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[[File:BijuuComplete.jpg|thumb|The nine tailed beasts and their most recent jinchūriki.]]
 
[[File:BijuuComplete.jpg|thumb|The nine tailed beasts and their most recent jinchūriki.]]
The {{translation|'''tailed beasts'''|尾獣|bijū}} are the nine titanic behemoths within the ''Naruto'' series. They are differentiated by the number of tails they have, ranging from one to nine. The tailed beasts are living forms of [[chakra]], sometimes referred to as {{translation|"'''Chakra Monsters'''"|チャクラのバケモノ|Chakura no Bakemono}},<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 14</ref><ref name="ch404">''Naruto'' chapter 404, page 14</ref> giving them power that far outmatches most [[shinobi]]. The tailed beasts' chakra is coloured red.
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The {{translation|'''tailed beasts'''|尾獣|bijū}} are the nine titanic behemoths within the ''Naruto'' series. They are differentiated by the number of tails they have, ranging from one to nine. The tailed beasts are living forms of [[chakra]], sometimes referred to as {{translation|"'''Chakra Monsters'''"|チャクラのバケモノ|Chakura no Bakemono}},<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 14</ref><ref name="ch404">''Naruto'' chapter 404, page 14</ref> giving them immense reserves of especially strong chakra that far outmatches most [[shinobi]]. The tailed beasts' chakra is coloured red.
 
According to some, the immense strength that the tailed beasts possess is tempered by their bestial nature, which restricts them from being intelligent enough to use it effectively, thus when the tailed beasts are [[Jinchūriki|sealed within humans]], they are able to benefit from the knowledge of their hosts, giving them the ability to better utilise their powers.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 318, page 11</ref> However, this was proven to be false, as the tailed beasts themselves are in fact sapient individuals with their own personalities and emotions, and because of their power, they were sought out by countless humans throughout the ages, and were usually treated as mere tools to be used or taken, a sentiment they absolutely detest. In addition, they are well aware of their origin and the state of the ninja world.
 
   
 
They also have the ability to [[Tailed Beast Telepathy|communicate telepathically]] with each other and their jinchūriki, and possess several levels of consciousness. There is the initial level where the beast may appear in a habitat of sorts seemingly imprisoned in some way by whatever [[fūinjutsu]] that sealed them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 496, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 10</ref> The second level is where all the tailed beasts can convene, free of any restrictions and communicate with one another. The jinchūriki are also able to enter there, but in order to do so, they must be completely linked with their tailed beasts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 6-7</ref>
 
They also have the ability to [[Tailed Beast Telepathy|communicate telepathically]] with each other and their jinchūriki, and possess several levels of consciousness. There is the initial level where the beast may appear in a habitat of sorts seemingly imprisoned in some way by whatever [[fūinjutsu]] that sealed them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 496, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 10</ref> The second level is where all the tailed beasts can convene, free of any restrictions and communicate with one another. The jinchūriki are also able to enter there, but in order to do so, they must be completely linked with their tailed beasts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 6-7</ref>
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== History ==
 
