This is for Naruto characters who are, so far, exclusive to Part I of the anime i.e. the original Naruto.
Land of Tea arc
Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (JP), Paul St. Peter (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 97
Jirōchō Wasabi is the head of the Wasabi Family in the Land of Tea. He is an old gambling friend of Tsunade's and serves as a mentor to Idate Morino. His family has been opposed by the Wagarashi Family for many years and he hires Team 7 to bodyguard Idate during the Great Todoroki Shrine Competition.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The Tea citizens appear to have no complaints about Jirōchō or his family's rule, at least in comparison to the Wagarashi.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. He appears in the first standalone filler as an old acquaintance of Tsunade's and returns five episodes later in a bigger role.
- Cool Old Guy: We never see him fight, but his high moral values and willingness to protect his men show him to be pretty awesome. He took in Idate even when the boy had tried to rob him, showing that he believes in giving second chances.
- A Father to His Men: Especially towards Idate, who exaggerates the point when Naruto jabs that his role isn't as special as being Hokage.
- I Gave My Word: Promises the otherwise corrupt minister that he'll dissolve the Wasabi due to Idate seemingly bailing at the start of the race. The daimyō makes sure he doesn't have to follow through.
- Old Friend: He and Tsunade have known each other since their prime.
Voiced by: Hiromichi Kogami (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN), Alfredo Leal (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Episode 102
Idate Morino (森乃イダテ, Morino Idate) is the younger brother of Ibiki Morino. Formerly a ninja of Konoha, he was manipulated by Aoi Rokushō to steal the 2nd Hokage's Raijin Sword (Blade of the Thunder Spirit). After Aoi defection to the Hidden Rain Village, Idate is framed for treason and defects from Konoha. Idate joins the Wasabi family after he's adopted by Jirōchō Wasabi, head of the Wasabi family in the Land of Tea.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The other Wasabi besides Jirōchō find him to be somewhat annoying at the beginning of the arc and assume the worst when it looks like he ran away. It is safe to say that they've changed tunes after he wins the race.
- Beneath the Mask: Beneath the facade of self-assurance and stubbornness lies an insecure young man who has doubts about his abilities to please his boss and self-hatred for seemingly letting his older brother burn to death while he just ran away. Thankfully, he manages to overcome his demons by the end of the arc.
- FaceHeel Turn: It's not like he wanted to, but unwanted events lead him to that. Defecting was all he could do.
- Fragile Speedster: He's not much of a fighter, but he's still faster than most shinobi.
- Hot-Blooded: Not to the extent of Rock Lee, but still.
- I Choose to Stay: Implied by the end. Ibiki sees that Idate has grown and is proud, but his brother is still technically a missing-nin regardless of Aoi's manipulations so it's not like he'd be able to return to Konoha so easily if at all without some repercussion.
- It Was a Gift: When Jirōchō took him in, he gave the young Morino a decorated pocket knife which Idate holds very dear. He refuses to let anyone touch it be it Naruto or Aoi. After Aoi's defeat and some character growth, he allows Naruto to borrow it to get them across a bridge.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit of a charmer, play-flirting with Sakura when he first meets her, and he really dislikes ninjas at first. There is a good reason for that, though, and deep down, he's very much a good guy.
- Secret Test of Character: Failed one in the tenth question, having chosen to persist even knowing that if he passed, his teammates would fail.
- Thought You Were Dead: Had no idea that Ibiki was still alive until Sakura and the others made the connection to his surname.
- Took a Level in Badass: Over the course of his filler arc.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He learns not to make light of his boss' faith in him and apologizes to Jirōchō after the fact. He gets over his trust issues and even makes up with Ibiki.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jirōchō for believing in him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Aoi in much the same way Naruto was to Mizuki, with the prize being becoming a Chunin rather than graduating.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Ibiki. Unfortunately, Ibiki doesn't approve of Idate's reasons for or dedication to become a ninja.
- He also becomes this to Jirōchō after being taken in by the Wasabi. Realizing that he already has his boss' faith is the first step in his character development.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He develops PTSD around fires after seemingly losing Ibiki in one. It makes him freeze up when Team Oboro burns his ship during the sailing portion of the race.
- You Are What You Hate: He's grown to detest everything about the shinobi lifestyle when we first meet him, though this is mainly due to trust issues regarding how Aoi used and betrayed him for his own gain. It makes him hesitate when caught on a burning ship while Team 7 is telling him to swim to shore, but they, particularly Naruto, open him up again.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), Cam Clarke (EN), Yamil Atala (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Episode 102
Aoi Rokushō is a jōnin from Amegakure who was formerly an academy instructor in Konohagakure before his defection. He, alongside Team Oboro, is hired by the Wagarashi Family in the Land of Tea to be the bodyguard of their racer. Before the start of the series, Aoi tricked Idate Morino into stealing the Raijin Sword and a secret scroll which forced the genin to defect with him. When Ibiki caught up with them, Aoi ambushed and captured the elder Morino, torturing the man for information on unsealing the scroll. Ibiki held firm however and was able to allow his brother to escape, injuring Aoi in the process.
- Adaptation Expansion: While Aoi doesn't appear again outside his filler arc, his derision of Sasuke and the Uchiha during their fight gave the boy more incentive to defect from Konoha in the following saga (even though his loss to Itachi coupled with Naruto's astonishing progress and defeating of Gaara were already enough motive in the manga). Plus, he also gave Ibiki some of his scars when torturing him in Idate's flashback.
- Ascended Extra: Zigzagged. He is the only filler character to appear in a video game, Naruto: The Broken Bond, but he is not playable in Versus Mode sadly.
- Bait the Dog: Pretended to be understanding of Idate's failure to become a chūnin and offered him an alternate way: namely stealing a prized weapon and forbidden scroll, formerly belonging to Tobirama, and bringing them to Amegakure in exchange for promotions. Idate was not amused.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He shares the position with his employer, Kyūroku Wagarashi, during the Land of Tea arc.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Like Mizuki to Naruto before him, Aoi faked sympathy for Idate just to better his own station in life.
- Breather Boss: Considering the placement of his arc in between the Search for Tsunade (Orochimaru and Kabuto) and epic Sasuke Retrieval (The Sound Four) storylines, he counts as this.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed Konoha and Idate's trust by using the latter to steal a valuable weapon and defect to Amegakure and immediately threatened to end Idate's life when it became clear that the boy didn't have any desire to become an Ame-nin.
- Disney Villain Death: Gets hit by Naruto's Rasengan and falls down a cliff into a large whirlpool where he presumingly drowns.
- Filler Villain: The main antagonist of the Land of Tea filler arc.
- The Heavy: Aoi is the biggest obstacle for Idate both physically and emotionally during the Great Todoroki Shrine Race. While not an official member of the Wagarashi family, he more or less follows Kyūroku's orders (and only then because it's his mission).
- Hypocrite: Sure, just mock a hapless student for his abandoning of Konoha plus his so-called cowardice. Are you forgetting that he trusted you as his teacher and used that to steal a powerful artifact so you could defect i.e. run away and join with Amegakure because you figured becoming a jōnin would be easier? Answer: yes.
- Kick the Dog: Most of Aoi's screentime with Idate is the former mocking the latter over his defection (which was mainly Aoi's fault) and constantly saying he'll never be anything more than a coward.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the flip side, he gets fed up with Fukusuke's insults when the latter calls him worthless, threatening to break him in half if he doesn't shut up. Fukusuke's characterization as an unlikable jock hardly makes one feel sorry for him.
- Laser Blade: The Raijin Sword which was wielded by none other than Tobirama Senju the Second Hokage.
- Meaningful Name: His full name can translate to "blue copper rust", referencing his betrayal of his birth village and the default color of the Konoha headband's fabric.
- Oh, Crap!: When Naruto manages to get in one final Rasengan that breaks the Raijin Sword and sends him twirling over the cliff.
- Scars Are Forever: Courtesy of Ibiki; he hides it behind his headband. On the flipside, Aoi himself gave Ibiki at least some of the scars on the right side of his face, thus explaining their origin in the anime.
- Shock and Awe: Courtesy of the Raijin Sword he got Idate to steal for him. It even makes sounds like a lightsaber.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His Amegakure attire.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's a filler villain who is killed off at the end of his arc and never talked about again. That said, Sasuke remembers Aoi's cruel mocking of his clan's downfall and him being unworthy of the name Uchiha in the first episode of the succeeding arc, which serves to fuel his actions from that point onwards in-universe.
- Smug Snake: Likes to believe that Tobirama's Raijin Sword and his high rank make him invincible, but once the sword is broken, he's dealt with in no time at all.
- Static Character: In-universe, Aoi believes that Idate will always be a coward who runs away from his problems and appears to get offended when the boy proves otherwise.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), David Vincent (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 102
Fukusuke Hikyakuya is the representative of the Wagarashi Family sent to compete in the Great Todoroki Shrine Race. He is also an arrogant womanizing jerk who thinks he has it in the bag.
- All Men Are Perverts: He's seen with a couple of attractive ladies while he's on break.
- Anime Hair: Spiky towards the back.
- Flat Character: Basically there to give Idate someone to defeat in the race and for the audience to root against.
- Foil: Acts as the overconfident and ungrateful jock towards Idate, who wears a mask of bravado to hide his insecurities and learns not to take his boss's loyalty for granted.
- Hated by All: He's met with boos all around whenever he has the lead in the race. While this could be written off due to his association with the Wagarashi, Fukusuke himself is hardly a saint.
- Jerk Jock: He may be a genuinely skilled runner, but that's offset by an overblown ego to the point that he takes an extended rest and is short with members of the Wagarashi who (at first) are encouraging of him. When he tries to throw his weight around with Aoi, however...
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gets on the receiving end when he insults Aoi one time too many and later his sponsors from the Wagarashi beat on him for losing the race.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He gets beaten up by the two Wagarashi goons that he insulted after he loses to Idate.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Towards the people protecting and sponsoring him no less. Note that he calls the Wagarashi scum for being supportive during a break. Granted, he isn't wrong about them, but it's still not generally a smart move to diss those who can kick your ass. Aoi eventually tires of his insults and threatens to kill him if he doesn't shut his mouth, which gets him moving anyway.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Fukusuke is last seen being roughed up by the Wagarashi for losing the race, with one of them saying that he'll be punished for it. Given how quickly the family is disbanded after this, it's not known what becomes of him.
Voiced by: Kazuo Oka (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 102
Kyūroku Wagarashi is the head of the Wagarashi Family in the Land of Tea. His family will resort to any dirty methods in order to stay in control of Port Degarashi and hires Amegakure ninja to help secure victory.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He, along with Aoi, makes up the antagonism of the Land of Tea arc.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Has a prominent perv stache that makes it clear he's no good.
- Hated by All: It's clear that no one cares for his losses given how cruel and dishonest his methods were. And really, he deserved every bit of it.
- Hate Sink: His arrogance and dishonorable tactics make it all the more satisfying for the audience both in and out of universe when he loses it all in the end.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tried to frame Idate for cheating partway through the racenote and bribed the minister in order to dissolve the Wasabi. It blows up spectacularly when the daimyō intercedes and admonishes them for trying to fake a disqualification and reveals the bribery for all to see. The minister is subsequently stripped of his power and ordered to become a Buddhist monk whereas Kyūroku is forced to disband his family, leaving the Wasabi as the permanent rulers of Port Degarashi.
- The Mafia: His Wagarashi Family is an archetypical example with his goons overpricing port merchandise and taking whatever they want for free in addition to roughing anyone up who talks back. This contrasts with the samurai code that the Wasabi Family follows.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He hired Aoi and Team Oboro in the first place to assist Fukusuke in winning the race but otherwise is mainly a schemer trying to cheat his way into staying in power.
- Obviously Evil: One just has to look at him. His default expression OOZES smugness and elitism.
- Smug Snake: Acts all high and mighty when in a position of power but with the daimyō exerting his authority via disbanding the Wagarashi Family, the seemingly self-assured gangster whimpers in resign.
Land of Rice Fields arc
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 136
Sasame is a young kunoichi of the Fūma clan from the Land of Rice Fields. She is searching for her missing cousin Arashi when she comes across Naruto and Sakura who are looking for Sasuke after his defection to Otogakure.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Wanted to see Arashi more than anything and finally succeeded...only to find out that he's been turned into a monstrous cadaver puppet.
- Big Damn Heroes: She returns to the hideout to save Naruto from drowning in a trap and later supplies Sakura a charm that the latter uses to save Naruto from having his heart stilled by Kagerō.
- Break the Cutie: Poor girl sees her beloved cousin mutate into a horrifying zombie chimera and later has to leave him behind in the crumbling hideout as he can never go back to living as a human. Before that, she's there to see Kagerō (her possible mentor) die horribly for a man that never intended to restore her clan to its former glory. Softened somewhat in Arashi's case, though, as he was able to return to his normal self for a few moments and gives his thanks to her before dying. Her last line is her voicing resolve to not let her life go to waste after Arashi shielded her from some sharp debris.
- The Cameo: Makes a couple of silent background appearances in two standalone fillers. The first is during Mondai and Potcha's outing where she's seen when Naruto is begging to train with them (he thinks they're Guy and Lee) and the other is where most of the female characters are seen lined up outside of Ichiraku Ramen eager to try some diet ramen that's popular with women.
- Determinator: Spent a year looking for Arashi prior to her encounter with Team 7, never quitting until she found Orochimaru's hideout. Too bad the older Fūmas took advantage of her desire and roped her into a scheme that involved drugging her newfound friends in order to give Orochimaru more test subjects...from the neck up. She's quick to apologize after the fact for being too trusting.
- Fragile Speedster: Her first encounter with Team 7 shows that she's good at ambushes and is quick on her feet, but Sasame herself admits that she's not physically powerful at least in comparison to the other Oto Fūma.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She joins with Team 7 for the Land of Rice Fields story arc.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Considers herself weak and small compared to her fellow clansmen, but that won't stop her from finding her cousin.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Sasame appeals to Arashi in order to wake his human heart but her attempt only works briefly. He regains himself for a brief time and saves her from being injured by debris, but she is forced to abandon him sadly.
- Interrupted Suicide: Sasame attempts to stab herself in the throat with a kunai after her deceit with the other Fūma fails. Jiraiya admonishes her for denying responsibility and smacks the knife away.
- I Will Find You: She's been looking for Arashi for at least a year and will do anything to reunite with him. Subverted as she had already located Otogakure by the time of her second encounter with Team 7, the other Fūma loyal to Oto told her to bring the Konoha-nin to Orochimaru as a sign of her loyalty so that they'd let her see him. When she finally meets up Arashi, she soon wishes that she hadn't.
- Samus Is a Girl: Is thought to be a boy when Naruto and Sakura first encounter her, only to be proven otherwise after they "save" her from the other Fūma. Sakura realizes sooner than Naruto.
- Thanks for the Mammary: During the staged rescue of Sasame, Naruto accidentally grabbed her left breast, not knowing she was a girl.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Ben Diskin (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 137
Arashi is of the Fūma clan and is seen as its most gifted member. Upon the establishment of Otogakure, he departed with Orochimaru and Kimimaro to offer his techniques and better the Fūma's standing with the Land of Sound's daimyō. His cousin Sasame, with whom he was very close, hasn't seen him since.
- The Ace: He was seen as the hope of the Fūma by many and knew how to perform a forbidden jutsu before he was experimented on.
- Blank White Eyes: As a Casualty Puppet.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Orochimaru's experimentation turned this once gentle young man into an Axe-Crazy mutation that sent Kagerō and the other Oto Fūma to their deaths and then tried to kill Sasame and Team 7 himself.
- Claustrophobia: His Curse of Mandela traps Naruto in a pyramid-shaped prison and almost crushes the knucklehead ninja.
- Copycat Mockery: As the Casualty Puppet, he back sasses Naruto for brushing off being stabbed by Kamikiri's pincers in the back like a flesh wound and then to Sasame for showing Sakura sympathy when she takes a hit for the former.
- Death Seeker: Arashi asks Sasame to kill him when his heart awakens initially. She can't bring herself to do it and he reverts to his insane puppet persona.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Has them briefly after removing his Orochimaru disguise and just before turning into a puppet.
- Dying as Yourself: He's able to regain his human heart thanks to Naruto and Sasame, but like his clansmen, he has been rendered as a cadaver puppet and can't leave the collapsing hideout. His last thoughts are him thanking Sasame before the base completely crumbles.
- Filler Villain: He's the biggest and final threat the heroes face in the anime-only Land of Rice Fields arc.
- Freakiness Shame: During his true persona's first emergence, he declines Sasame's offer to return home due to his appearance and his horrible actions as the puppet. As it sadly turns out, he really can't go back with her due to not being human anymore and the remnants of Kamikiri and Jigumo holding him in place.
- Kick the Dog: When disguised as Orochimaru, he kills and absorbs Kamikiri and Jigumo for failing to return with Jiraiya and Team 7 and then has Kabuto heal Kagerō at the cost of making her into his exact image and forcing her to fight Naruto again, resulting in her actual death. When ditching the disguise, Arashi spends a good chunk of the fight mocking Naruto for being unable to battle him properly and even tries to kill Sasame after her initial "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight fails. Note that he's under the influence of the Casualty Puppet when doing all this, as his true persona shows that he very much regrets his choices and wants to die.
- Manipulative Bastard: He pretended to be Orochimaru after the real thing abandoned the Sound hideout and strung Kamikiri's team along by making them hunt down Naruto, Sakura, and Jiraiya with the promise that he'd make the Fūma great again.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The Casualty Puppet has the still living Arashi combined with the freshly killed Kamikiri and Jigumo to make up a disturbing three-man torso that can utilize all of their abilities. Arashi is the main body and intelligence whereas the other two are little more than enhancers for his chakra.
- Redemption Equals Death: While Arashi is successful at getting his good self back thanks to Naruto and Sasame, he can't go back to his former life due to his current nature as a puppet and chooses to die in the ruined hideout. Jiraiya respects his last wishes and leaves him to his fate.
- Sanity Slippage: The once kind and gentle Arashi became a deranged lunatic who would kill his fellow clansmen at the drop of a hat after following Orochimaru's experiments. Soon he was disguising himself as the Sannin and it is implied that Kagerō knew that he was too far gone to be redeemed, though she proved to be wrong in that case.
- Taking the Bullet: His first action when he regains himself is to shield Sasame from some sharp debris.
- That Man Is Dead: Tells Sasame that he is no longer the Arashi she knew before revealing himself as a Casualty Puppet, much to her horror.
- Was Once a Man: He used to be a powerful shinobi in his clan and desired to bring recognition to them. His good intentions led him to become another experiment of Orochimaru's and became a zombie chimera-esque monster.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Cannot leave the base due to his nature as a cadaver and even if he wanted to, Kamikiri and Jigumo's remains are holding him in place, so he's screwed either way.
- You Have Failed Me: In his Orochimaru guise, he gives this to Kamikiri and Jigumo and tells them that they must pay with their bodies. And yes, that is WAY worse than it sounds.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Light purple in his case.
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 137
Hanzaki is the leader of the Fūma clan in the Land of Rice Fields. His clan's decline in recent times has led him and several other Fūma to become common thieves known as the Hanzaki Corps.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Shamelessly begs for his life when he realizes he tried to rob a Sannin, of all people. Luckily, Jiraiya isn't one to hold a grudge.
- All There in the Manual: The name Hanzaki Corps comes from the Japanese ending credits and isn't spoken in the show itself.
- Badass Baritone: Has a deep and commanding voice.
- BFS: Wields an oversized zanbatō in battle. It does him little good against Jiraiya.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's rather boisterous and not above petty crime, but Jiraiya reveals that he's been worried for Sasame ever since she took off in search for Arashi. This is shown when he takes her and Kotohime in at the end of the arc.
- Category Traitor: Orochimaru was quick to label the Hanzaki Corps as traitors to the Fūma who joined Otogakure, likely to keep them out of the way in case they attempted to attack his base.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He attempts to recruit Jiraiya into his gang upon seeing his Needle Jizō technique, implying that some of the Hanzaki Corps are picked from other shinobi he robbed.
- Everyone Has Standards: Resorts to thievery and general violence to get by, but knows better than to associate with the likes of Orochimaru just to gain favor with the daimyō.
- Fear Is the Appropriate Response and Oh, Crap!: Even before Jiraiya reveals his identity, Hanzaki is quick to beg forgiveness after taking a Rasengan to the chest, knowing that he's dealing with a true master.
- Ignored Expert: Hanzaki had reservations about his clan joining Orochimaru's side, but Arashi and the others didn't listen. Worse, the poor guy got branded as a traitor for not playing along.
- Know When to Fold Them: Gets swiftly defeated by Jiraiya and as soon as he hears that Jiraiya is one of the Sannin, Hanzaki makes the rest of his clansmen follow suit.
- Large and in Charge: He's as tall as Jiraiya and the leader of his clan.
- Made of Iron: Hanzaki takes a Rasengan straight to the chest and walks it off instantly.
- Mugging the Monster: He and his gang attempt to rob Jiraiya without knowing who he is. Thankfully he's quick to back down upon realizing that they're outclassed...and that's before the Sannin introduces himself.
- Only Sane Man: Was one of the few elites of the Fūma clan who knew that joining Orochimaru was a bad idea. Given what happened to Arashi, it was a wise choice.
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 137
Kamikiri is the leader of the Fūma trio working for Otogakure. He uses a metal pincer for combat.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Though not as prominent as Lee or Guy's.
- Distinction Without a Difference: Naruto accuses him of deceiving Sasame into thinking he'd let her see Arashi if she killed them. His comeback is basically "We had every intention of honoring the promise as long as (the Konoha folk) ended up dead", which is NOT what the kunoichi agreed on. Naruto is not amused.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares for his team and the Fūma as a whole. Upon defeat, he and Jigumo take the dying Kagerō to "Orochimaru" and Kabuto and ask them to heal her.
- Off with His Head!: Never seen onscreen, thankfully. Sakura comes pretty close when the Kamikiri cadaver almost closes his pincers around her neck when she's defending Sasame.
- Manipulative Bastard: His team tricks Sasame into drugging Team 7 so he can behead them and bring the remains back to Orochimaru for study. Naruto calls him out on it.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He and Jigumo turn on "Orochimaru" when he refuses to heal Kagerō despite their devotion to him. They are quickly killed.
- Power Pincers: Wields scissor-like pincers that can chop through solid rock. Kamikiri intended to behead Naruto's group with it.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's quick to knock out Sasame for disagreeing with his plan to behead the Konoha-nin. It can be inferred that he gave her that cut on her back shoulder to make the act more believable. That's not getting into his plan to have Naruto and Sakura, alongside Jiraiya, studied from the neck up.
