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Voiced as an adult by: Nobutoshi Canna (JP), Henry Dittman (main series)note , Dan Woren (Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth) (EN), Moisés Ivan Mora (Latin America), Ricardo Escobar (Spain)
Voiced as a child by: Mariko Mizuno (JP), Tara Sands (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 39 (Manga), Naruto Episode 23 (Anime)
As a young child, Kabuto was orphaned in the Shinobi World War. Konoha's Head of Medical Corps took pity on him, taking him in and teaching him medicine. This is revealed to be a cover given to him by Orochimaru. He was actually taken in by an orphanage run by Nonō Yakushi, a former Root member whom he considered his mother. He joined Root to supply the orphanage with money but was eventually attacked by and forced to kill Nonō, who Danzo had tricked intending for them to kill each other, causing him to cross the Despair Event Horizon. Orochimaru found him and took him in, offering him a new identity in exchange for his allegiance, which Kabuto accepted. At some point in the past, he started working for Sasori on Orochimaru's orders, who erased part of his memory to make him a sleeper agent. Then, when Orochimaru defected from Akatsuki, he broke the memory seal, and Kabuto became Orochimaru's follower.
In combat, Kabuto uses medical techniques that he repurposed for combat. His main technique is the Ninja Scalpel, which can sever the strongest muscles with great ease. This, combined with his love of torture, makes him an especially dangerous opponent.
Kabuto shows up in the first series during the Chunin Exams; at first, he appears to be a good guy, helping Naruto's team make it to the finish. Later, it's revealed he's spying on Naruto and Sasuke. After this revelation, he (while disguised as an ANBU) heals Hinata's rather severe internal injuries even though he gained absolutely nothing by doing so (and was healing somebody who could literally see right through his mask if she woke up). He plays a bit of a bigger role in the Search for Tsunade arc, where he engages Tsunade in battle. Though she has her Super Strength to fall back on, he quickly finds a way around it by exploiting her fear of blood, beating her. Fortunately, Naruto saves her and is more than willing to demonstrate his new Rasengan on Kabuto, doing more damage than even he can heal and motivating Tsunade to beat the tar out of Orochimaru.
In Shippuden, he shows up in the second arc. Later, after Orochimaru dies, he has something of an existential crisis and integrates some of Orochimaru's DNA into his body. He feels that he needs to prove his strength by overpowering the growth in his body, but appears to be failing... until he shows back up even later with some new Orochimaru-esque powers and allies himself with Tobi. Several of these new abilities are shown off when he battles the shinobi guarding the two remaining jinchuuriki, managing to nab Yamato in the process. He then proceeds to resurrect almost every deceased character in the Narutoverse and then some, including the jinchuriki, Akatsuki, and the real Madara. He is confronted by Itachi and Sasuke, who attempt to stop the Edo Tensei, and reveals he has surpassed Orochimaru by becoming the Snake Sage. He attempts to both capture Sasuke and return Itachi to his control but is snared in Izanami, a powerful genjutsu that traps its victim in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, and is forced to end Edo Tensei by Itachi. Afterward, Orochimaru, having been revived by Sasuke, reabsorbs his chakra and DNA that was inside Kabuto, returning him to his original appearance.
Later Kabuto manages to escape the Izanami and the resulting backlash resulted in Kabuto undergoing a drastic HeelFace Turn, reverting back to his original personality before he met Danzo and Orochimaru and now seeks to atone for all his actions during the war. By the war's end, Kabuto still keeps his former master's snake appearance and goes on to take his adoptive mother's place as caretaker of the Konoha orphanage.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Often adjust his Scary Shiny Glasses by the bridge.
- Affably Evil: He commits crimes against humanity with hardly a blink and casually tortures people not only with acts but also with words but is also one of the politest characters the show has to offer, always addresses people with proper honorifics and sometimes even goes out of his way to help the heroes... At least, before he integrated Orochimaru's cells into his body and completely lost it.
- Animal Motifs: Guess. And later dragon.
- All Your Powers Combined: Has copied the powers of the Hidden Sound's elite.
- Ambiguously Gay: His obsession with Orochimaru coupled with the fact that he never shows interest in any female characters raises some eyebrows.
- Animalistic Abomination: Just like Orochimaru, he alters his true form to resemble a bizarre snake-demon that is shown when he captures Yamato. He is also able to manifest Orochimaru's true form utilizing Sakon's jutsu to recreate a separate body.
- The Assimilator: Of Orochimaru, Taka, and the Sound Five's powers; unfortunately, Orochimaru himself removed them. Later revealed not all the chakra was taken and he still has those powers.
- The Atoner: Became the new headmaster for his old orphanage after his HeelFace Turn and the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, knowing full well what kind of care would be needed in the new world.
