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They mostly appear in Shippuden — only Itachi, Kisame, and Zetsu appeared in the original series at all, though the rest do appear in silhouettes. Itachi and Kisame appear in an arc that lasts ten chapters (five episodes in the anime), and Zetsu's case is merely a cameo. They become much more active in the second series as their plan to capture and seal the Tailed Beasts begins to move forward in earnest.
This page grew so large that it needed to jettison Tobi, Itachi and Pain as they have massive entries. You can find their character sheets here, here and here respectively. Orochimaru was once a member of Akatsuki, but defected prior to the beginning of the series. You can find his character sheet here.
The organization as a whole provide examples of...
- Anti-Villain: Their motives vary, but some of them qualify as this in one way or another.
- Back from the Dead: The revived Akatsuki members, brought back by Kabuto to fight in the war: Deidara, Sasori, Kakuzu, Itachi, and Nagato/Pain.
- Badass Crew: Everyone is Badass to the bone. They are all S-Ranked missing-nin, which would put them on the same level as Kage. Several members have, in fact, beaten or held their own against Kage.
- Badass Longcoat: Their standard uniform is a high-collared ankle-length black coat with red clouds.
- Black Cloak: In addition to the coats, they also have cloaks, although only Tobi is seen wearing one.
- Battle Strip: Once any of them come to their fight's climax, they remove their robe, willfully or from Clothing Damage. Every single Akatsuki member to do so dies, save for Konan, who dies without stripping.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: They are the main antagonistic force of Shippuden.
- Cosmopolitan Council: They could stand some improvement gender-wise, but when your group contains a Shark Man and a walking venus fly trap you qualify.
- Dark Is Evil: One of the group's distinguishing traits is that each member wears a black cloak.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The Akatsuki recruit members by taking advantage of this trait. Most of the Akatsuki were exiled criminals wandering aimlessly without a village to take orders from. The Akatsuki provides them with a tangible goal and a purpose to put their abilities to productive use.
- Evil Duo: They operate in teams of two, usually complementing each other's skills and personalities. Itachi (stoic, fire-user, illusionist) and Kisame (talkative, water-user, tears people up with his BFS) set the trend.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In Part I, they mostly wait in the shadows as Orochimaru rampages in the Leaf, but their presence and the danger they pose become evident when Itachi and Kisame first appear.
- Hero Killer: Each of them is effective in dominating over the cast with their powers; Hidan and Pain/Nagato are extremely efficient, seeing as they kill Asuma and Jiraiya, respectively.
- High Collar of Doom: Their cloaks reach right above their chins, looking rather ominous.
- Humanoid Abomination: They were all originally going to be blatantly non-human. Even with that dropped, the most normal members of the group are the woman who can turn herself into sheets of paper and the man with magic eyes fueled by The Power of Hate.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Just about all of them reveal at least one new ability or special attack.
- Leitmotif: "Akatsuki", the theme which plays for the organization as a whole. Some individual members have their own, but this is the one for the group in general.
- Meaningful Name: If you read the name as Red Moon, referring to Madara's Infinite Tsukuyomi plan, which would turn the moon into a giant Sharingan able to hypnotize the entire world.
- Nice Hat: Elaborate straw hats cover their faces during travel. They work for reconaissance.
- Oddly Small Organization: For one of the most terrifying terrorist organizations in the world, there are never more than ten official members at a time. Quality beats quantity, as each member is capable of fighting an army, as their performance during the Fourth Shinobi World War indicates.
- Order vs. Chaos: They represent the Order to Orochimaru's Chaos.
- Private Military Contractors: Subverted. This is what they tell the new guys the plan is, but the higher ups have conflicting ideas about what the organization is actually planning.
- Ring of Power: Each member has a ring used to activate the statue which absorbs the Tailed Beasts from their hosts.
- Standard Evil Organization Squad: They act as this for the series.
- Tragic Villain: Most of them are people who had some kind of tragic events in their lives who made them the ones we know today and act as examples of the kind of monsters a world in a constant state of war tends to breed. The only exceptions are Hidan, Deidara and Zetsu.
- Unwitting Pawn: Only Nagato, Konan, and Kisame are in the know about the Moon's Eye Plan, and even they don't know everything.
- Villainous Friendship: Several of the pairs are friends, even if it is a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship.
- Worf Had the Flu: The Akatsuki members in the series proper are Kage-level shinobi yet most of them are dealt with in the first 200 (out of 500) episodes, before the protagonists' skill levels really take a rise, so to make their defeats possible almost all of them are handicapped in some way, shape, or form going into the battle. A good few of them have to fight against a larger group of Shinobi as well.
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Dan (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN), Pedro Tena (Spain), René García (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 139 (Manga), Naruto Episode 80 (Anime)
A former member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, Kisame is a polite, but a savage warrior who loves to fight. He is partners and good friends with Itachi, and owns a sentient sword called Samehada ("Sharkskin" in the dub and as a rough translation) which can absorb chakra from anything it shaves, and can fuse with him to transform him into an anthropomorphic shark. He also possesses an enormous amount of chakra that is compared to the level of a tailed beast.
In Shippuden, a clone of his is beaten by Guy, then he doesn't do too much but hang around Itachi. He later gets assigned to go after the Eight-Tailed Ox and seemingly gets killed for his troubles. It is later revealed that was just a clone and Kisame manages to infiltrate Kumogakure by hiding in his sword. His cover ends up blown and he fights Guy again, but rather than give up the information upon losing he commits suicide by having his own shark summons eat him. It was revealed that Kisame was Tobi's Psycho Supporter since before his days as a member of the Seven Swordsmen, and served as the personal bodyguard of the Fourth Mizukage, who was Tobi's puppet.
- Actually a Doombot: Happens twice.
- Adapted Out: Is omitted from the first live theater adaptation, though he does feature in the second.
- Advertised Extra: Despite being prominently featured in promotional material for the second live theater adaptation, he doesn't play much of a role in the actual show.
- Affably Evil: Cheerful, polite, and always pleased to make the acquaintance of someone new. Like Itachi, he'll also give opponents the chance to back down, which makes him very different from most of his teammates, who can be anywhere from naturally cruel to just plain genocidal.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's given this after killing himself to prevent revealing any more information as a last act of loyalty to his comrades in Akatsuki.Kisame: "You were right... Itachi-san... it seems that... in the end... I'm not so terrible after all."
- Animal Motifs: His shark-like attributes carried over into techniques, for he even shaped his Water Release attacks into sharks.
- Antagonist Abilities: Energy Absorption, Samehada can absorb anyone's chakra, including that of the Tailed Beasts.
- Anti-Villain: He was raised to not trust anyone and betray anyone at a second's notice; to the point that he wanted to accept Tobi's plan of a world of no lies, which Kisame desired.
- Become Your Weapon: With Samehada, in a very Arrancar-esque way.
- BFS: If you can really count that thing as a sword. It is known as the Samehada ("sharkskin").Kisame: My massive blade Samehada, doesn't slice It shreds you to ribbons!
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: As a mist ninja, Kisame was to guard the Cypher Division under orders from his superior. When the group was cornered by Konoha-nin during a mission, Kisame chose to kill the Cypher Division members to keep their intel from being leaked out through Ibiki's interrogation, as instructed by his superior. This started his streak of missions of killing ninja from his own village until he grew sick of it. He eventually became a missing-nin when the Land of Water sought him for plotting to overthrow its government and being involved in numerous assassinations that included another country's daimyō.
- Blood Knight: Kisame is a rare mix of this and Affably Evil: he may be polite, but he also has a great love of fighting and mutilating his opponents. When he was told that he needed to capture Naruto alive, he suggested cutting off his legs so he couldn't get away and would be easier to carry. While the databooks mention who characters want to fight, his entry says "anyone". And all this despite his role being an espionage agent.
- The Brute: Serves this role in the Akatsuki up until Pain dies. Then he becomes The Dragon.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted. He is loyal enough to his partner Itachi and Akatsuki, and fanatically devoted to Tobi. However, while he was a Mist-nin he had an even more severe case of this, slaughtering his allies at the drop of a hat and murdering his superior who is implied to have been his mentor, although this was out of loyalty to the village.
- Crazy-Prepared: In his final battle, he demonstrated this trait. After preparing a scroll containing vital intel, he was found out by enemies and attempted to flee. Knowing he couldn't escape, he summoned a shark to carry the message, only to be intercepted. So he summoned a few hundred spares to distract the enemy before personally launching a massive attack. When all of that failed and he was captured, he had his own summons kill him, ending the threat... until his intel scroll turned out to be a trap that held his enemies still while a new shark summon made a run for it with the intel.
- Cyanide Pill: Instead of getting captured, he opted for suicide so as to not give any information he may hold to the enemy.
- Cool Sword: A sentient sword that can absorb chakra and fuse with it to form a One-Winged Angel.
- Dirty Business: Constructed around this. His job in the Mist? Murder of other Mist ninja.
- The Dragon: Becomes this to Tobi and replaces Pain's position as the Dragon of Tobi and with Zetsu as Co-Dragons.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He bit through his tongue, trapped himself in a water prison, and summoned three sharks which he let eat him alive so that he wouldn't divulge any information on Akatsuki to the good guys.
- Empathic Weapon: Samehada's hilt will sprout spikes if anyone other than Kisame picks it up. It can also return to his hand. It turns out to be a living, sentient sword with a toothy mouth. When Kisame commits suicide, Samehada begins crying out for its master in mourning, despite it choosing to side with Killer B because it liked the taste of his powerful chakra to the point it got greedy and selfish enough to betray Kisame and make its master force it back under control until his death.
- Energy Absorption:
- His sword, the Samehada is capable of detecting and absorbing chakra. However, it seems to be unable to automatically absorb ambient chakra, judging by the fact that all instances in which it has used the ability have either been when the opponent had a visible aura around them or when direct physical contact had already been established. When Samehada absorbs chakra, its scales grow and it slowly begins to unwrap itself, revealing a mouth with several rows of shark-like teeth. Samehada is extremely proficient in absorbing Tailed Beast chakra to the point where Killer Bee was drained from Version 2 State into merely having a few tails in Version 1. When fused with Samehada, his chakra absorption is enhanced further during physical contact.
- It later turns out several of his jutsu allow him to absorb chakra even without Samehada's help, as seen when grabbing Samehada and even reversing the effect of Aoba Yamashiro's paralysing technique.
- Exact Words: He was ordered to protect an Intel squad carrying important codes, and above all to prevent those codes from falling into enemy hands. At the first sign of trouble, he massacres the squad, so they can't tell anyone the codes they are protecting.
- Faking the Dead: After his original seeming death by decapitation, it was revealed that what actually died was a clone created by Zetsu.
- Fusion Dance: With his sword.
- Genius Bruiser: Rarely seen, but he is very quick to pick up on weaknesses and has shown a decided knack for quick yet highly successful plans.
- The Giant: He's the tallest Akatsuki member, at 195 cm (6'5").
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom / Kill It with Water: His preferred finishing moves.
- Go Out with a Smile: Before he gives himself to be eaten by sharks he's smiling.
- Gradual Grinder: His preferred method of taking down powerful foes. He makes use of Samehada to drain their chakra reserves, wearing them out while making Kisame stronger. This is why Kisame out of all the Akatsuki members is considered to be the most efficient in catching the Tailed Beasts without risk of killing them.
- Hidden Depths: From the first glance he seems the usual The Brute from Akatsuki who does not care about anything but a good fight. However, in the end he turned out a much deeper character being the one of the few who knew the true purpose of Akatsuki and also being the one of the few in Akatsuki who showing true devotion to his comrades even committing suicide in order to not give any information he may hold to the enemy.
- His Name Is...: When Aoba is about to see Tobi's true face by delving into the memories of an unconscious Kisame, the latter forces himself to wake up by biting through his own tongue and then commits suicide using his summoned sharks. At the time this seemed like just a ridiculous way of hiding the face from the readers (with it being beside the point that Aoba also didn't get to see it), but later it's revealed that Aoba had known Tobi for years before he assumed that identity and thus most certainly would have recognized the face as Obito Uchiha and thus prematurely exposed one of the biggest plot twists in the entire story.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His Gradual Grinder strategy of using Samehada to drain Bee's and Gyuki's chakra ends up working against him, as the sword developed a preference for Bee's chakra over Kisame's.
- Hungry Weapon: Samehada can absorb chakra and use it to add to Kisame's own.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Kisame met Itachi while he was in his early teens and Kisame was in his mid twenties, and yet, they get along very well. Especially for Akatsuki partners, who kind of have a reputation for bickering.
- He originally joined Tobi because he desired a world of no lies, the irony of this being that the Moon's Eye Plan would in fact create a world made up of nothing but lies.
- Taken further still when it's revealed that even the "Madara" he believed in and followed so devotedly was yet another mask and a lie. And even this lie was being manipulated by the lies of Black Zetsu.
- Also his hatred of lies makes his seemingly genuine friendship with Itachi a little awkward, as Itachi was one of the biggest liars in Akatsuki.
- He originally joined Tobi because he desired a world of no lies, the irony of this being that the Moon's Eye Plan would in fact create a world made up of nothing but lies.
- Keigo: Always talks in polite speech in the Japanese, something no other Akatsuki member does.
- Klingon Promotion: How he became a member of the Seven Swordsman. Over his mentor's corpse.
- Lightning Bruiser: Terrifyingly fast, and strong enough to trade blows with Guy without any real difficulty.
- Living Weapon: Samehada is sentient to some extent.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Doubly subverted, as it seems to betray Kisame in favor of Bee, but ultimately proves to be a deception on Kisame's part.
