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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''ANBU'''|暗部|lit meaning=Dark Side|engtv=ANBU Black Ops}}, short for {{translation|'''Ansatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai'''|暗殺戦術特殊部隊|lit meaning=Special Assassination and Tactical Squad}}, take orders directly from the [[Kage]], performing special high-level missions, such as assassinations and torture. The ANBU usually work in teams formed to the requirements of the mission, ensuring maximum success. The shinobi in the ANBU are hand-picked by the Kage; chosen for their individual capabilities and special skills. Age, gender, background, or previous rank bear no weight in this decision. Members can also leave the organisation, as [[Kakashi]] did for unknown reasons to return to the regular forces. They wear their mask even in their own village, for their identity as an ANBU agent is to be known only by the Kage and village elders, with the exception of Konohagakure's "[[Root]]" ANBU members who, unless ordered to, will otherwise only act on [[Danzō Shimura]]'s orders.
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Anbu'''|暗部|lit meaning=Dark Side|engtv=Anbu Black Ops}}, short for {{translation|'''Ansatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai'''|暗殺戦術特殊部隊|lit meaning=Special Assassination and Tactical Squad}}, are covert operatives that order directly to their [[Kage]].<section end=summary />
   
There are apparently no true ranks within the ANBU, unlike within the [[regular forces]]. Team leadership and hierarchy seem to be based on merit and experience. The leaders of the teams are called {{translation|squad leaders|分隊長|Buntaichō}}, a position held in high regard.<section end=summary />
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== Overview ==
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Anbu are recruited from their village's standard shinobi forces, hand-picked by the Kage for their individual capabilities and special skills. Age, gender, background, or previous rank bear no weight in this decision. While on the job, Anbu wear masks and use condenames so that their identities are known to nobody but their Kage. Anbu typically work in teams, formed based on the the requirements of the mission in order to ensure maximum success. There are apparently no true ranks within the Anbu; team leadership and hierarchy seem to be based on merit and experience. The leaders of the teams are called {{translation|squad leaders|分隊長|Buntaichō}}, a position held in high regard.
   
== Uniform ==
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Anbu protect the village from exceptional threats, conduct high-risk missions into enemy territory, and deal with extremely strong ninja. They are also responsible for carrying out assassinations, tracking, surveillance, and missions requiring specially trained ninja. Some Anbu serve as interrogators that probe the minds of enemy ninja to learn information valuable to the village. Because Anbu are so vital to the village's operations, they cannot be arrested by [[Konoha Military Police Force|regular police forces]] without a warrant.<ref>Chapter 222, page 17</ref> While many choose to serve in the Anbu for their entire careers, they can return to the standard forces if they choose to, as in the case of [[Kakashi Hatake]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippuden'' episode 359</ref>
[[File:Anbu Uniform.jpg|thumb|150px|A fully equipped ANBU.]]
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Most ANBU predominately wear some kind of mask to conceal their identities. Konoha ANBU predominantly wear animal-styled porcelain masks with some opting for more menacing looking creatures, Kiri ANBU wear masks with slits for eye-holes and the village's symbol printed on it; these may or may not have patterns on them as well. Suna ANBU seem to wear pieces of cloth to cover the lower-halves of their faces leaving only their eyes visible. In the anime, Suna-nin were depicted wearing porcelain masks as well, modelled to resemble [[Wikipedia:Oni|oni]].
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[[File:Haku full.png|thumb|right|[[Haku]] dressed as a Kirigakure hunter-nin.]]
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Anbu training involves detailed studying of the human body. As such most Anbu can use the [[Temporary Paralysis Technique]] and, in the anime, the [[Time Reversal Technique]]. In [[Kirigakure]] there is a special branch of Anbu known as [[hunter-nin]]: hunter-nin track down and kill [[missing-nin]] from Kiri, retrieving the head as proof and disposing of the rest of the body so as to not leave behind any information for their enemies. Due to the often sensitive nature of their missions and the, at times, unique abilities they possess, Anbu are expected to destroy their bodies if they are too badly injured on a mission so that they can't be captured.
   
