, who were assigned to capture it. Tobi claimed to have knocked it out in one punch, although Deidara contests this assertion.
Tropes associated to the Three-Tails:
The Mizukage previous to Mei, Yagura was feared in his time as a powerful jinchuruuki who had complete control of his tailed beast, the Three Tailed Turtle. It was under his reign that the barbaric era known as the Bloody Mist took place, where to graduate the shinobi academy the students were forced to butcher their fellow classmates. It was revealed that Yagura was under Tobi's mind control when this era took place, and he was merely a pawn in his game. It's unknown how he died, but the Three Tails he previously played host to emerged in the wild by the time of Naruto Shippuuden. Kabuto later resurrects him with Edo Tensei. Tobi then uses his body along with the rest of the revived jinchuuriki as the new Six paths
- Berserk Button: Being called small or a kid. It would not be surprising if he was voiced by Romi Park.
- The Caligula: Except that he was really under mind control
- Flower Motif: Has a green camellia perched on his staff. Filler character Yukimaru shares a similar affinity with the flowers as well as appearance and ability to control the three tails.
- Four Is Death: The blood purges took place under Yagura's rule, and he was the fourth person to bear the title of Mizukage. Although he was being mind-controlled by Tobi.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: An evil looking stitched scar under his eye.
- Making a Splash: He was good at water style jutsu.
- Older Than He Looks: He looks very much like a child and Naruto mistakes him for one when they meet, but he's an adult and was Mizukage.
- Puppet King: Was under Tobi's mind control all along.
- Purple Eyes
- Simple Staff
Real Name: Son Gokū
This Beast, referred as the Four-Tails, was sealed into the body of Rōshi, an elderly man from the Hidden Rock Village. His host was able to manipulate lava, likely a power gained from this beast. Rather than letting its presence cause him scorn and hate, Rōshi left his village to try and better understand the beast. However, Rōshi would eventually run into Kisame Hoshigaki of the Akatsuki and engaged in a lengthy battle with the shark ninja. Unfortunately, although he was a very tough opponent, Rōshi was defeated, and later died when the Four-Tails was forcibly extracted from his body. Kisame, who was assigned to capture it, complained of having a difficult time with it, but ultimately succeeded. The most recent art book
revealed the Four-Tails to be a large, red gorilla. The beast manifests itself in Roshi's hair.In the Shinobi World War Arc, he makes his debut, re-sealed inside an Edo-Tensei revived Rōshi. When Tobi makes Rōshi transform into the Four-Tails, it manages to catch Naruto in its teeth and swallow him whole. However, Naruto ends up in the Four-Tails's mental prison. The Four-Tails has a condescending view of all humans, believing they view the tailed beasts only as sources of power. He wishes to be referred to only as Son Goku, the name given to him by the Sage of the Six Paths himself. Son reveals the Nine-Tails' true name: Kurama. When Naruto shows him kindness, he's intrigued that a human seriously wants to befriend him.
Tropes associated to the Four-Tails:
- Ambition Is Evil: Towards humans wanting to steal his power to further their own goals.
- Berserk Button: Absolutely HATES being called the Four-Tails.
- Cool Crown: The horns on his head are shaped like a crown, based on the one that Sun Wukong wears in most artistic depictions.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Though most people would disagree in his case.
- Expy: The Oozaru. His real name is even Son Goku.
- Four Is Death: Subverted. Appears to be the beast that kills Naruto by eating him, but Naruto ends up going inside his mental prison instead.
- Large Ham: Brags about himself and his "nobility" if given the opportunity, with a HUMONGOUS BELLOWING voice.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: What he thinks about humans in general because of their What Measure Is a Non-Human? attitude towards the tailed beasts
- I Have Many Names: Ignoring his hated human-given name, the Four-Tails has 3 other titles; King of the Sage Monkeys, Handsome Monkey King, and finally Great Sage Equaling Heaven ("Seiten Taisei").
- I Just Want To Be Free: Has a powerful desire to run free and get as far away as possible from human affairs.
- Magma Man: Bestows the use of Lava Style on his host and is himself capable of lava attacks.
- Pride: The Four-Tails has a very, very deep-seated sense of pride about himself, and will immediately lash out at anyone who disrespects him, even if it's an honest mistake. However, he's more polite and slightly more forgiving than the Nine-Tails.
- Shout-Out: He has many to Dragon Ball and Journey to the West. His real name, is Son Goku (The Japanese name of Sun Wukong), he gives himself the same nicknames that Sun Wukong would like to give himself, one of his attacks is named after said Monkey King's birthplace. On top of that he also has an Oozaru-like appearance and the name of his jinchuriki is Roshi.
Voiced by: Shigenori Soya
The elderly jinchuuriki to the Four Tailed Ape, Roshi long since abandoned his village before the series on a journey of self discovery to try and understand the beast inside him. He was captured by Kisame offscreen and subsequently killed when his tailed beast was sealed by the Akatsuki. Kabuto later ressurects him with his Edo Tensei technique and Tobi uses him as one of his own Six Paths
- Elemental Armor: Can give himself an outer shell of molten rock.
- Exotic Eye Designs: After being revived with Edo Tensei, has both a Sharingan and a Rinnegan implanted into him by Tobi to use as part of his Six Paths.
- Go Out with a Smile: Before his spirit fades away Roshi makes peace with Son Goku and apologizes for treating him so terribly when he was alive, with his last words being an almost friendly farewell to the Great Ape.
