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WARNING!!!! MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!!

So I thought it'd be nice to have a topic for you guys that don't know much about your teams or other peoples' teams ^_^ Comment as you please.




[The Akatsuki Organization]

The Akatsuki kanji means daybreak, breaking down the word itself gives us "aka" meaning red (a common color in the group) and "tsuki" meaning moon. This Organization is a collection of S-Ranked criminals. Many of these are missing-nins who fled their villages after causing death and destruction. With the departure of Orochimaru, the deaths of Sasori, Kakuzu, Deidara and the neutralization of Hidan, there are 6 active Akatsuki members. The group replaced Sasori with "raw" recruit Tobi, who was eager to do his part. Most members wear a forehead protector from their hidden village with a scratch through it, and all seem to wear a ring identifying their position in the organization and a black cloak with red clouds. When the organization members leave to travel the country they will work in groups of two collecting knowledge of new skills and jutsu.

Their ultimate goal is to control the world; this will be accomplished through three steps. Step One is for the group to attain money. Step Two is to create the first mercenary group. Shinobi villages make money for their country, and for the money to be steady it requires war. Because there have not been any large scale wars in approximately the last decade, the ninja villages were being reduced in size. The Five Great Shinobi Villages could handle the downtrend, but the smaller villages could not. Akatsuki will form their own fighting force with no country allegiance. With this force they will undercut all the other villages and fight their battles for cheap. Then using the bijuu they can create new battles and new wars and gain a monopoly over the whole market. In the end they plan to control all the wars and be powerful enough to even collapse the shinobi villages of the large countries, forcing them to rely on Akatsuki as well. With all that in hand, the group can achieve Step Three, to control the world. It should be noted their goal and plans have been explained by Pain, the man acting as leader. However it has recently been revealed that Pain and the female member reported to Tobi. Tobi was revealed to possess the Sharingan and even possibly be Uchiha Madara himself. What Tobi wants with the Bijuu and powerful Sharingan of Uchiha Sasuke is unknown.

The stated goal of the group is far reaching and it requires the capturing of the bijuu and "Jinchuuriki," meaning the power of human sacrifice. These are the individuals possessing bijuu (tailed beasts) within their bodies. The demons are known by the number of tails their body possesses. Shukaku is the One-Tailed Tanuki, Nibi is the Two-Tailed Cat, Sanbi is the Three-Tailed Turtle, Yonbi is a Four-Tailed demon and Kyuubi is the Nine-Tailed Fox. The only known Jinchuuriki are Uzumaki Naruto, Gaara of the Sand, Nii Yugito and an unnamed elder Jinchuuriki. Yugito, Gaara and two or possibly three other unknown Jinchuuriki have had their Bijuu removed. All lost their lives save for Gaara, who was later resurrected with a tensei jutsu. At some point after Gaara's capture and before Yugito's, the group managed to capture and seal away another Bijuu. It is unknown if this was a wild bijuu or a Jinchuuriki. Akatsuki's current base of operation is unknown. Previously they met at a cave in the River Country, which was later destroyed. They then moved on to a new base. These bases are used to summon the gigantic King of Hell statue.

The statue's mouth is bound and his hands are cuffed. Each respective finger of the statue's hand represents the Akatsuki member. Each statue finger thus represents the kanji and ring finger of the member. The members have the ability to project their presence to their base, this allows them to remain out and about and still conduct the business of Jinchuuriki demon extraction. This process takes three days and nights due to the absence of Orochimaru. This length of time goes for both free roaming bijuu and bijuu enhanced Jinchuuriki. To begin to leach the power from the Jinchuuriki, the members will use the sealing technique of GenryuuKyuu Fuujin (Mystical Dragon Nine Exhaustion). This causes the mouth of the statue to open. Nine spectral dragons will emerge to coalesce around the Jinchuuriki to begin the extraction process. When extraction is completed, the bijuu spirit will be sealed within the statue and one of its eyes will open denoting a captured bijuu spirit. The Jinchuuriki themselves will fall back to the earth, dead.

[The Gear]

Ring and Manicure
Drawn from ancient Chinese and Japanese lore, the kanji on each ring have served in the past as representations of Gods, to help in concentration before battle and in protection from evil. Their ring placement on their finger corresponds to their position on the summoned statue, with each member wearing the ring on a different finger. The rings seem important to each member, as Deidara was set on finding his when it was lost. Orochimaru also took his when he left the group, which apparently denied the group the ability to replace him with someone new. With Sasori's death, Tobi was eager to get his ring and join, but he would need to go through their entrance requirements first.

