Why do everyone keep saying there's a Team 9? There is no Team 9 from my knowledge. Seriously what Naruto show are you guys watching? Last I checked there is no Team 9. I keep seeing "Team 7, Team 8, Team 9, Team 10" in fanfic's and post. It's like people making Ino, Shikamaru and Choji Team 9 when Tenten, Neji and Rock Lee is added to the Rookie 9. News Flash: InoShikaCho a.k.a Ino Shikamaru and Choji are Team 10 they always been Team 10 since day one. TenTen, Neji and Rock Lee team doesn't have a number (unless its team 3 but that could be a rumor) so stop making them Team 10 and making the real Team 10 into Team 9.
Team Guy is a team led by Might Guy and was formed a year before the other main Konoha teams of the series. They specialise in close-quarters combat with all of its members using some sort of physical attacks. Guy waited a year before entering them in the Chūnin Exams, though none of his apprentices were promoted at that time.
Later, between the events of Parts I and II, Lee and Tenten became chūnin while Neji surpassed his team-mates and rose to the ranks of jōnin. Despite becoming more busy, Neji still goes on missions with his team. Along with the other members of the Konoha 11, Team Guy regrettably had decided to kill Sasuke Uchiha personally in order to prevent war between Konoha and Kumogakure or/and any of the other major nations, but were persuaded by Naruto Uzumaki that he would deal with Sasuke alone. During the events of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Neji was among those killed in the line of duty, and later Guy suffered a permanent injury which forced him to retire after the end of the war, leaving only Lee and Tenten remaining in active duty. Rock Lee had a son who he trained in Might Guy's methods, and Tenten became a weapon's shop owner.
Weapon Retrieval (Anime only)
In the aftermath of the Konoha Crush, with Naruto substituting for a still recuperating Rock Lee, Tenten is placed in charge of a mission at the Konoha Weapons Research Lab to obtain 1000 shuriken and 1000 kunai.
After Pain's assault of Konohagakure, Neji and Tenten were sent back in order to obtain weapons for the upcoming Fourth Shinobi World War.
Save Katabami Kinzan (Anime only)
Team Guy is sent on a mission to investigate the claims of bandit activity led by Raiga Kurosuki in the village of Katabami Kinzan. They manage to complete the mission with the help of Raiga's accomplices Ranmaru and Karashi.
Rank: A-rank (S-rank in the anime)
Naruto shakes hands with Gaara
Team Guy and Team Kakashi bid the Sand Siblings goodbye, after they save Gaara.
At the start of Part II, Team Guy is sent to help aid Team Kakashi with saving Gaara from the Akatsuki. To gain entrance into the Akatsuki lair, Team Guy was forced to fight copies of themselves. In the end, they succeeded and Gaara was saved.
Team Guy is notable for having a more Chinese theme to them: Might Guy and Rock Lee utilising martial arts with both characters greatly resembling Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Neji's Gentle Fist fighting style based on baguazhang, and Tenten's attire and fighting style having a Chinese theme.
In the Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles anime and Naruto: Shippūden episode 377, Team Guy was referred to as Team Three (第3班, 第三班, Daisanhan). Whether this is canon or not is unknown.
Of the four teams comprising the Konoha 11, Team Guy is the only one to have never been temporarily led by Kakashi. Although in Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles, Kakashi temporarily replaces Guy due to an illness.
Most Powerful Teams In Naruto And Shippuden
By Ryan Ariano/Sept. 9, 2021 3:54 pm EDT
The growth of a warrior's power, earned through a lifetime of training and experience, is the centerpiece of "Naruto" and "Naruto: Shippuden." Unsurprisingly, both series feature many powerful shinobi, both good and bad. In many ways, however, the bonds formed in battle eclipse characters' respective strength levels. As Naruto regularly preaches, his faith in his friends makes him stronger than he ever could have imagined.
Throughout the sprawling "Naruto" saga, we see many different characters team up in all sorts of different ways. Some particularly great teams are made up of several powerful shinobi who work in coordination, but not necessarily as one. Other, more hard-hitting teams are based solely on individual strength and numbers. What unites the best "Naruto" teams is that they're all more than the sum of their parts. They become carefully orchestrated machines, in which members complement each other, lifting their combined power level to massive heights.
There are great teams on all sides: Some serve the hidden villages, while others pursue evil, and are no less powerful for it. In fact, they're often even more overwhelming. Which teams pack the biggest punch? Join us as we rank the most powerful teams in "Naruto" and "Naruto: Shippuden."
13. Hidan and Kakuzu
Hidden Leaf Village's teams get the most attention, as "Naruto" and "Naruto: Shippuden" spotlight them. But the enemies of the hidden villages are just as formidable, especially the Akatsuki. At least two elite hidden village fighters have been required to kill every fallen Akatsuki member. Hidan and Kakuzu make up one of the most fearsome two-man Akatsuki teams around, in large part because Hidan is actually unkillable.
This duo is first seen killing the warrior monk Chiriku to collect a bounty. Chiriku is a great shinobi of the Fire Temple, and was once a member of the elite Twelve Guardian Ninja tasked with guarding the Land of Fire's daimyo. Hidan then kills another former member of the Twelve, Asuma, one of Hidden Leaf Village's greatest warriors and the son of the Third Hokage. Asuma is accompanied by Shikamaru, the village's wunderkind strategist, and he still dies.
Ultimately, Shikamaru is able to dispatch Hidan by splitting the immortal man's body and burying the separate parts. Kakuzu is just as tough to take down: As he reveals in his final battle, he can essentially gain extra lives by physically adding parts of his fallen enemies to his own body. Naruto is finally able to vanquish him with the newly-invented Rasenshuriken, a jutsu that literally tears matter apart on a cellular level. This duo is mighty, but they also deeply dislike each other, which puts them last on the list.
12. Team 7, version 2
The original Team 7, consisting of Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke, is legendary. But after Sasuke joins Orochimaru, the trio becomes a duo. A new member arrives in Sai, a shinobi trained by the clandestine Foundation to be an emotionless killing machine. His jutsu is a unique one, allowing him to paint something, then bring it to life. Throughout the series, he conjures eagles to ride on, tigers to battle, and small spies to gather information. His impressive skills make him one of the village's most indispensable shinobi, and a perfect addition to Naruto and Sakura's team.
Captain Yamato, who was also once a member of the Foundation, takes over Team 7 while Kakashi recovers from fighting Deidara. Yamato's wood-style jutsu is a special kekkei genkai not seen since the First Hokage. Not only can he create houses and bridges out of nothing, he can control Naruto when he's overpowered by his Nine-Tailed Fox. He boasts water-based skills as well, which makes for a particularly amazing combination. This team never really gels, though, which is why it ranks so low on this list, despite its members' impressive abilities.
11. The Sound Four
Orochimaru's top disciples, the Sound Four do his bidding during two pivotal moments. First, they create a barrier to keep the Third Hokage from escaping Orochimaru during the villain's attempt to take over Hidden Leaf Village. Their ability to combine to make an impenetrable shield shows off their great teamwork, yet each member is formidable on their own, especially when triggering their curse mark upgrades.
Second, when they're tasked with bringing back Sasuke, the four destroy several jonin. They can only be taken down by the most talented young shinobi of Hidden Leaf Village, with the help of Sand Village's best and brightest. Jirobo is taken down by Choji, who has to eat his family's special red food pill, which massively multiplies his power at the risk of killing him, to do so. Neji beats Kidomaru by nearly sacrificing himself and using his genius-level chakra skills. Kiba defeats Sakon (and Ukon) with the help of the legendary puppet master Kankuro. Tayuya falls to the combination of Shikamaru and the incredible Temari.
If you add in Kimimaro, once the leader of the Sound Four and Orochimaru's choice for a new body before attaining Sasuke, this team would probably rank higher. Kimimaro was the main player in killing the Fourth Kazekage, and even Rock Lee and Gaara only win against him because of his substantial illness. But we're not counting him, which puts the Sound Four near the bottom of the list.
10. Team Hokage
It might seem like a little bit of a stretch to include Team Hokage in this roundup, because Team Hokage only exists in a reanimated form. In the case of Hashirama and Tobirama, they're actually reanimations of reanimations, since the Third Hokage sealed their original reanimations in the Reaper's stomach, from which Orochimaru extracts this team. But this team is so impressive, it demands attention. The four members of Team Hokage manage to make a Four Red Yang Formation barrier that can contain the Ten Tails and its massive tailed beast balls. This is a jutsu that literally only a team of top Kage can perform.
Really, one need only look at their nicknames to figure out how powerful these fighters are: The God of Shinobi (Hashirama), The Inventor (Tobirama, who invented jutsus like the Shadow Clone, the Flying Raijin, and the Reanimation), The Professor (Hiruzen, who knew every jutsu of his age), and The Yellow Flash (Minato, whose speed and Flying Raijin made him Hokage at a young age). Yet these shinobi also understand the value of teamwork, and coordinate their actions better than any band of four fighters who've never met before has a right to.
9. A-B Combo
A, the Raikage of Hidden Cloud Village, has a counterpart: Killer B. This is apparently a standard practice of the village. They pair their Kage with his perfect complement, then turn that complement into the village's jinchuriki. B starts off as a misfit, disliked by many, until he tries out for the position of A's partner. They succeed in performing a Lightning Release: Double Lariat, a move allowing two people of comparable strength to decapitate an enemy. Thus, B and A become brothers.
By himself, A is a powerhouse whose speed is apparently matched only by Minato. His strength is such that he can fight a tailed beast by himself. Killer B, on the other hand, is not only a jinchuriki, but one of the few who can actually control his tailed beast. When combined, their strength is all but unbeatable. The fact that they see each other as brothers, a bond even stronger than that of teammates, makes them even more formidable.
8. Team Guy
Team Guy emerges as the strongest Hidden Leaf Village team during the Chunin Exams. This makes sense, since Guy is the strongest shinobi of his generation, excepting, perhaps, Kakashi. There's not a weak link in this perfectly balanced team. Neji Hyuga's talents with the Byakugan and the Gentle Fist of the Hyuuga clan give him a reputation for genius. Tenten is one of the greatest weapons experts in Hidden Leaf Village. Her scroll work, which allows her to summon epic weapons, as well as things like metal domes and fiery dragons, is legendary. Then there's Rock Lee, whose inability to use jutsu leads him to become the greatest taijutsu fighter of his generation.
All three members of Team Guy train harder than anyone else — no doubt because their leader is the hardest-working jonin in the village. So we have a jutsu genius, a weapons master, and a shinobi who is unbeatable in hand-to-hand combat, led by a truly legendary jonin. What a team.
Inoichi Yamanaka, Shikaku Nara, and Chōza Akimichi form the first Ino-Shika-Cho combo. The Yamanaka clan's ability to take over an enemy's body works best in conjunction with the Nara clan's Shadow Possession jutsu. Then, the Akimichi clan's Expansion jutsu allows that shinobi to grow to gargantuan proportions to finish the job. The Ino-Shika-Cho combination is so perfect, the trio carries it forward through their kids: Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji reprise their parents' team-up in the Fourth Shinobi World War.
This is a case where the sum of a team is far greater than its individual parts — though those individual parts are pretty impressive. At a young age, Shikamaru emerges as a leading strategist for the Great Shinobi Army. Ino becomes Tsunade's student after Sakura, and is able to use her family's telepathic abilities to relay messages through the army. Moreover, her rivalry with Sakura propels the latter girl into becoming Tsunade's successor. Finally, Choji, because of his size and his Expansion jutsu, is one of the most physically powerful fighters in all of Hidden Leaf Village.
6. The Three Sand Siblings
The world of "Naruto" shifts when the Three Sand Siblings appear in Hidden Leaf Village during the Chunin Exams. Gaara sends a chill down the spine of nearly everybody, especially when he threatens to kill his own teammate — everybody, that is, except for Sasuke, who senses he finally has a rival. Gaara is obviously the leader of the trio, as a bloodthirsty shinobi with a demon inside him and an impressive degree of control over sand.
Yet Kankuro is also a devastating fighter. As a puppet master, he is matched by nobody except Granny Chiyo and Sasori, who both die at the beginning of his journey. Temari is just as formidable, wielding the wind like she owns it. With her fan, she defeats Tenten handily during the Chunin Exams, and takes out curse-mark-form Tayuya.
These three lack teamwork, but they represent Sand Village like no other team could. With Kankuro's puppets (a village specialty), Temari's wind-based chakra (Sand being the hidden village of the Land of Wind), and Gaara's inimitable ability to control sand, they're a force to be reckoned with. Gaara himself is so strong, he becomes Kazekage of Sand Village during the jump from "Naruto" to "Shippuden."
5. Team Taka
After Sasuke kills Orochimaru, he officially becomes a shinobi without a master and is free to achieve his goals. First, he wants to kill his brother Itachi. Then, he wants to destroy Hidden Leaf Village. To accomplish this, he needs teammates, so Sasuke makes his own team. He names it Team Hebi (snake) before changing its name to Team Taka (hawk). Given his familiarity with Orochimaru's operations, Sasuke knows who Orochimaru's strongest shinobi are and where to find them. Team Taka is recruited to the Akatsuki and ends up fighting the Eight Tails to a standstill (B and the Eight Tails only escape through trickery). They proceed to infiltrate the Five Kage Summit and destroy anybody who gets in their way.
This is an all-MVP team. First we have Suigetsu, a swordsman of Mist Village, who can turn into water and eventually wields the Executioner's Blade. Then there's Jugo, the shinobi whose powerful transformation Orochimaru replicates through curse marks. Jugo's is stronger, though more erratic. Finally, there's Karin, the only other Uzumaki in the current timeline. Her sensory ability allows her to find any target's chakra signature — plus, she has the Uzumaki clan's storied life force, which allows others to heal by biting her. It's so strong, it restores a bisected Tsunade.
This is a disorganized and egotistical team, kept together only by a devotion to Sasuke. Yet they're frightfully powerful, and led by the second-most powerful shinobi in the land.
4. The Legendary Sannin (aka Team Hiruzen)
The Legendary Sannin are already a storied unit by the time "Naruto" begins. Their name inspires fear and respect among all. Of course, these renowned warriors started as young genin on Hiruzen Sarutobi's team: Back then, they were just Orochimaru, Tsunade, and Jiraiya. During the Second Shinobi World War, their feats were many and impressive. The jutsu they wield are powerful, but they also have summoning powers allowing them to call forth massive beasts. The fact that they were the only Hidden Leaf shinobi to survive a battle with Hanzo of the Salamander led him to dub them the Three Sannin.
Orochimaru goes on to defy Hidden Leaf, inventing horrid and powerful jutsu-science blends. Eventually, he founds his own hidden village. Tsunade becomes the Fifth Hokage, and a famous medical ninja. Jiraiya becomes the Toad Sage, a warrior so feared, even the powerful Kisame-Itachi team decides to retreat, rather than fight him. This is all impressive enough on its own, but when you take into account their students — Sakura under Tsunade, Sasuke under Orochimaru, and Naruto under Jiraiya — then this team might just muster the most power in the whole series ... even if they are a constant study in discord.
3. The Ame orphans
Hidden Rain Village is located between greater kingdoms, and is therefore ravaged by crossfire. The Ame orphans, being Hidden Rain natives bereaved by the Second Shinobi World War, know this well. When the Sannin come across them, Orochimaru tells Jiraiya they should kill the orphans. But Jiraiya sees it as his duty to try and help innocents who have been victimized by their war. Thus, he trains Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko into capable young shinobi.
The three orphans eventually form the Akatsuki, and plan to bring peace to the land by opposing war — through force, if necessary. This spirals entirely out of control: Obito manipulates events to allow him to utilize Nagato's Rinnegan as part of a plan to enslave all of mankind in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. In that way, "peace" will be achieved.
