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Hidden Mist Village provides examples of:
- Crapsack World: During the Bloody Mist era. If you want to become a ninja, you had to kill a fellow student just to graduate from the class. If you had kekkei genkai, then your life simply sucked.
- Everybody Has Standards: The village was infamous for its brutal training including a final exam where aspiring ninja would kill their classmates to prove their worth. The village quickly discontinued this after a young Zabuza murdered 100 students during the exam. In recent years, the Hidden Mist has tried to distance itself from its horrific reputation.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The horrible training regimen they implemented only served to weaken their village rather than strengthen it, as well as creating a host of psychotic ninjas.
- Hufflepuff House: While its ninja have been appearing since the very first arc of the series, Kirigakure as a village doesn't play a role until the Five Kage Summit arc.
- Making a Splash: The village specializes in water jutsus.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Particularly, the seven swordsmen and potential members.
- Public Domain Character: Zabuza and Haku are based on Kirigakure no Saizo (Saizo of the Hidden Mist), a legendary ninja who also lends his nickname to the Hidden Mist Village. Zabuza got the badass reputation and his supposed fog-based abilities as well as his Water dragon (which here is just another Water jutsu), while Haku got the feminine appearance and cross-dressing.
- Token Evil Teammate: Kirigakure has the worst reputation among the hidden ninja villages and this not without merit. There were the infamous Academy graduation method, questionable loyalty of many of its ninja (Kiri has the most number of missing-nin, including all of its Swordsmen of the Mist), and deplorable persecution of ninja with kekkei genkai. During the Kage Summit, the Raikage accuses Kirigakure of harboring Akatsuki activities and suspects that the organization had its origins there. While the second part is wrong, the Fourth Mizukage was brainwashed by an Akatsuki member. The databook notes that the Fifth Mizukage has a hard time reforming her village into a better place, although she eventually does succeed.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In-universe and offscreen, the village takes a turn for the best when Mei Terumi becomes Mizukage during the Time Skip between Part I and II.
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), Steve Blum (EN), Ricardo Tejedo (Latin American Spanish), David García Vázquez (Spain), Mathieu Moreau (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 10 (Manga), Naruto Episode 6 (Anime)
The first major antagonist of the series, a renegade shinobi from the Hidden Mist Village hired to kill Tazuna the bridge-builder.
Before the series, he led a coup attempting to oust the Mizukage and take control of the Village for himself; this failed, and Zabuza barely escaped with his life. Since then, he's been hiring out his sword to the highest bidder, hoping to raise enough funds for another go at the Mizukage.
Zabuza was one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist (like Kisame), making him one the strongest ninja in the Hidden Mist Village before his defection. He knows a great deal of Water-Style jutsu and has the ability to shroud himself in mist, making himself invisible. Plus, of course, he's got a BFS. In a slight subversion of the Sorting Algorithm of Evil, Zabuza was far too strong for Naruto or Sasuke as they were at the beginning of the series to take on; they had to leave him to Kakashi.
Zabuza attacked Team 7 twice during the Land of Waves arc, first with a collection of hirelings, then with his protege Haku. He battled Kakashi to a draw both times before Haku's Heroic Sacrifice caused him to turn on and kill his employer, Gato. He dies in the process, and asks to be buried along with Haku.
In Shippuden, Sasuke takes Suigetsu to Zabuza's grave so that Suigetsu can take Zabuza's BFS. Much later, Kabuto resurrects him and Haku with Edo Tensei, and he is not the least bit happy about it. He is quickly defeated by Kakashi.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Downplayed, one cover page shows him patting Haku on the head shortly after finding him. The anime shows this scene, but its very brief. Another Anime instance is while Zabuza is traveling with a younger Haku and pats his head after retrieving a rabbit that escaped the boy.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The earliest pure example in the series (though Haku also got a bit of this by default). He was a Shinobi molded by the Ninja system taught to suppress his emotions and view shinobi to be nothing more than tools. Unfortunately in his last moments, Zabuza realized how deeply he truly cared for Haku because of Naruto, he then sacrifices his life to kill Gatō, and dies wishing he could join Haku in the afterlife.
- Animal Battle Aura: He can focus his chakra / sheer Killing Intent into one. It looks like a demon, hence his epithet of "The Demon."
- Anti-Villain: His attitude as a mercenary was strictly professional, and the Mizukage he tried to overthrow wasn't exactly a good guy himself.
- Arc Villain: Although Gato is the driving force behind the antagonism, Zabuza serves as the main threat as a hired hitman of the "Land of Waves" arc.
- Assassin Outclassin': Zabuza is on both on the receiving and giving side of this trope.
- Hes implied to have survived several attempts on his life since hes had Kirigakure hunter-nin tracking him down before and hes not too happy about it.
- As an assassin himself, he gets thwarted in trying to kill Tazuna by Team 7.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a brutal psychopathic mercenary that takes great pride in killing. Especially when he claims that when he slaughtered 100 of his fellow classmates was enjoyable. Not to mention his use of Blood Magic.
- Back from the Dead: In the Fourth Shinobi World War, Zabuza was reincarnated by Kabuto Yakushi to fight against the Allied Shinobi Forces, infuriating Zabuza who did not want to obey someone who would stoop so low as to use the dead.
- Berserk Button: Zabuza despises people who disrespect the dead. He was quickly angered when Gato desecrated Haku's corpse. And was furious when he and Haku were resurrected to use as soldiers in the 4th Ninja World War.
- BFS: Weapon of choice. It is named the Kubikiribōchō ("Decapitating Carving Knife").
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: Kirigakure held the practice of pitting academy students against each other in death matches as a final exam. When he was a kid he walked into the Academy graduation exam and killed every single one of the one hundred Academy students despite being untrained as a ninja. The practice was discontinued and he would thereafter be known as the "Demon of the Hidden Mist".
- Blood Magic: His sword regenerates and repairs itself using the iron in an enemy's blood.
- Contract on the Hitman: Gato hires a bunch of mercenaries to kill Zabuza, who has become a "liability". Backfires BIG time.
- The Cynic: His cynical view of the world consists of the used and the users, as well as viewing shinobi to be nothing more than tools. Despite this, Zabuza grew to care deeply for Haku and viewed him to be far more than a tool.
- Cynical Mentor: He raised Haku to be an efficient tool to be discarded when he had no use to exploit. Despite this, Zabuza grew to care deeply for Haku and viewed him to be far more than a tool.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: Kunai between the teeth.
- Deadly Graduation/Enfant Terrible: When he was a kid, he killed an entire graduating class of pre-genin, 100 total, despite not even being a student himself.
- Defiant to the End: Was initially going to do this with Kakashi. But then after Gato shows up and insults him by kicking a dead Haku's face and stating You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, he instead borrows a kunai from Naruto so that he could take out his former employer.
- Determinator: Even with his arms out of commission, he charges through a whole mob of hired thugs and cuts through them with nothing but a kunai held in his mouth just so he can get to and kill Gato; not even being stabbed from every angle is enough to impede him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He is much stronger than Gato, the Big Bad of his arc, and carries much of the fighting.
- The Dreaded: Kakashi does seem a little fearful of him when they first meet. And at the end, as he's dying with lots of weapons stuck into his back, his Death Glare is still enough to scare the henchmen hired by Gato into making room to see Haku one last time before finally keeling over.
- Emotion Suppression: He followed standard shinobi procedure and regarded ninja as tools to be used and discarded.
- Enemy Mine: As soon as Gato "cancels" his contract with Zabuza, the latter immediately ends his quarrel with Kakashi. He then borrows one of Naruto's kunai to take out his former employer. For their part, Naruto and Kakashi simply watch as Zabuza beelines towards Gato through all of his henchmen, surviving long enough to kill his former boss, and then to say goodbye to Haku one last time.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses his disgust with Gato for double-crossing him (and desecrating Haku's corpse), and is extremely pissed off because Kabuto brought him and several others back from the dead to use as mindless drones."This is bullshit, I don't want to fight for someone who would stoop this low."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite referring to Haku as a pawn, Zabusa grew to care about him.
- Excalibur in the Rust: The Legendary sword Kubikiribōchō is pretty much an oversized cleaver with a very slow Healing Factor. Compared to, say, Kisame's sword it can be a bit of a letdown until you see why it got the name.
- Fingerless Gloves: He has these.
- For the Evulz: He recalls the incident of slaying the academy students as fun.
- Genocide from the Inside: He wiped out 100 academy students within his own village as a child, and years later as an adult, he attempted a failed coup d'état on the Mizukage.
