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White Zetsu Army
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White Zetsu Army (白ゼツの10万, Shiro-Zetsu no Jūman, Literally meaning: The One Hundred Thousand White Zetsu)

  • White Servants (白き従者, Shiroki Jūsha)[1]
Debut
Manga Volume #54, Naruto Chapter #512
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #254
Novel Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise
Movie Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Team Info
Leaders
Affiliations
Team Jutsu

The White Zetsu Army was a large attack force that was created by Madara and Obito Uchiha utilising White Zetsu. The first attempt to create an army from White Zetsu was carried out by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, who desired living weapons to combat other members of the Ōtsutsuki clan. One hundred thousand White Zetsu made up the majority of Akatsuki's military numbers during the Fourth Shinobi World War.[2]

Background

White Zetsu Creation

Humans caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi being turned into White Zetsu.

The White Zetsu were originally humans who fell victim to Kaguya's Infinite Tsukuyomi and were bound by the roots of the God Tree. Over the course of years,[3] the victims morphed into their current forms, having their original personalities and individuality drained away.[4] Kaguya created the army in order to combat two invaders (three in the anime)[5] who planned on coming to Earth to steal her chakra for themselves.[6] The two ultimately never arrived in her lifetime and Kaguya, having degraded into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, was sealed within the moon by her two sons, while the White Zetsu came to reside inside the Demonic Statue under unknown circumstances.[7]

SZetsu

The developing White Zetsu in Madara's lair.

Centuries later, Madara awakened the Rinnegan and summoned the Demonic Statue out of the moon. In order to survive beyond his natural lifespan, Madara used the statue to cultivate Hashirama Senju's DNA into a non-sentient clone contained within a gigantic flowering tree in a cave beneath Mountains' Graveyard, and subsequently connected himself to said tree to continuously receive the statue's chakra. Madara believed the White Zetsu that appeared on the tree were clones of Hashirama created as an unintended result of his experiments,[8] and implied that Yin–Yang Release was somehow involved in their creation.[9] In actuality, Black Zetsu had simply released the White Zetsu stored inside the statue without Madara's knowledge.[7]

Madara later used Hashirama's artificial body to save the life of Obito Uchiha by rebuilding the destroyed right portion of his body, granting him a body similar to that of a White Zetsu.[10] Presenting themselves as artificial humans created from the Demonic Statue's power, White Zetsu and Tobi oversaw the young Uchiha's rehabilitation while Madara slept. Later, when Rin Nohara and Kakashi Hatake were attacked by a group of Kirigakure shinobi, Tobi allowed Obito to "wear" his body like a suit so that he could leave the cave.[11] White Zetsu, whose right half wasn't fully formed, would later be infused with Black Zetsu by Madara, who believed it to be a manifestation of his will.[9] The complete Zetsu went on to become a member of Akatsuki, while continuing to serve directly under Obito.

Using the Demonic Statue's chakra, the White Zetsu propagated.[12] By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, one hundred thousand identical White Zetsu had fully developed and were being stored in a large pool of water beneath the roots of the flowering tree. According to Obito, these were clones of White Zetsu he created using a large amount of the chakra of the seven tailed beasts Akatsuki had sealed inside the statue.[2] After Kabuto Yakushi captured Yamato, he used his studies of Hashirama's DNA to enhance the White Zetsu's strength, causing them to undergo further development.[13]

Personality

The original batch of White Zetsu created by Kaguya, who each had a distinct appearance, demonstrated a degree of individuality and intelligence, with Tobi claiming they had vocabularies and brains that surpassed those of humans.[14] In contrast, the identical White Zetsu that served as Akatsuki's attack force appeared to all have the same personality and mindset, which they shared with the Akatsuki member White Zetsu, whom they referred to as their "original".[15] These White Zetsu were also seemingly able to access the original's memories.[16] Due to their talkative nature, the White Zetsu were nicknamed "Chatterbox" (饒舌, Jōzetsu), in contrast to Black Zetsu, who was nicknamed "Wicked Tongue" (毒舌, Dokuzetsu).[8]

Appearance

Shiro Zetsu Army

The White Zetsu after being enhanced by Kabuto.

