The Kazekage (風影; Literally meaning "Wind Shadow") are the leaders of Sunagakure. Feared and respected across the world, they are responsible for making Sunagakure a powerful and great village, despite its small size. However, being responsible for raising so many great shinobi seems to come at a heavy price, as all the Kazekage, including the current, so far have met untimely deaths at the hands of assassins. For this reason, the Kazekage lineage is sometimes considered cursed. Full-bodied statues of all the former Kazekage are kept in the room where Sunagakure's council convenes.
List of Kazekage
Main article: Reto Reto (烈斗, Reto) was the First Kazekage (初代風影, Shodai Kazekage; Literally meaning "First or Founding Wind Shadow") who founded Sunagakure in the Land of Wind, and was said to have gathered all the desert-dwelling shinobi under his control with his overwhelming power.
Main article: Shamon Shamon (沙門, Shamon) was the Second Kazekage (二代目風影, Nidaime Kazekage; Literally meaning "Second Wind Shadow") of Sunagakure. He was the first to research the jinchūriki in an attempt to enhance the power of the village.
Main article: Third Kazekage The Third Kazekage (三代目風影, Sandaime Kazekage; Literally meaning "Third Wind Shadow") was the former leader of Sunagakure and was recognised as the village's strongest Kazekage.
Main article: Gaara Gaara (我愛羅, Gaara) is a shinobi of Sunagakure. Before he was born, Shukaku was sealed within him, resulting in his mother's death. Regarded as a monster by the village and with nobody to love him, Gaara came to despise the world and began relying only on his own strength, gaining the title Gaara of the Sand Waterfall (砂瀑の我愛羅, Sabaku no Gaara; English TV "Gaara of the Desert"). After his defeat by Naruto Uzumaki and his unwavering dedication to his friends, Gaara begins emulating Naruto's method and changes Suna's opinions of him. He eventually becomes the village's Fifth Kazekage (五代目風影, Godaime Kazekage; Literally meaning "Fifth Wind Shadow"), a position he maintains even after Shukaku is removed from his body by Akatsuki.
Fourth Kazekage Impersonator
Main article: Orochimaru
After killing the Fourth Kazekage, Orochimaru took on his guise and acted as the Fourth Kazekage for several weeks in order to have Sunagakure assist him in the Konoha Crush. He dropped the guise at the start of the battle when beginning his battle with his former master Hiruzen Sarutobi.
- The colour of the Kazekage's garbs was originally depicted as blue in the anime, but was changed to the manga's green colour in Naruto: Shippūden episode 199.
- In the third databook, the First and Second Kazekage are mistakenly switched.