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{{translation|'''Ino Yamanaka'''|山中いの|Yamanaka Ino}} is one of the main supporting characters of the series. She is a [[chūnin]]-level [[Wikipedia:Kunoichi|kunoichi]] of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Yamanaka clan]] and a member of [[Team Asuma]]. Along with her team-mates, Ino makes up the new generation of [[Formation Ino–Shika–Chō|Ino–Shika–Chō]], just like their fathers were [[Ino-Shika-Chō (Previous)|before them]].
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{{translation|'''Ino Yamanaka'''|山中いの|Yamanaka Ino}} is a member of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Yamanaka clan]]. She and her fellow members of [[Team Asuma]] are the newest generation of [[Formation Ino–Shika–Chō|Ino–Shika–Chō]].
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Ino 001.jpg|thumb|left|Ino as a child.]]
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[[File:Ep41ino.PNG|thumb|left|Ino as a child.]]
In the [[Academy]], Ino was considerably more popular and self-confident than [[Sakura Haruno]] when they met. She convinced Sakura that hiding the size of her forehead was pointless, saying that it only made her look worse. Ino gave Sakura a red ribbon to draw attention elsewhere, suggesting that Sakura had great potential, but had yet to reach it. This lead to ongoing arguments about Sakura's "Billboard Brow" and Ino's nickname "Ino-pig" (due to her name, Ino, meaning 'boar'). Despite all these arguments, she helped Sakura gain her confidence. When Sakura became attracted to [[Sasuke]], and found out that Ino was attracted to him as well, Sakura ended their friendship hurting Ino in the process so she could compete with Ino for his affection.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 54, pages 14-15</ref> Ino later made friends with Sakura again during the [[Chūnin Exams]], but they are still considered rivals by many.
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From a young age, her father, [[Inoichi Yamanaka]], raised her to embody the meaning of the violet flower, which symbolises a blunt, candid love.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 616, pages 12-13</ref> She was raised to treasure the bonds that she has with her friends, which led her to become good friends with [[Sakura Haruno]].
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In the [[Academy]], Ino was considerably more popular and self-confident than Sakura when they met. She convinced Sakura that hiding the size of her forehead was pointless, saying that it only made her look worse. Ino gave Sakura a red ribbon to draw attention elsewhere, suggesting that Sakura had great potential, but had yet to reach it. In the anime, around this time, Ino along with Chōji and Shikamaru went searching for a set of kunai Chōji lost. During their search, they met a mysterious boy named [[Yota]]. They soon learned to their amazement that Yota had the ability to manipulate weather, especially through his emotional state. Fearing how the village would respond to an outsider considering how turmoil it had with the other nations, Ino and the others decided to hide Yota's existence, giving him shelter in a treehouse and regularly bringing him food.<ref name="shippuden313">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 313</ref> She also defended Sakura against her would be bullies [[Ami]], [[Fuki]], and [[Kasumi]], pretending that the flowers she had launched into Ami's mouth which she said reminded her of a vase, were poisoned. This lead to ongoing arguments about Sakura's "Billboard Brow" and Ino's nickname "Ino-pig" (due to her name, Ino, meaning 'boar'). Despite all these arguments, she helped Sakura gain her confidence. When Sakura became attracted to [[Sasuke]], and found out that Ino was attracted to him as well, Sakura ended their friendship hurting Ino in the process so she could compete with Ino for his affection.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 54, pages 14-15</ref> Ino later made friends with Sakura again during the [[Chūnin Exams]], but they are still considered rivals by many.
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Ino is constantly thinking about boys and takes a great deal of pride in her appearance, which was seen even during her younger days in kunoichi training. She also takes great effort to keep up as well as improve her appearance, as seen from her constant dieting to lose weight in the belief it will make her more attractive. Ino can also be very confident, kind, and outspoken, not afraid to speak her mind, and sometimes suggests that Chōji should lose weight. She is attracted to Sasuke and she cried when Sasuke was declared an international criminal, showing that she still cares for him despite his descent into darkness. She also seems to be attracted to Sai because he looks just like Sasuke. Ino is described as relatively cheerful and can be bossy to people, especially to her team-mates if they get in her way or their behaviour annoys her.
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[[File:Ino's Dream.png|thumb|left|Ino dreams of handsome men like Sasuke and Sai yearning for her.]]
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Ino is often thinking about boys and takes a great deal of pride in her appearance, which was seen even during her younger days in kunoichi training. She also takes great effort to keep up as well as improve her appearance, as seen from her constant dieting to lose weight in the belief it will make her more attractive. Ino can also be very confident, kind, and outspoken, not afraid to speak her mind, and sometimes suggests that [[Chōji]] should lose weight. She is attracted to Sasuke and she cried when Sasuke was declared an international criminal, showing that she still cares for him despite his descent into darkness. It is confirmed that she loves him during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], where she pictures Sasuke as the "love" that the violet flower symbolises. When Sasuke returned, Ino was seen running towards him, only to be stopped by her teammates [[Shikamaru]] and Chōji. She is also to attracted to Sai, mainly because he looks just like Sasuke. She was shown to be flirting with him when first introduced. In fact, Ino dreamt in the Infinite Tsukuyomi that both Sai and Sasuke were fighting over her. Ino is described as relatively cheerful and can be bossy to people, especially to her team-mates if they get in her way or their behaviour annoys her.
   
Ino tends to take charge of her team-mates due to their lazy and nonchalant natures. She however clearly cares for them, as shown by her relief when Chōji survived near fatal injuries. Shikamaru, despite thinking of most girls as "troublesome", typically offers no resistance, being unwilling to deal with how she reacts if she is unable to have her way. Asuma recognised the control she has over the others, and, while dying, told her to look after Chōji and Shikamaru, and ensure that they didn't get into trouble.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, page 6</ref>
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Ino tends to take charge of her team-mates due to their lazy and nonchalant natures. She however clearly cares for them, as shown by her relief when Chōji survived near fatal injuries. Shikamaru, despite thinking of most girls as "troublesome", typically offers no resistance, being unwilling to deal with how she reacts if she is unable to have her way. Asuma recognised the control she has over the others, and, while dying, he told her to look after Chōji and Shikamaru, and ensure that they didn't get into trouble and to keep the two on the right track, and also not to lose to Sakura in neither ninjutsu, nor love.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, page 6</ref>
   
By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino has demonstrated more bravery and confidence so much so that Ino was unfazed when told by Shikamaru how powerful the Gold and Silver Brothers were and even told her team-mates to man-up when they began to waver. Keeping to the promise she made to Asuma, Ino has resolved to put her life on the line, to protect her team-mates and her village no matter what.
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By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino has demonstrated more bravery and confidence so much so that Ino was unfazed when told by Shikamaru how powerful the Gold and Silver Brothers were and even told her team-mates to man-up when they began to waver. Keeping to the promise she made to Asuma, Ino has resolved to put her life on the line, to protect her team-mates and her village no matter what. By the time Inoichi died in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], he believed that she had truly blossomed into the violet of the Yamanaka family, and is proud of her bonds with her friends.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Ino part1 appearance.png|thumb|150px|Ino's appearance during Part I.]]
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[[File:Ino part1 appearance.png|thumb|Ino's appearance during Part I.]]
Ino is a fair-skinned girl of average height with green eyes (blue in the anime). Her most noticeable trait in her appearance is her long, blonde hair, which is always seen in a high-ponytail with bangs covering the right side of her face. In Part I, her hair reached down to her waist until she cut it during her fight with Sakura, and after, she wore a bun. In later Part I appearances, Ino's hair had grown to shoulder-length. By Part II, it grows to hip-length and Ino also sports a red clip in the left side of her hair.
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Ino is a fair-skinned girl of average height with green eyes (blue in the anime). Her most noticeable trait in her appearance is her long, blonde hair, which is always seen in a high-ponytail with bangs covering the right side of her face. In Part I, her hair reached down to her waist until she cut it during her fight with Sakura, and after, she wore a bun. It is shown that when she was younger, she had short hair that went to just above her shoulders, with the bangs held back from her face by two blue barrettes. In later Part I appearances, Ino's hair had grown to shoulder-length. By Part II, it grows to hip-length and Ino also sports a red clip in the left side of her hair. In a Part I flashback of Sakura's, she describes her as "stylish and cute".
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In terms of attire, Ino is more often seen wearing a pair of small silver hoop-earrings and purple, fairly revealing clothing. During Part I, she wore a short purple vest like blouse with a raised collar, a purple apron skirt that is cut off on the sides and bandages on her stomach and legs. She also wore purple and white elbow warmers with this, and her forehead protector around her waist as a belt. During the anime filler, she stopped wearing the elbow warmers. At the Chūnin Exams finals, Ino sported an orange t-shirt that had the stylised kanji for the word {{translation|"boar"|猪|inoshishi}} inside a light green circle on the upper-left side of the chest, brown shorts, and cream-coloured elbow guards.
   
In terms of attire, Ino is more often seen wearing a pair of small silver hoop-earrings and purple, fairly revealing clothing. During Part I, she wore a short purple vest like blouse with a raised collar, a skirt that was cut off on the sides and bandage on her stomach and legs. She also wore purple and white elbow warmers with this, and her forehead protector around her waist as a belt. During the anime filler, she stopped wearing the elbow warmers. At the Chūnin Exams finals, Ino sported an orange t-shirt that had the stylised kanji for the word {{translation|"boar"|猪|inoshishi}} inside a light green circle on the upper-left side of the chest, brown shorts, and cream-coloured elbow guards.
 
 
 
[[File:Ino at the shinobi war.png|thumb|left|Ino's appearance in the Fourth Shinobi World War.]]
 
[[File:Ino at the shinobi war.png|thumb|left|Ino's appearance in the Fourth Shinobi World War.]]
In Part II, Ino has gone through noticeable changes. The bandages around her waist have been removed, revealing her bare stomach. She also replaces the warmers on her elbows with fishnet ones and wears a pair of the same over her knees. Along with these, she wears a short, purple, sleeveless blouse, an open-front purple apron-skirt over a shorter, black skirt, with short, fishnet shorts underneath. She has stopped wearing her [[forehead protector]]. While on missions she carries a [[tantō]] just above her [[medical pouch]]. She has also changed her hoop earring to the studs given to her by her [[Asuma Sarutobi|former sensei]] after they passed the Chūnin Exams as a [[Yamanaka, Nara, and Akimichi Clan Memorial|long-standing tradition]].
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In Part II, Ino has gone through noticeable changes. Her formerly protruding bang has now flattened against her face and the bandages around her waist have been removed, revealing her bare stomach. She also replaces the warmers on her elbows with fishnet ones and wears a pair of the same over her knees. Along with these, she wears a short, purple, sleeveless blouse, an open-front purple apron-skirt over a shorter, black skirt, with short, fishnet shorts underneath. She has stopped wearing her [[forehead protector]]. While on missions she carries a [[tantō]] just above her medical pouch. She has also changed her hoop earring to the studs given to her by her [[Asuma Sarutobi|former sensei]] after they passed the Chūnin Exams as a [[Yamanaka, Nara, and Akimichi Clan Memorial|long-standing tradition]].
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The purple colouring of her outfit seems to be a reference to the embodiment of the violet flower that [[Inoichi]] wanted her to be.
   
 
During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], she dons the standard uniform of the Alliance and a Konohagakure [[flak jacket]].
 
During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], she dons the standard uniform of the Alliance and a Konohagakure [[flak jacket]].
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
In Part I, Ino was noted to be an exceptional kunoichi by Asuma.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, page 3</ref> During her fight with Sakura in the Chūnin Exams, she was able to turn the battle in her favour through the simple act of cutting her hair, overcoming her [[Mind Body Switch Technique|technique]]'s inherit weakness and mimicking the [[Shadow Imitation Technique]] at once. For this reason, Sakura notes that Ino probably would have beaten her had [[Naruto]] not interfered.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 74, page 7</ref>
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In Part I, Ino was noted to be an exceptional kunoichi by Asuma.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, page 3</ref> During her fight with Sakura in the Chūnin Exams, she was able to turn the battle in her favour through the simple act of cutting her hair, overcoming her [[Mind Body Switch Technique|technique]]'s inherit weakness and mimicking the [[Shadow Imitation Technique]] with her hair at once. For this reason, Sakura notes that Ino probably would have beaten her had [[Naruto]] not interfered.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 74, page 7</ref> In Part II, she became a [[medical-nin]] and a [[chūnin]], further showing her growth. In the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] she gained praise from her [[Inoichi Yamanaka|father]] on her skills.
   
