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Thursday, June 9, 2011


Jiraiya was a tall man with extremely long and
spiky white hair tied back into a pony tail, with
two shoulder-length bangs that framed both
sides of his face. He also had red lines that ran
down from his eyes and wore a horned
forehead protector with the kanji for 'Oil' (油, abura), which denotes his affiliation with Mount
Myōboku. Jiraiya wore a green short shirt kimono and matching pants; under which he
wore mesh armour that showed out of the
sleeves and legs of his outfit. His outfit was
completed with hand guards, a simple black belt,
traditional Japanese geta (wooden sandals), a red cloak with two simple yellow circles, and a toad
summoning scroll on his back. He also had what
appeared to be a tattoo in his left palm which resembles one that Gama has in his as well.

Jiraiya was also seen sporting different attires. As
a child, he wore pale grey robes with a design of
red flames on the edges, with a green ribbon
showing a curled gold design tied in a loose bow
around his waist. In childhood, the length of the
red lines that ran down his eyes extended to just over half his face, but became longer in time.
Underneath it, he wore the standard black mesh
shirt with red lining, and wore puffy black pants
that are tighter around the ankles as well as black
sandals to go with the outfit. During the Second
Great Shinobi War against Hanzō, he wore grey garb with metal armour. He was also shown
wearing what appeared to be a rubber frog suit
during a flash back to when he was training the Ame Orphans.

Despite the fact that he left Konoha for many
years, Jiraiya had maintained an allegiance with
his hometown. During Orochimaru's invasion of Konoha, he helped fend off the invading forces in
order to protect the village. When Konoha found
itself in need of a new Hokage after the Third
Hokage's death, Jiraiya volunteered to look for
Tsunade so that she could become the Third's
successor, after turning down the position himself. His reason for refusing the position was,
among other things, that he felt unworthy to
take the role, since he had failed to save either of
the previous Hokage from dying, as well as him
having to conduct more "research". After he
found Tsunade, and began to suspect that she might be assisting Orochimaru, he made it clear
that he would kill her if she betrayed the village.
However, once it became clear that Tsunade was
still loyal to Konoha, and later accepted the title of
Hokage, Jiraiya served as her most trusted
adviser, loyal confidante, and personal spy into the dealings of Akatsuki and Konoha's enemies.

Jiraiya was a self-proclaimed super-pervert with
no equal, and a frequent voyeur, going so far as
to create the Transparent Escape Technique, to allow him to spy on naked women without
being caught (doing "research" as he called it,
even as a child). He never actually hid his
perversion, and even seemed proud of it, as seen
when he told the Third Hokage about it when he
was still a child. Despite this, Jiraiya disliked being referred to as the Perverted Hermit (エロ仙人, Ero- sennin; English TV "Pervy Sage") by Naruto in
front of others.

Jiraiya's perversion had been used against him
on occasions, as seen when Naruto got Jiraiya to
start training him after a simple display of the Sexy Technique (though Naruto hit a roadblock when Jiraiya wanted him to use the technique
around him when training). When two Akatsuki
members later tried to distract Jiraiya, they used a
hypnotised woman to catch his eye and keep
him busy. While their effort initially succeeded,
Jiraiya eventually saw through their plot, due solely to the fact that women did not typically
express interest in him. His peeping habits had
also caused him great injury on one occasion;
when caught spying on Tsunade in his younger
years, she proceeded to break both of his arms,
six of his ribs, and ruptured a number of organs as punishment. As a result of such injuries, Jiraiya
now retained a rather healthy fear towards his
former team-mate, and usually attempted to
suppress his perverted ways when in Tsunade's

Some time after leaving Konoha, Jiraiya became
the author of a series of adult novels called Icha Icha. The novels were based on his rejections in love, that he retold in a comical way. In a filler
episode of the anime, Naruto ghost-wrote one of
Jiraiya's Icha Icha novels. The book was found to
be very popular. This indicates that either Naruto
is capable of writing on the same level as Jiraiya,
or that Jiraiya's writing abilities were no better than those of a child. Tsunade seemed to suspect
that the latter was true, as she noted that a report
he wrote as a child, accompanied by crude
crayon illustrations, was poorly written. The
popularity of the Icha Icha series seemed to have
paid off well, as Jiraiya's cheque book revealed that he was fairly wealthy. Despite his wealth,
Jiraiya was not above taking Naruto's money
and spending it on sake and women. Jiraiya
frequently disappeared when Naruto attempted
to make him pay.

Jiraiya had also been known to show off, even
during a fight. This showing off typically took the
form of traditional kabuki poses, keeping with his hermit theme. He became annoyed if he was
interrupted for whatever reason while trying to
strike a pose which most often that not, was
always interrupted. His summon Gama however was the only toad he ever summoned that posed
along with him. When the situation called for it,
however, Jiraiya would become extremely
serious. He could also be quite perceptive, as seen
when he watched Naruto try to walk over the
surface of shallow water; Jiraiya quickly discerned that there was something within
Naruto that was disrupting the chakra's
circulation through his body.

Despite Jiraiya's flamboyant behaviour and
prowess as a shinobi, he was a strong believer in
peace; his hope being to one day end the hatred
that plagued the ninja world. Jiraiya also held a
great deal of faith in the next generation, and
saw them as the answer to this hate.

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