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Kakashi Hatake

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Kenichi Suzumura (Sukea), Mutsumi Tamura (child; Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower onward), Dave Wittenberg (main series), Kyle Hebert (Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth) (EN), Alfonso Obregón-Inclán (Latin America), Juan Antonio Arroyo (Spain), Lionel Bourguet (French, 1st voice), Jean-Michel Vovk (French, 2nd voice)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 3 (Manga), Naruto Episode 3 (Anime)

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Kakashi Hatake is a sneaky, snarky ninja who serves as sensei of Team 7, and also as The Big Guy and The Smart Guy. Prior to Team 7, he had failed every single applicant who had come before him. He's one of the strongest ninja in Konoha, and is never seen without his dirty pornographic novel/manga.

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Kakashi, for reasons that are at first unknown, has a Sharingan in his left eye, despite not being of the Uchiha (In a Gaiden prequel story, the eye was revealed to have been transplanted from his deceased friend Obito Uchiha, one of Sasuke's relatives). Kakashi has mastered its use about as well as a non-Uchiha can, picking up the epithet "Copy Ninja." He knows dozens of techniques, and has even unlocked a Mangekyo Sharingan that differs from Itachi, although using it puts enormous strain on his body. His only unique jutsu is the Chidori (and its upgraded form, Raikiri), a technique that consists of covering one of his full hands in his lightning-natured chakra, which allows him to cut/stab any target with a single blow.

In Shippuden, Naruto and Sakura's development causes Kakashi to serve less as a mentor and more as a comrade. He still teaches Naruto, though, eventually helping him create a more powerful variant of the Rasengan.

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In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he serves as the leader of the Third Division. Later he proved instrumental in the fight against his former comrade Obito, Madara, and the true mastermind behind the war, Kaguya. By war's end, Kakashi becomes the Sixth Hokage and uses his new influence to pardon Sasuke of all his crimes. Two years later, despite losing his Sharingan, Kakashi proves himself a great leader by helping citizens on earth stay alive during the course of the movie.

By the time the epilogue rolls by, Kakashi goes into comfortable retirement while passing on the mantle of Hokage to his student, Naruto.

His hobby is reading (Icha Icha series).
Favorite word: "Teamwork"

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    A - F 
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: After Obito dies, he's able to grant Kakashi his full Mangekyo Sharingan. This grants Kakashi the use of Obito's Intangible Man powers, Perfect Susanoo, and the ability to imbue all of his attacks with Kamui so they can Portal Cut if they connect. And because Obito was also host to the Ten-Tails, he gets Ridoku's power as part of the deal so his attacks aren't instantly absorbed.
  • The Ace: He is easily one of the most powerful ninja in Konoha. And eventually became Hokage!
  • Achilles' Heel: Kakashi, while he has an all around awesome skill-set, has massive stamina issues. This is exacerbated by his Sharingan, which expends even more of his chakra when used. Almost all of his major battles in the series has resulted him getting bed-ridden for over-expending his energy.
  • Always Save the Girl: That first flashback of him killing Rin turned out to be very misleading. She actually wanted him to do it, but he point-blank refused despite the Mist's plans for her. She took matters into her own hands and jumped in front of his attack.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • He was it for Obito in their childhood... over and over and over...
    • He also was this for Guy that in turn caused their Friendly Rivalry.
  • And I Must Scream: He was the first in-series victim of the Mangekyo Sharingan's Tsukuyomi, in which Itachi crucified him and stabbed him repeatedly without letting him die. For three days. Without stopping...
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: As a kid, he was obsessed with following the rules and living like an obedient toy soldier. Anyone who didn't train themselves to be an ideal ninja was out of step with the rest and a disgrace. It was brought on by a fear that deviating from the shinobi code would lead to ostracism, since his father Sakumo chose to put his comrade's lives above a mission. The Leaf ninja felt betrayed, because it is their master goal to ensure a success of a mission at all costs. Sakumo was chided viciously by his peers, and Driven to Suicide. Kakashi feared the same might happen to him. After Obito brought him to his senses and warned him it would pretty much strip him of his humanity to live like this, he broke out of it.
  • Ass Shove: His One Thousand Years of Death is nothing more than an over-glorified Kanchō, a Japanese prank common among children. That doesn't discredit its effectiveness.
  • Aura Vision: The most standard ability of the Sharingan is to see Chakra.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Pretty good at figuring out the skills of dangerous opponents such as Zabuza, Kakuzu, Pain and Tobi. Considered to be the best at it by Guy and Naruto.
  • Back from the Dead: Gets killed and later revived by Pain
  • Badass Boast: "The "Copy Ninja" Kakashi, the man who copied one thousand techniques… is about to go on a rampage!"
  • Badass Bookworm: Naruto calls him "as smart as Shikamaru", which, combined with his status as the most elite ninjutsu specialist in the Hidden Leaf, would make him this easily. Inverted with his actual choice of literature - Jiraiya's erotic novels.
  • Badass Teacher: His students certainly think so.
  • Badass Transplant: His Sharingan(s).
  • Battle Aura: Gains one when Naruto gives him the refined, combined chakra that he and Kurama made, resulting in a Version 1 cloak. He commented that it's even stronger than the dose that Kurama had given him originally, which increased his power threefold.
