Characters: Naruto - The Konoha 12

aka: Naruto-The Konoha 12

The Konoha 12 consists of Team 7 plus three other squads of genin. The group forms the central cast of Naruto and is noted for being the most gifted class to come along in several years. The three other teams in the Konoha 12 are Team 8, Team 10, and Team Guy. Teams 7, 8, and 10 are together referred to as "The Rookie 9" during the Chunin Exams Arc.

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All provide example of:

  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: All of the three man teams can be seen as this.
    • Team 8: Kiba's the Fighter as he primarily fights with taijutsu, using his ninjutsu to further enable this. Hinata is the Mage, her attacks are a lot more decisively fatal when properly employed, but she's not as tough as Kiba. Shino's the Thief, using bug ninjutsus to attack and misdirect his opponents rather than meet them head-on.
    • Team 10: Like Kiba, Choji's the Fighter, using ninjutsu only to enhance his taijutsu. Ino is the Mage, using her Mind Body Switch jutsu to take control of her opponent. Shikamaru is the Thief, using his abilities to remain outside the fray and hinder his opponent's movements.
    • Team Gai: Again, Lee's the Fighter who fights solely with Taijutsu, with his only non-taijutsu ability being used to enhance this. Neji's the Mage for approximately the same reason as Hinata, and Tenten is the Thief who relies on attacking from a distance and can't take a hit to save her life
  • Geodesic Cast: A loud guy and a quiet guy (relative to each other), a girl, and an adult in charge. All teams mirror the template set by Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi, respectively. This extends to most groups in the entire Ninja World, not just Naruto's friends.
  • Super Mode: Naruto gives all of them (except the deceased Neji) his Animal Battle Aura via his Chakra Transfer technique and later he gives his peers even more power, allowing them to manifest his Badass Longcoat Battle Aura to deal the final blow to Obito.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: All the teams in the series follow this layout for some arbitrary reason or another.
  • True Companions: All of the teams, plus Team 7. Emphasized more in the fillers.

Team 8

    Kiba Inuzuka 
Heh, I don't know what's going on, but I'm always up for getting wild.

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), Juan D'Ors (Spain), Enzo Fortuny (Latin America)

Member of Team 8. Kiba is a wild, untamed ninja from the Inuzuka clan, a family of dog breeders. As such, he's never seen without his loyal pooch, Akamaru. Kiba utilizes him as both a partner and a weapon, and later as a transport.

He treats Hinata like a younger sister, fights with his ultra-serious partner Shino and, after initially mocking him, considers Naruto one of his closest friends.

Kiba fights Naruto in the preliminary rounds of the Chunin exams, which is one of the latter's first big solo fights in the series. Kiba tries a number of attacks and strategies to beat Naruto, but the kid just won't stay down. Later, Kiba is recruited by Shikamaru for the Sasuke Retrieval team, fights and is nearly killed by Sakon, and is saved by Kankuro.

Among Kiba's abilities are a heightened sense of smell, which makes him especially effective at tracking. He is also one of the fastest seen ninja. In battle, Kiba can transform Akamaru into a clone of himself, allowing them to use combination attacks such as the tornado-like Fang Over Fang. He can also make himself more bestial in nature, increasing his speed and strength, and can combine with Akamaru to become a two-headed wolf. In Shippuden, he has developed his sense of smell to the point that it is superior to that of a dog's. When the Fourth Great Ninja War started, he was placed in the Fifth Division along with Shino, his sister Hana, and Ino.
His hobby is taking walks with Akamaru.
Favorite word: "Akamaru"

  • Attack Animal: Akamaru.
  • Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
  • Beast Man: Fights much like a dog, especially with his All Fours Jutsu.
  • The Beastmaster: The basis of the Inuzuka Clan's secret techniques is combining ones prowess with a dog trained in ninjutsu from a young age.
  • Beast of Battle: Akamaru fights alongside him.
  • Berserk Button: Never ever threaten Akamaru if you know what's good for you.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kiba has became very close to Hinata and acts brotherly toward her, but tends to worry about her, urging her to be strong before the second phase of the exam, and to forfeit rather than face a dangerous opponent.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Akamaru in part 2!
  • Big Sister Worship: Kiba's actions reveal that he is very close to his older sister, Hana Inuzuka.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys combat even when facing particularly strong opponents.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: To the point of arrogance in his own abilities.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy and His Ninja Dog. Being a member of the Inuzuka Clan, Kiba was given his own canine partner at a certain age, which would be Akamaru. The two are practically inseparable.
  • The Bully: Is what he used to be to Naruto, until they became friends.
  • Canine Companion: Everyone in his clan has at least one of these. Akamaru is his.
  • Captain Oblivious: Due in part to how much time he spends with him, Kiba didn't notice Akamaru's massive growth spurt in Part II until Naruto explicitly pointed it out to him.
  • Catboy: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie resulting in Animal Jingoism between him and Akamaru.
  • Catch Phrase: "Yahooo!"
  • Combination Attack: His specialty is doing these with Akamaru.
  • Cute Little Fangs: They are similar to canine fangs.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: During Part II, each piece of his outfit, including his forehead protector, switched to a black colour.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Forced Ukon to stop melding with him by stabbing himself in the gut, causing pain to Ukon as well and forcing him to back off.
    Kiba: Let's die together.
  • Determinator: This guy is just as stubborn as Naruto.
  • Disappeared Dad: He once commented that his dad ran away because he was scared of his wife. May or may not have been joking...
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Dog-like pupils, befitting his overall nature.
  • Facial Markings: Two red triangles on the cheeks in Princess Mononoke fashion, like all members of the Inuzuka clan.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: In the epilogue, his significant other is a Kindhearted Cat Lover (Tamaki, the Nekobaa's granddaughter).
  • Food Pills: Before the time-skip Kiba and Akamaru had to rely on the use of chakra boosting Food Pills to efficiently use their ninjutsu.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mostly towards dogs, such as, when he was in his Infinite Tsukuyomi, Kiba dreamed he was Hokage and also desired to have a national holiday for all dogs.
  • Fusion Dance: With Akamaru to turn into a giant two headed dog His ultimate technique is to combine this technique with a Shadow Clone to turn into a Cerberus style Hell Hound with a powerful Rolling Attack.
  • Glory Seeker: Declares that he will be named Hokage after kicking so much ass in the war. This earns him a strong rebuke from his sister to take war more seriously.
    Kiba: If I kick enough asses, I might even end up Hokage!
  • Head Pet: Akamaru in part 1 was small enough to ride on Kiba's head.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He changes his look in Part II to include this look.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Kiba can ride on Akamaru in part 2.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kiba is short tempered and arrogant, although not in a malicious way.
  • Idiot Hero: Kiba is thick-headed, and Akamaru is more rational than him.
  • Jerkass: He especially was one towards Naruto before being defeated by him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's brash, arrogant, and Hot-Blooded. Kiba also cares for his teammates, has a deep bond with Akamaru, acts as a big brother to Hinata, and is a good guy at heart.
  • The Leader: Headstrong internally. He has ambitions of going all the way up to Hokage too that no one takes seriously since he's constantly Out of Focus and doesn't have as much going for him as anyone on Team 7. Among Shrinking Violet Hinata and The Stoic Shino, loudmouth Kiba is the one that takes charge of Team 8.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Kiba's main fighting strategy. Even when other characters warn him about charging ahead he still can't help himself.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very strong and very fast. His only problem is his Naruto-like behavior.
  • Meaningful Name: Kiba means "fang" and Inuzuka literally means "hill of dogs".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Much less than Kakashi or Sasuke, but he still has a dedicated female fandom.
  • The Nose Knows: His most useful ability. Of course, Naruto has used it against him at least twice.
  • Only Sane Man: With Shikamaru in regards to Sasuke's announcement of wanting to become Hokage.
  • Pet the Dog: Warning Hinata to forfeit if matched up against Neji or Gaara - the former due to his hatred for Hinata; the latter them having seen kill three ninjas without remorse; and both of them being much stronger than Hinata.
  • Primal Stance / Running on All Fours: His Four Legs jutsu which gives him beast like agility and the ability to move his hands and feet like a dog.
  • Red Is Heroic: He has red Facial Markings that resemble fangs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's brash and outspoken Red compared to The Stoic Shino's Blue.
  • Rolling Attack: Kiba's ultimate technique the Tail-Chasing Spinning Fang is a Sonic the Hedgehog esque buzzsaw technique executed in the form of a Hell Hound.
  • Shipper on Deck: He seems to approve of Hinata's attraction to Naruto and possibly even considers it to be mutual; in chapter 611 he cheerfully ribs Naruto about "acting tough" in Hinata's presence to look cool in front of her. He's probably one of the first people to notice Hinata's feelings for Naruto, giving a few contemplative glances to this effect during the Chunin Exam Arc.
  • Shout-Out: To Princess Mononoke. He borrows many elements from San: his facial marking, his feral attitude, strong bond with canines, complete with wolf/dog riding. Adult!Akamaru even looks like Mononoke Hime's twin young wolves.
  • This Is a Drill: Tunneling Fang (Tsuga), Fang over Fang (Gatsuga) and Double Wolf Fang (Garouga) are taijutsu techinques which involves rapidly spinning and drilling into the enemy with their claws.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As a member of the Inuzuka clan, Kiba possesses enhanced canine-related human skills, his most powerful being his sense of smell. By concentrating his chakra in his nose, Kiba can make his sense of smell a thousand times more sensitive than average, making it easy for him to distinguish people by their scent, as seen during his fight against Naruto. In Part II, Kiba stated that his sense of smell was stronger than that of a ninja hound — a feat that impressed Kakashi after he located Sasuke, noting that the Inuzuka clan must be proud of him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Losing to Naruto forced Kiba to gain a sense of humility.
  • Unknown Rival: To Naruto. He still can't believe he Can't Catch Up to the dead last in his graduating class. Naruto, of course, has no clue about this.
  • Urine Trouble: Akamaru can mark an enemy with his urine making them easy to pinpoint.
  • Weaponized Animal: Akamaru has a skill which creates a copy of him that is actually a grenade.
  • Wolverine Claws: Kiba's taijutsu style revolves around the use of his claws which are extended with ninjutsu.

    Hinata Hyuga 
You make mistakes... but... because of those mistakes... you get the strength to stand up to them... that's why I think you are truly strong.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN), Ana Esther Alborg (Spain), Alondra Hidalgos (Latin America)

At first, she played the Shrinking Violet role of the main cast, being completely weak and non-confrontational. Perhaps her most notable trait is her huge crush on Naruto, who is completely oblivious about it. However, it's this admiration that spurs her on to become stronger.

Hinata was born into the head family of the Hyuga clan, and was expected to one day take it over. Since she started out extremely weak, this did not sit well with many others (namely Neji and her own father, Hiashi, though other extremely complicated reasons made it even worse for her). With the involvement of Kurenai and the aforementioned admiration of Naruto, she gradually develops as a warrior, becoming more confident.

Hinata, like all members of the Hyuga clan, has the kekkai genkai known as the Byakugan, characterized by the Prophet Eyes of its owners. It grants the user nearly-360-degree vision, as well as the ability to sense the flow of chakra in the human body. Hinata uses the Gentle Fist style of martial arts, a special combat style designed to take advantage of the Byakugan's unique abilities.

In Shippuden, she goes out with Team 7 to search for Sasuke or Itachi, but that ends in failure when Itachi dies and Tobi takes Sasuke away. In Pain's invasion, she intervenes to save Naruto from Pain, and finally tells him that she loves him. Pain defeats her and nearly kills her, triggering Naruto going into six-tailed mode, but she survives with Sakura's help. When the Shinobi Alliance marches against Madara, she is placed in the Second Division alongside her cousin Neji, Karui, and Kurotsuchi.
Her hobby is pressing flowers.
Favorite phrase: "self-confidence"

