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{{translation|'''Kakashi Hatake'''|はたけカカシ|Hatake Kakashi}} is one of the main characters of the series, a [[jōnin]]-level [[shinobi]] from [[Konohagakure]] and the leader of [[Team 7]]. He is known worldwide for his use of the [[Sharingan]], earning him the moniker {{translation|'''Copy Ninja Kakashi'''|コピー忍者のカカシ|Kopī Ninja no Kakashi}} and {{translation|'''Kakashi of the Sharingan'''|写輪眼のカカシ|Sharingan no Kakashi}}.
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Kakashi Hatake'''|はたけカカシ|Hatake Kakashi}} is a [[shinobi]] of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Hatake clan]]. Famed as {{translation|'''Kakashi of the [[Sharingan]]'''|写輪眼のカカシ|Sharingan no Kakashi}}, he is one of Konoha's more talented ninja, regularly looked to for advice and leadership despite his personal dislike of responsibility. To his students on [[Team 7]], Kakashi teaches the importance of teamwork, a lesson he, like the Sharingan, received from his childhood friend, [[Obito Uchiha]]. After the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Kakashi becomes Konoha's {{translation|'''Sixth [[Hokage]]'''|六代目火影|Rokudaime Hokage|lit meaning=Sixth Fire Shadow}}.<section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Obito's yeargroup.png|thumb|left|Kakashi at his entrance ceremony.]]
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=== Early life ===
Kakashi is the son of [[Sakumo Hatake]], a genius who was renowned as "Konoha's White Fang".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 240, page 17</ref> Not much is known of his mother other than that she died at a young age.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 449, page 7</ref> Hailed as a prodigy,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 84, page 17</ref><ref name="d3"/> because of his great intelligence, skill, and aptitude, at five years old he graduated from the [[Academy]] in a single year at the top of his class, eventually joining a [[Team Minato|team]] alongside [[Obito Uchiha]] and [[Rin Nohara]] under [[Minato Namikaze]]'s command. A year later, Kakashi became [[chūnin]] after facing and defeating [[Might Guy]] during the third stage of the [[Chūnin Exams]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 11-12</ref>
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{{imgRight|Sakumo commits suicide.png|Kakashi finds his father dead.}}
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Because his mother died when he was very young,<ref name="c449">Chapter 449, page 7</ref> Kakashi was raised during his early years by his father, [[Sakumo Hatake]]. Sakumo was famed throughout [[Konoha]], having saved the village on at least one occasion; Kakashi in particular revered his father. During one of Sakumo's missions - after Kakashi was enrolled in Konoha's [[Ninja Academy]] - Sakumo made the decision to save the lives of his teammates rather than complete the assignment. The mission's failure had disastrous consequences for the [[Land of Fire]], causing many in Konoha, including the teammates he saved, to vilify him for abandoning his duties. Disgraced, Sakumo committed suicide. Seeing what his father went through and determined not to makes the same mistakes, Kakashi decided that following the [[Shinobi Rules]] must always take priority.<ref>Chapter 240, page 17</ref>
   
Despite his own successes, his father fell into disgrace after choosing to save his comrades rather than complete an important mission, which caused the nation and the village to suffer a great loss. Dishonoured, Sakumo took his own life after suffering a deep depression and drop in his skills; this experience made Kakashi determined to lead his life strictly by the [[Shinobi Rules|ninja code]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 240, pages 18-19</ref>
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[[File:Obito's year group.png|thumb|left|Kakashi at his entrance ceremony.]]
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In the Academy, Kakashi earned top grades, earning him recognition as a prodigy and the best of his generation.<ref>Chapter 84, page 17</ref><ref name="d3" /> Upon graduating and becoming [[genin]], he and his classmates, [[Rin Nohara]] and [[Obito Uchiha]], were teamed together under the leadership of [[Minato Namikaze]]. In the anime, Minato gave the team a [[bell test]] at its formation, assigning the three to take the two bells he kept on his person. After they each failed to acquire a bell on their own, Kakashi convinced Rin and Obito to team up with him. Their combined efforts not only enabled them to capture a bell but demonstrated teamwork, the true goal of the test, convincing Minato to officially recognise them as his students.<ref name="NS360">''Naruto: Shipūden'' episode 360</ref>
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[[Team Minato]] would go on many missions during its career, but Kakashi's devotion to the rules often made him difficult to work with;<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 416</ref> Obito, already jealous of Kakashi's natural talent, was frequently at odds with him about this behavior. In time, the team took part in the [[Chūnin Exams]]: in the final rounds, Kakashi defeated [[Might Guy]] in a one-on-one match, earning him a promotion to [[chūnin]].<ref>Chapter 599, pages 11-12</ref>
   
 
=== Third Shinobi World War ===
 
=== Third Shinobi World War ===
{{see also|Kakashi Gaiden}}
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Konoha eventually became embroiled in the [[Third Shinobi World War]]. As part of the war effort, Team Minato was assigned to destroy the [[Kannabi Bridge]] in [[Kusagakure]] in order to cut off [[Iwagakure]]'s supply line. Minato was needed on the front lines at the time, leaving Kakashi, recently promoted to [[jōnin]], in charge. Before embarking on the mission, Minato and Rin gave him presents to celebrate his promotion; Obito forgot to get him anything. Shortly after entering Kusa, they encountered an Iwa-scout, [[Mahiru]]. Kakashi tried to eliminate him with his new jutsu, [[Chidori]], but the attack speed left him vulnerable to counterattack, forcing Minato to step in, save Kakashi, and kill Mahiru himself. Before leaving them, Minato advised Kakashi to not use the Chidori again.
Soon after becoming a jōnin, Kakashi was assigned to lead his team-mates [[Obito]] and [[Rin]] on a mission that would benefit Konoha in the ongoing [[Third Shinobi World War]]. They were to destroy [[Kannabi Bridge]], which was being used by [[Iwagakure]] forces to move into [[Kusagakure]]. This would also be Konoha's first huge offensive move in the war. On their way to the bridge, Rin was kidnapped by two Iwagakure ninja named [[Kakkō]] and [[Taiseki]]. Obito immediately suggested that they rescue her, but Kakashi disagreed on the basis that they needed to complete their mission, opting not to make the same mistake his father did in his mission.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 239-241</ref>
 
   
{{ImgRight|Kakashi Chidori.png|Kakashi's first use of Chidori.}}
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{{imgRight|Kakashi White Light Chakra Sabre.png|Kakashi saving Obito.}}
Obito would not hear of it and stubbornly left to save Rin, but not before mentioning that he believed Kakashi's father, the White Fang, was a true hero. Shortly after parting ways, Kakashi reflected on Obito's words and Rin's prior kindness. He realised that his father was not wrong after all, which prompted him to join Obito in the rescue effort. Kakashi arrived in time to save Obito from Taiseki, using his [[White Light Chakra Sabre|father's blade]] to combat him. Despite the two-to-one disadvantage, the more experienced Taiseki was able to attack and damage Kakashi's left eye, who took the blow that was intended for Obito, giving him a permanent scar and blinding his left eye.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 241-242</ref>
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Kakashi, Rin, and Obito continued further in to Kusa. They were eventually found by Mahiru's teammates, [[Kakkō]] and [[Taiseki]], who kidnapped Rin in order to find out what their mission was. Obito immediately suggested that they rescue her, but Kakashi insisted that they first complete the mission, opting to not repeat his father's failure. Obito refused to go along with this and went off to save Rin by himself. Before he left, he told Kakashi that Sakumo had been a hero and that, although it was bad to abandon one's mission, it was worse to abandon one's teammates. Kakashi began carrying out the mission alone, but ultimately decided that Obito was right and went to join him. He arrived in time to save Obito from Taiseki with his [[White Light Chakra Sabre]], which he inherited from his father.
   
[[File:Kakashi White Light Chakra Sabre.png|thumb|left|Kakashi saves Obito from Taiseki.]]
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Taiseki [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique|turned invisible]] and tried launching a sneak attack on Obito. Kakashi protected him, but his left eye was badly damaged in the process. In that moment, Obito awakened his [[Sharingan]] and used it to kill Taiseki. They then entered the cave where Rin was being held, drove off Kakkō, and released Rin from the [[genjutsu]] he placed her under. Kakkō retaliated by forcing a cave-in and Kakashi, due to his damaged eye, had difficulty avoiding the falling rocks. Before he could be crushed by a large boulder, Obito pushed him out of the way, becoming trapped instead. Unable to get free and knowing his injuries were too serious to survive, Obito decided to make his last act giving Kakashi the present he forgot to give him earlier: his Sharingan to replace the eye Kakashi lost.
Obito's will to protect his comrades caused his [[Sharingan]] to awaken, and he used it to kill Taiseki. After finding Rin and defeating Kakkō with Obito's help, Kakashi freed Rin from the [[Interrogation Genjutsu|genjutsu]] before their opponent attempted to trap them in a [[Earth Release: Rock Lodging Destruction|cave-in]]. While trying to escape, Kakashi was hit by a rock, which he didn't notice because of his bandaged eye, causing him to fall. Obito pushed Kakashi out of the path of a falling boulder, he himself getting crushed beneath it instead. Knowing he was dying, Obito requested his [[Sharingan]] be a belated present to Kakashi and instructed Rin to implant his left Sharingan into Kakashi's damaged eye. Rin complied, and as soon as the surgery was completed Kakashi used his new Sharingan to perfect his [[Chidori]] and kill Kakkō. He then returned to Obito to see if there was anything he could do for him, but alongside Rin was forced to leave him. With the help of Minato, they ultimately completed their mission, allowing them to mourn Obito's supposed death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 242-244</ref> Later, in the anime, Kakashi and Rin's team was given Might Guy as a replacement. It was during this mission that Kakashi and Guy found true trust and teamwork with each other, and where Kakashi famously split a lightning bolt with his Chidori, giving birth to its new name [[Lightning Cutter]].<ref name="ship288">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 288</ref>
 
   
[[File:Kakashi kills Rin.png|thumb|Kakashi kills Rin with Chidori.]]
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After Rin transplanted Obito's Sharingan into him, Kakashi confronted Kakkō. His White Light Chakra Sabre was destroyed during the ensuing fight, but he succeeded in killing Kakkō with Chidori; due to the Sharingan's heightened vision, Kakashi was finally able to handle its speed. He went back to where Obito and Rin were, but Iwa reinforcements soon arrived and started constricting the rubble. Obito asked Kakashi to take Rin away and keep her safe, which Kakashi did, leaving Obito behind. As the Iwa-nin started surrounding them, Kakashi attacked them for as long as he could, holding them off until Minato eventually tracked them down and finished off the rest. Minato assisted them with destroying the Kannabi Bridge and then returned with them to Konoha to mourn Obito's death. Despite many from the Uchiha clan being against Kakashi wielding a Sharingan as he had no blood-ties to them, [[Fugaku]], the Uchiha head, chose to honor Obito's dying actions and let Kakashi keep his gift.<ref>"Naruto: Shippūden", episode 451</ref>
Some time after the events at Kannabi Bridge, Kakashi and Rin were apparently sent out on a mission where they were ambushed by jōnin and ANBU-level [[Kirigakure]] shinobi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, page 10</ref> The events of this encounter culminated in a tearful Kakashi piercing through Rin's chest with his Chidori.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, page 19</ref> Shortly afterwards, Kakashi and Obito — who witnessed it from behind the scenes — developed their fully-matured Sharingan and subsequently awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan at precisely the same time. Exhausted and overwhelmed with sorrow, Kakashi lost consciousness as Obito took his rage out on the Kirigakure ninja, slaughtering them all.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 605</ref> Though Kakashi was the one who killed Rin, Obito left him alive as he was found by Konoha ninja soon after.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 9</ref>
 
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=== Post-War ===
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[[File:Kakashi Kills Rin.png|thumb|left|Kakashi unintentionally kills Rin.]]
[[File:Kurenai and the young protesters.png|thumb|left|Kakashi prior to the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha.]]
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During a later mission, Rin was kidnapped by [[Kirigakure]]. Kakashi was eventually able to rescue her and started taking her back to Konoha. Along the way, Rin revealed that Kiri had sealed the [[Three-Tails]] into her body with the intention to, once she inevitably lost control of it, have it unleashed on Konoha and destroy the village from within. In order to prevent this from happening, Rin begged Kakashi to kill her, but he refused, unwilling to break his promise to Obito to protect her and hoping to find some other solution. When Kiri-nin caught up with them and made pretended efforts to retrieve her, Kakashi fought them off with his renamed Chidori, the [[Lightning Cutter]]. During one of these attacks, Rin jumped in front of Kakashi's attack, dying by his hand so that Konoha would be safe.<ref>Chapter 629, pages 14-16</ref> The trauma of this caused his Sharingan to evolve into a [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] shortly before Kakashi passed out.<ref name="c605">Chapter 605</ref> He was later found by Konoha reinforcements, but none could explain the slaughter of all the Kiri forces.<ref>Chapter 606, page 9</ref>
After the conclusion of the war, Kakashi would often visit Rin and Obito's respective graves in the [[Konoha Cemetery]] and the [[Memorial Stone]]. On one such occasion, he visited Rin's grave and told her that their sensei's son would be born soon and left to go to the stone, unaware that Obito overheard him from afar and used that information to free the [[Nine-Tails]] and have the tailed beast ravage their village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 607, page 6</ref> During the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], Kakashi and the rest of his peers were barred from participating in defending the village by [[Kurenai Yūhi's father]] and other senior shinobi for their own safety as the younger generation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 7</ref>
 
   
Over the years, Kakashi became well-known among all the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] for the extensive use of his Sharingan, gaining him a reputation as "the man who has copied over a thousand techniques", hence his nickname.<ref name="c12">''Naruto'' chapter 12, pages 5-6</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 244, page 18</ref> Kakashi eventually joined the Konoha [[ANBU]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 281, page 5</ref> and also served as a mentor to [[Yamato]] whose codename was "Tenzō" at that time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 284, page 15</ref>
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=== Anbu Career ===
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Because he'd lost two teammates in such a short timespan, his role in Rin's death, and his failure to honour Obito's last request by protecting her, Kakashi began dropping into a depression. In the anime, many believed he purposely killed Rin to prevent her from leaking information, earning him the nickname "Friend-Killer Kakashi". He would also spend his days avoiding friends and former classmates and at night he would be haunted by dreams of himself killing Rin again. Minato, the new [[Hokage]] tried to give Kakashi a new direction in life by assigning him to the [[Anbu]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 349</ref> Kakashi did well in the Anbu, eventually becoming a captain and the leader of [[Team Ro]]. However, his successes were owed to his cold behavior and his ruthlessness in combat, signs that he was still upset by Rin's death. Minato therefore tried a different tactic: assigning Kakashi to protect his wife, [[Kushina Uzumaki]], during her pregnancy. Kakashi carried out his duties faithfully, monitoring Kushina from the shadows whenever she left her home.<ref name="NS350">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 350</ref> During his time off, he would visit Rin's [[Konoha Cemetery|grave]] and Obito's [[Memorial Stone|engraving]] to tell them his regrets and how life was going without them.<ref>Chapter 607, page 6</ref>
   
[[File:Chapter 090.jpg|thumb|Kakashi with his ninken during his ANBU days.]]
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[[File:Kurenai and the young protesters.png|thumb|Kakashi and his peers are blocked from helping Konoha.]]
He later left for unknown reasons, but maintained strong connections with the ANBU. Kakashi eventually became a team leader, and tested many [[genin]]. As the [[Third Hokage]] told [[Iruka Umino]], Kakashi had never passed any of them due to their inability to live up to his expectations of working as a team.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 8</ref>
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During the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], Kakashi and many of Konoha's other young ninja were prevented from helping defend the village, instead being confined within a [[barrier]] to keep them safe.<ref>Chapter 503, page 7</ref> Minato eventually saved the village from the [[Nine-Tails]], but at the cost of his and Kushina's lives. In the anime, Kakashi was convinced by [[Danzō Shimura]] that their deaths were a result of the [[Third Hokage]]'s policies. Angry with the Third, Kakashi agreed to spy on the Hokage for Danzō's [[Root]] organisation. During a mission, Kakashi encountered another Root member codenamed "[[Kinoe]]" who was able to use [[Wood Release]].<ref name="NS350" /> Knowing that Wood Release was unique to the [[First Hokage]], Kakashi broke in to the [[Hokage Residence]] to see what he could learn about this anomaly. The Third caught him, but freely gave him the information he wanted: Konoha had tried to recreate the Wood Release powers in the past, but abandoned the project for killing too many test subjects. The Third then mused that the Nine-Tails might have been defeated and Minato saved had the research been successful.
   
In the anime, he once had a mission where Iruka, his team-mate at the time, was injured and became an instructor at the [[Academy]]. When Iruka was having doubts at being assigned to be the home room teacher of [[Naruto Uzumaki]], Kakashi served to remind him of his real reasons for wanting the post in the first place.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 177</ref>
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[[File:Kakashi spares Kinoe.png|thumb|left|Kakashi spares Kinoe's life.]]
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From this meeting with the Third, it became clear to Kakashi that the Third was not the ineffectual, passionless leader Danzō had made him out to be. Moreover, Danzō had not used Kinoe to try and stop the Nine-Tails' attack. Realising he had picked the wrong side, Kakashi told the Third about Danzō's plans to assassinate him and, the following day, personally lured out the assassins, of whom Kinoe was one. Kakashi easily defeated him, but chose to spare his life in case he would one day prove an ally. Kakashi attempted to resign from the Anbu afterwards for working against the Hokage, but the Third insisted his service was invaluable and made Kakashi his right-hand man.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref>
   
== Personality ==
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[[File:Kakashi being afraid of Orochimaru.png|thumb|Kakashi unable to stop Orochimaru.]]
Kakashi became more stern and serious after his father's death, following all the rules to the letter and chastising any who disobeyed them, like his team-mate Obito Uchiha. He was also very aloof and apathetic to others especially his team-mate Obito who was always late for their missions and would come in tow with a grand excuse. This caused Obito to resent Kakashi; the dynamics between the two would soon change after Obito was mortally wounded during the [[Third Shinobi World War]], with Kakashi and Obito becoming closer friends after [[Rin]] was abducted.
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From investigating a series of disappearances, it was discovered that [[Orochimaru]] was behind the Wood Release research that produced Kinoe. In the anime, Kakashi attacked Orochimaru when the Third Hokage failed to apprehend him, but he was paralyzed by Orochimaru's [[killing intent]] and Orochimaru escaped.<ref name="NS352">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 352</ref> Kakashi followed him once he regained his composure, but was captured by the [[Iburi clan]], who were loyal to Orochimaru. Kinoe, their ally, convinced them to let him interrogate Kakashi. Once alone, Kinoe confided that Danzō was making his own plans against Orochimaru and, with help from [[Yukimi]], helped Kakashi get free.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 353</ref> Orochimaru ultimately killed most of the Iburi clan before escaping yet again, but Kakashi, recognising that Kinoe's relationship with Yukimi is much like his relationship with Rin was, helped keep her safe. When he returned to Konoha, he mentioned neither the Iburi clan's nor Root's involvement in his report.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 354</ref>
   
Obito's supposed death had a huge impact on Kakashi's personality, adopting many of his friend's cheerful mannerisms such as having greater concern for his team-mates and [[Team Kakashi|students]] over the successful completion of a mission, as well as believing that teamwork is essential to overall success as a team. He has also developed a somewhat carefree personality and is regularly late for appointments, making obvious excuses just like Obito before him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 250, page 12</ref> This is often because he loses track of time during his frequent visits to the [[memorial stone]] where Obito's name is engraved.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 139, page 8</ref> However, Kakashi is still just as apathetic as he was during his youth, often speaking bluntly about sensitive topics.
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Kakashi continued to investigate Orochimaru over the following years, eventually locating one of his secret labs. While there, he was attacked by Kinoe, who Danzō had sent to take his Sharingan. Kakashi tried to reason with him, telling him friendship should take higher priority than the mission. When Kinoe accused Kakashi of violating that creed by killing Rin, Kakashi, enraged, overpowered him in order to bring him before the Third Hokage.<ref name="NS355" /> Before they could leave, one of Orochimaru's old experiments poisoned Kakashi; Kinoe, affected by Kakashi's earlier words, got him to safety, gave him an antidote, and left him, deciding not to take his Sharingan. When Kakashi woke up, he knew Danzō would punish Kinoe for insubordination and asked the Third for help. With the Third's permission, Kakashi forced his way into Root headquarters and stopped Danzō from applying a [[Cursed Tongue Eradication Technique|cursed seal]] to Kinoe. As Root forces started to surround them, the Third showed up to personally authorise Kakashi's actions, and further negotiated Kinoe's release from Root. Kakashi added Kinoe, now with the new codename "Tenzō", to Team Ro.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 356</ref>
   
Though his childhood was riddled with numerous despairs that took those dear away from him, one being the death of [[Rin]] by his own hand, Kakashi is on the best terms with his childhood friends: [[Guy]], [[Asuma]], and [[Kurenai]], his students and generally with everyone in Konoha to a lesser extent. His devotion to his friends and the rest of Konoha were the motivation to perfect both the [[Chidori]], and its enhanced version [[Lightning Cutter]]. After the formation of Team 7, Kakashi begins taking a special interest in his students' development, especially in the case of Naruto and Sasuke whose rivalry reminded him of his relation to Obito. Like [[Hiruzen]], Kakashi loved all of his students deeply, turning down a mission in order to stop Naruto and [[Sasuke]] from killing each other. Despite Sasuke allying with [[Orochimaru]], Kakashi shared [[Naruto]]'s hope that they could save him. However, Kakashi became originally distraught about having to kill Sasuke after he became an enemy of Konoha, especially since he felt that it was his shortcomings as their teacher that attributed to this and Naruto and Sakura's temporary falling out, but then furiously discarding his hesitation, only after Sasuke attempted to kill Sakura without a second thought.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 483, pages 10-17</ref>
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Three years later, [[Itachi Uchiha]] was added to Team Ro. Kakashi and Itachi were at one point assigned to observe a meeting between Konoha and the [[Land of Woods]]. When the Land of Woods' [[Prajñā Group]] tried to betray the Konoha forces, Kakashi and Itachi moved in and defeated them. Although Kakashi was impressed by Itachi's abilities, he warned him against his merciless approach and encouraged him on the importance of friends.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 357</ref> Sometime later, Itachi asked Kakashi if dead friends' requests should be honoured, which Kakashi said they should.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 358</ref> Itachi was eventually promoted out of Team Ro and replaced by [[Yūgao Uzuki]]. Shortly afterwards, Team Ro was sent to the [[Uchiha clan]]'s compound with orders to pacify a brewing rebellion, only to find the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall|entire clan dead]]. When news emerged that Itachi was responsible and that he had killed his best friend, [[Shisui Uchiha]], in pursuit of power, Kakashi was horrified and lamented his failure to have had a better influence on Itachi.
   
Kakashi has a rather solitary, and matter-of-fact attitude. His calm and detached demeanour has been called "cool, hip, and trendy" many times by [[Might Guy]]. Despite his increasingly growing reputation and prowess as a ninja, Kakashi has shown no signs of arrogance, and is rather modest about his abilities, as shown when he readily praises others for leaps in their combat abilities and stating on more than one occasion that Naruto has surpassed him in power. When suggested by many for him to become Hokage, Kakashi openly admitted to feeling unworthy but would accept the post for the sake of the village's well-being. His naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in battle, as it becomes easier for him to maintain his composure and stay focused on the situation at hand, and notice everything around him. As a result, he can quickly adjust to any situation to make keen and thought-out decisions, allowing him to stay steps ahead of his opponents.
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[[File:Kakashi leaves the Anbu.png|thumb|Kakashi leaves the Anbu.]]
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Because of what happened with Itachi, the Third Hokage decided that individuals with kind hearts do not belong in the Anbu. He therefore thanked Kakashi for his years of service and relieved him of his duty, returning him to the standard forces.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 359</ref> Over the years, he was placed in charge of several teams of Academy graduates, but none ever demonstrated the teamwork he considered to be so important. In the anime, he started worrying that his own methods were to blame, but from seeing how his former Anbu underlings prospered due to his teachings, his faith was reaffirmed.<ref name="NS360" />
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Despite his calm demeanour, Kakashi does have an emotional side, as he noted during the Fourth Shinobi World War that it took a lot to get him worked up, but when he did, he would go on a merciless rampage against the enemy.<ref name="c524p14">''Naruto'' chapter 524, page 14</ref> He was later horrified at the fact that Tobi was actually his thought to be deceased comrade Obito, to the point that he became momentarily depressed and was no longer reacted to what was occurring on the battlefield.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 15-17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 600, pages 10-15</ref> Despite this, Kakashi was eventually able to snap out of this state with new found resolve, and showed Obito no mercy on the battlefield despite their past friendship.
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== Personality ==
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Kakashi typically has a relaxed and almost bored attitude, not prone to getting too worked up about anything or by anyone. He tries to avoid serious commitments or responsibilities, doing only as little as is necessary and being ever-modest about his skills and capabilities. He is habitually tardy, showing up when it suits him, using excuses that convince nobody,<ref>Chapter 250, page 12</ref> and later leaving for equally poor reasons. Though Kakashi wants others to believe this is how he always acts, he only does so for matters that aren't of particular importance; Kakashi will always step up for the sake of his friends or Konoha, even if that means showing up on time. His aloof detachment remains intact even on such occasions, however, but this has the benefit of making him more rational than others might be in the same situation.
   
Kakashi has an ongoing, albeit one-sided, somewhat childish rivalry with Guy. In trying to prove himself superior to Kakashi, Guy challenges him to competitions of questionable value ranging from Rock, Paper, Scissors to running races. Guy has a record of 50 wins to 49 losses, which he is particularly proud of, despite these competitions having little accuracy due to their large variations. In the anime, Kakashi has a 51:50 win-lose record. Kakashi, on the other hand, shows very little interest in their competitions, which only further inspires Guy to defeat Kakashi and his "coolness". However, Kakashi did show disappointment when he learned that Guy taught [[Lee]] how to open the dangerous [[Eight Gates]], which turned to sympathy when Guy shows how much his student meant to him. Nevertheless, both men are great friends and also have the utmost faith in each other seen during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] when they entrusted the protection of their blind spots to each other. This was also expanded on in the anime, where Kakashi told Tsunade that he would need a second-in-command during the war and wanted Guy to serve that purpose.
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[[File:Kakashi Icha Icha.png|thumb|left|Kakashi's obsession with the ''Icha Icha'' series.]]
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When he first meets his students on [[Team 7]], Kakashi claims to have many hobbies, none of which he chooses to share at the time. He is known to be an avid fan of the ''[[Icha Icha]]'' series of novels; he always has one of the books with him and regularly reads it, even while talking to others. [[Naruto Uzumaki]] identifies ''Icha Icha'' as one of Kakashi's few weaknesses, which he is able to take advantage of during a [[bell test]] by threatening to spoil the ending of the newest book in the series, forcing Kakashi to shut his eyes and ears and thereby leave himself vulnerable. Although most people he knows are aware of how much he likes ''Icha Icha'', Kakashi is seemingly uncomfortable sharing the books with others, growing embarrassed by the presumably adult content when he is forced to read passages aloud.
   