  • Beauty Mark: Reveals to have one, when we see his face for the first time. It's under his mouth on the left-hand side of his face.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Kakashi REALLY hates Edo Tensei (Impure World Resurrection), a jutsu that revives the dead and forces them to fight for the user. He also hates Kabuto, in no small part due to his insistence on using it.
      • It seems to come from a disdain of grave-robbing of his friends in general. He got set off when he realized that Tobi had to be using Obito's eye. His rage stopped cold when it was finally revealed that Tobi IS Obito.
    • He also values his comrades, and dislikes people betraying their own. Notably, back during Land of Waves mission in Part I, Zabuza's repeatedly kicking Naruto (who is also Minato's sensei's son, mind) and belittling his students pushed him into quite the Tranquil Fury - once he was freed from Zabuza's Water Prison, the Death Glare he gave the Missing-Nin was quite impressive. Then, he handed Zabuza his rear end on a platter.
    • Another one, but anime only. Don't bring up Rin's death (unless you're Obito). If you do, then he will have no qualms doing exactly the same thing he did to Rin on you.
  • BFS: Wields Zabuza's Executioner Blade for a short while in the 4th world war against the other 7 Swordsmen.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He has a habit of joining fights by showing up out of nowhere to save his comrades.
  • Bishōnen:
    • We finally find out why Teuchi and Ayame reacted the way they did. Even Sakura, who was still in her Sasuke-obsessed phase at the time, called him handsome (of course, she didn't know it was him).
    • His face is the one Pakkun had suggested in the "Kakashi's Real Face is Finally Unveiled" manga omake, except without the Guy-like sparkling toothy grin. That's probably what made the ninken think "That wasn't it at all."
  • Blessed with Suck: Because he isn't an Uchiha, he can't deactivate the Sharingan and it rapidly drains his chakra whenever he uses it, leaving him bedridden after extended use; he keeps the eye covered when he doesn't need it in order to prevent this. The Mangekyō Sharingan drains a considerable amount of chakra when performed. The eye's usage also places a great strain on Kakashi, wearing him down and causing deterioration of his eye's vision until eventually his eye went blind during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Boring Yet Practical: His fighting style tends to be this, which is part of why he's overshadowed so much. His summons are a perfect example. Most ninja call up a giant animal to fight for them; Kakashi has a pack of hunting hounds.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens in Kakashi Gaiden, when he gets the worst dose of cold reality you could believe.
  • Broken Ace: So broken that his emotional damage is arguably almost completely responsible for the events OF THE ENTIRE MANGA. In-universe, Kakashi admits he is this to Sasuke in an attempt to convince Sasuke that revenge isn't everything and that living with the pain of his losses, while difficult, is possible. It doesn't work. Later, Kakashi tells Obito and Minato that losing Obito, Rin, and Minato all within the span of a year all but completely broke him, going on to state that there was nothing stopping him from completely sinking into despair except for the fact that Obito had entrusted his sharingan to him. Given the amount of characters that's turned to darker paths for similar reasons, it's a bit of an eye-opener as to how close Kakashi could have been to completely losing himself as well.
  • Broken Pedestal: His best friend Obito Uchiha, who he originally thought was dead, and who was also the source of most of his ideals as an adult is now one of his greatest enemies.
  • Brought Down to Badass: He loses his Sharingan to Madara and gets his normal eye restored by Naruto's new healing powers right after. Of course, he is still a highly trained ninja, but that means he can no longer use any of his Sharingan abilities or even his Raikiri properly. Obito's spirit later gives both his eyes the Mangekyo Sharingan, but this wears off after Kaguya's defeat.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The first of many, many examples among the characters. See also Ass Shove, Lovable Sex Maniac.
  • Canine Companion: The Ninja Hounds that he uses as a tracking unit.
  • The Captain: Of Squad 7.
  • Celibate Hero: By the end of the series, Kakashi remains single.
  • Cerebus Retcon: His habits of coming late and making lame excuses are revealed to be his way to honor his deceased friend Obito.
  • Character Development: Kakashi lived most of his life in attempts to emulate and memorialize his best friend. He adopted an entirely new personality and mannerisms, his pathological lateness is even attributed to him spending three hours straight at the Memorial Stone every single day, staring at Obito's name. This continued until during the Fourth Shinobi World War when he learning that Obito became the Big Bad. It information almost broke him, but it was also the event that contributed to him finally find closure and gave the will to live his own life.
  • Character Tics: His happy eye-arch.
  • Child Prodigy: Youngest Genin and Chunin graduated at 5 and 6.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: With the Sharingan, Kakashi can accurately reproduce any movement he sees (his own physical skill permitting) and take in a heightened amount of visual information.
  • The Comically Serious: Often his nonchalance is used in humor especially to contrast Guy.
  • Cool Teacher: Team 7 was the first team that he ever passed, because they're the first one to catch his lesson on putting each other's safety ahead of the mission.
  • Covert Pervert: He's obsessed with the "Icha Icha" series of adult novels, and gets embarrassed when to read certain passages to others. Naruto once got the drop on him by pretending to spoiler one book's ending.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Kakashi became obsessed with the shinobi code and began placing the mission above his teammates after his father committed suicide, having become ostracized and falling into despair for failing a mission to save his comrades.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Kakashi had two forbidden techniques: Raikiri, an enhanced Chidori; and Kamui, which sucks anything he looks at into another dimension. Both are limited by chakra capacity. He figured out how to increase his chakra capacity (and taught Sasuke how as well).
