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Team Seven

  • The Beast Master: All 4 of them have a summon contract; Kakashi-Dogs, Naruto-Toads, Sasuke-Hawks, Shikako-Deer.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Team 7 has been involved with arguably 6 separate regime changes at this point ( Prevented leadership over throw in the lands of Birds and Moon, helped it in Water and Snow, as for Leaf and Sand, helping to find Tsunade, and helped Gaara put on a show for an international crowd and reform him as canon.).
  • The Dreaded: To the mission desk ninja.
  • Making a Splash: The whole team knows Hiding in the Mist jutsu from Haku.
  • Shock and Awe: The whole team learnt Radiating Shockwave and Striking Bolt from Kakashi in the Wave Arc.
  • True Companions: Moreso than in canon, as Shikako wants to bring the whole team closer together, and already knows how to do so.
  • Weirdness Magnet: C-rank level missions routinely end up A-rank or worse, S-Rank. This is what forms the backbone of Shikako's "ridiculous mission scores."

Shikako Nara

  • The Ace: Played with, she is easily one of the most dangerous people in her generation, rivaling Gaara, Naruto and Sasuke, but she's perceived as being much more dangerous then she is by some groups because everyone remembers the last seal master Konoha produced. At the same time she also vastly underestimates herself. Shikako doesn't even seem to realize that she's become one of the premiere experts in the field of sealing and is likely only outmatched by Jiraiya and Orochimaru.
  • Almighty Janitor: To a certain extent. For a Genin, Shikako is rather well-regarded by the upper echelons of Konoha's ranks for her intelligence and deductive ability, such that she almost received a promotion to chuunin after Tsunade's instatement, thanks to her war efforts in the Sand-Sound Invasion and also her observations during the Finals. Justified because she has a previous lifetime of knowledge about the world in which she now lives coupled with the naturally-gifted mind of a Nara, which makes her more mature, grounded and experienced. It's even later lampshaded by Raikage in the Kusa Chuunin Exams.
  • Braids of Action: She wears her hair in a single long braid to keep it out of the way, and she is among the most physically oriented of the Konoha kunoichi. Her braid also doubles as an Improvised Weapon once, when she uses it to choke an opponent into unconsciousness.
  • Brandishment Bluff: she will occasionally call out an attack that does not exist or use an extremely misleading name. For example, “Nara Art: The Shadow Devours” isn’t a shadow jutsu but merely a genjutsu. “Lightning Style: Super Beam Cannon” doesn’t exist at all.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When Muku seals her chakra during their match, she manages to defeat him without using her chakra at all.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shikako's the moral compass on her Team - despite what she can't fix in the timeline, she's the reason Naruto has more friends from a younger age, and she's helped Sasuke open up to others as well. It frequently gets her in trouble, since she occasionally acts without thinking.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Shikako. She prefers to ambush her opponents or take them out with traps whenever possible. Also see the entry for Murder Is the Best Solution.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Shikako vs. Netsui ends with the former winning without ever touching the latter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
  • Demolitions Expert: First learned how to seal by starting with explosive tags. By the finals of her first Chuunin Exams, she's got the explosive seals down to a touch. She's of the opinion that if explosives can't solve your problems, you're not using enough of them.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Shikako basically masterminds a revolutionary upgrade of the Logistics department via her seals (with help of Tenten) that leaves the department in chaos. Why? Somebody in Logistics called Shikamaru an idiot.
  • Embarrassing Nick Name: Shikabane-Hime which starts out as a joke and becomes her actual designation in Bingo books. It roughly translates to Corpse Princess. Also "Sparky" from Kankurō.
  • Emotionless Girl: Shikako has an accident while practicing the Nara clan techniques that leaves her completely detached from everything, to the point where she can't even bring herself to care that it isn't her normal state of mind. She recovers after a few days, though.
  • Fish out of Water: As noted in Chapter 63, Shikako still feels like an outsider due to having previously grown up in a society indoctrinated by different values, particularly regarding the value of life.
  • Hammerspace: One of the first applications for seals that Shikako makes use of. Also done by Tenten. Interestingly, in Shikako's case, she uses them on her own body frequently, sealing important, useful, or valuable items directly to her person.
  • The Heart: Shikako is the emotional center of Team Seven, and the one in the beginning to call for peace when Sasuke and Naruto sniped at each other.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During the Gelel arc, and her first "death."
  • It Gets Easier: Her first kills disturbed her. After working through the filler arc villains, she is disturbing other ninja.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades/Jack-of-All-Stats: Unlike most ninja, Shikako has a wide range of abilities instead of specializing in a single area, which gives her considerable tactical flexibility.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Shikako has a worrying habit of looting anything and everything that might be of use to her down the line. This stems from knowing just how far she might need to go to survive to the end of the story.
    • The first major case of this was the Sword of the Thunder God. She eventually offered to return it to Tsunade, but Tsunade let her keep it.
    • The Book of Gelel was an important mission clue, but also good sealing research notes.
    • At the site of an old battle, she discovers a Hiraishin Kunai.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses the Infinite Pocket Seal Tenten invents, for fiction books, her research notes and disposable coffee cups.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Shikako kills the genin team from Sound because it was the least risky option available to her. This is a source of some guilt afterwards.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Shikako has clinically died roughly three times in the first hundred chapters.
  • Odango Hair: Styles her hair in this manner after she gets promoted to ANBU.
  • Original Character/Self-Insert
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Some of her seals are capable of remaking battlefields, faking earthquakes, leveling mountains, and completely destroying small nations. Even Gaara can't keep up with her in terms of pure scale.
  • Power of Trust: With Gaara. In his own narration of their fight he mentions that even after his turn-around almost everyone still completely freaks if he grabs them with his sand. Shikako trusts him enough to be completely engulfed in it and not be frightened at all. That level of faith means a lot to Gaara. She uses this with a Bijuu successfully as well.
  • Red Baron: Shikabane-Himenote . It starts out as a bit of Black Humor on Shikako's part, referring to her repeated experience of nearly dying due to chakra exhaustion. Then Ino uses it during the Grass Chuunin Exams, and from there it finds its way into other countries' bingo books.
  • Team Mom: She's the "mature one" and source of emotional support for her entire group of friends, not just her team. It ends up taking a toll on her, as she feels like she has to be there for the others even though she's under a lot of stress herself.
  • Unreliable Narrator
  • What Does She See in Him?: Non-romantic example with Ibiki. All the other Special Jonin and Intelligence Corps members are confused/horrified at how well Shikako gets along with Ibiki when they see her willingly seek him out, share tea with him, banter, and laugh at his jokes.

Naruto Uzumaki

  • Bash Brothers: With Sasuke. Even after their secondary transformations, which give them new strengths and abilities, the two are still able to work in tandem.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Naruto's fight with Neji in the Chunin exams. Neji never even touches the real Naruto.
  • Dumbass No More: Naruto. He's only a little more powerful than in canon, but his tactics improve considerably, mostly due to Shikako teaching him how to strategize effectively. This earns him a promotion to chuunin.
  • The Glomp: Looks like he wanted to do this to Shikako when it was announced they would be on the same team.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He thankfully heals from it, but this gives everyone a giant scare when Kimimaro stabbed him in the chest.
  • Took a Level in Badass : Naruto's started utilizing strategy better than his canon part due to Shikako's teaching.