- Loners Are Freaks: His backstory has elements of this, such as refusing to have lunch with the Intel group he was protecting.
- Major Injury Underreaction: He barely reacts at all when Killer Bee throwing a sword into his shoulder, apparently just because it would have gone even further in if Samehada hadn't eaten the chakra the blade was enhanced by. Likewise, his reaction shortly afterward to Killer Bee launching an attack so strong it smash through Samehada and blew open his chest was to calmly let his opponent know this surprised him before Samehada fused with him to heal his injuries.
- Making a Splash: Kisame specializes in flashy water jutsu.
- Meaningful Name: "Same" means shark in Japanese. The "ki" part of his name is written with a kanji character meaning ogre or demon. Therefore, his given name is "demon shark."
- The Mole: Becomes this to infiltrate the Allied Force.
- Morality Pet: Believe it or not but Itachi is this for him. While Kisame enjoying the battles and don't mind to fight with any opponent Itachi is one of the few who can stop him from holding senseless violence to make him leave the battlefield.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Kisame means "demon shark".
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Kisame ultimately fails to subdue Killer B because he spammed Samehada's chakra absorbing ability to the point that it loved Killer B's chakra and chose him as its new master.
- Noble Demon: He died as one remaining loyal to Akatsuki's goal of achieving the Moon's Eye Plan, that he desperately wanted to see.
- Not-So-Small Role: For a long time he was just considered as The Brute and Itachi's sidekick. In the end, he was the last member of Akatsuki (except for Zetsu) to be taken down, dying after Itachi and even Nagato and Konan. He also turned out to be just as close to Tobi as Itachi was before he left Konoha, apparently.
- Off with His Head!: When the clone of Kisame goes up against the Raikage and Killer B, he gets struck with the manliest move ever used in the Naruto universe. His head flies off like a champagne cork.Kisame: Water Release: Super Shark Bo—[sickening thud]
A and Killer B: DOUBLE LARIATOOOOOO!
[screen flashes white]
Kisame's disembodied head: Well... you guys are just too fast for me.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: He wield his massive swords (Samehada) only one-handed.
- One-Winged Angel: Can fuse with Samehada.
- Red Baron: As a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, Kisame was given the title of "Monster of the Hidden Mist".
- Self-Duplication: He was capable of utilizing the water clone jutsu.
- Shape Shifter Weapon: Samehada is one.
- Shark Man: For some reason that is never explained. Judging by his mentor, fish people might just be a thing in the Mist.
- Straw Nihilist: He believes the world is based on nothing but lies, so he has no particular reason to trust or be loyal to anyone. He only follows Tobi because the latter agrees, because he appears to validate his opinions (for example, by the revelation that he was controlling the 4th Mizukage, thus showing that the Mist was based on a lie and not run by the man everyone was following), and because Kisame believes him when he says he can change all that.
- Thanatos Gambit / Taking You with Me: The scroll he stole back and made Guy fight so hard for... was booby trapped. As soon as it was opened it sealed everyone within range with the Water Prison Technique, complete with shark summonings in each individual prison, while one of the summonings takes the scroll to Tobi.
- Threatening Shark: His face, attacks and more.
- Tragic Villain: He grew up during "Bloody Mist Village". He never felt as though he had a place or knew who he truly was as he was often ordered to undertake gruesome missions such as killing his own comrades because his boss Fuguki ordered him to protect information above even the lives of his comrades. This experience caused him to develop a guilt that lasted until just before his death, causing him to believe he was a worthless and terrible person. Later on, he discovered Fuguki, a man who he respected and trusted was actually intel to enemies and therefore he had to kill him. As such, he came to the conclusion that his entire life has been a lie that in turn motivated him to help Tobi in completing the Eye of the Moon plan because of his own disillusionment with the world he lived in.
- Undying Loyalty: To Akatsuki and to Tobi.
- Unknown Rival: Guy has a hard time remembering just who Kisame is for Kisame's whole life.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He became a member of Akatsuki because he really wanted to see a world of no lies that Tobi's Moon's Eye Plan offered.
- Villainous Friendship: Compared to most of Akatsuki's other teams, which involve hostile relationships between partners, Kisame and Itachi get along quite well. While they were hostile when they first met, Kisame displays genuine concern for Itachi. In fact, other than the aforementioned meeting, they are never shown to argue at all, and that argument was quite civilized and only turned nasty when Kisame drew Samahada. Kisame's last words are even directed at Itachi! Their friendship is actually quite sweet. It is later revealed that both share a common burden of killing comrades for the common good. Both of them were men lost in their own contradiction and unable to know their true identity. In the anime, Kisame is well aware of Itachi's true nature and bids him a fond farewell when Itachi goes to die against Sasuke.
- Villainous Valour: Kisame may be Blood Knight kidnapper that thinks nothing of cutting limbs off Jinchuuriki so they can't get away, but when he backed into a corner, rather than let his enemies forcibly read his mind, he bites off his own tongue to end the mind reading, and commits suicide and all in order to not give any information he may hold to the enemy.
- What You Are in the Dark: He and Itachi had a conversation where Itachi mused that only when facing death with nothing left to lose one is able to learn what kind of person he truly is. Faced with capture with no hope of escape, Kisame uses the last of his strength to deliver intel out of loyalty to Tobi's dream for a perfect world and commits a gruesome suicide to take his secrets to the grave. Kisame, who considered himself to a despicable monster until then, is genuinely surprised to find out in his last moments that he was not as terrible as he thought himself to be.
- Worthy Opponent: To Guy (ironic in that the latter never remembers him until his death).
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Kisame's plan to infiltrate the Allies was as successful as it was due to his quick-thinking. He had no way of anticipating that Samehada would defect to Bee, yet made use of it to infiltrate Allied Headquarters without arousing suspicion by hiding inside of it. And even in the likelihood that he was captured or killed, he had a scroll containing information rigged to ensure the information is safely delivered to the Akatsuki.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Brian Beacock (EN, original), Travis Willingham (EN, current)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 234 (Manga), Naruto Episode 134 (Anime)
Zetsu is a strange plant-like being created from the First Hokage's DNA (or so we were led to believe) that serves as Akatsuki's spy, lookout, and corpse disposal. He possesses Literal Split Personalities that talk to each other, and was the only Akatsuki member who is never shown with a partner, because he can be his own partner. He can perfectly blend into the background (sometimes by use of a Venus flytrap thing).
Zetsu knows Tobi's identity and status as the true leader of Akatsuki, and thus works closely with him. He showed ability to split his two sides apart, and had his white side lead Sasuke to the Kage summit. The white Zetsu interrupted meeting and revealed that Sasuke was in the building, after which the Raikage strangled him until he lost consciousness.
White Zetsu managed to escape the summit and healed the wounds Sasuke had received in his battles with Danzo, Kakashi and Naruto. Both halves appeared to be looking for Kisame's dead body, only to reveal that the body was just a White Zetsu clone, which was created so Kisame could infiltrate Kumogakure. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Zetsu is the main source of Tobi's army. Ultimately original White Zetsu was killed by Sasuke Uchiha in order to test out his Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan.
- Ancient Conspiracy: In Naruto Gaiden, Sasuke learns that the White Zetsu army was created a very long time ago, even before the ninjas existed. Leading to the fact that whoever created them is probably another enemy of Kaguya's level or stronger somewhere in the world. Later, it turns out they really were created by Kaguya, but only so she would stand a chance against the stronger foe.
- Artificial Human: One of an army of artificial soldiers created from the cells of the First Hokage or so we were led to believe.
- Blatant Lies: "Tobi is a good boy!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: White is more prone to bizarre thoughts and actions than Black, sometimes downright stupid, such as bursting into the meeting room of the five Kages to announce Sasuke broke in and giving away Taka's cover - albeit on Obito's orders. Tobi has a nagging curiosity for bowel movements out of wonder what such a function would be like if he had it. No Social Skills, indeed.
- Combat Commentator: He plays this role during the battle between Itachi and Sasuke.
- The Dragon: To Tobi. He's been working with Tobi much longer than most of Akatsuki. Ironic, given Tobi's first appearance made him look like Zetsu's underling, but it possibly was to cover him. And also Co-Dragons with Pain and Kisame before their deaths.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared after the climax of Naruto and Sasuke's duel, noting that he found the fight interesting.
- Energy Absorption: White Zetsu can drain chakra through physical contact.
- Enigmatic Minion: Until Tobi's flashback and later clarification by Black Zetsu, nobody really knows what his deal is, except being one of the few that knows the truth about Tobi.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Looks like plant seeds.
- Fusion Dance: The White Zetsu can combine to create a hideous gigantic plant monster.
- Green Thumb: Can merge with the earth and even burrow underground, masking his chakra altogether and allowing him to tunnel around undetected at extreme speeds.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: White Zetsu only has the left half of his body.
- Hive Mind: The White Zetsu Clones all share one mind that they link through a system of underground roots; once linked they instantly share information with each other. Although the original has his own, singular mind.
- Humanoid Abomination: A cannibalistic Man-Eating Plant who can move seamlessly within the earth, grass and trees and has black and white halves which differ in personality and which can split from each other physically, with the white half capable of making clones of himself in a process akin to a fungal parasite. It's revealed that he and his brethren were once humans who were assimilated by Kaguya.
- I'm a Humanitarian/Man-Eating Plant: Disposes of corpses by eating them. His favorite food is even listed as chewy people.
- Ironic Echo:
White Zetsu: "It'll be all right, after all, Tobi is a good boy"
- In regards with Tobi:
- Also becomes this during Tobi's flashback arc.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Zetsu's clone of Kisame was decapitated in the middle of Calling His Attack.
- Killed Off for Real: The original White Zetsu gets offed by Sasuke, though he still has plenty of clones running about.
- Laughably Evil: Not to the extent like Hidan, Deidara or Tobi but he's still has some funny moments.
- Literal Split Personality: The black half and white half are actually very separate entities that talk to each other.
- Mana Drain: He can drain chakra from those he touches, as well as give it through the same method.
- Me's a Crowd: He's one of an army of 100,000 White Zetsu, and he can create copies of himself.
- Mysterious Watcher: Subverted. Nobody knew who he was or what he wanted the first time he showed up in the series but it soon became clear he belonged to Akatsuki.
- Non-Action Guy: White Zetsu is not terribly powerful, with Tobi even referring to him as not a front line fighter. Black Zetsu on the other hand...
- Number Two: He is for Tobi in the Akatsuki.
- Plant Person: Has several plant like appendages, and has many plant characteristics.
- Talking to Themself: White and Black Zetsu talk to each other and frequently argue.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Had this dynamic with Black Zetsu, and before him with Tobi.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can make himself into a perfect double of a person after absorbing their chakra.
- Was Once a Man: It's revealed that White Zetsu was once a human who was changed by the first Infinite Tsukuyomi.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Michael Sorich (EN, original), Travis Willingham (EN, current)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 234 (Manga), Naruto Episode 134 (Anime)
A dark symbiotic entity (seemingly) manifested out of Madara's will and attached to White Zetsu in order to monitor the progression of the Moon's Eye Plan. He serves as Akatsuki's spy, lookout, and corpse disposal. He possesses Literal Split Personalities that talk to each other, and was the only Akatsuki member who is never shown with a partner, because he can be his own partner. He can perfectly blend into the background (sometimes by use of a Venus flytrap thing). He is capable of recording events, such as Naruto and Sasuke's fight at the Valley of the End and Sasuke and Itachi's final battle, for others to view.
Zetsu knows Tobi's identity and status as the true leader of Akatsuki, and thus works closely with him. He showed ability to split his two sides apart, and had his white side lead Sasuke to the Kage summit while the black side stayed behind with Tobi.
During the Fourth Shinobi World War Black Zetsu was defeated by Naruto and the Mizukage's squad while attempting to assassinate the daimyos and disappears for most of the war.
- The Ageless: Given that he lived more than a thousand years he clearly is this.
- Apologetic Attacker: Black Zetsu tells Obito he's sorry since he has to fulfill the reason Madara Uchiha created him for, although he later berates him as being useless for going against Madara's plans.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Ever since the time of the Sage and his sons, this guy has been meddling with events behind the scenes to ensure Kaguya's revival.
- And I Must Scream: Even worse than Hidan. Black Zetsu's ultimate fate is to be pinned against the new moon where Kaguya was sealed, within her personal dimension. Add that he appears incapable of aging. He's going to be trapped in a pocket dimension with his failure, forever.
- Big Bad: Although he's The Dragon to Kaguya, Black Zetsu is the direct planner responsible for much of the turmoil faced in the world: he kickstarted the entire generational conflict that began with Hagoromo's sons, jumped to Madara and Hashirama, then Naruto and Sasuke. Every conflict and casualty from the warring clans era to the modern village wars and Akatsuki can be traced back to his constant manipulation of the world.
- Brains and Brawn: When Kaguya comes into the picture to fight, Black Zetsu uses his intelligence to compliment her immense strength and making up for her... lacking tactical abilities.
- The Bus Came Back: After the defeat Obito is about to use Rinne Tensei, doing the same thing that Nagato did, Black Zetsu appears from the ground and forces him to revive Madara instead.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Hagoromo and Hamura's Abel.
- Characterization Marches On: Before the start of the Final Arc, Black Zetsu is shown to be a loyal servant of Obito Uchiha as shown in several scenes before along with him apologizing to Obito when he is forced to use Rinne Tensei on Madara. But once the Final Arc kicks in, he is shown to as callous as Madara and berates Obito for ever daring to betray Madara's plans. This even culminates in him betraying Madara and Retcon him from a will of him into a will of Kaguya, with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
- Chekhov's Skill: How Black Zetsu was able to get to the final battle field becomes important when he uses the same ability to steal the other half of Kurama.
