Tsunade Senju was the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage, and a descendant of the Uzumaki clan, and was also the Fifth Hokage of Konoha. She is also known as Konoha’s slug princess. Tsunade was a believer but after the death of her younger brother and lover, she had lost the will to do anything at all.
She is blunt and short-tempered, drinks constantly, sometimes sleeps on the job, and tries as much as she can to have other people do her work for her. She is addicted to gambling, a trait she acquired from her grandfather.
|Alias||Konoha’s Slug Princess|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #83|
|Voice Actors||Masako Katsuki(Japanese dub), Debi Mae West (English dub)|
|Village||Konohagakure (Village Hidden By The Leaf)|
Tsunade is the granddaughter of Hashirama and because Hashirama was first Hokage, Tsunade was called "Princess" and doted on by Hashirama when she was very young. It is said that she adopted her gambling habits from her grandfather.
After she graduated from the academy, Tsunade was placed under the leadership of Hiruzen Sarutobi in a team that also consisted of Orochimaru and Jiraiya. Tsunade was full of life and a believer. Her younger brother wanted to become the Hokage as well as her lover but she lost both of them during the Second Shinobi war.
Even though she had lost the people she loved Tsunade, Orochimaru, and Jiraiya continued fighting together during the Second Shinobi World War. During one such fight in Amegakure, they were the only three to survive an encounter with Hanzi, for which accomplishment Hanzō dubbed them Konoha's "Legendary Sannin’
Although Tsunade's actions are said to have won the war for Konoha, Tsunade was unable to prevent Dan's death, and her failure to stop his severe blood loss caused her to develop hemophobia (the fear of blood).
After the death of her loved ones, she lost her spirit of believing for a while. She, therefore, left Konoha, taking Shizune with her to train her as an apprentice. Due to her hemophobia, Tsunade retired from any direct involvement in medicine or combat and instead relied on Shizune for whenever the need came up.
However, that all changed when Tsunade met Naruto. The future Seventh Hokage of Konha met Tsunade when he and Jiraiya had come to search for her to ask her to become the Hokage. When she first met Naruto, he reminded her of her younger brother and her lover.
There was a point where Naruto protected Tsunade during their fight with Kabuto and Orochimaru. After the fight Tsunade she challenges Naruto for a fight but instead of actually fighting him she gives him her most cherished necklace and accepts the position of Hokage. Thus, Tsunade becomes the fifth Hokage of Konoha.
Tsunade inherited a lot of life force and physical energy due to her Senju and Uzumaki genes. That enabled her to not only battle the likes of Madara for over half a day without exhaustion but even survive being cut in half and retain consciousness long enough to heal others before being healed herself. Her reserves of chakra are immense, enough to heal several thousand shinobi during the final battle with Obito.
She can use the summoning Jutsu and summon her slug Katsuya. She is a well-skilled medical ninja as she can identify medical ailments at a glance and can even cure the ones which a deemed impossible to cure!
She is knowledgeable enough to perform autopsies and examine damage on a cellular level. Not only that, because of her vast medical knowledge, Tsunade was primarily responsible for setting up the modern system of medical-nin, though she exempts herself from many of the laws that govern them due to her Creation Rebirth.
Tsunade is an exceptional shinobi and is known to be the most powerful kunoichi. Some of her special abilities are:
Strength of a hundred seals: When this is released, Tsunade has access to all the accumulated chakra. This sends her chakra levels hundred-times above her normal levels and thus makes her one of the few medical ninjas allowed to battle.
Summoning of Katsuya: Like Jiraya and Orochimaru, Tsunade also has a summoning as she can use Katsuya as a source of communication with her long-distance allies and also heal them by linking with her.
Body pathway dearrangement: Tsunade creates an electric field by giving her chakra the properties of electricity. When she strikes a target with her hand, the electricity pours into their nervous system and rearranges their body's signals.
Transformation technique: It allows the user to take the appearance of whatever they choose.
Creation rebirth: Tsunade created this jutsu in which when a large amount of chakra is released the injury will instantly heal regardless of the severity. The one drawback is that it lessens the user’s lifespan.
"People become stronger because they have things they cannot forget. That's what you call growth."
"I am the Fifth Hokage... You've trampled on our ancestor’s treasure...their dream...and you will pay the price! Like the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!".
"From now on… I too shall bet my life!".
"Although I am a descendant of the First Hokage, it's true that I don't know how to use Wood Release. And compared to him, who was able to use medical ninjutsu without even making seals, it's true that my ninjutsu is nothing to brag about. And I’m indeed a woman… but I'm not a weak woman… What I inherited from my grandfather isn't just simple 'power'. My true strength comes from that which was passed down from the First to each generation afterward… Don't underestimate the Will of Fire!"
"People like Jiraiya...and Sarutobi, and Elder Chiyo of the Sand possessed something you two sorely lack. Do you know what that is!? ...Faith! My grandfather, the First Hokage, believed in you and entrusted you with the village. Now it's your turn to believe in these children and entrust it to them!"
A. Despite her young looks Tsunade is actually in her fifties! She uses her reserve seal to keep herself young.
A. Tsunade’s phobia of blood developed after she lost the man she loved in battle.
A. The diamond on Tsunade’s forehead is the seal where she stores her chakra.