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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 the {{translation|'''First [[Hokage]]'''|初代火影|Shodai Hokage|lit meaning=First or Founding Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]]. 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 [[Warring States Period]], 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 his 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 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 necessary, 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]] [[Butsuma Senju|fathers]] and [[Izuna Uchiha|younger]] [[Tobirama Senju|brothers]] prepared, fully ready to combat each other.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623</ref>
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Hashirama was born during the [[Warring States Period]], the eldest of [[Butsuma Senju]]'s four sons. Hashirama and his brothers grew up on the battlefield waging constant war with the Senju's rivals: the [[Uchiha]]. During his infrequent downtime, Hashirama met a boy his own age named [[Madara]]. The two quickly developed a friendly rivalry, be it skipping stones or urinating in rivers, with Hashirama typically winning their contests.<ref>Chapter 621, pages 15-17</ref> Though a gifted shinobi, Hashirama did not approve of this practice of sending children to fight and die, believing it would only increase the bitterness between the Senju and Uchiha, thus causing more deaths.
   
[[File:Hashirama and madara clash.png|thumb|A young Hashirama and Madara start to do battle.]]
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{{imgRight|Hashirama family.png|Hashirama and his family attend Kawarama's funeral.}}
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>
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After the deaths of their brothers, [[Kawarama]] and later [[Itama]], Hashirama and his remaining brother, [[Tobirama]], decided a new shinobi system would need to be implemented to end the cycle of child deaths, a system that would require an alliance between the Senju and Uchiha. Like Hashirama, Madara was also a shinobi who had lost brothers on the battlefield. Together they imagined a world where children like themselves wouldn't need to fight and where their brothers would be safe from harm.<ref name="C623P10">Chapter 623, page 10</ref> As a precaution, Hashirama and Madara did not divulge their family names, but nevertheless discovered each other's identities: Hashirama was a Senju, Madara was an Uchiha; it was their duty to kill each other. Hashirama set this duty aside, unwilling to take his friend's life. Madara, however, decided their dreams of a peaceful world were impossible, and therefore ended their friendship so that they could kill each other without reservation.<ref>Chapter 624, pages 9-10</ref>
   
[[File:UchihaSenjuTruce.png|thumb|left|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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[[File:Hashirama VS Madara.png|thumb|left|Madara and Hashirama clash on the battlefield.]]
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"/>
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Over the following years Hashirama and Madara continued to meet in combat. Hashirama could never bring himself to kill someone he still considered a friend, and Madara could never defeat Hashirama's superior abilities. In time, both Madara and Hashirama became leaders of their respective clans, a position Hashirama tried to use to broker peace between them and finally make their childhood dreams a reality. Although some Uchiha found the offer increasingly tempting, Madara was unwilling to accept after Tobirama killed his last remaining brother, [[Izuna]].<ref>Chapter 624, pages 11-14</ref> Wracked with grief, Madara made one final stand against Hashirama and the Senju and was summarily defeated. Tobirama attempted to kill Madara to finally end the fighting, but Hashirama stopped him, knowing that would only renew hostilities between the Senju and Uchiha. At Madara's suggestion, Hashirama offered to kill himself in order to achieve a peaceful resolution. As he was about to end his own life, Madara stopped him, moved by the gesture, and assented to peace.<ref>Chapter 625, pages 2-4</ref>
   
[[File:Hashirama Senju VS Madara Uchiha.png|thumb|right|The battle between Hashirama and Madara.]]
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[[File:Senju & Uchiha truce.png|thumb|right|Konohagakure is formed.]]
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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The Senju, the Uchiha, and all their affiliated clans came together to found a village of peace, where children would never need to die in battle. Hashirama and Madara, rekindling their childhood friendship, called that village [[Konohagakure]]. Although Hashirama created much of the village's infrastructure with his [[Wood Release]] abilities, it was his wish that Madara become [[Hokage]], the village's leader and protector.<ref>Chapter 625, page 12</ref> At Tobirama's insistence, the Hokage position was opened up to a vote by Konoha's villagers, and it was Hashirama that they elected into office.<ref>Chapter 399, pages 7-8</ref> Hashirama wanted Madara to become his adviser so that he could improve his standing among the villagers and someday succeed him as Second Hokage. Madara felt that position would inevitably go to Tobirama, which would in turn end badly for the Uchiha. With his position in Konoha rapidly diminishing, Madara decided the village was a failed experiment and abandoned it, intent on someday returning to face Hashirama in battle yet again.<ref>Chapter 399, page 9</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:First Gokage summit.png|thumb|left|Hashirama attending the first Kage Summit.]]
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For a time, things were peaceful: Hashirama helped train one of Tobirama's students, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]; he got to spoil his first grandchild, [[Tsunade]];<ref name="c619p4">Chapter 619, page 4</ref> he locked away the [[Scroll of Seals]], the [[kinjutsu]] it contained no longer necessary in the world he'd made.<ref>Chapter 1, page 22</ref> Konoha's successes led other countries to create their own villages.<ref>Chapter 626, page 5</ref> Eager to form a lasting peace with these new villages, Hashirama convened a [[Kage Summit]] so that he could share the [[tailed beasts]] Konoha had acquired with them, thus balancing power amongst them. But cooperation would not be so simple as Hashirama intended it to be, first by Tobirama's demand that the other villages pay for the tailed beasts they received, then by the [[First Kazekage]]'s counter-request of money and territory in lieu of a tailed beast. As unrest began to grow, Hashirama shared his fear that any agreement they made would only be temporary, but also that future generations could forge a lasting unity.<ref>Chapter 648, pages 9-15</ref>
   
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> and also gained control of several [[tailed beasts]]. He shared 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:Hashirama vs Madara.png|thumb|right|Hashirama fighting Madara and the Nine-Tails.]]
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True to his promise, Madara eventually returned to Konoha with the [[Nine-Tails]] under his control, challenging Hashirama to one final contest.<ref>Chapter 399, pages 9-11</ref> The Nine-Tails' power, as well as Hashirama's efforts to capture and contain it, devastated the landscape, carving out what would later be called the [[Valley of the End]]. Hashirama spent the duration of their battle trying to reason with Madara, but Madara continued fighting until he was too tired to keep even his [[Sharingan]] active. This enabled Hashirama to distract him with a [[wood clone]] while the real Hashirama stabbed him in the back. Madara collapsed and, before dying, noted how much Hashirama had changed from when they were children.<ref name="C626P13">Chapter 626, page 13</ref>
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In the aftermath of the battle, Tobirama hid away Madara's body and Hashirama's wife, [[Mito]], sealed the Nine-Tails within herself in order to contain its great power to Konoha's benefit.<ref>Chapter 500, page 6</ref> But the peace Hashirama had worked so hard for was starting to unravel; at some point [[Takigakure]] sent [[Kakuzu]] to assassinate him.<ref>Third Databook, page 57</ref> Although he defeated Kakuzu, other wars began to break out, and it was during one of these that Hashirama ultimately died.<ref name="d1">First Databook, page 116</ref> Before his death he passed the title of Hokage to Tobirama, but also instructed him not to mistreat the Uchiha.<ref name="c619">Chapter 619, pages 11, 17</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> 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>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 10</ref>
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Hashirama was an excitable man with a boisterous personality. He loved meeting new people, having friendly competitions, and gambling. Headstrong and often impulsive, it fell to others – such as his brother, Tobirama – to be more responsible or realistic about things that Hashirama had gotten carried away with.<ref>Chapter 619, pages 5-6</ref> When taken down in this way, or even when simply presented with information that troubled him, Hashirama could do a near-immediate about-face, going from a laughing goof to a brooding sulk. These moping periods were typically brief, though, and he'd quickly go back to his usual high-spirited nature.<ref>Chapter 623, page 5</ref> Later generations, upon meeting him, tend to remark that neither extreme of his personality is very fitting for a "[[God of Shinobi]]".<ref name="c619p4" />
   