- The Chessmaster: Black Zetsu rewrote the text that Hagoromo left on the Uchiha's stone monument, turning the Uchiha into his pawns. Furthermore, he manipulated countless individuals throughout the centuries all for his ends. He started with manipulating Indra from the start and began all the way since.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed gigantic number of people for the implementation of his plan but the most recent examples this Obito whom he forced fully to resurrect Madara and himself Madara whom he brutally murders to use as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. She appears to be the one and only person he's loyal to.
- The Corrupter: He convinced Haguromo's son Indra to turn against his own family after his brother Ashura was declared the successor and was already a large influence on him beforehand. He would continue to do the same to Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan.
- Dark Is Evil: Black Zetsu is a pitch-black shadow thing responsible for all of the suffering throughout ninja history.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Initially seen as just half an Akatsuki member throughout the story, when really he's been manipulating practically everything through it.
- The Dragon: At first is seemingly this to Tobi later to Madara, but is eventually revealed to be this to Kaguya.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He is genius planner and devoted minion to Kaguya, who required him to enact the plans necessary to ready her return. Even after she regains her original form, Black Zetsu has to handle most of the planning, with her having barely any idea how to strategize against the heroes without him. As if to prove this stance further after the heroes succeed in sealing Kaguya away Naruto makes sure to hunt Black Zetsu down and seal him in the new moon as well in order to prevent him from resurrecting Kaguya at a later point and to end her threat once and for all.
- Energy Absorption: Black Zetsu can drain chakra through physical contact while attached to Kaguya.
- Enigmatic Minion: Black Zetsu's true origins and motives remain unrevealed until the final arc, where it's revealed he played everyone for fools.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's been manipulating events for thousands of years to resurrect his "mother".
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Obito dies of Kaguya's attack and Naruto trying to save him, Black Zetsu asks why he does it after all Obito was their enemy.
- Evil Gloating: He really likes to gloat.
- In particular when he backstabs Madara before using him for Kaguya's resurrection, he laughs at him and says that he has always been a pawn for her resurrection.
- Later when he sucks chakra out Naruto and Sasuke, he says to them how his plan occurred without any visible reason except to boast.
- And at the time of death Obito, he spends an incredible amount of time for laughing and bullying at him that in turn leads into a frenzied Naruto tearing him off Kaguya's arm and pressing him to the ground.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Black Zetsu has a deep voice.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: For most of the series, though his voice changes after Kaguya's revival.
- Evil Plan: Black Zetsu unleashed a whopper that spiralled into many other conflicts and bled into so much misery for others. A plan that duped Indra, Madara, Hashirama, Tobirama, Obito, Kakashi, Kabuto, Sasuke, the entire Uchiha clan, and countless others into becoming his pawns to revive Kaguya. It also resulted in the death of Rin, the death of Naruto's parents, the creation of Akatsuki, Orochimaru's nefarious schemes with Akatsuki, the Uchiha Massacre, Sasuke's defection, Madara and Obito's own gambits, Gaara's temporary death, the deaths of all active Akatsuki members, the birth of the army of White Zetsus among others who had been absorbed into Kaguya, the revival of the Ten-Tails, the controlling of said beast, the revival and subsequent murder of Madara, the enslavement of all humanity, and on top of all this, Kaguya's return to life.
- Gambit Roulette: His whole plan to revive Kaguya is one big Gambit Roulette. First he caused Indra's betrayal of Ashura in order to start the Uchiha-Senju feud. Then he edited the Sage of the Six Paths' tablet in order to make the Uchiha Clan his pawns. Then he watched over both brothers reincarnations in hopes of finding someone that would be able to awaken the Rinnegan: Madara. Note From there, he had to rely on Madara creating the Moon Eye Plan in order for his plan to succeed. In the process, Madara was somehow tricked into thinking he himself created Black Zetsu. And guess what? His plan went off without a single hitch.
- A God Am I: He verges on this, declaring boldly "I am the Land!"
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Black Zetsu is cut in half by Chojuro during the War arc. It doesn't faze him much at all.
- Hate Sink: The Reveal that he manipulated the entire shinobi story turns him basically into this. And even discounting that, he's still a smug Jerkass who spent most of his time acting condescending and smarmy to his enemies, and constantly gloats and just won't shut up.
- Humanoid Abomination: Black Zetsu is a Living Shadow who is thousands of years old and was "born" from Kaguya's will to be reborn and take back "her" chakra.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Strategy is clearly not Kaguya's strong point, so he's there to give her pointers.
- Hypocrite: He mocks Obito and calls him trash because he betrayed all people around him at some point. However Black Zetsu himself betrayed gigantic number of people for the implementation of his plan and in fact he has no right call someone a traitor being most big a traitor in history.
- Ironic Hell: All he wanted was to resurrect his mother and be with her forever. Naruto makes sure he gets just what he wanted by nailing him, immobilized, to the moon in her personal dimension where she's sealed.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Honestly, killing Madara hardly comes off as an unforgivable sin.
- Mana Drain: Just like White Zetsu.
- The Man in Front of the Man: Most of the time he seemed only The Dragon for Madara, imagine how Madara and all the spectators were surprised when he showed that he manipulated Madara all this time for the revival his creator Kaguya.
- Manipulative Bastard: Of the entire ninja world, no less.
- Momma's Boy: Naruto even calls him out on it, stating that some spoiled brat who's still clinging to his mother's side after centuries, perhaps even millennia, of living doesn't have the right to compare himself to the countless shinobi who shaped history with their lives.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: After taking over Obito, he manifests a wide, jagged mouth pattern that he keeps even with no host.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Despite being the culprit of almost every bad event in the world, himself he not so good fighter сompared with other antagonists of the series and more prefers to rely on other people to do the work for him.
- Number Two: He is for Tobi in the Akatsuki.
- Off-Model: In early anime episodes (and some in later ones, it seems to vary by who does animation) Black Zetsu has orifices besides eyes. In the manga, Black Zetsu half never had any of those.
- Pride: You might expect from creature which dare to call himself "creator history".
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type B though he is not quite human. His whole motivation in a nutshell can be described as the desire to be reunited with his mother and does not matter that due to this suffering a lot of people because they are only part of the story which he created for the revival of his mother. Naruto even lampshaded this, calling him a spoiled child still clinging to his mother's side even after millennia of living.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Black Zetsu, being the manifestation of Kaguya's will, is able to take control of a person's body. he possesses Obito's near-dead body to fight Kakashi and Minato. This backfires because to Black Zetsu underestimated Obito's willpower.
- Put on a Bus: Black Zetsu disappears for a while during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's been around since the battle between the Sage and the Ten-Tails.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Madara when he betrays him for believing himself to be the savior of the world when he's really no better than Obito. Speaking of Obito, when he is finally dying from Kaguya's bones, Black Zetsu mocks him for being a constant failure who will die without anyone mourning him because he made everyone his enemy at some point. He ends up on the receiving end of one by Naruto who calls him a spoiled brat who still wants to cling to his mother's side and has no right to compare himself to the shinobi who left their marks on history.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Although he appears genuinely loyal to Kaguya and praises her as being an almighty goddess, he's not above referring to her with a light jab or two.
- Satanic Archetype: Black Zetsu is a pitch-black shadow which was born from the local a God of Evil with a view to reviving her in the future. In order to do this he convinced Haguromo's son Indra to turn against his own family after his brother Ashura was declared the successor and was already a large influence on him beforehand. Subsequently, this led to many other conflicts and the suffering for others throughout ninja history. He also was continue to do the same to Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan in order to bring The End of the World as We Know It and to revive a God of Evil.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Or a moon in this case. Naruto makes sure every bit of Kaguya is sealed this time upon her defeat and personally goes back and punches him into the moon as the Ten-Tails is being sealed.
- Slasher Smile: Black Zetsu sports one after taking over Obito's body to fight Minato and Kakashi, while also managing to give the impression of More Teeth than the Osmond Family due to the way it's stitched up.
- Smug Snake: Despite being very smart and cunning, he firmly falls under this trope at the moment revival Kaguya. Due to his tendency towards underestimating his opponents, constantly love to gloat even in the moments when was more logical keep silent and his arrogance, Kaguya gets re-sealed about ten chapters later only this time he will be sealed together with her in order to he never was able to revive her again.
- Spanner in the Works: Throws a massive monkey wrench into Tobi's plans by showing Kabuto where the real Madara's body was. While Madara's original scheme was for Tobi to resurrect him at his prime and complete the Eye of the Moon Plan himself, Tobi didn't want to follow through (for understandable reasons even without considering the act would kill him) even while commencing the Eye of the Moon Plan himself. Putting Madara's corpse in Kabuto's hands ultimately results in the very scenario Tobi wanted to avoid, and it only gets worse from there.
- Spoiled Brat: Naruto calls him this before sealing him with Kaguya. A spoiled brat who still wants to cling to his mother's side even after a millennia of living.
- Spotting the Thread: After Kaguya gets fooled by Naruto's shadow clones, he quickly deduces how to locate the real one among them. Naruto gets around this by deliberately moving his truth-seeking orbs to one of his clones, making them think it's the real one.
- The Starscream: Royally screwed over a gigantic number of people because of the ripple effect of his master plan, most of all Madara, whom he brutally murders in a very Karmic Death to use as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. She appears to be the one and only person he's loyal to.
- The Strategist: Black Zetsu recorded centuries of wars after his master was sealed, meaning he has more knowledge of the art of war than anyone. This is shown when he suggests separating Naruto and Sasuke to prevent their sealing jutsu and when he insists on killing Naruto when absorbing his chakra is shown to be riskier. As such, Kaguya relies on his advice when her battles go south. However, he still gets outwitted by Naruto several times because he mostly watches from the sidelines rather than actively experiencing the heat of battle.
- The Symbiote: Spends most of the series attached to White Zetsu.
- Underestimating Badassery: For creature which manipulated the entire ninja world he very often to underestimate his opponents: He underestimated willpower Obito, and this is a man who was able to subdue himself Ten-Tails only through willpower. This in turn allowing Obito to return control of his body. Also underestimated intelligence Naruto that allowing him several times outwit him. Finally he underestimated the whole team 7 thinking that Kaguya cope with them herself. He was wrong.
- Villain Ball: After activating the Infinite Tsukuyomi, he backstabs Madara and uses him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection, but also showed that he knows about the seals on Naruto and Sasuke's hands that will seal Kaguya if they touch her together. So why he just not wait until Madara, will win them and already after this using him for Kaguya's resurrection. After all, the Madara better chance to beat them because he much more experienced in combat than Kaguya and he does not need to worry about these seals unlike Kaguya. But apparently he just wanted to gloat.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Naruto comes back to make sure he can't cause any more trouble in his weakened state, Black Zetsu tries to put on a bravado that Naruto is just another part of history he created. Naruto responds that he neither owns nor created ninja history and that someone who has to cling to his mother (Kaguya) isn't much of a ninja to begin with, before punching him into the sealing moon.
- Walking Spoiler: As you can see.
- Wham Line: In Chapter 678 especially.Black Zetsu: Wrong again... The will that is in me is Kaguya's.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He does this with Madara. After activation Infinite Tsukuyomi he backstabs him and tells him that the moons eye plan was itself a lie, its real purpose was to resurrect Kaguya and Madara now made himself the perfect vessel for her return.
Child Voice: Akiko Yajima (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Jesús Barreda (Spain)
Adult Voice: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (main series), Doug Erholtz (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals) (EN), Jorge García Insúa (Spain) Alejandro Orozco (Latin America)
Hiruko Voice: Yutaka Aoyama (JP), JB Blanc (EN), Jesse Conde (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 247 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 2 (Anime)
A Mad Artist and Marionette Master notable for being very impatient. Before being destroyed by Sakura Haruno, Sasori was usually found maneuvering inside a large, hollow puppet called Hiruko as a means of transportation. It crawled on the ground and featured a scorpion tail that - like most of his weapons - was doused in poison.
His grandmother was Chiyo, who taught him how to master puppets in order to divert his attention away from his absent mother and father (who were killed by The White Fang of Konoha, although Sasori did not know this - he was told by Chiyo that they were on another long mission). He developed a technique to convert living humans into puppets, thus creating puppets who could use jutsu. Kidnapped the Third Kazekage and converted him into one of these puppets, somewhere along the way converted himself into a puppet, and then fled the village to subsequently join the Akatsuki, where he was partnered with Orochimaru, with whom he worked well together with. After his partner's betrayal of the organization, Sasori sent Kabuto as a spy to infiltrate Orochimaru's ranks and retrieve information.
He was then paired up with Deidara, a fellow art enthusiast. The downside was that they had conflicting views on art, Sasori for "eternal" and Deidara for "fleeting". They frequently argued over this concept, even amidst confrontation with the Leaf ninja sent to retrieve Gaara. Sasori fought his grandmother Chiyo and Sakura, eventually using his own puppet body in battle. He was killed by being pierced in the heart by the first two puppets he ever created: replicas of his Mother and Father.
His body serves as Kankuro's newest puppet, but Kabuto has used Edo Tensei to revive his spirit as well. In the first fight of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kankuro defeats Sasori, telling him how he should not be a puppet to Kabuto. Sasori, moved by this speech, dissolves from his temporary body, giving Kankuro his Mother and Father puppets and telling him to take care of them.
