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Naruto's Loved Ones
A few other people who have had a deep impact on Naruto.
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Taisuke Yamamoto (JP, young), Quinton Flynn (EN, original), Kyle McCarley (EN, current), José Antonio Macías (Latin America), Alexandre Crepet (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 1 (Manga), Naruto Episode 1 (Anime)
OK, he doesn't appear all that often, but to deny his impact on Naruto's life would be impossible.
Iruka is a Chunin, an academy instructor, and — at first — one of the few people willing to acknowledge Naruto as anything other than a hideous monster. This is mainly because Naruto's childhood mirrored his own — both lost their parents at an early age, and both tried to cope by acting out and becoming goofballs. (Though it's stated that Iruka did feel awkward around Naruto at first — his parents were killed by Kurama, after all). It's this influence in Naruto's life that keeps him from becoming a psychotic killer — like, for example, Gaara.
Iruka appears rather infrequently in the plot but remains incredibly beloved with the fandom. He figures pretty heavily into the first episode, where he fights Mizuki with Naruto, but later is reduced to a few cameo appearances. He's also involved in one of the Filler arcs and actually gets to fight.
In Shippuden, he appears to welcome back Naruto to the village, then doesn't show up for a long time. He finally reappears in Chapter 405, where he helps Naruto get over the death of Jiraiya. Pain attacks him during the second invasion of Konoha, but Kakashi saves him. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he's sent to try and stop Naruto leaving the island, but decides to tell him the truth about the war, and is unable to prevent Naruto from running off.
Two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Iruka attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding as the former's surrogate father, and becomes the Ninja Academy's principal by the time of Boruto.
- Advertised Extra: He's nowhere near as prominent as some of the story's posters (including the one here) and other promotional material would have you believe — he only makes token appearances throughout the manga, and only fares slightly better in Filler.
- All There in the Manual: He's a chūnin academy teacher and possibly one of the most genuinely kind people in Konoha, but his overall stats reveal that he is more skilled than quite a few jonin and special jonin. He does, however, lose the fight against Mizuki, albeit largely as a result of Taking the Bullet for Naruto, leaving him weakened.
- Animal Motifs: Dolphins. His name, when spelled "umi no iruka", means "sea dolphins" and he can use echolocation.
- Attention Whore: As a young boy, he would do ridiculous things like humiliating himself in front of his classmates for attention to cope with the loneliness of being an orphan.
- Badass Bookworm: Chunin-level academy teacher. Capable of projecting two sophisticated, all-senses illusions on opposite sides of Konoha. Echolocation (a possible bloodline limit). Can handle repeatedly being kicked in the spine by a beyond-super-strong former best friend. As skillful as Anko. Stood up to Pain. He's still a Chunin simply because there's no reason for a higher rank while working as an academy teacher.
- Badass Teacher: Dude threw himself in front of a giant ass shuriken in order to protect Naruto in the first chapter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's an extremely laid-back and compassionate man in almost every appearance, but that all flies out the window when someone tries to hurt Naruto.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards his former or current students, especially Naruto. Overlaps with Papa Wolf.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards his former or current students, especially Naruto. Bonus points for being their Academy Instructor.
- Celibate Hero: Never has any romantic pursuits throughout the series. The closest he gets is in the Mizuki Strikes Back filler when Pakkun mistook his interactions with Mizuki's fiancé Tsubaki as flirting.
- Character Development: A pretty decent amount for a minor character.
- In one of the Fillers, after a dangerous mission with Kakashi, he comes back wounded and he tells Hiruzen he wants to be a teacher at the Academy. Soon after, he's appointed as the homeroom teacher of Naruto and becomes depressed because he doesn't know how to get through to him because he can't help but think about the monster that killed his parents. Thanks to Kakashi, he begins to understand Naruto as a person, not as the Nine-Tails' Jinchuuriki.
- At the beginning of the series, he had no problem requesting that none of the Rookie Nine be allowed to take the Chunin Exams while their teachers were present. He taught them all so he believed that he had a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses were. He didn't think any of them were prepared. Kakashi tells him rather matter-of-factly that they were not his students anymore but the members of Team 7 were his soldiers. Later on, he understands Kakashi's words for himself when he is able to be the one to congratulate Team 7 when they passed the second phase of the exams. He finally came to terms with Naruto's growth as a shinobi through a letter to him wishing for his safe return.
- Character Tics: Whenever he blushes, he will scratch his scar.
- Containment Field: One of his known jutsu is a sealing barrier that he used on Naruto.
- Cool Teacher: He's the only adult that Naruto interacted with regularly for much of his life prior to the start of the series that didn't treat Naruto like trash.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Both his parents were killed by the Nine-Tailed Fox, leaving him an orphan. He became a Sad Clown to cope with loneliness.
- A Day in the Limelight: There's a 3-part episode Filler arc after the Invasion of Pain arc that details a fictitious version of him first meeting Naruto.
- Decoy Protagonist: He's set up as a major character in the first chapter, but is pushed Out of Focus pretty quickly.
- Establishing Character Moment: He insists that Naruto is not allowed to go home until he cleans the monuments, but after Naruto sullenly points out that he has no one to go home to, offers to buy him ramen if he finishes.
- First Friend: To Naruto. Iruka being the first person to treat Naruto as a human being is what kept him from turning out as Gaara did. He remains a supportive figure throughout Naruto's life.
- Former Teen Rebel: Like Naruto, he became a prankster as a means of coping with his parents' death, making him strict but sympathetic with Naruto (he makes Naruto clean up his graffiti on the Hokage faces, but after Naruto points out he has no one to go home to, he offers to buy him ramen).
- For Want of a Nail: If Iruka had not stood up for him against Mizuki, Naruto could very well have ended up, in a worst-case scenario, a murderous monster like Gaara initially was or a hate-filled avenger like Sasuke. Naruto even acknowledges this.
- Freakiness Shame: When Mizuki points out that Naruto is the "reincarnation" of the Nine-Tailed Fox that killed his parents and that he has every reason to hate and want to kill him, Iruka initially seems to agree, then angrily rebukes his former comrade. It's this that prevents Naruto from snapping and proving everyone's fears right.
- Geometric Magic: We finally see him use ninjutsu in Chapter 535 and its a barrier seal but Naruto is able to escape easily.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Across his nose.
- Like a Son to Me: Towards Naruto. Frequently mixes into the fatherly domain as well.
- Meaningful Echo: 600 chapters into the manga, and the words and actions of Iruka in the very first chapter inspire Naruto and enable him to befriend Kurama, thus making Iruka indirectly responsible for rehabilitating a living mass of hate and turning it into a hero.
- Meaningful Name: "Umino Iruka" is a riff on "umi no iruka," or "sea dolphin." In a few Filler episodes, he can use echolocation.
- Nice Guy: Iruka is described as being both big-hearted, and soft-hearted.
- Nose Bleed: Gets these from Naruto's perverted jutsus, and Naruto nicknames him this at one point.
- "Not So Different" Remark: He realizes that he and Naruto had very similar childhoods, and he is one of the few people to acknowledge him as more than the Nine-Tails' host.
- Papa Wolf: To most of his students, but especially towards Naruto. Iruka's more than willing to challenge Kakashi when he feels that Naruto's being put in unnecessary danger and he won't hesitate to place himself in harm's way if it'll protect his favorite student.
- Parental Substitute: Naruto suggests that being with him is like having a father. In Konoha Hiden, Naruto asks him to come to his and Hinata's wedding as his father. Iruka himself disagrees with the sentiment, considering Naruto and his relationship to be a brotherly one. Possibly because he's only ten years older than Naruto.
- Rank Up: Even though he's retired as a ninja, he's now the headmaster of the Ninja Academy in the Boruto anime.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though he initially didn't like Naruto at first in a Filler arc, he quickly realized that Naruto was his own person and not the Nine-Tails' host.
- Sad Clown: Iruka is implied to have been like this, having lost both his parents to the Nine-Tailed Fox. Unlike Naruto, he did not have to deal with being hated, but he acted the way he did to ease his loneliness. He reaches out to Naruto when he realizes they have this in common and becomes Naruto's first father figure.
- Scars Are Forever: Iruka has a scar that runs across the bridge of his nose — which he has had since his youth.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Mizuki tries to convince Iruka to help him kill Naruto, saying he's a vicious monster who would destroy the village. Iruka appears to agree, then refutes Mizuki's statement by saying that Naruto and the Nine-Tailed Fox are not one and the same. Naruto, who was teetering on the edge of a FaceHeel Turn, overhears this and comes to his rescue, proving him right.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite making only sporadic appearances in both anime and manga, he is one of the few characters who deeply impacted Naruto as a person.
- So Proud of You: To Naruto on numerous occasions as he grows and matures throughout the series, but especially after Jiraiya's death and Pain's invasion of Konoha.
- Stern Teacher: Iruka is a strict teacher, but also a kind one.
- Team Dad: Even though he is soft and caring, he's a strict teacher.
- Team Mom: Despite his strict nature, he fits this personality more.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Iruka, like Naruto, enjoys ramen, with Ichiraku Ramen being his premier choice.
- You Killed My Father: For a long time, Iruka hated Naruto due to his parents dying in Kurama's rampage. He comes to see past this and his acknowledgment of Naruto as his own person instead of the Nine-Tailed Fox in human form made all the difference.
- You Shall Not Pass!: To Naruto, himself when he tries to leave the island and join the war. Naruto shrugs it off, anyway. Though Iruka had a feeling it would go that way anyway.
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (JP), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (EN, debut), Laura Bailey (EN, current)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 382 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 128 (Anime)
Naruto's Missing Mom. Originally from the Whirlpool country, she grew up in a time of very many wars before eventually coming to live in Konoha after her country was destroyed. Became Kurama's second Jinchuuriki, after receiving it directly from the first one, the First Hokage's wife Mito Uzumaki; Tobi somehow discovered this and extracted Kurama from her, taking advantage of the fact that Kushina had just given birth to Naruto. She dies soon afterward, but not before taking part in the defense of Konoha by helping Minato seal the fox (along with some of her own chakra) into their son.
Over 16 years after her death, the sealed chakra comes into play when she appears inside Naruto's head to help him defeat Kurama and to explain the details of Kurama's attack, as well as just to finally bond with the son that tragedy prevented her from raising.
- Action Mom: She even managed to survive having Kurama pulled out of her, albeit only briefly. She even took a freaking claw through the stomach and caught it on the way out to keep it from hitting Naruto.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Downplayed. She's gorgeous as an adult in both the manga and the anime, but her pudgy face as a child, which led to her initial nickname "Tomato", is an Informed Deformity in the anime while being much more apparent in the manga.
- Adult Fear: Kushina, knowing that their newborn son Naruto would have to walk alone on a very treacherous path in life by making him Kurama's jinchuriki, naturally objected to it before Minato managed to convince her that he's doing it not just to save the village, but also because he believes that their son would somehow make the world a better place. It would still be something that would haunt them both in death until Naruto told them he understood.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Kushina was picked on in her youth because of her red hair.
- Barrier Maiden: Not only was Kurama's seal made from her chakra, but she was also the former Jinchuriki of Kurama. More exactly, the second one: the first was Mito, a member of her clan and the First Hokage's wife.
- Battle Couple: She and Minato definitely count, as they worked together to seal Kurama into Naruto and play the Thanatos Gambit that would take their lives and be so important for their village and their kid.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: For most of her life, people made fun of her red hair. However, when she was rescued by Minato from the Kumo ninja, he boldly complemented her red hair by telling her that it was beautiful. This is the main reason why Kushina realized she was in love with him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When her spirit tells Naruto about her childhood, she starts giving off Blood Knight vibes that freak him out, all while keeping a serene smile on her face.
- Bully Hunter: In her youth, she beat up everyone who teased her.
- Chain Pain: She could form chains made out of chakra and her specialty sealing jutsu were themed around them.
- Character Tics: Like her son, she scratched the back of her head when she felt flattered.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Minato knew each other as kids, and couldn't have been more than about 14 when they fell in love.
- Color Motifs: Red, given her fiery personality and beautiful red hair. She was even given the nickname, "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero".
- Cuteness Proximity: Her reaction whenever she saw Rin Nohara; she'd often hug her and kiss her forehead on site.Kushina: You're just so cuuute!! You are such a good girl, Rin, you know?
- Dead Person Conversation: With Naruto, when he tries to defeat Kurama. Minato had a sealed a piece of Kushina inside Naruto's seal for them to talk at one point.
- Fiery Redhead: She beat up all the kids who called her "Tomato," thus earning her new "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero" nicknamenote . Her spirit even gave her own son a good thwack when he accused her of being Kurama's real form and how off-putting she laughed, too. Though she acknowledged and apologized for her temperamental fuse.
- Force Field: She was able to generate powerful barrier ninjutsu with her chains.
- Genius Ditz: She often acted ditzy or Hot-Blooded, exactly like Naruto, and admitted her ninjutsu sucked. But she also taught Minato many sealing techniques. The kind for which her country was destroyed because they were so feared.
- Happily Married: To Minato. They had a loving and close marriage when they were alive.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She was pretty well-known by her loved ones for her burning temper, even in her adult years. Though even she is a little off-put by her natural impatience when her spirit was too quick to thwack her son when he mistook her for Kurama and told her how unnatural her laugh is.
- Heroic Host: While she was never shown using Kurama's powers, she was still his Jinchuriki from a young age.
- Hollywood Homely: She was bullied as a child for having a round, puffed up face and red hair, allegedly resembling a tomato. Kushina herself has a very low opinion of her looks and has even apologized to Naruto for getting her face.
- Hot-Blooded: Despite being a demure housewife on the surface, she had a fiery temper. It was even part of her nickname.
- Hot Consort: To the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze.
- I Am Not Pretty: Kushina's spirit actually apologizes to Naruto for inheriting her face instead of his father's, but Naruto is glad she's so pretty.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: She and Hinata, Naruto's future wife, both went through a lot of the same life events and share certain hobbies, which is how the Generation Xerox sets in: Both have unique hair colors that match their respective personalities. Both were kidnapped by Kumo ninja when they were younger because of the powers they possessed. Both fell in love with their husbands because their husbands are good men who are attracted to their strength, and who changed them for the better. Both are Not Afraid to Die to protect Naruto because of their love for him. Both were bullied as children because of a physical feature of theirs — Kushina's round face and red hair, and Hinata's Byakugan eyes. Both enjoy knitting scarves. Both fell in love with their husbands via Rescue Romance, which utilized the Red String of Fate in both rescue scenarios. Both are considered very beautiful by their husbands partly because of their long flowing hair. Both are considered Supreme Chefs by their husbands. Both passed down their round face and eye shape to their sons. Finally, both are considered really scary by their sons when they get mad.
- Long-Lived: Implied, but ultimately downplayed. She hails from the Uzumaki Clan, who are famed for their 'longevity'. As proof of that claim, she survived a Tailed Beast extraction process, and this is when she has just given birth and at her weakest.
- Love Epiphany: Her spirit explains to Naruto how she fell in love with Minato: when she was kidnapped by the Kumo ninja, Kushina left a trail of strands from her long red hair. Minato was the only one able to decipher the trail, ended up rescuing her, and then boldly complemented her red hair.
- Love Redeems: Her spirit tells Naruto that when she realized she was in love with Minato after he rescued her from the Kumo ninja, she had changed for the better because of him:Kushina: That day, I saw Minato as an amazingly splendid ninja. He made me believe that he could fulfill my dreams, and above all, he changed me. This ordinary red hair that I hated so much had led me to my soulmate. It became my own personal "red thread of fate." Ever since then, I liked my hair and, most of all, I loved Minato.
- Mama Bear: When Kurama tried to kill baby Naruto, Kushina threw herself in front of the fox so that its giant claw impaled her instead of her son, then grabbed the claw and physically stopped it from reaching Naruto. Keep in mind that she just gave birth and was slowly dying at that point.
- Missing Mom: She died less than an hour after Naruto was born, but part of her chakra was set inside the seal, so happy reunions all around!
- Motherhood Is Superior: This is played in opposite directions in important plot points
- Straight — Part of Minato's reasoning for using the Reaper Death Seal is that he didn't believe he could replace Kushina in Naruto's life. This method could preserve Kushina's spirit inside the seal on Naruto. From the other side of things, when Naruto eventually meets Minato through the seal, he punched his father for putting the fox in him. Though after apologizing, Naruto accepted it and his father's words helped him with the Fox. When meeting his mother in similar circumstances, he hugged her (though not before accusing her of being the fox... and then getting hit.) Then she helped him pull out Kurama's chakra with a mother's love and really strong chakra chains.
- Inverted — it was her pregnancy that weakened the seal on Kurama and enabled the masked man to steal him.
- Motor Mouth: She's very talkative and chatting is actually one of her hobbies.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Red Hot-Blooded Habanero.
- One True Love: When Kushina first arrived to Konoha, she was derided for being an outsider and teased for her long red hair, which caused her to hate it. The one exception to this was Minato, who didn't care for her status as an outsider, instead admiring her beautiful hair and later, her strength and spirit. Eventually, that red hair led to him rescuing her from a kidnapping attempt, the event that helped Kushina realize that he was her soulmate.
- Opposites Attract: With her husband Minato, whom she initially saw as a wimp. While she was a Hot-Blooded Tomboy, he was a very nice and polite man.
- Posthumous Character: After Naruto suppresses the fox, her spirit reveals that she's planning on rejoining Minato, indicating that she truly is dead. And this is confirmed later, as she fades away a while later.
- The Prankster: Like her son, Kushina would also play pranks.
- Punny Name: Uzumaki — "Uzu" means "whirlpool".
- Rapunzel Hair: Part of her most defining feature in life was her long red hair.
- Rasputinian Death: Kushina was incredibly durable in her final hours. Minutes after giving birth to Naruto, she had Kurama extracted from her, something that instantly kills people even at the height of their strength. After that, she survived getting stabbed by the Nine-Tails. She finally died when she completely bled out.
- Red Baron: "The Bloody Habanero/Red Hot-blooded Habanero".
- Redhead In Green: As seen in the page picture, Kushina had long red hair and wore a green dress.
- Red-Headed Stepchild: She was bullied when she was young because of her distinctive long red hair.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She was a loud and Hot-Blooded Red to her husband's calm and mild Blue.
- Red String of Fate: In a metaphorical sense. Strands of her long red hair led Minato to find and rescue her. She came to not only appreciate her hair (hearing from him that he'd always considered it beautiful), but she came to consider it as the "red thread of fate" that led to them falling in love.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Her given name is likely derived from Kushinada-hime, Susanoo's wife, of Shinto religion.
- Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Minato when he rescued her from a group of Kumo ninja who had kidnapped her.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The hot-headed Energetic Girl to Minato's cool-headed Savvy Guy.
- Screaming Birth: Justified since being a Jinchuuriki resulted in her pregnancy running ten months instead of the usual nine. Not to mention the fact that childbirth weakens the seal, meaning she had to hold the demon in while pushing her kid out.
- Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: She was Kurama's jinchuriki until Naruto's birth.
- She Is All Grown Up: According to Tsunade, she grew into her looks.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: What really made Kushina fall in love with Minato was him rescuing her from the Kumo ninja who kidnapped her and afterward referring to her long red hair, something that was repeatedly made fun of, as beautiful.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: In The Last: Naruto the Movie, it's revealed that she knitted a green scarf, and it was left in the care of the Third Hokage upon her death.
- Tomboy: In her youth, where she was a lot more temperamental and beat people up for teasing or bullying her.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She may have been a rough-housing terror in her youth, but Minato's favorite food was her cooking. The Last reveals that she also enjoyed knitting scarves. Interestingly, she shares these two traits with Naruto's future wife Hinata.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Naruto got his love of ramen from her, though it is interesting to note that their favorite flavors of ramen differ. Namely, Naruto's favorite is Miso Ramen with extra pork while Kushina likes Salt Ramen.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: When she was kidnapped by the Kumo ninja, she left behind a trail of her red hair, which is how Minato found her.
- Tsundere: Kushina was usually very sweet, but she was also quick to anger.
- Verbal Tic: "Dattebane!", translated as "Y'know!". She does it when flustered or excited, just like Naruto (though his is "Dattebayo").
- Wacky Cravings: Happened during a short flashback.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP, adult), Manami Hanawa (JP, child), Crispin Freeman (EN), Tony Beck (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 2 (Manga), Naruto Episode 2 (Anime)
Ebisu is a Tokubetsu Jonin who specializes in the private training of elite ninja, such as Konohamaru. He first appears in the second episode, where he protests against Naruto taking Konohamaru under his wing. Naruto later goes to him for training after the Chunin Exam tournament's preliminaries, but he gets knocked out by Jiraiya before he can teach anything. It is later revealed that he used to form a team with Might Guy and Genma Shiranui. In the anime, their teacher was Choza Akimichi.
In the dub, he repeatedly calls Konohamaru the "honorable grandson of the Third Hokage".
- Character Development: Ebisu was introduced as one of the many adults of Konoha who detested Naruto because of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside of him. After spending the day as Naruto's teacher, Ebisu's view on the young ninja changes, as he begins to let go of his misguided hatred and respect Naruto. During the Pain Invasion, he refuses to tell Pain's Naraka Path Naruto's whereabouts even under the threat of death.
- Character Tics: When perturbed, Ebisu often pushes his sunglasses up his nose.
- Cool Shades: He wears black sunglasses.
- Covert Pervert: Judging by his reaction to Naruto's Harem Jutsu...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Averted. He was clearly willing to pull one for Konohamaru during Pain's assault, but Konohamaru refuses to run away and decides to help instead. This ends up saving his life.
- Informed Ability: Ebisu was hired as Konohamaru's personal teacher because he is one of the most skilled ninjas in the Leaf. This was never shown in full.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Described as being decent in most combat skills.
- Only One Name: He doesn't have a last name.
- Papa Wolf: Ebisu has a lot of attachment to his students, going so far to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to protect Konohamaru.
- Playing with Fire: In the anime, he can use the Fire Release.
- Stern Teacher: More or less, though a bit overboard as he sometimes tries to limit what his students are exposed to.
Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP, young)note , Hidenori Takahashi (JP, adult), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN, young), Max Mittelman (EN, adult), Gaby Ugarte (Latin America, Part I), José Antonio Toledano (Latin America, Part II), Stéphane Flamand (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 2 (Manga), Naruto Episode 2 (Anime)
Grandson of the Third Hokage, nephew of Asuma; first introduced early in the series as an 8-year-old privately tutored in ninja arts by self-described elite teacher Ebisu in this appearance; later on, he is a regular Academy student. His goal is to become Hokage — after Naruto, whom he sees as a role model (addressing him as Naruto-niichan).
Generally, the appearance of Konohamaru in Part I is an indication that you're watching Filler. In the manga, he only appears in the Introduction and the Chunin Exams arc.
In Part II/Shippuden, Konohamaru has become a genin and is part of a team consisting of Udon and Moegi and under the tutelage of Ebisu. As with Part I, he has little to do in the manga, while the anime significantly expands on his role, including showing him in a battle for the first time. He masters the Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique from his grandfather, the Fire Release: Ash Pile Burning Technique from his uncle, and Rasengan from Naruto.
In Boruto, Konohamaru is an adult jōnin and mentors the next generation of Team 7, consisting of Naruto's son, Boruto Uzumaki; Sasuke's and Sakura's daughter, Sarada Uchiha; and Orochimaru's son, Mitsuki.
- Adaptational Badass: Konohamaru was still wearing goggles during his Post-Time Skip debut in the manga, not shown to have become a genin until shortly before Team Guy was dispatched to help in the Kazekage mission. The anime showcases that he and his teammates have been genin for a couple of weeks already before Naruto even returned to the village.
- Ascended Extra: He appears sparingly in the manga, only showing up twice after his introduction in Part I whilst sporadically being showcased in Part II as Naruto continues his efforts to take back Sasuke. The anime staff apparently took his rivalry with Naruto to heart and delved into his character during major incidents such as him dealing with the aftermath of his grandfather's death plus his conflicting feelings on Tsunade's taking on the Hokage title, with him fearful of her overshadowing Hiruzen's legacy.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Acts as this to Naruto who is his Big Brother Mentor by constantly questioning Naruto's skill.
