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LOVE is an underground crime syndicate in the Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox universe, led by former Kyuushingai member Ishida Gaara and his siblings, Kankuro and Temari, and overseen by its top strike force, the Council of the Dawn (members Matsuri, Darui, Chojuro, Kurotsuchi, Menma, Yura, Sumaru, and newest recruit and fellow Kyuushingai member Yagura). LOVE is stated to have operatives in different sectors of society, and in recent history they have begun production and distribution of Gaara's new drug-pill, Gold Sand, plus being involved in other types of crime across the region. Each member of the Council of the Dawn holds a specific seat named after a natural element, with matching medallions assigned to them whenever they have meetings together. Their overall goals so far remain shrouded in mystery, though they appear to be manipulating certain events from behind the scenes...

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Tropes relating to the group as a whole, and to the field operatives identified by their code-names during the story, are listed immediately below; character-specific tropes for the Council of the Dawn are listed further down. Yagura, a member of the Council, can be found in the Kyuushingai character folder. For other characters, browse here.

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    The Group as a Whole 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Just about every member of LOVE, particularly those who make up the Council of the Dawn, was on the heroes' side in canon.note 
  • Badass Crew: Most members of the Council of the Dawn are leaders of their own criminal groups besides. That's without factoring in that two of the Council members are former Kyuushingai.
  • Big Fancy House: Gaara and his siblings own a summer estate that they use when chairing meetings of the Council of the Dawn, and that is maintained by Matsuri in their absence. The mansion itself is a three-story building in the style of a Victorian-era mansion, painted blue with some sections designed using unpainted cut-stone and marl. It also has a courtyard with a large water fountain and a roundabout driveway, and the property is surrounded by fruit trees, a greenhouse, and a cliff-side view of the ocean.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As explained in Chapter 101, while the group might engage in a variety of crimes, they draw the line at rape or any other kind of sexual assault. They have a practical reason for this, as LOVE employs female members and they wouldn't be able to do that if they sanctioned rape. Sumaru's failure to make sure his gang members adhered to this, including reports that he sanctioned what they wanted to do to the captive Hana and Hokuto, leads to him and them getting killed by Matsuri.
  • Island Base: The above-mentioned Big Fancy House where LOVE holds its council-meetings is located on the outskirts of Whirl City, which is situated on an island in Water County, far removed from the continent's mainland.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Most members of the Council see nothing strange in helping their subordinates, even Matsuri's house servants. For instance, when one servant stumbles and is in danger of dropping the centerpiece for the group's dinner, Matsuri, Darui and Chojuro are quick to grab the tray and keep it from spilling.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: The Council of the Dawn acts as this, given that its members are all engaged in criminal activity geared toward furthering LOVE's interests.
  • The Syndicate: LOVE as a whole is this.
  • We Are Everywhere: As Gaara indicates to Yagura when first recruiting him.
    Gaara: LOVE has snaked its way everywhere in the last two years, Yagura-san.
    • This is later proven by the existence of the named field agents, Hawk's Eye, Death Iris, Dolphin, Ring-Eyes, Perimeter and Echo. Their civilian jobs are (respectively) a courthouse bailiff, a restaurant waitress, a police officer, a hotel employee, a maid, and a telecommunications service rep.
  • Yakuza: LOVE has some of these as contacts.

