Only Ninjas who has extra-ordinary heights of power are referred to as god of shinobi, throughout the Naruto series only two shinobis has been given that title: Hasihrama Senju of the Senju clan and Hiruzen Sarutobi.
Hashirama Senju was a member of the famed Senju clan. He himself was hailed as the “God of Shinobi” for his unmatched ninja prowess. Hashirama sought peace for the shinobi world, and to that end founded Konohagakure with his clan, his childhood friend and rival: Madara Uchiha and the Uchiha clan. He would later become the First Hokage (初代火影, Shodai Hokage, literally meaning: First or Founding Fire Shadow) of Konohagakure. Although he was not able to achieve peace during his lifetime, his legacy and vision for the world would continue to shape the village and the entire shinobi world even after his death.
Hashirama was famed as the strongest shinobi of time and was one of the most powerful shinobis in history, reputed as a God of Shinobi. Madara, another legendary shinobi, openly admitted inferiority to Hashirama throughout their entire lifetime together, even with the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan and the Nine-Tails at his disposal(in a genjutsu). Through his unique powers, Hashirama had been able to subdue and capture eight of the nine free-roaming tailed beasts on his own. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto proclaimed that the man’s might as a ninja was so vast that it was held in a fantasy light similar to the Sage of Six Paths, stating that no one, aside from Madara, had come close to matching him ever since his unexpected demise.
Chakra Prowess and Life Force
As a Senju, and a reincarnation of Asura Ōtsutsuki, Hashirama possessed a powerful life-force and physical energy. This made his chakra remarkably strong, and so dense that it could visibly affect his surroundings when released as powerful shockwaves. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after seeing Naruto Uzumaki distribute his and the Nine-Tails’ chakra to the entire Allied Shinobi Forces, Hashirama claimed that the distributed chakra amount was almost as large as his own, that’s like five nation’s shinobi chakra to just one man, that’s just how immense his chakra reserves are. His chakra control is advanced enough to perform various complex and large-scale techniques with only a few to no hand seals at all. He was also able to produce ten wood clones while maintaining a Kage-level barrier: a barrier that can only be made by kage level shinobis.
Hashirama’s life-force also grants him enough stamina to fight nonstop for a twenty-four hour period while still left prime to battle, and a will strong enough to resist the control of the perfected Impure World Reincarnation with ease, even after his cells were used to strengthen the technique’s binding. His body was brimming with vitality, granting him considerable regenerative powers that could mend most injuries with no residual effects, an ability that only Tsunade’s technique or Naruto’s own healing when he accesses Kurama’s chakra have both came close to emulating.
As a Senju, Hashirama is trained in a variety of shinobi skills. He could summon multiple Rashōmon gates to protect himself from nearly any attack. He could use barrier ninjutsu advanced enough to subdue the Ten-Tails. He had unprecedented skill in medical ninjutsu, able to heal wounds without forming hand seals. His skill in fūinjutsu could store several different types of weapons for battle, with which he showed versatile skill in bukijutsu, able to fight on par with Madara. In the anime, he could also break Madara’s control over the Nine-Tails.
Hashirama was proficient in all five basic nature transformations, along with Yin and Yang Release. He was most famous for his use of Wood Release, a combination of earth and water-natured chakra, creating wood and plants from the ground or his very being of various sizes and shapes that he manipulated to his purposes. This ability was apparently exclusive to him as no one else has naturally acquired this power.
Hashirama could completely change the landscape with his constructs. He also had more ingenious usages such as making wood clones that are nearly indistinguishable from himself. He could make flowering trees whose pollen rendered opponents unconscious, protective cocoon-like structures able to withstand Tailed Beast Balls, giant hands to apprehend large targets, as well as a giant humanoid creature able to clash with Madara’s Complete Body — Perfect Susanoo. In the anime, his precision and dexterity with his Wood Release could wield and launch his various weapons from afar, allowing him to attack from multiple angles.
Hashirama’s Wood Release also granted him a method of subduing and controlling the tailed beasts. By making direct hand contact or channelling it through his Wood Release, Hashirama could use the Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands to put the beast to sleep. He acquired several tailed beasts in this way and was able to maintain control over all of them at the same time. Likewise, he could create wood dragons to wrap around any targets and absorb their chakra. It was by this power that he earned fame as one of few people who could completely control a tailed beast before he later distributed the tailed beasts among the five great nations.
Because of his large chakra reserves, Hashirama could use senjutsu and enter Sage Mode — a feat he could perform instantaneously. In this mode, he gains red (black in the anime) markings around and under his eyes as well in the middle of his forehead. While it is not known where he learned it, Hashirama proved formidable in its usage, riding about on his wood techniques as a means to be mobile in battle while maintaining the stillness of one’s self needed to continue building up natural energy to keep this mode activated. Hashirama could perform powerful seals to bind targets, even those as large as the Ten-Tails. The power of Sage Mode would also greatly augment his Wood Release, causing his constructs to be become considerably larger and more dangerous, as seen with his largest creation, the Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands: by using it to deliver an enormous barrage of punches, it could strip Susanoo from the Nine-Tails plus was chiefly responsible for the formation of the Valley of the End.
Hashirama was skilled enough in taijutsu to match experts like Madara and Hiruzen, and could cast genjutsu to lock a target in perpetual darkness for the technique’s duration, although it is not known if he could withstand Night guy’s strongest attack but he could very well counter it. Hashirama was shown to be fast enough to outrun the Nine-Tails during his battle with Madara, allowing him to lead the battle to the shoreline.
Hashirama really does deserve the title : god of shinobi and so far through the anime only two NInjas has come close enough to living up to that title: Hiruzen Sarutobi and Naruto Uzumaki. While hiruzen sarutobi is already considered the second god of shinobi, naruto on the other hand shows immense strength and is already considered a legendary shinobi even while he is still much alive but hasn’t officially been declared the third god of shinobi..
In later post we are going to see who really deserves the top spot for god of shinobi title: Hasirama Senju, Hiruzen Sarutobi or Naruto Uzumaki. Leave your answer in a comment below and let’s see who wins in the coming post.