Sorrow begets Solitude...
The only thing you can have faith in is... YOURSELF
Idiot, it's not the simple.
Name: Black Zetsu 黒ゼツ Nickname: Madara's Will Gender: N/A Age: 20~'s Clan: Senju DNA/Madara's Will
Name: White Zetsu 黒ゼツ Nickname: Obnoxious Half Gender: N/A Age: 20~'s Clan: Senju DNA
Zetsu is easily distinguished by the two large venus fly-trap like extensions that envelop his head and upper body, giving him a plant-like appearance. When his extensions are open and his head is visible, it is revealed that Zetsu has short green hair, yellow eyes, and that his body has two different coloured halves. His left side is completely white, while the right side is almost entirely black. The black colour does not cover his black half's entire body, as it only extends partially down his leg, which was originally his white half's right leg. Under his Akatsuki cloak, Zetsu wears blue pants and sandals. He also has both legs wrapped in bandages, which hide the area where his right leg's black colouring merges with his white foot.
Unlike White Zetsu, who possesses human-like facial features and a proper eye, Black Zetsu shows no visible orifices at all and only his iris is visible. Black Zetsu also has white dots along the edges of his body where the two halves meet; these are not flat markings, but rather protrude from his body, like little white bumps. White Zetsu also has unusually rounded teeth. In the anime, his fingernails are painted pink and his toenails, as seen at his début, are blue. In the manga, however, Zetsu is often depicted without fingernails. He also wears his Akatsuki ring on his right little finger.
When the two halves split apart, the plant-like extensions split and hang from the waists of both. Their clothes also split in half along with them, leaving each with one pant leg or half of an Akatsuki mantle, should they be wearing it. When they are emerging from the ground, their plant-like extensions surround the two halves in a circular pattern. The two have also demonstrated the ability to grow appendages to substitute for their missing half when split. Sometime after splitting, the two halves seemingly discarded their torn clothing.
Personality: Accordingly with his two differently coloured halves, Zetsu has two personalities: the original White Zetsu being carefree and playful with a habit of teasing others, traits he shares with many of his clone siblings. Black Zetsu, however, is more serious and knowledgeable. In the Japanese version of the manga, Black Zetsu only uses katakana for okurigana and furigana, while White Zetsu uses kanji and kana regularly. This is often conveyed in the anime through their different voice tones. While the two halves sometimes differ in opinions and frequently converse with each other, they are still able to function as a single entity.
Zetsu is very trustworthy, being entrusted with Akatsuki's secrets and knowledge of Madara's Eye of the Moon Plan, which his white half believed to be beneficial to mankind. Because of his ties to Madara, Zetsu has apparently been working with Obito for some time, originally acting as Obito's superior prior to his induction into the Akatsuki. This is furthered by White Zetsu's long history with Obito when the boy was saved by Madara during the Third Shinobi World War. Though he annoyed Obito at first, White Zetsu eventually won the boy's friendship. Like his clone, White Zetsu believed Madara was a good man at heart and saw no harm in helping Obito without Madara's permission.
Zetsu's main role within Akatsuki is to function as a spy with other duties that were similar to those of a hunter-nin. He is also able to control his body and take part in the tailed beast sealing ritual simultaneously, which, in addition to being unique to him, allows him to act as a lookout while the sealing takes place. When an agent of Akatsuki, or possibly even a member, dies, Zetsu is sent to devour their bodies so as to not have their secrets revealed, which further adds to his nature as a half-plant creature. Zetsu is also the one sent to retrieve the rings of dead Akatsuki members. Due to the role he plays, Zetsu is the only member of Akatsuki to act without a partner on a regular basis. As such, he operated on his own, often moving between the different locations where the other Akatsuki members were located. This resulted in other members often reporting directly to him, rather than the figurehead leader, Pain. Zetsu would in turn report directly to Pain along with Obito, who took full control over the organisation after Nagato's death.
Village of Birth: N/A Village of Alliance: Akatsuki
Ninja Rank: Sage in posts Specialty: Wood Release (Root Variation), Earth Release and Water Release (Earth with one handseal and Water with increased speed), Stealth, Observational Skills, Sensing, Knowledge beyond most humans
Zetsu, as a clone made from Hashirama cells, possesses abilities linked to the laters DNA. He can merge with the ground and organic vegetal life and move within it at great speeds virtually undetected. Black Zetsu is also skilled chakra sensor. He can split himself in his two independent personalities, forming each a fully functional ninja. Both halfs also displayed the ability to use a rudimentary form of low rank Wood Release (up to A-Rank). In his case, this rudimentary form manifests itself through roots that he can create from the ground to attack his enemies. He lacks however, the ability to use normal wood techniques and can only use the root variation known to him. Two important abilities Zetsu uses are his cloning abilities and his spore abilities. He can create spores of himself who can lay dormant, leeched onto a ninja. These can be used to leech chakra from the ninja and create Zetsu clones who can be used to attack but also to give said chakra to the user/allies. The cloning abilities allows him to, through his spore abilities or direct contact, copy the chakra of an enemy and create a virtually identical copy of them.
