The host of the Nine-tail Demon Fox preceding Uzumaki Naruto. She was his mother and wife of the Hidden Leaf's Village 4th Hokage Minato Namikaze.
Kushina was born in the Land of Whirlpools. A land known for ninjas with powerful sealing techniques known as fūinjutsu. The Uzushiogakure, ninja from the Land of Whirlpools, were often employed to seal jinchūriki, tailed demon beasts, into suitable hosts. Their fūinjutsu was so incredibly feared it caused of a level of paranoia that led other countries to constantly attack the Land of Whirlpools.
Uzumaki Kushina was born during these warring times which influenced her personality to constantly strive for a future of peace. Her naturally strong life force and enormous amount of chakra made her a primary successor for the host of the Nine-Tailed Fox, Mito Uzumaki.
During Kushina's early development as a kunoichi, she was often teased by other students with names like Tomato because of her vibrant red hair and round cheeks. Her only friend was Minato Namikaze, the eventual 4th Hokage, a young ninja close to her age whom she called "wimpy" on first impression. Uzumaki Kushina dreamed to become the first female Hokage and continued to grow into a beautiful and skilled ninja with a tomboyish personality. She was known for her fūinjutsu and was quite physically strong which earned her the title Red Hot-Blooded Habenero. Along with her progression as a ninja, her relationship with Minato grew as well.
One day, Kushina was kidnapped by shinobi from the Land of Lightning and was rescued by Minato. He was the only ninja clever enough to follow Kushina' trail of red hair she left while in captivity. Minato told Kushina he was able to find her because of her trail of beautiful hair. Kushina's hair was never the target of compliments so she was immediately taken aback and fell in love with Minato along with her hair.
The two lovers eventually married and Kushina became pregnant. Minato and Kushina decided on the name Naruto, the main character in Jiraiya's first novel. At first Jiraiya protested because the name was a product of random thought while eating ramen. Kushina believed the name Naruto was beautiful and insisted on the name Naruto.
As Minato Namikaze became the 4th Hokage and Naruto impending birth, Konohagakure made plans. Kushina's predecessor, Mito Uzumaki, warned her that during labor the seal containing the Nine-Tailed Fox severely weakens. This would leave her open to attack and other countries would attempt to steal the demon sealed in her. Tobi did exactly that and held Naruto hostage as soon as he was born. Minato manages to rescue Naruto but was forced to momentarily forsake Kushina in order to save their son. Tobi took advantage of the situation and released the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.
He quickly subdued the demon and unleashed it on Konoha. Minato saves Kushina and places her next to the newly born Naruto at their home. As Minato returns to the battlefield to engage the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, Kushina joins him and attempts to reseal the demon back into her. The plan is protested by Minato and seals the Demon Fox into their son, Naruto knowing he will persevere through the persecution he will endure for hosting a demon inside of him. This process is presumably what kills Kushina as she gives up a large amount chakra in the process.
Many years later, Naruto tries to control the Nine-Tailed beast inside of him and almost fails. His mother, Kushina, saves him and helps her son control the Nine-tailed demon. She also discovers Naruto inherited a similar verbal tic she possessed, something she didn't want to pass on. Kushina tended to end her sentences with "(da)ttebane" and Naruto similarly ended his sentences with "(da)ttebayo". As Kushina tells Naruto she is ready to move on she tells him she loves and reveals the events she had experienced. As they speak, Naruto compliments Kushina on her looks and expressed envy for the fact that he had not inherited her hair-colour as well. Kushina was glad to hear this, as it meant Naruto took after Minato by admiring her hair. Though embarrassed when asked on the subject, Kushina told Naruto how she met Minato and how they fell in love.
She told Naruto that she loved him too, which gave him the resolve to try and tame the Nine-Tails again. Kushina used her chakra chains to help him and Naruto ultimately succeeded. She congratulated him and said that she could now join Minato, making Naruto somewhat visibly saddened that she had to go. With her remaining time she told him about the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha and how the beast came to be sealed within him. After her story was done she apologised for placing such a burden on him. Naruto replied that it didn't matter, for even though she and Minato weren't there to show their child love, he knew that they had loved him long before the Nine-Tails was sealed into him; thus, he didn't blame her and Minato for anything and was happy to be their son. Overjoyed, Kushina tearfully hugged Naruto, and thanked him for letting her and Minato be his parents, before she completely faded away to be with Minato in the afterlife.
Though she stated that she was never originally any good in using ninjutsu, Kushina apparently became famous for her strong-willed spirit and her unique style of ninjutsu. In her childhood, she showed deceptive strength and also to be a fierce barehanded fighter, able to swing around and pummel several kids "half to death" for teasing her. Kushina also possessed an unusual and special form of chakra, which made her well-suited for becoming the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki. She was able to produce chakra chains from her body with which she could restrain others. The chains were strong enough to hold down the Nine-Tails. She could also form a barrier in conjunction with these chains.
As a member of the Uzumaki clan, she was blessed with an exceptionally long potential lifespan and a life-force so strong that she survived the extraction of a tailed beast minutes after giving birth, though she was left severely weakened. She also had great skill and knowledge of advanced fūinjutsu, which she would teach to Minato.
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