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Team Guy was a team led by Might Guy and was formed a year before the other main Konoha teams of the series. They specialise in close-quarters combat with all of its members using some sort of physical attacks. Guy waited a year before entering them in the Chunin Exams, though none of his apprentices were promoted at that time.
Later, between the events of Parts I and II, Rock Lee and Tenten became chūnin while Neji Hyuga surpassed his teammates and rose to the ranks of jonin. However during the events of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Neji was among those killed in the line of duty, and later Guy suffered a permanent injury which forced him to retire after the end of the war, leaving only Lee and Tenten remaining in active duty.
All provide examples of:
- Break Out Character: Neji (the 'Sasuke Type') was a villain in the Chuunin exams to both Naruto and Hinata. Later Rock Lee (the 'Naruto Type') had an ongoing arc about his recovery from his fight with Gaara, culminating in being a Big Damn Hero during the Sasuke Retrieval arc, and got a spinoff series devoted to his antics and outlook on life. Neji came back to prominence close to the finale however with his Heroic Sacrifice, being the only one of the 12 to die and not be revived in the story.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Lee's the Fighter who fights solely with Taijutsu, with his only non-taijutsu ability being used to enhance this. Neji's the Mage for approximately the same reason as Hinata, and Tenten is the Thief who relies on attacking from a distance and can't take a hit to save her life.
- Geodesic Cast: A loud guy and a quiet guy (relative to each other), a girl, and an adult in charge. All teams of the Konoha 12 mirror the template set by Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi, respectively. This extends to most groups in the entire Ninja World, not just Naruto's friends.
- Super Mode: Naruto gives all of the Konoha 12 (except the deceased Neji) his Animal Battle Aura via his Chakra Transfer technique and later he gives his peers even more power, allowing them to manifest his Badass Longcoat Battle Aura to deal the final blow to Obito.
- ¡Three Amigos!: All the teams of the Konoha 12 in the series follow this layout for some arbitrary reason or another.
- True Companions: All of the teams of the Konoha 12, plus Team 7. Emphasized more in the fillers.
Voiced by: Yoichi Masukawa (JP), Brian Donovan (EN), Fernando Cabrera (Spain), Carlos Díaz (Latin America), Jean-Pierre Denuit (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 36 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
In his early childhood, Rock Lee was frequently picked on by his peers because of his inability to use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu. He believed himself to be worthless and to have no chance at becoming a ninja at all. Then, he met Might Guy, who convinced him to train exclusively in Taijutsu (physical combat), at which he became a master.
Rock Lee's first appearance in the series is one where he challenges Sasuke. After flawlessly brushing aside Naruto's counter-challenge, he proceeded to just-as-easily beat down Sasuke, before Might Guy stops him just short of a dangerous technique. Later, he tries to save Sakura from the attacking Sound Ninja in the Forest of Death, but was defeated and this helped trigger Sakura's inner change.
His has the most heartbreaking battle in the Chunin Exams. He is matched up against the psychotic Gaara of the Desert, who has never once bled or even successfully been hit with an attack. Though he puts up an extremely good fight, the strain from his overuse of the Eight Chakra Gates allows Gaara to crush Lee's arm and leg; Gaara probably would have killed Lee too, if not for Guy's interference during the exam, and Naruto's and Shikamaru's later in the hospital. This injury keeps him out of action for a long time, and is initially thought to be career-ending - it is not until much later that we see him undergoing surgery performed by Tsunade, and even later that he returns to action.
His first fight after his surgery is against Kimimaro of the Sound Five (during the Sasuke Recovery Mission arc), who he begins fighting to give Naruto time to catch up to Sasuke. Though he again puts up a good fight, his injuries still have not recovered enough to allow him his full strength. Fortunately, Gaara shows up and saves him.
Rock Lee is as fast as the human body can tolerate, and is a master of the Strong Fist school of martial arts. He also possesses the forbidden ability to open the Chakra Gates, which removes the body's limits and makes him even more overwhelming, but with high risks and physical costs.
Rock Lee has a very low tolerance for alcohol, becoming a savage master of Drunken Boxing after just one sip.
In Part II, he appears in the first major arc, backing Team Kakashi up as they try to rescue Gaara from the hands of the Akatsuki. He does not do much, but he does beat a clone of himself. When the Shinobi Alliance formed divisions to fight against Akatsuki, he was placed in the Third Division under Kakashi and alongside his teacher Guy and Sakura.
By war's end, Rock Lee moves past his affections for Sakura and marries another woman. He is later seen in the epilogue taking up the mantle of his former teacher Guy in spouting the "Spirit of Youth" with his son, Metal Lee.
Additionally, he is the star of his own children's spinoff series, Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He was briefly a male example towards Sakura, with Sakura dodging his blown kisses, until he earned her respect by defending her from the Sound ninjas.
- Adapted Out: His character is absent in the first production of "Live Spectacle Naruto", though the 2016 re-run was later revised to include him.
- Adorkable: Lee is possibly the biggest dweeb in the entire setting, but heavens if he isn't the sweetest guy.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Bullied for his inability to use chakra properly.
- Always Second Best: The main reason for his tendency to fall under the Worf Effect, as mentioned below. He's not weak, far from it — he just ends up fighting people who are stronger than he is. He mentions this in his backstory by pointing out that despite all his work to try and beat Neji, Hard Work Hardly Works.
- Asskicking Pose: LOVES these.
- Badass Adorable: Can be quite sensitive and Adorkable at times.
- Badass Normal: In ninja standards at least. Lee is the only ninja cadet who is unable to perform any ninjutsu or genjutsu, forcing him to rely solely on taijutsu.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Specializes in martial arts, having been taught by arguably the single greatest taijutsu practitioner alive.
- Battle Aura: Both with his Gates and with Naruto's passing on a chakra cloak to him. His power increase to the point where he can blitz Madara and kick him in half!
- Berserk Button: People criticizing or insulting Guy.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rock Lee is one of the most well-mannered and polite characters, but he's also a master of martial arts, being able to defeat characters like Sasuke Uchiha very easily.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Nicknamed "Bushy Brows" by Naruto.
- Birds of a Feather: He gets along well with Naruto due to their mutual bull-headed recklessness and lonely childhoods that were full of ridicule.
- Blood Knight: Lee isn't a hardcore example of this but he does love a good fight every now and then. This mostly him wanting to test his abilities to get stronger.
- Breakout Character: Rock Lee gained so much popularity, he starred in his own side-manga.
- Bruce Lee Clone: Down to sharing a birthday with the late martial arts master.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A Love Freak with Big Ol' Eyebrows but is a Taijutsu master.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: The smallest sip of alcohol will send Lee into a drunken frenzy of kung fu. It's actually enough to make him a match for Kiminaro, the most powerful of the Sound Four, holding out long enough for Gaara to arrive as backup.
- Character Tics: Like his teacher, Lee has a tendency to do thumbs ups, Manly Poses, and Youthful Grins.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Lee practically embodies this trope, even by ninja standards. Not having the ability to control chakra, he constantly trains with insane exercises like always wearing leg weights that appear to have the same mass as a small house. Each.
- Combination Attack:
- Has one with Guy where they attack with a powerful jump kick from each side of an enemy.
- Has one with Neji combining his Primary Lotus with Neji's Revolving Heaven.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's an obscenely awkward, overly polite, goofy looking weirdo who can't do any ninjutsu or genjutsu. Despite this, he is without a doubt the most physically capable member of the Konoha Twelve by far. He was able to defeat Sasuke from his first appearance, not to mention how determined he was in his fight with Gaara. Even if he was defeated, he still pushed him harder than any other characters were able to do. He also proved that he could be one of the strongest ninjas without using any ninjutsu or genjutsu. Let's not also overlook when Lee kicked Madara Uchiha in half after being lent the chakra of the Nine-Tailed Fox.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While his losses later on aren't exactly Curb Stomp Battles, his introduction fights with Naruto and Sasuke certainly were.(He was the curbstomper).
