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<section begin=summary/>{{translation|'''Minato Namikaze'''|波風ミナト|Namikaze Minato}}, renowned as {{translation|'''Konoha's Yellow Flash'''|木ノ葉の黄色い閃光|Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō|eng=Yellow Flash of the Leaf}}, was a legendary [[shinobi]] who became the {{translation|'''Fourth [[Hokage]]'''|四代目火影|Yondaime Hokage|lit meaning=Fourth Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]].<section end=summary/>
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<section begin=summary/>{{translation|'''Minato Namikaze'''|波風ミナト|Namikaze Minato}} was the {{translation|'''Fourth [[Hokage]]'''|四代目火影|Yondaime Hokage|lit meaning=Fourth Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]]. He was famous in life for his speed, leading to the moniker of {{translation|'''Konoha's Yellow Flash'''|木ノ葉の黄色い閃光|Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō|engtv=Yellow Flash of the Leaf}}. He died during the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], sacrificing his life to seal a part of the [[Nine-Tails]] into his newborn son, [[Naruto Uzumaki]].<section end=summary/>
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Minato Kozo.png|thumb|left|Minato as an Academy student.]]
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=== Early life ===
When Minato was in the [[Academy]], his class-mate and future wife [[Kushina Uzumaki]] thought that he looked "unreliable" and even "girly".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 11</ref> He dreamed of being acknowledged by the [[Konoha]] villagers by becoming the [[Hokage]], which Kushina considered to be an impossible dream for someone like him.<ref name="hokage">''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 13</ref>
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{{ImgRight|Minato saves Kushina.png|Minato rescues Kushina.}}
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Minato entered Konoha's [[Academy]] with dreams of earning the villagers' respect by becoming [[Hokage]].<ref name="hokage">Chapter 498, page 13</ref> When [[Kushina Uzumaki]] moved to Konoha she was placed in the same class as Minato. Minato was immediately drawn to her bright red hair, finding it beautiful. Years later, after they graduated and became ninja, Kushina was kidnapped by [[Kumogakure]] forces. Konoha mobilised its ninja to retrieve her, but only Minato noticed the strands of red hair Kushina left behind to mark their path. Minato, acting alone, rescued her from her captors.<ref name="C498 p15">Chapter 498, page 15</ref> On their way back to Konoha, Minato confessed his admiration for her hair, causing Kushina – who had previously believed Minato "unreliable" and even "girly"<ref>Chapter 498, page 11</ref> – to fall in love with him.
   
[[File:Minato saves Kushina.png|thumb|right|Minato rescuing Kushina.]]
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Minato was a natural prodigy as a ninja, the likes of which appears only once in a generation.<ref name="c367"/> When he was added to a [[genin]] team under the leadership of [[Jiraiya]], Jiraiya took a special interest in Minato and took him on as his apprentice, teaching him many of his own signature abilities.<ref name="apprentice">Chapter 144, page 4</ref> In time, Minato's exceptional skills led Jiraiya to believe he might be the [[Child of the Prophecy]], someone who would someday save the world.<ref>Chapter 503, page 15</ref>
Years later, however, when Kushina was kidnapped by [[Kumogakure]] ninja, Minato was the only one to pick up on the fact that she was leaving behind strands of her red hair to mark their path. After rescuing her, Minato explained that he had always admired her hair. No longer seeing him as "unreliable", she fell in love with him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 14-16</ref>
 
 
According to those who knew him personally, Minato was a very talented ninja [[Wikipedia:Child prodigy|prodigy]] — a rare genius that appeared only once in a generation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 367, page 11</ref> He graduated from the Academy at the age of ten,<ref name="d3" /> and was added to a [[genin]] team under the tutelage of [[Jiraiya]],<ref name="tutelage">''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 16</ref> who took a special interest in Minato, and took him on as an apprentice,<ref name="apprentice">''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 4</ref> amongst other things teaching him the [[Summoning Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 430, pages 19-20</ref> He even believed Minato might be the [[Child of the Prophecy]], someone who would someday save the world.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 544, page 7</ref>
 
   
 
=== Konoha's Yellow Flash ===
 
=== Konoha's Yellow Flash ===
[[File:Team Minato.jpg|thumb|left|Team Minato.]]
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[[File:Team Minato.png|thumb|left|Team Minato.]]
In time, Minato was put in charge of a genin team of his own, consisting of [[Rin Nohara]], [[Obito Uchiha]], and [[Kakashi Hatake]].<ref name="tutelage" /> During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], Minato led his team on a mission into [[Kusagakure]] to destroy the [[Kannabi Bridge]]. Because Kakashi had recently become a [[jōnin]], Minato gave leadership of the mission to Kakashi while he went to help Konoha's forces on the front lines. After meeting up with the surviving and out-numbered Konoha ninja, Minato used his [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] to kill the opposing [[Iwagakure]] ninja. He then returned to his team, just in time to save Kakashi and Rin from another group of Iwa forces, but was too late to save Obito. When Kakashi and Rin recovered from the ordeal, Minato helped them complete the mission.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 239-244</ref>
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Minato and Kushina were a couple from the time that he rescued her, and with his love Kushina was able to control the [[Nine-Tails]] sealed into her. They eventually married. From observing a [[Tailed Beast Ball]], Minato began a three year process of creating the [[Rasengan]], the height of [[shape transformation]]. He would spend the rest of his life trying to combine it with his own [[nature]].
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After proving himself an accomplished and responsible ninja, Minato was placed in charge of his own team, consisting of [[Rin Nohara]], [[Obito Uchiha]], and [[Kakashi Hatake]]. In the anime, the [[Third Hokage]] gave Minato the special task of helping Kakashi overcome the bitterness caused by [[Sakumo|his father]]'s death and remind him of the human element of being a ninja.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 385</ref> Minato gave his team a [[bell test]] upon its formation in order to teach them the value of teamwork.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 360</ref> Although they passed the test, Kakashi would remain a staunch advocate of prioritizing the mission over the team, causing conflict with Obito. Minato did his best to keep the two on good terms.
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When Konoha became involved in the [[Third Shinobi World War]], Minato's obligations became split between training his students and helping with the war effort. During a mission into [[Kusagakure]] to destroy the [[Kannabi Bridge]], Minato transferred leadership of the mission to Kakashi – who had recently become a [[jōnin]] – while he headed to the front lines. He met up with the surviving and out-numbered Konoha ninja and single-handedly wiped out the opposing [[Iwagakure]] forces. In the anime, his victory in this battle against a thousand ninja convinced the [[Third Tsuchikage]] to surrender.<ref name="ns349">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 349</ref> When he rendezvoused with his team afterwards he found Kakashi and Rin and surrounded by Iwa-nin, Obito having already been lost. He rescued them, helped them complete their original mission once they recovered, and returned to Konoha with them to mourn Obito.<ref>Chapter 244</ref> Minato's competing obligations would later repeat the tragedy of Obito's death: while he was away on another mission, Rin was kidnapped by [[Kirigakure]] and died during Kakashi's attempt to retrieve her.
   
{{ImgRight|Minato attacks A.png|Minato vs. A.}}
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{{ImgRight|A attacks Minato.png|A attacks Minato.}}
Before becoming Hokage, Minato clashed with [[A]] on several occasions.<ref name="Raikage">''Naruto'' chapter 541, page 8</ref> On what was seemingly their first meeting, Minato, [[Inuzuka]], [[Akimichi]], and a fourth member, confronted A and his team. There, Minato and A had a clash of speed with Minato almost severely injuring the future [[Raikage]] before [[B]] intercepted the attack. Upon receiving the signal that Konoha was retreating for the time being, Minato lingered to praise B's bravery and told A that he had a good family and followers surrounding him as he did, and also offered A the advice of making sure his brother knew who he was before he became neither human nor [[jinchūriki]]. Minato then declared that the next time they met, it would be to put the title of "[[Kage]]" on the line.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 542, pages 12-17</ref> Not one to allow his enemy to escape so easily, A attempted to attack Minato before he left. Believing that Minato would teleport to one of his special kunai, A was shocked to see the Konoha-nin appear behind his brother before realising that Minato had marked him earlier. Impressed by the fact that B had reacted fast enough to pull one of his swords on him, Minato praised B for his skills.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 543, pages 1-3</ref>
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Minato encountered [[A (Fourth Raikage)|A]] of Kumogakure a number of times during the war.<ref name="Raikage">Chapter 541, page 8</ref> During their first meeting, Minato and A compared their speed, with Minato proving the faster. He received orders to retreat before their competition could resolve, but he lingered to compliment A and his brother, [[B]], a [[jinchūriki]] like Kushina; he encouraged A to take care of B and remember he was a person. A pursued Minato, so Minato moved against B, threatening to kill him if A didn't let him and his team go.<ref>Chapter 543, pages 1-3</ref> Minato was confident he and A would someday meet as [[Kage]].<ref>Chapter 542, pages 12-17</ref>
   
 
=== Fourth Hokage ===
 
=== Fourth Hokage ===
[[File:Kushina And Minato.PNG|thumb|left|Minato and Kushina.]]
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[[File:Minato becomes hokage.png|thumb|left|Minato becomes Hokage.]]
Sometime after the war, Minato, not yet thirty years of age, was chosen to become the Fourth Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 450, page 15; Council mentioned that Minato was younger than Kakashi (who was 30 at the time) when he became the Hokage.</ref> Although Minato was well liked by the villagers, some thought it was a mistake that [[Hiruzen]] chose Minato over [[Orochimaru]] to be the Fourth Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, page 6</ref> At some point during his reign, Minato taught his [[Flying Thunder God Technique|signature technique]] to the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] to better aid them in their duties of serving the Hokage at any given time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 562, page 13</ref> While Kushina was pregnant, he read Jiraiya's [[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi|first book]] and liked the main character's determination whom he believed to be just like Jiraiya decided to name their son "[[Naruto]]" in the hopes that he would be just like the main character and, in turn, Jiraiya. Jiraiya warned them that it would make him Naruto's godfather, but they insisted that this was a good thing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 8-11</ref>
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For his performance during the War, Minato was chosen over [[Orochimaru]] to become Fourth Hokage.<ref>Chapter 450, page 15</ref> He taught the Flying Thunder God Technique to the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] to better aid them in their duties of serving the Hokage at any given time.<ref>Chapter 562, page 13</ref> In the anime, he also tried to help Kakashi, now an [[Anbu]], emerge from the darkness he'd fallen into after Obito and Rin's deaths. During the gradual transfer of responsibilities from the Third Hokage to him, the Third advised Minato to restore Kakashi's value of life by tasking him with protecting Kushina during her pregnancy.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref>
   
Because Kushina was the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]], special arrangements had to be made for Naruto's birth. Since the seal keeping the Nine-Tails within her would weaken during childbirth, Naruto would be secretly delivered in a remote location outside Konoha. [[ANBU]] would guard the area and Minato would maintain the seal while Kushina went into labour. Soon after Naruto was born they were found by a [[masked man]] who had killed the ANBU stationed outside and infiltrated the cave. The masked ninja killed [[Biwako Sarutobi]] and [[Taji]] then took Naruto hostage, threatening to do the same to him. Minato was able to take Naruto back, but this gave his opponent the chance to escape with Kushina to break the seal. By the time Minato found a safe place to put Naruto and then teleported to Kushina, he spirited her to safety just as the freed Nine-Tails was about to kill her. With Kushina looking after Naruto, Minato heads to Konoha to defend it from the Nine-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 500-501</ref>
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{{ImgRight|Kushina And Minato.PNG|Minato and Kushina, expectant parents.}}
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As a jinchūriki, the strain of childbirth would weaken the seal keeping the Nine-Tails sealed into Kushina. For that reason special precautions had to be taken: the child would secretly be delivered in a remote location outside of the village, with barriers around the area and several Anbu guards as extra protection. Minato was not greatly worried about the birth, and in fact gave Kakashi the day off in gratitude for his good work. He and Kushina had already decided on a name for their son, "[[Naruto]]", after the main character of Jiraiya's [[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi|first book]], hoping that their Naruto would be just as determined as the character (and thus its author). Jiraiya tried to convince them to make a different choice since that would make him Naruto's godfather, but they insisted that this was a good thing.<ref>Chapter 382, pages 8-11</ref>
   
[[File:Minato defeats Tobi.png|thumb|Minato defeats the masked invader.]]
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Naruto was born on the night of October 10. Only moments after the birth Minato began making preparations to restore the Nine-Tails' weakened seal, but he was interrupted by the arrival of a masked man, otherwise known as [[Tobi]]. Tobi killed the Anbu guards and midwives and took Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him if Minato didn't back away from Kushina. Minato immediately took Naruto back from him, yet discovered [[explosive tag]]s had been planted on Naruto. Minato was forced to teleport away to keep Naruto from harm, allowing Tobi to escape with Kushina. He found a safe place for Naruto and teleported to Kushina in time to save her from being killed by the Nine-Tails, extracted from her body by Tobi. He reunited mother and son before heading out to protect the village.<ref>Chapter 501</ref>
Minato arrived in the early stages of the Nine-Tails' attack. After protecting the village from the beast's [[Tailed Beast Ball]] by [[Space–Time Barrier|erecting a barrier]] and sending the attack elsewhere, Minato tried to reach the [[Third Hokage]] to inform him of what had happened, but was stopped by the masked man, who tried to [[Kamui|warp him away]]. However, Minato flew to another of his kunai, and was quickly followed by his opponent. Analysing his opponent, Minato came to assume that the man standing before him was [[Madara Uchiha]], which he discarded by saying that Madara was dead. When the two began fighting, Minato realised that the battle would be decided by speed, and by carefully timing his Flying Thunder God Technique, Minato was able to strike the masked man with a [[Rasengan]] and apply the Flying Thunder God Technique seal on his back as well. This allowed him to teleport directly to the masked ninja and uses a [[Contract Seal]] to sever the ninja's hold on the Nine-Tails before he could escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 502-503</ref>
 
