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Konoha's Yellow Flash
(木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō)
|Home Country||Land of Fire|
|Family||Kushina Uzumaki (Wife)|
Jiraiya (Former Master)
|Hiden Techniques||Flying Thunder God Technique|
|Jutsu||Summoning Technique (Toads)|
Dead Demon Consuming Seal
Eight Trigrams Sealing Style
Flying Thunder God Technique
Four Symbols Seal
Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique
Minato Namikaze (波風ミナト, Namikaze Minato), also known as Konoha's Yellow Flash (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō; English "Yellow Flash of the Leaf"), is a Jōnin-ranked ninja hailing from Konohagakure. He is a former student of one of the legendary Sannin, Jiraiya, and the teacher of Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha, and Rin. He is also the husband of Kushina Uzumaki, the current jinchūriki of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.
Minato is a fairly tall fair-skinned man, with bright blue-eyes and spiky blond hair. Minato has jaw-length bangs framing either side of his face and is considered to be very handsome, with many women being infatuated with him. His normal attire consists of dark trousers, a short-sleeved white t-shirt decorated by flames-like motifs on the edges and his forehead protector attached to a piece of cloth tied to the sheathe used to hang his katana on his back. He is also sometimes in the standard Konoha-nin uniform with two bands each on both of his sleeves, a flak jacket and a forehead protector. As a child he wore a shirt with three stripes on the sleeves, fishnet undershirt, dark trousers and dark calf-length sandals.
When Minato was in the Ninja Academy, his classmate and future wife Kushina Uzumaki thought he looked "flaky" and even "girly". He dreamed of being acknowledged by the Konoha villagers by becoming Hokage, which Kushina considered to be an impossible dream for someone like him. Years later however, when Kushina was kidnapped by Kumogakure ninja, Minato was the only one to pick up on the fact that she was leaving behind strands of her red hair to mark their path. After rescuing her, Minato explained that he had always admired her hair. No longer seeing him as "flaky", she fell in love with him.
According to those who knew him personally, Minato was a very talented ninja prodigy — a rare genius that appeared only once in a generation. He graduated from the Ninja Academy at the age of ten, and was added to a genin team under the tutelage of Jiraiya. Jiraiya took a special interest in Minato, and accepted him as an apprentice, amongst other things teaching him the Summoning Technique. Jiraiya even believed Minato might be the Child of the Prophecy, someone who would someday save the world.
Konoha's Yellow Flash Edit
In time, Minato was put in charge of a genin team of his own, consisting of Rin, Obito Uchiha, and Kakashi Hatake. During the Third Great Shinobi World War, Minato led his team on a mission into Kusagakure to destroy the Kannabi Bridge. Because Kakashi had recently become a jōnin, Minato gave leadership of the mission to Kakashi while he went to help Konoha's forces on the front lines. After meeting up with the surviving and out-numbered Konoha ninja, Minato used his Flying Thunder God Technique to destroy the opposing Iwagakure ninja. He then returned to his team, just in time to save Kakashi and Rin from another group of Iwa forces; he was too late to save Obito. When Kakashi and Rin recovered from the ordeal, Minato helped them complete the mission.
Minato is a calm, collected, and highly perceptive person. When faced with an enemy, he is capable of killing in cold blood, and is well aware of the terror his steadily growing reputation inspires in his foes. He is highly respectful of those around him; unwilling to freely speak about others' pasts, and is on the whole a very nice person. He deeply cares for and loves his wife, having put himself at great risk to rescue her at a very young age.
Minato is concidered by those who know him well to be a shrewd person, one who would not do something without reason. He is very knowledgeable of the ninja world. Minato is known for his unbeatable determination and unbelievable drive. In his youth, Minato had a desire to be acknowledged by everyone in the village and to become a great Hokage. His devotion to the village and his love for his friends inspires all those around him, and, as a result, he is well-liked by the villagers.