[[File:Kakashi Icha Icha.png|thumb|left|Kakashi's obsession with the Icha Icha series.]]
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In truth, Kakashi is alone for most of his spare time, spending hours visiting [[Rin Nohara]]'s grave or the [[Memorial Stone]] where [[Obito Uchiha]]'s name is engraved.<ref>Chapter 139, page 8</ref> He tells them about his life, recent events in Konoha, and others they knew, but mostly he shares his regrets that they cannot be with him or that their deaths were his fault. In the anime, after Rin died, Kakashi went through a period of [[wikipedia:Posttraumatic stress disorder|post-traumatic stress disorder]], having nightmares about her death and growing depressed whenever others mentioned her. Over time, Kakashi comes to accept that Rin chose to die, so his guilt instead becomes about his broken promise to Obito to keep Rin safe. This fact causes Obito's death to weigh more heavily on him, compounding the regret he feels about what his personality was even hours before Obito died: selfish, condescending, and far too concerned about following the rules. Kakashi feels that, had he cared about teamwork and friendship in the same way that Obito did, Obito's death might have been avoided.
Kakashi is an avid fan of the ''[[Icha Icha]]'' series of novels by [[Jiraiya]], revealing a perverted side. He is typically seen reading one of the books in his spare time, making it the only one of his reportedly several hobbies that is ever seen in the series. He even went and read it during his first [[bell test]] with the newly formed Team 7 as he deemed Naruto too weak of a threat. However, during the second bell test with Naruto and Sakura, Kakashi lost to his students when his love for the book series was used against him and he was forced into covering his ears and closing his eyes to avoid being told the ending of the latest instalment he had yet to read at the time. Despite his fondness for the books, Kakashi is uncomfortable about reading passages to others (even around his [[ninken]]), presumably embarrassed by the adult content (as noted when they were decoding Jiraiya's last message).
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Obito's death profoundly changed Kakashi. The [[Chidori]] that he originally created simply as a weapon became a tool he would only use to protect his comrades. More particularly, he became committed to teamwork and always places teammates' well-being above the mission's: he believes goals can be accomplished more effectively together, asking for help when he needs it, providing help when it is requested of him, and praising allies when they deserve it. An abuse of one's teammates is the only thing that can makes Kakashi cast aside his normally stoic demeanour, causing him to attack without mercy or his usual sense of sportsmanship.<ref>Chapter 31</ref> He expects his prospective students to demonstrate this same devotion to teamwork, which none until Team 7 were able to do; despite the high failure rate, the [[Third Hokage]] agrees with Kakashi's choice to require it. Kakashi becomes fond of all Team 7's members, even [[Sasuke Uchiha]], blaming himself for Sasuke's criminal acts and his team's growing rift throughout Part II.<ref>Chapter 483, pages 10-17</ref> He holds out hope that Sasuke will correct his behavior, and for his patience he is able to see Team 7 reunified when Part II ends.
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[[Might Guy]] has considered Kakashi his rival ever since they first met in the [[Academy]]. Despite his father's warning that Guy might someday prove stronger than him, Kakashi didn't think much of Guy at the time. Guy took this as a challenge and began striving to earn Kakashi's approval so as to show that his perseverance could be just as good as Kakashi's natural genius. When Guy would suggest contests to test how their abilities compared, Kakashi would respond with indifference, only fueling Guy's desire to defeat his "cool, hip, and trendy" personality. At the start of Part I, Kakashi's score is 50 wins and 49 losses,<ref>Chapter 38, page 12</ref> though even when Guy takes the lead the score difference remains the same; considering that their competitions range from eating contests to Rock, Paper, Scissors, the score isn't truly representative of anything. Kakashi eventually comes to consider Guy one of his closest and most reliable friends, and by the end of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] he acknowledges that Guy has surpassed him.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Half Face Kakashi.png|thumb|Kakashi without his mask in the manga.]]
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[[File:Kakashi's TRUE FACE.png|thumb|Kakashi without his mask.]]
Kakashi is a fair-skinned, fit and relatively tall shinobi. He has spiky white hair, and had dark-coloured eyes. His left eye which has since been replaced by a Sharingan has a vertical scar running over it. He wears his forehead protector tilted to the left to cover the Sharingan, and a mask which obscures the lower-half of his face. He was once mistaken by [[Chiyo]] for his father Sakumo Hatake, whom he greatly resembles, despite most of his face being obscured.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 253, page 9, 12</ref>
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Kakashi has a strong resemblance to his father, so much so that they are sometimes mistaken for each other:<ref>Chapter 253, page 9, 12</ref> he has spiky silver hair often oriented to his left-side, dark grey eyes, and typically a relaxed, heavy-lidded expression. During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], his left eye was damaged, leaving a vertical scar from the injury. The eye was shortly afterwards replaced with a [[Sharingan]], which he keeps covered with his [[forehead protector]] when he isn't using it. This, combined with the mask he has used to cover the lower half of his face for seemingly his entire life, prevents most of his face from being visible. Even his [[ninken]] have so rarely ever seen his full face that they have various ideas of what he looks like.<ref>Omake, "[[The Revelation of Kakashi's True Face]]"</ref> In the few occasions he exposes his full face, he is revealed to be very handsome<ref>Omake, "[[The Revelation of Kakashi's True Face]]"</ref> with a narrow jaw-line with a beauty mark under the left corner of his mouth.<ref>Omake, "[[The Real True Face…!!]]"</ref>
   
As a child, prior to obtaining his Sharingan, Kakashi wore a simple black outfit with the lower-half of his face concealed. He also wore a scarf with a simple design running along its length to the entrance ceremony,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 2-3</ref> which he would later swap out for a plain, green one.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref> As a genin, he wore another simple black outfit along with an open-front apron around his waist and fish-net armour around his ankles.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 599, page 12</ref> During the Kakashi Gaiden, he wore a black T-shirt with white stripes in the middle of the sleeves. On his arms he wears black sleeves (which he presumably cut out from his shirt) with metal arm protectors over them. He also has leather straps around his back and chest, and his family's [[White Light Chakra Sabre]] is kept in a small holder out in the back. He also wore pants similar to the ones he wears today. He appears to wear the same type of outfit as a child (as seen in a flashback). However, in another flashback he is shown wearing a sleeveless black shirt similar to one he sometimes wears as an adult. This type of shirt is presumably for casual wear. While an ANBU member, Kakashi wore the standard uniform which consisted of a simple blue suit with the standard flak jacket, strapped up sandals, and arm guards. Along with this he wore plated gloves that went all the way up to his arms with a bandage wrapped around the right one. Along with this he carried a sword strapped to his back and his mask was fashioned to resemble a dog's face with red and black markings around the eyes, sides and mouth.
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Kakashi full.png|Kakashi's appearance for most of the series.
Kakashi's personality is further emphasised by his generally lazy expression, aloof manner, relaxed voice, and minimalist attitude. In serious situations, however, he is shown to have a very stern and intense look. The cover page for [[Who are You?!|chapter 16]] also shows him wearing a chain necklace. Another noticeable feature to Kakashi, other than his unique left eye, is the thin scar running over it and down to his cheek. When he joined the regular forces Kakashi once again donned the standard attire of the forces and he began wearing shorter metal-plated gloves.
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HokageKakashi.png|Kakashi as the Sixth Hokage.
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Kakashi wears Konoha's standard infantry clothing for most of Part I and Part II: a [[flak jacket]], dark blue pants, and a long-sleeve shirt. He also wears finger-less gloves with metal plates on the backhand and is seen with a chain necklace underneath.<ref>[[Who are You?!|Chapter 16 cover]]</ref> His appearance remains largely the same following the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], except for a red armband on his left bicep, boots instead of sandals, and Konoha's redesigned flak jacket. The kanji "六火" (Literally meaning ''Six Fire'') is written on the back, denoting his [[Hokage]] position. For formal occasions, he wears the typical Hokage garb: the traditional headpiece and haori, along with a red, full-length kimono, tied using a white sash. Written vertically on the back of the robe, Kakashi has the kanji for {{translation|Sixth Hokage|六代目火影|Rokudaime Hokage|lit meaning=Sixth Fire Shadow}}.
   
It has yet to be revealed why Kakashi, even at young age, wore his face mask. Though it does not seem to be an issue in the manga,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 241, page 2</ref> what Kakashi's face looks in its entirety has been a point of interest for his students as they made various attempts in omake specials to see him without the mask. [[Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei's True Face!|Episode 101]] is devoted to Team 7 trying to remove their sensei's mask, and suggests that he is in fact very handsome, as seen from [[Teuchi]] and [[Ayame]]'s reaction to seeing his face. In the few instances that Kakashi is seen without his mask, it has been seen that he has a narrow jaw-line; in these instances the parts of his face normally covered by his mask are obstructed from view.
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Kakashi wore several different outfits prior to Part I. One of the most commonly seen of these is what he wore during the Third Shinobi World War: a black T-shirt with white stripes in the middle of the sleeves, additional sleeves over his arms, metal arm protectors, leather straps around his back and chest, and dark pants. Prior to its destruction, his family's [[White Light Chakra Sabre]] was kept in a small holder in the middle of his back. The anime's [[Kakashi's Anbu Arc]] also shows him at different points in his [[Anbu]] career: like most Anbu, he had a simple blue suit with a grey flak jacket, strapped up sandals, arm guards, and plated gloves that went up to his elbows. His Anbu mask resembled a dog's face with red and black markings around the eyes, sides, and mouth.
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Kakashi's Raiden.jpg|thumb|left|Kakashi using one of his several unique ninjutsu skills.]]
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[[File:Raiden.png|left|thumb|Kakashi using one of his unique ninjutsu skills.]]
Kakashi is hailed as a natural genius, evidenced by his meteoric rise through the ninja ranks; graduating from the [[Academy]] top of his class at age 5, becoming a [[chūnin]] at age 6 and his high status in [[ANBU]]. Naruto notes that much of Kakashi's battle prowess and skills is greater than his friends who showed exceptional might in their own specific skills.<ref name="betterthan">''Naruto'' chapter 246, page 13</ref> A match for seemingly any opponent, it was also noted by [[Tsunade]] that Kakashi is easily one of Konoha's strongest ninja.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 367, pages 9-10</ref> His various accomplishments have earned him much praise by his fellow Konoha ninja and he holds a position of great influence amongst them. He is frequently given responsibility for important tasks, such as watching Naruto in case the seal of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] begins to fail as well as being considered the most suitable candidate for the position of [[Hokage]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 450, page 15</ref>
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Kakashi is a natural prodigy, evidenced by his rapid rise through the ninja ranks.<ref>Chapter 239, page 7</ref> His feats and renown cause him to be recognised on sight by foreign ninja like [[Zabuza Momochi]] and the [[Fourth Raikage]],<ref>Chapter 457, page 8</ref> deemed a dangerous opponent by [[Itachi Uchiha]],<ref name="c142">Chapter 142</ref> and viewed by [[Pain]] as a major threat to [[Akatsuki]]'s plans.<ref>Chapter 423, page 7</ref> To his allies in Konoha, Kakashi is valued highly for his combat prowess and leadership skills, such that many foresaw his rise to Hokage status years before it happened.<ref>Chapter 367, pages 9-10</ref><ref>Chapter 699</ref> The [[Sage of the Six Paths]] believed Kakashi's greatest strength is as a teacher to [[Team 7]] and as a friend to [[Obito Uchiha]], vital factors in [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]]'s defeat.<ref>Chapter 691, pages 2-3</ref>
   
Other ninja villages are very aware of Kakashi and his abilities,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 457, page 8</ref> and upon meeting him in battle, become afraid or excited by the challenge Kakashi will pose. [[Pain]], an extremely powerful member of [[Akatsuki]], feared that Kakashi would interfere with Akatsuki's plans if left alive.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 423, page 7</ref> This was later validated in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] when Kakashi defeated most of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] and later held off several "Version 2" state [[jinchūriki]] together with Might Guy.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 567-568</ref>
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In general, Kakashi is very versatile man with high proficiency in countless areas; [[Naruto Uzumaki]] says Kakashi is smarter than [[Shikamaru Nara]], has a better sense of smell than [[Kiba Inuzuka]], is more adept with the [[Sharingan]] than [[Sasuke Uchiha]], and has better [[taijutsu]] skill than [[Rock Lee]].<ref name="c246" /> He isn't seen using [[genjutsu]] very often, but his ability to keep up with and endure the genjutsu used by various [[Uchiha]] demonstrates his competency.<ref>Chapter 636, pages 1-2</ref>
   
=== Taijutsu ===
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
Kakashi is very adept in [[taijutsu]]. In the anime, as a child, he was skilled enough to hold his own against his sensei, Minato Namikaze, in his bell test, managing to touch one of the bells.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations'' OVA</ref> As an adult, his improved skill was noted to be greater than [[Rock Lee]] in Part I, who is a taijutsu master-in-training.<ref name="betterthan"/> He is also noted to have impressive speed; being able to intercept an opponent even from a distance as seen during the very start of the [[bell test]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 4, pages 17-18</ref> Even when greatly outnumbered by hundreds of shadow clones, he is easily able to defeat them.<ref name="ship3">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 3</ref>
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[[File:Kakashi vs Kakuzu.png|thumb|Kakashi engages Kakuzu in hand-to-hand combat.]]
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By his own admission, Kakashi's [[chakra]] reserves are of average size. In Part I, he has only enough chakra to use the [[Lightning Cutter]] four times per day, which is increased to at least six times in Part II. Similarly, at the start of Part II, he can only use [[Kamui]] three times before he requires extended bed rest; although its use always remains a risk for him, he is able to use Kamui more often as Part II goes on.
   
His battle prowess and speed allow him to effectively catch his opponents off-guard to quickly strike them down and easily evade attacks. His speed increased considerably in Part II, before the timeskip he had difficulty keeping up with [[Itachi Uchiha]], but matched the [[Akatsuki]] member after the timeskip. His hand seal prowess has also been noted as being very great, able to perform them at highly difficult speeds to follow.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 246, page 13</ref>
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Kakashi's proficiency in [[taijutsu]] allows him to take various approaches in close combat. His time in the [[Anbu]] enables him to suddenly approach enemies from behind, unnoticed by even other Anbu.<ref>Chapter 12, page 17-18</ref> Also, his ongoing competitions with [[Might Guy]] make him just as comfortable attacking from the front, striking with debilitating precision to quickly defeat multiple enemies. Kakashi is able to open at least one of the [[Eight Gates]],<ref>Chapter 93, pages 7-8</ref> which the anime confirms.<ref name="NS3">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 3</ref> Other skills include: physical strength great enough to wield the [[Kubikiribōchō]] with one hand;<ref name="c524p13">Chapter 524, page 13</ref> reflexes sharp enough to block attacks he is unable to see;<ref name="c142" /> speed fast enough to perform [[hand seals]] at unreadable rates, such that binding his arms is considered one of the more effective ways to defeat him.<ref name="c246">Chapter 246, page 13</ref>
 
He is also able to open at least one of the [[Eight Gates]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 93, pages 7-8</ref> a feat that very few ninja are able to achieve. In the anime, he can also utilise advanced techniques derived from it while showing no signs of even fatigue afterwards.<ref name="ship3"/><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 85</ref> His raw strength is also noticeably high, able to in Part I simultaneously throw both Naruto and Sasuke a large distance, clash with the likes of enemies like Zabuza who possess great physical strength and in Part II easily lift and wield the giant blade of [[Zabuza Momochi]], [[Kubikiribōchō]], with a single hand despite its considerable weight.<ref name="c524p13">''Naruto'' chapter 524, page 13</ref>
 
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
[[File:Kakashi Using Rasengan.PNG|thumb|right|Kakashi using [[Rasengan]].]]
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[[File:Kakashi Using Rasengan.PNG|left|thumb|Kakashi using Rasengan.]]
Kakashi primarily relies on his mastery of [[ninjutsu]], of which he has a vast arsenal due in part to his Sharingan; being noted to have copied over a thousand techniques,<ref name="c12"/> the number has continuously been growing through his many battles. With this arsenal, he can attack or defend against his opponents in numerous manners. Kakashi is also able to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] a pack of [[ninken|ninja hounds]] to aid him in battle,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 29, pages 15-18</ref> and for other purposes such as tracking down individuals.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 228, page 4</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 355, pages 1-2</ref>
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Kakashi's area of expertise is in [[ninjutsu]]. This is in large part due to his [[Sharingan]], with which he is reputed to have copied over a thousand jutsu and which led to his moniker as {{translation|"Copy Ninja Kakashi"|コピー忍者のカカシ|Kopī Ninja no Kakashi}}.<ref name="c12">Chapter 12, pages 5-6</ref> He remains naturally gifted even without the Sharingan, evidenced by the fact that he mastered the [[Rasengan]] before even acquiring it.<ref name="c321" /> He is comfortable with a wide range of ninja tools and weaponry, but has the most experience with swords due to his time as an Anbu; with mere [[kunai]], he can successfully cross blades with [[Zabuza Momochi]] and [[Hidan]]. His repertoire expands to [[fūinjutsu]] by Part I, impressing [[Orochimaru]].<ref>Chapter 69, page 9</ref>
   
==== Nature Transformation ====
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[[File:Ninken summoned to search Orochi.png|thumb|Kakashi's ninken.]]
[[File:Lightning Cutter.PNG|thumb|left|Kakashi using Lightning Cutter.]]
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Kakashi has his own personal pack of [[ninken]], which he has raised since they were puppies; in the anime, he is shown using them during the [[Third Shinobi World War]].<ref name="NS371">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 371</ref> In the field, he can [[Summoning Technique|summon]] one or more of his ninken to fetch things for him, restrain targets,<ref>Chapter 29, pages 15-18</ref> or deliver messages. More commonly, he uses them for tracking, picking up trails that Kakashi, despite his own considerable tracking skills, can't detect, or seeking out targets he doesn't know where to look for.
In addition to the sheer number of techniques he is purported to know, he is also proficient in several [[nature transformation]]s. He has a natural affinity for [[Lightning Release]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, page 15</ref> which he mastered before even becoming a jōnin. It became so advanced that it is an attribute enemy ninja identify him by.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 333, page 17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 358, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 463, page 3</ref> His prowess with [[Water Release]] techniques is such that he can match specialists like [[Zabuza Momochi]]<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 15</ref> and perform them without a nearby water source.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 336, page 12</ref> He has used [[Earth Release]] techniques, able to move fast and [[Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique|unnoticed underground]] or produce large and intricate [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall|earthen walls]] rather quickly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 420, page 8</ref> He has also shown considerable skill in [[Fire Release]] techniques, able to produce a [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|massive fireball]] able to cause much damage to the area,<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 4</ref> and he is otherwise at least knowledgeable enough to train others in [[Wind Release]].
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When Kakashi learned how to use the Rasengan, he attempted to infuse it with lightning-chakra as it was originally intended to be combined with element chakra, but ultimately failed. However, he used the same theoretical principle to create the [[Chidori]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 321, pages 7-10</ref> which he later refined into the far stronger [[Lightning Cutter]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 113, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 114, page 3</ref> He can also enlist the aid of a [[shadow clone]], to create a [[Lightning Transmission|lightning chain]] able to cut through even a [[jinchūriki]]'s [[chakra arms]] in a "Version 2" state.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 4</ref> He can also create a [[Lightning Release Shadow Clone|lightning-infused clone]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 422, page 15</ref> and [[Lightning Beast Running Technique|hound]] via his manipulation of lightning-chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 421, page 13</ref>
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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Kakashi can use all five basic [[nature transformation]]s, as well as the [[Yin Release]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> He can use [[Water Release]] without a nearby water source,<ref>Chapter 336, page 12</ref> being able to produce [[Water Release: Great Waterfall Technique|massive torrents]], [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique|water dragons]] or [[Water Release: Water Formation Wall|defensive walls]]. With [[Earth Release]], he can [[Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique|move underground]] for sneak attacks or produce [[Earth-Style Wall|walls]] to defend himself or block enemies.<ref>Chapter 420, page 8</ref> In the anime, he is shown using [[Fire Release]] to create [[Great Fireball Technique|massive fireballs]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 4</ref>
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Kakashi is a highly-skilled user in a large variety of weapons such as bows and arrows, [[kusarigama]], [[Manriki-gusari|chains]], [[wire strings]] and others. Since early childhood, Kakashi had highly proficient skill in kenjutsu, able to wield his father's [[White Light Chakra Sabre|signature tantō]] effectively enough to be mistaken for Sakumo. Due to his ANBU background, Kakashi's sword skill was especially improved. His weapon-skills are also very adaptable, even able to effectively use [[Kubikiribōchō]],<ref name="c524p13"/> a blade of unique shape with noticeable size and weight, even use it to defeat kenjutsu specialists like the [[Seven Mist Swordsmen]] after just gaining possession of it.<ref name="ship284">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref> He can also enhance his physical tools, [[Chakra Flow|channelling]] [[lightning]]-nature chakra through them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 559, page 7</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, page 17</ref>
 
   
=== Genjutsu ===
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[[File:Lightning Cutter.PNG|thumb|left|Kakashi's signature technique, the Lightning Cutter.]]
While used less often, he has also shown proficient skill in [[genjutsu]], which he can use as a set-up for stronger attacks. His skill in its usage is able to easily deceive most opponents with well-timed diversions, giving his opponents little chance to counter. During the bell test for Team 7, Kakashi was able to use [[Demonic Illusion: Hell Viewing Technique|low-level techniques]] to easily subdue a keen-minded and natural genjutsu-type like Sakura.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 6, pages 12-18</ref> Against most [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|high-level techniques]], he has advanced knowledge of their working, and is able to dispel genjutsu as well.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 114, page 16</ref>
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Kakashi's natural affinity is for [[Lightning Release]],<ref>Chapter 315, page 15</ref> which he will at times [[Chakra Flow|channel]] into weaponry to increase its cutting power.<ref>Chapter 559, page 7</ref> When he was younger, he tried to infuse the Rasengan with his lightning nature, but the task proved too difficult. In its place he created the [[Chidori]],<ref name="c321">Chapter 321, pages 7-10</ref> a collection of lightning chakra in the hand that can pierce most targets that it is thrust into; he once famously split a bolt of lightning with his Chidori, earning the name "[[Lightning Cutter]]".<ref>Chapter 114, page 3</ref> The Chidori and Lightning Cutter are very fast attacks, such that Kakashi can only use them safely with his Sharingan. After losing his Sharingan in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], he creates [[Lightning Release: Purple Electricity]], which unleashes a bolt of lightning to attack from afar. Other lightning techniques include [[Lightning Release: Lightning Beast Tracking Fang|hounds]] manipulated to attack enemies, [[Lightning Release: Shadow Clone Technique|clones]] that paralyse on contact<ref>Chapter 422, page 15</ref> and [[Lightning Transmission|chains]] to cut through multiple targets at once.
   
 
=== Dōjutsu ===
 
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==== Sharingan ====
 
==== Sharingan ====
 
[[File:Kakashi's Sharingan.png|thumb|Kakashi's Sharingan.]]
 
[[File:Kakashi's Sharingan.png|thumb|Kakashi's Sharingan.]]
Kakashi's most distinguishing ability is the [[Sharingan]] in his left eye-socket that was originally part of [[Obito Uchiha]]. Since the eye got transplanted into him, Kakashi's ability to copy nearly any technique used against him gave him the moniker {{Translation|'''Copy Ninja Kakashi'''|コピー忍者のカカシ|Kopī Ninja no Kakashi}} while utilising many of the Sharingan abilities including [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|genjutsu]], seeing through deception, and predicting his opponent's next move.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 15, pages 12-15</ref> This was seen in action twice, once against [[Zabuza Momochi]] and then against on [[Root]] members sent to watch Naruto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, page 8</ref> This eye also gives Kakashi a heightened visual perception to his surroundings, enabling him to perfect his Chidori and its later version, the Lightning Cutter.
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Kakashi received his [[Sharingan]] during the [[Third Shinobi World War]] from [[Obito Uchiha]], a replacement for the left eye he'd lost shortly beforehand. The Sharingan has become his most identifying feature in the years since then, such that he is widely known as {{Translation|"Kakashi of the Sharingan"|写輪眼のカカシ|Sharingan no Kakashi}}. With the Sharingan, Kakashi can accurately reproduce any movement he sees (his own physical skill permitting), take in a heightened amount of visual information, and perform the Sharingan's broad category of [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|genjutsu]]. Because he isn't an [[Uchiha]], he can't deactivate the Sharingan and it rapidly drains his chakra whenever he uses it, leaving him bedridden after extended use;<ref>Chapter 16, page 10</ref> he keeps the eye covered when he doesn't need it in order to prevent this. Despite his handicap, several Uchiha note that Kakashi's use of his Sharingan is just as skillful as their own.<ref name="c142" /><ref name="c608">Chapter 608, page 7</ref> Kakashi loses his Sharingan during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] to Madara Uchiha.<ref name="sharingangone">Chapter 674, pages 15-17</ref> When Obito's spirit briefly returns from the afterlife, he transfers both his Sharingan, having died with both, into Kakashi, during which Kakashi able to use the dōjutsu's full power.
   
However, because he is not an [[Uchiha]], Kakashi is unable to deactivate it, keeping it covered until needed so not to risk his Sharingan using up a massive amount of chakra that would force him to take an extended bed rest. Because of this, Kakashi only relies on it when he feels it is an absolute necessity. Despite his handicap with the Sharingan, he is very skilled to the point that [[Itachi Uchiha]] acknowledges Kakashi's proficiency to most true Sharingan wielders.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 13</ref>
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==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
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[[File:Kakashi's Mangekyō Sharingan.png|thumb|left|Kakashi's Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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Kakashi's Sharingan became a [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] when [[Rin Nohara]] died, a trauma that simultaneously caused the Mangekyō to awaken in Obito.<ref name="c605" /> Its design gives the appearance of three triangles wrapping around the pupil, similar to a pinwheel. He was able to maintain it for over a decade, though steadily suffering its side-effects with each usage, such as bleeding eyes and deteriorating vision. Just prior to losing his Sharingan, it became nearsighted, forcing him to get close to use the Mangekyō's ability on them.<ref>Chapter 669</ref>
   
When he first received the Sharingan it had only two tomoe. Some time after this, the traumatic loss of his dear friend Rin caused Kakashi's Sharingan to fully mature.<ref name="mature">''Naruto'' 605, page 4</ref> In addition, Kakashi has extended the duration of time he can sustain using the Sharingan. In Part I, he could only handle using it for a short while in battle while suffering somewhat crippling effects such as severe fatigue.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 16, page 10</ref> In Part II, he is seen using it for seemingly a day while testing Naruto and Sakura without any adverse effects.
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[[File:Kamui.png|thumb|Kakashi using Kamui at a distance on Deidara.]]
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With his left Mangekyō, Kakashi can use the long-range variant of [[Kamui]]: by remotely forming a barrier around whatever he looks at, he can warp the target to [[Kamui's dimension]]; he eventually learns how to use it on himself to travel to and from this dimension.<ref>Chapter 609, page 12</ref> Kakashi initially having trouble to aim Kamui properly, he struggled to hit his targets.<ref>Chapter 276, page 10</ref> His aim improves to a point that he can use Kamui on fast-moving projectiles.<ref>Chapter 424, pages 16-17</ref> When he first starts using Kamui, it requires some amount of preparation and has a huge drain on his chakra each time it is performed. Although its chakra cost always remains high - such that its use at one point kills him - he is over time able to use it more than his initial limit of three.<ref>Chapter 278, page 7</ref> He also becomes able to perform it faster, enough that opponents may not even notice he used it at all.<ref>Chapter 598, pages 11-17</ref>
   
==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
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[[File:Kakashi Susanoo.png|thumb|left|100px|Kakashi's Complete Body — Susanoo.]]
[[File:KakashiMangekyōSharinganAnime.jpg|thumb|left|Kakashi's Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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After Kakashi loses his Sharingan, his body is temporarily inhabited by Obito's spirit, giving him Mangekyō in both eyes. In addition to the long-range Kamui he'd originally had, he becomes able to use its short-range variant, allowing him to make his body intangible so that attacks faze through him.<ref>Chapter 689, page 9</ref> By [[Kamui Lightning Cutter|combining this ability]] with his Lightning Cutter, Kakashi can bypass all defences and eliminate the possibility of being countered while attacking. Having a dual Mangekyō, Kakashi can manifest [[Susanoo]], specifically its "Complete Body" form. It can be used for flight, defend others with its large size, and even have the intangibility of Kamui extended to it. In terms of weaponry, it has a sword like all Susanoo do, but it also can throw [[Kamui Shuriken]] in order to warp away whatever they are thrown at. In addition, Kakashi has received some of the [[Six Paths Chakra]], allowing him to use the Mangekyō Sharingan and its abilities for repeated and extended maneuvers with no effect on his health or eyesight.
Kakashi awakened his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] after killing [[Rin Nohara]],<ref name="mature"/> though seemed unaware of its awakening until years later.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 257, page 19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 276, page 2</ref> With it he can perform [[Kamui]]: a technique that creates a space-time barrier in the form of a swirling void that sucks any target he focuses his eye on to [[Other Dimension|another dimension]] and also bring them back; even transporting them to a new location. Originally, Kakashi lacked proper control to accurately hit his target.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 276, page 10</ref> His skill and aim later improved greatly, able to successfully warp small, fast-moving, or multiple targets in rapid succession as seen against Pain,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 424, pages 16-17</ref> and Sasuke respectively.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, page 6</ref> Even Obito, who mastered his variation of Kamui, openly acknowledged Kakashi's great skill with the technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 608, page 7</ref> While battling Obito, Kakashi attempted to use Kamui to behead the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]: an object of significant size and mass, failing only because of Obito's intervention.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, pages 13-14</ref> His finesse allows him to safely warp chakra-based techniques, like the [[Rasengan]], or even [[shadow clone]]s without disrupting them, at such speed that Obito himself was fooled into believing Kakashi failed and dispelled the technique instead.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, pages 12-15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, page 11-17</ref> While originally demonstrating only long-range use, Kakashi is also able to use Kamui at a short-range. With this new proficiency, Kakashi is also able to teleport himself in and out of the pocket dimension at will.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 628, page 16</ref>
 
 
Kamui's chakra requirements are considerably high, such that initially he had to be hospitalised for a week after using it three times in one day.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 278, page 7</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 282, page 2</ref> By his battle against Obito, his mastery of this technique improved further, able to use it at least five times, three of which in quick succession (along with multiple other chakra-taxing techniques) and still had enough strength left to act. Afterwards, though tired, he remarked that he retained enough chakra to use the technique a few more times, and only after the fourth use did he start experiencing the immediate side effects, which he soon recovered somewhat from. He is also knowledgeable of other Mangekyō Sharingan techniques<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 396, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, page 7</ref> as well as the risks the dōjutsu poses to the user's eyesight.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 257, page 9</ref><!-- Do NOT add that Kakashi's Mangekyō had inverted colours when he fought Sasuke, that's an animation mistake. -->
 
   
 
=== Intelligence ===
 
=== Intelligence ===
Repeatedly, Kakashi has proven himself to be a very shrewd and resourceful man, regularly having his opinion asked for by Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage. By a quite young age, Kakashi had enough experience on the battlefield to detect a hiding enemy's presence, impressing his sensei, Minato.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 239, page 16</ref> Kakashi has even been noted to be smarter than [[Shikamaru Nara]] in Part I: a ninja well-known for his insightful, and calculating nature.<ref name="betterthan" /> His instincts also allow him to calmly effectively perceive and react to any incoming danger. Kakashi's intellect has proven itself against various S-rank ninja, including members of Akatsuki, showing unsurpassed perceptive and analytical skills,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, page 2</ref> able to quickly and single-handedly deduce the workings of the most mysterious enemy techniques and plot successful diversions in order to verify his theories (most of the time proving them correct). He is aided in this regard by his calm personality, which allows him to handle a given situation with some detachment.
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Kakashi's normal approach to combat is to rely on the [[Body Replacement Technique]] and [[clone techniques]], thereby keeping himself out of harm's way while he observes an opponent and their abilities.<ref>Chapter 423, page 1</ref> Even when he doesn't use this system of misdirection and decoys, he remains alert to any unexplained or unexpected occurrences, coming up with theories for their causes when they arise and exploiting them if they prove true, which they usually do.<ref>Chapter 597, page 2</ref> Once he identifies an opponent's weakness, Kakashi can quickly formulate a plan to take advantage of it, efficiently utilising each of his allies' unique skills to that purpose. Such plans, while often elaborate and unorthodox, are typically highly successful and very low-risk, making Kakashi invaluable as a leader.
   
His long career as a jōnin, and formerly as an ANBU, have only expanded his knowledge, allowing him to handle virtually any situation. For these reasons Kakashi has been assigned to a variety of teams — always as the leader — and he is always able to work well with his team-mates. [[Chōza Akimichi]] attributes Kakashi's success to his approach to battles: he avoids direct combat by using misdirection and clones until he can determine the opponent's skills, at which point he modifies his tactics to fit the situation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 423, page 1</ref> Kakashi has also shown repeatedly to be a highly capable teacher. He has come up with various unorthodox methods to help his students produce impressive leaps in their abilities in weeks what would normally take months if not years of intense training.
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=== Chakra Prowess and Control ===
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== Part I ==
Originally, Kakashi's primary weakness was his barely average reserves of chakra and stamina. He could only maintain his [[Sharingan]] for a short time, quickly tiring out from overusing it and ultimately collapsing, followed by great difficulty to even stand for days. He also claimed he could only use his signature technique, [[Lightning Cutter]], four times in a single day before it wouldn't work. To compensate for this, Kakashi possesses very refined chakra control, allowing him to use multiple techniques quickly with the minimum necessary chakra and to their highest level. Kakashi’s control also allows him to perform various techniques, usually lightning-based, with few to no hand seals.
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=== Prologue Land of Waves ===
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[[File:Team Kakashi.png|thumb|The official photo for Team 7.]]
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Kakashi is assigned as the leader of [[Team 7]], comprised of [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Sasuke Uchiha]], and [[Sakura Haruno]]. The [[Third Hokage]] explains that he is selected for the team in order to keep an eye on Naruto, the [[Nine-Tails]]' [[jinchūriki]] and, in the anime, to help Sasuke cope with life after the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]]. During his first meeting with Team 7, Kakashi is unimpressed by them, finding them all to be too self-interested. He nevertheless gives them a [[bell test]] as he has for all the previous teams he's been assigned to and tells them to take one of the two bells on his person. Naruto launches a first attack before the test officially begins; Kakashi stops him easily, but is nevertheless amused.
   
