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(又旅, Matatabi)

  • Nibi (ニ尾, Two-Tails)
  • Bakeneko (化け猫, Monster Cat)

Personal

Species

Bakeneko

Jinchūriki

Jay Nara

Classification
"Tailed Beast" is not in the list of possible values (ANBU, Cooking-nin, Daimyō, Hunter-nin, Jinchūriki, Medical-nin, Missing-nin, Ninja monk, S-rank, Sage, Samurai, Sannin, Sensor, Summon, Tailed beast) for this property.
Tailed Beast
Affiliation
"Uzushiogakure" is not in the list of possible values (Allied Shinobi Forces, Akatsuki, Root) for this property.
Uzushiogakure Symbol Uzushiogakure
Nature Type

Unique Traits

  • Produces blue flames
Jutsu

Tailed Beast Ball

Tailed Beast Telepathy

Matatabi (又旅, Matatabi), more commonly known as the Two-Tails (ニ尾, Nibi), is one of the nine tailed beasts.

Background

Kid-bijuus

The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.

Matatabi first came into being in the waning days of the Sage of the Six Paths, who used his Creation of All Things ability to separate the Ten-Tails' chakra from its body and divide it into nine separate constructs in order to ensure that it would never resurface after his death.[1][2] Some time after being created, the Sage sat down with all the young tailed beasts and told them that they would always be together even when separated, and that one day they would become one entity again with different names as well as forms than they did then when the time came for them to understand what true power is.[3]

Personality

Compared to most of the tailed beasts, Matatabi has shown to be respectful and polite towards others, speaking in a formal manner using "watashi" (私) when referring to itself and using honourifics when addressing Naruto while introducing itself to the young shinobi.

Appearance

Matatabi is a bakeneko that is completely engulfed in blue flames. It also has a right yellow eye and a left green eye, similar to an odd-eyed cat without pupils. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths' life, Matatabi was a young flaming kitten much smaller than its present-day self, but was still much larger than the Sage.

Abilities

Nibi-tailed-beast-ball

Matatabi using the Tailed Beast Ball.

As a tailed beast, Matatabi possesses an enormous supply of chakra that it can transfer to others and can create the Tailed Beast Ball. Like its appearance suggest, Matatabi can use Fire Release, which it can lend to its jinchūriki. Matatabi also has flexible muscles, which grant it great speed despite its large size.

With its paws, Matatabi could crush an opponent with its raw strength as well as sending a foe flying with one swipe of its claw. When combined with the other tailed beasts' tails, it could shatter and completely obliterate a senjutsu-enhanced complete Susanoo.

Trivia

  • 'Matatabi' (又旅) literally means 'travel again', which is probably an adaptation to not only the nekomata (猫又), but also the Japanese name for silver vine, a plant noted for having an effect on cats much like that of catnip.
  • Cats are the common species throughout the world, and stories of bakeneko (化け猫, monster cats) are popular throughout Japan. In myth, when a cat reaches a certain age, it grows larger, and its tail becomes longer and forks in two, and is then called a nekomata (猫又, forked-cat). These cats were said to have the ability to manipulate the dead as if they were puppets, and had been associated with strange fires and occurrences. This may be related to Matatabi's nickname and its fire-breathing abilities.

References

  1. Naruto chapter 467, pages 15-16
  2. Naruto chapter 510, pages 11-12
  3. Naruto chapter 572, pages 10-11
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