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ゾウリ Zōri
Manga Volume #3, Naruto Chapter #18
Anime Naruto Episode #10
Game Naruto: Konoha Ninpōchō
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Voice Actors
Birthdate Astrological Sign Sagittarius December 1 Icon_-_Search.png
Sex Gender Male Male
  • Part I: 28
  • Part I: 172 cm
    1.72 m
    5.643 ft
    67.717 in
  • Part I: 63 kg
    138.891 lb
Blood type A
  • Gatō's bodyguard (Mercenary)


Zōri (ゾウリ, Zōri) is a samurai from Land of Waves. He and his partner, Waraji, were mercenaries hired by Gatō to be his personal bodyguards.


Zōri, contrary to his partner, seems to be the calmer of the two though he seems to be just as cruel. He has been described as a loyal individual that enjoys gambling.


Zōri is a light-skinned man with bluish-white hair and black eyes. Lined markings are tattooed under his eyes. He commonly wears a dark purple hat on this head, the top of which extends far beyond the top of his head. Zōri also wears a blue jacket with multiple pockets and tied to his waist is his blue handled katana. He appears virtually unchanged in Part II.


Zōri is capable of using his sword to perform Iaidō, a swift attack that's meant to kill the enemy with one move.[2] In the anime, he was also able to knock Tsunami out with one punch and his swordsmanship was good enough to defeat several of Naruto's shadow clones.[3][4]

Part I

Prologue — Land of Waves

Haku vs guardians

Haku attacks Zōri and Waraji before they can react.

Zōri was first introduced, alogside his partner Waraji, as Gatō came to lecture Zabuza about his failed mission to kill Tazuna. As they where about to attack Zabuza, Gatō stopped them since he wanted to keep questioning him. When Haku almost crushed Gatō's arm and warned him not to touch Zabuza, Zōri and Waraji were going to attack him, but instantly found themselves almost killed by their own swords held by Haku. Haku then warned them that he was angry.

Gatō ordered Zōri and Waraji to kidnap Tsunami to force Tazuna, Tsunami's father and the bridge builder, to stop building his bridge. When Waraji threatened to kill Tsunami's son Inari, Tsunami also threatened to kill herself unless they let him go. Since Zōri was told by Gatō that they only needed one hostage, they leave Inari alone and proceed to take Tsunami to the bridge. However, Inari (remembering what Kaiza told him) ran to save his mother. Ultimately, Naruto came and got Tsunami away from Gatō's men. Both Zōri and Waraji were then defeated by Naruto's shadow clones and were tied up and left there.

In the anime, after Team Kakashi had left the Land of Waves, Zōri and Waraji did not leave the Land of Waves, but instead bided their time in an attempt to get revenge. They kidnap Inari, Akane and some of the other children but once again their efforts are foiled by Team Kakashi and the villagers who rise up against them.[4]

Part II

Itachi Pursuit Mission

In the anime, Zōri makes a brief appearance when Suigetsu and Sasuke are wandering around the Land of Waves, searching for the Kubikiribōchō. Suigetsu and Zōri bump into each other, and Zōri tries to provoke a fight. But as soon as he sees Sasuke, he becomes instantly unnerved and retreats. Later on, Suigetsu and Zōri bump into each other again. He attempts to flee again, but is quickly captured by the two and taken to a back alley in an attempt to interrogate him. He is initially reluctant to tell them of the whereabouts of the sword, but eventually tells them once Suigetsu threatens him.

In Other Media

Video Games

Zōri is a playable character in the following video games:

Game nameJapanese releaseEnglish release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing14 July 201624 August 2016



  1. First Databook, page 75
  2. Naruto chapter 23, page 12
  3. Naruto episode 13
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 180
  5. Naruto: Shippūden episode 363
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