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{{translation|'''Kabuto Yakushi'''|薬師カブト|Yakushi Kabuto}} is a major antagonist of the series who was first introduced as a [[Konohagakure]] [[genin]]. He was orphaned by war as a child, and was found by [[Nonō Yakushi]] and raised in the [[Konoha Orphanage]]. After joining [[Root]], he served as a deep cover agent in different countries for several years before defecting and joining [[Orochimaru]], where he acted as his personal [[medic]], research assistant, and general right-hand-man. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] after Orochimaru's [[Totsuka Sword|sealing]], Kabuto joined forces with [[Tobi]] and [[Akatsuki]].
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{{translation|'''Kabuto Yakushi'''|薬師カブト|Yakushi Kabuto}} is a spy who has worked for many individuals, organisations, and countries during his life. His natural talents in intelligence-gathering and medicine attracted the attention of [[Orochimaru]] when he was younger, who made Kabuto his right-hand man. Although Kabuto learns much about the world under Orochimaru, he eventually decides that his life of serving others has prevented him from making an identity for himself. He thereafter seeks power and becomes a major factor in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], using his higher place in the world so that he can find where in it he belongs.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Kid Kabuto2.png|thumb|left|Kabuto as a child with Nonō.]]
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[[File:Child Kabuto and Nono.png|thumb|left|A young Kabuto with Nonō.]]
Kabuto's earliest childhood memory is being found by Nonō on the outskirts of a destroyed village. Suffering from a head wound and amnesia, he had no recollection of his parents or his own identity. The nun treated his wounds with [[medical ninjutsu]] and brought him to the orphanage. Shy and reserved, Kabuto did not speak to anyone or thank the nun for her kindness, which led a fellow orphan, [[Urushi]], to question whether or not he had any manners, before slamming a helmet on Kabuto's head to protect his healing wound. When Urushi declared that his lack of a name was annoying, the nun decided to name him "Kabuto", after the helmet. Later that night, Kabuto felt guilty about not thanking the nun and got out of bed to find her, only to get in trouble with the other wards for being up past his curfew. When they took him to a clock to teach him the curfew time, it at first seemed that he was too young to tell time, but the nun recognised that he was squinting and lent him her glasses, allowing him to impress the other caretakers by correctly determining the time of the curfew despite his young age. Because the orphanage could not afford glasses for him, the woman let him keep hers, and Kabuto broke down in tears, repeatedly thanking her as she comforted him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 582, pages 8-17</ref>
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Kabuto was found as a child by [[Nonō Yakushi]] on the outskirts of a city recently destroyed in a battle; he had suffered a head injury, leaving him with no memory of his name or past. Nonō treated his wound and brought him to the [[Konoha Orphanage]]. [[Urushi]], another orphan, placed a helmet on his head so he wouldn't be injured again, prompting Nonō to name him "Kabuto" ("helmet" in Japanese). Kabuto liked the name and left his bed that night so that he could thank her, unaware of the orphanage's strict schedule. When Nonō found him, she discovered that this was in part because he couldn't read a clock due to his poor eyesight. She gave him her glasses so that he could see, overwhelming Kabuto with thankfulness.<ref name="c582">Chapter 582, pages 8-17</ref>
   
Over the years, Kabuto would be taught various medical skills by Nonō, such that he was eventually able to assist her in healing shinobi and thus, earn money for the orphanage. It was here that he first met [[Orochimaru]] who asked him if he wanted to become a shinobi, stating that the role would suit him, but Kabuto declined. However, after eavesdropping on a conversation Nonō had with [[Danzō Shimura]] and hearing the latter's demand for an orphan in exchange for funding, Kabuto instead accepted the offer.
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To earn money for the orphanage's operations, Nonō used her [[medical ninjutsu]] to treat injured [[shinobi]] of [[Konohagakure]]; Kabuto, having been taught medical ninjutsu by Nonō, would assist. Although the money helped, they still relied on direct funding from Konoha in order to get by. Aware of this fact, [[Danzō Shimura]] visited the orphanage one day threatening to withhold Konoha's funding if Nonō didn't turn one of the orphans over to his [[Root]] organisation. Kabuto, after eavesdropping on this conversation, volunteered against Nonō and Urushi's protests. Root trained Kabuto in espionage and over the years sent him to gain intel by, at different times, posing as a ninja of [[Kumo]], [[Kiri]], [[Suna]], and [[Iwa]]. While in Iwa, Kabuto's spying was discovered and an Iwa-nin cornered him. He was able to strike down his pursuer, but only afterwards discovered that it was Nonō, who was also working for Root.
   
[[File:Kabuto Encounters Orochimaru.png|thumb|Kabuto re-encounters Orochimaru.]]
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{{imgRight|Kabuto and Orochimaru meet again.png|Orochimaru confronts Kabuto.}}
From this point onwards, he was tasked with infiltrating various hidden villages, including those of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]]. During one such assignment in [[Iwagakure]], he was forced to flee after his cover was blown and unwittingly attacked his "''mother''", Nonō, in the process. With her unable to recognise him even as he healed her injuries, Kabuto came to question his identity and purpose, when he was once again approached by Orochimaru.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 583, page 17</ref>
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Kabuto apologised profusely and tried to heal Nonō, but she didn't recognise his face, even when he told her his name. She died from her injuries and Kabuto was forced to flee before Nonō's backup found him. Once safe, Kabuto was disillusioned by what had happened, wondering who he was if even Nonō didn't know him. He was soon confronted by [[Orochimaru]],<ref name="c583"/> an underling of Danzō who'd taken an interest in Kabuto over the years. Orochimaru explained that Danzō had been giving Nonō falsified photographs of Kabuto so that she would no longer recognise him when they met. This in turn allowed Danzō to pit Nonō and Kabuto against each other and thus eliminate Root's two most effective, and consequently too knowledgeable, spies. Assuming that Orochimaru planned to finish him off, Kabuto attacked him, distraught by the loss of both Nonō and the self-identification he'd acquired through her.
   
Orochimaru explained to him that his unfortunate encounter with Nonō was engineered by Danzō himself: having become an accomplished spy, Kabuto has become an asset too dangerous to handle for Root (and thus to be eliminated). Orochimaru also pointed out that as a spy for Konoha, (and after travelling to many countries), Kabuto already is losing track of his own true self due to not knowing where he came from and the constant changing of his identity to fulfil his role. Nonō, in turn, was double-crossed by Danzō into believing that they released Kabuto from holding and was living a civilian life, in exchange for assassinating another person (who is no other than the real Kabuto himself). Distraught by this information, Kabuto attacked Orochimaru but was stayed by the latter's offer of a new identity, as well as becoming his right-hand man in the [[Otogakure|the village he was about to found.]] In returning to Konohagakure, Orochimaru gives him a new cover: that he was found amongst the dead enemies after the [[Battle of Kikyō Pass]] by a [[Nonō Yakushi|captain]] of the [[Konoha Medic Corps]], and that captain brought him to Konoha and raised him as a son.<ref name=Ch584>''Naruto'' chapter 584, page 12</ref>
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[[File:Kabuto and Sasori.png|thumb|left|Kabuto meeting Sasori.]]
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Orochimaru survived the attack and suggested that Kabuto now try making a new identity for himself using whatever knowledge of the world he could acquire. Orochimaru offered to help him in this regard and invited him to help make a new village, [[Otogakure]], where individuality could thrive. Kabuto agreed and Orochimaru gave him a new backstory: that he was found by Nonō - a captain of Konoha's [[Medic Corps]] - after the [[Battle of Kikyō Pass]] and adopted as her son.<ref name="c584">Chapter 584, page 12</ref> With this backstory, Kabuto was able to become a [[genin]] of Konoha, which he used to enter the biannual [[Chūnin Exams]] so that he could gather information on his fellow participants for Orochimaru's use. Later, he was found by [[Akatsuki]] and was turned into one of [[Sasori]]'s [[Memory-Concealing Manipulative Sand Technique|sleeper agent]]s so he would spy on Orochimaru.<ref>Chapter 290, page 14</ref> Shortly afterwards, Orochimaru realised the truth and freed him from this control, allowing Kabuto to effectively infiltrate the organisation for Orochimaru. When not spying, Kabuto helped Orochimaru with his experimentations and his studies of different Oto-nin's abilities. In the anime, Kabuto also helped Orochimaru find genetic samples for use in the [[Impure World Reincarnation]]<ref name="ship316">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 316</ref> and also helped him escape from [[Itachi Uchiha]] after the latter's failed attempt to capture Itachi.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 456</ref>
He was later sent to serve as Orochimaru's spy to [[Sasori]] of [[Akatsuki]], who in turn set him to spy on Orochimaru by using [[Memory-Concealing Manipulative Sand Technique]] to transform him into his own sleeper agent. Orochimaru discovered this and released Sasori's control over Kabuto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 290, page 14</ref> Kabuto has since used his expertise in spying for Orochimaru, playing the role of Sasori's servant to gain knowledge of Akatsuki's plans. Through his affiliation with Konoha, Kabuto was also able to acquire the rank of [[genin]] and enter the biannual Chūnin Exams, using the first two parts of the exam to gather information on his fellow participants for Orochimaru's use. Additionally, with the medical expertise taught to him by his adoptive parent and his high intelligence, Kabuto is able to carry out human experiments alongside Orochimaru, while at the same time increasing his own knowledge of the human body. Among other things, Kabuto also helped Orochimaru, in the anime, refine the [[Impure World Reincarnation]] and gather the necessary DNA from various famous deceased people.<ref name="ship316">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 316</ref>
 
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
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At times, Kabuto can seem quite open, more than willing to approach people and always confident in his own words and actions.<ref>Chapter 39</ref> By his own admission, he is an introvert who doesn't like to be looked at and who wants to stick to the background.<ref name="c579"/> He can be very critical of others, dismissing their personal desires and outlining all the flaws he perceives them to be making.<ref name="c167"/> To those he feels are deserving, he is nothing but polite, regarding them with deference,<ref name="c560"/> using the appropriate honorifics, and chastising those who don't do the same.<ref>Chapter 238</ref> He can be cruel, preying on sensitive topics in order to rile someone up and punctuating his comments with sarcasm.<ref>Chapter 165</ref> Other times he is kind, putting himself at risk<ref>Chapter 62</ref> and being helpful for no immediate benefit to himself.<ref name="c296"/>
Kabuto1.png|Kabuto as a Kumogakure shinobi.
 
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Kabuto.png|Kabuto as a Sunagakure shinobi.
 
Kabuto4.png|Kabuto as an Iwagakure shinobi.
 
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As a child, due to the amnesia he suffered, Kabuto was a rather shy, quiet and a polite individual who didn't know who he was or where he belonged in the world. Due to the nun who took him in and gave him her glasses to see with, he was very grateful for it, shedding tears of thanks for it, showing he was rather sensitive as a child. As a result of his upbringing by Danzō, serving as a deep cover agent in the other countries before being betrayed, Kabuto's loyalties are difficult to discern.
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The many contradictions of Kabuto's personality are a result of his frequent role as a spy, having spent most of his life changing identities and loyalties in order to gather information for some organisation. Although he's been serving Orochimaru for the longest period of time, even Orochimaru isn't always sure what Kabuto's trues feelings are: he trusts Kabuto implicitly, yet secretly suspects that Kabuto might intentionally undermine him.<ref>Chapter 88</ref> When Kabuto begins working with [[Tobi]], Tobi is careful to be on guard with Kabuto and keep him on a short leash, aware that Kabuto does not always act for the reasons he claims to; even so, Kabuto is able to make himself simultaneously so valuable yet so dangerous that Tobi can't really do anything about it.<ref>Chapter 520</ref>
   
Though generally obeying Orochimaru's orders to the point of saving his life, Kabuto occasionally acts against him by helping his master's enemies. Even in those instances, admitting not truly knowing what he is thinking and commenting him to have a nasty personality, Orochimaru expressed great confidence in Kabuto's loyalty and often laughed at the prospect that Kabuto would betray him. Despite his unclear goals, Kabuto seemed to be content in following Orochimaru, using this allegiance to make requests for specific bodies with which to further his knowledge. However, Kabuto's true loyalties are more to himself and well hidden due to his many conflicting comments and actions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 357, page 4</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 357, page 6</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 490, pages 2-3</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 490, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 516, pages 8-9</ref>
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Kabuto appears to take his shifting allegiances in stride, but in truth he suffers an ongoing [[Wikipedia:Identity crisis|identity crisis]]. Because of the head injury he experienced when he was younger, Kabuto's early past is unknown to him and he has been having to construct an identity for himself ever since. While he was recruiting Kabuto, Orochimaru encouraged him to follow his own example and quite literally build who he wants to be out of whatever knowledge and abilities he can gather. Kabuto latched on to this idea at the time, but eventually realised that this was no different than what he did as a spy: aligning himself under some larger entity and then defining himself according to that. Kabuto decides it is better to follow [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s example and establish his own identity by becoming even greater than those under whose shadows he's lived under, namely Orochimaru.<ref name="c356"/> Kabuto sets out to become stronger, perfecting all the skills that Orochimaru could not, and use the resulting power so that he would never need to be answerable to anyone ever again.
   
Despite this, Kabuto shows a clear view of respect to those he sees with great status such as Tsunade and expresses excitement in testing his abilities. This makes him perceive that shinobi who have not gained a high and famous reputation as weaklings ridiculing [[Naruto Uzumaki]] before gaining a peculiar fixation towards since his defeat by the boy. Kabuto also detests rudeness, indicated by his frequent admonishments of [[Sasuke Uchiha]] for not treating Orochimaru with respect. In a battle, Kabuto would use his opponent's weaknesses and phobias against them. This is reflected in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] as Kabuto freely [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] people for both combat and psychological warfare.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 522, page 10</ref>
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In his quest to surpass Orochimaru, Kabuto convinces himself that he has become the "perfect" being.<ref>Chapter 587</ref> He uses this believed distinction in order to ally with Tobi during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], pitting Tobi against the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] so that they will destroy themselves and enable Kabuto to capitalise in the aftermath. But when his plans see continued setbacks, especially in his repeated failure to defeat [[Sasuke]] and [[Itachi Uchiha]] in battle, Kabuto's self-image as "perfect" starts to crack and he begins desperately trying to defend his final attempt at being recognised.<ref name="c585"/> Itachi tries to explain the misstep that Kabuto has been making, but it isn't until he is subjected to [[Izanami]] that Kabuto accepts it: in the act of making an identity for himself, he has only been burying who he truly is. When he peels away all his false personas, Kabuto again becomes the adoptive son of Nonō Yakushi, one who could be trusted to do things on his own and who was valued by the entire orphanage because of it.<ref name="c582" />
   
[[File:Kabuto Conducting Experiment.png|thumb|Kabuto transfusing blood with Orochimaru's DNA into himself.]]
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Kabuto feels indebted to Itachi for restoring to him the knowledge of who he is and where in the world he most belongs; he later returns the favour to Itachi by saving Sasuke's life. After the war, Kabuto returns to the orphanage where he was raised - his long-neglected true home - and resumes the life he once had there. He believes it is vital that the orphans have identities of their own and not allow themselves to be defined by their past associations.<ref name="C710"/>
Despite his rather cool personality, sadistic and manipulative yet polite with a dry sense of humour, Kabuto was inwardly conflicted with major insecurities about his [[Wikipedia:Identity crisis|identity]] for most of his life. Kabuto had defined himself at best to be an shy as well as an introvert and preferring secluded places. But the moment he merged [[Orochimaru]]'s cells into his body, inspired by Naruto's resolve, Kabuto now felt he can do whatever he wants now as he felt no loyalty to even the people or village that raised him, detesting the fact that he had been brought up by their enemies.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 356, pages 14, 16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 356, page 14</ref>
 
 
Kabuto has also shown interest in accomplishing Orochimaru's agenda in order to further his dream to establish his own identity. This act makes him very arrogant of his own power as he believes himself to be nearly an equal to the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], perfect and unbeatable. However, like Orochimaru, Kabuto needed Sasuke's Sharingan to accomplish that goal. He is seemingly willing to go to great lengths to acquire him, blackmailing [[Obito Uchiha]] into an alliance while leaving a trail of corpses to allow [[Anko Mitarashi]] and her brigade to follow into [[Mountains' Graveyard]]. This action not only served to have the two opposing factions cripple each other during the war as Obito suspects, but also for Kabuto to increase his power by siphoning Anko's chakra. Kabuto also admitted an interest in [[Zetsu]], being promised one of his [[White Zetsu Army|clone brothers]] as compensation for his services.
 
 
Overall, Kabuto compares himself with [[Itachi Uchiha]], both of whom served Konoha in the shadows but were ostracised by the village in return, and claims that because of this, he understands [[Sasuke]] more than anyone. However, after realising that he is imprisoned within his own mind in an endless loop and his machinations have fallen apart, he attempts to justify his actions by asserting that he wanted someone to affirm and recognise his existence.<ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 587, pages 17-18</ref>
 
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Kabuto's trademark is a pair of black rimmed circular glasses, a gift from [[Nonō]], and he is rarely seen without them. He has onyx eyes and ash-grey hair, which is normally kept in a ponytail that extends to his upper back, with his bangs framing either side of his forehead. In the majority of his earlier appearances, he wore a dark purple shirt with a high collar, a white under-shirt, dark purple fingerless gloves with armoured plates on the back of the hand, a white cloth waistband worn at an angle, dark purple pants, blue sandals, and a shuriken holster on his right leg. He typically wore an [[Otogakure]] [[forehead protector]], but was first seen wearing a [[Konohagakure]] forehead protector as a part of his genin disguise. In Part II, he no longer wears his forehead protector or his gloves. He also occasionally wears a purple hooded mantle, particularily when trying to disguise his identity.
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Kabuto appearance.png|Kabuto for most of the series.
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Kabuto has onyx eyes and ash-grey hair, which he normally keeps in a ponytail. His most consistent feature are his black rimmed circular glasses, given to him by Nonō. During Part I and for much of Part II, Kabuto wears a dark purple shirt with a high collar, a white under-shirt, and dark purple pants with a white cloth waistband. In Part I he wears also dark purple fingerless gloves with armoured plates on the back of the hand and a blue [[forehead protector]]. During Part II, he infuses himself with Orochimaru's remains, causing his skin to turn white and scaly around the point of application on his left arm; this gradually spreads its influence across the rest of his body. In the anime's [[Power (Arc)|Power arc]], set before his body is fully covered by Orochimaru's remains, Kabuto wears a black robe with red lining and he starts allowing his hair to grow long and unkempt, all of which help to hide the changes to his body.
   
[[File:Kabuto-chikara.png|thumb|left|200px|Kabuto before his complete transformation in the anime.]]
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Once his body is fully converted, his appearance becomes starkly similar to Orochimaru's, so much so that Sasuke Uchiha initially mistakes Kabuto for him. In addition to the changes to his skin, Kabuto's eyes become yellow with slitted pupils, around which are Orochimaru's characteristic purple markings. A long, white snake also fuses with his abdomen, which he wraps around his waist and which sometimes slithers under or behind him like a tail. His mostly human appearance is actually a shell, as his true form is much more serpentine, having a long body, comparatively short legs and arms, and an elongated face. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto wears a maroon-coloured cloak with a hood designed to resemble a serpent's head, with white, red, and yellow markings that resemble eyes. Many years later, after returning to the orphanage, he starts wearing the staff's typical garb and once again ties his hair in a ponytail.
Shortly after Sasuke counter-absorbed Orochimaru, Kabuto took cells and tissue from the remains of Orochimaru's true form and implanted them in his body. Though he was resisting their influence, the cells and tissue slowly began to take over his body, first speading over the left half of his face and much of his left side, causing the affected areas to turn a pale white colour and become scaly, with his left eye developing Orochimaru's purple marking and serpentine pupil. During the anime-exclusive [[Chikara Arc]], he wore a black robe with red lining and no longer kept his hair in a ponytail, instead leaving it long and unkempt, with the bangs parted to cover the left side of his face and his right cheek, partially obscuring the physical effects of absorbing Orochimaru's cells. During this time, both of his eyes possessed yellow irides with serpentine pupils, although only his left eye was surrounded with Orochimaru's distinctive purple marking.<ref name="ship290">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 290</ref>
 
 
[[File:Kabuchimaru.png|thumb|right|Kabuto's appearance during the Fourth Shinobi World War.]]
 
Upon reappearing shortly before the outbreak of the Fourth Shinobi World War, it's revealed that he's learned to fully control Orochimaru's genetic material, causing him to take on many of the physical traits of his former master. These included purple eye markings along with scaly patterns on his face and much of his body. He wears his hair in an unkempt bowl cut, allowing it to grow out. He wears a maroon-coloured cloak with a hood designed to resemble a serpent's head, with white, red, and yellow markings that resemble eyes; the hood can be closed like a snake's mouth to help protect his senses from the effects of [[genjutsu]]. A long, white snake was also fused with his abdomen, which he kept wrapped around his waist and was often seen slithering out from under his robes like a tail. He was also able to shed his human body, taking on the appearance of a monstrous snake with sharply distorted facial features and arms.
 
