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The '''White Zetsu Army''' consists of 100,000 copies of [[White Zetsu]], which serve as [[Akatsuki]]'s main military strength during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, page 13</ref>
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These artificial humans are [[Madara Uchiha]]'s, and later [[Obito Uchiha]]'s creations developed using [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA and the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]'s [[chakra]]. They most notably include the original white half of the [[Akatsuki]] member [[Zetsu]], [[Guruguru|his spiral patterned clone]], as well as a large number of other clones which serve as Akatsuki's main military strength during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, page 13</ref>
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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Madara's lair.png|thumb|left|The developing White Zetsu.]]
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[[File:SZetsu.png|thumb|left|The developing White Zetsu.]]
These creatures are artificial humans created by [[Madara Uchiha]] from [[Hashirama's living clone]], and the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]].<ref name="c602p13">''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 13</ref><ref name="c603p1">''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 1</ref> Because of this, their DNA is very similar to that of [[Hashirama Senju]]'s as noted from [[Shizune]], and [[Sakura Haruno]]'s autopsy results.<ref name="chpt545">''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 3</ref> Madara would later use this artificial genetic material to save the life of [[Obito Uchiha]], replacing the destroyed portion of his right side with it.<ref name="c602p13"/>
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The first artificial human that was created by Madara Uchiha using [[Hashirama's artificial body]] and the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]],<ref name="c602p13">''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 13</ref><ref name="c603p1">''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 1</ref> was known as ''White Zetsu''.<ref name="c574p9">''Naruto'' chapter 574, page 9</ref> Many more artificial humans were created, including [[Guruguru|another swirly faced one]]. Since they were created using the DNA of Hashirama Senju, they were essentially weaker clones of [[Hashirama Senju]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 13</ref> Madara implied that [[Yin–Yang Release]] was also involved in their creation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 14</ref> Their artificial genetic material would later be used by Madara to save the life of [[Obito Uchiha]] by infusing it to the destroyed right portion of Obito's body.<ref name="c602p13"/>
   
During Obito's time with the elderly Madara, [[White Zetsu]] and a [[Spiral Zetsu|spiral-patterned Zetsu]] were assigned to take care of him during his rehabilitation. Later, when [[Rin]] and [[Kakashi]] were attacked by a group of [[Kirigakure]]-[[shinobi]], the spiral-patterned Zetsu allowed Obito to "''wear''" his body like armour so that he could leave the cave.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603</ref> White Zetsu, who was only half formed, would be infused with a part of Madara's will that results in his transformation into the completed [[Zetsu]] who would serve under Obito as both joined the [[Akatsuki]] years later.
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During Obito's time with the elderly Madara, [[White Zetsu]] and a [[Guruguru|spiral-patterned clone]] were assigned to take care of the young Uchiha during his rehabilitation. Later, when [[Rin Nohara]] and [[Kakashi Hatake]] were attacked by a group of [[Kirigakure]] [[shinobi]], the spiral-patterned clone allowed Obito to "''wear''" his body like armour so that he could leave [[Mountains' Graveyard]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603</ref> White Zetsu, who was only half formed, would later be [[Will Materialisation|infused]] with Madara's will, resulting in his transformation into the completed [[Zetsu]], who would serve under Obito as both joined [[Akatsuki]] years later.
   
