Akatsuki refers to a group of shinobi who existed outside the traditional hidden village system. Over the years, Akatsuki was led by many people and took different forms. Each member of the Akatsuki ranks was either considered a criminal or subversive, but they all wanted to make the world a better place. There were many hiding places around the globe for Akatsuki, each one inaccessible due to their remoteness and the various security measures that protected them.
The original founder of the organization was Yahiko in the Third World Shinobi War. He also founded it with his childhood friends Nagato, Konan, and Konan. They were orphans from the Second Shinobi World War and created Akatsuki to bring peace to their village of Amegakure. Word of their exploits spread far beyond Amegakure. Yahiko’s charisma and leadership were key to the Akatsuki’s success early on.
This helped to keep the group together and encouraged them to persevere, despite all the obstacles. Yahiko, however, saw himself as just a middleman for Nagato , who would eventually be the de facto source to world peace through his Rinnegan.
As the years passed, Akatsuki began to draw unwanted attention. They were initially approached by Tobi, who claimed to be Madara Uchiha.
In a last-gasp gesture, Yahiko gave Nagato the task of pursuing peace. Saddened by Yahiko’s death, Nagato concluded that the shinobi world wouldn’t agree to peaceful living voluntarily, and that Akatsuki’s previous pacifist strategies were ineffective. Nagato concluded that to stop the world from reverting to permanent war, it was necessary to cause it such calamity and destruction that it will never again think of conflict. Nag
ato, who wanted to expose these horrors to the rest of the world, assumed the pseudonym “Paine” and created the ” Six Ways of Paine,” in which Yahiko was included so that he could continue to lead Akatsuki. Nagato disguised himself as Madara Uchiha to seek out Obito and accept his support offer.
The Akatsuki began to recruit Srank renegade Ninjas into their ranks after the Third Shinobi World War. There were competing personalities and aspirations, but they all shared Nagato’s goal of world dominance. Recruitment may have been partially forced in the Deidara case. After Akatsuki had recruited the ten target members, it began a three-step process in order to reach this goal.
Toby appeared to Akatsuki in order to meet Nagato’s Rinnegan and complete the Eye of the Moon Plan. He remained hidden for years, allowing Nagato, the leader of the Akatsuki, to make an appearance in the world. Obito then manipulated the situation to achieve his goals, including the capture of all nine tailed animals to resurrect Ten Tail and use him as a tool to apply Unlimited Tsukuyomi across the globe, ending all conflict by putting all people into eternal sleep.
Obito, who was Madara Uchiha’s real identity and took on the Eye of the Moon plan, followed the orders of Madara. Madara had Obito make Nagato resurrect Obito in the final stages. Obito, however, did not intend to stick to this part of the plan. He wanted Nagato to help him if anything happened. This was stopped by Nagato who betrayed Obito. He used the Heavenly Life Samsara technique to revive all those he had killed during his invasion in Konoha.
Obito is involved in Akatsuki activities even before Nagato’s passing, in large part due to Itachi Uchiha’s death. Kisama, who was his coworker in Kirigakure, is pleased to have him back. He convinces Sasuke and his Taka crew to join Akatsuki. Obito believes that this alliance is worth the loss of all the Akatsuki. Nagato pursues Nine-Tailed while Obito orders Taka to capture Eight Tail, the last remaining tailed beast.
Although Taka initially appears to have succeeded, it later becomes clear that Eight-Tailed’s Jinchuuriki, killer B, has captured them. After Zetsu reports Nagato’s death, Obito became more upset by Naruto’s insistence on thwarting his plans.
Their ranks are shrinking rapidly and the Five Great Shinobi Nations begin to rally against the Akatsuki. This is due to the attack on Konoha as well as the unsuccessful capture of Killer Bee. Obito takes decisive action. He first sends Kisame, to capture Bi. Then he sends Taka, to attack the Five Kage gathering. Sasuke fails to defeat the Five Kage, as Obito had hoped.
He hoped that Sasuke might weaken them enough for them to negotiate. Instead, he tried a diplomatic approach to them and asked that they assist him in completing the Eye of the Moon Plan. He requested that the Nine-Tailed and Eight-Tailed surrender. Obito was forced to declare the beginning of the Fourth Shinobi World War.
ffers to help Akatsuki with his Unholy Revival, which resurrects former Akatsuki members as well as many other famous shinobi. Obito refuses to cooperate when Kabuto begins blackmailing him with his strong>Unholy Resurrection/strong>, resurrecting Madara Uchiha. This makes threats against hidden villages more plausible by using Obito’s name.
Obito must agree. Conan is also killed as he travels to Amegakure in order to retrieve Nagato’s Rinnegan. They eventually hear of Kisame’s passing, but Kisame manages to send them information which allows Kabuto and the White Zetsu armies to strengthen their ranks.
Both sides are subject to heavy casualties during the war between the Akatsuki, the Allied Shinobi Forces. However, Naruto, Killer Bee, and others escape capture. After the White Zetsu army has been defeated, Kabuto must cancel the Unholy Resurrection. Obito is then deprived of all his abilities and is able to prematurely revive Ten-Tailed. Kabuto also resurrected Madara.