 
After Sasuke revived Orochimaru, the latter reabsorbed his chakra from Kabuto, which caused Kabuto's reptilian features to recede as he reverts to his original human form.<ref name="chpt593">''Naruto'' chapter 593, pages 16-17</ref>
 
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Despite officially being a [[genin]], Kabuto has proven himself to be a skilled and cunning ninja far beyond that level, particularly because of his medical abilities. Even [[Jiraiya]] and Orochimaru remarked at one point that his skills were comparable to those of [[Kakashi Hatake]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 165, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 88, page 12</ref> He has been shown to be able to kill [[ANBU]] members with relative ease,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 89, page 2</ref> and even mockingly stated he could handle at least ten ANBU members.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 51</ref> Through keen observation, Kabuto can quickly determine the situation at hand. Even when up against a stronger opponent, he can gain an advantage by quickly exploiting their weakness. Kabuto is also very adaptable, as when Tsunade [[Body Pathway Derangement|flipped his nervous system signals]], he managed to regain control of his body quickly, a feat that impressed Tsunade.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 17</ref> Even as a child, he already demonstrated great potential, to the point that Orochimaru took great interest in him and kept track of him prior to recruiting him.<ref name=Ch584/>
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[[File:Kabuto snakes.png|thumb|left|Kabuto controls and amplifies the size of his snakes.]]
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Kabuto has a natural talent in the shinobi arts; [[Orochimaru]] realised this upon first meeting Kabuto and studying his service record with [[Root]], making Kabuto his right-hand man. In Part I, Kabuto's skills are noted to be comparable to [[Kakashi Hatake]]'s,<ref>Chapter 88, page 12</ref> superior to [[Tsunade]]'s in her prime,<ref>Chapter 164, page 12</ref> and enough to defeat members of [[Konoha]]'s [[Anbu]] without much difficulty.<ref>Chapter 89, page 2</ref> During Part II, Kabuto sets out to correct the talents he feels were never fully realised: he later boasts that he has surpassed Orochimaru,<ref>Chapter 579, page 12</ref> is the closest living person to match the power of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]],<ref name="c582">Chapter 582, page 5</ref> and is the single most important player in the entire [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. Kabuto's improved prowess enabled him to overwhelm Sasuke and the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Itachi, two Uchiha clan prodigies, several times in battle.
   
Upon adapting to his bodily modifications and mastering the art of [[Sage Mode]], his fighting prowess was greatly enhanced to the point that he was able to overwhelm the combined efforts of both [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Itachi Uchiha]] despite their considerable combat prowess, skills and mastery of the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], eventually forcing Itachi to use the forbidden [[Izanami]] in an attempt to force him to end [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]].
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Although Kabuto rarely uses [[genjutsu]], his high skill with it allows him to [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|put a large number of people to sleep]].<ref>Chapter 114, pages 15-17</ref> After integrating [[Tayuya]]'s DNA, he could use her [[Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains|flute-based genjutsu]] to trap Itachi and Sasuke, both genjutsu masters who were unable to break it independently.<ref>Chapter 585</ref>
   
=== Taijutsu ===
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=== Physical Skills ===
While claiming to have lesser skill in taijutsu, Kabuto has shown himself to be proficient enough to hold his own against [[Tsunade]], a skilled taijutsu fighter known for her devastating strikes, after tiring her out and consuming a [[Military Rations Pill]]. His main style of taijutsu is to use the [[chakra scalpel]], which allows him to form his chakra into a blade and hit his target's muscles, pressure points, and other key points of their body. During his battle with [[Tsunade]], she remarks that Kabuto's senses and sharpness may have surpassed hers in her prime.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 12</ref> In battle, he first quickly assesses his opponent's strength and battle style to comprehend their movements, thereby allowing him to easily predict and dodge their attacks. He then uses his medical ninjutsu to systematically take down his opponent in order to disable and subdue them.
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Kabuto admits he is not skilled in [[taijutsu]], and on the one occasion he is seen in extended physical combat he uses a [[Military Rations Pill]] to augment his skills. During his briefer moments of hand-to-hand combat, he is shown to have good reflexes, reacting to threats just in time to defend himself or allies<ref>Chapter 156</ref> as well as fending off all [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]s even when surrounded.<ref>Chapter 304</ref>
   
While in Sage Mode, Kabuto's physical abilities, such as his speed and reflexes, were enhanced to the point were he could both evade and repel multiple high-speed and powered attacks from both Sasuke and Itachi with relative ease, despite having his vision impaired.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 14-15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, page 8</ref> Not only that, but he was also able to attack Itachi before he could react or defend himself.<ref name="c585p167">''Naruto'' chapter 585, pages 16-17</ref> His physical strength is also increased, enough to tear one of Itachi's arms off using nothing more than his bare teeth.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 586, page 11</ref>
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[[File:Kabuto infusing Orochimaru's blood.png|thumb|Kabuto injecting himself with Orochimaru's remains.]]
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In order to achieve the "perfect being" identity he desires for himself, Kabuto makes a number of modifications to his body prior to the Fourth Shinobi World War, causing him to develop a new [[chakra]] signature.<ref name="c667" /> The first and most notable of these modifications is infusing himself with the remains of Orochimaru's body, which initially grants him a larger and stronger reserve of chakra. Over time, the remains alter his body, making his "true" appearance very snake-like, in which he can move around quickly and use his large mouth to swallow and thus capture targets.<ref name="c514">Chapter 514, pages 11-12</ref> He usually disguises his appearance within a more normal-looking skin, which he can [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|shed]] as needed. This outer skin has a snake embedded in its navel, which he can merge with others' bodies in order to heal them.<ref name="c667">Chapter 667, pages 2-4</ref> Kabuto can in fact produce white snakes of varying sizes from either of his bodies, either to act as additional appendages<ref>Chapter 514, page 17</ref> or to detach from him and carry out his will. These snakes can use their heightened senses to communicate targets' locations to him, possess his chakra signature, and share some of his other bodily modifications.<ref name="c579">Chapter 579</ref>
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[[File:Kabuto using Orochimaru's powers.png|thumb|left|Kabuto manifesting Orochimaru from his body.]]
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From his extensive study of Orochimaru's various human test subjects, Kabuto alters his body to replicate certain others' trademark skills: he creates a version of [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]]'s [[Hydrification Technique]] to escape capture by liquefying his body; he can reproduce [[Karin]]'s natural [[Uzumaki]]-based rejuvenation to heal injuries he suffers; he can use [[Jūgo]]'s [[Jūgo's Clan's Kekkei Genkai|kekkei genkai]] to passively absorb [[natural energy]], allowing him to continuously use [[Sage Mode]] without assistance.<ref name="c579"/> While in Sage Mode, he can make further use of others' abilities through his "[[DNA]]" ability, granting him all the skill-sets of whoever he has genetic samples of. He does this with all of the [[Sound Five]], giving him access to abilities such as [[Kimimaro]]'s [[Shikotsumyaku|accelerated bone production]] and [[Kidōmaru]]'s [[Spider Web Unrolling|spiderweb-based bindings]]. By combining this "DNA" with [[Sakon and Ukon]]'s [[Attack of the Twin Demons|body merging ability]], he can manifest mindless clones of others from his navel snake, such as Orochimaru, whose own snake-like body Kabuto can use very similarly to his own.<ref name="c585">Chapter 585</ref>
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
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Kabuto's [[nature]]s include [[Earth]], [[Water]], and [[Wind]], as well as [[Yin]] and [[Yang release]].<ref name="d4" /> He can use Earth Release [[Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique|travel underground]] and, with [[Jirōbō]]'s DNA, [[Earth Release: Earth Shore Return|upend the earth]]. He can also use Water Release without a nearby water source, able to create [[Water Release: Great Waterfall Technique|large water projectiles]] and [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique|water dragons]]. Kabuto can produce [[barrier]]s to hide his location<ref>Chapter 577, page 16</ref> and, in the anime, [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique|make himself invisible]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 35</ref>
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==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
 
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
[[File:Chakra Scalpel.PNG|thumb|Kabuto using chakra scalpel.]]
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[[File:Chakra Scalpel.PNG|thumb|Kabuto using the chakra scalpel.]]
Despite his young age, Kabuto has demonstrated tremendous skill and ingenuity in medical ninjutsu. With his extensive knowledge of medical ninjutsu and of the human body, Kabuto can quickly adjust to any damage done to his body and severely injure a person with a single chakra-infused strike to the chest. He has also developed the unique ability to be able to [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction|reactivate dead cells and grow new ones]]; the usage of this technique effectively during battle requires him to read his opponent's moves accurately in order to prepare the area of which he would apply the cell reconstruction, a feat that he is very capable of. Through his experiments on [[Karin]]'s healing abilities and powerful life-force, Kabuto was able to attain near-instantaneous regeneration abilities himself.<ref name="copycat">''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 10</ref>
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Kabuto was taught [[medical ninjutsu]] by [[Nonō Yakushi]] when he was young and immediately displayed a natural talent for it. He can heal most injuries without difficulty, even performing the ordinarily close-contact [[Mystical Palm Technique]] from a slight distance.<ref name="c296">Chapter 296, pages 12-13</ref> He invents [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction]] as a way of keeping test subjects alive longer by preemptively healing damage they receive, but he can also use it on himself when he expects to be badly injured. He uses [[chakra scalpel]]s quite extensively outside their intended surgical use, either to cut through defenses<ref>Chapter 290, pages 9-11</ref> or augment his physical strikes, severing muscles on contact in order to disable opponents.
   
He also often uses scalpels as throwing weapons instead of kunai. In Part II, Kabuto has apparently advanced his medical ninjutsu even further. He is capable of using the chakra scalpel without any hand seals, and still powerful enough to cut through wood and flesh with ease, and can use the [[Mystical Palm Technique]] at a distance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 290, pages 9-11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 296, pages 12-13</ref> In Sage Mode, the strength of his chakra scalpel was great enough to completely bisect a reincarnated Itachi Uchiha in one strike.<ref name="c585p167"/>
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[[File:Dead Soul Technique.png|left|thumb|Kabuto reanimating Rinji's dead body.]]
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Kabuto has an unprecedented knowledge of the human body, enough that, when his body's [[Body Pathway Derangement|electrical signals are scrambled]], he is able to quickly compensate and relearn how to control his limbs. For others, he can use his knowledge to create drugs to various effects, either as pain killers, hormones to enhance physical attributes,<ref>Chapter 311, page 16</ref> poisons to specifically neutralise a particular target's abilities or immunities, and truth serums to aid in interrogations.<ref name="c515">Chapter 515, pages 10-11</ref> Kabuto has a unique affinity for corpses, able to [[Dead Soul Technique|reanimate]] them for use as allies in combat or decoys; in the case of the latter, he can quickly alter the corpse's appearance to look like someone else, which is so convincing that the alteration is only noticeable on close scrutiny. He in fact likes to keep a supply of variously-aged corpses with him at all times, which he stores in scrolls until he needs them.
   
Kabuto's prowess in medical ninjutsu has allowed him to develop a series of drugs with various effects. This was demonstrated several times. One instance would be the drugs given to Sasuke which aided in his training process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 311, page 16</ref> As shown with [[Manda II]], he is also capable of genetically altering organisms making them bigger and stronger than the [[Manda|original]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 513, page 12</ref> Kabuto has also invented a special drug that is capable of suppressing the power of a [[Wood Release]] user<ref name="c515 p10">''Naruto'' chapter 515, page 10</ref> and a truth serum that allows him to interrogate enemies with ease.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 513, page 11</ref>
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==== Summoning ====
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[[File:Cellular Snake Division Technique.png|thumb|Kabuto's clone snakes.]]
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Kabuto uses his own blood to help Orochimaru [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[snake]]s a few times in Part I, but it's not until after he takes on Orochimaru's remains that he starts summoning snakes for himself.<ref>Chapter 516, page 8</ref> Like the snakes he makes with his own body, he can use these snake to restrain targets or inject them with venom.<ref name="c515" /> He creates some genetically modified snakes for his own usage, such as a [[Manda II|clone]] of [[Manda]],<ref name="c513">Chapter 513</ref> with several other varieties seen in the anime's [[Power (Arc)|Power arc]]: snakes that can absorb chakra, snakes that can morph into copies of himself, and small [[clone snakes]] that can combine into functional replicas of others.<ref name="ship290">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 290</ref>
   
Kabuto has demonstrated a unique affinity for corpses, and has demonstrated an interest in being able to [[Dead Soul Technique|reanimate them]]. This is primarily convenient when he is experimenting with test subjects, though they have been used briefly in escape situations, and may be used in combat. Kabuto's expertise in medical ninjutsu is far-reaching enough for him to be able to create an almost perfect look-alike of a person from a corpse in very little time and under high pressure, and keeps a [[Generic Sealing Technique|sealing scroll]] to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] corpses for usage; he mentioned to Orochimaru that he would like to keep his stock refilled after using one. Kabuto can even use the remains of a corpse to create a physically [[Manda II|enhanced clone]] as he did with [[Manda]] by using the dead snake's cells and various drugs.
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[[File:Akatsuki revived.png|thumb|left|Kabuto reincarnates five Akatsuki members.]]
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Kabuto claims to have perfected the [[Impure World Reincarnation]]: he is able to reincarnate dozens of individuals at a time - something its creator, [[Tobirama Senju]], could not<ref>Chapter 521, page 5</ref> - and bring them back with the same power they had while alive - something Orochimaru could not.<ref>Chapter 546, page 15</ref> Kabuto typically allows his reincarnated forces to keep their personalities while they carry out his bidding, making them more effective and allowing for a degree of psychological warfare against those who knew them when alive. By siphoning chakra from [[Orochimaru's cursed seals]], he can remotely suppress their personalities and take full control of their actions.<ref name="c522">Chapter 522, pages 9-10</ref> In the case of [[Madara Uchiha]]'s reincarnated body, Kabuto makes several modifications to it in order to restore Madara's youth and give him the [[Rinnegan]] and [[Wood Release]].<ref name="c560">Chapter 560, page 3</ref>
==== Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation ====
 
[[File:Akatsuki revived.png|thumb|left|Kabuto reincarnates five deceased Akatsuki members.]]
 
As a further testament to his corpse theme, Kabuto can perform the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique — which only [[Orochimaru]] and [[Tobirama Senju]] could before, claiming superior usage of the technique than his predecessors, supporting that by reincarnating five deceased Akatsuki members at once.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 489, page 19</ref> He also states that he can reincarnate many other powerful ninja under his control, including [[Madara Uchiha]]. He applied a seal on the corpses that doesn't completely rob them of their free will, but still controls their body movement against their will — a seal different from the one Orochimaru used. Kabuto showed his great prowess in this particular technique by summoning a large group of famous and powerful shinobi, including deceased [[jinchūriki]], [[Kage]], and many others. He is even able to remotely monitor the bodies as well as rewrite the commands given to the reincarnated shinobi, allowing him to rob them of their free will whenever he wants.
 
 
Kabuto can also modify these reincarnated bodies to increase their abilities to an unknown extent as shown with enhancements done to Madara Uchiha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 518, pages 9, 10, 14</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 560, page 3</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 1-2</ref> In the anime, he also enhanced Fukai's reincarnation, by infusing him with Gyūki's cultivated cells, allowing him to access most of his former jinchūriki powers.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 318</ref>
 
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
 
Kabuto is capable of using [[Earth Release]] to [[Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique|move underground]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 8</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 166, page 10</ref> After infusing himself with the DNA of the Sound Four, he was capable of using [[Earth Release: Earth Shore Return]] through a manifestation of [[Jirōbō]], which he used during his battle against Itachi and Sasuke to rid himself of a wall of [[Amaterasu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 585, page 4</ref>
 
 
Kabuto has also demonstrated great skill with [[Water Release]], as he is capable [[Water Release: Great Waterfall Technique|of creating large torrents of water]]<ref name="c586p3">''Naruto'' chapter 586, page 3</ref> and even using the powerful [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique]] without the extensive use of hand seals or an external water source.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 587, page 11</ref> He was also capable of overwhelming [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]]; the latter was caught completely off-guard by this, despite being protected by his [[Susanoo]].<ref name="c586p3"/>
 
 
=== Genjutsu ===
 
Kabuto has shown he is highly adept in genjutsu, having the skill to put an entire stadium of people asleep, minus those that were able to detect and deflect his [[Temple of Nirvana Technique]] in time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 114, pages 15-17</ref> He could also utilise [[Tayuya]]'s unique music based genjutsu [[Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains]] after integrating her DNA into himself. With that technique, he could bind both [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]] at the same time and rendered them unable to break the genjutsu on their own despite their considerable genjutsu prowess.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 585, pages 8-12</ref>
 
 
=== Body Modifications ===
 
[[File:Oro+Kabuto.png|thumb|Kabuto producing a manifestation of Orochimaru's body from his navel snake.]]
 
As a part of his "''quest to find himself''", Kabuto performed various experiments on his own body, integrating the DNA of both Orochimaru and a few other of his experiment subjects. As a result, he gained access to their unique abilities, techniques and kekkei genkai.
 
 
By infusing himself with Orochimaru's DNA, he gained access to his master's snake techniques and summons, the ability to alter his body and an enhanced chakra capacity. Later, he assimilated the DNA from three members of [[Taka]], gaining Karin's healing powers, developed an altered version of [[Suigetsu]]'s [[Hydrification Technique|liquification]] abilities and [[Jūgo]]'s ability to passively absorb [[natural energy]], allowing him to continuously use [[Sage Mode]] without assistance. He also integrated the DNA of the entire [[Sound Five]] team into his body. He could first use [[Sakon]]'s [[Attack of the Twin Demons]] to manifest a second body identical in appearance to that of the twins, which was connected to the base of his navel-snake. With this, he gained access to multiple techniques, such as Jirōbō's Earth Release techniques, Tayuya's [[Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains|sound-based genjutsu abilities]], [[Kidōmaru]]'s [[Spider Web Unrolling|web techniques]], and [[Kimimaro]]'s [[Shikotsumyaku]] [[kekkei genkai]], with the manifestation changing form to resemble each person when the ability was used. By creating a manifestation of Orochimaru and changing it into his [[Power of the White Snake|true form]], he could capture opponents or emerge from the giant snake to perform a surprise attack. Even if this second attack was somehow blocked, Kabuto could [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|shed his skin again]] to continue his move. Using these versatile abilities, Kabuto could drastically change and control the battlefield, as well as overwhelm opponents with a myriad of techniques.
 
 
Due to this assimilation, Kabuto's chakra reserves have increased tremendously. A testament to this was his ability to summon and control dozens of [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] ninja at one time for up to two days, and summon [[Manda II]], a snake even larger than [[Manda]]. As a result his chakra reserves became large enough that he was able to enter [[Sage Mode]]. After capturing Anko and absorbing Orochimaru's residual senjutsu chakra from her cursed seal, he became even more powerful.
 
 
After Orochimaru's revival, he absorbed his chakra from Kabuto's body, which reverted the latter to his original appearance.<ref name="chpt593"/>
 
 
==== Snake Techniques ====
 
[[File:Transformed Kabuto took Yamato.png|thumb|left|Kabuto's snake form.]]
 
After implanting Orochimaru's cells into his body, Kabuto gained all of his snake-oriented techniques and abilities, first exhibiting some of these skills to kill several [[Takigakure]] ninja with great ease using multiple snakes. He could also use the [[Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]] and its [[Many Hidden Shadow Snake Hands|variants]] for a quick ambush attack.
 
 
[[File:Cellular Snake Division scattering.png|thumb|right|Kabuto uses his clone snakes.]]
 
In the anime, Kabuto developed [[Clone Snakes|clone snakes]] using Orochimaru's DNA. He could then form several of these snakes into a larger snake for [[Clone Snakes: Serpent Technique|offensive]] usage or use them to [[Body Recreation Technique|recreate life]], although the latter required an extensive amount of time if not used in the [[The Hole|right place]]<ref name="ship290"/> Another weakness was that these snakes had a short lifespan, causing the revived beings to perish in 48 hours. He could use a [[Snake Clone Technique|clone technique from snakes]] and also developed another breed of snakes that could [[Chakra Absorbing Snakes|absorb chakra]].
 
 
After being fully transformed by Orochimaru's DNA, a white snake extended from his navel, which he was capable of using to telepathically communicate with other snakes.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 514, page 4</ref> He was also capable of creating other white snakes of various sizes from his body. Kabuto demonstrated the ability to alter the size of these snakes at will through the use of [[hand seals]], even after they had separated from his body, and could also hide within the snakes to conceal himself.<ref name="c579">''Naruto'' chapter 579, pages 3-6</ref> As the snakes shared the same chakra as Kabuto himself, he was capable of using this method to hide from a user of the [[Sharingan]], despite its ability to see chakra as colours.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, pages 7-8</ref> He could also transform his entire lower body into a white snake, as well as form additional snakes to act as makeshift legs.<ref name="c514">''Naruto'' chapter 514, page 17</ref>
 
 
To counteract [[genjutsu]] that are dependent upon eye contact, Kabuto could instead rely solely upon his snakes' ability to perceive their surroundings through sensing the ambient temperatures and smells using their tongues, rather than his own sight.<ref name="c579"/> Additionally, Kabuto could utilise the fangs of his snakes to inject drugs into others.<ref name="c515 p10" /> In the anime, he was also able to inject drugs through the snake extending from his navel, including one that could knock Anko out, despite her having received treatment to be immune to poison while with Orochimaru.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 261</ref> After researching the [[Hōzuki clan]]'s [[Hydrification Technique]] through Suigetsu, Kabuto altered it so that he could [[Body Fluid Shedding Technique|liquefy portions of his body at will using his body fluids]]. This ability, along with Kabuto's regenerative qualities, extended to the white snakes that were generated directly from his body.<ref name="copycat"/>
 
 
Another ability relating to his snake-theme was that Kabuto could shed his skin to turn into a white snake with arms, similar to Orochimaru's true form. While in this form, he could move at very fast speeds and even swallow a full-grown man whole.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 514, pages 11-12</ref>
 
   
 
=== Senjutsu ===
 
=== Senjutsu ===
[[File:Snake Sage Mode.png|thumb|left|Kabuto in Sage Mode.]]
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[[File:Kabuto's Sage Mode.png|thumb|Kabuto in Sage Mode.]]
After Orochimaru's sealing, Kabuto travelled across the world and ultimately discovered the location of the [[Ryūchi Cave]]. There, he was taught [[senjutsu]] by the [[White Snake Sage]] where he gained access to a [[Sage Mode]]. This, together with the research and self-modifications based on Jūgo's clan's abilities, also allows Kabuto to passively and continuously absorb [[natural energy]] without assistance, allowing him to potentially maintain his Sage Mode indefinitely. According to Kabuto, this meant that he was no longer a snake, but had instead transcended into a dragon.<ref name="C579P19">''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 19</ref>
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Due to the larger chakra reserves he gains from Orochimaru's remains, Kabuto is able to learn [[senjutsu]] from the [[White Snake Sage]] at the [[Ryūchi Cave]]. This allows him to enter [[Sage Mode]], which he can use indefinitely due to his research of [[Jūgo]]'s passively ability to constantly absorb [[natural energy]]. In Sage Mode, Kabuto's only noticeable physical alterations are the markings around his eyes, the four horns on the back of his head, and [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]] to give him immunity to [[genjutsu]] and other visual attacks;<ref>Chapter 580, pages 2-4</ref> he describes his transformation as changing him from a snake to a dragon.<ref name="C579P19">Chapter 579, page 19</ref> Using Sage Mode makes Kabuto's jutsu and physical attacks stronger,<ref>Chapter 585, pages 16-17</ref> improves his physical defenses,<ref>Chapter 581, page 16</ref> heightens his speed and reflexes,<ref>Chapter 579, page 16</ref> and allows him to [[sense]] his surroundings.<ref>Chapter 580, page 8</ref> He can also [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation|infuse natural energy]] into inanimate objects, giving them life.
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Physically, Kabuto undergoes little alteration in this form, with the only visible changes being the markings around his eyes extending onto his back and the growth of four horns on the back of his head, as well as darkened [[Wikipedia:Sclera|sclerae]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, pages 18-19</ref> Sage Mode greatly enhances Kabuto's speed, perception and reflexes, to such an extent that he can easily dodge the [[Susanoo Bow|arrows]] fired by Sasuke's [[Susanoo]], which are noted for their tremendous speed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 16</ref> He also gained access to further snake anatomy, such as their [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]], which allowed him to severely impair his opponents through the use of [[Sage Art: White Rage Technique|intense light]] whilst remaining completely unaffected himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, pages 2-4</ref> He is also capable of [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation|infusing life into inanimate objects]] and manipulating them, such as the surrounding terrain, making it very difficult to counter. His other ninjutsu, such as [[chakra scalpel]]s become sharp enough to completely bisect a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] shinobi's body with ease.
 
