Main article: Naruto UzumakiNaruto Uzumaki (うずまき ナルト, Uzumaki Naruto?) is the primary protagonist of the Naruto series. He was the first character created by Kishimoto during the conception of the series, and was designed with many traits from other shōnen characters.[[|]] In the series, Naruto has ambitions of becoming [[|Hokage]], the leader of Konohagakure. Because he is the host of [[|Kurama]], the nine-tailed fox that attacked Konoha, he is ostracized by the other villagers.[[|ch. 2]] He compensates for this with his cheerful and boisterous personality, and over the course of the series, manages to befriend many foreign and Konoha ninja. He develops an especially close relationship with Sasuke Uchiha and deep caring affection for Sakura Haruno, two of his fellow ninja in Team 7.[[|ch. 237]] Naruto's seiyū in the original Japanese anime is Junko Takeuchi, and he is voiced by Maile Flanagan in the English adaptation.[[|]][[|]]
Main article: Sasuke UchihaSasuke Uchiha (うちは サスケ, Uchiha Sasuke?) is one of the primary protagonists of the Naruto series and one of the members of Team 7. He was created to be a rival to Naruto, as well as a, "cool genius", which Kishimoto believed was an integral part of an ideal rivalry.[[|]] He is one of the few remaining members of the Uchiha clan along with his brother, Itachi Uchiha, who killed the rest of their family.[[|vol. 25, ch. 224]] Due to this, Sasuke's sole desire is to kill his brother, and he develops a cold and withdrawn personality. His interactions with his fellow teammates, whom are all considered precious to him, make him focus less on revenge at the start of the series. During an encounter with his brother in Part I, Sasuke is easily beaten, which leads him to leave the village to seek more power from the criminal Orochimaru.[[|ch. 237]] His teammates' attempts to recover him from Orochimaru forms a major component of the Part II plot. In the Japanese anime, Sasuke's seiyū is Noriaki Sugiyama, and his English voice actor is Yuri Lowenthal.[[|]][[|]]
Main article: Sakura HarunoSakura Haruno (春野 サクラ, Haruno Sakura?) is one of the primary protagonists of the Naruto series and the sole female member of Team 7. Kishimoto created her as the heroine of the series, although he has admitted that he has little perception of what an ideal heroine should be.[[|]] As a child, Sakura was taunted by other children because of her large forehead, a feature Kishimoto has tried to emphasize in Sakura's appearances. She was comforted by [[|Ino Yamanaka]].[[|]] As the two continued to grow, however, they became increasingly distant due to their shared affection for Sasuke Uchiha. During most of Part I, Sakura is in love with Sasuke, and hates Naruto Uzumaki but begins to like him more during the Chuunin Exams and when he saved her life from the Sand Village's Gaara.[[|vol. 1, ch. 3]] But after Sasuke leaves the village, she makes Naruto make a lifelong promise to bring him back. After his 1st attempt is delayed by the Sound Ninja 4, she resolves to become stronger by training with [[|Tsunade]]. In Part II when Sakura and Naruto are 16, she displays highly developed skills from her training giving her the brutal power and strength of about 10 men.[[|ch. 297]] In the Japanese anime, her seiyū is Chie Nakamura, and she is voiced by Kate Higgins in the English adaptation.[[|]][[|]]
Main article: Kakashi HatakeKakashi Hatake (はたけ カカシ, Hatake Kakashi?) is one of the primary protagonists of the Naruto series, the leader of Team 7 and the sensei of Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. Kishimoto had originally intended for Kakashi to be introduced earlier in the series than he actually was, and created him as an easygoing person that would be able to keep the members of Team 7 in check.[[|]] Kakashi treats his leadership position with a detached manner, and is consistently late to meetings as a result. In a gaiden on Kakashi's past, this is shown to be the result of an incident in which he witnessed the death of one of his teammates, Obito Uchiha, who gave Kakashi his Sharingan eye and imparted many of his habits, including his tardiness.[[|ch. 243]] With Obito's Sharingan, Kakashi has amassed a reputation as a skilled and powerful ninja, earning the moniker "Copy Ninja Kakashi" (コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi?).[[|ch. 212]] Although he mentors all three members of Team 7 early in the series, he concentrates on training Sasuke as the series continues, teaching him his Chidori technique; however, he is unable to prevent Sasuke from leaving the village to seek Orochimaru for greater power.[[|ch. 176]] Kakashi's seiyū in the Japanese anime is Kazuhiko Inoue, and his English voice actor is Dave Wittenberg.[[|]][[|]]
See also: World of NarutoOtogakure (音隠れの里, Otogakure no Sato?, lit. "Village Hidden in Sound") is a village founded by Orochimaru for the purpose of collecting ninja for his experiments to learn all the jutsu in the world. The village is not contiguous, consisting of multiple assorted lairs located within the Land of Sound and outside it.
Main article: Orochimaru (Naruto)Orochimaru (大蛇丸?) is one of the primary antagonists of the Naruto series. To emphasize his role as a villain, Kishimoto worked towards making him appear "pasty and sickly" as part of his theme of distinguishing villains from the protagonists.[[|]] In the series, Orochimaru is a former ninja of Konohagakure and a student of the [[|Third Hokage]]. During his time in the village, he distinguished himself as one of the village's most powerful ninja along with his teammates, Jiraiya and [[|Tsunade]].[[|ch. 170]] His desire to obtain immortality led him to conduct experiments on other Konohagakure ninja, and he eventually fled the village and joined the criminal organization [[|Akatsuki]]. After attacking fellow Akatsuki member Itachi Uchiha, who defeats him, he leaves Akatsuki and establishes his own ninja village, Otogakure, in the hopes of destroying his former home.[[|ch. 69]] His immortality technique involves transferring his consciousness between different host bodies, and his desire for a new host, particularly Sasuke Uchiha, is one of his driving motivations throughout the series.[[|ch. 238]] Because of his different host bodies and the disguises he assumes, a panoply of voice actors are utilized for Orochimaru; his most common seiyū in the Japanese anime is Kujira, and the corresponding English voice actor is Steven Blum.[[|]][[|]]
Kabuto Yakushi (薬師 カブト, Yakushi Kabuto?) is one of the primary antagonists of the Naruto series who is initially introduced as an experienced Konohagakure genin that takes Team 7 under his wing during one of their ninja exams. He is soon revealed to be a spy and Orochimaru's foremost servant, and his role as a villain is gradually escalated as the series progresses. As a child, he was found on a battlefield by a medical officer from Konohagakure, who took Kabuto and raised him as a son.[[|ch. 66]] Kabuto began acting as a spy for numerous countries and organizations, including the criminal organization Akatsuki, which ordered him to enter the service of Orochimaru.[[|ch. 289]] Kabuto uses his various former affiliations as a means to gather intelligence on Orochimaru's behalf; for instance, he participates in the bi-annual ninja exams as a villager of Konohagakure so as to gather information on his fellow participants.[[|ch. 88]]
Kabuto is highly proficient with medical techniques, being likened in ability to Tsunade: he can regenerate from wounds by reactivating dead cells in order to grow new ones and can form a scalpel with chakra to deal surgical strikes to his opponents using his knowledge of human anatomy.[[|ch. 164]] In Part II Kabuto integrates Orochimaru's remains into his body in order to become powerful enough to not serve anyone again. Orochimaru's remains gradually begin to take over his body, but Kabuto expresses desire to kill Sasuke Uchiha, and afterwards settle things with Naruto once he has learned to control the remains.[[|ch. 357]] Once mastering Orochimaru's jutsu for summoning the souls of the dead, Kabuto makes his way to [[|Tobi]] and forms a semi-stable alliance with him under the promise that he can have Sasuke once they win the war against the Shinobi Alliance.[[|ch. 520]] In the Japanese anime, Kabuto's seiyū is Nobutoshi Canna, and his English voice actor is Henry Dittman.