  • Action Girl: Fully becomes this in the War Arc. From watching Neji's back, to saving Naruto a few times against the Ten-Tails. Even more-so now that she has mastered the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms and is combining it with her Gentle Step Twin Lion Fists.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime filler arcs, Hinata is given more screen time during battle and is seen winning battles; the manga panel that showed her losing to Pain was changed to an expanded, yet brief fight scene.
  • Adorkable: Most of her interactions with Naruto show her as such, especially in part one.
  • Alliterative Name: Hinata Hyuuga.
  • All-Loving Hero: Hinata dislikes competing and fighting. She is shown to be incredibly empathetic, and, because of her upbringing, is one of the very first characters who identifies with Naruto's painful childhood and desire to be acknowledged.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: A mild exemple. She felt like that because of being removed of Headship in her clan. The Last revealed that she was picked on in the Academy for having Byakugan too.
  • And I Must Scream:When caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Hinata is unable to move thanks to the genjutsu and can only mentally cry out for help as she's enveloped in the roots of the World Tree. It's not clear if this is unique to her or if she was just highlighted as an example.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Hinata's signature technique the Twin Lion Fists create phantom guardian lions around Hinata's hands enhancing the effects of her Gentle Fist techniques with greater range and Energy Absorption capabilities.
  • Ascended Extra: In the anime, where she frequently stars in filler arcs. Taken to its logical conclusion in The Last: Naruto the Movie where she is a main character.
    • Later Word of God stated that she became a main character/heroine by the end of manga as well.
  • Aura Vision: The Byakugan's main ability is to see Chakra, inside and out of the body.
  • Babies Ever After: Two with Naruto, Bolt and Himawari.
  • Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 she truly becomes one during the Fourth Great Ninja War.
  • Badass Adorable: Nice Girl + Shrinking Violet + a certified badass.
  • Badass Princess: She's the eldest princess of the Hyuga Clan. The Last even gives her the title Byakugan Princess.
  • Battle Couple: With Naruto in The Last.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hinata is one of the nicest and most humble ninjas anyone can meet. But, if you push her... Let's just say what she did to an enemy has an entry in the Nightmare Fuel page of the final movie, and leave it at that.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: The most silent of ninjas, mostly out of shyness, but isn't a pushover.
  • 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, "Betty" wins, and Hinata marries Naruto.
  • Big Eater: In the omake of the episode 95 of Shippuden. She wins a ramen eating contest, eating 46 pork roast ramen bowls. In half an hour. To better drive the point home, here's the other contestants: Shino (fainted ten minutes in at 18 bowls), Kiba (fainted twenty minutes in at 20 bowls), Sai (fainted at the twenty-ninth minute, number of eaten bowls unknown), Naruto (third, he ate 30 bowls), and Yamato (second, he ate 31 bowls).
  • Big Sister Instinct: There's one thing that tops Naruto on Hinata's priority list: her own sister Hanabi. This becomes undisputed when Hinata takes Hanabi's eyes back from Toneri... by ripping them out of his eye sockets herself.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Played with, she breaks Naruto's heart, not to save him but to save Hanabi. Nevertheless, she later apologizes to him for doing so. Naruto, of course forgives her.
  • Breakout Character: According to Word of God, she's the most popular female of the series, exceeding even Sakura, despite his all efforts to make the latter popular. This even had come to a point where Kishimoto wondered about switching her into the main heroine of the series but in the end settled on making her heroine as the main love interest of the series by the end of manga. This also resulted in The Last: Naruto the Movie, where she was a main character and main love interest of the movie.
  • Break the Cutie: Neji tries to do this to her during their fight, but it doesn't work.
  • Cain and Abel: Even though they're not actual siblings, she and Neji still fulfilled these roles at the beginning of the series, with Hinata being the Abel to Neji's Cain, before Neji did a Heel-Face Turn and became a big brother figure to her.
  • Call Back: Hinata once told Naruto when he was down on himself that she could see in his eyes that he is strong. Three years later Naruto tells her the exact same thing after he saves her from Zetsu.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Regarding her feelings for Naruto, until Chapter 437. She also wants to cheer for him in his fight with Kiba, but can't because Kiba's her teammate, and doing so would upset him.
  • Character Development: Becomes more self-confident, even assertive, as time goes on.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has admired and loved Naruto since she was a little girl, and is often regarded as the first person to have acknowledged Naruto for who he is, even if Naruto himself never realized it until The Last. At the end they get married and have two children.
  • The Chosen One: In "The Last" movie it turns out she is the Byakugan Princess and can wield Hamura Otsutsuki's chakra which is the only thing that can destroy Toneri and his Tenseigan. Subverted in that she lacks the brute strength required to destroy the Tenseigan and fight Toneri on her own and can only fullfill her destiny by empowering and protecting Naruto.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Female version. Her two outfits conceal her knockout figure (body and legs), to the point it isn't uncommon to think she's a bit or plain overweight. The film Road To Ninja takes the chance to show her silhouette, and she's actually quite svelte. The Last: Naruto the Movie hits a midpoint between the two, with her outfit being more flattering but not quite as revealing as the Road To Ninja version. Naruto who by that point, developed feelings for her even teased her about this.
  • Combination Attack: She and Neji are able to combine their Empty Palm skill to double its power. She also pulls one off with Ino by guiding her Mind Transfer with her Byakugan and with Naruto combining his Rasengan with her Twin Lion's Fist in The Last.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her younger sister Hanabi considers her as such. See the Onee-sama entry below.
  • The Cutie: In part 1.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has gotten two so far during part 2; once during the Pain arc when she attempts to rescue Naruto from Pain and again during the World War Arc. In both cases, they were temporary moments, in the former, her "death" served as the catalyst for Naruto's Despair Event Horizon, while in the latter she gives Naruto a Rousing Speech but quickly gets shunted back into the sideline to bring the focus back onto the newly reformed Team 7.
    • Has one in the Grand Finale The Last: Naruto The Movie where she is one of the main characters. And the main love interest, seeing as the movie acts as a bridge to the epilogue in the manga, and is ultimately the tale of how she and Naruto fell in love.
  • Designated Victim: Gets kidnapped a few times in Fillers and once manages to defeat her abductors after they had taken Naruto, Kiba and Shino captive when they tried to save her.
  • Determinator:
    • Her defining trait as of her fight against Neji. She's beaten badly, but after Naruto helps her recover from Neji's Breaking Speech, she does NOT give up ever.
    • She reaffirms it when she goes against Pain fully knowing that she might not make it, since she wants to not only tell Naruto that she loves him, but to tell him that it's thanks to him that she's reached the place she is now.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the anime version of her fight with Pain- in the manga he took her out with a One-Hit Kill, but in the anime she gets up...and gets up...and keeps getting up...!
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Naruto finally admits his love for her in The Last movie, but the road was long and hard.
  • Elemental Punch: Of the Pure Energy variety, her Twin Lion Fists technique.
  • Energy Absorption: The Twin Lion Fists are energy eating phantom lions.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Byakugan users have pupil-less, silver eyes.
  • Fan of Underdog: Out of all the kids, she was the only one who always admired Naruto since childhood.
    Hinata: In my eyes you're a proud failure! When I look at you, I get an intense feeling in my heart. Because you are not perfect… Because you fail… you have the strength to get back up… Because I believe that's what true strength is…
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Hinata is a very talented cook.
  • First Girl After All: She was introduced in Chuunin exam arc (except in anime, where she had a cameo in episode 1), thus technically making Sakura the First Girl. However The Last reveals that she actually met Naruto long before he met Sakura.
  • First Girl Wins: Hinata is the one who ultimately ends up with Naruto in the end.
  • Flanderization: Anime-only fillers and the SD spinoff tend to exaggerate Hinata's character into an obsessive stalker. Her shyness towards Naruto is also exaggerated to the point where she can barely talk to Naruto without fainting. In comparison to the manga itself, though Hinata is still shy, she can have full conversations with Naruto without too much trouble.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: After the time-skip, her chest growth can't be missed, despite wearing a loose jacket.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Gives one to Naruto, when he had a Heroic BSOD after Neji's death, and Obito's Breaking Speech seemed to take an effect on him.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: In her fight with Neji during the Chuunin exams, he says "You really are a naive and spoiled child of the Main House" for attempting to fight him, the prodigy of the Hyuuga Clan. However, she turns the tables on him by saying that he is the one fighting fate. Naturally, this nearly gets her killed.
  • Good Parents: Hinata becomes a kind and loving mother to her and Naruto's children, Bolt and Himawari.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She's The Ojou and wears predominantly lavender clothing.
  • Grow Old with Me: Naruto's proposal to her in The Last, after finally returning her feelings.
    Naruto: I want to be with you. From now on, I want to spend all and every single one of my days until I die with you, and only you, Hinata!
  • Hand Blast: The Empty Palm technique which is a palm thrust which launches a long ranged wave of invisible chakra.
  • Happily Married: Her marriage to Naruto is a happy and fruitful one.
  • Hidden Buxom: She was busty even as a 13-year-old, as shown by the clothes she wore for the 3rd part of the Chunin exam and her infamous midnight dance on a pond in the anime. However, she wears a baggy coat to hide it, befitting her shy personality. It's most noticeable when Sakura takes off said coat to heal her during the end of Naruto's fight with Pain. She's been the most... gifted of her peers for a long time. Taken to Gag Boobs levels in the Prologue to Road To Ninja, where she tries to hide them in the bath house because they keep floating and the other girls envy her.
  • Hidden Depths: Hinata is one of the few ninjas to not cheat on the Chunin Exams.
  • Hime Cut: Her hair longer in Part II, befitting her status as the heir of the illustrious Hyuga clan and her renewed confidence.
  • Holding Hands: She stated numerous times that it's her goal to catch up to Naruto and be able to hold his hand. Achieved it, after she snapped him out of his Heroic BSOD following Neji's death.
  • Honey Trap: Hinata infiltrates Toneri's castle to rescue her sister by "agreeing" to marry him and playing along as his new bride.
  • Hollywood Personality Disorders: Avoidant Personality Disorder. She's very shy and rather socially awkward.
  • Honorifics: Uses them for virtually everyone due to her upbringing.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Along with Hot-Blooded and Stripperiffic in the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
  • Image Song: "Fuyu no Owari ni" ("At the End of Winter"), performed in character by Nana Mizuki to promote The Last: Naruto the Movie.
  • Important Haircut: She actually received an important hair "growth" after the time-skip, used to symbolize her maturity and new-found confidence.
  • Impostor Forgot One Detail: When she's impersonated in fillers, the forgotten detail is usually how she acts around Naruto.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Her poor combat ability caused her father to strip her of her birthright as the heiress to the clan's leadership and give it to her younger sister instead.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She is this to Naruto, even calling her doomed rescue from Pain an act of her selfishness.
  • Japanese Politeness: In a world of characters who typically do not bother with proper honorifics, Hinata is one of the few who addresses everyone properly and politely.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In The Last she destroys Toneri's superweapon all while wearing a fine black dress.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She and Naruto have a traditional Japanese wedding complete with multiple wedding kimonos.
  • Lady of War: The Hyuga fighting style is perfect for the trope, since it's based less on brute strength and more on swiftness, chakra blocking, speed and exploiting the enemy's weakness. Combine this with her long floating hair and you get a pretty gracious female fighter.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In some fillers but subverted in chapter 437 (although not in the anime version).
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She saved Naruto from his own doubts and even moments he was on the brink of despair. When she "rejects" him (actually a ruse as part of her plan to destroy the Tenseigan core orb and save Hanabi), Naruto (who didn't know about her plan) comes very close to giving up on everything. A pep talk from Sakura(who correctly deduced her intentions) regarding the depths of Hinata's love for him gives him a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Emphasized in her flashback in Shippuden, when they show several other children coming to the conclusion that she's looking down on them.
  • Love Triangle: She finds herself in the center of one between Naruto and Toneri in The Last.
  • Luminescent Blush: Happens a lot when she's looking at Naruto. Sometimes her whole face lights up.
  • Made of Iron: She tough enough to take multiple attacks from Neji even without having access to her chakra, and finally passes out only because of the immense stress to her heart.
  • Magical Eye: The Byakugan, a genetically inherited ability giving incredibly enhanced eyesight.
  • Martial Medic: Gives Naruto an emergency bone-setting with the Gentle Fist. Likewise in the anime she is also capable of using the Healing Hands of a Medical Ninja as well as one of the only non medic ninja shown to sensibly carry a first aid kit and healing ointment.
  • Martial Pacifist: Dislikes fighting, but willing to go as far as she has to if she has no other choice. Sadly, this is why (despite her strength), her father deems her unfit to be a leader, especially in war.
  • Memento MacGuffin: She met Naruto when she was a little girl, when he protected her from bullies. They beat him and ripped his red scarf. Hinata kept the red scarf as a memento of her first meeting with him. Said scarf is a important plot item in The Last movie.
  • Missing Mom: The circumstances of what happened to Hinata (and Hanabi's) mother is unknown.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • During a filler episode of Part 1, Naruto caught a glimpse of Hinata, naked, while she was dancing in the middle of a river, and the camera gives us a silhouette of her as she does so. In actuality, she was practicing a new jutsu, and Naruto never realized who it was.
    • Later, during the Road to Ninja special, Hinata was shown in the hot springs where she was making an effort to keep her breasts from floating up from the bath water, making the other girls (especially Sakura) jealous. During the Road to Sakura special, Hinata reluctantly wore a (very) tight, red Qipao dress.
    • Lastly, there was one filler episode, a Team 8 flashback, where the audience finally got to see Hinata and Kurenai in the Hot Springs. Strangely enough, this episode actually had a shot of Hinata scarcely covered in a towel.
  • Nice Girl: Her more definitive and persistent character trait during the entire series.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is on the receiving end of one with Neji during the Chūnin Exams to the extent that several jōnin had to step in and restrain him from killing her outright. She's still not fully healed a month later.
  • Oblivious to Love: As strange as it sounds, Naruto falls for her in The Last, but she doesn't notice it at all until he spits it out. What makes it ironic is that Naruto had been oblivious to Hinata's feelings for years, even after she finally spat it out to him. Then, when he finally starts to return her feelings, she doesn't realize it until a Freudian Slip during a conversation between them reveals that he's in love with her.
  • Official Couple: She and Naruto fall in love in The Last and are married with two children come the final chapter.
  • The Ojou: Raised to be proper and reserved.
  • One True Love: Naruto has spent almost his life searching for the one person who would love him unconditionally, like his parents would have had they lived beyond his birth. However, since he never understood the romantic implications of such a relationship, he's been blind to the fact that the person he's been searching for has been in front of him all this time: Hinata, who has loved and admired him since the day they first met. It takes him until The Last to finally realize who the precious person he should be protecting is.
  • Onee-sama: Her younger sister Hanabi adores her for her kindness and strength and the episode focusing on their relationship even uses the trope name.
  • Opposites Attract: Hinata is a shy, Proper Lady whose fighting style is precised and accurate and she fell in love with the Hot-Blooded, boisterous Naruto whose way of fighting is unorthodox and full of surprises.
  • Panthera Awesome: Her Gentle Step Twin Lion Fists.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She is put in a black Gothic inspired one for her wedding to Toneri after being turned into one of his dolls, upon being freed from the mind-control by Naruto she turns this into a Battle Ballgown.
  • The Power of Love: The single presence of Naruto can literally change her from Shrinking Violet to Action Girl.
  • Pressure Point: The Gentle Fist style her clan uses focuses on striking these very quickly, the effects being able to shut down the flow of chakra and cause organ failure .
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a fur coat in Part 1.
  • Proper Lady: Has shades of this, especially given her coming from a prominent clan. Hinata is poised, reserved, and polite.
  • Prophet Eyes: Inherent to all members of the Hyuga Clan.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Disregarding how Hinata prefers to wear purple as of Part II, the Last reveals that Hinata, like Toneri, possesses Hamura's chakra as well, and this chakra is coloured purple.
  • The Quiet One: The only female example in the manga. Hinata rarely speaks, especially in the case of her crush.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: She has been taught the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms which is more like rapid fire Finger Pokes of Doom.
  • Rapunzel Hair: By Part 2, Hinata's has reached to her waist level. It grows even longer in The Last.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sakura's red. 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.
  • Red String of Fate: Hinata knits multiple red scarves over the course of The Last to give to Naruto and they are used as a symbolic representation of the trope name. It also serves as a Meaningful Echo and Call Back to the story of how Naruto's parents fell in love, indicating her fate is tied to Naruto's in the same way.
  • Repeat What You Just Said: To Naruto in The Last after he accidentally lets out that he's in love with her.
  • Repetitive Name: Evidently Hinata and Hyuga mean the same thing in Japanese.
  • Rescue Romance: The anime reveals that her long standing admiration of Naruto, started when he tried to protect her from three bullies. This turns her "fight" against Pain into a Meaningful Echo, with their roles reversed. The Last officially confirms that this is how Naruto and Hinata canonically met, albeit with some different places and time.
  • Romance Genre Heroines: Mainly The Nurturer, while also bearing traits of The Crusader.
  • Rousing Speech: She gives Naruto one before he duels Neji and again during his Darkest Hour when fighting Obito.
    Hinata: Neji just said… that your life is not just your own anymore… Do you understand what he meant? Your words and desire to not let your comrades die… Neither of them are lies! What inspired Neji and carried him this far were those very principles! It's not just you, Naruto… we all hold those same words and feelings within our hearts. They're what bind our lives together and make us comrades. If we all give up and discard those words and feelings now, Neji's sacrifice will have been for nothing… And that is when your comrades truly die, for you are no longer comrades then. That's how I feel… Therefore… stand up together with me, Naruto… Because never going back on one's word… is my ninja way too!
  • Second Love: After Naruto gets over his crush on Sakura, he falls in love with her and they become a couple in The Last. By the epilogue, they are married with two children.
    • Subverted, as explained in The Last. Naruto's initial crush on Sakura was largely fueled by his rivalry with Sasuke, whom Sakura loved, as an attempt to cover up his insecurities and, as time went by, Naruto's feelings for Sakura settled on platonic friendship. Kishimoto even described Sakura as Naruto's first crush, and Hinata as his first love.
  • Ship Tease: As one of Naruto's love interests she naturally has a lot with Naruto. In the events that led up to Neji's death, the aftermath where she and Naruto were holding hands, Hinata leading the defense of Naruto after his power limit ends, and finally Naruto hearing her cry out in terror when she's hit by Mugen Tsukuyomi and wanting to immediately rush to her aid. Eventually culminates into the ultimate bout of Ship Tease, an entire movie dedicated to how they fell in love. As the epilogue indicates, the two of them end up tying the knot and having two children.
  • Shrinking Violet: Terribly shy and lacking confidence. There's a reason why she once provided this trope's picture. Though she gets better.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: See her Shrinking Violet and she has blue hair.
  • Shy Finger Twiddling: She does this a lot when talking to Naruto. Still provides the page pic, which is taken from her first on-screen appearance in the series.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's very kind and polite, but she's also a very talented fighter.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She's only ever shown any interest in Naruto. It's this fact that allows Sakura to snap Naruto out of his Heroic BSOD after Hinata's (apparent) rejection in The Last; as Sakura puts it, Hinata's only ever had eyes for him, and that's not changing any time soon.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While all the other girls like Sakura and Ino were drooling over "bad boy" Sasuke, Hinata never even noticed him, preferring the nice, cheerful, neglected Naruto. In fact, she first met Naruto, and later developed feelings for him when he defended her against some bullies when they were kids.
  • Snow Means Love: Met future husband Naruto on a snowy day, and has been in love with him ever since. Snow remains a reoccurring motif during Hinata's character arc (in part due to her being born in winter), but none more so than in The Last, which depicts the final, major developments of her romance with Naruto, which was pushed to the background during the main series.
  • Stalker with a Crush: You really can't deny that she is this to Naruto, what with how many times you see her watching him from the sidelines. However, she's one of the more sympathetic examples out there since she is very clearly shown to truly care about him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The anime shows that Hinata takes after her mother in appearance.
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: Assumed to have been killed by Pain so that Naruto would have more motivation for fighting him, but she managed to survive. Not that it would've mattered much, since Nagato/Pain ended up reviving everyone anyway.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: The Gentle Fist which provides examples of...
  • Superpowerful Genetics: The Byakugan, which seems to be the most dominant of all bloodlines seen so far extending to every member of the Hyuga Clan except, surprisingly, her own children with Naruto who both inherit their father's blue eyes.Though according to Kishi himself, thats because he forgot to add them in the design.
  • Super Senses: Byakugan grants nearly 360 degree vision and telescopic view.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to the databook her favorite food are cinnamon rolls and zenzai (sweet bean soup).
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Knits a red scarf for Naruto in The Last.
  • Tomboyish Sidetails: In Part 1. Subverted, given Hinata is anything but tomboyish. It is rather used to show her innocence and shyness. May be a case of an Unbuilt Trope.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She not only becomes slightly more assertive and much more self-assured, but she starts putting a good use to her abilities.
  • Tranquil Fury: Her anger manifests itself as this.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her blue hair qualifies her for this, especially since its a unique hair color for the Hyuga clan.
  • True Sight: The Byakugan is capable of seeing through illusion as well as other visually disabling jutsu like the Hidden Mist technique.
  • The Unfavourite: Her dad resented her for being gentle and shy, preferring her sister Hanabi as an heiress. They seem to be on better terms after the Chunin Exam arc, though he still doesn't consider her good enough to be a leader for the war feeling that she isn't ready yet.
  • Uptown Girl: With Naruto. Played with, Hinata is the (or, at least former) Heiress of the prestigious Hyuga Clan. However, by the time they are together, Naruto becomes the Hometown Hero and one of the most powerful and well-respected ninjas.
  • Vein-O-Vision: The Byakugan lets the user see the chakra network, the better to strike pressure points therein.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She stands in front of Pain and bravely fights him in order to protect Naruto.
  • Warts and All: Hinata is the one who has acknowledged Naruto since the very beginning, even if he never realized it. The Last shows that because of that, Hinata loves him as he is, not as the hero that everyone else sees.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Wants to be acknowledged by her father, to the point where her most desired opponent is listed as him. She has managed it. She also counts as a "Well Done, Cousin" Girl since she also wanted Neji's approval, and has achieved it.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She is the only one who sees Naruto for who he truly is waaaaaaaaaay before any of the other characters do. She offers him assurance and gives him back his confidence as Naruto fights Neji. Before that, though, she sees and understands Neji for the troubled and suffering soul he really is, which really set him off.
  • X-Ray Vision: The Byakugan allows the user to see into and through their target's clothes, skin, flesh, etc, allowing for better pinpointing of chakra nodes.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Has all the physical traits and some of the psychological ones. Developing the "Core of Steel" associated with a typical Yamato Nadeshiko is actually a major part of her character development.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: A turning point in her relationship with Naruto was when she encouraged him when he revealed his insecurities to her and she assured him of his strength by telling him that she can see in his eyes that he is strong. Naruto returns the favor to Hinata much later, when she's hard on herself because he had to save her while she was supposed to be protecting him and echoes what she said to him all those years ago.
    Naruto: "Shame on me if you ended up saving me twice. It's all in your eyes. Don't get so down on yourself; you're strong!"
    Hinata: *mentally* Thank you.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bonus point for being the only one with this hair color in the all brunette Hyuga clan.

