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{{translation|'''Sai'''|サイ|Sai}} is an [[ANBU]]-level shinobi of [[Konohagakure]] and is from the disbanded faction: [[Root]]. He later became one of the main supporting characters of the series, and is a member of [[Team Kakashi]], having replaced [[Sasuke Uchiha]].
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{{translation|'''Sai'''|サイ|Sai}} is an [[ANBU]]-level [[shinobi]] of [[Konohagakure]]. Raised as a member of [[Root]], Sai has no emotions and has difficulty connecting with others. When he is added to [[Team Kakashi]] as a replacement for [[Sasuke Uchiha]], he begins to learn about people's feelings and try to develop himself as a part of [[Team Kakashi]]. He sometimes comes up in a troubled situation because he mainly depends on a book.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Sai as child.JPG|left|thumb|Sai as a child.]]
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[[File:Sai as a Child.png|left|thumb|Sai as a child.]]
 
Sai was orphaned as a child and recruited into [[Root]], a secret branch of the [[ANBU]]. There he was raised and conditioned to have no personality, personal connections, or a name; "Sai" being given to him for the purposes of joining Team Kakashi. Though largely successful in this regard, Sai retained an interest in art. When [[Shin]], an older Root member, discovered Sai's drawing ability, he encouraged Sai's talent and they became very close.
 
Sai was orphaned as a child and recruited into [[Root]], a secret branch of the [[ANBU]]. There he was raised and conditioned to have no personality, personal connections, or a name; "Sai" being given to him for the purposes of joining Team Kakashi. Though largely successful in this regard, Sai retained an interest in art. When [[Shin]], an older Root member, discovered Sai's drawing ability, he encouraged Sai's talent and they became very close.
   
[[File:Sai and Shin.png|thumb|Sai's completed picture book.]]
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Over time, Sai came to think of Shin as an older brother and looked up to him. Unfortunately, Sai and Shin were supposed to fight to the death by Root regulations, in a final step to eradicate emotions. Before that happened, however, Shin died of an unnamed illness and Sai's Root training suppressed most of the memories he had of him.<ref>Third Databook, page 95</ref> In the anime, Sai and Shin were forced to fight by [[Danzō Shimura]] but Shin died before the battle could be finished. Shin told Sai to report to Danzō that he killed him in battle and before succumbing to his illness, told his brother that he had to suppress his feelings and that he should live for the both of them.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 263</ref> Before Shin's death, Sai created a picture book that would depict all the opponents they faced and illustrate the feelings that they shared for each other. Sai organised the book so that his and Shin's portraits would be located at opposite ends of the book, and in the centre pages would be a picture of them holding hands. Some time after the loss of Shin, Sai forgot that this was his intention, and the picture book was left unfinished, though he could never bring it upon himself to discard the book.
Over time, Sai came to think of Shin as an older brother and looked up to him. Unfortunately, Sai and Shin were supposed to fight to the death by Root regulations, in a final step to eradicate emotions. Before that happened, however, Shin died of an unnamed illness and Sai's Root training suppressed most of the memories he had of him.<ref>Third Databook, page 95</ref> In the anime, Sai and Shin were forced to fight by [[Danzō Shimura]] but Shin died before the battle could be finished. Shin told Sai to report to Danzō that he killed him in battle and before succumbing to his illness, told his brother that he had to suppress his feelings and that he should live for the both of them.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 263</ref> Before Shin's death, Sai created a picture book that would depict all the opponents they faced and illustrate the feelings that they shared for each other. Sai organised the book so that his and Shin's portraits would be located at opposite ends of the book, and in the centre pages would be a picture of them holding hands. Some time after the loss of Shin, Sai forgot that this was his intention, and the picture book was left unfinished, though he could never bring it upon himself to discard the book. But after bonding with [[Naruto Uzumaki]], Sai remembers and completes the book, causing him to give his first genuine display of emotion in a long time: a smile.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 304, pages 15-17</ref>
 
   
Before his appointment to Team 7, Sai under Root's orders had been eliminating individuals that worked against Konoha. The last assassination he performed was of [[Unmo Samidare]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 305, page 14</ref> In an attempt to gain a powerful [[fūinjutsu]] after seeing the [[Third Hokage]] [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|sacrifice]] his life in an attempt to defeat Orochimaru, Danzō supervised Sai while he learned how to use the [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet]], noting that it would be dangerous as he would have to use "emotional energy" in order to make the technique stronger. Sai struggled greatly with this endeavour as it conflicted with his training and, consumed by negative emotions, his training was seemingly left incomplete.<ref name="chpt284">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref>
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During his time in Root, Sai was ordered to eliminate a large number of individuals that posed a threat against Konoha. The last assassination he performed was of [[Unmo Samidare]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 305, page 14</ref> In an attempt to gain a powerful [[fūinjutsu]] after seeing the [[Third Hokage]] [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|sacrifice]] his life in an attempt to defeat Orochimaru, Danzō supervised Sai while he learned how to use the [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet]], noting that it would be dangerous as he would have to use "emotional energy" in order to make the technique stronger. Sai struggled greatly with this endeavour as it conflicted with his training and, consumed by negative emotions, his training was seemingly left incomplete.<ref name="chpt284">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 284</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
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When first introduced, Sai was distinguished by his total lack of emotion which he often masks with a false, cheerful, yet transparent façade. After much mental conditioning and training while in Root, Sai had suppressed almost all of his emotions, laying all of his loyalty to whoever commands him, and thus making it easier for him to accomplish dangerous, unpleasant, or unethical missions. Due to this training and his lack of social experience and personal initiative, Sai has great trouble in understanding how bonds between people can motivate others. He often showcases this confusion after thinking about why Naruto would go so far to save Sasuke, a traitor, even though Naruto had not been ordered to do so.
 
When first introduced, Sai was distinguished by his total lack of emotion which he often masks with a false, cheerful, yet transparent façade. After much mental conditioning and training while in Root, Sai had suppressed almost all of his emotions, laying all of his loyalty to whoever commands him, and thus making it easier for him to accomplish dangerous, unpleasant, or unethical missions. Due to this training and his lack of social experience and personal initiative, Sai has great trouble in understanding how bonds between people can motivate others. He often showcases this confusion after thinking about why Naruto would go so far to save Sasuke, a traitor, even though Naruto had not been ordered to do so.
   
Sai's social awkwardness tended to get people angry, because he would often speak without considering his words and their effects on people. This was due to his inability to realise the difference between a rude statement and a true statement. Sai had read somewhere in a book that giving somebody a nickname would bring you closer to that person and develop your friendship, this resulted in Sai hurting [[Sakura Haruno]]'s feelings, because he called her ugly, stating the first true character trait that came to his mind. This also nearly led to enraging Chōji, while eating barbecue with [[Team Asuma]] and [[Team Kakashi]] he nearly called him "fatso". Luckily Naruto covered his mouth before he could finish.
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Sai's social awkwardness tended to get people angry, because he would often speak without considering his words and their effects on people. This was due to his inability to realise the difference between a rude statement and a true statement. Sai had read somewhere in a book that giving somebody a nickname would bring you closer to that person and develop your friendship, this resulted in Sai hurting [[Sakura Haruno]]'s feelings, because he called her ugly, stating the first true character trait that came to his mind. This also nearly led to enraging Chōji, while eating barbecue with [[Team Asuma]] and [[Team Kakashi]] he nearly called him "fatso" before Naruto covered his mouth before he could finish.
   
 
{{ImgRight|Angry Sai.png|Sai enraged.}}
 
{{ImgRight|Angry Sai.png|Sai enraged.}}
After spending more time with Team Kakashi, Sai comes to appreciate bonds, particularly the bond that exists between Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha. This causes him to break out of his emotionless shell and he starts to remember the times he had with his own "brother", [[Shin]]. In doing so, Sai was able to start giving genuine smiles. Wanting to experience personal bonds for himself, Sai sets out to make as many friends as he can. However, since he is learning most of this out of books and by trial and error, he often accidentally ends up offending people with his nicknames and conversation. He has come to develop a more genuine, pleasant and thoughtful personality, while also showing signs of more emotion, such as enthusiasm and occasionally nervousness. After his first time with Team Kakashi, Sai is seen being friendly towards others, helping companions when they need it, referring to peers kindly, and having fun in social situations. The greatest change in his personality, however, came after he encounters his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] brother. When Shin is used as a living bomb by Deidara, Sai becomes enraged and attacks Sasori and Deidara mercilessly, showing genuine rage on his face. Sai also displays genuine sadness, shedding tears when his brother is freed from the technique and disappears.
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After spending more time with Team Kakashi, Sai comes to appreciate bonds, particularly the bond that exists between Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, though Sai would come to have his doubts about Sasuke when he began to commit crimes on an international scale, which Naruto would suffer for. This causes him to break out of his emotionless shell and start to remember the times he had with his own "brother", [[Shin]]. In doing so, Sai was able to start giving genuine smiles. Wanting to experience personal bonds for himself, Sai sets out to make as many friends as he can. However, since he is learning most of this out of books and by trial and error, he often accidentally ends up offending people with his nicknames and conversation. He has come to develop a more genuine, pleasant and thoughtful personality, while also showing signs of more emotion, such as enthusiasm and occasionally nervousness. After his first time with Team Kakashi, Sai is seen being friendly towards others, helping companions when they need it, referring to peers kindly, and having fun in social situations. The greatest change in his personality, however, came after he encounters his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] brother. When Shin is used as a living bomb by Deidara, Sai becomes enraged and attacks Sasori and Deidara mercilessly, showing genuine rage on his face. Sai also displays genuine sadness, shedding tears when his brother is freed from the technique and disappears.
   
 
[[File:Sai Crying.png|thumb|left|Sai crying.]]
 
[[File:Sai Crying.png|thumb|left|Sai crying.]]
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== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
 
[[File:Sai full.png|thumb|Sai's casual outfit.]]
 