Unlike the original White Zetsu and the parasite clones he produces, whose right halves are deformed, the White Zetsu that fought in the war have fully developed faces and bodies. After Kabuto used Yamato to further enhance their abilities, the White Zetsu gained small, spiky protrusions on their shoulders and backs. Though they lack the Venus flytrap-like extensions of the original White Zetsu, they have zig-zag patterns running down their midsections and legs, which are able to open in a similar manner and restrain targets. In the anime, the White Zetsu are entirely white, save for their green hair and yellow eyes, whereas in the manga, their bodies are depicted with a light green tint.[17][18]

A variation of the White Zetsu is shown to be massive in size, with two additional heads embedded in its chest. It also possesses extra arms, which have large scythes for hands.[19]

Abilities

Flytrap assault

A White Zetsu Army soldier captures Neji with its Venus flytrap extensions.

No longer humans, they do not need to carry out any normal human bodily functions. They also have no need for sleep nor other bodily functions such as breathing in the case of their underwater storage.[20][2] Though they share many vital points as a normal human, they are incapable of bleeding in their natural forms.[21][22] As such they are extremely durable, able to survive two of Sakura Haruno's chakra-enhanced punches, as well as Neji Hyūga's Gentle Fist Art One Blow Body.

Several White Zetsu merged

Several White Zetsu Army soldiers merged together.

All White Zetsu are able to use the Mayfly technique to travel through surfaces for the purpose of spying without leaving a trace. They can open their bodies in a Venus flytrap-like manner to trap their opponents and absorb their chakra.[23] In the manga, they absorb chakra by simply establishing physical contact, whereas in the anime, they absorb chakra by sucking it in through their mouths.[24] This action is so the White Zetsu responsible uses the Substitute Technique to become an exact copy of that person in every detail, able to easily trick close friends and sensors alike, in scenarios ideal for infiltration, covert assassination, and causing distrust among an enemy group. Due to their plant nature, members of the White Zetsu Army can merge into a more plant-like monster for better resistance against Yang-natured chakra.[25] In the anime, it was shown that the White Zetsu can also extend the points of their flytrap-like openings and use them to impale enemies, as well as alter the form of their arms to attack.[26]

White zetsu turns back into a tree

A White Zetsu Army soldier turning into a tree.

Because of their modifications, their DNA is very similar to Hashirama's, as revealed by Shizune and Sakura Haruno's autopsy results, and they are able to use Wood Release, albeit on a weaker scale.[27] However, through Kabuto's experimentation on Yamato, their strength increased to make them presumably more suited for combat with enhanced power. Due to their genetic structure, direct contact with somebody that exudes a powerful life force, such as Naruto in Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, causes them to turn into trees.

Red Assimilate All Creation

Zetsu's using Assimilate All Creation Technique.

In the anime, the White Zetsu Army showed their capability to take on the properties of any nearby material. When located on the battle on the Seventh Front, they took on the characteristics of a special, poisonous, red soil, and were able to use it to their advantage; such as expelling large quantities of red, poisonous smoke. However, the adverse effects of this was that they also gained the soil's high conductibility to lightning-type attacks.[28]

Years after the war, small amounts of White Zetsu had survived cocooned in various ruins throughout the world. A particular variant of this kind displayed peculiar and unique features. The White Zetsu was massive much like the merged variants of the War, but had scythe-like arms. It could use multiple nature transformations through different faces similar to Kakuzu's Earth Grudge Fear.[29]

Part II

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown

After creating an alliance with Kabuto, Tobi leads him underground and shows Kabuto his army of 100,000 White Zetsu in an underwater cavern beneath the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

Once Tobi finished his preparations for the Fourth Shinobi World War, he had the Zetsu army mobilise to fight the Allied Shinobi Forces' 80,000-person strong army. Because of the size of their forces, Tobi had the Zetsu travel below ground, to be led from above by himself to hide their numbers. This was discovered by Muta Aburame and is reported to the various commanders. The Second Division, led by Kitsuchi, as well as elements from the Fifth Division, unearth and attack a detachment of 20,000 White Zetsu Army soldiers travelling directly underneath them. While fighting the Allied Shinobi forces, they began to overwhelm them, allowing several thousand White Zetsu to pass through underground.