Yahiko's death deeply affects his fellow Ame orphans, even after they become criminals. Nagato becomes Pain, using his Rinnegan to create a nearly undefeatable team of six connected avatars known as the Six Paths of Pain. Pain is so strong, he nearly destroys Hidden Leaf Village, stopping only when Naruto appeals to his inner goodness. Konan, not to be ignored, can transform herself into pieces of paper, splitting and congealing to dodge blows, create objects, and fight. The Ame orphans change the world ... but not the way they originally thought they would.
2. Kisame and Itachi
Of all the Akatsuki duos, Kisame and Itachi are the most powerful. Yes, Pain and Konan destroy Hidden Leaf Village. But Pain's Rinnegan comes from Madara, and he's only doing Obito's bidding. When Obito wants the Rinnegan, he easily defeats Konan to take it. Itachi, in contrast, somehow manages to stay alive while being an Akatsuki double agent. When he returns to Hidden Leaf Village looking for Naruto, he defeats Kakashi with a single look. Since Itachi is arguably stronger than Sasuke, and certainly more strategic and forward-looking, he's undoubtedly one of the top shinobi in the world.
Kisame is no slouch either. He killed his former master, a great Ninja Swordsman of the Mist, and took the chakra-cutting sword Samehada. Kisame is so strong, Guy has to open six of the Eight Gates against a 30% power clone, then has to open a seventh to defeat a sword-less, full-powered Kisame. Moreover, Kisame can absorb others' chakra. His power, combined with Samehada, has given him a terrifying nickname: "Tailed Beast without a Tail." If properly motivated and in full health, this duo can take down nearly any other shinobi team in the land.
1. Team 7
The original Team 7, consisting of Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke, is destined for greatness from the very start. They go on to achieve it, despite the fact that they're apart for a good chunk of "Naruto" and "Naruto: Shippuden." Trained and led by Kakashi Hatake, Team 7 isn't always harmonious: Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry often leads them to use their most powerful jutsu against each other, while a love triangle nearly tears the team apart. Yet their commitment to each other drives the entire world of "Naruto."
Individually, Team 7's members easily climb to the top of the heap as far as strength is concerned. Add in Kakashi, with his Mangekyo Sharingan and jutsu knowledge, and you've got four of the most fearsome fighters around. Yet they also complement each other. Naruto and Sasuke work so well together, in fact, that their combo creates a new attack in the battle against Madara. Sakura becomes such a strong medical ninja, she can revive them past the point of all others' skill. Kakashi is able to teach Sasuke his jutsu, Chidori, and conceives of a teaching technique that allows Naruto to gain years of practice in just a few days. Alone, they've impressive. Together, they're unstoppable.
Team 7 literally saves the world by toppling foes no mere mortals should be able to defeat. They do that not as individual shinobi, but as a team whose connection is more powerful than even the most legendary jutsu.
List of Naruto characters
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The major characters of the series as they appear in Part I, as seen from left to right: Lee, Guy, Gaara, Hinata, Sakura, Kakashi, Naruto, Iruka, Sasuke, Itachi, Shikamaru, Shino and Neji.
The major characters of the series as they appear in Part II with Kurama (The Nine-Tailed Fox) in the background.
The Naruto (Japanese: ナルト)manga and anime series features an extensive cast of characters created by Masashi Kishimoto. The series takes place in a fictional universe where countries vie for power by employing ninja who can use superhuman abilities in combat. The storyline is divided into two parts, simply named Part I and Part II, with the latter taking place two-and-a-half years after the conclusion of Part I. It is followed by the sequel series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations by Ukyō Kodachi, which continues where the epilogue of the first series left off. The series' storyline follows the adventures of a group of young ninja from the village of Konohagakure (Village Hidden in the Leaf).
The eponymous character of the first series is Naruto Uzumaki, an energetic ninja who wishes to become Hokage, the leader of Konohagakure and holds a monster called the Nine Tails in his body. During the early part of the series, Naruto is assigned to Team 7, in which he meets his rival Sasuke Uchiha, a taciturn and highly skilled "genius" of the Uchiha clan; Sakura Haruno, who is infatuated with Sasuke and has Naruto's attention and Kakashi Hatake, the quiet and mysterious leader of the team. Over the course of the series, seeking out Sasuke when he ran away from the village, Naruto interacts with and befriends several fellow ninja in Konohagakure and other villages. He also encounters the series' antagonists, including Orochimaru, a former ninja of Konohagakure scheming to destroy his former home, as well as the elite ninja of the criminal organization Akatsuki who seek out jinchuriki like Gaara for the tailed beasts.
The eponymous character of the second series is Boruto Uzumaki, the son of Naruto and Hinata Hyuga who is assigned to Team Konohamaru also known as Team 7, which includes Sasuke and Sakura's daughter – Sarada Uchiha, Orochimaru's artificially created son – Mitsuki and the group's leader – Konohamaru, the Third Hokage's grandson whom Naruto befriended as a child.
As he developed the series, Kishimoto created the three primary characters as a basis for the designs of the other three-person teams. He also used characters in other shōnen manga as references in his design of the characters, a decision that was criticized by several anime and manga publications. The characters that Kishimoto developed, however, were praised for incorporating many of the better aspects of previous shōnen characters, although many publications lamented the perceived lack of growth beyond such stereotypes. The visual presentation of the characters was commented on by reviewers, with both praise and criticism given to Kishimoto's work in the manga and anime adaptations.
Creation and conception
When Masashi Kishimoto was originally creating the Naruto series, he looked to other shōnen manga for inspiration while still attempting to make his characters as unique as possible. Kishimoto cites Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball series as one of these influences, noting that Goku, the protagonist of Dragon Ball, was a key factor when creating Naruto Uzumaki due to his energetic and mischievous personality. To complement Naruto, Kishimoto worked on creating a rival that was a "cool genius", as he believed this was "the archetypal rival character". After reviewing different manga for ideas, he ultimately developed Sasuke Uchiha. When creating the primary heroine, Kishimoto admitted, "I don't have a definite image of what a heroine should be". He eventually created Sakura Haruno, emphasizing "her energy and flirtatious spirit" as her primary characteristics. These three characters would be the mold for the other three main Naruto teams.
The separation of the characters into different teams was intended to give each group a specific flavor. Kishimoto wished for each team member to be "extreme", having a high amount of aptitude in one given attribute, yet talentless in another. This approach was used to make each team perform best when individual members worked together to overcome their weaknesses. Having watched tokusatsu dramas as a child, Kishimoto wished for his teams to be different from the superhero teams in these dramas, dismissing the value of a team in which all the teammates were "strong to the point of perfection". Kishimoto notes that the different roles the characters assume is similar to many role-playing games, and "each character stands out better that way".
Kishimoto inserted villains into the story to counteract the lead characters' moral values. He stated that this focus on illustrating the difference in values is central to his creation of villains to the point that, "I don't really think about them in combat". The villains' physical appearances were also embellished to differentiate them from other characters, making it easier for a reader to follow the story and identify the villains, even in heated battle scenes. Kishimoto noted that making the villains "flamboyant" with a "showy costume" is "one of my guiding principles", as well as making them "more memorable".
When drawing the characters, Kishimoto consistently follows a five-step process: concept and rough sketch, drafting, inking, shading, and coloring. These steps are followed when he is drawing the manga and making the color illustrations that commonly adorn the cover of tankōbon, the cover of the Weekly Shōnen Jump, or other media, but the toolkit he uses occasionally changes. For instance, he used an airbrush for one illustration for a Weekly Shōnen Jump cover, but decided not to use it for future drawings largely due to the cleanup required.
The protagonists of the Naruto series are Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno, and Kakashi Hatake, who form "Team 7" (第7班, Dainanahan) of Konohagakure. After Sasuke Uchiha's defection and Naruto's departure from Konohagakure at the end of Part I, the team disbands. During Part II, the team reforms as "Team Kakashi" (カカシ班, Kakashi-Han) with two new members: Sai, who occupies Sasuke's position, and Yamato, who becomes the acting Captain.[ch. 285] During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Team 7 reunites to fight Madara Uchiha who later becomes Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. Once the War is over, Sasuke and Naruto have their final battle. After the fight ends, Team 7 is finally reunited permanently.
Main article: Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki (うずまき ナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) is the titular protagonist of the 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. He is often shunned by the Konohagakure villagers, as he is the host of Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Fox that attacked Konoha.[ch. 2] He compensates for this with his cheerful and boisterous personality, vowing to never give up on any goal he sets. In particular, Naruto has ambitions of becoming Hokage, the leader of Konohagakure, to gain the villagers' respect and be able to protect them. Over the course of the series, Naruto befriends many foreign and Konoha people and eventually claims a sizable positive impact on their lives, which grants him worldwide fame.[ch.. 450] Naruto eventually achieves his dream of becoming Hokage, marries Hinata Hyuga and has two children named Boruto Uzumaki and Himawari Uzumaki.[ch.. 700] Naruto is voiced by Junko Takeuchi in Japanese, and by Maile Flanagan in English.
Main article: Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha (うちは サスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) is Naruto's rival. He was designed by Kishimoto as the "cool genius" since he felt this was an integral part of an ideal rivalry. Sasuke's older brother, Itachi Uchiha, killed the rest of their family.[ch. 224] Because of this, Sasuke's sole desire is to kill his brother, and he develops a cold and withdrawn personality, seeing people as tools to further his goals, although also gaining the affection of most of the girls he knows, much to his annoyance. After he becomes a member of Team 7, Sasuke seems to begin considering his teammates precious to the point of risking his life to protect them, while focusing on revenge less than at the start of the series. Following an encounter and a subsequent defeat at the hands of his brother in Part I, however, Sasuke severs his ties and leaves the village to seek more power from Orochimaru. By the events of the Boruto franchise, Sasuke has become a vigilante investigating the Otsutsuki clan for Konohagakure. Sasuke is voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in the Japanese anime, while his English voice actor is Yuri Lowenthal.
Main article: Sakura Haruno
Sakura Haruno (春野 サクラ, Haruno Sakura) is a member of Team 7. While creating the character, Kishimoto has admitted that he had little perception of what an ideal girl should be like. As a child, Sakura was teased by other children because of her large forehead, a feature Kishimoto tried to emphasize in Sakura's appearance. She was comforted by Ino Yamanaka and the two developed a friendship. However, as the two grew, they became increasingly distant due to their shared affection for Sasuke Uchiha. During the early moments of Part I, Sakura is infatuated with Sasuke and resents Naruto Uzumaki, although Sasuke views her as "annoying" and Naruto has feelings for her.[ch. 3] Her perception on Naruto eventually changes, however, and she comes to see him as a friend, while her feelings for Sasuke grow into deep love. In the Japanese anime, her voice actress is Chie Nakamura, and she is voiced by Kate Higgins in the English adaptation.
Main article: Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi Hatake is the easygoing, smart leader of team 7, consisting of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. Kakashi had a dark past, but is unaffected by it as an adult. He was a very vital key for Naruto's success, training him to be a great ninja. Kakashi is a master of the Sharingan, which he gained as a present from his late friend, Obito Uchiha. Kakashi's original eye was restored late into part 2 of the series. Kakashi is killed by Nagato, who later repents and revives him. Kakashi succeeds Tsunade as the sixth Hokage in the late parts of Naruto Shippuden.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
The protagonists of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series are Naruto and Hinata's son Boruto Uzumaki, Sasuke and Sakura's daughter Sarada Uchiha, Orochimaru's son Mitsuki, and Konohamaru Sarutobi who form "Team Konohamaru" (木ノ葉丸班, Konohamaru-Han). Prior to their series, Konohamaru was a supporting character in the Naruto series while Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki were introduced in the Naruto epilogue.[ch. 700]
Main article: Boruto Uzumaki
Boruto Uzumaki (うずまき ボルト, Uzumaki Boruto) is the son of Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga who attends Konoha's ninja academy, inheriting his paternal family's short blond hair, blue eyes and "Believe it!" (だってばさ, dattebasa) verbal tic. He also inherits his maternal family's Gentle Fist technique despite not inheriting the Byakugan, unlike his sister Himawari. Just as his father pulled pranks to have his existence acknowledged, Boruto commits mischief to get his father's attention after his rise to Hokage, such as defacing the Hokage Monument during the events of the series epilogue. Boruto also admires his father's rival and friend Sasuke, seeking his training in order to surpass his father, later being accepted as his student.[ch. 700] In Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and its retellings, Boruto joins the Chunin Exams with his best friend Shikadai and their teammates, and attempts to cheat his way through the exams. When Naruto gets abducted by Momoshiki, Boruto makes peace with his father and helps him and Sasuke defeat the Otsutsuki, and is branded by the dying entity with a mark called the Kama. He resolves to take Sasuke's path to aid the Hokage from the shadows. While able to use a Rasengan, Boruto accidentally develops the Vanishing Rasengan as a signature attack. Boruto can activate a Byakugan-like dojutsu in his right eye, though not at will. In the Japanese version, Boruto is voiced by Kokoro Kikuchi in The Last: Naruto the Movie and by Yuuko Sanpei in all subsequent appearances. In the English version, he is voiced by Maile Flanagan in The Last and by Amanda C. Miller in all subsequent appearances.
Main article: Sarada Uchiha
Sarada Uchiha (うちは サラダ, Uchiha Sarada) is the daughter of Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. She seems to have inherited traits from both her parents, like her mother's "Cha!" (しゃーんなろー!, Shānnarō!) verbal tic and her father's aloofness and reluctance to acknowledge and commend others. Sarada is the central character of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, searching for her estranged father while mistakenly feeling she and Sakura are not related. Gaining her Sharingan in the process, but not having a good first impression of her father Sasuke, Sarada feels hurt and betrayed when she incorrectly suspects being Karin's biological child as the two wear similar glasses. While Naruto helps her realize that family is not a matter of blood, Sarada eventually learns that Sakura is her biological mother as Karin later explains she was Sakura's midwife. Before leaving again, Sasuke shows Sarada how much he loves her by poking her forehead, and promises to come home soon. Having admired Naruto and his dedication to his village, Sarada makes it her goal to become the next Hokage. She finds Boruto annoying but is later hinted to have a mutual crush on him. Sarada is voiced by Kokoro Kikuchi in Japanese, while in the English version she is voiced by Laura Bailey in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and by Cherami Leigh in all subsequent appearances.
Main article: Mitsuki (Naruto)
Mitsuki (ミツキ) is a teammate of Boruto and Sarada, a mysterious boy with a calm mind and a penchant for making snide remarks. His backstory is explored in Naruto Gaiden: The Road Illuminated by the Full Moon, which reveals that Mitsuki is an artificial human created by Orochimaru, gaining the name Mitsuki from the fact that he is a "vessel" (杯 Tsuki) for the "snake" (巳 Mi) to inhabit. He tested by Orochimaru and another of his creations called Log (ログ, Rogu) to determine his allegiance; Mitsuki decided to follow his own path as the "moon" instead of a vessel, setting out toward the Hidden Leaf to find his "sun": Boruto Uzumaki. Mitsuki can extend his limbs by using chakra to dislocate his joints, while the experimentation by Orochimaru allows him to access Sage Mode. He is voiced by Ryūichi Kijima in Japanese and by Robbie Daymond in the English dub.
Konohamaru Sarutobi (猿飛 木ノ葉丸, Sarutobi Konohamaru), named after Konohagakure, is the grandson of the Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi. He strives to replace his grandfather as Hokage so the villagers will recognize him by name, not simply as the Hokage's grandson. He looks to Naruto as a mentor in this quest, emulating his work ethic, determination, and signature jutsu such as the Rasengan and the Sexy Jutsu. Konohamaru insists, however, that he will only become Hokage after Naruto has been Hokage first.[ch. 2] By the series epilogue, Konohamaru has ascended to the rank of jonin and is the captain of Team Konohamaru. 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 recreation of Naruto. He eventually gave Konohamaru small, angry-looking eyes and was instantly happy with the design.[vol. 2:26] While voiced in the Japanese anime by Ikue Ōtani and by Akiko Koike as a stand-in, Konohamaru's adult self is voiced by Hidenori Takahashi. In the English version, Colleen O'Shaughnessey voices Konohamaru's pre-adult self, and Max Mittelman voices his adult self.
