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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Hashirama Senju'''|千手柱間|Senju Hashirama}} renowned as the {{Translation|'''God of Shinobi'''|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami}}, was a legendary ninja who hailed from the [[Senju clan]] that together with the [[Uchiha clan]], established the first shinobi village: [[Konohagakure]]. He would later go on to become the village's {{translation|'''First [[Hokage]]'''|初代火影|Shodai Hokage|lit meaning=First or Founding Fire Shadow}}.<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Hashirama Senju'''|千手柱間|Senju Hashirama}} was [[Konohagakure]]'s {{translation|'''First [[Hokage]]'''|初代火影|Shodai Hokage|lit meaning=First or Founding Fire Shadow}}. He was famous in life as the {{Translation|'''God of Shinobi'''|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami|engtv=The Supreme Shinobi}} for his unmatched ninja prowess. Despite that, Hashirama only wanted peace, and to that end founded Konoha with his childhood friend and rival [[Madara Uchiha]]. Although he was not able to achieve peace during his lifetime, his legacy would live on, continuing to shape the village for decades after his death.<section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Hashirama and Madara as kids.png|thumb|left|Hashirama meeting Madara.]]
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[[File:madara and hasirama2.png|thumb|left|Hashirama meeting Madara.]]
During the [[Era of the Warring States]], Hashirama met [[Madara Uchiha]] at a river where the young Uchiha was skipping stones. Telling his new acquaintance that he needed to put more feeling into his attempts, Hashirama introduced himself to the young man as his rival in skipping stones and noted that at this point in time, he was leading.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, pages 15-17</ref> Though their clans have been in a bloody feud for ages, hired by opposing factions to counterbalance the other,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 1-2</ref> both Hashirama and Madara knew the only way for either to survive, was to become friends rather than enemies. Soon after, while attending the burial of their brother [[Kawarama]] alongside his younger brothers [[Tobirama]] and [[Itama]], Hashirama got into an altercation with [[Butsuma Senju|their father]] over what he considered to be the pointless death of Kawarama. That moment convinced Hashirama, with Tobirama's support, that there must be peace amongst ninja. He would later discuss this concept with Madara when he met him on the riverbank once again after the death of Itama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622</ref> The two would continue to meet like this to train and discuss prospects of the future. It was on one of these occasions that Hashirama shared his dream to create a new village in the very spot where they stood which would serve as a safe place for people to live and children to grow up to become strong shinobi. A place where shinobi would be assigned missions based on their skill set and not simply out of necessity for forces on a battlefield. Butsuma would later discover that Hashirama was meeting with Madara, having sent Tobirama to trail his elder brother. Telling Hashirama that Madara was an [[Uchiha]] who had killed several of the Senju's strongest members, he ordered his son to use the meetings to spy on Madara and if needs be, to kill him. However when the two boys met again, they warned each other that a trap had been set for the other, and as they fled, they looked back in shock as [[Tajima Uchiha|their]] fathers and [[Izuna Uchiha|younger]] brothers prepared, fully ready to combat each other.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623</ref>
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Hashirama was born as the oldest of four children to [[Butsuma]], leader of the Senju clan. As a child during the [[Warring States Period]], Hashirama first came across [[Madara Uchiha]] at the edge of a river where the young Uchiha was attempting to skip a stone all the way across. Easily getting a rock to the other side, Hashirama introduced himself to Madara as his rival in stone skipping, and noted that he was clearly leading.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, pages 15-17</ref> Neither Hashirama nor Madara revealed their surnames, as it was unwise in such an era.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 1 and 8</ref> Unbeknown to them, their clans had been in a bloody feud for ages, hired constantly by opposing factions to counterbalance the other.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 2</ref> The two knew that the only way for them to survive was to befriend their enemies. As they skipped stones together, the two boys discovered the corpse of a member of the [[Hagoromo clan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 6-7</ref>
   
[[File:Hashirama and madara clash.png|thumb|A young Hashirama and Madara start to do battle.]]
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Soon afterward, Hashirama attended the burial of his younger brother, [[Kawarama]], who had been murdered by members of the Uchiha clan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 8-12</ref> Saddened by Kawarama's passing, Hashirama got into a brief altercation with his father over what he considered to be the pointless death of his brother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 13</ref> That moment convinced Hashirama, with his brother, [[Tobirama]]'s support, that there would have to be peace amongst ninja. Not long passed before [[Itama]], Hashirama and Tobirama's other younger brother, also fell to the perils of war.<ref name="C622P15">''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 15</ref> The event led Hashirama to return to the riverbank, where he met with Madara once more, and with him discussed the death of Itama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 17</ref> Finding solace in each other's company, the two continued to meet by the river, where they sparred, shared techniques and talked over prospects for the future.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 1</ref> It was during one of these meetings that Hashirama revealed his dream to create a new village where people could live in peace, and more importantly, where children could grow up and study together.<ref name="C623P10">''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 10</ref> It would be a place where shinobi would be assigned missions based on their level of skill and not out of necessity to fill a battlefield with forces, learned or not.<ref name="C623P10" /> Madara agreed, and the two children decided to build their dream village below the very cliff where they talked.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, pages 10-11</ref>
When he and Madara intervened to protect their respective younger brother, Hashirama became devastated when Madara ended their friendship and became mortal enemies. As the years passed, battling Madara as they became leaders of their clans, Hashirama made many attempts to convince Madara to cease fighting. After Madara obtained his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, Hashirama defeated the jaded Uchiha and approached him again to find peace between their clans. However, Madara refused to accept such a proposal unless Hashirama took either his own life, or that of his brother Tobirama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624</ref> Choosing suicide, Hashirama asked his brother to accept the Uchiha as allies and end their feud, but was stopped by Madara, who then accepted the truce.<ref name="ch625">''Naruto'' chapter 625</ref>
 
   
[[File:UchihaSenjuTruce.png|thumb|left|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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However, Hashirama's friendship with the young Uchiha was not long to last, as Butsuma soon discovered from Tobirama that his son had been meeting with Madara.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 13</ref> Revealing to Hashirama that Madara was in fact an Uchiha who had killed several of the Senju's strongest shinobi, he ordered his son to use his meetings with Madara to spy on him and, if necessary, to kill him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 14</ref> Still, Hashirama could not stand to betray his friend; when the two boys met again they warned each other that a trap had been set for the other, but as they fled, they looked back in shock to find [[Tajima Uchiha|their]] [[Butsuma Senju|fathers]] and [[Izuna Uchiha|younger]] [[Tobirama Senju|brothers]] standing across from each other, fully ready for combat.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 16</ref>
Some time later, Hashirama expressed his desire for Madara to be [[Hokage]], and even [[Hokage Monument|carve his head]] into the mountain to watch over the village. However Tobirama convinced him that the villagers would never follow Madara and that they should be given the choice on who should lead them. Hashirama reluctantly agreed.<ref name="ch625"/> The villagers selected Hashirama over Madara for the title of First Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 7-8</ref> Afterwards, Hashirama and Madara meet at the [[Naka Shrine]] where Madara fearing what would happen if Tobirama became the Second Hokage, announced his [[Eye of the Moon Plan|plan]] to make his dream become a reality.<ref name="ch625"/>
 
   
[[File:Hashirama Senju VS Madara Uchiha.png|thumb|right|The battle between Hashirama and Madara.]]
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[[File:Hashirama VS Madara.png|thumb|left|A young Hashirama and Madara start to do battle.]]
Madara would then leave the village. Soon afterwards, the village began to prosper as Hashirama and Madara dreamed it would, causing other nations to adopt the Konohagakure's shinobi nation system. Later, Madara returned, having acquired control of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]], with the intent to challenge Hashirama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 9-11</ref> During the battle Hashirama attempted to reason with Madara to stop fighting and come to his senses, but realising that Madara would not back down, Hashirama entered [[Sage Mode]] to end the battle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621</ref> With his augmented power, Hashirama was able to [[Top Transformed Buddha|destroy]] Madara's Susanoo and [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands|subdued]] the Nine-Tails, forcing Madara to confront Hashirama directly. The battle waged on well into the night, leaving both shinobi battered and exhausted. In a final clash, Madara was the last one standing. Looking back at Madara, Hashirama tried one more time to reason with Madara, noted how far their former shared dream has come. When Madara scoffed at the remarks, Hashirama resolved to finish Madara, revealing himself behind Madara and stabbing him through the chest. As Madara realised the Hashirama he clashed with was a [[Wood Clone Technique|clone]], Hashirama bitterly accepted that Madara has truly relinquished his ties to their village, and declares that he will protect it from all. Madara vowed that one day the village will become shrouded in darkness before finally collapsing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626</ref>
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After Hashirama and Madara intervened to protect their respective younger brothers, Hashirama was devastated to see Madara end their friendship and declare them mortal enemies.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 9-10</ref> As the years passed, Hashirama was forced to battle his once-friend many times before they eventually became the leaders of their clans.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 11</ref> Despite this, Hashirama secretly held onto the dream he once had with Madara and hoped to one day end the fighting by rekindling their friendship. It was because of this reason that Hashirama and Madara battled to a stalemate every time they fought despite Hashirama's superior prowess. Despite the constant statement the Senju clan eventually began domination the Uchiha clan, so much so defectors started to show themselves. After Izuna was mortally wounded by Tobirama and both brothers as well as the rest of the Uchiha clan were backed to a corner, Hashirama, unable to let go of his dream and his friendship with Madara offered a truce to join the two clans. Hashirama believed if the two most powerful clans joined forces, nations would be unable to find clans to stand up to the unified clans and would cause shinobi clans to stop selling their services because it would mean suicide and would cause the non-stop wars to end. Madara, recalling his childhood memories with Hashirama proceeded to accept the truce, only for Izuna to talk him out of it believing it would be the end of the clan, causing Madara to retreat rather than accept the truce.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 11-14</ref><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 368</ref> Madara attempted to treat Izuna's injuries. Unfortunately, the injuries were too severe to be treated and Izuna eventually succumbed to his injuries, but not before giving Madara his eyes. Sometime after this, Hashirama sent Madara a cease-fire request that included a meeting place to hear Madara's answer. However, the loss to Izuna made Madara very difficult to reason with and Madara responded by trying to kill Hashirama. Hashirama, still holding onto his friendship and dream tried to reason with Madara until Madara made it perfectly clear it was no longer possible for the two of them to understand one another, prompting Hashirama to fight with all his power. After 24 hours of non-stop fighting, Madara collapsed from exhaustion. Tobirama attempted to finish Madara off but Hashirama forced Tobirama to stay out of it and approached Madara once more to create peace between their clans; however, Madara once again refused to accept, and stated that he would not trust the Senju unless Hashirama either took his own life, or that of his younger brother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 16</ref> Choosing suicide, Hashirama asked his brother to accept the Uchiha as allies and end their feud, but was stopped by Madara, who then accepted the truce.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 2-4</ref>
   
In the aftermath of intense battle, the defeated Madara faked his death and went into hiding,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 12</ref> while Hashirama's wife, [[Mito Uzumaki]], became the Nine-Tails' first [[jinchūriki]] by sealing the beast within herself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 6</ref> The devastation to the terrain which ensued from this battle were so great, that it created an entire land formation that would become known as the [[Valley of the End]].
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[[File:Senju & Uchiha truce.png|thumb|right|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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After the truce, the Uchiha and Senju made preparations for their village to finally be founded.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 8-11</ref> Hashirama expressed his desire for Madara to be made the first [[Hokage]], and even carve his likeness onto the [[Hokage Monument|cliffside]] overlooking the village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, page 12</ref> Tobirama, however, convinced him that the villagers would never follow Madara, and that they should be given the choice of who should lead them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 14-16</ref> Hashirama reluctantly agreed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 11-13</ref> The villagers selected Hashirama over Madara for the title of First Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 7-8</ref> Afterwards, Hashirama and Madara met at the [[Naka Shrine]], where Madara expressed his fear of Tobirama becoming the Second Hokage, and announced his [[Eye of the Moon Plan|plan]] to make his dream become a reality.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 15-17</ref> Madara soon after departed the village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 9</ref> At one time point, Hashirama gained control of several [[tailed beasts]].
   
