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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Young Kisame.png|thumb|left|Kisame while guarding the Cypher Division-nin.]]
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[[File:Kisame and Fuguki.png|thumb|left|Kisame working under Fuguki.]]
Originally, Kisame was to guard the [[Cypher Division]] under orders from his superior, [[Fuguki Suikazan]] of [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]]. When the group was cornered by Konoha-nin under [[Ibiki Morino]] during a mission, Kisame chose to kill the Cypher Division members to keep their intel being leaked out through Ibiki's interrogation, as instructed by Fuguki.
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Originally, Kisame was to guard the [[Cypher Division]] under orders from his superior, [[Fuguki Suikazan]] of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]]. When the group was cornered by Konoha-nin under [[Ibiki Morino]] during a mission, Kisame chose to kill the Cypher Division members to keep their intel from being leaked out through Ibiki's interrogation, as instructed by Fuguki.
   
[[File:Kisame kills Fuguki.png|thumb|left|Kisame kills Fuguki and takes Samehada.]]
 
 
Eventually, learning that Fuguki was selling information to other ninja villages, Kisame killed him and took [[Samehada]] for himself while replacing his superior as one of the Seven Swordsmen. Since then, Kisame was given the title of "Monster of the Hidden Mist", and formed a connection with [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]] and [[Mangetsu Hōzuki]].
 
Eventually, learning that Fuguki was selling information to other ninja villages, Kisame killed him and took [[Samehada]] for himself while replacing his superior as one of the Seven Swordsmen. Since then, Kisame was given the title of "Monster of the Hidden Mist", and formed a connection with [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]] and [[Mangetsu Hōzuki]].
   
While approached by the Fourth [[Mizukage]] [[Yagura]] to be commended him for his loyalty to Kirigakure, the ordeal from killing his fellow Kiri ninja to reach his status as a Mist Swordsman caused Kisame to become disillusioned and see himself as living a lie. It was soon after that Kisame met [[Tobi|a mysterious ninja]] who was manipulating Yagura from the shadows and called himself [[Madara Uchiha]]. Learning of the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], Kisame was at first sceptical of the mysterious ninja but the notion of a "world of truth" enticed him to become one of the first and most loyal members of the [[Akatsuki]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, pages 14-15, 17</ref>
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{{ImgRight|Kisame Yagura Obito.png|"Madara" approaches Kisame.}}
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While approached by the Fourth [[Mizukage]] [[Yagura]] to be commended him for his loyalty to Kirigakure, the ordeal from killing his fellow Kiri ninja to reach his status as a Mist Swordsman caused Kisame to become disillusioned and saw his existence a lie. It was soon after that Kisame was approached by a [[Obito Uchiha|mysterious figure]] who was manipulating Yagura from the shadows, calling himself [[Madara Uchiha]]. After seeing the shinobi's [[Sharingan]], Kisame insisted that he reveal himself, leading him to reveal his face. After explaining his motives and the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]] to Kisame, he was initially sceptical of the mysterious ninja, but the notion of a "world of truth" enticed him to become one of the first and most loyal members of the [[Akatsuki]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, pages 14-15, 17</ref>
   
Eventually, Kisame became a missing-nin when the [[Land of Water]] sought him for plotting to overthrow its government and being involved in numerous assassinations that include another country's [[daimyō]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, page 4</ref> As a full-time member of Akatsuki, Kisame was partnered with [[Itachi Uchiha]]. Though they initially greeted each other with hostility, they became good partners.
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Kisame eventually became a missing-nin when the [[Land of Water]] sought him for plotting to overthrow its government and being involved in numerous assassinations that include another country's [[daimyō]].<ref name="c141p4"/> As a full-time member of Akatsuki, Kisame was partnered with [[Itachi Uchiha]]. Though they initially greeted each other with hostility, they became good partners. The Akatsuki seeking members, approached [[Deidara]] to join their organisation. After getting caught in Itachi's genjutsu, Kisame laughed at how close the clueless shinobi came to dying. After the fight ended, Kisame, Itachi and [[Sasori]] succeeded in recruiting Deidara.
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
[[File:Kisame slaughter.jpg|thumb|Kisame slaughters his team-mates in order to protect important codes.]]
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[[File:Fugukis death.png|thumb|left|Kisame killing Fuguki for leaking intel.]]
Kisame loves to fight and would not hesitate to mutilate his opponents, as seen when he suggested cutting off [[Naruto]]'s legs to make him easier to carry, to prevent the latter from escaping on foot.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 145, page 18</ref> Despite his aggressive nature, Kisame is very perceptive in battle, able to deduce the basics behind an opponent's technique and react to any potential danger he is aware of. However, being paired with Itachi, Kisame is usually unable to finish his battles with Itachi around, and he would inform his opponents that they "don't know how lucky they are". Kisame also has a deep loathing for [[Might Guy]] since their first encounter, with Guy's inability to remember Kisame prior to his death agitating him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 10</ref>
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Kisame loves to fight. He is quite sadistic and demonstrates no hesitation in mutilating his opponents, as seen when he suggested cutting off [[Naruto]]'s legs to make him easier to carry and to prevent the latter from escaping on foot.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 145, page 18</ref> Despite his aggressive nature, Kisame is very perceptive and keen mind in battle, able to deduce the basics behind an opponent's technique and react to any potential danger he is aware of. Also, being paired with Itachi, Kisame is usually unable to finish or even start his battles with Itachi around, because the latter doesn't enjoy fighting as much as Kisame does. He would often inform his opponents that they "don't know how lucky they are". Kisame also has a deep loathing for [[Might Guy]] since their first encounter, with Guy's inability to remember Kisame prior to his death agitating him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 10</ref>
   
Originally when first partnered, Kisame warned an equally hostile Itachi to be careful of him. But in time, Kisame became one of the few members of Akatsuki that got along well with his partner despite the fact they had opposite personalities. The only common ground between both ninja being that they betrayed those close to them, Kisame is loyal to Itachi as he would only not take action unless ordered or after being given permission, but express concern for his friend's well being. Despite his pride, Kisame acknowledges Itachi as the stronger of the duo, evident by Kisame saying to Itachi that he himself couldn't defeat Jiraiya, but stated his certainty that Itachi could go one-on-one with the [[Sannin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 9</ref> In the anime, Kisame appeared saddened upon hearing of Itachi's death.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 139</ref> Kisame ultimately considered Itachi as a good friend, even thinking of him in his last moments.
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Originally when first partnered, Kisame warned an equally hostile Itachi to be careful of him. But in time, Kisame became one of the few members of Akatsuki that got along well with his partner despite the fact they had opposite personalities. The only common ground between both ninja being that they betrayed those close to them, Kisame was loyal to Itachi as he would only take action after being ordered to or after being given permission by him. Despite his pride, Kisame acknowledged Itachi as the stronger of the duo, evident by Kisame saying to Itachi that he himself couldn't defeat Jiraiya, but stated his certainty that Itachi could go one-on-one with the [[Sannin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 9</ref> Although he wasn't above reprimanding Itachi for being reckless with his Mangekyō Sharingan. In the anime, Kisame appeared saddened upon hearing of Itachi's death.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 139</ref> Kisame ultimately considered Itachi as a good friend, even thinking of him in his last moments. Kisame's loyalty to Itachi is so great even Zetsu thought he only stayed in Akatsuki because of Itachi and couldn't help but wonder if Kisame would stay with the organisation with Itachi dead.
   
