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Hidden Stone Village provides examples of:

  • Determinator: The village is well-known for the rock-hard attitude of its shinobi; as soon as the Tsuchikage gives an order, the shinobi follow it without hesitation, even if it means death. However, this trait has manifested into a detrimental and underhanded competitive streak with the other villages to obtain victory, having worked behind the scenes for years against its fellow villages, such as by using mercenaries like Akatsuki to carry out missions the village could not be directly involved in or that it lacked the resources for as well as betraying allies to pilfer spoils.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The ninja of the village specialize in rock-based jutsu. Though fire is also an equally-important component (lava, bombs...)
  • Freudian Excuse: Their tendency to backstab foreign allies is implied to have started due to them being backstabbed themselves when they did try to trust the other nations. That is, during the dawn of the Shinobi Villages, they put their faith in a peace treaty with the Land of Fire, only for Madara Uchiha to attack them and declare them basically slaves to Konoha rather than allies. Though Madara was acting on his own, his behavior left a lasting mark on the psyche of the Hidden Stone ninjas.
  • Hufflepuff House: Due to their long-standing distrust of Konoha, the Hidden Stone is almost never involved in the storyline, outside of Kakashi Gaiden, until the Kage Summit Arc. The only time any Iwa people appear in the manga of Part I was the rogue Gantetsu and his lackey Chōseki during Naruto's training with Jiraiya. One of the post-Sasuke Retrieval filler arcs introduced the Kamizuru clan as the First Tsuchikage's grandchildren, but no one else until Part II.

    Onoki (Third Tsuchikage) 


Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Steve Blum (ENG)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 454 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)

Being old has its perks. To think I'd live to see the day… when the five Kage would stand and fight together!

The current, extremely elderly leader of the Village Hidden in the Stones. Very proud, despite his frailty, and shows little respect to those much younger than him (i.e. everyone).

During the Kage Summit, he admitted to having frequently hired Akatsuki. He defended his action, stating that the use of Akatsuki was necessary to protect themselves while still demilitarizing, but this and his advanced age still lead Mifune to deny him leadership of the forces to lead against Akatsuki. When Sasuke intrudes on the meeting room chasing after Danzo, he refuses to take part in the fight. Due to Gaara's actions and words during the meeting, Onoki reverts back to the noble man he once was before he became hard-headed. Later, he goes out to find Kabuto and prevent him from finding Killer Bee and Naruto and succeeds in protecting them.

Throughout the war, Onoki's techniques proved instrumental in keeping Alliance members alive and he becomes the de-facto leader in the assault against the real Madara Uchiha.

Years later, Onoki retires due to his failing health and passes down his title to his granddaughter.

