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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Tobirama Senju'''|千手扉間|Senju Tobirama}} was the {{translation|'''Second [[Hokage]]'''|二代目火影|Nidaime Hokage|lit meaning=Second Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]]. He hails from the [[Senju clan]], who, along with the [[Uchiha clan]], founded the first shinobi village: Konoha. During his reign, Tobirama was accredited as the Hokage that developed the village's organisational system as well as some of its infrastructure.<section end=summary /><ref name="d3"/>
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Tobirama Senju'''|千手扉間|Senju Tobirama}} was the {{translation|'''Second [[Hokage]]'''|二代目火影|Nidaime Hokage|lit meaning=Second Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]]. Though history better remembers his older brother, the [[First Hokage]], for founding Konoha, it was Tobirama who worked behind the scenes to achieve political stability and implement the institutions that made the village work, thus ensuring Konoha's prosperity in the decades after.<section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Hashirama Senju Family.png|thumb|left|Tobirama with his father and brothers.]]
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{{imgRight|Hashirama family.png|Tobirama and his family.}}
Tobirama was a member of the Senju clan along with his older brother [[Hashirama]], both they and their younger brother [[Itama Senju]] the sons of their [[Senju Father|clan's leader]]. As a child, Tobirama grew up in the [[Era of the Warring States]] became a shinobi of his clan. One day, he attended the burial of [[Kawarama]], and several other of his clansmen alongside his [[Senju Father|father]] and siblings. Hashirama later ended up in an altercation with his father about the senseless killing of innocent children. This led to his father almost striking him again, but Tobirama intervened. Later, as the three siblings met up, they spoke of peace for the future and Tobirama stated his opinion about ending the conflict by giving the shinobi a code of conduct to stop the endless killing. He later admonished Itama for his way of thinking which sounded a great deal like the way the adults thought. Some time later, Itama was killed on the battlefield.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622</ref> Years later, Tobirama was present when Hashirama struck a peace treaty with the Uchiha and its then-leader [[Madara Uchiha]] and with Konohagakure's creation following soon after.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 6</ref>
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Tobirama was born during the [[Warring States Period]], the second of [[Butsuma Senju]]'s four sons. Hashirama and his brothers grew up on the battlefield waging constant war with the [[Senju]]'s rivals: the [[Uchiha]]. After the deaths of their brothers, [[Kawarama]] and later [[Itama]], Tobirama and his older brother, [[Hashirama]], decided a new shinobi system would need to be implemented to end the cycle of child deaths, a system that would require an alliance between the Senju and Uchiha.<ref name="c622p11">Chapter 622, page 11</ref> Despite his approval for the idea, Tobirama didn't allow it to interfere with his, or his brother's, responsibilities; when Hashirama got into the habit of disappearing into the forest during the day, Tobirama accepted his father's assignment to follow Hashirama and find out what he was doing.
   
[[File:Team Tobirama.png|thumb|right|Team Tobirama and Hashirama.]]
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[[File:Senju and Uchiha fights.png|thumb|left|Tobirama and his father fighting Izuna and Tajima.]]
When Hashirama, who was appointed the First Hokage, died, Tobirama was appointed as the Second Hokage.<ref>''First Databook'', page 116</ref> During his reign he was primarily responsible for establishing Konoha's organisational system. He established various organisations such as the [[Academy]], the [[ANBU]], the [[Chūnin Exams]] and the [[Konoha Military Police Force]],<ref name="d3"/> the latter of which he appeared to create as a sign of trust towards the Uchiha who made up the majority of that organisation. The Uchiha would come to believe that this was just an elaborate way to ostracise them from the village, and its government.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 12-13</ref>
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From tracking Hashirama, Tobirama discovered that he was meeting with a boy named [[Madara]], an up-and-coming Uchiha. After Tobirama reported this to their father, Butsuma pressured Hashirama to lead Madara into an ambush arranged by himself and Tobirama. Upon springing the trap, however, they were met by Madara's family, who had similar plans; while their fathers clashed, Tobirama fought [[Izuna]], Madara's younger brother.<ref>Chapter 623</ref> Hashirama and Madara were able to negotiate a temporary ceasefire, allowing all of them to walk away without bloodshed. In the years following their families would continue to clash, Hashirama against Madara and Tobirama against Izuna. But where Hashirama could never bring himself to harm Madara, Tobirama did not have the same sensitivities toward Izuna, and as such eventually [[Flying Thunder God Slash|mortally wounded]] him.
   
At some point during his era, he and the [[Second Raikage]] met to form a formal alliance between [[Kumogakure]] and Konohagakure; however, [[Kinkaku]] and [[Ginkaku]], Kumo's [[Gold and Silver Brothers]], attempted a coup d’etat against the Second Raikage and left Tobirama near death during the fiasco.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 527, pages 4-5</ref>
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{{imgRight|Tobirama prepares to kill.png|Tobirama about to kill Madara.}}
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Hashirama, by then the leader of the Senju, tried to use Izuna's fate to broker peace between their clans, but Madara, at Izuna's insistence, would not hear of it. Their refusal increasingly became the minority view, with individual Uchiha siding with the Senju in growing numbers. After Izuna succumbed to his injuries, Madara, wracked with grief, made one final stand against the Senju and was summarily defeated. Tobirama attempted to kill Madara to finally end the fighting, but Hashirama stopped him, knowing that would only renew hostilities between the Senju and Uchiha. Madara offered to surrender if Hashirama would kill himself or Tobirama.<ref name="ch624">Chapter 624</ref> Hashirama agreed to take his own life, and as he made preparations he instructed Tobirama, despite his protests, not to seek retribution. Madara ultimately withdrew his request and agreed to peace.
   