Elements: Mastered 5, Wood (Root) Your ninjutsu: Nin, gen, tai, ken, Kaito's Tai, Kyoutryuu Tai, Customs
(Shigai Katsu no Jutsu) - Body-Splitting Technique
Chakra cost: 10
Damage points: N/A
Description: This technique enables Zetsu to split his body into two: the white half and the black half. While separated, the two can act on their own and perform techniques. Each half when split grows a missing leg and body mass but do not grow a missing eye, ear or arm. The two halves can also use this technique to merge back into one entity.
Note: Can only be used by Zetsu.
(Kisei Bunshin) - Parasite Clone Technique
Chakra cost: 30
Damage Points: N/A
Description: This technique allows White Zetsu to create clones of himself, which he is able to control and communicate with remotely. Unlike most clone techniques, these clones are not dispelled when they are dealt damage or killed. They can also be used with White Zetsu's Substitute Technique to assume the form of any individual that he has touched, right down to their unique chakra. The clones can be produced from earth or organic vegetal matter as well as through Zetsu's spore technique. These clones can use ay technique the user knows up to A-Rank or, when they are used for the substitute technique, up to A-Rank of the basic 5 the copied ninja can use.
Note: Can only be used by Zetsu and shares the limits of any clone technique.
(Haetorisou Kyūshū no Jutsu) - Flytrap Absorption Technique
Type: Offensive, Supplementary
Chakra cost: 20 (-40 per turn to the target)
Damage points: N/A
Damage points: The white Zetsu turns his body into a giant Venus Flytrap shape that wraps around the target, and then by opening his mouth, he begins the chakra absorption to drain the targets chakra.
Note: Can only be used by White Zetsu half
Description: This technique allows the user to merge his body with the ground and plants and to move at very high speeds through the networks of roots and water veins. Although once in the ground the travel speed is, indeed, fast, merging and emerging with and from the ground is not very fast. This allows the user to conceal his presence completely, making it almost impossible to detect him, although it was noted that Byakugan users can still spot the user. If an underground technique of higher rank is used, its possible to stop the user or force him to surface.
Note: Can only be used by Zetsu bios.
Note: Usable 5 times per Battle.
(Ne Tsūshin no Jutsu) - Root Communication Technique
Chakra cost: 20
Damage points: N/A
Description: This technique allows each half of Zetsu to communicate with each other when seperated. By merging part of themselves with the ground Zetsu can send "messages" to one another through a system of roots.
(Shiro Zetsu Māji no Jutsu) - White Zetsu Merging Technique
Chakra cost: 20
Damage points: N/A
Description: Several White Zetsu clones merge into a single large being with their venus flytrap-like middles opened up. The merged white zetsu have a resiliance to Naruto's Nine Tailed Chakra modes Yang chakra influence preventing them from becoming Tree's. While highly durable (can endure up to B-rank techniques with no damage) , this form is also very slow and not very agile.
(Narikawari no Jutsu) - Clone Body Substitution technique
Chakra cost: 30
Damage points: N/A
Description: This technique allows the White Zetsu to create an exact copy of the opponent, down to their chakra, using his Parasite clones. Zetsu needs to have absorbed some of the targeted ninja's chakra with either a chakra absorption technique or his Spore Technique. However it will not be strong enough to fight an extended battle, so its primary purpose is for the function of a diversion. When the clone dies the appearance retains that of the person created until Zetsu releases it. The clones can use the Basic 5 Elements the original can, albeit only up to A-rank, plus all of White Zetsu's abilities.
(Hōshi no Jutsu) - Spore Technique
Chakra Cost: 40 (-30 per turn)
Damage Points: N/A
Description: Zetsu is able to plant spores in his opponents' bodies, unbeknownst to the opponents themselves (including Chakra Sensors, Doujutsu users, etc). These spores re triggered upon the users will or after a set amount of time and grow into a white mass of a variable number of clones of White Zetsu, that engulf the target, restricting their movement and absorbing their chakra as they grow. This chakra can then be transferred to someone else, provided the white clones of Zetsu were able to make contact with the person whose chakra is to be replenished. Through this technique, the user is able to create up to 4 clones. The clones can then be used for the clone body substitution technique or for simply combat.
Note: While the targets chakra is being absorbed, he is limited to A-Ranks and below.
Note: Can only be triggered once per battle and each target can only have a maximum of 4 spores.
