Characters: Naruto - The Konoha 12
aka: Naruto-The Konoha 12
The Konoha 12 consists of Team 7 plus three other squads of genin. The group forms the central cast of Naruto
and is noted for being the most gifted class to come along in several years. The three other teams in the Konoha 12 are Team 8, Team 10, and Team Guy (sometimes called Team 9).
Teams 7, 8, and 10 were together referred to as "The Rookie 9" during the Chunin Exams Arc.Here be spoilers. Any thing that has not been aired on the free versionnote of Crunchyroll should be spoiler-tagged.Back to the main character index
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All provide example of:
- Fighter, Mage, Thief
- Fighter: Kiba, Chouji, and Lee
- Mage: Hinata, Ino, and Neji (Hinata and Neji might fit with Kung-Fu Wizard)
- Thief: Shino, Shikamaru, and Tenten
- Freudian Trio:
- Ego: Hinata, Shikamaru, Tenten
- Id: Kiba, Chouji, Rock Lee
- Superego: Shino, Ino, Neji
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: For the boys, with the girls in between except Ino.
- Blue: Shino, Shikamaru, Neji
- Red: Kiba, Ino/Chouji, Rock Lee
- 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 giving them to manifest his Badass Longcoat Battle Aura to deal the final blow to Obito.
- True Companions: All of the teams, plus Team 7. Emphasized more in the fillers.
- Two Guys and a Girl
Heh, I don't know what's going on, but I'm always up for getting wild.
Member of Team 8. Kiba is a wild, untamed ninja from the Inuzuka clan, a family of dog breeders. As such, he's never seen without his loyal pooch, Akamaru. Kiba utilizes him as both a partner and a weapon, and later as a transport.
He treats Hinata like a younger sister, fights with his ultra-serious partner Shino and, after initially mocking him, considers Naruto one of his closest friends.
Kiba fights Naruto in the preliminary rounds of the Chunin exams, which is one of the latter's first big solo fights in the series. Kiba tries a number of attacks and strategies to beat Naruto, but the kid just won't stay down. Later, Kiba is recruited by Shikamaru for the Sasuke Retrieval team, fights and is nearly killed by Sakon, and is saved by Kankuro.
Among Kiba's abilities are a heightened sense of smell, which makes him especially effective at tracking. He is also one of the fastest seen ninja. In battle, Kiba can transform Akamaru into a clone of himself, allowing them to use combination attacks such as the tornado-like Fang Over Fang. He can also make himself more bestial in nature, increasing his speed and strength, and can combine with Akamaru to become a two-headed wolf. In Shippuden
, he has developed his sense of smell to the point that it is superior to that of a dog's. When the Fourth Great Ninja War started, he was placed in the Fifth Division along with Shino, his sister Hana, and Ino.
His hobby is taking walks with Akamaru.
Favorite word: "Akamaru"
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.
At first, she played the Shrinking Violet
role of the main cast, being completely weak and nonconfrontational. Perhaps her most notable trait is her huge crush on Naruto, who is completely oblivious about it. However, it's this admiration that spurs her on to become stronger.
Hinata was born into the head family of the Hyuga clan, and was expected to one day take it over. Since she started out extremely weak, this did not sit well with many others (namely Neji and her own father, Hiashi, though other
extremely complicated reasons made it even worse for her). With the involvement of Kurenai and the aforementioned admiration of Naruto, she gradually develops as a warrior, becoming more confident.
Hinata, like all members of the Hyuga clan, has the kekkai genkai known as the Byakugan, characterized by the Prophet Eyes
of its owners. It grants the user nearly-360-degree vision, as well as the ability to sense the flow of chakra in the human body. Hinata uses the Gentle Fist style of martial arts, a special combat style designed to take advantage of the Byakugan's unique abilities.
In Shippuden, she goes out with Team 7 to search for Sasuke or Itachi, but that ends in failure when Itachi dies and Tobi takes Sasuke away. In Pain's invasion, she intervenes to save Naruto from Pain, and finally tells him that she loves him. Pain defeats her and nearly kills her, triggering Naruto going into six-tailed mode, but she survives with Sakura's help. When the Shinobi Alliance marches against Madara, she is placed in the Second Division alongside her cousin Neji, Karui, and Kurotsuchi.
Her hobby is pressing flowers.
Favorite phrase: "self-confidence"
- Action Girl: Fully becomes this in the War Arc. From watching Neji's back, to saving Naruto a few times against the Ten-Tails. Even moreso now that she has mastered the Hakke Rokujuyon Sho and is combining it with her Juho Soshiken.
- Adaptational Badass: In the anime filler arcs, Hinata is given more screen time during battle and is seen winning battles; the manga panel that showed her losing to Pain was changed to an expanded, yet brief fight scene.
- Adorkable: Most of her interactions with Naruto show her as such, especially in part one.
- Alliterative Name: Hinata Hyuuga
- And I Must Scream: When caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Hinata is unable to move thanks to the genjutsu and can only mentally cry out for help as she's enveloped in the roots of the World Tree. It's not clear if this is unique to her or if she was just highlighted as an example.
- Ascended Extra: In the anime, where she frequently stars in filler arcs.
- Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 she truly becomes one during the Fourth Great Ninja War.
- Big Eater: In the omake of the episode 95 of Shippuden. She wins an eater competition, 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).
- 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, 3 years later Naruto tells her the exact same thing after he saves her from Zetsu.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Regarding her feelings for Naruto, until Chapter 437.
- She also wants to cheer for him in his fight with Kiba, but can't because Kiba's her teammate, and doing so would upset him.
- 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◊.
- Combination Attack: She and Neji are able to use one late in part 2. She also pulls one off with Ino by guiding her Mind Transfer with her Byakugan.
- The Cutie: In part 1.
- Break the Cutie: Neji tries to do this to her during their fight, but it doesn't work.
- A Day in the Spotlight: Has gotten two so far during part 2; once during the Pain arc when she attempts to rescue Naruto from Pain and again during the World War Arc. In both cases, they were temporary moments, in the former, her "death" served as the catalyst for Naruto's Despair Event Horizon, while in the latter she gives Naruto a Rousing Speech but quickly gets shunted back into the sideline to bring the focus back onto the newly reformed Team 7.
- Designated Victim: Gets kidnapped a few times in Fillers and once manages to defeat her abductors after they had taken Naruto, Kiba and Shino captive when they tried to save her.
- Determinator: Her defining trait as of her fight against Neji. She's beaten badly, but after Naruto helps her recover from Neji's Breaking Speech, she does NOT give up ever.
- She reaffirms it when she goes against Pain fully knowing that she might not make it, since she wants to not only tell Naruto that she loves him, but to tell him that it's thanks to him that she's reached the place she is now.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the anime version of her fight with Pain- in the manga he took her out with a One-Hit Kill, but in the anime she gets up... and gets up... and keeps getting up...!
- Exotic Eye Designs: Byakugan users have pupil-less, silver eyes.
- Fan of Underdog: Out of all the kids, she was the only one who always admired Naruto since childhood.
- Feminine Women Can Cook
- Flanderization: In fanfics, she constantly stutters and faints around Naruto, and EVERYBODY knows about her crush.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: After the time-skip, her chest growth can't be missed, despite wearing a loose jacket.
- Fragile Flower: This is often Flanderized in both the anime and in fanfics where Hinata faints at the drop of a hat and can rival Porky Pig with her stuttering.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gives one to Naruto, when he had a Heroic BSOD after Neji's death, and Obito's Breaking Speech seemed to take an effect on him.
- Good Is Not Dumb: In her fight with Neji during the Chuunin exams, he says "You really are a naive and spoiled child of the Main House" for attempting to fight him, the prodigy of the Hyuuga Clan. However, she turns the tables on him by saying that he is the one fighting fate. Naturally, this nearly gets her killed.
- Hidden Buxom: Most noticeable when Sakura is healing her during the end of Naruto's fight with Pain, though the first instance might be the clothes she wore for the 3rd part of the Chunin exam. 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. The other girls envy her.