   
 
=== Intelligence ===
 
=== Intelligence ===
Being trained as a spy by Root, conducting espionage missions on all Great Ninja Villages, as well as being the right-hand man and spy for Orochimaru, and being a former [[Akatsuki]] sleeper agent, Kabuto is extremely skilled in matters of intelligence gathering and espionage, having gained access to large stores of knowledge which he uses to produce devastating effects. This includes him finding Tobi, as well as knowing that he was not the real Madara Uchiha and simply using his name to help him start the Fourth Shinobi World War, and his plan to revive the [[Ten-Tails]], knowing about [[Zetsu]], outwitting [[Kurotsuchi]] by knowing her abilities, and even the truth of the [[Uchiha clan massacre]], the latter of which is so secretive that only a selective few ever knew.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 6</ref>
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During his years in Root, Kabuto became one of the organisation's best spies, a role he continued to serve for Orochimaru. Over the years, he uncovers a great deal of information unknown to most of the world, such as how [[Zetsu]]s are made, the truth surrounding the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]],<ref name="c581"/> and [[Tobi]]'s true identity. In combat, Kabuto can use his vast intel to plan around opponents' abilities, either by employing the appropriate countermeasures<ref name="c513"/> or depending on their attacks for his plans to be successful.<ref name="c514"/> This also speaks to his considerable ability to manipulate opponents, as he frequently tries to break down their resolve,<ref name="c167">Chapter 167</ref> turn them against their allies, or even come up with similarities that might convince them to join forces with him.<ref name="c581">Chapter 581</ref> Even if his manipulations fail or they cannot in and of themselves benefit him, Kabuto is good at making all possible outcomes work in his favour: the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' losses help his stated objective of winning the Fourth Shinobi World War, while the Allied Shinobi Forces' victories help his long-term objective of undermining [[Akatsuki]].
 
Like his mentor Orochimaru, Kabuto has shown himself as an extensive researcher, performing multiple experiments to increase or neutralise an individual's abilities, as shown by his creation of Manda II, his intricate knowledge of the Wood Release and subsequent empowering of the Zetsu army, his mastery of the Impure World Reincarnation, his enhancement of Madara's ''prime'' body and the enhancements done to his own body by studying, assimilating and reverse engineering the abilities of his former master, the Sound Five and team [[Taka]].
 
 
He has also shown himself to be a very skilled manipulator. For years, he was able to convince all of Konohagakure into believing he was a genuinely benign man with inept shinobi skill outside of medical skills (to which he made it appear he was only decent at) to make it easier in gathering information. He made Orochimaru doubt his true loyalties on at least one occasion, but since Orochimaru's sealing, he has expressed his true support of his former master's ideology. He has shown to be able to use his strong powers of deception to fool his targets into aiding him in several manners, even including a master manipulator such as Tobi, well known for his own ability to manipulate others. He also used such manipulative methods with the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]], by allowing the reincarnated shinobi to retain their personalities, so they can be used for psychological warfare, as well as memories, emotions, and creativity to enhance combat efficiency. This shows that Kabuto understands the human mind very well, and takes advantage of that to help meet his own ends.
 
 
=== Other Skills ===
 
Kabuto has also displayed some skill with [[barrier ninjutsu]], having erected one around his proximity during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] in order to hide his location.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 16</ref> Kabuto appears to have passable skill in swordplay, as seen when he commandeered Sasuke's sword to attack Itachi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, page 14</ref> In the anime, he showed the ability to [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique|make himself invisible]],<ref>''Naruto'' episode 35</ref> and he also had a [[Scroll Communication Technique|scroll technique]] that allowed him to perform long distance communication with another person.
 
   
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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[[File:Kabuto Team.jpg|thumb|Kabuto's genin team.]]
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Prior to the first phase of the [[Chūnin Exams]], Kabuto befriended the members of the [[Rookie Nine]] with information on their fellow competitors. During the second phase of the exam, Kabuto joined forces with Team 7 in an attempt to finish the phase with little hassle. When the group encountered [[Team Oboro]], Kabuto's glasses were knocked off of his face after saving [[Naruto Uzumaki]] from an attack. This caused Kabuto to momentarily lose his cool and reveal his [[Killing Intent]], paralysing both Team Oboro and Naruto's team-mates as he took advantage to defeat the Ame genin. Upon completing the second test, Kabuto reunited with his team-mates and fellow agents, [[Yoroi Akadō]] and [[Misumi Tsurugi]]. Back with his team, Kabuto reported to Orochimaru what he had learned about [[Sasuke Uchiha]].
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[[File:Kabuto's Genin Team.png|thumb|left|Kabuto and his team-mates.]]
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Kabuto is teamed with [[Yoroi Akadō]] and [[Misumi Tsurugi]] so that they can enter the [[Chūnin Exams]] being held in [[Konoha]]. Before the exam's first stage begins, Kabuto befriends the [[Rookie Nine]]. Because they're all quite confident in their prospects, he warns them about the exam's inherent difficulty as well as the considerable competition that some of the other participants pose. He confesses that he has little information on the ninja of [[Oto]], but he doesn't feel this is an issue. This provokes the eavesdropping [[Dosu Kinuta]] - an Oto-genin - to attack him; although Kabuto dodges, Dosu's [[Resonating Echo Speaker]] shatters his glasses and makes him nauseous. The exam proctors break up the fight.
   
[[File:Scalpel.png|thumb|left|Kabuto intending to kill Sasuke.]]
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As the second stage of the exams near completion, Kabuto finds the members of [[Team 7]] in the [[Forest of Death]], arriving in time to stop [[Naruto Uzumaki]] from opening one of the scrolls they're supposed to be gathering; he explains that doing so results in unconsciousness and thus failure. When asked, he explains that he was separated from his team and that he's on his way to meet them with the two scrolls he's acquired. [[Sasuke Uchiha]] challenges him to a fight, needing one of the scrolls if Team 7 is to pass. Kabuto suggests that they instead trying taking a scroll from one of the teams gathering in the center of the forest. He offers to help them in exchange for accompanying him, providing safety in numbers.
With Orochimaru now in a position to observe Sasuke firsthand, Kabuto forfeited prior to the preliminary matches of the Chūnin Exams. While explaining to Naruto that he was fatigued, injured, and unwilling to risk his life further, Kabuto actually forfeited due to his fear that prolonged fighting would cause him to show his true abilities, blowing his cover. After Orochimaru gathered enough of his own intelligence about Sasuke, he instructed Kabuto to kidnap Sasuke. He was able to take out the eight [[ANBU]] members guarding Sasuke and almost succeeded in accomplishing this task, but [[Kakashi Hatake]] intervened before he could finish, forcing Kabuto to flee.
 
   
Later, he spoke with [[Baki]] and they discussed the upcoming Suna and Oto invasion of Konoha. While discussing the upcoming invasion, they realised that they were being overheard by [[Hayate Gekkō]]. Kabuto offered to eliminate Hayate, but Baki did so himself. In the anime, impressed by Hayate's skills, Kabuto obtained a hair sample of the Konoha-nin after he fell against Baki, convinced that the sample would prove useful in the future.
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As they approach the center and the deadline to finish nears, Kabuto and Team 7 are caught in a [[genjutsu]] by [[Team Oboro]], who have similar plans of taking scrolls as they do. Naruto uses [[shadow clone]]s to draw out Team Oboro, who fight his clones with their own [[haze clone]]s. Kabuto is impressed by Naruto's large chakra supply, but, as Sasuke discovers with his [[Sharingan]], the fight is meaningless since the haze clones are only a distraction. Team Oboro tries sneaking up on Naruto and attacking him, which Kabuto blocks, becoming injured instead; he exudes [[killing intent]] in response, creating an opening for Naruto to knock them out. Team 7 takes Team Oboro's scroll and Kabuto accompanies them to the center of the forest where he reunites with his team. He thanks Team 7 for their help.
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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Kabuto and his team meet with [[Orochimaru]] before the next stage of the exams start and Kabuto gives him the intel he's gathered on Sasuke. They then assemble with the other qualifying teams and are informed that one-on-one preliminary matches will be held. Kabuto opts to withdraw. When asked by Naruto, he claims to be too tired from his encounters with Dosu and Team Oboro to fight. When asked by Yoroi, he claims that this will give Yoroi and Misumi a chance to earn Orochimaru's favour. In truth, Kabuto is concerned that he won't be able to hold himself back in combat and that he'll end up blowing his cover; Orochimaru's presence in the audience also means Kabuto no longer needs to gather intel for him. Kabuto leaves with the [[Third Hokage]]'s permission, eager for his next encounter with Naruto and Sasuke.
[[File:ANBU Kabuto.png|thumb|Kabuto is uncovered at the arena while disguising as an ANBU member.]]
 
During the final matches of the Chūnin Exam, Kabuto kills an ANBU member and poses as him to mingle with the audience. During Naruto and [[Neji Hyūga]]'s battle, he heals Hinata.
 
   
When Sasuke injures [[Gaara]], Kabuto uses a [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|genjutsu]] to put the audience to sleep and signal the start of the invasion of Konoha. During the invasion, Kabuto has Oto ninja go after Naruto when he starts to pursue Sasuke, fearing what he will eventually become a problem if he is not dealt with soon. However, it appears he already knew it would fail as he wanted to test Naruto. He does not contribute in the battle, pointing out that Kakashi would only copy his abilities, and flees from the village when the invasion fails.
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[[File:Plotting Invasion.png|thumb|Kabuto meets with Baki.]]
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Kabuto meets with Orochimaru after the preliminaries conclude. Although he doesn't want to trigger his long-term plans yet, Orochimaru is concerned about Sasuke's development, believing that Naruto is having too positive an influence on him. He sends Kabuto to capture Sasuke while it's still possible for Orochimaru to corrupt him. Kabuto locates Sasuke in the [[Konoha Hospital]] and kills his eight [[Anbu]] guards. He is discovered by [[Kakashi Hatake]] before he can accomplish his task and is forced to flee through the window. He meets with [[Baki]] of [[Sunagakure]] later that night to discuss their villages' planned invasion of Konoha. When they notice that their conversation is being listened to by [[Hayate Gekkō]], Kabuto offers to eliminate him, but Baki does so instead.
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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A month later, during the final matches of the Chūnin Exams, Kabuto kills one of the Anbu guarding the stadium where the finals are being held. He disguises himself with the Anbu's clothes and mask so that he can infiltrate the stadium and watch Naruto's match. During the fight, [[Hinata Hyūga]] starts having a coughing fit and Kabuto offers to treat her. She is healed, but falls unconscious; Kabuto knocks out [[Kiba Inuzuka]] and [[Akamaru]] as well.
[[File:Shizune and Kabuto clash.png|thumb|left|Kabuto clashes with Shizune.]]
 
With Orochimaru being heavily injured as a result of the failed invasion, Kabuto accompanies him in searching for [[Tsunade]] in the the hope that she can heal his master. Upon finding and in time seeming to persuade Tsunade, Kabuto notices that Tsunade's medical techniques are filled with killing intent, realising her true intentions and stopping her from killing Orochimaru. Knowing that Tsunade will not help willingly, Kabuto resolves to make her help with force. After taking a [[Military Rations Pill]] to boost his abilities, Kabuto is able to keep up with Tsunade and land a number of disabling attacks, though she eventually lands a crippling attack upon him. Realising that he is still completely outmatched by the Sannin member, Kabuto manages to turn the fight to his advantage by bleeding himself with a kunai to the hand and uses Tsunade's haemophobia against her.
 
   
[[File:Attack! Fury of the Rasengan!.JPG|thumb|Naruto defeating Kabuto with Rasengan.]]
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=== Konoha Crush ===
When reinforcements for Tsunade arrive, Kabuto quickly defeats [[Shizune]] before Naruto arrives and surprised that Kabuto is a spy for Orochimaru. While he didn't view Naruto as much of a threat, warning him not to interfere and mocking his dream when beating the younger ninja to an inch of his life, Kabuto finds himself inflicted with injuries he can not fully heal from hit by Naruto's [[Rasengan]]. While Kabuto had managed to strike a fatal blow to Naruto's heart before the Rasengan hit him, Tsunade heals Naruto before he can die, leaving Kabuto to lie on the ground, defeated. He later recovers to the point of helping Orochimaru summon [[Manda]], and flees with his master once Orochimaru is defeated.
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[[File:Kabuto begins attack.png|thumb|left|Kabuto faces Konoha's defenders.]]
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The [[invasion of Konoha]] is supposed to be initiated by Suna's [[Gaara]]. When Gaara ends up being injured during his fight with Sasuke and thus left unable to fulfil his intended role, Kabuto initiates the invasion instead: he uses the [[Temple of Nirvana Technique]] to put most of the people in the stadium to sleep. Some of Konoha's forces are able to fend off his genjutsu and engage other Oto-nin that infiltrated the stadium. Kabuto, however, avoids fighting, and both he and Baki are eventually cornered by Kakashi and [[Might Guy]]. When he notices Orochimaru fleeing his own fight with the Third Hokage, Kabuto decides to flee as well and advises that Baki do the same.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
As [[Orochimaru]] anxiously awaits Sasuke's arrival at their lair, Kabuto encourages him to [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|transfer into a new body]] while he still can, even offering himself. Although Orochimaru rejects the offer, Kabuto finds a strong body for Orochimaru to switch to just in case. In time, due to the Sound Four being hindered by the Konoha ninja sent after them and Sasuke, Orochimaru finally grows tired of waiting and switches to the [[Gen'yūmaru|vessel]]. While discussing the [[Sound Four]], Kabuto notes [[Sakon]] to be the strongest. Kabuto also manipulated [[Kimimaro]] to leave to retrieve Sasuke, despite the latter's terminal illness.
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During the failed invasion, Orochimaru's arms are bound by the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]]. Kabuto tries healing them and, when that doesn't work, he provides Orochimaru with medicine for the pain, but those are also ineffective. With few other options available, Orochimaru has Kabuto locate [[Tsunade]], one of his fellow [[Sannin]]. Kabuto tracks her to [[Tanzaku Quarters]] and they go to meet her. Upon finding her, Orochimaru offers to [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] her [[Nawaki|brother]] and [[Dan Katō|lover]] in exchange for her healing his arms. This proposal provokes Tsunade's attendant, [[Shizune]], into attacking Orochimaru with a [[Prepared Needle Shot]], which Kabuto blocks. When Tsunade displays a certain willingness to attack them herself, Orochimaru sheds some of his own blood, paralyzing her due to her [[wikipedia:hemophobia|hemophobia]]. He and Kabuto leave, giving Tsunade a week to decide.
   
== Part II ==
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As they return to Tanzaku Quarters a week later, Orochimaru is confident that Tsunade will heal his arms. However, he believes Shizune may represent an issue, so he sends Kabuto to kill her. Kabuto finds her in the company of Naruto and [[Jiraiya]], another Sannin, forcing him to withdraw and return to Orochimaru. He arrives in time to stop Tsunade's apparent healing of Orochimaru's arms, having noticed her killing intent. Since she won't cooperate, Orochimaru decides that they must fight her and take her by force, though because of his arms, he relies on Kabuto to do the actual fighting; they draw her away from the city so that Shizune and the others can't help her.
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
 
[[File:Summoning scroll for corpses.PNG|thumb|left|Kabuto's corpse summoning scroll.]]
 
When [[Team Yamato]] comes to meet one of Sasori's agents, Kabuto is revealed to be that agent. [[Yamato]], disguised as Sasori, is able to learn some things from Kabuto, though just as he is about to capture the latter Orochimaru shows up. Although it seems as though Orochimaru is about to kill Kabuto as a traitor, Kabuto cuts off the Sasori disguise's head, having intended to kill the actual Sasori under Orochimaru's orders. With his cover blown, Yamato calls to the rest of his team for assistance, and Naruto eventually starts to fight Orochimaru. At the start of the battle, Kabuto tries to attack Naruto who has slipped into his three-tailed form, though he is almost instantly repelled a good distance by one of Naruto's [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|roars]], knocking out Sakura in the process. He returns back to the bridge and heals Sakura, who had been attacked by Naruto, and hints that the Akatsuki is the greater enemy.
 
   
After the battle, Kabuto joins Orochimaru and Team Yamato member [[Sai]] in returning to their hideout, and Kabuto is tasked with leaving behind a dead body that looks like Sai to prevent anyone from following them. When Sai is later captured, Kabuto comes to his aid, only to be captured by Sai instead. Unable to escape, Kabuto is forthcoming with information, and discourages Naruto from trying to retrieve the traitorous Sasuke. Kabuto is left by himself as Team 7 searches the lair, though is at some point freed and joins Orochimaru and Sasuke when they depart.
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[[File:Points Disturbance.png|thumb|Tsunade attacks Kabuto.]]
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Because of how strong Tsunade's attacks are, Kabuto stays out of her reach as much as he can, only striking when he can get in a [[Chakra Scalpel|disabling blow]]. Tsunade heals all the damage he does to her and Kabuto similarly recovers from her [[Body Pathway Derangement|counterattacks]]. When they are found by Shizune, Jiraiya, and Naruto, Kabuto slits his wrists so that Tsunade is paralysed with fear and thus unable to fight back. Naruto is confused by Kabuto's presence, slow to realise he's working for Orochimaru; Kabuto informs him that it's this sort of ignorance that prevents him from matching Sasuke. Naruto attacks him with shadow clones, which Kabuto easily fends off. He then fights Shizune, quickly knocking her out while he attempts to restrain Tsunade. Naruto stops him and tries attacking with the [[Rasengan]], but he lacks full mastery of it and misses.
   
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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[[File:Naruto vs. Kabuto.png|thumb|left|Kabuto struck with Naruto's Rasengan.]]
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Kabuto tries to convince Naruto to give up, as otherwise he will be killed and thus left unable to achieve his dream of becoming [[Hokage]]. Naruto refuses, so Kabuto attacks with a kunai. Naruto catches the kunai and latches on to Kabuto's hand, preventing him from escaping while Naruto strikes with another Rasengan. Kabuto is propelled backwards and tries healing the damage with his [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction]], but the damage is too extensive and he collapses. Naruto also collapses, Kabuto having severed his heart muscles when the Rasengan hit him; he boasts that nothing can be done to save Naruto, but Tsunade is able to successfully heal him. The fight is now left to Orochimaru and Kabuto helps him [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[Manda]]. Tsunade overcomes her hemophobia and defeats both Manda and Orochimaru, forcing him and Kabuto to retreat.
[[File:Crystal Needles.jpg|thumb|Kabuto immobilised by Guren's crystal needles.]]
 
Realising that the time was fast approaching for him to change bodies, Orochimaru sent Kabuto to fetch [[Guren]]. When Kabuto nears her location Guren attacks him to see if he is worthy of being Orochimaru's attendant. Satisfied, she accompanies him to Orochimaru's lair and is left in charge of testing the prisoners there and forming a team.
 
   
When Guren and her team fail to kill a group of Konoha ninja, Kabuto has them help in summoning the [[Three-Tails]]. Kabuto ordered Guren to restrain it with her [[Crystal Release]]. When she proves unable to do so, Kabuto retreats upon realising he needs to rethink their strategy.
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
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Since Tsunade won't help, the only way for Orochimaru to heal his arms is to [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|transfer to a new body]], which he selects Sasuke's for. He sends the [[Sound Four]] to recruit Sasuke and Kabuto tends to him while he waits. The Sound Four end up taking too long and Kabuto takes it upon himself to find a different body: he has several of their prisoners fight each other to the death, with Orochimaru taking the body of the victor, [[Gen'yūmaru]]. While Orochimaru does that, Kabuto talks to [[Kimimaro]], reminding him that Orochimaru's current predicament is his fault since he became ill, thus making him unsuitable as Orochimaru's new body. This compels Kimimaro to go retrieve Sasuke as his last act of service, which Orochimaru characterises as cruel of Kabuto when he learns of it.
   
