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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Zetsu'''|ゼツ|Zetsu}} is a member of [[Akatsuki]] and one of [[Tobi]]'s most loyal subordinates. The black half is known as {{translation|'''Black Zetsu'''|黒ゼツ|Kuro-Zetsu}}, while the white half was known as {{translation|'''White Zetsu'''|白ゼツ|Shiro-Zetsu}}.<section end=summary /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 4</ref>
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== Background ==
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Though Black Zetsu's origins currently remain unknown, White Zetsu, along with his [[White Zetsu Army|many clone siblings]], were created by [[Madara Uchiha]] using [[Hashirama's living clone]] and the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Because of his origin, his genetic make-up is identical to that of [[Hashirama Senju]]'s, as seen from [[Shizune]] and [[Sakura Haruno]]'s autopsy of one of his clones.<ref name="zetsumokuton">''Naruto'' chapter 545, pages 2-4</ref> Like the rest of Madara's creations, White Zetsu was tasked with intelligence gathering before he and another [[Spiral Zetsu|spiral-patterned clone]] were entrusted with looking after the rehabilitating [[Obito Uchiha]]. Over time, the duo became friends with the young Uchiha. At some point, when Obito's rehabilitation was near completion, White Zetsu returned to the base and alerted Obito that Kakashi and Rin were being attacked by [[Kirigakure]] shinobi. Resolved to save his friends, Obito tried to break a wall to get outside, but destroyed his artificial arm in the process. Seeing how desperate Obito was, the spiral-patterned Zetsu offered to help and encased himself around the young Uchiha in order to enable him to leave the cave.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603</ref>
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Impressed by the fact that the spiral-patterned Zetsu and Obito had connected themselves to the living clone in order to access the power of the statue to break the rock, White Zetsu told Obito to go and that he would guide them telepathically based on the information he received from his other clones stationed outside.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-7</ref>
 
 
== Personality ==
 
Accordingly with his two differently coloured halves, Zetsu two personalities: Black Zetsu being more serious and knowledgeable while White Zetsu is carefree and playful with a habit of teasing others.<ref name="C280P19">''Naruto'' chapter 280, page 19</ref> In the Japanese version of the manga, Black Zetsu only uses [[Wikipedia:Katakana|katakana]] for [[Wikipedia:Okurigana|okurigana]] and [[Wikipedia:Furigana|furigana]], while White Zetsu uses [[Wikipedia:Kanji|kanji]] and [[Wikipedia:Kana|kana]] regularly. This is often conveyed in the anime through their different voice tones. While the two halves sometimes differ in opinions and frequently converse with each other, they are also able to function as a single entity by communicating through their thoughts.
 
 
Zetsu is seemingly very trustworthy, being entrusted with [[Akatsuki]]'s secrets and knowledge of Madara's [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], which his white half has stated would be beneficial to mankind.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 5</ref> Because of his ties to Madara, Zetsu has apparently been working with Obito for some time, originally acting as Tobi's superior prior to this induction into the Akatsuki. This is furthered by White Zetsu's long history with Obito when the boy was saved by Madara during the [[Third Shinobi World War]]. Though he annoyed Obito at first, White Zetsu eventually won the boy's friendship. Like his [[Spiral Zetsu|clone]], White Zetsu believed Madara was a good man at heart and saw no harm in helping Obito without Madara's permission.
 
 
Zetsu's main role within Akatsuki is to function as a spy with other duties that are similar to a [[hunter-nin]]. He is able to control his body and take part in the [[tailed beasts]] sealing ritual simultaneously which, in addition to being unique to him, allows him to act as a lookout while the sealing takes place.<ref name="Days">''Naruto'' chapter 255, page 3</ref> When an agent of Akatsuki, or possibly even a member, dies, Zetsu is sent to devour their bodies so as to not have their secrets revealed, which further adds to his nature as a half-[[Wikipedia:Venus Flytrap|plant]] creature.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 261, pages 10-11</ref> Zetsu is also the one sent to retrieve the rings of dead Akatsuki members.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 280, page 17</ref> Due to the role he plays, Zetsu is the only member of Akatsuki to act without a partner on a regular basis. As such, he operated on his own, often moving between the different locations where the other Akatsuki members were located. This resulted in the members reporting directly to him, rather than the figurehead leader [[Pain]]. Zetsu would in turn report directly to Pain along with Obito when he took over the organisation after Nagato's death.<ref name="Money">''Naruto'' chapter 314, page 3</ref>
 
 
== Appearance ==
 
[[File:Zetsu full.png|thumb|Zetsu.]]
 
Zetsu is easily distinguished by two large venus fly-trap like extensions that envelop his head and upper body, giving him a plant-like appearance. When his extensions are open and his head is visible, it is revealed that Zetsu has short green hair, yellow eyes, and that his body has two different coloured halves. His left side is completely white, while the right side is black with small white dots along his body. The black colour doesn't extend all the way down his black half's body, as his feet are both white. Under his Akatsuki cloak, Zetsu wears blue pants and sandals. He also has both legs wrapped in bandages, which hide the area where his black half's leg becomes white.
 
 
Unlike White Zetsu, who possesses human-like facial features and a regular eye, Black Zetsu shows no visible orifices at all and only his iris is visible. Black Zetsu also has white dots along the edges of his body where the two halves meet; these are not flat markings, but rather protrude from his body, like little white bumps. White Zetsu also has unusually rounded teeth. In the anime, his fingernails are painted pink and his toenails, as seen at his [[The End of Tears|début]], are blue. In the manga however, Zetsu does not have fingernails. He also wears his Akatsuki ring on his right little finger.
 