Over the course of the series, his reserves improved considerably to extend his timespan and versatility to fight multiple high-level opponents. By Part II, he can maintain his Sharingan for an entire day and utilise several chakra-taxing techniques in quick succession unfazed, including his Lightning Cutter at least six times. His chakra reserves development is best seen with his Mangekyō Sharingan technique, [[Kamui]]. Originally, a single use tired him greatly. Using it more than twice in a single day would leave him crippled for over a week. By the time of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], he was able to fight throughout an entire day right before going to fight against [[Obito Uchiha|Tobi]] and his [[Six Paths of Pain]] which comprised of [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] [[jinchūriki]]. Once arriving, he was able to use Kamui several times in quick succession before finally collapsing as his eye started bleeding. Shortly afterwards, he recovered enough to stand up on his own and soon leapt back into action, using Kamui yet again, along with several other chakra-taxing techniques.
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Kakashi reads ''[[Icha Icha Paradise]]'' during the test, convinced he won't need his full attention or both of his hands. Naruto and his [[shadow clone]]s fail to take a bell and Sakura, who focuses on looking for Sasuke, is defeated by one of Kakashi's [[Demonic Illusion: Hell Viewing Technique|genjutsu]]. Kakashi then goes to find Sasuke, expecting the same outcome as Naruto and Sakura, but finds Sasuke was waiting for him. Kakashi is forced to go on the defence and, when Sasuke uses the [[Great Fireball Technique]], he must close his copy of ''Icha Icha'', but he still manages to defeat Sasuke. Kakashi gathers them together afterwards and tells them they've failed, explaining that, had they worked together rather than individually, they might have succeeded in acquiring a bell. They convince him to give them another chance after lunch, but Kakashi demands that Naruto not be fed. He secretly watches them as they eat and sees Sasuke and Sakura give Naruto food against his instructions, needing Naruto in top form if they're to get a bell. Kakashi pretends anger when he approaches them, but tells them that they pass the test for placing the team's well-being above the mission parameters.
   
=== Other Skills ===
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Team 7 completes a number of [[D-rank]] missions, which Naruto believes they are over-qualified for. He complains to the Third Hokage about this and is able to secure a [[C-rank]] mission: escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]]. Shortly after leaving Konoha, Kakashi notices they're being pursued by the [[Demon Brothers]]. He pretends to be killed by one of the Demon Brothers' attacks so that he can observe them, stepping in to neutralise them once Team 7 can't hold them off anymore. After restraining them, Kakashi confronts Tazuna on why the Demon Brothers were trying to kill him. Tazuna confesses that assassins have been hired to kill him so that he can't build a bridge that will free the Land of Waves from the tyranny of [[Gatō]]. Although this is an [[A-rank]] assignment that Team 7, being only [[genin]], are unqualified for, they decide to help Tazuna anyway because Tazuna confessed his country is too poor to afford an A-rank assignment.
[[File:Ninken.jpg|thumb|right|Kakashi's ninken.]]
 
A man who epitomises versatility, Kakashi's expertise is not limited to the three major ninja skill sets, as he is renowned for his tracking abilities and has otherwise displayed proficiency with trap-making, survival, stealth, and assassination. Kakashi has also developed considerable prowess in [[fūinjutsu]], something that [[Orochimaru]] found impressive given Kakashi's age.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 69, page 9</ref> Kakashi is also noted to have a better sense of smell than [[Kiba Inuzuka]] did in Part I, a noteworthy member of a clan with canine-like senses.<ref name="betterthan" /> Even without sight, Kakashi is still a highly formidable fighter, able to use his other senses and knowledge of his surroundings, allies, and enemies to perceive the situation and overwhelm his opponents.<ref name="ship288"/>
 
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[[File:Kakashi And Zabuza Battling.PNG|thumb|left|Kakashi vs. Zabuza.]]
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When they arrive in the Land of Waves they are met by [[Zabuza Momochi]], a former [[Kiri]]-nin. Recognising how formidable Zabuza is, Kakashi uncovers his [[Sharingan]] and engages him, leaving his students in charge of protecting Tazuna. Kakashi initially does well against Zabuza, defeating Zabuza's [[water clone]]s with his own. When Zabuza succeeds in trapping him in a [[Water Prison]], Kakashi instructs Team 7 to leave him behind and escape with Tazuna. Naruto ignores him and with help from Sasuke is able to release him. Kakashi thanks them and resumes his fight with Zabuza, copying his [[ninjutsu]] and using them against him. Just as he is about to finish off Zabuza, Zabuza is seemingly killed by a young [[hunter-nin]] and his body is taken away. Team 7 continues on to Tazuna's home, but Kakashi must be carried, having exhausted himself due to overuse of the Sharingan.
   
== Part I ==
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While recuperating, Kakashi starts to find Zabuza's death suspicious and worries he may still be alive. In case this is true, he shows Team 7 the [[Tree Climbing Practice]] in order to improve their [[chakra]] control, which will be useful if Zabuza does indeed return. After a week of rest Kakashi has recovered and all of Team 7 has mastered the exercise; Naruto is tired from the training and is allowed to keep sleeping as they resume their bodyguarding of Tazuna. When they arrive at the bridge Tazuna is working on, they find Zabuza and [[Haku]] (the hunter-nin from before) waiting for them. Haku traps Sasuke in his [[Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals]], which Zabuza blocks Kakashi from helping him escape from. Once Naruto arrives to lend Sasuke assistance, Kakashi engages Zabuza in combat.
=== Introduction Arc ===
 
[[File:Teamkakashi.jpg|thumb|left|The official team photo for Team 7.]]
 
Although later earning status as a jōnin-sensei, Kakashi developed a reputation throughout the academy for having exceedingly high standards on who he would train, thus every potential genin team he was assigned to failed in every survival training exam that he proctored. When he was given the next potential [[Team 7]] — which consisted of [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Sasuke Uchiha]], and [[Sakura Haruno]] — he gave them a [[bell test]], requiring the three of them to obtain at least one bell that he keeps on his waist. With only two bells available and three genin present, his students believed the test to be a competition against each other and so they worked independently in the attempt to take a bell.
 
   
Each of the young ninja try their own methods to getting a bell, only for Kakashi to easily defeat them. After Team 7 failed their test, Kakashi was quick to express his displeasure at their performance and that true goal was team-work. After explaining the importance of team-work and seeing how ashamed they were at their performance, Kakashi decided to give Team 7 one more chance to act as a team, and let them take a break for lunch. However, Naruto, having earlier tried to steal their lunches, was forbidden to eat with a severe penalty for anybody feeding him. When he watches Sasuke and Sakura giving Naruto their food to have him in peak condition from afar, Kakashi immediately confronted them while feigning anger. Delighted as they defiantly stand up to him on the grounds that they are a team, Kakashi passes them on the ground they placed loyalty among comrades first.
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[[File:Kakashi stabs Haku.png|thumb|Kakashi kills Haku.]]
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Having learned from his previous encounter, Zabuza coats the area in a [[Hiding in Mist Technique|thick mist]] so that Kakashi can't use his Sharingan. Because of this, Kakashi sticks close to Tazuna, knowing Zabuza will come for him eventually. Zabuza does indeed attack, and Kakashi is badly injured by Zabuza's [[Kubikiribōchō]] while defending Tazuna. While reeling from his wound, Kakashi senses Naruto using the Nine-Tails' chakra. Fearing that the seal containing the beast is weakening, Kakashi decides to finish the battle quickly: he [[Summoning Technique|summon]]s his [[ninken]] and has them track down his blood which is still on Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō. Once they locate him, they pin him down while Kakashi attacks with his [[Lightning Cutter]]. Just before he hits Zabuza, Haku steps in front of him and takes the attack instead.
   
It was later revealed that Kakashi was chosen specifically by [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] to be the leader of Team 7 because of Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi's duty in addition to training the team was also to keep the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] in Naruto contained, and to ensure Sasuke does not tread a dark path, since they had similar traits that would allow Kakashi to better understand him.
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As his last act, Haku grabs Kakashi so he can't get away, allowing Zabuza, freed from the ninken, to try to slice through him in order to get to Kakashi. Kakashi pulls away, sets down Haku's body, and, angered by what's happened, proceeds to debilitate both of Zabuza's arms. Gatō then arrives to kill them all, Zabuza included, with a horde of mercenaries. Zabuza kills Gatō first and Kakashi scares off the horde with his "[[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique]]". Zabuza, dying from his injuries, asks Kakashi to place him next to Haku. Kakashi complies and, after he passes, buries them both. Their mission complete, Team 7 returns to Konoha, travelling by way of the [[Great Naruto Bridge]] that Tazuna finished building.
 
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=== Land of Waves Arc ===
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After completing a number of easy [[D-rank]] missions, [[Team 7]], at Naruto's insistence get assigned a somewhat more difficult [[C-rank]] task of escorting the bridge-builder [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]]. Noticing they were about to be ambushed en route by the [[Demon Brothers]], Kakashi faked his death to determine if their target was his team or Tazuna. Easily defeated them upon seeing them attempt to kill the bridge builder, Kakashi realised that Tazuna has not been completely honest of the mission and threatens Tazuna to tells them the truth. After hearing Tazuna's goal to build a bridge to free his country from the tyranny of [[Gatō]], despite the mission now being more of an [[A-rank]] or [[B-rank]], Kakashi decides for his group to remain until the bridge was complete.
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Team 7 resumes its series of uninteresting missions, but Kakashi is nevertheless pleased by their development. Despite their only recent graduation from the [[Academy]], he recommends that they enter the [[Chūnin Exams]]. He neglects to tell them that they must enter as a team, not wanting any of them, especially Sakura, to feel pressured to participate. He is therefore glad when they all independently decide to take the exams and wishes them luck.
   
[[File:Kakashi And Zabuza Battling.PNG|thumb|Kakashi vs. Zabuza.]]
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[[File:Kakashi and Orochimaru Face-to-Face!.png|thumb|left|Kakashi faces Orochimaru.]]
Upon arriving in the Land of Waves, Team 7 was attacked by [[Zabuza Momochi]], a missing-nin of [[Kirigakure]] and former [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] member who is under Gatō's employment. Despite his Sharingan, combined with his need to protect his students from the more experienced ninja, Kakashi finds himself trapped in a [[Water Prison Technique|water prison]]. Luckily, Naruto and Sasuke orchestrate a gambit to free him. From there, using both his Sharingan and psychological warfare, Kakashi placed Zabuza at a disadvantage until a young Kirigakure [[hunter-nin]] named [[Haku]] stepped in and appeared to kill Zabuza before dragging him away for disposal. While forced to recuperate from his Sharingan overuse, Kakashi realises that Haku might have faked Zabuza's death to save him, deciding to train Team 7 in perfecting their [[chakra]] control for a week until they can resume bodyguard duty.
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Several days after the exams start, Kakashi arrives to watch Team 7 in the preliminary fights. There, he is informed that Sasuke was attacked by [[Orochimaru]] during the exams and branded with a [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]]. Kakashi warns Sasuke that he will be disqualified if he uses the cursed seal during his match. Sasuke avoids doing so and Kakashi takes him away afterwards, applying the [[Evil Sealing Method]] to prevent the cursed seal's use. After Sasuke passes out from the procedure, Orochimaru confronts Kakashi, explaining his plans to acquire Sasuke's Sharingan for himself. Kakashi readies his Lightning Cutter to defend Sasuke, but Orochimaru decides to leave, confident Sasuke will come to him willingly someday; Kakashi afterwards realises he would have been killed had they fought. Kakashi takes Sasuke to the hospital to rest, places him under the guard of [[Anbu]], and returns to watch the remaining preliminary matches, having promised Sasuke that he'd tell him all about the other combatants' abilities.
   
[[File:Kakashi stabs Haku.png|thumb|left|Kakashi impales Haku.]]
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After the preliminaries end, Kakashi returns to Sasuke to find all the Anbu dead, killed by [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. He tries to capture Kabuto in order to learn more about Orochimaru's plans for Sasuke, but Kabuto escapes. Kakashi is afterwards tracked down by Naruto, who asks Kakashi to help him train for the exams' final matches in a month. Having already decided to train Sasuke, Kakashi refers Naruto to [[Ebisu]] instead. In order to give Sasuke an alternative to the cursed seal's power, Kakashi spends a month teaching him the [[Chidori]]. He also helps him improve his physical speed by visualising and mimicking [[Rock Lee]]'s movements. Training runs long and they end up arriving late for Sasuke's match against [[Gaara]] of [[Sunagakure]]. When Naruto tries to warn him about Gaara, Kakashi instructs him to just watch Sasuke's performance, and is amused by how quickly Naruto's concern for Sasuke becomes jealousy of his abilities.
Once at the bridge, Kakashi's suspicions are confirmed when Team 7 is confronted by Zabuza and Haku. While their wards battle, Kakashi once more battles Zabuza as he learned to counter him with his [[Hiding in Mist Technique]] to keep him from falling prey to Kakashi's Sharingan. In response, Kakashi summons his [[ninken]] [[Summoning: Earth Release: Tracking Fang Technique|underground]] to locate and pin down Zabuza to finish him off with a [[Lightning Cutter]]. However, Haku uses himself as a human shield and took the fatal blow intended for Zabuza. But despite Haku's sacrifice, Kakashi had the upper hand until Gatō and his crew arrive to wipe out everyone. After seeing the gravely wounded Zabuza managing to kill Gatō, Kakashi used his [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique]] to scare the other criminals. As Zabuza died, he asked Kakashi to bring his body beside Haku's before he passed away. Kakashi buried them alongside each other before returning to [[Konoha]] with Team 7.
 
   
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
[[File:Episode 47.png|thumb|Kakashi and the other jōnin stop Neji from fatally injuring Hinata.]]
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Feeling his students were ready, Kakashi entered Team 7 in the [[Chūnin Exams]], despite some initial disapproval from other elite ninja. After Sasuke was branded with the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] by [[Orochimaru]] during the exam's second phase, unable to remove it, Kakashi used the [[Evil Sealing Method]] to try and prevent its usage. Following the preliminary matches, Kakashi decided to personally train Sasuke for a month after realising how much Orochimaru desired Sasuke from his subordinate [[Kabuto Yakushi]] attempting to abduct him. Kakashi tried to reinforce Sasuke’s self-worth and value for his friends by teaching him how to use [[Chidori]] as a deterrent against the cursed seal. As the training also involved taijutsu training copied from [[Rock Lee]] to better condition Sasuke's body for the Chidori, Kakashi runs late in delivering Sasuke to his final round match.
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The Chūnin Exams are interrupted by an [[invasion of Konoha]] and most of those watching the finals are rendered unconscious by a [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|genjutsu]]. Kakashi is among those who dispel it and he starts fending off invading [[Otogakure]] forces. When he notices Sasuke going off on his own to fight Gaara, Kakashi locates Sakura and sends her, Naruto, and [[Shikamaru Nara]] after him to provide assistance; he summons [[Pakkun]] to help them follow Sasuke. The fighting rages on until Kakashi and his fellow defenders eliminate all invaders in the area except for Kabuto and [[Baki]], who opt to flee rather than continue fighting. Kakashi and the others then converge on the site where the Third Hokage fought Orochimaru, but discover that he's died in battle.
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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Kakashi attends the Third's funeral a few days later. He arrives late, having visited the [[Memorial Stone]] beforehand to reflect on those he's lost.
When [[Sunagakure]] and [[Otogakure]]'s [[invasion of Konoha]] began during Sasuke's match, Kakashi released a [[genjutsu]] along with [[Might Guy]] and Sakura, and helped repel the invaders along with Guy. They ended up having several contests to see who could defeat the most Suna and Oto-nin, although Guy usually won. When he noticed that Sasuke was going after Gaara, Kakashi sent Naruto, Sakura, [[Shikamaru Nara]], and [[Pakkun]] to stop him and bring him back. After defeating several Suna and Oto-nin, he is briefly seen with Guy, Aoba and Kurenai. After the failed Invasion, he attends Hiruzen's funeral, mourning his loss, he listens to Iruka's words at the funeral and thinks how sad it would be if the Third Hokage had died for nothing.
 
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
[[File:Tsukuyomi-sharingan-genjutzu.jpg|thumb|left|Kakashi trapped in Itachi's Tsukuyomi.]]
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Shortly after the invasion was prevented, Kakashi comes to the aid of [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]] when they nearly got killed by [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] when they arrived to the village. Having learned of [[Akatsuki]] from [[Jiraiya]], Kakashi was able to hold his own against Itachi for a short while until falling to his opponent's [[Tsukuyomi]]. Severely weakened by the technique, Kakashi confirmed that Itachi and Kisame are after Naruto before losing consciousness. Before they could take him, Kakashi is saved by Guy's arrival with the Akatsuki members driven off. Kakashi was left in a coma after what happened, and was not revived until [[Tsunade]] returned to the village. Immediately after recovering, he was sent on a new mission.
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Shortly after the funeral, Kakashi notices cloaked individuals travelling around Konoha. Suspicious, he follows them, but keeps up appearances that he is only meeting Sasuke for lunch. While waiting for Sasuke, he strikes up a conversation with [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]], quietly alerting them to the men in cloaks. When Sasuke arrives and the cloaked men leave, Kakashi sends Asuma and Kurenai after them. However, Kakashi starts to become concerned so he cancels lunch with Sasuke - not explaining the real reason - and joins Asuma and Kurenai. He arrives in time to save Asuma and Kurenai from [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] and [[Itachi Uchiha]], respectively.
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[[File:Tsukuyomi.png|thumb|Itachi uses Tsukuyomi on Kakashi.]]
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Itachi advises Kisame to keep his distance from Kakashi, stating his fight with Kakashi would take too long. He also states that his own fight with Kakashi wouldn't take any time at all: he immediately attacks, which Kakashi only barely blocks with a [[Water Formation Wall]]. He then gets Kurenai away from Itachi's [[Clone Great Explosion]], and when he looks back at Itachi catches a glimpse of his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. He orders Asuma and Kurenai to shut their eyes while he is attacked with [[Tsukuyomi]], subjecting him to three days of torture in a matter of seconds. He is able to remain conscious to Kisame's surprise and, using information earlier provided to him by [[Jiraiya]], guesses their purpose for being in Konoha: they are members of [[Akatsuki]] after the Nine-Tails within Naruto.
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Itachi orders Kisame to capture Kakashi to see what else he knows and to kill Asuma and Kurenai. Kisame is stopped by [[Might Guy]] and they retreat, at which point Kakashi passes out. Guy takes Kakashi back to his home and puts him to bed, where he remains comatose until [[Tsunade]], the new [[Hokage]], comes to Konoha and heals the damage to his mind.
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Kakashi is not done recovering when he is given a mission assignment, a consequence of Konoha's lack of manpower following the failed invasion. Before leaving, he stops by the hospital where Sasuke has been staying after his own encounter with Itachi and finds Sasuke in the middle of combat with Naruto. As Sasuke is about to clash his Chidori with Naruto's [[Rasengan]], Kakashi catches them both and flings them apart. Kakashi starts questioning Sasuke about his apparent intentions to kill Naruto, but Sasuke leaves rather than be lectured. Kakashi also notices Jiraiya nearby and, assuming Naruto learned the Rasengan from him, asks if that was a good idea; Jiraiya asks the same about teaching Sasuke the Chidori. Kakashi asks Jiraiya to speak with Naruto while he speaks with Sasuke. Before he goes, he assures Sakura that he'll set things right.
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[[File:Kakashi and sasuke.png|thumb|left|Kakashi lecturing Sasuke.]]
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Kakashi locates Sasuke and ties him to a tree in order to force him to listen to what he has to say. He starts by trying to discourage Sasuke from avenging the [[Uchiha clan]], insisting that, even if he's successful, it won't bring back those who are already dead. Sasuke retorts that Kakashi doesn't understand what he's going through and offers to kill the people most precious to Kakashi, only for Kakashi to reply that those very people are already dead. Sasuke is surprised and puts up less resistance, so Kakashi tells him that taking revenge for those that he's lost is not worth also losing those he still has, namely Naruto and Sakura. To that end, he encourages Sasuke to start using Chidori for its intended purpose: protecting friends rather than attacking them. He unties Sasuke and leaves for his mission, intending for what he said to sink in.
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When he returns, Tsunade informs him that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru and that Naruto and a [[Sasuke Recovery Team|team of genin]] were sent after him. Upset with himself for not spending more time defusing Sasuke's angst, Kakashi goes after him, fearful that he and Naruto may kill each other. He summons his ninken to help him track Sasuke and Naruto, eventually finding the latter unconscious at the [[Valley of the End]]. Because it's raining he can't find Sasuke's trail, and besides Naruto needs medical attention. He takes him back to Konoha and releases him into the care of the [[Medic Corps]].
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With Sasuke gone to Orochimaru, Naruto decides to start training with Jiraiya and Sakura trains with Tsunade. Having no students to lead anymore, Kakashi resumes his prior mission schedule.
 
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=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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=== Mizuki Tracking Mission ===
[[File:Bitter Rivals and Broken Bonds.JPG|thumb|Kakashi lecturing Sasuke.]]
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Before setting out on his mission, Kakashi stops a battle between Naruto and Sasuke. Learning that Sasuke had relapsed into desiring revenge. Kakashi lectures the youth that the Chidori was designed to protect friends, not attack them. Despite encouraging Sasuke to place greater importance on friendship, Kakashi learned upon his return that his student has defected and a [[Sasuke Retrieval Team|squad of genin]], led by Shikamaru, has been sent out to retrieve him and deal with Orochimaru’s [[Sound Four]]. Ignoring the fact that he had a new mission, Kakashi rushed out to track down Sasuke and the retrieval team. Using his [[ninken]], Kakashi was able to locate a defeated Naruto, with Sasuke long gone. Unable to pursue Sasuke because of a fresh rainfall and due to Naruto's current condition, Kakashi took Naruto back to the village to recover, saddened that he failed to help his students.
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In the anime, Kakashi returns from a mission in time to help round up escapees from the [[Konoha Strict Correctional Facility]].
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=== Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission ===
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In the anime, Kakash is sent to the [[Land of Birds]] as backup for Naruto, [[Tenten]], and [[Neji Hyūga]] as they investigate the [[Cursed Warrior]]. He takes command of the team and eventually defeats [[Nagare]] and [[Hokushin]] with relative ease.
   
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
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=== Sunagakure Support Mission ===
Kakashi continued to be sent on missions during the anime's filler arcs, leaving him with very few appearances. He returned from a mission in time to recapture some of the prisoners that had escaped from prison when [[Mizuki]] led a breakout. He was later sent to assist with the [[Cursed Warrior]] incident in the [[Land of Birds]]. While not officially his mission and arriving much later, Kakashi realised the situation wasn't as it seemed, and ultimately took command of the team, thereby deciding to investigate. This led to Kakashi's fight with [[Hōki (Watari)|Hōki]]'s minions, [[Nagare]] and [[Hokushin]], whom he defeated with relative ease.
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In the anime, Kakashi is sent to spy on the [[Takumi Village]] in order to investigate rumours of an uprising. There, he finds the entire village abandoned. He is later part of the reinforcements sent to [[Sunagakure]] to help deal with the [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]], only to discover that Naruto's team already successfully completed the mission.
   
In the Ultimate Weapon Arc, Kakashi was sent to spy on the [[Takumi Village]] when rumours of an uprising reached Konoha. There, he discovered the entire village abandoned, and the corpses missing. He later showed up towards the end of the arc, where he was sent as part of reinforcements, along with Jiraiya, to aid Naruto and the rest of the genin in helping [[Sunagakure]], only to discover that Naruto's team had already successfully completed their mission. At the conclusion of Part I, Naruto and Sakura began training under Jiraiya and Tsunade respectively, leaving Kakashi free to train himself.
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== Interlude ==
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=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
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In the anime, about two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train with Jiraiya, another Chūnin Exam is held. Kakashi is sent to [[Amegakure]] to invite its ninja to participate, a mere pretext for him to investigate rumours surrounding the village.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 394</ref> He is stopped at the village's entrance, but is able to arrange a meeting with [[Hanzō]] (who is actually [[Konan]] in disguise) and delivers the invitation.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 395</ref> Although he appears to leave Ame afterwards, Kakashi sneaks back in to see what he can find out. It immediately becomes apparent to him that, although Ame's ninja don't know the identity of the intruder, they are aware that someone has infiltrated the village. Kakashi decides to go back to Konoha rather than risk causing an incident.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 398</ref>
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
With Team 7 effectively dissolved, Kakashi spent the two and half years further enhancing and refining his abilities to prepare for the inevitable battle with [[Akatsuki]]. After Naruto's return to the village, Kakashi was given, by Naruto, the newest edition to the ''Icha-Icha'' series. Later, Kakashi had Naruto and Sakura take another bell test, with the real objective being to actually capture the bells, to see how much they have improved. When they were unable to get close enough to Kakashi to each take a bell, Naruto and Sakura resorted to trying to spoil the plot of the most recent ''Icha-Icha'' novel, throwing Kakashi off guard and allowing them to take the bells.
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Kakashi is the first person to greet Naruto when he returns from his two-and-a-half years of training with Jiraiya. Naruto gives him a copy of ''[[Icha Icha Tactics]]'' as a present, which Kakashi wastes no time starting to read. As Naruto goes off to see Sakura, Jiraiya warns Kakashi that Akatsuki will be making a move in the near future. After Naruto and Sakura have had a chance to catch-up, Kakashi reforms Team 7 and gives them another [[bell test]]. Unlike last time, taking the bells from him is the real objective. Kakashi also decides to take the test seriously by uncovering his Sharingan and closing his copy of ''Icha Icha Tactics''. As with last time, Naruto launches a first attack before the test officially begins, but this time it nearly succeeds. Kakashi is impressed by this and other signs of their improvement, but by nightfall they still haven't taken a bell. Tired of this, Naruto tries spoiling the ending of ''Icha Icha Tactics'', forcing Kakashi to cover his ears so as not to hear it and shut his eyes so as not to read Naruto's lips. This allows Naruto and Sakura to each take a bell.
   
[[File:Fire Release Phoenix Immortal Fire Technique.jpg|thumb|Kakashi faces off against "Itachi".]]
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[[File:Kakashi vs Itachi.png|thumb|Kakashi fights "Itachi".]]
When word reached Konoha that [[Gaara]] had been kidnapped by Akatsuki, Team Kakashi was sent to rescue Gaara. Upon arrival in Sunagakure, they are teamed with Chiyo before following Akatsuki's trail. Along the way, they encountered Itachi. Kakashi was able to fight on even grounds in this battle, but noted that Itachi's performance wasn't what it was the last time they met. With a well-timed manoeuvre, Kakashi was able to trick and restrain Itachi, giving Naruto the opening needed to finish the fight with his [[Big Ball Rasengan]]. Afterwards, they discovered that the Itachi was only a lookalike. They then met up with [[Team Guy]], which was sent as back-up to Team Kakashi, outside an Akatsuki lair. Because there is a barrier over the entrance, Team Guy went to take down the barrier. This allowed Team Kakashi to infiltrate the lair, where they found [[Sasori]], [[Deidara]] and Gaara.
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While Team 7 tries without success to find a mission to go on that Naruto won't complain about, word reaches Konoha that Akatsuki has kidnapped [[Gaara]], the Fifth [[Kazekage]] and the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[One-Tail]]. Team 7 is sent to [[Sunagakure]] to lend assistance in rescuing Gaara. When they arrive in Suna, Kakashi is attacked by [[Chiyo]], who mistook him for [[Sakumo|his father]]. Team 7 gathers what intel they can on Gaara's kidnappers and leave to go after them; Chiyo volunteers to escort them since they aren't familiar with the country around Suna. While en route to an Akatsuki lair, they are confronted by [[Itachi Uchiha]]. While they fight him, Kakashi notices something is off about Itachi, notably his lack of use of the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. The reason for this is discovered after Naruto seemingly kills him with a [[Big Ball Rasengan]]: they were only fighting a [[Shapeshifting Technique|doppelganger]].
   
[[File:Kamui1.PNG|thumb|left|Kakashi uses Kamui on Deidara in an attempt to remove his head.]]
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Team 7 arrives at the Akastuki lair shortly after [[Team Guy]] does, who were sent as backup by [[Tsunade]]. After Team Guy takes down the barrier over the entrance, Team 7 moves in and finds Gaara's body with his kidnappers: [[Deidara]] and [[Sasori]]. Deidara takes Gaara's body and flies off, which Naruto and Kakashi go after, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. Naruto makes repeated failed attempts to rescue Gaara, prompting Kakashi to encourage patience while he prepares a new ability: a Mangekyō Sharingan of his own. Once he's ready, Kakashi uses [[Kamui]] on Deidara, but his aim is off and he succeeds only in removing one of Deidara's arms. This creates an opening for Naruto to take Gaara back, which Deidara responds to by creating a [[Suicide Bombing Clone]] to cover his escape; Kakashi uses Kamui again to warp the explosion away.
Deidara flew off with Gaara's body, with Naruto and Kakashi in pursuit, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. While pursuing Deidara, Kakashi tried to use his new [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] and its [[Kamui]] ability in an attempt to remove his head, but his aim was poor and he was only able to sever an arm. Nevertheless, Naruto was able to retrieve Gaara. With Naruto successful, Deidara tried to use a [[Suicide Bombing Clone]] to escape. Kakashi used Kamui again to get rid of the explosion, saving Team Guy, who was nearby. Chiyo gives her life to revive Gaara and they return home. Because he used Kamui too much, Guy prompted to carry Kakashi on his back, to the disgust of the rest of the two teams except for Lee who offered to do the same with Neji. Afterwards Kakashi is left bed-ridden for a week.
 
   
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
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After they regroup with Chiyo and Sakura, Chiyo [[One's Own Life Reincarnation|gives her life]] to revive Gaara. Teams 7 and Guy attend her funeral in Sunagakure before returning home. Kakashi is unable to walk due to overusing his Mangekyō Sharingan, forcing [[Might Guy]] to carry him; Guy's choice of carrying Kakashi by piggyback deeply disturbs their students.
Kakashi, a bit disorientated, was brought back to Konohagakure by Guy and rushed to the hospital to recover from the strain of using his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. Ordered bed rest for at least a week, [[Yamato]], a former [[ANBU]] ally, goes in his stead as Team Kakashi's leader to capture Sasori's spy. Before the mission began, Kakashi learned the horror that awaited if Naruto was allowed to reach the fourth-tail of the Nine-Tails chakra cloak; [[Jiraiya]] had received a near-fatal blow to the chest during training with Naruto in that form. He was later hooked up to an IV, complaining that he wanted to eat solid foods.
 
