When the 5th Hokage went into a coma for weeks, Danzo popped up nominating himself as 6th Hokage, which he in fact became..

But years before that, when the 3rd Hokage deceased the Hokage post was empty for weeks too.. Why didn't Danzo take that chance? Was he aware that Sannins would be given a chance first?

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    I don't think "Kishi" wanted Danzo to be a Hokage at that point. :p Commented Dec 21, 2013 at 10:50
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    I think because the Sannin are better than Danzo, Shortly after Sarutobi death Koharu told Jiraiya they had chosen him to be the 5th but he told her he will bring Tsunade to become the Hokage. During the sixth Hokage nomination, all Sannin were dead (except Tsunade, she was in coma)
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  • @almousawi, it was a fair answer why did you choose to comment? Commented Dec 21, 2013 at 13:34
  • I don't like writing answers while on mobile site :)
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Hokage get decided by the hokage before him. Hiruzen started looking for a successor

After serving as Hokage for many years, Hiruzen started looking for a successor to the title. While he hoped to be able to give the position to Orochimaru, he saw that he only was interested in the power it offered. Though he turned to Jiraiya, Hiruzen instead named Jiraiya's student Minato Namikaze as his successor.

As Jiraiya originaly chosen by the 3th hokage. and the fourth dying before being able to choose a new one, the village returned to Jiraiya whom once again turned down the offer an found a replacement for him instead in this case tsunade.

When Tsunade went in a coma there where no legendary sannin left to fill in this blank the village dident know what to do. And this is where Danzo stood up and offerd to be the 6th hokage which in these desperate times got approved.

my sources jiraiya hiruzen danzo

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