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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Danzō Shimura'''|志村ダンゾウ|Shimura Danzō}} reputed as {{Translation|'''The Darkness of the Shinobi'''|忍の闇|Shinobi no Yami}}<ref name="chpt459"/> due to what was often seen as his militant and archaic views on the role of a shinobi was an elder of [[Konohagakure]] and leader of the disbanded [[ANBU]] faction: "[[Root]]". He was later appointed as the official {{translation|'''Sixth Hokage Candidate'''|六代目火影候補|Rokudaime Hokage Kōho}} after [[Pain]]'s [[Invasion of Pain|invasion]] but died before he officially entered the office of [[Hokage]].<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Danzō Shimura'''|志村ダンゾウ|Shimura Danzō}} was an elder of [[Konohagakure]]. As the founder and leader of [[Root]], Danzō gained notoriety as {{Translation|'''The Darkness of the Shinobi'''|忍の闇|Shinobi no Yami|engtv=The Shinobi of Darkness}}<ref name="chpt459">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 1</ref> because of his frequent unsanctioned actions and his often-suspected (but rarely proven) undermining of specific Konoha personnel. Despite his decades of suspicious deeds, Danzō only ever acted in what he believed were the village's best interests, a loyalty that secured his appointment as {{translation|'''Sixth [[Hokage]] Candidate'''|六代目火影候補|Rokudaime Hokage Kōho|lit meaning=Sixth Fire Shadow Candidate}} just before his death.<section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Danzō and Hiruzen as children.png|thumb|left|Danzō and Hiruzen as children.]]
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[[File:Danzō and Hiruzen as children.png|thumb|left|Danzō and Hiruzen when they were children.]]
In his youth, Danzō was good friends with [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], and despite his best efforts, Danzō always felt inferior to Hiruzen and always wanted to surpass him. During the [[First Shinobi World War]], Danzō, along with his team-mates: [[Kagami Uchiha]] and [[Torifu Akimichi]], as well as Hiruzen and his team-mates: [[Koharu Utatane]] and [[Homura Mitokado]], formed a squad led by the [[Second Hokage]]. At some point, the team was pursued by [[Kumogakure]]'s [[Kinkaku Squad]], realising that one of them would need to sacrifice themselves as a decoy to ensure the others' safety. Hoping to die for his companions, just as his father and grandfather had, Danzō tried to volunteer but was paralysed with fear at the prospect of dying and with Hiruzen volunteered before he could compose himself. Angry that Hiruzen had once again beaten him, Danzō began to protest before the Second Hokage decides to be the decoy instead while appointing Hiruzen as his successor.
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In his youth, Danzō was good friends with [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. However, Danzō always felt inferior to Hiruzen, harbouring a desire to surpass him. Shortly after the foundation of the village, Hiruzen and Danzō spar, while a few of their future teammates watches on. During the [[First Shinobi World War]], Danzō, along with his team-mates: [[Kagami Uchiha]] and [[Torifu Akimichi]], as well as Hiruzen and his team-mates: [[Koharu Utatane]] and [[Homura Mitokado]], formed a squad led by the [[Second Hokage]]. At some point, the team was pursued by [[Kumogakure]]'s [[Kinkaku Squad]], realising that one of them would need to sacrifice themselves as a decoy to ensure the others' safety. Hoping to die for his companions, just as his father and grandfather had, Danzō tried to volunteer but was paralysed with fear at the prospect of dying, allowing Hiruzen to volunteer before he could compose himself. Angry that Hiruzen had once again beaten him, Danzō began to protest before the Second Hokage decided to be the decoy instead while appointing Hiruzen as his successor.
   
With Hiruzen having beaten him to the title of Hokage, Danzō began planning to someday attain the title himself. To that end, he created the [[ANBU]] subsidiary named [[Root]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 285, page 17</ref> Although the group was later officially disbanded, it remained secretly active.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 284, page 17</ref> During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], Danzō agreed to help [[Hanzō]] of [[Amegakure]] in order to receive help in claiming the title of Hokage, sending some of his forces to deal with [[Akatsuki]] but they were all wiped out by [[Nagato]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 446, page 13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 447, pages 6-11</ref> He would later betray Hanzō at some point in history.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 531, page 14</ref>
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[[File:Hanzo and Danzo.png|thumb|right|Danzō manipulates Hanzō into an alliance against Akatsuki.]]
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With Hiruzen having beaten him to the title of Hokage, Danzō began planning to someday attain the title himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 285, page 17</ref> Taking up the village's more clandestine operations — something that Hiruzen noted because of his own indulgence, he allowed Danzō to do<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, page 5</ref> — he created the [[Anbu]] subsidiary named [[Root]]. Within this group, Danzō himself hand-picked various young shinobi with noticeable potential to join, such as [[Fū (Anbu)|Fū]] of the [[Yamanaka clan]].<ref name="Naruto: Shippūden episode 317">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 317</ref> During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], Danzō agreed to help [[Hanzō]] of [[Amegakure]] in order to receive help in claiming the title of Hokage, sending some of his forces to deal with [[Akatsuki]] but they were all wiped out by [[Nagato]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 446, page 13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 447, pages 6-11</ref> In the anime, it is revealed Danzō manipulated Hanzō into joining forces with him against Akatsuki, having brought him corpses of Ame shinobi claiming they were killed by Akatsuki. In truth, they were Root members disguised as Iwa shinobi that were killed during Nagato's rampage, originally being used to disrupt a peace treaty between Konohagakure and [[Iwagakure]] in his pursuit to strength Konohagakure. Once the two shinobi joined forces, Danzō approached Akatsuki as an Ame shinobi named {{translation|'''Kanzō'''|カンゾウ|Kanzō}}, informing them that Hanzō is allowing the group to make peace negotiations, which of course was a ruse concocted by the allied shinobi. He would later betray Hanzō at some point in history.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 531, page 14</ref>
   
[[File:Root and Kabuto.png|thumb|Danzo enlists Kabuto in Root.]]
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[[File:Kabuto joins Root.png|thumb|left|Danzō enlists Kabuto in Root.]]
At some point in time he also had [[Orochimaru]], who accompanied him with another Root shinobi to [[Konoha Orphanage]] where he strong-arms a former agent, [[Nonō]], to infiltrate [[Iwagakure]] and find out confirm the intel on what the village was planning and what it is. Soon after, Danzō notices [[Kabuto Yakushi]] spying from the window and decides to recruit the boy as well.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 583, pages 3-8</ref> However, in time, both Kabuto and Nonō become assets too dangerous to be left alive and Danzō tricks a brainwashed Nonō into killing Kabuto. However, though he sent Orochimaru to oversee no survivors, Danzō was unaware that his subordinate did not execute it and instead took Kabuto under his wing. Orochimaru also played a role in implanting [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA into his right arm, modifying his physical energy prior to the addition of ten Sharingan on the limb.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 11</ref>
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At some point in time he also had dealings with [[Orochimaru]], who accompanied him with another Root shinobi to [[Konoha Orphanage]] where he strong-arms a former agent, [[Nonō]], to infiltrate [[Iwagakure]] and confirm the intel on what the village was planning. Soon after, Danzō notices [[Kabuto Yakushi]] spying from the window and decides to recruit the boy as well.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 583, pages 3-8</ref> However, in time, both Kabuto and Nonō become assets too dangerous to be left alive and Danzō tricks a brainwashed Nonō into killing Kabuto. Danzō sent Orochimaru to ensure no survivors, however, he instead took Kabuto under his wing without Danzō's knowledge. Orochimaru also played a role in implanting [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA into his right arm, modifying his physical energy prior to the addition of ten Sharingan on the limb.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 11</ref> Later in the anime, when Hiruzen sought to end the bloodshed from the [[Third Shinobi World War]], Danzō voiced his disdain, feeling that a truce was spitting on the memory of all the Konoha shinobi who died so far. Understanding Danzō's pain, Hiruzen decided to take responsibility for the loss by stepping down as Hokage. At a meeting with the Land of Fire Council, Danzō strongly suggested that Orochimaru be made Fourth Hokage. Hiruzen, however, pointed out that Orochimaru had grown power-hungry and showed signs of sinister intent. Ultimately, [[Minato Namikaze]] was elected as Fourth Hokage unanimously, excluding Danzō who detested the idea, feeling that following Hiruzen's ideology will ultimately destroy Konoha.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 349</ref>
   
After [[Kurama]] [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|attacked]] Konoha, Danzō was one of the elders to suspect that the [[Uchiha clan]] was involved in this incident and supported relocating the clan to a secluded area of the village where they could easily be monitored. When word reached Konoha's leadership of a planned coup d’état by the Uchiha clan, Danzō took advantage of [[Itachi Uchiha]]'s pacifist tendencies and convinced him to provide him and the other elders with information of the clan's actions. When Hiruzen decided to end the coup diplomatically, Danzō secretly met with Itachi and inveigled him into choosing to [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|massacre]] his clan by presenting him with the option of killing them and sparing his younger brother, [[Sasuke Uchiha]] or having them all killed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 590, pages 8-10</ref> Itachi had no choice but to agree killing the Uchiha clan. Danzō also played a role in the death of [[Shisui Uchiha]], implanted his stolen right [[Sharingan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 13</ref> Soon after performing the deed, Itachi threatens to expose Konoha's secret to the other countries if Danzō ever harmed Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 400, page 13</ref> He met with [[Tobi]] around this time for as yet unknown reasons.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 474, page 12</ref>
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[[File:Danzō approaches Kakashi.png|thumb|right|Danzō asks Kakashi to join his forces.]]
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During the [[Kurama]]'s [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|attack on Konoha]], Danzō insisted that the Uchiha clan not be allowed to join the battle in fear that someone like [[Madara Uchiha]] would take advantage of the situation and capture the Nine-Tails. Ultimately, he convinced Hiruzen to have the Uchiha purely protect the citizens and avoid the Nine-Tails.<ref name="NS358">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 358</ref> After Kurama was stopped, Danzō was one of the elders to suspect that the [[Uchiha clan]] was involved in this incident and supported relocating the clan to a secluded area of the village where they could easily be monitored. With the Fourth Hokage sacrificing himself to seal away the Nine-Tails inside his [[Naruto Uzumaki|son]], Hiruzen humbly resumed his role as Third Hokage, much to Danzō disdain. After which, Danzō approached a grieving young [[Kakashi Hatake]], noting that it was Hiruzen's orders for the children, even high-ranking ninja like Kakashi, to not help battle the Nine-Tails, ultimately preventing Kakashi from possibly saving his sensei and his wife. Convincing an emotional Kakashi that Hiruzen was not best for the future of the village, Kakashi agreed to join Danzō's Root division and spy on Hiruzen for him.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 350</ref> Later, as the Third Hokage resumed his role, Danzō, no longer able to tolerate Hiruzen's overly-passive methods, sought to dispose of him. He sent several Root members to assassinate Hiruzen. However, a smug Danzō was soon approached by Hiruzen, who revealed that Kakashi informed him of the assassination attempt. As Danzō feared for his life knowing he would be executed for this treason, Hiruzen calmly chose to spare Danzō, keeping this event a secret on the condition Danzō agreed to dedicate his life to protecting the village. Quickly recomposing himself, Danzō plainly stated that Hiruzen's naive faith mercy would be his end one day, to which the Third admitted may be so. Later, Danzō met with Orochimaru, telling him about the recent events and insisted they not meet for a while in fear Hiruzen might realise that Danzō and Orochimaru were behind the abduction of several Konoha citizens, to which the Sannin voiced that Hiruzen probably already has his suspicions.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref>
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[[File:Danzo speaks with Kinoe.png|thumb|left|Danzō sends Kinoe to inform the clan.]]
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Later, Orochimaru's sinister actions was found out by the Third Hokage, forcing the Sannin to abandon Konoha. When Danzō learned of this, he knew Orochimaru would most likely go to their hideout with the [[Iburi clan]]. He sent Kinoe to inform the clan of Orochimaru's arrival.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 352</ref> Danzō's true goal was to have Kinoe capture Orochimaru, agreeing with Hiruzen that Orochimaru was too dangerous to let go rogue.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 353</ref> Over the years, Danzō continued to recruit new members of Root including [[Torune]] of the [[Aburame clan]].<ref name="Naruto: Shippūden episode 317" /> Three years after Orochimaru escaped the village, fearing that his stolen Sharingan eye would soon go blind from its overuse, Danzō sent Kinoe to steal the Sharingan of Kakashi as a replacement.<ref name="NS355">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref> Kinoe soon returned, having chose to abandon his mission, much to Danzō's fury. Reminding the young shinobi of his duties as a Root member, Kinoe insisted that they should not attack allies to Konoha, which Danzō proclaimed that Root's only true allies is its own and exists only to protect Konoha itself. Unable to accept Danzō's cold views, Kinoe spoke out, making his feelings known. Horrified to see how much Kinoe had changed, Danzō used his Sharingan to incapacitate Kinoe, having one of his men take Kinoe to have his [[Root Paralysis Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] activated. As Danzō arrived at the operating room, he discovered Kakashi freeing Kinoe and retreating with him. Danzō and his men soon surrounded the duo. As Kinoe was still under Danzō's command and Kakashi had trespassed on Root territory, Danzō had full authority to execute them. Before Danzō could act, the Third Hokage arrived, revealing that Kakashi was sent on his orders with a summoning request to be delivered to Danzō. No longer able to attack, Danzō faked ignorance of Hiruzen's letter and called off his men. Hiruzen then spoked to Danzō of Kinoe and his abilities. Insisting that Konoha need the Wood Release, Danzō agreed to hand over Kinoe to Hiruzen's command but chose to not remove Kinoe's cursed seal.<ref name="Naruto: Shippūden episode 356">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 356</ref> Three years later, a potential alliance between Konoha and the Land of Woods was made. While a team was sent to exchange secret scrolls with the Wood-nin as a sign of trust, a small team of Anbu, under Danzō's command, was sent to observe under the suspicion that the Wood-nin would betray Konoha, in which case, the Anbu were ordered to kill the Wood-nin. Danzō chose Kakashi, still having high respect for his abilities, and the new recruit Danzō recommended into Anbu, [[Itachi Uchiha]], as a two-man team for the mission.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 357</ref>
   