[[File:Shinobiwaryouth.png|thumb|left|Tobirama and his team during the First Shinobi World War.]]
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The Senju, the Uchiha, and all their affiliated clans came together to found [[Konohagakure]], a village of peace where children would never need to die in battle.<ref>Chapter 399, page 6</ref> Although Hashirama was optimistic about the village's future, Tobirama remained realistic about how that future would be achieved, and believed the Uchiha, Madara in particular, threatened that future. When Hashirama wanted to give Madara the position of [[Hokage]], Konoha's leader, Tobirama forced him to open the selection to a popular vote, leading to Hashirama's election instead.<ref>Chapter 625</ref> Tobirama would continue to act as the voice of reason throughout Hashirama's tenure; during the first [[Kage Summit]], Hashirama wanted to give Konoha's [[tailed beasts]] to the other newly-formed villages for free, but Tobirama's demanded that the villages pay for the tailed beasts they received.<ref>Chapter 648, pages 6-11</ref>
He also trained a [[Team Tobirama|three-man team]] of his own, which consisted of [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], [[Homura Mitokado]], and [[Koharu Utatane]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 16</ref> On one mission during the [[First Shinobi World War]], on which Team Tobirama performed with [[Danzō Shimura]], [[Kagami Uchiha]] and [[Torifu Akimichi]], they found themselves surrounded by twenty elite Kumo ninja known as the [[Kinkaku Force]]. Tobirama then realised that the only way any of them could escape alive was for one of them to be a decoy and sacrifice themselves; therefore having faith that he had trained his students well, he chose to sacrifice himself after he selected his prized student Hiruzen for the position of Third Hokage. Homura and Koharu would later become Hiruzen's advisers. After giving the title of Hokage to Hiruzen, Tobirama went off to fight the enemies where he died a noble death.<ref name="chpt481">''Naruto'' chapter 481, pages 4-10</ref>
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[[File:Team Tobirama.png|thumb|left|Hashirama with Tobirama and his team.]]
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Despite Hashirama's headstrong leadership, the new system of ninja villages achieved peace for a time. Tobirama was able to start training his own [[Team Tobirama|three-man team]] consisting of [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], [[Homura Mitokado]], and [[Koharu Utatane]].<ref>Chapter 122, page 16</ref> Techniques he had created, such as the [[Shadow Clone Technique]] and [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]], he [[kinjutsu|outlawed]], their use no longer being needed. But peace would ultimately be temporary; Madara challenged Hashirama's authority and the two fought at what would become the [[Valley of the End]]. When Madara was killed in the battle, Tobirama took his body in order to study the [[Sharingan]], and then buried it in an unmarked grave.<ref name="c681p13">Chapter 681, page 13</ref> Conflicts would start emerging elsewhere in the world, and it was during one of these that Hashirama would also die.<ref name="d1" /> Before his death, he passed the title of Hokage to Tobirama and left him instructions to not mistreat the Uchiha.<ref name="c619">Chapter 619, pages 11, 17</ref>
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Tobirama's role as Hokage was to help Konoha's shinobi transition from valuing their [[clan]] above all else to valuing the village instead.<ref name="c627" /> To this end he created such institutions as the [[Academy]], the [[Anbu]], and the [[Chūnin Exams]]. While largely successful, enough that other villages adopted the same organisations,<ref name="d3" /> the Uchiha resisted the loss of their autonomy. Already wary of the Uchiha because of his history with Madara, Tobirama created the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] for the Uchiha to run, publicly as a sign of trust but primarily so that the Uchiha could focus their energies into something that wouldn't interfere with Konoha's affairs.<ref>Chapter 619</ref>
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[[File:1st World War.png|thumb|right|Tobirama and his team during the First Shinobi World War.]]
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Like Hashirama before him, Tobirama tried to foster good relations with the other villages. He planned an alliance between Konoha and [[Kumogakure]], but during a formal ceremony he and the [[Second Raikage]] were attacked by the [[Gold and Silver Brothers]] and left near death.<ref name="c527" /> Konoha and Kumo eventually ended up on opposing sides during the [[First Shinobi World War]]. While on a mission during the war, Tobirama, his team, as well as [[Danzō Shimura]], [[Torifu Akimichi]], and [[Kagami Uchiha]] (one of the few Uchiha to move beyond his clan) found themselves surrounded by Kumo's [[Kinkaku Force]]. With no way for all of them to escape, Tobirama volunteered to act as decoy. He passed the title of Hokage to Hiruzen before sending them off, and died a noble death.<ref name="chpt481">Chapter 481, pages 4-10</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Even in his childhood, Tobirama was a very calm, composed, pragmatic and stoic individual. Like his brother, he felt a great deal of loyalty to the village, and placed its well-being above all else. Tobirama was also described as being strong-spirited, and passionate.<ref name="d3"/>
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Tobirama was a composed individual with a pragmatic approach to life. He believed that, through well-defined rules and laws, many of the world's problems could be solved.<ref name="c622p11" /> In many ways he was a counter to his older brother, [[Hashirama]]; when Hashirama would get carried away with his headstrong optimism, it fell to Tobirama to mediate and force a more realistic alternative. Hashirama was typically disappointed by Tobirama's intervention, but he usually agreed without much protest;<ref>Chapter 627, pages 6</ref> on the rare occasions he disagreed, it was a sign that Tobirama was getting out of line, creating a mutual balance.<ref>Chapter 649, page 10</ref> Tobirama likewise, despite how often he needed to undermine his brother and his personal opinion that Hashirama was something of an idiot,<ref>Chapter 648, pages 4</ref> greatly loved and respected him, and if anything wanted Hashirama to respect himself the same way he and others did.<ref>Chapter 625, page 4</ref>
   
More straight-laced than his exuberant brother, Tobirama was a realist who took things and people for what and who they were. This was displayed during the [[First Shinobi World War]] when he and his small battalion were surrounded by the [[Kinkaku Squad]], Tobirama realised the only way out for his subordinates, and acted accordingly.<ref name="chpt481"/> This was also displayed in his attitude towards the Uchiha whom he believed were almost all intrinsically cursed, based on his knowledge of them, as well as his own personal interactions with them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 7, 10</ref> This was also displayed in his youth where he came to the logical conclusion that if the adults wanted to stop the constant wars, all they had to do was create laws and abide by them no matter what.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 11</ref> Between him and his brother, Tobirama had the more assertive personality, easily being able to talk down his older brother who would sulk and obey his commands.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 5-6</ref> Tobirama also cares greatly for the village and, while holding no real love nor loyalty towards the Uchiha, Tobirama valued peace and balance and tried in his own way to help the Uchiha from falling prey to their own unknown [[Curse of Hatred|curse]] by placing them in charge of the [[Konoha Military Police Force]], so that history would not repeat itself and create another person like [[Madara Uchiha]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 10-17</ref>
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[[File:Tobirama's Rage.png|thumb|left|Tobirama enraged by Sasuke's intent to destroy Konoha.]]
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Tobirama was a firm believer in the [[Will of Fire]], a philosophy that held that all villagers of Konoha were part of a family. Any who threatened Konoha were subject to his rarely-seen but utter rage.<ref>Chapter 620, page 5</ref> As Hokage, it was not only his responsibility to protect that family at all costs but also to encourage the disparate villagers of the same view: that Konoha's concerns were more important than their [[clan]]'s.<ref name="c627">Chapter 627, page 4</ref> It was for this reason that he came into conflict with the [[Uchiha]] and [[Madara]] so frequently, as he felt they too often valued their own desires over others'.<ref>Chapter 619, pages 7, 10</ref> This often gave him the appearance of being prejudiced against the clan and its members,<ref>Chapter 625, page 19</ref> but he was in fact perfectly happy to cooperate with any Uchiha that could overcome their so-called "[[Curse of Hatred]]"; he believed [[Kagami Uchiha]] was a perfect example of this transcended Uchiha.<ref>Chapter 627, page 6-8</ref>
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Though they only know each other for a short time, Tobirama and [[Minato Namikaze]], the Fourth Hokage, get along well. Their mutual respect for each other seems founded on their similarities, both of them famously moving and thinking quickly on the battlefield.<ref>Chapter 631, pages 4-5, 8</ref><ref name="c639">Chapter 639, pages 3-5</ref> While their actual personalities are quite different, Tobirama is nevertheless amused by Minato's complicated names for jutsu, such as the "[[Spiralling Flash Super Round Dance Howl Style Three]]".<ref>Chapter 641, pages 7-8</ref>
   
Tobirama also has the habit of folding his arms — a trait he's had since his youth.
 
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Tobirama was a tall, fair-skinned man with white, shaggy hair, dark-coloured eyes — depicted as red in the anime — and three red markings on his face — two under his eyes and one on his chin. In most cases, he wore the wartime attire of kin during his lifetime: armour emblazoned with the Senju symbol worn over a simple black suit, with a distinctive fur collar. This [[Wikipedia:Japanese armour#Individual armour parts|armour]] was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body, in particular: chest, waist, shoulders and upper arms. This clothing was accompanied by sandals and a [[Wikipedia:Mengu (Japanese facial armour)#Happuri|happuri]] engraved with the Konoha emblem, in the place of the more traditional [[forehead protector]]. Beneath his shoulder armour he wore two bands on each arm. Though the purpose of these are not known, merely touching one of them was enough for his brother to forcefully tell him to lower his hand.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, pages 3-5</ref>
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[[File:Tobirama Senju full.png|thumb|Tobirama's full appearance.]]
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Tobirama was a fair-skinned man with white, shaggy hair and dark-coloured eyes (depicted as red in the anime). He had three red markings on his face, one under each of his eyes and one on his chin. In combat, he wore blue armour with a distinctive white fur collar over a simple black suit. This armour was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body. Beneath his shoulder armour he wore two bands on each arm. This clothing was accompanied by sandals and a [[Wikipedia:Mengu (Japanese facial armour)#Happuri|happuri]] in place of the more traditional [[forehead protector]]. The happuri was initially engraved with Senju's emblem, which was later replaced with Konoha's. His casual outfit was a simple, short-sleeved, blue shirt kimono with mesh armour underneath and held closed by a pale yellow sash., This casual attire included blue pants and a bracelet of sorts on his left hand.
   
