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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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    In General 

All provide examples of:

  • Breakout Character: Each of the three teams did a bait and switch on which type ended up being the most important to the story.
    • Team Kurenai, Kiba (the 'Naruto Type') started off as the loudmouthed antagonistic foil who also wanted to become Hokage in the Chuunin Exams. Later Hinata (The 'Sakura Type') stood up to Pain for Naruto's sake, brought Naruto out of despair after Neji's death, and got a canonical movie devoted to telling the story of how Naruto realized his inner love for her and how they became an Official Couple.
    • Team Asuma, Ino (the 'Sakura Type') was Sakura's rival and the leader of her group in the Chuunin Exams. Later Shikamaru (the 'Sasuke Type') actually passed the exams and lead the Sasuke Retrieval Mission, and got an arc devoted to his relationship with his master in Shippuden.
    • Team Guy, Neji (the 'Sasuke Type') was a villain in the Chuunin exams to both Naruto and Hinata. Later Rock Lee (the 'Naruto Type') had an ongoing arc about his recovery from his fight with Gaara, culminating in being a Big Damn Hero during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, and got a spinoff series devoted to his antics and outlook on life. Neji came back to prominence close to the finale however with his Heroic Sacrifice, being the only one of the 12 to die and not be revived in the story.
  • 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

    Hinata Hyuga 

Hinata Hyuga

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN), Ana Esther Alborg (Spain), Alondra Hidalgo (Latin America), Élisabeth Guinand (French)

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.
Click here to see her pre-Timeskip appearance 

The former heiress of the Hyuga clan, later known as the "Byakugan Princess" and eventual wife of Naruto Uzumaki. 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 Part II, she goes out with Team Kakashi 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.

During the Fourth Shinobi War, Hinata's popularity and importance in the story increased significantly: she was able to snap Naruto out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. after the tragic death of her cousin Neji and inspires him to fight on. Later she and Naruto become the main stars of The Last: Naruto the Movie where their love for one another is explored and finally realized, ending with them marrying and having two beautiful children, Boruto and Himawari Uzumaki. She appeared again in her son's movie.

Her hobby is pressing flowers.
Favorite phrase: "self-confidence"