Other than believing everything he knew was a lie and desiring to see Tobi's "world of truth", Kisame lived strictly to protect valuable information as reflected in killing the [[Cypher Division]] to keep their intel from Konoha and executing Fuguki for selling their village's secrets; on a related note, he refused to bond with his team-mates when they were on a mission together. This ideal became his [[Nindō|philosophy]], ultimately motivating his assisted suicide when left with no other choice.
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[[File:Kisame questioning.png|thumb|right|Kisame questioning his place in the world.]]
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Kisame was motivated to help in completing the Eye of the Moon plan because of his own disillusionment with the world he lived in. He never felt as though he had a place or knew who he truly was as he was often ordered to undertake gruesome missions such as killing his own comrades. As such, he came to the conclusion that his entire life has been a lie.<ref name="c507p13">''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 13</ref> His partner Itachi has noted that he was a rogue that was unable to find a place for himself,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, page 6</ref> something he himself may have understood because of his own treacherous past.
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Kisame had a playful and morbid sense of humour and would often make light of serious situations while sporting a sadistic grin. This trait would even show during his fights as he would often mock his opponents as seen in the cases of [[Killer B]] and Guy. Upon hearing of the death of Hidan and Kakuzu, he referred to them as the "Zombie Brothers" in reference to their longevity.
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Kisame was also shown to be honest and humble to his comrades, especially Itachi, as shown when Itachi reprimanded him for taking so long to capture Rōshi. Although defending himself by saying Itachi had no idea how powerful Rōshi was, Kisame quickly admitted he asked to capture Rōshi alone. He was also a very appreciative person. When Obito had disguised himself as a useless, incompetent, and clumsy person and having no idea of who he really was at the time, he still enjoyed his upbeat nature as he thought he livened up the mood of Akatsuki's meetings. He also reprimanded Tobi for taking so long to come clean that he was in fact alive after most of the members believed he died from Deidara's C0 suicide attack.
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[[File:Kisame committing suicide.png|thumb|left|Kisame preparing to commit suicide in order to protect Akatsuki's secrets.]]
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Other than believing everything he knew was a lie and desiring to see Tobi's "world of truth", Kisame lived strictly to protect valuable information as reflected in killing the [[Cypher Division]] to keep their intel from Konoha and executing Fuguki for selling their village's secrets; on a related note, he refused to bond with his team-mates when they were on a mission together. This ideal became his [[Nindō|philosophy]], ultimately motivating his assisted suicide when left with no other choice. His actions made Yamato have difficulty believing he died so nobly, despite having witnessed his death with his own eyes.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Kisame full-body.png|thumb|left|Kisame.]]
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[[File:Kisame Hoshigaki full.png|thumb|Kisame's full appearance.]]
Kisame was a very tall and muscular shinobi, and was the tallest member in Akatsuki. He had a distinctive shark-like appearance, complete with pale, green skin,<ref>''Naruto'' volume covers [[Jiraiya's Choice!! (volume)|41]], [[A Suspension Bridge to Peace (volume)|54]]</ref> depicted as blue-grey in the anime, small, round, white eyes, gill-like facial markings under his eyes, and actual gills on his shoulders,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 4</ref> and sharp triangular teeth, much like the other members of the [[Seven Swordsmen of the Mist]]. He also styled his blue hair in the form of a shark fin. As a member of Akatsuki, he also wore dark-purple nail polish. During his time as a [[Kirigakure]] shinobi, he sported the standard outfit of the village, complete with a [[flak jacket]] and a [[forehead protector]]. Later, he donned what appears to be the standard attire of the Seven Swordsmen which consists of: a dark sleeveless shirt paired with matching pants, provided with a waist guard, and striped arm and leg-warmers typical of his village. He also switched to a modified version of Kirigakure's forehead protector, which covered his ears as well. He kept this very same attire, under his Akatsuki cloak, even after defecting from the village, with the only differences being his leg-warmers, which were substituted by the organisation's standard ones; though later on, he also removed the shirt from its attire, remaining bare-chested. He wore his Akatsuki ring on his left ring finger, bearing the kanji for {{Translation|''South''|南|nan}} which was yellow in colour.
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Kisame was a very tall and muscular shinobi, and was the tallest member in Akatsuki. He had a distinctive shark-like appearance, complete with pale, green skin in the manga,<ref>''Naruto'' volume covers [[Jiraiya's Choice!! (volume)|41]], [[A Suspension Bridge to Peace (volume)|54]]</ref> and depicted as blue-grey in the anime. He also has small, round, white eyes, gill-like facial markings under his eyes, and actual gills on his shoulders,<ref name="c506p4"/> and sharp triangular teeth, much like the other members of the [[Seven Swordsmen of the Mist]]. He also styled his blue hair in the form of a shark fin. As a member of Akatsuki, he also wore dark-purple nail polish. During his time as a [[Kirigakure]] shinobi, he sported the standard outfit of the village, complete with a [[flak jacket]] and a [[forehead protector]]. Later, he donned what appears to be the standard attire of the Seven Swordsmen which consists of: a dark sleeveless shirt paired with matching pants, provided with a waist guard, and striped arm and leg-warmers typical of his village. He also switched to a modified version of Kirigakure's forehead protector, which covered his ears as well. After defecting from the village, he donned the typical cloak members of Akatsuki wore, and underneath it he was bare-chested. He also wore a brown sash across the front and back of his cloak to hold [[Samehada]] in place. He wore his Akatsuki ring on his left ring finger, bearing the kanji for {{translation|"south"|南|nan}} which was yellow in colour.
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Kisame was a very powerful and dangerous [[S-rank]] [[missing-nin]], whose strength earned him admittance into the [[Akatsuki]]. As a former member of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], Kisame is one of the most powerful shinobi ever produced within [[Kirigakure]]; in fact, he was able to easily kill his [[Fuguki Suikazan|former master]], who was a member of the Seven Swordsmen generation said to be the strongest in the history of the village, despite [[Samehada]] being in the opponent's hands at the time. He also successfully captured the [[Four-Tails]]' [[jinchūriki]] [[Rōshi]] by himself, despite noting his target's exceptional powers. Though a difficult task, by his own admission, Kisame merely complained that he was "a bit tired".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 353, pages 3-4</ref> He also claimed that he was the best in the Akatsuki at capturing targets alive<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 472, page 9</ref> as seen when he was able to capture [[Rōshi]] alive leaving him only "on the brink of death". During battles with [[Might Guy]] — one of Konoha's top shinobi — Kisame proved to be more than a match for him. He was even able to force Guy to open six of the [[Eight Gates]] while he was only at 30% chakra,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 258, page 11</ref> and seven gates against the real Kisame.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 13</ref>
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[[File:Daikōdan no Jutsu.png|thumb|left|Kisame using one of his advanced shark-oriented techniques.]]
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Kisame was a very powerful and dangerous [[S-rank]] [[missing-nin]], whose strength earned him admittance into [[Akatsuki]]. As a former member of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], Kisame is one of the most powerful shinobi ever produced within [[Kirigakure]]; in fact, he easily killed his [[Fuguki Suikazan|former master]], who was a member of the Seven Swordsmen strongest generation and the wielder of [[Samehada]] at the time. He also claimed that he was the best Akatsuki member to capture targets alive,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 472, page 9</ref> as seen when he successfully captured the [[Four-Tails]]' [[jinchūriki]] [[Rōshi]] by himself, despite noting his target's exceptional powers. Though a difficult task, by his own admission, Kisame merely complained that he was "a bit tired".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 353, pages 3-4</ref> Though openly admitting Itachi being stronger than him, in the anime, Kisame showed able to calmly hold his own against the genius ninja.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations'' OVA</ref> Kisame has shown to be more than capable of handling his own against multiple worthy foes and not be pressured which was demonstrated in his battle against [[Team Guy]]. Also during battles with [[Might Guy]] — one of Konoha's top shinobi — Kisame proved to be more than a match for him, forcing the Konoha-nin to open six of the [[Eight Gates]] with only a 30% power clone,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 258, page 11</ref> and seven gates against the real Kisame.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 13</ref>
Kisame also showed a keen intellect in battle, an example of which is deducing the nature of Killer B's attacks and tactics behind them during their first encounter.
 
   
=== Physical and Chakra Prowess ===
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=== Physical Prowess ===
 
[[File:Kisame breaks free.png|thumb|right|Kisame breaks free of the stocks.]]
 
[[File:Kisame breaks free.png|thumb|right|Kisame breaks free of the stocks.]]
Unlike his partner Itachi, Kisame preferred direct physical combat, with which he has repeatedly been shown to be very proficient and dangerous. Generally while fighting, he combined strong taijutsu strikes with powerful slashes from Samehada. He has been seen displaying astonishing raw speed and immense physical strength, which combined with his high taijutsu prowess allows him to directly overpower most opponents, as shown when he overpowered Might Guy, a very powerful taijutsu master, during their battle. A single punch from Kisame was able to smash Might Guy to the bottom of the [[Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave|lake]] he had created and displace the water around the area. He also managed to overpower another skilled melee-weapon user, [[Asuma Sarutobi]], by using only the tip of Samehada (wielded with one hand), against Asuma's [[Chakra Blades|two blades]], which he held overhead using his body as extra support.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, pages 9-12</ref> Kisame managed to survive one of Killer B's Version 2 Lariat, that had completely destroyed his entire ribcage. He was also able withstand what was usually a [[Daytime Tiger|one-hit instant kill technique]] from Guy, and retained enough strength to break free of his restraints even though [[Yamato]] was [[Wood Release: Stocks|suppressing his chakra]], showing not just powerful raw strength, but also massive endurance.
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Unlike his partner Itachi, Kisame preferred direct physical combat, with which he has repeatedly been shown to be very proficient and dangerous. Generally while fighting, he combined strong taijutsu strikes with powerful slashes from Samehada. He had been seen displaying astonishing raw speed and immense physical strength, which combined with his high taijutsu prowess allowed him to directly overpower most opponents, as shown when he overpowered Might Guy, a very powerful taijutsu master, during their second battle. A single punch from Kisame smashed Might Guy to the bottom of the [[Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave|lake]] and displaced the water around the area. He also managed to overpower another skilled melee-weapon user, [[Asuma Sarutobi]], by using only the tip of Samehada (wielded with one hand), against Asuma's [[Chakra Blades|two blades]], which he held overhead using his body as extra support.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, pages 9-12</ref> He has also demonstrated especially fast hand seal prowess.
   
Kisame had a massive amount of chakra, even by Akatsuki standards.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 255, page 13</ref> [[Karin]], upon sensing Kisame, stated she had never seen so much chakra in one place.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 380, page 7</ref> Even when he fought at 30% power in one instance,<ref name="Chakra">''Naruto'' chapter 260, page 16</ref> Neji compared his chakra supply to that of Naruto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 2</ref> [[Chōjūrō]] claims that Kisame is a {{translation|"'''[[Tailed Beast]] without a Tail'''"|尾を持たない尾獣|O o Motanai Bijū|engtv=Tailless Tailed Beast}}, due to his superhuman chakra level and combination with Samehada.<ref name="c468p9"/>
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Kisame also has matching durability and endurance. He managed to survive one of Killer B's Version 2 Lightning Release: Lariat, that had completely destroyed his entire ribcage. He could also withstand what was usually a [[Daytime Tiger|one-hit instant kill technique]] from Guy, and retained enough strength to break free of his restraints even though [[Yamato]] was [[Wood Release: Stocks|suppressing his chakra]], further demonstrating his raw strength and endurance.
   
Even without Samehada, Kisame has been shown to absorb chakra while he is in a water source. [[Aoba Yamashiro]] discovered it when he used his [[Secret Technique Stone Needles]] in an attempt to paralyse Kisame, who instead just sucked the chakra through the threads and exhausted him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 6</ref> He can even steal chakra from Samehada by simply grabbing onto it.<ref name="c506p4"/>
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=== Stamina and Chakra Prowess ===
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Kisame had a massive amount of chakra, even by Akatsuki standards.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 255, page 13</ref> [[Karin]], upon sensing Kisame, stated she had never seen so much chakra in one place.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 380, page 7</ref> Even when he fought at 30% power in one instance,<ref name="Chakra">''Naruto'' chapter 260, page 16</ref> Neji compared his chakra supply to that of Naruto;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 2</ref> at such an instance, Kisame was able to transform a dry wasteland into a [[Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave|small ocean]]. [[Chōjūrō]] claims that Kisame is a {{translation|"'''[[Tailed Beast]] without a Tail'''"|尾を持たない尾獣|O o Motanai Bijū|engtv=Tailless Tailed Beast}}, due to his superhuman chakra level and combination with Samehada.<ref name="c468p9" />
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Aside from his own massive reservoir, Kisame has been shown to absorb chakra even without Samehada. [[Aoba Yamashiro]] discovered this when he used his [[Secret Technique Stone Needles]] in an attempt to paralyse Kisame, who instead just sucked the chakra through the threads and exhausted him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 6</ref> He can even steal chakra from Samehada by simply grabbing onto it.<ref name="c506p4" />
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
==== Kenjutsu ====
 
==== Kenjutsu ====
 
[[File:Samehada Unwrapped Anime.jpg|thumb|left|Kisame with an unbandaged Samehada.]]
 