Eventually, Obito created more humanoid versions of White Zetsu using the chakra of the first seven [[tailed beasts]] he had sealed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. The resulting clones were then stored in a pool of water beneath the root of the living clone flower.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, page 12</ref> After [[Kabuto Yakushi]] captured [[Yamato]], he used his studies of Hashirama's DNA and Yamato to enhance the army's strength.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 515, page 10</ref>
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Eventually, Obito created several thousand more humanoid versions of White Zetsu using the chakra of the first seven [[tailed beasts]] Akatsuki had sealed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. The resulting clones were then stored in a pool of water beneath the flower containing Hashirama's artificial body.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, page 12</ref> After [[Kabuto Yakushi]] captured [[Yamato]], he used his studies of Hashirama's DNA and Yamato to enhance the army's strength.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 515, page 10</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
These clones have shown some level of intelligence, similar to other [[Clone Techniques|clones]]. Although they were seemingly fighting mindlessly against allied shinobi during the daytime, the clone who had transformed into [[Neji Hyūga]] using his [[Substitute Technique]], was noticeably scared by [[Sakura Haruno]] when she threatened to beat him and showed shock when she deduced how his technique worked as well as the tactics of the Zetsu army's night assault.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 10</ref> They were also visibly shocked and angered when they realised that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] had killed [[White Zetsu]], whom they refer to as their original.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 574, page 9</ref> In the anime, a clone encountered by [[Team Kurenai]] displayed the carefree and somewhat goofy attitude of its original.<ref name="episode279">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 279</ref> The anime also depicted the clones as having the memories of the original.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 280</ref>
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The artificial humans created by Madara demonstrated some degree of individuality and intelligence, with [[Guruguru|one]] claiming that they had vocabularies and brains that surpass those of humans.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 2</ref> Although the clones created by Obito seemed to fight mindlessly against the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]], they have been shown to possess a similar level of intelligence. The clone that [[Substitute Technique|transformed]] into [[Neji Hyūga]] demonstrated both shock and some degree of fear when [[Sakura Haruno]] threatened it and deduced how its abilities work,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 10</ref> while others were visibly shocked and angered when they realised that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] had killed [[White Zetsu]], whom they refer to as their original.<ref name="c574p9"/> The clones created by Obito have also been shown to have access to the original White Zetsu's memories,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 659, pages 10-11</ref><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 280</ref> in addition to displaying a similar or same personality to the original.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 661, page 5</ref>
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Shiro Zetsu Army.png|thumb|The enhanced Zetsu army soldiers.]]
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[[File:Shiro Zetsu Army.png|thumb|The enhanced White Zetsu army soldiers.]]
Unlike the original White Zetsu, and the [[Parasite Clone|clones he produces]], which possess incomplete bodies, they have complete faces, as well as properly defined right arms and legs. After [[Kabuto]] used [[Yamato]] (due to Yamato also possesing a degree of [[Hashirama Senju]]'s cells) to further enhance their abilities, the Zetsu clones gain small spikes that protrude from their shoulders and back. These Zetsu, however, lack the Venus fly trap-like extensions that the original had, and have what seems to be cracks all over their bodies. They also have a zig-zag pattern running from their diaphragms down to their groin, and also down each leg reminiscent of the originals' fly trap-like extensions. These serrations are later shown to be able to open in a similar manner. When the Zetsu are first depicted in coloured manga illustrations, they appear not white, but light-green.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 2</ref> In later depictions they appear even more green in colour.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 531, page 2</ref>
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Unlike the original White Zetsu and the [[Parasite Clone|clones he produces]], which possess incomplete bodies, they have complete faces, as well as properly defined right arms and legs. After [[Kabuto]] used [[Yamato]] (who also possessed [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA) to further enhance their abilities, the Zetsu clones gain small spiky protrusions on their shoulders and back. These Zetsu, however, lack the Venus fly trap-like extensions that the original had, and have what seems to be cracks all over their bodies. They also have a zig-zag pattern running down their midsection, and also down each leg reminiscent of the originals' fly trap-like extensions. These serrations are later shown to be able to open in a similar manner and restrain targets. In the anime the clones are completely white like the original, wheras in the manga, they appear light-green.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 2</ref> In later depictions they appear even more green in colour.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 531, page 2</ref>
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
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Being artificial humans, they do not need to carry out any normal human bodily functions. They also have no need for sleep nor other bodily functions such as breathing in the case of their underwater storage.<ref name="c603p1"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, pages 13-15</ref> Though they share many vital points as a normal human, they are incapable of bleeding in their natural forms.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, pages 8-9</ref> As such they are extremely durable, able to survive two of [[Sakura]]'s [[Chakra Enhanced Strength|chakra-enhanced punches]], as well as [[Neji Hyūga]]'s [[Gentle Fist Art One Blow Body]].
 