    Ishida Gaara 
A member of the Kyuushingai, with the code-name "Shukaku the Raccoon." Two years after the 365 days, he is the leader of the underground syndicate LOVE. As chairman of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, he holds the seat of Lacunanote .
  • Affably Evil: When he's being friendly or at least civil to someone he considers an adversary, it's not a put-on. For instance, he's fairly chummy toward Yugito and Itachi, despite them being openly hostile to him, when he shows himself to them at the Konoha High School music recital, and when he meets Hinata much later, he's quite polite while still letting her know he's not a nice guy.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: He's the main one in the story, as he's the man behind Gold Sand, a drug of his own creation. He wants to increase LOVE's power-base through distribution of the drug across the region.
  • Ambition Is Evil: In Chapter 48, Naruto recalls that Gaara wanted to use the knowledge he'd gained from training as a Kyuushingai to take control of the entire region.
  • Arch-Enemy: Is indicated to be this for Naruto. It's revealed that the 365 days got kicked off when Naruto confronted Gaara over an as-yet-unrevealed plot the latter was preparing to implement that would have resulted in numerous deaths, making Gaara the underlying factor behind the year of chaos that followed.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: His Twin Tanuki Fist technique, designed to break the target's ribs.
  • Berserk Button: Endangering his uncle Yashamaru, the only relative he and his siblings have left following the deaths of their parents. Learning that Minato gave LOVE's missile-beacons to Yashamaru results in Gaara popping several Gold Sand pills and trying repeatedly to kill Naruto.
  • Big Bad: One of two candidates along with Akatsuki's mysterious backer. Among other things, he's made it possible for Yagura and his Blood Mist Gang to attack Naruto and his friends, and he's the creator and main supplier of the Gold Sand drug that's taken the focus of the most recent chapters. On top of which, his LOVE organization is stated to have recruits in every facet of society. And in the past, he was masterminding a plot that would have resulted in mass casualties, and Naruto's opposition to it and attempted stopping of it led to the 365 days.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: His only desire is to take over the government as revenge for framing his parents for treason, and he will murder or manipulate anyone in his way in order to accomplish that, the feelings of his victims be damned in the process. As he bluntly tells Hinata when they meet, not even a person as nice as her would be able to prevent him from carrying out his plan. However, in flashbacks, it's shown that despite not getting along with Naruto while they were training together, Gaara was still willing to offer him a chance to rule the country together, only really turning his hostility onto Naruto when the other boy violently rejected his proposal.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Both Temari and Matsuri are concerned that Gaara might be afflicted by this, as he hasn't just killed Naruto outright as they feel would be the better thing for him to do to get rid of his only viable opposition.
  • Creepy Monotone: Often, though he's certainly capable of showing emotion.
  • Cultured Badass / Wicked Cultured: He knows how to enjoy classical music, and will go out of his way to attend a music recital if it'll interest him. At the same time, he was a member of the Kyuushingai and the leader of the LOVE syndicate.
  • Death Glare: He's good at displaying this, as evidenced during Chapter 187 when he calmly chews out Matsuri for acting on her own and potentially endangering LOVE's larger mission. During that particular dressing-down, Matsuri pointedly avoids making eye-contact with him for fear that, if she sees the anger that's coating his tone, she'll actually drop dead right there.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Aside from everything else that's been listed about him here so far, he had a plan that would have, according to him, involved a lot of deaths under controlled circumstances with the aim of taking over the region. However, Naruto's intervention and the 365 days prevented that from happening. Except that he was able to use the chaos and panic generated by the 365 days as a frame for his original plan anyway—while unplanned by him, and resulting in more deaths than he'd intended, the populace's resulting fear still ended up working in his favor. Helping this is the fact that Kankuro and Temari went out and incited several gangs to go to war with each other, compounding that region-wide terror further.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When his uncle Yashamaru is taken captive in Chapter 132, Gaara is quick to go with Kankuro and Temari to rescue him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Gaara is the leader of the criminal LOVE organization and is willing to team up with fellow criminal Yagura to attack Naruto and his friends, when he confronts Han he is at least willing to accede to Han's request that violence not be perpetrated inside the church where they're at.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Naruto. Both of them trained together in the program that would lead them to becoming members of the Nine Terrors, but they couldn't be any more different: Gaara lost both of his parents, while Naruto's parents are still alive; Gaara wanted to use his newly-gained skills to take over the country, while Naruto wanted to use his skills in service to said country; Gaara doesn't care about the number of people he killed during the 365 days or after, while Naruto can never forget the exact number he personally killed during the year of terror; and Gaara has used his skills following the 365 days to become a crime boss, while Naruto largely hides his talents so as not to unduly alarm the public.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Face Framed in Shadow: How he's first introduced in Chapter 33, before being properly revealed in Chapter 39.
  • Fantastic Drug: Gaara is the creator of the Gold Sand drug, which he wants to use to take control of the country. Although the effects of the drug tend to vary depending on how it's applied, Gaara at least has no qualms about using it himself.
  • Fiery Redhead: Largely averted; although he is a redhead, he usually keeps quite calm and even-tempered, and even when he's angry he's still calm about it. Until his Villainous Breakdown, at which point it's played straight.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on his forehead from when Naruto smashed him head-first onto a drinking glass. Due to how the glass splintered when it cut him, the scar is shaped like his iconic "love" kanji-mark.
  • Hero Killer: Attempted twice with Han, but failed both times. The first time, Han actually was close to dying afteyr Gaara left him bleeding and unconscious in the alley outside Han's soup kitchen, but Fuu nursed him back to health; and the second time, Gaara overpowered Han and would have killed him right there if he hadn't been interrupted by Fuu being thrown off Kira's rooftop. He later demonstrates that he could easily do this with Naruto, only restraining himself because he wants Naruto to see firsthand the culmination of Gaara's take-over plot; and in the second part of their battle, Gaara makes no less than three attempts to kill Naruto, only failing because Naruto manages to counter his efforts in time.
  • I Gave My Word: And he always keeps it.
  • Improbable Age: 15 years old, and he's been head of a criminal syndicate for two years. Of course, he does have his siblings as his Co-Dragons, and they're both older than him.
  • It's All About Me: As long as he can get his objectives fulfilled, everyone else can burn for all he cares.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As outlined in Chapter 101, he was able to accumulate a sizable fortune and take over numerous companies by way of threats and blackmail...and that was before he underwent the Kyuushingai training program. He also had Kankuro and Temari spread a lot of misinformation to the different gangs in the region immediately after the start of the 365 days, resulting in the mass slaughter that followed when the gangs attacked each other, and this resulted in the Kyuushingai being blamed for the resulting deaths.
  • Military Brat: Both of his parents were in the military; his father was captain of his own unit, and his mother was a driver.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In canon, Gaara's family name (assuming there is one to speak of) has never been revealed. His surname in this story comes from the name of his Japanese voice actor.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast / Red Baron: According to the draft-notes, aside from his Kyuushingai epithet of "Shukaku the Raccoon," Gaara was known as the "Blood-Haired Butcher." He doesn't actually get called this in the story proper, however.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Most of his appearances so far have consisted of him sitting on his throne in his lair, in some cases deep in thought, before engaging in conversation with one of his lackeys. He has gotten up twice so far, though, and each time has been significant. The first time, he fought Han and left him for dead; the second time, he attended Konoha High's music recital and left a message for Naruto with Yugito and Itachi.
  • Pragmatic Villain: The only reason Naruto has not been shot by a sniper yet is that Gaara won't waste LOVE's resources on a personal grudge unless Naruto starts directly opposing his operations (not that he intends to let him live the easy life). He's also investigating on the mysterious backer of Akatsuki, as whoever knows the identities of the Kyuushingai is most likely a danger to LOVE and Gaara.
  • The Resenter: The real reason he hates Naruto, as revealed during the Endgame arc. When they both came into their government-backed training program, Gaara joined up as part of his plan to pursue national conquest and revenge against the government for framing his parents for treason, while Naruto joined up out of an optimistic eagerness to serve his country. That Naruto had both parents still alive while Gaara was continually mourning his parents' deaths didn't help the situation any.
    Gaara: So naïve...so optimistic...so cheerful...bad enough you were so happy while I was miserable, but to have the nerve to be happy because you had everything I didn’t—there’s no way I could ever forgive you for that!
  • Siblings in Crime: With Temari and Kankuro.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports a rather sinister one during his fight with Naruto in the final arc after he's swallowed three Gold Sand pills in the midst of his Villainous Breakdown, on top of the one he'd previously taken to give himself an edge.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's not one for raising his voice in any situation, even if he's angry. Except when under the effects of Gold Sand.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Yashamaru, Gaara was this before his parents' deaths. Finding out exactly how they died caused a very significant change in him.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Yagura, including prior to the 365 days.
  • Visionary Villain: He envisions order created through chaos, as he explains in Chapter 101. As it turns out, the plan he was going to implement before Naruto confronted him had this in mind...but despite that plan being halted, Gaara was still able to take advantage of the chaos and fear generated by the 365 days, which ended up firmly establishing the framework for his plan anyway—he now plans to take advantage of the public's desire not to have a repeat of that period.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: After dosing up on Gold Sand pills during his Villainous Breakdown, going hand-in-hand with a Slasher Smile.
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    Ishida Temari 
Gaara's older sister and his second-in-command and personal bodyguard in LOVE. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, she holds the seat of Beaconnote .

