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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Tsunade<!-- Do NOT add Senju, that has not been confirmed -->'''|綱手|Tsunade}} is the {{translation|'''Fifth [[Hokage]]'''|五代目火影|Godaime Hokage|lit meaning=Fifth Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]] a position which she succeeded after the death of her teacher, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], and a major supporting character of the series. She hails from the village's [[Senju clan]], and is also a descendant of the [[Uzumaki clan]] through her grandmother [[Mito]]. Along with former team-mates [[Jiraiya]] and [[Orochimaru]], she is recognised as one of the {{translation|"Three Legendary Shinobi"|伝説の三忍|Densetsu no [[Sannin]]}}. Tsunade is considered to be the most powerful [[kunoichi]] in the world,<ref name="chpt172">''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 7</ref> and is celebrated as the greatest [[medical-nin]] of all time, credited with creating the official system which governs them.<ref name="chpt577">''Naruto'' chapter 577, pages 1-2</ref><section end=summary />
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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.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Hashirama remembers Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Hashirama remembers spoiling Tsunade as a child.]]
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[[File:3sannin.jpg|thumb|left|Team Hiruzen.]]
Tsunade is the first granddaughter of the [[First Hokage]]: Hashirama Senju, and his wife Mito Uzumaki, as well as the grandniece of the [[Second Hokage]]: [[Tobirama Senju]], leading others to call her {{translation|"Princess"|姫|Hime}}. In her childhood, she was spoiled by Hashirama, who doted on his first grandchild, and was even taught how to gamble by the great shinobi.<ref name="chpt619">''Naruto'' chapter 619, page 4</ref> She, along with [[Jiraiya]] and [[Orochimaru]], are also former students of the [[Third Hokage]]. Like [[Team Kakashi]], Tsunade and her team-mates were given the [[bell test]], which Jiraiya failed and was subsequently tied to a log. Tsunade taunted him before leaving.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 139, pages 11-12</ref>
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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.
   
At some point, she almost killed Jiraiya after he was caught peeping on her while she was in the hot springs, breaking both of his arms, six of his ribs and ruptured several internal organs. Ever since then, Jiraiya has been very careful to suppress his perverted ways around Tsunade. Jiraiya mentions that this is one of only two times he has ever been close to death.<ref name="pervy">''Naruto'' chapter 291, page 9</ref>
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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]].
   
During the [[Second Shinobi World War]], prior to meeting the [[Ame Orphans]], Tsunade and her team-mates fought [[Hanzō]], who gave them the title of Konoha's {{translation|"Three Legendary Shinobi"|伝説の三忍|Densetsu no Sannin}}, the [[Sannin]], as a reward for surviving their battle with him while everyone else in the group died easily.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 369, pages 11-12</ref> On her own merit, Tsunade became famous for frequently counteracting all of [[Chiyo]]'s poisons, earning the Sunakagure kunoichi's contempt for it.<ref name="suna">''Naruto'' chapter 253, page 7</ref> Furthermore, according to Jiraiya, Tsunade's unrivalled skills as a warrior and a medic were the reason Konoha won the war.<ref name="usawam">''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 4</ref> However, Tsunade suffered painful losses prior to the Second Shinobi World War ending.
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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.
   
[[File:Tsunade & Nawaki.jpg|thumb|Tsunade with Nawaki in her youth.]]
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[[File:Team Jiraiya.jpg|thumb|left|Team Jiraiya.]]
The tragic turn of events began when younger brother [[Nawaki]] was killed in action the day after his twelfth birthday, receiving their grandfather's [[First Hokage's Necklace|crystal necklace]] which she gave him in the hopes that it would help him achieve his dream of becoming [[Hokage]]. This event resolved Tsunade to advocate for the inclusion of [[medical-nin]] to be incorporated into teams that were on the battlefield but unable to as Hiruzen informs her the conflict makes it impossible for them to utilise resources or the time to train such ninja. It was by that time that a discouraged Tsunade met [[Dan Katō]] who seconds her request of focusing on finding ways to save their comrades' lives on the battlefield.
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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.
   
[[File:Dan and Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade entrusting the First Hokage's Necklace to Dan.]]
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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>
In time, finding herself and Dan have similar ideals, Tsunade fell in love with him. As a sign of her affection, and in the hopes that this time it would help make his dreams come true, Tsunade gave him Hashirama's necklace prior to his death, with the necklace returning to her possession, rumoured as a cursed item that kills anyone other than Tsunade who wears it. Developing [[Wikipedia:Blood phobia|hæmophobia]] which renders her unable to take part in any more battles, the deaths of both Nawaki and Dan disillusioned Tsunade to see the Hokage title as nothing but a fool's position. With these changes of ideals, Tsunade left Konoha with Dan's niece, [[Shizune]], taking her on as her apprentice who became one of the few people Tsunade truly trusts. Tsunade also came to own a pet pig, [[Tonton]] which she leaves mostly to Shizune's care.
 
   
In the anime, Tsunade met the Fourth Raikage, [[A]], after he and his followers were ambushed by the ninja of the [[Nokizaru Group]] and needed her help to remove an [[Exploding Insect]]s implanted in A and one of his followers. However, due to her phobia, Tsunade had Shizune carry out the surgery while she oversaw it until a bit of blood splattered on her and she excused herself from the room, going outside to calm herself down.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episodes 286-287</ref>
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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.
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
During her childhood, Tsunade was spoiled greatly by Hashirama so much that he couldn't help but wonder if the village was all right with her being the Fifth Hokage.<ref name="chpt619"/> However, as she grew older she became well disciplined and even greatly contributed greatly to Konoha's victory in the [[Second Shinobi World War]].<ref name="chpt619"/>
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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.
   
When she was first introduced, Tsunade was cynical of anyone with dreams, especially those who want to become Hokage, believing that it was a futile dream. This mindset was expressed when Tsunade not only declined the offer of becoming the Fifth Hokage, but claimed that anyone who wanted to become Hokage was a fool.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 8</ref> After meeting [[Naruto]], she realises that this cynicism is insulting to the memories of both Dan and Nawaki. After seeing Naruto's conviction to become Hokage and proving her wrong in his ability to learn the [[Rasengan]], she has a change of heart. Despite her still blunt attitude towards Naruto, she has come to care for him deeply and puts her faith in him for the future, even agreeing to take on the mantle of Hokage herself, carrying on the dreams of Dan and Nawaki. As Hokage, Tsunade has shown the same level of loyalty to the village that previous Hokage held; during the [[invasion of Pain]], she released all of her chakra in order to save the lives of thousands of people within Konoha, at great personal risk. Tsunade also has a great deal of faith in the next generation, and sees the potential that Naruto and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] hold.
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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.
   
Tsunade typically projects a tough demeanour, even when facing great personal difficulty. She readily criticises others for their faults, such as Naruto's immaturity or Jiraiya's perversion, though her habits are rarely any better. Another trait of Tsunade is her monstrous and quick temper. Many fear her because of this, such as Shizune, Jiraiya, and Sakura, the latter of whom has on several occasions warned Naruto on how to behave in her presence.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 250, page 18</ref> Despite her temper, Tsunade is a reasonable person. She was willing to listen to Pain and even admit Konoha's past faults though he was the one who killed Jiraiya and was threatening her own village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 428, page 10</ref> Beneath this tough exterior, Tsunade truly loves her village and its people and will at times show sympathy for others, consoling [[Shikamaru]] that, while he failed his mission to return [[Sasuke]] to Konoha, all of his team-mates survived.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 235, page 19</ref> This is also shown when she worked hard in order to help heal [[Rock Lee]], so that he might continue to be a ninja. In life-threatening or important situations that involve putting someone she cares for in danger, she tends to get angry with people who disagree with her plan, such as the restrictions the Konoha Elders placed on Naruto, or the argument on whether Naruto and Killer B should participate in the Fourth Shinobi World War, even calling Gaara a "child" when he disagreed with her. As with all Hokage before her, Tsunade deeply believes in the [[Will of Fire]].
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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.
   
Tsunade also has a firm belief that Naruto, and all [[jinchūriki]], are people rather than instruments of war. She has always voiced that Naruto is a great ninja and should be used by the village as any other ninja would be. This value is so strong in Tsunade that she yelled at the other Kage for not allowing Naruto and [[Killer B]] to fight in the Fourth Great Shinobi War.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 491, pages 8-9</ref> Although she eventually agrees to keep the jinchūriki away from the battles,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 491, page 10</ref> she is outraged when [[A]] decides to kill Naruto to prevent him entering the war.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 541, page 13</ref> Tsunade then turns on A, saying that they need to use the jinchūriki in the war if they are going to win.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 543, page 10</ref> This shows her great faith in Naruto to end the war, as she was even willing to challenge the Raikage in order to let Naruto and B pass.
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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.
   
As a legendary medical-nin, Tsunade truly is a role model for other medical-nin to follow. Her first priority in any situation is the lives of others. She created four rules that guides other medical-nin on the battlefield, one of which is that they should never give up on treating their comrades as long as they are still breathing.<ref name="chpt577"/> When Pain attacked Konoha, she actively took on the role of a medical-nin, healing all the injured shinobi while even having Katsuyu protect the corpses of the deceased, and did all she could to protect the village, even if it meant that she had to risk her own life. Because of this, even the persons that were later revived by Nagato, had bodies to return to. In the fight against an extremely powerful opponent like [[Madara Uchiha]], she was the one who received the worst injuries. However, she was still the only one who was able to regain consciousness, and still put the lives of the other Kage, before her own.<ref name="chpt601">''Naruto'' chapter 601, pages 7-9</ref>
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[[File:Jiraiya pose.png|thumb|Jiraiya posing.]]
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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.
   
Tsunade is also a compulsive gambler, a trait she inherited from Hashirama, with a losing streak due to her terrible luck. As a result, she has been elevated to a comical status as {{translation|"The Legendary Sucker"|伝説のカモ|Densetsu no Kamo}} because of the gross profits others have made off of her misfortune and gambling addiction.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, pages 14-17</ref> In the rare instances that Tsunade hits a winning streak, she takes it as a bad omen that will eventually affect her, or her comrades. However, using this to her advantage she can take steps to protect herself and her comrades.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 153, page 19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 253, pages 4-5, 9</ref> The symbol on the back of her coat, {{translation|賭|kake}}, means "gamble", or "wager", as gambling is one of her favourite pastimes.
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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.
 
