The founder of Konoha Hashirama Senju was the very first Hokage and revered as one of the most skilled and powerful ninja’s of his time, as well as one of the most respected leaders. Hashirama was the older brother of Tobirama Senju, a man who would later take over his brother role as Hokage.
Hashirama was once the leader of the legendary Senju clan, which were considered one of the two most powerful during his time, along with the Uchiha clan. The two clans had a great respect for the other but they were also enemies and rivals. The two clan’s power was so great that when one force hired the Senju clan to battle for them, the other would hire the Uchiha. The two had many battles, in which Hashirama would fight Madara and develop something of a rivalry with the leader of the Uchiha.
Hashirama eventually grew tired of the constant fighting with the Uchiha, Hashirama and the Senju, drew up a truce with the Uchiha clan. The two became allies and Hashirama along with Madara, became the founders of the five great shinobi nations, the first of which was Konohagakure. The new truce was not without its problems though. Madara was originally against the idea, and did not like how things were going, even his own people turned on him. Madara believed that he should be leader, because if he wasn’t the Uchiha would lose there supremacy.
It was this that led to the battle between Madara and Hashirama at the valley of the end. Hashirama was the one who won that day, and to mark such a legendary occasion, two statues were carved at the valley, one for Madara and the other for Hashirama. He would later gain control over the seven beasts and spread them across the nation. At some point as Hokage, he defeated Kakuzu who had been sent to assassinate him. As war still raged on Hashirama, and his younger brother trained Hiruzen Sarutobi who would become the third Hokage. Hashirama would die in battle but his legacy would live on as his younger brother became Hokage.
Hashirama was an incredible leader, who showed loyalty and respect to his people, seeing them as a family in which the foundations of Konoha would be built upon. Hashirama was the first to believe that the Hokage should be willing to put their life on the line for the good of the people, out of respect for them, and that the leaf shinobi should be willing to do the same. It was with these beliefs and morals that Konoha was built upon and the standards that others followed.
Invasion of Konoha
Hashirama and his brother would eventually be revived by Orochimaru, in order to battle the Hiruzen during their fight. In the battle Hashirama showed his incredible skill and teamwork with his brother that had even the Third on the ropes, forcing him to use Enma. Hashirama and his brother would be defeated when their souls were sealed by the death god, but before they went they apologized to Hiruzen.
Powers & Abilities
Quite simply Hashirama was regarded as the most powerful ninja of his time, he was the most feared and most respected. So much so that even the legendary Uchiha clan showed respect for his power, even Madara who was the Uchihas most powerful shinobi had amazing respect for the first’s incredible power. Even when the Senju and the Uchiha where enemies the Uchiha still feared his amazing skill as a ninja.
The most famous ability of Hashirama was his wood release jutsu. This jutsu combined the earth and water elements to create a new nature jutsu. Hashirama was the only one in his time to be able to use this ability. Hashirama could use his wood release to grow entire forests, which was used to build Konoha; he could manipulate these trees in order to attack. Hashirama had incredible control and power over his skill, he could surround enemies in trees to trap them and he could even cause them to explode to damage them considerably. Hashirama could also create wood from his own body to attack.
The skill, power and control that Hashirama had over his wood release was so incredible he was able to defeat Kakuzu who would later become one of Akatsukis skilled and most feared members. His greatest feats however were the fact that Hashirama was able to defeat Madara Uchiha, who at the time of their fight had the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, which is one of the most powerful techniques, not only that but Hashirama had the unique ability to suppress the chakra of the nine tailed beasts, and control them to his will. This was because his wood release gave him control over life energy. These two feats alone would be considered legendary.
Hashirama was not without other skills, he was great in taijutsu and genjutsu that even the Third found difficult to contend with. Hashirama could also summon weapons from scrolls. It is believed that because his wood release is a combination of earth and water, he could control these two nature types as well.