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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Hiruzen Sarutobi'''|猿飛ヒルゼン|Sarutobi Hiruzen}} revered as the {{translation|'''God of Shinobi'''|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami}}, was the {{translation|'''Third [[Hokage]]'''|三代目火影|Sandaime Hokage|lit meaning=Third Fire Shadow}} who hailed from [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Sarutobi clan]]. He was part of [[Team Tobirama]] alongside [[Homura Mitokado]] and [[Koharu Utatane]] under the leadership of the [[Second Hokage]]. He was also trained by the [[First Hokage]] and would later become the teacher of the Legendary [[Sannin]] [[Tsunade]], [[Jiraiya]], and [[Orochimaru]].<section end=summary/>
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Hiruzen Sarutobi'''|猿飛ヒルゼン|Sarutobi Hiruzen}} was the {{translation|'''Third [[Hokage]]'''|三代目火影|Sandaime Hokage|lit meaning=Third Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]]. A disciple of the village's previous Hokage, Hiruzen was a powerful ninja, hailed as a "[[God of Shinobi]]". Though he was only ever directly the teacher of the [[Sannin]], generations of Konoha ninja benefited from his wisdom during his lifetime.<section end=summary/>
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Hiruzen New Hokage.png|left|thumb|A young Hiruzen being appointed as Hokage in front of his rival Danzō.]]
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Hiruzen was born the son of [[Sasuke Sarutobi]]. The [[Sarutobi clan]] was one of the first clans to settle in the newly-created [[Konohagakure]], where Hiruzen struck up a friendship with the [[Shimura clan]]'s [[Danzō Shimura]]. Hiruzen was part of the first generation of ninja produced by Konoha and he, [[Homura Mitokado]], and [[Koharu Utatane]] were placed under the tutelage of [[Tobirama Senju]]. Hiruzen early on displayed prodigious talent in the ninja arts, earning him additional training from [[Hashirama Senju]], the First [[Hokage]]; at the same time, Danzō became jealous of Hiruzen's skills and started a one-sided rivalry in an effort to surpass him.
Born into the Sarutobi clan to [[Sasuke Sarutobi|Sasuke]], Hiruzen was a prodigy who truly stood out in talent. He and his former team-mates, [[Homura Mitokado]] and [[Koharu Utatane]], were students of [[Tobirama Senju]], the Second Hokage. He was also trained by [[Hashirama Senju]], the First Hokage. While once a close friend of [[Danzō Shimura]] during their early childhood, Danzō developed a one-sided rivalry with Hiruzen who always managed to be a step ahead of him. During the [[First Shinobi World War]], [[Team Tobirama]] along with Danzō, [[Kagami Uchiha]] and [[Torifu Akimichi]] were pursued by [[Kinkaku Force|enemy Kumogakure ninja]]. Knowing that one of them would need to be a sacrificial decoy so the others can escape, Hiruzen volunteered. However, Tobirama chose to be the decoy instead, naming Hiruzen his successor while driving a further wedge between his student and Danzō. Later in his life, he married [[Biwako]] and became the father of at least two children, [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and at least one other, who has yet to be seen in the series. This unnamed child would later give Hiruzen a grandson: [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]] and Asuma later, [[Kurenai Yūhi's Child|another grandchild]].
 
   
[[File:3sannin.jpg|thumb|A young Hiruzen with the future Sannin.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen New Hokage.png|left|thumb|Hiruzen is appointed Hokage.]]
Prior to the [[Second Shinobi World War]], Hiruzen became the teacher of [[Jiraiya]], [[Orochimaru]], and [[Tsunade]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 139, pages 9-11</ref> Coming to appreciate Orochimaru's natural talent, Hiruzen saw him as a once in a lifetime genius.<ref name="c122p7">''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 7</ref> However, while explaining to Orochimaru the symbolic significance of a white snake the boy found near his parents' grave, Hiruzen unknowing caused his pupil to go down a dark road while attempting steer him away from it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 344, pages 16-17</ref> After serving as Hokage for many years, Hiruzen started looking for a successor to the title. While he hoped to be able to give the position to Orochimaru, he saw that he only was interested for the power it offered.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 121, page 7</ref><ref name="c122p7"/> Though he turned to Jiraiya,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 366, page 12</ref> Hiruzen instead named Jiraiya's student [[Minato Namikaze]] as his successor.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 116, page 3</ref>
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During the [[First Shinobi World War]], Tobirama, by that time the Second Hokage, led a [[Escort Unit|team]] consisting of Hiruzen, Homura, Koharu, Danzō, [[Kagami Uchiha]], and [[Torifu Akimichi]]. During a mission they started to be pursued by [[Kumogakure]]'s [[Kinkaku Force]], an enemy that somebody would need to distract and inevitably die at the hands of in order for the rest of the team to escape. Hiruzen volunteered to be the decoy, boasting that, as the strongest of their group, he stood the best chance of surviving the encounter; nevertheless, he asked Danzō to look after the others. Tobirama volunteered himself instead, and before going to his death he appointed Hiruzen as Third Hokage.
   
[[File:Group Hiruzen vs Kurama.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen and a group of shinobi prepare to face the Nine-Tails.]]
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{{ImgRight|Team hiruzen.png|Hiruzen with his students.}}
In the aftermath of the [[Third Shinobi World War]], knowing the danger if [[Kurama]] were to break loose during the childbirth of its current [[jinchūriki]], [[Kushina Uzumaki]], Hiruzen assigned Biwako and a few ANBU for security to oversee the birthing process in a secured location on the outskirts of the village. However, also learning of Kushina's pregnancy, a [[masked man]] found the location and slaughtered the protection and [[Taji|maternity detail]] before releasing Kurama to destroy Konoha. Unaware of how Kurama got loose, Hiruzen lead the ninja in subduing the Nine-Tails before Minato arrived and transports himself and the tailed best away from from the village. Hiruzen soon arrived to the scene when Minato decided to seal Kurama into his [[Naruto|own son]], unable to intervene because of the erected [[Chakra Chains Barrier|barrier]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 500-504</ref> With Minato dead, Hiruzen once more assumed the role of active Hokage while deciding to protect the orphaned child by giving him his mother's last name to conceal his relation to Konoha's Yellow Flash.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 5</ref> With this, Hiruzen also passed a law in the village that no one was to speak of the beast sealed within the young man and hoped that Minato's dying wish that his son be seen as a hero be honoured, but the people who had lived first-hand the devastation that the Nine-Tails could bring forth were unable do this. And though most obeyed Hiruzen's law with those who didn't being severely punished — the children of the village, also came to fear and dislike Naruto, simply because their parents did.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 2, pages 13-14</ref>
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At some point, Hiruzen married [[Biwako]] and they had a son, [[Asuma]], and at least one other child who, later in his life, gave Hiruzen a grandson, [[Konohamaru]]. Hiruzen also started leading his own team of new [[Academy]] graduates consisting of [[Jiraiya]], [[Orochimaru]], and [[Tsunade]].<ref>Chapter 139, pages 9-11</ref> Although he was close with all of his students, Hiruzen had the highest hopes for [[Orochimaru]], a genius like himself who, after the deaths of his parents, was only further motivated to have a deep impact on the world.<ref>Chapter 344, pages 16-17</ref> Hiruzen led Konoha's forces through the [[Second Shinobi World War|Second]] and [[Third Shinobi World War]]s; in the anime, his choosing to end the Third Shinobi World War by signing a peace treaty with [[Iwagakure]] despite the losses Konoha suffered incensed Danzō, prompting Hiruzen to step down as Hokage against the village's protests.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 349</ref>
   
[[File:Itachi talks to Hiruzen.png|thumb|Itachi begs Hiruzen to protect Sasuke.]]
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Hiruzen had long hoped that Orochimaru would succeed him as Hokage but, despite his best efforts, he could never convince him of the [[Will of Fire]]: that Konoha was a family that the Hokage had to risk everything to keep safe.<ref>Chapter 121, page 7</ref> Unable to choose Orochimaru, Hiruzen considered Jiraiya as his successor, but Jiraiya did not believe he was responsible enough.<ref>Chapter 366, page 12</ref> Hiruzen ultimately settled on Jiraiya's former student, [[Minato Namikaze]], who had proven himself time and again during the Third Shinobi World War.<ref>Chapter 116, page 3</ref> Hiruzen assisted Minato with the transition of power by advising him on how to handle individuals and other village matters. He even retained some of his own [[Anbu]], several of which he assigned as security while [[Kushina Uzumaki]], the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tails]], gave birth.
Some time after resuming his post, Hiruzen began investigating a number of disappearances within Konoha and learned that Orochimaru was behind them. Having used those that he kidnapped as test subjects in his quest to gain immortality, Orochimaru allowed his former master a chance to kill him. Ultimately, Hiruzen could not bring himself to do it, allowing Orochimaru to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 72</ref> A few years later, Hiruzen learned of the [[Uchiha Clan]]'s plot against the village and attempted to find a peaceful resolution for both sides. However, before reaching such an alternative, Danzō inveigled [[Itachi Uchiha]] to [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|slaughter his kin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 590, page 6-10</ref> However, prior to Itachi leaving the village as a missing-nin, the young man sought out the Third and begged him to protect his [[Sasuke Uchiha|little brother]] and not tell him the truth, and Hiruzen obliged.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 400, page 15</ref>
 