[[File:Hashirama silenced.png|thumb|left|Hashirama after being silenced by his younger brother.]]
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Despite the first impression he may give, Hashirama was capable of being serious when it came to matters that were important to him. He spent years opposing the practice of sending children to war and dreamed of a shinobi system where a child could be around others his or her age, never needing to "grow up" prematurely on the battlefield.<ref name="C623P10" /> To that end he became very devoted to Konoha upon its foundation, as it was the realisation of his dream for peaceful childhoods. He wanted the rest of the village to cherish what Konoha represented just as much as he did, encouraging them to regard every villager as part of one large family that should always look out for each other. As Hokage, his job was to protect that family at all costs, even if that cost was his life. This philosophy, known as the "[[Will of Fire]]", would become a cornerstone of Konoha teachings for decades after his death.
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> 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>
 
   
[[File:Hashirama remembers Tsunade.png|thumb|right|Hashirama laughs as he remembers spoiling Tsunade.]]
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[[File:Hashirama ready to commit.png|thumb|Hashirama offers to take his life without hesitation.]]
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, laid-back, upbeat, carefree and exuberant goof with an interest in gambling. 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 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> Despite his peaceful, free-spirited, merciful, forgiving, negotiable, family-orientated and semipacifist nature, during his final battle with Madara, Hashirama resolved that he would do anything and everything in his power to protect his village, and should anyone threaten the peace he was trying to attain, even if they were his siblings, his children, or his best friend, he would kill them without hesitation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 13-14</ref> Hashirama is also very considerate and caring 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>''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 name="ch625">''Naruto'' chapter 625</ref>
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The Will of Fire is demonstrative of Hashirama's general optimism when it came to other people; he believed a village-first loyalty would naturally break down the mentality that shinobi had to look out for their clans.<ref>Chapter 627, page 4</ref> He always saw the best in others, either trusting that they acted in good faith or that they could, through non-violent means, be reasoned with. He was humble, not above lowering his head to his fellow village heads<ref name="C648P12">Chapter 648, pages 12-13</ref> or claiming inferiority to those he'd never met but whose actions he approved of.<ref>Chapter 620, pages 1-7</ref> If nothing else, Hashirama was kind, placing the needs of others before his own: he was willing take his own life if it would help create a world where his friends and family wouldn't need to die unnecessarily.<ref>Chapter 625, page 15</ref> It was on these points that Tobirama disagreed with Hashirama most ardently, as Tobirama felt that Hashirama should have a greater value of himself and a greater suspicion of others. It was, similarly, on these points that Hashirama was at his most forceful, asserting his views over Tobirama's; though Tobirama did not often agree, he knew better than to oppose his brother.<ref>Chapter 620, pages 4-5</ref>
   
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, 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 grinned and noted that he prayed that he would make it across.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 2-3</ref>
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Hashirama had a lifelong friendship and rivalry with Madara Uchiha, eventually considering him a brother.<ref>Chapter 626, page 2</ref> As children, they would spend much of their free time together, talking, playing, and planning for a future that they weren't sure would ever come. Both were willing to oppose their own fathers by refusing to kill each other, but only Hashirama kept up this refusal into adulthood;<ref>Chapter 624, page 8</ref> even as enemies, Hashirama would go out of his way for Madara, restraining himself (and Tobirama) so as not to hurt him and indulging Madara's desires at his own consequence.<ref>Chapter 625, page 1</ref> When they were able to rekindle their friendship by making Konoha, Hashirama placed a great deal of trust in Madara by desiring him to be Hokage, believing it was the best way for Madara to recover from the loss of his brothers. When this ultimately failed, Hashirama respected Madara's opinions and dissatisfaction with the village, but would not permit him to move against Konoha, killing him in the end with sadness and reluctance in order to protect what they'd made together.<ref>Chapter 626, pages 13-14</ref> Despite everything, Hashirama considered Madara his friend to the very end.<ref>Chapter 691, pages 11-13</ref>
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Shodai Hokage.PNG|thumb|left|Hashirama in the Hokage attire.]]
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[[File:Shodai Hokage.PNG|thumb|left|Hashirama in Hokage garb.]]
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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, pages 6-15</ref> For a time, he also wore a light-coloured cloth bearing his clan's symbol.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 12-19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 625, pages 1-9</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>
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[[File:Hashirama Senju full body.png|thumb|right|Hashirama in his armour.]]
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Hashirama was a tall man with tanned skin and dark eyes. He had waist-length black hair typically styled in a centre-parted fringe that framed his face. He often wore the standard shinobi dress of his era, consisting of dark red armour worn over a simple black suit with sandals. This armour was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body; each collar of his shoulder guards bore the Senju symbol. Prior to Konoha's formation he wore a white coloured cloth bearing his clan's symbol on his forehead,<ref name="C622P15">Chapter 622, page 15</ref> which he later replaced with the village's [[forehead protector]].
   
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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Upon becoming Hokage, 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">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. In his Hokage portrait, he is seen wearing a kerchief.<ref>Chapter 238</ref>
   
In his youth, Hashirama had shorter hair which hung about his face. In terms of attire, he wore several different outfits which included the more traditional pinstriped kimono pants of his clan, with a dark kimono shirt and sleeveless haori, to a sleeveless kimono top and bottom with which he wore bandages on his arm. He also wore at times, a haori jacket as well as a full-length sleeveless one with a poncho-scarf around his neck.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 1-20</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, pages 1-18</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, pages 1-19</ref>
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As a child, Hashirama's hair was more bowl-cut in style, hanging around his face. His usual attire consisted of 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>Chapter 621, page 17-18</ref>
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Hashirama vs Madara.jpg|thumb|right|Hashirama clashing with Madara.]]
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[[File:Hashirama and Madara clash.png|thumb|left|Hashirama clashing with his life-long rival, 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 occasions admitted his inferiority to the legend.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 398, page 17</ref><ref name="C576 p 15"/> 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 was famed as the strongest shinobi of his era, reputed as a "[[God of Shinobi]]".<ref name="shinobigod" /> [[Kabuto Yakushi]] claimed during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] that Hashirama's power was so great that it had still yet to be matched.<ref>Chapter 575, page 3</ref> Madara admitted inferiority to Hashirama since childhood,<ref>Chapter 577, page 13</ref> and even with the [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]] and the [[Nine-Tails]], he could never defeat Hashirama in their lifetimes.<ref>Chapters 620-626</ref>
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[[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 Prowess and Life Force ===
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Hashirama's [[chakra]] was remarkably strong, so dense that it could crack stone when moulded.<ref>Chapter 620, page 4</ref> This is partly because he was an inheritor of [[Asura Ōtsutsuki]]'s chakra.<ref>Chapter 671, page 6</ref> During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after seeing [[Naruto Uzumaki]] distribute the Nine-Tails' chakra to the entire [[Allied Shinobi Forces]], Hashirama compared the volume to his own.<ref>Chapter 644, pages 9-11</ref> His chakra control is advanced enough to perform large-scale techniques with only one [[hand seal]]. Chakra aside, he has the stamina to fight nonstop for a twenty-four hour period,<ref>Chapter 624, page 15</ref> and a will strong enough to resist the control of the nearly perfected [[Impure World Reincarnation]] with relative ease.<ref>Chapter 620, page 11</ref> His body was brimming with vitality, granting him considerable [[Regeneration Ability|regenerative powers]] that could mend most injuries with no residual effects, an ability that only [[Tsunade]] has come close to [[Ninja Art Creation Rebirth — Strength of a Hundred Technique|emulating]].<ref>Chapter 578, page 6</ref>
   
