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{{translation|'''Jiraiya'''|自来也|Jiraiya}} was one of the legendary [[Sannin]] of [[Konohagakure]], along with [[Tsunade]] and [[Orochimaru]], who were trained by the [[Third Hokage]]. He was a powerful shinobi and the self-proclaimed super-pervert (although, at least in the manga, he meant it as a joke),<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 11</ref> and the writer of the popular adult fiction book series, called ''[[Icha Icha]]''. He was also known as the {{translation|'''Toad Sage'''|蝦蟇仙人|Gama Sennin}}, because of his signature [[toad]] [[summoning]]s and his status as a [[sage]], who was prophesied to be destined to teach the [[Child of the Prophecy]] who would either bring peace to the world, or destroy it entirely.
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{{translation|'''Jiraiya'''|自来也}} was one of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Sannin]]. Famed as a hermit and pervert of stupendous skill, Jiraiya travelled the world in search of knowledge that would help his friends, the various novels he wrote, and, posthumously, the world in its entirety knowledge that would be passed on to his godson and final student, [[Naruto Uzumaki]].
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:3sannin.jpg|thumb|left|Team Hiruzen.]]
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[[File:Team hiruzen.png|thumb|left|Hiruzen and his students.]]
As a child, Jiraiya and his former team-mates [[Orochimaru]] and [[Tsunade]], were students of the [[Third Hokage]]. Jiraiya's relation with his [[Team Hiruzen|team]] practically mirrored that of the future [[Team 7]], with Jiraiya being quite similar to Naruto. After leaving the Third's tutelage, he travelled the world.
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After he graduated from Konoha's [[Ninja Academy]], Jiraiya was teamed with [[Orochimaru]] and [[Tsunade]] under the leadership of [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. Hiruzen gave them a [[bell test]] for the team's first exercise, during which Jiraiya repeatedly fell for Hiruzen's tricks, and for failing to acquire a bell he was tied to a stump as punishment. Hiruzen encouraged Jiraiya to be more like Orochimaru, but Jiraiya countered that his [[Transparent Escape Technique]] was a fair testament to his skills, as he could spy on bathing women without getting caught: Hiruzen offered to accompany him to see if this was true.<ref name="c139">Chapter 139, pages 9-11</ref> Jiraiya had a certain interest in Tsunade from their first meeting,<ref name="c405">Chapter 405, page 17</ref> and when her breasts developed she became a frequent target of his peepings. She nearly killed when she caught him on one occasion, forcing to be more discrete about his interests.<ref name="c291">Chapter 291, page 9</ref>
   
Jiraiya at some point discovered the [[Mount Myōboku|residence]] of the toads, a species he proved to have a natural affinity for. In the anime this is shown to have occurred when he was still the Third's student; after seeing the Third perform the [[Summoning Technique]], Jiraiya tried to use it himself. Since he did not have a contract, Jiraiya was reversed summoned to Mount Myōboku, where the [[Great Toad Sage]] made a prophecy concerning Jiraiya: that he would someday choose whether one of his students saved or destroyed the world. During his time with the toads, he trained in [[senjutsu]].
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{{ImgRight|Team jiraiya.png|Jiraiya and his students.}}
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Jiraiya at some point discovered [[Mount Myōboku]], the residence of the [[toad]]s; in the anime, he was brought there when he tried to [[Summoning|summon]] a toad without first having a contract with them.<ref name="NS127">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 127</ref> [[Fukasaku]] trained Jiraiya in their ways, most prominently [[senjutsu]]. While he was at Mount Myōboku, the [[Great Toad Sage]] made a prediction about Jiraiya: that he would travel the world and during that time meet the [[Child of the Prophecy]], a student who would grow up to either save or destroy the world depending upon how Jiraiya taught them.<ref>Chapter 376</ref> When he returned to Konoha and began training a [[Team Jiraiya|team]] of his own, Jiraiya started to suspect that one student, [[Minato Namikaze]], might be the Child of the Prophecy because of his natural genius.<ref>Chapter 503</ref> As such, he took Minato as his disciple and taught him many of his skills; Minato would eventually teach Jiraiya [[Rasengan|the same]].
   
During the [[Second Shinobi World War]], Jiraiya and his former team-mates fought [[Hanzō]], the leader of [[Amegakure]]. Hanzō was so impressed that they could survive in a fight with him, that he bestowed upon them the title of Konoha's {{translation|"Legendary Three Ninja"|伝説の三忍|Densetsu no Sannin}}, and that they accept the title in exchange for letting them live. Once the battle was over, Jiraiya and his team-mates encountered [[Ame Orphans|three young orphans]] from Amegakure. While Orochimaru suggested they kill them to spare them the cruelty of the world, Jiraiya decided to look after them for a while and teach them [[ninjutsu]]. During the time he spent with them, Jiraiya grew close to the three children, and even wrote a book that was inspired by one of them, [[Nagato]]. Eventually, he left them so that they could pursue their own goals. Although news of their exploits reached him from time to time, he thought them to have died during an undisclosed incident.
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[[File:Hanzo and Sannin.png|left|thumb|Hanzō dubs the Sannin.]]
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Although their team under Hiruzen's leadership had disbanded, Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade continued fighting together during the [[Second Shinobi World War]]. During one such fight in [[Amegakure]], they were the only three to survive an encounter with [[Hanzō]], for which accomplishment Hanzō dubbed them Konoha's "Legendary [[Sannin]]".<ref>Chapter 369, pages 11-12</ref> After the battle, [[Ame Orphans|three war orphans]] approached them and asked to be taught [[ninjutsu]]. Jiraiya, guilty for his involvement in the war, decided to stay in Ame for a time in order to look after them.<ref name="c372">Chapter 372</ref> Shortly after he joined them, he discovered that one of the orphans, [[Nagato]], possessed the [[Rinnegan]], once used by the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] to save the world. Jiraiya decided that Nagato was the Child of the Prophecy, and as such agreed to teach the orphans ninjutsu so that he might guide Nagato towards the world's salvation.<ref>Chapter 373</ref>
   
[[File:Team Jiraiya.jpg|thumb|left|Team Jiraiya.]]
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Nagato was a kind child, torn between his desire to not hurt others and his wish to protect [[Yahiko]] and [[Konan]]. Jiraiya comforted Nagato that it was enough to want to protect people one holds to be important, as the world is plagued with seemingly endless conflict. Nagato decided that it was possible to end the constant bloodshed and, though he didn't know how, that he would someday find the path to peace. Jiraiya was inspired by Nagato's words and started writing what would become ''[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]''. After three years of training the orphans, Jiraiya decided they were ready to forge out on their own and he returned to Konoha; he left them a finished copy of ''Gutsy Shinobi'', dedicated to Nagato.<ref>Chapter 446</ref> News of the orphans' deeds would reach him from time to time, but eventually he heard that they'd all died.<ref name="c372"/>
Once becoming a [[jōnin]] and capable of leading a squad, Jiraiya became the teacher of [[Minato Namikaze]] and two other unknown genin. Jiraiya took particular interest in Minato, taking him as an apprentice, and amongst other things teaching him the [[Summoning Technique]]. At some point, he also told Minato about the prophecy the Great Toad Sage had given him, believing that Minato could be the Child of the Prophecy.
 
   
Later, Jiraiya's first book, ''[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi (novel)|The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]'', failed to be a best-seller. Minato, now the Fourth [[Hokage]], thought the book was excellent, and praised Jiraiya, saying that the protagonist resembled him greatly. It was then that Minato revealed that he and [[Kushina Uzumaki]], who was pregnant at the time, wanted to raise their child to be a great shinobi, like the one in the book, and for that reason they decided to name him [[Naruto Uzumaki|"Naruto"]], after the main character. Jiraiya jokingly pointed out that it would make him Naruto's godfather, and asked if they were sure that they would want that. Minato replied that Jiraiya was a good example for them all and that he could not think of a finer shinobi than him.<ref name="chpt382">''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 8-11</ref>
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''Gutsy Shinobi'' did not sell well when it was released. Minato - selected as Konoha's Fourth [[Hokage]] after Jiraiya refused the position<ref name="c366">Chapter 366, page 12-13</ref> - enjoyed the book, finding the main character very much like Jiraiya. He decided to name his and [[Kushina Uzumaki]]'s then-unborn son "[[Naruto]]" after the main character, hoping that their Naruto would be just as determined as the character (and thus its author). Jiraiya tried to convince them not to since that would make him Naruto's godfather, but Minato and Kushina insisted this was a good thing.<ref name="ch382">Chapter 382, pages 8-11</ref> Minato died during the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], giving his life to [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style|seal]] the [[Nine-Tails]] into the newborn Naruto; as one of his last acts, Minato sent Jiraiya [[Gerotora]], on whose stomach he wrote the key to Naruto's seal. Jiraiya guessed that Minato wanted him to help Naruto gain control of the Nine-Tails' power, though he couldn't guess what that power would be needed for.<ref>Chapter 370</ref>
   
Years later, when Orochimaru betrayed Konoha and left the village, Jiraiya pursued him, trying to convince his friend to come back (similar to Naruto's efforts to bring Sasuke home). Orochimaru refused, and attacked Jiraiya. While he tried to find a reason for Orochimaru's defection, Jiraiya eventually realised that his friend wasn't coming back. Feeling that he was responsible for Orochimaru's escape, Jiraiya left Konoha so he could follow Orochimaru's movements, as well as those of "[[Akatsuki]]", an organisation which Orochimaru had eventually joined. In doing so, Jiraiya was unable to fulfil the Third's wishes of him taking on the role of Hokage, feeling that tracking down Orochimaru was more important.
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Although Orochimaru had always been his better, someone that Hiruzen pointed to as an example for Jiraiya to live up to, Jiraiya considered Orochimaru to be one of his closest friends. For this reason, when Orochimaru eventually defected from Konoha, Jiraiya pursued him and tried to convince him to return. Orochimaru refused and attacked Jiraiya in order to secure his escape. For a time, Jiraiya tried to find a deeper meaning in Orochimaru's betrayal, something that, if changed, would bring Orochimaru back. He could come ultimately come up with nothing.<ref>Chapter 237</ref> From that point onward, Jiraiya started following Orochimaru's movements as well as those of [[Akatsuki]], an organisation which Orochimaru eventually joined. His investigations often took him away from the village, preventing Jiraiya from becoming Fifth Hokage like Hiruzen wanted him to.
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Although he left Konoha for many years, Jiraiya was still loyal to his village. When Konoha found itself in need of a new Hokage after the Third Hokage's death, Jiraiya volunteered to look for Tsunade so that she could be the [[Fifth Hokage]], after turning down the position himself. His reason for refusing the position was, among other things, that he felt unworthy to take the role, since he had failed to save either of the previous Hokage from dying, as well as him having to conduct more "''research''". After he found Tsunade, and began to suspect that she might be helping Orochimaru, he made it clear that he would kill her if she betrayed the village, a proof of his loyalty to Konoha. However, once it became clear that Tsunade was still loyal to Konoha, and later accepted the title of Hokage, Jiraiya served as her most trusted adviser, loyal confidant, and a spy into the dealings of Akatsuki and Konoha's enemies.
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[[File:Jiraiya pose.png|thumb|Jiraiya posing.]]
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Jiraiya is generally light-hearted and gregarious, making jokes at his own expense and giving a mirthful laugh about it afterwards. In his interactions with others, he likes to pretend to be smug or selfish, upsetting them so that he can further rile them up with his humor.<ref name="c405"/> Even when entering combat he doesn't miss an opportunity to be flashy and over-the-top, striking [[Wikipedia:Kabuki|kabuki]] poses and giving dramatic self-introductions; these intros are often interrupted in some way, and Jiraiya is quick to express his annoyance at whoever is responsible. Friends and foes alike are fond of Jiraiya for his eccentricities, admiring that somebody so seemingly irreverent can in actuality be an extremely competent shinobi: he is deeply loyal to Konoha despite how often he is away from it, not hesitating to threaten to kill Tsunade if she betrays the village, despite their long history. Jiraiya feels that his personality quirks render him incapable of being Hokage, as he either lacks the responsibility for the position or he has, through his past infractions, proven unworthy of such an honor.
   
Jiraiya was a self-proclaimed super-pervert with no equal, and a frequent voyeur, going so far as to create the [[Transparent Escape Technique]], to allow him to spy on naked women without being caught (doing "research" as he called it, even as a child). He never actually hid his perversion, and even seemed proud of it, as seen when he told the Third Hokage about it when he was still a child. Despite this, Jiraiya disliked being referred to as the {{translation|'''Perverted Hermit'''|エロ仙人|Ero-sennin|engtv=Pervy Sage}} by Naruto in front of others.
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Jiraiya is a self-proclaimed super-pervert with no equal.<ref name="c91"/> His favorite hobby is spying on women while they bathe, a passion he flaunts openly and in fact takes pride in because of how infrequently he's caught. Despite this, Jiraiya dislikes it when [[Naruto Uzumaki]] calls him the {{translation|"Perverted Hermit"|エロ仙人|Ero-sennin|engtv=Pervy Sage}} in front of others. With the "research" from his peepings, Jiraiya writes a series of adult novels called ''[[Icha Icha]]''. The novels are based on his personal experiences in love - particularly his rejections by Tsunade - retold in a comical way. The books are wildly popular, giving his checkbook a balance that is "filled with zeroes"; this fact doesn't stop him from taking Naruto's money when he gets the chance and spending it on alcohol and women. In the anime, Naruto ghost-writes an ''Icha Icha'' book without anybody noticing, suggesting that either Naruto can write like an adult, or that Jiraiya's writing abilities are no better than a child's. Tsunade suspects it's the latter, as she notes that a report Jiraiya wrote when he was younger was poorly written and accompanied by crude crayon illustrations.
   
Jiraiya's perversion had been used against him on occasions, as seen when Naruto got Jiraiya to start training him after a simple display of the [[Sexy Technique]] (though Naruto hit a roadblock when Jiraiya wanted him to use the technique around him when training). When two Akatsuki members later tried to distract Jiraiya, they used a hypnotised woman to catch his eye and keep him busy. While their effort initially succeeded, Jiraiya eventually saw through their plot, due solely to the fact that women did not typically express interest in him. His peeping habits had also caused him great injury on one occasion; when caught spying on Tsunade in his younger years, she proceeded to break both of his arms, six of his ribs, and ruptured a number of organs as punishment. As a result of such injuries, Jiraiya now retained a rather healthy fear towards his former team-mate, and usually attempted to suppress his perverted ways when in Tsunade's presence. Despite these perverted tendencies, Jiraiya was in love with Tsunade nonetheless and even as he died, he lamented the fact that he was never able to win her heart. However, despite his one-sided affections for his team-mate, Jiraiya didn't let his feelings cloud his judgment and resolutely stated that he wouldn't hesitate to kill Tsunade should she betray Konoha and help Orochimaru.
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[[File:Perverted Jiriya.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya's perverted nature.]]
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Jiraiya's perversion has backfired on him a number of times. When he first meets Naruto, he has no interest in training him. Naruto convinces him to change his mind by using the [[Sexy Technique]], which Jiraiya so strongly approves of that he asks Naruto to continue to use it for the duration of their training. [[Itachi]] and [[Kisame]] of [[Akatsuki]] later hypnotize an attractive woman to lure Jiraiya away from Naruto so that they can try to capture him; though it works at first, Jiraiya quickly realizes that women aren't usually attracted to him, allowing him to return to Naruto in time to rescue him. When he was younger, he spied on Tsunade while she was bathing and, when she caught him, she broke both of his arms, six of his ribs, and ruptured a number of organs as punishment. Ever since, he's used greater discretion in expressing his interests in Tsunade, careful to make his advances come off only as playful. Jiraiya considers his inability to win Tsunade's heart to be one of the greatest failures of his life.
   
Some time after leaving Konoha, Jiraiya became the author of a series of adult novels called ''[[Icha Icha]]''. The novels were based on his personal experiences in love, that he retold in a comical way. In a filler episode of the anime, Naruto ghost-wrote one of Jiraiya's ''Icha Icha'' novels. The book was found to be very popular. This indicates that either Naruto is capable of writing on the same level as Jiraiya, or that Jiraiya's writing abilities were no better than those of a child. Tsunade seemed to suspect that the latter was true, as she noted that a report he wrote as a child, accompanied by crude crayon illustrations, was poorly written. The popularity of the ''Icha Icha'' series seemed to have paid off well, as Jiraiya's cheque book revealed that he was fairly wealthy. Despite his wealth, Jiraiya was not above taking Naruto's money and spending it on sake and women. Jiraiya frequently disappeared when Naruto attempted to make him pay.
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Jiraiya in fact regrets a number of things in his life. He believes the world is plagued with violence and has long wanted to find a way of bring peace to it, but he's never been able to come up with a way to do so. He never had children of his own, for which reason he thought of Minato Namikaze as his son and, by extension, thinks of Naruto as his grandson. Jiraiya states simply that to be happy is not his fate;<ref name="c366"/> Tsunade doubts he believes his own words. He does, however, have great faith in the next generation, Naruto in particular, believing that Naruto will be able to create and enjoy the world that Jiraiya could only dream of. When he dies, Jiraiya decides that, despite his numerous failures, the successes of his time with Naruto made everything worthwhile.
 