  • All Your Powers Combined: Jinton uses Fire, Earth, and Wind natures in perfect harmony.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: He acts as Jerkass at the Kage Summit, especially to Gaara, but the latter asks him When did you lose yourselves?. It leads him to become kinder.
  • The Atoner: Twice over.
    • Onoki is deeply ashamed of years of opportunism and double-dealing against other villages when he remembers his old idealistic self again.
    • When he creates the Akuta and Fabrications after losing his grandson Kozuchi, he realizes how much trouble it causes and gives his life to defeat his creation Ku.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Third Tsuchikage, is one of the strongest shinobi in the whole story, and has served longer than any other Kage to date.
  • Character Death: He dies in Boruto Episode 91, due to old age and overexertion after vanquishing Ku.
  • Cool Old Guy: Despite his very old age, not only he maintained his position as Tsuchikage for decades but also is considered to be the most dangerous of the Gokage by Madara.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Almost word for word.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His grandpa appearance and his back problems make him a comic relief and a running gag but he's still a very powerful ninja.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He lost sight of who he was after a confrontation when Madara forcibly declared that despite the alliance between their villages Konoha was to remain the dominant village and Iwagakure was to obey. He lost trust in the other villages and the idea of peace between shinobi.
  • Determinator: After he's pretty much-left half-dead from Madara's double meteorites, he decides to keep fighting and really cut loose in the fight.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He can use Earth Release to fly, increase gravity, and create Rock Clones.
  • Elemental Powers: He has three, plus one combined: wind, fire and earth.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Dust Release is essentially this. It combines fire, earth, and wind chakra to destroy things at a molecular level, and it has several mile radii. He starts cutting loose, and he can utterly destroy any number of enemies.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: During the Fourth War, he grows to respect the other Gokage as they share a common interest in future peace.
  • Flight: He's capable of unassisted flight via Earth Release.
  • Gag Nose: A huge red nose worthy of a cartoon character.
  • Gonk: His appearance.
  • Grumpy Old Man: His reputation and also his stubbornness of retiring.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: You wouldn't think 'Dust Release' would be all that great as a superpower, but they don't call it that because he conjures or manipulates dust, they call it that because dust is the only thing left after he uses it.
  • Heroic Lineage: Databook 4 reveals him to be the grandson of the First Tsuchikage.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Boruto anime, Onoki uses his remaining life to throw out a final Jinton attack and overwhelm Ku in order to save Boruto's team.
  • Heroic Willpower: He was the only one to recover from the pollen created by Madara's World Forest technique, and destroyed it completely.
  • Long-Lived: Onoki first appears in the series at the age of 79. He is still alive by the events of Boruto, which would put him no younger than 94-years-old. He personally saw through all four Great Shinobi Wars and is the only living person to have met and fought Madara Uchiha when the latter was still alive. Depending on how long it took from the founding of the ninja villages to the outbreak of the First Shinobi War, it's even possible that Onoki remembers life before there was a ninja village.
  • Made of Iron: He takes two meteors straight to the head and although badly wounded, he survives. By contrast, thousands of other shinobi, many of them decades younger than him, who weren’t in the epicenter, didn’t.
  • Magma Man: According to the light novel Shikamaru Shinden: A Cloud Dancing in Forlorn Falling Petals, he has the Lava Release kekkei genkai.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: He is roughly 1.5 times as tall as his hat is long.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He's infamous among the Kage for having actually contracted the Akatsuki several times in the past for the Iwagakure's benefit, which makes his arguments during the Summit a bit hypocritical. Granted, by then, he is ashamed for having done so.
  • Nothing Personal: While having nothing against him personally, he chooses to kill Sasuke at the Kage Summit because many people want the guy dead.
  • Old Soldier:
    • Onoki has faced the best of the best the Ninja World had to offer, lived through all four Shinobi Wars, and is still alive as Kage, a position with an almost 100% mortality rate. By the time of the Fourth Shinobi War, Onoki is the oldest known living ninja, the next younger ones being the Konoha elders Homura Mitokado and Koharu Utatane, both being six years his junior and, in contrast, are semi-retired and do not participate in the war.
    • In fact, he lives to see Naruto become Hokage, which canonically takes place over fifteen years after the end of the Fourth Shinobi War. By this time, he is over ninety years old and permanently retired in Iwagakure.
  • One-Man Army: He is one of the Kages and according to the Second Tsuchikage, his mentor, he could destroy entire armies of Ninjas without a problem if he so much wished.
  • One-Hit Kill: His jinton can destroy at the molecular level. It's also normally measured by mile damage radius.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He was this kind of person before the Kage Summit but after Gaara asked him when he lost himself he decided not to have Naruto and Bee dealt with in an attempt to weaken Konoha and Kumo.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the smallest of any of the kage ever introduced in the series, but arguably one of the most powerful.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His Jinton could easily kill a huge target like Turtle Island with a single attack.
    • Put it this way. The Third Raikage died holding off an army. Onoki and his teacher, Mu, would just destroy it with their Jinton.
  • Red Baron: He's known as "Ōnoki of Both Scales".
  • Retired Badass: In the New Era
  • Scatterbrained Senior: The Boruto anime shows him to be a little off in the head, preferring to go sightseeing in the Hidden Leaf Village instead of attending the Five Kage meeting along with the other retired Kages. Granted, he's well over a century old.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He is a jerkass most of the time with most of the people in lieu of his age and experience.
  • Sempai/Kōhai: Indicates that he might be Gaara's senpai among the Kages while condescendingly offering to listen to his questions. He gets better.
  • Squishy Wizard: A traditional Nuker type, as his low stamina and back problems prevent him from cutting loose with physical attacks.
  • Story-Breaker Power: An attack that acts as a massive One-Hit Kill and makes him a One-Man Army would make the very concept of "armies" pointless, thus any conventional war involving him would be over quickly if not his squishy-ness handicapping him.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Superpowerful enough to be blessed with a bloodline expansion.
  • Took a Level in Kindness / Took a Level in Idealism: After Gaara's Armor-Piercing Question, he becomes a kinder and more optimistic old guy.
  • World's Strongest Man: Acknowledged by Madara to be the strongest of the living Kages and the most difficult to break.