- Magma Man
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He gave Kisame, one of Akatsuki's most powerful members, a good fight. And as Roshi controls Lava, he was at a disadvantage seeing as Kisame is a water user.
- Walking the Earth
Real Name: Kokuō
One of the lesser-mentioned beasts and hosts, being one of the first jinchuriki to fall to Akatsuki. They were hardly mentioned until their official debut in the manga's Chapter 420 and Episode 205 of Shippuden
. The most recent art book
provided the fandom with a glimpse into their lives and the nature of their tailed beasts. The Five-Tails is a horse-dolphin hybrid that belonged to a very tall, grey-eyed man from the Hidden Rock Village covered in a a strange set of blood-red armor named Han, who used the power of his tailed beast to fight using steam. Han was subdued by Akatsuki, and had the Five-Tails extracted from him, resulting in his death.In the Shinobi World War Arc, Han and the Five-Tails appear in the flesh for the first time, now under Tobi's control from a combination of Edo Tensei and the Six Paths of Pain. Tobi tries to force Han to transform into the Five-Tails, but the beast attempts to resist him, which the Eight-Tails discovers much to his chagrin. In extreme pain, it seems to be on the verge of begging for help. Displeased with the beast's resistance towards him, Tobi reverses Han's transformation and dials it back to a partial state.
Tropes associated to the Five-Tails:
The jinchuuriki to the Five Tailed Horse, Han is one of the most mysterious of the previous jinchuuriki. Kabuto later ressurects him with his Edo Tensei technique and Tobi uses him as one of his own Six Paths
Real Name: Saiken
The 6-Tailed Slug, is a tailed beast that was formerly sealed in the Mist ninja Utakata. At some point in the past, Utakata's former master Harusame once tried unsuccessfully to extract the beast from his body, killing Harusame in the process. Utakata had sworn not to use the beast's powers ever again, but is forced to do so to in the process of rescuing his student, Hotaru, from a man named Shiranami who had activated the destructive jutsu fused with her body. Soon after resolving this conflict, Utakata is found by all six paths of Pain, which quickly overwhelm and incapacitate him. Though it isn't shown,the 6-Tails is extracted from his body by Akatsuki, and sealed into the Gedo Mazo. Kabuto later resurrects Utakata with Edo Tensei, and Saiken is resealed in its former Jinchuriki, during the 4th Shinobi World War.
Interestingly the Six-Tails seems to have a decent relationship with Utakata; willingly giving Utakata access to his full 6-tail form, presumably without resistance.
Tropes associated to the Six-Tails:
The Jinchuriki of the Six Tailed Slug, Utakata is a distant missing ninja from the Hidden Mist. There was a filler
arc focused on Utakata. Utakata's former master, Harusame, once tried unsuccessfully to extract the beast from his body, killing Harusame in the process. Utakata had sworn not to use the beast's powers ever again, but is forced to do so to in the process of rescuing his student, Hotaru, from a man named Shiranami who had activated the destructive jutsu fused with her body. Soon after resolving this conflict, he is found by all six paths of Pain, which quickly overwhelm and incapacitate him. Though it isn't shown, presumably he is then taken away to have the tailed beast extracted from his body, dying in the process. Kabuto later resurrects him with Edo Tensei. Tobi then use his body along with the rest of the revived jinchuuriki as the new Six paths
Tropes associated with Utakata:
- Adaptation Expansion: He is a minor character in the manga, but in the anime, he gets a filler arc dedicated to him.
- Broken Pedestal: His master, whom he killed when he tried to extract the beast from his body. After spending a considerable amount of time thinking about the person his master was, it's subverted when he realizes that his master did it for his sake.
- Berserk Button: The title "Master".
- also, when someone with a large amount of power inside them is treated as a tool (A Jinchuriki like himself/Hotaru with the Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu inside her), he gets angry.
- Bittersweet Ending: Finally accepts Hotaru as his student, and gets over his hatred of his master, but then he encounters Pain in the forest, leading to...
- Deal with the Devil: Kinda. he asks Saiken, for power to help him stop the Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu from going off, who seems to willingly obey with no objections.
- Doomed by Canon: At the point in the story he appeared, he isn't one of the three Jinchuriki Akatsuki has yet to capture.
- Kimono: He wears a simple blue yukata.
- Hollywood Acid: He can secrete a film of acid in his transformed state.
- Improbable Weapon User: Attacks with a bubble blowing-wand. Not to mention his main power is blowing bubbles.
- Making a Splash: His Soap Bubble Ninjutsu
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Saiken is never seen, save for one brief scene at the climax of the Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc. Not a friend per se, but Utakata's relationship with it is better than others.
- Paper Talisman: Unlike Bee and Naruto's Power Tattoo seals his more closely resembled an ofuda.
- Sleepy Head
- Shoo the Dog: Tries to get Hotaru to leave him alone, largely because he doesn't believe he can be the master she wants.
- Walking the Earth: after killing his master, Harusame Utakata flees his village and lives a vagabond-lifestyle avoiding Kiri ANBU, until he encounters Hotaru.
Real Name: Chōmei
Seven-Tailed Host: Fuu
The Seven-Tails is a rhino beetle with six wings and a tail, whose host was a teal-haired, orange-eyed girl (Kishimoto decided her gender at the last minute) from the Hidden Waterfall Village.