- Handicapped Badass: Tears through Gato's army with his arms heavily damaged and unusable. By simply using a kunai in his mouth, along with his legs.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: One of the deadliest ninja in the Naruto-verse. And he is by using... mist, basic water ninjutsu, a relatively normal BFS, and well fined skulking. He's good enough with using the mist that Kabuto actually goes out of his way to make sure that the rest of the swordsmen act as meat shields so that he can keep the mist up.
- Hitman with a Heart: His realization towards the end of his life was that he deeply cared for Haku and wasn't the tool that he made him to be.
- Hungry Weapon: Kubikiribōchō uses the blood of enemies to repair itself.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Begs Kakashi to stop him and Haku as he feels his mind is being sealed away by Kabuto.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He is a member of the seven swordsmen of the mist, but besides that, he was good enough to force Kakashi to face him with the Sharingan and killed dozens of Ninjas in seconds after being revived by Kabuto.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies at the climax of the Land of Waves arc. He is resurrected (if you can say that) in the Fourth Ninja War arc, only to die again when Itachi cancels the jutsu.
- Knife Nut: Implied, his hobby is sharpening edged tools after all.
- Knight of Cerebus: The villains before him were an easily-defeated Jerkass intending to use Naruto and Ebisu, who's played for laughs and mostly harmless. The moment he and his minions show up, it's clear they intend to kill their opponents in cold blood.
- Lightning Bruiser: Able to keep up with Kakashi in their fight.
- Lone Wolf Boss: As far manga goes, hes the only major villain who doesnt have any ties to Orochimaru, the Akatsuki or the Ōtsutsuki Clan. At least until Kabuto brought him back as an undead puppet.
- Made of Iron: Downplayed, he takes multiple stab wounds that would kill a normal person instantly, but continues to fight back until he succumbs to the number of stabs he's received. Bonus points for being the first character in the series to showcase heightened durability.
- Making a Splash: All of his jutsu are water style.
- Manly Tears: Displays some after Naruto berates him for thinking of Haku merely as a tool, and not as a human at all:Zabuza: You talk too much. Your words cut deep... deeper than any blade. While he fought you, his heart was breaking in two. You see, Haku was always too soft and too kind. He felt pain and sorrow, and now, curse him, I feel them, too!"
- Master Swordsman: As one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, he's this.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has them under his facial wraps.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Is ripped as hell, and wields his BFS like a regular sword. He can actually perform acrobatics while carrying Kakashi in one arm, and with that BFS strapped to his back and holding a medium-sized shuriken in the other hand.
- Named After Someone Famous: His family name is likely a reference to an Igo Jonin named Momochi Sandayū.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Zabuza" means "never cut twice."
- No Sympathy:
- Responds to Haku's Heroic Sacrifice with a single Beat Panel of Stunned Silence, before smiling and mocking Kakashi, then commenting that he "sure chose a good tool" (i.e. Haku)... Ultimately averted, however, as Kakashi remarks that Zabuza is actually greatly affected by his loss. Most notably he hesitated to immediately cut through Haku to get to Kakashi.
- In Part II, when Kabuto made this an Invoked Trope, it triggered Kakashi's Let's Get Dangerous! moment. In short, Kabuto sacrificed Haku in order to prevent Kakashi's Lightning Blade from hitting Zabuza, only this time Zabuza unflinchingly cut Haku in two in order to get to Kakashi, making Kakashi realize what a desecration of the humans that Zabuza and Haku were in life the Impure World Resurrection really was by reducing them into emotionless tools.
- Noble Demon: He's rude, sadistic, and horribly violent with a tendency to refer to people as tools. But he does love Haku despite what he says and hates his resurrection.
- Not So Stoic: Shows this at the end of his life, as he notes that not even he can completely kill his emotions.
- Ominous Fog: The Hidden Mist Jutsu, which he used to perform his Silent Killing. By creating a thick mist, Zabuza could blind his targets, making it difficult for them to defend against him. In this manner, Zabuza was capable of carrying out stealthy attacks even in completely open spaces, able to suddenly disappear from an enemy's sight and then strike unseen. His skill with this jutsu was such that he could create an impenetrable mist without the need for an immediate source of water nearby.
- Only Mostly Dead: Suffers from a Faux Death thanks to Haku. Since the latter appeared to be hunting him down, Kakashi and the others think nothing of it at the time. But it's quickly revealed that Haku actually saved Zabuza from really being killed by Kakashi had he not intervened when he did.
- Pet the Dog: It's indicated he still treated Haku kindly enough despite claiming to see him as a mere tool.
- Professional Killer: He makes it clear that he has nothing against the people in his way; business is just business.
- Punch-Clock Villain: See above. The instant he's aware of Gato terminating his employment, he deadpans that he and Kakashi have nothing more to fight about.
- Rasputinian Death: There is a reason why he is the Poster Man of a Human Pincushion.
- Red Baron: "Kirigakure no Kijin" / The Demon of the Hidden Mist.
- Redemption Equals Death: When he realizes how much Haku meant to him, he charges Gato and his men, killing them but being mortally wounded in the process. His arms were both disabled, but he could still hold a kunai with his mouth to take out Gato.
- Self-Duplication: He could create water style clones, which he could maintain several of at the same time, often using them as diversions.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: To Haku, who he deemed as a weapon and tried to force him to kill his "heart"... but he was secretly proud of him all along.
- So Proud of You: To Haku at his last moments of life and done after the resurrection via Kakashi.
- Starter Villain: The first Jonin level threat that Team 7 encountered. He was, initially, a match for Kakashi and pushed the rest of Team 7 to undergo training to meet him a second time in battle.
- Stealth Expert: He specialized in stealth kills which he enforced with the Hidden Mist jutsu.
- The Svengali: His relationship with Haku. In death, he realizes Haku was much more to him.
- Taking You with Me: Pulls one of these on his traitorous employer Gato.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Averted, the first fight between Zabuza and Team 7 started by Zabuza throwing his sword spinning at the team. But Kakashi yelled Duck and everyone survived. If Kakashi hadnt though, the whole series wouldve ended with one attack, bonus points for being a very intimidating introduction though.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His first appearance in the series is one. Downplayed, as he does wear a belt around his neck to more easily carry his sword around. Later Averted in his second appearance, as he starts wearing a shirt.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He's the first genuine threat in the series, showing the Team 7 genin both how out-classed they are and also how brutal the ninja world can be.
- Weapon of Choice: Being one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, he wielded a large blade known as the Kubikiribōchō.
- Weapon Tombstone: Until Suigetsu retrieved it. In the anime, it was pinched by a crime lord before Taka went after him to obtain it.
- Why Won't You Die?: The last words of Gato. Pretty Justified.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Kakashi to be one. Acknowledges Naruto as one before his death.
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (JP), Susan Dalian (EN), Mona Marshall (EN, young; Episode 14), Michelle Ruff (EN, young; Episode 17-18), Kate Higgins (EN, young; Episode 126), Carola Vázquez (Latin American Spanish), Ana Esther Alborg (Spain), Nathalie Hugo (French, original series), Marcha Van Boven (French, Shippuden)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 15 (Manga), Naruto Episode 9 (Anime)
Haku was born in a cold village orphaned during the wars. At the time, there was a prejudice against people with kekkai genkai; unfortunately, Haku's mother had one, which he inherited.. When Haku's dad and the villagers learned of it, they killed Haku's mom and tried to kill him, but he killed them with his newfound powers instead and ran away. Zabuza encountered him and, thinking he might be useful, took him in and raised him. After only a few years, Haku was almost as good an assassin as Zabuza himself.
An Anti-Villain, Haku serves Zabuza because he lacks any other sense of purpose in life, claiming to be nothing more than Zabuza's tool. Zabuza treats him as such.
Haku's kekkai genkai, the one he got from his Missing Mom, allows him to fuse the water and wind elements to generate ice. He uses this ability to perform the devastating Demonic Ice Mirrors (Crystal Ice Mirrors in the dub) jutsu. Demonic Ice Mirrors generates a dome of mirror-like panes of ice around his opponents, each with an image of Haku reflected in them. Haku can travel between the panes at high speed, attacking with needle-like senbon while in transit. The panes are all but indestructible, so Haku can fight defensively, avoiding damage and wearing his opponents down bit by bit. It takes the combined power of Sasuke's Sharingan developing and the Nine-Tailed Fox's chakra manifesting for the first time to break the mirrors.
