|This is the article on the former leader of Sunagakure. If you are looking for the article on the Human Puppet used by Sasori, head to Third Kazekage. For other uses, see Third Kazekage (disambiguation).|
|三代目風影 Sandaime Kazekage|
|Manga||Volume #30, Naruto Chapter #266|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #457|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2|
|OVA||Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Game|
The Third Kazekage was a rather confident as well as loyal male to his village. Some people say that the Fourth and Third Kazekage's seem to have the exact same personality being that they devoted their true loyalty to their village. The Third Kazekage however, had a more relaxed and calm stature. He seemed to always attempt to find the good in things as well as people. He seemed to never hold a grudge being that in his philosophy, it was not good for the mind and body. When the Third Kazekage would engage in battle his approach would be a little more stern as well as threatening. During his battle against Sasori, he did not have a care for the male if he ended up dead.
The Third Kazekage contained light gray eyes. He seemed to contained the ancient dark rings that surrounded the other Kazekage's eyes when using their abilities at all times. He also had a stern look on his face whenever he came to a meeting or even made a announcement. However, when he just went for a walk in his village, he greeted the villagers and citizens with a smile. He also was known to have a handsome look to his eyes. During his earlier years as Kazekage, he was seen wearing a black shirt with a black mesh armour underneath it. He also wore black pants and the normal ninja sandals. He also seemed to carry a blade but was never seen using it. When at Kage meetings, he was seen wearing the normal Kazekage attire with the loose fitting blue kimono with a white jacket and the signature hat with the kanji for wind (風) on it.
After studying the jinchūriki of Shukaku of the time, he recreated its sand-manipulating powers by combining his own magnetic chakra and iron powder, which produced the Iron Sand technique. It was for this very ability that he was noted as the strongest Kazekage in the entire history of Sunagakure.
At some point, Sasori kidnapped and killed the Third Kazekage in order to turn him into a human puppet. According to Sasori, the effort involved in the Third's capture made it his favourite puppet. Sunagakure did not know this and searched earnestly for his whereabouts. With the outbreak of a war, the village was forced to give up the search and choose a Fourth Kazekage, though they still attempted to search for him in later years.
While alive, the Third was undoubtedly a powerful shinobi. He is hailed as the strongest Kazekage in the village's history, and even a very powerful shinobi like Sasori claimed that he had trouble killing him. He also appeared to have possessed a high level of intelligence as he was able to comprehend the One-Tail's unique powers and produce his own version of the same, thus creating Iron Sand.
The Third possessed the kekkei genkai Magnet Release which allowed him to convert his chakra into magnetic forces and magnetise an object. Combined with his research of Shukaku's powers, he crafted his own version of "sand-manipulation", the Iron Sand, by combining his magnetic force control with iron powder; this was the main reason why he was considered the strongest Kazekage there was. His magnetic control also granted him immunity from all metallic weapons, as well as the ability to nullify opposing puppets by clogging their joints with sand. With this "sand", he could make any weapon to fit any occasion, thereby making this a very versatile technique, which Chiyo considered to be the "most feared weapon in the history of Sunagakure".
Kazekage Rescue Arc
The Third's fate was discovered during Sasori's battle with Sakura and Chiyo, when Sasori brought out the Kazekage puppet to use against them. After a long, fierce battle, Sakura managed to destroy the puppet. In the anime, after Sakura punched the puppet to pieces, Chiyo attempted to use the head to attack Sasori, as she had sneaked a chakra string onto it during the battle, but Sasori simply incinerated it before it could reach him.