They also have standard uniforms which for Konoha ANBU consist of black clothing and grey chest armour, metal arm guards and gloves, ninja sandals with spikes for travelling into mountainous regions, three ninja pouches on their back-waist and a signature spiral tattoo on their shoulder.<!-- Do NOT add a specific shoulder, that has never been stated --> Some Konoha ANBU wear black cloaks over their standard uniforms, and squad leaders may wear white cloaks. Most of them carry a [[sword]], which is usually strapped to their backs.
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[[File:Faces of Root.png|thumb|left|Members of Root.]]
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In [[Konohagakure]], there exists a special branch of the Anbu known as [[Root]]. It was created and led by [[Danzō Shimura]], who sends its members on more underhanded missions that he believes will benefit Konoha. Root members are trained to abandon all forms of emotion in order to follow Danzō's orders unquestioningly, even at the consequence of the rest of the village.<ref>Chapter 424, pages 1-2</ref> Root members have a seal located on the back of their tongues that prevents them from speaking about Danzō or Root.<ref>Chapter 452, pages 7-9</ref>
 
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== Purpose ==
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== Uniform ==
[[File:ANBU Symbol.svg|thumb|left|100px|The Konoha ANBU tattoo.]]
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[[File:ANBU Symbol.svg|thumb|right|60px|The Konoha Anbu tattoo.]]
Konoha ANBU are under direct control of the [[Hokage]], and therefore cannot be arrested by the [[Konoha Military Police Force|regular police forces]] without a warrant.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 222, page 17</ref> They protect the village from exceptional threats, conduct high-risk missions into enemy territory, and deal with extremely strong ninja. They are also responsible for carrying out assassinations, tracking, surveillance, and missions requiring specially trained ninja. Some ANBU serve as interrogators that probe the minds of enemy ninja to learn information valuable to the village. If an ANBU is mortally wounded in battle, they are required to destroy their bodies to prevent any information from getting into enemy hands.
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[[File:Anbu Uniform.jpg|thumb|left|120px|Yamato as a fully equipped Konoha Anbu.]]
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Most Anbu wear some kind of mask to conceal their identities:
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*Konoha Anbu predominantly wear animal-styled porcelain masks, with some opting for more menacing looking creatures.
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*Kiri Anbu wear masks with slits for eye-holes and the village's symbol printed on the forehead; these may or may not have patterns on them as well.
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*[[Suna]] Anbu seem to wear pieces of cloth that resemble turbans to cover the lower-halves of their faces leaving only their eyes visible.
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*A regiment of Anbu from the [[Land of Wood]] known as the [[Prajñā Group]] wear porcelain masks as well, modelled to resemble [[Wikipedia:Oni|oni]].
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*In the anime, Anbu from [[Hoshigakure]] are seen using masks similar to Konoha's.
   
[[File:Faces of Root.png|thumb|Root members.]]
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They also have standard uniforms which, for Konoha Anbu, consist of black clothing, a grey [[flak jacket]], metal arm guards and gloves, ninja sandals with spikes for travelling into mountainous regions, three ninja pouches on their back-waist and a signature spiral tattoo on their shoulder.<!-- Do NOT add a specific shoulder, that has never been stated --> Some Konoha Anbu wear black cloaks over their standard uniforms, and squad leaders may wear white cloaks. Most of them carry a [[sword]], which is usually strapped to their backs.
In [[Konohagakure]], there exists a special branch of the ANBU known as the [[Root]]. It was created and led by Danzō, who sends its members on missions that he believes will benefit Konoha. Root members are trained to abandon all forms of emotion in order to follow Danzō's orders unquestioningly. Root members also have a seal located on their tongue. This seal prevents a member from speaking about Danzō and Root. This was to ensure that, if a member ever left or got captured, information regarding Root would not be leaked. During [[Pain]]'s invasion of Konoha, Danzō instructed Root not to assist in the defence of the village.
 
 
[[File:Haku hunter-nin.jpg|thumb|left|Haku dressed as a hunter-nin.]]
 
[[Kirigakure]] also has their own special branch of ANBU, known as the [[hunter-nin]]. They solely hunt down [[missing-nin]] and kill them, then retrieve the head as proof, while disposing the rest of the corpse on the spot to not leave behind any information for the enemies. Due to their duties, they are codenamed as the "Undertaker Squad". Knowing themselves just how much valuable information a shinobi's corpse can hold for enemy nations, if they are severely wounded or on the verge of death, they will take measures to [[Body Elimination Technique|destroy their bodies]].
 
 
ANBU have a detailed knowledge of the human body, and can use such techniques as the [[Temporary Paralysis Technique]] and [[Time Reversal Technique]] to take advantage of this.
 
