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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Tsunade<!-- Do NOT add Senju, that has not been confirmed -->'''|綱手|Tsunade}} is the {{translation|'''Fifth [[Hokage]]'''|五代目火影|Godaime Hokage|lit meaning=Fifth Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]] a position which she succeeded after the death of her teacher, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], and a major supporting character of the series. She hails from the village's [[Senju clan]], and is also a descendant of the [[Uzumaki clan]] through her grandmother [[Mito]]. Along with former team-mates [[Jiraiya]] and [[Orochimaru]], she is recognised as one of the {{translation|"Three Legendary Shinobi"|伝説の三忍|Densetsu no [[Sannin]]}}. Tsunade is considered to be the most powerful [[kunoichi]] in the world,<ref name="chpt172">''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 7</ref> and is celebrated as the greatest [[medical-nin]] of all time, credited with creating the official system which governs them.<ref name="chpt577">''Naruto'' chapter 577, pages 1-2</ref><section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Tsunade<!-- Do NOT add Senju, that has not been confirmed -->'''|綱手}} is one of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Sannin]]. Though celebrated as the world's strongest [[kunoichi]] and its greatest [[medical-nin]], the repeated loss of her loved ones caused Tsunade to abandon the life of a shinobi for many years. She is eventually persuaded to return to Konoha as its {{translation|'''Fifth [[Hokage]]'''|五代目火影|Godaime Hokage|lit meaning=Fifth Fire Shadow}}, where her skills prove invaluable to the village.<section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Hashirama remembers Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Hashirama remembers spoiling Tsunade as a child.]]
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[[File:Team hiruzen.png|left|thumb|Hiruzen and his students.]]
Tsunade is the first granddaughter of the [[First Hokage]]: Hashirama Senju, and his wife Mito Uzumaki, as well as the grandniece of the [[Second Hokage]]: [[Tobirama Senju]], leading others to call her {{translation|"Princess"|姫|Hime}}. In her childhood, she was spoiled by Hashirama, who doted on his first grandchild, and was even taught how to gamble by the great shinobi.<ref name="chpt619">''Naruto'' chapter 619, page 4</ref> She, along with [[Jiraiya]], and [[Orochimaru]] are also former students of the [[Third Hokage]]. Like [[Team Kakashi]], Tsunade and her team-mates were given the [[bell test]], which Jiraiya failed and was subsequently tied to a log. Tsunade taunted him before leaving.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 139, pages 11-12</ref>
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Tsunade is the granddaughter of [[Hashirama Senju]] and [[Mito Uzumaki]]. Because Hashirama was the First [[Hokage]] of [[Konohagakure]], Tsunade is called {{translation|"Princess"|姫|Hime}}. Hashirama doted on Tsunade when she was very young because she was his first grandchild, and found her deviance and her adoption of his own gambling habits highly amusing;<ref name="c619">Chapter 619, page 4</ref> Tsunade inherited his [[First Hokage's Necklace|necklace]] when he died. After she graduated from Konoha's [[Ninja Academy]], Tsunade was teamed with [[Orochimaru]] and [[Jiraiya]] under the leadership of [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. When Jiraya failed to acquire a bell during the team's first [[bell test]], Tsunade teased him, prompting him to criticise her flat chest.<ref>Chapter 139, pages 11-12</ref> Despite this remark, Jiraiya had a certain interest in Tsunade from their first meeting,<ref name="c405"/> which only increased after her breasts developed; when she nearly killed him for spying on her while she bathed, he was forced to be more discrete about his interests.<ref name="c291">Chapter 291, page 9</ref>
   
At some point, she almost killed Jiraiya after he was caught peeping on her while she was in the hot springs, breaking both of his arms, six of his ribs and ruptured several internal organs. Ever since then, Jiraiya has been very careful to suppress his perverted ways around Tsunade. Jiraiya mentions that this is one of only two times he has ever been close to death.<ref name="pervy">''Naruto'' chapter 291, page 9</ref>
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{{imgRight|Tsunade kissing Dan.png|Tsunade gives Hashirama's necklace to Dan.}}
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Tsunade's younger brother, [[Nawaki]] dreamed of someday becoming Hokage so that he could protect Konoha, their grandfather's legacy. On Nawaki's twelfth birthday, Tsunade kissed his forehead and gave him Hashirama's necklace in the hopes that it would help him achieve his dream. He died the next day, a casualty of the ongoing [[Second Shinobi World War]], thus returning the necklace to her. Tsunade began advocating for the inclusion of [[medical-nin]] on all four-man squads in order to avoid future deaths like Nawaki's. Hiruzen, the Third Hokage, agreed with her arguments, but could not dedicate resources to the necessary implementation due to the ongoing war. [[Dan Katō]], on the other hand, shared her views, and as their relationship developed he confided with her his dreams of becoming Hokage so that he could bring change to Konoha and protect his loved one from death. Tsunade kissed his forehead and gave him Hashirama's necklace in the hopes that it would help him achieve his dream.
   
During the [[Second Shinobi World War]], prior to meeting the [[Ame Orphans]], Tsunade and her team-mates fought [[Hanzō]], who gave them the title of Konoha's {{translation|"Three Legendary Shinobi"|伝説の三忍|Densetsu no Sannin}}, the [[Sannin]], as a reward for surviving their battle with him while everyone else in the group died easily.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 369, pages 11-12</ref> On her own merit, Tsunade became famous for frequently counteracting all of [[Chiyo]]'s poisons, earning the Sunakagure kunoichi's contempt for it.<ref name="suna">''Naruto'' chapter 253, page 7</ref> Furthermore, according to Jiraiya, Tsunade's unrivalled skills as a warrior and a medic were the reason Konoha won the war.<ref name="usawam">''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 4</ref> However, Tsunade suffered painful losses prior to the Second Shinobi World War ending.
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[[File:Hanzo and Sannin.png|left|thumb|Hanzō dubs the Sannin.]]
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Although their team under Hiruzen's leadership had disbanded, Tsunade, Orochimaru, and Jiraiya continued fighting together during the Second Shinobi World War. During one such fight in [[Amegakure]], they were the only three to survive an encounter with [[Hanzō]], for which accomplishment Hanzō dubbed them Konoha's "Legendary [[Sannin]]".<ref>Chapter 369, pages 11-12</ref> In the aftermath of the battle, Jiraiya opted not to return to Konoha so that he could train the [[Ame orphans]]. Tsunade would go on to make her own independent contributions to the war, frequently counteracting [[Chiyo]] of [[Sunagakure]]'s poisons.<ref name="c253">Chapter 253, page 7</ref> Although Tsunade's actions are said to have won the war for Konoha,<ref name="c158">Chapter 158, page 4</ref> Tsunade was unable to prevent Dan's death, and her failure to stop his severe blood loss caused her to develop a [[Wikipedia:Blood phobia|fear of blood]].
   
[[File:Tsunade & Nawaki.jpg|thumb|Tsunade with Nawaki in her youth.]]
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With Dan's death, Hashirama's necklace returned to Tsunade once again, convincing some that the necklace was cursed to kill anyone who wore it other than Tsunade. Tsunade herself became convinced that achieving one's dreams was impossible and that to be Hokage was a fool's job. She therefore left Konoha, taking Dan's niece, [[Shizune]], with her to train her as an apprentice. Due to her blood phobia, Tsunade retired from any direct involvement in medicine or combat, instead relying on Shizune whenever a need for either came up.
The tragic turn of events began when younger brother [[Nawaki]] was killed in action the day after his twelfth birthday, receiving their grandfather's [[First Hokage's Necklace|crystal necklace]] which she gave him in the hopes that it would help him achieve his dream of becoming [[Hokage]]. This event resolved Tsunade to advocate for the inclusion of [[medical-nin]] to be incorporated into teams that were on the battlefield but unable to as Hiruzen informs her the conflict makes it impossible for them to utilise resources or the time to train such ninja. It was by that time that a discouraged Tsunade met [[Dan Katō]] who seconds her request of focusing on finding ways to save their comrades' lives on the battlefield.
 
 
[[File:Dan and Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade entrusting the First Hokage's Necklace to Dan.]]
 
In time, finding herself and Dan have similar ideals, Tsunade fell in love with him. As a sign of her affection, and in the hopes that this time it would help make his dreams come true, Tsunade gave him Hashirama's necklace prior to his death, with the necklace returning to her possession, rumoured as a cursed item that kills anyone other than Tsunade who wears it. Developing [[Wikipedia:Blood phobia|hæmophobia]] which renders her unable to take part in any more battles, the deaths of both Nawaki and Dan disillusioned Tsunade to see the Hokage title as nothing but a fool's position. With these changes of ideals, Tsunade left Konoha with Dan's niece, [[Shizune]], taking her on as her apprentice who became one of the few people Tsunade truly trusts. Tsunade also came to own a pet pig, [[Tonton]] which she leaves mostly to Shizune's care.
 
 
In the anime, Tsunade met the Fourth Raikage, [[A]], after he and his followers were ambushed by the ninja of the [[Nokizaru Group]] and needed her help to remove an [[Exploding Insect]]s implanted in A and one of his followers. However, due to her phobia, Tsunade had Shizune carry out the surgery while she oversaw it until a bit of blood splattered on her and she excused herself from the room.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episodes 286-287</ref>
 
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
During her childhood, Tsunade was spoiled greatly by Hashirama so much so, that he couldn't help but wonder if the village was all right with her being the Fifth Hokage.<ref name="chpt619"/> However, as she grew older she became well disciplined and even greatly contributed greatly to Konoha's victory in the [[Second Shinobi World War]].<ref name="chpt619"/>
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[[File:Tsunade's Dream.png|thumb|Tsunade dreams of being with Dan.]]
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Tsunade was very willing to believe in the attainability of dreams while Nawaki and Dan were alive, and that by supporting and encouraging those dreams she might be able to help achieve them. When both died gruesomely shortly after receiving her support, Tsunade lost faith in the idea of dreaming for anything, believing that the mere pursuit would be doomed from the outset. She becomes especially critical of wanting to be Hokage, as both Dan and Nawaki died trying to attain the title and the past Hokage have all died prematurely and, Tsunade argues, pointlessly because they held the position; she concludes that to be Hokage is a fool's job.<ref>Chapter 158, page 8</ref>
   
When she was first introduced, Tsunade was cynical of anyone with dreams, especially those who want to become Hokage believing that it was a futile dream. After meeting Naruto, she realises that this cynicism is insulting to the memories of both Dan and Nawaki. After seeing Naruto's conviction to become Hokage and proving her wrong in his ability to learn the [[Rasengan]], she has a change of heart. Despite her still blunt attitude towards Naruto, she has come to care for him deeply and puts her faith in him for the future, even agreeing to take on the mantle of Hokage herself, carrying on the dreams of Dan and Nawaki. As Hokage, Tsunade has shown the same level of loyalty to the village that previous Hokage held; during the [[invasion of Pain]], she released all of her chakra in order to save the lives of thousands of people within Konoha, at great personal risk. Tsunade also has a great deal of faith in the next generation, and sees the potential that Naruto and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] hold.
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Tsunade is forced to reconsider her cynicism upon meeting [[Naruto Uzumaki]], who demonstrates two things to her: just because a goal seems impossible does not mean it actually is, as Naruto is able to master the [[Rasengan]] unprecedentedly quickly despite any seeming natural talent; just because the dreamer dies does not mean the dream itself does, as Nawaki and Dan's desire to become Hokage lives on in Naruto. Because Naruto is so very much an exception to how she thought the world worked, Tsunade puts her faith in dreams once again, a desire so strong that she overcomes her fear of blood.<ref>Chapter 169, pages 13, 15</ref> She becomes Hokage herself, partly so that she can live Nawaki and Dan's dream for them, but also so that she can pave the way for Naruto inevitably holding the title. Just as she once did, Tsunade supports all other dreams that she can: when [[Rock Lee]] tells her he dreams of being a ninja despite knowing he may die trying, she does not argue his decision and, in the anime, does all that she can to ensure he survives.
   
Tsunade typically projects a tough demeanour, even when facing great personal difficulty. She readily criticises others for their faults, such as [[Naruto]]'s immaturity or Jiraiya's perversion, though her habits are rarely any better. Another trait of Tsunade is her monstrous, quick-temper. Many fear her because of this, such as Shizune, Jiraiya, and Sakura, the latter of whom has on several occasions warned Naruto on how to behave in her presence.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 250, page 18</ref> Despite her temper, Tsunade is a reasonable person. She was willing to listen to Pain and even admit Konoha's past faults though he was the one who killed Jiraiya and threatening her own village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 428, page 10</ref> Beneath this tough exterior, Tsunade truly loves her village and its people and will at times show sympathy for others, consoling [[Shikamaru]] that, while he failed his mission to return [[Sasuke]] to Konoha, all of his team-mates survived.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 235, page 19</ref> This is also shown when she worked hard in order to help heal [[Rock Lee]], so that he might continue to be a ninja. In life-threatening or important situations that involve putting someone she cares for in danger, she tends to get angry with people who disagree with her plan, such as the restrictions the Konoha Elders placed on Naruto, or the argument on whether Naruto and Killer B should participate in the Fourth Shinobi World War, even calling Gaara a "child" when he disagreed with her. As with all Hokage before her, Tsunade deeply believes in the [[Will of Fire]].
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As Hokage, Tsunade is committed to protecting Konoha and its villagers, willing to give her life for her village and allies if necessary.<ref name="c601">Chapter 601, pages 7-9</ref> She does this because Nawaki and Dan loved Konoha and so she keeps their dreams alive by doing so, but also because Konoha's continued survival honours all those who gave their lives creating it and keeping it safe. Although her reasons are somewhat different, the outcome is nevertheless consistent with the [[Will of Fire]]. Tsunade is similarly optimistic about the [[Konoha 11|next generation]] of Konoha's ninja, especially Naruto, convinced that the village's future will be in good hands because of them. She in fact becomes angry when others lack this same faith in Naruto and his peers, believing it is better to let them try and then fail than to assume their failure is inevitable and thus prevent them from trying.<ref>Chapter 491, pages 8-9</ref> Demonstrations of her own faith include: congratulating [[Shikamaru Nara]] for his failed mission because at least none of his teammates died;<ref>Chapter 235, page 19</ref> not labelling [[Sasuke Uchiha]] a [[missing-nin]] because she trusts that Naruto can someday convince him to return to Konoha.
   
Tsunade also has a firm belief that Naruto, and all [[jinchūriki]], are people rather than instruments of war. She has always voiced that Naruto is a great ninja and should be used by the village as any other ninja would be. This value is so strong in Tsunade that she yelled at the other Kage for not allowing Naruto and [[Killer B]] to fight in the Fourth Great Shinobi War.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 491, pages 8-9</ref> Although she eventually agrees to keep the jinchūriki away from the battles,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 491, page 10</ref> she is outraged when [[A]] decides to kill Naruto to prevent him entering the war.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 541, page 13</ref> Tsunade then turns on A, saying that they need to use the jinchūriki in the war if they are going to win.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 543, page 10</ref> This shows her great faith in Naruto to end the war, as she was even willing to challenge the Raikage in order to let Naruto and B pass.
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[[File:Hashirama remembering Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade's love of gambling.]]
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Despite her many noble qualities, Tsunade is not without her faults. She is blunt and short-tempered, prone to striking Naruto for his immaturity or Jiraiya for his perversion; she is widely feared because of this tendency.<ref>Chapter 250, page 18</ref> Her own behavior isn't much better than theirs, as she drinks constantly, sometimes sleeps on the job, and tries as much as she can to have other people do her work for her. One of her favourite vices is gambling, which she acquired from her grandfather, Hashirama Senju. Despite how often and how irresponsibly she gambles, Tsunade has notoriously bad luck, causing those who have made huge profits off of her to call her {{translation|"The Legendary Sucker"|伝説のカモ|Densetsu no Kamo}}.<ref name="c149">Chapter 149, pages 14-17</ref> Tsunade if fully aware of how unlucky she is, and so whenever she hits a winning streak she takes it as a bad omen and prepares for the worst;<ref>Chapter 153, page 19</ref> she has at times tried using her bad luck to her advantage, betting on outcomes she doesn't want so that her unluckiness will prevent them from happening.<ref name="c380">Chapter 380, pages 7-8</ref> Hashirama finds Tsunade's many bad habits highly amusing on a personal level, but when he is told that Tsunade is Hokage he immediately worries about what misfortunes she's brought upon Konoha.<ref name="c619" />
   
As a legendary medical-nin, Tsunade truly is a role model for other medical-nin to follow. Her first priority in any situation is the lives of others. She created four rules that guides other medical-nin on the battlefield, one of which is that they should never give up on treating their comrades as long as they are still breathing.<ref name="chpt577"/> When Pain attacked Konoha, she actively took on the role of a medical-nin, healing all the injured shinobi while even having Katsuyu protect the corpses of the deceased, and did all she could to protect the village, even if it meant that she had to risk her own life. Because of this, even the persons that were later revived by Nagato, had bodies to return to. In the fight against an extremely powerful opponent like [[Madara Uchiha]], she was the one who received the worst injuries. However, she was still the only one who was able to regain consciousness, and still put the lives of the other Kage, before her own.<ref name="chpt601">''Naruto'' chapter 601, pages 7-9</ref>
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Jiraiya assumed that there was a mutual attraction between him and Tsunade from their first meeting. Despite his many advances over the years, Tsunade never reciprocates, only ever loving Dan, even years after his death. Jiraiya isn't discouraged by this and claims that her repeated rejections have not only made him stronger, they've been excellent material for his ''[[Icha Icha]]'' series of books; he concludes that to be happy isn't his fate. Tsunade doubts he believes his own words and, despite all her past actions (or inactions), she comments that she won't let him say such "cool" things when he returns from his mission to [[Amegakure]].<ref name="c380"/> When Jiraiya ends up dying during that same mission, Tsunade mourns for him.<ref name="c405">Chapter 405, page 17</ref>
 
Tsunade is also a compulsive gambler, a trait she inherited from Hashirama, with a losing streak due to her terrible luck. As a result, she has been elevated to a comical status as {{translation|"The Legendary Sucker"|伝説のカモ|Densetsu no Kamo}} because of the gross profits others have made off of her misfortune and gambling addiction.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, pages 14-17</ref> In the rare instances that Tsunade hits a winning streak, she takes it as a bad omen that will eventually affect her, or her comrades. However, using this to her advantage she can take steps to protect herself and her comrades.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 153, page 19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 253, pages 4-5, 9</ref> The symbol on the back of her coat, {{translation|賭|kake}}, means "gamble", or "wager", as gambling is one of her favourite pastimes.
 
 
Despite Tsunade shunning all of Jiraiya's romantic advances over the years, as she was still in love with Dan even after his death, she still cared very much for him as one of her oldest friends. While he was in [[Amegakure]] investigating [[Pain]], she bets that he will die so that her terrible luck will ensure he survives.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 380, pages 7-8</ref> When she finds out he has died, she thinks back on their time together and mourns privately for the loss of her dear friend.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 405, page 17</ref>
 
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:LittleTsunade.jpg|thumb|left|Tsunade as a child.]]
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[[File:Tsunade full.png|thumb|120px|Tsunade's full appearance.]]
Tsunade is a fairly tall, light-skinned woman with brown eyes and straight, blonde hair. Her hair is waist-length with shoulder-length bangs framing both sides of her face. As a child, she tied her hair in twin short pigtails before becoming Hiruzen's student when she then wore her hair in a high ponytail. As an adult, Tsunade usually ties her hair into two loose ponytails. Some time after leaving the village, she obtained a violet rhombus mark on her forehead similar to her [[Mito Uzumaki|grandmother]]'s, which she uses as a chakra gathering point known as the [[Yin Seal]]. It will temporarily disappear when unleashing the conserved chakra and reappear after she has accumulated enough chakra. When she releases the [[Yin Seal]], the diamond mark on her forehead opens out into a seal that usually extends to her jaws. When using the Strength of a Hundred Technique, the markings extend themselves around her entire body.
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Tsunade has brown eyes and straight, shoulder-length blonde hair that she usually keeps tied in two loose ponytails. The [[Strength of a Hundred Seal]] - taking the appearance of a violet diamond shape - is clearly visible on her forehead. Although she was called flat-chested when she was younger, Tsunade has large breasts, which Jiraiya estimates to be 106 centimetres in circumference;<ref>Chapter 406, page 9</ref> she is in fact widely regarded as the most beautiful kunoichi in the world.<ref name="c172">Chapter 172, page 7</ref> Despite being in her fifties, Tsunade maintains the appearance of a young woman using the [[Transformation Technique]]. She has not been shown in full when not transformed, but what little of her body that is seen is heavily wrinkled and frail.
 
[[File:Tsuande full-bodied.png|thumb|Tsunade's full appearance.]]
 