Despite Tsunade shunning all of Jiraiya's romantic advances over the years, as she was still in love with Dan even after his death, she still cared very much for him as one of her oldest friends. While he was in [[Amegakure]] investigating [[Pain]], she bets that he will die so that her terrible luck will ensure he survives.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 380, pages 7-8</ref> When she finds out he has died, she thinks back on their time together and mourns privately for the loss of her dear friend.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 405, page 17</ref>
 
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:LittleTsunade.jpg|thumb|left|Tsunade as a child.]]
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[[File:Kid Jiraiya.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya as a child.]]
Tsunade is a light-skinned woman of average height with brown eyes and straight, blonde hair. Her hair is waist-length with shoulder-length bangs framing both sides of her face. As a child, she tied her hair in twin short pigtails before becoming Hiruzen's student when she then wore her hair in a high ponytail. As an adult, Tsunade usually ties her hair into two loose ponytails. Some time after leaving the village, she obtained a violet rhombus mark on her forehead similar to her [[Mito Uzumaki|grandmother]]'s, which she uses as a chakra gathering point known as the [[White Strength Seal]]. It will temporarily disappear when unleashing the conserved chakra and reappear after she has accumulated enough chakra. When she releases the [[White Strength Seal]], the diamond mark on her forehead opens out into a seal that usually extends to her jaws. When using the Strength of a Hundred Technique, the markings extend themselves around her entire body.
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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>
   
[[File:Tsuande full-bodied.png|thumb|Tsunade's full appearance.]]
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[[File:Jiraiya.png|thumb|200px|Jiraiya.]]
While only in her early fifties, her form is a frail and wrinkled old appearance, more so than her age would suggest. However, she maintains the appearance of her younger self through a unique and constant [[Transformation Technique]]. In her youth, the appearance she normally takes, she had a slender frame. Despite being known as flat-chested in her childhood, she now has a rather large bust; 106 centimetres in circumference, according to Jiraiya.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 406, page 9</ref> Her beauty has been pointed out several times and she's been called the most beautiful kunoichi in the world by several characters.<ref name="chpt172"/>
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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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She often wears a grass-green haori with the kanji for {{translation|''gamble''|賭|kake}} written in black on the back, inside a red circle. Underneath she wears a grey, kimono-style blouse with no sleeves, held closed by a broad, dark bluish-grey obi that matches her pants. Her blouse is closed quite low, revealing her sizeable cleavage. She wears open-toed sandals with high heels and red polish on both her fingernails and toenails. She also wears a soft pink lipstick. She also used to wear [[First Hokage's Necklace|her grandfather's necklace]] in clear view on her chest, before giving it to Naruto.
 
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
As one of the Legendary Sannin and the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade is undoubtedly one of the most powerful ninja that Konoha has ever produced. Greatly admired around the world, Tsunade is reputed to be one of the most powerful kunoichi in ninja history.<ref name="chpt172"/> She is a remarkable combatant and [[medical-nin]] and is also hailed as the world's strongest kunoichi,<ref name="chpt172"/> which has lead to many younger kunoichi to look up to her. [[Jiraiya]] commented that no one could stand equal to her in terms of combat and medical prowess.<ref name="usawam"/>
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[[File:Super Great Ball Rasengan.JPG|thumb|left|Jiraiya using the Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan]]
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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>
   
=== Physical Prowess ===
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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, even with reinforcements, 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''". [[Minato Namikaze]] also acknowledged his master's power, skills, and mindset, and wished to fight him.<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>
[[File:Tsunade cleaves the ground.png|thumb|left|Tsunade ruptures the ground with one finger.]]
 
Tsunade's trademark ability is her immense raw strength, with which she is able to launch her targets several metres with a mere finger flick or create fissures with a single finger jab at the ground.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 159, pages 4-5</ref> An opponent struck by her attacks could suffer damage ranging from broken bones, ruptured organs, or even death, as Jiraiya learned for his perverted actions in his youth.<ref name="pervy"/> Madara Uchiha has noted that her strength outweighs that of the Fourth Raikage.<ref name="c577p3"/> She was able to obliterate one of Madara's [[wood clone]]s with a single punch.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, pages 9-12</ref> She was also capable of cracking the defences of Madara Uchiha [[Susanoo]]'s ribcage with a single punch; bringing it down with a second attack, which is something even the Fourth Raikage's Lightning Oppression Horizontal and Naruto's [[Sage Art: Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan]] could not damage. In the anime, when facing the [[Fourth Raikage]] in an arm-wrestling match, the latter had to resort a feint to throw her off-balance in conjunction with his high-speed to defeat her, as he was being overpowered.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 286</ref>
 
   
In battle, Tsunade has displayed great speed, flexibility, and ferocity. She was able to incapacitate [[Shizune]] with a quick strike before the latter could react.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 162, pages 6-7</ref> In her battle with [[Kabuto Yakushi]], she showed enough skills to attack while on the defensive, giving the younger shinobi very little time to react to her attacks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, pages 9-11</ref> She was also able to use the [[Body Pathway Derangement]] technique on him when he thought she was incapacitated,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, pages 13-15</ref> use her feet to counter [[Orochimaru]]'s sword moments after her hands were bound, and even intercept Manda mid-strike while lifting Gamabunta's sword.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 170, pages 17-18</ref> Before Mei could react, Tsunade intercepted all five of [[Madara]]'s [[Fire Release: Dragon Flame Release Song Technique|flame dragons]] dissipating them all.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 591, pages 8-9</ref> Likewise, Tsunade showed herself to be very nimble, able to attack from various angles, even while in mid-air, to effectively pressure her opponents. As a field medical-nin, Tsunade is reputed to be highly skilled in the art of evasion; skills she deems necessary for field medics as they were supposed to be the last to die on the battlefield. These are skills and views she instilled in her own disciples.
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=== Taijutsu ===
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[[File:Jiraiya-vs-pain.jpg|thumb|right|Jiraiya kicks the Human Path.]]
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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.
   
She also has a high tolerance for physical pain, as she was able to deliver a heavy kick to Orochimaru after being sliced in her shoulder, and stabbed through her chest. Throughout the fight with Orochimaru, she was able to push herself to fight on despite being tired and injured. Furthermore, her endurance was great enough to survive the normally fatal injuries of being stabbed straight through the shoulder, abdomen, and even chest to still land a powerful blow to [[Orochimaru]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 170, page 19</ref> Her remarkable durability also allowed her to survive the life-risking Heavenly Transfer Technique with only minor injuries in the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 562, pages 11-14</ref> She was also able to recover from a [[Yasaka Magatama]] fired at close-range.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 578, page 5</ref> She was also able to continue fighting with extreme force against Madara's Susanoo army despite being impaled through her abdomen with two Susanoo blades.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 7</ref> Even after being bisected, she was still able to survive the ordeal, maintain consciousness, summon [[Katsuyu]], and survived long enough to heal the other Kage before being healed herself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 601, 635</ref>
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Needle Jizō.jpg|thumb|left|Jiraiya using the Needle Jizō.]]
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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.
   
While a medical-nin normally tries to avoid direct battle, Tsunade's taijutsu has been considered unsurpassed, which she uses mainly to intimidate her opponents from approaching her in order to carry out her primary duties as a medical-nin. When entering battle directly, she is a force to be reckoned with as seen during her assault on Orochimaru and Kabuto, where she single-handedly demolished the the entire landscape while attacking them.
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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.
   
=== Life Force and Chakra Control ===
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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.
[[File:CreationRebirth.jpg|thumb|right|Tsunade's White Strength Seal.]]
 
As a direct descendant of the Senju clan, Tsunade inherited an incredibly strong life force and physical energy, granting her great durability, stamina and chakra reserves. At the same time, as also a direct descendant of the Uzumaki clan, her life force is blessed with immense vitality and endurance; in addition, stemming from this gives her the potential for an exceptionally long lifespan. A testament to the latter include her still being able to move after having her muscles torn — something Kabuto noted was an impressive and praise-worthy feat no ordinary person could achieve.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 14</ref> Due to her heritage, Tsunade was also gifted with immense supplies of chakra. She was able to simultaneously heal a large number of people with the help of [[Katsuyu]] over a long period of time, without being fatigued.
 
   
Even more impressive than her chakra reserves is Tsunade's control. Since at a young age, Tsunade excelled in all forms of chakra manipulation; even able to maintain multiple techniques at once. Her innate talent for it allows her to gather her chakra from any part of her body with such precision and perform any technique to their maximum potential without any wasted chakra or timing. Her signature ability with chakra control is to instinctively [[Chakra Enhanced Strength|amplify]] her already legendary strength with [[chakra]] control to monstrous levels, allowing her to perform feats like causing gigantic craters with a simple punch or kick to the ground, launch [[Gamabunta]]'s [[tantō]] into the air and then guide it down right into [[Manda]]'s mouth, and she easily shattered [[Madara Uchiha]] [[Susanoo]]'s ribcage,<ref name="c577p3">''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 3</ref> its [[Susanoo Sword|sword]], and later knocking down a complete version of the Susanoo with single punches.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 7</ref> This is done by building up and releasing her chakra with precise timing upon impact, making it effortless for her to decimate any target.
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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]].
   
The peak of her chakra control, is her [[White Strength Seal]] which allows her to store massive amounts of chakra on a point on her forehead and the [[Yin Seal: Release|release it]]. Upon its release, Tsunade can either use the stored chakra to facilitate the activation of one of her techniques such as the [[Creation Rebirth]] and [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]] which makes her virtually immortal in battle or simultaneously heal and protect the entire citizens of Konoha from a very powerful attack such as Pain's [[Shinra Tensei]]. She is also able to [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] chakra to others as seen when she gave Ōnoki some of her chakra in order to facilitate his large-scale [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 13</ref>
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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[[File:Toad Oil Flame Bullet.jpg|thumb|Jiraiya using one of his signature Fire Release techniques.]]
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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.
   
