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Yamato


Yamato is an anime character in the Naruto series and is also known as Tenzo. He is a Leaf shinobi and one of Orochimaru's test children. Yamato was one of the most skillful children from the beginning as he graduated from the ninja academy at the age of six and already got his promotion to chunin. At a very young age, Orochimaru abducted him for his experiments and sixty other kids.


He has been injected with the DNA of the first Hokage Hashirama Senju, the wood-style user. He also had a regeneration ability, the rarest in the shinobi and Naruto universe. Captain Yamato is his code name, and Tenzo is his other code name. He was also in the Anbu Root division group but was later assigned to keep a watch on Naruto. He is a wood-style user and can keep tailed beasts under check, and that’s why he was assigned to be sensei for Naruto’s team while Kakashi Hatake was away.


Later in the Fourth Great Ninja War, he was abducted by Kabuto so he could get the cells of Hashirama to create the White Zetsu clone. He can be seen in Boruto, where he was assigned to keep an eye on Orochimaru after the ninja war ended.


All About Yamato


NameYamato (Tenzo)
AliasCaptain Yamato or Tenzo
First Appearance in AnimeNaruto Shippuden: episode 34
Japanese Voice Actor Rikiya Koyama Eri Gōda (Child)
English Voice ActorTroy Baker (Shippūden Episodes 34-229) Matthew Mercer (Shippūden Episode 230+) Colleen Villard (Child)
Birthdate August 10th
SexMale
StatusAlive
TeamTeam Ro (Anime only) Team Kakashi Eight Man Squad Team Two (Anime only) Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party
ClanIburi clan
VillageHidden Leaf Village


Life Of Yamato


Yamato, who is from the Iburi clan, is from Konohagakure (the Hidden Leaf village) and has always been a skillful and good child. He joined the academy, graduated from there at just 6 years of age, and was promoted to the chunin rank.


Yamato was kidnapped by Orochimaru, who is one of the Legendary Sannin of Hidden Leaf and played an important part in the ninja war. He also has a dark side and keeps doing an experiment which is prohibited, but still, to gain power, he keeps experimenting in a secret area on the outskirts of the Hidden Leaf village.



Orochimaru injected the Hashirama Senju DNA into each of the sixty children he abducted to experiment on, and put all of them in a test tube. Yamato sees the other kids dying day by day. After Hiruzen learns about the Orochimaru experiment, he sets off intending to stop him. Orochimaru flees away but Hiruzen could not find his lab. Yamato, after some weeks, subconsciously released the Wood Style and got out of the test tube.



After coming out of the test tube, Yamato forgets everything about himself, who he is, where he is from, and what his name is. Danzo was able to find him, and after seeing his Wood Release and knowing he could use Wood Style, he adopted him into the Hidden Leaf’s secret Root division group and was given a codename Kinoe. After he got settled in the group, Danzo made sure that no one else would see him because he wanted him to be his own guard and weapon, as he was the only wood user left in the ninja world.


Danzo started training him daily to perfect and control his wood release and started turning him into an emotionless ninja who just followed his orders without any questions or complaints.


Kakashi Hatake also joined the Root division and learned about Yamato. Kakashi was also doing his duties for Hidden Leaf and reported to Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage of the Hidden Leaf.



Danzo always wanted to be Hokage, and just when he thought he was going to be one, Hiruzen was chosen by the Second Hokage Tobirama Senju. Danzo gave his Anbu Root group the order to assassinate the Third Hokage Hiruzen so that he could be the next Hokage.


However, Kakashi informed Hiruzen about this, and Danzo failed in his plan. Kakashi and Yamato then fought each other, but Kakashi defeated him and spared his life because he thought Yamato would be an important ally in the future. Yamato started following Kakashi to see what he did and why he spared him after knowing Danzo’s and the Root division’s truth. Yamato then got an order from Danzo that he wanted to meet Orochimaru, hiding in the Ibura clan's secret place.



After delivering the message to Orochimaru, Danzo also promises that he will help him get out of the Hidden Leaf and will help him not get caught by the village's shinobi. Kakashi followed Yamato to catch Orochimaru and entered the underground area of the Iburi clan but then was caught by the clan members. Still, Yamato saved him by defending him, saying that Kakashi was with him.


When the two of them were discussing their spying missions, Gotta, who is the leader of the clan, overheard them and told his group to kill them. Yukimi, a girl who met Yamato there and said that she was his sister, saved both of them, helping them escape the area.


Kakashi talked to Yamato, saying that Orochimaru will try to harm the Iburi clan and the clan members, and wanted to possess their jutsu and abilities of smoke, so Yamato agreed to cooperate with Kakashi but still rejected the bait idea that Kakashi suggested. Kakashi’s idea was to use Yukimi as bait to capture Orochimaru, but then Yamato ran away with Yukimi because he saw her as a sister and as a human, unlike Kakashi who always gave the mission priority.