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Eight Inner Gates (as referenced in the page quote) is a technique that grants exponentially greater strength as each gate is opened, but with increasing strain on the user's body; Rock Lee was almost permanently crippled by using five of them. If all eight are opened, the user becomes physically stronger than any human could be for a few minutes, though the cost of this is dying shortly after.
- Day in the Limelight: He co-starred in the third movie, having accompanied Naruto, Sakura, and Kakashi to the Crescent Moon Kingdom make up for Sasuke's departure. He then got his own gag series, Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- Deadly Upgrade: The Chakra Gates.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Actually reversed, it's Rock Lee who beats Naruto in his first encounter, but when Naruto picks up on Lee's Training from Hell and ends up developing a respect for him.
- Determinator: Lee doesn't know how to give up. Deconstructed as he took his determination so far that he nearly destroyed himself after his fight with Gaara. He spends much time after that in depression over his injuries saddened because for once he is unable to control the outcome of a risky surgery required to heal him. The whole experience taught him to control his habit of over doing it.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: While powered up by Naruto's Nine Tails chakra he landed a hit that actually bisected Madara.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He acts like this towards Sakura in Part I. He somehow manages to combine both types of this trope by being very grandiose in his tokens of affection, but doesn't seem to mind just being friends with her.
- Drunken Master: Even alcoholic chocolate can induce this in Lee.
- Dual Tonfas: Has them in the anime, but Kisame breaks them.
- Dub Name Change: His Signature Move, "Secondary Lotus" in Japanese, is changed to "Primary Lotus" in the English Dub. Likewise, his Dangerous Forbidden Technique "Primary Lotus" is changed to "Hidden Lotus".
- Dynamic Entry: Like his sensei.
- Emotional Bruiser: He's one of the strongest taijutsu users and the most emotional.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Huge black irises.
- Explosive Overclocking: How the Eight Gates works. By releasing the natural limiters on the body, Lee is able to bring out his full physical potential, making him exponentially faster and stronger. However, these limiters also protect the body from wear and tear, leading to an almost inevitable Heroic RRoD if he isn't able to finish his opponent fast enough.
- Fighting with Chucks: In the movie, he pulls out incredibly heavy and dense nunchucks that he can swing hard enough to easily shatter stone pillars and can make huge craters in the ground simply by being dropped on the floor. After pulling all of them off his legs, he moves exceptionally faster than before, implying that he was using them for training. These nunchucks can also combine to form a staff and he can link them all together to use as a chain whip.
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: He makes a lot of noises when he fights. Somewhat understandable given how Lee was inspired by Bruce Lee.
- Game Face: After opening the third gate, his skin turns bright red from the blood rushing through his body while his eyes turn completely white.
- Generation Xerox: Intentional. He modeled himself after Guy after Guy became his teacher. In the Epilogue, he's training with his son, Metal Lee, who looks nearly identical to him.
- Handwraps of Awesome: Not just for protecting hands but also for binding his enemy for his Spinning Piledriver.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Most triumphant example in the series. While considerably powerful, one of the strongest in his age group, and leagues above where he was originally, his accomplishments pretty much just serve to further emphasize, and utterly pale in comparison the power-ups that all of the series' strongest characters either have inherently, or are just randomly given.
- Honorifics: Uses them on everyone except his teammates.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: He can't do two third of what a ninja is required to do and while he can perform incredible taijutsu technique, those relies on Deadly Upgrade or has the drawback of leaving him completely worn out if he can't finish his opponent fast enough.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Sakura, though it's far more pronounced in the spinoff.
- Hot-Blooded: Both in personality and in fighting style.
- Hurricane Kick: His Leaf Whirlwind and Hurricane techniques.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Most obviously during his first fight with Gaara. No-one actually believes ditching a few weights will make a difference — until said weights hit the floor hard enough to shake the entire arena.Kakashi: (deadpan) Gai, you are too much.
- Instant Knots: Lee's Initial Lotus jutsu starts by binding the enemy with his Hand Wraps Of Awesome.Lee: The lotus of Konoha blooms twice.
- Japanese Politeness: In a world of characters who typically do not even bother with proper honorifics, Lee is one of the few who addresses everyone properly and politely.
- Large Ham: Especially when he and Guy are in the same scene.Guy: Ha! But there's a big difference between knowing and being absolutely certain.
Lee: Wise words, Guy Sensei! So simple and yet so full of profound meaning!
- Last-Name Basis: Lee is always called by his surname rather then his given name and his name is always given in Western order.
- Launcher Move: His Leaf Rising Wind technique.
- Lightning Bruiser: He uses his speed to great advantage against Sasuke, noting that Sasuke's Sharingan is useless if his body cannot keep up with Lee's speed. After dropping his weights, he moved too fast for Gaara or his Sand Shield to track.
- Love Freak: Lee and Guy are some of the kindest and most polite people in the setting and are easily brought to tears and preach the way of Youth.
- Magically Inept Fighter: Being unable to use ninjutsu or genjutsu, Rock Lee makes up for it with his great skill in taijutsu.
- Manly Tears: In instances such as when he hugs Guy or when he finds Neji's dead body.
- Martial Pacifist: Lee would rather avoid unnecessary fighting, if possible.
- Meteor Move: His Lotus techniques.
- Nice Guy: Friendly and nice to everyone. He even has a "nice guy' pose.
- Nonstandard Character Design: He's downright cartoonish looking compared to other characters. Significantly Downplayed when using the Eight-Gates, where his face becomes more intense and closer to other characters in design.
- Panty Thief: In the Filler movie Road To Ninja.
- The Rival: Early on, he seems to form rivalries easily. He has a long going attempt to surpass Neji, and later Sasuke, over the differences in natural talent versus his own hard work ethic. He also seems to adopt a more friendly rivalry with Naruto, seeing them both as hard working types who are striving for similar goals.Lee: Among strong people exists genius types and hard-working types. If your Sharingan is a genius-type from the Uchiha blood, I am simply a hard-working type who has mastered only taijutsu.
- Speed Blitz: Once he takes off his weights and/or opens one or more on the Eight Gates he starts doing this.
- Spinning Piledriver: His signature Primary Lotus.
- Spinoff: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- Spirited Competitor: Like his teacher, Might Guy, Rock Lee is always ready to test his skills in a friendly fight.
- Super Strength: Lee is stronger enough to smash giant boulders and when he activates his Eight Gates powers he enchances this beyond human measure.
- Super Speed: He's so fast that not even Gaara's sand can react qucik enough to defend against Lee. This is not even getting into the Eight Gates where he's so fast that no one not even Neji with his Byakugan.
- Swiss Army Weapon: In the movie his new weights are composed of several metal bars that he can assemble into a Simple Staff, Nunchaku and a Chain Whip.
- This Loser Is You: The author stated that both him and Sakura were meant to symbolize human weakness.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Rock Lee is inordinately fond of spicy curry.
- Unconscious Objector: The end of his fight with Gaara.
- Underestimating Badassery: Especially in Part I. Everyone assumed because of his weird clothing, odd mannerisms, and being unable to perform either ninjutsu or genjutsu, he was The Load of his team. How wrong they were.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Lee can be either this or Weak, but Skilled; he's someone who uses physical prowess to make up for a lack of ninjustu skill.
- Weak, but Skilled: Lee can be either this or Unskilled, but Strong; he's weak as a ninja with no jutsu whatsoever who makes up for it with taijutsu mastery.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Lee seeks the approval of his sensei Might Guy.