   
[[Kurama Clan Arc|Similarly in the anime]], Hiruzen assigned [[Yakumo]] of the [[Kurama clan]] to hone her genjutsu under [[Kurenai Yūhi]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 203</ref> However, Kurenai learns of the [[Ido|evil persona]] within Yakumo and Hiruzen regretfully gives her permission to seal Yakumo's child's abilities to prevent the alter ego from killing Yakumo at the cost of ending the Kurama clan.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 205</ref>
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[[File:Group Hiruzen vs Kurama.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen leads a charge against the Nine-Tails.]]
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Despite their precautions, the Nine-Tails escaped and [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|attacked the village]]. Hiruzen led the village's defence until Minato arrived to remove the Nine-Tails to a safe distance. Hiurzen followed and, cut off by the [[Adamantine Sealing Chains]], could only watch as Minato and Kushina gave their lives to [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|seal]] the Nine-Tails into their newborn son, [[Naruto]]. Minato did not have time to tell Hiruzen how the Nine-Tails had escaped, instead using the final moments of his life to ask Konoha, via Hiruzen, to think of Naruto as a hero who saved the village and not the container of the monster that killed so many. Hiruzen did so, but the villagers proved unable to follow Minato's wishes, prompting Hiruzen, now the village's Hokage once more, to outlaw any mention of the Nine-Tails an effort to protect Naruto from their misguided hate.<ref>Chapter 2, pages 13-14</ref> He also gave Naruto his mother's surname in order to hide his relation to Minato from Minato's enemies.<ref>Chapter 440, page 5</ref>
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[[File:Orochimaru leaves.png|thumb|Hiruzen allowing Orochimaru to escape.]]
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Hiruzen eventually started investigating a number of disappearances throughout Konoha. In the anime, he followed a lead provided by [[Kakashi Hatake]],<ref name="NS351">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref> which ultimately led him to discover that Orochimaru was behind it all. Hiruzen was dismayed not only by Orochimaru's role or that he was experimenting on those he kidnapped, but also his reasons: to create an [[Eternal Youth and Immortality Technique]]. He attempted to apprehend Orochimaru, but could not bring himself to strike down his favourite student and allowed him to escape.<ref>Chapter 122, page 7</ref> From examining what Orochimaru left behind, a [[Yamato|young boy]] imbued with Hashirama Senju's [[wood release]] was discovered, and over the years the boy became one of Hiruzen's top Anbu operatives. (In the anime, the boy was previously discovered by Danzō, and Hiruzen negotiated the boy's release into Hiruzen's care.)<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 356</ref>
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[[File:Itachi talks to Hiruzen.png|thumb|left|Itachi begs Hiruzen to protect Sasuke.]]
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Because Minato never had the opportunity to explain the cause of the Nine-Tails' attack, Konoha's leadership came to suspect a member of the [[Uchiha clan]] was responsible due to the [[Sharingan]]'s ability to control the Nine-Tails. The Uchiha resented this suspicion and began planning a coup d'état, something reported to Hiruzen and the [[Konoha Council]] by [[Itachi Uchiha]]. Hiruzen attempted to peacefully resolve the conflict but negotiations consistently stalled. Danzō eventually stepped in without Hiruzen's knowledge and ordered Itachi to [[Uchiha Clan Downfall|slaughter the Uchiha]].<ref>Chapter 590, page 6-10</ref> Hiruzen only learned of the mission afterwards when Itachi reported its successful completion. Before needing to publicly leave the village as a criminal in order to hide Konoha's involvement in the Uchiha's destruction, Itachi asked Hiruzen to look after his younger brother, [[Sasuke]], the only Uchiha he could not bring himself to kill. Hiruzen agreed.<ref>Chapter 400, page 15</ref> In the anime, Hiruzen also promised not to change the [[Sensing Barrier|village barrier]]'s formula, enabling Itachi to sneak in from time to time to watch Sasuke from afar.<ref name="NS359">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 359</ref>
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In the anime, Hiruzen permitted Danzō to create [[Root]] - a more ruthless subdivision of the Anbu under Danzō's exclusive control - shortly after he became Hokage in order to balance the shortcomings of his empathetic rule. For years he had ignored Root's questionable foreign ops, its abduction of children, and the actions it took against Konoha personnel, Hiruzen included.<ref name="NS351"/> But Danzō's role in the Uchiha's assassination was not something Hiruzen could abide, and as such he ordered Root be disbanded.<ref name="NS359"/>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Due to the long life he had lived, Hiruzen served as a source of wisdom for much of the series, passing on the things he had learned to the next generation. As Hokage, he had also acquired a habit of attempting to end things peacefully, and did what he could to avoid bloodshed amongst his allies and his enemies. At the series' start, Hiruzen was one of the few people who saw Naruto as more than the container of Kurama, and, as such, became someone that Naruto truly admired, even thinking of Hiruzen as a grandfather-figure.
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Hiruzen is a firm believer in the [[Will of Fire]], which holds that all the people of Konoha are a family and that the Hokage is chiefly responsible for that family's well-being. Throughout his tenure, Hiruzen lives up to the Will of Fire by being available for Konoha's villagers and shinobi during their time of need, making decisions to the betterment of as many people as possible, and providing his wisdom and guidance whenever he can. His delicate, thoughtful approach to not only issues within the village but also his interactions with foreign powers has given Hiruzen the reputation of being soft, something the [[Konoha Council]] spends much of its time trying to rectify. Nevertheless, Hiruzen's kind and pacifist ways are widely valued by Konoha's residents and even his rival [[Kage]], and for those reasons his eventual death is regretted by many. However, Hiruzen was not entirely for his softness as he allowed Danzō to form an Anbu faction of his own, to handle the dark side of Konoha's actions.
   
According to [[Kakashi Hatake]], Hiruzen loved his students deeply, including Orochimaru, no matter how far he had fallen.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 483, page 17</ref> This ideal stems from his belief that Konoha's next generation is a precious resource that must be protected. However, it was the same belief that forced Hiruzen to allow Orochimaru to escape after uncovering his experiments in replicating Hashirama's DNA at the cost of many lives, thus unknowingly allowing his former student to commit even more tragedies.
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Although he loved all of Konoha, Hiruzen held his [[Sannin|students]] especially dear, believing they were the village's future and, as such, must be cultivated and protected. He favoured [[Orochimaru]], seeing in him a prodigy similar to himself whose contributions to the village could someday be greater than his own. Even when Orochimaru increasingly went astray and then finally defected from Konoha, Hiruzen could never abandon his attachments to Orochimaru,<ref>Chapter 483, page 17</ref> instead blaming himself for not being a better teacher. When he is [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]], he reflects on his life and finds it similarly flawed: he feels responsible for [[Danzō Shimura]]'s taking on of the village's darkness, believing Danzō would not have turned out so badly had he been more willing to make the difficult decisions; he believes that some of the village's - and even the world's - problems could have been avoided had he led with a firmer hand.<ref>Chapter 627, pages 5-6</ref> Hiruzen's own son, [[Asuma]], was defiant towards Hiruzen's philosophies during his youth, but eventually sees the merits in valuing future generations after Hiruzen's death.
   
Hiruzen was also bit lecherous as well, as he enjoyed spending much of his free time talking to young girls, which was his favourite pastime,<ref name="d1"/> and when Jiraiya was still his student, he offered to help Jiraiya test the [[Transparent Escape Technique|technique]] that would allow the user to spy on naked women unnoticed. Even Jiraiya, in this instance, noted his sensei's perverted qualities. He also fell victim to Naruto's [[Sexy Technique]] on more than one occasion, fainting after he saw it.
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Despite his reputation and responsibilities, Hiruzen is somewhat lecherous: he and [[Jiraiya]] bonded over their shared [[Transparent Escape Technique|desire]] to spy on naked women; he falls victim to [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[Sexy Technique]] on more than one occasion and suspects he would be defeated by the [[Harem Technique]] as well; the [[Rin no Sho|first ''Naruto'' databook]] lists talking to young girls as his favorite "hobby".<ref name="d1"/>
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Hiruzen Saturobi battle uniform.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen's shinobi attire.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen Sarutobi (Hokage).png|thumb|Hiruzen's Hokage attire.]]
Hiruzen was a light-skinned man of below-average stature with grey hair. Since his time training the [[Sannin]], he has had a small goatee and short spiked hair — both being dark brown in colour during his youth. He also initially had a single line running vertically under outer corners of each eye, which stretched down into his face as he aged until they reached his cheeks. As an old man, age had not taken much of a toll on his overall appearance. His only changes were slight; he obtained more pronounced cheekbones, a longer and thicker goatee, a prominent crease across his forehead, grey hair, a few wrinkles, a wart near his left nostril, and a few liver-spots.
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The only consistent physical feature Hiruzen has displayed has been his below-average stature, all his other attributes having changed over the years: During his youth he was tan-skinned and had dark brown, spiked hair, adding a small goatee to his look after becoming Hokage; Towards the end of his life his skin is lighter, his hair is grey, his face is gaunter, and he has the wrinkles and liver spots of old age. He initially had a single line running vertically under the outer corners of each eye, which stretched down into his face as he aged until they reached his cheeks.
   
[[File:Sarutobi Hiruzen.jpeg|thumb|Hiruzen in his Hokage uniform.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen full.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen's shinobi attire.]]
During his reign as Hokage, Hiruzen would commonly wear the official uniform — consisting of the customary hat and haori, along with a red, full-length kimono that was tied using a white sash. With age, had also taken to smoking a pipe. His combat attire consisted of a black jumpsuit, which featured mesh segments over the lower portions of his limbs, and a grey [[Wikipedia:Japanese armour#Individual armour parts|gauntlet]] that covered his right wrist, forearm and elbow. He also wore an armoured hood with a bandanna-like Konoha [[forehead protector]] over this, which featured two long straps.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 117, page 12</ref> The kanji for "Third Hokage" was inscribed onto an additional piece of fabric attached to the back of his outfit, although at the time of Kurama's attack when he retired the post, it merely had the kanji for {{translation|"fire"|火|hi}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 9</ref> He also had two shuriken holsters strapped to either side of his back.
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During the [[First Shinobi World War]], he wore grey [[shinobi battle armour]] common to the time period, with heavy protection all over his body. His starts wearing much lighter combat attire at some point, consisting of a black jumpsuit, mesh segments over the lower portions of his limbs, and a green [[Wikipedia:Japanese armour#Individual armour parts|gauntlet]] that covered much of his right arm. He also wore an armoured hood with a bandanna-like [[forehead protector]] over this, tied with two long straps.<ref name="ch117">Chapter 117</ref> Across the back is written "Third Hokage" which is replaced with the kanji for {{translation|"fire"|火|hi}} during his brief retirement.<ref>Chapter 502, page 9</ref> When not in combat, he usually wears the official uniform — the customary hat and haori with a red, full-length kimono that is tied using a white sash. He often smokes during his spare time.
 
