I often wonder where Kishimoto gets his ideas for Narutop storylines. After reading chapter 369 (About Pain) I am convinced that Kishimoto has been watching one of my favorite movies. It happened during Jirayas interrogation the lackey ninja. He started describing Pains ruthlessness (Heart of Blades). He started talking about what Pain did to Hanzou and everyone connected to him I had only one thought....
Thats right...Keyser Söze. The mysterious crime boss from one of the greatest movies EVER "The Usual Suspects". If you have not seen that movie before I strongly suggest you watch it. It's a great movie, a classic in every respect. The similarities between the two character are too eerie to be just coincidence.
Keyser controls a powerful criminal organization...Pain controls a village
Keyser uses a special group of criminals....Pain uses Akatsuki
Keyser runs things from the shadows, unseen....Pain does the same
Keyser is an unreal legend....Pain is seen as a god
What clinched it for me is that the description of what Pain does to Hanzou is basically a photocopy of what Keyser Söze does to the Hungarians who cross him. Kishimoto obviously wanted to pay homage to this 1995 classic so he "borrowed" heavily to create a super bad ass character.