Ino has also displayed sensor-like abilities in the past.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 55, page 13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 56, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 334, page 8</ref> Seeing as how all known members of her clan are sensors, it is likely she is one as well.
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=== Sensory Perception ===
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[[File:Kanchi.png|thumb|right|Ino sensing the enemy chakra around her.]]
=== Taijutsu ===
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Ino, like most members of the Yamanaka clan, is a [[sensor type]], showing signs as early as during the second stage of the Chūnin Exams in Part I when she noted the change in Sasuke's chakra under the influences of Orochimaru's [[juinjutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 56, page 12</ref> In the battle against Kakuzu, Ino commented the masks emitted foul chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 334, page 6</ref> During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], after Minato came on the battlefield, she could sense that something was coming, which were the other Kage. Ino's aptitude as sensory type is shown to a greater extent as she is able to [[Sensing|sense]] the chakra of all enemies in the area and lock onto them, before [[Sensing Transmission|guiding]] her allies accordingly, as all of the enemies she sensed were hit.<ref name="chapt633">''Naruto'' chapter 633, pages 8-12</ref>
 
She has also shown somewhat considerable skills in taijutsu. During the [[Chūnin Exams]], these skills were on par with [[Sakura]]'s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 72, page 5-6</ref> During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], her [[taijutsu]] skills had improved greatly, to such an extent that when she [[Mind Body Switch Technique|took over]] Chōji's body she was able to fight evenly with her former [[Asuma Sarutobi|sensei]] when they clashed and by entering two Zetsu's mind and using them for combat against Asuma Sarutobi. After using the [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]] she was also able to fend off Asuma.
 
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
==== Yamanaka Clan Techniques ====
 
==== Yamanaka Clan Techniques ====
[[File:Mind Transfer Technique.jpg|thumb|Ino using Mind Body Switch Technique.]]
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[[File:Ep42ino.png|thumb|left|Ino using the Mind Body Switch Technique.]]
Ino excels in the techniques of her clan, which are primarily focused around mind-affecting techniques such as the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]], a technique predominantly used for reconnaissance and espionage, that allows the user to briefly possess someone and control that person's actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Despite many people thinking that this technique is unbeatable, she can still be forced out of the body if her opponent is physically very strong or has a strong enough will. She has also been shown to be able to use the technique on animals, such as a hawk to act as a spy.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 332, page 8</ref> The anime takes her skills a bit further by giving her the [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]], which causes the body of the person affected to attack those nearest to them, or immobilising their body.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 145</ref><ref>''Naruto'' episode 173</ref>
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Ino excels in the techniques of her clan, which are primarily focused around mind-affecting techniques such as the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]], a technique predominantly used for reconnaissance and espionage, that allows the user to briefly possess someone and control that person's actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Despite many people thinking that this technique is unbeatable, she can still be forced out of the body if her opponent has a strong enough will. She has also been shown to be able to use the technique on animals, such as a hawk to act as a spy.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 332, page 8</ref> The anime takes her skills a bit further by giving her the [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]], which causes the body of the person affected to attack those nearest to them, or immobilising their body.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 145</ref><ref>''Naruto'' episode 173</ref>
   
[[File:Mind Clone Technique.png|thumb|left|Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.]]
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[[File:Mind Clone Technique.png|thumb|right|Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.]]
By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, her timing with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved to a point that she only needs a target to be briefly immobilised in order to invade their mind.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 529, page 17</ref> According to Inoichi, her use and releasing of the technique has improved drastically. She was able to quickly transfer her mind into a paralysed [[Chōji]] to block a point-blank range attack from [[Asuma Sarutobi]], and then fight skilfully inside Chōji's body,<ref name="C533P78">''Naruto'' chapter 533, pages 7-8</ref> as well as momentarily take control of [[Obito Uchiha]] in order to send the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[Tailed Beast Ball]] attack off course, and save her comrades' lives.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 611, page 10-11</ref> Ino has even learned to use the [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]] on two targets at once and still fight skilfully with them against her opponent.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 534, pages 4-5</ref>
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By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, her timing with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved to a point that she only needs a target to be briefly immobilised in order to invade their mind.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 529, page 17</ref> According to Inoichi, her use and releasing of the technique has improved drastically. She was able to quickly transfer her mind into a paralysed [[Chōji]] to block a point-blank range attack from [[Asuma Sarutobi]], and then fight skilfully inside Chōji's body,<ref name="C533P78">''Naruto'' chapter 533, pages 7-8</ref> as well as momentarily take control of [[Obito Uchiha]] in order to send the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[Tailed Beast Ball]] attack off course, and save her comrades' lives.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 611, page 10-11</ref> Ino has also displayed skill with one of her clan's advance technique known as the [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]], which allows her to clone her consciousness and transfer it into multiple targets at once.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 534, pages 4-5</ref>
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Ino is also adept at [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|communicating telepathically]]. Her skills in this were such that she was able to broadcast a message to the entire [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] in a short period of time. She can use this technique to act as a medium for a person to communicate with other people telepathically by coming into physical contact with them.<ref name="chapt630">''Naruto'' chapter 630, page 11-12</ref> Through this method, Ino can convey images such as others memories and their strong feelings.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 647, page 16-21</ref> She can also combine her telepathy with her sensory ability to [[Sensing Transmission|pass]] on what she senses to an ally so that they can react accordingly. This technique makes up part of [[Human Bullet Yo-Yo|Formation E]] for her generation of Ino-Shika-Chō.<ref name="chapt633"/>
   
 
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
 
==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
[[File:Ino and sakura mystical palm.png|thumb|Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.]]
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[[File:Ino and sakura mystical palm.png|thumb|left|Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.]]
Ino learned medical ninjutsu during the gap in time between Parts I and II. The anime shows that Ino trained in medical ninjutsu alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 220</ref> Ino has proven to be skilled enough to be able to tell the severity of an attack with just a glance.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 86</ref> With the knowledge of plants and flowers she gained in her family's [[Yamanaka Flowers|flower shop]], she also has the capability to create herbal medicines. She has also gained better chakra control because of her study in medical techniques.
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Since Part I, while not as refined as Sakura, Ino showed noticeable skills in controlling her chakra, able to create a [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|chakra rope]] to bind targets. Later, she learned medical ninjutsu during the gap in time between Parts I and II. The anime shows that Ino trained in medical ninjutsu alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 220</ref> While her abilities in this field have not been explored in depth, Ino has proven to be skilled enough to be able to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 86</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, pages 3-4</ref> In the anime, with her chakra control, she was able to assist Sakura, Hinata, and Shizune in sealing the Three-Tails with the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 103</ref> The anime also shows her control improved enough to [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] her chakra into multiple people at once.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 304</ref>
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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Ino has shown some skill with [[Earth Release]] [[nature transformation]]. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after being taught the hand-seals by [[Kitsuchi]], Ino and the rest of the Allied Shinobi created several [[Earth Release Enclosing Wall|earth walls]], in an attempt to slow down the Ten-Tails' [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 630, page 14</ref>
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=== Taijutsu ===
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She has also shown somewhat considerable skills in taijutsu. During the [[Chūnin Exams]], these skills were on par with Sakura's causing their battle to drag on.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 72, page 5-6</ref> During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], her [[taijutsu]] skills had improved greatly, to such an extent that when she [[Mind Body Switch Technique|took over]] Chōji's body she was able to hold her own against her [[Asuma Sarutobi|sensei]], a close-range expert, when they clashed. She could even control the mind of [[Mind Clone Switch Technique|two separate targets]] and still coordinate the two targets skilfully enough to force Asuma on the defensive. She was also shown to have good reflexes coupled with speed and strength, as she was able to tackle Chōji out of the way of Asuma's [[Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique]], which is straight forward and fast.
   
 
=== Intelligence ===
 
=== Intelligence ===
Ino has shown to possess a great level of intelligence and perception, graduating the top of her class while in the [[Academy]] alongside [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Shino Aburame]]. This was displayed in the Chūnin Exams and cleverly used her hair to make a [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|chakra rope]] to bind Sakura. In fact in the anime, she was able to tell a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands, a skill proven useful when Ino went to identify Gennō's body and noticed immediately that the corpse wasn't a carpenter or a ninja.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 198</ref> Also, during [[Pain]]'s invasion, she was able to conclude that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work, since it was similar to her clan's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 428, page 14</ref>
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Ino has shown to possess a great level of intelligence and perception, graduating at the top of her class while in the [[Academy]] alongside [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Shino Aburame]]. This was displayed in the Chūnin Exams when she cleverly used her hair to [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|bind]] Sakura, also showing herself deceptive and a capable actor by faking becoming enraged to set up the trap. Also, in the anime, she was able to tell a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands, a skill proven useful when Ino went to identify Gennō's body and noticed immediately that the corpse wasn't a carpenter or a ninja.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 198</ref> She has great deal of knowledge of flowers ranging from practical uses to individual symbolic meanings.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, pages 6-8</ref> Since she worked at the Yamanaka Flower Shop, she could tell by the hands of customers what their occupation was. Also, during [[Pain]]'s invasion, she was able to conclude that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work, since it was similar to her clan's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 428, page 14</ref>
   
 
=== Stats ===
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
 
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
 
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
Though making a few brief appearances earlier in the series, Ino made her debut during the Chūnin Exams. She used her Mind Body Switch Technique to enter Sakura's mind and memorise all her test answers, then sent her mind into Chōji and Shikamaru's minds to give them the answers. In the Forest of Death, Ino had many flashbacks of her childhood when they saw Sakura was in danger, she and her team helped Sakura and [[Rock Lee]] fight off the Otogakure Genin, until Sasuke forced the Oto Genin to retreat.
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Though making a few brief appearances earlier in the anime, like getting mad at Naruto alongside Shikamaru for having all of them perform a technique, and racing Sakura and their rivalry towards Sasuke, Ino made her début during the [[Chūnin Exams]]. When the [[Rookie 9]] gathered up in a room for their first exam, she threw herself on Sasuke, saying that she had missed him much to Sakura's dismay. She used her [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] to enter Sakura's mind and memorise all her test answers, then sent her mind into [[Chōji]] and [[Shikamaru]]'s minds to give them the answers.
   
[[File:Sakura Ino punch.jpg|thumb|Ino fighting Sakura during her preliminary match.]]
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In the [[Forest of Death]], her team was considered the weakest team. They hid behind bushes not to get involved in any conflicts. When she and her team found Sakura left to defend herself from [[Team Dosu]] alone she had many flashbacks of her childhood with Sakura. Flashbacks of how she helped Sakura when she was bullied, became good friends then rivals for Sasuke's affection. Shikamaru asked her if they should help Sakura and finally she decided to. She and her team stepped in for Sakura and a unconscious [[Rock Lee]] to fight off the Otogakure-genin. She used her Mind Body Switch Technique on [[Kin Tsuchi]], thinking to use her body as bait to get her teammates to give up. However, it utterly failed as they were willing to kill their own teammate forcing Ino to release herself from Kin's body. When Sasuke awoke, he forced the Oto-genin to retreat. After fixing Sakura's hair, she is seen carrying a wounded Lee, until [[Tenten]] jumped down and took him out of Ino's care. Later, her team was one of the few genin teams to make it to the tower, participating in the preliminaries exams.
Ino's first match in the Chūnin Exams was against Sakura. The two did not battle seriously at first since Ino still cared about Sakura, until Sakura, unwilling to have Ino pity her, denounced her even though she didn't want to hurt Sakura. Ino and Sakura battled seriously afterwards, and used up most of their energy in the process. Ino then attempted to enter Sakura's mind after cutting her hair and sending chakra into it to immobilise her. She succeeded, but was expelled by [[Inner Sakura]]. Low on chakra, Ino and Sakura charged at each other for one last attack, and knocked each other out, resulting in both of them being eliminated. When they regained consciousness, they started becoming friends again, but still maintained their rivalry over Sasuke.
 
   
Ino accompanied Sakura to visit Sasuke in the month between the preliminaries and the finals, but found that he was gone. She went to the finals with Sakura, and noted that Sakura's team was extraordinary, after seeing [[Naruto]] defeat [[Neji]]. When the invasion started, she was rendered unconscious by [[Kabuto]]'s genjutsu.
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[[File:Sakura vs ino.PNG|thumb|Ino fighting Sakura during her preliminary match.]]
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Ino's first match in the preliminary exams was against Sakura. The two did not battle seriously at first since Ino still cared about Sakura, until Sakura, unwilling to have Ino pity her, denounced her even though she didn't want to hurt Sakura. Ino and Sakura battled seriously afterwards, and used up most of their energy in the process. Ino then attempted to enter Sakura's mind after cutting her hair and sending chakra into it to immobilise her. She succeeded and was about to make Sakura raise her hand to forfeit, but was expelled by [[Inner Sakura]]. Low on chakra, Ino and Sakura charged at each other for one last attack, and knocked each other out, resulting in both of them being eliminated. During Tenten's and Temari's match, they regained consciousness, and started becoming friends again, but still maintained their rivalry over Sasuke.
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Ino accompanied Sakura to visit Sasuke in the month between the preliminaries and the finals as they both picked out flowers for him, but found that he was gone. They went to visit Lee as well, only to find him outside, doing push ups when he was supposed to be in bed. She went to the finals with Sakura, and noted that Sakura's team was extraordinary, after seeing [[Naruto]] defeat [[Neji]]. When there was no sign of Sasuke, Sakura was getting depressed. Ino tried her best to keep Sakura in high spirits, and to cheer on for Naruto. She also cheered on Shikamaru when he fought Temari, but was visibly shocked when he chose to give up and quit the match and let Temari win. When the invasion started, she was rendered unconscious by [[Kabuto]]'s genjutsu.
 