- Wise Beyond His Years: Rock Lee is so wise and mature in comparison to the other Konoha 12 that Masashi Kishimoto says he's the only one that doesn't need anymore Character Development.
- Worf Effect:
- Never won a fight (except against a doppelganger) since he curb-stomped Sasuke and Naruto in his debut. Still manages to impress both characters and readers even when he loses. Hilariously enough, one reader submission to the Naruto fanbook in a section about people who are like Rock Lee says "''My friend always starts fights with people he can't beat. He is Rock Lee!"
- The fillers are a little more kind to him though. He even got an impressive showing against one of the Quirky Miniboss Squad in the third, fourth and sixth movies.
- Worf Had the Flu: Fought Kimimaro very soon after surgery (then again so was Kimimaro). Whether he would have been able to defeat him at his 100% is another matter.
- Worthy Opponent:
- It's revealed that Neji grew to respect him in a flashback that takes place at the time of the Third Hokage's funeral.
- To Gaara too. Rock Lee challenges and defeats the Kazekage in the final chapter of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
Child voice: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Wendee Lee (EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain), Brandon Santini (Latin America)
Older voice: Koichi Tochika (JP), Steve Staley (EN), Jorge Saudinós (Spain), Jose Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America), Xavier Percy (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 36 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
Neji is hailed as one of the foremost prodigies of his time — indeed, he is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the Hyuga's fighting style that there is. If he weren't a member of the branch family, he'd probably be heading up the clan someday. However, his pedigree combined with his knowledge of past events fills him with a seething hatred of the main family.
In the Hyuga clan, there is a branch family and a main family. The branch family exists to serve the main family and tend to their needs. When a branch member is young, a seal is placed on their forehead to keep them from trying to kill the main family (also, it will prevent any foreign ninja from operating on their body and learning the Byakugan's secrets).
When Neji was young, his uncle Hiashi — Hinata's father — killed an intruder who aimed to capture Hinata. Since said intruder had some prestige in his home country, said country began calling for the head of his killer. The uncle was certain that they would attempt to steal the Byakugan's secret, but Neji's father Hizashi went in his place — first, since he had the seal, and second, to defy his clan's tradition and fight against his fate. Neji didn't know about the last part for a long time, though, and for years he resented everyone in the Hyuga clan.
Neji's life experience, at first, makes him something of a Straw Nihilist, as he constantly mentions that fighting fate is useless. Interestingly enough, this doesn't stop him from fighting his fate. He clobbers his cousin Hinata in the Chunin Exams, and is matched against Naruto in the first round of the finals. While he expects an easy win, Naruto quickly proves more resilient than he thought, ultimately defeating him. After Naruto's victory, he convinces Neji that fate can successfully be fought, marking a positive change in his character.
He later shows up in the Sasuke Recovery Mission arc, as part of the team led by Shikamaru. He engages Kidomaru of the Sound Four, who fights him using ranged attacks. He takes some serious, life-threatening damage in the process, but he manages to win.
Neji is a close-range specialist. He uses the Byakugan, which gives the user nearly-360-degree vision and the ability to see the flow of chakra in the human body, to hit pressure points, blocking off his opponent's access to their chakra. He can also create an impenetrable shield of chakra by rotating quickly; this is normally a technique reserved for the main house, but Neji reverse-engineered it.
In Part II, he is the only member of the Konoha 11 to become a Jonin. He later tags along with his team to back up Team Kakashi in the Kazekage Rescue Mission arc. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, he is part of the Second Division, considered to be the Shinobi Alliance's up-close fighting division, along with Hinata, Karui, and Kurotsuchi.
Tragically, Neji loses his life during the war in trying to protect Naruto and Hinata but he dies understanding why his father did what he did and ultimately becomes a martyr for the Shinobi alliance in not giving up. His name goes on to influence the naming of Naruto and Hinata's first child, Boruto, with his grave being visited occasionally by the Uzumaki family.
- The Ace: Became a Reconstruction because he learned from Naruto's example of a failure being able to succeed, he acknowledged that a genius shouldn't be slowed down either.
- Achilles' Heel: As a Hyūga, Neji possessed the Byakugan which gave him a near-360° penetrative field of vision. A small blind-spot exists behind his third upper-thoracic vertebrae a weakness he was well aware of and trained extensively to overcome, to no avail. Instead, he took extra precautions to compensate for it by emitting chakra around the area, giving him a way to sense any approaching attacks and slowing them enough to give him time to respond.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, everyone in the Hyuga clan has large pupil-less white eyesnote , which are depicted as pale lavender in the anime.
- Aloof Big Brother: Well, he's (technically) her cousinnote , but he otherwise fulfills this trope to Hinata, formerly being cold and distant and highly critical of her abilities. However, it wears off after his HeelFace Turn. Now, he's only criticizing her abilities, to help her get stronger.
- Always Someone Better: In regards to Lee.
- Animal Motifs: Neji has a strong symbolism with birds, first displayed by comparing his situation to being like a bird trapped in a cage. The symbolism continues while training his eyes; he counts birds and always misses a single one until he reaches a revelation, admitting that Naruto's words saved him from himself, and is finally able to count the entire flock. Later when he dies, a single bird is seen flying away freely but is then struck down by the same attack that killed him. The symbolism culminates in his death's hardening the resolve of Naruto, who out of the ashes of despair creates a giant phoenix Animal Battle Aura to carry the army to attack the Ten Tails.
- The Atoner: This is the main reason he's so protective of Hinata after his HeelFace Turn.
- Aura Vision: Using the Byakugan he can see chakra. He directly witnessed Naruto using the Nine Tails chakra and became familiar with the chakra boost of Orochimaru's Curse Mark users (Sasuke and Kidomaru).
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As a member of the Hyūga's branch house, Neji was originally forbidden to learn many of the clan's strongest jutsu. Being so gifted, he had in spite of this been able to learn how to perform these techniques from observation. His uncle, Hiashi, was deeply impressed that Neji learned how to perform both of these abilities on his own, and came to believe Hizashi, and by extension, Neji should have been the successor of the Main Branch.
- Badass Arm-Fold: It is seen from him very often.
- Because Destiny Says So: Being raised as a branch member of the Hyuga clan and given a curse mark to establish inferiority, he was led to believe his role in life was determined without his choice. He pushed this belief onto others labeling those he deemed "failures" until Naruto defeated him and proved a failure can succeed as well, and even Neji himself.Neji: People are judged by their true nature. It is the way of the world. That is why we have an elite, and that is why we have outcasts. We can change our physical appearance and improve our skills with training and study, but ultimately, we are judged by what we cannot change. What can't be changed must be endured. We are who we are, and we must live with it.
- Berserk Button: Pre-Character Development, being accused of hypocrisy involving his beliefs of fate. He almost killed his cousin for it and goes into a Motive Rant when Naruto does it. It would seem more like he resents accepting his own fate so much that he takes it out on others trying to make sure they can't fight their own either. He later gets over it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After being defeated by Naruto, Neji becomes much more respectful, kind and empathetic. His Byakugan can still bring his opponents down.
- Big Brother Instinct: Has shades of it over Hinata after his fight with Naruto, fitting given he promised his father he would always protect her.
- Big Brother Mentor: Neji becomes this to Hinata and becomes an aid to her training, eventually teaching her the Sixty-Four Palms.
- Bishōnen: Compared to his other male peers, Neji has softer features, longer hair, and a graceful way of carrying himself about.
- Brainy Brunette: He's highly intelligent.
- Breaking Speech: Tries this on Hinata and Naruto, saying there is no point in struggling against what you were born to do; both of them turn it back on him by pointing out that he ''is'' doing exactly that.
- Break the Haughty: Being defeated by the once in-universe poster child of "failure" completely changed his views about life (which, to be fair, he wasn't himself completely convinced of deep inside).
