A clan (一族, Ichizoku, Literally meaning: family), in the loosest sense of the term, refers to a family or group of shinobi who form a basic unit of a shinobi village. Majority of these clans were mercenary military forces even before the First Shinobi World War. The Senju clan and Uchiha clan were the first known clans to have agreed to settle and form a shinobi village, facilitated by creating agreements with the daimyō of the land they inhabit. Many clans would follow the example of the Senju and the Uchiha, later establishing the Five Great Shinobi Countries as they are known today.
Membership in a clan is usually determined by blood relations and genetics, which is vital in the usage of kekkei genkai and secret techniques. These attributes and abilities made many clans feared and renowned throughout many villages. While clans may be composed of many individuals and extended families, many clans mentioned and seen in the series were somewhat limited to a nuclear family.
Main article: Aburame ClanThe Aburame clan (油女一族, Aburame Ichizoku) is one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure. At birth, members of this clan are offered to a special breed of insects such as kikaichū as a nest, residing just under their host's skin. These insects will then live in symbiosis with their host from that point on. Because of this, its members are characterised by their use of insects as weapons.
Main article: Akimichi Clan The Akimichi clan (秋道一族, Akimichi Ichizoku) is one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure. It has had fifteen family heads, with Chōza Akimichi being the fifteenth and his son Chōji slated to become the sixteenth.Many of their clan's techniques revolve around the use of Yang Release.
Main article: Amagiri ClanThe Amagiri clan (天霧一族, Amagiri Ichizoku) is one of the three clans that hail from Yumegakure. They were the founders of the village.
Main article: Fūma ClanThe Fūma clan (風魔一族, Fūma Ichizoku) is a renowned ninja clan, famous in at least Amegakure and the Land of Fire. It is unknown where they hail from. They are well-known as an aggressive clan and fight using their characteristic giant Fūma Shuriken; a large, four-bladed weapon said to possess preeminent sharpness.
Fūma Clan (Land of Sound)
Main article: Fūma Clan (Land of Sound)The Fūma clan (ふうま一族, Fūma Ichizoku) is a shinobi clan from the Land of the Rice Fields, where Orochimaru established the Land of Sound. The clan specialises in using chakra threads and also have a large number of shinobi trained in archery. It also has a number of hidden techniques, including the Curse Mandala. The clan split into two factions where some of their most powerful members were tricked by Orochimaru, who promised to restore their clan's status, and were used in his kinjutsu development experiments. The other faction became involved in criminal activity and were considered traitors by the rest of the clan.
Main article: Hagoromo ClanThe Hagoromo clan (羽衣一族, Hagoromo Ichizoku) is one of the earlier clans which existed during the war-torn era preceding the creation of the hidden villages. While not a great deal is known about them, they were one of the warring factions alongside the Uchiha clan to oppose the Senju clan in battle — an alliance that lead to Kawarama Senju's death, amongst many of his clansmen.
Main article: Hatake ClanThe Hatake clan (はたけ一族, Hatake Ichizoku) is one of the many clans that reside in Konohagakure. Its only known members are Konoha's White Fang Sakumo, and his son Kakashi of the Sharingan. The latter would later become the Sixth Hokage following the Fourth Shinobi World War.
Main article: Hirasaka ClanThe Hirasaka clan (比良坂一族, Hirasaka Ichizoku) is one of the three clans that hail from Yumegakure.
Main article: Hōzuki ClanThe Hōzuki clan (鬼灯一族, Hōzuki Ichizoku) is a group of ninja that settled in Kirigakure after the ending of the Warring States Period. Members of this clan have the ability to turn their bodies into liquefied form.
Main article: Hyūga ClanThe Hyūga clan (日向一族, Hyūga Ichizoku) is one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure. All members born into this clan possess the Byakugan, a kekkei genkai that gives them extended fields of vision and the ability to see through solid objects and even the chakra circulatory system, amongst other things. Members of this clan also possess the unique ability to expel chakra from any of the tenketsu in their body.
Main article: Iburi ClanThe Iburi clan (イブリ一族, Iburi Ichizoku) was a seclusive clan that lived underground in the Land of Fire. They had the ability to become smoke at will and still physically interact. However, this ability was imperfect, causing them to occasionally transform unintentionally. In their smoke form, they were vulnerable to wind as it caused them to disperse permanently and die.
Main article: Inuzuka ClanThe Inuzuka clan (犬塚一族, Inuzuka Ichizoku) or Inuzuka family (犬塚家, Inuzuka-ke) is a family of shinobi in Konohagakure known for their use of ninken as fighting companions and are easily identified by the distinctive red fang markings on their cheeks.