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Hiruzen was one of the most powerful shinobi in history, so much so that he was admired as the {{translation|'''God of Shinobi'''|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami}} in his prime and was said to be the strongest Hokage that Konoha ever had.<ref name="d1"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 94, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 121, page 3</ref> Even in his old age, he was also said to be the strongest of all the five Kage at the time of his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 140, page 3</ref> Enma commented on his battle with Orochimaru, saying that it was "miserable" compared to his prime, even though he had clearly been able to hold his own against Orochimaru and two former Hokage without losing his composure. Even in his old age, his chakra was noted for being very strong, causing a dense effect on the atmosphere when released;<ref name="E69">''Naruto'' episode 69</ref> furthermore, he was known for having immense reserves of chakra in his youth.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 71</ref> He was also the longest living and longest reigning Hokage. Hiruzen also had keen senses, being able to track down the former Hokage under [[Hashirama Senju]]'s [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, page 8</ref>
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[[File:Hiruzen's shadow clones.PNG|thumb|Hiruzen using the Shadow Clone Technique.]]
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Hiruzen was a natural prodigy as a ninja, hailed as a "[[God of Shinobi]]". His talents were apparent at a young age, earning the special attention of the [[First Hokage]] and the envy of [[Danzō Shimura]]. He was regarded as the strongest [[Hokage]] in Konoha's history,<ref name="ch94" /> and the most powerful of the [[Five Kage]] during his life.<ref name="d1" /> His prowess deteriorated noticeably in his old age, with [[Orochimaru]] noting Hiruzen could have killed him if only he were ten years younger.<ref>Chapter 126, page 10</ref> Despite this, he retained enough skill to, with effort, defeat the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] First and [[Second Hokage]].
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Hiruzen's long life gave him a great deal of experience that he can use on the battlefield, such as identifying a technique simply by seeing the [[hand seals]].<ref>Chapter 504</ref> Even when he encountered something new, as in the case of [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s, he could discern their attributes and limitations from only brief observation.
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
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[[File:Tobirama attacks Hiruzen.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen in hand-to-hand combat with Tobirama.]]
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In the anime, Hiruzen was said to have immense [[chakra]] reserves in his youth,<ref name="ep71">''Naruto'' episode 71</ref> and even in his old age, his chakra was strong enough to crack stone.<ref name="ch117" /> His reserves diminished in later years, to the point that splitting up his chakra with [[shadow clone]]s was a great risk for him. In the anime, his reduced chakra levels were offset with precise chakra control, needing only the minimum amount of chakra to use techniques to their full potency.<ref name="NS284">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref>
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Like his chakra, Hiruzen's speed and physical strength were weakened by his ageing body, but his reaction time and sensory perception were still good enough to defend himself, even when [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique|robbed of his sight]].<ref name="ch123">Chapter 123</ref> At times, Hiruzen could lay [[explosive tag]]s without his opponents' noticing.<ref name="ch120">Chapter 120</ref>
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=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
[[File:Reaper death seal.jpg|thumb|left|Hiruzen using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.]]
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[[File:Reaper death seal.png|thumb|Hiruzen using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.]]
Hiruzen was also called {{translation|'''The Professor'''|プロフェッサー|Purofessā}}, due to his mastery of all forms of shinobi combat, and his vast knowledge of techniques, purportedly knowing all the techniques within Konoha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120, page 15</ref> In the anime, even [[Danzō]], Hiruzen's life-long rival, openly acknowledged the Hokage's sheer prowess in utilising any technique as unsurpassed.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref> His title also came from creating a considerable arsenal of original techniques; one of which was the [[Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique]]. With this technique, he could create a thousand clones of a single thrown shuriken in an instant to overwhelm the opponent with the extreme difficultly in evading them all. This method also meant that he didn't have stock up on a lot of shuriken. To watch over the village, he would use the [[Telescope Technique]], allowing him to observe others through his crystal ball over long distances.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 1</ref> Despite his diminished reserves of chakra in his old age, he also showed great chakra control, needing only the minimum amount of chakra to use each technique.
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Hiruzen was renowned as {{translation|'''The Professor'''|プロフェッサー|Purofessā}} due to his mastery of all forms of shinobi combat,<ref name="ch94" /> reputed for having advanced knowledge if not skill of all the techniques to ever exist within Konoha, including the many [[Hiden]] techniques that reside within it.<ref name="ch120" /><ref name="d4" /> Of Hiruzen's many techniques, he could use the [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to create copies of himself or the [[Telescope Technique]] to observe things from afar.<ref>Chapter 1</ref> He was shown [[sensing]] and tracking individuals by their chakra<ref>Chapter 680, page 10</ref> and demonstrated skill with [[barrier ninjutsu]].<ref>Chapter 631, pages 9-11</ref>
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Hiruzen's knowledge extends to [[fūinjutsu]], such as the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]]. By combining it with shadow clones he could seal the souls of multiple targets, thus delaying the sealing of his own soul.<ref name="ch123" /> He was also said to be able to [[Five Elements Unseal|remove]] the [[Five Elements Seal]].<ref>Chapter 166, page 3</ref>
   
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
[[File:Fire Release Fire Dragon Flame Missile.png|thumb|Hiruzen using Fire Release: Fire Dragon Flame Bullet.]]
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[[File:Five nature attack.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen using all five elements simultaneously.]]
Sarutobi was highly skilled in elemental ninjutsu, using [[Fire Release]] and [[Earth Release]]. [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Flame Bullet]] allowed him to exhale a powerful stream of fire from his mouth. [[Earth Release: Earth Flow River]] created a river of mud beneath the opponent to throw them off balance, and he could use the mud with [[Earth Release: Earth Dragon Bullet]], which creates a dragon's head that launches mud balls at an opponent. He had also been shown to be adept in combining elemental techniques, as seen when he ignited the mud ball projectiles with [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Bullet]], creating a stream of lava that can melt nearly anything. [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall]] allowed Hiruzen to spit a stream of mud that solidifies into a protective shield.
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Hiruzen was one of the few individuals who learned how to perform all five basic [[nature transformation]]s. He could also use [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> He could quickly determine the nature of an opponent's attack and produce the respective [[Nature Transformation#Counterbalancing|counterbalancing]] nature.<ref>Chapter 662, page 5</ref> In the manga, his elemental displays are brief, as he only exhaled a [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Flame Bullet|stream of fire]] and created a [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall|protective wall of mud]]. The anime expands on his use of these two natures, where he made a [[Earth Release: Earth Flow River|river of mud]] to unbalance an opponent and even expelled flaming projectiles from an [[Earth Release: Earth Dragon Bullet|earthen, dragon-like head]]. He could then [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Bullet|expell a flame breath]] to augment it.<ref name="e69">''Naruto'' episode 69</ref> He could also [[Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Fire Technique|exhale smaller blasts]].<ref name="ep71" />
   
==== Summoning Technique ====
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==== Bukijutsu ====
[[File:The 3rd And Enma.PNG|thumb|left|A young Hiruzen with Enma.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen uses giant shuriken.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen utilising his Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique.]]
Hiruzen also had a personal [[Summoning Technique|summon]]: [[Monkey King: Enma]], who was capable of [[Transformation: Adamantine Staff|turning into a diamond-hard staff]], which could alter its length and width at will, or become a cage to protect the summoner. The staff was Hiruzen's weapon of choice as he showed great proficiency in wielding it; he successfully pushed back [[Kurama]] with it during its attack on Konoha.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden'' episode 249</ref> Enma could also manifest parts of his body and attack an enemy with his claws and fangs, which added an element of surprise.
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Hiruzen frequently used [[shuriken]] in combat, both the standard size and the larger [[fūma shuriken]].<ref>Chapter 639, page 6</ref> By using the [[Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique]] he could create copies of these shuriken, allowing him to bombard a target with thousands of projectiles without needing to physically carry that many on his person.<ref name="ch117" /> In the anime, Hiruzen was similarly shown utilising his surroundings like shuriken, such as launching [[Roof Tile Shuriken|roof tiles]] at opponents.<ref name="e69"/>
   
=== Taijutsu ===
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Hiruzen's personal [[Summoning Technique|summon]], [[Enma]], could [[Transformation: Adamantine Staff|transform]] into an extendable staff that was as sharp as diamond. The staff was Hiruzen's weapon of choice and he wielded it with great proficiency, though its weight became a greater burden to him in his later years. Enma can manifest parts of his body from the staff transformation, attacking with claws or fangs to take opponents by surprise.<ref name="ch120" />
In terms of taijutsu, Hiruzen displayed a very high level of it in old age. He was able to counter [[Tobirama]] and [[Hashirama]] in close combat, despite them being in their prime in the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]]. He could lay an [[explosive tag]] on each of them without them or [[Orochimaru]] who was controlling them even knowing. After summoning [[Enma]], he could break Hashirama's [[Wood Release]] branches with ease.
 
 
Even when robbed of his sight from the [[genjutsu]] [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique]], he could still defend himself from Hashirama's and Tobirama's assaults, blocking all their attacks to prepare for his [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]]. After sealing both former Hokage, he faced Orochimaru in single combat.
 
Despite his sealing parts of his soul away in the Shinigami, as well as fighting for a prolonged amount of time before he engaged Orochimaru one on one, he effortlessly disarmed him of his [[Sword of Kusanagi (Orochimaru)|sword]].
 
   
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Introduction Arc ===
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=== Prologue — Land of Waves ===
[[File:Telescope Technique.jpg|thumb|Hiruzen watching Naruto.]]
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Hiruzen's first appearance in [[Part I]] was when two men reported to him that [[Naruto Uzumaki]] had vandalised the [[Hokage Monument]]. He was then seen standing next to [[Iruka Umino]] after the [[Academy]] graduation test, telling Iruka that they needed to talk and they were talking later about Naruto. In the manga when Naruto tried to steal the [[Scroll of Seals]], Hiruzen found him and comically fell against his [[Sexy Technique]]. Later when Naruto succeeds in stealing the scroll, Hiruzen was seen instructing a large group of shinobi to stop and capture Naruto, observing the whole incident - including [[Mizuki]] revealing his intentions - from a [[Telescope Technique|crystal ball]].
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[[File:Telescope Technique.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen watching Naruto.]]
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When [[Naruto Uzumaki]] fails the [[Academy]]'s graduation exam yet again, Hiruzen takes Naruto's instructor, [[Iruka Umino]], aside and advises him to be compassionate towards Naruto because of his lack of parents, something Iruka has had similar experiences with. When Naruto shortly afterwards breaks into the [[Hokage Residence]] and steals the [[Scroll of Seals]] (and also defeats Hiruzen with the [[Sexy Technique]]), Hiruzen has no choice but to mobilise a search party to apprehend Naruto. From [[Telescope Technique|observing]] events, Hiruzen learns of Naruto's manipulation by [[Mizuki]] and watches as Iruka finally shows kindness towards Naruto by protecting him from Mizuki. He calls off the search party when it becomes clear Naruto will return, but Hiruzen worries that Naruto's learning of the [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique]] from the Scroll will risk the [[Nine-Tails]]' escape from his body.
   