Haku first appears after Zabuza's first encounter with Team 7 disguised as a Mist Village "hunter-nin", claiming that he's been assigned to kill Zabuza for betraying the Village. In reality, however, Haku merely stunned Zabuza, allowing the pair to escape unharmed. He later appears to give Naruto some advice (since Haku was wearing a mask during their first encounter, Naruto didn't recognize him), and then again at the arc's climactic battle on the bridge, where he engages Naruto and Sasuke while Zabuza faces down Kakashi (and poor Sakura, uh, looks on helplessly, since she's stuck shielding Tazuna). After a lengthy battle, Haku jumps in front of Zabuza to protect him from Kakashi's Lightning Blade. Zabuza, realizing how much he valued Haku's companionship, ceases his pursuit of Tazuna and turns on Gato, killing him and lots of his minions in a desperate and badass Foe-Tossing Charge before he dies.
Kabuto later resurrects him and Zabuza with Edo Tensei. He sacrifices himself (again) to prevent Kakashi from killing Zabuza (again).
- Anti-Villain: Probably the friendliest one you can find in Anime history.
- Apologetic Attacker: On occasion in games in the series.
- Artistic Age: Despite appearing almost younger than anyone in Team 7, he's actually 15.
- Back from the Dead: Kabuto resurrects him during the Fourth Ninja War arc to fight on his side.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The sole reason he works for Zabuza was that he was nice to him while an orphan in a city. Though he knows Zabuza is just using him for his power, he was still taken care of while young.
- Berserk Button: Zabuza being threatened. See Tranquil Fury below.
- Blow You Away: One-half of his Ice Release techniques, which fuses water and wind chakras together.
- Broken Bird: Broken after seeing his mother murdered by his father and having to kill said dad in self-defense, he then became a Street Urchin and wandered aimlessly until he was found by Zabuza Momochi. From then on Haku considered himself merely as a weapon for Zabuza's plans, and that ended up in tragedy.
- Cruel to Be Kind: How he "kills" Zabuza after the latter's first defeat against Kakashi. Zabuza later complains about getting hit in that particular area in his neck but is thankful for being saved from really being killed by Kakashi if given the chance.
- Deadly Doctor: A more subtle example. He puts Zabuza into a fake death state with a thrown needle in order to trick Team 7. Later, in the bridge battle, he specifically only targets Sasuke in non-vital areas in an attempt to dissuade and not kill him. The obvious implication is that he could have gone for fatal shots from the start if he so chose.
- Death by a Thousand Cuts: Attempts to do this to Naruto and Sasuke. It almost works on the latter, but only serves to piss off Naruto to the point he has a Traumatic Superpower Awakening and suffers from a Curb-Stomp Battle as a result. Only when Naruto sees his face does his anger subside, recognizing him from an earlier encounter in the forest.
- Dies Wide Open: Kakashi closes his eyes.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's very pretty and feminine-looking, and Naruto even admits he's prettier than Sakura, but he's male and he even says as much himself. Doesn't help that he has long hair either.
- Effeminate Voice: Haku is an androgynous teenage boy voiced by a woman doing a feminine voice. When Naruto sees him dressed as a civilian in a woman's kimono, he thinks that Haku's a girl.
- Flechette Storm: His Thousand Stinging Water Needles of Death which also serves as an example of Death In All Directions.
- Fragile Speedster: He's noticeably vulnerable provided you can catch him.
- Genocide Survivor: Haku survived an attempt on his life by an angry mob that included his own father. He was targeted because he had inherited a bloodline limit from his mother. Haku's mother was not so lucky.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His self-assigned purpose is to serve and protect Zabuza, even if it costs him his life. Twice.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Is one of the few characters shown capable of using one-handed seals.
- An Ice Person: Courtesy of his kekkei genkai/bloodline limit: Ice Release.
- Kick the Dog: Has a literal example when he kicks one that's barking at him while digging through some garbage for discarded food. But his treatment by his father upon finding out about his abilities causes him to Go Mad from the Revelation. After killing his wife, he attempted to kill Haku, who then ends up killing them in self-defense.
- Killed Off for Real: Sacrifices himself to protect Zabuza from Kakashi's Lightning Cutter.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that he's working with Zabuza is supposed to be a twist in his first appearance. Try telling that to anyone with even vague knowledge of the series and they'd probably laugh at you.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Inverted. He inherited his Ice Release from his mother.
- Magic Mirror: His Demonic Crystal Ice Mirrors which serve as a Portal Network.
- Making a Splash: The other half of his Ice Release techniques. Haku can use it on its own via his Thousand Flying Water Needles of Death technique.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Although his Anti-Villain status puts his level of malevolency in question.
- Meaningful Name: "Haku" means white, while "Yuki" means snow. You can construe his name as either "white snow" or "Snow White", both of them fit his character.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Assists Zabuza (sometimes contrary to his orders) even though he's a criminal, although he does put Sasuke into a death-like state rather than kill him.
- Nice Guy: You cannot find a more likable Anti-Villain if you tried - he even struck carefully during the fight with Sasuke and Naruto, so that he only hit certain vital points and didn't kill Sasuke. This after claiming he would "kill" his kind heart for Zabuza, too.
- Only One Name: His clan's name is revealed later to be Yuki, but similar to Kimimaro, his databook entry presents his name as Haku.
- Pressure Point: Specializes in hitting these with acupuncture needles and he can do this well enough to induce false death in the heat of battle.
- Reluctant Warrior: Tried to avoid killing Naruto and Sasuke if at all possible. Unfortunately, neither one of them backed down, and continued to struggle, forcing him to weaken them to the point they couldn't get back up. And when he seemingly kills Sasuke, that only pisses off Naruto.
- The Quiet One: Barely speaks when he wears the mask. Even out of the mask he is quiet and speaks softly.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed his father in self-defense.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A rather odd example, considering that he is male.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Haku, for all intents, was the Starter Villain of series. He died during the first major arc. Despite this, he has been the major influence behind Naruto's personal code, a code which itself has been picked up by other characters in the series such as Hinata, Neji, and Gaara as well.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Haku is an aversion of this trope. The boys were majorly outclassed with this one — they were just lucky that he's a Technical Pacifist.
- Speed Blitz: While using the Demonic Ice Mirrors.
- Stronger Than They Look: He's thin as a reed, but he can easily carry Zabuza around without loss of speed or break a mans' arm simply by squeezing it.
- Taking the Bullet: For Zabuza. Twice.
- Technical Pacifist: Finds it hard to kill people. Results in a lot of Faux Death at his hands.
- Tranquil Fury: When Gato threatens Zabuza while he lays sick in his bed, Haku grabs the former's hand and gives him a Death Glare, but his voice remains subdued.
- Undying Loyalty: To Zabuza, who sort of rescued him while he was an orphan struggling to survive in the city.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Drops one on a thoroughly confused Naruto.Haku: And by the way? I'm a man.
Naruto: NO WAAAAAAAY!
- Wholesome Crossdresser: His pink civvies cause Naruto to mistake him for a girl.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Gender Flipped as he's a guy but let's list the other traits: loyal and submissive to Zabuza, kind and polite to others, strong inner iron, and works as a female ninja.
- You Don't Look Like You: His physical traits changed noticeably in his Shippuden appearance. While already extremely androgynous or feminine-looking, the second appearance cranks this Up to Eleven, even going so far as changing flashbacks to his original debut in order to give him bigger, softer eyes, more feminine eyelashes, and even lipstick, for some reason.
Gōzu and Meizu
Gōzu voiced by: Toshiaki Kuwahara (JP), Dan Woren (EN)
Meizu voiced by: Toshiaki Kuwahara (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN, TV series), Quinton Flynn (EN, Ultimate Ninja)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 9 (Manga), Naruto Episode 6 (Anime)
Zabuza's other henchmen who fled with him after his failed coup d'etat in the Village Hidden in the Mist. Older brother Gōzu is the cool-headed, rational one whereas his younger brother Meizu is short-fused and sadistic in torturing his prey. They fight with sharp chains and poisonous claws, often in conjunction with each other.
They attack Team 7 not long after leaving the Leaf Village in an attempt to kill Tazuna, with Meizu poisoning Naruto. Kakashi is able to fake them out and easily defeats them, tying them to a tree to await arrest. Despite their small role, the brothers' attack on Naruto would go on to affect him for much of his early days as a ninja.
- '90s Hair: Gōzu's hairstyle reminds people that the manga was first published at the end of the 20th Century.
- All There in the Manual: Their names and personality traits were revealed in the first databook.
- Barbarian Longhair: Meizu's hair is long and wild in contrast to his brother's more normal, by then's standards, do.
- Blood Knight: Much like their boss, the brothers clearly enjoy being able to fight powerful opponents.
- Chain Pain: Their first method of attack is to cut Kakashi to pieces via a shuriken chain (that was a fake-out to see who they were targeting) but is quickly rendered useless when Sasuke uses a standard shuriken of his own to pin the chain to a tree. The brothers disconnect from it and go on the attack with their claws.
