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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Byakugan'''|白眼|lit meaning=White Eye|viz meaning=All Seeing White Eye}} is the [[dōjutsu]] [[kekkei genkai]] of the [[Hyūga clan]]. It is one of the {{translation|Three Great Dōjutsu|三大瞳術|San Daidōjutsu|lit meaning=Three Great Eye Techniques}}, along with the [[Sharingan]] and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Third Databook, page 313</ref> <section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Byakugan'''|白眼|lit meaning=White Eye|viz meaning=All Seeing White Eye}} is the [[dōjutsu]] [[kekkei genkai]] of the [[Hyūga]] and [[Ōtsutsuki clan]]s, inherited from [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]].<ref>Chapter 671, page 6</ref> It is regarded as one of the {{translation|Three Great Dōjutsu|三大瞳術|San Daidōjutsu|lit meaning=Three Great Eye Techniques}}, the others being the [[Sharingan]] and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Third Databook, page 313</ref><section end=summary />
   
== Background ==
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== Overview ==
[[File:Hinata's byakugan.jpg|thumb|left|The Byakugan activated.]]
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[[File:Hinata's Byakugan.png|thumb|left|The Byakugan activated.]]
<section begin=summary />Those who inherit the blood of this clan have almost featureless, white eyes. When the Byakugan is activated, the user's pupils become more distinct, and the veins near their temples bulge. It also appears that unlike the other two great dōjutsu, all members of the clan possess, and can use the kekkei genkai from birth, as opposed to needing to awaken or else, not inheriting it at all.<section end=summary />
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Unlike other dōjutsu, the Byakugan seems to be available to its users from the time of their birth and does not need to be awakened through any means. Those who possess the Byakugan have very distinctive eyes: when the Byakugan is not active, they have enlarged and featureless white irides<!--Yes that is how you spell it. For eyes: plural is irides, for plants, irises--> with no visible pupils; when the Byakugan is active, the pupils become more distinct and the veins near their temples bulge. Although the eyes of those with the Byakugan are supposed to be completely white, the anime depicts them with slight hints of lavender.
   
The Byakugan's abilities have left it highly coveted by the other villages, as evidenced by [[Kumogakure]]'s attempt to steal it; an event which led up to what is known as the "[[Hyūga Affair]]". [[Ao]] of [[Kirigakure]] was able to obtain a single Byakugan from a [[Hyūga]] he defeated,<ref name="c459p15">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 15</ref> and goes to [[Protective Tag Barrier|great lengths to protect it]]. At the same time, [[Danzō Shimura]] went to equal lengths to retrieve or destroy it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 469, page 3</ref> The Hyūga clan's Main House, in order to reduce the probability of having their eyes fall into enemy hands, as well as to have the Branch House give absolute servitude to them, placed a [[Hyūga Main Family's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] onto the foreheads of the branch house members, which would seal away their Byakugan forever upon death. Unlike a transplanted Sharingan, a transplanted Byakugan can be activated and deactivated at will.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 3</ref>
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The Byakugan's abilities have left it highly coveted, evidenced by other villages' attempts to steal it; [[Kumogakure]] tried various machinations of obtaining a Byakugan during what was called the "[[Hyūga Affair]]". [[Ao]] of [[Kirigakure]] is the only foreign power known to have obtained a Byakugan from a Hyūga he defeated<ref name="c459p15">Chapter 459, page 15</ref> and he goes to [[Barrier Talisman: Armoured Eye|great lengths to protect it]]; when [[Danzō Shimura]], a loyal extremist of Konoha, finds out about this, he goes to similar lengths to retrieve or destroy it.<ref>Chapter 469, page 3</ref> Unlike other dōjutsu, transplanted Byakugan can be activated and deactivated at will.<ref>Chapter 459, page 3</ref> In order to reduce the probability of having their eyes fall into enemy hands, the Main House of the Hyūga place [[Hyūga Main Family's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] onto the foreheads of Branch House members which, among other things, seal away the Byakugan upon their actual death.
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Byakugan's Blind Spot.JPG|thumb|right|Byakugan's blind spot.]]
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{{ImgRight|Byakugan's Blind Spot.png|The Byakugan's blind spot.}}
<section begin=summary />The primary ability of the Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first [[Wikipedia:thoracic vertebrae|thoracic vertebra]].<ref name="chpt196">''Naruto'' chapter 196, page 8</ref> Upon activation of the dōjutsu, the wielder is granted an automatic 50 metre field of vision around themselves which can then be extended at their discretion.<ref name="chapt172">''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 10</ref><ref name="chpt195">''Naruto'' chapter 195, page 9</ref>
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The Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first [[Wikipedia:thoracic vertebrae|thoracic vertebra]].<ref name="chpt196">Chapter 196, page 8</ref> The range of this vision varies between users and in fact can be improved with training:<ref>Chapter 195, page 9</ref> in Part I [[Hinata Hyūga]] can see targets 50 metres away and by Part II she can see targets 10 kilometres away.<ref name="chapt396">Chapter 396, page 5</ref> Its vision can penetrate through most solid objects and obstructions,<ref>Chapter 188, pages 7-8</ref> though certain [[Four Black Fogs Formation|barriers]] may distort the Byakugan's perception somewhat.<ref>Chapter 186, page 5</ref> The Byakugan is also able to more effectively follow high-speed movements to better react to them.<ref>Chapter 85, page 18</ref> In the [[Bikōchū Search Mission|anime]], the Byakugan is shown magnifying in on small targets and seeing [[Wikipedia:Infrared|infrared]] to detect a target's body heat.<ref name="ep149">''Naruto'' episode 149</ref>
   
