The Kazekage ('Wind Shadow') is the military and political leader of Sunagakure, the hidden village of the Land of Wind. 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 Kazekage:
- First Kazekage.
- Second Kazekage.
- Third Kazekage. He was known for his Iron Sand techniques and considered the strongest Kazekage because of them. He was killed and turned into a puppet by Sasori.
- Fourth Kazekage. He was known for his Gold Sand techniques and was killed by Orochimaru.
- Gaara - the Fifth Kazekage, son of the Fourth Kazekage, and the former jinchuriki of Shukaku.