- Combination Attack: They prefer to keep themselves linked via their shuriken chain located in their gauntlets while fighting. The chain wraps around the target on both sides after which, the brothers tug which carves the victim to pieces.
- Cool Mask: Both of them wear rebreathers which they're never seen without.
- Determinator: As noted by Kakashi, they're relentless when it comes to assault and won't let up until they either kill the query or are killed themselves. Kakashi is fine with just tying them up and leaving them for arrest, however.
- Epic Fail: It doesn't seem to occur to either of them that disguising yourself as a puddle on a clear day when it hasn't rained in weeks wouldn't be the best choice for an ambush. Kakashi spells it out for them after the fact.
- Horns of Villainy: Gōzu has a large single horn atop his headband whereas Meizu has a pair of smaller horns on the upper sides of his own.
- Knight of Cerebus: Their attack on Team 7 was a wakeup call to the real dangers that can plague a shinobi's life and also lets the reader/viewer know that the heroes won't have it easy on their first real assignment.
- Kubrick Stare: Both of their eyes are in a permanent unsettling gaze, highlighting their depravity.
- Making a Splash: Gōzu uses a puddle to shroud him and Meizu before ambushing Kakashi. The jōnin saw right through it due to there not being any rainfall in the region for weeks on end.
- Minor Role Major Impact: Their attack makes Naruto freeze up and get poisoned, forcing Sasuke and Kakashi to bail him out. This affects Naruto to the point that he cuts his injured hand to not only rid himself of the poison but also to take an oath that he will never be so weak as to need rescuing from danger again and that he will not lose out to Sasuke, affirming their rivalry which would carry through the rest of the series. Not bad for a pair of villains who are quickly dealt with and never seen again.
- They also clue in Kakashi to the fact that Tazuna wasn't being upfront with his request and that ninja targeting him means that the other villains of the arc won't be anything to sneeze at.
- One Steve Limit: Averted as another Gōzu and Meizu appear much later on as members of Danzō's Root organization in Itachi Shinden: Book of Dark Night, plus there's yet another Gōzu who is from the Sound Village as a part of the anime-exclusive Team Guren.
- Psycho for Hire: Unlike Haku, Zabuza seemingly has little affection for the two and only keeps them with him out of mutual benefit. It is telling that even after being brought back years later, the Demon Brothers aren't mentioned once by him or Haku.
- Red Baron: Collectively known as the "Oni Kyōdai" or "Demon Brothers".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In the databook, Meizu is described as the hot-tempered and sadistic one whereas Gōzu is level-headed and more strategic.
- Sadist: Meizu is described as such in the databooks.
- Starter Villains: The Demon Brothers are the first serious opponents that Team 7 faces outside of the Leaf and set the stage for the greater dangers awaiting them in the Land of Waves and the Naruto world as a whole.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Kakashi bests them easily, but not before giving Sasuke some decent resistance and Meizu managing to get a poisoned swipe on Naruto, who doesn't take it well that he contributed nothing to his first real combat experience.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They don't appear again after their brief scrap with Team 7, being tied to a tree by Kakashi and left to be picked up by the authorities. Neither Zabuza nor Haku makes mention of them after being dead for years. Given the brutal nature of the Mist's justice, at least at that earlier point in the story, it's safe to assume they were returned to their village and executed for their crimes without any drama.
- Wolverine Claws: Both brothers have poisonous claws on one of their arms each; Gōzu's is on his right while Meizu's is on his left. Meizu uses his talons on Naruto before Kakashi is able to bring him down.
Voiced by: Yurika Hino (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN), Kate Higgins (EN, Ultimate Ninja Impact)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 454 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)
A very beautiful adult woman who is currently the leader of the Village Hidden in the Mist and apparently relatively new to the position. She does not remember the previous leadership fondly. Tends to coddle her younger bodyguard.
During the Kage Summit, she acts rather dodgy when asked about rumors that Akatsuki formed in her village, and when she finds out Danzo is capable of Mind Control she suspects him of using it on the previous Mizukage. She manages to nearly kill Sasuke during the meeting and initially helped guard the daimyo of the Shinobi Countries. She then fights the revived Madara Uchiha alongside the other Kages, but despite their impressive teamwork they still end up losing to Madara's might.
Years after the war comes to an end and during some point at the epilogue, Mei passes down her title to her former bodyguard Chojiro. Hilariously, she never finds a nice looking decent man.
- Acid Attack: Boil Release, a mix of Fire and Water, allows her to breathe a cloud of acidic mist from her mouth.
- Action Girl: A very efficient one, for a change.
- All There in the Manual: She is never addressed by her real name in-universe, only as "Lady Mizukage" or some other variant.
- Anime Hair: A little blue knot on her head, and hair length that extends past her shoulders.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In the Hidden Mist Village, the title of Mizukage is granted to the strongest ninja in the village, regardless of age or experience. As the Fifth Mizukage, she is the strongest active ninja of her village, and it shows when Madara Uchiha is wary of her techniques.
- Black Mage: She avoids getting in the thick of things preferring to unleash barrages of elemental ninjutsu from a distance.
- Berserk Button: The mere mention of anything regarding her age or relationship status, or lack thereof, within earshot. It doesn't even have to be directed or about her. It doesn't even have actually be a mention of age or relationships, but similar sounding words.
- Beware the Nice Ones: By far the nicest of the Kages, charming and affectionate. But as the Mizukage she is very formidable to the point where even Sasuke struggled to endure her wrath.
- Breath Weapon: She has various techniques which involve shooting things, such as lava or acidic mist, out of her mouth.
- The Chick: Of the Five Kages.
- Christmas Cake: She takes issue with any comment even vaguely related to her age or ability to get married. She is still single come Chapter 700, where she is 46 years old. When asked about this, she laments that it is too late for her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Even more so than most since she lived through and graduated during the Bloody Mist era. Note that during the Bloody Mist era, if you wanted to become a ninja, you had to kill a fellow student just to graduate from the class. If you had kekkei genkai, then your life simply sucked. She had the misfortune of going through both before eventually working her way to becoming the next Mizukage.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Part of her Lava Release Jutsu.
- Dissonant Serenity: Maintains a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude even when making a death threat or trying to melt off someone's face.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Several female fans do, but it's hard not to see why.
- Foil: One to Tsunade. They are both the 5th generation kage, as well as the first female kage for theyre respective villages, and are both Christmas Cakes. While Tsunade doesn't care, it's Mei's berserk button. Their fighting styles are opposite, Tsunade uses super strength, while Mei's uses her Kekkai Genkai. The most obvious is Tsunade is the Fire Shadow, while Mei is the Water Shadow.
- Genocide Survivor: Mei Terumi is a bloodline limit user who lived through the purges. Not only does she survive, but she also ends up becoming the Fifth Mizukage and starts internal reforms to bring peace and stability.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: She gracefully wipes a drop of dissolving goo she spat out from her mouth. It looks like it's white and kinda thick. It doesn't help that she looks hungrily at it and comments on Sasuke's handsomeness while doing so. Doesn't apply in the anime where the color shows she is wiping lava from her mouth.
- Formerly Fit: Mei put on some weight by Boruto's time, gaining Hartman Hips and a number of wrinkles as the years went by. Justified though, given how long after the original series the story takes place and the relative peace of the era.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: If it wasn't for her chainmail, we could probably see her nipples... Though given the nature of chainmail, we probably already could.
- Lady of Black Magic: She's the in-universe equivalent of one as an older and elegant kunoichi who uses powerful elemental ninjutsu to attack from afar.
- Magma Woman: Lava Release, a mix of Fire and Earth.
- Making a Splash: Part of her Boil Release Jutsu.
- Meaningful Name: "Mei Terumi" actually means "Shining beauty".
- Mrs. Robinson: She spends her entire conversations with Sasuke pointing how he is at her taste − and let's not even mention the "mouth-wiping" scene. Sasuke is 17! She is also a bit too affectionate to Chōjūrō − not that the latter minds, really.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her incredible hotness is jokingly considered a bloodline limit in its own right on some forums. She has long red hair, a curvaceous figure in a skin-tight dress which bares her shoulders.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is often covered by her bangs.
- Playing with Fire: Part of her Lava Release and Boil Release Jutsu.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: To Sasuke, saying he is cute before melting freaking Susanoo with a single attack.
- Rapunzel Hair: It goes almost all the way down to the floor even though she's wearing it in a long top knot. She shortens it considerably in her later years.
- Retired Badass: Even after passing the mantle of Mizukage on to Chojuro she still remains an impressively competent kunoichi.
- Shading/Colour Dissonance: Her auburn hair has no shading in the manga panels, making it look like a much lighter hair color.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Superpowerful enough to be blessed with two blood inheritances.