== Personality ==
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[[File:Torune joins Root.png|thumb|right|A young Torune meeting Danzō.]]
[[File:Danzo talking to Root members.png|thumb|left|Danzō as the head of Root.]]
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Two years later, when word reached Konoha's leadership of a planned coup d'état by the Uchiha clan, Danzō took advantage of Itachi Uchiha's pacifist tendencies and convinced him to provide him and the other elders with information of the clan's actions. Determined to protect the village in his own way, Danzō stole and implanted the right [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] of [[Shisui Uchiha]] shortly before his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 13</ref> When Hiruzen decided to end the coup diplomatically, Danzō secretly met with Itachi and inveigled him into choosing to [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|massacre]] his clan by presenting him with the option of killing them and sparing his younger brother, [[Sasuke Uchiha]] or having them all killed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 590, pages 8-10</ref> Itachi regretfully chose to agree to killing the Uchiha clan.
When he was younger, Danzō was a hot-headed and eager ninja with a strong desire to prove himself. As an adult, Danzō was a calm and collected individual who, like the Root members that served under him, did not allow his emotions to surface. Danzō's beliefs differed from those of the Hokage as he felt that the interests of the village should be placed above all else, even ethics and morals. Danzō seemed to hate the previous Hokage's beliefs stating those beliefs have destroyed the village after the [[Invasion of Pain]], despite that he seemed to still care for his friendship with Hiruzen, asking what he was to Hiruzen in his final moments and also using the attack as an attempt to overthrow Tsunade and leaving its citizens in peril as well as being responsible for Nagato's negative views of Konoha, which lead to its destruction.
 
   
An extremist, Danzō preferred to directly eliminate threats through assassination and execution rather than diplomacy and negotiation. Danzō possessed a fanatical adherence to the ideals of a shinobi, believing they must sacrifice absolutely everything for the village. However, Danzō himself feared death, believing he must live in order to help the world accustom itself to his ideas for peace.
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[[File:Hiruzen disbands Root.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen disbands Danzō's organisation.]]
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Soon after performing the deed, Danzō told everyone that Itachi had done this, having grown to despise his clan and even sought greater power by stealing Shisui's eyes. While everyone else believed this fabricated story, Hiruzen saw through Danzō's lie, voicing his disgust at Danzō's actions. While trying to justify his actions by saying it was for the village, Hiruzen retorted that the Uchiha was part of the village. No longer able to trust Danzō and his underhanded ways, Hiruzen immediately removed him from the Konoha Council and ordered for the Root division to be disbanded.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden'' episode 359</ref> Afterwards, Itachi, disguised as a Root member, approached Danzō threatens to expose Konoha's secrets to the other countries if Danzō ever harmed Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 400, page 13</ref> He met with [[Tobi]] around this time for as yet unknown reasons.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 474, page 12</ref> Over the years, despite his Root division being officially disbanded, Danzō continued to keep it secretly active.
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== Personality ==
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[[File:Danzo talking to Root members.png|thumb|Danzō as the head of Root.]]
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When he was younger, Danzō was a hot-headed and eager ninja with a strong desire to prove himself. He, after a long internal struggle, decided to volunteer himself to buy time for his team-mates, though [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] beat him to it.<ref name="Naruto chapter 481, page 7">''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 7</ref> As an adult, Danzō was a completely calm, cold and collected individual who did not allow his emotions to surface. Due to being raised in [[First Shinobi World War|times]] [[Second Shinobi World War|of]] [[Third Shinobi World War|war]], Danzō's beliefs differed from those of the Hokage as he felt that the interests of the village should be placed above all else, even ethics and morals. Danzō seemed to hate the previous Hokage's beliefs stating those beliefs have destroyed the village after the [[Invasion of Pain]], despite using the attack as an attempt to overthrow Tsunade and leaving its citizens in peril as well as being responsible for Nagato's negative perceptions of Konoha, which lead to its destruction. According to [[Koharu]], Danzō is very ambitious but she also stated that all he ever did was for the sake of the village. In the anime, he even attempted to have Hiruzen assassinated in the belief that the Third Hokage had lost the capacity to effectively lead the village. An extremist, Danzō preferred to directly eliminate threats through assassination and execution rather than diplomacy and negotiation. Danzō possessed a fanatical adherence to the ideals of a shinobi, believing they must sacrifice absolutely everything for the village. However, Danzō himself feared death, believing he must live in order to help the world accustom itself to his ideas for peace, which makes him a hypocrite on his own belief.
   
Despite his reputation as a "war hawk", Danzō ultimately sought peace for the ninja world, one he would achieve by uniting all shinobi forces under Konoha's control. As such, he sought the title of Hokage, waiting patiently for decades before an opportunity arose. To that end, he worked in the shadows to ensure that this future came to fruition. He used Root to eliminate potential threats to Konohagakure with or without the consent of the Hokage and to further him along the path to achieving that rank, as he believed he was best prepared for the "necessary" transition. Because of the nature of his actions, Danzō could not allow the details of what he had done to become public knowledge, and thus he branded members of Root with [[Danzō's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] to prevent them from revealing his secrets.
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Despite his reputation as a militarist, Danzō ultimately sought peace for the ninja world, one he would achieve by uniting all shinobi forces under Konoha's control. As such, he sought the title of Hokage, waiting patiently for decades before an opportunity arose. To that end, he worked in the shadows to ensure that this future came to fruition. He used Root to eliminate potential threats to Konohagakure with or without the consent of the Hokage and to further him along the path to achieving the position, as he believed he was best prepared for the "necessary" transition. Because of the nature of his actions, Danzō could not allow the details of what he had done to become public knowledge, and thus he branded members of Root with [[Danzō's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] to prevent them from revealing his secrets.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 452, page 8</ref> Danzō also views the members of Root as expendables pawns and shows no remorse in having them perform duties that could result in permanent injury as shown in his ordering Fū to gouge out Ao's Byakugan, despite the fact it would result in Fū losing his eye as well.
   
In spite of his amoral methods, Danzō had a sense of nobility and honour. He, after a long internal struggle, volunteered to buy time for his team-mates when they were younger, though [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] beat him to it. He reprimanded Sasuke for his hatred and violence against Konoha, saying that it had wasted both the sacrifice of the Uchiha and Itachi's own personal sacrifices. Like Hiruzen, he used the final moments of his life to help Konoha by trying to take Sasuke and Tobi with him.
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Danzō is also treacherous by nature, as shown in his betrayal of Hanzō despite their previous alliance. Likewise, should an "ally" prove too capable for his comfort, Danzō will see to their elimination, as he attempted to do with both [[Nonō]] and [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Itachi also believed Danzō had no intention of honouring his promise of sparing Sasuke when he accepted the mission to [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|massacre]] his own clan and had to threaten to leak Konoha's secrets to enemy villages and risk his own safety by returning to Konoha after Hiruzen's death to ensure Sasuke's safety. He was willing to do anything to further his physical and political powers, as shown in allowing himself to be experimented on with Hashirama's cells by Orochimaru in order to gain the power to control a [[tailed beast]] and extend his use of Izanagi. He also broke international law by [[Kotoamatsukami|manipulating]] Mifune into making him supreme commander of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]. Danzō also had no hesitation in stealing Shisui's right eye in order to gain access to [[Kotoamatsukami]] despite his unquestionable loyalty to Konoha over his own clan. Danzō is also shown to be extremely arrogant, as seen in his gloating during his final clash with Sasuke, believing he had won.
   
His fellow elders, [[Homura Mitokado]] and [[Koharu Utatane]], held Danzō in high regard, and often took his advice when dealing with the politics of the village. It is unknown how much they knew about his actions.
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Despite his self-righteous, amoral, and draconian methods, Danzō had a sense of nobility and dignity. He reprimanded Sasuke for his hatred and violence against Konoha, saying that it had wasted both the sacrifice of the Uchiha and Itachi's own personal sacrifices.<ref name="Naruto chapter 477, page 11">''Naruto'' chapter 477, page 11</ref> Like Hiruzen, he used the final moments of his life to help Konoha by trying to take Sasuke and Tobi with him. Despite his envy against the Third and their growing rivalry, he seemed to still care for his friendship with Hiruzen, reminiscing of his childhood memories with him and asking what he was to Hiruzen in his final moments.<ref name="Naruto chapter 481, page 12">''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 12</ref> His fellow elders, [[Homura Mitokado]] and [[Koharu Utatane]], held Danzō in high regard, and often took his advice when dealing with the politics of the village. It is unknown how much they knew about his actions.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:A Young Danzo.png|thumb|A young Danzō.]]
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[[File:A Young Danzo.png|thumb|left|A young Danzō.]]
Danzō appeared as a frail, old man, who would normally walk with a cane. He had black, shaggy hair, and his right eye was bandaged — concealing a Sharingan underneath. Danzō has had an x-shaped scar on his chin ever since his youth. He wore a white shirt, with a black or dark grey robe over the top of it covering from his feet, to just over his right shoulder. The robe conceals his right arm which was bandaged, and covered with [[Sealing Arm Braces|three big golden braces]]. The bandages hid ten more Sharingan embedded in his arm and the image of the [[First Hokage]]'s face jutting out of his right shoulder where Danzō integrated Hashirama's cells into his own body.
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Danzō appeared as a frail, old man, who would normally walk with a cane. He had black, shaggy hair, and his right eye was bandaged — concealing [[Shisui Uchiha#Mangekyō Sharingan|a Sharingan]] underneath. Danzō has had an x-shaped scar on his chin ever since his youth. He wore a white shirt, with a black or dark grey robe over the top of it covering from his feet, to just over his right shoulder. The robe conceals his right arm which was bandaged, and covered with [[Sealing Arm Braces|three big golden braces]]. The bandages hid ten more Sharingan embedded in his arm and the image of the [[First Hokage]]'s face jutting out of his right shoulder where Danzō integrated Hashirama's cells into his own body.
   