   
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
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Upon Team Kakashi's return to [[Konohagakure]], Kakashi learned that they failed in capturing Sasori's spy and of their defeat by Sasuke. He then revealed that he had been brainstorming ideas on how to help their training and ultimately came up with an idea that worked only for Naruto; he would help him create a new and powerful technique that would allow Naruto to possibly surpass him. Being discharged from the hospital soon after (mainly due to Naruto camping out in his room, wanting to start training right away), Kakashi explained that using the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique would allow Naruto to gain experience from each clone when he undoes the technique. Using special paper that responds to chakra, Kakashi helped Naruto learn that his chakra nature was [[wind]]-affiliated. With Yamato's help in keeping the Nine-Tails suppressed Kakashi was amazed at how fast Naruto was mastering his wind nature. Following Naruto getting advice from [[Asuma]], Kakashi was called away for a new mission by [[Tsunade]], leaving Naruto unable to train.
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During her fight with Sasori, Sakura learned of an opportunity to possibly meet with Sasuke in a few days' time. Kakashi must remain in bed while he recovers and therefore cannot go. In his place, Team 7 is led by an [[Anbu]] codenamed "[[Yamato]]", who Kakashi once knew as "Tenzō". Before Team 7 sets out, Yamato, Tsunade, and Jiraiya meet with Kakashi to discuss Naruto's deteriorating control of the Nine-Tails' power.
   
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
After resuming training with Naruto, Kakashi revealed that this training was to allow Naruto to combine his Wind chakra with his [[Rasengan]] to create a brand new technique attempted by the [[Fourth Hokage]]; to demonstrate his point, Kakashi showed Naruto that he could perform the Rasengan as well, but couldn't add his [[Lightning]] chakra to it. Upon hearing that [[Asuma Sarutobi]] had been killed in a battle with Akatsuki, Kakashi decided to lead [[Team 10]] in avenging him, as Naruto had already advanced in his training beyond needing Kakashi's assistance. He left Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto's training, and had Shikamaru work with him on the plan of attack.
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Although Team 7 was able to meet Sasuke, he was too strong for them to capture and bring back to Konoha. Once Kakashi's done recuperating he calls them before him and is introduced to [[Sai]], who is effectively Sasuke's replacement on the team; they speak only briefly but both of approve of each other. Kakashi believes the best way to match Sasuke would be for Naruto to create a new [[jutsu]]. Before he can elaborate further, they are interrupted by the arrival of [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and the rest of [[Team 10]]. When their students leave to have dinner, Asuma lingers behind to discuss something with Kakashi, only to change his mind when [[Kurenai Yūhi]] comes looking for him.
   
[[File:Kakuzu Heart Destroyed.jpg|thumb|Kakashi destroys one of Kakuzu's hearts.]]
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To help Naruto create a new jutsu, Kakashi first establishes what his [[nature]] is: [[wind]]. With that settled, Kakashi trains Naruto in how to learn to use the wind nature. Ordinarily, such training would take months or years, but Naruto, by training alongside hundreds of [[shadow clone]]s, can do the same training in a mere fraction of the time. With Kakashi's instructions and the training grounds created by Yamato, Naruto quickly masters how to use the wind nature. The next step is more difficult for him: combining that nature with the [[Rasengan]]. Because Kakashi and [[Minato Namikaze]] both failed to combine their natures with the Rasengan, Kakashi can't offer Naruto any tips and can only watch as he tries to develop something. When they receive news that Asuma died in battle with members of Akastuki, they take a break to attend Asuma's funeral.
When they located Akatsuki members [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], Shikamaru distracted the two, giving Kakashi an opportunity to hit Kakuzu with a [[Lightning Cutter]]. Although successful, it turned out that Kakuzu had a total of five hearts, one of which (the [[earth]] heart) Kakashi had already destroyed. Realising that the Akatsuki duo were seemingly unstoppable when together, the team decided to separate them, with Kakashi handing a capsule filled with Kakuzu's blood to Shikamaru and the latter leading Hidan away. Kakashi later escaped Kakuzu's counterattack, when Hidan inadvertently destroyed his partner's [[water]] heart with his [[Curse Technique: Death Controlling Possessed Blood|curse technique]].
 
   
[[File:Kakuzu's autopsy.png|thumb|left|Tsunade informing Kakashi and Yamato of Kakuzu's autopsy report.]]
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[[File:Kakashi & Kakuzu.png|thumb|left|Kakashi destroys one of Kakuzu's hearts.]]
While Hidan fell to Shikamaru, Kakuzu intended on taking Kakashi's and the remaining members of Team 10's hearts to replace the ones he lost, with three hearts remaining intact. In the nick of time, Naruto and the rest of [[Team Kakashi]] came to their aid. Using his new [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]], Naruto was able to crack Kakuzu's [[fire]] and [[wind]] hearts, leaving Kakuzu defeated. This gave Kakashi the opportunity to finally finish the Akatsuki member off with another Lightning Cutter. As Kakuzu wondered how he could have been defeated by the likes of them, Kakashi told him before killing him how the next generation will always surpass the current one. Kakashi along with Yamato are later summoned to Kakuzu's autopsy by Tsunade who labels Naruto's new technique as a [[kinjutsu]] and orders that he never uses it again because of the detrimental side-effects. Afterwards Kakashi finds Naruto at [[Ramen Ichiraku]] and ends up having to feed him his noodles. As Kakashi attempts to tell him what Tsunade says, Naruto interrupts him telling him not to stop him from progressing.
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Because he can be of no further assistance to Naruto, Kakashi leaves Yamato in charge of watching over him. Kakashi, meanwhile, volunteers to help Team 10 avenge Asuma; [[Shikamaru Nara]], having previously come up with a plan, modifies it to take Kakashi's presence into consideration. Once they locate the Akatsuki members, [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], Kakashi hides until Kakuzu is driven to use his [[Earth Spear]], at which point Kakashi pierces him through the heart with his Lightning Cutter. Kakuzu, who has more than one heart, fends Kakashi off and uses the elemental masks of his [[Earth Grudge Fear]] to put Team 10 on the defensive. Needing to separate Hidan and Kakuzu if they're to have any chance of victory, Shikamaru takes a vial of Kakuzu's blood that Kakashi secretly collected and leads Hidan away. Shikamaru is able to trick Hidan into using the blood to [[Curse Technique: Death Controlling Possessed Blood|curse]] Kakuzu, destroying a second of his hearts in time to stop him from stealing Kakashi's.
   
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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Angered by the loss of two hearts, Kakuzu prepares to kill Kakashi and Team 10. His attack is blocked by the combined efforts of Naruto and Yamato, who arrive with Sakura and Sai to lend assistance. Kakashi summons [[Pakkun]] to lead Sakura and Sai to Shikamaru in case he needs help while everyone else prepares to attack Kakuzu. Naruto, having finished his jutsu, volunteers to face Kakuzu alone. His new [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]] is temperamental, however, forcing Kakashi and Yamato to rescue him when it fails on its first use. It succeeds the second time, destroying two of Kakuzu's hearts and putting the last one on the brink of failure. Kakashi is deeply impressed by the Rasenshuriken and tells Kakuzu before finishing him off that the new generation will always surpass those that came before it.
[[File:Body Alteration.JPG|thumb|right|Kakashi fights against Gozu.]]
 
In the anime, after Konoha learned where Orochimaru was, Kakashi was assigned to lead [[Team 8]] in tracking down Orochimaru and potentially Sasuke. They were able to find one of his bases, but it was destroyed upon their arrival to get rid of any evidence. They decided to look for survivors, and in doing so, found a number of prisoners trapped in crystals. Perplexed by this, Kakashi was unable to properly investigate, discovering that the team was being spied on.
 
   
Kakashi and his team later found themselves attacked by [[Team Guren|Orochimaru's minions]], and trapped by [[Guren]]'s [[Crystal Release: Jade Crystal Labyrinth Technique|crystal labyrinth]]. While initially at a disadvantage, Team Yamato arrived in time to free them from the labyrinth. The two teams then pursued Guren and her men to a lake where they discover that the [[Three-Tails]] was located somewhere in its centre. Later, when Kakashi learned from Naruto that Guren was accompanied with a young boy named [[Yūkimaru]], Kakashi deduced that the child must have an important role to play in Orochimaru's plans for the Three-Tails.
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[[File:Multiple Mudshot Technique.png|thumb|left|Kakashi nearly gives Guren a fatal attack.]]
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In the anime, Kakashi leads [[Team 8]] on a mission to investigate one of [[Orochimaru]]'s recently-discovered bases. During their investigation they are attacked by [[Guren]] - one of Orochimaru's subordinates - who traps them in her [[Jade Crystal Labyrinth Technique]]. Team 7 eventually arrives to lend assistance and helps them escape, but while going after Guren they come across the [[Three-Tails]]. Kakashi requests additional assistance from Konoha and, once it arrives, they attempt to seal the Three-Tails. Guren and her team interrupt them and the Three-Tails gets away, but Guren's team is defeated. They are then recalled to Konoha, with [[Anbu]] sent to seal the Three-Tails in their place.
After receiving backup from Konoha, Kakashi focused their efforts to seal the beast and retrieve Yūkimaru. After Guren and her men interrupted the sealing, the Three-Tails went on a rampage, and ate both Naruto and Guren whole. With help from Yūkimaru, Kakashi and his team were able to free Naruto and Guren from the Three-Tails. Kakashi immediately had his team restart the sealing process, but was again stopped by Guren's forces, who were enhanced with [[cursed seal]]s, making them more formidable opponents. While the Konoha-nin were able to dispose of them, Yūkimaru witnessing Guren's seemingly death caused his power to erupt in full force, causing the Three-Tails to break free from the seal and retreat back underwater.
 
   
Later, Kakashi's team was ordered to return to the village to formulate a new plan for dealing with the Three-Tails. On the night before the team returned, Yūkimaru left after being treated by Shizune. While aware of Yūkimaru's departure, Kakashi chose not to stop or pursue him, believing that Yūkimaru was no longer in any danger or a danger to them.
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News reaches Konoha that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru. Realising that this is a good opportunity to try once again to reunite with Sasuke, Kakashi combines Teams 7 and 8 into an [[Eight Man Squad]] with the mission to find either Sasuke or his assumed target, Itachi. They split up to look for leads on either Uchiha, with Kakashi providing one or more of his ninken to those without any particular tracking ability. None find anything until witnessing [[C0]]; they converge at its epicentre and can detect Sasuke's trail.
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=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Fated Battle Between Brothers ===
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When word of Orochimaru's defeat at the hands of Sasuke reached Konoha, Kakashi tried to make another attempt at retrieving Sasuke. He assembled the members of Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai (minus Kurenai) into an [[Eight Man Squad]], and set out to locate either Sasuke or his brother, Itachi. [[Kiba]] and [[Naruto]] were eventually able to find Sasuke's location, and the team gave chase, only to be delayed by [[Tobi]]. Their efforts to attack Tobi all proved futile because of Tobi's [[Kamui|unique teleporting technique]]. It was not until [[Zetsu]] reported to Tobi that Sasuke had killed Itachi that they were able to continue their pursuit. Before Tobi disappeared, Kakashi noticed, to his shock, a Sharingan on Tobi. Despite the team's haste, Tobi got to Sasuke first and, having lost the trail, were forced to return home.
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As they near Sasuke's location they are intercepted by Akatsuki member [[Tobi]]. They make repeated attempts to kill or capture him, but every attack passes through him without sign of damage. [[Zetsu]] eventually appears and reports to Tobi that Itachi has died in battle with Sasuke. No longer needing to distract the Eight Man Squad, Tobi disappears; before he goes, Kakashi notices that he has a Sharingan. Kakashi scouts the area and notices Itachi's [[Amaterasu]] in the distance. They rush there, hoping to reach Sasuke before Tobi does, but they are too late and cannot rediscover his trail.
   
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
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In the anime, while returning to the village, [[Katsuyu]] appears with a message from Tsunade. The team is ordered to aid the [[Tsuchigumo clan]] in protecting its [[Fury|forbidden technique]] from the missing-nin. Kakashi puts Yamato in charge of the mission while he returns to the village for more information.
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In the anime, [[Katsuyu]] meets them as they return to Konoha to give them a new mission: helping the [[Tsuchigumo clan]] protect its [[Fury|forbidden technique]]. Kakashi sends Yamato with Team 7 to complete the mission while he returns to the village with Team 8.
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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=== Pain's Assault ===
[[File:Earth Dog Wall.jpg|thumb|left|Kakashi confronts Pain.]]
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Kakashi was present in Tsunade's office where Fukasaku told the room at large, including Naruto, that Jiraiya was killed by the leader of the Akatsuki. Kakashi left Naruto alone to mourn for his loss but later helped the [[Cypher Division|decoders]] decipher Jiraiya's message using a clue from the latest Icha-Icha instalment, much to Kakashi's extreme discomfort and Shikamaru's embarrassment. While Naruto left the village to learn senjutsu, Kakashi prepared himself for an Akatsuki attack.
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Back in Konoha, Kakashi is informed that Jiraiya has died while investigating the Akatsuki leader, [[Pain]]. He is present when this news is shared with Naruto, who was too distraught to be of assistance and needed some time alone. Before he died, Jiraiya sent a number of things to Konoha that would help them against Pain, including an encrypted message. Shikamaru is able to properly console and get Naruto to help him decode it, who realises that the key to its decryption must be ''Icha Icha Tactics''. Kakashi, having the only copy, is asked to read specific passages aloud, which makes him extremely uncomfortable. Nevertheless, the message is deciphered.
   
When Akatsuki's leader, [[Pain]], attacked Konoha in search of Naruto, Kakashi confronted Pain's [[Yahiko|Deva Path]], after realising that the initial attack was a diversion. He saved [[Iruka Umino]] from certain death, but was overpowered by the Deva Path's [[Shinra Tensei|gravitational-manipulation techniques]], repelling all of Kakashi's attacks. When the [[Asura Path (character)|Asura Path]] arrived to help the Deva Path, Kakashi was forced on the defensive until he got reinforcements from [[Chōji]] and [[Chōza Akimichi]]. After figuring out the Deva Path's powers, Kakashi devised a plan, and used Chōji and Chōza's help to take down the Deva Path. They almost succeeded, but the Asura Path uses itself as shield, allowing the Deva Path to counter, defeating them all. Noting that Kakashi was too great a threat to be left alive, the Deva Path sends a nail flying towards the Copy Ninja, seemingly killing him.
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[[File:Kakashi vs pain.png|thumb|Kakashi confronts Pain.]]
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Pain [[Pain's Assault|attacks]] Konoha soon afterwards; while some of the [[Six Paths of Pain]] draw attention to themselves, others avoid conflict and try to learn the whereabouts of Naruto, who has gone to [[Mount Myōboku]] to train. Kakashi guesses this tactic and goes searching for one of the latter group. In doing so he finds the [[Deva Path]], and by confronting it he is able to save [[Iruka Umino]]. Kakashi tries to corner the Deva Path so that he can destroy it with his Lightning Cutter, but it repels him with [[Shinra Tensei]]. Pain, recognising that Kakashi is a dangerous opponent, sends the [[Asura Path]] to help the Deva Path. Kakashi struggles against both due to the shared vision of their [[Rinnegan]], but their clashing jutsu at least attracts reinforcements' attention: [[Chōza]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]] cripple the Asura Path when they arrive.
   
[[File:Shinra Tensei Anime.png|thumb|Kakashi vs. Pain.]]
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[[File:Kakashi Defeated by Pain.png|left|thumb|Kakashi defeated by Pain.]]
Believing them all to be dead, the Deva Path left. When he came to, Kakashi sent Chōji to tell Tsunade about the Deva Path's abilities. But as Chōji left, the still-active Asura Path launched a missile at him. Despite knowing that he was almost out of chakra, and would likely die if he used the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] again, Kakashi used [[Kamui]] to dispose of the missile and save Chōji. Having expended the last of his chakra, Kakashi died, and his soul left his body. He lamented on how he failed to protect [[Rin]] and soon found himself at a campfire with his deceased father, [[Sakumo]], to whom he tells his life story upon request from his father.
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From careful observation of the Deva Path's abilities, Kakashi notices a brief cool down period between its jutsu. To take advantage of this, Kakashi plants chains under it and has Chōza and Chōji attack it from opposite sides. When they are deflected by Shinra Tensei, they grab the chains and restrain him, giving Kakashi an opportunity to attack with his Lightning Cutter. Before he can land the blow, the Asura Path uses itself as a shield, giving the Deva Path time to counter. It defeats all of Kakashi's reinforcements and binds Kakashi in rubble. Anticipating that Kakashi will interfere if allowed to live, the Deva Path propels a nail at his head to kill him and leaves. Kakashi, however, only pretends death, warping away the nail at the last moment with Kamui. When Chōji wakes up, Kakashi sends him to Tsunade to tell her everything they've learned about the Deva Path's abilities. The still-functioning Asura Path fires a missile at Chōji in an attempt to stop him, forcing Kakashi to use Kamui again to warp away the missile. This depletes his chakra reserves and causes his death.
   
[[File:Kakashi Defeated by Pain.png|thumb|left|Kakashi falls against Pain.]]
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[[File:Sakumo and Kakashi speak.png|thumb|Kakashi talks to his father.]]
During Pain's destruction of Konoha, Kakashi's body was protected by one of [[Katsuyu]]'s divisions. After finishing the recount of his life, he stated that he finally understood why his father had chosen to save his friends and was now proud of him for it. Their conversation was halted when a ray of light beamed down upon Kakashi, as a result of Nagato's [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]]. Before seeing his son depart, Sakumo thanked Kakashi, and declared that he would now be able to join his wife. Kakashi then woke up in the Konoha battlefield, with Chōji shocked. As Kakashi wondered what happened, a Katsuyu division explained to him the series of events that had occurred. After the invasion came to an end, Kakashi fetched Naruto and brought him back to a massive welcoming party at Konoha. There, he complimented Naruto on finally achieving his goal to be accepted and appreciated by the whole village.
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After dying, Kakashi finds his father, [[Sakumo]], waiting for him. He entreats Kakashi to tell him about his life, with which Kakashi complies. He concludes his story by saying that he understands the choices Sakumo made when he was alive and that he is proud to be his son. Just then, a light envelops Kakashi, a sign of his [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revival]]; before Kakashi returns to the living plane, Sakumo thanks him for putting him at peace at long last, allowing him to continue to the afterlife. Kakashi wakes up, surprising those nearby. He is informed of what happened while he was dead, such as that Pain destroyed the village and that Naruto, upon returning, defeated Pain. As Naruto returns to Konoha, Kakashi goes to meet him and carries him back, where his victory is celebrated by all the villagers.
   
=== Konoha History Arc ===
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In the anime, a travelling musician visits Konoha as it starts rebuilding. Seeing the musician reminds Kakashi of Team 7's encounter with [[Hanare]] of the [[Jōmae Village]].
   
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
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[[File:Kakashi and Yamato restrain Madara.png|thumb|right|Kakashi and Yamato restrain Obito.]]
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When news reaches Konoha of Sasuke's actions in the [[Land of Lightning]], Naruto asks Kakashi and Yamato to take him to the [[Land of Iron]] so that he can ask the [[Fourth Raikage]] to forgive Sasuke. Before leaving, Kakashi asks Sai to keep their departure a secret from [[Danzō]], the acting [[Hokage]] while Tsunade is in a coma. They locate the Raikage, but Naruto is unable to convince him. During their stay at a motel in the Land of Iron, [[Tobi]] confronts Naruto. Having expected him, Kakashi and Yamato attack him. Knowing the attacks will have no effect, Tobi tells them about Sasuke's motivations, the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], the [[Uchiha clan]], and the truth of Itachi. Kakashi then asks what Tobi's own motives are, but receives only the answer of "to be complete" before Tobi disappears.
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Naruto reflects on Sasuke with Kakashi and Sakura. While he does so, word reaches them that [[Danzō Shimura]] has become the new [[Hokage]] and that Danzō's first decree has been to allow Sasuke's disposal as a [[missing-nin]], something Tsunade had never permitted. Naruto insists on trying to reason with Danzō, which Kakashi warns him will not work. When this indeed fails, Naruto decides to talk with the [[Fourth Raikage]] instead, who has made it his goal to personally kill Sasuke. Despite the travel limitations in place due to the approaching [[Five Kage Summit]], Kakashi and Yamato agree to accompany him. Kakashi neutralises the [[Anbu]] assigned to keep an eye on Naruto and Yamato plants his [[Transmission Wood]] on [[Team Samui]] in order to follow them to the Raikage.
   
Sai and Sakura follow Naruto to the Land of Iron and Sakura tells Naruto that she loves him and Kakashi watches on in disappointment and stops an angered Yamato from interrupting, trusting Naruto to handle it. Kakashi suspects that this is not the real reason they came, which is confirmed by one of Sai's [[ink clone]]s. Sakura, as agreed upon by the other members of the [[Konoha 11]], is going to kill Sasuke before he involves Konoha in a future war in any way possible. Knowing that she is no match for Sasuke and possibly understanding that he is most likely the only one who can reason with her in her current mental state, Kakashi prepares to follow her. At that moment, [[Gaara]] arrives and tells them about the start of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] and Danzō's actions at the [[Kage Summit]]. He adds that the other [[Kage]] would prefer if Kakashi were the Hokage. When Gaara leaves, the ink clone guides Kakashi to Sakura.
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[[File:Kakashi and Yamato restrain Madara.png|thumb|left|Kakashi and Yamato restrain Tobi.]]
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When they find the Raikage in the [[Land of Iron]], Kakashi, the only one amongst them that the Raikage recognises, asks that Naruto be allowed to speak with him. The Raikage permits it, but even with his and Yamato's support, he refuses Naruto's request to forgive Sasuke's recent work with Akatsuki and leaves them. They stay at an inn nearby while deciding what to do, where Naruto is confronted by Tobi. Having expected him, Kakashi and Yamato attack and restrain him, though he points out that he can escape whenever he wants. Rather than do that, he tells them about Sasuke's current motivations: to take vengeance on Konoha for forcing Itachi to kill the [[Uchiha clan]]. They doubt what he says regarding the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]], but Tobi is unconcerned, leaving once he's finished saying to Naruto what he wanted to. Afterwards, Kakashi encourages that three of them keep what Tobi said between them until they knew more and if what Tobi said was true.
   
[[File:Kakashi intercepts Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Kakashi saves Sakura from Sasuke's attack.]]
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Naruto decides that the only course of action left is to speak with Sauske himself. His attempt to locate Sasuke is interrupted by the arrival of Sai and Sakura, the latter of whom tells Naruto she loves him. Kakashi doubts this is the real reason for coming all the way to the Land of Iron, which one of Sai's [[ink clone]]s confirms after Sakura and her entourage leave: the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] have decided that it's their responsibility, as Sasuke's former friends, to kill him, a burden Sakura has taken for herself. Before they can go after her, they are met by Gaara and his bodyguards, who tell them about Sasuke's attack on the summit and Tobi's declaration of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. Gaara also shares the [[Five Kage]]'s requests that Kakashi represent Konoha going forward owing to Danzō's behavior during the Kage Summit. Naruto is overwhelmed by all the developments going on and passes out.
The ink clone disperses en route when Sakura neutralises the real Sai. Kakashi finds her in time to stop Sasuke from killing her and tells her that, as Sasuke's teacher, he will be the one to kill him. Kakashi makes one final attempt to draw Sasuke away from a life of vengeance, but Sasuke menacingly responds by saying that only by bringing his entire clan back would he stop. Kakashi tells Sakura to leave with Karin while he fights Sasuke, and contemplated his feelings being the same as the Third Hokage's with Orochimaru. Their fight soon led off the bridge they were on and Kakashi receives an attack from Sasuke's [[Susanoo]]. Kakashi is forced to use Kamui to divert the attack, which leaves him unable to protect Sakura when she rejoins the fight. Naruto arrives in time to save her, and furious at Sasuke's mercilessness, Kakashi tries to finish him off. Naruto halts Kakashi in order to speak with Sasuke, who gloats about having killed Danzō. Tobi and [[Zetsu]] soon arrive and Kakashi, at Naruto's request, allows them to leave with Sasuke without incident. Kakashi tries to take out Tobi with [[Kamui]], but Tobi tells him that the technique won't work on him. Tobi teleports away taking Sasuke, and Zetsu leaves then as well. Kakashi collects [[Karin]], believing she may have useful information, and revives Sai and Sakura's other escorts before going home.
 
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=== Chikara Arc ===
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[[File:Kakashi intercepts Sasuke.png|thumb|Kakashi saves Sakura from Sasuke.]]
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Kakashi leaves Naruto with Yamato and has Sai's ink clone guide him to Sakura so that he can stop her. The clone dissolves along the way, which it explains to be because Sakura knocked out the original Sai. Kakashi catches up with her in time to stop Sasuke from killing her with Chidori. Kakashi tells Sakura that she doesn't need to take responsibility for Sasuke since he, as Sasuke's former teacher, is much more to blame for the team's growing rift. He asks Sasuke once more to let go of his thirst for vengeance, but Sasuke laughs in his face, having been too corrupted by Tobi to be reasoned with any longer. As he prepares for battle, Kakashi remarks that he finally understands what the [[Third Hokage]] went through with [[Orochimaru]]. Sasuke uses his [[Susanoo]] to fire an arrow at Kakashi, which he warps away with Kamui. Sasuke is enraged by this use of an Uchiha's ability and threatens to make Kakashi suffer. While he does so, Sakura approaches from behind to kill him, but ultimately cannot and Kakashi, tired from using Kamui, can't reach her in time to save her from Sasuke's retaliation.
In the anime, upon receiving news that [[Kabuto Yakushi]] is responsible for the massacre in [[Tonika Village]], Tsunade sends Kakashi, Guy, and Shikamaru to assist Team Kakashi.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 291</ref>
 
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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Sakura is saved by Naruto. Kakashi tells Naruto to take Sakura away, but he instead restrains Kakashi and fights Sasuke himself. From the clash of their Chidori and Rasengan, as well as the following conversation, Naruto and Sasuke decide to temporarily suspend hostilities until later when they, and only they, will face each other in battle. Kakashi agrees to these terms, but insists on being allowed to eliminate Tobi with Kamui when he comes to fetch Sasuke; Tobi stops him, telling him it won't work, and leaves with Sasuke.
Back in Konoha, Kakashi spoke with [[Koharu Utatane]] and [[Homura Mitokado]] about all that had occurred. While reluctant to become Hokage, he agreed and accompanied them to a meeting hall with the [[Fire Daimyō]] and his delegation. Before he would be appointed, however, news reached them of Tsunade waking up, ending the proceedings. Later, while Tsunade was recovering, Kakashi spoke with her and thanked her for waking up in time, noting he was not cut out for the position of Hokage.
 
   
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
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When they get back to Konoha, Kakashi meets with the [[Konoha Council]] and tells them all that has happened, including Danzō's death at Sasuke's hand. Because Konoha now needs another Hokage, Kakashi reluctantly agrees to the appointment. He is brought before the [[Fire daimyō]], but before anything can be made official they receive news that Tsunade has woken from her coma, therefore rendering the proceedings unnecessary. He meets with Tsunade later and thanks her for waking up before he got stuck with any real responsibility.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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[[File:Allied Shinobi Forces Battalion.png|thumb|Kakashi and the other commanders standing before the Alliance.]]
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Kakashi was later appointed as commander of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' [[Third Division]]. As he and the other generals stood over their battalions he urged Gaara as the Regimental Commander to say a few words to them. As two ninja on the brink of infighting began to bicker, Kakashi watched on noting that he had a feeling something like this would happen and as Gaara parted them and spoke to the masses Kakashi noticed the change in atmosphere around the ninja.
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In the anime, Kakashi is part of a force sent to [[Hachō Village]] to help the rest of Team 7. Kakashi confronts [[Kabuto Yakushi]], who gets away by distracting him with [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] ninja.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 293</ref> Later, Kakashi meets with the village leader, [[Disonasu]], who Kakashi recognises as also an old partner of Orochimaru. He trails Disonasu to a meeting with Kabuto, who is trying to resurrect the [[Ama no Hoko]]. A fight breaks out when Kabuto notices them, at the conclusion of which Naruto defeats the [[Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone]]. They are afterwards able to deactivate the Ama no Hoko, though Kabuto himself escapes once again.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 295</ref>
   
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In the anime, as Konoha starts preparing for the looming war, [[Kiba Inuzuka]] asks Kakashi to train him. Kakashi provides his ninken to Kiba in his place, believing they would be more useful to him.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 240</ref> Later, Kakashi receives an apparent distress signal from Might Guy, who is escorting Naruto to the [[Island Turtle]]. Kakashi rushes off to lend assistance, only to be told on arrival that the SOS was sent accidentally when Guy was struggling with seasickness. Unneeded, Kakashi returns to the village.<ref name="NS241">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 241</ref>
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[[File:Kakashi's strategy initiated.png|thumb|left|Kakashi and his division begin their strategy.]]
 
[[File:Kakashi's strategy initiated.png|thumb|left|Kakashi and his division begin their strategy.]]
Later on while Kakashi was with his division, he saw the ambush squad set off a red flare. He then ordered his division to go to the [[Surprise Attack Division]]. They arrive in the nick of time and save [[Sai]], [[Omoi]], and [[Zaji]] from danger. Much to Sakura and his surprise, they find [[Zabuza]] and [[Haku]] among the enemy ranks. Zabuza and Haku ask how Naruto is doing, and Kakashi remarks that Naruto has become an admirable shinobi. However, their reunion is cut short when [[Kabuto]] strengthens his grip on the resurrected shinobi, completely eradicating their personalities. Before completing losing control of themselves, Haku and Zabuza pleaded for Kakashi to stop them, with Kakashi agreeing as he revealed his Sharingan. As Zabuza used the [[Hiding in Mist Technique]], Kakashi orders his squad into a [[Manji Formation]] around the sensor ninja. When Kakashi's division is about to mount a counter-attack, he watches in exasperation as the previous generation of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] is summoned to the battlefield. As the swordsmen begin to thin the division's numbers, Kakashi comes up with a plan to neutralise the Hiding in Mist Technique used by Zabuza. He tries to impale Zabuza with a [[Lightning Cutter]], only for Haku to take the blow. Zabuza then seizes the opportunity to attack the immobile Kakashi.
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Kakashi is appointed as commander of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' [[Third Division]]. In the anime, he requests that Guy be his second-in-command. The Third Division is mobilised ahead of the other divisions in order to be on hand for any eventuality. While seeking out an Akatsuki force, they notice and heads towards one of the [[Surprise Attack Division]]'s distress flares. The Third Division arrives in time to save them from the reincarnated [[Gari]], [[Pakura]], [[Haku]], and [[Zabuza Momochi]]. Haku and Zabuza recognise Kakashi and Sakura (who is also in the Third Division) and ask how Naruto is doing. Kabuto, their summoner, ends their conversation short by suppressing their personalities, so Haku and Zabuza they use their last moments to beg Kakashi to defeat them.
   
