Characters: Naruto - Taka

aka: Naruto-Hebi

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Hebi ("Snake") is the group that Sasuke forms when he's looking to exact his revenge against Itachi. After Itachi's death, Sasuke renames the group Taka ("Hawk/Eagle") and they join forces with the remainder of the Akatsuki. They only appear post Time Skip.

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All Taka members provide example of:
  • Hair Contrast Duo: Sasuke and Suigetsu.
  • Removed Fromthe Picture: In a variation of this trope, Sakura had a photo of Team Taka (minus Juugo) and made a picture frame so it would look like it was a photo of only her and Sasuke. She didn't cut the photo or risked their faces, but Suigetsu and Karin were both covered up.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: If one looks at Hebi as a replacement Sasuke made for Team 7,
    • Suigetsu is Naruto: rude and aggressive, treats Sasuke as a rival and has an element that is strong against one of Sasuke's elements while weak against the other one.
    • Karin is Sakura, as she was when Sasuke knew her.
    • Jugo is Kakashi: normally laid back and even tempered, but with a dangerous side.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no mention of what happened to any of them after the War.

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    Sasuke Uchiha 

    Suigetsu Hozuki 

"The weapon of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen has been handed down, generation to generation, it's the tradition. And... all these years I've trained, I've only done it out of reverence for the Seven Ninja. So long as I have this sword, not even you can touch me... maybe."

Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (JP), Grant George (EN)

A former ninja from the prominent Hozuki family of Water Country. He wanted to join his brother Mangetsu as a member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, but this was cut short when Mangetsu died and Suigetsu himself was captured by Orochimaru to be used for experiments. Something of A Blood Knight, as he was apparently some sort of prodigy for cutting off his opponent's limbs before beheading them, though apparently gets along with animals. Can transform into liquid to avoid damage. Takes Zabuza's sword, and wants to take Kisame's. His goal is evidently to take the swords of all the Swordsmen of the Mist in order to rebuild the group. He gets captured by the samurai at the Kage Summit, but he manages to break out of jail with Jugo.
His hobby is looking after his beloved sword.
Favorite phrase: "The lower overcoming the higher"

    Karin Uzumaki 
Voiced by: Kanako Tojo (JP), Ali Hillis (EN)

Only female in Hebi. She has long since been a subordinate to Orochimaru and has been both an experimenter and an experimentee in his Mad Scientist ventures. She has a very powerful chakra-sensing ability. She is in love with Sasuke, but rude to everyone else. She was rescued by Sasuke long ago in the Chunin Exams, which sparked the love interest. She is not shown to be much of a combatant until Sasuke's near-death during the Fourth Shinobi War, but she can heal others by having them bite her. She is a former genin from the Hidden Village of Grass and one of the scattered remnants of the Uzumaki Clan. After Sasuke betrays her during his fight with Danzo, she is taken by Team 7 to Konoha. She was questioned by the Interrogation Squad, bawling her eyes out over the recent events in order to manipulate her interrogators, but Ibiki prevented his less-than-hardy subordinates from playing the sympathy card for her. Karin cooperated fairly well nevertheless (after several demands of her own), but because of her criminal association, she was placed in a holding cell so the Leaf could keep an eye on her. Karin then feigned a fit towards Sasuke that ping-ponged between rage towards the betrayal and fawning over him. It was all a ruse to throw off her guards from noticing her real intentions- use a hidden razor file in the stem of her glasses to reach the lock-picking set in the picture of Sasuke she carried with her, presumably for situations such as this.
Her hobby is collecting perfumes.
Favorite phrase: "A woman's desire can pass even through rock"