During his time as Hokage, Hashirama came into possession of a [[Scroll of Seals|scroll]] filled with, among other skills, various [[kinjutsu]], which he sealed away in order to keep the techniques within it a secret.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 22</ref> He also defeated [[Kakuzu]], who had been sent to assassinate him by [[Takigakure]].<ref>Third Databook, page 57</ref> At some point, Hashirama gained control of several [[tailed beasts]]. He spread these beasts to other, newly-formed villages in an attempt to maintain peace and equalise the powers between the nations.<ref name="c404">''Naruto'' chapter 404, page 14</ref> Thinking about the future of Konoha, he also trained the young [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], one of his brother's team members. He lived long enough to meet his first grandchild, [[Tsunade]], and noted that he had spoiled her a great deal, even going as far as to teach her how to gamble.<ref name="c619p4">''Naruto'' chapter 619, page 4</ref> Hashirama died some time after the founding of Konoha in one of the many wars that were raging during this revolutionary era, but not before passing on the title of Hokage to Tobirama.<ref name="d1">''First Databook'', page 116</ref>
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[[File:First Gokage meeting.png|thumb|left|The first ever summit of the five Kage is convened.]]
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Some point after becoming Hokage, Hashirama convened the very first meeting of the five [[Kage]], accompanied by his brother and future successor Tobirama. Overwhelmed that the leaders of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] actually attended the meeting, Hashirama lowered his head thankfully to his equals and while admonished by his brothers and peers alike, he noted he could not help it. As the meeting got under-way and Tobirama explained that the Kage would have to pay for the tailed beasts they would receive, Hashirama questioned his brother asking whether giving them away for free wasn't all right. Silenced by his brother, he listened on as the proceedings continued. As infighting broke out among the Kage due to what they believed to be the [[First Kazekage]]'s brazen demand, Hashirama made his plea to them to preserve the future of their children. He also expressed concern that the peace agreement between the five of them would not last long but he dreamed of a future where everyone would be united under one cause.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 648, pages 9-15</ref> Eventually, he shared the tailed beasts to other villages in an attempt to maintain peace and equalise the power between the nations thus ending the dispute between them.
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[[File:Hashirama vs Madara.png|thumb|The battle between Hashirama and Madara.]]
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Soon afterwards, Konohagakure began to prosper as Hashirama and Madara had dreamed it would in childhood, causing other nations to adopt Konoha's Shinobi Nation system.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 5</ref> Later, Madara returned, having acquired control over the [[Nine-Tailed Fox]], intent on challenging Hashirama once again.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 9-11</ref> During the battle Hashirama attempted to reason with Madara to stop fighting and come to his senses, but realising that Madara would not back down, Hashirama entered [[Sage Mode]] to end the battle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, pages 10-11</ref> With his augmented power, Hashirama was able to [[Top Transformed Buddha|destroy]] Madara's Susanoo and [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands|subdue]] the Nine-Tails, forcing Madara to confront Hashirama directly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 9</ref> The battle waged on well into the night, leaving both Shinobi battered and exhausted.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 10-11</ref> In a final clash, Madara was the last one standing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 11</ref> Looking back at Madara, Hashirama tried one more time to reason with Madara, noting how far their former shared dream had come.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 12</ref> When Madara scoffed at the remarks, Hashirama resolved to finish Madara off, revealing himself behind Madara and stabbing him through the chest.<ref name="C626P13">''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 13</ref> As Madara realised the Hashirama he had clashed with was a [[Wood Clone Technique|clone]], Hashirama bitterly accepted that Madara had truly relinquished his ties to their village, and declared that he would always protect it.<ref name="C626P13" /> Madara vowed that one day the village would become shrouded in darkness before finally collapsing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 14</ref> Unknown to him, [[Black Zetsu]] had been observing the entire fight.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 681, pages 11-12</ref>
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[[File:Final Valley.png|thumb|left|The statues of Hashirama and Madara at the Valley of the End.]]
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In the aftermath of intense battle, the defeated Madara faked his death and went into hiding,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 12</ref> while Hashirama's wife, [[Mito Uzumaki]], became the Nine-Tails' first [[jinchūriki]] by sealing the beast within herself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 6</ref> The devastation to the terrain which ensued from this battle were so great that it created an entire land formation that eventually became known as the [[Valley of the End]].<ref name="c234">''Naruto'' chapter 234, page 9</ref><ref name="C399P11" />
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During his time as Hokage, Hashirama came into possession of a [[Scroll of Seals|scroll]] filled with — amongst other skills — various [[kinjutsu]], which he sealed away in order to keep the techniques within it a secret.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 22</ref> At some point in time, he also defeated [[Kakuzu]], who had been sent to assassinate him by [[Takigakure]].<ref>Third Databook, page 57</ref> Thinking about the future of Konoha, he also trained the young [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], one of his brother's team members. He lived long enough to meet his first grandchild, [[Tsunade]], and noted that he had spoiled her a great deal, even passing on his habit for gambling to her.<ref name="c619p4">''Naruto'' chapter 619, page 4</ref> Hashirama died some time after the founding of Konoha in one of the many wars that were raging during this revolutionary era, but not before passing on the title of Hokage to Tobirama.<ref name="d1">''First Databook'', page 116</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Hashirama was shown to be a kind and caring person with a deep sense of loyalty, great charisma, and skill in negotiation. He saw the people of Konoha as a part of his own family, and his legacy took a firm root in the village. He was also shown to be a very wise and insightful man, as he passed on great teachings to Hiruzen. It was he who first believed that all Konoha shinobi should show true loyalty to each other, and that a Kage must be willing to put his life on the line for his village to set an example for all others. This belief of his is known as the "[[Will of Fire]]". Hashirama also seemed to have a sense of honour regarding his opponents and, despite their rivalry, possessed great respect for [[Madara Uchiha]], and considered him a friend, even a brother. Hashirama even referred Madara as a "long-time friend" when expressing joyous curiosity about what Madara has been up to all this time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, pages 16-17</ref> When they were kids, Hashirama and Madara cared about each other so much that they purposely leaked information to each other about a trap that their respective clans laid out. He went on to offer a truce after already defeating the Uchiha and forbade Tobirama from finishing Madara, even asking what would it take for Madara to trust him again. Due to the chaotic era he underwent as a child, Hashirama disagreed on children being sent to the battlefield and cultivated the ideals of a shinobi [[Academy]] and a [[shinobi organisational system]] in order to avoid having children as meaningless war casualties.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 10</ref>
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[[File:Hashirama ready to commit.png|thumb|right|Without hesitation, Hashirama chooses to take his life to establish peace between clans.]]
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Hashirama was a kind and caring person with a deep sense of loyalty, great charisma, and skill in negotiation. He saw the people of Konoha as a part of his own family, and his legacy took a firm root in the village. He was also shown to be a very wise and insightful man, as he passed on great teachings to Hiruzen. It was he who first believed that all Konoha shinobi should show true loyalty to each other, and that a Kage must be willing to put his life on the line for his village to set an example for all others. This belief of his is known as the "[[Will of Fire]]". Hashirama also seemed to have a sense of honour regarding his opponents and, despite their rivalry, possessed great respect for [[Madara Uchiha]], and considered him a friend, even a brother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, page 19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 2</ref> Hashirama even referred Madara as a "long-time friend" when expressing joyous curiosity about what Madara has been up to all this time,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, pages 16-17</ref> and even greeted Madara with jovial banter rather than with hostility.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631 page 4</ref> When they were kids, Hashirama and Madara cared about each other so much that they purposely leaked information to each other about a trap that their respective clans laid out.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 8</ref> He went on to offer a truce after already defeating the Uchiha and forbade Tobirama from finishing Madara, even asking what would it take for Madara to trust him again.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, page 1</ref> Due to the chaotic era he underwent as a child, Hashirama disagreed on children being sent to the battlefield and cultivated the ideals of a shinobi [[Academy]] and a [[shinobi organisational system]] in order to avoid having children as meaningless war casualties.<ref name="C623P10" />
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[[File:Hashirama Silenced.png|thumb|left|Hashirama after being shouted at by his younger brother.]]
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Hashirama was an idealist by nature, and always looked towards the prospect of peace and a time where children would not be sent to war because of it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 8-11</ref> He always gave people the benefit of the doubt witnessed when he proposed a truce with the Uchiha, considering them allies immediately, even when Madara attacked the village, Hashirama did not allow this to colour his view of the other Uchiha in the village even still considered Madara a brother. This put him at odds with his brother, who was more of a realist and was still wary of the Uchiha, seeing them as a threat to Konoha because of their unpredictable emotional states, despite the fact that Hashirama told his brother to not discriminate against the Uchiha countless times.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 11, 17</ref> This was due to the fact that in Hashirama's vision for the creation of the village system, he believed that this would naturally break down the mentality that persons had to look out for their clans.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, page 4</ref> Hashirama was also very modest, and is by no means above praising other shinobi as he lauded Itachi Uchiha when told of his feats by Sasuke, and claimed Itachi to be a better shinobi than himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 1-7</ref> He also praised Hiruzen for raising Orochimaru by calling him a skilled shinobi, despite all of the crimes he committed against Konohagakure and stopping Tobirama from leaving the shrine.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 10</ref> Later when Obito became the jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails, he remarked that he was stronger than him despite of his title as the God of Shinobi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 638, page 16</ref> During the meeting between the Kage, Hashirama lowered his head thankfully to the other Kage, showing that he was very humble and treated others equally, by nature.<ref name="C648P12">''Naruto'' chapter 648, pages 12-13</ref>
   
[[File:Hashirama silenced.png|thumb|left|Hashirama after being silenced by his younger brother.]]
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[[File:Hashirama remembering Tsunade.png|thumb|right|Hashirama laughs as he remembers spoiling Tsunade.]]
Hashirama was an idealist by nature and looked towards the prospect of peace and a time where children would not be sent to war because of it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 6220</ref> He always gave people the benefit of the doubt witnessed when he proposed a truce with the Uchiha, considering them allies immediately, even when Madara attacked the village, Hashirama did not allow this to colour his view of the other Uchiha in the village even still considered Madara a brother. This put him in odds with his brother, who was more of a realist and was still wary of the Uchiha, seeing them as a threat to Konoha because of their unpredictable emotional states, despite the fact that Hashirama told his brother to not discriminate against the Uchiha countless times.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 11, 17</ref> Hashirama is modest, and is by no means above praising other shinobi as he lauded Itachi Uchiha when told of his feats by Sasuke, and claimed Itachi to be a better shinobi than himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 1-7</ref>
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Contrasting somewhat with the expectations people had built up for the man known as one of the most powerful shinobi to have ever lived,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 4, 6</ref> Hashirama is a quite jovial and laid-back yet emotionally sensitive. He also was an exuberant goof with an interest in gambling when not in the heat of battle. This was displayed after he was reincarnated a second time with his personality left intact as he was barely able to contain his excitement upon learning that there was a [[Fourth Hokage]], taking it as a sign of his village's longevity,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 1-3</ref> and later when he actually saw the village once again.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, pages 12, 15</ref> He was later shocked, as well as worried when he learned that [[Tsunade]] had become the Fifth Hokage due to the fact he spoiled her as a child, even having passed on his habit for gambling to her.<ref name="c619p4" /> The dynamics between him and his brother Tobirama are also quite intense and inverted, as Hashirama usually succumbed to his more authoritative younger brother's orders, as well as being reprimanded often by Tobirama for being too soft.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 5-6</ref> While in the same breath when necessary, he was capable of being overbearing and not above using force to make his decision clear, as seen when he forcefully reprimand Tobirama to stop him from attacking Sasuke and his group,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 4-5</ref> and some time before to stop him from killing Madara.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 15-16</ref> He also admonished his brother for creating the Impure World Reincarnation technique because of its amoral requirements.<ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 619, page 8</ref> Hashirama is also very considerate, as he chose to delay his departure to the battlefield to tell Sasuke the truth he requested, noting that their actions on the battlefield would mean nothing if another Madara would just appear in the world, as well as creating a wood clone to combat Madara while he was dealing with the Ten-Tails.<ref name="C620P11">''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 632, pages 6-9</ref> He was also willing to sacrifice himself everything for the sake of the village, going as far as offering Madara the title Hokage and his own life to ensure peace between them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, page 15</ref>
   
[[File:Hashirama remembers Tsunade.png|thumb|right|Hashirama laughs as he remembers spoiling Tsunade.]]
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Hashirama was also prone to sulking whenever he was shouted at, accosted, or didn't agree with something. However, he would not sulk for long, and would return in an instant to his regular high-spirited nature.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 5</ref> One such instance was when he just met Madara Uchiha and the two were skipping rocks. After Madara accosted Hashirama, he began to sulk and told Madara that to atone for it, he would allow Madara to skip him across the river, but then grinned and noted that he prayed that he would make it across.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 2-3</ref>
Contrasting somewhat with the expectations people had built up for the man known as the most powerful shinobi to have ever lived,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 4, 6</ref> Hashirama is a jovial, laid-back, and exuberant goof with an interest in gambling. This was displayed after he was reincarnated a second time with his persona left intact as he was barely able to contain his excitement upon learning that there was a [[Fourth Hokage]], taking it as a sign of his village's longevity,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 1-3</ref> and later when he actually saw the village once again.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, pages 12, 15</ref> He was later shocked, as well as worried when he learned that [[Tsunade]] had become the Fifth Hokage due to the fact he spoiled her as a child, even having taught her how to gamble.<ref name="c619p4"/> The dynamics between him and his brother Tobirama are also quite intense and inverted, as Hashirama usually succumbed to his more authoritative younger brother's orders, as well as being reprimanded often by Tobirama for being too soft.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 5-6</ref> While in the same breath when necessary, he was capable of being overbearing and not above using force to make his decision clear, as seen when he forcefully reprimand Tobirama to stop him from attacking Sasuke and his group,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 4-5</ref> and some time before to stop him from killing Madara.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 15-16</ref> Hashirama is also shown to be very considerate as he chose to delay his departure to the battlefield to tell Sasuke the truth he requested, noting that their actions on the battlefield would mean nothing if another Madara would just appear in the world.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 11</ref> He was also willing to sacrifice himself everything for the sake of the village, going as far as offering Madara the title Hokage and his own life to ensure peace between them.
 
   
Hashirama was also prone to sulking whenever he was shouted at, accosted, or didn't agree with something. However, he would not sulk for long and would in an instant, return in an instant to his regular, jovial and laid-back self.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 5</ref> One such instance was when he just met Madara Uchiha and the two were skipping rocks. After Madara accosted Hashirama, he began to sulk and told Madara that to atone for it, he would allow Madara to skip him across the river, but then sneered and noted that he prayed that he would make it across.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 2-3</ref>
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In battle, Hashirama is calm and collected, showing great instincts and leadership skills as the former Hokage and leader of the Senju clan, providing assistant to the entire Allied Shinobi Forces with his wood clones as well as pushing all of them to face the Ten-Tails without fear, despite its overwhelming power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 9-19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 632, pages 9-22</ref> Despite his free-spirited and peaceful nature, he was also willing to make difficult decisions that go against his usual nature when forced to. During his final battle in life with Madara, Hashirama resolved to kill his best and childhood friend for the sake of protecting the village without hesitation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 13-14</ref> However, Hashirama is also shown to be a here and now type of person as he didn't hold any ill feelings against Orochimaru for attempting to use him to destroy his beloved village over three years ago. Despite his peace keeping personality, Hashirama also seems to enjoy a challenging battle, at least with Madara as shown when he was smiling as if he was enjoying himself despite the fate of Konoha would be determined by the battle's outcome.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
 
[[File:Shodai Hokage.PNG|thumb|left|Hashirama in the Hokage attire.]]
 
[[File:Shodai Hokage.PNG|thumb|left|Hashirama in the Hokage attire.]]
Hashirama was a tall man with tanned skin, dark eyes and waist-length black hair typically styled in a centre-parted fringe that framed his face, although sometimes he wore it combed-back with two single locks framing his face instead. In most cases, his attire took the form of the standard shinobi dress of his era, consisting of dark red traditional armour — similar to that of [[samurai]] — worn over a simple black suit. This [[Wikipedia:Japanese armour#Individual armour parts|armour]] was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body, in particular: chest, shoulders, thighs and forearms. Each collar of his shoulder guards bore the [[Senju]] symbol emblazoned on them. This clothing was accompanied by sandals and his village's [[forehead protector]], after its formation. He often time also carried either a single large scroll strapped to his back or several large ones into battle.
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Hashirama was a tall man with tanned skin, dark eyes and waist-length black hair typically styled in a centre-parted fringe that framed his face, although sometimes he wore it combed-back with two single locks framing his face instead. In most cases, his attire took the form of the standard shinobi dress of his era, consisting of dark red traditional armour — similar to that of [[samurai]] — worn over a simple black suit. This [[Wikipedia:Japanese armour#Individual armour parts|armour]] was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body, in particular: chest, waist, shoulders, outer thighs and forearms. Each collar of his shoulder guards bore the [[Senju]] symbol emblazoned on them.<ref name="C622P15" /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 398, page 18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 1-2, 6,10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 15-18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, pages 6-15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 11-19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 1-9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 5-18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, pages 1-5, 6-18</ref> Later in life, his left shoulder armour was damaged and lost its lowermost plate. For a time, he also wore a white coloured cloth bearing his clan's symbol.<ref name="C622P15" /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 11-18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 1-8</ref> This clothing was accompanied by sandals and his village's [[forehead protector]], after its formation. He often time also carried either a single large scroll strapped to his back or several large ones into battle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 2, 10</ref><ref name="C576 p 15">''Naruto'' chapter 576, page 15</ref>
   