Voiced by: Hana Takeda (JP), Laura Bailey (EN, original), Cherami Leigh (EN, current)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 454 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)

If we take this chance and dispose of the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails, we will not only be able to put an end to Madara's plan, but we'll also be able to reduce Kumo's and Konoha's war potentials. Wouldn't it be killing two birds with one stone!?

The Tsuchikage's Granddaughter and bodyguard. She refers to Deidara as her big brother, but this is pretty much either an honorific that she grew up close to him. She later becomes the Fourth Tsuchikage sometime after the war.

  • Ashes to Ashes: She can use Lava Release: Ash Stone Seal Technique, spewing out a cloud of ash from her mouth to bind the target.
  • Bifauxnen: Seriously, it's only the Kunoichi skirt that tells you she is a woman. And for a while, like Fuu (the jinchuuriki), people were unsure because of lack of reference, only Kurotsuchi's a bit worse at this. Averted by the time of the Boruto series, where her outfit makes it clear she has decent-sized breasts and quite impressive legs.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: She serves as Onoki's bodyguard for the Five Kage Summit.
  • Brutal Honesty: She often makes bold remarks towards her peers and elders such as her constant teasing of Onoki over his age. However, they often have a foundation whether it's well-meaning or not.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: She lands a MegatonPunch on Kinshiki Otsutsuki in “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” Kurotsuchi certainly qualifies, sending the man who is three times her size through a thick tree many meters away.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Pupil-less with pink sclera.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Both of her uniforms have more clothes on her left side.
  • Heroic Lineage: Great-great-granddaughter of the First Tsuchikage, and the granddaughter of the Third.
  • Informed Ability: The novel for Boruto the Movie states that Kurotsuchi is the most skilled genjutsu user amongst the current generation of Kage.
  • The Leader: In the epilogue, she is Tsuchikage, leading the Stone Village.
  • Magma Man: Her Kekkei Genkai lets her use lava jutsus, which combines Dishing Out Dirt and Playing with Fire.
  • Making a Splash: She can use water jutsus.
  • Meaningful Name: Means "black earth".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her Tsuchikage dress shows off her right arm and her entire right leg. She is so beautiful that Iwabe believes she rivals the Seventh Hokage's Sexy Jutsu.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: At one point, she suggests simply having Naruto and Killer Bee executed — her reasoning being that it will both set back Akatsuki's plans and strengthen Iwagakure's standing amongst the Five Great Villages.
  • Nerves of Steel: The Juubi breaks free of her father's jutsu and she tells him that their attacks won't work anymore while remaining calm.
  • Not so Above It All: She berates Akatsuchi for his childish glee at flying even when she is secretly as excited as him.
  • Rank Up: Kurotsuchi is the Fourth Tsuchikage as of the Naruto epilogue.
  • The Smurfette Principle: As of the epilogue, the sole female kage. And while she may not be as insanely powerful as Tsunade, she more than deserves her title.
  • Super Mode: When Naruto gives her some of his chakra.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Onoki's her grandfather, Kitsuchi's her father, Akatsuchi might be her brother. She might as well be the White Sheep of the family.
  • Theme Naming: With her partner Akatsuchi and her father Kitsuchi.



Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 454 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)

The Tsuchikage's other bodyguard and possible grandson, given the name and similar looks to Kitsuchi. Like Akatsuchi he knows Deidara who resents him for always getting in his way.

  • Acrofatic: He's really big, but he moves with surprising grace for a huge guy.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Like Kurotsuchi, he accompanies Onoki to the Five Kage Summit as a bodyguard.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Which he can use to create a Golem.
  • Gonk: He looks like a fatter version of Kitsuchi without the sharp chin.
  • Meaningful Name: Means "red earth".
  • Nerves of Steel: He reacts to everything with at most mild surprise and least immediate action.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: An ass-kicker with a nice scarf.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He in fact is a brilliant Ninja who at least can see the consequences of his actions like using a massive destructive technique next to their charge is not a good idea.
  • Super Strength: He's considered to be unrivaled in his village in physical strength.
  • Theme Naming: He's named "Red Earth".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After the battle at Turtle Island, Akatsuchi mostly disappears from the original Naruto story. He cameos several times during the Fourth Shinobi War, but nothing major. We do see him in the epilogue, where it's shown that he continues to serve as the Tsuchikage's bodyguard, this time under Kurotsuchi, and he plays a major role in a anime arc of ''Boruto.



Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 515 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 256 (Anime)

Kurotsuchi's father and possibly related to the Tsuchikage or perhaps Akatsuchi given their names and similar looks. Appointed as the Commander of the 2nd Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces.

    Mū (Second Tsuchikage) 

Voiced by: Osamu Mukai (JP), JB Blanc (EN), Jonathan Fahn (EN, Shippūden Episode 340), Wally Wingert (EN, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 515 (Manga), Shippūden Episode 256 (Anime)

After the conflict ends, an alliance becomes squabble over spoils of war. The victor, therefore, becomes the new dominant power.

Previous Tsuchikage, master of Onoki, and creator of the fearsome Kekkei Tota Jinton (Dust release), one of the deadliest techniques ever forged. He was an extremely respected and feared leader of Iwagakure and the strongest Shinobi ever produced from said village. He died undetermined years before the series started at the hands of his Archnemesis, the Nidaime Mizukage, in a double kill. He was revived by Edo Tensei and forced to battle the 4th Batallion, and his former pupil, along with the rest of the Kages. Besides being a very tall man covered in bandages wearing a dark-colored headband with no markings, extremely polite and fanatically loyal to Iwa, not much is known of him.