- Hime Cut: Her hair longer in Part II, befitting her status as the heir of the illustrious Hyuga clan and her renewed confidence.
- Holding Hands: She stated numerous times that it's her goal to catch up to Naruto and be able to hold his hand. Achieved it, after she snapped him out of his Heroic BSOD following Neji's death.
- Hollywood Personality Disorders: Avoidant Personality Disorder. She's very shy and rather socially awkward.
- Honorifics: Uses them for virtually everyone due to her upbringing.
- Hotter and Sexier: Along with Hot-Blooded and Stripperiffic in the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
- Important Haircut: she actually received an important hair "growth" after the time-skip, used to symbolize her maturity and new-found confidence.
- Impostor Forgot One Detail: When she's impersonated in fillers, the forgotten detail is usually how she acts around Naruto.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Her poor combat ability caused her father to strip her of her birthright as the heiress to the clan's leadership and give it to her younger sister instead.
- Insecure Love Interest: She is this to Naruto, even calling her doomed rescue from Pain an act of her selfishness.
- Lady of War: The Hyuga fighting style is perfect for the trope, since it's based less on brute strength and more on swiftness, chakra blocking, speed and exploiting the enemy's weakness. Combine this with her long floating hair and you get a pretty gracious female fighter.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In some fillers but subverted in chapter 437 (although not in the anime version).
- 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.
- Luminescent Blush: Happens a lot when she's looking at Naruto. Sometimes her whole face lights up.
- Made of Iron: She tough enough to take multiple attacks from Neji even without having access to her chakra, and finally passes out only because of the immense stress to her heart.
- Magical Eye: The Byakugan's powers include...
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: During a filler episode of Part 1, Naruto caught a glimpse of Hinata, naked, while she was dancing in the middle of a river, and the camera gives us a silhouette of her as she does so. In actuality, she was practicing a new jutsu, and Naruto never realized who it was.
- Later, during the Road to Ninja special, Hinata was shown in the hot springs where she was making an effort to keep her breasts from floating up from the bath water, making the other girls (especially Sakura) jealous. During the Road to Sakura special, Hinata reluctantly wore a (very) tight, red Qipao dress. Lastly, there was one filler episode, a Team 8 flashback, where the audience finally got to see Hinata and Kurenai in the Hot Springs. Strangely enough, this episode actually had a shot of Hinata scarcely covered in a towel.
- Fanservice with a Smile
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is on the receiving end of one with Neji during the Chūnin Exams to the extent that several jōnin had to step in and restrain him from killing her outright. She's still not fully healed a month later.
- Plucky Girl: And how!
- Pretty in Mink: Wears a fur coat in Part 1.
- Proper Lady: has shades of this.
- Prophet Eyes: Inherent to all members of the Hyuga Clan
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Sakura's red.
- Repetitive Name: Evidently Hinata and Hyuga mean the same thing in Japanese.
- Rescue Romance: The anime reveals that her long standing admiration of Naruto, started when he tried to protect her from three bullies. This turns her "fight" against Pain into a Meaningful Echo, with their roles reversed.
- Ship Tease: She frankly has a lot with Naruto. The most recent is the events that led up to Neji's death, the aftermath where she and Naruto were holding hands, Hinata leading the defense of Naruto after his power limit ends, and finally Naruto hearing her cry out in terror when she's hit by Mugen Tsukuyomi and wanting to immediately rush to her aid.
- Rousing Speech: She gives Naruto one before he duels Neji and again during his Darkest Hour when fighting Obito.
- Shrinking Violet: Terribly shy and lacking confidence. There's a reason why she once provided this trope's picture. Though she gets better.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Maybe one of the best examples.
- Shy Finger Twiddling: She does this a lot when talking to Naruto. Still provides the page pic, which is taken from her first on-screen appearance in the series.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's very kind and polite, but she's also a very talented fighter.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Naruto-sexual.
- 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.
- Stalker with a Crush: You really can't deny that she is this to Naruto, what with how many times you see her watching him from the sidelines. However, she's one of the more sympathetic examples out there since she is very clearly shown to truly care about him.
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Assumed to have been killed by Pain so that Naruto would have more motivation for fighting him, but she managed to survive. Not that it would've mattered much, since Nagato/Pain ended up reviving everyone anyway.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: The Gentle Fist which provides examples of...
- Superpowerful Genetics: The Byakugan, which seems to be the most dominant of all bloodlines seen so far extending to every member of the Hyuga Clan.
- Sweet Tooth: According to the databook her favorite food are cinnamon rolls and Zenzai (Sweet bean soup).
- Tomboyish Sidetails: In Part 1. Subverted, given Hinata is anything but tomboyish. It is rather used to show her innocence and shyness. May be a case of an Unbuilt Trope.
- Took a Level in Badass: She not only becomes slightly more assertive and much more self-assured, but she starts putting a good use to her abilities.
- The Unfavourite: Her dad resented her for being gentle and shy, preferring her sister Hanabi as an heiress. They seem to be on better terms after the Chunin Exam arc, though he still doesn't consider her good enough to be a leader for the war.
- True Blue Femininity: Her blue hair qualifies her for this, especially since its a unique hair color for the Hyuga clan.
- 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
- 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: Naruto to Hinata in chapter 559, when she's hard on herself because he had to save her while she was supposed to be protecting him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bonus point for being the only one with this hair color in the all brunette Hyuga clan.
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.
Member of Team 8. Shino's body is host to a large colony of chakra-eating insects, as is traditional in his clan. He commands these bugs in combat, in ways ranging from cool to creepy, and everything in between. He shows almost no emotion and hardly ever smiles; this, coupled with his insects, makes him an enigma among other shinobi, and some are visibly creeped out by him.
He was a member of the Fifth Division of the Shinobi Alliance with his fellow Team 8 member Kiba.
His hobbies are Entomology, and collecting new specimens for his insect collection.
Favorite phrase: "trump card"
- Anti-Hero: Probably the best example of the Konoha 12, not counting Sasuke.
- Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
- Combat Pragmatist: Very ruthless and creative with his bugs during combat. During his fight with Zaku in the Chuunin Exams he offhandedly mentioned that he stuffed Zaku's arm tubes with bugs before the fight even began.
- 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.
- Energy Absorption: His destruction beetles.
- Gag Penis: In the "Road to Ninja" special chapter, which Naruto can't help but admire.
- Generation Xerox: Greatly resembles his father in both looks and dress.
- Heroic Host: To a colony of Life Energy eating beetles.
- In the Hood: In part II.
- The Minion Master
- Lovecraftian Super Power: 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.
- OOC Is Serious Business: During the "Laughing Shino" episode, when he eats a poison that forces him to laugh uncontrollably, Naruto immediately realizes that just the fact that Shino is laughing means that something is wrong with the food.
- The Quiet One: He is notably quite quiet and for this reason let Kiba lead the team during the Chuunin Exams.
- Running Gag: That he is never recognized because his entire body is covered. Also his endless pouting over being left out of of the the mission to retrieve Sasuke, and subsequent insistence the mission was a failure was because he did not come along.
- The Stoic: Shino is almost always completely unflappable.
- Played with in one filler arc where Shino is infected with a poison that makes him laugh uncontrollably while on a mission. He threatens to kill Naruto if he tells anyone about it.
- 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.
- The Strategist: It didn't take him much time to work out how to completely crippled Zaku and Kankuro during their fights.
- He's also pretty Crazy-Prepared. In the anime, he defeats Torune, who is perhaps the strongest Aburame by bringing a new breed of insects that he cultivated with Torune's bugs from a long time ago. These new breed of insects has developed antibodies resistant to Torune's bugs.
- The Symbiote: He has a mutually beneficial relationship with the insect colony living inside his body.
- Synchronized Swarming: He can do this with his insects to relay messages or set out battle formations.