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=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
 
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
[[File:Ino inner2.jpg|thumb|left|Inner Ino.]]
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When [[Mizuki]] escaped from jail, Ino along with her team-mates saved Naruto from the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] and took over the battle so Naruto could aid [[Iruka]]. Ino tried to possess one of them and was knocked out. She then used her [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique|new technique]], gaining the advantage. Then Ino and her team-mates used their [[Formation Ino–Shika–Chō|new formation]]. Soon they realised they couldn't defeat the brothers, but they were able to resist until [[Tsunade]] showed up and defeated the escapees easily.
She later appeared in a mission with [[Naruto]], in which she tried to replace [[Fuku|Princess Fuku]] who had grown overweight in an attempt to woo her suitor [[Chikara]], the [[daimyō]] of The [[Land of Noodles]]. Ino was barely able to stand the man, but the mission succeeded after Naruto accidentally exposed the real princess. Ino briefly revealed an {{translation|"'''Inner Ino'''"|内なるいの|Uchi Naru Ino}} due to her anger, similar to [[Sakura]]'s "''Inner Sakura''", during this episode.
 
   
In episode 158, [[Academy student]]s were divided into teams of three and were assigned to a [[genin]] who would lead them on a mission against the other teams. Ino was assigned to lead a team of three academy students: Sou, Kiri and Shimo. Her time with them was not covered much except that she was doing better than Naruto.
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In episode 158, [[Academy student]]s were divided into teams of three and were assigned to a [[genin]] who would lead them on a mission against the other teams. Ino was assigned to lead a team of three academy students: [[Sō]], [[Kiri (student)|Kiri]], and [[Shimo]]. Her time with them was not covered much except that she was doing better than Naruto.
 
When Mizuki escaped from jail, Ino along with her team-mates saved Naruto from the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] and took over the battle so Naruto could aid [[Iruka]]. Soon they realised they couldn't defeat them, but they were able to resist until [[Tsunade]] showed up and defeated them both easily.
 
   
 
She later accompanied Naruto, [[Shino]] and [[Anko]] to the [[Land of the Sea]], and helped defeat [[Misumi Tsurugi]], by possessing him and tying his arms to pillars, leaving him trapped in a collapsing room. Ino then used [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]] on [[Yoroi]] as he attempted to attack Shino, allowing Shino to punch Yoroi away. When Yoroi attempted to attack Ino, Shino sent his bugs after him, thus defeating him.
 
She later accompanied Naruto, [[Shino]] and [[Anko]] to the [[Land of the Sea]], and helped defeat [[Misumi Tsurugi]], by possessing him and tying his arms to pillars, leaving him trapped in a collapsing room. Ino then used [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]] on [[Yoroi]] as he attempted to attack Shino, allowing Shino to punch Yoroi away. When Yoroi attempted to attack Ino, Shino sent his bugs after him, thus defeating him.
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[[File:Ino inner2.jpg|thumb|left|Inner Ino.]]
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She later appeared in a mission with [[Naruto]], in which she tried to replace [[Fuku|Princess Fuku]] who had grown overweight in an attempt to woo her suitor [[Chikara]], the [[daimyō]] of The [[Land of Noodles]]. Ino was barely able to stand the man, but the mission succeeded after Naruto accidentally exposed the real princess. Ino briefly revealed an {{translation|"'''Inner Ino'''"|内なるいの|Uchi Naru Ino}} due to her anger, similar to [[Sakura]]'s "''Inner Sakura''", during this episode.
   
 
Ino and Sakura were sent to examine a corpse that was believed to be that of [[Gennō]]. Ino hesitated, but eventually entered the room, and concluded, from the condition of the hands, that the corpse was not a ninja or a carpenter, and that Gennō was still alive. After the group found Gennō, she attempted to possess him when he tried to make his escape on a summoned bird; while he let go of the bird, Ino was unable to maintain the technique, as she noted that he had been suffering terrible pain the entire time.
 
Ino and Sakura were sent to examine a corpse that was believed to be that of [[Gennō]]. Ino hesitated, but eventually entered the room, and concluded, from the condition of the hands, that the corpse was not a ninja or a carpenter, and that Gennō was still alive. After the group found Gennō, she attempted to possess him when he tried to make his escape on a summoned bird; while he let go of the bird, Ino was unable to maintain the technique, as she noted that he had been suffering terrible pain the entire time.
   
When Suna asked Konoha for aid, Ino accompanied Shikamaru to help rescue [[Temari]]. Her attempt at possessing their opponent, [[Kujaku]], failed, leaving her at risk. Kujaku later was defeated by Shikamaru and Temari's combined efforts. Feeling guilty that she did not contribute much to the mission, she asked Sakura to ask [[Tsunade]] to add her as a second apprentice. Sakura agreed, but added that she would be Ino's [[Wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|senior apprentice]], resulting in Ino refusing (which led to yet another fight).
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When the [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]] kidnapped [[Gaara]]'s [[Matsuri|student]] and [[Sunagakure]] asked Konoha for aid, Ino accompanied Shikamaru to help [[Temari]] in her battle. Ino's attempt at immobilising their opponent, [[Kujaku]], failed, leaving her at risk. Kujaku later was defeated by Shikamaru and Temari's combined efforts. Feeling guilty that she did not contribute much to the mission, she asked Sakura to ask Tsunade to add her as a second apprentice. Sakura agreed, but added that Ino would have to acknowledge Sakura as a [[Wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|senior apprentice]], resulting in Ino refusing (which led to yet another fight).
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
 
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
 
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
[[File:Ino Part II.jpg|thumb|Ino's appearance in Part II.]]
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[[File:Ino Part II.png|thumb|Ino's appearance in Part II.]]
Ino made her first reappearance shortly after [[Team Kakashi]] and [[Team Guy]] returned from the successful saving of [[Gaara]], having come to retrieve Chōji for their mission with Asuma. She appeared again after Naruto and his team returned from their failed attempt to retrieve Sasuke. Upon meeting [[Sai]], she quickly became interested in him, also noting that he resembled Sasuke.
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Ino made her first reappearance shortly after [[Team Kakashi]] and [[Team Guy]] returned from the successful saving of [[Gaara]], having come to retrieve [[Chōji]] for their mission with [[Asuma]]. Before that, [[Shikamaru]], Chōji, and [[Naruto]] were fighting against the new face [[Sai]]. Chōji told Ino that they were fighting against a weirdo, to which she thought weirdo was being referred to Naruto. She called out his name, happy to see Naruto since she hasn't seen him for a very long time. She appeared again after Naruto and his team returned from their failed attempt to retrieve Sasuke. Kakashi was in the hospital, and Team Asuma went for a visit. Upon meeting Sai, she quickly became interested in him, also noting that he resembled Sasuke to Sakura. Sakura agreed, but told her that his personality is different, and not in a good way.
   
 
When they all went out to dinner, Ino attempted to get Sai's attention with some subtle flirting. When Sai tried to befriend Ino and Chōji, having earlier come to the conclusion that women (specifically Sakura), didn't like to hear how they really looked, Sai tried the opposite approach by calling Ino "gorgeous", of which is the opposite of what he wanted to say. This resulted in Ino blushing, and enraging Sakura, who Sai had previously called "ugly".
 
When they all went out to dinner, Ino attempted to get Sai's attention with some subtle flirting. When Sai tried to befriend Ino and Chōji, having earlier come to the conclusion that women (specifically Sakura), didn't like to hear how they really looked, Sai tried the opposite approach by calling Ino "gorgeous", of which is the opposite of what he wanted to say. This resulted in Ino blushing, and enraging Sakura, who Sai had previously called "ugly".
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=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
 
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
 
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When [[Furido's 4-Man Team]] invaded Konoha, [[Fudō]] resurrected fallen [[Kohaku clan]] members, and Ino was one of the Konoha-nin who held them off. Later, she helped Sakura heal an injured Chōji, whose hands were burned from touching [[Sora]] in his jinchūriki form. After Sora loses the Nine-Tails' chakra, Ino and the others comforted him, and bid him farewell.
   
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
[[File:The Regroup Team Raidō.PNG|thumb|left|Ino is deployed alongside Chōji, Aoba and Raidō.]]
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[[File:Nijū Shōtai Raidō.png|thumb|left|Ino is deployed alongside Chōji, Aoba and Raidō.]]
 
When Tsunade decided to make a move against [[Akatsuki]], Ino was assigned, along with Chōji, to a [[Nijū Shōtai]] team, led by [[Raidō Namiashi]] and [[Aoba Yamashiro]]. Ino and Chōji arrived as back-up for Shikamaru and Asuma in their fight with Akatsuki members [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]]. When the duo retreated, Ino tried to tend to Asuma's injuries, but the damage to his body was beyond repair. The team then had nothing to do but listen to Asuma's last words. Before dying, Asuma said that Ino is strong-willed and a reliable child, so she should take care of Chōji and Shikamaru. Asuma also told Ino not to lose to Sakura in ninjutsu or romance. Ino then reminisces about her memories with Asuma especially her first days with him as a student, and when she noticed that the bouquet of flowers that Asuma bought were for Kurenai. After the death of her sensei, Ino screamed out loud with grief. She was later seen at Asuma's funeral, mourning his loss.
 
When Tsunade decided to make a move against [[Akatsuki]], Ino was assigned, along with Chōji, to a [[Nijū Shōtai]] team, led by [[Raidō Namiashi]] and [[Aoba Yamashiro]]. Ino and Chōji arrived as back-up for Shikamaru and Asuma in their fight with Akatsuki members [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]]. When the duo retreated, Ino tried to tend to Asuma's injuries, but the damage to his body was beyond repair. The team then had nothing to do but listen to Asuma's last words. Before dying, Asuma said that Ino is strong-willed and a reliable child, so she should take care of Chōji and Shikamaru. Asuma also told Ino not to lose to Sakura in ninjutsu or romance. Ino then reminisces about her memories with Asuma especially her first days with him as a student, and when she noticed that the bouquet of flowers that Asuma bought were for Kurenai. After the death of her sensei, Ino screamed out loud with grief. She was later seen at Asuma's funeral, mourning his loss.
   
[[File:Inohealing.jpg|thumb|Ino trying to heal Asuma.]]
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[[File:Ino healing Asuma.png|thumb|Ino trying to heal Asuma.]]
 
Shikamaru, Ino, and Chōji all agreed to avenge Asuma. Under the guidance of [[Kakashi]], Team 10 later set out to face Kakuzu and Hidan. By using her Mind Body Switch Technique on a hawk, Ino was able to quickly find the Akatsuki duo so Shikamaru's plan could begin but doing this nearly backfired after Kakuzu attacked the hawk forcing her to return. During Team 10's fight with Hidan and Kakuzu, Ino largely played the role of an observer, her Mind Body Switch Technique being too much of a risk to use in battle stated by Shikamaru. In the anime, she saved [[Chōji]] from a fatal blow by [[Kakuzu]] before getting captured by him and almost choked to death along with Chōji, but was saved by Kakashi and [[Shikamaru]]. After Naruto arrived and defeated Kakuzu, she healed him.
 
Shikamaru, Ino, and Chōji all agreed to avenge Asuma. Under the guidance of [[Kakashi]], Team 10 later set out to face Kakuzu and Hidan. By using her Mind Body Switch Technique on a hawk, Ino was able to quickly find the Akatsuki duo so Shikamaru's plan could begin but doing this nearly backfired after Kakuzu attacked the hawk forcing her to return. During Team 10's fight with Hidan and Kakuzu, Ino largely played the role of an observer, her Mind Body Switch Technique being too much of a risk to use in battle stated by Shikamaru. In the anime, she saved [[Chōji]] from a fatal blow by [[Kakuzu]] before getting captured by him and almost choked to death along with Chōji, but was saved by Kakashi and [[Shikamaru]]. After Naruto arrived and defeated Kakuzu, she healed him.
   
 
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
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Ino was placed on [[Team Three]] to seal away the [[Three-Tails]]. To join her was Sakura, [[Hinata Hyūga]], and [[Shizune]]. This sealing process took proficient chakra control and since Ino trained as a medical-nin, explains why she was put on the team. When her team practised the sealing technique, she had difficulty withstanding it. But after a short speech from Sakura she stood back up, more determined than ever to complete the task.
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When her team located the Three-Tails, they started the actual sealing. As the sealing begin to work on the tailed beast, [[Guren]] closed in to disrupt the sealing. Ino begin to get nervous and was losing concentration. She was instructed by Shizune to relax and focus. Soon enough [[Rock Lee]] and [[Tenten]] arrived to protect her team. This comforted her until [[Rinji]] arrived to aid Guren. The battle begin to balance out with Tenten and Lee. This again got Ino unfocused and this time she broke hold from the seal and disrupted it. When the beast awakes he emerges from the water bringing forth a tidal wave and breaking the whole seal.
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Later, Ino is found unconscious on Lee's back who carries her from the water and lays her on the beach. Waking up she felt frustrated of how useless she was. She was also seen helping Sakura heal an ill [[Yūkimaru]]. Not long after, they tried sealing the beast again, but are unable to complete it. The task is left to [[Anbu]] members.
   