The Akatsuki member also has manicured finger and toe nails, painted a light shade of purple.


Forehead Protector
Each member wears the traditional forehead protector of the hidden village from which they fled. The protector has been modified though to bear a large scratch through the symbol, showing they no longer hold the same ideals their village does.


Cloak
Each member wears a black cloak that bears red clouds. The inside of the cloak is red in color. The cloak is knee length and has a high collar. Underneath the cloak the ninja is seen to wear the more traditional clothing of their home village.


Hat
Members wear a traditional bamboo hat (kasa) to hide their appearance when traveling. The hat will be removed when the member enters battle.

[The Members]
Pain



First Manga Appearance: Ch. 363
First Anime Teaser Appearance: Ep. 135
Hidden Village: Rain
Ring: Rei (Zero)
Finger Position: Right Thumb
Info: Pain acts as the leader of the group, though he and Konan secretly report to Tobi. He has been adamant that the group can fulfill their desires if they finally possess the bijuu. He also was responsible for summoning the huge statue which holds the spirits of bijuu withdrawn from Jinchuuriki. Pain is also calm and tries to bring order to the group. It is said he's never lost a battle.


Deidara (Former Member - Deceased)


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 247
First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Ep. 2
Hidden Village: Rock
Ring: Sei (Blue-Green)
Finger Position: Right Index
Info: Deidara is from Hidden Rock and he utilizes mouths on his palms to create exploding art. He left his village behind to work as a terrorist for anti-nationalists. He was then invited into Akatsuki. He and his partner Sasori were responsible for capturing the One-Tail Jinchuuriki Gaara. Though he lost both arms in battle, both were reattached. After Sasori was killed, Tobi became his partner. Deidara later squared off against Uchiha Sasuke. Unfortunately Sasuke's Sharingan and his Lightning Element attacks got the better of Deidara's Earth based Exploding Clay. In anger, Deidara chose to self-detonate himself to show the true beauty of his art.

[Konan]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 363
First Anime Teaser Appearance: Ep. 135
Hidden Village: Rain
Ring: Byaku/Haku (White)
Finger Position: Right Middle
Info: Konan is the lone female member of the group. She works alongside Pain. This duo secretly reports to Tobi, and seem to be the only ones who know about his true nature. Konan possesses the ability to disperse her body into paper, which can then fold itself into butterfies for tracking purposes. When she was younger, she, Pain and another orphan were trained by Jiraiya for a short period. He helped them become stronger and able to fend for themselves in the war torn Rain Country.

Uchiha Itachi


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 139
First Anime Appearance: Ep. 80
Hidden Village: Leaf
Ring: Shu (Scarlet)
Finger Position: Right Ring
Info: After murdering everyone in his clan, Uchiha Itachi fled his village and joined Akatsuki. Itachi is partnered with Hoshigaki Kisame. They have been assigned to capture the Nine-Tails Jinchuuriki Naruto. They have attempted to capture Naruto once, and are likely waiting for the right moment to try again.

[Zetsu


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 234
First Anime Appearance: Ep. 134
Hidden Village: Grass
Ring: Kai (Boar)
Finger Position: Right Little
Info: Zetsu appears venus-fly trap-like in appearance. His main body is split into two halfs, both light and dark. He appeared to be traveling alone when he spied on Naruto and Sasuke's battle at the Valley of the End. For a period he was teamed with non-Akatsuki member Tobi. Once Tobi was admitted into the group, it appears Zetsu once again works alone.

[Orochimaru (Former Member - Neutralized)]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 49
First Anime Appearance: Ep. 27
Hidden Village: Sound
Ring: Sora (Sky)
Finger Position: Left Little
Info: After being passed over for Fourth Hokage, Orochimaru began to study forbidden jutsu. He then fled Leaf and joined Akatsuki. He was partnered with Sasori during this period. Orochimaru coveted Uchiha Itachi's Sharingan. He moved to take Itachi's body but Itachi bound Orochimaru with Genjutsu and cut off his arm. Orochimaru fled and took his ring with him. He would later form Hidden Sound and train Itachi's brother Sasuke. When he moved to insert his spirit into Sasuke, the young man bound Orochimaru in Genjutsu and suppressed him. Orochimaru's underling Kabuto also inserted some of Orochimaru's flesh into his body, which soon exerted its will by gradually taking over his body.