The second ability is being able to see through solid objects, as well as some degree of telescopic sight. It can also see through most barriers, and other things such as smokescreens,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 188, pages 7-8</ref> differentiate between non-corporeal clones and can see through techniques that would otherwise [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique|hide]] an opponent from normal sight.<ref name="ep149">''Naruto'' episode 149</ref> The distance and the degree of telescopic sight varies from person to person, and can be improved through training. In Part I, [[Neji Hyūga]] was able to see an area of 50 metres,<ref name="chapt172"/><ref name="chpt195"/> but he later increases his visual range to at least 800 metres,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 263, page 8</ref> while [[Hinata Hyūga]]'s range in Part II stretches at least as far as 10 km.<ref name="chapt396">''Naruto'' chapter 396, page 5</ref> However, the Byakugan cannot see through certain barriers, such as the [[Four Black Fog Battle Formation]] used by the [[Sound Four]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 186, page 5</ref><section end=summary />
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[[File:Chakra Circulatory System.PNG|thumb|left|The chakra pathway system.]]
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Arguably, its greatest ability is to see [[chakra]] to a greater degree than the [[Sharingan]]:<ref>Chapter 78, page 13</ref> it can identify chakra by the specific individuals it originates from,<ref name="c459p14">Chapter 459, page 14</ref> determine when [[genjutsu]] is being used,<ref>Chapter 394, page 15</ref> and discern certain types of [[clone]] from the real thing. The Byakugan's ability to see chakra is so acute that it can actually see the [[chakra pathway system]] and the 361 [[tenketsu]] that run along it. The Hyūga have devised a style of combat known as the [[Gentle Fist]] that specifically takes advantage of this, wherein they strike an opponent's tenketsu to either seal or forcibly open these tenketsu, thus giving the user complete control over their opponent's chakra.<ref>Chapter 79, page 5</ref>
   
[[File:Chakra Circulatory System.JPG|thumb|left|Chakra Pathway System.]]
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Prolonged use of the Byakugan causes temporary but severe eye strain, leaving wielders unable to properly perceive targets at all.<ref>Chapter 540, page 4</ref>
The third and one of the greatest uses of the Byakugan is the ability to see chakra, chakra flow, the chakra circulation system inside the body with great detail as well as the colour of chakra.<ref name="c459p14">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 14</ref> It is from this particular ability that the Hyūga Clan are able to employ their ultimate attack style: [[Gentle Fist]]. Unlike the [[Strong Fist]], which is focused on external injuries, the Gentle Fist style focuses on internal injuries. Each strike, when placed correctly, strikes along the [[chakra pathway system]], which is the network of vessels that carry chakra. This network is closely intertwined with the functioning of the body's organs, and so, when the ''keirakukei'' take damage, the organs suffer as well. There is no defence against the Gentle Fist, since one cannot train one's internal organs to become stronger. The only possible defence is to stop the Gentle Fist's hits from connecting. Like the Sharingan and Rinnegan, the Byakugan's ability to see chakra and its flow allows the user to detect chakra sealed barriers as well as determine when [[genjutsu]] is being used.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 394, page 15</ref><ref name="c459p15"/> It was shown in the anime that the Byakugan can also discern a transformation, and a real person using the eye's ability to see chakra.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden'' episode 191</ref>
 
