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(白ゼツ, Shiro-Zetsu)

  • Chatterbox (饒舌, Jōzetsu)[2]
Debut
Manga Chapter #234
Anime Naruto Episode #134
Movie Naruto 6: Road to Ninja
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Gender Gender Male Male
Species Mutated Human
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 177 cm1.77 m
    5.807 ft
    69.685 in
Blood type B
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Occupation
  • Akatsuki spy
Affiliation
Team
Partner
Nature Type
Jutsu

White Zetsu (白ゼツ, Shiro-Zetsu) was half of the duo of Zetsu, the other being Black Zetsu. An artificial human that worked in the service of Akatsuki, White Zetsu was culled from the DNA of Hashirama Senju.[3]

Background

White & Guruguru

White Zetsu and Guruguru overseeing Obito's rehabilitation.

White Zetsu was the first artificial human created by Madara Uchiha using a living clone of Hashirama Senju and the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.[4][5] Madara implied that Yin–Yang Release was also involved in the creation of White Zetsu and his clone siblings.[6] Like the rest of Madara's creations, White Zetsu was tasked with intelligence gathering before he and another spiral-patterned clone were entrusted with looking after the rehabilitating Obito Uchiha. Over time, the duo became friends with the young Uchiha.[7]

When Obito's rehabilitation was near completion, White Zetsu returned to the base and informed Obito that Kakashi Hatake and Rin Nohara were being attacked by Kirigakure shinobi. When the spiral-patterned Zetsu offered to help Obito by encasing himself around the young Uchiha in order to enable him to leave the cave, White Zetsu served to guide Obito telepathically with the information he received from his clone brothers stationed outside.[7][8] When they returned to Madara, White Zetsu assured him that no one had seen them and relayed information on what had happened after Konoha reinforcements had arrived, noting that Obito didn't kill Kakashi.[9]

When Madara was on the verge of death, he manifested his will and imbued half of White Zetsu with it, thus creating Black Zetsu. This in turn made the complete Zetsu also partially a clone of Madara, albeit weaker.[10] Zetsu later accompanied Obito Uchiha to Amegakure to locate Nagato, who had unknowingly been given Madara's Rinnegan as a child, and watched as Obito introduced himself as Madara Uchiha.[11]

Personality

Unlike Black Zetsu, White Zetsu, nicknamed "Chatterbox" (饒舌, Jōzetsu), was carefree and playful with a habit of teasing others, traits shared by many of his clone siblings.[2] In the Japanese version of the manga, White Zetsu used kanji and kana regularly. This was often conveyed in the anime through a higher-pitched voice. While he and Black Zetsu sometimes had differing opinions, the two halves were still able to function as a single entity.

White Zetsu appeared to be extremely trustworthy, obedient and loyal, being entrusted with Akatsuki's secrets and knowledge of Madara's Eye of the Moon Plan, which he believed to be beneficial to mankind.[12] Because of his ties to Madara, White Zetsu worked with Obito for a long time, originally helping him find and convince Nagato to join them. Though he annoyed Obito at first, White Zetsu eventually won the boy's friendship.[7] Like his clone, White Zetsu believed Madara was a good man at heart and saw no harm in helping Obito without Madara's permission.[13]

Zetsu's main role within Akatsuki was to function as a spy, with other duties that were similar to those of a hunter-nin. He was able to control his body and take part in the tailed beast sealing ritual simultaneously, which, in addition to being unique to him, allowed him to act as a lookout while the sealing took place.[14] When an agent of Akatsuki, or possibly even a member, died, Zetsu was sent to devour their bodies so as to not have their secrets revealed, further adding to his nature as a half-plant creature.[15] Zetsu was also the one sent to retrieve the rings of dead Akatsuki members.[16] Due to the role he played, Zetsu was the only member of Akatsuki to act without a partner on a regular basis. He operated on his own, often moving between the different locations where the other Akatsuki members were located. This resulted in other members reporting directly to him, rather than the figurehead leader, Pain. Zetsu would in turn report directly to Pain as well as Obito, the organisation's benefactor and eventual leader.[17]

Appearance

WZfull

White Zetsu.