While in the village, Hashirama tended to wear the traditional Kage attire consisting of the customary hat and haori over a full-length gown, along with a simple red headband. Otherwise, he wore a light-brown, short-sleeved, kimono shirt with mesh armour underneath, held closed by a red sash, and navy blue pants. As a child, Hashirama's hair was shoulder-length and was more bowl-cut in style, hanging around his face. He wore a light-coloured attire with a short jacket, a light scarf around his neck, and a dark-coloured sash around his waist.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 17</ref>
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[[File:Young_Hashirama.png|thumb|Hashirama as a child.]]
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While in the village, Hashirama tended to wear the traditional Kage attire consisting of the customary brown and white hat and haori over a full-length brown and white gown, along with a simple red headband.<ref name="C399P8">''Naruto'' chapter chapter 399, page 8</ref> Otherwise, he wore a light-brown, short-sleeved, kimono shirt with mesh armour underneath, held closed by a red sash, and navy blue pants.
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As a child, Hashirama's hair was shoulder-length and was more bowl-cut in style, hanging around his face. When he first met Madara, he wore a dark kimono shirt, a short light green jacket with darker green linings, a white scarf around his neck, traditional pinstriped kimono pants of his clan, and a dark green sash around his waist.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 17-18</ref> Later, he wore a long-sleeved black shirt and light purple sleeveless haori. When training, he wore a sleeveless kimono top and bottom with and bandages on his wrists. In battle, he is seen wearing green armour covering his shoulders torso and groin, a headband with his clan's symbol on it, and fishnet armour around his wrists and shins.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 1-20</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, pages 1-18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 1-19</ref>
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Hashirama vs Madara.jpg|thumb|right|Hashirama clashing with Madara.]]
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[[File:Hashirama and Madara clash.png|thumb|right|Hashirama clashing with Madara.]]
Hashirama is reputed as the most powerful shinobi of his era, his might being so vast that it earned him the title of "God of Shinobi",<ref name="shinobigod"/> and having been called the strongest shinobi even by his enemy [[Madara Uchiha]] who, on countless occasion admitted his inferiority to the legend.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 398, page 17</ref><ref name="C576 p 15">''Naruto'' chapter 576, page 15</ref> His strength was so greatly respected by the shinobi world that Madara himself claimed Hashirama was the one person whom he most admired and detested,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, pages 13-16</ref> as well as the only person capable of stopping him,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 589, page 2</ref> something that dated even back to their childhood.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 7</ref> Madara mentioned that fighting all five current [[Kage]] was trivial compared to his battle with Hashirama, and that with only one of them present, the landscape would not change as drastically a reference to the battle between the two that created an entire [[Valley of the End|valley]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 589, pages 6-7</ref>
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Hashirama is reputed as the most powerful shinobi of his era, greatly respected by the shinobi world, with his might being so vast that it earned him the title of "[[God of Shinobi]]."<ref name="C620P11" /><ref name="shinobigod" /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 1, 4, 6</ref> His prowess was such that [[Kabuto Yakushi]] claimed that there was no one living that could match it.<ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 575, page 3</ref> Even [[Madara Uchiha]] openly admitted his inferiority to the [[Hokage]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 398, page 17</ref> something that dated even back to their childhood.<ref name="C576 p 15" /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 7</ref> A testament to his power was that he was able to defeat Madara after he had achieved the [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]], even facing the might of his 'perfect' [[Susanoo]] without using his own [[Sage Mode|full power]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippuden'' episode 368</ref> Using his full power, he was also able to defeat Madara who was [[Tailed Beast Control|using]] [[Kurama]] to fight him, even triumphing after Madara [[Shape Transformation|shaped]] his [[Susanoo|Perfect Susanoo]] around the tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 620-626</ref>
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With his overwhelming power, Hashirama was able to subdue several [[tailed beasts]] and unify multiple [[clan]]s together into the village under his leadership. When Hashirama was later [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], he again clashed with Madara. Despite the legendary [[Uchiha]] gaining various enhancements since their last battle, including increased physical parameters well-beyond his prime, the [[Wood Release]] of strength comparable to that of the First Hokage, and even his possession and mastery of the [[Rinnegan]], Hashirama was still able to fight on par against his childhood rival; while being just shy of his full power, however, he needed [[Naruto Uzumaki|aid]] to pin him.
   
[[Kabuto Yakushi]] claimed that Hashirama's might was so vast, that there aren't any living shinobi in the current era that could match his level of power. It was such that many considered his <!-- prowess is a word, look it up -->prowess to be a mere fairy tale much like the existence of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 575, pages 3-5</ref> The most common example was his ability to not only fight on equal footing with Madara despite the latter possessing an [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]] and having [[Summoning Technique|control]] of the [[Nine-Tails]], but also survive the battle and ultimately achieve victory against his former comrade and adversary.
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=== Chakra ===
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Even for a Senju, Hashirama possessed an especially strong life force, as well as physical energy and stamina, so much that he was able to fight Madara for twenty-four hours non-stop and still stand prime afterwards to deliver a final blow on his exhausted rival.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 15</ref> Part of this potent nature stemmed from being a reincarnation of his ancestor, [[Asura]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 671, page 6</ref> Hashirama was also able to resist the control of [[Orochimaru]]'s [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] with relative ease when reincarnated with almost his full power, which greatly worried the [[Sannin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 5</ref> Seemingly stemming from this, Hashirama also had considerable [[Healing Power|regenerative powers]], able to quickly mend most injuries to his being with no residual affects, an ability to which Tsunade's [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]] has been compared by Madara himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 578, page 6</ref>
   
=== Stamina and Life Force ===
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Likewise, Hashirama's [[chakra]] was also shown to be remarkably strong; a testament to its fortitude was witnessed through the use of his chakra alone to deter his brother from attacking. This also caused such a dense effect around him that it almost caused the [[Naka Shrine]] to collapse, impressing the [[Minato Namikaze|Fourth Hokage]] and scaring [[Orochimaru]] and [[Taka]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 4</ref> His chakra levels also made him suitable to learn [[senjutsu]] and enter [[Sage Mode]]. During the Fourth Shinobi World War after seeing Naruto, another shinobi known for unusually high reserves further enhanced by the entirety of Kurama, distribute chakra to the entire Alliance, Hashirama noted that the volume was on as impressive a level as his own.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 644, pages 8-9</ref> He could also make numerous [[wood clone]]s of himself despite his use of a [[Four Red Yang Formation|chakra taxing technique]] at the same time. Hashirama's chakra control is also shown to be very advanced, able to use various high-level and large-scale techniques with few to only a single hand seal. He can likewise [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] his chakra to others, even when his ability to mould chakra is impaired.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 661, page 11</ref> The colour of Hashirama's chakra is purple.
As a Senju, Hashirama inherited an extraordinary life force, as well as physical energy. Likewise, his chakra was also shown to be remarkably strong; a testament to its fortitude was witnessed through Hashirama's use of his [[chakra]] alone to deter his brother from attacking, which almost caused the [[Naka Shrine]] to collapse. He was also able to resist the control of [[Orochimaru]]'s [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] with relative ease, which greatly worried the [[Sannin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 4</ref> His chakra levels also made him suitable to learn [[senjutsu]] and enter [[Sage Mode]].
 
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
[[File:Wood Release dense woodland.JPG|thumb|left|Hashirama using Wood Release.]]
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[[File:Hashirama's wood release.png|thumb|left|Hashirama using Wood Release]]
Hashirama was arguably most famous for his unique [[Wood Release]] techniques, a [[kekkei genkai]] formed through simultaneous use of [[earth]] and [[water]]-natured [[chakra]]. By converting chakra into the source of life, he was able to create wood and plants from the ground of or his very being, causing them to grow to great sizes and manipulate them to diverse shapes and battle uses at will and in an instant, he could shape the entire battlefield for his own uses. This ability appeared to be exclusively his, as no other known member of his clan has ever displayed its use thus far. Even those who obtained this power through unorthodox means, such as Yamato, have stated that their use of Wood Release was much weaker in terms of raw power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, page 9</ref>
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Hashirama was arguably most famous for his unique [[Wood Release]] techniques, a [[kekkei genkai]] formed through simultaneous use of [[earth]] and [[water]]-natured [[chakra]]. By converting chakra into the source of life, he was able to create wood and plants from the ground of or his very being, causing them to grow to great sizes and manipulate them to diverse shapes and battle uses at will and in an instant, he could shape the entire battlefield for his own uses. This ability appeared to be exclusively his, as no other known member of his clan has ever displayed its use thus far. Even those who obtained this power through unorthodox means, such as Yamato, have stated that their use of Wood Release was much weaker in terms of raw power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, page 9</ref> In the anime, Hashirama was shown to be able to form [[Wood Release]] techniques without hand seals.<ref> ''Naruto: Shipudden'' episode 369</ref>
   
[[File:Wood God Technique.png|thumb|Hashirama using the Wood Dragon and the Wood Human Techniques.]]
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[[File:Giant_Wood_Human.png|thumb|Hashirama's Wood Human and Wood Dragon Technique.]]
He could create [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|massive forests]], [[Wood Release: Advent of a World of Flowering Trees|gigantic flowering trees]] whose pollen can render a foe unconscious. He could also make [[wood clone]]s of himself. Madara later stated that he was the only one who could tell the difference between Hashirama and his wood clones with his ocular powers.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 13</ref> Hashirama could create a [[Wood Release: Wood Dragon Technique|giant wooden dragon]] capable of restraining the [[Nine-Tails]] by using its immense serpentine body to constrict and [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb]] its chakra. He could create a [[Wood Release: Wood Human Technique|wood golem]] that is strong enough to catch a [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 16</ref> He could also create [[Wood Release: Hōbi Technique|protective structures]] that are able to withstand the destructive force of a Tailed Beast Ball,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 4</ref> and could even create several [[Wood Release: Hotei Technique|giant wood hands]] that could block the sword of Madara's Susanoo.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 6-7</ref>
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He could create [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|massive forests]]<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 12-13</ref> and [[Wood Release: Advent of a World of Flowering Trees|gigantic flowering trees]] whose pollen can render a foe unconscious.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 575, pages 3-6</ref> Even a complete [[Susanoo]] could be overwhelmed by the sheer force of the wooden roots and branches Hashirama could create with either technique.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 368</ref> He could also create [[Wood Clone|wood clones]] to aid him in battle. Hashirama could create a [[Wood Release: Wood Dragon Technique|giant wooden dragon]] capable of restraining the [[Nine-Tails]] by using its immense serpentine body to constrict and [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb]] its chakra. He could also create a [[Wood Release: Wood Human Technique|wood golem]] that works in conjunction with the dragon and is strong enough to catch a uncompressed [[Tailed Beast Ball]] with its bare hands.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 16</ref> His wood golem is powerful enough, whether in [[Sage Mode]] or not, to stalemate the power of Madara Uchiha's perfect Susanoo.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 641, page 8</ref><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 368</ref> He could also create [[Wood Release: Hōbi Technique|protective structures]] that are able to withstand the destructive force of a Tailed Beast Ball,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 4</ref> and could even create several [[Wood Release: Hotei Technique|giant wood hands]] that could block the sword of Madara's perfect Susanoo.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 6-7</ref>
   
Along with his kekkei genkai, Hashirama also possessed a [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands|unique ability]] to control tailed beasts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, page 15</ref> Of all his considerable talents, it was this ability in particular that made Hashirama unparalleled in the shinobi world, so much so that he is regarded as one of the few people capable of completely controlling a tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 3</ref> At one time, he had many of the beasts in his possession.<ref name="c404" /> This ability was greatly amplified by his [[First Hokage's Necklace|crystal necklace]], which Yamato suggested that he required to control even Naruto's partial lapses into [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms|tailed forms]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 296, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, pages 8-9</ref>
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[[File:Hashirama_forming_multiple_wood_clones.png|thumb|left|Hashirama creating numerous wood clones.]]
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One of the unique things about his kekkei genkai was the ability to [[Tailed Beast Control|subdue and control]] the [[tailed beasts]]. With the the Wood Release: Wood Dragon Technique, Hashirama could siphon off the tailed beast chakra and bind it in web of trees . Through the [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands]], Hashirama could put the target tailed beast to sleep by channeling it through the Wood Human Technique or, in the anime, through simple hand contact.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 608, page 5</ref><ref name="Naruto chapter 626, pages 5-6">''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 5-6</ref>
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According to Madara, Hashirama was also able to use [[medical ninjutsu]]. His skill with which was such that he could heal himself without forming seals, and from the medical ninjutsu that his granddaughter [[Tsunade]] — who is considered to be the greatest medical-nin in the world as it is — had displayed at that point in time, Madara surmised that his medical techniques were also on an entirely different level than hers were.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 578, pages 6</ref>
 
   
 
==== Bukijutsu ====
 
==== Bukijutsu ====
Hashirama was also extremely skilled in weapons use, especially in [[kenjutsu]] and wielded a myriad of [[swords]], one such had a broad, cleaver-like blade.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 10-11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 13-14</ref> He also could wield [[giant shuriken]]. In the anime, he displayed a clever combination of his weapon skills with his Wood Release techniques, having several roots wrapped around his weapons, allowing him to attack from a longer range with different angles.<ref name="OVA">''Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations'' OVA</ref> Hashirama possessed several large scrolls that were roughly his height, presumably to store his weapons. His skill in weapons use was such that he could clash against [[Madara Uchiha]], another highly-skilled weapons user at an equal level, forcing both to shift between using weapons and ninjutsu in order to break the stalemate.
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Hashirama was also extremely skilled in weapons use, especially in [[kenjutsu]] and wielded a myriad of [[swords]], one such had a broad, cleaver-like blade.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 10-11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 13-14</ref> He also could wield [[giant shuriken]]. In the anime, he displayed a creative combination of his weapon skills with his Wood Release techniques, having several roots wrapped around his weapons, allowing him to attack from a longer range with different angles.<ref name="OVA">''Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations'' OVA</ref> Hashirama possessed several large scrolls that were roughly his height, presumably to store his weapons. His skill in weapons use was so great he could clash against [[Madara Uchiha]], another highly-skilled weapons user at an equal level, forcing both to shift between using weapons and ninjutsu in order to break the stalemate.
   
 
=== Senjutsu ===
 
=== Senjutsu ===
[[File:Hashirama in Sage Mode.png|thumb|left|Hashirama in Sage Mode.]]
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[[File:Hashirama Sage Mode.png|thumb|left|Hashirama in Sage Mode.]]
Hashirama's chakra reserves were immense; great enough that he could train in the art of [[senjutsu]] and also enter [[Sage Mode]]. In this mode he gains markings around and under his eyes as well as one in the middle of his forehead reminiscent of a third eye.
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Hashirama's chakra reserves were immense; great enough that he could train in the art of [[senjutsu]] and also enter [[Sage Mode]], a feat he could perform near instantaneously. In this mode, he gains red (black in the anime) markings around and under his eyes as well as one in the middle of his forehead reminiscent of a third eye.
   
