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he Akatsuki Organization

The Akatsuki kanji means daybreak, breaking down the word itself gives us "aka" meaning red (a common color in the group) and "tsuki" meaning moon. This Organization is a collection of S-Ranked criminals. Many of these are missing-nins who fled their villages after causing death and destruction. There are currently only 3 active Akatsuki members: Tobi, Zetsu and Kisame. Most members wear a forehead protector from their hidden village with a scratch through it, and all seem to wear a ring identifying their position in the organization and a black cloak with red clouds. The group itself acts as mercenaries for hire, offering their services to villages wary of taxing their own resources. When the organization members leave to travel the country they will work in groups of two collecting knowledge of new skills and jutsu. The exact origins of the group are clouded in mystery, rumors suggest it may have formed in the Water Country. Their ultimate goal is to control the world; this will be accomplished through three steps. Step One is for the group to attain money. Step Two is to create the first mercenary group. Shinobi villages make money for their country, and for the money to be steady it requires war. Because there have not been any large scale wars in approximately the last decade, the ninja villages were being reduced in size. The Five Great Shinobi Villages could handle the downtrend, but the smaller villages could not. Akatsuki will form their own fighting force with no country allegiance. With this force they will undercut all the other villages and fight their battles for cheap. Then using the bijuu they can create new battles and new wars and gain a monopoly over the whole market. In the end they plan to control all the wars and be powerful enough to even collapse the shinobi villages of the large countries, forcing them to rely on Akatsuki as well. With all that in hand, the group can achieve Step Three, to control the world. It should be noted their goal and plans have been explained by Pain, the man acting as leader. While Pain was separated from the group, he expressed his own desire for the Bijuu, to use them to create a powerful Kinjutsu. However Pain also reported to Tobi, who was revealed to be Uchiha Madara. What Madara wants with the Bijuu and powerful Sharingan of Uchiha Sasuke is unknown. He may share Pain's deadly Kinjutsu plan or have his own goal mind. The stated goal of the group is far reaching and it requires the capturing of the bijuu and "Jinchuuriki," meaning the power of human sacrifice. These are the individuals possessing bijuu (tailed beasts) within their bodies. The demons are known by the number of tails their body possesses. When the Bijuu is removed from the Jinchuuriki's body, the host dies. All the captured hosts lost their lives save for Gaara, who was later resurrected with a tensei jutsu. The only remaining Bijuu are the Eight-Tails and the Nine-Tails within Naruto. Akatsuki's current base of operation is unknown. Previously they met at a cave in the River Country, which was later destroyed. They then moved on to a new base. These bases are used to summon the gigantic King of Hell statue. The statue's mouth is bound and his hands are cuffed. Each respective finger of the statue's hand represents the Akatsuki member. Each statue finger thus represents the kanji and ring finger of the member. The members have the ability to project their presence to their base, this allows them to remain out and about and still conduct the business of Jinchuuriki demon extraction. This process takes three days and nights due to the absence of Orochimaru. This length of time goes for both free roaming bijuu and bijuu enhanced Jinchuuriki. To begin to leach the power from the Jinchuuriki, the members will use the sealing technique of GenryuuKyuu Fuujin (Mystical Dragon Nine Exhaustion). This causes the mouth of the statue to open. Nine spectral dragons will emerge to coalesce around the Jinchuuriki to begin the extraction process. When extraction is completed, the bijuu spirit will be sealed within the statue and one of its eyes will open denoting a captured bijuu spirit. The Jinchuuriki themselves will fall back to the earth, dead.

The Gear Ring and Manicure
Drawn from ancient Chinese and Japanese lore, the kanji on each ring have served in the past as representations of Gods, to help in concentration before battle and in protection from evil. Their ring placement on their finger corresponds to their position on the summoned statue, with each member wearing the ring on a different finger. The rings seem important to each member, as Deidara was set on finding his when it was lost. Orochimaru also took his when he left the group, which apparently denied the group the ability to replace him with someone new. With Sasori's death, Tobi was eager to get his ring and join, but he would need to go through their entrance requirements first. The Akatsuki member also has manicured and painted nails.

