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Team 7
The original compositionnote 

The main group of protagonists in the series.

The team initially consists of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura under the primary leadership of Kakashi. The team disbands at the end of Part I, and then reforms sans Sasuke over the first two arcs of Part II with Sai as replacement Sasuke and Yamato as temporary commander. However Sasuke returns during the Fourth Shinobi World War (out of necessity) and Team 7 is reborn in previous form.

Honorary True Companions who stayed for an arc or two include Shikamaru, Killer Bee. The rest of the Konoha 11, their Jonin masters, and occasionally the Sannin as mentors to Team 7 also qualify.

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    In General 

Team 7 provides examples of:

  • Animal Motifs: Each of the three original genin have been paired with the animal summon that the Sannin have been associated with. Naruto signed a contract with the toads under Jiraiya's tutelage and learned sage jutsu from the toads later in the series. Sasuke learned to summon and use several diverse jutsus involving snakes from Orochimaru in early Part II. After learning the truth of Itachi, Sasuke began using hawk summons, but retained the snake contract as well. Sakura is able to use slug summons being Tsunade's student.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura respectively.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Naruto - Yellow (or Orange), Sasuke - Blue, Sakura - Red (or Pink), Kakashi - Green.
  • Freudian Trio: Naruto represents the Id as he was loud, impulsive, boastful, hyperactive, stubborn, instinctual, etc.; Sasuke the cool, collected, (seemingly) emotionless and logical Super Ego with Sakura falling into the middle as the Ego by default. Interesting in that Naruto and Sasuke gradually exchange their roles through the course of the story, while Sakura's role remains mostly the same.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura trained under a Sannin over the Time Skip, learning their summons and part of the moveset, and furthering their personality comparisons. Sasuke/Orochimaru was the student who left to further his own power, Jiraiya/Naruto was the dedicated, dreamer friend who can't give them up, and Tsunade/Sakura the woman caught in the middle. Kakashi/Sarutobi was the master who put the most stock in the student who left and ultimately had to fight them later on after being promoted to Sixth Hokage candidate/Third Hokage.
    • They have a few similarities to the Team 7 under the Fourth Hokage - Naruto/Obito was the loud jokester who was looked down upon for having "lesser" abilities, the heart of the group; Sasuke/Kakashi was the serious "cool" guy, completely single-minded in his dedication and something of a prodigy; and Sakura/Rin was the cool guy's fangirl who didn't recognize the jokester's one-sided crush on her, had a bright demeanor, and was essentially the group's medic.
      • It goes even further, as both teams consist of a Jinchuuriki, an Uchiha (who would eventually betray the Leaf Village) and an otherwise "normal" member (that is to say, they have no super special awesome legacy passed down for generations to inherit).
    • And a third and fourth times by way of the Sage of Six Paths; Naruto and Sasuke are reincarnations of the Sage's two sons, Asura is the no-good fighter who inherited his father's legacy and ultimately fostered cooperation with other people while Indra is the genius fighter with special eyes who was able to take advantage of his genetic predisposition to power, and was able to do everything on his own. Two previous reincarnations were Hashirama and Madara.
    • Team 7 itself get's "xeroxed" in the sequel, Boruto, with Team Konohamaru (Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki).
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Naruto, the blond, is the "good" one: hopeful, enthusiastic, naive and helpful while Sasuke is the black haired "bad" one: moody, testy, serious, cynical, often languishes in Wangst, with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Never-Forgotten Skill:
    • Teamwork. No matter how long it's been since they've seen each other or how wildly their individual skills and personalities have evolved and diverged, the trio can still work in sync like they've been rehearsing daily when they end up on the same side of a battle.
    • When Naruto came back after the Time Skip, Naruto and Sakura were perfectly in sync against Kakashi, despite spending 2.5 years apart.
    • During the battle with the Ten Tails they initiate the 'New Three-Way Deadlock' formation perfectly, and Naruto and Sasuke further combine Rasen-shuriken with Amaterasu and the Nine Tails Chakra Shroud with Susanoo - all this minutes after Sasuke decides to rejoin the group after being rogue for 3-4 years and only having seen Naruto and Sakura twice during that time.
  • Ninja Brat: Naruto in particular, as he started the series as a bratty, immature, mischievous child who had failed the Ninja Academy graduation exam multiple times. Sakura and Sasuke both have their moments of immaturity in Part I as well.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Each member of the original team 7 has nearly died or has died and was brought back. Sakura nearly died in her fight against Sasori, but was revived by Chiyo. Kakashi died protecting Choji from Pain and Nagato revived him. Naruto and Sasuke were nearly killed by Madara, while Sakura and Obito saved Naruto and Kabuto saved Sasuke.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Despite the their teamwork, there are times when their not always on the same page and led to dire consequences, particularly Sasuke's Start of Darkness or the events of the Five Kage Summit Arc. It may as well be their Fatal Flaw.
  • Protectorate: Most of the Team had come to see Naruto as this, despite his growing skill.
  • Summon Magic: Frogs and toads for Naruto, Snakes and later Hawks for Sasuke, Slugs for Sakura, and Dogs for Kakashi.
  • The Team: Unlike most ninja teams that are stable, the membership of Team 7 shifted around throughout the series.
    • Initially the team was led by Jonin Token Adult and The Mentor Kakashi. Sasuke was Number Two and as the favored student who played Leader whenever Kakashi was absent or incapacitated. Loud mouthed Naruto's Kyuubi powers made him The Big Guy. Know-it-all Sakura was The Smart Guy and The Chick. From another perspective Naruto was The Hero who's positive attitude redeemed their foes, and Sasuke was his cool and aloof Lancer instead.
    • The team disbands at the end of Part I, and then reforms sans Sasuke over the first two arcs of Part II into a Five-Man Band. Having graduated form being trainees Naruto becomes The Hero proper. Sai as a replacement Sasuke is the new Lancer. Kakashi's versatility and years of experience make him The Smart Guy. Yamato's Woodstyle and severity fill The Big Guy role. Sakura remains The Chick, with a side helping of The Medic. By the Fourth Shinobi World War arc Sai is Demoted to Extra and Yamato is Put on a Bus. However Sasuke returns as a Sixth Ranger (out of necessity) and the Part I Team 7 is reborn with group dynamics mostly intact.
    • Honorary True Companions who stayed for an arc or two include The Strategist Shikamaru, Boisterous Bruiser Might Guy, and Soul Brotha Killer Bee. The rest of the Konoha 11, their Jonin masters, and occasionally the Sannin as mentors to Team 7 also qualify.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: At first, to the extent that, during Kakashi's test, the very idea of the three working together to steal the bells never once occurred to them.
  • Surrounded by Smart People: Naruto frequently finds himself this, as hardly anybody truly let's him forget it, especially in this group.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Honestly, if you are ever a comrade of Naruto's, you will end up becoming this at some point, but it will usually peter out after a while.

Members at the start of the story

    Naruto Uzumaki 

    Sasuke Uchiha 

    Sakura Haruno 

Sakura Haruno

Voiced by: Chie Nakamura (JP), Kate Higgins (main series), Dorothy Elias Fahn (Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth) (EN), Christine Byrd (Latin America), Pilar Martín (Spain), Maia Baran (French), Nathalie Hugo (French, replacement voice)

I've always considered myself to be a true ninja… but those were just empty words, because Sasuke and Naruto were always in the lead! But now it's my turn to take the lead, and all of you can watch me from the background!
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The Chick of Team 7. Naruto has a one-sided crush on her, while she loves Sasuke. Sakura herself is an intelligent, gifted kunoichi from Konoha. Unlike most other ninja in the series, she has no unique skills of her own, using only standard ninja techniques and her brains. As a result, during the first part of the series she mostly sits on the sidelines. After failing to prevent her first love Sasuke's defection, and seeing a badly injured Naruto in the hospital, she concludes that she can't leave things like this, and apprentices herself to Princess Tsunade with the intent of no longer being a burden.

In Shippuden, Sakura has picked up Super Strength and medical skills courtesy of Tsunade's Training from Hell, which turns her from The Load to a fine kunoichi of her calibre. Her growth is shown in the first major fight of the new series, joining forces with Chiyo to defeat Akatsuki member Sasori in a drawn-out battle, and her healing skills are put to use for much of the series.

From then on, Sakura's focus and presence in the story Zig Zags in importance, though the one constant that remains throughout is her unwavering love for Sasuke and growing platonic friendship with Naruto. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, she unlocks her full potential with the White Strength Seal and like her teacher Tsunade, gains a permanent mark on her forehead signifying mastery. She even participates in the final battle against Kaguya, although Naruto and Sasuke still do most of the fighting, and she realizes that she just Can't Catch Up to them. By the story's end, her love for Sasuke is finally realized and reciprocated; they marry after he is redeemed by Naruto and have one daughter together, Sarada Uchiha.

Her hobbies are playing trivia games and memorizing new material for her medical studies.
Favorite phrases: "A life with love throughout!" and "Courage"

