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Mukade (ムカデ, Mukade) is the main antagonist of Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower. Mukade's goal is revealed to be a dormant ley line within the ruins; he unleashes the power of the ley line, causing a light to envelop Naruto, sending him into the past, 20 years before the series began. Mukade also gets sent back time and change the past in his favour to become Minister of Rōran as Anrokuzan (アンロクザン, Anrokuzan).
In the current times, Mukade is a crippled older man with dark brown hair and a sickly appearance. He is very emaciated, and his ribs are visible. Upon being sent back in time, he gained a lot of weight, as noted when Naruto called him a pig, and now wears a long red robe with a Liturgical Hat. When he takes his spider form, Mukade gains four legs on both sides of his body with a sinister looking face. He retains his long brown hair. When he fuses with his puppets, he grows to incredible sizes, and is able to coil around the large towers in the city. He now has a buff puppet body with two large hands with claws attached that shoot out like kunai. He has the body of a centipede which allows him to walk and coil around things. He has two large green glowing eyes.
In his current state, Mukade appeared to be physically weak. His only technique shown was his time travelling, which he could use to transport himself back in time by absorbing the seal placed on the source of the Ryūmyaku. He was also quite manipulative, managing to control the queens of Rōran to create his puppet army.
The one puppet he was seen using had retractable drills in its eyes, multiple swords that can extend from its chest compartment, and extendible arms with long fingers that can spin to block kunai. Should this puppet be smashed apart, it has explosive tags inside that will detonate, taking down the opponent with it.
In the past, due to the Ryūmyaku chakra, he possesses an unlimited amount of stamina and energy, and was able to use the Puppet Technique on a mass scale, allowing him to control an army of puppets all at the same time when he connects his chakra threads to the pipes that feed chakra to the cities, and control people against their will. He could command his puppet army to fuse together into various formations, even if it was with himself. Through this method, he was able to create a makeshift prison that can absorb chakra. He can levitate blades and control their movements via his threads, having used such method to assassinate Sēramu from the back and attempt to kill Sāra. The unlimited chakra also grants him incredible regeneration abilities, as he was able to instantly regenerate the damage Naruto inflicted on him.
He also modified his body into a human puppet, as seen when Naruto punched him, his face shattered and crumbled instead of bleeding. He can further transform into a puppet that takes the form of a giant spider. In this form, Mukade can shoot a drill-tipped spear at people through his mouth, as well as convert his frontal legs into scythe blades. He can add some of his puppet army components into his own body to increase his size.
By fusing all the puppets of his army into his own body, he can transform into his "Ultimate Form" (究極の肉体, Kyūkyoku no Nikutai), which is a giant centipede-like puppet body that can trample and crush his opponents with its sheer size alone. Mukade can shoot kunai attached to chakra threads from his fingers which explode upon contact. He can also shoot large amounts of chakra at his foes in the form of powerful purple flames or release them as massive electrical shock. Finally, he can devour chakra, being able to absorb even the Wind Release: Rasenshuriken.
Naruto, Sakura, Sai, and Yamato were sent on a mission to capture Mukade. They succeeded in located him, however, he was able to send himself back in time before they caught him. He was also able to send Naruto and Yamato back in time as well. Mukade appeared six years before Naruto did. In those six years, Mukade managed to kill Sēramu, the Queen of Rōran, and become the minister of the city, while discarding the name "Mukade" in exchange for "Anrokuzan". Using the Sāra as a "human puppet", he manipulated her into releasing the Ryūmyaku so he could use to power up his "Puppet Ninja Force" and make the puppets into the ultimate weapons. His goal was to conquer the Five Great Shinobi Countries and the world.
Eventually, Naruto came into the past and showed Sāra that Anrokuzan was manipulating her. Anrokuzan then tried to kill her and Naruto, but his puppets were destroyed. Out of options, he transformed into his Spider form. Despite being in a stronger form, he was still unable to defeat Naruto, Minato, Shibi, and Chōza. He then fused all his other puppets with his Spider form, becoming a gigantic, unstoppable killing machine. He was easily able to defeat everyone around him, and Naruto failed to kill him several times and was easily swatted away. Eventually, however, Sāra managed to seal the Ryūmyaku, thus stopping his regeneration. He was then killed by Naruto's Supreme Ultimate Rasengan. Just before dying, Anrokuzan purged his own body into the Ryūmyaku pool, causing it to self-destruct, in the hopes of taking everyone with him in death.
- "Mukade" (ムカデ) means "centipede".
- His powers draw a parallel to that of a jinchūriki. He can transform to a more beastly body like jinchūriki, while the beastly body is his real body, when jinchūriki gain a chakra shroud resembling their beast. They have large amounts of chakra and is used for accelerated healing. They can transform to another body that is many times bigger than their own. Mukade using his puppets to create a new body, while jinchūriki transform to their beast. Also his ultimate jutsu is vaguely similar to the Tailed Beast Ball.
- Not only with the jinchūriki, but Mukade draws several parallels with other characters in the series, particularly Sasori, Chiyo, and Pain's Asura Path in the anime, all of whom being puppet users who modified their own bodies to become at least partially puppet. Mukade is unique amongst them however as he could repair his own body during battle without aide of a second party.