- Superpower Lottery: In addition to having control over three regular elements, she also has two bloodline limits each giving her another element.
- Story-Breaker Power: Her Boil Release managed to melt Susanoo in seconds making it the single strongest heat attack until now... and barely taxes her at all. Not even Madara Uchiha wanted to be anywhere near it.
- True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue dress and is a graceful Lady of Black Magic.
- Twisting the Words: May take any random comment as a statement about her age or relationship status (or lack thereof), even if that person wasn't talking to or about her.Ao: What have you engaged for us to eat tonight? You have arranged our meals, Chojuro, haven't you?Mei: (thinking) Engaged... Engaged to be married?!
- Water Is Womanly: A beautiful, sultry woman in a slinky blue dress who's the Fifth Mizukage of the Hidden Mist Village in the Land of Water, and her unique Boil Release combines Fire Release with Water Release.
- You Need to Get Laid: Self-imposed and doubles as her Berserk button.
Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (JP), Steve Blum (EN), Philippe Résimont (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 454 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)
One of the Mizukage's bodyguards. Middle-aged and wears an eyepatch. Critical of his teammate Chojuro's indecisiveness, likely as a result of his upbringing during the time when the village was known as "the Blood Mist".
When Mifune suggests Danzo to lead the inter-village effort against Akatsuki, Ao reveals that he has a Byakugan under his eyepatch and uses it to discover that Danzo's eye and arm are that of a ninja he previously fought named Shisui Uchiha, who had the ability to control others minds without their knowledge. He then goes after Danzo's group when they flee, but falls for Fu's trap, with Danzo not too happy about him possessing abilities taken from a Konoha ninja. He is eventually saved by the 5th Mizukage and Chojuro, and he in the Allied Shinobi Forces as captain of the Sensor Division. When the base is destroyed by an attack of the Juubi, he seemingly dies alongside his comrades, but it turned out he survived.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost his arm and leg in the Fourth Shinobi World war, replacing them with mechanical prosthetics. Boruto defeats him by severing his artificial arm and leg with his chakra sword.
- Artificial Limbs: Due to his injuries he received from the Ten-Tails' attack, Ao became a patient of Katasuke, who used Scientific Ninja Tools to rehabilitate him. Equipped with a prosthetic left leg and hand.
- Attack Drone: Used as a last resort, the Mirror Drones. This Scientific Ninja Tool is a disk-shaped drone that can be controlled remotely with chakra to fly and attack. Ao used four, which he used to fire Jutsu Bullets from, that are strong enough to render a target unconscious. When not using it in battle, he kept the drones hidden high up in the sky.
- Aura Vision: With the Byakugan he could determine if an individual was under the influence of genjutsu and distinguish chakra colors of certain individuals.
- BFG: In the Boruto series, he wields a ninja tech steel gun barrel, it fires fire-elemental ninjutsu rather than bullets but is quickly destroyed by Konohamaru.
- Blood Knight: Ao also seems to possess a colder and battle-hungry side as he is accustomed to the ways of the "Bloody Mist Village". Even 16 years after the 4th Shinobi World War, he looks forward to taking part in combat for the first time.
- Catch and Return: Uses this method to his inconvenience.
- Cool Old Guy: He leaves this impression on Boruto after a conversation on a train.
- Crazy-Prepared: His paper-tag earrings, which have seals on them to protect his Byakugan from theft.
- Cyber Ninja: After his return in Boruto, much of his body was replaced with cybernetic implants robbing him of the ability to fight with taijutsu. It's after he steals technology from Katatsuke that Kara implants his body with weapons to make up for it.
- Dying as Yourself: His last act? Is to save Boruto from Koji Kashin's attack using a ninjutsu, embracing once more that he is a shinobi and dying accordingly.
- Exotic Eye Designs: The Byakugan in his right eye which is a pupil-less white/silver eye.
- Eyepatch of Power: Conceals a Byakugan eye, which he received from a member of the Hyuga clan that he fought. Thanks to the way the Byakugan works, he doesn't even have to remove the eyepatch to use it.
- FaceHeel Turn: Despite his previous loyalty to Kirigakure, he has not returned to the village since the war's end and has betrayed it to join Kara as an "Outer"...a sleeper agent in the Shinobi world. Why he would do that is yet unknown.
- Firebreathing Weapon: Most of his Scientific Ninja Tools in Boruto are equipped with the ability to shoot Fire Release Bullets from them including his Mecha-Mooks, his Chainsaw Grip BFG and his Chest Blaster.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: He was also a highly skilled sensor shinobi, a testament to which is that during the Fourth Shinobi World War he was appointed as the Captain of the Sensor Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces. With his sensory skills, he could even pick out the reincarnated shinobi out of thousands of White Zetsu clones, a feat that his counterparts could not perform. Along with Inoichi Yamanaka, he was able to erect an immense Sensing Barrier, which allowed him to monitor the battle between the Allied Shinobi Forces and the White Zetsu Army. Ao counts among the few sensors that have shown the ability to sense natural energy.
- Geometric Magic: His sealed earrings.
- Grumpy Old Man: He believed that men should be tough and decisive, constantly scolding Chōjūrō for his pessimistic and weak demeanor. This attitude seemed to be caused by his upbringing during the times when Kirigakure was known as the "Village of the Bloody Mist". He had a tendency of bringing up how things were done during those days, usually while fussing over Chōjūrō's behavior.
- Handicapped Badass: His mostly artificial body prevents him from throwing down with taijutsu but he makes up for it with the Anatomy Arsenal hidden inside him with tech stolen from Katatsuke.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Awaiting his imminent death of a tail beast bomb from the Ten-Tails, Ao and the Sensor Division resolved to perform the duties they were assigned until the end, and were able to relay one last strategy before the attack reached HQ, destroying the building and killing everyone. He ended up being the Sole Survivor of the Sensor Division.
- Even though he could have saved himself from Koji Kashin's attack, he chooses to rescue Boruto instead at the cost of his own life, choosing to be a ninja at the very end.
- Hidden Weapons: His body contains many of them by the time he resurfaces in Boruto including a Laser Blade in his arm and a Chest Blaster.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed with the Sensor Division by the Ten-Tails in the original series, but in the Boruto series it turns out he survived having lost most of the left side of his body. Double Subverted when he dies for real, protecting Boruto from Koji Kashin's attack.
- Magical Eye: Ao possessed a single Byakugan that he could activate at will, which he transplanted from a Hyūga clan member he defeated. One of the many physical injuries Ao received during the Fourth Shinobi World War was the loss of his Byakugan.
- Making a Splash: He has the Water Release and can perform water element jutsu due to being a ninja from the Hidden Mist Village.
- Mind Control: He subjected Katatsuke to this in order to steal intel on Scientific Ninja Tools.
- Old Soldier: Ao has fought on the battlefields ever since he was a young boy, and is a veteran of the 3rd and 4th Shinobi World War.
- Paper Talisman: His earrings which have a powerful sealing jutsu that form a barrier to protect his Byakugan.
- Prosthetic Limb Reveal: Due to his injuries he received from the Ten-Tails' attack, Ao became a patient of Katasuke, who used Scientific Ninja Tools to rehabilitate him. Equipped with a prosthetic left leg and hand, Ao could resume living a normal life.
- Red Baron: He was known as "Byakugan Killer, Ao"
- Redemption Equals Death: After stating his disdain for the ninja system, he proves himself a worthy ninja again...by sacrificing his life to protect someone else with ninjutsu.
- Returning War Vet: He's given a mission by the underground organization Kara 16 years after the 4th Shinobi World War.
- Running Gag: Whenever Ao scolds Chōjūrō, Mei always mishears it as something offensive towards her love life, such as "arrangements" for "engagements", "manage" for "marriage", and "call you ambitious" for "called off", and threatens to kill Ao if he doesn't shut up, much to his confusion.
- Sole Survivor: He is the sole survivor of the Sensor Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces which was wiped out by the Ten-Tails.
- Spanner in the Works: Ao has messed up a few villains' plans by sheer chance. He saw through the Genjutsu Tobi placed on the Fourth Mizukage Yagura, which led to the end of Yagura's bloody reign. He also uses his Byakugan to see through the genjutsu Danzo was using on Mifune to make himself head of the Shinobi Alliance, resulting in Danzo fleeing the Kage Summit.
- Super Reflexes: When Fū trapped him in his Mind Puppet Switch Cursed Seal Technique, Fū attempted to retrieve the Byakugan by making Ao decapitate himself then switching back into his own body, however, Ao warned Fū to time it carefully as too soon would allow Ao to dodge and too late would take Fū down as well. Before the true outcome could happen, the Mizukage and Chōjūrō intervened and saved Ao.
