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  • For the bell test, Shikako successfully gets Naruto and Sasuke to follow her instructions in attacking Kakashi together. When Kakashi attacks her, she uses her Shadow Possession Jutsu to get him to toss the bells to Naruto and Sasuke.
    • Afterwards, she comprehensively explains her reasoning for why she thought of the strategy they used.
      "Five reasons," I said holding up a finger. "We had to overcome you. There was no way we could get the bells by avoiding you." A second finger. "You knew we were here, so we couldn't attempt to surprise you and take you off guard." A third finger. "Your tracking skills are much greater than our stealth abilities, so even trying to hide would have been pointless." A fourth finger. "The clearing gave us more advantages than disadvantages because it allowed us to keep you in our sight. Naruto had traps spread through the trees in case you went that way." The last finger. "And we were on a time limit. Hiding might have brought us time to plan, but we had no information on your capabilities so it was best to try something before retreating and trying for a second attempt."
  • Shikako and Naruto are able to defeat Sasuke in a spar. Afterwards, Shikako gets Naruto to understand that it's wrong to rub the victory in Sasuke's face, improving the team's cohesion.
  • Due to Shikako sensing the Demon Brothers' presence and notifying Sasuke and Naruto of the incoming ambush, Team 7 is able to take them down a lot cleaner than in canon.
  • Thanks to the difference in circumstances, Zabuza and Haku end up surviving the Land of Waves Arc.
  • While still recovering from the injuries dealt to her by Orochimaru, Shikako defeats the entire Sound Team by herself, killing all three of them without flinching until the threat to her teammates is over. Then when Sasuke wakes up possessed by the Curse Mark, she takes a strike to the chest for Ino, which snaps him out of his power-trip.
  • It's an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but Shikamaru takes Sasuke aside after he accidentally injures Shikako. It's unclear what exactly Shika said to him, but it's got Sasuke on his guard around Shikamaru from then on.
  • Naruto decisively defeats Kiba thanks to all the extra jutsus he's learned and strategies Shikako helped him think up.
  • Naruto curb-stomping Neji, during the Chunin Exam Finals. Made even better because it came about as a result of Shikako mentoring him in a way which kept him interested, and raised his intelligence several notches compared to canon.
  • In Ino's fight against Temari in the Chunin Exam Finals, she manages to disarm her opponent which - given Temari's reliance on the fan for her Wind-based techniques - leaves her weakened despite defeating Ino, and so she becomes easy pickings when the Invasion breaks out. Offset somewhat by Ino not preparing for her opponent being strong without her weapon, which leads to her being denied a promotion.
  • Shikamaru and Shino's fight in the Chunin Exam Finals. Seeing two of the best strategists in the series duke it out in their incredibly subtle manner(s) is highly impressive, and barring Naruto and almost Shikako (who didn't even make it to the Finals, but was praised for her deductive reasoning), they're the only ones receiving promotions when all is said and done.
  • During the Tsukuyomi arc, Shikako uses the Substitution Technique with only a moment to spare to switch with Sasuke, taking Itachi's Tsukuyomi full-force.
  • In the Hidden Waterfall Arc, Shikako is able to take down three chunin and one jounin singlehandedly through the element of surprise and a bit of luck.
  • In the Land of Tea Arc, Shikako is able to claim the Sword of the Thunder God for herself.
  • Shikako defeats Kidomaru, with Kiba and Akamaru backing her up. And given that Kidomaru shrugged off Ino's Signature Move, it makes her triumph all the more savoury.
  • In the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, Hinata of all people pulls a Big Damn Heroes - and then uses her new move against Kimimaro in the process:
    Hinata: Protection of the Eight Trigrams: Sixty-Four Palms.
    • Followed by Lee, Naruto, and the Sand Siblings each making their own, in that order.
      • And reaching it's peak when Naruto, Sasuke, and Gaara kill Kimimaro. First, Gaara pins him down with a wave of sand, then, Naruto and Sasuke recreate their Rasengan/Chidori clash from their canon fight in the Valley of the End, but with Kimimaro between them.
  • During the Stones of Gelel movie, Shikamaru fights back against Gelel itself when it tries to use Shikako as a host. And it works.
    Gelel: You would fight a god?
    Shikamaru: Yes. Give me back my sister.