The Sound Four (音隠れの忍四人衆, Otogakure no Shinobi Yonin Shū?, lit. "Hidden Sound Shinobi Four People", English TV: "Sound Ninja Four") are Orochimaru's elite bodyguards. They are introduced during Orochimaru's invasion of Konohagakure, but do not become a prominent part of the story until Sasuke Uchiha attempts to leave Konohagakure to join Otogakure. The Sound Four act as his bodyguards, and although they are all defeated by Konohagakure ninja, Sasuke manages to escape.[[|ch. 184]] The group was originally known as the "Sound Five", as they were forced to accept Kimimaro (君麻呂?) as the leader after he defeated the entire group in battle. After Kimimaro became bedridden due to his illness, the group resumed calling themselves the Sound Four.[[|ch. 201]] As a group they specialize in barriers, defensive walls, sealing techniques as well as possessing their own individual unique techniques. It is composed of Jirobo (次郎坊, Jirōbō?), a large-sized man who specializes in absorbing chakra and close-quarters combat,[[|ch. 187]] Kidomaru (鬼童丸, Kidōmaru?), a six-armed ninja who can produce spider-webs to fight and specialized in ranged combat,[[|ch. 192]] Sakon (左近?) and Ukon (右近?), two twin brothers which have the ability of combining their bodies,[[|ch. 203]],[[|204]] and Tayuya (多由也?), a woman that uses a flute to control summoned demons and cast illusions.[[|ch. 206]] Kimimaro laters joins the group to protect Sasuke, showing his abilities to fight with his own bones, but dies as a result of his illness.[[|ch. 217]] All of them possess Orochimaru's cursed seals, which greatly increases the strengths of the users when active.[[|ch. 184]]
Akatsuki (暁?, lit. "Dawn" or "Daybreak") is an organization of criminal ninja that serves as the primary antagonistic force of the Naruto series. Led by [[|Tobi]], though he acts through the group's figurehead leader [[|Pain]], the Akatsuki's goal is world domination by using the power of the nine tailed beasts.[[|ch. 239]] The members of Akatsuki are ninja who have abandoned their villages, and are considered by their former homes to be S-class criminals, the most powerful and wanted ninja in the Naruto universe. At any given time, Akatsuki is composed of ten members, who operate in two-man teams. They share similar clothing, most notably a long, dark cloak bearing red clouds and a chin-high collar. Aside from an attempt by two Akatsuki members, Itachi Uchiha and [[|Kisame Hoshigaki]], to capture [[|Kurama]] (the nine-tailed fox sealed within Naruto Uzumaki) Akatsuki is not prominently featured in Part I.[[|ch. 143]] In Part II, they take a more active role, capturing Gaara and extracting the one-tailed tanuki, Shukaku, from his body, as well as working towards capturing the remaining tailed beasts.[[|ch. 261]]
Main article: Itachi UchihaItachi Uchiha (うちは イタチ, Uchiha Itachi?) is a former ninja of Konohagakure and the partner of Kisame Hoshigaki. Though having spent his early youth as the child prodigy of the Uchiha clan, Itachi is treated as a villain for much of the series. He is initially portrayed as being solely responsible for the killing of his entire clan and family, sparing only his brother, Sasuke Uchiha, with the explanation that he was testing his abilities.[[|ch. 224]] Around the time of his death his villainous role is downplayed; not only is he revealed to have had help from Madara Uchiha in killing the clan, but he performed the massacre under the orders of Konoha's leadership so as to prevent an Uchiha coup d'état.[[|ch. 400]] In the Japanese anime, Itachi's seiyū is Hideo Ishikawa. His first voice actor in the English anime was Skip Stellrecht, who voiced Itachi in episodes 29 and 30, but in all following appearances, he has been voiced by Crispin Freeman.
Kisame Hoshigaki (干柿 鬼鮫, Hoshigaki Kisame?) is a former ninja of Kirigakure and partnered to Itachi Uchiha, having a unique appearance with pale blue skin, a gill-like facial structure, and sharp triangular teeth. While he was still loyal to Kirigakure, Kisame was one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, a group of violent ninja that use particularly large swords in battle. His sword, Samehada (鮫肌, "Sharkskin" in Shippuden?), is a living weapon covered in scales that can absorb untold amounts of an opponent's chakra. Only allowing those it sees as worthy to wield it, Samehada can provide the user with the chakra it holds, ensuring him an infinite amount of stamina. Kisame himself has massive amounts of chakra, comparable to a tailed beast, enough so that a clone created by the Akatsuki that held only 30% of his power contained an amount of chakra comparable to Naruto when using the Nine-Tails' chakra.[[|ch. 142]] By fusing Samehada into him, Kisame can assume a more shark-like form that increases his abilities. In battle, he frequently shapes water into the forms of sharks to damage opponents.[[|ch. 258]] After discarding Samehada when it chose Killer Bee over him, Kisame is decapitated by Bee and the Raikage. It is later revealed that was just a shapeshifting technique performed by Zetsu; the real Kisame having hidden inside Samehada.[[|ch. 487]] He attempts to flee from the ninjas but is defeated by Guy and captured. Kisame committes suicide by summoning sharks and allowing them to eat him, but not before using one of them to steal back the information he had compiled and send it to the Akatsuki.[[|ch. 508]] His seiyū in the Japanese anime is Tomoyuki Dan, and his English voice actor is Kirk Thornton.
Deidara (デイダラ?) is a former ninja of Iwagakure. He was also a terrorist bomber-for-hire before Itachi Uchiha forced him to join Akatsuki. Though he came to embrace the organization, Deidara holds a grudge against Itachi and all Uchiha throughout the series, as he feels their Sharingan eyes look down on his abilities.[[|ch. 359]] Upon joining the Akatsuki, he is partnered with [[|Sasori]], and is replaced by Tobi after his death. Though he abuses Tobi when he annoys him, Deidara becomes more like a teacher to Tobi, and adopts a genuine care for his well-being.[[|ch. 366]] Each of Deidara's hands have mouths on them that, by infusing clay or other fine-grained minerals with chakra, create "sculptures" that are actually bombs that explode with varying intensities. Deidara's bombs can take any form he chooses, and from the time of their creation to their detonation, he can animate and control them remotely.[[|ch. 248]] Sasuke Uchiha, Itachi's younger brother, is able to systematically nullify his bombs in combat, and so Deidara transforms himself into a living bomb in an effort to kill Sasuke and to prove the supremacy of his art, but fails in the attempt, literally "going out with a bang" as his fellow Akatsuki members put it.[[|ch. 363]] He is later resurrected by Kabuto.[[|ch. 520]] His seiyū in the Japanese anime is Katsuhiko Kawamoto.[[|]] In his cameo appearance in episode 135 of the English adaptation, he is voiced by Quinton Flynn, and in the anime of Shippuden by Roger Craig Smith.
Sasori (サソリ?) is a former ninja of Sunagakure and known as "Sasori of the Red Sand" (赤砂のサソリ, Akasuna no Sasori?). His parents were killed by Sakumo Hatake, leaving him in the care of his grandmother, [[|Chiyo]] who taught Sasori the art of puppetry, which he refined to fit his needs over the years. Lacking the love of parents, Sasori left Sunagakure when he got older and joined Akatsuki where he is initially partnered with Orochimaru.[[|ch. 267]] After Orochimaru's defection Sasori teamed with [[|Deidara]], who looks to him and his artistic knowledge with reverence.[[|ch. 248]] In due time he devised a way to convert the corpses of humans into puppets, allowing him to use any of the ninja abilities they possessed during their life for himself.[[|ch. 263]] In time he even converted his own body into a puppet, which essentially gives him eternal life and allows him to control hundreds of puppets at once.[[|ch. 271]] Sakura Haruno and Chiyo eventually destroy his heart, the only part of his humanity he kept when converting himself to a puppet, resulting in his death, but not before telling Sakura about his rendezvous with one of Orochimaru's henchmen who had been working for him as a spy.[[|ch. 464]] After being resurrected by Kabuto, Sasori fights Kankuro, but is defeated and released from Kabuto's jutsu after being captured. In the Japanese anime, Sasori is voiced by Akiko Yajima as a child; and in the English version he is voiced by Kari Wahlgren and as an adult, he is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai and the English version by Johnny Yong Bosch. His scorpion-like puppet body, Hiruko, is voiced by Yutaka Aoyama in the Japanese version and in the English version by J. B. Blanc.[[|]]
Zetsu (ゼツ?) is the only member of Akatsuki to regularly act without a partner. This is in part a result of his ability to merge with any object and quickly travel to a new location, something that few other ninja are capable of. Because of this Zetsu serves a variety of different positions in Akatsuki, such as a spy that observes and reports on battles of interest.[[|ch. 255]] He is cannibalistic, and is often sent to dispose of bodies Akatsuki does not want found.[[|ch. 261]] Zetsu's body is split into two different colors, his right side being black and his left being white. Similarly, the two sides have their own personalities and knowledge bases, frequently leading to discussions and arguments between the two. If necessary, the two halves can split apart and act independently with the white half able to create perfect clones of himself or whoever he touches along with using spores in his attacks.[[|ch. 289]] Using the DNA of the First Hokage and chakra from the tailed beasts, Madara created numerous clones of Zetsu's white half to use as soldiers in the Fourth Ninja World War.[[|ch. 512]] As Kishimoto originally planned Akatsuki to be a group of individuals with close to no human characteristics, he decided to make Zetsu half black and half white to emphasize his split personality.[[|]] In the Japanese anime, Zetsu's seiyū is Nobuo Tobita,. In his cameo appearance in episode 134 of the English adaptation, Zetsu has two voice actors: the black half is voiced by Michael Sorich and the white half is voiced by Brian Beacock, and in the English Shippuden anime he is voiced by Travis Willingham.
