Despite his tragic upbringing, Kakashi overcame his trauma and learned from his past mistakes, from Anbu to Hokage.
Classic anime villains often have two things in common: a tragic backstory and access to extraordinary powers.
A story with a tragic origin often breaks a character both mentally and physically, justifying the villain’s descent into darkness. Meanwhile, the use of great power gives a villain the opportunity to carry out their plan and go against the heroes.
Hatake Kakashi in Naruto met both criteria, spending his early years as a powerful young warrior who frequently witnessed death.
Despite his tragic upbringing, Kakashi overcame trauma and learned from his past mistakes to prevent others from living the same life he was forced to. He has all the looks of a classic villain. Instead, he became one of the most heroic and admired anime characters of all time.
Hatake Kakashi: The Young Warrior of the 3rd Great Ninja War
Kakashi spent his childhood being praised by his classmates, teachers, and even the Third Hokage for his shinobi abilities as a child. He was always at the top of his class, becoming Chunin at the age of 6.
Recognized and respected by many for his abilities, Might Guy chose Kakashi as his “eternal rival” because he wanted to compete with the best, even though Kakashi defeated him with minimal effort. Even Obito, who disliked him at the time, admitted that Kakashi inherited impressive skills from his father.
Like Kakashi in Naruto, many anime villains are born with extraordinary powers that are taken advantage of by others, later creating problems of trust and hatred.
Before the violence and despair of war, Kakashi was forced to protect the Fire Nation by serving in the 3rd Great Ninja War as a child. Konoha had no choice but to use any capable shinobi in their war efforts, and Kakashi’s skill was essential.
He was promoted to Jonin at the age of 12, taking on the heavy responsibility of leading his teammates while serving in Team Minato. During the war effort, Kakashi was forced to kill people and watch countless comrades fall.
The war trauma he suffered as a young man may have been enough to change his mind and become obsessed with a villainous ideology.
Kakashi suffered great loss
Kakashi suffered a great loss as a child, with the tragic death of his mother and the death of his father shortly thereafter.
His father was a famous and powerful shinobi known as “White Fang”, but took his own life after being ridiculed continuously by everyone for choosing to save his comrades and giving up. extremely important mission for Konoha.
With his parents dead, Kakashi grew up in an empty house alone, where he still greeted his family when he came and went even though no one heard. He was used to the pain of isolation but never used it as an excuse to pity himself like many other villains in Anime.
After witnessing his father’s pain, Kakashi made a strict rule to put duty before the lives of his teammates. Had Kakashi continued to follow this shinobi path, he might have developed into a villain who didn’t value the lives of others.
He suffered the death of his teammates during the first mission he was in charge of, where Obito sacrificed himself and gave his left Sharingan to Kakashi. He also witnesses Rin’s death shortly after, as she plunges herself into Kakashi’s Chidori to keep her from being controlled and destroy Konoha.
Thought these misfortunes would end, but no, Kakashi lost his sensei – Namikaze Minato, the Fourth Hokage and Naruto’s father, after Minato sacrificed himself to protect Konoha from the Nine-Tails.
Kakashi also lost Kushina, Minato-sensei’s wife, when he was assigned to protect her, and has blamed himself for what happened. The horror he witnessed with his own eyes and the guilt he carried were enough to justify the psychological breakdown.
But unlike many anime villains, Kakashi didn’t become “evil” because of the trauma he suffered. He does not seek revenge for his fallen comrades but instead honors them and their sacrifices by continuing the fight for peace where they live.
Kakashi joins Team Anbu
After the deaths of Obito and Rin, Kakashi became withdrawn and lived in isolation around the village, unrelated to his classmates.
Given the circumstances surrounding his teammates’ deaths, Kakashi feels responsible for their deaths, causing him to have nightmares when he wakes up crying and constantly washing his hands due to the trauma.
Kakashi struggles to complete missions or use his Chidori, which causes him to reminisce about his comrades and relive their deaths. At this point, Minato was named the Fourth Hokage and became worried about Kakashi after he suffered from PTSD and panic attacks during his recent missions.
Minato appointed Kakashi to the ANBU shortly after becoming Hokage, believing that he needed guidance and purpose to get through the death of his comrades.
He joined Konoha’s elite Anbu team at the age of 13, where he was forced to kill people and work in the village’s shadow. Kakashi became increasingly ruthless during his missions in the ANBU, forced to kill as many enemies as possible.
His ANBU colleague complained about Kakashi’s ruthless tactics – not leaving anyone alive to glean information from. Kakashi’s questionable methods can be interpreted as bloodthirsty, killing to make up for the deaths of his loved ones.
If he was in this orbit, Kakashi would eventually develop into a villain in Naruto.
Join Team 7 and become Hokage
Kakashi did not begin to work through his troubled past in Naruto until he was appointed to lead Team 7, which he initially rejected because Kakashi did not believe he was capable of teaching.
He provides his Team with the knowledge he has learned the hard way, starting with rule #1 he learned from Obito: “Ruler breakers are scum. scum, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than scum.”
Kakashi serves as a moral compass throughout the series, guiding Naruto to become a great shinobi in Minato’s stead. He was proud of Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke as they worked together and successfully completed their mission, witnessing their growth first-hand.
When Kakashi later failed to stop Sasuke from leaving Konoha and his team, he blamed himself.
Though famous and feared throughout the shinobi world as “Copy Ninja Kakashi” and “Sharingan Kakashi”, he used his strength and wisdom for good.
Kakashi played a major role in rallying the Five Kage and the Allied Shinobi forces to protect the future of the world from Madara and Kaguya during the Fourth Great Ninja War.
While Kakashi has the mental strength to continue fighting for peace, Obito’s secret identity proves Kakashi has almost become a villain, as both experience similar trauma but react in different ways.
During the war, they were eventually reunited and reconciled as Kakashi taught Obito how to overcome the demons of their past and defeat the Eternal Tsukuyomi together.
Kakashi’s strength, diplomacy, and reputation were so widely respected that he was chosen as the Sixth Hokage against his will. He is recognized and honored not only in Konoha but also throughout the shinobi world.
Instead of pursuing revenge against a cruel and unjust world in Naruto, Kakashi relentlessly fights to achieve world peace so that others don’t suffer as he did.
This personal motivation is finally revealed in Boruto, where Kakashi expresses his happiness and relief that modern-day children can enjoy peace and preserve their childhood chastity.
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