  • Action Girl: Fully becomes this in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc. From watching Neji's back, to saving Naruto a few times against the Ten-Tails. Even more-so once she mastered the Sixty-Four Palms and combined it with her 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.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: The changes in her design, from childhood to mid-teens, easily fit in here. In Part I, she has short hair and very baggy clothes. After the Time Skip, she lets her hair grow and while her clothes don't show skin, they cannot hide her growing curves. In The Last, she ditches the baggy coat/pants combo and has a sleeveless shirt plus Zettai Ryouiki and short shorts.
  • Adorkable: Most of her interactions with Naruto show her as such, especially in Part I and The Last.
  • Alliterative Family: She and her family members have names that start with the letter "H". Like her father, Hiashi and her sister, Hanabi. Later, as Hinata Uzumaki, she shares her initials with her daughter, Himawari Uzumaki.
  • Alliterative Name: Hinata Hyuuga. Later Subverted when she marries Naruto and takes on his last name for herself.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Hinata is not fond of competition and fighting (though she will if pushed), and is shown to be incredibly empathetic thanks to her upbringing. Neji's troubled soul was all but clear to her, and she feels sadness in the fact that she cannot help him. In fact, she was one of the very first characters to identify with Naruto's painful childhood and desire to be acknowledged.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She felt like this because she was stripped of her rightful birthright as heiress to the Hyuga clan. The Last reveals that she was picked on in the Academy for having the Byakugan. She was also picked on because the children thought that she thought of herself as superior to them because of her upbringing, when in reality, her family constantly made her feel inadequate.
  • And I Must Scream: When she's caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Hinata is unable to move thanks to the genjutsu and can only mentally call out for Naruto 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.
  • Animal Motifs: Hinata has been associated with lions (or lionesses) after her fight with Pain. Lions are seen as symbols of bravery and protection. Throughout the series, Hinata stood up for her beliefs, fearlessly faced her foes, and has displayed her willingness to protect her loved ones.
  • Ascended Extra: In the anime, where she frequently stars in filler arcs. Taken to its logical conclusion in The Last where she is a main character. Later Word of God stated that she ascended to "heroine" status by the end of manga.
  • Aura Vision: The Byakugan's main ability is to see chakra, inside and out of the body.
  • Babies Ever After: Two with Naruto, Boruto and Himawari.
  • Badass Adorable: Nice Girl + Shrinking Violet + a certified badass.
  • Badass Family: Hinata belongs to the Hyuga clan, which produces such badasses such as Hiashi, Neji, and eventually her. Later, she marries Naruto, and the two of them start a family together, their first child being Boruto and their second child being Himawari.
  • Badass Princess: She's the eldest princess of the Hyuga clan. The Last even gives her the title Byakugan Princess.
  • Ba Gua: Her fighting style, the Gentle fist, which references the Eight Trigrams in its moves, it's even based of a real martial art called Baguazhang.
  • Battle Couple: With Naruto in The Last.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she was so inspired by Naruto. When she was little, three bullies picked on her because of her Byakugan. Naruto, without even knowing her, jumped in and stood up for her.
  • Betty and Veronica: Both Hinata and Sakura were teased with Naruto throughout the series. Hinata is the "Betty", and Sakura is the "Veronica" and both girls toy with the standard, classic traits for the roles. While Hinata is of a much higher social status (akin to a noblewoman), considered more conventionally attractive than Sakura, and (as far as the audience is concerned) just met Naruto and her behavior throws him for a loop, her gentle and shy behavior and constant devotion to a clueless Naruto makes her fit the Betty role. At the end of the manga, "Betty" wins, and Hinata marries Naruto.
  • 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.
  • Be Yourself: This greatest part of her reason for loving Naruto: being himself in the face of overwhelming odds and situations, and strove to become an ever better version of himself.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: She and Naruto kiss in the final scene of The Last; it doubles as their Official Kiss.
  • 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).
    • Similarly, in Shippuden ending 34, which focuses on Teuchi and Ichiraku Ramen, there is a sequence of short scenes of various groups eating there. One of those scenes is Naruto and Hinata eating together. Naruto eventually gets sick from eating too much in the middle of his seventh bowl, while Hinata has twelve empty bowls next to her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: There's one thing that is equal to Naruto on Hinata's priority list: her own little sister Hanabi. This becomes undisputed when Hinata takes Hanabi's eyes back from Toneri... by ripping them out of his eye sockets herself.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Naruto, despite their differences in personality. They are both incredibly lonely people that were deemed failures by the people around them, they both suffered because of the respective statuses they have carried since birth, and they both just wanted to know that they mattered and desired love. Both are incredibly empathetic, despite living in a world where that trait is easily looked down upon. This is how they are able to grow so close to one another and eventually become an Official Couple. Both are respective Chosen Ones and Unchosen Ones who have helped each other throughout the series. According to the databooks, they also have similar habits and likes, from the food they like (red bean soup is listed as one of their individual favorite foods) to their hobbies with plants: Naruto talks to them while watering them and Hinata likes to collect pressed flowers. Lastly, Naruto is associated with the color Orange, and Hinata is associated with the color Purple. Said colors are normally placed on opposite ends from one another in the spectrum. What do they have in common? Red.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Zig-Zagged, 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 all his 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 by the end of the manga. This also resulted in The Last, where she was a main character and the main love interest of the movie. In an interview, Kishimoto mentioned that several people, including some on his own staff, pointed out to him over the course of the series that Hinata made a better heroine than Sakura.
  • Break the Cutie: Neji tries to do this to her during their fight, but it doesn't work.
  • Bridal Carry: She gets carried this way by Naruto multiple times in The Last.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Downplayed with Naruto. While he is the near epitome of Determinator, Magnetic Hero, and The Heart - basically, he's the one who can usually be the one to bring another out of their brooding, self-loathing attitude. However, during the moments that had even him reach the Despair Event Horizon, it has always been Hinata (the girl who was initially very self-deprecating of herself) to give him the strength to gain back his confidence.
  • 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 same thing after he saves her from the White Zetsu.
    • "You said you wanted to become the best Ninja in your village and have everyone acknowledge you. Now, if someone who acknowledged you from the bottom of your heart appeared, wouldn't that someone become the most important person to you?" These were words Haku said to the then-rookie Naruto, and "that someone" is the one he has been searching for for years — only to realize in The Last that it was Hinata all along, as she has acknowledged, admired and loved him from the very beginning. From then on, it becomes clear to him who the person he's meant to be with is.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Regarding her feelings for Naruto, until she went to protect him from Pain. She also wants to cheer for him in his fight with Kiba in the Chunin Exam preliminaries, but can't because Kiba's her teammate, and doing so would upset him.
  • Character Development: Becomes more self-confident, even assertive, after the Time Skip.
  • Character Exaggeration: Anime fillers and the SD spinoff tend to exaggerate Hinata's character into an obsessive stalker. In comparison to the manga itself, she's a Downplayed version of the actual trope. Her shyness towards Naruto is also exaggerated to the point where she can barely talk to Naruto without fainting. Once again, in comparison to the manga itself, although Hinata is still shy, she can have full conversations with Naruto without too much trouble. She drops both of these behaviors entirely in Part II.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has admired and loved Naruto since she was a little girl, and as shown in Chapter 538, she is the very first person to have acknowledged Naruto for who he is, even if Naruto himself didn't know that until he finally realizes his love for her in The Last. At the end of the movie, they get Happily Married and have two children.
  • The Chosen One: In The Last, 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 fulfill her destiny by empowering and protecting Naruto.
  • The Clan: Hinata is born into the Hyuga clan. She later marries into the Uzumaki clan.
  • 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 hits a midpoint between the two, with her outfit being more flattering but not quite as revealing as the Road To Ninja version. After Naruto realizes his love for her in the movie, he teases her about this.
  • Color Motifs: Hinata is mostly represented by the color purple, to be more precise lavender or a very light purple, along with cream and sometimes white.
  • Combination Attack:
    • She and Neji are able to combine their Vacuum Wall Palm skill to double its power.
    • She also pulls one off with Ino by guiding her Mind Transfer with her Byakugan in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc.
    • She combines her Twin Lion Fists with Naruto's Rasengan in The Last.
  • The Confidant: Seeing a kindred spirit in Hinata, Naruto lets the mask slip and he tells her how he really feels: he only puts up a strong front so people wouldn't know about his embarrassment and frustration at his own ineptitude. Considering that almost everyone in the village still avoids him like the plague, with even his teammates, while starting to grow somewhat fond of him, still finding him too annoying to be around a lot, let alone care about his problems, this was the only time he ever revealed his deep thoughts to anyone. But not only does she hear him out, she reassures him that he's truly strong because he never gave up trying to overcome his own failures. This is the foundation of their strong friendship and eventual romance.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her younger sister Hanabi considers her as such. See the Onee-sama entry below.
  • The Cutie: In Part I.
  • D-Cup Distress: In one of the chapters leading up to Road To Ninja, she is in the onsen... and is greatly embarrassed when her breasts keep floating up in the water.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: From a young age, she was subjected to extensive training as the heiress that left her little time for a normal childhood. Circumstances out of her control led to a strained relationship with her cousin, Neji. Her unwillingness to harm her sister in a duel to determine the clan's heiress led her to be disinherited. She was picked on for having the Byakugan. It's ultimately thanks to Naruto being in her life, and giving her the inspiration to persevere, that things got better.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has gotten two so far during Part II; once during the Invasion of Pain arc when she attempts to rescue Naruto from Pain and again during the Fourth Shinobi 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, where she is one of the main characters. And the main love interest, seeing as the movie acts as a canonical bridge to the epilogue in the manga, and is ultimately the tale of how she and Naruto fell in love.
  • Declaration of Protection: Part of her Love Confession to Naruto has her stating that she'll protect him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Gets only a passing mention in Naruto Gaiden.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Gets promoted to this role in The Last.
  • Devoted to You: Ever since they were children, Naruto has been the most precious person to Hinata and the one who has always inspired her to keep going and become stronger, not caring at all that everyone else in the village hated him. When she confessed her love for him, she outright told Naruto she is Not Afraid to Die for him.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Naruto confessing that he's in love with her was something she never expected.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: The reason why she gets taken by Toneri is so she can find intel on Tenseigan and save her sister.
  • Doting Parent: To her son and daughter.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Naruto finally realizes the true nature of his feelings for her and confesses his love to her in The Last, 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.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She grew out her hair after the Time Skip, which symbolized her maturity and newfound confidence and assertiveness.
  • 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..."
  • Family Theme Naming: In addition to her clan's sun theme naming. Hinata also shares a syllable with her sister, Hanabi, as well as her husband, Naruto.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Hinata is a very talented cook.
  • First Girl After All: She was introduced in Chunin Exams Arc (except in the 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.
  • First Love: Naruto. While he did have a one-sided crush on Sakura up until Chapter 469, Naruto's first experience of true love was with Hinata. Kishimoto himself explicitly stated that Sakura was Naruto's first crush, while Hinata is his first love. Hence, the Tagline for The Last is "The last story is the First Love." As explained in The Last, Naruto's initial crush on Sakura, which was never actual romantic love, was largely fueled by his rivalry with Sasuke, whom Sakura always loved—which was implied back in Chapter 3.
  • Flower Motifs: In the fourth databook, Hinata's name is referred as a pure white lily. The same flowers were put on Neji's grave during his funeral.
  • 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 B.S.O.D. after Neji's death, and Obito's Breaking Speech seemed to take an effect on him.
  • Girly Bruiser: Very feminine, but a great and strong willed fighter nonetheless, especially in Part II.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: In her fight with Neji during the Chunin Exams, he says "You really are a naive and spoiled child of the Main House" for attempting to fight him, the prodigy of the Hyuga clan. However, she turns the tables on him by saying that he is the one fighting fate. Naturally, this nearly gets her killed.
  • Good Parent: Hinata becomes a kind and loving mother to her and Naruto's children, Boruto and Himawari.
  • Go Through Me: Jumped to Naruto's defense when he was pinned down by Pain despite knowing that it would almost certainly get her killed. She nearly got Stuffed in the Fridge as a result.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She's The Ojou and wears predominantly purple/lavender clothing.
  • Grew a Spine: As shown to have become more willing to facing very powerful foes for the ones she loves, especially Naruto.
  • Grow Old with Me: Naruto's proposal to her at the end of The Last, after he finally realized the true nature of his feelings for her.
    Naruto: "I want to be with you. Now and forever, until I die... I want to be with you, and only you, Hinata!"
  • Guile Heroine: While not to the extent of Shikamaru or Shino, she manages to use wits from time to time. In The Last she forms a plan to save Hanabi and destroy the Tenseigan that succeeds through adaptation and improvisation.
  • 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. An official illustration depicting her present family, has her blush and smile at her husband's side.
  • The Heart: Hyuga Hinata can be considered this for the Hyuga clan and Team 8, even after she Took a Level in Badass. This is one of the reasons why she is very popular with the fanbase.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Formerly this. She was initially slated to be the heiress of the Hyuga clan, until she lost a duel against her sister, Hanabi. Which resulted in her being passed over in favor of Hanabi.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Due to her insecurities and inferiority complex, she can get really down on herself, as shown in Chapter 559 and The Last. Kiba, Shino, Neji (post-Character Development), and especially Naruto are always quick to reassure her.
  • Hidden Buxom: She was busty even as a 12-year-old, as shown by the clothes she wore for the third part of the Chunin Exams 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: The Last shows she is capable of playing speed chess.
  • Hime Cut: Her longer hair in Part II, befitting her status as the heiress of the illustrious Hyuga clan and her newfound confidence and assertiveness.
  • Holding Hands: She stated numerous times that it's her goal to catch up to Naruto and be able to hold his hand. She finally achieved it after she snapped him out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. 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.
  • Hope Bringer: She is this to Naruto during some of the darkest moments of his life in the main series.
  • Hot Consort: Becomes this to her husband, Naruto, when he becomes the Seventh Hokage.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Along with Hot-Blooded and Stripperiffic in the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Her reaction to Naruto's first Love Confession in The Last, especially since earlier she thought she had lost her chance to be with him.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Hinata has always wanted to be loved and acknowledged by her family.
  • Image Song: "Fuyu no Owari ni" ("At the End of Winter"), performed in character by Nana Mizuki to promote The Last.
  • 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.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Hinata nearly avoids this. She acquires exponential damage to her body's chakra system and heart from facing Neji in the preliminaries. She still feels the affects of such a strain on her body that she breaks out in a violent coughing fit during the fight between Neji and Naruto a month later and subsequently passes out.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She is this to Naruto, even calling her doomed rescue from Pain an act of her selfishness.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In The Last, when Hinata mistakes Naruto's green scarf as a gift from another womannote , she tearfully wishes him well with the supposed owner of that scarf and decides to stop pursuing him. This is ultimately why, when Naruto realizes his love for her and starts being incredibly unsubtle with his feelings, she became, ironically, Oblivious to Love.
  • 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 and Knight: Hinata is the Lady (of the Hyuga Clan, with a gentle nature, especially towards Naruto) to Naruto's Knight (a ninja with unyielding passion to those he loves, Hinata in particular) of a good variant.
  • Lady of War: She slowly evolves into this in Part II. 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 flowing hair and you get a pretty graceful female fighter.
  • Laugh of Love: There are at least two instances where Hinata giggled after her crush and, eventually, her lover Naruto said something foolish. The first time was at the end of the first part of the Chuunin Exams. The second time was in The Last, while the two of them were investigating an abandoned shinobi village.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In some fillers but Subverted when she faces Pain to protect Naruto (although not in the anime version).
  • Light is Good: With her bright purple (lavender) and cream (white) color clothing and gentle spirited personality, she definitely counts as this, though this made her a outcast in her hardcore home.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Hinata manages to bear similarities to both Minato and Kushina.
    • Hinata matches Minato in personality: Both are quiet ninjas who are nice people, and have always loved their boisterous counterpart (Naruto and Kushina, respectively) since they were young children.
    • Despite their differences in personality, Hinata and Kushina both went through a lot of the same life events and share certain hobbies, which is how the Generation Xerox sets in: Both were bullied as children because of a physical feature of theirs; Hinata, her Byakugan eyes and Kushina, her red hair. Both were kidnapped by Kumo ninja when they were younger because of the powers they possessed. Both were Not Afraid to Die to protect Naruto because of their love for him. Both enjoy knitting scarves. Both fell in love with their husbands in the same way: Rescue Romance. The Red String of Fate was utilized in both rescue scenarios. Both attracted the attentions of their husbands because they are Action Girls. Both are considered Supreme Chefs by their husbands. Finally, both are considered very beautiful by their husbands partly because of their long flowing hair, albeit with completely different hair colors.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She saved Naruto from his own doubts and even moments when he was on the brink of despair. Considering what he has to go through on a daily basis, it's not surprising that she's his rock.
    • Naruto's emotional dependency on her first became apparent during the Invasion of Pain arc. Along with still reeling from his master Jiraiya's death, Naruto has just seen his village completely demolished, confirmed that his sensei Kakashi is dead, and just saw his frog-sensei get killed in front of him, and yet he still maintains control of his emotions. But as soon as he is Forced to Watch Pain almost fatally stab Hinata with one of his chakra rods, right after she sincerely confessed her love to him, Naruto crosses the Despair Event Horizon, completely loses his will to live, and nearly releases the Nine-Tails.
