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(they did not extract 8/9 tails, only a bit of the chakra. how do we know the plan was prevented? for all we know madara could swoop down and grab the chakra and start over. or this could be a dream.)
 
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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 immense reserves of especially strong chakra that far outmatches most [[shinobi]]. The tailed beasts' chakra is coloured red.
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''tailed beasts'''|尾獣|bijū}}, sometimes referred to as {{translation|"'''Chakra Monsters'''"|チャクラのバケモノ|Chakura no Bakemono}},<ref name="ch404">Chapter 404, page 14</ref> are the nine titanic living forms of [[chakra]] created by the [[Sage of the Six Paths]].<ref>Chapter 256, page 14</ref><ref name="ch467">Chapter 467, pages 14-17</ref> They are differentiated by the number of tails they have, ranging from one to nine.<section end=summary />
   
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 ==
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[[File:Young Bijuu and Hagoromo.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
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A millennium ago, long before the founding of the [[Geography#Hidden Villages|hidden villages]], the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] saved the world by sealing the [[Ten-Tails]] into his body, becoming its [[jinchūriki]].<ref>Chapter 670</ref> Sometime later, the Sage was inspired by the ideals of his youngest son, [[Asura]], to use his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to divide the Ten-Tails' [[chakra]] into nine living entities, what would become the tailed beasts.<ref>Chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref> The Sage named the nine and explained to them that a link existed between them despite their separation. He also foretold of a day when they would be brought together again - though not as they were - and that at that time someone would emerge to show them what true power is.<ref>Chapter 572, pages 12-13</ref> After the Sage's death, the tailed beasts drifted apart, apparently due to the [[Nine-Tails]]' belief that their number of tails was an indication of their strength.<ref>Chapter 567, page 10</ref>
   
The tailed beasts are also able to freely [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer their chakra]] to whomever they choose, and as Kurama has noted, is a less complicated process for them than it is for humans.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, pages 13-14</ref>
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Over the centuries, humanity failed to recognise the tailed beasts as sapient individuals, instead seeing them only as monsters, demons, or mindless beasts worthy of fear and disdain. Because of the beasts' immense power, they were sought out to be used as tools, controlled by humans in times of war. The tailed beasts resented this treatment and came to hate humans, at times willingly becoming the monsters they were viewed as.<ref>Chapter 568, page 13</ref> Shortly after the hidden villages were created, [[Hashirama Senju]], who had captured several of the tailed beasts with his [[Wood Release]], distributed the beasts amongst the new villages in order to stabilise the balance of power between them.<ref>Chapter 648, pages 10-12</ref> In order to harness the beasts' power, the villages began sealing them into jinchūriki.
   
== History ==
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[[File:FistBump.png|thumb|The tailed beasts sharing their chakra with Naruto Uzumaki.]]
{{See also|Jinchūriki}}
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Decades later, after the [[Third Shinobi World War]], an organisation known as [[Akatsuki]] began capturing the villages' jinchūriki in order to extract their tailed beasts and seal them into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] for the purposes of reviving the Ten-Tails. By the time of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Akatsuki had captured the first seven tailed beasts.<ref>Chapter 468, page 6</ref> In order to capture the last two, the [[Eight-Tails]] and Nine-Tails, [[Tobi]] sealed the beasts back into their [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] jinchūriki and forced them to fight the Eight-Tails' and Nine-Tails' jinchūriki: [[Killer B]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki]], respectively. From Naruto's determination to free them from Tobi and his desire to learn their names, the tailed beasts collectively decided that Naruto was the person the Sage of the Six Paths foretold of. They gave him portions of their chakra, enabling him to release them from Tobi's control.
[[File:Ten Tails and Sage of Six Paths.png|thumb|left|The Ten-Tails and the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
 
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 thousand years. 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 a [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki|son]] who became the first human born with chakra. Enraged by the theft of its power, the Shinju assumed a monstrous form of what many christened as the "Ten-Tails". The Ten-Tails rampaged throughout the lands until Kaguya's son managed to single-handedly defeat the beast and [[Fūinjutsu|sealed]] it [[Jinchūriki|within himself]]. This act, along with many other great deeds throughout his lifetime, resulted in Hagoromo becoming revered as the "''Sage of the Six Paths''".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 646</ref>
 