[Hoshigaki Kisame]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 139
First Anime Appearance: Ep. 80
Hidden Village: Mist
Ring: Minami (South)
Finger Position: Left Ring
Info: Kisame engaged in murder and rebellion in his home country, fleeing Mist he joined Akatsuki. Kisame is partnered with Uchiha Itachi. They have been assigned to capture the Nine-Tails Jinchuuriki Naruto. They have attempted to capture Naruto once, and are likely waiting for the right moment to try again.

[Kakuzu (Former Member - Deceased)]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 312
First Anime Teaser Appearance: Ep. 135
Hidden Village: Waterfall
Ring: Hoku (North)
Finger Position: Left Middle
Info: Kakuzu is a missing-nin from Hidden Waterfall. He and his partner Hidan were responsible for acquiring the Two-Tailed Jinchuuriki. He was a bounty hunter who often got sidetracked on bounty hunts. His body was stitched together by strange tendrils which he used to rip out the hearts of his opponents and then insert into his own body. This granted him their elemental affinities in the form of masked tendril entities. Along with his own Water affinity, he had access to Wind, Fire, Earth and Lightning attacks. Kakashi destroyed the Earth Heart, Hidan accidentally destroyed Water and Naruto destroyed Wind and Fire. Kakuzu was then finished off by Kakashi.

[Hidan (Former Member - Neutralized)]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 312
First Anime Teaser: Ep. 135
Hidden Village: Unnamed
Ring: San (Three)
Finger Position: Left Index
Info: Hidan bears a large rope scythe and he admits that he is the slowest attacker of the group. He hails from some as of yet unknown village. He and his partner Kakuzu were responsible for acquiring the Two-Tailed Jinchuuriki. Hidan practices an evil god cult religion named Jashin. This religion loves chaos and death, and Hidan himself is near immortal, surviving after being decapitated. On one of Kakuzu's side bounty trips, he killed Sarutobi Asuma in battle using some unknown jutsu which allows damage to himself to be felt by his opponent. He was eventually blown up and buried deep underground by Shikamaru.

[Akasuna no Sasori (Former Member - Deceased)]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 247
First Anime Appearance: Shippuuden Ep. 2
Hidden Village: Sand
Ring: Tama (Sphere)
Finger Position: Left Thumb
Current Status: Deceased
Info: Sasori (meaning scorpion) traveled with Deidara from Hidden Rock. He was a legendary puppet master from Hidden Sand who left his village approximately 20 years before the start of the series. Sasori converted portions of his body into puppet parts, retaining a flesh and blood portion of his original self in a chest container. He used the "hitokugutsu" method to turn people into puppets while still alive, allowing him to use their jutsu even after their "death." He fell in battle to Chiyo and Sakura, hesitating to not avoid the lethal strike of his parents who had been made into puppets.

[Tobi]


First Manga Appearance: Ch. 280
First Anime Teaser Appearance: Shippuuden Ep. 32
Hidden Village: Leaf
Ring: Tama (Sphere)
Finger Position: Left Thumb
Info: Tobi was initially seen as an associate of Zetsu. He appeared clumsy and was very polite in his speech. After Sasori was killed in battle, Tobi was eager to replace Sasori as a new member of Akatsuki. He eventually succeeded and apparently took over Sasori's position in the group. He was then partnered with Deidara. After Deidara's death, it was revealed Tobi gave direction to Pain as to the course of action for the group. He was also revealed to possess the Sharingan and claimed to be Uchiha Madara. Whether Tobi himself is the original Madara or something else is unknown.

[The Groups]

Deidara and Sasori

Deidara and Sasori were known for being artists. Deidara uses clay to model his explosive animals and Sasori was a master puppet maker. Deidara acted as the junior in their partnership, deferring to Sasori as the stronger ninja. This did not stop them from getting into spats about the nature of art though. After Sasori's death, Tobi assumed his position and role as Deidara's partner. Deidara was assigned to capture the Ichibi and Tobi the Sanbi. Sasori did not know where his Jinchuuriki was. It is unknown if this was the Sanbi or some other individual.


Deidara and Tobi

Deidara and Tobi share a very strained relationship. Always eager to impress his new teammates, Tobi is prone to excitement. This often annoys Deidara who tries to do his best to show Tobi what it means to be an Akatsuki member. Tobi was assigned to capture the Sanbi. Though he boasts that he took out the beast himself, he was helped in his assignment by Deidara.


Hidan and Kakuzu

Hidan and Kakuzu work together and share a somewhat testy relationship. Hidan follows a very strict religion, which annoys Kakuzu with its long rituals. Hidan is very defensive of the religion, causing Kakuzu to often get tired of his partner's diatribes. Kakuzu on the other hand often makes side-trips to collect bounties, which annoys Hidan. Hidan was assigned to capture the Nibi. It is unknown what tailed beast Kakuzu was assigned.