    Ishida Kankuro 
Gaara's older brother and one of his lieutenants and in LOVE, he serves as an information-gatherer and sometime-bodyguard for his brother. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, he holds the seat of Shadownote .
  • All Men Are Perverts: His response to Yura's explanation that the latter's syndicate hosts Mud Wrestling events: "You mind inviting me to one of those mud-wrestling shows sometime?" complete with a big grin.
  • Badass Bookworm: It takes a certain amount of smarts to be able to create his mechanical animal-scouts plus a fake corpse and a bomb. Kankuro himself is brutal in a one-on-one fight.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Both he and Temari do this with Gaara.
  • Brainy Brunette: He'd have to be brainy to build the things he does as well as he does.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears a black hooded cloak.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As with Gaara and Temari above, Kenkuro cares for their uncle Yashamaru.
  • Evil Genius: By his own description. Also Co-Dragons with Temari.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mainly toward Matsuri.
  • Man Behind the Man: He provided the Spiral Reaper's equipment.
  • Military Brat: Same as Gaara.
  • Named by the Adaptation: See Gaara's entry above.
  • Robot Master: He collects information and relays messages through mechanical animals of his own creation, most notably a mechanical cat that had an outer skin to make it identical to an actual cat, in order to make contact with Yagura. He's introduced in Chapter 32 using a robotic bird to spy on Naruto's fight with Sasuke, though he isn't identified by name until Chapter 39.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Gaara and Temari.

