Konoha 11 (木ノ葉の11人, Konoha no Jūichinin, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf Eleven People)
|Anime||Naruto Episode #197|
|Movie||Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire|
|OVA||Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!|
|Appears in||Anime, Movie|
The Konoha 11 (木ノ葉の11人, Konoha no Jūichinin, English TV: Hidden Leaf 11, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf Eleven People) is a term used to collectively refer to the members of four Konoha teams: Team 7, Team 8, Team 10, and Team Guy. Team 7's Sasuke Uchiha is not included in the group as he had defected from the village prior to its formation. Though the members appear in both the manga and anime and often work collectively in both medias, "Konoha 11" is only ever used in the anime.
The Konoha 11's first mission is during the original anime's Konoha Plans Recapture Mission, where Shikamaru Nara, the only member of the group to be a chūnin at the time, leads the others in stopping Gennō from destroying Konoha. Shikamaru leads them once again shortly thereafter during the Sunagakure Support Mission, assisting the Sand Siblings with defeating the Four Celestial Symbols Men.
Several years later, when news of Sasuke Uchiha's criminal activity reaches the village, the members of the Konoha 11, except for Naruto Uzumaki, decide that Sasuke must be eliminated in order to prevent him from implicating Konoha in his future crimes. Because they were his friends and classmates and therefore their responsibility, they decided to be the ones to personally kill him. When Naruto learns of their decision, he asks that they leave dealing with Sasuke to him.
During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto is assisted by most of the members of the Konoha 11 in attacking Obito Uchiha with a volley of Rasengan. Neji Hyūga, who had recently died, is replaced by Sai. Sakura Haruno does not directly participate in this attack, instead assisting remotely to heal the members' injuries and replenish their chakra.
- During the Chūnin Exams arc, the members of Teams 7, 8, and 10 are referred to as the Rookie 9 (新人9人, Rūkī Nain), as all had only recently graduated from the Academy yet were already participating in the Chūnin Exams. Team Guy's members graduated a year before the others, and thus aren't included. It is not until the Fourth Shinobi World War that the nine are all together again, combining forces to attack the Ten-Tails' clones.
- This generation was noted to be especially gifted as all nine were nominated by their teachers to participate in their first upcoming exams. True to their words, all nine passed the second part of the exam, which eliminated more than half the candidates.
- Akamaru, Kiba Inuzuka's ninken-partner, is not a member of the group.
- Sai, though he frequently collaborates with members of the Konoha 11 and is officially Sasuke's replacement on Team 7, is not a member of the group.