Tobi (トビ?) is one of the primary antagonists of the Naruto series and an Akatsuki masked member who replaces Sasori after the latter's death as Deidara's partner. He initially acts carefree and goofy often resulting on him being attacked by Deidara.[[|ch. 317]] In battle, he is capable of making his body intangible as well as teleport over great distances at will including to a pocket dimension inside him.[[|ch. 395]] After Deidara dies in a bid to kill Sasuke Uchiha with him, Tobi takes the name of Madara Uchiha (うちは マダラ, Uchiha Madara?), one of the founders of Konohagakure and the Uchiha clan, who came into direct conflict with the First Hokage and was thought to be dead.[[|ch. 385]] Now behaving more seriously, he starts taking a special interest in Sasuke's development up to Itachi Uchiha's death while leading Akatsuki.[[|ch. 364]] He also reveals having the Sharingan, which allows him to use the Uchiha's techniques.[[|ch. 310]] Taking Sasuke under his wing, Tobi discloses the truth behind Itachi's secret life to him to have him on his side in destroying Konoha.[[|ch. 400]] It is also revealed that Tobi is responsible for unsealing [[|Kurama]], the nine-tailed fox, from within its previous host, Kushina Uzumaki, to attack Konoha before the series' start resulting in the sacrifice from the Fourth Hokage, [[|Minato Namikaze]], who re-sealed Kurama.[[|ch. 501]]
After Pain's death, Tobi announces to the five Kage his objective: he intends to recreate the Ten-Tails using the nine tailed beasts to become its host and cast an eternal illusion called the Infinite Tsukuyomi (無限月読, Mugen Tsukuyomi?), bringing all life-forms under his command. After the Kage refuse to surrender to him, Tobi declares the Fourth Shinobi World War.[[|ch. 467]] Tobi is blackmailed by [[|Kabuto Yakushi]] to form a reluctant alliance with him when presented with the real Madara's corpse.[[|ch. 490]] To prepare for the war, Tobi takes Nagato's body to retrieve his Rinnegan. Replacing his left Sharingan with a Rinnegan, Tobi becomes able to replicate Pain's manipulation of six corpses.[[|ch. 510]], [[|544]] During the ensuing war, the original Madara is revived to aid Akatsuki exposing Tobi as an impersonator.
Kishimoto found him to be his favorite Akatsuki character at the time to draw, noting his mask to be easy to make.[[|]] In the Japanese anime, Tobi's seiyu is Wataru Takagi and since taking the name of Madara, he is voiced by Naoya Uchida.[[|]] In the English anime, his first persona is voiced by Michael Yurchak and the Madara one by Nolan North.
Hidan (飛段?) is the immortal, foul-mouthed, and sadomasochistic partner of [[|Kakuzu]] and a former ninja of Yugakure, the Village Hidden in Boiling Water.[[|]] He is a member of the Jashin (ジャシン?, lit. "evil god") religion, a religion that worships a deity of the same name and where wreaking anything less than death and utter destruction in battle is considered a sin.[[|ch. 313]] His religion's experimentations have led to the creation of his unique abilities; by consuming an opponent's blood and then drawing Jashin's triangular-design on the ground, Hidan can create a voodoo doll-like link with his opponent. Once this link is created, any damage done to Hidan's body is reflected on his opponent, allowing him to kill them by giving himself fatal injuries. Because he is immortal, Hidan is not impaired while doing this, instead finding pleasure in the pain it causes him.[[|ch. 325]] After Hidan uses this ability to kill [[|Asuma Sarutobi]], Shikamaru Nara fights him to avenge his teacher. Their battle culminates in Hidan being blown up, and Shikamaru burying his still-speaking remains in a place Akatsuki will never be able to reach.[[|ch. 339]] As such, Hidan is no longer considered a member by the rest of Akatsuki.[[|ch. 353]] In the Japanese version of the anime, Hidan's seiyū is Masaki Terasoma. In the English version, he is voiced by Chris Edgerly and in Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 by Wally Wingert.
Kakuzu (角都?) is the partner of [[|Hidan]] and a former ninja of Takigakure, the Village Hidden in the Waterfalls. Kakuzu is motivated by greed and joins the Akatsuki to seek out valuable bounties. However, his extreme temperament led Kakuzu to dislike having a partner and eventually killing whomever he is partnered with in a fit of rage, being paired up with the immortal Hidan as a result.[[|ch. 322]] Kakuzu's body is composed of large amounts of black threads, allowing him to reattach any bodypart, his or another, back onto its owner. The threads are also capable of piercing flesh, which Kakuzu uses to remove the still-beating hearts of his opponents for his personal use while executing a jutsu called Jiongu (地怨虞?) to integrate their hearts into his body to cheat death and extend his life indefinitely.[[|]] Kakuzu can store up to four spare hearts in animal masks that are sewn to his back. The masks can be detached during combat situations to shoot elemental blasts at his opponents, and can quickly be recalled to his body if he needs a replacement heart.[[|ch. 336]] Kakuzu's hearts are systematically destroyed soon after his introduction by a group of Konohagakure ninja. After Naruto Uzumaki leaves his final heart on the brink of failure, Kakuzu is easily finished off by Kakashi.[[|ch. 342]] After being resurrected by Kabuto, he is sent out to participate in the war until being sealed. In the Japanese anime, Kakuzu's seiyū is Takaya Hashi and in the English version he is voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
[]EnlargeThe Six Paths of Pain, from left to right: Animal, Naraka, Asura, Deva, Human, Preta.Pain (ペイン, Pein?) is one of the major antagonists of the Naruto series, the leader of Akatsuki, partnered to [[|Konan]] and the principal figure in the tailed beast sealing ceremony thanks to his ability to manipulate souls. The first Pain appearing in the series is actually Deva Pain, one of six different bodies collectively known as The Six Paths of Pain (ペイン六道, Pein Rikudō?). Controlled by a single conscious mind, each of the six bodies are individually named after one of the six Buddhist paths of reincarnation.[[|ch. 378]], [[|419]] All but one of the bodies have orange hair and a number of body piercings that, from a design standpoint, give Pain a "more dangerous" appearance and relate the pain of their installation to the character's name.[[|]] Each also has a Rinnegan (輪廻眼?, lit. "Saṃsāra Eye"), the unique eye technique possessed by the Sage of the Six Paths. As a result, the six Paths use the Rinnegan to share visual information and coordinate attacks.[[|ch. 378]]
The Paths of Pain are controlled by Nagato (長門?) who, like Konan, was an Amegakure orphan trained by Jiraiya alongside Yahiko (弥彦?) before he became Deva Pain. Awakening his Rinnegan secretly provided by Madara, Nagato's desires peace for the world.[[|ch. 373]], [[|509]] After Yahiko's death as a result of a trap by Hanzo years later, Nagato came to the realization that peace could only be attained by teaching the world the pain caused by war. To that end he adopted the name "Pain" to conquer Amegakure before killing Hanzo, becoming a "god" in the eyes of Amegakure's citizens.[[|ch. 369]]
All six bodies are eventually defeated by Naruto. Naruto is able to renew Nagato's faith in his late master and in the possibility of peace, prompting Nagato to sacrifice his life in order to revive the people he killed in Konoha.[[|ch. 449]] Nagato is later resurrected by Kabuto and sent alongside Itachi to battle Naruto and Killer Bee, but after Itachi escapes Kabuto's control he is sealed by Itachi. In the Japanese anime, Pain's seiyū is Ken'yū Horiuchi, while Nagato's seiyū is Junpei Morita. In his cameo appearance in episode 135 of the English adaptation, he is voiced by Dave Wittenberg, and in the Shippuden anime he is voiced by Troy Baker, while Nagato is voiced by Vic Mignogna.