      Naruto: When Pain struck Hinata I was so mad, so full of rage, my heart instantly connected with the Kyuubi's will.
    • If one were to keep a close eye on their interactions throughout the manga, Naruto seems calmer around Hinata and more open about his insecurities with her than with anybody else, as if being with her takes away—or, to be more precise, be at peace with—all the pain he's been through in his life.
    • In The Last, when Hinata "rejects" his first Love Confession (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) gets a Heroic B.S.O.D. so bad that he comes very close to giving up on everything.
    • This quote from Sakura Hiden explicitly states how important Hinata is to Naruto:
      "Throughout that mission, Naruto realized that Hinata's being was irreplaceable and essential to him."
  • 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 Confession: Finally confesses her love to Naruto when she tries to save him from Pain in Chapter 437.
    Hinata: "I used to always cry and give up... I made many wrong turns... But you... You helped me find the right path... I always chased after you... I wanted to catch up to you... I wanted to walk beside you all the time... I just wanted to be with you... You changed me! Your smile is what saved me! That is why I am not afraid to die protecting you!! Because... I love you..."
  • Love Floats: In the final scene of The Last, she and Naruto have their Big Damn Kiss while floating in mid-air.
  • Love Triangle: She loves Naruto, who had a one-sided shallow crush on Sakura up until Chapter 469, making this a Type 5.
  • Luminescent Blush: Happens a lot when she looks at Naruto, mostly in Part I. Sometimes her whole face lights up.
  • Made of Iron: She's 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.
    • Happens again in her short fight with Pain, taking an attack by someone who's already single-handedly leveled the whole village and killed multiple high-level ninja and then getting stabbed through the chest, yet she survives it. The anime takes it further, where she gets repeatedly beaten down by Pain's attacks but manages to keep getting back up until she's finally impaled—and she still survives long enough to get treated by Sakura.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Her means sunny place/towards the sun, a fitting name for someone who manages to help Naruto during some of the darkest moments of his life.
  • 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.
  • Mindlink Mates: With Naruto, as shown in Chapter 677.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is never seen nor mentioned in the manga, because she never really had anything substantial to do with the plot. She hasn't even been named. However, her mother briefly appears as an addition to the anime in a family portrait during a flashback while she's fighting Pain, and cites her as the source of her kindness. She is not seen in the present day either, which strongly indicates that she passed away, given the fact she was not present at Hinata's wedding, her home life lacks the compassionate presence of a mother to alleviate her tribulations, and her husband has the hardened disposition of a widower.
  • Modest Royalty: Eldest daughter and former heiress of the Hyuga clan and was later given the title of Byakugan Princess, yet outside of her family she isn't treated differently from her peers, and she's the most modest looking out of the girls. Even when she marries Naruto and basically becomes the First Lady of Konoha, she's still as modest as always.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Hinata is probably the only person in the series that Sakura isn't cynical or easily angry towards, treating her like a surrogate younger sister.
    • In the filler arcs, Hinata can be this to Neji, post-Character Development.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • During a Filler episode of Part I, 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 Prologue to 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. Her Alternate Self in Road to Ninja fits this trope all the way through wearing short shorts and a top that shows her cleavage and bares her midriff.
    • 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.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: When she's next to her two children in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, she definitely gives more of a young-adult sister vibe than a fully matured woman.
  • Mundane Utility: During one of their dates. When her boyfriend, Naruto freaks out over an expensive menu, upon seeing that he's down on cash with her Byakugan, she proposes a cheaper alternative (Ichiraku Ramen) to spare him embarrassment.
  • Nerves of Steel: When the push comes to shove, she's utterly fearless, as shown as early as the Chunin Exams where she refutes her cousin Neji, and later when she faces against Pain, despite knowing she might not make it out alive, she remains calm and composed. Finally in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc, where despite her grief from Neji's sacrifice, she musters enough courage to give the despairing Naruto a Rousing Speech, that gets him back in the fight.
  • Nice Girl: Her most definitive and persistent character trait during the entire series, more so than any other female in the series. How nice is she? She forgave Neji for almost killing her. Also, she doesn't put on airs, act prissy and/or as Shikamaru would say, isn't overly aggressive, demanding, or even scary (unless for a very valid reason instead of something petty or trivial). Finally, of all the canon girls Naruto has ever met, she is the only one who is by far the most sweet-tempered, honest, open-minded and patient towards him, despite all his flaws that made all the other girls (especially Sakura and Ino) condescending, mood-swingy and judgmental towards him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is on the receiving end of one with Neji during the Chunin 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.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Part of her character arc has her willingly facing foes far above her league without any hint of fear, completely willing to die for the sake of her loved ones, like the time with Pain, and again against Obito where she was ready to take the bullet for Naruto, until Neji stepped in to shield the both of them.
  • Oblivious to Love: Naruto finally realizes his love for her in The Last, but she doesn't notice it at all until he spits it out. What makes this painfully ironic is that Naruto had been oblivious to Hinata's feelings for years, even after she spat it out to him in the Invasion of Pain arc. Then, when he starts being incredibly unsubtle with his 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 finally become a couple in The Last and get married only a few months later. The epilogue shows them with two kids, a son and a daughter.
  • The Ojou: Raised to be proper and reserved.
  • One True Love: Naruto has spent almost all 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 two episodes that focus on their relationship even use the trope name.
  • Opposites Attract: Hinata is a shy Proper Lady whose fighting style is precise and accurate, and she is in love with the Hot-Blooded boisterous Naruto whose fighting style is unorthodox and full of surprises, and he eventually falls in love with her too. Even more so with their clothing in Part II: Orange and Black for Naruto, Lavender and White for Hinata, like yin and yang, although Naruto is actually the yang (light) to Hinata's yin (dark).
  • Panthera Awesome: Her Gentle Step Twin Lion Fists.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: She has been carrying the torch for Naruto that goes all the way back to their childhood days and lasts the duration of the whole series. True to the trope, instead of being upfront, she takes it slowly, by cultivating a strong bond of friendship with him, eventually culminating in The Last where her patience is finally rewarded, as he realizes his feelings for her and reciprocates her love, and the two become a couple.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She is put in a black Gothic inspired one for her wedding to Toneri after being turned into one of his puppets; upon being freed from the mind-control by Naruto, she turns this into a Battle Ballgown.
  • Plucky Girl: She is one of the first to adopt Naruto's ninja way after all:
  • The Power of Love: The single presence of Naruto can literally change her from a Shrinking Violet to an Action Girl.
  • Power of Trust: She and Naruto have placed a great amount of trust in each other since the Chunin Exams arc.
  • 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.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: She gives one to Toneri in The Last, right before she reclaims Hanabi's eyes.
    Hinata: "I'm taking Hanabi's eyes back."
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a fur coat in Part I.
  • Proper Lady: Has shades of this, especially since she comes from the Hyuga clan, which is the most prominent clan in Konoha. 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 in Part II, The Last reveals that Hinata, like Toneri, possesses Hamura's chakra as well, and this chakra is colored purple.
  • The Quiet One: For the longest time, Hinata was the only female example in the manga, until Konan appeared in Part II.
  • 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 II, her hair has reached the middle of her back. In The Last, it almost reaches her hips.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has dark blue hair and fair skin, and she grew pretty well into her looks. By the time The Last takes place, she is considered very beautiful not just by Naruto, but by none other than Toneri.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Sakura's Red. Whereas Hinata is a Shy Blue Haired Nice Girl who can barely talk to Naruto until Part II, Sakura is a Hot-Blooded rose-haired Tsundere who is ready to inflict unnecessary damage on Naruto. By Part II, even their fighting styles became total opposites to each other's: they both use chakra, but Sakura is using it to increase the strength of her punches to monstrous levels, making her a Cute Bruiser, whereas Hinata is using the Pressure Point-based Gentle Fist-style of the Hyuuga clan, making her a Lady of War. Furthermore, as a result of their respective personalities and body figures, Sakura has A-Cup Angst whereas Hinata is hiding her buxom figure in baggy clothes. Also, according to the anime, Sakura is a Lethal Chef whereas Hinata is a supreme one.
  • 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 reveals 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 began 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 met, albeit with a different place and different time.
  • Returning the Handkerchief: In The Last, she does this with a handmade red scarf.
  • Romance Genre Heroines: Mainly The Nurturer, while also bearing traits of The Crusader.
  • Rousing Speech: She gives one to Naruto before he duels Neji and then a very impressive one during his fight with 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!"
  • Rule of Seven: In love with Naruto, a member of Team 7, confesses to Naruto in Chapter 437 (4+3=7). The final chapter (Chapter 700), shows her Happily Married to Naruto, the 7th Hokage. The 7th Shippuden movie shows her and Naruto finally becoming an Official Couple, the two sharing their First Kiss, and having their wedding in the credits. Also, her voice actress is Nana Mizuki.
  • Ship Tease: As one of Naruto's two potential Love Interests, she naturally has a lot with Naruto, although it really became more significant beginning in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc. 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, Naruto hearing her mentally call out for him when she's hit by the Infinite Tsukuyomi and immediately trying to rush to her aid, and finally Naruto standing by Hinata's side during Neji's funeral. Eventually culminates into the ultimate bout of Ship Tease, an entire canonical movie dedicated to how they fell in love. As the epilogue confirms, 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. This is largely because of the damage her ultra-strict father's family did to her self-esteem, as well as her huge crush on Naruto. When she first saw Naruto after nearly three years she fainted, twice in the anime. When said guy is in trouble, however, she is ready to die for him. She does gradually outgrow her shyness in Part II; she's still quiet and soft-spoken, but she's also much more confident in herself and her abilities.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: See her Shrinking Violet and she has dark blue hair.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: She did this a lot when talking to Naruto in Part I. Still provides the page pic, which is taken from her first on-screen appearance in the anime.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Hinata wore a baggy hoodie or coat throughout the series to signify her insecurity and shy nature. By the time of The Last she wears a sleeveless sweater, short shorts, and even Zettai Ryouiki as her shinobi attire, which signifies that she has outgrown most of her shyness and is much more confident.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's very kind and polite, but she's also a very talented fighter possessing Nerves of Steel. In The Last, she gives Toneri a very powerful demonstration of the trope.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has only ever shown romantic feelings for Naruto. It's this fact that allows Sakura to snap Naruto out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. after Hinata "rejects" him in The Last; as Sakura puts it, Hinata has only ever had eyes for him, and that's something that will never change.
  • 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, and later developed feelings for, Naruto when he defended her against three bullies when they were kids.
  • Snow Means Love: She met Naruto on a snowy day not too long before they entered the Academy, and she has been in love with him ever since. Snow remains a reoccurring motif during Hinata's character arc (in part due to her birthday being on December 27th), but none more so than in The Last, which depicts the final, major developments of her romance with Naruto, which kept getting pushed to the background throughout the main series.
  • Speech-Impeded Love Interest: She had a rather pronounced stutter throughout her childhood due to her abusive upbringing and self-confidence issues. In Part I, she trips over her own words and says "Ano/Um" a lot more than necessary. It's taken Up to Eleven in some fanfics that have her stutter on every syllable. By Part II, she stops stuttering so much, even around her crush, Naruto. She completely loses her stutter by the Invasion of Pain arc. She and Naruto finally become a couple in The Last.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Downplayed. Hinata has a crush on Naruto because of his ambition and ideals, but suffers from painful shyness, and is thus forced to admire him from afar. Also, her feelings for him are genuine, rather than an overobsessive crush. This makes her one of the more sympathetic examples out there, since she is very clearly shown to truly care about him. And her aforementioned shy nature makes it hard for her to approach Naruto, primarily in Part I. She completely dropped this behavior in Part II, and her feelings became a symbol of real love when she attempted to save him from Pain.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The anime shows that Hinata takes after her mother in appearance. Her own daughter with Naruto, Himawari, takes after her as well, although she has Naruto's face, whiskers, and Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • 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.
  • Stunned Silence: Her reaction to Naruto saying that he liked people like her in the Chunin Exams arc, and then when he reveals that he's in love with her in The Last.
  • 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 for her own son with Naruto, Boruto, who inherits his father's Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • Super Senses: Byakugan grants nearly 360 degree vision and telescopic view.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to the databooks, her favorite food are cinnamon rolls and zenzai (red bean soup); coincidentally, the latter is also the kind that Naruto likes as well.
  • Tears of Joy: In the Invasion of Pain arc, she shed tears of relief upon learning that Naruto managed to defeat Pain, and when he returned to the village safe and sound. She does this twice in The Last: first, when Naruto wholeheartedly accepts the remains of the red scarf she made for him, she tears up and smiles. At the end of the movie, when Naruto proposes to her, she sheds a Sparkling Stream of Tears in elation.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Is seen knitting a red scarf many times in The Last.
  • Through His Stomach: In a filler episode, Naruto eats one of her rice balls and compliments her by telling her she's going to make a good wife someday.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Sakura's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Part II, she not only becomes assertive and much more confident, but she starts putting a good use to her abilities.
  • Tough Love: It appears that becoming a mother has made her more stern in the Boruto anime, with Boruto in particularly.
  • Tranquil Fury: Rarely shows anger due to her kind demeanor, but whenever she does, it manifests itself as this.
    • In The Last, Toneri was the recipient of such fury in a very scary moment.
    • According to the Boruto anime, this is how she scolds her son, Boruto, to a high degree of success. The boy may be resentful towards his increasingly busy father, but he's very scared to cross lines with his mother.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her dark blue hair qualifies her for this, especially since it's 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.
  • Twice Shy: With Naruto in The Last.
  • The Unchosen One: While she is The Chosen One in The Last, she is this to Naruto in the main series, being there for him during some of the most important battles of his life, such as against Neji, Pain, and Obito.
  • The Unfavourite: Her father resented her for being gentle and shy, preferring her more aggressive younger sister Hanabi as an heiress. They seem to be on better terms after the Chunin Exams arc, though he still doesn't consider her good enough to be a leader for the war, feeling that she isn't ready yet.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Played Straight for the majority of the main series. Eventually Subverted in the epilogue, and is completely Averted in The Last.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: While not particularly uptight, Hinata is more reserved and quiet in comparison to her crush and, eventually, her lover, Naruto.
  • Uptown Girl: With Naruto. Played With, as Hinata was the heiress of the illustrious Hyuga clan and probably the closest Konoha had to a princess after Tsunade left, while Naruto was the village pariah. However, by the time their romance actually starts during The Last, Naruto had already become the Homegrown Hero who had saved the world, along with (presumably) being revealed as the son of the Fourth Hokage. Even if anyone wanted to object a relationship between them, they couldn't because Naruto's credentials and achievements far outstripped any possible obstacles in regards to his social status. In fact, one could argue that Hinata is the one marrying above her station. However, it's ultimately Zig-Zagged because she's still a member of the Hyuga clan's main branch and she became the Byakugan Princess in The Last, so despite Naruto's credentials and achievements, Hinata is still considered royalty by the time they get together.
  • 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.
  • Waif-Fu: Her clan's specialty is the "Gentle Fist" technique, which rather than using crippling damage delivers a short, intense burst of energy to block a chakra point, preventing the use of ninja techniques (and potentially the use of limbs, or organs). In the anime, she's also shown the ability to improve the "near perfect defense" technique to a "truly perfect defense", and turns the Gentle Fist into something that would make Kenshiro start to shed Manly Tears. For the longest time, she did this occasionally. She would have demonstrated her strength more often earlier on, had it not been for her crippling self-esteem issues, which were only sporadically overcome by following Naruto's example. By the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc, after she becomes assertive and has gained a lot more confidence, she starts actively showing off her strength, especially when she masters the Sixty-Four Palms and combines it with her Twin Lion Fists.
  • 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 just the way he is, rather than 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 long 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.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Her plan of destroying the Tenseigan core orb in The Last, despite a few setbacks, succeeds through adapting to circumstances, taking advantage of opportunities, and accepting help when offered, especially from Naruto.
  • 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 in the Chunin Exams arc 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 three years later during the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc, when she's hard on herself because he had to save her while she was supposed to be protecting him, and he echoes what she said to him back then.
    Hinata: (thinking) "The one we're supposed to protect is always protecting us. I'm really useless."
    Naruto: "Don't let it bother you, Hinata. You protected me twice already. I can't let you keep doing that. It's not cool!"
    Hinata: "I-I wasn't worried or anything..."
    Naruto: "I can see it in your eyes. Don't be so hard on yourself! You are strong!"
    Hinata: (thinking) "Thank you, Naruto-kun."
  • You Are Not Alone: A part of the foundation of her close friendship and eventual romance with Naruto. She serves as a living reminder of the fact that he is not alone, no matter how bad the situation is or what the overwhelming odds are, and vice-versa.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bonus point for being the only one with this hair color in the all-brunette Hyuga clan. She in turn, passes this on to her and Naruto's daughter Himawari.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A-grade type when combined with her shorts in The Last.