   
[[File:Young Biju.png|thumb|The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
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[[File:Tailed Beast Reunion.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.]]
However, knowing that his death would unleash the Ten-Tails back into the world to continue its rampage and reclaim the chakra that humanity now possesses, the Sage separated the monster's chakra from its body before using [[Chibaku Tensei]] to seal the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|husk]] in what would become the [[moon]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, pages 14-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref> From there, the Sage used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to divide the chakra into nine fragments that are each given a physical form and 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. The Sage also told them that 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 572, pages 10-11</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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Tobi was able to reclaim the freed tailed beasts and, using fragments of the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails' chakra,<ref>Chapter 592, pages 10-11</ref> prematurely revived the Ten-Tails.<ref>Chapter 609, pages 13-17</ref> Tobi then became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, but he was defeated by the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and the tailed beasts were removed from his body.<ref>Chapter 654, pages 14-15</ref> The nine tailed beasts joined forces against Tobi's co-conspirator, [[Madara Uchiha]], but he quickly defeated them all and sealed them, including the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails, into the Demonic Statue and reformed the Ten-Tails yet again.<ref>Chapter 660</ref> Madara became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and attempted to use [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] on the world. Naruto used the tailed beasts' earlier donations of chakra to try and defeat him, but was unable to do so in time. Madara was afterwards unwittingly used to restore [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], who tried to take what portions of the tailed beasts' chakra Naruto still had.
   
Over the centuries, countless humans failed to see the tailed beasts as sapient individuals with their own personalities and emotions, and they treated them with great disdain and fear, but because of their immense power, they sought the tailed beasts out as mere tools to be used or taken, a sentiment they absolutely 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>
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[[File:Ten-Tails sealing.png|thumb|The nine tailed beasts being freed from the Ten-Tails.]]
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In one of [[Kaguya's dimensions]], Naruto and [[Sasuke Uchiha]] [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei|sealed]] Kaguya away and the tailed beasts were extracted from her body, after she reverted back into the Ten-Tails. After returning to the battlefield, Sasuke, however, realising that the struggle for the tailed beasts started the war in the first place, imprisoned them with [[Chibaku Tensei]] and intended to kill them so the world couldn't fight over them any longer. Naruto convinced him not to in the end and the tailed beasts were finally released for good.<ref>Chapter 699</ref> The tailed beasts spread out through the world, free to live as they want; both Gyūki and Kurama decide to return and stay with B and Naruto. However, though they are apart, the tailed beasts' chakra fragments remain within Naruto, allowing his body to act as their "meeting ground".<ref>Chapter 692, pages 6-7</ref>
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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 [[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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== Abilities ==
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Tailed beasts are widely believed to be bestial in nature, incapable of the intelligence needed to fully utilise their immense strength. It is thought that only when [[Jinchūriki|sealed within humans]] are they able to benefit from the knowledge of their hosts to use their powers effectively.<ref>Chapter 318, page 11</ref> This is not actually true. However, unless sealed in a jinchūriki, a tailed beast's power is rather randomly thrown around instead of being focused, as was the cases with Isobu, Gyūki, Kurama, and the Ten-Tails itself.
   
[[File:Ten-Tails rvived.png|thumb|left|The Ten-Tails is revived.]]
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While all the tailed beasts have unique attributes, powers, and chakra levels, there are some attributes they all share. Each has massive quantities of chakra - coloured red - far greater than what most [[shinobi]] have. The tailed beasts are also able to freely [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer their chakra]] to whomever they choose,<ref>Chapter 572, page 10</ref> a process that is less complicated for them than it is for humans.<ref>Chapter 609, pages 13-14</ref> Offensively, only tailed beasts can use [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s, which can vaporise entire mountains at its "standard" level. Because tailed beasts are pure chakra, they cannot actually be killed; if they or their jinchūriki die, their chakra will re-coalesce in time.<ref>Chapter 503, pages 14, 17</ref>
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>
 
