The Hidden Leaf Village
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Hidden Sound Village (Orochimaru, Kabuto Yakushi) | Akatsuki (Itachi Uchiha, Tobi, Pain/Nagato) | Madara Uchiha
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Pre-Leaf Village Senju Clan
Voiced by: Mariko Higashiuchi (JP), Nicolas Roye (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 622 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 367 (Anime)
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 the 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.
- 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.
Debut: Naruto Chapter 624 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 368 (Anime)
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 is 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...
Voiced by: Keijin Okuda (JP), Aaron LaPlante (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 622 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 367 (Anime)
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. Although, given the time period he lives in and the culture surrounding them are of war and death, Butsuma would be seen as a stern parent for appropriately disciplining his son for Speak Ill of the Dead.
- Arch-Enemy: There was no one he hated more than Tajima Uchiha.
- Blade Across The Shoulder: Theres a strap on his left shoulder armor that carries a tanto.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Not so much alien, but of Deliberate Values Dissonance in the time period he lives in. Butsuma 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, which is also a reason why he hits his oldest son for saying that Kawarama died a "pointless death".
- 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" Remark: 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.
- Outliving One's Offspring: The only exceptions are Hashirama and Tobirama.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: Believed in this.
- Would Hurt a Child: Not just hurt, but kill. In his own words, if an infant is capable of wielding a kunai, it'll be considered a threat.
Land of Waves Arc
Voiced by: Naoki Bando (JP), Fred Tatasciore (EN), Humberto Solórzano (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 10 (Manga), Naruto Episode 6 (Anime)
The founder of Gatō 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: Gatō 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 things he did to the village, it's likely no one sheds any tears for him. The fact that his remaining goons are more upset about losing their meal ticket should explain itself.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's not a fighter, and once he pisses off Zabuza one too many times the swordsman easily kills 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), Alfonso Ramírez (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 9 (Manga), Naruto Episode 6 (Anime)
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 Gatō, 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.
- Assassin Outclassin': It is only thanks to his bodyguards, particularly Kakashi and Naruto, that Tazuna narrowly avoids getting killed by Zabuza Momochi.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: He glances at the reader/viewer after successfully manipulating Team 7 to keep guarding him, complete with a peace sign."I win!"
- 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 Gatō. Considering Gatō killed his son-in-law Kaiza as an example of what happens to people who defy him, it took a lot of courage for him to continue working on it.
- Determinator: Remains steadfast in getting the bridge completed despite others saying he should quit for his safety before Gatō whacks him. Seeing Naruto stand against Zabuza, a dangerous enemy all on his own helps solidify his resolve.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Implied when he first shows up drunk to meet his would-be-protectors, still guzzling down a bottle of alcohol. Given that he was half expecting Gatō's assassins to come and murder him before reaching Konoha, let alone that previously-stated bodyguards wouldn't be up to the task, plus remembering how Kaiza was executed for his resistance, one can't entirely blame him.
- Expecting Someone Taller: At first, he isn't impressed upon meeting Team 7, seeing that most of his bodyguards are fresh-faced genin barely out of the academy. Plus he singles out Naruto for being the shortest of the three, quickly getting them both off on the wrong foot. He quickly changes his mind after seeing Naruto and Sasuke stand up to Zabuza.
- I Have a Family: After he is revealed to be targeted by Gatō, 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, plus showing up to meet them half-drunk in the beginning, 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. He muses to himself that he won after it works. Though judging from what Kakashi mentions to him later about Konoha's sense of justice, it is likely they would've continued the mission regardless.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: To begin with, he was harsh towards Naruto in particular due to the latter's overexcitement and reckless use of ninja tools, but his views begin to soften once he sees the kid stand his ground against Zabuza despite being physically outclassed.
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN, original)note , Laura Bailey (EN, current), Diana Pérez (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 16 (Manga), Naruto Episode 10 (Anime)
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.
- Bowdlerise: Her threatening to bite off her tongue was changed to "doing anything" for Gatō's bodyguards if they leave Inari alone in the dub (even the uncut version).
- The Cameo: She appears alongside Inari in Episode 161 being shocked/disturbed by the Guy and Lee imposters.
- Mama Bear: Isn't a fighter but would sooner spite her husband's killer by biting off her tongue than let his partner kill her son. Even Zōri, the said killer, tips his hat off to her by telling Inari he's got "one hell of a mom".
- 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 threatens to kill herself by biting off her tongue if her hostage-takers hurt Inari.
- Tongue Trauma: Threatens to do this to herself if Gatō's men harm her son. It thankfully never comes to that.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Tazuna isn't seen as attractive, but she is.
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)note , Elsa Covián (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 17 (Manga), Naruto Anime 10 (Anime)
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 Gatō would fail. Naruto helps him become a hero.
- The Bus Came Back: He and Tazuna briefly return after the Pain arc.
- The Cameo: He and Tsunami have a cameo in Episode 161 being shocked/disturbed by the Guy and Lee imposters.
- The Cavalry: Shows up with all of the villagers from the Land of Waves to stop Gatō'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 Gatō and claims that heroes don't exist. However, he grows out of it thanks to Naruto.
- Cynicism Catalyst: When Kaiza was executed by Gatō.
