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In Naruto, there seem to be villages that are "Hidden Villages" such as Konohagakure no Sato and villages that are not "Hidden Villages" such as Tsuchigumo Village or Tonika Village. What makes a village a "Hidden Village"? Is it that they are run by a Kage, or is there some other reason?

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    hidden villages are villages that are hidden Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 16:00
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    No. Read the answer from here: anime.stackexchange.com/questions/825/…. I want to know what distinguishes a village such as Konohagakure no Sato from a village such as Tonika Village.
    – kuwaly
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 16:36
  • @kuwaly your answer is also present in that question. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 6:43
  • Not really. That question gives a more literal translation while I want to know what the actual difference is in-show (i.e. why Konoha got that specification while other villages didn't).
    – kuwaly
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 16:15

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It is stated on this wiki page, that

Hidden Villages are parts of countries in which the country's ninja reside. Their leaders stand equally with the landlords ruling the countries they are a part of. A Hidden Village maintains its economy by training its citizens to be ninja from a young age and using them as manpower in various missions others would be willing to pay for, from weeding a garden for a single payment to receiving a constant budget from the country it resides in for being soldiers in case the country is involved in a war.

However, the same page lists Tsuchigumo Village and Tonika Village in the list of "hidden villages".

I would speculate that the largest ninja village in the country, the one directly responsible for it's defense, would be called a "hidden village" (i.e. have "village hidden in the " in the name), and the other smaller ones would probably be just "villages", even if they belong to a ninja clan or something.

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