    Shino Aburame 
Even if it's been a while, you should remember your comrades' faces. Why? Because otherwise you will hurt their feelings when they call out to you.

Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (JP), Sam Riegel (EN, original), Derek Stephen Prince (EN, current), Alejandro Martínez (Spain), Oscar Flores (Latin America)

Member of Team 8. Shino's body is host to a large colony of chakra-eating insects, as is traditional in his clan. He commands these bugs in combat, in ways ranging from cool to creepy, and everything in between. He shows almost no emotion and hardly ever smiles; this, coupled with his insects, makes him an enigma among other shinobi, and some are visibly creeped out by him.

He was a member of the Fifth Division of the Shinobi Alliance with his fellow Team 8 member Kiba.
His hobbies are Entomology, and collecting new specimens for his insect collection.
Favorite phrase: "trump card"

  • Anti-Hero: Probably the best example of the Konoha 12, not counting Sasuke.
  • Badass Armfold: At least once, though his fighting style probably allows him to pull this off on other occasions.
  • Badass Longcoat: Even justified since the coat helps hide the bugs he's not currently keeping in his body.
  • Badass Teacher: Becomes an Academy instructor in the epilogue.
  • Beetle Maniac: His entire arsenal is composed of terrifying beetles.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Very ruthless and creative with his bugs during combat. During his fight with Zaku in the Chuunin Exams he offhandedly mentioned that he stuffed Zaku's arm tubes with bugs before the fight even began.
  • The Comically Serious: Most of the humor around Shino comes from his complete deadpan monotone and serious personality.
  • Cool Shades: And by extension Sunglasses at Night. After the timeskip they look more like goggles.
  • Creepy Good: Everyone, including his teacher Kurenai, is visibly spooked and creeped out by his powers.
  • Creepy Monotone: He always speaks in one, even to a comical degree.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often to Kiba.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Shino appears to be one of the few canonically-labeled "geniuses" who doesn't get a legion of in-series fans. In fact, many of his friends (Naruto, Kiba, Torune, etc.) seem to go out of their way to point out his faults.
  • Eaten Alive: Shino's ultimate technique is to insert flesh eating insects inside his opponents body where they devour their flesh and chakra from the inside and grow to enormous size.
  • Energy Absorption: His destruction beetles.
  • Fluffy Tamer: His idea of heaven involves finding and riding a terrifying insect monster.
  • Friend to Bugs: He has names for every one of them.
  • Gag Penis: In the "Road to Ninja" special chapter, which Naruto mistakes for a giant worm.
  • Generation Xerox: Greatly resembles his father in both looks and dress.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Shino is pragmatic sometimes to the point of cruelty and devised a plan that killed another team from his own village (in the manga) to get a scroll in the Chunin Exams.
  • Guile Hero: Due to his brutally pragmatic and underhanded approach to almost anything. His first fight was over before it started due to him filling his opponent's arm tubes with bugs before the match even began.
  • Heroic Host: To a colony of Life Energy eating beetles.
  • In the Hood: In part II he adds a hooded coat to his wardrobe.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: With just a tap, he can put bugs inside you to eat you from the inside out and they grow in size depending on how much chakra is given!
  • No Mouth: His mouth is almost always concealed.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • He gets quite upset (although he doesn't show it much) when people ignore him, fail to recognize him or leave him out of things.
    • And his inability to let go of the fact that he was left out on the Sasuke Retrieval Mission that still haunts him every day for the next four years and counting.
    • In the anime fillers, he's shown to be visibly (but understandably) freaked out by anteaters and insectivorous plants.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: During the "Laughing Shino" episode, when he eats a poison that forces him to laugh uncontrollably, Naruto immediately realizes that just the fact that Shino is laughing means that something is wrong with the food.
  • Pest Controller: Shino's ninjutsu revolves around controlling Life Energy eating beetles that use his body as a hive.
  • The Quiet One: He is notably quite quiet and for this reason let Kiba lead the team during the Chuunin Exams.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's The Stoic Blue to Kiba's brash and outspoken Red.
  • Running Gag: That he is never recognized because his entire body is covered. Also his endless pouting over being left out of of the mission to retrieve Sasuke, and subsequent insistence that the mission was a failure because he did not come along.
  • The Stoic: Shino is almost always completely unflappable.
    • Played with in one filler arc where Shino is infected with a poison that makes him laugh uncontrollably while on a mission. He threatens to kill Naruto if he tells anyone about it.
  • The Strategist: It didn't take him much time to work out how to completely crippled Zaku and Kankuro during their fights.
    • He's also pretty Crazy-Prepared. In the anime, he defeats Torune, who is perhaps the strongest Aburame by bringing a new breed of insects that he cultivated with Torune's bugs from a long time ago. These new breed of insects has developed antibodies resistant to Torune's bugs.
  • The Symbiote: He has a mutually beneficial relationship with the insect colony living inside his body.
  • Synchronized Swarming: He can do this with his insects to relay messages or set out battle formations.
  • Verbal Tic: Shino has an interesting way of speaking. What is it? He likes to explain things after posing a rhetorical question that would normally be left unspoken. For example:
    Shino: You use puppets, so you're a mid- to long-range type. It looks like you're weak at close combat. Why you ask? Because you must concentrate on operating your puppet. So it seems that the Puppet Technique… can easily create a chink in the user's own defense…
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie he's afraid of bugs.
  • The Worm That Walks: While not made of bugs, he houses swarms of energy-draining beetles in his body. They've been with him since shortly after his birth, perhaps even more disturbing than simply being composed of the insects—in short, he is basically a human hive. The "Bug Clone" technique, in which the user creates a clone of himself out of those beetles, is more true to this trope.

    Kurenai Yuhi 
Fool. Anko asked me to buy her some dango.

Voiced by: Rumi Ochiai (JP), Saffron Henderson (EN, original), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN, current), Olga Velasco (Spain), Ilia Gil (Latin America, original), Anabel Mendez (Latin America, current)

Leader of Team 8.

Kurenai is... well, a kunoichi, who has only recently become a jonin by the start of the series. We don't really learn that much about her in the first series, save that she's a rather cool lady who took Hinata under her wing, skilled in genjutsu and that she's perhaps involved with Asuma. The vast majority of her team's missions seem to not involve her. Her only plot-involved action was to get knocked around by Itachi Uchiha in a short battle, unless you count some of the filler episodes.