Sage Mode greatly increased the strength and scale of his techniques. A testament to this, was his [[Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands]] technique, which created a gargantuan wooden statue that possesses a thousand hands which easily towered over mountains and even the [[Nine-Tails]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 11</ref> Then after creating it, Hashirama would then utilise the statue's thousands of hands to deliver a [[Top Transformed Buddha|barrage of punches]] of such magnitude that they were able to completely destroy [[Madara Uchiha]]'s final [[Susanoo]], strip it off the Nine-Tails, while at the same time create a massive crater which became the [[Valley of the End]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 4-9</ref> The statue possess extreme durability, as it was able to withstand a [[Continuous Tailed Beast Balls|barrage of Tailed Beast Balls]] combined with Madara's final Susanoo blades.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 5-6</ref> It also possess notable strength, as it was able to easily grab the beast with one of its hands.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 7</ref>
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Sage Mode greatly increased the strength and scale of his techniques. A testament to this, was his [[Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands]] technique, which created a gargantuan wooden statue that possesses a thousand hands which easily towered over mountains and even the [[Nine-Tails]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 11</ref> Then after creating it, Hashirama would then utilise the statue's thousands of hands to deliver a [[Top Transformed Buddha|barrage of punches]] of such magnitude that they were able to completely destroy [[Madara Uchiha]]'s Perfect [[Susanoo]], strip it off the Nine-Tails, while at the same time create a massive crater which became the [[Valley of the End]].<ref name="c234" /><ref name="C399P11">''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 11-13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 4-9</ref> The statue possesses extreme durability, as it was able to withstand a [[Continuous Tailed Beast Balls|barrage of unexploded Tailed Beast Balls]] combined with Madara's final Susanoo blades, however, it lost its primary armament.<ref name="Naruto chapter 626, pages 5-6" /> It also possesses notable strength, as it was able to easily grab the beast with one of its hands.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 7</ref> Hashirama can also perform [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]], a technique that can bind a creature powerful and large as the [[Ten-Tails]] while working in conjunction with the other [[Hokage]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 9-10</ref>
   
 
=== Other Skills ===
 
=== Other Skills ===
As the leader of the Senju clan, Hashirama held proficiency in a wide cross-section of shinobi skills, and possessed at least an understanding of those he did not. He was well-versed in genjutsu and could perform powerful illusions such as the [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique]], which locked the target in perpetual darkness for the duration of the technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 14</ref> In the anime, he displayed aptitude in the art of [[fūinjutsu]], using the [[Contract Seal]] to break Madara's control over Kurama.<ref name="OVA"/> Hashirama could also use [[Summoning: Quintuple Rashōmon]], which brings out five Rashōmon that can protect him from nearly any attack.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 7</ref> He was also a [[sensor type]], though not as good as Tobirama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 11</ref> He also had high skill in taijutsu since childhood, with Madara noting that they were roughly equal in this area.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 2</ref> He also showed great tactical skill and deceptive abilities, waiting until Madara became so exhausted that he couldn't maintain his Sharingan to create a [[wood clone]] for Madara to strike down so he could attack from behind without his opponent even realising it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 10-12</ref>
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As the leader of the Senju clan, Hashirama held proficiency in a wide cross-section of shinobi skills, and possessed at least an understanding of those he did not. He was well-versed in genjutsu and could perform powerful illusions such as the [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique]], which locked the target in perpetual darkness for the duration of the technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 528, page 14</ref> According to Madara, Hashirama was also able to use [[medical ninjutsu]], able to heal without forming seals.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, page 14</ref>
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He was also skilled in the use of [[taijutsu]], in his youth, he often sparred with Madara to hone his skills.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 2</ref> In the anime, he also showed considerable durability, able to deflect a barrage of fire balls with his bare hands unharmed.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 71</ref> Hashirama also demonstrated great team-work in taijutsu with his brother, overwhelming Hiruzen with their prodigious speed and strength which forced him to summon Enma for assistance. He also showed great tactical skill and deceptive abilities, waiting until Madara became so exhausted that he couldn't maintain his Sharingan to create a [[wood clone]] for Madara to strike down so he could attack from behind without his opponent even realising it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 10-12</ref> He is also very knowledgeable in the history and abilities of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], as he was able to recognise the [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 637, pages 6-7</ref>
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In the anime, he displayed aptitude in the art of [[fūinjutsu]], using the [[Contract Seal]] to break Madara's control over Kurama.<ref name="OVA" /> Hashirama could use [[Summoning: Quintuple Rashōmon]], which brings out five Rashōmon that can protect him from nearly any attack.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 7</ref> He is also adept at using [[barrier ninjutsu]], capable of erecting a [[Four Red Yang Formation|powerful barrier]] in unison with three other Kage-level shinobi strong enough to trap the Ten-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 9-11</ref>
   
 
== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
 
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
 
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
 
[[File:Episode 69.png|thumb|right|Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
 
[[File:Episode 69.png|thumb|right|Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
Both he and Tobirama were reincarnated by [[Orochimaru]] using the [[Impure World Reincarnation]] technique to fight [[Hiruzen]] during the [[Invasion of Konoha|invasion]], although not at their full powers. While fully aware of what was going on, and saddened that he would have to fight his former student, Hashirama and his brother were robbed of their free will as a result of a seal employed by Orochimaru into the back of their heads. Hiruzen quickly resolved to kill his masters and used a [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Flame Bullet|very powerful fire technique]] that was easily countered by one of Tobirama's [[Water Release: Water Encampment Wall|walls of water]]. It was then turned into an [[Water Release: Water Colliding Wave|attack]] that was stopped by Hiruzen's own [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall|earth wall]].
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Both he and Tobirama were reincarnated by [[Orochimaru]] using the [[Impure World Reincarnation]] technique to fight [[Hiruzen]] during the [[Invasion of Konoha|invasion]], although not at their full powers due to Orochimaru's lack of mastery over the technique. While fully aware of what was going on, and saddened that he would have to fight his former student, Hashirama and his brother were robbed of their free will as a result of a seal employed by Orochimaru into the back of their heads. Hiruzen quickly resolved to kill his masters and used a [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Flame Bullet|very powerful fire technique]] that was easily countered by one of Tobirama's [[Water Release: Water Formation Wall|walls of water]]. It was then turned into an [[Water Release: Water Colliding Wave|attack]] that was stopped by Hiruzen's own [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall|earth wall]].
   
[[File:Hiruzen removing Hashiramas Soul.jpg|thumb|left|Hiruzen's clone removing a reincarnated Hashirama's soul.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen removing Hashiramas Soul.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen's clone removing a reincarnated Hashirama's soul.]]
During the battle, he demonstrated great teamwork and combination attacks with his brother. He also demonstrated his great Wood Release abilities using the [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees]] to completely alter the terrain they were [[Four Violet Flames Battle Encampment|sealed]] within. Before the branches can crush Hiruzen, however, he summoned [[Enma]] for assistance, and at the same time showed great [[taijutsu]] skills clashing with the Third at close range while the latter used the [[Adamantine Staff]]. His soul, along with his brother's, was eventually sealed by Hiruzen when he combined the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] and the [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to extract both of their souls at the same time. Before his soul was completely removed, he and his brother apologised to their former student for the trouble they had caused him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, pages 11-12</ref>
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During the battle, he demonstrated great team-work and combination attacks with his brother. He also demonstrated his great Wood Release abilities using the [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees]] to completely alter the terrain they were [[Four Violet Flames Formation|sealed]] within. Before the branches can crush Hiruzen, however, he summoned [[Enma]] for assistance, and at the same time showed great [[taijutsu]] skills clashing with the Third at close range while the latter used the [[Enma|Adamantine Staff]]. His soul, along with his brother's, was eventually sealed by Hiruzen when he combined the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] and the [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to extract both of their souls at the same time. Before his soul was completely removed, he and his brother apologised to their former student for the trouble they had caused him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, pages 11-12</ref>
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
 
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
 
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
[[File:Hokage Reincarnated.jpg|thumb|right|Hashirama is reincarnated alongside the other three Hokage.]]
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[[File:Hokage reincarnated.png|thumb|right|Hashirama is reincarnated along with the previous Hokage.]]
 
During [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s quest to find answers, Hashirama's soul was freed from inside the stomach of the [[Shinigami]], and subsequently reincarnated with the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] by [[Orochimaru]] along with [[Tobirama Senju|the]] [[Hiruzen Sarutobi|other]] [[Minato Namikaze|three]] [[Hokage]] that succeeded him using [[Zetsu]]'s [[Spore Technique|spore]] clones as sacrifices.
 
During [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s quest to find answers, Hashirama's soul was freed from inside the stomach of the [[Shinigami]], and subsequently reincarnated with the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] by [[Orochimaru]] along with [[Tobirama Senju|the]] [[Hiruzen Sarutobi|other]] [[Minato Namikaze|three]] [[Hokage]] that succeeded him using [[Zetsu]]'s [[Spore Technique|spore]] clones as sacrifices.
   
Reincarnated once more, Hashirama questions Tobirama as he curses Orochimaru before the two noticed Minato as he formally introduced himself to them, and was pleased that there was a Fourth Hokage. Learning that his granddaughter [[Tsunade]] is now the Fifth Hokage, he laughed off his apprehensions over if she is the right person to lead their village. He also learned of his younger brother's actions against the Uchiha Clan after his death and voiced his dismay towards both it and Tobirama's apparent disrespect towards Sasuke. It is not until he was addressed directly did Hashirama face Sasuke, who asked him what was the village and the purpose of shinobi.
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Reincarnated once more, Hashirama questions Tobirama as he curses Orochimaru before the two noticed Minato as he formally introduced himself to them, and was pleased that there was a Fourth Hokage. Learning that his granddaughter [[Tsunade]] is now the Fifth Hokage, he laughed off his apprehensions over if she is the right person to lead their village. He also learned of his younger brother's actions against the Uchiha clan after his death and voiced his dismay towards both it and Tobirama's apparent disrespect towards Sasuke. It is not until he was addressed directly did Hashirama face Sasuke, who asked him what was the village and the purpose of shinobi.
   
[[File:Hashirama's chakra.png|thumb|left|Hashirama forcefully intervenes to stop Tobirama from attacking.]]
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[[File:Hashirama stops Tobimara.png|thumb|left|Hashirama forcefully intervenes to stop Tobirama from attacking.]]
 
Mulling over the question, and after hearing Sasuke declare that this would decide whether or not he sought revenge on the village, Hashirama was moved to forcefully stop his brother from attacking them, nearly collapsing the [[Naka Shrine]] in the process. Laughing off the event, Hashirama apologised before telling Sasuke that Itachi was a better shinobi even than himself.
 
Mulling over the question, and after hearing Sasuke declare that this would decide whether or not he sought revenge on the village, Hashirama was moved to forcefully stop his brother from attacking them, nearly collapsing the [[Naka Shrine]] in the process. Laughing off the event, Hashirama apologised before telling Sasuke that Itachi was a better shinobi even than himself.
   
 
Telling the young man that the story was a long one, Hashirama was exasperated to hear that the world was yet again plunged into another war with Madara leading the opposition. Though Orochimaru used his cells to strengthen his hold over the other reincarnated Hokage, Hashirama easily broke from his bonds while telling the wary Orochimaru that he first intended to answer Sasuke to ensure he would not end up like Madara before entering the battle. Taking a seat on the ground, Hashirama contemplated where to begin his story of his battle with Madara at the [[Valley of the End]], and the history of their clans. Following the conclusion of his story, Hashirama noted that his decision influenced Itachi shouldering his burdens. Heavy-heartedly, Hashirama finally answered Sasuke's question by stating what his vision for the village was and that ninja are those who endured achieving their personal goals but may become entirely different people in the process.
 
Telling the young man that the story was a long one, Hashirama was exasperated to hear that the world was yet again plunged into another war with Madara leading the opposition. Though Orochimaru used his cells to strengthen his hold over the other reincarnated Hokage, Hashirama easily broke from his bonds while telling the wary Orochimaru that he first intended to answer Sasuke to ensure he would not end up like Madara before entering the battle. Taking a seat on the ground, Hashirama contemplated where to begin his story of his battle with Madara at the [[Valley of the End]], and the history of their clans. Following the conclusion of his story, Hashirama noted that his decision influenced Itachi shouldering his burdens. Heavy-heartedly, Hashirama finally answered Sasuke's question by stating what his vision for the village was and that ninja are those who endured achieving their personal goals but may become entirely different people in the process.
   
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[[File:The Hokage move out.png|thumb|Hashirama and the other reincarnated Hokage prepare to head out to the battlefield.]]
 
Finishing his story, Hashirama inquired more about their passing mention of Madara. When told about the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] and the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], Hashirama listened on as his successors spoke and Sasuke came to his decision. Having decided to protect what his brother had sacrificed himself for, an elated Hashirama immediately signalled to Tobirama to prepare to [[Flying Thunder God Technique|transport]] them to the battlefield. However when his brother noted that with Orochimaru binding them, it would not be possible, with Orochimaru's cooperation, the group made their way outside the Naka Shrine. Barely able to contain his excitement upon seeing the village, Hashirama instructed his successors to their respective busts on the [[Hokage Monument]], and as they prepared to make their way to the battlefield, Hashirama noted that he couldn't help but be curious as to what his long-time friend had been up to.
 
