(猿飛一族, Sarutobi Ichizoku)
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The Sarutobi clan (猿飛一族, Sarutobi Ichizoku) is an influential clan from Konohagakure. It has produced several notable members who have held positions of high authority, such as Hokage, and membership in the Twelve Guardian Ninja. All known members have also been observed devotees of the Will of Fire.
Not much is known of this clan but to strengthen the unity between the Akimichi, Nara, and Yamanaka clans, it has become a tradition that a member of the Sarutobi clan give each of the members of the current Ino–Shika–Chō trio special earrings when they swear their oaths. Several members were also seen during the Fourth Shinobi World War in the battle against Madara, Obito Uchiha, and the Ten-Tails. They used the Fire Release: Great Flame Technique to quickly dry the quicklime which was covering the beast.
The Sarutobi are famous for their high willpower, and exceptionally strong shinobi. All the members which have been shown fighting — with the exception of Konohamaru who has only done so in the anime — have displayed the ability to use Fire Release nature transformation. The members of this clan seem to be able to easily master high-level techniques, as Hiruzen became revered as the "God of Shinobi", and Konohamaru managed to learn A-rank techniques, such as the Rasengan, at a young age.
Other Notable Clan Members
- During the Fourth Shinobi World War, a group of Sarutobi clan members attacked the Ten-Tails by super-heating the cement-like substance which the beast had been trapped in.
- Sarutobi means 'monkey jump': 'Saru' (猿) is the character for 'monkey', and "Tobi" (飛) is the character for "jump".
- Sasuke Uchiha was given the name of one of the clan's members in the hope that he would grow up to be a great shinobi just like him.
- Perhaps echoing their belief in the Will of Fire, all the three main members of the Sarutobi clan have Fire Release as their primary nature, in two cases along with secondary Earth Release (Hiruzen), and Wind Release (Asuma). Konohamaru is also seen using Fire Release jutsu.