When Masashi Kishimoto made Naruto, the creator didn’t short the franchise out of villains. The series has housed a wide range of baddies, but few have been as popular at the Akatsuki members. And, now, one Naruto fan-theory will make you see the organization in a whole new way.
Over on Reddit, user AwesomeHuder got anime fans buzzing after they posted a fan-theory about the Akatsuki. The fan detailed how each of the gang’s members all represent a reason why real-world wars are waged, and the analysis is eerily spot-on.
For Pain and Konan, the childhood friends wage war for peace. After growing up in the war-torn Rain Village, the orphans wanted to bring peace to the world, but they resorted to violence to do so.
As for Hidan, the zealot killed in the name of his religion. Kakuzu was persuaded to wage war for money, and Kisame did the same to expose the Hidden Mist’s own hypocritical ninja system.
Itachi’s reason remained unclear for much of Naruto, but the truth of his motives did get revealed. The boy went to war with the Akatsuki to protect his country and brother. Zetsu also looked to protect, but he wanted to guard his land.
Sasori and Deidara may not have agreed about artistry, but their reasons for war were very much the same. The two were extremists who bombed civilian areas for kicks or killed world leaders to cause turmoil. Orochimaru can also be housed under this umbrella, but his method of civil disruption was to do human experimentation.
Tobi and Madara share motives to little surprise. The pair wanted to impose their beliefs and wants of world order upon other nations without any conversation. The duo believed they had absolute right and power to do as they wished even if it meant millions dying.
Each motivation behind the Akatsuki’s members is complicated, and Naruto fans are only now realizing their implications. Kishimoto created some very complex villains during his tenure, and fans could still see more coming. Naruto may be done, but the franchise’s successor Boruto has already promised to introduce a new villainous organization that may make the Akatsuki pale in comparison.
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