- Verbal Tic: Shino has an interesting way of speaking. What is it? He likes to explain things after posing a rhetorical question that would normally be left unspoken.
- Why Did It Have to Be Bugs?: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
- 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.
Fool. Anko asked me to buy her some dango.
Voiced by: Rumi Ochiai (JP), Saffron Henderson
(EN, original), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
(EN, current), Olga Velasco (Spain), Ilia Gil (Latin America, original), Anabel Mendez (Latin America, current)
Leader of Team 8.
Kurenai is... well, a kunoichi, who has only recently become a jonin by the start of the series. We don't really learn that much about her in the first series, save that she's a rather cool lady who took Hinata under her wing, skilled in genjutsu and that she's perhaps involved with Asuma. The vast majority of her team's missions seem to not involve her. Her only plot-involved action was to get knocked around by Itachi Uchiha in a short battle, unless you count some of the filler
, she appears after the death of Asuma, where we learn that she's carrying his child.
Her hobby is having evening drinks.
Favorite phrase: "Glory like a violet blooming a single day"
- The Watson: Regarding Ibiki, a trait associated with her being a new Jonin.
- Underestimating Badassery: During Naruto and Kiba's fight in the Chūnin Exams, Kurenai was firmly convinced that Naruto didn't stand a chance at beating Kiba, only to be shocked when he did just that. Nevertheless, she takes it in stride and acknowledges Naruto as a Worthy Opponent.
- Widow Woman: After the death of Asuma.
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo
(JP), Tom Gibis (EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain), Javier Olguín (Latin-America)
Member of Team 10. Naruto's resident snarky Teen Genius
and the poster boy for Brilliant, but Lazy
. The first the viewers see of Shikamaru is a person who complains about receiving any work at all. This, combined with the fact that his test scores were almost as low as Naruto's, cause others to initially think that he's a failure and a loser... a perception that Shikamaru doesn't mind in the least. It's only later that Asuma reveals that yes, Shikamaru is perhaps the smartest person in world, having scored over 200 on an I.Q. test disguised as a game so it wouldn't bore him
Though, like the rest of his clan, his primary jutsu is the ability to control or attack his enemies by extending his shadow, it's his intelligence that makes Shikamaru the first of the Konoha 11 to be promoted from Genin to Chunin. His fight with Temari impresses the Third Hokage even though he forfeited. His first task isn't an easy one, natch: it's to lead a team consisting of him, Naruto, Choji, Kiba, and Neji to go retrieve Sasuke.
While there, he engages Tayuya, a member of the Sound Four. He almost dies at her hands, but is saved by Temari. Later, after the mission is a failure, he considers quitting, but after some encouragement by his father, decides to stay the course. Through the filler arcs and his early actions in Shippuden, it's shown that he has decided to, if not step it up, then to at least shoulder some responsibility.
Shikamaru's best friend is his teammate Choji, although he also becomes extremely close to Naruto as the series progresses. Through this friendship, he helps Naruto to recover from a minor Heroic BSOD
following Jiraya's death, announcing that he's going to take on Kurenai's kid as his apprentice.
, 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 and engage Hidan and defeat him with surprising little efforts. After he returns, he decides that he's going to become a harder worker to honor Asuma's memory. He also was recruited by Tsunade to decode Jiraiya's final communication to the village. Later, he became acting general in Gaara's place of the Fourth Division with his friend Choji and Temari serving under him.
His hobbies are taking naps and playing shōgi against formidable opponents.
Favorite phrase: "What a drag"
- Animal Motifs: Deer
- Ascended Extra: He's basically became a semi-main character and the most developed of the Konoha 12 outside of Team 7.
- Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
- Big Brother Mentor: Starting with the "Sasuke Retrieval Arc" at the end of Part 1, Shikamaru has taken the role as acting as the foil and giving advice to Naruto. This came to its peak when Shikamaru managed to shake Naruto out of his depression over Jiraiya's death. He also does the same with Choji.
- Book Dumb: Has never shown any interest in cerebral pursuits, preferring to take a nap, despite his high intelligence.
- Brains and Brawn: With Choji. He's the Brains.
- Brainy Brunette: He does have an I.Q. over 200 after all.
- Breakout Character: He became unexpectedly popular and thus his role became more and more prominent as the series went on. This is taken Up to Eleven in the Shinobi World War arc where he's placed as commander of the fourth division as Gaara's proxy.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: An excellent example, to the point that he's the former Trope Namer. The "lazy" part is dropped after Asuma's death.
- Catch Phrase: "Mendokuse." note ("What a drag." in the English dub.)
- Character Development: Has a multi-point character arc that unfolds over the course of years. None of it due to interacting with the protagonist, apparently... though in a recent chapter, he admits being with Naruto makes him want to follow whatever path he does.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: Both literally and allegorically.
- Crazy-Prepared: He planned the entire fight with Kakuzu and Hidan before it happened and setup a hole to bury Hidan days in advance.
- Cool Old Guy: In Shippuden he states his new goal is life is to become a 'super cool grown up' as a role model for the next generation, like Asuma was for him.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- 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.
- Combat Tentacles: By Shippuden, his powers have reached this level.
- Shadow Pin / People Puppets: By attaching his shadow to his opponent's he can force them to mimic his own movements, unless they're stronger than him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has an extremely dry and sarcastic sense of humor.
- Four-Star Badass: He's the co-general (the other is Gaara) of Division 4.
- Gambit Roulette: He would rather make long term plans than consider if they would actually work, such as his battle with Temari where he claimed that he planned out the next 10 moves in advance, having considered over a hundred different strategies despite knowing he didn't have enough chakra.
- Generation Xerox: Like the other members of his team, he shares many similarities to his father Shikaku in looks, dress and ability, in addition to the fact that both he and his father are/were part of an Ino-Shika-Cho trio, a dynamic that goes back 16 generations.
- He's also one to Tobirama. Both are fiercely intelligent, calm and has a snarky side. This is reinforced with him declaring he'll be Naruto's right-hand man after the war, just like how Tobirama was to his brother
- He-Man Woman Hater: Until the Tayuya-Temari incident during the Sasuke Retrieval arc.
- He's Back: After Asuma's death.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chouji.
- Hidden Depths: His surprisingly high intelligence adds more depth to him, given that he was portrayed as being lazy. Ironically, even he wasn't aware of it until after being tested.
- Idiot Hero: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Not so much wanting to be a non-ninja, but rather just a normal ninja.
- Improbably High IQ: It's said to be over 200, though this should be taken with a grain of salt given that I.Q. tests are hit and miss to begin with, it was somehow disguised as a board game and administered by a potentially biased second party.
- It's All My Fault: Shikamaru says this at the end of the Sasuke Retrival mission that very nearly got two of his friends killed. Neither his boss nor his father deny that it is, but urge him to instead think of the failure as motivation to do better the next time, rather than run away from responsibility and risk entrusting his friends to someone who might not bring them back alive.
- In the anime, he repeatedly says this just before Asuma dies, as it flashes back to a strategy meeting held before the battle.
- Knife Nut: Takes Asuma's Chakra Blades after his death and uses them for his Shadow Pin move. He also has a tanto he attempted to behead Hidan with.
- The Leader: Shikamaru is a combination of the Mastermind and Levelheaded types and is noted for having exceptional skills at battle strategy and giving orders.
- Like Naruto he's also considered in the run for Hokage, however he just sees himself as one of Naruto's advisers when he becomes Hokage.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Shikamaru is seemingly destined for this. He has defined the three most important women in his life as being aggressive, demanding, and even scary. In fact, they shape his view of women as being bossy and "troublesome". Yet, as his father lampshades about Shikamaru's mother, they all have their sweet sides. The other two are Temari and Ino.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When we finally get to see him with his hair down.
- Meaningful Name: All three members of Team 10 are named after the hanafuda card trick ino-shika-chou (boar-deer-butterfly). Shikamaru means "deer child," Nara is a city known for its deer park, and Shikamaru's family raises deer for their antlers.
