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Word often used in Naruto series. Hokage is highest and strongest ninja in Konoha village. This word consists of 2 modules: “Ho” which means “fire”, and “kage” means “shadow”.

The Hokage (火影; Literally meaning “Fire Shadow”) are the leaders of Konohagakure. They are generally acknowledged as the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Four shinobi and one kunoichi have gained this title so far, with another shinobi gaining the title of Hokage Candidate.

The title and role was created by Hashirama Senju shortly after the establishment of Konoha. 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 Fire Daimyō will appoint a Hokage Candidate upon the recommendation of the Konoha council and the Fire Daimyō council. Afterwards, the candidate will need to be approved by the jōnin of the village to become officially Hokage.

After being approved, they move into the Hokage Residence 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 Academy.


  • Hashirama Senju was the one to coin the term “Hokage”, and actually intended the position to be held by Madara Uchiha. The decision, however, was left up to public consensus, and Hashirama was chosen for the position.
  • Tobirama Senju is the only Hokage thus far to have not been seen wearing the official Hokage uniform.
  • All of the former Hokage have been sealed away in the stomach of the Death God summoning. Kabuto Yakushi notes that none of them can be reincarnated via the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique. All four, however, were eventually released by Orochimaru from the Shinigami’s stomach, and reincarnated by him.
  • At least four of the Hokage had their official office photographs taken while wearing a ceremonial necklace of sorts.
  • Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, was said to be the strongest Hokage in the village’s history, as well as strongest of the five Kage of his era.
  • Kakashi Hatake has been considered a prime candidate for the position as Hokage by several characters. He would have been officially appointed as the Sixth Hokage (either the Sixth or Seventh Hokage in the anime) if Tsunade hadn’t woken up moments beforehand.
  • According to Asuma Sarutobi, his student Shikamaru Nara has the ability to become Hokage, but won’t due to him being too lazy to want to.
  • Orochimaru was once a prime candidate to be the Fourth Hokage, but due to his lust for power and lack of love for the village, the Third passed him over.
  • After Orochimaru was passed over for this position, Hiruzen intended to choose Jiraiya to be the Fourth Hokage, but Jiraiya refused due to his journeys as an author and his quest to chase down the renegade Orochimaru. After Hiruzen and Minato died, Jiraiya was once again offered the position as the Fifth, but he once again rejected it.When Tsunade went into a coma, the Fire Daimyō commented how he would have liked Jiraiya to be the Sixth, but by that time Jiraiya had already died.
  • Naruto Uzumaki was made Hokage for a week in the storyline of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3. Might Guy was also made Hokage (Guykage as it was named) in the Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden spin-off.
  • While trapped within Infinite Tsukuyomi, Kiba Inuzuka dreamed of himself becoming Hokage, declaring a national holiday for dogs, while Tsunade dreams of Dan Katō becoming Hokage, with her beside him.