Forehead Protector
Each member wears the traditional forehead protector of the hidden village from which they fled. The protector has been modified though to bear a large scratch through the symbol, showing they no longer hold the same ideals their village does.

Cloak
Each member wears a black cloak that bears red clouds. The inside of the cloak is red in color. The cloak is knee length and has a high collar. Underneath the cloak the ninja is seen to wear the more traditional clothing of their home village.

Hat
Members wear a traditional bamboo hat (kasa) to hide their appearance when traveling.

The Members Pain [Nagato] (Former Member . 135 Hidden Village: Rain Ring: Rei (Zero) Finger Position: Right Thumb Info: Pain acts as the leader of the group. After attacking Konoha. Pain's true form is that of Nagato. he learned they both shared similar philosophies.The hat will be removed when the member enters battle. He has been adamant that the group can fulfill their desires if they finally possess the bijuu. 247 First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Ep. a frail man who uses a mechanical walker to transmit the chakra signals which manipulate the six Realm bodies. 2 Hidden Village: Rock . Using the last of his power. After speaking with Naruto. 363 First Anime Teaser Appearance: Ep. he revived all those he killed at the cost of his life to atone. Deidara (Former Member . Nagato hardened persona regained some hope in the future. Being moved by Naruto's personality and will power. though he and Konan secretly reported to Tobi. He was later resurrected using Kabuto's Edo Tensei jutsu. losing all his Realm bodies in the process. he fought Naruto.Deceased) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch.Deceased) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch.

Deceased) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. 363 First Anime Teaser Appearance: Ep. When Madara sought Nagato's Rinnegan. Konan (Former Member . In anger. Tobi became his partner. Konan possesses the ability to disperse her body into paper. She returned to Rain with the bodies of her fallen friends and left the group. He left his village behind to work as a terrorist for anti-nationalists. Nagato and another orphan named Yahiko were trained by Jiraiya for a short period. He eventually delivered a critical blow and found the information he needed. Unfortunately Sasuke's Sharingan and his Lightning Element attacks got the better of Deidara's Earth based Exploding Clay. Deidara later squared off against Uchiha Sasuke. When she was younger. Though he lost both arms in battle. she did as well. She followed her friends in battle and saw her friend Yahiko die and Nagato become Pain. Deidara chose to self-detonate himself to show the true beauty of his art.Deceased) . He and his partner Sasori were responsible for capturing the One-Tail Jinchuuriki Gaara. he fought Konan in battle. He was then invited into Akatsuki.Ring: Sei (Blue-Green) Finger Position: Right Index Info: Deidara is from Hidden Rock and he utilizes mouths on his palms to create exploding art. Uchiha Itachi (Former Member . 135 Hidden Village: Rain Ring: Byaku/Haku (White) Finger Position: Right Middle Info: Konan is the lone female member of the group. He was later resurrected using Kabuto's Edo Tensei jutsu. both were reattached. she. He helped them become stronger and able to fend for themselves in the war torn Rain Country. After Nagato entrusted his will to Naruto. She works alongside Pain. which can then fold itself into butterfies for tracking purposes. After Sasori was killed.

Once Tobi was admitted into the group. Uchiha Itachi fled his village and joined Akatsuki. Itachi finally faced his brother Sasuke in battle and died. . They attempted to capture Naruto once. it appears Zetsu once again works alone. Uchiha Madara revealed that Itachi had did everything for Konoha's well being. 134 Hidden Village: Unknown (Potentially Grass) Ring: Kai (Boar) Finger Position: Right Little Info: Zetsu appears venus-fly trap-like in appearance.Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. After the battle. Itachi was partnered with Hoshigaki Kisame. 80 Hidden Village: Leaf Ring: Shu (Scarlet) Finger Position: Right Ring Info: After murdering everyone in his clan. He was later resurrected using Kabuto's Edo Tensei jutsu. His main body is split into two halfs. 139 First Anime Appearance: Ep. even sacrificing himself to help keep Sasuke out of Madara's hands. For a period he was teamed with nonAkatsuki member Tobi. Zetsu First Manga Appearance: Ch. 234 First Anime Appearance: Ep. but fled when confronted by Jiraiya. They were assigned to capture the Nine-Tails Jinchuuriki Naruto. both light and dark. He appeared to be traveling alone when he spied on Naruto and Sasuke's battle at the Valley of the End.