Later, he begins preparations for a final attempt to capture the Three-Tails during which he secretly meets with [[Rinji]], who is revealed to be a spy for Kabuto. After learning that Konoha has begun attempting to seal away the Three-Tails, Kabuto retrieves Guren and [[Yūkimaru]] to stop them.
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Sasuke does eventually arrive at their lair, though Kimimaro and the Sound Four have all died. When Sasuke acts disrespectful towards Orochimaru, Kabuto advises him on proper etiquette, to which Sasuke responds with killing intent; Kabuto is surprised by this and Orochimaru is pleased.
   
While successfully stopping the Konoha shinobi from sealing the Three-Tails, they manage to obtain Yūkimaru, much to Kabuto's dismay. Deciding to take desperate measures, Kabuto tricked [[Kigiri]], [[Kihō]], and [[Nurari]] into thinking they were dying from the injuries they sustained from the Konoha-nin and convinced them to go through a gruelling operation of having [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] forcibly activated.
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== Part II ==
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=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
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[[File:Kabuto attacks Yamato.png|thumb|Kabuto attacks "Sasori".]]
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Over two-and-a-half years after Sasuke joins forces with Orochimaru, Kabuto is summoned to meet with [[Sasori]] at the [[Tenchi Bridge]] in [[Kusagakure]]. Pretending to be his loyal agent, Kabuto answers Sasori's questions about Sasuke, telling him that he's at Orochimaru's nearby base. Orochimaru confronts them during their meeting and Kabuto retreats closer to Sasori. While Sasori talks to Orochimaru and prepares to fight him alongside Kabuto, Kabuto cuts through Sasori's [[puppet]], [[Hiruko]]. Having never seen the real Sasori before, Kabuto initially believes the man inside Hiruko ([[Yamato]]) is him, but when Naruto and the rest of Team 7 join Yamato he realises his mistake. Orochimaru taunts Naruto about his desire to see Sasuke again, provoking him into using the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra. Kabuto attempts to attack him, but Naruto easily blasts him away with a mere roar.
   
He then disguises himself as Rinji, tricks Yūkimaru to use his power to unleash the Three-Tails' full might despite knowing how weakened Yūkimaru was. After a failed attempt to have Yūkimaru make the Three-Tails go on a rampage, Kabuto, disguised as Rinji, reveals to Yūkimaru that it was Guren who killed his mother, but is shocked that Yūkimaru forgives her. He then attacks Guren and Yūkimaru with scalpels, but are deflected by Naruto. Naruto throws one of the scalpels cuts Rinji's face which turns out to be a mask and it falls off, revealing that he is Kabuto.
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Once he recovers, Kabuto approaches Yamato and [[Sakura Haruno]] and asks if their presence here means that Sasori is dead, which they confirm. He watches Naruto's fight with Orochimaru, observing that Naruto's [[version 2]] form is proof of how desperate he is to retrieve Sasuke. When Naruto, not in control of his actions, injures Sakura, Kabuto heals her wound as his thanks for their killing Sasori and thus weakening [[Akatsuki]]. While Yamato restrains Naruto, Kabuto goes looking for Orochimaru and finds him with Team 7's other member, [[Sai]]. He initially assumes that Sai means to attack Orochiamru and therefore tackles him, but Orochimaru informs him that Sai is an ally and they take him back to their base. They notice that the rest of Team 7 is following them, apparently because of Sai, so Kabuto prepares a fake dead body that looks like Sai for them to leave behind and throw Team 7 off their trail.
   
Since his meeting with Rinji, Kabuto has been posing as him. Kabuto and Naruto fight it out, with Naruto having improved enough to seemingly gain the upper hand over Kabuto. As Guren tries to escape with Yūkimaru, Kabuto then summons Rinji with his Dead Soul Technique to stop her. Guren fights him, only to be immobilised by his bats. Guren who made her promise to protect Yūkimaru at the cost of her life grabs Rinji from behind and sacrifice herself to kill him. Yūkimaru then screams in agony at what appears to be the loss of Guren. The screaming once again awakens Yūkimaru powers and causes the Three-Tails to breaks out of the seal and go on a rampage. Kabuto then leaves the scene satisfied with what was happening.
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[[File:Naruto vs Kabuto.png|thumb|left|Kabuto fighting Naruto.]]
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When they get back to their base, Kabuto finds a room for Sai to stay in and then leaves to analyse the intel that Sai has given them. He accidentally leaves the intel in Sai's room and goes back for it, but both Sai and the intel are gone. He tracks Sai down and finds he's been captured by the rest of Team 7. Kabuto releases Sai from his confinements, defeats Naruto's shadow clones, and requests Sai's help in fighting Team 7, but Sai restrains him instead. When asked, Kabuto is forthcoming with information about where to find Sasuke, though he warns them against it since they may draw out Orochimaru. Yamato leaves behind a [[wood clone]] to guard Kabuto while they go searching. Orochimaru eventually finds and frees him and they go to find Sasuke, arriving in time to stop him from killing Team 7. Kabuto recommends Sasuke spare them since they may further weaken Akatsuki, which he agrees with. Kabuto then departs with Orochimaru and Sasuke.
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
[[File:Orochi In Kabuto2.PNG|thumb|left|Kabuto partially taken over by Orochimaru's remains.]]
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Arriving after Orochimaru's defeat at the hands of Sasuke, Kabuto learns of the events from Sasuke using his genjutsu to reveal his master's defeat. With Orochimaru no more, Kabuto gathered the remnants of Orochimaru's body and assimilates them into his body. However, Kabuto finds himself struggling to keep control of his body. When he later confronts Naruto, revealing the boy's struggle with [[Kurama]] as his muse, Kabuto explains his reasons for placing himself in a dangerous position is to become strong enough to no longer be anyone's underling. Giving Naruto a book containing Orochimaru's intelligence on Akatsuki as gratitude, Kabuto departs before he can be apprehended while vowing to settle things with Naruto after he avenges Orochimaru by killing Sasuke. Since then, Kabuto went into hiding to obtain control over his enhanced body and the powers it would possess. During this time, in the anime, he began traveling the world, gathering DNA samples of famous deceased people to make use of them later.<ref name="ship316"/>
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[[File:Crystal Needles.png|thumb|Kabuto immobilised by Guren.]]
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In the anime, as Orochimaru's body starts to reject him, he instructs Kabuto to bring him [[Guren]]. Guren challenges Kabuto to a fight as he nears her location in order to test if he is worthy to serve Orochimaru. He meets with her approval and she accompanies him to Orochimaru. Orochimaru offers Guren an opportunity to replace Sasuke as his next body if she can prove herself on a mission; Kabuto is tasked with gathering a team for her from their assorted prisoners. Guren ends up failing her mission, so Kabuto is sent to give her another task: help him capture the [[Three-Tails]]. Guren fails to restrain the Three-Tails with her [[crystal release]] and [[Yūkimaru]], whose abilities are essential in capturing the Three-Tails, is himself captured by Konoha-nin.
   
=== Konoha History Arc ===
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With things becoming desperate, Kabuto tricks members of Guren's team into undergoing operations that will forcibly activate their [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]]. He also kills and impersonates [[Rinji]], and in that role tries to manipulate Yūkimaru into unleashing the Three-Tails against Guren and Konoha's forces. Yūkimaru refuses to do so, prompting Kabuto to attack him; Naruto counters the attack and, in the process, exposes the Rinji disguise. While Kabuto fights Naruto, he uses Rinji's [[Dead Soul Technique|reanimated]] body to attack Guren, neutralizing her crystal release with Rinji's [[bat]]s. Guren seemingly gives her life to defeat Rinji and Yūkimaru, overcome with grief, finally unleashes the Three-Tails. Kabuto leaves, satisfied with what's happened.
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After Naruto Uzumaki defeats [[Sabiru]], Kabuto, hidden in some trees, kills him by throwing a presumably poisoned senbon to the back of his neck, so no information regarding who he works for would be leaked.
 
   
=== Chikara Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
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[[File:Body Recreation Technique 1.png|thumb|left|Kabuto creating a clone of Hidan.]]
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With Orochimaru's body on the verge of failure, Kabuto prepares the strongest medication he can to help him cope with the pain. As he's away getting the medicine ready, he notes that Orochimaru will need to take Sasuke's body within the next day or two, though he doubts Sasuke will be cooperative. When he returns, he finds Sasuke leaving Orochimaru's room, with Orochimaru's body now lying abandoned. Kabuto asks Sasuke who he is, unable to tell if the body transfer was successful or not. Sasuke uses [[Genjutsu: Sharingan]] to show Kabuto how he overpowered Orochimaru's consciousness and absorbed it into his own. Kabuto is surprised by this and Sasuke leaves without further comment.
In the anime, while still adapting to his new power during the aftermath of the [[Five Kage Summit Arc|Five Kage Summit]], Kabuto somehow entered the [[Nara Clan Forest|Nara forest]] and scrounged the genetic material of Akatsuki's [[Hidan]] as well as his [[Triple-Bladed Scythe]]. He also raided the resting places of various other shinobi, including [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Hayate Gekkō]], and used their DNA to [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] them as his servants. He was then hired by [[Disonasu]], an old associate of Orochimaru's, to aid him in a scheme to access the [[Ama no Hoko]] by invading [[Tonika Village]] and slaughtering most of its residents, including a guard who possessed two of the "sounds" required to activate the [[Saezuri]], the Ama no Hoko's control mechanism. As an added bonus, Kabuto could use [[The Hole]]'s special properties to increase his developing powers, using the water when confronted by Naruto and Sakura to create a clone of Hidan, which subsequently attacked [[Team Kakashi]] as Sai and Yamato joined the fray.<ref name="ship290"/>
 
   
[[File:Kabuto talking to a scroll.png|thumb|right|Kabuto communicating with Disonasu through a scroll.]]
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Kabuto later tracks down Naruto, who is in the company of Yamato and [[Hinata Hyūga]]. He confirms to Naruto the rumors that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru and then gives him a book with all the intel that he and Orochimaru have gathered on Akatsuki over the years. When Naruto and the others can't understand why he would do this, he explains that it is a present for Naruto, partly to help Naruto in his own confrontations with Akatsuki and partly out of gratitude. He tells them how lost he felt after Orochimaru's death, having identified himself in terms of Orochimaru for so long, in the same way that Naruto was once identified in terms of the Nine-Tails. Naruto, however, was able to forge out on his own and establish himself as independent of the Nine-Tails; Kabuto now intends to follow his example and establish himself as greater than Orochimaru.
However, noting that he had not yet fully mastered Impure World Reincarnation when he was unable to force Asuma and several others to leave their caskets, Kabuto decided to fall back, with a reincarnated [[Deidara]] providing a distraction. Later, amongst the graves where Tonika Village's inhabitants had been buried, Kabuto [[Scroll Communication Technique|communicated with Dionasu via a scroll]] while experimenting with talismans that would allow his reincarnated shinobi to maintain their original personalities.
 
   
Using Deidara and Hidan as distractions, Kabuto was able to sneak into [[Hachō Village]] undetected and controlled the newly-reincarnated [[Tonika Village Head|head of Tonika Village]], whose DNA he had acquired from the graveyard, in an attempt to uncover the location of the last two sounds from [[Dokku]], but failed due to the village head's [[Miina|granddaughter]] seeing through his technique. During the subsequently ensuing battle, Kabuto attempted to gain control of a [[Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone|clone]] of Naruto, which was created by the snakes he had ingested during his previous battle with Kabuto. Despite the clone resisting the control of his talisman, Kabuto was ultimately able capture the clone, along with Naruto and Dokku, by swallowing them with giant snakes.
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[[File:Orochimaru's remains taking over Kabuto.PNG|thumb|left|Orochimaru's remains taking over Kabuto's body.]]
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Kabuto shows them how he has grafted Orochimaru's remains into his body, which Hinata notices with her [[Byakugan]] are in the process of taking control of him. Kabuto claims that the remains themselves make him stronger, as does the constant struggle to keep them at bay. Naruto and the others try capturing him, but he retreats, vowing to fight Naruto once he's mastered Orochimaru's powers and also dealt with Sasuke. Kabuto further crafts himself over the following weeks and months: he uses his research of different human test subjects to modify his body; he finds [[Ryūchi Cave]] and learns [[senjutsu]] from the [[White Snake Sage]];<ref>Chapter 579, pages 11-12</ref> he acquires DNA samples of various dead ninja, some of which, in the anime, he or Orochimaru already possessed;<ref name="ship316" /> [[Black Zetsu]] meets him at some point and shows him the corpse of [[Madara Uchiha]].<ref>Chapter 681, page 15</ref>
   
Kabuto and Disonasu later approached their captives in an underground area beneath the ruins of Tonika Village, at which point Kabuto saw the surviving children of Tonika Village approaching with the final two Sounds through the eyes of a [[Snake Clone Technique|clone]]. After the two took Dokku to the children above ground, Disonasu used the seven Sounds and the Saezuri to activate the Ama no Hoko. Kabuto then used his reincarnated shinobi, along with Hidan, to confront the Konohagakure shinobi who had arrived to assist Team Kakashi. After the Hidan clone suffered cellular breakdown, all of his reincarnated shinobi, save for Deidara, had turned to dust and Disonasu was killed by the mutated clone of Naruto, Kabuto decided to depart during the enusing chaos that his accidental creation was causing after a brief confrontation with Kakashi.
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[[File:Body Recreation Technique 1.png|thumb|Kabuto creating a clone of Hidan.]]
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In the anime, Kabuto is hired by [[Disonasu]] to help him access the [[Ama no Hoko]]. Kabuto attacks [[Tonika Village]] and slaughters most of the villagers in preparation for awakening the Ama no Hoko, which soon draws the attention of Team 7. He's able to [[Body Recreation Technique|create a clone]] of [[Hidan]] to attack them, but the forces he raises with the [[Impure World Reincarnation]] are unresponsive to his commands. He decides to retreat, leaving behind a reincarnated [[Deidara]] as a distraction while he tries to figure out a way improve his control of the Impure World Reincarnation.
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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[[File:Disonasu uses his sealing scroll.png|thumb|left|The Ama no Hoko activates.]]
[[File:Kabuto Returns.png|thumb|left|Kabuto makes his return.]]
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After figuring out a way to allow reincarnated individuals to retain their personalities, Kabuto sneaks into the [[Hachō Village]] by reincarnating the [[Tonika Village Head]]. They try making the final preparations for restoring the Ama no Hoko, but they are discovered by the village head's [[Miina|granddaughter]] and Kabuto is drawn into another battle with Team 7. During the fight, a [[Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone]] emerges, having been inadvertently created during Kabuto's previous fight with Naruto. With some difficulty, Kabuto is able to capture the clone, the original Naruto, and [[Dokku]]. He brings them to Dionasu, who is now able to activate the Ama no Hoko. Konoha ninja start attacking and Kabuto uses his reincarnated forces to fight them off, but they are interrupted by the Naruto clone's sudden mutation. While the others deal with the clone, Kabuto quietly leaves.
After killing three [[Takigakure]] shinobi to test his control over his fully mastered powers, Kabuto heads towards the [[Mountains' Graveyard]] while leaving a trail of bodies that the [[Anko]]-led [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]] use to follow him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, page 17</ref> Once there he confronts [[Tobi]], who is operating as "Madara Uchiha". Remembering that Kabuto was once Akatsuki's spy, Tobi tries to kill him for his traitorous actions. Kabuto responds by using the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] to reincarnate five deceased members of Akatsuki, an incentive for Tobi to accept his help in the approaching [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. In return, Kabuto asks that he be given Sasuke to learn the truth about ninjutsu.
 
   
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After the fighting is over, Kabuto locates the dying Disonasu and summons the Tonika Village Head, who he allows to finish Dionasu off in order to have revenge. Kabuto afterwards sheds his skin, having finally gotten Orochimaru's power under control.
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
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[[File:The Sixth Coffin.png|thumb|Kabuto blackmails Tobi.]]
 
[[File:The Sixth Coffin.png|thumb|Kabuto blackmails Tobi.]]
Tobi asks what would happen if he doesn't accept, to which Kabuto responds by summoning [[Madara Uchiha|a sixth coffin]]. Greatly disturbed by the coffin's contents, Tobi was forced to agree, though insists upon the condition that he not turn over Sasuke until after the war. The two head off to reformulate their war plans.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 490, page 8</ref> In the anime, as Tobi was about to leave [[Mountains' Graveyard]], Kabuto stops him and asks where he was going. Tobi replies that it was none of his concern, but tells him that he was going to [[Amegakure]], to which Kabuto gives a devious smile after their brief conversation.
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Once he's confident that he's mastered Orochimaru's powers, Kabuto travels to the [[Mountains' Graveyard]] to confront [[Tobi]] of Akatsuki, who has been using the name of Madara Uchiha in order to start the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. Tobi recognises Kabuto as a former spy of Sasori, so tries to kill him for betraying Akatsuki. Kabuto responds by using the Impure World Reincarnation to revive five deceased Akatsuki members, which he offers to use to help Tobi in the approaching war. Tobi asks what Kabuto would want in exchange for this alliance, to which Kabuto responds he wants Sasuke. When Tobi contemplates refusing, Kabuto summons the real Madara Uchiha, forcing Tobi to agree. He stipulates, however, that Kabuto can't have Sasuke until after the war is won, which Kabuto agrees to.
   
[[File:Kabuto heads out.png|thumb|left|Kabuto and Deidara head out to find the jinchūriki.]]
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[[File:Ōnoki punches Kabuto.png|thumb|left|Kabuto attacked by the Tsuchikage.]]
After Tobi receives intel on the location of the [[Eight-Tails]] and [[Nine-Tails]], Kabuto offers to go capture them. Kabuto explains that he is interested in studying Yamato, the Nine-Tails' guardian. Tobi would prefer he does not go, Kabuto says he would settle for a chance to study [[Zetsu]]. Tobi replies that he can have his own Zetsu to study if he manages to catch the Nine-Tails. Kabuto reincarnates [[Deidara]] and together they fly to the [[Island Turtle]] upon one of Deidara's clay birds. As they get closer to the island Deidara creates [[clay clone]]s of themselves, which the intercepting [[Third Tsuchikage]] attacks. The time this buys is short-lived, as the Tsuchikage himself was a [[rock clone]]; the Tsuchikage and his escorts confront the real Kabuto and Deidara.
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Tobi incorporates Kabuto and his reincarnated army into his war plans. When they later receive intel on the location of Naruto and [[Killer B]] - whose capture is the reason Tobi started the war - Kabuto offers to capture them himself if Tobi will show him the [[White Zetsu Army]]. Tobi complies, also showing him the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] and the biomass of [[Hashirama Senju]] that the Zetsus are cultivated from. Satisfied, Kabuto reincarnates [[Deidara]] and together they fly to the [[Island Turtle]]. As they approach, they draw the patrolling [[Third Tsuchikage]] away, creating an opening for a simultaneous attack on the island by Kabuto's [[Manda II]] and Deidara's [[Explosive Clay]].
   
While Deidara and the Tsuchikage exchange insults, [[Manda II]] seeks out and slows down the Island Turtle. To keep it from moving, Kabuto has Deidara hit it with an [[Explosive Clay|explosive squid]]. Kabuto goes ashore, leaving distracting the Tsuchikage to Deidara. [[Kurotsuchi]] pursues Kabuto and manages to catch him. Yamato then appears, creating a route for [[Aoba Yamashiro]] to get close to Kabuto and [[Mind Reading|read his mind]]. Before Aoba is able to begin doing so, Kabuto sheds his captured body and kidnaps Yamato. He retreats into Manda II's nose and returns to Tobi, recalling Deidara in the process. When Tobi questions his failure, Kabuto explains that studying Yamato will allow him to make the [[White Zetsu Army]] stronger. Tobi accepts this explanation and tells Kabuto to get to work.
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[[File:Transformed Kabuto took Yamato.png|thumb|Kabuto captures Yamato.]]
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Deidara drops Kabuto off on the Island Turtle and then keeps the Tsuchikage busy so that Kabuto can find Naruto and B. He is quickly found by Naruto's guards and his body is bound by [[Kurotsuchi]]. Believing Kabuto's been captured, [[Aoba Yamashiro]] approaches him with the intention of [[Psycho Mind Transmission|reading his mind]] to see what he knows about Akatsuki. In short order, Kabuto sheds his skin to get free, captures [[Yamato]], and takes refuge within Manda II's nose; Manda II escapes and Kabuto withdraws Deidara. Tobi is angry with Kabuto when he returns since he wanted Naruto and B, not Yamato. Kabuto explains that studying Yamato's [[wood release]] will allow him to make the White Zetsu Army stronger. He adds that Yamato has intel they can use, which finally convinces Tobi.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
[[File:Anko and Kabuto clash.png|thumb|Kabuto and Anko clash.]]
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Proposing to keep the drugged Yamato alive that he could further strengthen the [[White Zetsu Army]], Kabuto assures Tobi that his truth and the latter's [[Sharingan]] are less unnecessary than Tobi's [[Human Path]] ability in extracting information from their captive. After their forces amassed and modifications completed, Kabuto mobilises his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] army to the main battlefield, except those he assembled into his [[Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon]]. After instructing the latter, Kabuto himself departs, capturing the surveying [[Anko]] after a brief battle. When Tobi later demands her death, Kabuto refuses on the grounds that the traces of [[Orochimaru]]'s [[chakra]] in her could help improve his control over the reincarnated shinobi, which was in their best interests.
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[[File:Anko and Kabuto clash.png|thumb|left|Kabuto and Anko clash.]]
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Once all their preparations are completed, Kabuto and Tobi mobilise their respective armies against the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]. While Tobi is busy overseeing that, Kabuto locates [[Anko Mitarashi]] nearby, who he led to the Mountains' Graveyard with a trail of dead bodies. Kabuto captures her after a brief fight. Tobi discovers this and demands that Kabuto kill her. Kabuto refuses, explaining that he can use her [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] to strengthen his use of the Impure World Reincarnation, which is in Tobi's interests. Tobi stipulates that he'll only allow this if Kabuto thoroughly demonstrates how the Impure World Reincarnation works, and to that end instructs him to reincarnate [[Torune Aburame]] using [[Fū Yamanaka]] as a sacrifice. Kabuto complies and Tobi is satisfied. Kabuto afterwards takes the opportunity to request Tobi's help in reincarnating [[Shisui Uchiha]] and [[Jiraiya]], which Tobi refuses.
   
