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    Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable Kage

    I have noticed an alarming number of errors on this board, and I'm going to start trying to eliminate them so that people stop citing them as evidence for their theories.

    The second one is the constant claim that the 3rd Hokage was "the god of shinobi", "the most powerful Hokage", the most powerful Kage of his time", etc, etc. This claim has virtually no evidence for it, and the evidence that Hirzen was the strongest Hokage is very bad (especially compared to Hashirama.

    Hashirama is clearly stronger than Hirzen ever was
    A sensible and consistent application of the evidence tells us Hashirama was clearly stronger than Hirzen. Now of course, anything could be wrong. For all we know there was a hidden leaf black ops ninja who we were never told about, who kept his true power hidden, and was actually stronger than the Sage of the 6 paths... but that's not how logic works. You don't imagine something that could be possible, you go off the evidence. Let's look at the evidence.

    Evidence for Hirzen
    - Some hyperbolic remarks in the manga, these being; a) that he was "said to be" the strongest ho/kage, and b) the claim he "was said to" "know all jutsu in the leaf". These 2 bits of evidence are extremely poor. The first remark is hyperbolic, and in the manga we've seen no end of remarks like this that were subsequently proven to be hyperbole. Remember how we were told Haku's jutsu had "never been stopped", or how "there's no stopping" Oro's soul transfer jutsu? You know, right before both were stopped. There are dozens of examples of this sort of hyperbole in the comic, which is why people don't go off hyperbole, they go off feats. Comic books have this problem all the time, which is why the 10 eyed man isn't actually the "most dangerous man in the world" as Batman comics hyperbolically state. Also consider the source here. This isn't a comment we're being given by the narrator, or by someone with credibility. These 2 remarks are from Iruka, some no name ninja's, and Oro is mocking that he's able to beat "you who were said to know all jutsu in the leaf". You act like the Sage of the 6 paths declared it to be so, and carved it on a mountain of truths.

    As for "knowing all jutsu", he clearly doesn't know how to perform them, and if he does he was really dumb not to use them in a fight to the death with Oro. Maybe he knows of them, but it's far too much of a stretch to grant him every jutsu in the leaf with no evidence off such a flimsy remark as "he was said to" know them all (the Manga is full of these sorts of patently false remarks, just like Haku’s jutsu being unstoppable). We’re even explicitly told later that affinity with all 5 elements is impossible without the rinnegan. So at best, this reputation remark is a reference to generic jutsu… and as someone else said, if you take away bloodline abilities and elemental jutsu, does that even leave much in the way of jutsu that matter? Not really.

    - Hirzen scored high in the databooks
    There is no reason for us to treat the databooks seriously. They’re not written by the author, and are full of obviously ridiculous material. Ameratsu is not “as hot as the sun”, and Naruto isn’t dragonball Z, where power levels mean something. For heaven’s sake, the databook gives Oro the same Genjutsu score as Itachi (a 5), which is patently ridiculous. Nobody should be invoking the databook as evidence of anything, no more than non-cannon star wars material, or a bunch of fanfic really. The scores in the databook do not represent characters actual abilities (Itachi for instance owns Oro every which way on Genjutsu, yet has an equal score… ridiculous).

    - Hirzen “beat” Oro and the 2 edo Hokages.
    Oro says very clearly that the 2 hokages are toying with him, and that’s evident from reading the manga fight (remember, the anime doesn’t count), where the hokage spend most of the fight standing around and letting Oro talk, and when Oro prompts them they do a few jutsu, but basically they just stand there. There’s very little reason to believe these guys are going all out, and given that a) they’re fighting in a confined area that massively disadvantages them, and b) what we see off Hashirama’s power later, it’s pretty clear we can’t take the fight at face value.

