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Sound Five

The Sound Five are Orochimaru's squad of personal bodyguards. They first appear during the Chunin Exam arc, where they prevent anyone from interfering with Orochimaru's fight with the Third Hokage. Their main appearance, though, is in the Sasuke Retrieval arc, where they are sent to escort Sasuke to Orochimaru's lair and serve as the antagonists of the arc. Each of them fights one of the members of the Retrieval team, and all of them are dead by the end of the arc.


Each of them possesses a Cursed Seal, which allows them to transform into more powerful forms during battle.

    In General 

All the Sound Five provide examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: See Back from the Dead below for details.
  • Ax-Crazy: Except for Kimimaro. Sakon in particular had to be reminded not to kill Sasuke in their first meeting.
  • Back from the Dead: Kimimaro was resurrected by Edo Tensei in the manga. All of them were in the anime.
  • Barrier Warrior: The Sound Four cast various barrier and sealing jutsu together.
  • Came Back Strong: In the anime, they are revived more powerful than ever.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: All of them (sans Kimimaro) first appear at the end of the Chunin Exam arc, where they don't do much aside from setting up the barrier jutsu and helping Orochimaru escape. We don't get to see what they can really do until the Sasuke Retrieval Arc.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the musical theater adaptation, they appear simply as black-robed figures wearing white masks and are never indicated to be their manga counterparts.
  • Elite Four: Were originally called the Sound Four, Orochimaru's bodyguards, and closest assistants, even although they were technically five (Sakon and Ukon were considered a single ninja). Later expanded to the Sound Five with Kimimaro.
  • Four Is Death: Were the Sound Four before Kimimaro joined, and became it again after he left the group.
  • Jerkass: They're all rude and downright cruel to the Sasuke Retrieval Squad, and act very much like the ninja counterparts of bullies as they frequently call their opponents names, beat on them when they're down, and mock them while doing so. Kimimaro however, is somewhat less of a jerk than the others and the least sadistic.
  • Killed Off for Real: All of them, despite all being young and in the manga, were never resurrected with Kabuto's Edo Tensei aside from Kimimaro.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: In their first appearance, when they're using the Combination Transformation to hide as Rasa's bodyguards. The anime also implies it was them disguised as the teammates of Shiore (the grass ninja Orochimaru impersonated) during the second phase of the chūnin exams, one of whom was wearing an actual mask.
  • Mysterious Past: Aside from Kimimaro, most of which comes from the anime, we know nothing about their early lives. All we're shown in the anime is that the core four members were prisoners of Orochimaru's and were forced to fight with other prisoners in a battle royale that would determine who got to be his bodyguards.
  • Obviously Evil: When they're in their default appearance, they don't look particularly good or evil. But when they activate the second stage of the cursed seal, they play this straight.
  • One-Winged Angel: Courtesy of the Curse Mark. Kimimaro has one that's stronger than the others.
  • Oni: The first four's Curse Mark Mode causes their body to resemble them (with the exception of Jirobo lacking a horn).
  • Power Tattoo: They are each given a Curse Seal by Orochimaru. When active, the cursed seal increases their chakra, strength, and speed. They can also enter the cursed seal's second state: a transformation that turns their skin grey, lengthens their hair, and causes them to develop other specific features depending on the user. The transformation boosts their physical parameters even further giving them enhanced usage of their jutsu.
  • Psychos For Hire: Save for Kimimaro.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They have unique looks, personalities, and powers, and were also empowered with Orochimaru's Cursed Seal, making them much stronger than your average rogue ninja. They also were close to killing the members of Kohona 11 before the Sand Siblings interfered.
  • Sore Loser: In the anime after Kimimaro defeats them it takes them a while to follow his orders.
  • Summon Magic: All of them except for Kimimaro have a summoning technique (though Jirōbō's is only in the anime).
  • Teens Are Monsters: They're all only 14-15 years old and very sadistic and merciless towards their opponents.
  • Total Party Kill: The Sound Four are wiped out delivering Sasuke Uchiha to Orochimaru in the end, though they ultimately succeed in their mission.
  • Trash Talk: They are very fond of calling their opponents trash. Even Kimimaro, despite his calm and otherwise polite speech, refers to Naruto and his Shadow Clone army as shadow clones as “scattered garbage” that needs to be cleaned up. Tayuya's badmouthing extends to her own teammates, especially Jirōbō.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Their relationship with each other is rather volatile, though they still have powerful collaboration techniques when the situation calls for it.
  • Worf Had the Flu: A group of powerful shinobi, they are only defeated by the Sasuke Retrieval Team (mostly composed of genin) because they were hurt and exhausted after their battle with Genma and Raido.
  • Younger than They Look: Believe it or not, they are FOURTEEN. Except for Kimimaro who is fifteen. They only look their age in the stock photos we use.



Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), Michael Sorich (EN)note , Erick Salinas (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
Click here to see his Level 2 Cursed Seal 

"You get five people together, one of them is always the reject. The guy they keep around for a laugh, and in a pinch, he's always the first to go, a pawn among knights."

The big guy. He's constantly berating Tayuya for her foul mouth. The most physically powerful member of the five, but the weakest overall when considering all abilities combined. He hates being called fat but calls Choji fat constantly in their battle — go figure.

He knows lots of Earth-Style jutsu and taijutsu plus he can eat other peoples' chakra to strengthen himself. His Cursed Seal form makes him bigger and tougher.

He has Choji on the ropes for most of their fight, but Choji uses a Deadly Upgrade and kills him in one punch.

  • Antagonist Abilities: Of the Energy Absorption variety.
  • Bald of Evil: Not completely, though he's lacking in hair nonetheless. He grows a large amount of hair in the second stage of his cursed seal.
  • Berserk Button: Being called fat.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He is the first member of the Sound Four to die.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Makes fun of Choji for being fat during their fight, despite being fatter than he is.
  • The Brute: But a lot smarter than most examples, enough to dish out some serious emotional abuse against Chouji. Not smart enough to realize, however, that dissing Shikamaru was a really bad idea...
  • Bully Hunter: A rare villainous (and hypocritical) example of the trope. During his fight with Choji, Jirobo keeps insulting Shikamaru, wrongly assuming that Shikamaru considered Choji the weakest and most useless of the group and left him alone just out of jerkass-ness.
  • Butt-Monkey: In his group, he's the butt of everyone's jokes. Tayuya herself often insults him.
  • Containment Field: He could make one out of the earth and combine it with his Energy Absorption too. In the anime, it was actually shown to be deadly.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is very proficient at earth jutsu.
  • Energy Absorption: This is Jirobo's specialty, and one of his most powerful abilities.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Shikamaru (who was not actually intending to do so) asks to only let himself out of his Earth Dome Prison rather than any of his comrades, he tells him that he deserves to die for wanting to do such a thing.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Since the other members of the Sound Five treat him as the butt of their jokes and show no sympathy for him at all, he mistakes Shikamaru's trust in Choji as an act of dickery not different from that of his companions.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Choji. Both are The Big Guy of their respective groups and considered being called fat as a Berserk Button.
  • Evil Redhead: A sadistic orange-haired brute.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has the lowest octaves of the Sound Four, even more so upon activating his cursed seal's second state. The English dub also gives him a raspy tone, though not to the extremes of Kidōmaru.
  • Fat Bastard: He's an unpleasant, overweight, sadistic, and unrepentant hypocrite.
  • Golem: He can summon one in the anime and it shares his Energy Absorption powers.
  • Hypocrite: Jirobo mocks Choji for being The Load of his team, despite Jirobo himself being the weakest member of the Sound Four. Also, for someone who considers being called fat a Berserk Button, he has no qualms addressing Choji as such. In the VIZ translation, this exchange comes to mind:
    Chōji: Here I come, fatso!
  • Large and in Charge: Averted, though he is the biggest of the group, he is in fact the last-in-command of the four, being the first person to hold onto Sasuke's barrel.
  • Life Energy: He can eat chakra to regain strength.
  • Mighty Glacier: Though the physically strongest member of the group, he is also the slowest. This is one of the reasons why he is considered by the rest of the Sound Four to be their weakest member.
  • One-Winged Angel: Becomes even bigger, grows more hair, has his skin turn red, and grows wart-like protuberances, causing him to resemble an ogre.
  • It Only Works Once: In the anime, he tries to retrap the retrieval team in his Earth Dome but Chōji prevents it from forming again with his Human Boulder. Jirōbō does not reattempt the move a third time.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Outside of combat, he maintains a solemn disposition with seemingly no sense of humor.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: The second stage of his Cursed Seal.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: He applauds the Sasuke Retrieval team for breaking free from his Earth Dome Prison in the anime, saying it wasn't bad work...for a bunch of "losers/scumbags". Naruto and Kiba aren't amused.
  • The Stoic: Subverted; he maintains an air of rigid discipline and seriousness while with the rest of his team but as soon as they're gone and he begins fighting solo...
  • Stout Strength: He's stronger than his teammates in terms of brute strength. He's stronger than Choji's mountain form enough to lift it but is below Choji's butterfly mode.
  • Super Strength: Already pretty strong considering he can lift massive boulders made from the ground beneath him. He is able to lift a giant Choji in the second stage of his cursed seal.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Shamelessly tries to beg for his life when Choji is about to kill him off.



Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Peter Lurie (EN), Sergio Gutierrez Coto (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
Click here to see his Level 2 Cursed Seal 

The weakest one in the game always goes down first!

Kidōmaru is a spider-esque guy with four extra arms. Is sort of dark skinned. He does whatever a spider can... and more. He can produce both regular webs and golden ones which instantly harden to become harder than steel. In the Japanese version, he always talks as if battles are some sort of Real-Time Strategy game. He's a good strategist, though — he's able to determine Neji's weakness merely by watching him fight for a while.

He can instantly forge weapons using his webs, including a bow-and-arrow with tremendous destructive potential. He has a personal summon; a spider who can instantly create hundreds of smaller ones. His Cursed Seal form makes him even more spiderlike and gives him another eye.

He nearly kills Neji, but Neji manages to turn the tables on him at the last minute.

  • Always Accurate Attack: In his Level Two form, he can make sure that his arrows never miss and even control it in mid-flight. Neji was only able to redirect the arrow away from his heart to avoid an instant kill.
  • Ambiguously Brown: A dark-skinned member.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: 8 members, check; can make web, check; has a spider for summoning, check. He even gets a Third Eye when in One-Winged Angel form.
  • Archer Archetype: His Spider War Bow: Terrible Shot allows him to create a bow and arrows out of his Spider Sticky Gold. He also fits the intellectual aspects and is a composed fighter but like everyone in the group, he is an unrepentant sadist.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's able to figure out the effects and limitations of several of Neji's techniques just by watching how he reacts.
  • Evil Genius: An amazing tactician, it takes Kidōmaru about five minutes to figure out the weakness in the Hyūga Clan's much-vaunted Absolute Defense, and another two minutes to exploit it and bring Neji to his knees.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: He gets a delightful rasp in the English dub, courtesy of Peter Lurie. It becomes even more so after unleashing his Cursed Seal's second state.
  • Giant Spider: Summons one in Level Two, and it reproduces. Sleep tight, arachnophobes...
  • Glass Cannon: He's an effective ranged combatant, but falls after Neji's first successful Gentle Fist assault on him.
  • Instant Armor: By secreting golden spider silk from his sweat glands.
  • Lack of Empathy: Played with. While none of the Sound Five are decent people by proxy, not even Kimimaro, Kidōmaru, in particular, stands out as unlike with his teammates, he never has a moment showing any standards. Jirōbō hates leaders who sacrifice their own men as pawns, Sakon and Ukon care for each other as brothers with the latter ribbing Kiba for seemingly ditching Akamaru to save himself, and even Tayuya criticized Shikamaru for sacrificing his friends to bring back Sasuke; a missing-nin that defected from his village of (mostly) his own accord. Kidōmaru demonstrates no such humanization and instead gleefully delights in any suffering he causes as if fighting is all he cares about.
  • Long-Range Fighter: After going Level 2, Neji never even gets to see him until he is given the opportunity for a finishing blow, though his vulnerability to a close-ranged assault helps him counteract this.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Tayuya once calls him an octopus, but this is otherwise never mentioned nor discussed in-universe.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Archery is his specialty.
  • One-Winged Angel: Becomes even more spider-like, grows horns, and has his hair turn white and grow.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In contrast to most of his team, his expression is often a cocky smirk that reflects his attitude towards fights i.e. being in a game.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Into an afro, no less.
  • Projectile Webbing: Kidōmaru has the ability to produce large spider webs.
  • Sneaky Spider: A spider-themed ninja (with eight limbs, the ability to produce webs, and a Giant Spider personal summon). Fittingly, he is the Sound Five's strategist and an unrepentant sadist.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He can create weapons like throwing knives and a bow and arrow out of specialized spider silk from his mouth.
  • The Strategist: And thinks killing people is fun, like an RTS game. Remember that he's fourteen years old.
  • Third Eye: Helps his accuracy.
  • Token Evil Teammate: As mentioned in Lack of Empathy, while nobody in the group is entirely pleasant, Kidōmaru demonstrates none of the twisted morality that his squadmates are shown to have, being depicted as a mere sadist who enjoys taunting his prey for laughs.
  • Villain Has a Point: Kidōmaru turns out to be absolutely correct about the Sasuke Retrieval team being unable to save Sasuke.
  • Worthy Opponent: Though he never told him to his face, he seemed to consider Neji one in his thoughts before he died.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Told Neji that it's the destiny of minor characters to be removed from the game first. Too bad he didn't realize he was a minor character... Turns into a big, dark Brick Joke when Neji is the first of the Konoha 11 to die, impaled, from what was basically a giant arrow, no less!

    Sakon and Ukon 

Sakon and Ukon

Voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya (JP), Brian Beacock (EN), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
Click here to see their Level 2 Cursed Seals 

"I agree. I think the two of usnote  can tear this Leaf shinobi apart."

Two members for the price of one. They share the same body most of the time and are basically the same in terms of personality — the only real difference is that Sakon is a showboat who likes to toy with his opponents, while Ukon likes to end things quickly.

With their unique kekkai genkai, Ukon is able to spend most of his time sleeping in Sakon's body, but can emerge to give Sakon extra arms or legs to work with, or can separate entirely. They can also merge with their opponents to destroy the enemy's body from the inside. Their Cursed Seal form is a two-headed ogre — when they split in this form, half of their body is covered in spikes. Overall, Sakon is the most powerful of the group besides Kimimaro, making him generally the default leader.

They tangle with Kiba and Akamaru in a two-on-two fight but are eventually killed by Kankuro's puppet combinations.

  • Always Identical Twins: Aside from the way they part their hair, the two of them are virtually indistinguishable from one another.
  • Antagonist Abilities: They're a Body Snatcher that can destroy their opponent from the inside.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ukon is the older of the two, and he immediately rushes into Sakon's defense after he's left weakened and injured by Kankuro's Black Ant, although he does scold him for it he still lets him rest in his body.
  • Bishounen: A strange, creepy version. They're even described as fox-like.
  • Brains and Brawn: To a degree. Sakon handles the physical stuff, while Ukon deals with possession jutsu and other mental aspects of fighting.
  • Body Horror: Not only are they living in each others' bodies, but they can also go into other people's bodies to kill them. It's... freaky.
  • Booby Trap: While all of the Sound Four can use the Barrier Method trap using explosive tags, Sakon usually is attributed to this technique in the video games mainly due to his heavy use of explosive tags.
  • Boring, but Practical: Sakon and Ukon have the least visually impressive jutsu of the four (at least when compared to Kidomaru's spider webs or Tayuya's chakra-sucking ogres), but they are actually the most efficient: they just have to grapple their opponent once to fuse with them and make them die slowly.
  • Creepy Twins: White-grey hair? Check. Blue lips? Check. Semi-siamese with one of them looking like a second head when fused with the other? Guys, I think we have a winner!
  • Cool Gate: The Rashomon Gates that they summon.
  • The Dragon / The Starscream: To Kimimaro. They're the strongest members after him, act as the leader in the latter's absence, and really don't seem to like him.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Ukon's unexpected presence (and existence) very nearly led to Kiba's death at the twins' hands.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although they're both undeniably sadistic brutes, the brothers do seem to get along really well as Sakon claims, and despite the fact that they bicker like ordinary siblings, they still care for each another.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Ukon mistakenly believes Kiba abandoned Akamaru, he comments on how cold that was even for him.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Ukon's voice is noticeably lower and raspier than Sakon's. Their English voice actor Brian Beacock has regularly stated that both are his most challenging role for how raspy their voices are.
  • Expy:
    • To Juromaru and Kageromaru from Inuyasha, both in nature and design.
    • Alternatively, Mint and Lime by the same creator.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed, both brothers are sadistic and cruel towards their enemies, but according to Kabuto, Sakon likes to toy around with his opponents when he should leave things be, while Ukon knows better than to waste time and prefers to finish the job as quickly as possible.
  • Fusion Dance: Their main skill is using their ability to fuse their bodies with each other and their opponents.
  • Grand Theft Me: Ukon can take control of his enemy's body and slowly kill them, but is hurt when the target is hurt, too.
  • Healing Factor: Due to their cellular-based powers.
  • Horned Humanoid: They gain a horn on their heads when in their Cursed Seal form.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The most noticeable difference is their hair, with Sakon's bangs covering his right eye whereas Ukon's cover his left eye. Sakon's voice is also slightly higher and he wears a necklace. According to their English voice actor Brian Beacock, the voice director wasn’t usually sure which brother was saying which lines, so they had him say the lines as both brothers.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kankuro kills them both in this manner.
  • Lethal Klutz: After letting Sakon rest in his body, Ukon is forced to act as the main body during their fight with Kankuro, but due to not normally being the main body, Ukon is left at a disadvantage and while trying to dodge Karasu's attacks, he ends up clumsily falling into Kuroari and getting trapped, allowing Kankuro to deliver the finishing blow and killing both him and Sakon.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The dormant body was able to lend the dominant one its arms and legs, which gave them very versatile taijutsu skill. In other words, if Sakon is in trouble, Ukon can stick his fist out from pretty much anywhere on Sakon's body - even his forehead - and hit the enemy while they're off guard.
  • Multiple Head Case: When dormant, Ukon's head hangs limply out of Sakon's neck, creating this effect.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into a demonic-looking pair of ogres, with fangs, claws, Spikes of Villainy, and one arm and leg that are grossly larger and more deformed than the other.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike Sakon, Ukon has little patience for toying around with their victims and would rather get things over with quickly. He has a point, since it wastes time on missions and gives their targets an opportunity to get away.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Both brothers wear blue lipstick.
  • Sissy Villain: A subversion: he's pretty and wears a lot of makeup, but his mannerisms are anything but feminine, and he's a violent, unapologetic sadist to boot. Though Tayuya does call him a "fairy".
  • Spikes of Villainy: In One-Winged Angel form.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Their main method of ranged combat is kunai with explosive tags attached, effectively creating a primitive grenade.
  • Two Beings, One Body: The current poster boys of the trope.
  • Wham Shot: After Shikamaru has captured the Sound Four in his shadow jutsu, you can see that the head sticking out of his back is gone. Moments later, Ukon attacks the group, forcing Shikamaru to dispel the jutsu and enabling the Sound Four to get the upper hand.



Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Cristina Hernández (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
Click here to see her Level 2 Cursed Seal 

"I'll play you the melody of death!"

The only female of the Sound Five, and the rudest of the bunch. A redheaded Dark Action Girl. In combat, she uses a flute to order around three huge demons. Her Cursed Seal form is a five-horned demon-like creature with brown skin.

She fights Shikamaru to a draw but is killed by Temari.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is more pink than red in the manga.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Mind Manipulation via illusion, as well as controlling demonic beings from a distance.
  • Brown Note: While playing a melody on her flute, Tayuya can create an illusion that her opponent is strung up by wires while the skin starts to melt off their bones.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In some translations.
  • Contralto of Danger: In contrast to Kin's squeaky register, she has a fairly deep voice in the original Japanese anime and is a foul-tempered bitch who can kick your ass. Counts as a Tomboyish Voice too.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her level two curse transformation is much less monstrous and ugly than the others. Some think she even looks better.
  • Dark Action Girl: Is more than capable of fighting both physically and tactically, at one point decking Naruto in the face hard enough to send him flying.
  • The Dark Chick: Ironically, she's the only of the Sound Five to actually use sound as a weapon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although she's a bit on the rude side.
  • Evil Redhead: She's one of the Sound Five and the most gung-ho of them.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has a nasty temper.
  • Flunky Boss: Her main method of fighting is controlling three demonic creatures with her flute.
  • Godiva Hair: When Kabuto makes a naked manifestation of her protrude from his body.
  • Horned Humanoid: Her Cursed seal form gives her three horns on her head.
  • Informed Ability: Shikamaru muses that she is almost as good of a tactician as he is, but this seems to be an assertion born in the stress of the moment. While Tayuya is clearly of the "smart ninja" type, her strength comes actually from having some really powerful and not easy to counter techniques, not from any inherently strategic usage of those. Tellingly, she is killed at the moment a similarly powerful offensive jutsu is thrown at her.
  • Long-Range Fighter: She uses her flute and her Doki to attack her enemies from a distance.
  • Master of Illusion: Tayuya is shown to be skilled at genjutsu.
  • Musical Assassin: Her flute is heavily utilized in her fighting style.
  • Not so Above It All: When Naruto actually manages to bypass her on a rush to Sasuke with a rather audacious Indy Ploy and mocks her on the way out, she freaks out and starts cursing him and Shikamaru comically - only to realize the guy with a proximity capture technique is right next to her.
  • Number Two: To Sakon, being the second-most-powerful of the group until Kimimaro shows up.
  • One-Winged Angel: A demon girl with multiple horns and very creepy eyes.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: Her summoning beasts are the Doki, three huge ogre-like demons who can bite the chakra out of their victims' bodies and are strong enough to break through trees. Tayuya herself also looks a bit like an ogre in her cursed seal form.
  • The Quiet One: During the Invasion of Konoha, she's the only one of the four who has no spoken lines, not even a grunt when reinforcing the barrier.note  She becomes more talkative during the Sasuke Retrieval storyline.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Gender flipped variation, as she's right behind Hidan in terms of vulgar language. The official English versions toned this down significantly to mostly generic insults to better fit with American sensibilities.
  • Summon Magic: Summons Youkai demons based on the Monkey Morality Pose.
  • Super Strength: Not nearly as profound as Jirobo's, but she was able to break free of Shikamaru's shadow techniques once she activated the second stage of her cursed seal.
  • The Strategist: During her fight with Shikamaru, her defensive position with her summoned demons is done so well that Shikamaru admits that she's almost as good at thinking and strategics as he is.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Tends to be the one heaping on verbal abuse of her teammates, and doesn't seem to enjoy working with her squad...although there may be a reason for her conduct: when Shikamaru catches them up while impersonating Jirobo, Tayuya immediately throws off a string of abusive remarks, and she, Kidōmaru, and Sakon instantly caught on to the deception when Shikamaru-as-Jirobo just takes her abuse without complaint.
  • Villain Has a Point: She criticizes Shikamaru for going through so much trouble to retake Sasuke in spite of the Uchiha willingly defecting to their side and for sacrificing a member of his team for each battle just to continue the chase. While Shikamaru counters it at the time, her argument in any other scenario, including this one to an extent, isn't wrong. Sasuke would end up causing a lot more problems for Konoha and the rest of the shinobi world due to his pursuit of revenge, something that even Shikamaru acknowledges later after Sasuke drags Kumogakure as well as the other hidden villages into his vendetta.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tayuya questions why Shikamaru went on a mission to save Sasuke when Sasuke voluntarily chose to join Orochimaru.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Shikamaru this in their battle, and vice-versa.



Child Voice: Makoto Tsumura (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Irwin Daayán (Latin America)
Teenager Voice: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN), Irwin Daayán (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 199 (Manga), Naruto Episode 118 (Anime)
Click here to see his Level 2 Cursed Seal 

"I'm not brainwashed. Lord Orochimaru is the only one who understands me. You know nothing!!"

The strongest member by far. The last member of a clan of Blood Knights who were killed off after attempting to revolt against the Hidden Mist Village. Taken in by Orochimaru, who he idolizes. He was originally supposed to be Orochimaru's next vessel, but he contracted a terminal illness (likely tuberculosis), which prevented this. The others didn't want him to join, but as he was stronger than them all combined, they didn't have much of a choice.

He has a kekkei genkai which allows him to control the growth of his bones, which are harder than steel. He can cause them to protrude from his body as Spikes of Doom, or remove them from his body entirely to use as weapons. (They evidently grow back instantaneously.) This reaches gross levels at times, for example when he pulls out his own spine to use as a weapon. His Cursed Seal form is a dinosaur-like creature.

He fights Naruto, then Rock Lee, and then Gaara. He beats Naruto without much difficulty, Lee pushes him into using his Level 1 Cursed Seal and Gaara forces him to use his Level 2 Cursed Seal by nearly burying him alive. He manages to break free (which should have been physically impossible) but succumbs to his illness when he's attempting a final attack.

Kabuto later resurrects him with Edo Tensei, but he is made dead again with Itachi's intervention.