- Super Senses: He is a skilled sensor ninja who can sense the chakra of ninja and has a Byakugan in his right eye which contains abilities such as 360-degree vision and telescopic view.
- That Man Is Dead: By the time of the Boruto Era, he longer wishes to be recognized as a ninja, and instead takes up the usage of Scientific Ninja Tools as weapons over ninjutsu.
- Took a Level in Cynic: After surviving the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ao has seemingly grown bitter and disillusioned with the Shinobi world. Despite his previous loyalty to Kirigakure, he has not returned to the village since the war's end and has betrayed it to join Kara as an "Outer".
- Tragic Villain: A former hero of Kirigakure, he had the potential to do good things with the Scientific Ninja Tools at his disposal. In defeat he is reminded of what being a ninja is and saves Boruto at the cost of his own life.
- True Sight: The Byakugan in his right eye has the ability to pierce through visually disabling techniques and illusions. Using the Byakugan years previous, Ao was able to notice the genjutsu that controlled the 4th Mizukage. During the Kage Summit, he exposes Danzo's genjutsu on Mifune.
- Vein-o-Vision: The Byakugan in his right eye can see the chakra network and identify chakra points.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: During the Third Shinobi World War, he defeated a Hyūga member and took one of their Byakugan, which he implanted into his right eye socket.
- When I Was Your Age...: He had a tendency of bringing up how things were done during his days, usually while fussing over Chōjūrō's behavior. Years after the 4th War, he meets Boruto and shares his experiences with him.
- Worthy Opponent: He considered Shisui Uchiha as one. At the Kage Summit, he was able to recognize Shisui's chakra from Danzo since it left an impression on him from an encounter. For having resorted to using his Mirror Drones, he considered Boruto as such.
- X-Ray Vision: The Byakugan in his right eye can see through solid objects, including the eyepatch he wears to conceal it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has blue hair.
- Zen Survivor: After surviving the 4th Shinobi World War and losing two limbs, Ao has seemingly grown bitter and disillusioned with the Shinobi world. Despite his previous loyalty to Kirigakure, he has not returned to the village since the war's end.
Voiced by: Kouki Miyata (JP), Brian Beacock (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 454 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)
Like Ao, he is another bodyguard to Mei Terumi, the 5th Mizukage. One of the 7 Swordsmen of the Mist. Now that Zabuza & Kisame are dead, the only real one left. Frequently annoys Ao because he stutters and seems to lack self-confidence.
After accompanying the Mizukage to the Kage Summit, he is currently helping her guard the daimyo of the Shinobi Countries.
He later becomes the Sixth Mizukage sometime after the War.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is a sweet and timid guy who looks like a scholar rather than a fighter. When duty calls, he will show you why he is a member of The Dreaded team that once hosted extremely dangerous shinobi like Zabuza and Kisame.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Mei, though nothing really comes of it.
- Character Development: Grows more confident during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Consistently chastised for his timid nature and indecisiveness, but when things get heated — or the Mizukage needs him — he's ready to rock.
- Drop the Hammer: His sword is a Morph Weapon that can turn into various other weapons, such as a big hammer made of chakra when released.
- Empathic Weapon: Per se; the more chakra Choujuro puts into his blade, the stronger it becomes. Hence, the more confidence he gains, and the more he thinks about protecting the Fifth Mizukage, the longer and bigger, and thus stronger, his weapon's forms become.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: As a kenjutsu practitioner, Chōjūrō wields a dual-handled sword called Hiramekarei, that is linked together at the handles by a chain.
- Last of His Kind: When he debuts in the Five Kage Summit arc, he is the last living member of the famous Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
- Likes Older Women: Has a crush on the older Mizukage. Her very particular attention to him does nothing to help.
- Making a Splash: Has shown to use Water Release in filler segments.
- Master Swordsman: Only one of the Seven Shinobi Swordsmen to still be loyal to the Hidden Mist. It's to a degree that he can easily handle three of the Neo-Seven Shinobi Swordsmen with a mere broken katana.
- Meganekko: A male example.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Chojuro has pointed, shark-like teeth; a common trait of the members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, as well as apprentices, share.
- Nerd Glasses: He wears square, black-rimmed glasses connected to ear protectors.
- Nice Guy: Chojuro is quite humble and friendly. Even when he's Mizukage.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks a bit like Chester Bennington.
- Shoot the Dog: Shizuma Hoshigaki claims he has eliminated all records of the Hoshigaki and Karatachi clans from history and has troublemakers interfering with his plans to peacefully modernize the Mist assassinated. This seems to be untrue in the end though, as Chojuro merely has Shizuma and his ruffians apprehended after they almost destabilized the relationship between the Hidden Mist and Leaf.
- Shrinking Violet: A lighter version, and a male example.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Hiramekarei can create an aura of different weapons out of chakra.
- Took a Level in Badass: From an awkward teenager to a confident warrior during the Fourth Shinobi World War. And then to Sixth Mizukage, one of the strongest shinobi in the world.
- Wave Motion Sword: Of the extended Laser Blade variety.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Chōjūrō has short, tufty blue hair.
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 525 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 267 (Anime)
One of most powerful Shinobi, Gengetsu Hozuki, the Second Mizukage, was a respected leader of Kirigakure. He was killed during the last confrontation against the Second Tsuchikage Mu, killing him at the same time. Kabuto's Edo Tensei brought him back to life to face the Shinobi Alliance in the Fourth Shinobi World War. Besides being a very tall mustached man with large poofy hair, curious way of dressing and with no eyebrows, not much is known about him other than he was a Master of Illusion, a laid back, and very charismatic leader concerned with the welfare of the Secret World and that he loathed the Second Tsuchikage. It is revealed in chapter 556 that he was a member of the Hozuki clan, like Suigetsu and his brother. Uniquely to the former two, his hydrification technique manifests itself in the form of producing an oily, water-like substance.
- Arch-Enemy: To the 2nd Tsuchikage.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Like all Kage.
- Badass Beard: Also possesses an awesome goatee.
- Berserk Button: While very laid back and charismatic, Mu could send him in a rage with only two words. He was also was pretty upset that the Shinobi army couldn't hurt him at all. Also doesn't like having his mustache called 'whiskers'.
- Black-and-Gray Morality: While he is morally ambiguous like other Shinobi, Mu's underhanded and selfish goals piss him off completely.
- Blood Knight: For all his unwillingness to fight and kill the Shinobi Alliance's ninjas, once Gaara showed up and turned out to pose a challenge, he admitted that the fighting was getting to be fun. A wee bit too fun, even.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Develops this easily, but most especially when the army he faces incompetently fails to take him down despite many hints. You honestly can't blame him for this either.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Unlike the Fourth Kazekage and the Third Raikage, he managed to destroy "his" battalion, and Gaara is barely standing after facing him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Loves to snark everyone.
- Didn't See That Coming: His death at hands of Mu. He also was shocked that the Fourth Batallion could barely make him sweat.
- A Father to His Men: Stated to be this to his Shinobis during his reign and even after being brought back, he was more concerned with the fate of his subordinates than his own zombified self.
- Finger Gun: His water finger technique. It also serves as a Call-Back to Suigetsu's debut when he threatened Sasuke with the same technique.
- Friendly Enemy: Mu excluded, he is not above praising his enemies' power and abilities like being impressed and excited after seeing Gaara's sand attacks.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Played with. He looks like a Bond Villain waiting to happen, but he is deemed as a force of good in the Naruto verse, his forced slaughter of the Fourth Batallion notwithstanding.
- Having a Blast: His Infinite Explosion technique.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Even he is shocked how hard dying has come out to be.
- Implacable Man: The guy just refuses to stay sealed.
- Improbable Hairstyle: His near pompadour hair is borderline unbelievable.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He might frustrate the forces with his abilities, especially when he stops cooperating, but his reasoning is sound:"If you can't win against me using all of your abilities, that means you're less than dead old me, you fool! How are you gonna win against an enemy boss like that?!"
- Large Ham: He was having way more fun than any of the rest of the resurrected kages in his group."Charisma oozes out of people without eyebrows, you know!""Hot damn! I don't have eyebrows either!"
- Loyal Animal Companion: In the form of a giant clam.
- Making a Splash: As a Hozuki, his use of Water Release is similar to that of Suigetsu and Mangetsu.