 
When the two halves split apart, the plant-like extensions split and hang from the waists of both. Their clothes also split in half along with them, leaving each with one pant leg or half of an Akatsuki mantle, should they be wearing it. When they are emerging from the ground, their spike-like extensions surround the two halves in a circular pattern. The two have also demonstrated the ability to grow appendages to substitute for their missing half when split. Sometime after splitting, the two halves seemingly discarded their torn clothing.
 
 
== Abilities ==
 
[[File:Mayfly.PNG|thumb|left|Zetsu merged with the ground.]]
 
Zetsu, as a whole, has yet to be seen in battle. The technique he has been shown using the most is [[Mayfly]], with which he merges with the ground to quickly travel to a new location, though he isn't as fast as [[Tobi]]'s own [[Kamui|space–time travelling]].<ref name="slow">''Naruto'' chapter 396, page 7</ref> This technique is ideal for Zetsu's function as a spy, as it erases his presence as well, and is an ability that both halves, as well as White Zetsu's clones, can use. Being an artificial human, White Zetsu is able to survive without food or water and does not need to carry out normal human bodily functions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 1</ref> He can also telepathically communicate with the clones, as long as they are within a certain range.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, page 7</ref>
 
 
Black Zetsu has also demonstrated the ability to "record" the things he sees, as he has stated that he recorded the battles between [[Sasuke]] and [[Itachi]],<ref name="slow" /> and between [[Kisame]] and [[Killer B]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, page 13</ref> He is also capable of showing these "recordings" to Tobi through unknown means. Black Zetsu is also a very powerful [[sensor]], as he was able to sense [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and Killer B as soon as they touched the ground upon leaving the [[Island Turtle]], which was some distance away.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 536, page 11</ref> White Zetsu has not demonstrated any sensory ability.
 
 
[[File:Zetsu dividing.png|thumb|Zetsu physically splitting in two.]]
 
In addition to functioning as a single entity, Zetsu is able to [[Body-Splitting Technique|split in two]], which allows his two halves to act independently. The two halves can extend roots underground to [[Mayfly Communication Technique|communicate]] with each other over long distances. White Zetsu has mainly been seen using support abilities and Tobi has referred to him as not being a "front line" fighter.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 486, page 8</ref> With his [[Spore Technique]], White Zetsu is able to plant spores on the bodies of others, which are undetectable even to sensors and Kage-level shinobi. Once activated, these spores grow into a mushy mass around the individuals they formed on by sucking out their [[chakra]], which restricts their movements. The spores can also use this stolen chakra to replenish an ally's chakra supply by attaching themselves to him or her. In addition, White Zetsu is able to create and remotely control near-identical [[Parasite Clone|copies]] of himself, which can be used as a special [[Substitute Technique|substitute]] by taking on the appearance and unique chakra of anyone White Zetsu touches. The clones are much weaker than the original and are therefore mainly used as decoys.
 
 
=== Nature Transformation ===
 
Due to possession of [[Hashirama Senju]]'s cells, Zetsu is capable of using the former's [[Wood Release]], albeit on a much weaker scale.<ref name="zetsumokuton"/> This has been most prominently demonstrated through Black Zetsu, who has been depicted transforming parts of his body into roots to converse with White Zetsu for [[Mayfly Communication Technique|near instantaneous communication]], as well as freely manipulating them for [[Underground Roots Technique|offensive]] purposes during battle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 562, page 9</ref>
 
 
== 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. 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.
 
 
== Part II ==
 
Zetsu appears frequently throughout the series. In addition to serving his various Akatsuki duties, he watches battles of interest and then reports the outcome to the other members and eats the bodies of dead associates.
 
 
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
 
During the extraction of the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]], Zetsu is seen also spying on [[Team Guy]] and [[Team Kakashi]] and alerting Akatsuki. Later, he is sent to dispose the corpses of [[Mukade]] and [[Yura]], finding Mukade a delicious meal.
 
 
After Sasori and Deidara are defeated, Zetsu is sent, along with [[Tobi]], to retrieve their rings and eat their corpses. However, he is unable to eat Sasori due to him being a puppet, but is amazed to finally see what Sasori looks like. Tobi finds Sasori's ring, wishing to take his place. Black Zetsu thinks this is a bad idea, but White Zetsu thinks it will be a good one. They later find Deidara's severed right arm and believe him dead until he arrives and proves them wrong. Black Zetsu wonders why Deidara hasn't captured [[Naruto Uzumaki]], but Deidara tells him that he fulfilled his quota.
 
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
 
After [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]] defeated [[Yugito Nii]], Zetsu appeared to retrieve Yugito to start the extraction. When Hidan claimed that Akatsuki was just after money like Kakuzu, Zetsu told him that when he's sad and alone, all you can count on is yourself. Zetsu is later seen sealing the Two-Tails.
 
 
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
 
Zetsu was seen to reveal himself right after Pain's fight with Jiraiya. During the fight between Sasuke and Itachi, Zetsu watched and recorded the entire battle. When Itachi died Zetsu noted that there was something different in Itachi's fighting style during the battle. He later appeared to inform Tobi of the result of the fight and was called "aloe vera" by [[Naruto]]. White Zetsu took some offence to the name while Black Zetsu told him to ignore him. He then led Tobi to where Itachi and Sasuke were.
 
 
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
 
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During this arc, Zetsu was present alongside the other Akatsuki members when they extracted the [[Six-Tails]] from [[Utakata]].
 
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
 
After the battle between the Uchiha brothers, Tobi met with Zetsu on a bridge where they discussed the fact that Itachi — who had been hampering their plans — was dead and Zetsu enquired what Tobi's next move would be.
 