    I won’t use the invented logic of “Oro hadn’t perfected Edo Tensei”, we have no indication that means they weren’t at full strength, but they clearly aren’t being made to go all out, because Oro thought there was no way he could lose, partly because he didn’t know about the reaper death seal, which allowed Hirzen to take him by surprise and stop the fight before Oro got serious. Remember that your ability to control your own body is important to utilising your proper strength, the Hokage being mindless robots for Oro to control prevents them using the fighting genius they normally possess. Maybe the 2 Hokage would have gotten rid of the explosive tags if they could control their own movements, but Oro’s tags didn’t require them to because he knew that explosive tags couldn’t hurt them. Remember, sometimes the author has illogical things happen, then retrospectively explains them. Like when Madara “let” Onoki blast some of his armour off, just so we could see the 1st Hokage’s face.

    This brings me to the next point, which a lot of people have flagged. The author changes his mind. Maybe back in volume 17 Kishi thought of Hirzen as the strongest (or 2nd strongest) Hokage ever… but it’s very obvious at this point that view has been retconned. Now we don’t strictly need to use this logic, because the above arguments I addressed don’t really give much support to the idea Hirzen is that great, but certainly it’s fair for Hirzen fans to feel like once upon a time Kishi intended for Hirzen to be one of the best Shinobi of all time. What that shouldn’t blind them to is that there’s pretty much no good evidence left to suggest he was, as we’ve gotten more and more evidence of stronger and stronger shinobi as the manga went (some who died a long time ago, some who are alive right now). I also feel like old age is a really crap excuse for Hirzen… sure, I can buy he was weaker, but Onoki (who is far older) is doing stuff that makes Hirzen look pitiful, such as carrying islands and meteors, atomising large areas, summoning giant stone golems bigger than Hirzen’s earth wall, etc. Based off feats, Hirzen probably isn’t in the top 20 shinobi, and even that’s charitable. I’m sure he had a kage level strength, much like Tsunade who gets unfairly criticized, and we should remember that Itachi and Minato show us power doesn’t require scale or flashiness. You can have relatively small and simple techniques and be awesome. But we can’t just look at some hyperbole and a fight where nobody was going all out (under special conditions) and then say “yeh, Hirzen MUST have been the best… some randoms said so”.

    Evidence for Hashirama
    There’s so much, I feel like there’s not a lot of point getting into it all. We’re told, balls out, that Hashi beat EMS Madara and the 9 tails fox. Then we see a double page picture of the fight, which seems to tell us that “yes, it was just him v.s the 2 of them with no help” (something we also see in that animated scene of their fight, though I think we shouldn’t give anime any weight really), and then we see Madara resurrected and are shown he’s even more awesome than we thought, and he apparently still respects and fears Hashirama (something evidenced from flashbacks too, where he’s apparently fought the dude multiple times, and lost, and can’t handle it when people mention his name; “never mention THAT shinobi’s name in my presence again!”… this is right before Madara effortlessly schools Mu and Onoki at the same time, remembering this is Mu and Onoki who have done stuff much more impressive than Hirzen, and Madara only had the EMS at this point, and it's subsequently revealed Madara wasn't even trying in this fight, and when Onoki asks him why he never tried against him and Muu, Madara just asks him if he'd really try against a child, because apparently one of the most powerful Kages ever, along with his master, are children compared to EMS Madara... the same EMS Madara who Hashirama beat WITH the 9 Tailed Fox).

    Even without the Rinnegan, or Hashi’s DNA, Madara has techniques like perfect Susanoo, against which the 5 kages are helpless. And Hashirama apparently beat him with it… are you kidding? There’s no way Hirzen could have done any of this… and please remember, Madara wasn’t trying before then in his fight against the kage, so all this “Garra and Naruto nearly beat him” stuff is ridiculous… Madara wasn’t even trying then. Then look at the scale of the techniques Madara uses, which were apparently all Hashirama’s- creating and controlling whole forests (with pollen that makes you fall asleep), healing yourself without seals, having Tsunade like strength, and summoning giant wood dragons? Oh, and Hashi can use his seemingly bottomless chakra to create tonnes of wood clones, which nobody except Madara can differentiate from him, and which seem to have comparable powers to the user themselves. Yeh, good luck smelling out the real Hashirama when the air around you is filled with pollen that puts you to sleep when you inhale it. Did I mention Hashi could, at his peak, summon all the tailed beasts (remember, he controlled all the beasts at one point). Remember, every technique Yamato can do is like a pale shadow of Hashi, and Yamato is himself a pretty impressive Shinobi who summons small mountains and lakes effortlessly… again, it seems absurd Hirzen could have touched someone like this, whose hype is even better, and more decisive than Hirzens. In the 3rds case we’ve got some no name ninja’s saying “he was said” to be X good, while for Hashi we’ve got guys with cred like Madara and Kabuto saying “he was the only one who could beat me”, or “his power was so incredible, it was thought a fairy tale”. This is a guy whose blood is apparently so potent, it can do stuff like let ShiSui’s eye work once a day, instead of once per 10 years… that’s a 3650 fold increase in effectiveness… that’s how powerful a mere portion of his chakra is… indeed, it seems to be able to let Tobi use his MS a ridiculous, abusive number of times, despite the fact that he should have gone blind by this point given his overuse of MS.