[[File:Samehada Unwrapped Anime.jpg|thumb|left|Kisame with an unbandaged Samehada.]]
As his speciality, Kisame was a very powerful [[Kenjutsu|swordsman]], and favoured the use of brute strength and melee fighting in battle. Before killing his master, Kisame was wielding a normal katana, with which he was proficient enough to kill all of his comrades on one mission. After slaying his master with the said katana, Kisame's signature weapon became [[Samehada]], a sentient, scale-covered sword, that shaves flesh instead of cutting it. Samehada is also capable of detecting and absorbing chakra. However, it seems to be unable to automatically absorb ambient chakra, judging by the fact that all instances in which it has used the ability have either been when the opponent had a visible aura around them or when direct physical contact had already been established.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 146, pages 16-17</ref><ref name="c506p4">''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 4</ref> When Samehada absorbs chakra, its scales grow and it slowly begins to unwrap itself, revealing a mouth with several rows of shark-like teeth.
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As his speciality, Kisame was a very powerful [[Kenjutsu|swordsman]], and favoured the use of brute strength and melee fighting in battle. Originally, Kisame wielded a normal katana, with which he was proficient enough to kill all of his comrades on one mission. After slaying his master with the said katana, Kisame's signature weapon became [[Samehada]], a sentient, scale-covered sword, that shaves flesh instead of cutting it. Samehada is also capable of detecting and absorbing chakra. However, it seems to be unable to automatically absorb ambient chakra, judging by the fact that all instances in which it has used the ability have either been when the opponent had a visible aura around them or when direct physical contact had already been established.<ref name="c506p4">''Naruto'' chapter 506, page 4</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 146, pages 16-17</ref> When Samehada absorbs chakra, its scales grow and it slowly begins to unwrap itself, revealing a mouth with several rows of shark-like teeth.
   
 
Kisame could heal injuries and replenish his chakra by temporarily fusing with Samehada. He could also fuse fully to further increase his power, and expanding upon his shark-like appearance. When fused with Samehada, he gains the ability to breathe underwater using gills which form on his neck. While using his [[Water Prison Shark Dance Technique]], he could take full advantage of that ability by drowning his opponents while remaining unharmed. In this form he can sense other people's chakra, and absorb it just by touching the foe with any part of his body. He can also hide within Samehada, which he states is flawless due to the fact that he and Samehada have identical chakra, to the extent that not even [[sensor]]s can detect him.
 
Kisame could heal injuries and replenish his chakra by temporarily fusing with Samehada. He could also fuse fully to further increase his power, and expanding upon his shark-like appearance. When fused with Samehada, he gains the ability to breathe underwater using gills which form on his neck. While using his [[Water Prison Shark Dance Technique]], he could take full advantage of that ability by drowning his opponents while remaining unharmed. In this form he can sense other people's chakra, and absorb it just by touching the foe with any part of his body. He can also hide within Samehada, which he states is flawless due to the fact that he and Samehada have identical chakra, to the extent that not even [[sensor]]s can detect him.
   
Only Kisame was able to wield Samehada; if anyone besides him tries to pick it up, spikes protrude from its handle, and it returns to Kisame's side. Samehada's loyalty seems to be due to the sword's liking of Kisame's chakra. If it finds a ninja with better chakra, it may betray it's owner in favour of the new ninja, as demonstrated when Samehada protected Killer B from Kisame's attempt to slash off his legs.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 258, page 2</ref> Despite its wavering loyalty, Kisame was capable of wielding Samehada against its will.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 4-5</ref> [[Chōjūrō]] describes the Samehada as the most terrifying sword of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]].<ref name="c468p9">''Naruto'' chapter 468, page 9</ref>
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Initially, only Kisame was able to wield Samehada; if anyone besides him tried to pick it up, spikes protruded from its handle, and it returned to Kisame's side. Samehada's loyalty seems to be due to the sword's liking of Kisame's chakra. If it finds a ninja with better chakra, it may betray it's owner in favour of the new ninja, as demonstrated when Samehada protected Killer B from Kisame's attempt to slash off his legs.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 258, page 2</ref> Despite its wavering loyalty, Kisame was capable of wielding Samehada against its will.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 4-5</ref> [[Chōjūrō]] describes the Samehada as the most terrifying sword of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]].<ref name="c468p9" />
   
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
[[File:Suiton Dai Bakusui Shōha 1.png|thumb|Kisame using the Water Release: Great Exploding Water Colliding Wave.]]
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[[File:Water Prison.PNG|thumb|right|Kisame using his water clones in conjunction with the Water Prison Technique.]]
Kisame was a master of [[Water Release]] techniques, being able to alter an entire battlefield by using his [[Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave]] to create a large volume of water to give him the field advantage, and to use for attacks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 3</ref> Kisame's shark-like attributes carried over into techniques, for he even shaped his Water Release attacks [[Water Release: Five Feeding Sharks|into sharks]]. He could also use this skill as a means for transportation, riding inside of a water shark. Against stronger opponents, he increased his field advantage even further by creating a [[Water Prison Shark Dance Technique|giant dome of water]] around himself, forcing his opponents to battle him underwater. He was able to make many sharks that overwhelmed [[Might Guy]]'s [[Morning Peacock]], producing more than all the blows Guy could unleash.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 12-13</ref> He was also proficient with [[Earth Release]] techniques, able to use [[Earth Release: Subterranean Voyage]] to travel under the earth, with the tip of his sword, [[Samehada]], jutting out making him look like a shark swimming towards his prey.
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Kisame was a master of [[Water Release]] techniques, being able to alter an entire battlefield by [[Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave|create a large volume of water]] to give him the field advantage, and to use for attacks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 3</ref> Kisame's shark-like attributes carried over into techniques, for he even shaped his Water Release attacks [[Water Release: Five Feeding Sharks|into sharks]]. He could also use this skill as a means for transportation, riding inside of a water shark. Against stronger opponents, he increased his field advantage even further by creating a [[Water Prison Shark Dance Technique|giant dome of water]] around himself, forcing his opponents to battle him underwater. He was able to make many sharks that overwhelmed [[Might Guy]]'s [[Morning Peacock]], producing more than all the blows Guy could unleash.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 12-13</ref> He was also proficient with [[Earth Release]] techniques, able to use [[Earth Release: Subterranean Voyage]] to travel under the earth, with the tip of his sword, [[Samehada]], jutting out making him look like a shark swimming towards his prey. Kisame also had proficiency in [[Fire Release]] and [[Wind Release]].<ref name="d4" />
   
 
==== Summoning Technique ====
 
==== Summoning Technique ====
In keeping with his shark theme, Kisame had shown the ability to summon [[sharks]] for both battle and message sending purposes,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 11-12</ref> and can combine the one summoned shark with the [[Water Release: A Thousand Feeding Sharks]] as a way to conceal the messenger shark location and allow it to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 13-15</ref> He also used them with the [[Water Prison Technique]] to commit suicide.
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[[File:Kisame's Summon.png|thumb|left|Kisame summons a shark to deliver intel to Akatsuki.]]
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In keeping with his shark theme, Kisame had shown the ability to summon [[Wikipedia:Shark|sharks]] for both battle and message sending purposes,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 11-12</ref> and can combine the one summoned shark with the [[Water Release: A Thousand Feeding Sharks]] as a way to conceal the messenger shark location and allow it to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 506, pages 13-15</ref> He also used them with the [[Water Prison Technique]] to commit suicide.
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
[[File:Itachi and Kisame Debut.jpg|thumb|Itachi and Kisame's début.]]
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[[File:Team Itachi Kisame.png|thumb|right|Itachi and Kisame's début.]]
Kisame accompanied Itachi to [[Konoha]] to help kidnap [[Naruto Uzumaki]]. After the two gained attention due to their unusual clothing, they were stopped by [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]]. Asuma and Kurenai found themselves outmatched, but [[Kakashi]] arrived to help balance the odds. Asuma was able to distract Kisame while Itachi fought Kakashi. He waited patiently for Itachi's victory, but before Itachi delivered the final blow, Kakashi remembered Jiraiya's warning and recognised the duo as members of Akatsuki from their black cloaks. Itachi changed his mind and ordered Kisame to kidnap Kakashi and kill Asuma and Kurenai. Before he could do so, however, [[Might Guy]] showed up and kicked an attacking Kisame in the face. Following Guy's arrival, Itachi ordered Kisame to retreat, not wanting to start a large-scale battle. Kisame seemed quite annoyed with Itachi's idea, as he desperately wanted to fight the Konoha shinobi.
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Kisame accompanied Itachi to [[Konoha]] to help kidnap [[Naruto Uzumaki]]. After the two gained attention due to their unusual clothing, they were stopped by [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]]. Asuma and Kurenai found themselves outmatched, but [[Kakashi]] arrived to help balance the odds. Asuma was able to distract Kisame while Itachi fought Kakashi. He waited patiently for Itachi's fight to finish, but before Itachi delivered the final blow, Kakashi remembered Jiraiya's warning and recognised the duo as members of Akatsuki from their black cloaks. Itachi changed his mind and ordered Kisame to kidnap Kakashi and kill Asuma and Kurenai. Before he could do so, however, [[Might Guy]] showed up and kicked an attacking Kisame in the face. Following Guy's arrival, Itachi ordered Kisame to retreat, not wanting to start a large-scale battle. Kisame seemed quite annoyed with Itachi's idea, as he desperately wanted to fight the Konoha shinobi.
   
 
[[File:Gama stops Kisame.jpg|thumb|left|Gama stopping Kisame's attack on Naruto.]]
 
[[File:Gama stops Kisame.jpg|thumb|left|Gama stopping Kisame's attack on Naruto.]]
 
Itachi and Kisame then continued to hunt Naruto, finding him under the protection of [[Jiraiya]]. After Itachi hypnotised a [[Emi|woman]] to distract Jiraiya and leave Naruto alone, Kisame and Itachi confronted Naruto in a hotel hallway. Kisame considered cutting off Naruto's legs so he could not run away, though [[Sasuke]], Itachi's younger brother, showed up and drew their attention from Naruto. When Naruto attempted to fight, Kisame used [[Samehada]] to absorb all of Naruto's chakra. Kisame then attempted to cut off Naruto's arms so he wouldn't put up a fight. Before he could do this, however, Jiraiya arrived, and had the [[toad]] [[Gama]] defend Naruto. Following the encounter, Kisame and Itachi were driven off by Jiraiya's [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]], failing in capturing Naruto.
 
Itachi and Kisame then continued to hunt Naruto, finding him under the protection of [[Jiraiya]]. After Itachi hypnotised a [[Emi|woman]] to distract Jiraiya and leave Naruto alone, Kisame and Itachi confronted Naruto in a hotel hallway. Kisame considered cutting off Naruto's legs so he could not run away, though [[Sasuke]], Itachi's younger brother, showed up and drew their attention from Naruto. When Naruto attempted to fight, Kisame used [[Samehada]] to absorb all of Naruto's chakra. Kisame then attempted to cut off Naruto's arms so he wouldn't put up a fight. Before he could do this, however, Jiraiya arrived, and had the [[toad]] [[Gama]] defend Naruto. Following the encounter, Kisame and Itachi were driven off by Jiraiya's [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]], failing in capturing Naruto.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
 
At the end of Part I, Kisame made a cameo appearance as a silhouette during an Akatsuki gathering where they discussed [[Orochimaru]]'s taking of [[Sasuke Uchiha]] as well as the capturing of the [[Nine-Tails]] and the furthering of their plans.
 
