Characters: Naruto - Other Team 7 Members

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    Team 7 In General 

Team 7 provides examples of:

  • Animal Motifs: Each of the 3 original genins 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 2. 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.
  • Color-Coded Characters: 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 more or less 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 timeskip, 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 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.
  • 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:
    • Team work. No matter how long it's been since they've seen each other or how wildly their individual skills 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 timeskip, 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 1 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.
  • 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 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 Gai, 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.
  • 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.

    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)

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!

The Chick of Team 7. Naruto has a crush on her, while she has a crush on 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 love for Sasuke and growing friendship with Naruto. During the Fourth Shinobi 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. By 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"

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She looks even more attractive than she did in the main series during Naruto Gaiden, though one can start seeing traces of age lines around her eyes.
  • Action Mom: She delivers in Naruto Gaiden by defending Sasuke and her 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.
  • Alliterative Family: Sakura shares her first syllable with her husband, Sasuke and daughter, Sarada.
  • 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 womenly, especially after becoming a mother.
    • This trope is usually shown when she compares herself to Hinata, who is known to have a huge chest.
  • 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.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight at first, but then deconstructed after the time skip. Ultimately, she still has strong feelings for Sasuke, despite what he's become and despite that his actions threaten war, and her need to help stop him.
  • 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: Her parents are totally this as shown by the Road to Ninja Movie, that Kishimoto personally wrote. They are both only genin and always point out her flaws, even in front of her friends.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Towards Naruto, especially when she punches him after coming back from his battle with Pain for making them all worry, then hugs him.
  • Animal Motifs: Slugs, which is what she learns to summon while under the tutelage of Tsunade.
  • Badass: In the later part of the series she shows the ability to become one when the situation needs it.
  • 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 realizes just how much Naruto is going through trying to uphold his promise to her, she tries to convince him to stop by claiming that she loves Naruto now and not Sasuke. Naruto doesn't buy it.
    • Later, when planning to take out Sasuke herself, she claims that she has defected from Konoha was well and wants to join him. Sasuke is naturally suspicious, and he calls her bluff when she is unable to finish off Karin to prove it.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the third movie, explained as being "summer attire"(Naruto and Lee also had slightly different outfits).
  • Berserk Button: NEVER diss the forehead or call her ugly and Naruto shouldn't try and make guesses about their relationship while she's trying to heal him. Nor should he (or anyone else for that matter) underestimate her.
    • 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.
    • And don't harm her husband or daughter unless you want a punch enhanced by her Super Strength.
  • Betty and Veronica: Both Hinata and Sakura have been teased with Naruto throughout the series. Hinata is the "Betty", and Sakura is the "Veronica". At the end of the manga, it's Hinata who marries Naruto and Sakura marries Sasuke, the boy she always loved since the begining.
  • 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: Since part II and onward, she displayed a protectiveness of Naruto, sometimes to the point of over-protectiveness, especially when it comes to Sasuke. When She learn 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 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.
    • She also appear to be this for Hinata, but far more gentler with her than with Naruto.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: While Sakura in her offtime is loud and easily excitable, she applies that same determination and energy in battle, making her a dangerous enemy.
  • Brick Joke: Early in part one it is revealed that Sakura was called "Billboard Brow" as a child. Close to the end of part two, as a teenager she learns to use the Strength of a Hundred Seal, which manifests on what else but her forehead.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Sakura did this when she gave the infamous false Love Confession to Naruto, hoping that he wouldn't keep hurting himself for her and Sasuke. It really didn't work how she wanted it to and she nearly lost her life for it.
    • Hell, when he called her bluff, she somewhat lost her temper and went as far as to call him out for thinking that she was faking it and used the fact that he's a jinchuriki against him when he has it hard enough with the adults using it against him (even if it is important).
  • 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. Fortunately, she stops being so and becomes nicer to him.
  • 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.
    • 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 half-way through the first series as she started to be more straight forward about her feelings, and only appeared once in Shippuden as a gag.
    • She had something of an ego at the beginning and 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.
