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Zetsu was one of the members of Akatsuki, a criminal organization that sought to capture the tailed beasts and use them for their own purposes. He was a unique and mysterious character, who had a split personality and a plant-like appearance.

He played a vital role in the story of Naruto Shippuden, as he was involved in many important events and secrets. In this article, we will explore his background, personality, appearance, abilities, role, and legacy.

All about Zetsu

  • Sex: Male
  • Species: Mutated Human
  • Status: Deceased
  • Height: Part II: 177 cm
  • Blood type: B
  • Kekkei Genkai: Wood Release
  • Classification: S-rank
  • Occupation: Akatsuki Spy
  • Affiliation: Akatsuki
  • Team: White Zetsu Army
  • Partner: Black Zetsu/Obito Uchiha

Zetsu’s Background

Zetsu’s origin was shrouded in mystery for a long time, until it was revealed in the later stages of the series. He was actually one of the victims of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the progenitor of chakra and the ultimate antagonist of the series.

Kaguya was a princess from another world, who came to Earth and ate the fruit of the God Tree, a gigantic tree that absorbed the life force of the planet. She gained immense power and chakra, and became the first person to wield it. She used her power to end the wars that plagued the world, and was revered as a goddess by the people.

However, Kaguya became paranoid and greedy, and feared that her power would be taken away by others. She used her power to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu that trapped everyone in a dream world, where they would be happy and peaceful.

She then used the God Tree to absorb their chakra and create a new fruit, which she intended to eat and gain more power. The people who were caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi were tethered to the God Tree by roots, and over time, they transformed into White Zetsu, mutated humans who lost their individuality and will.

Zetsu was one of these White Zetsu, who remained dormant inside the God Tree for centuries, until he was awakened by Black Zetsu, a manifestation of Kaguya’s will.

Black Zetsu was created by Kaguya before she was sealed away by her two sons, Hagoromo and Hamura Ōtsutsuki, the founders of ninshū and the ancestors of the shinobi clans.

Black Zetsu’s goal was to revive Kaguya and restore her power, and he manipulated the history of the shinobi world to achieve this. He pulled Zetsu and other White Zetsu from the God Tree, and used them as his pawns and spies.

Zetsu and other White Zetsu were later infused with the DNA of Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage of Konoha and the reincarnation of Hagoromo’s elder son, Indra Ōtsutsuki.

This was done by Madara Uchiha, the leader of the Uchiha clan and the reincarnation of Indra’s rival, Asura Ōtsutsuki. Madara was a former ally of Hashirama, who betrayed him and sought to create a new world order with the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

He summoned the husk of the God Tree, the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, and cultivated Hashirama’s cells into a large flowering tree. He then used the White Zetsu as artificial humans, who had enhanced abilities and could use Wood Release, a rare and powerful kekkei genkai that Hashirama possessed.

Zetsu was one of these artificial humans, who served Madara and his plan. He was also entrusted with the care of Obito Uchiha, a young shinobi who was rescued by Madara after he was crushed by a boulder during the Third Shinobi World War.

Zetsu and a spiral-patterned Zetsu, who later became known as Tobi, looked after Obito and helped him recover. They also became friends with him, and influenced him to join Madara’s cause.

Zetsu was also the one who informed Obito that his teammates, Kakashi Hatake and Rin Nohara, were in danger, which led to Obito witnessing Rin’s death at Kakashi’s hand, and awakening his Mangekyō Sharingan.

Zetsu’s Personality

Zetsu had a split personality, which was reflected by his appearance. He had two halves, one white and one black, which had different voices, opinions, and attitudes.

The white half was more carefree, easygoing, and talkative, while the black half was more serious, intelligent, and reserved. The two halves often conversed with each other, and sometimes disagreed or argued. They also seemed to communicate with their thoughts, as they could sense each other’s presence and intentions.

Zetsu was loyal to Madara and his plan, but he was also secretly working for Black Zetsu and Kaguya. He was a spy and a hunter-nin for Akatsuki, and he gathered information and disposed of bodies for the organization.

