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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Senju clan'''|千手一族|Senju Ichizoku}} was a group of shinobi that was considered to be one of the strongest clans in the ninja world during the war-torn era before the founding of the hidden villages. Together with their rivals, the [[Uchiha clan]], they are responsible for founding the first hidden village named [[Konohagakure]] and making the village into what it is today.<section end=summary /> They are also noted to be distant relatives of the [[Uzumaki clan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 3</ref>
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Senju clan'''|千手一族|Senju Ichizoku}} was one of the [[clan]]s responsible for founding [[Konohagakure]], the other being their rival [[Uchiha clan]]. Although the clan itself no longer appears to exist as a group, the Senju continue to influence Konoha's politics through their philosophy of the [[Will of Fire]] and the corresponding interpretation of the role of the [[Hokage]] position.<section end=summary />
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The Senju clan descended from the [[Senju Clan Ancestor|younger]] of the two sons of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] who was born with the "body" of the Sage, inheriting his father's strength of will and physical energy and believed that love was the key to bringing peace to the world. The Sage grew to favour the ideals of his younger son over those of his older son, who believed that power alone was the true key to finding peace. Therefore, on his deathbed it was the younger of the two brothers that the Sage chose to name as his successor. The elder brother, bitter and hateful at having being denied what he felt was rightfully his to inherit, attacked his younger sibling. The [[Uchiha clan]] would descend from the elder brother, resulting in the bitter centuries-long rivalry between the Senju and the Uchiha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 12-13</ref>
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The Senju are descendants of [[Asura Ōtsutsuki]], the youngest son of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. Through Asura, the Senju inherited the Sage's "body", granting them a powerful life force and [[chakra]]. Unlike most other clans, the Senju never developed a trademark ability or style of combat, its members instead being equally proficient in all the ninja arts. It is from this balance that they acquired their name, {{translation|"Senju"|千手|lit meaning="a thousand skills", "a thousand hands"}}, in reference to their being {{translation|"the clan with a thousand skills"|「千の手を持つ一族」|"sen no te o motsu ichizoku"}}.<ref name="d3">''[[Sha no Sho]]'', "Shinobi Well-Informed Records"</ref>
   
[[File:Senju clan.jpg|left|thumb|The Senju clan during Hashirama's era.]]
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[[File:Uzumaki-Senju clans.png|left|thumb|The Uzumaki and Senju clans.]]
The Senju clan gained their fame in the era before the founding of the hidden villages. Where other clans focused on mastering one particular skill, the Senju were masters in all skills, from [[ninjutsu]], to [[taijutsu]], to [[genjutsu]]. Because of this, they were feared as {{translation|"''the clan with a thousand skills''"|「千の手を持つ一族」|"sen no te o motsu ichizoku"}}, which gave them their name {{translation|Senju|千手|"a thousand skills", "a thousand hands"}}.{{citation needed}}
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The Senju are distant relatives of the [[Uzumaki clan]], and for that reason the two clans remained close allies throughout the years. Members at times married between clans, as with [[Hashirama Senju]] and [[Mito Uzumaki]],<ref name="ch500">Chapter 500, pages 3-4</ref> and the Uzumaki would provide [[fūinjutsu]] whenever the Senju needed one performed. More distantly, the Senju are also related to the [[Uchiha clan]], who descend from the Sage of Six Paths' other son, [[Indra Ōtsutsuki]]. Whereas Indra believed peace could be achieved through power, Asura believed peace could be achieved through love, a difference of mindset that caused them to battle over inheritance to the Sage's ways during their lifetimes. Their battle continued through the generations to their descendants, though neither the Senju nor the Uchiha remembered this reason for their conflict.<ref>Chapter 462, pages 12-13</ref>
   
The most famous member of the clan was their leader, [[Hashirama Senju]]. His unique [[Wood Release]] ninjutsu even gave the clan the nickname the {{translation|Senju clan of the forest|森の千手一族|Mori no Senju Ichizoku}}. This Wood Release, and his ability to control the [[tailed beasts]], made him the greatest shinobi of his time.
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[[File:Hashirama VS Madara.png|thumb|The Uchiha vs. the Senju.]]
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By the time of the [[Warring States Period]], the Senju and Uchiha had emerged as the strongest [[shinobi]] clans in the world. When one of the fledgling countries of the era would hire the Senju to fight in their wars, the opposing side would hire the Uchiha. The constant warfare between their clans only fueled their hatred, with all Senju owing the death of a loved one to an Uchiha and vice versa. But centuries of conflict began to wear on members of the clan; Hashirama Senju and [[Madara Uchiha]] met as children and became friends, bonding over their disapproval of the combat and death that they and their younger brothers were constantly subjected to and dreaming of a time when children wouldn't need to fight. Unable to do anything about the world at their age, Madara turned away from their dreams.
   
