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The {{translation|'''Hokage'''|火影|lit meaning=Fire Shadow}} are the leaders of [[Konohagakure]]. They are generally acknowledged as the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Four [[shinobi]] and one [[kunoichi]] have gained this title so far, with another shinobi gaining the title of Hokage Candidate.
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The {{translation|'''Hokage'''|火影|lit meaning=Fire Shadow}} is the [[Kage]] of [[Konohagakure]], a title bestowed on the village's leader. The Hokage is generally regarded as the strongest shinobi in the village. There have been seven Hokage in the village's history.
 
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== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
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The Hokage position was created shortly after the creation of Konoha by [[Hashirama Senju]], one of the village's founders. He intended the title to be given to his co-founder, [[Madara Uchiha]], but the village's population instead selected Hashirama as the First Hokage. Madara feared that Hashirama's selection was the first step in making the Hokage office an extension of the [[Senju clan]]'s authority, a fear Hashirama denied.<ref>Chapter 625, pages 7-13</ref> Despite this, all of the village's Hokage have traced back to Hashirama in some way: the [[Tobirama|Second]] was his brother; the [[Hiruzen|Third]] was his student; the [[Minato|Fourth]] was a student of one of the Third's students; the [[Tsunade|Fifth]] is his granddaughter and another student of the Third; the [[Kakashi|Sixth]] was a student of the Fourth; the [[Naruto|Seventh]] is a student of the Sixth and the son of the Fourth.
Hokage Monument.jpg|The monument in the manga.
 
Hogake Monument Naruto Shippuden.png|An anime depiction of the monument.
 
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Generally, the new Hokage is selected by the current Hokage upon their retirement, but if the old Hokage dies or is incapacitated before being able to do so, the [[Fire Daimyō]] will appoint a Hokage Candidate upon the recommendation of the Konoha council and the Fire Daimyō council. Afterwards, the candidate will need to be approved by the jōnin of the village to become officially Hokage.
 
   
After being approved, they move into the [[Hokage Residence]] to live in and have their faces carved out in the monument behind it. If the former Hokage is still alive, they will generally keep helping out, making the transition easier and more stable. The Hokage carry their title for life, even after retiring from active duty. The Hokage's office is located in the administrative section of the [[Academy]].
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[[File:Hokage monument.png|thumb|left|The Hokage Rock.]]
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The Hokage typically selects their successor. If they die or are otherwise incapacitated, the next Hokage is instead chosen by the [[daimyō]] of the [[Land of Fire]] pending approval by Konoha's [[jōnin]]. If one of the Hokage's predecessors is still alive, they may return to office rather than select a new Hokage, as when the Third came out of retirement following the Fourth's death. The Hokage's inauguration is a major event in Konoha, with most of the village attending. The new Hokage is granted a ceremonial [[wikipedia:haori|haori]] on the occasion; the same woman has embroidered the haori for all seven Hokage.<ref>"[[The Day Naruto Became Hokage]]"</ref> Once they assume the duties of Hokage, their face is carved into the [[Hokage Rock]] and they usually move in to the [[Hokage Residence]]. The Hokage's office is located in the administrative section of the [[Academy]].
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Hokage are responsible for most of the village's day-to-day affairs, such as assigning the village's ninja to [[missions]] or securing funding for the village's projects and personnel. The Hokage spends most of their time in the village, only travelling abroad for events of vital importance to Konoha. Each Hokage typically lives according to the [[Will of Fire]], a philosophy that holds that Konoha is a family and that the Hokage is chiefly responsible for protecting that family. The workload of Hokage can be quite formidable, and as such retired Hokage may continue to oversee certain sections of the village or, if not that, will advise the current Hokage on request.
   
 
== List of Hokage ==
 
== List of Hokage ==
 
=== First Hokage ===
 
=== First Hokage ===
[[File:Shodai Hokage.PNG|thumb|Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage.]]
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[[File:Hokage Hashirama.png|thumb|Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage.]]
 
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=== Fourth Hokage ===
 
=== Fourth Hokage ===
[[File:Minato Namikaze.PNG|thumb|Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage.]]
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[[File:Hokage Minato.png|thumb|Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage.]]
 