=== Ninjutsu ===
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==== Toad Techniques ====
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[[File:Toad Flat - Shadow Manipulation Technique.JPG|thumb|left|Jiraiya's Toad Flatness — Shadow Manipulation Technique.]]
Even though she is in her early fifties, Tsunade's [[Transformation Technique]] makes her appear as if she were still in her twenties as Jiraiya noted she was not one to "age gracefully". She readily alters what age she appears in order to avoid her gambling debts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, pages 16-17</ref> Tsunade's transformation is somewhat different from a normal transformation, as it seems to be permanent, not getting dispelled when she is slashed or injured, and she apparently does not need to exert any effort to stay transformed. She is able to maintain her transformation even while asleep. The transformation dispels when she runs out of chakra from the [[White Strength Seal]], reverting her to her natural appearance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 171, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 431, page 5</ref>
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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]].
   
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
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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.
[[File:Sozo-Saisei-1.jpg|thumb|left|Tsunade using the Creation Rebirth technique.]]
 
Much of Tsunade's fame comes from her being able to perform any procedure flawlessly to cure and heal injuries that others would consider impossible or a lost cause. She can do so through the usage of no more than chakra or basic tools. She healed the psychological damage caused by [[Tsukuyomi]],<ref name="tsukuyomi"/> the damage done to [[Rock Lee]]'s spine,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 210, page 9</ref> and counteracted the effects of the [[Three Coloured Pills]] on [[Chōji]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 235, page 17</ref> something [[Chōza]] stated would have been impossible if she weren't there.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 236, page 9</ref> Tsunade has also been noted to be capable of making powerful sleeping potions that are also colourless; so much that she is the only one in the world who could spike a drink without a [[ninja]] knowing it was drugged.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 162, page 11</ref>
 
   
With her remarkable knowledge of the human body and converting her chakra into electricity, Tsunade is capable of sending [[Body Pathway Derangement|electric waves]] into the opponent's nervous system by striking the back of the neck. This then scrambles the electric signals within them and disrupts the way their body moves, such as attempting to move the right hand would cause the left leg to move instead, and so on.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 15</ref> It is unknown if this is [[Lightning Release]]. In a similar manner, Tsunade has also shown the ability to use medical ninjutsu adversely and use it to harm, even kill, instead of heal.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 163, pages 5-9</ref> She can use a single chakra-infused strike to effortlessly cause internal damage or incapacitate a target as she did the latter to Shizune when she tried to stop Tsunade from meeting with Orochimaru. Tsunade is also able to create a [[chakra scalpel]] both for surgery and to inflict internal lacerations and even attack the internal organs.
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==== Fūinjutsu ====
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[[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]].
   
The most extreme example of her medical prowess is her [[Creation Rebirth]], a technique that makes use of the massive amounts of chakra stored in her Yin Seal: Release to continuously create new cells in her body, healing any wound and even growing back missing organs. It gives her a form of "immortality" in battle that even Orochimaru expressed envy for.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, page 16</ref> However, as cells can only divide and be created a set amount of times, the technique shortens her life-span. Because of the risk associated with the technique, Tsunade only uses Creation Rebirth in extremely desperate situations. This technique is considered as the absolute pinnacle of medical ninjutsu, and Tsunade developed it under the resolution of protecting those dear to her. She also created an extension of the Creation Rebirth known as the [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]], which causes the seal to extend all the way down her body. While this technique is active, any wounds Tsunade receives will heal instantaneously, without the need to make hand seals or even a conscious effort.
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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.
   
==== Summoning Technique ====
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=== Chakra Prowess and Control ===
[[File:Tsunade on Katsuyu.jpg|thumb|right|Tsunade's summon, Katsuyu.]]
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Like Naruto, Jiraiya naturally possessed exceptionally large amounts and strong levels of chakra and stamina. Its potency 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.
Tsunade can summon [[slugs]] of varying sizes, although she has only ever been seen summoning [[Katsuyu]]. The slugs' primary abilities seem to revolve around spitting acid and splitting into smaller slugs. Tsunade apparently has a mental connection with Katsuyu, as she was able to get reports and send out messages through Katsuyu during the [[invasion of Pain]]. Tsunade can transfer her chakra to a large number of slugs over long distances. By having the slugs spread out and attach themselves to wounded individuals, Tsunade is then capable of [[Remote Healing|healing multiple injuries at different locations simultaneously]]. This technique proved particularly helpful during the [[Invasion of Pain]] which helped Tsunade preserve the life of the villagers even after a devastating [[Shinra Tensei|attack]] by the enemy forces.
 
   
=== Intelligence ===
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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.
While normally appearing carefree or short-tempered, Tsunade is a capable leader. A keen thinker, Tsunade is also highly observant and analytical, allowing her to see through most deceptions, and is rarely caught off-guard. Most commonly, Tsunade will choose the best ninja available to construct a team after looking over the assigned mission. In the anime, she was able to analyse and [[Cell Activation Technique|replicate]] the basic mechanics of Kabuto’s [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction|regeneration technique]] to aid in bettering the chances of Rock Lee's life-risking surgery being a success.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 99</ref>
 
   
Her intelligence is most renowned as the best in the world for her expertise in all areas of medicine. She has been credited with creating the official [[medical-nin]] system and the laws that govern them.<ref name="chpt577"/> She can immediately determine what kind of injuries or illness (physical or mental) a person has from a single glance. In addition to this, Tsunade seems to have a vast knowledge of poisons and herbal medicine, as noted by [[Chiyo]] who stated that during the Second Great Shinobi War, Tsunade was the only one capable of countering all her poisons perfectly.<ref name="suna" /> She also has remarkable knowledge of the human psyche, as she was able to effortlessly undo the damage to Kakashi and Sasuke's minds inflicted by [[Itachi]]'s [[Tsukuyomi]] in a matter of seconds.<ref name="tsukuyomi">''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 15, 18</ref> Tsunade has also proven to be a very capable teacher, having single-handedly trained [[Sakura]] and [[Shizune]] and passed on much of her knowledge make them become two of Konoha's best medical-nin and field support.
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=== Senjutsu ===
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[[File:Jiraiya Sage Mode.jpg|thumb|left|Jiraiya in Sage Mode.]]
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Jiraiya's chakra reserves were massive enough to learn [[senjutsu]], an alternate combat style that utilizes [[natural energy]] in unison with his chakra to greatly increase his various techniques. The pinnacle of his skill is to enter [[Sage Mode]], a transformation that allowed him to harness natural energy inside of himself to immensely augment his physical parameters. This form 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. Likewise, 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>
   
In battle, she has shown great ingenuity, able to quickly pick up on her opponent's fighting style and battle pattern to better avoid damage and plan her attacks around that. These traits are to keep herself alive in battle so she may heal her team-mates; things she drilled into [[Sakura]] while training her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 270, pages 9-10</ref> Her mental fortitude is also noteworthy, as she overcame her paralysing fear of blood through willpower alone, something every eyewitness found miraculous.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, pages 13, 15</ref>
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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.
   
=== Other Skills ===
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Due to the limited nature of using Sage Mode on his own as one must remain absolutely still to gather the necessary natural energy, while before entering it, Jiraiya will summon the elder toad couple [[Shima]] and [[Fukasaku]] and have them [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique|fuse to his body]] and absorb the energy for him. 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.
In the anime, Tsunade demonstrated noticeable skill in a variety of other areas. When dealing with the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]], her skill in [[genjutsu]] was great enough to [[Genjutsu Binding|bind]] the immensely strong duo at once.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 147</ref> She was also able to use [[Space–Time Ninjutsu]] to send one of Katsuyu's divisions to [[Team Three]]'s location despite the great distance.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 111</ref> Tsunade is also well-versed in [[fūinjutsu]], capable of developing an [[S-rank]] [[Yin Seal: Release|seal]] that continuously stores up chakra for various reasons including using the high-level techniques such as the [[Creation Rebirth]] technique which she also created. In the anime, she is also highly adept in [[barrier ninjutsu]] able to design the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] from scratch, which can be used to seal a tailed beast.
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=== Intelligence ===
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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.
   
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
After his failed [[invasion of Konoha]] cost him his arms in the aftermath of his fight with Hiruzen, [[Orochimaru]] sought out Tsunade to heal his arms. Declining at first while noticing is arms, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] complemented Tsunade's talent while saying that she's the only one in the world who can cure Orochimaru or kill him. Inspecting the injury, Tsunade learns that it was inflicted on her former team mate by Hiruzen, whom Orochimaru killed in battle. Shocked upon hearing that revelation, Tsunade attempts to kill Orochimaru before he offers to use [[Impure World Reincarnation]] to bring back Dan and Nawaki as payment for her services. Seeing that she was tempted by this offer, Orochimaru left her a week to consider his proposal.
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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]].
   
[[File:Unforgivable! A Total Lack of Respect!.JPG|thumb|Tsunade and Naruto face-off.]]
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=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
Soon afterwards, Tsunade was approached by [[Jiraiya]], who wanted her to become the next Hokage. After she disrespectfully turns down the offer, an enraged Naruto challenges Tsunade to a fight for her ridiculing of the title. Though she easily beats him in the match, Tsunade shows interest at Naruto's attempt of using the [[Rasengan]] and makes a bet with him: she would give him Hashirama's necklace if he could master the technique within a week and he would give her [[Gama-chan|all the money]] he had on him should he fail. Naruto accepted the bet, and Tsunade kept a careful eye on Naruto's progress throughout the week while contemplating Orochimaru's offer. When the week was up, and Naruto appeared to have failed in mastering the technique, she drugged Jiraiya so he would not meddle and went to meet Orochimaru.
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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.
   