Tropes associated to the Seven-Tails:
The Jinchuuriki to the Seven Tailed Beetle, Fū was a ninja from the Hidden Waterfall village and is one of the most mysterious of the previous jinchuuriki. Kabuto later ressurects her with his Edo Tensei technique and Tobi uses her as one of his own Six Paths
Real Name: Gyuuki
Host: Killer Bee
This tailed beast, one of the final two still uncaptured by Akatsuki, is sealed into a ninja from the Hidden Cloud Village. The host appears to be on good terms with the spirit
, as they can work together to break genjutsu, and even converse casually outside of battle. Its seal manifests itself in the tattoo of a Tetsu
(Iron) kanji. Killer Bee and the Eight-Tailed Ox refer to each other as "Jinchuriki-sama" and "Hachibi-sama". One of its horns was lost in battle when it attacked the Hidden Cloud Village and gored Motoi's father in the process, causing his death. A retaliated by slicing the horn clean off, which has yet to grow back - and may never do so.
Tropes associated to the Eight-Tails:
First, I'm gonna float and fly like a butterfly, then I sting ya like a Killer Bee!
Host of the Eight-Tailed Ox and brother of the Raikage. A dark-skinned, light-haired muscular man
with a penchant for rapping.
Sasuke's Team Hawk, sent to capture his tailed beast, engaged him in battle, but he easily kicks their asses and beats the ever-loving shit out of Sasuke
. He then transformed into his full Ox form, but Sasuke subdued it with Amaterasu — or so it seemed. Turns out Bee pulled a fast one on him
and escaped unharmed. He then goes off to take a vacation. When the Raikage (his brother) learned of his disappearance, he summoned the other Kage to a summit in order to discuss how to deal with the Akatsuki. They eventually reunite, and Bee was sent to an island turtle with Naruto in order to teach him how to draw more power from the Nine-Tails (and also to secretly keep them safe from Kabuto and Tobi, who want to capture their tailed beasts.) They soon learn of the Shinobi World War and manage to escape from the island and join the fight. Currently, Killer Bee, along with Naruto, Kakashi, Guy and the Shinobi Allied Forces, are fighting Tobi, Madara and the Ten-Tails.
Real Name: Kurama
Host: Naruto Uzumaki (Yang half)
, Minato Namikaze (Yin half)
As a consequence of being sealed into the main character, this is the Tailed Beast with the most screen time so far. It is reputedly the strongest of the nine recent arcs seem to confirm that
, able to flatten mountains and raise tsunamis with a sweep of its tails. Prior to the series, it attacked the Hidden Leaf Village after Tobi extracted it from its then-host, Naruto's mother Kushina, who had just given birth to the kid
. To stop it, the Fourth Hokage sealed it into the newborn Naruto (his son, as he was Kushina's husband) and himself
, sacrificing his own life to do so while his Action Mom wife did the same
. Tobi claims that it is a natural disaster, able to appear out of nowhere.
It is malevolently intelligent, with a scathing and sadistic personality. It does, however, have its own warped sense of honor, and a grudging respect for Naruto and the Fourth Hokage. It would like nothing more than to kill Naruto and escape (and has tried to tempt Naruto into taking actions that would allow the seal to be broken), but as long as it remains sealed, it is a (however unwilling) ally of Naruto's.
Usually, the Fox manifests itself in whisker-shaped markings on Naruto's cheeks. It also grants him improved stamina and a Healing Factor
. Naruto can also draw upon the Fox's enormous reserves of chakra in order to make up for his own lack of chakra control. When Naruto becomes consumed
by rage, he starts to draw further on the Fox's chakra. When this happens, the "whiskers" on Naruto's face darken, his teeth become longer and sharper, his eyes turn red, he begins moving about on all fours, and he becomes covered in a coat of visible flame-like chakra. (Chakra is normally invisible, and when depicted, "cool" colors like blue and green are usually used.)
At first, this happens unconsciously. After being trained by Jiraiya, however, Naruto learns how to actively demand chakra from the Fox. To do so, he goes into the depths of his mind (depicted as a dripping sewer with a humongous cage containing the Fox) and demands that the Fox assist him with its chakra (or as Naruto euphemistically calls it, the Fox's "rent"). It's unknown whether the Fox is forced to comply or simply does so out of amusement, but this does work.
The more Naruto gives in to his rage, "tails" of chakra begin to appear. He grows more powerful with each one that appears, but he also loses control of his own personality. When he reaches four tails
, the Fox's personality becomes dominant
. During the Invasion of the Leaf Village, Naruto has shown the six and eight-tailed forms. It's been theorized that if he ever made it up to nine, the seal would be broken and the Fox would be freed. The seal also seems to be weakening over time. Jiraiya made an attempt to teach Naruto to retain control after four tails, but in so doing he came as close to death as he ever had. Instead, he settled for creating several seals which can suppress the Fox's influence. Yamato's Tenth Edict on Enlightenment jutsu can do this job as well.