== History ==
 
{{See also|Jinchūriki}}
 
{{See also|Jinchūriki}}
[[File:Ten Tails and Sage of Six Paths.png|thumb|left|The Ten-Tails and the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
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[[File:Ōtsutsuki vs. Shinju.png|thumb|left|Hagoromo and Hamura confront the Ten-Tails.]]
In the beginning of ninja history, centuries before the founding of the ninja villages, there existed a god-like entity known as the [[Ten-Tails]], which plagued the world until the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] defeated and sealed the beast within himself, making him the first [[jinchūriki]]. However, knowing that his death would release the Ten-Tails back into the world, the Sage used his ability, the "[[Creation of All Things]]", to divide its chakra into the nine tailed beasts, before using [[Chibaku Tensei]] to seal its [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|body]] in what would become the [[moon]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, pages 14-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref> Some time after being created, the Sage gave each of the young tailed beasts a name and told them that they would always be together, even when separated. He also told them that one day, they would become one entity again with a different name and form when the one would came to show them what true power is.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref> Despite their close relation to one another, there is a significant amount of friction between them. One such cause was due to Kurama's belief that their strength was determined by their number of tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 10</ref>
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Long ago before the founding of the hidden villages, during an era of endless wars between mankind, there existed the [[Shinju]], a tree that was revered as a deity which bore a [[Chakra Fruit|fruit]] once every millennia. Although it was forbidden to consume the Shinju's fruit, it was eaten by Princess [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], who used the power it granted her to [[Infinite Tsukuyomi|end]] the wars plaguing the lands. Some time after this, Kaguya gave birth to two sons named [[Hagoromo]] and [[Hamura]]. They both inherited this powerful chakra and were able to manipulate it. Enraged by the fact her children inherited her powers, Kaguya merged with the Shinju into a monstrous entity of what many christened as the "[[Ten-Tails]]". The Ten-Tails rampaged throughout the lands, until Hagoromo and Hamura managed to defeat the beast by having Hagoromo become its jinchūriki.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 670</ref>
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[[File:Young Biju.png|thumb|The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.]]
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Inspired by his younger son, [[Asura]], Hagoromo separated the Ten-Tails' chakra within his body and used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to divide it into nine pieces, creating the [[tailed beasts]] and giving each a name. Some time after their creation, the young tailed beasts were told that they were all still linked to one another despite being separate entities. Hagoromo also told them that they would eventually become one again, yet not as they originally were, and that one shall appear at that time to show them what true power is.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 12-13</ref> To ensure that the Ten-Tails would never resurface after his death, Hagoromo eventually used [[Chibaku Tensei]] to seal the monster's [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|husk]] in what would become the [[moon]].<ref name="ch467">''Naruto'' chapter 467, pages 14-17</ref> Despite their close relation to one another, there is a significant amount of friction between the tailed beasts that caused them to part ways. One such cause was due to Kurama's belief that their strength was determined by the number of their tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 10</ref>
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Over the centuries, countless humans failed to regard the tailed beasts as sapient individuals, treating them with great disdain and fear. Because of their immense power, they sought the tailed beasts out as tools to be [[Tailed Beast Control|controlled]], a sentiment they detest.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 13</ref> By the time of the formation of the shinobi villages, after his victory against [[Madara Uchiha]] in the [[Valley of the End]], [[Hashirama Senju]], the First [[Hokage]], used his [[Wood Release]] techniques to capture several of the tailed beasts and allow the other shinobi villages to purchase them in exchange for signing peace treaties with each other, in order to stabilise the balance of power between them.<ref name="ch404"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 648, pages 10-12</ref>
   
[[File:Kid-bijuus.png|thumb|The nine tailed beasts in their youth.]]
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Madara, later revealed to have survived the altercation, had obtained Hashirama's DNA — his true purpose for the encounter.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, page 8</ref> Integrating Hashirama's DNA into his wounds,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 8</ref> Madara awakened the [[Rinnegan]] shortly before the end of his natural lifespan. With it, he was able to summon the Ten-Tails' husk from the moon.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 14</ref> However, using artificial means to expand his life,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 12</ref> Madara was unable to carry out his plan to revive the Ten-Tails. As such, he passed on this task to a young [[Obito Uchiha]] who had come to share his view on the world after [[Rin Nohara]]'s death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 4-9</ref>
By the time of the formation of the shinobi villages, [[Hashirama Senju]], the First [[Hokage]], used his [[Wood Release]] techniques to capture and give several tailed beasts to the other shinobi villages as peace treaties, in order to stabilise the balance of power between them.<ref name="ch404"/> However, after Hashirama's death, the villages had trouble containing the beasts themselves and they began to run wild, so the villages instead moved to seal the tailed beasts within humans. In order to ensure that the jinchūriki wouldn't turn traitor, it has been common practice to choose the jinchūriki from the village's [[Kage]] family, such as a sibling or a spouse. The strength of the jinchūriki would then be used to protect the village and be a living display of the Kage's power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 493, page 14</ref> Throughout history, very few people have ever gained full control over a tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 3</ref> Despite this, some have been able to use the power of the tailed beasts outside of actually becoming true jinchūriki. The legendary [[Gold and Silver Brothers]] became Kurama's pseudo-jinchūriki, as they were once devoured by it, but managed to survive by consuming some of its own normally-deadly flesh, becoming tinged with its chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 527, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 529, pages 3-4</ref>
 