Outside of this outfit, Tobirama wore a simple, short-sleeved, blue shirt kimono with mesh armour underneath and held closed by a pale yellow sash, as well as blue pants and a bracelet of sorts on his left hand. In his youth, he wore a pair of pin-stripped pants and shirt which left his arms exposed. He also did not have the markings on his face.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 8-9</ref>
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As a child, he wore a pair of pin-striped pants and shirt which left his arms exposed. He also did not have the markings on his face.<ref>Chapter 622, pages 8-9</ref> In battle, his armour was constructed from green metal plates that covered his torso, lower behind, and groin alongside fishnet armour around his wrists and shins.<ref>Chapter 623, pages 16</ref>
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
As the Second Hokage, Tobirama was undoubtedly an immensely powerful shinobi and was hailed as one of the most powerful shinobi of his era.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 118, page 4</ref> During his lifetime, Tobirama created the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 5</ref> however, some time after its creation he labelled it as a [[kinjutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 118, page 5</ref> Though he did gain renown with this technique that those who were reincarnated with the technique immediately thought it was Tobirama's doing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 525, page 2</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 17</ref> According to [[Minato Namikaze]], Tobirama was also able to use [[Space–Time Ninjutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 12</ref> Tobirama has displayed a high amount of skill in the area of taijutsu, as well as good teamwork with his elder brother, [[Hashirama Senju]]. He was able to crack a wall by simply placing his hand on it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 10</ref>
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[[File:Hiraishingiri.png|thumb|left|Tobirama defeating Izuna.]]
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Despite his older brother being widely recognised as a "[[God of Shinobi]]", Tobirama was still one of the more talented shinobi of his era, earning praise from Madara on several occassions.<ref>Chapter 624, page 7</ref><ref name="c661">Chapter 661, page 8</ref> He was shown able to defeat Izuna, a powerful [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] user and at the time, Madara's equal in skills and power.<ref>Chapter 624, page 9</ref> Danzō stated that Tobirama's prowess was unmatched during his time as Hokage.<ref name="c481">Chapter 481, page 8</ref> He also survived a battle with the [[Gold and Silver Brothers]], who possessed the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra and wielded the [[Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths]].<ref name="c527">Chapter 527, pages 4-5</ref>
In the anime, it was shown that he was also a powerful genjutsu user, able to shroud the area in [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique|darkness]] that even the Third Hokage couldn't dispel.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 72</ref> It was said that he wielded the [[Sword of the Thunder God]], a blade with electrical abilities, and was said to have mastered its use despite the blade's lethal nature.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 105</ref>
 
   
=== Sensor ===
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As a Senju, Tobirama was trained in a variety of shinobi skills. In the anime, he performs a [[genjutsu]] to lock a target in [[Bringer-of-Darkness Technique|perpetual darkness]] for the technique's duration.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 72</ref> He was similarly knowledgeable of skills he has no training in, being able to recognise a toad from [[Mount Myōboku]] and different types of advanced [[nature transformation]]s.
[[File:Tobirama's hand.png|thumb|Tobirama, detecting the enemy's presence.]]
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Aside from his battle prowess, Tobirama was also a very gifted [[sensor]] ninja. By simply touching the ground with his index finger, he could detect the presence and number of enemy shinobi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 4</ref> He was also able to detect [[Madara Uchiha]]'s chakra on the battlefield some ways off.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 8</ref> His sensory skills were such, that he was also able to determine how Orochimaru's [[Parasite Clone|new body]] was made almost entirely from Hashirama's cells.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 11</ref>
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess===
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Tobirama was hailed as the fastest shinobi during his lifetime, being so fast that even the [[Minato Namikaze|Fourth Hokage]] was left shocked by his speed. While this recognition was due in large part to his [[space–time ninjutsu]], Tobirama was capable of moving fast enough on his own to defeat others before they had time to react and cover a target with [[explosive tags]] without them noticing.<ref name="c639" /> His chakra reserves were large enough to [[Flying Thunder God Technique|teleport]] two [[Tailed Beast Mode]]s simultaneously.<ref name="c645">Chapter 645, pages 8-11</ref> Chakra aside, he has the stamina to fight nonstop for a twenty-four hour period,<ref>Chapter 624, page 15</ref> and a will strong enough to overcome the nearly perfected [[Impure World Reincarnation]].<ref name="c620">Chapter 620, page 11</ref> His chakra control is advanced enough to perform certain jutsu with only one [[hand seal]] and accomplish feats others could not replicate.<ref>Chapter 120, page 2-4</ref><ref>Chapter 646, page 11</ref>
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Tobirama creating Shadow Clones.png|thumb|Tobirama using his invented Shadow Clone Technique.]]
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Tobirama was skilled in different ninjutsu forms, including the [[Summoning Technique]]<ref name="d4" /> and [[barrier ninjutsu]].<ref>Chapter 631, pages 8-9</ref> He was skilled with a sword, enough to clash with Izuna on multiple occasions; in the anime, it was said that he wielded and mastered the [[Sword of the Thunder God]], a blade with electrical abilities.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 105</ref> He created various innovative techniques during his lifetime, such as the [[Shadow Clone Technique]].<ref name="c644">Chapter 644, page 14</ref>
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Even as a child, Tobirama was a gifted [[sensor]].<ref>Chapter 623, page 11</ref> By simply touching the ground with his finger, he could detect the presence and number of enemy shinobi.<ref>Chapter 481, page 4</ref> He is able to sense others from great distances<ref>Chapter 620, page 8</ref> and can even identify a target's clan from their chakra.<ref name="c627">Chapter 627, page 12</ref>
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==== Nature Transformation ====
 
==== Nature Transformation ====
[[File:Tobirama using Suiton.png|thumb|left|Tobirama using Water Release.]]
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[[File:Tobirama using Suiton.png|thumb|left|Tobirama using the Water Release: Water Formation Wall.]]
Tobirama was primarily known for his mastery of [[Water Release]]. He could perform powerful water-style techniques in areas that lacked bodies of water by creating his own water out of thin air or spewing it from his mouth, and perform some of the most complex water-style techniques, such as the [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique]], with a single [[hand seal]]. This among other reasons is why he is revered as the greatest known Water Release manipulator in the series.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120, page 4</ref><!-- Please do not change the last sentence -->
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Tobirama was able to use all five basic [[nature transformation]]s, along with [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> He was most famous for his mastery of [[Water release]] in which he was reputed as its greatest known user.<ref>Chapter 120, page 4</ref> In fact his ability to create vast quantities of water without a water source contributed to his appointment as Hokage.<ref name="c120">Chapter 120, page 4</ref> He could shoot [[Water Release: Water Severing Wave|high pressure streams]] from his mouth to pierce targets<ref>Chapter 646, page 14</ref> or create [[Water Release: Water Formation Wall|defensive walls]].<ref name="c120" /> He also demonstrated the ability to fire [[Heavenly Weeping|needle-shaped projectiles]] from his mouth.<ref>Chapter 661, pages 15-16</ref> The anime expands on his abilities with water in several areas, showing him moving quickly when underwater and shaping it into tendrils to pull targets down with him to drown them.<ref name="ep71">''Naruto'' episode 71</ref>
   
In the anime, it is also shown that he can use the [[Water Release: Water Colliding Wave]] to attack and cover a large area with water. In areas with water, he can move underwater and stay for a considerable amount of time. Underwater, he can use jets of water to restrain his target and pull it underwater in order to drown it. He could also launch powerful missiles of water which can even pierce rocks.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 71</ref>
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==== Space–Time Ninjutsu ====
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[[File:Tobirama teleporting.png|thumb|Tobirama teleports behind Obito.]]
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One of the various jutsu Tobirama created during his life was the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]].<ref name="c641">Chapter 641, page 3</ref> Though it was perfected and made famous by [[Minato Namikaze]], Tobirama's skill with it and other [[space–time ninjutsu]] is still remembered.<ref>Chapter 502, page 12</ref> Using the technique he could instantly teleport to the location of anything or anyone marked with his (or another's) special seal.<ref>Chapter 673, page 11</ref> By scattering an area with marked kunai or simply throwing the kunai with precise timing, he can move around an area quickly and strike at the most opportune moment. When used with a sword, he can [[Flying Thunder God Slash|launch an unavoidable strike]].<ref name="ch624" /> Tobirama was not limited to teleporting himself, as he could bring others with him, though he needed to provide the chakra for their transport.<ref>Chapter 645, page 9</ref> He did not even need to accompany who or whatever he was teleporting.<ref>Chapter 643, page 8</ref>
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==== Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation ====
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Tobirama's most infamous creation is the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]], which can be used to revive the dead into immortal, regenerating bodies.<ref>Chapter 525, page 2</ref><ref>Chapter 526, page 17</ref> He invented the [[Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags]] to take advantage of the revived bodies' natural advantages, using them in [[Wikipedia:Kamikaze|kamikaze]]-like attacks to create near-infinite chains of explosions on a target.<ref name="c639" /> Tobirama has not actually be seen using the Impure World Reincarnation - and in fact he labelled it [[kinjutsu]] hoping it wouldn't be used by anyone again<ref>Chapter 118, page 5</ref> - but he was said to use it whenever he needed to clear a map;<ref>Chapter 561, page 2</ref> it's suggested that he could only control a small number of reincarnated bodies at once.<ref>Chapter 521, page 5</ref>
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=== Intelligence ===
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In battle, Tobirama is calculating, striking only when he's confident of success and without any thought of mercy.<ref>Chapter 624, page 16</ref> According to Madara, Tobirama was known for launching surprise attacks on opponents who think they've won and have let their guard down. In order to capitalize on every possible advantage, he pays careful attention to every aspect of a battle, analyzing opponents' strategies and techniques to discern their purpose, mechanics, and ultimately their weaknesses.
   