The Sharingan seems to have the ability to control the Fox. In Shippuden
, Sasuke prevented Naruto from drawing on its power, and it was later revealed that Madara Uchiha had "tamed" it and used it in his battle against the First Hokage
. Itachi Uchiha was originally assigned to capture it, but with his death, Tobi has sent Pain to do it instead. After that didn't work, it appears that Tobi is handling it himself
.With the help of his parents, Naruto successfully tamed the Fox. Naruto can now tap into the Fox's unlimited chakra reserves whenever he chooses, giving himself a Super Saiyan-like glow in the process. Things progress even further when, upon seeing Naruto's genuine concern for the various tailed beasts, Kurama finally accepts his host as an equal partner, and the cage is finally unlocked. Now, Naruto is finally able to complete the tailed-beast transformation technique
Tropes associated to the Nine-Tails:
- Armchair Military: Of a sort during the fight against the Ten-Tails, seeing how the real Nine-Tails was lounging in Naruto's subconsciousness while calling the shots in the fight against the Ten-Tails through Naturo's Animal Battle Aura. Kakashi even states it designated itself The Captain of their group.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Inside Naruto, he's only confined to a cage. Inside Kushina, however, he was pinned down and impaled by a stake. No wonder he's so ruthless.
- Blow You Away: Apparently has Wind Affinity Chakra, which is surprisingly appropriate considering who his host is.
- Often causes these with a swish of its tail or claws in its lesser forms.
- Canis Major: A giant fox.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Defines himself as a "living mass of malevolence".
- Cat Smile: Gives one as his first non-Slasher Smile while briefly trolling Naruto in 609.
- Cunning Like a Fox: He almost gets Naruto to release him due to this.
- Deadpan Snarker: After formally allying with his host he takes to snarking in their shared mindscape.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Naruto beats him he becomes more of a Tsundere than a Villain and later even has a Heel-Face Turn.
- The Dog Bites Back: Kurama was like all the beasts, optimistic that the chosen one, the Sage of Six Paths foresaw, would lead them to peace and harmony with humans. However Kurama was seen as nothing but either a threat or a weapon by humans he sought to co-exist with, being sealed by one, to be unleashed by the next. His hatred and contempt for humans over the generations grew, until he wanted to destroy them all.
- Enemy Mine: Allows Naruto to use his chakra to combat "Madara". Eventually results in a Heel-Face Turn.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The reason he lets Naruto use his chakra. Madara is too much of a dick for even the Nine-Tails to tolerate.
- Evil Twin: Subverted with Dark Is Not Evil. While Kurama is split in Yin and Yang halves, the Yin half appears to have a more positive attitude, even encouraging Minato that everything that happened wasn't his fault. Yang Kurama however spent the majority of the series as Naruto's Super-Powered Evil Side until his Heel-Face Turn.
- Fantastic Foxes: He's a sentient mass of energy shaped like a fox.
- Kitsune: Naturally, although there are significant differences in malevolence and power.
- Grand Theft Me: Routinely attempted this on Naruto before his Heel-Face Turn.
- Heel-Face Turn: Eventually becomes Naruto's ally of his own volition.
- This was based on mutual respect more than anything. He was impressed with Naruto being the first human since the Sage who treated him as a living being worthy of respect rather than a weapon.
- Jerk Ass: Was a major one until Naruto defeats him, which causes him to open up more. Becoming more of a Tsundere.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Minato blames himself for all of the damage Tobi/Obito has caused because he never realized Tobi's true identity, Kurama is quick to point out that Minato had no way of knowing that Obito was still alive, and even then, it wouldn't have changed a thing; Kurama still had to be stopped, and the Obito Minato knew was long dead by then, so it would have been pointless to try to reason with him.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Believes having nine tails makes him the boss, which Shukaku hates him for. Which is not far from the truth considering his body shape is closest to The Ten Tails.
- Literal Split Personality: The Fourth Hokage split his chaka into two halves, sealing the Yang half inside of Naruto, and the Yin half inside himself. The Yin half is later revealed to have its own personality.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The force of its roars can cause incredible destruction.
- Manipulative Bastard: Constantly baits Naruto to tap more and more in his chakra, so it can take control and cause destruction and/or break free of the seal.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Is clearly a fox, but his body proportions (especially his torso and arms, look the picture) are clearly humanoid to the point where his forepaws are depicted as having thumbs. Which means he can properly bump fists with Naruto. Also his long rabbit-like ears, which are likely based on the fennec fox.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Nine Tails has a wide mouth full of fangs, which is the first glimpse Naruto gets of it, although they were notably more human-like in its first appearance.
- Omnicidal Maniac: While it's heavily implied that there were several previous owners mistreating him and the Sage of Six Paths' death have caused him to become angry with the world, thus acting savagely towards humans. While acting berserk outside, his mind had devolved till Naruto defeats it and Defeat Equals Friendship takes hold.
- Playing with Fire: In the anime, where he unleashes a fire tornado on Pain.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Not very fond of Naruto, but nevertheless aware that if he wants to live, then he just has to help him during battles. As a bonus, this regularly gives him occasions to go on wild rampage.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He causes Naruto's eyes to turn red when using his power and own are red. Later on, this, along with the "whiskers" thickening, is the indication that Kurama is using Naruto's body for something during the war.
- Rule 63: There are many fanfics which feature a female Nine-Tails. Nearly always combined with Draco in Leather Pants.
- Shout-Out: The Nine-Tails' real name, as revealed by the Four-Tails, is Kurama, the name of one of the main characters from YuYu Hakusho, a very popular manga and anime series created by Togashi. He is also a fox demon.
- Curiously, Kurama's Japanese VA also voiced Younger Toguro in the same series.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He personally, through Naruto, gives one to Tobi.