   
With the power of the Sharingan, [[Madara Uchiha]] was able to control Kurama and use it during his battle with [[Hashirama Senju]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 10-11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 7</ref> During the battle, however, control of the beast was wrested from him,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 5</ref> and he was thought to be defeated at the [[Valley of the End]]. However it was later revealed that he had in fact survived the altercation, and obtained Hashirama's DNA — his true purpose for the encounter.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, page 8</ref> Integrating Hashirama's DNA into his wounds,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 8</ref> Madara awakened the [[Rinnegan]] shortly before the end of his natural lifespan. With it, he was able to summon the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|vessel]] of the Ten-Tails from the [[moon]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 14</ref> However, using artificial means to expand his life,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 12</ref> Madara was unable to carry out his plan to revive the Ten-Tails. As such he passed on this task to a young Obito Uchiha who had come to share his view on the world after [[Rin Nohara]]'s death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 4-9</ref>
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[[File:Jubi's revival.png|thumb|left|The Ten-Tails is revived.]]
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With the help of [[Akatsuki]], by the time of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], seven of the nine tailed beasts had been sealed into the statue.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 468, page 6</ref> Irked by the slow progress of the plan, assuming the identity of Tobi to oversee the matters and converting [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] hosts into his personalised [[Six Paths of Pain]], Obito accompanied by the statue entered the battlefield to obtain the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] which contained the [[Gold and Silver Brothers]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 536, pages 15-17</ref> Despite not having sealed the last remaining two tailed beasts entirely — only possessing portions of their power, Obito decided to begin the plan as the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path undergoes a painful regeneration into the Ten-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 537, pages 12, 15-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 592, pages 10-11</ref> When Madara realised the situation, he attempted to rectify this.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 601, pages 10-11, 16-17</ref> Despite Naruto and Killer B's attempt to destroy the Demonic Statue while in mid-transformation, it was successfully restored into the Ten-Tails, albeit in an incomplete form for a while before reaching its matured state.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, pages 13-17</ref>
   
[[File:Ten-Tails rvived.png|thumb|left|The Ten-Tails is revived.]]
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[[File:671 bijuu reunion.jpg|thumb|The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.]]
With the help of [[Akatsuki]], by the time of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], seven of the nine tailed beasts had been sealed into the statue.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 468, page 6</ref> Later, all the beasts were resealed into their respective, [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] hosts which had been made into a personalised [[Six Paths of Pain]]. Irked by the slow progress of the plan, Tobi accompanied by the statue entered the battlefield to obtain the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] which contained the Gold and Silver Brothers.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 536, pages 15-17</ref> Despite not having sealed the last remaining two tailed beasts entirely only possessing portions of their power, Tobi decided to begin the plan as the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path undergoes a painful regeneration into the Ten-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 537, pages 12, 15-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 592, pages 10-11</ref> When Madara realised the situation, he attempted to rectify this.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 601, pages 10-11, 16-17</ref> Despite Naruto and Killer B's attempt to destroy the Demonic Statue while in mid-transformation, it was successfully restored into the Ten-Tails, albeit in an incomplete form for a while before reaching its full form.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, pages 13-17</ref>
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However, the tailed beasts used in the Ten-Tails' recreation transfered bits of their chakra into Naruto prior to Obito carrying out the process as the Ten-Tails saw them supporting the young shinobi in spirit as they all have recognised him as the one that Hagoromo foretold. After Obito became its jinchūriki, the Ten-Tails assumed its true form to enact its host's desire while draining the chakra of those can it grasps in its branches. Eventually, through the combined effort of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and [[Taka]], all of the sealed tailed beasts were extracted from Obito's body and collectively decided to aid Naruto to fight against the [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revived]] Madara.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 651-652</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 654, pages 14-15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapters 656-658</ref>
   