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=== Sixth Hokage Candidate ===
 
=== Sixth Hokage Candidate ===
[[File:Danzo in Hokage wear.png|thumb|Danzō Shimura, the Sixth Hokage Candidate.]]
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[[File:Danzo as hokage.png|thumb|Danzō Shimura, the Sixth Hokage Candidate.]]
 
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=== Sixth Hokage ===
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[[File:Kakashi (Hokage).png|thumb|Kakashi Hatake, the Sixth Hokage.]]
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=== Seventh Hokage ===
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[[File:Naruto Boruto Movie.png|thumb|Naruto Uzumaki, the Seventh Hokage.]]
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* All of the former Hokage have been sealed away in the stomach of the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|Death God summoning]]; the Fourth was sealed when he sealed the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] within Naruto, while the First and Second were sealed away by the Third. As for the Third, he was sealed when he gave his life to seal Orochimaru's arms. As such, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] notes that none of them can be reincarnated via the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 11</ref>
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* During his life, the Third Hokage was said to be the strongest Hokage in the village's history as well as strongest of his fellow [[Kage]].<ref>First Databook, pages 117 and 265</ref><ref>Chapter 94, page 12</ref><ref>Chapter 140, page 3</ref>
* All Hokage have had some connection to each other: the First and Second were brothers, the Third was the student of the Second and First, the Fourth was the student of [[Jiraiya]], who was a student of the Third, and the Fifth is the granddaughter of the First, the grandniece of the Second, and the student of the Third. Jiraiya, a fellow Sannin and student of the Third, was also nominated for the title of the Fifth, but turned it down. When [[Kakashi]] was considered for the position of the Sixth, his connections as the Fourth Hokage's student almost cemented his selection. The former acting Hokage, Danzō, was once a rival for the position as Third Hokage, and disagreed with the peaceful ideologies of the five Hokage although he was once Hiruzen's close friend and fought under the Second Hokage during the [[First Shinobi World War]].
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* [[Orochimaru]] was a prime candidate to be the Fourth Hokage, but was passed over because he didn't embody the Will of Fire.<ref>Chapter 121, pages 6-7</ref>
* At least three of the Hokage are known descendants of the [[Senju clan]].
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* [[Jiraiya]] was considered for the Hokage position multiple times, first prior to the Third's retirement,<ref>Chapter 366, page 12</ref> then again after the Fourth's death, then again after the Third's death.<ref>Chapter 140, page 10</ref> He refused each time because he believed he couldn't give the office the attention it deserved. The [[Fire Daimyō]] would have liked Jiraiya to be the Sixth, but by that point Jiraiya himself had died.<ref>Chapter 450, page 14</ref>
* At least four of the Hokage had their official office photographs taken while wearing a ceremonial necklace of sorts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 94, page 7</ref>
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* The first six Hokage had their official photographs taken while wearing a ceremonial necklace of sorts.<ref>''Boruto: Naruto the Movie''</ref>
* In ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3]]'', Naruto became the Hokage for one whole week.
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* According to [[Asuma Sarutobi]], [[Shikamaru Nara]] could someday be Hokage if he weren't so lazy.<ref>Chapter 328, page 8</ref>
* Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, was said to be the strongest Hokage in the village's history, as well as strongest of the Five [[Kage]] of his era.<ref>First Databook, pages 117 and 265</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 94, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 140, page 3</ref>
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*In the [[Genjutsu World]] seen in ''[[Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie]]'', [[Kizashi Haruno]] was the Fourth Hokage. Like the real Fourth Hokage, he gave his life to save the village.
* [[Kakashi Hatake]] has been considered a prime candidate for the position as Hokage by several characters.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 367, pages 9-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 450, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 488, page 14</ref> He would have been officially appointed as the Sixth Hokage if Tsunade hadn't woken up moments before hand.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 488, pages 15-16</ref>
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* [[Naruto Uzumaki]] was made Hokage for a week in the storyline of ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3]]''.
* According to [[Asuma Sarutobi]], his student [[Shikamaru Nara]] has the ability to become Hokage, but won't due to him being too lazy to want to.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, page 8</ref>
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*[[Might Guy]] was made Hokage ("Guykage" as it was named) in the ''[[Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles]]'' spin-off.
* [[Orochimaru]] was once a prime candidate to be the Fourth Hokage, but due to his lust for power and lack of love for the village, the Third passed him over.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 121, pages 6-7</ref>
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* Several victims of the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] dream of different Hokage:
* After Orochimaru was passed over for this position, Hiruzen intended to choose [[Jiraiya]] to be the Fourth Hokage, but Jiraiya refused due to his journeys as an author and his quest to chase down the renegade Orochimaru.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 366, page 12</ref> After Hiruzen and Minato died, Jiraiya was once again offered the position as the Fifth, but he once again rejected it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 140, page 10</ref> When Tsunade went into a coma, the [[Fire Daimyō]] commented how he would have liked Jiraiya to be the Sixth, but by that time Jiraiya had already died.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 450, page 14</ref>
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** [[Kiba Inuzuka]] dreams that he is Hokage, a position he uses to declare a national holiday for dogs.
* In the alternate world in ''[[Naruto 6: Road to Ninja]]'', [[Kizashi Haruno]] was the Fourth Hokage, however, like Minato in the real world, he died protecting the village.
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** [[Tsunade]] dreams that [[Dan Katō]] is Hokage.
* In [[Might Guy, the Hokage?!|chapter 17]] of ''[[Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden]]'', [[Might Guy]] was temporarily appointed Hokage while Tsunade was away. During his time, he preferred to be referred to as Guy-kage, and he had all the shinobi in the village follow the Springtime of Youth and dress up as him.
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** In the anime, [[Karin]] dreams that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] is the Sixth Hokage.
   