- Ashes to Ashes: He learns his uncle Asuma's signature jutsu, Fire Release: Ash Burning.
- Badass Adorable: He's still a cute kid after the time skip and manages to hit Pain with a Rasengan to save Ebisu.
- Badass Boast: "I am a genin of the Sarutobi clan, honored with the name of this village! Surname is Sarutobi! Given name is Konohamaru! Remember that!"
- Badass Teacher: Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, his skills improved greatly to earn him the rank of Jonin. He became the jonin instructor of Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki.
- Bad "Bad Acting": In The Day Naruto Became Hokage OVA, he resorts to this while replacing Naruto for the latter's Hokage ceremony, complete with gratuitously saying -dattebayo multiple times.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Inverted. It was because Naruto wasn't nice to him initially and coddling him because of his being the Third Hokage's grandson like the rest of the village that got Konohamaru to respect Naruto.
- Berserk Button: You can insult him, you can insult his clan, but insult Naruto and he'll Rasengan you.
- Big Brother Mentor: He is one to Boruto who thinks of him as his "Cool dependable older brother."
- Big Brother Worship: Thinks of Naruto as a big brother and greatly admires him.
- Blue Is Heroic: He wears his trademark blue scarf.
- Blush Sticker: Before the Time Skip.
- Blow You Away: He knows how to perform Naruto's wind-style Rasengan - a feat that is notoriously difficult.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He starts out this way, but tones it down slightly after the Time Skip.
- Butt-Monkey: In a one-shot omake leading up to Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Konohamru's attempts to come off as a Cool Teacher fails spectacularly. He attempts to perform the bell test and ends up suffering a Groin Attack, gets lemons squirted into his eyes, and finally beaten to a pulp by Sarada.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: After a few drinks, Konohamaru gets hammered when he sits down with Hanabi, Moegi, Udon, and Shino.
- Character Development: In his first appearance, Konohamaru had a naive expectation that he could become Hokage easily. Naruto points out his naivete and that Konohamaru would have to beat him and anyone else to earn the title. Konohamaru takes this to heart and begins training and studying intensely in order to work his way there.
- Childish Tooth Gap: Had a chipped tooth in his Academy days which represented his naive, bratty nature.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a seal tattooed to his chest which will release him from any enemy seals in the event he is captured.
- Containment Field: Konohamaru is skilled in sealing jutsu such as the Three Directions Seal and the Monkey Yang Suppression.
- Energy Ball: He learned the Rasengan from Naruto.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Like his grandfather, Konohamaru can summon a monkey who is a Living Weapon (specifically a Telescoping Staff) in the Boruto anime and his clan name means "Jumping Monkey". According to the databooks, one of his favorite foods is chocolate-covered bananas, a fruit associated with monkeys.
- Flechette Storm: Inherits the Third Hokage's Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique.
- Generation Xerox:
- In the anime, he uses techniques from both his late grandfather and uncle and Naruto.
- During the epilogue, Konohamaru is shown to be much more strict but also dense at the same time, much like his teacher Ebisu, as well as a hypocrite.
- There are also parallels with Kakashi, the teacher of the previous Team 7. In the Mitsuki arc, it is revealed that Konohamaru used to serve in the ANBU black ops, much like Kakashi.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Like Naruto, he wears them as he would a headband until he makes Genin.
- Gonk: His first attempts at the Sexy Jutsu.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Kept the same spiky hairstyle from his childhood all the way to his adulthood.
- Hero-Worshipper: He idolizes Naruto because he is the first person outside his immediate family who treats him like he actually wants to be treated (everyone else called him "Honorable Grandson" and gave him recognition for his grandfather, not himself). Additionally, Naruto taught him the value of working hard to escape a shadow you're caught in (his being the Third Hokage's, Naruto's being the Nine-Tailed Fox).
- Hidden Depths: During his time at the Academy, Konohamaru was extremely sharp-witted. This was shown when he noticed the schedule of classes was off combined with Iruka being much more serious than usual, which was a response to Konoha Crush invasion.
- Hypocrite: In the epilogue, he harps on Boruto Uzumaki for his mischievous behavior much the way Iruka used to do to Naruto, and Naruto himself considers mentioning Konahamaru was no better as a child.
- Invisible Parents: Konohamaru's parents conspicuously never appear in the series. At least one extras mention that one of them is/was an ANBU, a profession that Konohamaru himself would attain years later.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A mouthy brat with a good and courageous heart.
- Knife Nut: He carries a trench knife like his uncle Asuma and in a scuffle with Jugo manages to stab it through his cheeks.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after Konohagakure, the Leaf Village. Konoha means "leaf".
- Me's a Crowd: He can use the Shadow Clone Technique.
- Mobile Shrubbery: Used one pre-Shippuden with Moegi and Udon. It was kind of a running gag in the anime.
- Multi-Melee Master: Konohamaru is skilled with specialized weapons such as staves and trench knives.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: When Konohamaru confronts Pain when the latter attacked Konoha. Also doubles as a Badass Boast.I'm a genin of the Sarutobi clan, endowed with the name of the village! My family name is Sarutobi!! My given name, Konohamaru!! Remember it, hey!!!
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the fifteen years between Naruto and Boruto, Konohamaru works with the ANBU for a while. He dons the ANBU mask again during the search for Mitsuki.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Some of his disguises, like a perfectly rectangular rock with visible eyeholes that has gunpowder in it.
- Playing with Fire: Fire jutsu are a specialty of the Sarutobi clan and Konohamaru is no exception. With it, he can breathe flamethrowers, fireballs, and plumes of explosive ash.
- Puppy Love: With Moegi in Part I.
- Royal Brat: Started off like this in Part I, but thanks to Naruto he gradually loses it.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Konohamaru's always wearing a blue scarf, which tends to billow behind him in action scenes, but due to his youth and inexperience would often be grabbed by enemies as an adult his scarf is tied much shorter keeping it more practical.
- Summon Magic: Toads and Monkeys in the Boruto anime.
- Team Dad: In Boruto, he is strict but beloved to his team and when Mitsuki went missing he repeatedly requests to be allowed to find him and upon finding him welcomes him back with a hug — even knowing he is the son of Orochimaru.
- Telescoping Staff: His monkey familiar can change into one for him as a Shout-Out to Journey to the West like his grandfather before him.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Konohamaru's first appearance has him trying and badly failing at assassinating the Third Hokage. During the war in Part II, he saves Ebisu's life by using his shadow clones and Rasengan to temporarily knock out one of Pain's bodies.
- As a jonin in Boruto, he easily subdues Boruto in a matter of seconds and takes down opponents with a Wind Release Rasengan, by himself; a feat that Kakashi could not accomplish due to the immense difficulty of adding an element to the technique and that Naruto cannot do in the beginning without the assistance of a shadow clone.
- Verbal Tic: "kore".
- Warrior Prince: Grandson of the Third Hokage, making him a prince. By Part II, he manages to attack one of Pain's bodies and becomes a Badass Teacher as an adult.
- The Worf Effect: In the Boruto manga, Konohamaru constantly throws himself between his students and the enemy taking wounding blows and has to be taken out of the fight so Boruto has the chance to shine.
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 34 (Manga), Naruto Episode 20 (Anime)
Konohamaru's friend and teammate. She is an Academy student in Part I and a genin in Part II. In Boruto, Moegi is jōnin instructor for Team 10, consisting of the next generation of Ino-Shika-Cho: Shikadai Nara, Chocho Akimichi, and Inojin Yamanaka.
- Action Girl: She's a talented kunoichi; enough to become a jonin by the time on Boruto.
- Adaptational Badass: Her team didn't become genin until shortly after Gaara's kidnapping in the manga, while they had already made genin a couple of weeks prior to Naruto's return in the anime.
- Ascended Extra: She and Udon only appeared in Part I before the chūnin exams and in Part II in a quick cameo during the Kazekage Rescue arc. The anime greatly increases their screentime with Konohamaru and gives Moegi some notable traits such as no longer having patience for the former and Naruto's pervy antics in Part II, taking Sakura's place from the manga as the one who derides the Girl on Girl jutsu as useless fluff.
- Blush Stickers: Had them as a child.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She can use Earth Style: Mud Wall as a defensive fortification.
- Green Thumb: Moegi rather mysteriously gains the ability to use Wood Style as an adult. Mysterious, as it's been established that only Hashirama Senju and people injected with his genes are able to use it. It's probably a reference to her name (Moegi means "tree buds" in Japanese), but still.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: As a jōnin instructor. Considering that her team is much more trickster-esque than the previous Ino-Shika-Cho, it's hard to blame her.
- Making a Splash: She has enough talent in water jutsu that she can generate water from her hands with her water hail jutsu.
- Meaningful Name: As noted above, Moegi is Japanese for tree buds. As an adult, she can perform Wood Style.
- Named by the Adaptation: She and Udon went unnamed in the manga for years until Kishimoto eventually incorporated them into the last databook after the manga had ended. Their surnames were later given in their profiles in the Boruto manga.
- Wise Beyond His Years: In the anime, she angrily punches Konohamaru after he uses Sexy: Girl on Girl Technique. Not because she considers it a perverted jutsu (as Sakura says whenever she smacks Naruto for doing the same), but because it's useless in battle.
Voiced by: Tomo Shigematsu (JP, young), Ikuji Nose (JP, adult), Kate Higgins (EN, young), Edward Bosco (EN, adult)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 34 (Manga), Naruto Episode 20 (Anime)
Konohamaru's friend and teammate. As with his teammates, he is an Academy student in Part I and a genin in Part II. In Boruto, he is the jōnin instructor for Team 5, consisting of Metal Lee, Denki Kaminarimon, and Iwabee Yuino.
- Adaptational Badass: His team didn't become genin until shortly after Gaara's kidnapping in the manga, while they had already made genin a couple of weeks prior to Naruto's return in the anime.
- Ascended Extra: She and Udon only appeared in Part I before the chūnin exams and in Part II in a quick cameo during the Kazekage Rescue arc. The anime greatly increases their screentime with Konohamaru and gives Udon some basic characterization, though not to the extent of Moegi's.
- Cool Teacher: As an adult, he is seen by the genin generation as this. His students in Team 5 are surprised to find out that he used to be a nerd-looking, dimwitted student with a snot constantly hanging from his nose.
- Making a Splash: His signature Nose Water Tree jutsu, which uses snot for various effects.
- Nasal Weapon: The Nose Water Tree uses liquid excreted from Udon's nose.
- Named by the Adaptation: He and Moegi went unnamed in the manga for years until Kishimoto eventually incorporated them into the last databook after the manga had ended. Their surnames were later given in their profiles in the Boruto manga.
- Nose Nuggets: As a kid, he has this as a trademark. While he no longer constantly sports this as an adult, he instead weaponizes it as an effective Water Style jutsu.
- The Smart Guy: Makes it known during Team Konohamaru's roll call that he knows algebra.
Konoha's EldersThere are several Elders aside from the Hokage who make some of the decisions in Konoha. Although they rarely appear, their decisions direct Konoha, and thus their impact is keenly felt. They were the ones who selected the Third's replacement. They were the ones who decided to have Itachi massacre the Uchiha Clan.
Koharu Utatane and Homura Mitokado
Koharu Utatane voiced by: Junko Midori (JP), Ikuko Watanabe (young adult, JP), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)note , Joanna Brito (LA Spanish)
Homura Mitokado voiced by: Hikaru Miyata (JP), Taira Kikumoto (young adult, JP), Beau Billingslea (EN), Carlos Águila (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 93 (Manga), Naruto Episode 55 (Anime)
Koharu Utatane is the woman. Really hates Tsunade.
Homura Mitokado is the man.
Both two are former teammates of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi, and students of the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In a flashback, Homura (and Koharu) contributed in throwing Kurama out of Konoha by force, through the Village Walls, standing in the Front Line.
- Eyes Always Shut: Koharu's eyes are almost never shown open in her old age.note They're shown open during her youth, however, and are colored black.
- Government Conspiracy: Along with Danzo, they are the ones who ordered the Uchiha Massacre. Pretty much confirmed by Danzo.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Both of them, as shown during a flashback showing events happening more than 40 years ago. This is Koharu◊.
- Jerkass: Both elders blame Tsunade for letting Konoha's destruction at the hands of Pain occur, even though she was trying everything in her power to keep everyone else alive and her decision to bring back Naruto ultimately saved the villagers from a worse fate. Hell, because of Naruto, those that did die ended up coming back to life! And it's not like one can prevent freaking gravity from activating and destroying en masse.
- This is a case of Adaptational Villainy. In the original manga, when Homura and Koharu simply ask Tsunade to not call Naruto back during the Pain attack, their reasoning is that Naruto is still a child and the enemy is someone who killed Jiraiya, the strongest Shinobi from Konoha at the time (not counting Naruto for obvious reasons). Also, if Naruto is captured, it is game over for everyone. It is hard to argue for their jerkiness when they are willing to die to keep Naruto safe from enemy hands, though letting a great village fall seems like a high price to pay.
- Karma Houdini:
- Koharu and Homura never really got their just desserts for essentially sentencing the entire Uchiha clan to their deaths. One could argue that there was no other choice in the matter but if the Third Hokage was doing everything in his power to prevent their deaths, one would think they'd put in the same amount of effort. It should be noted that high treason is punished by death even today. In the ancient time, clan extermination for high treason is widely accepted.
- It's shown in the Mitsuki arc of Boruto that, even 15 years later, they never really change their views regarding seeing ninja as anything but tools, either. They strongly condemn Naruto for never informing them that Mitsuki is Orochimaru's son, which the latter counters by stating that if he did it, they wouldn't let him enter the village at all, and what he did is trying to make them understand and accept him in spite of his origin. Regardless, the two still decide that Mitsuki is a threat and has to be court-martialed upon returning home.
- Never Mess with Granny: In a flashback, Koharu (and Homura) contributed in throwing Kurama out of Konoha by force, through the Village Walls, standing in the Front Line. Utatane is stated to be one of the few people able to put Tsunade in her place when she oversteps her authority.
- Old Master: Alongside Hiruzen and Danzo, they are among the oldest figures in the Leaf Village. They still serve the adviser role during the events of Boruto, which would put them in their late eighties. They have served under five different Hokage for more than 55 years.
- Reality Warper: Koharu in Filler. She shows the ability to alter matter to remove explosive tags.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: So far they have not shown any resentment for Naruto, Tsunade or even the Uchiha clan and seem to only care for the well being of Konoha... which means they can choose very harsh and brutal options, like wanting to put Naruto on a leash (Tsunade refused. Though it should be noted that the need to keep Naruto in the village is brought up by Shizune) or instigating the Uchiha Massacre to avoid a civil war. They later wanted to protect Naruto from Akatsuki by leaving him in a secret place. Not because they cared for him as a person, but to be sure the sole Tailed-Beast Host of Konoha wouldn't be abducted.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ito (JP), Masayuki Kato (JP, young), William Frederick Knight (EN), Troy Baker (EN, Kizuna Drive), Peter Lurie (EN, young), Alfonso Ramírez (LA Spanish), Mathieu Moreau (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 281, Shippuden Episode 32 (Anime)
A war hawk who ran opposite Sarutobi for the position of the Third Hokage, but lost. Runs ANBU's Root Division, a secret-police-type division of Konoha's military which is zealously loyal to the village (or more accurately, zealously loyal to Danzo personally). (According to Danzo, Root is the unseen support on which the Leaf depends — get it?)
May end up being quite a bit more important to the plot than his infrequent appearances would suggest (he didn't even appear until Shippuden), as he's evidently been pulling strings behind the scenes for quite some time. He believes Konoha should rule by force, and resents the more diplomatic stances taken by the Third Hokage and his successors, which he believes softens the village's ninja and makes them weak.
It turns out that he wanted the position of Third Hokage so bad, that he secretly aligned himself with Hanzo of Amegakure. After Pain's invasion is thwarted, he lambasts the citizens of Konoha, stating that the interconnected Hokages made the village weak (although all of the disasters that fell upon Konoha are directly or indirectly caused by him). As a result, he is named the acting Sixth Hokage in Tsunade's absence by the daimyo but lacks the approval of the jonins needed to get the position permanently. He expects that if he can make the Kage Summit go well, they would have no choice but to give him full approval. He goes off to the summit with his bodyguards. He almost managed to get appointed leader of the alliance against Akatsuki on Mifune's advisement, but Ao interrupts, stating that Danzo's eye allows him a Mind Control dojutsu that is being used to influence Mifune's decision. He admits to it, claiming that he's fulfilling a need for the shinobi to unify for protection, then makes a veiled threat towards Ao. When Sasuke invades the meeting room, he takes it as an opportunity for his party to leave with Ao in pursuit.
Tobi manages to track him down, and after a brief battle with the bodyguards, Tobi disposes of them and brings out Sasuke to fight him, at which point Danzo reveals what's really under his bandages — his "collection" of Sharingan. Despite Danzo's liberal use of the forbidden reality-warping jutsu Izanagi, he loses the battle, and in his dying moments activates a suicide technique in a final but failed attempt to kill both Sasuke and Tobi.
It's further revealed that his obsession with ninjas being strong stems from an inferiority complex that's been with him since before Hiruzen was selected as the Third Hokage and from his personal belief that a ninja should be prepared to sacrifice himself for the greater good — a belief he follows to the letter. It's also revealed that his rivalry with Sarutobi was less bitter than it seems to be.
Due to Danzo's draconian beliefs and his need for Konoha's "protection", he ended up causing more problems than he did solve: brainwashing his subordinates into total obedience as he almost did with Sai, corrupting Nagato and creating "Pain" by influencing Hanzo into betraying the idealistic Akatsuki members, turning Kabuto against Konoha by having him kill his foster mother despite the years of service he put in and letting countless villagers die so he can blame Tsunade for it and usurp the Hokage position. The most jarring act is forcing Itachi to slaughter his entire clan and preventing Shisui from using his technique to end the conflict non-aggressively, all because he wanted the technique for himself. Arguably, Danzo's death makes everyone else in the story better off in the end.
- Absentee Actor: He isn't shown during the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, despite the other three village elders appearing in the battle together. Subverted in that one could assume he's hiding in a bunker as he usually does during attacks on the village, or is simply on a mission elsewhere at the time.
- Adaptational Villainy: Danzo is no saint but he's too complex to be written off as completely evil and his actions, while questionable, are always aimed towards the "good of the village". Filler episodes of the series tend to make Danzo the main antagonist, particularly during "Kakashi's ANBU Arc", where he was deliberately working with Orochimaru, had a hand in corrupting (at first) a young Yamato and even tried to kill the Third Hokage! Perhaps most glaring is the fact that during the saga, Danzo deliberately stopped Shisui from using his Kotoamatsuki to halt the Uchiha coup d'etat, reasoning that he would make better use of the technique and is "worried" that Shisui may perform this technique on him. The last part did happen in the manga in some form, but the only details given are that Danzo stole Shisui's eye because he did not trust him.
- Aggressive Negotiations: Plans to sorta do this at the Kage Summit, using Shisui Uchihas Sharingan.
- All for Nothing: Downplayed. He kills himself in an attempt to take both Tobi and Sasuke to the grave with him, but fails to kill either. He nonetheless succeeds in stopping the former from acquiring Shisui's Sharingan, robbing their Evil Plan of a very potent weapon.
- Ambition Is Evil: All his actions are aimed to get him to the position of Hokage so he can bring stability (or at least, his own idea of stability) to the Land of Fire.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Danzo tells Itachi flatly that if he doesn't slaughter his Uchiha relatives (aside from his brother Sasuke) himself, Konoha will do it later instead, only with Itachi and Sasuke included in the purge of the clan if it comes to that. This motivates Itachi to go ahead with the slaughter, despite Hiruzen having only asked Itachi to buy time so he could come up with a diplomatic solution.
- Arch-Enemy: He is this to Sasuke as Danzo was responsible for the order of the Uchiha massacre and for manipulating Itachi.
- Arc Villain: After serving as a distant member of the Big Bad Ensemble, he finally gets the spotlight as an antagonist when Sasuke sets out for revenge against him in the Kage Summit arc.
- Asshole Victim: Let's face it, Danzo's actions were more negative than good and his personality doesn't really help matters. No one really grieved his death when it came, with even Team Kakashi reacting more with a shock that Sasuke had killed a Konoha-nin than any sympathy for the elder.
- Assimilation Backfire: Having all these techniques constantly activated became severely draining on Danzo's reserves of chakra, hence the giant metal brace he wears underneath his clothes. By the time his battle with Sasuke comes to an end, the arm itself starts mutating into a tree, threatening to engulf Danzo's entire body. Danzo manages to save himself by ripping off the arm in time; when one looks closely at the "tree", one can see the imprints of the "closed eyelids" making up the bark. In the space of one battle, Danzo loses nearly all the techniques that made him special.
- The Assimilator: Danzo's right arm, which originally belonged to the villain of the Naruto spinoff, Shin "Uchiha" allows for it to integrate any DNA into itself without fear of rejection. It's the reason why he able to implant that many Sharingan into the arm at once, as well as injecting Senju cells, boosting his natural energy, and achieving Wood Release and Izanagi.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: For someone who rarely fights, Danzo is extremely arrogant. When confronted alone by both Sasuke and the Akatsuki leader Tobi (thought to be THE Madara Uchiha), without a shred of fear he simply claims he's going to kill both and take their Sharingans. He persists even after he's run out of Izanagi uses, been stabbed in the chest, lost control of Hashirama's DNA, and been forced to rip off his own right arm. He only realizes the futility of his continued fighting after being stabbed in the heart, but still tries to take Tobi and Sasuke down with him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Almost became Hokage, after all. And is the leader of Root, regardless of what the Hokage has to say about it.
- Authority in Name Only: Danzo's treated like this with regards to international relations after his actions at the Kage Summit. The other Kages stop acknowledging him as the Hokage (even assuming that he won't last long in the position), and instead communicate with Konoha through Kakashi. Tobi also doesn't bother revealing the Moon's Eye Plan and his declaration of the Fourth Shinobi World War to Danzo, unlike what he did to the other Kages.
- Badass Transplant: A dozen or so Sharingan eyes.
- Bad Boss: Unlikely you would call a good boss man who brainwashing his subordinates giving they learning together and then forcing them to fight to the death with each other. Also, he is quite ready to sacrifice his subordinates for his own purposes and/or if he considering them too dangerous for him.
- On the other hand, he never punishes subordinates for failing or disappointing him, as he considers it his own failure to properly gauge theirs and the enemy's strengths.
- Bastardly Speech: In his pitch to become the Sixth Hokage, Danzo attempts to rally support for his cause by blaming others for problems he himself secretly contributed towards creating. He lies and otherwise obscures the truth so effectively however that very little of it is discovered, or at least proven, prior to his death.
- He blames Konohas sympathetic attitude towards other villages for its decay while hiding the fact that he himself previously arranged underground alliances with Amegakure, Otogakure, and possibly Sunagakure.
- He blames the generosity and teachings of Hiruzen and Jiraiya for the rise of Orochimaru and Pain, respectively, as dangerous Leaf threatening terrorists. However, it was Danzo who provoked Pain's radical anti-Konoha beliefs by assisting with Hanzo's slaughter of his allies, and who empowered Orochimaru by training him in Root, covering up his illegal experiments with forbidden ninjutsu, accidentally driving the skilled medic and spy Kabuto into defecting from Konoha into his ranks, leaking the identities of ANBU ninja to him, and possibly assisting with his invasion of Konoha.
- He blames the softness of Tsunade for the departure of Konohas last living Uchiha, Sasuke, despite having masterminded the Uchiha massacre that caused the village's lack of Uchiha and ultimately led to Sasuke going rogue.
- He blames all of the above for the growth of Akatsuki as a terrorist organization, despite having potentially kept whatever additional intel he had on Tobi (the Akatsuki's shadow leader) private for years.