 
In the ''[[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire]]'', one of the ANBU is seen carrying a pigeon under his cloak, as a means of communication.
 
 
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== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
* {{Drilldown|List of ANBU|Characters|q=Rank=ANBU}}
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* {{Drilldown|List of Anbu|Characters|q=Rank=Anbu}}
 
== Trivia ==
 
* In ''[[Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2]]'', the storyline was based on the ANBU.
 
* The members of "Root" seemingly do not have the traditional ANBU tattoos branded on their shoulders.
 
   
 
== References ==
 
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Konoha Anbu

Konoha Anbu members.

The Anbu (暗部, English TV: Anbu Black Ops, Literally meaning: Dark Side), short for Ansatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai (暗殺戦術特殊部隊, Literally meaning: Special Assassination and Tactical Squad), are covert operatives that order directly to their Kage.

Overview Edit

Anbu are recruited from their village's standard shinobi forces, hand-picked by the Kage for their individual capabilities and special skills. Age, gender, background, or previous rank bear no weight in this decision. While on the job, Anbu wear masks and use condenames so that their identities are known to nobody but their Kage. Anbu typically work in teams, formed based on the the requirements of the mission in order to ensure maximum success. There are apparently no true ranks within the Anbu; team leadership and hierarchy seem to be based on merit and experience. The leaders of the teams are called squad leaders (分隊長, Buntaichō), a position held in high regard.

Anbu protect the village from exceptional threats, conduct high-risk missions into enemy territory, and deal with extremely strong ninja. They are also responsible for carrying out assassinations, tracking, surveillance, and missions requiring specially trained ninja. Some Anbu serve as interrogators that probe the minds of enemy ninja to learn information valuable to the village. Because Anbu are so vital to the village's operations, they cannot be arrested by regular police forces without a warrant.[1] While many choose to serve in the Anbu for their entire careers, they can return to the standard forces if they choose to, as in the case of Kakashi Hatake.[2]

Haku full

Haku dressed as a Kirigakure hunter-nin.

Anbu training involves detailed studying of the human body. As such most Anbu can use the Temporary Paralysis Technique and, in the anime, the Time Reversal Technique. In Kirigakure there is a special branch of Anbu known as hunter-nin: hunter-nin track down and kill missing-nin from Kiri, retrieving the head as proof and disposing of the rest of the body so as to not leave behind any information for their enemies. Due to the often sensitive nature of their missions and the, at times, unique abilities they possess, Anbu are expected to destroy their bodies if they are too badly injured on a mission so that they can't be captured.

Faces of Root

Members of Root.

In Konohagakure, there exists a special branch of the Anbu known as Root. It was created and led by Danzō Shimura, who sends its members on more underhanded missions that he believes will benefit Konoha. Root members are trained to abandon all forms of emotion in order to follow Danzō's orders unquestioningly, even at the consequence of the rest of the village.[3] Root members have a seal located on the back of their tongues that prevents them from speaking about Danzō or Root.[4]

Uniform Edit

ANBU Symbol

The Konoha Anbu tattoo.

Anbu Uniform

Yamato as a fully equipped Konoha Anbu.

Most Anbu wear some kind of mask to conceal their identities:

  • Konoha Anbu predominantly wear animal-styled porcelain masks, with some opting for more menacing looking creatures.
  • Kiri Anbu wear masks with slits for eye-holes and the village's symbol printed on the forehead; these may or may not have patterns on them as well.
  • Suna Anbu seem to wear pieces of cloth that resemble turbans to cover the lower-halves of their faces leaving only their eyes visible.
  • A regiment of Anbu from the Land of Wood known as the Prajñā Group wear porcelain masks as well, modelled to resemble oni.
  • In the anime, Anbu from Hoshigakure are seen using masks similar to Konoha's.

They also have standard uniforms which, for Konoha Anbu, consist of black clothing, a grey flak jacket, metal arm guards and gloves, ninja sandals with spikes for travelling into mountainous regions, three ninja pouches on their back-waist and a signature spiral tattoo on their shoulder. Some Konoha Anbu wear black cloaks over their standard uniforms, and squad leaders may wear white cloaks. Most of them carry a sword, which is usually strapped to their backs.

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Chapter 222, page 17
  2. Naruto: Shippuden episode 359
  3. Chapter 424, pages 1-2
  4. Chapter 452, pages 7-9
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