- You Have Failed Me: "Orochimaru" admonishes him and Jigumo for failing to bring back the Konoha-nin's heads, and so quickly kills them both to be absorbed later into the Casualty Puppet.
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (JP), Lex Lang (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 137
Jigumo is another member of the Fūma trio working for Otogakure. He can control wind spiders.
- All Webbed Up: The wind spiders he utilizes can naturally form webs into windmills and encase his prey.
- Apologetic Attacker: He apologizes to "Orochimaru" just before he and Kamikiri attempt to force him to heal Kagerō. It doesn't end well.
- Bald of Evil: More out of misguided good intentions than full-on evil, but still.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're even bushier than Kamikiri's.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares for his teammates and the Fūma as a whole. Upon defeat, he and Kamikiri take the dying Kagerō to "Orochimaru" and Kabuto and ask them to heal her.
- Gonk: Not as bad as Kagerō though.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar on his right eye.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He and Kamikiri turn on "Orochimaru" when he refuses to heal Kagerō despite their devotion to him. They are quickly killed.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: His wind spiders attach thread to his targets in case they make a getaway, making tracking them down all the easier.
- Spiders Are Scary: Like Kidōmaru before him, Jigumo gives off the vibe of arachnids due to his long appendages. Unlike the former, he only has four limbs.
- You Have Failed Me: "Orochimaru" admonishes him and Kamikiri for failing to bring back the Konoha-nin's heads, and so quickly kills them both to be absorbed later into the Casualty Puppet.
Voiced by: Mioko Fujiwara (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)
Disguised Kagerō voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (JP), Steve Blum (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 137
Kagerō is the final member of the Fūma trio working for Otogakure. At first, "he" appears to be a deformed hunchback proficient in the Earth Style techniques, but in reality, is an attractive kunoichi who is fiercely devoted to Orochimaru and believes that he will be the Fūma's salvation.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Sasame mourns her after she dies, calling for "Master Kagerō". The implication is that she might have been Kagerō's student at one point. Naruto and Sakura do not share the sentiment.
- All for Nothing: Kagerō's misguided belief in Orochimaru and Otogakure not only didn't help in restoring the Fūma at all, but it also got her entire team killed.
- Animal Motifs: The mayfly (obviously) and antlion.
- Cast from Lifespan: Highly implied what Ephemeral does, as in it channels the user's life force into a powerful energy blast to incinerate their target. She mentions that it can only be used once in a person's life.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Twofold; her Ephemeral that she uses upon revealing her true form and the Chakra Threads that she uses on Naruto to bind their heartbeats together. The second one ends up costing her fatally.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Her Antlion jutsu creates a pit in the ground that sucks everything in the vicinity towards the center, just as the real-life insects do.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Her true form has no footwear.
- Epic Fail: Both of her forbidden jutsu fail to accomplish anything besides killing herself. Ephemeral was blocked by Jiraiya's Toad Mouth Trap, saving both Naruto and him from being incinerated and leaving her at death's door. Later on, her Chakra Threads are thwarted when Sasame returns with a Fūma talisman which Sakura uses to sever the connection to Naruto's heart, leaving Kagerō to die on her own.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kagerō's last action before collapsing from her Ephemeral is to get her downed teammates safely back to the hideout. Kamikiri and Jigumo are touched to the point that they beg Orochimaru and Kabuto to heal her. If only she knew what awaited them afterward...
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Her hunchback form's voice is as scratchy as it is deep.
- Family Honor: While all the Oto-affiliated Fūma have desire to have their status increased, Kagerō takes it to the most deadly extremes going so far as to needlessly risk her life via forbidden techniques. Her dying breath is spent saying that she still believes that Orochimaru will restore them to greatness. Considering she warned Sasame about seeing what Arashi has become, however, it's likely that she was just feigning and only fought the Konoha-nin again because the real Kabuto forced her.
- Gonk: Barely looks human while in disguise.
- I Warned You: Her last words are her telling Sasame that she'd be better off not seeing Arashi. She wasn't kidding.
- Kick the Dog: Disguised as Kabuto, she mocks Sakura for her weakness and lies about Sasuke having died from his Cursed Seal.
- Master of Disguise: The Konoha-nin had no idea she was a woman until her using of Ephemeral. She gets them a second time while in the Sound hideout by posing as Kabuto.
- No Brows: In contrast to her teammates' Big Ol' Eyebrows, her male disguise lacks them entirely.
- No Sympathy: In contrast to Sasame, Naruto doesn't appear all that broken up by her admittedly pitiful death, calling her a fool for continuing to believe in Orochimaru to the bitter end. It probably doesn't help that he almost died an extremely painful and gruesome death by her hands. Even Sakura who was partially responsible for her demise isn't terribly sympathetic.
- Pet the Dog: Her warning to Sasame about not going to see Arashi can be interpreted this way, especially in light of what he has become.
- Samus Is a Girl: Twice in fact! Her initial disguise is a deformed hunchback with buck teeth and a deep raspy voice. Later on, she poses as Kabuto Yakushi when Team 7 infiltrates the hideout.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: She's wearing one upon emerging from her disguise.
- Warrior Poet: In disguise, she recites poetry about herself compared to a mayfly, which is what "Kagerō" can mean in English. It's honestly disturbing if one takes her role storywise into context.
Voiced by: Shoko Okamoto (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN, Episode 139), Wendee Lee (EN, Episode 141)
Debut: Naruto Episode 139
Kotohime is another of the Fūma clan who joined Otogakure. She has an encounter with Jiraiya while investigating Orochimaru's hideout.
- All There in the Script: Her name is only given in the credits of Japanese episode 139.
- Bit Character: Only exists to give Jiraiya an excuse for not stepping in to help Naruto and Sakura in their fights with Arashi and Kagerō.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It's clear from her crazed expression while binding Jiraiya that she's had something done to her, but it's never spelled out before it's somehow undone.
- Captain Ersatz: In her true form, her general wardrobe and appearance bring Kin Tsuchi to mind.
- Death Glare: She gives a noticeable one to Hanzaki when Jiraiya tells the older Fūma to watch out for her and Sasame, inferring that she isn't completely on board with the idea. Orochimaru apparently gave her more independence by comparison to the other Oto Fūma.
- Fight Unscene: We never get the whole story on how Jiraiya defeated her and undid her brainwashing. What we next see is her unconscious atop Gamahiro after the fight with Arashi concludes.
- Hell Seeker: Claims she wants to go to Hell and will be dragging Jiraiya along for the ride. She doesn't succeed.
- Musical Assassin: Her koto casts illusions that make her seem like a biblical Kotohime and causes further hallucinations, making it easier for her to seduce them.
- Nightmare Face: Not that she wasn't unnerving before, but her expressions become outright demonic when constricting Jiraiya in her hair.
- Prehensile Hair: When her seduction methods fail, Kotohime binds her query with her hair.
- Progressively Prettier: Kotohime's true form makes her far easier on the eyes than her genjutsu persona.
- Uncanny Valley: Her initial appearance in the hideout invokes this hard, though unlike Arashi she retains her humanity.
- The Vamp: She attempts to seduce Jiraiya with her musical talents and spikes Jiraiya's sake when that fails.
- Younger Than They Look: She appeared to be a grown woman in her encounter with Jiraiya, but this was later shown to be an illusion. In reality, she seems only a little older than Sasame and Team 7.
Mizuki Strikes Back arc
Fūjin and Raijin
Fūjin voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Bob Joles (EN)
Raijin voiced by: Keiko Sakai (JP), Skip Stellrecht (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 142
Elder brother Fūjin and younger brother Raijin are a pair of dimwitted shinobi who are imprisoned in the Konoha Strict Correctional Facility and are used by Mizuki to aid in his escape from the prison. True to their moniker, they are incredibly unintelligent yet possess herculean strength said to surpass even the Sannin.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Tsunade defeats them easily with one forehead flick each, quickly discrediting the rumor that their strength is greater than a Sannin's.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: This exchange comes to mind:Raijin: Hey, big bro, how come my pinky isn't strong like my thumb?Fūjin: That's simple, Raijin! If the pinky were as big as the thumb, it wouldn't be special anymore!
- Beard of Evil: Fūjin has a short goatee.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Their only reason for listening to Mizuki at all is that he gave them food and promised them more if they helped him. This is immediately forgotten once theyre told they wont be fed if theyre not in their cell and they rush back to the prison.
- Berserk Button: Besides the obvious main button of them being denied food, Fūjin gets really pissed off when he thinks Naruto is playing hide-and-seek, screaming that he didn't decide formally with rock-paper-scissors first.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Their unintelligence is genuine and for the most part they seem like a couple of buffoonish gluttons. But they were put in a heavily guarded correctional facility for a good reason. Going without food for too long or denying them grub will enrage them to the point that they'll pound any offenders into pulp until something satisfies their hunger.
- Big Little Brother: Theyre both big guys but younger brother Raijin is about a head taller than older brother Fūjin.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Fūjin
- Boisterous Bruiser: Both are huge and hardly subtle with their antics, let alone their strength.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Naruto and Team 10 are stupified by how monstrous their stamina is, and only Tsunade has the prowess to get them to back down. Raijin's strong enough to pick up and use Fūjin as a lasso during their fight with Naruto.
- The Ditz: They're not called the "Legendary Stupid Brothers" for nothing. While Fūjin is a bit more proactive than Raijin, that's not saying much.
- Dumb Muscle: A little slow upstairs, yes, but that hardly matters to their opposition who find themselves dumbfounded by their terrifying strength. Pakkun says it best: stupidity can be a powerful thing.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They have a deep affection for one another if nothing else. Raijin got distressed upon seeing Fūjin being possessed by Ino's Mind Transference and vice-versa when the former got trapped by her Mind Destruction and Fūjin worriedly asked what was wrong.
- Fat Idiot: Both are heavyset and none-too-bright.
- Gonk: Both of them resemble Iwanbō to an extent.
- Laughably Evil: They can be dangerous and their blatant foolishness and other quirks can make them a delight to watch.
- Lightning Bruiser: Their speed is greater than one might expect given their size, which Shikamaru lampshades when Tsunade makes them return to prison.
- Little Big Brother: They're both big guys but older brother Fūjin is about a head shorter than little brother Raijin.
- Made of Iron: The rumor that their physical strength was on par with a Sannin might have been overexaggerated, but they're still durable enough to withstand Tsunade's finger flicks. Earlier still, they tanked many blows from Naruto's shadow clones and at worst only complained about feeling itchy.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: So great is their strength that they routinely bend the bars of their cell and go wandering around the prison in search of eats. Any guards that cross them risk evoking their wrath should they have nothing to feed them.
- Noodle Incident: They had a prior run-in with Tsunade at one point that made them scared to death of her, but we're never given the blow-by-blow. Shikamaru doesn't want to know what she did to them.
- Oh, Crap!: They have this reaction when Tsunade shows up to rescue Team 10 from their wrath.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Villainous example; while they do assist Mizuki in the first half of the filler arc they appear in, they're mostly there to be funny and take the piss out of Naruto's fighting style.
- Too Dumb to Live: It's in their moniker, what did you expect? Tsunade especially chides them for falling for Mizuki's bait that Orochimaru had prepared a feast for them at Otogakure and went along with the prison breakout.
- Unwitting Pawn: Mizuki is seemingly only using them to distract Konoha so he can make a quick escape to Otogakure, but they don't know that, being too dumb to believe otherwise.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Like Mizuki, they both wear open vests courtesy of Tsubaki.
- Villainous Glutton: They ended up in jail for killing their squadmates over a meal they wanted and they almost always have food on the brain. The only reason they went along with Mizuki because he promised them that a big feast was awaiting them at Otogakure.
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 143
Tsubaki was once the fiancé of Mizuki before his imprisonment. He visits her upon his escape but is quick to discard her after she unsuccessfully tries to persuade him from his path. She later joins with Naruto and Iruka in an effort to stop his rampage once and for all.
- The Atoner: She plans on starting a new life after making up for the harm she caused Konoha with her secrecy.
- Braids of Action: In the sense that she has her hair in a braid and is a kunoichi, as she never makes an effort to actually battle Mizuki.
- Faux Action Girl: Arguably a bigger example than even Sakura. Her rank as a chūnin implies considerable skill, but all she really does is show Iruka and Naruto where Mizuki is headed and then make one last (unsuccessful) attempt to get her fiancé to see the light before he knocks her out. Heck, Sakura makes a better effort when Team 7 encounters Sasuke again after the Time Skip and she wasn't even being serious.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Keep dreaming, girl...
- Love Hurts: She looks almost happy to see Mizuki again after he visits her, only to realize that Mizuki is only interested in making himself more powerful via Orochimaru and he views her only as a Trophy Wife at best. This does not last long.
- Mistaken for Romance: Pakkun thinks she's Iruka's lover while she's treating the latter's injuries, but is quickly proven wrong.
- Morality Pet: Subverted; Tsubaki appears to the one thing Mizuki holds genuine affection for, but that all crumbles as soon as she makes it clear she has no desire to support his lunacy. That combined with her calling her ex-lover out on his prejudice towards Naruto brings back all his bad memories about his original scrap with the "nine-tailed brat" and he proceeds to knock her out. Later when she tries begging him again after activating his curse seal, he coldly throws her aside and chastises her for not being useful to him, pretty much cementing that his love of power surpassed any love he might've once held for her.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, she shares her name with one of the women who was judging Naruto back at the beginning of the series when he failed the graduation exam. Plus there would be the Tsubaki from the video game Ultimate Ninja 4's story mode as well as samurai-in-training Tsubaki Kurogane from Boruto. This Tsubaki and UN4's is written as "椿" while canon and Boruto Tsubaki had their names written as "ツバキ".
- Secret Keeper: She knew of her fiancė's involvement with Orochimaru for years and didn't tell Konoha out of wanting to protect Mizuki. Just stealing the Sacred Scroll in itself was bad enough, but she feared what action would be taken against him if the village had found out that he was going to hand it over to one of their most hated and dangerous enemies. She quickly comes to regret her choice.
- Trophy Wife: Likely what Mizuki's plan was for her, but he drops it after seeing she lacks his ambition.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's never heard from again after the Mizuki Strikes Back arc, so whatever consequences she faced for withholding Mizuki's relationship with Orochimaru remains unexplored.
Hunt for the Bikōchū arc
Suzumebachi, Kurobachi, and Jibachi
Suzumebachi voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
Kurobachi voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Beau Billingslea (EN)
Jibachi voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 148
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In hindsight, these three being Ishikawa's grandchildren becomes irreconcilable with what the manga would reveal about him later on. Namely that he also has a grandson there who grows up to become the Third Tsuchikage, Ōnoki. Ōnoki is in his extremely late seventies by the time he appears in the story whilst the Kamizurus can only be in their thirties tops. Plus the flashback we see of a ten-year-old Ōnoki with his grandfather already shows him to be pretty damn old by that point, leaving little possibility for him having any other grandkids roaming about. Ishikawa being a Kamizuru is also not given any credence in his canon appearances, not even in the anime, and no Book of Secrets is ever alluded to.
- Arch-Enemy: Against the Aburame clan for leading to their decline over the years. Their Plan B in case the Bikōchū can't be found is to kill Shino so that Iwa will give them at least some recognition. Later when all the boys are captured, Suzumebachi uses their villages' long enmity with each other as an excuse to kill the entire lot of them if they won't reveal the location of the Bikōchū.
- Beard of Evil: Kurobachi
- Bee Afraid: In contrast to the beetles that the Aburame clan utilizes, the Kamizuru use bees. They have "bachi" in their names which can mean hornet and Suzumebachi (her name literally means hornet) summons a giant queen bee in the last act to take out Hinata and company.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Suzumebachi's last spoken words.
- The Cameo: Suzumebachi inexplicitly returns in episode 161 where Guy and Lee imposters turn up to learn Konoha's secrets. She can be seen eating dango with Ibiki Morino, of all people. Whether or to take this as her surviving the Rasengan at the end of her filler arc is up for debate.
- Characterization Marches On: In the second episode of their arc, they suffered from some bad luck and almost got attacked by a large insect that Naruto accidentally provoked, giving them something of a comical nature. This didn't continue for the back half of the story which treats them as deadly serious.
- Dirty Coward: They're not above kidnapping Hinata and holding her for ransom and fooled Naruto and the others with a fake Hinata twice. Jibachi takes the cake as he's fine with kicking Naruto while he's trapped in bee's wax but jumps back in fear when the boy gives him a nine-tailed Death Glare.
- Filler Villains: They are the antagonists of the Hunt for the Bikōchū filler arc.
- Flat Character: Kurobachi doesn't have much going for him compared to his siblings.
- Forehead of Doom: Suzumebachi could give Sakura's surface a run for its' money.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Jibachi wears glasses and is the most unpleasant of the three.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: They kidnap Hinata shortly after her team finds the Bikōchū and demand the beetle in exchange for her.
- Jerkass: None of them are particularly pleasant, especially Jibachi who gets a kick out of mocking Naruto for Hinata's supposed death and starts wailing on the boy when he can't defend himself. Suzumebachi justifies this treatment since Konoha and Iwa have been enemies for decades prior and its only natural that they should hate each other's guts.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Jibachi does it to Naruto after he gets fed up with the latter's bravado. He stops and jumps back at least ten feet after Naruto shows him his inner demon, making the Kamizuru snap and try and kill him with a kunai.
- Not So Different: Like Hinata, they desire recognition from the village they serve, something she acknowledges after hearing their motives while being held captive. That said, their dirty tactics and cut-throat personalities hardly make the audience feel much sympathy for them.
- Spanner in the Works: The plot of the anime might have gone a bit differently if Suzumebachi hadn't come back to kill the Konoha genin in a last-ditch effort to avenge her fallen brothers, which led to Sasuke's headband going flying due to the force of Naruto's Rasengan, and then to an Epic Fail of stinky proportions courtesy of Naruto's backside.
- Uncertain Doom: While her claims about avenging them indicate that Jibachi and Kurobachi were killed when the queen bee was sent flying into them by Hinata, it's unclear if Suzumebachi herself was killed by Naruto's Rasengan or just knocked out. She appears alive in a later stand-alone episode in Konoha, but that episode also had Sasuke appear in a background cameo despite his defection, so its canonicity is dubious.
- Villainous Breakdown: Jibachi has a major freakout after seeing Naruto's Nine-Tailed side. Suzumebachi suffers one at the end for her initial defeat and summons her queen bee again to kill Naruto and Team 8, even if it means killing the Bikōchū along with them.
- Villain Respect: Suzumebachi finds it commendable that Hinata continues to train hard during the nights where her squadmates are tired out from bug hunting. Later she even commends Shino for hiding the Bikōchū terrarium with bug repellent so that her bees couldn't go near it while everyone was scrambling for Hinata.
Curry of Life arc
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 152
Ranmaru is a young orphan who lived in the Land of Water and is the partner of Raiga Kurosuki. He was shunned by the people in his village for his kekkei genkai dōjutsu allowing him to spy on them and so he could only wait to die due to his frail health. Then one day, an ANBU Black Op unit led by Raiga came and slaughtered most of the village while hunting down a spy and the mad swordsman came to find Ranmaru hiding away in his hut. Ranmaru could sense Raiga's feelings of being lonely and not having a place in life, just like him, and asked for the man to kill him if it would bring him some peace. Touched, Raiga instead took the boy in and became his strength while Ranmaru became his eyes and ears, giving the former the opportunity to become a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. Together, they had become one.
- The Atoner: Plans to make up for the lives he and Raiga took by saving other lives with the Curry of Life after he tries some. He tries to extend the offer to Raiga as well, but that doesn't go over well.
- Badass and Child Duo: He's the child to Raiga's badass, with him using his dōjutsu to detect enemies and direct Raiga in combat.
- Creepy Child: Downplayed, he giggles slightly during Rokusuke's funeral, and for the first couple of episodes we only hear his voice from within Raiga's cloak and knapsack, giving him this vibe. After he's properly revealed and has his backstory given, the creepiness is replaced mostly with pity and tears.
- Death Seeker: First when the people in his village rejected him for his spying on them via his dōjutsu and then when he believed Raiga had been killed and also briefly towards the end of the arc when he attempts to drive Raiga and himself off a cliff as a form of atonement for the people they've killed.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He and Raiga gave each other their own reason for living when they met, but Ranmaru eventually grew to have other bonds besides his original whilst Raiga himself could never do so due to being content with the former as his only friend. This is why Ranmaru leaves the arc with his life whilst Raiga is Killed Off for Real.
- Disney Death: He appears to have died sacrificing his lifeforce to revitalize Raiga, but is revealed shortly thereafter to have only been severely weakened.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Another downplayed example; he's not nearly as androgynous as Haku nor is he old enough for Naruto to get confused like before. The way his voice actresses are directed makes it fairly obvious that he's a boy.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: While he does lose Raiga in the end, now that he has more friends in his life and is free to live for his own reasons, he finds himself a place working beside Sanshō and Karashi making the Curry of Life.
- Evil Cripple: While the evil part only applies because he's on Raiga's side which opposes the heroes, the cripple part is mainly due to his sickly constitution and not having proper nutrients for much of his short life. Once he eats some of the Curry of Life, he feels revigorated and begins to walk under his own power, though he does stumble a bit.
- Expy: He's as much as one for Haku as Raiga is for Zabuza. Heck, Naruto even has flashbacks of the masked boy when Ranmaru explains about needing a purpose in order to live. The difference is that Haku died feeling his purpose had been robbed while Ranmaru gained new reasons for living beyond being Raiga's partner.
- HeelFace Turn: Through his interactions with Naruto and Team Guy, he gains different perspectives on how life should be respected and that life is worth more while smiling and laughing with the good times rather than crying about what's been lost.
- Ill Boy: Back in the Land of Water, Ranmaru had a sickly constitution that prevented him from leaving his hut. He got slightly better after Raiga took him in, but he never bothered to walk on his own power until he was given the Curry of Life.
- Master of Illusion: His kekkei genkai produces dust that can block other dōjutsu users from seeing him while hidden and can create phantom-like entities complete with their own chakra networks that even fools Neji's Byakugan.
- No Name Given: His dōjutsu is never officially named.
- Non-Action Guy: He directs Raiga in battle and lets him know where the enemy is, but otherwise he's no fighter. Having been ill for most of his life hardly gave him any opportunities to change that plus his now working as an apprentice chef makes it even less likely.
- Only Friend: Raiga considered Ranmaru his only friend and never bothered to develop any other relationships. When the latter decides he wants more out of life, Raiga doesn't take it well.
- Parental Abandonment: He has no memories of his mother or father and it's never made clear if they either were killed or abandoned him for his kekkei genkai.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red-colored eyes and they glow brighter red when using his kekkei genkai.
