The Hokage ('Fire Shadow') is the military and political leader of Konohagakure, the hidden village of the Land of Fire. Though they are usually the strongest in the village, they are also chosen based on connections to previous Hokage, ideology, and their own personal achievements and renown. So far, there have been five Hokage:
- Hashirama Senju - the First Hokage. It is said that he once stood at the pinnacle of the shinobi world and is often hailed as the strongest man in the world. He co-founded the village and literally created it with his Wood Release techniques.
- Tobirama Senju - the Second Hokage and Hashirama's brother. He organized the village by creating the Academy, the ANBU, and the Konoha Military Police Force, and was a master of Water Release techniques.
- Hiruzen Sarutobi - the Third Hokage and the student of both Hashirama and Tobirama. He is known as the God of Shinobi and the Professor for reportedly having knowledge of and being able to perform every technique in the village.
- Minato Namikaze - the Fourth Hokage and the student of Jiraiya, who was a student of the Third. He was known as a once-in-a-decade genius and the fastest man in the world, credited with Konoha's victory in the Third Shinobi World War.
- Tsunade - the Fifth Hokage and Hashirama's granddaughter, Tobirama's grandniece, and Hiruzen's student. She is known as the world's greatest medical-nin and the strongest and most beautiful woman in the world, credited with Konoha's victory in the Second Shinobi World War.
Danzo did serve as an interim Sixth Hokage after Tsuande slipped into coma from protecting the village against Pain's invasion. While he did represent Konoha at the Kage Summit, Danzo never fully took office since the village's Jonin hadn't yet voted. During his brief time in office, he issued orders for Sasuke Uchiha's death; ironically, it would later be Sasuke who killed Danzo.