[[File:Kabuto Demonstrates Edo Tensei.png|thumb|left|Kabuto demonstrates his technique to Tobi.]]
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Kabuto relocates to a remote area to start monitoring his reincarnated forces. When several encounter the Allied Shinobi Forces' [[Third Division]], Kabuto drains the chakra from Anko's cursed seal to fully suppress his reincarnated forces' personalities, turning them into pure killing machines. He's very satisfied with the causalities that the Third Division suffer, so he sends all of his [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] to join the battle. Exerting so much control over his combatants requires a great deal of effort on Kabuto's part, for which reason he allows his other forces to retain their personalities and uses other tactics instead: when the [[Second Tsuchikage]] is discovered by the [[Fourth Division]], Kabuto sends the [[Second Mizukage]], [[Third Raikage]], and [[Fourth Kazekage]] to reinforce him; against the [[First Division]], he sends a number of individuals whose reincarnation will unnerve members of the Allied Shinobi Forces, thus potentially making them less effective.
Complying with Tobi's request to gain his approval, Kabuto demonstrates his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|technique]] using [[Fū (ANBU)|Fū]] as a sacrifice to reincarnate [[Torune]], accompanying it with a step-by-step explanation and a few methods able to halt the flawless technique before leaving an apparently satisfied Tobi. However, Kabuto was unconcerned by his recent admissions, due to the possession of another technique and the prospect of soon learning the secrets of the [[Sage of Six Paths]]. A now-isolated Kabuto then started to [[Chakra Draining Seal|drain]] Orochimaru's chakra from Anko, acquiring an incredible increase in power, just as a number of the reincarnated shinobi encounter the [[Third Division]] and erases their conscious minds prior to the fight actually beginning.
 
   
After seeing how retaining their emotions could cause the reincarnated shinobi's defeat, Kabuto remotely subdues a multitude with the exception of those whose individualities may present an [[Wikipedia:Psychological warfare|advantage]]. Directly interfering as the need arises, he later has [[Gari]] and [[Pakura]] [[Summoning Technique|summon]] the previous generation of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], to retain the [[Akatsuki]]'s superiority. However, despite having [[Haku]] intercept [[Kakashi]] and much to his shock, [[Zabuza Momochi]] and his crucial [[Hiding in Mist Technique|technique]] are ultimately defeated.
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Kabuto's forces have mixed results: though the Third Division experiences heavy losses, they are able to figure out an effective, if slow, way of defeating the reincarnated forces; the Fourth Division chooses to retreat from the reincarnated [[Kage]]; the First Division defeats or captures all of their reincarnated opponents, most notably Kabuto's [[Gold and Silver Brothers]]. He sends [[Hanzō]] against [[Mifune]] of the [[Fifth Division]], expecting an easy victory, but Hanzō deliberately creates an opportunity for the Fifth Division to capture him and Kabuto doesn't suppress his personality in time to stop him. On the first night of the war, Tobi takes the captured Gold and Silver Brothers from the First Division, which Kabuto guesses to mean he's getting impatient with his [[Eye of the Moon Plan|plan]]s. When he learns that Naruto and Killer B have left their confinements, Kabuto becomes determined to capture them so that he can use them as leverage against Tobi.
   
Elsewhere with [[]]'s discovery on approach to the [[Fourth Division]], Kabuto has him summon the [[Fourth Kazekage]], [[Second Mizukage]] and [[Third Raikage]], just as more of his forces engage the [[First Division]]. He then leaves them to their own devices, believing that taking their identities could hinder their fighting capabilities. This backfires in the case of [[Hanzō]], who contradicts Kabuto's control before he can intervene, handing victory to the opposing [[Fifth Division]]. When Tobi goes out of the way to acquire the sealed [[Gold and Silver Brothers]] from the Allied Forces, Kabuto deduces that Tobi wants the Nine-Tails chakra within them yet his realisation that Tobi only has one of the [[Eight-Tails]]' tails confuses him on Tobi's intentions.
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Kabuto sends [[Nagato]] and [[Itachi Uchiha]] against Naruto and B, expecting that their respective [[Rinnegan]] and [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] will overpower Naruto and B. Itachi, however, is able to [[Kotoamatsukami|remove]] Kabuto's control over him and teams up with Naruto and B against Nagato. Kabuto attempts to temporarily kill Naruto and B with Nagato while he tries to regain control of Itachi, but Nagato is defeated. Meanwhile, the Fourth Division finally starts fighting the reincarnated Kage, eventually defeating each of them with the help of one of Naruto's shadow clones. With his forces dwindling, Kabuto decides he'll need to use his "trump card". In the anime, the trump card requires preparation, so he tries different ways of buying time: he sends [[Hayate Gekkō]] to acquire DNA samples of dead members of the Allied Shinobi Forces so that he can reincarnate them, but this fails; he sends a force led by Torune Aburame to release the captured reincarnated ninja from their bindings, but this fails as well.
   
[[File:Kabuto tongue out.png|thumb|Kabuto sticking his tongue out, reminiscent of his old master.]]
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
Later, during the second day of the War, he reacted in shock when [[Naruto Uzumaki]] uses his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] to instantly defeat [[Toroi]] with a [[Rasengan]]. Pleased at the prospect of finding Naruto and Killer B before Tobi, he decides to send [[Itachi]] and Nagato after them so he can use the two jinchūriki as further leverage on Tobi. However, to Kabuto's surprise, Itachi uses his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] to summon the [[Itachi's Crow|crow]] he had implanted within Naruto to free himself from Kabuto's control and attacks Nagato. After Nagato is sealed, a visibly angered Kabuto curses Nagato's lack of mobility due to his injured legs, and comments that he was unable to see the last attack due to Itachi blinding the [[Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon]] and [[King of Hell]] with kunai. He then resigns himself to unleashing his "''prized possession''", the trump card he used to force Tobi into their alliance.
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Although the Second Tsuchikage was apparently defeated and captured, he [[Fission Technique|split apart]] at the last moment without the Fourth Division's notice. Kabuto takes control of the uncaptured half of the Tsuchikage and through him summons to the battlefield his trump card: [[Madara Uchiha]]. He uses the Tsuchikage to speak to Madara, introducing himself, explaining the modifications he's made to Madara's body (his youth, his Rinnegan, and a graft of Hashirama Senju), and requesting a demonstration of Madara's powers. Madara complies, and after destroying much of the Fourth Division he asks Kabuto why Tobi hasn't kept to their plans. Because Kabuto doesn't know what exactly their plans are he can't give an answer, but he knows Madara requires the Nine-Tails and so directs him to Naruto. Madara then turns his attention to fighting the Allied Shinobi Forces and Kabuto relinquishes his control of the Tsuchikage.
   
Using the [[Third Raikage]] as diversion to hold off a part of the [[Fourth Division]] to make the preparations, Kabuto eradicates the Raikage's personality before setting his sights on the acquisition of Naruto with the Raikage's "''[[Hell Stab|strongest spear]]''" as a last resort. Soon after, though Kabuto is relieved that Mū [[Fission Technique|partially escaped]] before being sealed, it took more time before Kabuto can finally get to utilising his [[Madara Uchiha|ace reincarnation]]. In the anime, to stall the Allied Forces while Mū completed the summoning, Kabuto summons the [[Sound Four]] to the battlefied. Also, to make use of the waiting time, he summoned [[Hayate Gekkō]] and two other ninja to retrieve the scroll-sealed corpses that Allied Forces had gathered to make use of the corpse's various information, only to be stopped by Hayate lover [[Yūgao Uzuki]]. Later, after almost all of Kabuto's reincarnated soldiers were either sealed or freed from their summoning contract, in an attempt to regain his war pawns, Kabuto use his reserves of reincarnations, individuals he accidentally reincarnated during his blind grave-robbing for the correct DNA. While the majority of them were only of moderate strength of not weak, quickly being sealed, Kabuto was relieved that one of them, [[Torune]], actually had much greater skill than the medical-nin gave credit.<ref name="ship316"/> Kabuto then has the reincarnated Aburame to gather dozens of shinobi, infecting them with his [[Nano-Sized, Venomous Insects|poisonous nano-insects]], and attempt his [[Jar of Poison Technique|ultimate technique]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 317</ref> Later, Kabuto summoned [[Fukai]], the previous jinchūriki of the [[Eight-Tails]], in an attempt to capture Killer B. Kabuto also restored Fukai's previous powers as a jinchūriki by using the harvest genetic material from the Eight-Tails' severed horn.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 318</ref>
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[[File:Kabuto vs Uchiha.png|thumb|Kabuto faces Sasuke and Itachi.]]
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Kabuto monitors Madara's fight until he is found in his cave by Itachi (using information received earlier from Nagato). Itachi states his intentions to kill Kabuto in order to end the Impure World Reincarnation, so Kabuto informs him that the technique will not end with his death. Itachi is quickly joined by Sasuke, who initially mistakes Kabuto for Orochimaru. Sasuke has other business with Itachi and tries to kill Kabuto, but Itachi blocks his attack. Kabuto, aware that Sasuke wants to confront Itachi about the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]], tries to convince Sasuke to join forces with him, but Sasuke refuses. Since Itachi's only option of stopping him is to use [[genjutsu]], Kabuto covers his eyes with his hood and sends his [[snake]]s to attack them. They destroy the snakes with their [[Susanoo]] and then attack Kabuto himself.
   
Once the summoning was finally completed, revealing the real Madara Uchiha, Kabuto talked to the legendary shinobi through Mū. He revealed that he knew Madara survived his battle at the [[Valley of the End]], and that he knows the general idea of Madara's plan with Tobi. Kabuto also informs Madara of the changes that occurred in his absence. Visibly pleased with having control over the battlefield, Kabuto has Mū help Madara in attacking remainder of the [[Fourth Division]] before the five Kage appear. Having Mū evade the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] and [[Dodai]], Kabuto reveals the enhancements he made on Madara using a genetic sample of [[Hashirama]] to make him a power near equal to the [[Sage of Six Paths]].
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Kabuto is able to slip free of their Susanoo using his research of [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]]'s [[Hydrification Technique]]; he then heals the little damage he did receive using his research of [[Karin]]'s [[Uzumaki]]-lineage. Because Sasuke was on a [[Taka|team]] with both of Suigetsu and Karin, he asks if Kabuto also has the abilities of its other member, [[Jūgo]]. Kabuto confirms this, explaining how he used Jūgo's passive ability to absorb [[natural energy]] in order to achieve [[Sage Mode]], a state Orochimaru was never able to master and thus proof that Kabuto has surpassed him. Kabuto uses the [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]] of his Sage Mode form to shield his eyes and then [[Sage Art: White Rage Technique|blinds]] Itachi and Sasuke. Because Sasuke is unable to sustain his Susanoo, Kabuto tries to go after him, but Itachi blocks the attack.
   
[[File:Itachi confronts Kabuto.png|thumb|left|Kabuto is found by Itachi.]]
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[[File:Itachi attacks Kabuto.png|thumb|Itachi cuts Kabuto's horn.]]
With his location uncovered by Itachi, Kabuto commends him for doing so despite the [[barrier]] he had erected, before being told that the source of where his chakra came from could be vividly felt whilst under his control. Reminding Itachi that he couldn't be killed if he sought to stop the technique, Kabuto breaks into maniacal laughter upon sensing Sasuke and declares that his luck had finally changed. Excited that his [[Sasuke|reward]] for his part in the war had come to him by choice, he tells Itachi that he'd love to explain the Impure World Reincarnation technique at length, but that he didn't think Sasuke would stay quiet for that long. He then tries to use Sasuke's hatred to tempt him into assisting with Itachi's defeat, however, Sasuke instead chooses to side with his brother. With this, Kabuto prepares for battle stating that it'd be an interesting event.
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Sasuke and Itachi go on the offensive and coordinate attacks with their Susanoo. Kabuto avoids serious injury and is able to take Sasuke's [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|sword]], which he uses to stab Itachi. Itachi in turn takes the sword back and uses it to cut off the tip of one of Kabuto's horns. Although their attack didn't seem to have much effect, Sasuke and Itachi are nevertheless pleased by how well they work together. Kabuto once again tries convincing Sasuke to change sides, reminding him of all Itachi's lies and manipulations and explaining how he, like Sasuke, also wants to destroy Konoha. Sasuke is too committed to Itachi to betray him, so Kabuto explores his own similarities to Itachi: how both of them sacrificed their identities for Konoha's greater good and how neither was appreciated for it. This also fails, so Kabuto attacks, [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation|manipulating the cave's interior]] to crush them; Itachi uses his own body to protect Sasuke.
   
[[File:Kabuto's Sage Mode.jpg|thumb|Kabuto enters Sage Mode.]]
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[[File:Kabuto slices Itachi.png|thumb|left|Kabuto cuts through Itachi.]]
Closing his hood, he states that he was an introverted person and as such, was unsettled by so many people staring at him, before sending his snakes towards Sasuke and Itachi. Although the brothers are able to fend off the attack, Kabuto uses this opportunity to hide in one of his snakes, where he then discloses the unique abilities that he gained from his experimentation on Sasuke's [[Taka|former team-mates]]: [[Karin]]'s [[Heal Bite|healing abilities]], a similar ability to [[Suigetsu]]'s [[Hydrification Technique|ability to transform into water]] and [[Jūgo]]'s ability to absorb [[natural energy]]. After revealing that he had both found and trained at the [[Ryūchi Cave]], he narrowly evades Sasuke's [[Susanoo Bow|attack]], stating that his perception skills had been greatly enhanced as well. Emerging from the snake's mouth, he reveals that he had finally surpassed Orochimaru upon becoming a [[sage]] and declares that he was no longer an imperfect snake, but instead — a dragon.
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Kabuto tries to get close to Itachi so that he can regain control over his body, but Sasuke keeps him away with [[Amaterasu]] until Itachi's body recovers. Itachi admits that he used to be like Kabuto, as he also struggled with who he was and tried to define himself by becoming perfect. He eventually discovered that this was the wrong tactic and that the only way to understand himself was to accept his faults. Kabuto is unmoved, having thought long and hard about one's identity and now firmly committed to his current course. He uses his "[[DNA]]" ability in order to manifest aspects of the [[Sound Five]] and even Orochimaru, using their broad range of abilities to overwhelm Itachi and Sasuke from a safe distance. They counter each of his attacks and Itachi continues trying to reason with him, frustrating Kabuto enough that he moves closer in order to attack Itachi in person.
   
[[File:Hakugeki.png|thumb|left|Kabuto attacks Sasuke and Itachi with his Sage Art: White Rage Technique.]]
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[[File:Edo Tensei Kai.png|thumb|Kabuto forced to release the Impure World Reincarnation.]]
Attacking the brothers using the [[Sage Art: White Rage Technique]], Kabuto lowers the [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]] of his eyes and liquefies his insides, so as to move unimpaired despite the technique's effects. First intending to target Itachi and rewrite his tag, he changes his mind at the last minute and opens his mouth wide, seemingly intent on swallowing Sasuke whole. When Itachi interferes, Kabuto questions if he was able to [[Chakra Sensing Technique|sense]] him but Itachi denies this, stating that it was [[Nagato]] who had done so previously. Kabuto then remarks on Itachi's skills in understanding and deceiving others in an apparent attempt to lay doubt and mistrust amongst the brothers, before dodging an [[Chidori Sharp Spear|attack]] from Sasuke by retreating to the roof of the cave and declaring that such a makeshift duo could never defeat him.
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Kabuto and Sasuke briefly exchange attacks while Itachi's body recovers. Kabuto avoids serious injury and is able to take Sasuke's sword, which he uses to stab Itachi. Itachi in turn takes the sword back and uses it to cut off the tip of the same horn as before. Kabuto notes the déjà vu of this previous exchange, but thinks nothing of it and resumes the attack. However, the exchange keeps happening over and over, with his horn reappearing each time only to be cut off again: this is Itachi's [[Izanami]], a genjutsu that traps its victims using a sensory loop rather than vision. Kabuto realises that something has happened to him, but none of the jutsu he tries are able to change the outcome. While Kabuto is trapped in his own mind, Itachi opens his brille and uses a genjutsu to force him to release the Impure World Reincarnation, returning himself and everyone else to the [[Pure Land]].
   
[[File:Kabutomaru impales Itachi.png|thumb|Kabuto impales Itachi's clone.]]
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Sasuke shortly afterwards revives Orochimaru using a sample of Kabuto's flesh. Orochimaru then absorbs his own chakra from Kabuto's body and they leave him behind.
Curiously observing the brothers from the cave's ceiling as they formulate a new strategy, Kabuto is soon enclosed by Itachi's [[Yasaka Magatama|assault]], allowing Sasuke to [[Susanoo Bow|pin]] his snake-tail to the rock. Seemingly moving to use Sasuke's [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|sword]] to sever his own tail, he instead intercepts and impales Itachi with the blade, just as his liquefied tail begins to slip free. However, when Itachi suddenly disperses into a [[Crow Clone Technique|flock of crows]], Kabuto's horn is severed in the ensuing counter after Itachi commandeers Sasuke's sword, but he simply remarks that he had yet to get used to possessing horns.
 
   
Amused that such previously hostile brothers could be so coordinated, Kabuto discerns from Sasuke's responses that he must have learnt the truth surrounding Itachi after the latter's death. Noting the contradiction between the siblings aims, he again tries to tempt Sasuke into betraying Itachi, given their mutual desires for [[Konoha]]'s destruction. When Sasuke rejects this, Kabuto recounts his past as a spy and how he was discarded once he began to lose track of his real identity amongst the fabricated ones, gaining nothing in exchange but shame and dishonour. He then reasons that no one understood Sasuke better than him and so, they should stand together as brothers, but Itachi warns of Kabuto's skill in deceit. Declaring the reasons for his own and his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|technique]]'s invincibility, Kabuto activates his [[chakra scalpel]] and charges at the brothers, before clashing with and repelling Itachi.
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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[[File:Kabuto Healing Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Kabuto saving Sasuke.]]
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By design, the only way to escape Izanami is to be humble and to stop trying to alter events in one's favour. Kabuto, by stopping trying to make himself into something new and perfect and instead accepting who he's always been deep down, satisfies this criteria and is released from Izanami. Kabuto is deeply glad to have rediscovered his long-abandoned identity and feels indebted to Itachi for showing it to him. In order to return the favour, Kabuto heads to the last remaining battlefield of the war and uses his medical skills to heal Sasuke's mortal wounds. Although Karin and Suigetsu are suspicious of Kabuto, Sasuke recovers and is able to rejoin the fight against Madara Uchiha.
   
Declaring that the pair were severely underestimating him, Kabuto uses his [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation]] technique to manipulate the surrounding [[Wikipedia:Speleothem|cave formations]] in order to attack them. Incapacitating Itachi — who had instead protected Sasuke — Kabuto retrieves a talisman from his snake, intent on overwriting Itachi's mind. However, before he can do so, he is stopped by Sasuke who creates a ring of [[Amaterasu]] around himself and Itachi. Assessing Sasuke's [[Wikipedia:The best defense is a good offense|choice of defence]], Kabuto affirms that there was no way they could defeat him because he had come closest to the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] than anyone in the world.
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Madara is able to cast [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]], trapping Kabuto and the rest of the world in a dream. Naruto and Sasuke are eventually able to release the Infinite Tsukuyomi, thus freeing the world and ending the war.
   
When Itachi tells Kabuto that he was bound to fail as he did in the past because he didn't know who he truly was, Kabuto states that for his entire life he had been trying to find his real self, in his own way and that from the very beginning he had nothing. Reflecting upon his youth, Kabuto explains that he targeted the brothers in order to assimilate their abilities, as his pawns were his own power. Refusing Itachi's later claims that the Uchiha name was meaningless, he presses on with his attack.
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== Epilogue ==
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After the war, Kabuto reunites with [[Urushi]] and they take charge of the [[Konoha Orphanage]]. Just as [[Nonō]] was once the orphans' "mother", Kabuto becomes their "father".<ref name="C710">Chapter 700+10</ref>
   
[[File:Kabuto cuts down Itachi.png|thumb|left|Kabuto bisects Itachi.]]
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=== Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring ===
As a manifestation of [[Sakon]] emerges from the base of his navel-snake, Kabuto uses the twins' [[Attack of the Twin Demons|kekkei genkai]] to access the other DNA within his body and transforms it into [[Jirōbō]], who [[Earth Release: Earth Shore Return|parts]] the flame-covered earth before him. Without pause, he creates a manifestation of [[Kidōmaru]] and has him [[Spider Web Unrolling|ensnare]] the siblings — who [[Amaterasu|incinerate]] part of the uncuttable web — before next transforming it into [[Kimimaro]]. Kabuto then [[Dance of the Seedling Fern|blocks]] the area to the brother's rear, effectively caging them in between web and bone, whilst Kimimaro fashions a [[Demonic Flute]] from bone. Just as the pair manages to escape, Kabuto uses a manifestation of [[Tayuya]] to perform [[Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains|auditory genjutsu]], incapacitating the siblings despite their Susanoo, intent on capturing them with a manifestation of Orochimaru in his [[Orochimaru#Immortality Technique|true form]]. Confident in his beliefs and victory, he instead begins to shed tears when the brothers fend off the snake. However, after suddenly emerging from Orochimaru's mouth and [[Chakra Scalpel|bisecting]] Itachi, he tearfully declares that a genius with everything wouldn't understand his desire to find his true self and that no one would stand in his way.
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Naruto, now [[Hokage]], delivers [[Shin Uchiha]]'s [[Shin Uchiha (Clones)|many clones]] to the orphanage. Kabuto decides that giving each clone their own name should be the top priority.
   