- Mr. Fanservice: Like Kiba, Neji, Naruto, and Sasuke, he has a dedicated female fanbase.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His creative use of his shadow justsu is this. Nearly everything gives off shadows, from explosions to the bombs that make them, tree branches... if his shadow can't reach you, he'll make a way for it to reach you.
- Nerves of Steel: Has shown them a number of times. During the war when Kinkaku launches an attack against him, he doesn't move and lets the attack come within inches of killing him without even blinking. He apparently was waiting for Ino to use her mind transfer jutsu.
- Oblivious to Love: Clueless that Shiho has a huge crush on him or that Temari may like him.
- Odd Friendship: With Naruto. Ironically, it might be Naruto's most normal friendship in the manga.
- Plot-Driven Breakdown: His Shadow Possession jutsu seems to get weaker each time he uses it in a fight, regardless of how much chakra he has at the moment.
- Putting On My Thinking Cap: Squatting down, closing his eyes, and holding his outstretched fingers and thumbs in a circle at about stomach level.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Chouji and Ino's red.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Both Ino and Temari invoke this trope when they are around him
- Shadow Pin: The Nara clan signature technique.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Regarding Temari.
- Smart People Play Chess: Well Shogi anyway.
- The Strategist: He can think of over 100 battle plans in a few minutes and predict their outcomes.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Shikamaru and Choji are this in the Road to Ninja movie.
- Weak, but Skilled: Shikamaru has little direct attacking ability but his cleverness and very productive use of standard ninja tools prove to be more then a match for incredibly powerful ninja.
- This is one of the traits why he'd be the perfect adviser for next Hokage, and he's chosen to become Naruto's adviser.
- Wise Beyond His Years: See the speech he gives to Naruto after Jiraiya's death, which is also influenced by his own experiences after Asuma's death. Also a by-product of his over 200 I.Q.
- Worthy Opponent: He is called this by none other than Tobi.
- Would Hit a Girl: Discussed, as he claims that its against his moral code to strike a lady and that it isn't classy for a guy to do so. Then Enforced, since he has also had the misfortune of having female opponents for all of his major battles during the first series. However, his style of fighting at that time didn't involve directly hitting to begin with, and he says that he isn't exactly a classy guy to begin with. He exploits a loophole within his own moral code when Tayuya goes One-Winged Angel, allowing himself to attack her directly because she's no longer a human girl.
- Xanatos Gambit: Loves using these in his strategies. For example using Hidan's power against him. If this opponent didn't use it then his entire fighting style would fall apart, but if he did it would make his ally vulnerable.
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō
(JP), Robbie Rist (EN), Alfonso Manjavacas (Spain), Manuel Campusano (Latin America)
Member of Team 10. Choji is Shikamaru's best friend, and the two hang out together frequently. He's also fat
, but this is likely due to the fact that his clan's specialty is a jutsu that converts calories to chakra. He's constantly seen eating to shore up his chakra reserves. But he hates
being called "fat" (he prefers "chubby" or "big boned
"), so don't call him that.
As a child, we learn Choji was frequently left out of childhood activities and sometimes even bullied because of his large size. Shikamaru stood up for him one day, beginning their long friendship.
In battle, Choji relies on the Body Expansion Technique, which causes his body to both balloon in size and roll into a boulder shape. He then rolls around and tries to crush his enemies. He's later shown using variants on this move, such as the Partial Body Expansion, where he'll just expand his arms.
In the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, he is part of the team sent to retrieve Sasuke. He tangles with Jirobo, who has the upper hand for most of the battle. It's only after Choji uses the three Food Pills of the Akimichi Clan — a move which nearly costs him his life — that he can gather enough strength to beat him. In Shippuden
, he helped his team defeat Hidan and Kakuzu after they killed Asuma. When the war started, he was shown as a member of the Fourth Division with his best friend Shikamaru, Temari, and Gaara.
His hobby is buying and eating snacks.
Favorite word: 'meat'
- Acrofatic: He might be on the heavy side, but he's still a ninja.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Nowhere as much as Naruto, but he still was picked on for his size until Shikamaru stood up for him and he became a member of Team 10.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies. See below.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One variant of the Akimichi clan's Body Expansion Technique.
- Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
- 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.
- Be The Ball: His Expansion Jutsu which turns him into a what amounts to a human wrecking ball.
- 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;
- Do not steal the last piece of meat or the last chip under his nose;
- Do not insult his sensei;
- Last but not least, DO NOT INSULT SHIKAMARU.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's normally pretty affable, but do not push his afore-mentioned berserk buttons. Jirobo found this out the hard way. Moreover, he was the first rookie to be shown killing anyone on screen.
- Big Eater: Of course. Justified trope, though, for his fighting style.
- The Big Guy: Uses physical attacks more than the other Konoha Eleven.
- Bishonen Line: The chilli pill has him lose thirty pounds and gain some pretty wings. His calorie control jutsu does the same thing for him after the timeskip.
- Brains and Brawn: With Shikamaru. He's the Brawn.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: after Choji defeats Jirobo, allowing Naruto, Kiba and the rest of the retrieval team to continue on, he staggers to a tree and sags against it in a very moving death scene. Right after he collapses, a blue butterfly passes Shikamaru, who looks dismayed. Doubly significant in that Choji's name means 'butterfly', and that is the form that his supposedly fatal final attack takes: glowing butterfly wings of chakra.
- In Shippuuden, Choji achieves this form without pills, and it enables him to defeat his undead sensei. It also symbolizes Choji's growth as a person; indeed, the Akimichi clan's oath, which clan members take as a coming-of-age ceremony, uses the symbol of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis and taking flight.
- Cowardly Lion: Mostly in part one, but still has some attributes of this in part two.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The chakra pills his family gave him before the mission to retrieve Sasuke. Each powers him up a lot, but start giving him massive pain. The red pill is supposed to kill him, but it didn't.
- Deadly Upgrade: The soldier pills.
- Elemental Punch: Like Hinata his Butterfly Bullet Bombing is of the Pure Energy variety, and is made up of his chakra wings.
- Facial Markings: A spiral on each cheek, he also gets markings under his eyes when he goes gigantic.
- Food Pills: With some overlap with Bottled Heroic Resolve, near the end of part 1 in order to defeat Jirobou Choji has to use the dangerous three colored Food Pills to give him enough power to win his battle.
- Formerly Fat: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
- Generation Xerox: Like the other members of his team, he shares a similar appearance to his father Chouza in both looks and ability.
- Gentle Giant: Kinda dim and always bottomless, but a really loyal and kind friend. Unfortunately, his kindness gets him into trouble in the battle with Asuma.
- Heir to the Dojo: Choji is slated to become the 16th Head of the Akimichi clan after his father.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shikamaru.
- Hot Wings: His Calorie Control jutsu gives him a pair of butterfly wings that look like they are made of blue fire.
- I Am Big Boned: Or just chubby (which heavily implies being overweight, but never tell him that). This is his argument against being called fat, though it's justified in Part II especially after using his calorie control which shows he's got a Heroic Build under his fat.
- Lightning Bruiser: After taking the third pill against Jirobo, he is able to outpace him in his Level Two State and defeat him in three moves.
- Lost Food Grievance: DON'T take his last chip.
- Manly Tears: is one of the weepier male shinobi and has a tendency to let his emotions run away with him.
- Meaningful Name: "Choji" means "butterfly", and his fight against Jirobo sees him gain butterfly wings made of chakra.
- Mighty Glacier: Excellent strength and stamina for his age group, but somewhat lackluster speed. Until he takes the final pill against Jirobo, that is.
- Nice Guy: Often regarded as the nicest and most sensitive of the Konoha 12, along with Hinata. Unfortunately he might be a little too nice for his line of work.
- Power Gives You Wings: Butterfly wings to be precise, a mark of the Akimichi Clan. The first time he needs a Deadly Upgrade. Second time he is able to do this without the use of pills, a symbol of coming of age.
