The world of Naruto is filled with iconic symbols that have become the basis of clothing designs, tattoo ideas, fan art, and just any sort of merchandise you can think of. Each symbol in Naruto tells its own story and has been carefully crafted by the author, Masashi Kishimoto.
Naruto follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki and his quest to become Hokage. Along the way, he meets countless shinobi. Each of them has their own story, their own abilities, and their own history. And not all of them are from the Hidden Leaf Village.
There are many villages in the world of Naruto, and it’s easy to distinguish them by observing the symbol on their headband. Every village has a different symbol. Usually, it correlates to what their village name is. Naruto lives in the Hidden Leaf Village, and their symbol resembles a leaf.
There are also various symbols for summoning jutsu, special ocular powers, and even defected shinobi that have chosen a more dark part of their life. Here we will examine all the different types of symbols that you may encounter while reading Naruto and what they mean concerning the story.
The Different Types of Symbols in Naruto
There are various symbols in the story of Naruto. Symbols are used to differentiate between different villages, clans, or factions. Sometimes they are used for a summoning jutsu or scroll. But one thing is sure. If you’re reading Naruto, you will be running into them plenty of times.
The first geographical symbol that you will need to be familiar with is the different country symbols. Every country in Naruto operates as a separate political entity and is ruled by a daimyo. The Hidden Villages operate within their jurisdiction and serve to focus on any shinobi matters. There are nine different main countries that players should know and become familiar with.
Land of Earth
The Land of Earth isn’t too relevant in the series, but it is known to be a very barren area composed of mostly rock and earthy areas. The border is a full-fledged Mountain Range. It has winds strong enough to pass through these mountains and carry small rocks to other countries. It is home to the Hidden Stone Village. It is also considered one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries.
Land of Fire
The Land of Fire is the most prominent country in the Naruto series. It is where Naruto resides and the home of the Hidden Leaf Village. It’s also interesting to note that The Land of Fire is actually the very first country to enlist a shinobi village, which means that the Hidden Leaf Village is the first of its kind and influenced all the others.
Land of Iron
The Land of Iron is located amid three mountains called the Three Wolves. It is the only country in the world of Naruto that does not have a shinobi village.
Instead, they are protected by a legion of samurai. Since there is no real shinobi influence in the Land of Iron, the different villages hold meetings there. It is the location of a pivotal moment in Sasuke’s journey when he attacks the 5 Kage Summit.
Land of Lightning
The Land of Lightning is considered one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries and is home to the Hidden Cloud Village. The leader of the country is known as the Raikage. To be inducted into the Akatsuki, Sasuke is tasked with bringing the host of the Eight-Tails to them. This just so happens to be Killer B, the brother of the Fourth Raikage.
Land of Snow
The Land of Snow is home to the Hidden Snow Village. The ninjas that reside there are especially adept with any ice jutsu.
They are even capable of manipulating ice and forming ice animals to fight for them. Despite it not being very prominent in the manga, there is a whole movie that focuses on this country titled Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow.
Land of Sound
The Land of Sound is one of the neighboring countries of the Land of Fire and is relatively new. It is home to the Hidden Sound Village. Orochimaru conquered this country and established his very own shinobi village. He then used this village to infiltrate the Chunin Exams and target Sasuke.
Land of Water
The Land of Water is one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries and home of the Hidden Mist Village. This village was plagued with corruption at the hands of Obito, who used genjutsu to influence the decisions of the Fourth Mizukage.
Land of Wind
The Land of Wind is one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries and the home of the Hidden Sand Village. It is one of the areas that we see more of in the Naruto series. The One-Tailed Beast Host, Garaa, resides here.
Land of Sky
The Land of the Sky was once destroyed by the Village Hidden in the Leaf for opposing the Five Great Shinobi Countries. Its inhabitants are able to fly by manipulating their chakra into a mist.
Every Shinobi Village in Naruto has its own symbol. These symbols are sported on bands and worn by the village’s shinobi to showcase their allegiance. When shinobi defect from their village and turn into a rogue ninjas, then they tend to slash out the symbol of their village to signify revolt. Itachi Uchiha does this with his Hidden Leaf Village band.
Here we will examine the most prominent villages in the Naruto series and their symbols.