- Say My Name: Calls for Raiga when he gets torn from his partner by Lee early on. He does it again when Raiga decides to end it all.
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's one of the most diminutive characters seen in the series and he is the one coming up with the tactics to aid Raiga in battle.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: An off-faded shade of purple in his case.
Voiced by: Sho Saito (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 152
Sanshō owns the Curry of Life shop in the Land of Rivers just away from the Katabami Gold Mine. The titular curry is known to save those who are near death but is also extremely spicy and not meant for everyone's tastebuds. She worries about her son, Karashi, and his path in life, which has taken him into joining the Kurosuki Family and leaving her behind.
- The Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in episode 161 where she lays witness to Mondai and Potcha disguised as Guy and Lee. Considering how well she knows the real people, she has every right to be surprised!
- Cool Old Lady: To Lee and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the Konoha genin.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Her Curry of Life is an interesting case; it is genuinely spicy and certainly not suited for everyone's tastes (just ask Neji) but those who can stomach it, such as Lee, find themselves reinvigorated by the spices and other ingredients. The final batch that is shown NOBODY but Lee wants to try, not even Naruto who earlier admitted to liking the last kind. There's also the Punishment Curry which Karashi eats upon his initial return, which is so hot that his lips swell like a blimp.
- Granny Classic: She checks all the boxes.
- It's All My Fault: Feels this way about pushing Karashi too hard when he was being bullied.
- Old Friend: Pun aside, she's known Lee for at least a year prior to the time she appears in the story and is inferred to have known Guy for longer than that.
- Supreme Chef: Maker of the Curry of Life and with that level of spice, you HAVE to be this trope.
- Tears of Joy: Sheds them upon seeing Karashi return to her, notable as she is trying to save face around Hachidai and Sangorō.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP), Ogie Banks (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 152
Karashi is Sanshō's timid son who works with her at the Curry of Life shop in the Land of Rivers. Inspired by seeing Lee's devotion and training ethics, he takes steps to better himself as a man...at least that was his plan. He ends up joining the Kurosuki Family instead and becomes conflicted by his loyalty to Raiga and his mother's wellbeing.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He never forgot Sanshō's recipe for the Curry of Life and prepares a batch of it to save Ranmaru without needing any pointers.
- Cool Big Bro: Seems to have taken up this role towards Ranmaru at the end of the filler arc, directing him in how to prepare the Curry of Life.
- Dirty Coward: He tries to have the Konoha genin killed by having the senior members of the Kurosuki Family ambush them despite promising earlier to redeem himself. It happens again when he brings Ranmaru back to the supposedly dead Raiga in order to revive him, despite Lee saving him from being lynched by the understandably angry miners.
- Disappeared Dad: There's never any mention of his father and it would appear it has always been just him and Sanshō.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His long ponytail and manner of speaking can raise some brows despite being voiced by a male in the Japanese version. The English dub, even the uncut versions, downplayed this heavily.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His love for his mother is genuine in spite of his less-than-standup personality.
- Freudian Excuse: He was bullied for much of his early years and Sanshō's pressuring him to step up didn't help either. Seeing Lee running laps even while sleeping inspired him...to join a group of malevolent thugs who used decent people for their own greed and their boss to bury innocent people alive for daring to defy them.
- Heel Realization: Ranmaru's sacrifice and Tenten's ill-fated bid to save him from Raiga finally gets him to see the error of his ways.
- Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: He isn't full-blown evil, he's very much horrified by Raiga's more barbaric actions, but he does make some bad decisions in regards to how Lee sticks up for him only to repay that kindness with betrayal twice. He does genuinely love his mother and doesn't want any harm to come to her despite all he's done.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Raiga briefly mistakes him for killing Ranmaru, and Karashi immediately realizes this before his boss does.
- New Meat: He hasn't been with the Kurosuki Family for very long by the time Naruto and Team Guy come to take them out. Raiga is noticeably terse towards him even before the Ranmaru incident.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Raiga probably wouldn't have come back to life, or at the very least would've stayed inanimate for a while longer if Karashi hadn't brought Ranmaru back to him. This causes the poor kid to seemingly sacrifice himself and leaves Karashi and his mother on the receiving end of Raiga's anger at thinking he was responsible for killing his precious partner. On top of that, Tenten misreads the situation and ends up getting seriously hurt due to thinking he was being attacked by the swordsman.
- Non-Action Guy: It's strongly evident that he has no real fighting abilities, leaving Raiga and the more senior disciples in the Kurosukis to do the heavy lifting while he stays hidden and safe. Tellingly, when he was the only one left standing after Team Guy's beating of the senior members, he tried to run.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He sells out Team Guy and Naruto twice despite Lee's efforts to make him see the light. It takes Ranmaru sacrificing himself to revive Raiga and the latter's beatdown of Tenten to get him to see that he screwed up.
Rokusuke, Hachidai, Sangorō, Kanpachi, and Sukeza
Rokusuke voiced by: Makoto Nagai (JP), Joe Ochman (EN)
Hachidai voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)
Sangorō voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (JP), Daran Norris (EN)
Sukeza voiced by: Ikuo Nishikawa (JP), William Frederick Knight (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 152
Rokusuke, Hachidai, and Sangorō are a trio of miners from the Land of Rivers who travel to Konoha in order to seek help in driving out the Kurosuki Family. Rokusuke, in particular, is insistent on hurrying back to their land in order to rescue the fourth member of their group Kanpachi. Conversely, Sukeza is an elderly miner who lives in constant fear of the Kurosukis, especially Raiga himself.
- All There in the Script: Only Rokusuke, as well as the late Kanpachi, are named directly in the show. The rest of their names are only known from the Japanese credits.
- Anger Born of Worry: Rokusuke is short with Naruto and Lee's antics at first but only because he wants to hurry back home and rescue Kanpachi. His fellow miners aren't so blind and bluntly tell him that Kanpachi is long gone by that point, but he doesn't listen.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Rokusuke and Sangorō have them.
- Eyes Always Shut: Sangorō never opens his eyes except when trying the Curry of Life.
- A Friend in Need: Rokusuke and Kanpachi were good friends to the point that the former risks his life by trying to excavate the latter even though he's long dead.
- Mr. Exposition: Sukeza's only real purpose is to let Naruto and Team Guy in on how Raiga gives funerals to miscreants.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: They leave the story after Raiga's initial defeat in order for the plot to focus more on Ranmaru and Karashi's relationships with their respective loved ones.
- Something We Forgot: Lee and the others are busy tearing into Karashi for joining with the Kurosukis that they forget about Rokusuke being trapped in a coffin until he starts banging for help. They let him out and he's spared the fate of Kanpachi.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Kanpachi is buried alive for days with no air, let alone food and water. Hachidai rightfully points out that there was no chance of him being alive upon their return to the mine...yet that doesn't deter Rokusuke from going to try and dig him up anyway, only for him to get caught by the Kurosuki Family and almost suffer the same fate.
- Those Two Guys: Hachidai and Sangorō contribute little to the story except to hang around the Curry of Life shop while the Konoha-nin are rescuing Rokusuke and battling Raiga.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Kanpachi can only be heard briefly banging inside his coffin while his funeral is being held. By the time the others return to Katabami, he's long since passed.
Bounty Hunter arc
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (JP), Steve Blum (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 159
Sazanami, formerly known as Tokichi, is a swordsmith-turned-bounty hunter from an unspecified land from between two of the Great Shinobi Nations. On the day of a festival, a client of his was murdered by the thief Gosunkugi, who left the blame on Tokichi due to him having a similar sword to the murderer. Since Tokichi did not attend the festival with the rest of his village, they believed that he had murdered the client as well as the man's wife and child. He escaped the enraged mob and had a bounty placed on his head, which in turn caused him to become a bounty hunter so he could capture Gosunkugi and clear his name, renaming himself Sazanami and taking to the Land of Stone.
- Ambiguous Ending: Despite being cleared of Gosunkugi's crimes by the end, it is never spelled out if Sazanami will go back to his swordsmith life or continue being a bounty hunter alongside Gatsu, though the latter is strongly implied.
- Badass Normal: Sazanami is able to keep up with three experienced genin, two of whom survived battles with Orochimaru's Sound Ninja Four, using nothing but iaidō.
- Bounty Hunter: But not by choice; he just wanted the chance to clear his name by capturing Gosunkugi and sending him to justice.
- Clear My Name: Due to being framed for murdering a family of three that Gosunkugi killed, Tokichi renamed himself and became a bounty hunter in order to clear himself. He succeeds in the end with help from Gatsu.
- Distinguishing Mark: On his chest is a birthmark in the shape of a bird in flight. It is how Hinata was able to make the connection to Sazanami being the Tokichi on the wanted poster.
- Enemy Mine: After explaining his circumstances to the Konoha genin, they decide to join hands and defeat Gosunkugi's gang together. They succeed, but they are unable to give him a proper farewell due to Gatsu apprehending him.
- Expecting Someone Taller: He briefly pokes fun at the Konoha genin's ages, but it might've just been an act.
- Friendly Rival: He settles for having one with the Konoha genin in order to see who can capture Gosunkugi first. He wins.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Over his bounty hunting career he's accumulated some facial scars. He notably lacked any in his flashback before his life was turned upside down.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Most of his queries don't have time to react before he puts them down. One thug called Michizō Manaka had his own sword destroyed and was knocked unconscious in such a manner.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His new profession and desire to clear his name leads him to make morally dubious choices, such as trying to kill Naruto, Hinata, and Kiba, who are under orders to capture Gosunkugi themselves for an unrelated crime. However, he's not a villain by a long stretch and can't bring himself to stoop to his query's level. Heck, he even joins forces with the genin to capture the criminal in the last act.
- Mistaken for Murderer: He was condemned for killing a family of three based on circumstantial evidence when in reality it was Gosunkugi who Tokichi encountered just after the murders had taken place. The real criminal seemingly knew that Tokichi would be blamed for it and didn't bother to eliminate him. Thankfully, thanks to the efforts of Naruto, Team 8, and Gatsu, he is cleared of all wrongdoing.
- Nice Hat: It may have seen better days, but damn if that straw hat doesn't look cool.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, as a genin from Kirigakure during the Boruto chūnin exams would share the name. This Sazanami has his name written as "サザナミ" whereas Boruto Sazanami's is written as "細波".
- Perma-Stubble: He's gained some during his time as a bounty hunter whereas in his swordsmith days he was cleanshaven.
- Pet the Dog: Almost literal example; he gives Akamaru some milk when an unscrupulous bartender won't sell anything to Naruto's team. He also decides to settle for knocking out the trio instead of killing them like he claimed he would.
- Reused Character Design: A dojo destroyer appears in a later standalone filler with a strong resemblance to him, minus the hat and facial scars plus having darker hair. A bandit from another standalone filler would also share his design.
- What You Are in the Dark: Despite his promise to kill Naruto and the others for being competition for Gosunkugi's head, he settles for knocking them out and continues on his way. Also, despite him hating Gosunkugi for setting him up and having every reason to want him dead, he holds back and explains that he wouldn't be able to clear himself if he killed him right then and there.
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 159
Gatsu is a bounty hunter from the Land of Stone. He's after both Gosunkugi and Sazanami for their crimes, allegedly in the latter's case, but there's more to his actions than that.
- Badass Beard: Sports a spiky one that makes his outgoing nature all the more blatant.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A man of subtlety, Gatsu is not. It is all the more impressive when he has such little screen time over the course of a two-episode arc.
- Bounty Hunter: And damn proud of it. He makes it a case that he and Sazanami are on equal footing upon the latter being cleared.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: As noted below, he may be a loud and intimidating guy at first glance, but he goes out of his way to make sure a fellow bounty hunter doesn't get hung for a crime he didn't commit.
- Carry a Big Stick: A giant mace, in his case.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even more blatant than with Sazanami. Gatsu may be loud and has an uncouth vocabulary, especially in the original Japanese, but he goes out of his way to see if what he saw of Sazanami's character really warranted the bounty placed on his head and wastes no time in calling out the villagers for being quick to assume the worst about him.
- No Indoor Voice: He's got less than ten minutes of screentime yet manages to be the loudest guy in all his scenes.
- Shaming the Mob: Gives a brief "Reason You Suck" Speech to the villagers of Sazanami's old home on making him out to be a criminal based on circumstantial evidence and for making him target an innocent man for nothing.
- What You Are in the Dark: Overhearing the circumstances that led Sazanami to his downfall, as Gatsu lampshaded, shouldn't have made any difference to him as a bounty hunter, but he couldn't just ignore it and instead observed Sazanami's actions in the skirmish at the OK Temple, determining him as a person worth saving from condemnation. Good on him.
Voiced by: Kosei Hirota (JP), JB Blanc (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 159
Gosunkugi is a murderous thief based in the Land of Stone who also knows ninjutsu. A while ago, he slew a family of three while robbing them and framed the swordsmith Tokichi for the crime. Now calling himself Sazanami, Tokichi has taken matters upon himself to capture Gosunkugi and clear his own name. Gosunkugi's crime spree has also attracted the attention of Konohagakure, who dispatches Naruto, Kiba, Hinata to apprehend him.
- Ax-Crazy: Is noted to always kill those he robs. Naruto rightfully calls him a monster.
- Beard of Evil: Has facial hair and brutally kills people while simultaneously pocketing their loot.
- Faceless Goons: He has a gang of four men who help him with heists and they aren't given anything to help them stand out. They are notably stronger than expected to give Naruto's team and Sazanami some trouble, however.
- Filler Villain: Is the main antagonist of the Bounty Hunter filler arc.
- Flat Character: Has no other outstanding traits besides being a murderous crook for the audience to hate. His lackeys are by comparison are even less memorable.
- Hate Sink: In-universe, both Sazanami and the Konoha-nin, especially Naruto, refer to him as an animal for his pointless killing of others.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: By framing Tokichi for his killing that sword client, he set up his eventual arrest when he could've just killed the ex-swordsmith right then and there. This would've only added one more body to his name, and with most of the village in the middle of a festival, by the time anyone else found the bodies, it would've been too late to connect the crime to Gosunkugi and no one would've been the wiser.
- Hypocrite: A pretty disgusting example for a two-part filler villain. When Sazanami has he cornered, his first response is to beg for his life, never mind that in all of his victims' cases, he never granted them that mercy.
- Kick the Dog: Besides the obvious for being a thieving killer, he takes time to frame Tokichi for his most recent crime despite him having no real reason.
- Lack of Empathy: Shows no remorse for his crimes, let alone those who might otherwise be affected by the murders he commits.
- Nail 'Em: His jutsu revolve around nails which he uses to injure his enemies' feet and can summon more from underground to relentlessly prick at an opponent.
- The Reveal: The audience is led to believe that he's a harmless thief only for Sazanami to later reveal that Gosunkugi is a vicious murderer who kills most of his victims he raids. Then again, the initial crime that the genin were told of was that he stole from the Tea daimyō which should've been a big hint that he wasn't exactly small time.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Barely raises his voice above a dull roar and still comes across as thoroughly enjoying the misery and death he commits.
- Villains Want Mercy: Expects to be given a break despite the fact that he knowingly destroyed dozens, maybe hundreds of lives, including ruining Sazanami's, and note that he's begging the latter after what he did. Luckily, or unluckily, Sazanami needs Gosunkugi alive so that he can be cleared of the crime.
- You Monster!: Is called such in the English dub by Naruto after seeing that he killed the monks guarding the Golden Bell.
Land of Birds arc
Toki voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)
Sagi guise voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 162
Toki was the late princess of the Land of Birds as well as the younger twin sister of Sagi, the land's current daimyō. She died under mysterious circumstances six months after her father, previous daimyō Ōwashi, did. The surviving Sagi believes that it was no accident and resolves to find the culprit and get revenge on them, growing distant and cold towards his people...
...or so it was initially thought. The truth is that Sagi is the one who died while Toki survived and became embittered with having her brother and father taken so soon. She vows to take revenge on the one who killed her family and to restore honor to her house, even if it means her own death.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Her brother's death along with their father's hit her hard to put it lightly. She invented the Cursed Warrior apparition to draw out their killer in hopes of getting even.
- Childhood Friend: When she and Sagi were children, they'd play with Chishima on the shores of a lake where egrets gathered.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Implied from Chishima's end that his feelings are deeper for Toki than just good friends, but it is unclear if she feels the same way or if their social classes would allow anything to come from it.
- Compressed Hair: Somehow she's able to fit her waist-length hair into that nobleman's hat just by putting it up. Averted with her Cursed Warrior guise where she uses the helmet to cover up her hair already down.
- Damsel in Distress: With her true identity exposed, Hōki knocks her out and drags her to the lake she spent happier days at, daring Naruto to come and rescue her. It doesnt end well for the head Watari.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Used her brother's guise to take over the Land of Birds and stage her revenge against her family's killer, with no one ever guessing, barring minor suspicions from Chishima, that it was her.
- Death Seeker: Makes it clear she intends to die after completing her revenge, feeling that her life has no more meaning without her family to share it with. She would've taken her life the moment after Sagi passed if his spirit hadn't stopped her and given her a reason to keep on, albeit for the wrong reasons. She's willing to allow Hōki her life after both Naruto and Chishima are seemingly killed, feeling that she has failed her house in every possible way. Thankfully, Naruto comes back and clears up what Sagi was trying to tell her.
- Didn't See That Coming: Mōsō turning out to be a ninja was not something she anticipated.
- Dramatic Irony: Toki's desire for revenge was partially fueled by a desire to see her brother's eternally stalled time moved forward, where the point of Sagi giving her the pocket watch was to let her know that he only wanted to see her happy and make a better future with her time moving forward.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Well, technically, as Tenten mentioned that "Sagi" was her type upon seeing "him" for the first time. Her reaction to "his" true gender is not touched on.
- Expy: Besides the obvious parallels with Sasuke, she's a female daimyō whose father was assassinated which in turn caused her to become cold and distrusting of other people, even to her own retainers who despite herself are still loyal to the bitter end. Are we talking about Toki or Koyuki Kazahana from the first movie? What's better is that a future filler arc introduces another female daimyō, Haruna, who shares similar character traits with both of them.
- Family Honor: Toki's love for her late brother and father drives her to make their memory whole by getting revenge on their assassins, even if that means crossing the Moral Event Horizon. Naruto has to talk some sense into her by revealing Sagi's true intentions by him giving her his pocket watch and putting her life back on track.
- Faux Action Girl: She is trained in sōjutsu and kenjutsu which is more than most Naruto daimyō can say, but she lacks the foresight to expect that the target of her vengeance might be a shinobi that far outclasses her in terms of fighting ability. It is rather telling when she was trying to kill Naruto earlier, the only reason she had the upper hand was due to her query's arms being bound in a straightjacket. Once he broke free, the fight was over in one punch.
- Foil: She's compared to Koyuki Kazahana from Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, but there are significant differences in how they reacted to their loved ones' demises:
- Toki wanted to restore her house's honor and take vengeance on her family's killer to the point of obsession whereas Koyuki initially had no desire to ever return to her old home after being forced to flee from it when her father got assassinated.
- Toki's covering up her supposed death was more layered with her masquerading as her late brother as well as the apparition known as the Cursed Warrior to the point no one even considered it was hernote in contrast to Koyuki using a mere alias to get by, her identity only known to her manager Sandayū who had served her before the coup d'etat.
- Toki's family situation went south due to outside influence (Hōki and his Watari ninja) whereas Koyuki's tragedy was due to her own flesh and blood, namely that her uncle led a coup d'etat against her father.
- The biggest is in how they dealt with living in the face of loss. Toki intended to die after getting revenge from the moment she lost her loved ones due to the pain of being left alone. By contrast, Koyuki was afraid of putting her life at risk period due to her having no confidence in ever restoring the Land of Snow from her uncle's tyrannical rule. Its only thanks to Naruto that the latter decided to make an attempt on Dotō's life, which failed due to his chakra armor.
- Foreshadowing: Her true self is witnessed bathing by a snooping Naruto, plus Gamakichi and Gamatatsu, a little while before it's revealed she's been playing the part of her lost brother.
- Interrupted Suicide: The grief of losing Sagi on top of her father so suddenly pushed her to kill herself so she could be with them, but Sagi's ghost came and put a stop to it.
- Kite Riding: In her Cursed Warrior guise, she uses black-colored festival kites to get around under the cover of night. The darkness helps to give the illusion that the warrior is floating through the air.
- Master Actress: It speaks volumes that no one in the Land of Birds, not even Chishima or Hōki, ever guessed that "Sagi" was really his younger sister living as him until it stared them right in the face. The accuracy of her mimicking Sagi's voice would make Koyuki proud.
- Meaningful Name: Toki means "time" which obviously refers to her struggles with moving ahead from her loss. It also can mean "ibis", a type of bird, because she governs the Land of Birds.
- Missing Mom: Her mother is never brought up at any point, and given that shes said to be the only one in her house left, its safe to assume that the Bird Matriarch died at some unspecified point prior to current events.
- Ms. Fanservice: Before her proper reveal, there's a moment where Naruto and the toads see her bathing with a decent shot of her caboose. Kakashi is noticeably taken in by her beauty during the inauguration, which Naruto lampshades at the end.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She finally realizes what her vendetta against Hōki almost cost her after Chishima is seemingly killed.
- Nice Girl: What she used to be until her family situation went south and what she returns to being after being freed from her darkness.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Admitted by the otherwise obstinate princess herself. Not only did her efforts with the Cursed Warrior guise not bring her family's killer to the forefront, but Hōki took advantage of the chaos to pin it on Kōmei in order to remove another obstacle in his way of becoming daimyō. Had the execution gone through without anyone realizing it, Toki would have left herself the only remaining target and worsened her position.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when Hōki paralyzes her, only then realizing she's in over her head.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in hindsight as she shares her name with a member of the Shinobazu in a future filler arc.
- Please Wake Up: After Hōki's defeat, Toki goes to the seemingly dead Chishima and begs him not to leave her too. Thankfully, due to his injury not being fatal as it first seemed, he lives.
- The Reveal: No, it is not Sagi who is overcome with hatred and vengeance, but rather his supposedly dead sister Toki who has been using his guise and name to help along in her revenge against her family's killer.
- Revenge: It all started when Sagi died and left her as the last of the royal house. Sensing that it wasn't an accident, she passes off Sagi's corpse as her own, disguises as her brother, and later the Cursed Warrior to weed out the assassin. Discovering it to be Mōsō, she goes to kill him only to be outclassed by the ninja and taken hostage. After some talk from Naruto and almost losing Chishima, she finally lets it go.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Toki was stopped from killing herself by Sagi's spirit and that convinced her to live on by passing on the family pocket watch, hoping that she'd carry on in his steed. She, unfortunately, misunderstood what Sagi was trying to tell her and sought to restore their honor by seeking out the killer of her family to make them whole again. It takes a visit to Naruto for Sagi to clear things up.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Deconstructed with her drive for vengeance causing her to not notice, or care, about the damage her actions are causing to the land on top of what Hōki has already done, let alone that the man may be a shinobi that far outclasses her in terms of fighting ability. Tellingly, her rushing into battle with Hōki causes her identity to be exposed, get defeated, and then taken hostage, forcing Naruto to bail her out.