In Shippuden, she appears after the death of Asuma, where we learn that she's carrying his child.
Her hobby is having evening drinks.
Favorite phrase: "Glory like a violet blooming a single day"

  • Break His Heart to Save Him: She uses this tactic twice during the Kurama Clan arc - once on Yakumo and once on her team. Needless to say, it backfires both times.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Used in some of her genjutsu techniques.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With her childhood teammate Asuma.
  • Cool Big Sis: To both her team and Shikamaru now.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Seems to have two sets of irises, with the outer irises being red while the inner ones are darker red.
  • Faux Action Girl: She's a jounin like Kakashi and Gai...unlike Kakashi and guy, she gets one fight in the entirety of the series and that against Itachi who casually curbstomps her.
  • Flower Motifs: Associated with red poppies, especially in the anime.
  • I Want Grandkids: Her father pretty much said this to her when the Kyubi attacked the village and the other children where sheltered and barred from fighting.
  • Master of Illusion: She's a Genjutsu specialist. Her illusion's are typically themed around plant life.
  • Out of Focus: Well, her team in particular, she has never been seen together with said team since Shippudden started. She seems to have defected to Team 10 given the number of times she has appeared with Shikamaru.
  • Parental Substitute: Served as one to Hinata after Hinata's father all but disowned her as his heiress.
  • Satellite Character: Her entire character is centered around her relationship with Asuma, though she is seen interacting with her team a lot more in Part One.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: She and Asuma once or twice denied being a couple, but her pregnancy made the truth obvious.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kurenai notices Hinata's crush on Naruto and convinces the blond to take the offered medicine.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She got pregnant not long before Asuma bites the dust.
  • Team Mom: Kurenai acts as a motherly figure to her squad, especially to Hinata.
  • Underestimating Badassery: During Naruto and Kiba's fight in the Chūnin Exams, Kurenai was firmly convinced that Naruto didn't stand a chance at beating Kiba, only to be shocked when he did just that. Nevertheless, she takes it in stride and acknowledges Naruto as a Worthy Opponent.
  • The Watson: Regarding Ibiki, a trait associated with her being a new Jonin.
  • Widow Woman: After the death of Asuma.

Team 10

    Shikamaru Nara 
How troublesome.

Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP), Tom Gibis (EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain), Javier Olguín (Latin-America)

Member of Team 10. Naruto's resident snarky Teen Genius and the poster boy for Brilliant but Lazy. The first the viewers see of Shikamaru is a person who complains about receiving any work at all. This, combined with the fact that his test scores were almost as low as Naruto's, cause others to initially think that he's a failure and a loser... a perception that Shikamaru doesn't mind in the least. It's only later that Asuma reveals that yes, Shikamaru is perhaps the smartest person in world, having scored over 200 on an I.Q. test disguised as a game so it wouldn't bore him.

Though, like the rest of his clan, his primary jutsu is the ability to control or attack his enemies by extending his shadow, it's his intelligence that makes Shikamaru the first of the Konoha 11 to be promoted from Genin to Chunin. His fight with Temari impresses the Third Hokage even though he forfeited. His first task isn't an easy one, natch: it's to lead a team consisting of him, Naruto, Choji, Kiba, and Neji to go retrieve Sasuke.

While there, he engages Tayuya, a member of the Sound Four. He almost dies at her hands, but is saved by Temari. Later, after the mission is a failure, he considers quitting, but after some encouragement by his father, decides to stay the course. Through the filler arcs and his early actions in Shippuden, it's shown that he has decided to, if not step it up, then to at least shoulder some responsibility.

Shikamaru's best friend is his teammate Choji, although he also becomes extremely close to Naruto as the series progresses. Through this friendship, he helps Naruto to recover from a minor Heroic BSOD following Jiraya's death, announcing that he's going to take on Kurenai's kid as his apprentice.

In Shippuden, he shows up in the first episode (with Temari, no less). He later becomes an Ascended Extra and stars in his own arc. He first joins the newly-formed Niju Shotai (Akatsuki Hunters) with Asuma. There, he's forced to watch as Hidan, a member of Akatsuki, kills his sensei. This provokes him to chase down, engage Hidan and defeat him with surprising little efforts. After he returns, he decides that he's going to become a harder worker to honor Asuma's memory. He also was recruited by Tsunade to decode Jiraiya's final communication to the village. Later, he became acting general in Gaara's place of the Fourth Division with his friend Choji and Temari serving under him.
His hobbies are taking naps and playing shōgi against formidable opponents.
Favorite phrase: "What a drag"

  • Animal Motifs: Deer.
  • Ascended Extra: He's basically became a semi-main character and the most developed of the Konoha 12 outside of Team 7.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Temari married and had a son named Shikadai at the end of the series.
  • Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
  • Badass Beard: Grows a nifty beard by the epilogue. One that closely resembles his father's.
  • Badass Bookworm: A particular type (see Book Dumb and Brilliant but Lazy).
  • Berserk Button: Shikamaru is the hardest person to rile up in the entire series. But it's pretty evident from Asuma's murder, that he doesn't like it when anyone hurts the ones he loves.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Starting with the "Sasuke Retrieval Arc" at the end of Part 1, Shikamaru has taken the role as acting as the foil and giving advice to Naruto. This came to its peak when Shikamaru managed to shake Naruto out of his depression over Jiraiya's death. He also does the same with Choji.
  • Book Dumb: Has never shown any interest in cerebral pursuits, preferring to take a nap, despite his high intelligence.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Choji. He's the Brains who thinks up the complicated strategies.
  • Brainy Brunette: He does have an I.Q. over 200 after all.
  • Breakout Character: He became unexpectedly popular and thus his role became more and more prominent as the series went on. This is taken Up to Eleven in the Shinobi World War arc where he's placed as commander of the fourth division as Gaara's proxy.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: An excellent example, to the point that he's the former Trope Namer. The "lazy" part is dropped after Asuma's death.
  • Casting a Shadow: Combined with Shadow Pin, he uses shadows to great effect, so much so that he is capable of both strangling and stabbing people with them.
  • Catch Phrase: "Mendokuse." note  ("What a drag." in the English dub.)
  • Character Development: When he first debut, Shikamaru had absolutely no ambitions out of life. He simply wanted a simple life and an average-looking wife. Now, he seems committed to the idea of becoming Naruto's adviser if he becomes Hokage.
    • He also dropped his sexist views of women after his fight with Tayuya, which included being saved by Temari.
  • The Chessmaster: Both literally and allegorically.
  • Chick Magnet: An interesting case of this, considering how many of his major opponents have been female, and how many admirers he seems to have in real life.
  • Combat Tentacles: His Shadow Stitching technique which makes his shadow emerge from the ground as these.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Shippuden he states his new goal is life is to become a 'super cool grown up' as a role model for the next generation, like Asuma was for him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He planned the entire fight with Kakuzu and Hidan before it happened and setup a hole to bury Hidan days in advance.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His clan specializes in shadow-like jutsus, but Shikamaru is one of the good guys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has an extremely dry and sarcastic sense of humor.
  • Declaration of Protection: Shikamaru now looks after Kurenai and her unborn baby. He visits her everyday in the hospital and later defeats one of Animal Pain's summons to protect her.
  • Dismotivation: Shikamaru has zero motivation into being a ninja. Later, he snaps out of it.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's the co-general (the other is Gaara) of Division 4.
  • Gambit Roulette: He would rather make long term plans than consider if they would actually work, such as his battle with Temari where he claimed that he planned out the next 10 moves in advance, having considered over a hundred different strategies despite knowing he didn't have enough chakra.
  • Generation Xerox: Like the other members of his team, he shares many similarities to his father Shikaku in looks, dress and ability, in addition to the fact that both he and his father are/were part of an Ino-Shika-Cho trio, a dynamic that goes back 16 generations.
    • He's also one to Tobirama. Both are fiercely intelligent, calm and has a snarky side. This is reinforced with him declaring he'll be Naruto's right-hand man after the war, just like how Tobirama was to his brother
  • Guile Hero: Shikamaru is widely considered the greatest strategist in Konoha. His accomplishments include out-gambitting a pair of Akatsuki members (extremely dangerous S-Rank criminals, one of whom battled the First Hokage himself), beating his mentor Asuma at Shogi (a Japanese equivalent to chess), and being named the first chunin of his age group, due to his remarkable tactics in his fight against Temari.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Until the Tayuya-Temari incident during the Sasuke Retrieval arc.
  • He's Back: After Asuma's death.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chouji.
  • Hidden Depths: His surprisingly high intelligence adds more depth to him, given that he was portrayed as being lazy. Ironically, even he wasn't aware of it until after being tested.
  • Idiot Hero: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Not so much wanting to be a non-ninja, but rather just a normal ninja.
  • Improbably High IQ: It's said to be over 200.
  • It's All My Fault: Shikamaru says this at the end of the Sasuke Retrival mission that very nearly got two of his friends killed. Neither his boss nor his father deny that it is, but urge him to instead think of the failure as motivation to do better the next time, rather than run away from responsibility and risk entrusting his friends to someone who might not bring them back alive.
    • In the anime, he repeatedly says this just before Asuma dies, as it flashes back to a strategy meeting held before the battle.
  • Knife Nut: Takes Asuma's Chakra Blades after his death and uses them for his Shadow Pin move. He also has a tanto he attempted to behead Hidan with.
  • The Leader: After becoming the first to be promoted to Chuunin, he becomes the unofficial leader of the Konoha 12, internal leader of Team 10, and leader of the Sasuke Retrieval Squad (which was the best available Konoha 12 members anyway). Shikamaru is a combination of the Mastermind and Levelheaded types and is noted for having exceptional skills at battle strategy and giving orders.
    • Like Naruto he's also considered in the run for Hokage, however he just sees himself as one of Naruto's advisers when he becomes Hokage.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Shikamaru is seemingly destined for this. He has defined the three most important women in his life as being aggressive, demanding, and even scary. In fact, they shape his view of women as being bossy and "troublesome". Yet, as his father lampshades about Shikamaru's mother, they all have their sweet sides. The other two are Temari and Ino , the former of whom he ends up marrying.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When we finally get to see him with his hair down.
  • Meaningful Name: All three members of Team 10 are named after the hanafuda card trick ino-shika-chou (boar-deer-butterfly). Shikamaru means "deer child," Nara is a city known for its deer park, and Shikamaru's family raises deer for their antlers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Like Kiba, Neji, Naruto, and Sasuke, he has a dedicated female fanbase.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: His creative use of his shadow justsu is this. Nearly everything gives off shadows, from explosions to the bombs that make them, tree branches... if his shadow can't reach you, he'll make a way for it to reach you.
  • Nerves of Steel: Has shown them a number of times. During the war when Kinkaku launches an attack against him, he doesn't move and lets the attack come within inches of killing him without even blinking. He apparently was waiting for Ino to use her mind transfer jutsu.
  • Number Two: Becomes Naruto's chief adviser after the latter becomes Hokage.
  • Oblivious to Love: Clueless that Shiho has a huge crush on him or that Temari may like him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Naruto. Ironically, it might be Naruto's most normal friendship in the manga.
  • Official Couple: With Temari.
  • Opposites Attract: With Temari. He's lazy, calm, and prone to doubting himself; she's an aggressive Action Girl.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: His Shadow Possession jutsu seems to get weaker each time he uses it in a fight, regardless of how much chakra he has at the moment.
  • Putting On My Thinking Cap: Squatting down, closing his eyes, and holding his outstretched fingers and thumbs in a circle at about stomach level.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's very calm and laid-back compared to his more dynamic team-mates.
  • Running Gag: During part one, any time he fought one on one, his opponent was female.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Both Ino and Temari invoke this trope when they are around him
  • Shadow Pin: The Nara clan signature technique, which can be used to control an enemy's movement. He develops the traditional version after getting Asuma's Charka Blades.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Regarding Temari. Unsurprisingly they marry.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Shikamaru doesn't show any romantic interest in any girl, except Temari, who he marries and has a son with.
  • The Smart Guy: One of the smartest characters in the series. His I.Q. is over 200 and he becomes one of the strategists in the Fourth Shinobi War.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Well Shogi anyway.
  • The Strategist: He claims to be able to think of over 100 battle plans in a few minutes and predict their outcomes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Shikamaru and his father are almost identical and Shikamaru's son follows suit.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: In spite of his snarky, apathetic demeanor, he strongly cares for his friends.
  • Squishy Wizard: Shikamaru is lacking in any physical combat ability and will only resort to close ranged combat as a feint or last resort.
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • Shikamaru inherits Asuma's chakra blade as well as his Will of Fire; his spiritual philosophy. He promises to look after and train up his teacher's unborn child as well.
    • Additionally, for a short while Shikamaru also took up Asuma's habit of smoking and even finished off Hidan with one of his cigarettes. If you're reading the English manga or watching the anime this is accomplished instead with Asuma's lighter, which he still has.
    • Later on, he also takes up on his dad's position as the Chief Strategist for the Alliance
  • Teen Genius: His I.Q. is over 200. Note that in the real world, only one person has ever been verified to have an IQ over 200.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Eventually stops trying to find a way out of being a ninja and starts to actively participate as one to protect his village and loved ones.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shikamaru and Choji are this in the Road to Ninja movie.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Shikamaru has little direct attacking ability but his cleverness and very productive use of standard ninja tools prove to be more then a match for incredibly powerful ninja.
    • This is one of the traits why he'd be the perfect adviser for next Hokage, and he's chosen to become Naruto's adviser.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: See the speech he gives to Naruto after Jiraiya's death, which is also influenced by his own experiences after Asuma's death. Also a by-product of his over 200 I.Q.
  • Worthy Opponent: He is called this by none other than Tobi.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Discussed, as he claims that its against his moral code to strike a lady and that it isn't classy for a guy to do so. Then Enforced, since he has also had the misfortune of having female opponents for all of his major battles during the first series. However, his style of fighting at that time didn't involve directly hitting to begin with, and he says that he isn't exactly a classy guy to begin with. He exploits a loophole within his own moral code when Tayuya goes One-Winged Angel, allowing himself to attack her directly because she's no longer a human girl.
    Shikamaru: "Socking a defenseless woman goes against my policy, but, you don't seem in any way defenseless."
  • Xanatos Gambit: Loves using these in his strategies. For example using Hidan's power against him. If this opponent didn't use it then his entire fighting style would fall apart, but if he did it would make his ally vulnerable.