Team 8 (第8班, Daihappan) 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 used in this role. During Part II, Team 8, excluding Kurenai due to her pregnancy, joins Naruto Uzumaki and Team 7 in their search for Itachi Uchiha and Sasuke Uchiha.[ch. 354]
Main article: Hinata Hyuga
Hinata Hyuga (日向 ヒナタ, Hyūga Hinata) is a member of Team 8 who suffers from a lack of self-confidence. Though born of the Hyuga clan's main house and raised to become future head of the clan, Hinata's shyness and inability to stand up for herself resulted in the strong disapproval of her father Hiashi after being defeated by her younger sister Hanabi, who became their father's successor. Hinata was then disowned by Hiashi and placed in the care of Kurenai Yuhi.[ch. 78] Under Kurenai's guidance, Hinata began training her strength in both skill and will in order to prove her worth to her father.[ch. 238] Hinata's growing self-confidence mainly comes from her long-standing admiration for Naruto, as she is inspired by his enthusiasm and unyielding determination to never give up. As the series progresses, Hinata's admiration towards Naruto eventually grows into love. During Part II, Hinata confesses her feelings to Naruto while protecting him from Pain and later assists him during the Allied Ninjas' battle with the Ten-Tails.[ch. 437, 615] Following the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and the events of The Last: Naruto the Movie where she carries out the will of her ancestor Hamura Ōtsutsuki by helping Naruto stop Toneri, Hinata marries Naruto and they have two children by the series epilogue. Her voice actress in the Japanese anime is Nana Mizuki, and her English voice actress is Stephanie Sheh.
Kiba Inuzuka (犬塚 キバ, Inuzuka Kiba) is a member of Team 8 from the Inuzuka Clan, a group of ninja with canine characteristics who train alongside their ninja dog (忍犬, ninken) partners. In stark contrast to his teammates, Kiba is brash, impulsive, and loud-mouthed, and considers Naruto a rival after Naruto defeats him in the Chunin Exams. Despite this, he is very protective of his teammates, and displays the same loyalty 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 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 running on 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] In the series epilogue, Kiba ends up living with Tamaki, the granddaughter of the Uchiha Clan's supporter Granny Cat, and the two house various dogs and cats. Kiba's voice actor in the Japanese anime is Kōsuke Toriumi, and his English voice actor is Kyle Hebert.
Akamaru (赤丸) is Kiba Inuzuka's ninja dog, 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, though Kiba comically fails to notice this drastic difference.[ch. 282] With his heightened sense of smell, hearing, and 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 uses scent marking, though in battle he relies on Kiba to provide the chakra for the combination attacks they execute, which require Akamaru to transform into a clone of Kiba.[ch. 203] In the series epilogue, an aged Akamaru fathers a litter of puppies, among the assortment of animals living with Kiba and Tamaki. In the original Japanese anime, Akamaru is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, also the voice actor 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 as a puppy are provided by Jamie Simone though Kyle Hebert provided the voice of Akamaru when he took Kiba's form.
Shino Aburame (油女 シノ, Aburame Shino) is a member of Team 8 from the Aburame Clan, a group of ninja who formed a symbiosis with a special breed of insects known as "destruction bugs" (寄壊蟲, kikaichū) by allowing the insects to use their bodies as hives. During a battle, Shino directs his bugs towards an opponent, boxing them in and absorbing their chakra once they have been surrounded. Shino's merciless tendencies towards opponents, as well as his attachment to and collection of insects,[ch. 172] 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] he is also capable of childish emotions, as shown in the anime when he sulks after Naruto (returning after two and a half years) fails to remember his name or recognize him. In the series epilogue, Shino becomes a Ninja Academy teacher. In the Japanese anime, his voice actor 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.
Kurenai Yuhi (夕日 紅, Yūhi Kurenai) is the leader of Team 8, a skilled user of genjutsu, particularly skilled with illusions involving plants.[ch. 141] 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 her childhood friend Asuma Sarutobi, and during Part II of the series, Kurenai is revealed to be pregnant with Asuma's child.[ch. 342] Several months after Asuma's death, Kurenai gave birth to their daughter Mirai Sarutobi, who later becomes a kunoichi by the events of the series epilogue.[ch. 533, 700] In the Japanese anime, her voice actress 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 (第10班, Daijippan) 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] In the series epilogue, the three living members of Team Asuma are training their children to become the next "Ino-Shika-Cho" group.
Main article: Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru Nara (奈良 シカマル, Nara Shikamaru) is a member 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, is never 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, choosing to look upon Choji as a person without considering his large girth. Despite thinking of Naruto a bit poorly and often getting annoyed by him, he is one of the few people to have acknowledged him as a person rather than the tailed beast in childhood, remaining one of Naruto's close friends since then.[ch. 190] In battle, Shikamaru can manipulate his shadow, and, by extending it into another person's shadow, can force the target to mimic his movements.[ch. 107] In the series epilogue, Shikamaru works as Naruto's advisor and is revealed to have married Temari, who had moved to the Hidden Leaf, and with whom he has a son, Shikadai. In the Japanese anime, Shikamaru's voice actor is Showtaro Morikubo, although Nobutoshi Canna acted as a stand-in for Morikubo in episode 141. His English voice actor is Tom Gibis.
Choji Akimichi (秋道 チョウジ, Akimichi Chōji) is a member of Team 10, typified by his affinity for food. Though his habit of always eating gives him a relatively portly 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] even killing one of the Sound Four during one occurrence. 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] He can also use his clan's signature Calorie Control (カロリーコントロール, Karorī Kontorōru) which converts his body fat to chakra.[ch. 190] In the series epilogue, Choji has married Karui of the Hidden Cloud Village and they have a daughter Chocho Akimichi. His voice actor in the Japanese anime is Kentarō Itō and his English voice actor is Robbie Rist.
Ino Yamanaka (山中 いの, Yamanaka Ino) is a 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, their friendship was ended.[ch. 71] The two eventually make amends and rekindle their friendship, but still maintain a competitive attitude toward each other.[ch. 73] In the anime, when Sakura begins to excel in healing techniques, Ino becomes her surrogate apprentice, hoping to be even more useful to her friends and teammates as an able medical ninja. In terms of combat abilities, Ino specializes in mind-altering techniques. Ino can transfer her consciousness to her target's mind, gaining control over their body which she can then use to attack others. She can also perform telepathy by connecting minds of People, and in addition, she is a Sensory ninja, able to detect chakra around her. [ch. 55] In the series' epilogue, Ino has married Sai and they have a son, Inojin, and become the head of her clan and the Leader of the Village's Sensory Unit as well as a Doctor. In the Japanese anime, her voice actress is Ryōka Yuzuki, and her voice actress in the English adaptation is Colleen O'Shaughnessey.
Asuma Sarutobi (猿飛 アスマ, Sarutobi Asuma) is the leader of Team 10 and son of the Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi and uncle of Konohamaru Sarutobi. In battle, Asuma wields trench knives that he can infuse with his wind nature chakra to extend the blades' length and sharpness.[ch. 317] When he was younger, Asuma had a dispute with his father and briefly left Konohagakure in protest, gaining fame as a member of the Land of Fire's Twelve Guardian Shinobi. Though Asuma eventually returned, gaining the resolve to protect Konoha's next generation from his experiences outside his home, he never completely reconciled with his father 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, often playing go or shogi together.[ch. 107] Asuma frequently appears alongside his childhood friend Kurenai Yuhi, denying having a relation before it is revealed that Kurenai is bearing his child.[ch. 140, 342] After Asuma is killed by Hidan of the criminal organization Akatsuki, Shikamaru inherited his mentor's ideals as he uses his knuckles to defeat Hidan. During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Asuma is brought back with the Reanimation Jutsu to fight for Kabuto before being defeated by his students and sealed until his soul is allowed to return to the afterlife. Asuma's voice actor in the Japanese anime is Jūrōta Kosugi, and he is voiced by Doug Erholtz in the English adaptation.
Team Guy (ガイ班, Gai-Han) 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 an attempt to save Gaara from the criminal organization, Akatsuki.[ch. 253]
Main article: Rock Lee
Rock 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. During the Chunin Exams, Lee loses use of both his right arm and leg, but doesn't let that stop him.[ch. 52] In the Japanese anime, his voice actor is Yoichi Masukawa, and his voice actor is Brian Donovan in English.
Neji Hyuga (日向 ネジ, Hyūga Neji) is a member of Team Guy and a child prodigy of the Hyuga clan, as well as Hinata's cousin.[ch. 101] As he is the only ninja of his generation to be promoted to the rank of Jonin during Part II, he frequently acts as leader of his assigned teams and the secondary leader of Team Guy when Might Guy is absent. Though a member of the branch house, Neji displays his title as a prodigy of the Hyuga throughout the series as a master of his clan's Gentle Fist style of combat that he taught to himself.[ch. 101] Originally, 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 the Chunin Exams by Naruto Uzumaki, who defied his own "fate", Neji has a change of heart once uncle Hiashi reveals the full story of his father's death, Hizashi, as an act of self-sacrifice in place of his twin brother. Neji then abandons his belief in determinism and resolves to get strong enough to never lose a battle and change the fates of his loved ones.[ch. 197] As the series progressed, Neji refined his Gentle Fist and devised original variations that either increase their potency or fix flaws such as the blind spot in his Byakugan.[ch. 197] Neji also remedies the estranged relations between himself and the members of the main house, resulting in his training with Hiashi and Hinata at the end of Part I.[ch. 238] Neji is killed during the Fourth Great Ninja War as he sacrifices himself to protect Naruto and Hinata from Obito Uchiha's attack, telling Naruto that he made the choice to die protecting those dear to him as his father had. Following the war's conclusion, a memorial is held in Neji's honor. Years after the war, Naruto pays tribute to Neji by naming his son Boruto whose name means "bolt" while Neji's name means "screw". In the Japanese anime, his voice actor 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.
Tenten (テンテン) is a member of Team Guy who 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 in the series.[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 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] In the series epilogue, Tenten runs her own weapons shop and was a proctor of the Chunin exams. Her Japanese voice actress is Yukari Tamura, and her English voice actress is Danielle Judovits.
"Might Guy" redirects here. For the Japanese actor nicknamed "Maitogai", see Akira Kobayashi.
Might Guy (マイト・ガイ, Maito Gai) is the leader of Team Guy who dedicates most of his time to his pupil Rock Lee, who emulates himself in his sensei's image and ideals, 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] Like Lee, and choosing not to use other ninjutsu skills out of respect for his student, Guy is a specialist in physical attacks and taught Lee many of the techniques he learned from his father Might Duy, such as the ability to unlock the Eight Gates which safely restrict the flow of chakra through the body. When not teaching Lee, Guy is usually found competing with his self-proclaimed childhood rival, Kakashi Hatake. Throughout the series, Kakashi never displays a particular interest in their rivalry, which only further motivates Guy to defeat him.[ch. 65] Guy is an extremely capable ninja as seen in his fight against Itachi Uchiha and his recurring confrontations with Kisame Hoshigaki,[ch. 143] beating him single-handedly on two occasions.[ch. 258][ch. 506] During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Guy is forced to use the Eighth Gate in a failed attempt to defeat Madara. Though Naruto uses the power of the Sage of Six Paths to save his life, Guy's right leg is too damaged to be fully healed. Though he is not wavered from his shinobi career, he remains in a paraplegic state by the events of the epilogue.
Series creator Masashi Kishimoto had likened 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 the Japanese anime, his voice actor is Masashi Ebara (who also voices Guy's father, Duy), with Masayuki Makiguchi voicing him as a child. In the English anime, Guy is voiced by Skip Stellrecht (except in Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, where he is voiced by Matthew Mercer), with Todd Haberkorn voicing him as a child.
The Sand Siblings (砂の三姉弟, Suna no Sankyōdai) are ninjas from the village of Sunagakure and the children of the Fourth Kazekage, the former leader of the village.[ch. 59] They come to Konohagakure to participate in the biannual Chunin exams, and serve as antagonists in the subsequent invasion of Konohagakure. Because of their interactions with Naruto Uzumaki, and learning their father was murdered by their supposed ally Orochimaru, the Sand Siblings return as allies of Konohagakure, aiding Naruto's group in their attempts to retrieve Sasuke Uchiha from Orochimaru's forces. 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. In Part II, Gaara becomes Kazekage with his older siblings serving under him as his bodyguards during the Kage Summit at the Land of Iron.
Main article: Gaara
Gaara (我愛羅) is the youngest of the three siblings, created as a foil to Naruto Uzumaki, with a similar background yet a highly divergent personality. Before being born, Gaara was made into a weapon by his father by becoming the Jinchuriki of the Tailed Beast Shukaku the One-Tail (一尾の守鶴, Ichibi no Shukaku). This act caused the death of his mother during labor and Gaara was placed in the care of his mother's younger brother. Like any other Jinchuriki and because his sand unconsciously attacked those around him when he was threatened, Gaara was tormented by his fellow villagers as well as his uncle.[ch. 131] Unlike Naruto, however, Gaara comes to see himself as omnipotent and that anyone who challenges him or his power must die. When he battles Naruto during the invasion of Konoha, learning that he is also a Jinchuriki like himself, Gaara's outlook changes as he resolves to help others and he succeeds his deceased father as Sunagakure's Fifth Kazekage during Part II.[ch. 249] Gaara's Japanese voice actor is Akira Ishida and his English voice actor is Liam O'Brien.
Kankuro (カンクロウ, Kankurō) is the middle 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, normally using his bladed attack puppet Crow (烏, Karasu) and trapping puppet Black Ant (黒蟻, Kuroari) in combination attacks. He also possesses the large puppet Salamander (山椒魚, Sanshōuo) that provides him with combination defense and offense. After his puppets were destroyed by their creator, Kankuro gains a new puppet in Sasori's lifeless body Scorpion (蠍, Sasori) and modifies it for his use as a normal puppet. During the Fourth Great Ninja War, after defeating the reanimated Sasori and breaking Kabuto's hold over him, Kankuro is entrusted with the Mother and Father puppets. In the series epilogue, Kankuro continues to serve as Gaara's bodyguard. In the Japanese anime, his voice actor is Yasuyuki Kase, and his English voice actor is Michael Lindsay, until he was replaced by Doug Erholtz in 2013 (after the former retired the previous year).
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 her time in Konohagakure, Temari is often seen walking with Shikamaru Nara, causing other characters to think they are dating, although both deny this.[ch. 247] 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.[ch. 107] During Part I of the series, Temari is able to use the Summoning Jutsu, in which she can summon a powerful scythe-wielding weasel called Kamatari (カマタリ).[ch. 214] In the series epilogue, Temari is revealed to have moved to the Hidden Leaf and married Shikamaru, with whom she has a son, Shikadai.[ch. 700] Temari's voice actress in the Japanese anime is Romi Park and her English voice actress is Tara Platt.
Team Moegi (モエギ班, Moegi-Han) is a group of Konohagakure ninja led by Moegi Kazamatsuri who appears in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The three members are the newest generation of the Ino-Shika-Cho, a generational team encompassing members of the Akimichi, Nara, and Yamanaka clans.