[[File:Kabuto releases Edo Tensei.png|thumb|Under Itachi's control, Kabuto releases Impure World Reincarnation technique.]]
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== In Other Media ==
Immediately moving to rewrite Itachi's mind, Kabuto was attacked by Sasuke but managed to catch the thrown sword with his navel-snake, before retreating to the cave's roof in order to evade Sasuke's Susanoo's grasp. Countering Sasuke's [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|fireball]] using the [[Water Release: Great Waterfall Technique]] — which also swept Sasuke away — he was set upon by a regenerated Itachi, who Kabuto chastises for using the same tactic as he had done before to sever his horn. After refuting claims that his destiny was outside of his control, Kabuto noted a sense of [[Wikipedia:Déjà vu|déjà vu]] and so, decides to conclude the fight ahead of [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|eluding]] the brothers' Susanoo. Eventually, Kabuto realised that he was trapped within the effect of Itachi's [[Izanami]] and that he was a prisoner within his own mind. In utter disbelief of being trapped in an endless time loop, and lamenting that his plan was now falling apart, Kabuto openly cursed Itachi as he charged towards him. Outside Kabuto's mind, after his glasses were removed, Itachi proceeded to cast another genjutsu to force Kabuto to reveal the hand seals needed to cancel Impure World Reincarnation and then had him execute the release. As a result, the army Kabuto assembled for Tobi fades away with the exception of Madara, who severed his contract with the summoner to remain reincarnated.
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=== Movies ===
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds ====
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Sasuke is summoned before Orochimaru and Kabuto. Kabuto informs Sasuke of the [[Land of the Sky]]'s attack on Konoha, but Sasuke isn't interested. Orochimaru sends Sasuke to capture [[Shinnō]], which he ultimately fails to do, surprising Kabuto.
   
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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=== Video Games ===
[[File:Orochimaru sucking chakra.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru absorbing his own chakra from Kabuto's body.]]
 
After Sasuke resolves to revive Orochimaru using Anko's Cursed Seal of Heaven, Jūgo helps Sasuke by absorbing part of Kabuto's flesh in order for the technique to work. After being revived, Orochimaru reabsorbs all of his chakra from the still immobile Kabuto's body, thus reversing all of his modifications before he and Anko are left behind. When asked later by the reincarnated Hiruzen about his change of heart when he agrees to aid Sasuke against Madara, Orochimaru revealed that seeing his former ward's actions from the cursed seal convinced him that trying to emulate him was not something that should be done.
 
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== Movies ==
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
 
Kabuto makes a small appearance along with Orochimaru. He tells Sasuke how Konoha had been attacked by the [[Land of the Sky]], at which Sasuke told him he doesn't care. Orochimaru then ordered him to get a scroll and capture [[Shinnō]]. In the end, Sasuke failed to bring Shinnō, at which Kabuto was surprised.
 
 
== Video Games ==
 
 
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In most games, Kabuto is only playable in one form – with the appearance and abilities he had prior to assimilating with Orochimaru's remains. In later installments of the ''Ultimate Ninja Storm'' series, he is playable in other forms, some of which come with their own movesets:
Kabuto plays a role in the Story Mode of ''[[Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2]]'', set during the pre-Shippūden filler arcs. He first appears as a shaded figure talking to [[Bando]] about his and [[Kagura]]'s plot to destroy Konoha. When Bando questions Kabuto's motives in the plan, Kabuto simply replies that he has been rather bored lately and is just in it for kicks. Kabuto witnesses Kagura's defeat at the hands of Tsunade and attempts to flee only to be pursued and attacked by Naruto. During the fight Naruto defeats Kabuto with his Rasengan. Accepting defeat, Kabuto escapes, assuring Naruto that their next encounter will end differently.
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*Kabuto partially merged with Orochimaru's remains ''[[Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3]]'' and ''[[Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations]]''.
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*Kabuto during the Fourth Shinobi War – ''[[Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]''.
In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3]]'', Kabuto and Kabuto with Orochimaru's remains are featured as two different playable characters. In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations]]'' and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'', Kabuto with Orochimaru's remains and a snake cloak is playable. Kabuto in his Sage Mode form is to appear in the latter game as a separate character via downloadable content.
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*Kabuto in Sage Mode ''[[Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]''.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
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{{youthwiki|Kabuto Yakushi}}
 
* "Kabuto" is the last part of the Japanese name for [[Wikipedia:Aconitum|Aconitum]], a plant that can either alleviate pain or kill, which seems fitting as he is a [[medical-nin]] who uses his medicinal knowledge in battle.
 
* "Kabuto" is the last part of the Japanese name for [[Wikipedia:Aconitum|Aconitum]], a plant that can either alleviate pain or kill, which seems fitting as he is a [[medical-nin]] who uses his medicinal knowledge in battle.
* A ''kabuto'' is the name for a samurai's helmet or headplate. With his former team-mates, Yoroi ("armour") and Tsurugi ("sword"), they form an armour—helmet—sword trio.
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* A [[wikipedia:kabuto|kabuto]] is the name for a samurai's helmet or headplate. With his former team-mates, Yoroi ("armour") and Tsurugi ("sword"), they form an armour—helmet—sword trio.
 
* His surname, {{translation|Yakushi|薬師}}, is the short form of the Japanese name of the Medicine/Healer Buddha (long form: Yakushi nyorai), [[Wikipedia:Bhaisajyaguru|Bhaisajyaguru]], and means "medicine user".
 
* His surname, {{translation|Yakushi|薬師}}, is the short form of the Japanese name of the Medicine/Healer Buddha (long form: Yakushi nyorai), [[Wikipedia:Bhaisajyaguru|Bhaisajyaguru]], and means "medicine user".
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* In the ''[[Live Spectacle Naruto]]'', the role of Kabuto was played by Tatsunari Kimura.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Kabuto show that he was 120 cm when he was found by Nono, and 150 cm when he left to join Root with Danzō.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Kabuto's hobby is taking care of his scalpels.
 
** Kabuto's hobby is taking care of his scalpels.
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** Kabuto in Konohagakure has completed 191 official missions in total: 163 D-rank, 28 C-rank, 0 B-rank, 0 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Kabuto in Konohagakure has completed 191 official missions in total: 163 D-rank, 28 C-rank, 0 B-rank, 0 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Kabuto's favourite phrase is {{translation|"A thousand changes, ten thousand transformations"|千変万化|Senpen Banka}}. This proverb refers to innumerable changes or infinite variety.
 
** Kabuto's favourite phrase is {{translation|"A thousand changes, ten thousand transformations"|千変万化|Senpen Banka}}. This proverb refers to innumerable changes or infinite variety.
** His favourite food is [[Wikipedia:Trachurus|jack mackerel]] grilled with salt and [[Wikipedia:Sparidae|sea bream]] grilled with salt while his least favourite food is raw meat.
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** His favourite foods are [[Wikipedia:Trachurus|jack mackerel]] and [[Wikipedia:Sparidae|sea bream]] both/either one grilled with salt, while his least favourite food is raw meat.
* When chapter [[Great Regiment, the Battle Begins!|521]] was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Kabuto was illustrated without his glasses after he left Tobi. This is later corrected in the tankōbon version of the manga.
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* In the [[Jin no Sho|fourth databook]], neither [[hiden]] nor [[kekkei genkai]] are listed among Kabuto's special characteristics, despite his usage of both through [[DNA]]. [[Summoning]] is also not listed, despite him summoning [[snakes]].
* Dragons and snakes are interchangeable in various mythologies, such as in the case of [[Wikipedia:Yamata-no-Orochi|Yamata-no-Orochi]]. In Korean mythology, [[Wikipedia:Korean dragon|dragons]] start out as giant serpents called Imugi before maturing into true dragons. Thus, Kabuto saw himself to have grown from a serpent into a dragon.
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* Dragons and snakes are interchangeable in various mythologies, such as in the case of [[Wikipedia:Yamata-no-Orochi|Yamata-no-Orochi]]. Thus, Kabuto saw himself to have grown from a snake into a dragon.
* Kabuto appears alongside Orochimaru in the anime adaption of ''[[Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden]]''. In the series, much like [[Tenten]], Kabuto serves as both the comedic foil to Orochimaru and the voice of reason when his master's schemes border on comedic idiocy.
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* In ''[[Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles]]'', Kabuto serves as both the comedic foil to Orochimaru and the voice of reason when his master's schemes border on idiocy.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (After accidentally wounding [[Nonō]]) "''Why didn't mother… …recognise me…? Why didn't she remember me…? Why? What was the purpose of my life then? What did I receive from her!? My name being one of her sons… …even these glasses. Who is… …this…? This isn't me… It's not the real me…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 583, pages 15-17</ref>
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* (After accidentally wounding [[Nonō]]) "''Why didn't mother… …recognise me…? Why didn't she remember me…? Why? What was the purpose of my life then? What did I receive from her!? My name being one of her sons… …even these glasses. Who is… …this…? This isn't me… It's not the real me…''"<ref name="c583">Chapter 583, pages 15-17</ref>
* (To [[Naruto]]) "''Little kids think life is so easy. That's why they go on and on about their dreams. That's why they never give up.''"
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* (To Naruto) "''After Orochimaru died, I found myself not knowing who I was, again… Without knowing parent or country, I was taken in by the enemy… Since a young age I've moved about countries and villages as a spy… To me, things like countries, villages… they hold no firm reality in my mind. That was, of course, until I found myself under the wing of Orochimaru… but that presence is gone again. What am I anyway… The pain of not having an identity… I'd think you should understand… Naruto.''"<ref>Chapter 356, pages 14-15</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''You've just thrown it all away! Dreams don't come true when you're dead!''"
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* (To Naruto) "''I decided I wished to be like you as well, Naruto, and for that reason… with Lord Orochimaru now integrated into this body, I plan on finding a new "me", one stronger than Lord Orochimaru himself! Finding a new me, that is the lesson you taught me.''"<ref name="c356">Chapter 356, pages 18-19</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''Hehehe…, you can't beat me. You have no skills, unlike Sasuke.''"
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* "''I am no longer a snake… sage power has allowed me to shed that skin… and I am a dragon now!!''"<ref name="C579P19" />
* (To Naruto) "''After Orochimaru died, I found myself not knowing who I was, again… Without knowing parent or country, I was taken in by the enemy… Since a young age I've moved about countries and villages as a spy… To me, things like countries, villages… they hold no firm reality in my mind. That was, of course, until I found myself under the wing of Orochimaru… but that presence is gone again. What am I anyway… The pain of not having an identity… I'd think you should understand… Naruto.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 356, pages 14-15</ref>
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* (To [[Itachi]]) {{translation|"''My name is a code… My glasses are a tool… I've been no one… From the start. From the very start… I had nothing.''"|「名は記号…。眼鏡は道具…。最初からボクは何者でもなかった。ボクには…何も無い。」|"Na wa kigō… Megane wa dōgu… Saisho kara boku wa nanimono demo nakatta. Boku ni wa… nani mo nai."}}<ref>Chapter 582, page 17</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''I decided I wished to be like you as well, Naruto, and for that reason… with Lord Orochimaru now integrated into this body, I plan on finding a new "me", one stronger than Lord Orochimaru himself! Finding a new me, that is the lesson you taught me.''"<ref name="chapter356">''Naruto'' chapter 356, pages 18-19</ref>
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* (To Itachi) "''A genius that had everything will never understand. …I just want to become myself.''"<name="c585">Chapter 585, page 17</ref>
* "''Orochimaru is the symbol of reincarnation, and as a goal, a greatness meant to be exceeded by me. He'll continue to live inside me.''"<ref name="chapter356"/>
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* (To [[Suigetsu]]) "''You're right that Obito and I were convinced that we didn't have a place in this world, and we ended up involving everyone else. But now I know who I am and what I have to do.''"<ref>Chapter 667, page 9</ref>
* "''Lord Orochimaru immediately tried to acquire that power… but… he didn't yet possess a body that could tolerate it… That's why he couldn't become the sage that I have become!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, pages 17-18</ref>
 
* "''I am no longer a snake… sage power has allowed me to shed that skin… and I am a dragon now!!''"<ref name="C579P19"/>
 
* (To [[Itachi]]) "''My name is a code… My glasses are a tool… I've been no one… From the start. From the very start… I had nothing.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 582, page 17</ref>
 
* (To Itachi) "''A genius that had everything will never understand. …I just want to become myself.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 585, page 17</ref>
 
   
 
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Kabuto Yakushi

Kabuto Gaiden

薬師カブト Yakushi Kabuto
Debut
Manga Volume #5, Naruto Chapter #39
Anime Naruto Episode #23
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Pisces February 29
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 19-20
  • Part II: 23-24
Height
  • Part I: 176.2 cm1.762 m
    5.781 ft
    69.37 in
  • Part II: 177 cm1.77 m
    5.807 ft
    69.685 in
Weight
  • Part I: 65 kg143.3 lb
Blood type AB
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Partner
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012140
Academy Grad. Age 10
Family
Nature Type
Unique Traits
Jutsu

Tools

Kabuto Yakushi (薬師カブト, Yakushi Kabuto) is a spy who has worked for many individuals, organisations, and countries during his life. His natural talents in intelligence-gathering and medicine attracted the attention of Orochimaru when he was younger, who made Kabuto his right-hand man. Although Kabuto learns much about the world under Orochimaru, he eventually decides that his life of serving others has prevented him from making an identity for himself. He thereafter seeks power and becomes a major factor in the Fourth Shinobi World War, using his higher place in the world so that he can find where in it he belongs.

Background Edit

Child Kabuto and Nono

A young Kabuto with Nonō.

Kabuto was found as a child by Nonō Yakushi on the outskirts of a city recently destroyed in a battle; he had suffered a head injury, leaving him with no memory of his name or past. Nonō treated his wound and brought him to the Konoha Orphanage. Urushi, another orphan, placed a helmet on his head so he wouldn't be injured again, prompting Nonō to name him "Kabuto" ("helmet" in Japanese). Kabuto liked the name and left his bed that night so that he could thank her, unaware of the orphanage's strict schedule. When Nonō found him, she discovered that this was in part because he couldn't read a clock due to his poor eyesight. She gave him her glasses so that he could see, overwhelming Kabuto with thankfulness.[5]

To earn money for the orphanage's operations, Nonō used her medical ninjutsu to treat injured shinobi of Konohagakure; Kabuto, having been taught medical ninjutsu by Nonō, would assist. Although the money helped, they still relied on direct funding from Konoha in order to get by. Aware of this fact, Danzō Shimura visited the orphanage one day threatening to withhold Konoha's funding if Nonō didn't turn one of the orphans over to his Root organisation. Kabuto, after eavesdropping on this conversation, volunteered against Nonō and Urushi's protests. Root trained Kabuto in espionage and over the years sent him to gain intel by, at different times, posing as a ninja of Kumo, Kiri, Suna, and Iwa. While in Iwa, Kabuto's spying was discovered and an Iwa-nin cornered him. He was able to strike down his pursuer, but only afterwards discovered that it was Nonō, who was also working for Root.

Kabuto and Orochimaru meet again

Orochimaru confronts Kabuto.

Kabuto apologised profusely and tried to heal Nonō, but she didn't recognise his face, even when he told her his name. She died from her injuries and Kabuto was forced to flee before Nonō's backup found him. Once safe, Kabuto was disillusioned by what had happened, wondering who he was if even Nonō didn't know him. He was soon confronted by Orochimaru,[6] an underling of Danzō who'd taken an interest in Kabuto over the years. Orochimaru explained that Danzō had been giving Nonō falsified photographs of Kabuto so that she would no longer recognise him when they met. This in turn allowed Danzō to pit Nonō and Kabuto against each other and thus eliminate Root's two most effective, and consequently too knowledgeable, spies. Assuming that Orochimaru planned to finish him off, Kabuto attacked him, distraught by the loss of both Nonō and the self-identification he'd acquired through her.

Kabuto and Sasori

Kabuto meeting Sasori.

Orochimaru survived the attack and suggested that Kabuto now try making a new identity for himself using whatever knowledge of the world he could acquire. Orochimaru offered to help him in this regard and invited him to help make a new village, Otogakure, where individuality could thrive. Kabuto agreed and Orochimaru gave him a new backstory: that he was found by Nonō - a captain of Konoha's Medic Corps - after the Battle of Kikyō Pass and adopted as her son.[7] With this backstory, Kabuto was able to become a genin of Konoha, which he used to enter the biannual Chūnin Exams so that he could gather information on his fellow participants for Orochimaru's use. Later, he was found by Akatsuki and was turned into one of Sasori's sleeper agents so he would spy on Orochimaru.[8] Shortly afterwards, Orochimaru realised the truth and freed him from this control, allowing Kabuto to effectively infiltrate the organisation for Orochimaru. When not spying, Kabuto helped Orochimaru with his experimentations and his studies of different Oto-nin's abilities. In the anime, Kabuto also helped Orochimaru find genetic samples for use in the Impure World Reincarnation[9] and also helped him escape from Itachi Uchiha after the latter's failed attempt to capture Itachi.[10]

Personality Edit

At times, Kabuto can seem quite open, more than willing to approach people and always confident in his own words and actions.[11] By his own admission, he is an introvert who doesn't like to be looked at and who wants to stick to the background.[12] He can be very critical of others, dismissing their personal desires and outlining all the flaws he perceives them to be making.[13] To those he feels are deserving, he is nothing but polite, regarding them with deference,[14] using the appropriate honorifics, and chastising those who don't do the same.[15] He can be cruel, preying on sensitive topics in order to rile someone up and punctuating his comments with sarcasm.[16] Other times he is kind, putting himself at risk[17] and being helpful for no immediate benefit to himself.[18]

The many contradictions of Kabuto's personality are a result of his frequent role as a spy, having spent most of his life changing identities and loyalties in order to gather information for some organisation. Although he's been serving Orochimaru for the longest period of time, even Orochimaru isn't always sure what Kabuto's trues feelings are: he trusts Kabuto implicitly, yet secretly suspects that Kabuto might intentionally undermine him.[19] When Kabuto begins working with Tobi, Tobi is careful to be on guard with Kabuto and keep him on a short leash, aware that Kabuto does not always act for the reasons he claims to; even so, Kabuto is able to make himself simultaneously so valuable yet so dangerous that Tobi can't really do anything about it.[20]

Kabuto appears to take his shifting allegiances in stride, but in truth he suffers an ongoing identity crisis. Because of the head injury he experienced when he was younger, Kabuto's early past is unknown to him and he has been having to construct an identity for himself ever since. While he was recruiting Kabuto, Orochimaru encouraged him to follow his own example and quite literally build who he wants to be out of whatever knowledge and abilities he can gather. Kabuto latched on to this idea at the time, but eventually realised that this was no different than what he did as a spy: aligning himself under some larger entity and then defining himself according to that. Kabuto decides it is better to follow Naruto Uzumaki's example and establish his own identity by becoming even greater than those under whose shadows he's lived under, namely Orochimaru.[21] Kabuto sets out to become stronger, perfecting all the skills that Orochimaru could not, and use the resulting power so that he would never need to be answerable to anyone ever again.

In his quest to surpass Orochimaru, Kabuto convinces himself that he has become the "perfect" being.[22] He uses this believed distinction in order to ally with Tobi during the Fourth Shinobi World War, pitting Tobi against the Allied Shinobi Forces so that they will destroy themselves and enable Kabuto to capitalise in the aftermath. But when his plans see continued setbacks, especially in his repeated failure to defeat Sasuke and Itachi Uchiha in battle, Kabuto's self-image as "perfect" starts to crack and he begins desperately trying to defend his final attempt at being recognised.[23] Itachi tries to explain the misstep that Kabuto has been making, but it isn't until he is subjected to Izanami that Kabuto accepts it: in the act of making an identity for himself, he has only been burying who he truly is. When he peels away all his false personas, Kabuto again becomes the adoptive son of Nonō Yakushi, one who could be trusted to do things on his own and who was valued by the entire orphanage because of it.[5]

Kabuto feels indebted to Itachi for restoring to him the knowledge of who he is and where in the world he most belongs; he later returns the favour to Itachi by saving Sasuke's life. After the war, Kabuto returns to the orphanage where he was raised - his long-neglected true home - and resumes the life he once had there. He believes it is vital that the orphans have identities of their own and not allow themselves to be defined by their past associations.[24]

Appearance Edit

  • Kabuto for most of the series.
  • Kabuto during the Power arc.
  • Kabuto during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Kabuto has onyx eyes and ash-grey hair, which he normally keeps in a ponytail. His most consistent feature are his black rimmed circular glasses, given to him by Nonō. During Part I and for much of Part II, Kabuto wears a dark purple shirt with a high collar, a white under-shirt, and dark purple pants with a white cloth waistband. In Part I he wears also dark purple fingerless gloves with armoured plates on the back of the hand and a blue forehead protector. During Part II, he infuses himself with Orochimaru's remains, causing his skin to turn white and scaly around the point of application on his left arm; this gradually spreads its influence across the rest of his body. In the anime's Power arc, set before his body is fully covered by Orochimaru's remains, Kabuto wears a black robe with red lining and he starts allowing his hair to grow long and unkempt, all of which help to hide the changes to his body.