    • Though the development isn't always for the best. Sakura always had the bad habit of thinking she knew better than the people around her to the point she disregards their input completely. Such as preparing to give up the chunnin exam test in place of Naruto because she thought he wouldn't make the decision on his own so she'd force it on him herself. The development to not stay on the sidelines brings this quality more forward as she would later drug her entire team because wanted to face Sasuke alone and 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 tries 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 have to jump in to save her. So you know, she was every bit as distracting to her own team as she was to her target. Likewise, while she isn't repressing Inner-Sakura anymore, Inner-Sakura was her angry, violent, and jelous emotions. Instead of repressing and controlling those emotions she expresses them... by shouting at and punching people.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the anime, Sakura's Tsundere characteristics gets exaggerated for the sake of humor for the disdain of majority her fans since she's actually not really a Tsundere in the manga.
  • 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 1 she was this for Naruto and Sasuke, a level-head balancing two extreme personalities, trying to keep them from fighting, and giving Naruto an extra push to improve at times (if by being a Damsel in Distress). In part 2 she does this in a lesser capacity for Naruto and Sai, but it's not nearly as significant, and is mostly dropped after awhile.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She marries and has a daughter with Sasuke, her childhood crush.
  • The Clan: She later marries into the Uchiha Clan.
  • 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 shown in the Kage 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 because of her strong feelings for him.
  • Cool Big Sis: The Last has Sakura acting as a surrogate one to Hinata, especially in helping her reach her affections to Naruto.
  • 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 in chapter 682.
    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 have 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.
  • 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: Thanks to her training to Tsunade.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Sakura is initially dismissive and hostile towards Naruto, mostly because of the parents in the Leaf Village, including her parents, telling her to stay away from him. After getting called out by Sasuke for this and after 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 wa 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 tamed down in Part 2 of the series (not so much in the anime fillers) but it does still pop up from time to time.
  • 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?"
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to the databooks, Sakura dislikes any foods that are spicy.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Towards Sasuke.
  • Dope Slap: As a common Tsundere, she's quite fond of giving Naruto, Sai or even Konohamaru a good thwack over the head whenever he does or says something annoying or idiotic... which is quite often. Aagin this mostly happens in fillers.
  • Dude Magnet: Gets four men to fall in love with her over the course of the manga (even more in fillers) which is more than any of the named characters in the series barring one. Plus she's the only girl that Sasuke has ever show interest in and he eventually married her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She had a one-sided crush on Sasuke, but she finally gets the man of her dreams. They eventually marry some time after the end of Naruto (not counting the Flash Forward chapter).
    • Zigzagged in Naruto Gaiden. While her marriage with Sasuke is far from ideal even after more than a decade, she does the best she can in raising Sarada and she has faith in him in coming home.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Grows out her hair while trying to woo Sasuke, until her Important Haircut.
  • Extreme Doormat: In Part I towards Sasuke. 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.
  • Faux Action Girl: Zig-Zagged. 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 In), 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 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 Seven to defeat her once and for all.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Naruto, at first she thought Naruto was annoying but started to admire him in chapter 5 after she saw his determination.
  • First Girl Wins: Sasuke marries her.
  • First Love: Naruto's. Later disputed by Sakura and eventually subverted. Sakura states that Naruto said that he loved her, then points out that was just to compete with Sasuke, even if they hadn't realized it at the time — Naruto may have, at one point, had a crush on her, but it's long since faded.
  • Flower Motif: Sakuras, 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 War.
  • Generation Xerox: Although not to the extent to Naruto or Sasuke. She is very similar to Kushina as stated by Kushina's husband, Minato. Both having hair trigger tempers, both are a bit too willing to punch people, both having a speech tic when excited, Kushina's Dattebane and Sakura's Shānnarō, and even having 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. Till Naruto and Minato proved them wrong. However, Sakura was quite intelligent and was meeker as a child while Kushina was always pretty violent and kinda dull (considering she was where Naruto got most of his smarts from) She doesn't end up with Naruto however because she always loved Sasuke. Instead, she helps Naruto to realize his own feelings toward Hinata, just like any supportive Mother would.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: As the final pages of Naruto Gaiden show, she and Sasuke ultimately have a solid marriage.
  • 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 team mates Naruto and Sasuke. She's only one who thinks that though.
  • 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: Zig-Zagged. 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: Inner Sakura certainly was. Sakura of Shippuuden 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Irony: When she was bullied because of her forehead, yet after befriending Ino and gaining feelings for Sasuke, she became one, 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 an early episode, she confides in Sasuke that she believes Naruto is such an undisciplined prankster because he has no parents to teach him how to behave, 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 to try 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.
  • 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 feelings for him kept her from landing the fatal blow.
  • 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 by The Last, especially when she gives him advice on his love with Hinata.
