Looks: Like Naruto, Gaara is a little shorter than the average males of his age which unlike Naruto, is due to the fact that he was born prematurely. He has fair skin and short, spiky, auburn hair which was sometimes depicted as red in the earlier parts of the series. He has green eyes, however; this colour has alternated somewhat during the series. In a flashback of his youth his eyes are depicted as light blue but for the majority of the series they are depicted as being green the pupils of which, are mostly invisible. Gaara has no distinctive eyebrows either. He has two very notable traits in his appearance: firstly, he has tanuki-like black eye rings, having them since his birth. Secondly, he carved the kanji "love" (愛, ai) on the left side of his forehead, having it since Yashamaru's betrayal. Gaara's forelocks are parted from the left side, making the kanji more visible. Matsuri and Sari who both seem to have a crush on Gaara, have described him as the strong silent type, elite and very handsome.Gaara has been seen in two different outfits. When he was seen for the first time, he wore black full body suit with t-shirt-like sleeves, ¾-length legs, and an open neck. With this, he wore a white cloth over his right shoulder and the left side of his hips, and a wide leather band system over the left shoulder and right side of his hips. With this leather band, he carried around his gourd that contains his sand. He also wrapped his forehead protector over the band. In his childhood flashbacks, he was seen wearing beige poncho-like clothing with full-length blue trouser and a short-sleeved black t-shirt.In Part II, battling against Deidara and during the Kage summit, he wore full-length dark trousers, with a pair of laces on each leg, respectively a few inches below the waist and the knees, a long-sleeved crimson coat with flaring hemlines on the front and the back, a grey holster vest held in place by a single strap over his left shoulder and by two buckled belts which he uses to carry his gourd. He also wears another pair of casually worn belts around his waist. He is also seen wearing Kazekage robes, and a simple black pants suit, the latter one greatly resembling Kankurō's suit, and worn for the memorial of Elder Chiyo. All the time, he has been seen wearing Sunagakure's standard shinobi sandals. As the Regimental Commander of the Allied Shinobi Forces, he added his village's flak jacket to his standard outfit.
Personality: Since Gaara has become a close companion to Naruto, he has been able to change people's personalities towards him, such as Matsuri overpowering her fear of weapons, Ōnoki in the Kage Summit, persuaded practically the whole shinobi nation as a team before the war, and even Naruto himself when reflecting upon what he will choose to do as Sasuke's friend. This seems to be a similar trait from Naruto, a way of showing how he has changed from before. Not also that, but because of his close bond with Naruto, he has also been shown to throw away any such grudge or hatred against anyone, even including his father, who was responsible for making Gaara's childhood miserable. He admits to having forgiven his father for his actions a long time ago, but weeps openly after learning that his mother truly loved him very much and instead of cursing his existence vowed to protect him forever infusing this will into his sand.
Gaara cares deeply for Naruto and his well-being and goals, and despite Sasuke's actions during his assault at the Kage Summit and his status as an international criminal, he went far enough to attempt convincing Sasuke out of the darkness one more time on behalf of Naruto, and when unconvinced, even shed a tear for the failure Sasuke has gone into, and the disappointment Naruto will see. Despite respecting Naruto's goals, his care for him does not block his personal beliefs, and believes his friend's well-being is more important. Gaara bluntly tells Naruto that chasing after Sasuke is foolish, as he sees him no longer possible to return to the light. Though he defies Naruto's goal to bring Sasuke back, he only says this for Naruto's well-being because they are "friends".
Although he remained ruthless against his opponents, Gaara appears extremely protective of his allies and innocent people, as seen when he protected his village from Deidara; and his siblings, Darui and even the Raikage against Sasuke. He also deeply understands those who have suffered from loneliness and hatred in the past by the look in their eyes, such as Naruto, Kimimaro, and even Sasuke.
As a Kage, Gaara believes that the ideals of previous generations, that each village must mind their own business and solve their own problems without having to ask for the aid of others in order to keep appearance and honour, is a "ridiculous old-fashioned thinking" and that cooperation between the villages is fundamental in order to defeat Akatsuki.