  • Shikako's three chunin exam matches are increasing levels of awesome. First, she fights a Cloud kunoichi who accuses Shikako of "hiding behind the menfolk". Shikako catches her in Shadow Possession during her first attack, intentionally monologues to both demonstrate her information gathering skills while repaying the kunoichi's comments three-fold, and give her the chance to break out so they can put on a better show. When that doesn't happen, Shikako forces her to surrender with the threat of Shadow Possession seppuku.
    • In round 2, Shikako faces a Grass ninja named Muku, who is not a genjutsu specialist as assumed, but a sealing specialist who seals her ability to use chakra. Due to her experience without chakra Shikako plays dead to lure him close for a surprise attack, endures a kick that breaks her arm, uses her own blood to both remove her resistance seals for a speed boost and prime her explosive seals, and finishes by choking him out with her own hair. This is made even more impressive by the fact that any other ninja faced with that seal is utterly helpless.
      Kakashi: There are Jounin in the crowd that wouldn't have wanted to fight that match.
    • In round 3 Shikako fights Gaara. She begins by using her prior terrain knowledge for a seal that brings up a forest of stone pillars for her to maneuver around. Then she peppers him with kunai that have miniature explosive seals attached, which get into his sand the same way Deidara's clay did and explode. After another short skirmish she drops another giant rock on him and pulls out the Sword of the Thunder God. She fakes him out after launching two attacks, seals his Shukaku Shield, throws water at him in imitation of a water jutsu, explodes the stone forest with Touch Blast seals she'd put down through her feet, and finishes up with an air barrier, before he catches her and she loses. It takes her a minute to realize that the applause isn't her heart roaring or genuine thunder.
  • Another moment is when someone tried to kidnap Shikako. While quickly losing consciousness and with very few options left, what does she end up doing as a last resort? She plants a Touch Blast on her kidnapper's head.
  • By chapter 98, Shikako's awesomeness had reached memetic status. She's promoted as Special Jounin just days after declared chunin. Nothing compared to Gaara who went straight being Kazekage, but still.
    Tsunade: And Hatake said Naruto was the Konoha's most surprising ninja.
  • When a movie villain shatters Shikamaru's arm, Shikako repays the damage tenfold.
    • To elaborate, Shikako kills one of the enemy, gored on Heijomaru's horns, as part of their retreat. After securing everyone on the boat she goes back to the castle alone. She sneaks in using flash bombs to draw away attention and confronts the lead enemy alone, using a monologue to distract from her shadows. She Shadow Possesses him into destroying one of his own arms, and in the following clash cuts off the other and seals it away before appearing to retreat. After a few minutes of spying she kills him and explodes his teammate within an inch of her life before letting her run.
    • One reviewer pointed out that Shikako single-handedly achieved what originally took Rock Lee going all out, Sakura's strength and tactics, and Naruto's assisted Rasengan to achieve.
  • In chapter 120 Shikako and Kiba happen upon 3 foreign ANBU agents who have kidnapped some children. The first dies from a combination Shadow Possession and Tunneling Fang, Shikako pins down and skewers the second despite his Body Flicker-ing by letting him stab her in the back and turning to shadow, and then gets around the third's body hardening jutsu by snapping his neck.
  • In chapter 130, Shikako highjacked a ritual to summon Cthuthul's malicious cousin and blew it up with a black hole seal. All while being restrained and unable to use chakra.
  • Shikako is now ANBU, part of Sasuke's squad. She passed so convincingly that, in the Sidestories chapter, it's revealed that the testers believe she was already a member who was temporarily suspended from duty for medical reasons, because of her lower stamina... which she only had due to her refusal to exhaust her chakra after the Grass kidnapping.
  • Shikako and Sasuke work together to break the Sharingan illusion on the newly-formed Three-Tails.
    • And managing to convince the Mist-nin to stop their attack on him shortly afterward.

Sunshine Sidestories

  • A Sunshine Sidestories chapter reveals Shikako's mission history to the other Kages. Case in point, her history of A-ranks (and one S-rank) along with her Genin status and the fact that it's not even been a year since her graduation from the academy has the Raikage convinced she's a Jounin plant.
    Tsunade: It's hardly my problem if your Genin don't match up to ours.

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