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Subverted. Kakashi Gaiden appeared to be this when it came out, going into his backstory and explaining his personality and Sharingan. Looking at the series as a whole, it's clearly really about establishing Obito, who would go on to have a massive impact on the plot.
    • He gets two proper ones in a filler arc called Anbu Kakashi Arc, which depicts his past between killing Rin and the start of the main series, and the light novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always has a straight face. One would imagine the mask probably helps in this department.
    Kakashi: Naruto, you can't kill the client. That's not how it works.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • It's indicated in the anime filler that covers his time in ANBU during and after the Kyuubi attack that Kakashi was dangerously close to this after the death of his sensei, leaving him the last living member of his team (to his knowledge). It's never outright stated, but it's implied the reason why Kakashi wasn't a big part of Naruto's life until he became a genin was because he was so mentally anguished that he couldn't be trusted around small children, even if they were his sensei's son. He was barely able to take care of himself; there's no way he would've been able to handle a baby Jinchuuriki. It took a lot of time and support for him to move past this, and it wasn't until Team 7 that he really began to heal.
    • As is becoming clear that Tobi is Obito, he's been slowly getting there again. Obito in turn, in every way helps but thankfully, Guy and Naruto snap him out of it.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He can use Earth Release to move underground for sneak attacks or produce walls to defend himself or block enemies.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": After becoming the Hokage, he often has to remind others to address him without "Lord."
  • Duel to the Death: His fight with Obito was supposed to be the It's Personal version. Unfortunately, Obito purposefully invoked this in order to have Kakashi get rid of the "no-suicide" seal on his heart.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: This guy really deserved a Happy Ending after everything that happened to him. To sum up, he lost his parents, became jaded, then one by one his teammates and sensei, enlisted in the ANBU to see some of his teammates die, watched his Junior in the ANBU turn 'evil'. Then, when finally things were becoming right for him, his student turned to evil to exact vengeance, the student's brother (his Junior in ANBU) crippling him for weeks (making him unable to save his student), freaking DYING in the invasion of his village (he got better),seeing the vengeance filled student turn mad and a raging psychopath bent on killing them and the village, seeing his allies and respected enemies mindlessly controlled by a maniac, fighting the Big Bad to realise he was actually his best friend thought to be dead, fatally stabbing him, going blind in an eye, seeing his best friend die again for real, witnessing Sasuke's revolution and the subsequent fight. After that, he became the village 's leader for several years, helped the student redeem himself for good, fulfilling his best friends' and Parental Figure's dreams, enforcing peace in the world. After it, he went into a peaceful retirement as a guiding force behind the new generation, inspiring thousands. Happy Ending doesn't even begin to describe what it meant for him.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The few females and males who have seen him unmasked are, well, very impressed.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: His backstory can be summed up in this one trope. When Sasuke threatens to kill someone close to him so Kakashi can understand his pain, Kakashi replies that everyone he cares about is already dead.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Given a sufficiently inexperienced opponent, he can fight with one hand and read pornographic novels (namely, the Icha Icha series written by Jiraiya) with the other. He is quite happy to demonstrate this ability.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Normally covers his left eye with his headband. Underneath is his Sharingan. He hides it because unlike an Uchiha, Kakashi is incapable of turning it off at will. Only when facing a strong opponent does he uncover it.
  • Eye Scream: He lost his eye after taking a slash for Obito. His Sharingan is ripped out by Madara, who jams it into his own empty socket.
  • Failure Hero: How he sees himself after watching his childhood team die and failing to talk Sasuke out of defecting.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Part of his cool get up.
  • Foreshadowing: At the beginning of Shippuden, Kakashi shows that he learned a new technique called Kamui which allows Mangekyou Sharingan users to teleport something or anyone into another dimension. But we also learn that to awaken Mangekyou Sharingan need to kill/see death the expensive for you person. Also Kakashi mentions in one moment that he couldn't keep the promise that he gave Obito for protection of Rin. So how Kakashi could awaken his Mangekyou Sharingan? After disclose the identity of Tobi we learn that Kakashi's Sharingan became a Mangekyō Sharingan long before the events of Shippuden, when he with his own hands killed Rin, that also became a trauma that simultaneously caused the Mangekyō to awaken in Obito.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum:
    • Kakashi's had the Mangekyo for nearly twenty years. Sure would've been handy against Orochimaru or Itachi. Granted, he fell unconscious the moment he unlocked it and didn't encounter another Mangekyo Sharingan user until he fought Itachi, so he might not have even realized he had one until then at the earliest.
    • Also alternatively: The use of the normal Sharingan drains a lot of chakra (he was out of commission for a few days after the first battle with Zabuza), the Mangekyo Sharingan requires even more chakra, so it's possible that he hadn't yet the stamina required to use it.
  • Four-Star Badass: As General of the Third Division.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Proud owner of the ultimate rivalry with Might Guy, lasting from their early childhood, up into adulthood, and still very, very intense as they go over the hill, showing absolutely NO signs of slowing down. Also it should be noted that Guy and Kakashi's rivalry is one of the only generally positive rivalry relationships in the series (and is really the only positive relationship Kakashi has these days). Every other rivalry usually makes the losing part very bitter, or their friendship dissolves. This includes Naruto/Sasuke, Hashirama/Madara and Sarutobi/Danzo. Even if Naruto and Sasuke eventually rekindled their friendship, it does not detract from how much pain and how long it took to get to that point.