He is now free from his influence and provides some support that eventually allows Obito become the jinchuuriki for the Ten-Tailed One. Before he could perform Endless Tsukuyomi, he was defeated by Naruto Uzumaki (who had previously turned against Akatsuki) and Sasuke. Obito then stops pursuing the Moon’s Eye Plan.
The Akatsuki projects officially ended after Obito surrenders. Madara continues to seal Ten-Tailed in his body, activating Infinite Tsukuyomi. The Black Zetsu who have been trying to resurrect Kaguya Ootsuki since centuries, betrays him. Madara, Akatsuki, then Obito, are merely pawns to help achieve this goal. Kaguya then returns to life, using Madara as her vessel. However, with the help of Obito, they were defeated by Naruto, Sasuke, and Infinite Tsukuyomi.
AKATSUKI SHINA UCHIHA
Even though Akatsuki was defeated in the Fourth Shinobi World War, and the destruction and death they caused to many people’s lives, Akatsuki’s methods for achieving peace are still attractive to some. Some groups, like the Ryuha Weapons Alliance or the Gengo , have carried Akatsuki’s spirit forward, such as the Ryuha Warfare Alliance and the Gengo . Shin, an Orochimaru Test Subject, falls in love with Itachi about fifteen years after the war ended. He adopts the Uchiha name and plans to kill Sasuke as revenge.
Shin even uses the name Akatsuki to describe his belief that the former goal of interminable war is an evolutionary tool to help weaker people and strengthen the whole human race. He creates Akatsuki using clones from himself, and he plans to work towards the goal of a fully-fledged Akatsuki resurrection. After Sasuke’s encounter, Shin’s plans are thwarted by the Seventh Hokage. Shin uses extreme measures to confront Naruto, Sasuke. He sends clones to kidnap Sasuke’s daughter Sarada Uchiha and kidnaps his wife Sakura. The clones then surrender to Shin and take up residence at the Konoha children’s home. Thus, the new Akatsuki is over before it even began.
Nagato Akatsuki members wore special clothing: long, black cloaks with red clouds and red linings and high collars that reached their chins. Taka members Tobi and Taka wore the same cloaks but with a hood. The red clouds are a symbol for justice and the bloody rain that fell in Amegakura during wars. Because the cloaks are distinctive, Akatsuki members can be easily identified even from far away.
Even though cloaks were a common component of Nagato’s leadership (even Konan still wears them after Akatsuki’s departure), Obito doesn’t replace them when he is destroyed by Konan. Zetsu also stops using his cloak as his two halves act independently. Shin was the only one to wear the cloak during Shin’s attempts to revive the organization. None of his clones did.
Nagato also started a trend where members carved a line along their forehead protectors to represent the broken ties they had with their villages. Some prefer not to wear any forehead protectors at all. The members also used nail polish to paint their feet and hands (the colors in anime are slightly different). Members wore small ornamental tassels on their heads while traveling to conceal the fact that they were S-class criminals.
AKATSUKI RINGS & THEIR PLACEMENT
Nagato gave each Akatsuki member one of ten rings to wear on a particular finger. Excepting the marking of membership, the rings appear to have been used in sealing the Demonic Statue of the Outer Way’s tailed beasts. They indicated which statue’s fingers each member should stand on. The rings are an irreplaceable and important element. When Orochimaru resigned from the organization, he brought the ring with him. Deidara lost the hand that held his ring when he died.
Zetsu, Tobi and Tobi sought Sasori’s ring to replace it. Toby becomes the leader and the rings become irrelevant. He simply throws it away with his damaged cloak following the battle against Konan. The exact purpose of these rings is not known.
Nagato’s dominance, Akatsuki members formed groups of two and were paired together based on their perceived similarities (like Itachi or Kisame), or advantageous combinations (like Hidan/Kakuzu). While some couples were more compatible than others, not all of them liked one another. Sha no Sho points out that partners book separate rooms when staying at hotels and they always reserve two separate rooms. Even though they rarely met, there was a tendency to be discord between partners. Teams traveled around the globe pursuing Akatsuki goals, meeting only when Nagato calls, often to seal the tail.
NAGATO AND CONAN
Because Nagato, Konan and their childhood friendships are the only remaining Akatsuki members, the team that has worked together well is the one that has always got along. Nagato was always the leader so Konan followed his orders even when she disagreed. Nagato’s reign at Amegakura saw Konan act as an “angel” for him, the “god,” and proclaim his will to the people. Nagato’s identity was kept secret from the rest of organization. Instead, Akatsuki used the Way of Deva as his face.
BLACK ZETSU and WHITE ZETSU
Zetsu was an ally to Tobi and helped him in his alliance against Nagato. He officially joined Akatsuki long before Tobi. Zetsu is often seen as one entity, but he actually consists two entities: Black Zetsu (and White Zetsu). Although they may sometimes disagree with one another, this has not affected their respective duties of spying, destroying trails and obtaining resources. Zetsu was the most frequently met member of the group, not counting their partners. Zetsu was usually involved in bringing jinchuuriki into Akatsuki’s hideouts, to retrieve the tail beast.