When together, the two Zetsu were easily distinguished by the two Venus flytrap-like extensions that emerged from their sides, enveloping their head and upper body as a shell, which they were able to open and close. Beneath these extensions, White Zetsu had short green hair and a single yellow eye. The right half of his body was covered by Black Zetsu, whose leg was originally White Zetsu's own right leg. Under their Akatsuki cloak, they wore blue pants and sandals, and had both legs wrapped in bandages. Zetsu wore his green Akatsuki ring, which bore the kanji for "sign of the boar" (亥, gai), on his right little finger. In the anime, Zetsu's fingernails were painted pink and his toenails, as seen in his début, were blue.

Unlike Black Zetsu, White Zetsu had human-like facial features and a proper eye, as well as unusually rounded teeth. When he was first created, his Venus flytrap-like protrusions were not fully formed, being white in colour as well as sticking out all along the right side of his body. When the two halves split apart, their plant-like extensions would separate and hang from the waists of both. Any clothing they were wearing, including their Akatsuki mantle, would split along with them, causing them to later discard their torn clothing. When either of the halves emerged from the ground while split, their plant-like extensions would surround them in a circular formation. The two also demonstrated the ability to grow an additional leg, though deformed, from their white body mass to substitute for their missing half while split.

Abilities

Mayfly

Zetsu merged with the ground.

Zetsu's signature technique was Mayfly, which allowed him to merge with the ground to quickly travel to a new location, though not as quickly as Obito's space–time travelling.[18] This technique was ideal for Zetsu's function as a spy, as it erased his presence as well, and was an ability that both halves as well as other artificial humans could perform. In addition to functioning as a single entity by communicating through their thoughts, Zetsu's two halves were able to split apart, allowing them to act independently. While separated, the two halves could extend roots underground to communicate with each other over long distances.[19]

Zetsu dividing

Zetsu physically splitting in two.

Being an artificial human, White Zetsu was able to survive without food or water and did not need to carry out normal human bodily functions.[5] He could also telepathically communicate with other artificial humans, as long as they were within a certain range of him.[20] White Zetsu has only been seen using support abilities and Obito referred to him as not being a "front line fighter".[21] He was able to create and remotely communicate with near-identical clones of himself, which could absorb a person's chakra and subsequently replicate their form and unique chakra, serving as a special substitute. As the clones were normally weaker than the originals, they mainly served as decoys. With his Spore Technique, White Zetsu was able to plant these clones on the bodies of others in the form of spores, which were undetectable even to sensor type and Kage-level shinobi. Once activated, these spores would grow into a white mass which surrounded the individuals they formed on and absorb their chakra while restricting their movements. The clones could also use this stolen chakra to replenish an ally's chakra supply by attaching themselves to him or her. Obito had White Zetsu attach several of these spores to Sasuke Uchiha in order to monitor and even assist him when necessary.[22]

Nature Transformation

As a result of his origin, White Zetsu's genetic material was nearly identical to that of Hashirama Senju, allowing him to utilise Hashirama's Wood Release, albeit on a much weaker scale.[23]

Part I

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

After Sasuke and Naruto's fight at the Valley of the End, Kakashi and Pakkun appear to bring Naruto back home. As the three begin the journey back home to Konoha, Zetsu appears from the ground, having witnessed the whole battle.[24] Later his silhouette appeared with the rest of the Akatsuki members where they discussed Orochimaru taking Sasuke Uchiha, the capturing of the Nine-Tails and the furthering of their plans.[25]

Part II

Kazekage Rescue Arc

During the extraction of the One-Tail, Zetsu is told by the Akatsuki Leader to use his real body to use as a lookout, in which he identifies several enemies such as Team Guy, Team Kakashi, as well as Chiyo who was with the latter.[26] Later, he is sent to dispose the corpses of Mukade and Yura, finding Mukade a delicious meal.[27]