- Rule of Symbolism: Her broken watch symbolizes her being unable to get past Ōwashi and Sagi's deaths especially since she misunderstood the meaning of why she received the watch in the first place. Upon her realizing that Sagi wants her to lead their nation into the future and not spend her time grieving for him or their father, the watch resumes ticking as a sign of her being ready to live for her own sake.
- Samus Is a Girl: One of the spooky Cursed Warriors is really the long thought-to-be-dead princess of the nation seeking revenge for her father and brother. There's also that thing about her impersonating Sagi.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Downplayed, Tenten shows attraction for Toki disguised as Sagi, saying "he's" her type, but it's never brought up again after her proper gender is revealed.
- Survivor Guilt: Never outright stated, but it's heavily implied that her despair at being the only one left of her house when Sagi and Ōwashi died so suddenly played a big part in why she became the way she did. It takes Sagi contacting Naruto to pass a message from the afterlife that her life has meaning in restoring her homeland and getting her to move past her loss.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Toki has been living as her late brother Sagi since his passing in order to get vengeance on his and their father's killer, claiming the body that was interred was herself. Once the Watari ninja are exposed and Hōki is arrested, she reveals her deception and apologizes to the people, promising to use her position as daimyō for the benefit of her country from now on.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The once kindhearted and cheerful princess of the Land of Birds became an unfettered revenge-obsessed woman who would throw even those closest to her under the bus if it meant achieving her goal. All of this happened after losing her father and brother in the same year no thanks to Hōki. It gets worse since she's basically acting as a perverted reflection of the man Sagi really was.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to Naruto and Chishima, with some help from Sagi beyond the grave, she is able to move forward from her loss and start thinking about how to restore her land, reaffirming her friendship with Chishima and even asking Naruto to come to visit her in the future.
- Tragic Keepsake: The pocket watch is traditionally passed down from father to son in the Land of Bird's royal house. Upon Ōwashi's death, that tradition ceased and Sagi received it briefly only to die himself not long afterward. The watch stopped ticking and served as a constant reminder of the loss Toki endured and how ashamed she was to be the only member of her house left. Sagi wanted Toki to look to the future and carry the reign of daimyō, but her grief blinded her and she assumed that it was a request for her to avenge her fallen kin. Naruto would later open her eyes by receiving a message from Sagi's spirit and passing it along, assuring that the new bird daimyō would focus on the benefit of her nation and that her life does matter.
- Troubled, but Cute: Toki's issues are as deep as she is beautiful, but given that she's voiced by Miki Nagasawa in Japanese, this should go without saying.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Chishima and Sagi plus her were inseparable from each other in their childhood. Chishima also has grown romantically attracted to her in their adult lives, but whether she notices or reciprocates is left vague.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She and Sagi are twins and it shows in their similar heart-shaped facial features. It helps in how she was able to pass as him so easily.
- The Unfettered: She will allow nothing to interfere with achieving her revenge, including potentially killing anyone who isnt directly involved, such as attempting to put Naruto to death for learning about her Cursed Warrior guise in addition to collapsing a good chunk of her palace on the Konoha-nin and Kōmei for trying to talk her out of challenging Hōki. Her streak comes to an end when Hōki unmasks and defeats her.
- Un-person: Implied; notice that while in disguise that all she mentions is getting revenge for her father and never once mentioning "my sister" in that context. Along with her intention to die once her vengeance is achieved, there's also this bit of dialogue before she goes to confront Hōki:Until that day (when I avenge my family), Toki will continue living as Sagi.
- Unwitting Pawn: Intended to use the Cursed Warrior to flush out her family's killer only for said killer to turn it to his advantage and almost get the innocent Kōmei put to death.
- Uptown Girl: Chishima, a page in the Birds' royal court, is implied to have romantic feelings for her, the daimyō, but whether she reciprocates is left unexplored.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was a kindhearted girl during her childhood and continued to be into her young adulthood before the Watari Ninja came and screwed it all up. She seemingly regains herself after Hōki is brought to justice and Sagi's true message is made clear to her.
- Voice Changeling: She's able to match her brother's voice with uncanny accuracy. How this is achieved isn't brought up, unless she is just that good of an actress.
- You Killed My Father and Brother: Towards Hōki. Unfortunately for her, she didn't think to check her query before realizing that he's a shinobi that's out of her league, resulting in her defeat and forcing Naruto to bail her out.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 162
Sagi is the current daimyō of the Land of Birds, having inherited the position from his father Ōwashi. He used to be a kind and cheerful young man, but tragic circumstances have caused his character to become somber and distanced from his subjects, including his childhood friend Chishima who he regards as a brother. The new daimyō believes that his father's death, along with his younger sister Toki's, was no accident and as such vows to exact his vengeance on whoever stole his family from him and restore their honor...
...or so things appeared. In reality, Sagi was the one who passed away after his father did and left his sister Toki all alone. The grieving Toki was about to kill herself before Sagi's spirit appeared and handed his pocket watch to her as a symbol of her now being the new daimyō. Unfortunately, Toki's sorrow blinded her to this intention and she became obsessed with getting revenge on the party responsible, betraying Sagi's wishes.
- All-Loving Hero: He didn't want Toki to take vengeance for him, even against the man responsible for his passing. All he desired was for his sister to carry on the dynasty and making the most of her life.
- Childhood Friends: Toki and he, alongside Chishima, would play together by a lake in their youth.
- Dramatic Irony: Sagi wanted Toki to move on from his death and push her time forward in building a better tomorrow, but he ended up stalling it instead with Toki vowing to push his halted time forward. This is not lost on him when he tells Naruto the truth.
- Friendly Ghost: His spirit appears during the fight with Hōki in order to tell Naruto what his true intentions for his sister were and to request that the future Hokage help out his sister. Naruto thought he was dreaming it, but Neji later points out that it was likely the real deal.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Chishima mentions that he and Sagi were as close as real brothers growing up.
- Missing Mom: His father appeared to be his only living parent with no mention of a wife. Given that his and Ōwashi's passings leave Toki as the sole survivor of their house, its safe to say that the matriarch died at some unspecified point prior to current events.
- Nice Guy: According to Chishima, Sagi was a gentle and kind soul who cherished his people and friendships. This greatly contrasts with Toki's characterization of making him out as an icy, unfettered avenger akin to Sasuke.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: See Dramatic Irony. His efforts to console his sister and pass along his will only gave her a desire for vengeance on his killer, of which he is all too aware.
- Posthumous Character: By the time the filler arc starts, he's already dead. His only appearance outside of flashbacks and his sister's portrayal is when his ghost comes before Naruto in the last act.
- Pretty Boy: He was very much a looker like Toki. Tenten even calls Toki's Sagi guise just her type when she sees "him".
- The Reveal: The fact that it was not him we were seeing alive in the current story mustve risen some brows. Specifically, it was actually Toki masquerading as her brother.
- Two Guys and a Girl: He and Chishima plus Toki were close growing up in the Land of Birds. Whether he knew of his friend's eventual romantic attraction to his sister isn't touched on.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Both he and his twin sister have the same heart-shaped facial features, which helped the latter pass as the former.
- Years Too Early: Kōmei thought Sagi was too young to be the daimyō and complained about it constantly.
Voiced by: Takashi Mito (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 162
Chishima is a page working under Mōsō, the high priest of the Land of Birds. He is sent by his master to Konoha to request the village's help in ridding their land of the Cursed Warrior that has been causing unrest with the people. While there, he strikes a friendship with Naruto who agrees to help him.
- Action Survivor: Tanked hits from shuriken twice and still managed to live through it despite his lack of combat skills.
- Big Eater: He's able to eat four bowls of Ichiraku Ramen in one sitting, which even a fellow big eater like Naruto finds astonishing. He is later shown eating at least seven rice bamboo shoots when talking to Neji and his team about the situation in the Land of Birds. Tenten wonders how he remains so thin.
- Broken Pedestal: It isn't dwelled on for long, but him finding out that the man who made him a page and saved him from poverty, Mōsō, is the real culprit in his lord and best friend's murders must've stung something fierce. He notably stops using honorifics when talking about Mōsō from that point onward.
- Childhood Friend Romance: His affection for Toki does not go unnoticed by Naruto, who can see that he's in love with her. While it is never made clear if she returns these feelings, she does give him an embrace after seeing he survived the shuriken wounds.
- Childhood Friends: Despite being of lower status, Toki and Sagi had no problems letting Chishima play with them when they were growing up.
- Determinator: He's not a fighter, but he does drag his injured self while being pursued to inform Toki/Sagi about Mōsō's treachery and later shields Naruto from some shuriken thrown by Hōki. Pretty hardcore for a non-shinobi.
- Didn't See That Coming: Downplayed, he mentions later that he had his suspicions about Toki's true identity, but still shows surprise to see that they were right. Played completely straight with his discovering that "Mōsō" is the true villain behind the conspiracy.
- Disney Death: He shields Naruto from Hōki's shuriken in the final battle and seemingly dies begging his newfound friend to save Toki. When the fighting concludes, however, he awakens in Toki's arms and pulls through. Apparently Hōki had real lousy aim or the shuriken just barely missed the vitals.
- Expy: If Toki cribs from Koyuki then Chishima is one to Sandayū Asada from Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow. Both are brown-haired bespectacled men who offer the heroes exposition on the goings-on of their respective lands and are undyingly loyal to said royal houses despite their current leaders' less-than-respectable treatment of them.
- Foil: Unlike Sandayū, Chishima manages to live through his ordeal and goes on to happily serve his new lady's rule afterward. He is also far younger and, barring a weak hunch, didn't know about his lady's deception until it was spelled out in front of him.
- A Friend in Need: Make no mistake in that he loves his country with every fiber of his being, but the main reason he worries about the recent troubles with the land's government is because of his friendship with Sagi and Toki and desires to see them happy and healthy. He expresses regret at not being able to discern Toki's deceit until the moment it comes crashing down and doesnt hesitate to follow after Naruto when Hōki kidnaps his lady.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Proof that you dont need ninjutsu to go out protecting those you care for when he blocks shuriken intended for Naruto. Dont worry, he lives.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He shared a brotherly friendship with Sagi since childhood.
- Mr. Exposition: He fills the Konoha-nin in on the happenings of the Land of Birds including the Cursed Warrior incidents for the audience's benefit.
- Nerd Glasses: Has thick black-framed glasses that he's never seen without except when healing from his encounter with the Watari ninja.
- Nice Guy: Always polite and a total sweetheart who will go the extra mile for his friends. It helps endear him to Naruto when they first meet.
- Parental Abandonment: His family situation, unlike that of Toki's, is never touched upon.
- Seppuku: Parodied, when Tsunade initially refuses his request, Chishima takes a blade to his stomach as if to play it straight. The Hokage and Shizune are horrified until it's revealed that he was just tearing the bandages off his torso where his personal savings are stashed to help pay for the mission. This gets Konoha to accept the job.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some translations have called him Shishima or just plain Shima depending on the subber, but his official name is Chishima.
- Taking the Bullet: Takes a couple of shuriken in the back to protect Naruto from Hōki.
- Two Guys and a Girl: He and Sagi plus Toki were inseparable growing up, to the point that he has grown romantic feelings for the latter in their adulthood. Whether she reciprocates is left unanswered.
- Undying Loyalty: He has the highest respect for the Royal House of Birds and will go beyond the call of duty to help them. The fact that he's been friends with Toki and Sagi since childhood doesn't hurt. Naruto spells out to an ungrateful Toki disguised as Sagi that the whole reason they even accepted the mission despite the low payment is due to Chishima being a loyal friend.
Voiced by: Aruno Tahara (JP), Paul St. Peter (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 162
Kōmei is the chief tactician of the Land of Birds and was a candidate for succeeding in the late daimyō Ōwashi's position. He was passed over in favor of his lord's son Sagi, much to his embitterment. He is the prime suspect in the Cursed Warrior incidents plaguing the land, but things are not what they seem...
- Anger Born of Worry: Highly implied to be the reason why he was against Sagi's ascension to the daimyō seat, as it's later revealed that he was wary of "Mōsō's" intentions since the monk's arrival and also his recommendation of inaugurating Sagi. Surely enough, Sagi was poisoned half a year after his father.
- I Knew There Was Something About You: It was Kōmei alone who had doubts about Mōsō's true nature, but either wasn't believed or ignored.
- Informed Ability: He is the chief tactician of the Land of Birds, but we never see him demonstrate much beyond ordering soldiers around.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was never fully on board with Sagi becoming daimyō and complained about it for some time, but it's later shown that he was never jealous enough to kill for it. He even tries to dissuade Toki (who he thinks is Sagi) away from revenge seeing it as nothing but poison for the mind. At Toki's inauguration, he is the first to give support for his new lady's rule, showing that his loyalty to the royal house supersedes any resentment that he may have harbored before.
- Mirthless Laughter: He chuckles during his sentencing after realizing the full scope of Mōsō's scheme with nothing he can do to stop it. Thank goodness Naruto showed up in the nick of time.
- Public Execution: Staged by Mōsō who is the real culprit in the deaths of Sagi and Ōwashi.
- Red Herring: His position of tactician and resentment of "Sagi's" ascension leads the heroes to believe that he is responsible for manufacturing the Cursed Warrior and assassinated Ōwashi and "Toki" in a bid for power. Turns out he wasn't behind anything and Hōki played him for a fool upon realizing the strategist had suspicions about the latter.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: After the palace collapses due to his daimyō's actions, he rightly assumes that the person who's committing these harsh acts isnt Sagi. What hes mistaken on is that Sagi is being possessed by the late Ōwashi as the reason for his change in behavior. The real reason? The Sagi weve seen up to this point is really the younger sister Toki acting as her brother. The actual Sagi is the sibling who died six months after their father passed.
- The Scapegoat: Hōki knew that Kōmei harbored suspicions about him, so the former framed the tactician for treachery by twisting his complaints against Sagi's ascension into a tangible motive for the murders and using a minion disguised as a Cursed Warrior to plant evidence in one of his safehouses.
- Seppuku: Is almost forced to commit it during his false sentencing, but Naruto is able to save him.
- The Strategist: Enough so that he was nominated as a candidate for the new Bird daimyō, but was passed over.
Hōki voiced by: Koji Totani (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)
Mōsō voiced by: Katsuhisa Hoki (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 162
Mōsō is the high priest and chief advisor to the daimyō in the Land of Birds. He sends his disciple Chishima to Konoha for help in ridding their land of the Cursed Warrior. At first, he appears to be a kindly old man who loves his country and its people with no interest in wealth or fame, but the reality of things is not so innocent...
In truth, "Mōsō" is really Hōki; ruthless leader of the Watari (or "wandering") ninja who wants his group to settle in the Land of Birds by killing off their royal house and taking the position of daimyō to smooth over their moving in. He wormed his way into the court by using genjutsu to convince the previous daimyō Ōwashi that he possessed special powers and over time fatally poisoned the poor man, eventually doing the same to his daughter Toki. Now only Ōwashi's son and the current daimyō Sagi remains in Hōki's path, or so he thinks...
- Ambiguous Situation: It is open for debate if "Mōsō" was just a persona that Hōki invented for his scheme or if the former was an actual monk that the latter murdered some time prior and assumed his guise.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted or at least downplayed in regards to his own prowess. While he can use high-level Water Release if pushed and knows some basic Fire Release Jutsu, it's clear from observing him that he's more of a schemer and reliant on his admittedly impressive genjutsu to take down his opposition. During his fight with Naruto, he notably mixes in Water Clones with the standard Clone Jutsu, the latter kind are untangible, in order to disorientate the genin while he sneaks up from below to finish it. His minion Nagare is able to hold his own with Kakashi for a bit while Hōki himself elected to withdraw with a hostage once the Copy Ninja confronted him, making it likely that the Watari ninja's hierarchy is rather based on cunning and intelligence than fighting skill.
- Bald of Evil: In his Mōsō guise.
- Blatant Lies: A Cursed Warrior appears before "Mōsō" in the beginning and states that it knows the shinobi killed "him", which the fearful Watari denies. He is eventually proven to have been responsible for the poisoning of Sagi and Ōwashi, making it very much this trope. This Cursed Warrior is later inferred to have been the spirit of Ōwashi himself, possibly letting Mōsō know that he knew his son's death was on the Watari Leader. His claims about not caring about wealth and living in frugality are also revealed to be false given that hes actually vying for the daimyō position in order to better control the Land of Birds and make it a settlement for his gang of Watari ninja.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Presents himself as a humble Cool Old Guy advisor who wants nothing more than the happiness of his people and the security of his land with Chishima singing his praises. In truth, Hōki is responsible for killing off Ōwashi and Sagi and plans on doing the same to Toki so can solidify his clan's takeover of the country.
- Cast as a Mask: In Japanese only, his disguise and true self have different actors. The dub has the same actor voice both forms but with a change in delivery with Mōsō sounding older and sophisticated while Hōki is more rough-sounding and unhinged.
- The Danza: Just barely subverted. Mōsō in Japanese is played by Katsuhisa Hōki, whereas Hōki's true self is voiced by the late Koji Totani.
- Didn't See That Coming: He thought for sure that it was Toki who succumbed to his poison and is briefly taken aback upon seeing her alive.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As amoral and ruthless as he is towards killing off the Royal House of Birds, it does appear at least that he genuinely cares about giving his fellow Watari a home and better life, as he's never shown mistreating them in any way that we see. Four of his group are shown dying after failing their assigned tasks, but it can be inferred that that was consensual on their part to bring about their master's end goal.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Besides his relationship with the other Watari, he cannot seem to understand why Chishima, who has been his apprentice for some time, would sacrifice himself to save Naruto and why the latter and Toki grieve for his supposed death. This is also the reason why, according to Naruto, he'll never be able to rule the Land of Birds as he doesnt understand how the bonds between its people work.
- Evil Old Folks: Upon his reveal as the true antagonist of the filler arc...though it turns out the "old" part is as much of a sham as his kindly mask.
- Eyes Always Shut: He keeps his eyes closed when presenting himself to Naruto and the other Konoha-nin in his Mōsō persona, but after Chishima discovers his plan, he is shown with them open for the most part.
- Facial Markings: In a similar vein to Kankurō, Hōki has these in his true form.
- Fat Bastard: His Mōsō guise is as big as he is amoral.
- Faux Affably Evil: When Toki comes for his head, he continues to wear that mask of kindness during his confession to poisoning Ōwashi and mocking the daimyō for his naivety. This lasts before cruelly sneering in the admission that he took pleasure in killing the poor man.
- Filler Villain: He's the main antagonist of the Land of Birds filler arc.
- Foreshadowing: The arc's opening scene has the original Cursed Warrior accuse Hōki of murder, which he denies. Not long after, Neji immediately clocks him as having the most to gain from the daimyō's death, which Chishima vehemently defends against due to his own biases, moving the suspicions onto Kōmei.
- Freudian Excuse: The Watari ninjas, true to their group name, have never had a single place to call home. Hōki wants to change that and make the Land of Birds their permanent settlement, which isn't a bad thing on paper...
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: ...but his method in achieving this goal, killing off an entire royal house who never wronged his clan in the first place, causes any sympathy for their situation to be rendered moot. Kakashi tells him off for not enduring like a true shinobi and says that he's nothing but a common criminal, which Hōki discounts on Kakashi being an "elitist".
- Gonk: While the "old man from a dango shop" disguise is no looker, it still has some semblance of grandeur compared to what he really looks like. Think of a long-lost uncle of Kankurō's complete with similar facial markings, and considering that Kankurō's actual uncle was pretty enough to be mistaken for his mother...
- Green-Eyed Monster: Admits to Toki that he secretly despised the Royal House of Birds for living in relative comfort as well as Konohagakure shinobi for having it easy compared to his nomadic clan.
- Hate Sink: Given that he willingly killed nearly an entire royal house to further his plan, its clear were not meant to pity him.
- Hidden Disdain Reveal: As Mōsō he fully supports the royal house and "Sagi's" rise to daimyō, even refusing to take any wealth for his personal residence in the court. As Hōki, during his showdown with Toki, the man makes it clear that he resents her house for having such a cushy life as nobles while his people have had to wander aimlessly with no home, calling the girl a spoiled brat.
- His resentment extends to the shinobi of Konohagakure with him dismissing Kakashi's admonishment as ignorance of a pampered upstart from an elitist village.
- Hypocrite: Makes a big deal about the Watari ninja's suffering in lacking a home but doesn't see any problem in tearing down the Land of Birds' dynasty, including killing off its royal house, in an attempt to change this. Kakashi is quick to point this out, but Hōki won't hear of it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's the one who recommended Sagi to succeed Ōwashi and made Chishima a page and his apprentice so the latter wouldn't become homeless. The former was done to likely draw suspicion away from himself and not show his hand too soon while the latter was done in order to uphold his saintly image. If sending his fellow ninjas after Chishima when the page finds out about his plan doesn't prove his apathy, the almost killing of his former disciple and calling him a convenient pawn certainly does.
- Loophole Abuse: Seeing Toki coming to claim his head, Hōki muses that while killing a daimyō in the open is out of the question, his killing the Cursed Warrior can be worked around. Presumably, he was going to write off her death as accidental or use the benefit of the doubt card to win sympathy from the populace and let him become daimyō.
- Making a Splash: His talents lie mostly in genjutsu and mimicking others' techniques via various gimmicks, but his climactic fight with Naruto shows that he knows some high-level Water Release Jutsu, such as the same Giant Vortex Jutsu that took down Zabuza near the beginning of the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: Fooled an entire country into thinking he was a kindly monk with divine powers which allowed him to get in on the nation's royal house who made him their chief advisor. He repaid them by poisoning their daimyō and later his son (whom he thought was his daughter) and then painted Kōmei, the one person who suspected he was up to something, as the culprit by spinning Toki's Cursed Warrior invention to his advantage with his setting up one of his Watari ninja as the fabled ghost and having said minion die in battle with the Konohagakure shinobi to quickly resolve their mission and prevent possible interference. This conspiracy was all so Hōki could eventually claim the daimyō seat for himself in order to better set up his clan taking over the Land of Birds and making it their proper residence.
