Wednesday . 22 September . 2021

Yes, you read that title correctly: the worst Hokage. Hiruzen Sarutobi is a man of many titles. He is the 3rd Fire Shadow (the translation of Hokage), the Professor, & the God of Shinobi. We can probably ignore that last one as both Hagoromo Otsutsuki and Hashirama Senju were also both called the same & were way more awesome. However, I’m of the opinion that Hiruzen is by far the worst leader in Konoha’s history. I’d lượt thích lớn convince you of this provocative belief through an examination of his shortcomings.

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The Worst Hokage – Premise

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As svào as he is as a shinobi, Hiruzen’s decision-making process leaves too much khổng lồ be desired. He does little (khổng lồ nothing) to curb the unnatural desires of his students. Hiruzen does zilch khổng lồ protect his village’s jinchuriki (a child with the immense power of a tailed beast sealed within). He fails as a leader to create a loving, supportive sầu atmosphere for Narulớn. Hiruzen is in a position to lớn influence the shinobi world but fails to lớn move sầu it forward in any meaningful way. He is too sentimental when it comes to his friover & neglects khổng lồ see how he is taken advantage of from the shadows. Ultimately, Hiruzen is unable khổng lồ build meaningful relationships lớn keep the village together. This failure forces his worst decision khổng lồ manifest itself as an entire clan is slaughtered in the night.

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Alert: This is definitely the most serious spoiler alert I’ve sầu had to include in these articles. The only way to point out how awful a leader Hiruzen is for the Leaf Village is to lớn use specific examples. He is a major character for only a handful of episodes but returns in numerous filler flashbacks. So, his reach extends further than the mere 80 episodes he is alive.

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The Worst Hokage – Poor control of his students

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Hiruzen is the greakiểm tra proponent of the Will of Fire. The Will of Fire is a love sầu for the village as a family. As a teacher và mentor, he valiantly attempts khổng lồ pass on his belief khổng lồ his students, the legendary Sannin. Unfortunately, he does not see the way the Will of Fire philosophy twists in their minds. In Orochimaru’s case the fire catches but burns only to lớn warm his desires. Orochimaru cares only lớn accumulate jutsu for himself và he’ll burn the village khổng lồ gather more. Hiruzen must correct the issue but disappoints. Even in the decisive sầu moments of his battle with Orochimaru, Hiruzen fails lớn correct his pupil. There is also the issue of his letdown in instructing Tsunade (who becomes a drunk và gambler) and Jiraiya (to stay closer to lớn the Village & not fall to lớn distraction by women). A student should reflect the master’s teaching as well as be a conduit to lớn growth for the future. Do the students of the 3rd do that?

The Worst Hokage – No tư vấn for young Naruto

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Hiruzen is the only leader of note at the death of the 4th Hokage. He is the only one khổng lồ hear the words of instruction. The 4th Hokage didn’t want his son khổng lồ be the focus of hatred và resentment as the new jinchuriki of the 9-tailed fox. But when you look at Hiruzen’s handling of Narukhổng lồ you see no proactive steps. Adults tacitly pass on their bitterness to nearly all the children. Naruto is virtually ostracized. It is a wonder he survives on a day-to-day basis (just look at the lachồng of supervision he is afforded; just look at his laông chồng of nutrition). Why didn’t Hiruzen reHotline Jiraiya immediately khổng lồ look after his godson? Why didn’t he place Narukhổng lồ with a family that would protect hyên ổn and guide his growth as a shinobi?

The Worst Hokage – Poor team balances

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Hiruzen is at the top of the Leaf Village’s command structure. He is influential in a way that only a true decision maker can be. He may have a couple of advisors, but ultimately all decisions in the village are his. There are two parts of his methodology when it comes lớn team building that I find questionable. First, he institutes the standard three-man team (going so far as khổng lồ have sầu most teams consist of two males và one female). We only get a little reasoning behind this decision with Hiruzen believing that a manufactured rivalry on teams could promote growth. I guess it could be a promising idea, but isn’t it a sexist idea? Second, for the team makeups themselves he doesn’t vị a particularly respectable job at balancing roles. If we look at the initial 4 teams that trang điểm the Konoha 11, then we have sầu Team 7 (close-range specialists), Team 8 (sensory specialists), Team 10 (stalling/immobilization specialists), và Team Guy (close-range specialists). We’ll forgive hyên for Team 10 (because the Ino-Shika-Cho formation is a generational team), but why not balance teams to give sầu them greater flexibility while on missions?

The Worst Hokage – Deceived by a friend

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A good leader will absolutely need the support of advisors. Additionally, they will need to lớn put the right people around them to lớn facilitate their will because one person can’t vì chưng everything. Hiruzen is there for his village but the people around hyên don’t always act with his will in mind. This is most obvious in the case of Danzo. Danzo is a rival khổng lồ Hiruzen in the ascension to Hokage. Because he is also a frikết thúc khổng lồ Hiruzen, Danzo is given a prominent role in the ANBU and has permission from the Hokage to develop a black ops unit called ROOT. From the shadows, Danzo masterfully manipulates people like pieces on a shogi board. His goals are his own even if he professes lớn have sầu the best interest of the village at heart. What kind of leader are you when your advisors turn out khổng lồ have sầu motives you can’t see?

The Worst Hokage – The civil war

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Civil war is the worst kind of war. The brutality và fear of war being visited upon people you consider family has its own kind of horror. The manipulation from the shadows and the greed of people in power brings the possibility of civil war to the confines of the Leaf Village. The will of one young shinobi (Itachi) under pressure from both sides. He is bound by blood to remain loyal lớn his family; he is under orders from his Hokage khổng lồ report on the rumblings made by his family. Manipulation is the course for Itađưa ra by those he respects. His orders put him in an unimaginable, unenviable position. Hiruzen (through his mistake with Danzo) does nothing to alleviate the pressure between the administration of the Leaf Village và the Uchiha clan. It reaches a boiling point, putting all on the cusp of civil war. Is there a more accurate indicator of the breakdown in leadership than when civil war is your only option?

The Worst Hokage – Conclusion

Hiruzen Sarutobi has all the qualities of a splendid shinobi. However, being a splendid shinobi shouldn’t be the only qualification for a good Hokage. His strength on the battlefield does not translate khổng lồ capable leadership behind a desk. Taint laces Hiruzen’s legacy by the negligence he displays. It is not entirely upon hyên ổn. Though as a leader he must accept all blame along with any potential praise. As much as Naruto reveres the old man, the citizens of the Hidden Leaf Village don’t have sầu a voice in my argument.

So, did I convince you? My goal is to show you Hiruzen’s shortcomings as Hokage. I believe that with more diligence and attention to lớn important matters Hiruzen could have sầu made a difference. Please, leave sầu me a bình luận below or reach out to me on my social truyền thông (Twitter – Instagram)! I’d love sầu lớn discuss this topic with you in a more personable way. Maybe this topic will make its way lớn a panel at Wizard World one day!


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