Menma Namikaze is one of the main pro/antagonists of Naruto: A Different Path. He is a shinobi of Konohagakure and son to the Fifth Hokage, Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki. Menma is also the jinchūriki of the Nine-tails, Kurama and is considered to be the prodigal son Minato.
Menma Namikaze was born in Konohagakure to Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki.
In Part 1, Menma is exactly identical to Naruto Uzumaki, sporting short blond spiky hair, blue eyes and the same attire. In Part 2 his attire remains the same for the most part until he defects from Konoha. When he becomes a missing-nin, his blond hair becomes pitch-black having given into his hatred, and he wears it in a longer and more shaggy-looking style, similar to his father's. He also has darker and more feral-looking whisker marks, and dark circles under his eyes.
When initially appearing as the mysterious "Masked Man," he wore a white kitsune mask, a dark blue-grey robe with grey lining and a fur collar, and a tattered grey-blue cape emblazoned with his personal emblem: a mandala comprised of nine reddish-brown circles of varying sizes atop a larger green-grey circle. After revealing his identity, he discarded the robe and mask, beneath which he wore no shirt, fingerless opera-length black gloves wrapped in studded red-brown leather straps, baggy black pants, and red-brown sandals.
Menma takes more after his father, and is calm, collected, talking only when he feels it serves a purpose. In contrast to Naruto, who is usually childish and cheerful, Menma is mature and very serious. He is also shown with a sharp wit, carefully thinking before acting and able to see the underline nature of the situation at hand. His insight appears to make him the smartest of his graduating class, and also acting as the de facto leader of the group, which seems to make Sasuke jealous for a time.
Menma is somewhat distant, showing little respect when talking to others, even his parents. He also shows no interest in women despite both Sakura and Hinata fighting over his love, simply telling them to leave him alone. Despite his seriousness, Menma is also very loyal to his friends for a time. However, his desire and for power and his growing disgust for weakness eventually turns him against those he used to call friends, including Sasuke who he helped return from darkness. The tides eventually flipped as Sasuke became more and more noticed for his growth, just as Sasuke was jealous of him in their younger years. This prompted Menma's disdain for the Uchiha Clan.
Being a descendant of the Uzumaki Clan, Menma is gifted with a tremendous amount of stamina and lifeforce. Like his mother Kushina, he possesses an unique chakra capable of suppressing the nine-tails and is able to utilize the Adamantine Chakra Chains. Menma has also proven to be sensitive to other peoples' chakra allowing him to sense it from profound distances. He eventually acquires Kurama's ability to sense negative emotions when he gives into his hatred.
He has also inherited his father's incredible reflexes and agility, capable of intuitively having his body's reflexes act involuntarily so he can plan his next move. In addition to his great speed, Menma seems to be a master in the use of the Body Flicker Technique, rivaling Shisui Uchiha, and eventually learning the Second Hokage's technique, the Flying Thunder God Technique from his father. Menma also has such skill that he is able to weave one-handed hand seals at incredible speeds that even the Sharingan has trouble keeping up with. He is also skilled at concealing his hand seals so it seems as if he isn't weaving signs at all.
Menma has showcased tremendous skill in taijutsu. Menma was easily able to overpower and knock around Jiraiya while he was empowered by his Sage Mode form with out exerting any effort. Menma, even when out numbered by multiple enemies such as a number of ANBU ranked Root shinobi, remaining calm and easily defeating all of them, with little to no effort, easily dodging and counter-attacking simultaneously. Menma's strength is also augmented by the chakra of the Nine-Tails inside of him.
NinjutsuMenma's abilities are essentially the same as Naruto's, and he has developed a dark variation of his father signature technique, Rasengan, called Spiralling Ring and Great Spiralling Ring, but unlike his counterpart, Menma can perform them without the use of shadow clones. He also has an ability to blast away targets and repel enemy attacks. He was able to counter a Sage Mode-powered punch through the use of a mysterious technique that created a dark aura that increased his strength to obscurity. He can also fly about freely in the sky.
He is also able to utilize three of the five chakra natures Water Release, Lightning Release, and Wind Release. While he did create dark variations of the Rasengan he can also use several wind variations and lightning variations without the aid of shadow clones. He also learns to utilize both Yin Release and Yin-Yang Release.
SenjutsuMenma learns to utilize and control the power of nature energy before he defected from the village and learned it from Jiraiya. With his ability to use nature energy he is able to go into his empowered form known as Sage Mode.
Fuin/JuinjutsuConsidered to be his largest area of expertise Menma is highly astute and shows intuitive aptitudes towards the use of both fuinjutsu and juinjutsu. He has learned many sealing techniques from his mother Kushina and from his own research into the Uzumaki Clan's techniques. Menma is able to preform difficult and complex fuinjutsu effortlessly and is one of the reasons he is so feared.
At some point, Kurama's Yin half was sealed inside Menma while the Yang half remained sealed inside his mother. Do to his inherent skill and unique chakra, Menma during his youth spent most of his time ignoring the Nine-tails and refrained from using its power unless he became mad or sought to use it and would soon easily learn to control his chakra and be able to enter the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. As he fell deeper in the abyss of darkness Menma began using Kurama's power more to augment his own and eventually befriended Yin Kurama by giving into his hatred, giving Menma full access to Kurama yin chakra. He eventually sought more power and targeted his own mother extracting the Yang half and sealing it inside himself, giving him full reign to Kurama's chakra.
After he left the village an gained full access to Kurama's power, like the Akatsuki he began targeting the other Jinchuriki and their power. After he would defeat a jinchuriki he would steal it chakra to the point that the tailed beast would be rendered in a temporary death state and their chakra would become Menma's. Menma became known as the Perfect Jinchūriki as he eventually was able to utilize all of the abilities of the tailed beasts perfectly.