   
[[File:Minato summons the Shinigami.png|thumb|left|Minato using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.]]
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[[File:Minato vs Tobi.png|thumb|left|Minato clashing with the masked man.]]
When Minato returned to the ruined village, he summoned [[Gamabunta]] to [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique|hold down]] the Nine-Tails long enough to teleport it away from the village to Naruto and Kushina's location. Kushina then restrained it with her [[chakra chains]] and erected a [[Chakra Chains Barrier|barrier]] so that the beast could not escape. Despite knowing that the trauma of resealing the Nine-Tails in her weakened body would kill her, she volunteered to do it so the Nine-Tails would die with her. Minato however disagreed, and instead decided that he would use the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] on the Nine-Tails to seal the beast into Naruto. Kushina objected since this would mean Minato's death and leave Naruto orphaned. Minato insisted it was for the best since allowing the Nine-Tails to resurrect itself, without a jinchūriki to contain it, would inevitably cause harm to Konoha and the [[Fire Country]]. Also, Minato was convinced that Naruto was the "Child of the Prophecy" Jiraiya had once told him about and would need the Nine-Tails' power to someday defeat the masked man. Knowing that the Nine-Tails' chakra was too immense to seal inside an infant, Minato used the Dead Demon Consuming Seal weaken the demon by removing the Yin chakra, sealing the half inside Minato himself. The Nine-Tails realised their intentions and tried to kill Naruto, but Minato and Kushina used their bodies to shield him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 503-504</ref>
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Minato returned to the village in the early stages of the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], arriving in time to [[Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder|teleport away]] a [[Tailed Beast Ball]] before it destroyed the [[Hokage Monument]]. He attempted to reach the Third Hokage so that he could inform him of what happened, but was interrupted by Tobi, who tried to [[Kamui|warp him away]]. Minato reacted in time to escape, but Tobi pursued him. Because Tobi was controlling the Nine-Tails' actions, defeating him was of prime importance in order to save Konoha. Minato initially struggled to successfully strike him but, after several failed attacks, he finally hit him with a Rasengan and branded him with a Flying Thunder God seal, allowing him to teleport to Tobi whenever he wanted. He then used a [[Contract Seal]] on Tobi to release the Nine-Tails from his control, forcing him to flee.<ref>Chapter 503</ref>
   
[[File:Minato and Kushina protect Naruto.png|thumb|right|Minato and Kushina protecting Naruto from the Nine-Tails.]]
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{{ImgRight|Minato summons the Shinigami.png|Minato using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.}}
While Kushina gave her final words to Naruto, Minato summoned [[Gerotora]], gave him the key to the seal he would use on Naruto, and sent him to Jiraiya. After Kushina told Naruto how much his parents loved him he seconds everything she says and then sealed the Nine-Tails and the rest of their chakra into Naruto so that they would be able to see him again when he was older, ending their lives.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504</ref> Since the Third Hokage had come to help, Minato used his last moments to request that Konoha think of Naruto as a hero, and not the container of the monster that caused so much death and destruction.<ref name="plea">''Naruto'' chapter 2, pages 13-14</ref> Before he died, he sealed the rest of their remaining chakra into Naruto so that they could someday see him again too, specifically if ever the seal was about to break so that they could restore it, or help him control Nine-Tails' power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 439, page 15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 8</ref> Ultimately, Minato's reign as the Hokage was rather short, as [[Tsunade]] noted that he "died too early".<ref name="c158"/><ref>First Fanbook — ''Konoha's Shinobi Organisation''</ref>
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No longer being controlled, the Nine-Tails began retreating from the village, though it continued to attack the Konoha ninja that pursued it. As it prepared another Tailed Beast Ball, Minato once again arrived in time to stop it, this time by [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique|dropping]] [[Gamabunta]] on top of it. He had Gamabunta keep it restrained while he gathered the chakra needed to transport the Nine-Tails to Naruto and Kushina's location, the farthest from the village he could get. Kushina [[Adamantine Sealing Chains|restrained]] it and erected a barrier so that it couldn't escape while they decided what to do. Already dying from the Nine-Tails' removal, Kushina offered to have it sealed back into her so it would die with her. Minato rejected this, believing the Nine-Tails' power would be needed in the future if and when the Tobi struck again. Remembering Jiraiya's words about the "Child of the Prophecy", Minato decided that Naruto was that child and that he would someday save the world. To prepare Naruto for this, Minato would make Naruto the Nine-Tails' new jinchūriki so he could make use of its strength.
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[[File:Minato and Kushina protect Naruto.png|thumb|left|Minato and Kushina protecting Naruto.]]
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Because the Nine-Tails' chakra was too immense to seal into an infant, Minato used the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] to cut its chakra in half, sealing the Yin half in himself. Realising what they were planning, the Nine-Tails tried to kill Naruto, but Minato and Kushina used themselves as shields. Minato summoned [[Gerotora]], gave him the key to the seal he would use on Naruto, and sent him to Jiraiya. Meanwhile, Kushina told Naruto how much his parents loved him, which Minato seconded. He [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style|sealed]] the Nine-Tails' Yang half into Naruto, weaving Kushina's chakra into the seal so that she could someday assist Naruto with learning to control the Nine-Tails.<ref>Chapter 504</ref> He mingled in some of his own chakra, too, programming it to activate if ever the seal was about to break so that he could restore it.<ref name="c439">Chapter 439, page 15</ref> Seeing the Third Hokage nearby, Minato communicated to him a final request for the villagers of Konoha: to think of Naruto as a hero and not the container of the monster that caused so much death and destruction.<ref name="plea">Chapter 2, pages 13-14</ref> With that, his soul was consumed by the [[Shinigami]].
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Jiraiya and [[Tsunade]] pointed out that, while [[Naruto]] physically bears great resemblance to Minato, his personality is almost identical to his mother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 367, pages 11-12</ref> While Naruto is boisterous and relatively thick, Minato was calm, collected, and highly perceptive. He does have a playful side, once making a highly convoluted name for a technique combination, before quickly disconsidering it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 634, page 18</ref> He also seemed well aware of the terror his reputation inspired in his foes. He appeared to be respectful of those around him; he didn't like freely speaking about others' pasts, and was said to be a very nice person. Minato also referred to Orochimaru as "Orochimaru-san", a polite way of addressing someone in Japanese, when questioning how Orochimaru managed to reincarnate him and his predecessors. He deeply cared for and loved his wife and child, becoming very nervous because of Kushina's pain during labour and even shedding tears of joy at his son's birth. Minato also deeply cared for the village and all the shinobi, saying that they all are a big family. He also enjoyed reading, and took a special liking to reading Jiraiya's work in particular.
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Despite his physical resemblance to [[Naruto]], Minato was more perceptive and collected than his son; Jiraiya said that Minato was a shrewd person, not one to do something without a reason.<ref name="c370"/> He was well aware of the terror his reputation inspired in rival villages and would take advantage of it at times, but even then he would remain respectful to opponents and wouldn't pry in their personal affairs if he could help it. He was not the type to hold grudges, only feeling sorry for the Tobi ([[Obito]]) despite his role in his own and [[Kushina]]'s deaths.<ref>Chapter 640, pages 9-12</ref> If anything, Minato blames himself for his death, both because he couldn't save Obito from the fate that corrupted him or Konoha from the difficulties that arose after he was gone.<ref>Chapter 627, pages 6-7</ref>
   
Jiraiya said that Minato was a shrewd person, and was not a man who would do something without reason.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 370, page 12</ref> He was very knowledgeable of the ninja world, concluding that only [[Madara Uchiha]] would have the power or the reason to have the Nine-Tails attack Konoha during his battle with the [[masked man]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 11-12</ref> Minato was known for his indomitable spirit, drive, determination, and fierce ambition which was inherited by his son. In his youth, Minato also had a desire to be acknowledged by everyone in the village by becoming the greatest Hokage the village had seen. His devotion to the village, and his love for his friends inspired all those around him, and, as a result, he became well-liked by the villagers.
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Naruto is not without any of his father's personality traits: both have indomitable spirits and fierce ambitions that drive them through all their choices in life. Both are of unwavering loyalty to Konoha and their loved ones friends and family and that devotion inspires all those around them. Like Naruto, Minato had the tendency to create long, complicated names for jutsu, such as "[[Scorch Release: Halo Gale Jet Black Arrow Style Zero]]", though he at least knew it didn't sound very good.<ref>Chapter 634, page 15</ref>
   
Upon his reincarnation by Orochimaru, and after [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s inquiring about the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre]] and the meaning of being a shinobi, Minato confessed himself disappointed in failing to meet the Third's expectations for him, as his reign as Hokage was shortened by his sacrifice during Kurama's attack on the village. He also believed that the Uchiha clan's situation could have had a different outcome had he survived.
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After becoming Hokage, Minato started to take more pride in himself, referring to himself as "ore", which is a prideful way of saying "I" or "me", instead of using "watashi", a more formal way of referring to one's self. Still, this did not make him haughty as he still addressed others with the appropriate honourifics.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Yondaime full.png|thumb|left|Minato as the Fourth Hokage.]]
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[[File:Minato full.png|thumb|Minato as the Fourth Hokage.]]
Minato was a fairly tall, fair-skinned man who on more than one occasion has been compared with Naruto in terms of physical appearance; both have bright, blue eyes and spiky, blond hair. Minato also had jaw-length bangs framing either side of his face. According to Jiraiya, Minato was considered to be very handsome.<ref name="c158">''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 5</ref> His normal attire consisted of a standard Konoha-nin uniform with two bands each on both of his sleeves, a [[flak jacket]], [[forehead protector]], and sandals. After becoming [[Hokage]], he started wearing a short-sleeved long white haori over his normal attire, decorated by orange flames-like motifs on the edges, with the kanji for {{translation|"Fourth Hokage"|四代目火影|Yondaime Hokage}} written vertically down the back, and closed on the front by a thin, orange rope.
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Minato has frequently been compared with Naruto in terms of physical appearance; both have bright, blue eyes and spiky, blond hair. Minato also had jaw-length bangs framing either side of his face. According to Jiraiya, Minato was considered to be very handsome.<ref name="c158">Chapter 158, page 5</ref> His normal attire consisted of a standard Konoha uniform with two bands on both of his sleeves, a green [[flak jacket]], blue [[forehead protector]], and blue sandals. After becoming [[Hokage]], he started wearing a short-sleeved long white haori over his normal attire, closed in the front by a thin, orange rope. The haori was decorated by red flame-like motifs on the edges, with the kanji for {{translation|"Fourth Hokage"|四代目火影|Yondaime Hokage}} written vertically down the back.
   
During his time in the [[Academy]], he wore a simple white suit of clothing with green trimmings and a hood. After becoming a full-fledged shinobi, he wore a tracksuit with three stripes on the sleeves, mesh under-armour, a pair of black pants and sandals.
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During his time in the [[Academy]], he wore a simple white suit of clothing with green trimmings and a hood. After becoming a full-fledged shinobi, he wore a tracksuit with three stripes on the sleeves, mesh under-armour, a pair of black pants, and sandals.
 
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Minato vs Iwa-nin.png|thumb|Minato during the Third Shinobi World War.]]
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[[File:Minato defeats Tobi.png|thumb|left|Minato defeating Tobi.]]
According to [[Jiraiya]], Minato was one of the most gifted shinobi who ever lived<ref name="c158" /> and was also believed to be one of the strongest shinobi that ever existed. His abilities were so far advanced that even the [[Fourth Raikage]] thought that no one would be able to surpass him.<ref name="Raikage"/> [[Anko Mitarashi]], in discussion with the [[Third Hokage]] about [[Orochimaru]]'s immense strength and his threat to the village, stated that she wished the Fourth had been alive to face him.<ref name="orochimaru">''Naruto'' chapter 94, page 8</ref> At a young age, he was able to single-handedly rescue [[Kushina Uzumaki]] from three Kumogakure ninja.<ref name="C498 p15">''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 15</ref> During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy shinobi should they ever see him appear on the battlefield.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 240, page 11</ref> Minato was also capable of counteracting the [[Nine-Tails]]' attacks to the point that [[Tobi]] found it necessary to intervene and stop Minato directly. Tobi was later forced to retreat due to being severely injured by Minato. He even complimented Minato and stated he was worthy of his title of "Fourth Hokage".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 8</ref>
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According to [[Jiraiya]], Minato was one of the most talented shinobi who ever lived, a calibre that has yet to be met by anyone else.<ref name="c367">Chapter 367, page 11</ref> During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy shinobi should they ever see him appear on the battlefield.<ref name="yellow flash"/> During the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], [[Tobi]] believed Minato to be the only one capable of interfering with his plans and, indeed, it was only though Minato's actions that the attack was ended and the village saved from complete destruction. When, years later, the [[invasion of Konoha]] loomed, Minato was believed to be the only one who could have stopped the threat [[Orochimaru]] posed to Konoha, and for that reason his death was deeply regretted.<ref name="orochimaru">Chapter 94, page 8</ref> Minato's fighting style revolved around using no hand seals whatsoever so that he would not waste time in a battle.
   