=== Stamina and Life Force ===
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=== Ninjutsu ===
As a Senju, Hashirama inherited an extraordinary life force, as well as physical energy so much so that he was able to fight Madara for 24 hours non-stop and still have enough energy to stand on his feet.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 624, page 15</ref> 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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 4</ref> He 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> His chakra levels also made him suitable to learn [[senjutsu]] and enter [[Sage Mode]].
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Hashirama could use [[Summoning: Quintuple Rashōmon]] to protect himself from nearly any attack.<ref>Chapter 621, page 7</ref> He demonstrated skill and knowledge with [[barrier ninjutsu]].<ref name="c631">Chapter 631, pages 9-11</ref> He had unprecedented skill in [[medical ninjutsu]], able to heal wounds without forming hand seals. Hashirama would sometimes carry scrolls into battle, within which he stored several different types of swords. He wielded them with enough skill to fight on par with Madara, himself a talented swordsman.<ref>Chapter 399, pages 10-11</ref> In the anime, he could use the [[Contract Seal]] to break Madara's control over the Nine-Tails.<ref name="OVA" />
   
=== 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|right|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 proficient in all five basic [[nature transformation]]s, along with [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> He was most famous for his use of [[Wood Release]], a combination of [[earth]] and [[water]]-natured chakra. By converting his chakra into the source of life, he could create wood and plants from the ground or his very being of various sizes that he manipulated to his purposes. This ability was apparently exclusive to him, as it is not known to have occurred naturally in anyone else; attempts to replicate it in others have been noticeably weaker than Hashirama's capabilities.<ref>Chapter 297, page 9</ref> In the anime, he was shown performing 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:Shin Sūsenju.png|thumb|left|Hashirama's True Several Thousand Hands.]]
He could create [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|massive forests]] and [[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 also create a [[Wood Release: Wood Human Technique|wood golem]] that works in conjunction with the dragon and is strong enough to catch a [[Tailed Beast Ball]] with its bare hands.<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 final Susanoo.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, page 6-7</ref>
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Hashirama could [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|create]] wood constructs for any number of purposes. His most versatile and perhaps most infamous is the ability to make [[wood clone]]s to aid him in battle, which are nearly indistinguishable from himself. He could also make [[Wood Release: Advent of a World of Flowering Trees|flowering trees]] whose pollen rendered opponents unconscious, [[Wood Release: Hōbi Technique|protective structures]] able to withstand [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s,<ref>Chapter 621, page 4</ref> [[Wood Release: Hotei Technique|giant wood hands]] to apprehend large targets,<ref>Chapter 621, page 6-7</ref> as well as a [[Wood Release: Wood Human Technique|giant humanoid creature]] strong enough to clash with Madara's Complete Body — [[Susanoo]].<ref>Chapter 641, page 5</ref> In the anime, he could use roots to wield his swords, allowing him to attack from multiple angles.<ref name="OVA">''Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations'' OVA</ref> When Hashirama enters [[Sage Mode]], his Wood Release techniques become considerably more offensive in nature and capability, as seen with his largest creation, the [[Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands]]: by using it to deliver an [[Top Transformed Buddha|enormous barrage of punches]], it could strip Susanoo from the Nine-Tails and, in fact, was chiefly responsible for the formation of the [[Valley of the End]].<ref>Chapter 626, pages 4-9</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 [[Jinchūriki Forms|tailed forms]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 296, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, pages 8-9</ref>
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Hashirama's Wood Release also granted him a method of [[Tailed Beast Control|subduing]] and controlling the [[tailed beasts]]. He could create [[wood dragon]]s to wrap around a beast and [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb]] its chakra. Once it was weakened enough, he would use the [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands]] to put the beast to sleep.<ref>Chapter 626, pages 5-6</ref> He acquired several tailed beasts in this way and was able to maintain control over all of them at the same time.
 
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
 
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 are.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 578, pages 6</ref>
 
 
==== 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 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 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.
 
   
 
=== Senjutsu ===
 
=== Senjutsu ===
[[File:Hashirama in Sage Mode.png|thumb|left|Hashirama in Sage Mode.]]
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[[File:Hashirama's Sage Mode.png|thumb|right|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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Because of his large chakra reserves, Hashirama could use [[senjutsu]] by entering [[Sage Mode]], a feat he could perform instantaneously.<ref name="d4" /> In this mode, he gains red (black in the anime) markings around and under his eyes as well in the middle of his forehead. While it is not known where he learned it, Hashirama proved formidable in its usage, riding about on his wood techniques as a means to be mobile in battle while maintaining the stillness of one's self needed to continue building up natural energy to keep this mode activated. His different wood techniques become much stronger while he is in Sage Mode. Hashirama could also perform the [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]] to bind targets, even those as large as the [[Ten-Tails]].<ref name="c631" />
 
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 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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 5-6</ref> 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 titanic creature such as the [[Ten-Tails]], making it unable to move due to the bulk of its current form.<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 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 Suns Battle Encampment|Kage-calibre barrier]] powerful enough to trap the Ten-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 9-11</ref> He was also a [[sensor type]], though not as good as Tobirama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 623, page 11</ref> He 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>
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As a Senju, Hashirama is trained in a variety of shinobi skills. In the manga, he performs a [[genjutsu]] to lock a target in [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique|perpetual darkness]] for the technique's duration.<ref>Chapter 122, page 14</ref> He is similarly knowledgeable of skills he has no training in, being able to recognise the [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]].<ref>Chapter 637, pages 6-7</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>
 
   
 
== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
[[File:Episode 69.png|thumb|right|Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
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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. 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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[[File:Summoning Impure World Reincarnation.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru summons Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
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[[Orochimaru]] [[Konoha Crush|invades Konoha]] so that he can kill his master, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], who is now the Third Hokage. Because Orochimaru wants Hiruzen to experience the same thrills of fighting a teacher as he is, he reincarnates Hashirama and [[Tobirama]]. Recognising Hiruzen and seeing how old he has gotten, Hashirama realises how long he's been dead. Tobirama, meanwhile, realises that they've been brought back with the [[Impure World Reincarnation]], and therefore will have no choice but to fight Hiruzen. Orochimaru suppresses their personalities and forces them to attack.
   
[[File:Hiruzen removing Hashiramas Soul.jpg|thumb|left|Hiruzen's clone removing a reincarnated Hashirama's soul.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen sealing Hashirama.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen's clone removing 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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Hiruzen struggles to land an attack against Hashirama and Tobirama, their coordination and responsiveness offering him few openings. The few attacks he does land are merely regenerated by their reincarnated bodies. Because killing Orochimaru will not end the Impure World Reincarnation, Hiruzen uses the only option he has left: after creating two [[shadow clone]]s, he has a clone capture each of the deceased Hokage and use the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] on them. With their personalities restored, Hashirama and Tobirama apologise for being such troubles to him, just as Hiruzen apologises for the fate he has sentenced them to. He pulls the souls from their reincarnated bodies, feeding them to the [[Shinigami]] for all eternity.
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== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
[[File:Hokage Reincarnated.jpg|thumb|right|Hashirama is reincarnated alongside the other three Hokage.]]
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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.
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[[File:Hokage reincarnated.png|thumb|left|The four Hokage are reincarnated.]]
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At the request of [[Sasuke Uchiha]], [[Orochimaru]] releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami so that he can reincarnate them. After taking in their surroundings, Hashirama and Tobirama are excited to meet [[Minato]], the Fourth, and take him as a sign of Konoha's continued prosperity. Hashirama asks who the Fifth is, and is informed that it is his granddaughter, [[Tsunade]]; Hashirama, accordingly, worries about the village's current fate. Sasuke asks the former Hokage about the history of the village, specifically with regards to the [[Uchiha clan]]. From Tobirama's comments, Hashirama realises that Tobirama did not follow his instructions to be understanding of the Uchiha. When Tobirama prepares to attack Sasuke in order to protect the village from one of the last Uchiha, Hashirama uses force to stay his hand.
   
