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{{Looking for|the [[Ninja Rank]]|the Konohagakure [[ANBU]] member|Kage (ANBU)|Kage}}
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{{Looking for|the rank|the Konohagakure Anbu member|Kage (Anbu)|Kage}}
{{Directory|Ninja Ranks}}
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{{See also|Ninja Ranks}}
[[Image:Kage.jpg|thumb|The Five Kage.]]
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[[File:Kage.png|thumb|right|The Five Kage.]]
<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 />
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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 />
   
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
[[File:current five Kage.jpg|thumb|right|The current five Kage.]]
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Each village has its own name for its Kage:
The term "''Kage''" is not used to just refer to any leader of any village. Only the leaders of hidden villages of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] are referred to as such. The Kage oversee the activities of their villages, from sending ninja teams out on their [[missions]] to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people. The first Kage was the {{translation|[[Hokage]]|火影|lit meaning=Fire Shadow}} [[Hashirama Senju]] of [[Konohagakure]]. Following the Hokage title, emerged the {{translation|[[Kazekage]]|風影|lit meaning=Wind Shadow}} of [[Sunagakure]], the {{translation|[[Mizukage]]|水影|lit meaning=Water Shadow}} of [[Kirigakure]], {{translation|[[Raikage]]|雷影|lit meaning=Lightning Shadow}} of [[Kumogakure]], and {{translation|[[Tsuchikage]]|土影|lit meaning=Earth Shadow}} of [[Iwagakure]].
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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.
   
Once a ninja is made Kage, normally by a predecessor, the title remains with that person for the rest of his or her life. While the previous Kage may retire, he may resume his role as leader if his successor dies as was the case with the Third Hokage [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. In the event that a Kage dies without naming a successor, an ideal heir could find a more suitable successor as is the case with the Fifth Hokage [[Tsunade]]. As seen with [[Danzō Shimura]], a Daimyō has the authority to name a candidate Kage to serve as acting leader. Since the making of [[jinchūriki]] began, it became traditional for the host to be a relative of the current Kage, not only so that the host has deep loyalty bonds with the village, but also to serve as a 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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[[File:Gokage Kaidan Konoha.png|thumb|right|The most recent generation of the five Kage.]]
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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.
   
[[File:Kage Summit.png|thumb|left|The Kage Summit.]]
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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]].
Though the Kage normally act on their villages' agenda, the actions of Akatsuki abducting jinchūriki, with Gaara surviving his near-death ordeal and Killer B and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] the only active jinchūriki not captured, the Kage gather at a [[Kage Summit|summit]] at the [[Land of Iron]] to discuss how to deal with the organisation. However, with Danzō as the Sixth Hokage candidate to represent Konoha in place of a comatose Tsunade, the Kage argue amongst themselves over what course to take until their moderator [[Mifune]] proposed an alliance to confront Akatsuki. Though Danzō is nominated to lead, he's exposed as having [[Kotoamatsukami|manipulated]] in doing so. The appearance of [[White Zetsu]] and [[Taka]] at the summit allows him to escape, and A, previously considered unfit due to his emotions, is named leader of the newly formed [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] upon learning the [[Eye of the Moon Plan|goals]] of the [[Obito Uchiha|masked ninja]] identifying himself as [[Madara Uchiha]].
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== 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>
 
* 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.
 
* 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 ==
 
== See Also ==
{{Drilldown|List of Kage|Characters|q=Rank=Kage}}
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* {{Drilldown|List of Kage|Characters|q=Rank=Kage}}
   
 
== References ==
 
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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.

See also: Ninja Ranks

Kage

The Five Kage.

Kage (影, 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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