- Slasher Smile: Displayed this when Naruto met him for the first time. Technically, every time he smiles or shows he's amused so much that you can't even tell whether he is feeling murderously giddy or is actually ready to cooperate.
- Sleep Mode Size: Noticeably shrinks when Minato sealed half his essence into the Death God.
- Stockholm Syndrome: After Naruto learned about the circumstances surrounding the Nine-Tail's being sealed inside him, he somehow manages to gain the Nine-Tail's trust.
- Tail Slap
- This Is My Human: Kurama revealed the reason why he prevented Fukasaku from fusing with and helping Naruto from mastering Perfect Toad Sage Mode wasn't out of animosity, but jealousy that his jinchūriki would use anyone else's chakra. This is repeated when Naruto seeks assistance from Killer B and Eight Tails, angering Kurama again that he'd ask for help from another tailed beast.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Towards Naruto. Best shown to Kurama first and last appearances. In Kurama first appearance, Kurama tried to kill Naruto, compared to when Kurama was sealed, he told Gaara a way to save Naruto.
- Troll: After his Heel-Face Turn, chapter 609 for the best example-he's grinning at Naruto while he explains what he really did when Naruto thought he sacrificed Kakashi by throwing him at Tobi.
- Tsundere: After his Heel Face Turn it always asserts its reluctance to help Naruto despite how obvious it is that it's taken in by Naruto's sincerity.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the flashback showing all the Tailed Beasts as children, not only was Kurama the only one shown crying, but he was also the one standing closest to the Sage of Six Paths, implying that the two were close before the Sage's death.
- The Watcher: Thanks to the seal, he was unable to do anything but observe. As such, he has watched over Naruto's life every day since he was born.
Kinkaku and Ginkaku
Warriors of the Hidden Cloud Village from the Second-Third Great Ninja War revived by Kabuto to fight in the Fourth Ninja War. They're known as the Two Lights but are also remembered as the Hidden Cloud's most reviled criminals for the attempted coup they made during negotiations with the Hidden Leaf. They are among the strongest opponents that Darui's Division face, but Ginkaku is taken out by Darui and a Nine-Tails powered Kinkaku is defeated by Shikamaru and Choji (who provided backup from Gaara's Division) along with Ino (joining them from the Fifth Division) using their famed Ino-Shika-Cho Formation]].
- Animal Battle Aura: They are able to summon a V2 tailed beast-cloak, though only Kinkaku gets to use it.
- Badass: Beside wielding four out of the Five Legendary Weapons and possessing gigantic chakra reserves, they were devoured by the Nine Tailed Fox and not only managed to survive for two weeks but also eat its flesh, thus gaining some of its powers.
- Bash Brothers: They're brothers who fight together as a team.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Wear stereotypical Native-American headdresses.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Curse him, Seven Star Sword! Record, Crimson Gourd!"
- Cool Sword: The Seven Star Sword.
- Horned Humanoid: Although it may be part of their headdresses.
- Facial Markings: The exact same ones Naruto has due to eating the Nine-Tails' flesh.
- Fallen Heroes]]: Revered by the Hidden Cloud Village, but they are also remembered as the Hidden Cloud's most reviled criminals due to their attempted coup when the Second Hokage and Second Raikage were meeting for a formal alliance. Its implied they where responsible for the death of the Second Hokage.
- Feathered Fan of Doom: The Banana Palm Fan which gives them access to all Elemental Powers.
- Hoist by His Own Petard]]: Ginkaku gets sealed away inside his own gourd.
- Jagged Mouth: Kinkaku gets one in his V2 state, and both he and Ginkaku are seen with them during the flashback to their imprisonment in the Nine Tails' stomach.
- Lowered Monster Difficulty: Compared to Naruto's own V2 form, Kinkaku is relatively easily dealt with.
- One-Winged Angel: They can enter a Version 2 state similar to Naruto's.
- Public Domain Character: Everything about them is based on the characters of the same names from Journey to the West, including the host of Public Domain Artifact's. Compare Dragon Ball for a different take of the same public domain characters.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Even without Edo Tensei's regenerative powers, the two were so amazingly powerful that the most practical way to bet them off the battlefield was simply to use their own magic jars against them to seal them away.
- Sibling Team: They aren't called the Gold and Silver Brothers for nothing.
- Spanner in the Works: When Ginkaku is sealed away, Kinkaku explodes in rage and goes 6-Tails. Naruto, being the Nine-Tails' real host, senses this through the otherwise-chakra-blocking barrier that the Alliance are keeping him & Killer-Bee distracted in. This sparks Naruto's curiosity enough that he eventually goes to check out what's going on, fights through the guards meant to confine him, finds out about the war going on outside, and teams up with Bee to bust through the forces keeping them contained. In short: Kinkaku's transformation ruined the Five Kage's plans to keep Bee & Naruto out of the fight.
- Happens again later. The tools that they used, as well as their Nine-Tails chakra, is EXACTLY what Tobi needs to resurrect the Ten-Tails.
- Swallowed Whole: By Kurama, who later regurgitated them.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: They were too unruly to let something as silly as being devoured for two weeks by the strongest tailed beast to stop them or even slow them down, and even got something out of it for their trouble.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Their tools are designed to steal an opponent's soul.
Real Name: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
Host: Varies, currently: Kaguya Otsutsuki
The combined form of all the Tailed Beasts
"... It swallows oceans, splits the land, carries mountains, and is the progenitor of all that exists in this world." -Kurama, in regards to the Ten-Tails' power.