 
[[File:Kakashi pierces Zabuza.png|thumb|Kakashi impales Zabuza.]]
 
[[File:Kakashi pierces Zabuza.png|thumb|Kakashi impales Zabuza.]]
Kakashi narrowly dodges the strike with only a shallow wound, which fully regenerates Zabuza's [[Kubikiribōchō]], while Haku was bisected at the waist. As Kakashi reflects on how this situation was just like their last battle, he remembers how Zabuza and Haku taught Naruto an important lesson in bonds. Kakashi openly thanked them for being Naruto's first opponents. Also remembering how Kakashi had grown to respect and like the two rogue ninja, Kakashi became determined to free them from their undead prison in respect for the way they chose to die. Kakashi then ordered his men to prepare the strategy again as Kakashi charged forward, using his Lightning Cutter to destroy Zabuza's sword-wielding arm and stab him through the chest. Kakashi's team then used special bounds to trap them, also causing the mist to dispel. Openly voicing his anger at how someone could toy with the dead, stating that he will going on a rampage as he picks up Kubikiribōchō to use.
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Zabuza uses the [[Hiding in Mist Technique]] to hide his and the others' movements, putting the Third Division on the defensive. Kakashi is able to analyse their attack strategy and formulate a response, but other reincarnated members of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] appear on the battlefield before Kakashi has a chance to put his plan into action. Despite mounting casualties, Kakashi sticks to his original plan: he sneaks up on Zabuza and attacks with the Lightning Cutter, intending to dispel the heavy mist. Like the last time they fought, Haku shields the attack and Zabuza cuts at Kakashi through Haku with his [[Kubikiribōchō]]. Kakashi avoids injury and attacks with another Lightning Cutter, this time hitting Zabuza and also connecting [[Ensui Nara]]'s [[Shadow Imitation Technique|shadow]] to his. With Zabuza immobilised and Haku damaged, both are bound by the [[Sealing Team]].
   
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[[File:The Helmet Splitter Jinin Akebino!.png|thumb|left|Kakashi fending off Jinin.]]
On the next day, Kakashi and his division resume the battle against the remaining Mist Swordsmen. In the anime, he defeated [[Jinin Akebino]], giving his team time to seal him.<ref name="ship284"/> Later, he encountered [[Jinpachi Munashi]] and [[Kushimaru Kuriarare]] toying with members of Kakashi's division. While able to save some of them, he soon found himself cornered by the two swordsmen. Might Guy than arrived to aid Kakashi. Taking advantage of the swordmen's lack of teamwork, they were able to hold them off until the sealing team arrived to subdue them.<ref name="ship288"/>
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With the mist gone, the Third Division has an easier time fighting the other reincarnated ninja. Kakashi, upset by how Zabuza and Haku were used for Akatsuki's purposes, takes up the Kubikiribōchō and promises to live up to his reputation as the copier of a thousand jutsu. Fighting continues until the next day; in the anime, Kakashi defeats [[Jinin Akebino]]<ref name="NS284">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref> and later teams up with Guy to keep [[Jinpachi Munashi]] and [[Kushimaru Kuriarare]] busy until they are also sealed.<ref name="NS288">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 288</ref> By the time he helps Sai seal [[Fuguki Suikazan]], only three reincarnated shinobi remain. Part of the [[White Zetsu Army]] then arrives to fight the Third Division, but they are met by one of Naruto's shadow clones, sent to lend assistance with mopping up the remnants of Akatsuki's forces.
   
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
Later, Kakashi faces [[Fuguki Suikazan]]. He cuts down the Mist Swordsman by imbuing the Kubikiribōchō with [[lightning]], allowing Sai to [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet|seal]] Fuguki inside of his drawing. After noticing more [[White Zetsu Army]] clones arriving, he tells [[Guy]] who wanted them to take them down all at once that they also had reinforcements after seeing [[Naruto]]'s clone arrive on the battlefield. After dealing with the remaining Mist Swordsmen, Kakashi and Guy head on to save Naruto from being captured by Tobi. Attacking him once he materialised, Kakashi was able to retrieve Naruto before Tobi could [[Kamui|warp]] him away.
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Kakashi and Guy eventually leave the Third Division to join the original Naruto and [[Killer B]] in their fight with [[Tobi]], arriving in time to stop Tobi from capturing Naruto. Seeing that Tobi has six reincarnated [[jinchūriki]], Kakashi theorises that they are each possess one of the [[Six Paths Technique]]s, just as the Six Paths of Pain did. From fighting them, however, none use the any of the Six Paths Techniques, leading Kakashi to believe Tobi doesn't have the energy for it. Tobi can, at least, still use their [[tailed beasts]]' powers, so he forces the [[Four-Tails]] and [[Six-Tails]] to enter [[Tailed Beast Mode]]s. Unable to do anything against such large opponents, Kakashi and Guy leave them to Naruto and B.
   
Smiling at his pupil, he tells him that he couldn't sit idly by while his student overexerts himself. Deciphering the information Naruto had spewed out, he watches on as the [[Five-Tails]] charges at [[Tobi]] and theorises that Tobi did not have perfect control of the beasts before telling Naruto to stay focused. As the beasts charge at them, Kakashi tells Guy that they needed to decipher which beast used which of the [[Six Paths of Pain]]'s abilities. Activating his [[Lightning Cutter]], he and Guy confront the beasts head on, he is shocked to see that they aren't using these abilities. He and Guy later watch in shock as Tobi, after congratulating Kakashi on his observation skills, causes [[Utakata]] and [[Rōshi]] to fully transform. As the [[Six-Tails]] attacks breathing out a [[corrosive gas]], Kakashi warns Guy not to touch the substance it spewed at all.
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[[File:Kakashi vs. Gedo Mazo.png|thumb|left|Kakashi attacks the Demonic Statue.]]
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After Naruto is able to free the Four-Tails from Tobi's control, Tobi forces the other jinchūriki to enter Tailed Beast Modes as well. As five [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s bear down on them, Kakashi considers trying to use Kamui. It ends up not being necessary as Naruto, by entering his own Tailed Beast Mode, deflects their attacks and subsequently frees them from Tobi. Tobi is forced to recall the tailed beasts into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]], which he uses against Naruto, B, Kakashi, and Guy. Fighting continues into the night, with neither side emerging victorious. When a light descends on the reincarnated jinchūriki, a sign that the Impure World Reincarnation has been cancelled, Tobi takes drastic action and prematurely initiates the [[Ten-Tails]]' revival. When they realise what Tobi is doing, Kakashi and the others focus on destroying the Demonic Statue before it can complete its metamorphosis into the Ten-Tails.
   
[[File:Lightning Transmission.png|thumb|left|Kakashi and his clone sever the approaching chakra arms.]]
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[[File:Kakashi attacks Tobi1.png|thumb|Kakashi attacks Tobi.]]
As they retreat, Guy alerts him to Naruto's predicament. Telling Guy that they weren't able to leave to free Naruto from [[Son Gokū]]'s jaws as they were being pressured from all sides, he creates a [[shadow clone]] and assumes the [[Manji Formation]]. Entrusting their backs to one another, Kakashi and his clone charges forward with the [[Lightning Transmission]] technique, severing the [[chakra arms]]. Kakashi prepares for another onslaught of attacks as the beasts confront him head-on. As Naruto succeeds in releasing Son from Tobi's control, both Kakashi and Guy look on shocked as the now fully-transformed jinchūriki bear down on them.
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Tobi defends the Demonic Statue from all of their attacks and, as ever, is himself seemingly impervious to damage, with everything passing through him. After an exchange of attacks, of which Kakashi blocks Tobi's with Kamui, Kakashi notices some slight damage to Tobi's mask. Having a theory about this, he has Guy and Naruto help him test it and is ultimately able to confirm: attacks warped away with Kamui at the same moment that Tobi is impervious will damage Tobi, thereby suggesting a link between their abilities. Kakashi asks where Tobi acquired his Sharingan, to which he replies it was on the same mission to the [[Kannabi Bridge]] that Kakashi got his own. Kakashi is troubled by what this might mean, but doesn't overlook the important fact that they now have a way of fighting Tobi. Kakashi secretly uses Kamui on one of Naruto's shadow clones to send it to [[Kamui's dimension]] which, when Tobi retreats there to escape the real Naruto's attack, attacks Tobi and destroys his mask. When they see his face, Guy and Kakashi recognise Tobi as [[Obito Uchiha]].
   
As the situation becomes dire, Kakashi decides that he would [[Kamui|warp away]] the five [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s that were aimed at them, but Guy tells him that there was no way he had enough strength for that. Kakashi also declines Guy's decision to use the eighth gate, stating he would die after opening it. Both men are rescued however by Naruto who deflects the attacks with such speed that Kakashi momentarily believes him to be his former teacher [[Minato]]. Absorbed into the Nine-Tails' chakra as Naruto transforms, both men watch on at the battle between the beasts ensue watching in horror as the five opposing beasts later combine a Tailed Beast Ball, and Naruto attempts to counter with his own.
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Kakashi is devastated to discover that the friend whose death he's mourned for over a decade is actually alive. Kakashi asks Obito why he never returned to Konoha, to which Obito replies that it's because Kakashi allowed [[Rin Nohara]] to die. Obito assures Kakashi that he doesn't blame him for the world's flaws before attacking him with [[Fire Release: Blast Wave Wild Dance]]. Obito is soon joined by a reincarnated [[Madara Uchiha]], who decides to take Naruto's Nine-Tails and Killer B's [[Eight-Tails]] before the Ten-Tails is revived. Kakashi, meanwhile, tries to question Obito more, who ignores him and instead uses his own Kamui on Kakashi. Kakashi figures out how to use Kamui to return, prompting Obito to try to kill him. Naruto blocks the attack and vows not to let his teammates die.
   
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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[[File:Kakashi VS Obito.png|thumb|left|Kakashi battling Obito.]]
[[File:Kakashi and Clone.png|thumb|Kakashi and his clone attack the Demonic Statue.]]
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Naruto's words remind Kakashi of the Obito he used to know, inspiring him to join the offensive again. After the Nine-Tails replenishes his chakra, Kakashi lets Obito send him to Kamui's dimension, where he attacks Obito's body parts whenever they transport there to avoid Naruto's attacks. He then uses Kamui to return, only to witness the Ten-Tails complete its revival. Obito and Madara attach themselves to the Ten-Tails, focusing it destructive power against Kakashi and the others. Just as they are about to be killed, the combined Allied Shinobi Forces arrive to help, deflecting the Ten-Tails' Tailed Beast Ball. Sakura heals Kakashi and they then join the Allies' coordinated effort to restrain the Ten-Tails, but it breaks free by transforming. Many die in the Ten-Tails' counterattack, but another coordinated assault successfully removes the Ten-Tails from Madara and Obito's control.
After Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode was cancelled, Kakashi stands alongside Guy, who uncharacteristically says that he felt old seeing Naruto come so far which somewhat shocks Kakashi. Kakashi then tells him that their youth wasn't over just yet which seemingly gets Guy back to his old self. He is later seen mobilised beside [[Might Guy]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]] in his full Eight-Tails form preparing to assault [[Tobi]] and the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Launching an attack with his shadow clone, Kakashi called to Guy who followed up with an attack followed by B and Naruto, the latter of which continued to taunt Tobi despite his advisement against it.
 
   
[[File:Kakashi attacks Tobi.png|thumb|left|Kakashi attacks Tobi while he is distracted.]]
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[[File:End of Kakashi vs Obito.png|thumb|The culmination of Kakashi and Obito's battle.]]
While Naruto and Guy battle Tobi, Kakashi focuses on the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Kakashi then tries to use Kamui on the the statue to remove it's head, however the statue seems to have nullified the attack which confuses Kakashi. He then infuses a kunai with [[Lightning Release]] and calls out to [[Killer B|B]] to launch him. Launching across the battlefield, Kakashi easily cuts through a rock that separated him from Naruto and launches the kunai at Tobi who becomes intangible and kicks the kunai towards Naruto. Kakashi uses Kamui once again to warp away the kunai. Regrouping as the last attack seemingly fails to land, the shinobi wonder how they were going to defeat Tobi.
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Now free to act on its own, the Ten-Tails prepares to use [[Tenpenchii]]. Kakashi attempts to stop it with Kamui, but Obito intercepts him and takes him to Kamui's dimension. When they get there, Kakashi lunges at Obito with a Lightning Cutter, but stops short of actually killing him with it. When Obito accuses him of having a guilty conscience, Kakashi tries to explain the circumstances of Rin's death, but Obito is already aware that she chose to die. That fact alone convinces Obito that the world as it is isn't worth protecting. Accepting that Obito's mind can't be changed, Kakashi attack in order to protect the world that the Obito he used to know cared about. After a prolonged exchange, Kakashi pierces Obito's heart with a [[lightning]]-infused kunai. Obito escapes and Kakashi, similarly badly damaged, collapses.
   
[[File:B sends the shinobi flying.PNG|thumb|Gyūki launches Guy, Kakashi and Naruto across the battlefield.]]
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
Noticing the slight crack in Tobi's mask, Kakashi denies the fact that it was made by Naruto's last attack, and noted that the crack was too sharp to have been made by an impact like that. Realising what had made the gash in the mask, Kakashi called out to his comrades to aid him in testing his hypothesis. Climbing into B's hand the three shinobi are launched across the battlefield, and after Guy and Naruto respectively attacked Tobi, just before the masked man phased through Naruto's [[Rasengan]], Kakashi used Kamui to send the Rasengan to the other dimension. Tobi's right arm was then subsequently hit by an unseen attack at which time Kakashi declared that his hypothesis was right and realised that Tobi was not using two separate techniques to warp himself away and another to phase, but one single technique.
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[[File:Minato stops Kakashi.png|thumb|left|Minato stops Kakashi from killing Obito.]]
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As Kakashi treats his wounds, he catches brief glimpses of what Obito sees due to their common Sharingan: his fight with Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi ponders Obito's persistence in trying to convince Naruto that his actions are justified and concludes that Obito himself is not actually convinced that they are. He returns to the battle just after Obito's defeat, prepared to personally finish him off, but he is stopped by a reincarnated [[Minato Namikaze]]. Having sensed the same misgivings in Obito that Kakashi did, Minato convinces Kakashi to try yet again to speak with him. Kakashi acknowledges that Rin's death is proof of a flawed system that it may not be possible to fix, but he believes that Naruto should at least be given a chance to try since he still has his friends to empower him.
   
Obliging Guy's request to tell them his analysis in the simplest way possible, Kakashi explains what occurred that Tobi only intangible by transferring part of himself into the other dimension where Kakashi sends whatever he targets with Kamui to. But as this other dimension is pointed out as a link between his Sharingan and their enemy's, Kakashi questioned Tobi as to where exactly he got the eye from. However, Kakashi is horrified upon hearing Tobi's answer of obtaining his Sharingan from [[Kannabi Bridge]] during the [[Third Shinobi World War|previous war]]. Kakashi is at a loss for words, in a daze thinking of his former comrade, Guy attempts to snap him out of it while Naruto charges at Tobi in his [[Tailed Beast Mode]]. After hearing Naruto's speech, Kakashi rallied back and readied a new strategy that requires him to time the few remaining Kamui he can use. Charging forward as Naruto created a [[shadow clone]] to attack Tobi, Kakashi seemingly warped away the dispelled clone's Rasengan before collapsing from the strain with his eye bleeding. In reality, however, Kakashi warped Naruto's clone into the other dimension, allowing his student's clone to catch Tobi off guard and shatter his mask.
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[[File:Black Zetsu controling Obito.png|thumb|Kakashi and Minato confront Black Zetsu.]]
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Obito decides to put the same faith in Naruto that Kakashi has and, in order to make up for all that he's done, prepares to use the [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]] to revive everyone that has died. Because this will cost Obito his life, Kakashi tries to convince him to find another way to make amends, but Obito replies that he doesn't deserve such an easy solution. As he is performing the technique, however, Obito's body is taken over by [[Black Zetsu]]. Kakashi and Minato are confused by what's happened, so Obito explains that he's been forced to revive Madara instead. Black Zetsu then attempts to take Obito's [[Rinnegan]], but the presence of Kakashi and Minato prevents it from safely doing so. It decides instead to fully take control of Obito's body so that they can't attack it without damaging Obito too.
   
Kakashi is left completely stunned as he looks on to see that behind the shattered mask, is his childhood friend Obito Uchiha. When Kakashi questions him as to how he survived, Obito avoids his question but explains the reason for his plans; Kakashi's failure to protect Rin, causing Obito to hate "this useless reality", an answer that only caused Kakashi to sink further in depression. After the [[Fire Release: Blast Wave Wild Dance|attack]] launched by Obito is thwarted by Naruto, they are soon joined by the reincarnated Madara. Shocked by this, they silently watched the Uchiha pair converse amongst themselves, and Kakashi expressed surprise at the fact Madara knew about Obito's [[Eye of the Moon Plan]]. While Madara started his confrontation with Naruto and Killer B, Kakashi and Guy prepared to confront their former comrade. Taking advantage of this, Kakashi proceeded to ask Obito why he teamed up with someone like Madara.
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As they wait, the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path is summoned by Madara from Obito's body; Kakashi tries to use Kamui on it, but succeeds only in removing its right arm. Obito briefly regains control for long enough to implore Kakashi to destroy his Rinnegan so that Madara can't acquire that too. Just as Kakashi and Minato psych themselves up to do so, they are met by Gaara and Sakura, who are working to keep Naruto alive after Madara removed the Nine-Tails from his body. Gaara asks Minato to seal his half of the Nine-Tails chakra into Naruto in order to save his life. Black Zetsu intercepts this transfer and takes the Nine-Tails for itself. Madara, now the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, soon arrives to see what's taking Black Zetsu so long. Black Zetsu attempts to go to him, but Obito reasserts control over his body and forces it to stay.
   
Interrupted by the clash between Naruto and Madara, Kakashi again posed the question to Obito. However, his former friend told him that there was nothing more to be said between them, and that the only thing left to do was to have their final fight. Hurling shuriken out of the other dimension, Kakashi blocked Obito's barrage with [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall]] until Obito phased through the wall holding one of the shuriken and stabbed it into Kakashi's left leg. Kakashi's persistence to ask why Obito was doing this only led his former friend to retort that he is trash that does not shut up, and warped Kakashi away to the other dimension. Remembering Obito's words of those who abandon friends being even worse than trash, Kakashi could not believe that the hero he looked up to had forsaken his previous beliefs and used his Kamui to warp himself back from the other world.
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[[File:Kakashi Teleporting Obito.png|thumb|left|Kakashi using Kamui on Obito.]]
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Obito decides that he will help save Naruto. He first steals fragments of Madara's chakra and then instructs Kakashi to send Naruto and Sakura to Kamui's dimension. He plans to go there to join Naruto, but his own Kamui is slow enough for Madara to stop him. Kakashi, by using Kamui on Obito at the same time that he uses it on himself, is able to accelerate the teleportation and allow him to get away; the attack that misses Obito nearly kills Kakashi, but he is saved by Guy. Aware of how few options they have, Guy decides to use the [[Eight Gates Released Formation]] over Kakashi's protests. Because Guy's time is limited, Kakashi, Minato, Gaara, and [[Rock Lee]] combine efforts to neutralise as many of Madara's [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s as they can: Kakashi, carried by Gaara, warps away part of a defensive wall Madara erects around himself. In the end, Guy badly injures Madara before he collapses, but fails to defeat him.
   
[[File:Kakashi vs. Obito.png|thumb|left|Kakashi battling Obito.]]
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[[File:Eye Restored.png|thumb|Naruto restores Kakashi's eye.]]
Kakashi admits that he is trash for failing to protect Rin as promised, but questions Obito if Rin was related to his new ideals before getting kicked in the face and slashed with Obito's two held shuriken. Calling Obito one of Konoha's heroes while imploring him to not end up like him, Kakashi is told by his former friend that they are both trash because they survived the worthlessness of this reality. Obito prepared to finish Kakashi off before Naruto's shadow clone intercepted Obito's right-hand shuriken, declaring that he would protect his friends with his life. Remembering the exact same words he said to [[Team 7]], Kakashi regained his will to fight and used his Lightning Cutter to destroy Obito's other shuriken. He then proclaimed that he remembered what Obito taught him in the past, and that now he would protect Naruto.
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Madara is stopped from finishing Guy off by Naruto's return, who Obito successfully saved. Naruto and Sasuke team up against Madara, putting him on the defensive and making him desperate for the Rinnegan in Obito's possession. Having no other options, Madara takes Kakashi's Sharingan and, upon implanting it in himself, uses Kamui to go after Obito; Sakura is teleported back shortly afterwards, Obito's attempt to save her. She prepares to treat Kakashi's eye, but Naruto steps in and uses his [[Six Paths chakra]] to restore Kakashi's original eye. As they wait for Madara's inevitable return, Kakashi reminds them of their first lesson as Team 7: the importance of teamwork. Madara eventually returns, Black Zetsu using his control over Obito's body to teleport them back. Kakashi watches as his students attack Madara, but they aren't able to stop him from casting the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]].
   
[[File:Kakashi surprise attacks Obito.png|thumb|Kakashi attacks Obito from the other dimension.]]
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
Weakened from his injuries and overusing his Mangeykō Sharingan, Kakashi falls to his knees in exhaustion. Obito again attempts to warp Kakashi to the other dimension, but is stopped by Naruto. After Kurama temporarily switches places with Naruto, he grabs Kakashi, and throws him towards Obito, who successfully warps him away. With no time to complain, Naruto attacks Obito while Kakashi, who Kurama had supplied with chakra when he threw him, attacked Obito's materialised body parts in the other dimension. Warping himself back to the real world, Kakashi looks on as a giant [[Tailed Beast Ball]] was fired by B and Naruto at the statue. Kakashi contemplated whether the statue had really been destroyed, but it was later revealed to have successfully become the Ten-Tails.
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While the world around them falls to the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Sasuke uses his own Rinnegan to shield Naruto, Sakura, and Kakashi from its effects. When they emerge, they find Madara has bound the world's population with [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]] and trapped them all within perpetual dreams. Madara confronts them and insists that he has ended all conflicts and that only Team 7, as the only remaining opposition, would seek to renew the cycle of death that plagued the world for centuries. As he's talking, Madara is stabbed from behind by Black Zetsu, who transfers to him from Obito's body to convert him into [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], Black Zetsu's true master.
   
As Madara and Obito connect themselves to the Ten-Tails by way of tendrils being inserted, Kurama grabs Kakashi and Guy in his mouth to restore their chakra. Kurama, understanding the true nature behind the Ten-Tails, begins giving instructions to how they should have the might beast. When Kakashi notes that Kurama is acting like a captain, it thinks Kakashi has a problem with it, but the jōnin merely replies that he actually likes it. Kakashi's kindness to Kurama is shortly enjoyed as the Ten-Tails shows remarkable speed, quickly overwhelming Kakashi and his team. Following Kurama's advice, Kakashi uses Kamui to teleport Gyūki in front of the Ten-Tails, who launches a point-blank [[Tailed Beast Ball]] at the resurrected demon.
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[[File:Kakashi saves Sakura.png|thumb|left|Kakashi saves Sakura from the lava.]]
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Kaguya, the origin of chakra, now has access to the chakra supplies of everyone trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. She wants Team 7's chakra as well, so she transports them to one of [[Kaguya's Dimensions]]: a sea of lava. Sasuke saves Naruto from falling in the lava; Kakashi grabs Sakura, ties himself to an unconscious Obito with a scroll, and pins Obito to a wall in order to do the same. The heat causes the scroll to burn up, but Naruto sends a shadow clone to catch them. Unable to contribute, Kakashi only watches as Naruto and Sasuke fight Kaguya, Sakura and Obito (once he wakes up) lend support, and Kaguya keeps shifting dimensions in her attempt to defeat them.
   
[[File:Naruto Alliance.png|thumb|left|Kakashi together with the Allied Shinobi Force.]]
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[[File:Rin Legacy continued.PNG|thumb|Kakashi and Obito save Naruto and Sasuke.]]
After deflecting the attack back at Gyūki, the Ten-Tails attempts to attack Naruto and Kakashi with its tail, but Naruto throws Kakashi out of the way in time. Landing in the safety of Kurama, Kurama later dematerialises, and Kakashi falls to the ground. Kakashi finds himself weakened from transporting Gyūki with his Kamui. Stressing the importance of Naruto's life to the war effort, Kakashi finds relief as all divisions of the Allied Shinobi Forces assemble at the battlefield, and Sakura begins to heal him.
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Kaguya eventually moves them to a dimension with powerful gravity, limiting Naruto and Sasuke's movements while she attacks them with [[All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Prepared to give his life to lend what little assistance he can, Kakashi stands in front of Sasuke to take the attack while Obito does the same for Naruto. Although they are unified in their willingness to die, Obito decides it's too soon for Kakashi and uses Kamui on the attack bound for him, leaving Obito unable to save himself. Obito's body dissolves, but his spirit returns shortly afterwards and inhabits Kakashi. Obito feels that Kakashi will become the next Hokage and wishes to reward him: a temporary moment of having two Mangekyō Sharingan.
   
Reeling from an attack from a newly evolved Ten-Tails, Kakashi is asked by Shikaku for information regarding his fights with the enemy prior to the Allied Shinobi Forces arrival, but Kakashi is forced to cut contact and attempts to use Kamui against the Ten-Tails. Realising he couldn't use it in time, ordering another to use an Earth Release technique to make the ground underneath the beast uneven, Kakashi is shocked to see the Ten-Tails massive firing distance with a Tailed Beast Ball. Kakashi and Sakura later narrowly avoid one of the [[Wood Release: Cutting Technique|wooden stakes]] that was fired by the [[Ten-Tails]]. He later watched on in horror as Neji sacrificed himself to protect Naruto and Hinata from the projectiles, and attempted to chide Obito for degrading Naruto, but was cut off by the former's tirade, in which he pointed out that Kakashi should know that nothing but loneliness was at the end of the path Naruto had chosen to take. He would later affirm that promising to protect loved ones could become a curse, if they were unable to fulfil that promise. Understanding this, Naruto still agreed to keep Neji in his heart and to carry on his will, stating that to do otherwise would be to truly killing Neji.
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[[File:Obito last words.png|thumb|left|Kakashi and Obito say goodbye to each other.]]
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With his Mangekyō, Kakashi is able to manifest [[Susanoo]]. He first uses it to save Sakura from Kaguya and then uses [[Kamui Shuriken]] to save Naruto and Sasuke. When Kaguya creates an [[Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball]] to finally kill them all, Kakashi, realising that this is their last opportunity, forms a plan of attack: Kakashi pierces through her with [[Kamui Lightning Cutter]]; Naruto uses shadow clones to exhaust some of her countermeasures and Kakashi uses Kamui on the rest; Sasuke moves closer to her in order to place a seal on her; Sakura punches her when she tries to escape. Kaguya is defeated, the tailed beasts are removed from her body, and she is trapped alongside Black Zetsu with [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei]]. The [[Sage of the Six Paths]] summons them all back from Kaguya's dimensions and congratulates them for their victory. As his spirit leaves Kakashi's body, Obito apologises for everything he did when he was alive, but Kakashi states that he's glad they rekindled their friendship before the end.
   
[[File:Obito and Kakashi teleport.png|thumb|Kakashi and Obito teleport themselves to the other dimension.]]
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The Sage of Six Paths explains how Naruto and Sasuke can end the Infinite Tsukuyomi, but Sasuke has plans before that: killing the tailed beasts and [[Five Kage]]. Kakashi is dismayed, assuming Sasuke is still after revenge. Sasuke replies that he only wants to change the world for the better, making hard decisions like this so that the world won't get embroiled in another war. Too exhausted to do anything himself, Kakashi stays behind with Sakura while Naruto and Sasuke leave to fight; the Sage of Six Paths uses his last moments to talk with Kakashi, remarking that the centuries of hate may be on the verge of ending due to the love Naruto displays for everyone. The following day, Kakashi and Sakura locate Naruto and Sasuke at the [[Valley of the End]] where the Sage's words have proven true: Naruto has convinced Sasuke to give up his plans. Sakura heals their injuries and they proceed to end the Infinite Tsukuyomi and, in turn, the Fourth Shinobi World War.
After receiving chakra from Naruto, resulting in a chakra cloak, Kakashi thought back to his conversation with Shikaku and the feats he was able to accomplish the first time Kurama gave him chakra. He later charged towards, and attacked the Ten-Tails alongside the other empowered members of the Alliance. Ultimately, the Allied Shinobi Forces manage to separate Obito and Madara from the Ten-Tails, which causes the massive demon to start going berserk. As Kakashi prepares to warp it away, he is confronted by Obito. The two then teleport back to the alternate dimension.
 
   
== Movies ==
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== Blank Period ==
=== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ===
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After the war, Kakashi agrees to become the Sixth Hokage, using the power of the office to pardon Sasuke for all the crimes he committed. He and Sakura see him off as he leaves Konoha to wander the world, with Kakashi requesting he not cause too much trouble.
[[Team 7]] was given orders for an [[A-rank]] mission to escort the famous actress, Yukie Fujikaze, to the [[Land of Snow]]. Upon arriving in the Land of Snow, they were attacked by [[Dotō's Three-Man-Team|three Yuki ninjas]] Kakashi had fought years ago when he was still in [[ANBU]]. It was then revealed that Yukie was actually [[Koyuki Kazahana]], the true heir as [[daimyō]] to the Land of Snow, who Kakashi saved years ago from her treacherous uncle, Dotō. Kakashi used his Sharingan to copy some of their [[Ice Release: One Horned White Whale|ice-based technique]] to escape.
 
   
Realising what Dotō was after, Kakashi switched Koyuki's crystal necklace with a fake one, in an attempt to stop him. When Koyuki was kidnapped, Kakashi, along with his team (minus Naruto), mounted a rescue attempt. Soon after Kakashi returned Koyuki's necklace to her, Dotō captured his niece, along with the necklace.
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=== Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky ===
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A year after the end of the war, Kakashi has yet to officially take on the duties of being Hokage, feeling he's unqualified, leaving Tsunade to continue managing Konoha's affairs. Kakashi later leaves for a mission in the [[Land of Waves]]. There, Kakashi oversees security for the [[Tobishachimaru]]'s maiden voyage. As the ship prepares to take off, Kakashi spots someone sneaking aboard, discovering it to be Might Guy, who has always wanted to fly. Kakashi finds somewhere out of the way for them to ride out the trip.
   
