|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|
|Animal Path (畜生道, Chikushōdō)|
|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 that 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 may have been the basis of the antagonist from Jiraiya's Tales of a Gutsy Shinobi.
The ninja hair had a light green color 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 the corpse through which the Animal Path ability was channelled, this body had the ability to summon the animals under the control of Pain such as a snake-tailed chameleon, a crab, a dog, and a bird. Along with these it could also summon the other Six Paths of Pain corpses and Konan.
Itachi Pursuit Arc
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 it has wash away the oil that covered 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 subsequently sucked into Jiraiya's Gourd Toad where it is taken to Konohagakure.
Invasion of Pain Arc
By the time he begins his invasion of Konoha, Nagato 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.