 
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
 
After Itachi's defeat and Sasuke's recruitment, Zetsu took a more active role in Tobi's ongoing plans as now there were only three Akatsuki members left, marvelling at the effort that went into getting Sasuke to work with Akatsuki. He was later revealed to have watched the entire fight between Pain and [[Naruto Uzumaki]], and appeared next to Tobi as he argued with Sasuke about what his next objective was. There he revealed that Konoha had already been destroyed. When asked by Tobi, he revealed that [[Danzō]] had been named the acting [[Hokage|Sixth Hokage]]. He then proceeded to explain the outcome of the battle between Pain and Naruto. When Taka agreed to go to the Kage Summit, Zetsu revealed his ability to split in half, and White Zetsu proceeded to lead Sasuke and his team to the [[Kage]] Summit while Black Zetsu remained behind and discussed with Tobi the fact that they might lose control over Sasuke and would therefore lose their last chance to have someone sync with the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Tobi declared that he was tired of hiding, and explained that they needed to speed up the "[[Eye of the Moon Plan]]".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 453, page 18</ref>
 
 
[[File:Zetsu interrupts summit.png|thumb|left|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. At that time, Black Zetsu was in the Land of Iron with Tobi, who instructed him to "begin". White Zetsu then 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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 460, page 3</ref>
 
 
[[File:Spore Technique Anime.jpg|thumb|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. Black Zetsu commented on how foolish the five Kage were, as they had failed to detect his technique. 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.
 
 
[[File:Parasite Clone.png|thumb|left|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,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 486, pages 3-5</ref> 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 [[Parasite Clone|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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 486, pages 7-9</ref>
 
 
[[File:Zetsu switching Kisame.png|thumb|right|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 [[Substitute Technique|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.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, pages 13-16</ref>
 
 
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
 
[[File:White Zetsu Army Anime.png|thumb|left|The 100,000 White Zetsu army.]]
 
Upon Tobi's return to the base, Zetsu, now with his halves rejoined, informs him that the scroll with information from [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] sent through his messenger [[shark]] had arrived. He also noted that everything seemed to be going in their favour. [[Kabuto]] mentioned he could make Zetsu stronger and that he was the key to fighting the shinobi forces.
 
 
Tobi promised to give him "one Zetsu" if Kabuto captured the Nine-Tails. Later, Tobi revealed his army comprised of [[White Zetsu Army|one hundred thousand clones of White Zetsu]] to Kabuto, which he would use to fight the numbers of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]].
 
 
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
 
Supervising Sasuke's recovery, Zetsu tells him to be patient when asked if his bandages could be removed, remarking that when he does regain his sight it would be to a different world as things had got "amusing". As the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] commences, Black Zetsu departs to enact Tobi's plan to capture the [[daimyō]] and hold them hostage to force the opposition to bring Naruto and Killer B to them. White Zetsu, on the other hand, is left behind to make sure Kabuto could not abduct Sasuke during the confusion of war. Later, after Kabuto demonstrates the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique, Black Zetsu arrives beside Tobi and confirms that White Zetsu's [[Spore Technique|spores]] had attached themselves to the former, before being instructed to carry out his assigned tasks.
 
 
[[File:Zetsu attack Daimyo.png|thumb|right|Black Zetsu's attempt to attack the daimyō.]]
 
Emerging from the ground near the [[daimyō]]'s hideout, Black Zetsu infiltrates the structure, despite alerting the enemy to his presence. However, upon discovering the daimyō's absence, Black Zetsu [[Mayfly|retreats]] and declares that they shouldn't underestimate his capabilities, as he was a part of the very land itself. Later locating his desired targets, he is instead obstructed by [[Mei Terumī]] and her [[Daimyō Protection Squad|squad]], but sensing the [[Eight-Tails|Eight]] and [[Nine-Tails]]' [[chakra]] while confronting the team, he immediately [[Mayfly Communication Technique|communicates]] this to Tobi via White Zetsu. Told that the daimyō were no longer necessary with their quarry now in the open, Black Zetsu was ordered to continue with his [[Wikipedia:Guerrilla warfare|guerilla tactics]] against the [[Mizukage]]'s team to keep them from regrouping with the rest of their forces. The fight continued throughout the night. During Black Zetsu's fight on the second day of the war, White Zetsu ends up being used as a test subject for Sasuke's [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan|new eyes]], impaled by the youth's Susanoo before being incinerated by the flames of [[Amaterasu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 553, page 15</ref>
 
 
[[File:Black Zetsu vs Naruto.png|thumb|left|Black Zetsu fighting Naruto.]]
 
Continuing to battle with Mei and her squad, Black Zetsu observes the arrival of [[Naruto]]'s [[shadow clone]] to their location, who soon proceeds to crash into a tree beside him. Growing roots from portions of his body whilst fighting, he uses them to trip Naruto and avoid his [[Rasenshuriken]], only to be bisected from behind by the [[Hiramekarei Unleashing|enlarged blade]] of [[Chōjūrō]]'s [[Hiramekarei]]. Immobilised, Black Zetsu wondered how the sword grew to such a size in an instant, he is then pinned to the ground by Chōjūrō's blade as the Mizukage departed.
 
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== Creation and Conception ==
 
[[File:Zetsu Concept.png|thumb|Concept design for Zetsu, by Masashi Kishimoto.]]
 
In ''[[Sha no Sho|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".
 
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== Trivia ==
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** 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 [[Wikipedia:Cannibalism|"chewy" people]], while his least favourites are [[Wikipedia:Konjac|konnyaku]] and jelly.
 
** Zetsu's favourite phrase is {{translation|"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.
 
* Although most characters call [[Tobi]] "[[Madara Uchiha]]", Zetsu still refers to him as "Tobi".
 
* Tobi made a deal with Kabuto, in that he would give him "one Zetsu", provided he were to capture the [[Nine-Tails]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, page 7</ref>
 
* Zetsu and the White Zetsu Army clones are not dissimilar to the legends told of the [[Wikipedia:Mandrake (plant)|mandrake]] plant used to create [[Wikipedia:Homunculus|artificial men]].
 