Kakashi was later intercepted by [[Nadare Rōga]]. Knowing his opponent had a high protection from ninjutsu and genjutsu, thanks to his armour, Kakashi relied on his taijutsu and defeated him with his [[Front Lotus]]. After Dotō was defeated and Koyuki took up her role as daimyō, Kakashi learned to his joy that Koyuki would be playing a lead role in a new "Icha-Icha" movie.
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During the voyage, the Tobishachimaru is hijacked by the [[Ryūha Armament Alliance]], who demand that Konoha release their leader, [[Garyō]], from the [[Blood Prison]], vowing to kill killing hostages and destroy the Tobishachimaru if their demands aren't met Kakashi summons his [[ninken]] to seek out the explosives planted around the ship and confronts the hijackers. [[Kahyō]] remotely kills two hostages with [[ice]], forcing Kakashi to surrender to prevent more from being killed. Guy soon appears to fight the leader of the hijackers, [[Rahyō]], keeping him busy so that Kakashi can free himself from his restraints without being noticed.
   
=== Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom ===
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Kakashi is prevented from helping Guy by the appearance of Kahyō. Aware that the Armament Alliance was originally motivated by the death of Kahyō's innocent son, Kakashi tries to point out that the Armament Alliance's actions now threaten the innocent passengers. Kahyō is upset by Kakashi's observation and attacks with [[Ice Release: Earthen Consecutive Chains of Ice]], creating a hole in the ship that starts sucking out Kakashi, Guy, and the passengers. Before he falls from the ship, Kakashi notices Kahyō's mask has come off, who he recognises as the woman he helped before. Kakashi, Guy, and the passengers are saved by [[Sai]], who takes the others to safety and Kakashi back to the Tobishachimaru.
Kakashi was sent on a mission of escorting Prince [[Michiru]] of the [[Land of the Moon]], and his son, [[Hikaru]], back home. He was joined by his team (plus [[Rock Lee]]). Upon arriving, it was discovered that the Land of the Moon had been taken over by one of the king's advisers, [[Shabadaba]], with the help of [[Three Wandering Ninja]]. After getting assistance from the royal guards, who were still loyal to the king, Kakashi [[Ground Splitting Technique|aided]] their escape.
 
   
Later, Kakashi faced off against the leader of the rogue ninja, [[Ishidate]], but failed to keep up with his opponent, thanks to being affected by a special gas, and ultimately having his left arm petrified to stone. This let the rogue ninja capture Michiru. After his arm was cured by Sakura, Kakashi joined a circus as a diversion, while having his team enter the castle to save Michiru. He then used his [[Sharingan]] and a water technique to keep the enemies occupied. In the end, Kakashi overused his Sharingan, and was forced to be hospitalised for several days, thus allowing his team to have a vacation in the [[Land of the Moon]].
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When Kakashi returns, Rahyō is threatening to allow a sick child to die, believing it is a fair trade for the death of Kahyō's son. Kakashi attempts to stop him, but is immediately bound by Chains of Ice that Kahyō planted on him earlier. Kakashi reasons with Kahyō and convinces her to let Sai take the child to a doctor. Kakashi is afterwards locked away. While breaking out, he concludes that the hijackers plan to turn the passengers into human bombs. Kakashi confronts Rahyō about this and Kahyō, unaware that this was intended, is aghast. Kahyō attacks Kakashi and removes his Chains of Ice so he can fight back, but he stops short of killing her when he realises that's what she wants out of regret for her actions.
   
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
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The damaged Tobishachimaru starts rocking violently, flinging Rahyō from the ship, and then rises into the air uncontrollably, threatening to suffocate everyone aboard. Kakashi and Kahyō puncture the helium sacs keeping the ship afloat and Kahyō attempts to control its descent with her ice. When she runs out of moisture with which to make ice, Kakashi leaps from the ship into a storm cloud, using Purple Electricity to produce rain. He is saved by the [[Third Tsuchikage]], who delivers him to the ground. Kakashi watches as the [[Konoha 11]] recapture prisoners escaping during the Armament Alliance's breakout and feels that their generation will someday replace his own. Kakashi feels that he, as Hokage, would like to watch over things until they're ready.
Kakashi only had a few cameos. When word reached Konoha that the legendary demon, [[Mōryō]], had been released, and had begun its quest to control the world, Kakashi was sent out as one of the lead ninja to mount a counter-attack on Mōryō's assault of stone warriors. This was merely to stall for time while [[Naruto]], [[Sakura]], [[Lee]], and [[Neji Hyūga]] escorted Priestess [[Shion]], who had the power to reseal Mōryō. Towards the end of the movie, Kakashi appeared with [[Shikamaru Nara]], [[Might Guy]], and [[Temari]] to support Naruto and Shion in stopping Mōryō. Here, Kakashi used his [[Lightning Cutter]] to destroy several stone warriors. At the end of the movie, Kakashi was shocked by Shion's proposal for Naruto to father her child, which Naruto unknowingly agreed to.
 
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
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Konoha's ninja search the crashed Tobishachimaru, treating the passengers and taking Kahyō into custody. Tsunade threatens to have her executed since she is the highest ranking conspirator to survive the failed jailbreak, but Kakashi requests that he be allowed to pass sentence instead, what would be his first act as Hokage: Kahyō will stay at the Blood Prison for the rest of her life, acting as warden by using her Chains of Ice on the prisoners. Both Tsunade and Kahyō agree to these terms.
When the infamous ninja of [[Land of the Sky]] attacked Konoha, Kakashi was one of the ninja who fought to protect the citizens, and fended off the attack. Later, Kakashi was put on a team with Shikamaru, [[Sai]], and [[Shino Aburame]] to take down the enemy's ship fleet. After working out a plan with Shikamaru, the team was able to accomplish their mission. After Naruto was able to stop [[Shinnō]] and destroy his mothership, Kakashi witnessed it plummet, and merely commented that Naruto was as hyperactive as ever.
 
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
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=== Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness ===
When word that all the Great Ninja Nations but Konoha were having wielders of their kekkei genkai abducted, Kakashi and his team were sent to investigate, following the trail of the most recent abducted man to the mountain range of Shumisen. Upon arriving, they are attacked by strange animals that injure Naruto and Sai. After the trail goes cold, Kakashi's team is forced to return to the village. Later, rogue ninja of Konoha named [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] appeared and announces to the world via [[Projection Technique|technique]] that he was responsible for taking the kekkei genkai wielders and assimilated their power with his [[Chimera Technique]] to begin the Fourth Great Ninja War. Kakashi, who met Hiruko ten years prior, after obtaining Obito's Sharingan and was branded with a [[Puppet Curse|mind-controlling technique]] in a desire to obtain the Sharingan, realises that Hiruko has not actually gained control of the kekkei genkai he stole and must require certain conditions to obtain them or he wouldn't have waited ten years to go after Kakashi. After theorising that a solar eclipse was one of the conditions, Kakashi decides to face Hiruko. He also asks Tsunade to perform a technique on him. Later, after visiting Obito's grave again, Hiruko's technique takes effect on Kakashi, making him leave the village.
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The [[Shinobi Union]] that emerged after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War created an unprecedented peace between the ninja villages. Two years after the end of the war, that peace is threatened by the emergence of the [[Land of Silence]]. Kakashi sent Sai and a team of [[Anbu]] to the Land of Silence to investigate, but all go missing; the last communiqué suggests the Land of Silence's leader, [[Gengo]], may be behind it all. In order to protect the Shinobi Union's interests, Gengo must be assassinated, a task [[Shikamaru Nara]] volunteers for. Kakashi assigns two Anbu, [[Rō]] and [[Soku]], to assist Shikamaru on what is otherwise to be a top secret mission.
   
It is later revealed that Kakashi intentionally let this happen, as he had Tsunade implant a seal on him that would activate his Mangekyō Sharingan once Hiruko assimilated Kakashi. Refusing to let Kakashi sacrifice himself, Naruto went after Kakashi and managed to save him. This unfortunately allowed Hiruko a second chance to assimilate Kakashi and his Sharingan before the eclipse ended. Together Kakashi and Naruto fought Hiruko and found an opening for Naruto to unleash his Wind Release: Rasenshuriken to defeat Hiruko. As Hiruko began to die from his injuries, Kakashi went to him. Hiruko asks how he could have failed. Kakashi says that it was because he chose solitude over comrades. Realising that Kakashi made the same mistake in trying to sacrifice himself, Kakashi remembers how Obito once showed him the way and was thankful for Naruto stopping him. The movie ends with Kakashi thinking back on his past when Obito spoke to him about refusing to abandon a comrade and he smiles at Naruto commenting on the similarities between the two. Naruto, however, gains the wrong impression, mistakenly believing that Kakashi was homosexual and making a pass at him, which is commented upon by the rest of the groups present. Kakashi hurriedly denies this and chases after the fleeing Naruto, trying to explain what he meant.
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Naruto becomes concerned when Shikamaru fails to return from his mission and barges into Kakashi's office demanding an explanation. Kakashi attempts to maintain the mission's secrecy, but eventually relents due to Naruto's insistence, even allowing Naruto and other Konoha personnel to go to the Land of Silence. Shikamaru is rescued and, when he returns to Konoha, Kakashi gives him a week off.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower ===
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=== The Last: Naruto the Movie ===
Twenty years in the past, a young Kakashi is seen in the line of [[Ramen Ichiraku]] grand opening, along with [[Shizune]], [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Might Guy]], who are impatiently waiting to eat ramen. However, Kakashi claims that they shouldn't be so excited for just ramen. As Shizune replies that he is in the waiting line too, [[Minato Namikaze]] appears and tells him to get ready for the mission. Guy asks Kakashi if he's not going to eat the ramen, to which he answers that he doesn't have as much free time as they do and leaves. Shizune calls him a jerk and Asuma agrees with her.
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Two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi attends a [[Five Kage Summit]] to discuss the imminent crashing of the [[Moon]]. Shortly after he returns to Konoha, [[Hanabi Hyūga]] is kidnapped by [[Toneri Ōtsutsuki]]. Kakashi sends the [[Hanabi Rescue Team]] to save her; he also give them a [[Armageddon Countdown Clock|special clock]] that counts down to the Moon's collision, asking that they stop it if Toneri is in any way connected. In the following days, meteors increasingly rain down on the world and the Kage decide that the Moon must be destroyed. When Sasuke returns an injured [[Hiashi Hyūga]] to Konoha, Hiashi reports that Hanabi, and by extension her rescuers, are on the Moon. Kakashi reports this to the other Kage, who decide to delay the Moon's destruction in order to give Naruto and the others a chance to save them. Naruto ultimately succeeds, using the [[Nine-Tails]] to carve a "mission complete" message into the Moon's surface.
   
At Minato's request, Kakashi is allowed to tag along with him, [[Shibi Aburame]] and [[Chōza Akimichi]] in their effort to intervene in the conflicts occurring in a place known as ''[[Rōran]]''.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower'', Trailer 3</ref>
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=== Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze ===
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After separate attacks are made on [[Homura Mitokado]] and the [[Land of Fire]]'s [[daimyō]], Kakashi assigns Sai to investigate; Kakashi believes [[Kido Tsumiki]] may be somehow involved, so recommends that Sai focus on him. A few days later, Sakura returns from a visit to [[Sunagakure]] with rumours that Sasuke has been plotting against Konoha. Neither he nor Sakura believe it is really Sasuke, so he assigns Sakura and [[Ino Yamanaka]] to look into the lookalike. As the rumours start spreading, Kakashi attempts to contact Sasuke to ask if he knows anything, but his inquiries are not answered. Sai eventually reports that his investigation is apparently the same as Sakura's, so Kakashi combines them into the "[[Ino–Saku–Sai]]".
   
Kakashi put [[explosive tag]]s on the factory in Rōran under Minato's orders.
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=== Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding ===
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Kakashi is invited to Naruto's marriage to [[Hinata Hyūga]]. He plans to go, but worries that Naruto and Hinata's friends may not be able to attend due to their mission assignments. He therefore gives everyone an assignment to bring a gift to the wedding, therefore ensuring that they will all be available. On the day of the wedding, Kakashi greets foreign guests such as [[Killer B]] and the [[Fifth Kazekage]].
   
Later, Kakashi is saved by [[Yamato]], though he claims that he saved him instead. As a result, Yamato hits him in the head claiming it's a payback for his future bullying, while Naruto looks in awe at his future sensei.
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=== Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise ===
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Kakashi informs Naruto, Sakura, and Sai that more than a hundred Kumo and Kiri shinobi have gone missing and learns from Sakura that a few Konoha shinobi are missing as well. Sai informs Kaakshi that he has been in contact with Sasuke, whom Kakashi had previously asked to lead the investigation into the disappearances due to that only his ocular powers can cancel genjutsu, and Kumogakure and Kirigakure have agreed to cooperate in the investigation. Kakashi surmises that a genjutsu user kidnapped the missing shinobi and is using genjutsu on them to attack the hidden villages. The village is then attacked by intruders and Kakashi orders his former students to join with Shikamaru, Choji, and Ino to help stop the intruders, whom he later learns are some of the missing shinobi.
   
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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Once the shinobi are defeated and captured, Kakashi sends a message of the incident to Sasuke, who is traveling to the Land of Lightning and stops at a village in the Land of Hot Water. Sasuke, in turn, sends a letter about his suspicions about the Dark Thunder group being involved. Kakashi has Yamato meet with Sasuke to exchange intel of the situation.
The alternate version of Kakashi is passionate, energetic, and a proponent of the "Power of Youth", causing his personality to be generally similar to the real world's Guy.
 
   
== Video Games ==
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At the end of the book, Kakashi receives a message from Sasuke that he captured the true culprits, Chino and Nowaki, in Yugakure. After Sasuke drops them off at another village, Kakashi arrives to meet with the two, but explains he received a good word from Sasuke about them. Rather than putting them in prison, he is offering them a chance to atone by working for Kumogakure and Kirigakure, which they accept.
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== Epilogue ==
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[[File:Kakashi visits Guy.png|thumb|left|Kakashi visiting Guy.]]
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Years later, Kakashi passes the title of Hokage to Naruto. When Naruto doesn't show up for his inauguration, Kakashi forces [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]] to [[Transformation Technique|impersonate]] Naruto so that the festivities can proceed as planned.<ref>"[[The Day Naruto Became Hokage]]"</ref> Kakashi retires from active duty, spending his time either visiting with Might Guy or travelling to places from his past.<ref name="c700">Chapter 700</ref>
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=== Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring ===
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While relaxing at a bathhouse, Kakashi is contacted by Naruto with reports of a [[Shin Uchiha (Clones)|strange boy]] possessing the Sharingan. Kakashi believes [[Orochimaru]] may know something and has Yamato look into it.
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=== Boruto: Naruto the Movie ===
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Despite his retirement, Kakashi does occasionally accompany Naruto to village meetings, making sure that Naruto keeps alert. He later watches the final round matches of the [[Chūnin Exams]] taking place in Konoha alongside Guy and [[Iruka Umino]]. When the stadium is attacked by [[Kinshiki]] and [[Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki]], Kakashi helps rescue spectators.
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== In Other Media ==
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=== Movies ===
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==== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ====
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[[Team 7]] is sent on a mission to protect the actress, [[Yukie Fujikaze]], as she travels to the [[Land of Snow]]. During the mission, Kakashi discovers that Yukie's real name is Koyuki Kazahana, who he saved from [[Dotō's Three-Man-Team]] when he was in the [[Anbu]]. When [[Dotō]]'s men attack Team 7, Kakashi uses his Sharingan to copy some of their [[Ice Release: One Horned White Whale|ice-based technique]]s to escape. Later, Kakashi fights [[Nadare Rōga]], who he defeats with [[Front Lotus]]. Dotō and his men are eventually defeated and Koyuki reclaims her position as the country's [[daimyō]]. She is also to play a lead role in a new ''Icha-Icha'' movie, delighting Kakashi.
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==== Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom ====
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Kakashi and his team escort Prince [[Michiru]] and his son, [[Hikaru Tsuki]], to their home in the [[Land of the Moon]]. When they arrive in the country, they discover that the king has been overthrown by [[Shabadaba]]. With help from the royal guards, Kakashi gets the princes to safety. They are later attacked by [[Ishidate]], who petrifies one of Kakashi's arms, thus allowing him to capture Michiru. After Sakura heals his arm, they infiltrate the castle as circus performers and Kakashi keeps the enemies occupied while Naruto and the rest of the team save the kingdom. He overuses his Sharingan during the mission, forcing him to to stay in the hospital for a few days and giving his team a chance to have a vacation.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie ====
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Kakashi leads one of Konoha's attack forces against [[Mōryō]]'s army of stone warriors, a stall tactic while Naruto and his team help [[Shion]] reseal Mōryō. Kakashi later assists Naruto and Shion in stopping Mōryō, destroying several stone warriors while they destroy Mōryō itself.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds ====
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When the [[Land of the Sky]] attacks Konoha, Kakashi protects the villagers and fends off the attackers. Later, Kakashi is put on a team with Shikamaru, [[Sai]], and [[Shino Aburame]] to take down the Land of the Sky's ship fleet. After working out a plan with Shikamaru, the team is able to accomplish their mission.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire ====
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Kakashi and his team are sent to investigate the most recent in a series of kidnappings of people with [[kekkei genkai]]. Upon arriving at their destination, they are attacked by strange animals that injure Naruto and Sai and the trails goes cold. After they arrive back in Konoha, [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] projects himself to the world and claims responsibility for the kidnappings, whose kekkei genkai he has assimilated into his body with the [[Chimera Technique]]. Kakashi met Hiruko ten years earlier and was branded with a [[Puppet Curse|mind-controlling technique]] that Hiruko planned to use someday to take his Sharingan. Expecting that this will now happen soon, Kakashi asks Tsunade to place a seal on him that will activate his Mangekyō Sharingan when Hiruko tries to assimilate him. When the mind-control activates, Kakashi goes to Hiruko, but Naruto, unwilling to let him sacrifice himself, follows and defeats Hiruko with his [[Rasenshuriken]], saving Kakashi.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower ====
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Twenty years in the past, Kakashi is waiting in line for the grand opening of [[Ramen Ichiraku]] when [[Minato Namikaze]] invites him on a mission. They travel to [[Rōran]], where Kakashi is assigned to plant [[explosive tag]]s in the factory. He is later saved by [[Yamato]] (who is from the future), though he claims that he in fact saved Yamato. Frustrated by this and the future bullying Kakashi will give him, Yamato hits him in the head.
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==== Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison ====
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When Naruto is accused of trying to assassinate the [[Fourth Raikage]], Kakashi refuses to vouch for his alibi, causing him to be sent to the [[Blood Prison]] in [[Kusagakure]]. It is later discovered that Naruto was framed as part of a scheme to use the Nine-Tails' chakra to open [[Box of Ultimate Bliss]], but Konoha and [[Kumo]] were already aware of that; Kakashi came up with the plan as a way to expose Kusa's plot. Kakashi nevertheless feels guilty about not telling Naruto this - he feared Naruto would at some point blow his cover had he known - so promises to buy Naruto as much ramen as he can eat. After Naruto defeats [[Satori]], who was contained within the Box of Ultimate Bliss, Kakashi helps round up the escaped prisoners.
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==== Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie ====
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Kakashi and the [[Konoha 11]] fight what were thought to be the deceased members of [[Akatsuki]], but what are actually part of the [[White Zetsu Army]] in disguise. Naruto is later sent to the [[Genjutsu World]], where he meets a Kakashi that is quite similar to Might Guy: he is passionate, energetic, and a proponent of the "Power of Youth". This Kakashi accompanies a team including Naruto and Minato to retrieve the Red Moon Scroll, where Kakashi's zealous overuse of his Sharingan prevents him from fighting the [[toad]]s that guard it. Later, after the scroll is obtained, Kakashi is assigned to defend it, but he and the other defenders are defeated by the [[Nine Masked Beasts]].
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In some games, Kakashi is playable in his [[Anbu]] attire and/or the clothes he wore during the [[Third Shinobi World War]]; the latter usually has its own moveset. He is also one of several ''Naruto'' characters to appear in the story mode of ''[[J-Stars Victory VS]]''.
   
 
== Creation and Conception ==
 
== Creation and Conception ==
[[Masashi Kishimoto]] originally intended for Kakashi to début in the second chapter of the ''Naruto'' manga, appearing prior to the other members of Team 7. This Kakashi was designed as a laid back, affected, skilled ninja, that ended his sentences with the polite "de gozaru" in the Japanese versions of the series, similar to Kenshin Himura in the popular manga series ''Rurōni Kenshin'' and ''Lance Corporal Dororo'' in the manga and anime ''Keroro Gunsou''. After speaking with his editor, Kishimoto pushed this début back, allowing him to better develop Kakashi and the rest of Team 7. Despite this, Kakashi retained many of his original personality traits, being easy-going, unfazed by the actions of others, and usually appearing to be half-asleep. Kishimoto felt that this made Kakashi a compelling leader, and helped to keep the diverse members of Team 7 unified. Because he acted as a link between the other main characters of the series, Kakashi was rarely featured prominently in promotional artwork, instead appearing in the background while his students were the focus of the scene.
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[[Masashi Kishimoto]] originally intended for Kakashi to debut in the second chapter of the ''Naruto'' manga, appearing prior to the other members of [[Team 7]]. This Kakashi was designed as a laid back but very skilled ninja that ended his sentences with the polite "''de gozaru''" in the Japanese versions of the series. After speaking with his editor, Kishimoto pushed this debut back, allowing him to better develop Kakashi and the rest of Team 7.<ref>[[Volume 1]], page 128</ref> Despite this, Kakashi retains many of his original personality traits, being easygoing, unfazed by the actions of others, and eyes appearing to be half-asleep. Kishimoto feels that this makes Kakashi a compelling leader and helps to keep the diverse members of Team 7 unified.<ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 141</ref> Because he acts as a link between the other main characters of the series, Kakashi is rarely featured prominently in promotional artwork, instead appearing in the background while his students are the focus of the scene.<ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 121</ref><ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 124</ref> In an interview in [[wikipedia:Weekly Shōnen Jump|''Shōnen Jump'']]'s, Kishimoto said that if he were to make an extra story from the manga with a different character, such character would be Kakashi.<ref name="AnimeProfiles">''[[Naruto Anime Profiles, Vol. 1]]''</ref>
   
When deciding upon Kakashi's name, Kishimoto considered a number of possibilities: {{translation|Kuwa|クワ|lit meaning=Hoe}}, {{translation|Kama|カマ|lit meaning=Scythe}}, {{translation|Botan|ボタン|lit meaning=Peony}}, {{translation|Enoki|エノキ|lit meaning=Nettle tree}}, and {{translation|Kakashi|カカシ|lit meaning=Scarecrow}}. He eventually decided upon Kakashi, and remained glad that he did ever since. In keeping with the meaning of his name, scarecrows were occasionally used to represent Kakashi; Naruto, for example, used a scarecrow that was dressed like Kakashi to help him train for a combat test between the two. Likewise, scarecrows were sometimes added to sceneries in which Kakashi appeared, as was the case with the cover of the ''Naruto'' manga volume three.
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When deciding upon Kakashi's name, Kishimoto considered a number of possibilities: {{translation|Kuwa|クワ|lit meaning=Hoe}}, {{translation|Kama|カマ|lit meaning=Scythe}}, {{translation|Botan|ボタン|lit meaning=Peony}}, {{translation|Enoki|エノキ|lit meaning=Nettle tree}}, and {{translation|Kakashi|カカシ|lit meaning=Scarecrow}}. He eventually decided upon Kakashi, and remains glad that he did to this day.<ref>[[Volume 2]], page 126</ref> In keeping with the meaning of his name, scarecrows are occasionally used to represent Kakashi; Naruto, for example, uses a scarecrow that is dressed like Kakashi to help him train for a combat test between the two.<ref>Chapter 4</ref> Likewise, scarecrows are at times added to the background of scenes in which Kakashi appears, as is the case with the cover of [[Volume 3|''Naruto'' manga volume three]].<ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 129</ref>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* "Kakashi" is Japanese for {{translation|"scarecrow"|案山子}} and "Hatake" means {{translation|"farmland/field"|畑}}, so his name means {{translation|"scarecrow in the farmland"|畑・案山子}}. This is very fitting since many ninja in actual history (and ninja villages) posed as farmers. Also, in episode 101, he replaced himself with a scarecrow when Sakura was following him.
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* Kakashi always places in the top three of the ''Naruto'' character popularity polls. The third ''Naruto'' databook, after compiling the results of all six polls, places Kakashi as the most popular character in the series with 48,469 votes. In the seventh poll he ranked third with 4,828 votes.
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* The name "Kakashi" means {{translation|"scarecrow"|案山子}} and his family name "Hatake" means {{translation|"farmland/field"|畑}}, so his name means {{translation|"scarecrow in the farmland"|畑案山子}}.
* Kakashi is one of four characters to have always stayed in the Top Ten of every Character Popularity Poll.
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* Kakashi placed in the top three of all the [[Naruto Character Popularity Polls]].
* According to Pakkun in an omake chapter published in the Third Databook, Kakashi greatly dislikes being photographed without his mask.
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* In the ''[[Live Spectacle Naruto]]'', the role of Kakashi was played by Yūki Kimisawa.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Kakashi show that he was 140 cm in ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower]]'', 148 cm during [[Kakashi Gaiden]], and 168 cm during the [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha]].
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
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** Kakashi's hobby is reading (''Icha Icha'' series).
 
** Kakashi's hobby is reading (''Icha Icha'' series).
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** Kakashi's favourite foods are salt-broiled saury and miso soup with eggplant, while his least favourites are anything fried or sweet.
 
** Kakashi's favourite foods are salt-broiled saury and miso soup with eggplant, while his least favourites are anything fried or sweet.
 
** Kakashi has completed 1,141 official missions in total: 197 D-rank, 190 C-rank, 414 B-rank, 298 A-rank, 42 S-rank.
 
** Kakashi has completed 1,141 official missions in total: 197 D-rank, 190 C-rank, 414 B-rank, 298 A-rank, 42 S-rank.
** Kakashi's favourite word is {{translation|"Teamwork"|チームワーク|Chīmuwāku}}.
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** Kakashi's favourite word is {{translation|"Team-work"|チームワーク|Chīmuwāku}}.
* During ''[[Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower]]'', when Minato presented the Third Hokage with Kakashi's files, it showed his Ninja Stats. It revealed that Kakashi's Total Stats at age 9 are 22.5: Ninjutsu 3, Taijutsu 3, Genjutsu 2, Intelligence 4, Strength 1.5, Speed 3.5, Stamina 2, and Hand Seals 3.5. It also showed that his total missions completed at age 10 were 140: 48 D-rank, 21 C-rank, 63 B-rank, 8 A-rank, and 0 S-rank.
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* During ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower]]'', Kakashi's ninja profile at age 10 is seen: a chūnin, his total stats are 22.5: Ninjutsu 3, Taijutsu 3, Genjutsu 2, Intelligence 4, Strength 1.5, Speed 3.5, Stamina 2, and Hand Seals 3.5. It also showed that his total missions completed at age 10 were 140: 48 D-rank, 21 C-rank, 63 B-rank, 8 A-rank, and 0 S-rank.
* In [[The Burden|''Shippūden'' episode 214]], his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]'s colours are inverted, making his Mangekyō black with a red design, similar to [[Sasuke]]'s Mangekyō Sharingan.
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* According to ''[[Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles]]'', the reason why Kakashi wears a mask is to hide the blood coming out of his nose whenever he reads his ''Icha Icha'' book.
* A younger Kakashi that appears in ''Kakashi Gaiden'' and ANBU Kakashi are playable as separate characters from his adult self in some Naruto games.
 
* Counting his [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|Fire Release]] in the anime and [[Wind Release: Great Breakthrough|Wind Release]] in the games, Kakashi is one of few characters in the ''Naruto'' franchise to use all five elements, including [[Kakuzu]], [[Fūka]], and [[Nagato]].
 