However, the tailed beasts used in the Ten-Tails' recreation transfered bits of their chakra into Naruto prior to Obito carrying out the process as the Ten-Tails sees them supporting the human in spirit as they all have recognise him as the youth that the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] foretold.
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[[File:Tailed beasts sealed by Sasuke.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts are sealed within Sasuke's Chibaku Tensei.]]
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All of the tailed beasts, with the exception of Yin-Kurama, were eventually sealed back into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. However, the tailed beasts all left a portion of their chakra inside Naruto, thus continuing to support him and allowing him to access their abilities. They then aided him against Madara and, later, Kaguya. After Naruto and Sasuke sealed Kaguya away, the tailed beasts were extracted from Kaguya and summoned to the real world along with [[Team 7]] by Hagoromo and the deceased Kage. Once Hagoromo sent back the Kage's spirits, Sasuke proceeded with his plans, placing all the nine tailed beasts in a [[genjutsu]] and later imprisoning them in various [[Chibaku Tensei]] satellites.
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=== Similar Cases ===
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== Similar Cases ==
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds]]'', it features a creature called the [[Zero-Tails]]. Despite having a numerical tail name, it is not an actual tailed beast and it has characteristics that are quite different from them.
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds]]'', it features the [[Zero-Tails]]. Despite having a numerical tail name and being referred to as a tailed beast in the movie, it is not an actual tailed beast as it has characteristics that are quite different from them.
* In ''[[Naruto 6: Road to Ninja]]'', Kurama has a [[Genjutsu World]] counterpart called the {{translation|[[Black Nine-Tails]]|黒九尾|Kuro Kyūbi}}, who is sealed within the body of Naruto's alternate self, [[Menma (movie)|Menma]]. Menma creates and controls living entities composed of its chakra known as the [[Nine Masked Beasts]].
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* In ''[[Naruto 5: Blood Prison]]'', there is a [[Wikipedia:Yōkai |yōkai]] called [[Satori]], who resides within the [[Box of Ultimate Bliss]].
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* In ''[[Naruto 6: Road to Ninja]]'', Kurama has a [[Genjutsu World]] counterpart called the {{translation|[[Black Nine-Tails]]|黒九尾|Kuro Kyūbi}}, who is sealed within the body of Naruto's alternate self, [[Menma]]. Menma creates and controls living entities composed of its chakra known as the [[Nine Masked Beasts]].
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3]]'', there are three {{translation|''masked beasts''|仮面獣|kamenjū}} featured in the game (like Matatabi and Isobu that have been featured in the game) that can be fought via ''Beast Battle Mode''.
 
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles]]'', there are five dragons known as the [[Genryū]], each possessing one of the five chakra natures. If all the Genryū are combined, they become the Light Dragon.
 
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles]]'', there are five dragons known as the [[Genryū]], each possessing one of the five chakra natures. If all the Genryū are combined, they become the Light Dragon.
 
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive]]'', there is the [[Three-Headed Guardian Beast]], guardian of [[Yumegakure]] which, like the tailed beasts, is a living form of chakra.
 
