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[[folder: General Tropes]]
* BlowYouAway: They are the main village of Wind Country, after all. Temari, Gaara, and Baki are all confirmed to have wind-nature chakra.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Suna sometimes is portrayed as this towards Konoha, with both still being on the side of good. The fans sometimes take it further.
* KnightOfCerebus: The Chunin Exams only got super-serious when we started seeing what Gaara and his siblings could do. And that's not counting the invasion...
* MarionetteMaster: All puppeteers shown are from Suna, and the technique presumably originated there.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: How Orochimaru was able to manipulate them into invading--by impersonating their leader.
* OnlyOneName: Not a single person from Suna has ever had their last name revealed. Some, like the former Kazekages, haven't even had their [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep first names revealed]], even when other former kages have.
** Some fans misappropriate ninja titles as names, using "Sabaku" as the last name for Gaara and his siblings and "Akasuna" for Sasori, when really they're just descriptors.
* SelectiveMagnetism: The country to originate the Magnet Release bloodline limit and the third and fourth Kazekage both had it. The Third used it on "Iron Sand". The Fourth used it on... "Gold Dust".
** TruthInTelevision: [[http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=378 Gold can be magnetized if in a magnetic field, such as the Magnet Release.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: The Sand characters are less actively aggressive after the Time Skip.

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[[folder: Gaara of the Desert]]
->''"One day, I'd like to become something precious to others, too, not just to be viewed as some hideous weapon, but as the Sand's next Kazekage."''

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->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraIshida (JP), Creator/LiamOBrien (EN), Eduardo Garza (Latin American Spanish), Fernando Cabrera (Spain)

Gaara of the Desert is a young shinobi from the Hidden Sand Village who makes his first appearance in the Chunin Exam arc as Naruto's EvilCounterpart. Like Naruto, Gaara had a Tailed Beast, the maniacal sand spirit Shukaku, sealed in him by his father, the Fourth Kazekage, before he was even born. The Kazekage's intent was for him to become a weapon for the village, but after several years declared the experiment a failure and repeatedly tried to have the child assassinated. However, Shukaku's power protected Gaara from all harm. Gaara eventually grew to enjoy killing the assassins his father sent after him, reasoning that only through killing could he validate his own existence.

Gaara speaks in a dull monotone at all times except when he's in a killing frenzy. (This is later explained by the fact that Shukaku eats away at his consciousness when he sleeps, so he's become a chronic insomniac.) Even after his HeelFaceTurn, he is quiet, creepy, and not very social.

At the end of the Invasion of Konoha arc, Gaara faces off against Naruto, who beats him with ThePowerOfFriendship. The battle causes Gaara to reconsider his philosophy. He vows to protect the ones close to him rather than attempt to destroy them, and makes it his goal to win the trust and admiration of his village. Gaara feels indebted to Naruto for the insight.

Later, Gaara and his siblings appear as allies in a BigDamnHeroes moment at the end of the Sasuke Retrieval arc. Gaara is matched up with the strongest opponent, Kimimaro, and battled him to a draw before Kimimaro's terminal illness took his life.

All of Gaara's jutsu revolve around sand. He carries a gourd filled with it at all times and can control its movements instinctively. Shukaku, wanting to protect its vessel, always moves the sand as a shield to protect Gaara (even when he doesn't want it to), which wards off most blows, although it can be defeated with sufficient speed. When the Shukaku is extracted from him, this power remains and [[spoiler: it is revealed later on (in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc) that it is in fact his mother's love and protection that motivates the sand to protect him]]. Before the main storyline, Gaara had never been injured thanks to the sand shield. In addition to this defense, Gaara can wear the sand as armor, although this is heavier and requires more chakra and effort to maintain. His main battle tactic is to remain stationary and lash out at his opponent with waves of sand from a distance, relying on the sand shield and armor to defend him. When he has finally captured his opponent with the sand, he can use his signature offensive jutsu, "Sand Coffin", to encase his enemy in sand and uses the "Sand Burial" jutsu to crush them, killing them instantly.

In ''Shippuden'', Gaara has become the Fifth Kazekage. The first major arc of the new series revolves around him, as he is defeated and captured by the Akatsuki, who attempt to extract Shukaku from his body as part of their mission to collect all nine Tailed Beasts. The reformed Team 7, as well as Team Guy and Chiyo of the Sand Village, mount a rescue mission. The Akatsuki manages to delay the rescuers long enough to extract the spirit, killing its host; however, Chiyo sacrifices her own life to revive him. It's unknown to what degree, if any, his abilities were affected.

[[spoiler:After attending the meetings of the Kages called by the Raikage, he is appointed as the Regimental Commander of the Allied Shinobi Forces, and also commands the 4th/Long-Ranged-Battle Division. Fortunately, he still possesses enough power to be compared with Shukaku itself]].
->His hobbies are battling and cultivating cacti.
->Favorite words:"love for oneself" and later, "affection" and "future"