- Avenging the Villain: After Orochimaru's death, he wants to punish Sasuke.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Performed the impossible by implanting multiple Kekkei Genkai into an already living being, solely using DNA recombination.
- Bad with the Bone: By assimilating Kimimaro's DNA into himself, Kabuto gained access to his Kekkei Genkai (Shikotsumyaku). During the battle against Itachi and Sasuke, he used it to surround the cave with bone spikes.
- Badass Bookworm: Never been impressive physically, but he is very gifted in medicine, poison, and biology while being also cunning and quite manipulative.
- Badass Longrobe: Kabuto even uses its hood to block out Itachi and Sasuke's sharingan until he could go into Sage Mode.
- Bait the Dog: If you were just going by his actions up until the end of the second part of the Chunin Exam, you would never have guessed that he was actually working for one of the most infamous ninja to walk the face of the earth.
- Barefoot Sage: Stopped wearing shoes after becoming a Snake Sage.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Obsessed with acquiring the power of the Sage of Six Paths and of others, he believed he was invincible. He used the DNA of others and disregarded himself believing that was where true strength could be obtained. Itachi was able to help him realize his true self with Izanami, a jutsu that trapped him in a metal loop until he accepted reality.
- Berserk Button: Don't dismiss the value of a name to his face.
- Beta Baddie: Kabuto reveals the reason why he bio augmented himself is that he wanted to eliminate his lack of self.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Tobi for a short time. However...
- Big Bad Wannabe: Kabuto tried very hard to take his master's place, using some incredibly extreme methods. His Edo Tensei army was dangerous, but personally, he was defeated relatively easily despite extensively modifying his own body and achieving an Evil Counterpart to Naruto's Sage Mode and was mostly forgotten by the story for a few years.
- Bio-Augmentation: In order to achieve the "perfect being" identity he desires for himself, Kabuto makes a number of modifications to his body prior to the Fourth Shinobi World War. In addition to Orochimaru's blood, he implants Karin's, Jugo's, Suigetsu's, and the Sound Four's blood into his body as well, giving him access to all their abilities and causing him to develop a new chakra signature as well.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Male example. He usually presents himself as this harmless, bumbling oaf with Nerd Glasses who showed up to help Naruto and his teammates on occasion but is, in fact, a sadistic Manipulative Bastard and a subordinate of Orochimaru.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His sclera turn black when he uses his Sage Mode.
- Blinded by the Light: His White Violent Technique is a flash-bang.
- Body Horror: Gets scales all over his body and a snake growing out of his abdomen after he "masters" Orochimaru's cells power.
- Boss Rush: His necromancy is a real Story-Breaker Power.
- Brought Down to Badass: His serpentine body modifications are removed by Orochimaru, although he can still use Dragon Sage Mode and presumably still has access to the abilities of the Sound Five, Karin, Suigetsu and Jugo.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Orochimaru believes that this is the reason why he was pardoned from his crimes after the Fourth War.
- The Chessmaster: Briefly for the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed Konoha, Akatsuki, and also planned to betray Tobi. His genuine loyalty to Orochimaru is the exception (and O himself wasn't always certain about that - he just found it more interesting).
- Combat Medic: Kabuto is trained in medical jutsu and knows how to use it to lethal effect.
- Combat Pragmatist: Slits his wrist and throws his blood on Tsunade because she is Afraid of Blood and later wipes his own blood in Naruto's eyes to blind him.
- Contemplate Our Navels: He bombards Naruto with questions such as "Who are we? What is our purpose?" prior to revealing he has fused himself with the remains of Orochimaru to give himself an identity.
- Crazy-Prepared: He appears to have altered one of his snakes' venom so that it will cancel out Yamato's wood release powers without otherwise injuring him.
- Critical Research Failure: In-Universe. "Edo Tensei has no risks". Well, turns out there are quite a few ways for the reanimated soul to break free. First, the person can find closure about something they could not achieve or failed to do before their death, thus severing the shackles binding the soul. Second, a person's programming tag can be overwritten if they are placed under a powerful genjutsu. And third, the reanimated person can annul their side of the contract if they know the jutsu's release seals. The last one is by far the worst that can happen:Madara: When that happens, you end up with the biggest problem of all. An immortal body with infinite chakra... that can move without control.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Kabuto vs Anko which he wins through poison.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Edo Tensei, which he claims has no weakness... Except for when the zombies break free.
- Dishing Out Dirt: From Jirobou, though he has used more and stronger earth ninjutsu on his own.
- Deadly Doctor: He uses the medical knowledge he picked up as a longtime mole to do incredible damage to others' bodies.
- Dead Man Switch: Kabuto tells Itachi that if he dies Edo Tensei will go on forever so as this jutsu can only be stopped by his own hand.