 
== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
[[File:Episode 69.png|thumb|Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
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{{main|Konoha Crush (Arc)|l1=Konoha Crush}}
Both he and [[Hashirama]] were reincarnated by [[Orochimaru]], using [[Impure World Reincarnation]], to fight [[Hiruzen]] during the [[invasion of Konoha]], although it is later revealed that due to Orochimaru's lack of mastery of this technique Hashirama and Tobirama were not reincarnated with their full powers. While fully aware of what was going on, and saddened that he would have to fight his former student, Orochimaru employed a special seal into the back of their heads to rob Tobirama and his brother of their free will. Hiruzen quickly resolved to kill his masters and used a [[Fire Release: Fire Dragon Flame Bullet|very powerful fire technique]] that was easily countered by one of Tobirama's [[Water Release: Water Encampment Wall|walls of water]] that was then turned into an [[Water Release: Water Colliding Wave|attack]] that was stopped by Hiruzen's own [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall|earth wall]].
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[[File:Summoning Impure World Reincarnation.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru summons Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
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[[Orochimaru]] [[Konoha Crush|invades Konoha]] so that he can kill his master, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. Because Orochimaru wants Hiruzen to experience the same thrill of fighting a teacher as he is, he reincarnates [[Hashirama]] and Tobirama. Recognising Hiruzen and seeing how old he has gotten, Hashirama realises how long he's been dead. Tobirama, meanwhile, realises that they've been brought back with the [[Impure World Reincarnation]], and therefore will have no choice but to fight Hiruzen. Orochimaru suppresses their personalities and forces them to attack.
   
[[File:Hiruzen removing Tobiramas Soul.jpg|thumb|left|Hiruzen removing Tobirama's soul.]]
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[[File:Hiruzen sealing Tobirama.png|thumb|right|Hiruzen's clone removes Tobirama's soul.]]
During the battle, he demonstrated great teamwork and combination attacks with his brother, forcing Hiruzen to summon [[Enma]] for assistance. Hiruzen was however in his old age unable to defeat the two Hokage, as any damage that was done was simply regenerated and was further inhibited by his desire to not hurt either. His soul, along with his brother's, was eventually sealed by Hiruzen when he combined the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] and the [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to strike both of them at the same time. Before his soul was completely removed, he and his brother apologised to their former student for the trouble they had caused.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, pages 11-12</ref>
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Hiruzen struggles to land an attack against Hashirama and Tobirama, their coordination and responsiveness offering him few openings. The few attacks he does land are merely regenerated by their reincarnated bodies. Because killing Orochimaru will not end the Impure World Reincarnation, Hiruzen uses the only option he has left: after creating two [[shadow clone]]s, he has a clone capture each of the deceased Hokage and use the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] on them. With their personalities restored, Hashirama and Tobirama apologise for being such troubles to him, just as Hiruzen apologises for the fate he has sentenced them to. He pulls the souls from their reincarnated bodies, feeding them to the [[Shinigami]] for all eternity.
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
[[File:Hokage Reincarnated.jpg|thumb|Tobirama is reincarnated alongside the other deceased Hokage.]]
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In [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s quest to learn the truth, Tobirama's soul was later freed from inside the [[Shinigami]], and subsequently reincarnated by Orochimaru along with [[Hashirama|his brother]], and his two successors: [[Hiruzen]] and [[Minato]] using [[Zetsu]]'s [[Spore Technique|spore clones]] as sacrifices.
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[[File:Hokage reincarnated.png|thumb|left|The four Hokage are reincarnated.]]
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At the request of [[Sasuke Uchiha]], [[Orochimaru]] releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami and then reincarnates them. After taking in their surroundings, Hashirama and Tobirama are excited to meet [[Minato]], the Fourth, and take him as a sign of Konoha's continued prosperity. When Tobirama scolds Orochimaru for his repeated use of the Impure World Reincarnation, Orochimaru instead blames Tobirama for creating it in the first place. He also blames Tobirama for a number of his other actions as Hokage, such as the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] that helped foster Uchiha dissent.
   
Cursing Orochimaru initially, Tobirama and his brother listened on as Hiruzen and Minato explained what had happened. With his arms still crossed, Tobirama looked down the line with his brother at the Yellow Flash questioning who he was, before promptly being shown the haori emblazoned with the title of Fourth Hokage. Not one to side-swept, Tobirama questioned the ease of use Orochimaru displayed with the technique he had invented only to be told the technique was not a hard one to learn but one which should have never been created. Orochimaru's response led Tobirama to accuse the Sannin of planning to attack the village once again sending Hiruzen into outrage. Later admonishing his brother to be quiet as he spoke, Tobirama later chided the Uchiha clan openly to which Orochimaru contracted that it was Tobirama's fault that it happened in the first place as he gave the Uchiha the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] to run and essentially ostracised the Uchiha. Rebuffing this, Tobirama explained the Uchiha clan's greatest curse: the fact that they had a greater love than any other person which if lost would turn into bottomless feelings of despair awakening the [[Sharingan]] as a result. He then explained that it was for this reason that he gave them that post so they would have something to focus their emotions on so that the world would not end up with a second Madara, who had suffered the loss of his brother whom he loved more than anything, on their hands.
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[[File:Hashirama stops Tobimara.png|thumb|right|Hashirama stops Tobirama from attacking.]]
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Hashirama reprimands Tobirama for not honoring his instructions to treat the Uchiha fairly. When Sasuke threatens to destroy Konoha, Tobirama feels validated in his treatment of the Uchiha and prepares to attack Sasuke, but Hashirama forces him to stop. When they are told of [[Madara Uchiha]]'s reincarnation and participation in the ongoing [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Tobirama cannot be reasoned with and only Orochimaru's refined control of the Impure World Reincarnation stops him. Tobirama is forced to standby and listen as Hashirama explains his personal experiences with Madara and the Uchiha, and adds some of his own experiences after Hashirama's story ends. From listening to the four Hokage, Sasuke decides he doesn't want Konoha to be destroyed, as is Madara's current intention. Orochimaru releases the Hokage from his control so that they can help in this goal, and they set out for the site of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' battle with the [[Ten-Tails]].
   
[[File:Hashirama's chakra.png|thumb|left|Hashirama unleashes his chakra to stop Tobirama from attacking.]]
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[[File:The Hokage Arrive.png|thumb|left|The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.]]
Upon hearing the question posed to his brother and the reason behind it, an enraged Tobirama tells Sasuke that he would not allow him to harm the village and begins raising one of his fingers. Sasuke, Jūgo and Suigetsu all tense up in fear before he and Hashirama have an intense stand-off, as his elder brother told him to lower his finger. Tobirama finally obliged as the [[Naka Shrine]] almost collapsed around them. Later told that Madara was on the battlefield, Tobirama [[Sensor|sensed]] and confirmed this which lead him to declare that he was heading to the battlefield. Ignoring Orochimaru's threat to bind him further, Tobirama told the [[Sannin]] that his refining of the Impure World Reincarnation was to his own detriment as they had been reincarnated at nearly their full power in life. Tobirama placed his palm on the wall, causing it to break, intending to leave. However, Orochimaru was able to stop Tobirama's movements thanks to having Hashirama's cells. Finally succumbing to his brother's wish to save Sasuke from the impending darkness. Tobirama listened on as Hashirama retold the history he had lived through.
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Tobirama arrives on the battlefield shortly after Minato and compliments his speed. Once all the Hokage gather, they combine efforts to erect a [[Four Red Yang Formation|barrier]] around the Ten-Tails to confine it. Tobirama must stay with the barrier in order to keep it active, so he watches as Sasuke and the Allies attack the Ten-Tails. When [[Obito Uchiha]] appears on the battlefield and prepares to [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revive]] Madara, Tobirama creates two [[shadow clone]]s to go after Madara. Minato once again beats him to the punch, cutting down Obito before Madara can be revived.
   