    Choji Akimichi 
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (JP), Robbie Rist (EN), Alfonso Manjavacas (Spain), Manuel Campusano (Latin America)

Member of Team 10. Choji is Shikamaru's best friend, and the two hang out together frequently. He's also fat, but this is likely due to the fact that his clan's specialty is a jutsu that converts calories to chakra. He's constantly seen eating to shore up his chakra reserves. But he hates being called "fat" (he prefers "chubby" or "big boned"), so don't call him that.

As a child, we learn Choji was frequently left out of childhood activities and sometimes even bullied because of his large size. Shikamaru stood up for him one day, beginning their long friendship.

In battle, Choji relies on the Body Expansion Technique, which causes his body to both balloon in size and roll into a boulder shape. He then rolls around and tries to crush his enemies. He's later shown using variants on this move, such as the Partial Body Expansion, where he'll just expand his arms.

In the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, he is part of the team sent to retrieve Sasuke. He tangles with Jirobo, who has the upper hand for most of the battle. It's only after Choji uses the three Food Pills of the Akimichi Clan — a move which nearly costs him his life — that he can gather enough strength to beat him. In Shippuden, he helped his team defeat Hidan and Kakuzu after they killed Asuma. When the war started, he was shown as a member of the Fourth Division with his best friend Shikamaru, Temari, and Gaara.
His hobby is buying and eating snacks.
Favorite word: 'meat'

  • Acrofatic: He might be on the heavy side, but he's still a ninja.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nowhere as much as Naruto, but he still was picked on for his size until Shikamaru stood up for him and he became a member of Team 10.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One variant of the Akimichi clan's Body Expansion Technique.
  • Badass: He always had his moments, but like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
  • Badass Beard: Cultivates an impressive one between the end of the war and the final chapter.
  • Babies Ever After: With Karui.
  • Bait and Switch: When he reunites with Naruto after the Time Skip, Naruto calls him chubby and an angry expression appears on his face. It looks like he's going to attack Naruto, but he's actually looking at an ink tiger Sai sent to attack them.
  • Balloon Belly: Worked into his fighting style.
  • Battle Aura: Two, one due to Calorie Control which sports him wings, and the other from Naruto who gives him a cloak.
  • Berserk Button: He has a lot:
    • Do not call him fat;
    Choji: Fat!? I'm big boned!
    • Do not steal the last piece of meat or the last chip under his nose;
    Choji: The last bite! The end of the meal, the most precious morsel of meat. I won't let any one take the last piece away from me!
    • Do not insult his sensei;
    • Last but not least, DO NOT INSULT SHIKAMARU!
    Choji: I can't forgive you for calling me fat! But even more than that… Not just for stealing the last chip… or calling me fat… most importantly I won't forgive anyone who insults my best friend!
  • Be the Ball: His Expansion Jutsu which turns him into a what amounts to a human wrecking ball.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's normally pretty affable, but do not push his afore-mentioned berserk buttons. Jirobo found this out the hard way. Moreover, he was the first rookie to be shown killing anyone on screen.
  • Big Eater: Of course. Justified trope, though, for his fighting style.
  • The Big Guy: Uses physical attacks more than the other Konoha Eleven.
  • Bishonen Line: The chilli pill has him lose thirty pounds and gain some pretty wings. His calorie control jutsu does the same thing for him after the timeskip.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Shikamaru. He's the Brawn who uses his power-style jutsu to mow down the enemies.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: After Choji defeats Jirobo, allowing Naruto, Kiba and the rest of the retrieval team to continue on, he staggers to a tree and sags against it in a very moving death scene. Right after he collapses, a blue butterfly passes Shikamaru, who looks dismayed. Doubly significant in that Choji's name means 'butterfly', and that is the form that his supposedly fatal final attack takes: glowing butterfly wings of chakra.
    • In Shippuuden, Choji achieves this form without pills, and it enables him to defeat his undead sensei. It also symbolizes Choji's growth as a person; indeed, the Akimichi clan's oath, which clan members take as a coming-of-age ceremony, uses the symbol of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis and taking flight.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At least in part 1. If you make him angry, he will ultimately become a badass.
  • Cowardly Lion: Mostly in part one, but still has some attributes of this in part two.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The chakra pills his family gave him before the mission to retrieve Sasuke. Each powers him up a lot, but start giving him massive pain. The red pill is supposed to kill him, but it didn't.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The soldier pills, which give significant power, but cause intense pain.
  • Determinator: Don't let him being big-boned fool you. He never gives it up. Especially when his friends need him.
  • Elemental Punch: Like Hinata his Butterfly Bullet Bombing is of the Pure Energy variety, and is made up of his chakra wings.
  • Facial Markings: A spiral on each cheek, he also gets markings under his eyes when he goes gigantic.
  • Food Pills: With some overlap with Bottled Heroic Resolve, near the end of part 1 in order to defeat Jirobou Choji has to use the dangerous three colored Food Pills to give him enough power to win his battle.
  • Formerly Fat: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
  • Generation Xerox: Like the other members of his team, he shares a similar appearance to his father Chouza in both looks and ability.
  • Gentle Giant: Kinda dim and always bottomless, but a really loyal and kind friend. Unfortunately, his kindness gets him into trouble in the battle with Asuma.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Choji is slated to become the 16th Head of the Akimichi clan after his father.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shikamaru.
  • Hot Wings: His Calorie Control jutsu gives him a pair of butterfly wings that look like they are made of blue fire.
  • I Am Big Boned: Or just chubby (which heavily implies being overweight, but never tell him that). This is his argument against being called fat, though it's justified in Part II especially after using his calorie control which shows he's got a Heroic Build under his fat.
  • Irony: He's a chubby Acrofatic tank, and yet his name doesn't sound hulking...
  • Lightning Bruiser: After taking the third pill against Jirobo, he is able to outpace him in his Level Two State and defeat him in three moves.
  • Lost Food Grievance: DON'T take his last chip.
  • Manly Tears: Is one of the weepier male shinobi and has a tendency to let his emotions run away with him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Choji" means "butterfly", and his fight against Jirobo sees him gain butterfly wings made of chakra.
  • Mighty Glacier: Excellent strength and stamina for his age group, but somewhat lackluster speed. Until he takes the final pill against Jirobo, that is.
  • Nice Guy: Often regarded as the nicest and most sensitive of the Konoha 12, along with Hinata. Unfortunately he might be a little too nice for his line of work.
  • Official Couple: With Karui in the Distant Finale.
  • Pair the Spares: With Karui.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Butterfly wings to be precise, a mark of the Akimichi Clan. The first time he needs a Deadly Upgrade. Second time he is able to do this without the use of pills, a symbol of coming of age.
  • Power Palms: Has taijutsu technique like this fittingly themed after a sumo wrestlers open palm slap.
  • Power Perversion Potential: His main power is to expand his body parts... Need I say more?
  • Prehensile Hair: He can make it long and sharp to enhance his Rolling Attack.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: the red to Shikamaru's blue.
  • Rolling Attack: His signature move to which he transforms into a ball, upgraded into a razor ball during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc and uses his hair as said razors in Shippuden.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears one in Part 1.
  • Serious Business: The last piece of beef or chip.
  • Size Shifter: In part 2 he gains the ability to increase his size.
  • Stout Strength
  • Super Mode: Choji has one aptly called Butterfly Mode where he gains wings and turns his excess body fat into pure chakra.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In his first encounter with Kakuzu he wasn't able to even harm him with his Super Open Palm Slap, but his rematch with Kakazu is very one sided and ends with Kakuzu crushed like a bug underneath his fist.
    • Before that, he beat Jirobo all by himself - The only other ninja to defeat a Sound Five member by themselves was Neji.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chouji was seldom seen without a bag of chips in Part I. Completely vanishes in Part II.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shikamaru and Choji are this in the Road to Ninja movie.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Refuses to hit the zombiefied Asuma after Shikamaru provides an opening, despite the fact that not only his team mates but Asuma himself are telling him to attack. Asuma immediately counterattacks.

    Ino Yamanaka 
I mean, how sad is it if flowers don't ever bloom? For all we know, that little bud... it might become a flower more beautiful than a Cosmos.

Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN), Alicia Sainz de la Maza (Spain), Carla Falcón (Latin America)

Member of Team 10 and the "Ino" in the Ino-Shika-Cho. Her family runs a florist shop, although her father is also a ninja; she is often seen working there between missions. Personality-wise, she's something of the temperamental type. She and Sakura used to be best friends, but after they learned they both had crushes on Sasuke and Sakura had developed quite an inferiority complex in regards to this and Ino herself, they decided to become bitter rivals. This rivalry lasted until they met in battle in the Chunin Exams, when, after some clever plotting on Ino's part and some grit and determination on Sakura's part, they tied, and their friendship was restored.

Much like her teammates, Ino specializes in one technique: specifically, the Mind-Body Transfer Technique. This jutsu allows the user to switch consciousness with another human, but causes their own body to pass out for the duration. It also has a fairly short range.

At the end of the first series, Ino sees Sakura's growth and decides to become Tsunade's apprentice as well. When Shippuden begins, she has already become a medic, but her medical knowledge isn't quite enough to save Asuma from dying later on, which causes her quite a bit angst. She then goes with Shikamaru and Choji to defeat Kakuzu and Hidan and avenge Asuma. Later she was shown as a member of the Fifth Division as the Shinobi Alliance faces off against Madara.
Her hobby is shopping.
Favorite phrase: "The many meanings of flowers"

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Like most of the girls in her class, Ino couldn't keep her eyes off of Sasuke. She gets over it and becomes an Official Couple with Sai.
  • Animal Motifs: Boar.
  • Babies Ever After: With Sai. They have a son in the epilogue. Somewhat fitting as Sakura and Ino once competed for Sasuke. Sakura got him, Ino got his replacement.
  • Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 she truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war. She's also probably the most fiery and strong-willed girl in the series.
    • During the war, Ino manages to link her and Shikamaru's mind to the entire Shinobi Alliance. Her father needed a special machine to do it for him so the stress wouldn't kill him. Hell when asked if she could even do this she simply stated it didn't matter if she couldn't because she would do it.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In Shippuden.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call her "Ino-Pig/Ino-Buta."note 
    Ino: Who're you calling "pig", you billboard brow?!
  • Big Damn Heroes: Manages to control Obito who's controlling the Juubi for a few seconds, enough to redirect the beast's Wave Motion Gun away from Naruto
  • Bully Hunter: How she ended up befriending Sakura in the first place.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Sasuke in Part 1. She gets over it, in stark contrast to Sakura.
  • Combat Medic: A Medic and a ninja. Pretty self explanatory.
  • Combination Attack: She pulls one off with Hinata combining her Mind Transfer with Hinata's Byakugan to get more accurate results.
  • Cool Big Sis: She can be seen as a sister to Shikamaru and Choji. Team 10 is that close. Although she is the same age as them, she comes off more as a big sister who provides motivation for Shikamaru and common sense to Choji. Shipping Goggles will see her as the perfect love interest for either of them because of this closeness. Even her father, as shown in a filler episode, assumes she will date Shikamaru or Choji.
    • One of Asuma's last living requests to Ino were that she take care of Shikamaru and Chouji, since the other 2 were socially awkward
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Especially in Part II, her skirt barely reached her knees.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasions, at Sakura's expense.
  • Detached Sleeves: Part of her outfit in Part 1.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Her irises are black and her pupils are light blue. They're also gigantic, as if they're eternally dilated.
  • Fan Service Pack: Her outfit Post-Timeskip. And contrary to Hinata, she doesn't try to hide her buxom.
  • Faux Action Girl -> Action Girl: The girl was touted as one of the most talented kunoichi but the plot doesn't back up the claim until Shippuden. Then it allowed us to see how mentally and physically badass she can be.
  • Grand Theft Me: Mind Transfer Jutsu.
  • Hair Decoration: Ino had a hair slide when she was a child and wears one again after the Time Skip.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ino has light, blond hair and is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Healing Hands: She learns some healing jutsus in Part 2, though not to the same extent as Sakura.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Her design after the time skip. Takes it further in The Last.
  • Important Haircut: With a twist. She apparently cuts it in the middle of a hissy fit after Sakura taunts her in their fight, but she was faking said tantrum and used the discarded locks to trap Sakura and use her Mind Transfer Jutsu on her. Ultimately averted; the haircut turns out to be temporary when she, unlike Sakura, grows her hair back to its normal length after the Time Skip.
  • Informed Ability: According to the Data Books, Ino graduated second in her class behind Sasuke but she doesn't show off her skills until Shippuden.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Subverted. She works part-time in her family's shop and she's anything but naive.
  • Irony: Her name means "boar", but she's actually a gorgeous boy-crazy florist.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ino is vain, bossy, and can have an ego. However, she acts as a Cool Big Sis to Shikamaru and Choji. She absolutely hates bullies. Ino can also be very brave, confident, kind, and outspoken, and not afraid to speak her mind.
  • The Leader: Headstrong type when team 10 was essentially a Friendly Rival version of the Terrible Trio. She was the bossy lady in charge with Shikamaru and Choji as her fat and skinny lazy henchmen. After Shikamaru made Chunin and took over the role she was demoted to...
  • The Load: Feels like this in the Shiitenshounin Arc and in the Three-Tails arc. In the former, because she feels useless and cannot help Temari and Shikamaru. In the latter, because she has the weakest chakra control of all the sealing team. Eventually grow outs out it
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: By Part II, Ino has the longest hair of the female ninjas and is the most girly.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Her backstory shows that she was the first one to befriend Sakura and not bully her for her Forehead of Doom, and later protected her from Ami, a more standard Alpha Bitch.
  • Loving a Shadow: Ino was only interested in Sasuke because of his looks and talents. After the war, she gets over, falling in love and later, marrying Sai.
  • The Medic: She is a medical ninja like Sakura. This status is played up in the anime, but the manga focuses more on her Psychic Powers.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Glomps Sasuke whenever possible in Part 1. He isn't there in Part 2 for us to see if she's got over it.
  • Odango Hair: During the Chunnin exam finale in part 1
  • Official Couple: With Sai.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: In Part II, her hair covers the right side of her face.
  • People Puppets: Her clan's signature Mind Body Disturbance skill allows her to temporarily gain control of an opponent's body.
  • Power Perversion Potential: The Mind-Body Transfer Technique.
  • Psychic Powers: Mind Control, Mind Probe, Possession, Sensing and Telepathy are all part of her families special abilities.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In Part II, Ino's reaches to her waist.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The more dynamic, loud Red to Shikamaru's calm and disinterested Blue.
  • Sarashi: Part of her outfit in Part 1.
  • Shipper on Deck: She's the local Asuma/Kurenai "fangirl". In one scene, Ino knows the flowers Asuma wants are for Kurenai before he tells her.
  • Stripperiffic: Much less post Time Skip, despite actually showing more skin.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's an illusionist and a mind hacker, not a warrior.
  • Support Party Member: Ino admits her abilities are not suited for simple fights and works best in team situations.
  • Team Mom: Asuma asks her to take care of Shikamaru and Choji before he dies.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Sakura's Tomboy.
  • The Tease: Very confident in her seductive abilities.
  • Tsundere: Lovestruck with Sasuke, tomboyish with everyone else. Although after Part 1 ends, she forgets about Sasuke and develops deeper bonds with Shikamaru and Choji as they become her "boys".
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Sakura, but they got better.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.