Itachi and Kisame

Itachi and Kisame work together and form a rather strong partnership. Both men seem to respect each other and Kisame seems to act as the junior in the group, deferring to Itachi's decisions. Itachi was assigned to capture the Kyuubi and Kisame was assigned the Yonbi.


Pain and Konan

Pain and Konan have been seen travelling together. Both report to a mysterious figure, who ordered Pain to capture the Kyuubi in his duty as Akatsuki leader.


...okay, well I was going to go into 'their associates' and 'the jinchuuriki and their bijuu'.. but it's too bothersome T_T So here are other groups:


[Four Sounds]


Base of Operations: Hidden Sound
Classification: Specialized Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Kidoumaru, Sakon, Tayuya, Ukon, Jiroubou
These four sound ninja serve as elite personal guards to Orochimaru. The membership of the group has varied in number.

Spoiler: The four current members of the group specialize in the formation of barriers. They used this technique to encompass the Third Hokage and Orochimaru when they begin their fight. Each member becomes one corner of the enclosure. Later they use this ability to seal Sasuke in a container to help his forced push into his cursed seal level 2 form. The Four Sounds were once known as the Five Sounds. The strongest member Kimimaro left the group due to illness.



[Ino Shika Cho (Jounin)]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Yamanaka Inoichi, Nara Shikaku and Akimichi Chouza
Named after the Japanese card game hand, Ino Shika Cho was a group of three Leaf ninja who used their attack formation to fight opponents. These men passed on these techniques and formation to their children. The Yamanaka clan specializes in mind-transfer, the Nara clan has unique shadow abilities and the Akimichi clan has the ability to modify the size of their bodies

Spoilers: Yamanaka Inoichi, Nara Shikaku and Akimichi Chouza brought the formation out of retirement during the invasion of Leaf Village by the villages of Sand and Sound.



[Konohamaru Corps (Team Ebisu)]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Child's Play Group and Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Konohamaru, Moegi, Udon
The grandson of the Third Hokage, Konohamaru, formed his own ninja play group. Sometimes Naruto plays "ninja" with them.

Spoiler: Right before the start of the Chuunin Exam, Kankurou of the three Sand Genin bullied the Konohamaru Corps. Naruto, unable to defend them, relunctantly stood aside as Sasuke saved them.
The Konohamaru Corps would go on to become a three man Genin group after their graduation from the Academy. They would work under the direction of Konohamaru's sensei Ebisu.



[Sand Siblings]


Base of Operations: Hidden Sand
Classification: Ninja Squad/Siblings
Member Apearances: Temari, Kankurou, Gaara
The sand siblings were a Genin group under the command of Sand Jounin Baki. All three were the children of Yondaime Kazekage.

Spoiler: The siblings would take missions without the direction of their Jounin sensei Baki. Such was the case when they were requested by Tsunade to help Shikamaru's team when they went to retrieve Sasuke.
When the group eventually advanced in rank, they typically did not take missions anymore. Gaara acted fulltime as Kazekage and Temari became a liason with Konoha, often going being outside of the Wind Country for periods of time.



[Sannin]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Jiraiya, Orochimaru, Tsunade
The three highly skilled Hidden Leaf ninja are known as the Legendary "Sannin," or Legendary "Three Ninja." All three were initially Genin teammates under Sandaime Hokage. As the years passed their legend grew due to their skills and excellence as ninja.

Spoiler: The Legendary ninja Orochimaru fled his village after using Kinjutsu (banned arts). Jiraiya wandered the country enganging in "research" for his line of erotic adult books. Tsunade also left her village, mainly seeking opportunities to better her bad gamblers luck.



[Sound Genin]


Base of Operations: Hidden Sound
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Dosu Kinuta, Kin Tsuchi, Zaku Abumi, Orochimaru
The Sound Genin were trained separately by Orochimaru and brought together to participate in the Chuunin Exam. Orochimaru took on a disguise and acted as their Jounin sensei.

Spoiler: All three of the Sound Genin were killed. Dosu was killed by Gaara, and Kin and Zaku were used by Orochimaru as sacrifices for his Edo Tensei jutsu.



[Team 7]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Haruno Sakura, Hatake Kakashi, Sai, Uchiha Sasuke, Uzumaki Naruto, Yamato
Team 7 was one of the skilled rookie Genin squads in Konoha, consisting of Uzumaki Naruto, Haruno Sakura and Uchiha Sasuke under Jounin Sensei Hatake Kakashi. Membership on the team changed over the years.