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
[[File:Ino crying for Shizune.JPG|thumb|left|Ino mourning Shizune's death.]]
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[[File:Ino crying.png|thumb|left|Ino mourning Shizune's death.]]
When [[Pain]] began his invasion, Ino rushed to her father's location to inform him and all those present of the attack. Having learned something about Pain's identity, they tried to escape, to avoid capture. Despite their attempt, Pain arrived and captured [[Shizune]], finding out what she knew, before killing her. She had mourned for a while. After he destroyed the village, Ino tried to revive Shizune, but could do nothing to help her, and regrouped with her father and the others. After the death of [[Nagato]], she was shocked to see that Shizune was brought back to life. She was then present at Naruto's return, and celebrated with the villagers for his victory. In the anime, she even says that she could almost fall for Naruto, surprising Chōji and Shikamaru.
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When [[Pain]] began his invasion, Ino rushed to her father's location to inform him and all those present of the attack. Having learned something about Pain's identity, they tried to escape, to avoid capture. Despite their attempt, Pain arrived and captured [[Shizune]], finding out what she knew, before killing her. She had mourned for a while. After he destroyed the village, Ino tried to revive Shizune, but could do nothing to help her, and regrouped with her father and the others. After the death of [[Nagato]], she was shocked to see that Shizune was brought back to life. She was then present at Naruto's return, and celebrated with the villagers for his victory. In the anime, she even says that she could almost fall for Naruto, surprising Chōji and Shikamaru.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 175</ref>
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=== Konoha History Arc ===
 
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=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
 
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
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[[File:Konoha 11 meeting.png|thumb|The "Konoha 11" meet to discuss Sasuke.]]
When news of Sasuke's affiliation with Akatsuki reaches Konoha, the Konoha 11 gather to discuss what should be done with him. The others suggest that they should personally eliminate Sasuke to prevent him from implicating Konoha in a war with another village. Ino is upset by this and she starts crying. Kiba demanded she stop, but she was defended by Tenten. Ino was later seen with the rest of the Konoha 11, hearing Naruto's decision about Sasuke when he returns to the village. He later promises to tell them everything when the time was right.
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When news of Sasuke's affiliation with Akatsuki reaches Konoha, the Konoha 11 gather to discuss what should be done with him. The others suggest that they should personally eliminate Sasuke to prevent him from implicating Konoha in a war with another village. Ino is upset by this and she starts crying and was being comforted by [[Chouji]] and [[Tenten]]. [[Kiba]] demanded her stop crying by shouting at her, but she was defended by Tenten. Ino was later seen with the rest of the Konoha 11, hearing Naruto's decision about Sasuke when he returns to the village. He later promises to tell them everything when the time was right.
 
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Ino arrived as back up and took care of a hurt Sakura. With assistance from her team-mates she later battled a snake clone of Hidan made by [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Though Hidan began to get the upper hand he died out before any further action could take place. Later the Konoha-nin said their goodbyes and departed.
   
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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[[File:Fūton Fūjin no Jutsu.png|thumb|Ino saves Chōji from Asuma's attack.]]
 
[[File:Fūton Fūjin no Jutsu.png|thumb|Ino saves Chōji from Asuma's attack.]]
The trio next prepares to engage the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] [[Kakuzu]]. [[Shikaku]] instructs them to leave Kakuzu to others and instead focus on Asuma, who had also been reincarnated. Chōji is reluctant to fight their late teacher, so Ino reminds him of Asuma's final words to all of them. They confront Asuma and he comments on how much they have grown before they start fighting. Despite Ino's attempts to encourage him, Chōji still has difficulty fighting Asuma. As Asuma is about to attack Chōji, Ino pushes him out of the way. She then uses the Mind Body Switch Technique on Chōji and spars with Asuma, all the while reminding Chōji of their duty. Chōji eventually pulls himself together and Ino returns to her body. As Chōji goes on the offensive, Ino uses her [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]] on two [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]] to use against Asuma. Asuma is defeated, and before being sealed he congratulates them on their perfect teamwork.
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The trio next prepares to engage the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] [[Kakuzu]]. [[Shikaku]] instructs them to leave Kakuzu to others and instead focus on Asuma, who had also been reincarnated. Chōji is reluctant to fight their late teacher, so Ino reminds him of Asuma's final words to all of them. They confront Asuma and he comments on how much they have grown before they start fighting. Despite Ino's attempts to encourage him, Chōji still has difficulty fighting Asuma. As Asuma is about to attack Chōji, Ino pushes him out of the way. She then uses the Mind Body Switch Technique on Chōji and spars with Asuma, all the while reminding Chōji of their duty. Chōji eventually pulls himself together and Ino returns to her body. As Chōji goes on the offensive, Ino uses her [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]] on two [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]] to use against Asuma. Asuma is defeated, and before being sealed he congratulates them on their perfect team-work.
   
The battle continues into the night and Ino assists Chōji in defeating the rest of the reincarnated ninja. When the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] attacks she takes cover with her team. After that attack subsides, Ino is seen planning with the rest of her team and Tenten. The next morning, Ino and the rest of the shinobi present are seen standing in circles. This was a countermeasure against the [[White Zetsu Army]] [[Substitute Technique|clones]] that had invaded their ranks until [[Naruto]] could come and differentiate them. Ino asks Shikamaru if they couldn't simply ask each other personal questions but he says no as there was a possibility that the enemy could guess the answers. She then calls out and waves at Naruto when he arrives.
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The battle continues into the night and Ino assists Chōji in defeating the rest of the reincarnated ninja. When the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] attacks she takes cover with her team. After that attack subsides, Ino is seen planning with the rest of her team and Tenten. The next morning, Ino and the rest of the shinobi present are seen standing in circles. This was a countermeasure against the [[White Zetsu Army]] [[Substitute Technique|clones]] that had invaded their ranks until [[Naruto]] could come and differentiate them. Ino asks Shikamaru if they couldn't simply ask each other personal questions but he says no as there was a possibility that the enemy could guess the answers. In the anime, the silence it quickly halted by the reincarnated [[Sound Four]], Orochimaru's personal guard. Shikamaru tells Ino and the others to stay behind as they still can't be certain of who to trust with the White Zetsu still looming. Shikamaru and Chōji then head off to confront their old enemies. Familiar with the Oto ninja's skills, Shikamaru and Chōji quickly defeat them. However, their victory is short-lived when Shikamaru, Chōji, and the Sound Four are engulfed in a [[Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover|strange technique]]. Ino then found her team-mates unconscious and with no chakra flow. Knowing that they wouldn't last long like that, Ino began to [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] her chakra to them, despite the danger of doing it simultaneously between two other people. After contacting her father, Inoichi deduces the truth of the technique, that it removes the victims soul and transports it to another location. He then explains it can be dispelled like genjutsu, by pouring chakra into the actual technique. However, it has a seal that prevents even Inoichi, equipped with special enhancement tools, from being able to detect or communicate with them. Eventually, Naruto found the barrier and destroyed it, allowing Inoichi, telepathically, to dispel the technique and free the Konoha ninja. Upon Shikamaru and Chōji awakening, Ino tearfully hugged them in relief.
   
After being informed by her father at HQ that Naruto and [[B]] were fighting the "''[[masked Madara]]''", Ino and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] rush to his aid. As she runs, she thanks her father for relaying Naruto's feelings to everyone and promises that she'd make his foretelling of their victory a reality. Arriving just in the nick of time, Ino with Hinata's guidance was able to take control of [[Obito]] in time to veer the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[Tailed Beast Ball|would-be]] fatal attack off course. Though she laments that he was able to break a perfect [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] in only a matter of seconds, [[Hiashi]] told her she did a great job, having managed to shift the attack. She stood alongside the rest of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to face their opposition.
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The battle continues on as when they spotted White Zetsu clones and fought them off. It suddenly starts to rain while it is sunny that's when Shikamaru spots a crying boy then huge amount wall of rain falls on Shikamaru that is preventing him from moving. Chōji uses is [[Multi-Size Technique]] to block it and while Ino helped Shikamaru up. Shikamaru then uses his [[Shadow Neck Bind Technique]] to bind him and as he does so the rain starts getting worse making them not move and their technique weakening. As that happens the boy started calling their names as then Ino question how does he know them as Chōji doesn't know him and neither does Shikamaru. The boy then came up to them and plucked their foreheads after that happened they realise that its Yota. Shikamaru questions is he reincarnated the boy started to cry the rain stopped then a big wave of it washed them away that made them know that he can't control his actions just like Asuma. Yota then started shooting rain bullets that's pushing the trio back and thinking do they have to fight him.<ref name="shippuden313"/> Ino contacted her father and asked to link her to Sakura and found out that she was also fighting Yota along with Kiba and Akamaru. She also found out that Naruto was fighting him and was told that those were not him just White Zetsu clones so she helped Chōji and Shikamaru defeated him and it revert to a clone.
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Arriving just in the nick of time, Ino with Hinata's guidance was able to take control of [[Obito]] in time to veer the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[Tailed Beast Ball|would-be]] fatal attack off course. Though she laments that he was able to break a perfect [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] in only a matter of seconds, [[Hiashi Hyūga]] told her she did a great job, having managed to shift the attack. She stood alongside the rest of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to face their opposition. With their attempt to immobilise the Ten-Tails ended in failure, Ino listened on, crying, as Shikaku imparted what would be his final battle strategy via her father as a Tailed Beast Ball was sent hurtling towards HQ. Ino listened to her father's last words to her, which stated that she had truly blossomed and her bonds with her friends reflect the meaning of the violet flower which she was raised to embody. After, Shikamaru reminded her that they were still in the midst of battle, and that they didn't have time to grieve. She later learns of Neji's death.
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After [[Kurama]] had gathered enough chakra, Naruto sent [[shadow clone]]s to Ino, and the rest of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to distribute Kurama's chakra to them. Upon receiving the chakra, Ino is enveloped in it, and after the [[Akimichi clan]] stops the Ten-Tails' movements, she quickly used her [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] on [[Obito]] again and after taking control of his body, she was able to alter the course of an attack that was headed for Chōji. Later, when Shikamaru and the other [[Nara clan]] members captured the Ten-Tails with their [[Shadow Imitation Technique]], Ino released her technique and returned to her body.
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Later on, as the Ten-Tails once again prepared to obliterate the Alliance, Shikamaru requested that Ino use her [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|telepathic]] skills to link him to Kitsuchi, to which she obliged, grateful that Shikamaru had finally devised a strategy. With his plan being to teach the entire army the seals to the simple Earth Release wall technique and then using it to block the Ten-Tails' attack, he then asked Ino if she was able to relay this telepathically to the other shinobi on the battlefield. She responded bluntly that it wasn't a question of was she able to do it, as she would do it no matter what. With some strain, Ino is able to contact all the shinobi and relay the seals necessary to the Alliance for the technique before performing it herself alongside her comrades. Though the situation still looks dire as their feeble [[Earth Release Enclosing Wall|earthen]] defences are destroyed by the Ten-Tails' massive Tailed Beast Ball, and even a transformed Killer B proves incapable of stopping the attack, the Alliance shinobi are shocked when the attack simply disappears, unbeknownst to them that the [[Fourth Hokage]] had arrived on the battlefield.
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[[File:Kagezukami no Jutsu.png|thumb|Ino and her team-mates using Formation E to assault the Ten-Tails' clones.]]
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With Sasuke soon appearing on the scene too, Ino is shocked to see him, and rushes over to inquire as to why he is here, but is stopped by Shikamaru and Chōji who warns her that he's an enemy. Sasuke notes that she is still as loud as ever. Ino is then, along with the rest of her peers, completely bemused upon Sasuke's revelation that he will become Hokage. As Team 7 reunites, Ino smiles at Shikamaru, noting how nostalgic it feels, what with the Rookie Nine being together again, just like in the Chūnin Exams. She then charges at the Ten-Tails with her friends. With Teams 7 and 8 leading the assault, Ino looks on in disgust as Shino summons a giant parasitic insect to devour one of the Ten-Tails' clones. She then rallies her own team together, for them to perform Formation E. While Chōji uses his Multi-Size Technique, and Shikamaru uses the Shadow Clutch Technique on him, Ino uses her sensory abilities to lock onto all of the clones in the surrounding area, before using the [[Sensing Transmission]] technique on Shikamaru. With Ino acting as the mind, Shikamaru as the body and Chōji as the yo-yo, the trio perform the [[Human Bullet Yo-Yo]] technique, obliterating all of the surrounding clones. As Chōji prepares to double in size to strengthen his assault, Shikamaru states that the team has a lot more to show, with Ino then berating him for his sudden competitiveness with the other teams. She then urges Naruto and Sasuke on as she bears witness to their attack on the Ten-Tails. During this time, Ino questioned Shikamaru about whether or not something was troubling him, but he dismissed her.
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[[File:Hashirama communication.png|thumb|left|Ino connects Hashirama telepathically to the five Kage.]]
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As the battle against Obito continues, Ino once more telepathically links Shikamaru to the rest of the Alliance in order to boost their morale. With the situation looking grim as the Alliance was [[Six Red Yang Formation|trapped]] in a barrier with a [[Tailed Beast Ball]]-firing [[Wood Release: Flowering Tree|tree]], Ino and the other shinobi soon found themselves shrouded in the previous Version 1 mantles again. She and the other subsequently found themselves on the outside of the barrier, escaping the near-fatal attack thanks to Naruto and Minato's [[Flying Thunder God Technique|action]]. When the God Tree, the Ten-Tails' true form, launches a ravaging attack against the Alliance, Ino manages to successfully avoid having her chakra drained from her. Shikamaru, however, is not so lucky, and Ino and Chōji support their failing comrade. During this time, Hashirama calls out for a member of the Yamanaka clan to telepathically connect him to the whole Alliance, to which Ino complied. Realising that the five Kage were also within range of her technique, she then listened on as Hashirama's clone conveyed what the original had heard about the Eye of the Moon Plan from Madara. With the technique still in effect, Ino was shocked when Naruto's feelings and memories began being conveyed to the entire Alliance via the telepathic link. As the young man remembered the loss he had experienced, Ino sympathised with the loss of Asuma.
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As Naruto joined Sasuke in a senjutsu-enhanced clash against Obito, Naruto's chakra begins forming around Shikamaru once again. While Sakura is amazed that Naruto is splitting his focus between fighting and aiding them, Ino corrected her. Ino explains that through her telepathy, she can tell that Naruto was focused purely on his battle, but subconsciously still desired to save his allies. From this strong will, Naruto's chakra was reacting to those it is infused with. She then watched in concern as Shikamaru struggled back to consciousness, and relievedly thanked Sakura for her efforts once he returned to full strength as well as Naruto. When Tsunade, with Sakura's assistance, summons one tenth of Katsuyu's body to the battlefield, the Hokage orders Ino to relay this to alliance, an action she promptly carries out.
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[[File:Konoha 11 attack Obito.png|thumb|right|Ino and her comrades attacking Obito with Naruto's Rasengan.]]
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Obito manifested a gigantic Yin–Yang shield and Hagoromo's legendary holy weapon and in order for it to be destroyed, Naruto created nine Rasengan in Kurama's tail and contacted Ino and the rest of Konoha 11 plus Sai to join in on it. Once near Kurama's tails, Ino and the others are enveloped in even more chakra which resulted them with the Tailed Beast Mode much to their shock. Naruto tells them to break down through Obito's defences with the Rasengan so he and Sasuke could have a direct shot at attacking him. Ino and the others launched their attack and Naruto and Sasuke were able to deal a devastating blow to him. Once again instructed by Shikamaru, Ino and the rest of the Alliance lent their strength in wresting the tailed beasts' chakra from Obito.
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=== Final Arc ===
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[[File:Infinite Tsukuyomi victims.png|thumb|left|Ino caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
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With Madara's eventual full revival and Obito's apparent incapacitation, Ino and the rest of the Alliance is approached by a [[Guruguru]] who overwhelms them with a [[Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands|massive Wood Release]]. As the Alliance struggles against this new threat, Ino reacts with shock and concern upon sensing the drastic weakening of Naruto's chakra when the Nine-Tails was extracted from him. Despite all of the Alliance's efforts, Ino is still caught in the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. In the genjutsu, Ino dreamed of Sasuke and Sai fighting over her while her still-alive father watched his daughter with pride as she enjoyed herself, asking the two not to fight over her.
   