    Asuma Sarutobi 
The "kings" are the unborn children who will grow up to take care of the leaf.

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN), Iván Jara (Spain), Humberto Solorzano (Latin America)

Leader of Team 10, Asuma Sarutobi is the son of the Third Hokage. In his teen years, he had something of a falling-out with the old man and decided to travel abroad. He ended up in the guard of the Daimyo of the Fire Country, where he evidently accumulated a large bounty. Later, he returned to the town and became a Jonin.

In combat, Asuma relies on his Wind Chakra, which he channels through his trench knives. This allows him to hit targets from a distance. He can also use his omnipresent cigarettes to generate flames, which can cause third-degree burns.

In the first series, he really doesn't do much besides play Mr. Exposition, take care of his team, get knocked around by Kisame, and get accused of dating Kurenai.

In Shippuden, he plays something of a more expanded role. While Naruto is trying to learn the Wind Rasengan, Asuma gives him the advice needed to complete the first stage of his training. In an anime-only filler arc, more of his backstory with the Twelve Ninja Guardians (only alluded to in the manga) is elaborated upon. Later, he and Shikamaru mobilize as part of the Niju Shotai (Akatsuki Hunters), where he engages Hidan in battle. Though he successfully decapitates his opponent, it's to no avail: Hidan is immortal. Hidan then completes the ritual that allows him to kill Asuma. It succeeds. After Shikamaru kicks some serious ass in his memory, we learn that Kurenai is carrying his child.

Kabuto later resurrected him with Edo Tensei. He managed to resist the Mind Control as he fought Team 10, and once defeated he compliments them as he's sealed away.
His hobby was to play shōgi.
Favorite phrase: "Not right now!"

Team Guy

    Rock Lee 
I want to show I can be a splendid ninja as well even if I do not have ninjutsu or genjutsu... I want to prove it to the whole world!

Voiced by: Yoichi Masukawa (JP), Brian Donovan (EN), Fernando Cabrera (Spain), Carlos Castillo (Latin America)

In his early childhood, Rock Lee was frequently picked on by his peers because of his inability to use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu. He believed himself to be worthless and to have no chance at becoming a ninja at all. Then, he met Might Guy, who convinced him to train exclusively in Taijutsu (physical combat), at which he became a master.

Rock Lee's first appearance in the series is one where he challenges Sasuke. After flawlessly brushing aside Naruto's counter-challenge, he proceeded to just-as-easily beat down Sasuke, before Might Guy stops him just short of a dangerous technique. Later, he tries to save Sakura from the attacking Sound Ninja in the Forest of Death, but was defeated and this helped trigger Sakura's inner change.

His has the most heartbreaking battle in the Chunin Exams. He is matched up against the psychotic Gaara of the Desert, who has never once bled or even successfully been hit with an attack. Though he puts up an extremely good fight, the strain from his overuse of the Eight Chakra Gates allows Gaara to crush Lee's arm and leg; Gaara probably would have killed Lee too, if not for Guy's interference during the exam, and Naruto's and Shikamaru's later in the hospital. This injury keeps him out of action for a long time, and is initially thought to be career-ending - it is not until much later that we see him undergoing surgery performed by Tsunade, and even later that he returns to action.

His first fight after his surgery is against Kimimaro of the Sound Five (during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc), who he begins fighting to give Naruto time to catch up to Sasuke. Though he again puts up a good fight, his injuries still have not recovered enough to allow him his full strength. Fortunately, Gaara shows up and saves him.

Rock Lee is as fast as the human body can tolerate, and is a master of the Strong Fist school of martial arts. He also possesses the forbidden ability to open the Chakra Gates, which removes the body's limits and makes him even more overwhelming, but with high risks and physical costs.

Rock Lee has a very low tolerance for alcohol, becoming a savage master of Drunken Boxing after just one sip.

In Shippuden, he appears in the first major arc, backing Squad 7 up as they try to rescue Gaara from the hands of the Akatsuki. He does not do much, but he does beat a clone of himself. When the Shinobi Alliance formed divisions to fight against Akatsuki, he was placed in the Third Division under Kakashi and alongside his teacher Guy and Sakura.

Additionally, he is the star of his own children's spinoff series, Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
His hobbies are his and Might Guy's intense taijutsu training regimes.
Favorite words: "Endeavour", "Guts", and "Love"

  • Adorkable: Lee is possibly the biggest dweeb in the entire setting, but heavens if he isn't the sweetest guy.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Bullied for his inability to use chakra properly.
  • Always Second Best: The main reason for his tendency to fall under the Worf Effect, as mentioned below. He's not weak, far from it - he just ends up fighting people who are stronger than he is. He mentions this in his backstory by pointing out that despite all his work to try and beat Neji, Hard Work Hardly Works.
  • Always Someone Better: In regards to Neji.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: LOVES these.
  • Badass: He was able to defeat Sasuke without using any basic technique from his first appearence, not to mention his fight with Gaara before his defeat.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Specializes in martial arts.
  • Battle Aura: Both with his Gates and with Naruto's passing on a chakra cloak to him. His power increase to the point where he can blitz Madara and kick him in half!
  • Berserk Button: People criticizing or insulting Guy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Nicknamed "Bushy Brows" by Naruto.
  • Breakout Character: Rock Lee gained so much popularity, he starred in his own side-manga.
  • Broken Aesop: Lee's existence is pretty much a Broken Aesop. While the story teaches that hard work can trump talent, Lee (the epitome of hard work in the series) constantly gets overshadowed by those with inherited abilities.
    • The most egregious example: Lee's hard work, while it did make him strong, didn't stop him from being a joke compared to Naruto or Sasuke (both of whom had powerful inherited abilities). During the Ten-Tails battle though, after Lee borrowed the Nine-Tail's chakra, he manages to bisect THE Uchiha Madara. That's right. In the few seconds that Lee obtained power for free, he managed to level up from being an insect to someone who would've defeated Madara if it weren't for the latter's Edo Tensei regeneration. Hard Work Hardly Works to the max.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Down to sharing a birthday with the late martial arts master.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: The smallest sip of alcohol will send Lee into a drunken frenzy of kung fu.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power
  • Combination Attack: Has one with Guy where they attack with a powerful jump kick from each side of an enemy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While his losses later on aren't exactly Curb Stomp Battles, his introduction fights with Naruto and Sasuke certainly were.(He was the curbstomper).
  • Deadly Upgrade: The Chakra Gates.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Actually reversed, it's Rock Lee who beats Naruto in his first encounter, but when Naruto picks up on Lee's Training from Hell and ends up developing a respect for him.
  • Determinator: Lee doesn't know how to give up. Deconstructed as he took his determination so far that he nearly destroyed himself after his fight with Gaara. He spends much time after that in depression over his injuries saddened because for once he is unable to control the outcome of a risky surgery required to heal him. The whole experience taught him to control his habit of over doing it.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: While powered up by Naruto's kyuubi chakra he landed a hit that actually bisected Madara.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He acts like this towards Sakura in Part 1. He somehow manages to combine both types of this trope by being very grandiose in his tokens of affection, but doesn't seem to mind just being friends with her.
  • Drunken Master: Even alcoholic chocolate can induce this in Lee.
  • Dual Tonfas: Has them in the anime, but Kisame breaks them.
  • Dynamic Entry: Like his sensei.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He's one of the strongest taijutsu users and the most emotional.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Huge black irises.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: He makes a lot of noises when he fights. Somewhat understandable given how Lee was inspired by Bruce Lee.
  • Game Face: After opening the third gate.
  • Generation Xerox: Intentional. He modeled himself after Guy after Guy became his teacher. In the finale, he's shown training a student who looks almost identical to him. However, it's unclear as to whether or not this new student was Rock Lee's son or simply someone emulating him in the same what that he emulated Guy.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Not just for protecting hands but also for binding his enemy for his Spinning Piledriver.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Most triumphant example in the series. While considerably powerful, one of the strongest in his age group, and leagues above where he was originally, his accomplishments pretty much just serve to further emphasize, and utterly pale in comparison the power-ups that all of the series' strongest characters either have inherently, or are just randomly given.
  • Honorifics: Uses them on everyone except his teammates.
  • Hot-Blooded: Both in personality and in fighting style.
  • Hurricane Kick: His Leaf Whirlwind and Hurricane techniques.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Most obviously during his first fight with Gaara. No-one actually believes ditching a few weights will make a difference - until said weights hit the floor hard enough to shake the entire arena.
    Kakashi: (deadpan) Gai, you are too much.
  • Instant Knots: Lee's Initial Lotus jutsu starts by binding the enemy with his Hand Wraps Of Awesome.
    Lee: The lotus of Konoha blooms twice.
  • Japanese Politeness: In a world of characters who typically do not even bother with proper honorifics, Lee is one of the few who addresses everyone properly and politely.
  • Large Ham: Especially when he and Guy are in the same scene.
    Guy: Ha! But there's a big difference between knowing and being absolutely certain.
    Lee: Wise words, Guy Sensei! So simple and yet so full of profound meaning!
  • Launcher Move: His Leaf Rising Wind technique.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He uses his speed to great advantage against Sasuke, noting that Sasuke's Sharingan is useless if his body cannot keep up with Lee's speed.
  • Love Freak: Lee and Guy are some of the kindest and most polite people in the setting and are easily brought to tears and preach the way of Youth.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Being unable to use ninjutsu or genjutsu, Rock Lee makes up for it with his great skill in taijutsu.
  • Manly Tears: In instances such as when he hugs Guy or when he finds Neji's dead body.
  • Martial Pacifist: Lee would rather avoid unnecessary fighting, if possible.
  • Meteor Move: His Lotus techniques.
  • Nice Guy: Friendly and nice to everyone. He even has a "nice guy' pose.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tenten has shown subtle signs in being interested in him, but he seems to be naive to them.
  • Panty Thief: In the Road to Ninja movie.
  • Plot-Powered Stamina
  • The Rival: Early on, he seems to form rivalries easily. He has a long going attempt to surpass Neji, and later Sasuke, over the differences in natural talent versus his own hard work ethic. He also seems to adopt a more friendly rivalry with Naruto, seeing them both as hard working types who are striving for similar goals.
    Lee: Among strong people exists genius types and hard-working types. If your Sharingan is a genius-type from the Uchiha blood, I am simply a hard-working type who has mastered only taijutsu.
  • Speed Blitz: Once he takes off his weights and/or opens one or more on the Eight Gates he starts doing this.
  • Spinning Piledriver: His signature Primary Lotus.
  • Spinoff: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: In the movie his new weights are composed of several metal bars that he can assemble into a Simple Staff, Nunchaku and a Chain Whip.
  • This Loser Is You: The author stated that both him and Sakura were meant to symbolize human weakness.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Rock Lee is inordinately fond of spicy curry.
  • Unconscious Objector: The end of his fight with Gaara.
  • Weak, but Skilled/ Unskilled, but Strong: Lee can be either. He's either weak as a ninja with no jutsu whatsoever who makes up for it with taijutsu mastery, or someone who uses physical prowess to make up for a lack of ninjustu skill.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Rock Lee is so wise and mature in comparison to the other Konoha 12 that Masashi Kishimoto says he's the only one that doesn't need anymore Character Development.
  • Worf Effect: Never won a fight (except against a doppelganger) since he curb stomped Sasuke and Naruto in his debut. Still manages to impress both characters and readers even when he loses. Hilariously enough, one reader submission to the Naruto fanbook in a section about people who are like Rock Lee says "''My friend always starts fights with people he can't beat. He is Rock Lee!"
    • The fillers are a little more kind to him though. He even got an impressive showing against one of the Quirky Miniboss Squad in the third, fourth and sixth movies.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Fought Kimimaro very soon after surgery. Whether he would have been able to defeat him at his 100% is another matter.
  • Worthy Opponent: It's revealed that Neji grew to respect him in a flashback that takes place at the time of the Third Hokage's funeral.
    • To Gaara too. Rock Lee challenges and defeat The Kazekage in the final chapter of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.

    Neji Hyuga 
All this time, I've been called a genius, so I cannot lose. I can't let down those who believe in me!

Child voice: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Wendee Lee (EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain), Brandon Santini (Latin America)
Older voice: Koichi Tochika (JP), Steve Staley (EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain), Jose Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America)

Neji is hailed as one of the foremost prodigies of his time — indeed, he is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the Hyuga's fighting style that there is. If he weren't a member of the branch family, he'd probably be heading up the clan someday. However, his pedigree combined with his knowledge of past events fills him with a seething hatred of the main family.