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* AbusiveParents: His father, the 4th Kazekage, had the Shukaku implanted in Gaara before he was even born. After it became apparent that Gaara was uncontrollable he started sending assassins after Gaara. The first of which was Gaara's uncle, who had raised him.
* AChildShallLeadThem: He's appointed as the Fifth Kazekage during the time skip, [[spoiler:and later becomes ''Commander General of the Allied Shinobi Forces'']].
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Like Naruto he was hated and despised for being a Jinchuriki. During the time skip his being made Kazekage has gotten him his won't-you-guide-my-sleigh-tonight moment.
* AnimalMotifs: {{Tanuki}} due to the Shukkaku.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gets an ''epic'' one on [[spoiler: the other Kage during the Kage Summit]] that shows how far he's come. Extra points for ''getting through to them'' the same way Naruto would have.
--> '''Gaara:''' [[spoiler:When did you lose yourselves?]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* AxCrazy: Initially he was a psychotic tyke that spoke in monotone and would crush people to bits without flinching. He gets better in part two.
* BackFromTheDead
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassLongrobe
** BadassArmfold: Just look at the page images. That's his default fighting stance. Given his apparent ability to control his sand with willpower alone, in most of his fights he doesn't bother to move.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: CreepyChild --> HeelFaceTurn --> MrFanservice
* BloodKnight: Before his HeelFaceTurn.
* BloodUpgrade: ''"It's my BLOOOD!"''.
* BreakTheCutie: He was a cute yet sad little boy. [[AllTheOtherReindeer Exclusion]] and psychological torture [[FreakOut turned him]] into a cold-blooded murderer. His childhood was so bad that he was sociopath by the age of ''six''. Thankfully, he got better.
* [[spoiler:CallingTheOldManOut: What he did to his revived father during the war. He had every right to, and his father outright admitted that he was a horrible parent.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Arguably the most extreme example in the series. He went from an AxCrazy murderer with no apparent empathy to a well-intentioned but still unsure of himself [[AChildShallLeadThem young Kazekage]], to a [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond His Years]] ReasonableAuthorityFigure who truly cares about others. Unlike Shikamaru's, his character development was very much caused by his contact with Naruto. [[spoiler: He is even able to convince ''Shukaku'' to aid him in battle after helping free him from the Ten-Tails.]]
* CreepyMonotone: All the time.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Gender flipped. He's a lonely antagonistic {{foil}} for Naruto who becomes a good guy and a friend after his defeat in part 1.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Naruto defeats him and they become good friends.
* DishingOutDirt
* DisproportionateRetribution: In episode 34 of the original Naruto anime, he kills a man and his teammates rather gruesomely (though he claims it was painless). Why? [[spoiler: HE CLAIMED THAT THEY LOOKED AT HIM THE WRONG WAY!!!!!]] '''''Yikes!!!'''''
* TheDreaded: Pre-HeelFaceTurn. His own siblings are scared witless of him during Part I, and upon hearing his backstory, Naruto is so taken aback by the [[{{Foil}} parallels between him and Gaara]] that he's actually scared to fight him.
* TheEeyore: Pre-HeelFaceTurn.
* ElementalBaggage: Played with. He can control any kind of sand and create more from stones in the ground. However, he always brings with him a huge jar full of a specially prepared sand which is much more efficient and faster. Also the jar itself ''is'' sand and is the same sand shown following him around during his childhood, just put together into one shape. ''That'' sand is always with him; it just isn't shown when it's not the jar or being used.
* ElementalShapeshifter: Gaara does not have a AnimalBattleAura form like other jinchuuriki instead he fuses sand with his body becoming a [[OneWingedAngel monstrous]] {{Tanuki}}, resulting in far more BodyHorror.
* EnfantTerrible: When he was a child. Note that it didn't really apply until he was six, and that was due to no fault of his own.
* EvilCounterpart: Naruto's first: a lonely and fatherless container for an energy demon. The difference is he went insane instead of loud. [[spoiler:The parallels are even stronger when you realize that both are the sons of the Fourth of their villages' Kage.]]
* EvilRedhead -> RedHeadedHero: [[HairColorDissonance Though it's debatable whether it's red or brown]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: When he was a villain.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Pupil-less. Turquoise iris.
* FacelessEye: His Third Eye technique which is a disembodied eye he shares a field of vision with and he typically uses for spying.
* FieryRedhead: When he was a villain. He's hot blooded, after all. He is one you would not want to provoke, or you would be dead.
* FighterMageThief: The Mage to Temari's Fighter and Kankuro's Thief
* [[spoiler:FourStarBadass]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As a child, Gaara made many attempts to connect to the people of Sunagakure, all of whom feared him because of his connection with Shukaku. That, alongside with Yashamaru's betrayal of him turned him into a sociopathic murderer, which remained until [[DefeatMeansFriendship his defeat]] at the hands of Naruto.
* GuardianEntity: Originally Shukaku was this for Gaara, protecting him from harm.[[spoiler: after Shukaku's removal it is revealed that his mother Karura is the true will behind his defensive ability. This is reflected in the forms of Gaara's techniques; after the reveal his attacks and shields are in the form of his mother's image]]
* {{Goth}}: Certainly looks the part, and starts off as the Lone Psycho Goth, then becomes more like a Gloomy Goth after his HeelFaceTurn.
* GutturalGrowler: Taken UpToEleven by LiamOBrien in the English dub.
* HeelFaceTurn
* HeroOfAnotherStory
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp HeIsAllGrownUp]]
* ImprobableAge: Youngest Kage at the age of 15.
* InstantArmor: His sand-armor.
* {{Irony}}: Of the [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] / [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] variety. [[spoiler: At first we think that his mother gave birth to him to spite the village that hated her. It turns out it was really her, not Shukaku that was protecting him with the sand.]]
* JerkAss: [[HeelFaceTurn At first.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Notably averted; his outfit changes in each of his major appearances, and he also has the black outfit he wears to Chiyo's funeral and his Kage robes, making six outfits outside of flashbacks.
* LongRangeFighter: Type 1 as the sand does such a great job protecting and attacking for him he's never developed any real need for close range attacks outside of when Shukaku took over.
* ManlyTears: Sheds a [[SingleTear single one]] after concluding that [[spoiler:Sasuke won't listen to him and that he must kill him]].