After seeing the two like this, Kakashi understood that Yamato was not like him and agreed to work with Yamato. After returning to the basement area of the Iburi clan they found out that Orochimaru killed the whole clan and captured Yukimi to gain the jutsu ability of the Iburi clan. He failed to do so because Kakashi and Yamato came to her rescue. Yukimi’s body starts to destabilize because of Orochimaru’s curse mark but Yamato uses his Wood Style to calm her body down. Kakashi left them by telling Yamato that he should join him as a Hidden Leaf member and leave the Root division, because what they were doing was wrong.



After returning to Root, Danzo and his men were furious with Yamato because he did not carry out the mission well and had denied the order Danzo gave. He told his men to capture Yamato. Kakashi came to his rescue but got surrounded by the Anbu Root group members. The Third Hokage then entered the area and ordered Danzo to give Yamato back, or else he would tell everything to the Lord of the Hidden Villages and they would suspend the whole Root division. Still, Danzo refused to unseal the cursed mark on Yamato, but later had to.



Yamato joined Anbu Black Ops with Kakashi, and they carried out missions well in the Kakashi team. When Itachi Uchiha joined as the youngest Anbu clan member, many Anbu members questioned the Third Hokage’s decision. Still, soon they saw how skillful Itachi was, and soon after, he was chosen to be the captain of Anbu Black Ops, which made Yamato feel jealous and surprised.


Later in a mission, when all the Anbu clan was given the order to stay alert as the Uchiha clan was planning to coup a Hidden Village and capture it under their clan, it was Itachi who killed the whole clan himself.



Kakashi got upset because he thought he was too weak and had no ability or feeling toward any of his comrades, and resigned from the Anbu clan. He was given the assignment to be the sensei for the jonin. Still, Yamato kept on working in Anbu and had a record of having the most successful missions, and became the best Anbu member serving under third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi.


Later in the Naruto series, when Lady Tsunade was appointed as Hokage and when she called Yamato for a mission because Kakashi was unable to go because of the injury he had, Tsunade asked Yamato to temporarily be the captain of the newly formed Team 7, where another new member Sai, who was a Root member, had joined Naruto and Sakura.



The mission is about recovering the son of the daimyo, Shu, an ally. Later, Team 10 encounters Akatsuki. Yamato took charge and was able to defend and rescue Shu.


When he told Tsunade about the Akatsuki who were trying to capture Naruto, who has the Nine-Tailed beast, they somehow safely returned to the Hidden Village. Then Yamato was assigned with Kakashi to keep track of Naruto's beast form. During the mission, Naruto goes broken, transforming into a tailed beast.


After Pain destroyed the whole Konoha village, Yamato helped the whole village with his wood-style ability to reconstruct the houses. After that, in the 4th Ninja War, he was abducted by Kabuto who used his Hashirama cells to make clones of White Zetsu, which really gave an upper hand to Kabuto, Madara, and Obito, who wanted to capture the whole world under the genjutsu.


After The 4th Ninja War was over and Naruto became a Hokage, he gave Yamato a task to keep his eyes on Orochimaru's movements as he was allowed to stay in his lab and do experiments that would help the Hidden Leaf village.


Yamato can be seen in a few episodes of Boruto: The Next Generation, spying on Orochimaru. In the Boruto movies, Yamato can be seen around Orochimaru's lab when Naruto visits him for some talks.


Personality


Yamato is a well mannered and hardworking shinobi with the best mission success rate in the Anbu Black Ops. He is also very skillful, and we all know that he is the only shinobi with Wood Style. He still stays humble and always tries to keep everyone safe.


Kakashi always tries to scare him as he is also sensitive and can not take jokes as jokes, and because of this Naruto and Kakashi keep playing pranks on him.


When Naruto is practicing the Wind Style Rasengan, Yamato was told to keep checking on Naruto because he can transform into a tailed beast anytime, and as a result Yamato has baggy eyes every day. Naruto wakes up to see him like this, and asks what happened to him. Yamato, with the big baggy eyes and a scared face, tells Naruto that nothing was wrong - except Naruto was attacking him all night. He has a good sense of humor when it comes to using his ghoulish eyes to scare Naruto. Overall, he is a good person by heart and takes his missions seriously, and is not a lazy guy like Kakashi.



He is different from Kakashi, who has great talent and intelligence, but he is more disciplined with his work and keeps trying harder to become stronger. He also is not able to make jokes, and is sometimes misled by the jokes from other members.


On one occasion, he gets very serious with Killer B when he jokes about what dangers lie when you control the tailed beast. Once Naruto played a prank on him, when he went into a cave for tailed beast training with Killer B. Naruto acts like he is dead and Yamato gets extremely worried because he was instructed to keep Naruto safe.


Yamato is one of the most interesting characters in the Naruto series. Also, fans like him very much.


Yamato’s Appearance


When he was young, he had short brown hair and wore the same head guard covering the side of his face.