- Broken Ace: He is called a genius whose kekkei-genkai is the strongest of all of his clan and the Konoha 12, and even Kakashi says that his fighting ability is initially beyond Sasuke's, but his painful past and feelings of confinement constantly weigh down upon his heart. Then he loses to Naruto and learns the truth of his father's death leading him into a brighter future.
- Broken Bird: A rare male example. His father was sacrificed in his uncle's place, he grew up hating and resenting the main family for all they had done (and hadn't done, in the case of saving his father) and thus became a haughty, stoic bastard who had to take a beating from the aforementioned Naruto to see the truth (plus a lecture from Genma).Genma Shiranui: When captured birds grow wiser, they try to open the cage with their beaks. They don't give up, because they want to fly again.
- The Bully: Initially started out as this, with his hostile attitude toward his cousin Hinata and his teammate Lee. He's straightened out and becomes a Nice Guy after Naruto defeats him in the Chunin Exams.
- Cain and Abel: Even though're not actually siblings, they still fulfilled these roles in the beginning, with Neji being the Cain to Hinata's Abel.
- Cry Cute: Neji is moved to tears after hearing the truth of his father's sacrifice from his uncle Hiashi. While watching the birds outside, Neji decides he'd like to choose his destiny just like his father did, and that he wants his destiny to be to never lose again.
- Character Development: After being defeated by Naruto, Neji begin to let go of his claims that "you can't escape destiny" and starts to actively work on fighting his own.
- Combination Attack: He and Hinata can combine their Hand Blast to double its power.
- The Comically Serious: After his HeelFace Turn, he frequently acts as a straight man foil to Guy & Lee's insane enthusiasm, however sometimes Neji proves to be Not So Above It All leaving Tenten as the Only Sane Woman.
- The Cynic: At first. He is more than willing to remind anyone of their place in the world judging those he deems weak and doesn't think positively of his own future due to the cursed mark he lives with, even though he desperately fights against it. Naruto proves his way of belief wrong and turns him in the opposite direction.
- Death by Irony: After spending his life trying to escape the fate of the Branch family to serve the main family, he's Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by branches to save the main family. Much like his father he remarks he didn't do this out of duty to his superiors, but out of love for his family.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He comes to respect everyone around him after his defeat from Naruto. No longer discouraging anyone and acknowledging belief in oneself. In particular, he respects Naruto mostly because Naruto inevitably saved him from a path of darkness.
- Disappeared Dad: Hizashi, who actually decided to die willingly for the sake of his village and to fight against his destiny.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Naruto's arms.
- Dragged into Drag: Courtesy of Rock Lee's skits in the spinoff, Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His main defensive jutsu was the Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven. This technique utilises the chakra control gained through Gentle Fist training to release a huge amount of chakra from all the chakra points on the user's body. It is also a defensive manoeuvre to compensate for the Byakugan's blind spot as the released chakra blocks any possible attack. After releasing chakra from every point of the body, Neji then spins rapidly, both creating a rotating shield of chakra and tossing away any nearby attackers. The jutsu is also capable of reflecting an opponent's chakra against them.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Byakugan users have pupil-less white eyes.
- The Fatalist: He was this initially, believing no one can fight the fate they were born with (not that it stopped him from trying).
- Finger Poke of Doom: The focus of the Gentle Fist style, striking pressure points to disable and even kill the opponent.
- To Lee, a talented shinobi who doesn't believe it possible to defy fate. When Guy asks him what his dream is, he declines to give an answer, and Lee offers to answer before he's called on.
- To Sasuke Uchiha in Part I as well. Both are the talented prodigy of their clan and generation. They both are the Broken Ace as well. Naruto is able to save Neji from the Darkness whereas Sasuke continued down his path to Darkness.
- Freudian Excuse: Much of his hatred for the main house and belief in destiny is the result of his belief that they were responsible for his father's death. Once he realizes the truth, he revises these beliefs.
- Gag Penis: Implied to have this in the spin off show, much to the despair of Lee and Naruto.
- Generation Xerox: He, like his father, also dies protecting a main family member, who in turn was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for something else (Hiashi was prepared to die to avert a war with the Cloud Village, and Hinata was prepared to give her life to save Naruto).
- The Gift: Even within the Hyuga he was born with the greatest natural talent for his clan's kekkei genkai. He's also the first member of the Konoha 11 to become a jonin. His chakra allows him to hurt people just by using two fingers. His fight against Kidomaru especially proved how persistant he can be.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies smiling, satisfied that he was able to protect Hinata and Naruto, the latter he feels indebted to as he changed his fatalistic views.
- Hand Blast: The Empty Palm technique which is a palm thrust which launches a long ranged wave of invisible chakra.
- HeelFace Turn: After losing to Naruto.
- Heir to the Dojo: Inverted. Neji is exactly this type of character but he is explicitly not allowed to inherit the Hyuga clan. Before his HeelFace Turn, much of his bitterness stems (indirectly) from this.
- Heroic Resolve: Double Subverted, it appears he may give up against Kidomaru but taking a lesson from Naruto, he was still able to fight on and eventually defeat Kidōmaru, because he remembered what Naruto had said to him about a genius like himself being capable against the odds.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies protecting Hinata (who was protecting Naruto) from an incoming wood projectile in the battle against the Ten-Tails.
- Honorary Uncle: Hinata and Naruto's daughter, Himawari, refers to Neji, who is her cousin, note as uncle.
- Hypocrite: Pre-Character Development, he is firmly convinced that You Can't Fight Fate, yet he fights like hell against his own. Thanks to Naruto and Hinata, he snaps out of it.
- I Die Free: As he dies, the Caged Bird Seal, symbol of his servitude to the main family of the Hyuga clan, fades away.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: He has shades of this. He has a very strong belief in the inevitability of fate, the futility of fighting against it, and his own position as the most powerful genin in, well, the world it seems. The fact that he's preaching to Naruto of all people about bearing a burden he never asked for or deserved just proves how little he really understands about life outside of his clan's wealthy compound.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Obito's wood jutsu.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Before his HeelFace Turn, Neji used to be very cynical and egotistical, but at the same time, he just wanted to be acknowledged by the Hyuga clan.
- Insufferable Genius: He was this back in the Chunin Exams.
- Jerkass: Back when he was a villain. Especially to Hinata, Lee, and Naruto, prior to his HeelFace Turn. Before that, the nicest thing we saw him do was offer Hinata a chance to surrender before their match; during said match, he tries to outright murder Hinata and is only stopped from doing so by the adults in charge.
- Jerkass Realization: After the fight with Naruto, he becomes much nicer due to realizing how wrong he was.
- Killed Off for Real: The only one of Naruto's closest inner circle to die in the Fourth Shinobi World War. To drive the point home, the marking of the branch family disappears from his forehead, which only happens when a Hyuga dies.
- Kimono Is Traditional: His outfit in Part II.
- Kubrick Stare: Does this quite often, which led to some characters saying that he is scary.
- The Leader: Levelheaded type for Team Guy internally, and the first of them (and the whole Konoha 12) to make Jonin. Despite this Lee is obviously Guy's favorite student and protege, and Shikamaru or a Team 7 member will call the shots when the 12 get together.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Part II gives him longer hair and keep his handsomeness.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: In the alternate universe of the Filler movie Road To Ninja.
- Made of Iron: Kidomaru had to enter the second state of his curse seal after piercing Neji in the back with several kunai didn't work. Then Neji was able to take two arrows right through his body and still defeat Kidomaru.
- Magical Eye: As a Hyūga, Neji possessed the Byakugan. While a common dōjutsu in his clan, Neji's was noted to be especially powerful by both his father and uncle.
- Man in White: Especially in Part II.
- Missing Mom: Whoever Neji's mother is remains a complete mystery.