    G - L 
  • Generation Xerox:
    • He was mentioned to greatly resemble his father Sakumo Hatake, Konoha's White Fang, which made his enemies tremble in fear of him even when he was just about 13 years of age, mistaking him for his father. Cut to many years after when he is already known as Kakashi of the Sharingan and you know the awesome is In the Blood. Further xerox-ing lays credibility that since the Third Hokage taught the original Sannin of Jiraiya, Orochimaru and Tsunade, and that since the villagers see him as temporary Hokage when Tsunade was in her coma, Kakashi is a generation Xerox of Sarutobi, the Third Hokage.
    • He's also a generation xerox of Jiraiya. He lost his teacher, lost his student (to the dark side), his best friend turned into one of the most reviled criminals in history and was indirectly responsible for their teacher's death, and has a near pathological Heroic Self-Deprecation as well.
    • And he is also one to Minato as well, especially considering that his team is basically a Generation Xerox of Minato's team. One of them went evil because Love Makes You Evil (Obito and Sasuke), one of them stayed with Konoha (Naruto and Kakashi), and one was a skilled medic-nin (Rin and Sakura). He also ends up as Hokage, completing the similarities.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kakashi has a scar over his left eye, but it is usually covered by his forehead protector. It is the result of an injury to his eye that led to an eye transplant.
  • Guile Hero: In his first fight with Zabuza he hypnotized him using the Sharingan to perform a water jutsu he already knew, defeated him by using it first, then had Zabuza believe he could see the future.
  • Henohenomoheji: Seen on Kakashi's decoy scarecrow in Episode 101 ("Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei's True Face!"), when Team 7 attempts to unveil Kakashi's true face. It's also featured on the backs of his 9 ninken (Ninja Hounds/Dogs) Summoning group.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Kakashi is able to summon a pack of ninja hounds of various breeds.
  • Heroic RRoD: This happens to him a lot in Part I - at one point, the others are surprised when he doesn't need a hospital trip after a fight. He can handle the Sharingan somewhat better in Shippuden, but still needs to watch his reserves carefully.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He literally calls himself trash when talking to Obito. After losing his original team in a span of a year, Kakashi was on the verge of the Despair Event Horizon, and it took a lot of time and support to move on from their deaths. Team 7 helped, but after Sasuke's departure, Kakashi's guilt reared its head. Learning that his best friend Obito, his idol and hero, the person who Kakashi has modeled his entire life after, is responsible for nearly every tragedy that has befallen over the years, starting with their teacher's death, all but broke him completely — the amount of self-hatred he felt after that revelation was almost insurmountable.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is pretty much this with Guy, whom he trusts the most.
  • Hidden Depths: From Naruto's point of view, he has this generally cheerful, constantly tardy teacher who is a Flat Character, someone he doesn't really think or worry about all that much. However, during the fight with Obito, it turns out that that same tardy, cheery guy who's been protecting Naruto all these years is indirectly responsible for creating the main villain of the story, and he has one of the worst background stories of all the characters in the series. And that's pretty impressive, considering this is a Shonen manga, in which generally everyone and their grandmother has a sob story.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: With the Sharingan, Kakashi can perform what is generically called Sharingan Genjutsu. In his first fight against Zabuza, he was able to influence Zabuza's actions to make him believe Kakashi was seeing the future and casted jutsu that Zabazu was attempting before Zabuza did the jutsu himself.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Specifically, he killed Rin himself... because she chose to jump in the way of his Raikiri rather than be a Trojan Horse.
  • Informed Ability:
    • Kakashi is a legendary ninja who has supposedly copied over a thousand jutsu. Nearly all of his opponents have talked about how dangerous he is when they first face him. We almost never get to see him go all out, and when he does get to battle he's usually forced to use up chakra protecting his peers. The worst example is probably when he took on the remaining zombified Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. It was implied to be an absolute Curb-Stomp Battle in his favour, but it happened entirely off-panel. Averted in the anime, which takes advantage of Adaptation Expansion. The fights are just as badass as you'd expect them to be.
    • In addition, Kakashi the Copy-Ninja has yet to ever actually copy any jutsu on-screen. In the Land of Waves Zabuza- and subsequently many fans- believed that he had somehow copied and reversed his Water jutsu at the exact moment Zabuza himself was using it, perhaps even before, but by the next battle Zabuza has realised that Kakashi simply used his Sharingan to implant ideas of what jutsu to use in Zabuza's mind, to freak him out, meaning every Water jutsu Zabuza used was already in Kakashi's arsenal. He might have copied Kakuzu's Iron Skin jutsu but if he has, he has yet to demonstrate it.
  • Instant Armor: Due to Obito passing on his chakra and dual Mangekyō, Kakashi can manifest Susanoo, specifically its "Complete Body" form. It can be used for flight, defend others with its large size, and even have the intangibility of Kamui extended to it. In terms of weaponry, it has a sword like all Susanoo do, but it also can throw Kamui Shuriken in order to warp away whatever they are thrown at.
  • Instant Expert: When Kakashi uses the Susanoo, he's also able to do so effortlessly on the first try.
  • Insufferable Genius: Kakashi started out as this, mainly toward Obito. He insists on taking point against an enemy ninja to try out his new jutsu, Chidori, destroying almost all the ninja's clones and almost taking down the ninja, but being limited by the jutsu's tunnel vision, and having to be saved by his teacher. Kakashi gets better by the end of Kakashi Gaiden, and by the start of the series, is a relatively modest individual who bears regret for his decisions.
