Spanning around 700 episodes, the world, as well as the characters in Naruto, have been beautifully developed.
From when it first aired in 2007, to 2017, when the last episode in Shippuden released, the series has started to feel like home for many of its long-time viewers.
With the franchise being expanded with Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the nostalgia is heavier than ever, and fans reminiscing about the “old” days are a common appearance.
In fact, just the other day, I stumbled upon a question on Quora where someone was asking about the clan Jiraiya belonged to.
Unfortunately, the question was never answered, so I took it upon myself to make an in-length article about our pervy toad sage’s origin. Let’s dive right in.
1. What Clan Is Jiraiya From?
Jiraiya appeared in Naruto while peeping into a women’s change room, and while it was very in-character, it failed to provide any information about his background.
As the series progressed, we soon came to know about his adventures as a Sannin and his likeness to Naruto as a kid. However, it still failed to mention his background.
Now, we as fans are always used to finding and creating answers out of the bare minimum amount of information available to us.
In order to put these skills to use, I’m going to lay out three different theories regarding Jiraiya’s origin based on his appearance, events in the timelines, and a few other details.
I. Is Jiraiya From the Senju Clan?
Jiraiya contains huge amounts of chakra, and his capabilities definitely match someone from a large clan like perhaps Senju.
However, the possibility of this is almost zero. The reason for this is that Tsunade was a Senju; however, there was no mention of her being related to Jiraiya.
Furthermore, if there was a chance of him hailing from that clan, there’s no reason why the creator wouldn’t mention it.
Jiraiya is not from the Senju clan, or the Namikaze of Uzumaki clan, simply due to the lack of the latter’s characteristic yellow and red hair, and a mention.
II. Is Jiraiya From the Ogata Clan?
A fun piece of information that is relatively less known, Jiraiya, as well as Orochimaru and Tsunade, were inspired by a Japanese folktale called “The Tale Of The Gallant Jiraiya.”
In the story, Jiraiya is a toad shapeshifter as well as the heir of the Ogata clan, who falls in love with Tsunade, a beautiful young woman who has mastered slug magic.
Him being a writer and inking down Naruto’s tale feels even more emotional and meaningful after knowing about his origin. As Kishimoto took inspiration from this folktale, it is possible that he did so the same regarding his clan.
Jiraiya is from the Ogata clan in the folktale, and therefore might be from the same clan in the anime. Its lack of mention might be due to Kishimoto not seeing a need for its addition.
III. Is Jiraiya a War Orphan?
While above, I’ve theorized and laid out the possibilities of Jiraiya hailing from different prominent clans, it is extremely probable that he hailed from a nameless clan and was a war orphan.
His being one would fit in with the tragic backstories of Orochimaru and Tsunade, and him teaching the Ame orphans would make sense.
Jiraiya’s actions, such as taking on Mount Myouboku’s symbol as his own, leaving for months on end, and answering to no one other than Hiruzen would support this theory further.
It adds a very human side to Jiraiya and makes the bond between him and Naruto even more precious.
Perhaps Kishimoto Sensei just wanted us to remember the Sannin as a pervy sage who helped and found a home in another lonely misfit like him.
2. About Naruto
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.
Its publication began on September 21, 1999, and continued till November 10, 2014, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga has collected 72 volumes in tankōbon format.
Naruto Shippuden is Part II of the anime series, which follows an older Naruto as he attempts to save his friend Sasuke while at the same time – addressing the looming threat of the criminal organization – Akatsuki – who are targeting him for their grander scheme.Originally Written By Epic Dope