* Zetsu is the only member of Akatsuki that has yet to make a playable appearance in any game.
 
 
== Quotes ==
 
* (To [[Tobi]] about joining Akatsuki) Black Zetsu: "''Idiot, it's not that simple.''" White Zetsu: "''It'll be all right, after all, Tobi is a good boy.''"<ref name="C280P19"/>
 
* (To [[Hidan]]) White Zetsu: "''Sorrow begets solitude…''" Black Zetsu: "''…The only thing you can have faith in is yourself.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 314, page 2</ref>
 
* Black Zetsu: "''An expert with a pebble can still beat a novice with a shuriken.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 388, page 15</ref>
 
* Black Zetsu: "''I can't believe no one noticed my Spore Technique… The Five Kage are a bunch of fools!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 466, page 10</ref>
 
* Black Zetsu: "''They underestimate Black Zetsu's powers… I am the land itself!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 7</ref>
 
 
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White Zetsu (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
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White Zetsu (白ゼツ, Shiro-Zetsu) was half of the Akatsuki member Zetsu, the other being Black Zetsu. He was one of the first victims of the Infinite Tsukuyomi, and eventually was pulled from the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path by Black Zetsu,[3] and infused with the DNA of Hashirama Senju by Madara Uchiha.[4]

Background Edit

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White Zetsu and Guruguru overseeing Obito's rehabilitation.

White Zetsu was originally one of the victims of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki's Infinite Tsukuyomi, who was transformed after being tethered to the Shinju for a certain period of time and ultimately stored within the Ten-Tails' husk. After Madara Uchiha summoned the husk and cultivated Hashirama Senju's DNA into a large flowering tree, Black Zetsu removed White Zetsu and the other victims from inside the husk, leading Madara to believe they were artificial humans created by the statue's chakra and Hashirama's DNA.[5][6] White Zetsu and other mutated humans were then tasked with intelligence gathering before he and a spiral-patterned Zetsu 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 other Zetsu 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 the arrival of Konoha reinforcements, noting that Obito didn't kill Kakashi.[9]

When Madara was on the verge of death, he imbued Black Zetsu into White Zetsu's right half, believing the former was a manifestation of his will.[10] Zetsu later accompanied Obito to Amegakure to locate Nagato, who had unknowingly been given Madara's Rinnegan as a child, and watched as Obito introduced himself using Madara's identity.[11]

Personality Edit

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 Guruguru, 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 Edit

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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's green Akatsuki ring, which bore the kanji for "sign of the boar" (亥, gai), was worn on Black Zetsu's 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, usually causing them to 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 Edit

White Zetsu was described by Obito as not being a "front line fighter"[18] and thus never directly participated in battles. However, by using several supporting abilities, he proved to be of great use for his allies and master.

Ninjutsu Edit

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.[19] This technique was ideal for Zetsu's function as a spy, as it erased his presence and prevented him from being sensed. In addition to functioning as a single entity by communicating through their thoughts, White Zetsu was able to split his body apart, allowing Black Zetsu to use it to act independently. While separated, the two halves could extend roots underground to communicate with each other over long distances.[20]

Zetsu dividing

Zetsu physically splitting in two.

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 or for secret infiltration and assassination. 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.[21] 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 Edit

Because he was tethered to the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path which was connected to Hashirama's Artificial Body, White Zetsu's genetic material was nearly identical to that of Hashirama Senju. Like Hashirama, he was able to use Wood Release, albeit on a much weaker scale.[23]

Other Skills Edit

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.[24] He could, however, eat up a grown man completely as he was normally tasked to dispose of dead Akatsuki members or allies that way.[25] He could also telepathically communicate with other White Zetsu, as long as they were within a certain range of him.[26]

Part I Edit

Sasuke Retrieval Arc Edit

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.[27] 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.[28]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Arc Edit

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.[29] Later, he is sent to dispose the corpses of Mukade and Yura, finding Mukade a delicious meal.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32]

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc Edit

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.[33]

Itachi Pursuit Arc Edit

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.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] They then led Tobi to where Itachi and Sasuke were, with Black Zetsu confirming to Tobi that he had indeed recorded the fight.[19] 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.[38]

Invasion of Pain Arc Edit

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. [39] 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 Edit

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.

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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.[40]

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,[41] 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.[42]

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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.[43]

Confining the Jinchūriki Arc Edit

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.[44] 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.[45] Zetsu later accompanies Tobi as he shows Kabuto around the Mountains' Graveyard, but questions if Tobi should really trust him.[46]

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

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White Zetsu's death.

Supervising Sasuke's recovery, Black Zetsu told him to be patient when asked if his bandages could be removed, with White Zetsu remarking that when he did regain his sight it would be to a different world, and that things were getting really fun.[47] As the Fourth Shinobi World War commenced, Black Zetsu separates from White Zetsu 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.