Neutralized) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. 27 Hidden Village: Sound Ring: Sora (Sky) Finger Position: Left Little Info: After being passed over for Fourth Hokage. Orochimaru's underling Kabuto also inserted some of Orochimaru's flesh into his body. 49 First Anime Appearance: Ep. Orochimaru began to study forbidden jutsu.Deceased) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. 139 First Anime Appearance: Ep. Orochimaru coveted Uchiha Itachi's Sharingan.Orochimaru (Former Member . He would later form Hidden Sound and train Itachi's brother Sasuke. 80 Hidden Village: Mist Ring: Minami (South) . the young man bound Orochimaru in Genjutsu and suppressed him. Hoshigaki Kisame (Former Member . He then fled Leaf and joined Akatsuki. He was partnered with Sasori during this period. He moved to take Itachi's body but Itachi bound Orochimaru with Genjutsu and cut off his arm. Orochimaru fled and took his ring with him. which soon exerted its will by gradually taking over his body. When he moved to insert his spirit into Sasuke.

When he was sent to capture the Hachibi Jinchuuriki Killer Bee.Deceased) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. he was forced to merge with Samehada. he had access to Wind.Finger Position: Left Ring Info: Kisame engaged in murder and rebellion in his home country.Deceased) . Kakuzu (Former Member . 312 First Anime Teaser Appearance: Ep. This granted him their elemental affinities in the form of masked tendril entities. He and his partner Hidan were responsible for acquiring the Two-Tailed Jinchuuriki. Fire. Kakashi destroyed the Earth Heart. 135 Hidden Village: Waterfall Ring: Hoku (North) Finger Position: Left Middle Info: Kakuzu is a missing-nin from Hidden Waterfall. His body was stitched together by strange tendrils which he used to rip out the hearts of his opponents and then insert into his own body. Along with his own Water affinity. Earth and Lightning attacks. fleeing Mist he joined Akatsuki. Kisame then faked his death and infiltrated the Lightning Country inside his former sword Samehada. Hidan (Former Member . He was later resurrected using Kabuto's Edo Tensei jutsu. Kakuzu was then finished off by Kakashi. He managed to deliver the data he gathered to Akatsuki and then killed himself to prevent the shinobi alliance from gather any intelligence from him. Hidan accidentally destroyed Water and Naruto destroyed Wind and Fire. Unfortunately Samehada liked the taste of the Hachibi chakra and betrayed Kisame. He was a bounty hunter who often got sidetracked on bounty hunts. Kisame is partnered with Uchiha Itachi. He was eventually discovered and fought Might Guy in battle. He was assigned to capture the Yonbi Jinchuuriki and did so with little difficulty.

312 First Anime Teaser: Ep. Akasuna no Sasori (Former Member . He and his partner Kakuzu were responsible for acquiring the Two-Tailed Jinchuuriki. 2 Hidden Village: Sand Ring: Tama (Sphere) Finger Position: Left Thumb Current Status: Deceased Info: Sasori (meaning scorpion) traveled with Deidara from Hidden Rock.Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. He hails from Hot Springs village. On one of Kakuzu's side bounty trips.Deceased) Click for alternate form First Manga Appearance: Ch. He was eventually blown up and buried deep underground by Shikamaru. Hidan practices an evil god cult religion named Jashin. his burial underground may eventually cause his death. 247 First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Ep. he killed Sarutobi Asuma in battle using his Jashin Kinjutsu. He was a legendary puppet master from Hidden Sand who left his village approximately 20 years before the start of the series. Because the Kinjutsu allows him to live only as long as he kills and performs his rituals. 135 Hidden Village: Hot Springs Ring: San (Three) Finger Position: Left Index Info: Hidan bears a large rope scythe and he admits that he is the slowest attacker of the group. Sasori converted portions of his body into puppet . and Hidan himself is near immortal due to the Kinjutsu used on him by Jashin. This religion loves chaos and death.