   
Particularly skilled users of the Byakugan can take the Gentle Fist style one step further. Along the keirakurei are 361 pinprick-sized nodes called [[tenketsu]], or chakra points, which only the more skilled users can see. When struck, the Byakugan user can choose to either seal, or forcibly open these tenketsu, thus giving the user complete control over their opponent's chakra system. So, with precision, all those points along the victim's body can be sealed, stopping the chakra flow to those areas. Able to strike without force, and yet do more damage to a ninja than some of the most powerful ninjutsu, the Gentle Fist has been labelled as the greatest taijutsu style known in all of Konohagakure.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 79, page 5</ref> In the [[Search for the Bikōchū Arc]], Hinata demonstrated two other abilities with her Byakugan: the ability to magnify and zoom, effectively seeing every small insect in the area and to see the [[Wikipedia:Infrared|infrared spectrum]] allowing her to detect things through their body heat.<ref name="ep149"/>
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=== Improvement ===
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[[File:Toneri's Tenseigan.png|thumb|right|Toneri's Tenseigan.]]
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When the Byakugan is combined with the chakra of an Ōtsutsuki clan member, it evolves into the [[Tenseigan]]. When [[Toneri Ōtsutsuki]] gains the Tenseigan by taking the eyes of [[Hanabi Hyūga]], he accesses the [[Tenseigan Chakra Mode]], granting him [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s and physical enhancements similar to the [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]]. The Tenseigan also provides its user the ability to control gravitational forces and telekinetic-like abilities.<ref>''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]''</ref>
   
Constantly using the Byakugan over a very long period of time causes severe eye strain, as seen with [[Neji Hyūga]], who at that point, could not tell the difference between [[Kiba Inuzuka]], and [[Akamaru]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 4</ref> This condition however, is not permanent.
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However, the Tenseigan can lose its power and revert back to the Byakugan when weakened enough in battle, as it did when Toneri was defeated by [[Naruto]].
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* The kanji for {{Translation|Byakugan|白眼}} can also be pronounced as ''shirome'' or ''hakugan''. When the latter two pronunciations are used, 白眼 is used to refer to the sclerae.
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* The kanji for {{Translation|Byakugan|白眼}} can also be read as ''shirome'' or ''hakugan''. When the latter two readings are used, "白眼" is used to refer to the [[wikipedia:sclerae|sclerae]].
* Sometimes the users of the Byakugan use [[hand seal]]s when activating the ability, though it is also able to activate without any seals. The used seals are: Horse, Tiger with lifting just index fingers, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, Hare, Rat, Dog, Horse, Dog, Hare, Rat, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, and Snake with the right index finger lifted straight up. Sometimes just the last seal is used, and most commonly, no seals are used.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 40</ref>
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* In the anime, the Byakugan's sight is normally illustrated in inverted black and white colour.
* It has been said that the Sharingan was somehow derived from the Hyūga clan's Byakugan.<ref name="chpt78">''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 13</ref>
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* [[Boruto]] and [[Himawari Uzumaki]], despite being children of [[Hinata Hyūga]], do not have the Byakugan because [[Masashi Kishimoto]] forgot to give it to them.<ref>[http://www.cinemacafe.net/article/2014/12/06/27884.html Article on cinemacafe (Japanese)]</ref>
* The Byakugan is said to have the greatest vision and insights amongst all dōjutsu.<ref name="chpt78"/>
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* Hyūga sometimes use [[hand seal]]s when activating their Byakugan, though this is not done consistently. The used seals are: Horse, Tiger with lifting just index fingers, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, Hare, Rat, Dog, Horse, Dog, Hare, Rat, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, and Snake with the right index finger lifted straight up. Sometimes, only the last seal is used.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 40</ref>
* When depicted in the anime, the eyes of the Hyūga tend to have slight hints of colour in them, despite the fact that they are supposed to be completely white.
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* Kishimoto stated in the [[Tō no Sho|third databook]] that if a Sharingan user and a Byakugan user were to mate, their offspring would have one Byakugan and one Sharingan.
* In the anime, the Byakugan's sight is normally illustrated in black and white. However, there are instances in the manga which contradicts this notion.<ref name="chapt396"/><ref name="c459p14"/>
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie]]'', the Byakugan is able to see the elemental affinity of others.
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* In ''[[Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden]]'', whenever Neji is either shock, angered, or serious in situations, his Byakugan is activated.
   
 
== References ==
 
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Byakugan
Byakugan
Name
Kanji 白眼
Rōmaji Byakugan
Literal English White Eye
Viz manga All Seeing White Eye
Debut
Manga Chapter #41
Anime Naruto Episode #24
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Finally a clash! Jōnin vs. Genin!! Indiscriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Data
Clan
Classification Kekkei Genkai
Known Wielders
Jutsu

The Byakugan (白眼, Literally meaning: White Eye, Meaning (Viz): All Seeing White Eye) is the dōjutsu kekkei genkai of the Hyūga and Ōtsutsuki clans, inherited from Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.[1] It is regarded as one of the Three Great Dōjutsu (三大瞳術, San Daidōjutsu, Literally meaning: Three Great Eye Techniques), the others being the Sharingan and the Rinnegan.[2]

Overview Edit

Hinata&#039;s Byakugan

The Byakugan activated.