** And later on, he breaks down in tears when [[spoiler:his father tells him his mother ''did'' love him after all.]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: When Sasuke breaks through his sand armor for the first time in Gaara's entire life.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Gaara means "A demon loving only himself".
** The literal translation of his title in Japanese, ''Sabaku no Gaara'', is "Gaara of the Sand-Waterfall"
* NeverSleepAgain: His Tailed Beast gains more power over him as he sleeps. If he should sleep for too long, his Tailed Beast would take over his body completely and he would no longer exist.
* NotSoDifferent: With Naruto.
** He later tries this [[spoiler:while trying to convince Sasuke to seek redemption like he did, but it doesn't work]].
* OedipusComplex: Especially before his HeelFaceTurn, after he still has some mild signs but his hatred for his father waned but is counterbalanced by [[spoiler: his sand shield resembling his ([[FreudWasRight nude]]) mother.]]
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalNeglect
* PerpetualFrowner: Even when he became good, he rarely smiles.
** [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Does a few small, but very nice ones post time-skip.
* PowersDoTheFighting: Gaara is protected by his sand, so for most of his fights early on in the series, he stands by while the sand deflects projectiles and destroys his enemies for him.
* PowerIncontinence: As a child Gaara could not control his powers and killed many people from his village and he became a pariah who his father the Kazekage was forced to mark as a threat to the villages stability.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Gaara's appearance still maintains that gothic look to it, but becomes softer in the filler arcs and Shippuden.
* RainOfBlood: Sand Burial liquefies its victims. "A senbon rainstorm, huh? I have a better idea. Let's make it rain ''blood'' instead."
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Kankuro's red.
* RetCon: Possibly - in chapter 547, it's revealed that [[spoiler:everything Gaara knew about his mother and uncle's hatred of him was a lie created by his father so he could test his control of Shuukaku, and his sand powers are actually his mother's spirit protecting her "puny" son.]]
* RousingSpeech: [[spoiler:His speech to the Allied Shinobi Forces (possibly the most he's ever said at once in the entire series)]].
--->[[spoiler:"'''Three times now''', we've fought world wars for our own nations, our own villages. We've hurt one another. We've hated one another. That hatred bred a lust for power, and that lust for power created '''me'''. I was a jinchūriki, the ''embodiment'' of hatred and power. And I hated this world, and all the people in it. I wanted to destroy it with my own hands. The exact same thing Akatsuki is trying to do today. But one man, one ninja from Konohagakure stopped me. ...I was his enemy, yet he wept for me! I hurt him, yet he called me his friend! He saved me! My enemy, my fellow jinchūriki... He suffered the same pain as me, yet bore no ill will! There are no enemies here because we've all suffered at Akatsuki's hand! So there is no Suna, no Iwa, no Konoha, no Kiri, and no Kumo! There are only 'shinobi!' ''And if you still hold a grudge against Suna,'' '''''when this war is over, come and take my head instead!''''' Our enemies are after the friend who saved my life! If they take him, if we hand him over, our world is finished! I want to protect him! I want to protect our world! ''But I'm too young to protect it all on my own! All of you, lend me your aid!'' '''''Everyone who's with me, let's go!'''''"]]
* SanityStrengthening: Gaara starts out quite insane and AxCrazy but over the course of the series (thanks to his friendship with Naruto) becomes slowly more and more sane.
* SealedEvilInACan: As a Jinchuriki, but not anymore since the Shukaku was removed.
* SerialKiller: When he's introduced.
* SiblingTeam: With Temari and Kankuro.
* SiblingYinYang: Post-timeskip, Gaara's much more reserved and introspective than his more boisterous and rowdy older siblings.
* SlasherSmile: In the Rock Lee fight.
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler: Gaara's resurrected dad is shocked that his failed experiment of a son is now ''the leader of an allied ninja army'' (and Kazekage to boot) and realizes what an idiot he's been.]]
* TheSociopath: When he was a villain.
* TheSpock
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic: In his fight with Rock Lee, Gaara's stoic face is revealed to be a mask made of sand, with his ''real'' face wearing a SlasherSmile.
** Post-timeskip, Gaara's reaction [[spoiler:when he finds out the truth about his mother]]. See ManlyTears above.
** The look on his face after getting revived and seeing not only his first friend, but also his siblings and other Suna ninja around him in the Kazekage Rescue Arc. True CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming!
* TheQuietOne
** BewareTheQuietOnes
* SquishyWizard: Uses elemental jutsu and Shukaku's power, but almost never uses taijutsu because he never really ''has'' to. (So he isn't proficient at it.) Subverted in that he carries around an enormous jug of sand on his back.
* [[spoiler:SupportingLeader]]: [[spoiler:He's turning into this, especially as of chapter 516 with that [[CrowningMomentofAwesome epic]] RousingSpeech]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Like many, many others during the timeskip. We see him beforehand and his whole gimmick is to stand still behind an ultimate defense and deal environmental damage, so much so that he freaks out on seeing his own blood. Then afterwards, he's flying around and controlling Kaiju-sized masses of sand to interdict the skies over Suna.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Was implanted with the Shukaku in utero, by Chiyo at the command of his father, the Fourth Kazekage.
* UnusualEyebrows: Of the "not there" category.
* VocalEvolution: In the English dub, at least. He's a lot less gravelly and a lot more refined in ''Shippuden'', which suits his character development.
* WarriorPrince: The youngest child of the Fourth Kazekage.
* WarriorTherapist: Gaara was like this towards Sasuke in Part I. Interestingly, they still have this dynamic the next time they meet [[TimeSkip several years later]], except, well, they have exchanged their places as AxCrazy and TheStoic.
* [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond His Years]]: Not the sort of person you'd expect to display this, but after becoming Kazekage, Gaara becomes one of the wisest characters in the Narutoverse. [[spoiler:Specifically, in Chapter 491, when it comes to the risks Naruto takes, Gaara displays a cooler head and quite frankly, much better judgment than [[OlderThanTheyLook Tsunade]] concerning that matter]]. To say nothing of his response to Tobi's AssimilationPlot.
-->"Peace under an illusion is not true peace. Peace is only meaningful when the ''world'' manages to accomplish it."
* YoungestChildWins: Sort of; on one hand he has the amazing sand techniques and is TheLeader of a ninja village. On the other hand, he was driven pyschotically evil by the energy demon which marked him for death by Ataksuki.
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[[folder: Kankuro]]
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->Voiced by: YasuyukiKase (JP), Creator/MichaelLindsay, Creator/DougErholtz [[TheOtherDarrin Shipppuden Movie 3 & episode 182 onwards]] (EN), Miguel Ángel Montero (Spain)