At the end of Part I, Kisame made a cameo appearance as a silhouette during an Akatsuki gathering where they discussed [[Orochimaru]]'s taking of [[Sasuke Uchiha]] as well as the capturing of the [[Nine-Tails]] and the furthering of their plans.
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
[[File:Kisame attacking team 10.jpg|thumb|Kisame attacking Team Guy.]]
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[[File:Kisame attacking team 10.jpg|thumb|right|Kisame attacking Team Guy.]]
While Akatsuki extracted the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]] from [[Gaara]]'s body, they learned that [[Team Guy]] was nearing their location. Remembering his last encounter with Guy, Kisame volunteered to keep them occupied while the sealing was completed. [[Pain]] used the [[Shapeshifting Technique]] to make a duplicate of Kisame's body that would be remotely controlled by Kisame. The clone located and confronted Team Guy, but was disappointed that Guy didn't remember him. He converts the surrounding desert into a lake to give him a battlefield advantage and attacks Guy. Guy's students defend him, prompting Kisame to make [[water clone]]s that then trap them with the [[Water Prison Technique]].
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While Akatsuki extracted the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]] from [[Gaara]]'s body, they learned that [[Team Guy]] was nearing their location. Remembering his last encounter with Guy, Kisame volunteered to keep them occupied while the sealing was completed. [[Pain]] used the [[Shapeshifting Technique]] to make a duplicate of Kisame's body that would be remotely controlled by Kisame. The clone located and confronted Team Guy, but was disappointed that Guy didn't remember him. He converts the surrounding desert into a lake to give him a battlefield advantage and attacks Team Guy. After numerous attempts Team Guy made attacking Kisame, Guy managed to separate him from Samehada, leading to the rest of his team launching an assault. Kisame swiftly made water clones to block their attacks and immediately used the [[Water Prison Technique]] to imprison them.
   
[[File:Water Prison.PNG|thumb|left|Kisame trapping Neji, Lee, and Tenten.]]
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[[File:Asakujaku.png|thumb|left|"Kisame" being defeated.]]
Guy, meanwhile, manages to take Samehada from him and tries to use it against Kisame, but Samehada does not allow it and returns to Kisame. Kisame proceeds to launch a volley of attacks at Guy, forcing Guy to open the [[Eight Gates|sixth gate]]. Doing so forces away the surrounding water and allows Guy to strike Kisame with the [[Morning Peacock]]. The clone is killed. Kisame voices his regret to Itachi that the clone had only 30% of his chakra and thus was not as powerful as the real Kisame was.
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Guy then attempted to attack Kisame with his own sword but Samehada intervened and returned to its owner. Now that it was a one on one fight, Kisame directed all his attention towards Guy leading him to use his nunchaku. After exchanging blows with each other, Kisame overpowered Guy, launching him to the bottom of the newly formed lake. Seeing that he had the geographical advantage, Kisame repeatedly [[Water Release: Five Feeding Sharks|attacked]] Guy until he was forced to open the [[Eight Gates|sixth gate]]. Doing so, Guy forced away the surrounding water and immediately attacked Kisame, sending him flying into the air, giving an opportunity for him to use his [[Morning Peacock]] technique to end the fight, resulting in Kisame's clone being killed. Afterwards Kisame voiced his regret to Itachi that their clones only had 30% of their chakra and thus was not as powerful as their actual self's but ultimately the two accomplished there task to delay the two teams long enough for the rest of the Akatsuki to extract Shukaku from Gaara.
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=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
 
Kisame was present during the sealing of the [[Two-Tails]].
 
Kisame was present during the sealing of the [[Two-Tails]].
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
[[File:-Banquet Invitation-.JPG|thumb|Kisame intercepting Hebi.]]
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[[File:Kisame captures Roshi.png|thumb|right|Kisame captures Rōshi.]]
Later, Kisame successfully managed to capture the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Four-Tails]], his assigned [[tailed beast]], without a scratch. During the following Akatsuki meeting to seal the Four-Tails, Kisame and Itachi were informed of [[Hebi]]'s formation, with Sasuke as its leader. They are soon afterwards told that Sasuke has been killed, and Kisame tries to comfort Itachi for finally being the last [[Uchiha]]. Itachi replies that Sasuke is not dead. After a brief sparing session with Itachi, Kisame is instructed to stand guard outside the [[Uchiha Hideout]] and to let only Sasuke through. Kisame openly admitted he was somewhat saddened to be parting with his long time companion. After Sasuke left the rest of Hebi, [[Suigetsu]], being an old acquaintance of Kisame, exchanged words with him, and then the two started fighting, with Suigetsu wanting to claim Samehada as his own. It was later revealed that [[Zetsu]] had stopped the fight.
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Later, Kisame successfully managed to capture the [[Rōshi|jinchūriki]] of the [[Four-Tails]], his assigned [[tailed beast]], without a scratch. During the following Akatsuki meeting to seal the Four-Tails, Kisame and Itachi were informed of [[Hebi]]'s formation, with Sasuke as its leader.
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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=== Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant ===
[[File:Taka having a meeting with Akatsuki.png|thumb|left|Kisame with Tobi having a meeting with Taka.]]
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They are soon afterwards told that Sasuke has been killed, and Kisame tries to comfort Itachi for finally being the last [[Uchiha]]. Itachi replies that Sasuke is not dead. After a brief sparing session with Itachi, Kisame is instructed to stand guard outside the [[Uchiha Hideout]] and to let only Sasuke through. Kisame openly admitted he was somewhat saddened to be parting with his long time companion. After Sasuke left the rest of Hebi, [[Suigetsu]], being an old acquaintance of Kisame, exchanged words with him, and then the two started fighting, with Suigetsu wanting to claim Samehada as his own. It was later revealed that [[Zetsu]] had stopped the fight.
Following Itachi's death, Kisame is confronted by [[Tobi]], who revealed his true identity. Recognising him and addressing him as the "[[Mizukage]]" and Madara, Kisame commented that he felt a lot better knowing that he was the one who was pulling the strings. Tobi apologises for leaving Kisame the last member of Akatsuki to know his identity when in fact he is closest to Kisame. Kisame later assisted with the sealing of the [[Eight-Tails]] captured by Sasuke. When this turns out to be a fake, Kisame notes that the Eight-Tails' host, [[Killer B]], fooled Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 404, pages 1-2</ref>
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=== Fated Battle Between Brothers ===
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[[File:Obito reveals identity.png|thumb|left|Obito reveals his identity to Kisame.]]
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Following Itachi's death, Kisame is confronted by [[Tobi]], who revealed his true identity. Recognising him and addressing him as the "[[Mizukage]]" and Madara, Kisame commented that he felt a lot better knowing that he was the one who was pulling the strings. Tobi apologises for leaving Kisame the last member of Akatsuki to know his identity when in fact he is closest to Kisame.
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Kisame later assisted with the sealing of the [[Eight-Tails]] captured by Sasuke. When this turns out to be a fake, Kisame notes that the Eight-Tails' host, [[Killer B]], fooled Sasuke.
   
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
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=== Six-Tails Unleashed ===
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After [[Utakata]] was captured, Kisame is seen along with the other Akatsuki members sealing the Six-Tails from him.
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After [[Utakata]] was captured, Kisame was seen along with the other Akatsuki members sealing the [[Saiken|Six-Tails]] from him.
   
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
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=== Five Kage Summit ===
[[File:Yosaku Cut.PNG|thumb|Kisame clashes with Sabu and Killer B.]]
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[[File:Yosaku Cut.PNG|thumb|right|Kisame clashes with Sabu and Killer B.]]
Because of Sasuke's failure, [[Tobi]] ordered Kisame to capture the Eight-Tails by himself. Kisame used Samehada to find Killer B, being drawn to B's immense chakra. When he arrived at their location, Kisame was immediately attacked by [[Ponta]], who he quickly defeated. B and Sabu then join forces, B even entering a [[Killer B's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 1|four-tailed form]]. Kisame fended them both off and absorbed B's chakra cloak. He then removed the bandages from Samehada, noting that it liked the "taste" of B's chakra.
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Because of Sasuke's failure, [[Tobi]] ordered Kisame to capture the Eight-Tails by himself. Kisame used Samehada to find Killer B, being drawn to B's immense chakra. When he arrived at their location, Kisame was immediately attacked by [[Ponta]], who he quickly defeated. B and Sabu then join forces, B even entering a [[Version 1|four-tailed form]]. Kisame fended them both off and absorbed B's chakra cloak. He then removed the bandages from Samehada, noting that it liked the "taste" of B's chakra.
   
 
[[File:Kisame.png|thumb|left|Kisame fused with Samehada.]]
 
[[File:Kisame.png|thumb|left|Kisame fused with Samehada.]]
Killer B entered a [[Killer B's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 2|version 2]] form and used his [[Lariat]] to destroy Kisame's entire midsection. Kisame fused with Samehada to heal his injuries, becoming a monstrous shark-like creature. After trapping Killer B, Sabu, and Ponta inside a [[Water Release: Great Exploding Water Colliding Wave|giant, movable dome of water]], he continued his assault on Killer B. B was forced to throw Sabu and Ponta from the dome to save them from drowning, allowing Kisame to overpower him. He dissipated the dome and moved in to finish the job, but was stopped by Samehada, who protected B and gave him some chakra. He kicked Samehada away and prepared to try again with one of B's own swords.
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Killer B entered a [[version 2]] form and used his [[Lightning Release: Lariat]] to destroy Kisame's entire midsection. Kisame fused with Samehada to heal his injuries, becoming a monstrous shark-like creature. After trapping Killer B, Sabu, and Ponta inside a [[Water Release: Great Exploding Water Colliding Wave|giant, movable dome of water]], he continued his assault on Killer B. B was forced to throw Sabu and Ponta from the dome to save them from drowning, allowing Kisame to overpower him. He dissipated the dome and moved in to finish the job, but was stopped by Samehada, who protected B and gave him some chakra. He kicked Samehada away and prepared to try again with one of B's own swords.
   