Sasuke Uchiha

  • Bash Brothers: With Naruto. Even after their secondary transformations, which give them new strengths and abilities, the two are still able to work in tandem.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tries to do this against Itachi.
  • Character Development: Trusts his team with the secrets of the Uchiha Clan, and makes jokes more than canon.
  • Cool Sword: Kakashi presents him with the Hakkō Chakura Tō after he graduates to Chunin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes jokes about Team 7's Mission Luck
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Accidently attacks Ino when infected by the curse mark.
  • Face–Heel Turn : Averted. Part of his face heel turn is explained because the seal is killing him. This was solved by Jiraiya later on
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tried to attack Ino while under the influence of the cursed mark. Ends up punching Shikako in the ribs when she went to shield Ino.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he learns about the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, he turns white as a ghost.
  • Playing with Fire : Chidori: Fire Style Variant

Kakashi Hatake

  • It's All My Fault: When it comes to actual emergencies though such as the incident where Shikako is nearly kidnapped in Hidden Grass and almost dies, it's clear that Kakashi feels immensely guilty for what he sees as letting her down when she was trusting him to keep her safe.
  • Body Guarding A Badass: Accompanys Tsunade to the Grass Chunin Exams, as her bodyguard.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like in canon, and an explanation as to why he can get away with it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Frequently with his late excuses.
  • Mundane Utility: In chapter 14, Kakashi uses the incredibly powerful water dragon jutsu... to have a water fight with his students.
  • Never My Fault: Tsunade claims he does this often, though even she`s surprised when he offloads blame to Zabuza. Averted in serious situations.
  • Papa Wolf : Act like this with his students.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: His increasing hospital visits due to chakra exhaustion is later revealed to be caused by Obito's Sharingan draining more chakra from him then he can produce with an estimated time of 6 months to a year before expenditure outstrips production completely. It's later revealed that the cause was his Sharingan trying to evolve into its Mangekyo form and once they devise a way to complete the transition, it's now no longer an issue.

     Nara Clan 

Nara Clan

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Supposedly the Nara Clan's thing, but very few people show the Lazy part. Then again, a large number of them are in intellectual non-combat positions (medic, researcher, bureaucrat) so maybe it's just subtle.
  • Casting a Shadow: Clan specialty.
  • Family Theme Naming: For clan heirs (and Shikako, but her father was technically cheating). Even if one of the Naras is not born with a 'Shika' in the name, they change it if they become clan head. Apparently, this happens often as many are killed in action during their missions.
  • Giver of Lame Names: The "Shika" (Deer) can be part of "Shikabane" (Corpse), Shikatsu (Life or Death).
  • People Puppets: Via peoples shadow, implied to be the work of current clan head Shikaku.
  • Shadow Pin: Clan specialty (Shadow Bind Jutsu) until it became Shadow Possession Jutsu.

Shikamaru Nara

  • An Arm and a Leg: His arm is turned into stone and crushed by Ishidate.
  • Bash Brothers: With Choji, shown in their Brains and Brawn team-up against Tayuya.
  • Berserk Button: Harming Shikako is the worst. Ironically he hasn't gotten much chance to follow through on it, though, as the people who do so are either not in their right minds or too dangerous for him to succeed yet.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: After Shikako's ribs are broken, Shikamaru successfully threatens and frightens Sasuke Uchiha into submission.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shikamaru frequently displays his love and devotion to Shikako. Sadly, they often argue due to Shikamaru's protectiveness and Shikako's 'talent' at getting into dangerous situations.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted in the Forest of Death. Despite his best efforts they don't arrive until after the fighting ends. It's still much sooner than they arrived in cannon.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: As in cannon, but it becomes clear that he is more quick to get motivated due to Shikako's influence, such as when Team 10 showed up in the Forest of Death or when he took initiative in getting Shikako accepted into Research and Development.
  • Casting a Shadow: He's technically better at it than Shikako is, in that he's hinted to be able to overpower her shadows and he uses the more advanced techniques (Shadow Stitching, Shadow Strangle) more often than Shikako.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Growing up with a beloved twin sister completely averts this, unlike his canon personality.
  • It's All My Fault: As Shikako's elder brother he sees himself as supposed to protect her, despite Shikako generally being a better fighter and them having dangerous jobs. He feels this way when she gets seriously hurt in the Forest of Death, in Tanzaku Gai, in the Dead Wastes, etc.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shikamaru gets several, since his sister isn't always around to witness them.
    • Subversion in the Sound Four Arc, where even with Choji fighting the Doki, Shikamaru at point-blank range with every advantage he could stack up still wasn't able to overpower Tayuya. It became Choji's moment when he took the Yellow Curry Pill to succeed.
  • Only Sane Man: Shikamaru may think he's this due to freaking out when his loved ones get injured and they (Shikako especially) brush it off, but he arguably takes it too far in the other direction at times.
  • Opposites Attract: Potentially Subverted. While he does have some suggestive interactions with Temari, his twin's existence seems to have gotten him interested in girls more like Shikako than like Yoshino. Sometime after chapter 100 he starts going steady with Tenten.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Subverted when he starts seeing Tenten. While he doesn't announce it from the rooftops (his twin only finds out when Ino sees him on a date) he never denies it when teased and does go out of his way to spend time with her.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: In a Sibling Yin-Yang way. Shikako admits that Shikamaru is ridiculously smarter than her while it's obvious that she is explosively better than him in direct combat, but she is not dumb and he is not weak either.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shikamaru actually puts in the effort to win his Chuunin Exams fight with Shino. It's prompted by the fact that his sister surrendered to him in the preliminaries and he can't disrespect that.
  • You Are Not Alone: Is one of the first people to reassure Naruto this after Naruto tells them his secret.
  • You Monster!: Shikamaru is planning to kill Orochimaru and Itachi for what they did to Shikako.

Shikaku Nara

  • Adult Fear: His daughter was a sickly child, gets into ridiculously dangerous circumstances as a ninja, and appears to suffer from some uncertain form of depression.
  • The Comically Serious: Part of his Corpsing trait. Shikaku subtly jokes and smiles, but rarely laughs. He notes that if he hasn't been called in about his daughter's mission then it probably isn't an emergency, and when he tells her he has a list of clansmen interested in getting lessons in sealing, he hands her the Clan Register.
  • Corpsing: Shikaku desperately resists the impulse to laugh on several occasions, such as when his daughter taps Kakashi on the nose.
  • Hidden Depths: Sunshine Sidestories reveals that he worked as an Anbu agent during the war and he was temporarily disowned for breaking an arranged marriage to be with Yoshino instead.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Appears to realize something like this has happened involving Shikako's necklace and the events at Gelel.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Subtle, but as a clan head in close alliance with at least two fellow heads he would be one of the most influential people in Konoha even if he weren't also the Jonin Commander. While they don't have a mansion, Shikako does pick up on little hints (their lands, access to rare technology, his willingness to bend rules) that her family is very well off and powerful.
  • Oblivious to Love: Discussed but Averted. He realizes his affection and initiates his and Yoshino's Relationship Upgrade, but Inoichi suggests this or Celibate Hero may have been the case when he was younger.
    Inoichi: "Of course it would take a woman actually hitting you over the head to catch your attention. Nothing less could have done it."
  • Papa Wolf: He's normally rather hands-off when it comes to Shikako's affairs but if he feels that the situation is dire enough to warrant his direct intervention, there are no lengths he won't go through to keep his daughter safe. Case in point, how does he react when he finds out an insane S-class missing-nin is targeting his daughter? Assemble his generations Ino-Shika-Cho and hunt him down first. As we see in chapter 135, he succeeds.
  • Parents as People: He (correctly) suspects Shikako knows more than she lets on and feels like he's let her down, as she carries the burden alone.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Averted. He fell in love with a woman other than the one arranged for him and was temporarily disowned when he married Yoshino.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Very laid back in general and willing to usually let the younger generations spread their wings as long as they don't mess up too badly.
  • Retired Badass: Subverted. He's technically retired from field (and Anbu) work, but still active as the Jonin Commander and he gets sent into the field when Cloud starts testing defenses to be on hand for strategy.