- Master of Illusion: Genjutsu is his forte and it's how he was able to win over Ōwashi's confidence and become an advisor in the Birds' royal court. In the climax, he distracts Naruto with a happy memory from Sagi, Toki, and Chishima's past and would've likely drowned the Uzumaki had the real Chishima not come along and snapped him out of it. Other "abilities" of his are just a trick of smoke and mirrors that he learned while spying on other shinobi over the years; his "Shadow Possession Jutsu" is a bunch of wires used to bind and manipulate Toki's movements. Similarly, his "summoning" of dragons are only realistic-looking images emulating from a hidden projector.
- No Sympathy: Given the way he went about achieving his goal of a home for the Watari, its unsurprising that the Konohagakure ninja, especially Naruto, are not endeared by him.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with his real name which he shares with a genin from Takigakure who partook in the Chūnin Exams as well as with one of Takumi Village's Four Celestial Symbols Men.note Later spinoff media mentions an actual clan with the name as well as a Konoha genin whose full name is Hōki Taketori.
- Orgy of Evidence: Plants broken pieces of the Cursed Warrior's armor in Kōmei's residence along with shuriken used by the Watari ninja who Hōki earlier ordered to kill Sagi. It is enough to make everyone believe that the tactician is guilty of all charges.
- Playing with Fire: Can replicate Sasuke's Fireball and Phoenix Flower Jutsus, but they are significantly less powerful than the Uchiha's originals. Theyre so impotent that Naruto can knock the latter away with his bare hands.
- The Reveal: The first is Chishima discovering that it is Mōsō, not Kōmei, who was responsible for the assassinations and trying to usurp the Land of Birds' throne. The second, more surprising reveal comes when he downs Toki's kite with a Fireball Jutsu, showing that she wasn't the only one hiding her true nature.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His true name was translated as Oki in a few cases, leaving the H out.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Despite Chishima not being in on his plan, he still takes time to dismiss his ex-apprentice's not-quite-passing as nothing worth crying over. Naruto is not amused.
Hokushin and Nagare
Hokushin voiced by: Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi (JP), Troy Baker (EN)
Nagare voiced by: Eiji Ito (JP), Wally Wingert (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 164
Hokushin and Nagare are members of the Watari Ninja, a nomadic tribe of shinobi who travel from land to land copying the jutsu of other ninjas and adapting them for their own use, essentially stealing the abilities. They work with Hōki to undermine the Land of Birds' government so that they may settle in the nation and have a permanent home.
- Almighty Janitor: Nagare is able to briefly hold his own against Kakashi despite being lower-ranked than Hokushin and Hōki. For an idea of measure, Kakashi needed to summon Pakkun and later use Sharingan to pinpoint the earth users' location to take him out with his Lightning Blade whereas Hokushin was deemed unworthy of the Sharingan and was defeated with a mere chokehold. Hōki, conversely, elected to flee with Toki as his hostage rather than face Kakashi head-on, leaving things to the other Watari ninja.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Hokushin has the traits of one. We don't even get to see his jutsu before Kakashi chokes him into unconsciousness and judging from the latter's comments, he's nothing impressive compared to Nagare.
- Black Bead Eyes: Nagare has them.
- The Brute: Nagare is the strongman of the clan and the overall best fighter.
- Co-Dragons: They serve as such for Hōki.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Nagare specializes in Earth Release and can take on the psychical properties of stones. He even copies Gaara's Sand Coffin by grinding the stones into sands and going from there.
- Elite Mook: Nagare is implied to be the lowest ranking Watari leader, but he manages to give Kakashi a fair amount of difficulty with his Earth Release and has more reserves of chakra than either Hōki or Hokushin.
- Graceful Loser: Before he passes out from the Lightning Blade, Nagare acknowledges that maybe there are some techniques in the world that can't be imitated through observation.
- No Brows: Neither of them has visible eyebrows.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Hokushin
- Rock Monster: Nagare assimilates the properties of rocks by simply touching them which helps in his Earth Release techniques. Breaking him apart is useless unless you can locate his real body, which Kakashi does via Sharingan.
- Smug Snake: Hokushin likes to think that he's good enough to take out Kakashi Hatake on his own. Unlike Nagare, Kakashi doesn't even need his Sharingan to win, besting the arrogant rogue with a chokehold.
- Super Gullible: All it took was a quick Substitution and some monkeys to throw off Hokushin's trailing of Neji, Tenten, and Kakashi. He falls for it again during the arc's final battle against Kakashi, with the copy ninja saying that such an easily duped opponent isn't worthy of the Sharingan.
- Taken for Granite: When Nagare takes on the properties of stone, that includes the hardness as Pakkun found out the hard way.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hokushin has long sky blue hair.
Land of the Sea arc
Voiced by: Sayaka Aida (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN), Xóchitl Ugarte (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Episode 169
Isaribi is a citizen of the Land of the Sea. She was a human test subject under the control of Amachi, who in turn used to work for Orochimaru. Despite her cool demeanor, she very much hates what she's become and desires to be a normal human again, even if it means helping along in the villainy that the man who changed her in the first place is committing.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The other villagers consider her creepy, gossiping and occasionally harassing her. This attitude passed down to their children, who vandalize her cabin and pelt her with rocks.
- Ambiguous Ending: Her screentime ends on a hopeful note, that Tsunade's medical prowess may be able to reverse the kaima modifications. We never get to see the follow-up, nor do we get clarity if Isaribi decided to remain in Konoha when all was said and done or if she returned to her own land.
- Apparently Human Merfolk: She was turned into one by Orochimaru and Amachi.
- Bandage Babe: She covers her scales with bandages.
- Breath Weapon: In her Kaima form she can spit torrents of pressurized water.
- Broken Bird: She's ostracized and abused because she was the only person who returned from being spirited away to Demon Island, and is seen as a monster as a result.
- Cute Monster Girl: Averted hard in-universe, as Isaribi herself despises her kaima form enough that she'd work with Amachi to get rid of it. Compared to Amachi's own kaima form, however, she's not too hideous.
- Fish People: She can transform into an amphibious form due to Orochimaru's and Amachi's experiments.
- Flawed Prototype: She was Orochimaru's and Amachi's prototype for developing aquatic ninja, but has scales even in her human form and is thus seen as imperfect.
- Fangs Are Evil: In her Kaima form her teeth become pointed fangs, most noticeably seen when she's intimidating the Land of the Sea's government's soldiers.
- Flechette Storm: She can fire razor-edged scales in her Kaima form.
- HeelFace Turn: She turns against Amachi due to Naruto giving her a What the Hell, Hero? speech, and Amachi admitting he was planning on dissecting her.
- I Am a Monster: She feels her scales make her a monster, but desperately wants to be returned to human form. It takes Naruto giving her a Freakiness Shame to snap her out of it, but she still wants to be returned to human form.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Her motivation for helping Amachi is to be returned to human form, something she's so desperate for that she's willing to assist Amachi in his piracy.
- Kiss of Life: She gives Naruto mouth-to-mouth to save him from drowning.
- Making a Splash: Can shoot torrents of water from her mouth while in her kaima form
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: She's helping Amachi out of a desperate desire to be returned to human form, due to being bullied and shunned. Naruto empathizes with this and is outraged when Ino and Shino still plan on capturing or killing her after hearing she saved his life.
- Not So Different: She's bullied, shunned, and considered a monster by others. When Naruto tells her he empathizes with her, she snaps that there's no way a human such as him could know what it's like to be seen as a monster. When he taps into Kurama's power to fight Amachi, she realizes she was wrong.
- Not So Stoic: She acts emotionless, but is merely suppressing her anger and angst.
- Older Than They Look: She has the same apparent age that she had when Anko was ten and doesn't look much older than Naruto and co. There's no telling what kind of chemicals have been pumped into her body over the years, which may explain this.
- Rapunzel Hair: When Anko first saw her, she had knee-length hair to obscure her nudity, but by the time Naruto meets her it's cut short with a pair of side-tails.
- Red Right Hand: She has patches of scales on the left side of her face, her left arm, and her left leg.
- Shout-Out: To the Deep Ones from The Shadow Over Innsmouth, being a person from a remote fishing village plagued by strange disappearances and a mysterious demonic sea-god, and who can turn into an amphibious fish-like creature.
- On another note, her normal appearance, especially her hair color, brings to mind Motoko Kusanagi of Ghost in the Shell. Her coworker, Yoroi, resembles Batou from the same series so it can't be coincidental.
- Sole Survivor: She is the only person to survive Orochimaru's and Amachi's experiments, leaving her to be shunned by the villagers.
- Super Mode: Orochimaru's and Amachi's experiments on her grant her the ability to turn into an anthropomorphic fish-like creature.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: She slips into this when fighting Naruto, saying she doesn't care how many people she has to kill so long as she can be returned to human form.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's taken to Konoha by Naruto, Anko, Ino, and Shino in order to see if Tsunade can help her, and is never seen again.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (JP), Doug Stone (EN), Rafael Pacheco (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Episode 170
Amachi is a medical-nin and scientist who was an accomplice of Orochimaru. In the past, he abducted dozens of people in the Land of the Sea to further experiments on enhancing ninja for underwater combat, but a disinterested Orochimaru eventually canned the project against the scientist's wishes. Despite Orochimaru agreeing to allow Amachi to continue the research as a gift, he grew to resent the Sannin for not seeing the potential of his findings and vowed to one day take revenge on or at the very least upstage his so-called master.
- Ambition Is Evil: Not that he wasn't already, but Orochimaru's lack of interest in his findings caused Amachi to snap and aim to take revenge by surpassing his master via taking control of the global trade routes and monopolizing the profits to fund his research.
- Bad Boss: He uses Isaribi as a means to an end for further kaima research and is planning to harvest her organs for further development once she's fulfilled her purpose. In addition, he's quick to dismiss Misumi's likely death by rationalizing that his brawn was unnecessary for robbing the ships with the Land of Water's tribute money and later calls Yoroi worthless after he loses to Shino.
- Bastard Understudy: When Orochimaru abandoned the line of research he and Amachi were working on, Amachi decided to finish their work and use it to surpass the snake ninja.
- Blatant Lies: Claims to Anko that Orochimaru had stopped by his lab two weeks prior to their raid when we know for a fact that he was there up until the Kaima Capture Team began their approach. Anko doesn't buy it, but Amachi himself doesn't admit the truth.
- Breath Weapon: In his Kaima form he can spit torrents of pressurized water.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The whole reason he turns on Orochimaru is basically that Oro lost interest in their project and Amachi took it personally. Keep in mind that Orochimaru allowed him to continue the kaima research as a gift and even visited him in the present to see how it was progressing, yet Amachi took it as the Sannin not having any confidence in his findings.
- Fangs Are Evil: In his Kaima form he has pointed fangs.
- Filler Villain: He's the antagonist of the Kaima Capture Mission filler arc.
- Fish People: He can transform into a fish-like form, and unlike Isaribi his form is "perfect" and more monstrous.
- Flechette Storm: He can fire razor-edged scales in his Kaima form.
- Hidden Disdain Reveal: He's polite and subservient to Orochimaru when in the Sannin's presence, but makes it clear in private that he stopped respecting his boss long ago and wants to surpass him.
- Mad Scientist: He's Orochimaru's understudy, developing a way of creating aquatic ninja.
- Making a Splash: Can fire torrents of water from his mouth in his kaima form.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Is both a medical-nin and a man of science who is kidnapping others and mutating them into kaima for research and piracy.
- Older Than They Look: Like Isaribi, he's barely changed at all from Anko's childhood, possibly from all the kaima modifications he made to himself.
- One-Winged Angel: His Kaima technique allows him to transform into a fish-man.
- The Promise: He made one to Isaribi that he would return her to normal in exchange for field data and raiding the Land of the Sea's supply fleets for their money. In truth, he never intended to follow through, let alone devote any research to see if it was possible.
- The Resenter: He grew to hate Orochimaru for initially discarding the kaima development and decided to rebel against him by taking control of the Land of the Sea's shipping routes to acquire power so he could overthrow the Sannin.
- Sinister Schnoz: He has a large, almost bulbous nose in his human form.
- The Starscream: He wants to show up Orochimaru using his Kaima research.
- Summon Magic: He can summon a water elemental called the Umibōzu.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His shirt rips off after changing into his kaima form.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He tells Isaribi that he can turn her back into a human so she'll help him, but during his Evil Gloating to Naruto he says he was going to dissect her - within earshot of her.
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kaneko (JP), Peter Spellos (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 170
Hitode is the Financial Supervisor for the Land of the Sea's supply fleet. For the past several years, his ships have been being raided by "kaima" or so the locals believe. To counter these attacks, he hires the services of Konohagakure in hopes that they can remove the beast and ensure that their next delivery goes as planned.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: He has one that is connected to the rest of the hair on his head, which is saying plenty.
- Bit Character: He is really only there to give an example as to how Amachi's piracy is affecting the Land of the Sea's economy as well as to show Isaribi how her actions will vilify her if she doesn't make a change.
- Gonk: Benevolent example, his eyebrow meets up with his hair which is connected to his beard and sideburns.
- Lured into a Trap: His people get word that the kaima has been killed and they set sail to deliver the Land of Water's tribute money, little suspecting that the letter was forged and that Amachi and Isaribi await them.
Treasure Hunters arc
Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano (JP), John DeMita (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 175
Agari Kaisen is of the Kedōin Clan and an old acquaintance of Tsunade's. He hires Konoha's services to seek out a treasure that he can't reach on his own as well as to test Naruto, Hinata, and Kiba's competency as shinobi.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Subverted, he has the look but is shown to be a good guy outside of acting.
- Master Actor: He "reveals" himself as a villain hired by Orochimaru to destroy Konohagakure and has his clansmen copy Naruto, Hinata, and Kiba's faces to help infiltrate the village. Turns out that it was all an act put together by Tsunade in order to test the three on how they could accomplish a mission without breaking into conflict.
- Nice Guy: Outside his acting as a villain, Agari is shown to be an amicable fellow and a good judge of character.
- Old Friend: Downplayed, at least in comparison to Jirōchō and Kunijirō. Agari is merely an old acquaintance of Tsunade's hired to test the competency of Naruto and Team 8. We can probably assume that neither of the former two would have charged Tsunade for their services by the end.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, the wife of Gi'ichi from the Land of Waves shares his given name.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: By the end of his outing, he judges that while Team 8 and Naruto got off to a rocky start, they did succeed in capturing the "villains" in time and pulled together, resulting in them staying ninja. Plus Naruto made sure to bring back the crate containing Tsunade's bill, so there's that too.
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Tomo Shigematsu (JP, child), Matthew Yang King (EN), Kate Higgins (EN, child)
Debut: Naruto Episode 178
A genin from Hoshigakure, the Village Hidden in the Stars, who desires to become the next Hoshikage. He is wary around outsiders and protective of the star that the Hoshi-nin use to amplify their chakra, not realizing that said star (a meteorite) is causing potentially fatal side effects on their chakra networks. In truth, his aloof persona is the result of his parents abandoning Hoshi and him despite his mother's promises to take him with them, leaving the embittered Sumaru under the care of the late Third Hoshikage.
- Braids of Action: Keeps his long hair in a pigtail and is stated to be the most capable of the Hoshigakure genin.
- Child Prodigy: Viewed by some in Hoshigakure, as Sumaru is amongst their most advanced genin regarding the Mysterious Peacock Technique plus losing him would be a great loss for the village.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Sumaru believes that his parents died protecting the Star when he was a child and strives to be strong enough to protect the village as they did. He eventually finds out that they tried to steal the star to protect the village from its harmful effects. Turns out his mother isn't dead after all...at least until the end of the story.
- Friendly Sniper: Subverted, Sumaru saves Narutos life by preventing him from going down into a ravine filled with poisonous gas, the problem is he does this by shooting at him with a crossbow. Not to mention, Sumaru really isnt friendly at all.
- Hates Being Alone: Tearfully tells so to Natsuhi after embracing her; he wouldn't have minded being a missing-nin as long they were together as a family.
- Healing Hands: He is able to revive Hokuto and his other fellow genin via Ninja Art Kujaku.
- Give Him a Normal Life: The main reason why his parents wouldn't take him with them on missions, plus with him being so young at the time (three years old). When they abandoned Hoshi for good, they ask the Hoshikage to tell Sumaru that they died in order to stop him from turning rogue with them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is distrusting of outsiders on principal since most are thieves trying to take the star for themselves and even then is generally aloof compared to Hokuto and the other Hoshi genin. That said, he's not a bad kid and is just lonely on the inside, yearning for the love of his parents, especially his mother's.
- Momma's Boy: Clearly he was closer with Natsuhi than he was to Hotarubi if his flashbacks are any indication. Probably doesn't help that his father perished long before he found out that the Third Hoshikage's story was a lie.
- Properly Paranoid: Sumaru doesnt trust shinobi from other villages, thinking theyll only steal Hoshigakures precious star, given that attempts have happened in the past, hes not wrong. Naruto agrees with this since he originally took the mission because he thought Orochimaru was after the star and its powers too.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed; Sumaru may be a bit haughty and aloof in general, but he's not a villain. His red eyes are reminiscent of a lullaby his mother, Natsuhi, sung to him in his younger days. It is one of the few things that can bring him comfort.
- Revenge: Attempted on Akahoshi upon sensing that Natsuhi had been killed, but he doesn't get very far before Akahoshi orders the training hall destroyed with him and his mother's corpse still in it. Thankfully, Sumaru himself survives via his mother's chakra taking on a will of its own via one last seal and protecting him from the blast.
- The Rival: Naruto develops a rivalry with him to see who can become the respective Kage of their village first.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He barely gets to spend two minutes reunited with his mom before she goes off to destroy the star only to get killed by Akahoshi. His necklace shatters too, meaning he doesn't even have that to remember her by anymore. Ouch...
- Small Name, Big Ego: Just like the rest of Hoshigakure, Sumaru wants it to gain enough power to be recognized on par with the Five Shinobi nations and have their Kage recognized as their equal. Sumaru himself intends for the village to surpass the others in power. Considering just what powerhouses the official Kage are, this borders on insanity.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Outside, he appears a strong-willed, aloof, and distrusting young man who wants to become Hoshikage to put his land on the map with the Five Great Nations. Inside, however, is a broken-hearted child who longs for affection from his lost family which becomes all too visible upon reuniting with his mother.
- Stellar Name: Everyone in Hoshigakure is named in association with a different star. Sumaru is derived from the Japanese spelling of the Pleiades or "Subaru", as he explains to Naruto.
- Tragic Keepsake: His necklace served as a reminder of the sacrifice his parents made for Hoshi until it shatters upon Natsuhi's death.
- What the Hell, Hero?: At first, he rejects Natsuhi's attempt of reconciling on the count of her and Hotarubi abandoning him and not following up on her promise to take him with them on a journey. While Natsuhi had very good reasons for not bringing him along, not wanting him to endure the life of a missing-nin like her, but his bitterness is greatly understandable.
- You Killed My Mother: Towards Akahoshi after he murders Natsuhi to prevent the star's destruction towards the end of the arc. Not that Sumaru gets very far before he is taken out of the action and Naruto is left to defeat Akahoshi himself.
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 178
Another genin of Hoshigakure. She is friends with Sumaru and serves as the emotional center of the Hoshi genin. Unlike Sumaru, she is more receptive to the Konoha shinobi and is implied to develop a crush on Naruto.
- Cool Big Sis: To Mizura, despite, as far as we know, not being related. She tends to his bedside and helps him along despite his damaged body.
- Crush Blush: She gets unusually flustered when being introduced to Naruto after she accidentally falls on some candy that Naruto was bringing to Mizura and the other genin. Naruto, of course, never catches on.
- The Heart: She's the emotional and caring center of her group of friends. Its shown best in her interactions with Mizura, being the only one besides Sumaru to still treat him like he isn't a lost cause.
- Nice Girl: Aside from a brief misunderstanding with Naruto, she's a kind girl who isn't against sharing her village's secrets with outsiders and sticks by her friends.
- Purple Eyes: She has the technicolor variety.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Stands up for Sumaru and Natsuhi despite knowing that the latter is a rogue ninja and that she'll be branded as one to for sympathizing.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Her first important scene ends with some candy getting stuck to her backside, much to her embarrassment.note
- Stellar Name: Like the other Hoshigakure characters, she is named after a star. "Hokuto" is Japanese for "north star", as in the Big Dipper. Are you in shock?
- Team Mom: To her group of friends. She is the one to mobilize them whenever Sumaru isn't around and looks after Mizura when he falls ill.
- Undying Loyalty: At first, she's just as willing to die for Hoshi's ideals and proudly continues the star training alongside her comrades. It later shifts to protecting her friends after Akahoshi's deceptions are revealed for all to see.
- Youthful Freckles: She's only around 12-13 years old, after all.
Voiced by: Toko Aoyama (JP), Brian Beacock (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 178
Another genin from Hoshigakure from Sumaru's group of friends. He is ill from the side effects of the star training which causes one's chakra to go into overdrive and overtax the user with a potentially fatal outcome. Despite this, his loyalty to Hoshi is unbreakable to the point that he'd rather die than quit the training.
- Ill Boy: No thanks in part to the star training which causes his chakra to go into overdrive. He spends most of his screentime bound to a futon with Hokuto to keep him company. A visit to Tsunade at the end of the arc manages to repair the damage, thankfully.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Has pupilless brown irises which help to endear the audience to his plight.
- Nice Guy: He's a sweet little guy, though he does reprimand Hokuto for talking about the star with outsiders.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: His illness has done no favors to his body, as he reveals to the entire village when exposing Akahoshi's plot. There are ribs visible and it's most certainly NOT played for laughs.
- Stellar Name: Averted, unlike with the other named Hoshigakure characters. "Mizura" is Japanese for "angle" or "horns" which describes his hairstyle. It hasn't anything to do with astronomy or alike.
- Taking the Bullet: He shoves Hokuto out of the way of an arrow fired by Akahoshi, much to his friends' horror.
- Tears of Joy: Combined with tears of sorrow. While he's genuinely grateful for Naruto making him a cane to move around more easily, he knows that he'll likely never heal enough to not need it anymore. Tsunade is able to fix him up at the end, thankfully.
- Undying Loyalty: He loves Hoshigakure with all his heart and it's why he continuously put his body through hell in order to please Akahoshi. Unfortunately, Akahoshi only viewed him as expendable and cruelly derided him as a weakling for spoiling his plans before shooting him in the back.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dull purple hair styled in short bangs on both sides of his head.
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 178
The Deputy Hoshikage of Hoshigakure. He took over after the Third Hoshikage's passing but has not permanently elected to the position. When the village star is threatened with thievery, he hires the services of Konohagakure to help protect it but its eventual plundering causes a shady more vicious side of him to emerge. Akahoshi later admits that he and his subordinates Yotaka and Shisō murdered the late Hoshikage when the latter discontinued the star training and refused to restart it.