    All the good evidence tells us we should side with Hashi, while to support Hirzen we have to cherry pick the evidence we like, while closing our eyes to the much better evidence that counteracts it, and ignoring basic principles of logic.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Whose Hirzen?
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    OP is stupid
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    What an original thread.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    When was he said to know every jutsu in the leaf? Orochimaru said he can use them. Not a notable Kage. Please, every Kage is notable, unless you say Evey other Kage> Hiruzen
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    he was a great kage...you just wrote a book there..people are not gunna read that
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Quote Originally Posted by COLONELJJ81 View Post
    he was a great kage...you just wrote a book there..people are not gunna read that
    I've read it, and didn't exactly enjoy doing so.

    He spent all that time on the thread and still didn't get his facts completely straight.
     
         
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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Quote Originally Posted by Kages View Post
    When was he said to know every jutsu in the leaf? Orochimaru said he can use them. Not a notable Kage. Please, every Kage is notable, unless you say Evey other Kage> Hiruzen
    I addressed this in my post... you should have read it and saved some time. And Oro's remark is not even hyperbole, it's sarcastic hyperbole. "Ho ho, I'm beating you, you who were said to know all jutsu in the leaf... except you clearly don't, and it would be impossible for me to even know if you could do all jutsu, since I don't know them all myself... but no, please take this sarcastic hyperbolic remark seriously because it suits your agenda."
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Quote Originally Posted by ItachiStyle View Post
    I addressed this in my post... you should have read it and saved some time. And Oro's remark is not even hyperbole, it's sarcastic hyperbole. "Ho ho, I'm beating you, you who were said to know all jutsu in the leaf... except you clearly don't, and it would be impossible for me to even know if you could do all jutsu, since I don't know them all myself... but no, please take this sarcastic hyperbolic remark seriously because it suits your agenda."
    There's nothing proving Orochimaru was lying. He was his sensei so of course Orochimaru would know all his hype
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Didnt read !!!!
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    That's a mighty fine wall of text you got there. Too bad I didn't read.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Another wall of text?! Dude cut it out you obviously know nothing of what you're talking about so just give it a rest.
    Hiruzen (not Hirzen) was called both God of shinobi in his youth, and is referred to as the Professor.
    If you want to know how strong Hiruzen was just look at his students: Orochimaru, Jaraiya, and Tsunade. All three considered for the post of Hokage Tsunade actually accepting the post. He is said to have known all of the jutsu (this excludes Clan secret techs and KG) of the Leaf.
    And he gave his life and successfully passed on the will of fire to at least three generations of young shinobi; not a notable Kage? Please.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Quote Originally Posted by Kages View Post
    There's nothing proving Orochimaru was lying. He was his sensei so of course Orochimaru would know all his hype
    Let's imagine for a minute that Oro meant his comment seriously, let's also forget for a moment that people in the manga make hyperbolic remarks all the time (which are then shown to be false... was Haku's jutsu "unstoppable"? Was Amaterasu "as hot as the sun"?) Just for the sake of argument, let's put all that aside. There are thousands of jutsu. Are you suggesting the 3rd stopped and performed all of them in front of Oro, just to prove it? Plus Oro (and Hirzen) themselves do not know all jutsu (in the leaf or otherwise), so they cannot even comment on these things (remember, Oro didn't know the Reaper seal, and Hirzen didn't know Edo Tensei before Oro used it, which is why he wasn't sure that their bodies were immortal until he tested it out). There are new jutsu all the time, etc, how can Oro (who hasn't seen his master in years) really comment on that? And isn't Hirzen an idiot for not using jutsu that could have saved his life? He was pretty dumb not to whip out the flying thunder god technique (among others) if he had it up his sleeve. Also the claim is contradictory to other claims. For instance, we're told only Jiraiya and the 4th could do Rasengan, so both statements clearly can't be true. We're explicitly told without the Rinnegan you can't have affinity to 5 natures. Then that's not counting all the bloodline abilities, or abilities specific to certain clans (or artificial enhancements, like Danzo or Oro). If you take all those abilities out, what's left? The 3rd might well have known 1000 generic jutsu, but what of it? They're all irrelevant against the high end jutsu like Amaterasu or Dust techniques.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    I love how none of the replies criticising me read my post, or are responding to issues in it.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    read and i have to say this is one of the sadist anti 3rd hokage treads i have read as of late