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To his [[Team Kakashi|students]]) "''I'm Kakashi Hatake. I have no desire to tell you my likes and dislikes… My dreams for the future… Hmm… As for my hobbies… I have lots of hobbies…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 4, page 5</ref>
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* (To his [[Team Kakashi|students]]) "''I'm Kakashi Hatake. I have no desire to tell you my likes and dislikes… My dreams for the future… Hmm… As for my hobbies… I have lots of hobbies…''"<ref>Chapter 4, page 5</ref>
* (To his students) "''In the ninja world, those who break the rules are trash, that's true, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash.<!-- Do NOT change to scum, that is slang. The word trash is more appropriate -->''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 8, page 19</ref>
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* (To his students) "''In the ninja world, those who break the rules are trash, that's true, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash.''"<ref>Chapter 8, page 19</ref>
* (To [[Sasuke]]) "''I won't allow my comrades to die. I'll protect you with my life. Trust me.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 12, pages 14-15</ref>
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* (To his students) "''Sorry I'm late, I'm afraid I got lost on the path of life.''"<ref>Chapter 34, page 4</ref>
* (To [[Naruto]]) "''I can see where a thing like that would be hard to accept… but it's a fact you'll have to live with. This probably won't be the last time we run into a kid who's both younger than you… and stronger than me.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 16, page 7</ref>
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* (To [[Yūgao]], about [[Obito]]'s name engraved in the [[Memorial Stone]]) "''This place makes me think about the mistakes I've made in the past… and I've made so many of them.''"<ref>Chapter 139, page 10</ref>
* (To his students) "''Sorry I'm late, I'm afraid I got lost on the path of life.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 34, page 4</ref>
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* (To [[Kakuzu]]) "''The next generation will always surpass the previous one. It's one of the never-ending cycles in life.''"<ref>Chapter 342, page 9</ref>
* (To [[Orochimaru]])"'' I don't care if you are one of the legendary Sannin, the great shinobi of legend, I swear take one more step towards Sasuke and one of us will die here!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 70, page 1</ref>
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* (To [[Pain]]) "''The people from this village are different from your average village. Even if it means dying, there's not a single one of us, who would sell out a comrade.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 158</ref>
* (To [[Yūgao]], about [[Obito]]'s name engraved in the [[Memorial Stone]]) "''This place makes me think about the mistakes I've made in the past… and I've made so many of them.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 139, page 10</ref>
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* (To [[Sakumo]]) "''Regardless of what happened, you did the best you could. I understand that now… you broke the rules for all our sakes - I'm proud of you now…''"<ref name="c449" />
* (Looking at the statues of [[Madara]] and [[Hashirama]] in the [[Valley of the End]]) "''Like the fate of the two who founded the village of Konoha… Naruto and Sasuke… your fates are like theirs.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 234, pages 12-13</ref>
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* (To Sasuke) "''No matter how far Orochimaru fell, he still loved him… Now I know how the Third Hokage felt.''"<ref>Chapter 483, page 17</ref>
* (To [[Kakuzu]]) "''The next generation will always surpass the previous one. It's one of the never-ending cycles in life.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 342, page 9</ref>
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* (To Naruto) "''I told you that I'll never let my friends die… that's also something that I wanted to convince myself of… There are many friends I was unable to protect so far… That's why every time I swear that I'll protect them… but then I still happen to face the truth of when I'm not able to do it… You have to take that 'wound' with you forever… That's why we're the one to endure… We are Ninja. I will never forget.''"<ref>Chapter 616, pages 16-17</ref>
* (To [[Yahiko|Pain]]) "''The people from this village are different from your average village. Even if it means dying, there's not a single one of us, who would sell out a comrade.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 158</ref>
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* (To Obito) "''I'm just a piece of trash… but there are things I learned. The hole in your heart is something other people can fill. If you reject your friends' feelings and this world… just because something didn't go as you wished, no one will ever come to you. And so that hole won't be filled either, if you just run away without doing anything people won't do anything for you either… As long as you don't give up, you can still be saved!''"<ref>Chapter 630, page 13</ref>
* (To [[Sakumo]]) "''Regardless of what happened, you did the best you could. I understand that now… you broke the rules for all our sakes - I'm proud of you now…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 449, page 7</ref>
 
* (To Sasuke) "''No matter how far Orochimaru fell, he still loved him… Now I know how the Third Hokage felt.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 483, page 17</ref>
 
* (To the [[Third Division]]) "''Look, it takes a lot to get me worked up, but this time my boiling point's as low as it's ever been. The "Copy Ninja" Kakashi, the man who copied one thousand techniques is about to go on a rampage!''"<ref name="c524p14"/>
 
   
 
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This is the article on the character. For other uses, see Kakashi Hatake (disambiguation).
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Kakashi Hatake

Kakashi Epilogue

はたけカカシ Hatake Kakashi

  • Copy Ninja Kakashi (コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi)[7]
  • Kakashi of the Sharingan (写輪眼のカカシ, Sharingan no Kakashi, Literally meaning: Kakashi of the Copy Wheel Eye)[8]
  • Hero of the Sharingan (写輪眼の英雄, Sharingan no Eiyū, Literally meaning: Hero of the Copy Wheel Eye)[9]
  • Cold-Blooded Kakashi (冷血カカシ, Reiketsu Kakashi)[5]
  • Friend-Killer Kakashi (仲間殺しのカカシ, Nakamagoroshi no Kakashi)[10]
  • Sixth Hokage (六代目火影, Rokudaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Sixth Fire Shadow)[11]
  • Sukea (スケア, Sukea)[12]
Debut
Manga Volume #1, Chapter #3
Anime Naruto Episode #3
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Virgo September 15
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 26-27
  • Part II: 29-31
Height
  • Part I: 181 cm1.81 m
    5.938 ft
    71.26 in
Weight
  • Part I: 67.5 kg148.812 lb
Blood type O
Kekkei Genkai
Occupation
  • Anbu Captain (Former)
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 009720
Academy Grad. Age 5
Chūnin Prom. Age 6
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) is a shinobi of Konohagakure's Hatake clan. Famed as Kakashi of the Sharingan (写輪眼のカカシ, Sharingan no Kakashi), he is one of Konoha's more talented ninja, regularly looked to for advice and leadership despite his personal dislike of responsibility. To his students on Team 7, Kakashi teaches the importance of teamwork, a lesson he, like the Sharingan, received from his childhood friend, Obito Uchiha. After the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi becomes Konoha's Sixth Hokage (六代目火影, Rokudaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Sixth Fire Shadow).

Background Edit

Early life Edit

Sakumo commits suicide

Kakashi finds his father dead.

Because his mother died when he was very young,[13] Kakashi was raised during his early years by his father, Sakumo Hatake. Sakumo was famed throughout Konoha, having saved the village on at least one occasion; Kakashi in particular revered his father. During one of Sakumo's missions - after Kakashi was enrolled in Konoha's Ninja Academy - Sakumo made the decision to save the lives of his teammates rather than complete the assignment. The mission's failure had disastrous consequences for the Land of Fire, causing many in Konoha, including the teammates he saved, to vilify him for abandoning his duties. Disgraced, Sakumo committed suicide. Seeing what his father went through and determined not to makes the same mistakes, Kakashi decided that following the Shinobi Rules must always take priority.[14]

Obito&#039;s year group

Kakashi at his entrance ceremony.

In the Academy, Kakashi earned top grades, earning him recognition as a prodigy and the best of his generation.[15][4] Upon graduating and becoming genin, he and his classmates, Rin Nohara and Obito Uchiha, were teamed together under the leadership of Minato Namikaze. In the anime, Minato gave the team a bell test at its formation, assigning the three to take the two bells he kept on his person. After they each failed to acquire a bell on their own, Kakashi convinced Rin and Obito to team up with him. Their combined efforts not only enabled them to capture a bell but demonstrated teamwork, the true goal of the test, convincing Minato to officially recognise them as his students.[16]

Team Minato would go on many missions during its career, but Kakashi's devotion to the rules often made him difficult to work with;[17] Obito, already jealous of Kakashi's natural talent, was frequently at odds with him about this behavior. In time, the team took part in the Chūnin Exams: in the final rounds, Kakashi defeated Might Guy in a one-on-one match, earning him a promotion to chūnin.[18]

Third Shinobi World War Edit

Konoha eventually became embroiled in the Third Shinobi World War. As part of the war effort, Team Minato was assigned to destroy the Kannabi Bridge in Kusagakure in order to cut off Iwagakure's supply line. Minato was needed on the front lines at the time, leaving Kakashi, recently promoted to jōnin, in charge. Before embarking on the mission, Minato and Rin gave him presents to celebrate his promotion; Obito forgot to get him anything. Shortly after entering Kusa, they encountered an Iwa-scout, Mahiru. Kakashi tried to eliminate him with his new jutsu, Chidori, but the attack speed left him vulnerable to counterattack, forcing Minato to step in, save Kakashi, and kill Mahiru himself. Before leaving them, Minato advised Kakashi to not use the Chidori again.

Kakashi White Light Chakra Sabre

Kakashi saving Obito.

Kakashi, Rin, and Obito continued further in to Kusa. They were eventually found by Mahiru's teammates, Kakkō and Taiseki, who kidnapped Rin in order to find out what their mission was. Obito immediately suggested that they rescue her, but Kakashi insisted that they first complete the mission, opting to not repeat his father's failure. Obito refused to go along with this and went off to save Rin by himself. Before he left, he told Kakashi that Sakumo had been a hero and that, although it was bad to abandon one's mission, it was worse to abandon one's teammates. Kakashi began carrying out the mission alone, but ultimately decided that Obito was right and went to join him. He arrived in time to save Obito from Taiseki with his White Light Chakra Sabre, which he inherited from his father.

Taiseki turned invisible and tried launching a sneak attack on Obito. Kakashi protected him, but his left eye was badly damaged in the process. In that moment, Obito awakened his Sharingan and used it to kill Taiseki. They then entered the cave where Rin was being held, drove off Kakkō, and released Rin from the genjutsu he placed her under. Kakkō retaliated by forcing a cave-in and Kakashi, due to his damaged eye, had difficulty avoiding the falling rocks. Before he could be crushed by a large boulder, Obito pushed him out of the way, becoming trapped instead. Unable to get free and knowing his injuries were too serious to survive, Obito decided to make his last act giving Kakashi the present he forgot to give him earlier: his Sharingan to replace the eye Kakashi lost.

After Rin transplanted Obito's Sharingan into him, Kakashi confronted Kakkō. His White Light Chakra Sabre was destroyed during the ensuing fight, but he succeeded in killing Kakkō with Chidori; due to the Sharingan's heightened vision, Kakashi was finally able to handle its speed. He went back to where Obito and Rin were, but Iwa reinforcements soon arrived and started constricting the rubble. Obito asked Kakashi to take Rin away and keep her safe, which Kakashi did, leaving Obito behind. As the Iwa-nin started surrounding them, Kakashi attacked them for as long as he could, holding them off until Minato eventually tracked them down and finished off the rest. Minato assisted them with destroying the Kannabi Bridge and then returned with them to Konoha to mourn Obito's death. Despite many from the Uchiha clan being against Kakashi wielding a Sharingan as he had no blood-ties to them, Fugaku, the Uchiha head, chose to honor Obito's dying actions and let Kakashi keep his gift.[19]

Kakashi Kills Rin

Kakashi unintentionally kills Rin.

During a later mission, Rin was kidnapped by Kirigakure. Kakashi was eventually able to rescue her and started taking her back to Konoha. Along the way, Rin revealed that Kiri had sealed the Three-Tails into her body with the intention to, once she inevitably lost control of it, have it unleashed on Konoha and destroy the village from within. In order to prevent this from happening, Rin begged Kakashi to kill her, but he refused, unwilling to break his promise to Obito to protect her and hoping to find some other solution. When Kiri-nin caught up with them and made pretended efforts to retrieve her, Kakashi fought them off with his renamed Chidori, the Lightning Cutter. During one of these attacks, Rin jumped in front of Kakashi's attack, dying by his hand so that Konoha would be safe.[20] The trauma of this caused his Sharingan to evolve into a Mangekyō Sharingan shortly before Kakashi passed out.[21] He was later found by Konoha reinforcements, but none could explain the slaughter of all the Kiri forces.[22]

Anbu Career Edit

Because he'd lost two teammates in such a short timespan, his role in Rin's death, and his failure to honour Obito's last request by protecting her, Kakashi began dropping into a depression. In the anime, many believed he purposely killed Rin to prevent her from leaking information, earning him the nickname "Friend-Killer Kakashi". He would also spend his days avoiding friends and former classmates and at night he would be haunted by dreams of himself killing Rin again. Minato, the new Hokage tried to give Kakashi a new direction in life by assigning him to the Anbu.[23] Kakashi did well in the Anbu, eventually becoming a captain and the leader of Team Ro. However, his successes were owed to his cold behavior and his ruthlessness in combat, signs that he was still upset by Rin's death. Minato therefore tried a different tactic: assigning Kakashi to protect his wife, Kushina Uzumaki, during her pregnancy. Kakashi carried out his duties faithfully, monitoring Kushina from the shadows whenever she left her home.[24] During his time off, he would visit Rin's grave and Obito's engraving to tell them his regrets and how life was going without them.[25]

Kurenai and the young protesters

Kakashi and his peers are blocked from helping Konoha.

During the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, Kakashi and many of Konoha's other young ninja were prevented from helping defend the village, instead being confined within a barrier to keep them safe.[26] Minato eventually saved the village from the Nine-Tails, but at the cost of his and Kushina's lives. In the anime, Kakashi was convinced by Danzō Shimura that their deaths were a result of the Third Hokage's policies. Angry with the Third, Kakashi agreed to spy on the Hokage for Danzō's Root organisation. During a mission, Kakashi encountered another Root member codenamed "Kinoe" who was able to use Wood Release.[24] Knowing that Wood Release was unique to the First Hokage, Kakashi broke in to the Hokage Residence to see what he could learn about this anomaly. The Third caught him, but freely gave him the information he wanted: Konoha had tried to recreate the Wood Release powers in the past, but abandoned the project for killing too many test subjects. The Third then mused that the Nine-Tails might have been defeated and Minato saved had the research been successful.

Kakashi spares Kinoe

Kakashi spares Kinoe's life.

From this meeting with the Third, it became clear to Kakashi that the Third was not the ineffectual, passionless leader Danzō had made him out to be. Moreover, Danzō had not used Kinoe to try and stop the Nine-Tails' attack. Realising he had picked the wrong side, Kakashi told the Third about Danzō's plans to assassinate him and, the following day, personally lured out the assassins, of whom Kinoe was one. Kakashi easily defeated him, but chose to spare his life in case he would one day prove an ally. Kakashi attempted to resign from the Anbu afterwards for working against the Hokage, but the Third insisted his service was invaluable and made Kakashi his right-hand man.[27]

Kakashi being afraid of Orochimaru

Kakashi unable to stop Orochimaru.

From investigating a series of disappearances, it was discovered that Orochimaru was behind the Wood Release research that produced Kinoe. In the anime, Kakashi attacked Orochimaru when the Third Hokage failed to apprehend him, but he was paralyzed by Orochimaru's killing intent and Orochimaru escaped.[28] Kakashi followed him once he regained his composure, but was captured by the Iburi clan, who were loyal to Orochimaru. Kinoe, their ally, convinced them to let him interrogate Kakashi. Once alone, Kinoe confided that Danzō was making his own plans against Orochimaru and, with help from Yukimi, helped Kakashi get free.[29] Orochimaru ultimately killed most of the Iburi clan before escaping yet again, but Kakashi, recognising that Kinoe's relationship with Yukimi is much like his relationship with Rin was, helped keep her safe. When he returned to Konoha, he mentioned neither the Iburi clan's nor Root's involvement in his report.[30]

Kakashi continued to investigate Orochimaru over the following years, eventually locating one of his secret labs. While there, he was attacked by Kinoe, who Danzō had sent to take his Sharingan. Kakashi tried to reason with him, telling him friendship should take higher priority than the mission. When Kinoe accused Kakashi of violating that creed by killing Rin, Kakashi, enraged, overpowered him in order to bring him before the Third Hokage.[10] Before they could leave, one of Orochimaru's old experiments poisoned Kakashi; Kinoe, affected by Kakashi's earlier words, got him to safety, gave him an antidote, and left him, deciding not to take his Sharingan. When Kakashi woke up, he knew Danzō would punish Kinoe for insubordination and asked the Third for help. With the Third's permission, Kakashi forced his way into Root headquarters and stopped Danzō from applying a cursed seal to Kinoe. As Root forces started to surround them, the Third showed up to personally authorise Kakashi's actions, and further negotiated Kinoe's release from Root. Kakashi added Kinoe, now with the new codename "Tenzō", to Team Ro.[31]

Three years later, Itachi Uchiha was added to Team Ro. Kakashi and Itachi were at one point assigned to observe a meeting between Konoha and the Land of Woods. When the Land of Woods' Prajñā Group tried to betray the Konoha forces, Kakashi and Itachi moved in and defeated them. Although Kakashi was impressed by Itachi's abilities, he warned him against his merciless approach and encouraged him on the importance of friends.[32] Sometime later, Itachi asked Kakashi if dead friends' requests should be honoured, which Kakashi said they should.[33] Itachi was eventually promoted out of Team Ro and replaced by Yūgao Uzuki. Shortly afterwards, Team Ro was sent to the Uchiha clan's compound with orders to pacify a brewing rebellion, only to find the entire clan dead. When news emerged that Itachi was responsible and that he had killed his best friend, Shisui Uchiha, in pursuit of power, Kakashi was horrified and lamented his failure to have had a better influence on Itachi.

Kakashi leaves the Anbu

Kakashi leaves the Anbu.

Because of what happened with Itachi, the Third Hokage decided that individuals with kind hearts do not belong in the Anbu. He therefore thanked Kakashi for his years of service and relieved him of his duty, returning him to the standard forces.[34] Over the years, he was placed in charge of several teams of Academy graduates, but none ever demonstrated the teamwork he considered to be so important. In the anime, he started worrying that his own methods were to blame, but from seeing how his former Anbu underlings prospered due to his teachings, his faith was reaffirmed.[16]

Personality Edit

Kakashi typically has a relaxed and almost bored attitude, not prone to getting too worked up about anything or by anyone. He tries to avoid serious commitments or responsibilities, doing only as little as is necessary and being ever-modest about his skills and capabilities. He is habitually tardy, showing up when it suits him, using excuses that convince nobody,[35] and later leaving for equally poor reasons. Though Kakashi wants others to believe this is how he always acts, he only does so for matters that aren't of particular importance; Kakashi will always step up for the sake of his friends or Konoha, even if that means showing up on time. His aloof detachment remains intact even on such occasions, however, but this has the benefit of making him more rational than others might be in the same situation.

Kakashi Icha Icha

Kakashi's obsession with the Icha Icha series.

When he first meets his students on Team 7, Kakashi claims to have many hobbies, none of which he chooses to share at the time. He is known to be an avid fan of the Icha Icha series of novels; he always has one of the books with him and regularly reads it, even while talking to others. Naruto Uzumaki identifies Icha Icha as one of Kakashi's few weaknesses, which he is able to take advantage of during a bell test by threatening to spoil the ending of the newest book in the series, forcing Kakashi to shut his eyes and ears and thereby leave himself vulnerable. Although most people he knows are aware of how much he likes Icha Icha, Kakashi is seemingly uncomfortable sharing the books with others, growing embarrassed by the presumably adult content when he is forced to read passages aloud.

In truth, Kakashi is alone for most of his spare time, spending hours visiting Rin Nohara's grave or the Memorial Stone where Obito Uchiha's name is engraved.[36] He tells them about his life, recent events in Konoha, and others they knew, but mostly he shares his regrets that they cannot be with him or that their deaths were his fault. In the anime, after Rin died, Kakashi went through a period of post-traumatic stress disorder, having nightmares about her death and growing depressed whenever others mentioned her. Over time, Kakashi comes to accept that Rin chose to die, so his guilt instead becomes about his broken promise to Obito to keep Rin safe. This fact causes Obito's death to weigh more heavily on him, compounding the regret he feels about what his personality was even hours before Obito died: selfish, condescending, and far too concerned about following the rules. Kakashi feels that, had he cared about teamwork and friendship in the same way that Obito did, Obito's death might have been avoided.

Obito's death profoundly changed Kakashi. The Chidori that he originally created simply as a weapon became a tool he would only use to protect his comrades. More particularly, he became committed to teamwork and always places teammates' well-being above the mission's: he believes goals can be accomplished more effectively together, asking for help when he needs it, providing help when it is requested of him, and praising allies when they deserve it. An abuse of one's teammates is the only thing that can makes Kakashi cast aside his normally stoic demeanour, causing him to attack without mercy or his usual sense of sportsmanship.[37] He expects his prospective students to demonstrate this same devotion to teamwork, which none until Team 7 were able to do; despite the high failure rate, the Third Hokage agrees with Kakashi's choice to require it. Kakashi becomes fond of all Team 7's members, even Sasuke Uchiha, blaming himself for Sasuke's criminal acts and his team's growing rift throughout Part II.[38] He holds out hope that Sasuke will correct his behavior, and for his patience he is able to see Team 7 reunified when Part II ends.

Might Guy has considered Kakashi his rival ever since they first met in the Academy. Despite his father's warning that Guy might someday prove stronger than him, Kakashi didn't think much of Guy at the time. Guy took this as a challenge and began striving to earn Kakashi's approval so as to show that his perseverance could be just as good as Kakashi's natural genius. When Guy would suggest contests to test how their abilities compared, Kakashi would respond with indifference, only fueling Guy's desire to defeat his "cool, hip, and trendy" personality. At the start of Part I, Kakashi's score is 50 wins and 49 losses,[39] though even when Guy takes the lead the score difference remains the same; considering that their competitions range from eating contests to Rock, Paper, Scissors, the score isn't truly representative of anything. Kakashi eventually comes to consider Guy one of his closest and most reliable friends, and by the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War he acknowledges that Guy has surpassed him.

Appearance Edit

Kakashi&#039;s TRUE FACE

Kakashi without his mask.

Kakashi has a strong resemblance to his father, so much so that they are sometimes mistaken for each other:[40] he has spiky silver hair often oriented to his left-side, dark grey eyes, and typically a relaxed, heavy-lidded expression. During the Third Shinobi World War, his left eye was damaged, leaving a vertical scar from the injury. The eye was shortly afterwards replaced with a Sharingan, which he keeps covered with his forehead protector when he isn't using it. This, combined with the mask he has used to cover the lower half of his face for seemingly his entire life, prevents most of his face from being visible. Even his ninken have so rarely ever seen his full face that they have various ideas of what he looks like.[41] In the few occasions he exposes his full face, he is revealed to be very handsome[42] with a narrow jaw-line with a beauty mark under the left corner of his mouth.[43]

  • Kakashi's appearance for most of the series.
  • Kakashi during The Last.
  • Kakashi as the Sixth Hokage.

Kakashi wears Konoha's standard infantry clothing for most of Part I and Part II: a flak jacket, dark blue pants, and a long-sleeve shirt. He also wears finger-less gloves with metal plates on the backhand and is seen with a chain necklace underneath.[44] His appearance remains largely the same following the Fourth Shinobi World War, except for a red armband on his left bicep, boots instead of sandals, and Konoha's redesigned flak jacket. The kanji "六火" (Literally meaning Six Fire) is written on the back, denoting his Hokage position. For formal occasions, he wears the typical Hokage garb: the traditional headpiece and haori, along with a red, full-length kimono, tied using a white sash. Written vertically on the back of the robe, Kakashi has the kanji for Sixth Hokage (六代目火影, Rokudaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Sixth Fire Shadow).

  • Kakashi during the Third Shinobi World War.
  • Kakashi at the start and end of his Anbu career.

Kakashi wore several different outfits prior to Part I. One of the most commonly seen of these is what he wore during the Third Shinobi World War: a black T-shirt with white stripes in the middle of the sleeves, additional sleeves over his arms, metal arm protectors, leather straps around his back and chest, and dark pants. Prior to its destruction, his family's White Light Chakra Sabre was kept in a small holder in the middle of his back. The anime's Kakashi's Anbu Arc also shows him at different points in his Anbu career: like most Anbu, he had a simple blue suit with a grey flak jacket, strapped up sandals, arm guards, and plated gloves that went up to his elbows. His Anbu mask resembled a dog's face with red and black markings around the eyes, sides, and mouth.

Abilities Edit

Raiden

Kakashi using one of his unique ninjutsu skills.

Kakashi is a natural prodigy, evidenced by his rapid rise through the ninja ranks.[45] His feats and renown cause him to be recognised on sight by foreign ninja like Zabuza Momochi and the Fourth Raikage,[46] deemed a dangerous opponent by Itachi Uchiha,[47] and viewed by Pain as a major threat to Akatsuki's plans.[48] To his allies in Konoha, Kakashi is valued highly for his combat prowess and leadership skills, such that many foresaw his rise to Hokage status years before it happened.[49][50] The Sage of the Six Paths believed Kakashi's greatest strength is as a teacher to Team 7 and as a friend to Obito Uchiha, vital factors in Kaguya Ōtsutsuki's defeat.[51]

In general, Kakashi is very versatile man with high proficiency in countless areas; Naruto Uzumaki says Kakashi is smarter than Shikamaru Nara, has a better sense of smell than Kiba Inuzuka, is more adept with the Sharingan than Sasuke Uchiha, and has better taijutsu skill than Rock Lee.[52] He isn't seen using genjutsu very often, but his ability to keep up with and endure the genjutsu used by various Uchiha demonstrates his competency.[53]

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

Kakashi vs Kakuzu

Kakashi engages Kakuzu in hand-to-hand combat.

By his own admission, Kakashi's chakra reserves are of average size. In Part I, he has only enough chakra to use the Lightning Cutter four times per day, which is increased to at least six times in Part II. Similarly, at the start of Part II, he can only use Kamui three times before he requires extended bed rest; although its use always remains a risk for him, he is able to use Kamui more often as Part II goes on.

Kakashi's proficiency in taijutsu allows him to take various approaches in close combat. His time in the Anbu enables him to suddenly approach enemies from behind, unnoticed by even other Anbu.[54] Also, his ongoing competitions with Might Guy make him just as comfortable attacking from the front, striking with debilitating precision to quickly defeat multiple enemies. Kakashi is able to open at least one of the Eight Gates,[55] which the anime confirms.[56] Other skills include: physical strength great enough to wield the Kubikiribōchō with one hand;[57] reflexes sharp enough to block attacks he is unable to see;[47] speed fast enough to perform hand seals at unreadable rates, such that binding his arms is considered one of the more effective ways to defeat him.[52]

Ninjutsu Edit

Kakashi Using Rasengan

Kakashi using Rasengan.

Kakashi's area of expertise is in ninjutsu. This is in large part due to his Sharingan, with which he is reputed to have copied over a thousand jutsu and which led to his moniker as "Copy Ninja Kakashi" (コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi).[58] He remains naturally gifted even without the Sharingan, evidenced by the fact that he mastered the Rasengan before even acquiring it.[59] He is comfortable with a wide range of ninja tools and weaponry, but has the most experience with swords due to his time as an Anbu; with mere kunai, he can successfully cross blades with Zabuza Momochi and Hidan. His repertoire expands to fūinjutsu by Part I, impressing Orochimaru.[60]

Ninken summoned to search Orochi

Kakashi's ninken.

Kakashi has his own personal pack of ninken, which he has raised since they were puppies; in the anime, he is shown using them during the Third Shinobi World War.[61] In the field, he can summon one or more of his ninken to fetch things for him, restrain targets,[62] or deliver messages. More commonly, he uses them for tracking, picking up trails that Kakashi, despite his own considerable tracking skills, can't detect, or seeking out targets he doesn't know where to look for.

Nature Transformation Edit

Kakashi can use all five basic nature transformations, as well as the Yin Release and Yang Release.[5] He can use Water Release without a nearby water source,[63] being able to produce massive torrents, water dragons or defensive walls. With Earth Release, he can move underground for sneak attacks or produce walls to defend himself or block enemies.[64] In the anime, he is shown using Fire Release to create massive fireballs.[65]

Lightning Cutter

Kakashi's signature technique, the Lightning Cutter.

Kakashi's natural affinity is for Lightning Release,[66] which he will at times channel into weaponry to increase its cutting power.[67] When he was younger, he tried to infuse the Rasengan with his lightning nature, but the task proved too difficult. In its place he created the Chidori,[59] a collection of lightning chakra in the hand that can pierce most targets that it is thrust into; he once famously split a bolt of lightning with his Chidori, earning the name "Lightning Cutter".[68] The Chidori and Lightning Cutter are very fast attacks, such that Kakashi can only use them safely with his Sharingan. After losing his Sharingan in the Fourth Shinobi World War, he creates Lightning Release: Purple Electricity, which unleashes a bolt of lightning to attack from afar. Other lightning techniques include hounds manipulated to attack enemies, clones that paralyse on contact[69] and chains to cut through multiple targets at once.

Dōjutsu Edit

Sharingan Edit

Kakashi&#039;s Sharingan

Kakashi's Sharingan.

Kakashi received his Sharingan during the Third Shinobi World War from Obito Uchiha, a replacement for the left eye he'd lost shortly beforehand. The Sharingan has become his most identifying feature in the years since then, such that he is widely known as "Kakashi of the Sharingan" (写輪眼のカカシ, Sharingan no Kakashi). With the Sharingan, Kakashi can accurately reproduce any movement he sees (his own physical skill permitting), take in a heightened amount of visual information, and perform the Sharingan's broad category of genjutsu. Because he isn't an Uchiha, he can't deactivate the Sharingan and it rapidly drains his chakra whenever he uses it, leaving him bedridden after extended use;[70] he keeps the eye covered when he doesn't need it in order to prevent this. Despite his handicap, several Uchiha note that Kakashi's use of his Sharingan is just as skillful as their own.[47][71] Kakashi loses his Sharingan during the Fourth Shinobi World War to Madara Uchiha.[72] When Obito's spirit briefly returns from the afterlife, he transfers both his Sharingan, having died with both, into Kakashi, during which Kakashi able to use the dōjutsu's full power.

Mangekyō Sharingan Edit

Kakashi&#039;s Mangekyō Sharingan

Kakashi's Mangekyō Sharingan.

Kakashi's Sharingan became a Mangekyō Sharingan when Rin Nohara died, a trauma that simultaneously caused the Mangekyō to awaken in Obito.[21] Its design gives the appearance of three triangles wrapping around the pupil, similar to a pinwheel. He was able to maintain it for over a decade, though steadily suffering its side-effects with each usage, such as bleeding eyes and deteriorating vision. Just prior to losing his Sharingan, it became nearsighted, forcing him to get close to use the Mangekyō's ability on them.[73]

Kamui

Kakashi using Kamui at a distance on Deidara.

With his left Mangekyō, Kakashi can use the long-range variant of Kamui: by remotely forming a barrier around whatever he looks at, he can warp the target to Kamui's dimension; he eventually learns how to use it on himself to travel to and from this dimension.[74] Kakashi initially having trouble to aim Kamui properly, he struggled to hit his targets.[75] His aim improves to a point that he can use Kamui on fast-moving projectiles.[76] When he first starts using Kamui, it requires some amount of preparation and has a huge drain on his chakra each time it is performed. Although its chakra cost always remains high - such that its use at one point kills him - he is over time able to use it more than his initial limit of three.[77] He also becomes able to perform it faster, enough that opponents may not even notice he used it at all.[78]

Kakashi Susanoo

Kakashi's Complete Body — Susanoo.

After Kakashi loses his Sharingan, his body is temporarily inhabited by Obito's spirit, giving him Mangekyō in both eyes. In addition to the long-range Kamui he'd originally had, he becomes able to use its short-range variant, allowing him to make his body intangible so that attacks faze through him.[79] By combining this ability with his Lightning Cutter, Kakashi can bypass all defences and eliminate the possibility of being countered while attacking. Having a dual Mangekyō, Kakashi can manifest Susanoo, specifically its "Complete Body" form. It can be used for flight, defend others with its large size, and even have the intangibility of Kamui extended to it. In terms of weaponry, it has a sword like all Susanoo do, but it also can throw Kamui Shuriken in order to warp away whatever they are thrown at. In addition, Kakashi has received some of the Six Paths Chakra, allowing him to use the Mangekyō Sharingan and its abilities for repeated and extended maneuvers with no effect on his health or eyesight.

Intelligence Edit

Kakashi's normal approach to combat is to rely on the Body Replacement Technique and clone techniques, thereby keeping himself out of harm's way while he observes an opponent and their abilities.[80] Even when he doesn't use this system of misdirection and decoys, he remains alert to any unexplained or unexpected occurrences, coming up with theories for their causes when they arise and exploiting them if they prove true, which they usually do.[81] Once he identifies an opponent's weakness, Kakashi can quickly formulate a plan to take advantage of it, efficiently utilising each of his allies' unique skills to that purpose. Such plans, while often elaborate and unorthodox, are typically highly successful and very low-risk, making Kakashi invaluable as a leader.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 5 4 4 4.5 3.5 4 3 5 33
Second 5 4.5 4 5 3.5 4.5 3 5 34.5
Third 5 4.5 4 5 3.5 4.5 3 5 34.5

Part I Edit

Prologue — Land of Waves Edit

Main article: Prologue — Land of Waves

Team Kakashi

The official photo for Team 7.

