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Hokage hat

The Hokage's hat.

The Hokage (火影; ; Literally meaning "Fire Shadow"; ) are the leaders of Konohagakure. They are generally acknowledged as the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Four shinobi and one kunoichi have gained this title so far, with another shinobi gaining the title of Hokage Candidate.




Overview Edit

Hokage Rock

The Hokage Monument.

The title and role was created by Hashirama Senju shortly after the establishment of Konoha.[1] Generally, the new Hokage is selected by the current Hokage upon their retirement, but if the old Hokage dies or is incapacitated before being able to do so, the Fire Daimyō will appoint a Hokage Candidate upon the recommendation of the Konoha council and the Fire Daimyō council. Afterwards, the candidate will need to be approved by the jōnin of the village to become officially Hokage.



After being approved, they move into the Hokage Residence to live in and have their faces carved out in the monument behind it. If the former Hokage is still alive, they will generally keep helping out, making the transition easier and more stable. The Hokage carry their title for life, even after retiring from active duty. The Hokage's office is located in the administrative section of the Academy.



List of Hokage Edit

First Hokage Edit

Shodai Hokage

Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage.

Hashirama Senju (千手柱間, Senju Hashirama) renowned as the God of Shinobi (忍の神, Shinobi no Kami), was a legendary ninja who hailed from the Senju clan that together with the Uchiha clan, established the first shinobi village: Konohagakure. He would later go on to become the village's First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage; Literally meaning "First or Founding Fire Shadow").

Second Hokage Edit

Tobirama Senju

Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage.

Tobirama Senju (千手扉間, Senju Tobirama) was the Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage; Literally meaning "Second Fire Shadow") of Konohagakure. He hails from the Senju clan, who, along with the Uchiha clan, founded the first shinobi village: Konoha. During his reign, Tobirama was accredited as the Hokage that developed the village's organisational system as well as some of its infrastructure.

Third Hokage Edit

Hiruzen Sarutobi

Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage.


Main article: Hiruzen Sarutobi

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Fourth Hokage Edit

Minato Namikaze

Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage.


Main article: Minato Namikaze

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Fifth Hokage Edit

Tsunade as Hokage

Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage.


Main article: Tsunade

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Other Hokage Edit

Sixth Hokage Candidate Edit

Danzo in Hokage wear

Danzō Shimura, the Sixth Hokage Candidate.


Main article: Danzō Shimura

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Alternate Fourth Hokage Edit

Sakura's Father Is The Yondaime Hokage

Kizashi Haruno as Fourth Hokage.

Main article: Kizashi Haruno

In the Genjutsu World in Naruto 6: Road to Ninja, Kizashi Haruno was the Fourth Hokage, however, like Minato in the real world, he died protecting the village.

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Trivia Edit

  • Hashirama Senju was the one to coin the term "Hokage", and actually intended the position to be held by Madara Uchiha. The decision, however, was left up to public consensus, and Hashirama was chosen for the position.[2]
  • At least four of the Hokage had their official office photographs taken while wearing a ceremonial necklace of sorts.[5]
  • Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, was said to be the strongest Hokage in the village's history, as well as strongest of the five Kage of his era.[6][7][8]
  • Kakashi Hatake has been considered a prime candidate for the position as Hokage by several characters.[9][10][11] He would have been officially appointed as the Sixth Hokage if Tsunade hadn't woken up moments before hand.[12]
  • Orochimaru was once a prime candidate to be the Fourth Hokage, but due to his lust for power and lack of love for the village, the Third passed him over.[14]
  • After Orochimaru was passed over for this position, Hiruzen intended to choose Jiraiya to be the Fourth Hokage, but Jiraiya refused due to his journeys as an author and his quest to chase down the renegade Orochimaru.[15] After Hiruzen and Minato died, Jiraiya was once again offered the position as the Fifth, but he once again rejected it.[16] When Tsunade went into a coma, the Fire Daimyō commented how he would have liked Jiraiya to be the Sixth, but by that time Jiraiya had already died.[17]



References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 625, page 7
  2. Naruto chapter 625, page 7
  3. Naruto chapter 520, page 11
  4. Naruto chapter 618, pages 13-17
  5. Naruto chapter 94, page 7
  6. First Databook, pages 117 and 265
  7. Naruto chapter 94, page 12
  8. Naruto chapter 140, page 3
  9. Naruto chapter 367, pages 9-10
  10. Naruto chapter 450, page 15
  11. Naruto chapter 488, page 14
  12. Naruto chapter 488, pages 15-16
  13. Naruto chapter 328, page 8
  14. Naruto chapter 121, pages 6-7
  15. Naruto chapter 366, page 12
  16. Naruto chapter 140, page 10
  17. Naruto chapter 450, page 14

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