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the manga, all we get on his backstory is Kabuto and Orochimaru discussing his clan's ill-fated assault on Kirigakure before Orochimaru found him and took him in while later bequeathing the Earth Cursed Seal, and that he became the leader of the Sound Ninja Five only to fall ill at some point prior to the Invasion of the Leaf. The anime expands on his past showing him as a child and that he encountered Orochimaru just before the assault, even briefly encountering Zabuza and Haku as they abandoned Kiri. He was shown to develop his tuberculosis around the time of the chūnin exams and that his team was responsible for killing the Kusagakure trio that Orochimaru impersonated to gain access to Sasuke. He fully succumbed to his illness after aiding in Rasa's assassination which resulted in his leaving the group, lamenting over his lost purpose.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, he appears quite away from Gaara and Lee when he dies of his illness. In the anime, he appears right behind them and was about to pierce Gaara's face when he dies.
  • Affably Evil: Polite if not outright nice to his opponents, he lets Lee take his medicine mid-fight and even praises his opposition. Although he can be very insulting to both enemies and allies at times.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe after his death, Rock Lee and Gaara had a talk about how unfortunate he was. See Tragic Villain below.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: His Kekkei Genkai grants him the use of his own bones for jutsu.
  • Anti-Villain: He carried out the wishes of Orochimaru simply because he felt it gave his life meaning.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When it comes to the Sound Five; he was able to beat all four of them at the same time, and apparently almost killed Kidomaru. Keep in mind that Kidomaru's Instant Armor is extremely resilient to physical attacks, such as his bones.
  • Back from the Dead: With Kabuto's mass Edo Tensei, he's baaaack, but is made dead again before he could do anything major.
  • Bad with the Bone: His Kekkei Genkai to manipulate the calcium in his body. His use extends to hardening his bone density for added durability or creating weapons such as using his spinal cord as a whip.
  • Ballistic Bone: He can fire his fingertips like bullets.
  • Berserk Button: Gaara's insult of his belief in Orochimaru makes him angry enough to attempt one last attack, which could have been fatal in the anime.
  • Bishōnen: Very handsome.
  • Body Horror: His power to control his bones can become this. At one point, he rips out his own spine to use as a whip.
  • The Comically Serious: His responses to drunk Lee are entirely deadpan.
  • Convenient Terminal Illness: A reason why Orochimaru can't use him as a host.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kimimaro was referred to as the most powerful member of the Kaguya clan, having abilities that even his war-loving clan feared. Because of this, he was locked away in a cage for most of his life, only released occasionally when needed to fight other clans. Once his clan was exterminated, he only found value in his life following Orochimaru.
  • Determinator: His illness was well into its final stages before he set out to retrieve Sasuke, and he keeps on fighting until the moment of his death.
  • Dance Battler: His attacks are all named "_____ no Mai" (Dance of the ____), and involve dance-like movements with his bones jutting out.
  • The Dreaded: He's Orochimaru's most dangerous henchman and is consistently feared by his allies and foes alike. He made Naruto recoil in fear to the point he had a minor Heroic BSoD after Kimimaro destroyed an army of his Kurama-enhanced clones without receiving any damage and even made Gaara of all people frightened through his tenacity.
  • Trash Talk: Kimimaro is very rude to opponents and those he views a below him, even his own Sound comrades. This trope becomes literal in the case of Naruto, with Kimimaro referring to Naruto and his Shadow Clone army as “scattered garbage” that needs to be cleaned up. In an anime filler flashback, Kimimaro tells the Sound Four to submit to him or die, and ridicules them as being “pathetic” after he defeats them.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: He is practically invulnerable to any sort of damage, constantly emerging unscathed from Gaara's attacks that would crush anyone else like a grape. On top of this, he is also incredibly skilled, being able to curb stomp an army of Naruto's Kyuubi-enhanced clones without even activating his curse seal and similarily doing short work of Rock Lee. So, of course, he has a Convenient Terminal Illness that ultimately kills him when he seems to gain the upper hand against Gaara.
  • Facial Horror: He survives Gaara's first attempt to crush him by creating a film of bone under his skin to withstand the pressure, but he still ends up with a gaping hole in his left cheek that exposes his jaw and teeth underneath. The wound seems to heal when he goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Facial Markings: Like all members of the Kaguya clan, he has two points on the forehead, which are based on a fashion of ancient Japanese noblemen.
  • Foil:
    • He is a foil to Sasuke in several ways. They are both considered at separate times to be Orochimaru's ideal vessel for possessing a kekkei genkai. Jugo sees Sasuke as Kimimaro's memento. Gaara sees the same eyes in Kimimaro as Sasuke, eyes seeking to prove his existence. They both followed Orichimaru for their purpose. The biggest difference being Kimimaro was loyal to Orochimaru while Sasuke wasn't and followed his own path.
    • He is also a foil to Haku. Both were shunned for their kekkei genkai before meeting someone who valued their power and devoting their lives to said savior in gratitude. The anime further drives this point during Kimimaro's flashback in episode 126 when he briefly encounters Zabuza and Haku, and the latter notes that they have the same eyes. The difference is that Zabuza gradually grew to care about Haku beyond his powers, while Orochimaru never truly cared about Kimimaro beyond a tool and brushes off his death when he knows that Sasuke's coming.
      • There's also a difference in how they reacted to being told they were just pawns for their masters' ambitions. Naruto tells Haku and he sadly admits that he knew that he was only a tool to Zabuza at best, never realizing how much the latter had grown to care about him. Gaara telling Kimimaro that he's basically the same thing towards Orochimaru? He grows livid and screams that he's not a pawn before attempting to skew Gaara through the head.
  • Handicapped Badass: And considering how the Four were able to handle shinobi of Chunin and Jounin level, it is not likely to boast that he would have been the strongest person below Orochimaru himself and faced off against foes of even a Kage caliber. This is elaborated upon when it is shown that he helped Orochimaru assassinate the Fourth Kazekage.
  • Honor Before Reason: He doesn't kill a defenseless Rock Lee when Lee asks him to hold on so he can take his medicine and when he gets drunk consequently, even though he has plenty of opportunities.
  • Hidden Depths: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution reveals he is quite a Big Eater. This actually makes sense, given that he fights entirely with his bone-manipulating powers, fortifying bones with calcium is pretty much a requirement.
  • Implacable Man: He was ill at the time, which makes it even more impressive as he was able to push a pre-time skip Gaara almost to his limit.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: His terminal illness makes him cough out blood.
  • Irony: The Kaguya clan was wiped out by the Mist Village because it was well established that a clan of savages couldn't stand against an organized military. When Kimimaro was later resurrected with the Edo Tensei, he was able to hold his own against the Land of Iron's Samurai, a military power similar to shinobi.
  • The Last Dance: He knows he's going to die soon, and decides to spend his last moments ensuring that Orochimaru's new vessel makes it to him.
  • Last of His Kind: The last living Kaguya.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: During his fight with Rock Lee, Lee stops him for a few moments by... telling him to wait and let him take his medicine, as he had just recovered from major surgery. Kimimaro abides.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Of the hard-hitting speedster variety. Specifically with the second level of his curse mark activated, which might not make him particularly faster, but it greatly increases the power behind his attacks.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: He can rip out and manipulate bones through the use of chakra to the degree that he can pull out his spine and use it as a whip. Even his simple-minded bloodthirsty clan were creeped out by his ability and kept him locked up when they didn't need him to fight.
  • Mean Boss: Despite his honorable qualities, he treats the Sound Four like dirt, even threatening to kill Tayuya because they didn't bring Sasuke to Orochimaru on time and once beating Kidomaru to near death. They are supposed to be Orochimaru's elites, so he isn't expecting failure of them.
  • Morality Pet: Helps keep Jugo from going berserk. His death is the reason Jugo initially refuses to leave prison to join Sasuke. When he does join Sasuke, Jugo does it because he's "a memento of Kimimaro".
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Highly durable due to the manipulation of his bone structure and he is able to No-Sell the crushing pressure of Gaara's Desert Funerals.
  • One-Man Army: He defeated 1000 of Naruto's shadow clones, all of which were using Nine-Tails chakra. Also, later when he is resurrected with the Edo Tensei, he was able to hold his own against the Land of Iron's Samurai.
  • One-Winged Angel: His bones jut out completely, hair color and eye color change, and he gets even faster and more Nigh-Invulnerable. He changes to the point that he resembles a human Stegosaurus.
  • Only One Name: In spite of being from the Kaguya clan, the databooks say his name is only "Kimimaro".
  • The Pawn: The sad truth he couldn't accept is that he was nothing more than a pawn to be used and discarded by Orochimaru.
  • Pet the Dog: He was empathetic and kind to Jugo, being one of the few people able to keep Jūgo from losing control over himself. He even visited Jugo one last time before setting out to retrieve Sasuke.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He appears to have a Healing Factor to replace his bones, given that his body should be a mess after all the bones he removes, not to talk about his spinal cord. More explicitly so in the manga, where the usage of his bone techniques often tore open messy holes in his body that rapidly closed again.
  • Spikes of Doom: Many of his moves, particularly Dance of the Larch, involve sprouting bones from his body to impale his opponent.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The bones jutting from him in released form certainly count.
  • Spike Shooter: Can fire his finger bones like bullets.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Out of his bones. With it he could make a swords, Blade Below the Shoulder, a Whip, and a giant spearhead.
  • Sycophantic Servant: To Orochimaru.
  • Tears of Remorse: In the anime, he was broken-hearted realizing he could not become Orochimaru's vessel overcome with illness and shed tears as a result.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Again, he's this to his clan considering he's the only one shown with a modicum of politeness and a dislike for fighting.
  • Tragic Villain: A Deconstruction of Undying Loyalty. He only found purpose in serving someone who didn't care about him at all.
  • Undying Loyalty: Under Orochimaru, Kimimaro found purpose in his life as he desired to ensure the continuation of his master's dreams and ambitions. Though Orochimaru took him under his wing to become his future vessel, Kimimaro did not mind such a fate if it meant being of aid to his master. It broke his heart to find out he couldn't fulfill his purpose as a vessel and dedicated his last moments to ensuring the new vessel, Sasuke Uchiha, would arrive at Orochimaru's.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Jugo. Kimimaro was one of the few strong enough to contain him when he got controlled by his Superpowered Evil Side. The two eventually became friends and Jugo joined Sasuke to honor Kimimaro's legacy.
    • Very much averted with the Sound Ninja Four, who all despised Kimimaro for making them follow him and were over the moon to be rid of him when his illness caught up. It's heavily implied they were scared shitless of him every waking moment due to his Shikotsumyaku, just like how the ninja of Kirigakure treated most people with kekkei genkai. Sakon especially hated the Kaguya for usurping his leadership over the group and was the most vocal about it. The animosity was very much mutual for Kimimaro, who hated his teammates due to their less-than-pleasant default natures and planned on killing Tayuya, and likely the still-living Sakon, for failing to deliver Sasuke to Otogakure on time and later for letting Naruto get by her after he took the coffin himself.
  • Villainous Valour: A common trait of important villains. He genuinely cares about Orochimaru and displays such determination that Rock Lee of all people can barely believe it.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He belongs to a violent and Ax-Crazy clan.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Kimimaro is one of the strongest characters introduced in the first half of the series, with it being stated he had more potential than even Sasuke, and Orochimaru would have used his body if not for his disease. Due to his disease though, he can never fight at full power, which says a lot when Gaara only won because Kimimaro died before he could land a final attack. If not for that, he very likely would have killed Gaara and Lee.
  • Working Through the Cold: It's strongly implied by other characters that Kimimaro's disease has actually rendered him more-or-less completely paralyzed... a good thing he can just manipulate the bones within his body and go get something done anyway. Both an Exaggerated Trope and an example that ends up killing the one with the "cold."
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Due to being terminally ill, and another reason why he can't be Orochimaru's host.