Kankuro is the second child of the Fourth Kazekage and Gaara's older brother. He tries to control Gaara's homicidal tendencies as best he can, but fears the younger boy's abilities and is thus fairly ineffectual in that respect. He's pretty confident and doesn't have a whole lot of respect for other people; his first appearance in the series sees him bullying Naruto's young friend Konohamaru. Kankuro always wears the robes and face paint of a theater performer, and speaks in that fashion in the original Japanese.

Kankuro fights Shino during the Invasion of Konoha arc and is defeated, but not before poisoning the latter. He reappears along with his siblings at the end of the Sasuke Retrieval arc, saving Kiba and easily killing Sakon and Ukon.

Kankuro is a puppeteer, which means he fights with mechanical contraptions, controlling them with strings of chakra that he can extend from his fingertips. Puppets are unliving machines, so they can't use chakra, but each of them is outfitted with an array of weapons and poisons. Kankuro can also use the Substitution jutsu to seamlessly switch places with his puppets, causing his enemies to attack the puppets instead. He picks up a new puppet with each new appearance. All of Kankuro's puppets were designed by Sasori before he joined the Akatsuki.

In ''Shippuden'', Kankuro is [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] by Sasori after Gaara is defeated and abducted by the Akatsuki, giving Sakura a chance to show off her new medical skills, but he managed to get a piece of Sasori's clothing which lets Team 7 track them down. He spends the rest of the arc recovering from his injuries and arguing with the village elders to focus on looking for Gaara instead of choosing his replacement.

[[spoiler:Recently, he has revealed that he's acquired a new puppet body: ''[[{{Irony}} Sasori himself]]''. Later he goes on to defeat the revived Sasori when they face off a second time, gaining the puppets of Sasori's parents in the process]].
->His hobby is collecting puppets, and installing and upgrading the mechanisms in them.
->Favorite phrase: "One must never miss a good opportunity"

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* AnatomyArsenal: On his puppets.
* ArtAttacker
* BeautifulAllAlong: Well, not a {{Bishonen}}, but he's still [[http://quizilla.teennick.com/user_images/S/SU/SUN/SUNLITMEADOW/1286322567_5193_full.jpeg quite handsome without his face paint.]]
* BerserkButton: Being underestimated, and after the TimeSkip, anyone insulting his brother.
* BodyguardingABadass: He and Temari act as Gaara's bodyguards during the Kage Summit.
* ChildHater: Before the TimeSkip, he expressed great displeasure of being in the presence of anyone younger than him.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy
* FacialMarkings: Has used three or four different patterns. They are all inspired from traditional makeup used by Japanese puppeteers, as is his outfit.
* FighterMageThief: The Thief to Temari's Fighter and Gaara's Mage
* FireBreathingWeapon: [[spoiler:After gaining Sasori's puppet body, he also gains access to its flamethrowers.]]
* FlechetteStorm: When fighting Sasori in the anime, Kankuro attempts a combination attack between Karasu and Kuroari that launches a storm of poisoned senbon at the target while they're surrounded by poisonous gas.[[spoiler: After reappearing at the Kage Summit with Sasori's body, he's upgraded to kunai that have bombs attached to them resulting in a [[StuffBlowingUp massive]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfeJ0iU6W38&feature=related explosion]]]].
* HiddenWeapons: All of his puppets are loaded with them.
* HotBlooded: Not as bad as [[MessianicArchetype Naruto]] or [[TheBeastMaster Kiba]], but he's got a pretty nasty temper, although he's getting better at controlling it.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: His ''Machine One-Shot'' technique: after trapping the enemy inside Black Ant, he impales them with blades hidden in Crow's bodyparts.
* ItWasAGift: [[spoiler:Sasori passes on the puppets of his parents to Kankuro after their rematch. It's especially noticeable as those two puppets have now been owned by all three puppeteers in the series]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: In Shippuuden, after Gaara's HeelFaceTurn, he can be quite impulsive when Gaara is threatened or harmed.
* LongRangeFighter: Not having Chiyo's [[KungFuWizard taijutsu skills]] or Sasori's [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]], Kankuro is Type 1 by necessity as his puppets require his full concentration to work effectively, and fighting at short or medium ranges leave him a vulnerable target.
** He has gotten better, and currently boasts a taijutsu level higher than either of his siblings according to the data books. This was probably due to both his defeat from Sasori and needing to be ready for the war. He also seems to be able to multitask a bit better as well.
* MarionetteMaster: His attire is based on real-life Marionette puppeteer.
* TheMcCoy
* MeaningfulName: He's named after a real-life Kabuki actor, hence the facepaint.
* TheOtherDarrin: Similar to {{Manga/Bleach}}'s case with Creator/MichaelLindsay, for now he's been replaced by Creator/DougErholtz .
* OvershadowedByAwesome: His achievements are usually glossed over when compared to his siblings and his fanbase is the smallest of the three.
** MiddleChildSyndrome?
* ParentalAbandonment
* PoisonedWeapons
** DeadlyGas
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Gaara's blue.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers one to [[spoiler:the revived Sasori after defeating him and Deidara]] in chapter 518:
-->[[spoiler:Sasori... your strength came because of your soul, not ''in spite'' of it. You tried to erase it, to become a puppet yourself, but couldn't change completely. Now you've got your immortal body but you've fallen, sunk to the level of the puppets you used to control. You were supposed to be a top class ninja ''puppeteer'', ''not'' a worthless nobody who lets someone else pull the strings.]]
* SiblingTeam: With Gaara and Temari.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Is named Captain of the Ambush Company in the Fourth Great Ninja War and leads to a victory against Sasori and Deidara with few casualties]].
* TookALevelInKindness: Showed his more caring and protective side post-timeskip.
* VerbalTic: Has a tendency to end his sentences with 'jaan'.
* WarriorPrince: The middle child and oldest son of the Fourth Kazekage.
* WeakButSkilled: When compared to his siblings who are both [[PersonOfMassDestruction people of mass desctruction]] who specialize in [[AreaOfEffect area attacks]], he's definitely this, focusing on sneak attacks with poisoned weapons and single target techniques. Fans have picked up on this with one story referring to him as a [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2979654/1/ garrote wire, not a buster sword]] during a weapon-related character study.
* WreckedWeapon: Gets all of his puppets destroyed in his first fight with Sasori. Luckily, they get fixed in time for the Shinobi World War.
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[[folder: Temari]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/RomiPark (JP), TaraPlatt (EN), Mayra Arellano (Latin American Spanish), Inés Blásquez (Spain)