- 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, original), Matthew Mercer (EN, current), Salvador Delgado (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 20 (Manga), Naruto Episode 11 (Anime)
A man who saved Inari from some bullies and quickly became part of his family. Inari always considered him his father. Was executed by Gatō before the events of the Land of Waves arc.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gatō had both his arms chopped off before killing him. Averted in the anime, where he only has them badly broken.
- Bully Hunter: Absolutely despises those who pick on the weak. He says he let Akane's gang have it while Inari was still unconscious.
- 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 the 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, original), Toa Yukinari (JP, current), Julianne Buescher (EN, original), Laura Bailey (EN, current)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 20 (Manga), Naruto Episode 11 (Anime)
A kid who tried to steal Inari's dog Poochie when he was young, and nearly killed both Poochie and Inari.
- Ascended Extra: He's merely a one-note bully in the manga who only appears in a flashback to help establish how Inari and Kaiza met. The Konoha History arc shows that he continued to pick on Inari for a while afterward until a kidnapping incident with some of Gatō's former bodyguards caused him to see the errors of his ways. He and Inari are now friends and fellow carpenters working on restoring Konoha after the Invasion of Pain.
- The Bully: He picks on Inari for no reason.
- Bully Turned Buddy: In the anime, he is revealed to have made peace with Inari and they are now friends.
- HeelFace Turn: In the anime, he makes peace with Inari after a kidnapping incident with some of Gatō's old bodyguards and they become friends.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After the business with Gatō in the anime, he and his gang attempt to bully Inari again until all four boys are kidnapped by Zōri and Waraji and held for ransom. Inari distracts the samurai in time for the other three to escape and inform Naruto and Sasuke about what has happened. The Konoha genin are able to save Inari and defeat the thugs, making Akane see that Inari isn't the weak crybaby he once knew and apologizes for his actions. After the time skip, the former bullies are with Inari and Tazuna helping to rebuild the destroyed Konohagakure, with Akane giving his former nemesis a knowing smile.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He got an earful from Kaiza after the latter rescued Inari from drowning. It helped to inspire his HeelFace Turn in the anime.
Voiced by: Ryuji Mizuno (JP), Wally Wingert (EN, original), Steve Staley (EN, current)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 19 (Manga), Naruto Episode 11 (Anime)
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.
- The Cavalry: He's a member of the group of civilians that appear to save the day at the end of the Land of Waves arc.
- Old Friend: He and Tazuna go way back and it was the only reason he continued work on the bridge after Kaiza's death. He eventually folds, however, not long after Team 7's arrival...but he does return with some encouragement from Inari and his wife.
- Took a Level in Badass: At first he was terrified of Gato, but Inari inspires him and he joins the charge of civilians who come to stop Gato.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tazuna calls him out on quitting the bridge project so late into the game. It doesn't change his mind and Tazuna curtly tells him he doesn't have to come back the next day. His wife Agari gives him a shorter, more effective version when Inari tries and fails to get him to come along to the bridge.
Zōri and Waraji
Zōri voiced by: Keijin Okuda (JP), Sam Riegel (EN, Naruto Episode 10), David Rasner (EN, Naruto Episode 13), Rick Zieff (EN, Shippūden episodes 115, 180)
Waraji voiced by: Keiko Sakai (JP), Dan Woren (EN, Naruto Episode 10), Wally Wingert (EN, Naruto Episode 13), Michael Sorich (EN, Shippūden episode 180)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 18 (Manga), Naruto Episode 10 (Anime)
A pair of samurai bodyguards employed by Gatō. Zōri is calm and usually rational whereas Waraji is sadistic and eager to cut up everyone and anything in his way. While Team 7 is fighting Zabuza and Haku, Gatō sends these two to kidnap Tsunami, Tazuna's daughter, and use her as leverage against the bridge builder. They let Inari go at first, but the boy regains his courage just in time for Naruto to return and dispatch the samurai, leaving them tied up to be arrested later. In the anime, they escaped briefly and took Inari, Akane, and two other kids hostage for ransom, but Akane's gang escaped and informed Naruto and Sasuke who wasted no time in tracking them down and defeating the thugs once more.
Later in the anime, Zōri appears on his own during the start of Sasuke's assembling of Hebi, where the Uchiha and Suigetsu pump him for information on the whereabouts of Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō.
- All Men Are Perverts: In the English dub, even the edited version, due to Tsunami's tongue threat being removed, Waraji's line about wanting to cut her skin was replaced with him promising to "treat her real good", which is arguably worse than the Japanese text.
- All There in the Script: Their names are only shown in character boxes in the manga and are never said otherwise. The anime only shows them in the Japanese credits which most casual English-speaking fans would miss.
- Ascended Extra:
- They are quickly beaten and tied up by Naruto in the manga and are then forgotten about, likely being arrested like the Demon Brothers or kicked out with the rest of Gatō's men. The History of Konoha filler shows in a flashback that they escaped and tried to cash in on Gatō's death by holding Inari ransom for Tazuna, only to be taken out by Naruto and Sasuke who were about to leave the land only to backtrack once Naruto found he was missing an Ichiraku coupon, of all things.