Team Dosu

Team Dosu were registered for the Chunin Exams with one goal: kill Sasuke Uchiha. They are first introduced before the exams, where they confront the undercover Kabuto after he provokes them. They clash with Team 7 in the Forest of Death but are unable to kill Sasuke due to first Lee, then Team Ten, intervening. After Sasuke unleashes his Curse Mark for the first time, they retreat. The team still makes it to the third round, but Zaku and Kin are defeated by Shino and Shikamaru respectively. Dosu wins his match and is determined to kill Sasuke and foil Orochimaru's plan to steal his body, but is curb-stomped by Gaara before the finals; the other two are used as sacrifices by Orochimaru for his Edo Tensei.

Each of them primarily utilizes a specific type of tool or implant; Dosu and Kin actually use sound, though Zaku does not.

    Zaku Abumi 

Zaku Abumi

Voiced by: Keiji Okuda (JP), Soichiro Hoshi (JP, child), Sam Riegel (EN), Antonio Gálvez (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 35 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)

"I can do things you've never even dreamed of."

Zaku fights using special pipes in his arms which allow him to channel wind with destructive force. As a child, he was a street urchin forced to steal food to survive, who faced punishment from the authorities. Orochimaru saw what he liked in the boy (no, not like that—probably), and recruited him. In the Chunin Exams, he and his companions attempt to kill Sasuke under Orochimaru's orders. He then fights Shino, who beats him by plugging up his armholes with bugs. He is ultimately used as a human sacrifice to revive one of the Hokages.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Invoked by Sarutobi, who is disgusted at the disregard Orochimaru has for his subordinates' lives. The anime expanding Zaku's earlier flashback makes this all the more resonant.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the manga, the explosion of his air pipes results in him blowing one of his arms off, and shredding the other one. The anime takes it down a notch, however; it just makes his arms burst.
  • Arc Villain: Only appears during the Chunin Exams, and briefly as a corpse during the Sound-Sand Invasion. Never mentioned again afterward.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His headgear was pretty much similar to the one Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage, wore. Guess who he is used to revive?
  • The Brute: He has the most destructive power out of the Sound genin.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: If his fashion sense is anything to go by, having "evil" characters printed thrice on his shirt. Then again, given he's only fourteen, it could be simple teenaged edginess combined with the consequences of having Orochimaru as his father figure.
  • Determinator: A villainous and deconstructive example. He continues to antagonize a Level One Cursed Seal Sasuke before he gets his arms crippled as a result, ignoring Dosu's warnings to fall back. Later, he ignores Shino's advice to forfeit their match despite the latter's warning that he'd be crippled if he pushes forward and surely enough, Shino plugs his wind tunnels with his insects that cause his arms to burst (one of them even getting blown off in the manga) and be rendered worthless.
  • Dies Wide Open: He and Kin have their corpses' eyes wide open. In Zaku's case, his expression of resignation contrasts with his teammate's look of utter horror, indicating that losing his arms in the preliminaries made him accept the inevitable.
  • Fatal Flaw: His overconfidence in his own abilities leads twice to his defeat.
  • Freudian Excuse: Briefly implied by one panel in the manga and expanded in the anime. Before joining Orochimaru, he was a Street Urchin forced to steal food in order to survive and who got regularly beaten up because of that.
  • Foil: On Team Dosu, Zaku can be seen as Naruto's, despite them never interacting. Both have wild hair, grew up without their birth parents, have mile-long arrogant streaks, Blood Knight tendencies, and a desire to prove themselves to others. However, whilst Naruto uses his bravado to mask his pain of loneliness, is empathetic to the point of wanting to rescue others that his fellow shinobi have lost all faith in, makes peace with his deceased family, and eventually earns the respect of Konoha, Zaku borders on Suicidal Overconfidence with his arrogance, doesn't care about his teammates to the point of potentially killing them to gain an advantage in a fight, never learns about his past before meeting Orochimaru, and is unceremoniously tossed aside by the man whose approval he yearned for with no further consideration.
  • Gale-Force Sound: His air tubes shoot out sound waves.
  • Jerkass: Moreso than his teammates. He's very arrogant and loves to brag while belittling his opponents.
  • Lack of Empathy: He shows no remorse in trying to hurt or even kill his own teammate. Neji, even back when he was a villain, was certainly disgusted by his way of acting, and had to stand up for her.
  • The McCoy: Of the three he's the loudest, rudest, most violent, and impulsive of the group.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: The anime shows that he ended up so twisted partially due to not wanting to be beaten down like his street urchin days on top of wanting Orochimaru's approval.
  • One-Man Army: The anime shows that he could take down several experienced enemies on his own, namely Takigakure shinobinote , with his drive to be strong and earning his lord's approval pushing him forward.
  • The Only One I Trust: Orochimaru is seemingly the only one he genuinely cares about impressing. While he does help out Dosu from being taken out by Lee's Lotus, that may have out of a common interest in giving his team the best chance to off Sasuke as he shows no qualms about killing Kin later and, unlike Dosu, he arrogantly continues pushing forward in attacking the Uchiha despite his teammate telling him to fall back. One of the anime profiles shares that due to the beatings he received as a child, he never trusted anyone but himself until Oro came along.
  • Out-Gambitted: In his fight with Shino. He hid the fact that both of his arms were healed to take him by surprise, only for Shino to reveal that he blocked the air tubes in his arms with his insects.
  • Pride: Very arrogant; he brags about his abilities to Lee, claiming that he could do things that Lee could "never even dream of".
  • Rage-Breaking Point: Between his vow to never be seen as weak like in his street urchin days and his wanting to please his surrogate father Orochimaru, he snaps during his match with Shino and attempts to blow the Aburame and his bugs to pieces. The keyword is attempts.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hot-headed, rash, to Dosu's calm, cautious, and logical attitude.
  • Shoot the Hostage: He and Dosu have no qualms in trying to kill Kin when Ino controls her.
  • Shout-Out: His given name is in reference to MS-06 Zaku II of the Gundam franchise, of which Kishimoto is a fan. Also, his hairstyle and clothing symbols ("evil" thrice) brings Sanosuke Sagara of Rurouni Kenshin to mind.
  • Street Urchin: Implied in the manga in the one panel showcasing his meeting Orochimaru and fully confirmed in the anime. He had it rough being forced to steal food in order to survive and got frequently beaten by enraged merchants as a result.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He has the most destructive power out of the Sound Trio, but he's incredibly impulsive, and without Dosu's guidance, his strategy pretty much boils down to blasting wildly.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Orochimaru. He believed that his task was to kill Sasuke. In reality, his team was being used to test Sasuke's skills and make him more powerful.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese versions, he had a habit of ending his sentences with "hm", much like Deidara.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: The anime shows this (towards Orochimaru) is his main motivation. It's briefly implied by the manga during his fight with Shino. Of course, Orochimaru only sees him as a pawn.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: His sound waves are his main jutsu, and can be used for anything from attacking targets to blocking kunai to even softening the earth.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Hit? He straight out BLUDGEONS Sakura repeatedly until he can pry her mouth off of him. Plus there’s that bit about him blasting Kin when Ino was in control of her, intending to kill his teammate along with Ino if it comes to that. Neji was disgusted at the latter action whereas Sasuke took time to cripple his arms for the former while under the influence of the cursed seal.

    Kin Tsuchi 

Kin Tsuchi

Voiced by: Akiko Koike (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN), Erica Edwards (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 35 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)

"Don't ever ask for whom the bell tolls, because it tolls for thee."

