Mercenary Ninja

Mercenary ninja.

A Mercenary ninja (傭兵忍者, Yōhei Ninja) is a skilled ninja who is hired to fight for another country other than their own in exchange for money.

Before the founding of shinobi villages, the majority of the clans in existence at that point were mercenary military forces for hire by whomever.[1] After shinobi are united in villages, however, such mercenary ninjas fight not out of loyalty to their own country, which would classify them all as missing-nin.

Known Mercenaries


  • According to Obito Uchiha, back in the days before the hidden villages were created, if one side hired the Senju clan, the other would hire the Uchiha clan, and vice versa, as both were the strongest amongst all mercenary clans.[1]
  • Despite some mercenary ninja being criminals, they have nevertheless been hired by even the likes of a Kage, as Ōnoki of Iwagakure has hired Akatsuki on many occasions in the past.[3]
  • In Naruto: Shippūden episode 233, a group of mercenary ninja believed Naruto Uzumaki to be a missing-nin and tried to capture him for bounty they assumed was on his head.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Naruto chapter 398, page 11
  2. Naruto chapter 458, page 8
  3. Naruto chapter 458, page 11
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