- 24-Hour Armor: Hiruko was the first puppet to be shown being used by Sasori in the series, as both a weapon and an armor, and as a means to eliminate the puppeteer's weakness of being a separate and exposed target. As Hiruko was one of his favorite puppets, Sasori adorned it in Akatsuki attire for nearly the entirety of his tenure in the organization. Because of this, only certain members like Orochimaru, Deidara, or relatives like Chiyo knew Sasori's true face while others like Zetsu and Kabuto had no idea that Hiruko was not his actual body. While within Hiruko, Sasori speaks through his puppet in a deeper voice.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Happens, mixed with Pulling Themselves Together, when he reattaches his head to his body. In the anime it also happens to his hands when he uses the Water Scroll.
- The Ace: He is the best puppeteer in all of Suna's history. He created a lot of the puppets used in Suna and his puppets was greatly feared throughout the Third Shinobi World War as he turned the sand red with blood, giving him the nickname, "Sasori of the Red Sand". Also he was the one who killed The Third Kazekage who was originally considered to be the strongest shinobi Suna had ever produced, that technically makes him the strongest shinobi in Suna's history.
- Adapted Out: His character is excised from the musical theater adaptation, though he is mentioned in passing.
- The Ageless: Due to being a puppet.
- Ambition Is Evil: Sasori's ambition was to become an exquisite piece of art himself, by turning his body into one of his own puppet works. Sasori adhered so strongly to his belief that true art was ever-lasting that he even went as far as to conduct human experiments on himself and other ninjas.
- Anatomy Arsenal: He's long since turned himself into a puppet, and has outfitted himself with a variety of weapons.
- Animal Motifs: Scorpions, of course.
- Antagonistic Offspring: A variant. His parents died when he was young, and he was raised by his grandmother, Lady Chiyo. She's one of Sunagakure's longest-serving and best respected elders. He's a murderous sociopath who killed the Third Kazekage and helps kidnap the Fifth. In the end, there is a lethal confrontation between he and Chiyo.
- However subverted when Chiyo states that Sasori's malevolence was not innate but a byproduct of the ruthless teachings of the Sand Village. Sasori was an offspring of a greater evil present long-beforehand, an evil Chiyo herself admits to have being a part of.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The only way to kill him is destroying his core in his chest. This was lampshaded by Deidara.Deidara: I wouldn't be so arrogant, considering you died, Sasori... especially when your one weak point is a huge bullseye in the middle of your chest, hmmm!
- Badass Boast: "Since I don't like waiting or making other people wait... I'll end this quickly."
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Both his Hiruko puppet and his body have a scorpion-like tail.
- Bishōnen: Appearing as a 15 year old boy helps.
- Body Horror: As if 95% of his body being a Creepy Doll weren't enough, the 5% that's left is an unnamed part of his original human body that is as purple as his poison.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: When he defeated Kankuro, he left Kankuro to die from his poison instead of killing him immediately. This ultimately allowed Sakura create an antidote to his poison, and that in turn became the main cause of his defeat.
- Broken Ace: He is one of the most talented shinobi of Suna but emotionally, he is very broken. He grew up without parents; grandmother Chiyo never broke it to him that they were really dead, instead claiming they were away on mission after mission after mission. So he fills the gap by creating two puppets to replace them, but quickly realizes that wooden dolls can't take the place of real parental love. His emotional growth is stunted to that of a young teenager, which makes sense because he preserved his body to look that of his 15-year-old-self. And this is not to mention that his belief that true art was ever-lasting went as far as to conduct human experiments on himself and other ninjas and become Nukenin.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Applies to his ultimate technique. The less puppets he controls the better he controls each one. Justified by having more attention to spare as the numbers dwindle.
- Creepy Doll: After The Reveal of this being why he hadn't aged, the anime wastes no time raising the creep-o-meter a few notches.
- Cyborg: Kinda, seeing as he's a living puppet with what's implied to be the real Sasori's heart controlling it.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Sasori was ultimately messed up when he lost his parents and grew up in a sad and lonely environment due to the absence of parental love.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After the death of his parents.
- Emotion Suppression: He appears to have completely shut out emotion after realizing that his parents were truly dead. At most, he felt annoyance against others, but was unfazed by the destruction of two of his favorite puppets and all he had to say after having the fight of his life was that he still had to pursue the Jinchuriki. Even upon being killed, he seemed largely apathetic to the prospect of his own death. However, after being resurrected Kankuro finally reawakens his long-buried feelings and the response is so powerful that it releases Sasori from the Reanimation technique.
- Evil Genius: For Akatsuki alongside Orochimaru—who both seem to fit the role—and for the revived Akatsuki by Kabuto.
- Evil Redhead: He has red hair and is evil.
- Evil Sounds Deep: When he's inside the Hiruko puppet.
- Forgot About His Powers: Cleverly averted actually when it comes to his People Puppets jutsu he shows after his revival from Edo Tensei. The reason he was unable to utilize it in the fight that killed him is that Chiyo would have simply overwritten it by applying her own chakra strings to either herself or Sakura.
- Freudian Excuse: Suggested to some degree that the death of his parents and his attempting to replace them with puppets caused him to turn evil, but Chiyo suggests that the Sand Village teachings caused it.
- Gone Horribly Right: The Sand Village suffered such hardships that it sought out to train the most ruthless and obedient ninja to create cold and unfeeling murder puppets. Sasori was the ultimate culmination of his village's teachings to the point that he became nearly emotionless psychopath and converted himself into a murderous puppet.
- Go Out with a Smile: After his defeat by Kankuro.
- Heart Drive: Sasori's core was the only living part of his body that he still contained which he required to continue using chakra. It was also his only weakness, and its destruction would mean his death.
- Hidden Weapons: In each and every puppet.
- Heel Realization: After being revived, Kankuro's words caused him to renew his faith in humanity again.
- Hypocrite: He gives Sakura a lecture on how worthless emotions are to a ninja and how above he is on them, despite actually not having overcome them himself when he decided to take the final blow from his puppet parents, choosing to die in the embrace of his "parents".
- I Let You Win: Sasori could have still prevailed over Granny Chiyo and Sakura, but instead let himself get hit by his "parent" doll's attacks so that he could feel their embrace once more. Chiyo says as much.
- Immortality Immorality: Believes that by becoming a puppet one can attain eternal life, and has some fairly twisted views on human life. He was, rather poetically, the first of the Akatsuki to get taken down in season two.
- Immortality Seeker: He turned himself into a human puppet in order to attain eternal life and an undecaying body as part of his philosophy that "true art" resists the passing of time.
- In-Series Nickname / Awesome Mc Coolname: Akasuna no Sasori (Sasori of the Red Sand/Scorpion of the Red Sand).
- He hates waiting, but because of his puppet body he technically has all the time in the world.
- He claims that emotion is a form of weakness despite having a heart but no brain.
- Yet, it's his emotions that allow Kankuro to set him free of Kabuto's control.
- His body is now used as a puppet by Kankuro, whom Sasori easily defeated way earlier.
- And now his soul is a puppet for Kabuto, who was once under his control as a spy.Sasori: My old puppet body Suddenly it all seems so pointless. I now have the body I've always desired, one that will never rot or decay. I've truly become a puppet in every sense of the word.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He dies this way. After being stabbed in the heart capsule by poisoned swords handled by his Mother and Father puppets, he continues to talk to a wounded Sakura and a severely weakened Chiyo, though he is immobilized. He then grudgingly congratulates Sakura on defeating him and gives her a parting gift: Information gathered by a spy he was supposed to meet at Tenchi Bridge. He is stopped mid-sentence while lamenting he won't be able to meet his subordinate when the poison and the damage to his heart finally catches up to him, and he dies.
- Lack of Empathy: While chastising Sakura for her emotions, he goes so far as to state that he would feel nothing if Chiyo died, just as ninja should behave, as a side effect of his puppet body.
- Leitmotif: Shitsui. Translates as "Despair."
- Living Doll Collector: He turns humans including himself into his ninja puppets, which have the same abilities they had in life. He can use up to 100 at a time.
- Mad Artist: Believes that art lasts forever.
- Making a Splash/Playing with Fire: Thanks to fire and water sealed into scrolls, he's able to use the guns in his puppet body's hands for at least those two elemental attacks. First flamethrowers hot enough to melt rock, then water streams intense enough to cut or smash through it (the latter is Anime only).
- Man in the Machine: Sasori's first appearance is actually just his puppet Hiruko, that he spends his time inside.
- Marionette Master: He created the puppets used by Kankuro, and was the most skilled puppeteer in the world while he was alive.
- Master Poisoner: His poisons were nigh-incurable to the best of the Sand's medical corps.
- Meaningful Name: "Sasori" means "scorpion". Sasori's Hiruko armor runs on all fours and has a bladed tail, Sasori uses Poisoned Weapons, and he uses a scorpion as his symbol on the puppets he created before his defection.
- Memory Gambit: Using a jutsu, Sasori would seal the memories of his spies and they'd infiltrate an enemy, performing spy activity over a long period of time with no memory of the procedure. Once Sasori canceled the jutsu, the spy would once again remember their mission as sleeper agent and would supply him with info.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His puppet the Third Kazekage's form equipped with this.
- The Mind Is Plaything Of The Body: It is implied that his decision not to dodge Chiyo's final attack was not entirely conscious, as even he seemed surprised that he was hit. Even Sasori, who wanted to fully become a puppet, could not exist without the last organic part of him left.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast / Red Baron: He´s known as Akasuna no Sasori, literally "The Scorpion of the Red Sand".
- Not So Stoic: After he reveals his puppet body, he becomes considerably less calm.
- Older Than They Look: He's 35 years old but his puppet body, which he created 20 years ago, looks like a teenager.
- One-Hit Kill: More or less everything he does or can do is this, as each of his puppets' weapons are soaked in his own custom-made poison that causes rapid paralysis followed by a slow and painful death. This turns most of Sakura and Chiyo's fight with him into a cat and mouse game of figuring out his tricks while trying to avoid as much as a scratch from him since they only have a few antidotes and they don't last long.
- One-Man Army: Literally. Sasori used his Performance of a Hundred Puppets to bring down a small country.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Sasori grew up in a sad and lonely environment due to the absence of parental love. When introduced to the art of puppetry by his grandmother, Chiyo, he grew a little happier. He eventually created puppets in the likeness of his parents, but when he realised that the puppets couldn't give him the actual love that he desired, he became cold.
- Passing the Torch: To Kankuro.Sasori: Kankuro I want you to have my "Mother" and "Father" puppets as well and when you die, pass them both on to the next generation.
- People Puppets: Indulges in this after being revived by Kabuto's Edo Tensei, due to a lack of usable puppets at his disposal. He combines this with Deidara's explosive clay to turn an incapacitated ninja from Konoha into a suicide bomber.
- Poisoned Weapons: His weapons (and his puppets' weapons).
- Pulling Themselves Together: After Sakura seemingly destroys his puppet body.
- Raised by Grandparents: His parents were killed in war, so he was raised by his grandmother Chiyo, who taught him the puppet arts to cheer him up.
- Self-Constructed Being: His own puppet body.
- The Stoic: He claimed that his heart had become like his puppet body: without any emotions.
- Take That!: To unevolving, fossilized forms of art.
- Teen Genius: At 15, he was already a prodigy in the use of puppets within the Sand Village and created several puppets that the village used. He also kidnapped the Third Kazekage shortly after leaving the village around this age.
- Tragic Villain: His parents died when he was very young and his grandmother kept lying to him that they were away on a mission. He grew so alone from the lack of love from his mother and father thatwhen Chiyo taught him the art of puppetshis first two creations were that of his Mom and Dad. But they could never replace the kindness, love, and affection that human parents could provide, which lead to the development of his twisted views on immortality, the sanctity of life, and how it was so fleeting and needed to be preserved... Cold, emotionless, stoic, and impatient with wasting time.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: LOOK at this boy!
- Villain's Dying Grace: Before dying, as a reward to Sakura for defeating him, Sasori informs her of a spy that he had within his former Akatsuki partner Orochimaru's ranks, and tells her to meet him ten days from then at noon at the Tenchi Bridge. Kabuto speculates this was a subversion and Sasori's real aim was to pit two of his enemies against each other so at least one would get killed off.
- Would Hit a Girl: He had no problem with it when he had tried to kill Sakura and Chiyo.
- Zerg Rush: His trump card, Red Secret Technique: Performance of 100 Puppets.
Voiced by: Katsuhiko Kawamoto (JP), Quinton Flynn (EN, original), Roger Craig Smith (EN, current) (main series), Robbie Daymond (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals), Sergio García Marín (Spain), Jesús Barrero (Mexico)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 247 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 2 (Anime)
A Mad Artist and Mad Bomber who likes Stuff Blowing Up. The former student of the Third Tsuchikage, Deidara has mouths in his palms which shape explosive clay, along with a stitched mouth on his chest. He defected from his village of Iwagakure and worked for various anti-government terrorist groups because they readily supplied him with chances to show off his "art". He was forcibly recruited into Akatsuki by Itachi, and hates him and the Sharingan for his dismal defeat.
His first partner was Sasori, with whom he frequently argued about what "true art" was (Sasori vouching for 'eternal' art in the form of puppets, and Deidara siding with 'fleeting' art in the form of his bombs). He single-handedly captured Gaara during the first arc of Shippuden, but not without having his arm crushed and subsequently ripped off by the Kazekage's sand, while his other arm was sent to another dimension when confronted by Kakashi. He managed to successfully fight against the entirety of Team Guy with no arms.
After Sasori's death he was paired with Tobi, with whom he assumes the role of a reluctant and impatient elder. With Tobi, he successfully captures the Three-Tailed Beast. After a pitched battle with Sasuke, Deidara tries to defeat him by using his own body combined with his clay as a mini-nuke. He fails; Sasuke survived by summoning the giant snake Manda to block the explosion.