  • Action Girl: Zig Zags between this and Faux Action Girl. While praised by Kakashi at the beginning for being (slightly) above average, she realized during the Chunin Exams, and after, how much better her competition was. Over the Time Skip she trained under a Sannin like Naruto and Sasuke and had an impressive showing alongside Chiyo against Sasori, only for Naruto and Sasuke to win the Superpower Lottery shortly afterwards and completely overshadow her and everyone else. She still has her moments, though. During the Ten-Tails arc, she finally gets to step back up to the front lines when she reveals that she mastered the White Strength Seal (Byakugou no Yin), having only then gathered enough chakra to use it and then proceeds to wreck some Mooks before Naruto and Sasuke intercept some other Mooks about to attack her. She then returns to the sidelines (as Naruto, Sasuke, and their opponents receive yet MORE power-ups) and provides mostly support against the villains, until she sneak attacks Kaguya, who's basically a Physical God for zero damage while Kaguya was distracted by Naruto and Sasuke. This allows Team 7 to defeat her once and for all.
  • Action Mom: She delivers in Naruto Gaiden by defending her husband Sasuke and their daughter Sarada from Shin.
  • Action Survivor: Becomes this in the Forest of Death, where she tries to protect her unconscious teammates from the Sound trio, despite being hopelessly outmatched.
  • A-Cup Angst: Has a rather small chest and shows irritation about that, mostly teased on fillers though. Over time, however, she starts looking more womanly, especially after becoming a mother.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Part II and especially in the anime Filler, for the sake of humor, Sakura would often forget that she promised to start treating Naruto better.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
    • Sakura channels her brother-in-law Itachi when she taps Sarada's forehead, as Itachi used to do to Sasuke, and promises they'll finish discussing her father next time.
    • When they were little, Ino poked Sakura in the forehead to comfort her.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight at first, but later Deconstructed after the Time Skip. Ultimately, she still loves Sasuke, despite what he's become and despite that his actions threaten war, and her need to help stop him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: A very mild example compared to many others. When Sakura was younger, she was always teased and made fun of because of her big forehead; after Ino began to stick up for her, she became more outgoing. Ironically, after befriending Ino and developing feelings for Sasuke, she became a bully especially towards Naruto, who had far worse issues than her. She did gradually become nicer to him once they became teammates.
  • Alliterative Family: Sakura shares her first syllable with her husband, Sasuke and daughter, Sarada.
  • Alone with the Psycho: In Naruto Gaiden, Shin Sr invokes this: she's all alone in his lair and, now that he's finished the transplant surgery on himself, he's going to kill her. She retorts that she'd been waiting to get as much intel out of him as possible before breaking free.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: She shows some trace of this in Boruto: Naruto the Movie when she was in the audience cheering for her daughter loudly during the Chunin Exams.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Towards Naruto. No matter how skilled he becomes, she always has serious concerns about his safety during combat situations, especially when she punches him after coming back from his battle with Pain for making them all worry, then hugs him (never mind that he did not reciprocate her hug, which foreshadowed their definitive Ship Sinking in the subsequent story arc). Though justified: as the jinchuuriki of the Nine Tails, Naruto has more enemies (some ridiculously powerful) than your average shinobi. However, it cannot be ignored that there are times Sakura does something concerning and doesn't always have the strength and resolve to help when she wants to.
  • Animal Motifs: Slugs, which is what she learns to summon while under the tutelage of Tsunade.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She tries this at least three times, without any success.
    • When Sasuke defects from the village, Sakura confronts him and reveals her feelings. Sasuke thanks her, then knocks her out.
    • When Sai reveals that Naruto has feelings for her and that his promise to bring Sasuke back for her is causing him a lot of pain, Sakura breaks down in tears before resolving to handle the situation herself. She confronts Naruto and tells him she's gotten over Sasuke and finally fallen for him, everything she believed Naruto wanted to hear her say. Subverted because Naruto easily sees right through her, calls her out for lying, rejects her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves, and then breaks his promise to her because he wants to rescue Sasuke not for her anymore, but for his own reasons now.
    • When Naruto and Sasuke are about to have their Final Battle to determine the fate of the Shinobi World, Sakura begs Sasuke to stop if she ever had even the smallest place in his heart. Sasuke promptly knocks her out with a genjutsu of himself impaling her with Chidori, and then sneers at how naive she is.
      • Though he later subverts this by marrying her.
  • Badass Adorable: Sakura is the adorable, blushing bookworm. She can just kick ass now.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is just as skill a Medical Ninja as her master, which takes great understanding of the human body.
  • Bad Liar: When she is truly desperate and when it comes someone she cares about:
  • Band Wagon Technique: Part of Sakura's infamous fake love confession to Naruto sounds a lot like this, which is how he knew it wasn't genuine.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the third movie, explained as being "summer attire" (Naruto and Lee also had slightly different outfits).
  • Berserk Button: She tends to have great amount of them, typical of a Tsundere:
    • Never diss her forehead or call her ugly, and Naruto shouldn't lie about their platonic relationship while she's trying to heal him, even if, in retrospect, he was put on the spot and didn't actually know how to answer. Nor should he (or anyone else for that matter) underestimate her.
    • Something she has in common with Naruto: do not badmouth Sasuke in front of her. If you do, she'll first appear calm and collective, before punching you in the face. Just ask Sai.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • She was the Archie for Naruto's "Betty" (friendly, hardworking ninja who later becomes a messiah-like person) and Sasuke's "Veronica" (arrogant, top-student who later becomes a rogue ninja) for Sakura's Archie. In the end, Sakura marries the Veronica, while Naruto marries the Betty (Hinata) in his own love triangle.
    • Both Hinata and Sakura were teased with Naruto throughout the series. Hinata is the "Betty", and Sakura is the "Veronica" and both girls toy with the standard, classic traits for the roles. At the end of the manga, it's Hinata who marries Naruto and Sakura marries Sasuke, the boy she always loved since the beginning.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Surprises Kaguya with a punch from above that ultimately gives Naruto and Sasuke time to place the seals on her. In other words, if it wasn't for Sakura, they wouldn't have been able to beat Kaguya.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
  • Boisterous Bruiser: While Sakura in her off-time is loud and easily excitable, she applies that same determination and energy in battle, making her a dangerous enemy.
  • Brick Joke: Early in Part I it is revealed that Sakura was called "Billboard Brow" as a child. Close to the end of Part II, as a teenager she learns to use the Strength of a Hundred Seal, which manifests on her forehead.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: This was Sakura's true intentions when she gave her infamous fake love confession to Naruto in Chapter 469, hoping that he wouldn't keep hurting himself for her and Sasuke. It didn't work out the way she wanted it to and she nearly lost her life for it. Hell, when Naruto called her bluff and rejected her outright, she spends the first few pages of Chapter 470 losing her temper and going as far as calling him out for thinking that she was faking it. However, once she realized that nobody believed her, she left and proceeded to move forward with the plan to kill Sasuke.
  • Break the Cutie: When it comes to her teammates, particularly when Sasuke becomes a criminal during the Five Kage Summit Arc.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Sasuke's Brooding Boy, although she's often angry, but is usually friendly and cheerful. She is also the first one to notice Sasuke's growing darkness, and the only girl in the series to express sincere concern about where his path of darkness will lead him.
  • The Bully: While not the typical form of this trope, Sakura was quite dismissive and hostile towards Naruto for no reason other than her parents' mysterious warning to stay away from him, and his interfering with her crush on Sasuke. Fortunately, she gradually stops being this way, notably after her team's ordeal in the Forest of Death, and later becomes one of his most loyal friends.
  • Character Development:
    • Goes from initially standing on the sidelines to taking an active role in helping Naruto and Sasuke, especially to bring Sasuke back. Much of her development in Part II is answering the question of how best to accomplish this goal.
    • While she starts out as being unkind to Naruto, from the Forest of Death onward, she does her best to stick up for Naruto time and again and becomes one of his closest allies and friends. To put it into perspective: Naruto considers Sasuke to be his best friend, yet it is Sakura who is consistently doing what she can by his side, healing him and supporting him during their struggles, for almost all of Shippuden.
    • Completely symbolized by "Inner-Sakura" as well. The character represented all of Sakura's repressed emotions she constantly tried to cover up. Inner Sakura disappeared halfway through the first series as she started to be more straightforward about her feelings, and only appeared once in Shippuden as a gag.
    • She had something of an ego at the beginning, but as the series continued, she instead gained Heroic Self-Deprecation.
    • In the fight against Madara, she acknowledges that even if she Can't Catch Up she can still do her part and charges him to provide a distraction for Naruto and Sasuke to do their thing rather than just sit there and do nothing.
    • Inverted because the development isn't always for the best. Sakura always has the bad habit of thinking she knew better than the people around her to the point where she disregards their input completely, which often leads to disastrous results:
      • Such as preparing to give up the Chunin Exams test in place of Naruto because she thought he wouldn't make the decision on his own, so she'd do it herself to save his pride. Fortunately, Naruto spoke up before she got them disqualified.
      • The development to not stay on the sidelines brings this quality more forward as she would later drug her entire team because she wanted to face Sasuke alone, and she knew they would try to stop her from going on what's essentially a suicide mission, instead of working together as a team. To put in perspective with the above, yes she does try to provide a distraction, but she plans this out only a few feet away from Naruto and Sasuke and makes no attempt at all to let them in on the plan or to ask what they think. They're just as surprised as Madara was by the distraction and when she's immediately defeated, they both have to jump in to save her. So she was as every bit as distracting to her own team as she was to her target, and it proves to be more of a Leeroy Jenkins moment instead of a Heroic Sacrifice.
      • Likewise, while she isn't repressing Inner-Sakura anymore, Inner-Sakura was her angry, violent, and jealous emotions personified. Instead of repressing and controlling those emotions, she expresses them by shouting at and punching people, along with being incredibly condescending and more sensitive to guilt and shame. In all cases, Naruto is often the unfortunate target. Even her own daughter is not immune to this, as shown in Naruto Gaiden: in Chapter 1 of Gaiden, when Sarada wants to know more about her father Sasuke, and Sarada points out that her mother doesn't know even the most basic information about him, Sakura angrily punches and breaks her and Sarada's house, which makes Sarada cry. To top it off, Sakura hadn't even paid off her loan for that house yet.
      • Also, while she does become nicer to Naruto, the Five Kage Summit arc proves that they barely know anything about each other. After Naruto outright rejects Sakura's infamous fake love confession in Chapter 469, he claims that he thought he knew her better than to lie about her feelings in Chapter 470. She retorts that he doesn't know anything about her, and he does not deny this, which confirms that they're not very close after all. This actually explains why he never once acknowledges her as his best friend and why they always lock each other out of the loop and display poor communication skills with each other.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the anime, Sakura's Tsundere characteristics gets exaggerated for the sake of humor, much to the disdain of the majority of her fans, since her Tsundere traits in the manga died down during the Time Skip.
  • Character Tics: Shoving her hair in her face when feeling a strong emotion.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Named Sakura, check. Pink hair, check. Healing powers, check. Associated with love, check. Traditional Japan, check - ikebana and being, well, a ninja. Born in early spring (March 28th), check. Spring-themed, see Meaningful Name below.
  • The Chick: During Part I she was this for Naruto and Sasuke, a somewhat level-head balancing two extreme personalities, trying to keep them from fighting. In Part II she does this in a lesser capacity for Naruto and Sai, but it's not nearly as significant, and is mostly dropped after a while.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She marries and has a daughter with Sasuke, her childhood crush and the only man she ever loved.
  • The Clan: Averted at first, as she is not from any clan whatsoever, instead coming from an ordinary and mostly unknown family who never made an appearance in the manga and have only appeared in the anime Filler. Played Straight later on, after she marries into the Uchiha clan.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Sasuke. Unlike Ino, Sakura doesn't get over this, to the point where she's now a Love Martyr towards him.
  • Clothing Damage: Becomes an unusually frequent victim of it during the battle with Kaguya. First, her headband falls off and plops into a pit of lava, melting away. Then, Obito opens up the wrong dimension and a wave of deadly acid douses her flak jacket, forcing her to ditch it before the whole thing- thick metal plates inside included- gets completely eaten away. Sakura also shreds off a sleeve of her combat uniform that was exposed to the acid as well.
  • Color Motifs: Sakura is represented by two colors: Pink (given her hair color and her first name "sakura" meaning "cherry blossom" are pink flowers) and red (the color of her outfits throughout the series).
  • Combat Medic:
    • With her chakra control, she can heal injuries (either hers or others') and extract poison... and pulverize the earth with Super Strength.
    • Healing Hands with gloves to protect them in battle. During the war arc it's revealed that she has mastered Tsunade's Strength of a Hundred technique, giving her a Healing Factor like Tsunade and (reputedly) Hashirama.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Her entire fighting style is this. Her punches may not be the most flashy, but one hit and you're mist. And even then she adds poison to her weapons and is willing to play dead to catch opponents off guard.
    • This was best shown in the Five Kage Summit arc. She knew that she, Lee, Kiba and Sai didn't have the power to kill Sasuke head on, so she instead tried to pretend she was going to join Sasuke's side and kill him when his guard was down. And after failing once, she still tried and nearly killed him but failed again because she still loves him.
  • Condescending Compassion: She can be this way at times, especially with Naruto. Even after she genuinely became nicer to him, she tended to make it hard to tell if she was being sincere or making him the butt of her jokes. It was often Played for Laughs, but in reality it was a Fatal Flaw. This was first apparent when she didn't want to see Naruto's dream of becoming Hokage get crushed; she called it an "impossible dream," which ultimately shows that she actually doesn't have that much faith in him achieving that dream. This was most notable when she delivered her infamous fake love confession in Chapter 469: Despite her good intentions, she was being incredibly condescending as she claimed that she only now loved Naruto for the hero he became after he defeated Pain, rather than the person he always was and always will be. This is why he was able to easily see right through her, call her out for lying, reject her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves, and renew his promise to bring Sasuke back not for her anymore, but for his own reasons.
  • Control Freak: At times, especially when it comes to her emotional spot: her teammates, Naruto and Sasuke. One of the best examples can be during the Five Kage Summit arc, where thanks to Sai, she was driven by overwhelming guilt and shame to the point where she resolved to take care of the situation herself.
  • Cool Big Sis: The Last has Sakura acting as a surrogate one to both Naruto and Hinata, especially in helping Hinata reach her affections to Naruto, and then helping Naruto recognize the depth of Hinata's love for him to snap him out of his Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • Covert Pervert:
    • It goes back as early as the chunin exams. She loudly tells Naruto to go behind a tree if he has to use the bathroom in the Forest of Death, but Inner Sakura indicates that she might want to see Sasuke, the boy she likes, pee. And she's a closet Yaoi Fangirl.
    • Also, it's been shown more than once that Sexy Jutsu works perfectly fine on her. Even during the heat of battle with a goddess:
    Sakura: Idiooooot!!! How can you use such a jutsu in this situation!? OK for me, but how can you think that'd work on a god like that?!
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: On Sasuke.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: NaruSaku shippers always wanted to see her kiss Naruto, but... with Naruto on the brink of death, Sakura sticks her hand into his chest to massage his heart and gives him mouth-to-mouth to keep him alive. No matter which way it's spun, the moment is decidedly not romantic at all.
  • Crater Power: One of her taijutsu techniques, called Cherry Blossom Impact, involves punching the ground hard enough to send chunks of earth sailing through the air like flower petals. Her Strength of a Hundred Seal amps that Up to Eleven.
  • Cute Bruiser: Training with Tsunade has given her earth shattering Super Strength. By the time of the final arc her Reserve Seal power is on par with Sasuke's Mangekyo Sharingan and Naruto's Kurama Mode.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze, a light novel that focuses on Sakura, after the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Sakura is initially dismissive and hostile towards Naruto, mostly because of the parents in the Leaf Village, including her own parents, telling her to stay away from him. After getting called out by Sasuke for this in Chapter 3 and during their ordeals in the Chunin exams, she becomes nicer towards him.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: In Naruto Gaiden, she doesn't fight back after she's kidnapped by Shin Uchiha Sr. Instead, she watches him perform transplant surgery on himself, all the while discussing with him his motives. Turns out, information was all she wanted: as soon as she got everything, she prepares to punch her way out of this.
  • Determinator: Case in point, the spoiler listed under CPR. Your teammate's heart has stopped? Cut open his chest with chakra and keep it pumping yourself.
    Sakura: "Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing... Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto... that impossible dream of yours... I don't want to see it crushed!"
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She literally punches out Kaguya when Kaguya tries to avoid Naruto and Sasuke's attempt to seal her, hitting Kaguya so hard that one of her horns snaps off.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Any time Naruto annoys her she clobbers him with her Super Strength. This aspect of her character gets toned down in Part II of the series, (not so much in the anime fillers) but it does still pop up from time to time. Then again, we never see her dealing Naruto any life-threatening injuries (unlike what Tsunade did to Jiraiya), so it seems to be Played for Laughs or Comedic Sociopathy, unless you count how she indirectly got him cut by her own poisoned kunai.
  • Distress Ball: She picks it up when it comes to dealing with Sasuke.
  • Ditzy Genius: From time to time, mostly in Part I. Case in point: during Kakashi's bell test, she comes across Sasuke after one of Kakashi's techniques left him buried up to his neck in the ground. She promptly panics, assumes Sasuke has been reduced to a talking head, and passes out.
    Sasuke: "And that's my partner?"
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Towards Sasuke in Part I, prior to her Character Development.
  • Dope Slap: As a common Tsundere, she's quite fond of giving Naruto, Sai or even Konohamaru a good thwack over the head whenever they does or says something annoying or idiotic, even by accident... which is quite often. Again this mostly happens in fillers.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Her Megaton Punching Naruto and being incredibly condescending towards him, especially in Filler where she knocks him around for no clearly defined reason for comedic purposes, would not be acceptable if the genders were reversed.
  • Dude Magnet: Gets four men to develop feelings for her over the course of the manga. Plus she's the only girl Sasuke has ever shown any romantic interest in and he eventually marries her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She only loves Sasuke, and she finally gets the man of her dreams. They eventually marry some time after the end of the manga.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Grows out her hair while trying to woo Sasuke, until her Important Haircut.
  • Extreme Doormat: Towards Sasuke in Part I. Not all the time, but it gets more pronounced as his behavior gets worse, and because she was a 12-13 year old deeply in love at the time, probably had no idea what to do about it.
  • Facial Markings: During the battle against the Ten-Tails, having stored up chakra for over three years, Sakura obtained a rhombus mark on her forehead similar Tsunade's, known as the Strength of a Hundred Seal, which since being released has permanently remained in the center of her forehead.
  • Fatal Flaw: Sakura tends to be an example of how much being one of the most humanized characters in a intense world of ninjas can really suck.
    • Thanks to her intelligence, there are times she can be very imposing and patronizing, even after her Character Development. Not so bad unless that is combined that with her stubbornness, temper, passive-aggression, and selective hearing tendencies, then she can be rather off-putting at times, which can lead to...
    • Her immense sense of guilt from being more in touch with her feelings, but not having the same control, causes her to make rash actions and decisions with tunnel vision. She is especially sensitive and emotional when it comes to Naruto and Sasuke, to the point where it also causes her to be stubbornly reluctant to share certain information, which can be why Kakashi isn't always willing to share certain info with her at times.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Naruto; at first she thought Naruto was annoying, but started to admire him after she saw his determination.
  • First Girl Wins: She is Sasuke's first female teammate, and he marries her in the end.
  • Flower Motif: Sakuras (cherry blossoms), of course.
  • Forehead of Doom: She was bullied as a little girl because of it. Try mocking it now, and expect to grow accustomed to the imprint of her fist on your noggin.
  • Friend to All Children: Sakura has shown a soft spot for children. Sakura Hiden has her setting up a clinic for children after the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Generation Xerox: Not quite to the same extent as Naruto or Sasuke, so it's Downplayed. Yet she does have a couple of examples.
    • She is very similar to Kushina personality-wise, as stated by Kushina's husband Minato. Both have Hair Trigger Tempers, both are a bit too willing to punch people, both having a Verbal Tic when they're excited (Kushina's "Dattebane" and Sakura's "Shannaro"), and both have done similar poses to each other. Both Kushina and Sakura were bullied as children and hated a feature of theirs; Sakura, her forehead and Kushina, her hair. They had similar relationships to Naruto and Minato respectively, both Sakura and Kushina and didn't respect their male classmate at first due to their first impressions, until Naruto and Minato proved them wrong. However, Sakura is quite intelligent and was a Shrinking Violet as a child, while Kushina was always a bit dull and pretty violent (considering she was where Naruto got his personality and intelligence from). Sakura never suffered from the same ordeals as Kushina had to. Sakura never shared the same dreams as Kushina. Sakura was a Sasuke-fangirl in the beginning prior to her Character Development, while Kushina never once was. Sakura is a deconstruction of All Girls Want Bad Boys with Sasuke, while Kushina was a Single Woman Seeks Good Man with Minato. According to the anime, Sakura is a Lethal Chef, while Kushina was a supreme one. Sakura doesn't end up with Naruto because she always loved Sasuke and she and Naruto were more like siblings than anything else. Instead, she helps Naruto in his relationship with Hinata, just like any supportive mother would.
    • She also has this with her mentor, Tsunade for some of the same reasons as Kushina, namely temper, somewhat protective tendencies, talent for healing, and brains.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is a good person and does have good intentions, but at times she can be a really nasty Grumpy Bear, especially towards Naruto.
  • Good Parents: She is this to Sarada. It's because of all the good she did in raising Sarada that Sarada gains the incentive to save her.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears her headband as a hairband. She also used to tie her hair with a ribbon when younger. As an adult she starts wearing a red headband when she is in civilian clothing.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: At times, especially in the anime, it can be nearly impossible for someone to tell what can cause her to go ballistic and send her into a dangerous rage, especially and unfortunately for Naruto.
  • Happily Married: With Sasuke.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Sasuke leaves the village for his revenge.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She feels horribly guilty for not being strong enough, or not doing enough for her teammates Naruto and Sasuke. She's the only one who thinks that though, In-Universe at least. It becomes something of a Fatal Flaw as the story goes on as it has led to some life-endangering mistakes for Sakura and her comrades.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Despite being one of four people directly responsible for saving the world, Sakura hadn't finished paying off the loan on her house by the time Naruto Gaiden starts.
  • Hope Spot: In Chapter 631 seemed to be this for Sakura. Sasuke is back on their side again, and team 7 is back. But it quickly turns out Sasuke isn't fully on their side and she knows it.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Zigzagged. At first, Sasuke could do no wrong in her eyes. She gradually loses the rose-colored glasses and sees the real him, although that doesn't stop her from gushing over him. Even after he left the Leaf, she still tries to believe he'll change, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.