[[File:Sai full.png|thumb|Sai's casual outfit.]]
[[File:Sai full2.png|thumb|left|140px|Sai's full appearance.]]
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[[File:Sai full2.png|thumb|left|Sai's full appearance.]]
Sai has short, black hair, and black eyes which contrast with his very pale skin. He is usually seen carrying a small backpack with his brush, scrolls, and ninja ink in it. He wears a short black jacket with red straps — as customary of all Root members, to most likely show his allegiance to the organisation. He also carries a tip-less tantō on his back. The rest of his outfit consisted of a high-collared midriff shirt, black pants, shinobi sandals and gloves with his index and thumb fingers exposed, most likely to facilitate the use of his drawing based techniques. When first seen with Team Kakashi, his shirt had a long right sleeve and a short left sleeve.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 286</ref> He had [[Danzō]]'s [[Danzō's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] on the back of his tongue until Danzō's death, which caused it to disappear.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 452, page 8</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 488, page 9</ref> [[Naruto]], [[Sakura]], and [[Ino]] said he physically resembled [[Sasuke]], despite his shorter hair and paler skin-tone.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 286, page 3</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 285, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 312, page 7</ref> When he's not on missions, Sai wears a casual outfit consisting of a long-sleeve shirt with a high collar, matching pants, and his regular shinobi sandals. This outfit was first depicted as being purple in colour and later, navy blue. He doesn't wear his forehead protector or gloves with this outfit.
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Sai has short, black hair, and black eyes which contrast with his very pale skin. He is usually seen carrying a small backpack with his brush, scrolls, and ninja ink in it. He wears a short black jacket with red straps — as customary of all Root members, to most likely show his allegiance to the organisation. He also carries a tip-less tantō on his back. The rest of his outfit consisted of a high-collared midriff shirt, black pants, shinobi sandals and gloves with his index and thumb fingers exposed, most likely to facilitate the use of his drawing based techniques. When first seen with Team Kakashi, his jacket has a long right and short left sleeves.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 286</ref> He had [[Danzō]]'s [[Danzō's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] on the back of his tongue until Danzō's death, which caused it to disappear.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 452, page 8</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 488, page 9</ref> [[Naruto]], [[Sakura]], and [[Ino]] said he physically resembled [[Sasuke]], despite his shorter hair and paler skin-tone.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 286, page 3</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 285, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 312, page 7</ref> When he's not on missions, Sai wears a casual outfit consisting of a long-sleeve shirt with a high collar, matching pants, and his regular shinobi sandals. This outfit was first depicted as being purple in colour and later, navy blue. He doesn't wear his forehead protector or gloves with this outfit.
   
In the anime, when Sai uses the Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet and his negative emotions surface because of his use of "emotional energy", his eyes turn a translucent red colour and his sclerae turn black. This is apparently ink, as when Danzō countered the symptoms, ink splattered from Sai's body.<ref name="chpt284"/>
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In the anime, when Sai uses the Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet and his negative emotions surface because of his use of "emotional energy", his eyes turn a translucent red colour and his sclerae turn black. This is apparently, as when Danzō countered the symptoms, ink splattered from Sai's body.<ref name="chpt284" />
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
As a member of Root, Sai is a highly capable ninja, considered by [[Danzō]] himself to be the strongest member of his generation. Danzō even had enough faith in Sai's abilities to task him with single-handedly killing [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. As a Root ANBU, Sai has keen observation skills and is also skilled in [[kenjutsu]] and wields a tantō in battle.
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As a member of Root, Sai is a highly capable ninja, considered by [[Danzō]] himself to be the strongest member of his generation. Danzō even had enough faith in Sai's abilities to task him with single-handedly killing [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. As a Root Anbu, Sai has keen observation skills and is also skilled in [[kenjutsu]], wielding a tantō in battle. Said was also seen concealing himself underground without disrupting the surface of the earth in a similar manner to the [[Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique]] technique.
   
 
=== Ink Techniques ===
 
=== Ink Techniques ===
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[[File:Birds and explosive tags.png|thumb|Sai's bird and explosive tags creation.]]
 
[[File:Birds and explosive tags.png|thumb|Sai's bird and explosive tags creation.]]
Sai typically creates giant birds for long range transport for himself or others,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 516, page 16</ref> and lion-like monsters or giants for attack,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 518, pages 13</ref> or objects like umbrellas for everyday use. He can create snakes and use them as strong bindings on enemies, or mice to quickly scout an area. Sai can make [[Ink Clone Technique|clones]] of himself for reconnaissance. For discreet communiques when he is undercover, Sai is able to turn the words he writes into small animals, allowing them to travel to their intended target unnoticed. He has also demonstrated the ability to create large scale drawings as shown during the battle of the two ambush squads; he created two large human beings which resembled the {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Nio|Benevolent Kings]]|仁王|Niō}}. These had enough physical strength to completely destroy Deidara's clay bird as well as send him along with Sasori plummeting to the ground. Sai can create [[explosive tag]]s with his ink technique. He can draw long lines of tags attached to small birds, allowing him to bombard enemies from the air.<ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 19</ref>
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Sai typically creates giant birds for long range transport for himself or others,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 516, page 16</ref> and lion-like monsters or giants for attack,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 518, pages 13</ref> or objects like umbrellas for everyday use. He can create snakes and use them as strong bindings on enemies, or mice to quickly scout an area. Sai can make [[Ink Clone Technique|clones]] of himself for reconnaissance. For discreet communiques when he is undercover, Sai is able to turn the words he writes into small animals, allowing them to travel to their intended target unnoticed. He has also demonstrated the ability to create large scale drawings as shown during the battle of the two ambush squads; he created two large human beings which resembled the {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Nio|Benevolent Kings]]|仁王|Niō}}. These had enough physical strength to completely destroy Deidara's clay bird as well as send him along with Sasori plummeting to the ground. Sai can create [[explosive tag]]s with his ink technique. He can draw long lines of tags attached to small birds, allowing him to bombard enemies from the air.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 19</ref>
   
According to Kakashi, Sai is one of Danzō's prized soldiers and as such, his Root training also included learning [[fūinjutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 524, page 14</ref> His [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet|sealing technique]] allows him to trap people within his paintings by drawing a tiger on a large scroll with a giant paint brush. Since it takes time to draw the tiger, he needs allies to protect him while in battle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 559, pages 7-9</ref> In the anime, it is stated that Sai uses "emotional energy" to bolster the technique. This is a double-edged sword as Sai becomes susceptible to his negative emotions.<ref name="chpt284"/>
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=== Fūinjutsu ===
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[[File:Tiger Vision Staring Bullet1.png|thumb|left|Sai sealing Jinin Akebino.]]
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As noted by Kakashi, Sai is one of Danzō's prized soldiers and as such, his Root training also included learning [[fūinjutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 524, page 14</ref> His [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet|sealing technique]] allows him to trap people within his paintings by drawing a tiger on a large scroll with a giant paint brush. Since it takes time to draw the tiger, he needs allies to protect him while in battle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 559, pages 7-9</ref> In the anime, it is stated that Sai uses "emotional energy" to bolster the technique. This is a double-edged sword as Sai becomes susceptible to his negative emotions.<ref name="chpt284" />
   
 
=== Taijutsu ===
 
=== Taijutsu ===
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[[File:Ink Mist Technique.PNG|thumb|Sai incorporating ink with the Body Flicker Technique.]]
 
Despite not being his speciality, Sai has shown to be proficient in [[taijutsu]]. He was able to react and block [[Naruto]]'s attempt to stab him with a kunai very easily with his tantō.<ref name="c283t">''Naruto'' chapter 283, page 19</ref> He also was able to subdue [[Kabuto Yakushi]] very easily<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 304, page 7</ref> and block [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s attempt to stab Naruto, with Sasuke commenting that he blocked the attack in the most appropriate manner.<ref name="ch308">''Naruto'' chapter 308, page 2</ref> During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he was able to break Shin's neck with a flying knee kick in mid-air.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 517, pages 14-16</ref>
 
Despite not being his speciality, Sai has shown to be proficient in [[taijutsu]]. He was able to react and block [[Naruto]]'s attempt to stab him with a kunai very easily with his tantō.<ref name="c283t">''Naruto'' chapter 283, page 19</ref> He also was able to subdue [[Kabuto Yakushi]] very easily<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 304, page 7</ref> and block [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s attempt to stab Naruto, with Sasuke commenting that he blocked the attack in the most appropriate manner.<ref name="ch308">''Naruto'' chapter 308, page 2</ref> During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he was able to break Shin's neck with a flying knee kick in mid-air.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 517, pages 14-16</ref>
   
He is also very proficient with the [[Body Flicker Technique]], and is capable of surprising even highly-skilled shinobi with it.<ref name="ch308"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 518, pages 12-13</ref>
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He is also very proficient with the [[Body Flicker Technique]], and is capable of surprising even highly-skilled shinobi with it.<ref name="ch308" /><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 518, pages 12-13</ref>
   
 
=== Stats ===
 
=== Stats ===
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=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
 
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
 
[[File:Team Yamato.PNG|thumb|left|The reborn Team Kakashi faces Kabuto and Orochimaru.]]
 
[[File:Team Yamato.PNG|thumb|left|The reborn Team Kakashi faces Kabuto and Orochimaru.]]
Sai was assigned to join Team Kakashi by his superior [[Danzō]] to assist in meeting with a spy in [[Orochimaru]]'s ranks to find out about Sasuke Uchiha. Sai was confrontational with his new team-mates upon their first meeting, exasperated both Sakura and Naruto. On their way to the rendezvous point, Sai once again aggravated them, questioning Naruto's manhood and insulting Sasuke. The latter caused [[Sakura Haruno]] to punch him in anger. As they continued on to the meeting point, Sai questioned why Naruto was loyal to a traitor like Sasuke, to which Naruto stated he was not a traitor, but a friend.
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Sai was assigned to join Team Kakashi by his superior [[Danzō]] to assist in meeting with a spy in [[Orochimaru]]'s ranks to find out about Sasuke Uchiha. Sai was confrontational with his new team-mates upon their first meeting, exasperating both Sakura and Naruto. On their way to the rendezvous point, Sai once again aggravated them, questioning Naruto's manhood and insulting Sasuke. The latter caused [[Sakura Haruno]] to punch him in anger. As they continued on to the meeting point, Sai questioned why Naruto was loyal to a traitor like Sasuke, to which Naruto stated he was not a traitor, but a friend. Upon reaching the designated meeting place, Yamato went ahead disguised as [[Sasori]] so that he could meet the spy. When the spy, [[Kabuto Yakushi]], arrived with Orochimaru to kill Sasori, Sai, Naruto, and Sakura were called in for help.
   
Upon reaching the designated meeting place, Yamato went ahead disguised as [[Sasori]] so that he could meet the spy. When the spy, [[Kabuto Yakushi]], arrived with Orochimaru to kill Sasori, Sai, Naruto, and Sakura were called in for help. When Naruto and Orochimaru began fighting, Sai left the rest of the team to begin his real mission. He briefly observed Naruto's fight with Orochimaru, unconcerned with the danger he left Yamato and Sakura in, and approached Orochimaru after he had repelled Naruto with a proposition from Danzō. Orochimaru accepted, and Sai accompanied him and Kabuto back to their hideout.
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[[File:Sai's real mission.png|thumb|Sai delivering Danzō's message to Orochimaru.]]
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When Naruto and Orochimaru began fighting, Sai left the rest of the team to begin his real mission. He briefly observed Naruto's fight with Orochimaru, unconcerned with the danger he left Yamato and Sakura in, and approached Orochimaru after he had repelled Naruto with a proposition from Danzō. Orochimaru accepted, and Sai accompanied him and Kabuto back to their hideout. Once arrived at Orochimaru's hideout, Sai was introduced to Sasuke, who had been training under Orochimaru for the past two-and-a-half years. When Sai mentioned that he might get along better with Sasuke than he did Naruto, Sasuke temporally traps Sai within a [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|genjutsu]] which startles Sai to the ground due to the amount of fear it gave his emotionless self. He was led to his own room afterwards by Kabuto, who locked Sai in upon leaving. Soon afterwards, Team Kakashi tracked Sai down and confronted him about his real mission. Having been caught, Sai explained that he had been assigned to ally with Orochimaru on Danzō's behalf so that the two may join forces in destroying Konohagakure.
   