Shikadai Nara (奈良 シカダイ, Nara Shikadai) is the son of Shikamaru Nara and Temari, and Boruto's best friend, who attends Konoha's ninja academy.[ch. 700] He inherits his father's relaxed unenthusiastic personality and fighting style through the Shadow Imitation Technique while blunt and outspoken like his mother. During the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Shikadai faces Boruto in the Chunin Exam finals and is deemed the winner by default because Boruto was discovered to having cheated during their match. Shikadai is voiced by Kenshō Ono in Japanese and by Todd Haberkorn in the English dub.
Chocho Akimichi (秋道 チョウチョウ, Akimichi Chōchō) is the daughter of Choji Akimichi and Karui who attends Konoha's ninja academy.[ch. 700] Like her father, inheriting the Akimichi's clan fighting style, she never turns down an invitation when it comes to food and is quite confident and self-assured about herself, a trait she perhaps inherited from her mother. But during the events of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Chocho becomes conscious of her weight while starting to think that she might be an adopted child. Chocho accompanies her friend Sarada in search of her father, Sasuke, believing the trip to be in search of her "real" father instead. When she witnesses her father's slender figure, she becomes eager to learn the technique. Chocho is voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi in Japanese and by Colleen Villard in the English dub.
Inojin Yamanaka (山中 いのじん, Yamanaka Inojin) is the son of Sai and Ino Yamanaka who attends Konoha's ninja academy.[ch. 700]. Inojin uses the Super Beast Scroll technique, following his father, but is also being trained in using his clan's mind-altering techniques by his mother. Inojin is voiced by Atsushi Abe in Japanese and by Spike Spencer in the English dub.
Moegi Kazamatsuri (風祭モエギ) is a member of Team Ebisu, consisting of her, Konohamaru Sarutobi, and Udon, with whom she forms the "Konohamaru Ninja Squad". The team is still academy students in Part 1, but has graduated to genin by Part 2. In the Boruto: Naruto Next Generation manga series, the now adult Moegi has been promoted to jonin and is leading Shikadai, Chocho, and Inojin as part of her team. Like Hashirama and Yamato, Moegi possesses the ability to use Wood-Style Jutsu. She is voiced by Noriko Shitaya in the Japanese anime and Wendee Lee in the English adaptation.
Team Hanabi (ハナビ班, Hanabi-Han), also known as Team 15, is an all-kunoichi team of Konohagakure ninja led by Hanabi Hyuga who appears in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Sumire Kakei (筧 スミレ, Kakehi Sumire) is a class representative during Boruto's time in the Hidden Leaf's Academy, and is close friends with Sarada and Chocho. Sumire inherited a curse mark devised by her father, a former Foundation member named Tanuki Shigaraki, that allows her to summon an artificial creature called Nue. In the first arc of the anime, orphaned as a result of the former Foundation members being ostracized, Sumire wished to continue her father's work in taking revenge on the Hidden Leaf, but Boruto convinces her to let go of her past and find her own path. Sumire later graduates to a genin and becomes a member of an all-kunoichi team, later gaining a place in the Scientific Ninja Weapons Team. Sumire is voiced by Aya Endō in Japanese and by Erica Lindbeck in the English dub.
Namida Suzumeno (雀乃 なみだ, Suzumeno Namida) is a Konohagakure ninja genin who is prone to crying, possessing a jutsu that produces a high-pitch sound wave capable of incapacitate those who hear him. As her skill is untrained, she avoids using it to harm her teammates. In the Japanese anime, Namida is voiced by Sara Matsumoto and in the English anime, her voice actress is Tara Sands.
Wasabi Izuno (伊豆野 ワサビ, Izuno Wasabi) is a ninja genin from Konohagakure. She fights using a transformation jutsu that allow her to assume the characteristics of a cat. Wasabi's voice actress in the Japanese anime is Natsumi Yamada, while his voice actress in the English adaptation is Cassandra Morris.
Tsubaki Kurogane (鉄 ツバキ, Kurogane Tsubaki) is a samurai who was a disciple of Mifune, and was brought to Konohagakure to replace Sumire Kakei on Team Hanabi as she joined the Scientific Ninja Weapons Team. Not much is known about her except she is a skilled samurai and therefore perfectly masters kenjutsu (use of swords). In the Japanese anime, Tsubaki's voice actress is Juri Nagatsuma.
Hanabi Hyuga (日向 ハナビ, Hyūga Hanabi) is the youngest daughter of Hiashi Hyūga and the younger sister of Hinata Hyuga. She loves and admires her older sister very much and the feeling is mutual. In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Hanabi becomes the leader of her own team of genin, in addition to her duties as heiress of the clan. In the Japanese anime, she is voiced by Kiyomi Asai, while is voiced by Colleen Villard in the English dub. She is also voiced by Kari Wahlgren in the video game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.
Team Udon (ウドン班, Udon-Han), also known as Team 5, is a group of Konohagakure ninja led by Udon Ise who appears in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Metal Lee (メタル・リー, Metaru Rī) is the son of Rock Lee who attends Konoha's ninja academy.[ch. 700] Like his father, Metal relies on his taijutsu, but gets nervous when being watched, causing him to mess up his techniques. Metal is voiced by Ryō Nishitani in Japanese and Billy Kametz in English.
Iwabi Yuino (いわび ゆいの, Yuino Iwabi) is a Konohagakure Academy student. While a standout during his entire time enrolled, his poor test grades lead him to be held back repeatedly. Iwabi uses Earth Style techniques. He is voiced by Shinya Hamazoe in Japanese and Ray Chase in English.
Denki Kaminarimon (雷門 デンキ, Kaminarimon Denki) is a Konohagakure Academy student, and the heir to the Kaminarimon Company. Denki carries a laptop with him most times, and knows a lot about technology because of his father. However, he is not proficient in jutsu, asking Iwabee to help him pass the jutsu exam in the academy. He is voiced by Chihiro Ikki in Japanese and Erica Mendez in English. Denki is known to be smart.
Udon Ise (伊勢ウドン, Ise Udon) is a member of Team Ebisu, consisting of himself, Konohamaru Sarutobi, and Moegi, with whom they form the "Konohamaru Ninja Squad". The team is still academy students in Part 1, but has graduated to genin by Part 2. In the Boruto: Naruto Next Generation manga series, the now adult Udon has been promoted to jonin and is leading Metal Lee, Iwabi and Denki as part of his team. He is voiced by Tomo Shigematsu in the Japanese anime and Kate Higgins in the English version.
Zabuza Momochi (桃地 再不斬, Momochi Zabuza) is a former member of Kirigakure's Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, a group of ninja that use particularly large swords in battle. He is one of Naruto's first opponents. Zabuza possesses a sword called Kubikiri Bōchō (首斬り包丁, lit. Decapitating Knife). After a failed coup d'état, or overthrow, wherein he tried to assassinate the Fourth Mizukage, Zabuza and his followers fled the village and began working as mercenary assassins.[ch. 30] He also takes in a young boy, Haku, as his apprentice, mostly treating him as a tool although he ultimately does care for him.[ch. 32] Zabuza is skilled in water-based abilities, but his area of expertise is in assassinations in areas covered by mist.[ch. 26] His talents lead to his commission by a criminal named Gato to kill a man named Tazuna, which he is unable to perform 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. Having been redeemed by Naruto, Zabuza kills him first, though is mortally wounded and dies soon afterwards.[ch. 32] He is one of the shinobi resurrected by Kabuto to fight on the Akatsuki side and is defeated, being sealed during a rematch with Kakashi.[ch. 516, 524] In the Japanese anime, his voice actor is Unshō Ishizuka, and his English voice actor is Steven Blum.
Haku (白) is Zabuza Momochi's most faithful follower. Before he started working for Zabuza, Haku lived as an orphan. His father killed his mother when it was discovered that Haku possesses a genetic ability, Hyōton (氷遁, lit. "Ice Release"), that allows him to mix wind and water elements to create ice,[ch. 24] which was considered a threat. Haku then killed his father. After wandering from place to place, he was found by Zabuza, who 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] Haku later meets Naruto (who mistakes him for a girl) while he is training, and the two bond over their connections. On this same mission, Haku ultimately gives his life in his mission to save his master from Kakashi's Lightning Blade, becoming the first casualty in the series. This is not in vain, however, as a saddened Naruto uses Haku's death to redeem Zabuza.[ch. 30] Episode 17 of the anime greatly expands on Haku's early life, showing the scene where Haku discovered his powers. Haku is resurrected by Kabuto Yakushi later in Part 2 of the series to fight in the Fourth Shinobi World War until being sealed by the Allied Shinobi Forces.[ch. 516, 524] His voice actress in the Japanese anime is Mayumi Asano, and his English voice actress is Susan Dalian. Mona Marshall voiced Haku as a child.
Main article: Orochimaru
Orochimaru (大蛇丸) is a criminal who served as the principal villain of Part I, having previously affiliated with the Akatsuki. He was a former Hidden Leaf ninja and Hiruzen's student alongside his teammates Jiraiya and Tsunade, who are revered as the Legendary Sannin.[ch. 170] Orochimaru's desire for immortality, so he can learn every justu in existence, led him to experimenting on fellow ninja before establishing his own ninja village, the Hidden Sound Village, as his personal laboratory, to continue his work while amassing a personal army to destroy Konoha.[ch. 69] His immortality technique involves transferring his consciousness between different host bodies every few years, with his intent to acquire the body of Sasuke Uchiha being his driving motivations throughout most of the series.[ch. 238] Following end of Part II, through kept under watch by Yamato, Orochimaru renounced his personal war against the Hidden Leaf Village. He has since created Mitsuki.
Kishimoto emphasized Orochimaru's role as a villain by giving him a "pasty and sickly" complexion as part of his theme of distinguishing villains from the protagonists. Because of his different host bodies and the disguises he assumes, a panoply of voice actors are used for Orochimaru; his voice actor for his normal form in the Japanese anime is Kujira, and his corresponding English voice actor is Steven Blum, except in the spin off Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals, where he is voiced by Vic Mignogna.
Kabuto Yakushi (薬師 カブト, Yakushi Kabuto) is a spy who works as Orochimaru's right hand, though he acts on his own whims. As a child with no memory of his past, Kabuto was found on a battlefield by a nun from Konohagakure who raised him before he was recruited by the Foundation as their spy to infiltrate numerous countries and organizations.[ch. 289, 583] But after being labeled a risk to the Foundation for knowing too many secrets, Kabuto becomes Orochimaru's spy after being promised an identity he can call his own.[ch. 584] Using his former affiliations, and infiltrating the Akatsuki, Kabuto gathers intelligence on Orochimaru's behalf; for instance, he participates in the bi-annual Chunin Exams as a Konoha representative to gather information on his fellow participants.[ch. 88] Highly proficient with medical techniques and genetic manipulation, Kabuto devises means to heal wounds by reactivating dead cells to grow new ones, and can form a scalpel with chakra to deal surgical strikes to his opponents.[ch. 164]
In Part II, after his mentor's defeat by Sasuke, Kabuto integrates some of Orochimaru's remains into his body to become powerful enough to not serve anyone again.[ch. 357] Kabuto then masters snake Sage Jutsu while modifying his body with DNA samples of the Sound Five, Jugo, Suigetsu, and Karin to increase his abilities further. After perfecting the Reanimation Jutsu, using it to bring back Madara Uchiha as his personal trump card, Kabuto forces Obito Uchiha into a tenuous alliance with him under the promise that he can have Sasuke upon victory against the Ninja Alliance.[ch. 520] However, during the second day of the Fourth Great Ninja War, Itachi manages to break free of Kabuto's control and force him to end the Reanimation Jutsu with Sasuke's help. The ordeal of being subjected to Itachi's Izanami genjutsu has Kabuto re-evaluate himself and his life, coming to the conclusion that he should save Sasuke. In the war's aftermath, kept under surveillance by the Hidden Leaf, Kabuto returns to run the orphanage where he was held as a kid, together with his adopted brother Urushi. In the Japanese anime, Kabuto is voiced by 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. The group was originally known as the "Sound Five", but after Kimimaro became bedridden due to his unknown 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 and Curse Marks that increase their strengths.[ch. 184] The group is composed of:
- Jirobo (次郎坊, Jirōbō), a large, and quick-tempered, man who specializes in absorbing chakra and close-quarters combat.[ch. 187] He is voiced by Kenta Miyake in the Japanese anime, while his English voice actor is Michael Sorich.
- Kidomaru (鬼童丸, Kidōmaru), a six-armed ninja who can produce spider-webs to fight and specialized in ranged combat.[ch. 192] He is voiced by Susumu Chiba in the Japanese anime, while his English voice actor is Peter Lurie.
- Sakon and Ukon (左近 - 右近, Sakon to Ukon) are twin brothers who are the strongest of the Sound Four and count as one member due to their ability to merge their bodies with anyone and kill an opponent at a cellular level.[ch. 203,204] Both Sakon and Ukon are voiced by Shunsuke Sakuya in the Japanese anime, while their English voice actor is Brian Beacock.
- Tayuya (多由也), a female flautist who uses her flute for genjutsu and controlling summoned demons.[ch. 206] She is voiced by Akeno Watanabe in the Japanese anime, while her English voice actress is Kari Wahlgren.
- Kimimaro (君麻呂), the last of the Kaguya Clan who has his kin's Kekkei Genkai ability to manipulate his bone structure, called the Shikotsumyaku, became the leader after he defeated the entire group in battle. He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the Japanese anime with Makoto Tsumura voicing him as a child. His English voice actor is Keith Silverstein with Kari Wahlgren voicing him as a child.
The Sound Four do not become a prominent part of the story until sent by their leader to escort Sasuke Uchiha to him. Even with Kimimaro joining the group to ensure Sasuke's passage to Orochimaru, the Sound Five all died in the process: Jirobo and Kidomaru killed in their respective fights against Chōji Akimichi and Neji Hyūga, Sakon and Ukon taken out by Kankuro as they nearly kill Kiba Inuzuka, Tayuya indirectly killed by Temari as she had the upper hand on Shikamaru Nara, and Kimimaro succumbed to his unknown illness in the midst of his battle against Gaara and Rock Lee.[ch. 184, 217] During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kimimaro is reanimated by Kabuto Yakushi as a pawn to battle against the Allied Shinobi Forces.[ch. 515] In the anime adaptation, unaware that Kabuto brought them back instead of Orochimaru, the Sound Four were also reanimated and were allowed to act on their impulse for revenge against the members of the Sasuke Retrieval group before being defeated. It was also at the time of the war's climax that Kabuto reveals that he assimilated the Sound Five's DNA to access their abilities.[ch. 585]
The Akatsuki (暁, lit. "Dawn" or "Daybreak") is an organization of criminal ninja that serves as the primary antagonistic force of the second part of the Naruto series. It was founded by Yahiko, Nagato and Konan. After Yahiko's death, it was led by Nagato with Obito as his benefactor. The Akatsuki's goal is world peace through the power of the nine Tailed Beasts, with Nagato assuming it would involve mass destruction giving way to a world without war.[ch. 239] The actual goal is for Obito to enact Madara's Project Tsuki no Me (月の眼計画, Tsuki no Me Keikaku, literally "Eye of the Moon Plan"), which involves feeding the Tailed Beasts to the Gedo Statue, to revert it into the Ten-Tails with Obito as its Jinchuriki; empowered thus, he would project the Infinite Tsukiyomi on the moon's surface, and bring all life into a utopic illusion. The members of the 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, the Akatsuki is composed of ten members, who operate in two-man teams; it was later reduced to nine after Orochimaru's departure. Aside from an attempt by members Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki to capture Kurama (the Nine-Tailed fox sealed within Naruto Uzumaki), the 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 progressively capturing the remaining Tailed Beasts.[ch. 261] Kishimoto called the Akatsuki's members antiheroes as he wished to expand their backgrounds as much as the ones from the series' protagonists, contrasting them with other types of villains.