  • It's All My Fault: For Sasuke's defection and everything it led to, particularity to the rift it cause with Team 7 and Sasuke becoming a bitter enemy of Konoha.
  • The Leader: Even though his students outclass him strength-wise during the fourth great ninja war, Kakashi remains their leader. Sasuke tries to take over, but his strategies against Kaguya fail miserably. Kakashi comes up with an alternative plan in minutes, making use of his students' skills as well as his own, and it instantly succeeds. Afterwards, even the Sage of the Sixth Paths compliments his leadership ability. Unsurprisingly, Kakashi ends up becoming the sixth Hokage.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Obito. Despite his claims that he no longer cared for Kakashi after Rin's death, Obito's ideal reality was one where Kakashi was able to live up to the ideals he passed on to him. Though he didn't admit it, Obito was clearly troubled by how broken his best friend had become after his "death", and it served as even further motivation to go forward with the Assimilation Plot.
  • Loose Lips: Accidentally leaked the classified information of Naruto's birth, unaware that Obito was listening in, or that he was even alive, at a visit to Rin's grave.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's a big fan of Jiraiya's erotic book series. He also has the habit of giggling in a perverted manner while reading them.

    M - R 
  • Made of Iron: In the And I Must Scream ordeal above, what Kakashi perceived as approximately one minute and forty-eight seconds (counting the time indicator from "I will stab you with a sword for 72 hours" to "71 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds remaining" was only one second. Meaning that the "three days" Kakashi experienced was, to him, closer to about one hundred and eight days. Even he was released from the genjutsu, he doesn't immediately pass out. He stays conscious long enough to realize how little time actually passed, and to hear Kisame express surprise that Kakashi is still alive. Psychologically Made of Iron? You bet your ass.
  • Magical Eye: Kakashi received his Sharingan in his left eye during the Third Shinobi World War from Obito Uchiha, a replacement for the left eye he'd lost shortly beforehand. The Sharingan has become his most identifying feature in the years since then, such that he is widely known as "Kakashi of the Sharingan". Kakashi loses his Sharingan during the Fourth Shinobi World War to Madara Uchiha. When Obito dies with both his Sharingan, his spirit briefly returns from the afterlife and transfers them into Kakashi, granting him temporary use of the dōjutsu's full power.
  • Making a Splash: He can use Water Release without a nearby water source, being able to produce massive torrents, water dragons, water clones or defensive walls.
  • Mask Power:
    • NEVER seen without it. The only time his face was uncovered, it wasn't shown onscreen. An anime filler episode revolves around Team 7 trying to see under Kakashi's mask. When they finally get him to remove it in front of them, underneath is... another mask.
    • On some covers he doesn't have it, but then his face is usually covered by his book or hand.
    • Also, according to Pakkun, he hates being photographed without it.
    • When he becomes Hokage, his face on the mountain still has the mask.
    • His face was FINALLY revealed in an art book released exclusively at an art exhibition for the series in Tokyo, and later was officially seen in Shippuden Episode 469. He has a Beauty Mark under his mouth on the left-hand side of his face, and he DOES look a lot like his dead father.
  • Meaningful Name: Kakashi means "scarecrow," and Hatake means "farmland or field." Both are an obvious reference to his tall and lean appearance. This also ties to his use of a Henohenomoheji logo on his summoned dogs and decoys. There's also the fact that real life ninjas often disguised themselves as poor farmers. Get's into Theme Naming when you consider his Dad's name could come from the the word Sakumotsu, which translates to "Crops."
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted, he did die during Pain's invasion, but was revived immediately and then survived to the end.
  • Morality Adjustment: Thanks to Obito he changes from a by-the-book and cold-hearted (if loyal) Child Soldier who'd leave a friend to die in a heartbeat if he thought it'd be better for the village, into a man who is known for never leaving anyone behind, no matter the costs.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the first arc he spends a fair amount of time expositing on chakra and jutsus. Justified as he's teaching these concepts to his students.
  • Multilayer Façade: Kakashi is a literal case: he wears another mask under his mask.
  • My Greatest Failure: Tends to dwell on this, especially regarding Obito, losing track of time at the Memorial Stone by reminding himself of how he has failed. And then there's the issue of his second team...
  • Nice Guy: He is one of the nicest characters in the manga/anime.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He inadvertently caused the Kyuubi incident by blabbing that Kurama's Jinchuuriki was gonna have a baby in front of Rin's grave, not realizing Obito was there as well.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Almost word-for-word. Kakashi was completely uninterested in Obito's challenge to see who could complete the most of Team Minato's missions in the village until Obito called him a chicken.
  • No Mouth: Keeps his mouth concealed behind a mask at all times. Played with in the best filler of the anime.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: When giving the infamous bell test to the newly formed Team 7 he casually dodges all of Naruto and Sasuke's attacks, without even having to put down or even stop reading his book. Even provides the page picture for that trope.
  • The Nose Knows: He is said to have a very good sense of smell. And he has a pack of trained canines.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Despite being serious and even aloof at times, he still takes part in Guy's silly rivalry matches; when Guy introduced himself, he stated that they've had 99 matches so far. The anime features this more prominently, like the time he and Guy were keeping score while fighting off Sound ninjanote . Then, there's Shippuden Episode 219...