While only in her early fifties, her form is a frail and wrinkled old appearance, more so than her age would suggest. However, she maintains the appearance of her younger self through a unique and constant [[Transformation Technique]]. In her youth, the appearance she normally takes, she had a slender frame. Despite being known as flat-chested in her childhood, she now has a rather large bust; 106 centimetres in circumference, according to Jiraiya.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 406, page 9</ref> Her beauty has been pointed out several times and she's been called the most beautiful kunoichi in the world by several characters.<ref name="chpt172"/>
 
   
She often wears a grass-green haori with the kanji for {{translation|''gamble''|賭|kake}} written in black on the back, inside a red circle. Underneath she wears a grey, kimono-style blouse with no sleeves, held closed by a broad, dark bluish-grey obi that matches her pants. Her blouse is closed quite low, revealing her sizeable cleavage. She wears open-toed sandals with high heels and red polish on both her fingernails and toenails. She also wears a soft pink lipstick. She also used to wear [[First Hokage's Necklace|her grandfather's necklace]] in clear view on her chest, before giving it to Naruto.
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Tsunade often wears a grass-green haori with the kanji for {{translation|"gamble"|賭|kake}} written on the back, inside a red circle. Underneath she wears a grey, kimono-style blouse with no sleeves, held closed by a broad, dark bluish-grey obi that matches her pants. Her blouse is closed quite low, revealing her sizeable cleavage. She wears open-toed, strappy black sandals with high heels. She has red polish on both her fingernails and toenails and uses a soft pink lipstick. She wears the [[First Hokage's necklace]] for many years until she gives it to Naruto.
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
As one of the Legendary Sannin and the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade is undoubtedly one of the most powerful ninja that Konoha has ever produced. Greatly admired around the world, Tsunade is reputed to be one of the most powerful kunoichi in ninja history.<ref name="chpt172"/> She is a remarkable combatant and [[medical-nin]] and is also hailed as the world's strongest kunoichi,<ref name="chpt172"/> which has lead to many younger kunoichi to look up to her. [[Jiraiya]] commented that no one could stand equal to her in terms of combat and medical prowess.<ref name="usawam"/>
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[[File:Heaven spear kick.png|thumb|left|Tsunade shattering Madara's Susanoo ribcage.]]
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Like other students of the [[Third Hokage]], Tsunade is an exceptionally talented shinobi. It wasn't until the [[Second Shinobi World War]] that their skills became widely known, dubbed by [[Hanzō]] as the [[Sannin]], the most powerful of their generation. Tsunade's skills are popularly held as the reason for Konoha's victory during that war, and in the years following, she became known as the world's strongest kunoichi.<ref name="c172" /> She is selected to be Konoha's Fifth [[Hokage]] in Part I, and it is because of her that many villagers are saved from death during [[Pain's Assault]] in Part II. When they first meet, [[Madara Uchiha]] characterises Tsunade as weaker than [[Hashirama Senju]], only to later admit from fighting her that she does in fact possess some of her grandfather's natural talent.<ref>Chapter 577, pages 6-7</ref><ref>Chapter 588, pages 11-12</ref>
   
=== Physical Prowess and Taijutsu ===
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
[[File:Tsunade cleaves the ground.png|thumb|left|Tsunade ruptures the ground with one finger.]]
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[[File:Yin Seal Release.png|thumb|Tsunade releasing her seal.]]
Tsunade's trademark ability is her immense raw strength, with which she is able to launch her targets several metres with a mere finger flick or create fissures with a single finger jab at the ground.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 159, pages 4-5</ref> An opponent struck by her attacks could suffer damage ranging from broken bones, ruptured organs, or even death, as Jiraiya learned for his perverted actions in his youth.<ref name="pervy"/> Madara Uchiha has noted that her strength far outweighed that of the Fourth Raikage.<ref name="c577p3"/> In the anime, the [[Fourth Raikage]] had to resort during an arm-wrestling match to using a feint to throw her off-balance in conjunction with his high-speed to defeat her, as he was being overpowered.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 286</ref>
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Tsunade has excellent control over her [[chakra]], a necessary prerequisite to her job as a [[medical-nin]]. After the Second Shinobi World War, she started gradually storing her chakra into the [[Strength of a Hundred Seal]] on her forehead. When the seal is [[Yin Seal: Release|released]], Tsunade has access to all the accumulated chakra, totaling a so-named hundred-times her usual chakra levels. Although she normally uses this extra chakra to heal injuries or perform her other jutsu, she can also transfer the chakra to others, either to replenish or amplify their own.<ref>Chapter 588, page 13</ref>
   
While a medical-nin normally tries to avoid direct battle, Tsunade's taijutsu have been considered unsurpassed, which she uses mainly to intimidate her opponents from approaching her in order to carry out her primary duties as a medical-nin. When entering battle directly, she is a force to be reckoned with as seen during her assault on Orochimaru and Kabuto, where she single-handedly demolishing the the entire landscape while attacking them. She was also able to obliterate one of Madara's [[wood clone]]s in a single punch.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, pages 9-12</ref> Even with her arms bound, Tsunade is a highly proficient battler, able to effectively use her feet to catch Orochimaru's blade and counter attack.
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[[File:Tsunade defeats Naruto.png|thumb|left|Tsunade ruptures the ground with one finger.]]
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Tsunade teaches her student, [[Sakura Haruno]], how to build up chakra in her fists and release it on contact with a target, causing severe damage. Tsunade presumably uses this ability herself, but it isn't always clear when since she is naturally very strong, enough to lift [[Gamabunta]]'s sword.<ref>Chapter 170, pages 15-16</ref> Her physical accomplishments, whatever the cause, include: creating a fissure in the ground by striking it with one finger;<ref>Chapter 159, pages 4-5</ref> breaking six of [[Jiraiya]]'s ribs, both of his arms, and rupturing several of his internal organs, one of two near-death experiences in his life;<ref name="c291" /> breaking through [[Susanoo]], an "[[absolute defense]]", with only a few punches.<ref name="c577"/>
   
While not her most prominent trait, she is quite fast and equally fierce in battle, having displayed high levels of quickness to the point that her opponents find her an overwhelming adversary. She was able to incapacitate [[Shizune]] with a quick strike before she could react,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 162, pages 6-7</ref> use the [[Body Pathway Derangement]] technique on [[Kabuto]] when he thought she was incapacitated, use her feet to counter [[Orochimaru]]'s sword moments after her hands were bound, and even intercept Manda mid-bite while lifting Gamabunta's sword. Before any of the other Kage could react, Tsunade intercepted all five of [[Madara]]'s [[Fire Release: Dragon Flame Release Song Technique|flame dragons]] dissipating them all.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 591, pages 8-9</ref> As a field medical-nin, Tsunade is highly skilled in the art of evasion.
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Tsunade believes it is vital for a medical-nin to avoid injury, as they cannot perform their duties if anything happens to them.<ref>Chapter 270, pages 9-10</ref> To a certain extent, her unnatural strength helps her in this regard, as opponents may avoid getting near her so that she cannot strike them. At the same time, though, Tsunade is regularly injured in combat, even going so far as to place herself in harm's way in order to protect her allies.<ref>Chapter 591, pages 8-9</ref> This is all because Tsunade deems her [[Creation Rebirth]] ability a reasonable exception to the "avoid injury" tenet, as she can receive serious damage and still survive. Even without the Creation Rebirth, Tsunade's ability to endure injury is quite impressive, as she can survive several mortal stabs to the chest<ref>Chapter 170, page 19</ref> and remain able to perform jutsu after being bisected.<ref>Chapter 601</ref>
   
=== Stamina and Life Force ===
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=== Ninjutsu ===
As a direct descendant of the Senju clan, Tsunade inherited an incredibly strong life force and physical energy, granting her great durability and stamina. Also, as direct descendant of the Uzumaki clan, her life force is blessed with immense vitality and endurance; in addition, stemming from this gives her the potential for an exceptionally long lifespan. A testament to the latter include her still being able to move after having her muscles torn — something Kabuto noted was an impressive and praise-worthy feat no ordinary person could achieve.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 14</ref> Her remarkable durability also allowed her to survive the life-risking Heavenly Transfer Technique with only minor injuries in the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 562, pages 11-14</ref> She was also able to recover from a [[Yasaka Magatama]] fired at close-range.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 578, page 5</ref>
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[[File:Katsuyu healing.png|thumb|Tsunade and Katsuyu healing injuries.]]
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Tsunade can [[Summoning Technique|summon]] segments of [[Katsuyu]], a [[slug]]. In addition to fighting alongside Tsunade, Katsuyu can use her [[Slug Great Division|division]]s as a form of long-distance communication or to move and shield Tsunade's injured allies. By [[Katsuyu: Immense Network Healing|linking]] with Katsuyu, Tsunade can monitor those that Katsuyu has attached to, remotely healing them and replenishing their chakra as needed.
   
She also has a high tolerance for physical pain, as she was able to deliver a heavy kick to Orochimaru after being sliced in her shoulder, and stabbed through her chest. Throughout the fight with Orochimaru, she was able to push herself to fight on despite being tired and injured. Furthermore, her endurance was great enough to survive the normally fatal injuries of being stabbed straight through the shoulder, abdomen, and even chest to still land a powerful blow to [[Orochimaru]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 170, page 19</ref> She was also able to continue fighting with extreme force against Madara's Susanoo army despite being impaled through her abdomen with two Susanoo blades.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 7</ref> Even after being bisected, she was still able to survive the ordeal, maintain consciousness, summon [[Katsuyu]], and feel confident she could survive long enough to heal the other Kage before being healed herself.<ref name="chpt601"/>
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Tsunade's [[nature]]s include [[Lightning]], [[Fire]], [[Water]], and [[Earth]], as well as [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> She isn't seen directly using any of these natures in the series, although her [[Body Pathway Derangement]] is suggested to use some amount of lightning chakra: she injects her chakra into an opponent, scrambling their body's electric signals so that commands to move their hand instead move their leg, and so on.<ref>Chapter 164, page 15</ref>
   
==== Chakra Prowess and Control ====
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In addition to her other skills, the anime shows Tsunade using some amount of [[space–time ninjutsu]],<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 111</ref> [[fūinjutsu]], and [[barrier ninjutsu]].
[[File:CreationRebirth.jpg|thumb|right|Tsunade's Yin Seal.]]
 
Due to her heritage, Tsunade was also gifted with great supplies of chakra. She was able to simultaneously heal a large number of people with the help of [[Katsuyu]] over a long period of time, without being fatigued.
 
   
When needed, Tsunade can also release a large amount of stored chakra using [[Yin Seal: Release|Yin Seal]]. Upon its release, Tsunade can either use the stored chakra to facilitate the activation of one of her techniques such as the [[Creation Rebirth]], which makes her virtually immortal in battle or simultaneously heal and protect the entire citizens of Konoha from a very powerful attack such as Pain's [[Shinra Tensei]]. She is also able to [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] chakra to others as seen when she gave Ōnoki some of her chakra in order to facilitate his large-scale [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique]] and still manages to maintain the activation of her [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 13</ref>
 
 
Even more impressive than her chakra reserves is Tsunade's control. Since a young age, Tsunade excelled in all forms of chakra manipulation; even able to maintain multiple techniques at once. Her innate talent for it allows her to gather her chakra from any part of her body with such precision and perform any technique to their maximum potential without any wasted chakra or timing. Her signature ability with chakra control is to instinctively amplify her already legendary strength with [[chakra]] control to monstrous levels, allowing her to perform feats like causing gigantic craters with a simple punch or kick to the ground, launch [[Gamabunta]]'s [[tantō]] into the air and then guide it down right into [[Manda]]'s mouth, and she easily shattered [[Madara Uchiha]] [[Susanoo]]'s ribcage,<ref name="c577p3">''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 3</ref> its [[Susanoo Sword|sword]], and later knocking down a complete version of the Susanoo with single punches.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 7</ref> This is done by building up and releasing her chakra with precise timing upon impact, making it effortless for her to [[Chakra Enhanced Strength|decimate any target]].
 
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
 
==== Transformation Technique ====
 
==== Transformation Technique ====
Even though she is in her early fifties, Tsunade's [[Transformation Technique]] makes her appear as if she were still in her twenties as Jiraiya noted she was not one to "age gracefully". She readily alters what age she appears in order to avoid her gambling debts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, pages 16-17</ref> Tsunade's transformation is somewhat different from a normal transformation, as it seems to be permanent, not getting dispelled when she is slashed or injured, and she apparently does not need to exert any effort to stay transformed. She is able to maintain her transformation even while asleep. The transformation dispels when she runs out of chakra, reverting her to her natural appearance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 171, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 431, page 5</ref>
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Despite being in her fifties, Tsunade's [[Transformation Technique]] makes her appear as if she were still in her twenties. She readily alters what age she appears in order to avoid her gambling debts.<ref name="c149"/> Tsunade's unique transformation seems to be permanent, as she can maintain this form without exerting any effort, even while injured or asleep. The transformation dispels when she runs out of chakra, reverting her to her natural appearance.<ref>Chapter 171, page 11</ref>
   
 
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
 
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
[[File:Sozo-Saisei-1.jpg|thumb|left|Tsunade using the Creation Rebirth technique.]]
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Tsunade is hailed as the world's greatest medical-nin, able to identify ailments at a glance and treat conditions that other medical-nin deem impossible to cure. Her skills are enough to: reverse the necrosis-like effects of the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]]; heal the psychological damage of [[Tsukuyomi]];<ref name="c172">Chapter 172, page 15, 18</ref> fix the damage to [[Rock Lee]]'s spine;<ref>Chapter 210, page 9</ref> counteract the effects of the [[Three Coloured Pills]].<ref>Chapter 235, page 17</ref> Even when it comes to more basic injuries she is notably superior, instantly healing those that other medical-nin struggle to resuscitate.<ref>Chapter 649, page 13</ref>
Much of Tsunade's fame comes from her being able to perform any procedure flawlessly to cure and heal injuries that others would consider impossible or a lost cause. She can do so through the usage of no more than chakra or basic tools. She healed the psychological damage caused by [[Tsukuyomi]],<ref name="tsukuyomi"/> the damage done to [[Rock Lee]]'s spine,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 210, page 9</ref> and counteracted the effects of the [[Three Coloured Pills]] on [[Chōji]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 235, page 17</ref> something [[Chōza]] stated would have been impossible if she weren't there.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 236, page 9</ref> Tsunade has also been noted to be capable of making powerful sleeping potions that are also colourless; so much that she is the only one in the world who could spike a drink without a [[ninja]] knowing it was drugged.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 162, page 11</ref>
 
   
With her remarkable knowledge of the human body and converting her chakra into electricity, Tsunade is capable of sending [[Body Pathway Derangement|electric waves]] into the opponent's nervous system by striking the back of the neck. This then scrambles the electric signals within them and disrupts the way their body moves, such as attempting to move the right hand would cause the left leg to move instead, and so on.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 164, page 15</ref> It is unknown if this is [[Lightning Release]]. In a similar manner, Tsunade has also shown the ability to use medical ninjutsu adversely and use it to harm, even kill, instead of heal.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 163, pages 5-9</ref> She can use a single chakra-infused strike to effortlessly cause internal damage or incapacitate a target as she did the latter to Shizune when she tried to stop Tsunade from meeting with Orochimaru. Tsunade is also able to create a [[chakra scalpel]] both for surgery and to inflict internal lacerations and even attack the internal organs.
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[[File:Creation Rebirth.png|thumb|left|Tsunade healing herself with Creation Rebirth.]]
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The pinnacle of Tsunade's medical prowess is her [[Creation Rebirth]], which draws on her vast chakra supplies to instantaneously heal any wounds she receives. Because it requires no [[hand seal]]s to perform, she needs no conscious effort on her part once active, and can heal any damage no matter how severe (her chakra levels permitting); [[Orochimaru]] describes it as a form of immortality that even he is envious of.<ref>Chapter 169, page 16</ref> Despite how useful it is in battle, Creation Rebirth is a double-edged sword: the body's cells can only divide and be created a set amount of times, so whenever Tsunade uses the technique she shortens her lifespan. Because of this, she only uses it in very desperate situations.
   
The most extreme example of her medical prowess is her [[Creation Rebirth]], a technique that makes use of the massive amounts of chakra stored in her [[Yin Seal: Release|Yin Seal]] to continuously create new cells in her body, healing any wound and even growing back missing organs. It gives her a form of "immortality" in battle that even Orochimaru expressed envy for.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, page 16</ref> However, as cells can only divide and be created a set amount of times, the technique shortens her life-span. Because of the risk associated with the technique, Tsunade only uses Creation Rebirth in extremely desperate situations. This technique is considered as the absolute pinnacle of medical ninjutsu, and Tsunade developed it under the resolution of protecting those dear to her. She also created an extension of the Creation Rebirth known as the [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]], which causes the seal to extend all the way down her body. While this technique is active, any wounds Tsunade receives will heal instantaneously, without the need to make hand seals or even a conscious effort.
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[[File:Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia.png|thumb|Tsunade researching for a procedure.]]
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Tsunade's skills extend beyond the typical [[medical ninjutsu]]. She earned fame during the Second Shinobi World War for being the only person able to make antidotes for the poisons of [[Sunagakure]]'s [[Chiyo]].<ref name="c253" /> Similarly, she can make sleeping potions that are undetectable to even the most skilled ninja.<ref>Chapter 162, page 11</ref> She is knowledgeable enough to perform autopsies and examine damage on a cellular level. Following the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], she studies the material that the [[White Zetsu Army]] is made of and learns to make prosthetic limbs from it. In the anime, she researches [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction]] and uses what she finds to raise the survival rate of Rock Lee's medical procedure.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 99</ref> Due to her vast medical knowledge, Tsunade was primarily responsible for setting up the modern system of medical-nin, though she exempts herself from many of the laws that govern them due to her Creation Rebirth.<ref name="c577">Chapter 577, pages 1-2</ref>
   
==== Summoning Technique ====
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[[File:Tsunade on Katsuyu.jpg|thumb|right|Tsunade's summon, Katsuyu.]]
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Tsunade can summon [[slugs]] of varying sizes, although she has only ever been seen summoning [[Katsuyu]]. The slugs' primary abilities seem to revolve around spitting acid and splitting into smaller slugs. Tsunade apparently has a mental connection with Katsuyu, as she was able to get reports and send out messages through Katsuyu during the [[invasion of Pain]]. Tsunade can transfer her chakra to a large number of slugs over long distances. By having the slugs spread out and attach themselves to wounded individuals, Tsunade is then capable of [[Healing Chakra Transfer|healing multiple injuries at different locations simultaneously]]. This technique proved particularly helpful during the [[Invasion of Pain]] which helped Tsunade preserve the life of the villagers even after a devastating [[Shinra Tensei|attack]] by the enemy forces.
 
   
=== Intelligence ===
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== Part I ==
While normally appearing carefree or short-tempered, Tsunade is a capable leader. A keen thinker, Tsunade is also highly observant and analytical, allowing her to see through most deceptions, and is rarely caught off-guard. Most commonly, Tsunade will choose the best ninja available to construct a team after looking over the assigned mission. In the anime, she was able to analyse and replicate the basic mechanics of Kabuto’s [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction|regeneration technique]] to aid in bettering the chances of Rock Lee's life-risking surgery being a success.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 99</ref>
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
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Tsunade hits a jackpot while playing the slot machines in [[Tanzaku Quarters]]. She takes this as a sign that something bad is about to happen and makes immediate plans to leave the city, but [[Shizune]] convinces her to visit a local castle before they go. While they're there, the castle is destroyed by one a [[snake]], [[Orochimaru]]'s way of saying hello. Tsunade immediately notices the damage to his arms and, guessing he wants her to heal them, preemptively refuses. Orochimaru's assistant, [[Kabuto Yakushi]], explains that they've tried all other options and that only Tsunade can help. She asks how his arms were damaged, to which Orochimaru responds that the damage was received while he killed [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]]. Tsunade becomes enraged and threatens to kill Orochimaru, but he piques her interest when he offers to [[Impure World Reincarnation|revive]] [[Nawaki]] and [[Dan Katō]].
   
Her intelligence is most renowned as the best in the world for her expertise in all areas of medicine. She has been credited with creating the official [[medical-nin]] system and the laws that govern them.<ref name="chpt577"/> She can immediately determine what kind of injuries or illness (physical or mental) a person has from a single glance. In addition to this, Tsunade seems to have a vast knowledge of poisons and herbal medicine, as noted by [[Chiyo]] who stated that during the Second Great Shinobi War, Tsunade was the only one capable of countering all her poisons perfectly.<ref name="suna" /> She also has remarkable knowledge of the human psyche, as she was able to effortlessly undo the damage to Kakashi and Sasuke's minds inflicted by [[Itachi]]'s [[Tsukuyomi]] in a matter of seconds.<ref name="tsukuyomi">''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 15, 18</ref> Tsunade has also proven to be a very capable teacher, having single-handedly trained [[Sakura]] and [[Shizune]] and passed on much of her knowledge make them become two of Konoha's best medical-nin and field support.
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Tsunade asks what he would do if his arms were restored. Orochimaru replies that he would destroy [[Konohagakure]], which is what he was trying to do when his arms were damaged in the first place. Shizune tries to convince Tsunade to help her kill Orochimaru and Kabuto, but they decide to leave instead, giving Tsunade a week to decide. While having dinner later, they are found by [[Jiraiya]]. Jiraiya asks her to become the Fifth [[Hokage]], which she refuses, upsetting Jiraiya's companion, [[Naruto Uzumaki]]. Tsunade recognises Naruto as the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tails]] and starts remarking on what a waste it was for the [[Fourth Hokage]] to give his life saving Konoha from the Nine-Tails. She reflects further that all the past Hokage have wasted their lives for the village and concludes that only a fool would ever want the title.
   
In battle, she has shown great ingenuity, able to quickly pick up on her opponent's fighting style and battle pattern to better avoid damage and plan her attacks around that. These traits are to keep herself alive in battle so she may heal her team-mates; things she drilled into [[Sakura]] while training her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 270, pages 9-10</ref> Her mental fortitude is also noteworthy, as she overcame her paralysing fear of blood through willpower alone, something every eyewitness found miraculous.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, pages 13, 15</ref>
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[[File:Tsunade vs naruto.png|thumb|left|Tsunade and Naruto face-off.]]
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Naruto, who has his own dreams of being Hokage, is enraged and tries to attack Tsunade. Jiraiya holds him back, but Tsunade agrees to fight with him outside the restaurant. Tsunade easily outmatches Naruto using only one finger for offence and defence, but she's unsettled by how similar his resolve is to Nawaki and Dan's. While she's distracted by this, Naruto attacks her with an incomplete [[Rasengan]], which she once again avoids using only a finger. She berates Jiraiya for teaching Naruto the Rasengan at all, declaring it cruel to let someone as untalented as him believe he can master something as complicated as the Rasengan. Naruto vows to complete it in three days, prompting Tsunade to make a wager: if Naruto can master the Rasengan in a week, she'll give him the [[First Hokage's necklace]]; if he can't, she gets his [[Gama-chan|wallet]]. Naruto agrees.
   