Once arrived at Orochimaru's hideout, Sai was introduced to Sasuke, who had been training under Orochimaru for the past two-and-a-half years. When Sai mentioned that he might get along better with Sasuke than he did Naruto, Sasuke fixed him with a stare, startling Sai due to the amount of fear it gave his emotionless self. He was led to his own room afterwards by Kabuto, who locked Sai in upon leaving. Soon afterwards, Team Kakashi tracked Sai down and confronted him about his real mission. Having been caught, Sai explained that he had been assigned to ally with Orochimaru on Danzō's behalf so that the two may join forces in destroying Konohagakure.
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[[File:-Bonds-.PNG|thumb|left|Team 7 restrains Sai.]]
 
[[File:-Bonds-.PNG|thumb|Team 7 restrains Sai.]]
 
 
Disgusted by the ramifications of this plan, Team Kakashi restrained Sai before setting out to find and retrieve Sasuke. Sai, however, doubted their success, stating that Sasuke no longer cared about them. Naruto, in response, stated that he also used to hate Sasuke, but over time he had formed a bond with Sasuke through their shared experiences, and as such he would do whatever it took to bring Sasuke home. Naruto's dedication to retrieving Sasuke struck a chord with Sai, who was left without words as a result. When Kabuto arrived and freed Sai, Sai instead helped them capturing Kabuto, hoping to accompany Naruto to find out more about bonds.
 
Disgusted by the ramifications of this plan, Team Kakashi restrained Sai before setting out to find and retrieve Sasuke. Sai, however, doubted their success, stating that Sasuke no longer cared about them. Naruto, in response, stated that he also used to hate Sasuke, but over time he had formed a bond with Sasuke through their shared experiences, and as such he would do whatever it took to bring Sasuke home. Naruto's dedication to retrieving Sasuke struck a chord with Sai, who was left without words as a result. When Kabuto arrived and freed Sai, Sai instead helped them capturing Kabuto, hoping to accompany Naruto to find out more about bonds.
   
 
Naruto and Sai split away from Sakura and Yamato to go looking for Sasuke. They were soon found by Orochimaru, and as a result, Naruto distracted him so that Sai could have a chance to scout on ahead. When Orochimaru retreated and Naruto reunited with Sakura and Yamato, Yamato went through the belongings that Sai had left behind. In doing so he discovered Sai's actual mission: to kill Sasuke as a traitor to Konoha. Team Kakashi raced through the base to find and stop Sai, but Sai had already found Sasuke. Sai, however, truly had a change of heart, and instead, tried to capture Sasuke in order to protect his bond with Naruto.
 
Naruto and Sai split away from Sakura and Yamato to go looking for Sasuke. They were soon found by Orochimaru, and as a result, Naruto distracted him so that Sai could have a chance to scout on ahead. When Orochimaru retreated and Naruto reunited with Sakura and Yamato, Yamato went through the belongings that Sai had left behind. In doing so he discovered Sai's actual mission: to kill Sasuke as a traitor to Konoha. Team Kakashi raced through the base to find and stop Sai, but Sai had already found Sasuke. Sai, however, truly had a change of heart, and instead, tried to capture Sasuke in order to protect his bond with Naruto.
   
[[File:Sai intercepts Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Sai intercepts Sasuke's attempt to kill Naruto.]]
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[[File:Sai intercepts Sasuke.png|thumb|right|Sai intercepts Sasuke's attack.]]
 
Irritated by Sai's reasons for bothering him, Sasuke attacked Sai, drawing the rest of the team to their location. When they found out what Sai was trying to do, they all teamed up to restrain Sasuke. Although Sai was able to land a successful attack, Sasuke's abilities were too much for them and he prepared to kill them all. He was soon stopped by Orochimaru and Kabuto, who convinced him to spare the team before leaving. Defeated, Team Kakashi returned home. Sai requested that he be allowed to stay as a part of the team and, with Danzō's approval, began to spend time with his new friends.
 
Irritated by Sai's reasons for bothering him, Sasuke attacked Sai, drawing the rest of the team to their location. When they found out what Sai was trying to do, they all teamed up to restrain Sasuke. Although Sai was able to land a successful attack, Sasuke's abilities were too much for them and he prepared to kill them all. He was soon stopped by Orochimaru and Kabuto, who convinced him to spare the team before leaving. Defeated, Team Kakashi returned home. Sai requested that he be allowed to stay as a part of the team and, with Danzō's approval, began to spend time with his new friends.
   
[[File:Sai's home and the untitled pictures.PNG|thumb|Inside Sai's apartment.]]
 
 
At one point, Sai began to visit the Konoha library to read about relationships in the hopes of making some for himself. In the anime, this had begun before and continued throughout the Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc. When he read that nicknames were a good way to make friends, Sai made the mistake of using nicknames that describe how he actually saw a person. When calling Sakura "ugly" earned him a beating, he concluded that women liked to be called the opposite of what was true. To that end, he called [[Ino Yamanaka]] "beautiful", something that got him another beating from Sakura.
 
At one point, Sai began to visit the Konoha library to read about relationships in the hopes of making some for himself. In the anime, this had begun before and continued throughout the Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc. When he read that nicknames were a good way to make friends, Sai made the mistake of using nicknames that describe how he actually saw a person. When calling Sakura "ugly" earned him a beating, he concluded that women liked to be called the opposite of what was true. To that end, he called [[Ino Yamanaka]] "beautiful", something that got him another beating from Sakura.
   
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After clearing up the confusion, the monks lead Team Kakashi to the Fire Temple. Upon reaching the temple, the monks explained to the team the situation regarding the sacred tombs' mysterious disappearance. After seeing Naruto and Sora bickering, they headed off only to return to the temple hearing news that another tomb was robbed. Soon after that, Team Kakashi, accompanied by [[Chiriku]] and Sora, moved out to find the perpetrators. They soon spotted four other tombs moving across a field by themselves. They found that the tombs were heading up a cliff where four ninja named [[Furido]], [[Fudō]], [[Fūka]], and [[Fuen]] were. Fudō quickly used earth release to create a rocky canyon maze, which separated Team Kakashi and Sora. Sai tried to escape by using a ink bird but, unfortunately, got sealed up. He along with the others were confronted by the ninja. He was confronted by Fuen who mocked him for not being able to escape. Sai, awared that the enemy knew the area, attempted to leave and plan. Though he did get away, the enemy had the blue prints to the area knew exactly where he went off to and tried to kill him.
 
After clearing up the confusion, the monks lead Team Kakashi to the Fire Temple. Upon reaching the temple, the monks explained to the team the situation regarding the sacred tombs' mysterious disappearance. After seeing Naruto and Sora bickering, they headed off only to return to the temple hearing news that another tomb was robbed. Soon after that, Team Kakashi, accompanied by [[Chiriku]] and Sora, moved out to find the perpetrators. They soon spotted four other tombs moving across a field by themselves. They found that the tombs were heading up a cliff where four ninja named [[Furido]], [[Fudō]], [[Fūka]], and [[Fuen]] were. Fudō quickly used earth release to create a rocky canyon maze, which separated Team Kakashi and Sora. Sai tried to escape by using a ink bird but, unfortunately, got sealed up. He along with the others were confronted by the ninja. He was confronted by Fuen who mocked him for not being able to escape. Sai, awared that the enemy knew the area, attempted to leave and plan. Though he did get away, the enemy had the blue prints to the area knew exactly where he went off to and tried to kill him.
   
He later saved Sakura from a a giant spider. He was able to kill it only to get his arm broken in the process. Sakura tended to his wound. After the two had met up with Yamato, they found Naruto being drained off his chakra by a kiss from Fuka. They tried to help but got trapped by Fuen and Fudo. After the the area caved in, they all got away. It was soon figured out that they might be after Sora. When the group returned to the village, Sora went with them. While Sai left to take a rest, Naruto introduced Sora around the village per Sakura's request. Later, Sai, from the hospital, saw that the village was being attacked by a jutsu used by Fudo and his fellow members. He later snuck out of the hospital to help Asuma fight [[Kazuma]].
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He later saved Sakura from a a giant spider. He was able to kill it only to get his arm broken in the process. Sakura tended to his wound. After the two had met up with Yamato, they found Naruto being drained off his chakra by a kiss from Fuka. They tried to help but got trapped by Fuen and Fudō. After the the area caved in, they all got away. It was soon figured out that they might be after Sora. When the group returned to the village, Sora went with them. While Sai left to take a rest, Naruto introduced Sora around the village per Sakura's request. Later, Sai, from the hospital, saw that the village was being attacked by a technique used by Fudō and his fellow members. He later snuck out of the hospital to help Asuma fight [[Kazuma]].
   
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
 
Sai and the rest of team Kakashi were later sent as backup for [[Team 10]] during their battle with [[Akatsuki]]. Because [[Shikamaru Nara]] was separated from the rest of the group, Sai and Sakura were sent to his aid, though upon arrival they found that Shikamaru had already defeated his opponent. Sai returned with everyone else to Konoha, having not taken part in the battle. Because Naruto was injured during the battle, he has difficulty eating when they got back. Sai, wanting to ameliorate their friendship, attempted to feed Naruto which angered him since he had wanted Sakura to feed him and Sai had interrupted her doing so. Neither has their way as [[Kakashi]] himself took up the task of feeding Naruto instead.
 
Sai and the rest of team Kakashi were later sent as backup for [[Team 10]] during their battle with [[Akatsuki]]. Because [[Shikamaru Nara]] was separated from the rest of the group, Sai and Sakura were sent to his aid, though upon arrival they found that Shikamaru had already defeated his opponent. Sai returned with everyone else to Konoha, having not taken part in the battle. Because Naruto was injured during the battle, he has difficulty eating when they got back. Sai, wanting to ameliorate their friendship, attempted to feed Naruto which angered him since he had wanted Sakura to feed him and Sai had interrupted her doing so. Neither has their way as [[Kakashi]] himself took up the task of feeding Naruto instead.
   