After Sasori and Deidara were defeated, Zetsu and Tobi were sent to retrieve their rings, and dispose of their corpses. However, he was unable to eat Sasori due to him being a puppet, but was amazed to finally see what the real Sasori looked like. Tobi found Sasori's ring, wishing to take his place. Black Zetsu thought this was a bad idea, but White Zetsu thought otherwise, noting that Tobi was a good person.[28] They later found Deidara's severed right arm and believe him dead until he arrived and proved them wrong. This caused Black Zetsu to wonder why Deidara hadn't captured Naruto Uzumaki, to which Deidara replied that he had already fulfilled his quota either way.[29]

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc

After Hidan and Kakuzu defeated Yugito Nii, Zetsu appeared to retrieve Yugito, and asked if Hidan was finished with his long winded ritual. When Hidan claimed that they were infidels ignorant of prayers, Zetsu told him that when sad and alone, all one can count on is yourself. Kakuzu, disagreeing stated that money was all one could count on. White Zetsu agreed that money was important, however Black Zetsu stated finding the next one was much more important. Zetsu is later seen sealing the Two-Tails.[30]

Itachi Pursuit Arc

After Deidara's death Zetsu was sent to recover his body, with White Zetsu wondering what happened to Tobi. Black Zetsu mentioned that based on the damaged area, he was most likely caught up in Deidara's explosion.[31] Later, when Pain had encouraged the organisation to mourn Deidara's loss, White Zetsu took it on himself to mourn for Tobi's loss, while Black Zetsu thought such a notion was ridiculous.[32] After Pain's fight with Jiraiya, Zetsu revealed himself to have been watching the whole battle. As Pain announced he was going to capture the Nine-Tails, White Zetsu said it would be an interesting battle and wanted to go. However Black Zetsu had another battle in mind, and they decided to watch Sasuke's battle with Itachi.[33] Both halves spectated and commenting on the battle, with Black Zetsu offering knowledge on various Sharingan abilities. When Itachi died, Zetsu noted that Itachi shouldn't of been that weak, believing him to have already been afflicted prior to the battle. He later appeared near Tobi while he was engaged in combat with the Eight Man Squad, to report to him the result of the fight.[34] They then led Tobi to where Itachi and Sasuke were, with Black Zetsu confirming to Tobi that he had indeed recorded the fight.[18] After a meeting with Taka and Kisame, Tobi met with Zetsu on a bridge where they discussed the fact that Itachi — who had been hampering their plans — was dead and Zetsu lamented on the fact that so many Akatsuki members had died. Tobi said their deaths were worth it because Sasuke was in his hands now.[35]

Invasion of Pain Arc

In the anime, Zetsu was present alongside the other Akatsuki members when they extracted the Six-Tails from Utakata. Zetsu is present when Akatsuki begins sealing the Eight-Tails, and when it is revealed that the jinchūriki fooled Sasuke and replaced himself with a tentacle, White Zetsu flew into a hysterical laughter, which greatly annoyed Black Zetsu. [36] Upon Nagato's death and Naruto returning to the village crowned as a hero, Zetsu revealed himself to have hidden inside a tree, watching the entire fight between them, hardly believing Pain to have been defeated, but decided to relay the information to Tobi. He then returns to Tobi and Kisame, reporting Nagato's death and betrayal, also mentioning that Konan wouldn't be returning either.

Five Kage Summit Arc

Zetsu finds Tobi after the latter had encountered Taka, revealing that Konoha had already been destroyed, and that Danzō had been named the acting Hokage. He then mentioned to Sasuke that Naruto had defeated Pain, and was probably stronger than him. When Taka agreed to go to the Kage Summit, Zetsu split in half, and White Zetsu proceeded to lead Sasuke and his team to the Kage Summit.

Zetsu interrupts summit

White Zetsu interrupts the Summit of the Five Kage.