- Moral Myopia: During the Chunin Exams, he has the gall to accuse the adults of favoritism when they intervene during his match with Hinata, conveniently ignoring the fact that they only intervened because he was trying to kill Hinata in a rage even though she was already badly wounded and unable to defend herself from him anymore.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has many female fans.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: This is played Up to Eleven in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth and of course Hilarity Ensues. He constantly kicks and sends Naruto flying every time he comes near Hinata. He also furiously tells her that he would never accept her and Naruto together, because it's an infamy to him.
- Nice Guy: After getting beaten by Naruto, Neji becomes this; Neji decides that fate is not inescapable but that, rather, one's destiny is what one makes of it; he feels indebted to Naruto for releasing him from his prior "darkness". The destiny Neji ends up selecting for himself is to become strong enough to never lose again. In pursuit of this goal he trains with his teammates, whose own dreams he becomes supportive of, and later with members of the main house, who he gradually starts mending relations with. This interaction with others causes him to become kind once again, and over time his desire to get stronger becomes as much a motivation to never lose as it is to protect his friends and family. In particular, he embraces his responsibility as a member of a branch house to keep Hinata safe.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During his fight with Hinata in the Chunin Exams, he doesn't pull any punches and actually has to be stopped from killing her outright in a fit of rage.
- Noble Demon: During the Chunin Exams, Neji was an insultant, evil guy who annihilated people for their dreams. However, he still cared about his teammates.
- Not So Above It All: Especially in Rock Lees Spring Time Of Youth.
- Not So Stoic: Back in the Chunin Exams, he lost his temper when Hinata stated that he was wrong. He becomes more of The Stoic after turning good, though.
- Not So Different: Despite everything he said to Hinata, deep down he also wished to be acknowledged by his clan. He would have never admitted it until Naruto defeated him, though.
- No Swastikas: His Swastika-shaped seal was edited into a simple X-cross in the anime.
- Pet the Dog: Even at his most jerkish, Neji still respected Lee in his own cold aloof way. He was about to rescue him after his fight with the Sound genins when Sasuke woke up to curb stomp Zaku.
- Power Palms: In Part II, Neji began using the Eight Trigrams Vacuum Palm to attack targets outside his physical range or push away incoming attacks.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Often says "You're in range," before unleashing a devastating hand-to-hand attack.
- Precious Photo: A photo of him is held by Hanabi at Naruto and Hinata's wedding in the ending credits of The Last and the anime adaptation of Konoha Hiden.
- Pressure Point: The Gentle Fist style his clan uses focuses on striking these very quickly.
- Prophet Eyes: Inherent to all members of the Hyuga clan.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His offensive jutsu specialty was the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms, with which he attacked multiple targets at once, either an opponent's chakra points to seal his opponents chakra flow or an incoming volley of projectiles.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Lee, saying that his graduating from the academy despite not being able to use ninjutsu or genjutsu is not special, but merely unusual. Also, Hinata and Naruto regarding, in his eyes, their senseless attempts of trying to prove themselves. Naruto is the one to really convince him otherwise.Neji: These eyes of mine show me many things. One thing they've shown me people's limitations are set, fixed, and unchangeable. Only a fool wastes his time trying to become something he can never be! The only destiny that everyone shares is death.
- The Resenter: For nine years of his life, Neji resented the Hyuga's main family for the freedom they stole from him and the death of his father. He especially resented Hinata for being weaker than him yet holding a higher position within the clan.
- Restraining Bolt: As a child, he had a Curse Seal placed on his forehead by the main house of the Hyuga clan due to being a branch house member. The seal served to keep him obedient to the main house and seal his Byakugan should he die. He was extremely resentful of having the mark and grew bitter as a child because he thought the seal decided his destiny. Until he was defeated by Naruto and learned to decide his own destiny just as his father did.
- Sacrificial Lion: Obito killing him shows just how serious he's getting.
- Screw Destiny: Towards Kidomaru at the end of their fight.Neji: No one can determine another's destiny.
- Shipper on Deck: Subtly pushes Naruto and Hinata together and even lectures Naruto before his death that his life belongs not only to himself but to Hinata as well. This, however, is turned on its head in the Gag Series spinoff Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth where he is a Knight Templar Big Brother with a hint of a crush which is of course Played for Laughs.
- Sibling Rivalry: Between him and Hinata in Part I, before Neji got his Character Development.
- Smug Snake: In the beginning. He coldly beats Hinata, and informs her, Naruto, and Lee that they're failures and they can't change fate.
- The Stoic: He becomes even more composed after his HeelFace Turn.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Neji's signature techniques, the Sixty-Four Palms and Revolving Heaven, are Secret Arts passed down only to the leader of the family and the main house respectively, but Neji reverse-engineered them and began to teach them to Hinata.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: The Gentle Fist which provides examples of...
- Super Reflexes: Combined with his Revolving Heaven jutsu using chakra he has an impenetrable form of defense.
- Super Senses: Among other abilities, the Byakugan allows nearly 360 degree vision and telescopic view. He was able to increase his Byakugan's telescopic range over time: whereas he could only see things 50 metres away in Part I, by Part II he could see things from at least 800 metres.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Using the Hyūga's signature Gentle Fist fighting style, he could attack an opponent's chakra system directly, constricting or cutting off their chakra flow from only minimal contact. Because the chakra pathway system is closely intertwined with many of the body's major organs, debilitating and even fatal damage can be done just as easily. While Gentle Fist strikes are by default difficult to defend against, Neji's speed, precision, and general taijutsu prowess made him especially formidable at close range, requiring opponents to keep their distance if they hoped to compete with him. Even at a distance, Neji's Byakugan and keen reflexes made him difficult to hit.
- Superpowerful Genetics: The Byakugan, which seems to be the most dominant of all bloodlines seen so far extending to every member of the Hyuga clan.
- Taking the Bullet: He shielded Hinata and Naruto with his own body, losing his life in the process.
- Took a Level in Badass: After fighting Naruto, Neji stops giving up on his goals because of his belief in destiny, and becomes a dedicated, hard-working person.
- Took a Level in Idealism: He adopted Naruto's Screw Destiny philosophy, believing that anyone has the power to change fate.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Neji lets go of his misdirected animosity of Hinata and became something of a big brother to her.
- True Sight: The Byakugan is capable of seeing through illusion as well as other visually disabling jutsu like the Hidden Mist technique.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before his father's death, Neji was quite the happy child and immediately became fond of Hinata.
- Vein-o-Vision: The byakugan lets the user see the chakra network, the better to strike pressure points therein.
- Warrior Therapist: Perfectly fitted this trope before his HeelFace Turn. He nearly had Hinata give up before their match by simply pointing out her nervous body language.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Most notably in Part I. Maintains a very composed and stoic disposition and it is here where we learn of his vivid awareness of fate and destiny and his avid belief in that no one can escape theirs until his defeat by Naruto, revising his life philosophy to believe that, while people may never truly escape their predetermined fates, those who strive for their dreams are strong.
- Would Hit a Girl: He tried to kill Hinata in their battle.
- X-Ray Vision: The Byakugan allows the user to see into and through their target's clothes, skin, flesh, etc, allowing for better pinpointing of chakra nodes.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Naruto's words to him, "You can do it too, because unlike me, you're not a failure."
- You Can't Fight Fate:
Neji: The curse represents a mark of the bird in a cage It is the symbol of being tied down to an inescapable destiny.
- Believes this until his HeelFace Turn, although Naruto argues that if he truly accepted his destiny, he wouldn't have tried to kill Hinata.
- After his HeelFace Turn, he's not entirely sure if someone's path can be changed, but those who try and pursue their own dreams are strong.Neji: Even if my enemy is far stronger, even if my body should fail me, I cannot lose, there is a reason I cannot lose I was always known as a genius so I cannot lose. Especially for the sake of those who believed I was a genius being my weak and powerless self.
