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. Most of the buildings in this village are comprised of stone with the Tsuchikage residing in the tallest one which has a cone-shaped roof. The building also 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).
- Two of the four Tsuchikage have been known to use underhanded tactics to ensure prosperity for their village, in times of alliances and peace. Due to this, the remaining great shinobi villages frown upon Iwagakure and its shinobi.
- Three of the four Tsuchikage are related by blood and, in the anime, are members of the Kamizuru clan.