Gaara of the Sand Waterfall | Jinchuriki V.1
This is where it all starts for me. Starting with this small bond. I too want to become someone who is needed, instead of a weapon that is feared.
Gaara of the Sand Waterfall | Jinchuriki of the Ichibi
Looks: Despite being an incredibly powerful shinobi, Gaara is not an imposing physical character. He stands just below five and a half feet tall with a sturdy, yet not muscular build. His hair is bright red similar to the color seen by Uzumakis such as Karin, Kushina and Nagato, suggesting his family may have some connection to the clan. His bright green eyes are encircled by black coloring, similar to that of his tailed-beast, Shukaku. It is said that these black rings are a result of insomnia caused by nightmares said to be associated with being the host of the Ichibi; though as Gaara has had these since birth and continued to have them after having the Ichibi extracted, its unlikely that was the cause. Over his left eye is a red tattoo of the kanji for "love" a memento he carved himself after the death of his Uncle. Clothing wise he wears long dark pants, open toed sandels and a long red coat that reaches down to his shins. On his back he carries a large gourd that both carries, and is made of his signature sand.
Personality: Gaara was a deeply troubled child during the beginning of the series. He was used purely as a weapon against the leaf and had severe mental trauma from past tragedies. The mere sight of Gai showing love for Lee brought out some of Gaara's psychotic nature. However, after the events of the Chuunin Exam, Gaara showed an incredible turn around. He was able to overcome his mental issues and eventually rose to the position of Kazekage in Sunagakure where he was both loved and respected by his villagers. This shift in persona was largely attributed to his meeting with Naruto, who shared his burden as a Jinchuriki. He has even taken on some of Naruto's signature ability to change the people around him. Gaara has also been shown to be very mature for his age. While meeting with the other Kages he wasn't intimidated despite being much younger than all of them, even going as far as to chastise them for betraying their own ideals. His confidence and leadership qualities led to him being chosen as the leader of the Shinobi Alliance where he was able to rally the troops and lead them into battle.
Village of Birth: Sunagakure
Village of Alliance: Konohagakure
Ninja Rank: Sage in Posts
Specialty: Sand | Wind | Bijutsu | Fuuinjutsu
- - Wind
- - Earth
- - Water
- - Fire
- - Lightning
- - Sand
- - Marshmallow
- - Adamantine
- - Solar Wind
- Ninjutsu - Mastered
- Genjutsu - Mastered
- Taijutsu - Mastered
- NB Taijutsu - Mastered (Non-Elders Teachings)
- Chop Hanging Fist - Creator
- Giant Tortoise Style - Creator
- Fuinjutsu - Mastered (Non-Medical)
- Jaguar Summonings - Owner
History: Gaara participated in the Chūnin Exams, where he quickly identified as a skilled competitor. During the first test which was set to garner how well the candidates could covertly gather information, Gaara blinded a candidate with his sand and then used his Third Eye to copy his answers. Ibiki remarked that through this all, Gaara kept a calm demeanour and gave away no indication that he was cheating. During the second phase of the examinations, he demonstrated his blood-lust, coldly murdering Team Shigure in the Forest of Death, who Gaara claimed had looked at him the wrong way, and threatened to kill his own siblings when they tried to reason with him. Gaara and his team finished this phase in an hour and thirty-seven minutes, beating the previous record by over four hours, with Gaara not getting so much as a speck of dust on his clothes — a feat they noted that would be very difficult even for an experienced ninja.
In the preliminary matches, Gaara was matched against Rock Lee and overwhelmed him until Lee removed the weights on ankles to move at a formidable speed that forces Gaara to exchange his Shield of Sand to his secondary Armour of Sand. Despite Lee's best efforts, Gaara's sand ultimately protected him from Lee's devastating blow as he taken advantage of his opponent's weakened condition to crush Lee's left limbs with his sand. Might Guy intervened before Gaara could harm Lee any further, the act astonished Gaara who is left more confused when Guy answered that Lee is his precious comrade. For the finals, Gaara was matched against Sasuke Uchiha. The night before, he was approached by Dosu Kinuta, who wanted to take his spot by eliminating him, but was killed by Shukaku's power. Some time after that, Gaara tried to kill the hospitalised Lee but was stopped by Naruto Uzumaki and Shikamaru Nara, who were successful in halting his intentions until Might Guy intervened once again.
Prior to his battle with Sasuke, Gaara brutally killed Shiba and Midori when they tried to intimidate him to throw the fight for a bet. When fighting Sasuke, he realised that his taijutsu skills were similar to those of his previous opponent and as such he was having hard time keeping up with him. Disregarding the plan that the Suna-nin had made, Gaara attempts to transform into Shukaku. However, Gaara was wounded by Sasuke's Chidori, which had pierced his sand sphere, causing him to freak out at the first sight of his own blood. With Gaara not in any mental condition to join the battle, he and his siblings fled the village under Baki's orders, while the invasion proceeded without them.
Gaara was pursued by the members of Team 7, along with Shikamaru and Shino Aburame, which forced Gaara's siblings to stay behind at different points to hold off their pursuers. Sasuke caught up with a maddened Gaara who begins transforming. Transforming half-way, Gaara is able to resist Sasuke's last available Chidori attacks, allowing him to beat Sasuke to an inch of his life before Naruto and Sakura Haruno arrive. The act of Sakura coming to Sasuke's aid causes Gaara to relive his betrayed childhood before he pinned her to a tree with his sand. Intrigued by Naruto's abilities since witnessing his victory over Neji Hyūga during the exams, Gaara threatens to crush Sakura to force Naruto to fight.