Being artificial humans, they do not need to carry out any normal human bodily functions. They also have no need for sleep nor other bodily functions such as breathing in the case of their underwater storage.<ref name="c603p1"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, pages 13-15</ref> Though they share many vital points as a normal human, they are incapable of bleeding in their natural forms.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, pages 8-9</ref> As such they are extremely durable, able to survive two of [[Sakura]]'s [[Chakra Enhanced Strength|chakra-enhanced punches]], as well as [[Neji Hyūga]]'s [[Gentle Fist Art One Blow Body]].
   
All Zetsu able to use the [[Mayfly]] technique to travel through surfaces for the purpose of spying without leaving a trace. They can open their bodies in a Venus flytrap-like manner to trap their opponent and [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb their chakra]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 524, page 14</ref> This action is so the clone responsible uses the [[Substitute Technique]] to become an exact copy of that person in every detail, able to easily trick close friends and [[sensor]]s alike, in scenarios ideal for infiltration, covert assassination, and causing distrust among an enemy group. Due to their plant nature, members of the White Zetsu Army can [[White Zetsu Merging Technique|merge]] into a more plant-like monster for better resistance against Yang-natured chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 14</ref> In the anime, it was shown that the White Zetsu clones can also extend the points of their flytrap-like openings and use them to impale enemies, as well as alter the form of their arms to attack.<ref name="episode279"/>
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All Zetsu are able to use the [[Mayfly]] technique to travel through surfaces for the purpose of spying without leaving a trace. They can open their bodies in a Venus flytrap-like manner to trap their opponents and [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb their chakra]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 524, page 14</ref> In the manga, the clones absorb chakra by simply establishing physical contact, whereas in the anime, the clones absorb chakra by sucking it in through their mouths.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 266</ref> This action is so the clone responsible uses the [[Substitute Technique]] to become an exact copy of that person in every detail, able to easily trick close friends and [[sensor]]s alike, in scenarios ideal for infiltration, covert assassination, and causing distrust among an enemy group. Due to their plant nature, members of the White Zetsu Army can [[White Zetsu Merging Technique|merge]] into a more plant-like monster for better resistance against Yang-natured chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 14</ref> In the anime, it was shown that the White Zetsu clones can also extend the points of their flytrap-like openings and use them to impale enemies, as well as alter the form of their arms to attack.<ref name="episode279"/>
   
 
[[File:White zetsu turns back into a tree.png|thumb|A White Zetsu Army clone turning into a tree.]]
 
[[File:White zetsu turns back into a tree.png|thumb|A White Zetsu Army clone turning into a tree.]]
Due to the fact that they were created through cultivation of [[Hashirama Senju]]'s cells, Sakura states that the White Zetsu Army can also use [[Wood Release]], albeit on a weaker scale.<ref name="chpt545"/> However, through exposure to [[Yamato]]'s chakra, the clones' strength increased to make them presumably more suited for combat with enhanced strength. But the one genetic flaw to the White Zetsu's design is that direct contact with a powerful concentration of [[Yang]]-natured chakra causes them to turn into trees.
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Because of their origin, their DNA is very similar Hashirama's, as revealed by [[Shizune]] and [[Sakura Haruno]]'s autopsy results, and they are able to use [[Wood Release]], albeit on a weaker scale.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 3</ref> However, through exposure to [[Yamato]]'s chakra, the clones' strength increased to make them presumably more suited for combat with enhanced strength. But the one genetic flaw to the White Zetsu's design is that direct contact with a powerful concentration of [[Yang]]-natured chakra causes them to turn into trees.
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[[File:Red Assimilate All Creation.png|thumb|left|The "Red Zetsu" on the Seventh Front.]]
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In the anime, the White Zetsu Army showed their capability to [[Assimilate All Creation Technique|take on the properties]] of a special, poisonous, red soil, located on the [[Seventh Front]] and use it to their advantage; such as [[Assimilation: Red Poisonous Smokescreen|expelling large quantities of red, poisonous smoke]]. However, the adverse effects of this was that they also gained the soil's high conductibility to [[lightning]]-type attacks.<ref name="ship320">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 320</ref>
 
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[[File:Insect Tornado.png|thumb|Shino using his Secret Technique: Insect Tornado on a White Zetsu.]]
 