== Legacy ==
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
Tobirama's legacy in the ninja world at large, is ambivalent. He was known for building Konoha's infrastructure and revolutionising the ninja system on a whole by establishing organisations such as the [[Academy]] and [[ANBU]], institutions and organisations adopted by most if not all of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] as well as smaller ones. He also believed greatly in the [[Will of Fire]] and putting the good of the village above all else, beliefs which he passed on to the next generation.
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[[File:Gojō Kibaku Fuda 1.png|thumb|right|Tobirama attacks a restrained Obito.]]
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Not only was Madara's revival not his intention, but Minato's attack was too late: Obito seals the Ten-Tails into himself, becoming its [[jinchūriki]]. With his new power, Obito rips down the barrier, allowing the Hokage to finally join the fray. While trying to decide how to proceed, Obito cuts through Tobirama and one of Hashirama's [[wood clone]]s. While the clone restrains Obito, Tobirama tells everyone else to evacuate the area while he uses [[Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags]]. The attack has no effect, and Hiruzen and Minato engage Obito while Tobirama regenerates. Once restored, he sends a shadow clone to redirect a [[Truth-Seeking Ball]] that's been attached to Minato back to Obito, having earlier branded him with a [[Flying Thunder God]] seal.
   
Somewhat conversely, Tobirama set up the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] and assigned the [[Uchiha]] to it as a sign of trust. He in fact knew how unwieldy the Uchiha's emotions were and sought to have them focus their efforts of a single, constant goal all the while protecting the village as well. This in reality, however, actually became part of the Uchiha's demise as some came to see it as a means to ostracise them from the rest of the village and its governance and eventually led to the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre]]. Tobirama was also responsible for the creation of the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique, which was used firstly by [[Orochimaru]] in his effort to destroy Konoha and later heavily relied on by [[Kabuto Yakushi]] during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. Even though at the same time this had the reciprocal effect of having those that died with "unfinished business" as it were to settle them, the [[Fourth Kazekage]] and his son [[Gaara]] being prime examples. On a whole, Tobirama is still revered as a powerful shinobi and trail-blazing Hokage.
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[[File:Naruto attacks Obito anime.png|thumb|left|Tobirama teleports Naruto above Obito.]]
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Tobirama, Minato, Sasuke, and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] coordinate efforts to attack Obito with [[Flying Thunder God Mutually Instantaneous Revolving Technique]], but Obito emerges without damage. What's more, from observing that Minato has not regenerated an arm lost to Obito, Tobirama theorizes that Obito's Truth-Seeking Balls can nullify the advantages of the Impure World Reincarnation and all other ninjutsu. In a blind gamble, [[Gamakichi]] attacks Obito with the [[Starch Syrup Gun]], which actually seems to have some success. Tobirama and Naruto separately realize that Obito is vulnerable to [[senjutsu]]. After Naruto enters [[Sage Mode]], Tobirama teleports him above Obito so that he can attack.
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[[File:Tobirama uses Suidanha.png|thumb|Tobirama hacks back the tree's root.]]
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With a weakness discovered, Obito traps the Alliance within a [[Six Red Yang Formation|barrier]] so that he can wipe them out with multiple [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s. Tobirama and Minato decide that they can't teleport all the balls away in time, but Naruto comes up with a way for him and Minato to teleport the entire Alliance to safety. Impressed by their combined efforts, Tobirama assists them after they enter [[Tailed Beast Mode]]s by teleporting them to Obito for another attack. Obito blocks it this time and counters by creating the Ten-Tails' tree form. The tree's roots start tearing through the Allies and, after fending off some of the roots, Tobirama teleports Naruto, Sasuke, Minato, and Hiruzen together to figure out a new plan. Naruto and Sasuke, with Hashirama's encouragement, lead the Alliance in their attack while Tobirama busies himself with teleporting shinobi to safety when they need it.
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[[File:Tobirama vs. Madara.png|thumb|left|Tobirama battling Madara.]]
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Although Obito is defeated and the Ten-Tails is removed from his body, Madara is successfully restored to life. While Madara prepares to become the Ten-Tails' next jinchūriki, Tobirama launches a desperate attack to stop him. Madara pins him with multiple [[chakra receivers]] and they share their mutual contempt for each other. Using what little mobility he has, Tobirama attacks him with [[Heavenly Weeping]] to distract Madara while Sasuke attacks him from behind. Madara blocks the attack and, over Tobirama's pleas to stop, mortally wounds Sasuke. Madara leaves and Tobirama can only watch as Sasuke's life fades. Shortly afterwards, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] arrives in time to save Sasuke. Once he's well, Sasuke removes the chakra receivers from Tobirama's body and has him teleport him to Naruto's location to face Madara.
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
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[[File:Tobirama leaves.png|thumb|right|Tobirama's soul departs to the Pure Land.]]
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Despite their efforts, Sasuke and Naruto cannot stop Madara from initiating the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. Tobirama and the other Hokage, being the only ones unaffected, converge at the location of a powerful chakra signature, but find only Madara's lower half. Tobirama contemplates using the Impure World Resurrection on Madara to ask him what happened, but they are stopped by the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead [[Kage]], they summon [[Team 7]], Madara, and the [[tailed beasts]] back from [[Kaguya's dimension]]. Madara, dying, has some parting words with Hashirama, after which the Sage returns all the Kage to the [[Pure Land]]. As his soul ascends, Tobirama encourages Hashirama to entrust the future with Sasuke and Naruto.
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== Legacy ==
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Although Tobirama created the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] with the intention of pacifying the [[Uchiha clan]], it only exacerbated their feelings of marginalization and, in effect, cut them off from positions of influence in Konoha. Dissatisfaction with Konoha grew amongst the Uchiha for decades following, eventually culminating in the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]].<ref>Chapter 399, pages 12-13</ref>
   
 
== Video Games ==
 
== Video Games ==
 
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He is also featured as a support-only character in ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm]]''.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{translation|'Tobirama'|扉間}} means 'the space between two doors'. {{translation|'Doors'|扉|tobira}} are seen as the access to progress and improvement which alludes to his role as the Hokage that built up Konoha's infrastructure. '扉' is also used to refer to title pages, tying in with the Hokage title, as a Hokage is as representative for the village as the title page is for a book.
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* {{translation|'Tobirama'|扉間}} means 'the space between two doors'. {{translation|'Doors'|扉|tobira}} are seen as the access to progress and improvement.
* Tobirama is a playable character in the ''Naruto: Ultimate Ninja'' series and in ''Shinobi Retsuden III''.
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* Tobirama's face appears within the fireworks in the ending [[omake]] of [[Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain|''Shippūden'' episode 129]].
* Tobirama, along with Hashirama, Minato, and the Konoha symbol, had his face appear in the ending omake of ''Shippūden'' episode 129 within the fireworks.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Tobirama show that he was 140cm around the time Hashirama met Madara.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** His favourite words were {{translation|"Mind – technique – body"|心・技・体|Shin – gi – tai}}.
 