Finishing his story, Hashirama inquired more about their passing mention of Madara. When told about the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] and the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], Hashirama listened on as his successors spoke and Sasuke came to his decision. Having decided to protect what his brother had sacrificed himself for, an elated Hashirama immediately signalled to Tobirama to prepare to [[Flying Thunder God Technique|transport]] them to the battlefield. However when his brother noted that with Orochimaru binding them, it would not be possible, with Orochimaru's cooperation, the group made their way outside the Naka Shrine. Barely able to contain his excitement upon seeing the village, Hashirama instructed his successors to their respective busts on the [[Hokage Monument]], and as they prepared to make their way to the battlefield, Hashirama noted that he couldn't help but be curious as to what his long-time friend had been up to.
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Arriving on the battlefield, Hashirama noted that they should begin immediately, and when Madara called out to him noting that he had been awaiting his arrival, Hashirama matched his rival's exuberance only to tell him that he would have to wait until they dealt with the Ten-Tails. Calling the other Hokage to action, they all took up their cardinal positions and was able to seal the beast within the [[Four Red Yang Formation]]. Entering [[Sage Mode]], Hashirama also used the [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]] technique as an added measure to bind the beast. Later, when the young Konoha-nin had convened near him discussing Sasuke and his declaration to become Hokage, Hashirama reprimanded them, telling them that while he was glad there were so many possible Hokage candidates, now was not the time for that discussion and that they needed to mould their chakra in preparation for a concentrated attack.
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[[File:Hashirama orders attack.png|thumb|Hashirama commands the Alliance to charge.]]
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Forming [[wood clone]]s four of which moved to a side of the barrier, and the fifth to confront Madara, Hashirama tells the shinobi that he was going to make openings on the sides for them to attack. After the Ten-Tails sent out a barrage of [[Ten-Tails Fission|clone minions]], to defend its main body, Hashirama gave the signal to the others to attack. He watched on as [[Sakura Haruno]] decimated the battlefield, commenting on her fearsome strength. He himself later confronted several of these clones and was able to subdue them but noted that their numbers were a bit troublesome.
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With his attention turned towards Obito who had just reappeared on the battlefield, Hashirama noted that Obito was being controlled by Madara's chakra. Realising that Madara was intent on [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|reviving]] himself. Calling out to Sasuke and Naruto, he told the pair to stop Obito as they were the closest. Creating six wood clones, Hashirama lamented not being able to create more while maintaining the barrier. As clones arrived where Madara was, Minato was able to incapacitate Obito, stopping Madara's revival.
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Realising that Obito had in fact [[Ten-Tails Sealing Technique|successfully]] sealed the beast within himself, he noted that the situation had become very troublesome. When the [[Four Red Yang Formation]] is ripped apart, he and the other Hokage are sent reeling from the explosion, Hashirama tells the shinobi to stay on their guard as this was only the beginning. He attempted to once again bind Obito using his [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]] technique, but even this proved futile against the new jinchūriki. Hashirama and the other later rallied to where Minato, Naruto, and Sasuke were where Hashirama bluntly expressed that even he was outclassed by Obito in this state. As they tried to create a strategy to handle the situation, Hashirama and his brother are taken by surprise by the young Uchiha and their bodies are partially destroyed in the attack.
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[[File:SWW Madara vs. Hashirama.png|thumb|Hashirama battling Madara during the Fourth Shinobi World War.]]
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Though severely incapacitated, Hashirama's wood clone was able to create branches to restrain Obito at Tobirama's behest, giving his younger brother enough time to attack jinchūriki with his [[Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags]]. Later, as Minato moved to create an opening for the others, the real Hashirama decided that he should also join the fray. However, his progression is hindered by Madara, who noted he would wait no longer on Hashirama. As their battle commenced, Hashirama exclaimed that Madara was in his way, but the Uchiha refused to back down noting that things had gotten out of hand and he needed to keep Hashirama a bit longer, much to the Senju's puzzlement. As Hashirama's battle continued with Madara, Hashirama beseeched that they pause their battle to deal with Obito's [[Tailed Beast Ball]]-firing [[Wood Release: Flowering Tree|tree]]. However, when the Uchiha refused to stop noting that they were merely reincarnated bodies, Hashirama's clone amongst the shinobi noted that he was still with them and began to formulate a strategy to deflect the attack. However, Obito, not ready to allow anyone to easily disrupt his plan, decided to [[Six Red Yang Formation|barricade]] them with no escape.
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[[File:Hashirama communicating.png|thumb|left|Hashirama communicates with the five Kage via Ino's technique.]]
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After Naruto and Minato employed their strategy, Hashirama's clone watched on noting that the volume of chakra being distributed was as impressive as his own before realising what they intended to do. As the [[Shinju]] began to absorb the [[chakra]] of the shinobi around him sending the survivors spiralling even further into despair, Hashirama watched on as his original battled with Madara. After learning the role the Shinju would play in the Eye of the Moon Plan, Hashirama called for someone from the [[Yamanaka clan]] so he could inform everyone on the battlefield to which [[Ino]] responded. Connected to everyone telepathically, Hashirama is shocked when he realised that the five Kage were close by. Greeting his granddaughter, Hashirama pressed on with his message, passing on what he had learned while commanding the shinobi to not give up no matter what. While the shinobi still lamented their fate, Naruto's memories are conveyed to everyone via Ino's technique. Hashirama then watched on as Naruto and Sasuke prepared to launch another assault on Obito and the Shinju.
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As the shinobi watched on as Naruto and Sasuke rushed forward still hesitant in their resolve, Hashirama decided to broadcast his own memories of the first meeting of the five Kage ever. When the memories of the meeting ended with Hashirama explaining his dream for a future where everyone was united, Hashirama called for all the shinobi to put all their burdens, fears, strength and resolve to help fight for that future. Almost as if in response to this, the five current Kage arrive on the battlefield once more, resolute in their decision to fight on.
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After she healed some of the chakra-drained shinobi, Tsunade approached her grandfather where she began to apologise for the state of things. Hashirama however interrupted her, saying he was the only one at fault for the world turning out as it had. Acknowledging how Naruto's feelings reached everyone and hearing that his [[Will of Fire]] had also permeated this generation, Hashirama voiced his own feelings again to push everyone one. Hashirama later expressed shock as he witnessed Sasuke was able to not only develop a final Susanoo similar to Madara's but to also be able to [[Shape Transformation|equip]] it onto Kurama as Madara did in the past as well.
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[[File:Hashirama binds Madara.jpg|thumb|Hashirama binds Madara with his dragons.]]
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As his and Madara's battled waged on, Hashirama was able to immobilise Madara using two wooden dragons to counteract the [[Preta Path]] ability. Moving out of the way as Naruto's [[Big Ball Rasenshuriken]] hurtled towards Madara, Hashirama praised Minato's son for his efforts. Following up as soon as the Rasenshuriken hit, Hashirama immobilised Madara with the [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]] technique. Telling a seemingly defeated Madara to stop bluffing about a trump card as it was only a matter of time before he was sealed away, Hashirama later watched on in shock as Madara did in fact employ his trump attack and forced Obito to revive him with the [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]].
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As Madara returned to life, losing the Rinnegan bestowed on him by the Impure World Reincarnation, Sasuke attacked the Uchiha with [[Amaterasu]], leaving Hashirama shocked that he was still able to absorb the flames. Madara turned his attention to Hashirama once again, reminding him of their last civil conversation back at the [[Naka Shrine]] where Hashirama said that joy can truly come when exact opposites find unison. Madara pointed out that while he agreed, he found a different end-result, while revealing the copy of Hashirama's face in his chest. Madara explained that while others had improved on his own research to unify the Senju and Uchiha might, his own goal was still to later be revived.
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[[File:Madara captures Hashirama.jpg|thumb|left|Madara captures Hashirama.]]
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The resurrected Uchiha then activated the [[chakra receivers]] embedded in Hashirama, immobilising him. Madara then proceeded to grab Hashirama, draining the senjutsu chakra, which allowed Madara to replicate the Sage Mode power through the face replica and leaving Hashirama's body exhausted and crumbling slightly.
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As Sasuke left to confront Madara, Hashirama called out to him in order to give him a technique that would take advantage of Madara stealing Hashirama's senjutsu chakra. Hashirama offers to [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer his chakra]] to the young Uchiha as Madara's chakra receivers have disrupted his abilities as well as mobility. When a sceptical Sasuke asked Hashirama why he would want an Uchiha's help, Hashirama simply explains that Madara was once truly a kind person until he lost Izuna, who Sasuke greatly resembles. Hashirama remarked that Sasuke may be the only one who can stop Madara without force due to that similarity.
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[[File:Hagoromo appears.png|thumb|Hagoromo manifests before the Hokage.]]
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He later watched on as the shinobi around him fell prey to Madara's [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] and noted that Madara was using the [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]] technique to tether their life force to that of the Shinju. Some time later, he was surprised when the black rods in his back began to disappear, returning him his mobility. He met up with the other Hokage and wondered what had happened to Madara. He later dismissed Tobirama's idea to reincarnate Madara to get answers when [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]] manifested from Madara's body to speak to them.
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== Legacy ==
 
== Legacy ==
[[File:Hashirama living clone.png|thumb|right|The living clone created from the cultivation of Hashirama's cells.]]
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[[File:Hashirama living clone.png|thumb|left|The living clone created from the cultivation of Hashirama's cells.]]
Because of the heritage of the [[Senju]] — who are direct [[Senju Clan Ancestor|descendants]] of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] — and the kekkei genkai that he possessed, Hashirama's [[Wikipedia:DNA|DNA]] is highly coveted. During the battle at the [[Valley of the End]] where [[Madara Uchiha]] was thought to have died, the latter took the opportunity to collect his adversary's cells, using it to create a [[Hashirama's Living Clone|mindless living clone]] that produced the artificial life forms that became the [[White Zetsu Army]]. When he was reincarnated by Kabuto, Madara revealed that he had also integrated Hashirama's cells into himself which gained him access to the [[Wood Release]] kekkei genkai and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 8-9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 13</ref>
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Because of the heritage of the [[Senju]] — who are direct [[Asura|descendants]] of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] — and the kekkei genkai that he possessed, Hashirama's [[Wikipedia:DNA|DNA]] is highly coveted. During the battle at the [[Valley of the End]] where [[Madara Uchiha]] was thought to have died, the latter took the opportunity to collect his adversary's cells, using it to create a [[Hashirama's Living Clone|mindless living clone]] that produced the artificial life forms that became the [[White Zetsu Army]]. When he was reincarnated by Kabuto, Madara revealed that he had also integrated Hashirama's cells into himself which gained him access to the [[Wood Release]] kekkei genkai and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 8-9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 13</ref>
   
[[Orochimaru]], desiring Hashirama's unique abilities, exhumed the First Hokage's body for his own experiments where he infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from his remains, hoping that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only [[Yamato]] survived the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, pages 14-15</ref> This act also provided Orochimaru with a genetic sample that he used to [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] Hashirama years later, before Hiruzen [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|sealed]] his mentor's soul away.
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In the anime, Konoha researched Hashirama's power for a period and attempted to recreate it, constantly ending in failure and death. Ultimately, the research was ceased and forbidden.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref> [[Orochimaru]], desiring Hashirama's unique abilities, exhumed the First Hokage's body for his own experiments where he infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from his remains, hoping that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only [[Yamato]] survived the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, pages 14-15</ref> This act also provided Orochimaru with a genetic sample that he used to [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] Hashirama years later, before Hiruzen [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|sealed]] his mentor's soul away. In the anime, a scroll containing all Hashirama's Wood Release techniques was kept, later obtained by [[Danzō Shimura]] who gave it to Yamato in the hopes Yamato would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref>
   
[[Danzō Shimura]], using a similar experiment to Orochimaru's, infused his right arm with Hashirama's cells, and then had ten [[Sharingan]] embedded on it. This synthesis not only allowed Danzō to access Wood Release, but also use [[Izanagi]] for extended periods, and regenerate Shisui Uchiha's [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] after using [[Kotoamatsukami]] within a relatively short span of time compared to the decade it would've normally taken.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 12</ref> Obito also noted that it afforded Danzō the ability to control the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 16</ref> [[Obito Uchiha]], having been saved by Madara, was indirectly infused with Hashirama's DNA when the destroyed portion of the young Uchiha's body was replaced with artificial material from the living clone of Hashirama. Taking over for Madara, with the aid of the Akatsuki, Obito used the [[tailed beast]] chakra sealed within the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] as well as the DNA of [[Yamato]] who was later captured, to enhance the White Zetsu army prior to the start of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, pages 10-14</ref>
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Danzō, using a similar experiment to Orochimaru's, infused his right arm with Hashirama's cells, and then had ten [[Sharingan]] embedded on it. This synthesis not only allowed Danzō to access Wood Release, but also use [[Izanagi]] for extended periods, and regenerate Shisui Uchiha's [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] after using [[Kotoamatsukami]] within a relatively short span of time compared to the decade it would've normally taken.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 12</ref> Obito also noted that it afforded Danzō the ability to control the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 16</ref> [[Obito Uchiha]], having been saved by Madara, was indirectly infused with Hashirama's DNA when the destroyed portion of the young Uchiha's body was replaced with artificial material from the living clone of Hashirama. Taking over for Madara, with the aid of the Akatsuki, Obito used the [[tailed beast]] chakra sealed within the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] as well as the DNA of [[Yamato]] who was later captured, to enhance the White Zetsu army prior to the start of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, pages 10-14</ref>
   
But the most positive aspect of the legacy that Hashirama left behind is an ideal known as the ''[[Will of Fire]]'', a belief held by most residents of Konohagakure. Through sharing Madara's disdain for him, Obito — while under the guise of Madara — admitted that he has a begrudging respect and admiration for Hashirama and saw [[Naruto Uzumaki]] as the heir to Hashirama's ideology while proclaiming that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] inherited their clan's [[Curse of Hatred|hatred]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 14-17</ref>
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The most positive aspect of the legacy that Hashirama left behind is an ideal known as the ''[[Will of Fire]]'', a belief held by most residents of Konohagakure. Through sharing Madara's disdain for him, Obito — while under the guise of Madara — admitted that he has a begrudging respect and admiration for Hashirama and saw [[Naruto Uzumaki]] as the heir to Hashirama's ideology while proclaiming that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] inherited their clan's [[Curse of Hatred|hatred]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 14-17</ref>
   
 
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* {{translation|'Hashirama'|柱間}} is a Japanese word referring to the space between two pillars. This might be a play on the word {{translation|'pillar'|柱|hashira}}, as the Hokage is said to be the pillar that supports the village. '柱' is also the counter word for gods and buddhas.
 
* {{translation|'Hashirama'|柱間}} is a Japanese word referring to the space between two pillars. This might be a play on the word {{translation|'pillar'|柱|hashira}}, as the Hokage is said to be the pillar that supports the village. '柱' is also the counter word for gods and buddhas.
* His face on the [[Hokage Monument]] has a crack across the bridge of the nose.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 4</ref> However, in flashbacks, no such scar is visible.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 239, page 1</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 8</ref> This may be due to simple damage as [[Hiruzen]]'s face on the monument suffered similar damage.
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* His face on the [[Hokage Monument]] has a crack across the bridge of the nose.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 4</ref> However, in flashbacks, no such scar is visible.<ref name="C399P8" /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 239, page 1</ref> This may be due to simple damage as [[Hiruzen]]'s face on the monument suffered similar damage.
 
* In the English dub version of the anime, his [[Wood Release]] was called "Secret Earth Jutsu" rather than "Wood Style". This was corrected in Shippūden with Yamato.
 
* In the English dub version of the anime, his [[Wood Release]] was called "Secret Earth Jutsu" rather than "Wood Style". This was corrected in Shippūden with Yamato.
* In many of the games they are present in, Hashirama and Tobirama bear each others respective English voice actors, with Hashirama being voiced by Peter Lurie, and Tobirama being voiced by Jamieson Price.
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* In many of the games they are present in, Hashirama and Tobirama bear each other's respective English voice actors, with Hashirama being voiced by Peter Lurie, and Tobirama being voiced by Jamieson Price.
* Hashirama is one of three people to hold the title of {{translation|"God of Shinobi"|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami}}, the others being [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] and the [[Sage of the Six Paths]].
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** In the English version of ''Naruto'', Hashirama is voiced by Jamieson Price and Tobirama is voiced by Peter Lurie, but in the English version of ''Naruto: Shippūden'' Hashirama is voice by Peter Lurie and Tobirama by Jamieson Price.
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* Hashirama is one of three people to hold the title of {{translation|"'''God of Shinobi'''"|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami}}, the others being [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] and the [[Sage of the Six Paths]].
 
* Hashirama, along with Tobirama, Minato, and the Konoha symbol, had his face appear in the ending [[omake]] of [[Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain|''Shippūden'' episode 129]] within the fireworks.
 
* Hashirama, along with Tobirama, Minato, and the Konoha symbol, had his face appear in the ending [[omake]] of [[Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain|''Shippūden'' episode 129]] within the fireworks.
* In the [[The Day of Departure!! (chapter)|chapter 238]] a portrait of Hashirama and the other Hokage is seen, showing him using a kerchief.
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* In [[The Day of Departure!!|chapter 238]] a portrait of Hashirama and the other Hokage is seen, showing him using a kerchief. They can also be briefly seen in [[The Key...!!|chapter 94]].
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Hashirama show that he was 147cm when he met Madara.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** His hobbies were [[Wikipedia:Bonsai|bonsai]] and [[Wikipedia:Sculpture|wood sculpting]].
 