After being alerted about Naruto and Killer B escaping the Island Turtle from Black Zetsu, White Zetsu reported this to Tobi, also questioning if they still needed to capture the daimyō. Upon being told they didn't matter White Zetsu lamented that Black Zetsu was fighting the Mizukage for nothing, to which Tobi responded that by stalling the Mizukage and her allies, they were effectively splitting up her forces. White Zetsu asked about what Tobi was going to do, in which he revealed he was going to join the battle, by stealing the "substitute".[48]

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.[49]

Movies Edit

Naruto 6: Road to Ninja Edit

Zetsu was responsible for sending several White Zetsu Army soldiers 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 Edit

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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • (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."[50]
  • (To Hidan) White Zetsu: "When you're sad and alone…" Black Zetsu: "…The only one you can count on is yourself."[51]
  • (To Sasuke) White Zetsu: "The next time you open your eyes you'll be seeing a whole new world… things are getting really fun!"[52]

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 96-97
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 661, page 5
  3. Naruto chapter 681, page 14
  4. Naruto chapter 521, page 4
  5. Naruto chapter 602, page 13
  6. Naruto chapter 681, page 14
  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. Naruto chapter 486, page 8
  19. 19.0 19.1 Naruto chapter 396, page 7
  20. Naruto chapter 536, page 12
  21. Naruto chapter 466, page 11
  22. Naruto chapter 618, page 12
  23. Naruto chapter 545, pages 2-4
  24. Naruto chapter 603, page 1
  25. Naruto chapter 261, page 10
  26. Naruto chapter 604, page 8
  27. Naruto chapter 234, pages 18-19
  28. Naruto chapter 238, pages 19-20
  29. Naruto chapter 261, page 12
  30. Naruto chapter 255-chapter 256
  31. Naruto chapter 280, pages 18-19
  32. Naruto chapter 281, pages 14-15
  33. Naruto chapter 314, pages 2-3
  34. Naruto chapter 363, page 5
  35. Naruto: Shippūden episode 125
  36. Naruto chapter 383, page 14
  37. Naruto chapter 395, pages 13-17
  38. Naruto chapter 404, pages 16-17
  39. Naruto chapter 419, page 12
  40. Naruto chapter 460, page 3
  41. Naruto chapter 486, pages 3-5
  42. Naruto chapter 486, pages 7-9
  43. Naruto chapter 487, pages 13-16
  44. Naruto: Shippūden episode 252
  45. Naruto chapter 511, page 18
  46. Naruto chapter 512 pages 5-6
  47. Naruto chapter 553, page 15
  48. Naruto chapter 536, pages 11-14
  49. Naruto chapter 553, page 15
  50. Naruto chapter 280, page 19
  51. Naruto chapter 314, page 2
  52. Naruto chapter 515, page 4

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BZetsu

Black Zetsu (黒ゼツ, Kuro-Zetsu)

  • Wicked Tongue (毒舌, Dokuzetsu)[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
Species Artificial Human
Height
  • Part II: 177 cm1.77 m
    5.807 ft
    69.685 in
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Tailed Beast Kurama (Yin half) (Forms)
Occupation
  • Akatsuki spy
Affiliation
Partner
Family

Nature Type
Unique Traits

Tools

Black Zetsu (黒ゼツ, Kuro-Zetsu), created from the will of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki to secure her revival, is the mastermind behind many of the events that shaped shinobi history.[3] To further its plans, it partnered with White Zetsu to become half of the Akatsuki member Zetsu.

Background Edit

Black Zetsu Indra

Black Zetsu tempts Indra.

Black Zetsu was created by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki shortly before she was sealed as the Ten-Tails by her sons, Hagoromo and Hamura.[4] It would later tempt Hagoromo's eldest son, Indra, to go to war with his younger brother, Asura. Over the centuries, it manipulated Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan, as well as Asura's, the Senju clan, in an attempt awaken the Rinnegan in one of the brothers' reincarnations. To this end, it modified Hagoromo's tablet to claim that Infinite Tsukuyomi would be the Uchiha's salvation, among other things. It recorded many events in history for Kaguya, including Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju's last fight in the Valley of the End.[5]

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Black Zetsu being "created".

When Madara had seemingly created White Zetsu and the others, it was actually Black Zetsu pulling the transformed humans from Kaguya's Infinite Tsukuyomi out of the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. When Madara was on the verge of death, he believed he had created Black Zetsu by materialising his will and imbuing it into half of White Zetsu, which would make the complete Zetsu partially his clone. 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.[6]

Personality Edit

Compared to White Zetsu, Black Zetsu, nicknamed "Wicked Tongue" (毒舌, Dokuzetsu),[2] is more serious and knowledgeable. In the Japanese version of the manga, Black Zetsu only uses katakana for okurigana and furigana. This is often conveyed in the anime through a deeper voice. While it and White Zetsu sometimes had differing opinions, the two halves were still able to function as a single entity.

Black Zetsu had the skill of appearing extremely trustworthy, obedient and loyal, being entrusted with Akatsuki's secrets and knowledge of Madara's Eye of the Moon Plan. In actuality, however, its true loyalties were kept secret from nearly everyone, including Madara himself. Unlike White Zetsu, who was kind to his allies, Black Zetsu expresses its belief of anyone beneath Madara as useless. When Obito lost the tailed beasts, Black Zetsu commented on how it was a more effective servant to Madara. It also had no qualms about using Obito's dying body as a host when it fought Kakashi Hatake and Minato Namikaze, showing how little it cared about the Uchiha's welfare, while deriding Obito for being useless for his treason. However, Black Zetsu's loyalties do not truly extend to Madara either, having feigned being created by the man in order to manipulate him discreetly, and then harshly betrayed him and expressed to him how he was really no different from Obito. It appears in the end, Black Zetsu's true loyalties reach only to Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, a person it claims to be the will of, and whom it affectionately refers to as "mother"; Black Zetsu even refers to Hagoromo's ideals of ninshū as absurd and his original text on the stone tablet as garbage.