Konan (小南?) is the only female ninja in Akatsuki. As such, Kishimoto originally wanted her to have an obscene appearance showing more of her bust.[[|]] Being a partner of Nagato, Konan was also a pupil under Jiraiya after she was orphaned as a child by one of Amegakure's many wars and forced to fend for herself. Because she serves under Pain, she is referred to by villagers of Amegakure as "God's angel". While under Jiraiya, Konan learned to take advantage of her natural talent with origami, using it as a key component in her battle style.[[|ch. 373]] Konan can divide her body into countless sheets of paper, which she controls and reshapes remotely to scout out an area, form weapons for attack, or create wings that mirror her title. While Konan's abilities are restricted when the paper is wet; since paper will cling to itself and lose its stiffness, she is able to use this weakness to her advantage as she implements explosive tags into her paper clones. After Nagato's death, Konan withdraws her position in Akatsuki and leaves the organization.[[|ch. 372]] Later, she is confronted by Madara over the location of Nagato's Rinnegan eyes. She fights him, but is killed after being forced to reveal Nagato's resting place.[[|ch. 510]] In the Japanese anime, Konan's seiyū is Atsuko Tanaka and in the English anime, her voice actor is Dorothy Elias-Fahn.
Taka (鷹?, "Hawk") is a group formed by Sasuke Uchiha that consists of Orochimaru's former subordinates. When first formed it goes by the name "Hebi" (蛇?, "Snake"), with its mission being to find and kill Sasuke's brother, Itachi Uchiha, to avenge the latter's slaughter of the Uchiha clan.[[|ch. 352]] Its first recruited member is Suigetsu Hozuki (鬼灯 水月, Hōzuki Suigetsu?), a former test subject of Orochimaru able to turn his body to liquid form, who wishes to restore the Kirigakure's Seven Swordsmen by taking their swords.[[|ch. 352]], [[|523]] The second member is Karin (香燐?), a former assistant to Orochimaru who specializes in track specific individuals through chakra over long distances,[[|ch. 365]] and is highly flirtatious when she is alone with Sasuke.[[|ch. 348]] The third and last member is the prisoner Jugo (重吾, Jūgo?) ,who was used to create Orochimaru's cursed seals thanks to his enzymes that cause him to be mentally unstable, and sees Sasuke as the living legacy from his late friend Kimimaro.[[|ch. 351]]
After Itachi's death and Sasuke's discovery that the Uchiha were wiped out under the orders of Konohagakure, Sasuke renames their group "Taka" and changes its mission to the destruction of Konoha. Prior to carrying out this intent, Sasuke agrees to work with [[|Akatsuki]] to help them capture the eight-tailed beast.[[|ch. 403]] After Sasuke's failed infiltration of the Kage Summit in the Land of Iron, Taka splits as Jugo and Suigetsu are captured by the samurai of the Land of Iron, and Karin is abandoned by Sasuke during the ensuing fight with Danzō Shimura.[[|ch. 482]], [[|523]]
Zabuza Momochi (桃地 再不斬, Momochi Zabuza?) is one of the major antagonists of the Naruto series and was once one of Kirigakure's Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, a group of ninja that use particularly large swords in battle. Zabuza possesses a massive sword called Kubikiri Bōchō (首斬り包丁?, lit. Decapitating Knife), which is later claimed by Suigetsu Hozuki after Zabuza's death. After a failed coup d'état wherein he tried to assassinate the Fourth Mizukage, Zabuza and his followers fled the village and began working as mercenary assassins.[[|ch. 30]] Like most Kirigakure ninja, Zabuza is skilled in water-based abilities. His area of expertise, however, is in assassinations; by blanketing an area in mist, Zabuza can blind an opponent, locate them by the sounds they make, and kill them without them ever noticing his presence.[[|ch. 26]] His talents lead to him being hired by a criminal mastermind named Gato to kill a man named Tazuna, a job he is never able to finish due to interference by Tazuna's bodyguard, Kakashi Hatake. Because he takes too long to complete the task, his contract is revoked, and his employer tries to have Zabuza killed. Zabuza kills him first, though is mortally wounded and dies soon afterwards.[[|ch. 32]] The Kubikiri Bōchō served as Zabuza's gravemarker until it was taken by Suigetsu. He is one of the shinobi resurrected by Kabuto to fight on Madara's side and is defeated and released from Kabuto's control in a rematch with Kakashi.[[|ch. 516]], [[|524]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Unshō Ishizuka, and his English voice actor is Steven Blum.
Haku (白?) is [[|Zabuza Momochi]]'s right hand man and most faithful follower. He has a heavily androgynous appearance, so much so that when Naruto Uzumaki first meets Haku he ends up mistaking him for a girl.[[|ch. 21]] Before he started working for Zabuza, Haku lived as an orphan. His father killed his mother when it was discovered that she possessed a genetic ability, and Haku then killed him. After wandering from place to place for a time he was found by Zabuza. He recognized Haku's talents and agreed to take him in as a tool. As a result, Haku becomes unquestioningly protective of and loyal to Zabuza, and only by being useful does he find a purpose in life.[[|ch. 29]] He ultimately gives his life in his mission to be useful to Zabuza, becoming a human shield to protect his master from Kakashi Hatake's Lightning Blade.[[|ch. 30]] Haku's genetic inheritance, Hyōton (氷遁?, lit. "Ice Release"), allows him to mix wind and water elements to create ice. He commonly uses this ability to surround an enemy with ice mirrors that he can freely merge with and instantly move between. He then bombards them with needles, and with his superb accuracy he can hit pressure points to put opponents in a death-like state. This reflects his pacifist nature; despite being a ninja and Zabuza's tool of battle, Haku dislikes fighting and does all that he can to subdue opponents without actually killing them.[[|ch. 24]] Haku is resurrected by Kabuto later in the series to fight in the Shinobi World War.[[|ch. 516]], [[|524]] His seiyū in the Japanese anime is Mayumi Asano, and his English voice actor is Susan Dalian. Mona Marshall voiced Haku as a child.
Team 8 is a group of Konohagakure ninja led by [[|Kurenai Yuhi]]. The members of Team 8 primarily concentrate on tracking, with each of the members' unique abilities being utilized in this role. During Part II, Team 8, except Kurenai, due to her pregnancy, joins Naruto Uzumaki and [[|Team 7]] in their search for Sasuke Uchiha.[[|ch. 354]]
Kiba Inuzuka (犬塚 キバ, Inuzuka Kiba?) is a member of Team 8 characterized by a number of dog-like traits such as being very protective of his teammates and extremely keen senses such as smell. Most apparent of his connection to dogs is the constant presence of his ninja dog (忍犬, ninken?), [[|Akamaru]]. Kiba is fiercely loyal to Akamaru, unwilling to abandon him and putting himself in harm's way for Akamaru's sake.[[|ch. 204]] In exchange for Kiba's devotion, Akamaru fights with him in battle; he uses his heightened senses to Kiba's advantage, and helps to double-team opponents with volleys of physical attacks. Since Akamaru is naturally better equipped for combat, Kiba usually modifies his own abilities at the start of a battle, growing claws and traveling on all four limbs to increase his speed.[[|ch. 75]] He can also drastically increase his sense of smell, and by the second half of the series he can use it to track things dogs cannot.[[|ch. 364]] Kiba's seiyū in the Japanese anime is Kōsuke Toriumi, and his English voice actor is Kyle Hebert.[[|]][[|]]
Akamaru (赤丸?) is Kiba Inuzuka's ninja dog (忍犬, ninken?), best friend, and constant companion. At the start of the series, Kiba carries Akamaru around on his head or inside his jacket. By Part II of the Naruto storyline, Akamaru grows large enough for Kiba to ride atop his back, but since Kiba spends so much time with Akamaru, he fails to notice this drastic difference.[[|ch. 282]] With his heightened sense of smell, hearing, and the ability to detect others' chakra levels, Akamaru acts as a valuable tool for Kiba in hostile situations. To help Kiba keep track of opponents, Akamaru can urinate on them, giving them a strong odor that can easily be tracked. In battle, however, he relies on Kiba to provide the chakra for the combination attacks they execute, which requires Akamaru to transform into a clone of Kiba.[[|ch. 203]] In the original Japanese anime, Akamaru is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, who is also the seiyū for Naruto Uzumaki, and Kōsuke Toriumi, who voices Kiba, when Akamaru transforms into a clone of Kiba.[[|]] In the English adaptation of the anime, Akamaru's vocal effects are provided by Jamie Simone though Kyle Hebert provided the voice of Akamaru when it took Kiba's form.[[|]]