- Power Palms: Has taijutsu technique like this fittingly themed after a sumo wrestlers open palm slap.
- Power Perversion Potential: His main power is to expand his body parts... Need I say more?
- Prehensile Hair: He can make it long and sharp to enhance his Rolling Attack.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: the red to Shikamaru's blue.
- Rolling Attack: His signature move to which he transforms into a ball, upgraded into a razor ball during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc and uses his hair as said razors in Shippuden.
- Scarf of Asskicking: part 1.
- Serious Business: The last piece of beef or chip.
- Size Shifter
- Stout Strength
- Super Mode: Calorie Control and Naruto's chakra cloak. Like the others on the latter, it increases his power at least 10 fold.
- Took a Level in Badass: In his first encounter with Kakazu he wasn't able to even harm him with his Super Open Palm Slap, but his rematch with Kakazu is very one sided and ends with Kakazu crushed like a bug underneath his fist.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chouji was seldom seen without a bag of chips in Part I. Completely vanishes in Part II.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Shikamaru and Choji are this in the Road to Ninja movie.
- What Were You Thinking?: refuses to hit the zombiefied Asuma after Shikamaru provides an opening, despite the fact that not only his team mates but Asuma himself are telling him to attack. Asuma immediately counterattacks.
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.
Member of Team 10 and the "Ino" in the Ino-Shika-Cho. Her family runs a florist shop, although her father is also a ninja; she is often seen working there between missions. Personality-wise, she's something of the temperamental type. She and Sakura used to be best friends, but after they learned they both had crushes on Sasuke and
Sakura had developed quite an inferiority complex in regards to this and Ino herself, they decided to become bitter rivals. This rivalry lasted until they met in battle in the Chunin Exams, when, after some clever plotting on Ino's part and some grit and determination on Sakura's part, they tied, and their friendship was restored.
Much like her teammates, Ino specializes in one technique: specifically, the Mind-Body Transfer Technique. This jutsu allows the user to switch consciousness with another human, but causes their own body to pass out for the duration. It also has a fairly short range.
At the end of the first series, Ino sees Sakura's growth and decides to become Tsunade's apprentice as well. When Shippuden
begins, she has already become a medic, but her medical knowledge isn't quite enough to save Asuma from dying later on, which causes her quite a bit angst. She then goes with Shikamaru and Choji to defeat Kakuzu and Hidan and avenge Asuma. Later she was shown as a member of the Fifth Division as the Shinobi Alliance faces off against Madara.
Her hobby is shopping.
Favorite phrase: "The many meanings of flowers"
- Animal Motifs: Boar
- Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 she truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war. She's also probably the most fiery and strong-willed girl in the series.
- Bare Your Midriff: In Shippuden.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her "Ino-Pig/Ino-Buta."note
- Blinding Bangs: After the Time Skip.
- 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
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Sasuke.
- Combat Medic: A Medic and a ninja. Pretty self explanatory.
- Combination Attack: She pulls one off with Hinata combining her Mind Transfer with Hinata's Byakugan to get more accurate results.
- Cool Big Sis: She can be seen as a sister to Shikamaru and Choji. Team 10 is that close. Although she is the same age as them, she comes off more as a big sister who provides motivation for Shikamaru and common sense to Choji. Shipping Goggles will see her as the perfect love interest for either of them because of this closeness. Even her father, as shown in a filler episode, assumes she will date Shikamaru or Choji.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasions, at Sakura's expense.
- Detached Sleeves: in Part 1.
- Exotic Eye Designs: No pupils.
- Fan Service Pack: Her outfit Post-Timeskip. And contrary to Hinata, she doesn't try to hide her buxom.
- Faux Action Girl -> Action Girl: The girl was touted as one of the most talented kunoichi but the plot doesn't back up the claim until Shippuden. Then it allowed us to see how mentally and physically badass she can be.
- Grand Theft Me: Mind Transfer Jutsu.
- Hair Decoration: Ino had a hair slide when she was a child and wears one again after the Time Skip.
- Hotter and Sexier: Her design after the time skip.
- Important Haircut: With a twist. She apparently cuts it in the middle of a hissy fit after Sakura taunts her in their fight, but she was faking said tantrum and used the discarded locks to trap Sakura and use her Mind Transfer Jutsu on her. Ultimately averted; the haircut turns out to be temporary when she, unlike Sakura, grows her hair back to its normal length after the Time Skip.
- Informed Ability: According to the Data Books, Ino graduated second in her class behind Sasuke but she doesn't show off her skills until Shippuden.
- Innocent Flower Girl: Subverted. She works part-time in her family's shop and she's anything but naive.
- The Load: Feels like this in the Shiitenshounin Arc and in the Three-Tails arc. In the former, because she feels useless and cannot help Temari and Shikamaru. In the latter, because she has the weakest chakra control of all the sealing team. Eventually grow outs out it
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- 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.
- The Medic: She is a medical ninja like Sakura. This status is played up in the anime, but the manga focuses more on her Psychic Powers.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Glomps Sasuke whenever possible in Part 1. He isn't there in Part 2 for us to see if she's got over it.
- Odango Hair: During the Chunnin exam finale in part 1
- People Puppets: The Mind Body Disturbance skill.
- Power Perversion Potential: The Mind-Body Transfer Technique.
- Psychic Powers: Mind Control, Mind Probe, Possession, Sensing and Telepathy are all part of her families special abilities.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Shikamaru's Blue.
- Sarashi: Pre-Timeskip.
- Shipper on Deck: She's the local Asuma/Kurenai "fangirl". In one scene, Ino knows the flowers Asuma wants are for Kurenai before he tells her.
- Stripperiffic: Much less post Time Skip, despite actually showing more skin.
- 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.
- Tsundere: Lovestruck with Sasuke, tomboyish with everyone else. Although after Part 1 ends, she forgets about Sasuke and develops deeper bonds with Shikamaru and Choji as they become her "boys".
- We Used to Be Friends: With Sakura, but they got better.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
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. He ended up in the guard of the Daimyo of the Fire Country, where he evidently accumulated a large bounty. Later, he returned to the town and became a Jonin.
In combat, Asuma relies on his Wind Chakra, which he channels through his trench knives. This allows him to hit targets from a distance. He can also use his omnipresent cigarettes to generate flames, which can cause third-degree burns.
In the first series, he really doesn't do much besides play Mr. Exposition
, take care of his team, get knocked around by Kisame, and get accused of dating Kurenai.
, he plays something of a more expanded role. While Naruto is trying to learn the Wind Rasengan, Asuma gives him the advice needed to complete the first stage of his training. In an anime-only filler
arc, more of his backstory with the Twelve Ninja Guardians (only alluded to in the manga) is elaborated upon. Later, he and Shikamaru mobilize as part of the Niju Shotai (Akatsuki Hunters), where he engages Hidan in battle. Though he successfully decapitates his opponent, it's to no avail: Hidan is immortal. Hidan then completes the ritual that allows him to kill Asuma. It succeeds. After Shikamaru kicks some serious ass in his memory, we learn that Kurenai is carrying his child.Kabuto later resurrected him with Edo Tensei. He managed to resist the Mind Control as he fought Team 10, and once defeated he compliments them as he's sealed away.
His hobby was to play shōgi.
Favorite phrase: "Not right now!"
- 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.
- 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: The Third Hokage. Later on, he becomes one himself.
- Everyone Can See It: His relationship with Kurenai.
- Former Teen Rebel
- Generation Xerox: He and his father both had their A Death in the Limelight in episode 80.
- Killed Off for Real
- Knife Nut: His Weapon of Choice.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The son of the Third Hokage.
- Not a Date: With Kurenai
- One Last Smoke: Before his death. In the manga, Shikamaru finishes it for him.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Should Know This Already: Can we stop spoilering that he's dead as a doornail?
I want to show I can be a splendid ninja as well even if I do not have ninjutsu or genjutsu... I want to prove it to the whole world!
