Kyubi “Nine-Tails” Kurama Funko POP
From Naruto Shippuden, Kyubi Kurama, as a stylized Funko POP. Kurama, more commonly known as the Nine-Tails (Kyūbi), is one of the 9 tailed beasts. Centuries of being regarded as a mindless monster and sought after as a tool for war caused Kurama to hate humans. After being sealed into Naruto Uzumaki, Kurama attempts to maintain its cynical perspective about the world, but with Naruto’s insistence on treating it with respect, the fox overturns its hatred and willingly strives to use its power for the world’s salvation. Kurama is the most powerful of the Tailed Beasts. Used by Madara Uchiha in his attempt to wipe out Konohagakure at the time of its foundation, Kurama is defeated and sealed within Hashirama’s wife and then transferred to Kushina Uzumaki 2 generations later. Through Obito Uchiha‘s scheme, Kurama is released and attacks Konohagakure before being stopped by the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze, who seals the fox’s Yin Kurama half within himself. Following this, Minato and Kushina sacrifice themselves to seal the weakened Yang Kurama within their son, Naruto Uzumaki, 12 years before the series’ start. Throughout the series, Naruto tries to harness Kurama’s immense chakra to perform several jutsu that would normally be impossible for a shinobi of his age. But Naruto soon learns that relying too much on Kurama’s power would allow the fox to impose its will over its host to the point of breaking the seal.
Naruto eventually takes control of the fox’s chakra with help from an imprint of Kushina. During Naruto’s fight against Obito, seeing its host’s resolve to save the other Tailed Beasts, Kurama befriends Naruto by allowing him to achieve Tailed Beast Mode. Eventually, as Kurama is extracted from Naruto, the Tailed Beast tells Gaara how to save Naruto’s life by transferring Yin Kurama from Minato into Naruto. Kurama is later returned to its Jinchuriki’s body and becomes whole again as it reunites with its Yin counterpart. Kishimoto was mainly inspired to create Kurama based on the character with the same name from the manga series YuYu Hakusho. The inclusion of the fox spirit was also inspired by Godzilla. Kurama is widely known as the strongest of the nine tailed beasts. Hashirama Senju, who could subdue the fox, viewed it as too powerful and dangerous to be left roaming free. Even with only half its power, Kurama remained strong enough to defeat 5 other tailed beasts at the same time. After the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kurama’s full power was restored once its 2 halves reunited inside Naruto, which could defeat Toneri‘s giant golem and Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki‘s elemental construct. The absolute peak of its power could even decisively overwhelm Isshiki Ōtsutsuki. Kurama later became able to manifest itself outside of Naruto, allowing the 2 to fight independently and away from each other.
Kyubi Kurama Funko POP on Amazon.
Kyubi Kurama Funko POP on eBay.