** His favourite words were {{translation|"Mind – technique – body"|心・技・体|Shin – gi – tai}}.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Hashirama]] and [[Itama]]) "''Grown-ups are idiots. If they really want to bring an end to this endless fighting, they need to sit down with one another and reach a truce…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 11</ref>
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* (To [[Hashirama]] and [[Itama]]) "''Grown-ups are idiots. If they really want to bring an end to this endless fighting, they need to sit down with one another and reach a truce…''"<ref name="c622p11" />
* (To [[Hiruzen]]) "''Listen Saru. Guide the people, and believe in them, for it's from among them that one will come who will carry on when your time is done.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 123, page 14</ref>
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* (To Hiruzen) "''Saru, you must protect those who have faith in you and who love the village, and train up to those to whom you can entrust the next generation… from tomorrow, you will be the Hokage…!''"<ref>Chapter 481, page 9</ref>
* (To Hiruzen) "''Saru, you must protect those who have faith in you and who love the village, and train up to those to whom you can entrust the next generation… from tomorrow, you will be the Hokage…!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 9</ref>
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* (To [[Sasuke]]) "''My brother believed that the village was something that demolish the boundaries between clans. Well in the end it wasn't that simple… My brother was too soft… and Madara too dangerous… My role as Second Hokage was to mediate between them while protecting and reinforcing the village.''"<ref name="c627" />
   
 
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Tobirama Senju
(千手扉間, Senju Tobirama)

  • Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage)
Debut
Manga Chapter #118
Anime Naruto Episode #69
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Aquarius February 19
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 182.3 cm1.823 m
    5.981 ft
    71.772 in
Weight
  • Part II: 70.5 kg155.426 lb
Blood type A
Classification
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Tobirama Senju (千手扉間, Senju Tobirama) was the Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage; Literally meaning "Second Fire Shadow") of Konohagakure. Though history better remembers his older brother, the First Hokage, for founding Konoha, it was Tobirama who worked behind the scenes to achieve political stability and implement the institutions that made the village work, thus ensuring Konoha's prosperity in the decades after.

Background Edit

Hashirama family

Tobirama and his family.

Tobirama was born during the Warring States Period, the second of Butsuma Senju's four sons. Hashirama and his brothers grew up on the battlefield waging constant war with the Senju's rivals: the Uchiha. After the deaths of their brothers, Kawarama and later Itama, Tobirama and his older brother, Hashirama, decided a new shinobi system would need to be implemented to end the cycle of child deaths, a system that would require an alliance between the Senju and Uchiha.[5] Despite his approval for the idea, Tobirama didn't allow it to interfere with his, or his brother's, responsibilities; when Hashirama got into the habit of disappearing into the forest during the day, Tobirama accepted his father's assignment to follow Hashirama and find out what he was doing.

Senju and Uchiha fights

Tobirama and his father fighting Izuna and Tajima.

From tracking Hashirama, Tobirama discovered that he was meeting with a boy named Madara, an up-and-coming Uchiha. After Tobirama reported this to their father, Butsuma pressured Hashirama to lead Madara into an ambush arranged by himself and Tobirama. Upon springing the trap, however, they were met by Madara's family, who had similar plans; while their fathers clashed, Tobirama fought Izuna, Madara's younger brother.[6] Hashirama and Madara were able to negotiate a temporary ceasefire, allowing all of them to walk away without bloodshed. In the years following their families would continue to clash, Hashirama against Madara and Tobirama against Izuna. But where Hashirama could never bring himself to harm Madara, Tobirama did not have the same sensitivities toward Izuna, and as such eventually mortally wounded him.

Tobirama prepares to kill

Tobirama about to kill Madara.

Hashirama, by then the leader of the Senju, tried to use Izuna's fate to broker peace between their clans, but Madara, at Izuna's insistence, would not hear of it. Their refusal increasingly became the minority view, with individual Uchiha siding with the Senju in growing numbers. After Izuna succumbed to his injuries, Madara, wracked with grief, made one final stand against the Senju and was summarily defeated. Tobirama attempted to kill Madara to finally end the fighting, but Hashirama stopped him, knowing that would only renew hostilities between the Senju and Uchiha. Madara offered to surrender if Hashirama would kill himself or Tobirama.[7] Hashirama agreed to take his own life, and as he made preparations he instructed Tobirama, despite his protests, not to seek retribution. Madara ultimately withdrew his request and agreed to peace.

The Senju, the Uchiha, and all their affiliated clans came together to found Konohagakure, a village of peace where children would never need to die in battle.[8] Although Hashirama was optimistic about the village's future, Tobirama remained realistic about how that future would be achieved, and believed the Uchiha, Madara in particular, threatened that future. When Hashirama wanted to give Madara the position of Hokage, Konoha's leader, Tobirama forced him to open the selection to a popular vote, leading to Hashirama's election instead.[9] Tobirama would continue to act as the voice of reason throughout Hashirama's tenure; during the first Kage Summit, Hashirama wanted to give Konoha's tailed beasts to the other newly-formed villages for free, but Tobirama's demanded that the villages pay for the tailed beasts they received.[10]

Team Tobirama

Hashirama with Tobirama and his team.

Despite Hashirama's headstrong leadership, the new system of ninja villages achieved peace for a time. Tobirama was able to start training his own three-man team consisting of Hiruzen Sarutobi, Homura Mitokado, and Koharu Utatane.[11] Techniques he had created, such as the Shadow Clone Technique and Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation, he outlawed, their use no longer being needed. But peace would ultimately be temporary; Madara challenged Hashirama's authority and the two fought at what would become the Valley of the End. When Madara was killed in the battle, Tobirama took his body in order to study the Sharingan, and then buried it in an unmarked grave.[12] Conflicts would start emerging elsewhere in the world, and it was during one of these that Hashirama would also die.[1] Before his death, he passed the title of Hokage to Tobirama and left him instructions to not mistreat the Uchiha.[13]

Tobirama's role as Hokage was to help Konoha's shinobi transition from valuing their clan above all else to valuing the village instead.[14] To this end he created such institutions as the Academy, the Anbu, and the Chūnin Exams. While largely successful, enough that other villages adopted the same organisations,[3] the Uchiha resisted the loss of their autonomy. Already wary of the Uchiha because of his history with Madara, Tobirama created the Konoha Military Police Force for the Uchiha to run, publicly as a sign of trust but primarily so that the Uchiha could focus their energies into something that wouldn't interfere with Konoha's affairs.[15]

1st World War

Tobirama and his team during the First Shinobi World War.

Like Hashirama before him, Tobirama tried to foster good relations with the other villages. He planned an alliance between Konoha and Kumogakure, but during a formal ceremony he and the Second Raikage were attacked by the Gold and Silver Brothers and left near death.[16] Konoha and Kumo eventually ended up on opposing sides during the First Shinobi World War. While on a mission during the war, Tobirama, his team, as well as Danzō Shimura, Torifu Akimichi, and Kagami Uchiha (one of the few Uchiha to move beyond his clan) found themselves surrounded by Kumo's Kinkaku Force. With no way for all of them to escape, Tobirama volunteered to act as decoy. He passed the title of Hokage to Hiruzen before sending them off, and died a noble death.[17]

Personality Edit

Tobirama was a composed individual with a pragmatic approach to life. He believed that, through well-defined rules and laws, many of the world's problems could be solved.[5] In many ways he was a counter to his older brother, Hashirama; when Hashirama would get carried away with his headstrong optimism, it fell to Tobirama to mediate and force a more realistic alternative. Hashirama was typically disappointed by Tobirama's intervention, but he usually agreed without much protest;[18] on the rare occasions he disagreed, it was a sign that Tobirama was getting out of line, creating a mutual balance.[19] Tobirama likewise, despite how often he needed to undermine his brother and his personal opinion that Hashirama was something of an idiot,[20] greatly loved and respected him, and if anything wanted Hashirama to respect himself the same way he and others did.[21]

Tobirama's Rage

Tobirama enraged by Sasuke's intent to destroy Konoha.

Tobirama was a firm believer in the Will of Fire, a philosophy that held that all villagers of Konoha were part of a family. Any who threatened Konoha were subject to his rarely-seen but utter rage.[22] As Hokage, it was not only his responsibility to protect that family at all costs but also to encourage the disparate villagers of the same view: that Konoha's concerns were more important than their clan's.[14] It was for this reason that he came into conflict with the Uchiha and Madara so frequently, as he felt they too often valued their own desires over others'.[23] This often gave him the appearance of being prejudiced against the clan and its members,[24] but he was in fact perfectly happy to cooperate with any Uchiha that could overcome their so-called "Curse of Hatred"; he believed Kagami Uchiha was a perfect example of this transcended Uchiha.[25]

Though they only know each other for a short time, Tobirama and Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, get along well. Their mutual respect for each other seems founded on their similarities, both of them famously moving and thinking quickly on the battlefield.[26][27] While their actual personalities are quite different, Tobirama is nevertheless amused by Minato's complicated names for jutsu, such as the "Spiralling Flash Super Round Dance Howl Style Three".[28]

Appearance Edit

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Tobirama's full appearance.