[[File:Danzou ANBU.png|thumb|left|An adult Danzō.]]
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[[File:Danzou ANBU.png|thumb|An adult Danzō.]]
In his youth Danzō had the same shaggy hairstyle, except it was much longer, reaching eye level. He also wore the standard armour of that era, which covered his back, chest areas leaving his sides armourless. With this he wore a black outfit with matching arm bands, shuriken holster and a pouch tied to his waist as well as a [[forehead protector]]. At that time, he still has both of his normal brown eyes. He hid the right eye with bandages by the time he united with [[Hanzō]] in their attack against [[Akatsuki]] led by [[Yahiko]], and wore a [[flak jacket]]. It was also shown that at least around the time of the [[Third Shinobi World War]], he wore a black, hooded trench coat and high-length sandals.
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In his youth Danzō was quite handsome. He had the same shaggy hairstyle, except it was much longer, reaching eye level. He also wore the standard armour of that era, which covered his back, chest areas and lower abdomen while leaving his shoulders armourless. With this he wore a black outfit with matching wrist guards, a shuriken holster on his right upper leg, a pouch tied to his waist with bandages, and a [[forehead protector]]. At that time, he still has both of his normal brown eyes. He hid the right eye with bandages by the time he united with [[Hanzō]] in their attack against [[Akatsuki]] led by [[Yahiko]], and wore a [[flak jacket]]. It was also shown that at least around the time of the [[Third Shinobi World War]], he wore a black, hooded trench coat and high-length sandals. As a child, Danzō was much shorter and his attire consisted of a short dark-green kimono tied with a sash.<ref name="Naruto chapter 481, page 12" /><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 211</ref>
 
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Danzō was a very powerful ninja, who even up until his death, was considered to be one of Konoha's best by the [[Konoha Council|elders]] Homura and Koharu.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 488, page 14</ref> Danzō was able to easily kill several would-be assassins and fight on par with [[Sasuke Uchiha]], despite his old age and Sasuke's extensive use of [[Susanoo]], all the while being unable to use [[Shisui]]'s Mangekyō Sharingan. He also had some amount of physical strength in his old age, being able to repel Karin with one kick.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 4</ref> Danzō was also quite fast and agile as he was able to catch Sasuke off-guard and, in the anime, was able to evade a large amount of debris falling on him.
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Danzō was a very powerful ninja, who even up until his death, was considered to be one of Konoha's best by the [[Konoha Council|elders]] Homura and Koharu.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 488, page 14</ref> Danzō was able to easily kill several would-be assassins and fight on par with [[Sasuke Uchiha]], despite holding back to fight [[Tobi]], his old age, and Sasuke's extensive use of [[Susanoo]], all the while being unable to use [[Shisui]]'s Mangekyō Sharingan. He was also able to use Izanagi to steal Shisui Uchiha's right eye despite the former's reputation as one of the [[Uchiha Clan]]'s strongest ninja.<ref name="NS358" />
   
Danzō was adept in both using and dispelling high-level [[genjutsu]], even ones such as Sasuke's — albeit inept — [[Tsukuyomi]].
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=== Body Modifications ===
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[[File:Danzo's Sharingan.png|thumb|left|Danzō's Sharingan.]]
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Danzō possessed [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s [[Sharingan]] in his right eye socket, which he normally kept concealed under bandages. Danzō has stated that Orochimaru's data could help with his eye; presumably wanting to increase his ability to use it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 454, page 17</ref> He was also very skilled at using the Sharingan, able to detect multiple assassins in an area.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, page 3</ref> He was also able to use [[Kotoamatsukami]]: the ultimate genjutsu of Shisui's [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], through which he could manipulate other people's thoughts without them being aware of it. This technique seemingly did not require direct eye contact, as demonstrated when Danzō manipulated Mifune's thoughts without exposing his Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, pages 14-15</ref> Danzō stated that it was not an ability he could use frequently.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 461, page 10</ref>
   
=== Implants and Related Abilities ===
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[[File:Danzo's arm.png|thumb|The cells of Hashirama forming a face along with ten Sharingan on Danzō's right arm.]]
[[File:Danzo's Sharingan.png|thumb|right|Danzō's Sharingan.]]
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Danzō's most fearsome trait resided in his right arm, which held a total of ten Sharingan embedded into it. The Sharingan in his right eye socket belonged to Shisui and [[Ao]] also noted that the colour of the chakra in his right arm was also that of Shisui's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 14</ref> He normally kept the arm hidden under bandages and a gauntlet-like seal, presumably to conserve chakra and keep the eyes and DNA in check. Although he could not see through the eyes or use their passive abilities, he was able to access the [[Izanagi]] technique, a technique forbidden even amongst the [[Uchiha clan]]. When the technique was activated, Danzō temporarily gained the [[Yin–Yang Release|power]] to turn his own body into a [[Yang Release|physical]] [[Yin Release|illusion]], which Danzō was capable of using to nullify any wound or injury he should receive from an opponent. This allowed him to survive otherwise fatal attacks while still retaining the ability to inflict physical harm to his opponent. Izanagi also gave him another benefit, after being "killed" Danzō would appear elsewhere away from danger. It was thanks to this technique that he was able to defeat Shisui. However, the side effect of the technique was that for every 60 seconds Izanagi remained activated Danzō would lose the use of one of his Sharingan. Also, even with Danzō's physical energy augmented by Hashirama's cells, it still took a substantial amount of chakra to sustain the technique. Danzō could also perform the Izanagi with Shisui's eye, but [[Tobi]] noted that Danzō might not want to throw the eye's special [[dōjutsu]] away.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 12</ref> Due to his lack of mastery over Hashirama's cells, Danzō's Izanagi is considered incomplete.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, page 12</ref>
Danzō possessed [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s [[Sharingan]] in his right eye socket, which he normally kept concealed under bandages. Danzō has stated that Orochimaru's data could help with his eye; presumably wanting to increase his ability to use it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 454, page 17</ref> He was also very skilled at using the Sharingan, able to detect multiple assassins in an area and then massacring them all.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, page 3</ref> He was also able to use [[Kotoamatsukami]]: the ability of Shisui's [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], through which he could manipulate other people's thoughts without them being aware of it. This technique seemingly did not require direct eye contact, as demonstrated when Danzō manipulated Mifune's thoughts without exposing his Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, pages 14-15</ref> Danzō stated that he could only use this technique once a day.
 
   
[[File:Danzo's arm.png|thumb|left|The cells of Hashirama forming a face along with ten Sharingan on Danzō's right arm.]]
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According to Tobi, Danzō's possession of both Uchiha and [[Senju]] DNA, most likely meant that he was after Naruto, with the goal of controlling the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 16</ref>
Danzō's most fearsome trait resided in his right arm, which held a total of ten Sharingan embedded into it. The Sharingan in his right eye socket belonged to Shisui and [[Ao]] also noted that the colour of the chakra in his right arm was also that of Shisui's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 14</ref> He normally kept the arm hidden under bandages and a gauntlet-like seal, presumably to conserve chakra and keep the eyes and DNA in check. Although he could not see through the eyes or use their passive abilities, he was able to access the [[Izanagi]] technique, a technique forbidden even amongst the [[Uchiha clan]]. When the technique was activated, Danzō temporarily gained the power to turn his own body into a physical illusion, which Danzō was capable of using to negate any wound or injury he should receive from an opponent. This allowed him to survive otherwise fatal attacks while still retaining the ability to inflict physical harm to his opponent. Izanagi also gave him another benefit, after being "killed" Danzō would appear elsewhere away from danger. However, the side effect of the technique was that for every 60 seconds Izanagi remained activated Danzō would lose the use of one of his Sharingan. Also, even with Danzō's physical energy augmented by Hashirama's cells, it still took a substantial amount of chakra to sustain the technique. Danzō could also perform the Izanagi with Shisui's eye, but [[Tobi]] noted that Danzō might not want to throw the eye's special [[dōjutsu]] away. Due to his lack of mastery over Hashirama's cells, Danzō's Izanagi is considered incomplete. The cells are also what allows his [[Kotoamatsukami]] to be recharged within one day after use, as without it, it would take a decade.
 
 
According to Tobi, Danzō's possession of both the Uchiha clan's and First Hokage's abilities most likely meant that he was after Naruto, with the goal of controlling the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 16</ref>
 
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
[[File:Vacuum Great Sphere.png|thumb|right|Danzō using Wind Release.]]
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[[File:Vacuum Great Sphere.png|thumb|left|Danzō using Wind Release.]]
Danzō was proficient with [[Wind Release]] [[nature transformation]]. He could exhale from his mouth powerful vacuum-based attacks that could either [[Wind Release: Vacuum Wave|slash like blades]] or [[Wind Release: Vacuum Sphere|pierce like bullets]]. He could also use Wind Release to [[Wind Release Stream|manoeuvre himself in mid-air]]. Danzō could also use [[Chakra Flow]] to enhance a [[kunai]]'s offensive power by [[Wind Release: Vacuum Blade|pouring his wind-natured chakra through it]] and in the anime, it was shown he could also add wind [[chakra]] to shuriken by holding it flat on his palm, and exhaling a stream of vacuum-like chakra onto the [[shuriken]] in a pin-wheel like fashion, turning them into massive buzz-saws. This greatly increases their attack range and cutting power when thrown. It should be noted that these shuriken do not lose their momentum when intercepted, and retain all their cutting power and range when blocked or redirected.
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Danzō was proficient with [[Wind Release]] [[nature transformation]]. He could exhale from his mouth powerful vacuum-based attacks that could either [[Wind Release: Vacuum Wave|slash like blades]] or [[Wind Release: Vacuum Sphere|pierce like bullets]] and if needed he could use [[Wind Release: Vacuum Serial Waves|enhanced]] or [[Wind Release Slash|localised]] [[Wind Release: Vacuum Great Sphere|versions]] of these techniques. He could also use Wind Release to [[Wind Release Stream|manoeuvre himself in mid-air]]. Danzō could also use [[chakra flow]] to enhance a [[kunai]]'s offensive power by [[Wind Release: Vacuum Blade|pouring his wind-natured chakra through it]] and in the anime, it was shown he could also add wind [[chakra]] to shuriken by holding it flat on his palm, and exhaling a stream of vacuum-like chakra onto the [[shuriken]] in a pin-wheel like fashion, turning them into massive buzz-saws. This greatly increases their attack range and cutting power when thrown. It should be noted that these shuriken do not lose their momentum when intercepted, and retain all their cutting power and range when blocked or redirected. When enhanced by his [[Baku]]'s suction, his Wind Release techniques become strong enough to pierce, then peel off, the defences of a complete [[Susanoo]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 479. pages 8-9</ref> He could also destroy the extremely durable defence of a [[Wood Release: Wood Locking Wall]] with a single barrage of [[Wind Release: Vacuum Balls]].<ref name="Naruto: Shippūden episode 356" />
   
