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Tobirama Senju



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Tobirama Senju (Tobirama = the place between two gates) was the Nidaime Hokage (二代 目 火影) of Konohagakure. He came from the Senju clan, who founded the first shinobi village together with the Uchiha clan. He also had his own team. Before he was named Hokage, he worked as a consultant for his big brother Hashirama Senju, the Shodai Hokage, helping him with political and social decisions.


Tobirama was a tall, fair-skinned man with white, shaggy hair and dark eyes that are depicted as red in the anime. He had three red streaks on his face, two under his eyes and one on his chin. Mostly he wore his war equipment: Samurai armor decorated with the Senju symbol over black clothing with a distinctive white fur collar. The armor was constructed from numerous blue metal plates that are supposed to protect different areas of his body. This includes his chest, waist, shoulders and upper arms. He also wore sandals and a happuri engraved with the Konohas symbol instead of a normal headband. Before Konohagakure was founded, his Happuri bore the symbol of the Senju clan[5]. Under his shoulder plates he wore two straps on each arm.
In his spare time he wore a short-sleeved blue and white kimono with mesh armor underneath, which was held together by a yellow sash, and a kind of bracelet on his left arm. In his youth he wore pinstripe pants and a sleeveless shirt. Besides, there were no marks on his face.[6]


Even as a child, Tobirama was a collected and calm individual with a logical and pragmatic approach to life. He was very obedient to his father and loyal to his clan, but not to the extent that loyalty tarnishes his judgment, as he was able to imagine a rational way that would allow shinobi clans to live in peace Life[7]. As a Hokage, like his brother, he felt great loyalty and devotion to his village and put it above all else[8]. For the good of his village, he was ready to fight Orochimaru and Sasuke Uchiha when the latter declared that he wanted to destroy Konoha[9]. Tobirama was considered fearless and passionate.[1] During the First Shinobi World War, he was ready to die for his village by acting as bait to protect his comrades[10]. He taught Hiruzen Sarutobi to love the village and to protect all who believe in him as the next Hokage[11].
Unlike his captivating and idealistic older brother, Tobirama was a realist by nature. He showed this trait in the First Shinobi World War, when he and his small unit were surrounded by the Kinkaku Butai. Tobirama quickly saw the only way to save his subordinates and acted accordingly[12]. This was reflected in his attitude towards the Uchiha, all of whom he considered cursed, which in turn is due to his knowledge of them as well as his personal interaction with them[13]. His logic-based personality led him to put laws above everything else in order to maintain peace and order. This can be seen in his youth, when he came to the logical conclusion that if the adults want to end the continuous wars, all they have to do is create laws in order to conform to them without exception[7]. He wasn't afraid to deal with all aspects of village life, both good and bad, which is why he said of himself that his role as the Nidaime Hokage was to mediate between the clans so that they could work together[14].
Tobirama had a more self-confident and authoritative personality than Hashirama and showed this in conversations with him that made him sulk and obey Tobirama's orders[15]. Though he regards Hashirama as a generally soft idiot[16][17][18], he loved him and always followed his instructions when he saw that he was serious in horrific situations[19][20][21]. He publicly admitted his inferiority to his brother when he declared in the fight against Obito Uchiha that Naruto could one day become a better Hokage than Hashirama. Tobirama took great care of the village and, being pragmatic by nature, placed great emphasis on peace and balance. Since this wants to maintain, he tried to protect the Uchiha from the Curse of hatred falling victim to making her the Konoha police force. This gave them a task in which they could put their emotions so that history does not repeat itself and a new Madara Uchiha does not arise[22]. Ultimately, Tobirama noted that although he was vigilant towards the Uchihas, he harbored no hatred or resentment towards them. Because according to Tobirama there were also some Uchiha who could transcend the mentality of their clan and put the well-being of the village and peace above everything[23]. He mentioned his subordinate Kagami Uchiha, who was the Will of fire inherited[24]. He also begged Madara to let Sasuke live after a failed surprise attack.[25] He also noted that he observed all potentially threatening clans in Konoha and only did this more intensively with the Uchiha clan than with other clans, as this was a lot stronger than the others[26]. He was often misunderstood as he had a serious manner and this led Madara to think that Tobirama will kill all of the Uchiha once he becomes Hokage[27]. In combat, Tobirama is terrifying and brutal: he takes advantage of even the smallest mistakes and attacks vulgarly and calculatingly at the moments when his enemies are most vulnerable. This was shown when he tried to give Madara the fatal blow after Madara lost to the Senju clan before the village was founded.[28]