Village Of Birth: Sunagakure | Village Of Alliance: Rank | Chakra Information
Ninja Rank: Sannin
Speciality: Sand | Earth | Genjutsu
Elements: Fire Release: Mastered Earth Release: Mastered Water Release: Mastered Lightning Release: A-Rank Wind Release: B-Rank
Sand Release: Mastered
Because of Akatsuki's increasing activity, the Fourth Raikage called for a meeting of the five Kage. Gaara, with Temari and Kankurō as bodyguards, was the first of the Kage to arrive in the Land of Iron. When the other Kage arrived and the meeting started, Gaara was the first to speak. He indicated that, because he was captured by Akatsuki and died when Shukaku was extracted from his body, he considered the organisation very dangerous. He added that he had previously requested collaboration between the villages against Akatsuki, but that only Tsunade of Konoha responded. During the meeting, he was heckled considerably by the Third Tsuchikage due to his young age, but was defended by the Fifth Mizukage.
When Sasuke was revealed to have infiltrated the meeting and the Raikage went to fight him, Gaara voiced his concern with the others' lack of ethics and says that a world without faith and understanding would be a world with only fear. When the Tsuchikage offered to give him tips on how to be a good Kage, Gaara replied by asking him when he threw away his principles. Gaara, Kankurō, and Temari then left to join the Raikage's battle with Sasuke. When they arrived, Gaara used his sand to stop the Raikage and Sasuke from fighting, insisting over the Raikage's objections that it is for the better. While the Raikage begrudgingly had his injuries tended to, Gaara tried to convince Sasuke to stop living in the darkness, citing past experience by saying no good will come of it. Sasuke could not be convinced, stating that he had closed his eyes to the light.
With a tear in his eye, Gaara shifted his sand to a battle position. Sasuke attacked Gaara with Amaterasu, but his sand proved too fast for it, earning praise from Sasuke. Gaara then joined Kankurō, Temari, and Darui in attacking Sasuke. While their combined efforts would ordinarily have been unstoppable, Sasuke's Susanoo completely protected him. He then produced a cave-in to distract them; Gaara shielded the others from falling debris with his sand while Sasuke escaped. They followed him to the Summit hall, where they were met by Tobi. Tobi sent Sasuke away and told everyone in attendance about his Eye of the Moon Plan. Because Tobi concluded by requesting that the Kage give him Naruto and Killer B, Gaara refused, along with the other Kage. In response, Tobi declared the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War. With this new development, Gaara repeated the need for collaboration. The Kage agreed to a Shinobi Alliance, but would not allow Konoha to join unless someone more trustworthy than the current Hokage could be found from the village. Gaara suggested and volunteered to approach Kakashi Hatake. Because they were Tobi's targets, Gaara also added that it was crucial not to allow Naruto and Killer B to fight in the war, adding to A's statement about the latter that he would only make things more chaotic on the battlefield by saying Naruto would do the same.
After the Kage depart the summit, Gaara and his siblings found Kakashi in a nearby motel, in the company of Naruto. Gaara told them about the what happened at the Summit, Sasuke's actions, and about the war. Much of Gaara's effort was focused upon convincing Naruto about Sasuke, telling Naruto that he saw no redemption for him and had given up on him. He added that, if Naruto truly wanted to be Hokage, he must realise when to do the right thing. Naruto remained silent, and Gaara and his siblings left him to reflect, returning to Sunagakure. When they arrived there, they heard that the daimyō had approved the formation of the Shinobi Alliance.
To make preparations for the approaching conflict with Akatsuki, Gaara goes to Kumogakure to meet with the other heads of the Alliance. He reiterates the need to send the Nine-Tails and Eight-Tails into hiding. When the Fifth Hokage objects to this, he reminds her that she must take others' views into consideration. She agrees and the jinchūriki are sent to the Island Turtle. When they learn that Akatsuki has discovered this hiding spot, it is decided to send the Tsuchikage as extra protection. As the Tsuchikage leaves he breaks his hip, so Gaara offers to go instead. The Tsuchikage goes anyway, and when he returns Gaara shows him the new Allied forehead protector that has been designed in his absence.
Gaara is made Regimental Commander of the primary fighting force as well as Commander of the Fourth Division. When a Suna and Iwa shinobi began quarrelling in the ranks, nearly coming to blows, Gaara broke them up. He explained to the joined forces that he himself is a product of the hatred between the villages, yet his fellow jinchūriki, Naruto, bore him no ill will. At the end of the speech, everyone was united and all went out for battle. The divisions split up, each headed for their assigned destinations.