Main article: Obito Uchiha
Obito Uchiha (うちは オビト, Uchiha Obito), also known under his alias Tobi (トビ) is the true leader of the Akatsuki and the primary antagonist for most of Part II. As a child during the Third Great Ninja War, being Kakashi's teammate in Team Minato, Obito was similar to Naruto in both wanting to become Hokage and unrequited love for his teammate Rin. When he and Kakashi rescue Rin after she was kidnapped by Hidden Stone Ninja during a mission, Obito's right side got crushed in a landslide. Obito believed his death was certain and had Rin transplant his left Sharingan into Kakashi to replace the latter's original left eye. Obito finds himself saved by Madara and outfitted with Zetsu prosthetics, and is conditioned to become his apprentice, the ninja arranging Obito to witness Rin's death as a casualty of war by a reluctant Kakashi to break his spirit. Coming to the conclusion that he can use the Tailed Beasts to destroy the current reality and create a utopia, Obito takes up Madara's name following the latter's death while masking his voice. Obito would then arrange similar events for Nagato with Yahiko's death to create the current incarnation of the Akatsuki.[ch. 602, 606] Obito serves a behind-the-scenes role throughout the first half of Part II while revealed to have caused tragedy prior to the series, most notably Kurama's attack on the Hidden Leaf as revenge on his sensei Minato for not protecting Rin.[ch. 501] Other than being able to use his right Sharingan to cast Kamui in a fashion that renders him intangible and lets him teleport over great distances, Obito can use Wood Style attacks as his prosthetics possess Hashirama's cells.[ch. 310, 395]
Zetsu (ゼツ) is the only member of the Akatsuki without a bespoke partner, the only nonhuman member, and Obito's right hand man. Originally, Kaguya created a shadow-like parasitic entity known as Black Zetsu (黒ゼツ, Kuro Zetsu) to manipulate her grandson Indra and his descendants throughout history for one of them to manifest a Rinnegan and free his creator. Black Zetsu succeeds with Madara, whom he deceived into believing that he had created the entity. White Zetsu (白ゼツ, Shiro Zetsu) was originally part of an army that Kaguya was assembling to fend off her kinsmen, consisting of humans mutated into drones after being assimilated by the Ten Tails during Kaguya's previous Infinite Tsukuyomi. Black Zetsu and White Zetsu operate in symbiosis, Black Zetsu occasionally argued with his easygoing host. As White Zetsu is an extension of the Shinju, he can merge into the ground or vegetation to quickly travel to a new location, and use spores to create clones of himself or whoever he touches.[ch. 289] This makes Zetsu not only of use to the Akatsuki as a spy, but also to devour bodies of deceased Akatsuki members or those the organization does not want found.[ch. 255, 261] Another of the White Zetsu retrieved from the Gedo Statue, initially referred to as Guruguru (グルグル) due to the spiral-shaped pattern on his body, later named Tobi (トビ), served as an exosuit for Obito while the youth got used to his new body. After White Zetsu is killed by Sasuke during the Fourth Great Ninja War, Black Zetsu goes into hiding, later merging itself onto Obito to force the human to resurrect Madara.[ch. 575, 656] Ultimately, once the Eye of the Moon Plan runs its course, Black Zetsu reveals his true identity and fuses himself onto Madara to convert the human into a new body for Kaguya to inhabit.[ch. 674] Black Zetsu then reveals his role in the conflict between the Senju and Uchiha, while helping Kaguya fight Naruto and Sasuke. He is eventually ripped away from his creator when Naruto severs Kaguya's arm. As Kaguya is sealed away once more, Black Zetsu is thrown by Naruto into the forming moon so he would not make another attempt to free his creator.[ch. 681, 688, 690] Tobi, having participated in the war by encasing Yamato to access his Wood-Style, before ejecting him once the Infinite Tsukiyomi is cast, crumbles away after the jutsu is canceled, with his former captive the only witness to his death.[ch. 699]
As Kishimoto originally planned the 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 is voiced by Nobuo Tobita, who also voices the Tobi and the White Zetsu Army. In episode 134 of the English adaptation, Black Zetsu is voiced by Michael Sorich and White Zetsu by Brian Beacock, though both in the English Shippuden anime are voiced by Travis Willingham alongside Tobi and the White Zetsu Army.
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 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,[ch. 142] and by fusing Samehada into him, Kisame can assume a 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 Killer Bee and the Raikage using Double Lariat. It is later revealed that the decapitation 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 Might Guy and captured. Kisame then commits 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 voice actor in the Japanese anime is Tomoyuki Dan; in English, he is voiced at first by Michael McConnohie, later by Kirk Thornton.
Konan (小南) is the only female ninja in the Akatsuki. As such, Kishimoto originally wanted her to have an obscene appearance showing more of her bust. Being the partner of Pain, 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". 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, 449] 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 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 the Akatsuki and proclaims loyalty to Naruto.[ch. 372] Later, she is confronted by Obito over the location of Nagato's Rinnegan eyes. She fights him in a suicide assault, but is killed after being forced to reveal Nagato's resting place. She last sees the endless rain of Amegakure stop for the first time.[ch. 510] In the Japanese anime, Konan is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka and in the English anime, her voice actress is Dorothy Elias-Fahn.
Main article: Nagato (Naruto)
Nagato (長門), primarily known under the alias of Pain (ペイン, Pein), is the recognized leader of the Akatsuki and partner of Konan, with Obito acting as his benefactor.[ch. 510] The "Pain" most often seen in the series is the Deva Path, which is actually Nagato's deceased friend, Yahiko (弥彦), one of six animated corpses collectively known as "The Six Paths of Pain" (ペイン六道, Pein Rikudō), all controlled by Nagato and using one sixth of his full power.[ch. 378, 419] The Pain Paths are all outfitted with a number of body piercings that serve as a means for Nagato to control them and to give them a "more dangerous" appearance in relation to their name's installation.
Main article: Itachi Uchiha
Itachi 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 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 offer help to Obito Uchiha in killing the clan, though it is revealed in part two that 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 voice actor 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.
Deidara (デイダラ) is a former ninja of Iwagakure, having left the village after bombing it. He was a terrorist bomber-for-hire before Itachi Uchiha forced him to join the Akatsuki. Though he came to embrace the organization, Deidara still holds a grudge against Itachi and all other Uchiha throughout the series, as he feels their Sharingan eyes "look down on his artwork".[ch. 359] Upon joining the Akatsuki, he is partnered with Sasori, who is replaced by Tobi after his death. Though he abuses Tobi when annoyed, Deidara becomes somewhat of a teacher to him, and adopts a genuine care for his well-being.[ch. 366] Both of Deidara's hands have mouths on them that, by infusing clay or other fine-grained minerals with chakra, create "sculptures", 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 a last effort to kill Sasuke and to prove the supremacy of his art, but fails in the attempt.[ch. 363] He is later resurrected by Kabuto for the war against the Shinobi Alliance but is defeated by Kankuro.[ch. 520] His voice actor 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.
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 Way of Jashin (ジャシン, lit. "evil god") religion which worships a deity of the same name and believes that anything less than death and utter destruction in battle is a sin.[ch. 313] His religion's experimentations have led to the creation of his unique abilities; by consuming an opponent's blood and drawing Jashin's triangular symbol on the ground, Hidan can create a 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. Though his immortality keeps him from dying or suffer any impairment, Hidan feels his victims' suffering with an excitement bordering on arousal. [ch. 325] After Hidan used 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 forest that the Akatsuki will never be able to reach.[ch. 339] As such, Hidan is no longer considered a member by the rest of the Akatsuki.[ch. 353] In the Japanese version of the anime, Hidan is voiced by 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 and fits of rage leading to his eventual murder of whomever he was partnered with resulted in his pairing with the immortal Hidan.[ch. 322] When Kakuzu still lived in his village, he was given a very important mission: assassinate Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage. As the strongest shinobi of his time, Hashirama was far too strong for Kakuzu, and the mission failed with Kakuzu barely escaping with his life. Kakuzu returned to his village, and, despite the overwhelming danger and risk he faced, he was dishonoured and severely punished. Gaining a violent hatred for his village because of this unfair treatment, Kakuzu escaped from prison and, in vengeance, stole his village's forbidden techniques, and murdered the village elders (carving out their hearts), becoming a rogue ninja in the process. Kakuzu's body is composed of a large number of black threads, allowing him to reattach any body part, 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 and integrate their hearts into his body to extend his life indefinitely. Kakuzu can store up to four spare hearts in animal masks that are sewn to his back, which can be detached during combat situations to shoot elemental blasts at his opponents, and quickly 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 Japanese voice actor is Takaya Hashi and in the English version he is voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
Sasori (蠍), primarily known as "Sasori of the Red Sand" (赤砂の蠍, Akasuna no Sasori), is a former ninja of Sunagakure and partner of Deidara. When he was a child, Sasori's parents were killed by Sakumo Hatake, also known as the White Fang of Konoha, 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. However, motivated by his desire to make works that last forever, Sasori secretly devised a way to convert the corpses of humans into puppets, allowing him to use any ninja abilities they possessed for himself. Leaving Sunagakure in his teenage years, Sasori later kidnapped the Third Kazekage, transforming him into a puppet and using him as his main weapon.[ch. 267] Sasori's desire was to become art, so he 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] After joining the Akatsuki, Sasori was paired with Orochimaru, and after his desertion, was teamed with Deidara, who looks up to him and his artistic knowledge with reverence.[ch. 248][ch. 263] In the Akatsuki, Sasori spent much time hidden inside Hiruko, a human puppet who served as both weapon and armour, which he adorned with the Akatsuki's robe. After he and Deidara kidnap Gaara, Sasori ends up fighting Sakura and Chiyo, resulting in the destruction of his heart, the only part of his humanity he kept when converting himself to a puppet, resulting in his death. Before dying, he tells 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, who convinces him to be at peace with himself. Sasori comes to terms with his life and is able to pass on and rest in peace. In the Japanese anime, Sasori is voiced by Akiko Yajima as a child and by Takahiro Sakurai as an adult. In the English version he is voiced by Kari Wahlgren as a child and as an adult he is voiced 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 JB Blanc.
Main article: Madara Uchiha
Madara Uchiha (うちは マダラ, Uchiha Madara) is one of the co-founders of the Hidden Leaf Village along with Hashirama Senju, the two later revealed to be reincarnations of their clans' founding ancestors Indra and Asura prior to Sasuke and Naruto.[ch. 385, 671] Madara is a cynical and vengeful man who holds grudges against the Senju Clan for slaughtering his brothers in the War. He is very arrogant about his immense battle prowess. Though he was a childhood friend of Hashirama amidst the conflicts of their respective clan, their friendship ends as a result of the war. As the leader of the Uchiha clan, Madara's overuse of Mangekyo Sharingan blinds him, forcing him to take the eyes of his late younger brother Izuna. This allows Madara to use his newly awakened Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan to continue the ongoing war between the Uchiha and the Senju.[ch. 386] In later years, Hashirama comes forth with a peace offering between the two clans. Though he agrees to have peace with his former rival, Madara feels he would never be accepted by the Senju and loses hope in Hashirama. While working towards this goal, Madara captures Kurama the Nine-Tails and uses him in a scheme to destroy Konoha.[ch. 399, 621] Madara is believed to have been killed by Hashirama's hand, but he survives and goes into hiding while taking a blood sample of Hashirama with him to awake his Rinnegan.[ch. 560] During this time, Madara takes Obito Uchiha as his agent and transplants his Rinnegan into Nagato to be preserved for his eventual revival years later.[ch. 605]
During most of the Naruto series, Obito uses the name of "Madara", until Kabuto Yakushi finds the real Madara Uchiha and reanimates him to force Obito into an alliance. Despite their agreement, Kabuto summons Madara to fight against the Shinobi Alliance.[ch. 562] Madara manages to sever his connection to Kabuto's technique by using the hand signs of the Reanimation Jutsu, defeating most of the Ninja Alliance forces. Madara manages to fully resurrect as planned by sacrificing Obito, becoming the Ten Tails's host once he regains one of his Rinnegan.[ch. 658, 669, 673] After regaining his other eye, Madara is able to complete the Eye of the Moon Plan before finding himself betrayed by Black Zetsu who proceeds to turn him into a vessel for Kaguya's spirit. [ch. 658, 669, 673] Though freed upon Kaguya being resealed, the ordeal placed a regretful Madara on the verge of death and dies being able to finally make peace with Hashirama. In the Japanese anime, Madara (and Obito in his Madara guise) is voiced by Naoya Uchida while Gou Inoue voices him as a child. In the English version, Madara's voice is supplied by Neil Kaplan, with Xander Mobus voicing him as a child.
The Ōtsutsuki Clan (大筒木一族, Ōtsutsuki Ichizoku) are ancient clan of horned celestial beings of unknown origin who spent eons seeking out worlds cultivated with Divine Trees (神樹, Shinju), plants considered sacred by a populace which thrive on the site of countless battles and produce a chakra fruit (チャクラの実, Chakura no Mi) from the natural energy a Divine Tree absorbs. The Ōtsutsuki would harvest the fruit to prolong their lives while reducing the host planet into a dead world before seeking for another world.
Kaguya Ōtsutsuki (大筒木 カグヤ, Ōtsutsuki Kaguya) is a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki clan who is the central underlying antagonist of the Naruto series. Unlike her kinsmen, Kaguya decided to keep the world to herself after eating a fruit from the Divine Tree on that world, becoming a part of the tree while using it and the Rinne Sharigan to subject the world to the Infinite Tsukuyomi to end all conflict.[ch. 646] While Kaguya was revered as the "Rabbit Goddess" (卯の女神, Usagi no Megami), Kaguya was consumed by her power as eventually lost trust in humanity while converting humans assimilated by the Divine Tree into her personal army of White Zetsu as a defense against her kinsmen. This and the other horrifying acts that Kaguya resulted in the then-powerless people to denounce her as a "Demon" (鬼, Oni). Later learning that some of her chakra passed on into her sons, Hagoromo and Hamura, Kaguya attempts to reclaim that power by merging into the Divine Tree and transforming it into the Ten-Tails (十尾, Jūbi). But the battle that follow resulted in the Ten-Tails being sealed within the moon when captured by Hagoromo and reduced to the corpse-like Gedo Statue (外道魔像, Gedō Mazō) after Kaguya's chakra was completely extracted and splintered into the nine Tailed Beasts. But Kaguya created Black Zetsu at the last second to orchestrate her return by influencing Hagoromo's eldest son Indra and the Uchiha Clan. Having successfully manipulated Madara Uchiha into eventually casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi while having the Ten-Tails corpse absorbed by the Uchiha, Black Zetsu betrays Madara and converts him into a vessel for Kaguya to inhabit. From there, deeming Naruto and Sasuke a threat because they are the current reincarnations of her grandsons and because of their resemblance to her own children, Kaguya takes Team 7 and Obito into her dimensional realms to kill them there. However, after being overpowered by Naruto and Sasuke and with the help of Sakura's punch, Kaguya is resealed with the tailed beasts and Madara extracted from her body.[ch. 646, 647] Kaguya is voiced by Mami Koyama in Japanese and by Cissy Jones in the English dub.
Toneri Ōtsutsuki (大筒木 トネリ, Ōtsutsuki Toneri) is the antagonist of The Last: Naruto the Movie, a descendant of Hamura Ōtsutsuki whose family left the world and live on the moon to maintain the imprisonment of the Gedo Statue. But the Gedo Statue was eventually removed from the moon's core by Madara and Toneri, bearing a hatred towards the people of the world for weaponising chakra, acts what he believed to be a millennium-long decision to deliver judgment on them by wiping them out with the moon. Needing to obtain the Tenseigan to carry out his clan's judgment, and as he was born without a Byakugan, Toneri targets Hinata as the Hyuga Clan are the only other surviving members of Hamura's bloodline. But he ends up abducting Hanabi and uses her eyes to obtain the Tenseigan his clan was preparing for the world's destruction, later capturing Hinata to have as his bride. But once defeated by Naruto and Hinata, Toneri learns the true meaning of his ancestor's decree and resigns himself to exile on the moon after it returns to orbit. Toneri is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese and by Robbie Daymond in English.
Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki (大筒木 モモシキ, Ōtsutsuki Momoshiki) is one of the two antagonists of Boruto: Naruto the Movie and a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki clan. A pale, androgynous man, he is a member of the Ōtsutsuki clan who was the reason Kaguya created the Zetsu Army for, who comes to Earth to plant a new Shinju as the one he used is dying from using up its world's resources. Momoshiki possesses both a pair of Byakugan and Rinnegan, the latter located on his palms, which he uses to absorb and release ninjutsu. He also consumes red pills that enhances his abilities. Targeting the Tailed Beasts for their chakra, attacking Killer Bee prior, Momoshiki and his partner Kinshiki come to Konohagakure with the objective of capturing Kurama from Naruto. The two manage to abduct Naruto to their dimension after destroying the Chunin Exams stadium, but before they could finish the extraction process, the pair are confronted by Boruto, Sasuke, and the four Kage. Overwhelmed, Momoshiki consumes a makeshift red pill from Kinshiki's body, making him even stronger with another Rinnegan appearing on his forehead. However, he is ultimately killed by Naruto and Boruto's combined Rasengan. But Momoshiki used his final living moments to have a private discussion with Boruto by freezing time, branding the boy with the Kama mark upon seeing his untapped potential while cryptically warning him of the tribulations he will face in his future. Momoshiki is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese and by Xander Mobus in the English dub.
Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki (大筒木 キンシキ, Ōtsutsuki Kinshiki) is one of the two antagonists of Boruto: Naruto the Movie. He is Momoshiki's obedient subordinate and a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki clan. As with his master, Kinshiki was a member of his clan who came to Earth to steal the tailed beasts' chakra. Having managed to kidnap Naruto for Kurama's extraction, the pair are confronted by a group of ninja arriving to rescue Naruto. Realizing that they are overwhelmed, Kinshiki breaks through his binding by the Kage and turns into a red pill for his master to consume, enhancing the latter's powers although Momoshiki is soon killed. Kinshiki is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto in Japanese and by Wally Wingert in the English dub.
Urashiki Ōtsutsuki (大筒木ウラシキ, Ōtsutsuki Urashiki) is one of the antagonists in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime and a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki clan. He joins Momoshiki and Kinshiki on their mission to gather the chakra of the God Tree on Earth. Urashiki is voiced by Kazuya Nakai in Japanese and by Benjamin Diskin in the English dub.
Isshiki Ōtsutsuki (大筒木イッシキ, Ōtsutsuki Isshiki) is one of the main antagonists of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki clan. Originally coming to Earth with Kaguya for the fruit from the Divine Tree, Isshiki was betrayed and left on the verge of death. He was found by a novice monk named Jigen and took over his body in order to survive, placing a Kāma onto his host. However, Isshiki began to prepare a new host as Jigen's body wouldn't be able to bear his chakra and founded Kara to create a new Shinju in order to obtain the chraka fruit.
Shin Uchiha (うちは シン, Uchiha Shin) is the antagonist of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring. Despite calling himself an Uchiha, being intrigued by Itachi Uchiha, Shin is actually a former test subject in Orochimaru's experiments. Shin possessed a unique genetic makeup that allowed him to assimilate any form of tissue and organ without any chance of rejection, serving as a donor of the Sharingan arm that Danzo Shimura possessed. Eventually, setting up base in Kaguya's dimension, Shin left with his younger clone "sons" with a resolution to eliminate Sasuke Uchiha for "tarnishing" the Uchiha name. Shin also believes that the world can only evolve through conflict and that the lasting peace created after the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War is a stagnation that he needs to destroy by reviving the Akatsuki. When Shin formally introduces himself, using one of this clone sons as a human shield, he targets Sarada to attack Sasuke before being wounded by Sakura. Shin is forced to retreat with Sakura as his captive, murdering his burnt clone to have the kunoichi transplant the child's organs into him. However, when Naruto and Sasuke come to save Sakura with Sarada and Chocho, Shin finds himself betrayed by his clones and is killed. In the end, after the majority of them were decimated, Naruto decided to have Shin's clones entrusted to Kabuto at the orphanage, where each of them were given their own names and allowed to learn and develop their own desires separate from their 'father'. His normal self is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in Japanese and by Mick Wingert in the English dub. His clones are voiced by Misuzu Togashi in Japanese and by Alex Cazares in the English dub.
Kara (殻, lit. Husk) is an organization of ninja that serves as the primary antagonistic force in Boruto. While much of their history is yet unknown, they are interested in those with Forbidden Jutsu, like Boruto, and seek out a "vessel" for their goals. Kara's leadership are known as the Inners (内陣インナー, Innā), each in charge of a particular region with a Roman Numeral tattooed on their faces. They use sleeper agents known as Outers (外陣アウトー, Autō) to serve them in a variety of ways.
- Jigen (ジゲン): Kara's leader who uses Genjutsu to communicate with the other Inners, and bears a IV tattoo under his left eye. He possesses the ability to bestow Kama marks on others.
- Koji Kashin (果心居士, Kashin Koji): A masked figure who assigned his sleeper agent Ao to retrieve Kawaki. He possesses the Fire-Style jutsu True Fire of Samadhi, which creates flames hot enough to negate an opponent's regeneration, and can use both Toad summoning jutsu and the Rasengan. Later it is revealed that Koji is a clone of Jiraya created by Amado. Koji Kashin is voiced by Yūichi Nakamura.
- Delta (デルタ, Deruta): A female member with a destructive temper whose heavily modified body allows her to fight on equal footing against Naruto when she attempts to retrieve Kawaki, bearing a I tattoo on her forehead. Delta is voiced by Houko Kuwashima.
- Amado (アマド): A member who lost Kawaki, he later defects to Konoha, alerting them about Kara's plans. Amado is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka.
Iruka Umino (うみの イルカ, Umino Iruka) is a Konohagakure chunin 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 later sealed into Naruto Uzumaki. At the start of the series, he often found it awkward around Naruto, but after Naruto was targeted for death by Iruka's friend Mizuki, Iruka became the first person who acknowledged Naruto, and they ultimately saved each other against Mizuki.[ch. 1] The Third Hokage chose Iruka as Naruto's sensei on purpose because of their similar backgrounds. Naruto thinks of Iruka as a father-figure because of the fight against Mizuki,[ch. 232] and Iruka, in turn, has immense faith in Naruto's potential to be a great ninja. During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Iruka is dispatched by the Allied Shinobi Forces to stop Naruto from leaving the island where he and Killer Bee are being kept safe. However, upon finding out that he was deceived, Naruto abandons Iruka, but Iruka slips Naruto a good luck note into his headband, restoring their mutual faith.[ch. 535] In the final episode of Naruto: Shippuden, Naruto asks Iruka to stand in as his father for his wedding. In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Iruka has become the headmaster of the Leaf Village Ninja Academy. In the Japanese anime, his voice actor is Toshihiko Seki, and his English voice actor is Quinton Flynn in the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden series and Kyle McCarley at the end of the Naruto Shippuden series and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
"Hokage" redirects here. For the characters in Flame of Recca, see List of Flame of Recca characters.
The term Hokage (火影, lit. "Fire Shadow") refers to the title of the leader of Konohagakure. Over the course of the series, there have been seven Hokage, who are honored by the village through carving their likenesses into the rock formation overlooking Konohagakure. The First Hokage is Hashirama Senju, founder of the village along with Madara Uchiha. The First is succeeded by his younger brother, Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage who creates Konoha's government system and attempts to keep Uchiha clan members from ending up like Madara. He, in turn, is followed by one of his students, Hiruzen Sarutobi, who becomes the Third Hokage. After a long rule, the Third abdicates in favor of Minato Namikaze, who takes the position of Fourth Hokage, but reclaims his position after the Fourth gave his life to save the village from Kurama, the nine-tailed fox.[ch. 1] Hiruzen is the Hokage at the beginning of the series, but he dies in battle with his former student, Orochimaru, during an invasion of Konohagakure.[ch. 137] One of Hiruzen's students and also Hashirama's granddaughter Tsunade, succeeds him as the Fifth Hokage, becoming also the first female Hokage.[ch. 172]Danzo Shimura follows Tsunade, becoming the unofficial leader of Konoha, the candidate Sixth Hokage, after she enters a coma as a consequence of defending the village from Pain. After Danzo's death, Kakashi Hatake is considered for the Hokage title until Tsunade's recovery, at which point she resumes her duty.[ch. 489] After the Fourth Great Ninja War, Tsunade abdicates in favor of Kakashi, who becomes the Sixth Hokage for many years until Naruto Uzumaki succeeds him as the Seventh Hokage.
Hashirama Senju (千手 柱間, Senju Hashirama), the First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage) was the co-founder of the first ninja village, Konohagakure, and the former leader of Senju Clan. He is a respected ninja of his era and is known as the "God of Shinobi" (忍の神, Shinobi no Kami). The only naturally born user of Wood Style techniques, Hashirama is also an incarnation of Asura Ōtsutsuki.[ch. 120, 671] Despite experiencing the Warring States period firsthand, Hashirama has a cheerful and happy-go-lucky personality with a desire to end the conflict. As a child, Hashirama forged a friendship with Madara Uchiha before the youth declared them enemies, and they battle on occasion with Hashirama eventually convincing Madara to have their clans make peace while finding Konoha.[ch. 399] He later dies through many wars of his era, though is brought back by the Reanimation Jutsu twice by Orochimaru[ch. 118]; the first of which to battle his former student Hiruzen,[ch. 120] while the second to help Sasuke understand Konoha's history before battling the reanimated Madara in the new war. He manages to make amends with his former friend as the latter lays dying following Kaguya's defeat, and Hashirama is put to rest after helping to transport Team 7 from Kaguya's dimension back to Earth. In the Japanese anime, he is voiced by Takayuki Sugō while Yuki Tai voices him as a child. In the English version, Hashirama is voiced by Jamieson Price in Part I, Peter Lurie in Part II, and JB Blanc in some video games, with Max Mittelman voicing him as a child.
Tobirama Senju (千手 扉間, Senju Tobirama), the Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage), is the younger brother of Hashirama and the teacher of Hiruzen Sarutobi. He is credited as being the Hokage who created the infrastructure of Konohagakure, including the Ninja Academy and Police Force. He is considered as the most powerful Water Style user and is known throughout the Ninja World for creating the Flying Thunder God Jutsu (飛雷神の術, Hiraishin no Jutsu), the Shadow Clone Jutsu, and the controversial Reanimation Jutsu, although he abandoned its completion due to its sinister nature.[ch. 520] He has high knowledge of the Uchiha anatomy and source of their power. In flashbacks, he disapproves of Hashirama's friendship with Madara Uchiha even after the rival clans had reconciled, eventually leading to Madara's departure. Tobirama's time as Hokage is short-lived as he is killed in an ambush during the First Great Ninja War.[ch. 501] He is later brought back by the Reanimation Jutsu after it was perfected by Orochimaru and forced to battle Hiruzen.[ch. 118] Tobirama is later brought back again to inform Sasuke Uchiha about the Uchiha Clan and to participate in the battle against the Ten Tails. He and the other resurrected Hokage are put to rest after Kaguya's defeat. In the Japanese anime, he is voiced by Kenyū Horiuchi while Kengo Kawanishi voices him as a child. In the English version, Tobirama is voiced by Peter Lurie in Part I, Jamieson Price in Part II, and Steven Blum in some video games, with Benjamin Diskin voicing him as a child.
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, being forced to return to duty after the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze's death. 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 rather than the host of Kurama.[ch. 2] He was admired as the God of Shinobi in his prime,[ch. 121] and also known as "The Professor" (プロフェッサー, Purofessā), as he purportedly knew every jutsu in Konohagakure.[ch. 121] He is able to use the Summoning Jutsu, which allows him to summon the Monkey King: Enma (猿猴王・猿魔, Enkōō: Enma), who takes the form of a long rod when not summoned.[ch. 120] He is also the teacher of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade. Orochimaru is his favorite student, and Sarutobi could never bring himself to recognize Orochimaru's evil qualities. When Orochimaru invades Konoha years later, Sarutobi fights him to repent for never prosecuting Orochimaru as he should have.[ch. 121] While he is unable to seal Orochimaru with the forbidden Death Seal, Hiruzen still manages to rob Orochimaru of his ability to use Jutsu by sealing his arms, thus bringing an end to the invasion and allowing him to die happily.[ch. 137] During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Orochimaru releases Hiruzen's soul from the Death Seal and reanimates him so Sasuke can confirm the events behind the Uchiha Clan Massacre. He later participates in the battle against Obito and Madara alongside the other resurrected Hokage, before being put to rest following Kaguya's defeat. In the Japanese anime, he is voiced by 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 Naruto Uzumaki's father and Kushina's husband. Although Naruto and Minato are noted to have a number of similar physical 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, Obito Uchiha, and Rin Nohara. The entire village respects Minato as a hero of the village, having perfected Tobirama's Flying Thunder God Jutsu, a method of teleportation with pre-made seals, to earn 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, after battling the mysterious masked ninja who released the Nine-Tails Kurama, Minato siphons Kurama's Yin chakra to weaken the beast to be sealed into Naruto's body in a sacrificial act so that only his son can access the Nine-Tails' yang chakra.[ch. 2] Years later during the Fourth Great Ninja War, Orochimaru releases Minato's soul and reanimates him. Minato and the other Hokage decide to fight alongside Sasuke on the battlefield and defeat Madara Uchiha. Minato reveals his own Nine-Tails Chakra Mode which he later tries to pass to his son. During a battle against Madara, he soon realized that Obito is in fact alive all along and that he was the masked man that was behind Kurama's attack on the Hidden Leaf Village during Naruto's birth. Once the battle is over, Minato is released from the Reanimation Jutsu by Hagoromo and promises Naruto that he will tell Kushina of their son's progress. Kishimoto has expressed desire to make a spin-off series with a younger Minato as the protagonist. In the Japanese anime, Minato is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa with Miyu Irino voicing him as a child. In the English version, his voice actor is Tony Oliver.
Tsunade (綱手), as well as her former teammates Jiraiya and Orochimaru, is a former student of Hiruzen Sarutobi.[ch. 170] Despite looking like a buxom woman in her twenties, Tsunade is actually an older woman in her fifties who uses a transformation technique to maintain her youthful appearance.[ch. 149] Tsunade is also the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju and Mito Uzumaki with many referring to her by the Japanese honorific "hime" (princess). Despite her connections to the first three Hokage, Tsunade hates the position when she is first introduced. After her boyfriend Dan Katō and brother Nawaki Senju die in pursuit of their dreams to become Hokage, she loses 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] also later taking Sakura as her apprentice, much like Orochimaru with Sasuke and Jiraiya with Naruto. By the end of the series, Tsunade retires at the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War and bestows the Hokage title to Kakashi. She is last seen in the epilogue attending a meeting with other recent Kage that have also retired.