  • The Load: For Part 1, she admits that she only really stood on the sidelines. Averted for Part II, despite the what the majority of the fandom likes to think, in Part II she pulled her weight. Though this wasn't helped by the time she was Out of Focus.
  • Love Hurts: Sasuke defecting to learn under Orochimaru really hurt her. It didn't get easier after the timeskip.
  • Love Informant: She takes this role in The Last, as Naruto and Hinata's Shipper on Deck, where she gives Naruto an important pep-talk regarding Hinata's love for him.
  • Love Martyr: Sakura despite admitting she should knowing better loves Sasuke despite how far he's fallen from the boy she had fell for. She is still in love with 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. Ultimately subverted, as Sasuke deeply apologize 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 decides she loves him despite knowing nothing about him. She maintains this belief 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. Sasuke himself says that Sakura has no reason to love him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Medic: Due to her training by Tsunade, she is one of the best at the age of 15.
  • Morality Pet: To Sasuke. Constantly Zigged-Zagged because his desire for revenge and powers was more important than her feelings. Finally played straight at the end; showing by his genuine apology to her for his selfishness. Kishimoto even stated "If there’s one person that Sasuke can not hurt, it’s her, it’s Sakura."
    • In Sakura Hiden, Konoha manages to inform Sasuke of these events 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, is a montage, and Sarada discovers that there was a photo of Taka (except Juugo) 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 Road To Ninja movie.
  • Not So Different: With Naruto. Both wanted approval and both are a Determinator, hot blooded and quick tempered.
  • Oblivious to Love: In a weird way. Kishimoto have stated that he fashioned Sakura as a girl who cannot understand men, much like how Naruto says he does not understand woman and love. She had to have Sai of all people telling her how Naruto suffered from Unrequited Love 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.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: All her training under Tsunade allows her to be pretty badass in the first arc of Shippuden, but since Naruto and Sasuke just keep getting stronger, she's rapidly falls back to the weakest of the three. Sakura herself lampshades this. During the battle with the Ten-Tails, she reveals that Tsunade taught her how to create a chakra seal on her forehead, and has spent the last three years gathering enough chakra to get it working. Once she manages to form the seal, even the First Hokage is impressed by her full strength.
  • 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: With Sasuke.
  • 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) and Sasori (where she got serious injuries and kept fighting anyway).
  • Poisoned Weapons:
  • Power Tattoo: The Strength of a Hundred Seal.
  • Qipao: She wore a red one in Part 1.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Hinata's blue. Where Hinata is a Shrinking Violet who can't even talk to Naruto half the time, Sakura is Hot-Blooded and always ready to inflict Amusing Injuries on Naruto.
  • Romantic False Lead: Eventually, she's that to Naruto.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Is the only character with pink hair.
  • Seen It All: After going through all the god level craziness of Obito, Madara and Kaguya 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.
  • She's All Grown Up:
    • In Part 2, she asks Naruto if she looks more like a woman, and Naruto says "You look fine. You haven't changed at all". When she obviously did grown even prettier.
    • Sketches of Naruto: The Last show her as an extremely beautiful woman after another timeskip to when the rookies are 18/19.
    • In the manga's epilogue, Sakura finally has that sizeable bust she's been complaining about not having.
  • Shipper on Deck: She's seen in the Last, encouraging Hinata to give Naruto the scarf she knit for him and helping Naruto figure out his feelings for Hinata.
  • Shrinking Violet: As a child.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Sakura never grew any other romantic feelings for any man except one: Sasuke Uchiha.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Sakura arguably shows signs of this late in Part 2. In an questionable love confession to Naruto, Sakura literally makes a speech slamming Sasuke as "a criminal, someone who always breaks my heart, is so distant" while describing Naruto as "a hero, was always there, makes her feel safe." Basically all the reasons why Naruto is better for her and that Sasuke is terrible, though Sakura still seems to have unresolved Sasuke issues so...
    • Eventually played straight, except with Sasuke, who more or less becomes this after Naruto finally knocks sense into him and he becomes The Atoner.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Part of her standard attire.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Most notably at the beginning of the series, but she never really lost this trait.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sports one identical to Sai's when asked if Sasuke can be trusted after his second Heel-Face Turn.
  • 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: In chapter 672, when Naruto finally wakes up from his near death due to Madara.
  • 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: The author stated that both her and Rock Lee were meant to symbolize human weakness.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Firstly in episode 33 of part 1 where she finally toughens up but In Part 2 she's come a long way from where she was.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starts in the beginning of the chunin exam and continues all the way to the end and is cemented in part 2, towards Naruto essentially.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to the databook(s), Sakura's favourite foods are syrup-coated anko dumplings, umeboshi, and anmitsu.
  • Training from Hell: Tsunade subjects her to this so Sakura can develop strength, speed and skills.
  • True Companions: With Team 7.
  • Tsundere: Only in the anime.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Naruto. So much so that despite hating 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 fillers.
  • 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: With Ino, but they got better.
  • 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-timeskip 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.