  • A Father to His Men: But don't expect any mercy if you are from another Village.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Jinton uses Fire, Earth, and Wind natures in perfect harmony.
  • Always Someone Better: Seems to have been this to Onoki for all intents and purposes. Every basic technique that Onoki has, Mū has, which makes sense since Muu taught Onoki. Earth, Fire, and Wind Release? Mū has them. Jinton? Mū has it and he used the three previously mentioned Chakra Natures to do so. Besides these four natures, Mū is also able to use Water Release via his Dustless Bewildering Cover Technique. And according to the 4th Databook, Muu is able to use Lightning, Yang, AND Yin Release. This makes him one of the few Shinobi in history capable of using all five of the basic Chakra natures. Flight? Mū has it as well. Beyond all of this, Muu is also capable of sensing other ninjas, even being able to tell the difference between ninja from different villages, split himself into two, and completely hiding his presence from detection. This seems to be a case of the student not surpassing the teacher, though, to his credit, Onoki lived far longer than his mentor did.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Nidaime Mizukage to the bitter end. Even so, he doesn't seem to hold any ill will to the man and even respected him. The Nidaime was not amused.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He was the Tsuchikage and more than lived up to his title.
  • Bandage Mummy: He dresses like one for sure.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: At the first-ever Kage meeting, Mū was the bodyguard to the first Tsuchikage, a shinobi considered stronger than himself.
  • Combat by Champion: Justified. Only Kage-level individuals could face him. Anything less would instantly die without contributing anything to the fight. That's the reason why only Onoki and Gaara (and later Naruto) fought him, while the other Kages faced the entire battalion.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: "Alliances only exist until you can safely stab your allies in the back."
  • Combat Pragmatist: So much that he was deemed to be too much, even by other Shinobi forces during his reign and shocked to the core the other Kages with his underhanded methods against the Shinobi Alliance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Loves to snark the Nidaime Mizukage at every opportunity he gets.
  • Didn't See That Coming: His death. Also, Naruto's Planetary Rasengan with his Chakra arms took him by surprise.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Uses the same Dust Release as Onoki.
  • The Dreaded: You know that the guy is badass, when the resident Old Jackass calls him sir.
  • Flight: Like his student, he can fly.
  • Gravity Master: One of the few ninjas with the ability to actually fly. Notably, he is capable of doing this without receiving Chakra from the Sage of Six Paths, unlike Naruto. He taught Onoki everything he knows and was deemed superior to his former pupil.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his cynicism and utter devotion to Iwa, when Onoki refuses his suggestion to break the Shinobi Alliance after the war is over, he almost seems happy, commenting that Onoki didn't grow up to be some "stubborn old geezer" after all.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Like the rest of the Kages, he wants to be liberated from Edo Tensei. Unlike them, however, he never revealed his secrets, only asking Onoki to be the one to do it. The reason for this is likely there isn't any 'secret' or weakness to Mu's Jinton. Only Onoki as another Jinton user could defeat him.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: While only alluded, he was deemed an extremely deadly swordsman.
  • Invisibility: To the point of being deemed Mujin (non-person), for it was considered impossible to detect him; only the Mizukage had ever successfully done it. While perfect, the technique had to be shed before a fight.
  • Me's a Crowd: His splitting technique.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He only cares for Iwagakure and will do absolutely anything to protect it. His underhanded methods are what brought the wrath of the Nidaime Mizukage.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He can sense chakra, nature, level, and DNA energy miles away with absolute precision. It's also impossible to ambush him. Not even Naruto Kyubi Mode velocity managed that.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He could level entire cities if he so much as wished it, and levitating mountains would barely tax him.
  • Politeness Judo: He loves to use his position as a way to get away with his methods.
  • One-Man Army: Numbers are meaningless to him. He could slaughter entire armies without effort. The only way to battle him is with another legendary warrior as Onoki, Gaara, and Naruto Kyubi Mode show.
  • One-Hit Kill: His jinton can destroy at the molecular level. It's also normally measured by mile damage radius.
  • Stealth Expert: He could turn invisible.
  • Super Reflexes: Good enough to sense and avoid Naruto in Kyubi mode.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Superpowerful enough to be blessed with a bloodline expansion.
  • Superpower Lottery: Is able to use Earth-Fire-Wind Release.
  • Taking You with Me: With the second Mizukage, although it was unintentional.
  • The Strategist: He's an incredible strategist, so much that he plans ahead three steps at a time. Usually with underhanded methods to get what he wants.
  • The Stoic: He hardly reacts to anything with any amount of surprise, not even his former mortal enemy's rival.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Iwagakure. Taken to its logical conclusion. Even after death and defeat, he tried to make Iwa superior to the other Villages.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Nidaime Mizukage. The feeling was not mutual.

    Ishikawa (First Tsuchikage) 


Voiced by: Toru Nakane (JP), Takashi Kondo (JP, younger), Patrick Seitz (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 575 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 332 (Anime)

If you forsake your will while hitting a wall… you will begin to make excuses and obtain hatred in exchange for your determination. Listen now… you have to step forward without abandoning your will!

The founding Kage of Iwagakure and Onoki’s grandfather. The anime mentions that he was a member of the bee-wielding Kamizuru clan as well as the grandfather of Suzumebachi, Kurobachi, and Jibachi.

