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Black Zetsu (黒ゼツ, Kuro-Zetsu) is a character featured in the shonen manga and anime series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. He is voiced by Nobuo Tobita in Japan and Travis Willingham in the English dub

Character Overview[]

Black Zetsu exists as one half of being known simply as "Zetsu", co-existing with his white half as a member of the criminal organization, Akatsuki. Zetsu is by far the most non-confrontational member of the group and acts more like a spy, gathering intelligence in secret to supply the group with integral information. However, the black half had all this time been serving a far larger purpose, working towards a devious plan that took place over the span of entire generations, from ancient times up until the present


Black Zetsu alone appears as a featureless, completely black humanoid with beady yellow eyes. When expressing emotion, he forms a cartoonish mouth with sharp teeth. When he fused with a Zetsu, he retained half of his form and gained the latter's short green hair and when he separated from him, he kept a portion of his mass, leaving him with a deformed white mass barely resembling a humanoid. As with all members of the Akatsuki, Black Zetsu with his white half wore a large-collared black cloak with red and white clouds decorated on it, along with a ring on his right hand, adorned with the kanji for "boar"


Initially, Black Zetsu appeared as the more serious and level headed of the pair, speaking in a deeper voice. He appears to be extremely knowledgeable, seemingly knowing about techniques that his white self did not truly know about. He was also shown to be very loyal and obedient within the Akatsuki, making him a trustworthy ally, though his loyalties shifted when it benefited him. However, this was all merely a ruse in order to fool everyone to work towards a bigger goal. Once his goal was achieved, Black Zetsu was incredibly critical and judgmental towards everyone except Kaguya, even going so far as to trash her son's own ideals and findings

Special Abilities[]

Black Zetsu possesses the basic slime abilities of liquefying and morphing. Unlike other members of the Akatsuki, Black Zetsu doesn't have any true offensive abilities of his own. He exists as a parasite who attaches himself to others and can utilize their abilities at his leisure, such as being able to use Obito's Sharigan and Rinnegan and the disintegrating bones that Kaguya could fire. His main expertise is at intelligence gathering, "recording" what he sees, as if possessing true photographic memory. He was also extremely deceptive and intelligent, having orchestrated many of the events of the entire series from behind the scenes, all towards the singular goal of reviving her "mother", even to the point of fooling Madara Uchiha, an exceptional and very intelligent ninja.