    Kakashi Hatake 

Kakashi Hatake

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), 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 Obregon-Inclan (Latin America), Juan Antonio Arroyo (Spain)

In the ninja world, those who break the rules are scum, that's true, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than scum.

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 uses them, but 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's somehow managed to pick up a variant of the Mangekyo Sharingan that differs from Itachi's, which he uses to crush Deidara's arm in the first arc. 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, his master benefactor 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"

  • The Ace: He is easily one of the most powerful ninja in Konoha. Even considered for Hokage on occasion! In fact, he became one in Chapter 699 - just in time for Naruto 7 The Last.
  • Achilles' Heel/Awesome but Impractical: Kakashi, while he has an all around awesome skill-set, has massive stamina issues. This is exacerbated by his Sharigan, 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: A THOUSAND YEARS OF DEATH!!!!
  • 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 Maito Gai and Naruto.
  • Back from the Dead: Gets killed and later revived by Pain
  • Badass: Save for Naruto, he was the only ninja in Konoha who required the attention of more than one of Pain's bodies.
  • 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 who Tobi actually was.
  • 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".
  • 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, and Badass.
  • 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.
  • Child Prodigy: Youngest Genin and Chunnin graduated at 5 and 6.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: It also gives the ability to predict the opponents next moves.
  • 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.
  • 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: As of the revelation of Tobi's true identity (Obito) in chapter 600, he's been slowly getting there with each progressing chapter. Thankfully, Guy and Naruto snap him out of it.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to the databooks, Kakashi dislikes any foods that are sweet or fried.
  • Eleventh 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.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Of Rikimaru from the Tenchu series.
  • 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.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Kakashi's had the Mangekyo for nearly twenty years. Sure woulda 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.
    • 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 Mangekyou 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 teenhood, 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 RROD: This happens to him a lot in part one - 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 in Naruto's eyes, 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 sobstory.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: His use of genjutsu, combined with his sharingan eye, leads many of his opponents to believe he has this.
  • 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. Yet, 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.
    • Finally averted in the Shinobi World War arc. He takes on Obito, who, up until now, has served as the Big Bad for most of the story, in single combat and handily defeats him.
  • Instant Armor: Due to Obito passing on his chakra and Sharingan, Kakashi gains the Susano'o, and can even manifest the Perfect version of it.
  • 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.
  • 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 book series.
  • 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.
  • Magical Eye: The Sharingan and then later the Magenkyou Sharingan. It grants him the following abilities... later loses it to Madara and has his original eye restored in its socket by Naruto, but then gets upgraded to a complete set of Sharingan implanted in his own eyes, courtesy of Obitio's spirit. This turns out to be a temporary measure, however.
  • 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. Dammit, Kishimoto!
    • His face was FINALLY revealed in an art book released exclusively at a recent art exhibition for the series in Tokyo. He has a Beauty Mark under his mouth on the left-hand side of his face.
  • 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".
  • Mega Manning: Kakashi's specialty, known as the copy ninja.
  • 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 jinchuriki 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 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.
  • OOC 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-timeskip, and post-timeskip 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's special Kamui jutsu.
  • 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: Blue to Might Guy's Red & Obito's Red.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Shock and Awe: Chidori, Raikiri/Lightning Blade, them lightning hounds, etc.