    Kiba Inuzuka 

Kiba Inuzuka

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

Heh, I don't know what's going on, but I'm always up for getting wild.
Click here to see his pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 Part II, he has developed his sense of smell to the point that it is superior to that of a dog's. When the Fourth Shinobi World War started, he was placed in the Fifth Division along with Shino, his sister Hana, and Ino.

After the events of the war, Kiba's dream of becoming Hokage were never realized, though he does settle down years later with his new love interest, Tamaki, a beautiful girl with a fondness for cats.

His hobby is taking walks with Akamaru.
Favorite word: "Akamaru"

  • Action Pet: Akamaru.
  • Animal Motifs: Dogs, given his clan's technique are combining shinobi/kunoichi with their canine partner and his physical characteristics are akin to a canine (vertical slit-like pupils, pronounced canine teeth, and nails that he can change into claws).
  • Attack Animal: Akamaru.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue shows that Akamaru has a litter of pups.
  • Badass Grandpa: Akamaru by the epilogue; he is a dog after all.
  • 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.
  • 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 Eater: In the omake of episode 95 he takes part to a ramen eating contest, and manages to eat 20 bowls of ramen in 20 minutes before fainting.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Akamaru in Part II!
  • 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.
  • Canis Major: Akamaru, especially after he got bigger, can perform jutsus with Kiba
  • Can't Catch Up: After losing to Naruto in the Chunin Exams (despite being physically stronger than him), Kiba fell behind Naruto until eventually the gap between the two of them became so large that Kiba lost any hope of ever surpassing Naruto.
  • 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 (Nekobaa's granddaughter).
  • Food Pills: Before Part II, 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 I was small enough to ride on Kiba's head.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He changes his look in Part II to include this look.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Kiba's main partner is ninja dog Akamaru.
  • Heroic Dog: Akamaru, known for protecting cats and kids all around Konoha from mean dogs, often as Kiba translates: 'Pick on someone your own size!'
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His keen sense of smell turns into quite the horrible experience when Naruto (accidentally) farts in his face.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Kiba can ride on Akamaru in Part II.
  • 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. He can still be one at times, though not as much.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: In his battle with Naruto, he scoffs at Naruto's dream of being Hokage.
    "You? Hokage? You can't even beat me! No-one's deluded enough to think that you have what it takes to become the next Hokage, not even you! Tell you what, though… I'll become Hokage in your place!"
  • 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.
  • Love at First Sight: Kiba with Tamaki in "The Beast that was Shot by Love!!" manga omake. Akamaru, however, disapproves.
  • Meaningful Name: Kiba means "fang" and Inuzuka literally means "hill of dogs".
  • Messy Hair: Kiba has messy, brown hair.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Tamaki.
  • Opposites Attract: Kiba, a dog lover, is in a relationship with Tamaki, a cat lover.
  • Only Sane Man: With Shikamaru in regards to Sasuke's announcement of wanting to become Hokage.
  • Papa Wolf: Kiba — Never ever threaten Akamaru if you know what's good for you.
  • 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: His Four Legs jutsu which gives him beast like agility and the ability to move his hands and feet like a dog.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Kiba's favorite foods are beef jerky and cartilage.
  • Running on All Fours: He usually will do this performing one of his jutsus.
  • Red Is Heroic: He has red Facial Markings that resemble fangs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the brash and outspoken Red 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.
  • Satellite Character: Akamaru doesn't get much of a character, except for being Kiba's partner and best friend.
  • Shipper on Deck: He seems to approve of Hinata's attraction to Naruto and even considers it to be mutual; when the entire Alliance arrives to back up Naruto, Bee, Kakashi and Guy in Chapter 611, Kiba 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 Exams 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.
  • Super Senses: Like the rest of his clan, Kiba has razor sharp smelling skills.
  • 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. He's still kind of a Jerkass, but he has learned not to mock his opponents.
  • 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.

    Shino Aburame 

Shino Aburame

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

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.
Click here to see his pre-Timeskip appearance 

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. Years after the Fourth Shinobi War comes to an end, Shino becomes a new instructor at the Ninja Academy and goes on to teach the new generation of ninjas, similar to Iruka.

His hobbies are Entomology, and collecting new specimens for his insect collection.
Favorite phrase: "trump card"

  • Animal Motifs: Like his clan, Shino uses the bugs that dwell within his body as weapons.
  • Anti-Hero: Probably the best example of the Konoha 12, not counting Sasuke.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: At least once, though his fighting style probably allows him to pull this off on other occasions.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like Shikamaru, Shino prevails in battles by systematically staying several steps ahead of the enemy, as well as keeping a good distance away to avoid his enemies' attacks.
  • 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.
  • Big Eater: As shown in the omake to Shippuden episode 95, where he took part to a ramen eating contest and managed to eat 18 bowls in 10 minutes before fainting. Justified because he eats for his bugs too.
  • Butt Monkey: In Boruto, he's an academy teacher. But he's barely respected by his students and struggle with the lack of recognition from them. He even consulted with ( Now retired ) Kurenai who told him that everyone knows he isn't good at teaching, but that he should continue and do it as he see fit.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Very ruthless and creative with his bugs during combat. During his fight with Zaku in the Chunin 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 Time Skip 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.
  • Dark is Not Evil: Shino control bugs, that are colored black, and he's a Creepy Good hero.
  • 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 All Children: A filler episode has Shino talking to Academy students on being a ninja. He would go on to become the Academy instructor.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.: Shino has one in Konoha Hiden when he becomes convinced that the rest of Team 8 is moving on without him. The thought of being left behind scares him so much that he considers becoming The Hermit to avoid rejection.
  • Heroic Host: To a colony of Life Energy eating beetles.
  • In the Hood: In part II he adds a hooded coat to his wardrobe.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shino is ruthless in combat and isn't really an open person, but he values his teammates, and has shown to be quite brave.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. 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 Chunin 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.
    • To a lesser degree, his bugs tend to be eaten when he uses them.
  • Security Blanket: Shino admits that his hood and jacket function as such in Konoha Hiden. He won't take them off even when his suspicious appearance jeopardizes the mission.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Shippuden Episode 279, Shino refers to Hinata's feelings for Naruto as the most crucial secret of the Allied Forces, much to her embarrassment.
  • Specs of Awesome: Wear oval, black sunglasses and has proven to be a promising ninja.
  • The Spock: Shino is the most stoic and strategically ruthless of Team 8.
  • 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.
  • Super Senses: Shino can tell the number of people in an area by putting his ear to the ground.
  • 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 

Kurenai Yuhi

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), Marcha Van Boven (French)
Fool. Anko asked me to buy her some dango.

