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[[File:Kage.png|thumb|right|The Five Kage.]]
[[Image:Kage.jpg|thumb|The Five Kage.]]
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Kage'''|影|lit meaning=Shadow}} is a title reserved for the leader of one of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]]' [[hidden village]]s. They are collectively known as the {{translation|Five Kage|五影|Gokage|lit meaning=Five Shadows}}. A Kage oversees the activities of their village, from sending ninja on [[missions]] to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people. A village's Kage is generally acknowledged as its most powerful ninja.<section end=summary />
<section begin=summary />A {{translation|'''Kage'''|影|lit meaning=Shadow}} is the leader of one of the five most powerful hidden villages and are generally acknowledged as the most powerful ninja in their respective villages. They are collectively known as the {{translation|Five Kage|五影|Gokage|lit meaning=Five Shadows}}.<section end=summary />
 
   
If a Kage feels like they are incapable of leading their hidden village to its fullest, the Kage may retire and give the title to someone else. The title, once granted, is held permanently, that means even after they demit office they are still referred to as "Kage". This creates a case where there are two Kage at the same time, with only one of them actually being active, as it was with the Third and [[Fourth Hokage]]. After the Fourth died, the Third came out of retirement as he could not find a better candidate for the title of Fifth at that time. The Kage stand equally with the [[Daimyō|rulers]] of their countries, oversee the activities of their villages, and are the leaders of ninja society. They typically are the ones who send the ninja teams out on their [[missions]] and make the decisions regarding the safety of the village. The five Kage are:
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== Overview ==
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Each village has its own name for its Kage:
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*The {{translation|[[Hokage]]|火影|lit meaning=Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Kazekage]]|風影|lit meaning=Wind Shadow}} of [[Sunagakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Mizukage]]|水影|lit meaning=Water Shadow}} of [[Kirigakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Raikage]]|雷影|lit meaning=Lightning Shadow}} of [[Kumogakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Tsuchikage]]|土影|lit meaning=Earth Shadow}} of [[Iwagakure]].
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As a Kage's primary concern is their village, interaction between the Kage is rare; only during treaty-signing ceremonies or shared public events has a Kage been seen to interact with one of his or her peers. The only time that all five Kage are together is during a [[Kage Summit]], which can be convened by any of the five to discuss topics that apply to all of their villages.
   
:The {{translation|[[Hokage]]|火影|lit meaning=Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]].
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[[File:Gokage Kaidan Konoha.png|thumb|right|The most recent generation of the five Kage.]]
:The {{translation|[[Kazekage]]|風影|lit meaning=Wind Shadow}} of [[Sunagakure]].
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How a Kage is appointed appears to differ from village to village. In Konoha, the Hokage typically appoints their successor. If the Hokage dies or is otherwise incapacitated before they can choose a successor, the selection falls to the [[Land of Fire]]'s [[daimyō]], although that appointment must then be approved by the rest of Konoha's ninja. In Kumo, after the [[Third Raikage]] died, his son automatically became [[Fourth Raikage]], a decision made many years earlier.<ref>Chapter 541</ref> If a Kage should ever choose to retire they will keep their title for the rest of their life, and can assist the new Kage with decision-making and other responsibilities. A retired Kage can even return to full-time leadership if their successor dies, as the [[Third Hokage]] did when the [[Fourth Hokage]] gave his life to save Konoha, being unable to find anyone worthy and willing to take on the title of Fifth Hokage at the time.
:The {{translation|[[Mizukage]]|水影|lit meaning=Water Shadow}} of [[Kirigakure]].
 
:The {{translation|[[Raikage]]|雷影|lit meaning=Lightning Shadow}} of [[Kumogakure]].
 
:The {{translation|[[Tsuchikage]]|土影|lit meaning=Earth Shadow}} of [[Iwagakure]].
 