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive]]'', there is the [[Three-Headed Guardian Beast]], guardian of [[Yumegakure]] which, like the tailed beasts, is a living form of chakra.
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]'' and two anime only episodes, like [[Mecha-Naruto]], there is a {{translation|[[Kurama#Video Games|Mecha-Kurama]]|メカ九喇嘛|Meka-Kurama}}, a mechanised version of Kurama.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* In the manga, before [[Taka]] began working with Akatsuki, Akatsuki was said to have seven tailed beasts. In the anime, when Taka is sent to capture Gyūki, the group has only six, the seventh missing beast being Saiken to make room for an additional anime-only arc.
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* Shukaku, Matatabi, Gyūki, and Kurama are the only tailed beasts to be based on popular animal [[wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]] (such as [[wikipedia:Tanuki|tanuki]], [[wikipedia:Nekomata|nekomata]], [[wikipedia:Ushi-oni|ushi-oni]], and [[wikipedia:Kitsune|kitsune]] respectively) from Japanese myth, while the others are original creations by [[Masashi Kishimoto]], mixing together various elements from certain species of animals.
* Several non-jinchūriki shinobi, such as [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] and the [[Fourth Raikage]], have been said to hold chakra levels comparable to that of a tailed beast. In fact, the former has been given the moniker of {{translation|''Tailed Beast without a Tail''|尾を持たない尾獣|O o Motanai Bijū|engtv=Tailless Tailed Beast}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 463, page 8</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 468, page 9</ref>
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* While most of the tailed beasts have contemporary tails, Chōmei and Gyūki differ; Chōmei has one regular tail and six wings that make up its seven tails, while Gyūki has eight cephalopod limbs that serve as tails.
* [[Madara]] has claimed that the power of his [[Susanoo]] is comparable to that of a tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 589, page 7</ref>
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* According to some, the immense strength that the tailed beasts possess is tempered by their bestial nature, which restricts them from being intelligent enough to use it effectively, thus when the tailed beasts are [[Jinchūriki|sealed within humans]], they are able to benefit from the knowledge of their hosts, giving them the ability to better utilise their powers.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 318, page 11</ref> However, this was proven to be false.
* Among the tailed beasts, only Kurama has been shown to be subject to the [[Summoning Technique]].
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* Despite all the tailed beasts gaining a name from Hagoromo, only some such as Son Gokū refer to themselves by that name on a regular basis. Others, such as Kurama and Gyūki, prefer to refer to each other by the number of tails each possess.
* The concept of a pseudo-jinchūriki was explored in an anime-exclusive arc, in which [[Sora]] was revealed to have had residual chakra from Kurama, collected after it rampaged Konoha, sealed into him. This happened before the introduction of the concept in the manga.
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* Because of the [[moon]]'s origin and it being the holder of the Ten-Tails' [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|body]], tailed beasts and subsequently their jinchūriki are effected by it, and much more so during a full moon.
* A Kumogakure ninja once attempted to replicate the Gold and Silver Brothers' stunt with tentacle meat from Gyūki, but died instead. The brothers' success was attributed to a possible distant relationship with the Sage of the Six Paths.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 529, page 4</ref>
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** According to [[Gaara]], Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight at any time because of its innate rage and blood-lust, but especially so during the full moon.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 19</ref>
* In the anime, the [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]] were also able to siphon Shukaku's power in order to revive their leader, [[Seimei]].
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** In the anime, [[Fukai]], during his time as Gyūki's jinchūriki, noted that he would have trouble sleeping at night, especially during a full moon and at one point was shown to have to suppress a [[Jinchūriki Forms#Partial Transformation|partial manifestation]] of Gyūki's tail after he had been staring at the full moon. Fukai was also shown to take sleep pills to help with this side-effect of being a jinchūriki.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 318</ref>
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* Several non-jinchūriki shinobi have been said to hold chakra levels, reserves or strength, comparable to that of a tailed beast. Such individuals include [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], [[Hashirama Senju]], [[Madara Uchiha]], the [[Third Raikage]], and [[A]]. In fact, the former has been given the moniker of {{translation|''Tailed Beast without a Tail''|尾を持たない尾獣|O o Motanai Bijū|engtv=Tailless Tailed Beast}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 463, page 8</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 468, page 9</ref> In addition, [[Madara]] has claimed that the power of his final [[Susanoo]] is comparable to that of a tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 589, page 7</ref>
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* A tailed beast can "''die''" with its jinchūriki, if it is still sealed within them at the time of its host's death, but as living chakra the beast itself will be revived later.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 14, 17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 541, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 543, page 9</ref>
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** Since [[Rin Nohara]] died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 605</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 629, pages 14-16</ref>
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* In the manga, before [[Taka]] began working with Akatsuki, Akatsuki was said to have seven tailed beasts. In the anime, when Taka is sent to capture Gyūki, the group has only six, the seventh missing beast being Saiken to make room for an additional [[Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc|anime-only arc]].
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* In the anime, the six tailed beasts that were used as [[Obito]]'s [[Six Paths of Pain]], all shared a voice actor with one of each other's respective jinchūriki.
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* It seems that when there is a certain amount of a tailed beast's chakra present within someone that a new but similar conscience of said tailed beast is present as well. Examples of this being Yin and Yang Kurama as well as Son Gokū, Shukaku and Kokuō briefly speaking to Naruto. However, it seems Kinkaku and Ginkaku did not possess enough of Kurama's chakra to do so.
   