In the Hyuga clan, there is a branch family and a main family. The branch family exists to serve the main family and tend to their needs. When a branch member is young, a seal is placed on their forehead to keep them from trying to kill the main family (also, it will prevent any foreign ninja from operating on their body and learning the Byakugan's secrets).

When Neji was young, his uncle Hiashi — Hinata's father — killed an intruder who aimed to capture Hinata. Since said intruder had some prestige in his home country, said country began calling for the head of his killer. The uncle was certain that they would attempt to steal the Byakugan's secret, but Neji's father Hizashi went in his place - first, since he had the seal, and second, to defy his clan's tradition and fight against his fate. Neji didn't know about the last part for a long time, though, and for years he resented everyone in the Hyuga clan.

Neji's life experience, at first, makes him something of a Straw Nihilist, as he constantly mentions that fighting fate is useless. Interestingly enough, this doesn't stop him from fighting his fate. He clobbers his cousin Hinata in the Chunin Exams, and is matched against Naruto in the first round of the finals. While he expects an easy win, Naruto quickly proves more resilient than he thought, ultimately defeating him. After Naruto's victory, he convinces Neji that fate can successfully be fought, marking a positive change in his character.

He later shows up in the Sasuke Retrieval arc, as part of the team led by Shikamaru. He engages Kidomaru of the Sound Four, who fights him using ranged attacks. He takes some serious, life-threatening damage in the process, but he manages to win.

Neji is a close-range specialist. He uses the Byakugan, which gives the user nearly-360-degree vision and the ability to see the flow of chakra in the human body, to hit pressure points, blocking off his opponent's access to their chakra. He can also create an impenetrable shield of chakra by rotating quickly; this is normally a technique reserved for the main house, but Neji reverse-engineered it.

In Shippuden, he is the only member of the Konoha 11 to become a Jonin. He later tags along with his team to back up Squad 7 in the Rescue Gaara Arc. In the 4th Shinobi World War, he is part of the Second Division, considered to be the Shinobi Alliance's up-close fighting division, along with Hinata, Karui, and Kurotsuchi.

His hobby was meditation.
Favorite phrase: "Flying leap" which refers to making rapid progress in something.

  • The Ace: Became a Reconstruction because he learned from Naruto's example of a failure being able to succeed, he acknowledged that a genius shouldn't be slowed down either.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Well he's her cousin, but he otherwise fulfills this trope to Hinata, being cold and distant and highly critical of her abilities.
  • Animal Motifs: Neji has a strong symbolism with birds, first displayed by comparing his situation to being like a bird trapped in a cage. The symbolism continues while training his eyes; he counts birds and always misses a single one until he reaches a revelation, admitting that Naruto's words saved him from himself, and is finally able to count the entire flock. Later when he dies, a single bird is seen flying away freely but is then struck down by the same attack that killed him. The symbolism culminates in his death's hardening the resolve of Naruto, who out of the ashes of despair creates a giant phoenix Animal Battle Aura to carry the army to attack the Ten Tails.
  • The Atoner: This is the main reason he's so protective of Hinata after his Heel-Face Turn
  • Awesome by Analysis: Learned and mastered a technique that only the clan head and clan's heir are allowed to know on principle alone. Not only that, but in the anime, he actually improves upon it.
  • Badass: He's the prodigy of the Hyuuga Clan, and the first member of the Konoha 11 to become a jonin.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Being raised as a branch member of the Hyuga clan and given a curse mark to establish inferiority, he was led to believe his role in life was determined without his choice. He pushed this belief onto others labeling those he deemed "failures" until Naruto defeated him and proved a failure can succeed as well, and even Neji himself.
    Neji: People are judged by their true nature. It is the way of the world. That is why we have an elite, and that is why we have outcasts. We can change our physical appearance and improve our skills with training and study, but ultimately, we are judged by what we cannot change. What can't be changed must be endured. We are who we are, and we must live with it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has shades of it over Hinata after his fight with Naruto, fitting given he promised his father he would always protect her.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Neji becomes this to Hinata and becomes an aid to her training, eventually teaching her the Sixty-Four Palms.
  • Bishōnen: Compared to his other male peers, Neji has softer features, longer hair, and a graceful way of carrying himself about.
  • Brainy Brunette: He's highly intelligent.
  • Breaking Speech: Tries this on Hinata and Naruto, saying there is no point in struggling against what you were born to do; both of them turn it back on him by pointing out that he ''is'' doing exactly that.
  • Break the Haughty: Being defeated by the once in-universe poster child of "failure" completely changed his views about life (which, to be fair, he wasn't himself completely convinced of deep inside).
  • Broken Ace: He is called a genius whose kekkei-genkai is the strongest of all of his clan and the Konoha 12, and even Kakashi says that his fighting ability is initially beyond Sasuke's, but his painful past and feelings of confinement constantly weigh down upon his heart. Then he loses to Naruto and learns the truth of his father's death leading him into a brighter future.
  • The Bully: Initially started out as this, with his hostile attitude toward his cousin Hinata and his teammate Lee. He's straightened out and becomes a Nice Guy after Naruto defeats him in the Chunin Exam.
  • Cain and Abel: Even though're not actually siblings, they still fulfilled these roles in the beginning, with Neji being the Cain to Hinata's Abel.
  • Combination Attack: He and Hinata can combine their Hand Blast to double its power.
  • The Comically Serious: After his Heel-Face Turn, he frequently acts as a straight man foil to Guy & Lee's insane enthusiasm, however sometimes Neji proves to be Not So Above It All leaving Tenten as the Only Sane Woman.
  • The Cynic: At first. He is more than willing to remind anyone of their place in the world judging those he deems weak and doesn't think positively of his own future due to the cursed mark he lives with, even though he desperately fights against it. Naruto proves his way of belief wrong and turns him in the opposite direction.
  • Death by Irony: After spending his life trying to escape the fate of the Branch family to serve the main family, he's Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by branches to save the main family. Much like his father he remarks he didn't do this out of duty to his superiors, but out of love for his family.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He comes to respect everyone around him after his defeat from Naruto. No longer discouraging anyone and acknowledging belief in oneself. In particular, he respects Naruto mostly because Naruto inevitably saved him from a path of darkness.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hizashi, who actually decided to die willingly for the sake of his village and to fight against his destiny.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Naruto's arms.
  • Dragged into Drag: Courtesy of Rock Lee's skits in the spinoff, Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: No pupils, as a Byakugan user.
  • The Fatalist: He was this initially, believing no one can fight the fate they were born with (not that it stopped him from trying).
  • Finger Poke of Doom: The focus of the Gentle Fist style, striking pressure points to disable and even kill the opponent.
  • Foil:
    • To Lee, a talented shinobi who doesn't believe it possible to defy fate. When Guy asks him what his dream is, he declines to give an answer, and Lee offers to answer before he's called on.
  • Freudian Excuse: Much of his hatred for the main house and belief in destiny is the result of his belief that they were responsible for his father's death. Once he realizes the truth, he revises these beliefs.
  • Gag Penis: Implied to have this in the spin off show, much to the despair of Lee and Naruto.
  • Generation Xerox: He, like his father, also dies protecting a main family member, who in turn was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for something else (Hiashi was prepared to die to avert a war with the Cloud Village, and Hinata was prepared to give her life to save Naruto).
  • The Gift: Even within the Hyuga he was born with the greatest natural talent for his clan's kekkei genkai.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies smiling, satisfied that he was able to protect Hinata and Naruto, the latter he feels indebted to as he changed his fatalistic views.
  • Hand Blast: The Empty Palm technique which is a palm thrust which launches a long ranged wave of invisible chakra.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After losing to Naruto.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Inverted. Neji is exactly this type of character but he is explicitly not allowed to inherit the Hyuuga clan. Before his Heel-Face Turn, much of his bitterness stems (indirectly) from this.
  • Heroic Resolve: Double Subverted, it appears he may give up against Kidomaru but taking a lesson from Naruto, he was still able to fight on and eventually defeat Kidōmaru, because he remembered what Naruto had said to him about a genius like himself being capable against the odds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies protecting Hinata (who was protecting Naruto) from an incoming wood projectile in the battle against the Ten-Tails.
  • Hypocrite: Pre-Character Development, he is firmly convinced that You Can't Fight Fate, yet he fights like hell against his own. Thanks to Naruto and Hinata, he snaps out of it.
  • I Die Free: As he dies, the Caged Bird Seal, symbol of his servitude to the main branch of the Hyuga clan, fades away.
  • Insufferable Genius: He was this in part one.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Tobi's wood jutsu.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Always refers to Hinata as Hinata-sama in the Japanese version ("Lady Hinata" in the English version) after his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Jerk Ass: Especially to Hinata, Lee, and Naruto, prior to his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After getting beaten by Naruto, Neji still remains stoic, but is more warmer to his comrades.
  • Killed Off for Real: The only one of Naruto's closest inner circle to die in the big climactic war. To drive the point home, the marking of the branch family disappears from his forehead which only happens when a Hyuga dies.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: His outfit in part 2.
  • Kubrick Stare: Does this quite often, which led to some characters saying that he is scary.
  • The Leader: Levelheaded type for Team Gai internally, and the first of them (and the whole Konoha 12) to make Jonin. Despite this Lee is obviously Guy's favorite student and protege, and Shikamaru or a Team 7 member will call the shots when the 12 get together.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Part II gives him longer hair and keep his handsomeness.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
  • Made of Iron: Kidomaru had to enter the second state of his curse seal after piercing Neji in the back with several kunai didn't work. Then Neji was able to take 2 arrows right through his body and still defeat Kidomaru.
  • Magical Eye: The Byakugan's powers include...
  • Man in White: Especially in part 2.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He has many female fans.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: This is played Up to Eleven in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth and of course Hilarity Ensues. He constantly kicks and sends Naruto flying every time he comes near Hinata. He also furiously tells her that he would never accept her and Naruto together, because it's an infamy to him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During his fight with Hinata in the Chūnin Exams, he doesn't pull any punches and actually has to be stopped from killing her outright in a fit of rage.
  • Not So Above It All: Especially in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth.
  • Not So Different: Despite everything he said to Hinata, deep down he also wished to be acknowledged by his clan. He would have never admitted it until Naruto defeated him, though.
  • No Swastikas: His Swastika-shaped seal was edited into a simple X-cross in the anime.
  • Pet the Dog: Even at his most jerkish, Neji still respected Lee in his own cold aloof way. He was about to rescue him after his fight with the Sound genins when Sasuke woke up to curb stomp Zaku.
  • Preasskicking One Liner: Often says "You're in range." before unleashing a devastating hand-to-hand attack.
  • Pressure Point: The Gentle Fist style his clan uses focuses on striking these very quickly.
  • Prophet Eyes: Inherent to all members of the Hyuga Clan.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Lee, saying that his graduating from the academy despite not being able to use ninjutsu or genjutsu is not special, but merely unusual. Also, Hinata and Naruto regarding, in his eyes, their senseless attempts of trying to prove themselves. Naruto is the one to really convince him otherwise.
    Neji: These eyes of mine show me many things. One thing they've shown me… people's limitations are set, fixed, and unchangeable. Only a fool wastes his time trying to become something he can never be! The only destiny that everyone shares… is death.
  • Restraining Bolt: The cursed seal on his forehead.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Obito killing him shows just how serious he's getting.
  • Screw Destiny: Towards Kidomaru at the end of their fight.
    Neji: No one can determine… another's destiny.
  • Shipper on Deck: Subtly pushes Naruto and Hinata together and even lectures Naruto before his death that his life belongs not only to himself but to Hinata as well. This however is turned on its head in the Gag Series spinoff Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth where he is a Knight Templar Big Brother with a hint of a crush which is of course Played for Laughs.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Between him and Hinata, in the beginning.
  • Smug Snake: In the beginning. He coldly beats Hinata, and informs her, Naruto, and Lee that they can't change fate.
  • The Stoic: He becomes even more composed after his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Neji's signature techniques the Eight Trigrams 64 Palms and Rotation are Secret Arts passed down only to the leader of the family and the main family respectively, but Neji reverse engineered them and began to teach them to Hinata.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: The Gentle Fist which provides examples of...
  • Super Reflexes: Combined with his rotation jutsu using chakra he has an impenetrable form of defense.
  • Super Senses: Among other abilities, the byakugan allows nearly 360 degree vision and telescopic view.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: The Byakugan, which seems to be the most dominant of all bloodlines seen so far extending to every member of the Hyuga Clan.
  • Taking the Bullet: He shielded Hinata and Naruto with his own body, losing his life in the process.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Neji let go of his misdirected animosity of Hinata and became something of a big brother to her.
  • True Sight: The Byakugan is capable of seeing through illusion as well as other visually disabling jutsu like the Hidden Mist technique.
  • Vein-O-Vision: The byakugan lets the user see the chakra network, the better to strike pressure points therein.
  • Warrior Therapist: Perfectly fitted this trope before his Heel-Face Turn. He nearly had Hinata give up before their match by simply pointing out her nervous body language.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Most notably in Part 1. Maintains a very composed and stoic disposition and it is here where we learn of his vivid awareness of fate and destiny and his avid belief in that no one can escape theirs until his defeat by Naruto, revising his life philosophy to believe that, while people may never truly escape their predetermined fates, those who strive for their dreams are strong.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Naruto's words to him, "You can do it too because unlike me you're not a failure."
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Believes this until his Heel-Face Turn, although Naruto argues that if he truly accepted his destiny, he wouldn't have tried to kill Hinata.
    Neji: The curse represents a mark of the bird in a cage… It is… the symbol of being tied down to an inescapable destiny.
    • After his Heel-Face Turn, he's not entirely sure if someone's path can be changed, but those who try and pursue their own dreams are strong.
    Neji: Even if my enemy is far stronger, even if my body should fail me, I cannot lose, there is a reason I cannot lose… …I was always known as a genius so I cannot lose. Especially for the sake of those who believed I was a genius being my weak and powerless self.
  • X-Ray Vision: The Byakugan allows the user to see into and through their target's clothes, skin, flesh, etc, allowing for better pinpointing of chakra nodes.