** His hobbies were [[Wikipedia:Bonsai|bonsai]] and [[Wikipedia:Sculpture|wood sculpting]].
 
** His desired opponent was Madara Uchiha.
 
** His desired opponent was Madara Uchiha.
 
** His favourite food was mushroom mixed soup.
 
** His favourite food was mushroom mixed soup.
** His favourite phrases were {{translation|"The vast lands fertile"|大地豊饒|Daichi Hōjō}} and {{translation|"Heaven's garments are without seams"|天衣無縫|Ten'i Muhō}}. They refer to perfect beauty without any artificial elements.
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** His favourite phrases were {{translation|"The vast lands fertile"|大地豊饒|Daichi Hōjō}} and {{translation|"Heaven's garments are without seams"|天衣無縫|Ten'i Muhō}}. They refer to perfect beauty without any artificial elements.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
 
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{{Maintenance|Quotes}}
* (To [[Hiruzen]]) "''The fellow countrymen of the Konoha make up each part of my body… those of the village believe in me, and I believe in them. That's what it means to be Hokage!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, page 14</ref>
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* (To [[Hiruzen]]) "''The fellow countrymen of the Konoha make up each part of my body… those of the village believe in me, and I believe in them… That's what it means to be Hokage!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, page 14</ref>
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* (To [[Madara]]) "''No matter what happens I will protect our… no '''my''' village. I still believe that protecting the village is the best way to protect people, shinobi, and children…! Anyone who tries to harm it, whether they are my friends, siblings or my own children… I won't forgive them.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 12</ref>
 
* "''Whenever you live, there will always be war.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 118, page 5</ref>
 
* "''Whenever you live, there will always be war.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 118, page 5</ref>
* (To [[Kurama]]) "''Nine-Tails, your power is too great. I cannot let you roam free any longer!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 8</ref>
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* (To [[Sasuke]]) "''The village Madara and I originally desired was something that could connect clans. An important cornerstone to turn chaos into order and maintain it. Something to protect children and avoid useless quarrels… a place ruled by peace.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 15</ref>
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* (To Sasuke) "''Shinobi are people who endure to achieve their goals… but depending on what they choose as their goal they change… like Madara and I…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 16</ref>
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* (To the five [[Kage]]) "''Indeed, so far we haven't been really been able to get along nicely. That's something we've been doing to protect our comrades and our clans. In some cases it was maybe unavoidable. Today… Even if our country agreement goes smoothly… I'm actually not sure how long it will last. But one day… In the future… '''I dream of a time when all shinobi will cooperate with each other… A time when everyone's hearts will be together regardless of their countries.''' That's my… dream of the future.''"<ref name="C648P12" />
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* (To the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]) "''Please! Our dear children! Now, bring together your pain… Sufferings… Discouragement. Bring them together to show me… '''Our real dream!!'''''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 648, page 13</ref>
   
 
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Hashirama Senju

(千手柱間, Senju Hashirama)

  • First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage)
  • God of Shinobi (忍の神, Shinobi no Kami; English TV "The Supreme Shinobi")[2]
Debut
Manga Chapter #118
Anime Naruto Episode #69
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Scorpio October 23
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 185.1 cm1.851 m
    6.073 ft
    72.874 in
Weight
  • Part II: 74 kg163.142 lb
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
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Affiliation
Clan
Rank
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Family

Nature Type
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Hashirama Senju (千手柱間, Senju Hashirama) was Konohagakure's First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage; Literally meaning "First or Founding Fire Shadow"). He was famous in life as the God of Shinobi (忍の神, Shinobi no Kami; English TV "The Supreme Shinobi") for his unmatched ninja prowess. Despite that, Hashirama only wanted peace, and to that end founded Konoha with his childhood friend and rival Madara Uchiha. Although he was not able to achieve peace during his lifetime, his legacy would live on, continuing to shape the village for decades after his death.

Background Edit

Madara and hasirama2

Hashirama meeting Madara.

Hashirama was born as the oldest of four children to Butsuma, leader of the Senju clan. As a child during the Warring States Period, Hashirama first came across Madara Uchiha at the edge of a river where the young Uchiha was attempting to skip a stone all the way across. Easily getting a rock to the other side, Hashirama introduced himself to Madara as his rival in stone skipping, and noted that he was clearly leading.[3] Neither Hashirama nor Madara revealed their surnames, as it was unwise in such an era.[4] Unbeknown to them, their clans had been in a bloody feud for ages, hired constantly by opposing factions to counterbalance the other.[5] The two knew that the only way for them to survive was to befriend their enemies. As they skipped stones together, the two boys discovered the corpse of a member of the Hagoromo clan.[6]

Soon afterward, Hashirama attended the burial of his younger brother, Kawarama, who had been murdered by members of the Uchiha clan.[7] Saddened by Kawarama's passing, Hashirama got into a brief altercation with his father over what he considered to be the pointless death of his brother.[8] That moment convinced Hashirama, with his brother, Tobirama's support, that there would have to be peace amongst ninja. Not long passed before Itama, Hashirama and Tobirama's other younger brother, also fell to the perils of war.[9] The event led Hashirama to return to the riverbank, where he met with Madara once more, and with him discussed the death of Itama.[10] Finding solace in each other's company, the two continued to meet by the river, where they sparred, shared techniques and talked over prospects for the future.[11] It was during one of these meetings that Hashirama revealed his dream to create a new village where people could live in peace, and more importantly, where children could grow up and study together.[12] It would be a place where shinobi would be assigned missions based on their level of skill and not out of necessity to fill a battlefield with forces, learned or not.[12] Madara agreed, and the two children decided to build their dream village below the very cliff where they talked.[13]

However, Hashirama's friendship with the young Uchiha was not long to last, as Butsuma soon discovered from Tobirama that his son had been meeting with Madara.[14] Revealing to Hashirama that Madara was in fact an Uchiha who had killed several of the Senju's strongest shinobi, he ordered his son to use his meetings with Madara to spy on him and, if necessary, to kill him.[15] Still, Hashirama could not stand to betray his friend; when the two boys met again they warned each other that a trap had been set for the other, but as they fled, they looked back in shock to find their fathers and younger brothers standing across from each other, fully ready for combat.[16]

Hashirama VS Madara

A young Hashirama and Madara start to do battle.

After Hashirama and Madara intervened to protect their respective younger brothers, Hashirama was devastated to see Madara end their friendship and declare them mortal enemies.[17] As the years passed, Hashirama was forced to battle his once-friend many times before they eventually became the leaders of their clans.[18] Despite this, Hashirama secretly held onto the dream he once had with Madara and hoped to one day end the fighting by rekindling their friendship. It was because of this reason that Hashirama and Madara battled to a stalemate every time they fought despite Hashirama's superior prowess. Despite the constant statement the Senju clan eventually began domination the Uchiha clan, so much so defectors started to show themselves. After Izuna was mortally wounded by Tobirama and both brothers as well as the rest of the Uchiha clan were backed to a corner, Hashirama, unable to let go of his dream and his friendship with Madara offered a truce to join the two clans. Hashirama believed if the two most powerful clans joined forces, nations would be unable to find clans to stand up to the unified clans and would cause shinobi clans to stop selling their services because it would mean suicide and would cause the non-stop wars to end. Madara, recalling his childhood memories with Hashirama proceeded to accept the truce, only for Izuna to talk him out of it believing it would be the end of the clan, causing Madara to retreat rather than accept the truce.[19][20] Madara attempted to treat Izuna's injuries. Unfortunately, the injuries were too severe to be treated and Izuna eventually succumbed to his injuries, but not before giving Madara his eyes. Sometime after this, Hashirama sent Madara a cease-fire request that included a meeting place to hear Madara's answer. However, the loss to Izuna made Madara very difficult to reason with and Madara responded by trying to kill Hashirama. Hashirama, still holding onto his friendship and dream tried to reason with Madara until Madara made it perfectly clear it was no longer possible for the two of them to understand one another, prompting Hashirama to fight with all his power. After 24 hours of non-stop fighting, Madara collapsed from exhaustion. Tobirama attempted to finish Madara off but Hashirama forced Tobirama to stay out of it and approached Madara once more to create peace between their clans; however, Madara once again refused to accept, and stated that he would not trust the Senju unless Hashirama either took his own life, or that of his younger brother.[21] Choosing suicide, Hashirama asked his brother to accept the Uchiha as allies and end their feud, but was stopped by Madara, who then accepted the truce.[22]

Senju & Uchiha truce

The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.

After the truce, the Uchiha and Senju made preparations for their village to finally be founded.[23] Hashirama expressed his desire for Madara to be made the first Hokage, and even carve his likeness onto the cliffside overlooking the village.[24] Tobirama, however, convinced him that the villagers would never follow Madara, and that they should be given the choice of who should lead them.[25] Hashirama reluctantly agreed.[26] The villagers selected Hashirama over Madara for the title of First Hokage.[27] Afterwards, Hashirama and Madara met at the Naka Shrine, where Madara expressed his fear of Tobirama becoming the Second Hokage, and announced his plan to make his dream become a reality.[28] Madara soon after departed the village.[29] At one time point, Hashirama gained control of several tailed beasts.

First Gokage meeting

The first ever summit of the five Kage is convened.

Some point after becoming Hokage, Hashirama convened the very first meeting of the five Kage, accompanied by his brother and future successor Tobirama. Overwhelmed that the leaders of the Five Great Shinobi Countries actually attended the meeting, Hashirama lowered his head thankfully to his equals and while admonished by his brothers and peers alike, he noted he could not help it. As the meeting got under-way and Tobirama explained that the Kage would have to pay for the tailed beasts they would receive, Hashirama questioned his brother asking whether giving them away for free wasn't all right. Silenced by his brother, he listened on as the proceedings continued. As infighting broke out among the Kage due to what they believed to be the First Kazekage's brazen demand, Hashirama made his plea to them to preserve the future of their children. He also expressed concern that the peace agreement between the five of them would not last long but he dreamed of a future where everyone would be united under one cause.[30] Eventually, he shared the tailed beasts to other villages in an attempt to maintain peace and equalise the power between the nations thus ending the dispute between them.

Hashirama vs Madara

The battle between Hashirama and Madara.

Soon afterwards, Konohagakure began to prosper as Hashirama and Madara had dreamed it would in childhood, causing other nations to adopt Konoha's Shinobi Nation system.[31] Later, Madara returned, having acquired control over the Nine-Tailed Fox, intent on challenging Hashirama once again.[32] During the battle Hashirama attempted to reason with Madara to stop fighting and come to his senses, but realising that Madara would not back down, Hashirama entered Sage Mode to end the battle.[33] With his augmented power, Hashirama was able to destroy Madara's Susanoo and subdue the Nine-Tails, forcing Madara to confront Hashirama directly.[34] The battle waged on well into the night, leaving both Shinobi battered and exhausted.[35] In a final clash, Madara was the last one standing.[36] Looking back at Madara, Hashirama tried one more time to reason with Madara, noting how far their former shared dream had come.[37] When Madara scoffed at the remarks, Hashirama resolved to finish Madara off, revealing himself behind Madara and stabbing him through the chest.[38] As Madara realised the Hashirama he had clashed with was a clone, Hashirama bitterly accepted that Madara had truly relinquished his ties to their village, and declared that he would always protect it.[38] Madara vowed that one day the village would become shrouded in darkness before finally collapsing.[39] Unknown to him, Black Zetsu had been observing the entire fight.[40]

Final Valley

The statues of Hashirama and Madara at the Valley of the End.

In the aftermath of intense battle, the defeated Madara faked his death and went into hiding,[41] while Hashirama's wife, Mito Uzumaki, became the Nine-Tails' first jinchūriki by sealing the beast within herself.[42] The devastation to the terrain which ensued from this battle were so great that it created an entire land formation that eventually became known as the Valley of the End.[43][44]

During his time as Hokage, Hashirama came into possession of a scroll filled with — amongst other skills — various kinjutsu, which he sealed away in order to keep the techniques within it a secret.[45] At some point in time, he also defeated Kakuzu, who had been sent to assassinate him by Takigakure.[46] Thinking about the future of Konoha, he also trained the young Hiruzen Sarutobi, one of his brother's team members. He lived long enough to meet his first grandchild, Tsunade, and noted that he had spoiled her a great deal, even passing on his habit for gambling to her.[47] Hashirama died some time after the founding of Konoha in one of the many wars that were raging during this revolutionary era, but not before passing on the title of Hokage to Tobirama.[48]

Personality Edit

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Without hesitation, Hashirama chooses to take his life to establish peace between clans.

Hashirama was a kind and caring person with a deep sense of loyalty, great charisma, and skill in negotiation. He saw the people of Konoha as a part of his own family, and his legacy took a firm root in the village. He was also shown to be a very wise and insightful man, as he passed on great teachings to Hiruzen. It was he who first believed that all Konoha shinobi should show true loyalty to each other, and that a Kage must be willing to put his life on the line for his village to set an example for all others. This belief of his is known as the "Will of Fire". Hashirama also seemed to have a sense of honour regarding his opponents and, despite their rivalry, possessed great respect for Madara Uchiha, and considered him a friend, even a brother.[49][50] Hashirama even referred Madara as a "long-time friend" when expressing joyous curiosity about what Madara has been up to all this time,[51] and even greeted Madara with jovial banter rather than with hostility.[52] When they were kids, Hashirama and Madara cared about each other so much that they purposely leaked information to each other about a trap that their respective clans laid out.[53][54] He went on to offer a truce after already defeating the Uchiha and forbade Tobirama from finishing Madara, even asking what would it take for Madara to trust him again.[55][56] Due to the chaotic era he underwent as a child, Hashirama disagreed on children being sent to the battlefield and cultivated the ideals of a shinobi Academy and a shinobi organisational system in order to avoid having children as meaningless war casualties.[12]

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Hashirama after being shouted at by his younger brother.

Hashirama was an idealist by nature, and always looked towards the prospect of peace and a time where children would not be sent to war because of it.[57] He always gave people the benefit of the doubt witnessed when he proposed a truce with the Uchiha, considering them allies immediately, even when Madara attacked the village, Hashirama did not allow this to colour his view of the other Uchiha in the village even still considered Madara a brother. This put him at odds with his brother, who was more of a realist and was still wary of the Uchiha, seeing them as a threat to Konoha because of their unpredictable emotional states, despite the fact that Hashirama told his brother to not discriminate against the Uchiha countless times.[58] This was due to the fact that in Hashirama's vision for the creation of the village system, he believed that this would naturally break down the mentality that persons had to look out for their clans.[59] Hashirama was also very modest, and is by no means above praising other shinobi as he lauded Itachi Uchiha when told of his feats by Sasuke, and claimed Itachi to be a better shinobi than himself.[60] He also praised Hiruzen for raising Orochimaru by calling him a skilled shinobi, despite all of the crimes he committed against Konohagakure and stopping Tobirama from leaving the shrine.[61] Later when Obito became the jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails, he remarked that he was stronger than him despite of his title as the God of Shinobi.[62] During the meeting between the Kage, Hashirama lowered his head thankfully to the other Kage, showing that he was very humble and treated others equally, by nature.[63]

Hashirama remembering Tsunade

Hashirama laughs as he remembers spoiling Tsunade.