[[File:Jiraiya pose.png|thumb|Jiraiya posing.]]
 
Jiraiya had also been known to show off, even during a fight. This showing off typically included traditional [[Wikipedia:Kabuki|kabuki]] poses accompanied by dramatic self-introductions, keeping with his hermit theme, even when he was a child.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 127</ref> He became annoyed if he was interrupted for whatever reason while trying to strike a pose, which happened frequently. His summon [[Gama]] however was the only toad he ever summoned that posed along with him. Although he was generally light-hearted and gregarious, Jiraiya could be very serious in a demanding situation, such as fighting Orochimaru, and later, Pain. He was also quite perceptive, as demonstrated when he watched Naruto try to walk over the surface of shallow water; Jiraiya quickly discerned that there was something within Naruto that was disrupting the chakra's circulation through his body.
 
 
Despite Jiraiya's eccentric behaviour and prowess as a shinobi, he was a strong believer in peace; his hope being to one day end the hatred that plagued the ninja world. Jiraiya also held a great deal of faith in the next generation, and saw them as the solution to this hate.
 
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Kid Jiraiya.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya as a child.]]
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[[File:Jiraiya full2.png|thumb|Jiraiya's full appearance.]]
Jiraiya was a tall man with waist-length, spiky white hair usually tied back into a pony tail, with two shoulder-length bangs that framed both sides of his face. He also had red lines that ran down from his eyes and wore a horned forehead protector with the kanji for {{translation|'Oil'|油|abura}}, which denotes his affiliation with Mount Myōboku. He also had a noticeable wart on the left side of his nose. Jiraiya wore a green short shirt kimono and matching pants; under which he wore mesh armour that showed out of the sleeves and legs of his outfit. His outfit was completed with hand guards, a simple black belt, traditional Japanese [[Wikipedia:Geta (footwear)|geta]] (wooden sandals), a red [[wikipedia:haori|haori]] with two simple yellow circles on each side, and a scroll on his back. He also had a tattoo in his left palm which resembles one that [[Gama]] has in his as well.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 3</ref>
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Jiraiya has a wart on the left side of his nose and waist-length, spiky white hair that he usually ties back into a pony tail, with two shoulder-length bangs framing his face. There are red lines under his eyes which extended further down his face as he got older, going all the way to the bottom by the time he's an adult. His usual attire is a green short shirt kimono and matching pants, under which he wears mesh armour that is visible at his wrists and ankles. He also wears hand guards, a black belt, traditional Japanese [[Wikipedia:Geta (footwear)|wooden sandals]], and a red [[wikipedia:haori|haori]] with two yellow circles on each side. He often carries a large scroll on his back, he has a tattoo on his left palm, and he wears a horned [[forehead protector]] with the kanji for {{translation|"oil"|油|abura}}, denoting his affiliation with [[Mount Myōboku]].
 
[[File:Jiraiya.png|thumb|200px|Jiraiya.]]
 
Jiraiya was also seen sporting different attires. As a child, he wore pale grey robes with a design of red flames on the edges, with a green ribbon showing a curled gold design tied in a loose bow around his waist. In childhood, the length of the red lines that ran down his eyes extended to just over half his face, but became longer in time. Underneath it, he wore the standard black mesh shirt with red lining, and wore puffy black pants that are tighter around the ankles as well as black sandals to go with the outfit. During the Second Great Shinobi War against Hanzō, he wore the wartime variant of Konoha's [[flak jacket]]. He was also shown wearing what appeared to be a rubber frog suit during a flash back to when he was training the [[Ame Orphans]].
 
 
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Being one of the three Legendary [[Sannin]], Jiraiya was an extremely powerful shinobi, easily considered [[Kage]]-level, and was initially chosen for the position of Fifth Hokage by the [[Konoha Council]], though he turned it down.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 140, page 10</ref> He stated that he had only been brought to the verge of death twice in his entire life, once when he was doing "research" on [[Tsunade]] herself, (and being beaten to a pulp by her for doing so), and when he used the toad key to weaken the seal that held the Nine-Tails' seal on Naruto's stomach, and resulting in Naruto's [[Version 2|four-tailed form]], the latter only happening because he was trying to reseal the demon chakra rather than harm Naruto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, pages 8-9</ref>
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[[File:Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan.png|left|thumb|Jiraiya attacks Pain with one of his strongest techniques.]]
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Though not as naturally gifted as [[Orochimaru]], Jiraiya, like other students of the [[Third Hokage]], is an exceptionally talented shinobi. It wasn't until the [[Second Shinobi World War]] that their skills became widely known, dubbed by [[Hanzō]] as the [[Sannin]], the strongest of their generation. He was offered the position of [[Hokage]] three times,<ref>Chapter 140, page 10</ref><ref name="c366"/> and would have been offered it a fourth time had he lived longer.<ref>Chapter 450, page 14</ref> [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] of [[Akatsuki]] prefer to avoid a fight with Jiraiya, Itachi estimating that they would all kill each other at best.<ref>Chapter 144, page 9</ref> During his long career as a ninja, Jiraiya has had only two near-death experiences, once by fellow Sannin, [[Tsunade]], and once by [[Naruto Uzumaki]] in a [[Nine-Tails]]' [[version 2]] form.<ref>Chapter 291, pages 10-11</ref> Though he finally dies against [[Nagato]], Nagato believes Jiraiya would have won had he known the secret of the [[Six Paths of Pain]];<ref>Chapter 383, page 13</ref> [[Tobi]] feels that Nagato's difficulty defeating Jiraiya is a major testament to his abilities.<ref>Chapter 407, page 15</ref>
   
His strength was so great that [[Ebisu]] asserted he was the only one powerful enough to kill [[Orochimaru]] during his [[Invasion of Konoha]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, pages 19-20</ref> and even powerful members of the [[S-rank]] criminal organisation [[Akatsuki]] were either easily subdued like [[Konan]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 372, pages 6-7</ref> while others like [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], a [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] user and former member of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] respectively, opted not to face the Sannin in battle, fearing that the very best they could do together against Jiraiya would end in a stalemate.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 9</ref> Kisame even admitted that he was no match for Jiraiya saying he was "''on a whole other level''". Itachi stated that even if they had reinforcements, the result would be no different. [[Minato Namikaze]] also acknowledged his master's power, skills, and mindset.<ref name="chpt382"/> Even [[Nagato]] — the ex-leader of Akatsuki and a former student of his who possessed the legendary [[Rinnegan]] — was nearly defeated despite ''[[Six Paths of Pain|outnumbering]]'' Jiraiya, causing the younger opponent to marvel his abilities, stating that he would not have defeated Jiraiya had he had prior knowledge of his "secret".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 383, page 13</ref>
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Despite his excellent talents, Jiraiya confessed to having no skill in [[genjutsu]].
   
=== Chakra Prowess and Control ===
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
Jiraiya has shown to have a massive chakra supply, enough that he could learn [[Sage Mode]] which greatly increased his abilities. Its also quite potent, he was able to make [[Naruto]] back down from chasing after [[Itachi]] and [[Kisame]] with a single glare and chakra spike. Even [[Tsunade]] was unnerved when he used it to threaten her away from [[Orochimaru]]. Even with his chakra supplies lowered by Tsunade's poison, he could create a gigantic [[Earth Release: Swamp of the Underworld|swamp]] which sank one of Orochimaru's massive snakes (three in the anime) and kept it completely immobilised throughout the battle.
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Jiraiya has [[chakra]] reserves large enough to [[Summoning|summon]] [[Gamabunta]] and chakra potent enough to use [[senjutsu]]. The manga shows little of his physical prowess other than being able to fling Naruto several metres with a single finger tap.<ref>Chapter 94, pages 17-19</ref> In the anime, he is shown lifting and throwing large boulders<ref name="NS127"/> as well as kicking away some of the [[Giant Multi-Headed Dog]]s.
   
He has also shown an extremely high level of chakra control as well. He could use the [[Rasengan]] in a single hand, or [[Twin Rasengan|two at once]] as well as effortlessly displaying each stage of the technique to Naruto. Even after being stabbed five times by the [[Six Paths of Pain]]'s [[Chakra Disruption Blades]], he was able to use the [[Finger Carving Seal]] despite the technique's difficulty.
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Toad Oil Bullet.png|thumb|Jiraiya spewing oil.]]
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Jiraiya is famous as the {{translation|"Toad Sage"|蝦蟇仙人|Gama Sennin}} because of his affinity for the [[toad]]s of [[Mount Myōboku]]. This affinity most commonly manifests as [[summoning]] toads, either to fight alongside him in battle or simply summoning a [[Toad Mouth Bind|toad's œsophagus]] to coat the area and restrict any movements within that area. Other toad-based skills include [[Toad Oil Bullet|spitting oil from his mouth]], [[Toad Flatness — Shadow Manipulation Technique|hiding himself]] within a target's shadow to control their actions undetected, or using toads to [[Hiding in a Toad Technique|infiltrate sensitive areas]].
   
=== Taijutsu ===
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[[File:Barrier Canopy Method Formation.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya erecting a dome around himself.]]
[[File:Jiraiya-vs-pain.jpg|thumb|right|Jiraiya kicks the Human Path.]]
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Jiraiya is well-versed in [[fūinjutsu]], as he deduces the workings of Naruto's [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style]] within moments of seeing the seal's design. He also quickly notices the seal is being [[Five Elements Seal|restricted]], and as such [[Five Elements Unseal|remove]]s the restriction. He can create seals for others that they can use to suppress the chakra of those who have been applied with [[Chakra-Suppressing Seal|Jiraiya's seal]]. He also displays a certain skill for [[barrier ninjutsu]], erecting barriers to either [[Barrier: Canopy Method Formation|detect all movements]] within a wide radius or [[Barrier: Toad Gourd Prison|toad-themed barriers]] for him to take shelter in.
While not being his preferred combat method, Jiraiya was still very proficient with [[taijutsu]], capable of stopping some of the individual dogs that split from the [[Giant Multi-Headed Dog]] just using his legs. His natural strength, while nowhere close to his female team-mate Tsunade, was very impressive. In the anime, there is one such occasion where this is shown, when Jiraiya intervened in a fight between a young Gamabunta (who was still bigger than himself) and an unknown snake of equal size where Jiraiya grabbed and tossed the snake a great distance away with ease. Also in the anime, Jiraiya, as a child, was able to lift a large boulder several times his size.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 127</ref> Jiraiya has showcased a high level of durability over the course of his life; taking a [[Dynamic Entry|direct kick]] to the face from [[Might Guy]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 148, page 12</ref> as well as surviving a direct blow from [[Nagato]]'s [[Giant Ox]], which ploughed him through several steel pipes, without getting injured.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 375, page 13-14</ref> Even at the brink of death he still managed to figure out Pain's secret and engrave it on [[Fukasaku]]'s back, so he could deliver the intel to Konoha.
 
   
The [[Sage Mode]]-enhanced his strength to the point of destroying the [[Human Path (character)|Human Path]]'s eyes with just a kick to the face, while also sending him several metres away. In Sage Mode, his speed was enhanced to the point where he could leap down from a high vantage point and form an attack, before his sandals — which had fallen before he jumped — had even reached the ground.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 377, pages 11-12</ref>
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[[File:Needle Jizō.png|thumb|Jiraiya defending himself with his hair.]]
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Jiraiya's [[nature]]s include [[Fire]], [[Earth]], [[Water]], and [[Wind]], as well as [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> He most often uses fire, typically to ignite his own or one of his toad's oil. With [[Earth Release: Swamp of the Underworld]], he can create a swamp beneath a target to trap them.<ref name="c378">Chapter 378</ref> He is able to grow and manipulate his hair, either to [[Wild Lion's Mane Technique|bind and destroy]] targets or to [[Needle Jizō|surround him as a defense]], injuring any who try to contact him. [[Minato Namikaze]] taught him the [[Rasengan]] - the highest form of [[shape transformation]] - but Jiraiya is most proud of his [[Transparent Escape Technique]], which he uses to spy on women while they bathe.
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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=== Senjutsu ===
[[File:Needle Jizō.jpg|thumb|left|Jiraiya using the Needle Jizō.]]
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[[File:Amphibian Technique.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya in Sage Mode.]]
Jiraiya was well-versed in a variety of [[ninjutsu]] types. He could grow and sharpen his hair for [[Wild Lion's Mane Technique|offensive]] and [[Needle Jizō|defensive]] purposes. Jiraiya was taught how to use the [[Rasengan]] by Minato, and had since developed larger variants.
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Jiraiya was taught how to use [[senjutsu]] by [[Fukasaku]], which he can use to increase his speed, durability, and physical strength.<ref>Chapter 377, pages 7-8</ref> He can also use it to empower his other [[ninjutsu]], such as the [[Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan]]. Before he can gain these benefits, Jiraiya must enter [[Sage Mode]], which he does not have mastery of. This causes his Sage Mode form to make him more toad-like in appearance, such as warts and webbed hands and feet; although his frog-like legs enable him to jump better, he dislikes the overall appearance because he believes women will find it unattractive. Using Sage Mode requires his supply of [[natural energy]] be constantly replenished, something that is difficult to do while in combat. For this reason, Jiraiya summons Fukasaku and [[Shima]] and [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique|fuses them to his body]], having them gather natural energy for him. As an added bonus, Fukasaku and Shima can combine attacks with Jiraiya's, as with the [[Sage Art: Goemon]], or they can perform justu that he can't, as with [[Demonic Illusion: Toad Confrontation Chant|genjutsu]].<ref name="c378"/>
   
Jiraiya was often described as a perfectionist. He had the ability to improvise or expand the limit of a techniques to the point where even an academic or E-rank techniques could make him an extremely formidable opponent. The [[Transparent Escape Technique]], created to help him spy on women, eventually proved to be very useful in espionage and reconnaissance.
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=== Intelligence ===
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Despite what his personality might suggest, Jiraiya is actually very shrewd in the field. His specialty is intelligence gathering, having a spy network that runs throughout the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] that he can use to gain information about a particular person or group to be used to his or his allies' advantage. In combat, this translates to a keen perceptiveness; Jiraiya observes all of the opponents' various actions, forms a theory about the how and why, and uses that theory to try and capitalize in the battle.<ref>Chapter 377</ref> His memory is apparently very good, as he, while dying, is able to craft a coded message using the page numbers of ''[[Icha Icha Tactics]]'', with the first word on each page serving as his message.
   
Apart from his fighting abilities, Jiraiya was very proficient with barrier based techniques. Examples would include [[Barrier: Canopy Method Formation]], which allowed him to detect all movements within a wide radius and block attacks, and [[Barrier: Toad Gourd Prison]], which allowed him to trap an enemy inside the belly of a small toad-shaped gourd, the inside of which contains a landscape with a lake of stomach acid.
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=== Stats ===
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While he had basic knowledge on how to recognise and counter [[genjutsu]], he was not skilled at using it, and relied on [[Two Great Sage Toads|his partners]] to use [[Demonic Illusion: Toad Confrontation Chant|illusions]].
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== Part I ==
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
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[[File:Whip of Love.png|thumb|Jiraiya defends his "research".]]
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During an unannounced return to [[Konoha]], Jiraiya visits the [[Konoha Hot Springs]] in order to spy on the women bathing there. He is discovered by [[Ebisu]] who, not realizing who Jiraiya is at first, tries to stop him and reprimand him. Jiraiya uses a [[toad]] to knock Ebisu out so that he won't interfere in his "research". Jiraiya is immediately confronted by [[Naruto Uzumaki]], who Ebisu was training to improve his [[chakra]] control and who now, because Ebisu is unconscious, needs somebody else to teach him. Jiraiya refuses to be that somebody until Naruto demonstrates his [[Sexy Technique]], at which point Jiraiya eagerly agrees.
   
==== Nature Transformation ====
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While watching Naruto struggle with his training, Jiraiya notices two things: Naruto is the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tails]]; his access to the Nine-Tails' chakra is being restricted by the [[Five Elements Seal]], which Jiraiya correctly guesses was placed by [[Orochimaru]]. Jiraiya removes the seal, making it easier for Naruto to control his chakra, and offers to start teaching him to use the Nine-Tails' power the next day. He informs Ebisu of this decision later that night. Ebisu doesn't mind, but asks that Jiraiya meet with the [[Third Hokage]] so that, together, they can stop whatever Orochimaru is planning against Konoha. Jiraiya is unwilling to get involved.
[[File:Toad Oil Flame Bullet.jpg|thumb|Jiraiya using one of his signature Fire Release techniques.]]
 
