is a fictional organization of criminal ninja in the anime and manga series Naruto created by Masashi Kishimoto. All of the members are criminals as they have betrayed their village of origin and banded together for the ultimate purpose of world domination. Akatsuki is initially introduced midway into the first part of the series, though does not begin acting as a major antagonist until the start of the second part.
Akatsuki, at any given point in time, is composed of no more than ten primary members. All known members have betrayed their village they grew up in and are the most wanted and dangerous individuals in the series.Members of Akatsuki usually work in teams of two. Teams are built to complement each other's abilities and talents to create a formidable duo. Members whose partners have died also operate by themselves until a replacement can be found. At the very least, members maintain a functioning working relationship with their partner, with some form of loyalty