Kakashi is assigned as the leader of Team 7, comprised of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno. The Third Hokage explains that he is selected for the team in order to keep an eye on Naruto, the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki and, in the anime, to help Sasuke cope with life after the Uchiha Clan Downfall. During his first meeting with Team 7, Kakashi is unimpressed by them, finding them all to be too self-interested. He nevertheless gives them a bell test as he has for all the previous teams he's been assigned to and tells them to take one of the two bells on his person. Naruto launches a first attack before the test officially begins; Kakashi stops him easily, but is nevertheless amused.

Kakashi reads Icha Icha Paradise during the test, convinced he won't need his full attention or both of his hands. Naruto and his shadow clones fail to take a bell and Sakura, who focuses on looking for Sasuke, is defeated by one of Kakashi's genjutsu. Kakashi then goes to find Sasuke, expecting the same outcome as Naruto and Sakura, but finds Sasuke was waiting for him. Kakashi is forced to go on the defence and, when Sasuke uses the Great Fireball Technique, he must close his copy of Icha Icha, but he still manages to defeat Sasuke. Kakashi gathers them together afterwards and tells them they've failed, explaining that, had they worked together rather than individually, they might have succeeded in acquiring a bell. They convince him to give them another chance after lunch, but Kakashi demands that Naruto not be fed. He secretly watches them as they eat and sees Sasuke and Sakura give Naruto food against his instructions, needing Naruto in top form if they're to get a bell. Kakashi pretends anger when he approaches them, but tells them that they pass the test for placing the team's well-being above the mission parameters.

Team 7 completes a number of D-rank missions, which Naruto believes they are over-qualified for. He complains to the Third Hokage about this and is able to secure a C-rank mission: escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves. Shortly after leaving Konoha, Kakashi notices they're being pursued by the Demon Brothers. He pretends to be killed by one of the Demon Brothers' attacks so that he can observe them, stepping in to neutralise them once Team 7 can't hold them off anymore. After restraining them, Kakashi confronts Tazuna on why the Demon Brothers were trying to kill him. Tazuna confesses that assassins have been hired to kill him so that he can't build a bridge that will free the Land of Waves from the tyranny of Gatō. Although this is an A-rank assignment that Team 7, being only genin, are unqualified for, they decide to help Tazuna anyway because Tazuna confessed his country is too poor to afford an A-rank assignment.

Kakashi And Zabuza Battling

Kakashi vs. Zabuza.

When they arrive in the Land of Waves they are met by Zabuza Momochi, a former Kiri-nin. Recognising how formidable Zabuza is, Kakashi uncovers his Sharingan and engages him, leaving his students in charge of protecting Tazuna. Kakashi initially does well against Zabuza, defeating Zabuza's water clones with his own. When Zabuza succeeds in trapping him in a Water Prison, Kakashi instructs Team 7 to leave him behind and escape with Tazuna. Naruto ignores him and with help from Sasuke is able to release him. Kakashi thanks them and resumes his fight with Zabuza, copying his ninjutsu and using them against him. Just as he is about to finish off Zabuza, Zabuza is seemingly killed by a young hunter-nin and his body is taken away. Team 7 continues on to Tazuna's home, but Kakashi must be carried, having exhausted himself due to overuse of the Sharingan.

While recuperating, Kakashi starts to find Zabuza's death suspicious and worries he may still be alive. In case this is true, he shows Team 7 the Tree Climbing Practice in order to improve their chakra control, which will be useful if Zabuza does indeed return. After a week of rest Kakashi has recovered and all of Team 7 has mastered the exercise; Naruto is tired from the training and is allowed to keep sleeping as they resume their bodyguarding of Tazuna. When they arrive at the bridge Tazuna is working on, they find Zabuza and Haku (the hunter-nin from before) waiting for them. Haku traps Sasuke in his Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals, which Zabuza blocks Kakashi from helping him escape from. Once Naruto arrives to lend Sasuke assistance, Kakashi engages Zabuza in combat.

Kakashi stabs Haku

Kakashi kills Haku.

Having learned from his previous encounter, Zabuza coats the area in a thick mist so that Kakashi can't use his Sharingan. Because of this, Kakashi sticks close to Tazuna, knowing Zabuza will come for him eventually. Zabuza does indeed attack, and Kakashi is badly injured by Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō while defending Tazuna. While reeling from his wound, Kakashi senses Naruto using the Nine-Tails' chakra. Fearing that the seal containing the beast is weakening, Kakashi decides to finish the battle quickly: he summons his ninken and has them track down his blood which is still on Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō. Once they locate him, they pin him down while Kakashi attacks with his Lightning Cutter. Just before he hits Zabuza, Haku steps in front of him and takes the attack instead.

As his last act, Haku grabs Kakashi so he can't get away, allowing Zabuza, freed from the ninken, to try to slice through him in order to get to Kakashi. Kakashi pulls away, sets down Haku's body, and, angered by what's happened, proceeds to debilitate both of Zabuza's arms. Gatō then arrives to kill them all, Zabuza included, with a horde of mercenaries. Zabuza kills Gatō first and Kakashi scares off the horde with his "Multiple Shadow Clone Technique". Zabuza, dying from his injuries, asks Kakashi to place him next to Haku. Kakashi complies and, after he passes, buries them both. Their mission complete, Team 7 returns to Konoha, travelling by way of the Great Naruto Bridge that Tazuna finished building.

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams Team 7 resumes its series of uninteresting missions, but Kakashi is nevertheless pleased by their development. Despite their only recent graduation from the Academy, he recommends that they enter the Chūnin Exams. He neglects to tell them that they must enter as a team, not wanting any of them, especially Sakura, to feel pressured to participate. He is therefore glad when they all independently decide to take the exams and wishes them luck.

Kakashi and Orochimaru Face-to-Face!

Kakashi faces Orochimaru.

Several days after the exams start, Kakashi arrives to watch Team 7 in the preliminary fights. There, he is informed that Sasuke was attacked by Orochimaru during the exams and branded with a Cursed Seal of Heaven. Kakashi warns Sasuke that he will be disqualified if he uses the cursed seal during his match. Sasuke avoids doing so and Kakashi takes him away afterwards, applying the Evil Sealing Method to prevent the cursed seal's use. After Sasuke passes out from the procedure, Orochimaru confronts Kakashi, explaining his plans to acquire Sasuke's Sharingan for himself. Kakashi readies his Lightning Cutter to defend Sasuke, but Orochimaru decides to leave, confident Sasuke will come to him willingly someday; Kakashi afterwards realises he would have been killed had they fought. Kakashi takes Sasuke to the hospital to rest, places him under the guard of Anbu, and returns to watch the remaining preliminary matches, having promised Sasuke that he'd tell him all about the other combatants' abilities.

After the preliminaries end, Kakashi returns to Sasuke to find all the Anbu dead, killed by Kabuto Yakushi. He tries to capture Kabuto in order to learn more about Orochimaru's plans for Sasuke, but Kabuto escapes. Kakashi is afterwards tracked down by Naruto, who asks Kakashi to help him train for the exams' final matches in a month. Having already decided to train Sasuke, Kakashi refers Naruto to Ebisu instead. In order to give Sasuke an alternative to the cursed seal's power, Kakashi spends a month teaching him the Chidori. He also helps him improve his physical speed by visualising and mimicking Rock Lee's movements. Training runs long and they end up arriving late for Sasuke's match against Gaara of Sunagakure. When Naruto tries to warn him about Gaara, Kakashi instructs him to just watch Sasuke's performance, and is amused by how quickly Naruto's concern for Sasuke becomes jealousy of his abilities.

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush The Chūnin Exams are interrupted by an invasion of Konoha and most of those watching the finals are rendered unconscious by a genjutsu. Kakashi is among those who dispel it and he starts fending off invading Otogakure forces. When he notices Sasuke going off on his own to fight Gaara, Kakashi locates Sakura and sends her, Naruto, and Shikamaru Nara after him to provide assistance; he summons Pakkun to help them follow Sasuke. The fighting rages on until Kakashi and his fellow defenders eliminate all invaders in the area except for Kabuto and Baki, who opt to flee rather than continue fighting. Kakashi and the others then converge on the site where the Third Hokage fought Orochimaru, but discover that he's died in battle.

Kakashi attends the Third's funeral a few days later. He arrives late, having visited the Memorial Stone beforehand to reflect on those he's lost.

Search for Tsunade Edit

Main article: Search for Tsunade Shortly after the funeral, Kakashi notices cloaked individuals travelling around Konoha. Suspicious, he follows them, but keeps up appearances that he is only meeting Sasuke for lunch. While waiting for Sasuke, he strikes up a conversation with Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yūhi, quietly alerting them to the men in cloaks. When Sasuke arrives and the cloaked men leave, Kakashi sends Asuma and Kurenai after them. However, Kakashi starts to become concerned so he cancels lunch with Sasuke - not explaining the real reason - and joins Asuma and Kurenai. He arrives in time to save Asuma and Kurenai from Kisame Hoshigaki and Itachi Uchiha, respectively.

Tsukuyomi

Itachi uses Tsukuyomi on Kakashi.

Itachi advises Kisame to keep his distance from Kakashi, stating his fight with Kakashi would take too long. He also states that his own fight with Kakashi wouldn't take any time at all: he immediately attacks, which Kakashi only barely blocks with a Water Formation Wall. He then gets Kurenai away from Itachi's Clone Great Explosion, and when he looks back at Itachi catches a glimpse of his Mangekyō Sharingan. He orders Asuma and Kurenai to shut their eyes while he is attacked with Tsukuyomi, subjecting him to three days of torture in a matter of seconds. He is able to remain conscious to Kisame's surprise and, using information earlier provided to him by Jiraiya, guesses their purpose for being in Konoha: they are members of Akatsuki after the Nine-Tails within Naruto.

Itachi orders Kisame to capture Kakashi to see what else he knows and to kill Asuma and Kurenai. Kisame is stopped by Might Guy and they retreat, at which point Kakashi passes out. Guy takes Kakashi back to his home and puts him to bed, where he remains comatose until Tsunade, the new Hokage, comes to Konoha and heals the damage to his mind.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission Kakashi is not done recovering when he is given a mission assignment, a consequence of Konoha's lack of manpower following the failed invasion. Before leaving, he stops by the hospital where Sasuke has been staying after his own encounter with Itachi and finds Sasuke in the middle of combat with Naruto. As Sasuke is about to clash his Chidori with Naruto's Rasengan, Kakashi catches them both and flings them apart. Kakashi starts questioning Sasuke about his apparent intentions to kill Naruto, but Sasuke leaves rather than be lectured. Kakashi also notices Jiraiya nearby and, assuming Naruto learned the Rasengan from him, asks if that was a good idea; Jiraiya asks the same about teaching Sasuke the Chidori. Kakashi asks Jiraiya to speak with Naruto while he speaks with Sasuke. Before he goes, he assures Sakura that he'll set things right.

Kakashi and sasuke

Kakashi lecturing Sasuke.

Kakashi locates Sasuke and ties him to a tree in order to force him to listen to what he has to say. He starts by trying to discourage Sasuke from avenging the Uchiha clan, insisting that, even if he's successful, it won't bring back those who are already dead. Sasuke retorts that Kakashi doesn't understand what he's going through and offers to kill the people most precious to Kakashi, only for Kakashi to reply that those very people are already dead. Sasuke is surprised and puts up less resistance, so Kakashi tells him that taking revenge for those that he's lost is not worth also losing those he still has, namely Naruto and Sakura. To that end, he encourages Sasuke to start using Chidori for its intended purpose: protecting friends rather than attacking them. He unties Sasuke and leaves for his mission, intending for what he said to sink in.

When he returns, Tsunade informs him that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru and that Naruto and a team of genin were sent after him. Upset with himself for not spending more time defusing Sasuke's angst, Kakashi goes after him, fearful that he and Naruto may kill each other. He summons his ninken to help him track Sasuke and Naruto, eventually finding the latter unconscious at the Valley of the End. Because it's raining he can't find Sasuke's trail, and besides Naruto needs medical attention. He takes him back to Konoha and releases him into the care of the Medic Corps.

With Sasuke gone to Orochimaru, Naruto decides to start training with Jiraiya and Sakura trains with Tsunade. Having no students to lead anymore, Kakashi resumes his prior mission schedule.

Mizuki Tracking Mission Edit

Main article: Mizuki Tracking Mission In the anime, Kakashi returns from a mission in time to help round up escapees from the Konoha Strict Correctional Facility.

Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission Edit

Main article: Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission In the anime, Kakash is sent to the Land of Birds as backup for Naruto, Tenten, and Neji Hyūga as they investigate the Cursed Warrior. He takes command of the team and eventually defeats Nagare and Hokushin with relative ease.

Sunagakure Support Mission Edit

Main article: Sunagakure Support Mission In the anime, Kakashi is sent to spy on the Takumi Village in order to investigate rumours of an uprising. There, he finds the entire village abandoned. He is later part of the reinforcements sent to Sunagakure to help deal with the Four Celestial Symbols Men, only to discover that Naruto's team already successfully completed the mission.

Interlude Edit

In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths Edit

Main article: In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths In the anime, about two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train with Jiraiya, another Chūnin Exam is held. Kakashi is sent to Amegakure to invite its ninja to participate, a mere pretext for him to investigate rumours surrounding the village.[82] He is stopped at the village's entrance, but is able to arrange a meeting with Hanzō (who is actually Konan in disguise) and delivers the invitation.[83] Although he appears to leave Ame afterwards, Kakashi sneaks back in to see what he can find out. It immediately becomes apparent to him that, although Ame's ninja don't know the identity of the intruder, they are aware that someone has infiltrated the village. Kakashi decides to go back to Konoha rather than risk causing an incident.[84]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Main article: Kazekage Rescue Mission Kakashi is the first person to greet Naruto when he returns from his two-and-a-half years of training with Jiraiya. Naruto gives him a copy of Icha Icha Tactics as a present, which Kakashi wastes no time starting to read. As Naruto goes off to see Sakura, Jiraiya warns Kakashi that Akatsuki will be making a move in the near future. After Naruto and Sakura have had a chance to catch-up, Kakashi reforms Team 7 and gives them another bell test. Unlike last time, taking the bells from him is the real objective. Kakashi also decides to take the test seriously by uncovering his Sharingan and closing his copy of Icha Icha Tactics. As with last time, Naruto launches a first attack before the test officially begins, but this time it nearly succeeds. Kakashi is impressed by this and other signs of their improvement, but by nightfall they still haven't taken a bell. Tired of this, Naruto tries spoiling the ending of Icha Icha Tactics, forcing Kakashi to cover his ears so as not to hear it and shut his eyes so as not to read Naruto's lips. This allows Naruto and Sakura to each take a bell.

Kakashi vs Itachi

Kakashi fights "Itachi".

While Team 7 tries without success to find a mission to go on that Naruto won't complain about, word reaches Konoha that Akatsuki has kidnapped Gaara, the Fifth Kazekage and the jinchūriki of the One-Tail. Team 7 is sent to Sunagakure to lend assistance in rescuing Gaara. When they arrive in Suna, Kakashi is attacked by Chiyo, who mistook him for his father. Team 7 gathers what intel they can on Gaara's kidnappers and leave to go after them; Chiyo volunteers to escort them since they aren't familiar with the country around Suna. While en route to an Akatsuki lair, they are confronted by Itachi Uchiha. While they fight him, Kakashi notices something is off about Itachi, notably his lack of use of the Mangekyō Sharingan. The reason for this is discovered after Naruto seemingly kills him with a Big Ball Rasengan: they were only fighting a doppelganger.

Team 7 arrives at the Akastuki lair shortly after Team Guy does, who were sent as backup by Tsunade. After Team Guy takes down the barrier over the entrance, Team 7 moves in and finds Gaara's body with his kidnappers: Deidara and Sasori. Deidara takes Gaara's body and flies off, which Naruto and Kakashi go after, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. Naruto makes repeated failed attempts to rescue Gaara, prompting Kakashi to encourage patience while he prepares a new ability: a Mangekyō Sharingan of his own. Once he's ready, Kakashi uses Kamui on Deidara, but his aim is off and he succeeds only in removing one of Deidara's arms. This creates an opening for Naruto to take Gaara back, which Deidara responds to by creating a Suicide Bombing Clone to cover his escape; Kakashi uses Kamui again to warp the explosion away.

After they regroup with Chiyo and Sakura, Chiyo gives her life to revive Gaara. Teams 7 and Guy attend her funeral in Sunagakure before returning home. Kakashi is unable to walk due to overusing his Mangekyō Sharingan, forcing Might Guy to carry him; Guy's choice of carrying Kakashi by piggyback deeply disturbs their students.

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Edit

Main article: Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission During her fight with Sasori, Sakura learned of an opportunity to possibly meet with Sasuke in a few days' time. Kakashi must remain in bed while he recovers and therefore cannot go. In his place, Team 7 is led by an Anbu codenamed "Yamato", who Kakashi once knew as "Tenzō". Before Team 7 sets out, Yamato, Tsunade, and Jiraiya meet with Kakashi to discuss Naruto's deteriorating control of the Nine-Tails' power.

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

Main article: Akatsuki Suppression Mission Although Team 7 was able to meet Sasuke, he was too strong for them to capture and bring back to Konoha. Once Kakashi's done recuperating he calls them before him and is introduced to Sai, who is effectively Sasuke's replacement on the team; they speak only briefly but both of approve of each other. Kakashi believes the best way to match Sasuke would be for Naruto to create a new jutsu. Before he can elaborate further, they are interrupted by the arrival of Asuma Sarutobi and the rest of Team 10. When their students leave to have dinner, Asuma lingers behind to discuss something with Kakashi, only to change his mind when Kurenai Yūhi comes looking for him.

To help Naruto create a new jutsu, Kakashi first establishes what his nature is: wind. With that settled, Kakashi trains Naruto in how to learn to use the wind nature. Ordinarily, such training would take months or years, but Naruto, by training alongside hundreds of shadow clones, can do the same training in a mere fraction of the time. With Kakashi's instructions and the training grounds created by Yamato, Naruto quickly masters how to use the wind nature. The next step is more difficult for him: combining that nature with the Rasengan. Because Kakashi and Minato Namikaze both failed to combine their natures with the Rasengan, Kakashi can't offer Naruto any tips and can only watch as he tries to develop something. When they receive news that Asuma died in battle with members of Akastuki, they take a break to attend Asuma's funeral.

Kakashi &amp; Kakuzu

Kakashi destroys one of Kakuzu's hearts.

Because he can be of no further assistance to Naruto, Kakashi leaves Yamato in charge of watching over him. Kakashi, meanwhile, volunteers to help Team 10 avenge Asuma; Shikamaru Nara, having previously come up with a plan, modifies it to take Kakashi's presence into consideration. Once they locate the Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu, Kakashi hides until Kakuzu is driven to use his Earth Spear, at which point Kakashi pierces him through the heart with his Lightning Cutter. Kakuzu, who has more than one heart, fends Kakashi off and uses the elemental masks of his Earth Grudge Fear to put Team 10 on the defensive. Needing to separate Hidan and Kakuzu if they're to have any chance of victory, Shikamaru takes a vial of Kakuzu's blood that Kakashi secretly collected and leads Hidan away. Shikamaru is able to trick Hidan into using the blood to curse Kakuzu, destroying a second of his hearts in time to stop him from stealing Kakashi's.

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Kakashi talks to Kakuzu before killing him.

Angered by the loss of two hearts, Kakuzu prepares to kill Kakashi and Team 10. His attack is blocked by the combined efforts of Naruto and Yamato, who arrive with Sakura and Sai to lend assistance. Kakashi summons Pakkun to lead Sakura and Sai to Shikamaru in case he needs help while everyone else prepares to attack Kakuzu. Naruto, having finished his jutsu, volunteers to face Kakuzu alone. His new Wind Release: Rasenshuriken is temperamental, however, forcing Kakashi and Yamato to rescue him when it fails on its first use. It succeeds the second time, destroying two of Kakuzu's hearts and putting the last one on the brink of failure. Kakashi is deeply impressed by the Rasenshuriken and tells Kakuzu before finishing him off that the new generation will always surpass those that came before it.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance In the anime, Kakashi leads Team 8 on a mission to investigate one of Orochimaru's recently-discovered bases. During their investigation they are attacked by Guren - one of Orochimaru's subordinates - who traps them in her Jade Crystal Labyrinth Technique. Team 7 eventually arrives to lend assistance and helps them escape, but while going after Guren they come across the Three-Tails. Kakashi requests additional assistance from Konoha and, once it arrives, they attempt to seal the Three-Tails. Guren and her team interrupt them and the Three-Tails gets away, but Guren's team is defeated. They are then recalled to Konoha, with Anbu sent to seal the Three-Tails in their place.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission

Eight Man Squad

Teams 7 and 8 set out.

News reaches Konoha that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru. Realising that this is a good opportunity to try once again to reunite with Sasuke, Kakashi combines Teams 7 and 8 into an Eight Man Squad with the mission to find either Sasuke or his assumed target, Itachi. They split up to look for leads on either Uchiha, with Kakashi providing one or more of his ninken to those without any particular tracking ability. None find anything until witnessing C0; they converge at its epicentre and can detect Sasuke's trail.

Fated Battle Between Brothers Edit

Main article: Fated Battle Between Brothers As they near Sasuke's location they are intercepted by Akatsuki member Tobi. They make repeated attempts to kill or capture him, but every attack passes through him without sign of damage. Zetsu eventually appears and reports to Tobi that Itachi has died in battle with Sasuke. No longer needing to distract the Eight Man Squad, Tobi disappears; before he goes, Kakashi notices that he has a Sharingan. Kakashi scouts the area and notices Itachi's Amaterasu in the distance. They rush there, hoping to reach Sasuke before Tobi does, but they are too late and cannot rediscover his trail.

Six-Tails Unleashed Edit

Main article: Six-Tails Unleashed In the anime, Katsuyu meets them as they return to Konoha to give them a new mission: helping the Tsuchigumo clan protect its forbidden technique. Kakashi sends Yamato with Team 7 to complete the mission while he returns to the village with Team 8.

Pain's Assault Edit

Main article: Pain's Assault Back in Konoha, Kakashi is informed that Jiraiya has died while investigating the Akatsuki leader, Pain. He is present when this news is shared with Naruto, who was too distraught to be of assistance and needed some time alone. Before he died, Jiraiya sent a number of things to Konoha that would help them against Pain, including an encrypted message. Shikamaru is able to properly console and get Naruto to help him decode it, who realises that the key to its decryption must be Icha Icha Tactics. Kakashi, having the only copy, is asked to read specific passages aloud, which makes him extremely uncomfortable. Nevertheless, the message is deciphered.

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Kakashi confronts Pain.

Pain attacks Konoha soon afterwards; while some of the Six Paths of Pain draw attention to themselves, others avoid conflict and try to learn the whereabouts of Naruto, who has gone to Mount Myōboku to train. Kakashi guesses this tactic and goes searching for one of the latter group. In doing so he finds the Deva Path, and by confronting it he is able to save Iruka Umino. Kakashi tries to corner the Deva Path so that he can destroy it with his Lightning Cutter, but it repels him with Shinra Tensei. Pain, recognising that Kakashi is a dangerous opponent, sends the Asura Path to help the Deva Path. Kakashi struggles against both due to the shared vision of their Rinnegan, but their clashing jutsu at least attracts reinforcements' attention: Chōza and Chōji Akimichi cripple the Asura Path when they arrive.

Kakashi Defeated by Pain

Kakashi defeated by Pain.

From careful observation of the Deva Path's abilities, Kakashi notices a brief cool down period between its jutsu. To take advantage of this, Kakashi plants chains under it and has Chōza and Chōji attack it from opposite sides. When they are deflected by Shinra Tensei, they grab the chains and restrain him, giving Kakashi an opportunity to attack with his Lightning Cutter. Before he can land the blow, the Asura Path uses itself as a shield, giving the Deva Path time to counter. It defeats all of Kakashi's reinforcements and binds Kakashi in rubble. Anticipating that Kakashi will interfere if allowed to live, the Deva Path propels a nail at his head to kill him and leaves. Kakashi, however, only pretends death, warping away the nail at the last moment with Kamui. When Chōji wakes up, Kakashi sends him to Tsunade to tell her everything they've learned about the Deva Path's abilities. The still-functioning Asura Path fires a missile at Chōji in an attempt to stop him, forcing Kakashi to use Kamui again to warp away the missile. This depletes his chakra reserves and causes his death.

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Kakashi talks to his father.

After dying, Kakashi finds his father, Sakumo, waiting for him. He entreats Kakashi to tell him about his life, with which Kakashi complies. He concludes his story by saying that he understands the choices Sakumo made when he was alive and that he is proud to be his son. Just then, a light envelops Kakashi, a sign of his revival; before Kakashi returns to the living plane, Sakumo thanks him for putting him at peace at long last, allowing him to continue to the afterlife. Kakashi wakes up, surprising those nearby. He is informed of what happened while he was dead, such as that Pain destroyed the village and that Naruto, upon returning, defeated Pain. As Naruto returns to Konoha, Kakashi goes to meet him and carries him back, where his victory is celebrated by all the villagers.

Past Arc: The Locus of KonohaEdit

Main article: Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha In the anime, a travelling musician visits Konoha as it starts rebuilding. Seeing the musician reminds Kakashi of Team 7's encounter with Hanare of the Jōmae Village.

Five Kage Summit Edit

Main article: Five Kage Summit Naruto reflects on Sasuke with Kakashi and Sakura. While he does so, word reaches them that Danzō Shimura has become the new Hokage and that Danzō's first decree has been to allow Sasuke's disposal as a missing-nin, something Tsunade had never permitted. Naruto insists on trying to reason with Danzō, which Kakashi warns him will not work. When this indeed fails, Naruto decides to talk with the Fourth Raikage instead, who has made it his goal to personally kill Sasuke. Despite the travel limitations in place due to the approaching Five Kage Summit, Kakashi and Yamato agree to accompany him. Kakashi neutralises the Anbu assigned to keep an eye on Naruto and Yamato plants his Transmission Wood on Team Samui in order to follow them to the Raikage.

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Kakashi and Yamato restrain Tobi.

When they find the Raikage in the Land of Iron, Kakashi, the only one amongst them that the Raikage recognises, asks that Naruto be allowed to speak with him. The Raikage permits it, but even with his and Yamato's support, he refuses Naruto's request to forgive Sasuke's recent work with Akatsuki and leaves them. They stay at an inn nearby while deciding what to do, where Naruto is confronted by Tobi. Having expected him, Kakashi and Yamato attack and restrain him, though he points out that he can escape whenever he wants. Rather than do that, he tells them about Sasuke's current motivations: to take vengeance on Konoha for forcing Itachi to kill the Uchiha clan. They doubt what he says regarding the Uchiha Clan Downfall, but Tobi is unconcerned, leaving once he's finished saying to Naruto what he wanted to. Afterwards, Kakashi encourages that three of them keep what Tobi said between them until they knew more and if what Tobi said was true.

Naruto decides that the only course of action left is to speak with Sauske himself. His attempt to locate Sasuke is interrupted by the arrival of Sai and Sakura, the latter of whom tells Naruto she loves him. Kakashi doubts this is the real reason for coming all the way to the Land of Iron, which one of Sai's ink clones confirms after Sakura and her entourage leave: the rest of the Konoha 11 have decided that it's their responsibility, as Sasuke's former friends, to kill him, a burden Sakura has taken for herself. Before they can go after her, they are met by Gaara and his bodyguards, who tell them about Sasuke's attack on the summit and Tobi's declaration of the Fourth Shinobi World War. Gaara also shares the Five Kage's requests that Kakashi represent Konoha going forward owing to Danzō's behavior during the Kage Summit. Naruto is overwhelmed by all the developments going on and passes out.

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Kakashi saves Sakura from Sasuke.

Kakashi leaves Naruto with Yamato and has Sai's ink clone guide him to Sakura so that he can stop her. The clone dissolves along the way, which it explains to be because Sakura knocked out the original Sai. Kakashi catches up with her in time to stop Sasuke from killing her with Chidori. Kakashi tells Sakura that she doesn't need to take responsibility for Sasuke since he, as Sasuke's former teacher, is much more to blame for the team's growing rift. He asks Sasuke once more to let go of his thirst for vengeance, but Sasuke laughs in his face, having been too corrupted by Tobi to be reasoned with any longer. As he prepares for battle, Kakashi remarks that he finally understands what the Third Hokage went through with Orochimaru. Sasuke uses his Susanoo to fire an arrow at Kakashi, which he warps away with Kamui. Sasuke is enraged by this use of an Uchiha's ability and threatens to make Kakashi suffer. While he does so, Sakura approaches from behind to kill him, but ultimately cannot and Kakashi, tired from using Kamui, can't reach her in time to save her from Sasuke's retaliation.

Sakura is saved by Naruto. Kakashi tells Naruto to take Sakura away, but he instead restrains Kakashi and fights Sasuke himself. From the clash of their Chidori and Rasengan, as well as the following conversation, Naruto and Sasuke decide to temporarily suspend hostilities until later when they, and only they, will face each other in battle. Kakashi agrees to these terms, but insists on being allowed to eliminate Tobi with Kamui when he comes to fetch Sasuke; Tobi stops him, telling him it won't work, and leaves with Sasuke.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown When they get back to Konoha, Kakashi meets with the Konoha Council and tells them all that has happened, including Danzō's death at Sasuke's hand. Because Konoha now needs another Hokage, Kakashi reluctantly agrees to the appointment. He is brought before the Fire daimyō, but before anything can be made official they receive news that Tsunade has woken from her coma, therefore rendering the proceedings unnecessary. He meets with Tsunade later and thanks her for waking up before he got stuck with any real responsibility.

Power Edit

Main article: Power In the anime, Kakashi is part of a force sent to Hachō Village to help the rest of Team 7. Kakashi confronts Kabuto Yakushi, who gets away by distracting him with reincarnated ninja.[85] Later, Kakashi meets with the village leader, Disonasu, who Kakashi recognises as also an old partner of Orochimaru. He trails Disonasu to a meeting with Kabuto, who is trying to resurrect the Ama no Hoko. A fight breaks out when Kabuto notices them, at the conclusion of which Naruto defeats the Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone. They are afterwards able to deactivate the Ama no Hoko, though Kabuto himself escapes once again.[86]

Paradise Life on a Boat Edit

Main article: Paradise Life on a Boat In the anime, as Konoha starts preparing for the looming war, Kiba Inuzuka asks Kakashi to train him. Kakashi provides his ninken to Kiba in his place, believing they would be more useful to him.[87] Later, Kakashi receives an apparent distress signal from Might Guy, who is escorting Naruto to the Island Turtle. Kakashi rushes off to lend assistance, only to be told on arrival that the SOS was sent accidentally when Guy was struggling with seasickness. Unneeded, Kakashi returns to the village.[88]

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation