|This is the article on information on the character. If you are looking for the article on information on the ability, head to Animal Path. For other uses, see Animal Path (disambiguation).|
|First Animal Path|
|Manga||Volume #41, Chapter #371|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #127|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3|
|OVA||Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Game|
He was a ninja from the Fūma clan who fought Jiraiya in the past, his corpse found by Nagato years later and converted into the first Animal Path. In the anime, the ninja is revealed to possibly have been the basis of the antagonist from Jiraiya's Tales of a Gutsy Shinobi with his fight with Jiraiya almost completely identical with the fight depicted in the novel.
The ninja's hair was a light green colour when he was alive, tied back in a long ponytail with a fringe hanging down from the right side of his head. He received a scar on his forehead during an encounter with Jiraiya, which was usually obstructed by the Animal Path's forehead protector.
Like other corpses, the Animal Path possessed Nagato's Rinnegan and its hair was dyed orange. It had a large bridge piercing through its upper nose which was attached on each cheek with a circular stud, one stud on its upper nose, six studs around the bottom of its face, and one stud on each ear. It does not have eyebrows. While being examined by Konoha, the body was shown to have multiple piercings on its chest and legs as well.
As a member of the Fūma clan, he was skilled in the usage of giant shuriken when alive and always carried one on his back.
Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant
Activated to confront Jiraiya when he infiltrated the village, Nagato has the Animal Path confront his former mentor. After a brief exchange of words, the Animal Path summons a giant crustacean, which washes away the oil that coated Konan's body. As the battle ensued, the Animal Path summoned several more offensive and defensive type animals into battle against Jiraiya but is later seemingly defeated until the other three of the Six Paths of Pain arrive. The Animal Path is then subsequently sucked into Jiraiya's Gourd Toad where it is taken to Konohagakure.
By the time he begins his invasion of Konoha, Nagato had converted another corpse into a new Animal Path. By that time, the mystery of Pain's Paths is revealed when the first Animal Path was autopsied by Shizune, Oyone and Kumadori. However, Nagato sent his Preta Path to retrieve the chakra receivers from the Animal Path and subsequently used it as a shield when confronted by Tsume Inuzuka and Kuromaru.
- ↑ Naruto: Shippūden episode 127