- All Your Powers Combined: Yotaka and Shisō can lend their chakra to him and increase the strength of his Chakra Beast enough that he can overcome Natsuhi.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There's almost certainly something wrong with him, being called insane by his fellow villagers once the truth of his crimes comes out after he gleefully brags about killing the previous Hoshikage. It isn't well explored, but his desire for power and recognition is clearly displayed throughout his appearance plus his lack of respect for life, his own people included, shows signs of clinical sociopathy. Note that he always talks about honoring "the village", but never "the people".
- Ambition Is Evil: His desire to see Hoshi recognized as the Great Shinobi Nations' equal pushes him to murder his comrades for "holding back" the village's potential, such as killing the Third Hoshikage for refusing to revive the star training despite knowing full well the risks involved.
- Blatant Lies: He attacks Natsuhi while Naruto was standing in his line of fire, causing both to plummet into a canyon filled with poisonous fumes. Neji calling him out on it has him say that Naruto got in the way and that it was an accident...all with the smuggest look on his face. It's clear to Neji that it was a warning not to probe further.
- Cold Sniper: Fires a crossbow bolt at a kid from his own village to stop her from telling everyone about his plans. Luckily, it didn't hit her.
- Did Not Think This Through: Someone should have warned him that shooting a kid from your own village in front of everyone isnt a good idea.
- Evil Gloating: Tells Natsuhi and Naruto that he murdered the Third Hoshikage for refusing to allow the star training and later gleefully admits so to the entire village under the justification that it was the only way to save their village. It immediately blows up in his face.
- Filler Villain: He's the main antagonist of the Hoshigakure filler arc.
- Flight: Via Ninja Art Kujaku, he can form wings out of chakra.
- Foil: Serves as one to Natsuhi. They both care about Hoshigakure in their own way and both became criminals to protect it. Akahoshi, however, only cares for the village as a military power at best and nothing for its people. Natsuhi, by contrast, despite technically being rogue, cares about the people's future and doesn't want the star training to kill anyone else, especially not her son, and steals the star in hopes of ending the cycle.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: His star training allows him to sense the chakra of other ninjas without having a natural sensor ability. With it, he is able to track down Natsuhi without any difficulty, claiming that it is been engraved into his frontal lobe.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever he activates Ninja Art Kujaku, his blue eyes glow an even brighter shade.
- Good Is Not Nice: He gives this impression initially, coldly reprimanding Sumaru for divulging village secrets and telling the boy to concentrate on his training. The facade doesn't last for long.
- Hero Killer: He was the one who masterminded the Hoshikage's assassination, taking the old man's life alongside his men. Later he murders Natsuhi, who was already nearing death's door, in cold blood for attempting to destroy the star.
- Honor Before Reason: His motives of preserving the star training partially stem from this, as he feels without its power, Hoshigakure has no chance of ever becoming the Sixth Great Shinobi Nation. Unfortunately, his methods in keeping the exercise going involve murder and backstabbing, of which Naruto and Natsuhi take issue.
- Hypocrite: Passes judgment on Hokuto for siding with Natsuhi, a missing-nin, and brands her as such too while he committed a capital crime by assassinating the Third Hoshikage for refusing to endanger his people's lives via restarting the star training.
- Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are blue and reflect his lack of caring for his peoples' lives.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In the same breath as him admitting he and his men murdered the Third Hoshikage, he tries to justify said killing as the only way they could "save" the village. No one buys it and he is immediately stripped of his leadership.
- I Should Have Done This Years Ago: Boasts that he would've fused with the star long ago if he'd known about the vast power it contained.
- I've Come Too Far: Invokes this on his lackeys by saying that they've long since stained their hands and stopping now wouldn't absolve them of their crimes...being the ones who murdered the Third Hoshikage.
- Jerkass: He enjoys rubbing salt on his enemies' wounds way too much whenever he has an advantage over them and calls the late Third Hoshikage a worthless good-for-nothing who deserved to die for holding back Hoshi's potential with the star ban.
- Kick the Dog: Attacks Natsuhi with a chakra beast even after she returned the star...via manipulating Sumaru, her son whom she hasn't seen in ten years, with his own chakra.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Defied and deconstructed, despite the protests of his underlings. He proceeds to merge the star with himself and declare himself as the Fourth Hoshikage but is taken down fairly quickly via Naruto's Rasengan with help from Natsuhi's spirit.
- Lack of Empathy: Unlike his henchmen, he bears no remorse over endangering or murdering his own people if it means achieving his goals. He brags about killing the Hoshikage seeing the old man as incompetent for putting a stop to a dangerous technique that was killing people. If that doesn't prove it, his dismissive attitude toward Mizura, who was the closest star genin to dying, will.
- Made of Iron: He actually survived having his chakra network pushed to its limit by fusing the meteorite with his flesh and getting it destroyed from a head-on Rasengan courtesy of Naruto. It's highly likely, though, given the side effects, that he will never be able to function as a ninja again even in the impossibility that he'd ever be forgiven for his crimes against the village.
- Manipulative Bastard: Deceived Hoshi into thinking that the Third Hoshikage died of illness and almost succeeded in turning all of the villagers on Sumaru and Hokuto for aiding a rogue ninja. Mizura showcasing the damage done to his body via the star training causes his whole scheme to unravel.
- Miles Gloriosus: Zigzagged. On one hand, he tries to retreat from a battle with Natsuhi, who to be fair has a larger reserve of chakra, and has to use Sumaru to get her to back down, later using Naruto as a distraction to get a shot in. Later, however, upon using his allies' chakra to strengthen his own, he is shown to be a more-or-less competent, if not dirty, fighter.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims that all his crimes were justified for the greater good of his village, but once he merges with the star, it becomes extremely evident that all he cares about is military strength and power. He even boasts that if he'd known about the star's power beforehand, he'd have taken it long ago.
- One-Winged Angel: Upon merging with the meteor, his hair becomes wild and spiky plus his chakra forms into a large dragon that can fire powerful blasts of energy.
- Only Six Faces: Downplayed, but he bears a resemblance to Nadare Rōga from Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Like the rest of Hoshigakure, though he goes the furthest in trying to change its standing among the shinobi villages, and not in a positive way. Given how powerful each of the official Kages is shown to be in the canon story, and considering that Naruto is able to down him fairly easily with the Rasengan despite his One-Winged Angel form, it's pretty clear he had no chance.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: It is strongly apparent he never had any respect for the Third Hoshikage, gleefully badmouthing the poor man as an incompetent fool who obstructed Hoshigakure from true greatness and thus deserved to die. He boasts this in front of the entire village, who wastes no time in calling him out on his hypocrisy and strip him of his title.
- Stellar Name: Fitting with the other Hoshigakure characters, his name literally means "red star".
- Too Dumb to Live: Or too crazed, likely. It is generally not a wise move to brag to your people that you and your men murdered their former beloved leader who genuinely wanted to help his village along and then claim that it was unavoidable since he "held them back" from using their strongest weapon. They're less likely to trust you and more so to strip you of your position followed by imprisoning you for treason. Especially egregious given that Yotaka and Shisō try to talk him into backing off for the time being, but Akahoshi proceeds to blab it all anyway.
- The Unfettered: He'll gladly murder a comrade, including his leader, kidnap a child and hold them as insurance, and willingly mislead his people about a dangerous ability in order to make Hoshigakure the next Great Shinobi Village. He takes advantage of this mindset of Hoshi in order to assure his permanent election as the Fourth Hoshikage and raise their nation to prominence.
- Villainous Cheekbones: They should've been the first clue that he wasn't on the level.
- We Have Reserves: Tells his lackeys after killing Sumaru that they can always train another pawn via the star training, further showcasing his lack of care for the people themselves.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The villagers were not happy to find out that Akahoshi intentionally kept the fatal effects of the star hidden from them and caused the children to be poisoned, let alone that he and his underlings murdered the Third Hoshikage out of spite for not allowing the star training to resume. They are subsequently labeled as traitors to the village and are imprisoned after Naruto defeats Akahoshi.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He was likely never right in the head from the beginning but his integrating the star into his body causes him to become Drunk with Power and threaten to destroy Hoshigakure if it means keeping all of the power to himself.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kidnaps Sumaru to trade with Natsuhi for the star and later shoots Mizura, a crippled child, with a crossbow for turning on him. He was going to have all the Hoshi genin executed for refusing to allow Hokuto's death, having earlier branded her and Sumaru missing-nin for siding with Natsuhi.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He actually believed that the Hoshi-nin would take his side over Hokuto's after Mizura clearly showcased his damaged body from the star training plus openly bragging about murdering their former leader in cold blood. They do the exact opposite.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is lilac-colored (sandy purple).
- You're Insane!: Is called this twice by one of the jōnin of Hoshi upon his crimes being exposed, and that was before he fused the star into himself. As explained in Ambiguous Disorder, the man shows tell-tale signs of clinical sociopathy.
Yotaka and Shisō
Yotaka voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)
Shisō voiced by: Koji Tobe (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 179
They are Akahoshi's right and lefthand men, respectively. Unlike their leader, they have their reservations about their dirty deeds but go along with them out of the belief that Akahoshi will raise their village's status to that of the Five Great Shinobi Nations.
- All Your Powers Combined: They both lend Akahoshi their chakra which increases the latter's Chakra Beast powers.
- Bald of Evil: Yotaka is hairless and amoral, though he isn't as smug as Shisō nor as crazed as Akahoshi.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Yotaka has them.
- Dirty Coward: Both try to downplay their part in murdering the Hoshikage when the village finds out with Shisō refusing to acknowledge anything whereas Yotaka clumsily downplays their part by saying they "just helped [Akahoshi] a little", which the former snaps is basically the same as admitting they're all guilty as sin.
- Everyone Has Standards: Yotaka is not a fan of endangering the children of his own village, at least not by outright murdering them. Letting them suffer irreparable damage from the after-effects of the Star training is fine though.
- Ignored Epiphany: In spite of their misgivings, they are quickly bullied into submission by Akahoshi who tells them that they won't be pardoned for murdering a Kage after which both attempt to deny responsibility in their own ways once the truth comes to light.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: They try to convince Akahoshi to back down when the star training's ill effects are revealed to the village, but he refuses and proudly boasts to everyone that they murdered the Hoshikage for the sake of Hoshi. This ends up costing them.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to their boss, though Shisō is a bit darker than Yotaka.
- Not Helping Your Case: Yotaka, despite his otherwise stoic demeanor, doesn't seem to realize that acknowledging that they aided in the Hoshikage assassination is the same as confessing to a capital offense, as Shisō rightly spells out. It is presumed that their punishments will be as severe as their boss'.
- Oh, Crap!: They both freak out as soon as the villagers turn on Akahoshi and again when the latter incorporates the star into himself.
- Perpetual Frowner: Yotaka, beyond a few occasions, keeps his expression in a cool look of stoicism.
- Reused Character Design: Yotaka's design was reused in the first Shippūden movie for a background Konoha shinobi during Naruto's "funeral".
- Smug Snake: Shisō comes off as slimy and more amoral than Yotaka, often smirking cockily when things are looking up for his boss. That said, he, along with Yotaka, initially have misgivings about harming children of their village.
- Stellar Name: Downplayed with Yotaka, whose name means "Nighthawk" but averted with Shisō, which translates as "Beefsteak plant".
- The Stoic: Yotaka is usually seen with a coolheaded demeanor and isn't as quick to panic as his partner.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Both are imprisoned and subjected to harsh punishment along with their ringleader for helping him in the Hoshikage assassination. This goes to show that having a pocketful of standards regarding your actions will most certainly not diminish your culpability in them. It doesn't help that both initially tried to cover their asses when the other Hoshi-nin turned on them plus being easily browbeaten by Akahoshi into going along with his plans.
- Villain Has a Point: Yotaka reminds Akahoshi that it wouldnt be good if they lost Sumaru, as hes one of the more advanced genin of the village, and exactly one of those thatll help Hoshigakure to stand up to the greater villages in the future.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They actually care somewhat about their village's people despite going along with Akahoshi's cruel methods.
Voiced by: Rika Fukami (JP), Kirsten Potter (EN)note
Debut: Naruto Episode 178
The mother of Sumaru and one of Hoshigakure's most splendid shinobi. She and her husband Hotarubi were the only two shinobi in their village to survive the training using the star and complete it, gaining immense power. Realizing that the star power was slowly killing their people, they stole the star and fled Hoshi only to be cornered by ANBU led by the Third Hoshikage. The leader had come to the same conclusion as them and vowed to discontinue the star training but took back the star to keep the villagers' faith and instructed the duo to defect and only return if the exercise somehow resumed. Ten years pass and Hotarubi has died, leaving Natsuhi to carry out their remaining duty alone...just in time for the star training to restart.
- The Ace: She and Hotarubi are regarded as the best that Hoshigakure has ever produced, no doubt in their completing the star training when everyone else who made the attempt failed. Her Ninja Art Kujaku shows more diversity than other Hoshi-nin seen using the jutsu (besides Akahoshi) and outlived her husband. Akahoshi admits that with at least ten others with power like her's, that Hoshi would be able to surpass the Five Great Shinobi Nations no contest, though he may be embellishing.
- Broken Ace: Her success wasn't without its drawbacks, as the training damaged her chakra network and partially played a part in her eventual demise. It tore her up inside to be separated from Sumaru and her husband died during their ten years away from the village.
- Action Mom: Her reputation as one of Hoshi's most powerful ninja plus being Sumaru's mother qualifies her as such.
- Doomed Moral Victor: She loses her life in the end, but her chakra takes on a life of its own to help Naruto bring down Akahoshi. Plus her death wasn't entirely meaningless as it spurred Hokuto on to expose the ill effects of the star training to the rest of her people, derailing the traitor's schemes.
- Flight: Her Kujaku ability allows her to form wings out of chakra which she uses to soar through the poison-infested canyon around Hoshi.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: She can sense the presence of her fellow shinobi's chakra as a result of the star training, as she recognized Akahoshi's signature almost immediately upon sending a messenger pigeon.
- Friendly Ghost: Sort of; before she dies she makes a seal from her blood which allows her chakra to take on her form as an apparition that protects Sumaru from being killed in an explosion and subsequently helping Naruto to bring down Akahoshi.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Subverted; her eyes glow blue whenever utilizing Kujaku, but she's with the good guys.
- Grave-Marking Scene: Natsuhi visits Hotarubis grave, not solely to show respect to her deceased husband, but to hide the meteor with him, so it doesnt fall into the wrong hands.
- Good Parents: She and Hotarubi were loving towards Sumaru before they were forced to abandon Hoshi. Sumaru himself recalls her warmly upon their embrace.
- Green Eyes: Her eyes are jade-colored.
- Healing Hands: Via Ninja Art Kujaku, she is able to revive Naruto after being forced to fly him through the poisonous canyon surrounding Hoshi.
- Honor Before Reason: Insists on fighting Akahoshi alone after finding out he killed the Third Hoshikage for his own ambitions, despite him increasing his own chakra via merging it with his followers'. Before that, instead of destroying the star after stealing it, she keeps it entombed within her husband's grave, leaving the possibility open that it could be taken back. Surely enough...
- In the Back: Akahoshi and his lackeys throw kunai in her back before she can successfully destroy the star. This along with attempting to release her chakra beast causes her tragic death.
- Justified Criminal: Technically, as she is a missing-nin, but only because she and Hotarubi discovered that the star was causing their people more harm than good and stole it so they could put an end to it. The Third Hoshikage shared their feelings and put an end to the training but had to keep the star intact so their peoples' faith in him would remain. His final orders to the pair were to survey the village from afar and to put a stop to the training should it ever be revived. Needless to say, Akahoshi quickly murdered the Kage and resumed the exercise after taking his position, forcing Natsuhi to steal the star again.
- Mama Bear: She wants no harm to come to Sumaru and would gladly trade the star back for his life, despite the potential consequences. Too bad that this was exactly what Akahoshi expected of her. Later, her apparition is able to save Sumaru from being killed by an explosion caused by the Hoshi-nin's crossbow volley, essentially protecting her son from beyond the grave.
- Missing Mom: To Sumaru. He is only able to reunite with her briefly before she departs to destroy the star, only to be killed by Akahoshi and his men.
- Off-Model: The tint to her hair repeatedly changes from violet (as pictured above) and gray.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Before death, she inscribes a seal to bring her remaining chakra together as an apparition so that Sumaru would be protected from the blast and to help Naruto in defeating Akahoshi.
- Stellar Name: Her name is derived from Natsuhiboshi meaning "Summer Day Star", which the Japanese originally knew Mars as. Doubles as a Meaningful Name, given the namesake's importance to Sumaru.
- Supreme Chef: She's a pretty good cook if Naruto's compliments are anything to go by.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Dammingly tells Akahoshi this after the latter confesses that he, along with Yotaka and Shisō, murdered the Third Hoshikage when the leader refused to restart the star training. That, on top of willingly continuing the training despite knowing full well the potential fatal outcome to those who partake in it, especially with children.
- Your Days Are Numbered: The damage done to her body via the star training was already severe before the arc began, as Neji reveals. It wasn't clear if even Tsunade could have reversed the damage by then. Not that it mattered, as Natsuhi had already gone off and gotten killed from exerting her Kujaku and from back wounds inflicted by Akahoshi before the Konoha-nin could bring her back.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Brian Beacock (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 179
Sumaru's father and Natsuhi's late husband. He and Natsuhi were the only Hoshigakure ninja who completed the star training and survived. They attempted to take the star away from Hoshi when they saw how detrimental its effects were on the village's shinobi, but were forced by the Third Hoshikage to return it in exchange for him banning the star training. He and Natsuhi were instructed to abandon Hoshi and only return if someone attempted to resume the exercises, leaving behind their son. Hotarubi eventually succumbed to the side effects, leaving Natsuhi to carry out their duty alone.
- The Ace: Both he and Natsuhi were revered as Hoshi's most powerful ninja due to their being the only ones who completed the star training.
- Broken Ace: Of course, the exercise eventually ended up killing them both via damage to their chakra networks, with Hotarubi going long before his wife.
- Disappeared Dad: To Sumaru, and unlike Natsuhi, he doesn't live long enough for a reunion.
- Good Parents: He appeared to be a good father to Sumaru if what little we see of him is any indication.
- Informed Ability: Falls under this by default being a Posthumous Character and all that; all we have is Natsuhi and Akahoshi's word to go on that he mastered the star training and was as powerful as the former during his life.
- Life Will Kill You: Or rather, "the side effects of the training done to your chakra network will kill you", but still. This makes the Third Hoshikage's cover story that they both died protecting the star all the worse.
- Posthumous Character: A finer example than the Third Hoshikage. Hotarubi passed during the ten-year gap from him and Natsuhi fleeing Hoshi to the start of the Hoshigakure arc. His corpse is entombed within a large set of boulders where Natsuhi has made her hideaway.
- Satellite Character: Compared to Natsuhi, all we know about him is that he attempted to steal the star with his wife and later fled to keep an eye on Hoshigakure to ensure that the star training would never resume. He has a few lines in flashbacks that demonstrate his affection for Sumaru but not much else is known about him.
- Stellar Name: Downplayed compared to Sumaru and Natsuhi, as "Hotarubi" translates to "firefly of the light".
Voiced by: Yoshito Ishinami (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 180
This man (his real name unknown) was the third and most recent Hoshigakure ninja to hold the title of Hoshikage. He allegedly passed away from illness not long after he banned the star training due to the harmful effects it had on the village's shinobi, but in truth was murdered by Akahoshi and his lackeys out of anger and resentment for "holding back" Hoshi's potential.
- Assassin Outclassin': Averted, he fails to see Akahoshi's treachery until it's staring him in the face.
- Badass Mustache: Sported a mustache and was a Kage (an unofficial Kage, but still).
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is only ever referred to by his title of "Lord Hoshikage" by the other Hoshi-nin.
- Expy: He is meant to harken back to Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage.
- Honor Before Reason: He acknowledged that the star training was doing harm and banned it, but couldn't risk destroying the star in order to maintain his people's faith in his authority. As Akahoshi and his followers demonstrated, he couldn't sway ''everyone''.
- Only Sane Man: The only one in his village to recognize that the star training wasn't worth the high death toll and banned it. Everything went to hell when Akahoshi unsuccessfully attempted to change his mind and killed him for it, none of the other Hoshi-nin being the wiser.
- Parental Substitute: He looked after Sumaru when his parents were forced to flee Hoshi.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead for six months by the start of the Hoshigakure arc.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hoshigakure's ninja were succumbing to the star training's side effects and he discontinued it, though he had to keep the star intact to assure his people's faith in him. Too bad Akahoshi didn't agree.
- Secret Keeper: In exchange for taking the star back to Hoshi, Natsuhi and Hotarubi asked their leader to tell Sumaru that they died in order to protect the village and never reveal the truth. The Third kept his word up till his death at Akahoshi's hands.
- Stellar Name: Well, we can assume this as Sumaru mentions that all Hoshi-nin are named after stars, though we never hear what it is.
- Worf Had the Flu: Natsuhi mentions the Third Hoshikage himself suffered from the strongly weakening effects of the Star training, which likely contributed to his swift demise at Akahoshis hands.
Kurama Clan arc
Voiced by: Tomoe Hanba (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 203
The last member of the Kurama Clan, whose Bloodline Limit allows them to cast extremely powerful genjutsu. A girl of Naruto's age who wanted to be a ninja, but was unable to due to being born with a frail body. She was briefly tutored by Kurenai, but Kurenai didn't have much hopes in Yakumo being a ninja by using only genjutsu, and she ended up sealing away her powers by the Third Hokage's orders since he was aware that the Kurama Clan's Bloodline Limit often resulted in a Superpowered Evil Side.
- Last of Her Kind: The last member of the Kurama Clan main house.
- Master of Illusion: Her Bloodline Limit allows her to cast very powerful genjutsu.
- Power Incontinence: The reason behind the Third Hokage ordering Kurenai to seal Yakumo's powers.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Ido, which takes the form of a demonic Yakumo, which slowly eats Yakumo's mind until it can possess her fully.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Her brand of genjutsu is so powerful, it can cause bodily harm by tricking the brain into believing the harm is real.
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP), Wil Wheaton (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 213
A boy around Naruto's age who originates from the Land of Rice Fields. The two meet after the former's falling off a cliff during a village raid, subsequently losing his memories, including his name. Naruto gives him the placeholder "Menma" after a bamboo shoot and they start to bond until circumstances lead them back to Menma's homeland, hoping to jog his memory.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Played nearly straight, but it turns out that his memory-erasing jutsu didn't work properly and he started remembering his dark past after only a few hours. He turns out to be a good man at the end of his life, however.