Shino Aburame (油女 シノ, Aburame Shino?) is one of the members of Team 8 and is fascinated with insects; he spends his free time capturing and studying insects and often uses them as analogies during conversation.[[|ch. 172]] A deep connection with insects runs in Shino's family, as each person born in to the Aburame clan is infused with a special breed of insects known as "destruction bugs" (寄壊蟲, kikaichū?) during birth. In exchange for using Shino as a hive and feeding on his chakra, the bugs do as he commands. During a battle, Shino directs his bugs towards an opponent, boxing them in without their knowledge and absorbing their chakra once they have been surrounded. Shino's merciless tendencies, in regards to opponents as well as his attachment to insects, have caused other characters to label him as "creepy."[[|ch. 70]] Nevertheless, Shino cares deeply for his teammates, being acutely aware of their inner workings and always regretting when he is unable to help them.[[|ch. 238]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Shinji Kawada.[[|]] His first voice actor in the English anime was Sam Riegel, who voiced Shino in episodes 23 and 24, but in all following appearances, he has been voiced by Derek Stephen Prince.[[|]][[|]]
Hinata Hyuga (日向 ヒナタ, Hyūga Hinata?) is a member of Team 8 who suffers from a lack of self-confidence throughout the series. She is always reluctant to speak her mind or to do something that might antagonize another character, causing her difficulties whenever she is on a mission.[[|ch. 80]] This results in her effective expulsion from the Hyuga clan even though she is the eldest daughter of the clan's leader and thus its heiress. Hinata's inability to stand up for herself caused her father to disown her at a young age, leaving her in the care of her teacher, [[|Kurenai Yuhi]].[[|ch. 78]] Soon after her introduction, Hinata begins training to become stronger, both to overcome her own weaknesses and to prove her worth to her father. Her efforts begin to prove successful towards the end of Part I, as her father takes a greater interest in her training.[[|ch. 238]]
Though Hinata's training has in large part been to prove herself, she also trains to try and win the attention of the series protagonist Naruto Uzumaki. Inspired by Naruto's confidence and determination, Hinata becomes infatuated with Naruto to the extent that she immediately blushes or faints upon seeing him. However, as the series progresses, she goes out of her way to help him.[[|ch. 80]] While Hinata is hesitant to openly admit her feelings for him, most characters are aware of her feelings.[[|ch. 77]] In the anime, Hinata's attempts to impress Naruto result in her creation of a new ability capable of instantly blocking or attacking anything in her extended field of vision.[[|]] During Part II, Hinata finally admits her feelings to Naruto while protecting him from [[|Pain]].[[|ch. 437]] Her seiyū in the Japanese anime is Nana Mizuki, and her English voice actor is Stephanie Sheh.[[|]][[|]]
Kurenai Yuhi (夕日 紅, Yūhi Kurenai?) is the leader of Team 8. Of all her students, Kurenai is closest with Hinata, acting as a surrogate parent in the absence of Hinata's father and helping Hinata overcome her weaknesses.[[|ch. 78]] Whenever Kurenai appears in the series, she is usually accompanied by [[|Asuma Sarutobi]]. Because of this, many other characters assume them to be a couple, though they both deny this.[[|ch. 140]] During Part II of the series, Kurenai is revealed to be pregnant with Asuma's child, making their relationship clear.[[|ch. 342]] In battle she specializes in casting illusions, and is shown to be particularly skilled with illusions involving plants.[[|ch. 141]] In the Japanese anime, her seiyū is Rumi Ochiai.[[|]] In the English adaptation of the anime, she was voiced by Saffron Henderson in episode three, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in all subsequent appearances.[[|]][[|]]
Team 10 is a group of Konohagakure ninja led by [[|Asuma Sarutobi]]. The fathers of the three team members [[|Choji Akimichi]], Shikamaru Nara, and [[|Ino Yamanaka]] were also on a team together, and both generations refer to their team using the moniker "Ino-Shika-Cho".[[|ch. 137]] During Part II, Asuma is slain in an encounter with members of Akatsuki, and Kakashi Hatake briefly assumes leadership of the team to hunt down those responsible for Asuma's death.[[|ch. 331]]
Choji Akimichi (秋道 チョウジ, Akimichi Chōji?) is a member of Team 10 who is typified by his deep love for food to the extent that he always has a snack with him during the series. Though his habit of always eating gives him a relatively large appearance, Choji insists he is not fat, instead using explanations like being "big-boned". If someone refers to him as fat, Choji instantly becomes hostile and increases his resolve to battle.[[|ch. 55]] Shikamaru Nara has never found an issue with Choji's weight, instead choosing to look upon Choji's inner strength. Because of this, Choji regards him as his best friend, stating he would willingly give his life to defend Shikamaru.[[|ch. 190]] In battle, Choji can increase the size of his body to improve the amount of damage his strikes deal upon impact.[[|ch. 189]] His seiyū in the Japanese anime is Kentaro Ito and his English voice actor is Robbie Rist.[[|]][[|]]
Main article: Shikamaru NaraShikamaru Nara (奈良 シカマル, Nara Shikamaru?) is one of the members of Team 10. Creator Kishimoto has noted that he "likes" Shikamaru due to his easygoing nature despite being a genius, and contrasted him against Sasuke Uchiha's intelligent but abrasive personality.[[|]] Shikamaru's intelligence is such that [[|Asuma Sarutobi]], Team 10's leader, has never been able to defeat Shikamaru at games such as shogi or go, and he can devise complex strategies even in the heat of battle. However, his laziness frequently prevents him from effectively utilizing his intelligence.[[|ch. 107]] Shikamaru is a longtime friend of [[|Choji Akimichi]], his fellow Team 10 member, as he chooses to look upon Choji as a person rather than only considering his large girth.[[|ch. 190]] In battle, Shikamaru can manipulate his shadow, and by extending it into another person's shadow he can force the target to mimic his movements.[[|ch. 107]] In the Japanese anime, Shikamaru's seiyū is Showtaro Morikubo, although Nobutoshi Canna acted as a stand-in for Morikubo in episode 141.[[|]][[|]] His English voice actor is Tom Gibis.[[|]]
Ino Yamanaka (山中 いの, Yamanaka Ino?) is the only female member of Team 10. She is a childhood friend of Sakura Haruno, helping her to develop her own identity. When they discovered that they both liked Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura ended their friendship so they could properly compete for his affection.[[|ch. 71]] The two eventually make amends and rekindle their friendship, but still maintain a competitive attitude towards each other.[[|ch. 73]] In the anime, when Sakura begins to excel in healing techniques, Ino becomes her surrogate apprentice, hoping to be more useful to her friends and teammates as an able medical ninja.[[|]] In terms of combat abilities, Ino specializes in mind-altering techniques. To use these techniques, Ino transfers her consciousness to her target's mind, gaining control over their body which she can then use to attack others.[[|ch. 55]] In the Japanese anime, her seiyū is Ryōka Yuzuki, and her voice actor is Colleen O'Shaughnessey in the English adaptation.[[|]][[|]]
Asuma Sarutobi (猿飛 アスマ, Sarutobi Asuma?) is the leader of Team 10 and son of the Third Hokage [[|Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. He had a falling out with his father when he was younger, and briefly left Konohagakure in protest. The two had not completely reconciled by the time of Hiruzen's death.[[|ch. 314]] Asuma is usually seen smoking a cigarette, but will temporarily drop the habit when something is bothering him, such as when his father died.[[|ch. 321]] Among all his students, Asuma shares a particularly close relationship with Shikamaru Nara, and the two often play shogi or go together.[[|ch. 107]] Asuma frequently appears alongside [[|Kurenai Yuhi]], leading many characters to assume the two are a couple. Both deny this and promptly try to change the subject whenever it is brought up.[[|ch. 140]] During Part II of the series, however, Kurenai is revealed to be pregnant with Asuma's child, making their relationship clear.[[|ch. 342]] In battle, Asuma wields trench knives that can be infused with chakra. When infused with his wind-based chakra, Asuma can extend the blades' length and easily pierce through rock.[[|ch. 317]] After Asuma is killed by [[|Hidan]], a member of the criminal organization [[|Akatsuki]], these knuckles fall into Shikamaru's possession, and he uses them to defeat Hidan and avenge Asuma.[[|ch. 332]] Asuma's seiyū in the Japanese anime is Jūrōta Kosugi, and he is voiced by Doug Erholtz in the English adaptation.[[|]][[|]]
Team Guy is a group of Konohagakure ninja led by [[|Might Guy]]. The members of Team Guy primarily concentrate on physical attacks and weapons. They are a year older than the other members of Konohagakure's teams, as Guy wanted to wait a year before they could take the test to advance in ninja rank and become Chunin. In Part II, Team Guy joins [[|Team 7]] in attempting to save Gaara from the criminal organization, [[|Akatsuki]].[[|ch. 253]]
