Deidara and Sasori were known for being artists.
Deidara uses clay to model his explosive animals and Sasori was a
master puppet maker. Deidara acted as the junior in their
partnership, deferring to Sasori as the stronger ninja. This did not
stop them from getting into spats about the nature of art though.
After Sasori's death, Tobi assumed his position and role as
Deidara's partner. Deidara was assigned to capture the Ichibi and
Tobi the Sanbi. Sasori did not know where his Jinchuuriki was. It is
unknown if this was the Sanbi or some other
Deidara and Tobi share a very strained
relationship. Always eager to impress his new teammates, Tobi is
prone to excitement. This often annoys Deidara who tries to do his
best to show Tobi what it means to be an Akatsuki member. Tobi was
assigned to capture the Sanbi. Though he boasts that he took out the
beast himself, he was helped in his assignment by
Hidan and Kakuzu work together and share a
somewhat testy relationship. Hidan follows a very strict religion,
which annoys Kakuzu with its long rituals. Hidan is very defensive
of the religion, causing Kakuzu to often get tired of his partner's
diatribes. Kakuzu on the other hand often makes side-trips to
collect bounties, which annoys Hidan. Hidan was assigned to capture
the Nibi. It is unknown what tailed beast Kakuzu was
Itachi and Kisame work together and form a
rather strong partnership. Both men seem to respect each other and
Kisame seems to act as the junior in the group, deferring to
Itachi's decisions. Itachi was assigned to capture the Kyuubi and
Kisame was assigned the Yonbi.
Pain and Konan work together, carrying out a
partnership that has lasted since their youth in the Rain Country.
Both report to Uchiha Madara, who operates in the guise of