[[File:Danzomokuton.png|thumb|left|Danzō using Wood Release to avoid Sasuke's Susanoo arrow.]]
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[[File:Danzomokuton.png|thumb|Danzō using Wood Release to avoid Sasuke's Susanoo arrow.]]
By having the [[First Hokage]]'s cells integrated into his right arm, Danzō was able to use [[Wood Release]]. The implanted cells also had the additional benefit of boosting Danzō's physical energy, allowing him to sustain eleven Sharingan at once. Performing Wood Release techniques took a significant toll on his chakra, prompting him to only use it when necessary. It also appeared that he could only use the Wood Release from his right, augmented arm, although he could do so without using hand seals. Due to his possession of the Wood Release, he might have also been capable of utilising the two elements that compose it: [[Earth Release|earth]] and [[Water Release|water]]. However, after suffering a [[Sword of Kusanagi: Chidori Katana|fatal wound]] during his battle against Sasuke Uchiha, Danzō lost control of Hashirama's cells, which began to rapidly grow into a large tree that threatened to engulf him completely. To prevent that, he broke off his right arm, causing him to lose this ability.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 10</ref>
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By having the [[First Hokage]]'s cells integrated into his right arm, Danzō was able to use [[Wood Release]]. The implanted cells also had the additional benefit of boosting Danzō's physical energy, allowing him to sustain eleven Sharingan at once. Performing Wood Release techniques, however, took a significant toll on his chakra. This combined with the fact that his overall skill with this technique was quite rudimentary, prompted him to only use it when necessary. It also appeared that he could only use the Wood Release from his right, augmented arm, although he could do so without using hand seals. Due to his possession of the Wood Release, he might have also been capable of utilising the two elements that compose it: [[earth]] and [[water]]. However, after suffering a [[Chidori Sharp Spear|fatal wound]] during his battle against Sasuke Uchiha, Danzō lost control of Hashirama's cells, which began to rapidly grow into a large tree that threatened to engulf him completely. To prevent that, he broke off his right arm, causing him to lose this ability.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 10</ref>
   
 
==== Fūinjutsu ====
 
==== Fūinjutsu ====
[[File:Danzō's Juinjutsu Seal.png|thumb|right|Danzō's juinjutsu activated.]]
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[[File:Danzō's Juinjutsu Seal.png|thumb|left|Danzō's juinjutsu activated.]]
Danzō had shown a high level of knowledge and skill when using [[fūinjutsu]] and [[cursed seal]]s. To prevent his secrets from being exposed, Danzō placed [[Danzō's Juinjutsu|binding seals]] on the tongues of every Root member. Should a Root member speak openly of [[Root]] and Danzō's activities, the seal would activate and instantly paralyse the member's body. The seals vanished when Danzō died. Danzō could also implement binding seals in battle, which was shown when he placed the seal on Sasuke, temporarily paralysing him. Lastly, upon his death, Danzō revealed his most powerful sealing technique, the [[Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Technique]]. The technique caused four seal symbols on Danzō's skin to exit from his body and forms a large sphere around him. Everything inside the sphere was then drawn in and imprisoned within his corpse. After the sealing was complete, the seals could still be seen on Danzō's body.
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Danzō had shown a high level of knowledge and skill when using [[fūinjutsu]] and [[cursed seal]]s. To prevent his secrets from being exposed, Danzō placed [[Root Paralysis Juinjutsu|binding seals]] on the tongues of every Root member. Should a Root member speak openly of [[Root]] and Danzō's activities, the seal would activate and instantly paralyse the member's body. The seals vanished when Danzō died. Danzō could also implement binding seals in battle, which was shown when he placed the seal on Sasuke, temporarily paralysing him. Lastly, upon his death, Danzō revealed his most powerful sealing technique, the [[Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Technique]]. The technique caused four seal symbols on Danzō's skin to exit from his body and forms a large sphere around him. Everything inside the sphere was then drawn in and imprisoned within his corpse. After the sealing was complete, the seals could still be seen on Danzō's body.
   
 
==== Summoning Technique ====
 
==== Summoning Technique ====
[[File:Baku Anime.png|thumb|left|Danzō's unique summon: Baku.]]
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[[File:Baku Anime.png|thumb|Danzō's unique summon: Baku.]]
Danzō had access to a very unique summoning, a giant tapir-like creature known as a [[Baku (summon)|Baku]], described as the "Nightmare-Eater". The creature had the ability to suck in objects and targets within the area in front of it. The Baku's suction could also be used to increase the power of Danzō's wind techniques. However, using the suction left the creature vulnerable against fire techniques.
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Danzō had access to a very unique [[summoning]], a giant tapir-like creature known as a [[Baku]], described as the "Nightmare-Eater". A creature of massive size, it had the ability to suck in objects and targets within the area in front of it. The Baku's suction could also be used to increase the power of Danzō's wind techniques. However, using the suction left the creature vulnerable against [[fire]] techniques.
 
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=== Other Skills ===
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Danzō was adept in both using and dispelling high-level [[genjutsu]], even from powerful Sharingan-users like Sasuke. He also had some skill in taijutsu and a decent amount of physical strength despite his old age, being able to repel Karin with one kick.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 4</ref> Danzō was also quite fast and agile as he was able to catch Sasuke off-guard and, in the anime, was able to evade a large amount of debris falling on him. Additionally Danzō was also skilled in the use of [[kenjutsu]], as seen when he used a sword on more than one occasion in the battles against the [[Prajñā Group]] and Sasuke.
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== Part I ==
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=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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In the anime, after seeing Hiruzen sacrifice himself using the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] to defeat Orochimaru during the [[invasion of Konoha]], Danzō decided to teach Sai how to use a [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet|powerful fūinjutsu]], in order to prevent the same from happening to himself. During the training, Danzō noted that Sai could use "emotional energy" to bolster the power of the attack, but warned the young man not to fall prey to his negative emotions.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref>
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Sai and Sasuke Arc ===
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=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
Danzō assigned [[Sai]] to [[Team Kakashi]] as part of a plan to secretly assassinate [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. To achieve that goal, Danzō had Sai made contact with [[Orochimaru]] in a ruse to make it seem he wanted to join forces with him to destroy Konoha. When Sai failed his mission but asked to remain with Team Kakashi, Danzō allowed him to do so while reminding the young man that emotions brought hatred, which in turn led to war.
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Danzō assigned [[Sai]] to [[Team Kakashi]] as part of a plan to secretly assassinate [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. To achieve that goal, Danzō had Sai make contact with [[Orochimaru]] in a ruse to make it seem he wanted to join forces with him to destroy Konoha. When Sai failed his mission but asked to remain with Team Kakashi, Danzō allowed him to do so while reminding the young man that emotions brought hatred, which in turn led to war.
   
 
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
 
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
In the anime, Danzō was shown being followed by [[ANBU]] agents, on Tsunade's orders, when he was to be briefed by [[Tatsuji]] — a spy of his in [[Amegakure]]. He and Tatsuji were apprehended by the ANBU and later questioned by Tsunade, although the interrogation was interrupted by [[Sora]], who was discovered eavesdropping.
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In the anime, Danzō was shown being followed by [[Anbu]] agents, on Tsunade's orders, when he was to be briefed by [[Tatsuji]] — a spy of his in [[Amegakure]]. He and Tatsuji were apprehended by the Anbu and later questioned by Tsunade, although the interrogation was interrupted by [[Sora]], who was discovered eavesdropping.
   
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
 
[[File:Council.png|thumb|The Fire Daimyō and the Konoha delegation meet.]]
 
[[File:Council.png|thumb|The Fire Daimyō and the Konoha delegation meet.]]
When [[Pain]] began his invasion of Konoha, Tsunade asked the [[toad]] [[Kōsuke]] to retrieve [[Naruto Uzumaki]] from [[Myōbokuzan]] to help defend the village. In the anime, Danzō went to [[Homura]] and [[Koharu]] to tell them that Tsunade was risking a the possible loss of the [[Fourth Hokage]]'s legacy and the [[Nine-Tails]] by calling Naruto back. In the manga however, Danzō waited until everyone had left the room and killed Kōsuke in an attempt to stop Naruto from returning, Danzō then gathered his Root ANBU and instructed them not to aid Konoha in the hopes that Pain's actions would end Tsunade's reign as Hokage. When asked if all the villagers would not then die, Danzō denied this, claiming that Tsunade's medical abilities would save most of them.
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When [[Pain]] began his invasion of Konoha, Tsunade asked the [[toad]] [[Kōsuke]] to retrieve [[Naruto Uzumaki]] from [[Myōbokuzan]] to help defend the village. In the anime, Danzō went to [[Homura]] and [[Koharu]] to tell them that Tsunade was risking the possible loss of the [[Fourth Hokage]]'s legacy and the [[Nine-Tails]] by calling Naruto back. In the manga however, Danzō waited until everyone had left the room and killed Kōsuke in an attempt to stop Naruto from returning, Danzō then gathered his Root Anbu and instructed them not to aid Konoha in the hopes that Pain's actions would end Tsunade's reign as Hokage. When asked if all the villagers would not then die, Danzō denied this, claiming that Tsunade's medical abilities would save most of them.
   
 
Following the invasion, leaders of the [[Land of Fire]] and Konoha gathered for an emergency meeting. Here, despite [[Shikaku Nara]]'s best efforts, Danzō convinced the [[Fire Daimyō|daimyō]] that previous Hokage's peaceful ideologies had made Konoha weak and presented himself as the type of leader the village currently needed to enforce the laws of shinobi and bring order to the world. After brief consideration, the daimyō agreed to appoint him as Sixth Hokage Candidate.
 
Following the invasion, leaders of the [[Land of Fire]] and Konoha gathered for an emergency meeting. Here, despite [[Shikaku Nara]]'s best efforts, Danzō convinced the [[Fire Daimyō|daimyō]] that previous Hokage's peaceful ideologies had made Konoha weak and presented himself as the type of leader the village currently needed to enforce the laws of shinobi and bring order to the world. After brief consideration, the daimyō agreed to appoint him as Sixth Hokage Candidate.
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=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
 
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
 
[[File:Danzo in Hokage wear.png|thumb|left|Danzō wearing the Hokage headpiece.]]
 
[[File:Danzo in Hokage wear.png|thumb|left|Danzō wearing the Hokage headpiece.]]
When Danzō returned from the meeting he received a letter from the [[Fourth Raikage]], informing him of the approaching [[Kage Summit]] and the actions of [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. As his first order, Danzō ordered Sasuke's execution for treason marking him as a [[missing-nin]]. Although he would have preferred confining Naruto to protect the Nine-Tails, Danzō was aware of Naruto's new-found popularity in the village following his defeat of [[Pain]] and settled to have Naruto watched by his agents at all times to ensure he could be made an officially Hokage. He also delayed [[Anko Mitarashi]]'s assassination while ordering his men to find [[Kabuto Yakushi]] instead, who was in possession of medical information that could help with his right eye and arm.
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When Danzō returned from the meeting he received a letter from the [[Fourth Raikage]], informing him of the approaching [[Kage Summit]] and the actions of [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. As his first order, Danzō ordered Sasuke's execution for treason marking him as a [[missing-nin]]. Although he would have preferred confining Naruto to protect the Nine-Tails, Danzō was aware of Naruto's new-found popularity in the village following his defeat of [[Pain]] and settled to have Naruto watched by his agents at all times to ensure he could be made an official Hokage. He also delayed [[Anko Mitarashi]]'s assassination while ordering his men to find [[Kabuto Yakushi]] instead, who was in possession of medical information that could help with his right eye and arm.
   
 
[[File:Kage Summit.png|thumb|right|The five Kage meeting.]]
 
