| (菊之丞, Kikunojō)
|Anime||Naruto Episode #187|
Kikujō (菊丞, Kikujō) was a skilled ninja from the Land of Vegetables.
He grew up and trained alongside his friend, Yurinojō who shared a friendly rivalry with him. When still kids, he and Yurinojō developed a huge crush on Tsunade and fought for her affection (at least according to Tsunade). Since a young age, Kikujō showed tremendous talent for ninja arts and earned great fame throughout the Land of Vegetables. He was later chosen as a personal guard to the daimyō.
He was a fair-skinned man, with dark hair and dark eyes
Since a young age, Kikujō was regarded as a genius ninja in his country. His skill was presumably high as he was selected to be a personal guard to the daimyō. With his skill he could constantly keep his opponents off guard though a variety of attack patterns. As he was seen using a sword he was also profficient in kenjutsu, being able to clash evenly with a jōnin-level shinobi.
As a genius, Kikujō quickly gained mastery of his clan's secret flower-oriented techniques.
For example, he can cause flowers around a opponent to ignite in flames or have them explode like explosive tags. Also, he can cause flowers to float and harden into shuriken or have them surround the opponent for a genjutsu that darkens the area.
Land of Vegetables Arc
Years later when the infamous Criminal Brothers attacked the Land of Vegetables, the daimyō sent Kikujō and Yurinojō to protect his own daughter, Haruna. Fearing that their combined skills would not be enough, Kikujō hired Konoha for assistance. Unfortunately due to little money, they could only be offered assistance at a C-rank level mission under the guise of escorting merchants. To further this deceptions, Kikujō, Haruna, and Yurinojō disguised themselves as merchants as well. When it soon became clear that the Criminal Brothers saw through their deceptions, Kikujō went off to face them head-on.
Kikujō then found himself in a flower field against the youngest of the Criminal Brothers, Ruiga. Kikujō initially had the upperhand and for a while seemed the inevitable winner with his clan's secret techniques. Unfortunately, Ruiga then unveiled his own secret technique and killed him. In the end, Kikujō was given a proper burial and Haruna apologised for not appreciating his selfless service.