Zetsu's main role within Akatsuki was to function as a spy, with other duties that were similar to those of a hunter-nin. It was able to control its body and take part in the tailed beast sealing ritual simultaneously, which, in addition to being unique to it, allowed it to act as a lookout while the sealing took place.[7] 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 its nature as a half-plant creature.[8] Zetsu was also the one sent to retrieve the rings of dead Akatsuki members.[9] Due to the role it played, Zetsu was the only member of Akatsuki to act without a partner on a regular basis. It operated on its own, often moving between the different locations where the other Akatsuki members were located. This resulted in other members reporting directly to it, 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.[10]

Black Zetsu is generally harsh and critical of nearly everyone it comes across, with the exception of its creator, Kaguya. Referring to itself as her son, it shows a deep reverence and devotion to her and is willing to go to any lengths to please her. It even goes as far as to encourage others to sympathise with her predicament following her sealing.[11] Black Zetsu's determination to aid the one it calls mother runs so deep that it spent countless years influencing the shinobi world in order to facilitate her revival, even claiming that the history of shinobi exists only to bring her back. Interestingly, when it first referred to itself as Kaguya's child, Black Zetsu's tone and demeanor was noted by Sasuke Uchiha to have changed.[12]

Appearance Edit

BZetsutrueform

Black Zetsu's true form.

Black Zetsu's true form is a completely black, humanoid figure lacking any hair or visible orifices, made up of a black mass which it can shape and resize at will. The black mass contains two yellow eyes, which lack any visible sclerae or pupils, and it occasionally shapes itself to form a mouth. Black Zetsu appears to have only retained one eye after being placed within White Zetsu by Madara, though it regained the second eye upon Kaguya's revival.[13] Black Zetsu's eyes and consciousness can move to any point of the black mass, even if it is split into multiple parts.[14][15] It is able to cover the body of another living being and control it, and its eyes can vanish entirely if it is possessing a body with a dōjutsu it wishes to make use of.[16][17]

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Black Zetsu attached to half of White Zetsu.

After it merged with the deformed right half of White Zetsu, the two Zetsu were easily distinguished by the 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, Black Zetsu had short green hair, originally coming from White Zetsu. Under their Akatsuki cloak, they wore blue pants and sandals, and had both legs wrapped in bandages, which hid the area where the black mass on their right leg merged with White Zetsu's white foot. White, screw-like dots protruded out along the edges and collar of Black Zetsu.[18] Black Zetsu wore the duo's green Akatsuki ring, which bore the kanji for "sign of the boar" (亥, gai), on its right little finger. In the anime, Zetsu's fingernails were painted pink and their toenails, as seen in their début, were blue.

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, usually causing them to 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 from their white body mass to substitute for their missing half when split.

Abilities Edit

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Zetsu physically splitting in two.

Black Zetsu is able to record the events it observes,[19][20][21] as well as show these "recordings" to others by merging with them. It is a skilled sensor type, and was able to sense Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B as soon as they escaped the barrier surrounding the Island Turtle, despite being a vast distance away.[22] It has also shown the ability to alter its form and shape.[23] By attaching itself to others, Black Zetsu is able to control the target's body and use their abilities as its own if they are in a weakened state.[24] Black Zetsu melding with somebody also has the effect of sustaining their life, allowing them to temporarily survive such things as using a sacrificial technique or having a tailed beast extracted from them.[25] However, should the target regain control of their body, they can prevent Black Zetsu from detaching itself, thus using this trait against it.[26] Black Zetsu is able to absorb chakra through physical contact.[27] Like its creator, Black Zetsu has shown the ability to imbue its will into its targets, which rendered even Madara unable to move or resist.[28] Black Zetsu is also able to telepathically communicate with other individuals.[25]

Ninjutsu Edit

Mayfly

Zetsu merged with the ground.

While Black Zetsu was attached to White Zetsu, their signature technique was Mayfly, which allowed them to merge with the ground to quickly travel to a new location, though not as quickly as Obito's space–time travelling.[19] This technique was ideal for Zetsu's function as a spy, as it erased their presence and prevented them from being sensed. 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.[29]

Nature Transformation Edit

Underground Roots Technique

Black Zetsu creating roots from its body.

While possessing White Zetsu's body mass, Black Zetsu had access to Hashirama's cellular material, allowing it to utilise Hashirama's Wood Release, albeit on a much weaker scale.[30] Black Zetsu accomplished this by transforming its white body mass and plant-like extensions into roots during battle.[31]

Intelligence Edit

Influencing and manipulating many prominent and deceptive individuals throughout history including Indra, Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha, Nagato, Kabuto Yakushi, and a countless amount of others, Black Zetsu proved itself to be a highly deceptive and cunning individual.[32] In order to further its plan to revive its creator, Kaguya, Black Zetsu has influenced many events to secretly manipulate those most useful to it. With the goal of manifesting a Rinnegan in one of its pawns, Black Zetsu even orchestrated the Uchiha and Senju clan's extensive rivalry. In order to set the Eye of the Moon Plan in motion, Black Zetsu rewrote Hagoromo's stone tablet so that Madara would find it and become an unknowing pawn. To further gain Madara's trust, Black Zetsu also tricked him into thinking that it was an extension of the former's will, feigning undying loyalty. Additionally, orchestrating Akatsuki's goal to capture the tailed beasts and Kabuto's alliance with Obito, Black Zetsu claimed that the entire Fourth Shinobi World War went all according to its design. In fact, it believes that because it had such a substantial influence over the events that have taken place throughout the history of shinobi, all of it is essentially his tale of reviving Kaguya.[33] Having lived for centuries, Black Zetsu has amassed more information about the shinobi world than almost any other individual.

In battle and alongside its creator, Kaguya, Black Zetsu has shown to be an adept tactician who can analyse its opponents and suggest appropriate countermeasures to their tactics, which Kaguya complies with and carries out.

Dōjutsu Edit

ZetsuSharingan

Black Zetsu using Obito's Mangekyō Sharingan

While helping Madara in his attempt to retrieve his left eye from Obito, Black Zetsu was able to steal possession of the latter's Rinnegan while almost completely removing itself from his body. This, however, would prove temporary when Black Zetsu was finally able to return the eye back to Madara, receiving Obito's original left eye in exchange. Wielding both of Obito's Mangekyō Sharingan, Black Zetsu was able to utilise the left eye's Kamui to travel to and from an alternate dimension while bringing another person with it.