[[File:Kage Summit.png|thumb|right|The five Kage meeting.]]
Danzō later departed for the Kage Summit with [[Torune]] and [[Fū (ANBU)|Fū]] as his bodyguards, revealing the [[Sharingan]] in his right eye socket when they were ambushed by [[Prajñā Group|remnant shinobi]] of the [[Land of Woods]] along the way. Upon arrival in the [[Land of Iron]] and the meeting's start, Danzō did not actively participate other than reporting to the other [[Kage]] of [[Tobi|"Madara Uchiha"]]'s involvement with Akatsuki. [[Mifune]] suggested that the five Kage form an alliance of their villages to eliminate Akatsuki with Danzō as its leader. As [[A]] accuses him and [[Akatsuki]], rather than Orochimaru, of staging the [[invasion of Konoha]] to dispose of Hiruzen and the [[Fourth Kazekage]], [[Ao]] exposes Danzō's [[Kotoamatsukami|manipulating]] Mifune before [[White Zetsu]] appeared and revealed that Sasuke was nearby. As [[A]] left to eliminate Sasuke, with Ao instructed to keep an eye on Danzō, who explained to the remaining Kage that his ultimate goal was to unify the shinobi nations under one empire, ending the possibility of future war between them.
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Danzō later departed for the Kage Summit with [[Torune]] and [[Fū (Anbu)|Fū]] as his bodyguards, revealing the [[Sharingan]] in his right eye socket when they were ambushed by [[Prajñā Group|remnant shinobi]] of the [[Land of Woods]] along the way. Upon arrival in the [[Land of Iron]] and the meeting's start, Danzō did not actively participate other than reporting to the other [[Kage]] of [[Tobi|"Madara Uchiha"]]'s involvement with Akatsuki. [[Mifune]] suggested that the five Kage form an alliance of their villages to eliminate Akatsuki with Danzō as its leader. As [[A]] accuses him and [[Akatsuki]], rather than Orochimaru, of staging the [[invasion of Konoha]] to dispose of Hiruzen and the [[Fourth Kazekage]], [[Ao]] exposes Danzō's [[Kotoamatsukami|manipulating]] Mifune before [[White Zetsu]] appeared and revealed that Sasuke was nearby. As [[A]] left to eliminate Sasuke, with Ao instructed to keep an eye on Danzō, who explained to the remaining Kage that his ultimate goal was to unify the shinobi nations under one empire, ending the possibility of future war between them.
   
 
When Sasuke arrived at their location, Danzō and his bodyguards used the opportunity to flee, with Ao in close pursuit. At some point during their escape, Danzō's party was beset by Black Zetsu's [[Spore Technique]], but managed to dispatch the clones. Danzō ordered Fū to stop Ao, and emphasised that the retrieval of his [[Byakugan]] was a top priority. Fū managed to throw Ao off their trail, but failed to retrieve the Byakugan.
 
When Sasuke arrived at their location, Danzō and his bodyguards used the opportunity to flee, with Ao in close pursuit. At some point during their escape, Danzō's party was beset by Black Zetsu's [[Spore Technique]], but managed to dispatch the clones. Danzō ordered Fū to stop Ao, and emphasised that the retrieval of his [[Byakugan]] was a top priority. Fū managed to throw Ao off their trail, but failed to retrieve the Byakugan.
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[[File:Sasuke Danzo Clash.jpg|thumb|Sasuke and Danzō strike simultaneously.]]
 
[[File:Sasuke Danzo Clash.jpg|thumb|Sasuke and Danzō strike simultaneously.]]
Despite his apparent death, Danzō was unharmed by Susanoo, as well as Sasuke's subsequent attacks. All the while Danzō goaded Sasuke by constantly talking about Itachi, prompting him to fully develop his Susanoo. Sasuke used Susanoo to fire an [[Susanoo Bow|arrow]] at Danzō, who was forced to use his [[Wood Release]] to divert the attack. Tobi, having been observing the battle, surmised that his use of Sharingan and Wood Release must mean that he planned to control the Nine-Tails as well, and that he was using [[Izanagi]], with the many Sharingan on his arm being sacrificed one-by-one to escape death. When he was finally reduced to one, Danzō and Sasuke prepared one final attack breathing [[wind]]-natured chakra onto a kunai creating a blade, Danzō prepared to clash with Sasuke's [[Chidori Sharp Spear]].
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Despite his apparent death, Danzō was unharmed by Susanoo, as well as Sasuke's subsequent attacks. All the while Danzō goaded Sasuke by constantly talking about Itachi, prompting him to fully develop his Susanoo. Sasuke used Susanoo to fire an [[Susanoo Bow|arrow]] at Danzō, who was forced to use his [[Wood Release]] to divert the attack. Tobi, having been observing the battle, surmised that his use of Sharingan and Wood Release must mean that he planned to control the Nine-Tails as well, and that he was using [[Izanagi]], with the many Sharingan on his arm being sacrificed one-by-one to escape death. When he was finally reduced to one, Danzō and Sasuke prepared one final attack breathing [[wind]]-natured chakra onto a kunai creating a blade, Danzō prepared to clash with Sasuke's [[Chidori Sharp Spear]].
   
 
[[File:Sasuke stabs Karin and Danzo.png|thumb|left|Sasuke stabs Karin and Danzō.]]
 
[[File:Sasuke stabs Karin and Danzo.png|thumb|left|Sasuke stabs Karin and Danzō.]]
Danzō believed that he had won and told Sasuke to go and join Itachi, before realising that Sasuke's [[genjutsu]] tricked him into thinking he has one more eye left to evade the impalement. His depleted chakra levels, coupled with his new injury, caused him to lose control of his wood abilities and he was forced to sever his arm before he was turned into a giant tree. Refusing to accept defeat, Danzō takes [[Karin]] as a hostage and prepared to use Shisui's eye before Sasuke extended a [[Chidori Sharp Spear]] through Karin to stab Danzō heart.
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Danzō believed that he had won and told Sasuke to go and join Itachi, before realising that Sasuke's [[genjutsu]] tricked him into thinking he has one more eye left to evade the impalement. His depleted chakra levels, coupled with his new injury, caused him to lose control of his wood abilities and he was forced to sever his arm before he was turned into a giant tree. Refusing to accept defeat, Danzō takes [[Karin]] as a hostage and prepared to use Shisui's eye before Sasuke extended a [[Chidori Sharp Spear]] through Karin to stab Danzō's heart.
   
 
[[File:Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Jutsu 1.png||thumb|Danzō's final attempt to eliminate Sasuke and Tobi.]]
 
[[File:Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Jutsu 1.png||thumb|Danzō's final attempt to eliminate Sasuke and Tobi.]]
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== Legacy ==
 
== Legacy ==
Though the true extent to which Danzō has both influenced and protected the ninja world will remain predominantly unknown, certain people, especially those in Root remain adamant that if it were not for Danzō and his actions, peace would not have been maintained for so long. He made it a point to eradicate any opposition to Konoha that would destroy the peace that the village enjoyed. As his final act in protecting the village, he attempted to kill [[Sasuke Uchiha]] — a [[missing-nin]] from the village as well as [[Tobi]] — the leader of the criminal organisation [[Akatsuki]]. Unsuccessful in this however, in order to thwart Tobi's plans, Danzō crushed [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s Sharingan before dying. Though he has done a great deal in the way of protecting Konoha, Danzō would be remembered as only a manipulative and duplicitous war-hawk with a militant perspective due to his many known or unknown amoral actions which has also put Konohagakure in grave jeopardy, one situation in particular is Sasuke's insatiable ambition of revenge for the demise of the Uchiha Clan.
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Though the true extent to which Danzō has both influenced and protected the ninja world will remain predominantly unknown, certain people especially those in Root remain adamant that if it were not for Danzō and his actions, peace would not have been maintained for so long. He made it a point to eradicate any opposition to Konoha that would destroy the peace that the village enjoyed. As his final act in protecting the village, he attempted to kill [[Sasuke Uchiha]] — a [[missing-nin]] from the village as well as [[Tobi]] — the mastermind of the terrorist organisation [[Akatsuki]]. Unsuccessful in this however, in order to thwart Tobi's plans, Danzō crushed [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s Sharingan before dying. Though he has done a great deal in the way of protecting Konoha, Danzō would be remembered as a manipulative and duplicitous war-hawk with a militant perspective born from the era of the Three Great Wars due to his many known or unknown amoral actions which has also put [[Konohagakure]] in grave jeopardy. One situation in particular was spearheading the demise of the [[Uchiha clan]] and thus is responsible for Sasuke's insatiable ambition of revenge on the village itself. Danzō's actions in this case did help avoid the potential bloodshed that the Uchiha clan was already committed to beginning, which Sarutobi had failed to stop diplomatically. In an ironic turn of events, Sasuke had later unwittingly taken up many of Danzō's traits after deciding to protect the village, proclaiming that he would change the system of shinobi that he considers the source of all the chaos the ninja world has endured.
   
 
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* Danzō's relationship with Hiruzen Sarutobi was very much like Naruto's rivalry with Sasuke, where Danzō felt that Hiruzen was always "one step ahead of him" in every way.
 
* Danzō's relationship with Hiruzen Sarutobi was very much like Naruto's rivalry with Sasuke, where Danzō felt that Hiruzen was always "one step ahead of him" in every way.
 
* Although a well-intentioned extremist, Danzō's actions have ironically enough made him a primary catalyst for the formation of the villainous world views of both [[Nagato]] and [[Kabuto Yakushi]], as evidenced by their flashbacks. This also made him the reason for many of the protagonists' troubles throughout much of the story, most particular is the eventual rise of Sasuke's bitter and merciless vendetta against Konohagakure.
 
* Although a well-intentioned extremist, Danzō's actions have ironically enough made him a primary catalyst for the formation of the villainous world views of both [[Nagato]] and [[Kabuto Yakushi]], as evidenced by their flashbacks. This also made him the reason for many of the protagonists' troubles throughout much of the story, most particular is the eventual rise of Sasuke's bitter and merciless vendetta against Konohagakure.
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* Danzō's death is similar to Deidara's, as both involve last ditch efforts against Sasuke Uchiha.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Danzō show that he was 146cm around the time the Valley of the End was created, and 168cm when Tobirama died.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
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** Danzō's hobbies were appreciating famous pictures, and keeping diaries.
 
** Danzō's hobbies were appreciating famous pictures, and keeping diaries.
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== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Hiruzen]]) "''My father and grandfather died in battle as ninja. Self-sacrifice is a ninja's duty.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 7</ref>
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* (To [[Hiruzen]]) "''My father and grandfather died in battle as ninja. Self-sacrifice is a ninja's duty.''"<ref name="Naruto chapter 481, page 7" />
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* (To Kinoe) "''The world of the shinobi is filled with a myriad of techniques. You cannot compete with just one power. We must master various techniques and use those powers to unite the shinobi world.''"<ref name="NS355" />
 
* (To [[Sai]]) "''Emotions lead one to hate… and hate leads one to conflict and war…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 310, page 12</ref>
 
* (To [[Sai]]) "''Emotions lead one to hate… and hate leads one to conflict and war…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 310, page 12</ref>
* (Danzō on not being well known in the ninja world) "''The ninja world is an ascetic world. To remain anonymous is a source of pride. But by controlling both the surface and underground, one can truly strengthen the village and nation. I will make certain that this summit is a success and that I am recognised as Hokage. Then the jōnin will have no choice but to accept me as Hokage. My era has finally come.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 556, page 6</ref>
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* (Danzō on not being well known in the ninja world) "''The ninja world is an ascetic world. To remain anonymous is a source of pride. But by controlling both the surface and underground, one can truly strengthen the village and nation. I will make certain that this summit is a success and that I am recognised as Hokage. Then the jōnin will have no choice but to accept me as Hokage. My era has finally come.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, page 8</ref>
* "''To be a shinobi is to sacrifice oneself. Closing your eyes to the sunlight, distinguishing yourself in the shadows. That is the true form of ninja. Many ninja have died like that… Itachi is not the only one. Niceties… will not make the world go 'round. It's thanks… to people like that… that we have been able to maintain peace.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 476, page 19</ref>
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* (To [[Sasuke]]) "''Self sacrifice, that's what epitomises a shinobi. Never seeing the light of day, toiling in the shadows. That's the way of a true shinobi and not just Itachi. Countless shinobi have died the same way. This world could not function on ideals and pleasantries. It's thanks to people like him that peace has been maintained.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 476, page 19</ref>
* (To [[Sasuke]]) "''You may have the same eyes as your brother, but you perceive things differently. You do not value Itachi's sacrifice. Instead you just throw your anger at anything and everything. You have wasted the Uchiha clan's sacrifice.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 477, page 11</ref>
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* (To Sasuke) "''Two brothers, whose abilities are identical. How could what your eyes perceive be so different. The truth about Itachi isn't important to you at all. Instead you simply want to destroy everything with your hatred. All you're doing is making the sacrifice of the Uchiha clan meaningless.''"<ref name="Naruto chapter 477, page 11" />
* (To Sasuke) "''It's not my life I'm worried about. This is for Konoha… for the ninja world… I can't die now… I'll… do anything… to survive. I… am the only one… who can change this world… this girl will be sacrificed for that.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 13</ref>
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* (To Sasuke) "''It's not my life I'm worried about. This is for Konoha… for the ninja world… I can't die now… I'll… do anything… to survive. I… am the only one… who can change this world… [[Karin|this girl]] will be sacrificed for that.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 13</ref>
* (Last words) "''Hiruzen… it looks like it's my turn next… but I… never did become Hokage… no matter how far I went I could never catch up with you… you are the leaves bathing in the sun. I…. am the roots that grow in the dark.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 12</ref>
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* (Last words) "''Hiruzen… it looks like it's my turn next… but I… never did become Hokage… no matter how far I went I could never catch up with you… you are the leaves bathing in the sun. I…. am the roots that grow in the dark.''"<ref name="Naruto chapter 481, page 12" />
   