Neji Hyuga (日向 ネジ, Hyūga Neji?) is a member of Team Guy and a child prodigy of the Hyuga clan. Despite his natural talent, Neji's membership in one of the clan's lower houses leaves him ineligible to learn the clan's most secret techniques.[[|ch. 101]] At the start of the series, Neji openly hates the main house because of this, readily attacking its members verbally or physically when given the chance. At this point in the series, Neji believes in a fatalistic philosophy: that one's destiny is inescapable and that a weak person will always be weak.[[|ch. 38]] After being defeated in battle by Naruto Uzumaki, a character that has proven his "destiny" wrong by getting stronger, Neji has a change of heart. He abandons the idea of a predetermined fate, and resolves to get strong enough to never lose a battle.[[|ch. 197]] He also tries to remedy the estranged relations between himself and the members of the main house, resulting in his training with the leader of the main house at the end of Part I.[[|ch. 238]]
Neji displays his title as a prodigy of the Hyuga throughout the series; when first introduced he is highly proficient with the Gentle Fist style of combat, with which he can directly attack an opponent's internal systems. Though never actually trained in the form, Neji has been able to replicate it and its most powerful attacks through simple observation.[[|ch. 101]] As the series progresses, Neji refines these abilities into more powerful counterparts, either to increase their potency or to fix an inherent flaw. One such example is his Byakugan, an eye technique that by default gives the owner a near-360-degree field of vision within a fifty meter radius. Neji constantly trains to overcome a small blindspot and to increase the Byakugan's range of sight.[[|ch. 197]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Kōichi Tōchika, and when he is featured as a child, he is voiced by Keiko Nemoto.[[|]][[|]] His voice in the English anime is provided by Steve Staley, and Wendee Lee provides his child voice.[[|]][[|]]
Main article: Rock LeeRock Lee (ロック・リー, Rokku Rī?) is a member of Team Guy and the favorite student of team leader Might Guy. In the ninja academy, Rock Lee was unable to use ninjutsu or genjutsu techniques, but his persistence impressed Guy. Guy spends much of his free time training with Lee to help him accomplish his dream of becoming a respected ninja by using only taijutsu. Lee has adopted several of Guy's habits because of this, such as his wardrobe and his perseverance.[[|ch. 84]] Guy has taught him a number of powerful, even forbidden, techniques. Because some of these techniques, such as the ability to open the eight chakra gates, can pose a severe risk to Lee's body, he is only permitted to use them to protect something or someone dear to him.[[|ch. 52]] In the Japanese anime and manga, he always utilizes honorifics such as "san" and "kun". In the English adaptations, he never uses contractions. In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Yoichi Masukawa, and his voice actor is Brian Donovan in English.[[|]][[|]]
Tenten (テンテン?) is the only female member of Team Guy, and longs to prove that a female ninja can be just as skilled as a male ninja. Of all the Naruto protagonists, Tenten receives the least amount of screen time, such that her only fight in Part I of the manga is almost entirely skipped; the battle's start and her eventual defeat are the only portions shown.[[|ch. 73]] Despite her lack of appearances, series creator Masashi Kishimoto favors her design more than those of any of the other female characters he has created.[[|]] In battle, Tenten specializes in weaponry, ranging from projectiles to close-combat weapons and even explosives by the second part of the series. During a fight she uses the hundreds of weapons kept stored in scrolls she carries with her to bombard opponents with pinpoint accuracy. Tenten uses this expertise to help [[|Neji Hyuga]] train his defensive techniques, and she holds him in high regard since he can always block her attacks.[[|ch. 98]] Her Japanese seiyū is Yukari Tamura, and her English voice actor is Danielle Judovits.[[|]][[|]]
"Maito Gai" redirects here. For the Japanese actor nicknamed "Maito Gai", see Akira Kobayashi.Might Guy (マイト・ガイ, Maito Gai?) is the leader of Team Guy, and dedicates most of his time to only one of his students, Rock Lee. Because of Guy's dedication to him, Lee has modeled himself in his master's image, mimicking Guy's distinctive green jumpsuit and shiny bowl haircut. Lee has also adopted many of Guy's mannerisms, including his "My Rules" philosophy, which involves setting tough self-imposed penalties for failure in the belief that the punishment will make him stronger.[[|ch. 180]] Series creator Masashi Kishimoto likens Guy's passionate personality to that of a physical education teacher he had in junior high school, but notes that the teacher was not a model for Guy's character.[[|]]
In battle, Guy specializes in physical attacks, which he constantly tries to teach to Lee. While Lee is forced to concentrate on physical attacks due to his inability to use other types of techniques, Guy deliberately chooses not to use techniques other than physical attacks.[[|]] When not teaching Lee a new ability, Guy is usually found in competition with his self-proclaimed rival, Kakashi Hatake. Throughout the series, Kakashi has never displayed a particular interest in their rivalry, which only further motivates Guy to defeat Kakashi and his "coolness".[[|ch. 65]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Masashi Ebara, and his English voice actor is Skip Stellrecht.[[|]][[|]]
The Hokage (火影?, lit. "Fire Shadow") is the leader of Konohagakure. Over the course of the series, there have been five Hokage, who are honored by the village by having sculptures of their faces carved into the rock formation overlooking Konohagakure. The First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage?) was Hashirama Senju (千手柱間, Senju Hashirama?), who founded the village along with Madara Uchiha. With his unique Mokuton abilities, he created the trees that act as the foundation for Konohagakure, and his method of rule became a model for all subsequent Hokage. The First was succeeded by his younger brother, Tobirama Senju (千手扉間, Senju Tobirama?), who became the Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage?).[[|]] He in turn was followed by one of his students, Hiruzen Sarutobi, who became the [[|Third Hokage]]. After a long rule, the Third abdicated in favor of [[|Minato Namikaze]], who took the position of Fourth Hokage, but reclaimed his position after the Fourth gave his life to save the village from [[|Kurama]], the nine-tailed fox.[[|ch. 1]] The Third is the Hokage at the beginning of the series, but he is slain in battle by his former student, Orochimaru, during an invasion of Konohagakure.[[|ch. 137]] Another of his students, [[|Tsunade]], succeeds him as the Fifth Hokage.[[|ch. 172]] Danzo follows Tsunade becoming the unofficial Sixth Hokage after she enters a coma as a consequence of defending the village from Pain. When Danzo dies, Tsunade continues after her coma lifts.[[|ch. 489]]
Hiruzen Sarutobi (猿飛 ヒルゼン, Sarutobi Hiruzen?), the Third Hokage (三代目火影, Sandaime Hokage?), has been the longest-ruling Hokage, having served two separate terms.[[|]] He is a peace-loving leader, preferring nonviolent discussions to his advisers' more militaristic suggestions. Throughout the series, he acts as a source of wisdom to younger generations; and from the start, is one of the few characters to treat Naruto Uzumaki as a person, not as the host of [[|Kurama]].[[|ch. 2]] In his youth Hiruzen was known as "The Professor" (プロフェッサー, Purofessā?), as he purportedly knew every jutsu in Konohagakure. He was also the teacher of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and [[|Tsunade]]. Orochimaru had always been his favorite student, and Hiruzen could never bring himself to recognize Orochimaru's evil qualities. When Orochimaru invades Konoha years later, Hiruzen fights him to repent for never prosecuting Orochimaru as he should have.[[|ch. 121]] When he is unable to win, he still manages to rob Orochimaru of his ability to use jutsu (by "sealing" his arms), bringing an end to the invasion and thus allowing Hiruzen to die happily.[[|ch. 137]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Hidekatsu Shibata, and his English voice actor is Steve Kramer.[[|]][[|]]
Minato Namikaze (波風 ミナト, Namikaze Minato?), the Fourth Hokage (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage?), is the father of Naruto Uzumaki and spouse to Kushina Uzumaki. Although Naruto and Minato are noted to have a number of similar traits throughout the series, their familial relationship is not revealed until Part II of the series.[[|ch. 367]] He was the student of Jiraiya and the teacher of Kakashi Hatake. Minato was a prodigy among ninja, such that enemy villages issued flee-on-sight orders if ever he appeared on a battlefield. He developed a jutsu that was in essence a teleportation jutsu, allowing him to wipe out whole armies in the blink of an eye, thus earning him the title of "Konoha's Yellow Flash" (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō?).[[|ch. 240]] Before the start of the series, he gave his life to seal [[|Kurama]], the nine-tailed fox, into Naruto's body, saving Konoha from destruction and giving Naruto access to its great strength. It is later revealed during Naruto's battle with Pain that he is Naruto's biological father and that he never told anyone, hoping it would help Naruto to become strong on his own.[[|ch. 2]] Kishimoto has expressed desire to make a spin-off series with Minato as the protagonist, but much younger.[[|]] His seiyu is Toshiyuki Morikawa and his English voice actor is Tony Oliver.