Main article: Jūgo's ClanThis clan is an unknown family, which originated from an unknown area. The members of this clan possess the innate ability to absorb natural energy (自然エネルギー, shizen enerugī) from their surroundings due to their unique bodies, however, the adverse effects of this energy results in sudden and uncontrollable surges of madness, causing them to sporadically go berserk. Their unique bodies also secrete special fluids that allow them to undergo various drastic physical alterations.
Main article: Kagetsu FamilyThe Kagetsu Family hail from Motoyoshi Village within the Land of Fire. The were originally ordinary herb-sellers that, though poor, lived happy lives filled with laughter. When they discovered that the herbs growing in the surrounding mountainside were valuable, the family became rich.
Main article: Kaguya ClanThe Kaguya clan (かぐや一族, Kaguya Ichizoku) is a now extinct clan, known for their savage battle tactics and archaic values, and descendents of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, as selected few have inherited a derivative of her original ability to manipulate one's bone structures.
Main article: Kamizuru ClanThe Kamizuru clan (上水流一族, Kamizuru Ichizoku) is a clan of bee users from Iwagakure who were once very well known. The clan has produced three of the four Tsuchikage of Iwagakure: the First, the Third, and the Fourth.
Main article: Kedōin ClanThe Kedōin clan (祁答院一族, Kedōin Ichizoku) is a small clan led by Agari Kaisen.
Main article: Kodon ClanThe Kodon clan (虎呑一族, Kodon Ichizoku) is a clan of the Howling Wolf Village. They are able to make a medicinal form of saigenzai known as Kotarō within their bodies; although only Kodon can do this, it is not a kekkei genkai. They sell Kotarou at their store, Rengyōdō (連翹堂).
Main article: Kohaku ClanThe Kohaku clan (Kohaku Ichizoku) was a shinobi clan that had a village near the border of the Land of Fire to that of Amegakure. This village was one of many villages that was attacked by Furido's 4-Man Team, and all villagers subsequently massacred.
Main article: Kumanoi ClanThe Kumanoi clan (熊胆一族, Kumanoi Ichizoku) was a clan of the Howling Wolf Village. They accidentally discovered blue fire powder while trying to find a medicine that would grant eternal youth.
Main article: Kurama ClanExclusive to the anime, the Kurama clan (鞍馬一族, Kurama Ichizoku) is a clan of extremely skilled genjutsu users. This talent in genjutsu is due to the kekkei genkai that the clan possesses. However, once every few generations, a member of the clan will be born with such enormous skill in genjutsu that their illusions causes the brain to make anything that happens to the victim within the genjutsu physically real, allowing the clan member to potentially kill their opponents with genjutsu.
Main article: Nara ClanThe Nara clan (奈良一族, Nara Ichizoku) or Nara family (奈良家, Nara-ke) is known for their intelligence, their tending to deer such as Rikumaru, which graze in a large area of the Nara clan forest, and special ninjutsu that entails the manipulation of shadows through the use of Yin Release. Shikaku Nara was the most recent head of the clan.
Main article: Ōtsutsuki ClanThe Ōtsutsuki clan (大筒木一族, Ōtsutsuki Ichizoku) is an ancient clan originating from another world, having arrived to the Earth over a thousand years ago. Several members of this clan have heavily influenced both the shinobi and the world at large with their actions having shaped the world into what it is today.
Main article: Rinha ClanThe Rinha clan (Rinha Ichizoku) was a clan with specialists of medical ninjutsu. They have performed admirably in the past wars. A survivor named Malice was the best of the clan.
Main article: Ryū ClanThe Ryū clan (龍一族, Ryū Ichizoku) was once a powerful clan of Dragon Guardians entrusted with keeping the Dragon Blade.
Main article: Sarutobi ClanThe Sarutobi clan (猿飛一族, Sarutobi Ichizoku) is an influential clan from Konohagakure. It has produced several notable members who have held positions of high authority, including the Third Hokage, and membership in the Twelve Guardian Ninja. All known members have also been observed devotees of the Will of Fire.
Main article: Sendō ClanThe Sendō clan (仙道一族, Sendō Ichizoku) is a clan of the Howling Wolf Village led by Jiryū Sendō. After the village became neutral, the Sendō started selling saigenzai to the villagers, specifically its former shinobi.
Main article: Senju ClanThe Senju clan (千手一族, Senju Ichizoku) was a group of shinobi that were the strongest, feared and most respected clan above all other clans in the ninja world during the war-torn era before the founding of the hidden villages. Together with their rivals — and distant relatives through a common ancestor — the Uchiha clan, they are responsible for founding the first hidden village named Konohagakure and under their philosophy of the Will of Fire, they are responsible for making the village, and later the Ninja World, into what it is today. The clan has produced three of the seven Hokage of Konoha: the First, the Second, and the Fifth. The clan shared deep familial ties with the Uzumaki clan, and from this the Seventh Hokage is also an indirect member.