Voiced by: Yoichi Masukawa (JP), Brian Donovan
(EN), Fernando Cabrera (Spain), Carlos Castillo (Latin America)
In his early childhood, Rock Lee was frequently picked on by his peers because of his inability to use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu. He believed himself to be worthless and to have no chance at becoming a ninja at all. Then, he met Might Guy, who convinced him to train exclusively in Taijutsu (physical combat), at which he became a master.
Rock Lee's first appearance in the series is one where he challenges Sasuke. After flawlessly brushing aside Naruto's counter-challenge, he proceeded to just-as-easily beat down Sasuke, before Might Guy stops him just short of a dangerous technique. Later, he tries to save Sakura from the attacking Sound Ninja in the Forest of Death, but was defeated and this helped trigger Sakura's inner change.
His has the most heartbreaking battle in the Chunin Exams. He is matched up against the psychotic Gaara of the Desert, who has never once bled or even successfully been hit with an attack. Though he puts up an extremely good fight, the strain from his overuse of the Eight Chakra Gates allows Gaara to crush Lee's arm and leg; Gaara probably would have killed Lee too, if not for Guy's interference during the exam, and Naruto's and Shikamaru's later in the hospital. This injury keeps him out of action for a long time, and is initially thought to be career-ending - it is not until much later that we see him undergoing surgery performed by Tsunade, and even later that he returns to action.
His first fight after his surgery is against Kimimaro of the Sound Five (during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc), who he begins fighting to give Naruto time to catch up to Sasuke. Though he again puts up a good fight, his injuries still have not recovered enough to allow him his full strength. Fortunately, Gaara shows up and saves him.
Rock Lee is as fast as the human body can tolerate, and is a master of the Strong Fist school of martial arts. He also possesses the forbidden ability to open the Chakra Gates, which removes the body's limits and makes him even more overwhelming, but with high risks and physical costs.
Rock Lee has a very low tolerance for alcohol, becoming a savage master of Drunken Boxing
after just one sip.
, he appears in the first major arc, backing Squad 7 up as they try to rescue Gaara from the hands of the Akatsuki. He does not do much, but he does beat a clone of himself. When the Shinobi Alliance formed divisions to fight against Akatsuki, he was placed in the Third Division under Kakashi and alongside his teacher Guy and Sakura.
Additionally, he is the star of his own children's spinoff series, Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth
His hobbies are his and Might Guy's intense taijutsu training regimes.
Favorite words: "Endeavour", "Guts", and "Love"
- 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: Like the other Konoha 12 he truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
- 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.
- Broken Aesop: Lee's existence is pretty much a Broken Aesop. While the story teaches that hard work can trump talent, Lee (the epitome of hard work in the series) constantly gets overshadowed by those with inherited abilities.
- The most egregious example: Lee's hard work, while it did make him strong, didn't stop him from being a joke compared to Naruto or Sasuke (both of whom had powerful inherited abilities). During the Ten-Tails battle though, after Lee borrowed the Nine-Tail's chakra, he manages to bisect THE Uchiha Madara. That's right. In the few seconds that Lee obtained power for free, he managed to level up from being an insect to someone who would've defeated Madara if it weren't for the latter's Edo Tensei regeneration. Hard Work Hardly Works to the max.
- Bruce Lee Clone
- Can't Hold His Liquor
- Charles Atlas Super Power
- Combination Attack: Has one with Guy.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While his losses later on aren't exactly Curb Stomp Battles, his introduction fights with Naruto and Sasuke certainly were.(He was the curbstomper).
- Deadly Upgrade: The Chakra Gates.
- Turns Red: Literally
- Shout-Out: The red aura that amplifies his abilities and overtaxes his body while turning his skin red is pretty much a direct reference to the Kaioken technique that Goku uses in Dragon Ball Z.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Actually reversed, it's Rock Lee who beats Naruto in his first encounter, but when Naruto picks up on Lee's Training from Hell and ends up developing a respect for him.
- Determinator: Lee doesn't know how to give up. Deconstructed as he took his determination so far that he nearly destroyed himself after his fight with Gaara. He spends much time after that in depression over his injuries saddened because for once he is unable to control the outcome of a risky surgery required to heal him. The whole experience taught him to control his habit of over doing it.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: While powered up by Naruto's kyuubi chakra he landed a hit that actually bisected Madara.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He acts like this towards Sakura in Part 1. He somehow manages to combine both types of this trope by being very grandiose in his tokens of affection, but doesn't seem to mind just being friends with her.
- Drunken Master: Even alcoholic chocolate can induce this in Lee.
- Dual Tonfas: Has them in the anime, but Kisame breaks them.
- Dynamic Entry: Like his sensei.
- Emotional Bruiser
- Exotic Eye Designs: Huge black irises.
- Game Face: After opening the third gate.
- Generation Xerox: Intentional. He modeled himself after Guy after Guy became his teacher.
- Handwraps of Awesome: Not just for protecting hands but also for binding his enemy for his Spinning Piledriver.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: See The Worf Effect, but Guy notices that he's improved considerably from where he was originally, and he does have many abilities usually not achievable except to ninja far more experienced than him. It's also indicated that many of his rivals are quite dedicated and hard-working, if not to the same insane extent as he is.
- He's still one of the strongest in their age group, it's just that when he does get to fight he's put up against the strongest characters in the arc (Gaara and Kimimaro).
- Honorifics: Uses them on everyone except his teammates.
- Large Ham: Especially when he and Guy are in the same scene.
- 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
- 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
- Oblivious to Love: Tenten has shown subtle signs in being interested in him, but he seems to be naive to them.
- Nice Guy: Friendly and nice to everyone. He even has a "nice guy' pose.
- 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.
- Spinoff: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: In the movie his new weights are composed of several metal bars that he can assemble into a Simple Staff, Nunchaku and a Chain Whip.
- This Loser Is You: The author stated that both him and Sakura were meant to symbolize human weakness.
- Unconscious Objector: The end of his fight with Gaara.
- 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.
- 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.
All this time, I've been called a genius, so I cannot lose. I can't let down those who believe in me!
Child voice: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Wendee Lee
(EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain)
Neji is hailed as one of the foremost prodigies of his time — indeed, he is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the Hyuga's fighting style that there is. If he weren't a member of the branch family, he'd probably be heading up the clan someday. However, his pedigree combined with his knowledge of past events fills him with a seething hatred of the main family.
In the Hyuga clan, there is a branch family and a main family. The branch family exists to serve the main family and tend to their needs. When a branch member is young, a seal is placed on their forehead to keep them from trying to kill the main family (also, it will prevent any foreign ninja from operating on their body and learning the Byakugan's secrets).
When Neji was young, his uncle Hiashi — Hinata's father — killed an intruder who aimed to capture Hinata. Since said intruder had some prestige in his home country, said country began calling for the head of his killer. The uncle was certain that they would attempt to steal the Byakugan's secret, but Neji's father Hizashi went in his place - first, since he had the seal, and second, to defy his clan's tradition and fight against his
fate. Neji didn't know about the last part for a long time, though, and for years he resented everyone in the Hyuga clan.
Neji's life experience, at first, makes him something of a Straw Nihilist
, as he constantly mentions that fighting fate is useless. Interestingly enough, this doesn't stop him from fighting his fate
. He clobbers his cousin Hinata in the Chunin Exams, and is matched against Naruto in the first round of the finals. While he expects an easy win, Naruto quickly proves more resilient than he thought, ultimately defeating him. After Naruto's victory, he convinces Neji that fate can
successfully be fought, marking a positive change in his character.
He later shows up in the Sasuke Retrieval arc, as part of the team led by Shikamaru. He engages Kidomaru of the Sound Four, who fights him using ranged attacks. He takes some serious, life-threatening damage in the process, but he manages to win.