In terms of element ninjutsu, Jiraiya had proficient knowledge if not skill in multiple types. He could use [[Earth Release]] to [[Earth Release: Swamp of the Underworld|create deep swamps]] to immobilise his opponents as large as [[Orochimaru]]'s gigantic snakes even when on low chakra or beings as physically strong as [[Human Path]]. His proficiency in [[Fire Release]] is great enough to unleash [[Fire Release: Flame Bullet|oil enhanced blasts of flame]]. Not only that, he could create even larger blasts of fire with the help of [[Gamabunta]], creating the [[Fire Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet]] which could cover an entire valley in flames. When in [[Sage Mode]] he could create [[Sage Art: Goemon|entire lakes of burning oil]] with the help of [[Fukasaku]] and [[Shima]]. He was also at least knowledgeable enough to teach [[Yahiko]] and [[Nagato]] how to manipulate the [[Nature Transformation|nature]] of their chakra.
 
   
==== Toad Techniques ====
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In order to teach Naruto how to take advantage of the Nine-Tails' large chakra reserves, Jiraiya teaches Naruto the [[Summoning Technique]], expecting him to use the Nine-Tails to summon bigger and bigger toads. Naruto is not only unable to tap into the Nine-Tails' chakra, but makes poor use of his own chakra, only managing to summon tadpoles. From talking to Naruto about his previous uses of the Nine-Tails, Jiraiya gathers that he needs to be in a life-or-death situation in order to instinctively draw on the Nine-Tails. When, after a month, Naruto is still only summoning tadpoles, Jiraiya puts Naruto in a life-or-death situation: he throws him into a ravine. Jiraiya is impressed when Naruto summons [[Gamabunta]] to save himself, but decides to return to his "research" before Gamabunta notices him.
[[File:Toad Flat - Shadow Manipulation Technique.JPG|thumb|left|Jiraiya's Toad Flatness — Shadow Manipulation Technique.]]
 
Jiraiya was known as the "Toad Sage", due to his natural affinity for toads, and his utilisation of a number of toad-related techniques. Many typically dealt with summoning toads. He had risen to a level of ability that allowed him to summon [[Gamabunta]]. He could even summon the nearly indestructible œsophagus of a great, fire-breathing toad with [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]]. Once the technique had been used to cover the area, Jiraiya could control it as he pleased, and used it to trap most ninja. Due to his training with toads, he even gained the ability to [[Toad Oil Bullet|spit oil from his mouth]].
 
   
For spying and infiltration, Jiraiya had the [[Toad Flatness — Shadow Manipulation Technique]], which allowed him to hide himself as a shadow, and even attach to the shadow of another ninja to control them. He also had the [[Hiding in a Toad Technique]], where he hid in the belly of a small toad, which could enter most areas undetected. Kakashi noted that Jiraiya was a specialist when it comes to infiltration and espionage tactics.
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=== Konoha Crush ===
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Orochimaru launches an [[invasion of Konoha]], using [[snake]]s to break through the village's defenses and destroy its infrastructure. Jiraiya stops them with [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique]], crushing the snakes with [[Gamahiro]]. He then seeks out the Third Hokage to lend assistance in his fight with Orochimaru, but by the time he arrives the Third is dead and Orochimaru has fled. Jiraiya does not attend the Third's funeral a few days later, instead visiting the [[Third Training Ground]] and crying over memories of the Third.
   
==== Fūinjutsu ====
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
[[File:Fire seal2.PNG|thumb|right|Jiraiya's Fire Sealing Method.]]
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Jiraiya had been shown to be very skilled and otherwise knowledgeable with [[Sealing Technique]]s, and had used a number of them throughout the series. When first meeting Naruto, he quickly deduced that the seal on Naruto's stomach, that kept the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] sealed within him, also allowed its chakra to mix with his own. Jiraiya easily recognised the [[Five Elements Seal]] that Orochimaru had placed on top of Naruto's seal and how it was distorting Naruto's chakra and easily removed it with [[Five Elements Unseal]].
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Jiraiya is approached by the [[Konoha Council]], who inform him that, due to the dire straits the villages has been left in following the invasion of Konoha, the [[Land of Fire]]'s [[daimyō]] has already approved Jiraiya's selection as Fifth [[Hokage]]. Jiraiya declines, but offers to find [[Tsunade]] to have her take the position, which the councilors agree with. Jiraiya asks to be allowed to take Naruto with him; as he explains it to Naruto's teacher, [[Kakashi Hatake]], the organization called [[Akatsuki]] has been collecting [[tailed beast]]s like Naruto's Nine-Tails. Jiraiya plans to look after Naruto and further teach him to exploit the Nine-Tails' powers. He doesn't share any of this with Naruto, who therefore doesn't see much reason to accompany Jiraiya on his search for Tsunade. Jiraiya offers to teach him a jutsu stronger than [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s [[Chidori]], which instantly wins Naruto's interest.
   
He later created a method of suppressing the Nine-Tails' influence over Naruto through the [[Chakra-Suppressing Seal]], which activates by simply coming into contact with Naruto's body. In addition, he could utilise the [[Fire Sealing Method]] to contain even Itachi's Amaterasu within a scroll for future study.
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[[File:Ninja Art Toad Mouth Trap.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya confronts Kisame and Itachi.]]
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After leaving Konoha, Jiraiya and Naruto stop in [[Shukuba Town]]. While they check into a room to rest in, an [[Emi|attractive woman]] starts flirting with Jiraiya; Jiraiya sends Naruto to their room while he and the woman spend time together. It quickly occurs to him, however, that women are not usually drawn to him, at which point he realizes that the woman is under the influence of a [[genjutsu]] so that she could be used to lure Jiraiya away from Naruto. He returns to Naruto and finds him about to be captured by Akatsuki's [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]]; Sasuke is also there, wishing to fight Itachi. Itachi and Kisame decide to flee rather than fight Jiraiya, which he tries to stop with his [[Toad Mouth Bind]], but this fails. Jiraiya collects a sample of the [[Amaterasu]] flames that Itachi used to escape and returns to Naruto and Sasuke, at which point he is [[Dynamic Entry|attacked]] by [[Might Guy]].
   
=== Senjutsu ===
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Guy apologizes for attacking Jiraiya, explaining that he didn't get a good look because he was trying to avoid Itachi's [[Sharingan]]. Jiraiya asks Guy to go back to Konoha with Sasuke, who has been rendered unconscious by Itachi's Sharingan. Guy informs him and Naruto that the same thing happened to Kakashi, and that only Tsunade may be able to cure them; to that end, he asks that they be sure to find her. Afterwards, Jiraiya explains to Naruto why Akatsuki is after him. Naruto decides that he'll need to become stronger so that he can better face them next time, which Jiraiya decides to help with by teaching him the [[Rasengan]]. As they travel around the country trying to track Tsunade's location, Jiraiya instructs Naruto in the Rasengan's usage, providing him training aids where needed. Although Naruto relies on some unconventional workarounds and his developments often interrupt Jiraiya's rest, he masters the first two of Rasengan's three learning steps.
[[File:Jiraiya Sage Mode.jpg|thumb|left|Jiraiya in Sage Mode.]]
 
Like Naruto, Jiraiya naturally possessed exceptionally large amounts and strong levels of chakra and stamina. This allows him to use his most powerful ability: to enter [[Sage Mode]], a transformation that allowed him to use [[Senjutsu|natural energy to greatly enhance all of his abilities]]. Before entering Sage Mode, Jiraiya will summon the elder toad couple [[Shima]] and [[Fukasaku]] and have them [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique|fuse to his body]]. In addition to maintaining Jiraiya's natural energy while he fought, they added their own abilities to help him in battle. Sage Mode greatly increased Jiraiya's physical power, as shown by his ability to send Pain's summons flying and use the extremely powerful collaboration ninjutsu [[Sage Art: Goemon]]. This form allowed Jiraiya to use stronger versions of his other techniques. An example would include the [[Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan]], a massive variant of Rasengan even larger than his own body. Though unseen, this version is supposedly strong enough that if it exploded, it'd have destroyed an entire mountain. As Jiraiya was not adept with [[genjutsu]], he relied on Shima and Fukasaku to help him in that aspect.
 
   
Jiraiya didn't like Sage Mode because it gave him a more toad-like appearance, with longer marks along the sides of his face, a goatee, a larger nose with warts, and webbed hands and feet, all of which made him unappealing to girls. This is due to Jiraiya not having complete mastery over the technique.
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Jiraiya and Naruto eventually learn that Tsunade is in [[Tanzaku Quarters]]. When they arrive at where she's supposed to be, however, she isn't there. What's more, there's evidence that Orochimaru has been there. They find a place to eat to decide what to do next, only to find Tsunade there with her attendant, [[Shizune]]. Tsunade is surprised to see Jiraiya, having just met Orochimaru, though she refuses to say anything about the nature of their meeting. Jiraiya informs her that Konoha would like her to become the Fifth Hokage; Tsunade is surprised - having thought Orochimaru was lying when he said he killed the Third Hokage - as is Naruto, who didn't realize Tsunade was being offered the Hokage position. Tsunade refuses to offer, ridiculing those who've been held the title, including the Third and [[Fourth Hokage]], and dismissing the job as fitting only for fools. Naruto, who has his own dreams of being Hokage, is enraged and tries to attack Tsunade. Jiraiya holds him back, but Tsunade agrees to fight with him.
   
=== Intelligence ===
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Tsunade easily defeats Naruto, but not before he tries to use his imperfect Rasengan. She berates Jiraiya for teaching Naruto the Rasengan at all, declaring it cruel to let someone as untalented as him believe he can master something so complicated. Naruto makes a bet with her that he can master the Rasengan in a week and goes off to start training. Jiraiya invites Tsunade to drinks afterwards and guesses that Tsunade's bet with Naruto has something to do with the offer Orochimaru made her. He doesn't ask for details about the offer, but he promises to personally kill her if she does anything to endanger Konoha. She claims not to care about the village, so Jiraiya remarks how similar Naruto is to Tsunade's dead brother, [[Nawaki]], who treasured Konoha. He invites her out to drinks again the night before the bet expires, planning to ask her more about what Orochimaru wants, but she's able to drug his drink without him noticing.
While he would normally come off as goofy, Jiraiya had repeatedly shown himself to be a shrewd man. His intelligence enabled him to track Orochimaru and Akatsuki through the years, and he headed his own spy network all over the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] for this purpose. He was very knowledgeable in various techniques, able to quickly recognise them and know how to counter them. He also demonstrated being a capable teacher, as even Itachi acknowledged Naruto's growth under Jiraiya's tutelage for three years. Jiraiya was also very skilled in information gathering, as he would constantly relay any important intelligence he acquired to his allies.
 
   
=== Stats ===
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When Jiraiya wakes up the next morning he has difficulty moving and using his chakra. He goes looking for Tsunade, but can only find Naruto and Shizune. He notices [[Kabuto Yakushi]] watching them, so asks Shizune what Tsunade's deal with Orochimaru is. Shizune reveals that, in exchange for healing the damage to Orochimaru's arms caused by the Third Hokage, Orochimaru will [[Impure World Reincarnation|revive]] Nawaki and also Tsunade's dead lover, [[Dan Katō]]. As they try to find Tsunade in order to stop her from helping Orochimaru, Jiraiya worries that he may actually need to follow through on his promise to kill her. When they locate her, however, they find that she is already trying to kill Orochimaru. Jiraiya instructs Shizune to help deal with Kabuto while he fights Orochimaru by himself. He asks Tsunade to give him an antidote for the drug she gave him, but Kabuto has been able to trigger her [[wikipedia:Blood phobia|fear of blood]], rendering her unable to do anything.
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== Part I ==
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[[File:Jiraiya vs Orochimaru.png|thumb|Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru.]]
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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Jiraiya's inability to control his chakra and Orochimaru's inability to use his arms means they can't do much against each other. Jiraiya is able to create a [[Swamp of the Underworld]], but it is too shallow to defeat Orochimaru's snake, only managing to stop it from moving. Nevertheless, Orochimaru is confident that Jiraiya will lose, proven by his "wasting" time with Naruto. He contrasts Naruto with Sasuke: Sasuke is an [[Uchiha]], naturally gifted and capable of learning every [[ninjutsu]]; Naruto is mediocre, struggling to learn even one ninjutsu and thus failing to live up to the title of shinobi. Jiraiya rebuts: a shinobi is not someone who can learn all ninjutsu, but rather someone who refuses to give up. They watch as Naruto uses a completed Rasengan to defeat Kabuto, which Orochimaru decides is a problem. He goes to kill Naruto, parrying Jiraiya's attempt to stop him.
Jiraiya first met [[Naruto Uzumaki]] while he was "researching" at the [[Konoha Hot Springs|hot springs in Konoha]]. After Jiraiya knocked out [[Ebisu]] for catching him in the act, Naruto demanded that Jiraiya become his trainer in Ebisu's place. He refused, until Naruto used his [[Sexy Technique]]. When they started training, Jiraiya removed Orochimaru's [[Five Elements Seal]] from Naruto's stomach, which allowed him to tap into the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]'s chakra. To teach him how to take advantage of the Nine-Tails' reserves, Jiraiya taught Naruto how to use the [[Summoning Technique]], but was met with very poor results. To this end, Jiraiya decided to force Naruto to use the Nine-Tails' chakra by pushing him off a cliff. Naruto survived by summoning [[Gamabunta]].
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Tsunade is able to protect Naruto and overcomes her phobia so that she can return to the fight. She summons [[Katsuyu]] to fight Orochimaru's [[Manda]], with Jiraiya joining in by summoning Gamabunta. After they save Katsuyu from Manda, Jiraiya and Gambunta attack Manda with [[Fire Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet]]. Manda avoids it and attacks them from behind, but they are saved by Tsunade, who defeats both him and Orochimaru. Orochimaru escapes with Kabuto; before he leaves, he warns that he has [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|other ways]] of fixing his arms. Tsunade heals Jiraiya's broken bones, restores his chakra, and, having accepted the Hokage position, returns with him and Naruto to Konoha.
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
When Orochimaru began his invasion of Konoha, Jiraiya [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique|summoned]] [[Gamahiro]] to stop Orochimaru's [[Three Giant Snakes|snakes]]. He later mourned the Third Hokage's death, but decided not to attend the funeral.
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When they get back to Konoha, Jiraiya has Tsunade heal the mental damage done to Sasuke and Kakashi, as well as ask her to look at [[Rock Lee]] on behalf of Guy. Naruto goes around the village to visit his friends, with Jiraiya secretly watching him. Naruto gets into a fight with Sasuke shortly after Tsunade heals him, which Kakashi interrupts in time to stop them from using their Chidori and Rasengan against each other. Kakashi notices Jiraiya and asks him if it was a good idea to teach Naruto the Rasengan; Jiraiya asks the same about teaching Sasuke the Chidori. Jiraiya admits to being surprised that Naruto would use the Rasengan against a friend and asks about his relationship with Sasuke. Kakashi explains that Sasuke is a rival that Naruto wants to live up to, just as Jiraiya once did with Orochimaru. Now understanding things, Jiraiya decides to speak with Naruto about it.
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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Sasuke ends up defecting to Orochimaru and Naruto ends up in the [[Konoha Hospital]] in his failed attempt to stop him. Jiraiya visits him there and informs Naruto that he's going to take him away from Konoha for three years of training; both Akatsuki and Orochimaru will be unable to move forward with their plans for three years, meaning this is the perfect opportunity to prepare Naruto for the next time he faces them. Naruto declines, believing it's essential that he go after Sasuke immediately. Jiraiya tries to convince him to give up on Sasuke, drawing on his own experience with Orochimaru and pointing to Naruto's current condition as proof that Sasuke no longer considers him a friend. These facts, coupled with the many more important challenges Naruto must face someday, causes Jiraiya to conclude that going after Sasuke would be foolish. Naruto replies simply that he'd rather be a fool. Jiraiya is satisfied by this and tells Naruto to be ready to go once he's discharged from the hospital.
[[File:Ninja Art Toad Mouth Trap.png|thumb|Jiraiya intercepts Kisame and Itachi.]]
 
With the Third's death, the village elders, [[Homura Mitokado]] and [[Koharu Utatane]], requested that Jiraiya become the next Hokage, which he quickly turned down. Instead, he volunteered to search for his former team-mate, Tsunade, asking only that he be allowed to take Naruto with him.
 
   
Just a day after setting off, however, [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] of [[Akatsuki]] tried to kidnap Naruto. To do so, they used [[genjutsu]] on a woman to distract Jiraiya while they captured Naruto. Jiraiya saw through the trick, and intercepted Itachi and Kisame, who decided they did not want to get involved in a fight with one of the Sannin. When they tried to escape, Jiraiya used [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]] to trap Itachi and Kisame. Nobody had ever managed to escape that technique before, but Itachi used [[Amaterasu]] to burn through the walls and escaped. After that, Naruto and Jiraiya resumed their search for Tsunade, Jiraiya teaching Naruto the [[Rasengan]] along the way to keep him occupied.
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=== Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission ===
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In the anime, Jiraiya takes Naruto and [[Sakura Haruno]] to the [[Land of Rice Fields]] to see if they can learn anything about where Orochimaru has Sasuke. They aren't able to locate him, but they are able to free the [[Fūma Clan (Land of Sound)|Fūma clan]] from Orochimaru's control. When they return to Konoha, Jiraiya asks Tsunade to keep Naruto busy until he returns from some investigations he needs to do, fearing Naruto may go after Sasuke by himself if he isn't kept preoccupied.
   