 
== Movies ==
 
== Movies ==
 
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
 
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
Ino made a small cameo before Team 7 was being called up, she, Shikamaru, and Chōji were seen running through the streets.
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Ino made a small cameo before [[Team 7]] was being called up, she, Shikamaru, and Chōji were seen running through the streets.
   
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
Ino was first seen when they celebrated for [[Naruto]] and Sai's recovery and ate barbecue. Ino was seen again when Hiruko appeared on the sky and said he was starting the Fourth Shinobi World War. Later, Ino was sent with the rest of [[Konoha 11]] to retrieve back Naruto and [[Sakura]]. Ino's team caught up with Naruto and Sakura, but [[Sai]] came and took the two with him to catch up with Kakashi. They were left behind to take down [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] 's henchmen, [[San]]. They used Ino–Shika–Chō combination and easily took down the enemy. [[Shikamaru]] had Ino tell San that they aren't here to fight but to bring back Naruto and the others, after Ino used [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] and told San, he refused and said that he understands but he can't just pass the information on, forcing Team 10 to fight him. He then summoned his two team-mates, [[Ichi]] and [[Ni]], and used [[Chimera Technique]], which made them turn into a beast, Team 10 was defeated quickly. The rest of Konoha 11 comes to back up Team 10 and while [[Tenten]] summoned out chains everyone grabs onto one and as Shikamaru was about to use a technique to bind the beast Ino urges Shikamaru to go on and that the rest of them can handle it. Ino is later seen at Hiruko's temple saving Sakura from a collapsing building while the other members of the Konoha 11 defeated the beast.
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Ino was first seen when they celebrated for [[Naruto]] and Sai's recovery and ate barbecue. Ino was seen again when Hiruko appeared on the sky and said he was starting the Fourth Shinobi World War. Later, Ino was sent with the rest of [[Konoha 11]] to retrieve back Naruto and [[Sakura]]. Ino's team caught up with Naruto and Sakura, but [[Sai]] came and took the two with him to catch up with Kakashi. They were left behind to take down [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]]'s henchmen, [[San]]. They used Ino–Shika–Chō combination and easily took down the enemy. [[Shikamaru]] had Ino tell San that they aren't here to fight but to bring back Naruto and the others, after Ino used [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] and told San, he refused and said that he understands but he can't just pass the information on, forcing Team 10 to fight him. He then summoned his two team-mates, [[Ichi]] and [[Ni]], and used [[Chimera Technique]], which made them turn into a beast, Team 10 was defeated quickly. The rest of Konoha 11 comes to back up Team 10 and while [[Tenten]] summoned out chains everyone grabs onto one and as Shikamaru was about to use a technique to bind the beast Ino urges Shikamaru to go on and that the rest of them can handle it. Ino is later seen at Hiruko's temple saving Sakura from a collapsing building while the other members of the Konoha 11 defeated the beast.
   
 
=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
 
=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
Ino appears along with the other members of the Konoha 11 to help save Naruto from prison and help defeat Satori.
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Ino appears along with the other members of the Konoha 11 to help save Naruto from prison and help defeat [[Satori]].
   
 
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
 
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
The [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]]'s Ino, compared to the Ino that Naruto and Sakura know, is more timid, calm and modest with herself and shy with boys. She also isn't bossy with her team, trying to end things peacefully with them rather than lashing out at them like she usually does.
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Ino first appears with her friends battling several [[White Zetsu Army|Zetsu clones]] disguised as deceased Akatsuki members. Later, in the [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]], a different Ino is seen. Compared to the Ino that Naruto and Sakura know, she is more timid, calm, conservative in her appearance, and shy with boys. She also isn't bossy with her team, trying to end things peacefully with them rather than lashing out at them like she usually does.
   
 
== Video Games ==
 
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Ino is short for {{translation|inoshishi|猪}}, meaning ''"boar"'', hence Sakura calling her {{translation|Ino-pig-chan|いのブタちゃん|Ino-buta-chan}}. {{translation|Yamanaka|山中}} means ''"among the mountains"''. Wild boar are heavily associated with mountains in Japan, and are even called the {{translation|whales of the mountains|山鯨|yamakujira}}, because of the amount of meat they produce.
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*Ino is short for {{translation|inoshishi|猪}}, meaning ''"boar"'', hence Sakura calling her {{translation|Ino-pig-chan|いのブタちゃん|Ino-buta-chan}}. {{translation|Yamanaka|山中}} means ''"among the mountains"''. Wild boar are heavily associated with mountains in Japan, and are even called the {{translation|whales of the mountains|山鯨|yamakujira}}, because of the amount of meat they produce.
 
* Her family owns a flower shop called [[Yamanaka Flowers]], where she works part-time.
 
* Her family owns a flower shop called [[Yamanaka Flowers]], where she works part-time.
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* In the manga, it was never revealed how or why Ino became a medical-nin. Her choice to study under Tsunade was anime-exclusive.
 
* Ino was ranked as the 29th most popular character in the seventh Naruto character popularity poll. She placed 14th in the fifth poll, 17th in the sixth poll and 23rd in the fourth poll. She finished 30th in the first poll.
 
* Ino was ranked as the 29th most popular character in the seventh Naruto character popularity poll. She placed 14th in the fifth poll, 17th in the sixth poll and 23rd in the fourth poll. She finished 30th in the first poll.
 
* According to the first ''Naruto'' fanbook, Ino had the best overall grades in the Academy. She had the highest grade in assertiveness and the second-highest grade in ninjutsu, taijutsu, genjutsu, cooperation, and class attitude, being beat by Sasuke in ninjutsu, taijutsu and genjutsu.
 
* According to the first ''Naruto'' fanbook, Ino had the best overall grades in the Academy. She had the highest grade in assertiveness and the second-highest grade in ninjutsu, taijutsu, genjutsu, cooperation, and class attitude, being beat by Sasuke in ninjutsu, taijutsu and genjutsu.
* In the [[Tōmei datta Sekai|seventh ''Naruto Shippūden'' opening]], Ino was shown fighting [[Konan]] with [[Hinata]] and [[Sakura]], though in the manga, they did not fight her.
 
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Ino's hobby is [[Wikipedia:Shopping|shopping]].
 
** Ino's hobby is [[Wikipedia:Shopping|shopping]].
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* (To Sakura) "''You've bloomed into a beautiful flower.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 73, page 18</ref>
 
* (To Sakura) "''You've bloomed into a beautiful flower.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 73, page 18</ref>
 
* (To [[Chōji]] about [[Asuma]]) "''Listen, I know how you feel… the three of us, Team Ten… We went on a lot of missions with Asuma-sensei. Shikamaru and I don't want to fight him either. But it's '''because''' we know him so well that we can stop him with the least risk to the army. Don't you remember what those earrings are supposed to represent Chōji?''"<ref name="C533P78"/>
 
* (To [[Chōji]] about [[Asuma]]) "''Listen, I know how you feel… the three of us, Team Ten… We went on a lot of missions with Asuma-sensei. Shikamaru and I don't want to fight him either. But it's '''because''' we know him so well that we can stop him with the least risk to the army. Don't you remember what those earrings are supposed to represent Chōji?''"<ref name="C533P78"/>
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Inoyamanaka

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(山中いの, Yamanaka Ino)

  • Ino-pig (いのぶた, Ino-buta)[4]
Debut
Manga Chapter #34
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Naruto: Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ninja Council
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Libra September 23
Gender Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part I: 12-13
  • Part II: 15-17
Height
  • Part I: 149.3 cm1.493 m
    4.898 ft
    58.78 in
    -151.2 cm1.512 m
    4.961 ft
    59.528 in
  • Part II: 162.2 cm1.622 m
    5.322 ft
    63.858 in
Weight
  • Part I: 38.2 kg84.217 lb-38.5 kg84.878 lb
  • Part II: 46 kg101.413 lb
Blood type B
Classification
Occupation
  • Botanist
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012604
Academy Grad. Age 12
Chūnin Prom. Age 14
Family

Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Ino Yamanaka (山中いの, Yamanaka Ino) is a member of Konohagakure's Yamanaka clan. She and her fellow members of Team Asuma are the newest generation of Ino–Shika–Chō.

Background Edit

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Ino as a child.

From a young age, her father, Inoichi Yamanaka, raised her to embody the meaning of the violet flower, which symbolises a blunt, candid love.[5] She was raised to treasure the bonds that she has with her friends, which led her to become good friends with Sakura Haruno.

In the Academy, Ino was considerably more popular and self-confident than Sakura when they met. She convinced Sakura that hiding the size of her forehead was pointless, saying that it only made her look worse. Ino gave Sakura a red ribbon to draw attention elsewhere, suggesting that Sakura had great potential, but had yet to reach it. In the anime, around this time, Ino along with Chōji and Shikamaru went searching for a set of kunai Chōji lost. During their search, they met a mysterious boy named Yota. They soon learned to their amazement that Yota had the ability to manipulate weather, especially through his emotional state. Fearing how the village would respond to an outsider considering how turmoil it had with the other nations, Ino and the others decided to hide Yota's existence, giving him shelter in a treehouse and regularly bringing him food.[6] She also defended Sakura against her would be bullies Ami, Fuki, and Kasumi, pretending that the flowers she had launched into Ami's mouth which she said reminded her of a vase, were poisoned. This lead to ongoing arguments about Sakura's "Billboard Brow" and Ino's nickname "Ino-pig" (due to her name, Ino, meaning 'boar'). Despite all these arguments, she helped Sakura gain her confidence. When Sakura became attracted to Sasuke, and found out that Ino was attracted to him as well, Sakura ended their friendship hurting Ino in the process so she could compete with Ino for his affection.[7] Ino later made friends with Sakura again during the Chūnin Exams, but they are still considered rivals by many.

Personality Edit

Ino's Dream

Ino dreams of handsome men like Sasuke and Sai yearning for her.