Yoshino Nara

  • Adult Fear: On top of the usual ninja-parent worries, Shikako as a baby was sick and in pain for no reason anyone could discover and believed permanently disabled. The doctors can't help at all.
    "They tell her there is nothing they can do. For her daughter, there never seems to be anything they can do."
  • Anger Born of Worry: One of Yoshino's main character traits, but justified because ninja life is dangerous.
    • Most clearly seen after Shikako briefly Falls Into The Dark, and she starts shouting at Shikaku for treating this like it was normal. He defuses her with reassurance that he was being careful and Shikako only has a spiritual fever.
    • She subverts this in the aftermath of the Tsukiyomi incident because her anger has burnt out after a month of near-hopeless waiting.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Played With. Many of the Nara other than Shikaku don't warm up to Yoshino until the birth of the next heir, and given that Shikako is so sickly some didn't even then.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Shikako spends the first few weeks of her life crying permanently and Yoshino sometimes wishes her daughter would just shut up. When the Kyuubi attacks and Shikako does Yoshino is terrified that her daughter is dead of chakra poisoning.
  • Betty and Veronica: The ninja equivalent of Betty. Yoshino isn't from a ninja family, has no secret techniques, is only of moderate skills and power, and doesn't consider herself very attractive. Shikaku still chooses her and breaks the arranged marriage to a woman favored by his clan to be their next lady.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Discussed in Sunshine Sidestories. There's a high likelihood of ninja twins being born with disabilities or at least one dying in the womb, but Yoshino refuses to induce miscarriage and try again.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her element, which Shikako inherited from her.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: It's happened to her at least sometimes due to either security clearances or her family not wanting to invoke her anger at them.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Yoshino would have sent her sickly daughter to civilian school, invoking this, had Shikako not insisted on trying to be a ninja.
  • Never My Fault: Played for laughs. Years after the fact she still insists that it's Shikaku's fault for getting in her line of fire when her earth jutsu hits him while he was trying to save her life.
  • Oblivious to Love: Yoshino's relationship with Shikaku didn't feel like romance at all until he kissed her on the mouth, and the revelation knocked her off-balance.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Though not as much as Shikaku, Yoshino realises that there's little she can do to stop her children from going head first into danger.
  • Rescue Romance: She and Shikaku met when he saved her from enemies that had her outnumbered.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Only in Sunshine Sidestories do we discover that Yoshino knew Kushina in passing and has always known exactly whose son Naruto is.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: For a while it looked like Yoshino didn't contribute as much to her children, but after Shikako changes her outfit and hair Shikaku confirms that she looks the spitting image of Yoshino at that age.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: She finds out she's expecting a third child.

Igaku Nara

Kasuga Nara

  • Brutal Honesty/Exact Words: How can Shikako make the side-effects go away? "Stop being a ninja." She refuses? "Then that wasn't what you meant by 'fixed'."
  • Nothing Is Scarier: An information version; Kasuga is disturbed by Shikako's development with the clan jutsu and admits so to Shikaku.
    "Train with her. You'll see. It's not normal. I don't know what she's doing, Shikaku. It's nothing I've ever seen before, and I can't get a word out of her."
  • Old Master: A Nara elder and Shikaku's replacement in teaching the twins new shadow jutsu.

Kofuku Nara

  • Anger Born of Worry: Deconstructed. She is angry when new recruit Shikako gets a reprimand for performing sealing experiments on human subjects. Unfortunately Shikako starts off getting yelled at for something she was never told was a problem (and the reprimand's language is inaccurate) and holds a grudge.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Technically helps Shikako, but does so in a brusque and abrasive manner that really drives a wedge between the two of them.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Shikako is right in pointing out that Kofuku should have made sure Shikako got the R & D "rules and restrictions" introduction before getting her listed as a member and giving her access to their material.
  • Shoot the Messenger: When you filter out Shikako's Unreliable Narrator status it appears that Kofuku had nothing to do with the reprimand the hospital filed other than receiving it and organizing to help Shikako not get hurt by it. But Shikako bears a major grudge against Kofuku for the event and the two have clashed several times since.

Sembei Nara

An elderly member of the Nara clan.
  • The Beast Master: She holds the Deer contract, although she no longer has the chakra reserves to actually perform the summoning jutsu.
  • Passing the Torch: She passes the Deer contract on to Shikako. It's implied that she had been waiting for quite a while for an appropriate successor to show up—the Deer contract belongs to the clan and has to stay within it, but most Nara aren't interested in summons that are best used in frontline combat.

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     The Leaf 12 

Ino Yamanaka

  • Action Girl: Even at a young age she had some skills in fighting and throwing weapons; unlike in canon, Shikako kept them from atrophying when she started crushing on Sasuke.
  • Always Someone Better: Although they are friends, there are hints that she feels this way regarding Shikako. Green-Eyed Monster is 100% averted, though.
  • Animal Motifs: Boar due to her name, but a colorful Social Butterfly, and recently her Summon Magic Chameleon Contract has added another theme.
  • The Beast Master: Acquires the Chameleon summon contract.
  • Character Development: Used to be tied for Sasuke's #1 fangirl. At New Year's, when dating is discussed, Sakura still wants to date Sasuke but Ino doesn't know anymore - she just wants someone who wants and appreciates her.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Ino's eyes have no pupils, which is normal to Shikako but can be odd to non-Leaf ninja. Up to Eleven after her eyes develop pupils, because they are Orochimaru's slit-shaped pupils.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Ino survives entering Orochimaru's Soul Jar by the skin of her teeth, but suffers a Loss of Identity, and is emotionally traumatized, psychologically wrecked, and may forever have trouble trusting or being trusted by people. But once she begins to work through it with her loved ones' full support, we see her incorporating the experience into her combat and life-style with exemplary results.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Shikako notices that Ino often wears flowers or flower-shaped hair decorations following her brush with Orochimaru. It’s implied to be another of Ino’s ways of reminding herself who she is, separate from the Snake Sannin.
  • Flower Motifs: Flowers in general are a motif for Ino. At one point, she sends flowers to all her female friends along with their invitations to a party; the flowers combine to form a message expressing her resolve to continue as a ninja despite the hardships she has endured. She uses them to ground herself, since while Orochimaru shares many of Ino’s interests, all he knows about flowers is whether or not they’re poisonous.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She had her Alpha Bitch moments in school, but by the first Chuunin Exams she's repeatedly demonstrated an unrelenting desire to help fix people who are hurt.
  • Healing Hands: Inspired by Shikako and Sakura, she can use basic medical ninjutsu.
  • Hidden Depths: Ino looks like a Dumb Blonde, but Shikako repeatedly comments that Ino is far cannier than she appears, noticing and deducing things that escape many of their peers. Also, despite being kind and cheerful, Ino is the daughter of an Intelligence ninja and is implied to have a good idea about the workings of Torture & Interrogation from a young age.
  • Like Brother and Sister/True Companions: She is sister in all but blood to Shikako, Shikamaru, and Choji.
  • Master of Illusion: Once she Took a Level in Badass this became her go-to skill for most of her fights.
  • Mind Rape: She has the potential to do this, but so far we've only seen her gentler uses. She also suffers the full version of this when her spirit encounters a Curse Seal.
  • Summon Magic: Ino picks up the Chameleon Contract.
  • Tsundere: A non-romantic example, type B. Ino is generally cheerful, empathetic, and kind, but she can be very assertive and aggressive when annoyed.
  • Windows of the Soul: After her close encounter with Orochimaru, she develops snakelike pupils, a constant reminder that she now bears his influence in her mind.
  • You Are Not Alone: Shikako's giving her this speech and having Sakura help set up other support is what stops Ino from quitting the shinobi forces and gives her the chance to become who she is today.