 
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Danzō Shimura

(志村ダンゾウ, Shimura Danzō)

  • The Darkness of the Shinobi (忍の闇, Shinobi no Yami; English TV "The Shinobi of Darkness")[2]
  • Sixth Hokage Candidate (六代目火影候補, Rokudaime Hokage Kōho)
  • Kanzō (カンゾウ, Kanzō)[3]
Debut
Manga Chapter #281
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #32
Game Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Capricorn January 6 searchgray_iconsmall.png
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part II: 72-73
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 170 cm1.7 m
    5.577 ft
    66.929 in
Weight
  • Part II: 52.7 kg116.184 lb
Blood type AB
Kekkei Genkai
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 000272
Nature Type
Jutsu

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Danzō Shimura (志村ダンゾウ, Shimura Danzō) was an elder of Konohagakure. As the founder and leader of Root, Danzō gained notoriety as The Darkness of the Shinobi (忍の闇, Shinobi no Yami; English TV "The Shinobi of Darkness")[2] because of his frequent unsanctioned actions and his often-suspected (but rarely proven) undermining of specific Konoha personnel. Despite his decades of suspicious deeds, Danzō only ever acted in what he believed were the village's best interests, a loyalty that secured his appointment as Sixth Hokage Candidate (六代目火影候補, Rokudaime Hokage Kōho; Literally meaning "Sixth Fire Shadow Candidate") just before his death.

Background Edit

Danzō and Hiruzen as children

Danzō and Hiruzen when they were children.

In his youth, Danzō was good friends with Hiruzen Sarutobi. However, Danzō always felt inferior to Hiruzen, harbouring a desire to surpass him. Shortly after the foundation of the village, Hiruzen and Danzō spar, while a few of their future teammates watches on. During the First Shinobi World War, Danzō, along with his team-mates: Kagami Uchiha and Torifu Akimichi, as well as Hiruzen and his team-mates: Koharu Utatane and Homura Mitokado, formed a squad led by the Second Hokage. At some point, the team was pursued by Kumogakure's Kinkaku Squad, realising that one of them would need to sacrifice themselves as a decoy to ensure the others' safety. Hoping to die for his companions, just as his father and grandfather had, Danzō tried to volunteer but was paralysed with fear at the prospect of dying, allowing Hiruzen to volunteer before he could compose himself. Angry that Hiruzen had once again beaten him, Danzō began to protest before the Second Hokage decided to be the decoy instead while appointing Hiruzen as his successor.

Hanzo and Danzo

Danzō manipulates Hanzō into an alliance against Akatsuki.

With Hiruzen having beaten him to the title of Hokage, Danzō began planning to someday attain the title himself.[4] Taking up the village's more clandestine operations — something that Hiruzen noted because of his own indulgence, he allowed Danzō to do[5] — he created the Anbu subsidiary named Root. Within this group, Danzō himself hand-picked various young shinobi with noticeable potential to join, such as of the Yamanaka clan.[6] During the Third Shinobi World War, Danzō agreed to help Hanzō of Amegakure in order to receive help in claiming the title of Hokage, sending some of his forces to deal with Akatsuki but they were all wiped out by Nagato.[7][8] In the anime, it is revealed Danzō manipulated Hanzō into joining forces with him against Akatsuki, having brought him corpses of Ame shinobi claiming they were killed by Akatsuki. In truth, they were Root members disguised as Iwa shinobi that were killed during Nagato's rampage, originally being used to disrupt a peace treaty between Konohagakure and Iwagakure in his pursuit to strength Konohagakure. Once the two shinobi joined forces, Danzō approached Akatsuki as an Ame shinobi named Kanzō (カンゾウ, Kanzō), informing them that Hanzō is allowing the group to make peace negotiations, which of course was a ruse concocted by the allied shinobi. He would later betray Hanzō at some point in history.[9]

Kabuto joins Root

Danzō enlists Kabuto in Root.

At some point in time he also had dealings with Orochimaru, who accompanied him with another Root shinobi to Konoha Orphanage where he strong-arms a former agent, Nonō, to infiltrate Iwagakure and confirm the intel on what the village was planning. Soon after, Danzō notices Kabuto Yakushi spying from the window and decides to recruit the boy as well.[10] However, in time, both Kabuto and Nonō become assets too dangerous to be left alive and Danzō tricks a brainwashed Nonō into killing Kabuto. Danzō sent Orochimaru to ensure no survivors, however, he instead took Kabuto under his wing without Danzō's knowledge. Orochimaru also played a role in implanting Hashirama Senju's DNA into his right arm, modifying his physical energy prior to the addition of ten Sharingan on the limb.[11] Later in the anime, when Hiruzen sought to end the bloodshed from the Third Shinobi World War, Danzō voiced his disdain, feeling that a truce was spitting on the memory of all the Konoha shinobi who died so far. Understanding Danzō's pain, Hiruzen decided to take responsibility for the loss by stepping down as Hokage. At a meeting with the Land of Fire Council, Danzō strongly suggested that Orochimaru be made Fourth Hokage. Hiruzen, however, pointed out that Orochimaru had grown power-hungry and showed signs of sinister intent. Ultimately, Minato Namikaze was elected as Fourth Hokage unanimously, excluding Danzō who detested the idea, feeling that following Hiruzen's ideology will ultimately destroy Konoha.[12]

Danzō approaches Kakashi

Danzō asks Kakashi to join his forces.

During the Kurama's attack on Konoha, Danzō insisted that the Uchiha clan not be allowed to join the battle in fear that someone like Madara Uchiha would take advantage of the situation and capture the Nine-Tails. Ultimately, he convinced Hiruzen to have the Uchiha purely protect the citizens and avoid the Nine-Tails.[13] After Kurama was stopped, Danzō was one of the elders to suspect that the Uchiha clan was involved in this incident and supported relocating the clan to a secluded area of the village where they could easily be monitored. With the Fourth Hokage sacrificing himself to seal away the Nine-Tails inside his son, Hiruzen humbly resumed his role as Third Hokage, much to Danzō disdain. After which, Danzō approached a grieving young Kakashi Hatake, noting that it was Hiruzen's orders for the children, even high-ranking ninja like Kakashi, to not help battle the Nine-Tails, ultimately preventing Kakashi from possibly saving his sensei and his wife. Convincing an emotional Kakashi that Hiruzen was not best for the future of the village, Kakashi agreed to join Danzō's Root division and spy on Hiruzen for him.[14] Later, as the Third Hokage resumed his role, Danzō, no longer able to tolerate Hiruzen's overly-passive methods, sought to dispose of him. He sent several Root members to assassinate Hiruzen. However, a smug Danzō was soon approached by Hiruzen, who revealed that Kakashi informed him of the assassination attempt. As Danzō feared for his life knowing he would be executed for this treason, Hiruzen calmly chose to spare Danzō, keeping this event a secret on the condition Danzō agreed to dedicate his life to protecting the village. Quickly recomposing himself, Danzō plainly stated that Hiruzen's naive faith mercy would be his end one day, to which the Third admitted may be so. Later, Danzō met with Orochimaru, telling him about the recent events and insisted they not meet for a while in fear Hiruzen might realise that Danzō and Orochimaru were behind the abduction of several Konoha citizens, to which the Sannin voiced that Hiruzen probably already has his suspicions.[15]

Danzo speaks with Kinoe

Danzō sends Kinoe to inform the clan.

Later, Orochimaru's sinister actions was found out by the Third Hokage, forcing the Sannin to abandon Konoha. When Danzō learned of this, he knew Orochimaru would most likely go to their hideout with the Iburi clan. He sent Kinoe to inform the clan of Orochimaru's arrival.[16] Danzō's true goal was to have Kinoe capture Orochimaru, agreeing with Hiruzen that Orochimaru was too dangerous to let go rogue.[17] Over the years, Danzō continued to recruit new members of Root including Torune of the Aburame clan.[6] Three years after Orochimaru escaped the village, fearing that his stolen Sharingan eye would soon go blind from its overuse, Danzō sent Kinoe to steal the Sharingan of Kakashi as a replacement.[18] Kinoe soon returned, having chose to abandon his mission, much to Danzō's fury. Reminding the young shinobi of his duties as a Root member, Kinoe insisted that they should not attack allies to Konoha, which Danzō proclaimed that Root's only true allies is its own and exists only to protect Konoha itself. Unable to accept Danzō's cold views, Kinoe spoke out, making his feelings known. Horrified to see how much Kinoe had changed, Danzō used his Sharingan to incapacitate Kinoe, having one of his men take Kinoe to have his cursed seal activated. As Danzō arrived at the operating room, he discovered Kakashi freeing Kinoe and retreating with him. Danzō and his men soon surrounded the duo. As Kinoe was still under Danzō's command and Kakashi had trespassed on Root territory, Danzō had full authority to execute them. Before Danzō could act, the Third Hokage arrived, revealing that Kakashi was sent on his orders with a summoning request to be delivered to Danzō. No longer able to attack, Danzō faked ignorance of Hiruzen's letter and called off his men. Hiruzen then spoked to Danzō of Kinoe and his abilities. Insisting that Konoha need the Wood Release, Danzō agreed to hand over Kinoe to Hiruzen's command but chose to not remove Kinoe's cursed seal.[19] Three years later, a potential alliance between Konoha and the Land of Woods was made. While a team was sent to exchange secret scrolls with the Wood-nin as a sign of trust, a small team of Anbu, under Danzō's command, was sent to observe under the suspicion that the Wood-nin would betray Konoha, in which case, the Anbu were ordered to kill the Wood-nin. Danzō chose Kakashi, still having high respect for his abilities, and the new recruit Danzō recommended into Anbu, Itachi Uchiha, as a two-man team for the mission.[20]

Torune joins Root

A young Torune meeting Danzō.

Two years later, when word reached Konoha's leadership of a planned coup d'état by the Uchiha clan, Danzō took advantage of Itachi Uchiha's pacifist tendencies and convinced him to provide him and the other elders with information of the clan's actions. Determined to protect the village in his own way, Danzō stole and implanted the right Mangekyō Sharingan of Shisui Uchiha shortly before his death.[21] When Hiruzen decided to end the coup diplomatically, Danzō secretly met with Itachi and inveigled him into choosing to massacre his clan by presenting him with the option of killing them and sparing his younger brother, Sasuke Uchiha or having them all killed.[22] Itachi regretfully chose to agree to killing the Uchiha clan.

Hiruzen disbands Root

Hiruzen disbands Danzō's organisation.

Soon after performing the deed, Danzō told everyone that Itachi had done this, having grown to despise his clan and even sought greater power by stealing Shisui's eyes. While everyone else believed this fabricated story, Hiruzen saw through Danzō's lie, voicing his disgust at Danzō's actions. While trying to justify his actions by saying it was for the village, Hiruzen retorted that the Uchiha was part of the village. No longer able to trust Danzō and his underhanded ways, Hiruzen immediately removed him from the Konoha Council and ordered for the Root division to be disbanded.[23] Afterwards, Itachi, disguised as a Root member, approached Danzō threatens to expose Konoha's secrets to the other countries if Danzō ever harmed Sasuke.[24] He met with Tobi around this time for as yet unknown reasons.[25] Over the years, despite his Root division being officially disbanded, Danzō continued to keep it secretly active.