    • In "The Real True Face" manga omake, he disguised himself as a bumbling ex-ANBU and "helped" Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura find a unmasked photograph of him. He had so much fun trolling them, he decided to do it again. Still, he noted he couldn't keep fooling them forever; just a couple more times...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: We first meet Kakashi as a goofy teacher who falls for one of Naruto's unbelievably idiotic pranks, but he soon reveals himself to be badass. His enemies do know he's dangerous, and treat him as such, but he's FAR more dangerous than most of them have been led to believe.
  • Obsolete Mentor: Averts this, despite being Worfed sometimes. He specifically mentions in one arc that he's still young and improving. In the fight against Tobi/Obito he's particularly important. He's not a Person of Mass Destruction like the main cast, but his shrewdness is still one of his greatest assets.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Kakashi vs The Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Kakashi won apparently, but he misplaced Zabuza's sword.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Being the flake he usually acts like, seeing him almost too mad to speak after Guy reveals he taught Lee the Hidden Lotus clues the audience in that things are about to get serious.
  • Out, Damned Spot!: After waking up from a nightmare of him killing Rin.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While certainly a versatile, experienced and highly competent fighter, his battles have been somewhat a letdown compared to say Akatsuki, Orochimaru or the Kages. He also suffers a lot of The Worf Effect against this opponents, even more than Sasuke. A fairly common complaint is that he's hyped to be stronger than he is, especially in the databooks, where he's hyped to be one of the most formidable shinobi alive. To his credit, however, those who Worf him tend to have attained a similar, if not greater Shrouded in Myth status.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father Sakumo committed suicide when Kakashi was six-years old and his mother died before then.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • To a lesser degree, Kakashi might also count as one to Naruto. He made sure Naruto ate vegetables pre-Time Skip, and post-Time Skip the two develop a close bond and are highly protective of each other. Given that Naruto ends up becoming Kakashi's successor as Hokage and it's implied that even after that Kakashi still helps him out and advises him, it's safe to say their friendship/familial bond is still going strong after all those years.
    • Since Naruto's father is generally seen by Fanon as Kakashi's parental substitute, it might be more accurate to say Naruto and Kakashi have a brotherly bond.
  • Portal Cut: Kakashi's Magenkyou Sharingan is able to use a long-range version of Kamui, which can transport targets anywhere in the user's line of sight. The target is surrounded with a barrier space, the location and size of which can be specified at will, and when the user concentrates on the target within, the space at the barrier's centre distorts and draws everything within into another dimension.
  • Power Copying: Over the years, due in large part to his Sharingan, he gained a vast arsenal; reputed to have copied over a thousand jutsu and which led to his moniker as "Copy Ninja Kakashi".
  • The Promise: Kakashi promised Obito that he would look after Rin. It would seem he failed. And the Not Quite Dead Obito witnesses that Kakashi actually killing Rin, contributing to his change into Tobi.
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Suffers from this during the Anbu filler arc. He can't use the Chidori/Raikiri with his mental trauma of killing Rin acting up everytime he tries to use it. Of course, considering what we've seen over the course of the series, he gets better.
  • Red Baron: Kakashi has two famous nicknames first being Kakashi of the Sharingan, second being The Copy Ninja.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Might Guy and Obito's Reds.
  • Retired Badass: Kakashi managed to still managed to get an upper hand without Sharingan against Boruto and his classmates during their genin exams.

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  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: "In the ninja world, those who break the rules are scum, that's true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum."
  • Self-Duplication: Part of Kakashi's usual approach to combat is to rely on the Body Replacement Technique and clone techniques (such as shadow clones, water clones and lightning clones), thereby keeping himself out of harm's way while he observes an opponent and their abilities.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Senpai to Yugao, Yamato and Sai (who considers him as such in the anime). Also Shizune addresses with the honorfic.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: His Running Beast ability.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He having lost his father, his best friend Obito (who gave him his left eye as a permanent memento and later turns up alive and a villain responsible for much of the bad things that have occurred in the last sixteen years, including their teacher Minato's death), his potential love interest Rin (who he himself killed), and his mentor Minato. As such, when Sasuke demanded to know how Kakashi would react if he killed everyone that Kakashi cared about, his reply was to simply smile and say that he had already lost everyone precious to him. The reason Kakashi was always late for his training sessions with his genin team? Every morning he spends hours just standing in front of the Konoha memorial to dead shinobi to honor his comrades' memory. The anime goes in and does a masterful anime expansion of the immediate aftermath of Rin's Heroic Sacrifice. Kakashi has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he keeps seeing Rin die by his hands, keeps having nightmares, becomes far, far more withdrawn, and he couldn't even use his Chidori anymore since he kept thinking of Rin. All at 13 years old. You have to wonder why Konoha doesn't have a grief counselor that Minato assigned to Kakashi.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • He acts very supportive of Sakura's love for Sasuke:
      • He tries to persuade Sasuke to let go of his vengeance and think about Sakura's love for him
      • Later he remarks how Sakura's feelings for Sasuke had changed over time from a girlish crush into true love.
      • He makes an impassioned speech to Sasuke after he coldly knocked Sakura out with a genjutsu, about how her love for him doesn't need to be justified.
      • In the Shippudden adaptation of Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise, mentions that he's going to contact Sasuke to come to the Village, and winks to Sakura, which flusters her greatly.