( Mokuton: Dai Sashiki no Jutsu ) - Wood Release: Great Piercing Branch Technique
Range: Short - Mid
Chakra cost: 30
Damage points: 60
Description: An enhanced version of the Wood Release: Peircing Branch Technique in which the user will create giant root branches that are essentially as thick as tree trunks which are then used to intertwine around their opponent and effectively crushing them. These roots grow from the ground or from the users own body.
Note: Can only be used by Obito Uchiha and Zetsu
( Mokuton: Sashiki no Jutsu) - Wood Release: Piercing Branch Technique
Type: Offensive, Supplementary
Description: A highly versatile techniques whereby the user converts part of their body to wooden branches that resemble roots. These branches can then be used offensively by multiplying and extending them, piercing opponents. It can also be used to create short-range weapons like makeshift "swords", or else vaulted at opponents as a long-range projectile which can then be remotely manipulated to grow even more.
Note: Can only be used by Obito Uchiha and Zetsu
(Mokuton: Chika no Rūtsu) - Wood Release: Underground Roots Technique
Zetsu will use his chakra to forcefully grow roots from the underground that will rise and attack his target. The roots can acquire great proportions and can be quite fast, subduing an enemy easily as they restrict his movements and wrap around him. If use defensively, it can create a wall of roots to rise from the ground.
Note: Usable only by Zetsu
History: Zetsu appears frequently throughout the series. In addition to serving his various Akatsuki duties, he watches battles of interest and then reports the outcome to the other members and eats the bodies of dead associates.
Kazekage Rescue Arc
During the extraction of the One-Tailed Shukaku, Zetsu is seen also spying on Team Guy and Team Kakashi and alerting Akatsuki. Later, he is sent to dispose the corpses of Mukade and Yura, finding Mukade a delicious meal.
After Sasori and Deidara were defeated, Zetsu and Tobi were sent to retrieve their rings, and dispose of their corpses. However, he was unable to eat Sasori due to him being a puppet, but was amazed to finally see what Sasori looked like. Tobi found Sasori's ring, wishing to take his place. Black Zetsu thought this was a bad idea, but White Zetsu thought otherwise, noting that Tobi was a good person. They later found Deidara's severed right arm and believe him dead until he arrived and proved them wrong. This caused Black Zetsu to wonder why Deidara hadn't captured Naruto Uzumaki, to which Deidara replied that he had already fulfilled his quota either way.
Hidan and Kakuzu Arc
After Hidan and Kakuzu defeated Yugito Nii, Zetsu appeared to retrieve Yugito to start the extraction. When Hidan claimed that Akatsuki was just after money like Kakuzu, Zetsu told him that when he's sad and alone, all you can count on is yourself. Zetsu is later seen sealing the Two-Tails.
Itachi Pursuit Arc
Zetsu was seen to reveal himself right after Pain's fight with Jiraiya. During the fight between Sasuke and Itachi, Zetsu watched and recorded the entire battle. When Itachi died Zetsu noted that there was something different in Itachi's fighting style during the battle. He later appeared to inform Tobi of the result of the fight and was called "aloe vera" by Naruto. White Zetsu took some offence to the name while Black Zetsu told him to ignore him. He then led Tobi to where Itachi and Sasuke were.
Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc
During this arc, Zetsu was present alongside the other Akatsuki members when they extracted the Six-Tails from Utakata.
Invasion of Pain Arc
After the battle between the Uchiha brothers, Tobi met with Zetsu on a bridge where they discussed the fact that Itachi — who had been hampering their plans — was dead and Zetsu enquired what Tobi's next move would be.
Five Kage Summit Arc
After Itachi's defeat and Sasuke's recruitment, Zetsu took a more active role in Tobi's ongoing plans as now there were only three Akatsuki members left, marvelling at the effort that went into getting Sasuke to work with Akatsuki. He was later revealed to have watched the entire fight between Pain and Naruto Uzumaki, and appeared next to Tobi as he argued with Sasuke about what his next objective was. There he revealed that Konoha had already been destroyed. When asked by Tobi, he revealed that Danzō had been named the acting Sixth Hokage. He then proceeded to explain the outcome of the battle between Pain and Naruto. When Taka agreed to go to the Kage Summit, Zetsu revealed his ability to split in half, and White Zetsu proceeded to lead Sasuke and his team to the Kage Summit while Black Zetsu remained behind and discussed with Tobi the fact that they might lose control over Sasuke and would therefore lose their last chance to have someone sync with the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Tobi declared that he was tired of hiding, and explained that they needed to speed up the "Eye of the Moon Plan".
