Pain “Nagato and the Six Paths of Pain” Funko POP
From Naruto Shippuden, Pain “Nagato“, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funko! Nagato was a shinobi of Amegakure and descendant of the Uzumaki clan. Forming Akatsuki alongside his friends (and fellow war orphans) Yahiko and Konan, Nagato dreamed of bringing peace to the violent shinobi world. However, following Yahiko’s death, Nagato adopted the alias of Pain and, along with Konan, began leading a new Akatsuki, one that would force the world into peace using any means necessary. Nagato’s position as the leader of Akatsuki was well-deserved, being regarded as its most powerful member. As Pain, he was regarded as unbeatable by various individuals, and his strength allowed him to defeat and kill Hanzo, though Hanzo’s skills had long since diminished. He was also able to defeat Jiraiya, his former teacher, though he notes that he may have lost if Jiraiya knew his true identity. Not only that, he could face the entire village of Konohagakure and destroy it single-handedly, only losing 1 of his 6 Paths in the various battles with Konoha ninja.
Before he faced Naruto, Nagato had never lost a single battle, still pushing Naruto to employ the most powerful abilities he had at his disposal. With the Outer Path, Nagato could form what he calls his “Six Paths of Pain“. By embedding black receivers throughout the bodies of 6 corpses, arranged to resemble body piercings, Nagato was able to control all of them remotely as though they were his own. He could control the Paths across great distances, but for more chakra-demanding techniques, it was necessary for the Path to first be brought closer to his position. An alternative to this was cutting off control of 5 of the Paths and focusing all of his chakra into 1. The Paths can be used to react to threats in mere seconds and, because they are corpses, the bodies are unfazed by all but the most debilitating types of damage. In theory, each of the Six Paths of Pain could be used to perform any technique that Nagato himself was capable of.
In practice, however, he limited each body to one branch of the Six Paths Techniques, the exception being the Deva Path through which he performed a number of miscellaneous jutsu. Each Path served a specific purpose, be it offensive, defensive, reconnaissance or repair. None of the Paths specifically specialised in taijutsu, but all were able to keep pace during hand-to-hand combat with even the most practised opponent. Though he considered all Six Paths to be part of the Pain identity he gave himself, Nagato still regarded them as separate entities from himself, referring to them by whichever Path they embody. Although the Six Paths were individually strong, they were at their most formidable when used together, with the simultaneous use of all 6 being the primary reason for Pain’s infamous invincibility. This was because the Six Paths, as well as the Animal Path‘s summons and the King of Hell, let Nagato share their vision, allowing him to coordinate their movements with maximum efficiency.
They could attack from multiple angles and dodge attacks they couldn’t have seen but that occurred within another Path’s field of vision. During his attack on Konoha, when the Six Paths were dispersed throughout the village to act strategically, they managed to wreak devastation and kill many powerful shinobi, effectively allowing Nagato to almost singlehandedly overpower the village. Each of the Paths had its own importance in a fight, the Naraka Path‘s ability to restore all the other Paths, making it the most valuable, and therefore, Nagato would sacrifice other Paths to protect those further up the hierarchy. Despite the advantages the 6 bodies granted him in a fight, Nagato tried to limit his usage to as few bodies as possible to reduce the likelihood of anyone discovering the secret of how the Six Paths of Pain work. When Konoha began to understand the idiosyncrasies of the ability, he destroyed the village in an effort to kill anyone who might know that none of the Six Paths were the real one.
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