Despite the importance of her position, Tsunade tends to laze around and avoid her everyday duties, instead leaving them for her assistant Shizune. She does however take her role very seriously in situations where Konoha is in danger, and throughout Part II leads the village in combating the Akatsuki.[ch. 238] Tsunade is a compulsive gambler with terrible luck, though with a rare winning streak perceived by her as a bad omen. Despite her odd personality, Tsunade is a highly talented medical ninja who can heal injuries that most others would consider incurable, and also possesses superhuman strength that allows her to reduce buildings to rubble. The pinnacle of her skills is the Creation Rebirth jutsu and its derived technique, the Strength of a Hundred Technique, which she taught to her disciple Sakura. This way, both Tsunade and Sakura use mitotic regeneration to make them nearly unkillable in battle. In the Japanese anime, Tsunade's voice actress is Masako Katsuki, and her English voice actress is Debi Mae West. In some of the video games, however, her English voice actress is Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
Main article: Jiraiya (Naruto)
Jiraiya (自来也) was a Konohagakure ninja, being not only Naruto's teacher but also his father's teacher. Kishimoto has commented that out of all 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 Hiruzen Sarutobi, 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 and knowledge of Sage Jutsu. Prior to Naruto, Jiraiya also trained other pupils like Minato and Nagato due to a prophecy he heard that his pupil would be great man. Although still affiliated with Konoha, Jiraiya is usually traveling to watch over potential threats to his home. Jiraiya's personality is openly lecherous, proudly describes himself as a "super pervert" while authoring a series of best-selling adult romance novels.[ch. 91] He also wrote the epic "Tale of the Gutsy Ninja", with Naruto named after its protagonist. During Part I, he takes Naruto as his student, and returns him to Konoha in Part II before leaving to investigate the Akatsuki. However, finding Nagato leading the organization, Jiraiya dies fighting his former student's Paths of Pain while sending a message to the village, believing to have done enough for Naruto.[ch. 245] In the Japanese anime, Jiraiya is voiced by Hōchū Ōtsuka, with Toru Nara voicing him as a child. His English voice actor is David Lodge, with Brad MacDonald voicing him as a child; Richard Cansino and Wally Wingert also voice him in some video games.
Anko Mitarashi (みたらしアンコ, Mitarashi Anko) is a kunoichi from Konohagakure and a classmate of Team Minato's. She was assigned to a team under the tutelage of Orochimaru. The two became fond of each other, and Orochimaru ultimately decided to give Anko some of his research. However, this resulted in Anko being the only survivor of ten Cursed Seal subjects, and also develop various snake-like abilities.[ch. 50] After Orochimaru abandoned his village, Anko blamed herself and made it her personal goal to eliminate him. At the start of the series, she is a loud, brash tokubetsu jonin and the proctor of the second part of the Chunin Exams. After prematurely arriving to take the examinees to the Forest of Death, she ends up frightening Naruto when he complains about her "exaggerations" of the forest.[ch. 45] She also fights Orochimaru in the forest alone when she discovers he is in there. During Part II, Anko is sent by the Allied Shinobi Forces to find and locate Kabuto. However, Kabuto ends up defeating her in battle, and uses her Cursed Seal to fuel his Reanimation Jutsu while she is unconscious. Taka later finds her and uses her Cursed Seal to release Orochimaru, causing the Seal to be cured. In the epilogue, Anko is an instructor at the Academy, having become rather fat.[ch. 700] In Japanese, Anko is voiced by Takako Honda. In the English dub, she is voiced by Julianne Buescher until Episode 169, when Laura Bailey takes over; Anko is also voiced by Kari Wahlgren in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 and is also voiced by Cherami Leigh in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
"Shizune" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Shizune (band) or the character found in the visual novel Katawa Shoujo.
Shizune (シズネ) is a Konohagakure ninja introduced in the series as Tsunade's assistant. She leaves Konohagakure with Tsunade after the death of her uncle Dan Katō, and over the years, Tsunade teaches her medical techniques. 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] 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] During Pain's attack on Konohagakure, Shizune is briefly killed when her soul is stripped away as the Human Path interrogates her about Naruto's whereabouts,[ch. 429] though she is revived at the end of the invasion.[ch. 449] She continues to serve as the Hokage's personal assistant well over into Naruto's leadership as the Seventh Hokage in the series epilogue.[ch. 449] In the Japanese anime, her voice actress is Keiko Nemoto, and her English voice actress is Megan Hollingshead.
Sai (サイ) is a ninja who joins Team Kakashi in Part II, carefully designed by Kishimoto to stand out as Sasuke's replacement by having the two look similar. 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, even after he killed his surrogate brother Shin under Danzo's diabolical orders. He consequently gives people labels based on their status, and his label of Sasuke as a traitor antagonizes Naruto and Sakura. After the two discover his past and warm up to him, however, he begins to crave bonds with other people, which becomes his primary goal in the series.[ch. 303] Sai's attempts to form bonds turn can be humorous as he tries giving pet names to others; however, he often says what he actually thinks of a person, resulting with him choosing names such as "fatso" for Choji and "ugly" for Sakura. He eventually learns from his mistakes and attempts the opposite approach by calling Ino "beautiful", causing Ino to fall for him.[ch. 312] When not making an attempt to bond with others, Sai spends his time painting and drawing, and has produced thousands of works, although he doesn't name any of them. His artistic talents extend to his choice of attacks in battles, as he can infuse chakra with his inking brush to make his drawings come to life.[ch. 283] In the series epilogue, Sai ends up marrying Ino Yamanaka and together they have a son, Inojin.[ch. 700] Sai's voice actor is Satoshi Hino in the Naruto: Shippūden anime, and his English voice actor is Benjamin Diskin except in Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, where he is voiced by Lucien Dodge.
Yamato (ヤマト) is introduced during Part II of the series as an ANBU member who becomes a substitute leader in Team Kakashi.[ch. 285] "Yamato" is not his real name, rather a codename assigned for the purposes of joining Team Kakashi.[ch. 317] Unlike Kakashi, who was his senior in the ANBU and referred to him as Tenzo (テンゾウ, Tenzō)
9 naruto team
"No, nononono, Sasuke," Naruto desperately grasps at Sasuke's shirt, now fully died a rusty brown copper. He can already feel the elaborate seal tugging. "Seals are my thing, you son of a bitch!"
"Dobe," Sasuke smirks but it's more of an endearment now. Naruto just wants to see his face one more time but these goddamned tears-
"Y-you have to come after me, yeah?" Naruto blabbers. "Promise me, teme. Promise me, Sasuke."
Sasuke... doesn't answer.
"I love you." It was a phrase unspoken and Naruto had wished that Sasuke would've said it for the first time after this five-going-six year war. He can feel the pull of the seal and I don't know what to do- helpmeSasuke.
He opens his mouth and Naruto wants to scream at him, yell and demand why? but he-
The seal fully activates, the runes shimmering across his limbs, weaving throughout his body and latching onto his soul, his chakra. No. Nonono. Naruto gets pulled fifteen years into the past.
I love you too
Naruto: Every Major Ninja Team Ranked From Weakest To Strongest
In the world of Naruto, children train from a young age to become powerful shinobi. As they attend the Ninja Academy and go on missions, they learn specialized skills, and in some cases, inherit them from their family clan.
This work doesn’t occur in a vacuum. The characters in the Naruto franchise all end up on ninja teams that stay with them into adulthood.
According to the rules within the universe, three-man, or in rare cases, four-man teams are optimal.
When children graduate from the Academy and are officially classified as genin, they’re assigned to a team. Three children and one sensei make a unit that train together until the kids take their chunin exams and move up to the next rank.
Those official teams created for training aren’t the only ones though. Some missions require very specific types of shinobi, creating whole new teams.
Sometimes, villains team up in their own ninja units as well. There are dozens of different teams between Naruto’s manga, movies, and the anime arcs that act as “filler.”
The filler arcs of the anime created storylines not present in the manga. In those arcs, the artists and storytellers gave the publisher time to get the manga out into the world.
Though many manga fans loathe the filler, they do provide for some interesting backstory and team dynamics when unexpected characters are thrown together.
We’ve combed through it all to find all of the major teams and analyze them, putting together Every Major Naruto Ninja Team Ranked From Weakest To Strongest.
26 Team Ebisu
Team Ebisu leads off the rankings as the weakest for one simple reason: it is the only team we don’t see in action once they’ve achieved some serious skills.
Ebisu is the shinobi training this particular team, and he’s got his hands full. Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon are the youngest shinobi in training we see in the early days of the franchise, so they’re certainly rambunctious, especially with Konohamaru idolizing Naruto.
This group of friends played together before they became an official ninja team, so their teamwork was pretty solid.
In terms of power though, we don’t know just what they can do until they’ve already gone their separate ways as adults in Boruto.
25 The Leftover Team
When Tsunade was Hokage, trained shinobi were in short supply. There was always a mission that needed attention, but without chunin (or higher) around to complete it, she was forced to send genin.
Her “Leftover Team” consisted of Naruto, Hinata, and Kiba in filler arcs in the anime.
Individually, they were powerful. Naruto had raw power, Hinata had the byakugan, and Kiba had his ninja dog Akamaru to execute complicated moves.
Their problem wasn’t in power, but in their teamwork.
Because Hinata had a crush on Naruto, she would often defer to him. Kiba was the opposite. Protective of Hinata, he butt heads with Naruto. It made many of their missions a failure.
24 Amaru’s Escort Team
Though the Naruto movies aren’t considered part of the canon by many fans, they provide for some very interesting team-ups.
In Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, a new team was put together to escort a shinobi in training named Amaru.
The team consisted of Naruto, Sakura, and Hinata. In theory, this team should have been a great one since they had all progressed in their training at that point.
Unfortunately, over the course of the mission, Sakura fainted in the face of a beast that fed on souls, unable to hold out against the darkness.
Likewise, Hinata ended up captured with the villagers they were supposed to be helping!
23 Orochimaru Search Team 3
During the Naruto Shippuden anime, the Orochimaru Search Team is born.
The team comprised of three separate units to investigate one of Orochimaru’s bases. Team 3 includes Sakura, Ino, and Hinata, and was led by Shizune.
It’s a rare chance to get to see Shizune out in the field, but this team wasn’t a fighting team. Instead, this team was made for sealing. Their job was to use their very precise chakra control to seal a three-tailed beast.
While the group does involve four women who have immense control of their chakra, they fail at the one task assigned to them on the mission.
22 The Sound Genin
During Naruto’s chunin exams, Orochimaru hid some of his henchmen in plain sight. The group from the Hidden Sound Village was comprised of them.
Orochimaru disguised himself as their sensei. Dosu led his teammates Zaku and Kin in the exams, and they all had abilities inspired by sound.
The trio was told to eliminate Sasuke during the exam, but with his power increased thanks to a curse mark, Sasuke nearly destroyed them all.
Their arrogance got them into more trouble when Dosu challenged Gaara as well.
Gaara destroyed Dosu, effectively ending the team. Zaku and Kin stuck with Orochimaru for a while though before ending up as sacrifices for his reincarnation jutsu.
21 Team Anko
One mission during an anime filler arc had three genin who were usually on separate teams unite under former exam proctor Anko. It made for one difficult dynamic.
Naruto, Shino, and Ino couldn’t be more different in their ninja styles. Ino and Shino had little patience for Naruto’s antics.
They were both more focused on the mission at hand, while Naruto was more focused on people they met along the way.
Complicating matters was that the Land of Sea was where Anko last saw her mentor Orochimaru as a child, and he erased a large chunk of her memory.
With their team leader losing focus, it’s no wonder this group had a hard time working together.
20 Team Ino-Shika-Cho
No, this isn’t the Team 10 most fans will readily recognize. Instead, this is a generation older than Shikamaru’s team. This version of the lineup is actually Team 10’s fathers.
The Ino-Shika-Cho trio is a tradition in the Hidden Leaf Village. Inoichi, Shikaku, and Choza make up the 15th iteration of the team.
They use their family jutsus - mind possession, shadow possession, and size changing - just like the other generations do.
This team earned a spot on the list because they were responsible for delivering a peace treaty during the Third Shinobi World War.
While that mission was successful, when they reunited in the Fourth Shinobi World War, Inoichi and Shikaku lost their lives.
19 Team Guy
Despite the enthusiasm of their sensei, and their unique abilities, Team Guy just doesn’t rank quite as highly as the other shinobi out of the Hidden Leaf Village.
Guy trains Rock Lee to be his own carbon copy. Tenten is a weapons expert. Neji has the Hyuga family byakugan.
Both Neji and Tenten are smarter than the average genin they work with, but Lee tends to fixate and miss the bigger picture, much like Naruto.
Though the trio learns to work well together, they find that when just a single person is added to their team, their success rate drops.
Neji also becomes the only casualty of their generation in the Fourth Shinobi World War.
18 Team 8
Shino, Kiba, and Hinata all had very particular skill sets that made it difficult to measure them against the typical fighting shinobi in the franchise.
While Shino specialized in insects, Hinata in her byakugan form of sight, and Kiba in animalistic abilities, they were all very different.
Their real power lied in reconnaissance. The group developed excellent tracking skills throughout the series. Unfortunately, they weren’t often employed in that way.
Interestingly, their sensei was a genjutsu type shinobi, specializing in hallucinations. None of her students were though! Wouldn’t they have benefited from someone who could help their tracking related abilities instead?
17 Orochimaru Search Team 2
When the Orochimaru Search Team splits into three, two of the groups are considered “fighting teams.”
Team 2 was a fighting team, but one put in place to make sure those on Team 3 didn’t get interrupted from their sealing.
Yamato led Tenten, Lee, and Kiba (with Akamaru of course) to fight the members of a group of Orochimaru’s followers.
In theory, this is a very strong team. Despite Lee and Tenten not having access to as many jutsus as the others, they’re known for never giving up a fight. Likewise, Kiba has some impressive attacks.
Unfortunately, the enemy this team is form to go up against is able to take them all on simultaneously.
16 Team 7: Version 2
When Sasuke abandoned the Hidden Leaf Village to train under Orochimaru, Sakura and Naruto also went their separate ways to train.
After working with Tsunade and Jiraiya to learn new specialties, they briefly reunited under the leadership of Kakashi.
Following working with him, though, a new version of Team 7 was formed under a new leader, the ANBU shinobi Yamato. Joining them was the Root member Sai.
In theory, this team should have been stronger than the team with Sasuke. After all, both Sakura and Naruto were stronger, and their new teammates were part of secret ninja groups.
The strained dynamic meant they didn’t work well together though, and their missions suffered.
15 Team Oboro
Introduced during Naruto’s chunin exams, this team was from the Village Hidden in the Rain.
Interestingly, there were seven teams from that village in the exam, but this is the only one to appear again in the series.
Oboro, Mubi, and Kagari hail from a village known for training assassins rather than just fighters, so you already know they’re tough. During the exams, it takes Team 7 and Kabuto to defeat them.
When they appear again as antagonists though, Naruto’s abilities have grown enough that he’s able to trap them all in a whirlpool… and we never see them again.
14 Orochimaru Search Team 1
The primary fighting team of the Orochimaru Search Team, Team 1 includes Shino, Sai, and Naruto, and is led by Kakashi.
By this time in the story, Naruto has worked with the other members of this team several times, just in different circumstances and with additional team members.
They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses by that point, allowing them to work well together.
Their physical power and abilities aren’t really a match for Guren, who controls crystal, though.
Instead, it’s Naruto’s commitment to helping Guren’s ward Yukimaru that gives them the edge. Naruto is able to talk Guren down.
13 Shion Protection Detail
In Naruto Shippuden The Movie, many teams of ninjas were formed to battle stone armies. Naruto’s team was assembled for a more delicate task: escorting a priestess beyond those armies to safety.
Naruto, Sakura, Neji, and Lee banded together to escort Shion. Complicating their journey to a special temple were groups of fighters set against them and Shion’s visions of Naruto’s impending demise.
The team used their strengths to their advantage, dividing the protection detail so that Lee, Neji, and Naruto took on different fighters while Sakura escorted Shion.
Sakura ended up being the weak link as she was the only one of the four defeated by her opponents outright.
