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Pre-Leaf Village Senju Clan
The brother of Hashirama, Tobirama, and Kawarama Senju.
- Child Soldiers: He was a young boy fighting in an eternal war.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His death caused Tobirama to become jaded and cynical.
- Doomed by Canon: Despite many chapters devoted to backstory, a third Senju bro was never mentioned. Predictably, he dies in the chapter he first appears in.
- Mauve Shirt: Has a bit of characterization before biting the dust. But not much.
- Multicolored Hair: One side white, the other side black.
- No Kill Like Over Kill: How he died, cornered and slaughtered by five adults.
- Posthumous Character: Been dead since long before the story began.
- Small Role, Big Impact: You know all the other guys who supposedly triggered the plot of Naruto? Well, as long as the flashbacks go further back in time, we keep getting earlier and earlier causes for the plot. At one point before Black Zetsu was revealed as The Chessmaster it was Itama who triggered the plot. His death caused Tobirama to become jaded, which caused him to kill Izuna, which caused Madara to go crazy, which caused him to do a bunch of evil stuff and make Obito into his evil successor.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Died in a flashback without getting any real characterization.
The brother of Tobirama, Hashirama, and Itama Senju. Died a pointless death in the war. His arm was sent back to his family.
- An Arm and a Leg: Subverted. After he died, his family didn't receive his body, they received his arm.
- Child Soldiers: He was a young boy forced to fight in a seemingly never-ending war. A more extreme case than usual for this manga in that he was seven when he died.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Surprisingly averted. Unlike how Itama's death was for Tobirama and how Izuna's death was for Madara, Kawarama's death makes Hashirama acknowledge that the world they live in is a terrible one and wishes to change the world for the better.
- Doomed by Canon: See the above example.
- Killed Offscreen: His death is never seen. That's probably for the best.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Let's reiterate - He was a seven-year-old fighting in a war and all that was left of him was his arm.
- Scars Are Forever: He had an x-shaped scar.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We didn't even meet him, in fact...
The father of Hashirama, Tobirama, Kawarama, and Itama Senju. Leader of the Senju Clan in the past.
- Abusive Parents: He hit his son for suggesting that another son had died a pointless death.
- Arch-Enemy: There was no one he hated more than Tajima Uchiha.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Believes that turning his sons into emotionless killing machines, to be sent off and die in war is the greatest form of love a parent can show.
- Family Honor: A firm believer in this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Whilst abusive, he does love his children, and would falter in battle if he saw one of them die.
- The Leader: He led the Senju Clan in the past.
- Meaningful Name: The first character used in writing his given name is also used to write that of Buddha.
- Not So Different: Hashirama accuses him of not being so different from the Uchiha in his willingness to go to war regardless of the consequences to his family. Worse yet, he and Tajima Uchiha both aim for each other's children in order to cause the other to hesitate.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: Believed in this.
- Would Hurt a Child: Not just hurt, but kill.
Land of Waves Arc
Voiced by: Naoki Bando (JP), Fred Tatasciore (EN)
The founder of Gato Shipping and Transport. A multi-billionaire who is said to be the richest man in the world. However, he makes most of his money with his shady business deals. Gato is the first major villain to appear in the series.
- Anime Hair: He has an utterly crazy hairstyle.
- Arc Villain: Gato is the central antagonist of the Land of Waves arc, but he is of no importance to the overarching story and is just there to be the first villain.
- Asshole Victim: Though he's not seen too much, he does make himself to be a Jerkass. So when he finally gets killed by Zabuza for all the things he's done to the latter, along with the the things he did to the village, it's likely no one sheds any tears for him.
- Bullying a Dragon: He subjects the ninja he hires to much abuse because he thinks the money he offers them will keep them in check.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's an evil businessman.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Frequently hires top dollar assassins to take people out for him, then uses mobs of grunts to take those assassins out so he doesn't have to pay them.
- The Dog Bites Back: Suffers from this when his constant mistreatment of Zabuza comes back to bite him big time. After he tells the latter You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, he then kicks Haku's face as payback for breaking his arm earlier, and then seems a little upset that Haku was dead by that point.