White Zetsu stayed with Taka in the Land of Iron, observing the meeting of the Five Kage and trying to figure out a way to successfully assassinate Danzō. After identifying Danzō, White Zetsu managed to slip away from Taka unnoticed. White Zetsu later emerged in the conference room, telling the five Kage that Sasuke was somewhere around. After revealing himself, the Fourth Raikage grabbed the white Zetsu's neck, asked him about the whereabouts of Sasuke, and threatened to use force. Zetsu mockingly replied that he would give a hint, which prompted the Raikage, angered, to tighten his grip on Zetsu's neck. With his neck snapped, the White Zetsu collapsed on the floor and was presumed to be dead by everyone in the vicinity.[37]

Spore Technique Anime

White Zetsu's spores attacking Mei.

After Sasuke had been struck by the Fifth Mizukage's Boil Release: Skilled Mist Technique, Zetsu's Spore Technique, which had secretly been implanted on everyone in the meeting hall before the Raikage's attack, activated. The spores leached some of the Mizukage's chakra while binding the samurai guards, Mifune, Ōnoki and everyone else. One of the spores then jumped onto Sasuke and gave him the absorbed chakra, allowing him to use an arm of Susanoo to escape from the Mizukage. The spores were later successfully neutralised by everyone present at the time of their release.

Parasite Clone

White Zetsu prepares to fight Team 7.

After Naruto and Sasuke clash, the aftermath of which sends Sasuke hurtling towards a wall, a clone of White Zetsu appears and wraps himself around Sasuke to cushion the blow. Revealing that Tobi had told him to keep an eye on Sasuke,[38] the clone contacts the real White Zetsu, who alerts Tobi. Upon Tobi's arrival, the White Zetsu clone, prepared to fight and capture Naruto, created several more copies of himself. Before he could engage in combat however, Tobi tells him not to as he wasn't a 'front line' fighter, and instead gives him the task of checking up on Kisame and rejoining with Black Zetsu.[39]

Zetsu switching Kisame

Kisame and Zetsu switch places.

White Zetsu and Black Zetsu meet up at the site of Killer B and Kisame's battle only to reveal that Kisame's decapitated body was actually one of White Zetsu's shape-shifting clones. It is then revealed that Kisame, by having the clone fake his death, was then able to infiltrate Kumogakure while inside Samehada which was being carried back to Kumogakure by Killer B who intended to use it as his own weapon. Black Zetsu then stated that it was their feeding time and that they should merge once again.[40]

Confining the Jinchūriki Arc

Zetsu receives Kisame's intel

Zetsu presents the intel from Kisame.

In the anime, Zetsu sees off Tobi before he made his journey to Amegakure to retrieve Nagato's Rinnegan. Upon Tobi's acquisition of the Rinnegan, Zetsu informed him that the scroll with the information that Kisame Hoshigaki sent through his messenger shark had arrived, also noting that everything seemed to be going in their favour. Zetsu later accompanies Tobi as he shows Kabuto around the Mountains' Graveyard, but questions if Tobi should really trust him.

Shinobi World War Arc

Supervising Sasuke's recovery, Zetsu told him to be patient when asked if his bandages could be removed, remarking that when he did regain his sight it would be to a different world. As the Fourth Shinobi World War commenced, Black Zetsu separates from White Zetsu separate to carry out his assigned tasks, leaving White Zetsu to make sure Kabuto could not abduct Sasuke during the confusion of war. White Zetsu's spores are also placed on Kabuto's body to help monitor him.

On the second day of the war, White Zetsu was used as a test subject for Sasuke's new eyes and impaled by a blade formed from the black flames of Amaterasu, which was wielded by the youth's Susanoo, and was subsequently incinerated.[41]

Movies

Naruto 6: Road to Ninja

Zetsu was responsible for sending several clones disguised as deceased Akatsuki members to attack Konoha at the beginning of the movie. Later, he was seen with Tobi after Naruto and Sakura returned to their world, noting that they were so close to capturing the Nine-Tails.