According to his his sensei Jiraiya, Minato is one of the most gifted shinobi who ever lived. It has even been stated that he is even capable of facing off against Orochimaru, one of the Sannin and a ninja of immense strength. During the Third Shinobi World War, flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy shinobi should they ever see him appear on the battlefield. His abilities were so far advanced that even A, the Third Raikage's son and already considered to be the next Raikage, thought that no one would be able to surpass him. At a young age, he was able to single handedly rescue Kushina from three Kumogakure ninja.
Like Tobirama Senju, Minato can also detect the presence of people within an area by simply placing his finger on the ground. Minato's fighting style often excludes time consuming hand seals that give enemies an opening so he mainly relies on his two original techniques: the Flying Thunder God Technique and the Rasengan.
One of Minato's trademark attributes is his immense speed and instantaneous reflexes. This attribute earned him the moniker of "Konoha's Yellow Flash". He is often referred to throughout the series as the fastest shinobi who ever lived, with his speed being used as a benchmark to compare the speeds of other fast shinobi such as A, who even admitted that even with his Lightning Release Armour enhancing his speed and reflexes he was still outmatched by Minato. Even when assisted by his brother, A was unable to lay a hand on Minato. When fighting, he mainly employs the use of his unique kunai, wielding them proficiently and taking advantage of their particular form, which made them even more suitable for close range combat than standard kunai. Using this type of kunai, he was able to nearly sever one of the Eight-Tails' tentacles when Bee moved to save his brother from Minato's counter-attack despite having nearly no leverage, showing that he possessed a great deal of strength.
Minato spent three years creating the Rasengan by observing the Tailed Beast Ball. It is the highest level of shape transformation and does not require hand signs to be performed. Instead using a concentration of spinning chakra in the form of a sphere in the user's palm, which inflicts immense damage to its target on contact. As its creator, Minato has great mastery over the Rasengan, able to form it with one hand and his standard version — at one point — being larger than the Rasengan used by others such as his master Jiraiya (roughly the size of the Big Ball Rasengan). The lack of elaborate preparations needed for the Rasengan gives Minato an advantage over other technique users in battle.
He intends to combine the Rasengan with his own nature transformation, but the task has proven too difficult to complete with the ongoing Third Shinobi War keeping him busy.
Space–Time Ninjutsu Edit
Minato is famous for his unique space–time technique, the Flying Thunder God Technique, which essentially allows him to teleport to any location with untraceable movements by the use of special seals. By throwing kunai that had the seal attached to them behind enemy lines, Minato could wipe out an entire platoon in the blink of an eye. Minato could teleport to his special kunai even as it travelled through the air. He is also capable of applying the seal to solid surfaces with his bare hand, allowing him to tag opponents and give himself an easy way to track and reach them. He has also incorporated this seal formula into Kushina's seal so he can always come to her aid, at any time.
For defensive use, Minato can implement space–time barriers to counter large attacks such as a Tailed Beast Ball, sending the blast to a distant area away from the village. He can even able to teleport things as large as the Nine-Tails itself, albeit at the cost of a large portion of his chakra due to the beast's immense size.
Minato is very knowledgeable in fūinjutsu, partially due to Kushina teaching him some of the Uzumaki clan's unique sealing techniques. He knows the full capabilities of the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. Minato can also remove an opponent's ability to use the Summoning Technique.
Summoning Technique Edit
In his youth, Jiraiya taught Minato how to use the Summoning Technique to summon toads. He is able to summon Gamabunta and is one of the few people that Gamabunta would willingly cooperate with. He can use the Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique for a devastating surprise attack that can even pin powerful large targets like the Nine-Tails down.
Minato has shown to be very intuitive and clever from a young age. Of the many ninja sent out to save Kushina from her Kumogakure kidnappers, Minato was the only one to notice the trail of hair she was leaving. After seeing a technique once, he could correctly deduce the basic mechanics behind it, such as the strengths and weaknesses of Kakashi's Chidori. During difficult events, he was still capable of maintaining his composure, assessing the situation, and devising appropriate plans of action.