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Tsunade (綱手), featured in the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari (児雷也豪傑物語, "The tale of the gallant Jiraiya"), was the classmate of the ninja Jiraiya. She mastered slug magic and was able to summon an enormous snail or turn into one.
Influences on fiction
- In the popular manga and anime series Naruto, a character named Tsunade is the Hokage of the village where Naruto Uzumaki lives. Tsunade, Jiraiya, and Orochimaru appear as three legendary ninja known as the Sannin. Naruto's Tsunade can summon slugs into battle, up to and including Kaiju-sized monsters. This summoning ability is predicated on Tsunade having established a blood-contract with all slug species. Jiraiya and Orochimaru can also summon toads and snakes (respectively), and Orochimaru is also capable of transforming into a snake.