    • She can also be this with Naruto. Even after she became nicer to him, she always maintained the bad habit of being incredibly condescending towards a lot of people, especially Naruto. This has led to her lying to him about important issues, particularity when it came to Sasuke. This also led to her infamous fake love confession, which, despite her good intentions, was dripping with condescension.
    • Strangely, this goes for herself too. When it comes to her feelings, especially when something or someone she cares about is involved in some situation, she becomes a little too focused on how she should act to resolve it, but underestimated how limited she is physically or how she is often easily ruled by her emotions, to the point it can cause her to hesitant or rash at critical moments, putting herself in grave danger.
  • Hot-Blooded: Inner Sakura certainly was. Sakura of Shippuden seems to be as well, at least in reaction to Naruto.
  • Ill Girl: In Naruto Gaiden, Shizune comments that Sakura would faint when she was younger.
  • Hypocrite: Despite her considerable efforts and intentions, Sakura's words and actions don't always match up with each other, which is played both for humor and drama:
    • When Team 7 first came together, Sakura echoed the view of the other villagers that Naruto was useless and dead weight. However, as Sasuke pointed out, Sakura herself was the one holding the team back. Upon realizing this, she became kinder towards Naruto and made an effort to become stronger by training under Tsunade. In the end, though, she was still unable to match Naruto and Sasuke in terms of power.
    • Sakura often berates Naruto for his pervertedness, though as revealed by Konohamaru, she is a Covert Pervert who thinks Guy-on-Guy Is Hot.
    • Sakura frequently scolds Naruto for not being able to control his emotions, but as shown by her actions during the Five Kage Summit arc she herself is prone to letting her emotions cloud her thoughts—especially when it comes to Sasuke and Naruto—and was almost killed as a result.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She's not afraid to make snide remarks about Naruto, particularity about her opinion of him as a idiot, but when others do it, even Sasuke (on a more Downplayed level), she gets vicious and nasty in her outbursts towards them. Same can be said for Sasuke.
  • Important Haircut: She cuts her long hair off as a symbol of her new resolve. Conveniently, it's also to free herself from three Sound Genin, who wanted to kill the incapacitated Sasuke and Naruto.
  • Informed Ability: Downplayed to 'potential ability'. Kakashi referred to her as a 'genjutsu type' ninja, which doesn't necessarily mean she's an expert at genjutsu. It likely refers to her advanced ability with chakra control, seeing as how something like genjutsu, which manipulates the chakra of the opponent, would require precise control. She could become an expert, but instead went the medic route.
    • Played Straight in The Last: it appears that this observation about Sakura was actually meant to convey that she's good at dispelling genjutsu as opposed to casting it.
  • Informed Flaw: When she faints after destroying her (and Sarada's) own house. Shizune then says that Sakura "used to faint often when she was younger", while we have only seen her faint twice in all the manga, both during the test to become Kakashi's trainee.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In Chapter 3, she remarks to Sasuke that she believes Naruto is such a Bratty Half-Pint because he had no parents to teach him how to behave. Needless to say, Sasuke, who had his entire family slaughtered, does not take it well and promptly calls her out on her comments.
  • Insufferable Genius: Her intelligence, especially in academics, is a great source of pride for her, which can make her emotionally off-putting at times, especially with Naruto, though still came to care about him.
  • Irony: She was bullied because of her large forehead. Yet, after befriending Ino and developing feelings for Sasuke, she became a bully herself, especially towards Naruto, who had far worse issues than her.
  • I Will Wait for You: Her relationship with Sasuke in a nutshell. It even expands to their marriage.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Chapter 3, she confides in Sasuke that she believes Naruto is such an undisciplined prankster because he has no parents, only for Sasuke to furiously berate her and tell her she has no idea what she's talking about. From this moment on, she starts trying to be nicer to Naruto.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Early on, she looks down on Naruto, and lets her temper get the best of her when it comes to him. In Part II, she ends up admitting to actually look up to him. She still dishes out the punishment when Naruto acts like an idiot and/or a pervert, even accidentally, along with anything else that can set her off.
  • Kiai: Sakura likes to hand out her Megaton Punches while screaming "SHANNARO!"
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Attempts this to spare Sasuke from falling even lower then he already has, but her unwavering love for him kept her from landing the fatal blow and almost got herself killed as a result twice.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: Her growing protectiveness of Naruto in Part II would at times make her a little reluctant to tell him certain things, especially when it comes to Sasuke. The most spectacular example being when, after learning from Sai in a rather blunt fashion, how she (out of his feelings for her) and Sasuke keeps making Naruto suffer, she resorted to lying about having feelings for him now, instead of Sasuke, and when Naruto called her out for lying and rejected her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves, she tried to kill Sasuke by herself in what was essentially a suicide mission where she almost lost her life, were it not for Kakashi and Naruto.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Deconstructed. While she was one of the top students of the Academy (second only to Ino, who became the Kunoichi of the Year), she considered herself a lot stronger than the 'Dead-Last' Naruto since she equated 'knowing more about textbook things translates to real life'. During her first real mission in the Land of Waves, she realized Naruto was not only stronger than her but had pulled far ahead and during the Chunin Exams, she sacrificed the long hair she had grown meticulously so Sasuke would notice her in an attempt to save her teammates who were unconscious from the battle with Orochimaru. Sakura eventually becomes Tsunade's apprentice, Took a Level in Badass in the first arc of Part II...and then has no truly memorable fights afterwards, and is The Medic on the sidelines at best. However, during the last stage of the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc she can keep up with KCM Naruto and a Complete Susano'o EMS Sasuke...until she gets Overshadowed by Awesome rather quickly, and after realizing that she just Can't Catch Up, she ultimately has to rely on her two teammates yet again.
    • Not to mention the numerous times it causes Sakura to be condescending to others, especially Naruto (as shown with her infamous fake love confession in Chapter 469), despite being nicer to him than she was in the beginning, and as a result makes rash and impulsive choices with nearly fatal results.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fully becomes one after completing her Yin Seal. She uses her Super Strength to punch a target, despite it moving at a fast speed, easily keeps pace with it...then smashes it with a tremendous impact.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Officially becomes this with Naruto in The Last and Sakura Hiden, especially when she gives him advice on his love for Hinata. In retrospect, this can actually be seen throughout the series, where like Tsunade was with Nawaki, their friendship felt more akin to the relationship between an older, well-meaning, though at times overbearing sister and a equally meaning, tall, happy, yet somewhat annoying younger brother.
  • The Load: For Part I, she admits that she only really stood on the sidelines. Averted in the beginning of Part II, despite the what the majority of the fandom likes to think, she pulled her weight. Though this wasn't helped by the time she was Out of Focus throughout the rest of the manga.
  • Love Hurts: Sasuke defecting to learn under Orochimaru really hurt her. It didn't get easier after the Time Skip.
  • Love Informant: She takes this role in The Last, as Naruto and Hinata's Cool Big Sis and Shipper on Deck, where she gives Naruto an important pep-talk regarding Hinata, by telling him that Hinata has only ever loved him, just like how she herself has only ever loved Sasuke. It works.
  • Love Martyr: Despite admitting that she should know better, Sakura loves Sasuke, no matter what he does. She still loves him even after he has tried to kill her. Even after Kaguya is defeated and he makes it clear that he's going to kill Naruto, she begs him not to "if he ever loved her." This is met with a genjutsu of him shanking her in the heart with a chidori. Subverted as Sasuke deeply apologizes to her, acknowledges her feelings and tells her to wait for him while he goes to Walk the Earth in order to see it with new eyes.
  • Loving a Shadow: Sakura starts out like any other Sasuke-admirer, but later falls in love with him for real after they become teammates and she learns more about him. She remains in love with him even after he tries to kill her, because she believes that Naruto can bring him back. When he rejoins the good guys, he continues to treat her like trash, but Sakura still can't stop seeking his approval. When he goes off the deep end again and attacks her, Sakura still can't let go of her feelings for him, to the point that Sasuke himself says that Sakura has no reason to love him. Even over a decade later, after marrying him and having a daughter with him, she's unable to answer incredibly basic questions about him. According to Kishimoto, he deliberately avoided the reasons for why she fell in love with Sasuke because he found all the ideas too contrived.
  • Male Gaze: Part II seems to like giving attention to her rear. Here's the proof. One of the filler endings shows her from behind, wearing a bikini while walking.
  • Mama Bear: As Shin Uchiha Sr can attest, you don't mess with her husband and daughter if you want to keep your body in one piece.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Inverted. Very serious questions are raised by her daughter Sarada as to whether Sakura really is her mother, owing to Sakura's complete inability to answer even the most basic of questions about Sasuke and Sarada's noted resemblance to Karin. Chapter 7 of Naruto Gaiden seemingly confirms that Sakura lied about being Sarada's mother, but the final chapter reveals that Sakura really is her mother.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In this 2010 Jump Festa interview, Kishimoto reveals that he intentionally Enforced and Invoked this with Sakura in Chapter 469, when she gives Naruto her infamous fake love confession. Defied because every single person present, including Naruto, sees right through this and knows that she's lying. Naruto calls her out on this, rejects her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves, and breaks his promise to her.
    Sakura's Voice Actress: With the latest developments, Sakura has...
    Kishimoto: That chick is detestable for using Naruto's good will, but, well that's just how I'd think to write a realistic girl. You hear all the time that Sakura is a detestable person, but that's what seems to be the intention.
  • Meaningful Name: Haruno means "of the spring," and Sakura is Japan's famous cherry blossom tree which sprouts its distinctive pink flowers in the spring and which are the same color as her hair.
  • Meaningful Rename: Later she goes on to take the Uchiha surname upon marrying Sasuke.
  • Megaton Punch: Her favorite method as a Tsundere, when it comes to anything or anyone that gets on her nerves, mainly and unfortunately for Naruto.
  • The Medic: Due to her training by Tsunade, she is one of the best at the age of 15.
  • Morality Pet: To Sasuke. This was constantly Zig-Zagged throughout the series, because his desire for revenge and powers was more important than her feelings. However, it was finally played straight at the end; it was first shown by his genuine apology to her for his selfishness. Later, in Sakura Hiden, Konoha manages to contact Sasuke and request his assistance to help against an enemy who wants to attack Konoha, but he turns them down, as he believes it does not concern him. However, once he finds out that the enemies have captured Sakura, he immediately rushes home.
  • Ms. Exposition: In the first arc she explained things essential to the verse like how chakra works.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: In Boruto: Naruto the Movie, her character design makes her look young enough to pass as her daughter's older sister, particularly as she lacks the curves that her adult self possesses.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: As a result of chakra providing the force behind her blows.
  • My Greatest Failure: How she felt towards being unable to stop Sasuke from turning his back on the village, especially after Shikamaru refused to let her come along on the mission to retrieve him. Also how she felt when healing Naruto, after his match with Orochimaru.
  • Narcissist: In Part I, she initially prefers to maintain her looks while swooning over Sasuke and belittling Naruto instead of practicing her ninja skills. Sasuke calls her out for it. After her Important Haircut, she gradually outgrows this.
  • Neutral Female: Sakura is infamous for spending most of the time in battle just standing with a kunai in a defensive position while her male teammates do all the actual fighting (it made sense in the Bridge Builder arc because she was left as the only one actually guarding the person they were supposed to be guarding). If they had indicated that she's supposed to be a non-combatant, this would have been more acceptable, but the fact that she's supposed to be a highly trained ninja makes this all the more insulting. It isn't until the first arc after the Time Skip that she does anything else...until she gets shunted to the sidelines again as The Medic and doesn't have any memorable fights throughout the rest of the series. The fact that both Naruto and Sasuke tell her to stay back as they fight at different times in the War Arc and then they both point out in Chapters 678 and 680 that she and Kakashi won't be of much help in the fight against the Big Bad Ensemble doesn't help.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Despite her good intentions in the Five Kage Summit arc, due to letting her emotions getting the better of her and underestimating Sasuke and the affair concerning him, the only things Sakura managed to do is nearly get herself, Kakashi and Naruto killed—with Naruto from both facing Sasuke and being cut by her own poisoned kunai that Sasuke tried to used on her when the former saved her.
    • In Chapter 674, Obito pleads for Sakura to destroy his Rinnegan eye so that Madara wouldn't be able to take it. She completely hesitates out of fear, resulting in Madara taking back his other eye from Obito and bringing about the beginning of the Infinite Tsukuyomi. The fact that she doesn't reveal her mistakes to Kakashi when he asks her what happened in the following chapter doesn't help her case.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Sasuke rejecting her Anguished Declaration of Love in Part I really depresses her, sends her to tears, and eventually causes her to make rash decisions, most notably in the Five Kage Summit arc.
  • Not Helping Your Case: To an almost tragicomic level on the first chapter of Naruto Gaiden. When her daughter asks if Sasuke ever needed glasses, she don't know. She then tries to hide Sasuke's betrayal of the village by saying that "he was away a lot when he was younger." As Sarada's doubt increases and she even asks if Sakura is really Sasuke's wife, Sakura breaks in a fit of rage. A fit of rage so big that breaks the ground and destroys her own house. Naturally, a lot of things inside the house fall off and break. One of them is a portrait of Sasuke and Sakura. The problem is, it's a montage, and Sarada discovers that there was a photo of Taka (except Jugo) hidden behind the frame. The chapter ends with Sarada looking at the figure of Karin, probably beginning to doubt even if Sakura is her real mother.
  • The Not-Love Interest: For Naruto, especially in Filler episodes and most notoriously the Filler movie Road To Ninja.
  • Oblivious to Love: In a weird way. Kishimoto has stated that he fashioned Sakura as a girl who cannot understand men, much like how Naruto says he does not understand women and romantic love. She had to have Sai telling her how Naruto suffered from his one-sided crush on her to take it seriously.
  • Official Couple: With Sasuke.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has a silent one when she notices Kaguya suddenly standing a few feet away from her.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Part I, Sakura would almost always agree with what Sasuke had to say. However, when Sasuke was about to give the scrolls to a disguised Orochimaru during the Chunin Exams, both she and Naruto are shocked. This also led her to giving him the first "The Reason You Suck" Speech since they've been a team.
  • Opposites Attract: Sakura is the loud, brash healer from an ordinary family who starts the series quite weak, and she loves the calm, broody Uchiha prodigy Sasuke, who finally reciprocates her feelings at the end of the manga.
  • Petal Power: In the first movie, she used a technique called Sakura Blizzard that involved a large number of tiny explosive tags and cherry blossoms mixed in for good measure.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Pink Girl (pink-haired, dresses in pink and red) to Sasuke's Blue Boy (blue-black hair, dresses in shades of deep blue).
  • Plucky Girl: See her fights vs Ino (where she deliberately pressed Ino's Berserk Button to avoid getting sympathy and broke Ino's Mind Switch Jutsu, albeit with a little help from Naruto's cheering) and Sasori (where she got serious injuries and kept fighting anyway).
  • Poisoned Weapons:
  • Poor Communication Kills: She has this in spades with the rest of Team 7, and often combined with Locked Out of the Loop.
    • During her infamous fake love confession in the Five Kage Summit arc, she withheld from Naruto that the rest of the Konoha 11 had decided to kill Sasuke themselves, and that she herself was taking it on. Then when Kiba tells Sakura to tell Naruto the truth, she stomps on his foot and leaves. In turn, Naruto, Kakashi, and Yamato completely failed to tell her about their meeting with Tobi and the truth behind the Uchiha Massacre, something that might have changed how she approached Sasuke. Though Naruto was about to explain only to stop at Kakashi and Yamato's partly justified insistence in order to avoid further chaos until they knew more.
    • After their first failed attempt at bringing Sasuke back during the Sai and Sasuke arc, Team 7 meets to try to figure out next steps. Sakura shares the research she's been doing on Sasuke's powers and asks Kakashi what's next - Kakashi promptly reveals training that both he and Yamato will be helping Naruto on, and completely neglects including Sakura in any training or further planning. Had Kakashi prepared her better or at all, she might have been able to work better with Team 7 in later matters.
    • Later during their fight against Madara, Sakura charges in to make a distraction, in order to give Naruto and Sasuke an opening. This fails in two ways: first, by not talking about it to her teammates before rushing in, Sakura distracted her own team more than Madara. Second, despite the minutes they had before Madara's return, Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi all neglected to tell Sakura about Madara's shadows, something that might have changed her approach had she known. This is further increased later when Sasuke outright says that she and Kakashi are now useless and that the whole fight is in his and Naruto's hands and Naruto agrees with him, so there's no point in informing her on what's next.
    • A more minor example: during the second bell test, Sakura shatters the ground with her Cherry Blossom Impact, something that makes both Naruto and Kakashi look like they're about to wet their pants. While this is Played for Laughs, it would seem that Kakashi had no idea she knew this technique. Considering that she and Kakashi had both been in Konoha for the previous three years, it would suggest that Kakashi paid barely any attention if at all to her, despite her being the only one of his students who was still in the village at the time.
  • Power Tattoo: The Strength of a Hundred Seal, a diamond-shaped mark in her forehead that, when activated, spreads markings across her body and greatly amplifies her strength.
  • Qipao: She wore a red one in Part I.
  • Red Is Heroic: One of her Color Motifs is red, her main outfits consists mainly of red, and she's a heroic Combat Medic.
  • Red Is Violent: Red is her signature color, and she can be very rough, especially toward Naruto.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Hinata's Blue. Whereas Hinata is a Shy Blue Haired Nice Girl who can barely talk to Naruto until Part II, Sakura is a Hot-Blooded rose-haired Tsundere who is ready to inflict unnecessary damage on Naruto. By Part II, even their fighting styles became total opposites to each other's: they both use chakra, but Sakura is using it to increase the strength of her punches to monstrous levels, making her a Cute Bruiser, whereas Hinata is using the Pressure Point-based Gentle Fist-style of the Hyuga clan, making her a Lady of War. Furthermore, as a result of their respective personalities and body figures, Sakura has A-Cup Angst whereas Hinata is hiding her buxom figure in baggy clothes. Also, according to the anime, Sakura is a Lethal Chef whereas Hinata is a supreme one.
  • Romantic False Lead: As Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews, she was always going to be this to Naruto, even as far back as the early stages of the manga. Not that it matters, since she always loved Sasuke and only ever saw Naruto as a teammate and younger brother.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Is the only female character with pink hair, anime, manga or otherwise.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Loud, cheerful Energetic Girl to cold, silent Sasuke's Savvy Guy.
  • Seen It All:
    • After going through all the god level craziness of Obito, Madara and Kaguya during the Fourth Shinobi World War, she is not even fazed by seeing the Sage of the Six Paths in person.
    • In the New Era, she isn't surprised by Shin getting betrayed by his clones and having his philosophy turned against him, given what happened to previous villains like Obito and Madara.
  • Shipper on Deck:
  • Shrinking Violet: Only as a child.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She never developed romantic feelings for any other man except one: Sasuke Uchiha. Even though his Face–Heel Turn hurts her so much that she is not sure if she still loves him or not, and even though she somehow goes back and forth between wanting him to return or wanting to kill him, overall she cannot bring herself to stop loving him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
  • Skirt over Slacks: Part of her standard attire.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Deconstructed. Most notably at the beginning of the series, but she never really lost this trait. Yes, she's got a huge crush on Sasuke, but her feelings has brought the poor girl many problems considering how she can't let go of her feelings despite knowing that Sasuke is too far gone. This can also be seen as Love Makes You Dumb. On the other hand, given that Sasuke actually tries to kill her twice when they're enemies, it is rather bizarre that her crush survives into adulthood. They even end up an Official Couple and have a daughter as adults.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sports one identical to Sai's when asked if Sasuke can be trusted after his second Heel–Face Turn.
  • Stone Wall: By the end of the series, much like her mentor. Taijutsu against her would be suicidal, except for the very few who could block her super strength, and she could just instantly heal off any damage done by ninjutsu. Even more so in adulthood, as it's been stated that, by then, she finished training to resist genjutsu, meaning that literally the only way to kill her is by outlasting her (rather large, thanks to her Yin seal) chakra reserve. Not that she's particularly slow, she isn't, but it's not her forte and the speed training she has, like for all medics, is for avoiding hits.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She has her mother's facial features, but her father's pink hair.
  • Summon Magic: Slugs.
  • Super Strength: Uses a specialized version of this allowing for powerful strike. Taken Up to Eleven when she uses the Strength of a Hundred Seal.
  • Tears of Joy:
  • Teen Genius: Before the Time Skip, being a good student with precise chakra control and enough knowledge to not need cheating in the written part of the Chuunin exams differentiated her from any other kunoichi. Afterwards, it's what makes her such a good apprentice and medic.
  • This Loser Is You: Kishimoto has stated that both she and Rock Lee were meant to symbolize human weakness.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to both Hinata and Ino's Girly Girls.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Sakura is often loud, abrasive and generally tomboyish, but she's also a huge romantic who is very conscious about her social standing, leading to her trying to put on a more girly front while her tomboyish side is kept as "Inner Sakura".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Firstly in Part I where she finally toughens up from being an annoying fangirl of Sasuke, but in Part II she's come a long way from where she was.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starts in the beginning of the Chunin Exams arc and continues all the way to the end and is cemented in Part II, towards Naruto essentially.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Sakura's impatience in trying to confess her love to Sasuke and unwillingness to listen to her teammates' advice leads to Sasuke explaining that he has no feelings for her in Chapter 693.
  • Training from Hell: Tsunade subjects her to this so Sakura can develop strength, speed and skills.
  • True Companions: With Team 7.
  • Tsundere: Primarily in the anime, but it was present in the manga as well, of the tsuntsun version half the time, even if she became a type B after the Time Skip, unfortunately for Naruto.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Naruto. Even though she hates Obito for everything he has committed, she is willing to think of him as an ally as thanks for saving Naruto. Also to Sasuke. And her village.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Towards Naruto once or twice, but taken Up to Eleven in the anime Filler.
  • Waif-Fu: Sakura learns it from Tsunade, who also breaks the ground with simple punches - Tsunade in her true form is actually a frail elderly woman with even less muscle size than Sakura. This Super Strength is apparently achieved by perfect chakra control.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Instigated this with Ino prior to the beginning of Part I. They resumed their friendship after their Designated Girl Fight in the Chunin Exams arc.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Invoked by Sasuke out of all people; he bluntly states that she has no reason to love him after all he did.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Apparently the reason for her lacking performance after the first post-Time Skip arc. She's spent the last three years building up chakra in her forehead like Tsunade does, and it isn't until the battle with the Ten-Tails that she finally has enough to use the technique to augment her abilities.
  • Yaoi Fangirl:
    • Just watch her reaction to one of Konohamaru's jutsus that included shadow clones of the naked Sai and Sasuke.
    • And let’s not forget her reaction to Naruto’s trump card against Kaguya: the male version of the Sexy Harem Jutsu! It gave Sakura a Nosebleed!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The only character in the series (sans her father) to have natural pink hair.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Seriously, as others, especially Naruto, have learned the hard way, getting her worked up can be disastrous.