[[File:Kisame Decapitated Anime.jpg|thumb|"''Kisame''" being decapitated.]]
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[[File:Kisame Decapitated Anime.jpg|thumb|right|"''Kisame''" being decapitated.]]
Using the chakra he got from Samehada, B attacked Kisame. Kisame barely evaded the attack and tried to cut off B's legs, but was stopped by the arrival of B's brother: the [[Fourth Raikage]], and his two bodyguards. They thank Kisame for creating the water dome, as it can be seen from far away and allowed them to locate B. Samehada then gives some chakra to B and he and the Raikage join forces against Kisame. Kisame attempts to counter with [[Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique]], but before he could finish the technique he was decapitated by their [[Double Lariat]]. With his last breath, he stated with a grin that their lightning-quick speed was simply too fast for him.
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Using the chakra he got from Samehada, B attacked Kisame. Kisame barely evaded the attack and tried to cut off B's legs, but was stopped by the arrival of B's brother: the [[Fourth Raikage]], and his two bodyguards. They thank Kisame for creating the water dome, as it can be seen from far away and allowed them to locate B. Samehada then gives some chakra to B and he and the Raikage join forces against Kisame. Kisame attempts to counter with [[Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique]], but before he could finish the technique he was decapitated by their [[Lightning Release: Double Lariat]]. With his last breath, he stated with a grin that their lightning-quick speed was simply too fast for him.
   
 
[[File:Infiltrator.png|thumb|left|The real Kisame inside Samehada.]]
 
[[File:Infiltrator.png|thumb|left|The real Kisame inside Samehada.]]
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=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
[[File:Kisame's cover blown.png|thumb|Having been discovered, Kisame attempts to escape.]]
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[[File:Leaf Rock-Destroying Rise.png|thumb|right|Guy attacks Kisame.]]
To protect them from Akatsuki, B and Naruto Uzumaki were sent to the [[Island Turtle|island in the Land of Lightning]]. After B helped Naruto to tame the Nine-Tails, Naruto was able to sense Kisame's hatred within Samehada, despite his and Samehada's identical chakra. Discovered and outnumbered, Kisame took Samehada and tried to escape, but Naruto used the new speed granted to him by the Nine-Tails to stop him. Naruto was so fast, in fact, that his foot got stuck in a wall, allowing Kisame to continue his bid for freedom.
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To protect them from Akatsuki, B and Naruto Uzumaki were sent to the [[Island Turtle|island in the Land of Lightning]]. After B helped Naruto to tame the Nine-Tails, Naruto was able to sense Kisame's hatred within Samehada, despite his and Samehada's identical chakra. Discovered and outnumbered, Kisame took Samehada and tried to escape, but Naruto used the new speed granted to him by the Nine-Tails to stop him. Naruto was so fast, in fact, that his foot got stuck in a wall, allowing Kisame to continue his bid for freedom. As soon as he exited the [[Falls of Truth]] he ran into and was attacked by Might Guy, who believed Kisame was his inner self. Although Guy realised Kisame was not his inner self, he still didn't remember him, instead believing him to be a blowfish. Samehada abandoned Kisame and returned to Killer B. Kisame stole some chakra from the both of them to revitalise him after being within Samehada for so long. [[Aoba Yamashiro]] tried to neutralise him with [[Secret Technique: Stone Needles]], but this only enabled Kisame to absorb his chakra as well.
   
[[File:Leaf Rock-Destroying Rise.png|thumb|left|Guy attacks Kisame.]]
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[[File:Guy vs Kisame.png|thumb|left|Kisame vs. Guy.]]
As soon as he exited the [[Falls of Truth]] he ran into and was attacked by Might Guy, who believed Kisame was his inner self. Although Guy realised Kisame was not his inner self, he still didn't remember him, instead believing him to be a blowfish. Samehada abandoned Kisame and returned to Killer B. Kisame stole some chakra from the both of them to revitalise him after being within Samehada for so long. [[Aoba Yamashiro]] tried to neutralise him with [[Secret Technique: Stone Needles]], but this only enabled Kisame to absorb his chakra as well. Kisame then swam away and tried to make it off the island, and when he reached the shoreline, Kisame [[Summoning Technique|summoned]] a shark and gave it a [[scroll]] filled with the information he had gathered.
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Kisame then swam away and tried to make it off the island, and when he reached the shoreline, Kisame [[Summoning Technique|summoned]] a shark and gave it a [[scroll]] filled with the information he had gathered. Guy tracked him down and, seeing what Kisame was doing, tried to stop the shark. Kisame then used [[Water Release: Thousand Feeding Sharks]] to conceal it and overwhelm Guy. When Guy's [[Morning Peacock]] couldn't destroy all of the sharks, he opened the seventh chakra gate, blocking the sharks' route. To get rid of Guy, Kisame used [[Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique]], and Guy countered with his [[Daytime Tiger]]. Although the Great Shark Bullet grows stronger when used against chakra-based attacks, Daytime Tiger was composed of "youthful" air pressure. It overpowered and defeated Kisame, as well as destroyed all of the remaining sharks. Though defeated, Kisame was annoyed that Guy still could not remember him and tried to continue fighting, but was knocked unconscious by Guy.
   
[[File:Suikodan.png|thumb|Kisame vs. Guy.]]
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[[File:Kisame before suicide.png|thumb|right|Kisame reflecting upon his life before committing suicide.]]
Guy tracked him down and, seeing what Kisame was doing, tried to stop the shark. Kisame then used [[Water Release: Thousand Feeding Sharks]] to conceal it and overwhelm Guy. When Guy's [[Morning Peacock]] couldn't destroy all of the sharks, he opened the seventh chakra gate, blocking the sharks' route. To get rid of Guy, Kisame used [[Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique]], and Guy countered with his [[Daytime Tiger]]. Although the Great Shark Bullet grows stronger when used against chakra-based attacks, Daytime Tiger was composed of "youthful" air pressure. It overpowered and defeated Kisame, as well as destroyed all of the remaining sharks.
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After returning to the island, [[Yamato]] restrained Kisame to allow Aoba to [[Psycho Mind Transmission|read his mind]] in order to gather intelligence on Akatsuki. When Aoba came across memories of Tobi's face and his promises of ending the "world of lies", Kisame bit his own tongue to force himself awake and broke free of his restraints. The Kumo and Konoha-nin tried to subdue him, but Kisame trapped himself with the [[Water Prison Technique]]. Before he was completely immobilised, he summoned three sharks and allowed them to devour him. Within his final moments he remembered his first meeting with Itachi and realised that he was not as terrible as he once thought, as he was willing to give his life to protect the cause he believed in and died with a smile on his face. This act of conviction caused Guy to gain new respect for his adversary and vowed to always remember him. He and the others then attempted to read the scroll that Kisame tried so hard to send, but found that it was booby-trapped; they were each caught in a Water Prison with a shark. Another shark took the scroll and swam away with it, which eventually found its way to Zetsu.
   
Though defeated, Kisame was annoyed that Guy still could not remember him and tried to continue fighting, but was knocked unconscious by Guy. [[Yamato]] restrained Kisame to allow Aoba to [[Mind Reading|read his mind]] in order to gather intelligence on Akatsuki. When Aoba came across memories of Tobi's face and his promises of ending the "world of lies", Kisame bit his own tongue to force himself awake and broke free of his restraints. The Kumo and Konoha-nin tried to subdue him, but Kisame trapped himself with the [[Water Prison Technique]].
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== Legacy ==
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Thanks to Kisame's summoned sharks, he was able to deliver the scroll that contained information on the entire force of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and its organisation, along with [[Killer B]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s location to [[Zetsu]] successfully allowing [[Kabuto Yakushi]] to chase after them. In addition, this information allowed Tobi to create a strategy to draw the jinchūriki out of hiding which included forcing the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to use Naruto's new ability to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|sense negative emotions]] to take out the [[Substitute Technique|transformed]] [[White Zetsu Army|white Zetsu clones]] who were wreaking havoc during the night.
   
[[File:Kisame committing suicide.png|thumb|left|Kisame commits suicide to protect Akatsuki's secrets.]]
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== Movies ==
Before he was completely immobilised, he summoned three sharks and allowed them to devour him. Within his final moments he remembered his first meeting with Itachi and realised that he was not as terrible as he once thought, as he was willing to give his life to protect the cause he believed in and died with a smile on his face. This act of conviction caused Guy to gain new respect for his adversary and vowed to always remember him. He and the others then attempted to read the scroll that Kisame tried so hard to send, but found that it was booby-trapped; they were each caught in a Water Prison with a shark. Another shark took the scroll and swam away with it, which eventually found its way to Zetsu.
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=== Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie ===
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== Legacy ==
 
Due to Kisame's efforts, the entire force of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and its organisation were revealed to [[Akatsuki]], along with [[Killer B]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s location, allowing [[Kabuto Yakushi]] to chase after them. In addition, this information allowed Tobi to create a strategy to draw the jinchūriki out of hiding which included forcing the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to use Naruto's new ability to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|sense negative emotions]] to take out the [[Substitute Technique|transformed]] [[White Zetsu Army|white Zetsu clones]] who were wreaking havoc during the night.
 
   
 
== Video Games ==
 
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
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{{youthwiki|Kisame Hoshigaki}}
 
* {{translation|Kisame|鬼鮫}} means "demon shark", and {{translation|Hoshigaki|干柿}} means "dried persimmon"; like all members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen, his surname is derived from a type of [[wikipedia:Persimmon|produce]].
 
* {{translation|Kisame|鬼鮫}} means "demon shark", and {{translation|Hoshigaki|干柿}} means "dried persimmon"; like all members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen, his surname is derived from a type of [[wikipedia:Persimmon|produce]].
* Kisame's birth date, March 18th, makes his Western astrological sign Pisces, or fish.
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* Kisame's birth date, March 18, makes his Western astrological sign Pisces, or fish.
* Kishimoto first intended to make Akatsuki's members monsters with almost no human traits. Zetsu, Kisame and [[Kakuzu]] (and, to a lesser extent, Deidara and Sasori) are prime examples of this.
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* Kishimoto first intended to make Akatsuki's members monsters with almost no human traits. Zetsu, Kisame and [[Kakuzu]] (and, to a lesser extent, Deidara and Sasori) are prime examples of this. Kisame, in particular, resembles a {{Translation|[[Wikipedia:Samebito|Samebito]]|鮫人|lit meaning=Shark Man}}, a Japanese mythological creature.
 
* It is shown in an [[Omake#A Conversation Among Akatsuki|anime special]] that Kisame is insecure of his blue skin. This is portrayed when [[Deidara]] commented on how handsome [[Itachi Uchiha|his partner]] was, and how that must make him popular with women. Kisame sulked, and replied with, "After all, I'm strangely coloured".
 
* It is shown in an [[Omake#A Conversation Among Akatsuki|anime special]] that Kisame is insecure of his blue skin. This is portrayed when [[Deidara]] commented on how handsome [[Itachi Uchiha|his partner]] was, and how that must make him popular with women. Kisame sulked, and replied with, "After all, I'm strangely coloured".
* Kisame has been impersonated twice in battle, first by a [[Shapeshifting Technique|shapeshifted]] [[Mukade]] against Team Guy and later by one of [[Zetsu]]'s [[Parasite Clone|clones]] against [[Killer B]] and [[A]].
 
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Kisame's hobby was taking care of his sword, [[Samehada]].
 