Temari is the oldest child and only daughter of the Fourth Kazekage, and the older sister of Gaara and Kankuro. She clearly has an attitude, being quite upfront and abrasive, sometimes to the point of crudeness. But she's also a strong ninja - notably the only female to have made it past the Chunin exams preliminaries - who despises war and who values her family.

Like Shikamaru, she's a master strategist, and most of their appearances have been together. She defeated him during the Chunin Exam arc, and saves him from Tayuya during the Sasuke Retrieval arc. In ''Shippuden'', she and Shikamaru work on the upcoming Chuunin Exams together. When Naruto sees them walking together, he believes Shikamaru and Temari are dating. [[GenerationXerox Similar to scene a few years earlier, when Kakashi thought the same thing while watching Asuma and Kurenai together]].

Temari fights with a [[PaperFanOfDoom giant metal fan]] which she can use both as a blunt weapon and to create cutting whirlwinds. She's a better fighter at range, according to Kankuro. She believed herself to be the only genin in the Chunin exam capable of using the Summoning Jutsu before Naruto demonstrated his ability to do so.

In ''Shippuden'', Temari has become an emissary between the Leaf and Sand Villages. She wanted to pursue the Akatsuki along with the Leaf Village's rescue team, but the village elders forbade her from doing so, instead putting her on border patrol. She doesn't have much of an effect on the arc.

[[spoiler: During the events of the Fourth Ninja War, she is serving under Gaara, and alongside Shikamaru and Choji, in the Fourth Battalion.]]
->Her hobby is flora appreciation.
->Favorite phrases: "Sharpen your sickle at sunset" and "One view, a thousand ri" The latter idiom refers to a sweeping view of the eye or a boundless expanse.

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* ActionGirl: The most consistently proactive one on the side of good in the whole series.
* AnimalMotif: Hers is [[WickedWeasel weasels]], though it is much more discreet than usual.
* {{Badass}}: Her attitude and [[spoiler:the fact that she wounded the 3rd Raikage.]]
** Much earlier, her battle with Tayuya. Shikamaru had been struggling with Tayuya for several episodes, never managing to completely get the upper hand on her. Then Temari arrives and proceeds to [[CurbstompBattle kill her in two moves]].
* BadassPrincess: The oldest child and only daughter of the Fourth Kazekage.
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* BlowYouAway: Uses her fan to create wind attacks. She's acknowledged as one of the best Wind-style users in the Allied Forces. Only Naruto surpasses her, and even then only with raw power.
** RazorWind
* BodyguardingABadass: She and Kankuro act as Gaara's bodyguards during the Kage Summit.
* CombatHandFan: A comically large variant, but still fitting the trope. Appropriately, she uses it for wind attacks.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: A LadyOfWar who always wears short minidresses or miniskirts (save for the kimono-styled dress she wore just after the TimeSkip [pictured above]).
* DefrostingIceQueen: She's a tough lady, as you can tell by her [[Creator/RomiPark seiyu]] alone. But thanks to becoming more of a CoolBigSis to Kankuro and Gaara, and a ShipTease with Shikamaru, she has significantly mellowed out compared to how much of a bitch she was at the start of the series.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: In episode 316, Matsuri and Yakata blurt out that she has a crush on and likes an intelligent guy. The same intelligent guy people thought she was dating. Temari denies it, but even the rank and file of her division can see she has feelings for Shikamaru.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy
* FanNickname: The Ninja Lumberjack
* FighterMageThief: The Fighter to Gaara's Mage and Kankuro's Thief
* GiantWaistRibbon: Her second outfit.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: With Shikamaru.
* {{Kimono}}: One of her many costumes.
%% * TheKirk
* LadyOfWar: [[spoiler: Even moreso in the anime. Remember when Uchiha Madara was tearing up the entire Fourth Division just by using his fists and a sword? Temari is the ''only'' person besides Naruto, Onoki, and Gaara to land a ''blow'' on him in the battle. True he brushes it off, but it was nice.]]
* LongRangeFighter: Type 3 as she can blast away any frontal assaults with her fan at medium and long range or use it as a club in short range if someone gets too close.
* MagicSkirt: In Part I.
* MsFanservice: Particularly in Part I, where she's the oldest female genin, thus having more curves.
* NotADate: With Shikamaru
%% * PaperFanOfDoom
%% * ParentalAbandonment
* SiblingTeam: With Gaara and Kankuro.
%% * ShesGotLegs
* SuperMode:[[spoiler:Gains a chakra cloak thanks to Naruto which greatly increases her strength.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: "She is even scarier than my mom," in the words of Shikamaru Nara.
* WickedWeasel: Her SummonMagic calls a giant one who wields a SinisterScythe, a direct reference to the {{Youkai}} called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamaitachi Kamaitachi]]. This a recurrent motif, given her fan attacks are called "kamaitachi".
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[[folder:Baki]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/JojiNakata (JP), SamRiegel (EN), Javier Moreno (Spain), Humberto Velez (Latin American Spanish)