- In the present during Hebi's formation, Zōri appears briefly without Waraji and bumps into Sasuke and Suigetsu while they're looking for Zabuza's blade, the samurai letting them know that it has fallen into the hands of a crime boss with a grudge against the fallen Mist Swordsman.
- Ax-Crazy: Waraji, as noted below, is all too eager to cut up animals to blow off some steam and even tried to do so to Inari before Tsunami threatened to kill herself. As he and Zōri are taking her outside, the brute muses that he wants to cut her fine skin a little to see her bleed. Brr...!
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Waraji cuts up a wild boar not for food even, but just to give his blade a workout while on the way to Tazuna's home.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end from Naruto when they attempt to kill him and Inari. A sneak attack from a pair of Shadow Clones puts them down for the count.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Possibly. Along with most other themes and ideas in the Land of Waves arc, these two being samurai begs the question if they originated from the Land of Iron or some different land. Shikamaru Hiden confirms that at least one other nation, the Land of Silence, was formerly governed by samurai before the shinobi Gengo took it over, perhaps implying these two are descended from there.
- Eyepatch of Power: Waraji sports one over his right eye.
- Facial Markings: Zōri has black teardrop markings coming down from his eyes. It is unclear if they're tattoos or just something like the Inuzuka clan has got.
- Hero Killer: Zōri was responsible for executing Kaiza to dissuade anyone else from resisting Gatō's takeover of the Land of Waves. It can be reasonably inferred in the manga that he and Waraji were the ones to sever Kaiza's arms (which is not how the anime portrayed it).
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Both of them are quick to sheath their swords after cutting down their queries. This was long before the samurai of the Land of Iron were shown to know the same art.
- Jerkass: Neither of them is particularly pleasant, especially Waraji who eagerly looks for excuses to carve up anything or anyone he sees.
- Karma Houdini: In the anime, Zōri is still walking around the Land of Waves a seemingly free man despite him being the one who executed Kaiza, the land's hero. Given how badly this fucked up the country's morale when Gatō took over, it's hard to believe that he wasn't chased out at the first opportunity like the other thugs.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In his appearance during Sasuke and Suigetsu's trip to the Land of Waves, Zōri is quick to back off when the Uchiha gives him a subtle Death Glare and later tries to flee when they bump into him again.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: While he's definitely not a decent human being, Zōri doesn't seem as pointlessly violent as his partner and is willing to initially spare Inari's life after Tsunami threatens to end her own.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: They, and by extension Gatō, helped speed along the end of their reign over the Land of Waves when they tried to kidnap Tsunami, as this led Inari to fully regain his lost faith and courage which spiraled into him encouraging the other Wave civilians to stand up to the Gatō Corporation and run the remaining thugs out of town when the fighting concludes. Later still in the anime, their kidnapping of Inari and Akane's gang made the latter realize what jerks they'd been in the past and how much Inari has changed since then, making them renounce their bullying ways and become friends with him.
- Oh, Crap!: Both of them when they see just how far out of their league they are in comparison to Haku.
- Opportunistic Bastard: In the anime, they try to keep raking in the money by kidnapping Inari, Tazuna's grandson, and holding him ransom despite the death of their employer.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: In any other manga, they might pose a serious threat to the protagonist, but compared to the likes of Zabuza and Haku, their overall strength is nothing to write home about and they suffer a humiliating defeat by Naruto before he started getting really powerful.
- Reused Character Design: A pair of Kirigakure shinobi resembling these two can be seen in Guy's taijutsu team during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Earlier, someone with Waraji's design can be seen standing behind Tenzen Daikoku in a flashback that shows the crime boss taking Zabuza's Executioner's Blade. Whether it's meant to be Waraji or not is unknown since he didn't appear with his partner in that episode.
- Psycho for Hire: Waraji is clearly not sane and is all too eager to cut up animals and children. He cuts up a poor wild boar just to blow off steam and wants to kill Inari once Zōri confirmed they don't need two hostages.
- Slasher Smile: Waraji sports one as he relishes the idea of cutting up Inari.
- Tattooed Crook: Waraji has tattoos on his torso's left side and is a bad guy.
- Theme Naming: "Zōri" and "Waraji" refer to different types of Japanese sandals, the former worn with formal kimonos while the latter is worn by traditional Buddhist monks.
- Villain Ball: Had Waraji not taken the time to carve up that boar, Naruto may not have turned back to the house and stopped them from taking Tsunami.
- Villain Respect: Zōri, at first, is genuinely impressed with Tsunami defending Inari from being killed, telling the boy that he's got one hell of a mom.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Waraji is never shown to wear clothing on the top half of his body.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Zōri appears later in the anime during Suigetsu's introduction, still wandering around the Land of Waves, but there's no sign of Waraji.note
- Would Hurt a Child: Waraji wants to kill Inari upon the boy making his presence known, only to be talked out of it by Tsunami who threatens to bite her tongue if her son is harmed. This gets him and Zōri to back off, but all bets are off when the boy regains his spine and charges the two, at which they knock out Tsunami and would've killed Inari if not for Naruto's arrival. They later still, in the anime, kidnap Inari and Akane's gang to hold them for ransom in exchange for a large sum from Tazuna and would have clearly killed the boys had Akane and his cronies not escaped and told Naruto and Sasuke about the incident.