    Matsuri 
The secretary of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, she organizes the group's meetings at Gaara's behest, and cares for the summer house where the meetings are usually held. As a member of the Council, she holds the seat of Zephyrnote .
  • Battle Butler: She is the head maidservant in charge of the other servants at the Ishida siblings' summer house, in addition to being the Council of the Dawn's secretary. She is also a skilled assassin in her own right, having been trained by Temari.
  • Berserk Button: Sexual crimes and anyone who commits them. It stems from her having been raped by her step-uncle in her back-story. Because of it, she has Yagura kill Aoi for his Attempted Rape of Ino, and personally kills Sumaru for sanctioning his goons' near-assault on Hana.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's not above lending assistance to the house-servants she supervises, and they in turn see her as a kindhearted young woman. That said, if you anger her, particularly by way of her Berserk Button, you're going to get a needle in your chest.
  • Brainy Brunette: Well, she is the one managing the affairs of the Council on Gaara's behalf.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Hinata. They're both in charge of the servants of their respective households, they both got training from Kyuushingai (Hinata by Yugito, Matsuri by Gaara and his siblings), they're both highly intelligent and cultured (Hinata plays the piano and is an expert dancer, Matsuri oversees her servants' gardening and manages the Dawn Council's affairs, and both of them have some skill in the kitchen), they both lost family members by death (Hinata lost her mother and paternal uncle, Matsuri lost both parents), they're both polite to and respected by their peers...but while Hinata was trained to fight so that she could protect herself and her loved ones and not have to be The Load, Matsuri was trained to fight for the sake of vengeance for her step-uncle raping her, and whereas Hinata upholds a genuinely sweet personality and rarely lets anything aggravate her despite the traumas she's faced, Matsuri's experiences have left her with a bitterness that she hides behind a poised and professional mask.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She has this toward Hinata, as Gaara forces her to admit late into the story. Specifically, she's jealous of what she perceives as Hinata not having to go through anything more serious than her mother's death due to being rich and privileged, while Matsuri herself didn't exactly have a good adolescence what with losing her parents, then being raped by her step-uncle and forced to run away from home. Under said duress from Gaara, Matsuri has to elaborate further that she feels this way because, from her point of view, Hinata is the most sheltered of Naruto's friends, considering that even Ino, Sakura and Tenten have had trauma and struggles of their own to deal with (respectively, Ino almost being raped by Aoi, Sakura having to live with the social stigma coming from her father's involvement with the creation of the Kyuushingai, and Tenten being orphaned during the 365 days, none of which Hinata has had to endure).
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A rather dark example. She's obedient to Gaara's wishes, but she's not one bit afraid of Yagura, despite his bloody reputation, and lays down the terms by which she'll accept him as the newest member of the Council: he has to kill Rokusho Aoi, since the latter is guilty of Attempted Rape and Yagura was the one who appointed him as Konoha Town's Gold Sand distributor in the first place.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She suffered this in her back-story prior to meeting Gaara and his siblings. Losing her parents in a car crash because the other driver ran the red light, being raped by her step-uncle, not being believed by her aunt and then being slapped for calling said aunt out on cheating on the step-uncle (which contributed to the rape in the first place), being forced to run away from home due to certainty that the step-uncle's apparent good character would shield him from prosecution, being assaulted and almost raped by three hoodlums...she's had it rough.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Very deferential and respectful, using the "-sama" honorific for Gaara and his siblings and the "-san" honorific for Yagura, but she isn't afraid to let her views be known in very uncertain terms.