While criticising Naruto's ninja registration picture, in the anime he became the target of the boy's Sexy Technique, and fell prey to the mentioned. He was then unsuccessfully "assaulted" by [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]] who followed Naruto on the way out. He then watched the skirmish between Naruto and [[Ebisu]], thinking that he would be heavily affected by the [[Harem Technique]], blushing at the mere thought of it.
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From his concern over the Nine-Tails as well as his disappointment that one of Naruto's first accomplishments as a [[genin]] is to invent the [[Harem Technique]], Hiruzen assigns [[Kakashi Hatake]] as Naruto's [[Team 7|team]] leader so that Kakashi can guide him appropriately, as well as look over one of Naruto's teammates, [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. Despite Kakashi's efforts, Naruto remains obstinate, complaining to Hiruzen about how easy their first [[D-rank]] [[mission]] was. When Naruto is unwilling to listen to explanations of how missions are assigned according to rank and skill level - both of which Naruto has little of at the moment - Hiruzen agrees to give the team a [[C-rank]] mission: escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]].
   
He was seen with the [[Konoha]] [[jōnin]] that would soon be assigned their [[genin]] cell. He told [[Kakashi Hatake]] that he would be leading [[Team 7]]. He and Kakashi then visited Naruto's apartment, pointing out few things like the expired milk that had caused Naruto much trouble after drinking it. He was then talking to Iruka about Kakashi's teaching methods, showing Iruka a book with the number of trainees that Kakashi failed. Iruka could only stare in shock upon realisation that no genin team assigned under Kakashi has ever got a passing mark.
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
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[[File:Episode 20.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen calls a meeting.]]
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Hiruzen calls together the village's [[jōnin]] team leaders and informs them that Konoha will be hosting the next [[Chūnin Exams]], an opportunity for their genin-charges to be promoted to [[chūnin]]. He asks that those jōnin assembled who believe their students are ready for the challenge of the exam submit their students' names. He begins with the team leaders of the Academy's most recent graduates and is surprised that all of the [[Rookie Nine]] are deemed suitable by their instructors; he agrees to allow them to enter despite Iruka's protests.
   
=== Land of Waves Arc ===
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[[File:Chunin Examination Arena.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen addressing the genin that passed.]]
After Team 7 completes their first [[D-rank]] mission, Hiruzen congratulates them on their success. Because the mission consisted only of finding a lost cat, Naruto complains that the mission was too easy and demands their next mission be more challenging, to Kakashi's embarrassment. Hiruzen tries to explain how missions are assigned by skill level and that, as genin, they cannot be expected to accomplish more difficult missions yet. Naruto does not relent, so Hiruzen agrees to assign them a [[C-rank]] mission: escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]].
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Hiruzen is called to the [[Forest of Death]] during the Exams' second stage by its proctor, [[Anko Mitarashi]]. She reports [[Orochimaru]]'s infiltration of the Exams and his warnings to not call off the Exams due to his appearance. Suspecting that Orochimaru is after Sasuke Uchiha, Hiruzen has no choice but to allow things to proceed as planned. He watches the preliminary matches, noting the growth of not only Naruto and Sasuke but all of Konoha's genin. Once the preliminaries conclude, he presides over the assignment of first round match-ups in the finals before they adjourn.
   
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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In the month prior to the finals, Hiruzen grows increasingly worried. Not only is he unsure of what Orochimaru and his underlings are planning, but it's also apparent that one of the rival [[hidden village]]s is conspiring against Konoha as well, possibly in tandem with Orochimaru. What's more, Hiruzen does not believe that he, nor anyone else in Konoha for that matter, has the skills necessary to meet Orochimaru in battle. To clear his head, he visits his grandson's, [[Konohamaru]]'s, class and is reminded of how important protecting the village and its citizens is to him.
[[File:A New Chapter Begins The Chūnin Exam!.JPG|thumb|left|Hiruzen calls a meeting.]]
 
He first appeared in this arc consulting the [[jōnin]] about their decision to register their [[genin]] into the upcoming [[Chūnin Exams]]. [[Asuma Sarutobi]], [[Kurenai Yūhi]], and [[Kakashi Hatake]] all deemed their students worthy. Thereafter, a slight argument ensued between [[Iruka]] and Kakashi where the former claimed that Naruto and his team-mates were not ready for such a challenge. Kakashi silenced him by saying that they were no longer Iruka's students but Kakashi's soldiers. Hiruzen was then sent to the tower in the [[Forest of Death]] after [[Anko Mitarashi]] encountered and was defeated by [[Orochimaru]]. After hearing Orochimaru's message for him, he tried to ease Anko's pain from the Cursed Seal.
 
   
[[File:Chunin Examination Arena.png|thumb|Hiruzen addressing the genin that passed.]]
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When the finals begin, Hiruzen sits and watches with the [[Fourth Kazekage]], the only other [[Kage]] whose village has representatives competing. Hiruzen, as host, remains pleasant towards the Kazekage and tries to assure him that there are no issues when the schedule for the finals increasingly does not go as planned.
After the second portion of the exam, he is seen congratulating all the genin who passed, and explaining the next round. He then witnessed the preliminary rounds of the final matches, only to tell the advancing genin about the challenge and their training. From there, he was seen reporting to the council that [[Hayate Gekkō]] had been killed, and that Orochimaru may have been involved. He then decided to carry on the Chūnin Exams as normal. Later that day, he assured Anko, who visited him to apologise, that she did not need to feel guilty about returning alive in the Forest of Death, after her encounter with her former master. He then departed for some air some seconds later to head to the [[Hokage Monument]], where he gave a speech to the [[Academy Student|Academy students]] about what it really means to be a shinobi. When the time of third portion of the exam comes, Hiruzen was present on a stadium as one of the judges. He welcomed [[Fourth Kazekage]] who really was impersonated by Orochimaru.
 
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
[[File:Earth Release Earth Flow River.JPG|thumb|left|Hiruzen battling Orochimaru.]]
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When the invasion began, Hiruzen was taken by ''Kazekage'' who revealed himself as Orochimaru and forced to battle him, as the Third's former student infiltrated the village and planned Konoha's destruction just so he could kill Hiruzen and kidnap [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. Soon after the battle began, Orochimaru [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnates]] Hashirama and Tobirama, so that Hiruzen could feel the enjoyment of fighting his former masters.<ref name="E69" />
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[[File:Hiruzen tai Orochimaru.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen clashing with Orochimaru.]]
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The last match of the first round of the finals is interrupted by an [[invasion of Konoha]]. Hiruzen is taken hostage and separated from his bodyguards by the Kazekage. Hiruzen tries to negotiate with the Kazekage until he realises it is actually Orochimaru in disguise. Orochimaru wants to fight and kill Hiruzen, his former teacher, and has his [[Sound Four|followers]] erect a [[Four Violet Flames Formation|barrier]] so that the [[Anbu]] cannot come to Hiruzen's defence. Hiruzen is glad that nobody will interrupt them and removes his robes, revealing his combat attire underneath. Orochimaru decides he wants Hiruzen to share in the experience of fighting one's former teacher's and as such [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnates]] the [[First Hokage|First]] and [[Second Hokage]].
   
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]] that was then turned into an [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique|attack]] that was stopped by Hiruzen's own [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall|earth wall]]. Hiruzen was then however caught by Hashirama's [[Wood Release]]. Even after summoning [[Enma]] to free himself from Hashirama's Wood Release, Hiruzen, in his old age was unable to defeat the two Hokage, as any damage that was done was simply regenerated. He was further inhibited by his desire to not hurt either.
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The Hokage greet Hiruzen in the brief moments before Orochimaru suppresses their personalities. Hiruzen attacks, but he has difficulty overcoming their defences and he must summon [[Enma]] to help block the First's [[wood release]]. He and Enma try to strike Orochimaru directly, but the Hokage block him. Despite failing to reach Orochimaru, Hiruzen is able to plant [[exploding tag]]s on the Hokage's leg, but their reincarnated bodies cause them to quickly regenerate. Realising he has few options left, Hiruzen prepares to use the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]]. Orochimaru takes him by surprise before he can do anything by removing his own face, revealing a [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|new body]], the completion of his research and the same fate he has planned for Sasuke.
   
[[File:Hiruzen Sealing Orochimaru.jpg|thumb|Hiruzen struggling to seal Orochimaru's soul.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen vs Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen struggling to seal Orochimaru's soul.]]
Hiruzen's fight is also impeded by Orochimaru's presence, horrified at seeing just how monstrous his treasured student had become through mastering [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]] and his intentions to use it on Sasuke. Left with no other choice, Hiruzen creates two [[shadow clone]]s while executing [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] on his former masters to stop them.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 73</ref> As he bid a heartfelt goodbye to his teachers, he turned his attention to Orochimaru and reveals the technique's double edge as he must sacrifice both his soul and those of his predecessors to the Shinigami. Intending to have Orochimaru join them in the spectre's stomach while throwing aside his former pupil's [[Sword of Kusanagi: Longsword of the Sky|Kusanagi]], Hiruzen attempts to seal Orochimaru's soul as well. Realising it as he starts to see the Shinigami, Orochimaru called his Kusanagi to him, stabbing Hiruzen in the back. Despite the fatal injury, Hiruzen continued to try to remove Orochimaru's soul as his death would come one way or the other.
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Hiruzen is disgusted by the levels Orochimaru has sunk to and his own responsibility in allowing Orochimaru to escape years earlier. In order to rectify the mistakes he's made at long last, Hiruzen makes two [[shadow clone]]s that first catch the two Hokage and then use the Dead Demon Consuming Seal to remove their souls. The Hokage's personalities return to them briefly and they apologise for the hassle they've caused, just as Hiruzen apologises to them for the prison he's sentenced them to: their souls are consumed by the [[Shinigami]]. Orochimaru is amused by their defeat, unaware of what's happening, and bids Hiruzen to try the same on him. Hiruzen and Enma disarm him of his [[Sword of Kusanagi: Longsword of the Sky|Kusanagi]] and Hiuruzen starts performing the seal on him. When Orochimaru senses his soul's removal, he summons the Kusanagi back to him, causing it to lodge in Hiruzen despite Enma's attempts to intercept it.
   