Land of Rain
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP), Richard Epcar (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 369 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 128 (Anime)
The long-lived and legendary leader of Amegakure ("The Hidden Rain Village"). The reason Team Hiruzen is 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 after they managed to survive fighting him.
- Badass Transplant: His poisonous venom sac in his stomach.
- Bare Your Midriff: Its normally not visible, but underneath Hanzos flackjacket, he wears a shirt which only covers the upper part of his torso.
- 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).
- Blade on a Rope: Of the chain variety, Hanzo weilds his kusari-gama in a rather unconventional manner: Throwing the sickle part at his opponents instead of the metal weight at the end of the chain.
- Cool Mask: He wears one in order to prevent himself from dying of his poison.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It is mentioned in passing in Naruto Chapter 369 that Hanzo had a wife and children. Unfortunately, they were killed by Pain during the latter's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Hanzo. Pain also butchered Hanzo's parents as well.
- The Dreaded: Again, the reason the Sannin are revered throughout the shinobi world is because they were able to survive - that is, not win, defeat, or draw, but survive - a battle with him. This was the case even years before he encountered the Sannin, where Hanzo had gained enough recognition to scare off a platoon of Samurai, with only Mifune staying behind to fight 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.
- Monster Threat Expiration: Mifune even notes that his attack isn't as sharp as it used to be.
- Named After Someone Famous: He's named after famous samurai Hattori Hanzō.
- 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.
- Properly Paranoid: Justified, in the Naruto world, village leaders have very good reason to think people are out to get them or take advantage of their villages in some way or another. Danzo pulled this exact trick on Hanzo by pitting him and Amegakure against the Ame-orphans.
- 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.
- Trap Master: Prior to dealing with the Ame orphans, he had set up a bomb-trap in the event he got attacked.
- 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.
- Worf Had the Flu: While he managed to fight the Sannin to a draw and once fought and won against Mifune, his isolation after giving up on his old ideals of peace left him out of practice and much, much weaker. He is subsequently easily killed by Pain without even leaving any impact on him and is even mocked by him, stating that the reason it was so easy to kill him was because he had changed and let himself get rusty, while Jiraiya, who still fears him even after years has passed since their fight, was able to give Pain an actual challenge and Pain respects the challenge his sensei gave him. Even if it's justified when you consider that Pain is a Six-Man Army who pretty much worfs everyone, including the entire Hidden Leaf Village, it was clear from Pain's own words that had he been in his prime, he would have been able to put up much more of a fight. Then when he is resurrected by Edo Tensei, he is easily handled by Mifune to give the series' samurai some credit, with Mifune commenting how Hanzo's skills have blunted considerably.
- Worthy Opponent: To Mifune.
Oboro, Mubi, and Kagari
Shigure, Midare, and Baiu
Oboro voiced by: Tadasuke Oomizu (JP, original), Ryuichi Kijima (JP, current), Stephen Apostolina (EN)
Mubi voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)
Kagari voiced by: Masao Harada (JP), John DeMita (EN)
Shigure voiced by: Takuo Kawamura (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN)
Midare voiced by: Yasuhiro Fujiwara (JP), Stephen Apostolina (EN)
Baiu voiced by: Takayuki Fujimoto (JP), Robbie Rist (EN)
Oboro's debut: Naruto Chapter 46 (Manga), Naruto Episode 27 (Anime)
Mubi and Kagari's debut: Naruto Chapter 61 (Manga), Naruto Episode 36 (Anime)
Team Shigure's debut: Naruto Chapter 58 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
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.
- All There in the Manual: Between the two teams, only Mubi's name was spoken on-panel in the manga. Kagari's was mentioned in the Land of Tea filler arc whereas Shigure had his mentioned in the English dub only. Played straight with Oboro, Midare, and Baiu.
- Automatic Crossbows: Mubi's crossbow, which can fire four shots at a time.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Shigure is noted in the databooks to be arrogant and presumptuous. Given his performance against Gaara, that would be pretty accurate.
- Asshole Victims: Gaara's killing of Team Shigure was horrifying and a little over the top, but given how jerkish they seemed to be (made more clear in the databook), it is doubtful anyone shed tears for them.
- Catchphrase: For Oboro: "Lucky..."
- Coordinated Clothes: Strangely enough Team Oboro sports this.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Oboro's team seems to know Earth Release since they can camouflage in the ground.
- Flechette Storm: Shigure can do this with his umbrella senbon.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Shigure has two of them on the right side of his face, blinding him in that eye.
- Informed Ability: Shigure is apparently a pretty competent ninja, but he never really gets to show it.
- Jerkass: Midare is noted to be a spiteful and selfish S.O.B. in the databook, but then again, his teammates don't appear to be much better. Team Oboro is pretty spiteful themselves, as they all relish the pain they inflict on Team 7 and Kabuto a little too much. They're very eager to get another shot during the Land of Tea filler.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Baiu (Midare in the anime) quickly surrenders their scroll to the Sand Siblings after Shigure is brutally killed and begs them to let them go. Gaara doesn't care and proceeds to murder the two anyway for "looking at him the wrong way" in the same manner as their leader...and Kankurō claims the scroll after the fact.
- The Leader: Oboro for his team, considering neither talks, its not surprising.