The instructor for the Sand Siblings's team. Discussed the joint Sand/Sound invasion of Konoha with Kabuto, and killed Hayate for overhearing as a sign of trust.

When Deidara invades the Sand Village he leads an unsuccessful attempt to hold him off. He's later seen objecting to suggestions to pick Gaara's successor as Kazekage while he is missing.
->His hobby is taking sand baths.
->Favorite phrase is "Indomitable perseverance"

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Is rarely ever seen after the first arc of Part II, he's hasn't even been spotted in the final WarArc where ''loads'' of long-time-not-seen characters come back.
* EyepatchOfPower / MaskPower: Or rather, a piece of cloth that hangs from his head covering half of his face.
* FacialMarkings
* KarmaHoudini: So far, he still has paid no consequence for murdering Hayate, despite Yugao's swear of revenge. [[{{Anvilicious}} And considering the whole "Vengeance Is Bad" turn the story has taken, he is quite probably not paying for it ever]].
** Mind you, he at least showed Hayate [[WorthyOpponent respect as an adversary]], if his praising Hayate's skill are anything to go by. And in a manner of speaking, he was more putting duty as a priority over feelings (just as most Sand Village ninja), so while he uses Hayate's death to solidify the "trust" between the "allies", he at least meant the Konoha ninja no genuine spite.
* ParentalSubstitute: To the Sand siblings.
* RazorWind: He can form ''a sword made out of wind''. This is how he killed Hayate.
* TeamDad
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[[folder:Chiyo]]
->''"Retired? One foot in the grave? Maybe, but if I hadn't hauled this old body here to face you, I would've died with far too many regrets!"''

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->Voiced By: Ikuko Tani (JP), Creator/BarbaraGoodson (EN)

Sand Village Elder and Sasori's grandmother. An expert on medicine, poison, and puppets as well as a veteran of the Second Great Shinobi War, she holds a great contempt for both Tsunade for countering her poisons and Sakumo Hatake (Kakashi's father) for killing her son and daughter-in-law. After Sasori's parents died by Sakumo's hands, she took care of him and taught him of puppetry. She was the one who Gaara's father asked to seal the One-Tailed Tanuki into Gaara before he was born, after which she ceased involvement with the village's affairs.

When Gaara is kidnapped, she decides to accompany Team 7 as they try to retrieve him. She fights together with Sakura against Sasori, and she capitalizes on an opening left from Sakura [[TakingTheBullet taking the blow from a poison sword]] to finish him off. She is able to heal Sakura using an ability that transfers her own LifeEnergy, but doesn't die because Sakura wasn't quite dead. When she discovers Gaara dying, she transfers what's left of her energy and some of Naruto's into him, reviving him, but dying in the process (considering it an act of redemption).

[[spoiler:Kabuto resurrected her with Edo Tensei]].
->Her hobbies were pretending to be dead, playing senile, and fishing.
->Favorite phrase: "Trained by a hundred battles" This idiom refers to a richness in experiences gained through battling through many adversities.

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* ArtificialLimbs: Her right arm is actually a puppet arm which she controls with chakra, and the arm she's shown using opens apart and makes a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]] out of chakra.
* TheAtoner: Regrets sealing the Shukaku into Gaara, as well as for having a militaristic and isolationist ideology for much of her life.
* {{Badass}}
* CombatMedic
** DeadlyDoctor: During the war.
** EmpathicHealer
* CoolOldLady
* EliteArmy: The Ten Puppets of Chikamatsu are essentially this, having been enough to take out a fortress and destroy a large number of [[ZergRush Sasori's puppets]] through teamwork and formations.
* FlechetteStorm: She can use chakra strings to launch a torrent of kunai without throwing them.
* [[WeaponsThatSuck Jutsu That Suck]]: Her Sanpou Kyukai technique is this creating a crushing vortex that atomizes whoever is caught in it.
* KungFuWizard: You'd think focusing on fighting with things that you keep a distance from your opponent would leave you inexperienced with hand-to-hand combat, but her taijutsu was good enough that she held back Naruto and several of his clones ([[GlassCannon though she lacks stamina]]).
* MarionetteMaster: One of the two extremes in the series relying on quality over quantity in comparison to her grandson.
* MeaningfulName: Her Sanpou Kyukai technique is a reference to various Buddhist teaching concepts, her [[PowerNullifier Lion-Headed Kannon]] is a reference to a Bodhisattva figure and Monzaemon Chikamatsu was a famous puppeteer dramatist who was considered the Shakespeare of his day.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens
* NeverMessWithGranny
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She enjoys playing dead and acting senile to fool others. Doesn't mean she can't kick your ass if she wants to.
* PeoplePuppets
* PersonOfMassDestruction: While a lesser example than most in the series, she still fits having been said to take down an entire castle with her puppets.
* PowerNullifier: She has a sealing jutsu that can pin and seal an enemy's chakra.
* RazorWire: Her Parent Puppets are equipped with some, allowing them to slice and dice with ease.
* RetiredBadass: Her introductory scene? Fishing. Baki had to beg her to get up and help.
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[[folder:Yashamaru]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/SoichiroHoshi (JP), Creator/BrianBeacock (EN)