=== Other Skills ===
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Tsunade and Jiraiya have drinks later. Jiraiya guesses that Orochimaru made some offer to Tsunade. He doesn't ask for details about the offer, but he promises to personally kill her if she does anything to endanger Konoha. She claims not to care about the village, so Jiraiya reminds her of how important the village was to Nawaki and Dan; he further notes how similar they, particularly Nawaki, are to Naruto. Tsunade keeps tabs on Naruto as he trains, but by the end of the week he has failed to master the Rasengan and the intense training leaves him bedridden. Shizune pleads with Tsunade not to accept Orochimaru's deal and, when this fails, she tries to use force, prompting Tsunade to knock her out. She meets with Jiraiya again and drugs his drink, knocking him out and, when he wakes up the next morning, making it difficult for him to use his [[chakra]].
In the anime, Tsunade demonstrated noticeable skill in a variety of other areas. When dealing with the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]], her skill in [[genjutsu]] was great enough to [[Genjutsu Binding|bind]] the immensely strong duo at once.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 147</ref> She was also able to use [[Space–Time Ninjutsu]] to send one of Katsuyu's divisions to [[Team Three]]'s location despite the great distance.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 111</ref> Tsunade is also well-versed in [[fūinjutsu]], capable of developing an [[S-rank]] [[Yin Seal: Release|seal]] that continuously stores up chakra for various reasons including using the high-level techniques such as the [[Creation Rebirth]] technique which she also created. In the anime, she designed the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] which can be used to seal a tailed beast from scratch.
 
   
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[[File:Tsunadeep92.png|thumb|Tsunade preparing to "heal" Orochimaru.]]
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Tsunade meets with Orochimaru and agrees to heal his arms on the condition that he leave Konoha alone. Orochimaru agrees. She approaches him, apparently to heal him, but Kabuto notices at the last moment that she has [[killing intent]] and stops her. Orochimaru questions why she would deceive him, to which she replies that she knew he was lying about sparing Konoha. Although she desperately wants to see Nawaki and Dan again, she knows they wouldn't want to be brought back at the cost of Konoha's safety, something Naruto has reminded her of. Orochimaru and Kabuto state that they'll force her to heal his arms, causing her to attack them. They draw her away from the city and Kabuto, a [[medic-nin]], tries neutralising her, but she heals all the debilitating damage he does. Unable to stop her through conventional means, Kabuto slits his own wrists and coats her with his blood, paralyzing her due to her phobia.
   
== Part I ==
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[[File:Naruto protects Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade protected by Naruto.]]
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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Jiraiya, Shizune, and Naruto eventually arrive to help. Shizune looks after Tsunade as she shudders from the blood while Jiraiya fights Orochimaru and Naruto fights Kabuto. Naruto is quickly defeated by Kabuto, as is Shizune when she tries to face him afterwards. Kabuto approaches Tsunade and tries to restrain her, which she is unable to fend off in her condition. Naruto stops him and attacks with an incomplete Rasengan, but misses, causing Kabuto to start commenting on his lack of talent, just as Tsunade did the week before. Naruto persists and, after making a [[shadow clone]] to help him, he is able to strike Kabuto with a perfected Rasengan. Kabuto is defeated, but as his last act he severs Naruto's heart muscles. Tsunade tries healing him, fearing that he'll die just like Nawaki and Dan did. She succeeds, and in a brief moment of regained consciousnesses Naruto claims the necklace he's won.
After his failed [[invasion of Konoha]] cost him his arms in the aftermath of his fight with Hiruzen, [[Orochimaru]] sought out Tsunade to heal his arms. Declining at first while noticing is arms, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] complemented Tsunade's talent while saying that she's the only one in the world who can cure Orochimaru or kill him. Inspecting the injury, Tsunade learns that it was inflicted on her former team mate by Hiruzen, whom Orochimaru killed in battle. Shocked upon hearing that revelation, Tsunade attempts to Orochimaru before he offers to use [[Impure World Reincarnation]] to bring back Dan and Nawaki as payment for her services. Seeing that she was tempted by this offer, Orochimaru left her a week to consider his proposal.
 
   
[[File:Unforgivable! A Total Lack of Respect!.JPG|thumb|Tsunade and Naruto face-off.]]
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[[File:Tsunade punch orochimaru.png|thumb|Tsunade defeats Orochimaru.]]
Soon afterwards, Tsunade was approached by [[Jiraiya]], who wanted her to become the next Hokage. After she disrespectfully turns down the offer, an enraged Naruto challenges Tsunade to a fight for her ridiculing of the title. Though she easily beats him in the match, Tsunade shows interest at Naruto's attempt of using the [[Rasengan]] and makes a bet with him: she would give him Hashirama's necklace if can could master the technique within a week with and he would give her [[Gama-chan|all the money]] he had on him should he fail. Naruto accepted the bet, and Tsunade kept a careful eye on Naruto's progress throughout the week while contemplating Orochimaru's offer. When the week was up, and Naruto appeared to have failed in mastering the technique, she drugged Jiraiya so he would not meddle and went to meet Orochimaru.
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Orochimaru decides to kill Naruto and attacks with his [[Sword of Kusanagi]]. Tsunade uses her body to block the attack, her way of protecting Naruto, Konoha's future Hokage. Orochimaru keeps trying to attack him, which Tsunade keeps using her body to block. Her resolve to protect Naruto eventually overcomes her fear of blood, allowing her to go on the offensive: she punches Orochimaru, activates [[Creation Rebirth]] to heal all the damage she's received, and declares her acceptance of the position of Fifth Hokage. She, Jiraiya, and Orochimaru each [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[Katsuyu]], [[Gamabunta]], and [[Manda]], respectively. When Manda proves too elusive for Katsuyu and Gamabunta, Tsunade uses Gamabunta's sword to pin Manda to the ground with his mouth shut. She then delivers a sequence of punches to Orochimaru's face, forcing him to escape with Kabuto; before he leaves, he warns that he has [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|other ways]] of fixing his arms.
   
[[File:A Dubious Offer! Tsunade's Choice!.JPG|thumb|left|Tsunade preparing to "heal" Orochimaru.]]
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Having used so much chakra during the fight, Tsunade's younger transformation fades after the battle, but it is restored before Naruto wakes up. When he hears about what happened while he was unconscious, Naruto expresses his concern that she isn't qualified to be Fifth Hokage, being vastly inferior to Hiruzen. Tsunade challenges him to a fight and once again outmatches him using a single finger. Rather than defeat him, however, she kisses his forehead to symbolise her faith in his achieving his dreams, just as she once did for Nawaki and Dan.
Though it seemed she was able to heal Orochimaru, having him promise not destroy Konoha once his arms were healed, Kabuto exposes Tsunade's actual intent to kill Orochimaru. Her motives known, Tsunade revealed that she knew Orochimaru has no intention of honouring his promise to leave Konoha alone, and that she couldn't bring herself to let him attack the village again even if it meant seeing Nawaki and Dan again. While she had tried to forget this fact over the years, Naruto's determination and desire to be Hokage reminded her of their dreams, and she had decided to do whatever was necessary to protect those dreams.
 
   
[[File:Points Disturbance.jpg|thumb|Tsunade attacks Kabuto.]]
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
With that, Tsunade attacked Orochimaru, though Kabuto fought her in his place. However, realising that he is completely outmatched, Kabuto slits his wrists to use Tsunade's hæmophobia against her before Shizune and Naruto came to her rescue. While he and Shizune were easily defeated, despite Tsunade telling him to run, Naruto was able to overcome his injuries and manages to defeat Kabuto with a perfected Rasengan in his effort to protect her. As Naruto collapsed and in critical condition, Tsunade manages to heal him and giving him Hashirama's necklace in hope he would become a Hokage.
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[[File:Tsunade as Hokage.PNG|thumb|left|Tsunade as the Fifth Hokage.]]
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When they get back to Konoha, the villagers start making preparations to officially place Tsunade into office. Before that can happen, Naruto has Tsunade heal the [[Tsukuyomi|damage]] to the minds of [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. She also looks at the damage to [[Rock Lee]]'s spine; although she's the only one who can fix it, she confesses that there's a fifty percent chance he wouldn't survive the procedure and recommends he give up on life as a ninja. After thinking it over, Lee tells her plainly that being a ninja is his dream, which she cannot argue with. In the anime, Tsunade tries to improve his chances of survival by studying [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction|one of Kabuto's jutsu]], and in doing so she improves Lee's odds to 58%. Lee ultimately survives the procedure.
   
[[File:Tsunade paws Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Tsunade defeats Orochimaru.]]
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Being Hokage comes with a heavy workload, especially in the aftermath of Orochimaru's [[Konoha Crush]], which left the village understaffed. For this reason, when Tsunade is informed that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru, [[Shikamaru Nara]] - only recently promoted to [[chūnin]] - is the highest ranking ninja she can assign to lead the [[Sasuke Recovery Team]]; she allows him any [[genin]] he can recruit for the mission, though recommends Naruto's inclusion. After the Recovery Team leaves, Tsunade is notified of the [[Konoha Special Mission Platoon]]'s defeat by the [[Sound Four]], Sasuke's escorts. Having already suspected that a team of genin wouldn't be enough, she requests [[Sunagakure]]'s support so that Orochimaru, a mutual enemy of both villages, can't gain Sasuke's [[Sharingan]]. She is also informed that Lee, despite still recovering from his surgery, has also gone off to lend support.
Orochimaru, worrying about what kind of threat Naruto might become when he got older, attempts to kill him, though Tsunade blocks that attack with her body. When inquired as to why she was protecting Naruto, Tsunade replies that Naruto would someday be Hokage, and that she would not allow him to die before that happened. With that, Tsunade accepted the title of Fifth Hokage while overcoming her fear of blood to eliminate Orochimaru. Joining forces with the still drugged Jiraiya, the two attacked Orochimaru. After a battle of summons, Tsunade dealt the finishing blow to Orochimaru. Defeated, Orochimaru escaped, vowing to destroy Konoha once he'd healed himself. Once Naruto recovered, the group returned to Konoha where Tsunade begins her term while secretly believing that Naruto would someday become her successor. Also, like with Nawaki and Dan before Naruto, Tsunade gives him a kiss on the forehead to show her faith in him.
 
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=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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Despite the best efforts of the Recovery Team, Lee, and Suna's [[Three Sand Siblings]], they are unable to stop Sasuke from joining forces with Orochimaru. Tsunade sends the [[Medic Corps]] to retrieve the Recovery Team's members and tend to their injuries; Tsunade, by studying the [[Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia]], is able to cure [[Chōji Akimichi]] of the [[Three Coloured Pills]]' side-effects. Tsunade is later approached by [[Sakura Haruno]], who asks to be taught [[medical ninjutsu]]. Sensing that Sakura has something she wants to protect (Naruto and Sasuke), Tsunade agrees.
[[File:Tsunade as Hokage.PNG|thumb|Tsunade as the Fifth Hokage.]]
 
Soon after arriving in Konoha to take her place as [[Hokage]], Tsunade healed the mental injuries inflicted by [[Itachi Uchiha]]'s [[Tsukuyomi]] on [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. She also gave a grim prognosis on [[Rock Lee]]'s condition. She stated that the only procedure that could allow him to return to duty as a ninja was one that she alone was capable of performing, and it only had a fifty percent success chance that could prove to be fatal for Lee. Not wanting to take such a risk, Tsunade advised Lee that it was best that he retire as a ninja and find another profession. However, upon seeing Lee's resolve to become a ninja and the [[Will of Fire]] which burned within him, she decided to conduct the surgery.
 
   
In the anime, while Lee is struggling to decide what he should do, Tsunade looks into ways to improve his chance of survival. Thinking back to how she had seen Kabuto withstand Naruto's [[Rasengan]], Tsunade used [[Yin Healing Wound Destruction|Kabuto's technique]] as a basis to improved Lee's chances of survival from fifty to fifty-eight percent. Lee finally agreed to undergo the procedure and survives.
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=== Mizuki Tracking Mission ===
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Jiraiya makes plans to take Naruto away from the village to train him. In the anime, Naruto must remain in Konoha while Jiraiya is off investigating and it is up to Tsunade to keep him preoccupied with other missions so that he won't go after Sasuke by himself. When, during one of these missions, the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] escape from prison, Tsunade convinces them to surrender with a quick display of [[genjutsu]] and her strength.
   
[[File:Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia.png|thumb|left|Tsunade prepares medicine to heal Chōji.]]
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=== The Appearance of Strange Visitors ===
When Sasuke defected from the village so that he could go to Orochimaru, Tsunade was forced to send out [[Sasuke Retrieval Team|a group]] of [[genin]] to try and stop and retrieve him, due to lack of manpower. She also used Konoha's reacquired alliance with [[Sunagakure]] to call in a favour for reinforcements, hoping to give the retrieval team some back-up. Despite her efforts, the group ultimately failed, and Tsunade helped in healing their mortal injuries, bringing them back to full health. She was particularly instrumental in the healing of Chōji, mixing the antidote to the side effects of the [[Three Coloured Pills]] that she got from the [[Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia|medical encyclopaedia]] kept by the [[Nara]]s; a fact [[Chōza]] gratefully stated.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 236, page 9</ref> In the aftermath of Sasuke's betrayal, [[Sakura Haruno]] asked to become Tsunade's apprentice, which Tsunade gladly accepted.
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In the anime, Tsunade learns that Rock Lee and [[Might Guy]] are being impersonated by [[Mondai]] and [[Potcha]]. Deciding to have fun with the two, Tsunade pretends to believe their disguises and has them do many arduous tasks for her. The workload horrifies the two and eventually drives them away from the village.
   
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
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== Interlude ==
Tsunade appeared in numerous filler arcs, though she typically did nothing more than sending others out on missions, occasionally trying new ways of deciding who would go on a specific mission. Her goal during the filler arcs was to keep Naruto busy until Jiraiya came back, to prevent him from going after Sasuke himself. When the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] escape from prison, she convinces them to surrender with a quick display of genjutsu and her strength. In another filler, she summoned [[Katsuyu]] to deal with some impersonators of [[Rock Lee]] and [[Might Guy]], who had entered the village.
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=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
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Sakura progresses rapidly under Tsunade's tutelage. In the anime, [[Ino Yamanaka]] also asks to train with Tsunade. From seeing the rivalry that exists between Sakura and Ino and how that competition drives them each to do better, Tsunade agrees.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 406</ref> However, she teaches Ino only medical ninjutsu and not the additional skills she teaches Sakura, believing it would be better for Ino to focus on her clan's [[hiden jutsu]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 407</ref>
   
== Part II ==
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About two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train with Jiraiya, Tsunade proposes to Suna's [[Fifth Kazekage]] that their two villages hold a [[Chūnin Exam]]. Publicly, the exam will demonstrate the alliance that now exists between their two villages. Secretly, the exam will hopefully draw out [[Akatsuki]], who are after jinchūriki like the Kazekage. The Kazekage agrees and the two villages split responsibilities for the exams. She sends Kakashi Hatake to invite [[Amegakure]] to the exams with instructions to investigate rumours that Ame's leader, [[Hanzō]], has been overthrown.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 394</ref> Ame accepts the invitation and Kakashi is unable to uncover anything, but both are convinced that something unusual is happening in Ame.
During the next few years while Jiraiya and Naruto were off training, Tsunade continued her duties as Hokage and her tutelage of Sakura as a field medical-nin. Also during this time, the [[Hokage Monument]] was altered to include Tsunade's face in chronological order.
 
   
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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The first stage of the exams are completed in Konoha without incident. Before the examinees and proctors relocate to Suna for the second stage, Tsunade warns the Konoha personnel to be alert to attacks on the Kazekage.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 399</ref> The Kazekage is indeed attacked during the second stage, forcing the exams to be cancelled prematurely. Performance reports on the remaining participants are sent to their respective villages to decide who will be promoted to chūnin; Tsunade promotes the members of [[Team 8]], [[Team 10]], and [[Team Guy]]. She also promotes [[Neji Hyūga]] to [[jōnin]] because of his role in protecting the Kazekage.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 413</ref>
[[File:Mission Desk.png|thumb|Tsunade assigning Team Kakashi their mission.]]
 
While taking care of reports for genin missions, Tsunade learned that Jiraiya and Naruto had returned. Tsunade then decided to test Naruto's, as well as the now [[chūnin]] Sakura's, growth as ninjas by pitting them against their former jōnin-sensei Kakashi. After the two succeeded in their challenge and received praise from Kakashi, Tsunade officially made them a unit under their old name "Team Kakashi".
 
   
Later, while deciding on Team Kakashi’s first mission, Tsunade received word from Sunagakure that the Akatsuki had abducted [[Gaara]], now the Fifth [[Kazekage]]. Out of respect for the Konoha-Suna alliance, Tsunade sent Team Kakashi to assist. A few days later, Tsunade had a bad premonition when she discovered she won a major sweepstakes and sent [[Team Guy]] as backup for the mission in response.
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== Part II ==
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
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Tsunade is informed of Naruto's return to Konoha after two-and-a-half years of training. She shares this news with Sakura and together they welcome him back. Tsunade has Naruto and Sakura reform [[Team 7]] under Kakashi's leadership. While trying to find a mission to send Team 7 on that Naruto won't complain about, Tsunade receives a report that Suna's [[Fifth Kazekage]] has been kidnapped by [[Akatsuki]]. Tsunade decides to send Team 7 to lend assistance in the Kazekage's rescue in full awareness that Akatsuki wants to capture Naruto too. She isn't initially concerned, but when she suddenly wins the lottery she takes this as a bad sign and sends [[Team Guy]] to provide additional support.
   
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
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A few days later they receive news that the Kazekage was successfully rescued and that Teams 7 and Guy will be returning to Konoha. Shizune questions the wisdom of sending Naruto into battle with Akastuki, to which Tsunade replies that, because both Naruto and the Kazekage are [[jinchūriki]], Naruto was the single best person for the mission.
[[File:Homura and Koharu meet with Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade meets with Homura and Koharu to discuss Naruto.]]
 
After Team Kakashi and Team Guy returned from rescuing Gaara, Tsunade was informed that the fallen [[Akatsuki]] member [[Sasori]] had intended to meet [[Kabuto Yakushi|an agent]] of his working within Orochimaru’s ranks. Seeing the chance to get intelligence on Orochimaru, Tsunade decided to have Team Kakashi capture this spy. Unfortunately, the elders were against letting Naruto go out on dangerous missions as the [[Akatsuki]] sought to capture him. Tsunade sternly voiced her belief in Naruto. The elders ultimately yielded under the condition that Tsunade added one of the men of [[Danzō Shimura]], Hiruzen's fierce rival and leader of the ANBU [[Root]] division, to Team Kakashi. With Kakashi currently hospitalised, Tsunade also added an [[ANBU]] agent codenamed "[[Yamato]]", mainly for his ability to utilise the [[Wood Release]] and its ability to suppress the tailed beasts, should Naruto get out of control. She also warned Yamato to keep an eye on [[Danzō]]'s addition to the team, [[Sai]].
 
   
After Team Yamato returned, having failed their mission but gained new information on Sasuke, Tsunade surmised that Sasuke’s immense growth may have come from the assistance of Orochimaru’s use of kinjutsu and Kabuto’s medical ninjutsu. Tsunade was also troubled to learn that Danzō, in his self-righteous ideals, was willing to give the enemy top-secret information in an effort to complete the mission as Sai was instructed to give Orochimaru ANBU data should they meet.
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=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
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When she gets back to Konoha, Sakura shares intel she's received of an opportunity to meet with a spy in Orochimaru's ranks, what may serve as an opportunity to find Sasuke Uchiha. Kakashi is left bedridden after the mission in Suna, requiring that new members be assigned to Team 7 to go meet the spy. Shizune once again questions Naruto's inclusion on the team, believing it would be safer to keep him in Konoha. Tsunade insists that Naruto is one of the few people she can trust with the mission with absolute certainty, and that besides it's a personal matter for him and he wouldn't allow himself to be excluded.
   
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
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Tsunade is shortly afterwards summoned before the [[Konoha Council]], with whom Shizune has shared her concerns and who also believe that Tsunade is deploying Naruto irresponsibly. Tsunade repeats her earlier reasoning, adding that Akatsuki will inevitably come for Naruto, and that if he keeps getting sent out on missions it will make it more difficult for Akatsuki to locate him. The Konoha Council relents after Tsunade promises to be held solely responsible in the event that her decisions and/or Naruto's capture endanger Konoha. They do, however, insist on including one of [[Danzō Shimura]]'s underlings ([[Sai]]) on this new Team 7, which Tsunade agrees to. Tsunade also assigns an [[Anbu]], codenamed "[[Yamato]]", to lead Team 7, partly so that he can keep an eye on Sai, but also because his [[wood release]] will help Naruto keep the [[Nine-Tails]] under control.
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In the anime, word reached Konoha that several villages on the Fire Country’s borders were being attacked. Tsunade sent several teams to investigate. She also sent Team Yamato to investigate several tombs near the [[Fire Temple]] being disturbed. When Team Yamato returned, they informed Tsunade that the tombrobbers were apparently after corpses of four former members of the [[Twelve Guardian Ninja]]. Team Yamato also brought an unofficial new member to the team from the [[Fire Temple]] to replace an injured Sai, a young monk named [[Sora]]. Tsunade also received a message explaining Sora’s troubled past and [[Sora's Jinchūriki Forms|unusual powers]] that he is not able to control that lead to great damage of the Fire Temple.
 
   
Later, Tsunade had the ANBU apprehend Danzō due to his recent and possibly treacherous actions and ninja from the [[Amegakure]] with Danzō. Before she could interrogate the man, the elders arrived. They revealed that the Rain ninja was a double-agent working for them. The elders explained the same [[Furido's 4-Man Team|tombrobbers]] Team Yamato encountered may also be after Sora. The elders and Danzō came to the conclusion they should confine or eliminate him. Before Tsunade could voice her refusal, Sora was found spying on them. Convinced that Tsunade wanted to eliminate him, Sora became furious at her. Sora then asked [[Asuma]] if it was true that Asuma killed his father [[Kazuma]]. When Asuma sadly admitted it, Sora’s rage unleashed his hidden powers and was able to escape.
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Although the new Team 7 does indeed meet Sasuke, they fail in bringing him back to Konoha. Naruto and the others are not deterred, however, and vow to to try again, which Tsunade approves.
   
