Tsunade (綱手, Tsunade) is a descendant of the Senju and Uzumaki Clan, and is one of Konohagakure's Sannin. She is famed as the world's strongest kunoichi and its greatest medical-nin. The repeated loss of her loved ones caused Tsunade to later abandon the life of a shinobi for many years. She is eventually persuaded to return to Konoha and take on the mantle of Fifth Hokage (五代目火影, Godaime Hokage, literally meaning: Fifth Fire Shadow), where her skills prove invaluable to the village.
Why She Rocks
- Unlike most of the other female characters in the series, she is one of the few well-written females.
- Her designs are pretty great.
- While she isn't as strong as Jiraiya and Orochimaru, she still proved to be a capable fighter, having tons of awesome moments which we will get to later.
- While she is one of the more serious characters in the series, she does have her funny moments at times, like during a filler episode, when she made fake versions of Rock Lee and Might Guy do absurd tasks.
- She is one of the best medical ninja, able to heal almost anyone from dying.
- She deeply cared about Rock Lee's leg injury, and studied hard to try and fix his leg. If it wasn't for her, Rock Lee would no longer be a shinobi.
- When Orochimaru told her that his arms were damaged when he killed the Third Hokage. Tsunade becomes enraged and threatens to kill Orochimaru, something many people wanted to see.
- Like what WSR 3 says, she has tons of epic fights, one of her most notable being her fight against Orochimaru.
- She helps the Sasuke Rescue Team by summoning Gaara, Temari and Kankuro to help them, if she didn't do that, Lee, Kiba and Shikamaru might have been killed.
- She saved Choji's life after his epic fight with Jirobo.
- She let Sakura train with her, thanks to this, Sakura became a bit less useless, gained medical ninjutsu, and even the Strength of a Hundred Seal.
- When Naruto got badly injured when Kabuto damaged his chakra points, Tsunade healed him from dying, and gave him her necklace,
- When Pain attacked the leaf village, she helped heal a ton of injured shinobi.
- After Naruto and Bee defeated her and the Raikage, she let them participate in the Fourth Great Shinobi War, due to her noticing how strong they have become
- While she did get defeated, she still put up a great fight against Madara Uchiha.
- She helped heal all of the Kage when they also got defeated.
- During Naruto The Last, she evacuated the Land of Fire's citizens to a fallout shelter to escape the crashing Moon.
- She does have tons of mean-spirited moments.
- Her design can be inapropriate to some people.
- During the Search for Tsunade arc, she knocked Shizune out, and drugged up Jiraiya in hopes of sacrificing them to Orochimaru so he can reincarnate Nawaki and Dan for her. Thanks to this, during the fight against Orochimaru, Jiraiya wasn't at full strength.
- Thanks to her becoming Hokage, we don't get to see her fight until the Fourth Great Shinobi War.
- Tsunade and the other Sannin are named after the characters in the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari. Tsunade of that story excels in slug magic.
- "Tsunade" (綱手) means "mooring rope", which is not dissimilar to her brother's name, Nawaki, which means "rope tree".
- Tsunade is first mentioned by Tenten in chapter 84 of the Naruto manga, which was 55 chapters before her first formal appearance.
- Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Tsunade show that she was 145 cm when she was part of Hiruzen's genin team, and that her high-heeled sandals she wears as an adult add 5 cm to her height.
- According to the databook(s):
- Tsunade's hobby is gambling.
- Tsunade wishes to fight Naruto Uzumaki.
- Tsunade's favourite foods are chicken breast and sake, while her least favourite food is liver sashimi.
- Tsunade has completed 1,256 official missions in total: 40 D-rank, 236 C-rank, 467 B-rank, 418 A-rank, 95 S-rank.
- Tsunade's favourite phrase is "One grab, a thousand gold" (一攫千金, Ikkaku Senkin), referring to getting rich without much effort.
- Tsunade shares her blood type with her former team-mates, Jiraiya and Orochimaru.
- While Tsunade's English anime voice actor is Debi Mae West, in some games, she is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who is Kurenai Yūhi's voice actor.
- In Clash of Ninja Revolution 2, McGlynn voiced Tsunade throughout the story-line while West voiced Tsunade during the actual gameplay.
- Tsunade is the only Hokage to live long enough to see two generations of successors take office.
- Tsunade is the only member of Team Hiruzen to not have been killed by one of her students.