He was later revived by Kabuto's Edo Tensei, joining Kabuto in finding Killer Bee and Naruto, mistakenly believing he killed Sasuke with his final attack. During the Fourth Ninja World War he was teamed with Sasori and Shin, Sai's adopted brother. He was defeated by Sai and imprisoned by Kankuro until the Edo Tensei was ended.
- Achilles' Heel: Since all of his explosives were earth-based, they were vulnerable to lightning, and most could thereby be defused with lightning-based attacks.
- An Arm and a Leg: Has one arm ripped off in the battle with Gaara, and the other teleported to another dimension by Kakashi. We see later that he's had both re-sewn back, though they never give an explanation of how they were recovered. The anime has a scene where his right arm is found by Tobi before Deidara arrives and angrily orders Tobi to drop it, and that Kakuzu is who sewed it back on. Where they obtained a new left arm for him isn't explained though.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He would often boast about his works of art, even towards his opponents in battle. Deidara's pride as an artist makes him simply unwilling to accept that anything could defeat it, leading to his abandonment of strategy during his battle with Sasuke Uchiha in the end.
- Art Attacker: His fighting style.
- Art Initiates Life: He brings bombs to life so that they attack people, then explode.
- Ax-Crazy: Not as much as Hidan, but is obsessed dangerously with art.Deidara: Look at those fools. They have no appreciation for art. You have to feel art. And true art is an EXPLOSION!
- Batman Gambit:
- He pulls one to capture Gaara: he realizes the sand Gaara is attacking with is the one he has the most control over, so when Gaara rips Deidara's arm off he has the living clay inside said arm crawl inside this sand. He then sends a huge bomb towards the Sand Village so Gaara has to send most of his sand to withhold the blast, forcing Gaara to block his next attack with his best sand, has the clay he left inside that sand crawling into the center of Gaara's sand sheild, then detonates them.
- Also making another one in battle with Sasuke: He uses "C4" to kill him but he also knows that the Uchiha may use genjutsu to protect himself from it. So Deidara checks the area by using his left eye, which he trained to cancel out any genjutsu cast on him by the Sharingan, and creates a clay clone to lure Sasuke into a position that would allow him to use "C4."
- Berserk Button:
- People not giving his "art" the awe he feels it deserves. He can appreciate a fellow artist with a different philosophy, but Itachi and Sasuke drive him insane. The fact that Itachi effortlessly tricked him into near-suicide the day they met doesn't help. Bonus points for the fact that this is what got him enrolled in the Akatsuki in the first place. He did NOT want to be a member at all.
- And same goes for calling his art a rip off... That's a sure way for a blast off Pokemon Style without the glimmering star in the sky.
- Bishounen: So much that many fans thought he was a girl at first.
- Body Horror: See Too Many Mouths below.
- Breakout Villain: Deidara ranked 3rd in one official character popularity poll shortly after his debut, just one rank above Naruto. He also ranked higher than any other member of Akatsuki (though at the point that poll was taken, only about half of Akatsuki's members were formally introduced). Unfortunately, he dies half way through Part II.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite his power being instantaneous, he likes to take things slow, something that in itself is conflicting with his ideal of short-lived beauty.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Serves this role in both Original Flavor and Zombified Akatsuki. He doesn't care about his leaders' cause, nor does he have one of his own besides spreading his "art," and is one of the less serious members overall. Despite this, he is a very formidable individual.
- Catchphrase: "Art is a blast!" Doubles as his Famous Last Words.
- Characterization Marches On: His enmity against the Uchiha wasn't really indicated until his final battle. All of his interactions with Itachi were very civil and he compared Kakashi's skill with the Sharingan with Itachi's as token of respect for him. An anime-only omake even had him and Kisame holding a casual conversation about Itachi where Deidara openly praises Itachi's jutsu as artistic and even calls him handsome, which is a far cry from his seething hatred for him later on.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His murderous hatred for Itachi, and eventually Sasuke, was because they didn't appreciate his art.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Deidara versus Gaara could have been much more one sided with the odds heavily against Gaara had it not been for the fact that Deidara was trying to capture Gaara, not kill him and expressly doesn't use many powerful bombs against him. When he goes up against Sasuke, whom he doesn't need to take alive, he uses powerful explosives while trying to kill him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: If everyone didn't keep saying "he", Deidara would be considered the second female member of the Akatsuki. Hell, he could pass off as Ino's evil twin.
- Determinator: Even when lost both hands and had just a kunai, no one could stop him.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His bombs were made of clay and thus susceptible to the same vulnerabilities as other earth ninjutsu.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He used a jutsu which transformed him in a Fantastic Nuke in his fight with Sasuke, who had no intent to kill Deidara. Deidara didn't kill himself for a Heroic Sacrifice or Taking You with Me, but to spite the Uchiha and make himself his final work of art.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: On the bad end of it. Deidara's entire fighting style is based on an Earth-style jutsu, rendering it easily neutralized by Lightning-style jutsu, which Sasuke unfortunately specializes in. Deidara still nearly wins.
- Evil Laugh: Not as often as Hidan, but still frequently.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. It's to the point where he self-destructs to trigger a reaction of awe from Sasuke (he fails).
- Faux Affably Evil: He just as loud as Hidan and more flamboyant, yet he is stated by Pain to have joined Akatsuki only for shits and giggles. In fact, Deidara was forced to join Akatsuki after losing a bet against Itachi. It doesn't make him any less of an example of this trope, however - while really desperately trying to pass off as a "cool" villain he has to put up a humongous effort to hide his rampant insanity. That is, until the very end.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He becomes crazy hysterical from having his "art" looked down on. He also shows signs of acute jealousy.
- Flanderization: He was originally a lot more mellow and composed, even having a small code of honor, allowing Gaara to move the sand to protect his village out of respect and praised Kakashi's skill with the Sharingan. Also his love of art was a lot more down-to-earth and was willing to see the skills of others as artistic. However, by the time he's partnered with Tobi, he becomes a walking bomb who refuses to acknowledge anything as superior to his own "art" and blows up at anything perceived as an affront against it. Though its likely that being partners with someone like Tobi has grated on his personality.
- For the Evulz: Before being forcefully recruited into Akatsuki, he worked for various anti-government factions for no reason but the opportunity to blow things up, and Pain said his reason for fighting is "just because".
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He gets pretty unhinged when he realizes that Itachi's Sharingan is more artful than his bombs.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He sure has a temper on him. It's just as explosive as his art.
- Having a Blast: Deidara possessed the Explosion Release kekkei genkai. This allowed him, by simultaneously using earth and lightning chakra natures, to give his chakra explosive qualities
- Horse of a Different Color: Will perch himself on a variety of different clay birds while he rains hell on his opponents.
- Hot-Blooded: To the point of having a Hair-Trigger Temper.Deidara: Tobi, even a Buddha loses patience when insulted a third time One more word and there'll be no doubt about the cause of your death.
- Hypocrite: Expresses hatred of people with Kekkei Genkai, especially Sharingan users, claiming they're just "blessed with good genetics". Later, it's revealed that his explosion techniques that he is so proud of are actually the result of a Kekkei Genkai; the Explosion Style or Explosion type jutsu (a fusion of Earth and Lightning Chakras.)
- In fairness, his Explosive Clay techniques are only partially based on a Kekkei Genkai; the actual explosive chakra. The ability to infuse it into clay is the result of a Kinjutsu he stole from his village. By using the kinjutsu, he can mix in his Explosion style into the clay (and implied to be other materials) to create his explosive art. So while he was "blessed with good genetics," Deidara didn't stop there and took it a step further.
- Also, Explosion Style was not established as a Kekkei Genkai back then, and was indicated to be a skill unique to himself.
- In fairness, his Explosive Clay techniques are only partially based on a Kekkei Genkai; the actual explosive chakra. The ability to infuse it into clay is the result of a Kinjutsu he stole from his village. By using the kinjutsu, he can mix in his Explosion style into the clay (and implied to be other materials) to create his explosive art. So while he was "blessed with good genetics," Deidara didn't stop there and took it a step further.
- Improbable Age: He is the youngest of the Akatsuki by far at 19 and was 17 at most when he was recruited. Mind you, he was already an established S-rank criminal by then, meaning that he was already infamous by his early teens.
- Indy Ploy: He prides himself with these, as it correlates with his belief that true art is a momentary concept.
- It Only Works Once: His "ultimate art" C0 involves using himself as a bomb. However, he can use it infinitely as a revived zombie since he will regenerate indefinitely.
- It's Personal: With his ego crushed from his defeat at the hands of Itachi's dōjutsu, Deidara carried a murderous loathing for Itachi and his sharingan for the rest of his life. Acknowledging that Itachi was a more powerful opponent, Deidara took steps during his time with Akatsuki to ensure he could get revenge on Itachi, such as training his left eye to counter genjutsu, and devising the means to create C4.
- Kick the Dog: He luring Naruto into fighting him by confirming Gaara's first death and then sitting on Gaara's corpse in front of Naruto.
- Large Ham: Not as much as Hidan, but he is proud to be an artist.
- Laughably Evil: He's far from a sympathetic character, but he's often entertaining to watch.
- Mad Artist: Deidara referred to his explosive ninjutsu as art, usually quoting "Art is an Explosion!" and seeing each bomb he made to be a significant accomplishment.
- Mad Bomber: He loved to create explosions with his clay sculptures, seeing that moment as the expression of his true art.
- Major Injury Underreaction: He takes to an extreme, even knowing that he could probably get his limbs replaced by Kakuzu or use it as part of his plan. Gaara rips his arm off and he merely grins, Kakashi sends the other arm to an alternative dimension and he barely even acknowledges it.
- One-Man Army: He was a hired bomber who regularly compromised secured areas prior to joining the Akatsuki.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You:
- Felt this way about Orochimaru, partly because his departure resulted in him being forced to join Akatsuki.
- He also wanted to use his most powerful techniques on Itachi and Sasuke, only because he hated the Sharingan.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He can create pseudo-atomic bombs whenever he feels like it. He can also turn himself into a bomb and explode, although obviously he can only do it once. And later after he's brought back to life as an immortal zombie, same as most of the rest of Akatsuki. He's outright stated that he can go nuclear repeatedly, as the resurrection technique allows himself to reform, though he feels it makes his art cheap.
- Pet the Dog: Deidara respected Gaara enough to allow him to move the enormous sand he used to protect his village into the desert before kidnapping him, even going so far as to admiringly call him noble. Also, right before pulling his Taking You with Me against Sasuke, he mentally apologizes to Tobi.
- Psycho for Hire: Of the Terrorist Without A Cause variety.
- Screaming Warrior: Not as much as Hidan, but still is one due to his pride as an artist.
- Self-Duplication: Deidara could create clones from his clay and could detonate them, which made for a deadly surprise attack.
- Shout-Out: To Japanese artist Tarô Okamoto. Deidara's Catchphrase is a quote, while his ultimate explosion has the shape of Okamoto's Tower of the Sun.
- Smarter Than You Look: He has all the subtility and grace of a Mad Bomber and appears not very bright. His tactical skills are nothing to scoff at and the Naruto databook rates him a 4.5/5 for intelligence, making him smarter then geniuses like Sasuke and Neji.
- Stuff Blowing Up: "Art is an Explosion!"
- Suicide Attack: As an ultimate last resort, Deidara could turn himself into a bomb by devouring explosive clay that has a large blast radius in which he calls his "Ultimate Art".
- Super Reflexes: He possessed high reaction speed, able to avoid a high-speed blitz by Sasuke and Gaara's sand. He could also hold his own against Team Guy with no arms and only a kunai clenched between his teeth, despite being a long-range specialist.
- Take That!: Deidara's arrogance about his art his a jab at Japanese contemporary artists, as his self-description of his art as "Superflat", his CatchPhrase and the shape of his ultimate attack attest. To him, Uchihas are like art critics who say "Meh" to his art and his big ego can't stand it.
- Taking You with Me: Attempted on Sasuke, but it didn't work.
- Terrorist Without A Cause: Pain says his reason is "Just Because".
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He can summon all of his clay and use his "C4" attack, creating a massive clay golem in his image that scatters into countless microscopic bombs that, he claims, will dissolve any living being in range to dust and the most funny he can do this a few times in battle.
- Too Many Mouths: Has mouths on his palms. And one over his heart for his Suicide Attack. It's implied that it's the result of the kinjutsu he stole from Iwa, which allows him to mould chakra into substances, such as clay.
- Übermensch: He believes that his ninjutsu is a work of art that should inspire others for its short lived brilliance, while every other ninja does not put nearly as much pride in their techniques.
- Unknown Rival: He can't stand the Uchiha siblings' cooler-than-thou attitude and utter indifference to his "art". To him, It's Personal. To them, he's an annoying idiot. He spends his fight with Sasuke trying to provoke some kind of reaction, while Sasuke just wants him to give up Itachi's location. After his self-destruction and revival, he learns that Sasuke not only survived, but still doesn't think any more of him.
- Verbal Tic: Adds "hm" to the end of every other sentence, hm.
- Villainous Breakdown: Enraged and driven half-mad by Sasuke's indifference to his art, Deidara released the mouth located on his chest and turned himself into a suicide bomb in a last effort to kill Sasuke.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He's the first really challenging opponent for Sasuke in Part II.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In one filler episode during the Shinobi World War, he ponders the fact that his Edo Tensei body will never age or decay, and cannot even be permenently destroyed. Played with, as his angst isn't so much about the pains of living forever as much as it is the fact that the concept of his newfound immortality (such as it is) clashes with his view of art.