 
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Hokage hat

The Hokage's hat.

The Hokage (火影, Literally meaning: Fire Shadow) is the Kage of Konohagakure, a title bestowed on the village's leader. The Hokage is generally regarded as the strongest shinobi in the village. There have been seven Hokage in the village's history.

Overview Edit

The Hokage position was created shortly after the creation of Konoha by Hashirama Senju, one of the village's founders. He intended the title to be given to his co-founder, Madara Uchiha, but the village's population instead selected Hashirama as the First Hokage. Madara feared that Hashirama's selection was the first step in making the Hokage office an extension of the Senju clan's authority, a fear Hashirama denied.[1] Despite this, all of the village's Hokage have traced back to Hashirama in some way: the Second was his brother; the Third was his student; the Fourth was a student of one of the Third's students; the Fifth is his granddaughter and another student of the Third; the Sixth was a student of the Fourth; the Seventh is a student of the Sixth and the son of the Fourth.

Hokage monument

The Hokage Rock.

The Hokage typically selects their successor. If they die or are otherwise incapacitated, the next Hokage is instead chosen by the daimyō of the Land of Fire pending approval by Konoha's jōnin. If one of the Hokage's predecessors is still alive, they may return to office rather than select a new Hokage, as when the Third came out of retirement following the Fourth's death. The Hokage's inauguration is a major event in Konoha, with most of the village attending. The new Hokage is granted a ceremonial haori on the occasion; the same woman has embroidered the haori for all seven Hokage.[2] Once they assume the duties of Hokage, their face is carved into the Hokage Rock and they usually move in to the Hokage Residence. The Hokage's office is located in the administrative section of the Academy.

Hokage are responsible for most of the village's day-to-day affairs, such as assigning the village's ninja to missions or securing funding for the village's projects and personnel. The Hokage spends most of their time in the village, only travelling abroad for events of vital importance to Konoha. Each Hokage typically lives according to the Will of Fire, a philosophy that holds that Konoha is a family and that the Hokage is chiefly responsible for protecting that family. The workload of Hokage can be quite formidable, and as such retired Hokage may continue to oversee certain sections of the village or, if not that, will advise the current Hokage on request.

List of Hokage Edit

First Hokage Edit

Hokage Hashirama

Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage.

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

Second Hokage Edit

Tobirama Senju

Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage.

Main article: Tobirama Senju Tobirama Senju (千手扉間, Senju Tobirama) was a member of the renown Senju clan, who, together with his elder brother, and the Uchiha clan founded the first shinobi village: Konohagakure. Tobirama would work tirelessly to achieve political stability and implement the institutions that made the village system work, thus ensuring Konoha's continuity and prosperity. After his brother's death, he would succeed the title of Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Second Fire Shadow).