[[File:A Dubious Offer! Tsunade's Choice!.JPG|thumb|left|Tsunade preparing to "heal" Orochimaru.]]
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=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
Though it seemed she was able to heal Orochimaru, having him promise not destroy Konoha once his arms were healed, Kabuto exposes Tsunade's actual intent to kill Orochimaru. Her motives known, Tsunade revealed that she knew Orochimaru has no intention of honouring his promise to leave Konoha alone, and that she couldn't bring herself to let him attack the village again even if it meant seeing Nawaki and Dan again. While she had tried to forget this fact over the years, Naruto's determination and desire to be Hokage reminded her of their dreams, and she had decided to do whatever was necessary to protect those dreams.
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[[File:Ninja Art Toad Mouth Trap.png|thumb|Jiraiya intercepts Kisame and Itachi.]]
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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.
   
[[File:Points Disturbance.jpg|thumb|Tsunade attacks Kabuto.]]
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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.
With that, Tsunade attacked Orochimaru, though Kabuto fought her in his place. However, realising that he is completely outmatched, Kabuto slits his wrists to use Tsunade's hæmophobia against her before Shizune and Naruto came to her rescue. While he and Shizune were easily defeated, despite Tsunade telling him to run, Naruto was able to overcome his injuries and manages to defeat Kabuto with a perfected Rasengan in his effort to protect her. As Naruto collapsed and in critical condition, Tsunade manages to heal him and giving him Hashirama's necklace in hope he would become a Hokage.
 
   
[[File:Tsunade paws Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Tsunade defeats Orochimaru.]]
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[[File:Jiraiya vs Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru.]]
Orochimaru, worrying about what kind of threat Naruto might become when he got older, attempts to kill him, though Tsunade blocks that attack with her body. When inquired as to why she was protecting Naruto, Tsunade replies that Naruto would someday be Hokage, and that she would not allow him to die before that happened. With that, Tsunade accepted the title of Fifth Hokage while overcoming her fear of blood to eliminate Orochimaru. Joining forces with the still drugged Jiraiya, the two attacked Orochimaru. After a battle of summons, Tsunade dealt the finishing blow to Orochimaru. Defeated, Orochimaru escaped, vowing to destroy Konoha once he'd healed himself. Once Naruto recovered, the group returned to Konoha where Tsunade begins her term while secretly believing that Naruto would someday become her successor. Also, like with Nawaki and Dan before Naruto, Tsunade gives him a kiss on the forehead to show her faith in him.
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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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=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
 
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
[[File:Tsunade as Hokage.PNG|thumb|Tsunade as the Fifth Hokage.]]
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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]].
Soon after arriving in Konoha to take her place as [[Hokage]], Tsunade healed the mental injuries inflicted by [[Itachi Uchiha]]'s [[Tsukuyomi]] on [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. She also gave a grim prognosis on [[Rock Lee]]'s condition. She stated that the only procedure that could allow him to return to duty as a ninja was one that she alone was capable of performing, and it only had a fifty percent success chance that could prove to be fatal for Lee. Not wanting to take such a risk, Tsunade advised Lee that it was best that he retire as a ninja and find another profession. However, upon seeing Lee's resolve to become a ninja and the [[Will of Fire]] which burned within him, she decided to conduct the surgery.
 
 
In the anime, while Lee is struggling to decide what he should do, Tsunade looked into ways to improve his chance of survival. Thinking back to how she had seen Kabuto withstand Naruto's [[Rasengan]], Tsunade used [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction|Kabuto's technique]] as a [[Cell Activation Technique|basis to improve]] Lee's chances of survival from fifty to fifty-eight percent. Lee finally agreed to undergo the procedure, and survived.
 
 
[[File:Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia.png|thumb|left|Tsunade prepares medicine to heal Chōji.]]
 
When Sasuke defected from the village so that he could go to Orochimaru, Tsunade was forced to send out [[Sasuke Retrieval Team|a group]] of [[genin]] to try and stop and retrieve him, due to lack of manpower. She also used Konoha's reacquired alliance with [[Sunagakure]] to call in a favour for reinforcements, hoping to give the retrieval team some back-up. Despite her efforts, the group ultimately failed, and Tsunade helped in healing their mortal injuries, bringing them back to full health. She was particularly instrumental in the healing of Chōji, mixing the antidote to the side effects of the [[Three Coloured Pills]] that she got from the [[Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia|medical encyclopaedia]] kept by the [[Nara]]s; a fact [[Chōza]] gratefully stated.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 236, page 9</ref> In the aftermath of Sasuke's betrayal, [[Sakura Haruno]] asked to become Tsunade's apprentice, which Tsunade gladly accepted.
 
   
 
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
 
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
Tsunade appeared in numerous filler arcs, though she typically did nothing more than sending others out on missions, occasionally trying new ways of deciding who would go on a specific mission. Her goal during the filler arcs was to keep Naruto busy until Jiraiya came back, to prevent him from going after Sasuke himself. When the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] escape from prison, she convinces them to surrender with a quick display of genjutsu and her strength. In another filler, she summoned [[Katsuyu]] to deal with some impersonators of [[Rock Lee]] and [[Might Guy]], who had entered the village.
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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.
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
During the next few years while Jiraiya and Naruto were off training, Tsunade continued her duties as Hokage and her tutelage of Sakura as a field medical-nin. Also during this time, the [[Hokage Monument]] was altered to include Tsunade's face in chronological order.
 
 
 
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
 
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
[[File:Mission Desk.png|thumb|Tsunade assigning Team Kakashi their mission.]]
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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.
While taking care of reports for genin missions, Tsunade learned that Jiraiya and Naruto had returned. Tsunade then decided to test Naruto's, as well as the now [[chūnin]] Sakura's, growth as ninjas by pitting them against their former jōnin-sensei Kakashi. After the two succeeded in their challenge and received praise from Kakashi, Tsunade officially made them a unit under their old name "Team Kakashi".
 
   
Later, while deciding on Team Kakashi’s first mission, Tsunade received word from Sunagakure that the Akatsuki had abducted [[Gaara]], now the Fifth [[Kazekage]]. Out of respect for the Konoha-Suna alliance, Tsunade sent Team Kakashi to assist. A few days later, Tsunade had a bad premonition when she discovered she won a major sweepstakes and sent [[Team Guy]] as backup for the mission in response.
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=== Sai and Sasuke Arc ===
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[[File:Jiraiya's injury caused by Four-Tailed Naruto.PNG|thumb|Jiraiya's scar from Naruto's four-tailed form.]]
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
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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.
[[File:Homura and Koharu meet with Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade meets with Homura and Koharu to discuss Naruto.]]
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After Team Kakashi and Team Guy returned from rescuing Gaara, Tsunade was informed that the fallen [[Akatsuki]] member [[Sasori]] had intended to meet [[Kabuto Yakushi|an agent]] of his working within Orochimaru’s ranks. Seeing the chance to get intelligence on Orochimaru, Tsunade decided to have Team Kakashi capture this spy. Unfortunately, the elders were against letting Naruto go out on dangerous missions as the [[Akatsuki]] sought to capture him. Tsunade sternly voiced her belief in Naruto. The elders ultimately yielded under the condition that Tsunade added one of the men of [[Danzō Shimura]], Hiruzen's fierce rival and leader of the ANBU [[Root]] division, to Team Kakashi. With Kakashi currently hospitalised, Tsunade also added an [[ANBU]] agent codenamed "[[Yamato]]", mainly for his ability to utilise the [[Wood Release]] and its ability to suppress the tailed beasts, should Naruto get out of control. She also warned Yamato to keep an eye on [[Danzō]]'s addition to the team, [[Sai]].
 
 
After Team Yamato returned, having failed their mission but gained new information on Sasuke, Tsunade surmised that Sasuke’s immense growth may have come from the assistance of Orochimaru’s use of kinjutsu and Kabuto’s medical ninjutsu. Tsunade was also troubled to learn that Danzō, in his self-righteous ideals, was willing to give the enemy top-secret information in an effort to complete the mission as Sai was instructed to give Orochimaru ANBU data should they meet.
 
 
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
 
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In the anime, word reached Konoha that several villages on the Fire Country’s borders were being attacked. Tsunade sent several teams to investigate. She also sent Team Yamato to investigate several tombs near the [[Fire Temple]] being disturbed. When Team Yamato returned, they informed Tsunade that the tombrobbers were apparently after corpses of four former members of the [[Twelve Guardian Ninja]]. Team Yamato also brought an unofficial new member to the team from the [[Fire Temple]] to replace an injured Sai, a young monk named [[Sora]]. Tsunade also received a message explaining Sora’s troubled past and [[Jinchūriki Forms|unusual powers]] that he is not able to control that lead to great damage of the Fire Temple.
 
 
Later, Tsunade had the ANBU apprehend Danzō due to his recent and possibly treacherous actions and ninja from the [[Amegakure]] with Danzō. Before she could interrogate the man, the elders arrived. They revealed that the Rain ninja was a double-agent working for them. The elders explained the same [[Furido's 4-Man Team|tombrobbers]] Team Yamato encountered may also be after Sora. The elders and Danzō came to the conclusion they should confine or eliminate him. Before Tsunade could voice her refusal, Sora was found spying on them. Convinced that Tsunade wanted to eliminate him, Sora became furious at her. Sora then asked [[Asuma]] if it was true that Asuma killed his father [[Kazuma]]. When Asuma sadly admitted it, Sora’s rage unleashed his hidden powers and was able to escape.
 
 
Later while Tsunade was deciding what to do about Sora, the village had a complete power-outage, thanks to the tombrobbers. They arrived in the village and surrounded it in a [[Barrier Gate Five Seals Technique: Castle Closing Eight Gates|giant barrier]]. They voiced their distain for Konoha as they viewed as an imbalance to the Fire Country’s power and sought to destroy the village. As they overwhelmed Konoha’s forces with a [[Earth Release Resurrection Technique: Corpse Soil|zombie resurrection technique]] due to most of the ninjas being outside the village, Tsunade discussed the situation with Shikamaru. It was determined through Asuma that the tombrobbers intended to destroy the village with the deadly [[Limelight]] technique through the four resurrected guardians.
 
 
After the tombrobbers were defeated and Sora was purged of his powers, Tsunade forgave Sora for his mistakes and was allowed to leave the village in peace.
 
