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Sakura Uchiha (formerly Haruno) is a kunoichi of Konohagakure's Uchiha clan. She is the wife of Sasuke Uchiha and the mother of Sarada Uchiha. Having trained with her master Tsunade for many years, Sakura is recognized as one of the world's greatest medical-nin.

Background Edit

Early Life Edit

Sakura as a child

Sakura as a child.

Sakura was born the only child of Mebuki and Kizashi Haruno. She had an ordinary childhood, raised by her parents without any serious tragedy or complication. When she entered Konoha's Ninja Academy, some of the girls in her class began bullying her because of her large forehead. Sakura tried to combat their teasing by hiding her forehead with her bangs, but this proved to the other girls that it bothered her and caused them to tease her even more. Ino Yamanaka, one of her classmates, saw this, defended Sakura from her bullies, and encouraged her to embrace her forehead rather than hide it.

Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped Sakura become comfortable with herself and develop into her own person. Though she felt indebted to Ino helping her, Sakura began to feel that she was living in Ino's shadow when she, instead, wanted to be Ino's equal. At some point, after she entered the Academy, Sakura met Sasuke Uchiha and she developed a crush on him. When she told her friends, she was surprised to learn how popular Sasuke was with the girls. Sakura heard a rumor of Sasuke being attracted to girls with long hair and she began letting her hair grow to get his attention. A couple of years later, when she learned Ino had a crush on Sasuke, Sakura ended their friendship so that they could compete for Sasuke's love, thus beginning a bitter rivalry between them. In the anime, Sakura approached Ino, informing her of her liking towards Sasuke. Ino took it to end their friendship, starting their dislike towards each other in the beginning of Naruto. When Sakura first attempted to confess to Sasuke, he rejected her because he didn't know her and she fled out of frustration and embarrassment. She vented her displeasure for his rejection by punching a tree and causing her "Inner Sakura" to be born.

Personality Edit

After marrying Sasuke, Sakura became very loyal to him and even refused to leave his side while she was pregnant with their daughter, Sarada. Sakura raises Sarada on her own due to Sasuke being away on his mission for many years. During this time, she frequently reassures Sarada that Sasuke loves them both and will return home once his mission is over.

Appearance Edit

Abilities Edit

Chakra Control Edit

Soon after the start of her first mission, Sakura discovered that she had excellent control over her chakra, and as such she had an innate ability to use techniques to their maximum efficiency without discarding any chakra. Kakashi remarks that her ability to gather chakra from every part of her body and then using it with great timing made her superior to her teammates in that respect. While this particular ability was never put at great use in Part I, her chakra control became a focal point of Sakura's fighting style and medical abilities in Part II.

Taijutsu Edit

Sakura's powerful punch

Sakura's chakra enchanted strength.

Although not known for her strength in Part I, Sakura was still strong enough to knock Ino several meters backwards with only a single strike. In the anime, during a mission to the Land of Tea, she was encountered lifting and manoeuvring a very large and thick wooden log.

In Part II, Sakura's taijutsu skills have meant tremendous growth as a result of Tsunade's training. By building up and releasing her chakra with precise timing, Sakura could easily decimate any obstacle and turn it to debris.

Medical Ninjutsu Edit

Sakura Healing

Sakura healing an injury.

Sakura's naturally refined control over her chakra had been taken to new heights over the time skip, an ability utilized to its fullest by the training she had done with Tsunade. With her excellent chakra control, Sakura had turned into an excellent combat medical-nin, and had shown herself to be able to heal fatal injuries with relatively little effort, even when more experienced medics would deem it a lost cause.

Intelligence Edit

Sakura answering questions

Sakura completes an advanced written exam without the need of cheating.

While she was still in the Academy, Sakura received consistently high test scores.

New Era Edit

Academy Arc Edit

Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Edit

Versus Momoshiki Arc Edit

Creation and Conception Edit

Design Edit

Sakura design

Early sketches of Sakura.

When designing Sakura, Kishimoto focused on her silhouette and created a costume as simple as possible. This is a divergence from the other main characters in the series, whose costumes are very detailed. The leggings are the most notable aspect of her design, as they are meant to show that she is very active. At the start of the series her leggings extended below her knees and closely resembled trousers. As Part I progressed, the leggings become increasingly shorter and tighter. Similar to his inexperience with drawing heroines, Kishimoto lacked to experience needed to make Sakura "cute" when he first began drawing her. Although he implies that her appearance has gotten cuter since then, Kishimoto and much of the Naruto manga staff agree that Sakura was "far from cute" at the start of the series. In retrospective, he found Sakura one of the hardest characters to draw alongside Sasuke. Kishimoto first planned Sasuke and Sakura's romance in early production of Naruto. In regards to Sakura's feelings to Sasuke, Kishimoto tried to write them as realistic as possible but ended up getting complaints from young girls about her.

Trivia Edit

Quotes Edit

(To herself about Naruto) "Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing... Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto... that impossible dream of yours... I don't want to see it crushed!"

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