** Kisame's hobby was taking care of his sword, [[Samehada]].
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* (To [[Asuma]]) "''My massive blade [[Samehada]], doesn't slice… It shreds you to ribbons!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, pages 9-10</ref>
 
* (To [[Asuma]]) "''My massive blade [[Samehada]], doesn't slice… It shreds you to ribbons!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, pages 9-10</ref>
 
* (To [[Killer B]]) "''I get stronger in direct proportion to how strong my opponent is. I do not tire, and cannot be defeated.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 471, page 15</ref>
 
* (To [[Killer B]]) "''I get stronger in direct proportion to how strong my opponent is. I do not tire, and cannot be defeated.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 471, page 15</ref>
* (To [[Yagura]]) "''I knew that from the first time I had to kill my comrades… Kill a [[Kiri]] ninja as a Kiri ninja. What does that make me? Am I a friend or foe? What is my purpose and my position? Where do I go? Where '''can''' I go? I'm well aware that my entire life has been one giant '''lie'''.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 13</ref>
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* (To [[Yagura]]) "''I knew that from the first time I had to kill my comrades… Kill a [[Kiri]] ninja as a Kiri ninja. What does that make me? Am I a friend or foe? What is my purpose and my position? Where do I go? Where '''can''' I go? I'm well aware that my entire life has been one giant '''lie'''.''"<ref name="c507p13" />
 
* (To [[Itachi]]) "''Sharks start out as eggs, but incubate and hatch in the womb. Sometimes the number of pups is less than the number of eggs that were fertilised. Do you know why? '''Cannibalism'''. The pups start eating each other within the mother's womb the moment they hatch. They start killing their siblings the moment they enter the world, viewing everything they see as nothing more than prey. As of today you and I are fellow members of [[Akatsuki]]. So be careful… of '''me'''.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, page 7</ref>
 
* (To [[Itachi]]) "''Sharks start out as eggs, but incubate and hatch in the womb. Sometimes the number of pups is less than the number of eggs that were fertilised. Do you know why? '''Cannibalism'''. The pups start eating each other within the mother's womb the moment they hatch. They start killing their siblings the moment they enter the world, viewing everything they see as nothing more than prey. As of today you and I are fellow members of [[Akatsuki]]. So be careful… of '''me'''.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, page 7</ref>
 
* (Last words) "''Itachi… It seems that in the end… I'm not so terrible after all.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, pages 9-10</ref>
 
* (Last words) "''Itachi… It seems that in the end… I'm not so terrible after all.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, pages 9-10</ref>
   
 
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Hoshigaki Kisame

(干柿鬼鮫, Hoshigaki Kisame)

  • Monster of the Hidden Mist (霧隠れの怪人, Kirigakure no Kaijin)[4]
  • Tailed Beast without a Tail (尾を持たない尾獣, O o Motanai Bijū; English TV "Tailless Tailed Beast")[5]
Debut
Manga Chapter #139
Anime Naruto Episode #80
Movie Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Pisces March 18
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 29
  • Part II: 31-33
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part I: 195 cm1.95 m
    6.398 ft
    76.772 in
Weight
  • Part I: 83.1 kg183.204 lb
Blood type AB
Classification
Affiliation
Team
Partner
Rank
Academy Grad. Age 10
Nature Type
Unique Traits

Jutsu

Tools

Kisame Hoshigaki (干柿鬼鮫, Hoshigaki Kisame), feared as the Monster of the Hidden Mist (霧隠れの怪人, Kirigakure no Kaijin), was an S-rank missing-nin from Kirigakure's Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist and was partnered with Itachi Uchiha when the latter joined Akatsuki.

Background Edit

Kisame and Fuguki

Kisame working under Fuguki.

Originally, Kisame was to guard the Cypher Division under orders from his superior, Fuguki Suikazan of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. When the group was cornered by Konoha-nin under Ibiki Morino during a mission, Kisame chose to kill the Cypher Division members to keep their intel from being leaked out through Ibiki's interrogation, as instructed by Fuguki.

Eventually, learning that Fuguki was selling information to other ninja villages, Kisame killed him and took Samehada for himself while replacing his superior as one of the Seven Swordsmen. Since then, Kisame was given the title of "Monster of the Hidden Mist", and formed a connection with Suigetsu Hōzuki and Mangetsu Hōzuki.

Kisame Yagura Obito

"Madara" approaches Kisame.

While approached by the Fourth Mizukage Yagura to be commended him for his loyalty to Kirigakure, the ordeal from killing his fellow Kiri ninja to reach his status as a Mist Swordsman caused Kisame to become disillusioned and saw his existence a lie. It was soon after that Kisame was approached by a mysterious figure who was manipulating Yagura from the shadows, calling himself Madara Uchiha. After seeing the shinobi's Sharingan, Kisame insisted that he reveal himself, leading him to reveal his face. After explaining his motives and the Eye of the Moon Plan to Kisame, he was initially sceptical of the mysterious ninja, but the notion of a "world of truth" enticed him to become one of the first and most loyal members of the Akatsuki.[6]

Kisame eventually became a missing-nin when the Land of Water sought him for plotting to overthrow its government and being involved in numerous assassinations that include another country's daimyō.[4] As a full-time member of Akatsuki, Kisame was partnered with Itachi Uchiha. Though they initially greeted each other with hostility, they became good partners. The Akatsuki seeking members, approached Deidara to join their organisation. After getting caught in Itachi's genjutsu, Kisame laughed at how close the clueless shinobi came to dying. After the fight ended, Kisame, Itachi and Sasori succeeded in recruiting Deidara.

Personality Edit

Fugukis death

Kisame killing Fuguki for leaking intel.

Kisame loves to fight. He is quite sadistic and demonstrates no hesitation in mutilating his opponents, as seen when he suggested cutting off Naruto's legs to make him easier to carry and to prevent the latter from escaping on foot.[7] Despite his aggressive nature, Kisame is very perceptive and keen mind in battle, able to deduce the basics behind an opponent's technique and react to any potential danger he is aware of. Also, being paired with Itachi, Kisame is usually unable to finish or even start his battles with Itachi around, because the latter doesn't enjoy fighting as much as Kisame does. He would often inform his opponents that they "don't know how lucky they are". Kisame also has a deep loathing for Might Guy since their first encounter, with Guy's inability to remember Kisame prior to his death agitating him.[8]

Originally when first partnered, Kisame warned an equally hostile Itachi to be careful of him. But in time, Kisame became one of the few members of Akatsuki that got along well with his partner despite the fact they had opposite personalities. The only common ground between both ninja being that they betrayed those close to them, Kisame was loyal to Itachi as he would only take action after being ordered to or after being given permission by him. Despite his pride, Kisame acknowledged Itachi as the stronger of the duo, evident by Kisame saying to Itachi that he himself couldn't defeat Jiraiya, but stated his certainty that Itachi could go one-on-one with the Sannin.[9] Although he wasn't above reprimanding Itachi for being reckless with his Mangekyō Sharingan. In the anime, Kisame appeared saddened upon hearing of Itachi's death.[10] Kisame ultimately considered Itachi as a good friend, even thinking of him in his last moments. Kisame's loyalty to Itachi is so great even Zetsu thought he only stayed in Akatsuki because of Itachi and couldn't help but wonder if Kisame would stay with the organisation with Itachi dead.

Kisame questioning

Kisame questioning his place in the world.

Kisame was motivated to help in completing the Eye of the Moon plan because of his own disillusionment with the world he lived in. He never felt as though he had a place or knew who he truly was as he was often ordered to undertake gruesome missions such as killing his own comrades. As such, he came to the conclusion that his entire life has been a lie.[11] His partner Itachi has noted that he was a rogue that was unable to find a place for himself,[12] something he himself may have understood because of his own treacherous past.

Kisame had a playful and morbid sense of humour and would often make light of serious situations while sporting a sadistic grin. This trait would even show during his fights as he would often mock his opponents as seen in the cases of Killer B and Guy. Upon hearing of the death of Hidan and Kakuzu, he referred to them as the "Zombie Brothers" in reference to their longevity.

Kisame was also shown to be honest and humble to his comrades, especially Itachi, as shown when Itachi reprimanded him for taking so long to capture Rōshi. Although defending himself by saying Itachi had no idea how powerful Rōshi was, Kisame quickly admitted he asked to capture Rōshi alone. He was also a very appreciative person. When Obito had disguised himself as a useless, incompetent, and clumsy person and having no idea of who he really was at the time, he still enjoyed his upbeat nature as he thought he livened up the mood of Akatsuki's meetings. He also reprimanded Tobi for taking so long to come clean that he was in fact alive after most of the members believed he died from Deidara's C0 suicide attack.

Kisame committing suicide

Kisame preparing to commit suicide in order to protect Akatsuki's secrets.

Other than believing everything he knew was a lie and desiring to see Tobi's "world of truth", Kisame lived strictly to protect valuable information as reflected in killing the Cypher Division to keep their intel from Konoha and executing Fuguki for selling their village's secrets; on a related note, he refused to bond with his team-mates when they were on a mission together. This ideal became his philosophy, ultimately motivating his assisted suicide when left with no other choice. His actions made Yamato have difficulty believing he died so nobly, despite having witnessed his death with his own eyes.

Appearance Edit

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Kisame's full appearance.

Kisame was a very tall and muscular shinobi, and was the tallest member in Akatsuki. He had a distinctive shark-like appearance, complete with pale, green skin in the manga,[13] and depicted as blue-grey in the anime. He also has small, round, white eyes, gill-like facial markings under his eyes, and actual gills on his shoulders,[14] and sharp triangular teeth, much like the other members of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. He also styled his blue hair in the form of a shark fin. As a member of Akatsuki, he also wore dark-purple nail polish. During his time as a Kirigakure shinobi, he sported the standard outfit of the village, complete with a flak jacket and a forehead protector. Later, he donned what appears to be the standard attire of the Seven Swordsmen which consists of: a dark sleeveless shirt paired with matching pants, provided with a waist guard, and striped arm and leg-warmers typical of his village. He also switched to a modified version of Kirigakure's forehead protector, which covered his ears as well. After defecting from the village, he donned the typical cloak members of Akatsuki wore, and underneath it he was bare-chested. He also wore a brown sash across the front and back of his cloak to hold Samehada in place. He wore his Akatsuki ring on his left ring finger, bearing the kanji for "south" (南, nan) which was yellow in colour.

Abilities Edit

Daikōdan no Jutsu

Kisame using one of his advanced shark-oriented techniques.