[[File:Hiruzen last smile.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen dying with a smile.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen last smile.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen dying with a smile.]]
After an hour of struggling, Hiruzen comes to accept that his old age and the punishment he ensure had left him too weak. Seeing that completely removing Orochimaru's soul is impossible yet desires to redeem himself for allowing his former student's escape, Hiruzen decides to instead have the Shinigami take the part of Orochimaru's soul within his arms to rob him of using ninjutsu as his way of fitting punishment for Orochimaru's obsession with power. As Orochimaru began to curse his former master for the act, Hiruzen bids his student farewell as he collapses with the hope that they would meet again. Seeing Orochimaru as the boy he once was, Hiruzen died with a smile on his face with the knowledge that he saved Konoha and its next generation that would come.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 80</ref>
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Although stabbing Hiruzen has stopped the removal of his soul, Orochimaru cannot move in order to finish Hiruzen off. Orochimaru encourages him to die, but Hiruzen, doomed to die anyway for invoking the Shinigami, ignores him, instead trying to muster up the strength to finish sealing Orochimaru. After an hour passes with no progress, Hiruzen accepts the fact that he won't be able to complete the seal. He decides to do what little he can to put an end to Orochimaru's plans and protect the village: he has the Shinigami seal Orochimaru's arms, preventing their use. As Orochimaru curses him, Hiruzen dies smiling, hoping that he will see Orochimaru again in the next life.
   
== Legacy ==
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== Part II ==
After Hiruzen died, seeing him as a great Hokage, [[Tsunade]] noted that the village has produced some very fine and determined shinobi under her mentor's leadership, as when she saw [[Rock Lee]]'s determination to go through with a life-risking operation. Succeeding Hiruzen as the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade practices her mentor principles during her term. Also, Asuma passes to his student [[Shikamaru Nara]] his father's ideals of the significance of protecting Konoha's next generation, having [[Kurenai Yūhi's Child|a child]] with [[Kurenai Yūhi]] would be Hiruzen's second grandchild, posthumously. As the Fourth Shinobi World War begins, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] would reveals to [[Tobi]] that Hiruzen's use of the Dead Demon Consuming Seal during his fight with Orochimaru ago has left Kabuto unable to summon him, Hashirama nor Tobirama via Impure World Reincarnation.
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
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[[File:Hokage reincarnated.png|thumb|left|The four Hokage are reincarnated.]]
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[[Orochimaru]] releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami, an act that also restores his arms. At [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s request he then [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnates]] the Hokage. Hiruzen worries that Orochimaru now plans to use him to destroy Konoha, but is instead questioned by Sasuke about the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]]. Hiruzen confirms the truth of what [[Itachi Uchiha]] did and explains that he only did so on the condition that Hiruzen would keep Sasuke safe in the aftermath. From hearing about what has transpired since his death - Sasuke killing [[Danzō Shimura]] and [[Madara Uchiha]] emerging to start the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] - Hiruzen feels guilty that maybe things could have been avoided had he taken different actions while he was alive.
   
The [[Fourth Raikage]] insinuated Hiruzen's death may have been the result of a secret plot between [[Danzō Shimura]] and [[Akatsuki]], though it was all Orochimaru's doing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 7</ref>
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[[File:The Hokage Arrive.png|thumb|right|The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.]]
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Hearing from the Hokage 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]]. When they arrive, the Hokage erect a [[Four Red Yang Formation|barrier]] around the Ten-Tails to confine it. Hiruzen must remain with the barrier to maintain it, so he can only watch as [[Obito Uchiha]] seals the Ten-Tails into his body, becoming its [[jinchūriki]].
   
While he promised Itachi that he would protect Sasuke, Hiruzen did not foresee the boy becoming an enemy to Konoha, due to his inability to look past the tragedies of his life, developing a hatred-induced mindset. When Sasuke was confronted by Kakashi soon after he killed Danzō, hesitant at killing his former student at first, the latter remembers Hiruzen's resolution to kill Orochimaru and finally understood how the Third felt.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 483, page 17</ref>
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[[File:Hiruzen vs Obito.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen attacks Obito.]]
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With his new power, Obito rips down the barrier, finally allowing Hiruzen to participate in the fight. From Obito's display it is obvious to Hiruzen that he is stronger than even the [[First Hokage]]. He therefore personally engages Obito so that nobody needs to put their lives at risk, taking advantage of the fact that he's already dead to analyse Obito's abilities. By observing Obito's [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s he theorises that they are similar to the [[Third Tsuchikage]]'s [[kekkei tōta]] in that they are a combination of multiple [[nature transformation]]s. He also postulates that the Truth-Seeking Balls have limits to the duration of their malleability, but his upper body is destroyed immediately after that.
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It takes Hiruzen a great deal of time for his body to regenerate. When he finally does, he summons [[Enma]], has him [[Transformation: Adamantine Staff|transform]], and then quickly saves [[Naruto Uzumaki]] from the Ten-Tails' tree form's chakra-absorbing roots. When Orochimaru later arrives on the battlefield, they join together to help the Allies in the counter-offensive against Obito, first by blocking and cutting back more and more of the tree's roots and branches, then by assisting in pulling the [[tailed beasts]] from Obito's body. Their combined efforts succeed and Obito is defeated.
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[[File:Hiruzen vs Guruguru.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen battles against Tobi.]]
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The Allied Shinobi Forces are shortly afterwards attacked by [[Tobi (Zetsu)|Tobi]]. With everyone too tired from the prolonged fighting to defend themselves, Hiruzen and four of his [[shadow clone]]s arrive to help, [[Nature Transformation#Counterbalancing|counterbalancing]] Tobi's elemental attacks with their own. Tobi withdraws once the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] is about to best cast, having completed its job of distracting the Allies.
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[[File:Hiruzen leaves.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen's soul departs to the Pure Land.]]
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As the world is wrapped up by [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]], Hiruzen, unaffected because he is dead, tries to free Tsunade but fails. He and the other Hokage converge at the location of a powerful chakra signature, but find only Madara Uchiha's lower half, from which emerges the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead [[Kage]], they summon [[Team 7]], Madara, and the tailed beasts back from [[Kaguya's dimension]]. With the world saved, the Sage returns all the Kage to the [[Pure Land]]. As his soul ascends, Hiruzen entrusts the future to Team 7.
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Hiruzen is only one of many Konoha ninja to die in the village's defence during the [[Konoha Crush]]. However, a special ceremony to mourn Hiruzen is held, which many of Konoha's ninja attend; [[Jiraiya]] does not, opting to reminisce about Hiruzen privately. Hiruzen is quickly replaced as Hokage by [[Tsunade]], who, during her early days in office, notes how many fine shinobi the village produced under Hiruzen's guidance and makes a point to continue his practices during her own term. Because Hiruzen always treated him well, [[Naruto Uzumaki]] remains ever-fond of Hiruzen, becoming incensed when others speak poorly of him. When Naruto becomes Hokage years later, he lives by the [[Will of Fire]] just as Hiruzen did.
   
 
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Hiruzen is one of only three known [[Kage]] to predominantly wear the position's official uniform — the others being the [[Fifth Kazekage]], and the [[Fourth Raikage]].
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* His father's and clan's name, inspired by [[Wikipedia:Sarutobi Sasuke|Sarutobi Sasuke]], means "jumping like a monkey", further supported by his Summoning Technique, which summons Enma. Tobirama also nicknamed him {{translation|"Monkey"|サル|Saru}}.
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* Hiruzen's clan name "Sarutobi", inspired by [[Wikipedia:Sarutobi Sasuke|Sarutobi Sasuke]], means {{translation|"monkey jump"|猿飛}}, further supported by his Summoning Technique which summons Enma. Tobirama also nicknamed him {{translation|"Monkey"|サル|Saru}}.
 
* Many aspects of his character were borrowed from the Chinese literature classic ''[[Wikipedia:Journey to the West|Journey to the West]]''. Hiruzen's summon, Enma, bears a very strong resemblance to {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Sun Wukong|Sun Wukong]]|孫悟空|Monkey King}}, the protagonist of the novel, and Hiruzen's chosen weapon was identical to the Monkey King's magical staff.
 
* Many aspects of his character were borrowed from the Chinese literature classic ''[[Wikipedia:Journey to the West|Journey to the West]]''. Hiruzen's summon, Enma, bears a very strong resemblance to {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Sun Wukong|Sun Wukong]]|孫悟空|Monkey King}}, the protagonist of the novel, and Hiruzen's chosen weapon was identical to the Monkey King's magical staff.
* Hiruzen's ghost could be briefly seen in [[Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain|''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 129]].
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* In the ''[[Live Spectacle Naruto]]'', the role of Hiruzen was played by Kazuhiro Imagawa.
* During his battle with Orochimaru, maybe as a premonition to his death, Hiruzen's likeness on the [[Hokage Monument]] cracked across the face. While the crack was fairly prominent due to its size, it didn't always show up in the anime, due either to a bad angle or a mistake by the animators.
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* Hiruzen's ghost is briefly seen in [[Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain|''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 129]].
* Hiruzen shares the same nickname with the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. They were both known as the {{translation|"God of Shinobi"|忍の神|Shinobi no Kami}}.
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* During his battle with Orochimaru, Hiruzen's likeness on the [[Hokage Monument]] cracks across the face. While the crack is fairly prominent due to its size, it doesn't always show up in the anime, due either to a bad angle or a mistake by the animators.
* [[Masashi Kishimoto]] originally planned for Hiruzen to be a dog, but eventually dumped the idea for being "too weird".
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* [[Masashi Kishimoto]] originally planned for Hiruzen to be a dog, but dumped the idea for being "too weird".
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*Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Hiruzen show that he was 140cm when Konoha was founded, 145cm around the time the Valley of the End was created, and 166cm when Tobirama died.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
** His favourite foods are [[Wikipedia:Hijiki|hijiki]], and sardine [[Wikipedia:fish ball|fish ball]]s and his least favourite food is [[Wikipedia:Kasuzuke|Narazuke]].
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** His favourite foods were [[Wikipedia:Hijiki|hijiki]] (which he shared with rival, [[Danzō Shimura]]), and sardine [[Wikipedia:fish ball|fish ball]]s, while his least favourite food was [[Wikipedia:Kasuzuke|narazuke]].
 