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 Part II, she appears after the death of Asuma, where we learn that she's carrying his child. She makes sparse appearances afterwards, though she still thinks highly of her former students, especially Hinata. Kurenai is last seen in the epilogue with her daughter, Mirai, who goes on to become as talented as her father.

Her hobby is having evening drinks.
Favorite phrase: "Glory like a violet blooming a single day"

  • Action Girl: To a small extent. Kurenai put up a good fight against Itachi and Kisame with her genjutsu.
  • 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.
  • Flower Motifs: Associated with red poppies, especially in the anime.
  • Good Parents: Since becoming a single mother, Kurenai proved very capable, raising Mirai to be very cheerful and responsible.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Kurenai was devastated by Asuma's death, but moved on for the sake of their child.
  • I Want Grandkids: Her father pretty much said this to her when the Nine Tails 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.
  • Nice Girl: Kurenai is a caring and brave woman. She shows great care and concern towards her students and takes a vested interest in their growth, especially in regards to Hinata due to knowing full well how Hinata was viewed by her father. Her personality is unyielding, honest, and simple. She is also portrayed as the "big sister type".
  • Out of Focus: Well, her team in particular, she has never been seen together with said team since Part II 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.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Kurenai is a fair-skinned woman of slender build and has long black untamed hair reaching her upper back.
  • 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 I.
  • 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 in the Chunin Exams preliminaries and convinces the blond to take the offered medicine.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kurenai developed a romantic relationship with Former Teen Rebel Asuma, who now acts as responsible Team Dad to his students.
  • 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 Chunin 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 

Shikamaru Nara

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

How troublesome.
Click here to see his pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 the 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 Part II, 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 B.S.O.D. following Jiraya's death, announcing that he's going to take on Kurenai's kid as his apprentice.

In Part II, 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. Following the tragic death of his father, Shikamaru takes over as the brains of the Shinobi Alliance and resolves to become Naruto's adviser when he becomes Hokage.

Two years after the war, Shikamaru was assigned as leader of the team to rescue Hinata's kidnapped sister and, thanks to his expertise, ultimately helps save the world. Later he becomes adviser to the new Hokage Naruto, just as he wanted, as well as going on to marry Temari of the Sand Village; together they have one son, Shikadai Nara.

His hobbies are taking naps and playing shōgi against formidable opponents.
Favorite phrase: "How troublesome"

  • Action Survivor: Unlike the "born great" Sasuke or Kakashi , he has no motivation and is an average ninja (compared to the ridiculously overpowered main characters and bad guys). However, he has a genius level intellect, and when duty calls, he can use that intellect to defeat much stronger opponents. Significantly, he was one of the first characters in the series to defeat an Akatsuki member, and the first to defeat one in a one-on-one fight. With a hole in the ground and some string. Not to mention, this opponent was apparently immortal.
  • Always Second Best: Shikamaru has yet to beat his father at shogi.
  • Animal Motifs: Deer.
  • Ascended Extra: He's basically become a semi-main character and, besides Hinata, is the most developed of the Konoha 12 outside of Team 7. Later plays an important supporting role in the final movie.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Temari married and had a son named Shikadai at the end of the series.
  • 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).
  • Badass in Charge: When saving Sasuke along with the other Kohona members, Shikamaru found the greatest strategy to do so.
  • Batman Gambit: Loves using these in his strategies. For example using Hidan's sadism against him. When he fights Hidan one on one, Hidan could just kill Shikamaru with spikes, but since Hidan is a sadist who is obsessed with his religion, he still used his curse jutsu that made his allies vulnerable.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Starting with the Sasuke Recovery Mission Arc at the end of Part I, 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 his best friend Choji, whom he hass been encouraging ever since they were children.
  • 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's got dark hair and is generally a tactician who uses clever strategies rather than a direct fighter.
  • 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 Fourth Shinobi World War Arc where he's placed as commander of the fourth division as Gaara's proxy. One anime's omake lampshades this with Shikamaru suggesting that the series be renamed ''Shikamaru Shippuden'' with Temari as his co-star.
  • 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.
  • Broken Aesop: Shikamaru is pretty much a Broken Aesop. The story treats as if revenge is a bad thing and that this leads only to self-destruction. However Shikamaru was clearly satisfied with his revenge to Hidan, and didn't show any negative consequences for himself or others, with the story and the character treating Shikamaru subjecting Hidan to Fate Worse Than Death as a good thing.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Shikamaru is a genius strategist who is so lazy he'd rather hide his smarts than do paperwork.
  • 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 dropped his sexist views of women after his fight with Tayuya, which included being saved by Temari.
  • Character Tics: Closing his eyes and cupping his fingers allows him to come up with brilliant strategies.
  • 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.
  • The Consigliere: As Naruto's chief adviser.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Part II, 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: To Batman levels. He planned the entire fight with Kakuzu and Hidan before it happened and setup a hole to bury Hidan days in advance.
  • The Cynic: Shikamaru gained a cynical side towards his views on women because of his mother's Almighty Mom personality. He gets over it by the end of Part I.
  • 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.
  • Earned Stripes: The first of the group to make Chuunin. He wears the flak jacket as a kid in the Sasuke Retrieval Arc when it has only been seen on adults so far in the series.
  • 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 have 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 Recovery Mission Arc.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He even named himself "the number one at running away" or "the number one coward".
  • 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.
    • He has expressed a notably mature and modest interest in marriage and raising a family. He hopes to:
    "...marry a regular girl who isn't too ugly and not too pretty. Have two children, first a girl, then a boy. Retire after my daughter is married and my son becomes a successful ninja, and spend the rest of my life playing shōgi or Go. Then die of old age before my wife."
  • 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 I.Q.: It's said to be over 200.
  • Informed Ability: 200+ IQ is hard to establish, and a lot of the feats that are attributed to this intelligence are themselves informed, such as the idea that he had considered several dozen different scenarios for his fight with Temari, which he forfeited, claiming his chakra was at its limits. Even the method used to measure his IQ was incredibly suspect. IQ tests are dodgy to begin with, and the one Asuma (a potentially biased second party) somehow altered the test so that it would work as a board game without corrupting the results.
  • Insufferable Genius: Averted. Unlike Sasuke or (initially) Neji, Shikamaru doesn't brag about how smart he is.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Particularly when saying moping won't help anything.
    • He's right on how Naruto moping about Jiraiya's death won't solve anything and he has to go on and try to do what his teacher entrusted him to do.
    • When his and Ino's father were killed, he orders Choji to not try to comfort either him or Ino. It was cold, but necessary since they were in a war and had to focus. And not let their deaths be in vain.
    • In The Last, while his words may have been harsh, Shikamaru was right in calling out Naruto for moping about Hinata's "rejection" instead of trying to save her, Hanabi, and the world from Toneri.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not as apathetic as he seems. Shikamaru has a strong moral compass and sense of commitment towards his comrades. Even though, by his own testimony, he lacks bravery, he will sacrifice himself and face almost certain death, for the sake of his friends and/or villagers without a second thought. He's actually very sophisticated, even if he might be overly lazy.
  • 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 the latter becomes Hokage.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His (and Choji's) relationship with Ino.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Shikamaru's mother is obstinate, rough and pretty scary, but also has a sweet side. In several ways, she's similar to Temari, the girl who gets the most Ship Tease with Shikamaru and who he ends up marrying.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Not to the same extent as Hinata, but Shikamaru has been a help to Naruto at multiple points. He was the one to snap Naruto out of his funk when Jiraiya died, and his goal in life became advising Naruto once the latter became Hokage.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When we finally get to see him with his hair down.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Has one in Shikamaru Hiden, where he realises that he actually loves and wants to protect Temari. It's what helps him resist Gengo's charm and find the strength to fight against him.
  • 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.
  • Not So Stoic: Shikamaru is one of the hardest people to shake up, unless it involves the people he loves.
  • 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. He's almost as oblivious as Naruto when it comes to his own feelings. Shikamaru Hiden shows that he had to have his ass saved by Temari again in order to realize he was in love with her, even though he dreamt they were a couple during the Infintite Tsukuyomi.
  • 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.
  • Platonic Life Partners: He and Choji are this with Ino. Their clans usually go together and the three have become close friends but there's nothing romantic to their relationship, even as adults in the Distant Finale. Ironically their children argue a lot.
  • Photographic Memory: Shikamaru is implied to have this, considering he memorized Tayuya's finger patterns when she uses her flute for her jutsus.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: His Shadow Possession jutsu seems to get weaker each time he uses it in succession during a fight, regardless of how much chakra he has at the moment. During Shikamaru's fight with Hidan, the latter directly notes this even as he struggles to escape it for the third time.
  • Poisonous Friend: Shikamaru Hiden shows that he believes it's his duty to become this for Naruto. Subverted in that it's more to do with pragmatism rather than what's typical of this trope as he still maintains a strong sense of morals.
    The more the light shines, the darker the shadows grow. But as long as there was someone to take on the burden of those shadows, it would be fine. Shikamaru thought that it was his duty to be that "someone".
  • 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 the very calm and laid-back Blue compared to his more dynamic teammates' Reds.
  • Rescue Romance: It took Temari saving Shikamaru again in Shikamaru Hiden to have him realize his feelings for her.
  • Running Gag: During Part I, 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 World War.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Well Shogi (the Japanese equivalent) anyway.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Shikamaru took up the habit after Asuma's death.
  • The So-Called Coward: Shikamaru even calls himself a "coward". On the contrary, he's one of the bravest of his peers and has mastered being someone with Nerves of Steel.
  • Squishy Wizard: Shikamaru is lacking in any physical combat ability and will only resort to close ranged combat as a feint or last resort.
  • The Stoic: One of the hardest to crack or rile up.
  • 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.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Shikamaru has an IQ of 200 and fights with deep tactics, utilizing his Shadow Pin technique to take control of his opponent's body, and his techniques are used more for submission or incapacitation rather than doing heavy damage. Temari is a girl of strong personality and fights by blowing massive cutting winds at her opponents to overwhelm them.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: In spite of his snarky, apathetic demeanor, he strongly cares for his friends.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: At the beginning, Shikamaru didn't want to do much with his life. It was only after his sensei's death that he decided to start becoming more then what he thought he could be.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After Asuma's death, Shikamaru kept his sensei's lighter and Chakra Blades.
  • 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; he's chosen to become Naruto's adviser. It usually bites him in the ass since he doesn't have enough strength to pull a killing blow on a strong opponent like Tayuya or 9 sound ninjas.
  • 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.
    • He's also one of the few to realize there's something messed up with the way Naruto is treated by the village as a child.
  • Worthy Opponent: Viewed Tayuya of the Sound Five as one during their battle, a sentiment she begrudgingly reciprocated.
  • 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."