Kin is a long-haired Dark Action Girl who fights using strings attached to bells, which are then used to hypnotize and disorient her opponents (although in the manga they simply served to distract the opponent while she threw more needles at them). She and her companions attempt to kill Sasuke under Orochimaru's orders and she's the one who holds Sakura hostage, which drives her to her Important Haircut. Later, she fights Shikamaru in the Chunin Exams, who demonstrates his superior strategic thinking by sliding his shadow under one of her strings, then forcing her to knock herself out. She's then used as a human sacrifice.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Invoked by Sarutobi, who is disgusted at the disregard Orochimaru has for his subordinates' lives.
  • Arc Villain: Only appears during the Chunin Exams, and briefly as a corpse during the Sound-Sand Invasion. Never mentioned again afterward.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her facial structure and hair was a dead ringer for Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage. Guess which Hokage Orochimaru used her as a host for?
  • Dark Action Girl: One of the most vicious and ruthless female genin in early story, second only to Temari.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Along with her Hoist By Her Own Petard below, she's so focused on Shikamaru she doesn't know where she's positioned. When Shikamaru forces her to throw her shuriken (as he does likewise) and is made to bend over backward to dodge it, she slams her head into the wall and is K.O'd.
  • Dies Wide Open: She and Zaku are shown to have died this way when the Hokage Edo Tensei is released. Her look of utter terror makes Sarutobi's calling out Orochimaru all the more resonant.
  • Epic Fail: Her defeat, while well-choreographed by Shikamaru, certainly wouldn't have helped her ego even if she'd lived past it long enough to appreciate it.
  • Flechette Storm: Her senbon.
  • Foil: On Team Dosu, she's Sakura's. Both are the Token Girl on their respective squads, have haughty beliefs on how kunoichi should conduct themselves, are vain about their appearances, and have wide foreheads. But while Sakura is a good person overall, learns to overcome her know-it-all tendencies somewhat, and focus less on her appearance over time, Kin is extremely vindictive and petty in her berating of Sakura and, according to the databook, was privately jealous of Sakura's hair luster, which almost renders her argument moot.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The databooks confirm that she was envious of Sakura's hair luster and tormented the pinkette for that.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • Shikamaru defeated her by using the very thin shadows of the string her bells were attached to hide his Shadow Possession Technique, allowing him to take control of her body and subsequently knock her out.
    • Not to mention, of course, motivating Sakura to cut the hair she was tugging, which kinda screwed the Sound Trio over...
  • Ironic Birthday: The databook lists Kin's birthday as July 6, and the chūnin exams began on July 1. After the five days passed in the Forest of Death, it’s safe to assume the third exam preliminaries fell on the 6th, which saw her lose humiliatingly to Shikamaru and was possibly the last time she was functionally alive. Poor bitch...
  • Jerkass: She's a total bitch to Sakura and her opponents.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She calls Sakura on her attention to her looks over her skill. This narrowly avoids being hypocritical because, while she has long hair herself, she still clearly took her job as a kunoichi more seriously at the time. That said, the databook would later reveal that she was privately envious towards Sakura for having seemingly better haircare and tormented her for that reason, corrupting the argument somewhat.
  • The Kirk: She's more stoic than Zaku but more emotive than Dosu.
  • One-Steve Limit: Played straight in the manga, but averted in the anime where a unique acquaintance of Killer Bee's named Sabu was renamed Kin for the adaptation.
  • The Quiet One: Only had one line before the Forest of Death portion of the Chūnin Exams and even afterward she still spoke much less than her teammates.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Sakura, calling her out on not being a proper kunoichi.
  • Sonic Stunner: Through her bells, which (in the anime) can hypnotize and paralyze opponents.
  • Spike Shooter: Utilizes senbon as her main method of attack.
  • Team Normal: She doesn't have either body modifications like her partners or blood limit abilities. Instead, she uses needles and bells that emit paralyzing sounds.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Orochimaru. She believed that her task was to kill Sasuke. In reality, her team was being used to test Sasuke's skills and make him more powerful.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the Japanese anime, her voice has a fairly squeaky pitch that one wouldn't expect from her otherwise dour demeanor; contrast with Tayuya's Contralto of Danger.

    Dosu Kinuta 

Dosu Kinuta

Voiced by: Daisuke Egawa (JP), John DeMita (EN), Diego Armando Nieves (Latin America)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 35 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)

"Lord Orochimaru... or rather, Orochimaru, now do you see? I'm more than a mere puppet."

Dosu fights using his Melody Arm, a special attachment which, when struck, causes painful resonation within the body. Since the inner ear is used for balance, it's quite devastating. In the Chunin Exams, he and his team are assigned to kill Sasuke Uchiha - until he realizes that Orochimaru has claimed Uchiha as his (as seen in the Cursed Mark) and that his team was truly only meant to test Sasuke's abilities.

During the third round, he fights Choji, who attempts to avoid his Melody Arm by curling up into a ball and covering his ears. It's to no avail, thanks to the body consisting mostly of water - it makes an excellent conductor of sound. After Dosu advances, he decides that the best way to ruin Orochimaru's plans is to actually kill Sasuke - and then concludes that he'll have a better shot at fighting Sasuke by killing the Uchiha's opponent, Gaara. Naturally, this fails, and he dies.