Tsunade (綱手?), as well as her former teammates Jiraiya and Orochimaru, is a former student of the [[|Third Hokage]].[[|ch. 170]] She is also the granddaughter of the [[|First Hokage]] and grandniece of the second Hokage, so many characters in the series refer to her with the Japanese honorific "hime" (princess). Despite her connections to past Hokage, Tsunade hates the position when she is first introduced. After her brother and boyfriend Dan died in pursuit of their dreams to become Hokage, she lost faith in the title and the concept of dreams. She regains her faith in both after meeting Naruto Uzumaki, who consistently overcomes any obstacle in his own dreams of being Hokage.[[|ch. 172]] As a result, Tsunade accepts the position of Fifth Hokage (五代目火影, Godaime Hokage?) to protect Konohakagure on behalf of everyone she has loved.[[|ch. 169]] Despite the importance of her position, Tsunade tends to avoid her everyday duties, instead leaving them for her assistants. She will fulfill her role to address matters important to the village, and throughout Part II leads Konoha in combating [[|Akatsuki]].[[|ch. 238]]Tsunade is a compulsive gambler with terrible luck. On the rare occasions that she hits a winning streak, she perceives it as a bad omen. Her age is similar to that of her former teammates Jiraiya and Orochimaru, but she constantly assumes the appearance of a twenty-year-old woman with large breasts.[[|ch. 149]] Despite her odd personality, Tsunade is a talented medical ninja; she appears to have superhuman strength that allows her to reduce buildings to rubble, and can heal injuries that most others would consider incurable. Her healing abilities are such that she has devised a method of Mitotic regeneration for herself, making her all but invincible in battle. However, using it greatly shortens her overall lifespan.[[|ch. 169]] In the Japanese anime, Tsunade's seiyū is Masako Katsuki, and her English voice actor is Debi Mae West.[[|]][[|]]
Danzo Shimura (志村 ダンゾウ, Shimura Danzō?) is one of the oldest villagers in Konohagakure, a war hawk who believes that all of the former Hokage have placed peace above the village's best interests. He was one of the elders who orchestrated the Uchiha Clan's demise. The right half of his body is covered in bandages to hide a damaged Sharingan eye transplanted from the body of Shisui Uchiha, as well as the vast amount of Sharingan eyes grafted to his arm. He also had himself injected with the cells of the First Hokage allowing him to use the Senju Clan's unique skills. He was once considered for the position of Third Hokage, but that title was given to [[|Hiruzen Sarutobi]] whom he served as an adviser.[[|ch. 285]] Since then he has been using The Foundation, his own personal black ops team, to secretly ensure he would become Hokage.[[|ch. 298]] Throughout Part II, Danzo has been at odds with Tsunade and acts on his agenda of killing off Sasuke in secret.[[|ch. 285]] But after Konohagakure is destroyed and Tsunade is left in a coma, Danzo finally convinces the Fire Country's feudal lord to make him Acting Candidate Sixth Hokage (六代目火影候補, Rokudaime Hokage Kouho?), using his new found power to have the ninja track down both Sasuke and Kabuto, the latter in order to restore Shisui's eye. However, while at the Kage conference, Danzo is forced into fighting Sasuke. He dies shortly after Sasuke mortally wounds him.[[|ch. 481]] In the Japanese anime he is voiced by Hiroshi Ito and in the English version he is voiced by William Frederick Knight.[[|]][[|]]
[]EnlargeKankuro, Gaara, and Temari as they appear at the end of Part IThe Sand Siblings are ninja from the village of Sunagakure and the children of the Fourth Kazekage, the leader of the village.[[|ch. 59]] They come to Konohagakure to participate in the biannual ninja exams, and serve as antagonists in the subsequent invasion of Konohagakure. Due to their interactions with Naruto Uzumaki, they later return as allies of Konohagakure, aiding him in his attempts to retrieve Sasuke Uchiha from Orochimaru. Kishimoto changed their costumes for their return due to the difficulty in drawing their original attire, as well as to symbolize their new friendship with Konohagakure.[[|]]
Main article: GaaraGaara (我愛羅?) is the youngest of the three siblings. He was created by Kishimoto as a foil to Naruto Uzumaki, with a similar background yet a highly divergent personality.[[|]] Before Gaara was even born, his father intended to make him a military weapon for Sunagakure by sealing the One-Tailed Shukaku (一尾の守鶴, Ichibi no Shukaku?), a powerful and dangerous tailed beast, inside him. Similar to Naruto, Gaara was tormented by his fellow villagers for being the host of a tailed beast. After one of his few remaining relatives tried to kill him, Gaara developed a sadistic and withdrawn personality, killing others to affirm the value of his existence.[[|ch. 131]] His battle with Naruto during the invasion of Konoha changes this mentality; as a result, he becomes more willing to help others as the purpose for his existence, and he succeeds his deceased father as Sunagakure's Kazekage during Part II.[[|ch. 249]] Gaara's seiyū in the Japanese anime is Akira Ishida, and his English voice actor is Liam O'Brien.[[|]][[|]]
Kankuro (カンクロウ, Kankurō?) is the second oldest of the three siblings. For the first half of the series, he is frequently at odds with Gaara, though he tends to hold his tongue for fear of being killed.[[|ch. 36]] In Part II, once Gaara begins to reveal his dreams and motivations to Kankuro, Kankuro becomes very protective of Gaara; he lashes out at anyone who speaks poorly of Gaara and when Gaara is kidnapped, he readily risks his life to save him.[[|ch. 249]] Kankuro is a talented puppeteer, and has thus far been shown to have three puppets in his arsenal: Karasu (烏?, lit. Crow), Kuroari (黒蟻?, lit. Black Ant), and Sanshōuo (山椒魚?, lit. Salamander). Crow is used for offensive purposes, Black Ant traps opponents in its body to make them easier targets, and Salamander protects Kankuro and his allies from enemy attacks. The puppets are all destroyed by their original creator, [[|Sasori]], in Part II. Kankuro is later seen using Sasori's body as his new puppet.[[|]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Yasuyuki Kase, and his English voice actor is Michael Lindsay.[[|]][[|]]
Temari (テマリ?) is the oldest of the three siblings. Unlike her more combat-loving brothers, Temari values peace, as she questions Sunagakure's justifications for going to war with Konohagakure.[[|ch. 95]] This trait carries over to Part II, in which she begins acting as a liaison between Sunagakure and Konohagakure to help the two villages work together. In battle, Temari wields a giant iron fan that can create powerful gusts of wind capable of leveling the surrounding landscape. As she is skilled at deducing an opponent's strategies and weaknesses soon after a battle begins, she typically uses her winds to remove parts of the battlefield that might be advantageous to the enemy.[[|vol. 12, ch. 107]] Temari's seiyū in the Japanese anime is Romi Paku, and her English voice actor is Tara Platt.[[|]][[|]]
Iruka Umino (うみの イルカ, Umino Iruka?) is a Konohagakure ninja and instructor at the Ninja Academy, a school for prospective ninja. Masashi Kishimoto's initial design of Iruka featured "evil" eyes and sharper cheekbones, but this was abandoned in favor of a more relaxed appearance.[[|vol. 2]]:126 When Iruka was a child, his parents were killed by [[|Kurama]], the nine-tailed fox, which was sealed into Naruto Uzumaki. He bears no ill will towards Naruto, instead being one of the few people at the start of the series to recognize Naruto as a person and not just a container for Kurama. Naruto thinks of Iruka as a father-figure because of this, and Iruka in turn has great faith in Naruto's potential to be a great ninja.[[|ch. 1]] In the Japanese anime, his seiyū is Toshihiko Seki, and his English voice actor is Quinton Flynn.[[|]][[|]]
Konohamaru Sarutobi (猿飛 木ノ葉丸, Sarutobi Konohamaru?), named after Konohagakure, is the grandson of the [[|Third Hokage]]. He strives to replace his grandfather as [[|Hokage]] so the villagers of Konohagakure will recognize him by name, not as the Hokage's grandson. He looks to Naruto Uzumaki as a mentor in this quest, emulating his work ethic, determination, and signature jutsu such as the Rasengan and a variety of other techniques. Konohamaru insists, however, that he will only become Hokage after Naruto has been Hokage first.[[|ch. 2]] Konohamaru's design caused great difficulties for Masashi Kishimoto; he intended for Konohamaru to look like a "punk" smaller than Naruto, yet all of his attempts resulted in a mere recreation of Naruto. He eventually gave Konohamaru small, angry-looking eyes, and was instantly happy with the design.[[|vol. 2]]:26 He is voiced in the Japanese anime by Ikue Ōtani, and by Akiko Koike as a stand-in.[[|]][[|]] Colleen O'Shaughnessey is his English voice actor.[[|]]