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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[[File:Hashirama stops Tobimara.png|thumb|right|Hashirama stops Tobirama from attacking.]]
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The Hokage are told about recent events, namely the outbreak of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] and the reincarnation of [[Madara Uchiha]]. Tobirama wishes to go and help Konoha's forces in the war effort and asks for Hashirama's help. Although Orochimaru has perfected his control of the Impure World Reincarnation, Hashirama is still strong enough break free if he chooses. Instead of doing that, however, he decides to tell Sasuke about his work to create Konoha and the dealings with the Uchiha, as that is why he has been reincarnated in the first place.
   
[[File:Hashirama's chakra.png|thumb|left|Hashirama forcefully intervenes to stop Tobirama from attacking.]]
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[[File:The Hokage Arrive.png|thumb|left|The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.]]
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.
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Hearing Hashirama's history and reflecting on his own experiences, Sasuke decides he doesn't want Konoha to be destroyed, as is Madara's current intention. Orochimaru releases the Hokage from his control so that they can help in this goal, and they set out for the site of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' battle with the [[Ten-Tails]]. Although worried by Madara's current plans, Hashirama is at the same time curious how Madara managed to survive their last encounter and looks forward to seeing him. When they arrive on the battlefield Madara, sensing Hashirama, excitedly asks for a chance to fight him, but Hashirama replies that he'll need to wait. Entering [[Sage Mode]], Hashirama uses [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]] to bind the Ten-Tails, then assists the other Hokage in erecting a [[Four Red Yang Formation|barrier]] to confine it.
   
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:Hashirama orders attack.png|thumb|right|Hashirama leads the Alliance.]]
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Because he must stay with the barrier, Hashirama creates five [[wood clone]]s to act on his behalf. Four lead an Allied attack against the [[Ten-Tails Fission|Ten-Tails' minions]] while the fifth engages Madara; Madara is uninterested and offers to continue waiting until the real Hashirama is available. When [[Obito Uchiha]] appears on the battlefield, Hashirama realises that Madara is forcing him to use the [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]] to revive him. He creates six additional wood clones to go after Madara and stop him. Obito is able to resist Madara's control and instead seals the Ten-Tails into himself, becoming its [[jinchūriki]].
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[[File:Hokage's set out.png|thumb|Hashirama and the other reincarnated Hokage prepare to head out to the battlefield.]]
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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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[[File:Madara and Hashirama fight again.png|thumb|left|Hashirama battling Madara.]]
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With his new power, Obito rips down the barrier, easily shrugs off another Gate of the Great God, and tears through one of the wood clones before it has a chance to respond. The clone is able to retain its form for long enough to create branches that restrain Obito, allowing one of Tobirama's [[shadow clone]]s to use [[Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags]]. When this fails to have an effect, Hashirama decides to get personally involved. Madara, however, is done waiting, and forces Hashirama to fight him. Hashirama tries to convince him to postpone, but Madara won't hear of it. While he engages Madara, his remaining wood clones provide what support to the Allies they can and keep Hashirama apprised of how the battle against Obito is going.
   
[[File:Hokage arrive.png|thumb|left|Hashirama and the other Hokage arrive on the battlefield.]]
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[[File:Hashirama communication.png|thumb|right|Hashirama communicates through Ino's technique.]]
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 Suns Battle Encampment]]. 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, Hashairama 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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After Obito creates the Ten-Tails' giant tree form, Madara explains to Hashirama the tree's function in the eventual implementation of the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. Needing to communicate this to the rest of the Alliance, Hashirama has [[Ino Yamanaka]] telepathically link one of his wood clones to the rest of the Alliance, which now includes Tsunade and the other current [[Kage]]. After saying hello to his granddaughter, the clone relays his message and implores them not to give. When feelings of futility begin to grow amongst the Alliance's ranks, Hashirama shares his memories of the first [[Kage Summit]] with them, helping to rally them all and, ultimately, defeat Obito.
   
[[File:Rookie 9 back together.png|thumb|Hashirama commands the Alliance to charge.]]
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[[File:Madara captures Hashirama.png|thumb|left|Madara captures Hashirama.]]
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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The original Hashirama, meanwhile, manages to pin Madara with multiple Gate of the Great Gods and surrounds him with [[wood dragon]]s to prevent him from escaping. [[Naruto Uzumaki]] arrives to help seal Madara, thus ending the war, but Madara implements a final trump card before they can do so: successfully forcing Obito to restore him to life with the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. The full return of his original power allows Madara to break free of his restraints and, in the confusion, quickly immobilise Hashirama with [[chakra receiver]]s. Madara is able to fight off several other immediate attackers, but his revival has left him without his eyes, diminishing his senses. He approaches Hashirama and absorbs his [[senjutsu]] chakra so that he can find targets based on their chakra signatures. Before he leaves, Madara notes that the plan for peace he mentioned to Hashirama so long ago is about to be achieved.
   
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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As Sasuke is about to go after Madara, Hashirama, still unable to move, offers to give him a jutsu that can be used to cancel out the senjutsu chakra Madara has taken. Sasuke asks why Hashirama would trust him, an Uchiha, to which Hashirama replies that he resembles Madara's brother, [[Izuna]], and that maybe that likeness will remind Madara of the kind person he used to be before Izuna died. In the end, Sasuke fails and the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] is cast, with the whole world the reincarnated Hokage excluded getting wrapped into [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]].
   
[[File:Obito overwhelms Hashirama and Tobirama.png|thumb|left|Hashirama and Tobirama are attacked by Obito.]]
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
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 Suns Battle Encampment]] 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:Madara dying.png|thumb|right|Hashirama speaks to Madara for the last time.]]
Though severely incapacitated, Hashirama's wood clone is able to create branches to restrain Obito at Tobirama's behest, giving his younger brother enough time to attack jinchūriki with his [[Mutually Multiplicating Explosive Tags]]. Later as Minato moved to create an opening for the others, the real Hashirama decided that he should also make his way to that location as well. 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.
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Sometime later, the chakra receivers disappear, restoring Hashirama's mobility. He reunites with the other Hokage and they try to figure out what they can do to break the Infinite Tsukuyomi. They are met by the spirit of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who recruits their help. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead Kage, they summon [[Team 7]], Madara, and the [[tailed beasts]] back from [[Kaguya's dimension]]. Hashirama approaches Madara, who is too weak to get up and is in fact dying from his ordeal. Madara uses his remaining moments of life to admit that Hashirama's method of peace was right all along. Hashirama forgives him and says that they are still friends despite everything, which Madara uses his last breath to say isn't so bad. Hashirama and the other Kage are returned to the [[Pure Land]] by the Sage of the Six Paths. As his soul ascends, Hashirama wishes Sasuke and Naruto luck, hoping they have a better experience together than he and Madara did.
   