[[File:Insect Tornado.png|thumb|Shino using his Secret Technique: Insect Tornado on a White Zetsu.]]
In the anime, [[Team 8]] was sent to investigate a suspected breach of the Allied Shinobi Forces perimeter and encounters a cave filled with White Zetsu clones. Engaging them, [[Hinata]] sends out a messenger owl to the Sealing Team and she alongside, [[Shino]], [[Kiba]], and [[Akamaru]], hold off the opposition until the team can arrive and seal the cave. As Team 8 fall back with the creatures in pursuit, one of the White Zetsu accidentally triggered a explosion in the process. After the explosion, Team 8 regroups and find one of the two shinobi from the Sealing Team dead, the ninja revealed to have been murdered by a surviving White Zetsu that had infiltrated Team 8 in midst the chaos. This cases mutual mistrust among Team 8 until they use a game of [[Wikipedia:Rock-paper-scissors|rock-paper-scissors]] to weed out the shape-shifter by having the loser reveal personal information when asked. Though Kiba mistook Shino as the impostor, the plan exposes the White Zetsu clone, who was impersonating Hinata who was unconscious at the time, before her team mates kill him.<ref name="episode279"/>
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In the anime, [[Team 8]] was sent to investigate a suspected breach of the Allied Shinobi Forces perimeter and encounters a cave filled with White Zetsu clones. Engaging them, [[Hinata]] sends out a messenger owl to the Sealing Team and she alongside, [[Shino]], [[Kiba]], and [[Akamaru]], hold off the opposition until the team can arrive and seal the cave. As Team 8 fall back with the creatures in pursuit, one of the White Zetsu accidentally triggered a explosion in the process. After the explosion, Team 8 regroups and find one of the two shinobi from the Sealing Team dead, the ninja revealed to have been murdered by a surviving White Zetsu that had infiltrated Team 8 in midst the chaos. This cases mutual mistrust among Team 8 until they use a game of [[Wikipedia:Rock-paper-scissors|rock-paper-scissors]] to weed out the shape-shifter by having the loser reveal personal information when asked. Though Kiba mistook Shino as the impostor, the plan exposes the White Zetsu clone, who was impersonating Hinata who was unconscious at the time, before her team mates kill him.<ref name="episode279">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 279</ref>
   
 
[[File:Merged White Zetsu Army.jpg|thumb|left|Several White Zetsu Army clones merged together.]]
 
[[File:Merged White Zetsu Army.jpg|thumb|left|Several White Zetsu Army clones merged together.]]
While Naruto and [[Killer B]] confronted several of the White Zetsu Army clones at another area, due to his [[Yang]] chakra and the creatures' relation to the First Hokage, Naruto's attacks while in [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] resonated with the White Zetsu Army clones and instantly turned those he made a direct hit on into trees.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 13</ref> Even after some of the surviving White Zetsus merged to become more resilient to the youth's attack, Naruto merely [[Mini-Rasenshuriken|cut]] the fused monster in two and [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique|crushed]] it beneath [[Gamahiro]]. Naruto eventually sent his [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique|clones]] out to the different battlefields and, using his ability to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|sense negative emotions]], was able to locate the remainder of the disguised White Zetsu Army clones.
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While [[Naruto Uzumaki|Naruto]] and [[Killer B]] confronted several of the White Zetsu Army clones at another area, due to his [[Yang]] chakra and the creatures' relation to the First Hokage, Naruto's attacks while in [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] resonated with the White Zetsu Army clones and instantly turned those he made a direct hit on into trees.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 13</ref> Even after some of the surviving White Zetsus merged to become more resilient to the youth's attack, Naruto merely [[Mini-Rasenshuriken|cut]] the fused monster in two and [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique|crushed]] it beneath [[Gamahiro]]. Naruto eventually sent his [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique|clones]] out to the different battlefields and, using his ability to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|sense negative emotions]], was able to locate the remainder of the disguised White Zetsu Army clones and neutralise them.
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Later, in the anime, Omoi goes to the [[Seventh Front]], where two thousand White Zetsu killed the Amphibious Search and Destroy Unit, and were after the [[Thundercloud Unit]]; a supply squad formed by notable children from [[Kumogakure]]. The Seventh Front was surrounded by a special red soil, which the White Zetsu were able to [[Assimilate All Creation Technique|take on the properties of]], causing them to gain a red tone and expel a [[Assimilation: Red Poisonous Smokescreen|red, poisonous smokescreen]] from their mouths and bodies. After saving the children, [[Omoi]], with Thundercloud Unit's assistance, was able to dispel the smokescreen from the area with the [[Lightning Release Co-Operation: Thunder Bomb]] as well as defeat the remaining White Zetsu.<ref name="ship320"/>
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[[File:Sasuke EMS's Susanoo.png|thumb|Several White Zetsu Army clones confront Sasuke Uchiha.]]
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After the second day of war, thanks to the addition of Naruto's efforts and his [[Negative Emotions Sensing|new-found ability]], the majority of the White Zetsu clones were eradicated. However, small factions survived and were ordered to seize B and Naruto before their comrades could reach their location. When Sasuke escaped the [[Mountains' Graveyard]], he encountered one of these factions, who demanded to know why he left the hideout. Upon coming to the realisation that he had killed the original White Zetsu, they attacked him. Choosing this time to test his [[Susanoo|new powers]] further, he slaughters most of the Zetsu and keeps one alive long enough to [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|acquire information]] relating to the war.
   
