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Characters: Naruto-Hidden Sand Village

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     General Tropes 
  • Blow You Away: They are the main village of Wind Country, after all. Temari, Gaara, and Baki are all confirmed to have wind-nature chakra.
  • Darker and Edgier: Suna sometimes is portrayed as this towards Konoha, with both still being on the side of good. The fans sometimes take it further.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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...
  • Marionette Master: All puppeteers shown are from Suna, and the technique presumably originated there.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: How Orochimaru was able to manipulate them into invading—by impersonating their leader.
  • Only One Name: Not a single person from Suna has ever had their last name revealed. Some, like the former Kazekages, haven't even had their 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.
  • Selective Magnetism: 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".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Sand characters are less actively aggressive after the Time Skip.

     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."

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Liam O Brien (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 Evil Counterpart. 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 Heel-Face Turn, 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 The Power of Friendship. 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 Big Damn Heroes 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 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.

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"


  • Abusive Parents: 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.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He's appointed as the Fifth Kazekage during the time skip, and later becomes Commander General of the Allied Shinobi Forces.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: 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.
  • Animal Motifs: Tanuki due to the Shukkaku.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Gets an epic one on 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: When did you lose yourselves?
  • Asskicking Equals Authority
  • Ax-Crazy: Initially he was a psychotic tyke that spoke in monotone and would crush people to bits without flinching. He gets better in part two.
  • Back from the Dead
  • Badass
    • Badass Baritone
    • Badass Longrobe
    • Badass Armfold: 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.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Creepy Child —> Heel-Face Turn —> Mr. Fanservice
  • Blood Knight: Before his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Blood Upgrade: "It's my BLOOOD!".
  • Break the Cutie: He was a cute yet sad little boy. Exclusion and psychological torture 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.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: 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.
  • Character Development: Arguably the most extreme example in the series. He went from an Ax-Crazy murderer with no apparent empathy to a well-intentioned but still unsure of himself young Kazekage, to a Wise Beyond His Years Reasonable Authority Figure who truly cares about others. Unlike Shikamaru's, his character development was very much caused by his contact with Naruto. He is even able to convince Shukaku to aid him in battle after helping free him from the Ten-Tails.
  • Creepy Monotone: All the time.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Gender flipped. He's a lonely antagonistic foil for Naruto who becomes a good guy and a friend after his defeat in part 1.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Naruto defeats him and they become good friends.
  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In episode 34 of the original Naruto anime, he kills a man and his teammates rather gruesomely (though he claims it was painless). Why? HE CLAIMED THAT THEY LOOKED AT HIM THE WRONG WAY!!!!! Yikes!!!
  • The Dreaded: Pre-Heel-Face Turn. His own siblings are scared witless of him during Part I, and upon hearing his backstory, Naruto is so taken aback by the parallels between him and Gaara that he's actually scared to fight him.
  • The Eeyore: Pre-Heel-Face Turn.
  • Elemental Baggage: 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.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Gaara does not have a Animal Battle Aura form like other jinchuuriki instead he fuses sand with his body becoming a monstrous Tanuki, resulting in far more Body Horror.
  • Enfant Terrible: 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: Naruto's first: a lonely and fatherless container for an energy demon. The difference is he went insane instead of loud. The parallels are even stronger when you realize that both are the sons of the Fourth of their villages' Kage.
  • Evil Redhead -> Red-Headed Hero: Though it's debatable whether it's red or brown.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he was a villain.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Pupil-less. Turquoise iris.
  • Faceless Eye: His Third Eye technique which is a disembodied eye he shares a field of vision with and he typically uses for spying.
  • Fiery Redhead: 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.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage to Temari's Fighter and Kankuro's Thief
  • Four-Star Badass
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: 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 his defeat at the hands of Naruto.