- With My Hands Tied: He loses one arm in battle with Gaara and the other blown into an alternate dimension... and still fends off Gai, Ten Ten, Lee, and Neji with just a kunai in his mouth. Later, he tries to strangle Tobi to death with his legs.
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Fred Tatasciore (EN), Fernando Elegido (Spain), Dafnis Fernández (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 312 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 71 (Anime)
Kakuzu is a Nigh Invulnerable and almost immortal Bounty Hunter who cares only about money. He is old enough to have once fought the First Hokage, and can make his body as hard as stone and extend his body into thread-like tendrils. The source of his immortality is his ability to incorporate other peoples' hearts into his body, extending his lifespan and allowing him to use their elements. Paired with Hidan due to his habit of killing his other partners, he captured the Two-Tailed Cat and attempted to go after the Nine-Tailed Fox, but was crippled by Naruto's newest Rasengan variant, and killed by Kakashi. He was revived by Kabuto's Edo Tensei and sent to fight alongside Kinkaku and Ginkaku, but was sealed.
- Adapted Out: He and Hidan are absent in the musical theater adaptation "Song of the Akatsuki", though both are mentioned in passing.
- All Your Powers Combined / You Will Be Assimilated: He can take his opponents' hearts and, at the same time, their elements. Therefore, he controls earth, fire, wind, water and lightning However, even after the original hearts are destroyed, he could still use still use those elements.
- Appendage Assimilation: With human hearts.
- Ax-Crazy: The reason that Hidan is his partner is because he killed his previous partners in fits of blind rage.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is EXTREMELY deep.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: As a loyal Takigakure ninja, Kakuzu took on a mission to assassinate the First Hokage. This mission, however, ended in failure against the God of Shinobi. Despite the insurmountable danger faced on the mission, what awaited his return to his village was harsh punishment with the failure of his mission. Betrayed, Kakuzu came to hold a violent hatred for Takigakure as he escaped from imprisonment. Kakuzu killed the village elders, took their hearts, and fled with knowledge of the village's most prized forbidden jutsu.
- Blow You Away: His Wind Style: Pressure Damage technique.
- Body Horror: What his body strings do, and create five large beasts that fire powerful elemental attacks from his back that contain one of his five hearts each. Oh, and he has two One-Winged Angel modes by recombining with those beasts.
- Bounty Hunter: He annoys Hidan by collecting the corpses of their kills for various underworld bounties. The video games indicate this was his occupation before he joined up with Akatsuki.
- The Brute: He and Hidan fulfill this role for Akatsuki during the early part of Shippuden, although he's more of a Genius Bruiser. He's also The Brute for Kabuto's Akatsuki zombies.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: After meeting up with Izumo and Kotetsu, the two ninja he held helpless while Hidan killed Asuma, Kakuzu merely remarks:Kakuzu: Sorry, pal. I tend to forget about chump-change shinobi when I'm done with them.
- Chrome Champion: One of his more frequently used abilities is to turn his skin into stone to protect himself or give himself a Power Fist.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed and killed 4 his partners in fits of blind rage and tried several times to kill Hidan.
- Combat Pragmatist: Because Hidan is immortal, he doesn't have to worry about Friendly Fire from Kakuzu. The two of them exploit this by having Kakuzu attack with large-scale jutsu while Hidan pins the enemy down.
- Combat Tentacles: Can extend his stitches and arms as weapons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Asuma decapitates Hidan and when Hidan tries to talk Kakuzu into bringing him his body, Kakuzu instead takes his head by its hair and carries it over to the body, under loud protests from his partner, stating that Hidan's head "is lighter". He says this with a completely straight face after having just razed a building with his bare fists. Later, when Hidan gloats about having killed Asuma as if it was no big deal, Kakuzu points out that Asuma did cut his head off. Hidan is not pleased.
- Death In All Directions: Many of his attacks do this, which makes Hidan an ideal partner because he doesn't have to worry about accidentally hitting him.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Earth Style: Iron Skin technique. Also implied to be his original elemental affinity.
- Energy Absorption: Combined with Organ Theft. His stolen hearts grant him an physical capacity and levels of chakra well beyond an normal 91 year old(even for Naruto standards) would have and most probably extended his lifespan.
- Et Tu, Brute?: The reason why he turned evil in the first place.
- Evil Old Folks: Kakuzu is both 91 years old and powerful enough to have (barely) survived a clash with the first Hokage. And yes, when it comes to Hashirama Senju, escaping with your life IS a feat of badassery.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Especially in the Japanese.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Green iris. Maroon sclera. It may or may not be related to the Body Horror above, since unusual eyes designs aren't exclusive to people with kekkei genkai in the Naruto universe, as Kurenai proves.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Doesn't believe in true immortality; he views stealing the hearts of others as a way of extending his lifespan, not making it indefinite.
- Four Is Death: Kakuzu harvests the hearts of the victims he kills, and his special ability is Four Hearts Jutsu, with which he prolongs his life by adding four hearts to his own.
- Freudian Excuse: Was once a very loyal shinobi, but after his village locked him away for years after a lifetime of loyal service for failing an impossible task, he stole a forbidden technique, killed some of the elders and left, deciding to believe only in money from now on, as at least it is something that will never betray him.
- Genius Bruiser: Collectively, he and Hidan are more or less The Brute for the Akatsuki. This doesn't stop Kakuzu from being very bright, even outsmarting Shikamaru on occasion. Furthermore, his favorite hobby is to read old and rare books.
- Glasgow Grin: After his mask finally comes off, seen better after his resurrection.
- Greed: He's the banker of the Akatsuki and greedily takes his opponents' hearts.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Said to have killed all of his partners this way, until he met Hidan.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He is something of this to Hidan. They're partners and thus of equal standing, but while Kakuzu is a calculating, forward-thinking, highly competent tactician who tries to accomplish goals in the most pragmatic way possible, Hidan is a psychopathic, blood-crazed moron who relies on his immortality to compensate for his complete disregard for caution and inability to even acknowledge his limits, but he's not invincible and thus very easy to incapacitate enough to take him out of the fight. Without Kakuzu there to think for him and rescue him from his bad decisions, he would have been taken out a long, long time ago.
- Immortality Immorality: Kakuzu stole his opponents' hearts to replace his old, failing ones (though Kakuzu declines to think of it as immortality, being more of an extended lifespan than an indefinite one, and is likely more interested in the power that gives him than the immortality).
- Informed Flaw: Despite being said to be infamous for his Hair-Trigger Temper, of the closest he ever comes to losing his cool on-screen is taking a single swipe at Hidan for his repeated mocking of his love of money, only to immediately shrug him off and go back to being stoic. For someone with such a big chip on their shoulder, he puts up with a surprising amount of annoyance from enemies and allies alike. That being said, he did wind up nearly killing Naruto when the objective was to capture him, although this may have been out of fear of the Rasenshuriken and having lost most of his hearts.
- Leitmotif: "Kakuzu"
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast even for the series standards.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: His body strings tear his enemies' hearts so he can fuel his black elemental beasts that emerge from his back. Oh, and he has two very nice One-Winged Angel forms.
- Making a Splash: His anime-only Water Style: Water Wall technique. In the manga, he could also use Water-Style through his stolen heart, but it was destroyed before he could use it.
- Mask of Power: Has 4 stitched to his back which can split from him to attack or fuse with him to go One-Winged Angel.
- Miser Advisor: His role in the organization.
- Money Fetish: Admits this, saying that it'll be useful even in Hell. Despite this, the is never shown actually spending any and never specifies any personal usage for it outside of the goals of the Akatsuki. It may be that he loves money solely for the sake of having it.
- Nigh Invulnerable. Even after one of his hearts is destroyed by Kakashi, Kakuzu still manages to take an early version of the Rasenshuriken Note and stay alive for several moments afterwards. The only one who has a better track record tanking that Jutsu without absorbing it is the third Raikage. He can also harden his skin to be harder than iron.
- Nothing Personal: He doesn't seem to be particularly mad when he runs into Team 10 again after being revived, even playing along with Shikamaru's shogi metaphors. He seems to be having fun, more than anything after being revived.
- Oh, Crap!: When he sees Naruto's Rasen-shuriken. In his own words: "If I get hit by that, this is over. I'm finished."
- One-Winged Angel: He has two more powerful forms that he can use when combined with his mask monsters.
- One-Man Army: He and Hidan single-handedly killed entire scores of Shinobi Monks, but Kakuzu takes it a step further by being a literal one-man army, being able to separate his four hearts from his body and use them as Mooks.
- Only in It for the Money: His motivation.
- Only Sane Man: His intermittent fits of berserk rage notwithstanding, he's among the more realistic and collected members of Akatsuki.
- Organ Theft: His method of immortality. He rips out the hearts of his enemies, up to five at a time, and stores them within himself. All five have to be destroyed to finally put him down.
- Our Angels Are Different: The masks on Kakuzu's back correspond to the four heads of the Living Creatures of Judeo-Christian Mythology. Likewise, they also correspond to the symbols of the four Evangelists, and are arranged on his back in the same order as the Evangelists were traditionally depicted.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He can use wind, fire and lightning elemental techniques that destroyed dwarf a forest casually.
- Playing with Fire: His Fire Style: Searing Migraine technique.
- Rasputinian Death: He was stabbed through the heart twice and blown up with a jutsu that essentially killed him on a cellular level. And then Kakashi had to kill him again just to make sure.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's the oldest of the Akatsuki, but keeps his youth due to his extended life-spans of the hearts he's taken. He's been around since the First Hokage, and at 91 he's even older than Madara, before he died and even then he was in a lot better shape than he was at his time of death.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When Hidan warns him that killing a priest is a one-way ticket to hell, he simply replies that, "Even hell runs on money, I'd be just fine."
- Serious Business: Money!
- Shock and Awe: His Lightning Style: False Darkness technique.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: All of his unique techniques are named (and pronounced very similarly in Japanese) after Mobile Suit Gundam mecha used by Zeon in the One Year War, with meaningful kanji replacing the phonetic characters. (e.g., MSN-02 Zeong -> Jiongu -> Earth Grudge Fear; this is Kakuzu's forbidden "body of threads" technique, and the Zeong was a mobile suit that could detach its arms on wires for ranged attacks.) Complete list: Jiongu, Domu, Zukokku, Atsugai, Gian = Zeong, Dom, Z'Gok, Acguy, Gyan
- Soul Jar: He can't die unless all of his collected hearts are destroyed.
- Super Strength: Even by Naruto standards. He manages to wreck an entire building in a single blow.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Hidan. Compared to most of Akatsuki's other teams, which be able to get along with one another or at least tolerate each other, they openly hate each other and do not hesitate to talk about it to each other. In fact, the only reason why they work together because Hidan's borderline immortality means that Kakuzu can't kill him when annoyed.
- Tragic Villain: Kakuzu was once a very loyal shinobi, but at one moment he took on a mission to assassinate Hashirama Senju. This mission ended in failure and despite the insurmountable danger faced on the mission, what awaited his return to his village was the stigma and harsh punishment associated with the failure of his objective. In response Kakuzu began hate his village, since despite his loyalty and willingness to risk life on a dangerous mission, his failure was repaid with uncharacteristically harsh punishment. He responded in kind by brutally betraying his village committing jailbreak, taking knowledge of their most valuable kinjutsu, killing all of the elders and leaving from the village, deciding to believe only in money from now on.
- Unfriendly Fire: The anime filler reveals that he killed off many of his partners this way, firing his attacks while his partner is preoccupied with the enemy, allowing Kakuzu to take both of them out.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: As much as he teases and berates Hidan, he ultimately comes to his aid at the end of the day, even taking the time out of his day to pick up Hidan's fallen forehead protector, and has enough faith him to defeat Shikamaru on his own. When teased by Hidan for this, he will vehemently deny it.
- Worf Had the Flu: Downplayed, but by the time Naruto had entered the battlefield he had already lost two of his hearts, the first from a surprise attack by Kakashi near the very beginning of his clash with Kakashi, Ino, Choji and Shikamaru, and the second by Shikamaru's gambit to trick Hidan into using his voodoo jutsu on him. Had he not needed to take into account the other Shinobi's presence on the battlefield, Naruto may not have been able to land the Rasenshuriken attack necessary to put him down, either.
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (JP), Chris Edgerly (main series), Brian Beacock (Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals) (EN), Víctor Martínez (Spain), Mario Castañeda (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 312 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 71 (Anime)
An immortal ninja who wields a Sinister Scythe, Hidan is murderously insane and follows a Religion of Evil. Foul-mouthed and arrogant, he hates
his partner, Kakuzu just about everyone. Fuelling his immortality is a gruesome ritual that can transfer injuries to his enemies, and being immortal means he can survive even losing his head. He kills Asuma with this power, and in revenge Shikamaru dismembers him and buries the still-speaking pieces alive. However, it seems that he's still not dead: Kabuto is able to bring back to life almost every defeated member of Akatsuki except him. However, Kabuto does create a snake clone of him in the Chikara Arc special by harvesting some of the old Hidan's DNA, but when the snakes composing the clone's body burn out their lifespans, the clone crumbles into oblivion.
- Adapted Out: He and Kakuzu are absent in the musical theater adaptation "Song of the Akatsuki," though both are mentioned in passing.
- And I Must Scream: Buried alive while being kept living by his immortality.