The younger brother of Gaara's mom Karura, and his main caretaker until Gaara was six years old. [[spoiler: He provoked little Gaara into killing him as a SecretTestOfCharacter from the ruthless Kazekage, which is what throws Gaara past the DespairEventHorizon. Gaara himself wouldn't know about it for many years, thinking that Yashamaru truly hated him. In reality the person he truly hated was Gaara's father, his brother-in-law, the Fourth Kazekage, and that he did care about Gaara.]]
->Favorite word: "affection"
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* CombatMedic: Was a medic-nin and an ANBU who served as his brother in laws right hand.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: And how. In some countries, the dub refers to him as female and Gaara's aunt.
* FlechetteStorm: He can use chakra strings to launch a torrent of kunai without throwing them.
** FlyingWeapon
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Subverted: him and Karura weren't twins, but looked ''very'' much alike anyway. Or it could be just OnlySixFaces syndrome.
* [[spoiler: KickTheDog: Telling Gaara that his mom never loved him, then trying to kill him.]]
** [[spoiler: JerkAssFacade: He didn't do it because he wanted to, but under orders of the Kazekage. It turns out that he didn't hate Gaara at all and legitimately cared for him, and the person he actually hated was his brother-in-law, the Fourth Kazekage.]]
* NiceGuy: Subverted; he tells Gaara it was an act when he attempts to assassinate him. [[spoiler: This becomes a double subversion when this is revealed to be a lie much later-see the above.]]
* ParentalSubstitute
* PosthumousCharacter
* SuicideAttack: He attempted one on Gaara.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Suna. As a shinobi, he served as a member of Suna's black ops and as the right hand of the Fourth Kazekage, Gaara's father [[spoiler:despite hating him for sealing Shukaku into his pregnant older sister and Gaara's mother. It was because of this loyalty that Yashamaru willingly went through the assassination attempt to test Gaara despite legitimately caring for him.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Karura]]
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-> Voiced by: Yukari Oribe (JP)

The Kazekage's wife, Yashamaru's older sister, and the mom of the Sand Siblings. She died when Gaara was born, having been used as a sacrifice for the Shunkaku to be implanted into her youngest child.
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* DeathByChildbirth: She was dying from complications after giving birth so she offered herself as the sacrifice to seal the Shukaku in her son.
* [[spoiler: MamaBear: Little Gaara convinced himself that Karura was protecting him via his sand and the Shuukaku, as psychological defense against his horrid life. It turned out that this ''was'' true: it's confirmed in her FamousLastWords ("What a small, feeble child... No matter what happens, I'll always protect you! Gaara...!") ''and'' by how Gaara's sand, as he gets free from the Kazekage's Gold Dust, takes Karura's form.]]
* MissingMom
* PosthumousCharacter
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[[folder:The Fourth Kazekage]]
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->Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Creator/CrispinFreeman (EN), Ricardo Brust (Latin American Spanish)

The former leader of the Hidden Sand Village, a KnightTemplar who reaches horrible extremes to protect his village. These include: using his own wife Karura as a sacrifice to seal the Shukaku into his youngest child, subjecting said child to TrainingFromHell and abuse, then attempting to get him killed several times when Gaara didn't turn out to be the perfect TykeBomb he wanted.

[[spoiler:Kabuto resurrected him with Edo Tensei. He's now facing the much more adult and mature Gaara, who calls him out on what he did to him ever since he was born. And we also get to see exactly why he was such an asshole.]].
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* AbusiveParents: He was a DotingParent until Gaara lost control over the Shukaku at around six years old.
** [[spoiler: ParentsAsPeople: Acknowledged by Gaara that his cruelty was in the name of the village that they both hold dear.]]
* ArchnemesisDad
* CallingTheOldManOut: Subverted - after being revived with Edo Tensei and seeing that his son has become the [[TheLeader Kazekage]], he calls ''himself'' out.
* {{Expy}}: With a twist. Even if he was introduced years before Danzo, he ends up looking quite similar to him, through his methods and motivations. This is because the 4th Kazekage was given little to no characterization back then.
* ExtraOreDinary: Uses Gold like Gaara uses sand.
** GoldMakesEverythingShiny: And heavy which is why he was the perfect counter to the Shukaku's powers in the past.
** SelectiveMagnetism: His bloodline Magnet Release, as RequiredSecondaryPowers. [[http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=378 Yes, gold can be magnetized if in a field.]]
* FacelessEye: He can use his Gold Dust to make a third eye just like his son.
* HeelRealization
* {{Jerkass}} -> JerkassRealization
* KickTheDog: His treatment of Gaara as a kid, and specially [[spoiler: telling Yashamaru to put on a JerkAssFacade and lie to him about Karura and himself, purely to test Gaara's strength]]. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked as well as you'd expect.]]
** [[spoiler: PetTheDog: Ultimately telling Gaara that Karura ''did'' love him.]]
* KnightTemplar
* [[spoiler: LoveMakesYouEvil: He loved Sunagakure and wanted to protect it. He pulled ''horribly'' his own family, to make sure the village could continue to thrive.]]
** [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Siding with Orochimaru was his biggest mistake, aside of what he did to his family and village.]]
* MetallicMotifs: He has a Gold motif which is thematic to his attitude of looking for the value of everything.
* MovesetClone: He uses many of the same ninjutsu as Gaara only using Gold Dust instead of Sand. This makes sense given Gaara said his father personally tutored him in ninjutsu when he was young.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job turning your youngest child into a [[SealedEvilInACan Jinchuriki]] - resulting in most of the village hating and fearing him - sending his uncle, the one person he thought genuinely cared for him, to die on a suicide mission [[spoiler:and ordering him to lie to Gaara about how his mother never loved him in order to test Shukaku]], and leaving Gaara to grow up hating everyone and everything, believing that no-one ever loved him, and killing people to verify his own existence. Not to mention the impact it must have had on Temari and Kankuro.
* NoNameGiven
** UnnamedParent
* OffingTheOffspring: Tries that on young!Gaara more than once.
* PosthumousCharacter: A variation. [[spoiler:Before he was resurrected by Edo Tensei]] his only real appearances were in Gaara's flashbacks. By the time the Chunin exams were taking place- which would have been the first time readers had seen him in-person, had Orochimaru not been impersonating him- he was already dead.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: He issued one on Gaara [[spoiler: asking Yashamaru to test one last time if Gaara could control himself after he murdered several people.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Both of his sons strongly resemble him despite looking quite different themselves.
* WhatWereYouThinking: So you thought that ordering [[spoiler:Yashamaru]] to kill and [[spoiler:mentally torture]] Gaara to see if the already unstable boy was able to have a grip on his beast was a good idea? WhatAnIdiot!
** WhatTheHellDad
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Third Kazekage]]