Tobirama was a fair-skinned man with white, shaggy hair and dark-coloured eyes (depicted as red in the anime). He had three red markings on his face, one under each of his eyes and one on his chin. In combat, he wore blue armour with a distinctive white fur collar over a simple black suit. This armour was constructed from numerous metal plates, formed into multiple protective guards along his body. Beneath his shoulder armour he wore two bands on each arm. This clothing was accompanied by sandals and a happuri in place of the more traditional forehead protector. The happuri was initially engraved with Senju's emblem, which was later replaced with Konoha's. His casual outfit was a simple, short-sleeved, blue shirt kimono with mesh armour underneath and held closed by a pale yellow sash., This casual attire included blue pants and a bracelet of sorts on his left hand.

As a child, he wore a pair of pin-striped pants and shirt which left his arms exposed. He also did not have the markings on his face.[29] In battle, his armour was constructed from green metal plates that covered his torso, lower behind, and groin alongside fishnet armour around his wrists and shins.[30]

Abilities Edit

Hiraishingiri

Tobirama defeating Izuna.

Despite his older brother being widely recognised as a "God of Shinobi", Tobirama was still one of the more talented shinobi of his era, earning praise from Madara on several occassions.[31][32] He was shown able to defeat Izuna, a powerful Mangekyō Sharingan user and at the time, Madara's equal in skills and power.[33] Danzō stated that Tobirama's prowess was unmatched during his time as Hokage.[34] He also survived a battle with the Gold and Silver Brothers, who possessed the Nine-Tails' chakra and wielded the Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths.[16]

As a Senju, Tobirama was trained in a variety of shinobi skills. In the anime, he performs a genjutsu to lock a target in perpetual darkness for the technique's duration.[35] He was similarly knowledgeable of skills he has no training in, being able to recognise a toad from Mount Myōboku and different types of advanced nature transformations.

Chakra and Physical ProwessEdit

Tobirama was hailed as the fastest shinobi during his lifetime, being so fast that even the Fourth Hokage was left shocked by his speed. While this recognition was due in large part to his space–time ninjutsu, Tobirama was capable of moving fast enough on his own to defeat others before they had time to react and cover a target with explosive tags without them noticing.[27] His chakra reserves were large enough to teleport two Tailed Beast Modes simultaneously.[36] Chakra aside, he has the stamina to fight nonstop for a twenty-four hour period,[37] and a will strong enough to overcome the nearly perfected Impure World Reincarnation.[38] His chakra control is advanced enough to perform certain jutsu with only one hand seal and accomplish feats others could not replicate.[39][40]

Ninjutsu Edit

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Tobirama using his invented Shadow Clone Technique.

Tobirama was skilled in different ninjutsu forms, including the Summoning Technique[4] and barrier ninjutsu.[41] He was skilled with a sword, enough to clash with Izuna on multiple occasions; in the anime, it was said that he wielded and mastered the Sword of the Thunder God, a blade with electrical abilities.[42] He created various innovative techniques during his lifetime, such as the Shadow Clone Technique.[43]

Even as a child, Tobirama was a gifted sensor.[44] By simply touching the ground with his finger, he could detect the presence and number of enemy shinobi.[45] He is able to sense others from great distances[46] and can even identify a target's clan from their chakra.[14]

Nature Transformation Edit

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Tobirama using the Water Release: Water Formation Wall.

Tobirama was able to use all five basic nature transformations, along with Yin and Yang Release.[4] He was most famous for his mastery of Water release in which he was reputed as its greatest known user.[47] In fact his ability to create vast quantities of water without a water source contributed to his appointment as Hokage.[48] He could shoot high pressure streams from his mouth to pierce targets[49] or create defensive walls.[48] He also demonstrated the ability to fire needle-shaped projectiles from his mouth.[50] The anime expands on his abilities with water in several areas, showing him moving quickly when underwater and shaping it into tendrils to pull targets down with him to drown them.[51]

Space–Time Ninjutsu Edit

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Tobirama teleports behind Obito.

One of the various jutsu Tobirama created during his life was the Flying Thunder God Technique.[52] Though it was perfected and made famous by Minato Namikaze, Tobirama's skill with it and other space–time ninjutsu is still remembered.[53] Using the technique he could instantly teleport to the location of anything or anyone marked with his (or another's) special seal.[54] By scattering an area with marked kunai or simply throwing the kunai with precise timing, he can move around an area quickly and strike at the most opportune moment. When used with a sword, he can launch an unavoidable strike.[7] Tobirama was not limited to teleporting himself, as he could bring others with him, though he needed to provide the chakra for their transport.[55] He did not even need to accompany who or whatever he was teleporting.[56]

Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation Edit

Tobirama's most infamous creation is the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation, which can be used to revive the dead into immortal, regenerating bodies.[57][58] He invented the Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags to take advantage of the revived bodies' natural advantages, using them in kamikaze-like attacks to create near-infinite chains of explosions on a target.[27] Tobirama has not actually be seen using the Impure World Reincarnation - and in fact he labelled it kinjutsu hoping it wouldn't be used by anyone again[59] - but he was said to use it whenever he needed to clear a map;[60] it's suggested that he could only control a small number of reincarnated bodies at once.[61]

Intelligence Edit

In battle, Tobirama is calculating, striking only when he's confident of success and without any thought of mercy.[62] According to Madara, Tobirama was known for launching surprise attacks on opponents who think they've won and have let their guard down. In order to capitalize on every possible advantage, he pays careful attention to every aspect of a battle, analyzing opponents' strategies and techniques to discern their purpose, mechanics, and ultimately their weaknesses.

Part I Edit

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush

Summoning Impure World Reincarnation

Orochimaru summons Hashirama and Tobirama.

Orochimaru invades Konoha so that he can kill his master, Hiruzen Sarutobi. Because Orochimaru wants Hiruzen to experience the same thrill of fighting a teacher as he is, he reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama. Recognising Hiruzen and seeing how old he has gotten, Hashirama realises how long he's been dead. Tobirama, meanwhile, realises that they've been brought back with the Impure World Reincarnation, and therefore will have no choice but to fight Hiruzen. Orochimaru suppresses their personalities and forces them to attack.

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Hiruzen's clone removes Tobirama's soul.

Hiruzen struggles to land an attack against Hashirama and Tobirama, their coordination and responsiveness offering him few openings. The few attacks he does land are merely regenerated by their reincarnated bodies. Because killing Orochimaru will not end the Impure World Reincarnation, Hiruzen uses the only option he has left: after creating two shadow clones, he has a clone capture each of the deceased Hokage and use the Dead Demon Consuming Seal on them. With their personalities restored, Hashirama and Tobirama apologise for being such troubles to him, just as Hiruzen apologises for the fate he has sentenced them to. He pulls the souls from their reincarnated bodies, feeding them to the Shinigami for all eternity.

Part II Edit

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

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The four Hokage are reincarnated.

At the request of Sasuke Uchiha, Orochimaru releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the Shinigami and then reincarnates them. After taking in their surroundings, Hashirama and Tobirama are excited to meet Minato, the Fourth, and take him as a sign of Konoha's continued prosperity. When Tobirama scolds Orochimaru for his repeated use of the Impure World Reincarnation, Orochimaru instead blames Tobirama for creating it in the first place. He also blames Tobirama for a number of his other actions as Hokage, such as the Konoha Military Police Force that helped foster Uchiha dissent.

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Hashirama stops Tobirama from attacking.

Hashirama reprimands Tobirama for not honoring his instructions to treat the Uchiha fairly. When Sasuke threatens to destroy Konoha, Tobirama feels validated in his treatment of the Uchiha and prepares to attack Sasuke, but Hashirama forces him to stop. When they are told of Madara Uchiha's reincarnation and participation in the ongoing Fourth Shinobi World War, Tobirama cannot be reasoned with and only Orochimaru's refined control of the Impure World Reincarnation stops him. Tobirama is forced to standby and listen as Hashirama explains his personal experiences with Madara and the Uchiha, and adds some of his own experiences after Hashirama's story ends. From listening to the four Hokage, Sasuke decides he doesn't want Konoha to be destroyed, as is Madara's current intention. Orochimaru releases the Hokage from his control so that they can help in this goal, and they set out for the site of the Allied Shinobi Forces' battle with the Ten-Tails.