- The Atoner: Defied at first. Menma tried to erase his bloody past by erasing his memories, but for whatever reason, the jutsu didn't work effectively and his identity returned to him after only a few hours, even then keeping it on the down-low from Konoha. Upon getting an earful from Naruto about his secrecy, he realizes how cowardly he'd been acting and decides to atone properly...unfortunately it turns out to be a fatal lesson.
- Awful Truth: Played straight then subverted. It is proven that Menma is a member of the Shiin clan who massacred a mining town, including children, for gold. Worse still, his amnesia was self-inflicted after the weight of the clan's sins became too much for him...and it didn't even last a few hours before meeting Naruto. That said, Menma proves in the last moments of his life that he truly regretted going along with Shiin's ideas and sacrifices himself to save the surviving townsfolk from being drowned by blocking the dam off.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Mentions while explaining his backstory that his parents died when he was very young and was adopted into the Shiin clan not long afterward.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lost his parents at an early age, got adopted by a clan who could give a rat's ass about him personally, and was made to participate in a village raid for gold which got dozens of innocents killed. Yep, we've got a winner.
- Friend to All Children: You're more than qualified when you turn on your heartless adoptive clan to comfort the daughter of a man who died due to said clan. Plus there's saving an infant from a burning hospital without regard for your wellbeing. Tsunade in particular sees this trait as reason enough to trust him despite it being against protocol to keep him around Konoha.
- Good All Along: Heavily implied that he had reservations about attacking Fuki's village but it took seeing the damage already done for him to be sprung into action. He spends the rest of his life attempting to mend his sins, culminating in his sacrifice to stop a potential flood from ending said village.
- Guest-Star Party Member: He serves as the fourth member of Naruto, Neji, and Tenten's team.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair and ultimately proves to be a good person despite his dark origins.
- Heel Realization: Seeing Fuki's dad get murdered made him realize how the bad Shiin clan truly is and cements his desire to leave it behind. He later gets another upon Naruto telling him off for escaping responsibility for his sins by his failed memory wipe.
- Heroic Fire Rescue: Upon regaining consciousness in Konoha Hospital, during an inferno, he rescues a newborn who was left behind during the panic and returns them to their mother. Doubles as an Establishing Character Moment.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Proceeds to the gold mine alone to detonate the paper bombs so that the overflooded dam won't wash away the village he helped to attack before. This requires him to be in close proximity to the bombs, however, which kills him sadly.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Attempted this on himself to escape the horrors that his clan committed, but it barely took a few hours before his memories came flooding back before even meeting Naruto. He kept it secret so as to not upset his new friends.
- Magic Music: The tunes on his ocarina can enhance one's strength, break genjutsu, and cause amnesia...though that last one turned out to be a fluke. Tsunade compares his jutsu to that of Tayuya's when suspecting him of being an Oto-nin spy.
- Nature vs. Nurture: He's a good person (nature) who was raised by a clan of murderous thieves for much of his life (nurture). Ultimately, nature wins out despite his initial shady choices when faced with his sins and he proves to Naruto and the others that he truly is a good man at heart.
- Nice Guy: He turned out pretty well considering he was primarily raised by a clan of murderous hoodlums who don't even blink at the idea of killing children.
- No Name Given: He can't remember his real name, so Naruto gives him the name "Menma" after a bamboo shoot for a new type of ramen that Teuchi was cooking up. Turns out he regained his memories before even encountering Naruto, which likely included his true name, but didn't reveal it before making his fateful choice.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; long before Menma Uzumaki existed, there was this Menma from near the end of Part I.
- Raised by Wolves: The Shiin clan took him in after the death of his parents. He ultimately came to fear and hate their murdering ways after seeing them butcher most of Nan's village.
- Redemption Equals Death: Deceived Naruto into thinking he was amnesiac and only confessed to it after the Shiin clan assailed the village again, prompting Naruto to chew him out. Menma accepts responsibility for his actions and decides to detonate the paper bombs on his own, pushing Naruto off a cliff for the latter's own safety and entering the mine to stave off the flood that Shiin started at the cost of his life.
- Shout-Out: Blonde hair, blue eyes, has amnesia (or so we're led to believe), wears partial green, and plays an ocarina whose melodies can cause all sorts of things to occur. Do we have a match for The Legend of Zelda, anybody?
- Stepford Smiler: He remembered his sins despite his attempts to forget, meaning all the nice things he did for Konoha with Naruto while failing to erase the past make him a Type I.
- Taking the Bullet: Shields Nan from Shiin's rope javelin after the former unsuccessfully fires at the latter with a crossbow.
- Token Good Teammate: He's this to the Shiin clan who are otherwise just a cluster of murdering thieves.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Naruto isn't pleased to find out that his new friend lied to him about his amnesia and tells him that his secrecy helped in putting the village in danger all over again, something that Menma takes to heart.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Seeing Fuki break at the loss of her dad cemented this for him. He proceeded to slay the bastard who killed the father and tried to comfort the girl after the fact, even saving her from going over a cliff seconds later.
Voiced by: Masayo Hosono (JP), Dina Sherman (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 213
A young girl from a mining village in the Land of Rice Fields. Her parents are murdered by the Shiin clan when they raid the place in hunting for gold. The incident causes her to lose her voice before Naruto, Menma, and Team Guy arrive in the village to investigate Menma's lost memory.
- Cute Mute: A darker take on the concept. She tried and failed to bargain for her father's life and thus he was killed. It traumatized her badly, to say the least. Her voice comes back in time to warn Menma about two brigands about to attack him.
- Harmful to Minors: Her father was murdered in cold blood right in front of her, even after she begged the brigand to spare him, causing her to become mute.
- Missing Mom: Averted; it's not shown onscreen like with her father, but Nan later mentions that Fuki's mother was killed during the original raid.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. One of the bullies who hassled Sakura and Ino during their childhood shares her name. This Fuki is the exact opposite thankfully.
- Pink Is Feminine: Wears a pink t-shirt.
- Take Me Instead: Tried to beg a murderous Shiin clan member to kill her and not her father. It didn't work, sadly.
- Tragic Keepsake: Keeps her father's necklace after his demise.
- You Killed My Father: She turns on Menma along with the other villagers when it's discovered that he was part of the Shiin clan, throwing rocks at him. Especially painful given that Menma was the one to avenge her father when he killed the Shiin grunt actually responsible for his death. Her attitude changes when she sees him help defend the village from the brigands, warning him of danger and finally regaining her voice.
Ran and Nan
Ran voiced by: Kaori Mine (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
Nan voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 214
A pair of sibling villagers who reside in the Land of Rice Fields. Their village lies at the foot of a mountain with a vast vein of gold, making it a constant target for bandits such as the Shiin clan. As a result, they and the rest of their village have a strong distrust of shinobi.
- Dr. Jerk: Nan's no saint and has somewhat justifiable reasons for not wanting to heal Menma, but he does so after some persuasion from Naruto and Neji, albeit begrudgingly.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Nan towers over his diminutive sister Ran, who is even shorter than Naruto pre-timeskip.
- Jerkass: Nan is hostile to shinobi in general due to the constant chaos of the Shiin clan's attacks on his village, refusing Menma and Konoha's offers of help. He even refuses to heal Menma upon seeing his connection to the Shiin clan.
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: His judgment of Menma, regardless of the boy's nature, isn't without merit considering what the other members of Shiin's clan did to the village.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's otherwise shown to be a decent man, reassuring Fuki that they'll make it through and later coming to regret his treatment of Menma after the latter's death.
- The Leader: Nan is shown to be in charge of the village's affairs, though whether or not he had any authority prior to the Shiin clan's raid is unknown.
- The Medic: Nan mentions that he's had moderate medical training when healing Menma.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nan later regrets having treated Menma so badly after the latter sacrifices his life to save the village, even expressing his missed chance to thank the boy for all he had done.
- Nice Girl: Ran is shown to be kinder to the Konoha ninja than her brother, asking them to rid the village of the Shiin clan and not taking offense when Neji refuses.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Nan's attempt to shoot Shiin with a crossbow misses and causes the rogue to turn his attention on the leader, forcing Menma into Taking the Bullet for him.
- Pet the Dog: Nan, biases to ninja aside, genuinely cares about protecting his home, taking in Fuki after she loses her parents.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Nan really doesn't like shinobi after all the hell he's been through due to the Shiin clan's attacks plus the Lord of Rice Fields all but leaving his village demilitarized due to Orochimaru's influence. Deep down, however, he cares about protecting his home and learns to cooperate with Naruto, Menma, and the others.
- Satellite Character: Ran is little more than a foil to Nan's jerkish tendencies.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Nan would've been killed by Shiin during the second attack had Menma not shielded him, but Nan refuses to treat Menma upon seeing his tattoo, betraying his membership to the Shiin clan. He was even considering murdering Menma in his sleep just to get some semblance of retribution, though Neji manages to talk him down.
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), Wally Wingert (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 213
The leader of his self-titled clan in the Land of Rice Fields, now a gang of bandits after most of their skilled members joined up with Otogakure. The clan remnants, including Shiin himself, were cut off from the daimyō's services, likely due to Orochimaru's influence, and thus turned to thievery and murder in order to support themselves. Shiin has his eye on a mining village with a vein of gold lying nearby but is met with resistance by the locals and the Konoha shinobi...plus an adoptive member of his own clan.
- Determinator: Menma informs Naruto that the Shiin clan is well-known for its fierce determination and high ideals.
- Dirty Coward: He seemingly doesn't think twice before abandoning his clan to the enemy when Naruto and company gained the advantage.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Look at his picture. He makes Sakon and Ukon seem unambiguous by comparison.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Particularly in the original Japanese, which contrasts with his effeminate appearance.
- Filler Villain: He's the main antagonist of the Menma filler arc.
- Freudian Excuse: Not terribly sympathetic, but the Rice Fields daimyō left him and the remnants of his clan out in the cold when most of them joined up with Orochimaru, turning them to thievery just to get by. Unlike with Hanzaki Fūma, however, Shiin ultimately could care less about the lives of his clan and tries to flee once things go south.
- Greed: He and his clan are after the large vein of gold that Nan's village is seated near. They proceed to kill most of the villagers when the people refuse to share.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Too little too late, when he angers Naruto by triggering a landslide which leads to Menma sacrificing himself to prevent it. Naruto puts a Rasengan to his chest and that ends that.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't give a damn who he hurts to satisfy his immense greed and is quick to abandon his clansmen after their final assault falls through, showing that it was always about his own gratification. There's also him immediately jumping to the nuclear option when discovering Menma betrayed them instead of questioning why the boy did so.
- Made of Iron: Shiin was able to survive Naruto's Rasengan relatively unscathed when others such as Kabuto were left at death's door from being hit with the sphere.
- Musical Assassin: His flute melody, like Tayuya before him, can cause paralysis genjutsu though it is not nearly as powerful as Menma counteracted it with his ocarina.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: His clan's modus operandi for dealing with anyone who stands in their way. One of them kills Fuki's father in cold blood and would've done the same to her had Menma's conscience not kicked in.
Ultimate Weapon arc
Hōki, Suiko, Ryūgan, and Kujaku
Hōki voiced by: Junpei Morita (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)
Suiko voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
Ryūgan voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)
Kujaku voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 216
The Four Celestials are a quartet from Takumi (Artisan) Village, a non-hidden shinobi village that resides in the Land of Rivers and has been used by the Five Great Shinobi Nations in the past to supply armament in times of conflict. Takumi would be caught in the crossfire of the larger shinobi villages whenever their relations with each other soured yet the Artisan ninjas still had to cling to their wealthy neighbors in order to remain stable. As time went on, and the Five Nations began to become skilled enough to craft weapons on their own, Takumi Village fell on hard times and began to foster resentment towards their former clientele, not helped that the latter refused to send them any relief. The Four Celestials decide to get vengeance on the Five Nations by resurrecting their long-dead founder, Seimei, via using the power of Shukaku and kidnap its host's student, Matsuri, to lure Gaara to them.
- The Ace: Each of them is considered an expert in their craft and they are regarded as the strongest amongst the Artisan shinobi.
- All Your Powers Combined: Briefly Hōki has control over all of his companions' weapons, including his own fire broadsword, upon merging them all into an armor after the other three have passed on. The armor becomes Seimei's upon his revival.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Suiko falls to Gaara when the sand jinchuuriki pierces his armor with an imperfect Shukaku Halberd.
- Barrier Warrior: Much like the Sound Four, they can create a barrier to entrap their target. This barrier utilizes a water dragon specifically designed to envelop Gaara, whose main weapon is sand, and you all know what happens to sand when it gets wet, right? Hōki, Ryūgan, and Kujaku use their swords to set things up while Suiko takes the fight to Gaara personally.
- Beard of Evil: Suiko has a small chinstrap beard.
- BFS: Hōki has a giant broadsword that he himself is never shown using before his sacrifice. It utilizes fire as seen through Seimei.
- Blow You Away: Kujaku's Double-Edged Swords allow wind to be transformed freely into whatever the user desires. It gives Shikamaru and Temari a good run for their money.
- The Brute: Suiko is the bruiser-type down to a tee.
- Carry a Big Stick: Suiko wields a mace which also functions as an Epic Flail. It's not his special weapon though; that would go to the Infinite Armor he adorns.
- Combat Tentacles: The Garian Sword takes this form after Hōki merges it with the other weapons.
- Cool Sword: Every member except Suiko wields a unique sword of which they use chakra to activate, though we never see Hōki utilize his as an individual.
- Dark Chick: Kujaku is a textbook example, getting a Designated Girl Fight with Temari before Shikamaru and Ino arrive as backup.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Hōki makes himself out to be the final enemy upon his fellow celestials' deaths and Naruto catching up with him, but nope. He skirmishes a little with Naruto before completing the ceremony and sacrificing himself to bring back Seimei, leaving the newly-revived founder as the Final Boss.
- Disney Villain Death: Kujaku gets propelled by Temari's Wind Blade Dance into a waterfall and gets forced down the current, killing her.
- Dual Wielding: Kujaku's Double-Edge Swords. Curiously, they appear to merge into one blade when Hōki uses it after Kujaku's demise, and later, when Seimei comes back, the sword vanishes entirely despite making the most use of its power.
- Dub Name Change: In the English dub, Hōki had his name altered to Hōkyō likely so he wouldn't be confused with the Hōki featured in the Land of Birds arc.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Hōki and Suiko both have deep-sounding voices.
- Expy: There are four of them, they're skilled in barrier ninjutsu, are all virtually unlikable, and the Leaf and Sand genin have to team up in order to defeat them and save someone. We talking about the Four Celestials or the Sound Ninja Four? Bonus points for them all representing cardinal directions in their respective groups.
- Filler Villains: They serve as the Ultimate Weapon filler arc's primary threat, with Hōki looking to be the final boss. Turns out he isn't.
- Flat Characters: Individually, they're pretty much interchangeable beyond the obvious cosmetic differences. Ryūgan and Kujaku are both belittling whereas Suiko is your garden variety brute. As for Hōki, he barely qualifies for a Generic Doomsday Villain.
- The Four Gods: Each of them represents one of the four divine beasts that corresponds to the Chinese cardinal directions:
- Hōki is Genbu (Black Tortoise of the North)
- Suiko is Byakkō (White Tiger of the West)
- Ryūgan is Seiryū (Azure Dragon of the East)
- Kujaku is Suzaku (Vermillion Bird of the South)
- Generic Doomsday Villain: They all feel like this in comparison to the Sound Ninja Four who all had nuances to their personalities that made them distinct from each other. Hōki especially feels lacking given that hes the leader and the strategist making the plan to revive Seimei.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Shukaku's power that they wanted to use to aid in Seimei's revival was partially responsible for his second death via Gaara's Shukaku Halberd.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ryūgan, like Kamira, Sakon, and Ukon before him, falls victim to Kankurō's Iron Maiden configuration. Suiko gets killed not long afterward by Gaara's premature Shukaku Halberd, breaking through his armor.
- Improbable Age: Ryūgan looks to be in his teens yet is still as arrogant and cruel as the rest of them. Kankurō isn't particularly impressed with him at first.
- Jerkasses: None of them are shown to have any redeeming qualities. Ryūgan and Kujaku especially take pleasure in mocking their adversaries while Suiko is pretty much a bull-headed thug.
- Life Drain: Suiko's Infinite Armor can drain the chakra from an opponent whenever they attempt to strike him. It takes Gaara using hardened sand to mold into a pseudo-javelin to pierce it.
- Light Is Not Good: They wear beige-colored headbands and white scarves yet are cruel radicals who want to destroy the Five Great Nations for revenge due to their using Takumi for warfare only to leave them poverty-stricken when they became obsolete.
- Making a Splash: Ninja Tool Barrier: Reverse Scales Formation causes a water dragon to emerge and soak the target, Gaara and his sand, to the bone, leaving his sand clumped up and nearly impossible to use.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Ryūgan has light green eyes with no pupils.
- Named Weapons: With the exception of Hōki's BFS, they each have a unique weapon that they have forged and mastered:
- No Name Given: Hōki's weapon, a giant black broadsword that he never uses personally, is not given a proper label.
- One Steve Limit: Averted hard with Hōki, who shares his name with the leader of the Watari Ninja from the Land of Birds as well as a genin from Takigakure who partook in the chūnin exams. Later still an entire family with the name appears in Gaara Hiden plus there's Hōki Taketori from Boruto to consider. Takumi's Hōki has his name spelled as "宝亀" whereas all the other Hōkis are written as "ホウキ".
- Played straighter in the English version which renamed this Hōki to Hōkyō in order to avoid confusion.
- Playing with Fire: Hōki's unnamed broadsword utilizes flames, though we only find this out through Seimei's use of it through the armor (Hōki himself never made use of it before his death).
- Powered Armor: Suiko's Infinite Armor can absorb the chakra from any ninjutsu or taijutsu thrown at him. Whether genjutsu is affected is not mentioned. It takes an imperfect Shukaku Halberd to pierce through.
- Purple Is Powerful: They have refined their skills more than any of their fellow artisan shinobi and they all wear purple coats.
- Revenge: They desire Seimei's revival in order to exact vengeance on the Five Great Shinobi Nations for the turmoil they put Takumi Village through during times of war and then stopped hiring them when the Great Nations became able to manufacture their own tools.
- Sacrificial Revival Spell: Hōki offers Seimei his lifeforce in order to revive the latter from his grave. His body changes into energy and is afterward transferred into Seimei's corpse, giving him life anew.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Ryūgan and Kujaku's uniforms lack sleeves.
- The Smurfette Principle: Kujaku is the only female in the group.
- Teens Are Monsters: Ryūgan is as arrogant and cruel as his teammates, despite only being in his early to mid-teens.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Hōki has them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They see themselves as bringing about a revival of the Artisan Village, but it is pretty evident from their cruel personalities and methods that they're just your garden variety radicals.
- Would Hurt a Child: They kidnap Matsuri, a Sand Academy student with barely any ninja training, to lure out Gaara so they can utilize the Shukaku's energy inside him. It's implied that they'd keep taking more people precious to him until he acquiesces to their demands. Granted, Matsuri was his only student at the time, so there'd be no one else to take beyond Gaara's siblings, who'd be too powerful to take alive without a serious fight, but they don't know that.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ryūgan has royal blue hair adorning his head. Kujaku's shade is more blue-green with yellow striped bangs alongside light green eyebrows.
- You're Insane!: The other Artisan shinobi thought so, electing to desert their village so as to not get mixed up in their plot.
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Daran Norris (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 219
The founder of Takumi Village who the Four Celestials seek to revive. In his heyday, Seimei was known as the "Ultimate Weapon" of his people to the point where his followers in the modern age hold his power in high regard, enough so that they wish to use his power to destroy the Five Great Shinobi Nations who they feel used for their own self-benefit during times of war only to be tossed aside as soon as they no longer needed their services. This requires the energy of the One-Tailed Shukaku within Gaara, of which Seimei is all too eager to claim.
- The Ace: He is the lauded Ultimate Weapon that outstrips even the Four Celestials who sought to revive him. Its only due to the power transfer from Shukaku being severed prematurely by Matsuri that gives Gaara and the others a chance to kill him permanently.
- All Your Powers Combined: He inherited the combined Takumi armor that Hōki briefly adorned when the latter offered Seimei his lifeforce. This included Hōki's broadsword, Ryūgan's Garian Sword, and Suiko's Infinite Armor. Bizarrely, while he also got Kujaku's wind-based abilities, her Double-Edged Swords are not physically wielded by him.
- Always Someone Better: He is this to the entire Celestials group. While they can use their weapons expertly and pose a threat to several skilled shinobi on their own, Seimei uses the weapons better by simply thinking about it.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Seimei figures out what has happened prior to his resurrection (and what the Celestials' plan was) by simply looking at an imprisoned Gaara.
- Back from the Dead: Thanks to the efforts of Hōki and the other celestials, Seimei is able to return to life...only to be killed again relatively quickly via Gaara's Shukaku Halberd.
- Blow You Away: He has Kujaku's Wind Release jutsu, though he isnt shown using the actual Double-Edged Swords that she wielded.
- Combat Tentacles: The Garian Sword continues to function as such on the combined armor he inherited from Hōki.
- Cool Crown: A golden circlet adorns his head.
- Cool Sword: Hōki's broadsword juts out from the armor's chest plate, which channels fire blasts.
- Deader Than Dead: His second death involved being impaled, buried, and crushed under several feet of sand. No chance in hell that he's coming back again.
- Filler Villain: The main antagonist of the anime-only Ultimate Weapon arc, as well as the last filler arc in Part I.
- Final Boss: He's the last antagonist to be faced by Naruto, most of the Konoha 11, and the Sand Siblings before the time skip, taking Sasuke's spot from Part I of the manga.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's also this due to the Ultimate Weapon arc being the last in a string of sixteen consecutive filler storylines that lasted from the end of the Sasuke Retrieval to the start of the Rescue the Kazekage arc.
- Flight: Seimei doesnt walk around, he floats on a globe of Chakra.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He was the founder of Takumi Village.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: The Celestials werent anything to write home about character-wise, but Seimei makes them seem three-dimensional by comparison. He desires the destruction of the Five Great Nations not as revenge like his saviors wanted, but simply to test his capacity as the Ultimate Weapon. Given how revenge-driven some of the cast is by comparison, Seimei's goals are hardly noteworthy.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Seimeis defeat at Gaaras hand, courtesy of a Shukaku Halberd through the chest, effectively killing Seimei.
- Lack of Empathy: Didn't regard Hōki, his arguably most loyal supporter, with much gratitude upon his revival and only views Gaara as a tool to complete his rebirth i.e. restore his strength to full power. He believes ALL shinobi to be tools that are used and discarded by greater powers, excluding himself, of course.