- Deep Cover Agent: Spent much of his life as one, working for Root, Orochimaru, and Akatsuki.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Naruto's usual approach has rather twisted results here: Kabuto credits Naruto with inspiring him to step out of Orochimaru's shadow and prove his worth as a new Big Bad.
- Deus ex Machina: Becomes this when his decision to pull a HeelFace Turn ends up saving Sasuke's life.
- Devour the Dragon: Inverted, as he integrates Orochimaru's DNA and chakra into himself.
- Didn't Think This Through: Using the Impure World Reincarnation to revive Madara "second-only-to-Hashirama" Uchiha after having given him a power boost using Hashirama's cells. Kabuto was lucky his goals and Madara's were similar, not to mention that Madara was more interested in testing his new skills.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Was thought to be a spy for Sasori to investigate Orochimaru, but it turns out that he was with the latter from the beginning.
- The Dragon: He served as Orochimarus right-hand man for the majority of the series until his masters death.
- Dragon Ascendant: He was a faithful dragon to Orochimaru but following the latter's death he fused some of Orochimaru's remains into his own body, and decided to attempt to complete Orochimaru's plan to become the next Sage of Six Paths. Kabuto's new Sage Mode transformation makes the "dragon" part of this trope rather literal.
- Driven by Envy: He simply wanted to be recognized, so he coveted the strength of others such as the Uchiha because they were famous for their strength.
- Enemy Within: When he first reveals what he's done to himself, he states that Orochimaru's chakra and cells are trying to take over his body. Even after he successfully assimilates them, Anko believes Orochimaru's will is influencing him to follow in his footsteps.
- Enigmatic Minion: To Orochimaru, who at times doubts whether Kabuto is truly on his side or not.
- Epiphanic Prison: Itachi traps him in an especially poetic one. He can leave at any time provided he just admits his limits and that there are things no amount of flashy jutsu can change. Hum. He eventually does so and returns to save Sasuke's life.
- Evil Counterpart: One of Naruto's, more subtly than the others. His main motive seems to be to validate his own existence—he peppers Naruto with fauxlosophic questions on the subject upon reappearing after Orochimaru's death. This is a rather warped take on Naruto's (initial) reasons for wanting to be Hokage. He even has the same Sage powers as Naruto thanks to his training under the White Snake Sage, and compares Orochimaru's cells trying to take over his body to the Nine-Tailed Fox trying to take over Naruto. Plus, his mentor/pupil bond with Orochimaru mirrors the one that united Naruto and Jiraiya.
- Evil Genius: Is this in Tobi's shaky alliance, with Zetsu doubling as the Dark Chick and The Dragon (Co-Dragons along with Kisame after Pain's death but he later dies) and the revived Madara Uchiha as The Brute.
- Evil Gloating: Indulges more and more into this trope once the Fourth Shinobi World War has begun, to the point of being quite insufferable during his fight against the Uchiha bros.
- Eviler Than Thou: Forms a shaky alliance with Tobi, with both trying to one-up the other on who's the Big Bad.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Especially in his fight against the Uchiha bros. Goes hand in hand with bragging constantly about how far he has evolved and is supposedly undefeatable.
- Fatal Flaw: Kabuto's obsession with surpassing Orochimaru and his twisted admiration of Naruto. Both stemming from his true fatal flaw: a deep identity crisis.
- Fate Worse than Death: Itachi's Izanami makes him live through a fight sequence for all eternity. It has a stipulation to break out, though: in Kabuto's case, Itachi stipulated that he has to come to terms with one's faults and admit he's not perfect. But by this point, Kabuto is so convinced that he's unstoppable that he'll never do it, and still thinks its all a Sharingan technique he can bypass. He eventually comes to accept his flaws and breaks free.
- His ability to reanimate the dead becomes this after he begins spamming the Impure World Resurrection.
- Kabutos blood type being AB, meaning that he is a universal recipient, becomes this when it is revealed that he gained a boost in power after injecting himself with the blood of Oto's most powerful ninja.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Up until his HeelFace Turn anyway.
- Freudian Excuse: He was taken in by an Orphanage of Love where one nun gave him her own glasses so he could see. He had decided to become a ninja was to repay her for her kindness and became a spy for Konoha. One day when he was spying on Iwagakure he was attacked by the woman who had taken him in, as she was undercover and failed to recognize him. He inflicted lethal injuries on her before he realized who she was, and he tried to heal her but failed, and she did not remember him even as she died. This caused Kabuto to feel as if his life had been meaningless, and the only person who then comforted him after that and offered to help him find himself after that was Orochimaru.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He starts out as an experienced Genin who's actually a high-level spy for Orochimaru, but he eventually surpasses his already legendary leader in power and ends up co-leading an evil army of resurrected legendary ninja and Venus Flytrap monsters created from the DNA of one of the most powerful ninja ever against all over the world shinobi.