- Master of Illusion: His illusions operate in the same matter a real-life mirage does. By summoning his clam, it creates a heavy, illusory mist that the Mizukage hides in and creates a 'false' Mizukage for the enemy to target. While the enemy tries to attack, all their attacks just pass through the mirage while the real Mizukage moves through the mist and attacks covertly. Due to the method of how the Genjutsu is cast, even entire teams of sensors couldn't pinpoint the real Mizukage and even with his explanation, the Mizukage still couldn't be hit. The only way to cancel the Genjutsu is to find and neutralize the clam...but since the clam is also hidden by the mist, moves around in the illusion and creates mirages of itself, it's a task easier said than done. Now if we take his Joki Boi (Infinite Explosions Technique), he's made into a nearly unbeatable ninja since he can hide in a mirage which is so broken that not even entire teams of sensors and possibly Dojutus users could find the real Mizukage and the Clam. Thus...when Joki Boi is created the real Mizukage, who'd be weakened by the Joki Boi's creation, could just sit back and let his little psycho clone attack while he's safe and sound. All and all, it's this ability that makes him the strongest of the Edo Kages, acknowledged in-universe.
- In a way, he's even better than Itachi is in genjutsu. True, his ability isn't as powerful as Tsukuyomi, but it's far more broken and subtle. All standard genjutsu breaking methods are useless against his genjutsu, and there's a chance that even Dojutsu can't see through it due to being blinded like the mist as the Hidden Mist Technique could.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji used for Gen can translate to as illusion, referring to his specialty in genjutsu.
- Mutual Kill: He and the second Tsuchikage Mu both met their end this way.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Gaara "Mr. No-eyebrows" (while this could totally apply to himself).
- Nice Guy: He's rash, a little rude and impatient. But he's the nicest of the resurrected four kages, and the most pleasant undead zombie.
- No Brows: And hes proud of it! He even provides the page quote.
- One-Man Army: He destroyed the entire Fourth Batallion, and gave a hard fight to Gaara and Oonoki.
- Obviously Evil: Subverted, he's arguably the nicest and cheeriest of the four zombie kage.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Shinobi style.
- Springtime for Hitler: He tried so very hard to lose, giving the Shinobi Alliance as many hints and tips as possible on how to defeat him. He slaughtered them all. He was not amused.
- Stealth Mentor: Takes up this role when fighting Gaara, believing that if he can't defeat him in zombie mode, a victory against the Big Bad wouldn't be possible either. His efforts finally pay off.
- Verbal Tic: A tendency to end his sentences with "maji de" (seriously/for real).
- World's Strongest Man: Acknowledged in Universe by Gaara to be the strongest of the resurrected Kages.
Jinin Akebino, Jūzō Biwa, Kushimaru Kuriarare, Jinpachi Munashi, Ameyuri Ringo, Fuguki Suikazan, and Mangetsu Hozuki
Jinin voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)
Jūzō voiced by: Kosuke Goto (JP), Steve Blum (EN)
Kushimaru voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (JP), Grant George (EN)
Jinpachi voiced by: Dai Matsumoto (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (EN)
Ameyuri voiced by: Seiko Tamura (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
Fuguki voiced by: Minoru Hirota (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (EN)
Jinin's Debut: Naruto Chapter 522 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 265 (Anime)
Jūzō's Debut: Naruto Chapter 668 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 419 (Anime)
Kushimaru's Debut: Naruto Chapter 522 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 265 (Anime)
Jinpachi's Debut: Naruto Chapter 522 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 265 (Anime)
Ameyuri's Debut: Naruto Chapter 522 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 265 (Anime)
Mangetsu's Debut: Naruto Chapter 522 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 265 (Anime)
Fuguki's Debut: Naruto Chapter 507 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 251 (Anime)
The Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist are a group of the most powerful and skilled swordsmen in Mist, each of whom wields one of seven powerful swords (passed down in Kiri). Of all the known members, which also included Zabuza Momochi and Kisame Hoshigaki, Chojuro is the sole surviving official member. Meanwhile, Mangetsu Hozuki's younger brother, Suigestu Hozuki, dreams of collecting all their swords and reforming the group once again.
The seven swords are Hiramekarei (wielded by Mangetsu and later Chojuro), Kabutowari (wielded by Jinin Akebino), Kiba (wielded by Raiga Kurosuki and later Ameyuri Ringo), Kubikiribocho (wielded by Zabuza), Nuibari (wielded by Kushimaru Kuriarare), Samehada (wielded by Fuguki Suikazan and later Kisame), and Shibuki (wielded by Jinpachi Munashi). Before the start of the series, Kirigakure lost all of them save Hiramekarei, as most of the Swordsmen became missing-nin. They regain them only after the end of the Fourth Ninja War.
- The Ace: Mangetsu, presumably. He was the only one trained to wield all seven swords.
- Adaptation Expansion: Jūzō is just a throwaway character in the manga, named in the databook with only one line of dialogue. The anime expands his role as being a former member of the Akatsuki and Itachi Uchiha's first partner in the organization before his death at the hands of Yagura, the Fourth Mizukage. His demise paved the way for Kisame Hoshigaki to take the empty spot and begin his partnership with the fallen Uchiha, not to mention his Executioner's Blade returned to the Mist and ended up in Zabuza's possession.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Jinin's Kabutowari specializes in this type of attack. He uses the ax to get his opponent to block and the hammer to propel the ax through his opponent's guard
- Ax-Crazy: Some of 'em are freaking lunatics.
- Back from the Dead: The most recent generation of the Seven Swordsmen were revived by Kabuto to fight in the 4th World War.
- Blood Knight: All of them, apart from Chojuro. It's implied the Fourth Mizukage or rather Tobi encouraged this behavior.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- Mangetsu is mentioned all the way back in Chapter 380, during Team Hebi's encounter with Kisame, but doesn't make an appearance until Chapter 522.
- Fuguki Suikazan, who briefly appears in Kisame's flashback in Chapter 507. Again, he makes his proper debut in Chapter 522.
- Cool Mask: Kushimaru Kuriarare wears one.
- Cool Sword: Being the symbols of their group, each of the Seven Swordsmen have swords with all kinds of crazy abilities or which are otherwise very exotic in design.
- Dual Wielding: The Kiba is actually two separate blades.
- Eye Scream: Jinpachi wears an eyepatch to cover where his left eye used to be.
- Fallen Hero: A great deal of them became treacherous missing-nin.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Well, duh. They were at least considered heroes by their home, Kiri.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kushimaru and Jinpachi's endless bickering, not to mention Akebino Jinin's sword that breaks any defense? Not helpful when he's trying to use it to anchor himself to the ground.
- Ill Girl: Ameyuri Ringo died from her incurable disease in the anime.
- Informed Attribute: Mangetsu was mentioned by Kisame to be humbler and more level-headed than Suigetsu, but we don't see him emote much during his revival in the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Large and in Charge: Fuguki Suikazan is even bigger than Kisame.
- Making a Splash: It's a specialty of their village, so several of them use Water Release Jutsu.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Most of them, even shy little Chojuro, have mouths full of shark-like teeth. Raiga is the only one to lack them.
- Name's the Same: Kiba the swords have nothing to do with Kiba Inuzuka of Konohagakure and Shibuki has nothing to do with the leader of Takigakure introduced in the second OVA.
- No Name Given: Two unidentified members are seen among the group that Duy sacrificed himself to protect Guy's team from. The databook does not offer further info.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: One previous generations' fight against Might Duy unleashing all eight gates counts as this, considering what Might Guy could do against Madara with the same moves it's evident it was a hell of a fight. And some of the Generation even survives unscathed! Fuguki is confirmed in the manga, while the anime includes Jūzō as well. Assuming that his filler arc is still canon, Raiga would be the third survivor.
- Predecessor Villain: Jūzō was shown to be this in the anime for both Kisame AND Zabuza. For Kisame, he held the position in the Akatsuki as Itachi Uchiha's partner, although Jūzō was the senior unlike Itachi's relationship with the former, and for Zabuza, he was the earliest known user of Kubikiribōchō and shared many physical characteristics with the Demon of the Hidden Mist.
- Prehensile Hair: Fuguki Suikazan uses his hair to make deadly needles and impale enemies.
- Shock and Awe: Ameyuri Ringo's Kiba swords use lightning to attack.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Mangetsu is practically identical to Suigetsu, down to wearing the same type of clothing. The only difference seems to be the clothing's color and the fact that Mangetsu wears a Kiri headband, unlike his brother.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Post revival. Some of them REALLY don't like each other but have to fight together regardless. Kushimaru and Jinpachi outright hate one another. Raiga claims that he hates ALL of his former teammates, but refuses to explain why.
- The Smurfette Principle: Ameyuri Ringo's the only known female.
- Theme Naming: All of their surnames are based on some form of produce. The only one who averts this to an extent is Raiga Kurosuki, whose surname means "black hoe".
- The Voiceless: Mangetsu remains silent throughout his entire appearance. Even the anime keeps him this way.