- Another Man's Terror: Hidan experiences his victims' final moments. Though, he doesn't exactly feel terror from the experience.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His curse jutsu is very impractical. It is a highly complex technique to follow: first, Hidan must ingest the blood of an opponent, from which he must then undergo that skeleton man transformation and then draw a large Jashin marking (an upside down triangle within a circle) on the ground. So long as he's within the circle, the jutsu is active, whereas if he moves out of it the jutsu is cancelled out; which means he's now stationary. That doesn't sound so bad, right? Well, then there's the real clincher: it can only be used on one opponent at a time. That's right, after all that setup, Hidan can only inflict damage on one target, all the while remaining vulnerable to said target's teammates, who can more or less work to force him out of the circle. Oh yeah, and due to the nature of the jutsu, whatever damage Hidan wishes to inflict on the target he has to inflict on himself first; in other words, if it weren't for his immortality, he would have to kill himself just to take out one guy. Overall, the jutsu seems to only work for sadomasochists (which Hidan happens to be); otherwise there are far more efficient and effective techniques in the Naruto universe. It wouldn't be so bad if Hidan just slit his throat or has Kakuzu taking care of the other enemies the moment the ritual is complete but being part of his religious process and his inherent sadism makes him take his time.
- Ax-Crazy: The most openly deranged and bloodthirsty member of the group.
- Back from the Dead: Played with in one filler arc. His 'real' self is still buried at the Nara shrine, but Kabuto manages to recreate an entire Edo Hidan from some of his cells. The fact that even the neo-Hidan's personality matches the original is played for laughs.
- Blade on a Stick: Carries around several collapsible spikes in order to inflict precise self injury.
- Blood Knight: Fighting is quite literally all he lives for, and the specific reason why he left his village in the first place.
- Blood Magic: Uses his opponent's blood to link his body with theirs, and typically uses his own to draw the circle.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: Hidan was annoyed that his village converted to a peacetime economy so he slaughtered his neighbors, potentially including his family, and became a missing-nin.
- The Brute: He and Kakuzu fulfill this role for Akatsuki early on, although he's more of the traditional Dumb Muscle.
- Characterization Marches On: Hidan is noticeably more level-headed when he debuts fighting Yugito compared to the Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild he is portrayed as later.
- The Chew Toy: Official Title in Akatsuki. Kakuzu when enraged would kill his partners. Solution: Give him an immortal one. An obnoxious, swearing, religious nut one. A strange amalgamation of stress reliever/punishment apparently. Considering Hidan is the newest member of Akatsuki outside of Tobi and Deidara's backstory shows Akatsuki intentionally recruits specific ninja to their ranks, willing or not, Hidan might very well have been headhunted specifically to give Kakuzu a partner he couldn't kill off no matter how hard he tries.
- Cluster F-Bomb: In some fan translations.
- Combat Pragmatist: Because he's immortal, Hidan doesn't have to worry about Friendly Fire from Kakuzu. The two of them exploit this by having Kakuzu attack with large-scale jutsu while Hidan pins the enemy down.
- Combat Sadomasochist: "Let me feel your pain!"
- Confusion Fu: He swings around his scythe on a long cord, making it fly around unpredictably, and thus making it tougher to block.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He is immortal, this should make him powerful, but it doesn't. He only has one real power, which requires him to ingest someone's blood after cutting them, then create a ritual circle, stand in it, and he becomes a living voodoo doll for that person. He uses it to kill Asuma. Once this technique is analyzed, there are a few weaknesses. If Hidan is removed from the circle, the effect ends. Furthermore, while immortal, he can be chopped up to remove the threat he poses. Finally, he has to attack someone with melee in order for the technique to work. A user of long ranged combat who is powerful enough to disable him will have no problem doing so. If he can't get that circle created, he doesn't have a plan B and really isn't that good a fighter; if it wasn't for Kakuzu, Asuma absolutely would have taken him out in their first encounter and that would have been that.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Well, subverted in that he cannot die, but being blown up to pieces and buried while alive certainly is cruel and unusual.
- Decapitation Required: Subverted. Asuma thinks it'll work and cuts it off, but all it does is keep Hidan from controlling his body and Kakuzu can re-attach it.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: He worships a God of Evil that is never mentioned before or after his appearances; nobody else in the entire setting appears to have powers from divine backing, and no other followers of his religion ever appear.
- Dumb Muscle: Incredibly stupid, with no sense of tactics or strategy and a penchant for just charging into situations without thinking. Hidan would have been taken out many times over if not for Kakuzu's brains.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't condone blasphemy or attacking priests, though he still willingly does the latter when he thinks he can get a good fight out of it.
- Evil Albino: Has white hair and magenta eyes.
- Evil Gloating: Kakuzu is really irritated about that to the point of constantly making (useless) death threats.
- Evil Is Hammy: Quite possibly the hammiest villain in Naruto.
- Evil Laugh: A particular offender.
- Fate Worse than Death: Word of God states that his head will rot before his immortality runs out.
- For the Evulz: His religion seems to be built around a sadistic god who encourages his followers to murder For the Evulz.Hidan: Now! Let's savor the utmost of suffering together!
- Faux Affably Evil: Especially his anime rendition. Snarky, prone to weird faces, hammy, almost childish sometimes, and so fun to watch as he hammily pounces over the Moral Event Horizon.
- Fragile Speedster: He's incredibly quick and agile, but his style doesn't lend itself to close combat and he's physically quite fragile and easy to incapacitate. His immortality and Kakuzu's ability to sew him up prevent him from experiencing any real consequences of this, but it's safe to say that without the latter, he would have been in his current situation a long time ago.
- From a Single Cell: In the Chikara anime filler arc he is brought back by Kabuto. However, Kabuto used a cloning method different from the Edo Tensei resurrection. Instead, he uses a lake to regenerate the clone.
- Giggling Villain: See Evil Laugh.
- The Grim Reaper: What his ritual does as a type of One-Winged Angel.
- Hate Sink: There is nothing positive about Hidan. He is cruel psychopath and member of a Religion of Evil, who worships violence and death, and sees mercy as a sin. He slaughtered his village simply because he was disgusted with their pacifistic way of life, and performed gruesome rituals to attain immortality for himself. And unlike the rest of the Akatsuki, he has no real Freudian Excuse for his actions. On top of that, even the series itself seems to posit him as the most unsympathetic major villain, as he's exempt from the Cycle of Revenge Aesop pervading the storyline with his Fate Worse than Death. Too bad some fans took it in another way.
- Healing Factor: He impalement wounds don't seem to last for him given how it does absolutely nothing and disappears quickly. He also recovers from a head reattachment operation instantly. Even the third degree burns Asuma gave him disappears completely in six days.
- Hero Killer: He's the one who ultimately kills Asuma Sarutobi.
- Hot-Blooded: He never thinks things through, and charges into trouble without a second thought.
- Hypocritical Humor: Once cracks a joke about his enemies attacking clergymen. Of course, his religious dogma is Thou Shalt Massacre Thy Neighbor.
- Immortality: Hidan cannot be killed. Blood loss will not stop him. Beheading will not stop him. Being stabbed through the heart will not stop him. However, his wounds apparently take the normal amount of time to heal, seeing as he has Kakuzu's stitches in his neck for a good while after the fact. And furthermore, he can die from things like hunger.
- Immortality Immorality: Hidan's immortality is both very evil and very immortal which effectively being fueled by him killing people, but unlike the other versions of immortality in the series, he's able to keep his original body intact with no other repercussions at all. He even sees durability that's unmatched by anything below the zombies of the series.
- Irony: That fancy immortality of his? It's the only thing that's keeping him from being brought back with the other beaten Akatsuki by Kabuto, meaning that he's stuck where Shikamaru buried him until he starves and rots.
- Jerkass: He's a rude, disrespectful, vulgar, and generally repellent jackass on his very best days.
- Kick the Dog: He takes time during his fight with Team 10 to insult Asuma, whom he killed eariler; then he calls Choji fat.
- Large Ham: He really hams it up once he starts his ritual. Shikamaru calls him out on it.
- Laughably Evil: He is a psychopathic monster, but loves being evil so much that he becomes enjoyable in his hamminess and crazy antics.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Thanks to his arrogance over being immortal.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's the most impulsive member of the Akatsuki organization.
- Leitmotif: "Hidan"
- Licking the Blade: How he usually ingests his opponent's blood, which is necessary for his ritual.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Whenever he is injured, though he does feel the pain. Justified, as he's immortal.
- Mr. Fanservice: Sort of, given he's an almost Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Obligatory Swearing: In many fanlations, less so in Viz translations, to convey his very rude way of talking.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He's completely obsessed with killing. He butchered his neighboring villagers because they wanted peace. Afterward he joined Akatsuki for the opportunity to kill as many people as he can.
- Orgasmic Combat: It's strongly implied that he came when he impaled himself to finish off Asuma.
- Precision F-Strike: The above-mentioned Obligatory Swearing becomes this in the English dub.
- Profane Last Words: The quite vulgar Hidan. After being blown to pieces by Shikamaru, his still-insulting head is Buried Alive while throwing a flow of insults at his opponent.
- Psycho for Hire: The biggest example in the Akatsuki, as he's only there for wanton cruelty and murder and couldn't care less about their actual mission.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He has a tendency to act like a teenager enjoying an adrenaline rush, complete with much smack talk and "woo-hoo"ing.
- Religion of Evil: Follows the religion of Jashin, which literally means "evil god", and requires killing his opponents.
- Religious Bruiser: He's very religious (even if it's a Religion of Evil) and is one of the more deadly members of Akatsuki.
- Sadist: He intentionally strikes non vital areas of his opponent so that he can make them die a "good death". Though he does feel the need to join a Religion of Evil before acting on his sadistic impulses, so at least he feels his sadism needs some "higher" purpose.
- Sinister Scythe: His Weapon of Choice, more for drawing blood than fatally injuring opponents. His has three blades. It is also very durable, able to clash with Asuma's knuckle blades which are capable of shattering normal blades like ice.
- The Sociopath: He slaughtered his entire home village because in his eyes they were too boring for him, he is extraordinarily sadistic as his killing of Sarutobi shows quite well, and has an absolute Lack of Empathy for his victims, for in his mind, they're only stress toys to torture and murder For the Evulz.
- Smug Snake: Not only is he a loudmouthed psychopath, he's also an arrogant dick who thinks that he's invincible.
- The Starscream: He has expressed his desire to kill his leader, but has no real desire to lead, he just wants to kill people.
- Stupid Evil: His character in a nutshell. He's quite transparent about not having any other goals beyond mass murder and making people die in agony, and while his immortality does quite a bit to shield him from consequences, his impulsiveness, addiction to exposition and long-winded boasting, and highly impractical fighting style that has no real use outside of making people suffer all combine to make him one of the biggest idiots in the entire series.
- Synchronization: Once he uses his Blood Magic.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Compared to most of Akatsuki's other teams, which be able to get along with one another or at least tolerate each other, the team of Hidan and Kakuzu hate each other and do not hesitate to talk about it to each other. In fact, the only reason why they work together because Hidan's borderline immortality means that Kakuzu can't kill him when annoyed.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He insults and playfully provokes Kakuzu every chance he gets, but he panics when he is forced to attack him and calls out to him multiple times when it appears he was caught off guard. He also seemed to be pretty upset that Shikamaru tricked him into killing Kakuzu.
- Villainous Breakdown: After he understands that will be buried alive he throws a tantrum and the only thing that he can do is throw a flow of insults at his opponent as he is blown apart and Buried Alive.
- The Watson: Pain explains the Akatsuki's plan to him in the anime when he asks.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and is a massive Sadist.
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 363 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 125 (Anime)
The only female in Akatsuki, and the last to be revealed. Konan uses origami-based powers. As a child she was orphaned by the Land of Rain's civil war and trained by Jiraiya. She was one of the founding members of Akatsuki, along with Nagato (Pain) and Yahiko, and Yahiko had feelings for her. After Yahiko was killed she became Pain's lieutenant, calling herself "God's Angel". She helped Pain kill Jiraiya when her old mentor came searching for intel on Akatsuki's leader, and accompanied him during his invasion of Konoha. After Pain's death, she sided with Naruto and quit the Akatsuki. She tried to prevent Nagato's corpse from ending up in Tobi's hands, but died in the process.
- Affably Evil: She always polite, and doesn't kill unnecessarily. Also she's the most normal out of all of the Akatsuki, not having any particular appearance quirks, fixations, or sociopathic tendencies, and is driven out of a genuine belief that they'll make the world better, and out of the memory for her lost friend. In fact, the only thing that makes her "evil" this is what she is on the bad guys side.
- Anti-Villain: Has a tragic backstory and, like Nagato, desires peace.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She's the first person to figure out Tobi's Made of Air powers.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Eventually shown to be one of the strongest female characters in the 'Verse, given that she very nearly kills an enemy that took the Fourth Hokage a lot of effort to even land one hit on. He had to rewrite reality to escape death, and left the fight without an arm and a functioning eye.
- Broken Bird: Yahiko's death destroyed her emotionally.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Yahiko, if flashbacks is any indicator.
- Closer to Earth: By far the most level-headed and, well, sensible of the whole bunch.
- Covert Pervert: Kishimoto referred to her as an obscene woman who is scantily clad underneath her Akatsuki cloak.
- Crazy-Prepared: Disguised 600 BILLION paper bombs as the Hidden Rain Village's lake.
- Creepy Monotone: Except when she's yelling at Nagato for being too reckless.
- Cynicism Catalyst: She and Nagato became villains after the death of their best friend Yahiko.
- Dark Action Girl: Although her powers are not overall as strong as some of the other members of Akatsuki, she still has some very deadly tricks up her sleeves.
- Dark Chick: Of the Akatsuki. The somewhat detached, right hand to the true leaders of the organization. Her role is to be more on support and reconnaissance, though she eventually gets a chance to demonstrate her deadliness. She's the most normal of the Akatsuki, not having any particular appearance quirks, fixations, or sociopathic tendencies, and is driven out of a genuine belief that they'll make the world better, and out of the memory for her lost friend. She's almost more of a regular Chick on the bad guys side.