   
[[FIle:The Five Kage United.png|thumb|The five Kage as of the Fourth Shinobi World War.]]
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Because [[jinchūriki]] are so important to their village, it is tradition for a jinchūriki to be a relative of the current Kage, both to strengthen the jinchūriki's loyalties to the village and to display the Kage's might.<ref>Chapter 493, page 14</ref> For example, [[Killer B]] is the adoptive brother of the Fourth Raikage and [[Gaara]] is the son of the [[Fourth Kazekage]].
The term Kage is not used to just refer to any leader of any village. Only the leaders of the five great shinobi villages can have their leader referred to as a Kage. In the anime, [[Hoshigakure]] has unofficially dubbed each of its leaders the {{translation|[[Hoshikage]]|星影|lit meaning=Star Shadow}}, signifying their ambition to be recognised as an equal to the five great villages. However, this title is only a name, and the five Kage do not recognise it as their equal.
 
   
Since the creation of [[jinchūriki]], it has become tradition for the host to be selected from the family of the village's own Kage. In this way, the jinchūriki not only has strong ties of loyalty to village and their leader, but they also serve as as display of the Kage's might.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 493, page 14</ref> For example, both [[Killer B]] and three of his predecessors are related to the [[Third Raikage|Third]] and [[Fourth Raikage]] and [[Gaara]] is the son of the [[Fourth Kazekage]].<!-- Don't add Naruto, he was chosen in order to stop the beast's rampage -->
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== Trivia ==
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* The [[Third Hokage]] was considered to be the strongest of the Five Kage of his time.<ref>First Databook, pages 117</ref>
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* In the anime, [[Hoshigakure]] has unofficially dubbed each of its leaders the {{translation|[[Hoshikage]]|星影|lit meaning=Star Shadow}}, signifying their ambition for Hoshigakure to be recognised as an equal to the hidden villages of the Five Great Shinobi Nations.
   
 
== See Also ==
 
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This is the article on the rank. If you are looking for the article on the Konohagakure Anbu member, head to Kage.

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Kage

The Five Kage.

Kage (, Literally meaning: Shadow) is a title reserved for the leader of one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries' hidden villages. They are collectively known as the Five Kage (五影, Gokage, Literally meaning: Five Shadows). A Kage oversees the activities of their village, from sending ninja on missions to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people. A village's Kage is generally acknowledged as its most powerful ninja.

Overview Edit

Each village has its own name for its Kage:

As a Kage's primary concern is their village, interaction between the Kage is rare; only during treaty-signing ceremonies or shared public events has a Kage been seen to interact with one of his or her peers. The only time that all five Kage are together is during a Kage Summit, which can be convened by any of the five to discuss topics that apply to all of their villages.

Gokage Kaidan Konoha

The most recent generation of the five Kage.

How a Kage is appointed appears to differ from village to village. In Konoha, the Hokage typically appoints their successor. If the Hokage dies or is otherwise incapacitated before they can choose a successor, the selection falls to the Land of Fire's daimyō, although that appointment must then be approved by the rest of Konoha's ninja. In Kumo, after the Third Raikage died, his son automatically became Fourth Raikage, a decision made many years earlier.[1] If a Kage should ever choose to retire they will keep their title for the rest of their life, and can assist the new Kage with decision-making and other responsibilities. A retired Kage can even return to full-time leadership if their successor dies, as the Third Hokage did when the Fourth Hokage gave his life to save Konoha, being unable to find anyone worthy and willing to take on the title of Fifth Hokage at the time.

Because jinchūriki are so important to their village, it is tradition for a jinchūriki to be a relative of the current Kage, both to strengthen the jinchūriki's loyalties to the village and to display the Kage's might.[2] For example, Killer B is the adoptive brother of the Fourth Raikage and Gaara is the son of the Fourth Kazekage.

Trivia Edit

  • The Third Hokage was considered to be the strongest of the Five Kage of his time.[3]
  • In the anime, Hoshigakure has unofficially dubbed each of its leaders the Hoshikage (星影, Literally meaning: Star Shadow), signifying their ambition for Hoshigakure to be recognised as an equal to the hidden villages of the Five Great Shinobi Nations.

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Chapter 541
  2. Chapter 493, page 14
  3. First Databook, pages 117
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