Neji is a close-range specialist. He uses the Byakugan, which gives the user nearly-360-degree vision and the ability to see the flow of chakra in the human body, to hit pressure points, blocking off his opponent's access to their chakra. He can also create an impenetrable shield of chakra by rotating quickly; this is normally a technique reserved for the main house, but Neji reverse-engineered it.
, he is the only member of the Konoha 11 to become a Jonin. He later tags along with his team to back up Squad 7 in the Rescue Gaara Arc. In the 4th Shinobi World War, he is part of the Second Division, considered to be the Shinobi Alliance's up-close fighting division, along with Hinata, Karui, and Kurotsuchi.
His hobby was meditation.
Favorite phrase: "Flying leap" which refers to making rapid progress in something.
- Aloof Older Cousin: He is this to Hinata.
- 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.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: At first.
- The Atoner: This is the main reason he's so protective of Hinata after his Heelface Turn
- Awesome by Analysis: Learned and mastered a technique that only the clan head and clan's heir are allowed to know on principle alone.
- Not only that, but in the anime, he actually improves upon it.
- Badass: He's the prodigy of the Hyuuga Clan, and the only member of the Konoha 11 who became a jonin.
- Because Destiny Says So: Being raised as a branch member of the Hyuga clan and given a curse mark to establish inferiority, he was lead 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.
- 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 her as well aiding with her training and eventually teaches her the Sixty-Four Palms.
- Brainy Brunette: He's highly intelligent.
- Breaking Speech: Tries this on Hinata and Naruto, saying there is no point in struggling against what you were born to do; both of them turn it back on him by pointing out that he ''is'' doing exactly that.
- Break the Haughty: Being defeated by the once in-universe poster child of "failure" completely changed his views about life (which, to be fair, he wasn't himself completely convinced of deep inside).
- Broken Ace: He is called a genius whose kekkei-genkai is the strongest of all of his clan and the Konoha 12, and even Kakashi says that his fighting ability is initially beyond Sasuke's, but his painful past and feelings of confinement constantly weigh down upon his heart. Then he loses to Naruto and learns the truth of his father's death leading him into a brighter future.
- The 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.
- The Bully: Initially started out as this, with his hostile attitude toward his cousin Hinata and his teammate Lee. He's straightened out and becomes a Nice Guy after Naruto defeats him in the Chunin Exam.
- Cain and Abel: Even though're not actually siblings, they still fulfilled these roles in the beginning, with Neji being the Cain to Hinata's Abel.
- Combination Attack: With Hinata.
- 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: At first
- 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 a lesser extent, he's also a foil to Sasuke and Itachi. He's hyped as a genius, placed into a perceived impossible situation, and rebels against it. More specifically Sasuke in Part 1, both the gifted standard of their clan and issues guiding them towards darker paths. Only Naruto is able to steer Neji away from his and fail with Sasuke.
- Freudian Excuse: Much of his hatred for the main house and belief in destiny is the result of his belief that they were responsible for his father's death. Once he realizes the truth, he revises these beliefs.
- Gag Penis: Implied to have this in the spin off show, much to the despair of Lee and Naruto.
- Generation Xerox: He, like his father, also dies protecting a main family member, who in turn was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for something else (Hiashi was prepared to die to avert a war with the Cloud Village, and Hinata was prepared to give her life to save Naruto).
- The Gift: Even within the Hyuga he was born with the greatest natural talent for his clan's kekkei genkai.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies smiling, satisfied that he was able to protect Hinata and Naruto, the latter he feels indebted to as he changed his fatalistic views.
- Heel-Face Turn: After losing to Naruto.
- Heir to the Dojo: Inverted. Neji is exactly this type of character but he is explicitly not allowed to inherit the Hyuuga clan. Before his Heel-Face Turn, much of his bitterness stems (indirectly) from this.
- Heroic Resolve: Double Subverted, it appears he may give up against Kidomaru but taking a lesson from Naruto, he was still able to fight on and eventually defeat Kidōmaru, because he remembered what Naruto had said to him about a genius like himself being capable against the odds.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies protecting Hinata (who was protecting Naruto) from an incoming wood projectile in the battle against the Ten-Tails.
- Hypocrite: Pre-Character Development, he is firmly convinced that You Can't Fight Fate, yet he fights like hell against his own. Thanks to Naruto and Hinata, he snaps out of it.
- I Die Free: As he dies, the Caged Bird Seal, symbol of his servitude to the main branch of the Hyuga clan, fades away.
- Insufferable Genius: He was this in part one.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Tobi's wood jutsu.
- Japanese Honorifics: Always refers to Hinata as Hinata-sama in the Japanese version ("Lady Hinata" in the English version) after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Jerk Ass: Especially to Hinata, Lee, and Naruto, prior to his Heel-Face Turn.
- 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.
- Killed Off for Real: The only one of Naruto's closest inner circle to die in the big climactic war. To drive the point home, the marking of the branch family disappears from his forehead which only happens when a Hyuga dies.
- Kimono Is Traditional: His outfit in part 2.
- Kubrick Stare: Does this quite often, which led to some characters saying that he is scary.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Lovable Sex Maniac: In the alternate universe of the Road to Ninja movie.
- Made of Iron: Kidomaru had to enter the second state of his curse seal after piercing Neji in the back with several kunai didn't work. Then Neji was able to take 2 arrows right through his body and still defeat Kidomaru.
- Magical Eye: The Byakugan's powers include...
- Man in White: Especially in part 2.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has many female fans.
- My Cousin Is Off Limits: This is played Up to Eleven in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth and of course Hilarity Ensues. He constantly kicks and sends Naruto flying every time he comes near Hinata. He also furiously tells her that he would never accept her and Naruto together, because it's an infamy to him.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During his fight with Hinata in the Chūnin Exams, he doesn't pull any punches and actually has to be stopped from killing her outright in a fit of rage.
- No Swastikas: His Swastika-shaped seal was edited into a simple X-cross in the anime.
- Not so Above It All: Especially in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth.
- Preasskicking One Liner: Often says "You're in range." before unleashing a devastating hand-to-hand attack.
- 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.
- Restraining Bolt: The cursed seal on his forehead.
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
, she goes with her team to help rescue Gaara. In the Fourth Great Ninja War, she was placed in the First Division under Darui and with Choza Akimichi
Her hobby is fortune-telling.
Favorite phrase: "A hundred shots, a hundred bull's-eyes"
- Action Girl/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.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime tries to give her more screentime.
- 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.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Not from China and lacks the stock Verbal Tic, but her design is clearly this.
- Badass: Like the other Konoha 12 she truly becomes one during the fourth great ninja war.
- 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 AU 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Considering that in the manga, her pre-timeskip shirt was blue instead of pink, she is very remeniscent of a younger Chun-Li from the Street Fighter Alpha Series.
- Fingerless Gloves
- 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 theRoad 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.
- 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.
- Odango Hair
- Only One Name: The only one of the Konoha 11 never to be given a last name.
- Plucky Girl
- 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.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She has shown subtle signs that she has feelings for Lee, but unfortunately he is unable to notice.
- Sprouting Ears: Of the cat variety after being kicked out of the bar and then the gambling den in Episode 237 of Shippuden, along with the obligatory *nya* and handlick
- The Stoic: She's the only one of Konoha 12 (along with Shino) who has never shown to much emotion during tough moments. Not even when her longtime team-mate Neji died. Unlike Shino however, this is because she once stated that she detests emotional frailty, both in herself and others.
- Straight Woman/Only Sane Woman: Tends to complain about the logic behind Guy and Lee's bizarre training methods, even more so then Neji who often times is Not so Above It All.
- Took a Level in Badass: She used the banana fan several times without dying, which is a weapon that would kill normal people with one use
- Torpedo Tits: The aptly named Breast Hammer technique courtesy of Rock Lee in Rock Lee's Spring Time 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.
Look deep into my eyes and accept my sincere apology! Also notice my handsome manly features!
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.