   
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 recognised him as the one that the Sage of the Six Paths foretold. After Obito became its jinchūriki, the Ten-Tails assumes 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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 651-652</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 654, pages 14-15</ref>
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The tailed beasts can [[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>Chapter 496, page 10</ref><ref>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>Chapter 572, pages 6-7</ref>
   
 
== The Tailed Beasts ==
 
== The Tailed Beasts ==
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The tailed beasts in order of their number of tails:
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== Similar Cases ==
 
== Similar Cases ==
* In ''[[Naruto: Shippūden the Movie]]'', it features an evil demon named [[Mōryō]], who was sealed away by [[Shion]]'s [[Miroku|mother]].
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds]]'', 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 Shippūden 2: Bonds]]'', it features 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 the Movie: Blood Prison]]'', there is a [[Wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]] called [[Satori]] that resides within the [[Box of Ultimate Bliss]].
* 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 ''[[Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie]]'', Kurama has a [[Genjutsu World]] counterpart called the [[Black Nine-Tails]], who is sealed within the body of Naruto's alternate self, [[Menma Uzumaki]]. Menma creates and controls living entities composed of its chakra known as the [[Nine Masked Beasts]].
* 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]].
 
 
* 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: 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 [[The Directive to Take the Nine-Tails|anime]] [[Naruto vs. Mecha-Naruto|only]] episodes), there is a [[Mecha-Kurama]], a mechanised version of Kurama.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* 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.
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* Shukaku, Matatabi, Gyūki, and Kurama are based on popular animal [[wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]] from Japanese myth ([[wikipedia:Tanuki|tanuki]], [[wikipedia:Nekomata|nekomata]], [[wikipedia:Ushi-oni|ushi-oni]], and [[wikipedia:Kitsune|kitsune]] respectively). The others are original creations by [[Masashi Kishimoto]], mixing together various elements from certain species of animals.
* 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.
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* While most of the tailed beasts have conventional 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.
* Despite all the tailed beasts gaining a name from the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], 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.
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* Despite having names, the tailed beasts do not generally use them, either for themselves or for each other, instead referring to each other by how many tails they have. Son Gokū is the only consistent exception, taking offence to the monikers.
* Because of the [[moon]]'s origin and it being the holder of the Ten-Tails' [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|body]], tailed beast and subsequently their jinchūriki are effected by it, and much more so during a full moon.
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* There have been cases that both the tailed beasts and their jinchūriki are affected to a certain degree 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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 19</ref>
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** According to [[Gaara]], Shukaku's blood-lust is especially strong during a full moon.<ref>Chapter 91, page 19</ref>
** 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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** In the anime, [[Blue B]], during his time as Gyūki's jinchūriki, noted that he would have trouble sleeping during the nights of the full moon, because anytime he would stare at it, it would reflect the loneliness in his heart. Gyūki would take advantage of those moments of weakness and try to control over Blue B's body. Blue B was also shown to take sleeping pills to help with this side-effect.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 318</ref>
* 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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* Several non-jinchūriki shinobi have been said to hold chakra levels or strength comparable to that of a tailed beast. Such individuals include [[Kisame Hoshigaki]],<ref>Chapter 468, page 9</ref> [[Madara Uchiha]],<ref>Chapter 589, page 7</ref> [[Hashirama Senju]], the [[Third Raikage]], and the [[Fourth Raikage]].
* Shukaku is the only tailed beast shown to have control over a physical property rather than using a chakra-based element, and hasn't shown the characteristic red-chakra-shrouded [[Version 1]] or [[Version 2]] forms.
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* In the anime, the six tailed beasts that were used by [[Tobi]] shared a voice actor with one of each other's respective jinchūriki.
* Among the tailed beasts, only Kurama has been shown to be subject to the [[Summoning Technique]].
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* How the tailed beasts speak has been depicted inconsistently throughout the series, where sometimes their mouths move with their words and sometimes they don't.
* A tailed beast can "''die''" with its jinchūriki, if it is still sealed within them at the time of its host's death, but 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>
 
** 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>
 
* 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]].
 