Spoiler: When Uchiha Sasuke left Konoha, he was later replaced by ANBU Root member Sai. When Kakashi was recuperating from battle, ANBU member Yamato replaced him.



[Team 8]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Aburame Shino, Hyuuga Hinata, Inuzuka Kiba + Akamaru, Yuuhi Kurenai, Hatake Kakashi
Team 8 was one of the skilled rookie Genin squads in Konoha, consisting of Aburame Shino, Hyuuga Hinata and Inuzuka Kiba & Akamaru under Jounin Sensei Yuuhi Kurenai.

Spoiler: After Kurenai became pregnant, Kakashi took over as leader of Team 8. It is unknown how long his tenure will last.



[Team 10 (Ino Shika Cho)]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Yamanaka Ino, Nara Shikamaru, Akimichi Chouji, Sarutobi Asuma, Hatake Kakashi
Named after the Japanese card game hand, Ino Shika Cho is also a formation also used by the children of its creators. The Yamanaka clan specializes in mind-transfer, the Nara clan has unique shadow abilities and the Akimichi clan has the ability to modify the size of their body. The three Ino Shika Chou members were lead by Jounin sensei Sarutobi Asuma. Yamanaka Ino, Nara Shikamaru and Akimichi Chouji first use their Ino Shika Chou formation during the Chuunin Exam.

Spoiler: After Asuma fell in battle, Kakashi replaced him as temporary squad leader.



[Team Guy]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Hyuuga Neji, Rock Lee, TenTen, Maito Gai
Team Guy was one of the skilled Genin squads in Konoha, consisting of Hyuuga Neji, Rock Lee and TenTen under Jounin Sensei Maito Guy.

Spoiler: Team Gai continued to go on missions together, even after Lee and TenTen became Chuunin and Neji became Jounin.



[Team Jiraiya]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Namikaze Minato, Jiraiya and Two Unnamed Members
Team Jiraiya was a ninja squad in Hidden Leaf. The team consisted of Namikaze Minato (the Fourth Hokage) and two other unnamed ninja under the leadership of Jiraiya.



[Team Kabuto]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Yakushi Kabuto, Tsurugi Misumi, Akadou Yoroi and Unnamed Jounin Sensei
Team Kabuto was one of the Genin teams participating in the Chuunin Exam. The three Genin draw their names from samurai accoutrements: Kabuto (helmet), Yoroi (armor) and Tsurugi (sword).

Spoiler: All the Genin on this team were actually spies for Hidden Sound. It is unknown what relationship their sensei had to Hidden Sound or if he even knew they were spies.



[Team Nidaime]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Sarutobi, Mitokado Homura, Utatane Koharu, Nidaime Hokage
Team Nidaime was a ninja squad in Hidden Leaf. The team consisted of Sarutobi, Mitokado Homura and Utatane Koharu under the leadership of Nidaime Hokage. This skilled team would go on to lead Konoha after the passing of the brothers Shodai and Nidaime. Sarutobi would become the Third Hokage and Homura and Koharu would become village advisors.



[Team Snake/Hebi]


Base of Operations: Hidden Sound
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Uchiha Sasuke, Suigetsu, Karin, Juugo
Team Snake was formed for Sasuke's own ends.

Spoiler: After Sasuke defeated Orochimaru, he began to free captives held by Orochimaru. Among them were Mist Seven Swordsmen trainee Suigetsu, a kunoichi guard named Karin who was infatuated with Sasuke and the original source of Orochimaru's cursed seal power, Juugo. After gathering the group together, Sasuke revealed he planned to kill his brother Itachi. He then dubbed the group with their "Hebi" (Snake) name.



[Team Yondaime]


Base of Operations: Hidden Leaf
Classification: Ninja Squad
Member Apearances: Hatake Kakashi, Rin, Uchiha Obito, Yondaime Hokage
Team Yondaime was a ninja squad in Hidden Leaf. The team consisted of Hatake Kakashi, Rin and Uchiha Obito under the leadership of Namikaze Minato, the Fourth Hokage.

Spoiler: Team Yondaime last fought as a complete team in the war with Hidden Rock. Unfortunately Uchiha Obito lost his life in battle, though not before donating his eye to Kakashi.



...okay, that's all I can be bothered doing for now T_T *le sai* so tired >_< Will actually do all known teams or groups later ^_^ Enjoy B3
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