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.
|Alias||Captain Yamato or Tenzo|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Shippuden: episode 34|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Rikiya Koyama Eri Gōda (Child)|
|English Voice Actor||Troy Baker (Shippūden Episodes 34-229) Matthew Mercer (Shippūden Episode 230+) Colleen Villard (Child)|
|Team||Team Ro (Anime only) Team Kakashi Eight Man Squad Team Two (Anime only) Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party|
|Village||Hidden Leaf Village|
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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.
|GAME NAME||JAPANESE RELEASE||ENGLISH RELEASE|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2||29 November 2007|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5||20 December 2007||27 November 2009|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2||24 April 2008||15 September 2009|
|Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke||4 July 2008||6 November 2010|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3||27 November 2008|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3||28 April 2009|
|Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3||17 November 2009|
|Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive||15 July 2010||22 March 2011|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2||21 October 2010||19 October 2010|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special||2 December 2010|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing||14 July 2016||24 August 2016|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3||10 December 2009||11 May 2010|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3||18 April 2013||5 March 2013|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4||4 February 2016||9 February 2016|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations||23 February 2012||13 March 2012|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution||11 September 2014||16 September 2014|
|Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker||30 August 2018||31 August 2018|
|Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Tribes||June 2019||June 2019|
|Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage||22 November 2017||22 November 2017|
|Naruto: Shinobi Collection||2014|
|Naruto: Shinobi Collection Shippū Ranbu||27 July 2015|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online||14 April 2013||20 July 2016|
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.
A. Kabuto captures Yamato and uses his DNA to make white Zetsu clones.
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.