Main article: Shiin ClanThe Shiin clan was a small shinobi clan from the Land of the Rice Fields, where Orochimaru established the Land of Sound. Despite their size, they had high ideals. After Otogakure was founded, all the skilled members joined Otogakure. But when the requests from the daimyō stopped coming, their leader lost his reason to live and set sight for a gold mine.
Main article: Shimura ClanThe Shimura clan (志村一族, Shimura Ichizoku) is a shinobi clan from Konohagakure.
Main article: Shirogane ClanThe Shirogane clan (白銀一族, Shirogane Ichizoku) was the puppet clan from the Land of Wind.
Main article: Taketori ClanThe Taketori Clan (Taketori Ichizoku) is a clan, presumably outside of Konohagakure. While not a great deal is known about them, this clan seems to have close connections to the Hyūga clan for political matters, according to Natsu Hyūga.
Main article: Tenrō ClanThe Tenrō clan (天狼一族, Tenrō Ichizoku) is a clan of shinobi that hail from Yumegakure.
Main article: Tsuchigumo ClanThe Tsuchigumo clan (土蜘蛛一族, Tsuchigumo Ichizoku) is a clan that formed a pact with the Third Hokage during the Third Shinobi World War. The clan's leader at that time, En no Gyōja, developed a technique that could wipe out an entire village. By terms of the pact with the Third Hokage, En no Gyōja declared the technique to be forbidden, in exchange for protection provided by Konoha in times of need.
Main article: Uchiha ClanThe Uchiha clan (うちは一族, Uchiha Ichizoku) was one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure, and was also reputed to be the village's most powerful clan, producing shinobi that were exceptionally talented and battle-oriented, and in possession of the renowned Sharingan. Together with the Senju clan, they founded Konohagakure, but is now almost extinct after its downfall.
Main article: Uzumaki ClanThe Uzumaki clan (うずまき一族, Uzumaki Ichizoku) was a prominent clan in Uzushiogakure. They were distant blood relatives of the Senju clan and as such, both were on good terms; an alliance that extended onto their hidden villages — Konohagakure and Uzushiogakure. The shinobi of Konoha integrated Uzushiogakure's symbol onto their uniforms and flak jackets as well as on the shoulders of their uniforms as a sign of friendship and goodwill between the two villages, and continue to do so to this day, in memory of their friendship even years after Uzushiogakure's destruction. The remaining members of this clan currently reside in Konohagakure, and has produced the latest Hokage.
Main article: Wagarashi FamilyThe Wagarashi family (ワガラシ一家, Wagarashi Ikka) is a clan in the Land of Tea. They are one of two clans who wants ownership over the Degarashi Port.
Main article: Wasabi FamilyThe Wasabi family (ワサビ一家, Wasabi Ikka) is a clan from the Land of Tea. They are one of two clans who want ownership over the Degarashi Port.
Main article: Yamanaka ClanThe Yamanaka clan (山中一族, Yamanaka Ichizoku) is a family of ninja found in Konohagakure. They specialise in mind related techniques, and they own and run a flower shop in the village.
Main article: Yota's ClanThis travelling clan had the ability to manipulate weather, which they used for their trades.
Main article: Yotsuki ClanThe Yotsuki clan (夜月一族, Yotsuki Ichizoku) is a clan from Kumogakure. In Taka's attempt to capture Killer B, they confront Kiyoi Yotsuki. When he proved unwilling to sell out his allies, Sasuke used genjutsu to make him reveal Killer B's location and identifying features. According to Kiyoi, the Yotsuki will never sell out their comrades.
Main article: Yuki ClanThe Yuki clan (雪一族, Yuki Ichizoku) lived in the Land of Water. Some time ago, the country was in the midst of a civil war. In this war, different sides battled each other using ninja in combat, some of whom possessed kekkei genkai. After the war ended, memories of the gruesome battles still lingered in the minds of the people, causing wide-spread persecutions against those with the kekkei genkai. Because of this, the Yuki clan, whose members carried the Ice Release kekkei genkai went into hiding for their own safety.
- ↑ Naruto chapter 398, page 11
- ↑ First Databook, page 215
- ↑ First Databook, page 215
- ↑ Fourth Databook, page 213
- ↑ First Databook, page 215
- ↑ Fourth Databook, pages 216-217
- ↑ Chapter 399, page 1
- ↑ Chapter 500, page 3
- ↑ Naruto episode 215
- ↑ Naruto Shippūden episode 390
- ↑ First Databook, page 215
- ↑ Chapter 7, page 2
- ↑ Chapter 500, pages 3-4
- ↑ Chapter 700
- ↑ Chapter 29, pages 8, 10