Sakumo Hatake was Konohagakure’s Jōnin of the Hatake Clan. He was renowned as the White Fang of the Leaf across the shinobi world. He is the father of the Leaf’s 6th Hokage: Kakashi Hatake.
He was widely respected throughout the shinobi world, even after being disgraced for his actions during his last mission. His suicide turned Kakashi to live strictly confining to the shinobi rules and regulations.
He was greatly respected by Kakashi’s teammate, Obito Uchiha, for his ethics that one’s comrades' lives are more important than following missions or the rules of the shinobi world. Kakashi tried to live his life in the opposite manner to his father’s beliefs, but his companionship with Obito changed his perspective into believing that the ones who don’t follow the rules are scum but those who would abandon their friends/comrades for the sake of rules are worse than scum. Kakashi later taught these ideals to his students, especially to Naruto Uzumaki.
When Kakashi was recommended for the position of the Hokage, the Fire Daimyō was pleased, having recognized him as Sakumo’s son. Sometime later, before the formation of the Shinobi Alliance, The Third Tsuchikage recommended Kakashi to represent Konoha in the Alliance, while identifying him as Sakumo’s son.
|Alias||White Fang of the Leaf|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode 159|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Daichi Endō|
|English Voice Actor||John DeMita|
Sakumo was a famed and strong Konohagakure Shinobi. His wife died when Kakashi was still a very small child. His son idolized him and proved to be a genius like him. After his son succeeded in entering the Academy, he asked Guy to be friends with Kakashi, presuming that Guy has entered the Academy as well. After Might Duy corrected him and left, Sakumo insisted his son not to underestimate Guy as someday he would be stronger than Kakashi, after noticing how hard Guy trained. Before Might Duy and Guy left, Sakumo told his son to ask his name.
When Kakashi was still in the Academy, Sakumo and his team left on a mission which was supposed to be of great importance to Konoha. When his teammates’ lives were endangered, he abandoned the mission in order to save them. The consequences of the mission’s failure caused him to be vilified by Konoha, Land of Fire and even those he had saved. Sakumo eventually fell into depression as a result of being dishonored, which also impacted his abilities. Because of this, he committed suicide, and later was buried in the Konoha Cemetery. For years, Sakumo stayed in limbo, waiting to seek forgiveness from his son.
Years later, during Pain’s Assault in Konoha, when Kakashi died after using up his last remaining chakra to save Chōji Akimichi from the Asura Path, he landed in an area of darkness where a single campfire was lit. To his surprise, Kakashi was greeted by Sakumo, who invited him to share his life story with his son. Sakumo lamented about how both he and his son died young, though not as young as his wife. Kakashi then told him that he understood Sakumo’s sacrifice for the sake of the villagers, which left Sakumo stunned. Kakashi finally forgave him and said that he was proud of him, to which Sakumo thanked him.
Eventually, when a ray of light beamed upon Kakashi, Sakumo told him that it’s too early for him to die and that he still has a lot of things to do in the world of living, and was thankful that his son had forgiven him. After Kakashi disappeared, Sakumo stated that he could finally move on and see his wife again.
Sakumo was a kind and loyal man. He cared for his son and loved him deeply, and was often picking him up at the end of the day after Kakashi was done playing with his friends. He was a great humble man despite his tremendous fame and power as a shinobi; something which Kakashi truly looked up to and idolized him for.
He was greatly devoted to Konoha and even more towards his comrades and loved ones, to the point where he would put their safety above anything else; as was witnessed when it was revealed that he sacrificed an important mission to save his comrades. He was also a very perceptive man, as shown when he noticed Guy’s worn out condition and understood Guy’s character, and correctly predicted him to be a late bloomer and his future growth as a shinobi.
Sakumo appeared to be a kind man. He had dark eyes which had deep lines underneath them. His hair was spiky and silver-colored, and reached into the middle of his back, tied into a ponytail while bangs hung over his forehead protector. He adorned the standard Konoha-nin uniform with a pair of gloves, flak jacket, bandages on his right arm, and he also wore a distinctive short white sleeve which had red edges and the standard crest of Uzushiogakure on it. He also carried a holster which he wore diagonally over his right shoulder which held his White Light Chakra Sabre.
Sakumo was praised as a genius shinobi around Konoha and in the shinobi world. He was renowned for his abilities in the ninja arts even by the Fourth Hokage: Minato Namikaze. In his prime, his skills were known to even surpass that of the Leaf’s Three Sannins. Sakumo’s enemies would dread even the idea of battling against him, as witnessed from the reaction of an Iwagakure shinobi who mistook Kakashi for him, despite Kakashi being a child at the time.
He was highly proficient in kenjutsu, his reputation as “White Fang of the Leaf” stemming from his extensive use of the White Light Chakra Sabre that emitted a streak of white chakra when swung. Other than this, not much of his abilities have been revealed, but the fact that he had a strong reputation around the shinobi world proves that he was easily a Kage-level Shinobi.
Sakumo is a playable character in the following Video Games:
|Game Name||Japanese Release||English Release|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing||14 July 2016||24 August 2016|
A. Not much of his abilities have been revealed, but it is presumed that he was proficient in the use of White Light Chakra Sabre, as he earned the title, “White Fang of the Leaf”.
A. Though not much has been known about the clan’s specialty, the members of the clan have been known for their exceptional prowess on the battlefield and their talent to adapt to almost any situation.
A. Yes, as stated by Minato Namikaze, Sakumo was stronger than the Leaf’s Sannin.