 
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BijuuComplete

The nine tailed beasts and their most recent jinchūriki.

The tailed beasts (尾獣, bijū) are the nine titanic behemoths within the Naruto series. They are differentiated by the number of tails they have, ranging from one to nine. The tailed beasts are living forms of chakra, sometimes referred to as "Chakra Monsters" (チャクラのバケモノ, Chakura no Bakemono),[1][2] giving them immense reserves of especially strong chakra that far outmatches most shinobi. The tailed beasts' chakra is coloured red.

They also have the ability to communicate telepathically with each other and their jinchūriki, and possess several levels of consciousness. There is the initial level where the beast may appear in a habitat of sorts seemingly imprisoned in some way by whatever fūinjutsu that sealed them.[3][4] The second level is where all the tailed beasts can convene, free of any restrictions and communicate with one another. The jinchūriki are also able to enter there, but in order to do so, they must be completely linked with their tailed beasts.[5]

The tailed beasts are also able to freely transfer their chakra to whomever they choose, and as Kurama has noted, is a less complicated process for them than it is for humans.[6][7]

History Edit

See also: Jinchūriki

Ōtsutsuki vs. Shinju

Hagoromo and Hamura confront the Ten-Tails.

Long ago before the founding of the hidden villages, during an era of endless wars between mankind, there existed the Shinju, a tree that was revered as a deity which bore a fruit once every millennia. Although it was forbidden to consume the Shinju's fruit, it was eaten by Princess Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, who used the power it granted her to end the wars plaguing the lands. Some time after this, Kaguya gave birth to two sons named Hagoromo and Hamura. They both inherited this powerful chakra and were able to manipulate it. Enraged by the fact her children inherited her powers, Kaguya merged with the Shinju into a monstrous entity of what many christened as the "Ten-Tails". The Ten-Tails rampaged throughout the lands, until Hagoromo and Hamura managed to defeat the beast by having Hagoromo become its jinchūriki.[8]

Young Biju

The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.

Inspired by his younger son, Asura, Hagoromo separated the Ten-Tails' chakra within his body and used his Creation of All Things ability to divide it into nine pieces, creating the tailed beasts and giving each a name. Some time after their creation, the young tailed beasts were told that they were all still linked to one another despite being separate entities. Hagoromo also told them that they would eventually become one again, yet not as they originally were, and that one shall appear at that time to show them what true power is.[9][10] To ensure that the Ten-Tails would never resurface after his death, Hagoromo eventually used Chibaku Tensei to seal the monster's husk in what would become the moon.[11] Despite their close relation to one another, there is a significant amount of friction between the tailed beasts that caused them to part ways. One such cause was due to Kurama's belief that their strength was determined by the number of their tails.[12]

Over the centuries, countless humans failed to regard the tailed beasts as sapient individuals, treating them with great disdain and fear. Because of their immense power, they sought the tailed beasts out as tools to be controlled, a sentiment they detest.[13] By the time of the formation of the shinobi villages, after his victory against Madara Uchiha in the Valley of the End, Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage, used his Wood Release techniques to capture several of the tailed beasts and allow the other shinobi villages to purchase them in exchange for signing peace treaties with each other, in order to stabilise the balance of power between them.[2][14]

Madara, later revealed to have survived the altercation, had obtained Hashirama's DNA — his true purpose for the encounter.[15] Integrating Hashirama's DNA into his wounds,[16] Madara awakened the Rinnegan shortly before the end of his natural lifespan. With it, he was able to summon the Ten-Tails' husk from the moon.[17] However, using artificial means to expand his life,[18] Madara was unable to carry out his plan to revive the Ten-Tails. As such, he passed on this task to a young Obito Uchiha who had come to share his view on the world after Rin Nohara's death.[19]

Jubi's revival

The Ten-Tails is revived.

