Team 7's instructor Kakashi Hatake is one of the most beloved characters not just in Naruto, but in anime as a whole. No matter how popular he might be, there will always be a few bits of Kakashi Hatake trivia that even diehard fans aren't aware of.
There are plenty of interesting things you didn't know about Kakashi to talk about, ranging from the meaning of his name and his mission stats to important details about his childhood and his powers that might have been forgotten. There's also information about what Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto, intended for the character - did you know that he was originally supposed to be a strict, serious samurai?
Which detail surprised you the most?
He's Harboring Some Serious Guilt
Kakashi may not seem like someone who is burdened with guilt, but he considers himself at least partially to blame for the Uchiha massacre. That's because when he was a member of ANBU, he ended up mentoring Itachi Uchiha and going on missions with him. Itachi asked Kakashi for advice - not specifically regarding the upcoming attack, but about upholding promises made to those who have passed away. Not long after, Itachi lay waste to his clan.
Kakashi regretted not being able to guide Itachi toward a less violent path, and carried this burden with him for the rest of his life. Because the scene took place during a filler episode, it's easily overlooked - and for some, it's not even canon. But if you take the view that filler episodes that contribute to the story and its characters count, it's a fascinating aspect of Kakashi's character.1,77386Is this interesting?
He Inherited His Tantō Blade
With abilities like chidori and the mangekyo sharingan, it's easy to forget that Kakashi once wielded an impressive blade. This tantō blade can be seen primarily in flashbacks, but he does use it as an adult until he loses it in battle. The sword might not look like much, but it's actually fairly significant. The blade, which is called the White Light Chakra Sabre, is a treasure of the Hatake clan that was passed onto him by his father Sakumo.
But there's more to the weapon than just its sentimental value. It's also a strong weapon that creates streaks of white when its swung - it's how Sakumo got his nickname, the White Fang. Sadly, it was destroyed during Kakashi's fight with Kakkō, although a filler episode did imply that it had been repaired.1,52383Is this interesting?
He Was Originally Supposed To Be A Samurai
Believe it or not, Kakashi was originally intended to appear as a samurai, not a ninja. This actually applies to the whole cast - Kishimoto wanted to write a manga about samurai but changed his mind when he realized that Shonen Jump had already covered the samurai niche with titles like Rurouni Kenshin. He actually created art depicting Team 7 as samurai, giving fans a great opportunity to speculate on what the series might have been like if he'd kept them that way.1,928131Is this interesting?
His Mask Hides A Facial Mole
Kakashi's mask has been the subject of some serious speculation. Just what is he hiding under there? While a filler episode postulated all kinds of ridiculous answers, including swollen red lips and enormous buck teeth, he's actually hiding a completely normal face with a small mole on his chin. What's not revealed is his reason for being so secretive in the first place.1,884148Is this interesting?