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Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin? Complete Story Arc & Events Leading To It

Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin? Complete Story Arc & Events Leading To It
Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin? Complete Story Arc & Events Leading To It

Naruto is one of the most popular anime franchises out there and one of the best. The characters are so interesting. Their backstories bring character development and make the story even more interesting. Their actions in the past or what they went through are the reason behind what they are doing now. Kakashi sure is one of the fan favorites, but sometimes even he is subjected to occasional questioning by them regarding what he did in the past. One such situation changed his life and did more harm than anything in the Naruto franchise. In this article, we will be talking about ‘why did Kakashi kill Rin?’ Along with that, we will also look into other characters important to the story and their background as well.

As mentioned earlier, Kakashi is one of the well-liked and often praised characters in Naruto anime. He is well-liked because of his calm demeanor and prowess. And bear’s name ‘Kakashi of the Sharingan’ that is feared across other nations. Another nickname that is bestowed upon him is ‘The Copy Ninja’. This is because of his Sharingan and how he can use it to copy any enemy’s jutsu with ease. He was the leader of Team 7, consisting of Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. Prior to that, Kakashi was also the leader of an Anbu Black Ops team which had the legendary Itachi Uchiha in it. Enough with the tour. Let us now look at why did Kakashi kill Rin?

Story Leading To The Event

Kakashi Hatake, Rin Nohara, and Obito Uchiha were part of Team Minato under the leadership of Minato Namikaze. The three of them were in the same academy and graduated together. However, Kakashi was three years younger than Obito and graduated at a very early age of 5. Whereas Rin and Obito graduated at the age of 9. Kakashi was stronger than most kids of his age and more determined as he was the son of the White Fang, Sakumo Hatake. He did also pass the Chunin Exams at the age of 6, while Obito failed to do so.

Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin? Complete Story Arc & Events Leading To It

Minato, Obito, Rin, and Kakashi for the team photo

Rin really liked Kakashi but did also cared deeply for Obito. Whereas Obito was in love with her. On a particularly dangerous mission, Rin is kidnapped by the Shinobi of Iwagakure. There they are ambushed by the enemy, and Kakashi loses his one eye. Just when Obito was about to be attacked, he awakens his Sharingan and kills the attacker. When Kakashi became a Jonin, Rin called every one of their friends asks them to bring a gift for Kakashi as a congratulating present.

During the Third Great Ninja War, Team Minato was assigned a mission. Minato was handling the war elsewhere, and thus Kakashi was given the command of the three-man squad. However, Rin was yet again captured by the enemy forces. Kakashi and Obito were in time to rescue her and defeat the enemies. But during their escape, the cave started collapsing, and half of Obito’s body was crushed under the rubble. He called Kakashi and gave him his left eye as a gift, and asked him to escape with Rin. Minato arrives but is too late.

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Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin?

Why did Kakashi kill Rin? This question definitely popped in many of your heads after watching the first few episodes of the anime. But the real story (which is quite further in the anime) is much different than what we all had imagined. During the events of the Third Great Ninja War, Team Minato was assigned a mission. But it was just Rin and Kakashi as Minato was on the frontlines of the battle, and Obito had been presumed dead. Rin was once again kidnapped but by the Village Hidden in the Mist. Kakashi rescues her, and both make a run for it.

Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin? Complete Story Arc & Events Leading To It

Rin healing Kakashi

While on foot, Rin explains to Kakashi that she has been made a Jinchuriki for the 3-tails, and the tailed beast will unleash as soon as she reaches the village. This can completely destroy the village, so she asks Kakashi to kill her, but he refuses to do so and focuses on fighting off the enemies. While he was fighting, he used his most powerful lighting style jutsu called Chidori and ran in the direction of the enemies. However, Rin leaps in front of him, and Kakashi accidentally hits her with the jutsu.

So you see, Kakashi did not intentionally kill Rin. He did not even care as to what would happen to the village. All he cared was for her friend to reach safety. He did so because he believed that the village would help Rin. He lived by the words of Obito, ‘those who break the rules are scum, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum’. That’s what his father did too. He prioritized saving his comrades over his mission which ultimately led to him being criticized. This also led him to get the nickname friend-killer Kakashi.

Aftermath Of Rin’s Death

Rin’s death was one of the major reasons behind the whole Akatsuki and Infinite Tsukuyomi saga. As you see, Obito did not die after being partially crushed by the boulder. He was rescued by White Zetsu by order of Madara Uchiha, who was rather old and on the brink of death. He was given replacement limbs, and Madara was also telling him about the cruelties of the world and how he had a plan to save it. Initially, Obito did not even consider his talk. On one day, White Zetsu tells him that Kakashi and Rin are in trouble and are chased by the hidden mist shinobis.

Why Did Kakashi Kill Rin? Complete Story Arc & Events Leading To It

Kakashi and Obito’s Mangekyo Sharingan awakens

He immediately goes to their aid and before leaving, Guruguru tells him that he will assist him. Upon his arrival, he witnesses Kakashi plunging Chidori through Rin’s heart. This awakened both of their’s Mangekyo Sharingan. Kakashi passes out from the process and Obito comes to rescue both of them and defeats all of the Shinobi. He then holds Rin’s corpse and cries. This made him go back to Madara with a firm belief of gaining a new Team 7 with Rin in it by the process of Infinite Tsukuyomi. And thus, we witness the birth of Akatsuki, the Fourth Great Ninja War, and Infinite Tsukuyomi.


To think that most of the things and great war could have been avoided if Rin didn’t die. But the fact remains that even if Rin had managed to get to the village safely, there was no telling as to what would happen next. Only two people capable of sealing and handling a tailed beast were Kushina and Minato. And Minato was away from the village during the war. We don’t know the whereabouts of Kushina but have to assume that even she was partaking in the war as she is a Shinobi after all and the Jinchuriki of the nine tails.

And even if Rin somehow survives and the village is safe, Guruguru is a Zetsu after all and would have manipulated someone else to do their bidding. The fate of the Shinobi World was locked after the presumable death of Obito. Whatever the case may be, we still got a heck of a story out of it and are enjoying it even today. That’s it for this article. Thank you for reading it. If you want to read more, just click on the one down below or the big ‘Otakukart’ button at the top. I promise you will like it.

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Hi there fellow reader. My name is Parth, and I am a content writer for Otakukart. A little bit about me, I love watching movies and I do indulge in anime, and there are some which I follow up on regular basis. I game during my free time. Well, that's it about me. Oh, and one more thing, I am obsessed with my long hair.

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