Although they haven't known each other for long, the dynamic between Tobirama and the Yondaime Hokage Minato Namikaze is very peculiar. Both men seem to respect each other as they have very similar strategies and thought patterns in combat. Both use the Hiraishin no Jutsu and praise the speed and quick thinking of the other[29][30]. Tobirama also finds Minato's tick of giving techniques strange names amusing, explaining that if they were in different circumstances he might have laughed at the name Rasen Senkou Chou Rinbu Kousan Shiki[31]. He later scolded Minato when he called a combination of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke as Shakuton: Kourin Shippuu Shikkoku no Ya Zeroshiki[32]. Although he notes that he doesn't laugh during a fight, Tobirama was strangely irritated when Naruto realized that Tobirama knew a lot about "his" Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, which is why the Hokage had to explain to him that he is the inventor of jutsu.[33]



Tobirama was born as the son of the then leader of the Senju clan Butsuma Senju. Tobirama grew up with his brothers Hashirama and Itama Senju during the warring states era and therefore lived in a time when wars were ongoing. Kawarama Senju and many other members of the Senju clan died in one of the fights. Tobirama attended his funeral with his father and brothers. Hashirama had an argument with his father there because he refused to accept the senseless murders of the innocent children. As a result, his father almost hit him, but Tobirama stood between them and explained that Hashirama was only talking like that because he would mourn. Later the three brothers met and talked about peace for the future and Tobirama declared that the conflict could end if the Shinobi created a common code of conduct to stop the endless killing[7]. He later admonished Itama for his way of thinking, as it would be too similar to the way of thinking of adults. Some time later, Itama was killed on the battlefield.[34]. A few days later, Tobirama was sent off by his father to find out where Hashirama was going every day. When he returned, Tobirama informed him that his father wanted to talk to him. When Hashirama later asked Butsuma how he knew he was dating Madara, Tobirama stated that he had stalked him with his sensing skills, which were far better than Hashiramas. He later followed Hashirama with his father to his meeting point with Madara. There they were confronted with Tajima Uchiha and Izuna Uchiha, the latter knowing Tobirama's name[35].

When Tobirama and Izuna collided, Tajima tried, without Tobirama knowing it, to carry out a fatal attack on him. This was prevented by Hashirama, who returned to the meeting point. Shocked by this act and the exact same act by Butsuma, Madara and Hashirama reached a dead end. Tobirama listened to Madara when the latter turned down Hashirama's offer to broker peace between the two clans. He later watched in shock as Madara manifested his Sharingan. The two sides then parted without the need for blood to flow.

Over time, the Senju clan and the Uchiha clan fought against each other again and again. In one of the fights Tobirama Izuna managed to life-threateningly injured, which is why Madara had to flee from the battlefield with his injured brother. The next time the Senju brothers met Madara, he informed them that Izuna had succumbed to his injuries and Madara left his eyes to protect their clan. Although Madara fought the Senju for the first time with his eternal Mangekyou Sharingan in this fight, he lost it. When Tobirama wanted to end his life, his brother, who was still striving for peace, stopped him. However, the jaded Uchiha declared that if Hashirama wanted to gain the Uchiha’s trust, he would either have to commit suicide or kill his brother Tobirama[36].
Tobirama called Madara crazy at the time and asked Hashirama if he really wanted to kill him. However, Tobirama was shocked when Hashirama took off his armor to kill himself so that his brother would not have to die and peace could still reign between the two clans. With a kunai in hand, he explained that all those present had to swear that the fighting between the two clans would end with his victim. Although Madara stopped the suicide attempt and Tobirama watched silently as Hashirama made a peace treaty with the Uchiha and their then leader Madara to found Konohagakure[37], Tobirama remained suspicious of Madara, his actions and the other Uchiha. After picking up his brother from what would later become Hokage Mountain while ignoring the Madara present and learning of his brother's Hokage idea and his plan to give the title to an Uchiha, Tobirama noted that Hashirama is not allowed to make arbitrary and alone decisions like her father before and that such things must be discussed and decided democratically. However, during the conversation, Tobirama touched on the threat of the Uchiha. Hashirama explained that he felt as if someone was watching her, but Tobirama explained that at that moment he was not concentrating his chakra, which is why he did not feel anything[38].
After the battle between Hashirama and Madara at the Valley of the End, Tobirama used Madara's body to research the Sharingan. However, Madara later escaped using the Izanagi like the Tensha Fuuin: Amaterasu and leaving a copy with the help of the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu[39].

When Hashirama held the first meeting of the Kage some time later, Tobirama warned Hashirama that the meeting overwhelmed him and bowed too lightly to the other Kage. Tobirama then explained that Konoha plans to distribute the Bijuu between the villages in order to create a balance in the power relationship. Hashirama wondered after Tobirama said that they charge money for the bijuus, which is why they would not give the bijuu away and Tobirama warned him again. When threats of war arose, Tobirama watched the situation seriously while his brother tried to calm the arguing Kage by sharing his hopes for the future with them[40].