The Fourth Division settles along a rocky terrain. Gaara surrounds their position with his Sand Sensing, allowing him to detect approaching enemies. In doing so he catches the revived Mū. He uses his Third Eye to gather intel on the situation, in doing so learning that Mū is not alone; three other revived Kage are with him, among them being his own father. This information is relayed to headquarters and the Tsuchikage is sent to provide assistance. Gaara reasons that there is no reason for the Tsuchikage to strain his back, and is told that his earlier words are the reason Ōnoki is picking up his principles again.
On the second day of the war, Gaara and Ōnoki decide to advance. Gaara attacks with a long ranged attack, but his father counters it with his Gold Dust. Emerging behind the attack, his father is surprised to see Gaara controlling the sand and not Shukaku. After capturing his father and the other previous generation Kage with his sand arms, his father asks Gaara where Shukaku is and Gaara replies that it's gone and that he is no longer a jinchūriki. He then reveals that he died when Shukaku was extracted from his body, but he was revived by Chiyo. He also reveals that he is now the Kazekage and had come to understand why his father tried to kill him, declaring that he no longer hated him as it was for the sake of the village.
The Fourth Kazekage, shocked at how far Gaara had come, decided to test his son's worth again by facing him directly. Raising his sand above his father's Gold Dust, Gaara is able to subdue his father and the other Kage. Gaara's sand takes on the form of his mother, greatly shocking his father. The Fourth Kazekage then finally reveals the truth to Gaara: that his mother loved him and that she vowed to always protect him and that the strength he wields isn't Shukaku, but his mother Karura's strength. As Gaara learn the truth of his mother and her love for him as well as the truth behind Yashamaru's actions before he died, Gaara is overcome with emotions. After his father apologises for robbing Gaara of so much throughout his lifetime he is sealed and Gaara turns around to face the battlefield with new determination.
Riding his sand, he sets out towards Ōnoki. Upon reaching the area he senses Mū right behind Ōnoki and tries to warn him. This attempt however was unsuccessful and Mū attack throws Ōnoki's back out. Gaara then positions himself between the two Tsuchikage, as Mū prepares to attack both him and Ōnoki with his Dust Release. Gaara suddenly glimpses Naruto preparing to attack Mū from behind with the Planetary Rasengan. Even though he is shocked to see him, Gaara quickly uses his sand to create a foothold for Naruto so as to counter-attack Mū in mid-air after his initial strike fails. After Mū is defeated, Gaara seals him in sand and then binds him. Facing Naruto now, he asks for an explanation as to why he was on the battlefield and Ōnoki suggests that they mobilise while talking. After hearing Naruto's explanation, Gaara asks him if it was OK for him to be using the Nine-Tails' chakra so much to which Naruto retorts that he was going to be Hokage someday and until then, he would not die, so Gaara shouldn't treat him like a child. As they split off, Gaara and Ōnoki head off to another battlefield while Naruto took the other.
As he arrived on the battlefield and faces the Second Mizukage once again, he is seen visibly winded as he fights him causing the Second to ask him if that was all he had. After the Second begins to rant about them going after Mū first, when he was clearly the strongest, Gaara tells him that he learned a long time ago not to judge a someone by their appearance. He later detects the Giant Clam with his sand and raises a platform of sand that Ōnoki uses to prepare his attack from. After Ōnoki's assault on the clam is successful and the mirage of the Mizukage that Gaara was speaking to vanishes, Gaara immediately activates his Third Eye technique to locate them. With Ōnoki's life seemingly in peril, the Second shoots him, and it is revealed that Ōnoki was in fact a sand clone which begins to restrain the Mizukage. The Second's Hydrification Technique activates immediately, however, before he can free himself, Gaara uses his Desert Layered Imperial Funeral technique which seemingly successfully restrains him. Before the shinobi can rejoice, a huge explosion occurs and the Second's face appears in the sky. As Gaara watches on in horror, he wonders if it's genjutsu again. Ōnoki says no, telling him that this was the technique Mū could do nothing about: Steaming Danger Tyranny.
As a clone of the Mizukage emerges from the sky, Gaara tries attacking with his sand but it's not fast enough. Ōnoki explains to Gaara the nature of the Mizukage's technique, so Gaara goes after the Mizukage, whose position is given away by a sensor. Gaara traps him with the Desert Layered Imperial Funeral technique again, but as he is applying sealing tags, they are ripped off by the clone. The Mizukage then tells him that he would not simply divulge any details pertaining to the technique as he wanted Gaara to defeat him with his full power or else they'd have no chance at all when they went up against the leader of the opposing side. He then tells Gaara that he thought that he was a "golden egg" amongst the current generation of Kage, but was having second thoughts on the matter.