    Choji Akimichi 

Choji Akimichi

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (JP), Robbie Rist (EN), Alfonso Manjavacas (Spain), Manuel Campusano (Latin America), Thierry Janssen (French)
Click here to see his pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 Recovery Mission 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 Part II, 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. The events of the war helped in shaping up Choji's character further, enabling him to master his clan's forbidden techniques completely.

By war's end and by the time of the epilogue, Choji goes on to marry Karui of the Lightning Village and together they have one daughter, Chocho Akimichi.

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.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To his daughter Chocho, although she changes her mind after seeing him in his slim form.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One variant of the Akimichi clan's Body Expansion Technique.
  • Badass Beard: Cultivates an impressive one after the end of the War, which has grown even more impressive by the Epilogue.
  • 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.
  • Big Fun: He is a funny Big Eater who's willing to defend his friends with his life. But remember not to call him fat.
  • 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 Time Skip.
  • 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 Part II, 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.
  • Character Development:
    • As stated by his father and teacher, Chōji greatly lacked confidence in himself and his abilities which often times hindered his actions or even progression in some aspects. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, however, Chōji was able to overcome these issues and become one of the major contributing factors in the Allied Shinobi Forces turning the tide of the battle in their favour.
    • Since Part II of the series, his eating habits are more controlled and no longer interfere with his duties as a shinobi.
  • Comfort Food: Tends to eat a lot when he's upset.
  • Cowardly Lion: Mostly in Part I, but still has some attributes of this in Part II.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At least in Part I. When he's angered, he goes in complete badass mode.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: During the mission to retrieve Sasuke, Chouji brought his clan's trump card, a trio of special pills. The Akimichi rely on their Stout Strength to fight and so the special fills convert their excess body fat into chakra and power. Starting with the green spinach pill, the yellow mustard pill and lastly the red chili pill, each one makes him stronger, but the red one is especially dangerous. When Chouji is forced to use it, it increases his strength a hundredfold, but it is fatal and he would've died had Tsunade not been able to get to him on time and armed with the info on the pills.
  • Deadly Upgrade: As mentioned, the Akimichi food Pills.
  • 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.
  • Expy: A fat, bumbling ninja with spiky brown hair who has a scary Berserk Button and whose abilities involve growing giant, turning into a ball and/or trampling enemies while rolling? Rokai from Ninja Scroll: The Series.
  • 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 I in order to defeat Jirobou, Choji has to use the dangerous three colored Food Pills of his clan to give him enough power to win his battle.
  • Formerly Fat: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
    • Also the result when he eats the red, as it converts virtually all excess fat into chakra.
  • 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 sixteenth Head of the Akimichi clan after his father.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Choji would fall in love with and later marry Fiery Redhead, Karui.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: According to Asuma and his father, Choji's greatest weakness was his low self-confidence. He manages to overcome it.
  • 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.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: A boy to girl variant. He was more-or-less convinced that no girl would be able to see past his chubby exterior and fall in love with him.
    Choji: (to Choza) "Time's have changed. Girls aren't as open-minded."
    • Thankfully, he was wrong: the Epilogue reveals he and Karui got married and have a daughter, Chocho. And, as Naruto Gaiden shows, Karui doesn't care one bit about his eating habits, although she says she's not going to partake in eating king-sized lunch for breakfast.
  • Idiot Hero: Choji shows shades of this, although in quite a different way from Naruto. He prioritizes eating over his missions and lets himself get easily riled up when someone calls him "fat". He gets over the food fixation post-Time Skip, but "fat", "fatso", etc are still forbidden words.
  • Irony: He's a chubby Acrofatic tank, and yet his name doesn't sound hulking...
  • Kevlard: Chouji can use a jutsu to do this—justified, as he turns into a huge sphere of fat, and it's reasonable to assume his vital organs are somewhere in the center.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When someone pushes one of his Berserk Buttons, especially the "fat" one, he quickly loses his cool and attacks his enemy without any sort of plan. Kakuzu and the reanimated Asuma used this to their advantage.
  • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His (and Shikamaru's) relationship with Ino.
  • 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.
  • Megaton Punch: The Butterfly Bullet Bombing. An Elemental Punch he describes as being "heavier than life". It's what lands the killing blow on Jirobo.
  • 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.
  • Platonic Life Partners: He and Shikamaru are this with Ino. Their clans usually go together and the three have become close friends but there's nothing romantic to their relationship, even as adults in the Distant Finale. Ironically their children argue a lot.
  • 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.
  • Prehensile Hair: He can make it long and sharp to enhance his Rolling Attack.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Heavily implied. The kanji on his shirt and armor translates into "meat" and he's a big eater.
  • Red Is Heroic: In Part II, he sports a red suit with plated armour on his torso, arms, and upper legs, which is seemingly the standard attire for shinobi in his clan.
  • 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 Recovery Mission Arc and uses his hair as said razors in Part II.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears one in Part I.
  • Serious Business: The last piece of beef or chip.
  • Shipper on Deck: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has Choji agree with Ino that Temari is perfect for Shikamaru.
  • Size Shifter: In Part II, he gains the ability to increase his size.
  • Stout Strength: A fat ninja with super 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 Kakuzu 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: Choji was seldom seen without a bag of chips in Part I. Completely vanishes in Part II.
  • Undying Loyalty: Chouji's faith in Shikamaru is unwavering. Every time Jirobo remarked on Shikamaru leaving Chouji behind to die, Chouji angrily corrected him in that Shikamaru had faith he would come out victorious.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shikamaru and Choji are this in the Road to Ninja movie.

    Ino Yamanaka 

Ino Yamanaka

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

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.
Click here to see her pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 Part II 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.

After the events of the Fourth Shinobi War, Ino's maturation enables her to finally move past her affections for Sasuke and instead she goes on to love Sai. By the time of the epilogue, they have one son together, Inojin Yamanaka.

Her hobby is shopping.
Favorite phrase: "The many meanings of flowers"

  • Action Girl: Not until Part II. Then it allowed us to see how mentally and physically badass she can be.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her green eyes in the manga become blue in the anime.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sai refers to her as "Miss Beautiful" in Part II and in Shikamaru Hiden.
  • 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In Part II, she stops wearing the bandages on her midriff that she wore when she was younger.
  • 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, albeit with Hinata's assistance.
  • Bully Hunter: How she ended up befriending Sakura in the first place.
  • Character Development:
    • By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino has demonstrated more bravery and confidence, so much so that she was unfazed when told by Shikamaru how powerful the Gold and Silver Brothers were. She even told her team-mates to man-up when their resolves began to waver. Keeping to the promise she made to Asuma, Ino has resolved to put her life on the line, to protect her team-mates and her village no matter what. By the time her father died, he believed that she had truly blossomed into the bush clover of the Yamanaka family, and is proud of her bonds with her friends.
    • As a married mother, her personality remains largely the same as she easily scares her son for being late. At the same time, she has developed a great respect for her clan's traditions and legacy, very adamant about passing on the Yamanaka techniques to Inojin and continuing the custom of forming a new generation of Ino–Shika–Chō.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Sasuke in Part I. 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. Heck, all of the InoShikaCho combinations are this.
  • 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. 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.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Her irises are black and her pupils are light blue. They're also gigantic, as if they're eternally dilated.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her outfit post-Time Skip. And contrary to Hinata, she doesn't try to hide her buxom.
  • Faux Action Girl: The girl was touted as one of the most talented kunoichi, but the plot doesn't back up the claim until Part II.
  • Flower Motifs: From a young age, her father, Inoichi, raised her to embody the meaning of the bush clover, which symbolizes a blunt, candid love.
  • Girly Bruiser: Very girly, but aggressive too.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: A girly girl who can kick ass.
  • 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 II, 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 databooks, Ino graduated second in her class behind Sasuke, but she doesn't show off her skills until Part II.
  • 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...
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with both Shikamaru and Choji.
  • The Load: Feels like this in the Shiitenshounin Arc and in the Three-Tails' Appearance 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 grows out of 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 him, falling in love with and later marrying Sai.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Unlike her contemporaries, she kept her Yamanaka surname after marriage. Probably 'helps' that her husband Sai doesn't remember his original last (or first) name, due to his former Root training, which led to him taking on Yamanaka as a last name in their marriage.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: For Sai. She's the sole person he doesn't insult with his bluntness (just see her Affectionate Nickname).
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Part II, she became Hotter and Sexier, no longer wore the bandages that covered her stomach, and also wore fishnet tights. In The Last and fillers taking place during that time period, she wore a long skirt that completely hid her legs, but became even more attractive and wore an even shorter shirt than in Part II.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Glomps Sasuke whenever possible in Part I. He isn't there in Part II for us to see if she's got over it.
  • Odango Hair: During the Chunin Exams finale in Part I.
  • Official Couple: With Sai.
  • Opposites Attract: Again, with Sai She's highly emotional and socially savvy, while he's an Emotionless Boy that lacks social skills.
  • 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.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Ino is this with Shikamaru and Choji. Their clans usually go together and the three have become close friends but there's nothing romantic to their relationship, even as adults in the Distant Finale. Ironically their children argue a lot.
  • Power Perversion Potential: The Mind-Body Transfer Technique.
  • Pride: Ino takes a great deal of pride in her appearance, which is evident even during her younger days in the Academy. She also takes great effort to keep up as well as improve her appearance, as seen from her constant dieting to lose weight in the belief it will make her more attractive.
  • Psychic Powers: Mind Control, Mind Probe, Possession, Sensing and Telepathy are all part of her families special abilities.
  • Purple is Powerful: The main color scheme of her clothing is purple.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In Part II, Ino's reaches to her waist. Goes down to her knees in The Last.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The more dynamic, loud Red to Shikamaru's calm and disinterested Blue.
    • Ino is the elegant Blue to Sakura's rough-house Red.
  • Sarashi: Part of her outfit in Part I.
  • 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.
    • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 shows that Ino thinks Temari is perfect for Shikamaru.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After getting over her crush on Sasuke, Ino appears to have develop this with Sai. Their first meeting has him referring to her as "Miss Beautiful". They end up marrying and having a son, Inojin.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's an illusionist and a mind hacker, not a warrior.
  • Stripperiffic: Much less post-Time Skip, despite actually showing more skin.
  • 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.
  • The Tease: Very confident in her seductive abilities.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Sakura's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the Fourth Shinobi War, her timing with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved to a point that she only needs a target to be briefly immobilized in order to invade their mind. According to Inoichi, her use and releasing of the technique has improved drastically.
  • Tsundere: Lovestruck with Sasuke, tomboyish with everyone else. Although after Part I 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 

Asuma Sarutobi

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN), Iván Jara (Spain), Andrés García (Latin America), Robert Dubois (French)
The "kings" are the unborn children who will grow up to take care of the leaf.