Once his body is fully converted, his appearance becomes starkly similar to Orochimaru's, so much so that Sasuke Uchiha initially mistakes Kabuto for him. In addition to the changes to his skin, Kabuto's eyes become yellow with slitted pupils, around which are Orochimaru's characteristic purple markings. A long, white snake also fuses with his abdomen, which he wraps around his waist and which sometimes slithers under or behind him like a tail. His mostly human appearance is actually a shell, as his true form is much more serpentine, having a long body, comparatively short legs and arms, and an elongated face. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto wears a maroon-coloured cloak with a hood designed to resemble a serpent's head, with white, red, and yellow markings that resemble eyes. Many years later, after returning to the orphanage, he starts wearing the staff's typical garb and once again ties his hair in a ponytail.

Abilities Edit

Kabuto snakes

Kabuto controls and amplifies the size of his snakes.

Kabuto has a natural talent in the shinobi arts; Orochimaru realised this upon first meeting Kabuto and studying his service record with Root, making Kabuto his right-hand man. In Part I, Kabuto's skills are noted to be comparable to Kakashi Hatake's,[25] superior to Tsunade's in her prime,[26] and enough to defeat members of Konoha's Anbu without much difficulty.[27] During Part II, Kabuto sets out to correct the talents he feels were never fully realised: he later boasts that he has surpassed Orochimaru,[28] is the closest living person to match the power of the Sage of the Six Paths,[5] and is the single most important player in the entire Fourth Shinobi World War. Kabuto's improved prowess enabled him to overwhelm Sasuke and the reincarnated Itachi, two Uchiha clan prodigies, several times in battle.

Although Kabuto rarely uses genjutsu, his high skill with it allows him to put a large number of people to sleep.[29] After integrating Tayuya's DNA, he could use her flute-based genjutsu to trap Itachi and Sasuke, both genjutsu masters who were unable to break it independently.[30]

Physical Skills Edit

Kabuto admits he is not skilled in taijutsu, and on the one occasion he is seen in extended physical combat he uses a Military Rations Pill to augment his skills. During his briefer moments of hand-to-hand combat, he is shown to have good reflexes, reacting to threats just in time to defend himself or allies[31] as well as fending off all Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clones even when surrounded.[32]

Kabuto infusing Orochimaru&#039;s blood

Kabuto injecting himself with Orochimaru's remains.

In order to achieve the "perfect being" identity he desires for himself, Kabuto makes a number of modifications to his body prior to the Fourth Shinobi World War, causing him to develop a new chakra signature.[33] The first and most notable of these modifications is infusing himself with the remains of Orochimaru's body, which initially grants him a larger and stronger reserve of chakra. Over time, the remains alter his body, making his "true" appearance very snake-like, in which he can move around quickly and use his large mouth to swallow and thus capture targets.[34] He usually disguises his appearance within a more normal-looking skin, which he can shed as needed. This outer skin has a snake embedded in its navel, which he can merge with others' bodies in order to heal them.[33] Kabuto can in fact produce white snakes of varying sizes from either of his bodies, either to act as additional appendages[35] or to detach from him and carry out his will. These snakes can use their heightened senses to communicate targets' locations to him, possess his chakra signature, and share some of his other bodily modifications.[12]

Kabuto using Orochimaru&#039;s powers

Kabuto manifesting Orochimaru from his body.

From his extensive study of Orochimaru's various human test subjects, Kabuto alters his body to replicate certain others' trademark skills: he creates a version of Suigetsu Hōzuki's Hydrification Technique to escape capture by liquefying his body; he can reproduce Karin's natural Uzumaki-based rejuvenation to heal injuries he suffers; he can use Jūgo's kekkei genkai to passively absorb natural energy, allowing him to continuously use Sage Mode without assistance.[12] While in Sage Mode, he can make further use of others' abilities through his "DNA" ability, granting him all the skill-sets of whoever he has genetic samples of. He does this with all of the Sound Five, giving him access to abilities such as Kimimaro's accelerated bone production and Kidōmaru's spiderweb-based bindings. By combining this "DNA" with Sakon and Ukon's body merging ability, he can manifest mindless clones of others from his navel snake, such as Orochimaru, whose own snake-like body Kabuto can use very similarly to his own.[23]

Ninjutsu Edit

Kabuto's natures include Earth, Water, and Wind, as well as Yin and Yang release.[4] He can use Earth Release travel underground and, with Jirōbō's DNA, upend the earth. He can also use Water Release without a nearby water source, able to create large water projectiles and water dragons. Kabuto can produce barriers to hide his location[36] and, in the anime, make himself invisible.[37]

Medical Ninjutsu Edit

Chakra Scalpel

Kabuto using the chakra scalpel.

Kabuto was taught medical ninjutsu by Nonō Yakushi when he was young and immediately displayed a natural talent for it. He can heal most injuries without difficulty, even performing the ordinarily close-contact Mystical Palm Technique from a slight distance.[18] He invents Yin Healing Wound Destruction as a way of keeping test subjects alive longer by preemptively healing damage they receive, but he can also use it on himself when he expects to be badly injured. He uses chakra scalpels quite extensively outside their intended surgical use, either to cut through defenses[38] or augment his physical strikes, severing muscles on contact in order to disable opponents.

Dead Soul Technique

Kabuto reanimating Rinji's dead body.

Kabuto has an unprecedented knowledge of the human body, enough that, when his body's electrical signals are scrambled, he is able to quickly compensate and relearn how to control his limbs. For others, he can use his knowledge to create drugs to various effects, either as pain killers, hormones to enhance physical attributes,[39] poisons to specifically neutralise a particular target's abilities or immunities, and truth serums to aid in interrogations.[40] Kabuto has a unique affinity for corpses, able to reanimate them for use as allies in combat or decoys; in the case of the latter, he can quickly alter the corpse's appearance to look like someone else, which is so convincing that the alteration is only noticeable on close scrutiny. He in fact likes to keep a supply of variously-aged corpses with him at all times, which he stores in scrolls until he needs them.

Summoning Edit

Cellular Snake Division Technique

Kabuto's clone snakes.

Kabuto uses his own blood to help Orochimaru summon snakes a few times in Part I, but it's not until after he takes on Orochimaru's remains that he starts summoning snakes for himself.[41] Like the snakes he makes with his own body, he can use these snake to restrain targets or inject them with venom.[40] He creates some genetically modified snakes for his own usage, such as a clone of Manda,[42] with several other varieties seen in the anime's Power arc: snakes that can absorb chakra, snakes that can morph into copies of himself, and small clone snakes that can combine into functional replicas of others.[43]

Akatsuki revived

Kabuto reincarnates five Akatsuki members.

Kabuto claims to have perfected the Impure World Reincarnation: he is able to reincarnate dozens of individuals at a time - something its creator, Tobirama Senju, could not[44] - and bring them back with the same power they had while alive - something Orochimaru could not.[45] Kabuto typically allows his reincarnated forces to keep their personalities while they carry out his bidding, making them more effective and allowing for a degree of psychological warfare against those who knew them when alive. By siphoning chakra from Orochimaru's cursed seals, he can remotely suppress their personalities and take full control of their actions.[46] In the case of Madara Uchiha's reincarnated body, Kabuto makes several modifications to it in order to restore Madara's youth and give him the Rinnegan and Wood Release.[14]

Senjutsu Edit

Kabuto&#039;s Sage Mode

Kabuto in Sage Mode.

Due to the larger chakra reserves he gains from Orochimaru's remains, Kabuto is able to learn senjutsu from the White Snake Sage at the Ryūchi Cave. This allows him to enter Sage Mode, which he can use indefinitely due to his research of Jūgo's passively ability to constantly absorb natural energy. In Sage Mode, Kabuto's only noticeable physical alterations are the markings around his eyes, the four horns on the back of his head, and brille to give him immunity to genjutsu and other visual attacks;[47] he describes his transformation as changing him from a snake to a dragon.[48] Using Sage Mode makes Kabuto's jutsu and physical attacks stronger,[49] improves his physical defenses,[50] heightens his speed and reflexes,[51] and allows him to sense his surroundings.[52] He can also infuse natural energy into inanimate objects, giving them life.

Intelligence Edit

During his years in Root, Kabuto became one of the organisation's best spies, a role he continued to serve for Orochimaru. Over the years, he uncovers a great deal of information unknown to most of the world, such as how Zetsus are made, the truth surrounding the Uchiha Clan Downfall,[53] and Tobi's true identity. In combat, Kabuto can use his vast intel to plan around opponents' abilities, either by employing the appropriate countermeasures[42] or depending on their attacks for his plans to be successful.[34] This also speaks to his considerable ability to manipulate opponents, as he frequently tries to break down their resolve,[13] turn them against their allies, or even come up with similarities that might convince them to join forces with him.[53] Even if his manipulations fail or they cannot in and of themselves benefit him, Kabuto is good at making all possible outcomes work in his favour: the Allied Shinobi Forces' losses help his stated objective of winning the Fourth Shinobi World War, while the Allied Shinobi Forces' victories help his long-term objective of undermining Akatsuki.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 4 2.5 4.5 5 3 3.5 3 4.5 30
Second 4.5 3.5 4.5 5 3 3.5 3 5 32
Third 4.5 3.5 4.5 5 3 3.5 3 5 32

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams

Kabuto&#039;s Genin Team

Kabuto and his team-mates.

Kabuto is teamed with Yoroi Akadō and Misumi Tsurugi so that they can enter the Chūnin Exams being held in Konoha. Before the exam's first stage begins, Kabuto befriends the Rookie Nine. Because they're all quite confident in their prospects, he warns them about the exam's inherent difficulty as well as the considerable competition that some of the other participants pose. He confesses that he has little information on the ninja of Oto, but he doesn't feel this is an issue. This provokes the eavesdropping Dosu Kinuta - an Oto-genin - to attack him; although Kabuto dodges, Dosu's Resonating Echo Speaker shatters his glasses and makes him nauseous. The exam proctors break up the fight.

As the second stage of the exams near completion, Kabuto finds the members of Team 7 in the Forest of Death, arriving in time to stop Naruto Uzumaki from opening one of the scrolls they're supposed to be gathering; he explains that doing so results in unconsciousness and thus failure. When asked, he explains that he was separated from his team and that he's on his way to meet them with the two scrolls he's acquired. Sasuke Uchiha challenges him to a fight, needing one of the scrolls if Team 7 is to pass. Kabuto suggests that they instead trying taking a scroll from one of the teams gathering in the center of the forest. He offers to help them in exchange for accompanying him, providing safety in numbers.

As they approach the center and the deadline to finish nears, Kabuto and Team 7 are caught in a genjutsu by Team Oboro, who have similar plans of taking scrolls as they do. Naruto uses shadow clones to draw out Team Oboro, who fight his clones with their own haze clones. Kabuto is impressed by Naruto's large chakra supply, but, as Sasuke discovers with his Sharingan, the fight is meaningless since the haze clones are only a distraction. Team Oboro tries sneaking up on Naruto and attacking him, which Kabuto blocks, becoming injured instead; he exudes killing intent in response, creating an opening for Naruto to knock them out. Team 7 takes Team Oboro's scroll and Kabuto accompanies them to the center of the forest where he reunites with his team. He thanks Team 7 for their help.

Kabuto and his team meet with Orochimaru before the next stage of the exams start and Kabuto gives him the intel he's gathered on Sasuke. They then assemble with the other qualifying teams and are informed that one-on-one preliminary matches will be held. Kabuto opts to withdraw. When asked by Naruto, he claims to be too tired from his encounters with Dosu and Team Oboro to fight. When asked by Yoroi, he claims that this will give Yoroi and Misumi a chance to earn Orochimaru's favour. In truth, Kabuto is concerned that he won't be able to hold himself back in combat and that he'll end up blowing his cover; Orochimaru's presence in the audience also means Kabuto no longer needs to gather intel for him. Kabuto leaves with the Third Hokage's permission, eager for his next encounter with Naruto and Sasuke.

Plotting Invasion

Kabuto meets with Baki.

Kabuto meets with Orochimaru after the preliminaries conclude. Although he doesn't want to trigger his long-term plans yet, Orochimaru is concerned about Sasuke's development, believing that Naruto is having too positive an influence on him. He sends Kabuto to capture Sasuke while it's still possible for Orochimaru to corrupt him. Kabuto locates Sasuke in the Konoha Hospital and kills his eight Anbu guards. He is discovered by Kakashi Hatake before he can accomplish his task and is forced to flee through the window. He meets with Baki of Sunagakure later that night to discuss their villages' planned invasion of Konoha. When they notice that their conversation is being listened to by Hayate Gekkō, Kabuto offers to eliminate him, but Baki does so instead.

A month later, during the final matches of the Chūnin Exams, Kabuto kills one of the Anbu guarding the stadium where the finals are being held. He disguises himself with the Anbu's clothes and mask so that he can infiltrate the stadium and watch Naruto's match. During the fight, Hinata Hyūga starts having a coughing fit and Kabuto offers to treat her. She is healed, but falls unconscious; Kabuto knocks out Kiba Inuzuka and Akamaru as well.

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush

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Kabuto faces Konoha's defenders.

The invasion of Konoha is supposed to be initiated by Suna's Gaara. When Gaara ends up being injured during his fight with Sasuke and thus left unable to fulfil his intended role, Kabuto initiates the invasion instead: he uses the Temple of Nirvana Technique to put most of the people in the stadium to sleep. Some of Konoha's forces are able to fend off his genjutsu and engage other Oto-nin that infiltrated the stadium. Kabuto, however, avoids fighting, and both he and Baki are eventually cornered by Kakashi and Might Guy. When he notices Orochimaru fleeing his own fight with the Third Hokage, Kabuto decides to flee as well and advises that Baki do the same.

Search for Tsunade Edit

Main article: Search for Tsunade During the failed invasion, Orochimaru's arms are bound by the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. Kabuto tries healing them and, when that doesn't work, he provides Orochimaru with medicine for the pain, but those are also ineffective. With few other options available, Orochimaru has Kabuto locate Tsunade, one of his fellow Sannin. Kabuto tracks her to Tanzaku Quarters and they go to meet her. Upon finding her, Orochimaru offers to reincarnate her brother and lover in exchange for her healing his arms. This proposal provokes Tsunade's attendant, Shizune, into attacking Orochimaru with a Prepared Needle Shot, which Kabuto blocks. When Tsunade displays a certain willingness to attack them herself, Orochimaru sheds some of his own blood, paralyzing her due to her hemophobia. He and Kabuto leave, giving Tsunade a week to decide.

As they return to Tanzaku Quarters a week later, Orochimaru is confident that Tsunade will heal his arms. However, he believes Shizune may represent an issue, so he sends Kabuto to kill her. Kabuto finds her in the company of Naruto and Jiraiya, another Sannin, forcing him to withdraw and return to Orochimaru. He arrives in time to stop Tsunade's apparent healing of Orochimaru's arms, having noticed her killing intent. Since she won't cooperate, Orochimaru decides that they must fight her and take her by force, though because of his arms, he relies on Kabuto to do the actual fighting; they draw her away from the city so that Shizune and the others can't help her.

Points Disturbance

Tsunade attacks Kabuto.

Because of how strong Tsunade's attacks are, Kabuto stays out of her reach as much as he can, only striking when he can get in a disabling blow. Tsunade heals all the damage he does to her and Kabuto similarly recovers from her counterattacks. When they are found by Shizune, Jiraiya, and Naruto, Kabuto slits his wrists so that Tsunade is paralysed with fear and thus unable to fight back. Naruto is confused by Kabuto's presence, slow to realise he's working for Orochimaru; Kabuto informs him that it's this sort of ignorance that prevents him from matching Sasuke. Naruto attacks him with shadow clones, which Kabuto easily fends off. He then fights Shizune, quickly knocking her out while he attempts to restrain Tsunade. Naruto stops him and tries attacking with the Rasengan, but he lacks full mastery of it and misses.

Naruto vs. Kabuto

Kabuto struck with Naruto's Rasengan.

Kabuto tries to convince Naruto to give up, as otherwise he will be killed and thus left unable to achieve his dream of becoming Hokage. Naruto refuses, so Kabuto attacks with a kunai. Naruto catches the kunai and latches on to Kabuto's hand, preventing him from escaping while Naruto strikes with another Rasengan. Kabuto is propelled backwards and tries healing the damage with his Yin Healing Wound Destruction, but the damage is too extensive and he collapses. Naruto also collapses, Kabuto having severed his heart muscles when the Rasengan hit him; he boasts that nothing can be done to save Naruto, but Tsunade is able to successfully heal him. The fight is now left to Orochimaru and Kabuto helps him summon Manda. Tsunade overcomes her hemophobia and defeats both Manda and Orochimaru, forcing him and Kabuto to retreat.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission Since Tsunade won't help, the only way for Orochimaru to heal his arms is to transfer to a new body, which he selects Sasuke's for. He sends the Sound Four to recruit Sasuke and Kabuto tends to him while he waits. The Sound Four end up taking too long and Kabuto takes it upon himself to find a different body: he has several of their prisoners fight each other to the death, with Orochimaru taking the body of the victor, Gen'yūmaru. While Orochimaru does that, Kabuto talks to Kimimaro, reminding him that Orochimaru's current predicament is his fault since he became ill, thus making him unsuitable as Orochimaru's new body. This compels Kimimaro to go retrieve Sasuke as his last act of service, which Orochimaru characterises as cruel of Kabuto when he learns of it.

Sasuke does eventually arrive at their lair, though Kimimaro and the Sound Four have all died. When Sasuke acts disrespectful towards Orochimaru, Kabuto advises him on proper etiquette, to which Sasuke responds with killing intent; Kabuto is surprised by this and Orochimaru is pleased.

Part II Edit

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Edit

Main article: Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission

Kabuto attacks Yamato

Kabuto attacks "Sasori".

Over two-and-a-half years after Sasuke joins forces with Orochimaru, Kabuto is summoned to meet with Sasori at the Tenchi Bridge in Kusagakure. Pretending to be his loyal agent, Kabuto answers Sasori's questions about Sasuke, telling him that he's at Orochimaru's nearby base. Orochimaru confronts them during their meeting and Kabuto retreats closer to Sasori. While Sasori talks to Orochimaru and prepares to fight him alongside Kabuto, Kabuto cuts through Sasori's puppet, Hiruko. Having never seen the real Sasori before, Kabuto initially believes the man inside Hiruko (Yamato) is him, but when Naruto and the rest of Team 7 join Yamato he realises his mistake. Orochimaru taunts Naruto about his desire to see Sasuke again, provoking him into using the Nine-Tails' chakra. Kabuto attempts to attack him, but Naruto easily blasts him away with a mere roar.

Once he recovers, Kabuto approaches Yamato and Sakura Haruno and asks if their presence here means that Sasori is dead, which they confirm. He watches Naruto's fight with Orochimaru, observing that Naruto's version 2 form is proof of how desperate he is to retrieve Sasuke. When Naruto, not in control of his actions, injures Sakura, Kabuto heals her wound as his thanks for their killing Sasori and thus weakening Akatsuki. While Yamato restrains Naruto, Kabuto goes looking for Orochimaru and finds him with Team 7's other member, Sai. He initially assumes that Sai means to attack Orochiamru and therefore tackles him, but Orochimaru informs him that Sai is an ally and they take him back to their base. They notice that the rest of Team 7 is following them, apparently because of Sai, so Kabuto prepares a fake dead body that looks like Sai for them to leave behind and throw Team 7 off their trail.

Naruto vs Kabuto

Kabuto fighting Naruto.

When they get back to their base, Kabuto finds a room for Sai to stay in and then leaves to analyse the intel that Sai has given them. He accidentally leaves the intel in Sai's room and goes back for it, but both Sai and the intel are gone. He tracks Sai down and finds he's been captured by the rest of Team 7. Kabuto releases Sai from his confinements, defeats Naruto's shadow clones, and requests Sai's help in fighting Team 7, but Sai restrains him instead. When asked, Kabuto is forthcoming with information about where to find Sasuke, though he warns them against it since they may draw out Orochimaru. Yamato leaves behind a wood clone to guard Kabuto while they go searching. Orochimaru eventually finds and frees him and they go to find Sasuke, arriving in time to stop him from killing Team 7. Kabuto recommends Sasuke spare them since they may further weaken Akatsuki, which he agrees with. Kabuto then departs with Orochimaru and Sasuke.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance

Crystal Needles

Kabuto immobilised by Guren.

In the anime, as Orochimaru's body starts to reject him, he instructs Kabuto to bring him Guren. Guren challenges Kabuto to a fight as he nears her location in order to test if he is worthy to serve Orochimaru. He meets with her approval and she accompanies him to Orochimaru. Orochimaru offers Guren an opportunity to replace Sasuke as his next body if she can prove herself on a mission; Kabuto is tasked with gathering a team for her from their assorted prisoners. Guren ends up failing her mission, so Kabuto is sent to give her another task: help him capture the Three-Tails. Guren fails to restrain the Three-Tails with her crystal release and Yūkimaru, whose abilities are essential in capturing the Three-Tails, is himself captured by Konoha-nin.

With things becoming desperate, Kabuto tricks members of Guren's team into undergoing operations that will forcibly activate their cursed seals. He also kills and impersonates Rinji, and in that role tries to manipulate Yūkimaru into unleashing the Three-Tails against Guren and Konoha's forces. Yūkimaru refuses to do so, prompting Kabuto to attack him; Naruto counters the attack and, in the process, exposes the Rinji disguise. While Kabuto fights Naruto, he uses Rinji's reanimated body to attack Guren, neutralizing her crystal release with Rinji's bats. Guren seemingly gives her life to defeat Rinji and Yūkimaru, overcome with grief, finally unleashes the Three-Tails. Kabuto leaves, satisfied with what's happened.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission With Orochimaru's body on the verge of failure, Kabuto prepares the strongest medication he can to help him cope with the pain. As he's away getting the medicine ready, he notes that Orochimaru will need to take Sasuke's body within the next day or two, though he doubts Sasuke will be cooperative. When he returns, he finds Sasuke leaving Orochimaru's room, with Orochimaru's body now lying abandoned. Kabuto asks Sasuke who he is, unable to tell if the body transfer was successful or not. Sasuke uses Genjutsu: Sharingan to show Kabuto how he overpowered Orochimaru's consciousness and absorbed it into his own. Kabuto is surprised by this and Sasuke leaves without further comment.