. Was sealed inside
the Sage of Six Paths, saving the world from its evil and effectively turning the Sage into a mortal god
, explaining why he is regarded as such. Eventually, the Sage, on his deathbed and hoping to lessen the chance of global devastation, split its chakra apart to form the nine Tailed Beasts and hid its body, the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, in the moon
, to prevent the Eldritch Abomination
from escaping upon the Sage's passing. Tobi's plan hinges on capturing all of the tailed beasts, depriving them of their chakra and reforming the Ten-Tails back to its original, primordial form, so he can become its Jinchuriki. He more or less succeeds.
- Almighty Idiot: It has no mind of its own since it's a tree. The driving force behind its rampage was Kaguya.
- Assimilation Plot: In a frightening revelation in chapter 673, the God Tree actually speaks to Madara, it has the exact same desire he does. It instructs him to merge with it, preventing Naruto from cutting it down, so it can absorb all humanity into itself.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Even the other tailed-beasts are puny compared to it.
- Bigger Bad: The primordial evil of the world, said to have chakra foul enough that all living things on the planet are menaced by its wrath.
- Breath Weapon/Wave Motion Gun: It can fire a Tailed Beast Ball as a massive laser that can actually pierce through a rapid fire barrage of Tailed Beast Balls at once and not even lose momentum after they explode.
- The Dreaded: Even the Sage of Six Paths was scared of it.
- In the present, even the Tailed-Beasts are terrified, the Sage of Six Paths apparently sparing no details about it. Even Madara displays fear of it running out of control.
- Eldritch Abomination: The most overt example thus far in this series.
- Elemental Embodiment: Essentially a force of nature, it has no feelings or ideals. As such, its chakra can only be sensed in the form of the same natural energy that pervades the world.
- Enemy Summoner: It has the ability to create humanoid fighters to defend his main body from attack.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Tobi and Madara are able to control it using the Hashirama's DNA, but as it becomes more complete, it gets harder to do so. Eventually, they lose all control over it, and it starts attacking on its own volition, with the only way to recover control over it being the task of becoming its Jinchūriki.
- Evil Evolves: Transforms three times before Obito seals it into himself.
- Exotic Eye Designs: It has an eye that looks like a Sharingan crossed with a Rinnegan.
- Facial Markings: In its initial form it has black vein-like markings that extend from its eye.
- Fantastic Nuke: Its Tailed Beast Ball can act like these. Tobi uses its power to annihilate several villages and the headquarters of the Shinobi Alliance from a great distance.
- Forbidden Fruit: A very literal example. In its original form as the World Tree, it would grow a fruit once every thousand years. Eating this fruit was forbidden. A princess seeking to become a god to end war ate it, and was thus blessed with the power of chakra. However, this enraged the tree, causing it to bring about disasters. Even after the Ten-Tails was sealed, the Sage's sons became Cain and Abel and the very power shinobi had been blessed with Cursed them with eternal conflict that had become even more dangerous than before. Subverted later when it's revealed that it didn't care if anyone ate its fruit since it's a tree with no mind of its own. It only rampaged because the princess' will made it attack her sons to take their chakra.
- Foreshadowing: The Ten-Tails is said to lack any feelings or ideals, and yet it is apparently enraged when Naruto reminds it of the Sage, which hints at the fact that another power is behind it. This power is eventually revealed to be Kaguya.
- Fusion Dance: It's revealed that the Ten-Tails was created by Kaguya fusing with the God-Tree and transforming it into a monster.
- God: Via the mouth of Kurama, the Ten-Tails is the beginning of all chakra, and the progenitor of all that exists in the world.
- God Is Evil: It has neither feelings nor ideals and was once indifferent to humanity and its wars. But after the Sage's mother, Kaguya, was sealed with the World Tree, her will turned it into a monster and brought despair to the entire world in an effort to bring all chakra back underneath her control. The Sage of the Six Paths feared their revival would bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
- Flechette Storm: Can do this with five-foot-long wooden stakes.
- Gaia's Vengeance: It was originally the World Tree but became a beast after the Sage's mother ate its fruit. Legend claimed that the beast was trying to claim its power back, though this actually turns out to have been Kaguya's doing.
- High Turnover Rate: It has cycled through three Jinchuuriki in a single night. Given how long Jinchuuriki are supposed to last that's basically light speed.
- Humanoid Abomination: Its second form in Chapter 613, and it becomes more humanoid as it matures.
- Averted for its final form, the Juubi is actually the World Tree.
- I Have Many Names: According to Kurama, it has many names, three of them being Ame No Hitotsu no Kami (meaning One-Eyed God), Datara, and Daidarabotchi (meaning Giant).
- Lightning Bruiser: At least twice the size of the other Tailed Beasts, but fast enough to sucker-punch Kurama before anyone could react.
- Liquid Assets: It is the source of all chakra and wants to take back the power mankind stole. Since chakra currently serves as the world's Life Energy, the process kills all of the Shinobi it depletes.
- Living Weapon: The only Beast to really qualify as one since it has no will of its own, being a tree. Every time it went on a rampage, it was being controlled by someone else.
- One-Winged Angel: It is revealed that the Ten-Tails isn't the God-Tree rampaging to get its chakra back after all: it's Kaguya, who merged with the God-Tree and transformed into a monster to reclaim the chakra she'd passed on to her sons.