Main article: Jiraiya (Naruto)Jiraiya (自来也?) is a Konohagakure ninja and one of Naruto's teachers. Kishimoto has commented that out of all the master-pupil relationships he has created in the Naruto series, the bond between Naruto and Jiraiya is his favorite, noting that it makes drawing them "worthwhile".[[|]] As a child, Jiraiya was under the tutelage of the [[|Third Hokage]], along with his teammates, [[|Tsunade]] and Orochimaru.[[|ch. 170]] Jiraiya is known throughout the Naruto world as the "Toad Sage" (蝦蟇仙人, Gama Sennin?) due to his toad-related jutsu. Although still affiliated with Konohagakure, he spends much of his time traveling. Jiraiya's personality is openly lecherous, and he proudly describes himself as a "super pervert", authoring a series of best-selling adult romance novels.[[|ch. 91]] During Part I, he takes Naruto as his student, and returns him to Konohagakure in Part II as he begins to keep tabs on the movements of the criminal organization Akatsuki.[[|ch. 245]] In the Japanese anime, Jiraiya is voiced by Hōchū Ōtsuka, and his English voice actor is David Lodge.[[|]][[|]]
Shizune (シズネ?) is a Konohagakure ninja introduced in the series as [[|Tsunade]]'s assistant. She left Konohagakure with Tsunade after the death of her uncle, and over the years, Tsunade taught her medical techniques. Despite her medicinal affinity, many of the attacks she uses in the series are poison-based, including using concealed poisoned needles or emitting toxic gas from her mouth.[[|ch. 166]] Shizune is one of the few characters that Tsunade trusts with absolute certainty, as she identifies details that Tsunade tends to overlook. In Part II of the series, Shizune's concern for details causes her to question Tsunade's judgment, creating interference with Tsunade's plans and temporarily straining the relationship between the two.[[|ch. 282]] In the Japanese anime, her seiyū is Keiko Nemoto, and her English voice actor is Megan Hollingshead.[[|]][[|]]
Chiyo (チヨ?) is an adviser to Sunagakure who is introduced at the start of Part II. She is mistrustful of other ninja villages, making treaties as a formality and quietly strengthening Sunagakure's military might simultaneously. During the various ninja wars, she used her knowledge of poisons to aid Sunagakure, only to have many of her efforts nullified by the work of [[|Tsunade]]. She is a skilled puppeteer and taught her grandson, [[|Sasori]], everything she knew. When [[|Deidara]] defeats and kidnaps Gaara, the leader of Sunagakure, in Part II, Chiyo joins a group of Konohagakure ninja in rescuing him. After the alliance catches up with the kidnappers, Chiyo, with the help of Sakura Haruno, is able to confront and kill her grandson Sasori. Despite their efforts, Gaara also dies before they can rescue him.[[|ch. 375]] Touched by the genuine bond formed between Sunagakure and Konoha, Chiyo gives up her life to revive Gaara, hoping that the relationship of peace might be continued.[[|ch. 280]] In later chapters, Chiyo is brought back through Impure World Resurrection to fight against the combined Shinobi army. In the Japanese anime, her seiyū is Ikuko Tani,[[|]] and in the English version her voice actor is Barbara Goodson.
Sai (サイ?) is a ninja who joins Team 7 in Part II. Replacing Sasuke in the team, Kishimoto was careful in his design to make him stand out.[[|]] Having been a member of The Foundation since he was a child, Sai has been trained to not possess or desire any type of emotion or camaraderie. After spending time with Naruto Uzumaki, however, he begins to crave bonds with other people, which has since become his primary role in the series.[[|ch. 303]] Sai's attempts to form bonds involve giving pet names to others; however, he often says what he actually thinks of a person, resulting with him choosing names such as "fatso" and "ugly". He eventually learns from his mistakes and attempts the opposite approach, for instance, calling [[|Ino Yamanaka]] "pretty lady".[[|ch. 312]] When not making an attempt to bond with others, Sai spends his time painting and drawing, and has produced thousands of works. His artistic talents extend to his choice of attacks in battles: he can infuse chakra with his inking brush to make his drawings come to life.[[|ch. 283]] Sai's seiyū is Satoshi Hino in the Naruto: Shippūden anime, and his English voice actor is Benjamin Diskin.[[|]]
Yamato (ヤマト?) is introduced during Part II of the series as a temporary replacement for Kakashi Hatake as the leader of [[|Team 7]].[[|ch. 285]] After Kakashi's return, he stays on the team in an additional leadership position. "Yamato" is not his real name, but rather a codename assigned to him for the purposes of joining Team 7.[[|ch. 317]] Unlike Kakashi, who places his teammates before the mission, Yamato will leave them behind if they become a hindrance, citing that as ninja they should be able to look after themselves.[[|ch. 298]] During his childhood, Yamato was abducted by Orochimaru and experimented upon in an attempt to replicate the [[|First Hokage]]'s unique abilities. Orochimaru was forced to flee Konohagakure before he could complete his testing, and thus never knew that Yamato had successfully obtained the First's Mokuton techniques. When using Mokuton techniques, Yamato can form anything out of wood at will. It also allows him to suppress a tailed beast's influence over its host. This is the primary reason he is assigned to Team 7, as he can stop Naruto Uzumaki if [[|Kurama]], the nine-tailed fox within him, gets out of control.[[|ch. 291]] In the Naruto: Shippūden anime, Yamato's seiyū is Rikiya Koyama,[[|]] and in the English version he is voiced by Troy Baker.
Killer Bee (キラービー, Kirābī?) is a ninja from the village of Kumogakure. He is introduced during Part II as one of the two hosts that have yet to be captured by the criminal organization Akatsuki, the other being series protagonist Naruto Uzumaki.[[|ch. 411]] The host of the ushi-oni-like eight-tailed beast, Killer Bee has complete control over the beast sealed within him. In battle he uses its great strength to increase the lethality of his professional wrestling-styled attacks.[[|ch. 413]] He is also a talented swordsman capable of using up to eight swords at once and to execute attacks that are improvisible enough to render Sasuke's Sharingan useless.[[|ch. 411]] Killer Bee is the adoptive brother of A (エー, Ē?), the current Raikage of Kumogakure, and as such is expected to be the guardian of the village.[[|ch. 541]] When Akatsuki attacks him, he pretends to be captured to escape at the cost of losing some from eight-tailed's chakra and pursue a career as an enka music singer.[[|ch. 419]], [[|537]] His seiyū in the Japanese anime is Hisao Egawa, and his English voice actor is Reno Wilson.
Kurama (九喇嘛?), who is often called the Nine-Tails (九尾の妖狐, Kyūbi no Yōko?, lit. Nine-Tailed Demon Fox) is the most powerful of the tailed beasts, as a single swipe of one of its tails can raise tsunamis and flatten mountains. Kurama is responsible for attacking Konohagakure before being stopped by the [[|Fourth Hokage]], who gave his life to seal the fox into his son, Naruto Uzumaki, twelve years before the series' start.[[|ch. 1]] Throughout the series, after a couple isolated incidents of falling under its influence during heated battles, Naruto tries to gain dominance over Kurama and harness its great strength to perform jutsu that would normally be impossible for a ninja of his age.[[|ch. 95]] At the same time, Kurama tries to gain control over Naruto, provoking his rage and thus allowing its violent personality to influence and consume him. As the seal is to be broken if Naruto uses all of Kurama's chakra,[[|ch. 291]] Naruto eventually takes control of the fox's chakra with help from his mother Kushina Uzumaki, Kurama's former possessor.[[|ch. 499]] Kishimoto was mainly inspired to create Kurama based on the character with the same name from the manga series YuYu Hakusho.[[|]] In the Japanese anime, its seiyū is Tesshō Genda, and in the English adaptation, it is voiced by Paul St. Peter.[[|]][[|]]