Deidara and Tobi Deidara and Tobi share a very strained relationship. Deidara was assigned to capture the Ichibi and Tobi the Sanbi. Tobi assumed his position and role as Deidara's partner. The Groups Deidara and Sasori Deidara and Sasori were known for being artists. Always eager to impress his new teammates. deferring to Sasori as the stronger ninja.parts. which he will then use to cast a mind-controlling Genjutsu on the moon. It is unknown if this was the Sanbi or some other individual. After Sasori's death. it was revealed Tobi gave direction to Pain as the real Akatsuki leader Uchiha Madara. The full nature of Tobi and Madara's full identity is unknown. Though he boasts that he took out the beast himself. Sasori did not know where his Jinchuuriki was. retaining a flesh and blood portion of his original self in a chest container. After Deidara's death. This often annoys Deidara who tries to do his best to show Tobi what it means to be an Akatsuki member. This did not stop them from getting into spats about the nature of art though." He fell in battle to Chiyo and Sakura. He was later resurrected using Kabuto's Edo Tensei jutsu. Hidan and Kakuzu . he was helped in his assignment by Deidara. Deidara uses clay to model his explosive animals and Sasori was a master puppet maker. Madara's ultimate goal being to collect the 9 Bijuu and re-create the Juubi. He was then partnered with Deidara. however he has acted in ways which seem to confirm his nature as Madara. allowing him to use their jutsu even after their "death. Tobi is prone to excitement. He used the "hitokugutsu" method to turn people into puppets while still alive. 32 Hidden Village: Leaf Ring: Tama (Sphere) Finger Position: Left Thumb Info: Tobi was initially appeared clumsy and was very polite in his speech. After Sasori was killed in battle. hesitating to not avoid the lethal strike of his parents who had been made into puppets. he took over Sasori's position in the group. 280 First Anime Teaser Appearance:Shippuuden Ep. Deidara acted as the junior in their partnership. Tobi / Uchiha Madara First Manga Appearance: Ch. which he can use to control the world. Tobi was assigned to capture the Sanbi.