Later while Tsunade was deciding what to do about Sora, the village had a complete power-outage, thanks to the tombrobbers. They arrived in the village and surrounded it in a [[Barrier Gate Five Seals Technique: Castle Closing Eight Gates|giant barrier]]. They voiced their distain for Konoha as they viewed as an imbalance to the Fire Country’s power and sought to destroy the village. As they overwhelmed Konoha’s forces with a [[Earth Release Resurrection Technique: Corpse Soil|zombie resurrection technique]] due to most of the ninjas being outside the village, Tsunade discussed the situation with Shikamaru. It was determined through Asuma that the tombrobbers intended to destroy the village with the deadly [[Limelight]] technique through the four resurrected guardians.
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=== Twelve Guardian Ninja ===
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In the anime, Tsunade sends Team 7 to investigate some grave robberies near the [[Fire Temple]]. When they return, they report that the [[Furido's 4-Man Team|robbers]], whoever they are, have a seeming interest in the graves of members of the [[Twelve Guardian Ninja]]. Because Sai was injured during the investigation, the Fire Temple allows [[Sora]] to fill in for him; Tsunade receives a confidential message that Sora's past and [[Jinchūriki Forms|unusual powers]] pose a risk to the Fire Temple. Meanwhile, Tsunade has Danzō taken into custody on the suspicion that he is betraying Konoha to [[Amegakure]]. While she interrogates Danzō's apparent Ame-contact, the Konoha Council informs her that the man is a double-agent who has reported that the grave robbers may be after Sora.
   
After the tombrobbers were defeated and Sora was purged of his powers, Tsunade forgave Sora for his mistakes and was allowed to leave the village in peace.
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The councillors recommend that Sora be either confined or eliminated. While Tsunade tries to decide what to do, Sora attacks her, but he is driven off by the arrival of Shizune and Naruto. The grave robbers soon afterwards arrive in Konoha, erecting a [[Barrier Gate Five Seals Technique: Castle Closing Eight Gates|giant barrier]] around the village while [[Earth Release Resurrection Technique: Corpse Soil|earthen zombies]] attack. While most of Konoha's forces go on the defence, Tsunade sends [[Asuma Sarutobi]] to retrieve Sora. Sora eventually starts rampaging through the village with the Nine-Tails' chakra he has, and Tsunade prepares to confront him, but Naruto ends up dealing with it. Once the grave robbers are all defeated, Tsunade pardons Sora for his actions and allows him to leave Konoha.
   
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
[[File:Kakuzu's autopsy.png|thumb|Tsunade informing Kakashi and Yamato of Kakuzu's autopsy report.]]
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Later, when two Akatsuki members entered the [[Land of Fire]] namely [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]] Tsunade mobilised the [[Nijū Shōtai]] to look for and if possible, capture the Akatsuki duo. While capture never came to be possible, the Akatsuki members were both defeated. Tsunade later performed an autopsy on Kakuzu, and found Naruto's newest technique, [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]] to be too dangerous for use, based on the damage done to Kakuzu's body and Naruto's arm. She explained that the attack had struck at a cellular level, causing extensive damage to the both of them, and regretfully told [[Kakashi]] and Yamato not to allow Naruto to use the technique again.
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Tsunade receives increasing reports of Akatsuki activity in other countries. She can't do anything until they enter the [[Land of Fire]], but nevertheless starts making preparations. Once she receives news of Akatsuki's attack on the [[Fire Temple]], Tsunade mobilises [[Twenty Platoons]] to find the Akatsuki members, capture them if possible, and, if capture is impossible, to eliminate them. Although one of the Twenty Platoons is able to find the Akatsuki members ([[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]]), both elude capture and Asuma Sarutobi is killed. A funeral is held in Konoha while the remaining Twenty Platoons continue the search.
   
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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Asuma's students on [[Team 10]] leave Konoha to join the search and avenge him, which Tsunade tries to stop, citing among other reasons that they need a fourth member. Kakashi volunteers to accompany them, and Tsunade is forced to relent. Tsunade is aware that they'll need backup and starts looking for candidates; she has Sakura tell Naruto that, if he would like to go, he'll first need to complete the new jutsu he's been working on. He does indeed complete it and the Akatsuki members are ultimately defeated. Tsunade afterwards performs an autopsy on Kakuzu's body, examining the damage that Naruto's new [[Rasenshuriken]] did to it. From the cellular damage Kakuzu received, Tsunade concludes that the Rasenshuriken is as dangerous to Naruto as it is to his opponents and should therefore not be used again.
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In the anime, after finishing her autopsy on Kakuzu, Tsunade received a report from a deceased [[ANBU]] captain about Orochimaru and Sasuke's whereabouts. She called for Kakashi, and put him in charge of [[Team 8]] to investigate. Because the mission involved a chance of finding Sasuke, Tsunade tried to keep Naruto from finding out about it. He found out anyway, so Tsunade didn't hesitate to send him as back-up.
 
   
Later, Tsunade received news that Team Kakashi had encountered the [[Three-Tails]]. Deciding that they needed to capture the beast quickly, as to not let it fall into enemy hands, Tsunade ordered [[Tenten]], [[Rock Lee]], and [[Ino Yamanaka]] to aid Team Kakashi in sealing the beast. Before sending them out, Tsunade made a large and special scroll to aid the team in sealing the beast. She also decided to summon and send out Katsuyu for further assistance. When the forces they sent continued to have problems with the sealing, Tsunade called them back to Konoha, and sent some [[ANBU]] to replace them. After she heard about the ANBU losing contact with Konoha, and the disappearance of the Three-Tails, Tsunade suspected that [[Akatsuki]] were somehow involved.
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=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
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In the anime, Tsunade receives a dying Anbu's report about one of Orochimaru's bases. She puts Kakashi in charge of [[Team 8]] and sends them to investigate. Because the mission has the chance of meeting Sasuke, Tsunade tries to keep Naruto from finding out about it. He finds out anyway, so Tsunade allows him and the rest of Team 7 to provide backup. Their teams later report encountering the [[Three-Tails]], which Tsunade decides must be dealt with to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. She sends them instructions for a [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier|seal]] to place on the Three-Tails, some Konoha personnel to help perform the seal, as well as part of Katsuyu to provide additional assistance. Orochimaru's forces repeatedly interfere with the sealing, so Tsunade has some Anbu take over the sealing while the others return to Konoha. She later loses contact with the Anbu and the Three-Tails disappears, leading Tsunade to suspect Akatsuki's involvement.
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
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Tsunade assigned Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai on a mission to find [[Itachi Uchiha]] in the hopes that it would lead them to [[Sasuke]]. Jiraiya later comes to inform her that he had found the location of the [[Nagato|leader of Akatsuki]]. Despite her insistence for his location to formulate a surprise attack, Jiraiya instead invites Tsunade for drinks, which she ultimately ends up agreeing to it. While in [[Shushuya]], Jiraiya reveals the details of the Akatsuki's leader and that he was in Amegakure and the difficulty of getting into the village. As Jiraiya declares that he would infiltrate the village on his own, Tsunade objects but Jiraiya reminds her that he is one of the Legendary Sannin and what that meant. After the two reminisce a bit, Tsunade tells Jiraiya to come back alive and if he needed help to send a toad and she'd come in person to back him up. On departing, Jiraiya tells her to remain cautious of [[Root]].
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Jiraiya visits Tsunade and reports rumours that Orochimaru has been killed by Sasuke. They share these rumours with Naruto and Sakura, who suspect that Sasuke is making moves against his brother, [[Itachi Uchiha]] of Akatsuki. Naruto proposes that they try to locate Itachi so that they can, in turn, find Sasuke. Despite how unsuccessful previous attempts to capture Akatsuki members have been, Tsunade approves the formation of a combined [[Eight Man Squad]] to find Itachi.
   
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
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Jiraiya visits Tsunade later with news that he's discovered the location of Akatsuki's leader, though he refuses to go into more detail until she meets him for drinks. While having saké, Jiraiya shares news of Amegakure's ongoing civil war, which the Akatsuki leader is rumoured to be behind. Because Amegakure is in a delicate political situation, Jiraiya must infiltrate the village by himself to confirm before Konoha can take direct action. Tsunade feels guilty for always relying on him to do dangerous work like this and reflects on happier times, before Orochimaru's apparent death and when he was still their friend. As Jiraiya prepares to leave, Tsunade instructs him to be sure to come back alive, fearing what his death might do to her.
In the anime, word reaches Konoha that the [[Tsuchigumo clan]]'s fort protecting a [[Tsuchigumo clan Kinjutsu|powerful forbidden technique]] was under attack. With Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai being the closest, Tsunade sent [[Katsuyu]] to inform them of their mission to aid the Tsuchigumo clan, in accordance with the peace treaty the Third Hokage made with them. Tsunade later receives word from the teams that they and the clan have considered destroying the technique to end the possible danger it can cause.
 
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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Later, Shizune senses that Tsunade is worried about Jiraiya and tries to reassure her that he'll be fine. Tsunade replies he won't be back, which is a new tactic she's trying: she's betting on the one thing she doesn't want to have happen, relying on her bad luck to prevent her bet from coming true.
[[File:HealingChakraTransmission.png|thumb|Tsunade healing multiple people in Konoha with her chakra.]]
 
When word reaches Konoha of Jiraiya's death, Tsunade makes the village's top priority to analyse the clues Jiraiya gave them to uncover [[Pain]]'s identity. While the likes of Shizune, [[Ibiki]], and [[Shikamaru]] are hard at work, Tsunade allows herself an opportunity to cry for her old friend. Naruto, just as badly affected by Jiraiya's death as Tsunade, went away to train, both of them knowing that he was Pain's next target.
 
   
When the [[invasion of Pain]] began, Tsunade tried to send word for Naruto to return home. She was stopped by the [[Konoha Council]], who feared his capture by the Akatsuki. However, Tsunade insisted that they must have faith in Naruto, along with the rest of the next generation, and so they relented. Tsunade began issuing orders for the village's defence, placing extra protection around those still working on Pain's secret. She summoned Katsuyu, and had her divide and seek out every villager so that she could protect and [[Healing Chakra Transmission|heal them remotely]].
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=== Six-Tails Unleashed ===
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In the anime, Konoha receives reports of an attack on the [[Tsuchigumo clan]] and, as a consequence, their [[Tsuchigumo clan Kinjutsu|forbidden technique]] is at risk. Because the returning Eight Man Squad is closest to the Tsuchigumo clan's location, Tsunade sends Katsuyu to intercept them and give them their assignment to protect the Tsuchigumo.
   
While sitting in the middle of a seal guarded by [[ANBU]], transferring her chakra to Katsuyu, she was found by Pain's [[Deva Path]], whom she recognised as [[Yahiko|one of the orphans]] Jiraiya had trained in the past. Tsunade refused to tell it where Naruto was, proclaiming that Akatsuki was just a terrorist group and that Konoha would not give in to their demands. Despite this Pain discovered Naruto's location through other means, the Deva Path resolved to make Tsunade see what Akatsuki's true goals were, by witnessing peace.
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=== Pain's Assault ===
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[[Fukasaku]], a former teacher of Jiraiya, reports to Tsunade that Jiraiya died while investigating the Akatsuki leader, [[Pain]]. Tsunade summons Naruto to her office so that Fukasaku can also tell him the news, who they expect will have greater difficulty. Naruto is indeed upset and blames Tsunade for his death, saying she should not have let him go. Sakura tries to stop him from storming out, but Tsunade lets him go. Tsunade makes investigating Pain's identity using the information Jiraiya gathered top priority: she has Shizune examine the [[Animal Path]]'s body; she has [[Ibiki Morino]] interrogate the prisoner Jiraiya captured; she has [[Shikamaru Nara]] decipher the coded message Jiraiya left behind. When Shikamaru tries objecting to the assignment, Tsunade ignores him, leaves, and, once she's alone, she cries for Jiraiya.
   
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Knowing that Pain will be coming for him, Naruto goes to [[Mount Myōboku]] to train with Fukasaku. The investigations into Pain's identity continue, but none are not completed prior to [[Pain's assault]] on Konoha. Tsunade sends orders for Naruto to be recalled to Konoha, but she's stopped by the Konoha Council, who feel that Naruto is safest where he is. Tsunade becomes angry with both councillors and berates them for lacking even the barest faith in Naruto's ability to save himself. The councillors are affronted by how she handles them and leave, but tell her to do what she wants. Tsunade heads to the roof of the [[Hokage Residence]] and summons Katsuyu, who she instructs to [[Slug Great Division|divide]] and attach to all of Konoha's villagers so that Tsunade can [[Katsuyu: Immense Network Healing|heal them remotely]].
When the Deva Path jumped into their air, Tsunade and her ANBU followed only for the village to be [[Shinra Tensei|destroyed]]. In the few moments between when the destruction began and ended, Tsunade poured all her chakra into Katsuyu in order to keep the villagers safe. In the aftermath, she confronted Pain, who attempted to kill her with his [[Asura Path (character)|Asura Path]]. It was stopped by Naruto, who informed Tsunade that he would personally deal with Pain. Leaving a clone of Katsuyu with Naruto, Gamakichi carries Tsunade to Sakura. Having used up almost all of her chakra, Tsunade's elderly form resurfaced, she then falls into a coma and does not see Naruto's victory over Pain.
 
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=== Konoha History Arc ===
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[[File:Healing Chakra Transmission.png|thumb|left|Tsunade heals Konoha's villagers via Katsuyu.]]
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As Katsuyu's divisions spread throughout the village, Tsunade starts to fully appreciate the extent of the damage that Pain's attack is doing. When she senses, through Katsuyu, that Kakashi has died, she destroys a nearby spire out of frustration. Pain's [[Deva Path]] eventually finds her. As her Anbu-bodyguards move in to protect her, Tsunade recognises the Deva Path as an [[Yahiko|orphan]] that Jiraiya once trained. The Deva Path asks Tsunade where Naruto is, which she refuses to reveal. The Deva Path blames Konoha's past actions for the current dire state of the world and Tsunade's refusal to cooperate with Akatsuki for the current attack on the village. Tsunade is unmoved, but Pain is able to able to find out where Naruto is through other means. Before leaving, the Deva Path states it will show Konoha the pain that the rest of the world has known for too long.
   
=== Chikara Arc ===
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[[File:Tsunade Ages.png|thumb|Tsunade in her weakened state.]]
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The Deva Path leaps into the air and Tsunade tries to follow. As it destroys Konoha with [[Shinra Tensei]], Tsunade transfers all of her chakra to Katsuyu to use in keeping the villagers safe. When the dust clears, Tsunade finds the village gone. She confronts the [[Six Paths of Pain]] and vows to personally defeat them. The [[Asura Path]] attacks her, which Naruto, newly returned, destroys in order to save her. Naruto asks Tsunade to trust Pain's defeat to him and has [[Gamakichi]] take Tsunade to Sakura. Having done all that she can and with her chakra gone, Tsunade's youthful transformation fades and she falls into a coma.
Tsunade tasked [[Team Kakashi]] with the mission to investigate the massacre of the [[Tonika Village]]. She noted that she wished that she could send more persons along with them, but currently they were elsewhere investigating a grave robbery and the theft of [[Hidan]]'s [[Triple-Bladed Scythe]] from the [[Nara Clan Forest|Nara clan's forest]]. She later showed [[Kakashi Hatake]], [[Might Guy]] and [[Shikamaru Nara]] the results of Team Kakashi's observations and sends them out to assist them.
 
   
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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[[File:Tsunade out of coma.png|thumb|left|Tsunade comes out of her coma.]]
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After Tsunade regains consciousness many days later, she is immediately embraced by Shizune. As she eats to replenish her chakra reserves, Tsunade is told of all that's happened while she's been unconscious: Naruto's victory over Pain; [[Tobi]] of Akatsuki's declaration of a [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]; the formation of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]. Kakashi discusses these matters with her, and also thanks her for waking up in time so that he would not need to made her replacement as Hokage. Once she's done eating, she convenes a war council to discuss Konoha's strategies for the coming war and any preparations that will need to be made.
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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A few days later, Tsunade travels to [[Kumogakure]] to meet with the other heads of the Alliance and discuss topics of broader importance. Chief among these is what to do with Naruto and [[Killer B]], whose capture Tobi started the war for. The Alliance's other leaders have already decided to send them into seclusion, which Tsunade disagrees with, believing they would be invaluable on the battlefield. The [[Fifth Kazekage]] disagrees, reminding her that Naruto has the tendency to be reckless for his friends, which in turn would place him too much at risk. Tsunade reluctantly agrees and Naruto and B are sent to the [[Island Turtle]]. In the anime, after the meeting with the other heads of the Alliance she requested that B teach Naruto to achieve control over the Nine-Tails in the event that they would have to be deployed, which A approved. As they move on to other matters, Tsunade takes particular interest in equipping the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] with enough supplies.
[[File:Tsunade out of coma.png|thumb|Shizune embraces Tsunade after she comes out of her coma.]]
 
While Tsunade remained in a comatose state, [[Danzō Shimura]] was chosen to replace her as the Candidate Sixth Hokage. However, he was killed by the now-international criminal [[Sasuke Uchiha]] after the [[Kage Summit]] and the village prepared to make [[Kakashi Hatake]] the new Hokage, but Tsunade woke up before the appointment could be finalised. Tsunade learned of everything that happened while she was in her coma; the start of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], the [[Shinobi Alliance]], and the "identity" of [[Tobi]]. After replenishing her chakra levels, she convened a war council to prepare the village for the impending war. In the anime after the war council, she calls a private meeting in her temporary office as they discuss the impending war.
 
   
[[File:Meeting.png|thumb|left|Tsunade convenes a war council to prepare the village for the impending war.]]
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Three days later, Tsunade goes to [[Kumogakure]] to meet with the other heads of the Alliance. She is warmly greeted by the [[Fifth Mizukage]] while the [[Third Tsuchikage]] suggests she retire so that she can finish recuperating. When they get down to business, Tsunade learns that the other Kage have decided to send Naruto and [[Killer B]] into hiding to keep them safe from Akatsuki. Tsunade argues against this, believing that the jinchūriki will be valuable assets in the coming war. The other Kage insist that it's for the best and the [[Fifth Kazekage]] reminds her that she must also take others' views into consideration. She eventually agrees with their decision, albeit reluctantly. Later, she helps organise the joint armies, placing particular interest in the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] and the [[Intelligence Division]]. In the anime after the meeting with the other heads of the Alliance she requests the [[Fourth Raikage]] that B teaches Naruto to achieve the control over the Nine-Tails.
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In the anime, Tsunade sends Team 7 to investigate the massacre of the [[Tonika Village]]. When Team 7 reports [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s use of the [[Impure World Reincarnation]], Tsunade sends them all available backup.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Paradise Life on as Boat ===
[[File:Kage ready for battle.png|thumb|Tsunade and the other Kage prepare for war.]]
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Later, Tsunade remained at headquarters with the Raikage and the Tsuchikage, providing input when needed. When the [[First Division]] engaged several [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] ninja, Tsunade was disturbed by the possibility that [[Dan]] may be amongst their numbers. She is later surprised by news that [[Gold and Silver Brothers|enemies]] on the battlefield contained the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra.
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In the anime, Tsunade sends Sakura to [[Benisu Island]] to collect medicinal herbs for the war effort. She later refuses [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]]'s request to join the Allied Shinobi Forces.
   
[[File:A and Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade and A confront Naruto and B.]]
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When more news reached headquarters of Naruto and B's escape from their confinement, the Raikage asked Tsunade to help him deal with them. She summoned Katsuyu and leaves a clone at headquarters, taking another Katsuyu with her so that they could keep up-to-date on any urgent matters at headquarters. When they intercepted Naruto and B, Tsunade was amazed by Naruto's [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode|subjugation]] of the beast. Naruto appealed to Tsunade to let him and B pass, but she informed him that she could no longer act independently, and must do what was best for the Alliance. Naruto tries to escape but was stopped by the enraged Raikage, who voiced his willingness to kill Naruto and B if they would not submit. Upon hearing this however, a shocked Tsunade, told him that she would not allow him to do any such thing.
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Most of the Alliance's leaders head to the battlefield when the war begins, but Tsunade and the [[Fourth Raikage]] remain at the Allied headquarters to discuss tactics, coordinate troop movements, and process new intel. On the first night of fighting, they receive reports that Naruto and B have escaped the Island Turtle. The Raikage takes Tsunade with him to head them off; she leaves behind one of Katsuyu's divisions in case she needs to be contacted about anything.
   
 
[[File:Tsunade's Resolve.png|thumb|Tsunade places her faith in Naruto and B.]]
 
[[File:Tsunade's Resolve.png|thumb|Tsunade places her faith in Naruto and B.]]
Turning to oppose the Raikage instead, she remembered Naruto's words, that he would not die until he became the Hokage, and argued that even if Naruto being killed delayed the enemy's plan, that it was unlikely that another jinchūriki would have the same success as Naruto had with controlling the Nine-Tails, and going against A's instructions, she would allow them to enter the battlefield. When despite this it seemed as though A would not be swayed, Tsunade was intent on fighting him, but, as it turned out, A was testing Naruto one final time and then agreed to let him and B continue on to the battlefield when the young man proved himself.
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Once they locate Naruto and B, the Raikage blocks their progress and tries to convince them to return to the Island Turtle. Naruto implores Tsunade to let them pass, but she explains that she must do what is in the best interest of the entire Allied Shinobi Forces. Naruto's continuing obstinance prompts the Raikage to decide to kill him so that Akatsuki can't capture him. Tsunade cannot allow this and steps in, observing that Naruto's new [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] indicates his unprecedented control over the Nine-Tails, something that may never be replicated in future jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails. The best course, she argues, is to let Naruto use his new power to try and win the war. The Raikage is not openly convinced by Tsunade's, B's, or Naruto's words and appears willing to fight, but when Naruto is finally able to get past him the Raikage doesn't pursue.
   