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
 
[[File:Kakuzu's autopsy.png|thumb|Tsunade informing Kakashi and Yamato of Kakuzu's autopsy report.]]
 
Later, when two Akatsuki members entered the [[Land of Fire]] — namely [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]] — Tsunade mobilised the [[Nijū Shōtai]] to look for and if possible, capture the Akatsuki duo. While capture never came to be possible, the Akatsuki members were both defeated. Tsunade later performed an autopsy on Kakuzu, and found Naruto's newest technique, [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]] to be too dangerous for use, based on the damage done to Kakuzu's body and Naruto's arm. She explained that the attack had struck at a cellular level, causing extensive damage to the both of them, and regretfully told [[Kakashi]] and Yamato not to allow Naruto to use the technique again.
 
   
 
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
 
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
In the anime, after finishing her autopsy on Kakuzu, Tsunade received a report from a deceased [[ANBU]] captain about Orochimaru and Sasuke's whereabouts. She called for Kakashi, and put him in charge of [[Team 8]] to investigate. Because the mission involved a chance of finding Sasuke, Tsunade tried to keep Naruto from finding out about it. He found out anyway, so Tsunade didn't hesitate to send him as back-up.
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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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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.
   
Later, Tsunade received news that Team Kakashi had encountered the [[Three-Tails]]. Deciding that they needed to capture the beast quickly, as to not let it fall into enemy hands, Tsunade ordered [[Tenten]], [[Rock Lee]], and [[Ino Yamanaka]] to aid Team Kakashi in sealing the beast. Before sending them out, Tsunade made a large and special scroll to aid the team in sealing the beast. She also decided to summon and send out Katsuyu for further assistance. When the forces they sent continued to have problems with the sealing, Tsunade called them back to Konoha, and sent some [[ANBU]] to replace them. After she heard about the ANBU losing contact with Konoha, and the disappearance of the Three-Tails, Tsunade suspected that [[Akatsuki]] were somehow involved.
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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.
   
 
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
 
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
[[File:Shushuya.png|thumb|left|Tsunade discussing with Jiraiya the intel he had gathered.]]
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[[File:Fox Key.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya and the scroll with the key to the Nine-Tails' seal.]]
Tsunade assigned Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai on a mission to find [[Itachi Uchiha]] in the hopes that it would lead them to [[Sasuke]]. Jiraiya later comes to inform her that he had found the location of the [[Nagato|leader of Akatsuki]]. Despite her insistence for his location to formulate a surprise attack, Jiraiya instead invites Tsunade for drinks, which she ultimately ends up agreeing to it. While in [[Shushuya]], Jiraiya reveals the details of the Akatsuki's leader and that he was in Amegakure and the difficulty of getting into the village. As Jiraiya declares that he would infiltrate the village on his own, Tsunade objects but Jiraiya reminds her that he is one of the Legendary Sannin and what that meant. After the two reminisce a bit, Tsunade tells Jiraiya to come back alive and if he needed help to send a toad and she'd come in person to back him up. On departing, Jiraiya tells her to remain cautious of [[Root]].
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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.
   
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
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[[File:Stone Swords.jpg|thumb|Jiraiya stops three of the Paths.]]
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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.
In the anime, word reaches Konoha that the [[Tsuchigumo clan]]'s fort protecting a [[Tsuchigumo clan Kinjutsu|powerful forbidden technique]] was under attack. With Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai being the closest, Tsunade sent [[Katsuyu]] to inform them of their mission to aid the Tsuchigumo clan, in accordance with the peace treaty the Third Hokage made with them. Tsunade later receives word from the teams that they and the clan have considered destroying the technique to end the possible danger it can cause.
 
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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[[File:Jiraiya killed by Pain.JPG|thumb|left|Jiraiya mortally wounded by Pain.]]
[[File:HealingChakraTransmission.png|thumb|Tsunade healing multiple people in Konoha with her chakra.]]
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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.
When word reaches Konoha of Jiraiya's death, Tsunade makes the village's top priority to analyse the clues Jiraiya gave them to uncover [[Pain]]'s identity. While the likes of Shizune, [[Ibiki]], and [[Shikamaru]] are hard at work, Tsunade allows herself an opportunity to cry for her old friend. Naruto, just as badly affected by Jiraiya's death as Tsunade, went away to train, both of them knowing that he was Pain's next target.
 
   
When the [[invasion of Pain]] began, Tsunade tried to send word for Naruto to return home. She was stopped by the [[Konoha Council]], who feared his capture by the Akatsuki. However, Tsunade insisted that they must have faith in Naruto, along with the rest of the next generation, and so they relented. Tsunade began issuing orders for the village's defence, placing extra protection around those still working on Pain's secret. She summoned Katsuyu, and had her divide and seek out every villager so that she could protect and [[Remote Healing|heal them remotely]].
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[[File:Jiraiya dying with a smile.JPG|thumb|right|Jiraiya dying with a smile.]]
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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>
While sitting in the middle of a seal guarded by [[ANBU]], transferring her chakra to Katsuyu, she was found by Pain's [[Deva Path]], whom she recognised as [[Yahiko|one of the orphans]] Jiraiya had trained in the past. Tsunade refused to tell it where Naruto was, proclaiming that Akatsuki was just a terrorist group and that Konoha would not give in to their demands. Despite this Pain discovered Naruto's location through other means, the Deva Path resolved to make Tsunade see what Akatsuki's true goals were, by witnessing peace.
 
 
[[File:Tsunade dying.png|thumb|left|Tsunade in her weakened state.]]
 
When the Deva Path jumped into their air, Tsunade and her ANBU followed only for the village to be [[Shinra Tensei|destroyed]]. In the few moments between when the destruction began and ended, Tsunade poured all her chakra into Katsuyu in order to keep the villagers safe. In the aftermath, she confronted Pain, who attempted to kill her with his [[Asura Path (character)|Asura Path]]. It was stopped by Naruto, who informed Tsunade that he would personally deal with Pain. Leaving a clone of Katsuyu with Naruto, Gamakichi carries Tsunade to Sakura. Having used up almost all of her chakra, Tsunade's elderly form resurfaced, she then falls into a coma and does not see Naruto's victory over Pain.
 
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=== Konoha History Arc ===
 
=== Konoha History Arc ===
 
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{{Main|Konoha History Arc}}
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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]].
=== Chikara Arc ===
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Tsunade tasked [[Team Kakashi]] with the mission to investigate the massacre of the [[Tonika Village]]. She noted that she wished that she could send more persons along with them, but currently they were elsewhere investigating a grave robbery and the theft of [[Hidan]]'s [[Triple-Bladed Scythe]] from the [[Nara Clan Forest|Nara clan's forest]]. She later showed [[Kakashi Hatake]], [[Might Guy]] and [[Shikamaru Nara]] the results of Team Kakashi's observations and sends them out to assist them.
 
   
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
 
{{Main|Adventures at Sea Arc}}
 
{{Main|Adventures at Sea Arc}}
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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.
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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== Legacy ==
[[File:Tsunade out of coma.png|thumb|Shizune embraces Tsunade after she comes out of her coma.]]
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[[File:Jiraiya's memorial.jpg|thumb|left|The memorial to Jiraiya.]]
While Tsunade remained in a comatose state, [[Danzō Shimura]] was chosen to replace her as the Candidate Sixth Hokage. However, he was killed by the now-international criminal [[Sasuke Uchiha]] after the [[Kage Summit]] and the village prepared to make [[Kakashi Hatake]] the new Hokage, but Tsunade woke up before the appointment could be finalised. Tsunade learned of everything that happened while she was in her coma; the start of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], the [[Shinobi Alliance]], and the "identity" of [[Tobi]]. After replenishing her chakra levels, she convened a war council to prepare the village for the impending war. In the anime after the war council, she calls a private meeting in her temporary office as they discuss the impending war.
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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.
   
[[File:Meeting.png|thumb|left|Tsunade convenes a war council to prepare the village for the impending war.]]
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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'||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>
Three days later, Tsunade goes to [[Kumogakure]] to meet with the other heads of the Alliance. She is warmly greeted by the [[Fifth Mizukage]] while the [[Third Tsuchikage]] suggests she retire so that she can finish recuperating. When they get down to business, Tsunade learns that the other Kage have decided to send Naruto and [[Killer B]] into hiding to keep them safe from Akatsuki. Tsunade argues against this, believing that the jinchūriki will be valuable assets in the coming war. The other Kage insist that it's for the best and the [[Fifth Kazekage]] reminds her that she must also take others' views into consideration. She eventually agrees with their decision, albeit reluctantly. Later, she helps organise the joint armies, placing particular interest in the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] and the [[Intelligence Division]]. In the anime after the meeting with the other heads of the Alliance she requests the [[Fourth Raikage]] that B teaches Naruto to achieve the control over the Nine-Tails.
 
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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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 have changed instead of dying without changing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 635, page 9</ref>
[[File:Kage ready for battle.png|thumb|Tsunade and the other Kage prepare for war.]]
 
Later, Tsunade remained at headquarters with the Raikage and the Tsuchikage, providing input when needed. When the [[First Division]] engaged several [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] ninja, Tsunade was disturbed by the possibility that [[Dan]] may be amongst their numbers. She is later surprised by news that [[Gold and Silver Brothers|enemies]] on the battlefield contained the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra.
 
   
[[File:A and Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade and A confront Naruto and B.]]
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== Movies ==
When more news reached headquarters of Naruto and B's escape from their confinement, the Raikage asked Tsunade to help him deal with them. She summoned Katsuyu and leaves a clone at headquarters, taking another Katsuyu with her so that they could keep up-to-date on any urgent matters at headquarters. When they intercepted Naruto and B, Tsunade was amazed by Naruto's [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode|subjugation]] of the beast. Naruto appealed to Tsunade to let him and B pass, but she informed him that she could no longer act independently, and must do what was best for the Alliance. Naruto tries to escape but was stopped by the enraged Raikage, who voiced his willingness to kill Naruto and B if they would not submit. Upon hearing this however, a shocked Tsunade, told him that she would not allow him to do any such thing.
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=== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ===
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Jiraiya had a brief appearance in the flash back when Naruto was thinking about his friends.
   
