Theory Post: Which “bad guy” is most likely to change sides?
Since there will be no manga this week I’ll be posting a couple theory posts and survey’s possibly along with a couple of the other authors in hopes of entertaining you a bit while we wait until the upcoming Naruto Manga 425. The first of these theory posts is examining the Gaara effect and how possible it is that any of the current bad guys pull a Gaara and go to the other side. We’ll take a look at a couple of the major antagonists and gauge each of their probabilities of switching.
Analysis: Kisame is someone a lot of us would love to switch sides. He’s got the most chakra out of all of Akatsuki and he’s generally a cool character. Kishi said in an interview he was surprised about how popular Kisame had become with the fans and planned on making him a larger part of the manga. I think hints of this leaked out when Kisame acknowledged Madara as the Mizukage setting up some point of reference for future stories.
It is known in the manga that the Mizukage was famous for his training techniques and his brutal tests that would pit young nin against each other in fights to the death amongst fellow friends and villagers. This could be the basis for a lot of sore feelings between Kisame and Madara. Even though Kisame responded very positively when he found out that Madara was the Mizukage, he may have just been happy that he was now going to get a shot at taking him down.
It’s also of note that Kisame was tight with Itachi who was working undercover within Akatsuki for Konoha. It’s hard to imagine that Itachi’s partner wouldn’t know something was up at some point. And they got along good as a team, unlike Hidan and Kakazu who were always bickering so it’s hard to imagine a pair with that much good chemistry wouldn’t know what the other is up too…
Scenarios to convert: Kisame could go ape shit on Madara at any moment if he still holds a grudge from his time spent with the Mizukage. He could also have been in on it with Itachi. Madara knew about Itachi because he helped Itachi with the genocide of the Uchiha but would he know if Kisame was in on it with Itachi post joining Akatsuki?
Analysis: Konan who was one of three nin tutored by Jiraiya, along with Nagato and Yahiko appears heartless when coming in contact with her former sensei but also reveals some emotion when she asks him if he knew what they went through after he left. So some form of traumatic event obviously occurred more than likely ending with Yahiko’s death. Now that we know Nagato uses dead bodies for his realms of Pain we know that Yahiko died at some point and eventually became God Realm. He may have been the first realm of Pain that Nagato created and also may have sent him down the path he is currently on, one of destruction and leading Akatsuki.
Konan was probably just as damaged from this event as Nagato but Nagato has the Rinnegan which pretty much puts him in a leadership position with Konan becoming the “Angel” which she is referred to in the manga many times as.
Scenarios to convert: She may have been along for the ride and got caught up in the tragic event that ended Yahiko’s life so she may be able to be talked down from that edge by someone who reminds her of Yahiko. Enter Naruto. Most of us can see some form of similarity between Yahiko and Naruto, not only in appearance but in attitude. This is evident in the story arc flashbacks of Jiraiya’s time with them.
Naruto also shares the same former sensei in Jiraiya which is even more common ground. If you don’t think common ground is enough then you haven’t been paying attention to the manga over the years at all. Naruto’s common traits with Tsunade’s younger brother affected her decision between Jiraiya and Oro. The beast within common ground brought Gaara over to the good side. Even at the very beginning in the bridge building story arc, that crying kid saw the common traits of the never quit attitude and bravery in Naruto that he saw in his surrogate father that died protecting the village. Is this possible with Konan similar to the same way he affected Tsunade’s attitude?
This one is probably the least likely. Oro hates Konoha and is very much a Nihilist. He wants to destroy the establishment and everything that it stands for. Kabuto has absorbed Oro, to what extent Kabuto will retain his personality or to the extent that Oro will take over his body is still very much in the air. The ratio will very much affect the chances of conversion. Oro is also a former member of Akatsuki and so I would imagine there is some bad blood still lingering there due to the term “former” before the word “member”. (Thanks Renzy)
Kabuto is another story. A missing nin from Konoha who has given his life to Orochimaru and his beliefs has no master now outside of his own body. He is an excellent medical nin at nearly Tsunade level, I say nearly because they still need her to fix Oro’s arms so she must be some degree higher up the medical nin totem pole regardless of how impressive he is. The point of Kabuto is that he is a dedicated follower willing to give his life for Oro’s cause. What will he do now if he has absorbed Oro’s powers but not Oro himself who appeared to be in Sasuke still… It’s at the least something to consider.
Scenarios for conversion: Kabuto has no direction and no one to follow, so he heads back to Konoha to fight Akatsuki for which Oro had no love for. I would imagine that he may even try to take up with Sasuke who still shares many of the same views as Oro even though he was the one to actually end Oro. That would be in conjunction with Sasuke now fighting beside Naruto against a Danzo lead Konoha. I could also see Oro through Kabuto’s body taking up against a Danzo led Konoha with Sasuke and Naruto… possible?
He has the same history as Konan so I’m not going to repeat most of it. The difference between Konan and Nagato is the Rinnegan. He has the eyes of Rikudou, the OG of the nin world. He along with Naruto represented the two possible paths for Jiraiya decisions as to how the chosen child would change the world. Jiraiya chose Naruto which I’m sure just like Naruto, Nagato has no idea of any of the chosen one stuff that was strictly between Pa frog and Jiraiya.
Scenarios for conversion: His conversion would hinge on the same reasons as Konan. It would have to be a Naruto conversion for a switch to be at all possible. Which if you look at the history of the manga is very possible. He has experienced much pain and isolation, has a lot of pain in his heart and is on a crash course to eventually face Naruto… sound familiar? The wild card with this one is that for intents and purposes he killed Jiraiya which adds a new side to the Naruto conversion formula. Does that destroy the Naruto conversion formula completely?