Contrasting somewhat with the expectations people had built up for the man known as one of the most powerful shinobi to have ever lived,[64] Hashirama is a quite jovial and laid-back yet emotionally sensitive. He also was an exuberant goof with an interest in gambling when not in the heat of battle. This was displayed after he was reincarnated a second time with his personality left intact as he was barely able to contain his excitement upon learning that there was a Fourth Hokage, taking it as a sign of his village's longevity,[65] and later when he actually saw the village once again.[66] He was later shocked, as well as worried when he learned that Tsunade had become the Fifth Hokage due to the fact he spoiled her as a child, even having passed on his habit for gambling to her.[47] The dynamics between him and his brother Tobirama are also quite intense and inverted, as Hashirama usually succumbed to his more authoritative younger brother's orders, as well as being reprimanded often by Tobirama for being too soft.[67] While in the same breath when necessary, he was capable of being overbearing and not above using force to make his decision clear, as seen when he forcefully reprimand Tobirama to stop him from attacking Sasuke and his group,[68] and some time before to stop him from killing Madara.[69] He also admonished his brother for creating the Impure World Reincarnation technique because of its amoral requirements.[70] Hashirama is also very considerate, as he chose to delay his departure to the battlefield to tell Sasuke the truth he requested, noting that their actions on the battlefield would mean nothing if another Madara would just appear in the world, as well as creating a wood clone to combat Madara while he was dealing with the Ten-Tails.[71][72] He was also willing to sacrifice himself everything for the sake of the village, going as far as offering Madara the title Hokage and his own life to ensure peace between them.[73]

Hashirama was also prone to sulking whenever he was shouted at, accosted, or didn't agree with something. However, he would not sulk for long, and would return in an instant to his regular high-spirited nature.[74] One such instance was when he just met Madara Uchiha and the two were skipping rocks. After Madara accosted Hashirama, he began to sulk and told Madara that to atone for it, he would allow Madara to skip him across the river, but then grinned and noted that he prayed that he would make it across.[75]

In battle, Hashirama is calm and collected, showing great instincts and leadership skills as the former Hokage and leader of the Senju clan, providing assistant to the entire Allied Shinobi Forces with his wood clones as well as pushing all of them to face the Ten-Tails without fear, despite its overwhelming power.[76][77] Despite his free-spirited and peaceful nature, he was also willing to make difficult decisions that go against his usual nature when forced to. During his final battle in life with Madara, Hashirama resolved to kill his best and childhood friend for the sake of protecting the village without hesitation.[78] However, Hashirama is also shown to be a here and now type of person as he didn't hold any ill feelings against Orochimaru for attempting to use him to destroy his beloved village over three years ago. Despite his peace keeping personality, Hashirama also seems to enjoy a challenging battle, at least with Madara as shown when he was smiling as if he was enjoying himself despite the fate of Konoha would be determined by the battle's outcome.

Appearance Edit

Shodai Hokage

Hashirama in the Hokage attire.

Hashirama was a tall man with tanned skin, dark eyes and waist-length black hair typically styled in a centre-parted fringe that framed his face, although sometimes he wore it combed-back with two single locks framing his face instead. In most cases, his attire took the form of the standard shinobi dress of his era, consisting of dark red traditional armour — similar to that of samurai — worn over a simple black suit. This armour was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body, in particular: chest, waist, shoulders, outer thighs and forearms. Each collar of his shoulder guards bore the Senju symbol emblazoned on them.[9][79][80][81][82][83][84][85][86][87] Later in life, his left shoulder armour was damaged and lost its lowermost plate. For a time, he also wore a white coloured cloth bearing his clan's symbol.[9][88][89] This clothing was accompanied by sandals and his village's forehead protector, after its formation. He often time also carried either a single large scroll strapped to his back or several large ones into battle.[90][91]

Young Hashirama

Hashirama as a child.

While in the village, Hashirama tended to wear the traditional Kage attire consisting of the customary brown and white hat and haori over a full-length brown and white gown, along with a simple red headband.[92] Otherwise, he wore a light-brown, short-sleeved, kimono shirt with mesh armour underneath, held closed by a red sash, and navy blue pants.

As a child, Hashirama's hair was shoulder-length and was more bowl-cut in style, hanging around his face. When he first met Madara, he wore a dark kimono shirt, a short light green jacket with darker green linings, a white scarf around his neck, traditional pinstriped kimono pants of his clan, and a dark green sash around his waist.[93] Later, he wore a long-sleeved black shirt and light purple sleeveless haori. When training, he wore a sleeveless kimono top and bottom with and bandages on his wrists. In battle, he is seen wearing green armour covering his shoulders torso and groin, a headband with his clan's symbol on it, and fishnet armour around his wrists and shins.[94][95][96]

Abilities Edit

Hashirama and Madara clash

Hashirama clashing with Madara.

Hashirama is reputed as the most powerful shinobi of his era, greatly respected by the shinobi world, with his might being so vast that it earned him the title of "God of Shinobi."[71][2][97] His prowess was such that Kabuto Yakushi claimed that there was no one living that could match it.[98] Even Madara Uchiha openly admitted his inferiority to the Hokage,[99] something that dated even back to their childhood.[91][100] A testament to his power was that he was able to defeat Madara after he had achieved the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, even facing the might of his 'perfect' Susanoo without using his own full power.[101] Using his full power, he was also able to defeat Madara who was using Kurama to fight him, even triumphing after Madara shaped his Perfect Susanoo around the tailed beast.[102]

With his overwhelming power, Hashirama was able to subdue several tailed beasts and unify multiple clans together into the village under his leadership. When Hashirama was later reincarnated during the Fourth Shinobi World War, he again clashed with Madara. Despite the legendary Uchiha gaining various enhancements since their last battle, including increased physical parameters well-beyond his prime, the Wood Release of strength comparable to that of the First Hokage, and even his possession and mastery of the Rinnegan, Hashirama was still able to fight on par against his childhood rival; while being just shy of his full power, however, he needed aid to pin him.

Chakra Edit

Even for a Senju, Hashirama possessed an especially strong life force, as well as physical energy and stamina, so much that he was able to fight Madara for twenty-four hours non-stop and still stand prime afterwards to deliver a final blow on his exhausted rival.[103] Part of this potent nature stemmed from being a reincarnation of his ancestor, Asura.[104] Hashirama was also able to resist the control of Orochimaru's Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation with relative ease when reincarnated with almost his full power, which greatly worried the Sannin.[105] Seemingly stemming from this, Hashirama also had considerable regenerative powers, able to quickly mend most injuries to his being with no residual affects, an ability to which Tsunade's Strength of a Hundred Technique has been compared by Madara himself.[106]

Likewise, Hashirama's chakra was also shown to be remarkably strong; a testament to its fortitude was witnessed through the use of his chakra alone to deter his brother from attacking. This also caused such a dense effect around him that it almost caused the Naka Shrine to collapse, impressing the Fourth Hokage and scaring Orochimaru and Taka.[107] His chakra levels also made him suitable to learn senjutsu and enter Sage Mode. During the Fourth Shinobi World War after seeing Naruto, another shinobi known for unusually high reserves further enhanced by the entirety of Kurama, distribute chakra to the entire Alliance, Hashirama noted that the volume was on as impressive a level as his own.[108] He could also make numerous wood clones of himself despite his use of a chakra taxing technique at the same time. Hashirama's chakra control is also shown to be very advanced, able to use various high-level and large-scale techniques with few to only a single hand seal. He can likewise transfer his chakra to others, even when his ability to mould chakra is impaired.[109] The colour of Hashirama's chakra is purple.

Ninjutsu Edit

Nature Transformation Edit

Hashirama's wood release

Hashirama using Wood Release

Hashirama was arguably most famous for his unique Wood Release techniques, a kekkei genkai formed through simultaneous use of earth and water-natured chakra. By converting chakra into the source of life, he was able to create wood and plants from the ground of or his very being, causing them to grow to great sizes and manipulate them to diverse shapes and battle uses at will and in an instant, he could shape the entire battlefield for his own uses. This ability appeared to be exclusively his, as no other known member of his clan has ever displayed its use thus far. Even those who obtained this power through unorthodox means, such as Yamato, have stated that their use of Wood Release was much weaker in terms of raw power.[110] In the anime, Hashirama was shown to be able to form Wood Release techniques without hand seals.[111]

Giant Wood Human

Hashirama's Wood Human and Wood Dragon Technique.

He could create massive forests[112] and gigantic flowering trees whose pollen can render a foe unconscious.[113] Even a complete Susanoo could be overwhelmed by the sheer force of the wooden roots and branches Hashirama could create with either technique.[114] He could also create wood clones to aid him in battle. Hashirama could create a giant wooden dragon capable of restraining the Nine-Tails by using its immense serpentine body to constrict and absorb its chakra. He could also create a wood golem that works in conjunction with the dragon and is strong enough to catch a uncompressed Tailed Beast Ball with its bare hands.[115] His wood golem is powerful enough, whether in Sage Mode or not, to stalemate the power of Madara Uchiha's perfect Susanoo.[116][117] He could also create protective structures that are able to withstand the destructive force of a Tailed Beast Ball,[118] and could even create several giant wood hands that could block the sword of Madara's perfect Susanoo.[119]

Hashirama forming multiple wood clones

Hashirama creating numerous wood clones.

One of the unique things about his kekkei genkai was the ability to subdue and control the tailed beasts. With the the Wood Release: Wood Dragon Technique, Hashirama could siphon off the tailed beast chakra and bind it in web of trees . Through the Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands, Hashirama could put the target tailed beast to sleep by channeling it through the Wood Human Technique or, in the anime, through simple hand contact.[120][121]

Bukijutsu Edit

Hashirama was also extremely skilled in weapons use, especially in kenjutsu and wielded a myriad of swords, one such had a broad, cleaver-like blade.[122][123] He also could wield giant shuriken. In the anime, he displayed a creative combination of his weapon skills with his Wood Release techniques, having several roots wrapped around his weapons, allowing him to attack from a longer range with different angles.[124] Hashirama possessed several large scrolls that were roughly his height, presumably to store his weapons. His skill in weapons use was so great he could clash against Madara Uchiha, another highly-skilled weapons user at an equal level, forcing both to shift between using weapons and ninjutsu in order to break the stalemate.

Senjutsu Edit

Hashirama Sage Mode

Hashirama in Sage Mode.

Hashirama's chakra reserves were immense; great enough that he could train in the art of senjutsu and also enter Sage Mode, a feat he could perform near instantaneously. In this mode, he gains red (black in the anime) markings around and under his eyes as well as one in the middle of his forehead reminiscent of a third eye.

Sage Mode greatly increased the strength and scale of his techniques. A testament to this, was his Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands technique, which created a gargantuan wooden statue that possesses a thousand hands which easily towered over mountains and even the Nine-Tails.[125] Then after creating it, Hashirama would then utilise the statue's thousands of hands to deliver a barrage of punches of such magnitude that they were able to completely destroy Madara Uchiha's Perfect Susanoo, strip it off the Nine-Tails, while at the same time create a massive crater which became the Valley of the End.[43][44][126] The statue possesses extreme durability, as it was able to withstand a barrage of unexploded Tailed Beast Balls combined with Madara's final Susanoo blades, however, it lost its primary armament.[121] It also possesses notable strength, as it was able to easily grab the beast with one of its hands.[127] Hashirama can also perform Sage Art: Gate of the Great God, a technique that can bind a creature powerful and large as the Ten-Tails while working in conjunction with the other Hokage.[128]

Other Skills Edit

As the leader of the Senju clan, Hashirama held proficiency in a wide cross-section of shinobi skills, and possessed at least an understanding of those he did not. He was well-versed in genjutsu and could perform powerful illusions such as the Bringer-of-Darkness Technique, which locked the target in perpetual darkness for the duration of the technique.[129] According to Madara, Hashirama was also able to use medical ninjutsu, able to heal without forming seals.[130]

He was also skilled in the use of taijutsu, in his youth, he often sparred with Madara to hone his skills.[131] In the anime, he also showed considerable durability, able to deflect a barrage of fire balls with his bare hands unharmed.[132] Hashirama also demonstrated great team-work in taijutsu with his brother, overwhelming Hiruzen with their prodigious speed and strength which forced him to summon Enma for assistance. He also showed great tactical skill and deceptive abilities, waiting until Madara became so exhausted that he couldn't maintain his Sharingan to create a wood clone for Madara to strike down so he could attack from behind without his opponent even realising it.[133] He is also very knowledgeable in the history and abilities of the Sage of the Six Paths, as he was able to recognise the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique.[134]

In the anime, he displayed aptitude in the art of fūinjutsu, using the Contract Seal to break Madara's control over Kurama.[124] Hashirama could use Summoning: Quintuple Rashōmon, which brings out five Rashōmon that can protect him from nearly any attack.[135] He is also adept at using barrier ninjutsu, capable of erecting a powerful barrier in unison with three other Kage-level shinobi strong enough to trap the Ten-Tails.[136]

Part I Edit

Invasion of Konoha Arc Edit

Episode 69

Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.

Both he and Tobirama were reincarnated by Orochimaru using the Impure World Reincarnation technique to fight Hiruzen during the invasion, although not at their full powers due to Orochimaru's lack of mastery over the technique. While fully aware of what was going on, and saddened that he would have to fight his former student, Hashirama and his brother were robbed of their free will as a result of a seal employed by Orochimaru into the back of their heads. Hiruzen quickly resolved to kill his masters and used a very powerful fire technique that was easily countered by one of Tobirama's walls of water. It was then turned into an attack that was stopped by Hiruzen's own earth wall.

Hiruzen removing Hashiramas Soul

Hiruzen's clone removing a reincarnated Hashirama's soul.

During the battle, he demonstrated great team-work and combination attacks with his brother. He also demonstrated his great Wood Release abilities using the Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees to completely alter the terrain they were sealed within. Before the branches can crush Hiruzen, however, he summoned Enma for assistance, and at the same time showed great taijutsu skills clashing with the Third at close range while the latter used the Adamantine Staff. His soul, along with his brother's, was eventually sealed by Hiruzen when he combined the Dead Demon Consuming Seal and the Shadow Clone Technique to extract both of their souls at the same time. Before his soul was completely removed, he and his brother apologised to their former student for the trouble they had caused him.[137]

Part II Edit

Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit

Hokage reincarnated

Hashirama is reincarnated along with the previous Hokage.

During Sasuke Uchiha's quest to find answers, Hashirama's soul was freed from inside the stomach of the Shinigami, and subsequently reincarnated with the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation by Orochimaru along with the other three Hokage that succeeded him using Zetsu's spore clones as sacrifices.

Reincarnated once more, Hashirama questions Tobirama as he curses Orochimaru before the two noticed Minato as he formally introduced himself to them, and was pleased that there was a Fourth Hokage. Learning that his granddaughter Tsunade is now the Fifth Hokage, he laughed off his apprehensions over if she is the right person to lead their village. He also learned of his younger brother's actions against the Uchiha clan after his death and voiced his dismay towards both it and Tobirama's apparent disrespect towards Sasuke. It is not until he was addressed directly did Hashirama face Sasuke, who asked him what was the village and the purpose of shinobi.

Hashirama stops Tobimara

Hashirama forcefully intervenes to stop Tobirama from attacking.

Mulling over the question, and after hearing Sasuke declare that this would decide whether or not he sought revenge on the village, Hashirama was moved to forcefully stop his brother from attacking them, nearly collapsing the Naka Shrine in the process. Laughing off the event, Hashirama apologised before telling Sasuke that Itachi was a better shinobi even than himself.