- Genre Blind: "Nobody can stop me!" Also, loudly declaring that his ultimate technique has no weaknesses.
- General Failure: Kabuto has shown to be pratfall throughout the War Arc. He commanded an army comprised entirely of resurrected, nigh-unstoppable shinobi whose names alone are still enough to drive the Shinobi Alliance's forces into a panic, yet somehow ends up losing almost all of them in a single day.
- Edo Tensei who should have steamrolled the opposition, such as Deidara or Sasori, are sacrificed extremely early on for stupid reasons and there isn't even a proper attempt in the manga to free Deidara after he's been captured. Sasori, despite being resurrected, isn't even given his second scroll of puppets to fight with, thus robbing him of his poison and his entire arsenal.
- Kinkaku and Ginkaku are sealed pretty early into the War as well. Given their personalities, using them the way he did was probably the worst choice that Kabuto could have done since they worked far better as pseudo-Jinchuriki berserkers, as Kinkaku demonstrated.
- Nagato and Hanzo the Salamander, perhaps his second and third/fourth most powerful Edo Tensei are also sealed. The former after having given a pathetic performance, since Kabuto doesn't even give him his normal field of vision and either forgot to make use of or was completely unaware of some of Nagato's abilities, such as him being a sensory-type ninja. And Hanzo is foolishly set against the samurai leader Mifune, one of the few people Hanzo recognized as a Worthy Opponent in life...the problem being that Hanzo's skills have declined since their epic battle, while Mifune's have improved and his entire fighting style is the perfect counter to Hanzo.
- And despite having four Kages, he loses all four consecutively.
- The only times when he plays it smart are with Zabuza and Haku, as well as Madara Uchiha which actually scores some wins. Then again, considering what Madara ends up doing, Kabuto was probably better off without his so-called trump card.
- Giggling Villain: He been known to giggle on occasion.
- Godhood Seeker: Kabuto attempted to complete Orochimaru's plan to become the next Sage of Six Paths, successfully attaining Sage Mode and bartering with Obito for a White Zetsu and Sasuke, whose Sharingan Kabuto believed would evolve into a Rinnegan upon the transfusion of Senju Cells from the White Zetsu.
- Handicapped Badass: His glasses aren't for deception, he really has myopia. That means that when he escaped from Naruto soon after absorbing Orochimaru's remains, when not wearing his glasses, he was technically "half-blind".
- Harmful to Minors: Like Itachi, Kabuto was exposed to the horror of a shinobi world at war at a very young age; he then became too good at his job as a spy and lost his superior's trust and they planned his assassination.
- Healing Hands: He has an innate knack for medical ninjustu and is knowledgeable on various topics related to the human body. That said, the lack of information on Kimimaros unique body structure prevents Kabuto from curing him.
- Healing Factor: The main reason Orochimaru got an interest in him is his unusually high regeneration abilities. Kabuto implements more and more abilities in this fashion as the manga goes on. He implants himself with Orochimaru's highly regenerative snake cells, then later with the various healing abilities of the Uzumaki (through Karin), Sakon, Kimimaro, and Jugo's clan.
- HeelFace Turn: Imprisonment by Itachi's Izanami helped him realize his true nature, which in turn set him free, and he's now on the battlefield, helping to revive a critically injured Sasuke. It also helps him realize that he has a home to return to.
- Hellish Pupils: Post-evolution and boy howdy are they creepy. They're almost Terumi-esque levels of devilish.
- Humanoid Abomination: Finally upgraded into one by the time he meets the Big Bad in person.
- Horned Humanoid: In his Dragon-Sage Mode.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kabuto was got defeated by Uchiha Itachi, who he himself resurrected from the dead to fight in the war using his Edo Tensei technique. Not just defeated, but forced into undoing the technique, effectively destroying half his side's military power.
- I Am What I Am: He came to believe that his existence was a lie and so he reshaped himself into a different person to escape that lie. Itachi trapped him in an Epiphanic Prison which Kabuto only escaped when he accepted his original life.
- I Just Want to Be Special: His entire motivation after meeting up with Orochimaru was just to be noticed by people.
- Invincible Villain: Invokes this trope on himself, saying how exactly Itachi is screwed and how he couldn't possibly defeat him without killing him, that's exactly what Itachi wants to avoid. Itachi proves him wrong.
- Irony: For the majority of his early childhood, Sasori manipulated him like a puppet. Now, thanks to his newfound necromancer status, he controls Sasori in almost the exact same way. Sasori was less than enthusiastic about this. Later subverted as he was never really under Sasori's control to begin with.