Minato's fighting style often excluded time consuming hand seals that give enemies an opening so he often relies on two techniques: the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] and the [[Rasengan]].
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=== Physical and Chakra Prowess ===
 
=== Jinchūriki Transformations ===
 
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Due to sealing the [[Yin]] part of Kurama's chakra into himself before his death, once he was reincarnated he was able to use a cloak similar to Naruto's [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] which overlays his mantle. It seems to take some skill to activate this, as Naruto was amazed, and even Kurama complimented his sealing skills for using the cloak.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, page 7</ref>
 
 
=== Taijutsu ===
 
 
[[File:Minato Saving Kakashi.PNG|thumb|Minato saving Kakashi.]]
 
[[File:Minato Saving Kakashi.PNG|thumb|Minato saving Kakashi.]]
One of Minato's trademark attributes was his immense speed and acute reflexes, able to react fast enough to catch an infant Naruto mid-fall to prevent him from being stabbed by Tobi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, pages 3-4</ref> Combined with his great proficiency in the [[Body Flicker Technique]], he could easily react and reach in time an ally to save them from enemy attacks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 240, pages 8, 10</ref> He could also respond to Tobi's [[Kamui]] technique quickly enough to escape it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 16-17</ref> He is often referred to throughout the series as the fastest shinobi who ever lived, with the speed of the currently fastest living shinobi often being compared to his own, such as A or Naruto in his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]], with the former admitting that even with his [[Lightning Release Armour]] enhancing his already immense speed and reflexes was still outmatched by Minato.<ref name="Raikage"/>
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Minato was hailed as the fastest shinobi in history.<ref name="Raikage" /> While this recognition was due in large part to his [[space–time ninjutsu]], his natural speed and reflexes were practically instantaneous: he could react to and avoid such techniques as [[Lightning Release Chakra Mode]] and [[Kamui]],<ref>Chapter 502, pages 16-17</ref> and with only the [[Body Flicker Technique]] he could engage an enemy or retrieve an ally before anyone realised what he was doing.<ref>Chapter 240, page 8</ref> In the anime, he could arrive at a destination before [[sensor]]s even had a chance to detect his approach.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 372</ref>
   
When fighting, he mainly employed the use of his [[Flying Thunder God Kunai|unique kunai]], wielding them proficiently and taking advantage of their particular form, which made them even more suitable for close range combat than standard [[kunai]]. Using this type of kunai, he was able to nearly sever one of the [[Eight-Tails]]' tentacles when [[B]] moved to save his brother from Minato's counter-attack despite having nearly no leverage, showing that he possessed a great deal of strength.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 542, page 16</ref> Minato's skills are such that he received praise from the other Kage, including Tobirama Senju, who is also capable of using the Flying Thunder God Technique,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 4-5</ref> as Minato was not only able to arrive on the battlefield in time to deflect an enemy [[Tailed Beast Ball|attack]], but he was also able to mark the battlefield, enabling the other Hokage to take immediate action upon their arrival.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, page 7</ref>
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Minato had large chakra reserves, enough to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[Gamabunta]] and [[Flying Thunder God Technique|teleport]] the [[Nine-Tails]]. His chakra control was very refined, evidenced by his creation of the [[Rasengan]]. He was also able to weave [[hand seals]] with only one hand.<ref>Chapter 664, page 11</ref>
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
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Minato was taught by Jiraiya how to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[toads]], and was one of the few people to earn the respect and cooperation of [[Gamabunta]].<ref>Chapter 96, pages 9-10</ref> He demonstrated skill and knowledge with [[barrier ninjutsu]]<ref>Chapter 631, pages 9-11</ref> and could use the [[Shadow Clone Technique]].<ref>Chapter 637, page 14</ref> Minato had [[sensor]]y abilities, able to sense chakra signatures from great distances.<ref>Chapter 620, page 8</ref> For closer targets, he could detect everyone within an area by simply placing his finger on the ground.<ref>Chapter 239, pages 16-17</ref> Minato's [[nature transformation]]s included [[fire]], [[wind]], [[lightning]], along with [[yin]] and [[yang]].<ref name="d4"/>
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==== Rasengan ====
 
==== Rasengan ====
[[File:Minato Rasengan and Kunai.png|thumb|left|Minato demonstrating the dynamic creation of a Rasengan.]]
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[[File:Minato Rasengan and Kunai.png|thumb|left|Minato forming the Rasengan.]]
Minato spent three years creating the [[Rasengan]] by observing the [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 151, pages 12-13</ref><ref name="bijudama">''Naruto'' chapter 519, page 16</ref> It is the highest level of [[shape transformation]] and it does not require hand signs to be performed. Instead, using precise control of one's chakra to concentrate and spin it, forming a sphere in the user's palm. It is able to inflict immense damage to its target upon contact. The lack of elaborate preparations needed for the Rasengan gave Minato an advantage over other technique users in battle. During his fight with Tobi, he is able to form a Rasengan right after throwing his marked kunai, allowing Minato to land a devastating blow immediately after performing the Flying Thunder God Technique. As its creator, Minato had great mastery over the Rasengan, able to form it in either hand and even make it larger than the Rasengan of other characters (roughly the size of the [[Big Ball Rasengan]]).
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After observing the nature of the [[Tailed Beast Ball]],<ref name="bijudama">Chapter 519, page 16</ref> Minato spent three years developing the [[Rasengan]], the highest level of [[shape transformation]].<ref>Chapter 151, pages 12-13</ref> It requires no hand seals to create and, once formed, is self-sustaining, giving him an edge in combat. Although it requires very precise chakra control to use, Minato, as the Rasengan's creator, has mastered it; he can form it with either of his hands in almost no time.
   
He had intended to combine the Rasengan with his own [[nature transformation]], but the task was too difficult to complete before his untimely death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 321, pages 9-10</ref>
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He had intended to combine the Rasengan with his own chakra nature, but the task was too difficult to complete before his untimely death.<ref>Chapter 321, pages 9-10</ref>
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[[File:Minato's Kunai.png|thumb|Minato's special kunai.]]
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Minato had his own special [[Flying Thunder God Kunai|brand of kunai]] that he used in combat. As standard weapons, Minato would throw them at opponents or wield them as melee tools; the kunai's triple-prong enhanced their offensive potential. He was skilled enough to effectively wield a kunai in his mouth.<ref>Chapter 669, pages 13</ref> Their main use came from the [[Flying Thunder God]] seals they were marked with, allowing him to teleport to wherever one of the kunai was thrown.<ref>Chapter 667, page 13</ref> He carried a large number of the kunai in the field that he would scatter across a wide area so that he could move around quickly.<ref>Chapter 242, pages 4-5</ref> He even strategically placed a network of kunai around Konoha's outskirts, including at least two [[Minato's Safe Houses|safe houses]], so that he could respond to threats to the village wherever they occurred. Although his normal tactics with the kunai did not require precision, Minato nevertheless had excellent aim and could coordinate his throws' timing and placement to allow him to perform [[Flying Thunder God — Second Step|complex maneuvers]].<ref>Chapter 502, pages 15-17</ref>
   
 
==== Space–Time Ninjutsu ====
 
==== Space–Time Ninjutsu ====
[[File:Flying Thunder God Technique.JPG|thumb|Minato's special kunai.]]
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Minato's signature ability was the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]], which he'd gained a mastery of superior to its creator, the [[Second Hokage]]. Using the technique he could instantly move to the location of anything marked with his special seal, whether it's one of his kunai or a place or person he has personally branded. Minato was not limited to teleporting himself, as he could bring others with him, though he needed to provide the chakra for their transport.<ref>Chapter 503, pages 11-12</ref> He did not even need to accompany who or whatever he was teleporting,<ref>Chapter 631, pages 8-9</ref> giving him a [[Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder|defensive option]] to teleport incoming projectiles away from himself.<ref>Chapter 502, pages 7-8</ref>
Minato was famous for his use of the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]], a space–time technique applied through the use of special seals, which essentially allowed him to teleport to any location with untraceable movements. By throwing [[Flying Thunder God Kunai|kunai that had the seal]] attached to them behind enemy lines, Minato could wipe out an entire platoon in the blink of an eye.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 242, pages 4-5</ref> Minato could teleport to his special kunai even as it travelled through the air, through this method, he was able to outmanoeuvre Tobi's [[Kamui]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 15-17</ref> He was also capable of applying the seal to solid surfaces with his bare hand, allowing him to tag opponents and give himself an easy way to track and reach them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 3</ref> He also incorporated this seal formula into Kushina's seal so he could always come to her aid, at any time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, page 7</ref> Minato is also capable of transporting multiple people to different markings simultaneously.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 8-9</ref>
 
 
For defensive use, Minato was capable of implementing [[Space–Time Barrier|space–time barriers]] to counter large attacks such as a [[Tailed Beast Ball]], sending the blast to a distant area away from the village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 7-8</ref> He was later even able to warp away a Tailed Beast Ball of larger proportions created by the [[Ten-Tails]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 630, page 16</ref> and was able to teleport things even as large as the Nine-Tails itself, albeit at the cost of a large portion of his chakra due to the beast's immense size.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 11-12</ref>
 
   
 
==== Fūinjutsu ====
 
==== Fūinjutsu ====
[[File:Fox Key.png|thumb|left|The key to the Nine-Tails' seal.]]
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[[File:Eight Trigrams Seal.png|left|thumb|The key to the Nine-Tails' seal.]]
Minato was very knowledgeable in [[fūinjutsu]], which is due partially to Kushina teaching him some of the [[Uzumaki clan]]'s unique sealing techniques.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 3</ref> He knew the full capabilities of the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] and was aware that he could not completely seal all of the Nine-Tails' chakra within the death god. Minato could also [[Contract Seal|remove]] an opponent's ability to use the Summoning Technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 5</ref>
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Minato learned several of the [[Uzumaki clan]]'s [[fūinjutsu]] from [[Kushina]].<ref>Chapter 500, page 3</ref> The most notable of these was the [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style]] he used to seal the Nine-Tails into [[Naruto]], which would allow small amounts of the Nine-Tails' chakra to leak out and naturally mix with Naruto's own.<ref>Chapter 91, page 12</ref> The seal would slowly weaken over time to give Naruto increasing access to its chakra and Minato created a key that could be used to either accelerate or reverse this process. As an extra precaution he mixed his own and Kushina's chakra into the seal so that, when certain conditions were met, they could help Naruto with his control of the Nine-Tails, as well as to enable them to see their son after they were dead.<ref name="c439"/>
   
The greatest example of his prowess with fūinjutsu is the seal used on Naruto, placing two [[Four Symbols Seal]] to create the [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style]], which would allow small amounts of the Nine-Tails' chakra to leak out and naturally mix with Naruto's own.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 12</ref>
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Other fūinjutsu he could perform included the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]], which he had enough familiarity with to know it couldn't be used to seal all of the Nine-Tails' chakra. With the [[Contract Seal]] he could remove an opponent's control over any creatures they summoned.<ref>Chapter 503, page 5</ref> He also knew how [[Tailed Beast Transfer Technique|transfer]] a [[tailed beast]] from one [[jinchūriki]] to another.<ref>Chapter 664, page 14</ref>
   
==== Summoning Technique ====
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=== Jinchūriki Transformations ===
[[File:Bunta smash.png|thumb|right|Minato summons Gamabunta to stop Kurama.]]
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In his youth, Jiraiya taught Minato how to use the [[Summoning Technique]] to summon [[toads]]. He was able to summon [[Gamabunta]], showing considerably large reserves of chakra in doing so, and was one of the few people that Gamabunta would willingly cooperate without hesitation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 96, pages 9-10</ref> He could use the [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique]] for a devastating surprise attack that could even pin powerful large targets like the Nine-Tails down.
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[[File:Minato's nine-tails chakra mode.png|thumb|120px|Minato's Nine-Tailed Chakra Mode.]]
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Minato became a jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails' yin chakra shortly before his death, though he has no chance to make use of it until after he is [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]]. Unlike most tailed beasts, the Nine-Tails offers no resistance to cooperating with Minato, granting him immediate access to [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]], which Naruto is impressed by.<ref>Chapter 631, page 7</ref> Minato's is slightly darker than Naruto's but is otherwise identical in appearance and abilities; he can use [[Tailed Beast Chakra Arms|chakra arms]],<ref>Chapter 652, page 9</ref> enter a [[Tailed Beast Mode]], and create [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s.<ref name="ch645">Chapter 645</ref>
   
