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Those who have achieved the title of Kage (影, Kage? literally "Shadow") are the leaders of the five most powerful Hidden Villages and generally the most powerful ninja in their respective villages. There may be exceptions, however; for example, a ninja may be the most powerful at the time of being installed as Kage, but he will age and a more youthful ninja may become more powerful.
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[[File:Kage.png|thumb|right|The Five Kage.]]
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Kage'''|影|lit meaning=Shadow}} is a title reserved for the leader of one of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]]' [[hidden village]]s. They are collectively known as the {{translation|Five Kage|五影|Gokage|lit meaning=Five Shadows}}. A Kage oversees the activities of their village, from sending ninja on [[missions]] to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people. A village's Kage is generally acknowledged as its most powerful ninja.<section end=summary /> The Kage are renowned as the top [[shinobi]] of the continent.<ref>''Shikamaru Shinden: A Cloud Dancing in Forlorn Falling Petals''</ref>
   
A Kage may retire and give the title to someone else; the title, once granted, is held permanently. This creates a case where there are two Kage at the same time, with only one of them actually active -- as was with the Fourth Hokage and the Third Hokage, where the latter had given up the title to the former, only to come out of retirement when the former died.
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== Background ==
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The title was originally created by [[Hashirama Senju]] soon after the formation of [[Konohagakure]], making him the first Kage to exist after being elected by the population of his village and country. After the creation of the position, other nations praised the innovative system that had been created and soon began to imitate.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, page 3</ref>
   
The Kage stand equally with the rulers of their countries, oversee the activities of their villages, and are the leaders of ninja society.
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== Overview ==
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Each village has its own name for its Kage:
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*The {{translation|[[Hokage]]|火影|lit meaning=Fire Shadow}} of [[Konohagakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Kazekage]]|風影|lit meaning=Wind Shadow}} of [[Sunagakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Mizukage]]|水影|lit meaning=Water Shadow}} of [[Kirigakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Raikage]]|雷影|lit meaning=Lightning Shadow}} of [[Kumogakure]].
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*The {{translation|[[Tsuchikage]]|土影|lit meaning=Earth Shadow}} of [[Iwagakure]].
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As a Kage's primary concern is their village, interaction between the Kage is rare; only during treaty-signing ceremonies or shared public events has a Kage been seen to interact with one of his or her peers. The only time that all five Kage are together is during a [[Kage Summit]], which can be convened by any of the five to discuss topics that apply to all of their villages.
   
The five Kage have different titles depending on their village. Those titles are:
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[[File:Kage Outfits.png|thumb|left|The most recent generation of the five Kage.]]
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How a Kage is appointed appears to differ from village to village. In Konoha, the Hokage typically appoints their successor. If the Hokage dies or is otherwise incapacitated before they can choose a successor, the selection falls to the [[Land of Fire]]'s [[daimyō]] who is advised by his committee as well as the [[Konoha Council|village's elders]], the [[Jōnin Commander]] and a representative of the [[Anbu]]. This appointment must then be approved by Konoha's [[jōnin]]. In Kumo, after the [[Third Raikage]] died, his son automatically became [[Fourth Raikage]], a decision made many years earlier.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 541</ref> If a Kage should ever choose to retire they will keep their title for the rest of their life, and can assist the new Kage with decision-making and other responsibilities. A retired Kage can even return to full-time leadership if their successor dies, as the [[Third Hokage]] did when the [[Fourth Hokage]] gave his life to save Konoha, being unable to find anyone both suitable and willing to take on the title of Fifth Hokage at the time.
   
Hokage (火影, literally "Fire Shadow"?) Kage of Konohagakure.
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Because [[jinchūriki]] were so important to their village, it was a tradition for a jinchūriki to be a relative of the current Kage, both to strengthen the jinchūriki's loyalties to the village and to display the Kage's might.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 493, page 14</ref> For example, [[Killer B]] is the adoptive brother of the Fourth Raikage and [[Gaara]] is the son of the [[Fourth Kazekage]].
Kazekage (風影, literally "Wind Shadow"?) Kage of Sunagakure.
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Mizukage (水影, literally "Water Shadow"?) Kage of Kirigakure.
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== Trivia ==
Raikage (雷影, literally "Lightning Shadow"?) Kage of Kumogakure.
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* The [[Third Hokage]] was considered to be the strongest of the Five Kage of his time.<ref>First Databook, page 117</ref> Years later, the [[Seventh Hokage]] was also recognised in the same way.<ref>''Boruto'' episode 12</ref>
Tsuchikage (土影, literally "Earth Shadow"?) Kage of Iwagakure.
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* In the anime, the [[Village Head]]s of [[Amegakure]], [[Takigakure]] and [[Kusagakure]], are acknowledged as Kage.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 413</ref> [[Hoshigakure]] has unofficially dubbed each of its leaders the {{translation|[[Hoshikage]]|星影|lit meaning=Star Shadow}}, signifying their ambition for Hoshigakure to be recognised as an equal to the hidden villages of the Five Great Shinobi Nations. Therefore, Hoshikage can be considered as a pseudo-Kage.
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* In [[Jiraiya]]'s novel ''[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]'', the village leader of Shuku is called the Kokage as an obvious homage to the Hokage position.
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* In the anime, according to Hashirama's account, soon after the creation of the title Hokage came the Raikage, Tsuchikage, Mizukage and Kazekage, in that order.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 369</ref>
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* In the anime, despite being Kage, a shinobi maintains their previous ranking. As such, Naruto, admitted that despite being Hokage, he was technically still a genin due to never finishing the Chūnin Exams due to the circumstances of him training away from the village and having to fight the Akatsuki after returning.
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== See Also ==
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* [[Special:SearchByProperty/Ninja Rank/Kage|List of Kage]]
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== References ==
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This is the article on the rank. For the character, head to Kage.