- Evil Old Folks: He's fairly old, and also a monster who kills people to make money.
- Greed: He is willing to assassinate people and force whole countries into poverty just to make more money.
- Idiot Ball: Though he is pretty ruthless, for some reason he never has his henchmen harass the workers building the bridge, nor does he attempt to have it blown up to destroy it. Instead he's solely focused on taking out Tazuna. It's not likely that anyone would have had the power to stop him prior to Naruto and company arriving, considering how downbeat they were after Kaiza's death.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Unintentional, but he does look like his voice actor in the English dub, Fred Tatasciore.
- Karmic Death: In the backstory of the Land of Waves arc, he chopped off both of Kaiza's arms and then killed him. At the end of the arc, he is killed by Zabuza, who is unable to use his arms.
- Kick the Dog: His execution of Kaiza is there just to show that he's a bad guy. He later kicks Haku's corpse just to further hammer in how much of a complete scumbag he is.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's the villain of the Land of Waves arc, but his power comes from his money, not his physical strength. When he does enter the final battle, Zabuza kills him with one blow.
- Off with His Head!: Zabuza kills him by chopping off his head in the manga, slitting his throat in the anime.
- Smug Snake: Acts completely full of himself.
- Starter Villain: He's the first major antagonist that Team 7 faces in the story.
- Stupid Evil: Some fanfics point out his stupidity for bleeding Wave dry. It's an island country with easy access to almost half the continent. He's a shipping magnate. With a little Pragmatic Villainy, imagination and money, he could have made the country incredibly prosperous, made himself richer, and gained a boatload of good will.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is white, but make no mistake, he's an evil bastard.
- You Have Failed Me: Subverted. He is constantly angered when his assassins fail to kill Tazuna, but while he does show up to kill Zabuza, he was going to do that anyway.
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP Pre-Time Skip), Shigeru Ushiyama (JP Post-Time Skip), Kirk Thornton (EN)
A famed bridge builder. He's working on a bridge that will connect the Land of Waves to the mainland. However, he is threatened by Gato, a businessman who wants to stop him so that he can make money by holding a monopoly over the shipping and transport industry in the Land of Waves. Tazuna decides to hire a group of ninjas to defend him.
- The Bus Came Back: He and Inari briefly reappear after the Pain arc to help Konoha.
- Cool Old Guy: Though he's not a fighter in the sense of the ninjas, he still defiantly builds the bridge despite the threats against him by Gato. Considering Gato killed his son-in-law Taizo as an example of what happens to people who defy him, it took a lot of courage for him to continue working on it.
- I Have a Family: After he is revealed to be targeted by Gato, he brings up his grandson and daughter to goad the ninja into continuing their protection.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may pick on Naruto and lie about missions, but he's a genuinely good guy just trying to help his country.
- Manipulative Bastard: After his deception is revealed, he has no qualms using the thought of his family mourning his death to emotionally manipulate Team 7 into protecting him.
- Poor Communication Kills: Justified and lampshaded. Kakashi says that by lying about the nature of the mission he gave them, he risked the lives of the whole team. Tazuna responds by pointing out that he had to say it was a "C" rank mission, because the Land of Waves was so poverty-stricken that he couldn't afford to pay the "A" rank fee.
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
Tazuna's daughter, who lives with him.
- Berserk Button: She gets mad when Tazuna mentions Kaiza in front of Inari, because she knows how much it upsets her son.
- Stepford Smiler: She's pretty broken, what with losing her husband, then losing Kaiza. However, she tries to remain cheerful.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: She treats to kill herself by biting off her tongue if her hostage-takers hurt Inari.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Tazuna isn't seen as attractive, but she is.
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)
Tsunami's jaded and cynical son. Inari's biological father died shortly after he was born, so he always considered Kaiza to be his father. However, after Kaiza's public execution he was overcome with grief and believed that all attempts to stop Gato would fail. Naruto helps him become a hero.
- The Bus Came Back: He and Tazuna briefly return after the Pain arc.
- The Cavalry: Shows up with all of the villagers from the Land of Waves to stop Gato's group of renegades.