- Making a Splash: In the anime, Oboro and his team use water clones to fight.
- Master of Illusion: Oboros team employs illusions as their main battle tactic, both for tiring their targets and then during the actual fight.
- Meaningful Name: "Oboro" means "hazy".
- Parasol of Pain: Shigure specializes in senbon-shooting umbrellas.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Baiu is a taijutsu specialist despite his tiny frame. Not that we see him demonstrate it.
- 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.
- The Strategist: Midare is said to be the brains of Team Shigure...according to the databook.
- Self-Duplication: Team Oboro can create Haze Clones.
- Smug Snake: Both teams show shades of it, especially Team Shigure who act pompous and arrogant towards Gaara at first before the Sand jinchuuriki shows them just how out of their league they are. Baiu and Midare beg Gaara to spare them in exchange for their earth scroll but their pleas fall on deaf ears before they are killed horribly and bloodily.
- 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).
- Ungrateful Bastard: Baiu is stated to be one in the databook.
- 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.
Voiced by: Shiho Hisajima (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN, TV series), Kari Wahlgren (EN, Ultimate Ninja Storm 2)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 407 (Manga), Shippūden Episode 395 (Anime)
Ajisai was a young woman from Amegakure that first appeared in the manga as one of the bodies Pain would use for his Six Paths technique. She became the second Animal Path. She was later named in the Second Chunin Exam Anime Filler Arc.
- Adaptation Expansion: A pretty extensive case. Ajisai only appeared as a nameless corpse in the Manga, but her character and role are vastly expanded upon in the anime during the Second Chunin Exam Arc, where Konan trusts her enough to not only send her and her team to the Chunin exams to gather intel on the various foreign shinobi and any potential Jinchuriki but also capture the Jinchuriki if possible. Additionally, Konan trusts her to complete an S-rank mission right upon promotion. Ajisai herself seems to fully believe in Pains doctrines and seeks to bring peace to the world through exposing the larger villages to the pain the smaller ones feel. She is shown to be both determined, opportunistic (wanting to capture a giant ant to be her summon), and proud, refusing to even accept water from a foreign ninja while they were in a desert.
- Amazon Brigade: Ajisai is on a genin team with two other girls, Suiren and Fuyō.
- Bears Are Bad News: Ajisai can summon a huge panda bear to fight alongside her.
- Cool Gate: She can also summon a floodgate to defend herself.
- Dark Action Girl: A hostile kunoichi that works directly for Konan, and by extension for Akatsuki, certainly qualifies.
- Foil: To Tenten of all people, they both fight using seals on paper to store weaponry and other things while also having a distinct admiration for a female higherup, Tsunade for Tenten and Konan for Ajisai.
- Foregone Conclusion: Since Ajisai first appeared deceased in the manga during Part II, its not hard figuring out what happened to her on that S-class mission Konan put her on.
- Hyper Space Arsenal: Her fighting style revolves around unsealing objects in little pieces of paper she carries around, objects include confetti and shuriken.
- People Puppets: Ajisai ends up as one of the Paths of Pain, specifically, the second animal path.
- Rank Up: Starts out as a genin in service of Amegakure, but is promoted to chunin after the Chunin exams have to be prematurely ended and the promotion is up to each individual villages leadership.
Land of Iron
Voiced by: Katsumi Chou (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 456 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)
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 skill set 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.
- Counterspell: His Iaijutsu is impeccable and most importantly, fast enough to interrupt any ninja trying to 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 Rōnin. 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-a-mano with Hanzo.
- 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)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 456 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 199 (Anime)
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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Takeshi Watabe (JP, until Shippuden ep. 175), Hiroshi Naka (JP, from Blood Prison onwards), Michael Sorich (EN), Skip Stellrecht (EN, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja), Arturo Casanova (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 1 (Manga), Naruto Episode 1 (Anime)
The chief toad of Mount Myoboku. He is the personal summon of Jiraiya.
- Amphibian at Large: An unbelievably massive toad.
- Arch-Enemy: With Manda.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Though the size is inconsistently depicted. He is sometimes the size of a hospital but has also been seen the size of a Tailed Beast.
- Chekhov's Gunman: One of the first characters to be seen in the series, he doesn't make his proper introduction until the Chunin Exams arc.
- Combination Attack: Fire Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet is a technique he performs alongside Jiraiya.
- Cool Sword: His main weapon is a giant tanto.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Smokes using kiseru, a traditional Japanese pipe.
- Frog Ninja: The personal summon of Jiraiya, who is based on the genre popularizer of this trope, Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari. Of course, his main enemy is a snake.
- Fusion Dance: He can transform with his summoner into a stronger being, depending on the latter's chakra. In Naruto's case, they become a fox.
- Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Gamabunta is much larger than his children, Gamakichi and Gamatatsu. When Gamakichi appears for the first time in Part II he gets considerably bigger, though still small enough to stand on his father's head.
- Grumpy Old Man: Talks back to everyone, even Jiraiya.
- Living Legend: He was Minato's partner while subduing Kurama during his attack on Konoha.
- Making a Splash: Liquid Bullets, which spits out a huge burst of water blast at the direction of the opponent.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name is derived from the late Bunta Sugawara, an actor that is best known for starring in the yakuza series Battles Without Honor and Humanity.