  • 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 Family Resemblance: Is confused for his father on several occasions, even to the point where he is attacked by Chiyo because she's out for his father's blood!
  • 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 Eleventh 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to the databooks, Kakashi likes salt-broiled saury and miso soup with eggplant.
  • 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: Kakashi is by far the worst to get hit with this trope ever. Let's make a count, shall we? His best friend dies saving him and his other teammate, his sensei dies saving the village without him being able to do anything about it. He promised said best friend that he'd protect their other teammate, only to end up breaking the promise and killing her. Then, one of his students pulls a Face-Heel Turn. Finally, it turns out 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, BECAUSE he killed Rin. On top of that, he was already pretty traumatized before any of that happened. When he was 7 his father, whom he idolized, was ostracized by an entire village and ended up killing himself through seppuku before Kakashi's eyes. And his mother's fate is still unknown, other than that she was under 30 when she died...
  • 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.
    • You FINALLY get 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • He speaks about Naruto's birth at Rin's grave. Unfortunately, Obito happened to be watching.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 chuunin exam one year later, and became a jonin under special condition at 13.
  • 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.
    • Though he seems to have finally left it behind in the war arc, going so far as to defeating Tobi, one of the Major BigBads of the series, in a one on one battle inside the Kamui dimension by shoving a Lightning Cutter through his chest leaving a gaping wide hole.
  • "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!
  • Younger Than He Looks: Kakashi was 6 when he took the Chuunin Exams, but looked almost like a full grown teenager.
  • 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 knuckleheaded determination Naruto mirrored perfectly.

    Sai 

Sai

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

A smile can get you out of a tough situation, even if it is fake.

Sai is... a jerk, 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 assholic 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).

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.
  • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: Zigzags 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 more nicer and attempting to understand the feelings of others after his first mission with Naruto and Sakura.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to the databooks, Sai dislikes mitarashi dango.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Later on, Sai would fall in love, marry, and have a son with Ino.
  • 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.
  • 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 introduces as a 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), he was technically in the right to say it.
  • 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.
  • 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 a rather empty and 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 surely cost her life, by saying how much she and Sasuke made Naruto suffer, not realizing how desperate and rash she can be in her protectiveness of Naruto.
  • Mysterious Past: We only know that he's been in the ANBU for a long time and he's got a dead brother.
  • 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 One Name/Only Known by Their Nickname: Technically not his real one, but he prefers going by it.
  • Only Sane Man: On the subject of Sasuke. Having no past relationship with him, he is 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.
  • 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.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Considers Kakashi a senpai, as well as a nameless older member of Root.
  • 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 non-chalant 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 Ôtsutsuki'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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to the databooks, Sai likes momen tofu.
  • 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?: Calls out Sakura for having Naruto promise to bring back Sasuke and expecting him to keep working at it when it's rather obvious Naruto loves her. He compares the binding of this promise to his own abuse at the hands of Root/Danzo.

    Yamato 

Yamato

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

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 codename 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 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 be a The 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 Ransengan.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to the databooks, Yamato dislikes any food that are oily.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to the databooks, Yamato likes walnuts.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Naruto-Team 7