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In the fictional world created by Masashi Kishimoto – the world of Naruto – each of the five hidden villages is guarded by a leader known as a Kage. The Kage are usually the most powerful fighters in each of the villages and the title is passed over to the next best fighter after some time. The Kage of Konohagakure, Naruto’s village, is called a Hokage and in today’s article, you’re going to find out whether the ever so popular Kakashi Hatake became the Hokage of Konohagakure or not. Interested? Keep reading.
After the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi Hatake succeeds Tsunade and becomes the Sixth Hokage of Konohagakure, a position he holds until he is succeeded by Naruto Uzumaki, who became the Seventh Hokage.
Today’s article is going to introduce you to the character of Kakashi Hatake, after which we are going to tell you about his connection with the title of Hokage. You’re going to find out whether he became Hokage and if so, when, how and why. We have prepared an interesting article for you so keep reading.
Who is Kakashi Hatake?
Kakashi Hatake (Japanese: はたけ カカシ) is a fictional character appearing in the Naruto franchise, created by Masashi Kishimoto. Kakashi is the teacher of Team 7, consisting of the series’ primary characters, Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno.
Kakashi’s primary role in the story is that he teaches Team 7 the art of shinobi and accompanies them on their missions. He is the first person to notice Naruto’s colossal hidden powers, realizing that one day he might surpass his teacher. Throughout Part I of the manga, Kakashi takes a special interest in Sasuke Uchiha (a member of the same clan as Obito Uchiha), whom he trains separately in an attempt to push him away from Orochimaru, Konoha’s enemy. He teaches Sasuke the Lightning Blade technique and explains that this powerful technique should not be used against friends or for any personal purpose.
However, Kakashi’s efforts are in vain: at the end of Part I, Sasuke leaves Konoha, going to Orochimaru. Naruto and Sakura also leave Kakashi to go to other mentors; thus, the paths of all members of Team 7 diverge. In part II, two and a half years after the events described earlier, Kakashi recreates Team 7 with Sai, Yamato, Naruto and Sakura who, however, are no longer his students and act on an equal footing with him. With a new team, Kakashi tries to find and return Sasuke, but these attempts are never successful.
As Kakashi’s former students become more experienced and can take care of themselves, he begins to take an increasingly active part in battles with enemies, especially with a criminal organization called Akatsuki. When Pain, the leader of Akatsuki, invades Konoha, Kakashi engages him in battle. However, Pain manages to gain the upper hand. Kakashi uses Kamui to save Chojiro so that he can convey important information about Pain’s power to Tsunade, and spends the rest of his chakra knowing that it will kill him. Between the underworld and the real world, Kakashi meets with his father and forgives him; he made the best decision in the circumstances and did it in order to protect the villagers, so Kakashi is proud of him.
However, Nagato then brings him back to life. As a result of the battle with Pain, Konoha loses its leader – the Hokage lies in a coma. Chaos is growing in the village, and the threat of a world war hangs over it and other villages. Kakashi, chosen as a member of the Alliance of Five Ninja Villages, almost becomes the Sixth Hokage, however, before his official appointment, Tsunade comes to his senses. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, the shinobi fought and defeated the reincarnated Zabuza. A little later, together with Guy, he comes to the aid of Naruto and Killer B, against Tobi and the reincarnated Jinturiki. After defeating Kaguya and ending the war, he became the Sixth Hokage. A few years later, he resigned, and Naruto Uzumaki became his successor in this post.
Does Kakashi become Hokage?
Kakashi is famous for being one of the rare characters who almost became Hokage twice. Somewhere during the events described in episodes 163 and 164, Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, falls into a coma after battling Pain. Since this left Konohagakure without a Kage, a new one had to be chosen. Since Kakashi was the most skilled and experienced among them, he was chosen as Tsunade’s successor, although he was not thrilled with it. Luckily for him, Tsunade awoke from her coma just before the process was officially completed and thus Kakashi escaped his duties.
Yet, this was only temporary, as Kakashi would indeed become Tsunade’s successor and the next Hokage of Konohagakure. All of this played out after the Fourth Shinobi World War, during which he excelled in the fights. Kakashi was named by Tsunade as her successor after having proven his worth. Kakashi was, once again, reluctant to take over her duties – partly because he detested the paperwork – but he finally accepted and became her official successor and the Sixth Hokage; his first act was to pardon Sasuke for his crimes.
The novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky, which is an original story written by Akira Higashiyama and illustrated by Kishimoto, details Kakashi’s coping with his new role and even reveals that he had not taken over Tsunade’s duties a year after succeeding her, during which period Tsunade acted as Hokage.
In what episode does Kakashi become Hokage?
The Naruto anime wasn’t always clear with its episode order and even if we do know when something happened in the manga (exactly which chapter), we don’t necessarily have to know what episode it happened in. This is why people often wonder in what episode something happened. Luckily for you, we at Fiction Horizon have done our research and can, thus, tell you that Kakashi became Hokage in episode 479 of Naruto: Shippuden, which was titled “Naruto Uzumaki!!”. Here is a good video detailing these events:
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