In Naruto, when Jiraiya fights Pain, he goes out of the barrier to confirm his suspicion about Pain (that all the 7 pains are dead) but he could have used a shadow clone instead. Shadow clones can transfer knowledge and experience (as told by Kakashi) and if Jiraiya had the chakra to maintain the barrier, swim when he is badly injured and then be alive just to write a message on the back of the toad (apparently I forgot the toad's name), he could have had the chakra to create a shadow clone. Why didn't he do so? [Why did he have die? I feel so sad about him :'( ]

  • incidentally i don't remember jiraiya using kage bunshin anywhere. he was master of infiltration and espionage tactics but he used advanced techniques like Toad Flatness Shadow Manipulation Technique and hiding in a toad technique. was he able to use kage bunshin?
    – Sp0T
    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:11
  • True. But no one knew Kakashi could create a Shadow clone until he did (in anime at least). Jiraiya was one of the legendary sannin, he was the sensei of 4th Hokage, he took on Itachi for a stalemate, plus knowledge of kage bunshin would only empower his espionage techniques (and I could go on) so I am not sure about saying Jiraiya being unable to use kage bunshin. I just know that he was weak against genjutsu. Mar 23, 2014 at 5:27
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    @Sp0T jiraya could use shadow clones. That was shown when he was teaching nagato and group. He mentioned that since they were able to take his shadow clone out, they will be able to hold their own against enemies and that it is time for Jiraya to leave them.
    – debal
    Mar 25, 2014 at 16:01
  • it`s a similar to Team 7 Curse. . an Apperentice always kill their teacher (Nagato - Jiraiya, Sasuke - Orochi, whathername tried to kill Tsunade) Feb 17, 2016 at 4:50

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Jiraiya once said: "In the ninja world, it's not how you live. Rather, it's how you die." So I think he applied this quote in his final seconds.

First, we can assume that he hadn't had enough chakra to escape from Pein (don't forget, he was stabbed a lot of times with Pein's chakra absorbing rods), so his last efforts were to send a message to Konoha.

Second, I'm quite sure he knew that this would boost Naruto, so practically Jiraiya sacrificed himself to make Naruto (maybe) the strongest shinobi in the world.

Third, maybe he even knew that his body could be resurrected or used by Nagato as a host body, so he didn't even try to escape. Rather, he realized the seal of his body.

So Kishi had some reasons why to "kill" Jiraiya, but in my opinion, he had to go to make the later story happen.

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    yap, it's an awesome quote :X
    – Rinneg4n
    Mar 25, 2014 at 19:55
  • Sure, it is! :) Mar 26, 2014 at 18:44

Another reason to why Jiraiya didn't use Kage Bunshin is because the nature of the jutsu itself. Kage Bunshin no Jutsu splits the chakra of the user equally. This is a risky move for him to perform considering that he is in the enemy territory, no backup and has no idea of the extend of Pain's powers. Suppose that after using Bunshin no Jutsu, Pain found not the Kage Bunshin, but the real him, he would be so screwed having to fight Pain with only half chakra. Having only half of his chakra would prevent him from using some of his jutsus.

Another possible reason is that there is a chakra link between the real and the Kage Bunshin as explained by Tobirama. Tobirama explaining principle of Kage Bunshin

It is possible that at that time, Jiraiya has a feeling that the Pain he fought are all dead bodies and that there is someone controlling them remotely. He opted not to use Kage Bunshin for he was afraid that were he to use it, Pain would be able to detect his whereabouts based on the chakra link. Also note that other than the experience the chakra from the Kage Bunshin is also transferred back to the user.

  • Haha, Tobirama's face. Jul 5, 2016 at 12:24

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