Ino is often thinking about boys and takes a great deal of pride in her appearance, which was seen even during her younger days in kunoichi training. She also takes great effort to keep up as well as improve her appearance, as seen from her constant dieting to lose weight in the belief it will make her more attractive. Ino can also be very confident, kind, and outspoken, not afraid to speak her mind, and sometimes suggests that Chōji should lose weight. She is attracted to Sasuke and she cried when Sasuke was declared an international criminal, showing that she still cares for him despite his descent into darkness. It is confirmed that she loves him during the Fourth Shinobi World War, where she pictures Sasuke as the "love" that the violet flower symbolises. When Sasuke returned, Ino was seen running towards him, only to be stopped by her teammates Shikamaru and Chōji. She is also to attracted to Sai, mainly because he looks just like Sasuke. She was shown to be flirting with him when first introduced. In fact, Ino dreamt in the Infinite Tsukuyomi that both Sai and Sasuke were fighting over her. Ino is described as relatively cheerful and can be bossy to people, especially to her team-mates if they get in her way or their behaviour annoys her.

Ino tends to take charge of her team-mates due to their lazy and nonchalant natures. She however clearly cares for them, as shown by her relief when Chōji survived near fatal injuries. Shikamaru, despite thinking of most girls as "troublesome", typically offers no resistance, being unwilling to deal with how she reacts if she is unable to have her way. Asuma recognised the control she has over the others, and, while dying, he told her to look after Chōji and Shikamaru, and ensure that they didn't get into trouble and to keep the two on the right track, and also not to lose to Sakura in neither ninjutsu, nor love.[8]

By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino has demonstrated more bravery and confidence so much so that Ino was unfazed when told by Shikamaru how powerful the Gold and Silver Brothers were and even told her team-mates to man-up when they began to waver. Keeping to the promise she made to Asuma, Ino has resolved to put her life on the line, to protect her team-mates and her village no matter what. By the time Inoichi died in the Fourth Shinobi World War, he believed that she had truly blossomed into the violet of the Yamanaka family, and is proud of her bonds with her friends.

Appearance Edit

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Ino's appearance during Part I.

Ino is a fair-skinned girl of average height with green eyes (blue in the anime). Her most noticeable trait in her appearance is her long, blonde hair, which is always seen in a high-ponytail with bangs covering the right side of her face. In Part I, her hair reached down to her waist until she cut it during her fight with Sakura, and after, she wore a bun. It is shown that when she was younger, she had short hair that went to just above her shoulders, with the bangs held back from her face by two blue barrettes. In later Part I appearances, Ino's hair had grown to shoulder-length. By Part II, it grows to hip-length and Ino also sports a red clip in the left side of her hair. In a Part I flashback of Sakura's, she describes her as "stylish and cute".

In terms of attire, Ino is more often seen wearing a pair of small silver hoop-earrings and purple, fairly revealing clothing. During Part I, she wore a short purple vest like blouse with a raised collar, a purple apron skirt that is cut off on the sides and bandages on her stomach and legs. She also wore purple and white elbow warmers with this, and her forehead protector around her waist as a belt. During the anime filler, she stopped wearing the elbow warmers. At the Chūnin Exams finals, Ino sported an orange t-shirt that had the stylised kanji for the word "boar" (猪, inoshishi) inside a light green circle on the upper-left side of the chest, brown shorts, and cream-coloured elbow guards.

Ino at the shinobi war

Ino's appearance in the Fourth Shinobi World War.

In Part II, Ino has gone through noticeable changes. Her formerly protruding bang has now flattened against her face and the bandages around her waist have been removed, revealing her bare stomach. She also replaces the warmers on her elbows with fishnet ones and wears a pair of the same over her knees. Along with these, she wears a short, purple, sleeveless blouse, an open-front purple apron-skirt over a shorter, black skirt, with short, fishnet shorts underneath. She has stopped wearing her forehead protector. While on missions she carries a tantō just above her medical pouch. She has also changed her hoop earring to the studs given to her by her former sensei after they passed the Chūnin Exams as a long-standing tradition.

The purple colouring of her outfit seems to be a reference to the embodiment of the violet flower that Inoichi wanted her to be.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, she dons the standard uniform of the Alliance and a Konohagakure flak jacket.

Abilities Edit

In Part I, Ino was noted to be an exceptional kunoichi by Asuma.[9] During her fight with Sakura in the Chūnin Exams, she was able to turn the battle in her favour through the simple act of cutting her hair, overcoming her technique's inherit weakness and mimicking the Shadow Imitation Technique with her hair at once. For this reason, Sakura notes that Ino probably would have beaten her had Naruto not interfered.[10] In Part II, she became a medical-nin and a chūnin, further showing her growth. In the Fourth Shinobi World War she gained praise from her father on her skills.

Sensory Perception Edit

Kanchi

Ino sensing the enemy chakra around her.

Ino, like most members of the Yamanaka clan, is a sensor type, showing signs as early as during the second stage of the Chūnin Exams in Part I when she noted the change in Sasuke's chakra under the influences of Orochimaru's juinjutsu.[11] In the battle against Kakuzu, Ino commented the masks emitted foul chakra.[12] During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after Minato came on the battlefield, she could sense that something was coming, which were the other Kage. Ino's aptitude as sensory type is shown to a greater extent as she is able to sense the chakra of all enemies in the area and lock onto them, before guiding her allies accordingly, as all of the enemies she sensed were hit.[13]

Ninjutsu Edit

Yamanaka Clan Techniques Edit

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Ino using the Mind Body Switch Technique.

Ino excels in the techniques of her clan, which are primarily focused around mind-affecting techniques such as the Mind Body Switch Technique, a technique predominantly used for reconnaissance and espionage, that allows the user to briefly possess someone and control that person's actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Despite many people thinking that this technique is unbeatable, she can still be forced out of the body if her opponent has a strong enough will. She has also been shown to be able to use the technique on animals, such as a hawk to act as a spy.[14] The anime takes her skills a bit further by giving her the Mind Body Disturbance Technique, which causes the body of the person affected to attack those nearest to them, or immobilising their body.[15][16]

Mind Clone Technique

Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.

By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, her timing with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved to a point that she only needs a target to be briefly immobilised in order to invade their mind.[17] According to Inoichi, her use and releasing of the technique has improved drastically. She was able to quickly transfer her mind into a paralysed Chōji to block a point-blank range attack from Asuma Sarutobi, and then fight skilfully inside Chōji's body,[18] as well as momentarily take control of Obito Uchiha in order to send the Ten-Tails' Tailed Beast Ball attack off course, and save her comrades' lives.[19] Ino has also displayed skill with one of her clan's advance technique known as the Mind Clone Switch Technique, which allows her to clone her consciousness and transfer it into multiple targets at once.[20]

Ino is also adept at communicating telepathically. Her skills in this were such that she was able to broadcast a message to the entire Allied Shinobi Forces in a short period of time. She can use this technique to act as a medium for a person to communicate with other people telepathically by coming into physical contact with them.[21] Through this method, Ino can convey images such as others memories and their strong feelings.[22] She can also combine her telepathy with her sensory ability to pass on what she senses to an ally so that they can react accordingly. This technique makes up part of Formation E for her generation of Ino-Shika-Chō.[13]

Medical Ninjutsu Edit

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Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.

Since Part I, while not as refined as Sakura, Ino showed noticeable skills in controlling her chakra, able to create a chakra rope to bind targets. Later, she learned medical ninjutsu during the gap in time between Parts I and II. The anime shows that Ino trained in medical ninjutsu alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision.[23] While her abilities in this field have not been explored in depth, Ino has proven to be skilled enough to be able to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing.[24][25] In the anime, with her chakra control, she was able to assist Sakura, Hinata, and Shizune in sealing the Three-Tails with the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier.[26] The anime also shows her control improved enough to transfer her chakra into multiple people at once.[27]

Nature Transformation Edit

Ino has shown some skill with Earth Release nature transformation. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after being taught the hand-seals by Kitsuchi, Ino and the rest of the Allied Shinobi created several earth walls, in an attempt to slow down the Ten-Tails' Tailed Beast Ball.[28]

Taijutsu Edit

She has also shown somewhat considerable skills in taijutsu. During the Chūnin Exams, these skills were on par with Sakura's causing their battle to drag on.[29] During the Fourth Shinobi World War, her taijutsu skills had improved greatly, to such an extent that when she took over Chōji's body she was able to hold her own against her sensei, a close-range expert, when they clashed. She could even control the mind of two separate targets and still coordinate the two targets skilfully enough to force Asuma on the defensive. She was also shown to have good reflexes coupled with speed and strength, as she was able to tackle Chōji out of the way of Asuma's Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique, which is straight forward and fast.

Intelligence Edit

Ino has shown to possess a great level of intelligence and perception, graduating at the top of her class while in the Academy alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Shino Aburame. This was displayed in the Chūnin Exams when she cleverly used her hair to bind Sakura, also showing herself deceptive and a capable actor by faking becoming enraged to set up the trap. Also, in the anime, she was able to tell a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands, a skill proven useful when Ino went to identify Gennō's body and noticed immediately that the corpse wasn't a carpenter or a ninja.[30] She has great deal of knowledge of flowers ranging from practical uses to individual symbolic meanings.[31] Since she worked at the Yamanaka Flower Shop, she could tell by the hands of customers what their occupation was. Also, during Pain's invasion, she was able to conclude that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work, since it was similar to her clan's.[32]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 2.5 1.5 1.5 2 0.5 2.5 2 2.5 15
Second 3 1.5 1.5 2.5 1.5 2.5 2 2.5 17
Third 3.5 1.5 3 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 21

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exam Arc Edit

Though making a few brief appearances earlier in the anime, like getting mad at Naruto alongside Shikamaru for having all of them perform a technique, and racing Sakura and their rivalry towards Sasuke, Ino made her début during the Chūnin Exams. When the Rookie 9 gathered up in a room for their first exam, she threw herself on Sasuke, saying that she had missed him much to Sakura's dismay. She used her Mind Body Switch Technique to enter Sakura's mind and memorise all her test answers, then sent her mind into Chōji and Shikamaru's minds to give them the answers.

In the Forest of Death, her team was considered the weakest team. They hid behind bushes not to get involved in any conflicts. When she and her team found Sakura left to defend herself from Team Dosu alone she had many flashbacks of her childhood with Sakura. Flashbacks of how she helped Sakura when she was bullied, became good friends then rivals for Sasuke's affection. Shikamaru asked her if they should help Sakura and finally she decided to. She and her team stepped in for Sakura and a unconscious Rock Lee to fight off the Otogakure-genin. She used her Mind Body Switch Technique on Kin Tsuchi, thinking to use her body as bait to get her teammates to give up. However, it utterly failed as they were willing to kill their own teammate forcing Ino to release herself from Kin's body. When Sasuke awoke, he forced the Oto-genin to retreat. After fixing Sakura's hair, she is seen carrying a wounded Lee, until Tenten jumped down and took him out of Ino's care. Later, her team was one of the few genin teams to make it to the tower, participating in the preliminaries exams.

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Ino fighting Sakura during her preliminary match.

Ino's first match in the preliminary exams was against Sakura. The two did not battle seriously at first since Ino still cared about Sakura, until Sakura, unwilling to have Ino pity her, denounced her even though she didn't want to hurt Sakura. Ino and Sakura battled seriously afterwards, and used up most of their energy in the process. Ino then attempted to enter Sakura's mind after cutting her hair and sending chakra into it to immobilise her. She succeeded and was about to make Sakura raise her hand to forfeit, but was expelled by Inner Sakura. Low on chakra, Ino and Sakura charged at each other for one last attack, and knocked each other out, resulting in both of them being eliminated. During Tenten's and Temari's match, they regained consciousness, and started becoming friends again, but still maintained their rivalry over Sasuke.

Ino accompanied Sakura to visit Sasuke in the month between the preliminaries and the finals as they both picked out flowers for him, but found that he was gone. They went to visit Lee as well, only to find him outside, doing push ups when he was supposed to be in bed. She went to the finals with Sakura, and noted that Sakura's team was extraordinary, after seeing Naruto defeat Neji. When there was no sign of Sasuke, Sakura was getting depressed. Ino tried her best to keep Sakura in high spirits, and to cheer on for Naruto. She also cheered on Shikamaru when he fought Temari, but was visibly shocked when he chose to give up and quit the match and let Temari win. When the invasion started, she was rendered unconscious by Kabuto's genjutsu.

Invasion of Konoha Arc Edit

Ino can be seen at the Third Hokage's funeral alongside the other villagers, mourning his death.

Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs Edit

When Mizuki escaped from jail, Ino along with her team-mates saved Naruto from the Legendary Stupid Brothers and took over the battle so Naruto could aid Iruka. Ino tried to possess one of them and was knocked out. She then used her new technique, gaining the advantage. Then Ino and her team-mates used their new formation. Soon they realised they couldn't defeat the brothers, but they were able to resist until Tsunade showed up and defeated the escapees easily.

In episode 158, Academy students were divided into teams of three and were assigned to a genin who would lead them on a mission against the other teams. Ino was assigned to lead a team of three academy students: , Kiri, and Shimo. Her time with them was not covered much except that she was doing better than Naruto.

She later accompanied Naruto, Shino and Anko to the Land of the Sea, and helped defeat Misumi Tsurugi, by possessing him and tying his arms to pillars, leaving him trapped in a collapsing room. Ino then used Mind Body Disturbance Technique on Yoroi as he attempted to attack Shino, allowing Shino to punch Yoroi away. When Yoroi attempted to attack Ino, Shino sent his bugs after him, thus defeating him.