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Danielle Judovits (EN), Olga Velasco (Spain), Gaby Ugarte (Latin America, Part I), Leyla Rangel (Latin America, Part II), Élisabeth Guinand (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 36 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
Weapon specialist. Like her teammates, she is vaguely Chinese-themed. That's pretty much it.
The anime filler attempts to develop Tenten more. She seems to have an attraction to pretty boys and falls for a few. Even one that later turned out to be a girl! She also forms a comedy team with Rock Lee during a number of filler appearances, always playing the Straight Man.
In Part II, she goes with her team to help rescue Gaara. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, she was placed in the First Division under Darui and with Choza Akimichi.
After the events of the war and during the epilogue, Tenten goes on to own a Shinobi Weapons shop, though she's constantly lamenting how business is not doing well during peaceful times.
- A-Cup Angst: In a Filler episode expanding on her past. When she asks Guy what makes Tsunade legendary, he jokes that she is known for drinking and gambling. When both the local bar and the local gambling joint throw Tenten out for being underage, she yells that she will one day be legendary like Tsunade. The owner of the gambling joint states that Tsunade is known for her legendary chest. Cue Blue with Shock.
- Averted by the time of The Last as her chest size seems to have increased.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime tries to give her more screentime.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Tenten has black hair and steel-grey eyes in the manga — both of which are depicted as being dark brown in the anime.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Not from China and lacks the stock Verbal Tic, but her design and voice are clearly this.
- Arms Dealer: She's opened a weapon shop in the epilogue. Unfortunately, to her chagrin, her business isn't improving because the world is "too peaceful".
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The tsukkomi for her whole team (yes, even Neji) in Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- Mostly in the Fandom, though there's a Running Gag of her being the most put-upon by Guy & Lee's insane self-imposed challenges. She was even forgotten in the first version of the High School A.U. ending only later being added sitting in the Corner of Woe forgotten in the final group shot. She is the go-to person to be used as an example of sucking by some fans, either jokingly or not.
- It appears this extends to in-universe too. Being laidback in comparison to Guy and Lee isn't very fun when they're pushing you all the time, then you fight the one person who has your weakness in a bag and you seal the greatest and most legendary of weapons only for Madara's headband to pierce and destroy the scroll. Being Tenten just isn't fun.
- Remember also that the few cool moments she has were mostly added by the anime - making her even more of a Butt-Monkey in the manga. The one real fight she was in (outside of a brief cameo during the Shinobi War) was with Temari in the Chunin exams, and she was defeated off-screen in one panel! At least the anime showed the fight, if only to show Tenten being wrecked.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts as one towards the other girls, considering she's the oldest. A filler episode has Tenten hosting a girls night out to to clear everyone's mind about the upcoming war as well as to cheer Hinata up.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Only in the anime — matching dark brown hair and eyes.
- A Day in the Limelight: After over 300 episodes, they finally gave her a focus episode.
- Deadpan Snarker: Filling in for Neji when a less cynical response to Guy and Lee would be funnier.
- Determinator: The majority of her central episode was spent in a flashback about how she wanted to become like Tsunade, and the lengths she was willing to go to were sort of...illegal.
- Fangirl: Since her time as a student in the Academy, Tenten had a goal to become a legendary kunoichi like Tsunade, one of the Sannin, which she openly shared to others.(To Guy) "I want to be a great and powerful ninja! To walk in the footsteps of the legendary kunoichi, Tsunade!"
- Faux Action Girl: Out of the Konoha 12 kunoichi, Tenten is a rather decent combatant, but she often gets clobbered to show her opponent's strength. In the case of Temari, at least, it was justified for being the worst possible match-up for Tenten; Temari was not only easily one of the strongest genin gathered, but also one that had all the right techniques to counter Tenten's strategy.
- Up to Eleven in the manga, where the aforementioned fight with Temari is her only fight scene in the entire series, and she gets beaten off-screen in one panel. The anime at least tries to give her a Curb Stomp Cushion by actually showing the fight, albeit it just shows Tenten being literally blown away.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears a black pair as of Part II.
- Flat Character: While the anime has done more with her character, she still remains the least developed of all the Konoha 12 to the point that she's the only one with One Name Only.
- Flechette Storm: Her Twin Rising Dragons technique.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Textbook case with her and her team.
- Hyper Space Arsenal: Uses scrolls both big and small as a Bag of Holding for her many, many weapons.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Of the Informed Ability variety, as most of what he see about her fighting style is not around accuracy or precision (see More Dakka below).
- The Klutz: In the Filler movie Road To Ninja, resulting in many Amusing Injuries.
- Living Prop: Word of God is that she was made just to fill in a token female in Team Guy, but the author likes her look best of the four main females, so she gets used for this a lot.
- Meaningful Name: It's a possibility that her name insinuates "Ten out of Ten," a reference to her marksmanship. Ten-ten could also derive from one of the names for a Japanese ellipsis, meaning "mark-mark" referring to her use of targets with bukijutsu.
- More Dakka: Her entire strategy is to use her vast array of ninja weapons against opponents, and if they don't go down, she simply hasn't used enough at once. The only times it has ever worked so far were the time she fought a clone of herself and the Zetsu army.
- Multi-Melee Master: Skilled with weapons such as swords, staves, nunchaku and sansetsukon but her skills are primarily as a...
- Multi-Ranged Master: Specifically for throwing weapons, if she can hurl it she will. Including but not limited to kunai, knives, shuriken, Fuma Shuriken, Kusari-gama, spiked grenades, needles and even weapons not meant for throwing like flails and swords.
- Nice Girl: A very, very nice girl, more or less.
- Odango Hair: They help contribute to her Chinese themed design. She even provides the Image Source.
- Only One Name: The only one of the Konoha 11 never to be given a last name.
- Only Sane Woman: Tends to complain about the logic behind Guy and Lee's bizarre training methods, even more so than Neji who often times is Not So Above It All. Taken Up to Eleven in the spinoff.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The main reason why she's a Faux Action Girl. Being a weapon specialist with a nearly unlimited arsenal just isn't that great in a world full of people who can breath fire, create clones of themselves or have Super Strength.
- Plucky Girl: One dominant aspect about Tenten is that she never gives up.
- Satellite Character: We don't know her last name or anything about her background. She got a background story of sorts in Shippuden's Episode 237, where she was inspired to become a replica of Lady Tsunade, but this fell apart and she became a weapons specialist instead.Tenten: I no longer wish to be like Lady Tsunade anymore. But I haven't given up my dream to become a legendary kunoichi.
- Sprouting Ears: Of the cat variety after being kicked out of the bar and then the gambling den in Episode 237 of Shippuden, along with the obligatory *nya* and handlick.
- The Stoic: She's the only one of Konoha 11 (along with Shino) who has never shown too much emotion during tough moments. Not even when her longtime team-mate Neji died. Unlike Shino however, this is because she once stated that she detests emotional frailty, both in herself and others.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Tenten, despite her tomboyish demeanour, has also shown a feminine side, giggling and commenting to herself that Sasuke Uchiha is cute when he refused to tell his name to Neji. In the anime, she also commented to herself that the prince was just her type.
- Took a Level in Badass: She used the banana fan several times without dying, which is a weapon that would kill normal people with one use.
- Torpedo Tits: The aptly named Breast Hammer technique courtesy of Rock Lee in Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- True Blue Femininity: Combined with her blue pants, this trope is in full effect.
- Tsundere: A Type B since she is usually a very friendly character, but occasionally loses her temper. Once she put a two-ton iron doll on Rock Lee because he was doing push-ups when she was trying to talk to him. Another time she stabbed him with a dozen knives because he ignored her in a swimsuit to look for Sakura.