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. A highly talented jōnin-level shinobi, having even once been part of the Twelve Guardian Ninja — an elite hand-picked team which served to protect the Land of Fire's daimyō, a role which later earned him a bounty of 35,000,000 ryō.. 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 Part II, 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 soul later moves on when Edo Tensei is undone, with his memory living on in his wife and new daughter Mirai.

His hobby was to play shōgi.
Favorite phrase: "Not right now!"

  • Badass Beard: Asuma has a very cool, spiky beard.
  • Badass Teacher: The formidable sensei of Shikamaru, Ino, and Choji.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to Kabuto resurrecting him. He gets sent back to the dead after his students defeat him.
  • Blow You Away and Razor Wind: His main abilities.
  • Character Death: He was killed by Hidan.
  • Chess Motifs: Uses lots of shogi motifs referring to Shikamaru as a knight and himself as a gold general and of course his famous line as seen by his page quote.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kurenai.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily kills nine Sound Ninja who would have been too much for Naruto, Sakura and Shikamaru combined.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Around the time of his death, we learned much about his character, such as his past and family relations.
  • Disappeared Dad: He becomes one himself after his death at the hands of the Akatsuki.
  • Everyone Can See It: His relationship with Kurenai.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Asuma had a disagreement with his father and left Konoha to pursue his personal interests. During his absence, he became one of the Twelve Guardian Ninja, a group that protected the Land of Fire's daimyō, indicated by the sash on his waist.
  • Friend to All Children: Heavily implied. Asuma stated that "The King" are the children of the next era.
  • Generation Xerox: He and his father both had their A Death in the Limelight in episode 80.
  • Knife Nut: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Nice Guy: As blunt as he was to his students, he cared for them like they were his own kids. Other than that, Asuma was a fairly laid-back person.
  • Not a Date: With Kurenai.
  • One Last Smoke: Before his death. In the manga, Shikamaru finishes it for him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Shikamaru asks if something is troubling Asuma when his teacher isn't smoking one of his cigarettes. It turns out that Kurenai is pregnant with his child.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Its implied his strained relationship with the Third was due to him being a good ninja living in the shadow of a great one.
  • Playing with Fire: Uses an ash-based jutsu to try to burn Hidan, and gets fairly badly burned himself when Hidan's jutsu effect kicks in.
  • Power Fist: His knives had one built in.
  • Praetorian Guard: He used to be one for the Daimyo of the Land of Fire.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death brought up a major change in the arc's feel and Shikamaru's character.
  • Shout-Out: In the Ultimate Ninja Storm games, he gives one to Jojos Bizarre Adventure with his Oraoraoraoraora. He quotes Jotaro too in Ultimate Ninja 5 during his first Ultimate Jutsu: "Yare Yare Daze !"
  • Smoking Is Cool: Even in death. Temporarily stops when especially concerned or upset, though.
  • So Proud of You: When Zombie Asuma sees how much Ino, Shikamaru and Choji have grown, he outright states this and the look on his face says it all.
  • Spellblade: His main focus of Razor Wind.
  • Team Dad: To Shikamaru, Ino and Chouji. But especially to Shikamaru, who he acts as a second father to.
  • Weapon of Choice: Asuma always uses his Chakra Blades.

Team Guy

    Rock Lee 

Rock Lee

Voiced by: Yoichi Masukawa (JP), Brian Donovan (EN), Fernando Cabrera (Spain), Carlos Castillo (Latin America), Jean-Pierre Denuit (French)

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!
Click here to see his pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 Recovery Mission 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 Part II, he appears in the first major arc, backing Team Kakashi 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.

By war's end, Rock Lee moves past his affections for Sakura and marries another woman. He is later seen in the epilogue taking up the mantle of his former teacher Gai in spouting the "Spirit of Youth" with his son, Metal Lee.

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"

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He was briefly a male example towards Sakura, with Sakura dodging his blown kisses, until he earned her respect by defending her from the Sound ninjas.
  • 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.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: LOVES these.
  • Badass Adorable: Can be quite sensitive and Adorkable at times.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rock Lee is one of the most well-mannered and polite characters, but he's also a master of martial arts, being able to defeat characters like Sasuke Uchiha very easily.
  • 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 Madara Uchiha. 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.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A Love Freak with Big Ol' Eyebrows but is a Taijutsu 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: Lee practically embodies this trope, even by ninja standards. Not having the ability to control chakra, he constantly trains with insane exercises like always wearing leg weights that appear to have the same mass as a small house. Each.
  • Combination Attack: Has one with Guy where they attack with a powerful jump kick from each side of an enemy. Also one with Neji combining Rotation and Primary Lotus
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's an obscenely awkward, overly polite, goofy looking weirdo who can't do any ninjutsu or genjutsu. Despite this, he is without a doubt the most physically capable member of the Konoha 12 by far. He was able to defeat Sasuke from his first appearance, not to mention how determined he was in his fight with Gaara. Even if he may have been defeated, he still pushed him harder than any other characters were able to do. He also proved that he could be one of the strongest ninjas without using any ninjutsu or genjutsu.
  • 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 Nine Tails chakra he landed a hit that actually bisected Madara.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He acts like this towards Sakura in Part I. 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 Epilogue, he's training with his son, Metal Lee, who looks nearly identical to him.
  • 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Sakura, though it's far more pronounced in the spinoff.
  • 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!
  • Last Name Basis: Lee is always called by his surname rather then his given name and his name is always given in Western order.
  • 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.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: He's downright cartoonish looking compared to other characters. Significantly Downplayed when using the Eight-Gates, where his face becomes more intense and closer to other characters in design.
  • 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.
  • Spirited Competitor: Like his teacher, Might Guy, Rock Lee is always ready to test his skills in a friendly fight.
  • 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.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Especially in Part I. Everyone assumed because of his weird clothing, odd mannerisms, and being unable to perform either ninjutsu or genjutsu, he was The Load of his team. How wrong they were.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Lee can be either this or Weak, but Skilled; he's someone who uses physical prowess to make up for a lack of ninjustu skill.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Lee can be either this or Unskilled, but Strong; he's weak as a ninja with no jutsu whatsoever who makes up for it with taijutsu mastery.
  • 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 defeats the Kazekage in the final chapter of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.

    Neji Hyuga 

Neji Hyuga

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), Xavier Percy (French)

All this time, I've been called a genius, so I cannot lose. I can't let down those who believe in me!
Click here to see his pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 Recovery Mission 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 Part II, he is the only member of the Konoha 11 to become a Jonin. He later tags along with his team to back up Team Kakashi in the Kazekage Rescue Mission Arc. In the Fourth 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.

Tragically, Neji loses his life during the war in trying to protect Naruto and Hinata but he dies understanding why his father did what he did and ultimately becomes a martyr for the Shinobi alliance in not giving up. His name goes on to influence the naming of Naruto and Hinata's first child, Boruto, with his grave being visited occasionally by the Uzumaki family.

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, formerly being cold and distant and highly critical of her abilities. However, it wears off after his Heel–Face Turn. Now, he's only criticizing her abilities, to help her get stronger.
  • Always Someone Better: In regards to Lee.
  • 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 Arm-Fold: It is seen from him very often.
  • Ba Gua: His fighting style, the Gentle fist, which references the Eight Trigrams in its moves, it's even based of a real martial art called Baguazhang.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After being defeated by Naruto, Neji becomes much more respectful, kind and empathetic His Byakugan can still bring his opponents down.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: A rare male example. His father was sacrificed in his uncle's place, he grew up hating and resenting the main family for all they had done (and hadn't done, in the case of saving his father) and thus became a haughty, stoic bastard who had to take a beating from the aforementioned Naruto to see the truth (plus a lecture from Genma).
    Genma Shiranui: When captured birds grow wiser, they try to open the cage with their beaks. They don't give up, because they want to fly again.
  • 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 Exams.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: After being defeated by Naruto, Neji begin to let go of his claims that "you can't escape destiny" and starts to actively work on fighting his own.
  • 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.
    • To Sasuke Uchiha in Part 1 as well. Both are the talented prodigy of their clan and generation. They both are the Broken Ace as well. Naruto is able to save Neji from the Darkness where as Sasuke continued down his path to Darkness.
  • 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. He's also the first member of the Konoha 11 to become a jonin. His chakra allows him to hurt people just by using 2 fingers. His fight against Kidomaru especially proved how persistant he can be.
  • 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 Hyuga 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.
  • Honorary Uncle: Hinata and Naruto's daughter, Himawari, refers to Neji, who is her cousin, note  as uncle.
  • 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.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: He has shades of this. He has a very strong belief in the inevitability of fate, the futility of fighting against it, and his own position as the most powerful genin in, well, the world it seems. The fact that he's preaching to Naruto of all people about bearing a burden he never asked for or deserved just proves how little he really understands about life outside of his clan's wealthy compound.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Tobi's wood jutsu.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Before his Heel–Face Turn, Neji used to be very cynical and egotistical, but at the same time, he just wanted to be acknowledged by the Hyuga clan.
  • Insufferable Genius: He was this back in the Chunin Exams.
  • Jerkass: Back when he was a villain. Especially to Hinata, Lee, and Naruto, prior to his Heel–Face Turn. Before that, the nicest thing we saw him do was offer Hinata a chance to surrender before their match; during said match, he tries to outright murder Hinata and is only stopped from doing so by the adults in charge.
  • Jerkass Realization: After the fight with Naruto, he becomes much nicer due to realizing how wrong he was.
  • 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 II.
  • 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 II.
  • Missing Mom: Whoever Neji's mother is remains a complete mystery.
  • Moral Myopia: During the Chunin Exams, he has the gall to accuse the adults of favoritism when they intervene during his match with Hinata, conveniently ignoring the fact that they only intervened because he was trying to kill Hinata in a rage even though she was already badly wounded and unable to defend herself from him anymore.
  • 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.
    • Turns into Irony when Word of God confirms that he's actually the one brought Naruto and Hinata closer and they named their firstborn in honor of him because of this.
  • Nice Guy: After getting beaten by Naruto, Neji becomes this; Neji decides that fate is not inescapable but that, rather, one's destiny is what one makes of it; he feels indebted to Naruto for releasing him from his prior "darkness". The destiny Neji ends up selecting for himself is to become strong enough to never lose again. In pursuit of this goal he trains with his teammates, whose own dreams he becomes supportive of, and later with members of the main house, who he gradually starts mending relations with. This interaction with others causes him to become kind once again, and over time his desire to get stronger becomes as much a motivation to never lose as it is to protect his friends and family. In particular, he embraces his responsibility as a member of a branch house to keep Hinata safe.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During his fight with Hinata in the Chunin Exams, he doesn't pull any punches and actually has to be stopped from killing her outright in a fit of rage.
  • Noble Demon: During the Chunin Exams, Neji was an insultant, evil guy who anhialated people for their dreams. However, he still cared about his team-mates.
  • Not So Above It All: Especially in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth.
  • Not So Stoic: Back in the Chunin Exams, he lost his temper when Hinata stated that he was wrong. He becomes more of The Stoic after turning good, though.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Often says "You're in range." before unleashing a devastating hand-to-hand attack.
  • Precious Photo: A photo of him is held by Hanabi at Naruto and Hinata's wedding in The Last.
  • 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.
  • The Resenter: Neji resented the Main Branch Hyuuga for the freedom they stole from him and the death of his father. He especially resented Hinata for being weaker than him yet holding a higher position within the clan.
  • 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 Part I, before Neji got his Character Development.
  • 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 Badass: After fighting Naruto, Neji stops giving up on his goals because of his belief in destiny, and becomes a dedicated, hard-working person.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: He adopted Naruto's Screw Destiny philosophy, believing that anyone has the power to change fate.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Neji lets 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.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before his father's death, Neji was quite the happy child and immediately became fond of Hinata.
  • 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 Their Years: Most notably in Part I. 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He tried to kill Hinata in their battle.
  • 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.
  • 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.