Chouji Akimichi

  • Bash Brothers: With Shikamaru. They team up to fight Jirobo in a Brains and Brawn combo, along with generally serving on a team together.
  • Berserk Button: If you want to pick a fight you call him fat. If you want to kick-start a fight to the death, hurt his friends.
  • Gentle Giant: When he's actually a giant, it's because he's fighting, but otherwise he is very kind and gentle.
  • Martial Pacifist: He fights to protect people, but he doesn't enjoy it, and often is fine with losing if fighting a friend.
  • One-Winged Angel: In a change from canon this is Defied. Choji does not take the Red Chili Pill that would give him power but probably kill him, because support from Shikamaru means he doesn't need to.
  • Out of Focus: Being Shikamaru's best friend, Shikako's friend, and one-third of the Ino-Shika-Cho Trio, one would expect him to get more time in the limelight. We still see him a lot, but the focus is on himself with other people, never just himself.

Kiba Inuzuka

  • Always Someone Better: Among many other feelings toward Shikako, he may regard her and her team as this, which is a slight blow to his alpha personality.
  • Character Development: In canon and early in the story he was solely a melee fighter, but as of the mission to the Land of Moon he's displaying long range ninjutsu and more reasoning and rhetorical skills.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He tries to give off a bad boy image sometimes, but he is also a total mama's boy. Then again, given how awesome his mom is - jonin clan head, head of the tracking division and Sensory squad, and runs a family business, while being a doting single mother to two kids - this is very justified.
  • Hidden Depths: Works in the kennels with the animals at his family's veterinary practice and knows more about medicine and caring for small animals/children than he would usually admit.
  • Noodle Incident: Pet the Dog Up to Eleven. The details are uncertain, but Word of God on the forum is that Kiba once put a A-rank mission on hold to help a stray dog give birth, and then carried the puppies in his jacket for a week.
  • Only Sane Man: Usually rowdy, but Kiba ended up like this on the Land of Moon mission. He was ignored and because it worked he thinks he shouldn't have objected, but Shikako later tells him he was technically correct and she was glad that he called her out.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tries to dissuade and call no confidence on Shikako in Moon, when she goes to return to the castle alone, but is ignored. Then it turns out well anyway and he's giving himself this, even though Shikako says that in hindsight he was right.

Hinata Hyuuga

  • Badass Adorable: Hinata is more often describe as cute than pretty, but she is also capable of killing people with light taps of her fingers.
  • Character Development: Being brought along on the mission to stop Gaara and succeeding did wonders for her confidence, and she briefly held her own against Kimimaro when she showed up without orders to support her friends. Hinata still keeps her kind, gentle, and quiet nature, but her soul is Silk Hiding Steel now, and she will work out some grudges of her own, seen when she fights a Cloud ninja.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She has always seen Neji this way, and after Naruto's Therapy Jutsu he is beginning to reciprocate.
  • Nice Girl: The most so in their generation, even more than Shikako.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: Subverted. Hinata's entire family is strict, militaristic, and tradition-bound, but she doesn't fit the mold and (aside from her Good Job, Daughter traits) doesn't want to. After some real-life experience and support from and for her friends, she blossoms and has the skills (and not the cocky attitude).

Shino Aburame

  • Big Brother Instinct: Toward his little sister Chiyako, expressed in his usual way as The Stoic.
  • The Comically Serious: Has moments of this, especially as Kiba's teammate.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After mentally and physically grueling battle with Shikamaru he is boxed in by explosive notes and surrenders rather than risk the blast. As a result of his good judgement and prior performance in the match he is promoted to chuunin.
  • Out of Focus: and aware of it and he resents it. Shino was literally the only member of the Leaf 12 not to participate in the Sound Retrieval Mission.

Neji Hyuuga

  • The Ace: Despite his misanthropy Neji is a genius with a year of experience over the Rookie Nine and it shows. He goes down on-screen to Naruto and fellow Ace (with more experience) Haku... and that's about it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Thanks to Shikako's tutoring, Neji suffers this at Naruto's hands.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Suffers this from Naruto, though non-lethally and with more fists.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Naruto trounces him and Hinata begins growing into her skills he becomes a better person.
  • Heel Realization: His on-screen one is when he learns of Naruto's status and realizes how inaccurate his words were about wearing "a seal that can never be removed" and apologizes.

Tenten

  • Always Someone Better: Shikako, again, is much better at using sealing, is a more combat-capable kunoichi with more diverse skills despite being a year younger, and while Tenten has a great collection of mundane or rarer weapons, Shikako has the legendary Sword of the Thunder God.
  • Armor Piercing Comment: Tenten's 100% accuracy is not limited to physical weapons. Shikako notes that she has a way, however unintentionally, of hitting emotional weak spots with her words.
  • Ascended Extra: In canon Tenten was very Out of Focus. Here she's fleshed out with a desire to be a ninja despite never wanting to kill and the drive to do this, her interest in seals, and a budding relationship with Shikamaru.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Sasuke once rather bluntly pointed out that by chuunin-rank most enemies would have a skill to dodge or block Tenten's Storm of Blades. Shikako apologizes for him, but Tenten ruefully points out that he has thus far been proven right.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Tenten still gets beat by Temari like in canon, because Temari is one of the worst possible match-ups, but because Shikako whispered a warning about Temari's Blow You Away skills it is not an easy win for Temari.
  • Debt Detester: Shikako offers her a position as a second author in developing a new storage seal for the village to use: it's a job using her interest in sealing and her specialty within that, it will pay well, it will help the village, and they would be looking at good royalties once it's being sold. Tenten hesitates too accept because she's a no-name orphan and has already received so much from Shikako that Tenten has no idea how to begin repaying her.
    Shikako: *is trying to get Tenten out of the way of a political ploy* I... was thinking of just fobbing all the paperwork on you.
  • Geometric Magic: Tenten is interested in seals but lacks Shikako's understanding and flair for them. Her most common use is storing all of her weapons.
  • Glomp: Does this to Shikako and Shikamaru after her seal work gets her personally commended by Tsunade.
  • Hammerspace: Done regularly in cannon by Tenten. However in story Shikako gives her the idea to make a single seal that stores various small items she calls her creation “Infinite Pocket”.
  • Irony: She wants to never have to kill someone in her career, and happens to excel at an extremely lethal skill-set.
    • Starts a relationship with Shikamaru, who in canon was with Temari (and had some Ship Tease here), who had beaten Tenten in the exams.
  • Laughing Mad: A brief moment of this when Shikako claims to be making such a great offer to Debt Detester Tenten for the sake of fobbing off all the paperwork.
  • Technical Pacifist: Why does Tenten never hurt anyone with those barrages of sharp pointy objects? Because a) she has perfect aim and b) she doesn’t want to kill anyone. She actually wanted to be a medic originally, but couldn’t because of poor chakra control—so instead she's a frontline combatant who refuses to kill.

Rock Lee

  • Curb Stomp Cushion: He actually harms Gaara, who had never before been physically injured.
  • Friend to All Children: He is completely cheerful and encouraging to the pre-adolescent Mist kunoichi he fights in the Grass Exams.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. He doesn't shine as much as he could, but the only person who's ever taken Lee down was Gaara and he hurt Gaara worse than anyone before him. Everyone in the story acknowledges him as tremendously skilled and capable.

     Other Konoha Ninja 

Chiyako Aburame

  • Black Sheep: Defied. One would expect this, given that spiders like Chiyako's Mr. Cranberry are threats to the Aburame hives, but by all accounts she's actually the beloved baby of the clan.
  • Cool Big Bro: Chiyako sees Shino as this.
  • Cry Cute: Shikako meets Chiyako when she's crying in the bushes.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Averted. Mr. Cranberry is a perfectly respectable and creative name for a red-kneed tarantula.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Chiyako was invited to a slumber party, but then the other girls revoked the invitation, called her names, potentially assaulted her (it isn't mentioned how she got her twisted ankle), and smooshed her pet spider (he survived, though).

Sakura Haruno

  • Anger Born of Worry: A rare selfish example. When she begins working on a strength technique she's worried they will get in trouble for "stealing" Tsunade's personal technique. Then someone catches her practicing after she breaks a training log bare-handed and tells Tsunade, who sets up a meeting with Sakura at a training ground the next day. Sakura becomes terrified to the point of hysterics, blaming Shikako for Tsunade going to kill her for jutsu theft, until Shikako and Ino talk her down and remind her that training with Tsunade is a good thing.
  • Civilian Best Friend: She is this to Shikako and Ino even before she fails her team's test, having been raised by civilian parents and not getting certain aspects of ninja life.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. She's still not as active as the Leaf 12 since she's spending most of her time studying and working at the hospital, but she is still a reoccurring appearance who has important interactions with Shikako and has joined the kunoichi study group and recently began taking supplemental lessons from Tsunade herself.
  • Fangirl: For Sasuke. But she and Ino did not stop being friends because of it since Shikako presumably talked some sense into them. She still sighs over him and daydreams, but studying to become a field medic has absorbed all of her time and treating people who have been maimed and may die has helped her mature and better prioritize.
  • Genius Ditz: She is smart, and may even be smarter than Shikako, but has less common sense and is more easily distracted by daydreams, etc.
  • Improvised Weapon: Sakura knocks out an escaped prisoner with a vase.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Shikako realizes too late to change it that her presence and abilities will have her take Sakura's canonical place on Team Seven. Arguably subverted when Shikako realizes that studying things she accels at, keeping up with her friends, and not being constantly exposed to Naruto and Sasuke's conflicting personalities has left Sakura happier and more self-assured than she seemed to be in canon.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Sakura proves that she was a heroine in canon for good reason when Tayuya breaks out of prison and goes for revenge. She's slowly over-powering Choji and Ino is frozen from mental trauma resurgence when Sakura breaks one glass glass vase over Tayuya's head and knocks her out with a second one. The girl with no field experience dropped one of Orochimaru's (admittedly weakened) personal guards. We actually get to see her do this in one of the Sunshine Sidestories.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Defied. She is best friends with the daughters of Konoha's former Head of Intelligence and current Jonin Commander but she never asks for favors from them nor blames them for her failing the genin test, etc. The only time this is brought up is when Shikako offers to have an aunt sponsor Sakura to the Medical Corps program, and even then it isn't Shikako's relations but Sakura's genuine skill and intelligence that gets that to happen.
  • Super Strength: Works on creating a version of this with Shikako, despite her worries that they will be in trouble for "stealing" Tsunade's personal technique.

Hanabi Hyuuga

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Subverted. Hanabi is disconcerting to some people because she speaks with authority and has been raised to command, but she was also raised in a house with strict adherence to etiquette and does not speak improperly to people above in in society.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Friendship?: Her growing connection with Chiyako and Moegi has aspects of this, having never particularly had peers or teammates she was close to in the past.

Tsume Inuzuka

  • Action Mom: Single mother of two children. Also an active duty ninja, clan head, and leader of both the Tracking Team and the Sensory Squad. And the Inuzuka Clinic.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: She apparently spends way too much time talking up her children to potential spouses—even though Kiba is just thirteen.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Kiba's older sister wants people to think that her name uses the "flower" kanji, but actually Tsume was on the good drugs at the time and used the "nose" kanji instead.
  • Mother Bear: To Kiba and Hana.
  • Parents as People: Inverted? Defied? Whatever it is, Tsume manages to be a doting and well-loved single mother to two children despite all the responsibilities listed under her badass entry. Shikako can't imagine how she finds the time.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She makes Shikako explain herself about rushing into a fight without waiting for orders before deciding whether to keep yelling at her for it. Earlier she took the time to test Rock Lee's sensory perception at his request despite having no super-sensory skill, and complemented him on having solid chuunin-level perceptiveness.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hints to Shikako that she wouldn't mind seeing her and Kiba together, since their kids might actually inherit some brains. May also be her being a Troll who wanted to spark Shikako's reaction for kicks. Or both.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Has this relationship with the head of research and Development, as seen when she drags Tsunade in to arbitrate which of their divisions can recruit Shikako.

Yakumo Kurama

  • Art Initiates Life: Subverted. She paints things to activate her powers, but instead of summoning monsters she paints natural disasters that materialize, and they are only illusions.
  • Birds of a Feather: She admires Rock Lee because, like her, he can only use one ninja art and is dedicated to becoming a great shinobi with a limited toolkit. In turn, Lee admires Yakumo’s dedication just as much.
  • Blue Screen Of Death: Enters this after her alter-ego breaks loose during a spar with Shikako and she remembers killing her own parents. Anko mercifully knocks her unconscious before she can break worse or hurt someone else.
  • Broken Bird: Snapped under the stress of her clan's expectations, repressed the memories of murdering her parents and became paranoid that they were assassinated by the Hokage, had her powers sealed, and was placed under house-arrest with 24/7 guards and no peer contact for several years.
  • Elemental Powers: Subverted. Yakumo mostly manifests attacks as fires or strikes of lightning but these are both just manifestations of her illusions.
  • Master of Illusion: Her skill specialty. Due to ill health, it is just about her only ninja skill. She's powerful enough to cast one over the village that can temporarily fool even the skilled join.
  • Master of One Magic: Of the three main ninja arts, she can only do genjutsu, but she's exceptional at it.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Due to her alter-ego setting a fire that killed her parents.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Her bloodline is prone to these due to their Reality Warping abilities
  • Word of God: Yakumo and Lee have agreed that they will form a team with a person who can only use ninjutsu if they ever meet one.

Kisuke Maboroshi

  • Post Humous Character: We meet him months or years after his death, as a ghost.
  • Soul Jar: The seal that his soul is tied to. In a twist, this seal is also what killed him first, as it yanked his soul out of his body against his will.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even though he is dead he still wants to serve the village instead of continuing to the afterlife.

Gai Maito

  • Born Winner: Shikako notes that it was easy to label Gai as one of Konoha's rather ilustrious "dead-last" ninja who went on to excel, but the truth is that Gai is also a Child Prodigy. He made genin at 7, chuunin at eleven, and has been Kakashi's rival as long as they've known each other.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his fashion sense and obsession with "Youth!" Gai is an insanely capable Taijutsu master who can overpower and defeat even Kakashi.
  • Generation Xerox: Of his father, which he then passed on to Rock Lee.

