The Raikage (雷影, Literally meaning: Lightning Shadow) is one of the five great Kage, leader of Kumogakure and generally known as the strongest in the village. There have been five Raikage so far in the history of the village, each with the given name A (エー, Ē, Viz: Ei, English TV: Ay) except for Darui. Each Raikage has had a tag-team partner named "B" (ビー, Bī), who not only brings out the Raikage's full power, but defends them as well. The Raikage works inside a central blue structure inside Kumogakure.
List of Raikage
Main article: A (First Raikage) A (エー, Ē, Viz: Ei, English TV: Ay) was the First Raikage (初代雷影, Shodai Raikage, Literally meaning: First or Founding Lightning Shadow) who founded Kumogakure in the Land of Lightning.
Main article: A (Third Raikage) A (エー, Ē, Viz: Ei, English TV: Ay) was the Third Raikage (三代目雷影, Sandaime Raikage, Literally meaning: Third Lightning Shadow) of Kumogakure, renowned to be the greatest Raikage the village has ever had.
Main article: A (Fourth Raikage) A (エー, Ē, Viz: Ei, English TV: Ay) is the Fourth Raikage (四代目雷影, Yondaime Raikage, Literally meaning: Fourth Lightning Shadow) of Kumogakure. His partner and brother is Killer B.
Main article: Darui Darui (ダルイ, Darui) is a shinobi of Kumogakure and the right-hand-man of the Fourth Raikage, whom he later succeeds as the Fifth Raikage (五代目雷影, Godaime Raikage, Literally meaning: Fifth Lightning Shadow).
- As opposed to the Kazekage and Tsuchikage positions, which appear to be inherited within a specific family line or clan, the Raikage title appears to be inherited by Kumo ninja who are closely linked to one another, much like the Hokage position. This is further reinforced when the Third stated his son was to become the Fourth at least a decade before he ever gained said title.
- The Second was the bodyguard for the First.
- The Fourth was the son of the Third.
- The Fifth was the student of the Third and right-hand man of the Fourth.