part I part II
for Neji Hyuga
Genin (part I), Jonin (part II)
Teammates: Rock Lee, Tenten
Sensei: Might Guy (Gai)
Specialties: Long range scouting, Hand-to-hand expert
First Appearance: Naruto manga ch.36, Naruto ep. 21
Age: 13 (I), 16 (II)
Height: 5.25 ft
Weight: 103.2 lb
Blood Type: O
Chakra Type: ?
Neji is a member of the Hyuga clan but belongs to the branch family. His father, Hizashi Hyuga, was the twin of Hiashi Hyuga, the current leader of the Hyuga clan. The Hyuga clan practiced a tradition of branding those of the branch family with a seal applied to the forehead. This was meant to control the branch family members and punish them if necessary because when activated, the seal causes excruciating pain and can even kill the family member. Because of this, Neji grew to resent the main family. His hatred grew when his father was killed. Although Neji did not know this at the time, his father willingly sacrificed his life to save his brother’s. But Neji had believed the main family was responsible for his father’s death.
Like Sasuke, Neji was considered a natural genius and was the top rookie of his class. However, because he was a member of the branch family, he was not allowed to learn the secret techniques of the Hyuga clan. But this did not stop Neji from working hard and training on his own to improve his techniques. Because of the incidents of his past, Neji believed that one is born into his fate and cannot change it. He looked down upon “failures” like Rock Lee and Naruto Uzumaki, whom he believed could never surpass someone who is born as a genius. Neji especially hated Hinata Hyuga because even though she is a member of the main Hyuga family, she is weak and lacks confidence.
After these events, Neji’s relationship with Hinata and the rest of the main family improved. It also appears that the archaic restrictions placed on the branch family members have also been lifted. Neji has been training with Hiashi and has greatly improved many of his abilities.
Neji vs Hinata (episode 46-47) Winner: Neji
Neji vs Naruto (episode 60-62) Winner: Naruto
Neji vs Kidomaru (episode 115-117) Winner: Neji
Neji appears in Naruto Movie 4
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