    • In Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, he forms a mission between Naruto, Sakura, and Hinata in the hopes that Naruto and Hinata would get together.
  • Shock and Awe: Kakashi's natural affinity is for Lightning Release, which he will at times channel into weaponry to increase its cutting power. When he was younger, he tried to infuse the Rasengan with his lightning nature, but the task proved too difficult. In its place he created the Chidori, a collection of lightning chakra in the hand that can pierce most targets that it is thrust into and is the only jutsu he didn't learn from copying; he once famously split a bolt of lightning with his Chidori, earning the name "Raikiri/Lightning Blade". The Chidori and Raikiri are very fast attacks, such that Kakashi can only use them safely with his Sharingan. Other lightning techniques include hounds manipulated to attack enemies, clones that paralyse on contact and chains to cut through multiple targets at once.
  • Shrouded in Myth: See Red Baron. And just what the hell is behind that mask?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Finally delivered one to Obito, pointing that he basically chose to ignore every feeling his friends could possibly have, quoting Obito himself. "And those who don't respect their comrades' memories...are the worst."
    • He gives another to Sasuke, after he declares that Kakashi could only understand how he felt about Itachi if Sasuke went and killed everyone he loved. Kakashi simply replies that he can't do that, as everyone that qualifies is already dead.
  • Signature Move: Raikiri/Lightning Blade, similar to the Chidori only better.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His bell test, which doubles as a Secret Test of Character. Any group that obeys his instruction to feed their teammate is failed on the spot. But if they disobey and help their teammate out, they pass.
  • So Proud of You: His reaction to the original Team 7 landing in unison a decisive blow on Kaguya:
    Kakashi: That was picture perfect. Right now, the way you all are together...I love you.
  • Space Master: His Mangekyo Sharingan's technique, Kamui, can warp objects into another dimension. He can now use Kamui to get to and from the other dimension at will.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: In "The Real True Face" manga omake, he introduces his ex-ANBU photographer persona to Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura as "Sukea" note . Now, Kakashi's name means "scarecrow"; in japanese, that is pronounced: sukeakuro -> Sukea Kuro.
  • The Stoic: Probably the hardest character to get a rise out of in the entire series, except when the Icha Icha series or his dead best friend is concerned.
  • Strong and Skilled: Becomes this after receiving Uchiha Obito's chakra towards the end of the manga, being able to use his techniques with great power behind it and graduating from Weak, but Skilled.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Is confused for his father Sakumo on several occasions, even to the point where he is attacked by Chiyo because she's out for his father's blood! When his face is uncovered, the resemblance is... confirmed: he's basically a short-haired, 15-years-younger Sakumo.
  • Summon Magic: Kakashi has his own personal pack of ninja hounds. In the field, he can summon one or more of his ninja hounds to fetch things for him, restrain targets, or deliver messages. More commonly, he uses them for tracking, picking up trails that Kakashi, despite his own considerable tracking skills, can't detect, or seeking out targets he doesn't know where to look for.
  • Super Mode:
    • When Naruto shares Kurama's power with the Ninja Alliance he temporarily gains the ability to create a chakra cloak like Naruto has.
    • He gets another one, this time a personal ability, that crosses with 11th-Hour Superpower: After Obito gives him both his Mangekyo Sharingan, he can use Susanoo immediately. And unlike other Susanoo users who have to develop it in stages, it manifests in its perfect form right from the get-go.
  • Survivor Guilt: Kakashi is the only survivor of Team Minato (or he thinks so) and clearly feels guilty for it. But mainly over he demonstrates this for the death of his best friend, Obito, whom he "talks to" when he visits the Memorial Stone.
  • Team Dad: To Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke.
  • Took a Level in Badass: It's more subtle than most of the cast, but think about it. The first time we see him go all-out using the Sharingan, summons, and a Raikiri is enough to tire him out. Post-Time Skip, he's somehow got a Mangekyo that can send stuff through another dimension, and against Kakuzu he's firing off Raikiri like cheap kunai and staying on his feet afterwards.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Obito's "death" made him realize how important it was to care for your comrades more.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He kept his father's Tanto for a good bit, but his sharingan eye, which was transplanted into him from his "dead" best friend, Obito Uchiha is what really falls into this trope.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First his mother dies before she's thirty, then Kakashi witnesses his father's disgrace and subsequent suicide. Then his best friend "dies" saving him and his other teammate. Then Kakashi promised his best friend that he protect their other teammate but only to end up breaking the promise and killing her. And finally he loses his sensei, who may well have been a Parental Substitute. Then when he began to teach his own team, one of his students pulls a Face–Heel Turn. And finally, it turns out that his best friend is Not Quite Dead after all, and has become the Big Bad responsible for nearly everything that has happened in the manga. Yes...
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Kakashi's Sharingan became a Mangekyō Sharingan when Rin Nohara died, a trauma that simultaneously caused the Mangekyō to awaken in Obito.
  • True Companions: A firm believer in this concept.
  • Unknown Rival: Guy is his, though it may be more that Kakashi does not want to acknowledge it. It turns out that he does acknowledge Guy as his true rival, and the scene that reveals this is pretty heartwarming.
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • He never takes the mask off and reveals his face though the series. The only time he did was in a filler episode and it was obscured before the audience or Team 7 could see it. In fact, said filler episode was focused entirely on Team 7's efforts to find out what's behind his mask. It's another mask. Even Kakashi's carving on the mountain of Hokage faces depicts him with a mask.
