[Theory] Clones Hidden in the Mist Combo

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Zabuza seems to have been praised far higher than his abilities allow him to be worth.

And unlike characters like Tsunade (who has support utility) and Shikaku (strategist), his praise was always direct to his battle ability.

What if he actually is that strong (enough to challenge and kill a kage) but we simply haven't been considering his potential combos?

Consider this combo:
1. Hidden Mist Tech
2. Clones

He showed against Kakashi that he can create multiple techniques and maintain them (Water Prison + Water Clone, which itself can cast techniques), so the idea is not a problem.

The combo would allow him to blind most enemies, then use clones to deliver attacks from multiple angles. The weakness of the clones wouldn't matter because the enemy can't really see him/them and their kunai throwing speed would be fast enough to do damage. For stronger enemies, the clones could create a Water Prison that Zabuza himself could augment, suffocating them to death. This combo works well because Zabuza can stay safe while learning any defensive tricks the enemy has - and as we know, knowledge is everything in Naruto fights.

Which degree of foe could feasibly counter this combo? Does that not justify his Hokage level hype?
 

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I don't think mist is infallible enough to carry Zabuza to kage level. Destroy that link, then this theoretical Zabuza loses all his edge. Puffing a large fireball or stirring up wind should dissipate it. So fire and wind elements counter it. A water element kage could potentially challenge or straight up undue his mist, and all lightening kages we've seen probably have the reactions to retailate once he makes his position known by attacking and the durability to take the attacks. Idk what earth users could do. maybe hiding like a mole technique?

Another link is that Zabuza becomes reliant on his ears, so there's also the potential for his opponent to bait him out with clones, which will then give his/his clones location after he poofs them. There's potential for Zabuza, but he's dependant on weak links.
 
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I don't think mist is infallible enough to carry Zabuza to kage level. Destroy that link, then this theoretical Zabuza loses all his edge. Puffing a large fireball or stirring up wind should dissipate it. So fire and wind elements counter it. A water element kage could potentially challenge or straight up undue his mist, and all lightening kages we've seen probably have the reactions to retailate once he makes his position known by attacking and the durability to take the attacks. Idk what earth users could do. maybe hiding like a mole technique?

Another link is that Zabuza becomes reliant on his ears, so there's also the potential for his opponent to bait him out with clones, which will then give his/his clones location after he poofs them. There's potential for Zabuza, but he's dependant on weak links.
1. Red
The Mist is maintained and continuously recreated, so those techniques would be a waste of chakra

2. Blue
He's stated the best at using mist, kage included.
Can't undo a technique that is not their own

3. Purple
That's what the clones are for, to be dummies and keep real Zabuza safe

4. Green
Water Vortex digs into the ground
 

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1. Red
The Mist is maintained and continuously recreated, so those techniques would be a waste of chakra

2. Blue
He's stated the best at using mist, kage included.
Can't undo a technique that is not their own

3. Purple
That's what the clones are for, to be dummies and keep real Zabuza safe

4. Green
Water Vortex digs into the ground
So he's not that vulnerable it seems. It looks like the best bet is beating him through attritioning down his chakra since you'll never find him, but many kages don't have the defense to survive his onslaught and those that do can just be bubbled.
 
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