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Played with. She isn't exactly "unattractive" (even though Fanon would often describe her as such) but her eagerness to get in Sasuke's pants and his somewhat oblivious reaction towards her propositions may make her one of these to some fans.
  • Action Girl: Took her a long time to show it, but as of Chapter 663, she demonstrated that she does have some fighting abilities, similar to that of Kushina Uzumaki.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Begins devoted to Sasuke. Deconstructed when she almost dies at Sasuke's hands. Reality Ensues.
  • Anime Hair: It's long and straight on one side, but short and wild on the other. Her hair is obviously symbolic, referencing her Mood-Swinger nature.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Note that her vest has exactly the same shape in her back, though it's far less noticeable and rarely shows skin unless she's moving in a way that lifts the flaps.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saved the Gokage from the point of death, and is preparing to do the same for the whole Shinobi alliance.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Like so many Meganekko. It's shown in a flashback that she has severe myopia.
  • Boring but Practical: She practically embodies this trope. Sensing the location of whoever she wants isn't flashy or powerful, but it's pretty damn useful. Too bad "useful" doesn't equal "indispensable".
  • Chain Pain: She can summon the same chakra chains as her distant relative Kushina.
  • Covered with Scars: Her arms, shoulders, and even her chest are covered in scars from people biting her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair, red eyes.
  • Dark Chick: She's the Chick in a team where two members are Ax-Crazy and the leader is obsessed with revenge.
  • Detect Evil: She is capable of sensing if someone's chakra is "warm" (good) or "cold" (evil).
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Or rather, guy. In the epilogue, Sasuke marries Sakura and there's no mention of what happened to Karin at all. And ironically, Sasuke and Sakura's child has glasses like her.
    • Or maybe not — the first chapter of Naruto Gaiden implies that Sarada is her daughter instead of Sakura's. Either way, the resemblance is uncanny.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played with. Though she claims not to forgive Sasuke, she clearly takes his apology to heart, which is partially explained by the sincere language the line is originally in, and partially by the fact that she would be able to sense if he were lying or being half-hearted, considering her own abilities. She doesn't seem to have forgiven him completely, but her feelings are clearly still very strong.
  • Empathic Healer: She can heal by allowing an ally to bite her and drain her chakra, causing her pain and draining her energy. Kabuto later implies this ability to be due to the unnatural vigor in the Uzumaki's life-giving chakra combined with Orochimaru's experimentation.
  • Evil Redhead: This depends on if you count Hebi as "evil" or not; she is certainly not on the protagonists' side, but she is rarely worse than an Anti-Hero.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: She can feel the amount of chakra people have.
  • Foreshadowing: Her red hair, like Kushina's and Nagato's, is what helps mark her as a member of the Uzumaki clan.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Pulls off her glasses whenever she flirts with Sasuke.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: The red color is a trademark of the Uzumaki clan.
  • Hartman Hips: If some official pictures with an obvious Male Gaze are to be believed.
  • Healing Factor: Her natural vitality and life-giving chakra was amplified to Good Thing You Can Heal levels from Kabuto and Orochimaru's experimentation.
  • Hidden Supplies: She keeps a blade hidden in her glasses and a set of lockpicks in a picture frame, which brings to mind questions as to what exactly happened to make her believe that such precautions were necessary.
  • Insufferable Genius: Has light shades of this.
  • Living Lie Detector: Can sense people's chakra being disturbed if they lie.
  • Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: Her special healing ability requires for the person who she wants to heal to bite her. Her facial expression while being bit is pretty...interesting to say the least, though only when Sasuke is the one doing the biting. Whilst healing Tsunade, her expression is uncomfortable and worried, rather than blushing the way it is when Sasuke bites her. Of course, the anime cranks this Up to Eleven.
  • Mad Love: Sasuke apologizes and she's back to risking her life for him. However, given her sensor abilities, she would have known if he was lying or being insincere. Clearly, he wasn't.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Got Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and had your insides skewered in a way that killed a popular secondary character a few dozen chapters before? Big deal! Just heal yourself and keep going for the man you love.
  • Male Gaze: In a similar fashion to Sakura. They both have a small chest, so fanservicey manga pictures focus on their lower halves instead.
  • Meganekko: Subverted. Played straight when she was younger, from what we got to see.
  • Mood-Swinger: Karin's moods depend primarily on whatever her surroundings are, so if the situation changes, her mood does a 180. Also Played With while she's in a Konoha prison: she acts like one so that the guards underestimate her and don't notice the lock picks she hid in a picture of Sasuke.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She may not have large breasts or be showing a lot of skin (and for good reason), but she exhibits a number of the classic elements. See Male Gaze above.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Her primary ability.
  • Nerd Glasses: May or may not hide a tiny saw.
  • Neutral Female: She's not much help in physical combat at first, but she possesses other very useful skills.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Courtesy of her healing factor, which may well be superior to Naruto's.
  • Not So Different: Empathizes greatly with Sakura to the point of crying when Sakura does because she understands just how the other girl feels.
  • Personal Space Invader: Occasionally one for Sasuke, but backs off when he asks her to.
  • Put on a Bus: After she is taken into the Leaf's custody.
  • Remember the New Guy: Karin first appears later in the series and is shown as a participant of the Chunin Exams from earlier in the series having first met Sasuke during the Forest of Death portion of the exams even though she did not actually appear in chapters that originally depicted the Chunin Exams.
  • Rescue Romance: Sasuke saved her from a giant bear during the second part of the Chuunin examination.
  • The Reveal: Karin is of Uzumaki descent.
  • Satellite Character: Remove her relation to Sasuke and there isn't much left, despite having potential for an interesting backstory. Her status as an Uzumaki and history with Orochimaru add a little more.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: The greatest one in the series, which is why Sasuke sought her out.
  • Shadow Archetype: For a long time, she seemed to have many of the flaws of pre-timeskip Sakura. Like the latter, she also displays shades of Teen Genius.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Doesn't seem interested in anyone other than Sasuke. In the end, she should have left.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She's 16 years old, after all.
  • Spider-Sense
  • Super-Detailed Fight Narration: She is very keen when observing the abilities of other characters, and is able to figure out the secrets to Danzo's techniques.
  • Support Party Member: She uses her sensory powers to discern the locations and nature of enemy techniques, and heals comrades.
  • Teen Genius: Leads one of Orochimaru's lairs at only 16. She knows quite a bit more than most people about the Tailed-beasts. It's implied that she aided Orochimaru in some of his Mad Scientist ventures.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Suigetsu.
  • The Bus Came Back: When Sasuke visits Konoha again.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Awakens the ability to use chakra chains and beats a wooden statue that was single-handedly crushing the whole alliance and tanks an attack which killed people, including Neji, by skewering their insides by just biting herself as if it was no big deal.
  • Tsundere: Tsuntsun towards everybody, including Sasuke, if there are other people around.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She goes Action Girl on a few occasions, but is mostly a healer. After she starts using the same powers as Kushina Uzumaki, this trope is nullified.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Perfect for Fanservice shots.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The rarer version with shorts.


I won't let you die; you're a memento of Kimimaro.

Voiced by: Shuhei Sakaguchi (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)

Big guy whose personality flip-flops between a psychopath and a really nice guy. He once roamed the countryside destroying villages when he was consumed by his berserk rage and willingly subjected himself to Orochimaru's human experimentation labs to look for a cure for his condition. He can talk to animals as well as transform his body. Orochimaru made his Cursed Seals by replicating an enzyme that Jugo's body produced. He gets captured by the samurai during the Kage Summit, but manages to break out of jail with Suigetsu. The enzyme in Jugo's body causes his split personality by slowly accumulating natural energy constantly over time until it has to be released, at which point Jugo snaps into a violent frenzy.
His hobbies are forest bathing and playing with birds.
Favorite phrase: "Pure Samādhi"

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