The Hokage are the leaders of Konohagakure. They are generally the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Five shinobi and one kunoichi have gained this title so far, with another shinobi gaining the title of candidate Hokage.

Generally, the new Hokage is selected by the current Hokage upon their retirement, but if the old Hokage dies or is incapacitated before being able to do so, the Konoha Council and the Fire Daimyo council will meet and appoint a new Hokage together — sometimes within hours of the former Hokage's death as the need dictates. Afterwards, the candidate Hokage will need to be approved by the jōnin of the village.

After being appointed, they are given the Hokage mansion to live in and have their faces carved out in the monument behind it. If the former Hokage is still alive, they will generally keep helping out, making the transition easier and more stable. The Hokage carry their title for life, even after retiring from active duty. The Hokage's office is located in the administrative section of the Ninja Academy.


First Hokage

Hashirama Senju was the First Hokage. He hails from the Senju Clan and was the founder of Konohagakure along with Madara Uchiha.

Second Hokage

Tobirama Senju was the Second Hokage. He hails from the Senju Clan and was the younger brother of Hashirama Senju.

Third Hokage

Hiruzen Sarutobi was the Third Hokage. He hails from the Sarutobi Clan and was the student of the first two Hokages. He taught Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade, the Sannin.

Fourth Hokage

Minato Namikaze, also known as Konoha's Yellow Flash was the Fourth Hokage. He was taught by Jiraiya and was the teacher of Kakashi Hatake. He was the father of Naruto Uzumaki.

Fifth Hokage

'Tsunade' was the Fifth Hokage. She was the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju and was taught by Hiruzen Sarutobi. She was hailed as one of the Sannin.

Sixth Hokage Candidate

Danzo Shimura was a Sixth Hokage Candidate. He was one of Konoha elders and the leader of a disbanded faction of ANBU called "Root". He became a candidate for Sixth Hokage after Pain's Invasion.

Sixth Hokage

Naruto Uzumaki was the Sixth Hokage. He hailed from the Uzumaki Clan and was the son of Minato Namikaze. He was also the student of Kakashi Hatake and the jinchuriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox.

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