Personality Edit

Danzo talking to Root members

Danzō as the head of Root.

When he was younger, Danzō was a hot-headed and eager ninja with a strong desire to prove himself. He, after a long internal struggle, decided to volunteer himself to buy time for his team-mates, though Hiruzen Sarutobi beat him to it.[26] As an adult, Danzō was a completely calm, cold and collected individual who did not allow his emotions to surface. Due to being raised in times of war, Danzō's beliefs differed from those of the Hokage as he felt that the interests of the village should be placed above all else, even ethics and morals. Danzō seemed to hate the previous Hokage's beliefs stating those beliefs have destroyed the village after the Invasion of Pain, despite using the attack as an attempt to overthrow Tsunade and leaving its citizens in peril as well as being responsible for Nagato's negative perceptions of Konoha, which lead to its destruction. According to Koharu, Danzō is very ambitious but she also stated that all he ever did was for the sake of the village. In the anime, he even attempted to have Hiruzen assassinated in the belief that the Third Hokage had lost the capacity to effectively lead the village. An extremist, Danzō preferred to directly eliminate threats through assassination and execution rather than diplomacy and negotiation. Danzō possessed a fanatical adherence to the ideals of a shinobi, believing they must sacrifice absolutely everything for the village. However, Danzō himself feared death, believing he must live in order to help the world accustom itself to his ideas for peace, which makes him a hypocrite on his own belief.

Despite his reputation as a militarist, Danzō ultimately sought peace for the ninja world, one he would achieve by uniting all shinobi forces under Konoha's control. As such, he sought the title of Hokage, waiting patiently for decades before an opportunity arose. To that end, he worked in the shadows to ensure that this future came to fruition. He used Root to eliminate potential threats to Konohagakure with or without the consent of the Hokage and to further him along the path to achieving the position, as he believed he was best prepared for the "necessary" transition. Because of the nature of his actions, Danzō could not allow the details of what he had done to become public knowledge, and thus he branded members of Root with cursed seals to prevent them from revealing his secrets.[27] Danzō also views the members of Root as expendables pawns and shows no remorse in having them perform duties that could result in permanent injury as shown in his ordering Fū to gouge out Ao's Byakugan, despite the fact it would result in Fū losing his eye as well.

Danzō is also treacherous by nature, as shown in his betrayal of Hanzō despite their previous alliance. Likewise, should an "ally" prove too capable for his comfort, Danzō will see to their elimination, as he attempted to do with both Nonō and Kabuto Yakushi. Itachi also believed Danzō had no intention of honouring his promise of sparing Sasuke when he accepted the mission to massacre his own clan and had to threaten to leak Konoha's secrets to enemy villages and risk his own safety by returning to Konoha after Hiruzen's death to ensure Sasuke's safety. He was willing to do anything to further his physical and political powers, as shown in allowing himself to be experimented on with Hashirama's cells by Orochimaru in order to gain the power to control a tailed beast and extend his use of Izanagi. He also broke international law by manipulating Mifune into making him supreme commander of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Danzō also had no hesitation in stealing Shisui's right eye in order to gain access to Kotoamatsukami despite his unquestionable loyalty to Konoha over his own clan. Danzō is also shown to be extremely arrogant, as seen in his gloating during his final clash with Sasuke, believing he had won.

Despite his self-righteous, amoral, and draconian methods, Danzō had a sense of nobility and dignity. He reprimanded Sasuke for his hatred and violence against Konoha, saying that it had wasted both the sacrifice of the Uchiha and Itachi's own personal sacrifices.[28] Like Hiruzen, he used the final moments of his life to help Konoha by trying to take Sasuke and Tobi with him. Despite his envy against the Third and their growing rivalry, he seemed to still care for his friendship with Hiruzen, reminiscing of his childhood memories with him and asking what he was to Hiruzen in his final moments.[29] His fellow elders, Homura Mitokado and Koharu Utatane, held Danzō in high regard, and often took his advice when dealing with the politics of the village. It is unknown how much they knew about his actions.

Appearance Edit

A Young Danzo

A young Danzō.

Danzō appeared as a frail, old man, who would normally walk with a cane. He had black, shaggy hair, and his right eye was bandaged — concealing a Sharingan underneath. Danzō has had an x-shaped scar on his chin ever since his youth. He wore a white shirt, with a black or dark grey robe over the top of it covering from his feet, to just over his right shoulder. The robe conceals his right arm which was bandaged, and covered with three big golden braces. The bandages hid ten more Sharingan embedded in his arm and the image of the First Hokage's face jutting out of his right shoulder where Danzō integrated Hashirama's cells into his own body.

Danzou ANBU

An adult Danzō.

In his youth Danzō was quite handsome. He had the same shaggy hairstyle, except it was much longer, reaching eye level. He also wore the standard armour of that era, which covered his back, chest areas and lower abdomen while leaving his shoulders armourless. With this he wore a black outfit with matching wrist guards, a shuriken holster on his right upper leg, a pouch tied to his waist with bandages, and a forehead protector. At that time, he still has both of his normal brown eyes. He hid the right eye with bandages by the time he united with Hanzō in their attack against Akatsuki led by Yahiko, and wore a flak jacket. It was also shown that at least around the time of the Third Shinobi World War, he wore a black, hooded trench coat and high-length sandals. As a child, Danzō was much shorter and his attire consisted of a short dark-green kimono tied with a sash.[29][30]

Abilities Edit

Danzō was a very powerful ninja, who even up until his death, was considered to be one of Konoha's best by the elders Homura and Koharu.[31] Danzō was able to easily kill several would-be assassins and fight on par with Sasuke Uchiha, despite holding back to fight Tobi, his old age, and Sasuke's extensive use of Susanoo, all the while being unable to use Shisui's Mangekyō Sharingan. He was also able to use Izanagi to steal Shisui Uchiha's right eye despite the former's reputation as one of the Uchiha Clan's strongest ninja.[13]

Body Modifications Edit

Danzo's Sharingan

Danzō's Sharingan.

Danzō possessed Shisui Uchiha's Sharingan in his right eye socket, which he normally kept concealed under bandages. Danzō has stated that Orochimaru's data could help with his eye; presumably wanting to increase his ability to use it.[32] He was also very skilled at using the Sharingan, able to detect multiple assassins in an area.[33] He was also able to use Kotoamatsukami: the ultimate genjutsu of Shisui's Mangekyō Sharingan, through which he could manipulate other people's thoughts without them being aware of it. This technique seemingly did not require direct eye contact, as demonstrated when Danzō manipulated Mifune's thoughts without exposing his Sharingan.[34] Danzō stated that it was not an ability he could use frequently.[35]

Danzo's arm

The cells of Hashirama forming a face along with ten Sharingan on Danzō's right arm.

Danzō's most fearsome trait resided in his right arm, which held a total of ten Sharingan embedded into it. The Sharingan in his right eye socket belonged to Shisui and Ao also noted that the colour of the chakra in his right arm was also that of Shisui's.[36] He normally kept the arm hidden under bandages and a gauntlet-like seal, presumably to conserve chakra and keep the eyes and DNA in check. Although he could not see through the eyes or use their passive abilities, he was able to access the Izanagi technique, a technique forbidden even amongst the Uchiha clan. When the technique was activated, Danzō temporarily gained the power to turn his own body into a physical illusion, which Danzō was capable of using to nullify any wound or injury he should receive from an opponent. This allowed him to survive otherwise fatal attacks while still retaining the ability to inflict physical harm to his opponent. Izanagi also gave him another benefit, after being "killed" Danzō would appear elsewhere away from danger. It was thanks to this technique that he was able to defeat Shisui. However, the side effect of the technique was that for every 60 seconds Izanagi remained activated Danzō would lose the use of one of his Sharingan. Also, even with Danzō's physical energy augmented by Hashirama's cells, it still took a substantial amount of chakra to sustain the technique. Danzō could also perform the Izanagi with Shisui's eye, but Tobi noted that Danzō might not want to throw the eye's special dōjutsu away.[37] Due to his lack of mastery over Hashirama's cells, Danzō's Izanagi is considered incomplete.[38]

According to Tobi, Danzō's possession of both Uchiha and Senju DNA, most likely meant that he was after Naruto, with the goal of controlling the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.[39]

Ninjutsu Edit

Nature Transformation Edit

Vacuum Great Sphere

Danzō using Wind Release.

Danzō was proficient with Wind Release nature transformation. He could exhale from his mouth powerful vacuum-based attacks that could either slash like blades or pierce like bullets and if needed he could use enhanced or localised versions of these techniques. He could also use Wind Release to manoeuvre himself in mid-air. Danzō could also use chakra flow to enhance a kunai's offensive power by pouring his wind-natured chakra through it and in the anime, it was shown he could also add wind chakra to shuriken by holding it flat on his palm, and exhaling a stream of vacuum-like chakra onto the shuriken in a pin-wheel like fashion, turning them into massive buzz-saws. This greatly increases their attack range and cutting power when thrown. It should be noted that these shuriken do not lose their momentum when intercepted, and retain all their cutting power and range when blocked or redirected. When enhanced by his Baku's suction, his Wind Release techniques become strong enough to pierce, then peel off, the defences of a complete Susanoo.[40] He could also destroy the extremely durable defence of a Wood Release: Wood Locking Wall with a single barrage of Wind Release: Vacuum Balls.[19]

Danzomokuton

Danzō using Wood Release to avoid Sasuke's Susanoo arrow.

By having the First Hokage's cells integrated into his right arm, Danzō was able to use Wood Release. The implanted cells also had the additional benefit of boosting Danzō's physical energy, allowing him to sustain eleven Sharingan at once. Performing Wood Release techniques, however, took a significant toll on his chakra. This combined with the fact that his overall skill with this technique was quite rudimentary, prompted him to only use it when necessary. It also appeared that he could only use the Wood Release from his right, augmented arm, although he could do so without using hand seals. Due to his possession of the Wood Release, he might have also been capable of utilising the two elements that compose it: earth and water. However, after suffering a fatal wound during his battle against Sasuke Uchiha, Danzō lost control of Hashirama's cells, which began to rapidly grow into a large tree that threatened to engulf him completely. To prevent that, he broke off his right arm, causing him to lose this ability.[41]

Fūinjutsu Edit

Danzō's Juinjutsu Seal

Danzō's juinjutsu activated.

Danzō had shown a high level of knowledge and skill when using fūinjutsu and cursed seals. To prevent his secrets from being exposed, Danzō placed binding seals on the tongues of every Root member. Should a Root member speak openly of Root and Danzō's activities, the seal would activate and instantly paralyse the member's body. The seals vanished when Danzō died. Danzō could also implement binding seals in battle, which was shown when he placed the seal on Sasuke, temporarily paralysing him. Lastly, upon his death, Danzō revealed his most powerful sealing technique, the Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Technique. The technique caused four seal symbols on Danzō's skin to exit from his body and forms a large sphere around him. Everything inside the sphere was then drawn in and imprisoned within his corpse. After the sealing was complete, the seals could still be seen on Danzō's body.

Summoning Technique Edit

Baku Anime

Danzō's unique summon: Baku.

Danzō had access to a very unique summoning, a giant tapir-like creature known as a Baku, described as the "Nightmare-Eater". A creature of massive size, it had the ability to suck in objects and targets within the area in front of it. The Baku's suction could also be used to increase the power of Danzō's wind techniques. However, using the suction left the creature vulnerable against fire techniques.

Other Skills Edit

Danzō was adept in both using and dispelling high-level genjutsu, even from powerful Sharingan-users like Sasuke. He also had some skill in taijutsu and a decent amount of physical strength despite his old age, being able to repel Karin with one kick.[42] Danzō was also quite fast and agile as he was able to catch Sasuke off-guard and, in the anime, was able to evade a large amount of debris falling on him. Additionally Danzō was also skilled in the use of kenjutsu, as seen when he used a sword on more than one occasion in the battles against the Prajñā Group and Sasuke.

