|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #490|
|Novel||Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness|
|Appears in||Anime, Novel|
The Enlightened Ones (革者, Kakusha) are former shinobi — almost exclusively young, single men — who left their hidden village in order to join Gengo. Like Akatsuki, they are dissatisfied with the current system of shinobi; they seek to replace the current ruling class of normal people and put shinobi in control of the world. To that end, they offer missions at significantly lower prices than the competing Shinobi Union. Enlightened Ones are characterised by the long black cloaks they wear and their vehement loyalty to Gengo.