[[File:Sasuke Eternal MS Susanoo.jpg|thumb|right|Several White Zetsu Army clones confront Sasuke.]]
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=== Return of Madara Arc ===
After the second day of war, thanks to the addition of Naruto's efforts and his [[Negative Emotions Sensing|new-found ability]], the majority of the White Zetsu clones were eradicated. However, small factions survived and were ordered to seize B and Naruto before their comrades could reach their location. When Sasuke escaped the [[Mountains' Graveyard]], he encountered one of these factions, who demanded to know why he left the hideout. Upon coming to the realisation that he had killed the original White Zetsu, they attacked him. Choosing this time to test his [[Susanoo|new powers]] further, he slaughters most of the Zetsu and keeps one alive long enough to [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|get information]] relating to the war.
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As Madara faced off against the [[tailed beasts]], one of the clones managed to recover the right [[Rinnegan]] from where Obito had hidden it. He gives the eye to Madara who also severed the clone's right arm to replace his own.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 658, pages 16-17</ref> After Madara succeeds in subduing the tailed beasts and prepares to remove the [[Gyūki|Eight]] and [[Kurama|Nine-Tails]] from their respective [[jinchūriki]], the clone suggests that Madara instead start with the [[Shukaku|One-Tail]] for better efficiency, to which Madara agrees on. The clone subsequently questioned why Gaara had been fighting to help Shukaku, despite the fact that he was no longer his jinchūriki. Then he teases Madara about the time the latter needed to seal the tailed beasts, to which Madara responds the rejects of the failed experiment shouldn't be too loud. The clone answers that there is nothing to wonder about, because original White Zetsu was known as {{translation|Chatterbox|饒舌|Jōzetsu}}. Madara then asked him about another battle and ordered him to move there. The clone then approached [[Guruguru]] on top of the [[Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands|giant wood statue]] to discuss [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s inevitable death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 662, page 16</ref>
   
 
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== References ==

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White Zetsu Army

WhiteZetsuArmy

White Zetsu Army (白ゼツの10万, Shiro-Zetsu no Jūman; Literally meaning "The One Hundred Thousand White Zetsu")

Debut
Manga Chapter #512
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #254
Movie Naruto 6: Road to Ninja
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Team Info
Leaders
Members
Affiliations
Team Jutsu

These artificial humans are Madara Uchiha's, and later Obito Uchiha's creations developed using Hashirama Senju's DNA and the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path's chakra. They most notably include the original white half of the Akatsuki member Zetsu, his spiral patterned clone, as well as a large number of other clones which serve as Akatsuki's main military strength during the Fourth Shinobi World War.[1]

Background Edit

SZetsu
The developing White Zetsu.