  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In Part I of the anime, during the Hunt for the Bikōchū filler arc, the villains are stated to be his grandkids long before his proper debut in the manga. The filler grandkids can only be in their mid-thirties tops whilst the canon Ōnoki is almost eighty by the time of his introduction. What's worse is that Ishikawa was already pretty damn old by the time his canon grandson was a mere ten years of age, leaving little possibility of any other grandkids roaming about. There's also Suzumebachi's mention of him being a bee user like them but the anime versions of the flashbacks he appears in don't reflect that and also never mention the Book of Secrets he supposedly hid long ago.
  • Bee Afraid: He would’ve incorporated bee-related ninjutsu into his fighting style, as the anime states that not only does his Kamizuru clan use bees akin to the Aburame Clan’s use of various insects, he also has hidden away special scrolls from other members of his clan. This was mentioned long before he actually appeared in the manga, though, and the anime versions of his canon scenes never once allude to this again.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: According to himself, he can discern the will of an individual simply by looking at them. Judging from the advice he gave Onoki when the latter was a child, which became important later during the Fourth Shinobi World War when fighting Madara, Ishikawa proved himself right, several decades in advance!
  • Flight: Just like his successors Mu and Onoki, he can fly without a problem.
  • Gravity Master: Courtesy of his Earth Release powers, he can make himself lighter.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Ishikawa wasn’t much taller than his grandson, clocking in at 4.75 feet (145 cm.).
  • Named After Somebody Famous: It’s possible that his first name comes from “Ishikawa Goemon”, a legendary shinobi from the sixteenth century.
  • Old Master: In case anyone missed his Kage status, this trope here should make it clear. He is a wise and skilled shinobi who taught his grandson, Onoki, how to excel as a shinobi.
  • Pun: He used stone-puns in his teaching methods of his grandson.





Voiced by: Takuji Katō (JP), D.C. Douglas (EN)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 515 (Manga), Shippūden Episode 256 (Anime)

Gari (ガリ, Gari) is a famed Iwagakure shinobi and a member of the village's Explosion Corps who was brought back to life by Edo Tensei during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime expands upon his fight and personality.
  • Anime Hair: Ridiculously up top hair.
  • Back from the Dead: Brought back to life via Edo Tensei.
  • Blood Knight: Unlike in the manga, the anime showed that he had a taste for fighting, being glad that he was brought back, and had no intention of allowing himself to be sealed.
  • Having a Blast: Creates explosions by punching using his Explosion Release kekkei genkai.
  • One-Hit Kill: He lands a hit and you become nothing but dust in the wind.
  • The Stoic: Gari is a level-headed individual, given his calm response upon being reincarnated, even explaining the situation to a fellow reincarnated Zabuza.

    Team Taiseki 

Mahiru, Taiseki, and Kakkō

Mahiru voiced by: Daisuke Endō (JP), Michael Yurchak (EN, TV series), Yuri Lowenthal (EN, Ultimate Ninja Storm 4)
Taiseki voiced by: Kanji Suzumori (JP, original), Kosuke Gotō (JP, current), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Kakkō voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Henry Dittman (EN)

Mahiru's debut: Naruto Chapter 239 (Manga), Shippūden Episode 119 (Anime)
Taiseki and Kakkō's debut: Naruto Chapter 241 (Manga), Shippūden Episode 119 (Anime)

A team of Iwagakure shinobi that served during the Third Shinobi World War and had fateful encounters with Team Minato. Mahiru was killed early on by Minato himself while scouting, but Taiseki and Kakkō later proved to be more than Kakashi and Obito could handle which caused Rin to be kidnapped by the Iwa-nin. Taiseki would be killed by Obito seconds after Kakashi lost his original left eye to the former, whereas Kakkō would be responsible for collapsing the cave that Rin was held in, crushing Obito and disabling his entire right half. Kakashi would gain Obito's remaining Sharingan as a parting gift and proceed to kill Kakkō with a Chidori, seemingly avenging his fallen teammate.

If only those Iwa-nin had known that they'd helped to birth one of the most powerful villains of the shinobi world... and also some of its greatest heroes.