    btw the databooks ARE wrote by the author
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    I find it funny how your posts are meaningless walls of text and how you name them "myth busting" threads when in actuality you aren't busting anything but brain cells trying to conceive baseless arguments.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable


    OT : Hiruzen is the gratest Hokage. The end.
     
         
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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    Quote Originally Posted by ItachiStyle View Post
    Let's imagine for a minute that Oro meant his comment seriously, let's also forget for a moment that people in the manga make hyperbolic remarks all the time (which are then shown to be false... was Haku's jutsu "unstoppable"? Was Amaterasu "as hot as the sun"?) Just for the sake of argument, let's put all that aside. There are thousands of jutsu. Are you suggesting the 3rd stopped and performed all of them in front of Oro, just to prove it? Plus Oro (and Hirzen) themselves do not know all jutsu (in the leaf or otherwise), so they cannot even comment on these things (remember, Oro didn't know the Reaper seal, and Hirzen didn't know Edo Tensei before Oro used it, which is why he wasn't sure that their bodies were immortal until he tested it out). There are new jutsu all the time, etc, how can Oro (who hasn't seen his master in years) really comment on that? And isn't Hirzen an idiot for not using jutsu that could have saved his life? He was pretty dumb not to whip out the flying thunder god technique (among others) if he had it up his sleeve. Also the claim is contradictory to other claims. For instance, we're told only Jiraiya and the 4th could do Rasengan, so both statements clearly can't be true. We're explicitly told without the Rinnegan you can't have affinity to 5 natures. Then that's not counting all the bloodline abilities, or abilities specific to certain clans (or artificial enhancements, like Danzo or Oro). If you take all those abilities out, what's left? The 3rd might well have known 1000 generic jutsu, but what of it? They're all irrelevant against the high end jutsu like Amaterasu or Dust techniques.
    I dont remember who said Haku's jutsu is unstoppable. Amaterasu is as hot as the sun, because the manga said so. On different occasions, Orochimaru has seen different jutsu because they known each other for like 50 years. There is nothing proving Hiruzen doesn't know how to use Edo Tensei. He stopped it. If you say Minato was stopped by the Reaper Death Seal, you are wrong because Orochimaru wouldn't have been able t carry out the ritual. Hiruzen said himself, I was able to stop it, hyping himself even more that he at least knew how to stop it. Hiruzen wasn't necessarily fast in his old age, and they were in a small room so how would he use FTG? Plus, FTG was made after his prime I think. Idk. Only Jiraiya and 4th could do Rasengan, Tsunade didn't know about Kakashi. You don't need Rinnegan to have 5 elements, you can train and Learn all of them, same reason why Kakashi has 3. Hiruzen doesn't know KKG because he isn't from that clan so that is excluded.
     
         

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    Re: Myth busting thread #2 - Hirzen is not "the strongest" Hokage, or even a notable

    seems like you're making up your own rules and logic to support your claims. where in the manga does it say anything about hyperbole. i'd rather believe the text we get in the manga as it comes from the author of the series.
     
         

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