 
== 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|right|The living clone cultivated from 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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The fact that only Hashirama possessed the ability to use [[Wood Release]] and the related ability to control [[tailed beasts]] made his [[Wikipedia:DNA|DNA]] highly coveted after his death:
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*In the anime, [[Konoha]] sanctioned several attempts to research and reproduce Hashirama's power, but all met with disastrous failure and further study was forbidden.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref>
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*[[Orochimaru]] exhumed Hashirama's body for his own experiments, where he infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from the remains in the hopes that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only [[Yamato]] survived the process.<ref>Chapter 291, pages 14-15</ref>
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**[[Danzō Shimura]] had a work relationship with Orochimaru and had his right arm infused with Hashirama's cells. In addition to granting him increased chakra levels and limited Wood Release abilities, it extended the amount of time he could keep [[Izanagi]] active with his different [[Sharingan]] and increase how often he could use [[Kotoamatsukami]].
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**[[Kabuto Yakushi]] continued Orochimaru's studies, eventually learning how to create an implant that would grant whoever received it access to Hashirama's power. The only recipient of this implant was Madara, enhancing him "beyond his prime".
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*[[Madara Uchiha]] took his own sample of Hashirama's DNA during their fight at the Valley of the End, which he applied to his injuries afterwards to accelerate his recovery. Decades later, towards the end of his natural lifespan, the mixing of Hashirama's DNA with his own would evolve his Sharingan into [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Chapter 606, page 13</ref>
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**Using this DNA sample, Madara created a [[Hashirama's Living Clone|mindless clone of Hashirama]], with which he was able to produce a substance that could heal injuries and replace lost limbs; [[Tsunade]] later does the same. This same substance would be used in the manufacture of the [[White Zetsu Army]].<ref>Chapter 512, pages 10-14</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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The most positive legacy Hashirama left was his philosophy of the [[Will of Fire]], which became increasingly common amongst Konoha's ninja in the years after his death. Future [[Hokage]], in particular, were expected to fully adopt the philosophy. In time, even members of the [[Uchiha clan]] began demonstrating signs of the Will of Fire, with Hashirama claiming [[Itachi Uchiha]]'s dedication to the village was even greater than his own.
   
[[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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== In Other Media ==
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=== Video Games ===
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>
 
 
== Video Games ==
 
 
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He is also featured as a support-only character in ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm]]''.
 
He is also featured as a support-only character in ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm]]''.
   
 
== 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.
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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>''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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* {{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. His family name "Senju" literally means {{translation|"thousand hands"|千手}}.
* 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.
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* His face on the [[Hokage Monument]] has a crack across the bridge of the nose.<ref>Chapter 1, page 4</ref> This crack is not present in flashback depictions of the Monument.<ref>Chapter 239, page 1</ref>
* 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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* Hashirama's face appears within the fireworks in the [[omake]] of [[Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain|''Shippūden'' episode 129]].
** In the English version of ''Naruto'' Part I Hashirama is voice by Jamieson Price and Tobirama is voice 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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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets show that Hashirama was 147cm when he met Madara.
* 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.
 
* In the [[The Day of Departure!! (chapter)|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]].
 
 
* 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]].
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** 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.
 
** 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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* Despite Hashirama using the [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique]], a genjutsu, and the fact that all genjutsu is Yin Release, Yin Release is not listed as one of Hashirama's natures in the fourth databook.<ref name="d4" />
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
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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>Chapter 626, page 12</ref>
* (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 the five [[Kage]]) "''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" />
* (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>
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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>Chapter 123, page 14</ref>
* "''Whenever you live, there will always be war.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 118, page 5</ref>
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* "''Whenever you live, there will always be war.''"<ref>Chapter 118, page 5</ref>
* (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>Chapter 626, page 16</ref>
* (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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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)[5]
Debut
Manga Chapter #118
Anime Naruto Episode #69
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
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Birthdate Astrological Sign Scorpio October 23 searchgray_iconsmall.png
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
Blood type B
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
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Family
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Hashirama Senju (千手柱間, Senju Hashirama) was the First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage, Literally meaning: First or Founding Fire Shadow) of Konohagakure. 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

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Hashirama meeting Madara.

Hashirama was born during the Warring States Period, the eldest of Butsuma Senju's four sons. Hashirama and his brothers grew up on the battlefield waging constant war with the Senju's rivals: the Uchiha. During his infrequent downtime, Hashirama met a boy his own age named Madara. The two quickly developed a friendly rivalry, be it skipping stones or urinating in rivers, with Hashirama typically winning their contests.[6] Though a gifted shinobi, Hashirama did not approve of this practice of sending children to fight and die, believing it would only increase the bitterness between the Senju and Uchiha, thus causing more deaths.

Hashirama family

Hashirama and his family attend Kawarama's funeral.

After the deaths of their brothers, Kawarama and later Itama, Hashirama and his remaining brother, Tobirama, decided a new shinobi system would need to be implemented to end the cycle of child deaths, a system that would require an alliance between the Senju and Uchiha. Like Hashirama, Madara was also a shinobi who had lost brothers on the battlefield. Together they imagined a world where children like themselves wouldn't need to fight and where their brothers would be safe from harm.[7] As a precaution, Hashirama and Madara did not divulge their family names, but nevertheless discovered each other's identities: Hashirama was a Senju, Madara was an Uchiha; it was their duty to kill each other. Hashirama set this duty aside, unwilling to take his friend's life. Madara, however, decided their dreams of a peaceful world were impossible, and therefore ended their friendship so that they could kill each other without reservation.[8]

Hashirama VS Madara

Madara and Hashirama clash on the battlefield.

Over the following years Hashirama and Madara continued to meet in combat. Hashirama could never bring himself to kill someone he still considered a friend, and Madara could never defeat Hashirama's superior abilities. In time, both Madara and Hashirama became leaders of their respective clans, a position Hashirama tried to use to broker peace between them and finally make their childhood dreams a reality. Although some Uchiha found the offer increasingly tempting, Madara was unwilling to accept after Tobirama killed his last remaining brother, Izuna.[9] Wracked with grief, Madara made one final stand against Hashirama and the Senju and was summarily defeated. Tobirama attempted to kill Madara to finally end the fighting, but Hashirama stopped him, knowing that would only renew hostilities between the Senju and Uchiha. At Madara's suggestion, Hashirama offered to kill himself in order to achieve a peaceful resolution. As he was about to end his own life, Madara stopped him, moved by the gesture, and assented to peace.[10]

Senju &amp; Uchiha truce

Konohagakure is formed.

The Senju, the Uchiha, and all their affiliated clans came together to found a village of peace, where children would never need to die in battle. Hashirama and Madara, rekindling their childhood friendship, called that village Konohagakure. Although Hashirama created much of the village's infrastructure with his Wood Release abilities, it was his wish that Madara become Hokage, the village's leader and protector.[11] At Tobirama's insistence, the Hokage position was opened up to a vote by Konoha's villagers, and it was Hashirama that they elected into office.[12] Hashirama wanted Madara to become his adviser so that he could improve his standing among the villagers and someday succeed him as Second Hokage. Madara felt that position would inevitably go to Tobirama, which would in turn end badly for the Uchiha. With his position in Konoha rapidly diminishing, Madara decided the village was a failed experiment and abandoned it, intent on someday returning to face Hashirama in battle yet again.[13]

First Gokage summit

Hashirama attending the first Kage Summit.

For a time, things were peaceful: Hashirama helped train one of Tobirama's students, Hiruzen Sarutobi; he got to spoil his first grandchild, Tsunade;[14] he locked away the Scroll of Seals, the kinjutsu it contained no longer necessary in the world he'd made.[15] Konoha's successes led other countries to create their own villages.[16] Eager to form a lasting peace with these new villages, Hashirama convened a Kage Summit so that he could share the tailed beasts Konoha had acquired with them, thus balancing power amongst them. But cooperation would not be so simple as Hashirama intended it to be, first by Tobirama's demand that the other villages pay for the tailed beasts they received, then by the First Kazekage's counter-request of money and territory in lieu of a tailed beast. As unrest began to grow, Hashirama shared his fear that any agreement they made would only be temporary, but also that future generations could forge a lasting unity.[17]

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Hashirama fighting Madara and the Nine-Tails.