Village Hidden in the Rain
The Hidden Rain Village is symbolized by four vertical lines. This is meant to depict what rain looks like as it falls from the sky. The Hidden Rain Village is located between three of the Five Great Shinobi Countries. This has led it to sometimes be a battleground for shinobi, and for most of its population is war refugees.
During Naruto Shippuden, Pain uses the Hidden Rain Village as his headquarters. Before Pain’s arrival, it was ruled over by Hanzo of the Salamander.
Village Hidden in the Stones
The Village Hidden in the Stones is represented by two stones. It is the shinobi village of the Land of Earth, and its leader is known across the lands as the Tsuchikage. The village is built up by the surrounding rock. It’s mostly made up of tower-like buildings that are connected by multiple bridges.
Village Hidden in the Mist
The Village Hidden in the Mist is one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries and protects the Land of Water. Their symbol is very similar to the Village Hidden in the Rain. Its four squiggly lines appear diagonal. This represents that mist is still a property of water despite being less solid.
Most of the buildings in the Village Hidden in the Mist of vegetables growing from their roofs. They are led by the Mizukage. This is also where the famous Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist originate from.
Village Hidden in the Leaves
The Hidden Leaf Village’s symbol is perhaps one of the most famous symbols in all of Naruto. It is shown as a swirl with a beak that resembles a leaf and a bird. The Hidden Leaf Village is also the home of Naruto and Team 7. So they all sport the Hidden Leaf Village’s symbol on their band.
The Hidden Leaf Village is also the very first shinobi village that was ever established.
Village Hidden in the Clouds
The Village Hidden in the Clouds is represented by two different cloud formations. One is a simple horizontal line, and the other is a deformed S shape. The Hidden Cloud Village is one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries and is led by the Raikage. It is the home of Killer B, the host of the Eight-Tailed Beast.
Village Hidden in the Grass
The Village Hidden in the Grass is represented by three triangles that symbolize three blades of grass. This is where Orochimaru hid his hideout from the Hidden Leaf Village. It is also where the Kannabi Bridge resides. Team Minato is tasked with destroying the Kannabi Bridge and succeeds, but it is also where Obito Uchiha is crushed by a boulder after he and Kakashi save Rin.
Village Hidden in the Sound
The Village Hidden in the Sound’s symbol is represented by the musical note. It is the personal Hidden Village of Orochimaru, which he started in order to collect ninjas for his personal experiments. When he infiltrates the Chunin Exams, he does under the disguise of a Hidden Sound shinobi.
Village Hidden in the Sand
The Village Hidden in the Sand is represented by an hourglass-like symbol with a small horizontal line at the top. It is the home of Gaara, the host of the One-Tailed Beast. It is led by the Kazekage, and it is one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries.
There are different clans in Naruto, and each of them is represented by its own Clan Symbol. Two of the most notable clans in all of Naruto belong to Naruto himself and Sasuke.
In this section, we will examine all the different clans in Naruto and the different symbols that represent them. It’s worth noting that while Villages and Countries are tied to a geographical location, Clans are tied to the birth family of the shinobi.
So a single Shinobi may be represented by the symbol of their Country, Village, and Clan.
The Aburame Clan is represented by an insect-like symbol. It almost appears like a body tied to wings by three legs. Every member of the Aburame Clan is offered one of only many special breeds of insect to live in symbiosis with.
The Aburame Clan will coexist with these insects and even use them as their primary form of power in fights. It is considered one of the four noble clans of the Hidden Leaf Village.
- Muta Aburame
- Shibi Aburame
- Shikuro Aburame
- Shino Aburame
The Akimichi Clan is represented by a circle with a geometrical butterfly inside of it. They are regarded as one of the four noble clans of the Hidden Leaf Village. They are known to manipulate their mass using Yang Release to achieve different physical forms. Choji is able to use Yang Release to develop butterfly chakra wings that help him reach his max potential.
The Akimichi Clan is also able to convert fat into chakra using Three Colored Pills.
- Chobee Akimichi
- Chocho Akimichi
- Choji Akimichi
The Hatake Clan is one of the smaller families in the Hidden Leaf Village. Its most well-known members are Konoha’s White Fang and Copy Ninja Kakashi. Their clan symbol is represented by a diamond made up of 9 small squares.
