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Sasuke Sarutobi is based off of Sarutobi Sasuke, a fictional ninja known as the leader of the Sanada Ten Braves, a group of ten ninja that supposedly assisted the warlord Sanada Yukimura at the battles at Osaka Castle during the final phases of the Sengoku period of Japan. Along with Kirigakure Saizō, another member of the group who Saizo Kirigakure is based off of, he is one of the most recognized of the group.
- Main article: Ninja Love: Sasuke Sarutobi (Walkthrough)
- His family name, Sarutobi, means "monkey jump."  He was known for his monkey-like agility and quickness, especially in trees. Many depictions portray him as having been orphaned and raised by a band of monkeys,  therefore giving rise to his monkey-like abilities.
- In Japanese literature, Sasuke is often rendered with an almost feral child-like appearance.