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
 
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
   
 
Sai was placed on Team One along with Kakashi, [[Shino]], and Naruto. His team's duty was to fight any enemies who closed into the area so they wouldn't disrupt the sealing process. After he had introduced himself to Shino, he found that Shino had a bit of a grudge towards Naruto, since it turned out that though Sai only knew Naruto for a few months, he knew much about him, in fact more than he did. Also, he was reminded how Naruto didn't recognise him when he returned from the Kazekage Rescue mission.
 
Sai was placed on Team One along with Kakashi, [[Shino]], and Naruto. His team's duty was to fight any enemies who closed into the area so they wouldn't disrupt the sealing process. After he had introduced himself to Shino, he found that Shino had a bit of a grudge towards Naruto, since it turned out that though Sai only knew Naruto for a few months, he knew much about him, in fact more than he did. Also, he was reminded how Naruto didn't recognise him when he returned from the Kazekage Rescue mission.
   
Sai's team ran into [[Guren]] and [[Gozu]]. Sai was soon put the battle Gozu who proved to be quite capable in fighting. Sai tried restraining him with ink snakes but he eventually broke free. He also tried holding his ground by deflecting some of Guren's crystal shuriken with his tantō. At some point while the Konoha took a break from trying to seal the beast after failing, he was punched by Sakura and [[Ino]]. He mistakenly got in between their bickering and overheard nicknames they called each other and thought it'd be okay to repeat. Those being "Forehead Girl" and "Ino-pig".
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[[File:Ink_Flush.PNG|thumb|Sai temporarily restrains Gozu.]]
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Sai's team ran into [[Guren]] and [[Gozu]]. As the battle between them commenced Sai soon battled Gozu alone who proved to be quite capable in fighting. Sai tried restraining him with ink snakes but he eventually broke free. At some point while the Konoha-nin took a break to plan after failing to seal the beast, he was punched by [[Sakura]] and [[Ino]]. He mistakenly got in between their bickering and overheard nicknames they called each other, thinking it'd be okay to repeat. Those being "Forehead Girl" and "Ino-pig".
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Later, he battled merged foes but to avail the merged foes were crushed by the Three-Tails on its ramapage. After Naruto was freed from inside of the Three-Tails when he was swallowed along with Guren, he watched as Naruto drove the tailed beast back and they went back to Konoha as they were exhausted and left the rest up to the Anbu.
   
 
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
 
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
[[File:8-Man Squad anime.JPG|thumb|left|Team 7 and 8 set out to pursue Itachi.]]
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[[File:Eight Man Squad.png|thumb|left|Team 7 and 8 set out to pursue Itachi.]]
 
Along with [[Team Kurenai]], Sai and the rest of Team Kakashi set out to find and capture [[Itachi Uchiha]]. When Kakashi summoned his [[ninken]] to assist them on the mission, Sai was partnered with [[Ūhei]] and [[Urushi (summon)|Urushi]] and wondered to himself whether or not he could become friends with dogs. He and the others were later confronted by [[Tobi]], who stalled them long enough to prevent them from locating neither Sasuke nor Itachi.
 
Along with [[Team Kurenai]], Sai and the rest of Team Kakashi set out to find and capture [[Itachi Uchiha]]. When Kakashi summoned his [[ninken]] to assist them on the mission, Sai was partnered with [[Ūhei]] and [[Urushi (summon)|Urushi]] and wondered to himself whether or not he could become friends with dogs. He and the others were later confronted by [[Tobi]], who stalled them long enough to prevent them from locating neither Sasuke nor Itachi.
 
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=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
 
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
 
{{Main|Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc}}
 
{{Main|Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc}}
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Sai and the rest of Team Yamato were assigned a mission involving the [[Tsuchigumo Clan]]. When they reached their destination they found the place had been attacked and a hurt [[Tonbee]]. Sakura heals him and we regains his strength he tells that a group of ninja attacked seeking the [[Tsuchigumo clan's kinjutsu]] and that his granddaughter, [[Hotaru]] escaped through a secret passage with it. Sai, Naruto and Yamato head out to find her while leaving Sakura to tend with him.
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When Team Yamato caught up with her they met [[Utakata]] who was attacked by Naruto under miscalculations. After clearing up that Utakata was only escorting her until Konoha arrived he left Hotaru in their hands. Sai had to trick her into letting them escort her to the Tsuchigumo Village since she refused. When the group reached the village they left her with the rest of her clan. They returned when they considered the villagers attitude toward Hotaru suspicious, and found she was gone.
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Later, Sai and Naruto battled a few Kirigakure Anbu because they were attacking Utakata who had Hotaru with him. The leader of the Kiri-nin took Yamato aside to discuss the matters of Utakata. After matters are solved to a certain degree the groups departed. Sai and the rest of Team Yamato found out that Hotaru had a scroll that held her clan's kinjutsu embedded in her back.
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Some time after Team Yamato and Utakata headed to the Tsuchigumo Village after Hotaru had been kidnapped. Sai with Yamato and Sakura later fought the Tsuchigumo clan villagers who were under [[Shiranami]]'s control and the Magaki Group while Naruto and Utakata went find a kidnapped Hotaru. They departed after foiling Shiranami's plan.
   
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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[[File:Omoi and Karui confrontation.png|thumb|left|Karui and Omoi confront Team Kakashi.]]
 
[[File:Omoi and Karui confrontation.png|thumb|left|Karui and Omoi confront Team Kakashi.]]
Sakura refuted his claim, pointing out that Danzō had ordered Sasuke be killed as a traitor. Sai was surprised since Danzō had not told him that during their meeting. They were immediately confronted by [[Kumogakure]] ninja who, after their brief skirmish, demand to know what they knew about Sasuke. Naruto, seeing that this upsetted Sakura, volunteered to tell them all that he knew. Sai secretly watched the meeting and how Naruto could not bring himself to sell out Sasuke.
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Sakura refuted his claim, pointing out that Danzō had ordered Sasuke be killed as a traitor. Sai was surprised since Danzō had not told him that during their meeting. They were immediately confronted by [[Kumogakure]] ninja who, after their brief skirmish, demand to know what they knew about Sasuke. Naruto, seeing that this upset Sakura, volunteered to tell them all that he knew. Sai secretly watched the meeting and how Naruto could not bring himself to sell out Sasuke.
   
 
[[File:Sai stops Karui.png|thumb|Sai stops Karui from beating on Naruto.]]
 
[[File:Sai stops Karui.png|thumb|Sai stops Karui from beating on Naruto.]]
Naruto allowed [[Karui]] to take out her anger on him. Karui happily accepted and proceed to beat him up, but Sai stepped in once she started to overdo it. When Karui left, Sai brought Naruto to Kakashi and Yamato and then tended to his wounds. Naruto asked that Kakashi and Yamato help him find the [[Fourth Raikage]]. When they had agreed, Kakashi told Sai not to tell Danzō what Naruto was doing. After hearing such a request Sai looked rather upset and asked Kakashi if he didn't trust him because he was from [[Root]], but Kakashi answered that he believed in him because he was also a member of Team Kakashi. Hearing these words made Sai happy and drove him to act more resolutely. Sai later approached Sakura, telling her about what Naruto had gone through with Karui for her benefit. He surmised that Naruto deeply loved Sakura, and that trying to make her happy, such as bringing Sasuke back to the village, caused him constant pain.
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Naruto allowed [[Karui]] to take out her anger on him. Karui happily accepted and proceeded to beat him up, but Sai stepped in once she started to overdo it. When Karui left, Sai brought Naruto to Kakashi and Yamato and then tended to his wounds. Naruto asked that Kakashi and Yamato help him find the [[Fourth Raikage]]. When they had agreed, Kakashi told Sai not to tell Danzō what Naruto was doing. After hearing such a request Sai looked rather upset and asked Kakashi if he didn't trust him because he was from [[Root]], but Kakashi answered that he believed in him because he was also a member of Team Kakashi. Hearing these words made Sai happy and drove him to act more resolutely. Sai later approached Sakura, telling her about what Naruto had gone through with Karui for her benefit. He surmised that Naruto deeply loved Sakura, and that trying to make her happy, such as bringing Sasuke back to the village, caused him constant pain.
   
 
[[File:Sakura's team.png|thumb|left|Sai accompanies Sakura to the Land of Iron.]]
 
[[File:Sakura's team.png|thumb|left|Sai accompanies Sakura to the Land of Iron.]]
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=== Chikara Arc ===
 
=== Chikara Arc ===
 
{{Main|Chikara Arc}}
 
{{Main|Chikara Arc}}
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Sai and the rest Team Yamato were sent to investigate the attack at [[Tonika Village]]. Splitting up into two, he goes with Yamato. While on their investigation they run into police from [[Hachō Village]]. After hearing an explosion from a distance he and the others go to the location. When arriving he battled Kabuto at first but soon enough a reincarnated [[Deidara]] stepped in and his attention was drawn to him. After Kabuto retreated he and Yamato went to gather information on [[The Hole]].
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While there was an attack by the Naruto clone, he and Yamato battled Deidara and a snake clone of Hidan. Later with assistance from Kakashi and other Konoha-nin they discussed Kabuto's goals. He later joined his comrades in battling Kabuto's reincarnated shinobi.
   
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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After Zabuza and Haku had been dealt with, Kakashi asked that Sai back him up with the sealing techniques he had learned from Root. Sai was reluctant, but Kakashi insisted that, as one of Danzō's most prized soldiers, Sai needn't hold his emotions. Later, Sai was seen among the rest of the Third Division as they recuperated after the first day of war.
 
After Zabuza and Haku had been dealt with, Kakashi asked that Sai back him up with the sealing techniques he had learned from Root. Sai was reluctant, but Kakashi insisted that, as one of Danzō's most prized soldiers, Sai needn't hold his emotions. Later, Sai was seen among the rest of the Third Division as they recuperated after the first day of war.
   
[[File:Tiger Vision Staring Bullet1.png|thumb|left|Sai sealing Jinin Akebino.]]
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[[File:Koshi Tandan2.png|thumb|left|Sai seals away Fuguki.]]
 
The next morning, Sai alongside the [[Third Division]] restarted their assault on the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]]. Drawing a gigantic tiger, Sai launched his [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet]] at [[Fuguki Suikazan]] who had been incapacitated by Kakashi. As the tiger dragged Fuguki back into the drawing, a noticeably winded Sai told them that he could still go on. [[Lee]] told Sai to just concentrate on sealing the enemies, he would protect him while Sai's at it. As a new wave of [[White Zetsu Army]] clones approached, Sai looked on as Naruto's [[shadow clone]] arrived on the battlefield to confront them. In the anime, Sai also used this technique to seal away [[Jinin Akebino]], and a number of other reincarnated shinobi as well. After being informed by [[Inoichi]] from HQ that Naruto and [[B]] were fighting the "[[masked Madara]]", Sai and the [[Konoha 11]] rushed to his aid. As he ran, he stated that if it were not raining, he could use his [[Super Beast Imitating Drawing]] technique to get to Naruto faster. After Lee had, however, spurred him on, Sai thought to himself that he finally and completely understood what it meant to have friends.
 
