Jiraiya (自来也) is a fictional character in the Naruto anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. Introduced in the first half of the series, he was a student of Hiruzen Sarutobi and one of the three "Legendary Sannin"; along with Orochimaru and Lady Tsunade. Jiraiya appears as a perverted old man who occasionally returns to the village, reporting the activities of Orochimaru and Akatsuki. Refereed to as the "Toad Sage", he mentored Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, and later became godfather to Minato's son Naruto Uzumaki.

Jiraiya is a playable character in most of the video games from the series and various merchandises have been released based on him. The character received positive reviews and is considered to be one of the strongest in the series; critics praised Jiraya's introduction in the series as well as his relation with Naruto as his mentor. Of all the student-teacher relationships in the series, Jiraiya and Naruto's is the one Kishimoto likes the most.

Jiraiya is voiced by Hōchū Ōtsuka, while David Lodge voices him in the English dub and Richard Cansino voices him in the English dub of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Jiraiya (Naruto).

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