Upon returning to headquarters, Tsunade reviewed the data from the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] autopsy and was disconcerted by what Madara Uchiha and Orochimaru had done with her grandfather's DNA, and concluded that harvesting the cells was probably what had allowed Madara to live for so long. When A asked if there were any hints on how to defeat Madara, Tsunade replied saying that Madara may in fact be the true definition of the word "immortal". She then told Shikaku to inform Naruto and B about the [[White Zetsu Army]] clone's [[Substitute Technique|transformation ability]].
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When Tsunade and the Raikage return to headquarters they are informed that the [[White Zetsu Army]] is cultivated from the DNA of [[Hashirama Senju]]. Tsunade is upset by the continued use of her grandfather's abilities and what else Tobi may have used them for, but believes Naruto may be able to root out Zetsus that have [[Substitute Technique|infiltrated]] the Allied Forces.
   
[[File:Tsunade heads out.png|thumb|left|Tsunade decides to head to the front lines.]]
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
Having heard a report from [[Inoichi]] about the progress that the Alliance was making on the battlefield after Naruto's release, Shikaku commented that they were gaining the upper hand. At this, Tsunade smiled at A triumphantly. They are subsequently told, however, that a new chakra had been sensed in the region of the Fourth Division. This was confirmed to be the real [[Madara Uchiha]] which sent those at headquarters into confusion. [[Mabui]] inquired about the reason behind the [[Tobi|masked man]] assuming the name "Madara", to which Tsunade responded that, even more than a name, Madara was an ideal which struck fear into people from just the simple idea of him. A sudden tremor was felt, and after hearing the report from Inoichi that a meteorite had been dropped on the Fourth Division, and hearing [[Ao]] report that the lives of several shinobi had been lost, Tsunade decided to head out to the front-lines of the battlefield personally.
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[[File:Gokage Shūketsu.png|thumb|left|The five Kage confront Madara.]]
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Naruto, using [[shadow clone]]s, does indeed help defeat the Zetsu Army, finding those that are disguised, defeating those that aren't, and helping capture any remaining reincarnated forces. The apparent victory is cut short by the sudden appearance of the reincarnated [[Madara Uchiha]], who proceeds to decimate the [[Fourth Division]]. Wishing to join the battle, Tsunade has [[Mabui]] [[Heavenly Transfer Technique|transfer]] her to the site of Madara's battle with the Fourth Division, using [[Creation Rebirth]] to heal the damage that the transfer does to her body. The Raikage joins her and they arrive in time to save the Fifth Kazekage and [[Third Tsuchikage]] from Madara's attack. Tsunade heals them and, after being joined by the [[Fifth Mizukage]], the [[Five Kage]] face off with Madara. Confident they can defeat him, they tell one of Naruto's shadow clones to entrust Madara to them and to go defeat Tobi elsewhere.
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[[File:Tsunade overwhelms Madara.png|thumb|Tsunade attacking Madara.]]
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Tsunade initially takes a supplementary role during the battle, healing the other Kage's injuries and replenishing their chakra as needed. She is surprised when Madara is able to use her grandfather's [[wood release]], which they eventually discover to be due to a cloned graft of Hashirama's face that has been implanted in Madara's body. Madara senses that Tsunade is descended from Hashirama and decides to kill her first because she is so much weaker than her ancestor. She acknowledges that she did not inherit all of Hashirama's natural gifts, but she does have his [[Will of Fire]], which drove her to create the [[Ninja Art Creation Rebirth — Strength of a Hundred Technique]]. After activating the technique, she joins the other Kage in attacking him. Madara is unimpressed, but Tsunade is nevertheless able to punch through his body, giving the Kazekage a chance to try and [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral|seal]] him.
   
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[[File:Gokage vs 25 Susanoo.png|thumb|left|The Kage against Madara's wood clones.]]
Adamant about her decision, she told [[Mabui]] to prepare her [[Heavenly Transfer Technique]] to transport her there. Mabui protests however, saying that her technique was not intended for use on living organisms. She comments that the [[Third Raikage]] was the only one able to withstand her technique because of his special body. [[Shikaku]] also tried to dissuade Tsunade, telling her that it was a huge gamble regardless, and reminded her that she wasn't so lucky when it came to gambling so they should have the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] use the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] to transport her instead.
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Madara eludes capture and uses [[Susanoo]]'s sword to stab Tsunade. Madara assumes she's dead, but Tsunade removes the sword from her body and attacks him with it, convincing him that maybe she did indeed inherit something from Hashirama. He in fact admits that all the Kage have posed him some challenge, but claims that it's because they outnumber him five-to-one; in order to make things "fair", he creates twenty-five [[wood clone]]s, five for each of the Kage to fight. The wood clones each use Susanoo and fight the Kage into the night. Despite the superior forces against them, the Kage are able to combine forces against the original Madara, impressing him enough to use Susanoo's "Complete Body" form. Before he can use it to destroy the Kage, the Impure World Reincarnation is released and Madara's soul starts returning to the [[Pure Land]].
   
Though she admits that she is bad at betting money, she argued that it was a different matter when it came to her life, citing that as the reason why she’s still alive also claiming that they should use the Flying Thunder God Technique to transport Mei, since they needed a way to deal with Madara's [[Fire Release]] techniques, and that she would simply use her [[Yin Seal]] to heal any damages. Despite Mabui's insistence, A told her to prepare the technique for two, as he would be accompanying Tsunade.
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[[File:Dan & Tsunade.png|thumb|Tsunade sees Dan again.]]
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Madara uses the remaining moments before his soul departs trying to finish off the Kage. Tsunade takes responsibility for blocking his attacks, expecting that her Creation Rebirth will heal the damage, but she runs out of chakra and is left at Madara's mercy. She is saved by [[Dan Katō]]'s [[Spirit Transformation Technique]], his soul having also been released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Tsunade uses the little time that they have apologising to him for abandoning his dreams for so many years after he died, but that she now tries to keep his dreams alive in her capacity as Hokage. He thanks her for continuing his dream, but tells her that the greatest service she can do to him is to stay alive, as she herself is his dream. He kisses her forehead before vanishing and transfers all of his chakra to her. Although Tsunade is rejuvenated, Madara has used this time removing the Impure World Reincarnation's user's control over him, thus allowing him to stay.
   
[[File:The Five Kage United.png|thumb|left|The five Kage arrive on the battlefield.]]
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[[File:Tsunade summons Katsuyu.png|thumb|left|Tsunade summons Katsuyu in her injured state.]]
Mabui eventually conceded to the order, and used her technique to send them to the battlefield. Upon their arrival, Tsunade attacked [[Madara]] immediately with a kick sending him flying while [[A]] attacked [[]] simultaneously. Sustaining some minor injuries in transit, she released the seal on her forehead and used her [[Creation Rebirth]] technique to heal herself. Standing up alongside all the other Kage, she faces Madara prepared to fight.
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Now free to do what he wants, Madara decides he's lost interest in the Kage and states his intentions to go after Naruto. The Kage try to stop him and thus fulfil their promise to Naruto, but Madara defeats them all and leaves them near death. Tsunade, despite being bisected in the battle, is able to summon Katsuyu. She asks Katsuyu to bring the other Kage closer to her so that she can try and save their lives. Tsunade is later found by Orochimaru, [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]], and [[Karin]]. Tsunade has used almost all of her chakra on the other Kage and now lacks the energy to even speak. After assuring Katsuyu that he wants to help, Orochimaru has Karin [[Heal Bite|replenish]] Tsunade's chakra and has Suigetsu assist Katsuyu with putting Tsunade's halves back together. Tsunade reluctantly thanks Orochimaru once she's restored and notes a change in him, a change that might have saved Jiraiya had it happened sooner. Orochimaru departs, leaving Tsunade to finish healing the Kage.
   
As the battle with Madara began, Tsunade stated that first she would heal Ōnoki and Gaara's injuries, and asked Mei and A to hold off Madara while she did so. As she was healing them, Naruto questioned her on why she hadn't collapsed after using Creation Rebirth when she arrived. Tsunade responded, telling him that this instance is different compared to the scale she had to use it on during Pain's invasion, as this time she was only healing her own injuries which were nowhere near as bad as the injuries she healed during Pain's invasion. Naruto asked to be healed despite being a clone, so he could join the battle as well, but Tsunade told him that there was no need for that — Ōnoki then went on to explain that the war was no longer just about protecting him. After being completely healed, [[Ōnoki]] and [[Gaara]] join the battle just in time to protect everyone from Madara's [[Yasaka Magatama|attack]]. As Madara is downed by the Kage's combined assault, Naruto turned to Tsunade, but was told by Ōnoki that this battle is no longer Naruto's to fight. Tsunade told Naruto that they could only win if they defeat both Madaras — stating that while they protected him from the reincarnated Madara on this side, he needed to protect them from [[Tobi]]. With that, Tsunade and the rest of the Kage give Naruto a message, telling him simply to "win" as the clone dispersed.
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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[[File:Tsunade&Sakura Byakugo no In.png|thumb|Sakura and Tsunade work together.]]
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Once all the Kage are healed, the Kazekage [[Desert Suspension|transport]]s them to where the Allied Forces are fighting; along the way, Katsuyu informs them of what's been happening up until now. As they near the battlefield, a reincarnated Hashirama Senju [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|contacts]] all the Allied powers. After briefly saying hello to Tsunade, Hashirama reveals the purpose of the [[God Tree]] recreation now looming over them: to cast the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. Much of the infantry is thrown into disarray from fear of what will happen, but when the Kage finally arrive they rally their forces against the God Tree. Tsunade locates Sakura and teams up with her to summon a large segment of Katsuyu, which dissolves across the battlefield so that Tsunade and Sakura can constantly rejuvenate everybody as they fight.
   
As the battle waged on, Tsunade seemingly takes a supplementary role as the [[medical-nin]], and hung behind to heal the other Kage whenever they got injured. As Madara used the [[Wood Release: Advent of a World of Flowering Trees]] technique, Tsunade was visibly shocked to see him use her grandfather's technique before calling out to Gaara, who [[Desert Suspension|suspended]] them above the attack. She then told the other Kage to ensure they didn't inhale any of the pollen. The Kage however are ambushed and knocked back to the forest by Madara's [[Susanoo]]. Inhaling the pollen, they fell unconscious until Ōnoki managed to [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique|destroy]] the trees and part of Madara. Tsunade later stared in shock as she sees the face formed from her grandfather's DNA jutting out of Madara's now-exposed chest.
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Although they aren't able to cut down the God Tree, the Allies are able to help Naruto defeat Tobi, real name [[Obito Uchiha]]. Naruto leaves to fight Madara, leaving the rest of the Allied Forces to fight [[Tobi (Zetsu)|another Zetsu]]. Tsunade lacks the chakra necessary to participate in the fight, much less continue performing medical ninjutsu. For this reason, when the Kazekage brings Naruto to her in need of emergency life support, Tsunade sends Sakura to help him.
   
As Madara regenerated he asks Tsunade if she was a descendant of the man on his chest. After this was confirmed, he declared that she would be the first to die. As Mei states that attacking the [[medical-nin]] in a team was a common tactic that they'd never allow, Madara tells them that it was not because she was a medical-nin, but because she was a [[Senju]] descendant whom he has deemed to be weak in comparison to her grandfather, who could also use medical ninjutsu. After Madara recounted Hashirama's skill with medical ninjutsu, stating that Tsunade's paled in comparison, Tsunade stated that even though she was a descendant of Hashirama who could not use [[Wood Release]], and admits that her medical ninjutsu paled in comparison to her grandfather's — whose techniques did not require hand seals — she stated that Madara was wrong in thinking that she was weak. She then went on to declare that more so than the abilities she did not inherit from her grandfather, she inherited his [[Will of Fire]], which Madara should not take so lightly.
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[[File:Tsunade Caught.png|thumb|left|Tsunade trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
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Despite the Allied Forces' efforts, they are unable to stop Madara from casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi, trapping the world in a dream. Tsunade dreams of a Konoha where Dan is Hokage, where Nawaki and Jiraiya are still alive, and where Orochimaru never defected from the village. In the anime where her dream was expounded on, Jiraiya leaves Tsunade one of his novels to read titled ''[[Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook: The Tale of Naruto the Hero]]'', despite her telling him she had no interest in it earlier. In the novel, Konoha went through much less upheaval; the Fourth Hokage and his wife survived the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, and the Uchiha Clan Downfall never happened. Naruto and Sasuke eventually release the Infinite Tsukuyomi, freeing Tsunade and the rest of the world and thus ending the Fourth Shinobi World War.
   
[[File:Tsunade A and Onoki attack Madara.png|thumb|Tsunade, A and Ōnoki attack Madara.]]
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== Blank Period ==
As she denounced Madara's claims, she told him of the four rules she created for her students and medical-nin alike stating that she was the only one who was allowed to break these because of rule number four: only those that had mastered the [[Creation Rebirth]] technique were allowed to break the other three rules and engage directly in battle. With this she completely released her [[Yin Seal]], activated the [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]], and confronted Madara — cracking his Susanoo's ribcage with a single punch. As Madara counter-attacked with the [[Fire Release: Great Fire Destruction]] technique, Mei intercepted this and countered with the [[Water Release: Water Encampment Pillar]] technique and then sent Madara flying into the air with the [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique]]. With this, [[A]], [[Ōnoki]] and Tsunade prepared a twofold attack which sends Madara plummeting into the ground. Barely giving him time to relent, Tsunade chided him again about inheriting the Will of Fire as opposed to something physical wondering whether or not he was even listening.
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After the war, Tsunade studies the material that the White Zetsus are made of, and from her research is able to create a prosthetic arm for Naruto.
   
[[File:Tsunade defeats Madara.png|thumb|left|Tsunade seemingly deals a devastating blow to Madara.]]
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=== Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky ===
Attacking once again, Tsunade was able to land a blow to Madara directly which destroyed his entire right side. Seemingly incapacitated enough, Gaara [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral|bound]] and [[Sealing Tag|sealed]] him. As Tsunade congratulates the other Kage, her face widened in shock as one of Madara's [[Susanoo Sword]]s emerge from the ground and impaled her. As Madara emerges from a root, he revealed that what they had sealed was nothing but a mere [[wood clone]] and that when Hashirama used it during their battles, he was the only one that was able to distinguish the clone with the use of his [[dōjutsu]].
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Kakashi is appointed the Sixth Hokage after the Fourth Shinobi World War ends. Yet a near after the war is over, he still has yet to officially accept the duties of the office. Tsunade continues to carry out all the responsibilities until he's ready, but also pressures Kakashi to make a decision. Kakashi requests that she wait until he completes his mission to guard the [[Tobishachimaru]] on its top secret maiden voyage. The Tobishachimaru ends up being hijacked by the [[Ryūha Armament Alliance]] during its voyage, and the hijackers threaten to kill the passengers if Konoha doesn't release their leader, [[Garyō]], from the [[Blood Prison]] in [[Kusagakure]]; they also stipulate that Naruto not be involved. After being informed that Kakashi is aboard the Tobishachimaru, Tsunade summons Konoha's available personnel, with the exception of Naruto.
   
Just as Madara sets his sights on the other Kage believing her to be dead Tsunade broke the sword lodged in her abdomen and, in one fluid motion, swung it at him, but Madara managed to block it by using his [[Susanoo]]'s ribcage. Tsunade was then sent flying back when Madara attacks her with his [[Yasaka Magatama]] technique crashing into a wall. She emerged seemingly unaffected by his attack as her wound heals. Madara praised her for this, and compared her technique to Hashirama's, though she admitted that she had just intended to create an opening for an attack, but Madara was also able to [[Blocking Technique Absorption Seal|nullify]] Ōnoki's sneak attack.
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While trying to plan what to do, Tsunade is contacted by the [[Third Tsuchikage]], who informs her that the "secret" Tobishachimaru is visible from several countries, including his own [[Iwagakure]]. Although she assures him it is bound for Kusa, he warns her that he will need to destroy it if it threatens his village, which would complicate the relationship between Konoha and Iwa. Tsunade shares this threat with one of the hijackers, [[Rahyō]], but it does not deter him. Having few options left, Tsunade decides that the ship must be destroyed before Iwa is forced to intervene. She has [[Ino Yamanaka]] [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|tell]] Kakashi to do what he can but also warn him of her decision. She leads the assembled available Konoha ninja to the Blood Prison to be on hand in case the worst should happen.
   
Jeering Madara, Tsunade stated that it was true that he was able to outwit them with his [[wood clone]], but, that at the same time it could be said that they had cornered him into using the clone. This causes Madara to use the [[Multiple Wood Release Clone Technique]], sending five clones to fight each of the Kage. With this he asks them whether or not they'd prefer the clones use [[Susanoo]], much to the Kage's collective shock.
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Kakashi ultimately crashes the Tobishachimaru just outside the Blood Prison, thus averting an incident with Iwa. However, several passengers died during the hijacking and the entire incident has been an embarrassment to Konoha. Tsunade is outraged by these developments and orders [[Kahyō]], the highest-ranking hijacker to survive, taken into custody. Kakashi intervenes, asking that he be allowed to pass sentence on Kahyō instead. Tsunade allows it on the condition that Kakashi make it his first act as Sixth Hokage, which he agrees to.
   
[[File:Five Kage vs Twenty-five Susanoo.png|thumb|The five Kage stand against Madara's Susanoo army.]]
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=== The Last: Naruto the Movie ===
As the battle raged on, Tsunade sent on of the Susanoo-clad clones plummeting into the ground. After A berated her increasingly reckless actions Tsunade reminded him that she had already stated she would bet her life and removed the two broken Susanoo blades from her abdomen. This however, caused her some pain and she coughed up blood. Spurred on to stand and fight by Ōnoki once more, the five Kage regroup and launch a new strategy with Tsunade [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transferring]] some of her chakra to Ōnoki in order to facilitate his large-scale [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique]] which results in them taking out all twenty-five clones in one shot. After a follow-up combo attack from A, Mei, and Gaara, Madara acknowledges that they are indeed worthy of their Kage titles, and manifests his complete Susanoo. After Susanoo is completed, Tsunade along with the other Kage stared in shock at the humongous construct. Now realising the difference in power between the Kage and Madara, Tsunade wondered whether her grandfather really fought and defeated someone like that before being knocked down by a swing of Madara Susanoo's sword. As they regained their footing, she and the other Kage stood to face Madara once more. As Madara prepared to deliver another devastating blow with his sword, Tsunade formed a seal, seemingly prepared to counter the attack. However, Madara's attack is halted as he was then enveloped by a light of sorts and it appeared as though he was about to be released, she wonders who could possibly have stopped the Impure World Reincarnation since the Alliance was still in the process of searching for Kabuto.
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Two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tsunade oversees the evacuation of the [[Land of Fire]]'s citizens to a fallout shelter to escape the crashing [[Moon]]. Naruto ultimately prevents the disaster, the announcement of which Tsunade happily listens to.
   
[[File:Dan kisses Tsunade.png|thumb|left|Tsunade meets with Dan once again.]]
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=== Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze ===
[[Ōnoki]] cautioned his fellow Kage as Madara made a last desperate attempt to attack them, using the [[Fire Release: Dragon Flame Release Song Technique]]. Intercepting the attack, Tsunade dissipated the flame dragons with her bare hands. Her arms are burned in the process, and though [[Strength of a Hundred Technique]] was able to repair the damage, the technique wore off shortly afterwards and her [[Yin Seal]] disappeared as her chakra reserves depleted. As she began to lose consciousness while still in mid-air, Madara prepared to impale her with his Susanoo's sword once again, but Tsunade miraculously dodged the blow. As she wondered what it was that saved her, she heard a voice inside her subconscious where she saw [[Dan]] standing before her. He commented that she hadn't changed since he was alive, still taking risks in combat, but then thanked her for achieving what he didn't by becoming Hokage and apologises for bringing so much pain into her life with his death. He stated that he would be waiting for her on the other side, but insisted that she not come too soon, as she was his dream. He left her with a kiss on her forehead, reminiscent of the one she gave him decades before, grateful that he was able to protect her, even if it meant being used in the Impure World Reincarnation. Before departing, he gave her the remainder of his chakra and as the Yin Seal reformed, Madara commented that she has regained her vitality and wondered how that could be, to which she simply replied saying she had met an old friend. With Madara having broken the Impure World Reincarnation technique's contract with the summoner, however, the Kage now faced an opponent with limitless chakra, and an immortal, uncontrolled body.
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Tsunade meets Sakura for drinks, partly to congratulate her for her recent work with the [[Konoha Hospital]], but also to try to convince Sakura to take it easy, as she's been working harder than she needs to. Sakura changes the subject to asking how to gain men's attention. When Tsunade can't offer her any specific advice, Sakura asks that Tsunade bet against her love life, hoping for Tsunade's bad luck to play in her favour.
   
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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Sakura later meets with Tsunade for drinks again, where she shares rumours that someone with [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s appearance and chakra signature is conspiring against Konoha. The appearance is easily faked, but the chakra signature has Sakura stumped; she asks Tsunade if it would be possible to reproduce someone's chakra signature by gathering large amounts of skin and hair that naturally fall off. Tsunade deems the idea plausible. Sakura is reassured and Tsunade tells her she's happy to help, but she reminds Sakura that she's retired and that she should try to figure things out for herself.
[[File:Injured Tsunade summons Katsuyu.png|thumb|A heavily injured but still conscious Tsunade summons Katsuyu.]]
 
Despite the Kage's attempts to stop Madara, they ultimately failed and are left heavily wounded, with Tsunade bisected. Despite her condition, Tsunade is able to muster enough energy to summon Katsuyu. Distressed by its master's condition, the slug immediately stated that it would put her back together. Tsunade instead asked Katsuyu to first bring the heavily injured Kage to her, stating that she would save them first before healing herself.
 