- Determinator: In her last fight against Tobi.Konan: Yahiko and Nagato did what they wanted to do. They were never your pawns! No matter what happened to them, they both fought for their own ideals! And that's why their will has been passed down! I won't let you ruin it!
- Designated Girl Fight: Thankfully averted, despite everyone's expectations. Instead, she got to face off with the Manipulative Bastard who hijacked their organization and led both her True Companions to their doom, fighting for her ideals.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: She being the first person since Minato to give Tobi a run for his money to the point that he has to bring out the big guns just to insure she didn't blow him TO BITS.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Can turn herself into paper.
- Emotionless Girl: Konan's more or less dead inside, except when it comes to Nagato.
- Enigmatic Minion: She was this within the Akatsuki. Little to nothing was known about her, before her initial reveal. Serving as Pain's partner and literal guardian angel it was soon uncovered that she has a far deeper connection to the organization than newcomers such as Deidara or Hidan.
- Flower in Her Hair: She's more mature and elegant, and has had a paper flower in her hair ever since she was young.
- Feather Flechettes: Can fire paper shuriken from her wings.
- Gray Eyes: In the manga, signifying her cold and stoic personality.
- Hair Decoration: A flower made of paper.
- Having a Blast: Her ninjutsu focuses on the manipulation of paper as weaponry, but she can also utilize explosive tags as they too are made of paper. This comes to a head in her final battle with Tobi when she utilized hundreds of billions of explosive tags to avenge Nagato and Yahiko.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: One of the most dangerous ninja in the world despite the fact that her entire fighting style is based around manipulating paper. She made an entire lake of paper bombs, and nearly killed Tobi in the process.
- HeelFace Turn: Subverted when examined closely enough. Konan was only allied with Akatsuki, which is very different from being on their side. She was only ever on Nagato's side and nobody else's. His Redemption Equals Death is a HeelFace Turn, but as far as Konan is concerned she never switched sides, since her "side" was Pain. Since Pain chose to throw his support to Naruto, she's supporting Naruto now.Konan: Nagato believed in you, so I believe in you, too.
- Heroic Sacrifice: God knows she tries. Her first attack against Tobi was an attempted suicide attack. He ended up saving her too. A "thank you" is in order.
- Lady of War: An elegant and stoic kunoichi fond of turning into origami butterflies and forming angelic paper wings. She makes Tobi lose his arm and part of his mask, and literally killed him with the Paper Angel Technique which contained 600 billion explosive tags.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Granted, being in Akatsuki should have been the first clue. But not even Tobi realized how tough she could be when she wanted to. He still beat her, but he had to warp reality to SURVIVE.
- Master of Illusion: Can create realistic structures that are virtually identical to natural ones solely out of paper, such as an enormous tree as the original Akatsuki headquarters or an entire lake for her Paper Person of God Technique.
- Morality Pet: She to Pain.
- Number Two: She for Nagato in Amegakure.
- Oh, Crap!: It is her face when she realizes that Tobi survived her trap.
- Only Sane Man: She for Akatsuki.
- Paper Master: Her main means of attack is transforming into paper.
- Paper Talisman: All ninja use paper bombs but she gets a special mention for her Sacred Paper Emissary.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Thanks to billions of explosive tags.
- Power Gives You Wings: One of her powers is to create paper Angel's Wings.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Suiting her demure personality.
- Punch-Clock Villain: By far the least evil member of Akatsuki. She's generally not an outright bad guy, just not on the good side.
- Punny Name: One of her techniques, kami no shisha no jutsu is a pun off of her "Angel" epithet. Phonetically, it could be read as the "messenger of God technique," but the kanji instead reads "paper-person of God technique."
- The Quiet One: Out of all of the Akatsuki, she was significantly the quietest; even when it was time for her and Pain's introduction, she only spoke when it truly mattered.
- Satellite Character: Take away Yahiko and Nagato's influence on her and what do you have left? A near-emotionless woman with paper powers who likes to do origami.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Kishimoto's concept art of her reveals she wears a backless and sleeveless coat that also exposes her belly and the sides of her breasts.
- She Is All Grown Up: Upon meeting her again for the first time in years Jiraiya comments that she's become quite the beauty.
- Ship Tease: Flashbacks heavily implies that she and Yahiko were at least aware that they were attracted to each other, and Anime plays that up for all it is worth.
- The Smurfette Principle: Word of God says this was the original intention.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: She still wears the Akatsuki cloak after defecting from them after Nagato's death. Of course, when Tobi points this out, Konan replies back that it's actually the other way around, as she is the last of the original Akatsuki before they started collecting the Tailed Beasts.
- Stripperific: Kishimoto's concept art shows that beneath her cloak, she wears a scanty robe that exposes her stomach, part of her breasts and back.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Acts and looks very cold, but genuinely cares for Nagato.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: She prepared six hundred billion explosive tags, enough to fill a lake and explode continuously for ten minutes straight all to target Tobi, who had to break and manipulate the laws of reality to survive.
- True Blue Femininity: She has blue hair and a graceful and calm temperament to match.
- Undying Loyalty: She is fanatically devoted to Nagato. After his death, her loyalty transfers to Naruto, who she sees as the path to peace.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was a very sweet little girl...then shit happened.
- Villainous Friendship: Nagato has been friend since childhood. In their adulthood, she knows all his secrets, and cares for him as much as he does her.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Her powers are nullified by oil.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Her paper abilities. Her origami skills and ability to convert the paper sheets into explosives makes it significantly more awesome.
- What the Hell Are You?: She asks this question to Tobi after he survived her trap and told her about principle of action Izanagi.
- Women Are Wiser: In contrast to her more hot-headed and reckless male colleagues in the Akatsuki, Konan is more level-headed and analytical.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Known as "Blue" prior to actually being given a name. More like light purple in the anime.
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (JP, child); Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Troy Baker (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 372 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 128 (Anime)
The founder and original leader of Akatsuki, until he sacrificed himself to save Konan from Hanzo. He believed Nagato was the Chosen One, and so sacrificed himself to spare him from making a Sadistic Choice. His body was later used by Nagato to make the Deva Path, the most powerful of the Six Paths of Pain.
Born into the war torn land of Ame, Yahiko was orphaned like so many others. Forced to fend for himself, he soon met Konan and Nagato. They were forced to work together to survive, but became close friends under Jiraya's tutelage.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Konan if flashbacks is any indicator.
- Dead All Along: After seeing Konan and The Six Paths of Pain, Jiraiya briefly believed that the rumors of their deaths weren't true. It turns out that it was only true of Yahiko. His body was used as the Deva Path by Nagato.
- Expy: Zigzagged of Mario, the main character of Kishimoto's one-shot of the same name. See, Kishimoto actually wrote Mario back in 1998 before shelving it for 15 years at the advice of his editor, rewriting it for release in 2013. In the interim, Mario's design and basic motives were reused for Yahiko.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Anime shows him getting jealous and uncomfortable of Konan getting a love letter and confession.
- A God Am I: For a little while, but he grew out of it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Killed himself to satisfy Hanzo and save Konan.
- Horrible Judge of Character:
- Hanzo promised to free Konan in exchange for his sacrifice. Needless to say, that was a lie.
- That said, he saw through Tobi's lies pretty fast.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He killed himself by running into Nagato's kunai knife.
- Leader Wannabe: Wanted to be leader of Amegakure so that he could reform it.Yahiko: I'm gonna' rule the world!
- Making a Splash: He specialized in water jutsu.
- Messianic Archetype: He's like a mature Naruto.
- People Puppets: His body along with the others were used as the Six Paths of Pain by Nagato.
- Posthumous Character: Everything we know of him comes from flashbacks.
- Power Trio: With Konan and Nagato.
- Red Herring: The manga suggested that he was the true identity of Pain, but it's then revealed Pain is actually Yahiko's best friend Nagato, who turned Yahiko's corpse into the main and most powerful body of the Six Paths of Pain.
- Ship Tease: He was in love with Konan, according to flashbacks.
- Tragic Keepsake: Yahiko's body became this for Nagato and Konan after his death, with Nagato turning it into the Deva Path (the most powerful of the Six Paths) and using him as his main mouthpiece through which to interact with others and the world. Konan herself after Nagato's passing makes sure to collect the fallen Deva Path as well, telling Naruto it was always special to them, and enshrines said body with Nagato's in Amegakure.
- Unwitting Pawn: He became for Tobi since his suicide was Start of Darkness for Nagato that in its turn allowed Tobi to take under his control Akatsuki.
- Younger Than They Look: Databook 4 revealed that Yahiko was 15 when he died, but Choji described Yahiko (as Pain's Deva Path) to Tsunade as aged 25 to 30.
Not Official Members
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 602 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 344 (Anime)
A unique White Zetsu clone who inspired Obito's Tobi persona. Veritably loony, but just as threatening as the rest of the Zetsu. However, he's also the most crude of them all, thanks to his penchant for wanting to finding out what a bowel movement feels like because he was not "born" with such bodily functions. He has a unique ability among Zetsu to bond to other people and augment their power... and to hijack an unwilling person and use their power for himself.
For most of the series, Tobi serves as Obito's armor, willingly being given control of his body and becoming the zany character that Akatsuki Tobi is known as. After Obito's plans for the Fourth Great Shinobi War take shape, they separate, and Tobi would not reappear until Madara became the Ten Tails jinchūriki, whereupon he bonds with a captive Yamato and forcefully uses his power to keep the Alliance forces away. After Infinite Tsukuyomi is activated, he leaves Yamato to be taken by the genjutsu - which later proves to be his undoing, as after both Kaguya and the genjutsu are foiled, Tobi is left with neither a host nor the Gedo Statue to sustain him, and he quickly crumbles into nothing.
- Adaptive Armor: Functioned as such for Obito during his early days as Madara II.
- All There in the Manual: The 4th Databook revealed his real name is Tobi, while Guruguru was just Obito's nickname for him. It's possible Obito named his own persona after him.
- Badass Longcoat: When he appears during the 4th World War, he's clad in the same type Obito wore prior to it being shredded.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Tobi makes his return after Madara's revival by taking on the entire Alliance with a scaled down version of Hashirama's titanic statue, while still talking about poo!
- Bio-Armor: Acted as a living suit of armor for Obito in his early days as Madara II. During the 4th World War he had Yamato inside him as "filler", but he was in complete control.
- The Blank: Tobi has a hollow head with one hollow eye socket, yet it still manages to see through the link it shares with the other Zetsu.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He is talkative and obsessed with bowel movements, and his zany personality inspired Obito's Tobi persona.
- Diabolus ex Machina: The sole function of his return was to block the Alliance from fighting against Madara. Even after Karin seems to destroy his colossus and Orochimaru temporarily weakens him by giving Yamato a curse mark, he is shown to be still blocking the Alliance several chapters later. His only other appearance was in a flashback set almost two decades before, and the manga doesn't show what he was up to and why he showed up at that exact moment.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: As the Infinite Tsukuyomi is dispelled, he spontaneously crumbles into dust. Only Yamato even knows what happened to him.
- Green Thumb: Can merge with the earth and even burrow underground, masking his chakra altogether and allowing him to tunnel around undetected at extreme speeds, and can function as a living suit of armor for a person. Having a high concentration of Hashirama cells also gives him access to Wood Release if he has a host that can use it.
- Me's a Crowd: Tobi is one of 100,000 White Zetsu, although he is unique in his ability to symbiotically bond to a person and augment his power with their own.
- No Body Left Behind: When the Infinite Tsukuyomi is cancelled and the Ten-Tails sealed away in another dimension, Tobi attempts to rebond to Yamato, but crumbles into dust before he can do so.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Tobi compares the sensation of killing someone to the relief of releasing your bowels; considering his obsession with it all his previous quirks now feel downright unnerving.
- No Name Given: His name was only revealed in the 4th Databook, with the manga only giving him the nickname Guruguru/Spiral/Swirly.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: The 4th Databook ambiguously hints that Tobi's encounter with Obito caused him to become fascinated with humans.
- Replacement Goldfish: Seems to have taken over Obito's role as Madara's second-in-command alongside Black Zetsu, even wearing the same sort of cloak as Obito.
- Required Secondary Powers: Tobi has an expansive knowledge of many rare jutsu including Nature changes and Wood Release, but requires a host body capable of the techniques to actually use them. Once he assimilates Yamato, he gains full access to all of them and becomes a match for almost all of the Alliance, including four of the Kages.
- Sharing a Body: With Obito, during the beginning of his career as Madara.
- Speak in Unison: Does this with the other White Zetsu on occasion.
- Spike Shooter: His Wood Release: Cutting Technique projects and fires sharpened branches and roots that, if they impale a person, grow into and through their body.
- Super Toughness: Tobi's body is a lot harder than rest of the goopy, shapeshifting Zetsu. He takes a hit from Karin's Chakra Chains and Suigetsu's Finger Firearms with minimal damage, and even manages to skewer Karin with his Wood Release: Cutting Technique in retaliation.
- Toilet Humor: He is the living incarnate of it. Heck, his skin pattern is swirl-shaped, basically a Visual Pun for a Swirlie... or the spiraling vortex of a flushing toilet!
- Those Two Bad Guys: He used to have this rapport with White Zetsu.
- Voice of the Legion: His voice has a reverberating effect.
- Was Once a Man: It's revealed that he was once a human who was absorbed by the Ten-Tails. Cancelling the jutsu which created that altered form caused his body to dissolve immediately.