- Karma Houdini: Like Orochimaru we have no idea what happened to him after he helped save Sasuke despite causing the events of the war in the first place by reviving Madara along with every other famous shinobi and forcing them to fight against their will to assist Tobi in essentially destroying the world. Naruto Gaiden reveals that he not only wasn't punished for his part in the war, but is now running an orphanage with the Leaf Village's approval.
- Killing Intent: During the Chunin Exams in the Forest of Death, while assisting Team 7 in a battle with Team Oboro, his glasses (a gift from his adoptive mother) get knocked off by the enemy and he shows legitimate killing intent for the first time. He proceeds to quickly paralyze Team Oboro, providing Naruto with an opening to attack. This was the first hint he wasn't an ordinary ninja. Although interestingly enough, he has no such reaction when Dosu shatters his glasses before the exams.
- Laughing Mad: He has lost quite a bit of sanity following Orochimaru's death and reveals he has absorbed Orochimaru's remains. At one point he bursts into hysterical laughter.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Kind of. As a kid, he forgot his given name after a battle, and he was wearing a samurai's helmetnote when the people who found him decided to name him.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Orochimaru was this to him.
- Loss of Identity: Struggled with this his whole life. Only after Orochimaru's death does he confront it and decides to assimilate his remains and become a new more powerful person.
- Meaningful Name: "Yakushi" is the name of the Buddha of Medicine. Fitting for the second-best medic-nin of the series.
- Making a Splash: From Suigetsu, though altered somewhat to fit his own physiology.
- Manipulative Bastard: Orochimaru even called him cruel for manipulating Kimimaro on his deathbed.
- Master Poisoner: Was able to synthesize a poison that could neutralize Yamato's mokuton ninjutsu.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He's the fusion of ten different people!
- Mr. Exposition: During the Chunin Exams. Considering he was working with Orochimaru, he was probably invoking this trope to watch Sasuke more closely.
- The Mole: To Orochimaru (was suspected to be a spy of Sasori, but was Orochimaru's to begin with).
- More Than Mind Control: After Orochimaru freed him from Sasori's Mind Control, he chose to become loyal to him, not from gratitude, but because he was seduced by his view of the world and motives.
- Multiple-Choice Past: It's been revealed that the backstory he gave when he was introduced was a cover given to him by Orochimaru when he joined the Sound Village.
- Musical Assassin: From Tayuya's DNA. Kabuto can produce a copy of her in his abdomen and use her flute-based genjutsu.
- Necromancer: One of three, the other two being Orochimaru and the Second Hokage. They all used the same technique: Impure World Ressurection. Kabuto is probably the best example though. He's the only one who pulled off the "zombie army" part (Orochimaru used it on a smaller scale). Even before he had shades of this with his Dead Soul Jutsu reanimating corpses to use as decoys.
- Nerd Glasses: Subverted. After he turns out to be with Orochimaru, these turn into Four Eyes, Zero Soul. They turn back into this following his HeelFace Turn.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He has medical jutsu to speed his healing. And Orochimaru's regenerative powers to speed it up some more. And Karin's Uzumaki cells to speed it up some more. And Kimimaro's Kaguya cells to speed it up some more and give himself a skeleton harder than steel. And Suigetsu's ability to turn into liquid and absorb any non-lightning physical attack harmlessly. And Sage Mode, which means his body is now impossibly durable and his heightened senses make him even better at dodging than he was before. Theoretically, Dragon Sage Kabuto is more difficult to deal lasting physical harm to than Tobi or the real Madara.
- Not So Different: Admits he and Tobi share several similarities. It's even deeper then he realizes though. Both of them were involved in the Shinobi World War and were left for dead only to be found by the Evil Mentor and taken in a student. When said Evil Mentor died, they both took said Evil Mentor and tried to become them and both went from joke level fighters to Kage level enemies. To add to it, both of them pulled a FaceHeel Turn after said Evil Mentor returned from the dead and decided to embrace who they actually are. Both are also Foil's to Naruto who uses this to their advantage. The only difference between them in this, it's that Kabuto after the death his Evil Mentor became Dragon Ascendant but still show great respect towards his Evil Mentor while Tobi became The Starscream to his Evil Mentor and was planned using him to his own advantage.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain:
- He seemed to be a not very good Chunin candidate, but after he's revealed to be Orochimaru's right-hand man, he's shown to be a Jonin-level medical ninja.
- Later on, he's moved up to doing things like reanimating Akatsuki members, which given that Impure World reanimations retain all the (kage-level in this case) powers of the original plus regeneration from all damage, puts him well above most other cast members.
- He also trained under the White Snake Sage to attain Sage Mode just like Naruto and used this power to bisect Itachi. Itachi was completely helpless around Kabuto alone and needed an EMS Sasuke to back him up.