He was also a cannibal, who ate the corpses of his enemies and allies alike. He had a plant-like nature, and he could merge with the ground and travel through it. He was also curious and observant, and he liked to watch and comment on the battles and events that occurred in the shinobi world.

Zetsu was also respectful and friendly to his fellow Akatsuki members, and he reported to them and the leader, Pain. He was especially close to Tobi, who was his partner and friend.

He also cared for Obito, who he helped and supported. He was also one of the few people who knew the true identities and secrets of Madara, Obito, and Pain, and he kept them hidden from others. He was also aware of the history and origin of chakra, and the role of Kaguya and her sons in it.

Zetsu’s Appearance

Zetsu had a plant-like appearance, which made him stand out from other shinobi. He had two large venus flytrap-like extensions that enveloped his head and upper body, giving him a green and yellow color scheme.

He also had green hair and green eyes, and he wore a black cloak with red clouds, the uniform of Akatsuki. He also wore a ring with the kanji for “boar” on his right little finger, which signified his position in the organization.

When his extensions were open and his head was visible, it was revealed that Zetsu had two different colored halves of his body, the left side completely white and the right side black.

The white half had a round and smooth face, while the black half had a sharp and angular face. The white half had a single green eye, while the black half had a yellow eye with a ripple pattern, similar to the Rinnegan.

The white half also had a mouth, while the black half did not. The two halves also had different markings on their faces, the white half having three vertical lines on each cheek, and the black half having a single horizontal line across his nose.

Zetsu’s Abilities

Zetsu was a skilled and versatile shinobi, who had various abilities and skills. He was an S-rank ninja, and he could perform many feats that were beyond the capabilities of most shinobi.


Zetsu was proficient in ninjutsu, the art of using chakra to create various effects and techniques. He had several unique and useful ninjutsu, such as:

Substitute Technique

Zetsu could use the Substitute Technique, a technique that allowed him to replace his body with another object or person, and avoid attacks or deceive his enemies.

He could also use this technique to create clones of himself or others, and control them remotely. He used this technique to create clones of Kisame Hoshigaki, Itachi Uchiha, and Sasuke Uchiha, and use them for various purposes, such as spying, fighting, or escaping.

Nature Transformation

Zetsu could use nature transformation, the ability to manipulate the nature of chakra and create different types of elemental attacks. He could use all five basic nature transformations: fire, wind, lightning, earth, and water.

He could also use wood release, a rare and powerful kekkei genkai that combined earth and water, and allowed him to create and manipulate wood and plants.

He inherited this ability from Hashirama Senju, whose DNA was infused into him by Madara Uchiha. He used this ability to create various wood and plant constructs, such as clones, spikes, shields, and roots. He could also use the Mayfly technique, which allowed him to merge with the ground and travel through it at high speed.

Other Skills

Zetsu had other skills that complemented his ninjutsu, such as:

  • Chakra Transfer Technique: Zetsu could use the chakra transfer technique, which allowed him to transfer his chakra to another person, and enhance their abilities or heal their wounds. He used this technique to help Obito recover from his injuries, and to help him control the tailed beasts.
  • Parasite Clone: Zetsu could use the parasite clone technique, which allowed him to attach himself to another person, and manipulate their body and mind. He used this technique to control Yagura, the Fourth Mizukage, and make him do his bidding. He also used this technique to control Obito, and force him to revive Madara Uchiha.
  • Regeneration Ability: Zetsu had a regeneration ability, which allowed him to heal from any injury or damage, even if he was cut in half or decapitated. He could also reattach his severed parts, or create new ones from his plant-like body. He used this ability to survive many battles and attacks, and to escape from his enemies.
  • Sensing Technique: Zetsu had a sensing technique, which allowed him to sense the presence and location of other people, especially those who had large amounts of chakra. He could also sense the nature and quality of their chakra, and identify them by their chakra signatures. He used this ability to spy on and track down his targets, and to report their movements and actions to his allies.

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