Considered to be the strongest leader of the Sand Village. He was assassinated by Sasori, and his disappearance led to war and the election of the 4th Kazekage.
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: His Iron Sand was inspired by the One-Tails and its hosts' use of sand.
* {{Badass}}: Respected by all in the sand village, and even Sasori says he was hard to kill.
* ExtraOreDinary: Similar to the 4th Kazekage, the 3rd uses Iron Sand by...
** SelectiveMagnetism: His bloodline, Magnet Release.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: After becoming a puppet Sasori installed a seal on his right arm that allows this.
* PeoplePuppets: He became one after his death.
* PoisonedWeapons: Given that Sasori modified him this is par the course.
** DeadlyGas
* PosthumousCharacter
* {{Retcon}}: Originally his bloodline was just magnetism, but was changed to an element years later.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Matsuri]]

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->Voiced by: Creator/MaayaSakamoto (JP), Creator/LaraJillMiller (EN original), Creator/MichelleRuff (EN current)

A girl from the Sand village, who is training to become a kunoichi. She's among the first friends Gaara makes after his HeelFaceTurn, and has a huge crush on him.
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* AdaptationExpansion: In the manga she first appears after Gaara's resurrection. She's just one of the two fangirls, with no more importance. The anime makes her to appear much earlier. It also gives her a backstory and some characterization (NiceGirl, ParentalAbandonment, Does Not Like Weapons).
* BlowYouAway: She is part of Temari's Wind Style squad in the anime.
* FanGirl: For Gaara complete with {{Squee}}.
* MentorShip: Has a BIG crush on Gaara, somewhat interesting since she is a year older then him.
* NiceGirl
* OlderThanTheyLook: Especially in her filler arc: she's a year older than Gaara.
* OnlySixFaces: She looks quite similar to Sakura, only with black eyes and brown hair.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her parents got killed when she was a kid.
* RankUp: After the timeskip, she is seen donning a full kunoichi outfit, proving that she has graduated to genin status.
** In episode 261, she's seen [[spoiler:wearing a Suna flak jacket and standing with the rest of the Allied Shinobi Forces after listening to Gaara's speech, implying that she's been made a chuunin]] since the time Shippuden started.
* RealIsBrown: After becoming a ninja, her outfit is almost entirely brown and navy, as opposed to the turquoise, yellow, purple, and black she wore before.
* SatelliteCharacter: Her entire characterization centers around her relationship with Gaara.
* ShipTease: With Gaara.
* ShrinkingViolet
* WhipItGood: Uses a jouhyou which is a flexible rope with a metal dart at the tip used in Chinese Martial Arts.
** InstantKnots
* ZettaiRyouiki: In both her main looks.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pakura]]

-> Voiced by: Yukari Oribe (JP)

A former Sand jounin [[spoiler: resurrected as part of Kabuto's immortal army for the Great War.]]
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* AdaptationExpansion: In the manga, she appears in a total of two scenes, killing a couple of red shirts before being defeated off-panel. The anime gives her an episode of her own, explaining her backstory.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead / OurZombiesAreDifferent: Revived by edo tensei.]]
* EtTuBrute:[[spoiler: In the anime backstory, she was literally backstabbed by a Mist ninja. When she sees her former pupil supporting one in a mixed team, she is not happy about it.]]
* MulticoloredHair
* OneHitKill: You get hit by one of her heat bullets - it will boil the water out of you and leave you a mummified husk. Simple as that.
* PassingTheTorch: Before [[spoiler:Being sealed]] her past student convinces her to let go of her hatred-thinking on her student's words Pakura decides to "give the children a chance to change the future" and passes on her will of a better future to to her student.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Her special Scorch Release bloodline allows her to dramatically raise the temperature of anything her flaming orbs hit.
** PlayingWithFire: A component of her advanced chakra nature, though none of the techniques we see her use actually set anything on fire.
** BlowYouAway: The second component of her advanced chakra nature, though like the other we don't see her actually blow people away.
* WouldntHurtAChild[=/=]WouldHurtAChild: Was surprised/irritated when she found out that she was going to have fight what she deemed to be "children" but was forced to due to [[spoiler: Edo Tensei]]
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