[[File:Jiraiya vs Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru.]]
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=== Sunagakure Support Mission ===
Orochimaru found Tsunade before Jiraiya did, and asked that she heal his arms. When Jiraiya eventually found her as well, he suspected that they were in contact, and threatened Tsunade not to help Orochimaru. In response, [[Tsunade]] drugged his sake when they went to a bar, making it difficult for him to move or use chakra. After he discovered that this was so he wouldn't interfere in her attempt to kill Orochimaru, Jiraiya came to help her. In his drugged state, he struggled to fight Orochimaru, but was able to recover to the point that he could summon [[Gamabunta]] to fight Orochimaru's [[Manda]]. The healthy Tsunade proved too much for Orochimaru and Manda, defeating the two and causing them to flee. Tsunade then accepted her post as the Fifth Hokage, and they returned to [[Konoha]].
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As happens at the end of the Sasuke Recovery Mission in the manga, Jiraiya picks up Naruto at [[Ramen Ichiraku]] to take him away for three years of training.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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== Interlude ==
After Naruto failed to stop [[Sasuke Uchiha]] from defecting to Orochimaru at the end of Part I, Jiraiya encouraged him to give up on Sasuke, remembering his own experiences with Orochimaru. Naruto refused, prompting Jiraiya to take him away for two-and-a-half years of training, to make him strong enough to bring Sasuke back, and to protect himself from [[Akatsuki]].
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=== Gutsy Master and Student: The Training ===
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In the anime, shortly after leaving Konoha, they discuss the fact that Naruto will need to learn how to counter genjutsu if he hopes to be a match against Sasuke the next time they meet. Jiraiya summons [[Gamariki]] to help him practice dispelling genjutsu, but Naruto struggles with it and his chakra keeps hitting Gamariki, who doesn't appreciate it. Jiraiya takes Naruto to the [[Genjutsu Tree Village]] to try a different approach, but they discover the village has been taken over by [[Kandachi]]. They free the villagers and then attack Kandachi, who Naruto defeats with his newly-created [[Big Ball Rasengan]]. As they leave afterwards, Jiraiya is pleased by how similar Naruto is to [[Minato Namikaze]] and hugs him, which Naruto is bothered by.
   
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
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=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
Jiraiya appeared in a few episodes and was a major character in the [[Land of Rice Fields Arc]], in which he travelled with Naruto and Sakura in search of Orochimaru's hideout. The trio were unable to locate Sasuke, but managed to free the [[Fūma Clan (Land of Sound)|Fūma clan]] from Orochimaru's control. He later appeared in ''[[Please, Mr. Postman!]]'', and was present in ''[[Departure]]'' to take Naruto away for his training.
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{{Main|In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths}}
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[[File:Jiraiya injured.png|thumb|Jiraiya critically wounded.]]
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Two years into their training, Naruto's control of the Nine-Tails' chakra has improved significantly. Jiraiya tries to give him more access to the Nine-Tails' power and uses [[Gerotora]] to weaken Naruto's [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style]]. This causes Naruto to enter a [[version 2]] form with four tails; not in control of his body, Naruto attacks Jiraiya and nearly kills him before he manages to suppress the Nine-Tails. Naruto has no memory of what happened and Jiraiya doesn't tell him, instead shifting Naruto's training to other pursuits, including keeping his anger in check so that the Nine-Tails won't flare up again.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 409</ref>
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
Jiraiya and Naruto return after two and half years of training and goes to Tsunade about how much progress Naruto has made. He later meets up with Kakashi with information about Akatsuki and gives him a seal to Naruto's transformation.
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{{Main|Kazekage Rescue Mission}}
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Jiraiya returns Naruto to Konoha after two-and-a-half years. Kakashi greets them when they arrive and Naruto gives him a copy of ''[[Icha Icha Tactics]]'', which Jiraiya wrote during their time together. He entrusts Naruto to Kakashi's care, warning that Akatsuki will likely be making a move soon; he sends the same warning to [[Sunagakure]], whose [[Kazekage]] is a jinchūriki like Naruto. Jiraiya leaves Konoha to start investigating Akatsuki, but returns shortly afterwards to inform Tsunade that the Kazekage has been captured. She already knows this and is about to send Naruto and his team to Suna to lend assistance. He warns Naruto to keep his temper and to not use "[[that technique]]". He also tells Kakashi to keep an eye on Naruto, giving him a [[seal]] that can be used to suppress the Nine-Tails if Naruto starts losing control of it.
   
=== Sai and Sasuke Arc ===
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=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
[[File:Jiraiya's injury caused by Four-Tailed Naruto.PNG|thumb|Jiraiya's scar from Naruto's four-tailed form.]]
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After taking Naruto back to Konoha, Jiraiya went off to search for information on Akatsuki. Jiraiya would soon return to inform [[Kakashi Hatake|Kakashi]] and [[Yamato]] about Naruto's [[Version 2|four-tailed form]], a form so powerful that it nearly killed Jiraiya before he managed to stop it. It was later revealed that Jiraiya himself released it (not expecting Naruto's loss of control) with a special key passed down from the [[Fourth Hokage]], capable of unlocking Naruto's seal.
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When the Kazekage is successfully rescued, Jiraiya and Tsunade meet with Kakashi to discuss Naruto's display of the Nine-Tails' power during the mission, a sign of his worsening control. Jiraiya explains his own experience with Naruto's version 2 form and his observations about how Naruto's transformations work. Because Naruto can be as much a risk to himself as he is to others in these states, they task [[Yamato]] with keeping him in check.
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=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
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In the anime, Jiraiya returned to Konoha to congratulate Naruto on defeating Akatsuki's [[Kakuzu]] and [[Deidara]]. In order to keep Naruto from participating in Team 7's new [[Sasuke]]-related mission, Jiraiya offered to train him again, and took Naruto to [[Yugakure]]. Jiraiya and Naruto also had a discussion over the meaning of 'home': "''Wherever someone is thinking of you, that is the place you can return to.''" In light of Naruto's need to learn some high-ranked, long-distance techniques, Jiraiya introduced Naruto to the concept of synchronised, [[collaboration jutsu]] and began by demonstrating a synchronised technique, the [[Water Release: Water Gun]] technique, in collaboration with [[Gamariki]].
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[[File:Gamariki - Waterpistol.PNG|left|thumb|Jiraiya demonstrates cooperation ninjutsu to Naruto.]]
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In the anime, Jiraiya returns to Konoha to congratulate Naruto on defeating Akatsuki's [[Kakuzu]]. Because Kakashi is about to take [[Team 8]] on a mission to investigate one of Orochimaru's bases, Jiraiya distracts Naruto from this potential opportunity to find Sasuke by taking him to [[Yugakure]] for training. Because Naruto doesn't have any long-range jutsu in his repertoire, Jiraiya recommends that he use [[cooperation ninjutsu]], synchronizing with his toad summons to make up for this deficiency. He has Naruto try to perform the [[Water Release: Water Gun]] with [[Gamariki]], but their personalizes clash, preventing them from cooperating. Naruto instead summons [[Gamatatsu]], with whom he's able to synchronize with [[Gamakichi]]'s guidance.
   
When Naruto and Gamariki proved unable to synchronise, due to their conflicting personalities, Jiraiya confronted Naruto with the fact that, unless he can work with a summoned toad, a collaboration techniques would stay out of his reach. Naruto compensated by summoning toads that he did get along with, and, after giving up on trying to work with Gamariki, finally began on working on a synchronised technique with [[Gamatatsu]], while [[Gamakichi]] guided the process.
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Jiraiya applauds Naruto's progress, but is called away to look into news on Akatsuki before he can see Naruto's training completed. He leaves Naruto to finish the training himself, though, before he goes, he convinces [[Tsunade]] to let Naruto help on Team 8's mission.
   
Jiraiya openly applauded Naruto's progress, and expressed how pleased he was at his dedication to his goals and beliefs. After receiving a message about Akatsuki, Jiraiya was forced to leave Naruto to continue training by himself, though not before convincing [[Tsunade]] to let Naruto go on the mission.
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
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Jiraiya visits Tsunade and reports rumors that Orochimaru has been killed by Sasuke. They share these rumors with Naruto and Sakura Haruno, who suspect that Sasuke is making moves against his brother, [[Itachi Uchiha]] of Akatsuki. Naruto proposes that they try to locate Itachi so that they can, in turn, find Sasuke. An [[Eight Man Squad]] is organized for this purpose, which, in the anime, Jiraiya and Tsunade see off as they leave Konoha.
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant ===
[[File:Fox Key.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya and the scroll with the key to the Nine-Tails' seal.]]
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His meeting with Tsunade and Shizune, is cut short when Naruto and Sakura enter the office. Surprised that his master had returned to the village, Naruto informs him that he finally mastered the [[collaboration technique]] with Gamakichi and Gamatatsu, impressing him. After discussing on how to capture [[Itachi Uchiha]], Jiraiya and Tsunade got to the front gate to see the [[Eight Man Squad]] off. After Deidara's death, Jiraiya informed Tsunade that he had found the location of [[Pain|the Akatsuki leader]], somewhere in [[Amegakure]]. After a chat with Tsunade, revealing much of Naruto's history, amongst others who his parents were, he left to infiltrate Amegakure and see what he could find out. He captured two Rain villagers while there, and sent one to Konoha to be interrogated. After hearing that the Akatsuki leader, [[Pain]], killed [[Hanzō]] in battle, Jiraiya decided to leave the key to the Nine-Tails' seal to Naruto, before going out to see what else he could learn.
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[[File:Shushuya.png|thumb|Jiraiya talks with Tsunade.]]
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While the Eight Man Squad is still on their mission, Jiraiya visits Tsunade with news that he's discovered the location of Akatsuki's leader, though he refuses to go into more detail until she meets him for drinks. While having saké, Jiraiya shares news of Amegakure's ongoing civil war, which the Akatsuki leader is rumored to be behind. Because Amegakure is in a delicate political situation, Jiraiya must infiltrate the village by himself to confirm before Konoha can take direct action. Tsunade feels guilty for always relying on him to do dangerous work like this and offers to help him if he needs it. He reminds her that she, the Hokage, can't just leave the village, but she replies that Naruto will inevitably replace her anyway. While they discuss Naruto, Jiraiya reflects that, because he thought of Minato as a son, being with Naruto feels like being with his grandson. Jiraiya departs, but warns Tsunade about [[Danzō Shimura]] before he goes.
   
[[File:Stone Swords.jpg|thumb|Jiraiya stops three of the Paths.]]
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[[File:Jiraiya infiltrates.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya infiltrates Amegakure.]]
Jiraiya eventually found [[Konan]], and after incapacitating her with his oil, questioned what happened to her, [[Yahiko]], and [[Nagato]]. Suddenly Pain appeared and Jiraiya recognised him as his former student, Nagato, because of his [[Rinnegan]]. Fearing that his student would destroy the world, as was warned against in the prophecy, Jiraiya tried to kill Pain. After summoning [[Gamaken]] to protect him from various summons, he entered [[Sage Mode]], and summoned [[Shima]] and [[Fukasaku]] to help him, but had difficulty with the battle when Pain summoned additional bodies (the [[Preta Path (character)|Preta Path]] and the [[Human Path (character)|Human Path]]). Although they were able to defeat three of Pain's bodies with a [[Demonic Illusion: Toad Confrontation Chant|powerful genjutsu]], Jiraiya was handicapped when Pain's [[Asura Path (character)|Asura Path]] ambushed Jiraiya and somehow severed his left arm. The Asura Path was joined by the other five paths, with the first three having been reanimated. Doing the most that he could without his arm, Jiraiya managed to kill and capture the [[First Animal Path (character)|Animal Path]], and ordered Shima to leave and take it to Konoha, before heading out one last time to see if he could figure out the secret behind Pain.
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Jiraiya is able to successfully [[Hiding in a Toad Technique|infiltrate]] Amegakure and quickly captures two Ame-nin, [[Ryūsui]] and [[Yūdachi]]. He tries using tickle torture to get them to reveal information about [[Pain]], but it's only after using the [[Turning into a Frog Technique]] on Yūdachi that Ryūsui is forthcoming: Pain is the mysterious leader and god-figure of Ame, who brought the rebelling faction to victory in the civil war by personally killing Ame's former leader, [[Hanzō]]. Jiraiya is unsettled by news that Pain killed Hanzō, having assumed from his own past encounter with Hanzō that he was unbeatable. He takes a precaution by removing [[Gerotora]] from his body and instructing him to go to Naruto if anything happens to him. Gerotora warns him against this, feeling Naruto is unprepared for full access to the Nine-Tails' power. Jiraiya shares his suspicions that [[Madara Uchiha]] is somehow moving behind the scenes which, if true, would mean Naruto will need to master the Nine-Tails sooner rather than later.
   
[[File:Jiraiya killed by Pain.JPG|thumb|left|Jiraiya mortally wounded by Pain.]]
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[[File:Konan vs jiraya.png|thumb|Jiraiya fights Konan.]]
Jiraiya was able to discover that all of Pain's bodies belonged to ninja he once knew, amongst them being his old student, [[Yahiko]], functioning as Pain's Deva Path. With this information, Jiraiya was able to discover the truth, but his throat was crushed by the Asura Path and he was pinned down to the ground by the other paths, leaving him unable to tell Fukasaku what he had learned.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 381, pages 16-17</ref> As his life waned, he mused over his death, calling it unworthy and flashed back to his life and his failures, failing to win Tsunade's heart, failing to stop Orochimaru from leaving [[Konoha]], and failing to protect both his master [[Hiruzen]] and his student [[Minato Namikaze]]. But when he remembered how Minato called his book a success and decided to name his son after the book's protagonist, Jiraiya realised that it was he who named him Naruto.
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Jiraiya has one of his toads take Yūdachi to Konoha to be interrogated by [[Ibiki Morino]] while he [[Toad Flatness Shadow Manipulation Technique|controls]] Ryūsui in order to further explore Ame. He is quickly discovered and confronted by Pain's "angel", who Jiraiya recognizes as [[Konan]], one of the orphans he trained decades ago. Jiraiya is surprised to see her and guesses that Pain must also be one of the orphans, though she refuses to confirm and instead attacks him. He quickly captures her, but Pain rescues her and sends her away. Although Jiraiya does not recognize the body, Jiraiya assumes that Pain is [[Nagato]] because of his [[Rinnegan]]. Jiraiya expresses his disappointment that Nagato has turned away from his once-righteous path towards peace by leading a criminal organization like Akatsuki. Pain asserts that, as a god, his plan to liberate the world through destruction is the definition of righteousness.
   
[[File:Jiraiya dying with a smile.JPG|thumb|right|Jiraiya dying with a smile.]]
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[[File:Sage mode.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya enters Sage Mode.]]
Seeing that the student's way should also be the teacher's way, Jiraiya realised that Naruto, not Nagato, was the child foretold of in the prophecy. Knowing that Naruto would someday save the world, he forced himself back to life and [[Finger Carving Seal|inscribed]] a coded message into Fukasaku's back and sent him to Naruto. When the Asura Path saw the coded message on Fukasaku, he attacked him with a [[Flaming Arrow of Amazing Ability|rocket hand]], destroying the rock Jiraiya was lying on, making him fall into the water. As Jiraiya died, he compared himself to the "''Frog at the bottom of the well… Drifts off into the Great Ocean''", calling it a more honourable death and realised that he needed a title for his next book. Finding the title "''Tale of Naruto Uzumaki''" perfect, Jiraiya died with a smile while sinking into the watery depths of the battlefield.<ref name="chpt383">''Naruto'' chapter 383, pages 6-8</ref>
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Deciding that he must stop Pain before the world is destroyed, Jiraiya summons [[Gamaken]] to fight Pain while he prepares to enter [[Sage Mode]]. Pain counters with his own various [[Summoning Rinnegan|summon]]s and nothing else, which Jiraiya finds odd considering the huge arsenal of ninjutsu Nagato learned during their time together. Despite the constant attacks by Pain's summons, Jiraiya is able to enter Sage Mode with [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique|help]] from [[Fukasaku]] and [[Shima]]. Both are surprised that Jiraiya would call on him, so he informs them that Pain is the apparent [[Child of the Prophecy]]; they immediately understand, seeking out and destroying the [[Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon|chameleon]] Pain is hiding in. Pain responds by summoning two more bodies, each with their own Rinnegan and neither of which Jiraiya recognizes. Though confused by this, Jiraiya, Fukasaku, and Shima team up with [[Sage Art: Goemon]].
   