- Betrayal by Inaction: He leaves Konoha to fend for itself when Pain attacks, despite being one of the most powerful ninjas in the village.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Tobi and Orochimaru in the beginning of Shippuden. Orochimaru is killed halfway through the series, and Danzo dies near the end of the series shortly before Tobi kicks off the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Big Bad Wannabe: For all of his manipulations and aspirations, Danzo's plans crash and burn the moment he begins to grasp success. He never manages to get legitimized as Hokage, his schemes to sieze power and cowardice during Sasuke's attack cause the other Kage to distrust him, and he's fatally wounded before killing himself shortly before the climax of the story begins.
- Blow You Away: He knows several wind techniques, all of which involve Razor Wind or vacuum.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: One of the foundations of Root.
- Body Horror:
- It starts innocently enough — when Ao scans him with the Byakugan, we're told he's not only taken Shisui's eye, but his arm; turns out it wasn't Shisui's arm, but Shin "Uchiha's". Observe closely, and you can clearly see that Danzo has a second face hidden on his arm. And that's merely the beginning; his entire arm is dotted with Sharingan he's taken from dead Uchiha.
- When Danzo loses the arm as a result of being stabbed by Sasuke and it starts growing out of control, Danzo is forced to rip/tear off the "arm" from his body. He's successful but not entirely and he spends the rest of his short lifespan with bits of tree branches jutting out of his side.
- Breath Weapon: With the exception of Vacuum Blade, his vacuum techniques are this.
- Cavalry Refusal: He keeps Root stationed underground while Pain is attacking the village.
- The Chessmaster: Tricked Nono into going after Kabuto after turning him into a spy, manipulated Itachi into slaughtering the Uchiha clan in order to gain their eyes, and placed Sai in Orochimaru's group in order to keep an eye on Sasuke and his former agents.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout his career in the manga he has betrayed Kabuto, Shisui, Hiruzen, Orochimaru, Itachi, Tsunade, Mifune, the other four Kages, and potentially Tobi as well. The anime adds even more victims.
- Corrupt Politician: Willing to orchestrate assassinations, massacres, and terrorist attacks to gain more influence in the village.
- The Corrupter: Indirect example as his actions are responsible for the FaceHeel Turn and fall of Sasuke, Itachi, Nagato, and Kabuto. While Hanzo was the culprit of the prime event regarding Nagato, Danzo was an accomplice in the betrayal that led to said event, which makes him indirectly responsible. More directly, to all the members of ROOT, whose Training from Hell includes repeatedly being forced to battle one another to the death to kill their emotions. He would probably deny that any of this was corruption, though — in his mind, this is how ninja are supposed to be.
- Corruption of a Minor: Tends to recruit children into an organization that deprives them of emotions and turns them into perfect soldiers under his control.
- Create Your Own Villain: He kept on doing this, with at least three different characters:
- First he helped Hanzo capture Konan, which resulted in the death of Yahiko, and Nagato's mental break down and making him join to Tobi.
- Then he had Itachi murder the entire Uchiha clan, who however left his brother, Sasuke alive. Guess who fought and fatally wounded Danzo, after Tobi revealed this bit of information to him?
- And finally Kabuto joined Orochimaru because Danzo had set up him and his adoptive mother — both faithful and competent spies working for him — to murder each other, but Kabuto survived.
- Determinator: Never gave up his dream of becoming Hokage. Utterly refuses to let go after his defeat at Sasuke's hands. Even badly wounded and with an arm lost, he tried to kill the latter and Tobi. One feels a bit sorry when his desperation technique doesn't even manage to hurt them.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: He tries to hypnotize Mifune so the Kages will elect him the leader of their alliance. It doesn't work. Mifune then informs him that he was going to nominate him, but no longer intends to do so, and Danzo attempts to justify his action by claiming that he had to be certain.
- Dirty Coward: The crux of Danzos' psychology is that he is a self-loathing coward and he hates himself for it, so he overcompensates by reframing himself as a hardliner who makes the "tough" decisions that others are too soft or weak to choose. For instance, he is haunted by a childhood incident where Sarutobi freely volunteered for a Suicide Mission to save the rest of their team, when Danzo himself hesitated to out of fear, so instead, he has raised a cadre of ruthless, brainwashed, emotionless child soldiers who will kill and die on command- exactly the sort of person Danzo wished he could be. He sends others to their death because he is too much of a wimp to do the same himself.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Dies shortly before the Fourth Shinobi World War begins.
- Doomed Moral Victor: His attempt to kill Sasuke and Tobi while he's dying fails, but he still destroys Shisui's eye, which pisses Tobi off.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: He never really understood the Second Hokage's teachings:
- His entire philosophy is based on Tobirama Senju's words that ninja should be in control of their emotions and not let them cloud their judgment. However, he takes these words to the extreme and turns his subordinates into emotionless puppets willing to follow any order. Ao and even Tobi call him out on this during the Five Kage Summit arc.
- Tobirama also believed that the safety of Konoha is more important than any individual, no matter who they are. That's why he was willing to die in order to save the lives of his subordinates and why he was going to pulverize Sasuke the moment he spoke about possibly destroying Konoha. Danzo believes himself to be too important to die. He is also willing to let hundreds of people die if that means he can become Hokage.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Hes this to his contemporary Hiruzen Sarutobi. Hiruzen saw the ninja of Konoha as his family, while Danzo saw them as soldiers. Hiruzen was also a very genuine person, gaining strength from hard work and forging relationships through understanding; while Danzo has artificial upgrades and manipulates people into giving him what he wants.
- To Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage. Like Tobirama, Danzo is a Well-Intentioned Extremist who resorts to unscrupulous means for the greater good of the village. Unlike Tobirama who is willing to lay down his own life and entrust the village to those he trusts, Danzo is a coward afraid of death and instead sacrifices the lives of others, including his most loyal subordinates, because he believes that he's the only one who could protect the village.
- Evil Old Folks: He's about as old as the Third Hokage and is one of the most malevolent and harmful characters in the series.
- Eye Scream: The Sharingans he stole from the dead Uchihas do not look particularly healthy, especially in the anime.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Presumably taken from other dead Uchihas. All over his arms.
- Eyepatch of Power: A bunch of bandages conceals a Sharingan, which he got from Shisui Uchiha.
- Fatal Flaw: He has terrible traits that end up biting him in the ass in the long run, but these two qualities are the most prevalent. Each ties back to and emphasizes his flaws as The Cynic.
- Disloyalty: Despite several times having no reason to backstab, or the backstabs would only backfire in the long run he does them. And what do you know Kabuto, Sasuke, Orochimaru, Itachi, and Hanzo all ended up becoming terrible antagonists to the Leaf because of this habit.
- Selfishness: Arguably was one of the many reasons he couldn't achieve any of his goals except by sheer luck, or people just not looking twice into his actions. His huge ego keeps tripping him up, as every time his selfishness is pushed he goes straight into Stupid Evil. His ego leads him to reveal his own weaknesses, ignore the fact he hasnt been an active combatant in years and is old, kept trying to fight despite the lack of benefits of fighting two tremendously powerful foes, and sacrifice dozens of useful shinobi despite preaching constantly self-sacrifice all to become Hokage.
- First-Name Basis: Was the only character in-series to be this with Hiruzen Sarutobi, the 3rd Hokage.
- To Sarutobi. As he puts it, Sarutobi was the leaves that bathed in the sun and he was the roots that grew in the dark.
- Also to Itachi, while both of them committed atrocities for what they believed to be the Leaf's best interests (in fact, Itachi's biggest crime was masterminded by Danzo), Itachi always planned to die in order to atone for his sins, while Danzo deemed himself too important to die.
- Also to Naruto. The two of them had life long dreams of becoming Hokage to protect the Leaf Village. Unlike Naruto, Danzo was never able to abandon his insecurities and desire to control others; thus he never gained the recognition or status of Hokage. In contrast, Naruto arises to the position of Hokage by never giving up on his friends and growing stronger from their recognition and trust. As such Danzo shows what Naruto could have become if he became so obsessed with his own dream that he abandoned his friends in the process.
- From a Certain Point of View: He convinces the Daimyo to appoint him Hokage by saying that since Pain/Nagato was Jiraiya's student, it was Jiraiya's teachings that doomed the village. And since Kakashi was Minato's student (who was, in turn, Jiraiya's), he's a poor choice for the next Hokage. He forgets to add that it was Naruto, another of Jiraiya's students, that saved the village and that Jiraiya's ideals motivated Nagato to revive those that were killed. What he also left out was that Nagato's grudge against Konoha was due to his own underhanded actions that resulted in his friend, another of Jiraiya's students, getting killed in the past.
- Gambler's Fallacy: Danzo has committed a number of crimes and atrocities in the name of "protecting the Leaf Village", and he continues to believe in this no matter how many times the Leaf Village faces ever more dangerous enemies as a direct result of his actions, whether helping to create Pain through his alliance with Danzo, or turning Sasuke against the Village with his massacre of the Uchiha Clan, or Danzo standing back and letting Pain destroy the Village so he can paint Tsunade as "weak" and usurp her. He literally allows the Leaf Village to be destroyed so that he can gain the power to protect the Leaf Village.
- Generation Xerox:
- He shares a lot of Tobirama's philosophies and ideals, such as the belief that shinobi should be emotionless, or at the very least suppress their feelings.
- Most of his actions and beliefs are shown to be similar to Madara Uchiha's during Madara's time as a Konoha ninja. They were both cynical and acted in secret to do what was needed to protect Konoha and both (as they claimed) suppressed their emotions for the sake of the village. Also, both were eventually Driven by Envy to their best friend/rival which was selected for the post Hokage over them.
- Genocide Backfire: Ordered the Uchiha Massacre, and years later was killed by the survivor.
- Geometric Magic: He seems very proficient in sealing techniques, including one that paralyzes the person it's on if they try to reveal certain information, and another that simply paralyzes a person as soon as it's activated.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: An X-shaped one on his chin.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Every single non-Uchiha Big Bad is connected to Danzo, including Orochimaru. If it includes the Uchiha, he's responsible, indirectly or otherwise, for the Starts of Darkness or action of no less than four villains (Pain, Itachi, Sasuke, and Kabuto).
- Green Thumb: Which he got as a result of the same Orochimaru experiment tested on Yamato. His doesn't work quite as well, though.
- Handicapped Badass: Seems this at first, with a bandaged eye and arm. Subverted, as he only pretended to be handicapped; both his arm and eye actually work, he just doesn't want to use them unnecessarily.
- Hate Sink: Despite being a Well-Intentioned Extremist claiming to do what's best for the village, Danzo is nothing more than a self-righteous and power-hungry man who believes he alone could save the village. He's responsible for essentially much of the problems that would plague the series. No one in the Leaf Village particularly likes Danzo or his propensity for dirty work, with even Hiruzen only keeping him around in authority because Danzo is willing to Shoot the Dog and undergo Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work for the sake of the village, but even that tolerance reached its limit when Danzo's schemes got the Uchiha Clan slaughtered. Even the other Kages despised Danzo during the Kage Summit and the Third Tsuchikage, a fellow hardliner, gave Danzo a well-deserved "Reason You Suck" Speech for being an untrustworthy ambitious cynic after he tried to manipulate his way to reach his goals.
- He Knows Too Much: He marks Anko for assassination because she might reveal information about his negotiations with Orochimaru. He also tries to have Kabuto assassinated simply because he had become too knowledgeable of a spy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His belief of self-sacrifice being the true purpose of a shinobi. He only thought of himself as the exception because he was convinced the shinobi world needed him to continue living, and he might have been a bit cowardly in sacrificing himself at the same time. He does end up performing this trope when Tobi attempts to steal Shisui's eye, and he destroys it first before his death. As this happens, he thinks of his memories of the Second and Third Hokages.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: After Danzo's political reputation is destroyed at the Kage Summit, and he can presumably no longer win the Hokage election in the village, it's unclear what his goals are. He tells Foo that he still has a plan and that he'll explain it once Torune returns. However, the audience isn't shown the conversation they have upon reuniting, and Danzo dies before this new plan of his is revealed. Via Tobi's theories, however, it could be guessed that Danzo planned to use Naruto's Nine-Tails to take over the Leaf village by force.
- Hour of Power: Each eye on his arm allows him to use Izanagi for one minute. After that, the eye goes blind instantly and closes forever.
- Human Resources: Has a collection of Sharingan, as well as Orochimaru's custom-made right arm with Hashirama's cells to keep them in, and views Sasuke and Tobi as prospective additions to the same.
- Hypocrite: He seems to be unaware that most of his words (and expectations of his subordinates) don't match his actions.
- He expects ninjas to be self-sacrificing while he himself is too cowardly to do so himself and has never performed any self-sacrifice in his entire life. He is more likely to throw others under the bus to advance his own goals than to sacrifice anything of his own for the sake of others. It should be noted he hates himself for this and wishes he had the courage to give his life for his village. He does... in the Taking You with Me sense that he was going to die anyway, at least.
- He also expects ninja to adhere to the teachings of the Second Hokage and suppress their emotions. Yet he himself is guided by his ambition to become Hokage. He's so consumed by it, he lets Pain rampage through Konoha while he and his subordinates merely observe the battle, planning to use this destruction as "proof" that Tsunade was unsuited for Hokage. At this point, the hypocrisy has reached critical mass: Danzo wants to become Hokage by completely ignoring the example of all the previous Hokage, who always put the lives of their subordinates above their own.note
- Danzo claims that it was because of Jiraiya interfering with the affairs of other villages that Konoha was destroyed by Pain. Hypocritically it was for Danzo interfering in Amegakure's affairs that Pain attacked. He lied to Hanzo, who back then trusted Akatsuki, telling that Akatsuki was plotting to overthrow him and made an alliance with him for power. The result was Yahiko's death, which sparked Nagato's Start of Darkness, making him join Tobi, reform Akatsuki into a criminal organization, and attack Konoha. Pain attacked Konoha solely due to Danzo's actions.
- Danzo criticizes the weakness of Konoha towards its enemies, despite for political reasons often choosing to sit out on fighting against them AT ALL when they attack the village.
- When speaking through Mifune to nominate himself to become Supreme Leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces, Danzo disqualifies the Third Tsuchikage Onoki for being too old and frail... despite himself being the second oldest Kage present, and at the time faking injuries to his right eye and right arm.
- Sasuke outright points out the hypocrisy of him preaching self sacrifice when Danzo takes Karin hostage after the fight starts to go badly for him. Danzo can only shout excuses as to why his own life must be the exception.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His response to both the other four Kages and Sasuke when called out.
- I Just Want to Be You: Despite all of his cynicism and distrust, Danzo admired figures like Hiruzen and often lamented he could not be as charismatic and noble as them. All he ever wanted in life was to be the Hokage and make his village what he thought was a better place to live.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Though not quite as bishonen as some of the others, in a flashback he's revealed to have been quite good-looking in his younger years. In an omake, Tsunade and Shizune can't help but gush with surprise and a Luminescent Blush at how handsome Danzo was in his youth.
- It's All About Me: Sorta. Everything he does is for the sake of the village, but he considers himself gaining political power to be essential for the village's well-being. This leads to him letting the village be invaded without doing anything to help himself become Hokage, which in his mind is all for the good of the village.
- Jerkass: If you take into account he has never spent a second thought reflecting on what effects his actions have had nor the people who are just as dedicated to peace as him (Shisui, the original Akatsuki) or unaffiliated with the shinobi world anymore (Kabuto's foster mother Yakushi Nonou) then you undoubtedly qualify for this trope.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- At one point during his battle with Sasuke, he tells the latter that the truth about Itachi doesn't really matter to him so much as needing someone else (everyone in Konoha) to put his hatred on now that Itachi's dead. Unsurprisingly, this falls on deaf ears.
- Also the fact that he tells Sasuke that his current actions against Konoha are completely wasting Itachi's sacrifice and all he did to protect the village. Sasuke really doesn't take this well.
- His designating Sasuke as a missing-nin and an assassination target is considered by Naruto and Sakura to be cruel and unacceptable. Kakashi reminds them that Sasuke genuinely is a missing-nin and the penalty for that is death. The only reason he wasn't already slated for death was Tsunade being abnormally lenient on him.
- This trope is how he hides his uses of Shisui's eye. Both times we see him use it, he has enough of a strong arguing position that it's already believable that the person he is controlling would side with him. After he's outed, Mifune chides Danzo for using the eye when there was already a good chance he would have been picked to command the alliance anyway.
- In the anime, when asked why Minato shouldnt become the Fourth Hokage, Danzōs argument boils down to him being Skilled, but Naïve, which ends up being true to a degree as, despite Minato's wishes, Naruto was disliked by most of Konoha when word of his Jinchuriki status got leaked. Though this is rendered moot when it's revealed in "Itachi Shinden" that HE was the one who leaked it.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies shortly after the Kage Summit by his own hands after getting fatally wounded by Sasuke, and unlike other notable ninjas, he was never resurrected with Kabuto's Edo Tensei. Presumably, Tobi disposed of his body after failing to attain Shisui's eyes, rendering Kabuto unable to obtain his DNA or the latter has already finished gathering the Edo ninjas by the time Danzo died. Tobi's anger at losing the eye probably left him sore and made him not want to bring him back, similar to why he didn't resurrect Konan after he killed her.
- Knight Templar: While he does acknowledge that some of his actions are morally reprehensible, the lengths he is willing to go to, his conviction that only he can save the world, and the fact that he still believes his methods to be fully justified even when they cause most of the problems in the series, pushes him over the edge from Well-Intentioned Extremist into this trope.
- Lack of Empathy: While fighting Sasuke he wondered why Itachi choose to spare his little brother from the Uchiha Massacre and considered the act his only failure.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: An alternative take. Since he can revive himself thanks to Izanagi, Danzo doesn't bother with tricks or dodging moves for most of his fight against Sasuke. It almost looks like his strategy was simply "make him believe you're dead to catch him". It doesn't end well.
- Manipulative Bastard: Used Nono and Kabutos feelings for the orphanage so that they would act as spies for him, and manipulated Itachi into slaying his clan by preying on his love for his village. Comes to bite him in the ass when it's discovered that he was manipulating Mifune into voting for him as the head of the alliance at the Kage Summit.
- Mayor of a Ghost Town: Subverted; while Danzo does indeed allow the destruction of the village he wants to lead by ordering his Root forces to stand down against Pain, he takes action to prevent Naruto from being caught in the crossfire and has faith in Tsunade's ability to protect the village's population from total annihilation. Regardless, that didn't stop the contradictory nature of his plan from becoming a minor meme.
- Missed Him by That Much: Despite Danzo's goals hinging on controlling Naruto's Nine-Tails (as theorized by Tobi), Naruto wanting to confront Danzo over the order to execute Sasuke, and the two typically residing in or traveling through the same countries at the same time, the two never meet. First, Naruto tries to seek an audience with Danzo about Sasuke, but Kakashi convinces him not to out of fear of Naruto being imprisoned in retaliation. Then when Naruto and co. learn about Tobi's secret identity and need to inform Danzo about it, he's already left the village for the Kage Summit, and they have to message him by bird instead. When they're told the truth of the Uchiha massacre by Tobi and need to confirm it with Danzo, he's already beyond contact at the Kage Summit. And lastly, when Naruto learns about Sakura's plan to kill Sasuke and resolves to stop her, he's sidelined by a hyperventilation attack and later put under watch by Yamato, only to escape and arriving at Sasuke's location shortly after Danzo's already died there.
- Motive Misidentification: When Danzo sends Sai on a secret mission to infiltrate the Orochimaru's hideout as an ally, Yamato theorizes that Danzo's goal is to negotiate a deal where he helps Orochimaru destroy the village, in exchange for Orochimaru overthrowing Tsunade and allowing Danzo to rule the ashes of the village as the new Hokage. However, the actual goal of Sai's secret mission is revealed to be much more friendly to the Leaf village; he's simply been sent to gather intel on Orochimaru and assassinate Orochimaru's "successor," Sasuke. Played With in that Danzo really was toxic enough to develop plans similar to the one in Yamato's theory on other occasions previously and afterward, but just wasn't being so ambitious in that specific instance, making Yamato Right for the Wrong Reasons.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: For all the critics of his actions and results, is clear that he deeply loved and wanted what was best for Konoha. Subverted in a sense — since he is one of the Elders and is perhaps the only guy in the entire village who actually preaches or believes this, it is he who decides what is Right and Wrong.
- Mysterious Past: He has previously met with Tobi in the past, but it's never revealed under what circumstances or what the details of their interaction were. It's also suggested by the Raikage that he was involved with Orochimaru to attack the village and assassinate the Third Hokage, but it's never confirmed if he and Orochimaru were associated at that particular point in the story.
- Necessarily Evil: How he views his actions with regards to protecting the village.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- Acts he has committed in the past indirectly are responsible for the fall of Akatsuki, Itachi, and Sasuke as well as being indirectly responsible for Kabuto's fall into darkness.
- He intentionally sabotages an attempt by Shisui to prevent the Uchiha coup with Kotoamasukami out of a desire for more personal power and to secure his position from the same.
- No Ontological Inertia: The seal he put on each member of Root disappears when he dies.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Though he's not really goofy looking like Lee or the Tsuchikage, his face is still drawn in an incredibly different fashion than most other characters.
- Not Me This Time: The Fifth Mizukage Mei suspects that Danzo was involved in the mind control of the Mist village's Fourth Mizukage Yagura. It's later revealed that Tobi was the lone offender in that crime. Danzo simply responds to her accusation with complete silence, contrary to how he usually tries to justify his actions.
- Not So Different: His belief that a ninja should protect his village at all costs, his dream of becoming Hokage, and having to do things the hard way as opposed to being naturally gifted, makes for some eerie parallels between him and Naruto if one thinks about it.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Danzo has this written all over him. When first introduced he was well past his prime (being about the same age as the Third Hokage was) — with one eye, a missing arm, and a walking cane. Cut to the Kage Summit arc where it is revealed that he's got a friggin' Sharingan and effortlessly wipes out a unit of mooks that attacks him, sheathing his sword in one of their heads to free up his hand so he can use jutsu. Later at the meeting, we find out he has Mind Control powers, and then that he's not missing an arm, he just has an arm full of Sharingan eyes that allows him to shamelessly respawn as if the Naruto universe was some multiplayer first-person shooter. Huh.
- Not So Stoic: When it's suggested Kakashi be appointed Sixth Hokage ahead of him he immediately flies into a rant about how the Third Hokage's teaching has left the village weak and led to all its trouble. In spite of his own beliefs, this one display of emotion was what finally got him the position he had been seeking for years.
- That or him finally being in a position to mind-woogie the Fire Daimyo with his implanted eye without being noticed.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Theorized by other characters, but ultimately subverted; while Danzo's actions were commonly portrayed as counterproductive to the village's best interests and largely selfish, it's revealed prior to his death that Danzo had genuinely deluded himself into believing that what was best for him was best for the village and that only he could lead it to prosperity. It's only when it's clear to him that he's about to die that he abandons his own well-being for the sake of advancing the village's interests alone.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He openly mocks the legacies of the deceased Hokage, which are normally considered sacred in the village. He also openly laments not having Ao assassinated, or least forcibly deprived of his Byakugan, at the Kage Summit.
- Old Master: Danzo is a gifted shinobi with the ability to use many powerful jutsus (for instance, paralysis seals and highly effective wind techniques). While he is old, he is still a deadly foe to reckon with and his coldness towards others and his willingness to kill his enemies makes him far deadlier than even some of the strongest ninja. Kakashi was shocked to hear that Sasuke had managed to defeat Danzo all alone, indicating that he was one of Konohas strongest.
- The Only One: He believes he's the only person who can change the world for the better. Someone apparently forgot to tell him he was in a shonen series.
- Opportunistic Bastard: While he sometimes orchestrates controversies in the Leaf village, he is also willing to exploit completely spontaneous ones for the sake of his political goals.
- Opt Out: When Pain attacked Konoha, he chose to avoid senselessly throwing his life away by charging in headfirst. Not only that, but he also attempted to make Naruto Opt Out by killing a messenger being sent to retrieve him, on the (totally accurate) basis that Naruto would be unable to stop Pain.