True to his promise, Madara eventually returned to Konoha with the Nine-Tails under his control, challenging Hashirama to one final contest.[18] The Nine-Tails' power, as well as Hashirama's efforts to capture and contain it, devastated the landscape, carving out what would later be called the Valley of the End. Hashirama spent the duration of their battle trying to reason with Madara, but Madara continued fighting until he was too tired to keep even his Sharingan active. This enabled Hashirama to distract him with a wood clone while the real Hashirama stabbed him in the back. Madara collapsed and, before dying, noted how much Hashirama had changed from when they were children.[19]

In the aftermath of the battle, Tobirama hid away Madara's body and Hashirama's wife, Mito, sealed the Nine-Tails within herself in order to contain its great power to Konoha's benefit.[20] But the peace Hashirama had worked so hard for was starting to unravel; at some point Takigakure sent Kakuzu to assassinate him.[21] Although he defeated Kakuzu, other wars began to break out, and it was during one of these that Hashirama ultimately died.[1] Before his death he passed the title of Hokage to Tobirama, but also instructed him not to mistreat the Uchiha.[22]

Personality Edit

  • Hashirama laughing about memories of Tsunade.
  • Hashirama brooding about memories of Tsunade.

Hashirama was an excitable man with a boisterous personality. He loved meeting new people, having friendly competitions, and gambling. Headstrong and often impulsive, it fell to others – such as his brother, Tobirama – to be more responsible or realistic about things that Hashirama had gotten carried away with.[23] When taken down in this way, or even when simply presented with information that troubled him, Hashirama could do a near-immediate about-face, going from a laughing goof to a brooding sulk. These moping periods were typically brief, though, and he'd quickly go back to his usual high-spirited nature.[24] Later generations, upon meeting him, tend to remark that neither extreme of his personality is very fitting for a "God of Shinobi".[14]

Despite the first impression he may give, Hashirama was capable of being serious when it came to matters that were important to him. He spent years opposing the practice of sending children to war and dreamed of a shinobi system where a child could be around others his or her age, never needing to "grow up" prematurely on the battlefield.[7] To that end he became very devoted to Konoha upon its foundation, as it was the realisation of his dream for peaceful childhoods. He wanted the rest of the village to cherish what Konoha represented just as much as he did, encouraging them to regard every villager as part of one large family that should always look out for each other. As Hokage, his job was to protect that family at all costs, even if that cost was his life. This philosophy, known as the "Will of Fire", would become a cornerstone of Konoha teachings for decades after his death.

Hashirama ready to commit

Hashirama offers to take his life without hesitation.

The Will of Fire is demonstrative of Hashirama's general optimism when it came to other people; he believed a village-first loyalty would naturally break down the mentality that shinobi had to look out for their clans.[25] He always saw the best in others, either trusting that they acted in good faith or that they could, through non-violent means, be reasoned with. He was humble, not above lowering his head to his fellow village heads[26] or claiming inferiority to those he'd never met but whose actions he approved of.[27] If nothing else, Hashirama was kind, placing the needs of others before his own: he was willing take his own life if it would help create a world where his friends and family wouldn't need to die unnecessarily.[28] It was on these points that Tobirama disagreed with Hashirama most ardently, as Tobirama felt that Hashirama should have a greater value of himself and a greater suspicion of others. It was, similarly, on these points that Hashirama was at his most forceful, asserting his views over Tobirama's; though Tobirama did not often agree, he knew better than to oppose his brother.[29]

Hashirama had a lifelong friendship and rivalry with Madara Uchiha, eventually considering him a brother.[30] As children, they would spend much of their free time together, talking, playing, and planning for a future that they weren't sure would ever come. Both were willing to oppose their own fathers by refusing to kill each other, but only Hashirama kept up this refusal into adulthood;[31] even as enemies, Hashirama would go out of his way for Madara, restraining himself (and Tobirama) so as not to hurt him and indulging Madara's desires at his own consequence.[32] When they were able to rekindle their friendship by making Konoha, Hashirama placed a great deal of trust in Madara by desiring him to be Hokage, believing it was the best way for Madara to recover from the loss of his brothers. When this ultimately failed, Hashirama respected Madara's opinions and dissatisfaction with the village, but would not permit him to move against Konoha, killing him in the end with sadness and reluctance in order to protect what they'd made together.[33] Despite everything, Hashirama considered Madara his friend to the very end.[34]

Appearance Edit

Shodai Hokage

Hashirama in Hokage garb.

Hashirama Senju full body

Hashirama in his armour.

Hashirama was a tall man with tanned skin and dark eyes. He had waist-length black hair typically styled in a centre-parted fringe that framed his face. He often wore the standard shinobi dress of his era, consisting of dark red armour worn over a simple black suit with sandals. This armour was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body; each collar of his shoulder guards bore the Senju symbol. Prior to Konoha's formation he wore a white coloured cloth bearing his clan's symbol on his forehead,[35] which he later replaced with the village's forehead protector.

Upon becoming Hokage, 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.[36] Otherwise, he wore a light-brown, short-sleeved, kimono shirt with mesh armour underneath, held closed by a red sash, and navy blue pants. In his Hokage portrait, he is seen wearing a kerchief.[37]

As a child, Hashirama's hair was more bowl-cut in style, hanging around his face. His usual attire consisted of 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.[38]

Abilities Edit

Hashirama and Madara clash

Hashirama clashing with his life-long rival, Madara.

Hashirama was famed as the strongest shinobi of his era, reputed as a "God of Shinobi".[5] Kabuto Yakushi claimed during the Fourth Shinobi World War that Hashirama's power was so great that it had still yet to be matched.[39] Madara admitted inferiority to Hashirama since childhood,[40] and even with the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan and the Nine-Tails, he could never defeat Hashirama in their lifetimes.[41]

Chakra Prowess and Life Force Edit

Hashirama's chakra was remarkably strong, so dense that it could crack stone when moulded.[42] This is partly because he was an inheritor of Asura Ōtsutsuki's chakra.[43] During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after seeing Naruto Uzumaki distribute the Nine-Tails' chakra to the entire Allied Shinobi Forces, Hashirama compared the volume to his own.[44] His chakra control is advanced enough to perform large-scale techniques with only one hand seal. Chakra aside, he has the stamina to fight nonstop for a twenty-four hour period,[45] and a will strong enough to resist the control of the nearly perfected Impure World Reincarnation with relative ease.[46] His body was brimming with vitality, granting him considerable regenerative powers that could mend most injuries with no residual effects, an ability that only Tsunade has come close to emulating.[47]

Ninjutsu Edit

Hashirama could use Summoning: Quintuple Rashōmon to protect himself from nearly any attack.[48] He demonstrated skill and knowledge with barrier ninjutsu.[49] He had unprecedented skill in medical ninjutsu, able to heal wounds without forming hand seals. Hashirama would sometimes carry scrolls into battle, within which he stored several different types of swords. He wielded them with enough skill to fight on par with Madara, himself a talented swordsman.[50] In the anime, he could use the Contract Seal to break Madara's control over the Nine-Tails.[51]

Nature Transformation Edit

Hashirama&#039;s wood release

Hashirama using Wood Release.