12 Team Kabuto
During the chunin exams, Team 7 got an awful lot of help from a ninja named Kabuto.
His team was also there to take the exams, but Kabuto spent a lot of time helping out the competition.
Kabuto’s teammates Yoroi and Tsurugi seemingly didn’t appreciate the team veteran assisting others, but that was all an act.
In reality, the group was their way to spy on the genins. They were meant to report back to Orochimaru.
Despite most of their power demonstrated in the series when they weren’t teamed together, we can’t call them too weak of a team. They stayed perfectly in character and no one was the wiser.
11 Team Minato
Before Minato was Naruto’s father, he was also a sensei. Minato was the shinobi responsible for training Kakashi, Rin, and Obito, all of whom had a huge effect on the Naruto franchise.
Despite the tight friendships in this trio, their teamwork was a bit strained at times.
Rin was in love with Kakashi while Obito was in love with Rin, and some fans theorize that Kakashi was in love with Obito.
Ultimately, their fighting wasn’t quite up to par as Rin had to sacrifice herself to save the other two, and Kakashi believed Obito perished as well.
Years later, it turned out Obito became a villain named Tobi while Kakashi trained Naruto in battle.
10 Team 10
The version of Ino-Shika-Cho that most fans are familiar with includes Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji. Their sensei Asuma had his hands full with a trio that was image-obsessed (Ino), lazy (Shikamaru), and worried about their next meal (Choji).
Despite these seeming character flaws, the group knew their strengths and weaknesses intimately.
While Shikamaru and Ino were better at distance combat, they were able to control the outcomes of battle thanks to shadow and mind possession jutsus. Choji, with size changing jutsu and incredible strength, was able to handle the closer enemies.
Though their inherited abilities limited just what they could do in battle, they worked well together and often came out on top.
9 The Sound Four
Trusted to be Orochimaru’s bodyguards above all of his other henchmen, the Sound Four includes Jirobo, Tayuya, Kidomaru, and Sakon.
Technically, the group is the Sound Five as the fifth member rotates as a leadership position from Kimimaro to Sasuke Uchiha over the course of the Naruto series.
The core four though are responsible for creating a barrier to protect Orochimaru when he battles the Third Hokage. It is their barrier that allows Orochimaru to destroy Konoha’s leader.
They are also the group who battles one Konoha team that went after Sasuke. The group came very close to succeeding, nearly fatally injuring Choji, Neji, and Kiba in the process.
8 Eight Man Squad
Though Sasuke originally defected from Konoha to study under Orochimaru and become more powerful, that didn’t last.
Instead, he eventually challenged and defeated his former mentor. When that happened, Naruto was more determined than ever to bring him back to the village.
Naruto convinced Lady Tsunade to allow a team to seek out Sasuke’s brother Itachi. They believed he would target his sibling. The Eight Man Squad was then assembled.
Including members of Team 8 and the new version of Team 7, the squad was led by Yamato and Kakashi.
Unfortunately, it relied a lot on Naruto and Kiba, not allowing the others to shine.
7 Team 7: Version 1
Despite their inexperience when they were initially a team, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura were certainly determined while working with Kakashi. They never took defeat easily.
This could have been a repeat of Kakashi’s own team with Sakura’s crush on Sasuke and Naruto’s crush on Sakura, but the trio persevered.
They even managed to go up against Orochimaru in disguise during their chunin exams without losing their lives.
Of course, Sasuke did end up with a curse mark and eventually left the team as a result, so we couldn’t rank them too high. There are a few teams that beat them for the top spots.
6 Sasuke Recovery Team
Following Sasuke’s defection from the village, Shikamaru had the chance to put together his own team to bring him back.
As the only member of his class promoted to chunin, and the greatest strategic mind among them, he’s the clear choice for team leader. That being said, he might not have assembled the best.
Shikamaru chose Naruto, Neji, Kiba, and Choji, giving them each tasks along their route, anticipating he would be able to keep them in line.
Unfortunately, Naruto wasn’t great at following orders and put them all in danger once or twice.
In the end Rock Lee and another team of ninjas had to bail them out of trouble.
5 Hanabi Rescue Team
Following the events of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto and his friends had another adventure.
The Last: Naruto The Movie saw Hinata’s little sister Hanabi captured. A rescue team was put together including Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai, and Shikamaru.
This team definitely plays to its strengths with Shikamaru providing strategy, Naruto fire power, and Sakura getting them out of complicated genjutsus.
Hinata makes several sacrifice plays, but is eventually rescued and helps save the day.
One of the few specialized teams to have a completely successful mission, this group might have shown the best use of their skills in the franchise. Only a handful of teams beat them out for the strongest spots.
4 The Sand Siblings
Temari, Kankuro, and Gaara entered the Naruto franchise with a seemingly sinister edge. They were tough, made snide remarks, and were insanely powerful.
During the chunin exams, their team flew through their assignments before getting to their final matches.
In addition to their skill sets (Kankuro’s puppets, Temari’s control of wind with her fan, and Gaara’s manipulation of sand), they had the added bonus of being actual siblings.
They didn’t just train together, they lived together and had the pride of their village to motivate them.
They just miss the top three spots because much of their strength relies on Gaara housing the one-tailed sand demon Shukaku inside of him.
3 The Akatsuki
Unlike the rest of the members of this list, the Akatsuki is not a traditional ninja team. These shinobi weren’t put together for a mission or for their Academy graduation. Instead, this group came together on its own.
Formed by Yahiko, Konan, and Nagato during the events of the Third Shinobi World War, this group wanted to create world peace.
Over time, different members joined the group, like Sasori, Deidara, and even Orochimaru, and their goals became corrupt.
Given that this group was made of powerful shinobi who abandoned their villages for a different life, many different skills were present in the group.
It created an almost complete representation of the potential power of the shinobi world.
2 Legendary Sannin
Though they all went down very different paths, one assigned team of ninjas became legends. Orochimaru, Tsunade, and Jiraiya trained together under the man who would become the Third Hokage.
While working together, they each showed aptitudes in very different areas.
Jiraiya became a Toad Sage, Tsunade specialized in medical ninjutsu, and Orochimaru began to experiment with ways to become more powerful.
Their greatest moment actually came after their team was officially disbanded.
The three united during the Second Shinobi World War to take on the villain Hanzo. They were the only ninjas to survive him, earning them the legendary title.
1 Team Return The Favor
The Sand Village Siblings once had to save the Sasuke Recovery Team. Not one to be outdone, when the Sand Village ninjas were in danger, Shikamaru took an even bigger team out to help them.
At the time, Shikamaru was the only one who was ranked as a chunin. The rest of his team were all Genin.
Naruto, Sakura, Neji, Rock Lee, Hinata, Shino, Kiba, Ino, and Choji were all involved in the mission. The only ones missing from their generation were Tenten, and of course, Sasuke.
In this situation, Shikamaru had learned from his mistakes from the past, and everyone’s abilities were put to good use. The group ended up saving the day just in time.
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Naruto: Top 15 Strongest Teams, Ranked
There are many teams featured on Naruto that are strong, but which one can be considered the strongest of them all?
Throughout the Naruto series, shinobi have been seen get divided into a unit of three people, with a Jonin leader at the top, commanding them. Distributed on the basis of their skills and to maintain balance throughout the unit, the teams are often sent on various missions, the difficulty of which usually depends on their skill and ninja rank.
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This ninja system, while more prominent in Konoha, has also been adopted throughout the five nations. Each generation of shinobi has produced some great teams which have left their mark on history. Here are the 10 strongest ninja teams in Naruto that we've witnessed.
Updated on August 13th, 2020 by Josh Davison: The five nations have several shinobi teams to defend them, and Boruto has introduced a new generation shinobi teams to be ranked. While this article already included Boruto's team, they aren't the only new ninja team introduced in the continuation series. On top of that, there are many self-constructed teams that fall outside of the traditional shinobi team system in the many hidden villages. We are going to add in those other shinobi teams to expand this list with five new entries.
15 Team Dosu
This is a team that is often forgotten by people who didn't play the Naruto CCG and the online turn-based game, Naruto Arena. They were a team of shinobi organized by Orochimaru to help him infiltrate the Chuunin Exams for Naruto's generation of Genin. The team consisted of Zaku, Dosu, and Kin. They attacked Sasuke and Sakura in the Forest of Death and were ultimately killed. Dosu was slain by Gaara, and Zaku and Kin were killed when used as hosts for the First and Second Hokage when Orochimaru resurrected them to fight the Third Hokage.
14 Team 5
Team 5 was formed in Boruto and led by Udon. It is made up of Metal Lee, Denki, and Iwabee. Metal Lee is the only one who has been really expanded upon in the manga, and he is a master of taijutsu like his father, Rock Lee. Iwabee has been shown to be a proficient earth-using ninja in the anime, and Denki is left to be a fairly weak bookworm. This leaves the team short one member for now, which is foremost among the reasons they are at the bottom of this list. However, Boruto may yet show this team to be a powerhouse.
13 Team 8
Led by the Jonin Kurenai Yuhi, Team 8 included Kiba, Hinata, and Shino. Widely considered as one of the most underrated teams in Konoha, Team 8 is actually very powerful and specializes in tracking and detection. By the conclusion of the Naruto series, this team went on to become very successful, completing a formidable number of missions along the way. Even without Kurenai, they played a significant role in the 4th Great Ninja War right to its very end. It goes without saying that Team 8 is one of the strongest in the series.
12 Team Samui
Team Samui hails from the Village Hidden in the Clouds and is made up of Samui, Karui, and Omoi. They were sent as emissaries from the Cloud Village to the Leaf Village after Sasuke's attack on Killer Bee, and later to the Kage Summit. The team is largely skilled in weapon usage, though Omoi shows the ability to use lighting techniques. While the team may have been immensely powerful, we haven't been shown much of their capability beyond largely sword-based techniques.
11 New Team 10
Boruto's Team 10 unites the new generation of Ino-Shika-Cho, with Chocho, Shikadai, and Inojin and is led by Moegi -- an old friend and peer of Konohamaru. This is the team that has been most expanded upon most in Boruto outside the Team 7 of the new generation. The new team of Ino-Shika-Cho has already shown to have power and skill akin to their predecessors, and may yet be able to surpass the former Team 10.
10 Team 10
Asuma Sarutobi's Team 10 was, undoubtedly, one of the best teams in the entire series. As the 16th generation of Ino-Shika-Cho, this team was built upon incredible teamwork and shrewd tactics, which made up for the lack of strength. Its members were Shikamaru Nara, known for his intellect, Ino Yamanaka, famous for her sensory Jutsu, and Choji Akimichi, the reliable powerhouse when it came to fighting. Together, these three made, arguably, the steadiest team that we've seen in Naruto. Their sensei, Asuma, isn't someone to be underestimated either.
9 Team Tobirama
One of the more mysterious teams in Naruto, Team Tobirama existed back during the initial years of Konoha's formation. As suggested by its name, this team was led by Tobirama Senju and its members were Hiruzen Sarutobi, Koharu Utatane, and Homura Mitokado.
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Hiruzen became a renowned shinobi and surpassed Tobirama long before he even hit his prime. Meanwhile, both Koharu and Homura went on to become the respected elders of Konohagakure. Unfortunately, their exploits as a team remain unknown, but they were likely one of the strongest of their time, if not the strongest.
8 Gaara's Team
Gaara's Team from Naruto included Gaara himself, and two of his siblings, Kankuro and Temari. As the children of the 4th Kazekage, Rasa, all three of these shinobi were excellent in combat, especially as a team. Unsurprisingly, Gaara was the strongest among the three, although Kankuro and Temari weren't too far behind either. By the beginning of Naruto Shippuden, Temari and Kankuro had both acquired the rank of a Jonin, while Gaara had risen to the rank of a Kage, also becoming the youngest Kage ever in the process. This team was full of prodigies who displayed their potential to the maximum.
7 Team Konohamaru
One of the teams from Naruto's new generation, Team Konohamaru is led by the grandson of the Third Hokage, Konohamaru Sarutobi. Its members are quite high-profile as well, including the likes of Boruto Uzumaki, the son of the Seventh Hokage, Sarada Uchiha, Sasuke's daughter, and Mitsuki, Orochimaru's child. All three of these genin are exceptional and their teamwork is pretty good as well. For now, Mitsuki seems to be the strongest out of all three, followed by Boruto Uzumaki, and finally Sarada Uchiha. Although they don't appear strong, they're surprisingly tenacious and can even take down the toughest of foes, such as Ao.
6 Team Jiraiya (Ame Orphans)
Team Jiraiya included the Amegakure orphans that Jiraiya once trained during the second great ninja war. This team included Yahiko, Konan, and Nagato, all of which were orphaned by the incessant war that ravaged their land. Under Jiraiya's tutelage, they become extremely proficient in Ninjutsu, and later on, set up the Akatsuki, with the initial goal of peace in their minds.
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The strongest of this team was, undoubtedly, Nagato since he possessed the Rinnegan. Both Konan and Yahiko were also very impressive and had become strong enough to lead a large battalion of ninjas devoted to their cause until Hanzo and Danzo's little trick destroyed them from the inside.
5 Team Minato
Team Minato was formed sometime before the Third Great Ninja War and was led by the Yellow Flash, Minato Namikaze. Their ranks included the likes of Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha, and Rin Nohara. Due to his impeccable talent, Kakashi was promoted to the rank of a Jonin in no time, and so, his skill was higher when compared to the other two. Nonetheless, Obito and Rin were more than capable of fighting strong enemies, as seen in the Third Great Ninja War. Although their teamwork was barely ever seen, Kakashi and Obito combined exceptionally well, and Rin provided the much needed back up as well.
4 Team Guy
Led by one of Konoha's strongest Jonin, Might Guy, Team Guy consisted of Rock Lee, Hyuga Neji, and Tenten. Just like Guy, Lee specializes in the use of Taijutsu and has mastered the Eight Inner Gates over the years. Neji was Hyuga prodigy, strong enough to be promoted to the rank of Jonin during the two-year time-skip, while Tenten is an exceptionally skilled Kunoichi as well. Unfortunately, this team is no longer active after the death of Neji Hyuga during the Fourth Great Ninja War. Nonetheless, it featured some of the fiercest shinobi that we've seen in the Naruto series.
While this isn't a team founded by a shinobi village, it has the number and structure of an official team. Sasuke, Karin, Suigetsu, and Jugo make up the team and it was led by Sasuke himself. It was initially intended to hunt down Itachi, which is when it was called Hebi. However, the team rebranded itself Taka when it began working with the Akatsuki. They first hunted down Killer Bee and later ambushed the Kage Summit. Sasuke was already a very powerful shinobi at that point, and Jugo and Suigetsu are nothing to shrug off either. Karin backs up the team with her unique healing abilities, and overall they make a deadly and powerful team.
2 Team Hiruzen
One of the strongest teams to ever exist and arguably the most popular, Team Hiruzen consisted of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade Senju. In their prime, they went on to earn the title of "The Legendary Sannin". All three of Hiruzen's students were strong enough to be Kage, with Orochimaru having been put forward for the position of the Fourth Hokage, Jiraiya having rejected the position on a number of occasions, and Tsunade being the Fifth Hokage of Konoha. They didn't always get along with each other, but when they did, enemies cowered in fear.
1 Team 7
The strongest known three-man cell that we've seen in Naruto, Team 7 was led by the Jonin Kakashi Hatake. It included Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno. Right from the beginning of the series, this team displayed extremely high potential, the likes of which can be seen only once in a generation. By adulthood, all of them have become capable shinobi, and to date, their teamwork remains unmatched. One of their biggest feats includes defeating Kaguya Otsutsuki, a godly being, all on their own. Without a doubt, Team 7 is the strongest known team in the entirety of Naruto.
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