The Akatsuki was a group of S-Rank criminals who united under different leaders from different goals across the series. They intended to bring peace originally, but later, their goals changed drastically. The one thing that never changed about them was the fact that they held some extremely powerful shinobi. Some of them may not be smart or powerful from the start, but others had a very bright future. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that some would even have become a Kage. That’s exactly what this list is about. Today, I’ve made a list of the Akatsuki characters who I think could’ve. become a Kage of their village.
06. Kisame Hoshigaki
Kisame Hoshigaki was a Shinobi from Kirigakure. He was a member of their ANBU, and was considered to be one of the most skilled of their ranks. He soon killed his master, took his sword and abandoned his village. However, had he stayed at the village, undoubtedly he would’ve been one of their strongest. He could even have been the Mizukage, but thanks to his nature, and evil personality, he never did.
05. Obito Uchiha
Obito Uchiha always wanted to become the Hokage. Ever since he was young, he hoped to be one of their ranks, and even shared this dream with his Sensei. However, Rin’s death changed everything for him. Obito soon became one of the Akatsuki characters, under the alias of Madara, and started to manipulate Nagato. He was the reason for the 4th Great Ninja War, and he really put the world in a mess. If he has stayed at Konoha, he’d be a Kage without a doubt.
Deidara is one of the most underrated Shinobi I’ve seen in Naruto. He’s was very talented boy, and his skills were enough to take down even a Kage, like Gaara. He was a Shinobi of Iwagakure, and one of Onoki’s students. Onoki held him in high regard, but he soon stole their forbidden Jutsu, and abandoned the village. It’s obvious a Shinobi of his calibre could’ve been a Kage.
Sasori was a Shinobi of Sunagakure, and in fact, was one of their strongest ones. During the 3rd Great Ninja War, he was one of their best Shinobi. He killed so many and spilled so much blood, that people started calling him “Sasori of the Red Sand”. However, after the war, he soon left. Later, he came back, kidnapped the 3rd Kazekage, and killed him as well. For sure, he was extremely skilled. He would’ve made a great Kage, and a feared one as well.
02. Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha is another member of the Akatsuki who could’ve been a Kage. Rather, he wanted to be a Kage, and he even tried to become one, but failed. His version of Hokage was just too pessimistic to be shown in an anime like Hokage. But, in reality, you could say he knew the history of Shinobi and what he said was right. Sasuke, ultimately, lost to Naruto and agreed to his vision of a peaceful world. However, Naruto does call him the “Other Hokage”, as he protects the village from the outside.
01. Itachi Uchiha
Itachi Uchiha was a member of Konoha’s Uchiha Clan. He was an exceptionally skilled Shinobi, even among the Uchiha. Itachi joined the ANBU, and rose to the rank of ANBU Captain as well. However, his clan was planning a coup, which would see the spilling of a lot of innocent blood. He aligned with the village, and annihilated his own clan. Later, Itachi joined up with the rest of Akatsuki characters. He was still helping the village though.
As an Akatsuki, he made sure they didn’t attack Konoha while he was there, and still provided Intel on the organization to his village. Definitely, Itachi was someone who deserved the title of Kage more than anyone else. He would’ve made a wonderful Hokage. But, even though he didn’t become one, he fulfilled his role as a Shinobi splendidly.