    Kakashi Hatake 

Kakashi Hatake

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Kenichi Suzumura (Sukea), Mutsumi Tamura (child; Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower onward), Dave Wittenberg (main series), Kyle Hebert (Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth) (EN), Alfonso Obregón-Inclán (Latin America), Juan Antonio Arroyo (Spain), Lionel Bourguet (French, 1st voice), Jean-Michel Vovk (French, 2nd voice)
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Kakashi Hatake is a sneaky, snarky ninja who serves as sensei of Team 7, and also as The Big Guy and The Smart Guy. Prior to Team 7, he had failed every single applicant who had come before him. He's one of the strongest ninja in Konoha, and is never seen without his dirty pornographic novel/manga.

Kakashi, for reasons that are at first unknown, has a Sharingan in his left eye, despite not being of the Uchiha (In a Gaiden prequel story, the eye was revealed to have been transplanted from his deceased friend Obito Uchiha, one of Sasuke's relatives). Kakashi has mastered its use about as well as a non-Uchiha can, picking up the epithet "Copy Ninja." He knows dozens of techniques, and has even unlocked a Mangekyo Sharingan that differs from Itachi, although using it puts enormous strain on his body. His only unique jutsu is the Chidori (and its upgraded form, Raikiri), a technique that consists of covering one of his full hands in his lightning-natured chakra, which allows him to cut/stab any target with a single blow.

In Shippuden, Naruto and Sakura's development causes Kakashi to serve less as a mentor and more as a comrade. He still teaches Naruto, though, eventually helping him create a more powerful variant of the Rasengan.

In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he serves as the leader of the Third Division. Later he proved instrumental in the fight against his former comrade Obito, Madara, and the true mastermind behind the war, Kaguya. By war's end, Kakashi becomes the Sixth Hokage and uses his new influence to pardon Sasuke of all his crimes. Two years later, despite losing his Sharingan, Kakashi proves himself a great leader by helping citizens on earth stay alive during the course of the movie.