- Old Master: Gamabunta is at least as old as Jiraiya.
- Papa Wolf: He immediately changes his mind on not helping Naruto after Gamakichi told him that he felt threatened by Gaara.
- Playing with Fire: He can coordinate his oil spitting technique with Jiraiya's fire style, amplifying the effect.
- Put on a Bus: Not seen again after Pain's invasion. When Naruto attempts to summon him during the Fourth Ninja World War, he ends up summoning Gamakichi, who states that his father is busy at the moment.
- Red Is Heroic: He has red skin and is the main character's summon.
- Yakuza: Has the mannerisms of one and speaks in the Hiroshima dialect, a stereotype of gang members.
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), JB Blanc (EN), Herman López (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 29 (Manga), Naruto Episode 17 (Anime)
One of Kakashi Hatake's ninken (ninja dogs) and by far the smallest one. His stature prevents him from being used physically; his specialty instead lies in tracking.
- Ascended Extra: He first appeared in the Land of Waves mission hanging off Zabuza's headband without any indication of how important he'd be later on.
- Canine Companion: While not as overt as Akamaru, he is summoned often by Kakashi to do missions.
- The Nose Knows: His main use.
- Talking Animal: One that is as surprising to the characters as the audience. He only starts speaking during the Konoha Crush arc.
- Vocal Dissonance: Has the appearance of a cute little pug, but speaks and acts like a middle-aged man. In Japanese, he uses "washi", a pronoun stereotyped to be used by geezers.
Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 131 (Manga), Naruto Episode 77 (Anime)
Gamabunta's older son and Naruto's personal summon.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As of the Ninja World War Arc.
- Combination Attack: In filler, he can perform Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet with Naruto and Gamatatsu.
- Cool Sword: When he is summoned again in late Part II, he is carrying a tanto.
- Frog Ninja: Eventually.
- Head Pet: In Part I, he is small enough to stand on Naruto's head, as Akamaru does with Kiba.
- Joke Character: In Part I.
- Making a Splash: Syrup Gun, where he vomits thick liquid that penetrates a large area.
- Playing with Fire: He can use Fire Release: Flame Release and the aforementioned Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet in filler.
- She Is All Grown Up: He gets big enough when summoned during the Pain Invasion Arc that Naruto stands on him, instead of the other way around, though he still stands on Gamabunta in turn. By the Ninja World War Arc, he has reached Gamabunta's size. Bonus points for becoming a smoker as well.
- Smoking Is Cool: Takes his father's habit and is seen with a cigarette during the Ninja World War Arc.
Voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN), Patricia Acevedo (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 148 (Manga), Naruto Episode 85 (Anime)
Tsunade's pet pig who is mostly seen with Shizune.
- A Dog Named "Dog": "Tonton" in Japanese is akin to calling a pig "piggy".
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Tsunade and Shizune seem to understand what she says. Naruto by contrast doesn't.
- The Nose Knows: She is able to sense debt collectors coming for Tsunade from miles away.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Downplayed. During the Fourth Ninja World War, she serves as a courier for the logistical and medical division and is seen carrying crates larger than she is.
- Running Gag: Being mistaken for food. Shizune's preface for her subordinates in the Ninja Alliance's Logistical and Medical Division is to tell them not to mistake Tonton for food.
Voiced by: Masuo Amada (JP), Richard Epcar (EN), Salvador Reyes (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 169 (Manga), Naruto Episode 95 (Anime)
A giant snake from Ryuchi Cave and Orochimaru's personal summon.
- Arch-Enemy: With Gamabunta.
- Asshole Victim: Aside from Suigetsu, who is mildly annoyed at Sasuke for using an animal to shield himself, it is not hard to write Manda's death off as well-deserved karma. He was portrayed as a haughty elitist who threatened his summoners and demanding scores of humans for food in exchange for his services, so him being used just to tank an explosion for a guy who killed his previous master just to stay alive seems like getting off easy, but no less earned.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He is bigger than both Gamabunta and Katsuyu.
- Back for the Dead: Mandas sole appearance in Part II is when Sasuke summons him to take the blast from Deidaras C0. The big snake doesnt make it.
- Dig Attack: Manda dug through the ground in his two-on-one fight against Gamabunta and Katsuyu, attacking the former by first distracting him with an attack from his tail before appearing behind the toad and trying to bite him.
- Horns of Villainy: Manda has four massive horns at the back of his skull, and he is definitively hostile to everyone, even people on his side.
- I am a Humanitarian: Demands a hundred human sacrifices in return for helping Orochimaru during the Three-Way Summoning Battle.
- Killed Off for Real: Sasuke summons him to shield himself from Deidara's C0. He actually survives for a short time to curse Sasuke for his death.
- Made of Iron: Downplayed, while he dies in the blast from Deidaras ultimate suicide bomb, Manda is largely intact after the massive blast, the only outer trauma being charred skin.
- Shout-Out: His namesake is the snake-like kaiju from Godzilla.
- Smug Super: Despite being an almost literal Smug Snake, he has reasons for his overbearing pride. He can handle taking on both Gamabunta and Katsuyu for a time despite Orochimaru not having the use of his arms and probably would've killed the former had Tsunade not pinned him down.