Part I Edit

Invasion of Konoha Arc Edit

In the anime, after seeing Hiruzen sacrifice himself using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal to defeat Orochimaru during the invasion of Konoha, Danzō decided to teach Sai how to use a powerful fūinjutsu, in order to prevent the same from happening to himself. During the training, Danzō noted that Sai could use "emotional energy" to bolster the power of the attack, but warned the young man not to fall prey to his negative emotions.[43]

Part II Edit

Sasuke and Sai Arc Edit

Danzō assigned Sai to Team Kakashi as part of a plan to secretly assassinate Sasuke Uchiha. To achieve that goal, Danzō had Sai make contact with Orochimaru in a ruse to make it seem he wanted to join forces with him to destroy Konoha. When Sai failed his mission but asked to remain with Team Kakashi, Danzō allowed him to do so while reminding the young man that emotions brought hatred, which in turn led to war.

Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc Edit

Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc In the anime, Danzō was shown being followed by Anbu agents, on Tsunade's orders, when he was to be briefed by Tatsuji — a spy of his in Amegakure. He and Tatsuji were apprehended by the Anbu and later questioned by Tsunade, although the interrogation was interrupted by Sora, who was discovered eavesdropping.

Invasion of Pain Arc Edit

Council

The Fire Daimyō and the Konoha delegation meet.

When Pain began his invasion of Konoha, Tsunade asked the toad Kōsuke to retrieve Naruto Uzumaki from Myōbokuzan to help defend the village. In the anime, Danzō went to Homura and Koharu to tell them that Tsunade was risking the possible loss of the Fourth Hokage's legacy and the Nine-Tails by calling Naruto back. In the manga however, Danzō waited until everyone had left the room and killed Kōsuke in an attempt to stop Naruto from returning, Danzō then gathered his Root Anbu and instructed them not to aid Konoha in the hopes that Pain's actions would end Tsunade's reign as Hokage. When asked if all the villagers would not then die, Danzō denied this, claiming that Tsunade's medical abilities would save most of them.

Following the invasion, leaders of the Land of Fire and Konoha gathered for an emergency meeting. Here, despite Shikaku Nara's best efforts, Danzō convinced the daimyō that previous Hokage's peaceful ideologies had made Konoha weak and presented himself as the type of leader the village currently needed to enforce the laws of shinobi and bring order to the world. After brief consideration, the daimyō agreed to appoint him as Sixth Hokage Candidate.

Five Kage Summit Arc Edit

Danzo in Hokage wear

Danzō wearing the Hokage headpiece.

When Danzō returned from the meeting he received a letter from the Fourth Raikage, informing him of the approaching Kage Summit and the actions of Sasuke Uchiha. As his first order, Danzō ordered Sasuke's execution for treason marking him as a missing-nin. Although he would have preferred confining Naruto to protect the Nine-Tails, Danzō was aware of Naruto's new-found popularity in the village following his defeat of Pain and settled to have Naruto watched by his agents at all times to ensure he could be made an official Hokage. He also delayed Anko Mitarashi's assassination while ordering his men to find Kabuto Yakushi instead, who was in possession of medical information that could help with his right eye and arm.

Kage Summit

The five Kage meeting.

Danzō later departed for the Kage Summit with Torune and as his bodyguards, revealing the Sharingan in his right eye socket when they were ambushed by remnant shinobi of the Land of Woods along the way. Upon arrival in the Land of Iron and the meeting's start, Danzō did not actively participate other than reporting to the other Kage of "Madara Uchiha"'s involvement with Akatsuki. Mifune suggested that the five Kage form an alliance of their villages to eliminate Akatsuki with Danzō as its leader. As A accuses him and Akatsuki, rather than Orochimaru, of staging the invasion of Konoha to dispose of Hiruzen and the Fourth Kazekage, Ao exposes Danzō's manipulating Mifune before White Zetsu appeared and revealed that Sasuke was nearby. As A left to eliminate Sasuke, with Ao instructed to keep an eye on Danzō, who explained to the remaining Kage that his ultimate goal was to unify the shinobi nations under one empire, ending the possibility of future war between them.

When Sasuke arrived at their location, Danzō and his bodyguards used the opportunity to flee, with Ao in close pursuit. At some point during their escape, Danzō's party was beset by Black Zetsu's Spore Technique, but managed to dispatch the clones. Danzō ordered Fū to stop Ao, and emphasised that the retrieval of his Byakugan was a top priority. Fū managed to throw Ao off their trail, but failed to retrieve the Byakugan.

Vacuum Sphere Anime

Danzō fighting Sasuke.

On their way back to Konoha, Danzō and his men were confronted by Tobi at the Samurai Bridge. Danzō instructed Fū and Torune to distract Tobi while he unsealed his right arm. Once Fū and Torune were defeated, Tobi brought out Sasuke. Danzō, revealed his right arm to show that it was embedded with Sharingan all over, and voiced his intent to add Tobi's and Sasuke's to his collection. Sasuke immediately questioned him about the Uchiha clan's assassination, hoping to find out if the Konoha elders really did force Itachi to murder his family. Danzō confirmed the story and questioned why Itachi would sacrifice peace to tell Sasuke the truth. Angry that Danzō spoke about his brother so casually, Sasuke crushed him with his Susanoo's hand.

Sasuke Danzo Clash

Sasuke and Danzō strike simultaneously.

Despite his apparent death, Danzō was unharmed by Susanoo, as well as Sasuke's subsequent attacks. All the while Danzō goaded Sasuke by constantly talking about Itachi, prompting him to fully develop his Susanoo. Sasuke used Susanoo to fire an arrow at Danzō, who was forced to use his Wood Release to divert the attack. Tobi, having been observing the battle, surmised that his use of Sharingan and Wood Release must mean that he planned to control the Nine-Tails as well, and that he was using Izanagi, with the many Sharingan on his arm being sacrificed one-by-one to escape death. When he was finally reduced to one, Danzō and Sasuke prepared one final attack breathing wind-natured chakra onto a kunai creating a blade, Danzō prepared to clash with Sasuke's Chidori Sharp Spear.

Sasuke stabs Karin and Danzo

Sasuke stabs Karin and Danzō.

Danzō believed that he had won and told Sasuke to go and join Itachi, before realising that Sasuke's genjutsu tricked him into thinking he has one more eye left to evade the impalement. His depleted chakra levels, coupled with his new injury, caused him to lose control of his wood abilities and he was forced to sever his arm before he was turned into a giant tree. Refusing to accept defeat, Danzō takes Karin as a hostage and prepared to use Shisui's eye before Sasuke extended a Chidori Sharp Spear through Karin to stab Danzō's heart.

Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Jutsu 1

Danzō's final attempt to eliminate Sasuke and Tobi.

Dying, Danzō staggered towards Sasuke and Tobi, thinking about Hiruzen and how, no matter what he did, he could never match him, not even having properly become Hokage. With his last breath, he proclaimed that for the sake of the world and the safety of Konoha, he would take Sasuke and Tobi with him to the grave. He then activated the Reverse Four Symbols Sealing Technique, but Sasuke and Tobi were able to get out of range. Danzō was, nevertheless, able to destroy Shisui's Sharingan in order to prevent Tobi from obtaining it.

Legacy Edit

Though the true extent to which Danzō has both influenced and protected the ninja world will remain predominantly unknown, certain people — especially those in Root — remain adamant that if it were not for Danzō and his actions, peace would not have been maintained for so long. He made it a point to eradicate any opposition to Konoha that would destroy the peace that the village enjoyed. As his final act in protecting the village, he attempted to kill Sasuke Uchiha — a missing-nin from the village as well as Tobi — the mastermind of the terrorist organisation Akatsuki. Unsuccessful in this however, in order to thwart Tobi's plans, Danzō crushed Shisui Uchiha's Sharingan before dying. Though he has done a great deal in the way of protecting Konoha, Danzō would be remembered as a manipulative and duplicitous war-hawk with a militant perspective born from the era of the Three Great Wars due to his many known or unknown amoral actions which has also put Konohagakure in grave jeopardy. One situation in particular was spearheading the demise of the Uchiha clan and thus is responsible for Sasuke's insatiable ambition of revenge on the village itself. Danzō's actions in this case did help avoid the potential bloodshed that the Uchiha clan was already committed to beginning, which Sarutobi had failed to stop diplomatically. In an ironic turn of events, Sasuke had later unwittingly taken up many of Danzō's traits after deciding to protect the village, proclaiming that he would change the system of shinobi that he considers the source of all the chaos the ninja world has endured.

Video Games Edit

Danzō Shimura is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact 20 October 2011 18 October 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014

Trivia Edit

  • Like Dan Katō, Danzō's name may be a reference to Katō Danzō, a noted ninja master during the time of the Sengoku period of Japan.
  • Danzō's family name, Shimura, is written with the kanji for will, intention (志) and village (村) and can be interpreted as "I did it for the village," possibly hinting at Danzō's true intentions.
  • Danzō's relationship with Hiruzen Sarutobi was very much like Naruto's rivalry with Sasuke, where Danzō felt that Hiruzen was always "one step ahead of him" in every way.
  • Although a well-intentioned extremist, Danzō's actions have ironically enough made him a primary catalyst for the formation of the villainous world views of both Nagato and Kabuto Yakushi, as evidenced by their flashbacks. This also made him the reason for many of the protagonists' troubles throughout much of the story, most particular is the eventual rise of Sasuke's bitter and merciless vendetta against Konohagakure.
  • Danzō's death is similar to Deidara's, as both involve last ditch efforts against Sasuke Uchiha.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Danzō show that he was 146cm around the time the Valley of the End was created, and 168cm when Tobirama died.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Danzō's hobbies were appreciating famous pictures, and keeping diaries.
    • Danzō's favourite food and drink was hijiki (which he shared with his rival Hiruzen Sarutobi) and genmaicha (brown rice tea), while his least favourite was warabimochi (jelly-like confection).
    • Danzō did not want to fight anyone in particular.
    • Danzō's favourite word was "fortitude" (不屈, fukutsu).

Quotes Edit

  • (To Hiruzen) "My father and grandfather died in battle as ninja. Self-sacrifice is a ninja's duty."[26]
  • (To Kinoe) "The world of the shinobi is filled with a myriad of techniques. You cannot compete with just one power. We must master various techniques and use those powers to unite the shinobi world."[18]
  • (To Sai) "Emotions lead one to hate… and hate leads one to conflict and war…"[44]
  • (Danzō on not being well known in the ninja world) "The ninja world is an ascetic world. To remain anonymous is a source of pride. But by controlling both the surface and underground, one can truly strengthen the village and nation. I will make certain that this summit is a success and that I am recognised as Hokage. Then the jōnin will have no choice but to accept me as Hokage. My era has finally come."[45]
  • (To Sasuke) "Self sacrifice, that's what epitomises a shinobi. Never seeing the light of day, toiling in the shadows. That's the way of a true shinobi and not just Itachi. Countless shinobi have died the same way. This world could not function on ideals and pleasantries. It's thanks to people like him that peace has been maintained."[46]
  • (To Sasuke) "Two brothers, whose abilities are identical. How could what your eyes perceive be so different. The truth about Itachi isn't important to you at all. Instead you simply want to destroy everything with your hatred. All you're doing is making the sacrifice of the Uchiha clan meaningless."[28]
  • (To Sasuke) "It's not my life I'm worried about. This is for Konoha… for the ninja world… I can't die now… I'll… do anything… to survive. I… am the only one… who can change this world… this girl will be sacrificed for that."[47]
  • (Last words) "Hiruzen… it looks like it's my turn next… but I… never did become Hokage… no matter how far I went I could never catch up with you… you are the leaves bathing in the sun. I…. am the roots that grow in the dark."[29]

References Edit

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  30. Naruto: Shippūden episode 211
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