Then, off the coast of the Land of Lightning, several thousand White Zetsu Army soldiers appeared along with Kakuzu, Hizashi Hyūga, Asuma Sarutobi, Dan, Kinkaku and Ginkaku to attack Darui's First Division, forcing the Allied Shinobi Forces to change their strategy to meet this threat. By the end of first day of battles, the army had already lost 50,000 out of its 100,000 Zetsu,[30] leaving Tobi's army at half strength.

Medic Ninja in Danger

A disguised White Zetsu clone killing medical ninja.

During the night, the White Zetsu used the Substitute Technique to sneak behind enemy lines disguised as allied shinobi in order to kill various members of the Allied Shinobi Forces and cause conflict among the opposition. However, assuming the identity of Neji to go after medical ninja, one of the Zetsu was found out and stopped by Sakura. Soon after, along with Sakura and her group believing their enemy's true nature as hybrid clones of Hashirama, the White Zetsu's technique was deduced and reported to HQ.

In the anime, Team 8 was sent to investigate a suspected breach of the Allied Shinobi Forces perimeter and encounters a cave filled with White Zetsu. Engaging them, Hinata Hyūga sends out a messenger owl to the Sealing Team and she alongside, Shino Aburame, Kiba Inuzuka, and Akamaru, hold off the opposition until the team can arrive and seal the cave. As Team 8 fall back with the creatures in pursuit, one of the White Zetsu accidentally triggered a explosion in the process. After the explosion, Team 8 regroups and find one of the two shinobi from the Sealing Team dead, the ninja revealed to have been murdered by a surviving White Zetsu that had infiltrated Team 8 in midst the chaos. This causes mutual mistrust among Team 8 until they use a game of rock-paper-scissors to weed out the shape-shifter by having the loser reveal personal information when asked. Though Kiba mistook Shino as the impostor, the plan exposes the White Zetsu fraud, who was impersonating Hinata who was unconscious at the time, before her teammates kill him.[26]

Rasenrangan Anime 2

Zetsu clones attempting to capture Naruto Uzumaki.

While Naruto and Killer B confronted several of the White Zetsu Army soldiers at another area, due to his Yang chakra and the creatures' relation to the First Hokage, Naruto's attacks while in Nine-Tails Chakra Mode resonated with the White Zetsu Army soldiers and instantly turned those he made a direct hit on into trees.[31] Even after some of the surviving White Zetsus merged to become more resilient to the youth's attack, Naruto merely cut the fused monster in two and crushed it beneath Gamahiro. Naruto eventually sent his clones out to the different battlefields and, using his ability to sense negative emotions, was able to locate the remainder of the disguised White Zetsu Army soldiers and neutralise them.

Later, in the anime, Omoi goes to the Seventh Front, where two thousand White Zetsu killed the Amphibious Search and Destroy Unit, and were after the Thundercloud Unit; a supply squad formed by notable children from Kumogakure. The Seventh Front was surrounded by a special red soil, which the White Zetsu were able to take on the properties of, causing them to gain a red tone and expel a red, poisonous smokescreen from their mouths and bodies. After saving the children, Omoi, with Thundercloud Unit's assistance, was able to dispel the smokescreen from the area with the Lightning Release Co-Operation: Thunder Bomb as well as defeat the remaining White Zetsu.[28]

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Sasuke EMS's Susanoo

Several White Zetsu's confront Sasuke Uchiha.