, his team backs up Kakashi's team as they try to rescue Gaara. He fights a clone of Kisame — for some reason, he doesn't remember the Akatsuki member. He opens the Sixth Gate and kicks his ass. Later, while accompaning Naruto on a hidden island in Lightning Country, he goes up against the real
Kisame (again), and defeats the missing-nin in one hit by opening the 7th Gate. Even though he didn't completely recover from the fight, he was assigned to the Third Division for the war, under his rival Kakashi, and with his student Rock Lee and Sakura.
His hobbies are repeated side-steps, and hitting focus mitts.
Favorite phrase: "Overflowing youth!!"
- Always Someone Better/Always Second Best: His regards to Kakashi, who handed him his first major defeat when they took the Chunin exam together.
- Awesome McCoolname: His name is intended to draw vibes of 'Mighty Guy'. But dig in even deeper, and you realize that his name is an amalgamation of the first names of Nobuyuki Hiyama-voiced Brave Series protagonist: Might Senpuuji (from Might Gaine) and Guy Shishioh.
- Ascended Extra: He was always the most prominent Jonin after Kakashi, but he gets A Day in the Limelight in the first arc of Part 2, but his big fights don't come until towards the end of the series.
- Badass: He is one of the most badass characters in the series. So far, he has never lost a fight. Outside Madara Uchiha.
- Badass Bookworm: Not to the extent of guys like Kakashi and Shikamaru, but he's a natural battle tactician and a pretty good strategist. There's a reason that even after becoming a Jonin, Neji still takes orders from him.
- Badass Normal: Like Lee, he couldn't use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu as a child.
- Badass Teacher
- With My Hands Tied: Like Lee, he doesn't use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu, but unlike Lee, can use Ninjutsu (e.g. summoning his turtle). He just refuses to do so to show solidarity with his student's struggle to be a great ninja without it, even when his life is on the line.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Only uses his Strong Fist style.
- Berserk Button: Hurting or threatening his students is a very bad idea.
- Giving him a thumbs down in response to his 'Nice Guy' pose (thumbs up), Obito learned this the hard way during their Chuunin Exam.
- When Guy tells you not to move? It's in your distinct best interests not to move.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows:
- Bruce Lee Clone: Complete with nunchaku and Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As quirky as his personality is, Guy ranks amongst the Leaf's most effective and dangerous Shinobi. Itachi of all people even warned Kisame not to underestimate him in a fight.
- This is proved repeatedly in Part II. Guy's strong enough to defeat Kisame all on his own, stun the Six-Tailed Slug, Saiken while dissipating its corrosive mist, overwhelming Madara's Susano'o with Hirudora (Afternoon Tiger), going toe to toe with Jinchuriki Madara (even though it did nothing, still), and finally opening the Eighth Gate and catching Madara off guard! Not just that, using Evening Elephant, he turns Madara into a ragdoll who can barely retaliate.
- Captain Obvious: He makes such observations that Kisame's sword is his weapon and there is something strange about Gaara's gourd.
- 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.
- 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 his most powerful move is... a punch. It is so hard that it compresses the air into a giant exploding tiger head. And it's not made of chakra at all. That's right, he shapes the air into the visage of a giant roaring tiger out of pure physical strength. To utterly ridiculous levels when using the Eighth Gate technique Night Guy, which allows him to kick hard enough to distort space according to Madara.
- Combination Attack: Has 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. In fact, he is the only living character who hasn't lost a fight on screen.
- Except once, in a flashback to his Chunin Exam match against Kakashi.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: He's able to use the Eight Gates with less difficulty than Lee, but it's still indicated that the opening eighth gate will be fatal even to him.
- Determinator: A major part of his ethos is that dedication to one's goal will allow them overcome whatever obstacles stand in their way. The anime shows that his version of Kakashi's Bell test is meant to evaluate the genins' guts. Team Guy passed when they persisted in trying to fight him after being beaten into the ground.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Guy uses his Afternoon Tiger to knock Madara out of the game for a bit. One of only two to do so onscreen, the other is his student Lee.
- Alongside Minato, Gaara, Lee, and Kakashi, he's able to inflict serious damage to Madara using Evening Elephant's last step.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: His final attack with the Eighth Gate breaks Madara's ribs, but he shatters his own leg in the process, putting an end to his final barrage.
- Double Jump: Might Guy demonstrated the ability to do this by summoning a tortoise mid-air and using its shell as a springboard. In keeping with the law of physics, said tortoise was promptly hurtled toward the ground at immense speed. Ningame was not happy about being used for this. With the Eighth Gate open, he's able to jump off the air itself.
- Dynamic Entry: The Trope Namer.
- 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. Laugh it up.
- Oh Crap: The expression on his face afterwards is PRICELESS.
- Emotional Bruiser: Guy can fight like nobody's business, but he's also prone to fits of immaturity and extreme emotion.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Same as Lee, weirdly.
- Fighting with Chucks: Nunchaku are his Weapon of Choice when he really get dangerous.
- Game Face: After opening the third gate.
- Generation Xerox: The reason he's very kind towards Lee is because he too is a ninja who cannot use chakra, as was his father Might Dai.
- Gratuitous English: Dynamic Entry is just that in the original, and his name was transliterated from "Engrish" ("Maito Gai") to correct English.
- Heroic RROD: Rather literally, as the use of the gates beyond two has red skin as a side effect. The eighth comes with bloody sweat that makes it look like his body is on fire.
- 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.
- Hot-Blooded: "YOOOUTH!"
- Large Ham: The most memorable of the series.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Can be very badass when he needs to.
- If he gets his nunchucks out, be very, very afraid.
- Lightning Bruiser: How a pure hand-to-hand specialist competes in a world of ninjutsu.
- Love Freak: Part of his obsession with the "Springtime of Youth."
- Manly Tears: Will stream tears at the drop of a hat someone's "youthfulness" inspires him.
- Nice Guy: With this and all the other tropes, it's small wonder he and Lee are so close.
- No One Should Survive That: Somehow survived opening the Eighth Gate, even though Naruto only healed his heart, without doing anything about the third degree burns over 100% of his body, the hypovolemic shock, or the shattered bones. Frankly, he should have been dead before Naruto arrived.
- 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 Gates
- Rated M for Manly: Especially since his Tiger Punch is actually pure awesomeness making the air be shaped like a tiger.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Kakashi's 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.
- Spell My Name with an S: Maito Gai? Might Guy? Guy Might?
- Team Dad: More to Lee than to Tenten and Neji, although this is mostly due to his insane antics, which the latter two try to avoid getting roped into whenever possible.
- Turtle Power: His summon is a ninja turtle. We've seen it only twice. The second time is in mid-air.
- Turns Red: Literally Battle Aura and all after using the eight gate.
- Underestimating Badassery: Make no mistake. Lee may lose a lot of his fights, but Gai is a whole other beast. His opponents some times underestimate him... they pay dearly for it.
- Undying Loyalty: To Konoha, and especially his students considering he said he would die along side Lee if his operation ended up killing him in part one.
- Unknown Rival: Kakashi pretends to not hear him when he talks about their being rivals. Ironically enough, he, albeit unintentionally, gives this treatment to Kisame.
- Willfully Weak: Foregoes the use of ninjutsu and genjutsu techniques, including his turtle summons, in combat, purely to show support for Rock Lee's attempts to become a great ninja. And because Lee cannot use those techniques even if his life is in danger, Gai will not use them, no matter how dire the situation. That being said, his taijutsu alone is enough to put down Kisame, who crushed his enemies in literally every single other fight he was in, to the point that he was having trouble figuring out how to throw his fight against Bee so he could spy on the Ninja Alliance.
- World's Strongest Man: The Eight Gates itself is said to grant the user power beyond that of the 5 Kages altogether. When we finally see it against Madara, it definitely lives up to the hype. Madara even states that Guy is the strongest ever shinobi he's fought since Hashirama.
- Madara adds that as far as Taijutsu is concerned, no one is better than Guy in that field. He never saw anyone as good as him.
- Worthy Opponent: To Kisame and now, Madara.