User @Pablo answered this question that concludes that Naruto has killed white Zetsu clones. Due to Naruto's chakra, the Zetsu clones turn into trees. The reason is written in this Quora post and wiki:

Due to their genetic structure, direct contact with somebody that exudes a powerful life force, such as Naruto in Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, causes them to turn into trees.

Naruto didn't have a killing intent(?) but due to Naruto's chakra that exudes life-force, they converts into trees (which is a somewhat of a life-form). I have commented under his answer:

Naruto's chakra caused them to turn into tree. Would it be considered killing? See comments below the first answer*. I would consider it immobilisation rather than dead. Besides they are turning into trees which is not something dead (converting to one lifeform to another)

*Comments below first answer:

He killed multiple white zetsus though ;) – Sahan De Silva Mar 24 '17 at 9:33

@SahanDeSilva he made them into tree, so not really dead – Ankit Sharma Feb 17 '19 at 6:46

Question: Does Zetsu clones die when it gets converted into trees? Is it more of a immobilization rather than dying?

  • If Quora is a valid source of evidence (personally I think it isnt, that's why I avoided to post this link in the former question), this quora topic states they've been killed by Naruto, both by the asker and the replier quora.com/…
    – Pablo
    Jun 28, 2021 at 11:34
  • BTW, I dont agree with Naruto not having a killing intent. That scene in the youtube link I posted, it isnt the only time Naruto killed zetsus. There is at least another time where he killed an infiltrated one who was camouflaged/disguised as a ninja, in a team of ninjas he met when running, and he clearly had the intention of killing the infiltrated one. I think it's more debatable to state if he killed a "person". By their descriptions of mutated humans, I think they could be considered "half humans" or "half persons"
    – Pablo
    Jun 28, 2021 at 11:41

1 Answer 1


Ok, I'm not going to use an anime source for replying this, but a medical/legal source,

Brain death means the person has died.

Brain death

So, since when they turn into trees, they no longer have brains, I think it's safe to state that they die, as least as humans

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