- Magic Eye: It possesses a massive red Rinnegan with Sharingan-like tomoe, similar to Hagoromo's, Kaguya's, and Madara's Third Eye and Sasuke's Rinnegan.
- Monkey Morality Pose: Of a sort. Its second form features its single eyeball on the front of its head, a single huge and prominent ear on one side, and a mouth on the other side.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In its first form, it has a gaping mouth full of row after row of long fangs.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In its second form, its tails become tentacles tipped with hands.
- Nested Mouths: Its third form unhinges its jaw to reveal a massive Rafflesia-shaped inner mouth.
- No Sell: Minato tries to free Infinite Tsukuyomi victims by cutting the limbs off the tree. They grow right back.
- Pieces of God: It was once known as the God Tree and is the origin of all chakra in the world. The mother of the Sage stole a portion of its power by eating its fruit, causing it to become a monster in an effort to get that chakra back. The Sage's solution was to split its chakra into 9 parts and form it into the Tailed Beasts. Madara's plan to revive it involves sealing the 9 beasts back inside. Notably, reviving it does not actually require the entire beasts. Only a portion of the chakra from each is enough to initiate its eventual revival, albeit at a slower pace. If the combined Chakra of all living things is reconnected to the god tree, a new chakra fruit will be created.
- Physical God: One of the most powerful beings in the series.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Its power does have limits, but it literally cannot be measured.
- When it metamorphoses into its second form it causes the Sensing Sphere, which is used to measure chakra levels across the entire war, to form an entirely separate sphere - so it has roughly equal power to every single being in the elemental nations at the moment put together.
- Not So Stoic: Despite it being said that the Ten-Tails lacks any type of feelings or personality, the sight of Naruto reminding it of the Sage of the Six Paths, as well as eight of the nine tailed beasts drove it into a rage, causing it to aim the biggest tailed beast ball in the series at just Naruto. This is eventually revealed to be because of Kaguya's will.
- Revision: It's revealed that the Ten-Tails wasn't just the tree, Kaguya was part of it too. The tree wasn't trying to take its chakra back, as it was non sentient. Kaguya was the one trying.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Ten-Tails didn't care at all about humans or wars until Kaguya Ōtsutsuki stole its power, and went berserk trying to get that power back. This is later revealed to be a half-truth: Kaguya merged with the tree in an effort to get back the chakra she'd passed on to her descendants.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The Sage of the Six Paths sealed it into himself, making him the first chronological Jinchuriki, on top of turning him into a Physical God in all but name. Tobi becomes its new Jinchuuriki as of chapter 637, and is replaced by Madara.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Before the Sage died, he channeled the Ten-Tails' chakra and divided it into nine different pieces, leading to the creation of the Tailed Beasts, and hid the rest of the Ten-Tails' body in the moon to prevent it from wreaking further havoc onto the world.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Because it lacks conscience, it just fires its power randomly on instinct; once Tobi becomes its Jinchuuriki, he easily shatters the defenses that previously held the beast because he can now focus it's power.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that it exists alone is a massive spoiler for the series. It's pretty much the reigning champ of this in the series.
- Was Once a Man: It's revealed that the beast is not actually sentient. Kaguya Otsutsuki was the will that got it to move.
- World Tree: Its original form is an enormous tree with a flower on top that contains its eye.
- Weather Manipulation: As of chapter 628, without anyone to control it, the Juubi unleashes a massive elemental barrage of tornadoes, thunderstorms and earthquakes.
- You Don't Look Like You: Its appearance post-resurrection is somewhat different from its appearance in the flashbacks, possibly due to being incomplete.
- As of Chapter 613, it's definitely a Humanoid Abomination, but is still◊ very different from what had been described of it in its introduction, probably because it doesn't have the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails and hasn't finished reviving.
- As of chapter 646, it reaches its final form, a World Tree of Evangelion proportions with a single nine tomoed eye in a humongous lotus flower.
Sage of the Six Paths: Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
Voiced By: Toru Nakane (JP)
The creator of ninshu and founder of the ninja way. Born to Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the founder of Chakra. Once the World Tree sought revenge for her consuming its sacred fruit, it transformed into the Juubi and wrecked havoc on the world; Hagoromo defeated the Ten-Tailed Beast and sealed it with himself, becoming the first jinchuuriki. He split it into nine pieces on his deathbed, which became the tailed beasts. His two sons were the ancestors of the Senju and Uchiha clans.
- Antiquated Linguistics: When he appears to Naruto in his inner world, he initially speaks like this, until Naruto gets frustrated trying to understand what he's saying. Justified as the Sage lived in an era hundreds of years before the current one. Fortunately, as his essence remained and acquired understanding of the changes in language and cultural development within the world since his demise, he's able to switch his manner of speaking to better suit Naruto.
- The Atoner: He and his brother fought the Ten-Tailed to atone for Kaguya's sins.
- Badass: He was able to beat the Ten-Tailed Beast at the height of its power, something that nobody in the present considers possible.
- Badass Beard: Kurama's flashback reveals he had one prior his death.
- Berserk Button: When Naruto recognizes him as the creator of ninjutsu, he clutches his staff tighter and adamantly insists that it was ninshu that he created for the purpose of peace and harmony, not ninjutsu, which he argues was created for war.