The first artificial human that was created by Madara Uchiha using Hashirama's artificial body and the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path,[2][3] was known as White Zetsu.[4] Many more artificial humans were created, including another swirly faced one. Since they were created using the DNA of Hashirama Senju, they were essentially weaker clones of Hashirama Senju.[5] Madara implied that Yin–Yang Release was also involved in their creation.[6] Their artificial genetic material would later be used by Madara to save the life of Obito Uchiha by infusing it to the destroyed right portion of Obito's body.[2]

During Obito's time with the elderly Madara, White Zetsu and a spiral-patterned clone were assigned to take care of the young Uchiha during his rehabilitation. Later, when Rin Nohara and Kakashi Hatake were attacked by a group of Kirigakure shinobi, the spiral-patterned clone allowed Obito to "wear" his body like armour so that he could leave Mountains' Graveyard.[7] White Zetsu, who was only half formed, would later be infused with Madara's will, resulting in his transformation into the completed Zetsu, who would serve under Obito as both joined Akatsuki years later.

Eventually, Obito created several thousand more humanoid versions of White Zetsu using the chakra of the first seven tailed beasts Akatsuki had sealed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. The resulting clones were then stored in a pool of water beneath the flower containing Hashirama's artificial body.[8] After Kabuto Yakushi captured Yamato, he used his studies of Hashirama's DNA and Yamato to enhance the army's strength.[9]

Personality Edit

The artificial humans created by Madara demonstrated some degree of individuality and intelligence, with one claiming that they had vocabularies and brains that surpass those of humans.[10] Although the clones created by Obito seemed to fight mindlessly against the Allied Shinobi Forces, they have been shown to possess a similar level of intelligence. The clone that transformed into Neji Hyūga demonstrated both shock and some degree of fear when Sakura Haruno threatened it and deduced how its abilities work,[11] while others were visibly shocked and angered when they realised that Sasuke Uchiha had killed White Zetsu, whom they refer to as their original.[4] The clones created by Obito have also been shown to have access to the original White Zetsu's memories,[12][13] in addition to displaying a similar or same personality to the original.[14]

Appearance Edit

Shiro Zetsu Army
The enhanced White Zetsu army soldiers.

Unlike the original White Zetsu and the clones he produces, which possess incomplete bodies, they have complete faces, as well as properly defined right arms and legs. After Kabuto used Yamato (who also possessed Hashirama Senju's DNA) to further enhance their abilities, the Zetsu clones gain small spiky protrusions on their shoulders and back. These Zetsu, however, lack the Venus fly trap-like extensions that the original had, and have what seems to be cracks all over their bodies. They also have a zig-zag pattern running down their midsection, and also down each leg reminiscent of the originals' fly trap-like extensions. These serrations are later shown to be able to open in a similar manner and restrain targets. In the anime the clones are completely white like the original, wheras in the manga, they appear light-green.[15] In later depictions they appear even more green in colour.[16]

Abilities Edit

Flytrap assault
A White Zetsu Army clone captures Neji with its Venus flytrap extensions.

Being artificial humans, they do not need to carry out any normal human bodily functions. They also have no need for sleep nor other bodily functions such as breathing in the case of their underwater storage.[3][17] Though they share many vital points as a normal human, they are incapable of bleeding in their natural forms.[18][19] As such they are extremely durable, able to survive two of Sakura's chakra-enhanced punches, as well as Neji Hyūga's Gentle Fist Art One Blow Body.

All Zetsu are able to use the Mayfly technique to travel through surfaces for the purpose of spying without leaving a trace. They can open their bodies in a Venus flytrap-like manner to trap their opponents and absorb their chakra.[20] In the manga, the clones absorb chakra by simply establishing physical contact, whereas in the anime, the clones absorb chakra by sucking it in through their mouths.[21] This action is so the clone responsible uses the Substitute Technique to become an exact copy of that person in every detail, able to easily trick close friends and sensors alike, in scenarios ideal for infiltration, covert assassination, and causing distrust among an enemy group. Due to their plant nature, members of the White Zetsu Army can merge into a more plant-like monster for better resistance against Yang-natured chakra.[22] In the anime, it was shown that the White Zetsu clones can also extend the points of their flytrap-like openings and use them to impale enemies, as well as alter the form of their arms to attack.[23]

White zetsu turns back into a tree
A White Zetsu Army clone turning into a tree.