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=== Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding ===
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
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Tsunade sent out many advance teams to stall the stone army. [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Sakura Haruno]], [[Neji Hyūga]] and [[Rock Lee]] were sent to guard Shion, and deliver her to the shrine where Mōryō's body was sealed.
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Tsunade attends Naruto's marriage to [[Hinata Hyūga]]. [[Yamato]] runs around prior to the ceremony making final preparations, which Tsunade occasionally offers advice on.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
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== Epilogue ==
Tsunade was reported by Kakashi about the mission, while worrying that the next ninja targeted will be him. Tsunade seems to not care so much, telling Kakashi to relax. At the hospital, Kakashi gives Naruto his bells, which they used for their [[Bell Test|first drill]] together, and tells him to fix them because he crushed them. Tsunade sent Konoha [[ANBU]] to Mount Shumisen to search the area for tracks of the missing kekkei genkai ninja. Tsunade is awaiting [[Gaara]] at a secret meeting place to discuss what shall be done. However, on the way there Gaara and his Sunagakure shinobi are attacked by a hawk, which traps them in an avalanche.
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[[File:The former Kage.png|thumb|right|The previous Kage reunite.]]
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Years later, on the day of a [[Five Kage Summit]] was being held in Konoha, Tsunade and the other retired Kage visit with the Third Tsuchikage so that, as Tsunade puts it, can get drunk and complain about things.
   
=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
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== In Other Media ==
Tsunade states that Naruto is wanted for attempting to assassinate the leader of [[Kumogakure]], the [[Raikage]], and killing [[jōnin]] from [[Kirigakure]] and [[Iwagakure]] to [[Team Kakashi]] placed him under arrest and taken to [[Hōzukijō]], a criminal containment facility, also known as the "Blood Prison", in [[Kusagakure]]. She and all his friends have gathered there. Tsunade reveals that it was Naruto's mission to destroy the box and that no one believed that Naruto really committed any of the crimes.
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The demon [[Mōryō]] raises an army of stone warriors in an attempt to take over the world. Tsunade sends most of Konoha's forces to fight these warriors. She also sends a team consisting of Naruto, Sakura, [[Neji Hyūga]], and [[Rock Lee]] to guard [[Shion]], a priestess who can stop Mōryō.
   
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire ====
The [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]]'s Tsunade, like the Tsunade that Naruto and Sakura know, is the Fifth Hokage. However, in compared to her other self, the alternate Tsunade wears glasses and is flat-chested. During her time in Konoha, the alternate Sakura nearly gets herself killed when [[Road to Sakura|pointing out Tsunade's busty appearance]].
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[[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]], a former friend of the [[Sannin]], declares the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War. Due to how he makes his announcement, the other villages come to believe that Konoha is aiding Hiruko's schemes and so start amassing against Konoha. While Tsunade tries to defuse the situation, Kakashi confides in her that he met Hiruko many years ago and was branded with a [[Puppet Curse|mind-controlling technique]] that will force him to go to Hiruko. Knowing that this will happen soon and that Hiruko will at some point try to take his [[Sharingan]], Kakashi asks Tsunade to place a seal on him that will activate his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] when Hiruko tries to do so, thus killing him and preventing war. Tsunade complies and, once Kakashi is gone, she declares him a [[missing-nin]] to keep his plans a secret. She forbids anyone from going after him, but Naruto ends up ignoring her.
   
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When Naruto is accused of trying to assassinate the [[Fourth Raikage]], Tsunade orders he be imprisoned in the [[Blood Prison]] despite his claims of innocence. Tsunade is fully aware that Naruto did nothing wrong, but needs to follow through in order to draw out a conspiracy rooted in the Blood Prison. Once the conspiracy is exposed, Tsunade leads Konoha's forces in rescuing Naruto from his wrongful imprisonment.
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==== Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie ====
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The Tsunade of the [[Genjutsu World]] wears glasses, is flat-chested, and is fairly responsible. Whereas the real Tsunade looks younger than her age, this Tsunade looks older than her age.
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== Creation and Conception ==
 
Tsunade's name is taken from the character of the same name from {{translation|"The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"|自来也豪傑物語|Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari}}. The Tsunade in that story is vastly different in terms of personality, along with the fact that unlike her manga counterpart the original Tsunade was married to Jiraiya, however both were known to greatly excel in slug magic.
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{translation|"Tsunade"|綱手}} means "[[Wikipedia:Mooring (watercraft)|mooring]] rope", which is not dissimilar to her brothers name, Nawaki, which means "rope tree". A similar word {{translation|"[[Wikipedia:Tsundere|tsundere]]"|ツンデレ}}, could also be a play on Tsunade's personality.
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* Tsunade shares the same blood type with her former team-mates, Jiraiya and Orochimaru.
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* Tsunade and the other Sannin are named after the characters in the Japanese folktale ''[[Wikipedia:Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari|Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari]]''. The Tsunade of that story excels in slug magic.
* Tsunade was the first female Hokage, as well as the first female Kage, that appeared in the series.
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** {{translation|"Tsunade"|綱手}} means "[[Wikipedia:Mooring (watercraft)|mooring]] rope", which is not dissimilar to her brother's name, Nawaki, which means "rope tree".
* Tsunade is first mentioned when Might Guy questions Rock Lee, Neji, and Tenten about their goals as genin. Tenten says that she wants to become a great kunoichi and follow the footsteps of the legendary Tsunade.
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* Tsunade is first mentioned in [[chapter 84]] of the manga by [[Tenten]], 55 chapters before her first formal appearance.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Tsunade show that she was 145&nbsp;cm when she was part of Hiruzen's genin team, and that her high-heeled sandals she wears add 5&nbsp;cm to her height.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Tsunade's hobby is [[Wikipedia:Gambling|gambling]].
 
** Tsunade's hobby is [[Wikipedia:Gambling|gambling]].
 
** Tsunade wishes to fight Naruto Uzumaki.
 
** Tsunade wishes to fight Naruto Uzumaki.
** Tsunade's favourite foods are chicken breast and sake, while her least favourite food is liver [[Wikipedia:Sashimi|sashimi]].
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** Tsunade's favourite foods are chicken breast and sake, while her least favourite food is liver [[Wikipedia:Sashimi|sashimi]].
 
** Tsunade has completed 1,256 official missions in total: 40 D-rank, 236 C-rank, 467 B-rank, 418 A-rank, 95 S-rank.
 
** Tsunade has completed 1,256 official missions in total: 40 D-rank, 236 C-rank, 467 B-rank, 418 A-rank, 95 S-rank.
 
** Tsunade's favourite phrase is {{translation|''"One grab, a thousand gold"''|一攫千金|Ikkaku Senkin}}, referring to getting rich without much effort.
 
** Tsunade's favourite phrase is {{translation|''"One grab, a thousand gold"''|一攫千金|Ikkaku Senkin}}, referring to getting rich without much effort.
* While Tsunade's English anime voice actor is Debi Mae West, in some games she is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who is [[Kurenai Yūhi]]'s voice actor. In ''Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2'', while being voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn throughout the story-line, during game-play, most of Debi Mae West's voice-overs from the first game are still used.
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* While Tsunade's English anime voice actor is Debi Mae West, in some games she is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who is [[Kurenai Yūhi]]'s voice actor. In ''[[Clash of Ninja Revolution 2]]'', McGlynn voices Tsunade throughout the story-line and West voices Tsunade during actual game-play.
* Tsunade's grandmother, [[Mito Uzumaki]] had a similar diamond shape mark on her forehead. It is possible that Tsunade modelled her own seal after this.
 
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (When about to fight [[Naruto]]) "''One of the Legendary Sannin taking on a snot-nosed genin… I oughta be ashamed of myself.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 158, page 12</ref>
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* (To [[Jiraiya]] about Naruto) "''Jiraiya, are you the one who taught him the Rasengan? Are you acting like a teacher by teaching him something he can't master? Don't give him any ideas! That's why this kid likes to daydream that he's going to become Hokage someday.''"<ref>Chapter 159, page 7</ref>
* (To [[Jiraiya]] about Naruto) "''Jiraiya, are you the one who taught him the Rasengan? Are you acting like a teacher by teaching him something he can't master? Don't give him any ideas! That's why this kid likes to daydream that he's going to become Hokage someday.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 159, page 7</ref>
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* (To an unconscious Naruto) "''It's because to be Hokage… is your dream… isn't it, Naruto? One last time… just one last time… I place the odds on you.''"<ref>Chapter 168, pages 15-16</ref>
* (To an unconscious Naruto) "''It's because to be Hokage… is your dream… isn't it Naruto? One last time… just one last time… I place the odds on you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 168, pages 15-16</ref>
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* (To [[Shikamaru]]) "''Grow up… Death comes with being a shinobi… There are times when death is hard to accept, but if you don't get over it, there's no future…"''<ref>Chapter 331</ref>
* (To [[Orochimaru]]) "''From now on… I too shall bet my life!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, page 8</ref>
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* (To the [[Konoha Council]]) "''People like Jiraiya… and Sarutobi, and Elder Chiyo of Suna possessed something you two sorely lack. Do you know what that is!? …Faith! My grandfather, the First Hokage, believed in you and entrusted you with the village. Now it's your turn to believe in these children and entrust it to them!''"<ref>Chapter 421, pages 8-11</ref>
* (To Orochimaru) "''Why am I putting my life on the line? Because now… I am the Fifth Hokage of Konohagakure!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 169, page 14</ref>
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* (To [[Pain]]) "''I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!''"<ref>Chapter 430, page 16</ref>
* (To [[Shikamaru]]) "''Grow up… Death comes with being a shinobi… There are times when death is hard to accept, but if you don't get over it, there's no future…"''
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* (To [[Madara]]) "''Although I am a descendant of the First Hokage, it's true that I don't know how to use Wood Release. And compared to him, who was able to use medical ninjutsu without even making seals, it's true that my own ninjutsu is nothing to brag about. And it's true that I'm a woman… but I'm definitely not a weak woman… What I inherited from my grandfather isn't just simple 'power'. My true strength comes from that which was passed down from the First to each generation afterwards… Don't underestimate the Will of Fire!''"<ref>Chapter 576, pages 16-17</ref>
* (To the advisers, [[Konoha Council]] members) "''People like Jiraiya… and Sarutobi, and Elder Chiyo of Suna possessed something you two sorely lack. Do you know what that is!? …Faith! My grandfather, the First Hokage, believed in you and entrusted you with the village. Now it's your turn to believe in these children and entrust it to them!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 421, pages 8-11</ref>
 
* (To [[Pain]]) "''I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 430, page 16</ref>
 
* (To [[Shizune]]) "''People become stronger because there are memories that they will not forget.''"
 
* (About her bad gambling) "''Only when it comes to money. My life is a different story. I'm still alive aren't I…?''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 562, page 8</ref>
 
* (To [[Madara]]) "''Although I am a descendant of the First Hokage, it's true that I don't know how to use [[Wood Release]]. And compared to him, who was able to use medical ninjutsu without even making seals, it's true that my own ninjutsu is nothing to brag about. And it's true that I'm a woman… but I'm definitely not a weak woman… What I inherited from my grandfather isn't just simple 'power'. My true strength comes from that which was passed down from the First to each generation afterward… Don't underestimate the Will of Fire!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, pages 16-17</ref>
 
   
 
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Tsunade infobox2
綱手 Tsunade

  • Fifth Hokage (五代目火影, Godaime Hokage)
  • The Legendary Sucker (伝説のカモ, Densetsu no Kamo, English TV: The Legendary Sitting Duck)[4]
  • Konoha's Slug Princess Tsunade (木ノ葉のナメクジ綱手姫, Konoha no Namekuji Tsunade-hime)[5]
  • Tsuna (綱, Tsuna)[6]
Debut
Manga Volume #16, Chapter #139
Anime Naruto Episode #83
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Finally a clash! Jōnin vs. Genin!! Indiscriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Leo August 2 Icon_-_Search.png
Gender Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part I: 51
  • Part II: 53-55
Height
  • Part I: 163.1 cm1.631 m
    5.351 ft
    64.213 in
  • Part II: 163.1 cm1.631 m
    5.351 ft
    64.213 in
Weight
  • Part I: 48.9 kg107.806 lb
  • Part II: 48.9 kg107.806 lb
Blood type B
Classification
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 002302
Academy Grad. Age 6
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Tsunade (綱手) is one of Konohagakure's Sannin. Though celebrated as the world's strongest kunoichi and its greatest medical-nin, the repeated loss of her loved ones caused Tsunade to abandon the life of a shinobi for many years. She is eventually persuaded to return to Konoha as its Fifth Hokage (五代目火影, Godaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Fifth Fire Shadow), where her skills prove invaluable to the village.

Background Edit

Team hiruzen

Hiruzen and his students.

Tsunade is the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju and Mito Uzumaki. Because Hashirama was the First Hokage of Konohagakure, Tsunade is called "Princess" (姫, Hime). Hashirama doted on Tsunade when she was very young because she was his first grandchild, and found her deviance and her adoption of his own gambling habits highly amusing;[7] Tsunade inherited his necklace when he died. After she graduated from Konoha's Ninja Academy, Tsunade was teamed with Orochimaru and Jiraiya under the leadership of Hiruzen Sarutobi. When Jiraya failed to acquire a bell during the team's first bell test, Tsunade teased him, prompting him to criticise her flat chest.[8] Despite this remark, Jiraiya had a certain interest in Tsunade from their first meeting,[9] which only increased after her breasts developed; when she nearly killed him for spying on her while she bathed, he was forced to be more discrete about his interests.[10]

Tsunade kissing Dan

Tsunade gives Hashirama's necklace to Dan.

Tsunade's younger brother, Nawaki dreamed of someday becoming Hokage so that he could protect Konoha, their grandfather's legacy. On Nawaki's twelfth birthday, Tsunade kissed his forehead and gave him Hashirama's necklace in the hopes that it would help him achieve his dream. He died the next day, a casualty of the ongoing Second Shinobi World War, thus returning the necklace to her. Tsunade began advocating for the inclusion of medical-nin on all four-man squads in order to avoid future deaths like Nawaki's. Hiruzen, the Third Hokage, agreed with her arguments, but could not dedicate resources to the necessary implementation due to the ongoing war. Dan Katō, on the other hand, shared her views, and as their relationship developed he confided with her his dreams of becoming Hokage so that he could bring change to Konoha and protect his loved one from death. Tsunade kissed his forehead and gave him Hashirama's necklace in the hopes that it would help him achieve his dream.

Hanzo and Sannin

Hanzō dubs the Sannin.

Although their team under Hiruzen's leadership had disbanded, Tsunade, Orochimaru, and Jiraiya continued fighting together during the Second Shinobi World War. During one such fight in Amegakure, they were the only three to survive an encounter with Hanzō, for which accomplishment Hanzō dubbed them Konoha's "Legendary Sannin".[11] In the aftermath of the battle, Jiraiya opted not to return to Konoha so that he could train the Ame orphans. Tsunade would go on to make her own independent contributions to the war, frequently counteracting Chiyo of Sunagakure's poisons.[12] Although Tsunade's actions are said to have won the war for Konoha,[13] Tsunade was unable to prevent Dan's death, and her failure to stop his severe blood loss caused her to develop a fear of blood.

With Dan's death, Hashirama's necklace returned to Tsunade once again, convincing some that the necklace was cursed to kill anyone who wore it other than Tsunade. Tsunade herself became convinced that achieving one's dreams was impossible and that to be Hokage was a fool's job. She therefore left Konoha, taking Dan's niece, Shizune, with her to train her as an apprentice. Due to her blood phobia, Tsunade retired from any direct involvement in medicine or combat, instead relying on Shizune whenever a need for either came up.

Personality Edit

Tsunade&#039;s Dream

Tsunade dreams of being with Dan.

Tsunade was very willing to believe in the attainability of dreams while Nawaki and Dan were alive, and that by supporting and encouraging those dreams she might be able to help achieve them. When both died gruesomely shortly after receiving her support, Tsunade lost faith in the idea of dreaming for anything, believing that the mere pursuit would be doomed from the outset. She becomes especially critical of wanting to be Hokage, as both Dan and Nawaki died trying to attain the title and the past Hokage have all died prematurely and, Tsunade argues, pointlessly because they held the position; she concludes that to be Hokage is a fool's job.[14]

Tsunade is forced to reconsider her cynicism upon meeting Naruto Uzumaki, who demonstrates two things to her: just because a goal seems impossible does not mean it actually is, as Naruto is able to master the Rasengan unprecedentedly quickly despite any seeming natural talent; just because the dreamer dies does not mean the dream itself does, as Nawaki and Dan's desire to become Hokage lives on in Naruto. Because Naruto is so very much an exception to how she thought the world worked, Tsunade puts her faith in dreams once again, a desire so strong that she overcomes her fear of blood.[15] She becomes Hokage herself, partly so that she can live Nawaki and Dan's dream for them, but also so that she can pave the way for Naruto inevitably holding the title. Just as she once did, Tsunade supports all other dreams that she can: when Rock Lee tells her he dreams of being a ninja despite knowing he may die trying, she does not argue his decision and, in the anime, does all that she can to ensure he survives.

As Hokage, Tsunade is committed to protecting Konoha and its villagers, willing to give her life for her village and allies if necessary.[16] She does this because Nawaki and Dan loved Konoha and so she keeps their dreams alive by doing so, but also because Konoha's continued survival honours all those who gave their lives creating it and keeping it safe. Although her reasons are somewhat different, the outcome is nevertheless consistent with the Will of Fire. Tsunade is similarly optimistic about the next generation of Konoha's ninja, especially Naruto, convinced that the village's future will be in good hands because of them. She in fact becomes angry when others lack this same faith in Naruto and his peers, believing it is better to let them try and then fail than to assume their failure is inevitable and thus prevent them from trying.[17] Demonstrations of her own faith include: congratulating Shikamaru Nara for his failed mission because at least none of his teammates died;[18] not labelling Sasuke Uchiha a missing-nin because she trusts that Naruto can someday convince him to return to Konoha.

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Tsunade's love of gambling.

Despite her many noble qualities, Tsunade is not without her faults. She is blunt and short-tempered, prone to striking Naruto for his immaturity or Jiraiya for his perversion; she is widely feared because of this tendency.[19] Her own behavior isn't much better than theirs, as she drinks constantly, sometimes sleeps on the job, and tries as much as she can to have other people do her work for her. One of her favourite vices is gambling, which she acquired from her grandfather, Hashirama Senju. Despite how often and how irresponsibly she gambles, Tsunade has notoriously bad luck, causing those who have made huge profits off of her to call her "The Legendary Sucker" (伝説のカモ, Densetsu no Kamo).[20] Tsunade if fully aware of how unlucky she is, and so whenever she hits a winning streak she takes it as a bad omen and prepares for the worst;[21] she has at times tried using her bad luck to her advantage, betting on outcomes she doesn't want so that her unluckiness will prevent them from happening.[22] Hashirama finds Tsunade's many bad habits highly amusing on a personal level, but when he is told that Tsunade is Hokage he immediately worries about what misfortunes she's brought upon Konoha.[7]

Jiraiya assumed that there was a mutual attraction between him and Tsunade from their first meeting. Despite his many advances over the years, Tsunade never reciprocates, only ever loving Dan, even years after his death. Jiraiya isn't discouraged by this and claims that her repeated rejections have not only made him stronger, they've been excellent material for his Icha Icha series of books; he concludes that to be happy isn't his fate. Tsunade doubts he believes his own words and, despite all her past actions (or inactions), she comments that she won't let him say such "cool" things when he returns from his mission to Amegakure.[22] When Jiraiya ends up dying during that same mission, Tsunade mourns for him.[9]

Appearance Edit

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Tsunade's full appearance.

Tsunade has brown eyes and straight, shoulder-length blonde hair that she usually keeps tied in two loose ponytails. The Strength of a Hundred Seal - taking the appearance of a violet diamond shape - is clearly visible on her forehead. Although she was called flat-chested when she was younger, Tsunade has large breasts, which Jiraiya estimates to be 106 centimetres in circumference;[23] she is in fact widely regarded as the most beautiful kunoichi in the world.[24] Despite being in her fifties, Tsunade maintains the appearance of a young woman using the Transformation Technique. She has not been shown in full when not transformed, but what little of her body that is seen is heavily wrinkled and frail.

Tsunade often wears a grass-green haori with the kanji for "gamble" (賭, kake) written on the back, inside a red circle. Underneath she wears a grey, kimono-style blouse with no sleeves, held closed by a broad, dark bluish-grey obi that matches her pants. Her blouse is closed quite low, revealing her sizeable cleavage. She wears open-toed, strappy black sandals with high heels. She has red polish on both her fingernails and toenails and uses a soft pink lipstick. She wears the First Hokage's necklace for many years until she gives it to Naruto.

Abilities Edit

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Tsunade shattering Madara's Susanoo ribcage.

Like other students of the Third Hokage, Tsunade is an exceptionally talented shinobi. It wasn't until the Second Shinobi World War that their skills became widely known, dubbed by Hanzō as the Sannin, the most powerful of their generation. Tsunade's skills are popularly held as the reason for Konoha's victory during that war, and in the years following, she became known as the world's strongest kunoichi.[24] She is selected to be Konoha's Fifth Hokage in Part I, and it is because of her that many villagers are saved from death during Pain's Assault in Part II. When they first meet, Madara Uchiha characterises Tsunade as weaker than Hashirama Senju, only to later admit from fighting her that she does in fact possess some of her grandfather's natural talent.[25][26]

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

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Tsunade releasing her seal.

Tsunade has excellent control over her chakra, a necessary prerequisite to her job as a medical-nin. After the Second Shinobi World War, she started gradually storing her chakra into the Strength of a Hundred Seal on her forehead. When the seal is released, Tsunade has access to all the accumulated chakra, totaling a so-named hundred-times her usual chakra levels. Although she normally uses this extra chakra to heal injuries or perform her other jutsu, she can also transfer the chakra to others, either to replenish or amplify their own.[27]

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Tsunade ruptures the ground with one finger.

Tsunade teaches her student, Sakura Haruno, how to build up chakra in her fists and release it on contact with a target, causing severe damage. Tsunade presumably uses this ability herself, but it isn't always clear when since she is naturally very strong, enough to lift Gamabunta's sword.[28] Her physical accomplishments, whatever the cause, include: creating a fissure in the ground by striking it with one finger;[29] breaking six of Jiraiya's ribs, both of his arms, and rupturing several of his internal organs, one of two near-death experiences in his life;[10] breaking through Susanoo, an "absolute defense", with only a few punches.[30]

Tsunade believes it is vital for a medical-nin to avoid injury, as they cannot perform their duties if anything happens to them.[31] To a certain extent, her unnatural strength helps her in this regard, as opponents may avoid getting near her so that she cannot strike them. At the same time, though, Tsunade is regularly injured in combat, even going so far as to place herself in harm's way in order to protect her allies.[32] This is all because Tsunade deems her Creation Rebirth ability a reasonable exception to the "avoid injury" tenet, as she can receive serious damage and still survive. Even without the Creation Rebirth, Tsunade's ability to endure injury is quite impressive, as she can survive several mortal stabs to the chest[33] and remain able to perform jutsu after being bisected.[34]

Ninjutsu Edit

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Tsunade and Katsuyu healing injuries.