OROCHIMARU AND SASORI
Akatsuki formed the first teams with Sasori and Orochimaru. Although little is known about their interactions, it seems that they worked well together in their partnership. Although they were able to get along so well that Orochimaru was able to see the real Sasori behind the Hiruko puppet mask, their relationship ended in discord. Sasori had broken his tooth against Orochimaru when Orochimaru fled from the Akatsuki and took an interest in his actions.
KAKUZU WITH HIS PARTNER
While little information is available about this relationship, it is possible to say that Kakuzu disliked his partner because of his slowness and weakness compared to his abilities. Kakuzu admitted indirectly to his partner’s murder that he wanted him dead, even though he previously stated that he should have run.
JUSO AND ITACHI
Juzo and Itachi were great partners in at least three missions, which included assassination or sabotage. Their team was the first to use a formation system for better coordination with one another. “Formation A”, used when each of them attacked separately and fought as they pleased. Itachi attacked with his genjutsu, or shuriken, and then Juzo finished off the defeated shinobi using his sword. Itachi requested that Juso be killed in the event of Juso being captured by Hidden Mist. Itachi
also wanted to give “Building C” as a command, but Itachi refused. Juso was eventually killed by the Fourth Mizukage while on the team’s mission of killing a Water Country citizen. Itachi, who was severely wounded by Jagura’s attack, placed Kubikiribocho’s remains in the hand of his partner as a tribute to his fallen friend.
KISAME AND ITACHI
Kisame believed their team was well-formed, since both shinobi were famous for their killing of their comrades. Itachi and Kisame were able to get along despite their differences. Although Kisame was more violent than Itachi, he followed Itachi’s orders, even if it meant he couldn’t kill anyone. Itachi’s death leaves Kisame feeling sad. Itachi, however, regrets Kisame’s passing during the resurrection.
SASORI AND DEIDARA
Itachi helped Deidara to be forcibly recruited to replace Orochimaru. Both considered themselves artists, but they showed little respect for each other’s art preferences. Sasori believed art should be timeless, just like his puppets. Deidara thought art was temporary, just as his explosions. Deidara, who was more experienced than Sasori, was somewhat submissive to him but was deeply disappointed by his death.
HIDAN AND KAKUZU
Kakuzu had killed his previous partners and was now partnered with Hidan. Hidan is an immortal that he cannot kill. Hidan considered Kakuzu’s love for money to be a blasphemy and Kakuzu wanted to kill him because of his religious habits that took up too much time. They were nevertheless the most impressive pair in the organization. They were called the “Immortal Combo” [Bu Si konbi Fushi Conby] and “Zombie Combo] (zon bi ko, n bi. Zonbi Conby).  Kakuzu could easily sew Hidan together if Hidan were dismembered. Kakuzu could also use reckless attacks and not worry about Hidan being killed in the crossfire. Shikamaru Nara said that they could not be stopped as long as they were together.
DEIDARA AND TOBI
Tobi, who replaces Sasori in Akatsuki as a member, also becomes Deidara’s new partner. Tobi’s personality was so irritating that Deidara would not stop irritating him with his apparent ignorance or disrespect. Deidara tried to kill Toby several times in frustration, but he never succeeded. Deidara didn’t know the identity of Tobi but considered him an apprentice who taught him how to be successful in Akatsuki. Deidara expressed affection for Tobi and warned him to keep a safe distance from his C4 before apologizing for what he believed would kill Tobi.
- Akatsuki (Jap. Xiao ), when written as “Aka Tsuki (Jap. Chi Yue (literally, “red moon”) is the equivalent of “red moon”
- Masashi Kishimoto, in Sha no Sho, stated that Akatsuki was originally a group monsters with very few human qualities. This is best illustrated by Zetsu.
- Naruto Movie: The Way of the Ninja – The Akatsuki of Genjutsu World is a well-known group of military mercenaries.
- Jugo, Karin, and Suigetsu Hozuki, in the Naruto Collection Card Game are incorrectly represented as Akatsuki members wearing Akatsuki Cloaks.
- Three-Tailed was sealed in the manga just before Two-Tailed.  In the anime, Three Tails’ capture gets its own arc. His sealing will be shown right before Four-Tailed.
- Paine claimed there were still four tailed beasts after sealing Two-Tailed. After Taka joined forces with Akatsuki in the anime, Kisame stated that there were still three tailed beasts. This distinction was made in the manga to make room for an arc that would feature the Six-Tailed.
- After the massacre of clan members, all three Uchis survived ended up working for Akatsuki.
- In the anime, Akatsuki was in the Infinite Tsukuyomi Tsunade. Their goals were different so they didn’t seek to overthrow the tailed beasts of the world. Akatsuki’s protagonist, who rules from the shadows was not Obito but Sasori and he is responsible for leading Akatsuki after Nagato’s departure. Sasori’s motivations were also different than Obito’s.
- Only Conan, Nagato and Zetsu, among all Akatsuki members, were not rebel ninjas.