Naruto, though terrified, stayed to fight against him to protect his friends. Though Gaara seemed to have the upper hand, Naruto attacked the lower base of his tail, using his rendition of One Thousand Years of Death to get an advantage to bypass Gaara's defence. After being beaten down by Naruto's army of shadow clones, an enraged Gaara assumes the full form of Shukaku while Naruto summons Gamabunta.
After Gamabunta shows his strength, Gaara then emerged and used the Feigning Sleep Technique to let Shukaku take full control in the battle. Devising a strategy to combat the beast, Gamabunta and Naruto used the Combination Transformation technique to transform into a giant fox (the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox in the anime) so he could cling onto the One-Tail to give Naruto the chance to wake Gaara up. Awakened, Gaara trapped Naruto but the latter used some of the Nine-Tails' chakra to break free, then headbutted Gaara, which caused the Shukaku's body to crumble.
With the last of their energy, the two exchanged final blows, and Naruto ended up claiming victory. Gaara was shocked to learn that Naruto was a jinchūriki like himself yet puzzled by the boy's undying devotion to his friends, causing him to realise that Naruto's strength came from the desire to protect those close to him. As Gaara and his siblings fled the scene, Gaara openly apologised to Kankurō and Temari to their astonishment. Thanks to Naruto's influence, the defeat proved to be a major turning point for Gaara.
The Sand Siblings were called by the Fifth Hokage to assist the Sasuke Retrieval Team in retrieving Sasuke when he defected from Konoha. Gaara arrived just in time to save Rock Lee, using his sand to deflect Kimimaro's attack. Though Lee tried to continue, Gaara stopped him, telling Lee that he was still in no condition to fight. In the fight, Gaara's various abilities prove to be ineffective against Kimimaro's sturdy bone structure which protected him from most of the would-be devastating attack. After Kimimaro released the second state of his Cursed Seal of Earth to break through his defences while lowering his chakra further, denouncing Orochimaru to get an advantage, Gaara buried Kimimaro deep underground. However, Kimimaro escaped with a weakened Gaara barely evading death due to Kimimaro's own death by his illness. After the battle, Gaara explained that even a bad person has someone precious to them, and noted to Lee their opponent was like Naruto in that sense before escorting Lee back to Konoha. After this, Gaara and the rest of the Sand Siblings returned to Sunagakure, though in the anime, he and his siblings helped out at the village's Academy before leaving, as stated by Shikamaru.
Despite having become the Fifth Kazekage during the time skip, Gaara was still targeted by Akatsuki, who sought to extract Shukaku from within him. Gaara confronted and held his own against Deidara, crushing his left arm, and had him on the run for most of the battle, but his inevitable duty to protect Sunagakure was taken advantage of by Deidara, who dropped one of his most powerful bombs on the village. Gaara prevented any damage being inflicted by summoning a vast amount of sand which covered the entire village.
Shukaku - The One Tailed Tanuki
Nickname: Ichibi | Shukaku of the Sand | The Incarnation of Sand
Appearance: Shukaku is a sandy-brown coloured tanuki, with black markings all over its face, body, and tail. It has a jagged, concave mouth and the sclerae of its eyes are black, with yellow irides and pupils that each takes the shape of a black four-pointed star with four black dots around it. During the last days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Shukaku in its youth looked the same as it does presently, only much smaller.
Personality: Shukaku is cunning, but also incoherent, giving it the demeanour of a madman. According to Gaara, because of its innate rage and blood-lust, Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight, even more so during a full moon. Like all tailed beasts, Shukaku has a strong desire to preserve its own life, and as such, will grant its jinchūriki the power to control sand as well as allow them to transform into it in a state of need and blood-lust. Gyūki mentioned that Shukaku hates Kurama for its beliefs that the tailed beasts' strength is measured by the number of tails and, as such, views Shukaku as the weakest.
Abilities: Like all tailed beasts, Shukaku foremost has an enormous supply of chakra and can perform the Tailed Beast Ball. The Tanuki is also able to use Wind Release nature transformation, which it uses to perform powerful attacks such as the Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullet which can create giant craters upon impact. Most notable of the the beast's power is its ability to manipulate sand, using it as an effective weapon. At fully-released form, Shukaku's body is completely made of sand; as such he can ignore most damage that would otherwise be detrimental, as shown when he had one of his arms chopped off by Gamabunta and was still able to keep on fighting. Whenever Shukaku is sealed into its jinchūriki, it has the ability to eat away its host's personality, and influence him or her with its bloodlust behaviour whenever he or she sleeps, which leads its host to develop insomnia.
Wind: As it is both his natural affinity and one of the affinities of the Ichibi, Gaara is a very skilled user of wind. He is able to use wind techniques with one hand seal as a human, and no hand seals when in his Bijuu Transformations.
Sand: This is Gaara's signature style which he has used extensively throughout the series. He has full control over sand and can move it through his own will. The sand even moves on its own to protect him thanks to his mother's will which she imbued in the sand prior to her passing.
Weapons: Gaara carries with him numerous weapons. Most notable is the large gourd he carries on his back which is both full and made of sand. This is where he uses most of his sand techniques from, though he can use natural sand in the environment as well. Other than that he carries many of the standard ninja tools including shuriken, kunai, explosive tags, etc. For sealing techniques he carries several small scrolls along his waistband as well as sealing formulas on his wrists which can be used for lightning blade creation.