[[File:Tsunade's Resolve.png|thumb|Tsunade places her faith in Naruto and B.]]
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=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
Turning to oppose the Raikage instead, she remembered Naruto's words, that he would not die until he became the Hokage, and argued that even if Naruto being killed delayed the enemy's plan, that it was unlikely that another jinchūriki would have the same success as Naruto had with controlling the Nine-Tails, and going against A's instructions, she would allow them to enter the battlefield. When despite this it seemed as though A would not be swayed, Tsunade was intent on fighting him, but, as it turned out, A was testing Naruto one final time and then agreed to let him and B continue on to the battlefield when the young man proved himself.
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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.
 
Upon returning to headquarters, Tsunade reviewed the data from the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] autopsy and was disconcerted by what Madara Uchiha and Orochimaru had done with her grandfather's DNA, and concluded that harvesting the cells was probably what had allowed Madara to live for so long. When A asked if there were any hints on how to defeat Madara, Tsunade replied saying that Madara may in fact be the true definition of the word "immortal". She then told Shikaku to inform Naruto and B about the [[White Zetsu Army]] clone's [[Substitute Technique|transformation ability]].
 
 
[[File:Tsunade decides to head out.png|thumb|left|Tsunade decides to head to the front lines.]]
 
Having heard a report from [[Inoichi]] about the progress that the Alliance was making on the battlefield after Naruto's release, Shikaku commented that they were gaining the upper hand. At this, Tsunade smiled at A triumphantly. They are subsequently told, however, that a new chakra had been sensed in the region of the Fourth Division. This was confirmed to be the real [[Madara Uchiha]] which sent those at headquarters into confusion. [[Mabui]] inquired about the reason behind the [[Tobi|masked man]] assuming the name "Madara", to which Tsunade responded that, even more than a name, Madara was an ideal which struck fear into people from just the simple idea of him. A sudden tremor was felt, and after hearing the report from Inoichi that a meteorite had been dropped on the Fourth Division, and hearing [[Ao]] report that the lives of several shinobi had been lost, Tsunade decided to head out to the front-lines of the battlefield personally.
 
 
[[File:A and Tsunade appear.png|thumb|Tsunade and A attack Madara and Mū respectively as soon as they arrive on the battlefield.]]
 
Adamant about her decision, she told [[Mabui]] to prepare her [[Heavenly Transfer Technique]] to transport her there. Mabui protests however, saying that her technique was not intended for use on living organisms. She comments that the [[Third Raikage]] was the only one able to withstand her technique because of his special body. [[Shikaku]] also tried to dissuade Tsunade, telling her that it was a huge gamble regardless, and reminded her that she wasn't so lucky when it came to gambling so they should have the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] use the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] to transport her instead.
 
 
Though she admits that she is bad at betting money, she argued that it was a different matter when it came to her life, citing that as the reason why she’s still alive also claiming that they should use the Flying Thunder God Technique to transport Mei, since they needed a way to deal with Madara's [[Fire Release]] techniques, and that she would simply use her White Strength Seal to heal any damages. Despite Mabui's insistence, A told her to prepare the technique for two, as he would be accompanying Tsunade.
 
 
[[File:Gokage Shūketsu.png|thumb|left|The five Kage arrive on the battlefield.]]
 
Mabui eventually conceded to the order, and used her technique to send them to the battlefield. Upon their arrival, Tsunade attacked [[Madara]] immediately with a kick sending him flying while [[A]] attacked [[Mū]] simultaneously. Sustaining some minor injuries in transit, she released the seal on her forehead and used her [[Creation Rebirth]] technique to heal herself. Standing up alongside all the other Kage, she faces Madara prepared to fight.
 
 
As the battle with Madara began, Tsunade stated that first she would heal Ōnoki and Gaara's injuries, and asked Mei and A to hold off Madara while she did so. As she was healing them, Naruto questioned her on why she hadn't collapsed after using Creation Rebirth when she arrived. Tsunade responded, telling him that this instance is different compared to the scale she had to use it on during Pain's invasion, as this time she was only healing her own injuries which were nowhere near as bad as the injuries she healed during Pain's invasion. Naruto asked to be healed despite being a clone, so he could join the battle as well, but Tsunade told him that there was no need for that — Ōnoki then went on to explain that the war was no longer just about protecting him. After being completely healed, [[Ōnoki]] and [[Gaara]] join the battle just in time to protect everyone from Madara's [[Yasaka Magatama|attack]]. As Madara is downed by the Kage's combined assault, Naruto turned to Tsunade, but was told by Ōnoki that this battle is no longer Naruto's to fight. Tsunade told Naruto that they could only win if they defeat both Madaras — stating that while they protected him from the reincarnated Madara on this side, he needed to protect them from [[Tobi]]. With that, Tsunade and the rest of the Kage give Naruto a message, telling him simply to "win" as the clone dispersed.
 
 
As the battle waged on, Tsunade seemingly takes a supplementary role as the [[medical-nin]], and hung behind to heal the other Kage whenever they got injured. As Madara used the [[Wood Release: Advent of a World of Flowering Trees]] technique, Tsunade was visibly shocked to see him use her grandfather's technique before calling out to Gaara, who [[Desert Suspension|suspended]] them above the attack. She then told the other Kage to ensure they didn't inhale any of the pollen. The Kage however are ambushed and knocked back to the forest by Madara's [[Susanoo]]. Inhaling the pollen, they fell unconscious until Ōnoki managed to [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique|destroy]] the trees and part of Madara. Tsunade later stared in shock as she sees the face formed from her grandfather's DNA jutting out of Madara's now-exposed chest.
 
 
As Madara regenerated he asks Tsunade if she was a descendant of the man on his chest. After this was confirmed, he declared that she would be the first to die. As Mei states that attacking the [[medical-nin]] in a team was a common tactic that they'd never allow, Madara tells them that it was not because she was a medical-nin, but because she was a [[Senju]] descendant whom he has deemed to be weak in comparison to her grandfather, who could also use medical ninjutsu. After Madara recounted Hashirama's skill with medical ninjutsu, stating that Tsunade's paled in comparison, Tsunade stated that even though she was a descendant of Hashirama who could not use [[Wood Release]], and admits that her medical ninjutsu paled in comparison to her grandfather's — whose techniques did not require hand seals — she stated that Madara was wrong in thinking that she was weak. She then went on to declare that more so than the abilities she did not inherit from her grandfather, she inherited his [[Will of Fire]], which Madara should not take so lightly.
 
 
[[File:Tsunade A and Onoki attack Madara.png|thumb|Tsunade, A and Ōnoki attack Madara.]]
 
As she denounced Madara's claims, she told him of the four rules she created for her students and medical-nin alike stating that she was the only one who was allowed to break these because of rule number four: only those that had mastered the [[Creation Rebirth]] technique were allowed to break the other three rules and engage directly in battle. With this she completely released her White Strength Seal, activated the [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]], and confronted Madara — cracking his Susanoo's ribcage with a single punch. As Madara counter-attacked with the [[Fire Release: Great Fire Destruction]] technique, Mei intercepted this and countered with the [[Water Release: Water Encampment Pillar]] technique and then sent Madara flying into the air with the [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique]]. With this, [[A]], [[Ōnoki]] and Tsunade prepared a twofold attack which sends Madara plummeting into the ground. Barely giving him time to relent, Tsunade chided him again about inheriting the Will of Fire as opposed to something physical wondering whether or not he was even listening.
 
 
[[File:Tsunade defeats Madara.png|thumb|left|Tsunade seemingly deals a devastating blow to Madara.]]
 
Attacking once again, Tsunade was able to land a blow to Madara directly which destroyed his entire right side. Seemingly incapacitated enough, Gaara [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral|bound]] and [[Sealing Tag|sealed]] him. As Tsunade congratulates the other Kage, her face widened in shock as one of Madara's [[Susanoo Sword]]s emerge from the ground and impaled her. As Madara emerges from a root, he revealed that what they had sealed was nothing but a mere [[wood clone]] and that when Hashirama used it during their battles, he was the only one that was able to distinguish the clone with the use of his [[dōjutsu]].
 
 
Just as Madara sets his sights on the other Kage — believing her to be dead — Tsunade broke the sword lodged in her abdomen and, in one fluid motion, swung it at him, but Madara managed to block it by using his [[Susanoo]]'s ribcage. Tsunade was then sent flying back when Madara attacks her with his [[Yasaka Magatama]] technique — crashing into a wall. She emerged seemingly unaffected by his attack as her wound heals. Madara praised her for this, and compared her technique to Hashirama's, though she admitted that she had just intended to create an opening for an attack, but Madara was also able to [[Blocking Technique Absorption Seal|nullify]] Ōnoki's sneak attack.
 
 
Jeering Madara, Tsunade stated that it was true that he was able to outwit them with his [[wood clone]], but, that at the same time it could be said that they had cornered him into using the clone. This causes Madara to use the [[Multiple Wood Release Clone Technique]], sending five clones to fight each of the Kage. With this he asks them whether or not they'd prefer the clones use [[Susanoo]], much to the Kage's collective shock.
 
 
[[File:Five Kage vs Twenty-five Susanoo.png|thumb|The five Kage stand against Madara's Susanoo army.]]
 