=== Konoha History Arc ===
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[[File:Jiraiya vs Preta Path.png|thumb|The Preta Path absorbs Jiraiya's attack.]]
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One of the Pains (the [[Preta Path]]) absorbs their Sage Art: Goemon as well as Jiraiya's followup [[Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan]], but Jiraiya succeeds in blinding another Pain (the [[Human Path]]). He tries to attack this blinded Pain from behind, but it mysteriously blocks him. Fukasaku notices that one of the other Pains saw him attacking the blind one and guesses that they share vision. Outmatched, they decide to retreat so that they can discuss tactics; they decide that their only hope is to split up the Pains and fight them one at a time, something they likely won't be able to do accomplish without genjutsu. Since Jiraiya isn't good with genjutsu, Fukasaku and Shima ready their [[Toad Confrontation Singing]], which draws the Pains to their location. Jiraiya holds them off while the genjutsu is prepared: he obscures the Preta Path's sight; he [[Swamp of the Underworld|binds]] the Human Path to the wall; he attacks the first Pain, the [[Animal Path]], uninhibited until the genjutsu is finally cast.
Jiraiya and Naruto have left Konoha to begin their three-year journey. As they walk, they talk about Naruto's need to overcome Sasuke's [[Sharingan]]. During a genjutsu practice, Naruto tries to disrupt his inner chakra flow, but instead, creates a wave of chakra around him thus hitting [[Gamariki]] in the physical world. To overcome this part of the training, Jiraiya takes Naruto to the [[Genjutsu Tree Village]]. After realising that the village was taken over by a man named [[Kandachi]], Naruto and Jiraiya decide to liberate the village. As the final battle with Kandachi continued, Jiraiya and Naruto got trapped in the [[Conch King]]'s [[Water Release Genjutsu: Mystic Fog Prison]] but later managed to escape thanks to [[Tanishi]]'s [[Chilli Pepper Bomb]]. At the end of the battle, Naruto defeats Kandachi with his [[Big Ball Rasengan]].
 
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=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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[[File:Jiraiya kills Pain.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya defeats three Paths.]]
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While the Pains are caught, Jiraiya stabs them with [[Stone Swords]] and believes they, and by extension Nagato, are dead. As he leaves, Pain's [[Asura Path]] attacks him from behind, severing his arm. The full [[Six Paths of Pain]] - with the three he defeated restored by the [[Naraka Path]] - face Jiraiya. He recognizes the [[Deva Path]] as [[Yahiko]], causing him to question his assumption that Pain is Nagato. When asked, Pain assures him that Yahiko is dead, then attacks to kill Jiraiya as well. After a prolonged battle, Jiraiya retreats into his [[Barrier: Toad Gourd Prison]]. The Animal Path follows him, but he's able to capture it. From looking at the Animal Path up close, Jiraiya realizes that he met it once before years ago. Jiraiya, remembering the [[Great Toad Sage]]'s prediction that Jiraiya would travel the world, starts to suspect why he knows the Animal Path. Fukasaku and Shima recommend he return to Konoha to report what he's discovered, but he refuses, believing this is the best chance to figure out who Pain is. He has Shima deliver the Animal Path to Konoha while he and Fukasaku confront Pain again.
Decades earlier, Jiraiya encountered the [[Former Leader of Nadeshiko Village|leader]] of the [[Nadeshiko Village]], as he trespassed into her village to do "research" for his next novel. After he escaped, she pursued him and challenged him to a duel for his hand in marriage. This match was however postponed, as neither party was making headway against the other. Jiraiya promised that their students instead should one day seek each other out and fight if the two never met again. This promise fell to her student [[Shizuka]] and Jiraiya's last pupil Naruto Uzumaki.
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[[File:Jiraiya killed by Pain.png|thumb|Jiraiya mortally wounded by Pain.]]
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The other five Pains quickly surround Jiraiya when he returns to the battlefield, but he's able to confirm his theory: each of the Pains is somebody he met during his travels. Before he can communicate this to Fukasaku, his throat is crushed and he is stabbed by the Pains' [[black receiver]]s. As his life starts to fade, Jiraiya reflects on his failures: his failure to win the heart of Tsunade; his failure to redeem Orochimaru; his failure to protect Minato or the [[Third Hokage]]; and now his failure to have a meaningful death. His thoughts turn to Naruto, who Jiraiya knows wouldn't submit to failure like this and would keep fighting for as long as he could. Jiraiya decides that he, as Naruto's teacher, should demonstrate the same resolve. As such, he forces himself back to consciousness and uses the last of his energy to [[Finger Carving Seal|etch]] a coded message into Fukasaku's back.
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[[File:Jiraiya's death.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya dying with a smile.]]
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Despite Pain's attempt to stop him, Fukasaku is able to escape to Konoha. Jiraiya, meanwhile, is thrown into the sea by Pain's attack and starts sinking into its depths. Jiraiya spends his final moments continuing to think about Naruto, and decides that it is he, not Nagato, who is the Child of the Prophecy. Jiraiya is confident the world is in good hands if Naruto is to be its salvation. Satisfied with how this final chapter of his life has turned out, Jiraiya officially ends what he titles the ''Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant''. Before he dies, Jiraiya decides that the sequel should be called the ''Tale of Naruto Uzumaki'', and smiles at how good the title is.
   
 
== Legacy ==
 
== Legacy ==
[[File:Jiraiya's memorial.jpg|thumb|left|The memorial to Jiraiya.]]
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[[File:Dying Message.png|thumb|Jiraiya's dying message.]]
Although the next arc played out after his death, Jiraiya still had a great impact on the events that happened during it. With the message that he left on [[Fukasaku]]'s back "''the real one isn't among them''" allowed Konoha to learn the nature of [[Nagato]]'s [[Paths of Pain]] technique which ultimately helped [[Naruto Uzumaki]] in defeating Nagato's paths before facing him in person. Having inherited their mentor's ideals of peace being gained by ending hatred, Naruto convinced Nagato to redeem himself in the end.
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Deciphering Jiraiya's dying message becomes Konoha's top priority, though Jiraiya's code is not recognizable to the [[Konoha Cryptanalysis Team]]. Only Naruto, one of the people closest to Jiraiya, is able to identify the code's key: ''[[Icha Icha Tactics]]''. By taking the first word on each page that Jiraiya specifies, they produce the message, "the real one isn't among them." It isn't until the examination of the Animal Path and the interrogation of the Ame ninja are completed that Jiraiya's message makes sense: the Six Paths of Pain are controlled remotely by a main intelligence, Nagato. [[Pain's Assault]] on Konoha is already underway by the time this is figured out, but Naruto, after defeating all six Pains, is able to use the information to find and meet with Nagato.
   
Soon time after, Naruto created a [[Jiraiya's Memorial|memorial to Jiraiya]] in the woods near Konoha, adorned with symbols of high importance: A rock with the kanji for {{translation|'teacher'|師|shi}}, Jiraiya's first novel ''[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi (novel)|The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]'', and Konan's bouquet of "never-dying flowers of hope". Later on, Kabuto revealed that he attempted to retrieve Jiraiya's body to bring him back through [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]], but it was far too deep in the ocean for him to reach without being crushed by the water pressure. However, he noted that [[Tobi]] should still have enough DNA on the Six Paths of Pain's weapons but was refused.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 13</ref>
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Naruto is very depressed when he first learns of Jiraiya's death and tries blaming it on Tsunade since she let him fight Pain alone. It eventually occurs to Naruto that Jiraiya, by fighting Pain, has bought him time for his own fight with Pain; he uses this time to learn [[senjutsu]] which, in combination with what Fukasaku is able to report about Pain's abilities, allows him to defeat the Six Paths of Pain. When he meets Nagato, Naruto wants to take vengeance for Jiraiya's death, but he decides instead to forgive Nagato, thereby ending the cycle of hatred that the main character of Jiraiya's book, ''[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]'', spoke against. Nagato realizes that this same idea that Naruto got from Jiraiya, Jiraiya in turn got from him, and that his actions in Akatsuki therefore contradict both himself and Jiraiya. He [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|gives his life]] to revive those killed during his attack on Konoha, the only atonement he can offer. Nagato later observes that if Jiraiya's was the first story in a trilogy and Naruto's will be the last, his own is the better-forgotten middle volume.
   
Later during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], [[Tsunade]] noted that Jiraiya wouldn't have died if [[Orochimaru]] had changed. Orochimaru countered that even if he had lived he would've changed instead of dying without changing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 635, page 9</ref>
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[[File:Jiraiya Memorial.png|thumb|left|Naruto's memorial to Jiraiya.]]
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After observing Naruto's confrontation with Nagato, the [[Great Toad Sage]] discovers that his prophecy was somewhat incorrect: Jiraiya would not train the ''Child'' of the Prophecy, he would train the ''Children'' of the Prophecy, Nagato and Naruto, both of whose actions steer the world towards peace because of Jiraiya's influence. [[Obito Uchiha]], after plunging the world into the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], blames the actions of Naruto and Nagato for the failure of his [[Eye of the Moon Plan]]; because Jiraiya was their teacher, Obito decides that, in a sense, it was Jiraiya who defeated him in the end.<ref>Chapter 656, page 10</ref> For Jiraiya's influence, Naruto creates a memorial to him in the woods near Konoha after Pain's Assault ends. The memorial itself is a rock with the kanji for {{translation|"teacher"|師|shi}} carved into it; Naruto also leaves a copy of ''Gutsy Shinobi'' and "never-dying flowers of hope" given to him by [[Konan]].
   
== Movies ==
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Tsunade is just as sad as Naruto when she finds out about Jiraiya's death, and it provides her with yet another reason to keep Konoha safe from Pain, so that his sacrifice isn't wasted. She is rendered comatose in her effort to protect the villagers, at which point the [[Fire Daimyō]] voices his regrets that Jiraiya, being dead, cannot replace Tsunade as Sixth [[Hokage]]. When the Fourth Shinobi World War starts, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] expresses interest in [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnating]] Jiraiya to have him fight for Akatsuki, but unfortunately is unable to reach him as his body rests in the lower depths of the sea.<ref>Chapter 520, page 14</ref> [[Orochimaru]], his death having been misreported, reemerges during the war with a reformed outlook. Tsunade argues that this change in him might have saved Jiraiya had it happened sooner, but Orochimaru believes it was better for Jiraiya to die as he was rather than risk him changing because of Orochimaru's change.<ref>Chapter 635, page 9</ref>
=== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ===
 
Jiraiya had a brief appearance in the flash back when Naruto was thinking about his friends.
 
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
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== In Other Media ==
Most of Jiraiya's appearances were more spiritual than actually appearing. When Naruto was sent on a mission without Kakashi or Yamato, Jiraiya gave Naruto, through Sakura, a small package. After Naruto transformed into his four-tailed form, the package was revealed to be a small seal charm, to force Naruto back to normal. Jiraiya then appeared again as a hallucination, pushing Naruto to fight on. In the end, Jiraiya finally made a physical appearance by saving his apprentice and [[Amaru]] from certain death by summoning Gamabunta to cushion their fall.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds ====
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When Naruto is about to go on a mission, Jiraiya has [[Sakura Haruno]] deliver a package to him. In the package is a charm, which activates when Naruto enters a [[version 2]] form and suppresses the [[Nine-Tails]]' influence. When, at the end of the mission, Naruto and [[Amaru]] almost fall to their deaths, Jiraiya arrives and saves them with [[Gamabunta]].
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire ====
Jiraiya met with a group of Sunagakure shinobi and talked with Gaara. Later, he took a message from Gaara to a ravine, where Suna and Konoha forces were ready to battle. He stayed there and talked to Tsunade after Suna withdrew from the war.
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When the world begins mobilizing for a [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Jiraiya saves the [[Fifth Kazekage]] from an attack by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]]'s forces. He tells the Kazekage that he believes Naruto can stop Hiruko and avert the war, but he allows the Kazekage to come to his own conclusion. Naruto does indeed defeat Hiruko; afterwards, he and Tsunade discuss how old they've gotten, as evidenced by Naruto's rapid growth.
   
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Jiraiya called Minato aside to show him he learned to perform the Rasengan. Unfazed, Minato simply congratulated him and left, much to Jiraiya's confusion.
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Twenty years in the past, Jiraiya takes [[Minato Namikaze]] aside and shows him that he's finally learned to use the [[Rasengan]]. Minato is unfazed and leaves with a simple congratulations, much to Jiraiya's confusion.
   
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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In the [[Genjutsu World]], Jiraiya died trying to procure the Red Moon Scroll which the [[Great Toad Sage]] foretold will help defeat the [[Menma (movie)|Masked Man]].
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The Jiraiya of the [[Genjutsu World]] died trying to procure the [[Red Moon Scroll]], which the [[Great Toad Sage]] foretold would help defeat the [[Menma Uzumaki|Masked Man]].
   
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Jiraiya in the video games often gains extra abilities, such as being able to use his elongate his hair in various ways, as well as his taijutsu's motions being theatrical in appearance, reminiscent of a kabukimono.
   
 
== Creation and Conception ==
 
== Creation and Conception ==
Jiraiya is named after the character of the same name from a Japanese folklore {{translation|"The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"|児雷也豪傑物語|Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari}}. The Jiraiya in this story is vastly different than his manga counterpart in terms of personality and relationships, however both individuals excelled in summoning a giant toad (the toad itself was sometimes called "Jiraiya") and toad magic. In that story, Jiraiya and Tsunade were a married couple. There, his name is written as "児雷也" meaning "Young Thunder", which in turn comes from the name {{translation|Garaiya|我来也|lit meaning=I came}} from the Chinese story {{translation|Kaishi|諧史}}. As the character was about to die, he made a reference to the story.
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[[Masashi Kishimoto]] originally planned to draw Jiraiya with a different design and with a different style of hair. He also intended for Jiraiya to summon toads that were of a similar size to humans. However, this idea was deemed a failure.{{citation needed}} During an interview, he commented that, of the student-teacher relationships in Naruto, Jiraiya and Naruto's is the one he likes the most.{{citation needed}} At the 2015 New York City Comic Con, Kishimoto also said that Jiraiya was his favourite character after Naruto.
 
Masashi Kishimoto originally planned to draw Jiraiya with a different design, and with a different style of hair. He also intended for Jiraiya to summon toads that were of a similar size to humans. However, this idea was deemed a failure. During an interview, he commented that, of the student-teacher relationships in Naruto, Jiraiya and Naruto's is the one he likes the most.
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Jiraiya shares the same blood type with his former team-mates, Tsunade and Orochimaru, as well as his former apprentices, Naruto Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze.
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* In a special episode, [[The Top 5 Ninja Battles!]], Jiraiya was intended to have an interview, but Orochimaru popped up next to him instead.
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[[File:Jiraiya sig.png|thumb|Jiraiya's autograph.]]
* Despite no canonic source ranking him, in the anime, he was revealed to be a jōnin.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 235</ref>
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* Jiraiya and the other Sannin are named after the characters in the Japanese folktale ''[[Wikipedia:Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari|Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari]]''; Jiraiya references the story before his death. The Jiraiya of that story excels in toad magic.
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** {{translation|"Jiraiya"|自来也}}, roughly translated, means "I came".
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* Jiraiya's autograph is featured in the real version of ''[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]''.
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* In the ''[[Live Spectacle Naruto]]'', the role of Jiraiya was played by Yoshiaki Umegaki.
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* Jiraiya is given no rank in the manga or its databooks, but the anime classifies him as a [[jōnin]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 235</ref>
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Jiraiya show that he was 153 cm when he was part of Hiruzen's genin team. They also show that his sandals add 7 cm on to his height.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Jiraiya's hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
 
** Jiraiya's hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
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** Jiraiya completed 1,839 official missions in total: 58 D-rank, 345 C-rank, 684 B-rank, 614 A-rank, 138 S-rank. With this rating of mission completion by Jiraiya, he has the most completed missions of all characters in the entire ''Naruto'' series.
 
** Jiraiya completed 1,839 official missions in total: 58 D-rank, 345 C-rank, 684 B-rank, 614 A-rank, 138 S-rank. With this rating of mission completion by Jiraiya, he has the most completed missions of all characters in the entire ''Naruto'' series.
 