Because of their origin, their DNA is very similar Hashirama's, as revealed by Shizune and Sakura Haruno's autopsy results, and they are able to use Wood Release, albeit on a weaker scale.[24] However, through exposure to Yamato's chakra, the clones' strength increased to make them presumably more suited for combat with enhanced strength. But the one genetic flaw to the White Zetsu's design is that direct contact with a powerful concentration of Yang-natured chakra causes them to turn into trees.

Red Assimilate All Creation
The "Red Zetsu" on the Seventh Front.

In the anime, the White Zetsu Army showed their capability to take on the properties of a special, poisonous, red soil, located on the Seventh Front and use it to their advantage; such as expelling large quantities of red, poisonous smoke. However, the adverse effects of this was that they also gained the soil's high conductibility to lightning-type attacks.[25]

Part II Edit

Confining the Jinchūriki Arc Edit

After creating an alliance with Kabuto, Tobi leads him underground and shows Kabuto his army of 100,000 White Zetsu clones in an underwater cavern beneath the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

Once Tobi finished his preparations for the Fourth Shinobi World War, he had the Zetsu army mobilise to fight the Allied Shinobi Forces' 80,000-person strong army. Because of the size of their forces, Tobi has the Zetsu travel below ground, to be led from above by himself to hide their numbers. This was discovered by Muta Aburame and is reported to the various commanders. The Second Division, led by Kitsuchi, as well as elements from the Fifth Division, unearth and attack a detachment of 20,000 White Zetsu Army clones travelling directly underneath them. While fighting the Allied Shinobi forces, they began to overwhelm them, allowing several thousand White Zetsu to pass through underground.

Then, off the coast of the Land of Lightning, several thousand White Zetsu Army clones appeared along with Kakuzu, Hizashi Hyūga, Asuma Sarutobi, Dan, Kinkaku and Ginkaku to attack Darui's First Division, forcing the Allied Shinobi Forces to change their strategy to meet this threat. By the end of first day of battles, the army had already lost 50,000 out of its 100,000 Zetsu,[26] leaving Tobi's army at half strength.

Medic Ninja in Danger
A White Zetsu Army clone posing as Neji Hyūga.

During the night, the White Zetsu used the Substitute Technique to sneak behind enemy lines disguised as allied shinobi in order to kill various members of the Allied Shinobi Forces and cause conflict among the opposition. However, assuming the identity of Neji Hyūga to go after medical ninja, one of the clones was found out and stopped by Sakura Haruno. Soon after, along with Sakura and her group learning their enemy's true nature as hybrid clones of Hashirama, the White Zetsu clones' technique was deduced and reported to HQ.

Insect Tornado
Shino using his Secret Technique: Insect Tornado on a White Zetsu.

In the anime, Team 8 was sent to investigate a suspected breach of the Allied Shinobi Forces perimeter and encounters a cave filled with White Zetsu clones. Engaging them, Hinata sends out a messenger owl to the Sealing Team and she alongside, Shino, Kiba, and Akamaru, hold off the opposition until the team can arrive and seal the cave. As Team 8 fall back with the creatures in pursuit, one of the White Zetsu accidentally triggered a explosion in the process. After the explosion, Team 8 regroups and find one of the two shinobi from the Sealing Team dead, the ninja revealed to have been murdered by a surviving White Zetsu that had infiltrated Team 8 in midst the chaos. This cases mutual mistrust among Team 8 until they use a game of rock-paper-scissors to weed out the shape-shifter by having the loser reveal personal information when asked. Though Kiba mistook Shino as the impostor, the plan exposes the White Zetsu clone, who was impersonating Hinata who was unconscious at the time, before her team mates kill him.[23]

Merged White Zetsu Army
Several White Zetsu Army clones merged together.