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Inner Ino.

She later appeared in a mission with Naruto, in which she tried to replace Princess Fuku who had grown overweight in an attempt to woo her suitor Chikara, the daimyō of The Land of Noodles. Ino was barely able to stand the man, but the mission succeeded after Naruto accidentally exposed the real princess. Ino briefly revealed an "Inner Ino" (内なるいの, Uchi Naru Ino) due to her anger, similar to Sakura's "Inner Sakura", during this episode.

Ino and Sakura were sent to examine a corpse that was believed to be that of Gennō. Ino hesitated, but eventually entered the room, and concluded, from the condition of the hands, that the corpse was not a ninja or a carpenter, and that Gennō was still alive. After the group found Gennō, she attempted to possess him when he tried to make his escape on a summoned bird; while he let go of the bird, Ino was unable to maintain the technique, as she noted that he had been suffering terrible pain the entire time.

When the Four Celestial Symbols Men kidnapped Gaara's student and Sunagakure asked Konoha for aid, Ino accompanied Shikamaru to help Temari in her battle. Ino's attempt at immobilising their opponent, Kujaku, failed, leaving her at risk. Kujaku later was defeated by Shikamaru and Temari's combined efforts. Feeling guilty that she did not contribute much to the mission, she asked Sakura to ask Tsunade to add her as a second apprentice. Sakura agreed, but added that Ino would have to acknowledge Sakura as a senior apprentice, resulting in Ino refusing (which led to yet another fight).

Part II Edit

Sasuke and Sai Arc Edit

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Ino's appearance in Part II.

Ino made her first reappearance shortly after Team Kakashi and Team Guy returned from the successful saving of Gaara, having come to retrieve Chōji for their mission with Asuma. Before that, Shikamaru, Chōji, and Naruto were fighting against the new face Sai. Chōji told Ino that they were fighting against a weirdo, to which she thought weirdo was being referred to Naruto. She called out his name, happy to see Naruto since she hasn't seen him for a very long time. She appeared again after Naruto and his team returned from their failed attempt to retrieve Sasuke. Kakashi was in the hospital, and Team Asuma went for a visit. Upon meeting Sai, she quickly became interested in him, also noting that he resembled Sasuke to Sakura. Sakura agreed, but told her that his personality is different, and not in a good way.

When they all went out to dinner, Ino attempted to get Sai's attention with some subtle flirting. When Sai tried to befriend Ino and Chōji, having earlier come to the conclusion that women (specifically Sakura), didn't like to hear how they really looked, Sai tried the opposite approach by calling Ino "gorgeous", of which is the opposite of what he wanted to say. This resulted in Ino blushing, and enraging Sakura, who Sai had previously called "ugly".

Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc Edit

Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc

When Furido's 4-Man Team invaded Konoha, Fudō resurrected fallen Kohaku clan members, and Ino was one of the Konoha-nin who held them off. Later, she helped Sakura heal an injured Chōji, whose hands were burned from touching Sora in his jinchūriki form. After Sora loses the Nine-Tails' chakra, Ino and the others comforted him, and bid him farewell.

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc Edit

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Ino is deployed alongside Chōji, Aoba and Raidō.

When Tsunade decided to make a move against Akatsuki, Ino was assigned, along with Chōji, to a Nijū Shōtai team, led by Raidō Namiashi and Aoba Yamashiro. Ino and Chōji arrived as back-up for Shikamaru and Asuma in their fight with Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu. When the duo retreated, Ino tried to tend to Asuma's injuries, but the damage to his body was beyond repair. The team then had nothing to do but listen to Asuma's last words. Before dying, Asuma said that Ino is strong-willed and a reliable child, so she should take care of Chōji and Shikamaru. Asuma also told Ino not to lose to Sakura in ninjutsu or romance. Ino then reminisces about her memories with Asuma especially her first days with him as a student, and when she noticed that the bouquet of flowers that Asuma bought were for Kurenai. After the death of her sensei, Ino screamed out loud with grief. She was later seen at Asuma's funeral, mourning his loss.

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Ino trying to heal Asuma.

Shikamaru, Ino, and Chōji all agreed to avenge Asuma. Under the guidance of Kakashi, Team 10 later set out to face Kakuzu and Hidan. By using her Mind Body Switch Technique on a hawk, Ino was able to quickly find the Akatsuki duo so Shikamaru's plan could begin but doing this nearly backfired after Kakuzu attacked the hawk forcing her to return. During Team 10's fight with Hidan and Kakuzu, Ino largely played the role of an observer, her Mind Body Switch Technique being too much of a risk to use in battle stated by Shikamaru. In the anime, she saved Chōji from a fatal blow by Kakuzu before getting captured by him and almost choked to death along with Chōji, but was saved by Kakashi and Shikamaru. After Naruto arrived and defeated Kakuzu, she healed him.

Three-Tails Arc Edit

Main article: Three-Tails Arc

Ino was placed on Team Three to seal away the Three-Tails. To join her was Sakura, Hinata Hyūga, and Shizune. This sealing process took proficient chakra control and since Ino trained as a medical-nin, explains why she was put on the team. When her team practised the sealing technique, she had difficulty withstanding it. But after a short speech from Sakura she stood back up, more determined than ever to complete the task.

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Ino helping seal the Three-Tails.

When her team located the Three-Tails, they started the actual sealing. As the sealing begin to work on the tailed beast, Guren closed in to disrupt the sealing. Ino begin to get nervous and was losing concentration. She was instructed by Shizune to relax and focus. Soon enough Rock Lee and Tenten arrived to protect her team. This comforted her until Rinji arrived to aid Guren. The battle begin to balance out with Tenten and Lee. This again got Ino unfocused and this time she broke hold from the seal and disrupted it. When the beast awakes he emerges from the water bringing forth a tidal wave and breaking the whole seal.

Later, Ino is found unconscious on Lee's back who carries her from the water and lays her on the beach. Waking up she felt frustrated of how useless she was. She was also seen helping Sakura heal an ill Yūkimaru. Not long after, they tried sealing the beast again, but are unable to complete it. The task is left to Anbu members.

Invasion of Pain Arc Edit

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Ino mourning Shizune's death.

When Pain began his invasion, Ino rushed to her father's location to inform him and all those present of the attack. Having learned something about Pain's identity, they tried to escape, to avoid capture. Despite their attempt, Pain arrived and captured Shizune, finding out what she knew, before killing her. She had mourned for a while. After he destroyed the village, Ino tried to revive Shizune, but could do nothing to help her, and regrouped with her father and the others. After the death of Nagato, she was shocked to see that Shizune was brought back to life. She was then present at Naruto's return, and celebrated with the villagers for his victory. In the anime, she even says that she could almost fall for Naruto, surprising Chōji and Shikamaru.[33]

Konoha History Arc Edit

Main article: Konoha History Arc

Five Kage Summit Arc Edit

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The "Konoha 11" meet to discuss Sasuke.

When news of Sasuke's affiliation with Akatsuki reaches Konoha, the Konoha 11 gather to discuss what should be done with him. The others suggest that they should personally eliminate Sasuke to prevent him from implicating Konoha in a war with another village. Ino is upset by this and she starts crying and was being comforted by Chouji and Tenten. Kiba demanded her stop crying by shouting at her, but she was defended by Tenten. Ino was later seen with the rest of the Konoha 11, hearing Naruto's decision about Sasuke when he returns to the village. He later promises to tell them everything when the time was right.

Chikara Arc Edit

Main article: Chikara Arc

Ino arrived as back up and took care of a hurt Sakura. With assistance from her team-mates she later battled a snake clone of Hidan made by Kabuto Yakushi. Though Hidan began to get the upper hand he died out before any further action could take place. Later the Konoha-nin said their goodbyes and departed.

Adventures at Sea Arc Edit

Main article: Adventures at Sea Arc

Road to Sakura Edit

Main article: Road to Sakura

While on a stroll during her day off, Ino pondered how to spend the day before finding Sakura falling from the sky after a flash of bright light. Helping her out of a tree and taking her to Tsunade for medical attention, Ino is shocked to find Sakura with amnesia as she tries to keep Tsunade and Shizune from killing Sakura for pointing out their bust sizes. In her attempt to help jog Sakura's memory, she and the rest of the Konoha 11 present themselves in the way she remembers them: By acting the complete opposite of themselves. After the attempt failed, Ino helps Sakura look for her necklace until they encounter Sakura's parents as they have found the item in question. After Sakura strangely cries as she embraces her parents before they leave, Ino learns that the Sakura she has been with all day came from an alternate reality. When the other Sakura fades away, Ino is left severely confused as she wondered where the Sakura she knows is.

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

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Ino inside Kinkaku.

When the Fourth Shinobi World War begins, Ino is placed in the Fifth Division. Ino and other members of her division are later sent to provide support for the First Division. Ino meets up with Shikamaru and Chōji - sent as backup from their own division - and they team up to help Darui fight Kinkaku. Shikamaru restrains Kinkaku with his shadow. Kinkaku almost breaks free but Ino is able to use the Mind Body Switch Technique to transfer her consciousness into his body, saving Shikamaru. In order to capture Kinkaku with the Kohaku no Jōhei, Darui says Kinkaku's name and Ino forces him to respond. As Kinkaku is sucked into the Kohaku no Jōhei, Ino returns to her body. Her watching father compliments her on this improved timing.

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Ino saves Chōji from Asuma's attack.

The trio next prepares to engage the reincarnated Kakuzu. Shikaku instructs them to leave Kakuzu to others and instead focus on Asuma, who had also been reincarnated. Chōji is reluctant to fight their late teacher, so Ino reminds him of Asuma's final words to all of them. They confront Asuma and he comments on how much they have grown before they start fighting. Despite Ino's attempts to encourage him, Chōji still has difficulty fighting Asuma. As Asuma is about to attack Chōji, Ino pushes him out of the way. She then uses the Mind Body Switch Technique on Chōji and spars with Asuma, all the while reminding Chōji of their duty. Chōji eventually pulls himself together and Ino returns to her body. As Chōji goes on the offensive, Ino uses her Mind Clone Switch Technique on two White Zetsu to use against Asuma. Asuma is defeated, and before being sealed he congratulates them on their perfect team-work.

The battle continues into the night and Ino assists Chōji in defeating the rest of the reincarnated ninja. When the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path attacks she takes cover with her team. After that attack subsides, Ino is seen planning with the rest of her team and Tenten. The next morning, Ino and the rest of the shinobi present are seen standing in circles. This was a countermeasure against the White Zetsu Army clones that had invaded their ranks until Naruto could come and differentiate them. Ino asks Shikamaru if they couldn't simply ask each other personal questions but he says no as there was a possibility that the enemy could guess the answers. In the anime, the silence it quickly halted by the reincarnated Sound Four, Orochimaru's personal guard. Shikamaru tells Ino and the others to stay behind as they still can't be certain of who to trust with the White Zetsu still looming. Shikamaru and Chōji then head off to confront their old enemies. Familiar with the Oto ninja's skills, Shikamaru and Chōji quickly defeat them. However, their victory is short-lived when Shikamaru, Chōji, and the Sound Four are engulfed in a strange technique. Ino then found her team-mates unconscious and with no chakra flow. Knowing that they wouldn't last long like that, Ino began to transfer her chakra to them, despite the danger of doing it simultaneously between two other people. After contacting her father, Inoichi deduces the truth of the technique, that it removes the victims soul and transports it to another location. He then explains it can be dispelled like genjutsu, by pouring chakra into the actual technique. However, it has a seal that prevents even Inoichi, equipped with special enhancement tools, from being able to detect or communicate with them. Eventually, Naruto found the barrier and destroyed it, allowing Inoichi, telepathically, to dispel the technique and free the Konoha ninja. Upon Shikamaru and Chōji awakening, Ino tearfully hugged them in relief.

The battle continues on as when they spotted White Zetsu clones and fought them off. It suddenly starts to rain while it is sunny that's when Shikamaru spots a crying boy then huge amount wall of rain falls on Shikamaru that is preventing him from moving. Chōji uses is Multi-Size Technique to block it and while Ino helped Shikamaru up. Shikamaru then uses his Shadow Neck Bind Technique to bind him and as he does so the rain starts getting worse making them not move and their technique weakening. As that happens the boy started calling their names as then Ino question how does he know them as Chōji doesn't know him and neither does Shikamaru. The boy then came up to them and plucked their foreheads after that happened they realise that its Yota. Shikamaru questions is he reincarnated the boy started to cry the rain stopped then a big wave of it washed them away that made them know that he can't control his actions just like Asuma. Yota then started shooting rain bullets that's pushing the trio back and thinking do they have to fight him.[6] Ino contacted her father and asked to link her to Sakura and found out that she was also fighting Yota along with Kiba and Akamaru. She also found out that Naruto was fighting him and was told that those were not him just White Zetsu clones so she helped Chōji and Shikamaru defeated him and it revert to a clone.

She then calls out and waves at Naruto when he arrives. After being informed by her father at HQ that Naruto and B were fighting the "masked Madara", Ino and the rest of the Konoha 11 rush to his aid. As she runs, she thanks her father for relaying Naruto's feelings to everyone and promises that she'd make his foretelling of their victory a reality.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit

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Ino arrives on the battlefield in time to save her comrades.