The next morning, Sai alongside the [[Third Division]] restarted their assault on the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]]. Drawing a gigantic tiger, Sai launched his [[Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet]] at [[Fuguki Suikazan]] who had been incapacitated by Kakashi. As the tiger dragged Fuguki back into the drawing, a noticeably winded Sai told them that he could still go on. [[Lee]] told Sai to just concentrate on sealing the enemies, he would protect him while Sai's at it. As a new wave of [[White Zetsu Army]] clones approached, Sai looked on as Naruto's [[shadow clone]] arrived on the battlefield to confront them. In the anime, Sai also used this technique to seal away [[Jinin Akebino]], and a number of other reincarnated shinobi as well. After being informed by [[Inoichi]] from HQ that Naruto and [[B]] were fighting the "[[masked Madara]]", Sai and the [[Konoha 11]] rushed to his aid. As he ran, he stated that if it were not raining, he could use his [[Super Beast Imitating Drawing]] technique to get to Naruto faster. After Lee had, however, spurred him on, Sai thought to himself that he finally and completely understood what it meant to have friends.
   
 
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
 
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
[[File:Naruto Alliance.png|thumb|Sai, along with remainder of the Allied Shinobi Force, arrive at the battlefield.]]
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[[File:Allied Forces Jutsu.png|thumb|Sai, along with remainder of the Allied Shinobi Force, arrive at the battlefield.]]
 
Upon arriving at the battlefield, he apologised to Kakashi for their late arrival and later stood alongside the remaining members of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to face their opposition. When B had regained enough chakra, Sai flew him towards the [[Ten-Tails]] atop one of his birds, allowing B to get close enough to launch a counter measure against the beast.
 
Upon arriving at the battlefield, he apologised to Kakashi for their late arrival and later stood alongside the remaining members of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to face their opposition. When B had regained enough chakra, Sai flew him towards the [[Ten-Tails]] atop one of his birds, allowing B to get close enough to launch a counter measure against the beast.
   
[[File:Sai attacks Ten-Tails.png|thumb|left|Sai attempts to attack the Ten-Tails.]]
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[[File:Sai flies towards the Ten-Tails.png|thumb|left|Sai attempts an aerial attack on the Ten-Tails.]]
 
Later as the Ten-Tails matured and the Alliance launched a counter assault, Sai attempted to attack the Ten-Tails' body from above, avoiding its [[Ten-Tails Fission|copies]], but was soon spotted and knocked out of the sky. After being saved by Naruto, Sai concluded the only way to reach the beast was to take out the larger enemies first and slither past, but that would require a method to get into range quickly and once they were there they would be without healers. His team-mates of Team Kakashi responded by summoning a snake, a toad, and a slug respectively.
 
Later as the Ten-Tails matured and the Alliance launched a counter assault, Sai attempted to attack the Ten-Tails' body from above, avoiding its [[Ten-Tails Fission|copies]], but was soon spotted and knocked out of the sky. After being saved by Naruto, Sai concluded the only way to reach the beast was to take out the larger enemies first and slither past, but that would require a method to get into range quickly and once they were there they would be without healers. His team-mates of Team Kakashi responded by summoning a snake, a toad, and a slug respectively.
   
 
While the Allied Shinobi Forces and the deceased Hokage marvelled at the original Team 7's combined performance, Sai questioned Jūgo about Sasuke's true motives, to which he replied that even he himself didn't know. He would later tell Sakura that since he didn't know Sasuke much he could observe him without friendly feelings involved and that he couldn't trust him. He proceeded to question Sakura how she truly felt about Sasuke, to which she replied that she was happy Sasuke had returned and that they could trust him. Sai then thought that sincere as her words sounded, her smile was fake.
 
While the Allied Shinobi Forces and the deceased Hokage marvelled at the original Team 7's combined performance, Sai questioned Jūgo about Sasuke's true motives, to which he replied that even he himself didn't know. He would later tell Sakura that since he didn't know Sasuke much he could observe him without friendly feelings involved and that he couldn't trust him. He proceeded to question Sakura how she truly felt about Sasuke, to which she replied that she was happy Sasuke had returned and that they could trust him. Sai then thought that sincere as her words sounded, her smile was fake.
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After the Ten-Tails transforms into its true, tree-like form, it ravaged the Alliance in an attempt to consume their chakra. Sai, seemingly having avoided the assault, crouched and tended to a wounded Sakura. Thankful that Sakura was all right, their attention is soon drawn to Shikamaru's predicament. When Katsuyu noted that it would not be able to [[Remote Healing|remotely]] assist him because its clones had been killed as well, Sai and Sakura rushed to Shikamaru's side to help their fallen comrade. Responding when Naruto called for them telepathically, Sai the Konoha 11 shinobi are shocked when Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode mantle forms around them as well when he enters one of Kurama's tails. His directives clear, Sai and the others used the [[Rasengan]], which Naruto had formed to break down Obito's defence and give Sasuke and Naruto a clear shot at attacking their opponent. He and his comrades later also aided Naruto in wresting control of the tailed beasts' chakra from Obito in order to stop the Ten-Tails' tree form from blooming. Ultimately, they succeed in removing the tailed beasts from Obito, reverting the Uchiha to his original form. Sai then joins the others in aiding [[Hashirama]] against Madara.
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After Hashirama is able to [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God|subdue]] the Uchiha, Sai moves in to seal him for good. Moments before the seal is complete, Madara has [[Zetsu|Black Zetsu]] merge with Obito, forcing him to [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revive]] Madara, granting Madara full access to his newfound might and break free of both Sai's seal and Hashirama's restraints.
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[[File:Mugen Tsukuyomi effect.png|thumb|left|Sai is trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
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After being revived and gaining access to his full power, though without his dōjutsu, Madara was easily able to overwhelm the shinobi in the surrounding area, including Sai, before absorbing Hashirama's senjutsu chakra and going to capture the nine tailed beasts. Sai then teamed up with Sasuke, letting the Uchiha perform a sneak attack from the air through the use of a ink bird. Much later, after Madara became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and reclaimed his missing eye, Sai stood next to Hashirama while the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] was cast, before falling prey to it like the rest of the world and being captured by the roots of the Ten-Tails.
   
 
== Movies ==
 
== Movies ==
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=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
Although not officially given a mission, after recovering from previous injuries, Sai pursued the Konoha 11 on their way to Hiruko's base. Temporarily blinding [[San]] with a flashbomb, he picked up Naruto and Sakura in order to get them ahead of the following teams, leaving Shikamaru and his team-mates to deal with San.
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After being sent to scout the area, Sai is knocked out of the sky and is later found unconscious by Naruto. Although not officially given a mission, after recovering from previous injuries, Sai pursued the Konoha 11 on their way to Hiruko's base. Temporarily blinding [[San]] with a flashbomb, he picked up Naruto and Sakura in order to get them ahead of the following teams, leaving Shikamaru and his team-mates to deal with San.
   
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower ===
 
=== Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower ===
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* As an ANBU member, Sai refers to [[Kakashi]] as his [[Wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|Senpai]] out of respect.
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* As an Anbu member, Sai refers to [[Kakashi]] as his [[Wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|Senpai]] out of respect.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Sai's hobbies are drawing and calligraphy.
 
** Sai's hobbies are drawing and calligraphy.
 
** Sai wishes to fight [[Kakashi Hatake]].
 
** Sai wishes to fight [[Kakashi Hatake]].
** Sai's favourite word is {{translation|"''Comrades''"|仲間|nakama}}.
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** Sai's favourite word is {{translation|"''Comrades''"|仲間|Nakama}}.
 
** Sai's favourite food is [[Wikipedia:Tofu#Firm tofu|momen tofu]], while his least favourite is [[Wikipedia:Mitarashi dango|mitarashi dango]].
 
** Sai's favourite food is [[Wikipedia:Tofu#Firm tofu|momen tofu]], while his least favourite is [[Wikipedia:Mitarashi dango|mitarashi dango]].
 
** Sai has a frank, obedient and submissive personality.
 
** Sai has a frank, obedient and submissive personality.
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== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Naruto]]) "''The way you fight, are you a boy or a girl?"''<ref name="c283t"/>
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* (To [[Naruto]]) "''The way you fight, are you a boy or a girl?"''<ref name="c283t" />
 
* (To [[Sakura]]) "''A smile can get you out of a tough situation, even if it is fake.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 286, page 11</ref>
 
* (To [[Sakura]]) "''A smile can get you out of a tough situation, even if it is fake.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 286, page 11</ref>
 
* (To Sakura) "''I've drawn hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures so far… other pictures have the situation at the time, and the artist's feelings… like portraits have the person's name… but don't pictures usually have titles…? To be more precise, even if I try to give them titles, I just can't do it. I don't feel anything… they don't put me in mind of anything.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 6</ref>
 
* (To Sakura) "''I've drawn hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures so far… other pictures have the situation at the time, and the artist's feelings… like portraits have the person's name… but don't pictures usually have titles…? To be more precise, even if I try to give them titles, I just can't do it. I don't feel anything… they don't put me in mind of anything.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 6</ref>
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* (To himself) "''This… is what it means to have friends… I understand it perfectly… Naruto."''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref>
 
* (To himself) "''This… is what it means to have friends… I understand it perfectly… Naruto."''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref>
   
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Sai

(サイ, Sai)
Debut
Manga Chapter #281
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #32
Movie Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds
Game Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Sagittarius November 25 searchgray_iconsmall.png
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part II: 16-17
Height
  • Part II: 172.1 cm1.721 m
    5.646 ft
    67.756 in
Weight
  • Part II: 53.3 kg117.506 lb
Blood type A
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012420
Academy Grad. Age 9
Chūnin Prom. Age 10
Family

  • Shin (Adoptive Brother)
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Sai (サイ, Sai) is an ANBU-level shinobi of Konohagakure. Raised as a member of Root, Sai has no emotions and has difficulty connecting with others. When he is added to Team Kakashi as a replacement for Sasuke Uchiha, he begins to learn about people's feelings and try to develop himself as a part of Team Kakashi. He sometimes comes up in a troubled situation because he mainly depends on a book.

Background Edit

Sai as a Child

Sai as a child.

Sai was orphaned as a child and recruited into Root, a secret branch of the ANBU. There he was raised and conditioned to have no personality, personal connections, or a name; "Sai" being given to him for the purposes of joining Team Kakashi. Though largely successful in this regard, Sai retained an interest in art. When Shin, an older Root member, discovered Sai's drawing ability, he encouraged Sai's talent and they became very close.