** Jiraiya's favourite phrase was {{translation|"Free and uninhibited"|自由奔放|Jiyū Honpō}}.
 
** Jiraiya's favourite phrase was {{translation|"Free and uninhibited"|自由奔放|Jiyū Honpō}}.
** Jiraiya is tied with [[Itachi Uchiha]] as having the highest stats total in the databook.
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* Jiraiya is tied with [[Itachi Uchiha]] as having the highest stats total in the databook.
* Jiraiya's last words were based off of a Japanese proverb 'I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu' which translates literally to 'A frog in a well does not know the great ocean'.
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* Jiraiya's last words are based off of a Japanese proverb: {{translation|[[wiktionary:井の中の蛙大海を知らず|"A frog in a well does not know the great ocean"]]|井の中の蛙大海を知らず|I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu}}.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Tsunade]]) ''"Yo! I'm Jiraiya! You can send me the love letter later!"''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 405, page 17</ref>
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* (To [[Tsunade]]) "''Yo! I'm Jiraiya! You can send me the love letter later!''"<ref name="c405"/>
* (To [[Nagato]]) "''When people get hurt, they learn to hate… when people hurt others, they become hated and racked with guilt. But knowing that pain allows people to be kind. Pain allows people to grow… and how you grow is up to you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 446, page 7</ref>
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* (To [[Nagato]]) "''When people get hurt, they learn to hate… when people hurt others, they become hated and racked with guilt. But knowing that pain allows people to be kind. Pain allows people to grow… and how you grow is up to you.''"<ref>Chapter 446, page 7</ref>
* (To [[Naruto]]) "''I'm not a pervert… I'm a ''super'' pervert!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 9</ref>
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* (To [[Naruto]]) "''I'm not a pervert… I'm a ''super'' pervert!''"<ref name="c91">Chapter 91, page 9</ref>
* (To [[Orochimaru]]) "''You're wrong, that's not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it, a real ninja is one who endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you, there is only one thing that matters if you are a shinobi, and it isn't the number of techniques you possess. All you do need, is the guts to never give up.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 166, pages 17-18</ref>
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* (To [[Orochimaru]]) "''You're wrong, that's not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it, a real ninja is one who endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you, there is only one thing that matters if you are a shinobi, and it isn't the number of techniques you possess. All you do need, is the guts to never give up.''"<ref>Chapter 166, pages 17-18</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''Even I can tell that hatred is spreading. I wanted to do something about it … but I don't know what … but I believe… that someday the day will come when people truly understand one another!! If I can't find the answer, it will be up to you to do it!!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 436, pages 12-13</ref>
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* (To Naruto) "''Even I can tell that hatred is spreading. I wanted to do something about it … but I don't know what … but I believe… that someday the day will come when people truly understand one another!! If I can't find the answer, it will be up to you to do it!!''"<ref>Chapter 436, pages 12-13</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''They say wherever someone is still thinking of you, that place is your home.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 91</ref>
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* (To Tsunade) "''Now my job is to help the next generation, and set a good example for them. And for that I'll gladly lay down my life, and I'll be smiling the whole time. It's what makes us old guys cool, you see.''"<ref name="c366"/>
* (To Naruto) "''I think we all have to acknowledge you. Gamatatsu, Gamakichi, Sakura, Tsunade… and I… we all admit you've worked really hard. But I wonder what's pushing you forward.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 93</ref>
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* (To Naruto) "''Never go back on your word… and never give up. That's your ninja way… and as your mentor… I have no business whining! Because… the student's ninja way should be the master's too! Isn't that so, Naruto?!''"<ref>Chapter 382, pages 15-16</ref>
* (To Tsunade) "''Now my job is to help the next generation, and set a good example for them. And for that I'll gladly lay down my life, and I'll be smiling the whole time. It's what makes us old guys cool, you see.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 366, page 13</ref>
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* (Last words) "''There, that ending… was a little better. The frog at the bottom of the well drifts off into the great ocean. Heh heh… yep… pretty damn honourable… pretty damn honourable… I guess it's time to put down my pen. Right… I need a title for the next book… let's see… Ah, got it… ''The Tale of Naruto Uzumaki''… perfect.''"<ref name="c383">Chapter 383, pages 6-8</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''Never go back on your word… and never give up. That's your ninja way… and as your mentor… I have no business whining! Because… the student's ninja way should be the master's too! Isn't that so, Naruto?!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 15-16</ref>
 
* (Last words) "''The true measure of a shinobi is not how he lives but how he dies. It's not what they do in life, but what they did before dying that proves their worth. Thinking back of it, my story is one full of failures. Tsunade rejected me every time. I couldn't save my friend, I failed to protect my student… and my teacher. Compared with the Hokage who came before me, my accomplishments have all been petty and insignificant. I wanted to die like them…''" <ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 5-6</ref>
 
* (Last words) "''There, that ending… was a little better. The frog at the bottom of the well drifts off into the great ocean. Heh heh… yep… pretty damn honourable… pretty damn honourable… I guess it's time to put down my pen. Right… I need a title for the next book… let's see… Ah, got it… "The Tale of Naruto Uzumaki"… perfect.''"<ref name="chpt383"/>
 
   
 
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自来也 Jiraiya

  • Toad Sage (蝦蟇仙人, Gama Sennin)[5]
  • The Village's Madness (里の狂気, Sato no Kyōki)[6]
  • Perverted Hermit (エロ仙人, Ero-sennin, English TV: Pervy Sage)[7]
Debut
Manga Volume #10, Naruto Chapter #90
Anime Naruto Episode #52
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Finally a clash! Jōnin vs. Genin!! Indiscriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Scorpio November 11 Icon_-_Search.png
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 50-51
  • Part II: 54
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part I: 191.2 cm1.912 m
    6.273 ft
    75.276 in
Weight
  • Part I: 87.5 kg192.904 lb
Blood type B
Classification
Occupation
  • Writer
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 002301
Academy Grad. Age 6
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

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Jiraiya (自来也) was one of Konohagakure's Sannin. Famed as a hermit and pervert of stupendous skill, Jiraiya travelled the world in search of knowledge that would help his friends, the various novels he wrote, and, posthumously, the world in its entirety – knowledge that would be passed on to his godson and final student, Naruto Uzumaki.

Background Edit

Team hiruzen

Hiruzen and his students.

After he graduated from Konoha's Ninja Academy, Jiraiya was teamed with Orochimaru and Tsunade under the leadership of Hiruzen Sarutobi. Hiruzen gave them a bell test for the team's first exercise, during which Jiraiya repeatedly fell for Hiruzen's tricks, and for failing to acquire a bell he was tied to a stump as punishment. Hiruzen encouraged Jiraiya to be more like Orochimaru, but Jiraiya countered that his Transparent Escape Technique was a fair testament to his skills, as he could spy on bathing women without getting caught: Hiruzen offered to accompany him to see if this was true.[8] Jiraiya had a certain interest in Tsunade from their first meeting,[9] and when her breasts developed she became a frequent target of his peepings. She nearly killed when she caught him on one occasion, forcing to be more discrete about his interests.[10]

Team jiraiya

Jiraiya and his students.

Jiraiya at some point discovered Mount Myōboku, the residence of the toads; in the anime, he was brought there when he tried to summon a toad without first having a contract with them.[11] Fukasaku trained Jiraiya in their ways, most prominently senjutsu. While he was at Mount Myōboku, the Great Toad Sage made a prediction about Jiraiya: that he would travel the world and during that time meet the Child of the Prophecy, a student who would grow up to either save or destroy the world depending upon how Jiraiya taught them.[12] When he returned to Konoha and began training a team of his own, Jiraiya started to suspect that one student, Minato Namikaze, might be the Child of the Prophecy because of his natural genius.[13] As such, he took Minato as his disciple and taught him many of his skills; Minato would eventually teach Jiraiya the same.

Hanzo and Sannin

Hanzō dubs the Sannin.

Although their team under Hiruzen's leadership had disbanded, Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade continued fighting together during the Second Shinobi World War. During one such fight in Amegakure, they were the only three to survive an encounter with Hanzō, for which accomplishment Hanzō dubbed them Konoha's "Legendary Sannin".[14] After the battle, three war orphans approached them and asked to be taught ninjutsu. Jiraiya, guilty for his involvement in the war, decided to stay in Ame for a time in order to look after them.[15] Shortly after he joined them, he discovered that one of the orphans, Nagato, possessed the Rinnegan, once used by the Sage of the Six Paths to save the world. Jiraiya decided that Nagato was the Child of the Prophecy, and as such agreed to teach the orphans ninjutsu so that he might guide Nagato towards the world's salvation.[16]

Nagato was a kind child, torn between his desire to not hurt others and his wish to protect Yahiko and Konan. Jiraiya comforted Nagato that it was enough to want to protect people one holds to be important, as the world is plagued with seemingly endless conflict. Nagato decided that it was possible to end the constant bloodshed and, though he didn't know how, that he would someday find the path to peace. Jiraiya was inspired by Nagato's words and started writing what would become The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi. After three years of training the orphans, Jiraiya decided they were ready to forge out on their own and he returned to Konoha; he left them a finished copy of Gutsy Shinobi, dedicated to Nagato.[17] News of the orphans' deeds would reach him from time to time, but eventually he heard that they'd all died.[15]

Gutsy Shinobi did not sell well when it was released. Minato - selected as Konoha's Fourth Hokage after Jiraiya refused the position[18] - enjoyed the book, finding the main character very much like Jiraiya. He decided to name his and Kushina Uzumaki's then-unborn son "Naruto" after the main character, hoping that their Naruto would be just as determined as the character (and thus its author). Jiraiya tried to convince them not to since that would make him Naruto's godfather, but Minato and Kushina insisted this was a good thing.[19] Minato died during the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, giving his life to seal the Nine-Tails into the newborn Naruto; as one of his last acts, Minato sent Jiraiya Gerotora, on whose stomach he wrote the key to Naruto's seal. Jiraiya guessed that Minato wanted him to help Naruto gain control of the Nine-Tails' power, though he couldn't guess what that power would be needed for.[20]

Although Orochimaru had always been his better, someone that Hiruzen pointed to as an example for Jiraiya to live up to, Jiraiya considered Orochimaru to be one of his closest friends. For this reason, when Orochimaru eventually defected from Konoha, Jiraiya pursued him and tried to convince him to return. Orochimaru refused and attacked Jiraiya in order to secure his escape. For a time, Jiraiya tried to find a deeper meaning in Orochimaru's betrayal, something that, if changed, would bring Orochimaru back. He could come ultimately come up with nothing.[21] From that point onward, Jiraiya started following Orochimaru's movements as well as those of Akatsuki, an organisation which Orochimaru eventually joined. His investigations often took him away from the village, preventing Jiraiya from becoming Fifth Hokage like Hiruzen wanted him to.

Personality Edit

Jiraiya pose

Jiraiya posing.

Jiraiya is generally light-hearted and gregarious, making jokes at his own expense and giving a mirthful laugh about it afterwards. In his interactions with others, he likes to pretend to be smug or selfish, upsetting them so that he can further rile them up with his humor.[9] Even when entering combat he doesn't miss an opportunity to be flashy and over-the-top, striking kabuki poses and giving dramatic self-introductions; these intros are often interrupted in some way, and Jiraiya is quick to express his annoyance at whoever is responsible. Friends and foes alike are fond of Jiraiya for his eccentricities, admiring that somebody so seemingly irreverent can in actuality be an extremely competent shinobi: he is deeply loyal to Konoha despite how often he is away from it, not hesitating to threaten to kill Tsunade if she betrays the village, despite their long history. Jiraiya feels that his personality quirks render him incapable of being Hokage, as he either lacks the responsibility for the position or he has, through his past infractions, proven unworthy of such an honor.

Jiraiya is a self-proclaimed super-pervert with no equal.[22] His favorite hobby is spying on women while they bathe, a passion he flaunts openly and in fact takes pride in because of how infrequently he's caught. Despite this, Jiraiya dislikes it when Naruto Uzumaki calls him the "Perverted Hermit" (エロ仙人, Ero-sennin, English TV: Pervy Sage) in front of others. With the "research" from his peepings, Jiraiya writes a series of adult novels called Icha Icha. The novels are based on his personal experiences in love - particularly his rejections by Tsunade - retold in a comical way. The books are wildly popular, giving his checkbook a balance that is "filled with zeroes"; this fact doesn't stop him from taking Naruto's money when he gets the chance and spending it on alcohol and women. In the anime, Naruto ghost-writes an Icha Icha book without anybody noticing, suggesting that either Naruto can write like an adult, or that Jiraiya's writing abilities are no better than a child's. Tsunade suspects it's the latter, as she notes that a report Jiraiya wrote when he was younger was poorly written and accompanied by crude crayon illustrations.

Perverted Jiriya

Jiraiya's perverted nature.

Jiraiya's perversion has backfired on him a number of times. When he first meets Naruto, he has no interest in training him. Naruto convinces him to change his mind by using the Sexy Technique, which Jiraiya so strongly approves of that he asks Naruto to continue to use it for the duration of their training. Itachi and Kisame of Akatsuki later hypnotize an attractive woman to lure Jiraiya away from Naruto so that they can try to capture him; though it works at first, Jiraiya quickly realizes that women aren't usually attracted to him, allowing him to return to Naruto in time to rescue him. When he was younger, he spied on Tsunade while she was bathing and, when she caught him, she broke both of his arms, six of his ribs, and ruptured a number of organs as punishment. Ever since, he's used greater discretion in expressing his interests in Tsunade, careful to make his advances come off only as playful. Jiraiya considers his inability to win Tsunade's heart to be one of the greatest failures of his life.

Jiraiya in fact regrets a number of things in his life. He believes the world is plagued with violence and has long wanted to find a way of bring peace to it, but he's never been able to come up with a way to do so. He never had children of his own, for which reason he thought of Minato Namikaze as his son and, by extension, thinks of Naruto as his grandson. Jiraiya states simply that to be happy is not his fate;[18] Tsunade doubts he believes his own words. He does, however, have great faith in the next generation, Naruto in particular, believing that Naruto will be able to create and enjoy the world that Jiraiya could only dream of. When he dies, Jiraiya decides that, despite his numerous failures, the successes of his time with Naruto made everything worthwhile.

Appearance Edit

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Jiraiya's full appearance.

Jiraiya has a wart on the left side of his nose and waist-length, spiky white hair that he usually ties back into a pony tail, with two shoulder-length bangs framing his face. There are red lines under his eyes which extended further down his face as he got older, going all the way to the bottom by the time he's an adult. His usual attire is a green short shirt kimono and matching pants, under which he wears mesh armour that is visible at his wrists and ankles. He also wears hand guards, a black belt, traditional Japanese wooden sandals, and a red haori with two yellow circles on each side. He often carries a large scroll on his back, he has a tattoo on his left palm, and he wears a horned forehead protector with the kanji for "oil" (, abura), denoting his affiliation with Mount Myōboku.

Abilities Edit

Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan

Jiraiya attacks Pain with one of his strongest techniques.

Though not as naturally gifted as Orochimaru, Jiraiya, like other students of the Third Hokage, is an exceptionally talented shinobi. It wasn't until the Second Shinobi World War that their skills became widely known, dubbed by Hanzō as the Sannin, the strongest of their generation. He was offered the position of Hokage three times,[23][18] and would have been offered it a fourth time had he lived longer.[24] Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki of Akatsuki prefer to avoid a fight with Jiraiya, Itachi estimating that they would all kill each other at best.[25] During his long career as a ninja, Jiraiya has had only two near-death experiences, once by fellow Sannin, Tsunade, and once by Naruto Uzumaki in a Nine-Tails' version 2 form.[26] Though he finally dies against Nagato, Nagato believes Jiraiya would have won had he known the secret of the Six Paths of Pain;[27] Tobi feels that Nagato's difficulty defeating Jiraiya is a major testament to his abilities.[28]

Despite his excellent talents, Jiraiya confessed to having no skill in genjutsu.

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

Jiraiya has chakra reserves large enough to summon Gamabunta and chakra potent enough to use senjutsu. The manga shows little of his physical prowess other than being able to fling Naruto several metres with a single finger tap.[29] In the anime, he is shown lifting and throwing large boulders[11] as well as kicking away some of the Giant Multi-Headed Dogs.

Ninjutsu Edit

Toad Oil Bullet

Jiraiya spewing oil.

Jiraiya is famous as the "Toad Sage" (蝦蟇仙人, Gama Sennin) because of his affinity for the toads of Mount Myōboku. This affinity most commonly manifests as summoning toads, either to fight alongside him in battle or simply summoning a toad's œsophagus to coat the area and restrict any movements within that area. Other toad-based skills include spitting oil from his mouth, hiding himself within a target's shadow to control their actions undetected, or using toads to infiltrate sensitive areas.

Barrier Canopy Method Formation

Jiraiya erecting a dome around himself.

Jiraiya is well-versed in fūinjutsu, as he deduces the workings of Naruto's Eight Trigrams Sealing Style within moments of seeing the seal's design. He also quickly notices the seal is being restricted, and as such removes the restriction. He can create seals for others that they can use to suppress the chakra of those who have been applied with Jiraiya's seal. He also displays a certain skill for barrier ninjutsu, erecting barriers to either detect all movements within a wide radius or toad-themed barriers for him to take shelter in.

Needle Jizō

Jiraiya defending himself with his hair.

Jiraiya's natures include Fire, Earth, Water, and Wind, as well as Yin and Yang Release.[4] He most often uses fire, typically to ignite his own or one of his toad's oil. With Earth Release: Swamp of the Underworld, he can create a swamp beneath a target to trap them.[30] He is able to grow and manipulate his hair, either to bind and destroy targets or to surround him as a defense, injuring any who try to contact him. Minato Namikaze taught him the Rasengan - the highest form of shape transformation - but Jiraiya is most proud of his Transparent Escape Technique, which he uses to spy on women while they bathe.

