here have been flashbacks of various legendary shinobi’s in Naruto, most of these characters were those whose powers remained a mystery. Little or no abilities of such characters was shown in the Anime. Today let us look at the characters of such kind in Naruto.
Sakumo Hatake (はたけサクモ, Hatake Sakumo), renowned across the shinobi world as Konoha’s White Fang (木ノ葉の白い牙, Konoha no Shiroi Kiba, English TV: White Fang of the Leaf, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf’s White Fang), was a jōnin of Konohagakure’s Hatake clan.
Sakumo was a very kind and loyal man. He loved his only son dearly, often picking him up at the end of the day after Kakashi was done playing with his friends. Despite his tremendous fame and power as a ninja, he was a very humble man, which made Kakashi truly look up to and idolise him. He had a deep devotion to Konoha and an even greater commitment to his allies and loved ones to the point he would put their well-being before anything else; his commitment was so great that he would sacrifice the completion of a mission in order to save his team-mates, which led to him being a public figure of hate and ridicule. He was also shown to be a perceptive man, noticing Guy’s worn-out condition and from that discerned Guy’s character, correctly predicting Guy to be a late-bloomer and his future growth as a ninja.
He was the leader of the Sound Five under Orochimaru. Kimimaro possessed a Kekkei Genkei ability called Shikotsumyaku, which allowed him to freely change the shape and size of his bones. He seemed undefeatable with this technique. When he fought Gaara he wasn’t at his 100%, it would have been great to see his full power.
Being a rare possessor of his clan’s Shikotsumyaku kekkei genkai, the clan patriarch feared Kimimaro’s abilities and had him locked up in a cage unless needed for battle. The Kaguya clan was wiped out when they attacked Kirigakure, seemingly for no reason other than the desire to kill and show off their ferocity. Having underestimated their opponents’ defences, they were slaughtered, with Kimimaro the sole survivor. Wandering soon after, Kimimaro was eventually found by Orochimaru, and recruited as one of his most loyal ninja.
Tobirama Senju was the Second Hokage of Konohagakure. He was also known as the creator as he has invented a countless number of Jutsu like Shadow clone jutsu, teleportation jutsu, reincarnation jutsu, etc. He is said to be the best water release user ever but unfortunately in Anime hardly any of his abilities were shown.
Tobirama Senju (千手扉間, Senju Tobirama) was a member of the renowned Senju clan, who, together with his elder brother and the Uchiha clan, founded the first shinobi village: Konohagakure. Throughout his lifetime, Tobirama would work tirelessly to achieve political stability and implement the institutions that made the village system work, thus ensuring Konoha’s continuity and prosperity. After his brother’s death, he would succeed the title of Second Hokage (二代目火影, Nidaime Hokage, Literally meaning: Second Fire Shadow).
Hiruzen Sarutobi was the third and the longest serving Hokage of Konohagakure. He was known as “The Professor,” as he was said to have the knowledge of almost all the jutsu in existence. But when he fought Orochimaru he was unfortunately in his seventies and did not even have chakra to make shadow clones. But still he was able to stop Orochimaru, sealing away his arms. It is a shame that Hiruzen Sarutobi’s full potential in battle was not shown.
Hiruzen was a natural prodigy as a ninja, hailed as a “God of Shinobi”. His talents earned him the position of Hokage at a young age, directly selected by the Second Hokage. He was once regarded as the strongest Hokage in Konoha’s history, the strongest shinobi of his clan, and the most powerful of Kage during his lifetime. While his battle prowess deteriorated in old age, he still retained enough skill to battle against Orochimaru, along with the reincarnated First and Second Hokage; ultimately sealing his fellow Hokage and handicapping Orochimaru’s ability to use ninjutsu. Orochimaru believed that had Hiruzen been ten years younger, he could’ve killed him.