Unlike other dōjutsu, the Byakugan seems to be available to its users from the time of their birth and does not need to be awakened through any means. Those who possess the Byakugan have very distinctive eyes: when the Byakugan is not active, they have enlarged and featureless white irides with no visible pupils; when the Byakugan is active, the pupils become more distinct and the veins near their temples bulge. Although the eyes of those with the Byakugan are supposed to be completely white, the anime depicts them with slight hints of lavender.

The Byakugan's abilities have left it highly coveted, evidenced by other villages' attempts to steal it; Kumogakure tried various machinations of obtaining a Byakugan during what was called the "Hyūga Affair". Ao of Kirigakure is the only foreign power known to have obtained a Byakugan from a Hyūga he defeated[3] and he goes to great lengths to protect it; when Danzō Shimura, a loyal extremist of Konoha, finds out about this, he goes to similar lengths to retrieve or destroy it.[4] Unlike other dōjutsu, transplanted Byakugan can be activated and deactivated at will.[5] In order to reduce the probability of having their eyes fall into enemy hands, the Main House of the Hyūga place cursed seals onto the foreheads of Branch House members which, among other things, seal away the Byakugan upon their actual death.

Abilities Edit

Byakugan&#039;s Blind Spot

The Byakugan's blind spot.

The Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first thoracic vertebra.[6] The range of this vision varies between users and in fact can be improved with training:[7] in Part I Hinata Hyūga can see targets 50 metres away and by Part II she can see targets 10 kilometres away.[8] Its vision can penetrate through most solid objects and obstructions,[9] though certain barriers may distort the Byakugan's perception somewhat.[10] The Byakugan is also able to more effectively follow high-speed movements to better react to them.[11] In the anime, the Byakugan is shown magnifying in on small targets and seeing infrared to detect a target's body heat.[12]

Chakra Circulatory System

The chakra pathway system.

Arguably, its greatest ability is to see chakra to a greater degree than the Sharingan:[13] it can identify chakra by the specific individuals it originates from,[14] determine when genjutsu is being used,[15] and discern certain types of clone from the real thing. The Byakugan's ability to see chakra is so acute that it can actually see the chakra pathway system and the 361 tenketsu that run along it. The Hyūga have devised a style of combat known as the Gentle Fist that specifically takes advantage of this, wherein they strike an opponent's tenketsu to either seal or forcibly open these tenketsu, thus giving the user complete control over their opponent's chakra.[16]

Prolonged use of the Byakugan causes temporary but severe eye strain, leaving wielders unable to properly perceive targets at all.[17]

Improvement Edit

Toneri&#039;s Tenseigan

Toneri's Tenseigan.

When the Byakugan is combined with the chakra of an Ōtsutsuki clan member, it evolves into the Tenseigan. When Toneri Ōtsutsuki gains the Tenseigan by taking the eyes of Hanabi Hyūga, he accesses the Tenseigan Chakra Mode, granting him Truth-Seeking Balls and physical enhancements similar to the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. The Tenseigan also provides its user the ability to control gravitational forces and telekinetic-like abilities.[18]

However, the Tenseigan can lose its power and revert back to the Byakugan when weakened enough in battle, as it did when Toneri was defeated by Naruto.

Trivia Edit

  • The kanji for Byakugan (白眼) can also be read as shirome or hakugan. When the latter two readings are used, "白眼" is used to refer to the sclerae.
  • In the anime, the Byakugan's sight is normally illustrated in inverted black and white colour.
  • Boruto and Himawari Uzumaki, despite being children of Hinata Hyūga, do not have the Byakugan because Masashi Kishimoto forgot to give it to them.[19]
  • Hyūga sometimes use hand seals when activating their Byakugan, though this is not done consistently. The used seals are: Horse, Tiger with lifting just index fingers, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, Hare, Rat, Dog, Horse, Dog, Hare, Rat, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, and Snake with the right index finger lifted straight up. Sometimes, only the last seal is used.[20]
  • Kishimoto stated in the third databook that if a Sharingan user and a Byakugan user were to mate, their offspring would have one Byakugan and one Sharingan.
  • In Naruto Shippūden the Movie, the Byakugan is able to see the elemental affinity of others.
  • In Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, whenever Neji is either shock, angered, or serious in situations, his Byakugan is activated.

References Edit

  1. Chapter 671, page 6
  2. Third Databook, page 313
  3. Chapter 459, page 15
  4. Chapter 469, page 3
  5. Chapter 459, page 3
  6. Chapter 196, page 8
  7. Chapter 195, page 9
  8. Chapter 396, page 5
  9. Chapter 188, pages 7-8
  10. Chapter 186, page 5
  11. Chapter 85, page 18
  12. Naruto episode 149
  13. Chapter 78, page 13
  14. Chapter 459, page 14
  15. Chapter 394, page 15
  16. Chapter 79, page 5
  17. Chapter 540, page 4
  18. The Last: Naruto the Movie
  19. Article on cinemacafe (Japanese)
  20. Naruto episode 40
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