** His desired opponent was a grown-up [[Konohamaru]].
 
** His desired opponent was a grown-up [[Konohamaru]].
 
** His favourite phrase was {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Paramartha|Absolute Truth]]|真諦|Shintai}}.
 
** His favourite phrase was {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Paramartha|Absolute Truth]]|真諦|Shintai}}.
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== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (About [[Naruto]]) "''He has combined shadow clones with his own invention, the Sexy Technique. What a foolish ninja technique… and he could probably get me with it, too.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 2, page 20</ref>
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* (About [[Naruto]]) "''He has combined shadow clones with his own invention, the Sexy Technique. What a foolish ninja technique… and he could probably get me with it, too.''"<ref>Chapter 2, page 20</ref>
* (To [[Iruka]]) "''I wonder… do you have it, young as you are… the [[Will of Fire]]?''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 139, page 10</ref>
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* (To the [[Academy]] students) "''You only get one life. There's no need to choose an impossible path. It's fine to live as long as you like and die. However… protecting a precious person… you must not forget this no matter what path you choose.''"<ref>Chapter 94, page 15</ref>
* (To [[Orochimaru]]) "''Konoha is my home! The Hokage is one who continues to act as the main pillar of the house, protecting it!! He's the one who carries the will of Konoha, entrusted with it… It won't be that easy for you!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 14</ref>
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* (To Orochimaru) "''To me, Konoha isn't just an organisation. Every year there are a lot of ninja born and raised in Konoha… They live, fight to protect this village and what is precious they would go to their death. Even if we are not related by blood, those of the village like these are, to me, my most precious, most important… family!''"<ref>Chapter 122, pages 15-18</ref>
* (To Orochimaru) "''To me, Konoha isn't just an organisation. Every year there are a lot of ninja born and raised in Konoha… They live, fight to protect this village and what is precious they would go to their death. Even if we are not related by blood, those of the village like these are, to me, my most precious, most important… family!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 122, pages 15-18</ref>
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* (Last words) "''When the tree leaves dance, one shall find flames. The [[Hokage|fire's shadow]] will illuminate the village, and once again, tree leaves shall bud anew.''"<ref>Chapter 137, pages 17-19</ref>
* (To Orochimaru) "''Even if you were to kill me, the pillar would not crumble. I'm the man who inherited the will of Konoha, the will of the First and Second. I am the Third Hokage!!! No matter how much you target Konoha, there'll be a new Hokage who'll inherit my will… and become the pillar to protect Konoha!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 122, pages 18-19</ref>
 
* (To Orochimaru) "''In this society, true power is not attained from mastering all the world's techniques. This is something I have already taught you. When there is something important to protect… that's when a shinobi's true power emerges.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 137, page 13</ref>
 
* (To Orochimaru) "''Your foolishness is unparalleled, Orochimaru. My one regret is that I couldn't take you with me. Farewell, disciple! May we meet again in the next world.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 137, page 17</ref>
 
* (Last words) "''When the tree leaves dance, one shall find flames. The [[Hokage|fire's shadow]] will illuminate the village, and once again, tree leaves shall bud anew.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 137, pages 17-19</ref>
 
   
 
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Hiruzen Sarutobi
(猿飛ヒルゼン, Sarutobi Hiruzen)

  • Third Hokage (三代目火影, Sandaime Hokage)
  • Monkey (サル, Saru)[5]
  • The Professor (プロフェッサー, Purofessā)[6]
  • God of Shinobi (忍の神, Shinobi no Kami, English TV: The Supreme Shinobi)[7]
Debut
Manga Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire
Game Naruto: Ninja Council
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Aquarius February 8
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 68-69
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part I: 163.1 cm1.631 m
    5.351 ft
    64.213 in
Weight
  • Part I: 50.6 kg111.554 lb
Blood type A
Classification
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 000261
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

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Hiruzen Sarutobi (猿飛ヒルゼン, Sarutobi Hiruzen) was the Third Hokage (三代目火影, Sandaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Third Fire Shadow) of Konohagakure. A disciple of the village's previous Hokage, Hiruzen was a powerful ninja, hailed as a "God of Shinobi". Though he was only ever directly the teacher of the Sannin, generations of Konoha ninja benefited from his wisdom during his lifetime.

Background Edit

Hiruzen was born the son of Sasuke Sarutobi. The Sarutobi clan was one of the first clans to settle in the newly-created Konohagakure, where Hiruzen struck up a friendship with the Shimura clan's Danzō Shimura. Hiruzen was part of the first generation of ninja produced by Konoha and he, Homura Mitokado, and Koharu Utatane were placed under the tutelage of Tobirama Senju. Hiruzen early on displayed prodigious talent in the ninja arts, earning him additional training from Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage; at the same time, Danzō became jealous of Hiruzen's skills and started a one-sided rivalry in an effort to surpass him.

Hiruzen New Hokage

Hiruzen is appointed Hokage.

During the First Shinobi World War, Tobirama, by that time the Second Hokage, led a team consisting of Hiruzen, Homura, Koharu, Danzō, Kagami Uchiha, and Torifu Akimichi. During a mission they started to be pursued by Kumogakure's Kinkaku Force, an enemy that somebody would need to distract and inevitably die at the hands of in order for the rest of the team to escape. Hiruzen volunteered to be the decoy, boasting that, as the strongest of their group, he stood the best chance of surviving the encounter; nevertheless, he asked Danzō to look after the others. Tobirama volunteered himself instead, and before going to his death he appointed Hiruzen as Third Hokage.

Team hiruzen

Hiruzen with his students.

At some point, Hiruzen married Biwako and they had a son, Asuma, and at least one other child who, later in his life, gave Hiruzen a grandson, Konohamaru. Hiruzen also started leading his own team of new Academy graduates consisting of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade.[8] Although he was close with all of his students, Hiruzen had the highest hopes for Orochimaru, a genius like himself who, after the deaths of his parents, was only further motivated to have a deep impact on the world.[9] Hiruzen led Konoha's forces through the Second and Third Shinobi World Wars; in the anime, his choosing to end the Third Shinobi World War by signing a peace treaty with Iwagakure despite the losses Konoha suffered incensed Danzō, prompting Hiruzen to step down as Hokage against the village's protests.[10]

Hiruzen had long hoped that Orochimaru would succeed him as Hokage but, despite his best efforts, he could never convince him of the Will of Fire: that Konoha was a family that the Hokage had to risk everything to keep safe.[11] Unable to choose Orochimaru, Hiruzen considered Jiraiya as his successor, but Jiraiya did not believe he was responsible enough.[12] Hiruzen ultimately settled on Jiraiya's former student, Minato Namikaze, who had proven himself time and again during the Third Shinobi World War.[13] Hiruzen assisted Minato with the transition of power by advising him on how to handle individuals and other village matters. He even retained some of his own Anbu, several of which he assigned as security while Kushina Uzumaki, the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails, gave birth.

Group Hiruzen vs Kurama

Hiruzen leads a charge against the Nine-Tails.

Despite their precautions, the Nine-Tails escaped and attacked the village. Hiruzen led the village's defence until Minato arrived to remove the Nine-Tails to a safe distance. Hiurzen followed and, cut off by the Adamantine Sealing Chains, could only watch as Minato and Kushina gave their lives to seal the Nine-Tails into their newborn son, Naruto. Minato did not have time to tell Hiruzen how the Nine-Tails had escaped, instead using the final moments of his life to ask Konoha, via Hiruzen, to think of Naruto as a hero who saved the village and not the container of the monster that killed so many. Hiruzen did so, but the villagers proved unable to follow Minato's wishes, prompting Hiruzen, now the village's Hokage once more, to outlaw any mention of the Nine-Tails an effort to protect Naruto from their misguided hate.[14] He also gave Naruto his mother's surname in order to hide his relation to Minato from Minato's enemies.[15]

Orochimaru leaves

Hiruzen allowing Orochimaru to escape.

Hiruzen eventually started investigating a number of disappearances throughout Konoha. In the anime, he followed a lead provided by Kakashi Hatake,[16] which ultimately led him to discover that Orochimaru was behind it all. Hiruzen was dismayed not only by Orochimaru's role or that he was experimenting on those he kidnapped, but also his reasons: to create an Eternal Youth and Immortality Technique. He attempted to apprehend Orochimaru, but could not bring himself to strike down his favourite student and allowed him to escape.[17] From examining what Orochimaru left behind, a young boy imbued with Hashirama Senju's wood release was discovered, and over the years the boy became one of Hiruzen's top Anbu operatives. (In the anime, the boy was previously discovered by Danzō, and Hiruzen negotiated the boy's release into Hiruzen's care.)[18]

Itachi talks to Hiruzen

Itachi begs Hiruzen to protect Sasuke.

Because Minato never had the opportunity to explain the cause of the Nine-Tails' attack, Konoha's leadership came to suspect a member of the Uchiha clan was responsible due to the Sharingan's ability to control the Nine-Tails. The Uchiha resented this suspicion and began planning a coup d'état, something reported to Hiruzen and the Konoha Council by Itachi Uchiha. Hiruzen attempted to peacefully resolve the conflict but negotiations consistently stalled. Danzō eventually stepped in without Hiruzen's knowledge and ordered Itachi to slaughter the Uchiha.[19] Hiruzen only learned of the mission afterwards when Itachi reported its successful completion. Before needing to publicly leave the village as a criminal in order to hide Konoha's involvement in the Uchiha's destruction, Itachi asked Hiruzen to look after his younger brother, Sasuke, the only Uchiha he could not bring himself to kill. Hiruzen agreed.[20] In the anime, Hiruzen also promised not to change the village barrier's formula, enabling Itachi to sneak in from time to time to watch Sasuke from afar.[21]

In the anime, Hiruzen permitted Danzō to create Root - a more ruthless subdivision of the Anbu under Danzō's exclusive control - shortly after he became Hokage in order to balance the shortcomings of his empathetic rule. For years he had ignored Root's questionable foreign ops, its abduction of children, and the actions it took against Konoha personnel, Hiruzen included.[16] But Danzō's role in the Uchiha's assassination was not something Hiruzen could abide, and as such he ordered Root be disbanded.[21]

Personality Edit

Hiruzen is a firm believer in the Will of Fire, which holds that all the people of Konoha are a family and that the Hokage is chiefly responsible for that family's well-being. Throughout his tenure, Hiruzen lives up to the Will of Fire by being available for Konoha's villagers and shinobi during their time of need, making decisions to the betterment of as many people as possible, and providing his wisdom and guidance whenever he can. His delicate, thoughtful approach to not only issues within the village but also his interactions with foreign powers has given Hiruzen the reputation of being soft, something the Konoha Council spends much of its time trying to rectify. Nevertheless, Hiruzen's kind and pacifist ways are widely valued by Konoha's residents and even his rival Kage, and for those reasons his eventual death is regretted by many. However, Hiruzen was not entirely for his softness as he allowed Danzō to form an Anbu faction of his own, to handle the dark side of Konoha's actions.