- Dead Person Conversation: With both Naruto and Sasuke, where he reveals to them that they are the reincarnations of his younger and older son, respectively.
- Demigod: The Sage is renowned as the son of the very first Chakra user, who was worshipped as a goddess, and presumably a mortal man.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Defeated and sealed the Ten-Tailed Beast within himself.
- Exotic Eye Designs: He was the first person to possess the Rinnegan.
- Feuding Families: Started the feud between the Uchiha and the Senju when he chose the Senju Clan's ancestor as his successor over the elder brother, the Uchiha Clan ancestor.
- Folk Hero: The son of Kaguya Otsutsuki, a woman who stole the power of chakra from the Ten Tailed Beast and was worshipped as a goddess. He himself is the ancestor of the Senju and Uchiha clans.
- Heroic Lineage: His descendants are the Uchiha and Senju/Uzumaki Clans, and he himself is the son of a woman revered as a goddess for being the first to use Chakra.
- Horned Humanoid: Has horns due to being the Ten Tailed Beast's host and Kaguya's son.
- Identical Grandson: Give or take removed by many centuries and possible direct lineage, the basic contours of his face nonetheless is pretty much how Hiruzen Sarutobi looked like later in life.
- Insistent Terminology: He is positively livid at the implication he created ninjutsu. He says that he created ninshu, which is not made for war, unlike ninjutsu.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Notably inverted; all the emphasis is on his mother. Who his father was or if he even had one is unknown.
- Messianic Archetype: Defeated the 10-Tails and became the first Shinobi.
- Missing Dad: He goes into great detail about his mother, but his father is unmentioned.
- As well as acting like a parent to the Tailed Beasts. His kindness is why they think of every human kind to them as similar to him.
- Neutral No Longer: In chapters 670 and 671, he decides that, given that Madara has taken up the chakra of both of his sons (unknowingly) and most tailed beasts including Shinju (knowingly), he will provide the chakra of the nine tailed beasts to Sasuke and Naruto, the latest reincarnations of his sons.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ultimately the one responsible for all of the crap in the present day. He was the one who taught people how to use chakra, though originally intending for it to be a way to unite them, they instead used it to develop ninjutsu and make war. Him favoring his younger son over his older one also led to the Vicious Cycle that has caused centuries of strife, something that he fully acknowledges in chapter 671. Which is why he takes a third option in the present and gives his blessings to the reincarnations of both of his sons, Naruto and Sasuke.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name was Hagoromo Otsutsuki.
- Parental Favoritism: Practiced this in regards to his own sons. He initially favored the elder for his power and talent, but made the younger one his chosen successor after seeing his Magnetic Hero traits. In chapter 671 the Sage admits this was a huge mistake which is directly responsible for all of the crap in the series, one he refuses to repeat in the present day. So he grants power and blessings to both his sons' reincarnations, Naruto and Sasuke.
- Parental Substitute: To the young Bijuu.
- Physical God: The most powerful character in the whole manga, aside from his mother.
- Posthumous Character: Virtually everything we know about him is stated by other characters, most prominently Jiraiya, Pain, Tobi, and Madara. Kurama also has a short flashback about him right before his death.
- He does though appear in chapter 670 though he reveals he is in fact dead.
- Power Floats: He can levitate due to being the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki.
- Reality Warper: His power of "Creation of All Things", which he used to split the Ten Tails into the nine tailed beasts, inspired the Uchihas' Izanagi.
- Revision: Turns out he didn't create Ninjutsu, he just enabled people to use chakra through Ninshu, and they were the ones who re-incorporated it for war. A Justified Trope, since, until Chapter 670, nobody heard it from the man himself.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Arguably his life story. He became the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki and created ninshū to atone for the sins of this mother. Ninshu, instead of being used as a tool for communication, was used to make ninjustu, which destroyed the peace his mother created. His decision to make Ashura the leader of ninshu created a long war between his sons that is still going on with his sons' reincarnations. Even his idea to create the Tailed Beasts ended with the them being used as weapons by humans, causing them to hate humanity. In the end he hoped to create a true peace, instead of a peace using a large stick like his mother's, but he just restarted war and intensified it, creating a cycle of hatred that still continues far past his death. He also had a brother who got a share of the Ten-Tails' power as well.
- Skilled, but Naive: When it came to people, almost to the point of Horrible Judge of Character. He honestly believed that people would not abuse the power he taught them. More significantly, he believed his elder son would be perfectly happy supporting his younger brother. It didn't occur to him that his elder son might feel snubbed and go the Cain and Abel route.
- Speaking Like Totally Teen: Momentarily attempts this in order to communicate with Naruto.
- Superpowerful Genetics: So super-powerful, in fact, that pretty much all the bad guys' master plan to become unstoppable is to attain his genetic components (the only one to attain all, the real Madara Uchiha, is easily the strongest ninja the world has ever known. After this guy and his mother).
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Created the entire moon in order to seal a creature maybe the size of a large building inside of it. And it's not like he needed to since it was for all intents and purposes dead after he split its soul into nine pieces.
- Verbal Tic: Has one rendered as "That is a bit much."
- Warrior Poet: Unsurprisingly, as the hero who defeated the Ten-Tails and a founder of a revolutionary spiritual movement, its expected that he''d be this trope.
- World's Strongest Man: Many characters regard him as the strongest being to ever live. He disagrees. That honor goes to his mother, Kaguya, while he and his brother only received pieces of her power.