Kisame was a very powerful and dangerous S-rank missing-nin, whose strength earned him admittance into Akatsuki. As a former member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, Kisame is one of the most powerful shinobi ever produced within Kirigakure; in fact, he easily killed his former master, who was a member of the Seven Swordsmen strongest generation and the wielder of Samehada at the time. He also claimed that he was the best Akatsuki member to capture targets alive,[15] as seen when he successfully captured the Four-Tails' jinchūriki Rōshi by himself, despite noting his target's exceptional powers. Though a difficult task, by his own admission, Kisame merely complained that he was "a bit tired".[16] Though openly admitting Itachi being stronger than him, in the anime, Kisame showed able to calmly hold his own against the genius ninja.[17] Kisame has shown to be more than capable of handling his own against multiple worthy foes and not be pressured which was demonstrated in his battle against Team Guy. Also during battles with Might Guy — one of Konoha's top shinobi — Kisame proved to be more than a match for him, forcing the Konoha-nin to open six of the Eight Gates with only a 30% power clone,[18] and seven gates against the real Kisame.[19]

Physical Prowess Edit

Kisame breaks free

Kisame breaks free of the stocks.

Unlike his partner Itachi, Kisame preferred direct physical combat, with which he has repeatedly been shown to be very proficient and dangerous. Generally while fighting, he combined strong taijutsu strikes with powerful slashes from Samehada. He had been seen displaying astonishing raw speed and immense physical strength, which combined with his high taijutsu prowess allowed him to directly overpower most opponents, as shown when he overpowered Might Guy, a very powerful taijutsu master, during their second battle. A single punch from Kisame smashed Might Guy to the bottom of the lake and displaced the water around the area. He also managed to overpower another skilled melee-weapon user, Asuma Sarutobi, by using only the tip of Samehada (wielded with one hand), against Asuma's two blades, which he held overhead using his body as extra support.[20] He has also demonstrated especially fast hand seal prowess.

Kisame also has matching durability and endurance. He managed to survive one of Killer B's Version 2 Lightning Release: Lariat, that had completely destroyed his entire ribcage. He could also withstand what was usually a one-hit instant kill technique from Guy, and retained enough strength to break free of his restraints even though Yamato was suppressing his chakra, further demonstrating his raw strength and endurance.

Stamina and Chakra Prowess Edit

Kisame had a massive amount of chakra, even by Akatsuki standards.[21] Karin, upon sensing Kisame, stated she had never seen so much chakra in one place.[22] Even when he fought at 30% power in one instance,[23] Neji compared his chakra supply to that of Naruto;[24] at such an instance, Kisame was able to transform a dry wasteland into a small ocean. Chōjūrō claims that Kisame is a "Tailed Beast without a Tail" (尾を持たない尾獣, O o Motanai Bijū; English TV "Tailless Tailed Beast"), due to his superhuman chakra level and combination with Samehada.[5]

Aside from his own massive reservoir, Kisame has been shown to absorb chakra even without Samehada. Aoba Yamashiro discovered this when he used his Secret Technique Stone Needles in an attempt to paralyse Kisame, who instead just sucked the chakra through the threads and exhausted him.[25] He can even steal chakra from Samehada by simply grabbing onto it.[14]

Ninjutsu Edit

Kenjutsu Edit

Samehada Unwrapped Anime

Kisame with an unbandaged Samehada.

As his speciality, Kisame was a very powerful swordsman, and favoured the use of brute strength and melee fighting in battle. Originally, Kisame wielded a normal katana, with which he was proficient enough to kill all of his comrades on one mission. After slaying his master with the said katana, Kisame's signature weapon became Samehada, a sentient, scale-covered sword, that shaves flesh instead of cutting it. Samehada is also capable of detecting and absorbing chakra. However, it seems to be unable to automatically absorb ambient chakra, judging by the fact that all instances in which it has used the ability have either been when the opponent had a visible aura around them or when direct physical contact had already been established.[14][26] When Samehada absorbs chakra, its scales grow and it slowly begins to unwrap itself, revealing a mouth with several rows of shark-like teeth.

Kisame could heal injuries and replenish his chakra by temporarily fusing with Samehada. He could also fuse fully to further increase his power, and expanding upon his shark-like appearance. When fused with Samehada, he gains the ability to breathe underwater using gills which form on his neck. While using his Water Prison Shark Dance Technique, he could take full advantage of that ability by drowning his opponents while remaining unharmed. In this form he can sense other people's chakra, and absorb it just by touching the foe with any part of his body. He can also hide within Samehada, which he states is flawless due to the fact that he and Samehada have identical chakra, to the extent that not even sensors can detect him.

Initially, only Kisame was able to wield Samehada; if anyone besides him tried to pick it up, spikes protruded from its handle, and it returned to Kisame's side. Samehada's loyalty seems to be due to the sword's liking of Kisame's chakra. If it finds a ninja with better chakra, it may betray it's owner in favour of the new ninja, as demonstrated when Samehada protected Killer B from Kisame's attempt to slash off his legs.[27] Despite its wavering loyalty, Kisame was capable of wielding Samehada against its will.[28] Chōjūrō describes the Samehada as the most terrifying sword of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.[5]

Nature Transformation Edit

Water Prison

Kisame using his water clones in conjunction with the Water Prison Technique.

Kisame was a master of Water Release techniques, being able to alter an entire battlefield by create a large volume of water to give him the field advantage, and to use for attacks.[29] Kisame's shark-like attributes carried over into techniques, for he even shaped his Water Release attacks into sharks. He could also use this skill as a means for transportation, riding inside of a water shark. Against stronger opponents, he increased his field advantage even further by creating a giant dome of water around himself, forcing his opponents to battle him underwater. He was able to make many sharks that overwhelmed Might Guy's Morning Peacock, producing more than all the blows Guy could unleash.[30] He was also proficient with Earth Release techniques, able to use Earth Release: Subterranean Voyage to travel under the earth, with the tip of his sword, Samehada, jutting out making him look like a shark swimming towards his prey. Kisame also had proficiency in Fire Release and Wind Release.[3]

Summoning Technique Edit

Kisame's Summon

Kisame summons a shark to deliver intel to Akatsuki.

In keeping with his shark theme, Kisame had shown the ability to summon sharks for both battle and message sending purposes,[31] and can combine the one summoned shark with the Water Release: A Thousand Feeding Sharks as a way to conceal the messenger shark location and allow it to escape.[32] He also used them with the Water Prison Technique to commit suicide.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
Third 4.5 4.5 2.5 3.5 5 4 5 3.5 32.5

Part I Edit

Search for Tsunade Edit

Team Itachi Kisame

Itachi and Kisame's début.

Kisame accompanied Itachi to Konoha to help kidnap Naruto Uzumaki. After the two gained attention due to their unusual clothing, they were stopped by Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yūhi. Asuma and Kurenai found themselves outmatched, but Kakashi arrived to help balance the odds. Asuma was able to distract Kisame while Itachi fought Kakashi. He waited patiently for Itachi's fight to finish, but before Itachi delivered the final blow, Kakashi remembered Jiraiya's warning and recognised the duo as members of Akatsuki from their black cloaks. Itachi changed his mind and ordered Kisame to kidnap Kakashi and kill Asuma and Kurenai. Before he could do so, however, Might Guy showed up and kicked an attacking Kisame in the face. Following Guy's arrival, Itachi ordered Kisame to retreat, not wanting to start a large-scale battle. Kisame seemed quite annoyed with Itachi's idea, as he desperately wanted to fight the Konoha shinobi.

Gama stops Kisame

Gama stopping Kisame's attack on Naruto.

Itachi and Kisame then continued to hunt Naruto, finding him under the protection of Jiraiya. After Itachi hypnotised a woman to distract Jiraiya and leave Naruto alone, Kisame and Itachi confronted Naruto in a hotel hallway. Kisame considered cutting off Naruto's legs so he could not run away, though Sasuke, Itachi's younger brother, showed up and drew their attention from Naruto. When Naruto attempted to fight, Kisame used Samehada to absorb all of Naruto's chakra. Kisame then attempted to cut off Naruto's arms so he wouldn't put up a fight. Before he could do this, however, Jiraiya arrived, and had the toad Gama defend Naruto. Following the encounter, Kisame and Itachi were driven off by Jiraiya's Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind, failing in capturing Naruto.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

At the end of Part I, Kisame made a cameo appearance as a silhouette during an Akatsuki gathering where they discussed Orochimaru's taking of Sasuke Uchiha as well as the capturing of the Nine-Tails and the furthering of their plans.

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

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Kisame attacking Team Guy.

While Akatsuki extracted the One-Tailed Shukaku from Gaara's body, they learned that Team Guy was nearing their location. Remembering his last encounter with Guy, Kisame volunteered to keep them occupied while the sealing was completed. Pain used the Shapeshifting Technique to make a duplicate of Kisame's body that would be remotely controlled by Kisame. The clone located and confronted Team Guy, but was disappointed that Guy didn't remember him. He converts the surrounding desert into a lake to give him a battlefield advantage and attacks Team Guy. After numerous attempts Team Guy made attacking Kisame, Guy managed to separate him from Samehada, leading to the rest of his team launching an assault. Kisame swiftly made water clones to block their attacks and immediately used the Water Prison Technique to imprison them.

Asakujaku

"Kisame" being defeated.

Guy then attempted to attack Kisame with his own sword but Samehada intervened and returned to its owner. Now that it was a one on one fight, Kisame directed all his attention towards Guy leading him to use his nunchaku. After exchanging blows with each other, Kisame overpowered Guy, launching him to the bottom of the newly formed lake. Seeing that he had the geographical advantage, Kisame repeatedly attacked Guy until he was forced to open the sixth gate. Doing so, Guy forced away the surrounding water and immediately attacked Kisame, sending him flying into the air, giving an opportunity for him to use his Morning Peacock technique to end the fight, resulting in Kisame's clone being killed. Afterwards Kisame voiced his regret to Itachi that their clones only had 30% of their chakra and thus was not as powerful as their actual self's but ultimately the two accomplished there task to delay the two teams long enough for the rest of the Akatsuki to extract Shukaku from Gaara.

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

Kisame was present during the sealing of the Two-Tails.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Kisame captures Roshi

Kisame captures Rōshi.

Later, Kisame successfully managed to capture the jinchūriki of the Four-Tails, his assigned tailed beast, without a scratch. During the following Akatsuki meeting to seal the Four-Tails, Kisame and Itachi were informed of Hebi's formation, with Sasuke as its leader.

Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant Edit

They are soon afterwards told that Sasuke has been killed, and Kisame tries to comfort Itachi for finally being the last Uchiha. Itachi replies that Sasuke is not dead. After a brief sparing session with Itachi, Kisame is instructed to stand guard outside the Uchiha Hideout and to let only Sasuke through. Kisame openly admitted he was somewhat saddened to be parting with his long time companion. After Sasuke left the rest of Hebi, Suigetsu, being an old acquaintance of Kisame, exchanged words with him, and then the two started fighting, with Suigetsu wanting to claim Samehada as his own. It was later revealed that Zetsu had stopped the fight.