Anko Mitarashi

  • Amazon Brigade: It looks as though Anko willl end up the jonin-sensei of a team where all three students are kunoichi: Yakumo, Isaribi, and Sakura.
  • Axe-Crazy: Anko invokes this for psychological intimidation, but in actuality is relatively normal, if not extroverted.
  • Berserk Button: Orochimaru. The fact that he is still breathing upsets Anko so much that she considers Taking You with Me to be a desirable alternative.
    • Subverted in regards to questions about her loyalty. It puts her in a foul temper, and random idiots who bring it up may be in danger, but when professionals like Inoichi raise concerns she acknowledges that it is a legitimate danger and will grit her teeth as she does the necessary tests.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Two of the Sunshine Sidestories are from her perspective.
  • The Mentor: She's acting as a guard, supervisor, and teacher to Yakumo and Isaribi. She seems to enjoy it. Kurenai suggests that she should try out for full jounin in order to become a jounin-sensei; while Anko claims not to want to be a jounin, she seems tempted by the chance to have her own official team.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Downplayed, but after the discover that Orochimaru's Curse Seal is a Soul Jar she is shuffled out of the Intelligence Corps to limit her exposure to sensitive data. She considers taking students of her own to be a worthwhile second place.

Ibiki Morino

  • The Dreaded: The scarred and intimidating Head of Torture and Interrogation.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Well, he is a professional mercenary and he has a lot of things that he can do to or order done to people, but he mostly makes a point of seeming scarier than he really is. For instance, despite talking about torture implements, etc., he recognizes that it is an unreliable and ineffective practice and prefers to extract information through psychological intimidation and rapport-building between prisoners and interrogators.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: So pragmatic that he recognizes that doing bad things is not useful or helpful. Despite being ostensibly in charge of torturing prisoners for information, he uses longer-term rapport building methods that don't harm them, and actively discourages other ninja from using torture to gain information, as seen when he questions Shikako about how she got marked as an interrogation specialist in Iwa's bingo book.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Non-romantic example with Shikako. All the other Special Jonin and Intelligence Corps members are confused/horrified at how well Shikako gets along with Ibiki when they see her willingly seek him out, share tea with him, banter, and laugh at his jokes.

Asuma Sarutobi

  • Armor-Piercing Question: After the Moon Kingdom mission he knocks his student out of his Heroic Safe Mode with one.
    "You're a genius, Shikamaru. I think you could do anything you set your mind to. And that's the problem, isn't it?"
  • Generation Xerox: Defied, as Asuma is nothing like his father other than also being skilled and loyal.
  • Stealth Mentor: After having unconditionally supported Shikamaru before, he withdraws that support over a difficult subject to shock and provoke Shikamaru into supporting himself, and then returns to offering support once Shikamaru won't be using it as a crutch.

Hiruzen Sarutobi

Konohamaru Sarutobi

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Because he's still in the Academy.
  • Fearless Fool: Shikako observes that his reaction to something that intimidates him is to reach out and poke it, as shown by his spending time with Naruto's friend Gaara. He still doesn't like Kankuro, though.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Averted, he is close friends with Moegi and can transform himself into a female form.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is jealous that Ranmaru is friends and was on a mission with Naruto.

Tsunade Senju

  • A Day in the Limelight: Multiple chapters of Sunshine Sidestories are from her perspective.
  • Healing Hands: The best in the world. She has specifically saved Shikako's life at least twice, once reviving her despite Shikako's 100% depleted chakra, lack of pulse, lack of breathing, and uncertain neural activity.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Tsunade likely qualifies as a functioning or former alcoholic. This is also her reaction to Kakashi's blaming Zabuza for Shikako's monologue, and Zabuza's counter-bantering. She describes the world as tilting 45 degrees to the side and actually checks her (zero-proof) drink to ensure that she is not, in fact, drunk.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: We see her thoughts when Naruto brings back Ibiki partway through the Sound Retrieval Mission. For the few minutes she spends believing they are the only survivors, she hates herself exactly as much as you would expect given her belief that she just sent 6 twelve-year-old children to their deaths, and knows that she couldn't have safely made a different decision, either.
  • Properly Paranoid: She knows that something is rotten in Konoha and doesn't know who it is that is subverting her orders and passing along information to their enemies. She needs a lot of safeguards and plans and safety-measures to figure it out.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She has extended a shockingly large amount of trust, leeway, and forgiveness to Shikako for her unconventional actions, partly due to her friendship with Naruto and partly due to Shikako's shocking success rate. For instance, she allows a supervised Shikako to access Orochimaru's old jutsu notes.
  • Super Strength: Yes. Despite her usual portrayal, in dreaming she yells a bit but has not been shown to vent her temper through violence. She is teaching this to Sakura in their spare time.
    • Finally shown in action when fighting Isobu - despite standing on water, she manages to drag the bijuu, which is as tall as the island, back and throw it.

Danzo Shimura

  • The Corrupter: Shikako has noted that Orochimaru, Kabuto, and Itachi all took turns for the worse in different ways after their entry into Root.
  • The Dreaded: Among people who know much of anything about him. Shikako is secretly an example Up to Eleven because she knows so much that she is all-but paralyzed by terror when confronted with his presence.
  • Geometric Magic: Danzo may or may not have designed it himself, but when Shikako looks briefly at Sai's silencing seal she identifies it as being very complicated and possibly using multiple concepts expressed and overlapping at once.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By forcing Shikako, Shikamaru, and Naruto to immediately report and arranging for Tsunade to not be present despite her prior orders and the usual code of conduct for returning ninja with injuries, when Shikako collapses and almost dies from her wounds during the debrief Tsunade has the right to charge the elder council with negligence in their duties and sharply curtail their influence.
  • Straw Misogynist: Downplayed, but in Sunshine Sidestories he tells Sai that kunoichi always have soft hearts and rarely make good ninja. He also refers to Tsunade as "That woman".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Subverted. Danzo praises Sai for making bonds with Naruto and Shikako, which is a rare and fleeting event. However, Sai mentally adds that praise is often the only reward offered for a mission completed beyond expectations, and wishes he hadn't been praised at all.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Even once Jiraiya has shown Tsunade evidence that Root is active despite being disbanded and may be committing further treason, her reaction is to think it unlikely that Danzo was responsible. Justified, because Danzo is a respected war hero and trusted comrade of the Third Hokage.
    Tsunade: "I never liked him, but ... treason? That's not Danzo. Always, his focus has been on making Konoha stronger." (mentally) 'It might not be Danzo though, just the continuation of his secret Black Ops group.'

Genma Shiranui

  • Born Unlucky: Wonders if he's this because of how often he has to patrol with Sasuke and all the stuff that happens then. The truth is that at least one of his special jonin friends has been rigging the straw drawing that decides who watches Sasuke.
  • Open Secret: Points out that everyone knows who Hayate is dating and that she's an Anbu captain.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Hates working with Sasuke because he is this. In Sunshine Sidestories he claims some of their patrols' happenings have given him nightmares.

Iruka Umino

  • Friend to All Children: Why he is a great teacher.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Iruka is competent at most ninja skills, as befits someone in charge of teaching them all, but specializes in nothing particular and is competent but no better.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Non-romantic example with Naruto, when he and Tsubaki are tracking Mizuki, Fujin, and Raijin, only to find that Team 7 (Naruto is a recent chuunin) have already apprehended them.