- Character Development: When first introduced, he is cynical and cries a lot. Naruto helps him grow out of it and become a hero.
- The Cynic: When first introduced, he bitterly says that Naruto will be killed by Gato and claims that heroes don't exist. However, he grows out of it thanks to Naruto.
- Cynicism Catalyst: When Kaiza was executed by Gato.
- Hope Bringer: Eventually helps to inspire hope among the citizens of the Land of Waves.
- In the Blood: He becomes a bridge builder like his grandfather.
Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase (JP), Wally Wingert (EN)
A man who saved Inari from some bullies and quickly became part of his family. Inari always considered him his father. Was executed by Gato before the events of the Land of Waves arc.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gato had both his arms chopped off before killing him.
- Bully Hunter: Absolutely despises those who pick on the weak.
- Determinator: No matter what it costs him, he will protect what is precious to him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has an x-shaped scar on his chin.
- Parental Substitute: Inari always thought of him as his father, because his biological father died shortly after he was born.
- Posthumous Character: Was killed before the Land of Waves arc, but still had a character as clearly defined as the other characters from said arc.
- Second Love: Implied to be this for Tsunami, who lost her first love shortly after their son was born.
Voiced by: Yuko Sato (JP), Julianne Buescher (EN)
A kid who tried to steal Inari's dog Poochie when he was young, and nearly killed both Poochie and Inari.
- The Bully: He picks on Inari for no reason.
- If I Can't Have You...: If he can't have a dog, it must drown.
- Kids Are Cruel: Steals Inari's dog, then tries to drown it when Inari chases after him. He then throws Inari into the river, and leaves Inari there even though it's apparent that Inari can't swim. When one of his fellow bullies voices an objection, he threatens to drown the kid.
Voiced by: Ryuji Mizuno (JP), Wally Wingert (EN)
A man working on Tazuna's bridge. He quits for his own safety, but Inari later inspires him to come back and help fight Gato.
Land of Rain
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP), Richard Epcar (EN)
The long-lived and legendary leader of Amegakure ("The Hidden Rain Village"). The reason the Sannin are recognized as the Sannin is the fact that they were able to fight this guy to a draw. Pain later kills him and takes over Amegakure for his own goals, not that it prevents Kabuto from bringing him back to life with Edo Tensei.
- Asshole Victim: Pain destroyed him and everything ever connected to him. He personally had it coming, though maybe not everyone else connected to him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He was the leader of Ame and a ninja of legendary power, so much so that he was the one that named the Sannin such.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Manga only. His sclerae seem to have been dyed that color from implanting a poison gland in his body and the toxins circulating through his bloodstream (eyes have blood vessels, too).
- Crazy Survivalist: Paranoid and frequently takes extreme measures to neutralize anything he sees as a threat. Antagonizes a group of very powerful but non-violent ninja out of paranoia they might try to usurp him. This eventually comes back to bite him when he and everyone he's ever known gets killed in revenge for his Moral Event Horizon.
- The Dreaded: Again, the reason the Sannin are revered throughout the world is because they were able to survive - that is, not win, but survive - a battle with him.
- Fallen Hero: Hanzo used to believe in peace, and wanted to unite the Five Great Ninja Villages, but then he got cynical around the Second Shinobi World War, and became only interested in protecting his nation, and specifically himself, and maintaining his power. Even Nagato used to respect him, but after the Akatsuki hostage situation which killed Yahiko, he returned (in Yahiko's body, no less) dismissing him as a coward, and killed him.
- Lowered Monster Difficulty: Mifune even notes that his attack isn't as sharp as it used to be.
- Playing with Fire: His one jutsu shown (which uses exploding tags), other than his salamander summon, is stated to be a fire release.
- Poisonous Person: Implanted the venom sac of a rare and dead black salamander into his body, giving him resistance to poison and making his entire body toxic.
- Poisoned Weapons: The kama of his kusari-gama is coated with salamander poison.
- Posthumous Character: At least he was one until Kabuto revived him, anyways.
- Redemption Equals Death: Having been revived by Kabuto and then lost to Mifune, who lectured him about his lost faith, he regains his faith in peace and decides to cut open the salamander venom sac implanted in his body so he can be sealed, preventing Kabuto from taking control of him.