Senjutsu Edit

Amphibian Technique

Jiraiya in Sage Mode.

Jiraiya was taught how to use senjutsu by Fukasaku, which he can use to increase his speed, durability, and physical strength.[31] He can also use it to empower his other ninjutsu, such as the Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan. Before he can gain these benefits, Jiraiya must enter Sage Mode, which he does not have mastery of. This causes his Sage Mode form to make him more toad-like in appearance, such as warts and webbed hands and feet; although his frog-like legs enable him to jump better, he dislikes the overall appearance because he believes women will find it unattractive. Using Sage Mode requires his supply of natural energy be constantly replenished, something that is difficult to do while in combat. For this reason, Jiraiya summons Fukasaku and Shima and fuses them to his body, having them gather natural energy for him. As an added bonus, Fukasaku and Shima can combine attacks with Jiraiya's, as with the Sage Art: Goemon, or they can perform justu that he can't, as with genjutsu.[30]

Intelligence Edit

Despite what his personality might suggest, Jiraiya is actually very shrewd in the field. His specialty is intelligence gathering, having a spy network that runs throughout the Five Great Shinobi Countries that he can use to gain information about a particular person or group to be used to his or his allies' advantage. In combat, this translates to a keen perceptiveness; Jiraiya observes all of the opponents' various actions, forms a theory about the how and why, and uses that theory to try and capitalize in the battle.[32] His memory is apparently very good, as he, while dying, is able to craft a coded message using the page numbers of Icha Icha Tactics, with the first word on each page serving as his message.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
Third 5 4.5 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 5 4.5 35.5

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams

Whip of Love

Jiraiya defends his "research".

During an unannounced return to Konoha, Jiraiya visits the Konoha Hot Springs in order to spy on the women bathing there. He is discovered by Ebisu who, not realizing who Jiraiya is at first, tries to stop him and reprimand him. Jiraiya uses a toad to knock Ebisu out so that he won't interfere in his "research". Jiraiya is immediately confronted by Naruto Uzumaki, who Ebisu was training to improve his chakra control and who now, because Ebisu is unconscious, needs somebody else to teach him. Jiraiya refuses to be that somebody until Naruto demonstrates his Sexy Technique, at which point Jiraiya eagerly agrees.

While watching Naruto struggle with his training, Jiraiya notices two things: Naruto is the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails; his access to the Nine-Tails' chakra is being restricted by the Five Elements Seal, which Jiraiya correctly guesses was placed by Orochimaru. Jiraiya removes the seal, making it easier for Naruto to control his chakra, and offers to start teaching him to use the Nine-Tails' power the next day. He informs Ebisu of this decision later that night. Ebisu doesn't mind, but asks that Jiraiya meet with the Third Hokage so that, together, they can stop whatever Orochimaru is planning against Konoha. Jiraiya is unwilling to get involved.

In order to teach Naruto how to take advantage of the Nine-Tails' large chakra reserves, Jiraiya teaches Naruto the Summoning Technique, expecting him to use the Nine-Tails to summon bigger and bigger toads. Naruto is not only unable to tap into the Nine-Tails' chakra, but makes poor use of his own chakra, only managing to summon tadpoles. From talking to Naruto about his previous uses of the Nine-Tails, Jiraiya gathers that he needs to be in a life-or-death situation in order to instinctively draw on the Nine-Tails. When, after a month, Naruto is still only summoning tadpoles, Jiraiya puts Naruto in a life-or-death situation: he throws him into a ravine. Jiraiya is impressed when Naruto summons Gamabunta to save himself, but decides to return to his "research" before Gamabunta notices him.

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush Orochimaru launches an invasion of Konoha, using snakes to break through the village's defenses and destroy its infrastructure. Jiraiya stops them with Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique, crushing the snakes with Gamahiro. He then seeks out the Third Hokage to lend assistance in his fight with Orochimaru, but by the time he arrives the Third is dead and Orochimaru has fled. Jiraiya does not attend the Third's funeral a few days later, instead visiting the Third Training Ground and crying over memories of the Third.

Search for Tsunade Edit

Main article: Search for Tsunade Jiraiya is approached by the Konoha Council, who inform him that, due to the dire straits the villages has been left in following the invasion of Konoha, the Land of Fire's daimyō has already approved Jiraiya's selection as Fifth Hokage. Jiraiya declines, but offers to find Tsunade to have her take the position, which the councilors agree with. Jiraiya asks to be allowed to take Naruto with him; as he explains it to Naruto's teacher, Kakashi Hatake, the organization called Akatsuki has been collecting tailed beasts like Naruto's Nine-Tails. Jiraiya plans to look after Naruto and further teach him to exploit the Nine-Tails' powers. He doesn't share any of this with Naruto, who therefore doesn't see much reason to accompany Jiraiya on his search for Tsunade. Jiraiya offers to teach him a jutsu stronger than Sasuke Uchiha's Chidori, which instantly wins Naruto's interest.

Ninja Art Toad Mouth Trap

Jiraiya confronts Kisame and Itachi.

After leaving Konoha, Jiraiya and Naruto stop in Shukuba Town. While they check into a room to rest in, an attractive woman starts flirting with Jiraiya; Jiraiya sends Naruto to their room while he and the woman spend time together. It quickly occurs to him, however, that women are not usually drawn to him, at which point he realizes that the woman is under the influence of a genjutsu so that she could be used to lure Jiraiya away from Naruto. He returns to Naruto and finds him about to be captured by Akatsuki's Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki; Sasuke is also there, wishing to fight Itachi. Itachi and Kisame decide to flee rather than fight Jiraiya, which he tries to stop with his Toad Mouth Bind, but this fails. Jiraiya collects a sample of the Amaterasu flames that Itachi used to escape and returns to Naruto and Sasuke, at which point he is attacked by Might Guy.

Guy apologizes for attacking Jiraiya, explaining that he didn't get a good look because he was trying to avoid Itachi's Sharingan. Jiraiya asks Guy to go back to Konoha with Sasuke, who has been rendered unconscious by Itachi's Sharingan. Guy informs him and Naruto that the same thing happened to Kakashi, and that only Tsunade may be able to cure them; to that end, he asks that they be sure to find her. Afterwards, Jiraiya explains to Naruto why Akatsuki is after him. Naruto decides that he'll need to become stronger so that he can better face them next time, which Jiraiya decides to help with by teaching him the Rasengan. As they travel around the country trying to track Tsunade's location, Jiraiya instructs Naruto in the Rasengan's usage, providing him training aids where needed. Although Naruto relies on some unconventional workarounds and his developments often interrupt Jiraiya's rest, he masters the first two of Rasengan's three learning steps.

Jiraiya and Naruto eventually learn that Tsunade is in Tanzaku Quarters. When they arrive at where she's supposed to be, however, she isn't there. What's more, there's evidence that Orochimaru has been there. They find a place to eat to decide what to do next, only to find Tsunade there with her attendant, Shizune. Tsunade is surprised to see Jiraiya, having just met Orochimaru, though she refuses to say anything about the nature of their meeting. Jiraiya informs her that Konoha would like her to become the Fifth Hokage; Tsunade is surprised - having thought Orochimaru was lying when he said he killed the Third Hokage - as is Naruto, who didn't realize Tsunade was being offered the Hokage position. Tsunade refuses to offer, ridiculing those who've been held the title, including the Third and Fourth Hokage, and dismissing the job as fitting only for fools. Naruto, who has his own dreams of being Hokage, is enraged and tries to attack Tsunade. Jiraiya holds him back, but Tsunade agrees to fight with him.

Tsunade easily defeats Naruto, but not before he tries to use his imperfect Rasengan. She berates Jiraiya for teaching Naruto the Rasengan at all, declaring it cruel to let someone as untalented as him believe he can master something so complicated. Naruto makes a bet with her that he can master the Rasengan in a week and goes off to start training. Jiraiya invites Tsunade to drinks afterwards and guesses that Tsunade's bet with Naruto has something to do with the offer Orochimaru made her. He doesn't ask for details about the offer, but he promises to personally kill her if she does anything to endanger Konoha. She claims not to care about the village, so Jiraiya remarks how similar Naruto is to Tsunade's dead brother, Nawaki, who treasured Konoha. He invites her out to drinks again the night before the bet expires, planning to ask her more about what Orochimaru wants, but she's able to drug his drink without him noticing.

When Jiraiya wakes up the next morning he has difficulty moving and using his chakra. He goes looking for Tsunade, but can only find Naruto and Shizune. He notices Kabuto Yakushi watching them, so asks Shizune what Tsunade's deal with Orochimaru is. Shizune reveals that, in exchange for healing the damage to Orochimaru's arms caused by the Third Hokage, Orochimaru will revive Nawaki and also Tsunade's dead lover, Dan Katō. As they try to find Tsunade in order to stop her from helping Orochimaru, Jiraiya worries that he may actually need to follow through on his promise to kill her. When they locate her, however, they find that she is already trying to kill Orochimaru. Jiraiya instructs Shizune to help deal with Kabuto while he fights Orochimaru by himself. He asks Tsunade to give him an antidote for the drug she gave him, but Kabuto has been able to trigger her fear of blood, rendering her unable to do anything.

Jiraiya vs Orochimaru

Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru.

Jiraiya's inability to control his chakra and Orochimaru's inability to use his arms means they can't do much against each other. Jiraiya is able to create a Swamp of the Underworld, but it is too shallow to defeat Orochimaru's snake, only managing to stop it from moving. Nevertheless, Orochimaru is confident that Jiraiya will lose, proven by his "wasting" time with Naruto. He contrasts Naruto with Sasuke: Sasuke is an Uchiha, naturally gifted and capable of learning every ninjutsu; Naruto is mediocre, struggling to learn even one ninjutsu and thus failing to live up to the title of shinobi. Jiraiya rebuts: a shinobi is not someone who can learn all ninjutsu, but rather someone who refuses to give up. They watch as Naruto uses a completed Rasengan to defeat Kabuto, which Orochimaru decides is a problem. He goes to kill Naruto, parrying Jiraiya's attempt to stop him.

Toad Oil Flame Bullet

Jiraiya teaming up with Gamabunta.

Tsunade is able to protect Naruto and overcomes her phobia so that she can return to the fight. She summons Katsuyu to fight Orochimaru's Manda, with Jiraiya joining in by summoning Gamabunta. After they save Katsuyu from Manda, Jiraiya and Gambunta attack Manda with Fire Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet. Manda avoids it and attacks them from behind, but they are saved by Tsunade, who defeats both him and Orochimaru. Orochimaru escapes with Kabuto; before he leaves, he warns that he has other ways of fixing his arms. Tsunade heals Jiraiya's broken bones, restores his chakra, and, having accepted the Hokage position, returns with him and Naruto to Konoha.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission When they get back to Konoha, Jiraiya has Tsunade heal the mental damage done to Sasuke and Kakashi, as well as ask her to look at Rock Lee on behalf of Guy. Naruto goes around the village to visit his friends, with Jiraiya secretly watching him. Naruto gets into a fight with Sasuke shortly after Tsunade heals him, which Kakashi interrupts in time to stop them from using their Chidori and Rasengan against each other. Kakashi notices Jiraiya and asks him if it was a good idea to teach Naruto the Rasengan; Jiraiya asks the same about teaching Sasuke the Chidori. Jiraiya admits to being surprised that Naruto would use the Rasengan against a friend and asks about his relationship with Sasuke. Kakashi explains that Sasuke is a rival that Naruto wants to live up to, just as Jiraiya once did with Orochimaru. Now understanding things, Jiraiya decides to speak with Naruto about it.

Sasuke ends up defecting to Orochimaru and Naruto ends up in the Konoha Hospital in his failed attempt to stop him. Jiraiya visits him there and informs Naruto that he's going to take him away from Konoha for three years of training; both Akatsuki and Orochimaru will be unable to move forward with their plans for three years, meaning this is the perfect opportunity to prepare Naruto for the next time he faces them. Naruto declines, believing it's essential that he go after Sasuke immediately. Jiraiya tries to convince him to give up on Sasuke, drawing on his own experience with Orochimaru and pointing to Naruto's current condition as proof that Sasuke no longer considers him a friend. These facts, coupled with the many more important challenges Naruto must face someday, causes Jiraiya to conclude that going after Sasuke would be foolish. Naruto replies simply that he'd rather be a fool. Jiraiya is satisfied by this and tells Naruto to be ready to go once he's discharged from the hospital.

Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission Edit

Main article: Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission In the anime, Jiraiya takes Naruto and Sakura Haruno to the Land of Rice Fields to see if they can learn anything about where Orochimaru has Sasuke. They aren't able to locate him, but they are able to free the Fūma clan from Orochimaru's control. When they return to Konoha, Jiraiya asks Tsunade to keep Naruto busy until he returns from some investigations he needs to do, fearing Naruto may go after Sasuke by himself if he isn't kept preoccupied.

Sunagakure Support Mission Edit

Main article: Sunagakure Support Mission As happens at the end of the Sasuke Recovery Mission in the manga, Jiraiya picks up Naruto at Ramen Ichiraku to take him away for three years of training.

Interlude Edit

Gutsy Master and Student: The Training Edit

Main article: Gutsy Master and Student: The Training In the anime, shortly after leaving Konoha, they discuss the fact that Naruto will need to learn how to counter genjutsu if he hopes to be a match against Sasuke the next time they meet. Jiraiya summons Gamariki to help him practice dispelling genjutsu, but Naruto struggles with it and his chakra keeps hitting Gamariki, who doesn't appreciate it. Jiraiya takes Naruto to the Genjutsu Tree Village to try a different approach, but they discover the village has been taken over by Kandachi. They free the villagers and then attack Kandachi, who Naruto defeats with his newly-created Big Ball Rasengan. As they leave afterwards, Jiraiya is pleased by how similar Naruto is to Minato Namikaze and hugs him, which Naruto is bothered by.

In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths Edit

Main article: In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths

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Jiraiya critically wounded.

Two years into their training, Naruto's control of the Nine-Tails' chakra has improved significantly. Jiraiya tries to give him more access to the Nine-Tails' power and uses Gerotora to weaken Naruto's Eight Trigrams Sealing Style. This causes Naruto to enter a version 2 form with four tails; not in control of his body, Naruto attacks Jiraiya and nearly kills him before he manages to suppress the Nine-Tails. Naruto has no memory of what happened and Jiraiya doesn't tell him, instead shifting Naruto's training to other pursuits, including keeping his anger in check so that the Nine-Tails won't flare up again.[33]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Main article: Kazekage Rescue Mission Jiraiya returns Naruto to Konoha after two-and-a-half years. Kakashi greets them when they arrive and Naruto gives him a copy of Icha Icha Tactics, which Jiraiya wrote during their time together. He entrusts Naruto to Kakashi's care, warning that Akatsuki will likely be making a move soon; he sends the same warning to Sunagakure, whose Kazekage is a jinchūriki like Naruto. Jiraiya leaves Konoha to start investigating Akatsuki, but returns shortly afterwards to inform Tsunade that the Kazekage has been captured. She already knows this and is about to send Naruto and his team to Suna to lend assistance. He warns Naruto to keep his temper and to not use "that technique". He also tells Kakashi to keep an eye on Naruto, giving him a seal that can be used to suppress the Nine-Tails if Naruto starts losing control of it.

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Edit

Main article: Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission When the Kazekage is successfully rescued, Jiraiya and Tsunade meet with Kakashi to discuss Naruto's display of the Nine-Tails' power during the mission, a sign of his worsening control. Jiraiya explains his own experience with Naruto's version 2 form and his observations about how Naruto's transformations work. Because Naruto can be as much a risk to himself as he is to others in these states, they task Yamato with keeping him in check.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance

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Jiraiya demonstrates cooperation ninjutsu to Naruto.

In the anime, Jiraiya returns to Konoha to congratulate Naruto on defeating Akatsuki's Kakuzu. Because Kakashi is about to take Team 8 on a mission to investigate one of Orochimaru's bases, Jiraiya distracts Naruto from this potential opportunity to find Sasuke by taking him to Yugakure for training. Because Naruto doesn't have any long-range jutsu in his repertoire, Jiraiya recommends that he use cooperation ninjutsu, synchronizing with his toad summons to make up for this deficiency. He has Naruto try to perform the Water Release: Water Gun with Gamariki, but their personalizes clash, preventing them from cooperating. Naruto instead summons Gamatatsu, with whom he's able to synchronize with Gamakichi's guidance.

Jiraiya applauds Naruto's progress, but is called away to look into news on Akatsuki before he can see Naruto's training completed. He leaves Naruto to finish the training himself, though, before he goes, he convinces Tsunade to let Naruto help on Team 8's mission.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission Jiraiya visits Tsunade and reports rumors that Orochimaru has been killed by Sasuke. They share these rumors with Naruto and Sakura Haruno, who suspect that Sasuke is making moves against his brother, Itachi Uchiha of Akatsuki. Naruto proposes that they try to locate Itachi so that they can, in turn, find Sasuke. An Eight Man Squad is organized for this purpose, which, in the anime, Jiraiya and Tsunade see off as they leave Konoha.

Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant Edit

Main article: Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant

Shushuya

Jiraiya talks with Tsunade.

While the Eight Man Squad is still on their mission, Jiraiya visits Tsunade with news that he's discovered the location of Akatsuki's leader, though he refuses to go into more detail until she meets him for drinks. While having saké, Jiraiya shares news of Amegakure's ongoing civil war, which the Akatsuki leader is rumored to be behind. Because Amegakure is in a delicate political situation, Jiraiya must infiltrate the village by himself to confirm before Konoha can take direct action. Tsunade feels guilty for always relying on him to do dangerous work like this and offers to help him if he needs it. He reminds her that she, the Hokage, can't just leave the village, but she replies that Naruto will inevitably replace her anyway. While they discuss Naruto, Jiraiya reflects that, because he thought of Minato as a son, being with Naruto feels like being with his grandson. Jiraiya departs, but warns Tsunade about Danzō Shimura before he goes.

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Jiraiya infiltrates Amegakure.

Jiraiya is able to successfully infiltrate Amegakure and quickly captures two Ame-nin, Ryūsui and Yūdachi. He tries using tickle torture to get them to reveal information about Pain, but it's only after using the Turning into a Frog Technique on Yūdachi that Ryūsui is forthcoming: Pain is the mysterious leader and god-figure of Ame, who brought the rebelling faction to victory in the civil war by personally killing Ame's former leader, Hanzō. Jiraiya is unsettled by news that Pain killed Hanzō, having assumed from his own past encounter with Hanzō that he was unbeatable. He takes a precaution by removing Gerotora from his body and instructing him to go to Naruto if anything happens to him. Gerotora warns him against this, feeling Naruto is unprepared for full access to the Nine-Tails' power. Jiraiya shares his suspicions that Madara Uchiha is somehow moving behind the scenes which, if true, would mean Naruto will need to master the Nine-Tails sooner rather than later.

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Jiraiya fights Konan.

Jiraiya has one of his toads take Yūdachi to Konoha to be interrogated by Ibiki Morino while he controls Ryūsui in order to further explore Ame. He is quickly discovered and confronted by Pain's "angel", who Jiraiya recognizes as Konan, one of the orphans he trained decades ago. Jiraiya is surprised to see her and guesses that Pain must also be one of the orphans, though she refuses to confirm and instead attacks him. He quickly captures her, but Pain rescues her and sends her away. Although Jiraiya does not recognize the body, Jiraiya assumes that Pain is Nagato because of his Rinnegan. Jiraiya expresses his disappointment that Nagato has turned away from his once-righteous path towards peace by leading a criminal organization like Akatsuki. Pain asserts that, as a god, his plan to liberate the world through destruction is the definition of righteousness.

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Jiraiya enters Sage Mode.

Deciding that he must stop Pain before the world is destroyed, Jiraiya summons Gamaken to fight Pain while he prepares to enter Sage Mode. Pain counters with his own various summons and nothing else, which Jiraiya finds odd considering the huge arsenal of ninjutsu Nagato learned during their time together. Despite the constant attacks by Pain's summons, Jiraiya is able to enter Sage Mode with help from Fukasaku and Shima. Both are surprised that Jiraiya would call on him, so he informs them that Pain is the apparent Child of the Prophecy; they immediately understand, seeking out and destroying the chameleon Pain is hiding in. Pain responds by summoning two more bodies, each with their own Rinnegan and neither of which Jiraiya recognizes. Though confused by this, Jiraiya, Fukasaku, and Shima team up with Sage Art: Goemon.

Jiraiya vs Preta Path

The Preta Path absorbs Jiraiya's attack.

One of the Pains (the Preta Path) absorbs their Sage Art: Goemon as well as Jiraiya's followup Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan, but Jiraiya succeeds in blinding another Pain (the Human Path). He tries to attack this blinded Pain from behind, but it mysteriously blocks him. Fukasaku notices that one of the other Pains saw him attacking the blind one and guesses that they share vision. Outmatched, they decide to retreat so that they can discuss tactics; they decide that their only hope is to split up the Pains and fight them one at a time, something they likely won't be able to do accomplish without genjutsu. Since Jiraiya isn't good with genjutsu, Fukasaku and Shima ready their Toad Confrontation Singing, which draws the Pains to their location. Jiraiya holds them off while the genjutsu is prepared: he obscures the Preta Path's sight; he binds the Human Path to the wall; he attacks the first Pain, the Animal Path, uninhibited until the genjutsu is finally cast.

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Jiraiya defeats three Paths.

While the Pains are caught, Jiraiya stabs them with Stone Swords and believes they, and by extension Nagato, are dead. As he leaves, Pain's Asura Path attacks him from behind, severing his arm. The full Six Paths of Pain - with the three he defeated restored by the Naraka Path - face Jiraiya. He recognizes the Deva Path as Yahiko, causing him to question his assumption that Pain is Nagato. When asked, Pain assures him that Yahiko is dead, then attacks to kill Jiraiya as well. After a prolonged battle, Jiraiya retreats into his Barrier: Toad Gourd Prison. The Animal Path follows him, but he's able to capture it. From looking at the Animal Path up close, Jiraiya realizes that he met it once before years ago. Jiraiya, remembering the Great Toad Sage's prediction that Jiraiya would travel the world, starts to suspect why he knows the Animal Path. Fukasaku and Shima recommend he return to Konoha to report what he's discovered, but he refuses, believing this is the best chance to figure out who Pain is. He has Shima deliver the Animal Path to Konoha while he and Fukasaku confront Pain again.

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Jiraiya mortally wounded by Pain.

The other five Pains quickly surround Jiraiya when he returns to the battlefield, but he's able to confirm his theory: each of the Pains is somebody he met during his travels. Before he can communicate this to Fukasaku, his throat is crushed and he is stabbed by the Pains' black receivers. As his life starts to fade, Jiraiya reflects on his failures: his failure to win the heart of Tsunade; his failure to redeem Orochimaru; his failure to protect Minato or the Third Hokage; and now his failure to have a meaningful death. His thoughts turn to Naruto, who Jiraiya knows wouldn't submit to failure like this and would keep fighting for as long as he could. Jiraiya decides that he, as Naruto's teacher, should demonstrate the same resolve. As such, he forces himself back to consciousness and uses the last of his energy to etch a coded message into Fukasaku's back.

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Jiraiya dying with a smile.

Despite Pain's attempt to stop him, Fukasaku is able to escape to Konoha. Jiraiya, meanwhile, is thrown into the sea by Pain's attack and starts sinking into its depths. Jiraiya spends his final moments continuing to think about Naruto, and decides that it is he, not Nagato, who is the Child of the Prophecy. Jiraiya is confident the world is in good hands if Naruto is to be its salvation. Satisfied with how this final chapter of his life has turned out, Jiraiya officially ends what he titles the Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant. Before he dies, Jiraiya decides that the sequel should be called the Tale of Naruto Uzumaki, and smiles at how good the title is.

Legacy Edit

Dying Message

Jiraiya's dying message.

Deciphering Jiraiya's dying message becomes Konoha's top priority, though Jiraiya's code is not recognizable to the Konoha Cryptanalysis Team. Only Naruto, one of the people closest to Jiraiya, is able to identify the code's key: Icha Icha Tactics. By taking the first word on each page that Jiraiya specifies, they produce the message, "the real one isn't among them." It isn't until the examination of the Animal Path and the interrogation of the Ame ninja are completed that Jiraiya's message makes sense: the Six Paths of Pain are controlled remotely by a main intelligence, Nagato. Pain's Assault on Konoha is already underway by the time this is figured out, but Naruto, after defeating all six Pains, is able to use the information to find and meet with Nagato.

Naruto is very depressed when he first learns of Jiraiya's death and tries blaming it on Tsunade since she let him fight Pain alone. It eventually occurs to Naruto that Jiraiya, by fighting Pain, has bought him time for his own fight with Pain; he uses this time to learn senjutsu which, in combination with what Fukasaku is able to report about Pain's abilities, allows him to defeat the Six Paths of Pain. When he meets Nagato, Naruto wants to take vengeance for Jiraiya's death, but he decides instead to forgive Nagato, thereby ending the cycle of hatred that the main character of Jiraiya's book, The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi, spoke against. Nagato realizes that this same idea that Naruto got from Jiraiya, Jiraiya in turn got from him, and that his actions in Akatsuki therefore contradict both himself and Jiraiya. He gives his life to revive those killed during his attack on Konoha, the only atonement he can offer. Nagato later observes that if Jiraiya's was the first story in a trilogy and Naruto's will be the last, his own is the better-forgotten middle volume.

Jiraiya Memorial

Naruto's memorial to Jiraiya.

After observing Naruto's confrontation with Nagato, the Great Toad Sage discovers that his prophecy was somewhat incorrect: Jiraiya would not train the Child of the Prophecy, he would train the Children of the Prophecy, Nagato and Naruto, both of whose actions steer the world towards peace because of Jiraiya's influence. Obito Uchiha, after plunging the world into the Fourth Shinobi World War, blames the actions of Naruto and Nagato for the failure of his Eye of the Moon Plan; because Jiraiya was their teacher, Obito decides that, in a sense, it was Jiraiya who defeated him in the end.[34] For Jiraiya's influence, Naruto creates a memorial to him in the woods near Konoha after Pain's Assault ends. The memorial itself is a rock with the kanji for "teacher" (, shi) carved into it; Naruto also leaves a copy of Gutsy Shinobi and "never-dying flowers of hope" given to him by Konan.

Tsunade is just as sad as Naruto when she finds out about Jiraiya's death, and it provides her with yet another reason to keep Konoha safe from Pain, so that his sacrifice isn't wasted. She is rendered comatose in her effort to protect the villagers, at which point the Fire Daimyō voices his regrets that Jiraiya, being dead, cannot replace Tsunade as Sixth Hokage. When the Fourth Shinobi World War starts, Kabuto Yakushi expresses interest in reincarnating Jiraiya to have him fight for Akatsuki, but unfortunately is unable to reach him as his body rests in the lower depths of the sea.[35] Orochimaru, his death having been misreported, reemerges during the war with a reformed outlook. Tsunade argues that this change in him might have saved Jiraiya had it happened sooner, but Orochimaru believes it was better for Jiraiya to die as he was rather than risk him changing because of Orochimaru's change.[36]

In Other Media Edit

Movies Edit

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds When Naruto is about to go on a mission, Jiraiya has Sakura Haruno deliver a package to him. In the package is a charm, which activates when Naruto enters a version 2 form and suppresses the Nine-Tails' influence. When, at the end of the mission, Naruto and Amaru almost fall to their deaths, Jiraiya arrives and saves them with Gamabunta.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire When the world begins mobilizing for a Fourth Shinobi World War, Jiraiya saves the Fifth Kazekage from an attack by Hiruko's forces. He tells the Kazekage that he believes Naruto can stop Hiruko and avert the war, but he allows the Kazekage to come to his own conclusion. Naruto does indeed defeat Hiruko; afterwards, he and Tsunade discuss how old they've gotten, as evidenced by Naruto's rapid growth.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower Twenty years in the past, Jiraiya takes Minato Namikaze aside and shows him that he's finally learned to use the Rasengan. Minato is unfazed and leaves with a simple congratulations, much to Jiraiya's confusion.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie The Jiraiya of the Genjutsu World died trying to procure the Red Moon Scroll, which the Great Toad Sage foretold would help defeat the Masked Man.

Video Games Edit

Jiraiya is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Jump Ultimate Stars 23 November 2006
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan 14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 29 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke 4 July 2008 6 November 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4 19 July 2007 2 June 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Shinobi Rumble 22 April 2010 8 February 2011
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 Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact 20 October 2011 18 October 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 4 February 2016 9 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Ninja Destiny 14 December 2006 20 March 2008
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 22 July 2004 23 October 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 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008

Jiraiya in the video games often gains extra abilities, such as being able to use his elongate his hair in various ways, as well as his taijutsu's motions being theatrical in appearance, reminiscent of a kabukimono.

Creation and Conception Edit

Masashi Kishimoto originally planned to draw Jiraiya with a different design and with a different style of hair. He also intended for Jiraiya to summon toads that were of a similar size to humans. However, this idea was deemed a failure.[citation needed] During an interview, he commented that, of the student-teacher relationships in Naruto, Jiraiya and Naruto's is the one he likes the most.[citation needed] At the 2015 New York City Comic Con, Kishimoto also said that Jiraiya was his favourite character after Naruto.

Trivia Edit

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Jiraiya's autograph.

  • Jiraiya and the other Sannin are named after the characters in the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari; Jiraiya references the story before his death. The Jiraiya of that story excels in toad magic.
    • "Jiraiya" (自来也), roughly translated, means "I came".
  • Jiraiya's autograph is featured in the real version of The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi.
  • In the Live Spectacle Naruto, the role of Jiraiya was played by Yoshiaki Umegaki.
  • Jiraiya is given no rank in the manga or its databooks, but the anime classifies him as a jōnin.[37]
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Jiraiya show that he was 153 cm when he was part of Hiruzen's genin team. They also show that his sandals add 7 cm on to his height.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Jiraiya's hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
    • Jiraiya wished to fight Naruto Uzumaki.
    • His favourite food was garlic pickled with Japanese basil and karaage-fried chicken, while his least favourites were kiwifruit and gratin.
    • Jiraiya completed 1,839 official missions in total: 58 D-rank, 345 C-rank, 684 B-rank, 614 A-rank, 138 S-rank. With this rating of mission completion by Jiraiya, he has the most completed missions of all characters in the entire Naruto series.
    • Jiraiya's favourite phrase was "Free and uninhibited" (自由奔放, Jiyū Honpō).
  • Jiraiya is tied with Itachi Uchiha as having the highest stats total in the databook.
  • Jiraiya's last words are based off of a Japanese proverb: "A frog in a well does not know the great ocean" (井の中の蛙大海を知らず, I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu).

Quotes Edit

  • (To Tsunade) "Yo! I'm Jiraiya! You can send me the love letter later!"[9]
  • (To Nagato) "When people get hurt, they learn to hate… when people hurt others, they become hated and racked with guilt. But knowing that pain allows people to be kind. Pain allows people to grow… and how you grow is up to you."[38]
  • (To Naruto) "I'm not a pervert… I'm a super pervert!"[22]
  • (To Orochimaru) "You're wrong, that's not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it, a real ninja is one who endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you, there is only one thing that matters if you are a shinobi, and it isn't the number of techniques you possess. All you do need, is the guts to never give up."[39]
  • (To Naruto) "Even I can tell that hatred is spreading. I wanted to do something about it … but I don't know what … but I believe… that someday the day will come when people truly understand one another!! If I can't find the answer, it will be up to you to do it!!"[40]
  • (To Tsunade) "Now my job is to help the next generation, and set a good example for them. And for that I'll gladly lay down my life, and I'll be smiling the whole time. It's what makes us old guys cool, you see."[18]
  • (To Naruto) "Never go back on your word… and never give up. That's your ninja way… and as your mentor… I have no business whining! Because… the student's ninja way should be the master's too! Isn't that so, Naruto?!"[41]
  • (Last words) "There, that ending… was a little better. The frog at the bottom of the well drifts off into the great ocean. Heh heh… yep… pretty damn honourable… pretty damn honourable… I guess it's time to put down my pen. Right… I need a title for the next book… let's see… Ah, got it… The Tale of Naruto Uzumaki… perfect."[42]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, pages 73-74
  2. Second Databook, pages 92-96
  3. Third Databook, pages 90-94
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fourth Databook, page 168
  5. Chapter 91, page 2
  6. Chapter 166, page 15
  7. Chapter 91, page 3
  8. Chapter 139, pages 9-11
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Chapter 405, page 17
  10. Chapter 291, page 9
  11. 11.0 11.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 127
  12. Chapter 376
  13. Chapter 503
  14. Chapter 369, pages 11-12
  15. 15.0 15.1 Chapter 372
  16. Chapter 373
  17. Chapter 446
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Chapter 366, page 12-13
  19. Chapter 382, pages 8-11
  20. Chapter 370
  21. Chapter 237
  22. 22.0 22.1 Chapter 91, page 9
  23. Chapter 140, page 10
  24. Chapter 450, page 14
  25. Chapter 144, page 9
  26. Chapter 291, pages 10-11
  27. Chapter 383, page 13
  28. Chapter 407, page 15
  29. Chapter 94, pages 17-19
  30. 30.0 30.1 Chapter 378
  31. Chapter 377, pages 7-8
  32. Chapter 377
  33. Naruto: Shippūden episode 409
  34. Chapter 656, page 10
  35. Chapter 520, page 14
  36. Chapter 635, page 9
  37. Naruto: Shippūden episode 235
  38. Chapter 446, page 7
  39. Chapter 166, pages 17-18
  40. Chapter 436, pages 12-13
  41. Chapter 382, pages 15-16
  42. Chapter 383, pages 6-8
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