By the time the epilogue rolls by, Kakashi goes into comfortable retirement while passing on the mantle of Hokage to his student, Naruto.

His hobby is reading (Icha Icha series).
Favorite word: "Teamwork"

  • 11th-Hour Superpower: After Obito dies, he's able to grant Kakashi his full Mangekyo Sharingan. This grants Kakashi the use of Obito's Intangible Man powers, Perfect Susanoo, and the ability to imbue all of his attacks with Kamui so they can Portal Cut if they connect. And because Obito was also host to the Ten-Tails, he gets Ridoku's power as part of the deal so his attacks aren't instantly absorbed.
  • The Ace: He is easily one of the most powerful ninja in Konoha. And eventually became Hokage!
  • Achilles' Heel: Kakashi, while he has an all around awesome skill-set, has massive stamina issues. This is exacerbated by his Sharingan, which expends even more of his chakra when used. Almost all of his major battles in the series has resulted him getting bed-ridden for over-expending his energy.
  • Always Save the Girl: That first flashback of him killing Rin turned out to be very misleading. She actually wanted him to do it, but he point-blank refused despite the Mist's plans for her. She took matters into her own hands and jumped in front of his attack.
  • And I Must Scream: He was the first in-series victim of the Mangekyo Sharingan's Tsukuyomi, in which Itachi crucified him and stabbed him repeatedly without letting him die. For three days. Without stopping...
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: As a kid, he was obsessed with following the rules and living like an obedient toy soldier. Anyone who didn't train themselves to be an ideal ninja was out of step with the rest and a disgrace. It was brought on by a fear that deviating from the shinobi code would lead to ostracism, since his father Sakumo chose to put his comrade's lives above a mission. The Leaf ninja felt betrayed, because it is their master goal to ensure a success of a mission at all costs. Sakumo was chided viciously by his peers, and Driven to Suicide. Kakashi feared the same might happen to him. After Obito brought him to his senses and warned him it would pretty much strip him of his humanity to live like this, he broke out of it.
  • Ass Shove: His One Thousand Years of Death is nothing more than an over-glorified Kanchō, a Japanese prank common among children. That doesn't discredit its effectiveness.
  • Aura Vision: The most standard ability of the Sharingan is to see Chakra.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Pretty good at figuring out the skills of dangerous opponents such as Zabuza, Kakuzu, Pain and Tobi. Considered to be the best at it by Guy and Naruto.
  • Back from the Dead: Gets killed and later revived by Pain
  • Badass Boast: "The "Copy Ninja" Kakashi, the man who copied one thousand techniques… is about to go on a rampage!"
  • Badass Bookworm: Naruto calls him "as smart as Shikamaru", which, combined with his status as the most elite ninjutsu specialist in the Hidden Leaf, would make him this easily. Inverted with his actual choice of literature - Jiraiya's erotic novels.
  • Badass Teacher: His students certainly think so.
  • Badass Transplant: His Sharingan(s).
  • Battle Aura: Gains one when Naruto gives him the refined, combined chakra that he and Kurama made, resulting in a Version 1 cloak. He commented that it's even stronger than the dose that Kurama had given him originally, which increased his power threefold.
  • Beauty Mark: Reveals to have one, when we see his face for the first time. It's under his mouth on the left-hand side of his face.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Kakashi REALLY hates Edo Tensei (Impure World Resurrection), a jutsu that revives the dead and forces them to fight for the user. He also hates Kabuto, in no small part due to his insistence on using it.
      • It seems to come from a disdain of grave-robbing of his friends in general. He got set off when he realized that Tobi had to be using Obito's eye. His rage stopped cold when it was finally revealed that Tobi IS Obito.
    • He also values his comrades, and dislikes people betraying their own. Notably, back during Land of Waves mission in Part I, Zabuza's repeatedly kicking Naruto (who is also Minato's sensei's son, mind) and belittling his students pushed him into quite the Tranquil Fury - once he was freed from Zabuza's Water Prison, the Death Glare he gave the Missing-Nin was quite impressive. Then, he handed Zabuza his rear end on a platter.
    • Another one, but anime only. Don't bring up Rin's death (unless you're Obito). If you do, then he will have no qualms doing exactly the same thing he did to Rin on you.
  • BFS: Wields Zabuza's Executioner Blade for a short while in the 4th world war against the other 7 Swordsmen.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He has a habit of joining fights by showing up out of nowhere to save his comrades.
  • Bishōnen: We finally find out why Teuchi and Ayame reacted the way they did. Even Sakura, who was still in her Sasuke-obsessed phase at the time, called him handsome (of course, she didn't know it was him).
    • His face is the one Pakkun had suggested in the "Kakashi's Real Face is Finally Unveiled" manga omake, except without the Guy-like sparkling toothy grin. That's probably what made the ninken think "That wasn't it at all."
  • Blessed with Suck: Because he isn't an Uchiha, he can't deactivate the Sharingan and it rapidly drains his chakra whenever he uses it, leaving him bedridden after extended use; he keeps the eye covered when he doesn't need it in order to prevent this. The Mangekyō Sharingan drains a considerable amount of chakra when performed. The eye's usage also places a great strain on Kakashi, wearing him down and causing deterioration of his eye's vision until eventually his eye went blind during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Boring Yet Practical: His fighting style tends to be this, which is part of why he's overshadowed so much. His summons are a perfect example. Most ninja call up a giant animal to fight for them; Kakashi has a pack of hunting hounds.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens in Kakashi Gaiden, when he gets the worst dose of cold reality you could believe.
  • Broken Ace: So broken that his emotional damage is arguably almost completely responsible for the events OF THE ENTIRE MANGA. In-universe, Kakashi admits he is this to Sasuke in an attempt to convince Sasuke that revenge isn't everything and that living with the pain of his losses, while difficult, is possible. It doesn't work. Later, Kakashi tells Obito and Minato that losing Obito, Rin, and Minato all within the span of a year all but completely broke him, going on to state that there was nothing stopping him from completely sinking into despair except for the fact that Obito had entrusted his sharingan to him. Given the amount of characters that's turned to darker paths for similar reasons, it's a bit of an eye-opener as to how close Kakashi could have been to completely losing himself as well.
  • Broken Pedestal: His best friend Obito Uchiha, who he originally thought was dead, and who was also the source of most of his ideals as an adult is now one of his greatest enemies.
  • Brought Down to Badass: He loses his Sharingan to Madara and gets his normal eye restored by Naruto's new healing powers right after. Of course, he is still a highly trained ninja, but that means he can no longer use any of his Sharingan abilities or even his Raikiri properly. Obito's spirit later gives both his eyes the Mangekyo Sharingan, but this wears off after Kaguya's defeat.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The first of many, many examples among the characters. See also Ass Shove, Lovable Sex Maniac.
  • Canine Companion: The Ninja Hounds that he uses as a tracking unit.
  • The Captain: Of Squad 7.
  • Celibate Hero: By the end of the series, Kakashi remains single.
  • Cerebus Retcon: His habits of coming late and making lame excuses are revealed to be his way to honor his deceased friend Obito.
  • Character Tics: His happy eye-arch.
  • Child Prodigy: Youngest Genin and Chunin graduated at 5 and 6.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: With the Sharingan, Kakashi can accurately reproduce any movement he sees (his own physical skill permitting) and take in a heightened amount of visual information.
  • The Comically Serious: Often his nonchalance is used in humor especially to contrast Guy.
  • Cool Teacher: Team 7 was the first team that he ever passed, because they're the first one to catch his lesson on putting each other's safety ahead of the mission.
  • Covert Pervert: He's obsessed with the "Icha Icha" series of adult novels, and gets embarrassed when to read certain passages to others. Naruto once got the drop on him by pretending to spoiler one book's ending.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Kakashi had two forbidden techniques: Raikiri, an enhanced Chidori; and Kamui, which sucks anything he looks at into another dimension. Both are limited by chakra capacity. He figured out how to increase his chakra capacity (and taught Sasuke how as well).
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Subverted. Kakashi Gaiden appeared to be this when it came out, going into his backstory and explaining his personality and Sharingan. Looking at the series as a whole, it's clearly really about establishing Obito, who would go on to have a massive impact on the plot.
    • He gets a proper one in a filler arc called Anbu Kakashi Arc, which depicts his past between killing Rin and the start of the main series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always has a straight face. One would imagine the mask probably helps in this department.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • It's indicated in the anime filler that covers his time in ANBU during and after the Kyuubi attack that Kakashi was dangerously close to this after the death of his sensei, leaving him the last living member of his team (to his knowledge). It's never outright stated, but it's implied the reason why Kakashi wasn't a big part of Naruto's life until he became a genin was because he was so mentally anguished that he couldn't be trusted around small children, even if they were his sensei's son. It took a lot of time and support for him to move past this, and it wasn't until Team 7 that he really began to heal.
    • As is becoming clear that Tobi is Obito, he's been slowly getting thereagain. Obito in turn, in every way helps but thankfully, Guy and Naruto snap him out of it.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He can use Earth Release to move underground for sneak attacks or produce walls to defend himself or block enemies.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": After becoming the Hokage, he often has to remind others to address him without "Lord."
  • Duel to the Death: His fight with Obito was supposed to be the It's Personal version. Unfortunately, Obito purposefully invoked this in order to have Kakashi get rid of the "no-suicide" seal on his heart.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: This guy really deserved a Happy Ending after everything that happened to him. To sum up, he lost his parents, became jaded, then one by one his teammates and sensei, enlisted in the ANBU to see some of his teammates die, watched his Junior in the ANBU turn 'evil'. Then, when finally things were becoming right for him, his student turned to evil to exact vengeance, the student's brother (his Junior in ANBU) crippling him for weeks (making him unable to save his student), freaking DYING in the invasion of his village (he got better),seeing the vengeance filled student turn mad and a raging psychopath bent on killing them and the village, seeing his allies and respected enemies mindlessly controlled by a maniac, fighting the Big Bad to realise he was actually his best friend thought to be dead, fatally stabbing him, going blind in an eye, seeing his best friend die again for real, witnessing Sasuke's revolution and the subsequent fight. After that, he became the village 's leader for several years, helped the student redeem himself for good, fulfilling his best friends' and Parental Figure's dreams, enforcing peace in the world. After it, he went into a peaceful retirement as a guiding force behind the new generation, inspiring thousands. Happy Ending doesn't even begin to describe what it meant for him.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The few females and males who have seen him unmasked are, well, very impressed.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: His backstory can be summed up in this one trope. When Sasuke threatens to kill someone close to him so Kakashi can understand his pain, Kakashi replies that everyone he cares about is already dead.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Given a sufficiently inexperienced opponent, he can fight with one hand and read pornographic novels (namely, the Icha Icha series written by Jiraiya) with the other. He is quite happy to demonstrate this ability.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Normally covers his left eye with his headband. Underneath is his Sharingan. He hides it because unlike an Uchiha, Kakashi is incapable of turning it off at will. Only when facing a strong opponent does he uncover it.
  • Eye Scream: He lost his eye after taking a slash for Obito. His Sharingan is ripped out by Madara, who jams it into his own empty socket.
  • Failure Hero: How he sees himself after watching his childhood team die and failing to talk Sasuke out of defecting.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Part of his cool get up.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Kakashi's had the Mangekyo for nearly twenty years. Sure would've been handy against Orochimaru or Itachi. Granted, he fell unconscious the moment he unlocked it and didn't encounter another Mangekyo Sharingan user until he fought Itachi, so he might not have even realized he had one until then at the earliest.
    • Also alternatively: The use of the normal Sharingan drains a lot of chakra (he was out of commission for a few days after the first battle with Zabuza), the Mangekyo Sharingan requires even more chakra, so it's possible that he hadn't yet the stamina required to use it.
  • Four-Star Badass: As General of the Third Division.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Proud owner of the ultimate rivalry with Might Guy, lasting from their early childhood, up into adulthood, and still very, very intense as they go over the hill, showing absolutely NO signs of slowing down.
    • It should be noted that Guy and Kakashi's rivalry is one of the only generally positive rivalry relationships in the series (and is really the only positive relationship Kakashi has these days). Every other rivalry usually makes the losing part very bitter, or their friendship dissolves. This includes Naruto/Sasuke, Hashirama/Madara and Sarutobi/Danzo. Even if Naruto and Sasuke eventually rekindled their friendship, it does not detract from how much pain and how long it took to get to that point.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • He was mentioned to greatly resemble his father Sakumo Hatake, Konoha's White Fang, which made his enemies tremble in fear of him even when he was just about 13 years of age, mistaking him for his father. Cut to many years after when he is already known as Kakashi of the Sharingan and you know the awesome is In the Blood. Further xerox-ing lays credibility that since the Third Hokage taught the original Sannin of Jiraiya, Orochimaru and Tsunade, and that since the villagers see him as temporary Hokage when Tsunade was in her coma, Kakashi is a generation Xerox of Sarutobi, the Third Hokage.
    • He's also a generation xerox of Jiraiya. He lost his teacher, lost his student (to the dark side), his best friend turned into one of the most reviled criminals in history and was indirectly responsible for their teacher's death, and has a near pathological Heroic Self-Deprecation as well.
    • And he is also one to Minato as well, especially considering that his team is basically a Generation Xerox of Minato's team. One of them went evil because Love Makes You Evil (Obito and Sasuke), one of them stayed with Konoha (Naruto and Kakashi), and one was a skilled medic-nin (Rin and Sakura). He also ends up as Hokage, completing the similarities.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kakashi has a scar over his left eye, but it is usually covered by his forehead protector. It is the result of an injury to his eye that led to an eye transplant.
  • Guile Hero: In his first fight with Zabuza he hypnotized him using the Sharingan to perform a water jutsu he already knew, defeated him by using it first, then had Zabuza believe he could see the future.
  • Henohenomoheji: Seen on Kakashi's decoy scarecrow in Episode 101 ("Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei's True Face!"), when Team 7 attempts to unveil Kakashi's true face. It's also featured on the backs of his 9 ninken (Ninja Hounds/Dogs) Summoning group.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Kakashi is able to summon a pack of ninja hounds of various breeds.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: This happens to him a lot in Part I - at one point, the others are surprised when he doesn't need a hospital trip after a fight. He can handle the Sharingan somewhat better in Shippuden, but still needs to watch his reserves carefully.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is pretty much this with Guy, whom he trusts the most.
  • Hidden Depths: From Naruto's point of view, he has this generally cheerful, constantly tardy teacher who is a Flat Character, someone he doesn't really think or worry about all that much. However, during the fight with Obito, it turns out that that same tardy, cheery guy who's been protecting Naruto all these years is indirectly responsible for creating the main villain of the story, and he has one of the worst background stories of all the characters in the series. And that's pretty impressive, considering this is a Shonen manga, in which generally everyone and their grandmother has a sob story.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: With the Sharingan, Kakashi can perform what is generically called Sharingan Genjutsu. In his first fight against Zabuza, he was able to influence Zabuza's actions to make him believe Kakashi was seeing the future and casted jutsu that Zabazu was attempting before Zabuza did the jutsu himself.
  • Hypocrite: He gave Sasuke lecture about not seeking revenge on Itachi for his clanmates since this will lead him to nothing good. However later Kakashi was perfectly content with letting Team 10 seek revenge on Hidan after he killed Asuma and even convinced Tsunade to let them go.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Specifically, he killed Rin himself... because she chose to jump in the way of his Raikiri rather than be a Trojan Horse.
  • Informed Ability:
    • Kakashi is a legendary ninja who has supposedly copied over a thousand jutsu. Nearly all of his opponents have talked about how dangerous he is when they first face him. We almost never get to see him go all out, and when he does get to battle he's usually forced to use up chakra protecting his peers. The worst example is probably when he took on the remaining zombified Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. It was implied to be an absolute Curb-Stomp Battle in his favour, but it happened entirely off-panel. Averted in the anime, which takes advantage of Adaptation Expansion. The fights are just as badass as you'd expect them to be.
    • In addition, Kakashi the Copy-Ninja has yet to ever actually copy any jutsu on-screen. In the Land of Waves Zabuza- and subsequently many fans- believed that he had somehow copied and reversed his Water jutsu at the exact moment Zabuza himself was using it, perhaps even before, but by the next battle Zabuza has realised that Kakashi simply used his Sharingan to implant ideas of what jutsu to use in Zabuza's mind, to freak him out, meaning every Water jutsu Zabuza used was already in Kakashi's arsenal. He might have copied Kakuzu's Iron Skin jutsu but if he has, he has yet to demonstrate it.
  • Instant Armor: Due to Obito passing on his chakra and dual Mangekyō, Kakashi can manifest Susanoo, specifically its "Complete Body" form. It can be used for flight, defend others with its large size, and even have the intangibility of Kamui extended to it. In terms of weaponry, it has a sword like all Susanoo do, but it also can throw Kamui Shuriken in order to warp away whatever they are thrown at.
  • Instant Expert: When Kakashi uses the Susanoo, he's also able to do so effortlessly on the first try.
  • Insufferable Genius: Kakashi started out as this, mainly toward Obito. He insists on taking point against an enemy ninja to try out his new jutsu, Chidori, destroying almost all the ninja's clones and almost taking down the ninja, but being limited by the jutsu's tunnel vision, and having to be saved by his teacher. Kakashi gets better by the end of Kakashi Gaiden, and by the start of the series, is a relatively modest individual who bears regret for his decisions.
  • It's All My Fault: For Sasuke's defection and everything it led to, particularity to the rift it cause with Team 7 and Sasuke becoming a bitter enemy of Konoha.