- Scars Are Forever: Has one across his right cheek.
- Seppuku: He cuts open his own stomach after his second fight with Mifune. However, the actual reason isn't suicide, but to cut open the salamander venom sac implanted in his body, thus allowing him to be sealed.
- Sinister Scythe/Epic Flail: His weapon of choice is a kusari-gama.
- Sparing the Aces: He used to spare the lives of enemies strong-willed enough to give him a good fight; he did this with both the Sannin (a Red Baron he coined) and Mifune.
- Super Speed: His speed was said to be unsurpassed over water.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he was interested in uniting the Great Ninja Villages, Nagato mentioned that Hanzo's war efforts are part of the reason the Land Of Rain became such a hellhole in the first place. Once Hanzo gave up on peace, his people continued to suffer because of him until Nagato took him down. Hanzo is a case of this trope not being played sympathetically, as we've seen that the good intentions Hanzo had starting out did not make him any less of a bastard later in life.
- The Worf Effect: While he managed to fight the Sannin to a draw and once fought and won against Mifune, he is killed off-panel by Pain, to show how dangerous he is. Then when he is resurrected by Edo Tensei, he is beaten by Mifune to give the series' samurai some credit. However, it's justified when you consider that Pain is a Six Man Army who pretty much worfs everyone, including the entire Hidden Leaf Village. Mifune also implies that Hanzo's been somewhat out of practice since his prime.
- Worthy Opponent: To Mifune.
There were two main groups of genin from the Hidden Rain: Team Oboro and Team Shigure.
Team Oboro (consisting of Oboro, Mubi, and Kagari) fights Naruto's squad in the Forest of Death; as with many other Amegakure ninja, they all have rebreathers. Oboro is the one with two eyes visible; Mubi has one and Kagari has none.
Instead of having rebreathers, Team Shigure (consisting of Shigure, Midare, and Baiu) sports oxygen tanks and umbrellas. They confront Gaara and are very quickly killed.
- Automatic Crossbows: Mubi's crossbow, which can fire four shots at a time.
- Catchphrase: For Oboro: "Lucky..."
- Coordinated Clothes: Strangely enough Team Oboro sports this.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Oboro's team seem to know Earth Release, since they can camoflage in the ground.
- Flechette Storm: Shigure can do this with his umbrella senbon.
- Informed Ability: Shigure is apparently a pretty competent ninja, but he never really gets to show it.
- Meaningful Name: "Oboro" means "hazy"
- Parasol of Pain: Shigure specializes in senbon-shooting umbrellas.
- Put on a Bus: Team Oboro disappears after the Chunin Exams...
- Red Shirt: Shigure and his team are primarily used as a hint of Gaara's bloodthirsty nature and his potent power.
- Self-Duplication: Team Oboro can create Haze Clones.
- Squishy Wizard: Team Oboro; each one uses genjutsu to confuse and tire out their opponents, and then they go in for the kill. However, they are pretty hopeless when it comes to face-to-face fighting (though Oboro does demonstrate some skill in it during his fight with Sasuke and Sakura).
- The Worf Effect: When Kiba initially smells Team Shigure, he notes that while Shigure's chakra is very powerful, it's nothing compared to Gaara's.
- Worf Barrage: Shigure's enormous barrage of Senbon is quickly and easily blocked by Gaara.
Land of Iron
Voiced by: Katsumi Chou (JP), Kirk Thornton (ENG)
The general in charge of the Land of Iron, which is a neutral country with its own culture. It is unique among the countries, in that it is protected by samurai instead of hired ninja. He is a veteran soldier and a master swordsman, with a skillset that focuses on the use of Iai; the art of quickly drawing a sword for a slash before sheathing the sword again. He is so skilled with this technique that he is capable of interrupting ninja hand seals before they can be completed. As befitting a samurai, he is a poetic and philosophical man, and is not shy about sharing his ideals during fights with a Worthy Opponent.