  • Affably Evil: He's less brutal and belittling than both Kin or Zaku, and is generally more soft-spoken and polite towards his opposition.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Is his face disfigured in some way, hence his bandages, or is it simply an edgy aesthetic choice similar to Zaku's "evil thrice" shirt? We never see what's underneath so it's anyone's guess, really.
  • Arc Villain: Only appears in the Chunin Exams and is never mentioned afterward.
  • Bandaged Face: One of his prominent features.
  • Broken Pedestal: After realizing that Orochimaru saw him and his teammates as simple pawns to groom Sasuke, Dosu loses his respect for his leader and decides he'll kill Sasuke to throw a wrench in his plans out of vengeance.
  • Character Tics: His dog-like head tilts.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Dosu's fight against Rock Lee; keep in mind that we've already seen Lee curb-stomp Sasuke.
    • His fight with Choji in the Chunin Exams. Choji rolls into a wall and Dosu finishes him off with his sound waves.
    • He's also at the receiving end of one from Gaara. Upon hearing that Dosu wants to kill him, Gaara immediately goes One-Winged Angel, and obliterates him with one shot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's got a few good digs, but probably his best is before fighting Choji and witnessing Choji's Berserk Button about his weight being pressed to psych him up.
    "Fine, fatso. If you want this to end quickly, I'll just win it quickly."
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed off while trying to kill Gaara so that he can face Sasuke more easily.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: When he realizes just how little Orochimaru really cares for him or his teammates, Dosu decides he'll show him that he's not a simple "puppet" who can be tossed aside like garbage when it's convenient. Unfortunately...
  • Evil Genius/The Leader: For his team, seeing that Zaku and Kin defer to him for advice or information. He's also the only one who figures out just how disposable Orochimaru sees them.
  • The Faceless: His face is covered in wrappings except for one eye.
  • Foil:
    • On his team, Dosu is the counterpart to Sasuke. Both are (at the time) the most powerful members of their respective squads with the most varied abilities and both see the chūnin exams as a way to seek out powerful rivals to test their skills on and confirm their strength. Sasuke, at least, was beginning to see his team as no longer dead weight and went out of his way to protect them during the fights with Orochimaru/Shiore, Team Oboro, plus Dosu's own squad even while under his Cursed Seal's influence and he wants strength to help along in his quest to avenge his clan. Dosu, while shown to have some attachment to his squad, ultimately won't hesitate to kill one of them if it means accomplishing his master's orders and seemingly has no real motivation beyond his master. This changes after realizing that he was just a pawn like the rest of his team, but a poor choice in attacking Gaara means he dies before it can even get off the ground. Hell, it becomes even more poignant during Sasuke's stint with Otogakure, where he does eventually betray Orochimaru after deciding he's got nothing more to gain from the Sannin.
    • Dosu can also be seen as a counterpart to Kakashi, as both are the leaders of their respective teams who are usually calm and capable, have their facial features obscured by their choice in clothing, and perhaps most surprisingly, grow to have varying levels of empathy towards their teammates. But while Kakashi is a jōnin who values his comrades unconditionally and frequently bends the rules to ensure their safety, Dosu never gets past genin level and his overall value of his team remains ambiguous at best given how he almost sacrifices one of them during a battle but later gains a desire to avenge the other after he's crippled. Unlike Kakashi, we never get to see underneath his bandages plus he has left eye exposed as opposed to the former's right.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has a good grasp of how to take advantage of his opponents' weak spots, and is the only one of Orochimaru's (unwitting) minions who realizes that they are being used.
  • Hey, You!: Uses this deliberately in his page quote to show how he no longer trusts or respects Orochimaru.
  • Lack of Empathy: Played With. On the one hand, he shows no remorse in trying to hurt or even kill Kin when she's controlled by Ino. Neji, even back when he was a villain, was certainly disgusted by his way of acting, and had to stand up for her. However, on the other hand, he swears that he will avenge Zaku when the latter loses his arm because of Shino's bugs, proving that he does care in his own way for his teammates.
  • Mummy: Has the aesthetics of one, though he is (or was) very much alive. Shikamaru and Chōji both call him "mummified freak" on separate occasions, but he either doesn't care or notice.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Implied in the manga when he sees the damage under Ibiki's bandana, wondering how bad his hands look by comparison. This bit was notably left out of the anime.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: His death. Despite being built up as a cautious, perceptive, and logical person, he somehow forgets about Gaara's extreme power, even though he saw it firsthand in the preliminaries. He also was shown to be the type to plan ahead; in the Forest of Death, he made sure to bring Zaku to back him up when fighting Lee. However, his reckless attempt to kill Gaara goes against all of that. Downplayed as he did initially have a plan, intending to kill Gaara while the latter was sleeping, and only went for a head-on assault when it turned out Gaara was still awake.
  • The Plot Reaper: A victim of this. He was one of the more powerful exam applicants. The only way to avoid his jutsu would be to sufficiently block out your hearing or get out of earshot. He could disorient enemies and even destroy objects using sound alone. Add the fact that he's almost as perceptive and clever as Shikamaru, and you get an almost-too-well-balanced character who's a Jack of All Stats. Because of this, he was doomed from the start; Kishimoto tried to give every character a Crippling Overspecialization, and any too-well-rounded characters (like Haku and him) are killed pretty fast.
  • Primal Stance: He tends to hunch over a lot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calm and compare to Zaku's rash attitude.
  • Shoot the Hostage: He and Zaku have no qualms in trying to kill Kin when Ino controls her. However, this might have been a bluff - it is shown that he does value his teammates' lives, as he advises and warns Zaku when Curse Seal Sasuke attacks him, and later swears vengeance against Shino after he causes Zaku's arms to blow off.
  • Sonic Stunner: His Melody Arm can cause extreme disorientation without even striking the opponent.
  • The Spock: Out of the psychopaths that make up the Sound Team, he's the sanest.
  • The Starscream: After realizing that he and his team were nothing but pawns to Orochimaru and his plans for Sasuke, Dosu seems prepared to throw his master's plans into disarray by taking on Sasuke himself and potentially killing him. Unfortunately for him, he chooses to attack Gaara in order to better improve his chances of taking on Sasuke in the final part of the exams, and dies for it.
  • Super Hearing: His hearing is resilient enough to survive point-blank Melody Arm bursts (which are strong enough to disorient even a Jonin-level opponent like Kabuto) yet sensitive enough to identify what someone is writing just by listening to the scratches their pencils make.
  • Tempting Fate: During that bit in the manga where he speculates on Ibiki's scars, he mentions in the same panel that the proctor deserved it for being stupid enough be get captured in the first place and that it'd never happen to him. Surely enough, during his fatal encounter with Gaara later, well...remember those Ame-nin that Gaara killed despite them handing over their scroll? Hint: he never takes prisoners.
  • The Unreveal: What is he concealing under those bandages? Outside of fanart and fanfics, there is no answer.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He is the only one of his team who actually figured out that his team was being used to test Sasuke's skills and make him more powerful - he thought of how Orochimaru had placed a Cursed Seal on Sasuke, whom they were ordered to kill, instead of doing the deed himself, and thus concludes the only logical explanation is that Orochimaru never intended for him to die and they were simply useful pawns for bringing out his power. Unfortunately...
  • Worf Effect:
    • His fight with Lee, one of the fastest and most competent exam applicants, can be taken like this.
    • After being set up as a fairly strong and mean ninja, he tries to ambush Gaara in the night. In the end, his body and a portion of the roof he's on are torn to shreds. While we only see the outcome, the 'fight' serves to foreshadow just what kind of powers Gaara has.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: He could've prevented the entire Konoha Crush...until he got cocky.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice in the English dub started out raspy and higher-pitched than the cool snarly one he'd become better known for during the Forest of Death and onwards.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sasuke considers him one of the "elite" genin in the Exams, alongside Lee, Neji, and Gaara.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kabuto's response to his death. Ironically, he himself seemed to be aware of this and intended to show Orochimaru he was no mere pawn...but chose the wrong way to go about it.
    "Yes, it's fine [that he died]. He's long since served his purpose."

Hidden Leaf Defectors

These two were teammates of Kabuto Yakushi during his intelligence-gathering mission in the Chunin Exams. Like him, they acted as spies for Orochimaru. However, like Team Dosu, they were ultimately viewed as disposable by Orochimaru.

Yoroi fought Sasuke in the preliminary and narrowly loses; Misumi loses to Kankuro and is severely injured. They returned much later in the anime as lab assistants to a scientist who had formerly worked with Orochimaru in the Land of the Sea where they aided in his piracy scheme. Misumi was bound by Ino's Mind Destruction technique and was left for dead in a collapsing cave while Yoroi battled Shino and was ultimately defeated by his insects. It remains uncertain if either of them survived.

    Yoroi Akadō 

Yoroi Akadō

Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (JP, original), Anri Katsu (JP, current), Grant George (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 45 (Manga), Naruto Episode 26 (Anime)

"Don’t you Leaf Village brats ever get tired of playing the hero?"

Yoroi specializes in stealing the chakra of an enemy. He fights Sasuke in the Exam preliminaries; Orochimaru planned this out in an attempt to force Sasuke to use his Curse Seal. However, Sasuke uses his Lion's Barrage against him, defeating him without using the seal. Later, in the anime, he and Misumi act as research assistants to Amachi in the Land of the Sea. Yoroi comes into conflict with Shino Aburame, who eventually bests him.

  • Aloof Ally: Described as antisocial in the databooks.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Misumi function as such to Amachi in the Land of the Sea filler arc.
  • Cool Shades: They are quite similar to Ebisu's.
  • Elite Mook: Kabuto implies that thanks to his Life Drain power, he used to be one of Orochimaru's favorites.
  • The Faceless: We never see him without the mask in the manga.
  • Face of a Thug: In comparison to the conventionally attractive Kabuto and Misumi, his face has rougher features that make him appear older than his actual age (23).
  • Fatal Flaw: A recurring problem for him, as Misumi points out before his fight with Kankurō, is his tendency to look down on younger opponents and underestimate their capabilities. It leads to his defeats both against Sasuke and Shino.
  • Informed Ability: He claims to have changed greatly since his loss to Sasuke when Naruto, Shino, and Ino encounter him later, but doesn't demonstrate much beyond a few Water Release jutsu and a fire-esque genjutsu. To his credit, he does give the heroes a better fight than Misumi.
  • Kick the Dog: During his time working with Amachi and Isaribi, he is shown to be abusive towards the latter, going as far as to bruise her for getting caught by Anko's team.
  • Life Drain: His main power is to absorb other people's chakra. Orochimaru describes the ability as "unholy", but what that means isn't brought up.
  • Making a Splash: In the Land of the Sea arc, he is shown to be proficient in Water Release techniques.
  • Off-Model: He's no looker, that's for sure, but his appearances across the five-part Land of the Sea arc have him drawn distinctively different in each episode. Episode 171 has him resemble Batou of all people.
  • One-Steve Limit: Zigzagged. There is an even older genin named Manabu Akado that appears during the first section of the chūnin exams, but the two have their surnames spelled differently in Japanese. Yoroi's surname is written as "赤胴" whereas Manabu's is written as "赤門".
  • Pet the Dog: He appeared slightly dejected that Misumi didn't escape the collapsing lab in time, implying that he cared somewhat for his teammate.
  • Playing with Fire: Subverted, the only fire-based ability he demonstrates is shown to be a genjutsu.
  • Pride: He is arrogant and self-confident, and enjoys toying with opponents.
  • Satellite Character: Used to show Orochimaru's convoluted planning concerning retrieving Sasuke, and to demonstrate Sasuke's skills.
  • Shout-Out: His unmasked appearance bears an uncanny resemblance to Batou of Ghost in the Shell fame.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His Land of the Sea attire.
  • Theme Naming: His name means "armor", while Kabuto's means "helmet" and Tsurugi's means "sword".
  • Too Dumb to Live: During his last fight against Shino, he realizes Ino has been tripping him up with her Mind Destruction and goes to attack her directly...instead of, you know, sending a Water Clone after her which would have freed him to take out Shino first (or alternatively, use the clone on Shino so he won't be a threat anymore). This leads him open to the Aburame's insects who waste no time in finishing him off. Shino calls him out for forgetting such a basic rule in battle.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Land of the Sea outing, he goes from a chakra draining thug who was bested relatively easily by Sasuke to a Water Release user who can fight on par with Shino Aburame.
  • Uncertain Doom: In the anime, he's last seen rendered unconscious by Shino's bugs and sinking into the water, but whether he drowned, was captured, or woke up and escaped isn't mentioned.
  • Unknown Rival: He sees Kabuto as competition for being Orochimaru’s right-hand man, but Kabuto himself knows that he’s levels above his teammate.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Typical of an Otogakure shinobi; he isn't impressed with Naruto and his friends' attempt to rescue Isaribi during the Land of the Sea outing.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Gets beaten by Sasuke and disappears in the manga. He gets another appearance in the anime, but his final fate there is unclear.
  • Younger than They Look: Unmasked, he could pass for a guy in his thirties easy but is stated in the databook to be 23.