  • The Leader: Even though his students outclass him strength-wise during the fourth great ninja war, Kakashi remains their leader. Sasuke tries to take over, but his strategies against Kaguya fail miserably. Kakashi comes up with an alternative plan in minutes, making use of his students' skills as well as his own, and it instantly succeeds. Afterwards, even the Sage of the Sixth Paths compliments his leadership ability. Unsurprisingly, Kakashi ends up becoming the sixth Hokage.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Obito. Despite his claims that he no longer cared for Kakashi after Rin's death, Obito's ideal reality was one where Kakashi was able to live up to the ideals he passed on to him. Though he didn't admit it, Obito was clearly troubled by how broken his best friend had become after his "death", and it served as even further motivation to go forward with the Assimilation Plot.
  • Loose Lips: Accidentally leaked the classified information of Naruto's birth, unaware that Obito was listening in, or that he was even alive, at a visit to Rin's grave.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's a big fan of Jiraiya's erotic book series. He also has the habit of giggling in a perverted manner while reading them.
  • Made of Iron: In the And I Must Scream ordeal above, what Kakashi perceived as approximately one minute and forty-eight seconds (counting the time indicator from "I will stab you with a sword for 72 hours" to "71 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds remaining" was only one second. Meaning that the "three days" Kakashi experienced was, to him, closer to about one hundred and eight days. Even he was released from the genjutsu, he doesn't immediately pass out. He stays conscious long enough to realize how little time actually passed, and to hear Kisame express surprise that Kakashi is still alive. Psychologically Made of Iron? You bet your ass.
    • Physically too. Save for Naruto, he was the only ninja in Konoha who required the attention of more than one of Pain's bodies.
  • Magical Eye: Kakashi received his Sharingan in his left eye during the Third Shinobi World War from Obito Uchiha, a replacement for the left eye he'd lost shortly beforehand. The Sharingan has become his most identifying feature in the years since then, such that he is widely known as "Kakashi of the Sharingan". Kakashi loses his Sharingan during the Fourth Shinobi World War to Madara Uchiha. When Obito dies with both his Sharingan, his spirit briefly returns from the afterlife and transfers them into Kakashi, granting him temporary use of the dōjutsu's full power.
  • Making a Splash: He can use Water Release without a nearby water source, being able to produce massive torrents, water dragons, water clones or defensive walls.
  • Mask Power:
    • NEVER seen without it. The only time his face was uncovered, it wasn't shown onscreen. An anime filler episode revolves around Team 7 trying to see under Kakashi's mask. When they finally get him to remove it in front of them, underneath is... another mask.
    • On some covers he doesn't have it, but then his face is usually covered by his book or hand.
    • Also, according to Pakkun, he hates being photographed without it.
    • When he becomes Hokage, his face on the mountain still has the mask.
    • His face was FINALLY revealed in an art book released exclusively at an art exhibition for the series in Tokyo, and later was officially seen in Shippuden Episode 469. He has a Beauty Mark under his mouth on the left-hand side of his face, and he DOES look a lot like his dead father.
  • Meaningful Name: Kakashi means "scarecrow," and Hatake means "farmland or field." Both are an obvious reference to his tall and lean appearance. This also ties to his use of a Henohenomoheji logo on his summoned dogs and decoys. There's also the fact that real life ninjas often disguised themselves as poor farmers. Get's into Theme Naming when you consider his Dad's name could come from the the word Sakumotsu, which translates to "Crops."
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted, he did die during Pain's invasion, but was revived immediately and then survived to the end.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the first arc he spends a fair amount of time expositing on chakra and jutsus. Justified as he's teaching these concepts to his students.
  • Multilayer Façade: Kakashi is a literal case: he wears another mask under his mask.
  • My Greatest Failure: Tends to dwell on this, especially regarding Obito, losing track of time at the Memorial Stone by reminding himself of how he has failed. And then there's the issue of his second team...
  • Nice Guy: He is one of the nicest characters in the manga/anime.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He inadvertently caused the Kyuubi incident by blabbing that Kurama's Jinchuuriki was gonna have a baby in front of Rin's grave, not realizing Obito was there as well.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Almost word-for-word. Kakashi was completely uninterested in Obito's challenge to see who could complete the most of Team Minato's missions in the village until Obito called him a chicken.
  • No Mouth: Keeps his mouth concealed behind a mask at all times. Played with in the best filler of the anime.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: When giving the infamous bell test to the newly formed Team 7 he casually dodges all of Naruto and Sasuke's attacks, without even having to put down or even stop reading his book. Even provides the page picture for that trope.
  • The Nose Knows: He is said to have a very good sense of smell. And he has a pack of trained canines.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Despite being serious and even aloof at times, he still takes part in Guy's silly rivalry matches; when Guy introduced himself, he stated that they've had 99 matches so far. The anime features this more prominently, like the time he and Guy were keeping score while fighting off Sound ninjanote . Then, there's Shippuden Episode 219...
    • In "The Real True Face" manga omake, he disguised himself as a bumbling ex-ANBU and "helped" Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura find a unmasked photograph of him. He had so much fun trolling them, he decided to do it again. Still, he noted he couldn't keep fooling them forever; just a couple more times...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: We first meet Kakashi as a goofy teacher who falls for one of Naruto's unbelievably idiotic pranks, but he soon reveals himself to be badass. His enemies do know he's dangerous, and treat him as such, but he's FAR more dangerous than most of them have been led to believe.
  • Obsolete Mentor: Averts this, despite being Worfed sometimes. He specifically mentions in one arc that he's still young and improving. In the fight against Tobi/Obito he's particularly important. He's not a Person of Mass Destruction like the main cast, but his shrewdness is still one of his greatest assets.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Kakashi vs The Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Kakashi won apparently, but he misplaced Zabuza's sword.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Being the flake he usually acts like, seeing him almost too mad to speak after Guy reveals he taught Lee the Hidden Lotus clues the audience in that things are about to get serious.
  • Out, Damned Spot!: After waking up from a nightmare of him killing Rin.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While certainly a versatile, experienced and highly competent fighter, his battles have been somewhat a letdown compared to say Akatsuki, Orochimaru or the Kages. He also suffers a lot of The Worf Effect against this opponents, even more than Sasuke. A fairly common complaint is that he's hyped to be stronger than he is, especially in the databooks, where he's hyped to be one of the most formidable shinobi alive. To his credit, however, those who Worf him tend to have attained a similar, if not greater Shrouded in Myth status.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father Sakumo committed suicide when Kakashi was six-years old and his mother died before then.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • To a lesser degree, Kakashi might also count as one to Naruto. He made sure Naruto ate vegetables pre-Time Skip, and post-Time Skip the two develop a close bond and are highly protective of each other. Given that Naruto ends up becoming Kakashi's successor as Hokage and it's implied that even after that Kakashi still helps him out and advises him, it's safe to say their friendship/familial bond is still going strong after all those years.
    • Since Naruto's father is generally seen by Fanon as Kakashi's parental substitute, it might be more accurate to say Naruto and Kakashi have a brotherly bond.
  • Portal Cut: Kakashi's Magenkyou Sharingan is able to use a long-range version of Kamui, which can transport targets anywhere in the user's line of sight. The target is surrounded with a barrier space, the location and size of which can be specified at will, and when the user concentrates on the target within, the space at the barrier's centre distorts and draws everything within into another dimension.
  • Power Copying: Over the years, due in large part to his Sharingan, he gained a vast arsenal; reputed to have copied over a thousand jutsu and which led to his moniker as "Copy Ninja Kakashi".
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Suffers from this during the Anbu filler arc. He can't use the Chidori/Raikiri with his mental trauma of killing Rin acting up everytime he tries to use it. Of course, considering what we've seen over the course of the series, he gets better.
  • Red Baron: Kakashi has two famous nicknames first being Kakashi of the Sharingan, second being The Copy Ninja.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Might Guy and Obito's Reds.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: "In the ninja world, those who break the rules are scum, that's true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum."
  • Self-Duplication: Part of Kakashi's usual approach to combat is to rely on the Body Replacement Technique and clone techniques (such as shadow clones, water clones and lightning clones), thereby keeping himself out of harm's way while he observes an opponent and their abilities.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Senpai to Yugao, Yamato and Sai (who considers him as such in the anime). Also Shizune addresses with the honorfic.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: His Running Beast ability.
  • Shipper on Deck:
  • Shock and Awe: Kakashi's natural affinity is for Lightning Release, which he will at times channel into weaponry to increase its cutting power. When he was younger, he tried to infuse the Rasengan with his lightning nature, but the task proved too difficult. In its place he created the Chidori, a collection of lightning chakra in the hand that can pierce most targets that it is thrust into and is the only jutsu he didn't learn from copying; he once famously split a bolt of lightning with his Chidori, earning the name "Raikiri/Lightning Blade". The Chidori and Raikiri are very fast attacks, such that Kakashi can only use them safely with his Sharingan. Other lightning techniques include hounds manipulated to attack enemies, clones that paralyse on contact and chains to cut through multiple targets at once.
  • Shrouded in Myth: See Red Baron. And just what the hell is behind that mask?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Finally delivered one to Obito, pointing that he basically chose to ignore every feeling his friends could possibly have, quoting Obito himself. "And those who don't respect their comrades' memories...are the worst."
    • He gives another to Sasuke, after he declares that Kakashi could only understand how he felt about Itachi if Sasuke went and killed everyone he loved. Kakashi simply replies that he can't do that, as everyone that qualifies is already dead.
  • Signature Move: Raikiri/Lightning Blade, similar to the Chidori only better.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His bell test, which doubles as a Secret Test of Character. Any group that obeys his instruction to feed their teammate is failed on the spot. But if they disobey and help their teammate out, they pass.
  • So Proud of You: His reaction to the original Team 7 landing in unison a decisive blow on Kaguya:
    Kakashi: That was picture perfect. Right now, the way you all are together...I love you.
  • Space Master: His Mangekyo Sharingan's technique, Kamui, can warp objects into another dimension. He can now use Kamui to get to and from the other dimension at will.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: In "The Real True Face" manga omake, he introduces his ex-ANBU photographer persona to Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura as "Sukea" note . Now, Kakashi's name means "scarecrow"; in japanese, that is pronounced: sukeakuro -> Sukea Kuro.
  • The Stoic: Probably the hardest character to get a rise out of in the entire series, except when the Icha Icha series or his dead best friend is concerned.
  • Strong and Skilled: Becomes this after receiving Uchiha Obito's chakra towards the end of the manga, being able to use his techniques with great power behind it and graduating from Weak, but Skilled.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Is confused for his father Sakumo on several occasions, even to the point where he is attacked by Chiyo because she's out for his father's blood! When his face is uncovered, the resemblance is... confirmed: he's basically a short-haired, 15-years-younger Sakumo.
  • Summon Magic: Kakashi has his own personal pack of ninja hounds. In the field, he can summon one or more of his ninja hounds to fetch things for him, restrain targets, or deliver messages. More commonly, he uses them for tracking, picking up trails that Kakashi, despite his own considerable tracking skills, can't detect, or seeking out targets he doesn't know where to look for.
  • Super Mode:
    • When Naruto shares Kurama's power with the Ninja Alliance he temporarily gains the ability to create a chakra cloak like Naruto has.
    • He gets another one, this time a personal ability, that crosses with 11th-Hour Superpower: After Obito gives him both his Mangekyo Sharingan, he can use Susanoo immediately. And unlike other Susanoo users who have to develop it in stages, it manifests in its perfect form right from the get-go.
  • Team Dad: To Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke.
  • Took a Level in Badass: It's more subtle than most of the cast, but think about it. The first time we see him go all-out using the Sharingan, summons, and a Raikiri is enough to tire him out. Post-Time Skip, he's somehow got a Mangekyo that can send stuff through another dimension, and against Kakuzu he's firing off Raikiri like cheap kunai and staying on his feet afterwards.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Obito's "death" made him realize how important it was to care for your comrades more.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He kept his father's Tanto for a good bit, but his sharingan eye, which was transplanted into him from his "dead" best friend, Obito Uchiha is what really falls into this trope.
  • Tranquil Fury: What happens when he truly gets pissed.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First his mother dies before she's thirty, then Kakashi witnesses his father's disgrace and subsequent suicide. Then his best friend "dies" saving him and his other teammate. Then Kakashi promised his best friend that he protect their other teammate but only to end up breaking the promise and killing her. And finally he loses his sensei, who may well have been a Parental Substitute. Then when he began to teach his own team, one of his students pulls a Face–Heel Turn. And finally, it turns out that his best friend is Not Quite Dead after all, and has become the Big Bad responsible for nearly everything that has happened in the manga. Yes...
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Kakashi's Sharingan became a Mangekyō Sharingan when Rin Nohara died, a trauma that simultaneously caused the Mangekyō to awaken in Obito.
  • True Companions: A firm believer in this concept.
  • Unknown Rival: Guy is his, though it may be more that Kakashi does not want to acknowledge it. It turns out that he does acknowledge Guy as his true rival, and the scene that reveals this is pretty heartwarming.
  • The Unreveal: He never takes the mask off and reveals his face though the series. The only time he did was in a filler episode and it was obscured before the audience or Team 7 could see it. In fact, said filler episode was focused entirely on Team 7's efforts to find out what's behind his mask. It's another mask. Even Kakashi's carving on the mountain of Hokage faces depicts him with a mask.
    • The audience FINALLY gets to see his face revealed in a special art book which was only distributed at a 2015 exhibition celebrating the series. It was worth the wait.
    • The sketch above made its way into canon in Episode 469 of Shippuden. Again, it was VERY worth the wait.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • He abandoned his mission so that he could help Obito when they were kids, resulting in a crippled Obito ending up on Madara's doorstep setting off most of the plot. Though he believes that could've avoided as well if he had gone with him in the first place.
    • He speaks about Naruto's birth at Rin's grave. Unfortunately, Obito happened to be watching.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He became for Obito. The entire fight with Kakashi, was planned Obito in order to remove Madara's seal as it prevented him from becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki and Kakashi did what Obito wanted from him: Hit him in the heart.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • His rivalry with Gai is nominally one-sided and Gai is known to rant about Kakashi's "hip and cool" attitude, but there's no doubt the two are the closest of friends.
    • Him and Obito were this as kids, with heavy emphasis on the vitriol. They could be worse than Naruto and Sasuke at times, but deep down they cared about each other, and Kakashi has spent his entire life trying to live up to Obito's wishes.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Kakashi's individual skill and jutsu is not weak per se — it's probably in the very top percentile of the shinobi world. However against the ridiculously overpowered villains of the Shippuden series like the Akatsuki, Pain and Tobi, Kakashi is forced to fall back on his natural wit and can be considered this — especially considering his lack of chakra for spamming his Signature Move.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kakashi seeks the approval of his "dead" friend, Obito, to such an extent that Kakashi's entire life revolves around him. After Obito "died", Kakashi idealized him to the point that he adopted an entirely new personality and mannerisms to emulate and memorialize his best friend. His pathological lateness is even attributed to him spending three hours straight at the Memorial Stone every single day, staring at Obito's name (and Rin's and his sensei's, but mainly Obito's). While his promise to be Obito's eyes is the only reason he bothers to continue living, that promise is why "Kakashi" and "functioning individual" are the farthest thing away from synonymous. So, rather understandably, Kakashi... did not take it well when he learned what really happened to Obito.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His best friend Obito is now a major contender in the contest to determine the most evil ninja of all time. Tune in tomorrow to find out the results!
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Kakashi graduated from the academy at five, passed the chunin exam one year later, and became a jonin under special condition at 13.
  • Wishful Projection: Kakashi is a strange case in which his projection was on someone who he thought was dead — Obito, who is the one death he has never managed to move past. Somewhere down the line, Obito went from "deceased best friend whose last wishes I need to honor", to "idol whose memory and ideals I need to live up to". A lot of Kakashi's baggage stems from his over-idealization of Obito; some part of him genuinely believes that Obito always would've succeeded where he failed. Essentially, Kakashi is subconsciously projecting his prodigious abilities and "genius" reputation on to his best friend, forgetting that while Obito was a very kind and very admirable person, he was still human, and the farthest thing away from perfect. Learning that Obito became the Big Bad almost broke him, but it was also the event that contributed to him seeing Obito as a person again and finally being able to move on with his life.
  • The Worf Effect: His only real victory has been against Zabuza. After that he's only been used to show how strong whatever enemy comes along is, often with him commenting about how much stronger than him they are. That said, he fares a lot better in team battles (against Akatsuki) contributing to victories over Deidara, Itachi (sort of—it's complicated), Hidan/Kakuzu and Tobi. Which makes quite a lot of sense when you remember "teamwork" is pretty much everything to the man.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: He makes two, one before and one during his final duel with Obito, although the latter is an internal monologue. They both signify his acknowledgement of the fact that his former best friend must now be treated no differently than any other enemy.
    "In the ninja world, those who break the rules are trash. However, those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash. And the ones who abandon their friends' feelings are even worse than that. I won't get rid of your past feelings... even if it's you refusing them."