As the battle raged on, Tsunade sent one of the Susanoo-clad clones plummeting into the ground. After A berated her increasingly reckless actions Tsunade reminded him that she had already stated she would bet her life and removed the two broken Susanoo blades from her abdomen. This however, caused her some pain and she coughed up blood. Spurred on to stand and fight by Ōnoki once more, the five Kage regroup and launch a new strategy with Tsunade [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transferring]] some of her chakra to Ōnoki in order to facilitate his large-scale [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique]] which results in them taking out all twenty-five clones in one shot. After a follow-up combo attack from A, Mei, and Gaara, Madara acknowledges that they are indeed worthy of their Kage titles, and manifests his complete Susanoo. After Susanoo is completed, Tsunade along with the other Kage stared in shock at the humongous construct. Now realising the difference in power between the Kage and Madara, Tsunade wondered whether her grandfather really fought and defeated someone like that before being knocked down by a swing of Madara Susanoo's sword. As they regained their footing, she and the other Kage stood to face Madara once more. As Madara prepared to deliver another devastating blow with his sword, Tsunade formed a seal, seemingly prepared to counter the attack. However, Madara's attack is halted as he was then enveloped by a light of sorts and it appeared as though he was about to be released, she wonders who could possibly have stopped the Impure World Reincarnation since the Alliance was still in the process of searching for Kabuto.
 
 
[[File:Dan kisses Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade meets with Dan once again.]]
 
[[Ōnoki]] cautioned his fellow Kage as Madara made a last desperate attempt to attack them, using the [[Fire Release: Dragon Flame Release Song Technique]]. Intercepting the attack, Tsunade dissipated the flame dragons with her bare hands. Her arms are burned in the process, and though [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]] was able to repair the damage, the technique wore off shortly afterwards and her [[White Strength Seal]] disappeared as her chakra reserves depleted. As she began to lose consciousness while still in mid-air, Madara prepared to impale her with his Susanoo's sword once again, but Tsunade miraculously dodged the blow. As she wondered what it was that saved her, she heard a voice inside her subconscious where she saw [[Dan]] standing before her. He commented that she hadn't changed since he was alive, still taking risks in combat, but then thanked her for achieving what he didn't by becoming Hokage and apologises for bringing so much pain into her life with his death. He stated that he would be waiting for her on the other side, but insisted that she not come too soon, as she was his dream itself. He left her with a kiss on her forehead, reminiscent of the one she gave him decades before, grateful that he was able to protect her, even if it meant being used in the Impure World Reincarnation. Before departing, he gave her the remainder of his chakra and as the White Strength Seal reformed, Madara commented that she has regained her vitality and wondered how that could be, to which she simply replied saying she had met an old friend. With Madara having broken the Impure World Reincarnation technique's contract with the summoner, however, the Kage now faced an opponent with limitless chakra, and an immortal, uncontrolled body.
 
 
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
 
[[File:Injured Tsunade summons Katsuyu.png|thumb|A heavily injured but still conscious Tsunade summons Katsuyu.]]
 
Despite the Kage's attempts to stop Madara, they ultimately failed and were left heavily wounded, with Tsunade bisected. Despite her condition, Tsunade was able to muster enough energy to summon Katsuyu. Distressed by its master's condition, the slug immediately stated that it would put her back together. Tsunade instead asked Katsuyu to first bring the heavily injured Kage to her, stating that she would save them first before healing herself. Later, she was approached by a revived Orochimaru, who remarks about her current state. He was joined by [[Karin]] and [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]].
 
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[[File:Kage Revived.jpg|thumb|left|Tsunade and the other Kage prepare to head back to the battlefield.]]
 
Orochimaru ordered Suigetsu to aid Katsuyu in re-attaching Tsunade's bisected body. Meanwhile, Karin allowed Tsunade to [[Heal Bite|bite down]] on her arm in order to heal her wounds. After she'd recovered, Tsunade thanked Orochimaru and reluctantly admitted that he seemed to have changed since being sealed by Itachi, though she also noted that had he changed earlier, Jiraiya might have still been alive. Just before they parted ways, Tsunade was shocked to find out that Katsuyu's other half was already on the battlefield, and she could in fact update them on the situation there. Tsunade fully healed her fellow Kage, and the group prepared to head back to the battlefield as soon as possible.
 
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== Movies ==
 
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
 
Tsunade sent out many advance teams to stall the stone army. [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Sakura Haruno]], [[Neji Hyūga]] and [[Rock Lee]] were sent to guard Shion, and deliver her to the shrine where Mōryō's body was sealed.
 
   
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
Tsunade was reported by Kakashi about the mission, while worrying that the next ninja targeted will be him. Tsunade seems to not care so much, telling Kakashi to relax. At the hospital, Kakashi gives Naruto his bells, which they used for their [[Bell Test|first drill]] together, and tells him to fix them because he crushed them. Tsunade sent Konoha [[ANBU]] to Mount Shumisen to search the area for tracks of the missing kekkei genkai ninja. Tsunade is awaiting [[Gaara]] at a secret meeting place to discuss what shall be done. However, on the way there Gaara and his Sunagakure shinobi are attacked by a hawk, which traps them in an avalanche.
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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.
   
=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
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=== Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower ===
Tsunade states that Naruto is wanted for attempting to assassinate the leader of [[Kumogakure]], the [[Raikage]], and killing [[jōnin]] from [[Kirigakure]] and [[Iwagakure]] to [[Team Kakashi]] placed him under arrest and taken to [[Hōzukijō]], a criminal containment facility, also known as the "Blood Prison", in [[Kusagakure]]. She and all his friends have gathered there. Tsunade reveals that it was Naruto's mission to destroy the box and that no one believed that Naruto really committed any of the crimes.
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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.
   
 
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
 
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
The [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]]'s Tsunade, like the Tsunade that Naruto and Sakura know, is the Fifth Hokage. However, in compared to her other self, the alternate Tsunade wears glasses and is flat-chested. During her time in Konoha, the alternate Sakura nearly gets herself killed when [[Road to Sakura|pointing out Tsunade's busty appearance]].
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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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== Creation and Conception ==
 
== Creation and Conception ==
Tsunade's name is taken from the character of the same name from {{translation|"The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"|自来也豪傑物語|Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari}}. The Tsunade in that story is vastly different in terms of personality, along with the fact that unlike her manga counterpart the original Tsunade was married to Jiraiya, however both were known to greatly excel in slug magic.
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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. 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 ==
* {{translation|"Tsunade"|綱手}} means "[[Wikipedia:Mooring (watercraft)|mooring]] rope", which is not dissimilar to her brothers name, Nawaki, which means "rope tree". A similar word {{translation|"[[Wikipedia:Tsundere|tsundere]]"|ツンデレ}}, could also be a play on Tsunade's personality.
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* 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.
* Tsunade shares the same blood type with her former team-mates, Jiraiya and Orochimaru.
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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.
* Tsunade was the first female Hokage, as well as the first female Kage, that appeared in the series.
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* Despite no canonic source ranking him, in the anime, he was revealed to be a jōnin.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 235</ref>
* Tsunade is first mentioned when Might Guy questions Rock Lee, Neji, and Tenten about their goals as genin. Tenten says that she wants to become a great kunoichi and follow the footsteps of the legendary Tsunade.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 84, page 8</ref> She also made a cameo appearance in the [[Third Hokage]]'s flashback during his time training the [[Sannin]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 72</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 7</ref>
 
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
** Tsunade's hobby is [[Wikipedia:Gambling|gambling]].
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** Jiraiya's hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
** Tsunade wishes to fight Naruto Uzumaki.
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** Jiraiya wished to fight [[Naruto Uzumaki]].
** Tsunade's favourite foods are chicken breast and sake, while her least favourite food is liver [[Wikipedia:Sashimi|sashimi]].
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** His favourite food was garlic pickled with [[Wikipedia:Perilla|Japanese basil]] and [[Wikipedia:Karaage|karaage]]-fried chicken, while his least favourites were [[Wikipedia:Kiwifruit|kiwifruit]] and [[Wikipedia:Gratin|gratin]].
** Tsunade has completed 1,256 official missions in total: 40 D-rank, 236 C-rank, 467 B-rank, 418 A-rank, 95 S-rank.
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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.
** Tsunade's favourite phrase is {{translation|''"One grab, a thousand gold"''|一攫千金|Ikkaku Senkin}}, referring to getting rich without much effort.
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** Jiraiya's favourite phrase was {{translation|"Free and uninhibited"|自由奔放|Jiyū Honpō}}.
* While Tsunade's English anime voice actor is Debi Mae West, in some games she is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who is [[Kurenai Yūhi]]'s voice actor. In ''Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2'', while being voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn throughout the story-line, during game-play, most of Debi Mae West's voice-overs from the first game are still used.
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** Jiraiya is tied with [[Itachi Uchiha]] as having the highest stats total in the databook.
* Tsunade's grandmother, [[Mito Uzumaki]] had a similar diamond shape mark on her forehead. It is possible that Tsunade modelled her own seal after this.
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* 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'.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (When about to fight [[Naruto]]) "''One of the Legendary Sannin taking on a snot-nosed genin… I oughta be ashamed of myself.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 12</ref>
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* (To [[Tsunade]]) ''"Yo! I'm Jiraiya! You can send me the love letter later!"''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 405, page 17</ref>
* (To [[Jiraiya]] about Naruto) "''Jiraiya, are you the one who taught him the Rasengan? Are you acting like a teacher by teaching him something he can't master? Don't give him any ideas! That's why this kid likes to daydream that he's going to become Hokage someday.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 159, 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>''Naruto'' chapter 446, page 7</ref>
* (To an unconscious Naruto) "''It's because to be Hokage… is your dream… isn't it Naruto? One last time… just one last time… I place the odds on you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 168, pages 15-16</ref>
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* (To [[Naruto]]) "''I'm not a pervert… I'm a ''super'' pervert!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 9</ref>
* (To [[Orochimaru]]) "''From now on… I too shall bet my life!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, page 8</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>''Naruto'' chapter 166, pages 17-18</ref>
* (To Orochimaru) "''Why am I putting my life on the line? Because now… I am the Fifth Hokage of Konohagakure!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, page 14</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>''Naruto'' chapter 436, pages 12-13</ref>
* (To [[Shikamaru]]) "''Grow up… Death comes with being a shinobi… There are times when death is hard to accept, but if you don't get over it, there's no future…"''
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* (To Naruto) "''They say wherever someone is still thinking of you, that place is your home.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 91</ref>
* (To the advisers, [[Konoha Council]] members) "''People like Jiraiya… and Sarutobi, and Elder Chiyo of Suna possessed something you two sorely lack. Do you know what that is!? …Faith! My grandfather, the First Hokage, believed in you and entrusted you with the village. Now it's your turn to believe in these children and entrust it to them!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 421, pages 8-11</ref>
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* (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>
* (To [[Pain]]) "''I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 430, page 16</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>''Naruto'' chapter 366, page 13</ref>
* (To [[Shizune]]) "''People become stronger because there are memories that they will not forget.''"
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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>''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 15-16</ref>
* (About her bad gambling) "''Only when it comes to money. My life is a different story. I'm still alive aren't I…?''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 562, page 8</ref>
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* (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>
* (To [[Madara]]) "''Although I am a descendant of the First Hokage, it's true that I don't know how to use [[Wood Release]]. And compared to him, who was able to use medical ninjutsu without even making seals, it's true that my own ninjutsu is nothing to brag about. And it's true that I'm a woman… but I'm definitely not a weak woman… What I inherited from my grandfather isn't just simple 'power'. My true strength comes from that which was passed down from the First to each generation afterward… Don't underestimate the Will of Fire!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, pages 16-17</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="chpt383"/>
   