The Senju's place at the top of the shinobi world was undisputed, but there was one clan that was able to stand up to them: the [[Uchiha clan]]. Whenever one country hired the Senju, their enemies would hire the Uchiha, and vice versa. This led to a rivalry between the two clans and, more specifically, between the leaders of the clans, Hashirama and [[Madara Uchiha]].
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[[File:Senju Clan.png|thumb|left|The Senju clan under Hashirama's leadership.]]
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Hashirama and Madara continued to face each other in battle over the coming years. In time, each became the leader of their respective clan, position that Hashirama tried to use to broker peace between them and finally achieve their childhood dreams. Despite growing interest in peace amongst the Uchiha, Madara was reluctant, opting instead to have one last contest for supremacy against the Senju.<ref>Chapter 624</ref> He was defeated, but rather than kill Madara, Hashirama offered to give up his own life if it would stop the fighting. Madara was moved by the gesture and agreed to peace. Their unified clans made a pact with the [[Land of Fire]] to create a [[hidden village]] within its borders, what would become [[Konohagakure]]. Other clans settled in Konoha to share their peace and Konoha's model was adopted across the shinobi world.<ref>Chapter 625</ref>
   
[[File:UchihaSenjuTruce.png|thumb|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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The villagers of Konoha selected Hashirama to be their First [[Hokage]], Konoha's leader. Madara interpreted this as the first step in the Senju's supremacy over the Uchiha, and for that reason left the village in protest. Hashirama had no intention of the Senju being left in charge and in fact believed it would be best if all Konoha's villagers, the Senju and Uchiha included, focused on Konoha's interests rather than their clan's.<ref>Chapter 626</ref> Despite this, Madara's fears would end up coming true: Hashirama's brother became the [[Second Hokage]], his grandaughter becomes the [[Fifth Hokage]], and all other Hokage have been part of a tree of student–teacher relationships that trace back to Hashirama.
However, in a world of constant bloodshed, Hashirama had a dream of peace, and a great love for his fellow men. Known as the {{translation|"''[[Will of Fire]]''"|火の意志|"Hi no Ishi"}}, this belief made the Senju clan propose a truce to the Uchiha clan. Weary of fighting, and persuaded by Hashirama's great charisma and negotiation skill, the Uchiha accepted, ending their bloody rivalry. Only Madara was against this truce, believing the Senju would one day destroy the Uchiha clan. He was forced to accept, but his humiliation wouldn't end there.
 
   
Some time after the alliance between the Senju and the Uchiha was signed, the [[Land of Fire]] hired them to stabilise its borders, and the clans created a permanent settlement within the country. Thus, [[Konohagakure]] was founded, and, with it, the system of one Hidden Village per country. As the system spread throughout the world, the constant violence stopped, and Hashirama's dream began to become a reality. But it would soon start again after Hashirama was elected as the First [[Hokage]]; a move Madara felt was a humiliation and made him decide to leave the new village, eventually returning to attack it.
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It isn't clear if the Senju still formally exist as a clan, as no living Konoha villagers are known to still bear the name. ''[[Konoha Hiden]]'' suggests that they are no longer active, as [[Kiba Inuzuka]] only recognises the name from history classes. Despite this, the Senju's influence continues to live on in all of Konoha's inhabitants, chiefly because of the Senju's [[Will of Fire]]: that Konoha is a family that must be protected at all costs.
   
[[File:Uzumaki-Senju clans.png|thumb|left|The Uzumaki and Senju.]]
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== Trivia ==
Throughout the years, the Senju retained their supremacy over Konoha, and made the village into what it is today. After the First Hokage's death, his younger brother, [[Tobirama Senju]], stepped up to become the Second Hokage. Although likely not a Senju by blood, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], who would become the Third Hokage after the Second's death, was trained by both the First and Second. His successor, [[Minato Namikaze]], was the student of [[Jiraiya]], who was a student of the Third. [[Tsunade]], the Fifth Hokage, was not only a student of the Third, but also the granddaughter of the First and the grandniece of the Second. All of them strongly held to the [[Will of Fire]] philosophy.
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* All known pre-Konoha male Senju's name end in {{Translation|"-ma"|ま}}, more commonly written using the kanji "間", which can refer to space or a room.
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* Although they owe part of their fame as the {{translation|"Senju clan of the forest"|森の千手一族|Mori no Senju Ichizoku}} to the [[Wood Release]], Hashirama Senju was the only clan member known to be able to use it.
It is unknown if the Senju clan still exists as an independent clan since there are no known persons with the Senju name alive — with the Fifth Hokage, [[Tsunade]], being the only possible exception to date. It is very possible that the Senju clan disbanded into smaller clans and families, especially since they never had specific traits or techniques like the [[Uchiha]] or [[Hyūga]] clans with which to easily identify them. Their legacy however, lives on strongly in the hearts of the people of Konoha.
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* The clan's symbol resembles a [[wikipedia:Vajra|Vajra]], both a symbol and a ritual object present in Buddhism and Hinduism. As a symbol, it represents both indestructible and irresistible force.
   