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Skip Stellrecht (main series), Matthew Mercer (Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth) (EN), Manuel Bellido (Spain), Gerardo Reyero (Latin America), Bruno Georis (French)
Debut: Naruto Chapter 38 (Manga), Naruto Episode 21 (Anime)
Leader of Team Guy, Might Guy is the epitome of hard work. Through blood, sweat and tears, he became one of the strongest ninja there was in Konoha, becoming a rival of Kakashi in the process. He serves as both Kakashi's opposite and his Unknown Rival. Like his student, he's a pastiche of Bruce Lee.
His number one student is Lee. While their interactions are often very... odd, to say the least, it's very clear that Guy cares deeply for his student, and views him as the son he never had. He taught him how to open the Eight Chakra Gates (which isn't exactly a cakewalk).
In the first series, Guy shows up during the Chunin Exams stopping Lee from using a forbidden jutsu on Sasuke. He later saves Lee from Gaara during their fight, and later saves Shikamaru and Naruto from Gaara. He saves Kakashi, Kurenai, and Asuma from Itachi and Kisame. He also later takes Sasuke to the hospital after his fight with Itachi. And he convinces Lee to get a risky operation that would allow him to return to active duty as a ninja.
In Part II, his team backs up Kakashi's team as they try to rescue Gaara. He fights a clone of Kisame — for some reason, he doesn't remember the Akatsuki member. He opens the Sixth Gate and kicks his ass. Later, while accompaning Naruto on a hidden island in Lightning Country, he goes up against the real Kisame (again), and defeats the missing-nin in one hit by opening the 7th Gate. Even though he didn't completely recover from the fight, he was assigned to the Third Division for the war, under his rival Kakashi, and with his student Rock Lee and Sakura.
Guy proves himself influential later in giving Naruto and Sasuke the time they need to recover and power up by facing a Ten-Tails Jinchuriki Madara in his Eight-Gates form, though the resultant battle cripples Guy for the rest of his life.
- Always Second Best: His regards to Kakashi, who handed him his first major defeat when they took the Chunin Exams together.
- Always Someone Better: Of course, by the time the series began, it's implied that he's surpassed Kakashi. Not that Kakashi cares.
- Animal Battle Aura: His Afternoon Tiger technique takes this trope and runs with it. With the Eighth Gate, he gets Evening Elephant to add to that. And then the Night Guy. He also has a technique called Night Phoenix in some games which is a single, strong punch set on fire that takes the shape of a bird.
- Ascended Extra: He was always the most prominent Jonin after Kakashi, but while he gets A Day in the Limelight in the first arc of Part II, his big fights don't come until towards the end of the series.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His name is intended to draw vibes of 'Mighty Guy'. But dig in even deeper, and you realize that his name is an amalgamation of the first names of Nobuyuki Hiyama-voiced Brave Series protagonists: Might Senpuuji and Guy Shishioh.
- Badass Teacher: A given, since he's Team Guy's instructor.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He prefers to strictly uses his Strong Fist style in combat. He's only ever used a weapon once.
- Berserk Button: Giving him a thumbs down in response to his 'Nice Guy' pose (thumbs up), Obito learned this the hard way during their Chunin Exams.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Guy is eccentric and often seen by fans and other characters alike as being goofy. However, he is arguably one of the strongest characters in the series, and among Konohagakure's best shinobi. When Kisame Hoshigake is getting ready to face him in their first confrontation, Itachi warns the former not to underestimate him. In time, Kisame regards Guy as one of his strongest opponents.
- As well, Madara Uchiha deems him the greatest taijutsu-user he had ever faced after Guy opens his eighth chakra gate, remarking that the former nearly killed him.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows:
- Blood Knight: Just look at how he stalked Kakashi as a child just because he wanted to fight him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Might Guy's main personality.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He opened all Eight Gates to strike a decisive blow against Madara, but he shatters his own leg in the process. He would have died, as that's what would normally happen if you open all Eight Gates, but Naruto managed to save him with his new-found healing abilities, though the leftover damage to his body was so severe that he was wheelchair bound for the rest of his life, and had to keep wearing a cast on the kicking leg due to how much damage it had. That said, he can still break out the badass when he needs to, even though it hurts his leg to do so.
- Bruce Lee Clone: Complete with nunchaku and Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As quirky as his personality is, Guy ranks amongst the Leaf's most effective and dangerous Shinobi. Itachi of all people even warned Kisame not to underestimate him in a fight. This is proved repeatedly in Part II. Guy's strong enough to defeat Kisame all on his own, stun the Six-Tailed Slug, Saiken while dissipating its corrosive mist, overwhelming Madara's Susano'o with Hirudora (Afternoon Tiger), going toe to toe with Jinchuuriki Madara (even though it did nothing, still), and finally opening the Eighth Gate and catching Madara off guard! Not just that, but by using Evening Elephant, he turns Madara into a ragdoll who can barely retaliate.
- Captain Obvious:
- Subverted actually. During his fight with Kisame, he comments that Kisame only thinks that the sword he carries is his weapon. This is because the person he fought wasn't really Kisame, but a mook posessed by Kisame. This is also why he didn't recognize him.
- His comment on the gourd could also be a subversion, seeing as the gourd itself could turn into sand, something that completely changed the outcome of Rock Lee's battle with Gaara.
- Career-Ending Injury: The Eighth Gate's toll is so great that even when Naruto manages to save him at the last possible moment, it can't repair the damage done to his leg, therefore leaving him confined to a wheelchair for life. Subverted in Kakashi Hiden, which shows that even a crippled Might Guy is more than a match for most ninja.
- Celibate Hero: Guy never has a single romantic interest in the entire series.
- Character Tics: Like his student, Lee has a tendency to do thumbs ups, Manly Poses, and Youthful Grins.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: To emphasize: While most ninjas around him summon giant sharks, call lightning into their palm or have all-seeing vision, Guy remains among the most powerful ninjas in the series and one of his most powerful moves is... a punch. It is so hard that it compresses the air into a giant exploding tiger head. And it's not made of chakra at all. That's right, he shapes the air into the visage of a giant roaring tiger out of pure physical strength. Taken to utterly ridiculous levels when using the Eighth Gate technique Night Guy, which allows him to kick hard enough to distort space according to Madara.
- The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: The two incidents mentioned in the Captain Obvious entry.
- Combination Attack: He formed one with Lee.
- Cool Teacher: An awesome teacher to the students under him, who he absolutely treasures.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Constantly going on about the power of youth and getting ignored by his "lifelong rival" Kakashi. Most of the time, people are either creeped out by him or laughing at him, because he's just that ridiculous. At the same time, he's also the foremost taijutsu user of Konoha, can use at least seven gates without suffering anything more than a severe winding, and trained Rock Lee into a badass. He's one of the strongest characters in the series to the point where even a smug asshole like Madara Uchiha acknowledged him as a Worthy Opponent, even though Madara was at the pinnacle of his strength after becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki. In fact, he is the only living character who hasn't lost a fight on screen; the one time he lost was in a flashback to his Chunin Exams match against Kakashi.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: He's able to use the Eight Gates with less difficulty than Lee, but it's still indicated that the opening eighth gate will be fatal even to him.
- Determinator: A major part of his ethos is that dedication to one's goal will allow them overcome whatever obstacles stand in their way. The anime shows that his version of Kakashi's Bell test is meant to evaluate the genins' guts. Team Guy passed when they persisted in trying to fight him after being beaten into the ground.
- Kakashi Hiden reveals that even after permanently breaking his leg in his battle against Madara, he's able to rehabilitate himself to the point that he can even get off his wheelchair and fight when need be, despite the pain it causes to his bad leg.