While Naruto and Killer B confronted several of the White Zetsu Army clones at another area, due to his Yang chakra and the creatures' relation to the First Hokage, Naruto's attacks while in Nine-Tails Chakra Mode resonated with the White Zetsu Army clones and instantly turned those he made a direct hit on into trees.[27] Even after some of the surviving White Zetsus merged to become more resilient to the youth's attack, Naruto merely cut the fused monster in two and crushed it beneath Gamahiro. Naruto eventually sent his clones out to the different battlefields and, using his ability to sense negative emotions, was able to locate the remainder of the disguised White Zetsu Army clones and neutralise them.

Later, in the anime, Omoi goes to the Seventh Front, where two thousand White Zetsu killed the Amphibious Search and Destroy Unit, and were after the Thundercloud Unit; a supply squad formed by notable children from Kumogakure. The Seventh Front was surrounded by a special red soil, which the White Zetsu were able to take on the properties of, causing them to gain a red tone and expel a red, poisonous smokescreen from their mouths and bodies. After saving the children, Omoi, with Thundercloud Unit's assistance, was able to dispel the smokescreen from the area with the Lightning Release Co-Operation: Thunder Bomb as well as defeat the remaining White Zetsu.[25]

Sasuke EMS's Susanoo
Several White Zetsu Army clones confront Sasuke Uchiha.

After the second day of war, thanks to the addition of Naruto's efforts and his new-found ability, the majority of the White Zetsu clones were eradicated. However, small factions survived and were ordered to seize B and Naruto before their comrades could reach their location. When Sasuke escaped the Mountains' Graveyard, he encountered one of these factions, who demanded to know why he left the hideout. Upon coming to the realisation that he had killed the original White Zetsu, they attacked him. Choosing this time to test his new powers further, he slaughters most of the Zetsu and keeps one alive long enough to acquire information relating to the war.

Return of Madara Arc Edit

As Madara faced off against the tailed beasts, one of the clones managed to recover the right Rinnegan from where Obito had hidden it. He gives the eye to Madara who also severed the clone's right arm to replace his own.[28] After Madara succeeds in subduing the tailed beasts and prepares to remove the Eight and Nine-Tails from their respective jinchūriki, the clone suggests that Madara instead start with the One-Tail for better efficiency, to which Madara agrees on. The clone subsequently questioned why Gaara had been fighting to help Shukaku, despite the fact that he was no longer his jinchūriki. Then he teases Madara about the time the latter needed to seal the tailed beasts, to which Madara responds the rejects of the failed experiment shouldn't be too loud. The clone answers that there is nothing to wonder about, because original White Zetsu was known as Chatterbox (饒舌, Jōzetsu). Madara then asked him about another battle and ordered him to move there. The clone then approached Guruguru on top of the giant wood statue to discuss Naruto Uzumaki's inevitable death.[29]

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 512, page 13
  2. 2.0 2.1 Naruto chapter 602, page 13
  3. 3.0 3.1 Naruto chapter 603, page 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 574, page 9
  5. Naruto chapter 606, page 13
  6. Naruto chapter 606, page 14
  7. Naruto chapter 603
  8. Naruto chapter 512, page 12
  9. Naruto chapter 515, page 10
  10. Naruto chapter 603, page 2
  11. Naruto chapter 540, page 10
  12. Naruto chapter 659, pages 10-11
  13. Naruto: Shippūden episode 280
  14. Naruto chapter 661, page 5
  15. Naruto chapter 520, page 2
  16. Naruto chapter 531, page 2
  17. Naruto chapter 512, pages 13-15
  18. Naruto chapter 521, page 11
  19. Naruto chapter 540, pages 8-9
  20. Naruto chapter 524, page 14
  21. Naruto: Shippūden episode 266
  22. Naruto chapter 545, page 14
  23. 23.0 23.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 279
  24. Naruto chapter 545, page 3
  25. 25.0 25.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 320
  26. Naruto chapter 537, page 16
  27. Naruto chapter 545, page 13
  28. Naruto chapter 658, pages 16-17
  29. Naruto chapter 662, page 16

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