- One-Man Army:
- Thanks to Kuchiyose Edo Tensei, Kabuto has summoned a number of warriors who probably qualify in themselves to do his bidding. Oh, they are also near-immortal and can regenerate in a manner of seconds.
- Also has a case of All Your Powers Combined with his Sage Mode use of the Sound elite's powers.
- Orphanage of Love: Kabuto's flashback reveals he grew up in one. Go figure. In the final chapter of Naruto Gaiden, it's revealed that he is the new caretaker of Konoha's orphanage.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His Sage Mode.
- Personality Blood Types: In Shippuden. Kabuto is AB, despite Orochimaru's asking if he is A based on his compulsive desire to keep corpses sealed in a scroll in a certain order.
- Pet the Dog: Cured Hinata of the wounds she got against Neji for apparently no reason other than random kindness. Much later he also heals Sakura from her 4-Tailed inflicted wounds, though he justifies it through pragmatism.
- Power Copying: As mentioned earlier.
- Power Parasite: In Part II. Implants himself with Orochimaru's cells after the latter's "death". Later he copies some abilities of Karin, Jugo, Suigetsu, and the Sound Five, but he doesn't forget to train properly in some other fields.
- Pressure Point: Can target them as shown in his battle against Tsunade and Naruto.
- Projectile Webbing: Gained the ability to create large spider webs after inserting Kidomaru's DNA into himself. Kabuto used it in combination with Kimimaro's Kekkei Genkai against Itachi and Sasuke.
- Psychotic Smirk: Prone to this after he absorbs Orochimaru's cells.
- Razor-Sharp Hand: His signature Chakra Scalpel technique which is actually a re-purposed medical technique; it allows him to cut tendons without breaking the skin but, even better, it allows him to just plain slice people in half!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His sclerae turn red while in his snake form.
- Removed Achilles' Heel: By incorporating Jūgos ability to passively absorb Natural Energy, Kabuto manages to be able to recharge his Sage Chakra without the need to stand still every so often.
- Required Secondary Powers: His Sage Art: White Rage Technique acts as a flashbang combined with producing enough noise to make the air oscillate from the vibrations, blinding and paralyzing the opponent. He must use his snake-like brille to block out the light and Suigetsu's Hydration Technique to liquefy his organs so they can absorb the sound.
- Reverse Mole: Interesting subversion between two groups of villains. Is allegedly Sasori's spy, but he's actually loyal to Orochimaru.
- Sadist: Kabuto is a Mad Doctor who earned Oro's praise because he was able to keep their human experiments alive for longer, and later forces the zombies of various famous ninja to fight their friends and family as a form of psychological warfare.
- Sanity Slippage: After Orochimaru's death he loses it.
- Scaled Up: Both the Dragon and Snake varieties.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Later removed during the fight with Sasuke and revived Itachi.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not in the way you'd think. As a child, he grew up in an orphanage and was very close to the head caretaker (that he even referred to as mother), who was a former intelligence officer for ROOT. When Danzo came along with a request that she go undercover, lest he revokes the orphanage's budget, Kabuto went as well. Years later, he ended up mortally wounding her when she was in disguise. The real kicker? She didn't recognize him since ROOT had been sending her fake pictures of him, slowly replacing them with someone completely different.
- Self-Made Superpowers: Integrated multiple Kekkei Genkai and other genetic abilities into himself, granting him among other powers, a powerful Healing Factor, ability to liquefy, creating a clone, use a Super Mode indefinitely along with becoming a Master of Illusion capable of overcoming Itachi and Sasuke Uchiha simultaneously. All of these powers came from Orochimaru himself, the Sound Four, and Team Taka minus Sasuke.
- Smug Snake: Like his master. He's legitimately powerful, having surpassed Orochimaru and a Kage-level threat at minimum at his strongest, but he considers himself Invincible Villain and during his fight against the Uchiha brothers he constantly gloating about how far he has evolved and is supposedly undefeatable. Also, loudly declaring that "Edo Tensei has no risks" when in fact there are quite a few ways for the reanimated soul to break free. See Critical Research Failure higher.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Just like Orochimaru discovered the Ryūchi Cave and became the pupil of the White Snake Sage, so did Kabuto. Unlike Orochimaru, he was able to attain Snake Sage Mode, he also acquired the ability to summon snakes at will.
- Snake Person: Like Orochimaru, Kabuto gave himself snake traits via genetic alteration.
- Sonic Stunner: His White Violent Technique is a flash-bang.
- Spanner in the Works: Ultimately summoning the real Madara ended up being a really bad thing for Tobi, The Alliance, and almost everyone. It did made Tobi's plan far more complicated since he never intended to resurrect Madara in the first place.
