(はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi
) is one of the main protagonists in the anime and manga series Naruto
. He is a Konohagakure Jonin, a former ANBU, and the leader of Team 7. He is the son of Sakumo Hatake
and, like his father, he is regarded as a genius among his peers. After
his meteoric rise through the ninja ranks, Kakashi became the student
of Minato Namikaze,
and subsequently became a Jonin during the Third Great Ninja War.
Following the war, Kakashi gained his reputation, and is well-known
worldwide for his use of the Sharingan, earning him the moniker Copy Ninja Kakashi
(コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi
Kakashi is the only son of Sakumo Hatake,
a.k.a. the White Fang of Konoha. His mother apparently died when he was
young. Kakashi has been known since a young age as an extremely gifted
prodigy, regarded by many as the best of his generation. He had
received top marks and had showed an innate aptitude for the ninja arts
while in the academy. This permitted him to graduate from it in a
single year at the top of his class at the age of 5, and then becoming
one year later. Despite his own success, his father fell into disgrace
after choosing to save his comrades rather than complete an important
mission, causing Konohagakure to suffer in the war effort. Dishonored,
Sakumo took his own life after a deep depression and a drop in his
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After graduating, Kakashi was then teamed with Obito Uchiha and Rin under the leadership of Minato Namikaze, the future Fourth Hokage. Kakashi's relationship with Obito and Rin was noted to be very similar to that of Sasuke's relationship with Naruto and Sakura
respectively, as he is known as the indifferent genius who shared a
complicated relationship with his teammates, that later developed into
a close friendship.
At age 13, soon after becoming a Jonin, Kakashi was assigned to lead
Obito and Rin on a mission that would benefit Konoha in the ongoing Third Great Shinobi World War. They were to destroy a bridge being used by Iwagakure forces to move into Kusagakure. On their way to the bridge, Rin was kidnapped by two Iwagakure ninja named Kakko and Taiseki.
Obito immediately suggested that they rescue her, but Kakashi disagreed
on the basis that they needed to complete their mission, opting not to
make the same mistake his father did. Obito wouldn't hear of it and
stubbornly left to save Rin, but not before mentioning that Kakashi's
father was a true hero. Shortly after parting ways, Kakashi reflected
on Obito's words and Rin's prior kindness. He realized that his father
wasn't wrong after all, which prompted him to join Obito in the rescue
Kakashi arrived in time to save Obito from Taiseki, using his father's blade
to combat him. Despite the 2-to-1 advantage, Taiseki was able to get in
an attack and damage Kakashi's left eye, who took the blow that was
intended for Obito. In sheer terror and desire to protect Kakashi,
Obito finally awakened his Sharingan,
allowing him to kill Kakashi's attacker and continue on to Rin. Once
they located Rin and Kakko, Kakashi and Obito teamed up to defeat the
latter. Kakashi and Obito freed Rin, but just as Kakashi's team was
about to leave, Kakko attempted to trap them with a crushing jutsu, causing a cave-in.
While trying to escape, Obito pushed Kakashi out of the path of
a falling boulder, causing him to be crushed beneath it instead.
Knowing his life was at an end, Obito instructed Rin to implant his
left Sharingan eye into Kakashi's damaged one. Rin complied, and as
soon as the surgery was completed Kakashi used the Sharingan and his Chidori
to kill Kakko. He then returned to Obito to see if there was anything
he could do for him, but the place was turning into shambles, forcing
Kakashi and Rin to leave him behind. With the help of Minato, they
ultimately completed their mission, allowing them to mourn Obito's
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Kakashi as an ANBU.
Following the success of his first mission as a Jonin, Kakashi
became well-known among all five great countries for the extensive use
of his Sharingan, gaining him a reputation as "the man who has copied
over a thousand jutsu" (hence his nickname). Kakashi joined the
Konohagakure ANBU a few years later. He later left for unknown reasons, but maintained strong connections with the ANBU.
Obito's death had a huge impact on Kakashi's personality. He is now
more cheerful and shows greater concern for his teammates, placing
their safety over the successful completion of a mission. He is also
regularly late for appointments. This is because of his frequent visits
to the memorial where Obito's name is engraved, where he loses track of
time. However, Kakashi is still just as carefree and emotionless as he
was during his youth, often speaking bluntly about sensitive topics.
Kakashi claims to have lost everyone who was close to him,
causing some reluctance to allow others to get close to him. Of the
people who are still alive, Kakashi is on the best terms with his
students. After the formation of Team 7 he begins taking a special
interest in their development, as shown from his regular checking up on
Naruto and his eating habits. He similarly refuses to go on a mission
at the end of Part I so that he can stop Naruto and Sasuke from killing
each other. Kakashi is just as devoted to his friends and the rest of
Konoha, such that his signature jutsu, the Lightning Blade, has been made on the principle of duty, and perfected on the principle of protecting loved ones.