 
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Senju Clan
Senju Symbol
(千手一族, Senju Ichizoku)

  • "The clan with a thousand skills" (「千の手を持つ一族」, "Sen no te o motsu ichizoku")[1]
  • Senju clan of the forest (森の千手一族, Mori no Senju Ichizoku)[2]
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The Senju clan (千手一族, Senju Ichizoku) was one of the clans responsible for founding Konohagakure, the other being their rival Uchiha clan. Although the clan itself no longer appears to exist as a group, the Senju continue to influence Konoha's politics through their philosophy of the Will of Fire and the corresponding interpretation of the role of the Hokage position.

History Edit

The Senju are descendants of Asura Ōtsutsuki, the youngest son of the Sage of the Six Paths. Through Asura, the Senju inherited the Sage's "body", granting them a powerful life force and chakra. Unlike most other clans, the Senju never developed a trademark ability or style of combat, its members instead being equally proficient in all the ninja arts. It is from this balance that they acquired their name, "Senju" (千手, Literally meaning: "a thousand skills", "a thousand hands"), in reference to their being "the clan with a thousand skills" (「千の手を持つ一族」, "sen no te o motsu ichizoku").[1]

Uzumaki-Senju clans

The Uzumaki and Senju clans.

The Senju are distant relatives of the Uzumaki clan, and for that reason the two clans remained close allies throughout the years. Members at times married between clans, as with Hashirama Senju and Mito Uzumaki,[3] and the Uzumaki would provide fūinjutsu whenever the Senju needed one performed. More distantly, the Senju are also related to the Uchiha clan, who descend from the Sage of Six Paths' other son, Indra Ōtsutsuki. Whereas Indra believed peace could be achieved through power, Asura believed peace could be achieved through love, a difference of mindset that caused them to battle over inheritance to the Sage's ways during their lifetimes. Their battle continued through the generations to their descendants, though neither the Senju nor the Uchiha remembered this reason for their conflict.[4]

Hashirama VS Madara

The Uchiha vs. the Senju.

By the time of the Warring States Period, the Senju and Uchiha had emerged as the strongest shinobi clans in the world. When one of the fledgling countries of the era would hire the Senju to fight in their wars, the opposing side would hire the Uchiha. The constant warfare between their clans only fueled their hatred, with all Senju owing the death of a loved one to an Uchiha and vice versa. But centuries of conflict began to wear on members of the clan; Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha met as children and became friends, bonding over their disapproval of the combat and death that they and their younger brothers were constantly subjected to and dreaming of a time when children wouldn't need to fight. Unable to do anything about the world at their age, Madara turned away from their dreams.

Senju Clan

The Senju clan under Hashirama's leadership.

Hashirama and Madara continued to face each other in battle over the coming years. In time, each became the leader of their respective clan, position that Hashirama tried to use to broker peace between them and finally achieve their childhood dreams. Despite growing interest in peace amongst the Uchiha, Madara was reluctant, opting instead to have one last contest for supremacy against the Senju.[5] He was defeated, but rather than kill Madara, Hashirama offered to give up his own life if it would stop the fighting. Madara was moved by the gesture and agreed to peace. Their unified clans made a pact with the Land of Fire to create a hidden village within its borders, what would become Konohagakure. Other clans settled in Konoha to share their peace and Konoha's model was adopted across the shinobi world.[6]

The villagers of Konoha selected Hashirama to be their First Hokage, Konoha's leader. Madara interpreted this as the first step in the Senju's supremacy over the Uchiha, and for that reason left the village in protest. Hashirama had no intention of the Senju being left in charge and in fact believed it would be best if all Konoha's villagers, the Senju and Uchiha included, focused on Konoha's interests rather than their clan's.[7] Despite this, Madara's fears would end up coming true: Hashirama's brother became the Second Hokage, his grandaughter becomes the Fifth Hokage, and all other Hokage have been part of a tree of student–teacher relationships that trace back to Hashirama.

It isn't clear if the Senju still formally exist as a clan, as no living Konoha villagers are known to still bear the name. Konoha Hiden suggests that they are no longer active, as Kiba Inuzuka only recognises the name from history classes. Despite this, the Senju's influence continues to live on in all of Konoha's inhabitants, chiefly because of the Senju's Will of Fire: that Konoha is a family that must be protected at all costs.

Trivia Edit

  • All known pre-Konoha male Senju's name end in "-ma" (ま), more commonly written using the kanji "間", which can refer to space or a room.
  • Although they owe part of their fame as the "Senju clan of the forest" (森の千手一族, Mori no Senju Ichizoku) to the Wood Release, Hashirama Senju was the only clan member known to be able to use it.
  • The clan's symbol resembles a Vajra, both a symbol and a ritual object present in Buddhism and Hinduism. As a symbol, it represents both indestructible and irresistible force.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sha no Sho, "Shinobi Well-Informed Records"
  2. Chapter 398, page 15
  3. Chapter 500, pages 3-4
  4. Chapter 462, pages 12-13
  5. Chapter 624
  6. Chapter 625
  7. Chapter 626
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