 
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(自来也, Jiraiya)

  • Toad Sage (蝦蟇仙人, Gama Sennin)[4]
  • The Village's Madness (里の狂気, Sato no Kyōki)[5]
  • Perverted Hermit (エロ仙人, Ero-sennin; English TV "Pervy Sage")[6]
Debut
Manga 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 and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Scorpio November 11
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 Registration 002301
Academy Grad. Age 6
Family

Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

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),[7] and the writer of the popular adult fiction book series, called Icha Icha. He was also known as the Toad Sage (蝦蟇仙人, Gama Sennin), because of his signature toad summonings 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.

Background

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Team Hiruzen.

As a child, Jiraiya and his former team-mates Orochimaru and Tsunade, were students of the Third Hokage. Jiraiya's relation with his 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.

Jiraiya at some point discovered the 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.

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 "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 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.

Team Jiraiya
Team Jiraiya.

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, 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", 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.[8]

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.

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.

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 Perverted Hermit (エロ仙人, Ero-sennin; English TV "Pervy Sage") by Naruto in front of others.

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.

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 posing.

Jiraiya had also been known to show off, even during a fight. This showing off typically included traditional kabuki poses accompanied by dramatic self-introductions, keeping with his hermit theme, even when he was a child.[9] 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

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Jiraiya as a child.

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 '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 geta (wooden sandals), a red 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.[10]

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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.

Abilities

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Jiraiya using the Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan

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.[11] 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 four-tailed form, the latter only happening because he was trying to reseal the demon chakra rather than harm Naruto.[12]

His strength was so great that Ebisu asserted he was the only one powerful enough to kill Orochimaru during his Invasion of Konoha,[13] and even powerful members of the S-rank criminal organisation Akatsuki were either easily subdued like Konan,[14] 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, even with reinforcements, Jiraiya would end in a stalemate.[15] Kisame even admitted that he was no match for Jiraiya saying he was "on a whole other level". Minato Namikaze also acknowledged his master's power, skills, and mindset, and wished to fight him.[8] Even Nagato — the ex-leader of Akatsuki and a former student of his who possessed the legendary Rinnegan — was nearly defeated despite 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".[16]

Taijutsu

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Jiraiya kicks the Human Path.

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.[17] Jiraiya has showcased a high level of durability over the course of his life; taking a direct kick to the face from Might Guy,[18] as well as surviving a direct blow from Nagato's Giant Ox, which ploughed him through several steel pipes, without getting injured.[19] 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.

Ninjutsu

Needle Jizō
Jiraiya using the Needle Jizō.

Jiraiya was well-versed in a variety of ninjutsu types. He could grow and sharpen his hair for offensive and defensive purposes. Jiraiya was taught how to use the Rasengan by Minato, and had since developed larger variants.

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.

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.

While he had basic knowledge on how to recognise and counter genjutsu, he was not skilled at using it, and relied on his partners to use illusions.

Nature Transformation

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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 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 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 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 of their chakra.

Toad Techniques

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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 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.

Fūinjutsu

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Jiraiya's Fire Sealing Method.

Jiraiya had been shown to be very skilled and otherwise knowledgeable with Sealing Techniques, 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.

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.

Chakra Prowess and Control

Like Naruto, Jiraiya naturally possessed exceptionally large amounts and strong levels of chakra and stamina. Its potency 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 swamp which sank one of Orochimaru's massive snakes (three in the anime) and kept it completely immobilised throughout the battle.

He has also shown an extremely high level of chakra control as well. He could use the Rasengan in a single hand, or 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.

Senjutsu

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Jiraiya in Sage Mode.

Jiraiya's chakra reserves were massive enough to learn senjutsu, an alternate combat style that utilizes natural energy in unison with his chakra to greatly increase his various techniques. The pinnacle of his skill is to enter Sage Mode, a transformation that allowed him to harness natural energy inside of himself to immensely augment his physical parameters. This form enhanced his strength to the point of destroying the Human Path's eyes with just a kick to the face, while also sending him several metres away. Likewise, 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.[20]

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.

Due to the limited nature of using Sage Mode on his own as one must remain absolutely still to gather the necessary natural energy, while before entering it, Jiraiya will summon the elder toad couple Shima and Fukasaku and have them fuse to his body and absorb the energy for him. 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.

Intelligence

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

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

Chūnin Exam Arc

Jiraiya first met Naruto Uzumaki while he was "researching" at the 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.

Invasion of Konoha Arc

When Orochimaru began his invasion of Konoha, Jiraiya summoned Gamahiro to stop Orochimaru's snakes. He later mourned the Third Hokage's death, but decided not to attend the funeral.

Search for Tsunade Arc

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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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Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru.

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.

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

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.

Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs

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 from Orochimaru's control. He later appeared in Please, Mr. Postman!, and was present in Departure to take Naruto away for his training.

Part II

Kazekage Rescue Arc

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.

Sai and Sasuke Arc

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Jiraiya's scar from Naruto's four-tailed form.

After taking Naruto back to Konoha, Jiraiya went off to search for information on Akatsuki. Jiraiya would soon return to inform Kakashi and Yamato about Naruto's 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.

Three-Tails Arc

Main article: Three-Tails Arc 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.

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.

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.

Itachi Pursuit Arc

Fox Key
Jiraiya and the scroll with the key to the Nine-Tails' seal.

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 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.

Stone Swords
Jiraiya stops three of the Paths.

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 and the Human Path). Although they were able to defeat three of Pain's bodies with a powerful genjutsu, Jiraiya was handicapped when Pain's 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 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.

Jiraiya killed by Pain
Jiraiya mortally wounded by Pain.

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.[21] 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.

Jiraiya dying with a smile
Jiraiya dying with a smile.

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 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 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.[22]

Konoha History Arc

Main article: Konoha History Arc 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.

Adventures at Sea Arc

Main article: Adventures at Sea Arc Decades earlier, Jiraiya encountered the 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.

Legacy

Jiraiya's memorial
The memorial to Jiraiya.

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.

Soon time after, Naruto created a memorial to Jiraiya in the woods near Konoha, adorned with symbols of high importance: A rock with the kanji for 'teacher' (師, shi), Jiraiya's first 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.[23]

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 have changed instead of dying without changing.[24]

Movies

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

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.

Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of 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.

Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower

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.

Naruto 6: Road to Ninja

In the Genjutsu World, Jiraiya died trying to procure the Red Moon Scroll which the Great Toad Sage foretold will help defeat the Masked Man.

Video Games

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 Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
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

Creation and Conception

Jiraiya is named after the character of the same name from a Japanese folklore "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 Garaiya (我来也; Literally meaning "I came") from the Chinese story Kaishi (諧史). As the character was about to die, he made a reference to the story.

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

  • 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.
  • In a special episode, The Top 5 Ninja Battles!, Jiraiya was intended to have an interview, but Orochimaru popped up next to him instead.
  • Despite no canonic source ranking him, in the anime, he was revealed to be a jōnin.[25]
  • 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 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'.

Quotes

  • (To Tsunade) "Yo! I'm Jiraiya! You can send me the love letter later!"[26]
  • (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."[27]
  • (To Naruto) "I'm not a pervert… I'm a super pervert!"[28]
  • (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."[29]
  • (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!!"[30]
  • (To Naruto) "They say wherever someone is still thinking of you, that place is your home."[31]
  • (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."[32]
  • (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."[33]
  • (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?!"[34]
  • (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…" [35]
  • (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."[22]

References

  1. First Databook, pages 73-74
  2. Second Databook, pages 92-96
  3. Third Databook, pages 90-94
  4. Naruto chapter 91, page 2
  5. Naruto chapter 166, page 15
  6. Naruto chapter 91, page 3
  7. Naruto chapter 91, page 11
  8. 8.0 8.1 Naruto chapter 382, pages 8-11
  9. Naruto episode 127
  10. Naruto chapter 91, page 3
  11. Naruto chapter 140, page 10
  12. Naruto chapter 291, pages 8-9
  13. Naruto chapter 91, pages 19-20
  14. Naruto chapter 372, pages 6-7
  15. Naruto chapter 144, page 9
  16. Naruto chapter 383, page 13
  17. Naruto: Shippūden episode 127
  18. Naruto chapter 148, page 12
  19. Naruto chapter 375, page 13-14
  20. Naruto chapter 377, pages 11-12
  21. Naruto chapter 381, pages 16-17
  22. 22.0 22.1 Naruto chapter 383, pages 6-8
  23. Naruto chapter 520, page 13
  24. Naruto chapter 635, page 9
  25. Naruto: Shippūden episode 235
  26. Naruto chapter 405, page 17
  27. Naruto chapter 446, page 7
  28. Naruto chapter 91, page 9
  29. Naruto chapter 166, pages 17-18
  30. Naruto chapter 436, pages 12-13
  31. Naruto: Shippūden episode 91
  32. Naruto: Shippūden episode 93
  33. Naruto chapter 366, page 13
  34. Naruto chapter 382, pages 15-16
  35. Naruto chapter 382, pages 5-6

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