Creation and Conception

Zetsu Concept

Concept design for Zetsu.

In Naruto Hiden: Sha no Sho Character Official Data Book, Kishimoto revealed that he had originally planned for Akatsuki to be a group of monsters, "with almost no human characteristics", and that Zetsu's design was modelled after an insectivorous plant. He also stated that he had decided to make Zetsu half black and half white to "better show his split personality".

Trivia

  • According to the databook:
    • Zetsu's hobby is observing unique shinobi.
    • Zetsu wishes to fight people who are likely to leave behind a corpse that will make a good meal.
    • Zetsu's favourite food is "chewy" people, while his least favourites are konnyaku and jelly.
    • Zetsu's favourite phrase is "Independence unbending" (独立不撓, Dokuritsu Futō), which roughly means "The only one you can count on is yourself".
    • Wherever Tobi is, Zetsu is never far behind.
  • White Zetsu and his clones are not dissimilar to the legends told of the mandrake plant used to create artificial men.
  • The name "Zetsu" (舌) means "tongue". A fitting name, as Zetsu's two halves were referred to as "Chatterbox" (饒舌, Jōzetsu) and "Wicked Tongue" (毒舌, Dokuzetsu) based on their personalities.[2]

Quotes

  • (To Obito) White Zetsu: "Well to say it simply… He wants to get rid of all the bad things in the world and run away to a dreamland full of good things! In a dream you can do whatever you want… even revive the dead."[12]
  • (To Black Zetsu about Tobi joining Akatsuki) White Zetsu: "It'll be all right, after all, Tobi is a good boy."[42]
  • (To Hidan) White Zetsu: "When you're sad and alone…" Black Zetsu: "…The only one you can count on is yourself."[43]
  • (To Sasuke) White Zetsu: "The next time you open your eyes you'll be seeing a whole new world… things are getting really fun!"[44]

References

  1. Third Databook, pages 96-97
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 661, page 5
  3. Naruto chapter 521, page 4
  4. Naruto chapter 602, page 13
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 603, page 1
  6. Naruto chapter 606, pages 14, 16
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Naruto chapter 603
  8. Naruto chapter 604, pages 3-7
  9. Naruto chapter 606, page 9
  10. Naruto chapter 606, pages 14-15
  11. Naruto chapter 606, pages 13, 17
  12. 12.0 12.1 Naruto chapter 603, page 5
  13. Naruto chapter 603, page 17
  14. Naruto chapter 255, page 3
  15. Naruto chapter 261, pages 10-11
  16. Naruto chapter 280, page 17
  17. Naruto chapter 314, page 3
  18. 18.0 18.1 Naruto chapter 396, page 7
  19. Naruto chapter 536, page 12
  20. Naruto chapter 604, page 8
  21. Naruto chapter 486, page 8
  22. Naruto chapter 618, page 12
  23. Naruto chapter 545, pages 2-4
  24. Naruto chapter 234, pages 18-19
  25. Naruto chapter 238, pages 19-20
  26. Naruto chapter 261, page 12
  27. Naruto chapter 255-chapter 256
  28. Naruto chapter 280, pages 18-19
  29. Naruto chapter 281, pages 14-15
  30. Naruto chapter 314, pages 2-3
  31. Naruto chapter 363, page 5
  32. Naruto: Shippūden episode 125
  33. Naruto chapter 383, page 14
  34. Naruto chapter 395, pages 13-17
  35. Naruto chapter 404, pages 16-17
  36. Naruto chapter 419, page 12
  37. Naruto chapter 460, page 3
  38. Naruto chapter 486, pages 3-5
  39. Naruto chapter 486, pages 7-9
  40. Naruto chapter 487, pages 13-16
  41. Naruto chapter 553, page 15
  42. Naruto chapter 280, page 19
  43. Naruto chapter 314, page 2
  44. Naruto chapter 515, page 4

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