  • Guardian Entity: Originally Shukaku was this for Gaara, protecting him from harm. 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 Heel-Face Turn.
  • Guttural Growler: Taken Up to Eleven by Liam O'Brien in the English dub.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Hero of Another Story
  • HeIsAllGrownUp
  • Improbable Age: Youngest Kage at the age of 15.
  • Instant Armor: His sand-armor.
  • Irony: Of the heartbreaking / heartwarming variety. 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.
  • Jerk Ass: At first.
  • Limited Wardrobe: 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.
  • Long-Range Fighter: 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.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds a single one after concluding that Sasuke won't listen to him and that he must kill him.
    • And later on, he breaks down in tears when his father tells him his mother did love him after all.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: When Sasuke breaks through his sand armor for the first time in Gaara's entire life.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Gaara means "A demon loving only himself".
    • The literal translation of his title in Japanese, Sabaku no Gaara, is "Gaara of the Sand-Waterfall"
  • Never Sleep Again: 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.
  • Not So Different: With Naruto.
    • He later tries this while trying to convince Sasuke to seek redemption like he did, but it doesn't work.
  • Oedipus Complex: Especially before his Heel-Face Turn, after he still has some mild signs but his hatred for his father waned but is counterbalanced by his sand shield resembling his (nude) mother.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Parental Neglect
  • Perpetual Frowner: Even when he became good, he rarely smiles.
  • Powers Do The Fighting: 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.
  • Power Incontinence: 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.
  • Progressively Prettier: Gaara's appearance still maintains that gothic look to it, but becomes softer in the filler arcs and Shippuden.
  • Rain of Blood: Sand Burial liquefies its victims. "A senbon rainstorm, huh? I have a better idea. Let's make it rain blood instead."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kankuro's red.
  • Retcon: Possibly - in chapter 547, it's revealed that 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.
  • Rousing Speech: His speech to the Allied Shinobi Forces (possibly the most he's ever said at once in the entire series).
    "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!"
  • Sanity Strengthening: Gaara starts out quite insane and Ax-Crazy but over the course of the series (thanks to his friendship with Naruto) becomes slowly more and more sane.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: As a Jinchuriki, but not anymore since the Shukaku was removed.
  • Serial Killer: When he's introduced.
  • Sibling Team: With Temari and Kankuro.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Post-timeskip, Gaara's much more reserved and introspective than his more boisterous and rowdy older siblings.
  • Slasher Smile: In the Rock Lee fight.
  • So Proud of You: 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.
  • The Sociopath: When he was a villain.
  • The Spock
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: 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 Slasher Smile.
    • Post-timeskip, Gaara's reaction when he finds out the truth about his mother. See Manly Tears 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 Crowning Moment of Heartwarming!
  • The Quiet One
  • Squishy Wizard: 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.
  • Supporting Leader: He's turning into this, especially as of chapter 516 with that epic Rousing Speech.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Of the "not there" category.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the English dub, at least. He's a lot less gravelly and a lot more refined in Shippuden, which suits his character development.
  • Warrior Prince: The youngest child of the Fourth Kazekage.
  • Warrior Therapist: Gaara was like this towards Sasuke in Part I. Interestingly, they still have this dynamic the next time they meet several years later, except, well, they have exchanged their places as Ax-Crazy and The Stoic.
  • 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. Specifically, in Chapter 491, when it comes to the risks Naruto takes, Gaara displays a cooler head and quite frankly, much better judgment than Tsunade concerning that matter. To say nothing of his response to Tobi's Assimilation Plot.
    "Peace under an illusion is not true peace. Peace is only meaningful when the world manages to accomplish it."
  • Youngest Child Wins: Sort of; on one hand he has the amazing sand techniques and is The Leader of a ninja village. On the other hand, he was driven pyschotically evil by the energy demon which marked him for death by Ataksuki.

     Kankuro 
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (JP), Michael Lindsay, Doug Erholtz 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 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.

Recently, he has revealed that he's acquired a new puppet body: 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"


     Temari 

Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Tara Platt (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. Similar to scene a few years earlier, when Kakashi thought the same thing while watching Asuma and Kurenai together.

Temari fights with a 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.

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.