- Disabled Badass: Even after permanently crippling himself in his fight with Madara, Kakashi Hiden shows that he's still one of Konoha's best combatants, even if not on quite the same level as before.
- Double Jump: Might Guy demonstrated the ability to do this by summoning a tortoise mid-air and using its shell as a springboard. In keeping with the law of physics, said tortoise was promptly hurtled toward the ground at immense speed. Ningame was not happy about being used for this. With the Eighth Gate open, he's able to the trope properly.
- Dynamic Entry: The Trope Namer. Night Guy is Beyond the Impossible levels of this.
- Elemental Punch: His Morning Peacock technique sets his punches on fire. Unlike most examples he uses the friction. The above mentioned Night Phoenix also works like this, but is a single extremely powerful attack rather than Morning Peacock's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
- Emotional Bruiser: Guy can fight like nobody's business, but he's also prone to fits of immaturity and extreme emotion.
- Epic Fail: Once tried to use it to attack Itachi when he infiltrated Konoha — only to show up moments after he had fled, booting an unsuspecting Jiraiya to the head. Hilarity Ensues.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Same as Lee, weirdly.
- Fighting with Chucks: Nunchaku are his Weapon of Choice when he really get dangerous.
- Game Face: After opening the third gate.
- Generation Xerox: Lee reminds Guy of his father, who- at least in the anime- was unable to use chakra.
- Genius Bruiser: While his intellect isn't as good as say others like Kakashi and Shikamaru, but he's a natural battle tactician and a pretty good strategist. There's a reason that even after becoming a Jonin, Neji still takes orders from him.
- Gratuitous English: Dynamic Entry is just that in the original, and his name was transliterated from "Engrish" ("Maito Gai") to correct English.
- Handwraps of Awesome: During his youth, he wore bandages on his hand like Lee does.
- Heroic Build: If some of the Naruto omakes (like Shippuden 212) are to be believed, Guy is absolutely jacked under that jumpsuit.
- Heroic RRoD: Rather literally, as the use of the gates beyond two has red skin as a side effect. The eighth gate comes with bloody sweat that makes it look like his body is on fire, and if not for Naruto's Six Paths Yang Power healing him, he would have crumbled into dust as a result.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Guy activates the Eighth Gate against Madara, paralleling his own father's use of it against the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Subverted by the last second when Naruto stops him from dying.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kakashi. Despite their one-sided rivalry, it's easy to tell they are each other's best friends who'd support each other through anything. The anime further expands on this.
- Hot-Blooded: "YOOOUTH!"
- Large Ham: The most memorable of the series.Guy: Yes! This is what youth is all about!
- Let's Get Dangerous!: As carefree as this guy is, he knows when to get serious when the chips are down.
- Lightning Bruiser: How a pure hand-to-hand specialist competes in a world of ninjutsu.
- Living Emotional Crutch: After the death of his original team, Guy was the only positive relationship Kakashi had prior to the formation of Team 7. He was probably one of the only people preventing Kakashi from succumbing completely to his crippling self-loathing and falling into a complete downward spiral like his father Sakumo had.
- Love Freak: Part of his obsession with the "Springtime of Youth."
- Manly Tears: Will stream tears at the drop of a hat someone's "youthfulness" inspires him.
- Nice Guy: With this and all the other tropes, it's small wonder he and Lee are so close.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Not quite as odd looking as Lee, but his huge eyebrows, large nose and bowl cut make him stand out when alongside the main cast.
- No One Should Survive That: Somehow survived opening the Eighth Gate, even though Naruto only healed his heart, without doing anything about the third degree burns over 100% of his body, the hypovolemic shock, or the shattered bones. Frankly, he should have been dead before Naruto arrived. Sadly, though, the damage was still too great to be completely repaired and he ends up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Kakashi.
- Papa Wolf: To Lee, Neji, and Tenten. His devotion to them is unquestionable and he will destroy anyone who hurts them.
- Parental Substitute: Of his students, he's a father figure to Lee the most.
- Plot-Powered Stamina: The Eight Gates.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Morning Peacock is a standard use of this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's a very energetic and enthusiastic Red to Kakashi's more laid-back and go-with-the-flow Blue.
- RockPaperScissors: Might Guy sees even this as Serious Business, and believes that if he punishes himself for losing, he not only gains incentive to win the next time, but also becomes stronger in the process.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: When he was younger.
- Scars Are Forever: While Guy survives the experience, releasing all Eight Gates in his fight with Madara leaves him crippled.
- Signature Move: Pick any console fighting game or just about any game made by CyberConnect2, where you can control him. 99% of the time Guy will have Dynamic Entry on his moveset. It's easily the techinque associated with him the most.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Maito Gai? Might Guy? Guy Might?
- Spirited Competitor: Always eager for a good fight or any sort of physical challenge, much to the chagrin of Kakashi.
- Team Dad: More to Lee than to Tenten and Neji, although this is mostly due to his insane antics, which the latter two try to avoid getting roped into whenever possible.
- Strong and Skilled: Becomes the greatest Taijutsu user of all time after mastering and opening the Eight Inner Gate of Death.
- Turns Red: Literally Battle Aura and all after using the eight gate.
- True Companions: To Kakashi Hatake. He and Kakashi are good friends, despite the formers one-sided rivalry with the latter. Especially apparent in the later stages of the Fourth Shinobi World War, he and Kakashi are very close and trust each other immensely. Kakashi has stated that he hopes that Gai would serve as his right-hand man in the event that he is promoted to the position of Hokage, and in both flashbacks and the epilogue of the main series, they are seen spending lots of time together.
- Turtle Power: His summon is a ninja turtle. We've seen it only twice. The second time is in mid-air.
- Underestimating Badassery: Make no mistake. Lee may lose a lot of his fights, but Guy is a whole other beast. His opponents some times underestimate him... they pay dearly for it.
- Undying Loyalty: To Konoha, and especially his students considering he said he would die alongside Lee if his operation ended up killing him in Part I.
- Unknown Rival: Kakashi pretends to not hear him when he talks about their being rivals. Ironically enough, he, albeit unintentionally, gives this treatment to Kisame.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He seeks the approval of his former teammate, best friend, and rival Kakashi.
- Willfully Weak: Foregoes the use of ninjutsu and genjutsu techniques, including his turtle summons, in combat, purely to show support for Rock Lee's attempts to become a great ninja. And because Lee cannot use those techniques even if his life is in danger, Guy will not use them, no matter how dire the situation. The only non-taijutsu technique he uses is the Eight Gates, which really only serve to increase his physical abilities, to make his taijutsu stronger, and which Rock Lee is capable of using as well.
- With My Hands Tied: Like Lee, he doesn't use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu. Though he's able to use them (such as using the Summoning technique to summon Ningame, his tortoise) he was unskilled at their use as a child and taijutsu became a habit, adding onto refusing to do so to show solidarity with his student's struggle to be a great ninja without it, even when his life is on the line.
- World's Strongest Man: As far as Taijutsu goes, no one comes even close to him. Even a Story-Breaker Power user like Madara acknowledge it. Notable as he is the only character to do any significant damage to him in a straight fight.
- Worthy Opponent:
- To Kisame and now, Madara.Guy: He was a worthy opponent! A man who lived and died like a real shinobi! Kisame Hoshigaki! I'll remember that name for the rest of my life!
- When he fights Madara and unlocks the Eighth Gate, Madara says he hasn't been so excited since the fight with Hashirama...and says of all the opponents he's fought, nobody else matches Guy for taijutsu skill.
- Even when he does so in exasperation, Kakashi does not mind the slightest playing along with Guy's many ridiculous challenges, recognizing himself that Guy is one of the village's strongest shinobi. He just thinks that their rivalry (and Guy's otherwise stupid methods of settling the score) is too stupid to devote his full attention to.
- To Kisame and now, Madara.