- Kakashi Hatake
- Sakumo Hatake
The Hyuga Clan is one of the four noble clans of the Hidden Leaf Village. They are represented by a cone-like shape with a chakra symbol inside of it. This is to represent the Byakugan ocular power that members of the Hyuga Clan are born with. The Byakugan allows shinobi the ability to see through solid objects and detect the circulatory chakra system.
- Hanabi Hyuga
- Hinata Hyuga
- Neji Hyuga
- Hiashi Hyuga
The Inuzuka Clan are known for their ability to use well-trained ninja dogs as their companions. They are represented by two fangs and a small triangular nose. It is easy to distinguish members of the Inuzuka Clan due to the red fang markings on their faces.
- Akita Inuzuka
- Gaku Inuzuka
The Kaguya Clan is represented by two red dots that each clan member has above their eyebrows. This clan is made up of the descendants of Kaguya Otsutsuki.
The Nara Clan is represented by a circle with waves and a vertical split-up line. Their members are able to manipulate their shadows. They are closely bonded to the Akimichi Clan and Yamanaka Clan due to how well their abilities work together.
- Shikamaru Nara
- Shikaku Nara
The Otsutsuki Clan is made up of horned celestial beings. They are represented by a shinobi star symbol inside of a circle. The circle itself has complex markings that follow the pattern of the shinobi star. They are a parasitic clan. They are known to roam the galaxy in search of new worlds to absorb in order to evolve.
- Asura Otsutsuki
- Indra Otsutsuki
- Kaguya Otsutsuki
- Hagoromo Otsutsuki
- Hamura Otsutsuki
The Sarutobi Clan is represented by five circles joined together by three different shaped lines. It is a clan that is known for adeptly following the Will of Fire and producing influential clan members, including the Third Hokage.
- Asuma Sarutobi
- Hiruzen Sarutobi
- Konohamaru Sarutobi
The Senju Clan was one of the two founding clans of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. Despite the clan members dwindling down, their influence is still as strong as ever.
- Hashirama Senju
- Tobirama Senju
The Uchiha Clan is one of the two founding clans of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. They are represented by a sort of fan symbol that is half red and half white. They were once the most powerful clan in the Village Hidden in the Leaves but were almost completely eliminated at the hands of Itachi Uchiha. Their members are capable of awakening the Sharingan, one of the most powerful ocular abilities in Naruto.
- Sasuke Uchiha
- Itachi Uchiha
- Madara Uchiha
- Obito Uchiha
The Uzumaki Clan was a prominent clan of the Hidden Eddy Village, but due to the war, it was almost completely destroyed. Thankfully, Kushina Uzumaki was transferred to the Hidden Leaf Village, where she met Minato. Thus the story of Naruto began. They are known to have abnormally strong life forces and chakra control.
- Naruto Uzumaki
- Kushina Uzumaki
The Yamanaka Clan is able to use powerful mind-related abilities that allow them to telepathically interact with others. This includes forms of communication and control. They are represented by a flower-like circle.
- Ino Yamanaka
- Inoichi Yamanaka
The Akatsuki isn’t a clan but a group of rogue shinobi that have been grouped up together by their leader, Pain. The ultimate goal of the Akatsuki is to revive Black Zetsu’s mother, Kaguya. But the only one who knows this is Black Zetsu himself. Everyone else has been lured in by certain goals, ambitions, or rewards.
Their symbol is a red cloud with a white outline. It is one of the most prominent symbols in all of Naruto, alongside the Hidden Leaf Village, the Sharingan, the Uzumaki Clan, and the Uchiha Clan.
Members of the Akatsuki:
There are different types of Summoning Symbols in Naruto. Usually, these symbols are the same as the symbol of the home of the creature that is being summoned. You can see them briefly on the scrolls that shinobi will use to summon these powerful beings. There are three different summoning symbols that you may recognize from the show.
- Mount Myoboku – Toads
- Ryuchi Cave – Snakes
- Shikkotsu Forest – Slugs
Three Great Eye Techniques
The Sharingan is a powerful ocular technique that can be awakened by any member of the Uchiha Clan. It is also able to be used by certain celestial begins from the Otsuktsuki Clan.