  • Action Girl: The most consistently proactive one on the side of good in the whole series.
  • Animal Motif: Hers is weasels, though it is much more discreet than usual.
  • Badass: Her attitude and 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 kill her in two moves.
  • Badass Princess: The oldest child and only daughter of the Fourth Kazekage.
  • Blow You Away: 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.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: She and Kankuro act as Gaara's bodyguards during the Kage Summit.
  • Combat Hand Fan: A comically large variant, but still fitting the trope. Appropriately, she uses it for wind attacks.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: A Lady of War who always wears short minidresses or miniskirts (save for the kimono-styled dress she wore just after the Time Skip [pictured above]).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's a tough lady, as you can tell by her seiyu alone. But thanks to becoming more of a Cool Big Sis to Kankuro and Gaara, and a Ship Tease with Shikamaru, she has significantly mellowed out compared to how much of a bitch she was at the start of the series.
  • Everyone Can See It: 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.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy
  • Fan Nickname: The Ninja Lumberjack
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter to Gaara's Mage and Kankuro's Thief
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Her second outfit.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: With Shikamaru.
  • Kimono: One of her many costumes.
  • Lady of War: 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.
  • Long-Range Fighter: 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.
  • Magic Skirt: In Part I.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Particularly in Part I, where she's the oldest female genin, thus having more curves.
  • Not a Date: With Shikamaru

    Baki 
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Sam Riegel (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"


    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!"

Voiced By: Ikuko Tani (JP), Barbara Goodson (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 taking the blow from a poison sword to finish him off. She is able to heal Sakura using an ability that transfers her own Life Energy, 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).

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.


  • Artificial Limbs: 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 shield out of chakra.
  • The Atoner: Regrets sealing the Shukaku into Gaara, as well as for having a militaristic and isolationist ideology for much of her life.
  • Badass
  • Combat Medic
  • Cool Old Lady
  • Elite Army: The Ten Puppets of Chikamatsu are essentially this, having been enough to take out a fortress and destroy a large number of Sasori's puppets through teamwork and formations.
  • Flechette Storm: She can use chakra strings to launch a torrent of kunai without throwing them.
  • Jutsu That Suck: Her Sanpou Kyukai technique is this creating a crushing vortex that atomizes whoever is caught in it.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: 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 (though she lacks stamina).
  • Marionette Master: One of the two extremes in the series relying on quality over quantity in comparison to her grandson.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Sanpou Kyukai technique is a reference to various Buddhist teaching concepts, her 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.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens
  • Never Mess with Granny
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She enjoys playing dead and acting senile to fool others. Doesn't mean she can't kick your ass if she wants to.
  • People Puppets
  • Person of Mass Destruction: While a lesser example than most in the series, she still fits having been said to take down an entire castle with her puppets.
  • Power Nullifier: She has a sealing jutsu that can pin and seal an enemy's chakra.
  • Razor Wire: Her Parent Puppets are equipped with some, allowing them to slice and dice with ease.
  • Retired Badass: Her introductory scene? Fishing. Baki had to beg her to get up and help.

    Yashamaru 
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (JP), Brian Beacock (EN)

The younger brother of Gaara's mom Karura, and his main caretaker until Gaara was six years old. He provoked little Gaara into killing him as a Secret Test of Character from the ruthless Kazekage, which is what throws Gaara past the Despair Event Horizon. 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"

  • Combat Medic: Was a medic-nin and an ANBU who served as his brother in laws right hand.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: And how. In some countries, the dub refers to him as female and Gaara's aunt.
  • Flechette Storm: He can use chakra strings to launch a torrent of kunai without throwing them.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Subverted: him and Karura weren't twins, but looked very much alike anyway. Or it could be just Only Six Faces syndrome.
  • Kick the Dog: Telling Gaara that his mom never loved him, then trying to kill him.
    • Jerk Ass Facade: 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.
  • Nice Guy: Subverted; he tells Gaara it was an act when he attempts to assassinate him. This becomes a double subversion when this is revealed to be a lie much later-see the above.
  • Parental Substitute
  • Posthumous Character
  • Suicide Attack: He attempted one on Gaara.
  • Undying Loyalty: 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 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.