Inoichi Yamanaka

  • Hidden Depths: This slightly goofy pretty-boy is not only a doting father, but a trained psychologist, deadly jonin Clan Head, and semi-retired Head of Intelligence, meaning he used to be in charge or the Torture and Interrogation division. Even being his daughter's closest friend, Shikako still feels uncomfortable if she thinks he's paying her too much attention.
  • Honor Before Reason: A rare positive example. With the discovery that Orochimaru's Curse Seals can be a Soul Jar and his own daughter's mental maiming by one, he has every legal and personal reason to Mind Rape Anko and find out everything he can as quickly as possible, even at risk to hurt her. Instead he tells her the situation, makes clear that she is his trusted comrade, and states that he wants to mind walk her to protect her as well, and would prefer her to agree instead of him having to get a warrant, and asks her to trust him. She does.
  • Mind Rape: With his family ninjutsu.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Double-subverted. Inoichi is supposed to have permanently retired as the Head of Intelligence at some point in the past and, according to Anko in Sunshine Sidestories, says as much to people when they occasionally ask him to work a shift or look at a case. But then he will be talked into doing it all the same, because he is a patriot and the work is important.

Aoba Yamashiro

  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: He did none of Shikako's paperwork while she was gone in revenge for siccing Gai on them, but she didn't care.
  • Troll: Tries to do this and just leaves himself open to Shikako's more devious trolling.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Thought he could be this, but Team Seven's luck was just to much. Now he's beginning to become jaded.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was the penultimate sacrifice of the Cult of Jashin. Shikako would have been the last one, but she had other plans.

Kurenai Yuuhi

  • Easily Forgiven: It is uncertain how Yakumo feels about what Kurenai did, though they have both been present at the kunoichi study group without any fights breaking out.
  • Master of Illusion: One of Konoha's greatest.
  • My Greatest Failure: Yakumo is hers, as she helped make the call to seal Yakumo's memories and abilities.

Ami

  • Alpha Bitch: In so far as a pre-teen can be one.
  • The Bus Came Back: Briefly in Chapter 81. Ami is in the Genin Corps running a small messenger bird post and reports to Shikako, Naruto, and Sai about the rumors near Kubisaki Pass.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She hides it well, but Shikako notices that it is not pleasant for Ami to have failed the second genin test and then find their class's Dead Last already wearing a chuunin vest.
  • Jerk With Aheart Of Gold: Sort of... Ami is a jerk and we don't see her being nice, but she is responsible and dutiful, polite to people she doesn't like when they show up in her mother's shop, and won't let being mean get in the way of doing what she is supposed to do.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Subverted. Shikako realizes that despite how it looks, Ami's post is actually rather prestigious for a twelve-year-old Genin Corps member with only a few months of service under her belt. Being distant also means she is trusted alone and unsupervised, meaning the village acknowledges her as appropriately skilled and responsible.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. After the graduation exam we never hear of her. In canon we kept never hearing her, while in Dreaming of Sunshine Shikako runs across her at a Genin Corps posting.

Jiraiya

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Has an introductory poem and dance to proclaim himself a Super Pervert. Has been an S-class ninja longer than most serving ninja have been alive. Yeah.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Purposefully played up. Shikako notes that he is too loud and leering to be entirely serious in his perversions, despite there having to also be some truth to the rumors.
  • The Dragon: When he's in the village he is this for Tsunade. Jiraiya is the one is charge of finding who let the surviving Sound 4 out of prison, etc.
  • The Dreaded: Up to Eleven. His mere arrival scared off Kisame and Itachi. He leaks a little not-quite-murderous intent at Shikako when she annoys him as a reminder that his body count is higher than the number of days she's lived through.
  • Flash Step: In a Silver Queen approved one-shot, after Shikako is hit by Tsukiyomi, Jiraiya hears her screams and is immediately on the scene. Then he grabs the kids and dumps one-third of his chakra into a body flicker that gets them all back to Konoha, which was several days' walk away.
  • Geometric Magic: Potentially the greatest at it in the world. Jiraiya is the pre-eminent seal master, bar none, and Shikako has realized that he doesn't favor using Konoha's standard sealing style, but that it became Konoha's standard because he used it.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: A non-romantic example. Jiraiya swore to never take on any more students, and is only teaching Naruto due to his responsibilities, but Shikako's sealing notes and projects show so much raw potential that he begins feeding her tidbits of lore and advice despite his past losses.
  • My Greatest Failure: Thus far he believes himself to have outlived every one of his many students and swore to not take on anymore.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Sees teaching Naruto as this. He may act as The Mentor to Shikako because of this as well.
  • Summon Magic: With toads, as the Toad Sage. In Dreaming of Sunshine we see several toads that weren't used in canon, such as for prisoner transport or body-guarding.

Moegi

  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Played with. Moegi is loud, aggressive when offended, and close friends with two rowdy boys her age. She also boasts about growing up to be Konoha's sexiest kunoichi and is concerned with things like pretty clothes and nails. She also ardently looks up to Temari.
  • Values Dissonance: Two-fold regarding Moegi's background as the daughter of merchants. First, as a child of civilian parents, there are things about ninja life that she doesn't automatically know. Second, while her parents' status as prosperous merchants would be a social boost in civilian schools, in the Academy it gets her mocked with taunts of having bought her way through her classes.

Sai

  • Character Development: Originally Sai is exactly as serious, emotionally repressed, and mentally inflexible as one would expect. After a few missions of exposure to Naruto and Shikako he informs them of his secondary set of orders and shows them his seal. In the Land of Moon he subverts Shikako's direct orders out of concern for her well-being and then implicitly promises to keep her secrets out of his report to Danzo.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Originally a Shippuden character, Naruto and Shikako go on several missions with him prior to Naruto's training journey.
  • Literal Genie: Becomes this when Naruto and Shikako have gotten through to him a bit. He follows Danzo’s orders—and the mission leader’s—to the letter. For example, Danzo told him to report everything he saw with his own eyes, and Shikako (while in command) told him to remain behind while she attacked an enemy. So, therefore, he sends an Ink Clone to watch Shikako during her one-ninja assault (just in case), and later neglects to report it to Danzo (he didn't personally see it).
  • The Mole: Danzo has him assigned to Naruto's team for several missions to spy on Naruto.
    • Reverse Mole: Shikako is in the process of turning his loyalties more toward herself and her friends.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Has tentatively begun transcribing Shikako's retelling of Sailor Moon into manga format. Shikako finds the idea of forcing Danzo to read about school-girl soldiers of Love and Justice when he reviews Sai's records hilarious.

Shiho

  • Action Girl: Defied. Despite being a kunoichi, Shiho considers herself very much a desk-worker, does not ever expect to enter the field, does not want to, and wishes she could skip her 4 hours of Operational Readiness each week.
  • Adorkable: A gentle girl obsessed with codes and cyphers? Totally this.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Treats her required four hours of physical work-out time each week as this, although not training alone makes it more enjoyable.
  • Ditzy Genius: Very high IQ and coding/deciphering skills, but rather empty-headed about many other things.
  • Friendless Background: Recruited directly out of the Academy according to canon, and she doesn't know much of anyone other then her co-workers, especially not of her age group.

Tenzou

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shikako meets Tenzou about two years early when Kakashi recruits him to help with her sensory training.
  • Easily Forgiven: Double Subverted. Kakashi was furious at the perceived betrayal of Tenzou getting him kicked out of the Black Ops, but Kakashi's life has since turned around enough to have almost entirely forgiven Tenzou.
  • Get Him Fired To Save Him: Tenzou got Kakashi invalidated out of Anbu for his own good, and Kakashi was bitterly angry.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Kakashi has Tenzou unknowingly invoke this on Shikako. She's training her senses and reflexes by trying to sense Kakashi sneaking up on her, and after he's almost finished with the lesson Kakashi predicts that she's gotten into the bad habit of only scanning for his chakra and has Tenzou sneak up on her instead.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In his introductory chapter in Dreaming, Shikako's dialogue and narration spells his name Tenzo, but in his point-of-view chapter in Sunshine Sidestories he spells his name Tenzou.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Shikako meets Tenzou when he sneaks up on her unnoticed in broad daylight in the middle of a room full of other ninja.