Over time, Sai came to think of Shin as an older brother and looked up to him. Unfortunately, Sai and Shin were supposed to fight to the death by Root regulations, in a final step to eradicate emotions. Before that happened, however, Shin died of an unnamed illness and Sai's Root training suppressed most of the memories he had of him.[2] In the anime, Sai and Shin were forced to fight by Danzō Shimura but Shin died before the battle could be finished. Shin told Sai to report to Danzō that he killed him in battle and before succumbing to his illness, told his brother that he had to suppress his feelings and that he should live for the both of them.[3] Before Shin's death, Sai created a picture book that would depict all the opponents they faced and illustrate the feelings that they shared for each other. Sai organised the book so that his and Shin's portraits would be located at opposite ends of the book, and in the centre pages would be a picture of them holding hands. Some time after the loss of Shin, Sai forgot that this was his intention, and the picture book was left unfinished, though he could never bring it upon himself to discard the book.

During his time in Root, Sai was ordered to eliminate a large number of individuals that posed a threat against Konoha. The last assassination he performed was of Unmo Samidare.[4] In an attempt to gain a powerful fūinjutsu after seeing the Third Hokage sacrifice his life in an attempt to defeat Orochimaru, Danzō supervised Sai while he learned how to use the Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet, noting that it would be dangerous as he would have to use "emotional energy" in order to make the technique stronger. Sai struggled greatly with this endeavour as it conflicted with his training and, consumed by negative emotions, his training was seemingly left incomplete.[5]

Personality Edit

Sai2

Sai's fake smile.

When first introduced, Sai was distinguished by his total lack of emotion which he often masks with a false, cheerful, yet transparent façade. After much mental conditioning and training while in Root, Sai had suppressed almost all of his emotions, laying all of his loyalty to whoever commands him, and thus making it easier for him to accomplish dangerous, unpleasant, or unethical missions. Due to this training and his lack of social experience and personal initiative, Sai has great trouble in understanding how bonds between people can motivate others. He often showcases this confusion after thinking about why Naruto would go so far to save Sasuke, a traitor, even though Naruto had not been ordered to do so.

Sai's social awkwardness tended to get people angry, because he would often speak without considering his words and their effects on people. This was due to his inability to realise the difference between a rude statement and a true statement. Sai had read somewhere in a book that giving somebody a nickname would bring you closer to that person and develop your friendship, this resulted in Sai hurting Sakura Haruno's feelings, because he called her ugly, stating the first true character trait that came to his mind. This also nearly led to enraging Chōji, while eating barbecue with Team Asuma and Team Kakashi he nearly called him "fatso" before Naruto covered his mouth before he could finish.

Angry Sai

Sai enraged.

After spending more time with Team Kakashi, Sai comes to appreciate bonds, particularly the bond that exists between Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, though Sai would come to have his doubts about Sasuke when he began to commit crimes on an international scale, which Naruto would suffer for. This causes him to break out of his emotionless shell and start to remember the times he had with his own "brother", Shin. In doing so, Sai was able to start giving genuine smiles. Wanting to experience personal bonds for himself, Sai sets out to make as many friends as he can. However, since he is learning most of this out of books and by trial and error, he often accidentally ends up offending people with his nicknames and conversation. He has come to develop a more genuine, pleasant and thoughtful personality, while also showing signs of more emotion, such as enthusiasm and occasionally nervousness. After his first time with Team Kakashi, Sai is seen being friendly towards others, helping companions when they need it, referring to peers kindly, and having fun in social situations. The greatest change in his personality, however, came after he encounters his reincarnated brother. When Shin is used as a living bomb by Deidara, Sai becomes enraged and attacks Sasori and Deidara mercilessly, showing genuine rage on his face. Sai also displays genuine sadness, shedding tears when his brother is freed from the technique and disappears.

Sai Crying

Sai crying.

Sai is very observant, and is always focused on his missions. He pays a lot of attention to detail, allowing him to quickly notice if something is not as it appears, as shown from how he easily sees through Yamato's tricks. This awareness spans beyond the trials of duty, as Sai was later quick to understand the nature of Naruto's inner burden. What he failed to understand, however, was that Naruto was not trying to save Sasuke just for Sakura. Sai holds Naruto in high regard, and tries to assist Naruto whenever he's going through hardships.

Appearance Edit

Sai full

Sai's casual outfit.

Sai full2

Sai's full appearance.

Sai has short, black hair, and black eyes which contrast with his very pale skin. He is usually seen carrying a small backpack with his brush, scrolls, and ninja ink in it. He wears a short black jacket with red straps — as customary of all Root members, to most likely show his allegiance to the organisation. He also carries a tip-less tantō on his back. The rest of his outfit consisted of a high-collared midriff shirt, black pants, shinobi sandals and gloves with his index and thumb fingers exposed, most likely to facilitate the use of his drawing based techniques. When first seen with Team Kakashi, his jacket has a long right and short left sleeves.[6] He had Danzō's cursed seal on the back of his tongue until Danzō's death, which caused it to disappear.[7][8] Naruto, Sakura, and Ino said he physically resembled Sasuke, despite his shorter hair and paler skin-tone.[9][10][11] When he's not on missions, Sai wears a casual outfit consisting of a long-sleeve shirt with a high collar, matching pants, and his regular shinobi sandals. This outfit was first depicted as being purple in colour and later, navy blue. He doesn't wear his forehead protector or gloves with this outfit.

In the anime, when Sai uses the Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet and his negative emotions surface because of his use of "emotional energy", his eyes turn a translucent red colour and his sclerae turn black. This is apparently, as when Danzō countered the symptoms, ink splattered from Sai's body.[5]

Abilities Edit

As a member of Root, Sai is a highly capable ninja, considered by Danzō himself to be the strongest member of his generation. Danzō even had enough faith in Sai's abilities to task him with single-handedly killing Sasuke Uchiha. As a Root Anbu, Sai has keen observation skills and is also skilled in kenjutsu, wielding a tantō in battle. Said was also seen concealing himself underground without disrupting the surface of the earth in a similar manner to the Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique technique.

Ink Techniques Edit

Super Beasts

Sai performing his Super Beast Imitating Drawing technique.

Sai's most notable talent is his skill as an artist, and he claims to have drawn thousands of pictures. Despite the great quantity and magnitude of the things he has drawn, he has never given any of his works a name, his lack of emotion making it impossible for him to form a significant enough attachment to his art to give titles. Even so, Sai's drawing talent is also the source of his technique, known as Super Beast Imitating Drawing.

To be able to execute his Super Beast Imitation Drawing technique, Sai carries around a specialised custom scroll to draw on, the scroll's roller has compartments for Sai's ink brush and to hold a supply of ink. A distinct advantage of this technique is that he can perform it with a single hand, leaving the other free for enemy counter-attacks. In the anime, Sai gets his ink from a supply store, which he says is the ink that works best for his Super Beast Imitation Drawing techniques. By infusing his chakra into the ink beforehand and drawing objects with a brush on his scroll, which he can do very quickly, Sai is able to bring his creations to life by animating the ink directly off the page. These creations grow to life-size once they have been brought to life — similar to Deidara's explosive clay constructs.

Birds and explosive tags

Sai's bird and explosive tags creation.

Sai typically creates giant birds for long range transport for himself or others,[12] and lion-like monsters or giants for attack,[13] or objects like umbrellas for everyday use. He can create snakes and use them as strong bindings on enemies, or mice to quickly scout an area. Sai can make clones of himself for reconnaissance. For discreet communiques when he is undercover, Sai is able to turn the words he writes into small animals, allowing them to travel to their intended target unnoticed. He has also demonstrated the ability to create large scale drawings as shown during the battle of the two ambush squads; he created two large human beings which resembled the Benevolent Kings (仁王, Niō). These had enough physical strength to completely destroy Deidara's clay bird as well as send him along with Sasori plummeting to the ground. Sai can create explosive tags with his ink technique. He can draw long lines of tags attached to small birds, allowing him to bombard enemies from the air.[14]

Fūinjutsu Edit

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Sai sealing Jinin Akebino.

As noted by Kakashi, Sai is one of Danzō's prized soldiers and as such, his Root training also included learning fūinjutsu.[15] His sealing technique allows him to trap people within his paintings by drawing a tiger on a large scroll with a giant paint brush. Since it takes time to draw the tiger, he needs allies to protect him while in battle.[16] In the anime, it is stated that Sai uses "emotional energy" to bolster the technique. This is a double-edged sword as Sai becomes susceptible to his negative emotions.[5]

Taijutsu Edit

Ink Mist Technique

Sai incorporating ink with the Body Flicker Technique.

Despite not being his speciality, Sai has shown to be proficient in taijutsu. He was able to react and block Naruto's attempt to stab him with a kunai very easily with his tantō.[17] He also was able to subdue Kabuto Yakushi very easily[18] and block Sasuke Uchiha's attempt to stab Naruto, with Sasuke commenting that he blocked the attack in the most appropriate manner.[19] During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he was able to break Shin's neck with a flying knee kick in mid-air.[20]

He is also very proficient with the Body Flicker Technique, and is capable of surprising even highly-skilled shinobi with it.[19][21]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
Third 4 3.5 3 3.5 3 3.5 3 4 27.5

Part II Edit

Sasuke and Sai Arc Edit

Team Yamato

The reborn Team Kakashi faces Kabuto and Orochimaru.

Sai was assigned to join Team Kakashi by his superior Danzō to assist in meeting with a spy in Orochimaru's ranks to find out about Sasuke Uchiha. Sai was confrontational with his new team-mates upon their first meeting, exasperating both Sakura and Naruto. On their way to the rendezvous point, Sai once again aggravated them, questioning Naruto's manhood and insulting Sasuke. The latter caused Sakura Haruno to punch him in anger. As they continued on to the meeting point, Sai questioned why Naruto was loyal to a traitor like Sasuke, to which Naruto stated he was not a traitor, but a friend. Upon reaching the designated meeting place, Yamato went ahead disguised as Sasori so that he could meet the spy. When the spy, Kabuto Yakushi, arrived with Orochimaru to kill Sasori, Sai, Naruto, and Sakura were called in for help.

Sai's real mission

Sai delivering Danzō's message to Orochimaru.

When Naruto and Orochimaru began fighting, Sai left the rest of the team to begin his real mission. He briefly observed Naruto's fight with Orochimaru, unconcerned with the danger he left Yamato and Sakura in, and approached Orochimaru after he had repelled Naruto with a proposition from Danzō. Orochimaru accepted, and Sai accompanied him and Kabuto back to their hideout. Once arrived at Orochimaru's hideout, Sai was introduced to Sasuke, who had been training under Orochimaru for the past two-and-a-half years. When Sai mentioned that he might get along better with Sasuke than he did Naruto, Sasuke temporally traps Sai within a genjutsu which startles Sai to the ground due to the amount of fear it gave his emotionless self. He was led to his own room afterwards by Kabuto, who locked Sai in upon leaving. Soon afterwards, Team Kakashi tracked Sai down and confronted him about his real mission. Having been caught, Sai explained that he had been assigned to ally with Orochimaru on Danzō's behalf so that the two may join forces in destroying Konohagakure.