=== Intelligence ===
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Minato later transfers his half of the Nine-Tails to Naruto, thus losing access to its power.
Minato was shown to be very intuitive and clever from a young age. Of the many ninja sent out to save Kushina from her Kumogakure kidnappers, Minato was the only one to notice the trail of hair she was leaving.<ref name="C498 p15"/> After seeing a technique once, he could correctly deduce the basic mechanics behind it, such as the strengths and weaknesses of [[Kakashi]]'s [[Chidori]].<ref name="C240">''Naruto'' chapter 240, page 14</ref> During difficult events, he was still capable of maintaining his composure, assessing the situation, and devising appropriate plans of action. During his skirmish against [[Tobi]], he was able to determine that his opponent didn't want to drag on their fight as he could not keep [[Kurama]] summoned for very long, as well as quickly ascertain a method of counter-attacking. Using this information, he was able to take advantage of Tobi's haste to not only wound him, but also [[Contract Seal|remove]] his control over the beast as well.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 12-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 2-5</ref>
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=== Other Skills ===
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=== Senjutsu ===
Minato could detect the presence of people within an area by simply placing his finger on the ground.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 239, pages 16-17</ref> Minato was also skilled in [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transferring]] chakra and could even adapt it to another person's own chakra, as seen when he placed some of Kushina's and his own chakra within Naruto so that they could see him when he was older, and assist him in dealing with Kurama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 1, 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 617, page 5</ref> He is also adept at using [[barrier ninjutsu]], capable of erecting a [[Four Red Suns Battle Encampment|Kage-calibre barrier]] powerful enough to trap the [[Ten-Tails]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, pages 9-11</ref>
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[[File:Minato's Sennin.png|thumb|left|Minato's Sage Mode.]]
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Like Jiraiya, Minato was taught to use [[senjutsu]] at [[Mount Myōboku]], enabling him to enhance his physical parameters and techniques by entering [[Sage Mode]].<ref>Chapter 665, page 11</ref> By his own admission, Minato had little experience with it in the field because the amount preparation time necessary deviated from his normal fighting style of rapid responses.<ref>Chapter 667, page 9</ref> Nevertheless, he was able to perfectly balance the natural energy with his chakra, only displaying the pigmentation around his eyes — the true marking of a Sage.
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Minato was very observant. Even at a young age only he, out of all the ninja sent to rescue Kushina, noticed the trail she left behind to mark her kidnappers' path.<ref name="C498 p15" /> In combat he could correctly deduce the basic mechanics behind an ability after seeing it only once, and from there plan around its strengths and weaknesses to his or his allies' advantage.<ref name="C240">Chapter 240, page 14</ref> His observational skills extended beyond jutsu, as he could determine an opponent's plans and motivations based on only limited evidence.<ref>Chapter 502, pages 11-12</ref> After he had finished analyzing, Minato would strike quickly and with precision, attacking vulnerabilities at the most opportune moments.
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
For most of the series, Minato was only referred to in passing. Later, in Part II, he began appearing in flashbacks.
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=== Pain's Assault ===
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During his fight with [[Pain]], [[Naruto]] is nearly tempted by the [[Nine-Tails]] to remove its seal. This activates the safeguard Minato placed on the seal, causing his imprint to appear within Naruto's subconscious and stop him. Minato says that he isn't happy to see the Nine-Tails again, but that at the same time admits that its actions have allowed him to see his son. Naruto picks up on this and, having never known his parents' identities, is overjoyed to meet his father. The Nine-Tails keeps threatening to kill Minato while they talk, so he and Naruto relocate.
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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[[File:Minato & Naruto.PNG|thumb|Minato placing his trust in Naruto.]]
[[File:Minato & Naruto.PNG|thumb|left|Minato placing his trust in Naruto.]]
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Naruto is angry that his own father would seal the Nine-Tails within him and punches Minato out of frustration. He quickly gets over it, noting that, as the son of the Fourth Hokage, he can handle it. Minato's time with Naruto is limited so he does a quick run down of the things he has already observed through Naruto: that Pain has destroyed Konoha and killed [[Jiraiya]]. Despite what he's done, Minato suggests that Pain is only a symptom of the shinobi system and that he's being taken advantage of by [[Tobi]]. Naruto is overwhelmed, unsure if he can forgive Pain or do anything to stop the the cycle of death that produced him, but Minato responds that he has faith in Naruto. He restores the Nine-Tails' seal before disappearing.
It was not until the [[Invasion of Pain]] that he made an actual appearance in the story. When Naruto started to give into the temptation of power from the Nine-Tails and was about to release the beast, the imprint of Minato stopped him. Minato voiced his dislike of seeing the Nine-Tails again, but pointed out that its actions had allowed him to see his son once more. Naruto eventually picked up on what Minato was saying, and was overjoyed to finally find out who his father was. Minato tried to talk with Naruto, but the Nine-Tails kept interrupting the conversation, angered at the presence of the Fourth Hokage, so Minato transported them to another space that was quieter. Naruto was outraged at the idea that Minato would seal the Nine-Tails into his own son, which Minato apologised for. Naruto punched him in anger but quickly got over it, claiming that as his son, he could handle it.
 
   
Because he had a limited amount of time to talk to Naruto, Minato briefly caught up with him, at the same time indicating that he knew that [[Pain]] had killed Jiraiya and was aware of Konoha's destruction as he saw it through Naruto. He expressed his suspicions that Pain was actually being manipulated by someone else due to his childhood psychological traumas, and that it was "[[Tobi|the masked man of the Akatsuki]]" who really wished Konoha's destruction. He went onto suggest that, as long as the current ninja system exists, people like Pain, who were ruined by war, will continue to exist. He restored the seal on Naruto's stomach and voiced his confidence in him that he would find a way to stop the vicious cycle of death and destruction before disappearing to the afterlife.
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In the anime, when Naruto nearly loses control after his [[Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone|clone]] absorbs the Nine-Tails' chakra, Minato appears before him again to restore the seal. Once again, Minato voices his confidence in his son and his ability to overcome any adversity.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 293</ref>
   
=== Chikara Arc ===
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In the anime, Minato restored Naruto's seal once more when the latter almost lost control after his clone absorbed his [[Nine-Tails]] chakra. Once again, Minato voiced his confidence in his son, and his ability to overcome this adversity.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 293</ref>
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[[File:Hokage reincarnated.png|thumb|left|The four Hokage are reincarnated.]]
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At the request of [[Sasuke Uchiha]], [[Orochimaru]] releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the [[Shinigami]] so that he can [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] them. After taking in their surroundings, the [[First Hokage|First]] and [[Second Hokage]] are excited to meet Minato, the Fourth, and take him as a sign of the village's prosperity. Minato says he does not know since he died before the [[Third Hokage]] did. While Sasuke talks to the First Hokage, Minato detects Naruto's chakra and is glad to sense he has gained full control of the Nine-Tails.
   
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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[[File:The Hokage Arrive.png|thumb|The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.]]
[[File:Hokage Reincarnated.jpg|thumb|Minato is reincarnated alongside his predecessors.]]
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From listening to the four Hokage, Sasuke decides to side against Tobi and [[Madara Uchiha]] in the ongoing [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. The Hokage are allowed to help as well, and they set out for the site of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' battle with the [[Ten-Tails]]. Minato, eager to see Naruto, arrives first, just in time to [[Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder|warp]] away the Ten-Tails' [[Tailed Beast Ball]], saving Naruto and the Allies. He introduces himself to [[Sakura Haruno]] and asks if she is Naruto's girlfriend. Sakura becomes angry when Naruto doesn't deny it, reminding Minato of [[Kushina]]. When the other Hokage arrive they jointly erect a [[Four Red Yang Formation|barrier]] to confine the Ten-Tails.
In [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s quest for answers, Minato's soul was freed from within the [[Shinigami]] and subsequently [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] by Orochimaru along with [[Hashirama Senju|the]] [[Tobirama Senju|three]] [[Hiruzen Sarutobi|Hokage]] that preceded him, using [[Zetsu]]'s [[Spore Technique|spore]] clones as sacrifices.
 
   
Shocked to find himself in this state, Minato questioned Orochimaru about how he was able to break the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. Greeted with the question of who he was, Minato proudly brandished the emblem on the back of his haori, letting the First and Second know that he was the person who had inherited the title of Fourth Hokage, pleasing Hashirama who took this as a sign of the village's stability, though Minato admitted he could not say anything about that as he had actually died before Hiruzen had. He later sheepishly told Hashirama that his sealing inside of the Shinigami was due to a different incident than Hiruzen coming to be there. Upon Hashirama's reaction on learning that [[Tsunade]] had inherited the title of Fifth Hokage, Minato could not help but ask if he was worried, but Hashirama simply laughed his concern off, noting that he had spoiled the Fifth quite a bit when she was a child.
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[[File:Minato attacks Obito.png|left|thumb|Minato strikes down Obito.]]
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Sometime later, Tobi appears above the Ten-Tails and begins [[Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|reviving]] Madara, which the Alliance focuses its efforts on preventing. Minato cannot leave his position or the barrier will fall, so he sends a [[shadow clone]] to help. Because Tobi is still branded with the [[Flying Thunder God]] seal from their last encounter, the shadow clone is able to teleport to him and strike him down. It is only after he attacks that he realises Tobi is his old student, Obito Uchiha. The attack ends up coming too late and Obito seals the Ten-Tails into himself, becoming its [[jinchūriki]]. After Obito destroys the barrier, the First and Second engage him to determine his new abilities, leaving Minato to get everyone else to a safe distance.
   
[[File:Hokage's set out.png|thumb|left|Minato and the other reincarnated Hokage prepare to head out to the battlefield.]]
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
After the exchange between an outraged Tobirama, who was ready to retaliate after hearing Sasuke declare that he may exact his revenge on the village, and Hashirama, who had to forcefully stop his brother, Minato marvelled at the fact that something so simple had almost caused the [[Naka Shrine]] to cave-in. Upon hearing that Madara had been reincarnated on the battlefield and about the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Minato soon felt Naruto and [[Kurama]]'s chakra on the battlefield, and was elated that his son had managed to achieve what he had hoped he would when he sealed the beast inside him. After Hashirama completed his story, and Hiruzen lamented that he had been too indulging a Hokage, Minato told the Third that he had done the best he could have given the circumstances. He lamented that he had failed as a Hokage, having died during the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], which left his reign woefully short and falling short of all the expectations which had been heaped upon him. Nevertheless, when Sasuke had made his decision to protect [[Itachi]]'s sacrifice, the four Hokages and their new-found allies moved to the outside of the Naka Shrine where, upon Hashirama's behest, took his place upon his bust on the [[Hokage Monument]]. Minato expressed excitement in finally being able to meet his son as well as bringing him a present to make up for not being able to be there for him as a father.
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[[File:Minato clashes with Obito.png|thumb|Minato clashes with Obito once again.]]
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Minato joins the offensive against Obito. He can no longer teleport directly to Obito because the Flying Thunder God seal has disappeared from his body, so he must engage him directly. Just before they clash Obito, having until now struggled to control the Ten-Tails' power, finally masters it and strikes at Minato. He severs Minato's right arm and plants a [[Truth-Seeking Ball]] on him, which the Second Hokage removes before it detonates. Minato, the Second, Naruto, and Sasuke coordinate efforts to attack Obito with [[Flying Thunder God Mutually Instantaneous Revolving Technique]], but Obito emerges without damage. What's more, Minato's arm has not regenerated, indicating that Obito's Truth-Seeking Balls can nullify the advantages of the Impure World Reincarnation.
   
[[File:Hokage arrive.png|thumb|Minato and the other Hokage arrive on the battlefield.]]
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[[File:Minato and Naruto bump fists.png|thumb|left|Minato and Naruto join forces.]]
Arriving on the battlefield just in time to [[Space–Time Barrier|warp]] the [[Ten-Tails]]' Tailed Beast Ball away, he managed to save Naruto and the remainder of the Shinobi Alliance. There he greeted his son — enquiring whether or not he was too late — to which Naruto happily responded that he was right on time. Introducing himself to Sakura, Minato also noted that they needed to brace themselves for impact. Just then, the ocean behind them rose up, leading Minato to first explain that he had sent the Tailed Beast Ball out to sea and then that though he was reincarnated, he was on their side. Curious, as he thanked Sakura for healing his son, he also asked whether she was his girlfriend. Sakura's subsequent violent response to Naruto's answer reminded Minato of Kushina. With this the other Hokage arrived on the battlefield and launched into action immediately, at Hashirama's behest. He then entered the [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] using the chakra he had gotten when he split [[Kurama]]'s chakra between him and his son, Minato told Tobirama and Hiruzen that he had already marked the location. With the Hokage moving to their designated location, Minato and the other Hokage used the [[Four Red Suns Battle Encampment]] technique to trap the beast as they prepare their counter attack. Minato later is impressed by Naruto changing the "nature" of the Rasengan after seeing the [[Rasenshuriken]].
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Obito traps the Alliance in [[Six Red Yang Encampment|his own barrier]] and prepares to destroy them all with a barrage of Tailed Beast Balls. With little time to act, Naruto forms a plan: he and Minato link their respective Nine-Tails' chakra which networks in all of the Allied forces that Naruto has shared its chakra with and lets Minato teleport all of them out of the barrier. Minato is very impressed by Naruto's quick-thinking and says he wishes he had more of a chance time to talk to him. Naruto explains there's no need as he's already met Kushina and heard everything. Minato is moved to tears with pride.
   
== Legacy ==
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[[File:TBM Rasengan.png|thumb|Minato and Naruto attack Obito.]]
The Third Hokage did his best to look out for Naruto but very few were able to detach their hatred of the Nine-Tails from that of Naruto despite Minato's final wish that his son be seen as a hero. The Third forbade anyone from speaking of the Nine-Tails, hoping that the younger generation would not blindly hate Naruto as the rest of the villagers did.<ref name="plea"/> He gave Naruto his mother's surname so that his relation to Minato would be kept a secret from Minato's enemies,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 5</ref> and otherwise did his best to give Naruto a comfortable life despite the boy having no parents and being ostracised by the rest of the village. Naruto would never be told his parents' identities, and neither would most of Konoha.
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Having learned that Obito, despite all his new powers, is weak to [[senjutsu]], Minato and Naruto enter [[Sage Mode]] to prepare for an assault. They each then enter [[Tailed Beast Mode]] and attack with a shared [[Rasengan]], breaking Obito's defense and forcing him to manifest a recreation of the [[Shinju]]. They evade the tree's roots, but Minato's chakra levels are too depleted from all the jutsu he has been performing. He is forced to keep his distance and watch as Naruto leads the Allied Shinobi against Obito. When the Alliance starts to strip the [[tailed beasts]] from Obito's body, Minato helps Naruto pull out the fragments of the Nine-Tails' chakra Obito has taken, and ultimately they succeed.
   