White Zetsu stayed with Taka in the Land of Iron, observing the meeting of the Five Kage and trying to figure out a way to successfully assassinate Danzō. After identifying Danzō, White Zetsu managed to slip away from Taka unnoticed. At that time, Black Zetsu was in the Land of Iron with Tobi, who instructed him to "begin". White Zetsu then emerged in the conference room, telling the five Kage that Sasuke was somewhere around. After revealing himself, the Fourth Raikage grabbed the white Zetsu's neck, asked him about the whereabouts of Sasuke, and threatened to use force. Zetsu mockingly replied that he would give a hint, which prompted the Raikage, angered, to tighten his grip on Zetsu's neck. With his neck snapped, the White Zetsu collapsed on the floor and was presumed to be dead by everyone in the vicinity.
After Sasuke had been struck by the Fifth Mizukage's Boil Release: Skilled Mist Technique, Zetsu's Spore Technique, which had secretly been implanted on everyone in the meeting hall before the Raikage's attack, activated. The spores leached some of the Mizukage's chakra while binding the samurai guards, Mifune, Ōnoki and everyone else. Black Zetsu commented on how foolish the five Kage were, as they had failed to detect his technique. One of the spores then jumped onto Sasuke and gave him the absorbed chakra, allowing him to use an arm of Susanoo to escape from the Mizukage. The spores were later successfully neutralised by everyone present at the time of their release.
After Naruto and Sasuke clash, the aftermath of which sends Sasuke hurtling towards a wall, a clone of White Zetsu appears and wraps himself around Sasuke to cushion the blow. Revealing that Tobi had told him to keep an eye on Sasuke, the clone contacts the real White Zetsu, who alerts Tobi. Upon Tobi's arrival, the White Zetsu clone, prepared to fight and capture Naruto, created several more copies of himself. Before he could engage in combat however, Tobi tells him not to as he wasn't a 'front line' fighter, and instead gives him the task of checking up on Kisame and rejoining with Black Zetsu.
White Zetsu and Black Zetsu meet up at the site of Killer B and Kisame's battle only to reveal that Kisame's decapitated body was actually one of White Zetsu's shape-shifting clones. It is then revealed that Kisame, by having the clone fake his death, was then able to infiltrate Kumogakure while inside Samehada which was being carried back to Kumogakure by Killer B who intended to use it as his own weapon. Black Zetsu then stated that it was their feeding time and that they should merge once again.
Confining the Jinchūriki Arc
Upon Tobi's return to the base, Zetsu, now with his halves rejoined, informed him that the scroll with information from Kisame Hoshigaki sent through his messenger shark had arrived. He also noted that everything seemed to be going in their favour. Kabuto mentioned that he could make Zetsu stronger and that he was the key to fighting the shinobi forces.
Tobi promised to give him "one Zetsu" if Kabuto captured the Nine-Tails. Later, Tobi revealed his army comprised of one hundred thousand clones of White Zetsu to Kabuto, which he would use to fight the numbers of the Allied Shinobi Forces.
Shinobi World War Arc
Supervising Sasuke's recovery, Zetsu told him to be patient when asked if his bandages could be removed, remarking that when he did regain his sight it would be to a different world. As the Fourth Shinobi World War commenced, Black Zetsu departed to enact Tobi's plan to capture the daimyō and hold them hostage to force the opposition to bring Naruto and Killer B to them. White Zetsu, on the other hand, was left behind to make sure Kabuto could not abduct Sasuke during the confusion of war. Later, after Kabuto demonstrated the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique, Black Zetsu emerged from the ground near Tobi. When asked if White Zetsu's spores had been placed on Kabuto's body, Black Zetsu confirmed, before being instructed to carry out his assigned tasks.
Emerging from the ground near the daimyō's hideout, Black Zetsu infiltrated the structure, despite alerting the enemy to his presence. However, upon discovering the daimyō's absence, Black Zetsu retreated and declared that they shouldn't underestimate his capabilities, as he was a part of the very land itself. Later locating his desired targets, he was instead obstructed by Mei Terumī and her squad, but sensing the Eight and Nine-Tails' chakra while confronting the team, he immediately communicated this to Tobi via White Zetsu. Told that the daimyō were no longer necessary with their quarry now in the open, Black Zetsu was ordered to continue with his guerilla tactics against the Mizukage's team to keep them from regrouping with the rest of their forces. The fight continued throughout the night.
On the second day of the war, White Zetsu was used as a test subject for Sasuke's new eyes and impaled by a blade formed from the black flames of Amaterasu, which was wielded by the youth's Susanoo, and was subsequently incinerated.
Continuing to battle with Mei and her squad, Black Zetsu observed the arrival of Naruto's shadow clone to their location, who then proceeded to crash into a tree beside him. Growing roots from portions of his body whilst fighting, he used them to trip Naruto and avoid his Rasenshuriken, only to be bisected from behind by the enlarged blade of Chōjūrō's Hiramekarei. Immobilised, Black Zetsu wondered how the sword grew to such a size in an instant and was then pinned to the ground by Chōjūrō's blade as the Mizukage departed.