The Kazekage (風影, Literally meaning: Wind Shadow) are the leaders of Sunagakure. Feared and respected across the world, they are responsible for making Sunagakure a powerful and great village, despite its small size. However, being responsible for raising so many great shinobi seems to come at a heavy price, as all the Kazekage, including the current, so far have met untimely deaths at the hands of assassins. For this reason, the Kazekage lineage is sometimes considered cursed.
Statues of all the former Kazekage are kept in the room where Sunagakure's council convenes, similar to the Hokage Monument.
List of Kazekage
The First Kazekage (初代風影, Shodai Kazekage, Literally meaning: First or Founding Wind Shadow) was the founder of Sunagakure, gathering the desert-dwelling shinobi under his control with his overwhelming power. He wore a mask that covered the lower half of his face in a similar manner to Kakashi Hatake.
The Second Kazekage (二代目風影, Nidaime Kazekage, Literally meaning: Second Wind Shadow) was the successor of the First Kazekage. He was the first to research the jinchūriki, in an attempt to greatly enhance the power of the village.
Main article: Fourth Kazekage Rasa (羅砂, Rasa) was the Fourth Kazekage (四代目風影, Yondaime Kazekage, Literally meaning: Fourth Wind Shadow) of Sunagakure. Renowned for his ability to use Gold Dust, Rasa's reign as Kazekage was marked by his frequent quelling of rampages by the One-Tailed Shukaku, which he had sealed into his youngest son, Gaara.
Main article: Gaara Gaara (我愛羅, Gaara) is a shinobi of Sunagakure. He was made the jinchūriki of the One-Tailed Shukaku before he was born, causing the villagers of Suna to fear him as a monster. With nobody to connect to, Gaara grew up hating the world and looking out only for himself, giving his life meaning by killing anyone he came across. After being defeated by Naruto Uzumaki — a jinchūriki like himself who found strength in his friendships — Gaara starts emulating him. He becomes Suna's Fifth Kazekage (五代目風影, Godaime Kazekage, Literally meaning: Fifth Wind Shadow) so that he can protect the village and all those who live there, dispelling the fears he cast on the villagers.
- In the manga, the color of the Kazekage garbs are green, while in the anime, they have so far been depicted as being blue which is the Mizukage color.
- Akatsuki members Sasori and Orochimaru (who were partners in the organization) have been responsible for killing the Third and Fourth Kazekage respectively, although they undertook the assassinations individually. This extended to Sasori's second partner, Deidara, who was instrumental in the capture and death of the Fifth Kazekage.
- ↑ Naruto chapter 266, page 8