Arriving just in the nick of time, Ino with Hinata's guidance was able to take control of Obito in time to veer the Ten-Tails' would-be fatal attack off course. Though she laments that he was able to break a perfect Mind Body Switch Technique in only a matter of seconds, Hiashi Hyūga told her she did a great job, having managed to shift the attack. She stood alongside the rest of the Allied Shinobi Forces to face their opposition. With their attempt to immobilise the Ten-Tails ended in failure, Ino listened on, crying, as Shikaku imparted what would be his final battle strategy via her father as a Tailed Beast Ball was sent hurtling towards HQ. Ino listened to her father's last words to her, which stated that she had truly blossomed and her bonds with her friends reflect the meaning of the violet flower which she was raised to embody. After, Shikamaru reminded her that they were still in the midst of battle, and that they didn't have time to grieve. She later learns of Neji's death.

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Ino takes control of Obito again.

After Kurama had gathered enough chakra, Naruto sent shadow clones to Ino, and the rest of the Allied Shinobi Forces to distribute Kurama's chakra to them. Upon receiving the chakra, Ino is enveloped in it, and after the Akimichi clan stops the Ten-Tails' movements, she quickly used her Mind Body Switch Technique on Obito again and after taking control of his body, she was able to alter the course of an attack that was headed for Chōji. Later, when Shikamaru and the other Nara clan members captured the Ten-Tails with their Shadow Imitation Technique, Ino released her technique and returned to her body.

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Ino communicating with the Alliance's shinobi.

Later on, as the Ten-Tails once again prepared to obliterate the Alliance, Shikamaru requested that Ino use her telepathic skills to link him to Kitsuchi, to which she obliged, grateful that Shikamaru had finally devised a strategy. With his plan being to teach the entire army the seals to the simple Earth Release wall technique and then using it to block the Ten-Tails' attack, he then asked Ino if she was able to relay this telepathically to the other shinobi on the battlefield. She responded bluntly that it wasn't a question of was she able to do it, as she would do it no matter what. With some strain, Ino is able to contact all the shinobi and relay the seals necessary to the Alliance for the technique before performing it herself alongside her comrades. Though the situation still looks dire as their feeble earthen defences are destroyed by the Ten-Tails' massive Tailed Beast Ball, and even a transformed Killer B proves incapable of stopping the attack, the Alliance shinobi are shocked when the attack simply disappears, unbeknownst to them that the Fourth Hokage had arrived on the battlefield.

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Ino and her team-mates using Formation E to assault the Ten-Tails' clones.

With Sasuke soon appearing on the scene too, Ino is shocked to see him, and rushes over to inquire as to why he is here, but is stopped by Shikamaru and Chōji who warns her that he's an enemy. Sasuke notes that she is still as loud as ever. Ino is then, along with the rest of her peers, completely bemused upon Sasuke's revelation that he will become Hokage. As Team 7 reunites, Ino smiles at Shikamaru, noting how nostalgic it feels, what with the Rookie Nine being together again, just like in the Chūnin Exams. She then charges at the Ten-Tails with her friends. With Teams 7 and 8 leading the assault, Ino looks on in disgust as Shino summons a giant parasitic insect to devour one of the Ten-Tails' clones. She then rallies her own team together, for them to perform Formation E. While Chōji uses his Multi-Size Technique, and Shikamaru uses the Shadow Clutch Technique on him, Ino uses her sensory abilities to lock onto all of the clones in the surrounding area, before using the Sensing Transmission technique on Shikamaru. With Ino acting as the mind, Shikamaru as the body and Chōji as the yo-yo, the trio perform the Human Bullet Yo-Yo technique, obliterating all of the surrounding clones. As Chōji prepares to double in size to strengthen his assault, Shikamaru states that the team has a lot more to show, with Ino then berating him for his sudden competitiveness with the other teams. She then urges Naruto and Sasuke on as she bears witness to their attack on the Ten-Tails. During this time, Ino questioned Shikamaru about whether or not something was troubling him, but he dismissed her.

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Ino connects Hashirama telepathically to the five Kage.

As the battle against Obito continues, Ino once more telepathically links Shikamaru to the rest of the Alliance in order to boost their morale. With the situation looking grim as the Alliance was trapped in a barrier with a Tailed Beast Ball-firing tree, Ino and the other shinobi soon found themselves shrouded in the previous Version 1 mantles again. She and the other subsequently found themselves on the outside of the barrier, escaping the near-fatal attack thanks to Naruto and Minato's action. When the God Tree, the Ten-Tails' true form, launches a ravaging attack against the Alliance, Ino manages to successfully avoid having her chakra drained from her. Shikamaru, however, is not so lucky, and Ino and Chōji support their failing comrade. During this time, Hashirama calls out for a member of the Yamanaka clan to telepathically connect him to the whole Alliance, to which Ino complied. Realising that the five Kage were also within range of her technique, she then listened on as Hashirama's clone conveyed what the original had heard about the Eye of the Moon Plan from Madara. With the technique still in effect, Ino was shocked when Naruto's feelings and memories began being conveyed to the entire Alliance via the telepathic link. As the young man remembered the loss he had experienced, Ino sympathised with the loss of Asuma.

As Naruto joined Sasuke in a senjutsu-enhanced clash against Obito, Naruto's chakra begins forming around Shikamaru once again. While Sakura is amazed that Naruto is splitting his focus between fighting and aiding them, Ino corrected her. Ino explains that through her telepathy, she can tell that Naruto was focused purely on his battle, but subconsciously still desired to save his allies. From this strong will, Naruto's chakra was reacting to those it is infused with. She then watched in concern as Shikamaru struggled back to consciousness, and relievedly thanked Sakura for her efforts once he returned to full strength as well as Naruto. When Tsunade, with Sakura's assistance, summons one tenth of Katsuyu's body to the battlefield, the Hokage orders Ino to relay this to alliance, an action she promptly carries out.

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Ino and her comrades attacking Obito with Naruto's Rasengan.

Obito manifested a gigantic Yin–Yang shield and Hagoromo's legendary holy weapon and in order for it to be destroyed, Naruto created nine Rasengan in Kurama's tail and contacted Ino and the rest of Konoha 11 plus Sai to join in on it. Once near Kurama's tails, Ino and the others are enveloped in even more chakra which resulted them with the Tailed Beast Mode much to their shock. Naruto tells them to break down through Obito's defences with the Rasengan so he and Sasuke could have a direct shot at attacking him. Ino and the others launched their attack and Naruto and Sasuke were able to deal a devastating blow to him. Once again instructed by Shikamaru, Ino and the rest of the Alliance lent their strength in wresting the tailed beasts' chakra from Obito.

Final Arc Edit

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Ino caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

With Madara's eventual full revival and Obito's apparent incapacitation, Ino and the rest of the Alliance is approached by a Guruguru who overwhelms them with a massive Wood Release. As the Alliance struggles against this new threat, Ino reacts with shock and concern upon sensing the drastic weakening of Naruto's chakra when the Nine-Tails was extracted from him. Despite all of the Alliance's efforts, Ino is still caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. In the genjutsu, Ino dreamed of Sasuke and Sai fighting over her while her still-alive father watched his daughter with pride as she enjoyed herself, asking the two not to fight over her.

Movies Edit

Naruto: Shippūden the Movie Edit

Ino made a small cameo before Team 7 was being called up, she, Shikamaru, and Chōji were seen running through the streets.

Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire Edit

Ino was first seen when they celebrated for Naruto and Sai's recovery and ate barbecue. Ino was seen again when Hiruko appeared on the sky and said he was starting the Fourth Shinobi World War. Later, Ino was sent with the rest of Konoha 11 to retrieve back Naruto and Sakura. Ino's team caught up with Naruto and Sakura, but Sai came and took the two with him to catch up with Kakashi. They were left behind to take down Hiruko's henchmen, San. They used Ino–Shika–Chō combination and easily took down the enemy. Shikamaru had Ino tell San that they aren't here to fight but to bring back Naruto and the others, after Ino used Mind Body Switch Technique and told San, he refused and said that he understands but he can't just pass the information on, forcing Team 10 to fight him. He then summoned his two team-mates, Ichi and Ni, and used Chimera Technique, which made them turn into a beast, Team 10 was defeated quickly. The rest of Konoha 11 comes to back up Team 10 and while Tenten summoned out chains everyone grabs onto one and as Shikamaru was about to use a technique to bind the beast Ino urges Shikamaru to go on and that the rest of them can handle it. Ino is later seen at Hiruko's temple saving Sakura from a collapsing building while the other members of the Konoha 11 defeated the beast.

Naruto 5: Blood Prison Edit

Ino appears along with the other members of the Konoha 11 to help save Naruto from prison and help defeat Satori.

Naruto 6: Road to Ninja Edit

Ino first appears with her friends battling several Zetsu clones disguised as deceased Akatsuki members. Later, in the alternate world, a different Ino is seen. Compared to the Ino that Naruto and Sakura know, she is more timid, calm, conservative in her appearance, and shy with boys. She also isn't bossy with her team, trying to end things peacefully with them rather than lashing out at them like she usually does.

Video Games Edit

Ino Yamanaka is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan 14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive 15 July 2010 22 March 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke 4 July 2008 6 November 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 4 December 2003 26 September 2006
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Konoha Senki 12 September 2003
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008

Ino's moves typically include the use of genjutsu, flower-based attacks, and acrobatic physical attacks similar to the Musoh-Battoh-Ryu style of fighting.

Trivia Edit

  • Ino is short for inoshishi (猪), meaning "boar", hence Sakura calling her Ino-pig-chan (いのブタちゃん, Ino-buta-chan). Yamanaka (山中) means "among the mountains". Wild boar are heavily associated with mountains in Japan, and are even called the whales of the mountains (山鯨, yamakujira), because of the amount of meat they produce.
  • Her family owns a flower shop called Yamanaka Flowers, where she works part-time.
  • In the manga, it was never revealed how or why Ino became a medical-nin. Her choice to study under Tsunade was anime-exclusive.
  • Ino was ranked as the 29th most popular character in the seventh Naruto character popularity poll. She placed 14th in the fifth poll, 17th in the sixth poll and 23rd in the fourth poll. She finished 30th in the first poll.
  • According to the first Naruto fanbook, Ino had the best overall grades in the Academy. She had the highest grade in assertiveness and the second-highest grade in ninjutsu, taijutsu, genjutsu, cooperation, and class attitude, being beat by Sasuke in ninjutsu, taijutsu and genjutsu.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Ino's hobby is shopping.
    • Ino wishes for a rematch with Sakura.
    • Ino's favourite foods are cherry tomatoes and pudding, while her least favourite is sashimi.
    • Ino has completed 40 official missions in total: 23 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 2 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
    • Ino's favourite phrase is "The many meanings of flowers" (花言葉の数々, Hanakotoba no kazukazu).

Quotes Edit

  • (To Sakura, when she asks her why she gave her a ribbon) "Because… I thought it would be a waste for you to wither away as a bud. There's no meaning to a flower unless it blooms. It might turn out to be… a flower more beautiful than a Cosmos."[34]
  • (To Sakura) "Who're you calling "pig", you billboard brow?!"
  • (To Sakura) "You've bloomed into a beautiful flower."[35]
  • (To Chōji about Asuma) "Listen, I know how you feel… the three of us, Team Ten… We went on a lot of missions with Asuma-sensei. Shikamaru and I don't want to fight him either. But it's because we know him so well that we can stop him with the least risk to the army. Don't you remember what those earrings are supposed to represent Chōji?"[18]
  • (To Shikamaru) "It's not a matter of can or can't, I'm doing it!"[21]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, pages 130-131
  2. Second Databook, page 161
  3. Third Databook, pages 178-179
  4. Naruto chapter 39, page 4
  5. Naruto chapter 616, pages 12-13
  6. 6.0 6.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 313
  7. Naruto chapter 54, pages 14-15
  8. Naruto chapter 328, page 6
  9. Naruto chapter 71, page 3
  10. Naruto chapter 74, page 7
  11. Naruto chapter 56, page 12
  12. Naruto chapter 334, page 6
  13. 13.0 13.1 Naruto chapter 633, pages 8-12
  14. Naruto chapter 332, page 8
  15. Naruto episode 145
  16. Naruto episode 173
  17. Naruto chapter 529, page 17
  18. 18.0 18.1 Naruto chapter 533, pages 7-8
  19. Naruto chapter 611, page 10-11
  20. Naruto chapter 534, pages 4-5
  21. 21.0 21.1 Naruto chapter 630, page 11-12
  22. Naruto chapter 647, page 16-21
  23. Naruto episode 220
  24. Naruto: Shippūden episode 86
  25. Naruto chapter 328, pages 3-4
  26. Naruto: Shippūden episode 103
  27. Naruto: Shippūden episode 304
  28. Naruto chapter 630, page 14
  29. Naruto chapter 72, page 5-6
  30. Naruto episode 198
  31. Naruto chapter 71, pages 6-8
  32. Naruto chapter 428, page 14
  33. Naruto: Shippūden episode 175
  34. Naruto chapter 71, pages 13-14
  35. Naruto chapter 73, page 18

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