It grants its users the abilities of Eye of Insight and eye of Hypnotism. It is not required to have both eyes with Sharingan to use their abilities. Kakashi Hatake used the Sharingan on only one eye after being gifted Obito’s eye on his deathbed.
The user can also use the Sharingan to mimic other abilities by only seeing them once. Kakashi Hatake is known as the Copy Ninja for this and Sasuke Uchiha uses it during the Chunin Exams to copy Rock Lee’s taijutsu.
Powerful Sharingan Users:
- Madara Uchiha
- Kakashi Hatake
- Sasuke Uchiha
- Obito Uchiha
The Rinnegan allows its users to obtain incredibly powerful chakra and use the Six Paths Technique. These Six Paths include:
- Deva Path: Ability to attract and repulse forces
- Asura Path: Ability to alter your body mechanically
- Human Path: Ability to extract souls
- Animal Path: Ability to summon various creatures
- Preta Path: Ability to Absorb Chakra
- Naraka Path: Ability to summon the King of Hell
It is worth noting that only those that were born with the Rinnegan can have access to their full power. Rinnegan’s abilities can also differ with each user. Sasuke’s Rinnegan allows him to shift spaces with things within his range. He can also create portals to other dimensions.
Powerful Rinnegan Users:
- Sasuke Uchiha
- Momoshiki Otsutsuki
- Hagoromo Otsutsuki
The Byakugan originated from the Otsutsuki Clan and allowed the user to obtain a 360 field vision of themselves. The Byakugan also allows users to see through walls and even see a user’s chakra pathway system. The Hyuga Clan are born with the Byakugan and have developed the Gentle Fist fighting style to utilize these chakra points to render their enemies powerless.
Powerful Byakugan Users:
- Hinata Hyuga
- Neji Hyuga
- Momoshiki Otsutsuki
The Importance of Symbols in Naruto
The different symbols in Naruto represent different groups in the series. It’s important to know which symbol represents what since they will pop up a lot while you read the Naruto manga. It can get confusing if you don’t understand why a certain character is evil or why they are helping Naruto.
Being able to understand all the different symbols while you read the manga will not only be incredibly helpful, but it will also allow you to have a better experience overall.
Naruto Symbols in the Real World
You will often see symbols from Naruto in various merchandise in the real world. The Hidden Leaf Village symbol has been seen on various clothing brands, and you will often see the Sharingan in various art pieces.
Naruto has also become a pop culture icon and has appeared in various collaborations. In the popular battle royale, Fortnite, players are able to play as Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi.
Question: Are There Villages That Share The Same Symbol?
Answer: No, there are no villages that share the same symbol. But there are members from the same clan in different villages. But every village has its own symbol to represent its ideals and location. A lot of the villages name themselves after their geographical location. The Village Hidden in the Leaves is among many trees, while the Village Hidden in the Sand is surrounded by deserts.
Question: Why Do Some Shinobi Have Their Symbols Crossed Off?
Answer: When shinobi etch out the symbol from their band, it is because they have defected from their village. It is a sign of rebellion. They are usually hunted down by their own village. It is rare for other villages to get involved, but they do when that rogue ninja is disturbing their peace. Similar to how when the Raikage got involved with Sasuke after Killer B was taken.
Question: Does Every Shinobi Wear Their Village Symbol On Their Head?
Answer: No, they do not. Many shinobi are creative with their headbands and choose to wear them in different parts or style them differently. Sakura, for example, uses it to style her hair. In comparison, others have it as an armband.
Question: Why Are There So Many Different Clans?
Answer: In the world of Naruto, a clan is basically your family. Some families are more established than others. So it makes sense that there are a lot of different clans in each village. We focused more on the Hidden Leaf Village clans since that is where the majority of the main characters come from.
Naruto Symbols: Final Thoughts
The world of Naruto is vast, and it can get confusing without the right information. It is important to be able to distinguish the different symbols in Naruto so that you understand why the story is heading in the direction that it is. As you read further into Naruto, you will come across more symbols than you can remember.
But it is always interesting to look back and remember what those symbols were and what they represented. The most important ones are the Hidden Villages since almost every shinobi that you encounter in the world of Naruto will have one of these symbols as part of their design. Even shinobi that have defected to the dark side will have them crossed out.
Learning about the symbols in Naruto and what they mean can make your whole experience with the world of Ninja a lot more pleasant!