The Hokage Arrive

The Hokage arrive on the battlefield.

Tobirama arrives on the battlefield shortly after Minato and compliments his speed. Once all the Hokage gather, they combine efforts to erect a barrier around the Ten-Tails to confine it. Tobirama must stay with the barrier in order to keep it active, so he watches as Sasuke and the Allies attack the Ten-Tails. When Obito Uchiha appears on the battlefield and prepares to revive Madara, Tobirama creates two shadow clones to go after Madara. Minato once again beats him to the punch, cutting down Obito before Madara can be revived.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

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Tobirama attacks a restrained Obito.

Not only was Madara's revival not his intention, but Minato's attack was too late: Obito seals the Ten-Tails into himself, becoming its jinchūriki. With his new power, Obito rips down the barrier, allowing the Hokage to finally join the fray. While trying to decide how to proceed, Obito cuts through Tobirama and one of Hashirama's wood clones. While the clone restrains Obito, Tobirama tells everyone else to evacuate the area while he uses Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags. The attack has no effect, and Hiruzen and Minato engage Obito while Tobirama regenerates. Once restored, he sends a shadow clone to redirect a Truth-Seeking Ball that's been attached to Minato back to Obito, having earlier branded him with a Flying Thunder God seal.

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Tobirama teleports Naruto above Obito.

Tobirama, Minato, Sasuke, and Naruto Uzumaki coordinate efforts to attack Obito with Flying Thunder God Mutually Instantaneous Revolving Technique, but Obito emerges without damage. What's more, from observing that Minato has not regenerated an arm lost to Obito, Tobirama theorizes that Obito's Truth-Seeking Balls can nullify the advantages of the Impure World Reincarnation and all other ninjutsu. In a blind gamble, Gamakichi attacks Obito with the Starch Syrup Gun, which actually seems to have some success. Tobirama and Naruto separately realize that Obito is vulnerable to senjutsu. After Naruto enters Sage Mode, Tobirama teleports him above Obito so that he can attack.

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Tobirama hacks back the tree's root.

With a weakness discovered, Obito traps the Alliance within a barrier so that he can wipe them out with multiple Tailed Beast Balls. Tobirama and Minato decide that they can't teleport all the balls away in time, but Naruto comes up with a way for him and Minato to teleport the entire Alliance to safety. Impressed by their combined efforts, Tobirama assists them after they enter Tailed Beast Modes by teleporting them to Obito for another attack. Obito blocks it this time and counters by creating the Ten-Tails' tree form. The tree's roots start tearing through the Allies and, after fending off some of the roots, Tobirama teleports Naruto, Sasuke, Minato, and Hiruzen together to figure out a new plan. Naruto and Sasuke, with Hashirama's encouragement, lead the Alliance in their attack while Tobirama busies himself with teleporting shinobi to safety when they need it.

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Tobirama battling Madara.

Although Obito is defeated and the Ten-Tails is removed from his body, Madara is successfully restored to life. While Madara prepares to become the Ten-Tails' next jinchūriki, Tobirama launches a desperate attack to stop him. Madara pins him with multiple chakra receivers and they share their mutual contempt for each other. Using what little mobility he has, Tobirama attacks him with Heavenly Weeping to distract Madara while Sasuke attacks him from behind. Madara blocks the attack and, over Tobirama's pleas to stop, mortally wounds Sasuke. Madara leaves and Tobirama can only watch as Sasuke's life fades. Shortly afterwards, Kabuto Yakushi arrives in time to save Sasuke. Once he's well, Sasuke removes the chakra receivers from Tobirama's body and has him teleport him to Naruto's location to face Madara.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

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Tobirama's soul departs to the Pure Land.

Despite their efforts, Sasuke and Naruto cannot stop Madara from initiating the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Tobirama and the other Hokage, being the only ones unaffected, converge at the location of a powerful chakra signature, but find only Madara's lower half. Tobirama contemplates using the Impure World Resurrection on Madara to ask him what happened, but they are stopped by the Sage of the Six Paths. Combining efforts with the spirits of the other dead Kage, they summon Team 7, Madara, and the tailed beasts back from Kaguya's dimension. Madara, dying, has some parting words with Hashirama, after which the Sage returns all the Kage to the Pure Land. As his soul ascends, Tobirama encourages Hashirama to entrust the future with Sasuke and Naruto.

Legacy Edit

Although Tobirama created the Konoha Military Police Force with the intention of pacifying the Uchiha clan, it only exacerbated their feelings of marginalization and, in effect, cut them off from positions of influence in Konoha. Dissatisfaction with Konoha grew amongst the Uchiha for decades following, eventually culminating in the Uchiha Clan Downfall.[63]

Video Games Edit

Tobirama Senju is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008

He is also featured as a support-only character in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm.

Trivia Edit

  • 'Tobirama' (扉間) means 'the space between two doors'. 'Doors' (扉, tobira) are seen as the access to progress and improvement.
  • Tobirama's face appears within the fireworks in the ending omake of Shippūden episode 129.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Tobirama show that he was 140cm around the time Hashirama met Madara.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • His favourite words were "Mind – technique – body" (心・技・体, Shin – gi – tai).

Quotes Edit

  • (To Hashirama and Itama) "Grown-ups are idiots. If they really want to bring an end to this endless fighting, they need to sit down with one another and reach a truce…"[5]
  • (To Hiruzen) "Saru, you must protect those who have faith in you and who love the village, and train up to those to whom you can entrust the next generation… from tomorrow, you will be the Hokage…!"[64]
  • (To Sasuke) "My brother believed that the village was something that demolish the boundaries between clans. Well in the end it wasn't that simple… My brother was too soft… and Madara too dangerous… My role as Second Hokage was to mediate between them while protecting and reinforcing the village."[14]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 First Databook, page 116
  2. Second Databook, page 142
  3. 3.0 3.1 Third Databook, page 162
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fourth Databook, pages 168-169
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Chapter 622, page 11
  6. Chapter 623
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 624
  8. Chapter 399, page 6
  9. Chapter 625
  10. Chapter 648, pages 6-11
  11. Chapter 122, page 16
  12. Chapter 681, page 13
  13. Chapter 619, pages 11, 17
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Chapter 627, page 4
  15. Chapter 619
  16. 16.0 16.1 Chapter 527, pages 4-5
  17. Chapter 481, pages 4-10
  18. Chapter 627, pages 6
  19. Chapter 649, page 10
  20. Chapter 648, pages 4
  21. Chapter 625, page 4
  22. Chapter 620, page 5
  23. Chapter 619, pages 7, 10
  24. Chapter 625, page 19
  25. Chapter 627, page 6-8
  26. Chapter 631, pages 4-5, 8
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Chapter 639, pages 3-5
  28. Chapter 641, pages 7-8
  29. Chapter 622, pages 8-9
  30. Chapter 623, pages 16
  31. Chapter 624, page 7
  32. Chapter 661, page 8
  33. Chapter 624, page 9
  34. Chapter 481, page 8
  35. Naruto episode 72
  36. Chapter 645, pages 8-11
  37. Chapter 624, page 15
  38. Chapter 620, page 11
  39. Chapter 120, page 2-4
  40. Chapter 646, page 11
  41. Chapter 631, pages 8-9
  42. Naruto episode 105
  43. Chapter 644, page 14
  44. Chapter 623, page 11
  45. Chapter 481, page 4
  46. Chapter 620, page 8
  47. Chapter 120, page 4
  48. 48.0 48.1 Chapter 120, page 4
  49. Chapter 646, page 14
  50. Chapter 661, pages 15-16
  51. Naruto episode 71
  52. Chapter 641, page 3
  53. Chapter 502, page 12
  54. Chapter 673, page 11
  55. Chapter 645, page 9
  56. Chapter 643, page 8
  57. Chapter 525, page 2
  58. Chapter 526, page 17
  59. Chapter 118, page 5
  60. Chapter 561, page 2
  61. Chapter 521, page 5
  62. Chapter 624, page 16
  63. Chapter 399, pages 12-13
  64. Chapter 481, page 9

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