With Minato's death, the Third was forced to resume his position as Hokage, a role he filled until his death, never being able to find a replacement of Minato's calibre. Minato himself became regarded as the village's hero,<ref name="hero">''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 12</ref> and, indeed, one of the greatest ninja Konoha had ever produced,<ref name="c158"/> so much so that villagers would regret his death when tragedy struck the village years later.<ref name="orochimaru"/> Because Minato was never able to tell anyone what happened during the Nine-Tails' attack, villagers came to their own conclusions and the [[Uchiha]] were suspected of the act. Jiraiya recognised that Minato would not have sealed the Nine-Tails into his own son unless he had a good reason and that Minato intended Naruto to gain control of the Nine-Tails, but could never conclude why.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 370, pages 12-13</ref>
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[[File:Minato stops Kakashi.png|thumb|left|Minato stops Kakashi from killing Obito.]]
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Obito is unable to move after his defeat and [[Kakashi]] moves in to kill him. Minato stops him, having sensed Obito's change of heart while he was removing the Nine-Tails' chakra. While Naruto and the Allies leave to confront Madara, Minato and Kakashi stay with Obito. Obito reflects on his actions and decides he has done terrible things, which he wants to make amends for by using the [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]] to revive those he's killed. While he is forming the hand seals, [[Black Zetsu]] emerges from the ground and takes control of his body. Minato and Kakashi are confused, so Obito explains he has been forced to revive Madara instead. Black Zetsu also tries to take Obito's [[Rinnegan]] to deliver to Madara. Minato and Kakashi move to stop it, but can't do anything without harming Obito. Before Black Zetsu assumes full control of his body, Obito pleads with Minato and Kakashi to destroy the Rinnegan at any cost.
   
Although Naruto had no idea about his relation with Minato most of his life, he appeared to greatly admire the Fourth Hokage, considering him a hero who gave his life for the village,<ref name="hero"/> showing anger when Tsunade spoke ill of him<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 9</ref> and becoming overjoyed whenever Jiraiya or Kakashi mentioned his resemblance to Minato.<ref name="apprentice"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 321, page 12</ref> Before Naruto left Konoha to begin his training with Jiraiya, he looked at the Fourth Hokage's carved head and asked him to look after him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 238, pages 15-16</ref> After learning the truth about his relation to Minato and despite the shock that his own father made him a jinchūriki, Naruto was proud to be the Fourth Hokage's son.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, pages 3-7</ref> Years after his death, Killer B was surprised when he learned Minato created a technique similar to the Tailed Beast Ball: the Rasengan.<ref name="bijudama"/>
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[[File:Black Zetsu absorb Kurama.png|thumb|Black Zetsu intercepts the transfer.]]
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Right before Minato can attack, the Nine-Tails alerts him to Naruto's loss of his own Nine-Tails' half. He is soon brought to Minato's side, with Sakura performing emergency life support and [[Gaara]] explaining that the only chance of saving Naruto's life is if he is given Minato's portion of the Nine-Tails. Just as Minato starts the transfer, Black Zetsu intercepts him and takes the Nine-Tails for itself. Madara arrives immediately afterwards, now the Ten-Tails' new jinchūriki and intent on taking Obito's Rinnegan. Minato enters Sage Mode and attacks him alongside Kakashi, but they are easily repelled and Minato loses his other arm. Before Madara can take what he wants, Obito reasserts control of his body and, with some help from Kakashi, escapes with Naruto and Sakura using [[Kamui]].
   
== Movies ==
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[[File:Minato intercepts orbs.png|left|thumb|Minato takes Madara's attack.]]
=== Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower ===
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[[Might Guy]] arrives, ready to give his life to defeat Madara. With his energy and arms gone, Minato can do very little to help directly, but he can at least give Guy an opening. He instructs [[Rock Lee]] to throw one of his [[Flying Thunder God Kunai]] at Madara's Truth-Seeking Orbs, which Minato teleports to in order to catch several and escape with them, allowing Guy to initiate his assault. Minato, meanwhile, teleports to the [[Hokage Monument]] where he remains with the inert Truth Seeking Balls. He later witnesses the others' failure when the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] is cast and Konoha's villagers are entwined by the [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]]. He returns to the battlefield, reunites with the other Hokage, and they try to figure out what they can do to help.
Twenty years in the past, Minato was assigned a secret mission alongside [[Shibi Aburame]] and [[Chōza Akimichi]] to intervene in the crisis in [[Rōran]], where a Sunagakure missing-nin from the future called [[Mukade (movie)|Mukade]] is building a Puppet Army using the power of the Ryūmyaku, an ancient chakra flow deep underground the city, and plans to change the future to his favour, conquering the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]]. Minato asks the [[Third Hokage]]'s permission to bring his student, [[Kakashi Hatake]], and the Hokage agrees.
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[[File:Minato Lost Tower.png|thumb|Minato as depicted in the movie.]]
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
When they arrive in Rōran, Minato and his Team save [[Naruto Uzumaki|Naruto]] from Mukade's puppets. Realising that the boy is also from the future, Minato tells Naruto to leave the city until they finish their mission, trying to keep him in the dark so the future won't be changed. However, Naruto ends up saving the Queen of Rōran, [[Sāra]] and attacks Minato, thinking they are the ones after her life. As a result, Minato decides to tell Naruto the truth about their mission and that Mukade arrived six years before Naruto, changed his name into Anrokuzan and has become the Minister of Rōran. Naruto recognises Minato's face and tells him he looks just like the Fourth Hokage. While Shibi claims that it is impossible, because their Hokage is still the Third, Minato asks Naruto to stop talking about the future. Sāra doesn't believe in them and runs off to prove Anrokuzan's innocence. Minato tells Naruto to protect Sāra while they look for Mukade and gives Naruto one of his [[Flying Thunder God Kunai]].
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{{main|Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes}}
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[[File:Minato and his son.png|thumb|Minato wishes happy birthday to his son.]]
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The four Hokage are met by the spirit of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who recruits their help. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead [[Kage]], they summon Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, Sakura, Madara, and the tailed beasts back from [[Kaguya's dimension]]. Minato congratulates Naruto on finally ending the war and wishes him a happy seventeenth birthday. Happy with his son's prospects for the future, Minato and the other Kage are returned to the [[Pure Land|afterlife]] by the Sage of the Six Paths.
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When Naruto and Sāra try to fight Anrokuzan on the city's underground, Minato and his Team reappear and help Naruto while Sāra saves the men Mukade kidnapped to build his Puppet Army and takes them and their families to the [[Garden of Ryūmyaku]], where they'll be safe.
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== Legacy ==
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After Minato died, the [[Third Hokage]] reported to the villagers Minato's last request that Naruto be regarded as a hero. Very few were able to separate their hatred of the Nine-Tails from Naruto, prompting the Third to forbid anyone from speaking of the Nine-Tails, hoping that the younger generation would not blindly hate Naruto as the rest of the villagers did.<ref name="plea" /> He also concealed Naruto's relation to Minato in order to keep him safe from his father's enemies,<ref>Chapter 440, page 5</ref> and otherwise did his best to give Naruto a comfortable life. For years Naruto did not know his parents' identities, and neither did most of Konoha.
   
Mukade fuses with his puppets, becoming a giant puppet monster using the Ryūmyaku's power. To stop Mukade from regenerating, Sāra must stop the flow of the Ryūmyaku in the [[Source of the Ryūmyaku]] while Naruto and Minato fight off Mukade. Naruto attacks Mukade with the [[Rasengan]], shocking Minato, but is unable to defeat Mukade. Out of chakra and exhausted, Naruto is saved by Minato who tells him to attack Mukade's weak point with the Rasengan once Sāra stops the Ryūmyaku's flow. Naruto answers that he's out of chakra but Minato tells him he'll lend him his. Naruto tells him that it is impossible, because the Rasengan is a technique that the Fourth Hokage completed and that only he and Jiraiya can use, to which Minato replies that is why he can do it, having not only realised that he would be the Fourth Hokage but also that Naruto was his child. Since they have similar chakra, their Rasengans resonate and fuse together, creating the [[Supreme Ultimate Rasengan]] and defeating Mukade.
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Even when he was not aware of his relation to Minato, Naruto still greatly admired the Fourth Hokage, considering him a hero who gave his life for the village<ref name="hero" /> and becoming overjoyed whenever their similarities were remarked upon.<ref name="apprentice" /><ref>Chapter 321, page 12</ref> Before Naruto left Konoha to begin his training with [[Jiraiya]], he looked at the Fourth Hokage's face on the [[Hokage Monument]] and asked him to look after him.<ref>Chapter 238, pages 15-16</ref> After learning that Minato was his father, Naruto took pride in it and felt it was his responsibility to makes his parents' sacrifices worth it.<ref>Chapter 440, pages 3-7</ref>
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With Minato's death, the Third was forced to resume his position as Hokage, a role he filled until his death, never being able to find a replacement of Minato's calibre. Minato himself became regarded as the village's hero,<ref name="hero">Chapter 1, page 12</ref> and, indeed, one of the greatest ninja Konoha had ever produced,<ref name="c158" /> so much so that villagers would regret his death whenever tragedy struck the village.<ref name="orochimaru" /> Because Minato was never able to tell anyone what happened during the Nine-Tails' attack, villagers came to their own conclusions and the [[Uchiha]] were suspected of the act, creating ill-will that would culminate in the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]]. Jiraiya recognised that Minato would not have sealed the Nine-Tails into his own son unless he had a good reason and that Minato intended Naruto to gain control of the Nine-Tails, but he could never conclude why.<ref name="c370">Chapter 370, pages 12-13</ref>
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Posthumously, he and Kushina became the grandparents of Naruto and [[Hinata]]'s children, [[Boruto]] and [[Himawari Uzumaki]].
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== Movies ==
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=== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower ===
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{{main|Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower}}
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[[File:Minato Lost Tower.png|thumb|Minato as depicted in the movie.]]
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Twenty years in the past, Minato and [[Kakashi]] are part of a team sent to [[Rōran]] to stop [[Mukade (movie)|Mukade]], a [[missing-nin]] from the future, from using the [[Source of the Ryūmyaku]] to make a Puppet Army that will conquer the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]]. When they arrive in Rōran they meet [[Naruto]], who Minato realises is also from the future. Minato tries to get Naruto to leave so that he won't tell them anything that will change the future. However, Naruto believes Minato and his team mean to kill the Queen of Rōran, [[Sāra]], and attacks them until he recognises Minato as the Fourth Hokage.
   
 
[[File:Supreme Ultimate Rasengan.PNG|thumb|left|Naruto and Minato's Supreme Ultimate Rasengan.]]
 
[[File:Supreme Ultimate Rasengan.PNG|thumb|left|Naruto and Minato's Supreme Ultimate Rasengan.]]
After Minato seals off the Ryūmyaku completely, Naruto and [[Yamato]] begin to glow because the time flow has come back to normal and they must return to their own time. So the future won't be changed, Minato decides to erase everybody's memories. However, Naruto tells Minato that he has to talk to him, but Minato refuses, telling Naruto that they'll meet again. Naruto persists and tells Minato that if they don't talk now, he'll never have the chance. As Minato prepares to send them back to the future, Naruto begins to ask if he could possibly be his father. Minato interrupts him and tells him that if he ever had a son, he wished he would be brought up a ninja just like Naruto, to which Naruto smiles and sheds tears of joy, before being sent back to the future. Minato used a [[Memory Erasing Seal|technique to wipe everyone's memory]] so it wouldn't affect the future.
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In the interest of preventing Naruto from saying anything else about events that haven't happened yet, Minato instructs him to protect Sāra, also giving him a [[Flying Thunder God Kunai]] just in case. When Naruto and Sāra later fight Mukade, Minato and his team arrive to help. Mukade fuses with his puppets, becoming a giant puppet monster using the Ryūmyaku's power. While Sāra tries to cut off the Ryūmyaku at its source, Minato and Naruto attack him, the former being surprised when the latter uses [[Rasengan]]. The attack fails and Naruto is left exhausted, so Minato lends him some of his own and advises him on where Mukade's weak points are. Realising that Naruto is his son and that they therefore have similar chakra, they are able to create the [[Supreme Ultimate Rasengan]] and defeat Mukade.
   