With the help of Akatsuki, by the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, seven of the nine tailed beasts had been sealed into the statue.[20] Irked by the slow progress of the plan, assuming the identity of Tobi to oversee the matters and converting reincarnated hosts into his personalised Six Paths of Pain, Obito accompanied by the statue entered the battlefield to obtain the Benihisago and Kohaku no Jōhei which contained the Gold and Silver Brothers.[21] Despite not having sealed the last remaining two tailed beasts entirely — only possessing portions of their power, Obito decided to begin the plan as the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path undergoes a painful regeneration into the Ten-Tails.[22][23] When Madara realised the situation, he attempted to rectify this.[24] Despite Naruto and Killer B's attempt to destroy the Demonic Statue while in mid-transformation, it was successfully restored into the Ten-Tails, albeit in an incomplete form for a while before reaching its matured state.[25]

671 bijuu reunion

The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.

However, the tailed beasts used in the Ten-Tails' recreation transfered bits of their chakra into Naruto prior to Obito carrying out the process as the Ten-Tails saw them supporting the young shinobi in spirit as they all have recognised him as the one that Hagoromo foretold. After Obito became its jinchūriki, the Ten-Tails assumed its true form to enact its host's desire while draining the chakra of those can it grasps in its branches. Eventually, through the combined effort of the Allied Shinobi Forces and Taka, all of the sealed tailed beasts were extracted from Obito's body and collectively decided to aid Naruto to fight against the revived Madara.[26][27][28]

Tailed beasts sealed by Sasuke

The tailed beasts are sealed within Sasuke's Chibaku Tensei.

All of the tailed beasts, with the exception of Yin-Kurama, were eventually sealed back into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. However, the tailed beasts all left a portion of their chakra inside Naruto, thus continuing to support him and allowing him to access their abilities. They then aided him against Madara and, later, Kaguya. After Naruto and Sasuke sealed Kaguya away, the tailed beasts were extracted from Kaguya and summoned to the real world along with Team 7 by Hagoromo and the deceased Kage. Once Hagoromo sent back the Kage's spirits, Sasuke proceeded with his plans, placing all the nine tailed beasts in a genjutsu and later imprisoning them in various Chibaku Tensei satellites.

The Tailed Beasts Edit

Shukaku Edit

Main article: Shukaku Shukaku (守鶴, Shukaku), more commonly known as the One-Tail (一尾, Ichibi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Matatabi Edit

Main article: Matatabi Matatabi (又旅, Matatabi), more commonly known as the Two-Tails (ニ尾, Nibi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Isobu Edit

Main article: Isobu Isobu (磯撫, Isobu), more commonly known as the Three-Tails (三尾, Sanbi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Son Gokū Edit

Main article: Son Gokū Son Gokū (孫悟空, Son Gokū), more commonly known as the Four-Tails (四尾, Yonbi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Kokuō Edit

Main article: Kokuō Kokuō (穆王, Kokuō), more commonly known as the Five-Tails (五尾, Gobi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Saiken Edit

Main article: Saiken Saiken (犀犬, Saiken), more commonly known as the Six-Tails (六尾, Rokubi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Chōmei Edit

Main article: Chōmei Chōmei (重明, Chōmei), more commonly known as the Seven-Tails (七尾, Nanabi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Gyūki Edit

Main article: Gyūki Gyūki (牛鬼, Gyūki), more commonly known as the Eight-Tails (八尾, Hachibi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Kurama Edit

Main article: Kurama Kurama (九喇嘛, Kurama), more commonly known as the Nine-Tails (九尾, Kyūbi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Ten-Tails Edit

Main article: Ten-Tails The Ten-Tails (十尾, Jūbi) is a beast created by the combined entities of the Shinju and Kaguya Ōtsutsuki to reclaim the chakra inherited by her two sons, and tied to the legend of the Sage of the Six Paths and the birth of shinobi.