Upon detaching itself from Obito, Black Zetsu no longer has access to the former's Mangekyō Sharingan.

Part I Edit

Sasuke Retrieval Arc Edit

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.[34] 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.[35]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Arc Edit

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.[36] Later, he is sent to dispose the corpses of Mukade and Yura, finding Mukade a delicious meal.[37]

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.[38] 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.[39]

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc Edit

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.[40]

Itachi Pursuit Arc Edit

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.[41] 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.[42] 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.[43] 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.[44] They then led Tobi to where Itachi and Sasuke were, with Black Zetsu confirming to Tobi that he had indeed recorded the fight.[19] 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.[45]

Invasion of Pain Arc Edit

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.[46] 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 Edit

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. White Zetsu proceeded to lead Sasuke and his team to the Kage Summit while Black Zetsu remained behind and discussed with Tobi the fact that they might lose control over Sasuke and would therefore lose their last chance to have someone sync with the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Tobi declared that he was tired of hiding, and explained that they needed to speed up the "Eye of the Moon Plan".[47]

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.[48]

Confining the Jinchūriki Arc Edit

Zetsu receives Kisame's intel

Zetsu presents the intel from Kisame.

At some point, Black Zetsu reveals the corpse of Madara Uchiha to Kabuto, allowing him to ressurect the ancient Uchiha to use in the upcoming war. 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 Edit

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. Before departing, Black Zetsu confirms to Tobi that White Zetsu's spores had been placed on Kabuto's body.

Zetsu attack Daimyo

Black Zetsu's attempt to attack the daimyō.

Emerging from the ground near the daimyō's hideout, Black Zetsu infiltrated the structure, despite alerting the enemy to his presence. However, upon discovering the daimyō's absence, Black Zetsu retreated and declared that they shouldn't underestimate his capabilities, as he was a part of the very land itself. Later locating his desired targets, he was instead obstructed by Mei Terumī and her squad, but sensing the Eight and Nine-Tails' chakra while confronting the team, he immediately communicated this to Tobi via White Zetsu. Told that the daimyō were no longer necessary with their quarry now in the open, Black Zetsu was ordered to continue with his guerilla tactics against the Mizukage's team to keep them from regrouping with the rest of their forces. The fight continued throughout the night.

Naruto fights Black Zetsu

Black Zetsu fighting Naruto.

Continuing to battle with Mei and her squad, Black Zetsu observed the arrival of Naruto's shadow clone to their location, who then proceeded to crash into a tree beside him. Growing roots from portions of his body whilst fighting, he used them to trip Naruto and avoid his Rasenshuriken, only to be bisected from behind by the enlarged blade of Chōjūrō's Hiramekarei. Immobilised, Black Zetsu wondered how the sword grew to such a size in an instant and was then sliced in half and pinned to the ground by Chōjūrō's blade as the Mizukage departed. Having been reincarnated, Madara telepathically communicates with Black Zetsu, ordering him to keep watch on Obito until after his "playing" with the Five Kage is done. Subsequently, Black Zetsu seeps into the ground, escaping.[16]

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc Edit

Black Zetsu stops Obito

Black Zetsu restrains Obito.

With Obito weakened after the tailed beasts were extracted from him, Madara enacted his trump card. With this, Black Zetsu suddenly emerged from underground and restrained him. As he began to meld with half of Obito's body, Madara was able to force Obito into using the Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. Apologising as this all unfolded, Black Zetsu noted that from the start, this was his sole purpose for existing. With Madara's revival a success, Black Zetsu attempts to retrieve Madara's Rinnegan eye from Obito until Minato and Kakashi intervene. Black Zetsu once more melds with Obito's body, using the Uchiha's body to battle his former team and noting that his merger was the only thing keeping Obito alive.[49] While both sides were at a stalemate, the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path emerged from Obito's artificial body, quickly being teleported. Afterwards, Black Zetsu again attempted to take the left Rinnegan. Obito, managing to resist Black Zetsu's control of his hand, told Kakashi to destroy the Rinnegan. Black Zetsu, realising what the summoning of the Demonic Statue meant, informed his enemies that Madara has regained his right Rinnegan.

Black Zetsu absorb Kurama

Black Zetsu absorbs Yin Kurama in Naruto's place.

Standing to face Minato and Kakashi in battle, Zetsu complained about the duo's stubbornness before Gaara arrived along with Sakura and a dying Naruto to their location. Black Zetsu managed to steal Kurama's Yin half when Minato tried to transfer it into his son, thus becoming its jinchūriki. Soon afterwards, Zetsu was joined by Madara who complained about having to come all the way there. As Black Zetsu attempted to return to Madara, bringing with him Yin-Kurama and Madara's missing eye, Obito overpowered him, keeping him merged to his body and he spoke with and subsequently attacked the legend. As Kakashi and now Obito were determined to save Naruto, the two use their respective Kamui to send Naruto to the other dimension and soon afterwards Obito as well. Once there, under watch of a sceptical Sakura, Obito proceeded to transfer Yin-Kurama into Naruto.

Black Zetsu stabs Madara

Black Zetsu stabs Madara in the back.

Later, after Madara managed to teleport himself using Obito's original Sharingan, which he took from Kakashi, he overpowered Obito and reclaimed his Rinnegan, allowing Black Zetsu to regain control of Obito's body. Madara also implanted Obito's original Sharingan back into his body in order for Black Zetsu to use its power. When Madara began casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Black Zetsu was unaffected, noting that the moonlight could not shine through Sasuke's Susanoo due to his Rinnegan. After the genjutsu ended, Madara managed to confront Team 7, but was stabbed from behind by Black Zetsu, who admonished a confused and shocked Madara for believing that he was any different than Obito and that he himself couldn't be used. After a distraught Madara stated that Black Zetsu was supposed to be his will, he declared that he is in reality "the will of Kaguya". Following this declaration, Black Zetsu proceeded to spread all over Madara's body as the latter screamed in anguish, whilst forcing the chakra of the people caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi out from the ground and having Madara absorb it, turning him into a gargantuan blob. When it was completely covered by Black Zetsu, Madara's body shrunk and changed, bringing forth the revived Kaguya in his place.