    • The audience FINALLY gets to see his face revealed in a special art book which was only distributed at a 2015 exhibition celebrating the series. It was worth the wait.
    • The sketch above made its way into canon in Episode 469 of Shippuden. Again, it was VERY worth the wait.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • He abandoned his mission so that he could help Obito when they were kids, resulting in a crippled Obito ending up on Madara's doorstep setting off most of the plot. Though he believes that could've avoided as well if he had gone with him in the first place.
    • He speaks about Naruto's birth at Rin's grave. Unfortunately, Obito happened to be watching.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He became for Obito. The entire fight with Kakashi, was planned Obito in order to remove Madara's seal as it prevented him from becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki and Kakashi did what Obito wanted from him: Hit him in the heart.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • His rivalry with Gai is nominally one-sided and Gai is known to rant about Kakashi's "hip and cool" attitude, but there's no doubt the two are the closest of friends.
    • Him and Obito were this as kids, with heavy emphasis on the vitriol. They could be worse than Naruto and Sasuke at times, but deep down they cared about each other, and Kakashi has spent his entire life trying to live up to Obito's wishes.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Kakashi's individual skill and jutsu is not weak per se — it's probably in the very top percentile of the shinobi world. However against the ridiculously overpowered villains of the Shippuden series like the Akatsuki, Pain and Tobi, Kakashi is forced to fall back on his natural wit and can be considered this — especially considering his lack of chakra for spamming his Signature Move.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kakashi seeks the approval of his "dead" friend, Obito, to such an extent that Kakashi's entire life revolves around him. After Obito "died", Kakashi idealized him to the point that he adopted an entirely new personality and mannerisms to emulate and memorialize his best friend. His pathological lateness is even attributed to him spending three hours straight at the Memorial Stone every single day, staring at Obito's name (and Rin's and his sensei's, but mainly Obito's). While his promise to be Obito's eyes is the only reason he bothers to continue living, that promise is why "Kakashi" and "functioning individual" are the farthest thing away from synonymous. So, rather understandably, Kakashi... did not take it well when he learned what really happened to Obito.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His best friend Obito is now a major contender in the contest to determine the most evil ninja of all time. Tune in tomorrow to find out the results!
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Kakashi graduated from the academy at five, passed the chunin exam one year later, and became a jonin under special condition at 13.
  • Wishful Projection: Kakashi is a strange case in which his projection was on someone who he thought was dead — Obito, who is the one death he has never managed to move past. Somewhere down the line, Obito went from "deceased best friend whose last wishes I need to honor", to "idol whose memory and ideals I need to live up to". A lot of Kakashi's baggage stems from his over-idealization of Obito; some part of him genuinely believes that Obito always would've succeeded where he failed. Essentially, Kakashi is subconsciously projecting his prodigious abilities and "genius" reputation on to his best friend, forgetting that while Obito was a very kind and very admirable person, he was still human, and the farthest thing away from perfect. Learning that Obito became the Big Bad almost broke him, but it was also the event that contributed to him seeing Obito as a person again and finally being able to move on with his life.
  • The Worf Effect: His only real victory has been against Zabuza. After that he's only been used to show how strong whatever enemy comes along is, often with him commenting about how much stronger than him they are. That said, he fares a lot better in team battles (against Akatsuki) contributing to victories over Deidara, Itachi (sort of—it's complicated), Hidan/Kakuzu and Tobi. Which makes quite a lot of sense when you remember "teamwork" is pretty much everything to the man.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: He makes two, one before and one during his final duel with Obito, although the latter is an internal monologue. They both signify his acknowledgement of the fact that his former best friend must now be treated no differently than any other enemy.
    Kakashi:"In the ninja world, those who break the rules are trash. However, those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash. And the ones who abandon their friends' feelings are even worse than that. I won't get rid of your past feelings... even if it's you refusing them."

    Naruto...You will never lose your way. You're stronger than me, and you're unique in many ways. As for me, this is all I can do for know. I'll do what I must... In order to protect the old Obito, I must...kill the current one!
  • Worth Living For: For a given value of "living". After losing his original team and the most important people in his life, Kakashi was very close to being Driven to Suicide. What drove him forward was his promise to Obito, and even that wasn't enough for him to be anything more than a completely and utterly devoted soldier to his village and comrades. It took the persistence of his adulthood best friend Guy and the Third Hokage kicking him out of ANBU for him to have anything remotely resembling an actual life again, and even then he was coasting on being an imitation of his deceased teammate. Team 7 did open him up even more, but all the tragedy involving that team caused him even more issues. It wasn't until after Obito's second death did Kakashi finally find closure and the will to live his own life.
  • You Gotta Have Grey Hair: He has natural grey hair.
  • You Remind Me of X: Kakashi remarked in the third Shippuden movie Inheritors of the Will of Fire that Naruto's ethic of protecting his friends solemnly reminds him of his late comrade Obito Uchiha, whose spiky hair and determination Naruto mirrored perfectly.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Kakashi was 6 when he took the Chunin Exams, but looked almost like a full grown teenager. This is most likely a case of Continuity Snarl: his age was given in Part I, while the sequence where he takes the exam was drawn much later in Part II. (Obito and Rin are both Kakashi's age, both graduated after him, and yet all three are shown taking the exam.)
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