Hashirama was proficient in all five basic nature transformations, along with Yin and Yang Release.[4] He was most famous for his use of Wood Release, a combination of earth and water-natured chakra. By converting his chakra into the source of life, he could create wood and plants from the ground or his very being of various sizes that he manipulated to his purposes. This ability was apparently exclusive to him, as it is not known to have occurred naturally in anyone else; attempts to replicate it in others have been noticeably weaker than Hashirama's capabilities.[52] In the anime, he was shown performing Wood Release techniques without hand seals.[53]

Shin Sūsenju

Hashirama's True Several Thousand Hands.

Hashirama could create wood constructs for any number of purposes. His most versatile and perhaps most infamous is the ability to make wood clones to aid him in battle, which are nearly indistinguishable from himself. He could also make flowering trees whose pollen rendered opponents unconscious, protective structures able to withstand Tailed Beast Balls,[54] giant wood hands to apprehend large targets,[55] as well as a giant humanoid creature strong enough to clash with Madara's Complete Body — Susanoo.[56] In the anime, he could use roots to wield his swords, allowing him to attack from multiple angles.[51] When Hashirama enters Sage Mode, his Wood Release techniques become considerably more offensive in nature and capability, as seen with his largest creation, the Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands: by using it to deliver an enormous barrage of punches, it could strip Susanoo from the Nine-Tails and, in fact, was chiefly responsible for the formation of the Valley of the End.[57]

Hashirama's Wood Release also granted him a method of subduing and controlling the tailed beasts. He could create wood dragons to wrap around a beast and absorb its chakra. Once it was weakened enough, he would use the Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands to put the beast to sleep.[58] He acquired several tailed beasts in this way and was able to maintain control over all of them at the same time.

Senjutsu Edit

Hashirama&#039;s Sage Mode

Hashirama in Sage Mode.

Because of his large chakra reserves, Hashirama could use senjutsu by entering Sage Mode, a feat he could perform instantaneously.[4] In this mode, he gains red (black in the anime) markings around and under his eyes as well in the middle of his forehead. While it is not known where he learned it, Hashirama proved formidable in its usage, riding about on his wood techniques as a means to be mobile in battle while maintaining the stillness of one's self needed to continue building up natural energy to keep this mode activated. His different wood techniques become much stronger while he is in Sage Mode. Hashirama could also perform the Sage Art: Gate of the Great God to bind targets, even those as large as the Ten-Tails.[49]

Other Skills Edit

As a Senju, Hashirama is trained in a variety of shinobi skills. In the manga, he performs a genjutsu to lock a target in perpetual darkness for the technique's duration.[59] He is similarly knowledgeable of skills he has no training in, being able to recognise the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique.[60]

Part I Edit

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush

Summoning Impure World Reincarnation

Orochimaru summons Hashirama and Tobirama.

Orochimaru invades Konoha so that he can kill his master, Hiruzen Sarutobi, who is now the Third Hokage. Because Orochimaru wants Hiruzen to experience the same thrills of fighting a teacher as he is, he reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama. Recognising Hiruzen and seeing how old he has gotten, Hashirama realises how long he's been dead. Tobirama, meanwhile, realises that they've been brought back with the Impure World Reincarnation, and therefore will have no choice but to fight Hiruzen. Orochimaru suppresses their personalities and forces them to attack.

Hiruzen sealing Hashirama

Hiruzen's clone removing Hashirama's soul.

Hiruzen struggles to land an attack against Hashirama and Tobirama, their coordination and responsiveness offering him few openings. The few attacks he does land are merely regenerated by their reincarnated bodies. Because killing Orochimaru will not end the Impure World Reincarnation, Hiruzen uses the only option he has left: after creating two shadow clones, he has a clone capture each of the deceased Hokage and use the Dead Demon Consuming Seal on them. With their personalities restored, Hashirama and Tobirama apologise for being such troubles to him, just as Hiruzen apologises for the fate he has sentenced them to. He pulls the souls from their reincarnated bodies, feeding them to the Shinigami for all eternity.

Part II Edit

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Hokage reincarnated

The four Hokage are reincarnated.

At the request of Sasuke Uchiha, Orochimaru releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami so that he can reincarnate them. After taking in their surroundings, Hashirama and Tobirama are excited to meet Minato, the Fourth, and take him as a sign of Konoha's continued prosperity. Hashirama asks who the Fifth is, and is informed that it is his granddaughter, Tsunade; Hashirama, accordingly, worries about the village's current fate. Sasuke asks the former Hokage about the history of the village, specifically with regards to the Uchiha clan. From Tobirama's comments, Hashirama realises that Tobirama did not follow his instructions to be understanding of the Uchiha. When Tobirama prepares to attack Sasuke in order to protect the village from one of the last Uchiha, Hashirama uses force to stay his hand.

Hashirama stops Tobimara

Hashirama stops Tobirama from attacking.

The Hokage are told about recent events, namely the outbreak of the Fourth Shinobi World War and the reincarnation of Madara Uchiha. Tobirama wishes to go and help Konoha's forces in the war effort and asks for Hashirama's help. Although Orochimaru has perfected his control of the Impure World Reincarnation, Hashirama is still strong enough break free if he chooses. Instead of doing that, however, he decides to tell Sasuke about his work to create Konoha and the dealings with the Uchiha, as that is why he has been reincarnated in the first place.

The Hokage Arrive

The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.

Hearing Hashirama's history and reflecting on his own experiences, Sasuke decides he doesn't want Konoha to be destroyed, as is Madara's current intention. Orochimaru releases the Hokage from his control so that they can help in this goal, and they set out for the site of the Allied Shinobi Forces' battle with the Ten-Tails. Although worried by Madara's current plans, Hashirama is at the same time curious how Madara managed to survive their last encounter and looks forward to seeing him. When they arrive on the battlefield Madara, sensing Hashirama, excitedly asks for a chance to fight him, but Hashirama replies that he'll need to wait. Entering Sage Mode, Hashirama uses Sage Art: Gate of the Great God to bind the Ten-Tails, then assists the other Hokage in erecting a barrier to confine it.

Hashirama orders attack

Hashirama leads the Alliance.

Because he must stay with the barrier, Hashirama creates five wood clones to act on his behalf. Four lead an Allied attack against the Ten-Tails' minions while the fifth engages Madara; Madara is uninterested and offers to continue waiting until the real Hashirama is available. When Obito Uchiha appears on the battlefield, Hashirama realises that Madara is forcing him to use the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique to revive him. He creates six additional wood clones to go after Madara and stop him. Obito is able to resist Madara's control and instead seals the Ten-Tails into himself, becoming its jinchūriki.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Madara and Hashirama fight again

Hashirama battling Madara.

With his new power, Obito rips down the barrier, easily shrugs off another Gate of the Great God, and tears through one of the wood clones before it has a chance to respond. The clone is able to retain its form for long enough to create branches that restrain Obito, allowing one of Tobirama's shadow clones to use Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags. When this fails to have an effect, Hashirama decides to get personally involved. Madara, however, is done waiting, and forces Hashirama to fight him. Hashirama tries to convince him to postpone, but Madara won't hear of it. While he engages Madara, his remaining wood clones provide what support to the Allies they can and keep Hashirama apprised of how the battle against Obito is going.

Hashirama communication

Hashirama communicates through Ino's technique.

After Obito creates the Ten-Tails' giant tree form, Madara explains to Hashirama the tree's function in the eventual implementation of the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Needing to communicate this to the rest of the Alliance, Hashirama has Ino Yamanaka telepathically link one of his wood clones to the rest of the Alliance, which now includes Tsunade and the other current Kage. After saying hello to his granddaughter, the clone relays his message and implores them not to give. When feelings of futility begin to grow amongst the Alliance's ranks, Hashirama shares his memories of the first Kage Summit with them, helping to rally them all and, ultimately, defeat Obito.