- Light Is Not Good: Is fair-skinned, wears a beige kimono, and is a self-centered maniac with little regard for his followers, and seeks to destroy the Five Great Shinobi Nations simply to test his potential.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Has no visible pupils much like Ryūgan, only his are grey-colored.
- No Brows: He has no eyebrows.
- Playing with Fire: Via Hōki's broadsword, notable as Hōki himself never utilized it that way in his screen time.
- Public Domain Character: Seimei might be named after Abe No Seimei a historic specialist in magic and divination, also a famous figure in Japanese folklore.
- Red Baron: Referred to by the Four Celestials and himself as the "Ultimate Weapon".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has long, spiky, silver-colored hair.
Senta and Bunzō
Senta voiced by: Kosuke Okano (JP), Wally Wingert (EN)
Bunzō voiced by: Atsushi Goto (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 97
A duo of loan collectors for the Akagi Family in the Land of Tea. They were sent by their leader, Shūgorō Akagi, to collect a debt that Tsunade owed them three years ago. Shenanigans ensue once they steal the Hokage necklace as a bartering tool, only to find out that it now belongs to Naruto.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Bunzō has them.
- Locked Out of the Loop: They had no way of knowing that Tsunade had given away her necklace to Naruto by the time they managed to locate her.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: It turns out that by the time that they meet Naruto, the debt has already been paid off for a year! They don't seem too bothered by it though; they're just relieved that they finally get to go back to their wives and children.
- Those Two Guys: They are never seen apart from each other.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Not until they've gotten Tsunade to pay what she owes...which by that point she already has!
Eldest Moya Brother voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (JP), Steve Blum (EN)
Middle Moya Brother voiced by: Hideo Watanabe (JP), Jonathan Fahn (EN)
Youngest Moya Brother voiced by: Hideo Watanabe (JP), Tom Fahn (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 101
A trio of bumbling brothers who call themselves ninja but they lack even the most basic of shinobi skill. The eldest brother bears a strong grudge against Kakashi for beating him up for harassing a girl he wanted to marry (the girl was far from interested). He and his brothers set off to kill Kakashi...and fail miserably at every turn.
- Bald of Evil: Evil is a strong word for them, but all three of them are lacking in hair once seen out of their uniforms.
- Butt-Monkey: Emphasized by substituting both of their "fights" with Kakashi as akin to a horse doing its business.
- Casanova Wannabe: The eldest thinks himself a promising ladies' man, but if the only onscreen attempt is anything to go by...
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Both of their "fights" against Kakashi end with them tied up like a rubber band ball on a jumper cable.
- Die Laughing: For the eldest's second attempt at Kakashi's life, he uses a blow dart that contains laughing poison. Kakashi dodges it by sheer happenstance and the dart hits a frog instead. The poor thing croaked...
- Disproportionate Retribution: The eldest brother wants to murder Kakashi for stopping him from marrying a young lady...who he'd been stalking and clearly wasn't going for him. It's reversed on them towards the end when Kakashi beats them up again despite their pleas for mercy. To be fair in the latter case, the eldest was genuinely trying to kill him.
- Dirty Coward: Elder Moya is smart enough to know that he'd never win against Kakashi directly, so he decides to stalk him and kill him with undetectable drugs. His brothers tell him how underhanded he's being, but he either doesn't notice or care.
- Full-Body Disguise: The eldest disguises himself as the female innkeeper while serving drugged food to Kakashi and Team 7.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Downplayed; they've got the ineffectual part down but given their motivation for wanting Kakashi dead, mostly Elder Moya, they pretty much deserve all the crap they get. Plus they DID kill that frog.
- Laughably Evil: It is impossible to take them seriously from their In the Name of the Moon posing to their zany schemes in trying to off Kakashi.
- Living Prop: The middle and youngest brother have next to no characterization and are basically there for their older brother to boss around and yell at whenever he feels like it.
- Murder by Mistake: The only victim of their feeble assassination attempts was a poor frog that got hit by a poison dart meant to cause Kakashi to laugh himself to death.
- No Name Given: Aniki is slang for "elder brother" in Japanese, which is what the eldest is known as. Other than that, no individual names are given for any of these guys.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Their over-the-top comical antics feel more at home in a Fantastic Comedy or Slice of Life type of anime, even by standalone Naruto filler standards.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Naruto steals their uniforms at the hot springs to help in his plan to see Kakashi unmasked, but thankfully for the Moya-nin, the youngest brought them spares.
- Unknown Rival: At the very end of their outing, Kakashi reveals that he doesn't even remember the incident that sparked their grudge towards him in the first place.
- Too Dumb to Live: In their first encounter with Kakashi, they recklessly charge him and the results are predictable. They didn't even know or care who he was at first despite Kakashi being a world-famous ninja.
Mondai and Potcha
Mondai voiced by: Yuu Mizushima (JP), Brad MacDonald (EN)
Potcha voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (JP), Joe Ochman (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 161
Mondai and Potcha are a pair of dimwitted fools from an unknown village that disguise themselves as Might Guy and Rock Lee upon the latter two leaving Konoha for an overnight mission. The imposters' own mission is to gain access to Konoha's secrets so that their village will adore them and give them more missions. Despite taking months of "hard work" to perfect their disguises, NOBODY besides Naruto falls for the paper-thin facade.
- All Men Are Perverts: In their Imagine Spot of being successful, most of their supporters are women.
- Butt-Monkey: From the moment they appear onscreen, you know that theyre the kind of guys that never get what they want. To recap, no one but Naruto bought their disguises, Tsunade tortured them throughout the day with all sorts of unnecessarily brutal chores including working on a farm with giant leeches, having Sakura make them scale a ridiculously tall cliff to get her sheet, and then Katsuyu being summoned in order to possibly fake having a cold and spraying acid everywhere. The cherry on top would be the real Guy and Lee returning and giving them a Literal Ass-Kicking out of the village!
- Camp Straight: Mondai has a feminine way of speaking (more obvious in Japanese) and is shown in a brief flashback to like tanning and getting manicures, but if his reaction to Naruto's Sexy Jutsu is any indicator...
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Their "Super Excellent Hyper Attack" consists of nothing but putting on football helmets and rushing the real Guy and Lee. One Double Dynamic Entry later, they're sent flying away.
- Fat Idiot: Potcha, whereas Mondai is a skinny idiot.
- Gonk: Even before they put on the disguises, they're one of a kind.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Villain may be a strong word, but they still attempt to steal Konoha's secrets which in more serious scenarios can lead to extreme consequences. Good thing for them that Konoha was in a forgiving mood...relatively speaking.
- Motive Decay: Their reasons for infiltrating Konoha is initially to steal the village's secrets and be worshipped as heroes. Over the course of the day, after being subjected to humiliation after humiliation, and a quick curb stomp by their true counterparts, Mondai asks aloud why they even bothered in the first place, vowing to never go back to the village again.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Like the Moya-nin brothers, their antics feel more at home in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink Slice of Life type of show instead of the epic tale of shinobi that this series is usually portrayed as. Shizune points out that even your garden variety shinobi would use a transformation jutsu to help infiltrate an enemy's backyard, but not these guys.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Look at the picture and tell yourselves that they're the real Might Guy and Rock Lee.
- Those Two Guys: Theyre never seen apart, even when it makes sense they should.
- Too Dumb to Live: With their pitiful level of skill, they honestly thought they could infiltrate the illustrious Konohagakure without anyone noticing. The only one they fooled was Naruto and even that was a severe case of Depending on the Writer. It never even crossed their minds that nobody else fell for it.
- Them recklessly charging their real counterparts, a jōnin who's tangled with Kakashi on a regular basis as well as the Akatsuki and a powerful genin who's faced the likes of Gaara and Kimimaro. How well do you think this ends for them?
- A Twinkle in the Sky: By the end of their episode, the real Guy and Lee return and witness their fakes without context. Theyre charged and sent blasting off like Team Rocket. Tenten compares their send-off akin to fireworks.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (JP), Eddie Frierson (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 168
Hakkaku is a ryō-nin (ninja chef) from the Land of Lightning. He and Teuchi of Ichiraku Ramen studied under the same master chef until they took up separate paths. One day, the ryō-nin pays his old rival a visit to demand a "Phantom Recipe" that one of his spies overheard the latter talking about. When Teuchi pleads ignorance, the angry Hakkaku takes his daughter Ayame hostage until he either forks up the recipe or defeats him in a cooking challenge, which leads to a showdown involving Chōji, Sakura, and, of course, Naruto.
- All for Nothing: It turns out that the "Phantom Recipe" he wanted so bad was just broth skim that Teuchi caught when coming up with a completely unrelated kind of ramen. Hakkaku's spy mistook Teuchi's choice of phrase as something more than it was.
- Beard of Evil: He has a small goatee, though he's more amoral than full-on evil.
- Graceful Loser: In spite of his kidnapping Ayame and dejection of learning that his goal wasn't tangible, he does praise Chōji, Sakura, and Naruto's ninja ramen as the best he's ever had and keeps his end of the bargain.
- The Rival: He and Teuchi competed frequently in their younger days, with Hakkaku always falling short.
- Supreme Chef: In his case, though, it was to his detriment as his food was so good that the Kumo-nin who ate it couldn't stop until they ended up too thick to perform missions successfully. Ayame has also chunked up from it by the time she's rescued, much to her dad's horror.
Voiced by: Sakiko Uran (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 174
Kunihisa is the spoiled son of a rich jeweler and an admirer of all things shinobi. To that end, Naruto is assigned to play ninja with him for a day while trying to show the kid not to rely on money for everything.
- Bookends: His episode begins with him examining a marble and saying that it's worthless compared to a diamond. The ending has him look at the same marble with him conceding that just because it isn't worth much moneywise, doesn't mean it doesn't have sentimental value.
- Lonely Rich Kid: In the past, he'd just pay other kids off to hang out with him but was too shallow to make a real friend. He finally makes one in Naruto by the end of his outing.
- Mean Boss: He routinely tasks his bodyguards with all sorts of frivolous requests and literally walks all over them on occasion. It should come as no surprise that they take the first opportunity to betray him when a better offer comes along.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Throwing around wads of cash like that and not policing it is just asking for someone to come along and pocket it. The Kana Siblings end up buying off all of Kunihisa's bodyguards, even the two who have been serving him the longest.
- Nose Nuggets: Even more so than Udon. He noticeably lacks this in the final scene, showing that he's matured somewhat.
- Seen It All: When the Kana brothers attempt to kidnap him, he brushes it off since thieves have tried to take him for years due to his dad's fortune. It isn't until his two longtime bodyguards turn on him that he begins to panic.
- Spoiled Brat: A textbook example when we first meet him, throwing around money like it's candy and expecting Naruto to do whatever he wants. He even names this trait "Money Style Jutsu".
- Took a Level in Badass and Kindness: He begins as an archetypal spoiled child who throws money around and claims it as ninjutsu. Once his life is threatened by a pair of hoodlums who buy off his entire bodyguard legion, Naruto attempts to flee with him in tow but gets trapped and falls off a cliff thanks to contrivances. Kunihisa proceeds to throw himself off the cliff to save Naruto after losing his footing.
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takamiya (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 174
Kunijirō is a rich jeweler from the Land of Fire and is an old friend of Tsunade's. He loves his son, Kunihisa, dearly, but has spoiled his child to the point that he believes that money can solve any problem.
- Bit Character: Only exists for framing the episode and introducing his son to the concept of the ninja.
- Old Friend: Like Jirōchō, he's another face from Tsunade's younger days.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Has an earring on his right ear.
- Self-Made Man: According to Tsunade, he started with nothing yet worked his way up to becoming one of the Land of Fire's most wealthy independent jewelers.
Fukuyokana and Shinayakana
Fukuyokana voiced by: Chafurin (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
Shinayakana voiced by: Mitsuo Senda (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 174
Younger brother Fukuyokana and older brother Shinayakana are a pair of highwaymen looking to make some money off a ransom, and who should they come by before seeing Kunihisa tossing money around like it's candy? This leads to a confrontation with Naruto, who won't let them have their way.
- All There in the Manual: Their names are only known from the Japanese ending credits of episode 174.
- Asian Buck Teeth: Shinayakana has them. The dub gave him a lisp to match.
- Beard of Evil: Fukuyokana has a goatee of evil.
- Disney Villain Death: Both of them fall off a steep cliff to their deaths separate from each other.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Fukuyokana is horrified by Shinayakana's falling to his death.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They try to pay off Naruto to look the other way while they hold Kunihisa hostage. Naturally, it doesn't work.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: Shinayakana wears a tie over his otherwise dowdy t-shirt.
- Fat Bastard: Fukuyokana is the chunky one of the duo.
- Fatal Flaw: Their greed leads both of them to their demise.
- Flat Character: They exist to give Kunihisa a jump ahead in becoming less spoiled.
- Killed Off for Real: Surprisingly for a couple of one-off filler villains with so little to them. When cornering Naruto and Kunihisa on a cliff, Shinayakana ends falling off trying to get at the rich boy. Fukuyokana and the bodyguards tackle Naruto and end up making the cliff collapse, sending them plummeting as well.
- Lean and Mean: Shinayakana is tall and seemingly the more intelligent of the two.
- Speech Impediment: Shinayakana has a lisp in the English dub to go along with his buck teeth.
596-03 voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
463-72 voiced by: Junichi Endo (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)
184-96 voiced by: Hitoshi Hashimoto (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)
893-03 voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP), Grant George (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 177
The courier-nin (or Delivery Ninja) are essentially delivery men who risk their lives to deliver packages of the utmost importance. Unfortunately, their overzealous natures cause them to disregard common sense when they perceive a package's delivery being impeded or worse if they think they're being robbed. Naruto and Jiraiya end up on the wrong side of a perceived robbery after the former ghostwrites a manuscript for the latter, even more so once they discover said manuscript's envelope got switched around with a peace treaty for two countries on the brink of war.
- Determinator: 596-03 is able to resist, albeit collapse immediately afterward, Naruto's Sexy Jutsu enough to deliver the manuscript to the Land of Fangs successfully. Naruto admits that the guy is strong-willed. Their unit as a whole count as they're quick to mobilize against a Sannin of all people to retrieve a stolen package, even if the said package contains the wrong items.
- Distinction Without a Difference: Naruto calls them postmen when he first meets one, only for the man to correct that normal postmen don't have to risk their lives to deliver packages. Naruto concludes that he's a postman who risks his life, much to his exasperation.
- Goggles Do Nothing: All of them wear goggles that don't serve any apparent functionality.
- Lawful Stupid: They refuse to consider the possibility that a shipment has been mishandled and they're not allowed to view the contents of the packages they deliver to make sure. Naruto is suitably irked by this.
- No Name Given: They all go by the zip codes printed on their caps with no mention of any proper names for us to call them by.
- Serious Business: Their record for delivering documents is treated as sacred to the point that they're willing to challenge Jiraiya, one of the Leaf's Sannin, in order to take back a pillaged order.
- You All Look Familiar: Aside from the zip codes printed on their hats, they're pretty much indistinguishable from each other, to the point that Naruto thought that 463-72 was a clone of 596-03. Their voices are distinct enough for the viewers to mostly stay sane.
Onbu and Mother Onbaa
Onbu voiced by: Masayo Hosono (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)
Mother Onbaa voiced by: Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 185
Long thought to be just folklore, the onbaa were first documented by Jiraiya in his youth when he claimed that he wrestled with an adult of the species and emerged victoriously. Tsunade and the rest of Konoha didn't believe the legends until years later when Naruto returns with an infant onbaa on his back, validating Jiraiya's account. Young onbaa are carried piggyback by their parents until they reach maturity and become towering ferocious beasts that even bears can't handle, a prospect that unnerves even Tsunade. The infant attached to Naruto, dubbed "Onbu", decides that Naruto must be his parent and becomes literally and metaphorically attached to the young genin...neither realizing that Onbu's real mother is furiously looking for her son.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Onbaa are treated as cryptids akin to the Narutoverse's version of bigfoot, long thought to be just a legend until Naruto brings Onbu along.
- The Dreaded: Tsunade was wary about having to deal with just one of these creatures as an adult. And by the end of the outing, dozens if not hundreds of them are infesting Konoha. Gulp...
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Onbu has innocent green eyes until he matures after which they become sharpened and red. He regains the former upon being reminded of the bond he and Naruto shared.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: They aren't too keen about their territory being invaded and even less so if their offspring go missing. It appears to be genetic as Onbu became as irrationally violent as his mom before he remembered Naruto's raising him.
- Here We Go Again!: Naruto survives his encounter with the adult onbaa and is returned to Konoha relatively unscathed...only to see that now EVERYBODY ELSE has a baby onbaa attached to their back. Naruto thinks it's hilarious.
- Mama Bear: Mother Onbaa will pound you into oblivion if you take her son away, as Naruto finds out the hard way.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They're compared to the ursine in-universe, but they also share traits of sloths and primates (shaggy unkempt fur and living in trees) plus some feline/mustelid features (long whiskers with rodent-esque faces).
- Nature vs. Nurture: Onbu was brought up by Naruto (nurture) but his species instincts kick in upon his mother finding him and he attacks his Parental Substitute (nature). He then sees the Uzushiogakure symbol on Naruto's back which brings back the time that the Uzumaki spent raising him and his nurture wins out, protecting his foster father from his biological parent. He still leaves to be with his mother after dropping off an exhausted Naruto back to Konoha.
- Piggyback Cute: Onbu remains attached to Naruto's back until he reaches maturity and until that moment is very adorable. He later returns the favor by carrying his adoptive father to Konoha via the same method.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Adult onbaa have piercing red eyes and are monstrously strong beasts that don't take kindly to their turf being invaded.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Onbu, at first, is a little bundle of adorable that Naruto grows to view as a partner akin to Akamaru's relationship with Kiba. This changes after he reaches maturity and turns as vicious as his birth mother.
- Super Strength: Adult onbaa are strong enough to shatter boulders and knock over trees. It speaks volumes about how good Jiraiya was even during boyhood that he was able to win in a sumo match against one by pinning it down (or so he claims).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Onbu grows fond of eating fishcakes i.e. Naruto. It's also what gets Onbu to spare Naruto after trying to kill him when he reaches full maturity.
Tōbei Kagetsu, Fūta Kagetsu, Mai Kagetsu, Tsukiko Kagetsu, and Kiyoyasu Kagetsu
Tōbei voiced by: Naoki Bando (JP), Terrence Stone (EN)
Fūta voiced by: Tomoyuki Dan (JP), Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP, young), R. Martin Klein (EN)
Mai voiced by: Kyoko Hikami (JP), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (EN)
Tsukiko voiced by: Misa Watanabe (JP), Mari Devon (EN), Wendee Lee (EN, young)
Kiyoyasu voiced by: Shuhei Sakaguchi (JP), Neil Kaplan (EN)
Debut: Naruto Episode 186
A family of medicinal herb merchants who are very well off from Motoyoshi Village, located in the outer reaches of the Land of Fire. The passing of family patriarch Tōbei has been complicated by a bizarre will left to his eldest son Fūta; if Fūta should for any reason laugh during his father's funeral, he will forfeit any rights to the family estate and it will instead be divided between all the other family members. Tōbei's eldest daughter Tsukiko heavily covets the wealth and will resort to any means to obtain it for herself, conspiring with the other Kagetsus such as Kiyoyasu to ensure Fūta's substitute mourner, i.e. Naruto, bursts into laughter. Shino was the intended substitute mourner but is taken out via a laughing drug that one of the other relatives put into Fūta's dishes.
- Big Fun: Tōbei is a large man who enjoys bringing laughter and joy to his family. Fūta states that he was always making up ridiculous songs to play for Mai, Tsukiko, and the former during their childhood.
- The Comically Serious: Parodied with Kiyoyasu. His deep voice combined his flower schnozz gag almost makes Naruto blow it. He calls it hay fever.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Tōbei disguises himself as an old woman and cryptically warns Naruto and Shino to beware of laughing in Motoyoshi village. It was likely to help keep his cover while tipping off the Konoha-nin about the nature of their assignment.
- Faking the Dead: Turns out that Tōbei faked his passing in order to remind his family about the importance of love and laughter, conspiring with Mai to make circumstances that would force Fūta's conditioned laughter to become real laughter.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": Invoked with Tōbei scripting his will to make his other relatives trying to make Fūta laugh, as he thought the forced laughter would turn into real laughter and make them re-bond as a family.
- Greed: It has consumed the entire family, except for Mai and Tōbei, since acquiring their vast wealth. Tsukiko, in particular, covets her father's vast fortune despite marrying into another already wealthy family from a neighboring village. Even Fūta, who's mainly a nice guy, isn't shy about his wanting to inherit the family fortune to the point he hires Shino as a substitute mourner to ensure it. Thankfully, they all have a Heel Realization after Tōbei appears and tells them about what really matters in a family.
- It's All About Me: Fūta is far more upset that his greedy relatives tried to poison him with laughing drugs than with Shino now being in agony from uncontrollable cackling. Tsukiko also desires the wealth her father left behind more than she cares about Tōbei's fake passing.
- Nerd Glasses: Fūta wears square-framed glasses that are brown in color.
- Nice Girl: Mai is the only one with no interest in inheriting her father's money. In fact, she's the only one who Tōbei let in on his plan due to her gentle nature.
- No Name Given: Tsukiko's husband is never credited or given an official name.
- Not So Above It All: Tsukiko, as proven through her masterminding most of the antics in trying to make Naruto laugh, isn't the calm and icy professional that she projects herself. She even initiates a second round of laughter after Tōbei reveals his plot.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Interesting variation with Kiyoyasu. The Japanese credits showcase his name as Yoichi Kagetsu or "花月陽一" whereas the episode refers to him as Kiyoyasu which is read as "清康". It is unclear why this occurred or if the actors simply misread the kanji in his name.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Fūta most strongly resembles his father, Tōbei.
- Too Dumb to Live: Fūta and Mai neglected to lock their back door, which allowed a greedy relative to infiltrate and spike their food thus causing Shino to laugh in utter agony throughout the rest of the mission. Naruto is forced to fill in for Fūta instead and he is barely able to stay cold turkey.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Tsukiko comes across as a greedy and conniving woman initially before hearing "Tōbei's" dance routine, bringing out a more jovial side to her character.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tōbei fakes his own death and comes up with a will that would force his family members into a situation that would cause their forced laughter would become real laughter. When that fails, he instructs Mai to put laughing drugs into everyone's tea so that all the Kagetsus would erupt into forced hysterics. Shino is able to talk him out of it, saying that artificial laughter isn't true joy, and instead transforms into Tōbei while singing a hilarious jingle to get the family laughing, which works well enough.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Tsukiko's is colored purple as opposed to her siblings' realistic colors (grey for Fūta and brown for Mai).