    Chojuro 
A smuggler who controls the shipping industry in Water County's Wave division. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, he holds the seat of Oceannote .

    Sumaru 
The newest member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn before Yagura joined the group, he is the leader of the Whirl City-based Star-Boys Gang, specializing in stolen motor vehicle parts, and also has history with Naruto. As a member of the Council, he holds the seat of Mineralnote .
  • Badass Biker
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Was this to his girlfriend Hokuto, as recounted by Naruto when reminiscing about the fateful incident at Uzushio High School in Chapter 93.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Unfortunately for him, this is all he turns out to be when up against a seasoned fighter like Naruto. Even having a pistol as a weapon doesn't help him too much, though to his credit he manages to hold his own for a few minutes when he and Naruto have their rematch in the Vengeance arc.
  • Jerkass: Yup.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In Naruto's flashback detailing the Uzushio High incident, Hokuto begged Sumaru to just drop his rage against Naruto; his response was to slap her hard enough to knock her down. In the present day, he slaps the captive Hana after she mouths off to him.
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    Kurotsuchi 
The leader of Iwa City's Blackstone Mafia. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, she holds the seat of Inferonote .
  • A-Cup Angst: Naruto attempts to invoke this by bringing up Kurotsuchi's lack of curves. For her part, though, while she's visibly affected, Kurotsuchi manages not to flip out.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Spa Inferno arc.
  • Counterfeit Cash: One of her personal syndicate's keynote activities is the manufacturing and distribution of fake cash. According to her, the fakes are so well-made even banks have trouble telling them apart from the genuine thing.
  • Dirty Cop: Her personal organization has plenty of these on the payroll.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Her Weapon of Choice is a flamethrower that she got on the black market.
  • Jury and Witness Tampering: Mabui relates a story to Mikoto and Yugao that's been circulating in the city for some time, about an honest cop who, a year prior to the main story, arrested Kurotsuchi for one of her crimes; the cop subsequently "disappeared" the week before he was slated to give evidence against her.
  • Kill It with Fire: At one point she sends a bunch of goons to burn down Mabui's spa because Mabui wouldn't sell the property to her. This is also her own modus operandi when equipped with her flamethrower. She's even willing to set her own house on fire in an effort to roast Naruto inside.
  • The Mafia: The Blackstone Mafia, to be exact.
  • The Queenpin: She's this to the Blackstone Mafia, having significant control over the criminal happenings in Iwa City, plus having half the local police force in her back pocket (the other half's too scared to take direct action against her, given her ruthlessness).

    Darui 
A gang boss whose primary turf is in Kumo City, where he specializes in protection rackets. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, he holds the seat of Thunderboltnote .

    Menma 
A marijuana dealer with drug-processing plants in Kusa and Taki Towns on the border of Earth County. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, he holds the seat of Junglenote .

    Yura 
A real estate developer whose criminal activities involve selling land to small-tier crime bosses, his turf is in Yu and Shimo Cities in Lightning County. As a member of LOVE's Council of the Dawn, he holds the seat of Claynote .

    Yagura 
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