Madara captures Hashirama

Madara captures Hashirama.

The original Hashirama, meanwhile, manages to pin Madara with multiple Gate of the Great Gods and surrounds him with wood dragons to prevent him from escaping. Naruto Uzumaki arrives to help seal Madara, thus ending the war, but Madara implements a final trump card before they can do so: successfully forcing Obito to restore him to life with the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. The full return of his original power allows Madara to break free of his restraints and, in the confusion, quickly immobilise Hashirama with chakra receivers. Madara is able to fight off several other immediate attackers, but his revival has left him without his eyes, diminishing his senses. He approaches Hashirama and absorbs his senjutsu chakra so that he can find targets based on their chakra signatures. Before he leaves, Madara notes that the plan for peace he mentioned to Hashirama so long ago is about to be achieved.

As Sasuke is about to go after Madara, Hashirama, still unable to move, offers to give him a jutsu that can be used to cancel out the senjutsu chakra Madara has taken. Sasuke asks why Hashirama would trust him, an Uchiha, to which Hashirama replies that he resembles Madara's brother, Izuna, and that maybe that likeness will remind Madara of the kind person he used to be before Izuna died. In the end, Sasuke fails and the Infinite Tsukuyomi is cast, with the whole world – the reincarnated Hokage excluded – getting wrapped into God: Nativity of a World of Trees.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

Madara dying

Hashirama speaks to Madara for the last time.

Sometime later, the chakra receivers disappear, restoring Hashirama's mobility. He reunites with the other Hokage and they try to figure out what they can do to break the Infinite Tsukuyomi. They are met by the spirit of the Sage of the Six Paths, who recruits their help. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead Kage, they summon Team 7, Madara, and the tailed beasts back from Kaguya's dimension. Hashirama approaches Madara, who is too weak to get up and is in fact dying from his ordeal. Madara uses his remaining moments of life to admit that Hashirama's method of peace was right all along. Hashirama forgives him and says that they are still friends despite everything, which Madara uses his last breath to say isn't so bad. Hashirama and the other Kage are returned to the Pure Land by the Sage of the Six Paths. As his soul ascends, Hashirama wishes Sasuke and Naruto luck, hoping they have a better experience together than he and Madara did.

Legacy Edit

Hashirama living clone

The living clone cultivated from Hashirama's cells.

The fact that only Hashirama possessed the ability to use Wood Release – and the related ability to control tailed beasts – made his DNA highly coveted after his death:

  • In the anime, Konoha sanctioned several attempts to research and reproduce Hashirama's power, but all met with disastrous failure and further study was forbidden.[61]
  • Orochimaru exhumed Hashirama's body for his own experiments, where he infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from the remains in the hopes that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only Yamato survived the process.[62]
    • Danzō Shimura had a work relationship with Orochimaru and had his right arm infused with Hashirama's cells. In addition to granting him increased chakra levels and limited Wood Release abilities, it extended the amount of time he could keep Izanagi active with his different Sharingan and increase how often he could use Kotoamatsukami.
    • Kabuto Yakushi continued Orochimaru's studies, eventually learning how to create an implant that would grant whoever received it access to Hashirama's power. The only recipient of this implant was Madara, enhancing him "beyond his prime".
  • Madara Uchiha took his own sample of Hashirama's DNA during their fight at the Valley of the End, which he applied to his injuries afterwards to accelerate his recovery. Decades later, towards the end of his natural lifespan, the mixing of Hashirama's DNA with his own would evolve his Sharingan into Rinnegan.[63]
    • Using this DNA sample, Madara created a mindless clone of Hashirama, with which he was able to produce a substance that could heal injuries and replace lost limbs; Tsunade later does the same. This same substance would be used in the manufacture of the White Zetsu Army.[64]

The most positive legacy Hashirama left was his philosophy of the Will of Fire, which became increasingly common amongst Konoha's ninja in the years after his death. Future Hokage, in particular, were expected to fully adopt the philosophy. In time, even members of the Uchiha clan began demonstrating signs of the Will of Fire, with Hashirama claiming Itachi Uchiha's dedication to the village was even greater than his own.

In Other Media Edit

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 4 4 February 2016
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

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  • "Hashirama" (柱間) is a Japanese word referring to the space between two pillars. This might be a play on the word 'pillar' (, hashira), as the Hokage is said to be the pillar that supports the village. His family name "Senju" literally means "thousand hands" (千手).
  • His face on the Hokage Monument has a crack across the bridge of the nose.[65] This crack is not present in flashback depictions of the Monument.[66]
  • Hashirama's face appears within the fireworks in the omake of Shippūden episode 129.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets show that Hashirama 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.
  • Despite Hashirama using the Bringer-of-Darkness Technique, a genjutsu, and the fact that all genjutsu is Yin Release, Yin Release is not listed as one of Hashirama's natures in the fourth databook.[4]

Quotes Edit

  • (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."[67]
  • (To the five Kage) "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."[26]
  • (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!"[68]
  • "Whenever you live, there will always be war."[69]
  • (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…"[70]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 First Databook, page 116
  2. Second Databook, page 142
  3. Third Databook, pages 160-161
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fourth Databook, pages 162-167
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chapter 619, page 1
  6. Chapter 621, pages 15-17
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 623, page 10
  8. Chapter 624, pages 9-10
  9. Chapter 624, pages 11-14
  10. Chapter 625, pages 2-4
  11. Chapter 625, page 12
  12. Chapter 399, pages 7-8
  13. Chapter 399, page 9
  14. 14.0 14.1 Chapter 619, page 4
  15. Chapter 1, page 22
  16. Chapter 626, page 5
  17. Chapter 648, pages 9-15
  18. Chapter 399, pages 9-11
  19. Chapter 626, page 13
  20. Chapter 500, page 6
  21. Third Databook, page 57
  22. Chapter 619, pages 11, 17
  23. Chapter 619, pages 5-6
  24. Chapter 623, page 5
  25. Chapter 627, page 4
  26. 26.0 26.1 Chapter 648, pages 12-13
  27. Chapter 620, pages 1-7
  28. Chapter 625, page 15
  29. Chapter 620, pages 4-5
  30. Chapter 626, page 2
  31. Chapter 624, page 8
  32. Chapter 625, page 1
  33. Chapter 626, pages 13-14
  34. Chapter 691, pages 11-13
  35. Chapter 622, page 15
  36. Chapter 399, page 8
  37. Chapter 238
  38. Chapter 621, page 17-18
  39. Chapter 575, page 3
  40. Chapter 577, page 13
  41. Chapters 620-626
  42. Chapter 620, page 4
  43. Chapter 671, page 6
  44. Chapter 644, pages 9-11
  45. Chapter 624, page 15
  46. Chapter 620, page 11
  47. Chapter 578, page 6
  48. Chapter 621, page 7
  49. 49.0 49.1 Chapter 631, pages 9-11
  50. Chapter 399, pages 10-11
  51. 51.0 51.1 Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations OVA
  52. Chapter 297, page 9
  53. Naruto: Shipudden episode 369
  54. Chapter 621, page 4
  55. Chapter 621, page 6-7
  56. Chapter 641, page 5
  57. Chapter 626, pages 4-9
  58. Chapter 626, pages 5-6
  59. Chapter 122, page 14
  60. Chapter 637, pages 6-7
  61. Naruto: Shippūden episode 351
  62. Chapter 291, pages 14-15
  63. Chapter 606, page 13
  64. Chapter 512, pages 10-14
  65. Chapter 1, page 4
  66. Chapter 239, page 1
  67. Chapter 626, page 12
  68. Chapter 123, page 14
  69. Chapter 118, page 5
  70. Chapter 626, page 16

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