    Misumi Tsurugi 

Misumi Tsurugi

Voiced by: Kunihiro Kawamoto (JP, original), Ichirota Koizumi (JP, current), Richard Cansino (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 45 (Manga), Naruto Episode 26 (Anime)

"You can't end the fight if I end it first."

Misumi's body is stretchy and flexible, so he can easily wrap around an opponent and disable them. He fights Kankuro in the preliminaries and seems to have killed him, but Kankuro reveals that he was actually attacking a dummy, his puppet Karasu. Karasu breaks most of his bones and he is taken away on a stretcher. He returns later on in the anime during an outing in the Land of the Sea, where he and Yoroi serve as research assistants to Amachi. During a raid on the underground lab, he gets his arms tied to a pair of poles by Ino Yamanaka and is left for dead as soon as the cave begins to collapse.

  • All There in the Manual: For the anime adaptation in regards to his name as it is never spoken aloud there. It is said once in the manga after his loss in the preliminaries.
  • The Brute: Amachi refers to him as such in a derogative way after his supposed death in the Land of the Sea arc, namely that they didn't need his brawn to raid the ships with the Land of Water's tribute.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Yoroi function as such to Amachi during the Land of the Sea filler arc.
  • Elite Mook: He's a Mauve Shirt who has a special ability that differentiates him from the low-level mooks.
  • The Faceless: We never see him without a mask in the manga.
  • Half-Hearted Henchman: In the filler arc, it's implied that he wasn't truly interested in the villains' goals.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His Soft Physique Modification ends up causing his downfall when Ino takes advantage of it with her Mind Destruction Jutsu and ties his arms to some poles.
  • Hot Guys Are Bastards: In contrast to Yoroi, he's admittedly not that bad looking under the mask. He's also shown to be far crueler than his teammate when in combat, seemingly breaking Kankurō's neck when he refused to concede and later threatening to snap Naruto's spine.
  • Hypocrite: Has the balls to call the Mind Destruction Jutsu unfair when moments before he had no problem using Isaribi's I Just Want to Be Normal rant as a distraction to catch Naruto and the others off guard with a paper bomb.
  • Kick the Dog: He and Yoroi are implied to routinely abuse Isaribi for kicks and he's shown taking pleasure in tormenting Naruto during their brief scrap.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has a sadistic side. He even jokes with Amachi about his empty promise to eventually restore Isaribi's humanity.
  • Left for Dead: Naruto and the gang leave him tied to the poles as the lab starts coming down with his ultimate fate being unclear.
  • Life Isn't Fair: He calls foul when Ino binds him to some poles with her Mind Destruction, only for Naruto to retort that in the shinobi world, everything is fair game which includes attacking while your enemy's distracted. Ino denounces him as a ninja for whining which earns her a Big "SHUT UP!" from the man. These end up being his (possible) final words.
  • Making a Splash: He knows the Water Clone Jutsu like Yoroi, but any further abilities aren't shown.
  • Nerd Glasses: Averted, like Kabuto.
  • Pride: Like Yoroi, he is also quite arrogant.
  • Rubber Man: His main power, though not nearly as sophisticated as Orochimaru's, is in using chakra to dislocate his joints and then manipulating his body. He claims to have had it done in order to slip into small spaces in order to act as a more efficient spy.
  • Sadist: A seemingly lower-functioning example when compared to his ex-teammate Kabuto. In addition to being a Half-Hearted Henchman, he's clearly not interested in the science angle like Amachi is and only uses the environment to kill and torment others in exceedingly brutal ways.
  • Satellite Character: He was ultimately used to show Kankuro's battle prowess during their fight.
  • Theme Naming: His surname means "sword", while Kabuto's means "helmet" and Yoroi's means "armor".
  • Uncertain Doom: He is last seen still tied to the poles that Ino bound him to with her Mind Destruction Jutsu as the cave collapses. Yoroi and Amachi write him off as dead but given his powers, he might've been able to slither out at some point, leaving his fate open-ended.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the manga, he disappears after Kankuro cripples him. He gets another appearance in the anime but like Yoroi, his final fate there is unclear.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Makes it a point to tell Kankurō before their fight that he doesn't believe in pulling his punches on younger fighters as Yoroi does. Not that this put the outcome of the match in his favor, nor did it help him during his later battle with Anko's team.


Other shinobi of note who came from the Hidden Sound.



Voiced by: Hideo Watanabe (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 67 (Anime)

The leader of the Sound ninja troops during the Invasion of the Leaf. His team of nine members is dispatched by Kabuto to intercept and kill Naruto and his teammates while they're pursuing Sasuke. Shikamaru catches on and stalls them with his Shadow Possession Jutsu before a timely rescue by Asuma Sarutobi ends with Otomatsu and his squadmates being killed.

  • Asshole Victim: The death of Otomatsu and his squadmates was harsh, but given that they invaded the Leaf, tried to kill Naruto, Shikamaru, and the others, and were contemplating killing some civilians, you can't say they didn't have it coming.
  • Bit Character: Only exists to give the Sound Village another leader and order the regular Mooks around to do things that wouldn't make sense for Kabuto or the Sound Four to do.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: In the anime, he isn't impressed with Kabuto's dossier on Naruto. Justified, as Naruto's mission record only had one "C Rank" mission to the Land of Waves (which in reality was a life or death struggle against Zabuza Momochi and his protege) and seven D Rank assignments which as we know mainly revolve around local problems.
  • The Faceless: Neither he nor his teammates seen without their masks. Doubles as Faceless Mooks. Only a bit of concept art in the second anime profile book showed his true face.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: In the manga, he and his team get sliced into chunks by Asuma's wind blades. This was toned down in the anime where Asuma instead just beats them to death with his taijutsu.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He was unnamed in the manga and not mentioned in the databooks. The name Otomatsu comes from the Japanese credits of the Invasion of the Leaf storyline in the anime.
  • Two Decades Behind: An in-universe example where he refers to the Shadow Possession Jutsu by its old name the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu. Shikamaru calls him an old man in response.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Neither he nor his squadmates have any qualms about killing Naruto and company who are only twelve and below their enemies' skill level.



Voiced by: Takashi Mito (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 199 (Manga), Naruto Episode 118 (Anime)

One of the many prisoners of Orochimaru's that he keeps under lock and key in his hideout. Upon his current body being wrecked beyond repair and with Sasuke still not at the Sound Village, Kabuto has the prisoners kill each other in a Battle Royale with the winner being promised his freedom. Needless to say, "freedom" here is defined by becoming the next host of Orochimaru, of which Gen'yūmaru is the "lucky winner". His body would serve as Orochimaru's vessel until his ill-fated attempt to claim Sasuke as his own.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Given his Last Request and horrible scream when possessed, it’s hard not to pity him despite killing off his fellow prisoners mere moments before.
  • All There in the Manual: He went unnamed in his original appearance with only the databooks giving it out later. It would later be mentioned in an omake hosted by Kabuto and in-series during the Three-Tails filler arc via a flashback of Guren's.
  • Bit Character: He isn't shown for very long, but long enough to demonstrate how much Orochimaru's experimenting on people for immortality has cost others.
  • The Cameo: Gen'yūmaru can be seen as one of the three former hosts Orochimaru used when he makes his ill-fated claim for Sasuke's body. This also serves as a Call-Back to Orochimaru promising the young man that his essence would remain alive in him for all time just before he took possession of the man.
  • Exact Words: The winner of the battle royale is promised freedom from the lair prison, but nothing was said about freedom from being possessed by Orochimaru. By the time Gen'yūmaru gets some idea of what Orochimaru is going to do, he realizes he has no choice in the matter and doesn't bother arguing or pleading.
  • Identical Stranger: Some fans have noticed that Orochimaru's sons, Mitsuki and Log, bear a strong resemblance to Gen'yūmaru, though it hasn't been commented upon in-series.
  • Last Request: Orochimaru offers to grant him one wish before he's possessed, of which he asks for his surviving clansmen to be set free (they had been captured and experimented upon). Oro agrees to honor the request, though it remains unknown if he kept his word or simply made the offer out of some twisted sense of compassion.
  • Off with His Head!: In the manga, he is shown to decapitate one of his opponents during the battle royale, which was not shown in the anime.
  • The Promise: Upon being told he gets a last request before Orochimaru takes possession of his body, he asks for the Sannin to release the other members of his clan that the former had used for experimentation. Oro replies it is a simple request to grant, though whether Oro followed through or not on the promise is never made clear.
  • The Scream: He lets one out as soon as Orochimaru transfers his soul into the poor guy. Whatever the effects of the jutsu are, they sure don't sound fun.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Regardless of what led to him being captured by Orochimaru, it can’t be denied that someone who willingly went along with Kabuto's order to kill his fellow prisoners and expected freedom is very dark gray morality-wise at best. His hair is colored white in the anime.


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