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Initially I do think that this sounds crazy. But I have reason to think that naruto is going to be the SECOND TRUE sage. I challenge the definition of what is and isn't a sage.
As we have seen each generation pass up the other, growing from what was known and learned from others.
With this in mind it would be easy to realize that at some point someone will reach the same exact potential as the sage, and possibly gain power that is greater then that of the great Rikudō Sennin. This seems a very good possibility considering what the theme I mentioned earlier entails, that those that before us, will be passed by us. The first tiny snag in this is " How do you have greater power then the man who discovered Ninjutsu? The man who set in motion all event in history, up to this point, and All in all was an uber bad-ass?" Took some thinking, but, I've came to the conclusion that It will be the submission of the Bjuu to develop true peace.
Yes, Bjuu and peace. The sage of the six, could NOT control the power of the 10 tailed fully, so he divided it, in to the 9 more manageable parts so that peace might one day be a reality. He used the demon power yes, but the power was still far to great. He knew that he could not contain the full power forever, and from what we can tell peace wasn't a reality during his time, for had it been, the demons never would have existed( bjuu). They exist because of human malice.
Now another walk threw sage history.
Nagato, is considered the second sage, but if anything he didn't amount up to the first. He had an echo of his power with in him that may have became greater, and was indeed a power to be reckoned with, but none the less was pale in comparison. the only thing interesting is that he used paths to do some strange jutsus that were not elemental or form based (Shinra Tensei). He created a big round rock(Chibaku Tensei), not a moon, and surely never discovered anything greater then his ambitions. He was also physically limited, and in the end he suffered threw his own pain.
(Nagato also was given his power by an man greater then himself but still not as great as the sage)
Madara Uchiha, is considered the third sage, but if we knocked Nagato out of being a sage then , then maybe we can truthfully call Madara the second. Sure he Is really strong, and now even has both halves of the sages lineage in his eye holes, as well as a clone of the first Hokage in his base to power up some weird plant dudes. Outward strength, and power gathering he has displayed well; With both the Sharingan and Rinnegan he has so much potential. But He WAS at least a regular human and as such had limited chakra control once before. What I mean is he might have limited form and or elemental control maybe not knowing all elements considering they are difficult each to master, still worse he hasn't shown shown signs of doing any kekkei genkai that he doesn't posses. this is important because, tho it doesn't show he cant do them, it doesn't show he can. also he doesn't display the the max abilities of the Rinnegan (shared vision, multi-paths) and like Nagato, who did display those abilities, has gained no further insight in to himself, other then the desire to rule the world, threw the use of the power hes acquired (all of which has been sourced to the great sage) he comes very close to the power of the sage, but diffidently doesn't surpass him yet.
(NOTE: he does use the demon chakra's, but as a means to add power to an army, and not to increase is own self, now is it used in its "raw" form.)
(P.S Madara sacrificed some of his power to survive attack from someone who was strong but not sage strong. yes it didn't matter because he replaced it with a potentially better eye , but to considerable that maybe he isn't as strong as we might think, especially against a rising Senju descendant from the leaf)
Naruto Uzumaki, considered the fourth sage, but if you knock out Nagato for not amounting to the great, and Madara for almost being a sage, but lacking in many areas, then Naruto is the "TRUE SECOND", but not quite yet. Naruto does not have the elemental control down on lock ( only having 1 element), nor does he display much for form control (other then a ball), but what he lacks in knowledge of what the last sage set forth he makes up for in in the little he is knowledgeable about in powerful jutsus, as well as performing sage arts, Senjutsu, and recently, THE KYUUBI inside him.
That last part is the key to becoming greater then the first sage. because the kyuubi is the largest portion of the original demon, and if controlled, means other demons can be suppressed easily.
He takes directly from the Bjuu, doesn't use it power to strengthen an army, but grabs it by the balls and tells it " you are coming with me". and what is he learning now? to perform jutsus that don't use typical elements as what the sage taught. He is learning to use pure Bjuu chakra, or "void" element. which also gives him some interesting properties ( speed, strength, a form of telekinesis). Also Interesting is that he is a master of Senjutsu, which take raw nature energy and used for self. but separated by modes of use from demon mode. each mode has its pros and cons, but each mods pros are well worth the cons, and interesting enough the pros of one seems to in some sense balance the cons of another. ( Its also interesting that considering Bjuu chakra shares similar qualities to other chakra, it might be capable of doing crazy things like other chakra, tho more intense-fully)
Demon eats user chakra: nature gives a huge boost in chakra
Can't move to gather nature energy (with out clones): has a demon cloke that enables one to stay still and still interact with the world around them.
Killer bee is note worthy, but he works along side his Bjuu where as
Naruto is directly using his demon to his own ends, the key difference in they two. killer bee's powers are as if you gradually just replaced yourself with the demon, (jumping between different forms that seem more like him or the demon) which still uses it raw power, but Naruto actually contains that power in the own two hands. Also Naruto doesn't do all that rapping shit.
Raw Bjuu chakra+ Raw nature energy= raw, immense, power, strength, speed, bad-ass.
and gets better
Raw power + limited knowledge first sages teachings ( elemental control and form) = making him an even more capable ninja in a very different way then the original sage, but def unexplored territory in power.
He is also from a clan of longevity, and has an accelerate healing factor and defense that would stop most damage anyways, so It can be assumed that so long as he doesn't play dumb and get killed he may live a long time, long enough to learn more of what the original sage knew. with time his control of the Bjuu in him will grow and possibly even allow him to take control of the others, and if he learns sealing arts then he could easily seal Bjuu in him perfectly until needed, or reverse summon them for his bidding, from his own body, all of which is possible considering his clan is also known for there ability to use sealing arts efficiently. Best of all he be be capable ensuring that the demons if in one place or several are contained and used for the better of man kind, even after his own death.
The original sage set in motion event for a being to become stronger then he, a person who could control the Bjuu, and allow all life to live in peace, starting small everything grew and what was born, was Naruto, the story in which this is titled. as the sage gained power among any man in history before him, so to will Naruto, His name to be forever known, savior from men who wished to use there powers to destroy the world in hate, and in false illusions of the Rikudō Sennin. He never intended his two halves to come back together, only challenge each other until the day one was victoriously strong, and over all his good side would win, because if anything that is what he mostly was, a peace loving, world saving, learning, caring man of power.
This is why Naruto defeated Nagato, this is why he will defeat Madara, and this is why he will conquer Sasuke, in friendship, in peace, in raw power, or in death. In the last case all will begin again, and he will be legend. other wise he could train to contain the worst thing about the world ( Bjuu) and ensure there perfect containment. Peace will rain, not pain, not illusions, but true peace that comes from the true second sage when he meets his true potential.
Just a thought. =3
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