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A Kage (影; Literally meaning "Shadow") is the leader of one of the five most powerful Hidden Villages and generally are also the most powerful ninja in their respective villages. They are collectively known as the Five Kage (五影, Gokage). If a Kage has held their position for several decades, as was the case with the Third Hokage, younger ninja are likely to have become stronger than they are. In such cases, the Kage may retire and give the title to someone else; the title, once granted, is held permanently. This creates a case where there are two Kage at the same time, with only one of them actually active, as it was with the Third and Fourth Hokage. After the Fourth died, the Third came out of retirement.

The Kage stand equally with the rulers of their countries, oversee the activities of their villages, and are the leaders of ninja society. They typically are the ones who send the ninja teams out on their missions and make the decisions regarding the safety of the village. The five Kage are:

Official Kage

Village Kage Previous Kages
Konohagakure Naruto Uzumaki Tsunade, Minato Namikaze, Tobirama Senju , Hashirama Senju
Sunagakure Gaara Fourth Kazekage, Third Kazekage, Second Kazekage, First Kazekage
Kumogakure A Third Raikage, Second Raikage, First Raikage
Kirigakure Mei Terumī Yagura, Second Mizukage, First Mizukage
Iwagakure Unknown Mū,

Ōnoki, First Tsuchikage

Unofficial Kage

Village Kage Previous Kage
Kokorogakure Akihiro Kinnojo Atsuma Kinnojo

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