    Naruto...You will never lose your way. You're stronger than me, and you're unique in many ways. As for me, this is all I can do for know. I'll do what I must... In order to protect the old Obito, I must...kill the current one!
  • Worth Living For: For a given value of "living". After losing his original team and the most important people in his life, Kakashi was very close to being Driven to Suicide. What drove him forward was his promise to Obito, and even that wasn't enough for him to be anything more than a completely and utterly devoted soldier to his village and comrades. It took the persistence of his adulthood best friend Guy and the Third Hokage kicking him out of ANBU for him to have anything remotely resembling an actual life again, and even then he was coasting on being an imitation of his deceased teammate. Team 7 did open him up even more, but all the tragedy involving that team caused him even more issues. It wasn't until after Obito's second death did Kakashi finally find closure and the will to live his own life.
  • You Gotta Have Grey Hair: He has natural grey hair.
  • You Remind Me of X: Kakashi remarked in the third Shippuden movie Inheritors of the Will of Fire that Naruto's ethic of protecting his friends solemnly reminds him of his late comrade Obito Uchiha, whose spiky hair and determination Naruto mirrored perfectly.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Kakashi was 6 when he took the Chunin Exams, but looked almost like a full grown teenager. This is most likely a case of Continuity Snarl: his age was given in Part I, while the sequence where he takes the exam was drawn much later in Part II. (Obito and Rin are both Kakashi's age, both graduated after him, and yet all three are shown taking the exam.)

Members joined after Time Skip



Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Troy Baker (EN, episodes 34-229), Matthew Mercer (EN, episodes 230+), Francisco Javier Martínez (Spain), Jorge Ornelas (Latin America), Laurent Van Wetter (French)

I like being nice and friendly, but I don't have any problems with ruling by fear either.

Real Name: Tenzou

A member of ANBU, and one of Kakashi's juniors, he is made the temporary Captain of Team 7 while Kakashi recovers in the hospital. As he serves as more of a unit leader than a mentor, Naruto and Sakura call him "taichou"("Captain" or "Commander" in the English manga) instead of "sensei." The name "Yamato" (which means "spear") is actually a code name given to him by Tsunade; his real name is Tenzou. He very much prefers to be called Yamato.

As a child, Yamato was one of sixty infants that Orochimaru injected with the DNA of the First Hokage, trying to replicate the First's unique abilities. Fifty-nine died, and Orochimaru was forced to flee the village before learning that one subject — Yamato — had survived. As a result, Yamato can use the First Hokage's Wood Style jutsu, although not with the First's level of ability.

Yamato is a friendly, easygoing person. He prefers diplomacy over using threats when it comes to running his team, but he's not afraid to scare Naruto into doing what he wants. He notes that he's less indulgent than Kakashi is, and says that Naruto and Sakura should not be treated as ninjas in training who need protection, but as ninjas who will eventually have to support Konoha. It's revealed that he was selected as Captain for more than his Wood Style abilities — he is the only person in the village capable of using Enclosed Hermitage: Return to Society, which, in turn, is the only technique strong enough to contain Naruto's four-tailed Fox state. He later helps Naruto with his training, helping to prevent the fox's chakra from becoming dominant.

Yamato becomes absent from the story after being kidnapped by a snake-induced Kabuto and his powers are used to unwillingly power up the rest of the White Zetsu Army. His own body is later used as a medium by Spiral Zetsu during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Eventually he's freed and after the war and epilogue, Yamato goes on to spend the rest of his life keeping watch over Orochimaru and his flunkies.

His hobby is reading books about architecture.
Favorite phrase: "Knocking on a stone bridge before crossing it"

  • The Artifact: Started off as Kakashi's substitute as leader of Team 7 and the genetic clone of the first, allowing him to keep the Kyuubi in check. When Kakashi returns to active duty, Yamato's role get demoted to Kakashi's assistant in training Naruto. And then Naruto got full control over Kyuubi's chakra, making Yamato's function completely redundant. As a result, he is immediately kidnapped.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: "I like being nice and friendly, but I don't have any problems with ruling by fear either."
  • Berserk Button: Doesn't exactly approve when Sakura is willing to lie to Naruto about certain things.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Kakashi tends to comically take advantage of him for little things like paying for meals while Naruto's recklessness is often played against his caution.
    • Try in Storm 3, where Naruto has raised his fist to him not once, but twice, and this lack of respect actually makes Yamato want to cry.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Far less lenient about Naruto's Military Maverick tendencies than Kakashi, especially when it comes to his safety as the Nine-Tails' jinchuriki.
  • The Captain: A temporary replacement for Kakashi, his true role is actually to look after Naruto.
  • The Chew Toy: In the spin-off Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth, he is reduced to a Speechless Living Prop.
  • Child Prodigy: Ties with Kakashi with being the youngest Chunin at 6.
  • Combination Attack: Has one with Naruto which combines his Water Style Tearing Torrent with Naruto's Wind Style Rasengan.
  • The Comically Serious: Most of the interaction between Bee & Naruto leaves him speechless.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Anime Special Kakashi Anbu Arc feature him a lot and his background is further expanded.
  • Death Glare: His "ghoul eyes," although only Naruto seems to be scared by it.
  • Demoted to Extra: Yamato's role and role has gotten smaller to the point where he gets Put on a Bus during the 4th World War and doesn't return until near the very end of the manga.
  • Fate Worse than Death: So Yamato was abducted as a child and experimented upon by a creepy snake-themed Mad Scientist. He survives, goes on to become a fairly well-adjusted adult, only to be ultimately abducted yet again by another creepy snake-themed Mad Scientist (the protege of the first one, no less!). Oh and then it is strongly implied that after having vital information forcibly extracted from him, he will be used for endless experimentation again.
  • Green Thumb: His use of the wood techniques, which also require him to be able to control water and earth as well.
  • Meaningful Name: Yamato may be named after Yamato Takeru, a legendary prince believed to be the first ninja. Tenzou means "heavenly creation" and refers to things created by nature, which fits with his wood powers.
  • Only Sane Man: The most rational and level-headed when the new Team 7 is formed.
  • Satellite Character: Yamato was brought in as the substitute team leader of Team 7, was kidnapped as baby by Orochimaru and had his DNA manipulated to the point where he's the genetic clone of the First Hokage, and was a member of Anbu with Kakashi. On paper, all of that sounds like a lot of potential for a character. In reality, Yamato ended up being relegated to being Kakashi's assistant in training Naruto and being the Butt-Monkey.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Kakashi is his senpai, and he once brings up this fact when trying to get him to pay for a meal.
  • Stern Teacher: Contrasts his approach with Kakashi's on a few occasions, such as threatening to throw Naruto, Sakura and Sai in a cage together unless they start working better as a team, and saying that if an injured Naruto is unable to keep up with them, they could leave him behind.
  • The Stoic: Typically calm and levelheaded, although he can be disturbed by shocking developments.
  • Straight Man: Towards Naruto and Bee's shenanigans.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: He was the only child to accept and survive the First Hokage's cells in Orochimaru's experiments and the only one who can use his highly coveted Wood Style jutsu. That is until Danzo and Zetsu are introduced anyway.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He started to become more sensitive to the feelings of others.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Just like Anko, Yamato got incapacitated early into the war and isn't heard from in quite some time. It's eventually revealed that one of the Zetsu clones bonded to him as a power source, explaining how it was capable of creating such impressive wood constructs. He's released after Kaguya is defeated.
    • While he's nowhere to be seen in the Distant Epilogue, he makes a cameo as a guest in Naruto and Hinata's wedding in The Last.



Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Benjamin Diskin (EN), Ángel Coomonte (Spain), Miguel Ángel Leal (Latin America), Maxime Donnay (French)

I've drawn hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures so far… other pictures have the situation at the time, and the artist's feelings… like portraits have the person's name… but don't pictures usually have titles…? To be more precise, even if I try to give them titles, I just can't do it. I don't feel anything… they don't put me in mind of anything.
Click here to see him in The Last 
Click here to see him in the Epilogue 

Sai is... socially uninformed, to put it mildly. A ninja from the village of Konoha, pretty much all that is known about Sai is that he's a loner and that he has no family. He's a member of ANBU's Root Division, and first joins Team 7 in the second arc. "Sai", a type of three-pronged dagger, is probably a pseudonym, but who knows? Given Root's... special methods of training, it might even be his real name.