-Bonds-

Team 7 restrains Sai.

Disgusted by the ramifications of this plan, Team Kakashi restrained Sai before setting out to find and retrieve Sasuke. Sai, however, doubted their success, stating that Sasuke no longer cared about them. Naruto, in response, stated that he also used to hate Sasuke, but over time he had formed a bond with Sasuke through their shared experiences, and as such he would do whatever it took to bring Sasuke home. Naruto's dedication to retrieving Sasuke struck a chord with Sai, who was left without words as a result. When Kabuto arrived and freed Sai, Sai instead helped them capturing Kabuto, hoping to accompany Naruto to find out more about bonds.

Naruto and Sai split away from Sakura and Yamato to go looking for Sasuke. They were soon found by Orochimaru, and as a result, Naruto distracted him so that Sai could have a chance to scout on ahead. When Orochimaru retreated and Naruto reunited with Sakura and Yamato, Yamato went through the belongings that Sai had left behind. In doing so he discovered Sai's actual mission: to kill Sasuke as a traitor to Konoha. Team Kakashi raced through the base to find and stop Sai, but Sai had already found Sasuke. Sai, however, truly had a change of heart, and instead, tried to capture Sasuke in order to protect his bond with Naruto.

Sai intercepts Sasuke

Sai intercepts Sasuke's attack.

Irritated by Sai's reasons for bothering him, Sasuke attacked Sai, drawing the rest of the team to their location. When they found out what Sai was trying to do, they all teamed up to restrain Sasuke. Although Sai was able to land a successful attack, Sasuke's abilities were too much for them and he prepared to kill them all. He was soon stopped by Orochimaru and Kabuto, who convinced him to spare the team before leaving. Defeated, Team Kakashi returned home. Sai requested that he be allowed to stay as a part of the team and, with Danzō's approval, began to spend time with his new friends.

At one point, Sai began to visit the Konoha library to read about relationships in the hopes of making some for himself. In the anime, this had begun before and continued throughout the Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc. When he read that nicknames were a good way to make friends, Sai made the mistake of using nicknames that describe how he actually saw a person. When calling Sakura "ugly" earned him a beating, he concluded that women liked to be called the opposite of what was true. To that end, he called Ino Yamanaka "beautiful", something that got him another beating from Sakura.

Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc Edit

Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc

Sai, Yamato, Naruto, and Sakura were sent on a mission near the Fire Temple. When the party didn't meet the group, they decided to split up to find them. After grouping with Yamato, Sakura and the monks, Sai saw Sora, a monk in training, fighting Naruto who also appeared to have wind release. This turned out to be a misunderstanding on the behalf of Sora thinking Naruto was trying to invade the temple.

After clearing up the confusion, the monks lead Team Kakashi to the Fire Temple. Upon reaching the temple, the monks explained to the team the situation regarding the sacred tombs' mysterious disappearance. After seeing Naruto and Sora bickering, they headed off only to return to the temple hearing news that another tomb was robbed. Soon after that, Team Kakashi, accompanied by Chiriku and Sora, moved out to find the perpetrators. They soon spotted four other tombs moving across a field by themselves. They found that the tombs were heading up a cliff where four ninja named Furido, Fudō, Fūka, and Fuen were. Fudō quickly used earth release to create a rocky canyon maze, which separated Team Kakashi and Sora. Sai tried to escape by using a ink bird but, unfortunately, got sealed up. He along with the others were confronted by the ninja. He was confronted by Fuen who mocked him for not being able to escape. Sai, awared that the enemy knew the area, attempted to leave and plan. Though he did get away, the enemy had the blue prints to the area knew exactly where he went off to and tried to kill him.

He later saved Sakura from a a giant spider. He was able to kill it only to get his arm broken in the process. Sakura tended to his wound. After the two had met up with Yamato, they found Naruto being drained off his chakra by a kiss from Fuka. They tried to help but got trapped by Fuen and Fudō. After the the area caved in, they all got away. It was soon figured out that they might be after Sora. When the group returned to the village, Sora went with them. While Sai left to take a rest, Naruto introduced Sora around the village per Sakura's request. Later, Sai, from the hospital, saw that the village was being attacked by a technique used by Fudō and his fellow members. He later snuck out of the hospital to help Asuma fight Kazuma.

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc Edit

Sai and the rest of team Kakashi were later sent as backup for Team 10 during their battle with Akatsuki. Because Shikamaru Nara was separated from the rest of the group, Sai and Sakura were sent to his aid, though upon arrival they found that Shikamaru had already defeated his opponent. Sai returned with everyone else to Konoha, having not taken part in the battle. Because Naruto was injured during the battle, he has difficulty eating when they got back. Sai, wanting to ameliorate their friendship, attempted to feed Naruto which angered him since he had wanted Sakura to feed him and Sai had interrupted her doing so. Neither has their way as Kakashi himself took up the task of feeding Naruto instead.

Three-Tails Arc Edit

Main article: Three-Tails Arc

Sai was placed on Team One along with Kakashi, Shino, and Naruto. His team's duty was to fight any enemies who closed into the area so they wouldn't disrupt the sealing process. After he had introduced himself to Shino, he found that Shino had a bit of a grudge towards Naruto, since it turned out that though Sai only knew Naruto for a few months, he knew much about him, in fact more than he did. Also, he was reminded how Naruto didn't recognise him when he returned from the Kazekage Rescue mission.

Ink Flush

Sai temporarily restrains Gozu.

Sai's team ran into Guren and Gozu. As the battle between them commenced Sai soon battled Gozu alone who proved to be quite capable in fighting. Sai tried restraining him with ink snakes but he eventually broke free. At some point while the Konoha-nin took a break to plan after failing to seal the beast, he was punched by Sakura and Ino. He mistakenly got in between their bickering and overheard nicknames they called each other, thinking it'd be okay to repeat. Those being "Forehead Girl" and "Ino-pig".

Later, he battled merged foes but to avail the merged foes were crushed by the Three-Tails on its ramapage. After Naruto was freed from inside of the Three-Tails when he was swallowed along with Guren, he watched as Naruto drove the tailed beast back and they went back to Konoha as they were exhausted and left the rest up to the Anbu.

Itachi Pursuit Arc Edit

Eight Man Squad

Team 7 and 8 set out to pursue Itachi.

Along with Team Kurenai, Sai and the rest of Team Kakashi set out to find and capture Itachi Uchiha. When Kakashi summoned his ninken to assist them on the mission, Sai was partnered with Ūhei and Urushi and wondered to himself whether or not he could become friends with dogs. He and the others were later confronted by Tobi, who stalled them long enough to prevent them from locating neither Sasuke nor Itachi.

Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc Edit

Main article: Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc

Sai and the rest of Team Yamato were assigned a mission involving the Tsuchigumo Clan. When they reached their destination they found the place had been attacked and a hurt Tonbee. Sakura heals him and we regains his strength he tells that a group of ninja attacked seeking the Tsuchigumo clan's kinjutsu and that his granddaughter, Hotaru escaped through a secret passage with it. Sai, Naruto and Yamato head out to find her while leaving Sakura to tend with him.

When Team Yamato caught up with her they met Utakata who was attacked by Naruto under miscalculations. After clearing up that Utakata was only escorting her until Konoha arrived he left Hotaru in their hands. Sai had to trick her into letting them escort her to the Tsuchigumo Village since she refused. When the group reached the village they left her with the rest of her clan. They returned when they considered the villagers attitude toward Hotaru suspicious, and found she was gone.

Later, Sai and Naruto battled a few Kirigakure Anbu because they were attacking Utakata who had Hotaru with him. The leader of the Kiri-nin took Yamato aside to discuss the matters of Utakata. After matters are solved to a certain degree the groups departed. Sai and the rest of Team Yamato found out that Hotaru had a scroll that held her clan's kinjutsu embedded in her back.

Some time after Team Yamato and Utakata headed to the Tsuchigumo Village after Hotaru had been kidnapped. Sai with Yamato and Sakura later fought the Tsuchigumo clan villagers who were under Shiranami's control and the Magaki Group while Naruto and Utakata went find a kidnapped Hotaru. They departed after foiling Shiranami's plan.

Invasion of Pain Arc Edit

When Naruto entered the Hokage's office, he was seen with Sakura, the toads, Shizune and the Hokage as Naruto learnt of his master's demise. During the invasion of Pain, Sai was away with Yamato and Anko Mitarashi, tracking down Kabuto Yakushi. He used a special tracking technique that could not be detected by Kabuto. Anko even congratulated him for that. They stopped the search just after a surprised Yamato had informed the group that Naruto had reached the six-tailed form of the Nine-Tails.

Five Kage Summit Arc Edit

Sai's curse mark

The cursed seal on the back of Sai's tongue.

After the invasion, Danzō is made Hokage. He summoned Sai before him and instructed him to keep an eye on Naruto. Sai asked why, so Danzō explained that Naruto, having defeated Pain, was now the village's hero and thus more popular than Danzō himself. However, he was still the village's jinchūriki and therefore must be kept in check. Sai was satisfied with his explanation and went to meet with Naruto and Sakura. The two immediately confronted him about Danzō, asking him to tell them everything he knew. Sai said that he could not, as the cursed seal Danzō had placed on his tongue prevented him from revealing anything about Root. Sakura remarked it was cruel, but Sai explained that it was for the best since Root had done a number of questionable things to protect the village.

Omoi and Karui confrontation

Karui and Omoi confront Team Kakashi.

Sakura refuted his claim, pointing out that Danzō had ordered Sasuke be killed as a traitor. Sai was surprised since Danzō had not told him that during their meeting. They were immediately confronted by Kumogakure ninja who, after their brief skirmish, demand to know what they knew about Sasuke. Naruto, seeing that this upset Sakura, volunteered to tell them all that he knew. Sai secretly watched the meeting and how Naruto could not bring himself to sell out Sasuke.

Sai stops Karui

Sai stops Karui from beating on Naruto.

Naruto allowed Karui to take out her anger on him. Karui happily accepted and proceeded to beat him up, but Sai stepped in once she started to overdo it. When Karui left, Sai brought Naruto to Kakashi and Yamato and then tended to his wounds. Naruto asked that Kakashi and Yamato help him find the Fourth Raikage. When they had agreed, Kakashi told Sai not to tell Danzō what Naruto was doing. After hearing such a request Sai looked rather upset and asked Kakashi if he didn't trust him because he was from Root, but Kakashi answered that he believed in him because he was also a member of Team Kakashi. Hearing these words made Sai happy and drove him to act more resolutely. Sai later approached Sakura, telling her about what Naruto had gone through with Karui for her benefit. He surmised that Naruto deeply loved Sakura, and that trying to make her happy, such as bringing Sasuke back to the village, caused him constant pain.

