How Did Tobirama Die? What Really Happened to this Second Hokage?

Tobirama Senju

Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage, was an esteemed leader of the Hidden Leaf Village. He is known for battle skills, earning the title of the fastest Shinobi during his time. As a thinker, Tobirama is also the voice of reason during Hashirama, the First Hokage’s reign. He is said to balance his elder brother’s too optimistic views.

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Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage died protecting his squad by serving as a decoy. Due to his sacrifice, the team was able to escape safely. It happened during their journey back to Konoha after a mission. The enemies, led by the powerful duo of Ginkaku and Kinkaku composed of twenty dangerous Cloud Jounins.

Before his demise, he chooses his pupil Hiruzen Sarutobi to be the third Hokage. The decision was based on Hiruzen’s bravery and resolve. It all happened during the first Shinobi War.

Who is Tobirama Senju?

Tobirama Senju is the younger brother of Hashirama Senju, the first Leaf Hokage. He, together with Hashirama and the Uchihas established the Hidden Leaf Village. The goal of this alliance is to stop the wars plaguing the land. They wanted a reality where children don’t have to face meaningless deaths.

Tobirama is very blunt and rational. He appears to be very stern and strict. After his elder brother’s death, he became the next Hokage.

As a leader, he firmly believed in the philosophy that clans should stop being self-centered. Rather than protecting their interest, they should focus on the village’s well-being. It is the only way to assure peace and prosperity.

When Was Tobirama Born?

Tobirama Senju was born during the chaotic Warring States Period. He and his brothers, together with their father faced many battles. The Senju clan’s most formidable opponent was the Uchiha Clan. After the death of their two brothers, Hashirama and Tobirama became determined to find ways to stop the useless fighting.

How Old Was Tobirama When He Died?

Tobirama, during the Cloud incident, was already the Second Hokage. He was appointed Hokage after Hashirama’s natural death. During this period, Hashirama must have been 55 years old by the time he died. It means Tobirama became Hokage at age 54. From this period to his demise, the estimate is that three years have passed. Therefore, Tobirama died in battle at age 57.

He was no longer in his prime when he fought the Cloud Jounins. However, knowing that he successfully protected his whole squad, by distracting the enemy shows how powerful he is. Danzo even stated that no one has measured up yet to Tobirama. It implies that as Hokage he is irreplaceable.

How Did Tobirama Resurrect?

Tobirama’s resurrection happened a few times using the Impure World Reincarnation technique. The first one was during Orochimaru’s siege of Konoha. Hiruzen was forced to fight the two former powerful Hokages.

The third Hokage had to use a forbidden technique to stop the two. Both brothers apologized for giving Hiruzen a tough time. While they were being consumed by the Shinigami, Hiruzen apologized back for his shortcomings.

The second is by Impure World Reincarnation technique performed again by Orochimaru. It was under Sasuke Uchiha’s request. Tobirama was resurrected with the other Hokages, Hashirama, Hiruzen, and Minato.

After the conversation with Sasuke, they headed into the battle. Together with the rest of the Shinobu forces, they fought Madara and the Ten Tailed Beast in Fourth Shinobi World War.

After the infinite Tsukuyomi and appearance of the Sage of the Six paths, all the revived Hokages ascended to the Pure Land. As they fade, Tobirama consoles Hashirama to entrust the future to Naruto and Sasuke.

Did Tobirama Hate the Uchiha?

Tobirama is often accused of hating the Uchiha clan. It is due to how he battled with this clan without mercy before establishing the Leaf. He even mortally wounded Madara’s younger brother that resulted in death. He stopped Madara’s ascension to Hokage by proposing a different way of selecting a leader. The proposal led to Hashirama’s election instead.

Tobirama’s opinion on the Uchiha was based on his rational thinking. Tobirama did not exactly hate the Uchihas. He acknowledged that there were also formidable allies from this clan. But he is aware that the Uchiha’s are like ticking timebombs.

To keep them at bay, he established the Konoha Police Force. The purpose was to channel the Sharingan user’s attention to something useful for peace and order. However, some viewed it as marginalizing the clan. It led to further conflicts.