As one might expect from someone who isn't around people much, Sai doesn't exactly make the greatest of first impressions on his teammates. Indeed, his first actions are to question Naruto's manhood, call Sakura ugly, and diss their former teammate Sasuke. Naruto flatly states that he'll only put up with Sai for Sasuke's sake. He claims to have no personality whatsoever — being polite or assholish is just a front for him.

A talented artist, Sai claims to have drawn several thousand pictures in his life, but in keeping with his role as the hollow man, finds himself incapable of ever giving one a title. Sai uses his art in his jutsu. He has the ability to animate his drawings, creating creatures for attack or espionage, or generating clones out of ink.

It seems, however, that his purpose is more than just filling out Team 7. In reality, he was given the job by Danzo to assassinate Sasuke — a task which he's clearly unable to do. He has a change of heart and forms a genuine friendship with Naruto and Sakura, although he's very socially awkward (which is often Played for Laughs), though one time cause things to get a little dicey for Team 7 when it came to Sasuke and his unintended actions nearly led to things ending in disaster.

In the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sai was placed in the Ambush Division under Kankuro and alongside Omoi. The events of the war finally enable Sai to fully understand the concept of friendship. Two years later, Sai is selected to be part of the team to help rescue Hinata's sister and ultimately save the world.

Eventually, Sai goes on to marry Ino and together they have one son, Inojin Yamanaka.

His hobbies are drawing and calligraphy.
Favorite word: "Comrades"

  • Adorkable: Has a few shades of this after he starts genuinely showing interest in emotions and human interaction. The sixth Shippuden film took this and ran away with it.
  • Advertised Extra: After his big introduction arc, being brought in as Sasuke's replacement and serving as Danzo's mole, you'd figure Sai would play a large role in the scheme of things? Save for one fight during the war arc he's been floating in the background.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has a few traits that would give off the impression that he's Autistic. He has No Social Skills, not helped by his inability to understand what he says comes off as hurtful at times, and is fixated on art.
  • And I Must Scream: One of his techniques, named Sealing Technique: Stalking Predator Launch, consists of an animated drawing of a tiger which can attack the enemy and then go back in the drawing with him.
  • Animal Motifs: Whenever he uses his art ninjutsu, Sai will most likely use lions.
  • Art Attacker: As in the art he brings to life, attacks you.
  • Art Initiates Life: His ability the Cartoon Beast Mimicry; with it he paints ink creatures to assist him in battles including: Lions and tigers for attacking and sealing, birds for transportation and aerial assaults, snakes for binding enemies, rats for tracking and even The Two Benevolent Kings for brute force.
  • Author Tract: Sai serves as Kishimoto's mouthpiece about his own conception of art through his battle against the zombified Deidara and Sasori.
  • Babies Ever After: With Ino. They have a son named Inojin in the epilogue.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example. His outfit shows off his toned stomach.
  • Berserk Button: When Deidara blows up his brother and threatens to do it again and again. Then he insults Sai's art. To say that Sai was pissed is an understatement.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has gradually been feeling this towards Naruto, which may explain why after watching Naruto get beat up by Karui over Sasuke's crimes, he lost faith in Sasuke being redeemable, and became pretty much supportive of the fact that Sasuke must be taken down.
  • Big Brother Worship: As a child, Sai came to think of fellow Root member, Shin, as an older brother figure and greatly admired him.
  • Bishōnen: Like Sasuke before him, Sakura and Ino comment that Sai is quite pretty.
  • Brutal Honesty: At first on account of his lack of social skills. Eventually, just out of genuine concern for his friends, though as a result he can't predict whether his words will hurt others, and many problems are created or solved because Sai, unlike the other teenage protagonists, doesn't pussyfoot around delicate issues like "The promise your best friend made to you when he was twelve is killing him inside" or "Sasuke is too dangerous to be left alive."
  • Butt-Monkey: In Filler, having No Social Skills made him good comedy material, sometimes getting beaten for an insensitive statement.
  • Character Development: Sai gradually becomes more sensitive to others and learns about the depths of emotions and bonds.
  • Chubby Chaser: Played with, in an Episode of Boruto he suggests using Chocho as an art model for the students, calling her "the most beautiful girl of the class", ironically his wife Ino is very fit.
  • The Comically Serious: Zigzagged between this and Deadpan Snarker. He can't fully understand humor due to his emotionless nature and lack of socialization, so it's hard to tell whether he's using Brutal Honesty, is snarking, or is genuinely confused or serious.
  • Cool Sword: Specializes in long-ranged combat with his ninjutsu but is no slouch in taijutsu and swordfighting.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: One of the few characters to have black hair and black eyes.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His sealing jutsu is this in the anime.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Even when he started off as a jerk.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His only reaction to Konohamaru's "reverse" version of the Sexy Jutsu? "Ah. So that's me." More deadpan than snarker, other than insulting Naruto a few times early on.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Becomes nicer and attempts to understand the feelings of others after his first mission with Naruto and Sakura.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has very pale skin and is viewed by the others as being disturbing at first.
  • Emotion Suppression: Being a member of a special ANBU branch, Sai has undergone a training that removed his emotions. It also left him with No Social Skills.
  • Good Parents: Sai has developed strong parenting skills, being the one who's reprimanding Naruto for not holding back enough when he tried to counter Boruto's shadow clone with his own.
  • Hates Being Alone: Gengo reveals he hides an intense fear of being abandoned by his friends. Also, his greatest fear is that Naruto and Sakura prefer Sasuke over him.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: While he doesn't use it as much, Sai always carries a tanto.
  • Honorifics: Uses them on Naruto and Sakura at first, despite being quite rude to them in most other regards, but drops them when trying to become friends with them.
  • Horse of a Different Color: His ability to surf on flying ink birds makes him one of the few flyers in the series.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Post-Character Development, he tries to become better friends with Naruto and Sakura, but genuinely thinks "ugly" is a good idea for a nickname, and that people always need to hear the truth.
  • Irony: Sai, during the Five Kage Summit Arc, believes himself to be the Only Sane Man when it comes to Sasuke. But after seeing how he made things worse, it's clear that he is the most out of touch when it comes to the situation.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: According to the databook, his skill levels in the various aspects of being a ninja are actually not far from one another. They all range between 3 and 4 (inclusive) out of a maximum score of 5. This makes his skill set really balanced when compared to the majority of other characters in the franchise.
  • Jerkass: At his beginnings, justified by No Social Skills. It progressively fades away with time, but Sai remains the one willing to bluntly tell the unpleasant truths.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Sai may have been introduced as an insensitive douchebag, but he did make one valid point: Sasuke did abandon Konoha and his friends. He went to be a student of Orochimaru's willingly. So, Sai's verbal insults about Sasuke, while harsh to hear (especially from Naruto and Sakura's point-of-view), were technically not wrong.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What he becomes after his first mission with Naruto and Sakura. He's still brutally honest, but it's more innocent than out of sugary malice.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Really shows in the Five Kage Summit arc concerning to Team 7's relations with Sasuke, See Irony.
  • Love Informant: He tried to be this in the Five Kage Summit arc, with disastrous results.
  • Loose Lips: Something of a Fatal Flaw of his at times, best demonstrated when it almost got Sakura killed at Sasuke's hand during the Five Kage Summit arc.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Skimpily dressed and has been acknowledged as being handsome In-Universe by both Sakura and Ino.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realized that he might have inadvertently helped push Sakura into not only attempting to fool Naruto with her infamous fake love confession to get him to abandon the chase for Sasuke, but also into trying to take down Sasuke all by herself, an action that would've surely cost Sakura her life, by bluntly telling her how much she and Sasuke make Naruto suffer, not realizing how desperate and rash she can be in her protectiveness of Naruto. It's why he lampshades it by telling Naruto about what really happened, along with explaining how it is also his fault in a way.
    Sai: (Flashback of Sai talking to a distraught-ed and tearing Sakura) It's obvious Sasuke's making Naruto suffer, but I think you may be too.
    Sai: (In the present) Even though it was not my intent, I pushed Sakura toward this action. It's partly my fault. So I had to tell you.
  • My Greatest Failure: In the anime, he consider his actions during the Five Kage Summit arc to be this, since he believes that the fallout of those actions could've been avoided if he had found another way to resolve the issue, like a true friend.
  • Mysterious Past: We only know that he's been in the ANBU for a long time and he's got a dead brother.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The entire Five Kage Summit arc, on Naruto's end, was made worse by Sai's lackluster understanding of his team and emotions, which led to Sakura attempting a suicide mission to take down Sasuke after ditching her entourage, after making her infamous fake love confession to Naruto. All because he told her how Naruto felt about her, along with how Sai believes that both she and Sasuke make Naruto suffer, while she wasn't exactly in the best emotional state after hearing how Sasuke had gone on a international crime spree. Needless to say from his saddened expression as he recalls that conversation, he realized not only he was being far too blunt, but also how he was misreading all the signs.
  • No Social Skills: In line with his the emotion suppression he went through, after breaking away from Root's teachings Sai primarily interacts with other and tries to befriend them through literal by the book methods, having been researching ways to make friends.
  • Not So Stoic: The part where Sasuke, in their first meeting, gives him a Death Glare that proves terrifying even for Sai.
  • Official Couple: With Ino.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Technically not his real one, but he prefers going by it.
  • Only One Name: Unlike his comrades, Sai has no last name. As an adult, however, he takes his wife's last name to become Sai Yamanaka.
  • Only Sane Man: On the subject of Sasuke. Having no past relationship with him, and while expressing anger towards him for how his actions had made Naruto suffer, he is (or at least he believes to be) much more rational about what actions should be taken toward Sasuke than Naruto or Sakura, and is quick to point out when the two are sticking their necks out too far for him, though his bluntness and lacking understating of emotions can make things more complicated than they already are, something even he admitted to.
  • Opposites Attract: Again, with Ino. He's an Emotionless Boy that lacks social skills, while she's highly emotional and socially savvy.
  • Out of Focus: After his big introductory arc, in which he became the new official member of Team 7, Sai hasn't had much to do at all. This is even more noticeable in the anime during filler arcs, where Sai either stands in the background or doesn't appear at all.
  • Paper Talisman: He can create paper bombs by the dozen by painting them.
  • Parental Abandonment: No idea what happened to his folks.
  • The Quiet One: Sai doesn't like to talk a lot.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Noted for being both good looking and eerie.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: No Social Skills — check. Pale-skinned — check. Mysterious Past — check.
  • Restraining Bolt: Has a seal on his tongue that prevents him from revealing any information about Danzo, though this disappears after said character's death.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He can go toe-to-toe with S-Class criminals twice his age but needs a book that tells him how act tactfully and politely. This is explained as part of his training in Root, which kills emotions and empathy.
  • Secret Keeper: For an unspecified length of time between his introductory arc and the aftermath of the Pain Arc, Sai knew about how Naruto had feelings for Sakura, but didn't feel as though he could tell her. However, Sai, knowing how hard Naruto was pushing himself for the sake of his promise to Sakura, decided to break his silence. Though, due to his lack of emotion experience and disregard for subtlety, it backfires spectacularly.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Considers Kakashi a senpai, as well as a nameless older member of Root.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Subverted. He tells Sakura how Naruto feels about her; however, he also points out that Naruto's feelings for both Sakura and Sasuke cause him a lot of emotional pain.
    • Played Straight in The Last and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. In the former, he teases Naruto about his love for Hinata and later, with Sakura and Shikamaru, smiles as Naruto and Hinata share a very tender moment. In the latter, after Sai overhears a conversation between Ino, Tenten, Sakura and Hinata, he thinks that Naruto is a lucky guy to have Hinata because she's close to him and cares about him.
  • Ship Tease: He called Ino "gorgeous" once, although he actually intended to mean the opposite. He is married to her in the epilogue.
  • The Smart Guy: In regards to Sasuke, Sai is a lot more objective and realistic.
  • Smoke Out: Sai is very skilled with the body flicker technique, having an ink variant.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: When trying to form new bonds with others.
  • Stepford Smiler: Smiles to please those he interacts with despite being emotionless.
  • The Stoic: Due to years of of suppressing his emotions Sai is remarkably nonchalant and deadpan for most of his interactions, be they incredibly awkward, intense, or embarrassing.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Sai can be a blunt jerk one minute, and surprisingly sweet the next.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sai's skills had increased to the point where he could defeat Deidara and Sasori at the same time, leaving them to be sealed. Two years after the War, his skills proved great enough to defeat multitudes of Toneri's puppets with ease.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his first mission with Naruto and Sakura, Sai takes a real interest and understanding people's feelings.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Telling Sakura that Naruto had feelings for her led to Sakura making her infamous fake love confession to Naruto and, when that utterly failed to work, attempting a suicide mission to take down Sasuke after ditching her entourage.
  • Unreliable Expositor: What he was when he told Sakura about Naruto's feelings for her and how he believes that Sasuke and Sakura made Naruto suffer, after explaining how much of a novice he is when it comes to the team and emotions. It's only after Sakura's infamous fake love confession attempt and he learns how she may attempt a suicidal mission to deal with Sasuke out of all-consuming guilt and shame, that he realizes he made a terrible mistake in judgement and made a real mess of things, due to his well-meaning yet unintended blunt misinterpretation of the situation at hand, which is also why he told Naruto through a clone.
  • Weapon of Choice: To be able to execute his Super Beast Imitation Drawing technique, Sai carries around a specialized custom scroll to draw on, the scroll's roller has compartments for Sai's ink brush and to hold a supply of ink.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Sakura for having Naruto promise to bring back Sasuke for her and expecting him to keep working at it, when Naruto has feelings for her and his feelings for both her and Sasuke were causing him a lot of emotional pain. Sai compares the binding of this promise to his own abuse at the hands of Root/Danzo. Though this backfired and ended up putting Sakura, and possibly Kakashi, in danger of being killed by Sasuke.