See also: Ninja Ranks

Kage

The Five Kage.

Kage (, Literally meaning: Shadow) is a title reserved for the leader of one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries' hidden villages. They are collectively known as the Five Kage (五影, Gokage, Literally meaning: Five Shadows). A Kage oversees the activities of their village, from sending ninja on missions to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people. A village's Kage is generally acknowledged as its most powerful ninja. The Kage are renowned as the top shinobi of the continent.[1]

Background Edit

The title was originally created by Hashirama Senju soon after the formation of Konohagakure, making him the first Kage to exist after being elected by the population of his village and country. After the creation of the position, other nations praised the innovative system that had been created and soon began to imitate.[2]

Overview Edit

Each village has its own name for its Kage:

As a Kage's primary concern is their village, interaction between the Kage is rare; only during treaty-signing ceremonies or shared public events has a Kage been seen to interact with one of his or her peers. The only time that all five Kage are together is during a Kage Summit, which can be convened by any of the five to discuss topics that apply to all of their villages.

Kage Outfits

The most recent generation of the five Kage.

How a Kage is appointed appears to differ from village to village. In Konoha, the Hokage typically appoints their successor. If the Hokage dies or is otherwise incapacitated before they can choose a successor, the selection falls to the Land of Fire's daimyō who is advised by his committee as well as the village's elders, the Jōnin Commander and a representative of the Anbu. This appointment must then be approved by Konoha's jōnin. In Kumo, after the Third Raikage died, his son automatically became Fourth Raikage, a decision made many years earlier.[3] If a Kage should ever choose to retire they will keep their title for the rest of their life, and can assist the new Kage with decision-making and other responsibilities. A retired Kage can even return to full-time leadership if their successor dies, as the Third Hokage did when the Fourth Hokage gave his life to save Konoha, being unable to find anyone both suitable and willing to take on the title of Fifth Hokage at the time.

Because jinchūriki were so important to their village, it was a tradition for a jinchūriki to be a relative of the current Kage, both to strengthen the jinchūriki's loyalties to the village and to display the Kage's might.[4] For example, Killer B is the adoptive brother of the Fourth Raikage and Gaara is the son of the Fourth Kazekage.

Trivia Edit

  • The Third Hokage was considered to be the strongest of the Five Kage of his time.[5] Years later, the Seventh Hokage was also recognised in the same way.[6]
  • In the anime, the Village Heads of Amegakure, Takigakure and Kusagakure, are acknowledged as Kage.[7] Hoshigakure has unofficially dubbed each of its leaders the Hoshikage (星影, Literally meaning: Star Shadow), signifying their ambition for Hoshigakure to be recognised as an equal to the hidden villages of the Five Great Shinobi Nations. Therefore, Hoshikage can be considered as a pseudo-Kage.
  • In Jiraiya's novel The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi, the village leader of Shuku is called the Kokage as an obvious homage to the Hokage position.
  • In the anime, according to Hashirama's account, soon after the creation of the title Hokage came the Raikage, Tsuchikage, Mizukage and Kazekage, in that order.[8]
  • In the anime, despite being Kage, a shinobi maintains their previous ranking. As such, Naruto, admitted that despite being Hokage, he was technically still a genin due to never finishing the Chūnin Exams due to the circumstances of him training away from the village and having to fight the Akatsuki after returning.

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Shikamaru Shinden: A Cloud Dancing in Forlorn Falling Petals
  2. Naruto chapter 626, page 3
  3. Naruto chapter 541
  4. Naruto chapter 493, page 14
  5. First Databook, page 117
  6. Boruto episode 12
  7. Naruto: Shippūden episode 413
  8. Naruto: Shippūden episode 369
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