* 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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The nine tailed beasts and their most recent jinchūriki.

The tailed beasts (尾獣, bijū), sometimes referred to as "Chakra Monsters" (チャクラのバケモノ, Chakura no Bakemono),[1] are the nine titanic living forms of chakra created by the Sage of the Six Paths.[2][3] They are differentiated by the number of tails they have, ranging from one to nine.

History Edit

Young Bijuu and Hagoromo

The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.

A millennium ago, long before the founding of the hidden villages, the Sage of the Six Paths saved the world by sealing the Ten-Tails into his body, becoming its jinchūriki.[4] Sometime later, the Sage was inspired by the ideals of his youngest son, Asura, to use his Creation of All Things ability to divide the Ten-Tails' chakra into nine living entities, what would become the tailed beasts.[5] The Sage named the nine and explained to them that a link existed between them despite their separation. He also foretold of a day when they would be brought together again - though not as they were - and that at that time someone would emerge to show them what true power is.[6] After the Sage's death, the tailed beasts drifted apart, apparently due to the Nine-Tails' belief that their number of tails was an indication of their strength.[7]

Over the centuries, humanity failed to recognise the tailed beasts as sapient individuals, instead seeing them only as monsters, demons, or mindless beasts worthy of fear and disdain. Because of the beasts' immense power, they were sought out to be used as tools, controlled by humans in times of war. The tailed beasts resented this treatment and came to hate humans, at times willingly becoming the monsters they were viewed as.[8] Shortly after the hidden villages were created, Hashirama Senju, who had captured several of the tailed beasts with his Wood Release, distributed the beasts amongst the new villages in order to stabilise the balance of power between them.[9] In order to harness the beasts' power, the villages began sealing them into jinchūriki.

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The tailed beasts sharing their chakra with Naruto Uzumaki.

Decades later, after the Third Shinobi World War, an organisation known as Akatsuki began capturing the villages' jinchūriki in order to extract their tailed beasts and seal them into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path for the purposes of reviving the Ten-Tails. By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Akatsuki had captured the first seven tailed beasts.[10] In order to capture the last two, the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails, Tobi sealed the beasts back into their reincarnated jinchūriki and forced them to fight the Eight-Tails' and Nine-Tails' jinchūriki: Killer B and Naruto Uzumaki, respectively. From Naruto's determination to free them from Tobi and his desire to learn their names, the tailed beasts collectively decided that Naruto was the person the Sage of the Six Paths foretold of. They gave him portions of their chakra, enabling him to release them from Tobi's control.

Tailed Beast Reunion

The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.

Tobi was able to reclaim the freed tailed beasts and, using fragments of the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails' chakra,[11] prematurely revived the Ten-Tails.[12] Tobi then became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, but he was defeated by the Allied Shinobi Forces and the tailed beasts were removed from his body.[13] The nine tailed beasts joined forces against Tobi's co-conspirator, Madara Uchiha, but he quickly defeated them all and sealed them, including the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails, into the Demonic Statue and reformed the Ten-Tails yet again.[14] Madara became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and attempted to use Infinite Tsukuyomi on the world. Naruto used the tailed beasts' earlier donations of chakra to try and defeat him, but was unable to do so in time. Madara was afterwards unwittingly used to restore Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, who tried to take what portions of the tailed beasts' chakra Naruto still had.

Ten-Tails sealing

The nine tailed beasts being freed from the Ten-Tails.

