The Tsuchikage (土影, Literally meaning: Earth Shadow) is the leader of Iwagakure and thus recognised as the most powerful shinobi in the entire village. The Tsuchikage are known for holding true authority, having their shinobi obey every command without hesitation. There have been four Tsuchikage so far in the history of the village. The Tsuchikage resides in the tallest building in Iwa: a stone building with a cone-shaped roof that bears the kanji for Tsuchi (土, Literally meaning: Earth).
List of Tsuchikage
Main article: Ishikawa Ishikawa (イシカワ, Ishikawa) was the First Tsuchikage (初代土影, Shodai Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: First or Founding Earth Shadow) who founded Iwagakure in the Land of Earth. In the anime, he was stated to be a member of the Kamizuru Clan.
Main article: Ōnoki Ōnoki (オオノキ, Ōnoki, Viz: Ohnoki), renowned as "Ōnoki of Both Scales" (両天秤のオオノキ, Ryōtenbin no Ōnoki, English TV: Ohnoki the Fence-Sitter), is the Third Tsuchikage (三代目土影, Sandaime Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: Third Earth Shadow) of Iwagakure.
Main article: Kurotsuchi Kurotsuchi (黒ツチ, Kurotsuchi) is a kunoichi of Iwagakure, and the granddaughter of the Third Tsuchikage. She later succeeds her grandfather's title and becomes the Fourth Tsuchikage (四代目土影, Yondaime Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: Fourth Earth Shadow).
- The Second and Third Tsuchikage have been known to use underhanded tactics to ensure prosperity for their village, even against allies and in times of peace. Because of this, the other villages frown upon Iwagakure and its shinobi.
- The First Tsuchikage was the grandfather of the Third Tsuchikage, and the Third is the grandfather of the Fourth.
- In the anime, members of the Kamizuru clan claim to descend from the First Tsuchikage.