Tsunade can summon segments of Katsuyu, a slug. In addition to fighting alongside Tsunade, Katsuyu can use her divisions as a form of long-distance communication or to move and shield Tsunade's injured allies. By linking with Katsuyu, Tsunade can monitor those that Katsuyu has attached to, remotely healing them and replenishing their chakra as needed.

Tsunade's natures include Lightning, Fire, Water, and Earth, as well as Yin and Yang Release.[3] She isn't seen directly using any of these natures in the series, although her Body Pathway Derangement is suggested to use some amount of lightning chakra: she injects her chakra into an opponent, scrambling their body's electric signals so that commands to move their hand instead move their leg, and so on.[35]

In addition to her other skills, the anime shows Tsunade using some amount of space–time ninjutsu,[36] fūinjutsu, and barrier ninjutsu.

Transformation Technique Edit

Despite being in her fifties, Tsunade's Transformation Technique makes her appear as if she were still in her twenties. She readily alters what age she appears in order to avoid her gambling debts.[20] Tsunade's unique transformation seems to be permanent, as she can maintain this form without exerting any effort, even while injured or asleep. The transformation dispels when she runs out of chakra, reverting her to her natural appearance.[37]

Medical Ninjutsu Edit

Tsunade is hailed as the world's greatest medical-nin, able to identify ailments at a glance and treat conditions that other medical-nin deem impossible to cure. Her skills are enough to: reverse the necrosis-like effects of the Dead Demon Consuming Seal; heal the psychological damage of Tsukuyomi;[24] fix the damage to Rock Lee's spine;[38] counteract the effects of the Three Coloured Pills.[39] Even when it comes to more basic injuries she is notably superior, instantly healing those that other medical-nin struggle to resuscitate.[40]

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Tsunade healing herself with Creation Rebirth.

The pinnacle of Tsunade's medical prowess is her Creation Rebirth, which draws on her vast chakra supplies to instantaneously heal any wounds she receives. Because it requires no hand seals to perform, she needs no conscious effort on her part once active, and can heal any damage no matter how severe (her chakra levels permitting); Orochimaru describes it as a form of immortality that even he is envious of.[41] Despite how useful it is in battle, Creation Rebirth is a double-edged sword: the body's cells can only divide and be created a set amount of times, so whenever Tsunade uses the technique she shortens her lifespan. Because of this, she only uses it in very desperate situations.

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Tsunade researching for a procedure.

Tsunade's skills extend beyond the typical medical ninjutsu. She earned fame during the Second Shinobi World War for being the only person able to make antidotes for the poisons of Sunagakure's Chiyo.[12] Similarly, she can make sleeping potions that are undetectable to even the most skilled ninja.[42] She is knowledgeable enough to perform autopsies and examine damage on a cellular level. Following the Fourth Shinobi World War, she studies the material that the White Zetsu Army is made of and learns to make prosthetic limbs from it. In the anime, she researches Kabuto Yakushi's Yin Healing Wound Destruction and uses what she finds to raise the survival rate of Rock Lee's medical procedure.[43] Due to her vast medical knowledge, Tsunade was primarily responsible for setting up the modern system of medical-nin, though she exempts herself from many of the laws that govern them due to her Creation Rebirth.[30]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
Third 5 5 3.5 5 5 3.5 4 4 35

Part I Edit

Search for Tsunade Edit

Main article: Search for Tsunade Tsunade hits a jackpot while playing the slot machines in Tanzaku Quarters. She takes this as a sign that something bad is about to happen and makes immediate plans to leave the city, but Shizune convinces her to visit a local castle before they go. While they're there, the castle is destroyed by one a snake, Orochimaru's way of saying hello. Tsunade immediately notices the damage to his arms and, guessing he wants her to heal them, preemptively refuses. Orochimaru's assistant, Kabuto Yakushi, explains that they've tried all other options and that only Tsunade can help. She asks how his arms were damaged, to which Orochimaru responds that the damage was received while he killed Hiruzen Sarutobi. Tsunade becomes enraged and threatens to kill Orochimaru, but he piques her interest when he offers to revive Nawaki and Dan Katō.

Tsunade asks what he would do if his arms were restored. Orochimaru replies that he would destroy Konohagakure, which is what he was trying to do when his arms were damaged in the first place. Shizune tries to convince Tsunade to help her kill Orochimaru and Kabuto, but they decide to leave instead, giving Tsunade a week to decide. While having dinner later, they are found by Jiraiya. Jiraiya asks her to become the Fifth Hokage, which she refuses, upsetting Jiraiya's companion, Naruto Uzumaki. Tsunade recognises Naruto as the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails and starts remarking on what a waste it was for the Fourth Hokage to give his life saving Konoha from the Nine-Tails. She reflects further that all the past Hokage have wasted their lives for the village and concludes that only a fool would ever want the title.

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Tsunade and Naruto face-off.

Naruto, who has his own dreams of being Hokage, is enraged and tries to attack Tsunade. Jiraiya holds him back, but Tsunade agrees to fight with him outside the restaurant. Tsunade easily outmatches Naruto using only one finger for offence and defence, but she's unsettled by how similar his resolve is to Nawaki and Dan's. While she's distracted by this, Naruto attacks her with an incomplete Rasengan, which she once again avoids using only a finger. She berates Jiraiya for teaching Naruto the Rasengan at all, declaring it cruel to let someone as untalented as him believe he can master something as complicated as the Rasengan. Naruto vows to complete it in three days, prompting Tsunade to make a wager: if Naruto can master the Rasengan in a week, she'll give him the First Hokage's necklace; if he can't, she gets his wallet. Naruto agrees.

Tsunade and Jiraiya have drinks later. Jiraiya guesses that Orochimaru made some offer to Tsunade. He doesn't ask for details about the offer, but he promises to personally kill her if she does anything to endanger Konoha. She claims not to care about the village, so Jiraiya reminds her of how important the village was to Nawaki and Dan; he further notes how similar they, particularly Nawaki, are to Naruto. Tsunade keeps tabs on Naruto as he trains, but by the end of the week he has failed to master the Rasengan and the intense training leaves him bedridden. Shizune pleads with Tsunade not to accept Orochimaru's deal and, when this fails, she tries to use force, prompting Tsunade to knock her out. She meets with Jiraiya again and drugs his drink, knocking him out and, when he wakes up the next morning, making it difficult for him to use his chakra.

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Tsunade preparing to "heal" Orochimaru.

Tsunade meets with Orochimaru and agrees to heal his arms on the condition that he leave Konoha alone. Orochimaru agrees. She approaches him, apparently to heal him, but Kabuto notices at the last moment that she has killing intent and stops her. Orochimaru questions why she would deceive him, to which she replies that she knew he was lying about sparing Konoha. Although she desperately wants to see Nawaki and Dan again, she knows they wouldn't want to be brought back at the cost of Konoha's safety, something Naruto has reminded her of. Orochimaru and Kabuto state that they'll force her to heal his arms, causing her to attack them. They draw her away from the city and Kabuto, a medic-nin, tries neutralising her, but she heals all the debilitating damage he does. Unable to stop her through conventional means, Kabuto slits his own wrists and coats her with his blood, paralyzing her due to her phobia.

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Tsunade protected by Naruto.

Jiraiya, Shizune, and Naruto eventually arrive to help. Shizune looks after Tsunade as she shudders from the blood while Jiraiya fights Orochimaru and Naruto fights Kabuto. Naruto is quickly defeated by Kabuto, as is Shizune when she tries to face him afterwards. Kabuto approaches Tsunade and tries to restrain her, which she is unable to fend off in her condition. Naruto stops him and attacks with an incomplete Rasengan, but misses, causing Kabuto to start commenting on his lack of talent, just as Tsunade did the week before. Naruto persists and, after making a shadow clone to help him, he is able to strike Kabuto with a perfected Rasengan. Kabuto is defeated, but as his last act he severs Naruto's heart muscles. Tsunade tries healing him, fearing that he'll die just like Nawaki and Dan did. She succeeds, and in a brief moment of regained consciousnesses Naruto claims the necklace he's won.

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Tsunade defeats Orochimaru.

Orochimaru decides to kill Naruto and attacks with his Sword of Kusanagi. Tsunade uses her body to block the attack, her way of protecting Naruto, Konoha's future Hokage. Orochimaru keeps trying to attack him, which Tsunade keeps using her body to block. Her resolve to protect Naruto eventually overcomes her fear of blood, allowing her to go on the offensive: she punches Orochimaru, activates Creation Rebirth to heal all the damage she's received, and declares her acceptance of the position of Fifth Hokage. She, Jiraiya, and Orochimaru each summon Katsuyu, Gamabunta, and Manda, respectively. When Manda proves too elusive for Katsuyu and Gamabunta, Tsunade uses Gamabunta's sword to pin Manda to the ground with his mouth shut. She then delivers a sequence of punches to Orochimaru's face, forcing him to escape with Kabuto; before he leaves, he warns that he has other ways of fixing his arms.

Having used so much chakra during the fight, Tsunade's younger transformation fades after the battle, but it is restored before Naruto wakes up. When he hears about what happened while he was unconscious, Naruto expresses his concern that she isn't qualified to be Fifth Hokage, being vastly inferior to Hiruzen. Tsunade challenges him to a fight and once again outmatches him using a single finger. Rather than defeat him, however, she kisses his forehead to symbolise her faith in his achieving his dreams, just as she once did for Nawaki and Dan.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission

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Tsunade as the Fifth Hokage.

When they get back to Konoha, the villagers start making preparations to officially place Tsunade into office. Before that can happen, Naruto has Tsunade heal the damage to the minds of Kakashi Hatake and Sasuke Uchiha. She also looks at the damage to Rock Lee's spine; although she's the only one who can fix it, she confesses that there's a fifty percent chance he wouldn't survive the procedure and recommends he give up on life as a ninja. After thinking it over, Lee tells her plainly that being a ninja is his dream, which she cannot argue with. In the anime, Tsunade tries to improve his chances of survival by studying one of Kabuto's jutsu, and in doing so she improves Lee's odds to 58%. Lee ultimately survives the procedure.

Being Hokage comes with a heavy workload, especially in the aftermath of Orochimaru's Konoha Crush, which left the village understaffed. For this reason, when Tsunade is informed that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru, Shikamaru Nara - only recently promoted to chūnin - is the highest ranking ninja she can assign to lead the Sasuke Recovery Team; she allows him any genin he can recruit for the mission, though recommends Naruto's inclusion. After the Recovery Team leaves, Tsunade is notified of the Konoha Special Mission Platoon's defeat by the Sound Four, Sasuke's escorts. Having already suspected that a team of genin wouldn't be enough, she requests Sunagakure's support so that Orochimaru, a mutual enemy of both villages, can't gain Sasuke's Sharingan. She is also informed that Lee, despite still recovering from his surgery, has also gone off to lend support.

Despite the best efforts of the Recovery Team, Lee, and Suna's Three Sand Siblings, they are unable to stop Sasuke from joining forces with Orochimaru. Tsunade sends the Medic Corps to retrieve the Recovery Team's members and tend to their injuries; Tsunade, by studying the Nara Clan Medical Encyclopaedia, is able to cure Chōji Akimichi of the Three Coloured Pills' side-effects. Tsunade is later approached by Sakura Haruno, who asks to be taught medical ninjutsu. Sensing that Sakura has something she wants to protect (Naruto and Sasuke), Tsunade agrees.

Mizuki Tracking Mission Edit

Main article: Mizuki Tracking Mission Jiraiya makes plans to take Naruto away from the village to train him. In the anime, Naruto must remain in Konoha while Jiraiya is off investigating and it is up to Tsunade to keep him preoccupied with other missions so that he won't go after Sasuke by himself. When, during one of these missions, the Legendary Stupid Brothers escape from prison, Tsunade convinces them to surrender with a quick display of genjutsu and her strength.

The Appearance of Strange Visitors Edit

Main article: The Appearance of Strange Visitors In the anime, Tsunade learns that Rock Lee and Might Guy are being impersonated by Mondai and Potcha. Deciding to have fun with the two, Tsunade pretends to believe their disguises and has them do many arduous tasks for her. The workload horrifies the two and eventually drives them away from the village.

Interlude Edit

In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths Edit

Main article: In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths Sakura progresses rapidly under Tsunade's tutelage. In the anime, Ino Yamanaka also asks to train with Tsunade. From seeing the rivalry that exists between Sakura and Ino and how that competition drives them each to do better, Tsunade agrees.[44] However, she teaches Ino only medical ninjutsu and not the additional skills she teaches Sakura, believing it would be better for Ino to focus on her clan's hiden jutsu.[45]

About two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train with Jiraiya, Tsunade proposes to Suna's Fifth Kazekage that their two villages hold a Chūnin Exam. Publicly, the exam will demonstrate the alliance that now exists between their two villages. Secretly, the exam will hopefully draw out Akatsuki, who are after jinchūriki like the Kazekage. The Kazekage agrees and the two villages split responsibilities for the exams. She sends Kakashi Hatake to invite Amegakure to the exams with instructions to investigate rumours that Ame's leader, Hanzō, has been overthrown.[46] Ame accepts the invitation and Kakashi is unable to uncover anything, but both are convinced that something unusual is happening in Ame.

The first stage of the exams are completed in Konoha without incident. Before the examinees and proctors relocate to Suna for the second stage, Tsunade warns the Konoha personnel to be alert to attacks on the Kazekage.[47] The Kazekage is indeed attacked during the second stage, forcing the exams to be cancelled prematurely. Performance reports on the remaining participants are sent to their respective villages to decide who will be promoted to chūnin; Tsunade promotes the members of Team 8, Team 10, and Team Guy. She also promotes Neji Hyūga to jōnin because of his role in protecting the Kazekage.[48]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Main article: Kazekage Rescue Mission Tsunade is informed of Naruto's return to Konoha after two-and-a-half years of training. She shares this news with Sakura and together they welcome him back. Tsunade has Naruto and Sakura reform Team 7 under Kakashi's leadership. While trying to find a mission to send Team 7 on that Naruto won't complain about, Tsunade receives a report that Suna's Fifth Kazekage has been kidnapped by Akatsuki. Tsunade decides to send Team 7 to lend assistance in the Kazekage's rescue in full awareness that Akatsuki wants to capture Naruto too. She isn't initially concerned, but when she suddenly wins the lottery she takes this as a bad sign and sends Team Guy to provide additional support.

A few days later they receive news that the Kazekage was successfully rescued and that Teams 7 and Guy will be returning to Konoha. Shizune questions the wisdom of sending Naruto into battle with Akastuki, to which Tsunade replies that, because both Naruto and the Kazekage are jinchūriki, Naruto was the single best person for the mission.

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Edit

Main article: Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission When she gets back to Konoha, Sakura shares intel she's received of an opportunity to meet with a spy in Orochimaru's ranks, what may serve as an opportunity to find Sasuke Uchiha. Kakashi is left bedridden after the mission in Suna, requiring that new members be assigned to Team 7 to go meet the spy. Shizune once again questions Naruto's inclusion on the team, believing it would be safer to keep him in Konoha. Tsunade insists that Naruto is one of the few people she can trust with the mission with absolute certainty, and that besides it's a personal matter for him and he wouldn't allow himself to be excluded.

Tsunade is shortly afterwards summoned before the Konoha Council, with whom Shizune has shared her concerns and who also believe that Tsunade is deploying Naruto irresponsibly. Tsunade repeats her earlier reasoning, adding that Akatsuki will inevitably come for Naruto, and that if he keeps getting sent out on missions it will make it more difficult for Akatsuki to locate him. The Konoha Council relents after Tsunade promises to be held solely responsible in the event that her decisions and/or Naruto's capture endanger Konoha. They do, however, insist on including one of Danzō Shimura's underlings (Sai) on this new Team 7, which Tsunade agrees to. Tsunade also assigns an Anbu, codenamed "Yamato", to lead Team 7, partly so that he can keep an eye on Sai, but also because his wood release will help Naruto keep the Nine-Tails under control.

Although the new Team 7 does indeed meet Sasuke, they fail in bringing him back to Konoha. Naruto and the others are not deterred, however, and vow to to try again, which Tsunade approves.

Twelve Guardian Ninja Edit

Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja In the anime, Tsunade sends Team 7 to investigate some grave robberies near the Fire Temple. When they return, they report that the robbers, whoever they are, have a seeming interest in the graves of members of the Twelve Guardian Ninja. Because Sai was injured during the investigation, the Fire Temple allows Sora to fill in for him; Tsunade receives a confidential message that Sora's past and unusual powers pose a risk to the Fire Temple. Meanwhile, Tsunade has Danzō taken into custody on the suspicion that he is betraying Konoha to Amegakure. While she interrogates Danzō's apparent Ame-contact, the Konoha Council informs her that the man is a double-agent who has reported that the grave robbers may be after Sora.

The councillors recommend that Sora be either confined or eliminated. While Tsunade tries to decide what to do, Sora attacks her, but he is driven off by the arrival of Shizune and Naruto. The grave robbers soon afterwards arrive in Konoha, erecting a giant barrier around the village while earthen zombies attack. While most of Konoha's forces go on the defence, Tsunade sends Asuma Sarutobi to retrieve Sora. Sora eventually starts rampaging through the village with the Nine-Tails' chakra he has, and Tsunade prepares to confront him, but Naruto ends up dealing with it. Once the grave robbers are all defeated, Tsunade pardons Sora for his actions and allows him to leave Konoha.

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

Main article: Akatsuki Suppression Mission Tsunade receives increasing reports of Akatsuki activity in other countries. She can't do anything until they enter the Land of Fire, but nevertheless starts making preparations. Once she receives news of Akatsuki's attack on the Fire Temple, Tsunade mobilises Twenty Platoons to find the Akatsuki members, capture them if possible, and, if capture is impossible, to eliminate them. Although one of the Twenty Platoons is able to find the Akatsuki members (Hidan and Kakuzu), both elude capture and Asuma Sarutobi is killed. A funeral is held in Konoha while the remaining Twenty Platoons continue the search.

Asuma's students on Team 10 leave Konoha to join the search and avenge him, which Tsunade tries to stop, citing among other reasons that they need a fourth member. Kakashi volunteers to accompany them, and Tsunade is forced to relent. Tsunade is aware that they'll need backup and starts looking for candidates; she has Sakura tell Naruto that, if he would like to go, he'll first need to complete the new jutsu he's been working on. He does indeed complete it and the Akatsuki members are ultimately defeated. Tsunade afterwards performs an autopsy on Kakuzu's body, examining the damage that Naruto's new Rasenshuriken did to it. From the cellular damage Kakuzu received, Tsunade concludes that the Rasenshuriken is as dangerous to Naruto as it is to his opponents and should therefore not be used again.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance In the anime, Tsunade receives a dying Anbu's report about one of Orochimaru's bases. She puts Kakashi in charge of Team 8 and sends them to investigate. Because the mission has the chance of meeting Sasuke, Tsunade tries to keep Naruto from finding out about it. He finds out anyway, so Tsunade allows him and the rest of Team 7 to provide backup. Their teams later report encountering the Three-Tails, which Tsunade decides must be dealt with to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. She sends them instructions for a seal to place on the Three-Tails, some Konoha personnel to help perform the seal, as well as part of Katsuyu to provide additional assistance. Orochimaru's forces repeatedly interfere with the sealing, so Tsunade has some Anbu take over the sealing while the others return to Konoha. She later loses contact with the Anbu and the Three-Tails disappears, leading Tsunade to suspect Akatsuki's involvement.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission Jiraiya visits Tsunade and reports rumours that Orochimaru has been killed by Sasuke. They share these rumours with Naruto and Sakura, who suspect that Sasuke is making moves against his brother, Itachi Uchiha of Akatsuki. Naruto proposes that they try to locate Itachi so that they can, in turn, find Sasuke. Despite how unsuccessful previous attempts to capture Akatsuki members have been, Tsunade approves the formation of a combined Eight Man Squad to find Itachi.

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Tsunade talks with Jiraiya.

Jiraiya visits Tsunade later with news that he's discovered the location of Akatsuki's leader, though he refuses to go into more detail until she meets him for drinks. While having saké, Jiraiya shares news of Amegakure's ongoing civil war, which the Akatsuki leader is rumoured to be behind. Because Amegakure is in a delicate political situation, Jiraiya must infiltrate the village by himself to confirm before Konoha can take direct action. Tsunade feels guilty for always relying on him to do dangerous work like this and reflects on happier times, before Orochimaru's apparent death and when he was still their friend. As Jiraiya prepares to leave, Tsunade instructs him to be sure to come back alive, fearing what his death might do to her.

Later, Shizune senses that Tsunade is worried about Jiraiya and tries to reassure her that he'll be fine. Tsunade replies he won't be back, which is a new tactic she's trying: she's betting on the one thing she doesn't want to have happen, relying on her bad luck to prevent her bet from coming true.

Six-Tails Unleashed Edit

Main article: Six-Tails Unleashed In the anime, Konoha receives reports of an attack on the Tsuchigumo clan and, as a consequence, their forbidden technique is at risk. Because the returning Eight Man Squad is closest to the Tsuchigumo clan's location, Tsunade sends Katsuyu to intercept them and give them their assignment to protect the Tsuchigumo.