     Hidden Mist 

Zabuza Momochi

  • Adaptational Heroism: He’s part of Mei Terumi’s rebellion, due to sharing her dislike of Yagura’s laws.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He briefly shows up as Mei’s bodyguard in the Grass Chuunin Exams arc. Since she’s a kage, it’s a given that she doesn’t really need a bodyguard—Zabuza is actually there for the same reason Kakashi is, to show off his village’s strength.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He and Haku survive the Wave arc, and appear as part of the new Hidden Mist.

Haku

  • The Ace: He's one of the best ninja of his generation.
  • Almighty Janitor: Technically a genin as of the Grass Chuunin Exams, since he held no official rank before that. Mei could probably have brought him into the village at a higher rank, but she wanted to make a good impression at the Exams, so she took advantage of the loophole.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He apologizes to Hinata before their fight, which seems a bit odd until you realize that he’s actually apologizing for the insult of assuming he’ll win both their match and the next and using them to prepare to fight Gaara.
    • It's also a psychological ploy, taking the wind out of Hinata's sails with the whole "kindred spirit" schtick before they even start fighting.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During the Grass Chuunin Exams, he demonstrates strategic thinking by creating extra ice during his battles with Hinata and Neji, and maintaining it until his fight against Gaara. Shikako notes that this is actually kind of rude, atypical as that may be for Haku—he’s not giving his whole attention to his current opponent, and he’s assuming that he will win both fights. That said, it was absolutely the wisest course of action and it apparently paid off.
  • Mundane Utility: Generating ice is pretty useful when your friend has a fever.
  • Nice Guy: He’s consistently kind and polite. The one time he’s discourteous to an opponent, he apologizes in advance.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: His match against Gaara is the final one of the Grass Chuunin Exams, and according to Shikako it’s epic. Unfortunately, she’s sick, disillusioned, and not in the mood to give a recap—so we don’t get one.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He survives the Wave Country arc, appearing later on as a member of the team Hidden Mist sends to the Grass Chuunin Exams. It’s implied that the Mist civil war wrapped up earlier than in canon because he and Zabuza were among Mei Terumi’s supporters.
  • Technical Pacifist: He’s a talented shinobi who genuinely does not want to hurt anyone.

Chojuro

  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears immediately after Naruto leaves the village, as a member of the team Hidden Mist sends to the Chuunin Exams of Hidden Grass.
  • Shrinking Violet: He has no actual lines during the Grass Chuunin Exams arc, because he’s apparently too shy to speak to the friendly Konoha group.

Yoro and Shiku

  • Cheerful Child: While they have few lines, they come across as friendly and happy, and Shikako estimates them to be eight to nine years old.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: They’re identical except for having different numbers on their kimono—46 for Yoro and 49 for Shiku.
  • Morality Pet: Their older teammates look out for them due to their extreme youth and relative vulnerability; while Haku and Chojuro don’t especially need Morality Pets, they’re trying to shake their village’s ugly reputation. Even the Konoha shinobi present at the exams get in on the act, letting them inside their defensive formation after the kidnapping attempt on Shikako.
  • Punny Name: Their names combined form the formal greeting yoroshiku. This carries over to their attacks, which are all taijutsu combinations named after Japanese number puns.
  • Reality Ensues: They're eight or nine year old gennin taking the Chuunin Exams. They’re talented for their age but not at all ready to become chuunin, and they're no match for Neji and Rock Lee in their matches.

Mei Terumi

The leader of the Mist Rebellion, and after its success, the Fifth Mizukage.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Definitely the face she presents, and how the Mist gennin view her. She wants her village to leave the era of the "Bloody Mist" behind and seems interested in allying with Konoha.

     Hidden Sand 

Gaara of the Desert

  • Character Development: Just compare his appearance in the Hidden Grass exams to the way he acted back in Konoha.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He is twelve years old when he becomes Kazekage. (His own village's bingo book is careful not to mention this in their entry on him, which plays up his abilities without mentioning exactly how young he is.)
  • Odd Friendship: Even he has no idea how he actually ended up being friends with Shikako, but he ultimately doesn't care and just appreciates that they are such good friends.
  • Rank Up: He's promoted to chuunin before being made Kazekage. While he probably could have skipped the intermediate rank, the Chuunin Exams were an invaluable opportunity to show off both his strength and his Character Development.
  • Victory by Endurance: How he wins his match against Shikako during the Chuunin Exams in Hidden Grass. She’s able to pierce his defenses but never able to injure or incapacitate him, so in the end he wins simply because she’s exhausted and he isn’t.
  • You Are Not Alone: Naruto to Gaara (both jinchuuriki). He also returns the favor to Shikako, although he may not realize how big a deal it is to her that she's no longer the only one actively planning for a confrontation with Akatsuki.

Temari

  • Action Girl: Although she stands out a bit less than in canon, because the rest of the female cast has caught up to her.
  • Blow You Away: She demonstrates in the Grass Chuunin Exams that she has learned some impressive wind jutsu.
  • Rank Up: Promoted to chuunin after the Grass Exams.

Kankurou

  • Adaptation Expansion: He's probably the Sand Sibling that Shikako spends the most time with, and he gets more characterization than in the manga.
  • Graceful Loser: Losing a Curb-Stomp Battle to Hinata can't have been pleasant, but he goes out of his way to make sure that her injuries in the fight weren't serious, and that the medics have the antidote for the gas he used against her.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a huge fan of puppet theater.
  • The Nicknamer: Is probably the only one to give Shikako the nickname 'Sparky'.
  • Rank Up: He's promoted to chuunin, despite not making a very impressive showing in the Exams.

Chiyo

     Hidden Cloud 

Netsui Sato

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Female example. She’s overly confidant in her own abilities and contemptuous of her opponent.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Based the first two stages of the Exams, she accuses Shikako of hiding behind the men. This is spectacularly off base, which is lampshaded when Shikako repeats the accusation to Hinata (confused) and Neji (openly contemptuous).
  • Public-Domain Character: Not Netsui herself, but her family history is based on the story of the Forty Seven Ronin.
  • Sore Loser: She storms off the field after surrendering to Shikako.
  • What an Idiot!: She completely fails to do any research on Shikako’s abilities before their match. As a result, she underestimates Shikako and gets curbstomped.

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     Hidden Grass 

Muku

  • Adaptational Heroism: Or at least, adaptational normalcy. He’s the Big Bad of one of the Shippuuden movies (although he Used to Be a Sweet Kid), but doesn’t seem like a bad guy when he shows up here. Part of the reason Shikako is able to defeat him is that he’s genuinely trying not to hurt her, while she is far more willing to injure him.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: His jutsu allows him to seal away an opponent's chakra. He does not use any other jutsu in his matches, and didn't seem to have a plan for how to deal with an opponent who kept fighting after being hit.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He assumes Shikako is helpless without her chakra. Of course, Shikako is uniquely qualified to fight him on those terms. Then again, Shikako also underestimates him; she knew that he was one of the favorites to win the whole tournament, but failed to research his abilities properly or try as hard as she could have to avoid his jutsu.

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