- The Paranoiac: Danzo is a self-hating coward with a suspicious and cynical outlook on life. He wants to protect the Leaf Village from threats, but he regards almost everyone as a potential threat, either because they are openly aggressive or hostile or because they are not hostile or aggressive enough and want diplomacy and peace, which he equates with softness and naivety. He hardly ever admits to his mistakes even when those mistakes result in the Leaf Village itself being attacked, and he operates a Secret Police that answers only to him and orchestrates unauthorised kidnappings, assassinations and human experiments to further his own power to help him suppress or destroy real or imagined threats, which often only become real as a consequence of his own actions. Danzo is even willing to commit genocide against Leaf Clans themselves because they "might" be a threat, and actually sabotages efforts to find peaceful solutions because he has made up his mind that they won't work in the long-term and are counterproductive to his own goals and philosophy anyway.
- Poisonous Friend: He believed himself to be this to Hiruzen, using Root "in the shadows" to protect Konoha (and maybe Hiruzen). At all costs. If he was right is a matter for debate but his actions paint the accusation as truth.
- The Power of Hate: Itachi Shinden: Book of Dark Night reveals that Danzo honestly believes that when a group of people have a target that they can hate and antagonize, it makes them "stronger". To that end, it was his fault that rumors of the Uchiha controlling the Nine-Tails during its attack were spread, as well as secretly leaking to the village that Naruto was made its container in the aftermath, despite the Third Hokage warning only the top brass to keep this secret. The result? The Uchiha Clan were disgraced and regulated to a small part of the village due to paranoia, while Naruto ended up enduring a hellish and lonely childhood for the next twelve years. What's more, the former action ended up making the Uchiha clan consider rebelling against the village due to the unfair accusations, thus leading to their demise. Seriously Danzo, dick move.
- Power Incontinence: When he's on the brink of death he loses control of his Wood Release power, and has to rip off his arm before it engulfs him.
- Power Parasite: He merged ten Sharingan into his arm, including an eleventh one taking place in his right socket, which happens to be Shisui's Sharingan. This eye is particularly important since it has the Mangekyo Sharingan and the famous technique that Shisui gained from it, Kotoamatsukami. The arm itself belonged to Shin "Uchiha" and Danzo also managed to obtain Senju DNA as well, thereby granting multiple access to Izanagi for himself. He uses them in conjunction when he fights Sasuke. Throughout the fight, Danzo expressed interest in taking Sasuke's eyes for himself after he kills him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Danzo delays major reform of the village as the temporary Sixth Hokage, in order to remain viable for the upcoming Hokage election. Additionally, he refrains from imposing new restrictions on Naruto's travel, because publicly confronting the recently acknowledged village hero would be bad for him politically.
- Reality Warper: A partial form of this. He can use the technique "Izanagi" which evidently allows the user to remove the boundaries between reality and illusion, allowing the user to reinforce his vision of reality on himself. In doing so, the user can take any injury, even death, and deem it an illusion, but it can render the user's attack as reality.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Portrays himself as this to Sai, allowing Sai to remain on Team 7 despite failing Root's secret mission, and claiming that he won't go to extremes to implement his agenda in the Leaf village after becoming the temporary Sixth Hokage (but that he will be more strict than the lenient Tsunade).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Believed that he and Sarutobi were this, saying that Sarutobi represented the leaves that grow in the sun while he himself represented the roots within the dark.
- Remember the New Guy?: Shows up after the Time Skip. Subverted in that the younger characters really don't know who he is — the main continuity issue is where the hell he was when Orochimaru attacked the village, but that could be Hand Waved without too much difficulty, given how much he prefers to operate in the shadows. He could even simply have been elsewhere at the time. He actually allied himself with Orochimaru, so it makes sense that he would get the hell out of there.
- The Resenter: Danzo was this to Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, believing his pragmatic/Knight Templar approach was better than the latter's idealism and that he should have been the Third. In their youth, he actually kind of admired how Sarutobi would, without hesitation, risk his life for his comrades, while Danzo himself was struggling with his fear and anxiety when a suicide mission is called for. Even back then though, he fits the trope, resenting the praise and admiration Sarutobi received for volunteering immediately.
- The Rival: To Sarutobi, who Danzo felt was better than he was, and always tried to surpass him, though it didn't stop him from respecting Sarutobi deep down (he was even on a First-Name Basis with Sarutobi which says a lot).
- Rival Turned Evil: Danzo used to be Sarutobi's rival, but also respected him. However, as he grew older, their rivalry became much more bitter over time, at least on Danzo's end.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Sasuke throughout their fight. Falls on deaf ears.
- Secret Police: He leads the Root organization, which protects the village from the shadows.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: A big motivator of his actions and beliefs and his antagonism with Hiruzen and those who followed his kind teachings. Danzo believed the principles of the Will Of Fire and Noble Ideals were incompatible to keeping the shinobi world functioning and bringing about peace in the world. As such, he used lies, manipulation, murder, and other dirty work which he believed was needed to make the world a better place. Ironically, he never once considered all of his awful actions caused a long series of problems and only proved to make the world an even worse place to live, essentially becoming a posterboy example of Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!.
- Shadow Archetype: To the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi, who both wanted to protect Konoha at all costs, despite Danzo's less ethical ways of going about it.
- Sinister Surveillance: Has Root ninjas track Naruto's every move after becoming the temporary Sixth Hokage.
- The Starscream: Implied to have had a hand in Orochimaru's invasion of Konoha so he could seize the position of Hokage for himself. Left Konoha to its destruction in Pain's invasion to seize the position after the ashes. Allied with Hanzo in order to get the Hokage position (though how he intended to use this alliance remains extremely blurry).
- The Stoic: "Emotions generate hatred and hatred breeds conflict."
- Summon Magic: Has access to a giant creature called Baku, a large creature with a huge trunk that can create a powerful vacuum and enhance Danzo's own wind technique.
- Taking You with Me: Does a last-ditch attempt of this on Sasuke and Tobi before he dies, to no effect.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Subverted, as he would certainly like to make major changes (especially involving Naruto), but he knows this would make him unpopular (and make him lose his position), so avoids making decisions that might prove unpopular.
- Un-person: It's not enough for Danzo to mark Kabuto for assassination; he also used photos of lookalikes to replace him and trick Kabuto's loved ones into believing he was okay.
- Unknown Rival: Sarutobi apparently never even knew that Danzo felt this way about him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Multiple antagonists and the horrific things they did resulted because of Danzo's paranoid machinations. It's entirely plausible to say that much of the Fourth Shinobi War went into motion out of the long-term consequences of his actions.
- Unwitting Pawn: In spite of all his motives he became one for Tobi. So nearly all his actions played into the hands Tobi: His union with Hanzo in the betrayal of Nagato allowed Tobi to take him under his control as well as Akatsuki. Also, he manipulated Itachi into slaying his clan that allowed Tobi to not only to acquire a large number of Sharingan but also to use Itachi to find a new pawn in the person of Sasuke. And Danzo is the one who reveals to the Kages that Tobi is Madara, which is exactly what Tobi wants them to believe.
- Uriah Gambit: Sends Kabuto out on a spy mission where he's fully expected to be exposed and killed.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He legitimately wants to bring peace to the ninja world and believes he can do so if he's in charge. Unfortunately, he gives little consideration to ethics and won't hesitate to kill anyone in the way of his goals or otherwise Shoot the Dog repeatedly.
- Villainous Breakdown: It is happening to him when his battle with Sasuke comes to an end. He begins to lose his composure when he realizes that all his Sharingan's closed and Sasuke caught him in the illusion. After Danzo loses the arm as a result of a loss of control of the Senju cells, he begins to cling to his life taking Karin hostage despite his belief of self-sacrifice being the true purpose of a shinobi and in the end when he was not able to escape he decided does the Taking You with Me sense that he was going to die anyway.Danzo: I can't believe it... how could I lose to such a brat?
- Villainous Legacy: In the Boruto anime, one of Danzo's most loyal and extremist supporters, Tanuki Shigaraki, was pissed that Konoha ostracized him and his family due to the shady dealings he committed in Danzo's name when Root's actions were exposed after Danzo's death. As a result, Tanuki tried to use one of Danzo's ambitious and crueler projects of destroying a village by implementing his own daughter, Sumire, as a tool of revenge. Let's just say that the methods involved would be enough to make Danzo proud. Naruto, on the other hand, is just outright disgusted and pissed when he found out. Even the emotionless and stoic Sai thought it was too much.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A bit more on the extreme side than some, but there's no doubt that he thinks that he has Konoha's best interest at heart.
- Why Won't You Die?: Although he effectively died more or less ten times during his fight against Sasuke. Justified thanks to his Reality Warper powers.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: What he did to Nono and tried to do to Kabuto.
- You Just Told Me: Sasuke gets him with this regarding his technique's limitations. Danzo gets pissed at falling for such a basic trick.
Recurring Chunin and Jonin
These characters occasionally appear in the plot to support the main characters. They are mainly used to show how the Leaf Villages has a finite number of officers.
Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (JP), Kim Strauss (EN, Original), Christopher Corey Smith (EN, Current)note , Carlos Segundo (Latin America), Robert Dubois (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 40 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
Head of Konoha's Interrogation Department, and very good at what he does. His name alone is enough to scare people. First appeared as the proctor of the written part of the Chunin Exam, alongside the rest of the Interrogation Force. Since then he shows up whenever Konoha needs to make a prisoner talk.
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga, Ibiki has no fight scenes on-page and is more of a non-combat task specialist (he even receives a bit of Informed Ability given that data books often imply vaguely that he is a powerful fighter). In the anime, however, he fights with some wicked Summoning Techniques and actually holds his own against a body of Pain of all people.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the anime, he appears in the background during the Chūnin Exam recommendations alongside Anko.
- Adaptation Expansion: There's no clear answer to how he got most of those scars in either media, but the anime reveals the origin of the larger facial scar was courtesy of Aoi Rokushō via the stolen Raijin Sword.
- Aloof Big Brother: A Filler arc showed he had a little brother, Idate, whom he failed with a different version of the Chunin Exam. The brothers have also been estranged for quite some time, although Ibiki still keeps track of Idate's movements outside the village.
- Break Them by Talking: This is his job.
- Bald of Awesome: Not that you'd know it, as he keeps his head covered for everyone's sake.
- A Day in the Limelight: Downplayed in the Land of Tea filler, as most of what we learn about him there is told from Idate's perspective and how it shaped the latter's worldview whereas Ibiki himself doesn't appear in the story proper until the tail-end.
- Exact Words: When outlining the rules of the Chunin exam, he repeatedly warns about the consequences of getting caught cheating and challenges the examinees to show what kind of 'exceptional shinobi' they are. Sasuke eventually figures out the real nature of the exam by noticing Ibiki never actually said not to cheat and realizing that an 'exceptional shinobi' is one that could cheat without getting caught.
- Exalted Torturer: He specializes in torture in order to get information for the good guys.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: 'Good guy' scars over his lip and cheek. The thing is, that's only two of them. The rest are under his bandanna.
- Guile Hero: His job.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Towards his younger brother and possibly Naruto after he passed the hidden test.
- Hidden Purpose Test: Double-layered. An actual written exam with a hidden purpose that itself hides a second test.
- I Was Quite a Looker: As the cover of Chapter 604 reveals.
- Mind Rape: The "mundane" variety is his favorite interrogation tool.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Despite his imposing physical appearance, he does not focus on fighting and is more concerned with the intellectual part of the ninja job. However, he happens to be a formidable opponent as well, managing to hold his own against Pain's Animal Path, and Word of God even states the person he desires to fight the most is Orochimaru of all people.
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: The scars on his head represent the mental torture he underwent years back along with the burns he received from saving his little brother.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: The scars on his head are so horrible that everyone shudders when he takes off his bandanna. He's the one providing the trope image. Dosu wonders, in the manga only, if his hands are any worse by comparison.
- Promotion to Parent: Subtly implied in Idate's flashbacks that Ibiki was the man of the house as no mention is ever made of their parents being around.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Idate thought that he'd died in a fire that broke out when he distracted Aoi from attempting to kill the younger Morino and only found out the truth years later from Team 7.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Aside from looking nothing like each other, Ibiki and Idate are as different as night and day. The former being cool and distant whilst the latter is Hot-Blooded and a major "Well Done, Son!" Guy.
- So Proud of You: To Idate upon briefly encountering him at the end of the Land of Tea filler, thinking to himself that his little brother no longer has the eyes of a coward.
- Spartan Sibling: It's alluded to that Ibiki was some degree of this prior to Idate's exile. He did pull a Knight Templar Big Brother when he found out Idate's Manipulative Bastard instructor had tricked and used him, but it was already too late by that point.
- Summon Magic: His specialty while on the battlefield. He can summon rather impressive torture devices to trap his enemies.
- Torture Cellar: Can trap his enemies in one.
Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Julianne Buescher (EN, Chūnin Exams-Curry of Life arc, Fourth Shinobi World War arc), Laura Bailey (EN, Land of the Sea arc, most of Shippūden), Kari Wahlgren (EN, Ultimate Ninja 2), Cherami Leigh (EN, Post-Shippūden), Connie Madera (Latin America), Nathalie Hugo (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 44 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
A spunky, boisterous Ninja, Anko is without a doubt best known in the fandom for her Badass Longcoat (which she wears very little underneath) and her Dark and Troubled Past — she was a student of Orochimaru and he abandoned her... but not until AFTER he branded her with a Cursed Seal to try and see if it would kill people that were given it. It did, and she was the only one to survive. Most of her appearances have her eating her Trademark Favorite Food, dango, which is basically a stick with dumplings on it made from rice paste. She has a Punny Name, too — both her first and last names are dango toppings.
Her first appearance has her proctoring the Forest of Death section of the Chunin Exams.
In Shippuden, she was tasked with tracking the movements of Kabuto. Just as the Fourth Shinobi World War started, she was attacked and defeated by Kabuto. Her Cursed Seal, though at first useless, proved instrumental in reviving her former master Orochimaru and finally freed Anko from its influence.
Years later during the epilogue, Anko has noticeably become chubbier due to all the sweets she loves consuming. This makes her best friends with Choji and Karui's daughter, Chocho.
- Absolute Cleavage: The only thing she wears over her fishnet top is an overcoat. Meaning you can see every curve of her breasts because the actual fabric is barely there.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the anime, she appears in the background during the Chūnin Exam recommendations alongside Ibiki.
- Adaptation Expansion: Her background is explained further in the Kaima Capture Mission arc, where it's revealed that she wasn't tossed aside by Orochimaru, but that she rejected him when he offered her the choice to tag along.
- Acrofatic: Even after her weight gain, she is still quite athletic, agile, and deadly.
- Badass Longcoat: Is seen wearing one whenever she appears.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Anko was taught Orochimaru's snake techniques and is actually the first person seen using them in the series, but she is one of the good guys.
- Big Eater: She ate at least 40 of dango in one sitting. Girl loves her dango. Ends up making her quite overweight in the finale.
- Blood Lust: Her first two scenes establish that she has a flair for the dramatic — and a really creepy fascination with blood. As in, she cuts Naruto's cheek and then licks it off. Poor kid.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's outgoing and playful, but somewhat mischievous and rather hyperactive.
- Broken Pedestal: She was Orochimaru's student when the latter was still a Leaf Jonin, and she idolized him to the point of learning various snake techniques. When Orochimaru gave her a curse mark without her consent, she took it as a form of betrayal that she could not tolerate.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's basically a female Naruto, except more studious — hence why she's an Exam Procter. Ironically, Naruto himself is shown in the Land of the Sea arc to find her behavior extremely discomforting.
- Dynamic Entry: That's how she first appeared.
- Establishing Character Moment: Interrupted Ibiki Morino's part of the exam by breaking through the window. You can read the quote right at the top of her page; the rest of the class was understandably weirded out.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Pupil-less.
- Formerly Fit: The epilogue shows that she's gone to seed.
- Genki Girl: Ibiki lampshades it when she first appears.
- Hidden Depths: Her hobby is conducting Tea Ceremonies.
- The Lad-ette: Very much so, but with a more cocky, boisterous outlook.
- Maniac Tongue: The Kaima Capture Mission arc shows she adopted her mentor's habit of sticking her tongue out in a creepy manner.
- Meaningful Name: Mitarashi and Anko are dango toppings. Guess what her favorite food is.
- Moment Killer: Her boisterous entrance kills the contemplative, congratulatory feelings after everyone passed the first test. Ibiki calls her out on not reading the mood.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of the most recognizable ones in this series to date.
- Never Gets Fat: Subverted; she enjoys sweets, particularly dango, and an omake page said that the number of calories she ate in a day would make anyone else fat. In the epilogue, which takes place over a decade after the ending of the series, she's gotten plump from continuing to eat sweets without going on so many missions.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She got really close to Naruto when they first met.
- Out of Focus: She was used and betrayed by Orochimaru, so you might think she would get her revenge, right? Wrong, Sasuke got to him. Also, she seems like an interesting and dramatic character, so you might think they would explore her a bit more, right? WRONG, she's a side-character, and most of her supposedly genius skills, which made Orochimaru interested in her in the first place, are mostly obscured! When she discovered Kabuto's hiding place, you might think she can do justice to her fame and defeat him, right? WRONG AGAIN! She is captured, bound, and has her Curse Mark power slowly drained by Kabuto.
- Power Tattoos: Like Sasuke, she had the Cursed Seal of Heaven, though she lacked the will necessary to use it and it was later removed by Sasuke to resurrect Orochimaru.
- Sexy Mentor: Well, she's technically a teacher, and she's sexy.
- Snakes Are Sexy: Contrasting nicely with her mentor Orochimaru's evil snake motif.
- Stripperiffic: Yeah, only a miniskirt, long coat, and wire mesh/chainmail covering from her neck down to her thighs. How her outfit manages to actually conceal anything is a mystery that really could only be explained by genjutsu.
- The Tease: Remember, she did scratch Naruto's face with a knife and licked the blood off his cheek. Also, her outfit is pretty distracting.
- There Was a Door: We first see her entering the testing room by smashing through a window.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dango, of course, which even provides the inspiration for her name ("mitarashi" is a dango seasoning, as is "anko").
- Vapor Wear: Well, given her outfit, it seems like she's not wearing a bra.
- You Taste Delicious: Did this to Naruto once, twice in the anime.
Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP), Lex Lang (EN), Irwin Daayán (Latin America), Romain Barbieux (French, 1st voice), David Manet (French, 2nd voice)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 65 (Manga), Naruto Episode 37 (Anime)
The proctor for the preliminaries of the Third Chunin Exam, who is responsible for determining the winners for the fights and ending them when one person is unable to continue. He's an Ill Boy Tokubetsu Jonin who specializes in kenjutsu and is actually quite talented with clone techniques.
He stumbles upon Kabuto meeting with Baki to discuss the Sand Village participating in the invasion of Konoha, and Baki kills him for it. His lover Yūgao Uzuki finds his katana and swears to avenge him.
When the main match of the Third Exam begins, he is replaced by fellow jonin Genma Shiranui.
In Filler episodes, his spirit was brought back to fight for the bad guys as an Edo Tensei zombie, though he was ultimately put down and saved by his former lover and gave her the closure that they both needed.
- Armor Is Useless: Surprisingly subverted, unfortunately for him — Baki's flak jacket blocks his attack. This is one of the few moments in which the flak jackets actually do something.
- Back from the Dead: In the Chikara anime-only arc, while Kabuto is still experimenting with Edo Tensei. He then shows up for a Filler episode in the war arc as one of Kabuto's zombies.
- Handicapped Badass: Implied — he moves with astounding speed to stop Neji from killing Hinata, and Baki actually praises his skills and wonders whether all Konoha shinobi are this talented. However, Hayate's got the Incurable Cough of Death and looks like he's about to fall over.
- He Knows Too Much: He was killed for spying on Kabuto and Baki's meeting.
- Ill Boy: His distinctive trait. He hunches a lot, has dark lines under his eyes, and frequently coughs with virulence. Those symptoms are never explained nor play an important role, but nonetheless make him look creepy.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Subverted because it's not the coughing that ultimately kills him.
- Informed Ability: As said above, Baki greatly praises Hayate before killing him, but this might be odd to the viewer upon noticing that all Hayate's attack did to Baki was barely wounding his shoulder through his flak jacket (which is never said to be anything more than a regular flak jacket, that is). That said, he was able to produce and control multiple shadow clones while simultaneously maneuvering himself behind Baki, which justifies a bit the praise even if it was of no use.
- Invisibility: In the anime, he uses the Transparent Escape Technique.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields a katana and is said to be skilled at kenjutsu, but loses his only fight. Baki, after all, wielded an air katana!
- Nice Guy: In contrast to his predecessors, sadistic Ibiki and questionably together Anko, aside from the whole illness thing, Hayate seems like a pretty amiable guy when introducing himself to the genin finalists and remains professional when laying down the rules to the less-than-thrilled candidates, such as Kiba and Naruto.
- Out of Focus: His introduction has him jumping down dramatically from the ceiling in order to ask fervently to be the proctor of the preliminaries. This, paired with his strangely sickly looks, seemed to imply he would be an important character with some secrets (for instance, why a ninja of his rank looks so ill, or why he wanted so badly to be the referee). However, he's killed unceremoniously after the matches and that's all his character amounts to.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Pretty much his whole purpose; he's the first heroic character to die in the series.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP, adult), Mariko Higashiuchi (JP, child), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, TV series), Richard Cansino (EN, 2 video games), Crispin Freeman (EN, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja), Grégory Praet (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 34 (Manga), Naruto Episode 55 (Anime)
The proctor for the third part of the Chunin Exams and a Recurring Extra Tokubetsu Jonin. Never seen without a senbon in his mouth, which he can utilize as a projectile weapon.
He takes over the Exams after Hayate is killed, and oversees the last couple of battles. When the Konoha Crush starts, he confronts Baki and protects Sasuke.
Later, when Sasuke leaves with the Sound Four, he follows them and fights the Four alongside fellow Tokubetsu Jonin Raido Namiashi, but is grievously wounded.
It's revealed much later that he was one of the Fourth Hokage's personal bodyguards alongside Iwashi Tatami and Raido, and as such the three of them can teleport. Another chapter reveals that, during his genin years, he formed a team with Might Guy and Ebisu. In the anime, their teacher was Choza Akimichi.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's blonde in the manga but has brown hair in the anime.
- Bullet Seed: He can spit the senbon in his mouth fast enough to deflect a kunai thrown by Sakon, the fastest and strongest of the Sound Four.
- Determinator: He was actually rooting for Naruto in the Chunin exams as he admired Naruto's victory because he never doubted himself. After Neji's defeat, Genma also tells him that even caged birds can eventually free themselves.
- Does Not Like Spam: His least favorite food is spinach.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears during the jōnin meeting following Hayate's death without any mention of his future role as the late proctor's replacement.
- Good Is Not Nice: He acts abrasive towards his fellow shinobi during Furido's attack, though given how thorough the enemies were in their invasive strategy and that many of their comrades had been led to their deaths by a younger shinobi's foolhardiness, its hard to blame him.
- Informed Attribute: Shikaku insists that he not throw any wisecracks at their situation, but we've never seen Genma behave in any such way. Perhaps he did so in his younger days.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Has a somewhat similar appearance to Hayate — they even wear their forehead protectors in a similar way.
- Those Two Guys: Occasionally, with Raido.
- Wonder Twin Powers: He can teleport — as long as Iwashi and Raido are around to help.
- The Worf Effect: Both the sender and the receiver. When battling the Sound Four, he gets beat up pretty badly. But the Sound Four only barely beat him, even with their Level 2 Cursed Seals. In other words, he (and Raido) were able to handle four prodigal Cursed Seal-wielding ninjas for a while.
- Worf Had the Flu: In the above-mentioned Sound Four Fight, Genma and Raido are left badly wounded, but also cite that while they were Jonin, they were also coming off a mission and running low on Chakra during that fight. In short, they were skilled enough in theory to establish a "limit" for the Sound Four, but also handicapped enough that the Sound Four could win the fight and remain imposing.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (JP, adult), Yūko Takayama (JP, child), Patrick Seitz (EN, TV series), Kirk Thornton (EN, Video Games), Grégory Praet (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 93 (Manga), Naruto Episode 3 (Anime)
Raido is a Tokubetsu Jonin who specializes in close-combat swordplay and assassination. He uses the Kokuto, a blade coated in poison.