allowing them easier access to capture Gaara. Kabuto implanted some of Orochimaru's tissue into his body. Hidan is very defensive of the religion. the body of Mukade lost its appearance and revealed to Guy that they had not actually been fighting Kisame at all. Ginji Former Akatsuki member Kakuzu was a bounty hunter and obsessed with wealth. Itachi. Itachi and Kisame Itachi and Kisame work together and form a rather strong partnership. During the battle with Danzou. Kisame fought Guy and managed to imprison Neji. Guy was forced to open several gates and used his Asakujaku technique to pummel "Kisame" and defeat him.Hidan and Kakuzu work together and share a somewhat testy relationship. Kabuto worked for Sasori as a spy. He was used as a sacrifice to take on the form of Hoshigaki Kisame in Pain's Shouten no Jutsu. Kabuto went to the meeting playing the part of his loyal spy. He used the services of Ginji to manage his extensive wealth. The group then donned Akatsuki robes and set out to capture the Eight-Tails Jinchuuriki for Madara. deferring to Itachi's decisions. Yuura Yuura has served as a trusted member of the Kazekage advisory council for four years. Team Snake sought out Ginji to learn about Akatsuki's whereabouts. carrying out a partnership that has lasted since their youth in the Rain Country. gaining new power in the process as it began to take over his body. Hidan was assigned to capture the Nibi. Associates Yakushi Kabuto Several years before the series started. with Sasuke eventually abandoning the others to find revenge against Danzou. Little did Yuura know that he had been placed under a memory block jutsu for over a decade. After that revelation. Sasuke chose to side with the legendary ninja against Konoha. . who operates in the guise of Tobi. but he planned to kill Sasori with the help of Orochimaru. However. which annoys Kakuzu with its long rituals. Both men seem to respect each other and Kisame seems to act as the junior in the group. Orochimaru removed the memory block jutsu and the young man was impressed enough by Orochimaru that he chose to join him. He operated under Sasori's memory block jutsu and was placed into Orochimaru's confidence in the hopes of learning more about Orochimaru's body transfer jutsu. After his death. When Sasori returned to Hidden Sand. Nagato and Sasori. Team Hawk After Uchiha Madara revealed the true events behind Itachi's actions. In the rubble. When Orochimaru himself was later neutralized by Sasuke. The gravely wounded Karin was eventually captured by Konoha and expressed willingness to leave her ties to Akatsuki and Sasuke behind for good. Sasuke sacrificed Karin's safety to kill the elder ninja from Konoha. Returning to his masters commands. Yuura was later used in a sacrifical jutsu to provide a host body for Uchiha Itachi to inhabit when he fought Kakashi and Naruto. which annoys Hidan. Pain and Konan Pain and Konan work together. The block made Yuura forget that he was actually gathering data and serving as a plant to wipe out the Sand's defenses. It is unknown what tailed beast Kakuzu was assigned. Zetsu later ate his body for sustenance. he activated Yuura and removed the memory block. Both report to Uchiha Madara. Mukade Mukade served was an underling of Akatsuki member Sasori. Suigetsu and Juugo's current ties to Sasuke and Akatsuki are unknown. He then located Uchiha Madara and offered his services to Akatsuki once again. he resurrected Deidara. he changed the name of his team from "Snake" to "Hawk". Sasori was ignorant of this fact and had scheduled a meeting with Kabuto. Lee and TenTen. Hidan follows a very strict religion. Itachi was assigned to capture the Kyuubi and Kisame was assigned the Yonbi. He then set out with Deidara to capture Killer Bee and Naruto for the group. Kakuzu on the other hand often makes side-trips to collect bounties. To prove he was trustworthy. This block was placed by his former master Sasori. causing Kakuzu to often get tired of his partner's diatribes. The group then infiltrated the meeting of the Five Kage. Kakuzu. Yuura wiped out the Sands defenses.

When Akatsuki captured it. which was defeated in battle by Hidan and Kakuzu. Yagura and Sanbi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 317 First Anime Appearance: NA Hidden Village: Formerly Mist Rank: Mizukage Bijuu: Three-Tailed Turtle Demon Status: Captured Info: Akatsuki tracked down the location of the Sanbi. killing her. He pledged himself to prove his worth and protect his village. the Sanbi was imbued within Yagura. Sanbi was "in the wild." with no Jinchuuriki host. Roushi and Yonbi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 353 First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Episode 121 Hidden Village: Rock Rank: Unknown Bijuu: Four-Tailed Demon Ape Power: Youton Ninjutsu Drawbacks: Unknown . His drive led him to become Kazekage. The center was located in a secret area accessed through a men's restroom. Akatsuki then removed the Nibi from within Yugito. Zangei would gladly pay Kakuzu for his services. In the past. Tobi was assigned to capture this demon and did so with the assistance of Deidara. killing him. the three-tailed demon. This demon was succesfully sealed in the King of Hell by the group. The Jinchuuriki and their Bijuu Gaara and Ichibi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 35 First Anime Appearance: Naruto Episode 20 Hidden Village: Sand Rank: Kazekage Bijuu: Shukaku the Ichibi (One-Tailed Tanuki Demon) Power: Mini-Shukaku form ~ protective sand tanuki form. which has the characteristics of turtles and shrimp. she was an active part of her village. the Yondaime Mizukage. For this reason he was weaker. Nii Yugito and Nibi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 312 First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Episode 71 Hidden Village: Cloud Rank: Jounin Bijuu: Two-Tailed Cat Demon Power: Fiery mouth blasts Drawbacks: Unknown Status: Captured Info: Yugito was a kunoichi from Hidden Cloud. She contained the two-tailed cat demon. He was defeated in battle by Deidara and Akatsuki removed the Shukaku demon from within Gaara. Like Gaara and Naruto. Gaara lead a lonely life until he met Uzumaki Naruto. as he could not properly control his power. Akatsuki member Kakuzu often used this center to drop off corpses of the bounties he had collected. automatic sand defense Drawbacks: If Gaara sleeps Shukaku can take control Status: Captured Akatsuki Member: Deidara Info: Chiyo imbued the demon Shukaku into the Kazekage's son Gaara. He was later captured by Konoha and taken in for interrogation by Morino Ibiki.Zangei Zangei was a bounty exchange master who ran one of the disposal centers located in Fire Country region.

