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Who is Hokage?

The Hidden Leaf Village is a village in the Land of Fire from the Naruto Universe where most of the stories in the series takes place. This village is the birthplace to the protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki.



The village head of The Hidden Leaf Village is called the Hokage and this position is usually given to the most powerful Ninja in the village. The Hokage of the Hidden Leaf village were Hashirama Senju, Tobirama Senju, Hiruzen Sarutobi, Minato Namikaze, Tsunade Senju, Kakashi Hatake and Naruto Uzumaki. Danzo was supposed to be the sixth hokage but he was killed by Sasuke Uchiha.



The position of Hokage is one of the most sought after roles. The Hokage is the leader of the country and it is their duty to avoid conflict and to make the Hidden Leaf prosper and to raise the village’s morale.


History of the Title ‘Hokage’


Before the creation of the Hidden Leaf Village, the Uchiha and the Senju clan had been at war for years. They always attacked each other, and the casualties always ended up being dear ones of the clan members. This egged the war further, which made it seem as if there was no end.


That was when Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju met, and the two men had been brothers in a previous life. This connected them to each other and thus they formed an alliance between the Senju and Uchiha. It created the Hidden Leaf Village with Hashirama Senju was chosen as their leader thanks to his wood release technique which would help build the village and his strong, agreeable ideals.


This new title was called the ‘Hokage’, which literally means Fire Shadow. This title was given to the strongest shinobi. The Hokage’s face would be sculpted on the rock above the village and will be there for generations to admire.


Duties of the Hokage



The title of Hokage is at the top of the Village’s political structure. Because of this, they are constantly loaded with large amounts of work. Their job includes day-to-day affairs like assigning missions to shinobi in the village or managing large-scale issues like strengthening security.



When a Hokage retires, their successor is selected by the previous Hokage. If there is a situation where the Hokage has not been chosen by the successor, the next Hokage is chosen by the Feudal Lord of the Land of Fire. This is with the help of the Konoha committee, an advice that he formed within the village.


List of Hokage


Hokage is a title that has been carried over for a while now. So far, there have been a total of 7 Hokage including the Boruto universe. Here is a list of Hokage so far:


1. Hashirama Senju


The first Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. He was considered the god of shinobi and took initiative in the peace formed between Uchiha and Senju. Hashirama was elected to be the Hokage by the people, despite wanting to give the position to Madara.


2. Tobirama Senju

The Second Hokage and the younger brother of Hashirama Senju. He was a Shinobi who invented a lot of jutsu, including the Shadow Clone Jutsu and the Flying Thunder God Jutsu. He entrusted his position as Hokage to Hiruzen Sarutobi before his death.


3. Hiruzen Sarutobi


The Third Hokage was a prodigy and the pupil of both the First and Second Hokage. Hiruzen was appointed as the Hokage by Tobirama right before he left to fight a battle in which he would die. Hiruzen was known as the God of Shinobi and contributed a lot to the shinobi world, including training the three legendary Sannin.


4. Minato Namikaze


Renowned as the Konoha’s Yellow Flash, Minato Namikaze was a prodigy. As he grew up, his arsenal of jutsus only grew stronger. He was known as the quickest Shinobi ever and could take on armies in a flash. He invented the technique Rasengan which was inspired by the tailed beast bombs. He would meet his demise while sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox, in his son, after it attacked the village.


5. Tsunade Senju


The granddaughter of Hashirama Senju, Tsunade was a shinobi known for her raw strength in addition to her exceptional skills as a medical ninja. She was one of the three legendary Sannin who had stopped being a ninja because of two traumatic incidents in her fast. However, she was persuaded by Naruto Uzumaki and Jiraiya to take her position as the Fifth Hokage.


6. Kakashi Hatake


Belonging to the Hatake Clan, Kakashi Hatake was known as ‘Kakashi of the Sharingan’ and the ‘Copy Ninja’. He was mentored by Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage as a child and could copy almost any ninjutsu he came across alongside his huge arsenal of skills. He also invented the Chidori, a sharp blade-like lightning style attack and was appointed the Hokage after the Fourth Ninja War.


7. Naruto Uzumaki


The reincarnation of Asura, Naruto Uzumaki was the jinchuriki of the Nine-tails from the day he was born. Although he was hated by every adult in the village for being a Jinchuuriki, he worked hard to gain everyone’s approval. The village’s opinion of him changed after he rescued the village from Pain and he was also one of the reasons why the shinobi world survived the fourth Ninja war. Naruto is assumed to be the strongest Hokage to date.


FAQs


Q. Are Kazekage and Hokage the same?


A. Kazekage and Hokage are two different people. While their positions in their respective villages are similar, they serve different villages. Kazekage is the kage of the Hidden Sand Village while the Hokage is the kage of the Hidden Leaf Village.


Q. Where does the Hokage live?


A. The Hokage lives at their own home. It is not known for the Hokage to have a residence given by the state like the White House.


Q. Which Hokage is Naruto's dad?


A. Naruto’s father is the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. He died shortly after Naruto was born.



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