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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After Minato seals off the Ryūmyaku completely, Naruto begins to glow as he starts to return to his own time. Naruto tries to fight it, wanting to talk to Minato and warn him about what will happen, but Minato refuses. Naruto asks if there is at least a chance that Minato is his father, to which Minato responds that if he ever had a son, he wishes he would be just like Naruto. Naruto smiles and sheds tears of joy before being sent back to the future. Minato [[Memory Erasing Seal|wipes everyone's memory]] so that their meeting Nartuo won't change the future.
In the [[Genjutsu World|alternate timeline]] of this movie, Minato is still alive, as is his wife Kushina. However, he never became the Fourth Hokage; instead [[Sakura Haruno]]'s father [[Kizashi]] earned this title. Also, Minato and Kushina have a son named [[Menma (movie)|Menma]] who becomes the [[jinchūriki]] of Kurama. While essentially the same as his real-world counterpart (kind, courageous and dutiful), this Minato, being a family man, values his family's safety above all else, choosing to put their well-being before all others.
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=== Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie ===
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{{main|Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie}}
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In the [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]], Minato never became Hokage and therefore he and Kushina did not die on the night of their son, [[Menma]]'s, birth. While essentially the same as his real-world counterpart (kind, courageous, and dutiful), this Minato values his family's safety above all else, choosing to put their well-being before all others.
   
 
== Video Games ==
 
== Video Games ==
 
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{{playable in}}
   
Though not a playable character, Minato appears in the ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (series)|Ultimate Ninja]]'' game series as part of Naruto's ultimate technique called "Mysterious Aid Arrives".
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Though not a playable character, Minato appears in early installments of the [[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (series)|''Ultimate Ninja'' series]] as part of Naruto's ultimate technique called "Mysterious Aid Arrives".
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* "Minato" means {{translation|"harbour"|港}} and "Namikaze" means {{translation|"waves and wind"|波風}}.
 
* "Minato" means {{translation|"harbour"|港}} and "Namikaze" means {{translation|"waves and wind"|波風}}.
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* Minato ranked ninth in the sixth [[Naruto Character Popularity Polls|''Naruto'' character popularity poll]] and seventh in the seventh poll.
 
* Minato's silhouette can be faintly seen in the background of the [[Blue Bird|''Naruto Shippūden'' third opening]] standing behind Naruto and [[Sora]] and under the Nine-Tails, in reference to [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|its attack on Konoha]] that binds all four characters.
 
* Minato's silhouette can be faintly seen in the background of the [[Blue Bird|''Naruto Shippūden'' third opening]] standing behind Naruto and [[Sora]] and under the Nine-Tails, in reference to [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|its attack on Konoha]] that binds all four characters.
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* In ''[[Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!]]'', Minato suddenly appears in the hallway of the stadium when Naruto is running to the toilets. All of these appearances in this special were only for the comical effect.
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower]]'', Minato's chakra appears to be a light green colour, as opposed to the normal blue.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Minato's hobby was reading; Jiraiya's novels were his favourite.
 
** Minato's hobby was reading; Jiraiya's novels were his favourite.
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** Minato completed 847 official missions in total: 122 D-rank, 147 C-rank, 216 B-rank, 323 A-rank, 39 S-rank.
 
** Minato completed 847 official missions in total: 122 D-rank, 147 C-rank, 216 B-rank, 323 A-rank, 39 S-rank.
 
** Minato's favourite phrase was {{translation|"The fire's shadow illuminates the village"|火の影は里を照らす|Hi no kage wa sato o terasu}}.
 
** Minato's favourite phrase was {{translation|"The fire's shadow illuminates the village"|火の影は里を照らす|Hi no kage wa sato o terasu}}.
* Minato ranked ninth in the sixth ''Naruto'' character popularity poll and seventh in the seventh poll.
 
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower]]'', Minato's chakra appears to be a light green colour, as opposed to the normal blue.
 
* In ''[[Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!]]'', Minato suddenly appears in the hallway of the stadium when Naruto is running to the toilets. All of these appearances in this special were only for the comical effect.
 
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (About his dreams) "''I want everyone in the village to acknowledge me and become a great Hokage!''<ref name="hokage"/>
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* (About his dreams) "''I want everyone in the village to acknowledge me and become a great Hokage!''"<ref name="hokage" />
* (To [[Kushina]], when he rescued her) "''I noticed your beautiful hair right away.''"<ref name="C498 p15"/>
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* (As quoted by [[Kakashi]]) "''Those who stray from the path of justice have no courage, but under the wing of a strong leader, cowardice cannot survive.''"<ref>Chapter 21, page 18</ref>
* (To his [[Team Minato|team]]) "''The most important thing for a shinobi is teamwork!''"<ref name="C240"/>
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* (To [[Jiraiya]]) "''You're a man with a true skill… an example we should all follow. I can't think of a finer shinobi than you!''"<ref>Chapter 382, page 11</ref>
* (To [[Jiraiya]]) "''You're a man with a true skill… an example we should all follow. I can't think of a finer shinobi than you!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, page 11</ref>
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* (To Kushina about sealing the [[Nine-Tails]] inside [[Naruto]]) ''"Have a little faith! He is our son after all!''"<ref>Chapter 503, page 19</ref>
* (To [[Kosuke Maruboshi]]) "''I won't allow any of my comrades to die for my sake.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 190</ref>
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* (Last words) "''Naruto… This is your dad. Listen… To your motor-mouth mother.''"<ref>Chapter 504, pages 12-13</ref>
* (To Kushina about sealing the [[Nine-Tails]] inside [[Naruto]]) ''"Have a little faith! He is our son after all!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 19</ref>
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* (To Naruto) "''Pain was the one who killed Jiraiya-sensei, but the more I think about it, the more I believe he was killed by that disorder that gave birth to Pain.''"<ref>Chapter 440, page 13</ref>
* (Last words) "''Naruto… This is your dad. Listen… To your motor-mouth mother.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 12-13</ref>
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* (About Naruto) "''These feelings… It's really nostalgic. Even though the situation is so hard… He looks like he could do anything… Right… It feels exactly as if I were with Kushina… That's what it is…''"<ref>Chapter 645, page 1</ref>
* (As quoted by [[Kakashi]]) "''Those who stray from the path of justice have no courage, but under the wing of a strong leader, cowardice cannot survive.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 21, page 18</ref>
 
* (To Naruto) "''[[Pain]] was the one who killed Jiraiya-sensei, but the more I think about it, the more I believe he was killed by that disorder that gave birth to Pain.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 13</ref>
 
* (To Naruto) "''You will find the answer… I believe in you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 15</ref>
 
   
 
== References ==
 
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Minato Namikaze

(波風ミナト, Namikaze Minato)

  • Fourth Hokage (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage)
  • Konoha's Yellow Flash (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō; English TV "Yellow Flash of the Leaf")[5]
  • Child of the Prophecy (予言の子, Yogen no Ko)[6]
  • Saviour of this World (この世の救世主, Kono Yo no Kyūseishu)[6]
Debut
Manga Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Aquarius January 25
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part II: 24
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part I: 179.2 cm1.792 m
    5.879 ft
    70.551 in
Weight
  • Part I: 66.1 kg145.726 lb
Blood type B
Classification
Tailed Beast Kurama (Yin half) (Forms)
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 006510
Academy Grad. Age 10
Family

Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Minato Namikaze (波風ミナト, Namikaze Minato) was the Fourth Hokage (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage; Literally meaning "Fourth Fire Shadow") of Konohagakure. He was famous in life for his speed, leading to the moniker of Konoha's Yellow Flash (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō; English TV "Yellow Flash of the Leaf"). He died during the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, sacrificing his life to seal a part of the Nine-Tails into his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki.

Background Edit

Early life Edit

Minato saves Kushina

Minato rescues Kushina.

Minato entered Konoha's Academy with dreams of earning the villagers' respect by becoming Hokage.[7] When Kushina Uzumaki moved to Konoha she was placed in the same class as Minato. Minato was immediately drawn to her bright red hair, finding it beautiful. Years later, after they graduated and became ninja, Kushina was kidnapped by Kumogakure forces. Konoha mobilised its ninja to retrieve her, but only Minato noticed the strands of red hair Kushina left behind to mark their path. Minato, acting alone, rescued her from her captors.[8] On their way back to Konoha, Minato confessed his admiration for her hair, causing Kushina – who had previously believed Minato "unreliable" and even "girly"[9] – to fall in love with him.

Minato was a natural prodigy as a ninja, the likes of which appears only once in a generation.[10] When he was added to a genin team under the leadership of Jiraiya, Jiraiya took a special interest in Minato and took him on as his apprentice, teaching him many of his own signature abilities.[11] In time, Minato's exceptional skills led Jiraiya to believe he might be the Child of the Prophecy, someone who would someday save the world.[12]

Konoha's Yellow Flash Edit

Team Minato

Team Minato.

Minato and Kushina were a couple from the time that he rescued her, and with his love Kushina was able to control the Nine-Tails sealed into her. They eventually married. From observing a Tailed Beast Ball, Minato began a three year process of creating the Rasengan, the height of shape transformation. He would spend the rest of his life trying to combine it with his own nature.

After proving himself an accomplished and responsible ninja, Minato was placed in charge of his own team, consisting of Rin Nohara, Obito Uchiha, and Kakashi Hatake. In the anime, the Third Hokage gave Minato the special task of helping Kakashi overcome the bitterness caused by his father's death and remind him of the human element of being a ninja.[13] Minato gave his team a bell test upon its formation in order to teach them the value of teamwork.[14] Although they passed the test, Kakashi would remain a staunch advocate of prioritizing the mission over the team, causing conflict with Obito. Minato did his best to keep the two on good terms.

When Konoha became involved in the Third Shinobi World War, Minato's obligations became split between training his students and helping with the war effort. During a mission into Kusagakure to destroy the Kannabi Bridge, Minato transferred leadership of the mission to Kakashi – who had recently become a jōnin – while he headed to the front lines. He met up with the surviving and out-numbered Konoha ninja and single-handedly wiped out the opposing Iwagakure forces. In the anime, his victory in this battle against a thousand ninja convinced the Third Tsuchikage to surrender.[15] When he rendezvoused with his team afterwards he found Kakashi and Rin and surrounded by Iwa-nin, Obito having already been lost. He rescued them, helped them complete their original mission once they recovered, and returned to Konoha with them to mourn Obito.[16] Minato's competing obligations would later repeat the tragedy of Obito's death: while he was away on another mission, Rin was kidnapped by Kirigakure and died during Kakashi's attempt to retrieve her.

A attacks Minato

A attacks Minato.

Minato encountered A of Kumogakure a number of times during the war.[17] During their first meeting, Minato and A compared their speed, with Minato proving the faster. He received orders to retreat before their competition could resolve, but he lingered to compliment A and his brother, B, a jinchūriki like Kushina; he encouraged A to take care of B and remember he was a person. A pursued Minato, so Minato moved against B, threatening to kill him if A didn't let him and his team go.[18] Minato was confident he and A would someday meet as Kage.[19]

Fourth Hokage Edit

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Minato becomes Hokage.

For his performance during the War, Minato was chosen over Orochimaru to become Fourth Hokage.[20] He taught the Flying Thunder God Technique to the Hokage Guard Platoon to better aid them in their duties of serving the Hokage at any given time.[21] In the anime, he also tried to help Kakashi, now an Anbu, emerge from the darkness he'd fallen into after Obito and Rin's deaths. During the gradual transfer of responsibilities from the Third Hokage to him, the Third advised Minato to restore Kakashi's value of life by tasking him with protecting Kushina during her pregnancy.[22]

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Minato and Kushina, expectant parents.

As a jinchūriki, the strain of childbirth would weaken the seal keeping the Nine-Tails sealed into Kushina. For that reason special precautions had to be taken: the child would secretly be delivered in a remote location outside of the village, with barriers around the area and several Anbu guards as extra protection. Minato was not greatly worried about the birth, and in fact gave Kakashi the day off in gratitude for his good work. He and Kushina had already decided on a name for their son, "Naruto", after the main character of Jiraiya's first book, hoping that their Naruto would be just as determined as the character (and thus its author). Jiraiya tried to convince them to make a different choice since that would make him Naruto's godfather, but they insisted that this was a good thing.[23]

Naruto was born on the night of October 10. Only moments after the birth Minato began making preparations to restore the Nine-Tails' weakened seal, but he was interrupted by the arrival of a masked man, otherwise known as Tobi. Tobi killed the Anbu guards and midwives and took Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him if Minato didn't back away from Kushina. Minato immediately took Naruto back from him, yet discovered explosive tags had been planted on Naruto. Minato was forced to teleport away to keep Naruto from harm, allowing Tobi to escape with Kushina. He found a safe place for Naruto and teleported to Kushina in time to save her from being killed by the Nine-Tails, extracted from her body by Tobi. He reunited mother and son before heading out to protect the village.[24]

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Minato clashing with the masked man.

Minato returned to the village in the early stages of the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, arriving in time to teleport away a Tailed Beast Ball before it destroyed the Hokage Monument. He attempted to reach the Third Hokage so that he could inform him of what happened, but was interrupted by Tobi, who tried to warp him away. Minato reacted in time to escape, but Tobi pursued him. Because Tobi was controlling the Nine-Tails' actions, defeating him was of prime importance in order to save Konoha. Minato initially struggled to successfully strike him but, after several failed attacks, he finally hit him with a Rasengan and branded him with a Flying Thunder God seal, allowing him to teleport to Tobi whenever he wanted. He then used a Contract Seal on Tobi to release the Nine-Tails from his control, forcing him to flee.[25]

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Minato using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.

