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Akatsuki Information
Akatsuki (meaning "Dawn," or "Daybreak") is a criminal organization in Naruto. They were first introduced in episode 80 of the Naruto anime and chapter 139 of the Naruto manga when Akatsuki members Itachi and Kisame entered the Hidden Leaf Village in pursuit of Naruto and the the Nine-Tailed Fox within him. Currently, Akatsuki consists of nine elite S-class criminals. The exact criteria for admission to Akatsuki are unknown, but extraordinary fighting ability and deadly ruthlessness seem to be prerequisites as members of Akatsuki have cause death and destruction in their villages in their past.

Members of Akatsuki wear rings as well as their respective village headbands with a line stuck through the village symbol on. In addition to those they wear a black cloak with red clouds on it and have their nails painted. The significance of the painted nails and cloak are unknown, but it is a belief they are just for fashion. The purpose of the ring is not 100% clear either, but based on the manga it seems they use it to extract demons (called Bijuu) from their host (referred to as a Jinchuuriki). For the village headband, it is believed the line threw the village headband signifies a broken connection between the individual and the village (scroll to the bottom of the page for pictures of the accessories).

The ultimate goal of Akatsuki is unknown, but most people believe that the organization is called Akatsuki, which means dawn, because they are working for the dawn of a new world order. This may explain their need for powerful demons such as the Nine-tailed fox in Naruto and Shukaku the One-Tailed Tanuki in Gaara.

Akatsuki Members
Below are the members of Akatsuki that we have some data on.

Akatsuki Leader Akatsuki Leader
First Manga Appearance: 238
First Anime Appearance: 135
Ring: Rei (Zero) on right thumb
Originally From: unknown
Miscellaneous Information: None, but it is heavily rumored that this character is the 4th Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village because of his body's outline.

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Itachi Uchiha Itachi Uchiha
First Manga Appearance: 139
First Anime Appearance: 80
Ring: Shu (Scarlet) on right ring finger
Originally From: Hidden Leaf Village
Miscellaneous Information: Killed everyone in his clan except for his little brother Sasuke. Sasuke believes that Itachi felt bad for killing his clan and left him alive so that he could punish Itachi for his misdeeds. In Akatsuki, he is partnered with Kisame and is responsible for catching the 9-tail fox which resides in Naruto.

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Kisame Hoshigaki Kisame Hoshigaki
First Manga Appearance: 139
First Anime Appearance: 80
Ring: Minami (South) on left ring finger
Originally From: Hidden Mist Village
Miscellaneous Information: Kisame is one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, seven powerful ninja who utilize large and unique swords. Zabuza and Raiga were also members. Like everyone seen from the Hidden Mist Village, Kisame uses water element jutsu in combination with his powerful physical attacks. He is partnered with Itachi and they are responsible for catching the 9-tail fox which resides in Naruto.

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Deidara Deidara
First Manga Appearance: 247
First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden 02
Ring: Sei (Blue-Green) on right index finger
Originally From: Hidden Rock Village
Miscellaneous Information: A fancy and skillful fighter, with special mouths in the palm of each hand, he is able to manipulate clay into either a flight-capable clay bird that can support him or a a huge bomb that is capable of leveling a village without the use of exploding tags. After Sasori's death Deidara was partnered with the newest member of Akatsuki, Tobi.

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Zetsu Zetsu
First Manga Appearance: 234
First Anime Appearance: 134
Ring: Kai (Boar) on right pinky finger
Originally From: Hidden Grass Village
Miscellaneous Information: The right side of his face, and likely his body, is black in color while his left side is white in color. He also has the ability to merge the ground, trees, and other plants.

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Hidan Hidan
First Manga Appearance: 312
First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden 10
Ring: San (Three) on left index finger
Originally From: Seems to be from the Hidden Rain Village
Miscellaneous Information: Hidan is first shown with a three-bladed scythe and says that he is the slowest attacker in Akatsuki.. His partner is Kakuzu, and him easily defeated the two-tailed demon cat Jinchuuriki. He is a very religious individual and prays to his chain of prayer beads before a fight, wishing for nothing less than a kill. He believes in the Jashin (wicked heart) religion where killing is encouraged and anything less than that is considered a sin.

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Kakuzu Kakuzu
First Manga Appearance: 238
First Anime Appearance: 135
Ring: Kita (North) on left middle finger
Originally From: Hidden Waterfall Village
Miscellaneous Information: Kakuzu is the tallest member of Akatsuki. He is obsessed about money, and will do anything to get it. He also dislikes Hidan's religion as he believes that the rituals Hidan performs are a waste of time. He gets in frequent arguments with Hidan because they have two distinct personalities - Hidan is a religious type of guy, while Kakuzu is a money man. The only reason Kakuzu puts up with it all because be believes in the end it can bring him money. 