  • Afro Asskicker: Kakkō sports a sort-of afro.
  • All There in the Manual: Only Mahiru was named in-series, the other two not being revealed until the release of the databooks.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Kakkō's deposition is by default cocky and underestimating of his opponents, more so against children. Mahiru too before he realizes that charging in to attack Team Minato was a mistake just before the said man offs him.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Taiseki's stone headband is shaped in this way.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Kakkō utilizes dual blades; one in his left sleeve and another under the bandages on his right arm.
  • Dies Wide Open: Both Taiseki and Kakkō died this way. Bonus points in Kakkō's case for initially making it look like he killed Kakashi.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: They're Iwagakure ninjas, so this is unsurprising, though Taiseki is never shown to use any except in the video games.
  • Eye Scream: Taiseki inflicted this on Kakashi due to Taking the Bullet for Obito. The latter made sure that the Iwa-nin didn't get the last laugh.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: All of them only have a sleeve on their left side with tunics only going around their left waist, but Kakkō is notable for sporting bandages on his sleeveless right arm. Both contain blades that he whips out for combat.
  • For Want of a Nail: If Taiseki had never kidnapped Rin, Obito and Kakashi wouldn't have gone to rescue her, Obito wouldn't have been crippled and forced his teammates to leave him, and Madara wouldn't have had Zetsu take him which led to his becoming Tobi via orchestrating Rin's demise, indirectly causing the deaths of his mentor and his wife in an incident that nearly destroyed Konoha, forming the Akatsuki to kidnap the jinchūriki and kill them by removing the tailed beasts, and leading into the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Genius Bruiser: Taiseki is the most cautious and prefers to observe his adversary before moving in. He is also the leader of the three-man team.
  • Hero Killer: Kakkō caused the cave-in that spelled the end of Obito Uchiha...except that it didn't. Earlier, Mahiru was seconds away from claiming Kakashi, who had tired from the use of his Chidori, if Minato hadn't stepped in to pull his student to safety.
  • Idiot Hair: Mahiru has a second ponytail spiking upwards in addition to his second normal-looking one. He neglected to verify Minato's identity until it was too late to matter.
  • Invisibility: Taiseki liked to sneak up on/observe others in this fashion. It didn't save him from being killed by a freshly activated Sharingan courtesy of Obito.
  • Jerkass: All three qualify to an extent, especially Kakkō who is noted to be hostile and aggressive by default, even calling Taiseki pathetic for getting killed by kids. Taiseki himself is a sadist who wanted to take his time on Obito and Kakashi plus Mahiru was noted to have intense feelings of hate within himself.
  • The Leader: Taiseki is the team leader according to the databook.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mahiru when he realizes that he attacked the team led by Konoha's Yellow Flash. Taiseki was also taken aback when he mistook Kakashi for his father but quickly regained himself upon seeing he was facing the White Fang's son.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kakkō is aggressive fiery red to Taiseki's cool-headed and more cautious blue. Mahiru falls somewhere in the middle, described as a man who values his life but is fueled by hatred.
  • The Resenter: The databooks note that Mahiru is fueled by hatred, but nothing further is demonstrated.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Mahiru's only role was to help showcase Kakashi and Minato's abilities before being killed by the latter.
  • Slashed Throat: Mahiru bought the farm from Minato this way.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Taiseki and Kakkō are only showcased for a mere four chapters (two episodes if you go by the anime) between them, but their kidnapping of Rin, scarring of Kakashi, and crippling of Obito would have profound consequences for the shinobi world beyond that of the war they were fighting in. Namely, Kakashi would inherit Obito's intact Sharingan and become the world-renowned "Kakashi the Copy Ninja" and that Obito Uchiha would be taken in by Madara Uchiha and be changed into Tobi.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All Taiseki and Kakkō were concerned with was interrogating Rin on what she knew and possibly using her medical ninjutsu to aid their side. Neither could have reasonably predicted that their abduction of her would lead to not just their own deaths but also to a string of catastrophic events that would almost cost the entire world its individuality. Kakkō himself caused Obito to be crippled and later taken in by Madara, assuring that his Moon's Eye Plan wouldn't die with the elder Uchiha.
  • Would Hurt a Child: All three would, though this is justified given that Child Soldiers are the norm for this series. Taiseki states that he'll take things nice and slow with Kakashi and Obito in spite of their young age. Kakkō uses a type of genjutsu to attempt to break Rin's mind for info, but luckily her will is strong enough to resist.