- Worthy Opponent: Zabuza to Kakashi and Naruto, Kisame to Guy, Ameyuri Ringo to Omoi.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Often, their swords would be passed down to the person who killed them, who would take their place in the group.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN), Tony Beck (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 668 (Manga), Naruto Episode 152 (Anime)
Raiga Kurosuki (黒鋤雷牙, Kurosuki Raiga) was a former member of Kirigakure's Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist introduced in an anime filler arc, and the current owner of the Kiba double lightning sword. During his life in Kirikagure, Raiga was a very tormented, cruel, and lonely individual looking for the meaning of life. During a raid on a village, Raiga finds a boy with health problems named Ranmaru. Ranmaru is the possessor of a rare Bloodline Limit which can create very powerful illusions (enough to even fool the Hyuga Clan's Byakugan) and see-through things. However, in the end, Ranmaru wishes to expand his horizons beyond just killing and weeping with Raiga, to which the swordsman realizes that the boy will never be free as long as he lives and allows Naruto to punch him off a cliff. Raiga gives himself a funeral of lightning leaving not even a particle of himself behind.
Unlike most of his fellow swordsmen, Raiga remained dead during the duration of the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Both Raiga and Kiba's inclusion in the manga conflicts with several points in Raiga's story from his original filler arc. Namely, Raiga was only able to join the ranks of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen upon using Ranmaru's dōjutsu to aid him in battle in the anime, whereas the manga flashback with Guy established him as being a member several decades before those events took place. Ranmaru can only be in his late tweens at most when we meet him, meaning there was no way he could've been around back then. Also, Raiga was shown to be an ANBU Black Op when he first met Ranmaru in the anime in contrast to his databook entry claiming his rank was that of a standard jōnin. He still used Kiba during his ANBU days before being promoted as if to infer that the swords were always his and didn't exist prior to him. It would be revealed later on that all the weapons had existed since the era of the First Mizukage. Finally, when Raiga gives himself his own funeral, he's still holding the blades and they're gone upon his death, implying that they were lost with him. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, however, they turn up seemingly no worse for wear in Ameyuri Ringo's possession.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Ranmaru feels for Raiga after he gives himself a funeral of lightning, with Naruto feeling the same.
- Ax-Crazy: Has a huge thirst for blood. A sane man certainly wouldn't go around trying to blast twelve to thirteen-year-old kids with lightning and threaten to kill a defenseless elderly woman based on the vaguest circumstantial evidence that her son was responsible for his morality pet's supposed death.
- Badass and Child Duo: He's the badass who does all the fighting while Ranmaru directs him on how to evade hits and alerts him to incoming threats.
- Berserk Button: While it doesn't take much for him to give one of his victims a funeral, those aren't usually him raging out. What does piss him off is messing with Ranmaru, his other half, over which he is fully prepared to kill Karashi and the Konoha ninja after he thinks Ranmaru is dead.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: He doesn't really hate most people he kills, he just thinks that funerals are the best way to see the good in people.
- Buried Alive: During his reign over the Katabami Gold Mine, he'd force the townspeople to mine gold and other valuable ore for whatever he had planned for it. Anyone who defied his Kurosuki Family or caught trying to leave town would be captured in a coffin and buried while Raiga would eulogize the "happy times" he shared with the "deceased" such as destroying their precious possessions or roughing them up for kicks.
- Canon Foreigner: While his swords were eventually made canon, no mention is made of him when Kabuto revives the Seven Swordsmen until...
- Canon Immigrant: Chapter 669 where Raiga himself does end up making a cameo wielding the Kiba swords, making him the only character to first appear in the anime before being added to the manga.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: During his days in Kirigakure, he found one when he met Ranmaru.
- Driven to Suicide: Eventually, what losing Ranmaru does to him. He lets Naruto beat him before killing himself.
- Dual Wielding: Wields Kiba, twin swords that can be connected at their hilt to form a double-bladed sword.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His prominent lips and long hair make him fairly androgynous, though not to the same levels as Ranmaru.
- Dumb Muscle: Downplayed, as while he's no idiot, his reliance on Ranmaru for combat direction and his Ax-Crazy nature, in general, makes it fairly easy for less powerful opponents to outsmart him when he's separated from his partner. He spells out to Karashi that he's not exactly a smart guy in comparison to Ranmaru, notable for the context as its believed that the boy is dead. He's not.
- Expy: Raiga and Ranmaru are ones for Zabuza and Haku, even prompting Naruto to have some flashbacks to the former after hearing their stories. Raiga's bloodlust and affection for his partner are more overt than Zabuza's, however, and his motives as an antagonist are left largely undefined.
- Famous Last Words: "COME, LIGHTNING! GIVE ME A FUNERAL WORTH REMEMBERING!!"
- Filler Villain: A big threat, but ultimately all his scenes in the present story are anime exclusive, being the main antagonist of the Kurosuki Family Removal arc.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: While Raiga does receive a backstory, his specific motives for taking over the mining town during his Filler Arc are only vaguely touched on, leaving him feeling a bit like this.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: It is implied that at one point, Raiga desired to be in a group of friends and thought that the other six swordsmen could be his True Companions, but over time this desire faded due to most of the swordsman being highly averse to the idea and left Raiga a broken shell and growing to hate Kisame, Zabuza, and the rest. Ranmaru is whom he considered his Only Friend and never bothered to cultivate bonds with other people, as such when Ranmaru gives others a chance, he can't handle it and decides to set his partner free.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of the Kurosuki Family Removal arc. He kills himself with real lightning to give himself a memorable funeral. Like with Kisame and Juzo, he is not brought back due to there being not being any remains left behind for Kabuto to use.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: It can apparently move in the earth despite being referred as a counter to Earth Release.
- Made of Iron: Like Zabuza before him, he is incredibly hard to kill and it took a huge lightning bolt to wipe him out. But not before fighting a jōnin, and several powerful genin strikes and still stand up.
- Morality Pet: His relationship with Ranmaru resembles Zabuza's relationship with Haku.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Due to his status as an anime-original character, Raiga lacks the prominent fangs that his fellow Mist Swordsmen all seem to have. Whether this changed after his inclusion in the manga is not known, as he doesn't speak there nor in the anime version of said scene. His daughter Buntan does have fangs, though those could be from her mother's side of the family.
- Noodle Incident: The reasons for Raiga enslaving the Katabami Gold Mine are only brought up once and given little attention. Apparently, the Land of Rivers' government was overtaxing the Katabami miners and Raiga overthrew the town officials and made it his own. He explains this to Ranmaru, who he has no reason to lie to, but there's room for debate. There's also his hatred for his fellow Ninja Swordsmen, which he notably refuses to revisit.
- Not Quite Dead: After his first defeat. Naruto's Rasengan landed him under a bunch of rocks until Ranmaru seemingly sacrificed his life to resuscitate his savior.
- Odd Name Out: Due to his status as a Canon Immigrant, Raiga is the only one of the Seven Swordsmen whose name doesnt refer to produce. That said, Kurosuki translates to "black spade" or "black plough", and those are commonly used in the growing and cultivation of crops, tying it in somewhat.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He's one of the only three members of the Mist Swordsmen, including Fuguki Suikazan and Jūzō Biwa, to survive Duy's assault in the anime.
- Older Than They Look: Assuming that the Curry of Life arc is still canon with Shippūden and Boruto, Raiga seemingly hasn't aged all that much by his appearance in the aforementioned arc to back when he confronted Guy's genin team. Note that Guy was likely between seven and eleven years old when his encounter took place. The databook that contains Raiga's profile leaves his age undefined.
- Only Friend: Pitifully mentions that Ranmaru was his only precious person and with the boy now wanting more out of life, Raiga decides that his friend will never be free as long as he lives. This leads him to throw the fight with Naruto and to him giving himself a funeral of lightning.
- Papa Wolf: He'll destroy anyone who even looks at Ranmaru funny.
- Red Baron: The Thunder of the Hidden Mist.
- Shock and Awe: In addition to normal Lightning Style techniques, he has limited control over "actual lightning".
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Japanese, his surname was written as "黒鍬" (black hoe) on TV Tokyo's website but the anime credits spell it as "黒鋤" (black spade). The romanization of "Kurosuki" is still the same, however.
- Tender Tears: He likes funerals because he always remembers the good sides of the dead, crying sincerely while doing so.
- The Unreveal: He claims that he hates Zabuza, Kisame, and all the other members of the Seven Mist Swordsmen, but he refuses to elaborate further and Naruto doesn't get the chance to ask again. There is the implication though that he resents them for not really giving him a chance, though.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Naruto's team makes Ranmaru realize that there are other things to do in life than traveling with Raiga.
- Worthy Opponent: Goes back and forth on whether or not to give Lee his own funeral.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Dark green in his case.