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Unnamed Akatsuki Member Unnamed Akatsuki Member
First Manga Appearance: 238
First Anime Appearance: 135
Ring: Byakko (White Tiger) on right middle finger
Originally From: Unknown
Miscellaneous Information: Nothing is known about this Akatsuki member. Based on the only clear picture we have seen, she has blue hair with a flower in it. She is most likely a female because blue hair and flowers are often associated with girls in anime.

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Tobi Tobi
First Manga Appearance: 280
First Anime Appearance: Has not appeared yet
Ring: Gyoku (Jewel/Jade) on left thumb
Originally From: Unknown
Miscellaneous Information: Tobi was Zetsu's subordinate. He has a very formal and correct manner of speech and wanted to fill in Sasori's position in Akatsuki after he had died. To his luck he was eventually let in Akatsuki as we see in chapter 317 that Deidara tells him how a member of Akatsuki is supposed to act.

Fans of Naruto believe that Obito Uchiha, despite being deceased, is Tobi. This is because of the similarity of name between Tobi and Obito and because of the author of Naruto described himself as being heavily inspired by Dragon Ball, which featured the villain Buu and his reincarnation Uub. It is also believed Obito and Tobi are the same person because the apparent mechanization of parts of Tobi's body correspond to the injuries Obito suffered when last seen. In particular, Tobi wears a mask that directs attention to his one working eye. Obito had, in his dying moments, let his other eye be surgically extracted and implanted into his friend Kakashi.

It's unknown if and how Obito would have become Tobi, but at the time of Obito's apparent death, Akatsuki had at least two members who were highly skilled at the preservation of a body's abilities after death; Orochimaru and Sasori. Fans speculate that if he is in fact Tobi, he could be the third Mangekyō Sharingan user that Itachi had mentioned.

Former Members

Orochimaru Orochimaru
First Manga Appearance: 45
First Anime Appearance: 27
Ring: Kai (Boar) on right pinky finger
Originally From: Hidden Leaf Village
Miscellaneous Information: Orochimaru not being picked to be the Fourth Hokage, led to him fleeing from the Hidden Leaf Village. He became an Akatsuki member afterwards, but fled because of his fear of Itachi's power. Upon leaving, he kept his Akatsuki ring, which is currently still on the hand of his original body. The apparent special nature of his ring, his knowledge of their plans, and his fleeing of Akatsuki without informing the leader have led to bad blood between Orochimaru and Akatsuki. He found the Hidden Sound Village and currently has Sasuke as his subordinate and plans to transfer himself into Sasuke so that he could have the power of the Sharingan.

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Sasori Sasori of the Red Sand
First Manga Appearance: 247
First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden 02
Ring: Gyoku (Jewel/Jade) on left thumb
Originally From: Hidden Sand Village
Miscellaneous Information: Flashbacks seem to indicate that his descent into darkness started when his parents died. Sasori is a very skilled a puppet master and controls puppets in combat. He can even turn the living into puppets and than use their jutsus. After killing Gaara with the help of his former partner Deidara, he fought with Sakura and his grandmother, Chiyo. They had a fierce battle, and in the end Sasori was killed. 

Subordinates of Akatsuki

Kabuto Kabuto Yakushi
Kabuto is a spy who was originally working for the Akatsuki member Sasori. Although it's currently unknown where Kabuto's true loyalty lies, he is currently working for Orochimaru. Deidara mentions that one of Sasori's spies has become a traitor. In a recent chapter of the manga, however, it appears that Kabuto is that traitor. At this point though, Kabuto appears loyal to Orochimaru, who had freed him from Sasori's hypnosis. He serves as Orochimaru's top assistant, taking care of him in his weakened state. His complex nature and tendency to do good things such as healing Hinata during the Chunnin exam (when he was disguised as an ANBU) have made him possibly the most mysterious character in the series.
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Yura Yuura
Yuura served as a trusted member of the Kazekage advisory council of the Hidden Sand Village for four years. In reality, he was a sleeper agent for Akatsuki and a subordinate of Sasori. He was used as a replacement in a shapeshifting jutsu, taking on the shape of Itachi Uchiha to hold off Kakashi, Naruto, Sakura, and Chiyo from entering into Akatsuki's Lair while they extracted the Bijuu out of of Gaara. He was eventually killed by Naruto's Rasengan when in the form of Itachi.
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Unnamed Akatsuki Subordinate

Unnamed Subordinate
His name is unknown but he was the subordinate of the puppet master Sasori. He was a replacement used in a shapeshifting jutsu and took on the shape of Kisame as a diversion to hold off Gai, Rock Lee, Tenten, and Neji from entering into Akatsuki's Lair while they extracted the Bijuu out of of Gaara. He was eventually killed by Gai when he was in the form of Kisame.

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Akatsuki Accessories


Cloak
(on Itachi and Kisame)


Forehead Protector
(on Itachi)


Painted Nails / Ring
(on Itachi's Hand)


Ring
(on Kisame's hand