Although he loved all of Konoha, Hiruzen held his students especially dear, believing they were the village's future and, as such, must be cultivated and protected. He favoured Orochimaru, seeing in him a prodigy similar to himself whose contributions to the village could someday be greater than his own. Even when Orochimaru increasingly went astray and then finally defected from Konoha, Hiruzen could never abandon his attachments to Orochimaru,[22] instead blaming himself for not being a better teacher. When he is reincarnated, he reflects on his life and finds it similarly flawed: he feels responsible for Danzō Shimura's taking on of the village's darkness, believing Danzō would not have turned out so badly had he been more willing to make the difficult decisions; he believes that some of the village's - and even the world's - problems could have been avoided had he led with a firmer hand.[23] Hiruzen's own son, Asuma, was defiant towards Hiruzen's philosophies during his youth, but eventually sees the merits in valuing future generations after Hiruzen's death.

Despite his reputation and responsibilities, Hiruzen is somewhat lecherous: he and Jiraiya bonded over their shared desire to spy on naked women; he falls victim to Naruto Uzumaki's Sexy Technique on more than one occasion and suspects he would be defeated by the Harem Technique as well; the first Naruto databook lists talking to young girls as his favorite "hobby".[1]

Appearance Edit

Hiruzen Sarutobi (Hokage)

Hiruzen's Hokage attire.

The only consistent physical feature Hiruzen has displayed has been his below-average stature, all his other attributes having changed over the years: During his youth he was tan-skinned and had dark brown, spiked hair, adding a small goatee to his look after becoming Hokage; Towards the end of his life his skin is lighter, his hair is grey, his face is gaunter, and he has the wrinkles and liver spots of old age. He initially had a single line running vertically under the outer corners of each eye, which stretched down into his face as he aged until they reached his cheeks.

Hiruzen full

Hiruzen's shinobi attire.

During the First Shinobi World War, he wore grey shinobi battle armour common to the time period, with heavy protection all over his body. His starts wearing much lighter combat attire at some point, consisting of a black jumpsuit, mesh segments over the lower portions of his limbs, and a green gauntlet that covered much of his right arm. He also wore an armoured hood with a bandanna-like forehead protector over this, tied with two long straps.[24] Across the back is written "Third Hokage" which is replaced with the kanji for "fire" (, hi) during his brief retirement.[25] When not in combat, he usually wears the official uniform — the customary hat and haori with a red, full-length kimono that is tied using a white sash. He often smokes during his spare time.

Abilities Edit

Hiruzen&#039;s shadow clones

Hiruzen using the Shadow Clone Technique.

Hiruzen was a natural prodigy as a ninja, hailed as a "God of Shinobi". His talents were apparent at a young age, earning the special attention of the First Hokage and the envy of Danzō Shimura. He was regarded as the strongest Hokage in Konoha's history,[6] and the most powerful of the Five Kage during his life.[1] His prowess deteriorated noticeably in his old age, with Orochimaru noting Hiruzen could have killed him if only he were ten years younger.[26] Despite this, he retained enough skill to, with effort, defeat the reincarnated First and Second Hokage.

Hiruzen's long life gave him a great deal of experience that he can use on the battlefield, such as identifying a technique simply by seeing the hand seals.[27] Even when he encountered something new, as in the case of Truth-Seeking Balls, he could discern their attributes and limitations from only brief observation.

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

Tobirama attacks Hiruzen

Hiruzen in hand-to-hand combat with Tobirama.

In the anime, Hiruzen was said to have immense chakra reserves in his youth,[28] and even in his old age, his chakra was strong enough to crack stone.[24] His reserves diminished in later years, to the point that splitting up his chakra with shadow clones was a great risk for him. In the anime, his reduced chakra levels were offset with precise chakra control, needing only the minimum amount of chakra to use techniques to their full potency.[29]

Like his chakra, Hiruzen's speed and physical strength were weakened by his ageing body, but his reaction time and sensory perception were still good enough to defend himself, even when robbed of his sight.[30] At times, Hiruzen could lay explosive tags without his opponents' noticing.[31]

Ninjutsu Edit

Reaper death seal

Hiruzen using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.

Hiruzen was renowned as The Professor (プロフェッサー, Purofessā) due to his mastery of all forms of shinobi combat,[6] reputed for having advanced knowledge if not skill of all the techniques to ever exist within Konoha, including the many Hiden techniques that reside within it.[31][4] Of Hiruzen's many techniques, he could use the Shadow Clone Technique to create copies of himself or the Telescope Technique to observe things from afar.[32] He was shown sensing and tracking individuals by their chakra[33] and demonstrated skill with barrier ninjutsu.[34]

Hiruzen's knowledge extends to fūinjutsu, such as the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. By combining it with shadow clones he could seal the souls of multiple targets, thus delaying the sealing of his own soul.[30] He was also said to be able to remove the Five Elements Seal.[35]

Nature Transformation Edit

Five nature attack

Hiruzen using all five elements simultaneously.

Hiruzen was one of the few individuals who learned how to perform all five basic nature transformations. He could also use Yin and Yang Release.[4] He could quickly determine the nature of an opponent's attack and produce the respective counterbalancing nature.[36] In the manga, his elemental displays are brief, as he only exhaled a stream of fire and created a protective wall of mud. The anime expands on his use of these two natures, where he made a river of mud to unbalance an opponent and even expelled flaming projectiles from an earthen, dragon-like head. He could then expell a flame breath to augment it.[37] He could also exhale smaller blasts.[28]

Bukijutsu Edit

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Hiruzen utilising his Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique.

Hiruzen frequently used shuriken in combat, both the standard size and the larger fūma shuriken.[38] By using the Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique he could create copies of these shuriken, allowing him to bombard a target with thousands of projectiles without needing to physically carry that many on his person.[24] In the anime, Hiruzen was similarly shown utilising his surroundings like shuriken, such as launching roof tiles at opponents.[37]

Hiruzen's personal summon, Enma, could transform into an extendable staff that was as sharp as diamond. The staff was Hiruzen's weapon of choice and he wielded it with great proficiency, though its weight became a greater burden to him in his later years. Enma can manifest parts of his body from the staff transformation, attacking with claws or fangs to take opponents by surprise.[31]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 5 34
Second 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 5 34

Part I Edit

Prologue — Land of Waves Edit

Main article: Prologue — Land of Waves

Telescope Technique

Hiruzen watching Naruto.

When Naruto Uzumaki fails the Academy's graduation exam yet again, Hiruzen takes Naruto's instructor, Iruka Umino, aside and advises him to be compassionate towards Naruto because of his lack of parents, something Iruka has had similar experiences with. When Naruto shortly afterwards breaks into the Hokage Residence and steals the Scroll of Seals (and also defeats Hiruzen with the Sexy Technique), Hiruzen has no choice but to mobilise a search party to apprehend Naruto. From observing events, Hiruzen learns of Naruto's manipulation by Mizuki and watches as Iruka finally shows kindness towards Naruto by protecting him from Mizuki. He calls off the search party when it becomes clear Naruto will return, but Hiruzen worries that Naruto's learning of the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique from the Scroll will risk the Nine-Tails' escape from his body.

From his concern over the Nine-Tails as well as his disappointment that one of Naruto's first accomplishments as a genin is to invent the Harem Technique, Hiruzen assigns Kakashi Hatake as Naruto's team leader so that Kakashi can guide him appropriately, as well as look over one of Naruto's teammates, Sasuke Uchiha. Despite Kakashi's efforts, Naruto remains obstinate, complaining to Hiruzen about how easy their first D-rank mission was. When Naruto is unwilling to listen to explanations of how missions are assigned according to rank and skill level - both of which Naruto has little of at the moment - Hiruzen agrees to give the team a C-rank mission: escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves.

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams

Episode 20

Hiruzen calls a meeting.

Hiruzen calls together the village's jōnin team leaders and informs them that Konoha will be hosting the next Chūnin Exams, an opportunity for their genin-charges to be promoted to chūnin. He asks that those jōnin assembled who believe their students are ready for the challenge of the exam submit their students' names. He begins with the team leaders of the Academy's most recent graduates and is surprised that all of the Rookie Nine are deemed suitable by their instructors; he agrees to allow them to enter despite Iruka's protests.

Chunin Examination Arena

Hiruzen addressing the genin that passed.

Hiruzen is called to the Forest of Death during the Exams' second stage by its proctor, Anko Mitarashi. She reports Orochimaru's infiltration of the Exams and his warnings to not call off the Exams due to his appearance. Suspecting that Orochimaru is after Sasuke Uchiha, Hiruzen has no choice but to allow things to proceed as planned. He watches the preliminary matches, noting the growth of not only Naruto and Sasuke but all of Konoha's genin. Once the preliminaries conclude, he presides over the assignment of first round match-ups in the finals before they adjourn.

In the month prior to the finals, Hiruzen grows increasingly worried. Not only is he unsure of what Orochimaru and his underlings are planning, but it's also apparent that one of the rival hidden villages is conspiring against Konoha as well, possibly in tandem with Orochimaru. What's more, Hiruzen does not believe that he, nor anyone else in Konoha for that matter, has the skills necessary to meet Orochimaru in battle. To clear his head, he visits his grandson's, Konohamaru's, class and is reminded of how important protecting the village and its citizens is to him.

When the finals begin, Hiruzen sits and watches with the Fourth Kazekage, the only other Kage whose village has representatives competing. Hiruzen, as host, remains pleasant towards the Kazekage and tries to assure him that there are no issues when the schedule for the finals increasingly does not go as planned.

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush

Hiruzen tai Orochimaru

Hiruzen clashing with Orochimaru.