He acts as host and mediator during the Kage Summit that the Raikage calls forth in response to the threat of Akatsuki. During this summit, he puts forth the idea of forming an alliance between the Great Ninja Villages in response to the Akatsuki threat. He suggests Danzo be appointed leader of the alliance, as his village has the last remaining tailed-beast host, but when Ao accuses Danzo of using a Mind Control technique (which he admits to) he is outraged. When Sasuke invades the meeting room, he's the first to try to attack Sasuke, though Sasuke blocks it and runs after Danzo. After hearing of Madara's plan, he agrees to have his nation join the alliance against him. In the war against Madara, he is the commander of Division 5 AKA the Special OPS Division.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: From surviving Hanzo's lethal salamander poison through a given antidote. It's put to great use when Hanzo is later Back from the Dead.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Beard/Badass Mustache: A fu manchu/goatee combination more specifically.
- Counterspell: His Iaijutsu is impeccable and most importantly, fast enough to interrupt any ninja trying make hand seals for Ninjutsu.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Hanzo may have taken on all three Sannin by himself, but he can't even touch Mifune in their battle. Granted, Hanzo was much, much stronger and the Sannin much weaker back then, but it still shows how good Mifune is.
- There's also the very important factor of Hanzo having lost the drive he had in life.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Mifune goes helmetless for the Fourth Shinobi World War while still wearing armor.
- Four-Star Badass: General of the samurai and a more than capable fighter himself.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: A master of the technique and fast enough with it to intercept a ninja about to perform hand-seals.
- Katanas Are Just Better: A samurai in a series about ninja where swords of any kind are pretty rare.
- Laser Blade: Not completely straight, but the chakra surrounding their blades have essentially the same qualities as one.
- Mage Killer: Sort of, in that he doesn't have ninjutsu or genjutsu, but just plain uses his mastery of Iai to stop enemy ninja from performing jutsu.
- Master Swordsman: Specifically known as a master of Iai, he's shown to be one of the best swordsmen in the series.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name comes from the actor Toshiro Mifune, who is famous for his numerous roles as samurai and ronin. As well as that, his sword Meitou Kurosawa is named after the director Toshiro Mifune frequently worked with, Akira Kurosawa.
- Named Weapons: His katana is named Meitou Kurosawa.
- Old Master: He's old but still strong enough to go mano e mano with Hazo.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mifune is a calm and wise leader with a neutral viewpoint upon the conflicts of the ninja villages. During the Kage Summit, in which he is host, he suggests the Kages form an alliance against Akatsuki. He also decides to join this alliance with his samurai after hearing of Tobi's plans.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Mifune and Hanzo engage each other in one twice. Once in the distant past, where Hanzo won, and now in the current time, where Mifune wins.
- Spellblade: He and the other samurai are capable of channeling chakra through their swords into various shapes.
- Super Mode: Gains a chakra cloak thanks to Naruto giving him chakra which greatly increases his power.
- Sword Beam: He can use chakra against foes for a devastating ranged attack.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Engages in a little philosophical debate in his first fight, which does not appear to impede him much.
- Warrior Poet: Quite appropriate seeing as he is a samurai, also has shades of The Philosopher; when we finally see him in battle, Mifune explains his philosophy on the nature of violence, peace, and heroism as he fights. The time spent making these points didn't seem to give his opponent much of an edge.
- Worthy Opponent: To Hanzo after defeating him.
Voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)
Okisuke (オキスケ, Okisuke) is a samurai from the Land of Iron and one of Mifune's right-hand-men and bodyguards alongside Urakaku.
- Bald of Awesome: Along with scars and a dragon tattoo.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: The bodyguard for Mifune.
- Cool Helmet: Shown to wear a horned samurai helmet in the anime.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a cross shaped scar on his head.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Two of them.
- Laser Blade: Not completely straight, but the chakra surrounding their blades have essentially the same qualities as one.
- Number Two: Mifune's right-hand-man.
- Satellite Character: His character revolves almost completely around serving Mifune.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: A dark red one which almost completely obscures his mouth and neck.
- Spellblade: He and the other samurai are capable of channeling chakra through their swords into various shapes.
- The Stoic: Shows little to no emotion in all of his appearances.
- Sword Beam: The chakra can be used against foes for a devastating ranged attack.