The Twelve Guardian Ninja (Shugonin Junishi, English TV – Guardian Shinobi Twelve, Literally meaning – Twelve Gentlemen Guardian Ninja) were a group of twelve elite warrior’s who had left their village and had pledged their lives to protect the Fire Daimyo. The members are identified by the kanji for “Fire” (火) marked on the waist sashes they wear.
- Asuma Sarutobi (Anime and Manga)
- Chiriku (Anime and Manga)
- Kazuma (Anime only)
- Kitane (Anime only)
- Nauma (Anime only)
- Seito (Anime only)
- Tou (Anime only)
A group which was formed before the start of the Naruto story, the Twelve Guardian Ninja have for a long time protected the daimyo. All the original members are dead, but the group continues to operate. About two year’s after the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox’s Attack on Konaha, half of the original members began to believe that only the daimyo should lead the Land of Fire. To that end they planned a coup d’etat against the Hokage, and other planned to later conquer the rest of the countries. Kazuma (One Of Former Guardian Ninja) tried to remove the daimyo to replace him with a puppet daimyo, as the current daimyo didn’t support the revolt, but he was stopped by Asuma Sarutobi before he could do so. The different ideals split the group in two, which led to a fight between them that only Asuma Sarutobi, Chiriku and Kazuma survived. It would seem that, sometime before the group was disbanded, members and some underground organization put a bounty on most members heads.
In the anime, Kazuma (One Of Former Guardian Ninja) tried once again to destroy the Hokage and Konoha by resurrecting the four fallen other guardians. However, Asuma Sarutobi was able to stop and kill him. Chiriku was killed soon afterwards by Kakuzu and Hidan of Akatsuki, in order to collect the bounty on his head. Once they had collected the 30 million ryo they were confronted by Asuma. After a long battle, Asuma was killed too, but they were unable to cash in on his 35 million bounty after Asuma reinforcements arrived.