Telling the young man that the story was a long one, Hashirama was exasperated to hear that the world was yet again plunged into another war with Madara leading the opposition. Though Orochimaru used his cells to strengthen his hold over the other reincarnated Hokage, Hashirama easily broke from his bonds while telling the wary Orochimaru that he first intended to answer Sasuke to ensure he would not end up like Madara before entering the battle. Taking a seat on the ground, Hashirama contemplated where to begin his story of his battle with Madara at the Valley of the End, and the history of their clans. Following the conclusion of his story, Hashirama noted that his decision influenced Itachi shouldering his burdens. Heavy-heartedly, Hashirama finally answered Sasuke's question by stating what his vision for the village was and that ninja are those who endured achieving their personal goals but may become entirely different people in the process.

The Hokage move out

Hashirama and the other reincarnated Hokage prepare to head out to the battlefield.

Finishing his story, Hashirama inquired more about their passing mention of Madara. When told about the Infinite Tsukuyomi and the Eye of the Moon Plan, Hashirama listened on as his successors spoke and Sasuke came to his decision. Having decided to protect what his brother had sacrificed himself for, an elated Hashirama immediately signalled to Tobirama to prepare to transport them to the battlefield. However when his brother noted that with Orochimaru binding them, it would not be possible, with Orochimaru's cooperation, the group made their way outside the Naka Shrine. Barely able to contain his excitement upon seeing the village, Hashirama instructed his successors to their respective busts on the Hokage Monument, and as they prepared to make their way to the battlefield, Hashirama noted that he couldn't help but be curious as to what his long-time friend had been up to.

The Hokage Arrive

Hashirama and the other Hokage arrive on the battlefield.

Arriving on the battlefield, Hashirama noted that they should begin immediately, and when Madara called out to him noting that he had been awaiting his arrival, Hashirama matched his rival's exuberance only to tell him that he would have to wait until they dealt with the Ten-Tails. Calling the other Hokage to action, they all took up their cardinal positions and was able to seal the beast within the Four Red Yang Formation. Entering Sage Mode, Hashirama also used the Sage Art: Gate of the Great God technique as an added measure to bind the beast. Later, when the young Konoha-nin had convened near him discussing Sasuke and his declaration to become Hokage, Hashirama reprimanded them, telling them that while he was glad there were so many possible Hokage candidates, now was not the time for that discussion and that they needed to mould their chakra in preparation for a concentrated attack.

Hashirama orders attack

Hashirama commands the Alliance to charge.

Forming wood clones four of which moved to a side of the barrier, and the fifth to confront Madara, Hashirama tells the shinobi that he was going to make openings on the sides for them to attack. After the Ten-Tails sent out a barrage of clone minions, to defend its main body, Hashirama gave the signal to the others to attack. He watched on as Sakura Haruno decimated the battlefield, commenting on her fearsome strength. He himself later confronted several of these clones and was able to subdue them but noted that their numbers were a bit troublesome.

With his attention turned towards Obito who had just reappeared on the battlefield, Hashirama noted that Obito was being controlled by Madara's chakra. Realising that Madara was intent on reviving himself. Calling out to Sasuke and Naruto, he told the pair to stop Obito as they were the closest. Creating six wood clones, Hashirama lamented not being able to create more while maintaining the barrier. As clones arrived where Madara was, Minato was able to incapacitate Obito, stopping Madara's revival.

Obito overwhelms Hashirama and Tobirama

Hashirama and Tobirama are attacked by Obito.

Realising that Obito had in fact successfully sealed the beast within himself, he noted that the situation had become very troublesome. When the Four Red Yang Formation is ripped apart, he and the other Hokage are sent reeling from the explosion, Hashirama tells the shinobi to stay on their guard as this was only the beginning. He attempted to once again bind Obito using his Sage Art: Gate of the Great God technique, but even this proved futile against the new jinchūriki. Hashirama and the other later rallied to where Minato, Naruto, and Sasuke were where Hashirama bluntly expressed that even he was outclassed by Obito in this state. As they tried to create a strategy to handle the situation, Hashirama and his brother are taken by surprise by the young Uchiha and their bodies are partially destroyed in the attack.

SWW Madara vs. Hashirama

Hashirama battling Madara during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Though severely incapacitated, Hashirama's wood clone was able to create branches to restrain Obito at Tobirama's behest, giving his younger brother enough time to attack jinchūriki with his Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags. Later, as Minato moved to create an opening for the others, the real Hashirama decided that he should also join the fray. However, his progression is hindered by Madara, who noted he would wait no longer on Hashirama. As their battle commenced, Hashirama exclaimed that Madara was in his way, but the Uchiha refused to back down noting that things had gotten out of hand and he needed to keep Hashirama a bit longer, much to the Senju's puzzlement. As Hashirama's battle continued with Madara, Hashirama beseeched that they pause their battle to deal with Obito's Tailed Beast Ball-firing tree. However, when the Uchiha refused to stop noting that they were merely reincarnated bodies, Hashirama's clone amongst the shinobi noted that he was still with them and began to formulate a strategy to deflect the attack. However, Obito, not ready to allow anyone to easily disrupt his plan, decided to barricade them with no escape.

Hashirama communicating

Hashirama communicates with the five Kage via Ino's technique.

After Naruto and Minato employed their strategy, Hashirama's clone watched on noting that the volume of chakra being distributed was as impressive as his own before realising what they intended to do. As the Shinju began to absorb the chakra of the shinobi around him sending the survivors spiralling even further into despair, Hashirama watched on as his original battled with Madara. After learning the role the Shinju would play in the Eye of the Moon Plan, Hashirama called for someone from the Yamanaka clan so he could inform everyone on the battlefield to which Ino responded. Connected to everyone telepathically, Hashirama is shocked when he realised that the five Kage were close by. Greeting his granddaughter, Hashirama pressed on with his message, passing on what he had learned while commanding the shinobi to not give up no matter what. While the shinobi still lamented their fate, Naruto's memories are conveyed to everyone via Ino's technique. Hashirama then watched on as Naruto and Sasuke prepared to launch another assault on Obito and the Shinju.

As the shinobi watched on as Naruto and Sasuke rushed forward still hesitant in their resolve, Hashirama decided to broadcast his own memories of the first meeting of the five Kage ever. When the memories of the meeting ended with Hashirama explaining his dream for a future where everyone was united, Hashirama called for all the shinobi to put all their burdens, fears, strength and resolve to help fight for that future. Almost as if in response to this, the five current Kage arrive on the battlefield once more, resolute in their decision to fight on.

After she healed some of the chakra-drained shinobi, Tsunade approached her grandfather where she began to apologise for the state of things. Hashirama however interrupted her, saying he was the only one at fault for the world turning out as it had. Acknowledging how Naruto's feelings reached everyone and hearing that his Will of Fire had also permeated this generation, Hashirama voiced his own feelings again to push everyone one. Hashirama later expressed shock as he witnessed Sasuke was able to not only develop a final Susanoo similar to Madara's but to also be able to equip it onto Kurama as Madara did in the past as well.

Hashirama binds Madara

Hashirama binds Madara with his dragons.

As his and Madara's battled waged on, Hashirama was able to immobilise Madara using two wooden dragons to counteract the Preta Path ability. Moving out of the way as Naruto's Big Ball Rasenshuriken hurtled towards Madara, Hashirama praised Minato's son for his efforts. Following up as soon as the Rasenshuriken hit, Hashirama immobilised Madara with the Sage Art: Gate of the Great God technique. Telling a seemingly defeated Madara to stop bluffing about a trump card as it was only a matter of time before he was sealed away, Hashirama later watched on in shock as Madara did in fact employ his trump attack and forced Obito to revive him with the Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc Edit

As Madara returned to life, losing the Rinnegan bestowed on him by the Impure World Reincarnation, Sasuke attacked the Uchiha with Amaterasu, leaving Hashirama shocked that he was still able to absorb the flames. Madara turned his attention to Hashirama once again, reminding him of their last civil conversation back at the Naka Shrine where Hashirama said that joy can truly come when exact opposites find unison. Madara pointed out that while he agreed, he found a different end-result, while revealing the copy of Hashirama's face in his chest. Madara explained that while others had improved on his own research to unify the Senju and Uchiha might, his own goal was still to later be revived.

Madara captures Hashirama

Madara captures Hashirama.

The resurrected Uchiha then activated the chakra receivers embedded in Hashirama, immobilising him. Madara then proceeded to grab Hashirama, draining the senjutsu chakra, which allowed Madara to replicate the Sage Mode power through the face replica and leaving Hashirama's body exhausted and crumbling slightly.

As Sasuke left to confront Madara, Hashirama called out to him in order to give him a technique that would take advantage of Madara stealing Hashirama's senjutsu chakra. Hashirama offers to transfer his chakra to the young Uchiha as Madara's chakra receivers have disrupted his abilities as well as mobility. When a sceptical Sasuke asked Hashirama why he would want an Uchiha's help, Hashirama simply explains that Madara was once truly a kind person until he lost Izuna, who Sasuke greatly resembles. Hashirama remarked that Sasuke may be the only one who can stop Madara without force due to that similarity.

Hagoromo appears

Hagoromo manifests before the Hokage.

He later watched on as the shinobi around him fell prey to Madara's Infinite Tsukuyomi and noted that Madara was using the God: Nativity of a World of Trees technique to tether their life force to that of the Shinju. Some time later, he was surprised when the black rods in his back began to disappear, returning him his mobility. He met up with the other Hokage and wondered what had happened to Madara. He later dismissed Tobirama's idea to reincarnate Madara to get answers when Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki manifested from Madara's body to speak to them.

Legacy Edit

Hashirama living clone

The living clone created from the cultivation of Hashirama's cells.

Because of the heritage of the Senju — who are direct descendants of the Sage of the Six Paths — and the kekkei genkai that he possessed, Hashirama's DNA is highly coveted. During the battle at the Valley of the End where Madara Uchiha was thought to have died, the latter took the opportunity to collect his adversary's cells, using it to create a mindless living clone that produced the artificial life forms that became the White Zetsu Army. When he was reincarnated by Kabuto, Madara revealed that he had also integrated Hashirama's cells into himself which gained him access to the Wood Release kekkei genkai and the Rinnegan.[138][139]

In the anime, Konoha researched Hashirama's power for a period and attempted to recreate it, constantly ending in failure and death. Ultimately, the research was ceased and forbidden.[140] Orochimaru, desiring Hashirama's unique abilities, exhumed the First Hokage's body for his own experiments where he infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from his remains, hoping that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only Yamato survived the process.[141] This act also provided Orochimaru with a genetic sample that he used to reincarnate Hashirama years later, before Hiruzen sealed his mentor's soul away. In the anime, a scroll containing all Hashirama's Wood Release techniques was kept, later obtained by Danzō Shimura who gave it to Yamato in the hopes Yamato would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.[142]

Danzō, using a similar experiment to Orochimaru's, infused his right arm with Hashirama's cells, and then had ten Sharingan embedded on it. This synthesis not only allowed Danzō to access Wood Release, but also use Izanagi for extended periods, and regenerate Shisui Uchiha's Mangekyō Sharingan after using Kotoamatsukami within a relatively short span of time compared to the decade it would've normally taken.[143] Obito also noted that it afforded Danzō the ability to control the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.[144] Obito Uchiha, having been saved by Madara, was indirectly infused with Hashirama's DNA when the destroyed portion of the young Uchiha's body was replaced with artificial material from the living clone of Hashirama. Taking over for Madara, with the aid of the Akatsuki, Obito used the tailed beast chakra sealed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path as well as the DNA of Yamato who was later captured, to enhance the White Zetsu army prior to the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War.[145]

The most positive aspect of the legacy that Hashirama left behind is an ideal known as the Will of Fire, a belief held by most residents of Konohagakure. Through sharing Madara's disdain for him, Obito — while under the guise of Madara — admitted that he has a begrudging respect and admiration for Hashirama and saw Naruto Uzumaki as the heir to Hashirama's ideology while proclaiming that Sasuke Uchiha inherited their clan's hatred.[146]

Video Games Edit

Hashirama Senju is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
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
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008

He is also featured as a support-only character in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm.

Trivia Edit

  • 'Hashirama' (柱間) is a Japanese word referring to the space between two pillars. This might be a play on the word 'pillar' (柱, hashira), as the Hokage is said to be the pillar that supports the village. '柱' is also the counter word for gods and buddhas.
  • His face on the Hokage Monument has a crack across the bridge of the nose.[147] However, in flashbacks, no such scar is visible.[92][148] This may be due to simple damage as Hiruzen's face on the monument suffered similar damage.
  • In the English dub version of the anime, his Wood Release was called "Secret Earth Jutsu" rather than "Wood Style". This was corrected in Shippūden with Yamato.
  • In many of the games they are present in, Hashirama and Tobirama bear each other's respective English voice actors, with Hashirama being voiced by Peter Lurie, and Tobirama being voiced by Jamieson Price.
    • In the English version of Naruto, Hashirama is voiced by Jamieson Price and Tobirama is voiced by Peter Lurie, but in the English version of Naruto: Shippūden Hashirama is voice by Peter Lurie and Tobirama by Jamieson Price.
  • Hashirama is one of three people to hold the title of "God of Shinobi" (忍の神, Shinobi no Kami), the others being Hiruzen Sarutobi and the Sage of the Six Paths.
  • Hashirama, along with Tobirama, Minato, and the Konoha symbol, had his face appear in the ending omake of Shippūden episode 129 within the fireworks.
  • In chapter 238 a portrait of Hashirama and the other Hokage is seen, showing him using a kerchief. They can also be briefly seen in chapter 94.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Hashirama show that he was 147cm when he met Madara.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • His hobbies were bonsai and wood sculpting.
    • His desired opponent was Madara Uchiha.
    • His favourite food was mushroom mixed soup.
    • His favourite phrases were "The vast lands fertile" (大地豊饒, Daichi Hōjō) and "Heaven's garments are without seams" (天衣無縫, Ten'i Muhō). They refer to perfect beauty without any artificial elements.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Hiruzen) "The fellow countrymen of the Konoha make up each part of my body… those of the village believe in me, and I believe in them… That's what it means to be Hokage!"[149]
  • (To Madara) "No matter what happens I will protect our… no my village. I still believe that protecting the village is the best way to protect people, shinobi, and children…! Anyone who tries to harm it, whether they are my friends, siblings or my own children… I won't forgive them."[150]
  • "Whenever you live, there will always be war."[151]
  • (To Sasuke) "The village Madara and I originally desired was something that could connect clans. An important cornerstone to turn chaos into order and maintain it. Something to protect children and avoid useless quarrels… a place ruled by peace."[152]
  • (To Sasuke) "Shinobi are people who endure to achieve their goals… but depending on what they choose as their goal they change… like Madara and I…"[153]
  • (To the five Kage) "Indeed, so far we haven't been really been able to get along nicely. That's something we've been doing to protect our comrades and our clans. In some cases it was maybe unavoidable. Today… Even if our country agreement goes smoothly… I'm actually not sure how long it will last. But one day… In the future… I dream of a time when all shinobi will cooperate with each other… A time when everyone's hearts will be together regardless of their countries. That's my… dream of the future."[63]
  • (To the Allied Shinobi Forces) "Please! Our dear children! Now, bring together your pain… Sufferings… Discouragement. Bring them together to show me… Our real dream!!"[154]

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