    Karura 
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.
  • Death by Childbirth: She was dying from complications after giving birth so she offered herself as the sacrifice to seal the Shukaku in her son.
  • Mama Bear: 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 Famous Last Words ("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.
  • Missing Mom
  • Posthumous Character

    The Fourth Kazekage 
Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN), Ricardo Brust (Latin American Spanish)

The former leader of the Hidden Sand Village, a Knight Templar 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 Training from Hell and abuse, then attempting to get him killed several times when Gaara didn't turn out to be the perfect Tyke Bomb he wanted.

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..

  • Abusive Parents: He was a Doting Parent until Gaara lost control over the Shukaku at around six years old.
    • Parents as People: Acknowledged by Gaara that his cruelty was in the name of the village that they both hold dear.
  • Archnemesis Dad
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Subverted - after being revived with Edo Tensei and seeing that his son has become the 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.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Uses Gold like Gaara uses sand.
  • Faceless Eye: He can use his Gold Dust to make a third eye just like his son.
  • Heel Realization
  • Jerkass -> Jerkass Realization
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Gaara as a kid, and specially telling Yashamaru to put on a Jerk Ass Facade and lie to him about Karura and himself, purely to test Gaara's strength. It worked as well as you'd expect.
    • Pet the Dog: Ultimately telling Gaara that Karura did love him.
  • Knight Templar
  • Love Makes You Evil: He loved Sunagakure and wanted to protect it. He pulled horribly his own family, to make sure the village could continue to thrive.
    • Hoist by His Own Petard: Siding with Orochimaru was his biggest mistake, aside of what he did to his family and village.
  • Metallic Motifs: He has a Gold motif which is thematic to his attitude of looking for the value of everything.
  • Moveset Clone: 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nice job turning your youngest child into a 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 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.
  • No Name Given
  • Offing the Offspring: Tries that on young!Gaara more than once.
  • Posthumous Character: A variation. 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.
  • Secret Test of Character: He issued one on Gaara asking Yashamaru to test one last time if Gaara could control himself after he murdered several people.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Both of his sons strongly resemble him despite looking quite different themselves.
  • What Were You Thinking?: So you thought that ordering Yashamaru to kill and mentally torture Gaara to see if the already unstable boy was able to have a grip on his beast was a good idea? What an Idiot!

     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.

    Matsuri 

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Lara Jill Miller (EN original), Michelle Ruff (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 Heel-Face Turn, and has a huge crush on him.

  • Adaptation Expansion: 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 (Nice Girl, Parental Abandonment, Does Not Like Weapons).
  • Blow You Away: She is part of Temari's Wind Style squad in the anime.
  • Fangirl: For Gaara complete with Squee.
  • Mentor Ship: Has a BIG crush on Gaara, somewhat interesting since she is a year older then him.
  • Nice Girl
  • Older than They Look: Especially in her filler arc: she's a year older than Gaara.
  • Only Six Faces: She looks quite similar to Sakura, only with black eyes and brown hair.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents got killed when she was a kid.
  • Rank Up: 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 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.
  • Real Is Brown: After becoming a ninja, her outfit is almost entirely brown and navy, as opposed to the turquoise, yellow, purple, and black she wore before.
  • Satellite Character: Her entire characterization centers around her relationship with Gaara.
  • Ship Tease: With Gaara.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Whip It Good: Uses a jouhyou which is a flexible rope with a metal dart at the tip used in Chinese Martial Arts.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In both her main looks.

    Pakura 

Voiced by: Yukari Oribe (JP)

A former Sand jounin resurrected as part of Kabuto's immortal army for the Great War.
  • Adaptation Expansion: 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.
  • Back from the Dead / Our Zombies Are Different: Revived by edo tensei.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: 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.
  • Multicolored Hair
  • One-Hit Kill: 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.
  • Passing the Torch: Before 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.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Her special Scorch Release bloodline allows her to dramatically raise the temperature of anything her flaming orbs hit.
    • Playing with Fire: A component of her advanced chakra nature, though none of the techniques we see her use actually set anything on fire.
    • Blow You Away: The second component of her advanced chakra nature, though like the other we don't see her actually blow people away.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child/Would Hurt a Child: 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 Edo Tensei
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