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I think I didn't watch Naruto carefully because I can't understand one thing: After the third Hokage died, the fifth was chosen. Why did they skip the Fourth Hokage?

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    They did not skip him. At this point in time you should have already seen/ heard quite a bit of the 4th hokage as well. – Dimitri mx May 28 '16 at 19:43
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    very first episode of Naruto a couple of minutes into it they say it was the 4th Hokage that stopped the 9-Tail Fox's attack on the village – Memor-X Jun 29 '16 at 13:36
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After Sarutobi Hiruzen (the third hokage) stepped down, Namikaze Minato (Naruto's father) became the fourth hokage. Minato died during the kyuubi attack during which it was sealed inside Uzumaki Naruto. Konoha now lacking a hokage, they chose to bring back Sarutobi into office.

So they didn't skip the fourth hokage, they just reinstated the third one after the fourth...

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    Yeah, this pretty much sums it all up. If you even look at the mountain the hokages are carved out of, you see that there are already 4 faces in the rock even when the third was "in seat". – DaMachk Jun 13 '16 at 8:53
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There was a 4th Hokage when the 3rd Hokage stepped down.

But then the 4th Hokage died prematurely, meaning that the 3rd Hokage had to take up the position as Hokage back (becoming the fifth).

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    Isn't this the same as the accepted answer? – Jon Lin Feb 13 at 15:03
  • the third Hokage, Sarutobi was reinstated as the third and not the fifth, (after his death) Tsunade became the fifth – Rumpelstiltskin Feb 13 at 20:24

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