Similar Cases Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Shukaku, Matatabi, Gyūki, and Kurama are the only tailed beasts to be based on popular animal yōkai (such as tanuki, nekomata, ushi-oni, and kitsune respectively) from Japanese myth, while the others are original creations by Masashi Kishimoto, mixing together various elements from certain species of animals.
  • While most of the tailed beasts have contemporary tails, Chōmei and Gyūki differ; Chōmei has one regular tail and six wings that make up its seven tails, while Gyūki has eight cephalopod limbs that serve as tails.
  • According to some, the immense strength that the tailed beasts possess is tempered by their bestial nature, which restricts them from being intelligent enough to use it effectively, thus when the tailed beasts are sealed within humans, they are able to benefit from the knowledge of their hosts, giving them the ability to better utilise their powers.[29] However, this was proven to be false.
  • Despite all the tailed beasts gaining a name from Hagoromo, only some such as Son Gokū refer to themselves by that name on a regular basis. Others, such as Kurama and Gyūki, prefer to refer to each other by the number of tails each possess.
  • Because of the moon's origin and it being the holder of the Ten-Tails' body, tailed beasts and subsequently their jinchūriki are effected by it, and much more so during a full moon.
    • According to Gaara, Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight at any time because of its innate rage and blood-lust, but especially so during the full moon.[30]
    • In the anime, Fukai, during his time as Gyūki's jinchūriki, noted that he would have trouble sleeping at night, especially during a full moon and at one point was shown to have to suppress a partial manifestation of Gyūki's tail after he had been staring at the full moon. Fukai was also shown to take sleep pills to help with this side-effect of being a jinchūriki.[31]
  • Several non-jinchūriki shinobi have been said to hold chakra levels, reserves or strength, comparable to that of a tailed beast. Such individuals include Kisame Hoshigaki, Hashirama Senju, Madara Uchiha, the Third Raikage, and A. In fact, the former has been given the moniker of Tailed Beast without a Tail (尾を持たない尾獣, O o Motanai Bijū; English TV "Tailless Tailed Beast").[32][33] In addition, Madara has claimed that the power of his final Susanoo is comparable to that of a tailed beast.[34]
  • A tailed beast can "die" with its jinchūriki, if it is still sealed within them at the time of its host's death, but as living chakra the beast itself will be revived later.[35][36][37]
    • Since Rin Nohara died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.[38][39]
  • In the manga, before Taka began working with Akatsuki, Akatsuki was said to have seven tailed beasts. In the anime, when Taka is sent to capture Gyūki, the group has only six, the seventh missing beast being Saiken to make room for an additional anime-only arc.
  • In the anime, the six tailed beasts that were used as Obito's Six Paths of Pain, all shared a voice actor with one of each other's respective jinchūriki.
  • It seems that when there is a certain amount of a tailed beast's chakra present within someone that a new but similar conscience of said tailed beast is present as well. Examples of this being Yin and Yang Kurama as well as Son Gokū, Shukaku and Kokuō briefly speaking to Naruto. However, it seems Kinkaku and Ginkaku did not possess enough of Kurama's chakra to do so.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 256, page 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 Naruto chapter 404, page 14
  3. Naruto chapter 496, page 10
  4. Naruto chapter 568, page 10
  5. Naruto chapter 572, pages 6-7
  6. Naruto chapter 572, page 10
  7. Naruto chapter 609, pages 13-14
  8. Naruto chapter 670
  9. Naruto chapter 510, pages 11-12
  10. Naruto chapter 572, pages 12-13
  11. Naruto chapter 467, pages 14-17
  12. Naruto chapter 567, page 10
  13. Naruto chapter 568, page 13
  14. Naruto chapter 648, pages 10-12
  15. Naruto chapter 561, page 8
  16. Naruto chapter 606, page 8
  17. Naruto chapter 606, page 14
  18. Naruto chapter 602, page 12
  19. Naruto chapter 606, pages 4-9
  20. Naruto chapter 468, page 6
  21. Naruto chapter 536, pages 15-17
  22. Naruto chapter 537, pages 12, 15-16
  23. Naruto chapter 592, pages 10-11
  24. Naruto chapter 601, pages 10-11, 16-17
  25. Naruto chapter 609, pages 13-17
  26. Naruto chapters 651-652
  27. Naruto chapter 654, pages 14-15
  28. Naruto chapters 656-658
  29. Naruto chapter 318, page 11
  30. Naruto chapter 91, page 19
  31. Naruto: Shippūden episode 318
  32. Naruto chapter 463, page 8
  33. Naruto chapter 468, page 9
  34. Naruto chapter 589, page 7
  35. Naruto chapter 503, pages 14, 17
  36. Naruto chapter 541, page 10
  37. Naruto chapter 543, page 9
  38. Naruto chapter 605
  39. Naruto chapter 629, pages 14-16

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