Fated Battle Between Brothers Edit

Obito reveals identity

Obito reveals his identity to Kisame.

Following Itachi's death, Kisame is confronted by Tobi, who revealed his true identity. Recognising him and addressing him as the "Mizukage" and Madara, Kisame commented that he felt a lot better knowing that he was the one who was pulling the strings. Tobi apologises for leaving Kisame the last member of Akatsuki to know his identity when in fact he is closest to Kisame.

Pain's Assault Edit

Kisame later assisted with the sealing of the Eight-Tails captured by Sasuke. When this turns out to be a fake, Kisame notes that the Eight-Tails' host, Killer B, fooled Sasuke.

Six-Tails Unleashed Edit

Main article: Six-Tails Unleashed After Utakata was captured, Kisame was seen along with the other Akatsuki members sealing the Six-Tails from him.

Five Kage Summit Edit

Yosaku Cut

Kisame clashes with Sabu and Killer B.

Because of Sasuke's failure, Tobi ordered Kisame to capture the Eight-Tails by himself. Kisame used Samehada to find Killer B, being drawn to B's immense chakra. When he arrived at their location, Kisame was immediately attacked by Ponta, who he quickly defeated. B and Sabu then join forces, B even entering a four-tailed form. Kisame fended them both off and absorbed B's chakra cloak. He then removed the bandages from Samehada, noting that it liked the "taste" of B's chakra.

Kisame

Kisame fused with Samehada.

Killer B entered a version 2 form and used his Lightning Release: Lariat to destroy Kisame's entire midsection. Kisame fused with Samehada to heal his injuries, becoming a monstrous shark-like creature. After trapping Killer B, Sabu, and Ponta inside a giant, movable dome of water, he continued his assault on Killer B. B was forced to throw Sabu and Ponta from the dome to save them from drowning, allowing Kisame to overpower him. He dissipated the dome and moved in to finish the job, but was stopped by Samehada, who protected B and gave him some chakra. He kicked Samehada away and prepared to try again with one of B's own swords.

Kisame Decapitated Anime

"Kisame" being decapitated.

Using the chakra he got from Samehada, B attacked Kisame. Kisame barely evaded the attack and tried to cut off B's legs, but was stopped by the arrival of B's brother: the Fourth Raikage, and his two bodyguards. They thank Kisame for creating the water dome, as it can be seen from far away and allowed them to locate B. Samehada then gives some chakra to B and he and the Raikage join forces against Kisame. Kisame attempts to counter with Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique, but before he could finish the technique he was decapitated by their Lightning Release: Double Lariat. With his last breath, he stated with a grin that their lightning-quick speed was simply too fast for him.

Infiltrator

The real Kisame inside Samehada.

Zetsu later revealed that the decapitated body was one of his clones, which switched with Kisame when B obscured the water dome with his ink, and that the real Kisame was hiding inside Samehada in order to infiltrate Kumogakure. The sword itself was taken by Killer B, who planned to use it as his new weapon. While B attended but does not pay attention in a meeting of tactics for the approaching Fourth Shinobi World War, Kisame took notes on the village's plans and military strength.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Leaf Rock-Destroying Rise

Guy attacks Kisame.

To protect them from Akatsuki, B and Naruto Uzumaki were sent to the island in the Land of Lightning. After B helped Naruto to tame the Nine-Tails, Naruto was able to sense Kisame's hatred within Samehada, despite his and Samehada's identical chakra. Discovered and outnumbered, Kisame took Samehada and tried to escape, but Naruto used the new speed granted to him by the Nine-Tails to stop him. Naruto was so fast, in fact, that his foot got stuck in a wall, allowing Kisame to continue his bid for freedom. As soon as he exited the Falls of Truth he ran into and was attacked by Might Guy, who believed Kisame was his inner self. Although Guy realised Kisame was not his inner self, he still didn't remember him, instead believing him to be a blowfish. Samehada abandoned Kisame and returned to Killer B. Kisame stole some chakra from the both of them to revitalise him after being within Samehada for so long. Aoba Yamashiro tried to neutralise him with Secret Technique: Stone Needles, but this only enabled Kisame to absorb his chakra as well.

Guy vs Kisame

Kisame vs. Guy.

Kisame then swam away and tried to make it off the island, and when he reached the shoreline, Kisame summoned a shark and gave it a scroll filled with the information he had gathered. Guy tracked him down and, seeing what Kisame was doing, tried to stop the shark. Kisame then used Water Release: Thousand Feeding Sharks to conceal it and overwhelm Guy. When Guy's Morning Peacock couldn't destroy all of the sharks, he opened the seventh chakra gate, blocking the sharks' route. To get rid of Guy, Kisame used Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique, and Guy countered with his Daytime Tiger. Although the Great Shark Bullet grows stronger when used against chakra-based attacks, Daytime Tiger was composed of "youthful" air pressure. It overpowered and defeated Kisame, as well as destroyed all of the remaining sharks. Though defeated, Kisame was annoyed that Guy still could not remember him and tried to continue fighting, but was knocked unconscious by Guy.

Kisame before suicide

Kisame reflecting upon his life before committing suicide.

After returning to the island, Yamato restrained Kisame to allow Aoba to read his mind in order to gather intelligence on Akatsuki. When Aoba came across memories of Tobi's face and his promises of ending the "world of lies", Kisame bit his own tongue to force himself awake and broke free of his restraints. The Kumo and Konoha-nin tried to subdue him, but Kisame trapped himself with the Water Prison Technique. Before he was completely immobilised, he summoned three sharks and allowed them to devour him. Within his final moments he remembered his first meeting with Itachi and realised that he was not as terrible as he once thought, as he was willing to give his life to protect the cause he believed in and died with a smile on his face. This act of conviction caused Guy to gain new respect for his adversary and vowed to always remember him. He and the others then attempted to read the scroll that Kisame tried so hard to send, but found that it was booby-trapped; they were each caught in a Water Prison with a shark. Another shark took the scroll and swam away with it, which eventually found its way to Zetsu.

Legacy Edit

Thanks to Kisame's summoned sharks, he was able to deliver the scroll that contained information on the entire force of the Allied Shinobi Forces and its organisation, along with Killer B and Naruto Uzumaki's location to Zetsu successfully allowing Kabuto Yakushi to chase after them. In addition, this information allowed Tobi to create a strategy to draw the jinchūriki out of hiding which included forcing the Allied Shinobi Forces to use Naruto's new ability to sense negative emotions to take out the transformed white Zetsu clones who were wreaking havoc during the night.

Movies Edit

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

Video Games Edit

Kisame Hoshigaki is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 22 February 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 29 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising 6 October 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4 19 July 2007 2 June 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact 20 October 2011 18 October 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008
Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 16 November 2006 4 September 2007

Trivia Edit

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  • Kisame (鬼鮫) means "demon shark", and Hoshigaki (干柿) means "dried persimmon"; like all members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen, his surname is derived from a type of produce.
  • Kisame's birth date, March 18, makes his Western astrological sign Pisces, or fish.
  • Kishimoto first intended to make Akatsuki's members monsters with almost no human traits. Zetsu, Kisame and Kakuzu (and, to a lesser extent, Deidara and Sasori) are prime examples of this. Kisame, in particular, resembles a Samebito (鮫人; Literally meaning "Shark Man"), a Japanese mythological creature.
  • It is shown in an anime special that Kisame is insecure of his blue skin. This is portrayed when Deidara commented on how handsome his partner was, and how that must make him popular with women. Kisame sulked, and replied with, "After all, I'm strangely coloured".
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Kisame's hobby was taking care of his sword, Samehada.
    • Kisame wished to fight anyone.
    • Kisame's favourite foods were shrimp and crab, while his least favourite, predictably, was shark fin soup.
    • Kisame had completed 332 official missions in total: 3 D-rank, 68 C-rank, 154 B-rank, 78 A-rank, 29 S-rank.
    • Kisame's favourite phrase was "The weak are meat, the strong eat" (弱肉強食, Jakuniku Kyōshoku); this is a Japanese idiom for survival of the fittest.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Asuma) "My massive blade Samehada, doesn't slice… It shreds you to ribbons!"[33]
  • (To Killer B) "I get stronger in direct proportion to how strong my opponent is. I do not tire, and cannot be defeated."[34]
  • (To Yagura) "I knew that from the first time I had to kill my comrades… Kill a Kiri ninja as a Kiri ninja. What does that make me? Am I a friend or foe? What is my purpose and my position? Where do I go? Where can I go? I'm well aware that my entire life has been one giant lie."[11]
  • (To Itachi) "Sharks start out as eggs, but incubate and hatch in the womb. Sometimes the number of pups is less than the number of eggs that were fertilised. Do you know why? Cannibalism. The pups start eating each other within the mother's womb the moment they hatch. They start killing their siblings the moment they enter the world, viewing everything they see as nothing more than prey. As of today you and I are fellow members of Akatsuki. So be careful… of me."[35]
  • (Last words) "Itachi… It seems that in the end… I'm not so terrible after all."[36]

References Edit

  1. Second Databook, pages 150-152
  2. Third Databook, pages 166-167
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fourth Databook, pages 178-179
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 141, page 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Naruto chapter 468, page 9
  6. Naruto chapter 507, pages 14-15, 17
  7. Naruto chapter 145, page 18
  8. Naruto chapter 256, page 10
  9. Naruto chapter 144, page 9
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 139
  11. 11.0 11.1 Naruto chapter 507, page 13
  12. Naruto chapter 508, page 6
  13. Naruto volume covers 41, 54
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Naruto chapter 506, page 4
  15. Naruto chapter 472, page 9
  16. Naruto chapter 353, pages 3-4
  17. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations OVA
  18. Naruto chapter 258, page 11
  19. Naruto chapter 506, page 13
  20. Naruto chapter 141, pages 9-12
  21. Naruto chapter 255, page 13
  22. Naruto chapter 380, page 7
  23. Naruto chapter 260, page 16
  24. Naruto chapter 256, page 2
  25. Naruto chapter 506, page 6
  26. Naruto chapter 146, pages 16-17
  27. Naruto chapter 258, page 2
  28. Naruto chapter 506, pages 4-5
  29. Naruto chapter 256, page 3
  30. Naruto chapter 506, pages 12-13
  31. Naruto chapter 506, pages 11-12
  32. Naruto chapter 506, pages 13-15
  33. Naruto chapter 141, pages 9-10
  34. Naruto chapter 471, page 15
  35. Naruto chapter 508, page 7
  36. Naruto chapter 508, pages 9-10

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