He's also one of the Hokage's personal bodyguards; his first appearance is in the Third Hokage's box, acting as his bodyguard. He's taken out by Orochimaru before he can protect him, however.
In Shippuden, he's part of the team that backs up Asuma against Hidan and Kakuzu. He works together with Aoba to disrupt Kakuzu, allowing the others to escape.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: He can be seen in a silent Early-Bird Cameo during the academy class's inauguration in episode three of the anime.
- Armor Is Useless: His Chunin flak jacket did nothing to protect him from Orochimaru's kunai. Somewhat justified in that Real Life kevlar protective armor is bad at stopping piercing damage.
- Black Swords Are Better: His Kokuto sword is black, not to mention that it literally translates to Black Blade in English.
- Informed Ability: It is stated he also specializes in assassinations. Obviously, we never see this, but we do see he is exceptionally skilled in stealth and close quarters.
- Poisoned Weapons: His signature weapon is the Kokuto, which has a coating of poison.
- Rugged Scar: One of his most prominent traits.
- Tempting Fate: Boasts to the Sound Four that he won't be taken by surprise like at the chūnin exams, but that didn't stop him and Genma from almost getting massacred by their Second Stage Cursed Seals.
- Those Two Guys: Occasionally, with Genma.
- Wonder Twin Powers: He can use the Flying Thunder God teleportation technique, as long as Iwashi and Genma are around to help.
- The Worf Effect: Both the sender and the receiver. When battling the Sound Four, he gets beat up pretty badly. But the Sound Four only barely beat him, even with their Level 2 Cursed Seals. In other words, he and Genma were able to handle four prodigal Cursed Seal-wielding ninjas for some time.
Kotetsu Hagane and Izumo Kamizuki
Kotetsu voiced by: Tomoyuki Kono (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN), David Manet (French)
Izumo voiced by: Tomohiro Tsuboi (JP), Richard Cansinonote (EN, most media), Jamie Simone (EN, Ultimate Ninja Impact and The Will of Fire), Alexandre Crepet (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 36 (Manga), Naruto Episode 3 (Anime)
Basically, these guys are the main pair of Those Two Guys. Izumo and Kotetsu are a pair of Chunin and inseparable best friends. They are part of the Interrogation Force, but also participate frequently in conventional missions. The duo generally seems to use Water techniques in battle.
They first appear in the Chunin Exams, where they set up a genjutsu to trick prospective genin into going the wrong way. Following the exams, they show up occasionally in the background as Recurring Extras until they are sent alongside Asuma and Shikamaru to take down Hidan and Kakuzu. Then...they fade into the background again.
They reappear during the war arcs, where they confront Kakuzu once again.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: They appear silently observing the graduating class alongside Hiruzen in only the third episode of the anime.
- Breath Weapon: Izumo's Starch Syrup Capturing Field.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: On the receiving end of this from Kakuzu.Kakuzu: Sorry, pal. I tend to forget about chump-change shinobi when I'm done with them.
- Carry a Big Stick: Kotetsu wields a giant shell on a stick and uses it as a mace.
- Characterization Marches On: Kotetsu had a recurring sniff when he was introduced, even after dispelling his genin disguise, but it was phased out afterward.
- A Day in the Limelight: Their mission against Hidan and Kakuzu was VERY close to becoming A Death in the Limelight.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied. The duo is always seen together, be it mission-related or not, and implicitly trusts the other to keep them safe.
- Making a Splash: Izumo's Water Release skills.
- Master of Illusion: Kotetsu can use Yin Release to set up illusion-based genjutsu. He uses this in his first appearance to trick the genin into going the wrong way.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Izumo's hair covers his left eye.
- Secret Test: Their first appearance has them disguising the first test room before the Chunin Exam.
- Those Two Guys: If you hadn't figured it out already...
- Would Hit a Girl: Kotetsu hit Tenten during the Chunin Exams.
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP, Naruto Episode 83), Hiroshi Tsuchida (JP, Naruto Episode 98), Kenjiro Tsuda (JP, Shippūden), Wally Wingert (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 93 (Manga), Naruto Episode 67 (Anime)
Aoba is a Recurring Extra Tokubetsu Jonin who is well-versed in multiple skills but specializes in illusions. His first appearance is in the Konoha Crush when he fights alongside Kakashi against the Sand and Sound invaders. He also leads the retrieval team sent to support Asuma against Hidan and Kakuzu, and later shows up accompanying Guy to check on Naruto and Bee.
- Butterfly of Doom: Unintentionally catalyzed Sasuke's choice to leave the village.
- Cool Shades: He's never seen without his sunglasses on, not even in flashbacks to his childhood.
- Immune to Mind Control: He is noted to be one of the few in the crowd who could free himself from Kabuto's genjutsu, the others being Kakashi, Guy, and Sakura.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Noted to be decently skilled in taijutsu and ninjutsu despite specializing in genjutsu.
- Not So Above It All: Loses his Only Sane Man role after Guy mistakes Kisame for a pufferfish, and promptly remarks about how tasty pufferfish are.Motoi: "Are all of you deliberately pretending to be idiots?!"
- Not So Stoic: He is prone to panic if the situation gets too intense. There's also tension between him and Kabuto, as he blatantly tries to label Kabuto's defection as a mistake and rubs it in his face that he was losing.
- Only Sane Man: Initially plays this role along with Motoi during the Confining the Jinchuriki Arc, especially compared to Guy and Killer Bee.
- The Paralyzer: He can manipulate his chakra to do this.
- Playing with Fire: He is seen performing the Fire Dragon Bullet Jutsu in the anime.
- Pride: He's denoted to be boastful in private.
- Recurring Extra: Never truly introduced in the series; most of what we know about him is from the datebooks.
- The Stoic: Described as reserved and quiet in public.
- Summon Magic: Uses crows similar to Itachi's as a method of attack.
- Telepathy: He has some skill in telepathy, but is apparently not truly proficient yet.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His carelessness made Sasuke defect, or at very least sped up a process that would've led Sasuke out of Konoha anyway. He accidentally revealed Itachi's presence and goals, which led to Sasuke confronting his brother again and then to Orochimaru.
Voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN), Mireya Mendoza (LA Spanish), Claire Tefnin (French, original series), Géraldine Frippiat (French, Shippuden)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 148 (Manga), Naruto Episode 85 (Anime)
Tsunade's first apprentice and her late fiancé Dan's niece. Travels along with her while trying to curb her gambling habits. After Tsunade becomes Hokage, she serves as her secretary. She's still serving as Hokage's secretary, now Naruto's.
She's a Jonin who specializes in healing and debilitating poisons. During the Sannin War, she helps fight Kabuto but is defeated. She also accompanied Genma, Raido, and Iwashi in hunting down the Sound Four, and provided medical help to Genma and Raido after they were grievously injured by the Four.
In Shippuden, she begins to doubt Tsunade for sending Naruto out on dangerous missions despite Akatsuki's attempts to capture him but eventually regains faith in her. During the Pain Invasion, she helps those trying to decimate information from one of Pain's bodies and has her soul removed by Human path Pain, but is later resurrected. Later she is placed in charge of the Logistical Support and Medical Division for the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- Back from the Dead: Was resurrected by Nagato.
- Badass Bookworm: Being a medic-nin requires extensive knowledge of the human body.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Tsunade, who dislikes filling paperwork and working long hours. She seems to have an easier time with Naruto in the Epilogue.
- Berserk Button: Do not look at Tonton like she's food.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As kind, level-headed, and humble as Shizune is, she has a ruthless side whenever in combat, or when Tsunade is insulted.
- Breath Weapon: Her poison mist jutsu.
- Children Raise You: Apparently, she does this for Tsunade.
- Christmas Cake: In an omake, she drunkenly confesses that she's jealous of Kurenai for having a boyfriend and maybe even husband while she is too busy working for Tsunade to find one for herself. Unfortunately, Tsunade happens to hear it. Harsher in Hindsight when you remember that this omake happens few episodes before said boyfriend dies, and the death had already happened in the manga.
- Combat Medic: She's a medic that can fight.
- Cool Big Sis: She often gives this vibe.
- Despite having just met Naruto, she helped him, took care of him when he collapsed from exhaustion and did her best to keep him safe during the battle between the Sannin. In Part II, her main objection to Naruto leaving the village was that if the Akatsuki found him, he'd be killed (while the elders were only worried about the Nine-Tails falling into enemy hands).
- She's this to Sakura, as shown by their multiple interactions and the respect Sakura has for her. In Naruto Gaiden, she takes care of Sakura after she fainted; also, Sarada seems to be quite close to her.
- Cultured Badass: Shizune's main hobby is visiting cultural heritage sites.
- Curtains Match the Windows: One of the few to have matching black hair and black eyes.
- Deadly Doctor: Pulls a scalpel to Kabuto's throat when he threatens Tsunade.
- Healing Hands: She specializes in medical ninjutsu.
- Humble Hero: Being Tsunade's student, she too tried to master the Strength of a Hundred Seal, but ultimately failed. When she sees that Sakura was able to succeed in the task and, shortly after that, use Katsuyu's Long Distance Healing, is she jealous? Nope:Sakura, you are just amazing.
- Master Poisoner: Her specialty, including Poisoned Weapons.
- Nephewism: Dan was possibly her last living relative in Konoha, which was why Tsunade took her in after he died.
- Nice Girl: She is a very kind and calm person.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: She has spring-operated needle launchers hidden up her very long sleeves.
- Number Two: Shizune becomes the Hokage Assistant and Adviser for Tsunade.
- Older Than They Look: In the Epilogue, set at least ten years after the war ended, she doesn't look like she aged at all. Hey, she was Tsunade's student, after all. Hell, even at the start of the series she looks like she's barely out of her teens when she's already 28 (a year older than Kakashi).
- Only One Name: Despite a known surnamed relative, Shizune has only one name, like Tsunade (then again, Dan might've been her maternal uncle).
- Senpai Kohai: Sakura considers her a senpai as Tsunade's previous disciple.
- She's Got Legs: Her dress can part to reveal one of her legs, as shown in the profile image above. This is usually never really emphasized — except for the one time that she hikes her leg up to pull out one of her medical vials from a leg holster, which is pretty much nothing more than an excuse to show her leg in full detail for a brief moment of quiet Fanservice.
- Undying Loyalty: To Tsunade, to the extent that she sees working under her as her purpose in life.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month when Sarada noted that she knew there were no records of her birth, questioning her parentage, Shizune inexplicably keeping quiet with a sad look on her face only served to greatly fan the flames of Sarada's doubts.
The Nara clan, the Yamanaka clan, and the Akimichi clan have a long history together, with an InoShikaChō group formed once a generation with one member from each clan under the leadership of a member of the Sarutobi clan. The previous InoShikaChō are the fathers of the members of Team Asuma, teamed up in their younger days and continued working together even after passing the torch to their children. Together, they form the fifteenth generation of the Ino-Shika-Cho formation.
All provide examples of:
- Action Dad: All of them.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the anime, on the night before the competition, they make a quick appearance in a tavern complaining about the less pleasant parts of their family lives with Shikamaru coming to pick up his old man.
- Animal Motifs: Shikaku (deer), Inoichi (boar), and Choza (butterfly).
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A male example. Inoichi is the blond, Shikaku is the dark-haired one, and Choza is the redhead.
- Combination Attack: Like their children and grandchildren, the various Ino-Shika-Cho formations require each member to use their respective clan Hiden techniques together.
- Generation Xerox: Shikaku looks almost exactly like his son, albeit with more scars and facial hair. Similarly, his relationship with Choza and Inoichi is a copy of the past 14 generations of their three families (and their own children make 16). Inoichi is a genderflipped example; had Ino been a male, he would look like a younger Inoichi; Choza, meanwhile, looks like a larger, more masculine, red-haired version of Choji, albeit with different facial markings and eyes that are nearly always shut.
- Good Parents: All three of them have good relationships with their kids.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Maybe not as much as their sons, but Choza and Shikaku display traits of this. Shikaku might not wear blue, but he's generally calm, fiercely intelligent, a respected and trusted strategist, and a long-range fighter. Choza, meanwhile, is the most physical of the trio (and in the Fourth Shinobi World War, he's the only one on the frontlines), fights at close to mid-range, and although he's not as emotional as his son, he has his moments. Not to mention he has the appropriate hair color.
- Sacrificial Lion: As of Chapter 613, Choza is the only member of the trio left.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (JP), Jonathan Fahn (EN), Gerardo Vázques (Latin America), Gaëtan Wiernik (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 137 (Manga), Naruto Episode 59 (Anime)
Shikamaru's father and the Jonin Squad Leader of Konoha. As Jonin Squad Leader, Shikaku is the second-highest ranked shinobi in the entire village, second only to the Hokage. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he acts as Tsunade's right-hand man and is in charge of planning and coordinating attacks for the entire army.
As of Chapter 613, he has been killed by the Ten-Tails' destruction of the Allied Shinobi Forces HQ, along with Ao and Inoichi.
- Always Someone Better: His son may have an I.Q. of over 200, but Shikaku can school him in shogi.
- Ascended Extra: He's gotten a more prominent role during the war against Obito and Madara.
- Badass Beard: A nice pointed and trimmed one.
- Badass Bookworm: Well, he is Shikamaru's father.
- Commanding Coolness: He's the Jonin Squad Leader of Konoha and Tsunade's right-hand man, famed for his strategic abilities. When Tsunade goes out onto the battlefield, Shikaku takes chargeback at HQ and gives his final orders to the Alliance when he realizes HQ is going to be bombed. Even foreign ninja such as the Raikage are impressed.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like his son. Their family's secret jutsu makes use of Casting a Shadow and Shadow Pin.
- Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to Obito and Madara launching an attack at the Shinobi Alliance HQ is to calmly accept that he and everyone else around him is going to die and tell everyone via mind link his last strategy to take down the Juubi.
- Friend to All Living Things: His hobby is looking after the deer. Notably, he was one of the only parents to encourage his kid to play with Naruto as a kid, making this more apparent.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Shikaku had two scars on the right side of his face which were probably his most noticeable feature.
- Hands-Off Parenting: He understands Shikamaru's lazy, apathetic nature and generally doesn't pressure him too much. When a pre-genin Shikamaru asks Shikaku whether Naruto is as bad as the other kids and adults make him out to be, Shikaku tells him he should make his own decisions about people.
- Henpecked Husband: Both he and Shikamaru are very careful to never make Yoshino angry.
- I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!: This reaction to his son made him come across as somewhat of an alcoholic, in his first appearance.
- Jerkass Has a Point: After the Sasuke Retrieval Arc ended in failure, he calls his son out for being a coward and bluntly stating that even if he retires from being a ninja, his friends would still go on other missions, just under a different leader.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's blunt and harsh, but ultimately fair. As an added note, he was one of the few parents who let Shikamaru play with Naruto when they both were kids. When Shikamaru asked why nobody played with Naruto, he advised Shikamaru to treat Naruto well, making him arguably the only parent of the cast to actually encourage their kid to play with Naruto.
- Nerves of Steel: A trait he passed onto his son.
- Passing the Torch: Passes on the position as the Alliance's Chief Strategist to his son moments before his death.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Was the one to decide to let Naruto talk to Pain alone, when he saw how important it was to him.
- While most adults in the village ordered their children to avoid and even scorn Naruto, Shikaku encourages Shikamaru to come to his own conclusions about the outcast kid and befriend him if they get along.
- Sacrificial Lion: Obito's and Madara's reaction to the Shinobi Alliance attacking the mind of the Juubi is to attack the minds of the Shinobi Alliance — namely Shikaku and the men linking him to the rest of the Shinobi Alliance. He's among the first casualties of the Ten-Tails' second form.
- Shadow Pin: Like his son and grandson, he can use the various Nara clan Hiden techniques, which can be used to restrain someone or to control an enemy's movement.
- Smart People Play Chess: Can even beat Shikamaru at shogi.
- The Stoic: Always kept his cool, either when scolding his son, killing enemy ninja, or facing his death.
- The Strategist: He the strategist for the entire Shinobi Alliance. He also manages to plan an attack using the entire army against Madara, Obito, and the Juubi, in only about a minute.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To Shikamaru, calling him a spineless coward when the latter decides he wants to give up being a shinobi after failing to retrieve Sasuke, resulting in Neji and Chouji being brought back in critical condition. He says his friends will still go on missions without him, and without him, they might not survive.
Voiced by: Daiki Nakamura (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), Raúl Anaya (Latin America), Franck Dacquin (French), Laurent Vernin (French, replacement voice)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 137 (Manga), Naruto Episode 57 (Anime)
Ino's father and a member of the Konoha Interrogation Unit. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he leads the Intelligence Division and acts as one of the main points of communication via his telepathic abilities.
As of Chapter 613, he has been killed by the Ten-Tails' destruction of the Allied Shinobi Forces HQ, along with Ao and Shikaku.
- Ascended Extra: He's gotten a more prominent role during the war against Obito and Madara.
- Badass Longcoat: In Part I, Inoichi was seen wearing the standard flak jacket over a black outfit, complete with hand-guards, forehead protector, and a sleeveless red haori.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He could give Guy and Lee a run for their money.
- Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to Obito and Madara launching an attack at the Shinobi Alliance HQ is to calmly accept that he and everyone else around him is going to die and help tell everyone via mind link Shikaku's last strategy to take down the Juubi.
- Mind Probe: Complete with raiding the Neuro-Vault.
- Mission Control: He acts as this during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He's a sensor ninja.
- Passing the Torch: Does this to Ino just before his death.
- People Puppets: The Mind-Body Disturbance Technique takes control of an enemy's body without transferring your own consciousness, making it a lot less risky than the Mind Body Switch Technique.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Relaying a message to thousands of Shinobi does this.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Inoichi's hobby is cultivating flowers.
- Sacrificial Lion: Obito's and Madara's reaction to the Shinobi alliance attacking the mind of the Juubi is to attack the minds of the Shinobi Alliance — namely Shikaku and the men linking him to the Shinobi Alliance. He's among the first casualties of the Ten-Tails' second form.
- Telepathy: Another part of the Yamanaka clan specialty.
Voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Michael Sorich (EN), Salvador Nájar and later Jorge Roig Sr. (Latin America)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 1 (Manga), Naruto Episode 59 (Anime)
Choji's father and head of the Akimichi clan. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he is placed in the First Division alongside Darui, Tenten, and Hiashi Hyuga. Due to the events of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Choza becomes the only surviving member of the previous Ino-Shika-Cho trio. In the anime, a flashback reveals that he used to be the jonin instructor for Might Guy, Ebisu, and Genma Shiranui.
- Acrofatic: It's the Akimichi clan schtick along with Kevlard.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: First one to use it. It's a clan specialty.
- Badass Boast:Dan: You sure got big, Choza.
Choza: And I'm about to get bigger.
- Big Eater: A given since he's part of the Akimichi Clan that use the calories in food as chakra. Case in point, his Adaptational Early Appearance has him request all of a two-page spread on a tavern's menu.
- Characterization Marches On: He's first seen in an Early-Bird Cameo as part of a mob of ninja who wants to hunt down and murder Naruto for stealing a scroll filled with forbidden techniques. When we get around to meeting him properly, he's almost nothing like that.
- Eyes Always Shut: Choza's eyes are never seen open.
- Facial Markings: Seems to be a clan thing.
- Gentle Giant: When off-duty. Especially seen in a flashback where he explains the Ino/Shika/Cho trio story to little Chouji.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is severely injured and believed to be dead after protecting Choji from Pain. He does get better, though.
- Nice Guy: He is a gentle and caring man with seemingly great wisdom and understanding of the world, and has a deep love for his son, Chōji. He was also one of the only parents to encourage his son to treat Naruto well, showing he was more friendly then most.
- Papa Wolf: Choza's shown himself to be willing to risk his life if it means keeping Choji safe. When Pain attacks Konoha and he and Choji are trying — and failing — to restrain Pain, and the Asura Path comes into contact with Kakashi's Chidori, he shields Choji from the resulting explosion, almost dying in the process. Later, when an undead Asuma aims a fire attack at Choji, Choza comes charging in in his giant form and shields Choji, getting badly burned. He doesn't let this faze him for too long and orders Choji to man up and remember the oath he made. Which Choji then does.
- Rolling Attack: One of the clan techniques. He performs a double one with Choji against Pain, not that it helps them.
- She Is All Grown Up: Dan Kato's reaction upon seeing Choza during the Fourth Ninja War suggests this. By doing the math, it's justified: Choza was a teenager when Dan died.
- Simple Staff: Choza's weapon of choice, also wielded by several other Akimichi. He uses it to hold back the Gedo Mazo statue, whack some Zetsu clones, and renegade Sand shinobi, and in the anime, he can even create winds with it.
- Sole Survivor: He's the sole remaining living member of the original Ino-Shika-Cho.
- Sizeshifter: He is the first to use the Expansion Jutsu's ability this way, during the invasion of Konoha.
- Taking the Bullet: Does this for Choji in the fight against Pain, enabling him to survive Shinra Tensei without being severely wounded. To Choji's relief, he survives the attack. He also blocks the tail of a faux Kurama with his body, and later blocks an attack from Asuma, getting burned in the process.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Choza is not pleased with Choji when he refuses to hit the zombified Asuma, and calls him out.
The Hyuga Clan
The Hyūga Clan is one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure. All members born into this clan possess the Byakugan, a kekkei genkai that gives them extended fields of vision and the ability to see through solid objects and even the chakra circulatory system, amongst other things. Members of this clan also possess the unique ability to expel chakra from any of the tenketsu in their bodies.
All provide examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, everyone in the Hyuga clan has large pupil-less white eyesnote , which are depicted as pale lavender in the anime.
- Alliterative Name: Very common among the clan.
- Aura Vision: The Byakugan can see chakra.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: There is infighting within the clan's Branch Family and Main Family though they are ultimately all bound together in a strong sense of duty and pride. Though compared to the Uchiha, they aren't nearly as screwed up, especially with the truth of the Uchiha Massacre.
- Close-Range Combatant: The Hyūga Clans Gentle Fist generally revolve around close-range combat, making active shinobi from this clan this.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Pupil-less white eyes.
- Hufflepuff House:
- The Hyuga are an extensive, powerful, and important family in Konoha, but you wouldn't know it to look at them. The Uchiha clan never has more than three members during the present story, and it still has more influence over everyone and everything in the setting than the Hyuga clan does. Their Byakugan was part of the "Three Great Dojutsu" along with the Sharingan and Rinnegan, and in Chapter 78 Kakashi stated that the Byakugan surpasses the Sharingan in regards to perception abilities, but thanks to the Sharingan gaining about five thousand new abilities since this was brought up (including the fact that the Rinnegan is just a powered-up Sharingan), it has had no relevance to the story beyond a one-time use by Neji to find Gaara after Deidara kidnapped him.
- In the final arc, it is revealed that Kaguya possessed the Byakugan. However, it appears that this was only done to tie the Byakugan into the other two Dojutsu, with Hamura establishing the origins of the Hyuga clan. Beyond that, and the fact Black Zetsu's plot did not involve the Hyuga in any shape or form, still leaves the Hyuga as this trope.
- The canon movie The Last remedies this by making a Hyuga (Hinata) as the main female lead, establishing that the Byakugan having its own upgraded form (the Tenseigan), and having Hamura himself appear to bestow his power to Hinata. In a reversal to the above, the Uchiha are reduced to mere cameos.
- The Sequel Series, Boruto, further remedies this by having Boruto's Jogan be tied to the Tenseigan, and having Himawari activate her Byakugan at age 4 without any prior training and learning to access it at will by age 10, making their Hyuga blood a huge part of their characterization.
- Kimono Is Traditional: As many members will tell you, the Hyugga are an illustrious clan with a long hsitory in the Hidden Leaf village. So a standard outfit for every member of the clan we see is a plain kimono unless they are in uniform or training.
- Magical Eye: The Byakugan.
- Non-Nazi Swastika: In the manga, the clan's cursed seal resembles that of a manji, but this was changed to a "x" symbol in the anime.