Pain's Assault Edit

Main article: Pain's Assault Fukasaku, a former teacher of Jiraiya, reports to Tsunade that Jiraiya died while investigating the Akatsuki leader, Pain. Tsunade summons Naruto to her office so that Fukasaku can also tell him the news, who they expect will have greater difficulty. Naruto is indeed upset and blames Tsunade for his death, saying she should not have let him go. Sakura tries to stop him from storming out, but Tsunade lets him go. Tsunade makes investigating Pain's identity using the information Jiraiya gathered top priority: she has Shizune examine the Animal Path's body; she has Ibiki Morino interrogate the prisoner Jiraiya captured; she has Shikamaru Nara decipher the coded message Jiraiya left behind. When Shikamaru tries objecting to the assignment, Tsunade ignores him, leaves, and, once she's alone, she cries for Jiraiya.

Knowing that Pain will be coming for him, Naruto goes to Mount Myōboku to train with Fukasaku. The investigations into Pain's identity continue, but none are not completed prior to Pain's assault on Konoha. Tsunade sends orders for Naruto to be recalled to Konoha, but she's stopped by the Konoha Council, who feel that Naruto is safest where he is. Tsunade becomes angry with both councillors and berates them for lacking even the barest faith in Naruto's ability to save himself. The councillors are affronted by how she handles them and leave, but tell her to do what she wants. Tsunade heads to the roof of the Hokage Residence and summons Katsuyu, who she instructs to divide and attach to all of Konoha's villagers so that Tsunade can heal them remotely.

Healing Chakra Transmission

Tsunade heals Konoha's villagers via Katsuyu.

As Katsuyu's divisions spread throughout the village, Tsunade starts to fully appreciate the extent of the damage that Pain's attack is doing. When she senses, through Katsuyu, that Kakashi has died, she destroys a nearby spire out of frustration. Pain's Deva Path eventually finds her. As her Anbu-bodyguards move in to protect her, Tsunade recognises the Deva Path as an orphan that Jiraiya once trained. The Deva Path asks Tsunade where Naruto is, which she refuses to reveal. The Deva Path blames Konoha's past actions for the current dire state of the world and Tsunade's refusal to cooperate with Akatsuki for the current attack on the village. Tsunade is unmoved, but Pain is able to able to find out where Naruto is through other means. Before leaving, the Deva Path states it will show Konoha the pain that the rest of the world has known for too long.

Tsunade Ages

Tsunade in her weakened state.

The Deva Path leaps into the air and Tsunade tries to follow. As it destroys Konoha with Shinra Tensei, Tsunade transfers all of her chakra to Katsuyu to use in keeping the villagers safe. When the dust clears, Tsunade finds the village gone. She confronts the Six Paths of Pain and vows to personally defeat them. The Asura Path attacks her, which Naruto, newly returned, destroys in order to save her. Naruto asks Tsunade to trust Pain's defeat to him and has Gamakichi take Tsunade to Sakura. Having done all that she can and with her chakra gone, Tsunade's youthful transformation fades and she falls into a coma.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown

Tsunade out of coma

Tsunade comes out of her coma.

After Tsunade regains consciousness many days later, she is immediately embraced by Shizune. As she eats to replenish her chakra reserves, Tsunade is told of all that's happened while she's been unconscious: Naruto's victory over Pain; Tobi of Akatsuki's declaration of a Fourth Shinobi World War; the formation of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Kakashi discusses these matters with her, and also thanks her for waking up in time so that he would not need to made her replacement as Hokage. Once she's done eating, she convenes a war council to discuss Konoha's strategies for the coming war and any preparations that will need to be made.

A few days later, Tsunade travels to Kumogakure to meet with the other heads of the Alliance and discuss topics of broader importance. Chief among these is what to do with Naruto and Killer B, whose capture Tobi started the war for. The Alliance's other leaders have already decided to send them into seclusion, which Tsunade disagrees with, believing they would be invaluable on the battlefield. The Fifth Kazekage disagrees, reminding her that Naruto has the tendency to be reckless for his friends, which in turn would place him too much at risk. Tsunade reluctantly agrees and Naruto and B are sent to the Island Turtle. In the anime, after the meeting with the other heads of the Alliance she requested that B teach Naruto to achieve control over the Nine-Tails in the event that they would have to be deployed, which A approved. As they move on to other matters, Tsunade takes particular interest in equipping the Logistical Support and Medical Division with enough supplies.

Power Edit

Main article: Power In the anime, Tsunade sends Team 7 to investigate the massacre of the Tonika Village. When Team 7 reports Kabuto Yakushi's use of the Impure World Reincarnation, Tsunade sends them all available backup.

Paradise Life on as Boat Edit

Main article: Paradise Life on a Boat In the anime, Tsunade sends Sakura to Benisu Island to collect medicinal herbs for the war effort. She later refuses Konohamaru Sarutobi's request to join the Allied Shinobi Forces.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Most of the Alliance's leaders head to the battlefield when the war begins, but Tsunade and the Fourth Raikage remain at the Allied headquarters to discuss tactics, coordinate troop movements, and process new intel. On the first night of fighting, they receive reports that Naruto and B have escaped the Island Turtle. The Raikage takes Tsunade with him to head them off; she leaves behind one of Katsuyu's divisions in case she needs to be contacted about anything.

Tsunade&#039;s Resolve

Tsunade places her faith in Naruto and B.

Once they locate Naruto and B, the Raikage blocks their progress and tries to convince them to return to the Island Turtle. Naruto implores Tsunade to let them pass, but she explains that she must do what is in the best interest of the entire Allied Shinobi Forces. Naruto's continuing obstinance prompts the Raikage to decide to kill him so that Akatsuki can't capture him. Tsunade cannot allow this and steps in, observing that Naruto's new Nine-Tails Chakra Mode indicates his unprecedented control over the Nine-Tails, something that may never be replicated in future jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails. The best course, she argues, is to let Naruto use his new power to try and win the war. The Raikage is not openly convinced by Tsunade's, B's, or Naruto's words and appears willing to fight, but when Naruto is finally able to get past him the Raikage doesn't pursue.

When Tsunade and the Raikage return to headquarters they are informed that the White Zetsu Army is cultivated from the DNA of Hashirama Senju. Tsunade is upset by the continued use of her grandfather's abilities and what else Tobi may have used them for, but believes Naruto may be able to root out Zetsus that have infiltrated the Allied Forces.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Gokage Shūketsu

The five Kage confront Madara.

Naruto, using shadow clones, does indeed help defeat the Zetsu Army, finding those that are disguised, defeating those that aren't, and helping capture any remaining reincarnated forces. The apparent victory is cut short by the sudden appearance of the reincarnated Madara Uchiha, who proceeds to decimate the Fourth Division. Wishing to join the battle, Tsunade has Mabui transfer her to the site of Madara's battle with the Fourth Division, using Creation Rebirth to heal the damage that the transfer does to her body. The Raikage joins her and they arrive in time to save the Fifth Kazekage and Third Tsuchikage from Madara's attack. Tsunade heals them and, after being joined by the Fifth Mizukage, the Five Kage face off with Madara. Confident they can defeat him, they tell one of Naruto's shadow clones to entrust Madara to them and to go defeat Tobi elsewhere.

Tsunade overwhelms Madara

Tsunade attacking Madara.

Tsunade initially takes a supplementary role during the battle, healing the other Kage's injuries and replenishing their chakra as needed. She is surprised when Madara is able to use her grandfather's wood release, which they eventually discover to be due to a cloned graft of Hashirama's face that has been implanted in Madara's body. Madara senses that Tsunade is descended from Hashirama and decides to kill her first because she is so much weaker than her ancestor. She acknowledges that she did not inherit all of Hashirama's natural gifts, but she does have his Will of Fire, which drove her to create the Ninja Art Creation Rebirth — Strength of a Hundred Technique. After activating the technique, she joins the other Kage in attacking him. Madara is unimpressed, but Tsunade is nevertheless able to punch through his body, giving the Kazekage a chance to try and seal him.

Gokage vs 25 Susanoo

The Kage against Madara's wood clones.

Madara eludes capture and uses Susanoo's sword to stab Tsunade. Madara assumes she's dead, but Tsunade removes the sword from her body and attacks him with it, convincing him that maybe she did indeed inherit something from Hashirama. He in fact admits that all the Kage have posed him some challenge, but claims that it's because they outnumber him five-to-one; in order to make things "fair", he creates twenty-five wood clones, five for each of the Kage to fight. The wood clones each use Susanoo and fight the Kage into the night. Despite the superior forces against them, the Kage are able to combine forces against the original Madara, impressing him enough to use Susanoo's "Complete Body" form. Before he can use it to destroy the Kage, the Impure World Reincarnation is released and Madara's soul starts returning to the Pure Land.

Dan &amp; Tsunade

Tsunade sees Dan again.

Madara uses the remaining moments before his soul departs trying to finish off the Kage. Tsunade takes responsibility for blocking his attacks, expecting that her Creation Rebirth will heal the damage, but she runs out of chakra and is left at Madara's mercy. She is saved by Dan Katō's Spirit Transformation Technique, his soul having also been released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Tsunade uses the little time that they have apologising to him for abandoning his dreams for so many years after he died, but that she now tries to keep his dreams alive in her capacity as Hokage. He thanks her for continuing his dream, but tells her that the greatest service she can do to him is to stay alive, as she herself is his dream. He kisses her forehead before vanishing and transfers all of his chakra to her. Although Tsunade is rejuvenated, Madara has used this time removing the Impure World Reincarnation's user's control over him, thus allowing him to stay.

Tsunade summons Katsuyu

Tsunade summons Katsuyu in her injured state.

Now free to do what he wants, Madara decides he's lost interest in the Kage and states his intentions to go after Naruto. The Kage try to stop him and thus fulfil their promise to Naruto, but Madara defeats them all and leaves them near death. Tsunade, despite being bisected in the battle, is able to summon Katsuyu. She asks Katsuyu to bring the other Kage closer to her so that she can try and save their lives. Tsunade is later found by Orochimaru, Suigetsu Hōzuki, and Karin. Tsunade has used almost all of her chakra on the other Kage and now lacks the energy to even speak. After assuring Katsuyu that he wants to help, Orochimaru has Karin replenish Tsunade's chakra and has Suigetsu assist Katsuyu with putting Tsunade's halves back together. Tsunade reluctantly thanks Orochimaru once she's restored and notes a change in him, a change that might have saved Jiraiya had it happened sooner. Orochimaru departs, leaving Tsunade to finish healing the Kage.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Tsunade&amp;Sakura Byakugo no In

Sakura and Tsunade work together.

Once all the Kage are healed, the Kazekage transports them to where the Allied Forces are fighting; along the way, Katsuyu informs them of what's been happening up until now. As they near the battlefield, a reincarnated Hashirama Senju contacts all the Allied powers. After briefly saying hello to Tsunade, Hashirama reveals the purpose of the God Tree recreation now looming over them: to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Much of the infantry is thrown into disarray from fear of what will happen, but when the Kage finally arrive they rally their forces against the God Tree. Tsunade locates Sakura and teams up with her to summon a large segment of Katsuyu, which dissolves across the battlefield so that Tsunade and Sakura can constantly rejuvenate everybody as they fight.

Although they aren't able to cut down the God Tree, the Allies are able to help Naruto defeat Tobi, real name Obito Uchiha. Naruto leaves to fight Madara, leaving the rest of the Allied Forces to fight another Zetsu. Tsunade lacks the chakra necessary to participate in the fight, much less continue performing medical ninjutsu. For this reason, when the Kazekage brings Naruto to her in need of emergency life support, Tsunade sends Sakura to help him.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

Tsunade Caught

Tsunade trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Despite the Allied Forces' efforts, they are unable to stop Madara from casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi, trapping the world in a dream. Tsunade dreams of a Konoha where Dan is Hokage, where Nawaki and Jiraiya are still alive, and where Orochimaru never defected from the village. In the anime where her dream was expounded on, Jiraiya leaves Tsunade one of his novels to read titled Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook: The Tale of Naruto the Hero, despite her telling him she had no interest in it earlier. In the novel, Konoha went through much less upheaval; the Fourth Hokage and his wife survived the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, and the Uchiha Clan Downfall never happened. Naruto and Sasuke eventually release the Infinite Tsukuyomi, freeing Tsunade and the rest of the world and thus ending the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Blank Period Edit

After the war, Tsunade studies the material that the White Zetsus are made of, and from her research is able to create a prosthetic arm for Naruto.

Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky Edit

Main article: Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky Kakashi is appointed the Sixth Hokage after the Fourth Shinobi World War ends. Yet a near after the war is over, he still has yet to officially accept the duties of the office. Tsunade continues to carry out all the responsibilities until he's ready, but also pressures Kakashi to make a decision. Kakashi requests that she wait until he completes his mission to guard the Tobishachimaru on its top secret maiden voyage. The Tobishachimaru ends up being hijacked by the Ryūha Armament Alliance during its voyage, and the hijackers threaten to kill the passengers if Konoha doesn't release their leader, Garyō, from the Blood Prison in Kusagakure; they also stipulate that Naruto not be involved. After being informed that Kakashi is aboard the Tobishachimaru, Tsunade summons Konoha's available personnel, with the exception of Naruto.

While trying to plan what to do, Tsunade is contacted by the Third Tsuchikage, who informs her that the "secret" Tobishachimaru is visible from several countries, including his own Iwagakure. Although she assures him it is bound for Kusa, he warns her that he will need to destroy it if it threatens his village, which would complicate the relationship between Konoha and Iwa. Tsunade shares this threat with one of the hijackers, Rahyō, but it does not deter him. Having few options left, Tsunade decides that the ship must be destroyed before Iwa is forced to intervene. She has Ino Yamanaka tell Kakashi to do what he can but also warn him of her decision. She leads the assembled available Konoha ninja to the Blood Prison to be on hand in case the worst should happen.

Kakashi ultimately crashes the Tobishachimaru just outside the Blood Prison, thus averting an incident with Iwa. However, several passengers died during the hijacking and the entire incident has been an embarrassment to Konoha. Tsunade is outraged by these developments and orders Kahyō, the highest-ranking hijacker to survive, taken into custody. Kakashi intervenes, asking that he be allowed to pass sentence on Kahyō instead. Tsunade allows it on the condition that Kakashi make it his first act as Sixth Hokage, which he agrees to.

The Last: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: The Last: Naruto the Movie Two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tsunade oversees the evacuation of the Land of Fire's citizens to a fallout shelter to escape the crashing Moon. Naruto ultimately prevents the disaster, the announcement of which Tsunade happily listens to.

Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze Edit

Main article: Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze Tsunade meets Sakura for drinks, partly to congratulate her for her recent work with the Konoha Hospital, but also to try to convince Sakura to take it easy, as she's been working harder than she needs to. Sakura changes the subject to asking how to gain men's attention. When Tsunade can't offer her any specific advice, Sakura asks that Tsunade bet against her love life, hoping for Tsunade's bad luck to play in her favour.

Sakura later meets with Tsunade for drinks again, where she shares rumours that someone with Sasuke Uchiha's appearance and chakra signature is conspiring against Konoha. The appearance is easily faked, but the chakra signature has Sakura stumped; she asks Tsunade if it would be possible to reproduce someone's chakra signature by gathering large amounts of skin and hair that naturally fall off. Tsunade deems the idea plausible. Sakura is reassured and Tsunade tells her she's happy to help, but she reminds Sakura that she's retired and that she should try to figure things out for herself.

Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding Edit

Main article: Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding Tsunade attends Naruto's marriage to Hinata Hyūga. Yamato runs around prior to the ceremony making final preparations, which Tsunade occasionally offers advice on.

Epilogue Edit

The former Kage

The previous Kage reunite.

Years later, on the day of a Five Kage Summit was being held in Konoha, Tsunade and the other retired Kage visit with the Third Tsuchikage so that, as Tsunade puts it, can get drunk and complain about things.

In Other Media Edit

Movies Edit

Naruto Shippūden the Movie Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie The demon Mōryō raises an army of stone warriors in an attempt to take over the world. Tsunade sends most of Konoha's forces to fight these warriors. She also sends a team consisting of Naruto, Sakura, Neji Hyūga, and Rock Lee to guard Shion, a priestess who can stop Mōryō.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire Hiruko, a former friend of the Sannin, declares the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War. Due to how he makes his announcement, the other villages come to believe that Konoha is aiding Hiruko's schemes and so start amassing against Konoha. While Tsunade tries to defuse the situation, Kakashi confides in her that he met Hiruko many years ago and was branded with a mind-controlling technique that will force him to go to Hiruko. Knowing that this will happen soon and that Hiruko will at some point try to take his Sharingan, Kakashi asks Tsunade to place a seal on him that will activate his Mangekyō Sharingan when Hiruko tries to do so, thus killing him and preventing war. Tsunade complies and, once Kakashi is gone, she declares him a missing-nin to keep his plans a secret. She forbids anyone from going after him, but Naruto ends up ignoring her.

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison Edit

Main article: Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison When Naruto is accused of trying to assassinate the Fourth Raikage, Tsunade orders he be imprisoned in the Blood Prison despite his claims of innocence. Tsunade is fully aware that Naruto did nothing wrong, but needs to follow through in order to draw out a conspiracy rooted in the Blood Prison. Once the conspiracy is exposed, Tsunade leads Konoha's forces in rescuing Naruto from his wrongful imprisonment.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie The Tsunade of the Genjutsu World wears glasses, is flat-chested, and is fairly responsible. Whereas the real Tsunade looks younger than her age, this Tsunade looks older than her age.

Video Games Edit

Tsunade is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Jump Ultimate Stars 23 November 2006
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan 14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 29 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4 19 July 2007 2 June 2009
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 Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 4 February 2016 9 February 2016
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: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Ninja Destiny 14 December 2006 20 March 2008
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008

Trivia Edit

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  • Tsunade and the other Sannin are named after the characters in the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari. The Tsunade of that story excels in slug magic.
    • "Tsunade" (綱手) means "mooring rope", which is not dissimilar to her brother's name, Nawaki, which means "rope tree".
  • Tsunade is first mentioned in chapter 84 of the manga by Tenten, 55 chapters before her first formal appearance.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Tsunade show that she was 145 cm when she was part of Hiruzen's genin team, and that her high-heeled sandals she wears add 5 cm to her height.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Tsunade's hobby is gambling.
    • Tsunade wishes to fight Naruto Uzumaki.
    • Tsunade's favourite foods are chicken breast and sake, while her least favourite food is liver sashimi.
    • Tsunade has completed 1,256 official missions in total: 40 D-rank, 236 C-rank, 467 B-rank, 418 A-rank, 95 S-rank.
    • Tsunade's favourite phrase is "One grab, a thousand gold" (一攫千金, Ikkaku Senkin), referring to getting rich without much effort.
  • While Tsunade's English anime voice actor is Debi Mae West, in some games she is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who is Kurenai Yūhi's voice actor. In Clash of Ninja Revolution 2, McGlynn voices Tsunade throughout the story-line and West voices Tsunade during actual game-play.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Jiraiya about Naruto) "Jiraiya, are you the one who taught him the Rasengan? Are you acting like a teacher by teaching him something he can't master? Don't give him any ideas! That's why this kid likes to daydream that he's going to become Hokage someday."[49]
  • (To an unconscious Naruto) "It's because to be Hokage… is your dream… isn't it, Naruto? One last time… just one last time… I place the odds on you."[50]
  • (To Shikamaru) "Grow up… Death comes with being a shinobi… There are times when death is hard to accept, but if you don't get over it, there's no future…"[51]
  • (To the Konoha Council) "People like Jiraiya… and Sarutobi, and Elder Chiyo of Suna possessed something you two sorely lack. Do you know what that is!? …Faith! My grandfather, the First Hokage, believed in you and entrusted you with the village. Now it's your turn to believe in these children and entrust it to them!"[52]
  • (To Pain) "I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!"[53]
  • (To Madara) "Although I am a descendant of the First Hokage, it's true that I don't know how to use Wood Release. And compared to him, who was able to use medical ninjutsu without even making seals, it's true that my own ninjutsu is nothing to brag about. And it's true that I'm a woman… but I'm definitely not a weak woman… What I inherited from my grandfather isn't just simple 'power'. My true strength comes from that which was passed down from the First to each generation afterwards… Don't underestimate the Will of Fire!"[54]

References Edit

  1. Second Databook, pages 104-109
  2. Third Databook, pages 164-165
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fourth Databook, pages 176-177
  4. Chapter 149, page 16
  5. Chapter 253, page 6
  6. Chapter 619, page 6
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 619, page 4
  8. Chapter 139, pages 11-12
  9. 9.0 9.1 Chapter 405, page 17
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chapter 291, page 9
  11. Chapter 369, pages 11-12
  12. 12.0 12.1 Chapter 253, page 7
  13. Chapter 158, page 4
  14. Chapter 158, page 8
  15. Chapter 169, pages 13, 15
  16. Chapter 601, pages 7-9
  17. Chapter 491, pages 8-9
  18. Chapter 235, page 19
  19. Chapter 250, page 18
  20. 20.0 20.1 Chapter 149, pages 14-17
  21. Chapter 153, page 19
  22. 22.0 22.1 Chapter 380, pages 7-8
  23. Chapter 406, page 9
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Chapter 172, page 7
  25. Chapter 577, pages 6-7
  26. Chapter 588, pages 11-12
  27. Chapter 588, page 13
  28. Chapter 170, pages 15-16
  29. Chapter 159, pages 4-5
  30. 30.0 30.1 Chapter 577, pages 1-2
  31. Chapter 270, pages 9-10
  32. Chapter 591, pages 8-9
  33. Chapter 170, page 19
  34. Chapter 601
  35. Chapter 164, page 15
  36. Naruto: Shippūden episode 111
  37. Chapter 171, page 11
  38. Chapter 210, page 9
  39. Chapter 235, page 17
  40. Chapter 649, page 13
  41. Chapter 169, page 16
  42. Chapter 162, page 11
  43. Naruto episode 99
  44. Naruto: Shippūden episode 406
  45. Naruto: Shippūden episode 407
  46. Naruto: Shippūden episode 394
  47. Naruto: Shippūden episode 399
  48. Naruto: Shippūden episode 413
  49. Chapter 159, page 7
  50. Chapter 168, pages 15-16
  51. Chapter 331
  52. Chapter 421, pages 8-11
  53. Chapter 430, page 16
  54. Chapter 576, pages 16-17
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