When Hashirama, the Shodai Hokage, died, Tobirama was made Nidaime Hokage[41]. During his reign he established Konoha's organizational system: This includes the ninja academy, the ANBU, the Chunin selection exams and the police[1], the latter being established as a symbol of trust in the Uchiha. However, some Uchiha thought that Tobirama only wanted to keep them away from the village and the government, so they secretly followed Madara's will towards Tobirama and were eliminated some time later when they were planning a coup d'état[42].
During his reign he tried to establish an alliance between Kumogakure and Konoha with the Nidaime Raikage. However, their meeting was interrupted by the Kin Gin brothers Kinkaku and Ginkaku, who were planning a coup. Tobirama survived the confrontation, but was critically injured[43].

He coached a team that consisted of Hiruzen Sarutobi, Homura Mitokado and Koharu Utatane[44]. He also trained another man named Kosuke Maruboshi. On a mission during the First Shinobi World War, Team Nidaime and three other shinobi named Danzou Shimura, Kagami Uchiha and Torifu Akimichi were surrounded by twenty elite shinobi from Kumogakure known as the Kinkaku Butai. Tobirama realized that there was only one way for the group to survive. One had to play the bait and sacrifice himself so that the others could escape. Believing in his students, he sacrificed himself and made Hiruzen Sandaime Hokage. Homura and Koharu later became its advisors. After the conversation, he died fighting the Kinkaku Butai[12].


Invasion of Konoha

Tobirama and Hashirama are resurrected by Orochimaru using the Kuchiyose: Edo Tensei to fight Hiruzen during the Konoha invasion. It later turns out that Orochimaru failed to perfect the technique, which is why he resurrected the two with just a fraction of their strength. While the two hear what is happening and mourn the fact that they have to fight their former student, Orochimaru presses a special seal in the back of her head so that they lose their free will. Hiruzen quickly decides to kill his sensei and uses a very powerful katon technique that is easily stopped by a wall of water from Tobirama. Tobirama then attacks Hiruzen with a Suiton technique, but the latter stops the technique with a wall of earth.
During the fight he shows great teamwork with his brother and pushes his age-weakened student back further and further, which is why he can only use Shiki Fuujin to avert the threat to the village. Hiruzen sacrifices his own life in order to withdraw the soul from his masters and Orochimaru and to seal it in the god of the dead, but this fails with Orochimaru. Before his soul is completely absorbed, he and his brother apologize to the dying Hiruzen.

Renewed resuscitation by Orochimaru

During the fourth Shinobi World War, Sasuke Uchiha wanted to question the former Hokage about the fate of his clan. For this reason he helped Orochimaru to solve the Shiki Fuujin, which contained the souls of the first four Hokage and of Orochimaru's arms. After this was done, Orochimaru summoned the four Hokage by sacrificing the Zetsu clones using Kuchiyose: Edo Tensei. Since the Hokage kept their personality this time, they talked to each other first, and Tobirama wanted to know what Orochimaru was doing with them this time. Sasuke asked each of the Hokage a question because he himself no longer knew what he was actually fighting for. He asked the third Hokage about Itachi Uchiha and the second Hokage about the Uchiha clan. Tobirama explained to Sasuke about the "curse" of his clan that the stronger she and her Sharingan get, the more power-hungry and angry they themselves become. Through the conversation, Tobirama's aversion to the Uchiha becomes clear, which is why Hashirama often admonished him. He also confirmed that the Konoha police force was created solely to better control the Uchiha in the event that a "new Madara" should arise.

Techniques and special skills

Tobirama was hailed as one of the strongest shinobi of its era[45]. In his childhood as well as his adulthood he was referred to as a capable shinobi, even by his enemies like Madara Uchiha[46]. He recognized in public that their strength was comparable during their lifetime and thus proved Tobirama's legendary ability.[47] Furthermore, his ability was proven when he managed to kill Izuna Uchiha, who is said to be as strong as Madara[48]. Danzou noted that at the time of the Nidaime no one could oppose his ability[49]. He once fought against the Kin-Gin brothers, who owned Kyuubis Chakra and the Rikudou Sennin no Hougu, and survived the fight[50].
His skill was respected so much that even a Anbu captain could not believe his strength and doubt that the Sandaime Hokage can defeat him and his brother, even though Hiruzen as God of shinobi was known[51][52][53][54]. The fact that Tobirama was not reanimated with his full strength merely highlights his ability and strength[55]. After he was reanimated and participated in the fourth Shinobi World War without having regained his full strength, he still managed to defy Obito Uchiha after he became the Jinchuuriki of Juubi. He was even able to overcome it several times with the help of others[56][57].


Tobirama was a member of the Senju clan and thus possessed extraordinary life force, strong physical energy and a very strong will. Therefore, he once fought against the rival Uchiha clan for almost a whole day[58]. Furthermore, his chakra was so strong that simply releasing it created a dense surge of voltage around him[55]. He could easily withstand Orochimaru's Kuchiyose: Edo Tensei until he used Hashirama's DNA to strengthen control[59]. Since he has large chakra reserves due to his origins, he was able to teleport Naruto and Minato in their Bijuu Moodo without visibly exhausting themselves[60]. He was also able to use shadow duplicates after already using Ninpou: Shiseki Youjin, a technique that consumes a lot of chakra[61]