- Power Palms: The Gentle Fist style typically focuses on striking the opponent with the palm.
- Pressure Point: The point of the Gentle Fist style is to target these, enhanced with chakra to potentially deadly effect.
- Praetorian Guard: The Branch Family who are sworn by their lives to protect the Main Family who governs the clan.
- Prophet Eyes: Inverted with Byakugan. Though their eyes are blank white, they are not blind. Just the opposite, as the Byakugan greatly enhances their vision.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: The Gentle Fist, which provides examples of...
- Superpowerful Genetics: All the Supernatural Martial Arts and Magical Eye abilities are granted by these. The Last reveals that all Main Family members inherit their chakra from their ancestor Hamura.
- Super Senses: And other abilities such as nearly 360-degree vision and telescopic view.
- Touch of Death: The idea behind the Gentle Fist style, using precisely aimed hits to shoot destructive chakra bursts into the interior of an opponent's body. It's all the more effective since no amount of regular training can make your internal organs more resistant to damage.
- True Sight: The Byakugan has the ability to pierce through visually disabling techniques and illusions.
- Underdogs Never Lose: Despite the Hufflepuff House trope above, by the end of the Naruto series, the Hyuga are notably the only clan descended from Kaguya Otsutsuki still active and flourishing to the present. The Uzumaki have only Naruto, his children, and Karin left (plus Tsunade if you count descendants); the Uchiha have Sasuke and Sarada; Tsunade makes up the sole surviving remnant of the Senju (and she's only a descendant, not a full member); the Otsutsuki's last member, Toneri, is floating somewhere on the Moon; and the Kaguya clan is extinct. It is later revealed that the Otsutsuki have other living members, but that doesn't change the fact that Toneri is the only one both carrying the Otsutsuki name and directly descended from Kaguya. In stark contrast, the Hyuga has eleven living named members (including Boruto and Himawari), plus dozens of other unnamed ones. Getting out of the spotlight isn't necessarily bad.
- Vein-o-Vision: The Byakugan can see the chakra network and identify chakra points (spots in the chakra network that can, when struck, temporarily cut off chakra flow to parts of the body).
- X-Ray Vision: The Byakugan can see through solid objects.
Voiced by: Eizou Tsuda (JP), John DeMita (EN), José Luis Orozco (Latin America), Martin Spinhayer (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 78 (Manga), Naruto Episode 46 (Anime)
Hiashi Hyūga (日向ヒアシ, Hyūga Hiashi) is the head of the Hyūga clan. He is also the father of Hinata and Hanabi Hyūga, as well as the older twin brother of the late Hizashi Hyūga, and the paternal uncle of Neji Hyuga. Born as the eldest of the twin sons of the former leader, the ruthless traditions of the clan and a tragedy that happened later would make him very, very bitter...
In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he is placed in the First Division alongside Darui, Choza Akimichi, and Tenten, and ends up having to fight his brother, who has been brought back as a zombie via Edo Tensei.
Appears again in The Last: Naruto the Movie, trying to fight the film's villain Toneri but ultimately loses. He is saved by Sasuke and it is due to his pleading to Kakashi that his daughters and Naruto's team were saved from vaporization while they were on the moon. Later becomes a grandfather to Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari.
- Abusive Parent:
- To Hinata. Things have started to get better after the chunin exam though, and if his talk with Edo-Tensei Hizashi is a good sign, as he points out that Hinata and Neji are fighting together against their fates.
- Hiashi himself had one. When the Kumo brought an ultimatum for the Hyuga to hand over Hiashi, his father had no second thoughts about sacrificing his heir for it. And when Hizashi volunteered, he didn't protest, either.
- Action Dad: As the 20 Suna and Oto ninja he wrecks with a gigantic Rotation can attest to. Even earlier, he killed with a single strike a Kumo ninja who attempted to kidnap Hinata. In the Fourth Ninja War, he enters the Ninja Alliance alongside his daughter.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When it came to gaining Neji's forgiveness.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: A grandparent example. Old Hiashi is completely doting towards his grandson and especially his granddaughter. In Naruto Shinden, his attempt to buy rare cards for Boruto leads him to personally ask Naruto, his son-in-law and the Hokage himself for a mission in spite of his age, only to accidentally inflict Eight Trigrams 64 Palms on the mission's client, whom he mistakenly thinks is the target. Later, he is caught by Shino playing dirty to get the cards, and yet he walks out unashamedly. You can practically hear Hinata's and Hanabi's collective facepalm as they accompany their father during this all.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the invading Sound ninja painfully find out.
- Badass Boast: Hiashi tends to give ones regarding the strength of the Hyuga clan.(To the invading Suna and Oto shinobi) "The Hyūga clan is the strongest in Konoha. Remember it well."
- Big Brother Bully: What Neji viewed him as in relation to Hizashi.
- Cain and Abel: With his twin younger brother Hizashi, due to the inner politics of the Hyuga clan. Subverted later.
- The Chains of Commanding: He's the head of the Hyuga clan's main family (of Konoha's upper class) and, when we first meet him, he appears to be a very strict, stern-looking man and a "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl for his daughter Hinata. However, it's later revealed that he's been carrying around massive inner grief for the Heroic Sacrifice pulled nine years earlier by his twin brother (who was delegated into the clan's branch family because Hiashi was born first) and the rift between both sides of the clan exacerbated by such terrible circumstances.
- *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": By the events of Boruto, Hiashi is suffering from back problems. When he challenges Boruto for a spar, Hanabi immediately volunteers to replace him, partly to prevent Hiashi from going all out, partly to spare his back from giving way.
- Distressed Dude: In The Last, an encounter with Toneri left him very injured and was rescued by Sasuke days later, to be brought back to the village for treatment.
- Doting Grandparent: Revealed to be one towards his two grandchildren in the Boruto anime.
- Evil Uncle: What Neji originally saw him as, until he learned the truth about his father's death.
- Geometric Magic: Is in charge of the Caged Bird Seal.
- Heartbroken Badass: Heavily implied that his wife suddenly passed away after the birth of Hanabi (she's shown in a brief flashback of Episode 166 in Shippuden holding baby Hanabi while Hinata is barely older than a toddler) not long before the Cloud coup took place, which caused him to go sour and start mistreating his daughters.
- It's All My Fault: "My apologies Hizashi, I let Neji die."
- Just One Man: Near the end of the Invasion of Konoha arc, around 20 Sand Ninjas surround him and remark that he's just one man. Hiashi then defeats them all with a very large Rotation jutsu.
- Kneel Before Frodo: Goes on his knees and begs for Neji's forgiveness when he tells him the truth over his father's death.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: His Kaiten (a defensive spinning technique) can send the attackers flying with lethal force.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had he been truthful earlier, Neji would've been somewhat less of a bitter Jerkass...
- Not So Stoic: When he tells Neji what truly happened with Hizashi.
- Old Master: By Boruto. He's still widely regarded as the most powerful shinobi of the Hyuga clan despite his back problems.
- Papa Wolf: He did kill that Cloud Ninja who attempted to capture Hinata.
- Parental Favoritism: Hinata's perceived incompetence compared to Hanabi results in a rather heavy case of this.
- Parents as People: He was an ass, no questions about it, especially towards Hinata, but the situation that led him to be an ass wasn't exactly easy. And as said before, he gets better later.
- Pose of Supplication: Combined with Ain't Too Proud to Beg above, this is what convinces Neji that Hiashi is telling the truth regarding Hizashi's death. That The Patriarch of the clan is willing to bow to a branch house is unthinkable, especially since said branch member's bitterness towards the main clan.
- Secret Keeper: Hid what truly happened with Hizashi, in the hopes to tell Neji when he was Older and Wiser.
- Then again, if he had been truthful from the start, Neji wouldn't have believed him at first; in the manga (when Hizashi didn't leave a letter behind), Neji tells him that the story sounds convenient, and Hiashi says he wanted to wait until he could listen to him as an uncle rather than as head of the family.
- Screw Destiny: What he tells to the Edo-tensei-revived!Hizashi in Chapter 526.
- The Stoic: Generally not a very expressive individual.
- Super Mode: Gains a chakra cloak from Naruto that greatly increases his power.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When he sees wooden spikes heading toward Hinata and Naruto, with neither Hinata nor Neji able to knock them out of the air. Neji manages to block them... with his body.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- With Neji — Hiashi decided to make amends with his nephew and openly chose to train Neji in the Hyūga clan's full arts. Also, as this was considered a taboo to pass down secret techniques to the Branch House, this showed Hiashi to have become much more lenient and is not as strictly devoted to traditions, now desiring to end the rift within the clan, thus somewhat merging the two houses.
- With Hinata — He began to treat her better after the Chunin Exams arc, he openly applauded her for trying to fight Pain, he allowed her to participate in the Fourth Shinobi World War, and he did not stop her from helping him and Neji protect Naruto during the fight against Obito and Madara.
- By the New Era, he seems to have lightened up considerably, as he enjoys doting on his grandchildren and seems to be on excellent terms with his son-in-law. Boruto and Himawari are actually disbelieving when Naruto and Hinata tell them that Hiashi used to be much meaner.
- Trauma Conga Line: It's downplayed and Out of Focus compared to other examples, but on closer examination one can tell that Hiashi has lived a very difficult life. He and his twin brother's relationship was constantly strained due to the latter being forced into the Branch House simply for being born after him. His daughter was nearly kidnapped by a rival village when she was three years old, and that same brother chose to take his place and die to prevent a war with said village, which caused an immense rift in his immediate family that he was unable to bridge for years. Even after finally fixing that mess, his nephew, the last piece he had of his brother, dies protecting Naruto and Hinata. Two years later, he's attacked by a distant relative who wants to destroy the world, and tries to achieve that by kidnapping both of Hiashi's daughters, one to take the eyes of, the other to forcibly marry so they can repopulate the Earth with their descendants. All Hiashi can do in the end is beg Kakashi not to let the moon be destroyed so Hinata and Hanabi can be saved. It's implied that all these experiences are why Hiashi is a much warmer person in the New Era, as he no longer wants his remaining family to suffer the pain of such distance ever again.
Voiced by: Kazuaki Ito (JP), John DeMita (EN), José Luis Orozco (Latin America), Martin Spinhayer (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 102 (Manga), Naruto Episode 61 (Anime)
Twin younger brother of Hiashi, and a member of the branch house. Very, very bitter towards his older twin because of that, and presumed to have been sacrificed for Hiashi after a terrible incident. Things weren't so black and white in the end: Hizashi willingly sacrificed himself for his brother, as his way to Screw Destiny.
Resurrected by Kabuto via Edo Tensei and fought Hiashi himself before being sealed away.
- Abusive Parents: It's revealed in the databooks the Hyuga Elder who he conspired with to be killed in his brother's place was Hiashi and Hizashi's father.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In the anime, when he was resurrected during the Fourth Shinobi War Arc, he's shown using the Revolving Heaven technique, despite it being stated to be exclusive to the Hyūga Clan Head and its heir, neither of which Hizashi was in life.
- Back from the Dead: Kabuto resurrects him with Edo Tensei and makes him fight his brother.
- Cain and Abel: With his twin older brother Hiashi, due to the inner politics of the Hyuga clan. Subverted later: he was bitter, but deep down still cared.
- Facial Markings: The branch house mark on his forehead. Also, a sort-of leash on him, as it can be activated and cause him horrible pain if he's suspected of being rebellious.
- Generation Xerox: Neji also dies protecting a Main Family member, and his last thoughts are addressing his father, realizing what it means to choose death for your comrades.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He was born literally minutes after Hiashi and yet because of this, he had to become a Branch member. As a result, he grew resentful of the Main family for years to come, thinking that it's all thanks to fate that he was in his position. However, he apparently had a change of heart, as his death was a result of trying to Screw Destiny.
- Heroic Sacrifice: What his death truly was, since he willingly died for Hiashi (as his brother) and the village.
- Posthumous Character: Except when he's revived by Edo Tensei.
- Restraining Bolt: The seal on his forehead.
- Screw Destiny/You Can't Fight Fate: A constant theme for him and Neji. He died willingly to prove the first one, then said the latter when revived and Hiashi replied with the first.
- The Unfavorite: Abusive Parents favored his brother over him since he was born second.
Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN), Monserrat Mendoza (Latin America), Nycolle González (Latin America, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 78 (Manga), Naruto Episode 46 (Anime)
Hinata's younger sister. A dutiful ninja who bears the weight of the clan on her shoulders. She loves and admires her older sister very much and the feeling is mutual. Later becomes the leader of Team 15 in the Boruto anime, in addition to her duties as heiress of the clan.
- Adaptation Expansion: Hanabi gets more screen-time in the anime.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: An aunt example. She acts just like her father when she's around her nephew and niece in the Boruto anime.
- Because Destiny Says So: Much of the reason why she trains so much is that she's told she's destined to be the clan head instead of Hinata, which puts a huge burden on her to live up to expectations.
- Berserk Button: Judging by Boruto's reaction when Mitsuki asks why Boruto refers to her as "Big Sis" instead of "Aunt", Hanabi doesn't like to be referred to as the latter likely because it makes her feel old.
- Big Little Sister: She's five years younger than Hinata. As adults in the Boruto anime, Hanabi is 170 cm (5'7") while Hinata is 163 cm (5'4").
- Big Sister Worship: Hanabi idolizes and deeply loves her elder sister, Hinata.
- Broken Pedestal: Hanabi adores and idolizes her sister but her confidence in her was shaken when she defeated her in a match to determine which of the sisters would be their father's successor. She later realizes her sister was never as weak as she appeared.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: After a few drinks, Hanabi gets hammered when she sits down with Konohamaru, Moegi, Udon and Shino in the Boruto anime.
- Cat Smile: Rather unexpectedly sports one when she's gently teasing Hinata about her hesitation to give her red scarf to Naruto at the start of The Last.
- Character Development: She gets very little attention in the manga, but gets a lot of development in the two-part anime special focused on her.
- Cool Aunt: She's this with her nephew and niece in the Boruto anime, as she's playful with them and also gives her nephew helpful advice.
- Damsel in Distress: In The Last, Toneri kidnaps her as part of his plan to possess the Tenseigan. She's rescued by her sister and others.
- A Day in the Limelight: Hanabi gets a two-part special in the anime as an interlude to the plot of The Last, exploring the relationship between her and her sister.
- Eye Scream: Toneri steals her eyes so he can use them to activate the Tenseigan after marrying her sister, but Hinata gets them back for her.
- Heiress To The Dojo: Hiashi passed Hinata over and named Hanabi his heir apparent.
- Informed Ability: Hanabi was said to be stronger than Hinata, but as adults, Hinata proves otherwise. In the light novel Naruto Shinden: Parent and Child Day, Hanabi expects to win in a duel against Hinata because the latter has been a housewife for the last decade and hasn't gone out on missions in years. However, Hinata has been training Boruto throughout the years, so she's able to go toe-to-toe with Hanabi, and in the end she quickly defeats Hanabi.
- The Mentor: Team 15 (Sumire, Namida and Wasabi)'s teacher in the New Era.
- Missing Mom: The reason why her and Hinatas mother doesnt appear in the main story itself has never been touched upon.
- Satellite Character: Only appeared three times in the manga, twice with her father and once with Neji in Hinata's Infinite Tsukuyomi dream. She has a much bigger role in the anime.
- Screw Destiny: After seeing Hinata get stronger and stronger, despite being called a failure and yet remaining the kind, gentle person she knew, she's determined to be just like her sister and find her own path.
- Shipper on Deck: The Last shows that she is supportive of Hinata's feelings for Naruto.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Hinata. However, she has great respect for her sister, scoffing at the idea of Neji being stronger than her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Hanabi takes after her father the most.
- Stronger Sibling: Is considered this to Hinata, although this is mainly due to the latters immense shyness and unwillingness to harm others, which ultimately resulted in Hanabi becoming Heiress.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: The video games peg her with one.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Her personality is drastically different after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, with The Last showing her becoming much more easygoing, cheerfully teasing her sister, and even hanging a small doll on a kunai. The novelization notes that "something inside of her changed" since the death of her cousin Neji.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Doesn't make any canonical appearance in the manga after the Time Skip, until during Hinata's Infinite Tsukuyomi-induced dream.
- On the other hand, a post-Time Skip version of her designed by Kishimoto does show up in the non-canon spin-off Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth. She also makes her way into canon expansion packs during the run of the anime that inserts her into the events of previous moments retroactively.
- Hanabi finally appears in The Last, where she is kidnapped by Toneri, and appears again in the Boruto anime and light novels.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Like her older sister, but in different ways. Hinata is more about humility and developing the core of steel, while Hanabi is more about obedience to her elders. She grows out of this after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, becoming more of a Genki Girl instead.
Notable citizens from Konoha.
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (JP), Hisayoshi Suganuma (JP, young), Michael Reisz (EN, TV series), Josh Keaton (EN, Clash of Ninja 2), Mick Wingert (EN, Shippūden Episode 500), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America), Thierry Janssen (French), Jean-Paul Clerbois (French, Shippuden episode 327)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 1 (Manga), Naruto Episode 1 (Anime)
Mizuki is a childhood friend and was a former fellow Ninja Academy instructor of Iruka Umino. He later becomes the first antagonist of the series. At the series' start, he tricked Naruto Uzumaki into stealing Konoha's Scroll of Seals, which contains a number of forbidden jutsu. He convinced Naruto to do it by appearing sympathetic towards him, and told him that it would help him graduate from the Academy, but, in actuality, he despised Naruto. While he intended to steal the scroll from Naruto and to use Naruto as a scapegoat in the meantime, Iruka eventually figured out what he was up to and quickly caught up with Naruto and Mizuki. Realizing that it would be harder to get the scroll from Naruto if he teamed up with Iruka, he decided that he had to get Naruto to not trust Iruka. Mizuki then revealed to Naruto the truth about his past and why the village despised him: that he is the container for the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.
As Naruto was frozen in shock by this knowledge, Mizuki used this to his advantage by hurling a giant shuriken at the frightened Naruto. Iruka jumped in at the last second to block the shuriken with his own back, wounding him. Later, because of Iruka's kind, caring words and selfless action, Naruto had the courage to use the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique he had learned from the scroll to defeat Mizuki as punishment for harming Iruka, which inevitably greatened Mizuki's hatred for Naruto.
Mizuki returned in the anime, not long after Sasuke Uchiha's defection, freshly broken out from the Konoha Strict Correctional Facility with the aid of fellow inmates and intended to go to Otogakure, the Village Hidden in the Sound, and seek power from Orochimaru. Before he got too far, he had a run-in with Iruka and Naruto again, at whom the man was all too eager to exact his vengeance. While his newly found strength gave him some better threat credibility, drinking an unstable formula he had previously received from Orochimaru caused him to lose precious speed when he transformed into a tiger-esque beast and was left vulnerable to a Rasengan courtesy of Naruto. His newly found form shriveled into a grotesque elderly husk after which he lost all his capabilities as a shinobi, being returned to prison and never heard from again.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: There's nothing to suggest that he and Iruka are anything besides fellow teachers in the manga that ended up enemies due to the circumstances at play. Hell, Iruka calls the former a scumbag in the original version without a hint of pathos in his tone. During the Mizuki Strikes Back arc, however, they're mentioned to have been friends since their boyhood (at least from Iruka's point of view) with the latter showing plenty of angst and eventually, resignation over Mizuki's downfall.
- Adaptational Badass: He shows proficiency in manually wielding giant shuriken during his original appearance but not much beyond that, with later comments by Ebisu and Kakashi implying that he was one of their weaker shinobi. His return in the filler showcases that even before his time in jail, Mizuki was a multi-talented ninja with skills such as Earth Release and basic puppet jutsu. He's also shown to have a, albeit flawed, prototype Cursed Seal that's initial stage can give Naruto and Iruka a run for their money.
- Adaptational Villainy: Coupled with subverted Adaptational Heroism; as bad as Mizuki was at the beginning of the series, at least his manga counterpart was never inferred to be in league with the likes of Orochimaru. The heroism comes from his having a fiance which was never implied in the manga but subverted when it becomes clear his love of power and glory have long surpassed anything he might have once held for her.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Iruka and Tsubaki, plus Tsunade, all pity him a little for being crippled by the potion that ultimately robbed him of all his abilities as a shinobi, though Iruka at least tells him off for thinking he'd heal enough to ever face Naruto again.
- Almighty Janitor: His official rank was that of a chūnin but with his talents, he could've made jōnin easy if not for his twisted philosophy and deliberate lack of morals holding him back.
- Ambition Is Evil: His desire for greatness is all-consuming from his stealing of the Sacred Scroll, which he intended to offer to Orochimaru, to wanting to get his hands on the Sannin's power so he could destroy Konohagakure for "rejecting" his efforts as a shinobi.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the "Mizuki Strikes Back" anime Filler arc.
- Ascended Extra: He appears only once in the manga in the opening chapter and vanishes from the plot afterward beyond the rare flashback going back to that moment. The anime gives him a filler arc, the second in an infamously long stretch of pre-Shippūden fillers, which expanded his character and relationship with Iruka, showcases what makes him so detestable, and retcons his stealing the Sacred Scroll to be used as an offering for Orochimaru.
- Asshole Victim: In spite of Iruka, Tsubaki, and Tsunade's sympathies, Mizuki was very much an evil man who deserved his fate for not taking his so-called friend's offers of redemption while he could and crippled himself by taking that potion of which Orochimaru knew was flawed anyway, robbing him of any possible future as a ninja.
- Ax-Crazy: He showed signs of it in his original appearance, but by the time of his return he's long since stopped pretending. He takes a disturbing amount of pleasure in stating his desire to crush Iruka and Naruto for his previous defeat and his transformation into a tiger-man only makes him more crazed.
- Bait the Dog: Until Naruto steals the scroll, nothing seems off about him.
- Berserk Button: Not being given his dues is his biggest pet peeve...in spite of the fact that his own sadism and unwillingness to cherish anything but his own rise keep making it that nobody will ever grant him that validation.
- Beyond Redemption: Iruka tries to get him to face up to what he's done during his breakout, but Mizuki isn't having any of it, seeing Konoha as beneath him and no longer interested in earning their respect. Iruka resigns himself and has to accept that there's no hope for the man he once called a friend. Poor Tsubaki comes to this conclusion after the battle with her resolving to start her life anew beyond her ex-lover.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seemed kind towards Naruto at first, then drops the act when the Scroll of Seals is in grasp. The anime later shows that he was always this way towards Iruka, faking a friendship with him to mooch off others' sympathies and gaining popularity.
- Brought Down to Normal: Tsunade saves him after he's defeated, but the damage his body suffered will prevent him from ever being a shinobi again.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: The second stage of his prototype Cursed Seal is proven to be dangerous for the user as it destroys the cells upon activation. There's a decrease in speed it demands in exchange for greater power, which enables Iruka and Naruto to entrap and defeat him.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's shown to know Earth Release in his filler arc.
- Driven by Envy: Towards Iruka, since he envied the positive attention his childhood friend received.
- Enfant Terrible: When he was twelve, Mizuki was already very much a bad seed. His jealousy of Iruka stealing attention away from him really had no basis other than the fact that he didn't care for it and seeing Hiruzen comfort him only made him more irritated. So he played the part of the good friend to Iruka just so he could get in on the Hokage's attention. Given the subtle Death Glare that Hiruzen was giving as the two "friends" ran off, it is unlikely he fell for it.
- Evil Counterpart: To Iruka. They are both introduced as potential mentor-figures for Naruto, but where Iruka genuinely wants what's best for Naruto, Mizuki is just manipulating him to suit his own ends.
- Evil Is Petty: Read all the other tropes related to his Start of Darkness and you'll begin to see what a vindictive and psychotic bastard he truly is. Pretending to be Iruka's friend while secretly using him for popularity and instant gratification, holding it against Iruka for passing while he didn't for an incident he knew full well was wrong even when he got the position anyway and seemingly being the only one left in the Leaf who legitimately hates Naruto even after the boy proved to most that he wasn't the abomination they all believed him to be. Hell, his defeat by Naruto's hands only made him hate the latter all the more.