As the clone attacks some of the shinobi and prepares to explode again, Gaara protects them with his sand. He tries to attack the clone but is once again out-done in speed, and the clone strikes him only to be revealed as a sand clone. Gaara emerges from the ground and attacks again. This time, the sand is able to catch and cover the clone. Inside the sand, it explodes again, but the blast is stifled. The sand breaks down, exposing his father's Gold Dust, which Gaara hid in the sand clone. The gold had melted due to the explosion and fused with the clones body rendering it unable to move and harder to explode. The sand on the outer layer that had been drenched in the Mizukage's hail was cool enough to keep the clone from heating up. The Mizukage is impressed and states that he was a "golden egg" after all.
When Naruto's clone arrives on the battlefield, Gaara asks him how things went on his end and Naruto informs him that the Third Raikage had been sealed. Gaara then tells him that he'll finish up here as well and then informs Naruto that the pyramid was his technique when he mistakes it for the enemy's body. After the Second Mizukage tells Gaara that he and Naruto made a good duo, Gaara smiles and finishes sealing him. He then tells a shinobi to report to headquarters and turns his attention to Naruto, asking him where the original was. The division is alerted by a sensor that someone was coming, Gaara stares in shock as he sees Mū appear on a cliff. As the members of his division exclaim that someone else was up there, who is revealed by Ōnoki to be Madara Uchiha, Gaara wonders what was going on, drawing their attention to Madara's eyes that gave away the fact that he was revived. On this revelation the division stands in shock wondering just who the masked man that claimed to be Madara really was.
Gaara attacks Madara, but he evades and jumps to the ground below. Madara begins his assault and tears through the division forces. Gaara uses his sand to catch Madara's arm, creating an opening for a Kumo shinobi to attack, but Madara easily counters. Naruto finally enters Sage Mode and Ōnoki lightens the sand in Gaara's gourd, making it easier to manipulate. Gaara uses the sand to pull Madara out of his Susanoo, and into the flight path of Naruto's Rasenshuriken. Their combo fails when Madara reveals his Rinnegan and uses the Preta Path to nullify their attacks. Madara retreats to the top of a rock formation and summons a huge meteorite, which shocks everyone present, causing Gaara wonder if this is the power of a god.
As the meteorite plummets towards them, Gaara tells his troops to try and escape as far as they could. Staying behind he attempts to help Ōnoki who had flown towards the rock in order to lighten it. Together with Gaara's sand, they are able to stop the meteorite, but when Madara sends another one crashing into it, they are unable to stop it. Predominantly unharmed, Gaara heads toward the Tsuchikage to find out if he was all-right. As Ōnoki declares that he will fight Madara, Gaara moves to help an exhausted Naruto to his feet. As Ōnoki stumbles getting up, Gaara uses his sand to support him, telling him they would fight together. As Madara and Mū move to attack, they themselves are attacked by the Tsunade and A who arrive on the battlefield. Mei arrives soon after via the Flying Thunder God Technique and Gaara stands with the other Kage, prepared to fight Madara.
A and Mei fight Madara to buy some time for Tsunade to heal Gaara and Ōnoki. When Madara decides to test their defences, Gaara and Ōnoki work together to build a double layered shield of sand and rock to block his attack. Before Naruto's clone disperses Gaara and the other Kage leave with one final message "win".
As the battle wages on, Gaara suspends everyone above Madara's technique. As Tsunade warns them not to inhale the pollen, Madara attacks Gaara and the other Kage which cause them to fall into the forest below and lose consciousness after inhaling the pollen. Regaining consciousness after Ōnoki destroys the forest, the Kage watch in shock as the face formed from the DNA of the First Hokage juts out of the regenerating Madara's now-exposed chest.
When Tsunade moves to the front lines and the other Kage confront Madara, Gaara wastes no time in the opportunity that was provided to seal Madara within his Desert Layered Imperial Funeral technique and applying sealing tags immediately after. Declaring that Madara was sealed, Gaara is shocked to see Tsunade impaled by a Susanoo Sword and to see Madara emerging from one of the tree roots, revealing that they had sealed a wood clone. After Madara notices five on one is a good match-up, he creates more wood clones, sending five of them at each Kage.