No longer being controlled, the Nine-Tails began retreating from the village, though it continued to attack the Konoha ninja that pursued it. As it prepared another Tailed Beast Ball, Minato once again arrived in time to stop it, this time by dropping Gamabunta on top of it. He had Gamabunta keep it restrained while he gathered the chakra needed to transport the Nine-Tails to Naruto and Kushina's location, the farthest from the village he could get. Kushina restrained it and erected a barrier so that it couldn't escape while they decided what to do. Already dying from the Nine-Tails' removal, Kushina offered to have it sealed back into her so it would die with her. Minato rejected this, believing the Nine-Tails' power would be needed in the future if and when the Tobi struck again. Remembering Jiraiya's words about the "Child of the Prophecy", Minato decided that Naruto was that child and that he would someday save the world. To prepare Naruto for this, Minato would make Naruto the Nine-Tails' new jinchūriki so he could make use of its strength.

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Minato and Kushina protecting Naruto.

Because the Nine-Tails' chakra was too immense to seal into an infant, Minato used the Dead Demon Consuming Seal to cut its chakra in half, sealing the Yin half in himself. Realising what they were planning, the Nine-Tails tried to kill Naruto, but Minato and Kushina used themselves as shields. Minato summoned Gerotora, gave him the key to the seal he would use on Naruto, and sent him to Jiraiya. Meanwhile, Kushina told Naruto how much his parents loved him, which Minato seconded. He sealed the Nine-Tails' Yang half into Naruto, weaving Kushina's chakra into the seal so that she could someday assist Naruto with learning to control the Nine-Tails.[26] He mingled in some of his own chakra, too, programming it to activate if ever the seal was about to break so that he could restore it.[27] Seeing the Third Hokage nearby, Minato communicated to him a final request for the villagers of Konoha: to think of Naruto as a hero and not the container of the monster that caused so much death and destruction.[28] With that, his soul was consumed by the Shinigami.

Personality Edit

Despite his physical resemblance to Naruto, Minato was more perceptive and collected than his son; Jiraiya said that Minato was a shrewd person, not one to do something without a reason.[29] He was well aware of the terror his reputation inspired in rival villages and would take advantage of it at times, but even then he would remain respectful to opponents and wouldn't pry in their personal affairs if he could help it. He was not the type to hold grudges, only feeling sorry for the Tobi (Obito) despite his role in his own and Kushina's deaths.[30] If anything, Minato blames himself for his death, both because he couldn't save Obito from the fate that corrupted him or Konoha from the difficulties that arose after he was gone.[31]

Naruto is not without any of his father's personality traits: both have indomitable spirits and fierce ambitions that drive them through all their choices in life. Both are of unwavering loyalty to Konoha and their loved ones – friends and family – and that devotion inspires all those around them. Like Naruto, Minato had the tendency to create long, complicated names for jutsu, such as "Scorch Release: Halo Gale Jet Black Arrow Style Zero", though he at least knew it didn't sound very good.[32]

After becoming Hokage, Minato started to take more pride in himself, referring to himself as "ore", which is a prideful way of saying "I" or "me", instead of using "watashi", a more formal way of referring to one's self. Still, this did not make him haughty as he still addressed others with the appropriate honourifics.

Appearance Edit

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Minato as the Fourth Hokage.

Minato has frequently been compared with Naruto in terms of physical appearance; both have bright, blue eyes and spiky, blond hair. Minato also had jaw-length bangs framing either side of his face. According to Jiraiya, Minato was considered to be very handsome.[33] His normal attire consisted of a standard Konoha uniform with two bands on both of his sleeves, a green flak jacket, blue forehead protector, and blue sandals. After becoming Hokage, he started wearing a short-sleeved long white haori over his normal attire, closed in the front by a thin, orange rope. The haori was decorated by red flame-like motifs on the edges, with the kanji for "Fourth Hokage" (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage) written vertically down the back.

During his time in the Academy, he wore a simple white suit of clothing with green trimmings and a hood. After becoming a full-fledged shinobi, he wore a tracksuit with three stripes on the sleeves, mesh under-armour, a pair of black pants, and sandals.

Abilities Edit

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Minato defeating Tobi.

According to Jiraiya, Minato was one of the most talented shinobi who ever lived, a calibre that has yet to be met by anyone else.[10] During the Third Shinobi World War, flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy shinobi should they ever see him appear on the battlefield.[5] During the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, Tobi believed Minato to be the only one capable of interfering with his plans and, indeed, it was only though Minato's actions that the attack was ended and the village saved from complete destruction. When, years later, the invasion of Konoha loomed, Minato was believed to be the only one who could have stopped the threat Orochimaru posed to Konoha, and for that reason his death was deeply regretted.[34] Minato's fighting style revolved around using no hand seals whatsoever so that he would not waste time in a battle.

Physical and Chakra Prowess Edit

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Minato saving Kakashi.

Minato was hailed as the fastest shinobi in history.[17] While this recognition was due in large part to his space–time ninjutsu, his natural speed and reflexes were practically instantaneous: he could react to and avoid such techniques as Lightning Release Chakra Mode and Kamui,[35] and with only the Body Flicker Technique he could engage an enemy or retrieve an ally before anyone realised what he was doing.[36] In the anime, he could arrive at a destination before sensors even had a chance to detect his approach.[37]

Minato had large chakra reserves, enough to summon Gamabunta and teleport the Nine-Tails. His chakra control was very refined, evidenced by his creation of the Rasengan. He was also able to weave hand seals with only one hand.[38]

Ninjutsu Edit

Minato was taught by Jiraiya how to summon toads, and was one of the few people to earn the respect and cooperation of Gamabunta.[39] He demonstrated skill and knowledge with barrier ninjutsu[40] and could use the Shadow Clone Technique.[41] Minato had sensory abilities, able to sense chakra signatures from great distances.[42] For closer targets, he could detect everyone within an area by simply placing his finger on the ground.[43] Minato's nature transformations included fire, wind, lightning, along with yin and yang.[4]

Rasengan Edit

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Minato forming the Rasengan.

After observing the nature of the Tailed Beast Ball,[44] Minato spent three years developing the Rasengan, the highest level of shape transformation.[45] It requires no hand seals to create and, once formed, is self-sustaining, giving him an edge in combat. Although it requires very precise chakra control to use, Minato, as the Rasengan's creator, has mastered it; he can form it with either of his hands in almost no time.

He had intended to combine the Rasengan with his own chakra nature, but the task was too difficult to complete before his untimely death.[46]

Shurikenjutsu Edit

Minato's Kunai

Minato's special kunai.

Minato had his own special brand of kunai that he used in combat. As standard weapons, Minato would throw them at opponents or wield them as melee tools; the kunai's triple-prong enhanced their offensive potential. He was skilled enough to effectively wield a kunai in his mouth.[47] Their main use came from the Flying Thunder God seals they were marked with, allowing him to teleport to wherever one of the kunai was thrown.[48] He carried a large number of the kunai in the field that he would scatter across a wide area so that he could move around quickly.[49] He even strategically placed a network of kunai around Konoha's outskirts, including at least two safe houses, so that he could respond to threats to the village wherever they occurred. Although his normal tactics with the kunai did not require precision, Minato nevertheless had excellent aim and could coordinate his throws' timing and placement to allow him to perform complex maneuvers.[50]

Space–Time Ninjutsu Edit

Minato's signature ability was the Flying Thunder God Technique, which he'd gained a mastery of superior to its creator, the Second Hokage. Using the technique he could instantly move to the location of anything marked with his special seal, whether it's one of his kunai or a place or person he has personally branded. Minato was not limited to teleporting himself, as he could bring others with him, though he needed to provide the chakra for their transport.[51] He did not even need to accompany who or whatever he was teleporting,[52] giving him a defensive option to teleport incoming projectiles away from himself.[53]

Fūinjutsu Edit

Eight Trigrams Seal

The key to the Nine-Tails' seal.

Minato learned several of the Uzumaki clan's fūinjutsu from Kushina.[54] The most notable of these was the Eight Trigrams Sealing Style he used to seal the Nine-Tails into Naruto, which would allow small amounts of the Nine-Tails' chakra to leak out and naturally mix with Naruto's own.[55] The seal would slowly weaken over time to give Naruto increasing access to its chakra and Minato created a key that could be used to either accelerate or reverse this process. As an extra precaution he mixed his own and Kushina's chakra into the seal so that, when certain conditions were met, they could help Naruto with his control of the Nine-Tails, as well as to enable them to see their son after they were dead.[27]

Other fūinjutsu he could perform included the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, which he had enough familiarity with to know it couldn't be used to seal all of the Nine-Tails' chakra. With the Contract Seal he could remove an opponent's control over any creatures they summoned.[56] He also knew how transfer a tailed beast from one jinchūriki to another.[57]

Jinchūriki Transformations Edit

Main article: Nine-Tails Chakra Mode

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Minato's Nine-Tailed Chakra Mode.

Minato became a jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails' yin chakra shortly before his death, though he has no chance to make use of it until after he is reincarnated. Unlike most tailed beasts, the Nine-Tails offers no resistance to cooperating with Minato, granting him immediate access to Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, which Naruto is impressed by.[58] Minato's is slightly darker than Naruto's but is otherwise identical in appearance and abilities; he can use chakra arms,[59] enter a Tailed Beast Mode, and create Tailed Beast Balls.[60]

Minato later transfers his half of the Nine-Tails to Naruto, thus losing access to its power.

Senjutsu Edit

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Minato's Sage Mode.

Like Jiraiya, Minato was taught to use senjutsu at Mount Myōboku, enabling him to enhance his physical parameters and techniques by entering Sage Mode.[61] By his own admission, Minato had little experience with it in the field because the amount preparation time necessary deviated from his normal fighting style of rapid responses.[62] Nevertheless, he was able to perfectly balance the natural energy with his chakra, only displaying the pigmentation around his eyes — the true marking of a Sage.

Intelligence Edit

Minato was very observant. Even at a young age only he, out of all the ninja sent to rescue Kushina, noticed the trail she left behind to mark her kidnappers' path.[8] In combat he could correctly deduce the basic mechanics behind an ability after seeing it only once, and from there plan around its strengths and weaknesses to his or his allies' advantage.[63] His observational skills extended beyond jutsu, as he could determine an opponent's plans and motivations based on only limited evidence.[64] After he had finished analyzing, Minato would strike quickly and with precision, attacking vulnerabilities at the most opportune moments.

Part II Edit

Pain's Assault Edit

Main article: Pain's Assault During his fight with Pain, Naruto is nearly tempted by the Nine-Tails to remove its seal. This activates the safeguard Minato placed on the seal, causing his imprint to appear within Naruto's subconscious and stop him. Minato says that he isn't happy to see the Nine-Tails again, but that at the same time admits that its actions have allowed him to see his son. Naruto picks up on this and, having never known his parents' identities, is overjoyed to meet his father. The Nine-Tails keeps threatening to kill Minato while they talk, so he and Naruto relocate.

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Minato placing his trust in Naruto.

Naruto is angry that his own father would seal the Nine-Tails within him and punches Minato out of frustration. He quickly gets over it, noting that, as the son of the Fourth Hokage, he can handle it. Minato's time with Naruto is limited so he does a quick run down of the things he has already observed through Naruto: that Pain has destroyed Konoha and killed Jiraiya. Despite what he's done, Minato suggests that Pain is only a symptom of the shinobi system and that he's being taken advantage of by Tobi. Naruto is overwhelmed, unsure if he can forgive Pain or do anything to stop the the cycle of death that produced him, but Minato responds that he has faith in Naruto. He restores the Nine-Tails' seal before disappearing.

Power Edit

Main article: Power (Arc) In the anime, when Naruto nearly loses control after his clone absorbs the Nine-Tails' chakra, Minato appears before him again to restore the seal. Once again, Minato voices his confidence in his son and his ability to overcome any adversity.[65]

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

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The four Hokage are reincarnated.

At the request of Sasuke Uchiha, Orochimaru releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami so that he can reincarnate them. After taking in their surroundings, the First and Second Hokage are excited to meet Minato, the Fourth, and take him as a sign of the village's prosperity. Minato says he does not know since he died before the Third Hokage did. While Sasuke talks to the First Hokage, Minato detects Naruto's chakra and is glad to sense he has gained full control of the Nine-Tails.

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The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.

From listening to the four Hokage, Sasuke decides to side against Tobi and Madara Uchiha in the ongoing Fourth Shinobi World War. The Hokage are allowed to help as well, and they set out for the site of the Allied Shinobi Forces' battle with the Ten-Tails. Minato, eager to see Naruto, arrives first, just in time to warp away the Ten-Tails' Tailed Beast Ball, saving Naruto and the Allies. He introduces himself to Sakura Haruno and asks if she is Naruto's girlfriend. Sakura becomes angry when Naruto doesn't deny it, reminding Minato of Kushina. When the other Hokage arrive they jointly erect a barrier to confine the Ten-Tails.

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Minato strikes down Obito.

Sometime later, Tobi appears above the Ten-Tails and begins reviving Madara, which the Alliance focuses its efforts on preventing. Minato cannot leave his position or the barrier will fall, so he sends a shadow clone to help. Because Tobi is still branded with the Flying Thunder God seal from their last encounter, the shadow clone is able to teleport to him and strike him down. It is only after he attacks that he realises Tobi is his old student, Obito Uchiha. The attack ends up coming too late and Obito seals the Ten-Tails into himself, becoming its jinchūriki. After Obito destroys the barrier, the First and Second engage him to determine his new abilities, leaving Minato to get everyone else to a safe distance.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

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Minato clashes with Obito once again.