The last match of the first round of the finals is interrupted by an invasion of Konoha. Hiruzen is taken hostage and separated from his bodyguards by the Kazekage. Hiruzen tries to negotiate with the Kazekage until he realises it is actually Orochimaru in disguise. Orochimaru wants to fight and kill Hiruzen, his former teacher, and has his followers erect a barrier so that the Anbu cannot come to Hiruzen's defence. Hiruzen is glad that nobody will interrupt them and removes his robes, revealing his combat attire underneath. Orochimaru decides he wants Hiruzen to share in the experience of fighting one's former teacher's and as such reincarnates the First and Second Hokage.

The Hokage greet Hiruzen in the brief moments before Orochimaru suppresses their personalities. Hiruzen attacks, but he has difficulty overcoming their defences and he must summon Enma to help block the First's wood release. He and Enma try to strike Orochimaru directly, but the Hokage block him. Despite failing to reach Orochimaru, Hiruzen is able to plant exploding tags on the Hokage's leg, but their reincarnated bodies cause them to quickly regenerate. Realising he has few options left, Hiruzen prepares to use the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. Orochimaru takes him by surprise before he can do anything by removing his own face, revealing a new body, the completion of his research and the same fate he has planned for Sasuke.

Hiruzen vs Orochimaru

Hiruzen struggling to seal Orochimaru's soul.

Hiruzen is disgusted by the levels Orochimaru has sunk to and his own responsibility in allowing Orochimaru to escape years earlier. In order to rectify the mistakes he's made at long last, Hiruzen makes two shadow clones that first catch the two Hokage and then use the Dead Demon Consuming Seal to remove their souls. The Hokage's personalities return to them briefly and they apologise for the hassle they've caused, just as Hiruzen apologises to them for the prison he's sentenced them to: their souls are consumed by the Shinigami. Orochimaru is amused by their defeat, unaware of what's happening, and bids Hiruzen to try the same on him. Hiruzen and Enma disarm him of his Kusanagi and Hiuruzen starts performing the seal on him. When Orochimaru senses his soul's removal, he summons the Kusanagi back to him, causing it to lodge in Hiruzen despite Enma's attempts to intercept it.

Hiruzen last smile

Hiruzen dying with a smile.

Although stabbing Hiruzen has stopped the removal of his soul, Orochimaru cannot move in order to finish Hiruzen off. Orochimaru encourages him to die, but Hiruzen, doomed to die anyway for invoking the Shinigami, ignores him, instead trying to muster up the strength to finish sealing Orochimaru. After an hour passes with no progress, Hiruzen accepts the fact that he won't be able to complete the seal. He decides to do what little he can to put an end to Orochimaru's plans and protect the village: he has the Shinigami seal Orochimaru's arms, preventing their use. As Orochimaru curses him, Hiruzen dies smiling, hoping that he will see Orochimaru again in the next life.

Part II Edit

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Hokage reincarnated

The four Hokage are reincarnated.

Orochimaru releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami, an act that also restores his arms. At Sasuke Uchiha's request he then reincarnates the Hokage. Hiruzen worries that Orochimaru now plans to use him to destroy Konoha, but is instead questioned by Sasuke about the Uchiha Clan Downfall. Hiruzen confirms the truth of what Itachi Uchiha did and explains that he only did so on the condition that Hiruzen would keep Sasuke safe in the aftermath. From hearing about what has transpired since his death - Sasuke killing Danzō Shimura and Madara Uchiha emerging to start the Fourth Shinobi World War - Hiruzen feels guilty that maybe things could have been avoided had he taken different actions while he was alive.

The Hokage Arrive

The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.

Hearing from the Hokage 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. When they arrive, the Hokage erect a barrier around the Ten-Tails to confine it. Hiruzen must remain with the barrier to maintain it, so he can only watch as Obito Uchiha seals the Ten-Tails into his body, becoming its jinchūriki.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Hiruzen vs Obito

Hiruzen attacks Obito.

With his new power, Obito rips down the barrier, finally allowing Hiruzen to participate in the fight. From Obito's display it is obvious to Hiruzen that he is stronger than even the First Hokage. He therefore personally engages Obito so that nobody needs to put their lives at risk, taking advantage of the fact that he's already dead to analyse Obito's abilities. By observing Obito's Truth-Seeking Balls he theorises that they are similar to the Third Tsuchikage's kekkei tōta in that they are a combination of multiple nature transformations. He also postulates that the Truth-Seeking Balls have limits to the duration of their malleability, but his upper body is destroyed immediately after that.

Hiruzen frees Naruto

Hiruzen saves Naruto from the Ten-Tails.

It takes Hiruzen a great deal of time for his body to regenerate. When he finally does, he summons Enma, has him transform, and then quickly saves Naruto Uzumaki from the Ten-Tails' tree form's chakra-absorbing roots. When Orochimaru later arrives on the battlefield, they join together to help the Allies in the counter-offensive against Obito, first by blocking and cutting back more and more of the tree's roots and branches, then by assisting in pulling the tailed beasts from Obito's body. Their combined efforts succeed and Obito is defeated.

Hiruzen vs Guruguru

Hiruzen battles against Tobi.

The Allied Shinobi Forces are shortly afterwards attacked by Tobi. With everyone too tired from the prolonged fighting to defend themselves, Hiruzen and four of his shadow clones arrive to help, counterbalancing Tobi's elemental attacks with their own. Tobi withdraws once the Infinite Tsukuyomi is about to best cast, having completed its job of distracting the Allies.

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Hiruzen leaves

Hiruzen's soul departs to the Pure Land.

As the world is wrapped up by God: Nativity of a World of Trees, Hiruzen, unaffected because he is dead, tries to free Tsunade but fails. He and the other Hokage converge at the location of a powerful chakra signature, but find only Madara Uchiha's lower half, from which emerges the Sage of the Six Paths. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead Kage, they summon Team 7, Madara, and the tailed beasts back from Kaguya's dimension. With the world saved, the Sage returns all the Kage to the Pure Land. As his soul ascends, Hiruzen entrusts the future to Team 7.

Legacy Edit

Hiruzen is only one of many Konoha ninja to die in the village's defence during the Konoha Crush. However, a special ceremony to mourn Hiruzen is held, which many of Konoha's ninja attend; Jiraiya does not, opting to reminisce about Hiruzen privately. Hiruzen is quickly replaced as Hokage by Tsunade, who, during her early days in office, notes how many fine shinobi the village produced under Hiruzen's guidance and makes a point to continue his practices during her own term. Because Hiruzen always treated him well, Naruto Uzumaki remains ever-fond of Hiruzen, becoming incensed when others speak poorly of him. When Naruto becomes Hokage years later, he lives by the Will of Fire just as Hiruzen did.

Video Games Edit

Hiruzen Sarutobi is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ninja Council 2 29 April 2004 10 October 2006
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja 30 October 2007
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008

Trivia Edit

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  • Hiruzen's clan name "Sarutobi", inspired by Sarutobi Sasuke, means "monkey jump" (猿飛), further supported by his Summoning Technique which summons Enma. Tobirama also nicknamed him "Monkey" (サル, Saru).
  • Many aspects of his character were borrowed from the Chinese literature classic Journey to the West. Hiruzen's summon, Enma, bears a very strong resemblance to Sun Wukong (孫悟空, Monkey King), the protagonist of the novel, and Hiruzen's chosen weapon was identical to the Monkey King's magical staff.
  • In the Live Spectacle Naruto, the role of Hiruzen was played by Kazuhiro Imagawa.
  • Hiruzen's ghost is briefly seen in Naruto: Shippūden episode 129.
  • During his battle with Orochimaru, Hiruzen's likeness on the Hokage Monument cracks across the face. While the crack is fairly prominent due to its size, it doesn't always show up in the anime, due either to a bad angle or a mistake by the animators.
  • Masashi Kishimoto originally planned for Hiruzen to be a dog, but dumped the idea for being "too weird".
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Hiruzen show that he was 140cm when Konoha was founded, 145cm around the time the Valley of the End was created, and 166cm when Tobirama died.
  • According to the databook(s):

Quotes Edit

  • (About Naruto) "He has combined shadow clones with his own invention, the Sexy Technique. What a foolish ninja technique… and he could probably get me with it, too."[39]
  • (To the Academy students) "You only get one life. There's no need to choose an impossible path. It's fine to live as long as you like and die. However… protecting a precious person… you must not forget this no matter what path you choose."[40]
  • (To Orochimaru) "To me, Konoha isn't just an organisation. Every year there are a lot of ninja born and raised in Konoha… They live, fight to protect this village and what is precious they would go to their death. Even if we are not related by blood, those of the village like these are, to me, my most precious, most important… family!"[41]
  • (Last words) "When the tree leaves dance, one shall find flames. The fire's shadow will illuminate the village, and once again, tree leaves shall bud anew."[42]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First Databook, page 162
  2. Second Databook, pages 143-145
  3. Third Databook, pages 170-171
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fourth Databook, pages 170-171
  5. Chapter 118, page 3
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Chapter 94, page 12
  7. Chapter 121, page 3
  8. Chapter 139, pages 9-11
  9. Chapter 344, pages 16-17
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 349
  11. Chapter 121, page 7
  12. Chapter 366, page 12
  13. Chapter 116, page 3
  14. Chapter 2, pages 13-14
  15. Chapter 440, page 5
  16. 16.0 16.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 351
  17. Chapter 122, page 7
  18. Naruto: Shippūden episode 356
  19. Chapter 590, page 6-10
  20. Chapter 400, page 15
  21. 21.0 21.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 359
  22. Chapter 483, page 17
  23. Chapter 627, pages 5-6
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Chapter 117
  25. Chapter 502, page 9
  26. Chapter 126, page 10
  27. Chapter 504
  28. 28.0 28.1 Naruto episode 71
  29. Naruto: Shippūden episode 284
  30. 30.0 30.1 Chapter 123
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Chapter 120
  32. Chapter 1
  33. Chapter 680, page 10
  34. Chapter 631, pages 9-11
  35. Chapter 166, page 3
  36. Chapter 662, page 5
  37. 37.0 37.1 Naruto episode 69
  38. Chapter 639, page 6
  39. Chapter 2, page 20
  40. Chapter 94, page 15
  41. Chapter 122, pages 15-18
  42. Chapter 137, pages 17-19

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