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

Amazing... The brilliance of the blade... the design. They're all beautiful! I want to take them all home!
Click here to see her pre-Timeskip appearance 

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 Part II, she goes with her team to help rescue Gaara. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, she was placed in the First Division under Darui and with Choza Akimichi.

After the events of the war and during the epilogue, Tenten goes on to own a Shinobi Weapons shop, though she's constantly lamenting how business is not doing well during peaceful times.

Her hobby is fortune-telling.
Favorite phrase: "A hundred shots, a hundred bull's-eyes"

  • A-Cup Angst: In a Filler episode expanding on her past. When she asks Guy what makes Tsunade legendary, he jokes that she is known for drinking and gambling. When both the local bar and the local gambling joint throw Tenten out for being underage, she yells that she will one day be legendary like Tsunade. The owner of the gambling joint states that Tsunade is known for her legendary chest. Cue Blue with Shock.
    • Averted by the time of The Last as her chest size seems to have increased.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime tries to give her more screentime.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Tenten has black hair and steel-grey eyes in the manga — both of which are depicted as being dark brown in the anime.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Not from China and lacks the stock Verbal Tic, but her design and voice are clearly this.
  • Arms Dealer: She's opened a weapon shop in the epilogue. Unfortunately, to her chagrin, her business isn't improving because the world is "too peaceful".
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The tsukkomi for her whole team (yes, even Neji) in Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Mostly in the Fandom, though there's a Running Gag of her being the most put-upon by Guy & Lee's insane self-imposed challenges. She was even forgotten in the first version of the High School A.U. ending only later being added sitting in the Corner of Woe forgotten in the final group shot. She is the go-to person to be used as an example of sucking by some fans, either jokingly or not.
    • It appears this extends to in-universe too. Being laidback in comparison to Guy and Lee isn't very fun when they're pushing you all the time, then you fight the one person who has your weakness in a bag and you seal the greatest and most legendary of weapons only for Madara's headband to pierce and destroy the scroll. Being Tenten just isn't fun.
    • Remember also that the few cool moments she has were mostly added by the anime - making her even more of a Butt Monkey in the manga. The one real fight she was in (outside of a brief cameo during the Shinobi War) was with Temari in the Chunin exams, and she was defeated off-screen in one panel! At least the anime showed the fight.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as one towards the other girls, considering she's the oldest. A filler episode has Tenten hosting a girls night out to to clear everyone's mind about the upcoming war as well as to cheer Hinata up.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Only in the anime — matching dark brown hair and eyes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: After over 300 episodes, they finally gave her a focus episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Filling in for Neji when a less cynical response to Guy and Lee would be funnier.
  • Determinator: The majority of her central episode was spent in a flashback about how she wanted to become like Tsunade, and the lengths she was willing to go to were sorta...illegal.
    Tenten: I want to be a great and powerful ninja! To walk in the footsteps of the legendary kunoichi, Tsunade!
  • Fangirl: Since her time as a student in the Academy, Tenten had a goal to become a legendary kunoichi like Tsunade, one of the Sannin, which she openly shared to others.
    (To Guy) "I want to be a great and powerful ninja! To walk in the footsteps of the legendary kunoichi, Tsunade!"
  • Faux Action Girl: Out of the Konoha 12 kunoichi, Tenten is a rather decent combatant, but she often gets clobbered to show her opponent's strength. In the case of Temari, at least, she was the worst possible match-up for Tenten.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a black pair as of Part II.
  • Flat Character: While the anime has done more with her character, she still remains the least developed of all the Konoha 12 to the point that she's the only one with One Name Only.
  • Flechette Storm: Her Twin Rising Dragons technique.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Textbook case with her and her team.
  • Hyper Space Arsenal: Uses scrolls both big and small as a Bag of Holding for her many, many weapons.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Of the Informed Ability variety.
  • The Klutz: In the Road to Ninja movie resulting in many Amusing Injuries.
  • Living Prop: Word of God is that she was made just to fill in a token female in Team Guy, but the author likes her look best of the four main females, so she gets used for this a lot.
  • Meaningful Name: It's a possibility that her name insinuates "Ten out of Ten," a reference to her marksmanship. Ten-ten could also derive from one of the names for a Japanese ellipsis, meaning "mark-mark" referring to her use of targets with bukijutsu.
  • More Dakka: Her entire strategy is to use her vast array of ninja weapons against opponents, and if they don't go down, she simply hasn't used enough at once. The only times it has ever worked so far were the time she fought a clone of herself and the Zetsu army.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Skilled with weapons such as swords, staves, nunchaku and sansetsukon but her skills are primarily as a...
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Specifically for throwing weapons, if she can hurl it she will. Including but not limited to kunai, knives, shuriken, Fuma Shuriken, Kusari-gama, spiked grenades, needles and even weapons not meant for throwing like flails and swords.
  • Nice Girl: A very, very nice girl, more or less.
  • Odango Hair: They help contribute to her Chinese themed design.
  • Only One Name: The only one of the Konoha 11 never to be given a last name.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tends to complain about the logic behind Guy and Lee's bizarre training methods, even more so than Neji who often times is Not So Above It All. Taken Up to Eleven in the spinoff.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The main reason why she's a Faux Action Girl. She would be a big force to reckon with, if she didn't live in a world where every other named character has some kind of superpower.
  • Plucky Girl: One dominant aspect about Tenten is that she never gives up.
  • 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 Rock 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 11 (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.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Tenten, despite her tomboyish demeanour, has also shown a feminine side, giggling and commenting to herself that Sasuke Uchiha is cute when he refused to tell his name to Neji. In the anime, she also commented to herself that the prince was just her type.
  • 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 

Might Guy

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), Bruno Georis (French)
The springtime of youth has yet to fade away! Don't lose hope! We may not always be able to accomplish all the things we wish for… but if we only do the things we want to do, we'll never start… The green days of Konoha are over. The time has come to become the red beast.

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 Part II, 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.

Guy proves himself influential later in giving Naruto and Sasuke the time they need to recover and power up by facing a Ten-Tails Jinchuriki Madara in his Eight-Gates form, though the resultant battle cripples Guy for the rest of his life.

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 Second Best: His regards to Kakashi, who handed him his first major defeat when they took the Chunin Exams together.
  • Always Someone Better: Of course, by the time the series began with it's implied that he's surpassed Kakashi. Not that Kakashi cares.
  • 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 II, his big fights don't come until towards the end of the series.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: 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 Teacher: A given, since he's Team Guy's instructor.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He prefers to strictly uses his Strong Fist style in combat. He's only ever used a weapon once.
  • Berserk Button: Giving him a thumbs down in response to his 'Nice Guy' pose (thumbs up), Obito learned this the hard way during their Chunin Exams.
  • 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. That said, he can still break out the badass when he needs to, even though it hurts his leg to do so.
  • 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 Jinchuuriki Madara (even though it did nothing, still), and finally opening the Eighth Gate and catching Madara off guard! Not just that, but by 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 leaving him confined to a wheelchair for life. Subverted in Kakashi Hiden, which shows that even a crippled Might Guy is more than a match for most ninja.
  • Celibate Hero: Guy never has a single romantic interest in the entire series.
  • 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. Taken 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.
  • The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: The two incidents mentioned in the Captain Obvious entry.
  • Combination Attack: He formed one with Lee.
  • 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. He's 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 though Madara was at the pinnacle of his strength after becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki. In fact, he is the only living character who hasn't lost a fight on screen; the one time he lost was in a flashback to his Chunin Exams 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.
    • Kakashi Hiden reveals that even after permanently breaking his leg in his battle against Madara, he's able to rehabilitate himself to the point that he can even get off his wheelchair and fight when need be, despite the pain it causes to his bad leg.
  • Disabled Badass: Even after permanently crippling himself in his fight with Madara, Kakashi Hiden shows that he's still one of Konoha's best combatants, even if not on quite the same level as before.
  • 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 the trope properly.
  • 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.
  • Genius Bruiser: While his intellect isn't as good as say others 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.
  • Gratuitous English: Dynamic Entry is just that in the original, and his name was transliterated from "Engrish" ("Maito Gai") to correct English.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Rather literally, as the use of the gates beyond two has red skin as a side effect. The eighth gate 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!
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: As carefree as this guy is, he knows when to get serious when the chips are down.
  • Lightning Bruiser: How a pure hand-to-hand specialist competes in a world of ninjutsu.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: After the death of his original team, Guy was the only positive relationship Kakashi had prior to the formation of Team 7. He was probably one of the only people preventing Kakashi from succumbing completely to his crippling self-loathing and falling into a complete downward spiral like his father Sakumo had.
  • 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.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Not quite as odd looking as Lee, but his huge eyebrows, large nose and bowl cut make him stand out when alongside the main cast.
  • 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?
  • Spirited Competitor: Always eager for a good fight or any sort of physical challenge, much to the chagrin of Kakashi.
  • 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.
  • 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 alongside Lee if his operation ended up killing him in Part I.
  • 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, and which Rock Lee is capable of using as well.
  • With My Hands Tied: Like Lee, he doesn't use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu. Though he's able to use them (such as using the Summoning technique to summon Ningame, his tortoise) he was unskilled at their use as a child and taijutsu became a habit, adding onto refusing 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.
  • World's Strongest Man: As far as Taijutsu goes, no one comes even close to him. Even a Story-Breaker Power user like Madara acknowledge it. Notable as he is the only character to do any significant damage to him in a straight fight.
  • 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!
    • Even when he does so in exasperation, Kakashi does not mind the slightest playing along with Guy's many ridiculous challenges, recognizing himself that Guy is one of the village's strongest shinobi. He just thinks that their rivalry (and Guy's otherwise stupid methods of settling the score) is too stupid to devote his full attention to.

Alternative Title(s): Naruto-The Konoha 12