- The Starscream: Discussed. It's suggested that he might be trying to betray Orochimaru. The latter even muses that he's not sure which way Kabuto will go. But he never actually does, and after Orochimaru's death shows great respect towards him.
- Story-Breaker Power: Summoning: Impure World Ressurection is taken to its logical conclusion: Kabuto uses it to revive nigh every single powerful dead ninja that we have ever heard of, all of whom are now immortal, near-indestructible and possess every single ability they had while alive. Literally this one technique, on its own, allows him to fight the entire rest of the world, at once.
- Super Mode: Kabuto can use Snake Sage Mode, which gives him a draconic appearance.
- Surpassed the Teacher: By the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto's experiments and methods have made him even stronger than Orochimaru himself, likely even stronger than old O was in his own prime.
- Teens Are Monsters: Before the time skip he is merely nineteen years old and has some severe issues from his childhood as the Sole Survivor found after a large battle.
- Theme Naming: "Kabuto" is a samurai's helmet, which matches his teammates Yoroi Akado ("armor") and Misumi Tsurugi ("sword").
- Took a Level in Badass: From Orochimaru's Dragon to one of the two Big Bads for a short while.
- Tragic Keepsake: His glasses, which used to belong to the head caretaker of the orphanage he grew up in.
- Tragic Villain: See Freudian Excuse. Despite his Moral Event Horizon crossings, it's really not hard to understand how he became such a person.
- Two Beings, One Body: From Sakon, which allows him to use the powers of others in tandem with the Kekkei Genkai he now has access to.
- Unwitting Pawn: Kabuto became to Black Zetsu. Black Zetsu was the one who led Kabuto to the location of Madaras corpse that would he put Spanner in the Works in Tobi's plans as part of his own plan to bring back Kaguya Ootsutsuki.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Could be considered a Most Triumphant Aversion. He started as a jonin-level threat. Now he's probably at Kage level, and that's just as an individual combatant. Counting all the elite shinobi he resurrected and put under his control with Edo Tensei. He even went through the same kind of training Naruto did to become a Sage.
- Villainous Breakdown: It happened several times:
- The first time it happened when Kabuto was attacked during the Chunin Exams Arc in Part I, we see his eyes go bloodshot as he reveals a bloodthirsty side.
- Also, after Orochimaru died, Kabuto had an existential crisis, but he claims that the person who inspired him to continue was Naruto.
- Also during his fight with Sasuke and Itachi, Kabuto has some more of these. Confident in his beliefs and victory, he begins to shed tears when the Uchiha brothers fend off his attacks, and during when he understands that he got into in the loop he falls into a full tantrum shouting at Itachi and speaking him that he could not make a mistake.
- Villain Override: Periodically throughout his Zombie Apocalypse, Kabuto will take control of the resurrected ninja himself. He has a nasty habit of doing this in time to break up what would normally be a touching reunion, though surprisingly this part isn't intentional.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Kabuto's last on-panel appearance depicts him being freed from Infinite Tsukuyomi along with Orochimaru, Suigetsu, Karin and Jugo, and then...he simply disappears, not mentioned again. As of Naruto Gaiden, it's revealed that he's living in Konoha and running the orphanage there.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Kabuto has naturally white hair and has performed some nasty actions.
- Wild Card: Put at a disadvantage Tobi himself and forced him into an unstable alliance while supplying the best undead shinobi. In the more traditional sense of the word, he has done several selfless actions to help his enemies. In one scene, before their relationship was retconned into being a years-long respectful partnership, Orochimaru commented that he wasn't sure how much he could trust Kabuto.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Naruto. The Databook even said that the person he wanted to fight most was Naruto.
- Would Hurt a Child: Had no problem attempting to puncture 12-year-old Naruto's heart to kill him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kabuto has silver hair.
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.
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.
- Hero Killer: Every single one of the five provides a major threat to the heroes, with three of them managing to actually defeat their opponents (and one of those would have defeated his opponent's reinforcements if not by his illness). They are among Orochimaru's finest warriors after all.
- Jerkass: They're all rude and downright cruel to the Sasuke Retrieval Squad, and act very much as 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.
- Malevolent Masked Men: In their first appearance.
- 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's 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 12 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 by Kimimaro have a summoning technique (though Jirobou'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. Tayuya's badmouthing extends to her own teammates, especially Jirobo.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Their relationship with each other is rather volatile, though they still have powerful collaboration techniques when the situation calls for it.
- 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)
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 state 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.
- Fat Bastard: He's an unpleasant, 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.
- 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.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: The second stage of his Cursed Seal.
- 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)
Kidomaru 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 summon, 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 Kidoumaru about five minutes to figure out the weakness in the Hyuuga Clan's much-vaunted Absolute Defense, and another two minutes to exploit it and bring Neji to his knees.