Third Hokage Edit

Hiruzen Sarutobi

Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage.

Main article: Hiruzen Sarutobi 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.

Fourth Hokage Edit

Hokage Minato

Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage.

Main article: Minato Namikaze Minato Namikaze (波風ミナト, Namikaze Minato) was the Fourth Hokage (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Fourth Fire Shadow) of Konohagakure. He was famous in life for his speed, leading to the moniker of Konoha's Yellow Flash (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō, English TV: Yellow Flash of the Leaf). He died during the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, sacrificing his life to seal a part of the Nine-Tails into his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki.

Fifth Hokage Edit

Tsunade as Hokage

Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage.

Main article: Tsunade Tsunade (綱手) is one of Konohagakure's Sannin. She eventually gained the title of Konoha's Slug Princess Tsunade (木ノ葉のナメクジ綱手姫, Konoha no Namekuji Tsunade-hime). Though celebrated as the world's strongest kunoichi and its greatest medical-nin, the repeated loss of her loved ones caused Tsunade to abandon the life of a shinobi for many years. She is eventually persuaded to return to Konoha as its Fifth Hokage (五代目火影, Godaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Fifth Fire Shadow), where her skills prove invaluable to the village.

Sixth Hokage Candidate Edit

Danzo as hokage

Danzō Shimura, the Sixth Hokage Candidate.

Main article: Danzō Shimura Danzō Shimura (志村ダンゾウ, Shimura Danzō) was an elder of Konohagakure. As the founder and leader of Root, Danzō gained notoriety as The Darkness of the Shinobi (忍の闇, Shinobi no Yami, English TV: The Shinobi of Darkness)[3] because of his frequent unsanctioned actions and his often-suspected (but rarely proven) undermining of specific Konoha personnel. Despite his decades of suspicious deeds, Danzō only ever acted in what he believed were the village's best interests. He was appointed the Sixth Hokage Candidate (六代目火影候補, Rokudaime Hokage Kōho, Literally meaning: Sixth Fire Shadow Candidate) shortly after Pain's assault on the village just before his death.

Sixth Hokage Edit

Kakashi (Hokage)

Kakashi Hatake, the Sixth Hokage.

Main article: Kakashi Hatake Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) is a shinobi of Konohagakure's Hatake clan. Famed as Kakashi of the Sharingan (写輪眼のカカシ, Sharingan no Kakashi), he is one of Konoha's more talented ninja, regularly looked to for advice and leadership despite his personal dislike of responsibility. To his students on Team 7, Kakashi teaches the importance of teamwork, a lesson he, like the Sharingan, received from his childhood friend, Obito Uchiha. After the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi becomes Konoha's Sixth Hokage (六代目火影, Rokudaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Sixth Fire Shadow).

Seventh Hokage Edit

Naruto Boruto Movie

Naruto Uzumaki, the Seventh Hokage.

Main article: Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Uzumaki (うずまきナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) is a shinobi of Konohagakure. He became the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails on the day of his birth — a fate that caused him to be ostracised by most of Konoha throughout his childhood. After joining Team Kakashi, Naruto worked hard to gain the village's acknowledgement all the while chasing his dream to become Hokage. In the following years, through many hardships and ordeals, he became a capable ninja regarded as a hero both by the villagers, and soon after, the rest of the world, becoming known as the Hero of the Hidden Leaf (木ノ葉隠れの英雄, Konohagakure no Eiyū, Literally meaning: Hero of the Hidden Tree Leaves). He soon proved to be one of the main factors in winning the Fourth Shinobi World War, leading him to achieve his dream and become the village's Seventh Hokage (七代目火影, Nanadaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Seventh Fire Shadow).

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. Chapter 625, pages 7-13
  2. "The Day Naruto Became Hokage"
  3. Chapter 459, page 1
  4. First Databook, pages 117 and 265
  5. Chapter 94, page 12
  6. Chapter 140, page 3
  7. Chapter 121, pages 6-7
  8. Chapter 366, page 12
  9. Chapter 140, page 10
  10. Chapter 450, page 14
  11. Boruto: Naruto the Movie
  12. Chapter 328, page 8
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