Black Zetsu absorbs Naruto and Sasuke's chakra

Black Zetsu absorbs Naruto and Sasuke's chakra.

Two incarnations of Black Zetsu once again re-emerge to absorb Naruto and Sasuke's chakra. While attached to their bodies, Black Zetsu shows and explains to them what he did to ensure Kaguya was revived. After he is completed, he attempts to return to Kaguya, but Naruto and Sasuke manage to regain control of their bodies and rip Black Zetsu off themselves, preventing him from absorbing any more chakra. He notes that Naruto and Sasuke are too rebellious, and that they can't do anything to Kaguya. Nonetheless the duo attack Kaguya and prove to be surprisingly effective in their coordinated strikes. It is then when Black Zetsu suggests to Kaguya that she separate the two in order to pick them off one by one. Kaguya complies with this by promptly sending Sasuke to another dimension.

As Kaguya goes to deal with Naruto, the crafty ninja begins drawing aid from the tailed beasts within him, plowing through Kaguya's defensives and quickly overwhelming her with a massive army of shadow clones, calling it his own "personal dimension". The princess quickly retreats through her portal, to which Naruto quickly follows through, as does Obito along with Sakura and Naruto-clone. While the shadow clone quickly disperses, Black Zetsu is shocked that Naruto could follow them to the base world of Kaguya's various dimensions. While Kaguya is determined to "reclaim" the massive chakra within Naruto, Black Zetsu points out that Naruto is too dangerous and should just take the easier route of killing him. Dismayed in agreeing, Kaguya then launches a a jagged bone barrage on Naruto that impales him and starts to crumble. Kaguya then returns to the normal dimension, only to find that Naruto's shadow clone army didn't disperse.

Movies Edit

Naruto 6: Road to Ninja Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

  • 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.
  • After escaping from Chōjūrō in its real shapeless form, Black Zetsu is then seen possessing another White Zetsu-like body mass when attacking Obito.[50] This white mass completely disappears when Black Zetsu merges with Obito's body,[24] but then is immediately restored when Black Zetsu leaves said body.[51] The white mass finally disappears when Black Zetsu merges with Obito for the second time.[16]
  • 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 Edit

  • (To Hidan) White Zetsu: "When you're sad and alone…" Black Zetsu: "…The only one you can count on is yourself."[52]
  • (To White Zetsu) "A weapon's strength or weakness is dependent on the user's ability to use it. An expert with a pebble can still beat a novice with a shuriken."[53]
  • (To Minato and Kakashi) "I'm Madara's will. I'll eliminate whoever stands in his way. You and Obito took Madara way too lightly, and you underestimated me as well."[49]
  • (To Madara) "You're not the saviour… and it's not over. Why do you think, that unlike Obito, you can use everyone else? Why would you be any different?", "That's not true either! My will is… Kaguya's!"[54]

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 96-97
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 661, page 5
  3. Naruto chapter 681, page 9
  4. Naruto chapter 681, page 8
  5. Naruto chapter 681, pages 10-12
  6. Naruto chapter 606, pages 13, 17
  7. Naruto chapter 255, page 3
  8. Naruto chapter 261, pages 10-11
  9. Naruto chapter 280, page 17
  10. Naruto chapter 314, page 3
  11. Naruto chapter 681, page 6
  12. Naruto chapter 681, page 7
  13. Naruto chapter 681, pages 4-15
  14. Naruto chapter 657, page 13
  15. Naruto chapter 664, page 15
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Naruto chapter 657, page 10
  17. Naruto chapter 676, page 2
  18. Naruto chapter 487 cover
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Naruto chapter 396, page 7
  20. Naruto chapter 487, page 13
  21. Naruto chapter 676, page 11
  22. Naruto chapter 536, page 11
  23. Naruto chapter 664, pages 14-16
  24. 24.0 24.1 Naruto chapter 656, page 16
  25. 25.0 25.1 Naruto chapter 657, pages 10-13
  26. Naruto chapter 655, pages 203
  27. Naruto chapter 681, page 8
  28. Naruto chapter 678, pages 14-16
  29. Naruto chapter 536, page 12
  30. Naruto chapter 545, pages 2-4
  31. Naruto chapter 562, page 9
  32. Naruto chapter 681, pages 10-14
  33. Naruto chapter 681, page 9
  34. Naruto chapter 234, pages 18-19
  35. Naruto chapter 238, pages 19-20
  36. Naruto chapter 261, page 12
  37. Naruto chapter 255-chapter 256
  38. Naruto chapter 280, pages 18-19
  39. Naruto chapter 281, pages 14-15
  40. Naruto chapter 314, pages 2-3
  41. Naruto chapter 363, page 5
  42. Naruto: Shippūden episode 125
  43. Naruto chapter 383, page 14
  44. Naruto chapter 395, pages 13-17
  45. Naruto chapter 404, pages 16-17
  46. Naruto chapter 419, page 12
  47. Naruto chapter 453, page 18
  48. Naruto chapter 487, pages 13-16
  49. 49.0 49.1 Naruto chapter 657, page 11
  50. Naruto chapter 656, page 14
  51. Naruto chapter 657, page 9
  52. Naruto chapter 314, page 2
  53. Naruto chapter 388, page 15
  54. Naruto chapter 678, page 17

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