Lately I have been thinking about sage mode and it's origins and something interesting came to my attention when I did some extra manga reading on sage mode and the toads.

ONLY 4 shinobi have used toad sage mode that we are aware of, this is quite staggering. Naruto and Jiraiya are the sages of recent times and the previous other two sages are Ma and Pa frog and they areapprox 800 YEARS OLD. So at least 800 years has past until the next two sages appeared (Naruto and Jiraiya). As you can see there's a very short list to the toad sage club. There have been a lot of shinobi that have failed in the past, all the frog stone statues at the toad mountain. Compare this to the MS sharingan users and they have had 4(madara,Izuna,Itachi and Sasuke) occurrences of it in the past90 YEARS, although it wasn't until 90 years ago that Madara and Izuna were the first to activate the MS it never the less has a higher rate of probability of it compared to 2 sages over 800 years between Ma/Pa frog and Jiraiya/Naruto.

So far all we know about sage mode is you needlarge amounts of chakra as natural energy easily takes over small chakra reserves usersANDguts(the will to never give up, interesting enough that's Naruto and Jiraiya's ideology of how a ninja should live). Surely there must have been shinobi in the past with those attributes and yet so many have failed.Not even many toadscan use toad sage mode, only Pa and Ma frog can use it so a toad contract doesn't increase the chances either. There is also the Great Toad Sage (大ガマ仙人, Ōgama Sennin) but more on him latter.

"Sage" can also refer to an individual renowned for their great power, wisdom, or holy standing. I think the Great Toad Sage is called a sage because hes lived a long time and with age(1000+) comes wisdom, also lets not forget he can see the future in his dreams adding to his all knowing demeanor. Similarly the Sage of Six Paths also could have been called a sage for same reasons. He was the first to understand the mysteries of chakra illustrating his wisdom, which back then would have looked godlike among others. Not to mention he had great power to save the world from the Jubi and got even more power after he became its host. And finally he also was a holy man, he originally was Monk and started to preach a his own religion, Nin-shuu which later became modern ninjutsu but used for power not peace like the So6P intended.

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So I'm assuming, the Great Toad Sage and the Sage of 6 paths are sages because of their wisdom/power/holiness. Other wise you'd think pa frog would mention the Great Toad Sage as one of Naruto's predecessor of sage mode. But I can be wrong, if either one of them are shown using toad sage mode in the future.

There must be a unique requirement to use toad sage mode similar to bloodline limits, only time will tell.Some people think that toad sage mode is a bloodline limit but there has been 4 toad sages all of which are NOT GENETICALLY RELATED. So bloodline limit is NOT the ANSWER to describe this rarity in the history of Naruto. Another possible theory, maybe just like how a shinobi has an affinity to a certain nature chakra element like wind, a shinobi may need an affinity to natural energy to use it with his own chakra and therefore enter sage mode. This could explain why only 4 shinobi in the history of Naruto have used toad sage mode. This actually doesn't sound so far fetched as you can have an affinity to a certain animal to use it as a summoning. Jiraiya had a very good affinity to the toads as he was able to come into contact with the toads even before signing a blood contact via the summoning technique. This could have something to with the degree of how well you are able to use natural energy. Though you could also argue this was fate as the toad sage predicted this would happen and same goes for Naruto in a way, as he too ended up being the destined child which the toad sage predicted also. The toad sage didn't predicted it would be Naruto but he did predict it would be one of Jiraiya's students.

I think this is quite interesting and I'm hoping Kishi elaborates more about Sage Mode's origins.

Here are some to other ideas Ive had about sage mode you may find interesting.

SAGE MODE, Naruto's KEY to becoming a COMPLETE SAGE

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SAGE MODE + FOX MODE COMBO MODE

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SAGE MODE and NATURE TRANSFORMATIONS of chakra

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SENSORY NINJA ABILITIESVSSAGE MODE SENSING ABILITIES

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