- Snakes Are Sinister: And very big. He is also actively malicious to not only his enemies but his master as well.
- The Starscream: Unlike Gamabunta and Katsuyu, Manda appears strictly on a contract basis and has no real bond with Orochimaru. He only obeys Orochimaru because he was defeated by him and demands a sacrifice in return for his service.
- Tongue Trauma: Tsunade stabs his mouth from the top using Gamabunta's tanto, rendering him unable to chew anything for a month.
- World's Strongest Man: Or rather: strongest serpent, Manda is feared across the shinobi world as the Strongest Colossal Snake signifying his power.
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Mary Devon (EN, original), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN, current), Rocío Garcel (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 169 (Manga), Naruto Episode 95 (Anime)
A giant slug from Shikkotsu Forest and Tsunade's personal summon.
- Acid Attack: Its main offensive attack is this. The acid is strong enough to melt rock and Orochimaru implies it could melt him away as well.
- Ambiguous Gender: Though the anime gives it female voice actors, Katsuyu is never referred to by gendered pronouns.note This is a reference to real-life slugs, which are hermaphrodites.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In its ordinary form.
- Healing Hands: Tsunade often uses it as an effective way to channel her healing jutsu and distribute it to a large number of people. Particularly evident during Pain's invasion, where Katsuyu reaches out to Konoha's entire surviving population.
- Hive Mind: All the little slugs that it splits into share the same mind. This makes it handy for it to relay information across great distances.
- Implacable Man: Katsuyu's main trick when about to be attacked is by dividing itself into smaller slugs and back again, and it can do it as many times as it wishes. Combined with the fact that the slugs are themselves extremely resistant to damage, it's unknown if Katsuyu is able to be wounded at all. It can get weaker, but only if the summoner is also out of chakra. Albeit the little slug that rode on Naruto when he went on a six-tailed rampage does lament that it feared it was going to die from the ordeal.
- Keigo: In keeping with its status as a loyal summon, it speaks formally with everyone. It calls Tsunade "Tsunade-sama" and others with "-san".
- Meaningful Name: "Katsuyu" is the Sino-Japanese reading of 蛞蝓, normally read in Japanese as "namekuji", which means slug.
- One to Million to One: Dear god. Unlike the frogs and snakes, who have multiple different members, every single slug seen in the series is a Katsuyu. Also, Tsunade and Sakura can summon two different same-sized Katsuyus at the same time, even though that size is as tall as a Tailed Beast (working together they then summon a Katsuyu large enough to heal the entire surviving Allied Shinobi forces, and even this massive slug is stated to only equal "one tenth" of Katsuyu's full body mass being summoned from the forest). Apparently, the size Katsuyu appears as and its power depends on its summoner's chakra. It's possible that Shikkotsu Forest has only "one" inhabitant, that is, a hive of slugs named Katsuyu.
Gamahiro and Gamaken
Gamahiro voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)
Gamaken voiced by: Atsushi Ono (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)
Gamahiro's debut: Naruto Chapter 124 (Manga), Naruto Episode 73 (Anime)
Gamaken's debut: Naruto Chapter 374 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 130 (Anime)
Two large toads at Mount Myoboku who are Gamabunta's equals.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Gamahiro is colored aquamarine in the manga but his initial appearance in the anime version of Konoha Crush, plus his appearance in the Land of Rice Fields filler, was colored brown before the Invasion of Pain changed his scheme to match the manga's.
- Amphibian Assault: Seriously, they're toads with Japanese weaponry!
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As big as Gamabunta.
- Blade on a Stick: Gamaken carries a sasumata, a polearm with a fork at its end.
- Frog Ninja: Two of many that are summoned throughout the series.
- Informed Flaw: Ken is always putting himself down by saying "I am ungraceful". Never does this get in the way of him fighting against the likes of Pain, however.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Gamahiro wields a pair of katana.
- Shout-Out: Like Gamabunta, their names are homages to yakuza films. Gamahiro references Hiroshima, the city stereotyped for its yakuza activities and whose dialect is spoken by Gamabunta. Gamaken, meanwhile, references the late Ken Takakura, who was something of a rival to Bunta Sugawara.
- Suddenly Voiced: Gamahiro has never been shown to talk in the manga, but the anime gives him some dialogue.
Fukasaku and Shima
Fukasaku voiced by: Ikuo Nishikawa (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN, TV series), Kyle Hebert (EN, Ultimate Ninja Hero 3)
Shima voiced by: Hikari Yono (JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN, TV series), Derek Stephen Prince (EN, Ultimate Ninja Hero 3)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 375 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 127 (Anime)
Two elderly toads of Mount Myoboku. They are respected as the Two Great Sage Toads.
- Alien Lunch: Since they're frogs, Shima's always cooking insect-themed foods such as "larvae ramen". Naruto (and Minato in a filler scene) finds most of it disgusting, although at one point he admits that the bento she made for his Sage training was actually good. The other toads in Mount Myoboku universally think that she's a Supreme Chef.
- Amphibian Assault: Being old doesn't make them any less dangerous.
- Back from the Dead: Pain kills Fukasaku during the invasion of Konoha, but later brings him and the other dead Konoha nin back.
- Battle Couple: They work in tandem.