After the second day of war, thanks to the addition of Naruto's efforts and his new-found ability, the majority of the White Zetsu were eradicated. However, small factions survived and were ordered to seize B and Naruto before their comrades could reach their location. When Sasuke escaped the Mountains' Graveyard, he encountered one of these factions, who demanded to know why he left the hideout. Upon coming to the realisation that he had killed the original White Zetsu, they attacked him. Choosing this time to test his new powers further, he slaughters most of the Zetsu and keeps one alive long enough to acquire information relating to the war.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

As Madara faced off against the tailed beasts, a clone managed to recover the right Rinnegan from where Obito had hidden it. He gives the eye to Madara who also severed his right arm to replace his own.[32] After Madara succeeds in subduing the tailed beasts and prepares to remove the Eight and Nine-Tails from their respective jinchūriki, he suggests that Madara instead start with the One-Tail for better efficiency, to which Madara agrees on. He subsequently questioned why Gaara had been fighting to help Shukaku, despite the fact that he was no longer his jinchūriki.

He teases Madara about the time the latter needed to seal the tailed beasts, to which Madara responds the rejects of the failed experiment shouldn't be too loud. He answers that there is nothing to wonder about, because they are known as "Chatterbox". Madara asked him about another battle and he reassured Madara that the insides were good. He approached Tobi on top of the giant wood statue, saying that Naruto stubbornly clung to life by nature of being an Uzumaki, but would be dead soon enough, after losing his tailed beast.[33] When the war ended with the Allied Shinobi Forces's victory, Sasuke and Naruto ended the Infinite Tsukuyomi, freeing all the victims of its binding. This also caused Tobi to wither away.

New Era

White zetsu

A remnant of the White Zetsu that Team 7 encountered.

While it was believed that all of the White Zetsu had been annihilated, the Ōtsutsuki clan ruins beneath the Mountains' Graveyard housed a handful of White Zetsu until Konohagakure shinobi discovered and eradicated them fifteen years after the Fourth Shinobi World War.[19]

In response to a missing-nin attack that claimed many young shinobi lives, Ōnoki conducted research on creating artificial soldiers to defend the new generation that had, in his belief, grown weak from peace. To accomplish this, a scientist approached him with a genetic sample of White Zetsu remnants, thus creating five synthetic humans known as Fabrications.[34]

In Other Media

Movies

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

Several White Zetsu Army soldiers disguised as the deceased Akatsuki members were sent to attack Konoha at the beginning of the movie, at the behest of Tobi.

References

  1. Fourth Databook, page 258
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 512, pages 13-15
  3. Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise
  4. Naruto chapter 679, pages 8-9
  5. Naruto Shippūden episode 462
  6. Boruto: Naruto the Movie
  7. 7.0 7.1 Naruto chapter 681, page 14
  8. 8.0 8.1 Naruto chapter 661, page 5
  9. 9.0 9.1 Naruto chapter 606, pages 13-16
  10. Naruto chapter 602, page 13
  11. Naruto chapter 603
  12. Fourth Databook, pages 110-113
  13. Naruto chapter 515, page 10
  14. Naruto chapter 603, page 2
  15. Naruto chapter 574, page 9
  16. Naruto: Shippūden episode 280
  17. Naruto chapter 520, page 2
  18. Naruto chapter 531, page 2
  19. 19.0 19.1 Boruto episode 52
  20. Naruto chapter 603, page 1
  21. Naruto chapter 521, page 11
  22. Naruto chapter 540, pages 8-9
  23. Naruto chapter 524, page 14
  24. Naruto: Shippūden episode 266
  25. Naruto chapter 545, page 14
  26. 26.0 26.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 279
  27. Naruto chapter 545, page 3
  28. 28.0 28.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 320
  29. Boruto episode 52
  30. Naruto chapter 537, page 16
  31. Naruto chapter 545, page 13
  32. Naruto chapter 658, pages 16-17
  33. Naruto chapter 662, page 16
  34. Boruto episode 86

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