- False Friend: To Iruka, according to the anime. The manga doesn't imply that they're anything more than fellow teachers.
- Fatal Flaw: Envy due to Iruka earning a teaching position before him, wrath for wanting to destroy the village that he feels never gave him the recognition he rightly didn't deserve, and pride in his abilities thinking that an "upstart genin" like Naruto could never compete with him.
- Foil: The anime makes him out as one to Sasuke. Say what you want about Sasuke's choices, at least his Start of Darkness was presented sympathetically and was gradually revealed to been manipulated by powers beyond his control or reasonability at the time. Mizuki, on the other hand, fostered his resentment off of basically "This kid (Iruka) is getting more attention than me, so I'll leech off that popularity while secretly making his life suck." And it doesn't stop there. Mizuki's issues revolve solely around not getting the recognition he feels he deserved for carrying out his missions whereas Sasuke had popularity from several of his agemates from the getgo but was indifferent to it due to his focusing on vengeance.
- For the Evulz: Unless you actually buy his idea that it was some kind of Mercy Kill or that it was necessary for the mission, his killing a comrade chūnin in a flashback is this. He didn't seem to have any reason to do it, and it even screwed him over later.
- Hate Sink: For goodness sake, the man's least favorite food is ramen! How much more offensive to Naruto could he possibly be? On a more serious note, Mizuki is one of the very few characters who can't really elicit any sympathy from the audience, even if he's overshadowed by the more major villains because of his motivations and goals which are so petty in comparison. Even Orochimaru had a tragic Start of Darkness that took many years to be completed, whereas Mizuki was heavily implied to be an inherent bad seed.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Filler stated he was in cahoots with Orochimaru who gave him a recipe for a potion that would increase his chakra. It did, giving him a humanoid tiger appearance and he bats Naruto and Iruka around a bit. But after the two manage to beat him, the potion turns him into a withered old man as it was highly unstable. Tsunade surmises that Mizuki was just another test subject for Orochimaru meaning he got screwed over twice. What's more, he can no longer be a ninja now due to it. And for a real kick in the teeth, Iruka tells Mizuki that Naruto far surpasses him in terms of strength.
- This happens to him in his flashback as well. He and a comrade decided to leave the third member of their team for dead during a code-retrieval mission. However, Mizuki hung back and killed the guy himself, thinking it a fitting fate for someone "weak enough" to get injured while fleeing from the enemy. Because of this, he was initially denied an academy teaching post due to the Hokage and other jōnin suspecting he had unnecessarily killed a comrade. Being denied that post seemed to be the last straw in his hate for Iruka.
- Heck this goes back all the way back to the first chapter when he tricked Naruto into stealing the scroll (the Filler revealing he was trying to give it to Orochimaru). He assumed he could easily take it from Naruto just for his amateur rank. Not only does that not happen, but Naruto also manages to figure the scroll's power and beats him silly with it. Said power would later become a trademark of Naruto's which he only got better with over time.
- Hulking Out: His Cursed Seal's first form causes him to beef up and become slightly feral.
- Hypocrite: Most if not all his claims that Konoha never gave him his dues fall flat considering how he blatantly disregarded the teachings of the village he was born in. He claims that killing his comrade during a mission was his only choice when he could've simply carried the man away on his back since the enemy gave him enough time to do what he did instead: suffocate the poor guy with him gleefully mocking the fallen man for being stupid enough to get injured in the first place. As a side effect of that pointless act of sadism, he was initially denied the spot of an academy teacher which fully solidified his resentment of Iruka, and possibly including the Hokage, in spite of the fact that he later got the position anyway as seen at the beginning of the series (the fact that he blamed Iruka for it period shows a clear skew of priorities). He saw things such as friendship and morality as nothing more than a distraction from true glory and that to do otherwise is resigning yourself to never realize your true potential. All of this despite the man growing up in a village that currently believes that bringing all your comrades home safely is a victory in itself and also believes in cherishing said comrades like they were your own family. Had circumstances been different, he'd probably have been right at home in Oto, who (previously) believed most of the things he does.
- I Just Want to Be Special: This is what his overall motivation essentially boils down to, but his personality problems and lack of respect for life forever ensure that no one will ever give him validation.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Damningly tells Iruka he will never acknowledge him as a true ninja and complains about his "pampering" Naruto while tossing him to the wayside despite the hypocrisy of ignoring Konoha's general ideals. A lot of his issues seem to stem from what he perceives as Konoha not giving him his dues; the problem is that giving him what he wants only exuberates his arrogance whereas (rightly) not showing him appreciation earns his ire. Either way, with his mindset, he had no chance of ever obtaining his goal to the point that he refused to believe what Naruto tells him about Orochimaru abandoning Otogakure and not waiting for Mizuki as the Sannin promised.
- I Reject Your Reality: Inferred with his deriding Konoha for amending its opinion of Naruto, clearly still sore from the humiliating beating he received from the boy.
- Jerkass: He once murdered a comrade for being "too weak", and he reveals the truth about Naruto's origins with sadistic glee.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He tells Naruto that Iruka is strict because he had to learn maturity after losing his parents at a young age, and that deep down, he understands Naruto. Granted, this is a tactic used to manipulate Naruto, but he also happens to be correct.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His Filler arc shows a flashback of him being once a good friend of Iruka when they were kids... Only to reveal later in that same episode that, on Mizuki's part, this friendship has always been a lie.
- Lack of Empathy: And damn proud of it. He takes way too much pride in stating that things like friendship and loyalty are worthless and derides the Will of Fire as pure nonsense.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Trusting Orochimaru to keep his word ultimately cost him dearly.
- Lightning Bruiser: The first stage of his Cursed Seal boosts his power and speed which enables him to bat around Naruto and Iruka a bit. However, he sacrifices most of his speed for power when entering his second stage which enables Naruto to outpace and defeat him.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Naruto to steal the scroll, in order to steal it for himself and make Naruto his scapegoat. Later, he also tempts his cellmates Fūjin and Raijin into helping stage a breakout in exchange for delicious food that may be awaiting them at Otogakure. They didn't have a chance.
- Mega Neko: His final cursed seal form resembles a tiger.
- Mighty Glacier: In the Filler arc, he starts to sacrifice speed for power, which ends up being part of what helps Iruka and Naruto beat him.
- Morality Pet: Subverted with his ex-fiancé, Tsubaki. He takes time to visit her after his escape and at first, treats her with an unnerving gentleness that seems so out-of-character from what we know him for. The moment he mentions Naruto, however, Tsubaki chastises her lover for his prejudiced views on the boy as well as saying how hard he fought for Konoha during Konoha Crush, which brings all the bad memories of the "nine-tailed brat" back to the forefront. He stops playing nice and knocks out Tsubaki upon seeing that she lacks his ambition and has no desire to support his lunacy. Later, when she tries once more to dissuade Mizuki, all he tells her is that if she really cares for him so much, she should make herself useful to him before literally tossing her aside, fully cementing that his love for power has surpassed any feelings he may have once had for her.
- Mr. Fanservice: During his return in the filler arc, his new outfit shows off his newly acquired muscles which are admittedly easy on the eyes. If only the man himself wasn't such a bastard.
- Never My Fault: He overheard Hiruzen and the exam proctors deciding not to hire him initially as a teacher due to him unnecessarily killing his teammate and got pissed, growing to resent Iruka passing while he didn't, never once stopping to consider that killing that poor ninja might have been something to reflect on. Even when he was eventually passed, he refused to let it go.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: As a result of going along with his plan, Naruto learns the crucial Shadow Clone Jutsu and actually does graduate from the academy, even if Mizuki was planning on using him.
- Older Than They Look: The First Databook lists Mizuki's age as 27 and Iruka's as 25. However, the Second Databook — due to a case of Writers Cannot Do Math (Iruka's meant to be a student at the time of the Nine-Tails' attack) — does a Retcon for Iruka's age to 22-23 (during Part I) and 26 (for Part II). Mizuki, meanwhile, is never mentioned in the Databooks again, being a One-Shot Character before the anime Filler brought him back. So Mizuki was originally described as two years Iruka's senior, but if the anime Retcon is taken as Canon, they're both the same age (22-23) during Part I.
- Redemption Rejection: Several times he throws Iruka's pleas to own up to his sins back in his non-friend's face, getting increasingly aggravated with each plea. It isn't until they battle it out where they'd taken the Teacher Recruitment Exam years ago that the latter gets that Mizuki has no intention of atoning that he hardens himself to bring his "old friend" in.
- The Resenter: Towards Iruka. It seems they used to be genuine friends at some point, but Mizuki grew jealous of the attention paid to Iruka, and Iruka passing the teaching exam when he didn't, appeared to be the last straw for him.
- Sadist: He shows many signs of being one, taking pleasure in suffocating a downed teammate just because he could and wanting to drag out Iruka and Naruto's suffering during his rematches with them.
- Sequel Episode: His brief reappearance in a Filler arc qualifies.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He gets beaten at the start of the series and, not counting Filler, just vanishes from the plot. Yet his single action of convincing Naruto to steal the Hokage's scroll and learning Shadow Clone Jutsu ended up helping Naruto go from the worst student at the academy to the World's Strongest Man.
- Social Darwinist: Shows shades of this in the Filler — it bites him in the ass because he's applying the "only the strong survive" ideal against Naruto when it's actually against him.
- Starter Villain: The first villain that Naruto encounters.
- Start of Darkness: It's unclear if he was ever a decent human being (his lover believes he was, he claims he wasn't), but his resentment for Iruka turned any feelings of genuine camaraderie sour until the ambition and malice were all that was left.
- Took a Level in Badass: Until he got a serious Hoist by His Own Petard.
- Undying Loyalty: To Orochimaru at first, truly believing him to be a great ninja (if only for how powerful he was) and refused to believe Naruto when he told him otherwise. It isn't till he's a victim of Oro's manipulations himself that he finally gets the message and by that point, it costs him greatly.
- Unwitting Pawn: He tried to use Naruto as this in order to obtain the Sacred Scroll only for it to blow up in his face. He later recruits Fūjin and Raijin to his cause and appears only to use them as a distraction while he slips to Orochimaru's undetected, though his drive to kill Iruka and Naruto made him lose sight of that plan. Later, he finds out too late that he was Orochimaru's pawn by being given that prototype cursed seal and that unstable formula.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played With. He did level grind during his time in prison. It's just that Naruto's level grinding, by the time of the Filler arc in which he appeared, was more effective.
- Virtue Is Weakness: Makes it a point to repeatedly let everyone know that he looks down on camaraderie and loyalty. He actually gets pissed off whenever someone tries to convince him otherwise.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: After he breaks out of jail, he's given a collared vest courtesy of Tsubaki to show off his newly gained six-pack.
- Wham Line: Delivers the first in the series, revealing Naruto's status as the demon fox host.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair, is an asshole.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Plans on doing this to Naruto. It's fair to assume he never intended to keep the Legendary Stupid Brothers around either, even if they had managed to reach Orochimaru.
Voiced by: Shiho Hisajima (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 406 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 153 (Anime)
A seemingly intelligent young female ninja working in Konoha's cryptography unit. She helps Shikamaru, Naruto, and Kakashi figure out the code Jiraiya left before his death. Later, she accompanies Shikamaru and his father Shikaku when Pain attacks and survives the destruction of Konoha.
Her most notable trait is her huge crush on Shikamaru, who is completely oblivious about it. See Hinata and Naruto.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: By the side.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Temari and Ino's Veronicas.
- Cute Bookworm: So adorable.
- Declaration of Protection: Shikamaru breaks his leg while protecting her when Pain destroys most of Konoha.
- Ditzy Genius: Pretty competent at her job, hopeless in anything else.
- Love at First Sight: When seeing Shikamaru.
- Luminescent Blush: She does it every so often whenever she shares the panel space or screentime with Shikamaru, which is fairly often.
- Third-Option Love Interest: Compared to Temari and Ino.
Fu Yamanaka and Torune Aburame
Fu voiced by: Manabu Sakamaki (JP, adult), Ryuichi Kijima (JP, young), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Torune voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi (JP), Grant George (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 403 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 198 (Anime)
Danzo's bodyguards for the Kage Summit, and the best operatives in Root. Fu is from the Yamanaka clan and Torune is from Aburame clan. Fu attempts to posses Ao's body in an effort to take his Byakugan but fails thanks to Fifth Mizukage's efforts. Both get worfed by Tobi, but not before Torune infects his right arm, forcing him to sit out on the fight between Sasuke and Danzo. Later on, they are unceremoniously killed off as a demonstration of Edo Tensei's preparation rituals.
- Adaptation Expansion: Torune was deployed by Kabuto into the war in episode 316, and faced Shino in battle during the next episode, giving both characters a little backstory. Torune had been raised by Shibi, Shino's father after his actual father Shikuro died at an earlier point.
- And I Must Scream: Fu's variation of the Yamanaka clan's Grand Theft Me invokes this, by placing the target's body in a booby-trapped puppet, while Fu gains control of the target's body. When he used this on Ao, he immediately attempted to stab out his eye and when that didn't work, attempted to cut off his head.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Both of them figure out how Tobi's Made of Air powers work after 3 minutes of fighting him. Tobi even compliments them on it.
- Back from the Dead: Torune is revived by Kabuto using Edo Tensei. This is expanded upon in the Anime.
- Bee Bee Gun: Torune's bugs differ from the rest of his clan's being that they are nano-sized and capable of destroying target's cells in addition to draining chakra.
- Beetle Maniac: Torune, being an Aburame, can control bugs.
- Big Brother Mentor: Torune was one to Shino in the anime.
- Bus Crash: And they are immediately killed off after their reappearance.
- Childhood Friends: Torune and Fu in the anime.
- Combination Attack: When Fu and Torune attack together.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Torune's Jar of Poison technique.
- Friend to Bugs: Torune. Again, he's an Aburame so it kinda comes with the territory.
- Grand Theft Me: Fu's Mind Transfer Jutsu.
- Human Sacrifice: Fu becomes one when Kabuto uses him for Edo Tensei.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Fu is a very skilled sensor, though not in the same league as Karin.
- Odd Name Out: Their names don't fit their respective clans' naming patterns. At first, you could chalk it up to Root assigning them codenames for operations, but the fourth databook reveals that, yes, Fu and Torune are their birth names.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Fu, as he shares his first name with the Nanabi Jinchuriki.
- Poisonous Person: Torune, via his bugs.
- Psychic Powers: Fu abilities stem from this.
- People Puppets: Fū is capable of using his clans Mind-Body Swap hidden jutsu and techniques related to it.
- Unwanted Revival: Torune was only killed and brought back as a demonstration as to how the Impure World Reincarnation jutsu works.
- Put on a Bus: Aren't seen after the Danzo fight until the Start of the war arc.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Vizs translations Fū as Foo.
- The Stoic: Due to Root's emotional suppression training.
- The Symbiote: Torune has a mutually beneficial relationship with the insect colony living inside his body.
- Touch of Death: Torune's bugs are distributed this way.
- Satellite Character: Aside from being Danzo's guards and having unique twists on their respective clan's techniques, they really don't contribute much apart from being fuel for an Edo Tensei demonstration. The anime expands Torune a bit more, though.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Both are introduced with little to no characterization, quickly beaten and then killed off.
- The Worm That Walks: While not made of bugs, Torune has housed a swarm of nano-sized bugs in his body since shortly after his birth, which might be more disturbing than simply being composed of the insects. Torune is basically a human hive.
Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN), Julie Basecqz (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 239 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 119 (Anime)
Kakashi's team member from his childhood, Rin was a skilled medical ninja. Obito is killed in action saving Kakashi from an enemy Rock Ninja and Rin is presumed deceased although it is not revealed how. It's later revealed that she did die, which was how both Kakashi and Obito got their Mangekyo Sharingan and was a key factor in sparking Obito's FaceHeel Turn into becoming Tobi. It was also revealed that she was a former Jinchuriki of the Sanbi. Her presence can still be felt years after her death, influencing how both Kakashi and Obito behaved for the rest of their lives.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime extends Kakashi's flashbacks to the day Rin died, adding scenes of him rescuing her and dialogue between the two, wherein she describes the ritual she underwent, but can't completely recall — which was having the Sanbi implanted in her.
- Afterlife Antechamber: It's eventually shown she had stayed in one for all the years after her death, watching and waiting for a destined moment when her spirit could help Obito and Kakashi save Naruto and Sasuke. She greets Obito upon his death, and when he is ready takes him with her to the afterlife.
- Animal Battle Aura: As a playable character in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, her Ultimate Jutsu involves her losing control of the Three-Tails, first forming a Version One Chakra Shroud, then rapidly progressing to Version Two and transforming into the beast itself.
- Break the Cutie: This poor little girl's life was harsh, to say at least. She was kidnapped by bad guys, watched one of her teammates die, was kidnapped again and turned into the Naruto equivalent of a nuke, and decided to kill herself to save her village.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Obito were very close from a young age and he had an unrequited crush on her.
- The Cutie: A textbook example of this.
- Damsel in Distress: She is taken captive by a Stealth Expert Rock ninja, prompting the plot of the gaiden. Later she was kidnapped again, this time by Mist-nin with a crazy evil scheme...who were themselves being mind-controlled by Madara.
- Dramatic Irony: She wanted to prevent the Sanbi from rampaging in Konoha and deliberately took the hit from Kakashi. The irony is that her suicide by Kakashis hand will be one of the main reasons for Obito becoming the masked man known as Tobi and his attack using Kurama on Konoha.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She can be seen with the rest of her team in a photo behind Kakashi's bed on the cover of Chapter 16.
- Facial Markings: She had a rectangular purple marking on both sides of her cheeks.
- Freudian Trio: She was The Ego on Team Minato.
- First Friend: It's implied she was this to Obito, being the first to support his goal in becoming the Hokage and unknowingly becoming the girl of Obito's dreams. It's because of Rin's death that Obito became an enemy of Konoha.
- Healing Hands: She's able to use the standard healing technique.
- The Heart: She was the mediator between Kakashi and Obito whenever there was a conflict between them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She deliberately took the hit from Kakashi, as she had the Sanbi sealed inside her and was intended as a Trojan Horse for Konoha. Once they had "rescued" her and taken her back, the seal would break and the Sanbi would run wild.
- Heroic Suicide: She puts herself in front of Kakashi's Chidori to save their village from a potential disaster.
- Heroic Willpower: She is able to resist giving away vital information while under an enemy genjutsu.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Madara Uchiha, the true perpetrator behind her death placed a cursed seal in her heart which stopped any attempts to off herself and end his plans. She was forced to have Kakashi take it out for her.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ran through the heart with a Chidori from her love interest. Sure, it was quite unintentional on Kakashi's part, but damn.
- Kill the Cutie: Kakashi killed her by running her through with a Chidori. But that was Rin's plan all along. But unfortunately for her this very much played into the hands of Madara Uchiha, the true mastermind behind Rin's death.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She was Obito's entire reason for living, and also the only one keeping Kakashi's mental health together out of a promise he made with Obito to keep her safe. When she dies, everything goes to hell for both boys.
- The Lost Lenore: For Obito, whose entire motivation stems from her death and a desire to create a world where she can live once more.
- Love Triangle: Obito was in love with Rin, who had feelings for Kakashi.
- The Medic: She was extremely skilled for her age, being able to perform a complex eye transplant with minimal tools at thirteen.
- Morality Chain: Had she never died, both Kakashi and Obito would have never turned out to be the broken men who've dragged the entire world in their despair.
- Nerves of Steel: She doesn't give away vital information when under genjutsu torture and is able to steel herself long enough to perform the eye transplant on Kakashi. She only breaks down afterward when she is forced to leave Obito behind to die alone.
- Nice Girl: Mediates Kakashi and Obito's arguments without taking sides, despite her feelings for Kakashi. A contrast to Sakura, who spent most of her time always agreeing with her Love Interest Sasuke over Naruto.
- Not-So-Small Role: She died. Everything went straight to hell.
- Oblivious to Love: She was completely unaware about Obito's feelings for her, until Kakashi told her. Given Obito's fate, she didn't take it too well.
- Only One Name: She's actually a subversion, but it's still worth noting that it took roughly 350 chapters since her introduction before we finally learned her family name. Many fans used various reasons to assume that she didn't have one.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for several years by the time the plot commences.
- Plot-Triggering Death: It wasn't her sensei's death, nor her teammate's "death". It was her death that caused the plot of Naruto in the first place, despite being a rather obscure character who had no direct connection or hand in any of the major events of the backstory, such as the Nine-Tails' Attack or the Uchiha Clan Massacre. Why? Because her death in the backstory directly motivated Obito into becoming Tobi. While Obito emphasizes that she is not the only reason he started the war, the fact remains the way she died was a major motivation for his new world view and all that came with it.
- Protectorate: To Obito and Kakashi.
- Satellite Love Interest: She's a Posthumous Character, so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, but the main things we know about her are she's a Nice Girl, a Combat Medic in training, and that Obito loves her but she loves Kakashi. That last one is the most notable, and the main reason she exists is to be The Lost Lenore for Obito, motivating him to become Tobi, and to awaken both his and Kakashi's Mangekyo Sharingan.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: In her was sealed Three-Tailed Beast for a short time.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Given that she died not too long after Obito, which would have largely rendered his and Kakashi's rescue of her (and Obito's Heroic Sacrifice) pointless, barring Kakashi's acquisition of the Sharingan. Considering this also resulted in Obito's Start of Darkness as Tobi, her kidnapping kinda acts as the catalyst for the events of the series.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She was just a minor character, but her death turned a really good kid into a really bad guy, which influenced the whole plot.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Her main reason for existing in the series is so that she would die, motivating Obito into becoming Tobi and awakening the Mangekyo Sharingan in both her teammates.
- Suicide by Cop: The Three-Tailed Beast had been sealed inside her by agents of Kirigakure, and intended for Rin to return to Konoha, where the beast would break out and rampage, destroying the village. Instead, when Kakashi tried to kill one of the Mist-nin pursuing them, Rin chose to save her village from this fate by putting herself in the way of his attack, which resulted in both she and the Sanbi (temporarily, in the Sanbi's case — Tailed Beasts cannot truly die, being living chakra, though they take some time to reform after their host dies with the beast still sealed in them) dying and thwarting Kiris plan. Course, she did not known that her dying was Madara's plan, and the way she died was in fact a even better result than he had hoped for in ensuring Obito's corruption.
- Together in Death: Of a sort: Much like Kakashi and his father, she meets Obito after his death and takes him into the afterlife.
- Tragic Monster: The Kiri-nin planned for her to become one by destroying her hometown with the Three-Tails.
- Turtle Power: Guess who got Three-Tails?
- Unwitting Pawn: Despite all her attempts to counteract it, she became one for Madara Uchiha.
- Walking Spoiler: She's mostly the reason Naruto is as it is.
- Warts and All: She promised Obito she would always watch over him, this extended to after her death. When Obito dies, Rin greets him in the afterlife with a smile. Even knowing all he has done, she accepts him all the same, only referencing his crimes as him being "lost" for a while.
Voiced by: Ena Shimokawa (JP, old woman), Noriko Miyashita (JP, young woman), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 500 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 247 (Anime)
The First Hokages wife, and grandmother of Nawaki and Tsunade. She was well-known as a sealing techniques specialist, which later helped her lock the Nine-Tailed Fox inside her own body and made her his first Jinchuriki.
- Arranged Marriage: It's doubly important not only to maintain the Konoha-Uzushio alliance but also so Hashirama could keep track of Kurama easily.
- Battle Couple: With Hashirama.
- Detect Evil: Using Kurama, she's able to detect negative emotions, a trait Naruto later gains.
- The Empath: According to Tobi.
- Facial Markings: Has the diamond seal which her granddaughter Tsunade emulated, though it's unknown whether she also used it to store chakra.
- Generation Xerox: Both the second and the third host of the Nine-Tails belong to the same clan she did.
- Hot Consort: To the First Hokage.
- I Was Quite a Looker: We see her as a young woman and a grandmother. The differences are stark.
- Kissing Cousins: Possibly. It was stated that Uzumaki and Senju are distant cousins, but we know nothing about how closely Mito and Hashirama were related themselves.
