The Yamakage (山影; Literally meaning "Mountain Shadow") are the leaders of Yamagakure. They are generally the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Thus far, there have been three Yamakage.
Unlike other Kage, the Yamakage seems to be democratically elected; as Ryun, despite being the founder of the village, still underwent an election process before gaining the rank of Yamakage. After being appointed, they are given the Kage mansion in which to live. However, it seems that only the Chūnin and Jōnin of the village are allowed to vote on a new Yamakage. Once elected, they are in office for life or until they step down.
List of Yamakage
Main article: Ryun Uchiha
Ryun Uchiha (うちはリュン, Uchiha Ryun), known worldwide as the "God of Ninjutsu" (忍術の神, Ninjutsu no Kami), was an extraordinarily powerful shinobi hailing from the Uchiha Clan. He was responsible for unifying the Land of Mountains and creating its first hidden village: Yamagakure. After beating the rebellious clans of the land into submission, he was unanimously voted the First Yamakage (初代山影, Shodai Yamakage). He was easily the strongest man in the Land of Mountains.
Main article: Hotaru Mazuka
Hotaru Mazuka (魔柄ホタル, Mazuka Hotaru) was the Second Yamakage (二代目山影, Nidaime Yamakage, Literally meaning: Second Mountain Shadow) of Yamagakure. She became Yamakage shortly after the Fourth Shinobi World War, succeeding the legendary founder of the village, Ryun Uchiha, and immediately began to move the village onto the international stage.
Main article: Uzume Uchiha
Uzume Uchiha (うちは鈿女命, Uchiha Uzume) is the daughter and eldest child of Ryun Uchiha, as well as the older sister of twins Fūjin and Raiden Uchiha. She is famous for reintroducing the Shikotsumyaku kekkei genkai after the extinction of the Kaguya Clan.
Main article: Rūku Uchiha
- Madara Uchiha, Ryun's grandfather, was meant to become First Hokage — ironic, considering Ryun eventually became the first Kage of his own village.
- Many of Ryun's descendants have followed in his footsteps and become Yamakage.