The Naruto anime consists of more than 600 episodes across Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, as well as numerous films. In all that time, literally hundreds upon hundreds of hours, fans have never gotten a glimpse at the full face of one of the show's key characters: Kakashi.

The stylish ninja is always seen wearing a mask that hides the majority of his face. In fact, more than a few recurring jokes in the series revolve around Kakashi's appearance, such as him being able to somehow eat ramen through his mask. However, that at long last changed in episode 469 of Naruto: Shippuden, and the reveal likely wasn't what many fans expected to see.

Spoilers for the episode below!

Episode 469 takes place in the past, during one of Squad-7's earliest adventures. Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura are frustrated by Kakashi's unwillingness to show his face, so they partner with a photographer to get hard evidence of what exactly Kakashi looks like under his iconic mask.

Unfortunately for Naruto and company, Kakashi is totally in on the stunt. In fact, Kakashi is the photographer hired by the group to unmask their master, albeit in a clever disguise. He wears purple makeup, a wig and contacts to mask his appearance. He even speaks with an entirely different voice. That's enough to throw Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke and their friends off his trail, despite the fact that he openly admits he used to be a ninja and is obviously a similar height to Kakashi.

It makes for an amusing, anime-only filler episode, even if Naruto doesn't actually get to see Kakashi's face. However, the audience does, and that's what really counts. Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto had previously expressed interest in revealing Kakashi's face, though at the time, he wasn't sure in what form he would do it, saying it might happen in the manga or in an anime film. The event has yet to transpire in the manga, though a drawing of unmasked Kakashi by Kishimoto was featured at an art exhibition last year, according to Anime News Network.

Naruto: Shippuden is currently streaming on CrunchyRoll. Supposedly, the series is in the stages of wrapping up, though whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen. With hundreds of episodes under its belt, we will believe the end of the series when we see it.

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