- Combination Attack: With Jiraiya, they can perform Sage Art: Goemon.
- Expy: Fukasaku is one for Yoda: both are small, centuries-old, green creatures, who taught both The Obi-Wan and The Hero of their respective franchises.
- Frog Ninja: Frog Sages.
- Happily Married: They have been a couple since the time Jiraiya first visited Mount Myoboku.
- Killer Rabbit: They are the same size as Gamakichi and Gamatatsu in Part I, but are some of the most powerful animals on the planet.
- Master of Illusion: They're capable of using Genjutsu through their frog song, that's powerful enough to entrap the Paths of Pain.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Fukasaku briefly experiences this, though he gets better.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Fukasaku's name comes from the legendary film-maker Kinji Fukasaku, best known for the WWII film Tora! Tora! Tora! and the ground-breaking yakuza film Battles Without Honor and Humanity.
- Old Master: The two are among the most senior toads at Mount Myoboku.
- Multi Purpose Tongue: Shima can use a jutsu that transforms her tongue into a snake-like creature capable of sniffing out hiding enemies, long enough to tie-up Pain's Chameleon summon, and has glands filled with acid on its surface.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Fukasaku is roughly the size of a cat, but can lift and hurl Gamabunta.
Voiced by: Mitsuo Senda (JP), Shogo Nakamura (JP, young), Dave Wittenberg (EN), Todd Haberkorn (EN, young)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 376 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 127 (Anime)
The famed Great Toad Sage of Mount Myoboku.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He is as big as Gamabunta.
- Been There, Shaped History: According to the anime, he's the one who revealed Kaguya Otsutsuki's true nature to her sons, as well as the true deadly nature of the Divine Tree, and he's the one who taught Sage mode to Hagoromo. This was back when he was young and small.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Possesses this ability, though the dreams are vague and rare, and point to different possible futures depending on the actions taken by those involved.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Gamamaru is only called the "Great Toad Sage" (Oogama Sennin) in the series. His name is revealed in a databook (and mentioned in the anime).
- Frog Ninja: During his prime. The anime depicts him as the one who taught Hagoromo Otsutsuki the Sage arts that would eventually become so famous in the world of ninja that would come about in the ensuing years.
- Hermit Guru: The oldest denizen of Mount Myoboku.
- Long-Lived: He's been alive since before the sealing of Kaguya Otsutsuki and the creation of the Tailed Beasts, well over a thousand years ago. This makes him likely the oldest known being native to Earth.
- Old Master: He is older than Fukasaku and Shima, who are themselves extremely old.
- The Prophecy: His prophecy to Jiraiya is a focal point of the series.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Has gotten rather senile in the present, but proves he's still a capable seer when he gets a new dream giving hints about Naruto's future.
- Seers: His talent is Dreaming of Things to Come.
White Snake Sage
Voiced by: Hiroko Suzuki (JP)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 579 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 334 (Anime)
The famed snake sage of Ryuchi Cave, a counterpart of the Great Toad Sage of Mount Myoboku.
- Ascended Extra: In the original series, she only appears in flashbacks. We get to see her in Boruto.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: By far the largest snake in the series, her body coils around the room she is in multiple times and basically merges with the ground.
- Graceful Loser: She concedes to Boruto after he manages to do her Impossible Task and tells him Mitsuki's location.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The punishment for turning into a snake during senjutsu training is being eaten by the Snake Sage.
- Impossible Task: She tasks Boruto and his friends to bring her Garaga's scale, thinking that there is no way they can defeat the feared rebel of the cave. She is surprised when Garaga actually becomes Boruto's summon.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her true name has not been revealed.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Anyone who passes the tests of the three snake princesses has a right to study under her.
- Samus Is a Girl: The Sage's gender is not known in the manga. Boruto reveals that she is female.
- Snakes Are Sinister: It's explained that, unlike the Toad Sage, the Sage Snake is a dangerous individual to deal with. Orochimaru never becomes a Sage because he never met her expectations. She does kill students who fail her test, though if they pass she will not hesitate to congratulate them.
- Stern Teacher: Studying senjutsu is a difficult affair and the punishment she gives to individuals who fail the training and become snakes — eating them whole — is not that different to the petrification of students in Mount Myoboku who turn into toads and die.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like the snake sisters, she can transform into a human, in her case an old lady.
Voiced by: Kosuke Goto (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 633 (Chapter), Shippuden Episode 373 (Anime)
A snake of Ryuchi Cave and Sasuke's personal summon.
- Ascended Extra: Aoda has more to do in Boruto.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Aoda is comparable in size to Manda.
- Babies Ever After: It's mentioned in Naruto Shiden, set during the events of Boruto, that Aoda is a great-grandfather.
- Contrasting Replacement Character: Although clearly intended as a replacement for Manda, he could not be more different in personality. Aoda is polite, subservient, and does not demand a sacrifice.
- Papa Wolf: In Boruto, he extends the protectiveness he gives to Sasuke to his entire family. When Sarada and her friends are attacked by Garaga, Aoda quickly appears to save them, despite the fact that Garaga is feared by other snakes of the Ryuchi Cave.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Inverted, Aoda is a very polite and protective humongous serpent, whom Sasuke only summons after hes joined the fight against Madara.