Kakashi has a rather solitary and matter-of-fact attitude. His
calm and detached demeanor has been called “cool, hip, and trendy” many
times by Might Guy.
Despite his increasingly growing reputation and prowess as a ninja,
Kakashi has shown no signs of arrogance, and is rather modest about his
abilities. His naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in
battle, as it becomes easier for him to maintain his composure to stay
focused on the situation at hand, and ultimately notice everything
around him. As a result, he can quickly adjust to any situation to make
keen and thought-out decisions, allowing him to stay steps ahead of his
Kakashi has an ongoing, albeit one-sided, rivalry with Might
Guy. In trying to prove himself superior to Kakashi, Guy challenges him
to competitions of questionable value ranging from Rock, Paper,
Scissors to running races. Guy has a record of 50 wins to 49 losses,
which he is particularly proud of. Kakashi, on the other hand, shows
very little interest in their competitions, which only further inspires
Guy to defeat Kakashi and his "coolness".[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Kakashi reading one of Jiraiya's Icha Icha novels.
Kakashi is a fan of the Icha Icha
series of novels. He is typically seen reading one of the books when
not involved in a fight, making it the only one (of his reportedly
many) hobbies that is ever seen in the series. Despite his fondness for
the books, he grows uncomfortable when reading passages to others,
presumably embarrassed by the adult content. Naruto,
on one occasion, has used these books against Kakashi, threatening to
spoil the ending of the latest installment to force Kakashi to let down
his guard (by shutting his eyes and blocking his ears) to prevent
learning the ending of the story.
Kakashi's personality is further emphasized by his generally lazy
expression, aloof manner, relaxed voice, and minimalist attitude. In
serious situations, however, he is shown to have a very stern and
intense look. He is almost always seen in his Konoha ninja uniform,
along with iron guard gloves reminiscent of his ANBU days. Another
noticeable feature to Kakashi, other than his unique left eye, is the
thin scar running over it and down to his cheek. He is a tall, fit
ninja, characterized by his tall and spiky silver hair, forehead
protector regularly covering his scarred left eye, and his chronically
visible mask. He is once mistaken by Chiyo for his father who he is considered to greatly resemble.
While it has yet to be revealed why, he has, since a young age,
always been seen concealing the lower half of his face. What he looks
like remains a point of interest for his students, who try to find out
what he looks like in various omake specials in the series. Episode 101, which is devoted to Team 7 trying to remove their sensei's mask, implies that he is in fact quite handsome from Teuchi and Ayame's
reaction to seeing his face. In the few instances that he is seen
without his mask (although still obstructed by some object), it has
been seen that he has a narrow jaw-line.
Kakashi is shown to be very respected throughout Konoha, as well as
easily being one of the most powerful ninja Konoha has to offer.
Kakashi is also recognized as the foremost jutsu specialist in Konoha,
due to his gradually increasing arsenal of thousands of jutsu, a feat
that earns either delight or dread from enemy ninja who face him in
combat. His knowledge of jutsu is so high that he is requested to watch
over Naruto should the seal of the Nine-Tails begin to fail. His skill
and cunning are repeatedly shown to be great enough to hold his own
against seemingly any opponent. Even Pain, an extremely dangerous
ninja, viewed Kakashi's skills as capable of impeding his plans if he
did not get rid of Kakashi first. He is also considered a prime
candidate for the position of Hokage by a number of characters.
Kakashi is noted (by Naruto) to be smarter than Shikamaru Nara, has a better nose than Kiba Inuzuka, a better taijutsu performance than Rock Lee, and a better Sharingan mastery than Sasuke Uchiha (in Part I).
While this is probably an exaggeration , he has proven himself to be an
intelligent ninja with great instincts and battle prowess, making him a
match for almost any opponent. His general abilities are greatly
improved during the timeskip. In Part I, he was unable to keep up with Itachi Uchiha's physical and hand seal
speed, even with the use of his Sharingan. By Part II, he is able to
keep up with Itachi's immense speed, if not match it (his speed was
even praised by Madara Uchiha himself). His chakra level sees a similar
improvement as well; in Part I, his chakra levels have been shown to be
barely average. By Part II, his chakra is shown to have greatly
increased, as he can perform several chakra-taxing jutsu in rapid
succession. He even increases the number of times he can use his
Lightning Blade per day, using six of them in one battle, and still
having enough chakra to plan using the Mangekyo Sharingan.