- Long-Lived: She's possibly already old when Hashirama died, yet lived all the way up to Kushina's transfer to Konoha. Were it not for Kurama she might have lived even longer, possibly up to the present day.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Unknown for her own kids but she did outlive her grandson.
- Parental Substitute: It's hinted she may have been one to Kushina, because of their clan heritage and girl's final fate as Kurama's second Jinchuuriki.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She sealed the Nine-Tailed Fox inside herself, becoming his first Jinchuriki.
Zō voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP, Invasion of Konoha arc), Keigo Suzuki (JP, Trap Master arc), Daichi Endo (JP, Invasion of Pain arc), Kirk Thornton (EN, Invasion of Konoha arc), Lex Lang (EN, Trap Master arc), Vic Mignogna (EN, Invasion of Pain arc), Steve Kramer (EN, The Will of Fire)
Yūgao Uzuki voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (JP, mainly), Toa Yukinari (JP, Invasion of Pain arc), Jeannie Elias (EN, Chūnin Exams arc), Susan Dalian (EN, Invasion of Konoha and Invasion of Pain arc), Wendee Lee (EN, Twelve Guardian Ninja arc), Danielle Nicolet (EN, Fourth Shinobi World War arc), Sascha Alexander (EN, Infinite Tsukuyomi arc)
Zō Debut: Naruto Chapter 99 (Manga), Naruto Episode 68 (Anime)
Yūgao Debut: Naruto Chapter 137 (Manga), Naruto Episode 54 (Anime)
The ANBU are Elite Mooks that take orders directly from the Kage, performing special high-level missions, such as assassinations and torture.
- Combat Commentator: Zō provides the blow-by-blow during Hiruzen and Orochimaru's fight.
- A Day in the Limelight: Yūgao gets some closure during the War arc when she meets up with the freshly resurrected Hayate who is instructed by Kabuto to rob corpses of fallen shinobi to use for the Akatsuki's side during the conflict.
- Elite Mooks: More of an Informed Ability, but there was that case with three ANBUs stopping one of Pain's summons with an epic elemental jutsu combo.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: Most ANBUs are generally killed as if they were simple Chunin, there are even Chunin cases that last longer.
- Identical Stranger: A similar-looking ANBU captain to Zō appears in the opening of the Three-Tails filler arc, being killed by Kabuto before delivering a message on a lead to finding a hideout of Orochimaru's. There's room to speculate that the one who appeared during the Invasion of Pain arc may be another individual as well.
- Informed Ability: They're allegedly extremely competent. Their track record does little to support this, barring those viewers get to know.
- Mauve Shirt: Zō the cat-masked white-cloaked ANBU member and Yūgao Uzuki.
- Mr. Exposition: During Hiruzen and Orochimaru's fight, it is Zō who explains to another less informed ANBU about the first two Hokages as well as the principals regarding Edo Tensei.
- Minor Major Character: Zō is the leader of the ANBU, yet barely has any role in the story. And Yūgao is the one who found a young Sasuke after the Uchiha Massacre, but this was never brought up again. Nor did she actually get a chance to follow through on her vow to avenge Hayate's murder.
- Red Shirt: If they appear at any point you can bet they're going to be murdered sooner rather than later.
- The Worf Effect: Since they're supposed to be the best, they're used to hype whatever the newest threat is.
Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (JP), Wally Wingert (EN, TV series)note , Sam Riegel (EN, Ultimate Ninja Storm 2)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 310 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 50 (Anime)
A member of Root whom Sai looked up to as an older brother. He was killed when Danzo forced the two of them to fight to the death. Later it was revealed that Shin was already dying from an unidentifiable disease and lets it claim his life in order to spare Sai the guilt and horror of murdering a foster brother. Though the act numbs Sai afterward, it is this act that allows Sai to not completely give up his emotions and be brought back to "normal" by Naruto and Sakura years later.
- Back from the Dead: Brought back with Edo Tensei.
- Bare Your Midriff: Like Sai, he didn't complement the midriff-baring uniform of Root with anything else.
- Cool Big Bro: Sai's older brother figure who regularly complimented his talent in art.
- Determinator: Shin was noted to be quite tenacious.
- Incurable Cough of Death: He coughs, and eventually dies from it. Also goes hand in hand with Blood from the Mouth. Bonus points for Shin using only the word "incurable" when he's describing it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to Sai, he was very similar to Naruto — loud, impatient, and unrefined. He was also a kindly Cool Big Bro figure to Sai who encouraged the former to continue with his art.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Shares his name with the Uchiha from Naruto Gaiden.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's an Edo Tensei zombie.
- Posthumous Character: Dead before Shippūden (where Sai is introduced) begins.
- Unwanted Revival: He was brought back against his will.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shin has grey hair.
Voiced by: Daichi Endo (JP), John DeMita (EN), Peppino Capotondi (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 425 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 159 (Anime)
Kakashi's father, also known as the White Fang. He was an extremely skilled shinobi and respected by others until during a critical mission for Konoha, he chose to rescue his comrades instead of completing the mission. Soon the village, including the teammates he rescued shunned him for his actions after it became too much to bear, he took his own life. He apparently killed Sasori's parents at some point, fueling Chiyo's ire towards Konoha for many years, though she later gets over this.
After Kakashi was temporarily killed during the Invasion of Pain arc, Sakumo met with his son's spirit and both father and son finally reconciled over their tragic circumstances.
- Afterlife Antechamber: Was apparently stuck in one due to his regrets over his suicide. When Kakashi's near death experience allows them to meet and discuss things, Kakashi's forgiveness allows Sakumo to move on and finally reunite with his wife.
- Broken Pedestal: To all of Konoha, especially Kakashi. As seen below, he eventually was rebuilt.
- Driven to Suicide: He committed Seppuku to regain his lost honor.
- Famed in Story: At the height of his time, he was even more legendary than the Sannin.
- Good Parents: At least at first. A single dad after his wife died giving birth, he loved Kakashi dearly and showered him with affection along with picking him up every day after school despite his busy schedule. His suicide crushed his son, who decided to live entirely by the rules and shut off his emotions... at least until Rin and Obito died, after which Kakashi took his father's ideals to heart.
- Hated by All: After he chose to abandon an important mission to save his comrades, he was completely and utterly vilified by his home village, even by the people he saved, leading to his subsequent depression and suicide.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Averted, his preferred sword was a tanto.
- My Greatest Failure: He sees his suicide and subsequent failure to raise Kakashi as this.
- Nice Guy: He was perfectly cordial to Might Duy, who was known and mocked for being an 'eternal genin'. He's also appropriately abashed when he mistakenly assumes Guy got into the academy and acknowledges to Kakashi that Guy's hard work will make him a strong rival.
- Not-So-Small Role: Look at the entries of the people he indirectly influenced. Despite being much older than them, in a way, he was the prototype for all the values embodied in the series.
- Posthumous Character: Dead long before the story begins and unlike other notable ninjas, was never revived with Kabuto's Edo Tensei.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Saved his teammates at the expense of a mission.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Thanks to Obito, Kakashi eventually gets that pedestal back, after hearing Obito say that he respects Sakumo's decision. Seems the rest of the village eventually (as well as many from neighboring villages) got the pedestal back as well. With most characters in the present speaking very highly of Konohas legendary "White Fang".
- Red Baron: Konoha's White Fang, stemming from his use of a White Light Chakra Blade. Some say that he was even more terrifying to face in combat than the Sannin!
- Spirit Advisor: Eventually meets up with Kakashi and listens to his tale.
- So Proud of You: To Kakashi, after hearing his tale in the Invasion of Pain arc.
- Together in Death: He notes that Kakashi's mother died far too young, and is overjoyed that he will finally be able to be with her again after Kakashi helps him forgive himself so his spirit can truly move on to the afterlife.
- True Companions: With his fellow shinobi, who he chooses to protect instead of finishing the mission. Unluckily for him, they don't return the devotion. True, it was an important mission, but still...
- Vindicated by History: An In-Universe example. At the time when he was alive, his selfless act of saving his comrades had him made a target of ridicule by the village and he ended up dying a broken man. However, over the years that followed his suicide, pretty much everyone realized how honorable and good he had been, turning him into a hero among the Leaf that became well known throughout the world. Even Kakashi eventually felt this way, and his act of saving people would inspire Kakashi to become the man he is now.
Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN)note , Luis Fernando Orozco (LA Spanish), Ioanna Gkizas (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 160 (Manga), Naruto Episode 91 (Anime)
The grandson of Mito Uzumaki and Hashirama Senju. Dreamed of being Hokage, but died before he could do so.
- Artifact of Doom: Tsunade gave him her cursed necklace to wear. He wore it for one day before dying.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: His body was found so mangled that it's beyond recognition.
- Death of a Child: His death occurred a day after he celebrated his 12th birthday.
- Heroic Lineage: Grandson of the First Hokage and the first host of the Nine Tails.
- Identical Stranger: Basically Naruto with brown hair. It might be more than a coincidence. He was part-Uzumaki, after all.
- Idiot Hair: Just like Naruto.
- Idiot Hero: Look who he's based on.
- Killed Offscreen: His death isn't shown, but the aftermath is (albeit under a white shroud).
- Kill the Cutie: The anime shows he was blown apart by paper bombs.
- Leader Wannabe: His dream was to become Hokage.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike other named male Senju, his name doesnt with -ma.
- Only One Name: Like his sister and despite what the fandom tells you, "Senju" is not his surname. His official full name is simply "Nawaki".
- Posthumous Character: He's dead by the time the series starts and is only seen in another character's flashback.
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN), Luis Daniel Ramírez (LA Spanish)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 160 (Manga), Naruto Episode 91 (Anime)
Tsunade's lost love, and Shizune's uncle. Dreamed of being Hokage. Years after his death, Tsunade still carries a torch for the guy, thus leading Tsunade to never find someone else to fill his place (i.e. Jiraiya).
- All-Loving Hero: His favorite phrase is even "peace"."It is because we are living in the shinobi world, where death is always following us, that I want to put my life on the line to subdue this war-ridden world. I dearly love both the village and my comrades That is why I want to protect them."
- Back from the Dead: Kabuto revived him for the war using Edo Tensei.
- Bishōnen: Handsome soft facial features with long and flowing cyan-colored hair. Hard not to see why Tsunade was smitten.
- Big Damn Heroes:Saves Tsunade just before she is killed by Madara.
- Cool Uncle: His niece Shzune holds him in very high regard and respects him deeply.
- Grand Theft Me: His Spirit Transformation Technique.
- Leader Wannabe: Like Nawaki before him, he dreamed of being Hokage.
- The Lost Lenore: Gender inverted. He's Tsunade's dead love interest.
- Nice Guy: Dan was a great man that deeply loved his village and its inhabitants. He also cared deeply for his sister and would often pick her up from the Academy; something he would later do with his niece as well. He is also described as a wise and honorable man that truly believed in justice.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's an Edo Tensei zombie.
- Posthumous Character: Dead before the story started.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: His selfless nature and genuine desire for peace make his untimely death all the more tragic.
- Unwanted Revival: He was brought back against his will and spends much of his time worried over it, but admits in the end that getting to help Tsunade and reaffirm his love for her made it not all bad.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dan had long, pale-blue hair that reached his back.
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 582 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 335 (Anime)
The adopted mother of Kabuto who ran an orphanage that was funded by her former connections to the ROOT cell of the Konoha village. It was thanks to her influence that Kabuto later inherited her kindness and trademark glasses. She was tragically killed by her own adoptive son after both were brainwashed into killing the other by Danzo.
Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto goes on to inherit her orphanage and takes her place as the primary caretaker.
- Combat Medic: While we don't know much about her combat abilities, we do know she was skilled enough at medical ninjutsu to give Kabuto the foundation of what he knows.
- Death by Origin Story: Her death was a part of Kabuto's.
- Generation Xerox: Despite no indication that they're related by blood, she and Kabuto look similar enough to be related.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason why Danzo tried to pit Kabuto and Nonō against one another.
- I Have Many Names: As a result of being an informant that infiltrated villages over time. She's called Nonō (her real name), The Walking Maiden (her nickname as a ROOT member), Mother (by the children and caretakers of the orphanage), and Nanigashi (by Tsuchi ninja that didn't know she was a spy) over the course of the two chapters that cover Kabuto's past.
- The Informant: Her job as part of ROOT.
- Mama Bear: To the children of the orphanage. Danzo uses this knowledge to blackmail her back into Konoha's service.
- Nerves of Steel: According to Danzo, some ninja would betray Konoha or lose their minds during long missions that involve gathering information about other villages, but her tenacity in the face of similar situations makes her the best at what she does.
- Offing the Offspring: Just barely averted due to Danzo manipulating her knowledge of the children at the orphanage. She ultimately ends up on the receiving end of Self-Made Orphan.
- Orphanage of Love: Ran one after her days as a ROOT ninja.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death causes Kabuto to join Orochimaru, who didn't know what else to live for after he finds out he was part of Danzo's plot to kill her.
- Posthumous Character: Died several years prior to the start of the series.
- The Red Baron: The Walking Maiden.
- Retired Badass: Was formerly part of ROOT.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Left ROOT to find a peaceful life because she was too emotional about the job. Blackmailed back into service, and agrees to continue to serve the village to save one of her adopted children who took her place, not knowing that she was being re-recruited for the sole purpose of being eliminated because she knew too much about the village. The one that ended up killing her was the adopted child she was trying to save in the first place, whom she utterly broke emotionally when she didn't realize it was him.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her glasses are Kabuto's, which is why he still wears them even after his change into Sage Mode enhances his sensory capabilities.
- Undying Loyalty: According to Danzo, she will never betray Konoha, even while gathering potentially harmful pieces of information about her home village and other enemy villages. Unfortunately, Danzo uses this as a reason to seek her help in infiltrating other villages and gathering information. Danzo later uses her knowledge of Konoha and other villages as a reason to have Kabuto kill her.
Voiced by: Eisuke Asakura (JP), Lex Lang (EN, original), Patrick Seitz (EN, current), Alejandro Villeli (LA Spanish)
Debut: Rin no Sho Omake (Manga), Naruto Episode 52 (Anime)
The owner of Ichiraku Ramen, Naruto's favorite place to eat. He has been giving Naruto delicious ramen for many years. Along with Iruka, he and his daughter become one of the first people to not treat Naruto as an outcast when they first meet.
- Berserk Button: Tarnishing ramen, as Matsu found out when he stuck his finger in some ramen Naruto was going to eat.
- In one filler, he doesn't appreciate Ayame getting startled by Naruto, his favorite customer, threatening to ban him from Ichiraku forever if he doesn't make a delivery for them in restitution. Eep.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He does not take kindly to people who are unnecessarily cruel; when someone suggested that not letting Naruto eat there would increase his customers, his response boiled down to "Get out and take everyone else who thinks that with you."
- Cool Old Guy: He's a pretty cool guy that is also pretty old.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 320 features him heavily, as he is subjected to the incompetency of his two ramen understudies. Earlier in the anime fillers, he runs afoul of a ninja chef, Hakkaku, who kidnaps Ayame until he can either provide the shinobi the fabled "Phantom Recipe" or defeat him in a cooking contest. With help from Chōji, Sakura, and, of course, Naruto, he wins the contest and Ayame back, revealing at the same time that the "Phantom Recipe" was just broth disposal.
- Meaningful Name: Teuchi's name can mean "making noodles by hand" (手打ち).
- Nice Guy: Teuchi is a very kind and jovial man. He and his daughter are among the few villagers who don't look at Naruto with contempt and/or fear from the very beginning; they even state outright that he's their favorite customer.
- Nice Hat: He wears a cool ramen hat.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike most of the other characters on this page, he's not a ninja.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the "what's under Kakashi's mask" episode, Teuchi is seen swooning over Kakashi's unmasked (and unseen) face along with his daughter Ayame. Make of it what you will.
- Supreme Chef: He makes the best ramen in town.
- You Fool!: He screams at Matsu and calls him a fool for sticking his finger in a bowl of ramen.
Voiced by: Masayo Hosono (JP), Danielle Judovits (EN, usually), Kate Higgins (EN, Naruto Episode 79 and 101), Laura Bailey (EN, Shippūden Episode 63 and 90), Mireya Mendoza (LA Spanish), Jennifer Baré (French)
Debut: Rin no Sho Omake (Manga), Naruto Episode 52 (Anime)
Daughter to the proprietor of Ramen Ichiraku, Naruto's favorite restaurant.
- Changing of the Guard: According to Episode 18 of the Boruto anime, she has taken up the role of head ramen chef/owner at Ichiraku.
- Cool Big Sis: Because she is one of the very few people who has always been nice to Naruto since the beginning, Naruto looks up to her as an older sister figure and even affectionately calls her "Ayame-neechan."
- Formerly Fit: In a filler episode, she gets kidnapped by a group of ninja chefs that keep her in line with delicious ramen. So delicious that she overeats and becomes fat, much to her dad's horror. She goes back to normal by the end thanks to the help of new diet-type ramen that proves popular with women.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, Teuchi's wife, is never mentioned.
- Nice Girl: Ayame is a kind and cheerful young woman. She and her father are among the few villagers who don't look at Naruto with contempt and/or fear from the very beginning; they even state outright that he's their favorite customer.
- Satellite Character: She's only shown assisting her father in the Ramen Shop. That said she's shown to have a good relationship with Naruto, and she is a good older sister figure to him.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's very attractive compared to her father who's getting on in years.
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Skip Stellrecht (EN)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 668 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 418 (Anime)
Father of Might Guy, died fighting the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- All the Other Reindeer: Like Might Guy and Rock Lee, he only knows taijutsu. Unlike them, he was unable to make a name for himself until his death.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite mastering the Eight Gates, he never ascended past the rank of Genin, earning himself the title of 'Eternal Genin'.
- Badass Mustache: Not only did he have Guy's thick eyebrows, but also had a just-as-thick 'stache to go with it.
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes one for his son for a brief period of time after publicly failing one too many missions and apologizing in front of him. After Guy has a talk with Kakashi where the latter calls Duy an amazing ninja and Duy shows Guy the Eight Gates, he becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He wasn't taken seriously as a ninja due to his inability to go beyond the Genin rank, but through hard work and determination he mastered the Eight Gates Technique, which was powerful enough to stop seven elite ninjas at the same time when he defeated the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist, killing several of them.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Just like his son and Rock Lee, he is stronger and faster than most ninja.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The man mocked as the "Eternal Genin" and also the perfected user of the Eight Inner Gates Formation.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deconstructed with the Eight Gates as he shows what happens when you use the jutsu past your prime. Duy took 20 years of his taijutsu career mastering the jutsu, making him a middle-aged man and father by the time of its completion. Opening the Gates puts an enormous strain on the body that demands the user to recuperate after each use. Add Duy training, the stresses of being a father, and the different ninja missions that Duy had to do, and one can see why Duy often failed simple missions that labeled him as the Eternal Genin. Even his Dying Moment of Awesome on which he killed four out of Seven Swordsmen of the Mist pales in comparison when Might Guy nearly killed Madara, then the World's Strongest Man by using the same technique.
- Determinator: A trait that was also passed down to his son Guy.
- Doomed Moral Victor: One of his philosophies was that "winning" wasn't defined as defeating an opponent, but as protecting something important to oneself. He died saving his son from the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: To save Guy and his team when he was a Genin, Duy opened up all Eight Gates and fought the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist. Keep in mind that he was fighting all seven of the Swordsmen of the Mist, and he had virtually no way of fighting them beyond it.
- Eccentric Mentor: He was the foundation of Guy's youth-based philosophy and self-rule training.
- Genius Bruiser: Evidenced in that few ninja can learn to open the Inner Gates no matter how much they train, let alone open all eight of them. Even a genius like Kakashi is only ever seen opening the first gate.
- Good Parents: One of the best in the series. He's loving, supportive, and outright awesome to Guy, instilling in him his never-give-up attitude, in addition to dying for Guy and his team.
- Go Out with a Smile: He died opening the Gate of Death while giving his son a smile that his self-rule was to protect him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Using the Eighth Gate is a suicide technique after all. His own Heroic Sacrifice is the instilling value behind using the Eighth Gate, to protect your loved ones.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Just like Guy and Rock Lee, Duy would discipline Guy for acting impulsive and misusing the self-rule concept. Then, they would embrace while in tears.
- Hot-Blooded: Like father, like son.
- Lightning Bruiser: Once he used the Eight Gates Technique.
- Mook Horror Show: Especially nasty version given that the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist are at worst elite mooks, and at best future kage. They faced up against a no-name, bottom-rate nin well past his prime. He killed four of them. Furthermore, it's implied that he died from the technique itself and the other three Swordsmen only survived because they outlasted his stamina.
- Nice Guy: Duy is friendly to everyone he meets, including his son's self-proclaimed rival. Any insult to him will result in him giving a thumbs up and an earnest thanks for the support.
- Obi-Wan Moment: His final moment with Guy was a smile and a thumbs up.
- One-Man Army: You'd have to be to fight all seven of the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.
- Papa Wolf: He rushed to the battlefield and beat all seven of the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist to protect his son.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time the story begins and unlike other notable ninjas, was never resurrected with Kabuto's Edo Tensei.
- Punny Name: A ninja named 'Might Die'...
- You Shall Not Pass!: Pulled this on all Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist to protect his son.
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN), Fanny Roy (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 182 (Manga), Naruto Episode 110 (Anime)
Shikamaru's mother and Shikaku's wife. Known by both to be "troublesome".
- Almighty Mom: Her husband and son both fear her and usually try not to do anything to make her mad.
- Apron Matron: Her son and Husband do their best not to make her angry.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. She only appears in-person once in the manga whereas the anime filler gives her a couple more speaking appearances outside of her son's complaining.
- The Faceless: Her cameo in Shippūden episode 82 has her face hidden when trying to get Shikamaru to eat following Asuma's death. Likely an artistic choice since her face had long been properly revealed by that time.
- Hidden Depths: The reason Shikaku fell in love with her? Because she has a gentle side.
- Housewife: She's a stay-at-home mom.
- Rapunzel Hair: Yoshino has long hair that is usually kept in a ponytail.
- Tsundere: Known by both Shikamaru and Shikaku to be "troublesome". Yet as Shikaku said, she is capable of being kind at times.
Kizashi and Mebuki Haruno
Kizashi Haruno voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Steve Blum (EN), Jean-Michel Vovk (French)
Mebuki Haruno voiced by: Yuki Masuda (JP, original), Kazue Ikura (JP, current), Saffron Henderson (EN, original), Kate Higgins (EN, current), Marcha Van Boven (French), Julie Basecqz (French, Road to Ninja)
Debut: Shippuden Episode 271note
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Kizashi's hair resembles a cherry blossom. His daughter's name is literally "cherry blossom" in Japanese.
- Canon Foreigner: They were created exclusively for the sixth Shippuden movie, Road to Ninja, which is non-canon, and their subsequent appearances have only been in the Shippuden anime filler. They have never appeared in the manga, nor in any other canon material. In this 2014 Fuji TV Kobayashi interview, Masashi Kishimoto reveals that Sakura's unpopularity and his own antipathy towards her are the reasons why her parents are not canon.
- Good Parents: They love their daughter deeply.
- Happily Married: They're usually seen together and joking with each other.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Sakura got her hair color from Kizashi. Sakura's daughter Sarada seems to have received her hairstyle from Mebuki.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Sakura gets her temper and nitpickiness from her mother and her joking side and laziness from her father.
- Muggles: Downplayed. Kizashi and Mebuki are ninjas, something that is focused on the Road to Ninja movie and a single anime episode, but their abilities pale in comparison to their daughter. Kizashi is still a genin despite his age, and going by dialogues, they seem to prefer civilian life over the duty of a ninja. In a world where genetics is an important factor in determining how powerful you are, despite having living parents, Sakura crafts her reputation on her own. As pointed out in the aforementioned 2014 interview, Haruno is not a clan.
- Pungeon Master: Kizashi's fond of puns, much to Sakura's chagrin.
- Unseen No More: Mebuki's voice could be heard in Part I of the anime in three episodesnote a good decade before she made her proper debut.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kizashi has (dull) pink hair.