The Tsuchikage (土影, Literally meaning: Earth Shadow) is the Kage of Iwagakure, a title bestowed on the village's leader. The Tsuchikage is generally regarded as the strongest shinobi in the village. Iwa ninja obey the Tsuchikage's every command without hesitation. Over time, Iwagakure gained a poor reputation for the underhanded tactics which their Tsuchikage employed such as taking advantage of alliances even in times of peace. The Tsuchikage resides in the tallest building in Iwa: a stone building with a cone-shaped roof that bears the kanji for Tsuchi (土, Literally meaning: Earth).
List of Tsuchikage
Main article: Ishikawa Ishikawa (イシカワ, Ishikawa) was the First Tsuchikage (初代土影, Shodai Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: First or Founding Earth Shadow) who founded Iwagakure in the Land of Earth. In the anime, he was stated to be a member of the Kamizuru Clan.
Main article: Mū Mū (無, Mū) was the Second Tsuchikage (二代目土影, Nidaime Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: Second Earth Shadow) of Iwagakure. During his lifetime, Mū was renowned as the "Non-Person" (無人, Mujin, Viz: Null-Man) due to his ability which left neither a physical form nor detectable chakra signature.
Main article: Ōnoki Ōnoki (オオノキ, Ōnoki, Viz: Ohnoki), renowned as "Ōnoki of Both Scales" (両天秤のオオノキ, Ryōtenbin no Ōnoki, English TV: Ohnoki the Fence-Sitter), is the Third Tsuchikage (三代目土影, Sandaime Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: Third Earth Shadow) of Iwagakure.
Main article: Kurotsuchi Kurotsuchi (黒ツチ, Kurotsuchi) is a kunoichi of Iwagakure, the granddaughter of the Third Tsuchikage, and a descendant of the First Tsuchikage. She would later follow their endowment by taking on the mantle as the Fourth Tsuchikage (四代目土影, Yondaime Tsuchikage, Literally meaning: Fourth Earth Shadow).
- The First Tsuchikage was the grandfather of the Third Tsuchikage, and the Third is the grandfather of the Fourth.
- In the anime, busts of previous Tsuchikage are displayed in the Tsuchikage's office.