- 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.
- 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 speciality.
- One-Winged Angel: Becomes even more spider-like, grows horns, and has his hair turn white and grow.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Into an afro, no less.
- Projectile Webbing: Kidomaru 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 them out of a 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.
- Villain Has a Point: Kidomaru 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
Voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya (JP), Brian Beacock (EN), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
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.
- 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, they can 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They have silver hair.
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN), Cristina Hernández (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 115 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
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.
- 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.
- 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' body 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.
- 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, Kidoumaru, and Sakon instantly caught on to the deception when Shikamaru-as-Jirobo just takes her abuse without complaint.
- 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)
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 before he can land the killing blow.
Kabuto later resurrects him with Edo Tensei, but he is made dead again with Itachi's intervention.
- 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.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Not exaggeratedly, as he retains his Noble Demon moments in all continuities, but he is still more soft-spoken in the anime than in the manga.
- 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 was nearly killed for insulting his belief in Orochimaru.
- 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.
- 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 right when he is about to stab 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.
- He is a foil to Sasuke in several ways. They are both considered at separate times to be Orichimaru'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.
- 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. Considering that he died basically one second away from killing Gaara and probably making Rock Lee fall in a sea of spikes with him, it cost him a Pyrrhic Victory.
- Allowing Lee a pause to take his medicine actually makes considerable sense. Kimimaro is a man dying of an incurable terminal illness and has spent much of his recent life in the hospital receiving medical treatments to deal with his ailment to the maximum possible extent - it only seems right that he would allow an opponent the courtesy of taking medicine that they have been given.
- Hidden Depths: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution reveals he is quite a Big Eater. Which actually makes sense, given that he fights entirely with his bone-manipulating powers, fortifying bones with calcium is pretty much a requirement.
- Ill Boy: He has an incurable terminal illness that makes him cough blood.
- Implacable Man: He was ill at the time, which makes it even more impressive as a pre-time skip Gaara was barely able to slow him down.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 4 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.
- This actually makes sense considering the similarities shared between Kimimaro's clan and the Sound Four. Both are groups of cruel sadists who generally disdain Kimimaro, the only appreciable difference is the Sound Four are more civilized than the Kaguya Clan. Perhaps he generally dislikes his underlings because they remind him of his family who locked him away unless they needed his power.
- Mighty Glacier: Using the second phase of the Cursed Mark of Earth has this effect on Kimimaro, as while it does give him a boost in power, it significantly slows him down.
- 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 changes, 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 to Orochimaru.
- Villainous Friendship: With Jugo. Kimimaro was one of the few strong enough to contain him when he got controlled by his Super-Powered Evil Side. The two eventually became friends and Jugo joined Sasuke to honor Kimimaro's legacy.
- 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.
- Working Through the Cold: It's strongly implied by other characters that Kimimaro's disease has actually rendered him more-or-less completely paralyzed... 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.
The Sound Genin 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.
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (JP, child), Keiji Okuda (JP), Sam Riegel (EN), Antonio Gálvez (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 35 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hot-headed, rash, impulsive...compare 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 of. Also, his hairstyle and clothing symbols ("evil" thrice) brings Sanosuke Sagara of Rurouni Kenshin to mind.
- 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.
- "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.
Voiced by: Akiko Koike (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN), Erica Edwards (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 35 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
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: She doesn't have body modifications like her partners. Instead, she uses needles and bells that emit paralyzing sounds.
- 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 senbon (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.
- Flechette Storm: Her senbon.
- 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...
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her black hair almost reaches the ground.
- The Quiet One: Only had one line before the Forest of Death portion of the Chunin 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Daisuke Egawa (JP), John DeMita (EN), Diego Armando Nieves (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 35 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 rational...now 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 which 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.
- 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.
- 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 the Sound Genin, 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.
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (JP, original), Anri Katsu (JP, current), Grant George (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 45 (Manga), Naruto Episode 26 (Anime)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Rival: He sees Kabuto as competition for being Orochimarus right-hand man, but Kabuto himself knows that hes levels above his teammate.
- 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. Lampshaded with Shino calling him out for forgetting such a basic rule in battle.
- Took a Level in Badass: He claims to have changed greatly since his loss to Sasuke when Naruto, Shino, and Ino encounter him later. To be fair, he does give the heroes a better fight than Misumi.
- 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.
- 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 forties easy but is stated in the databook to be 23.
Voiced by: Kunihiro Kawamoto (JP, original), Ichirota Koizumi (JP, current), Richard Cansino (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 45 (Manga), Naruto Episode 26 (Anime)
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 Isarbi'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 powerful 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: 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 name 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.