Amazing... The brilliance of the blade... the design. They're all beautiful! I want to take them all home!

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Danielle Judovits (EN), Olga Velasco (Spain), Gaby Ugarte (Latin America, Part I), Leyla Rangel (Latin America, Part II)

Weapon specialist. Like her teammates, she is vaguely Chinese-themed. That's pretty much it.

The anime filler attempts to develop Tenten more. She seems to have an attraction to pretty boys and falls for a few. Even one that later turned out to be a girl! She also forms a comedy team with Rock Lee during a number of filler appearances, always playing the Straight Man.

In Shippuden, she goes with her team to help rescue Gaara. In the Fourth Great Ninja War, she was placed in the First Division under Darui and with Choza Akimichi.
Her hobby is fortune-telling.
Favorite phrase: "A hundred shots, a hundred bull's-eyes"

  • Satellite Character: We don't know her last name or anything about her background. She got a background story of sorts in Shippuden's Episode 237, where she was inspired to become a replica of Lady Tsunade, but this fell apart and she became a weapons specialist instead.
    Tenten: I no longer wish to be like Lady Tsunade anymore. But I haven't given up my dream to become a legendary kunoichi.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She has shown subtle signs that she has feelings for Lee, but unfortunately he is unable to notice.
  • Sprouting Ears: Of the cat variety after being kicked out of the bar and then the gambling den in Episode 237 of Shippuden, along with the obligatory *nya* and handlick
  • The Stoic: She's the only one of Konoha 12 (along with Shino) who has never shown to much emotion during tough moments. Not even when her longtime team-mate Neji died. Unlike Shino however, this is because she once stated that she detests emotional frailty, both in herself and others.
  • Straight Woman/Only Sane Woman: Tends to complain about the logic behind Guy and Lee's bizarre training methods, even more so then Neji who often times is Not So Above It All.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She used the banana fan several times without dying, which is a weapon that would kill normal people with one use.
  • Torpedo Tits: The aptly named Breast Hammer technique courtesy of Rock Lee in Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
  • True Blue Femininity: Combined with her blue pants, this trope is in full effect.
  • Tsundere: A Type B since she is usually a very friendly character, but occasionally loses her temper. Once she put a two-ton iron doll on Rock Lee because he was doing push-ups when she was trying to talk to him. Another time she stabbed him with a dozen knives because he ignored her in a swimsuit to look for Sakura.

    Might Guy 
Look deep into my eyes and accept my sincere apology! Also notice my handsome manly features!

Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Skip Stellrecht (main series), Matthew Mercer (Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth) (EN), Manuel Bellido (Spain), Gerardo Reyero (Latin America)

Leader of Team Guy, Might Guy is the epitome of hard work. Through blood, sweat and tears, he became one of the strongest ninja there was in Konoha, becoming a rival of Kakashi in the process. He serves as both Kakashi's opposite and his Unknown Rival. Like his student, he's a pastiche of Bruce Lee.

His number one student is Lee. While their interactions are often very... odd, to say the least, it's very clear that Guy cares deeply for his student, and views him as the son he never had. He taught him how to open the Eight Chakra Gates (which isn't exactly a cakewalk).

In the first series, Guy shows up during the Chunin Exams stopping Lee from using a forbidden jutsu on Sasuke. He later saves Lee from Gaara during their fight, and later saves Shikamaru and Naruto from Gaara. He saves Kakashi, Kurenai, and Asuma from Itachi and Kisame. He also later takes Sasuke to the hospital after his fight with Itachi. And he convinces Lee to get a risky operation that would allow him to return to active duty as a ninja.

In Shippuden, his team backs up Kakashi's team as they try to rescue Gaara. He fights a clone of Kisame — for some reason, he doesn't remember the Akatsuki member. He opens the Sixth Gate and kicks his ass. Later, while accompaning Naruto on a hidden island in Lightning Country, he goes up against the real Kisame (again), and defeats the missing-nin in one hit by opening the 7th Gate. Even though he didn't completely recover from the fight, he was assigned to the Third Division for the war, under his rival Kakashi, and with his student Rock Lee and Sakura.
His hobbies are repeated side-steps, and hitting focus mitts.
Favorite phrase: "Overflowing youth!!"

  • Aesop: Hard work is fucking awesome! While Lee categorically falls into Can't Catch Up territory, Guy, through hardwork and determination alone, is able to unlock ridiculous powers that are sufficient to basically obliterate the single most deadly ninja ever to have lived. With a single kick. It takes Game Breaker powers on both sides for either party to survive the aftermath.
  • Always Someone Better/Always Second Best: His regards to Kakashi, who handed him his first major defeat when they took the Chunin exam together.
  • Animal Battle Aura: His Afternoon Tiger technique takes this trope and runs with it. With the Eighth Gate, he gets Evening Elephant to add to that. And then the Night Guy. He also has a technique called Night Phoenix in some games which is a single, strong punch set on fire that takes the shape of a bird.
  • Ascended Extra: He was always the most prominent Jonin after Kakashi, but while he gets A Day in the Limelight in the first arc of Part 2, his big fights don't come until towards the end of the series.
  • Awesome McCoolname: His name is intended to draw vibes of 'Mighty Guy'. But dig in even deeper, and you realize that his name is an amalgamation of the first names of Nobuyuki Hiyama-voiced Brave Series protagonist: Might Senpuuji (from Might Gaine) and Guy Shishioh.
  • Badass: He is one of the strongest characters in the series, to the point where even a smug asshole like Madara Uchiha acknowledged him as a Worthy Opponent, even after Madara was at the pinnacle of his strength after becoming the Juubi's Jinchuuriki.
  • Badass Bookworm: Not to the extent of guys like Kakashi and Shikamaru, but he's a natural battle tactician and a pretty good strategist. There's a reason that even after becoming a Jonin, Neji still takes orders from him.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He prefers to strictly uses his Strong Fist style in combat. He's only ever used a weapon once.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting or threatening his students is a very bad idea.
    • Giving him a thumbs down in response to his 'Nice Guy' pose (thumbs up), Obito learned this the hard way during their Chuunin Exam.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows:
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He opened all Eight Gates to strike a decisive blow against Madara, but he shatters his own leg in the process. He would have died, as that's what would normally happen if you open all Eight Gates, but Naruto managed to save him with his new-found healing abilities, though the leftover damage to his body was so severe that he was wheelchair bound for the rest of his life, and had to keep wearing a cast on the kicking leg due to how much damage it had.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Complete with nunchaku and Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As quirky as his personality is, Guy ranks amongst the Leaf's most effective and dangerous Shinobi. Itachi of all people even warned Kisame not to underestimate him in a fight.
    • This is proved repeatedly in Part II. Guy's strong enough to defeat Kisame all on his own, stun the Six-Tailed Slug, Saiken while dissipating its corrosive mist, overwhelming Madara's Susano'o with Hirudora (Afternoon Tiger), going toe to toe with Jinchuriki Madara (even though it did nothing, still), and finally opening the Eighth Gate and catching Madara off guard! Not just that, using Evening Elephant, he turns Madara into a ragdoll who can barely retaliate.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Subverted actually. During his fight with Kisame, he comments that Kisame only thinks that the sword he carries is his weapon. This is because the person he fought wasn't really Kisame, but a mook posessed by Kisame. This is also why he didn't recognize him.
    • His comment on the gourd could also be a subversion, seeing as the gourd itself could turn into sand, something that completely changed the outcome of Rock Lee's battle with Gaara.
  • Career-Ending Injury: The Eighth Gate's toll is so great that even when Naruto manages to save him at the last possible moment, it can't repair the damage done to his leg, therefore rendering him to a wheelchair for life
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: To emphasize: While most ninjas around him summon giant sharks, call lightning into their palm or have all-seeing vision, Gai remains among the most powerful ninjas in the series and one of his most powerful moves is... a punch. It is so hard that it compresses the air into a giant exploding tiger head. And it's not made of chakra at all. That's right, he shapes the air into the visage of a giant roaring tiger out of pure physical strength. To utterly ridiculous levels when using the Eighth Gate technique Night Guy, which allows him to kick hard enough to distort space according to Madara.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Constantly going on about the power of youth and getting ignored by his "lifelong rival" Kakashi. Most of the time, people are either creeped out by him or laughing at him, because he's just that ridiculous. At the same time, he's also the foremost taijutsu user of Konoha, can use at least seven gates without suffering anything more than a severe winding, and trained Rock Lee into a badass. In fact, he is the only living character who hasn't lost a fight on screen.
    • Except once, in a flashback to his Chunin Exam match against Kakashi.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: He's able to use the Eight Gates with less difficulty than Lee, but it's still indicated that the opening eighth gate will be fatal even to him.
  • Determinator: A major part of his ethos is that dedication to one's goal will allow them overcome whatever obstacles stand in their way. The anime shows that his version of Kakashi's Bell test is meant to evaluate the genins' guts. Team Guy passed when they persisted in trying to fight him after being beaten into the ground.
  • Double Jump: Might Guy demonstrated the ability to do this by summoning a tortoise mid-air and using its shell as a springboard. In keeping with the law of physics, said tortoise was promptly hurtled toward the ground at immense speed. Ningame was not happy about being used for this. With the Eighth Gate open, he's able to jump off the air itself.
  • Dynamic Entry: The Trope Namer.
  • Elemental Punch: His Morning Peacock technique sets his punches on fire. Unlike most examples he uses the friction. The above mentioned Night Phoenix also works like this, but is a single extremely powerful attack rather than Morning Peacock's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Guy can fight like nobody's business, but he's also prone to fits of immaturity and extreme emotion.
  • Epic Fail: Once tried to use it to attack Itachi when he infiltrated Kohona- only to show up moments after he had fled, booting an unsuspecting Jiraiya to the head. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Same as Lee, weirdly.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Nunchaku are his Weapon of Choice when he really get dangerous.
  • Game Face: After opening the third gate.
  • Generation Xerox: The reason he's very kind towards Lee is because he too is a ninja who cannot use chakra, as was his father Might Dai.
  • Gratuitous English: Dynamic Entry is just that in the original, and his name was transliterated from "Engrish" ("Maito Gai") to correct English.
  • Heroic RROD: Rather literally, as the use of the gates beyond two has red skin as a side effect. The eighth comes with bloody sweat that makes it look like his body is on fire, and if not for Naruto's Six Paths Yang Power healing him, he would have crumbled into dust as a result.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Guy activates the Eighth Gate against Madara, paralleling his own father's use of it against the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Subverted by the last second when Naruto stops him from dying.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Kakashi. Despite their one-sided rivalry, it's easy to tell they are each other's best friends who'd support each other through anything. The anime further expands on this.
  • Hot-Blooded: "YOOOUTH!"
  • Large Ham: The most memorable of the series.
    Guy: Yes! This is what youth is all about!
  • Lightning Bruiser: How a pure hand-to-hand specialist competes in a world of ninjutsu.
  • Love Freak: Part of his obsession with the "Springtime of Youth."
  • Manly Tears: Will stream tears at the drop of a hat someone's "youthfulness" inspires him.
  • Nice Guy: With this and all the other tropes, it's small wonder he and Lee are so close.
  • No One Should Survive That: Somehow survived opening the Eighth Gate, even though Naruto only healed his heart, without doing anything about the third degree burns over 100% of his body, the hypovolemic shock, or the shattered bones. Frankly, he should have been dead before Naruto arrived. Sadly, though, the damage was still too great to be completely repaired and he ends up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Kakashi.
  • Papa Wolf: To Lee, Neji, and Tenten. His devotion to them is unquestionable and he will destroy anyone who hurts them.
  • Plot-Powered Stamina: The Eight Gates.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Morning Peacock is a standard use of this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's a very energetic and enthusiastic Red to Kakashi's more laid-back and go-with-the-flow Blue.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: Might Guy sees even this as Serious Business, and believes that if he punishes himself for losing, he not only gains incentive to win the next time, but also becomes stronger in the process.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: When he was younger.
  • Scars Are Forever: While Guy survives the experience, releasing all Eight Gates in his fight with Madara leaves him crippled.
  • Signature Move: Pick any console fighting game or just about any game made by CyberConnect2, where you can control him. 99% of the time Guy will have Dynamic Entry on his moveset. It's easily the techinque associated with him the most.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Maito Gai? Might Guy? Guy Might?
  • Team Dad: More to Lee than to Tenten and Neji, although this is mostly due to his insane antics, which the latter two try to avoid getting roped into whenever possible.
  • Teeny Weenie: "The size of an acorn" according to Kakashi.
  • Turns Red: Literally Battle Aura and all after using the eight gate.
  • Turtle Power: His summon is a ninja turtle. We've seen it only twice. The second time is in mid-air.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Make no mistake. Lee may lose a lot of his fights, but Gai is a whole other beast. His opponents some times underestimate him... they pay dearly for it.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Konoha, and especially his students considering he said he would die along side Lee if his operation ended up killing him in part one.
  • Unknown Rival: Kakashi pretends to not hear him when he talks about their being rivals. Ironically enough, he, albeit unintentionally, gives this treatment to Kisame.
  • Willfully Weak: Foregoes the use of ninjutsu and genjutsu techniques, including his turtle summons, in combat, purely to show support for Rock Lee's attempts to become a great ninja. And because Lee cannot use those techniques even if his life is in danger, Gai will not use them, no matter how dire the situation. The only non-taijutsu technique he uses is the Eight Gates, which really only serve to increase his physical abilities, to make his taijutsu stronger.
  • With My Hands Tied: Like Lee, he doesn't use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu, but unlike Lee, can use Ninjutsu (e.g. summoning his turtle). He just refuses to do so to show solidarity with his student's struggle to be a great ninja without it, even when his life is on the line.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Kisame and now, Madara.
    Guy: He was a worthy opponent! A man who lived and died like a real shinobi! Kisame Hoshigaki! I'll remember that name for the rest of my life!

Alternative Title(s):

Naruto-The Konoha 12