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The 20 Strongest Hidden Mist Ninja In Naruto History, Ranked

December 9, 2020 4.2k votes 574 voters 36.8k views20 items

If you're looking for fierce shinobi, look no further than Kirigakure, the ninja village serving the Land of Water. Once known as the Village of the Bloody Mist, its reputation has mellowed out a bit over time, but it still has a long history of raising terrifyingly powerful shinobi.

Many of the strongest Hidden Mist ninja were members of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, a group of ninja deemed worthy of wielding one of seven treasured swords. Those who served as the Mizukage were also among the nation's greatest - although Yagura Karatachi is a highly controversial figure, his strength can't be denied. Some of the villages' best ninja actually defeated from the village - two, Juzo Biwa and Kisame Hoshigaki, ended up joining the Akatsuki. And while the next generation of Kirigakure ninja isn't quite as impressive as the previous one so far, we'd be remiss if we didn't give a nod to a few Boruto characters, Kagura Karatachi and Shizuma Hoshigaki. 

Which of these Kirigakure greats do you think is the strongest? Be sure to vote them up. 

  • Known as the Monster of the Hidden Mist, Kisame Hoshigaki is an S-rank missing-nin and former member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist who joined the Akatsuki. He wields Samehada, a sentient sword that feeds on his chakra in exchange for a range of abilities, including fusing with the sword itself, which allows him to heal his own injuries and replenish his chakra. He could also use a wide range of water release techniques, some of which involved trapping opponents in domes of water, then either drowning them or summoning sharks to feed on them, or creating sharks out of water to fight on his behalf. 

    Powerful Kirigakure ninja?
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    Gengetsu Hozuki

    As the second Mizukage, Gengetsu Hozuki is among the strongest shinobi in Kirigakure history. Like most members of the Hozuki clan, he could liquefy his body and reform it at will. But he could also control an oil-like substance that he could use to do things like destabilize sand and other materials. He was capable of using every form of nature release except for Fire, and had a summoning contract with a giant clam that exudes a mist that he uses to form genjutsu. No wonder he was brought back via Edo Tensei!

    Powerful Kirigakure ninja?
  • The Fifth Mizukage makes it sound like she has no time to think about anything other than getting married, but in reality, most of her time is going into cultivating her truly phenomenal strength. She has not one, but two kekkai genkai: Boil Release, which lets her create a corrosive mist that destroys anything it touches, and Lava Release, which lets her spit out acidic mud that can burn through anything unlucky enough to get in its way. 

    Powerful Kirigakure ninja?
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    Yagura Karatachi

    As the Fourth Mizukage, Yagura Karatachi is remembered for a horrifically violent administration that pit children against each other in death games. Political power aside, he was also the Three Tails' jinchuuriki who was skilled enough at managing his transformation to use the Tailed Beast Ball and survive an Amaterasu attack. He also used water release techniques in conjunction with a hooked club that could easily stand up to powerful swords like the Kubikiribōchō. 

    Powerful Kirigakure ninja?