In one of Kaguya's dimensions, Naruto and Sasuke Uchiha sealed Kaguya away and the tailed beasts were extracted from her body, after she reverted back into the Ten-Tails. After returning to the battlefield, Sasuke, however, realising that the struggle for the tailed beasts started the war in the first place, imprisoned them with Chibaku Tensei and intended to kill them so the world couldn't fight over them any longer. Naruto convinced him not to in the end and the tailed beasts were finally released for good.[15] The tailed beasts spread out through the world, free to live as they want; both Gyūki and Kurama decide to return and stay with B and Naruto. However, though they are apart, the tailed beasts' chakra fragments remain within Naruto, allowing his body to act as their "meeting ground".[16]

Abilities Edit

Tailed beasts are widely believed to be bestial in nature, incapable of the intelligence needed to fully utilise their immense strength. It is thought that only when sealed within humans are they able to benefit from the knowledge of their hosts to use their powers effectively.[17] This is not actually true. However, unless sealed in a jinchūriki, a tailed beast's power is rather randomly thrown around instead of being focused, as was the cases with Isobu, Gyūki, Kurama, and the Ten-Tails itself.

While all the tailed beasts have unique attributes, powers, and chakra levels, there are some attributes they all share. Each has massive quantities of chakra - coloured red - far greater than what most shinobi have. The tailed beasts are also able to freely transfer their chakra to whomever they choose,[18] a process that is less complicated for them than it is for humans.[19] Offensively, only tailed beasts can use Tailed Beast Balls, which can vaporise entire mountains at its "standard" level. Because tailed beasts are pure chakra, they cannot actually be killed; if they or their jinchūriki die, their chakra will re-coalesce in time.[20]

The tailed beasts can 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.[21][22] 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.[23]

The Tailed Beasts Edit

The tailed beasts in order of their number of tails:

  1. Shukaku
  2. Matatabi
  3. Isobu
  4. Son Gokū
  5. Kokuō
  6. Saiken
  7. Chōmei
  8. Gyūki
  9. Kurama
  10. Ten-Tails

Similar Cases Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Shukaku, Matatabi, Gyūki, and Kurama are based on popular animal yōkai from Japanese myth (tanuki, nekomata, ushi-oni, and kitsune respectively). The others are original creations by Masashi Kishimoto, mixing together various elements from certain species of animals.
  • While most of the tailed beasts have conventional 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.
  • Despite having names, the tailed beasts do not generally use them, either for themselves or for each other, instead referring to each other by how many tails they have. Son Gokū is the only consistent exception, taking offence to the monikers.
  • There have been cases that both the tailed beasts and their jinchūriki are affected to a certain degree during a full moon:
    • According to Gaara, Shukaku's blood-lust is especially strong during a full moon.[24]
    • In the anime, Blue B, during his time as Gyūki's jinchūriki, noted that he would have trouble sleeping during the nights of the full moon, because anytime he would stare at it, it would reflect the loneliness in his heart. Gyūki would take advantage of those moments of weakness and try to control over Blue B's body. Blue B was also shown to take sleeping pills to help with this side-effect.[25]
  • Several non-jinchūriki shinobi have been said to hold chakra levels or strength comparable to that of a tailed beast. Such individuals include Kisame Hoshigaki,[26] Madara Uchiha,[27] Hashirama Senju, the Third Raikage, and the Fourth Raikage.
  • In the anime, the six tailed beasts that were used by Tobi shared a voice actor with one of each other's respective jinchūriki.
  • How the tailed beasts speak has been depicted inconsistently throughout the series, where sometimes their mouths move with their words and sometimes they don't.

References Edit

  1. Chapter 404, page 14
  2. Chapter 256, page 14
  3. Chapter 467, pages 14-17
  4. Chapter 670
  5. Chapter 510, pages 11-12
  6. Chapter 572, pages 12-13
  7. Chapter 567, page 10
  8. Chapter 568, page 13
  9. Chapter 648, pages 10-12
  10. Chapter 468, page 6
  11. Chapter 592, pages 10-11
  12. Chapter 609, pages 13-17
  13. Chapter 654, pages 14-15
  14. Chapter 660
  15. Chapter 699
  16. Chapter 692, pages 6-7
  17. Chapter 318, page 11
  18. Chapter 572, page 10
  19. Chapter 609, pages 13-14
  20. Chapter 503, pages 14, 17
  21. Chapter 496, page 10
  22. Chapter 568, page 10
  23. Chapter 572, pages 6-7
  24. Chapter 91, page 19
  25. Naruto: Shippūden episode 318
  26. Chapter 468, page 9
  27. Chapter 589, page 7

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