Fuu and Shichibi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 420 First Anime Appearance: NA Hidden Village: Waterfall Rank: ? Bijuu: Seven-Tailed Demon Rhino Beetle Status: Captured Info: Info: Akatsuki captured Fuu and her Bijuu at some point in the past. while the real Bee was still safe in Lightning. He was defeated in battle by Kisame. Two of the unseen captured Jinchuuriki's were outcasts. that of a tentacled ox beast. This individual may have been one of the outcasts. The demon takes the form of a beetle with six wings and one cerci acting as its tails. Utakata and Rokubi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 420 First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Episode 144 Hidden Village: Mist Rank: ? Bijuu: Six-Tailed Demon Gastropod Status: Captured Info: Akatsuki captured Utakata and his Bijuu at some point in the past. The demon takes the form of a slimy slug. who were abandoned by their village when Akatsuki came to capture them. It is unknown which Akatsuki member captured the demon. he sent the young man after this Bijuu. His body was revealed as a transformed tentacle. at some point he and his village parted company. The demon takes the form of a whale-horse hybrid.. Uzumaki Naruto and Kyuubi . who were abandoned by their village when Akatsuki came to capture them. Killer Bee and Hachibi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 408 First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Episode 142 Hidden Village: Cloud Rank: Unknown (Probably Jounin) Bijuu: Eight-Tailed Demon Ox-Cephalopod Power: Mini-Hachibi form ~ protective Hachibi chakra taking ox-cephalopod form. This allowed Bee to escape capture and evade Akatsuki. Two of the unseen captured Jinchuuriki's were outcasts. which took the form of a large lava-emitting gorilla. Two of the unseen captured Jinchuuriki's were outcasts. a combination of Earth and Fire Elements that created a lava which could melt through anything. After Uchiha Madara swayed Sasuke to his side. It is unknown which Akatsuki member captured the demon. who were abandoned by their village when Akatsuki came to capture them. It is unknown which Akatsuki member captured the demon. Killer Bee posseses the ability to become his Bijuu. He was made a Jinchuuriki by Hidden Rock. He used his Bijuu to create Youton (Lava Element) Ninjutsu. He travelled the world to try and understand his powers. gigantic chakra and power boost to Bee Status: Active Info: Akatsuki has yet to find and seal two Jinchuuriki: Naruto and the Hachibi Bijuu named Kiraa Bii (Killer Bee). He was eventually knocked out by Sasuke's Amaterasu and taken for sealing.Status: Captured Info: Roushi contained the four-tailed demon. This individual may have been one of the outcasts. Han and Gobi First Manga Appearance: Chapter 420 First Anime Appearance: NA Hidden Village: Rock Rank: ? Bijuu: Five-Tailed Demon Whale-Horse Status: Captured Info: Akatsuki captured Han and his Bijuu at some point in the past.

First Manga Appearance: Chapter 1 First Anime Appearance: Episode 1 Hidden Village: Leaf Rank: Genin Bijuu: Kyuubi no Youko (Nine-Tailed Fox Demon) Power: Mini-Kyuubi form ~ protective Kyuubi chakra taking fox form. he gained friends and left his life of despair behind. . Like many Jinchuuriki. He later trained alongside Killer Bee to fully master control of the Kyuubi chakra. gigantic chakra and power boost to Naruto Drawbacks: Excessive use of Kyuubi destroys Naruto's body and makes him a mindless killing machine Status: Active Info: Yondaime Hokage imprisoned the Kyuubi within Naruto after it attacked Konoha. Over time though. Naruto led a lonely life. He has been trained by the Sannin Jiraiya to make full use of Jinchuuriki gifts.