When he joined Anbu Black Ops, he had long hair around shoulder length and wore the formal anbu attire- a sleeveless jacket, and a black outfit under it with an Anbu mask, so others could not see his face.



When he became an adult and left Anbu Black Ops, his hair again got shortened, and he wore a full sleeve blue shirt. Over that he wore a green half sleeve jacket and after that, his look stayed the same with minor changes in Boruto.



Yamato’s Abilities


Yamato is one of the most skillful ninjas in the Hidden Leaf Village and Ninja world, and is the only ninja who can use Wood Style. At a very young age, he joined Anbu Black Ops and was also trained by Danzo himself, who was also a great shinobi, because of Yamato’s potential and rare ability of Wood Style. Danzo gave him a wood-style scroll so he could learn the Wood Style and be capable of using it to its full potential.



Kekkei Genkai


He is also someone who holds Kekkei Genkai, which is not common because a person who has Kekkei Genkai ability can use two different techniques, or you can say that that person has a unique ability which is because of abnormal DNA, as he was injected by Hashirama Senju’s DNA. He is a water style user.


He combines them to make a Kekkei Genkai ability that can create wood, and other kinds of things like trees and grass. Hashirama can only create wood without any leaves. However, by combining his water ability, Yamato can produce vegetation, which proved helpful when he restored the Hidden Leaf village after it was destroyed by Pain. This all comes under his ninjutsu; he is skilled, good at it, and hardworking.


Tailed Beast Suppression


He has this same ability as the first Hokage Hashirama Senju, which is also one of the main reasons he was chosen to be Hokage over Madara.



Lady Tsunade trusts Yamato's skill and techniques, which is why he was asked to stick around Naruto because if Naruto transformed into a tailed beast, he can suppress it and keep it in check. It happened a few times in the Naruto series when he could suppress him with his ability.


He can perform many other Jutsu, mentioned below -


  1. Tailed Beast Sealing
  2. Water Release: Water Bowl
  3. Regeneration Ability
  4. Wood Release: Four-Pillar House Technique
  5. Wood Release: Foo Dog Heads
  6. Ball of Light Technique
  7. Wood Release: Great Forest Technique
  8. Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands
  9. Typhoon Water Vortex Technique
  10. Wood Release: Four-Pillar Prison Technique
  11. Wood Release: Serial Pillar Houses Technique
  12. Wood Release: Wood Spikes Ring
  13. Earth Release: Tunneling Technique
  14. Wood Release: Transformation
  15. Water Release: Water Formation Wall
  16. Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall
  17. Wood Release: Tree Bind Flourishing Burial


Yamato in other media


Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds


When the ninja from the Land of the Sky fought a war against the Land of Fire in this movie, Yamato appeared with Kakashi to fight against them when Tsunade asked him to. In the latter half of the movie, we see him appearing alongside Sakura, Choji, and Neji.


Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower


Yamato, who is furious at Naruto for not utilizing the Konoha Chakra Blade to cut the chakra strands, is first seen with Sakura and Sai. They arrive at the Ryumyaku late because Mukade has taken the seal. Then he is transported twenty years into the past. Later, Yamato is seen utilizing his Wood Release to save Minato and Naruto. Kakashi receives a blow on the head from him for how he would bully him in the future. His and Naruto's bodies started to glow as time started to run normally again. Then, Minato obliterates their memories. Yamato and Naruto awaken with no memories.


Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison


Yamato used his four-pillar prison jutsu to arrest Naruto, who was charged as a criminal, but it was a fake charge file. Later in the movie, we see that it was a mission given by Tsunade, and all Hidden Leaf shinobi come to rescue Naruto and fight against Satori.


List of Video Games Yamato Appeared In


GAME NAMEJAPANESE RELEASE ENGLISH RELEASE
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 229 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 520 December 200727 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 224 April 200815 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke4 July 20086 November 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 327 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 328 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3
17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive15 July 201022 March 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 221 October 201019 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special2 December 2010
Naruto Mobile20162016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing14 July 201624 August 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 310 December 200911 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 318 April 20135 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 44 February 20169 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations23 February 201213 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution11 September 201416 September 2014
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker30 August 201831 August 2018
Naruto x Boruto: Ninja TribesJune 2019June 2019
Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage22 November 201722 November 2017
Naruto: Shinobi Collection2014
Naruto: Shinobi Collection Shippū Ranbu27 July 2015
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online14 April 201320 July 2016


FAQs about Yamato


Q. Which Jutsu does Yamato use?

A. Yamato is a Water and Wood Style user, making him a Kekkei Genkai ninja who can merge wood and water to make trees and grass and use many types of wood jutsu.


Q. Who captured Yamato in the 4th ninja war?

A. Kabuto captures Yamato and uses his DNA to make white Zetsu clones.


Q. Is Yamato a human or just an experiment?

A. In reality, Yamato is a human, but Orochimaru used him as an experiment and succeeded in injecting him with Hashirama’s DNA, which gave him wood-style power.

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