Minato joins the offensive against Obito. He can no longer teleport directly to Obito because the Flying Thunder God seal has disappeared from his body, so he must engage him directly. Just before they clash Obito, having until now struggled to control the Ten-Tails' power, finally masters it and strikes at Minato. He severs Minato's right arm and plants a Truth-Seeking Ball on him, which the Second Hokage removes before it detonates. Minato, the Second, Naruto, and Sasuke coordinate efforts to attack Obito with Flying Thunder God Mutually Instantaneous Revolving Technique, but Obito emerges without damage. What's more, Minato's arm has not regenerated, indicating that Obito's Truth-Seeking Balls can nullify the advantages of the Impure World Reincarnation.

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Minato and Naruto join forces.

Obito traps the Alliance in his own barrier and prepares to destroy them all with a barrage of Tailed Beast Balls. With little time to act, Naruto forms a plan: he and Minato link their respective Nine-Tails' chakra – which networks in all of the Allied forces that Naruto has shared its chakra with – and lets Minato teleport all of them out of the barrier. Minato is very impressed by Naruto's quick-thinking and says he wishes he had more of a chance time to talk to him. Naruto explains there's no need as he's already met Kushina and heard everything. Minato is moved to tears with pride.

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Minato and Naruto attack Obito.

Having learned that Obito, despite all his new powers, is weak to senjutsu, Minato and Naruto enter Sage Mode to prepare for an assault. They each then enter Tailed Beast Mode and attack with a shared Rasengan, breaking Obito's defense and forcing him to manifest a recreation of the Shinju. They evade the tree's roots, but Minato's chakra levels are too depleted from all the jutsu he has been performing. He is forced to keep his distance and watch as Naruto leads the Allied Shinobi against Obito. When the Alliance starts to strip the tailed beasts from Obito's body, Minato helps Naruto pull out the fragments of the Nine-Tails' chakra Obito has taken, and ultimately they succeed.

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Minato stops Kakashi from killing Obito.

Obito is unable to move after his defeat and Kakashi moves in to kill him. Minato stops him, having sensed Obito's change of heart while he was removing the Nine-Tails' chakra. While Naruto and the Allies leave to confront Madara, Minato and Kakashi stay with Obito. Obito reflects on his actions and decides he has done terrible things, which he wants to make amends for by using the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique to revive those he's killed. While he is forming the hand seals, Black Zetsu emerges from the ground and takes control of his body. Minato and Kakashi are confused, so Obito explains he has been forced to revive Madara instead. Black Zetsu also tries to take Obito's Rinnegan to deliver to Madara. Minato and Kakashi move to stop it, but can't do anything without harming Obito. Before Black Zetsu assumes full control of his body, Obito pleads with Minato and Kakashi to destroy the Rinnegan at any cost.

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Black Zetsu intercepts the transfer.

Right before Minato can attack, the Nine-Tails alerts him to Naruto's loss of his own Nine-Tails' half. He is soon brought to Minato's side, with Sakura performing emergency life support and Gaara explaining that the only chance of saving Naruto's life is if he is given Minato's portion of the Nine-Tails. Just as Minato starts the transfer, Black Zetsu intercepts him and takes the Nine-Tails for itself. Madara arrives immediately afterwards, now the Ten-Tails' new jinchūriki and intent on taking Obito's Rinnegan. Minato enters Sage Mode and attacks him alongside Kakashi, but they are easily repelled and Minato loses his other arm. Before Madara can take what he wants, Obito reasserts control of his body and, with some help from Kakashi, escapes with Naruto and Sakura using Kamui.

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Minato takes Madara's attack.

Might Guy arrives, ready to give his life to defeat Madara. With his energy and arms gone, Minato can do very little to help directly, but he can at least give Guy an opening. He instructs Rock Lee to throw one of his Flying Thunder God Kunai at Madara's Truth-Seeking Orbs, which Minato teleports to in order to catch several and escape with them, allowing Guy to initiate his assault. Minato, meanwhile, teleports to the Hokage Monument where he remains with the inert Truth Seeking Balls. He later witnesses the others' failure when the Infinite Tsukuyomi is cast and Konoha's villagers are entwined by the God: Nativity of a World of Trees. He returns to the battlefield, reunites with the other Hokage, and they try to figure out what they can do to help.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

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Minato wishes happy birthday to his son.

The four Hokage are met by the spirit of the Sage of the Six Paths, who recruits their help. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead Kage, they summon Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, Sakura, Madara, and the tailed beasts back from Kaguya's dimension. Minato congratulates Naruto on finally ending the war and wishes him a happy seventeenth birthday. Happy with his son's prospects for the future, Minato and the other Kage are returned to the afterlife by the Sage of the Six Paths.

Legacy Edit

After Minato died, the Third Hokage reported to the villagers Minato's last request that Naruto be regarded as a hero. Very few were able to separate their hatred of the Nine-Tails from Naruto, prompting the Third to forbid anyone from speaking of the Nine-Tails, hoping that the younger generation would not blindly hate Naruto as the rest of the villagers did.[28] He also concealed Naruto's relation to Minato in order to keep him safe from his father's enemies,[66] and otherwise did his best to give Naruto a comfortable life. For years Naruto did not know his parents' identities, and neither did most of Konoha.

Even when he was not aware of his relation to Minato, Naruto still greatly admired the Fourth Hokage, considering him a hero who gave his life for the village[67] and becoming overjoyed whenever their similarities were remarked upon.[11][68] Before Naruto left Konoha to begin his training with Jiraiya, he looked at the Fourth Hokage's face on the Hokage Monument and asked him to look after him.[69] After learning that Minato was his father, Naruto took pride in it and felt it was his responsibility to makes his parents' sacrifices worth it.[70]

With Minato's death, the Third was forced to resume his position as Hokage, a role he filled until his death, never being able to find a replacement of Minato's calibre. Minato himself became regarded as the village's hero,[67] and, indeed, one of the greatest ninja Konoha had ever produced,[33] so much so that villagers would regret his death whenever tragedy struck the village.[34] Because Minato was never able to tell anyone what happened during the Nine-Tails' attack, villagers came to their own conclusions and the Uchiha were suspected of the act, creating ill-will that would culminate in the Uchiha Clan Downfall. Jiraiya recognised that Minato would not have sealed the Nine-Tails into his own son unless he had a good reason and that Minato intended Naruto to gain control of the Nine-Tails, but he could never conclude why.[29]

Posthumously, he and Kushina became the grandparents of Naruto and Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari Uzumaki.

Movies Edit

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower

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Minato as depicted in the movie.

Twenty years in the past, Minato and Kakashi are part of a team sent to Rōran to stop Mukade, a missing-nin from the future, from using the Source of the Ryūmyaku to make a Puppet Army that will conquer the Five Great Shinobi Countries. When they arrive in Rōran they meet Naruto, who Minato realises is also from the future. Minato tries to get Naruto to leave so that he won't tell them anything that will change the future. However, Naruto believes Minato and his team mean to kill the Queen of Rōran, Sāra, and attacks them until he recognises Minato as the Fourth Hokage.

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Naruto and Minato's Supreme Ultimate Rasengan.

In the interest of preventing Naruto from saying anything else about events that haven't happened yet, Minato instructs him to protect Sāra, also giving him a Flying Thunder God Kunai just in case. When Naruto and Sāra later fight Mukade, Minato and his team arrive to help. Mukade fuses with his puppets, becoming a giant puppet monster using the Ryūmyaku's power. While Sāra tries to cut off the Ryūmyaku at its source, Minato and Naruto attack him, the former being surprised when the latter uses Rasengan. The attack fails and Naruto is left exhausted, so Minato lends him some of his own and advises him on where Mukade's weak points are. Realising that Naruto is his son and that they therefore have similar chakra, they are able to create the Supreme Ultimate Rasengan and defeat Mukade.

After Minato seals off the Ryūmyaku completely, Naruto begins to glow as he starts to return to his own time. Naruto tries to fight it, wanting to talk to Minato and warn him about what will happen, but Minato refuses. Naruto asks if there is at least a chance that Minato is his father, to which Minato responds that if he ever had a son, he wishes he would be just like Naruto. Naruto smiles and sheds tears of joy before being sent back to the future. Minato wipes everyone's memory so that their meeting Nartuo won't change the future.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie In the alternate world, Minato never became Hokage and therefore he and Kushina did not die on the night of their son, Menma's, birth. While essentially the same as his real-world counterpart (kind, courageous, and dutiful), this Minato values his family's safety above all else, choosing to put their well-being before all others.

Video Games Edit

Minato Namikaze is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
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: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008

Though not a playable character, Minato appears in early installments of the Ultimate Ninja series as part of Naruto's ultimate technique called "Mysterious Aid Arrives".

Trivia Edit

  • "Minato" means "harbour" (港) and "Namikaze" means "waves and wind" (波風).
  • Minato ranked ninth in the sixth Naruto character popularity poll and seventh in the seventh poll.
  • Minato's silhouette can be faintly seen in the background of the Naruto Shippūden third opening standing behind Naruto and Sora and under the Nine-Tails, in reference to its attack on Konoha that binds all four characters.
  • In Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!, Minato suddenly appears in the hallway of the stadium when Naruto is running to the toilets. All of these appearances in this special were only for the comical effect.
  • In Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower, Minato's chakra appears to be a light green colour, as opposed to the normal blue.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Minato's hobby was reading; Jiraiya's novels were his favourite.
    • Minato wished to fight Jiraiya.
    • Minato's favourite food was Kushina's homemade cooking.
    • Minato completed 847 official missions in total: 122 D-rank, 147 C-rank, 216 B-rank, 323 A-rank, 39 S-rank.
    • Minato's favourite phrase was "The fire's shadow illuminates the village" (火の影は里を照らす, Hi no kage wa sato o terasu).

Quotes Edit

  • (About his dreams) "I want everyone in the village to acknowledge me and become a great Hokage!"[7]
  • (As quoted by Kakashi) "Those who stray from the path of justice have no courage, but under the wing of a strong leader, cowardice cannot survive."[71]
  • (To Jiraiya) "You're a man with a true skill… an example we should all follow. I can't think of a finer shinobi than you!"[72]
  • (To Kushina about sealing the Nine-Tails inside Naruto) "Have a little faith! He is our son after all!"[73]
  • (Last words) "Naruto… This is your dad. Listen… To your motor-mouth mother."[74]
  • (To Naruto) "Pain was the one who killed Jiraiya-sensei, but the more I think about it, the more I believe he was killed by that disorder that gave birth to Pain."[75]
  • (About Naruto) "These feelings… It's really nostalgic. Even though the situation is so hard… He looks like he could do anything… Right… It feels exactly as if I were with Kushina… That's what it is…"[76]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, page 120
  2. Second Databook, pages 146-149
  3. Third Databook, page 163
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fourth Databook, pages 172-175
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 240, page 11
  6. 6.0 6.1 Naruto chapter 503, page 17
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 498, page 13
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chapter 498, page 15
  9. Chapter 498, page 11
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chapter 367, page 11
  11. 11.0 11.1 Chapter 144, page 4
  12. Chapter 503, page 15
  13. Naruto: Shippūden episode 385
  14. Naruto: Shippūden episode 360
  15. Naruto: Shippūden episode 349
  16. Chapter 244
  17. 17.0 17.1 Chapter 541, page 8
  18. Chapter 543, pages 1-3
  19. Chapter 542, pages 12-17
  20. Chapter 450, page 15
  21. Chapter 562, page 13
  22. Naruto: Shippūden episode 351
  23. Chapter 382, pages 8-11
  24. Chapter 501
  25. Chapter 503
  26. Chapter 504
  27. 27.0 27.1 Chapter 439, page 15
  28. 28.0 28.1 Chapter 2, pages 13-14
  29. 29.0 29.1 Chapter 370, pages 12-13
  30. Chapter 640, pages 9-12
  31. Chapter 627, pages 6-7
  32. Chapter 634, page 15
  33. 33.0 33.1 Chapter 158, page 5
  34. 34.0 34.1 Chapter 94, page 8
  35. Chapter 502, pages 16-17
  36. Chapter 240, page 8
  37. Naruto: Shippūden episode 372
  38. Chapter 664, page 11
  39. Chapter 96, pages 9-10
  40. Chapter 631, pages 9-11
  41. Chapter 637, page 14
  42. Chapter 620, page 8
  43. Chapter 239, pages 16-17
  44. Chapter 519, page 16
  45. Chapter 151, pages 12-13
  46. Chapter 321, pages 9-10
  47. Chapter 669, pages 13
  48. Chapter 667, page 13
  49. Chapter 242, pages 4-5
  50. Chapter 502, pages 15-17
  51. Chapter 503, pages 11-12
  52. Chapter 631, pages 8-9
  53. Chapter 502, pages 7-8
  54. Chapter 500, page 3
  55. Chapter 91, page 12
  56. Chapter 503, page 5
  57. Chapter 664, page 14
  58. Chapter 631, page 7
  59. Chapter 652, page 9
  60. Chapter 645
  61. Chapter 665, page 11
  62. Chapter 667, page 9
  63. Chapter 240, page 14
  64. Chapter 502, pages 11-12
  65. Naruto: Shippūden episode 293
  66. Chapter 440, page 5
  67. 67.0 67.1 Chapter 1, page 12
  68. Chapter 321, page 12
  69. Chapter 238, pages 15-16
  70. Chapter 440, pages 3-7
  71. Chapter 21, page 18
  72. Chapter 382, page 11
  73. Chapter 503, page 19
  74. Chapter 504, pages 12-13
  75. Chapter 440, page 13
  76. Chapter 645, page 1

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