Kabuto later tracks down Naruto, who is in the company of Yamato and Hinata Hyūga. He confirms to Naruto the rumors that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru and then gives him a book with all the intel that he and Orochimaru have gathered on Akatsuki over the years. When Naruto and the others can't understand why he would do this, he explains that it is a present for Naruto, partly to help Naruto in his own confrontations with Akatsuki and partly out of gratitude. He tells them how lost he felt after Orochimaru's death, having identified himself in terms of Orochimaru for so long, in the same way that Naruto was once identified in terms of the Nine-Tails. Naruto, however, was able to forge out on his own and establish himself as independent of the Nine-Tails; Kabuto now intends to follow his example and establish himself as greater than Orochimaru.

Orochimaru&#039;s remains taking over Kabuto

Orochimaru's remains taking over Kabuto's body.

Kabuto shows them how he has grafted Orochimaru's remains into his body, which Hinata notices with her Byakugan are in the process of taking control of him. Kabuto claims that the remains themselves make him stronger, as does the constant struggle to keep them at bay. Naruto and the others try capturing him, but he retreats, vowing to fight Naruto once he's mastered Orochimaru's powers and also dealt with Sasuke. Kabuto further crafts himself over the following weeks and months: he uses his research of different human test subjects to modify his body; he finds Ryūchi Cave and learns senjutsu from the White Snake Sage;[54] he acquires DNA samples of various dead ninja, some of which, in the anime, he or Orochimaru already possessed;[9] Black Zetsu meets him at some point and shows him the corpse of Madara Uchiha.[55]

Power Edit

Main article: Power

Body Recreation Technique 1

Kabuto creating a clone of Hidan.

In the anime, Kabuto is hired by Disonasu to help him access the Ama no Hoko. Kabuto attacks Tonika Village and slaughters most of the villagers in preparation for awakening the Ama no Hoko, which soon draws the attention of Team 7. He's able to create a clone of Hidan to attack them, but the forces he raises with the Impure World Reincarnation are unresponsive to his commands. He decides to retreat, leaving behind a reincarnated Deidara as a distraction while he tries to figure out a way improve his control of the Impure World Reincarnation.

Disonasu uses his sealing scroll

The Ama no Hoko activates.

After figuring out a way to allow reincarnated individuals to retain their personalities, Kabuto sneaks into the Hachō Village by reincarnating the Tonika Village Head. They try making the final preparations for restoring the Ama no Hoko, but they are discovered by the village head's granddaughter and Kabuto is drawn into another battle with Team 7. During the fight, a Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone emerges, having been inadvertently created during Kabuto's previous fight with Naruto. With some difficulty, Kabuto is able to capture the clone, the original Naruto, and Dokku. He brings them to Dionasu, who is now able to activate the Ama no Hoko. Konoha ninja start attacking and Kabuto uses his reincarnated forces to fight them off, but they are interrupted by the Naruto clone's sudden mutation. While the others deal with the clone, Kabuto quietly leaves.

After the fighting is over, Kabuto locates the dying Disonasu and summons the Tonika Village Head, who he allows to finish Dionasu off in order to have revenge. Kabuto afterwards sheds his skin, having finally gotten Orochimaru's power under control.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown

The Sixth Coffin

Kabuto blackmails Tobi.

Once he's confident that he's mastered Orochimaru's powers, Kabuto travels to the Mountains' Graveyard to confront Tobi of Akatsuki, who has been using the name of Madara Uchiha in order to start the Fourth Shinobi World War. Tobi recognises Kabuto as a former spy of Sasori, so tries to kill him for betraying Akatsuki. Kabuto responds by using the Impure World Reincarnation to revive five deceased Akatsuki members, which he offers to use to help Tobi in the approaching war. Tobi asks what Kabuto would want in exchange for this alliance, to which Kabuto responds he wants Sasuke. When Tobi contemplates refusing, Kabuto summons the real Madara Uchiha, forcing Tobi to agree. He stipulates, however, that Kabuto can't have Sasuke until after the war is won, which Kabuto agrees to.

Ōnoki punches Kabuto

Kabuto attacked by the Tsuchikage.

Tobi incorporates Kabuto and his reincarnated army into his war plans. When they later receive intel on the location of Naruto and Killer B - whose capture is the reason Tobi started the war - Kabuto offers to capture them himself if Tobi will show him the White Zetsu Army. Tobi complies, also showing him the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path and the biomass of Hashirama Senju that the Zetsus are cultivated from. Satisfied, Kabuto reincarnates Deidara and together they fly to the Island Turtle. As they approach, they draw the patrolling Third Tsuchikage away, creating an opening for a simultaneous attack on the island by Kabuto's Manda II and Deidara's Explosive Clay.

Transformed Kabuto took Yamato

Kabuto captures Yamato.

Deidara drops Kabuto off on the Island Turtle and then keeps the Tsuchikage busy so that Kabuto can find Naruto and B. He is quickly found by Naruto's guards and his body is bound by Kurotsuchi. Believing Kabuto's been captured, Aoba Yamashiro approaches him with the intention of reading his mind to see what he knows about Akatsuki. In short order, Kabuto sheds his skin to get free, captures Yamato, and takes refuge within Manda II's nose; Manda II escapes and Kabuto withdraws Deidara. Tobi is angry with Kabuto when he returns since he wanted Naruto and B, not Yamato. Kabuto explains that studying Yamato's wood release will allow him to make the White Zetsu Army stronger. He adds that Yamato has intel they can use, which finally convinces Tobi.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

Anko and Kabuto clash

Kabuto and Anko clash.

Once all their preparations are completed, Kabuto and Tobi mobilise their respective armies against the Allied Shinobi Forces. While Tobi is busy overseeing that, Kabuto locates Anko Mitarashi nearby, who he led to the Mountains' Graveyard with a trail of dead bodies. Kabuto captures her after a brief fight. Tobi discovers this and demands that Kabuto kill her. Kabuto refuses, explaining that he can use her Cursed Seal of Heaven to strengthen his use of the Impure World Reincarnation, which is in Tobi's interests. Tobi stipulates that he'll only allow this if Kabuto thoroughly demonstrates how the Impure World Reincarnation works, and to that end instructs him to reincarnate Torune Aburame using Fū Yamanaka as a sacrifice. Kabuto complies and Tobi is satisfied. Kabuto afterwards takes the opportunity to request Tobi's help in reincarnating Shisui Uchiha and Jiraiya, which Tobi refuses.

Kabuto relocates to a remote area to start monitoring his reincarnated forces. When several encounter the Allied Shinobi Forces' Third Division, Kabuto drains the chakra from Anko's cursed seal to fully suppress his reincarnated forces' personalities, turning them into pure killing machines. He's very satisfied with the causalities that the Third Division suffer, so he sends all of his Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist to join the battle. Exerting so much control over his combatants requires a great deal of effort on Kabuto's part, for which reason he allows his other forces to retain their personalities and uses other tactics instead: when the Second Tsuchikage is discovered by the Fourth Division, Kabuto sends the Second Mizukage, Third Raikage, and Fourth Kazekage to reinforce him; against the First Division, he sends a number of individuals whose reincarnation will unnerve members of the Allied Shinobi Forces, thus potentially making them less effective.

Kabuto's forces have mixed results: though the Third Division experiences heavy losses, they are able to figure out an effective, if slow, way of defeating the reincarnated forces; the Fourth Division chooses to retreat from the reincarnated Kage; the First Division defeats or captures all of their reincarnated opponents, most notably Kabuto's Gold and Silver Brothers. He sends Hanzō against Mifune of the Fifth Division, expecting an easy victory, but Hanzō deliberately creates an opportunity for the Fifth Division to capture him and Kabuto doesn't suppress his personality in time to stop him. On the first night of the war, Tobi takes the captured Gold and Silver Brothers from the First Division, which Kabuto guesses to mean he's getting impatient with his plans. When he learns that Naruto and Killer B have left their confinements, Kabuto becomes determined to capture them so that he can use them as leverage against Tobi.

Kabuto sends Nagato and Itachi Uchiha against Naruto and B, expecting that their respective Rinnegan and Mangekyō Sharingan will overpower Naruto and B. Itachi, however, is able to remove Kabuto's control over him and teams up with Naruto and B against Nagato. Kabuto attempts to temporarily kill Naruto and B with Nagato while he tries to regain control of Itachi, but Nagato is defeated. Meanwhile, the Fourth Division finally starts fighting the reincarnated Kage, eventually defeating each of them with the help of one of Naruto's shadow clones. With his forces dwindling, Kabuto decides he'll need to use his "trump card". In the anime, the trump card requires preparation, so he tries different ways of buying time: he sends Hayate Gekkō to acquire DNA samples of dead members of the Allied Shinobi Forces so that he can reincarnate them, but this fails; he sends a force led by Torune Aburame to release the captured reincarnated ninja from their bindings, but this fails as well.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Although the Second Tsuchikage was apparently defeated and captured, he split apart at the last moment without the Fourth Division's notice. Kabuto takes control of the uncaptured half of the Tsuchikage and through him summons to the battlefield his trump card: Madara Uchiha. He uses the Tsuchikage to speak to Madara, introducing himself, explaining the modifications he's made to Madara's body (his youth, his Rinnegan, and a graft of Hashirama Senju), and requesting a demonstration of Madara's powers. Madara complies, and after destroying much of the Fourth Division he asks Kabuto why Tobi hasn't kept to their plans. Because Kabuto doesn't know what exactly their plans are he can't give an answer, but he knows Madara requires the Nine-Tails and so directs him to Naruto. Madara then turns his attention to fighting the Allied Shinobi Forces and Kabuto relinquishes his control of the Tsuchikage.

Kabuto vs Uchiha

Kabuto faces Sasuke and Itachi.

Kabuto monitors Madara's fight until he is found in his cave by Itachi (using information received earlier from Nagato). Itachi states his intentions to kill Kabuto in order to end the Impure World Reincarnation, so Kabuto informs him that the technique will not end with his death. Itachi is quickly joined by Sasuke, who initially mistakes Kabuto for Orochimaru. Sasuke has other business with Itachi and tries to kill Kabuto, but Itachi blocks his attack. Kabuto, aware that Sasuke wants to confront Itachi about the Uchiha Clan Downfall, tries to convince Sasuke to join forces with him, but Sasuke refuses. Since Itachi's only option of stopping him is to use genjutsu, Kabuto covers his eyes with his hood and sends his snakes to attack them. They destroy the snakes with their Susanoo and then attack Kabuto himself.

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Kabuto attacks Sasuke and Itachi.

Kabuto is able to slip free of their Susanoo using his research of Suigetsu Hōzuki's Hydrification Technique; he then heals the little damage he did receive using his research of Karin's Uzumaki-lineage. Because Sasuke was on a team with both of Suigetsu and Karin, he asks if Kabuto also has the abilities of its other member, Jūgo. Kabuto confirms this, explaining how he used Jūgo's passive ability to absorb natural energy in order to achieve Sage Mode, a state Orochimaru was never able to master and thus proof that Kabuto has surpassed him. Kabuto uses the brille of his Sage Mode form to shield his eyes and then blinds Itachi and Sasuke. Because Sasuke is unable to sustain his Susanoo, Kabuto tries to go after him, but Itachi blocks the attack.

Itachi attacks Kabuto

Itachi cuts Kabuto's horn.

Sasuke and Itachi go on the offensive and coordinate attacks with their Susanoo. Kabuto avoids serious injury and is able to take Sasuke's sword, which he uses to stab Itachi. Itachi in turn takes the sword back and uses it to cut off the tip of one of Kabuto's horns. Although their attack didn't seem to have much effect, Sasuke and Itachi are nevertheless pleased by how well they work together. Kabuto once again tries convincing Sasuke to change sides, reminding him of all Itachi's lies and manipulations and explaining how he, like Sasuke, also wants to destroy Konoha. Sasuke is too committed to Itachi to betray him, so Kabuto explores his own similarities to Itachi: how both of them sacrificed their identities for Konoha's greater good and how neither was appreciated for it. This also fails, so Kabuto attacks, manipulating the cave's interior to crush them; Itachi uses his own body to protect Sasuke.

Kabuto slices Itachi

Kabuto cuts through Itachi.

Kabuto tries to get close to Itachi so that he can regain control over his body, but Sasuke keeps him away with Amaterasu until Itachi's body recovers. Itachi admits that he used to be like Kabuto, as he also struggled with who he was and tried to define himself by becoming perfect. He eventually discovered that this was the wrong tactic and that the only way to understand himself was to accept his faults. Kabuto is unmoved, having thought long and hard about one's identity and now firmly committed to his current course. He uses his "DNA" ability in order to manifest aspects of the Sound Five and even Orochimaru, using their broad range of abilities to overwhelm Itachi and Sasuke from a safe distance. They counter each of his attacks and Itachi continues trying to reason with him, frustrating Kabuto enough that he moves closer in order to attack Itachi in person.

Edo Tensei Kai

Kabuto forced to release the Impure World Reincarnation.

Kabuto and Sasuke briefly exchange attacks while Itachi's body recovers. Kabuto avoids serious injury and is able to take Sasuke's sword, which he uses to stab Itachi. Itachi in turn takes the sword back and uses it to cut off the tip of the same horn as before. Kabuto notes the déjà vu of this previous exchange, but thinks nothing of it and resumes the attack. However, the exchange keeps happening over and over, with his horn reappearing each time only to be cut off again: this is Itachi's Izanami, a genjutsu that traps its victims using a sensory loop rather than vision. Kabuto realises that something has happened to him, but none of the jutsu he tries are able to change the outcome. While Kabuto is trapped in his own mind, Itachi opens his brille and uses a genjutsu to force him to release the Impure World Reincarnation, returning himself and everyone else to the Pure Land.

Sasuke shortly afterwards revives Orochimaru using a sample of Kabuto's flesh. Orochimaru then absorbs his own chakra from Kabuto's body and they leave him behind.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Kabuto Healing Sasuke

Kabuto saving Sasuke.

By design, the only way to escape Izanami is to be humble and to stop trying to alter events in one's favour. Kabuto, by stopping trying to make himself into something new and perfect and instead accepting who he's always been deep down, satisfies this criteria and is released from Izanami. Kabuto is deeply glad to have rediscovered his long-abandoned identity and feels indebted to Itachi for showing it to him. In order to return the favour, Kabuto heads to the last remaining battlefield of the war and uses his medical skills to heal Sasuke's mortal wounds. Although Karin and Suigetsu are suspicious of Kabuto, Sasuke recovers and is able to rejoin the fight against Madara Uchiha.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Madara is able to cast Infinite Tsukuyomi, trapping Kabuto and the rest of the world in a dream. Naruto and Sasuke are eventually able to release the Infinite Tsukuyomi, thus freeing the world and ending the war.

Epilogue Edit

After the war, Kabuto reunites with Urushi and they take charge of the Konoha Orphanage. Just as Nonō was once the orphans' "mother", Kabuto becomes their "father".[24]

Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Edit

Main article: Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Naruto, now Hokage, delivers Shin Uchiha's many clones to the orphanage. Kabuto decides that giving each clone their own name should be the top priority.

In Other Media Edit

Movies Edit

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds Sasuke is summoned before Orochimaru and Kabuto. Kabuto informs Sasuke of the Land of the Sky's attack on Konoha, but Sasuke isn't interested. Orochimaru sends Sasuke to capture Shinnō, which he ultimately fails to do, surprising Kabuto.

Video Games Edit

Kabuto Yakushi is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
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: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 4 February 2016 9 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008

In most games, Kabuto is only playable in one form – with the appearance and abilities he had prior to assimilating with Orochimaru's remains. In later installments of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, he is playable in other forms, some of which come with their own movesets:

Trivia Edit

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  • "Kabuto" is the last part of the Japanese name for Aconitum, a plant that can either alleviate pain or kill, which seems fitting as he is a medical-nin who uses his medicinal knowledge in battle.
  • A kabuto is the name for a samurai's helmet or headplate. With his former team-mates, Yoroi ("armour") and Tsurugi ("sword"), they form an armour—helmet—sword trio.
  • His surname, Yakushi (薬師), is the short form of the Japanese name of the Medicine/Healer Buddha (long form: Yakushi nyorai), Bhaisajyaguru, and means "medicine user".
  • In the Live Spectacle Naruto, the role of Kabuto was played by Tatsunari Kimura.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Kabuto show that he was 120 cm when he was found by Nono, and 150 cm when he left to join Root with Danzō.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Kabuto's hobby is taking care of his scalpels.
    • Kabuto wants to fight Naruto and Orochimaru.
    • Kabuto in Konohagakure has completed 191 official missions in total: 163 D-rank, 28 C-rank, 0 B-rank, 0 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
    • Kabuto's favourite phrase is "A thousand changes, ten thousand transformations" (千変万化, Senpen Banka). This proverb refers to innumerable changes or infinite variety.
    • His favourite foods are jack mackerel and sea bream both/either one grilled with salt, while his least favourite food is raw meat.
  • In the fourth databook, neither hiden nor kekkei genkai are listed among Kabuto's special characteristics, despite his usage of both through DNA. Summoning is also not listed, despite him summoning snakes.
  • Dragons and snakes are interchangeable in various mythologies, such as in the case of Yamata-no-Orochi. Thus, Kabuto saw himself to have grown from a snake into a dragon.
  • In Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles, Kabuto serves as both the comedic foil to Orochimaru and the voice of reason when his master's schemes border on idiocy.

Quotes Edit

  • (After accidentally wounding Nonō) "Why didn't mother… …recognise me…? Why didn't she remember me…? Why? What was the purpose of my life then? What did I receive from her!? My name being one of her sons… …even these glasses. Who is… …this…? This isn't me… It's not the real me…"[6]
  • (To Naruto) "After Orochimaru died, I found myself not knowing who I was, again… Without knowing parent or country, I was taken in by the enemy… Since a young age I've moved about countries and villages as a spy… To me, things like countries, villages… they hold no firm reality in my mind. That was, of course, until I found myself under the wing of Orochimaru… but that presence is gone again. What am I anyway… The pain of not having an identity… I'd think you should understand… Naruto."[56]
  • (To Naruto) "I decided I wished to be like you as well, Naruto, and for that reason… with Lord Orochimaru now integrated into this body, I plan on finding a new "me", one stronger than Lord Orochimaru himself! Finding a new me, that is the lesson you taught me."[21]
  • "I am no longer a snake… sage power has allowed me to shed that skin… and I am a dragon now!!"[48]
  • (To Itachi) "My name is a code… My glasses are a tool… I've been no one… From the start. From the very start… I had nothing." (「名は記号…。眼鏡は道具…。最初からボクは何者でもなかった。ボクには…何も無い。」, "Na wa kigō… Megane wa dōgu… Saisho kara boku wa nanimono demo nakatta. Boku ni wa… nani mo nai.")[57]
  • (To Itachi) "A genius that had everything will never understand. …I just want to become myself."<name="c585">Chapter 585, page 17</ref>
  • (To Suigetsu) "You're right that Obito and I were convinced that we didn't have a place in this world, and we ended up involving everyone else. But now I know who I am and what I have to do."[58]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, pages 128-129
  2. Second Databook, pages 157-159
  3. Third Databook, pages 171-172
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fourth Databook, pages 192-193
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Chapter 582, pages 8-17
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chapter 583, pages 15-17
  7. Chapter 584, page 12
  8. Chapter 290, page 14
  9. 9.0 9.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 316
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 456
  11. Chapter 39
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Chapter 579
  13. 13.0 13.1 Chapter 167
  14. 14.0 14.1 Chapter 560, page 3
  15. Chapter 238
  16. Chapter 165
  17. Chapter 62
  18. 18.0 18.1 Chapter 296, pages 12-13
  19. Chapter 88
  20. Chapter 520
  21. 21.0 21.1 Chapter 356, pages 18-19
  22. Chapter 587
  23. 23.0 23.1 Chapter 585
  24. 24.0 24.1 Chapter 700+10
  25. Chapter 88, page 12
  26. Chapter 164, page 12
  27. Chapter 89, page 2
  28. Chapter 579, page 12
  29. Chapter 114, pages 15-17
  30. Chapter 585
  31. Chapter 156
  32. Chapter 304
  33. 33.0 33.1 Chapter 667, pages 2-4
  34. 34.0 34.1 Chapter 514, pages 11-12
  35. Chapter 514, page 17
  36. Chapter 577, page 16
  37. Naruto episode 35
  38. Chapter 290, pages 9-11
  39. Chapter 311, page 16
  40. 40.0 40.1 Chapter 515, pages 10-11
  41. Chapter 516, page 8
  42. 42.0 42.1 Chapter 513
  43. Naruto: Shippūden episode 290
  44. Chapter 521, page 5
  45. Chapter 546, page 15
  46. Chapter 522, pages 9-10
  47. Chapter 580, pages 2-4
  48. 48.0 48.1 Chapter 579, page 19
  49. Chapter 585, pages 16-17
  50. Chapter 581, page 16
  51. Chapter 579, page 16
  52. Chapter 580, page 8
  53. 53.0 53.1 Chapter 581
  54. Chapter 579, pages 11-12
  55. Chapter 681, page 15
  56. Chapter 356, pages 14-15
  57. Chapter 582, page 17
  58. Chapter 667, page 9
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