Sakura's team

Sai accompanies Sakura to the Land of Iron.

Following the Konoha 11's decision to eliminate Sasuke themselves to prevent a war, Sakura asked Sai to help her track down Naruto so that she could speak with him. They found him in the Land of Iron and Sakura confessed her love to Naruto, so now he didn't need to bother fulfilling his promise of retrieving Sasuke. When Naruto didn't believe her, Sakura left with her group. Because she didn't mention the decision to kill Sasuke and that he felt responsible for what she was about to do because of what he had told her back in Konoha, he left an ink clone behind to tell them what Sakura had not. The clone also added that Sakura was likely planning to kill Sasuke personally, and mentioned that Sakura was still in love with Sasuke and wanted to stop him from sinking any lower.

The ink clone helped Kakashi locate Sakura. The real Sai, meanwhile, stopped Sakura from knocking him out and her other escorts, having suspected that she would try to get rid of them so she could fight Sasuke alone. Sakura convinced Kiba and Lee that Sai was a traitor and they started to fight him, but this only made it easier for her to knock out all three. As the ink clone dispersed it warned Kakashi of Sakura's actions. Sai and the others were later woken following the meeting with Sasuke, and as they return to the village they were met by three Root members. They inquired about what had happened. Sai affirmed that the seal disappearing was proof that Danzō had died. He then encouraged them to speak with Kakashi whom he addressed as the "new Hokage" about Root's future.

Chikara Arc Edit

Main article: Chikara Arc

Sai and the rest Team Yamato were sent to investigate the attack at Tonika Village. Splitting up into two, he goes with Yamato. While on their investigation they run into police from Hachō Village. After hearing an explosion from a distance he and the others go to the location. When arriving he battled Kabuto at first but soon enough a reincarnated Deidara stepped in and his attention was drawn to him. After Kabuto retreated he and Yamato went to gather information on The Hole.

While there was an attack by the Naruto clone, he and Yamato battled Deidara and a snake clone of Hidan. Later with assistance from Kakashi and other Konoha-nin they discussed Kabuto's goals. He later joined his comrades in battling Kabuto's reincarnated shinobi.

Adventures at Sea Arc Edit

Main article: Adventures at Sea Arc

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

Sai intercepts Shin

Sai intercepts Shin's attack.

When the Fourth Shinobi World War began, Sai was placed in the Surprise Attack Division. He created birds with his Super Beast Imitating Drawing for his Division to head into battle. When they entered the enemy's territory and the rest of the division began making a base camp, Sai took to the air to provide back up in case they were attacked. When he later spotted several explosions near the camp, Sai rushed back, eliminating one enemy as he arrived. Despite having a broken neck, the target got back up, revealing himself to be a reincarnated Shin. Shin apologised to his brother for being forced to fight him, unable to control his own movements because of the technique he was reincarnated with and because he was also being manipulated by Sasori. Sai and Shin traded blows until the rest of ambush team could come to help. Hoheto Hyūga revealed that there was explosive clay stored within Shin. They navigated him into one of Kankurō's puppets before he could detonate, weakening the explosion.

The Benevolent Kings

Sai attacks Deidara and Sasori.

However, the force was still great enough to knock Sai over, causing some of the belongings from his bag to fall out. Shin regenerated from the damage and Deidara promised to use Shin as a human bomb again and again. Enraged, Sai quickly navigated behind Deidara and Sasori and drew two ink warriors that knocked them both into two more of Kankurō's puppets, where they were confined and neutralised. Sai then prepared to fight Shin again, but Shin told him there was no need; Sai had dropped his picture book earlier, and seeing the finished product had unbound his soul, freeing him of the regrets that he had had in life. Tears flowed from Sai's eyes as Shin's body turns to ash and dust.

Second ambush

Sai, Zaji and Omoi launch a second ambush.

Sai, Omoi, and Zaji were sent out to find other Akatsuki cells. When they came across a group consisting of Haku, Zabuza, Gari, and Pakura, Sai created several ink birds with explosive tags attached to bombard them with. Although the revived ninja recovered from their injuries, Sai continued the assault until backup could arrive. Haku managed to destroy the birds they were riding on, causing them to fall to the ground. Before they could be killed, fortunately, the Third Division arrived to help. They later joined the division in protecting Kakashi as he executed his strategy.

After Zabuza and Haku had been dealt with, Kakashi asked that Sai back him up with the sealing techniques he had learned from Root. Sai was reluctant, but Kakashi insisted that, as one of Danzō's most prized soldiers, Sai needn't hold his emotions. Later, Sai was seen among the rest of the Third Division as they recuperated after the first day of war.

Koshi Tandan2

Sai seals away Fuguki.

The next morning, Sai alongside the Third Division restarted their assault on the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. Drawing a gigantic tiger, Sai launched his Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet at Fuguki Suikazan who had been incapacitated by Kakashi. As the tiger dragged Fuguki back into the drawing, a noticeably winded Sai told them that he could still go on. Lee told Sai to just concentrate on sealing the enemies, he would protect him while Sai's at it. As a new wave of White Zetsu Army clones approached, Sai looked on as Naruto's shadow clone arrived on the battlefield to confront them. In the anime, Sai also used this technique to seal away Jinin Akebino, and a number of other reincarnated shinobi as well. After being informed by Inoichi from HQ that Naruto and B were fighting the "masked Madara", Sai and the Konoha 11 rushed to his aid. As he ran, he stated that if it were not raining, he could use his Super Beast Imitating Drawing technique to get to Naruto faster. After Lee had, however, spurred him on, Sai thought to himself that he finally and completely understood what it meant to have friends.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit

Allied Forces Jutsu

Sai, along with remainder of the Allied Shinobi Force, arrive at the battlefield.

Upon arriving at the battlefield, he apologised to Kakashi for their late arrival and later stood alongside the remaining members of the Allied Shinobi Forces to face their opposition. When B had regained enough chakra, Sai flew him towards the Ten-Tails atop one of his birds, allowing B to get close enough to launch a counter measure against the beast.

Sai flies towards the Ten-Tails

Sai attempts an aerial attack on the Ten-Tails.

Later as the Ten-Tails matured and the Alliance launched a counter assault, Sai attempted to attack the Ten-Tails' body from above, avoiding its copies, but was soon spotted and knocked out of the sky. After being saved by Naruto, Sai concluded the only way to reach the beast was to take out the larger enemies first and slither past, but that would require a method to get into range quickly and once they were there they would be without healers. His team-mates of Team Kakashi responded by summoning a snake, a toad, and a slug respectively.

While the Allied Shinobi Forces and the deceased Hokage marvelled at the original Team 7's combined performance, Sai questioned Jūgo about Sasuke's true motives, to which he replied that even he himself didn't know. He would later tell Sakura that since he didn't know Sasuke much he could observe him without friendly feelings involved and that he couldn't trust him. He proceeded to question Sakura how she truly felt about Sasuke, to which she replied that she was happy Sasuke had returned and that they could trust him. Sai then thought that sincere as her words sounded, her smile was fake.

Konoha 11 attack Obito

Sai and his comrades attacking Obito with Naruto's Rasengan.

After the Ten-Tails transforms into its true, tree-like form, it ravaged the Alliance in an attempt to consume their chakra. Sai, seemingly having avoided the assault, crouched and tended to a wounded Sakura. Thankful that Sakura was all right, their attention is soon drawn to Shikamaru's predicament. When Katsuyu noted that it would not be able to remotely assist him because its clones had been killed as well, Sai and Sakura rushed to Shikamaru's side to help their fallen comrade. Responding when Naruto called for them telepathically, Sai the Konoha 11 shinobi are shocked when Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode mantle forms around them as well when he enters one of Kurama's tails. His directives clear, Sai and the others used the Rasengan, which Naruto had formed to break down Obito's defence and give Sasuke and Naruto a clear shot at attacking their opponent. He and his comrades later also aided Naruto in wresting control of the tailed beasts' chakra from Obito in order to stop the Ten-Tails' tree form from blooming. Ultimately, they succeed in removing the tailed beasts from Obito, reverting the Uchiha to his original form. Sai then joins the others in aiding Hashirama against Madara.

After Hashirama is able to subdue the Uchiha, Sai moves in to seal him for good. Moments before the seal is complete, Madara has Black Zetsu merge with Obito, forcing him to revive Madara, granting Madara full access to his newfound might and break free of both Sai's seal and Hashirama's restraints.

Final Arc Edit

Mugen Tsukuyomi effect

Sai is trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

After being revived and gaining access to his full power, though without his dōjutsu, Madara was easily able to overwhelm the shinobi in the surrounding area, including Sai, before absorbing Hashirama's senjutsu chakra and going to capture the nine tailed beasts. Sai then teamed up with Sasuke, letting the Uchiha perform a sneak attack from the air through the use of a ink bird. Much later, after Madara became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and reclaimed his missing eye, Sai stood next to Hashirama while the Infinite Tsukuyomi was cast, before falling prey to it like the rest of the world and being captured by the roots of the Ten-Tails.

Movies Edit

Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds Edit

Sai, due to his ability to create flying mounts for himself with his Super Beast Imitating Drawing Technique, served a double function as a scout and first counterstrike against the Land of the Sky attackers by using taijutsu to jump and wreck different the Land of the Sky shinobi wing sets. He admits, soon after, that he is actually bored with the incompetence of the Sky ninja.

Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire Edit

After being sent to scout the area, Sai is knocked out of the sky and is later found unconscious by Naruto. Although not officially given a mission, after recovering from previous injuries, Sai pursued the Konoha 11 on their way to Hiruko's base. Temporarily blinding San with a flashbomb, he picked up Naruto and Sakura in order to get them ahead of the following teams, leaving Shikamaru and his team-mates to deal with San.

Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower Edit

When Naruto and Yamato are taken into the seal Mukade broke, Sai saves Sakura from being pulled into it as well. When Naruto and Yamato reappear, they all go back to Konoha.

Naruto 5: Blood Prison Edit

Main article: Naruto 5: Blood Prison

Naruto 6: Road to Ninja Edit

The alternate world's Sai, compared to the Sai that Naruto and Sakura know, has more emotions within himself and is more outgoing. His passion for art is the same, the only difference is that his alternate self is horrible at it. Also, due to the alternate Sasuke still being part of Team 7, the alternate Sai never became a member of Team 7 nor does he know the others.

Video Games Edit

Sai is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Jump Ultimate Stars 23 November 2006
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 29 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive 15 July 2010 22 March 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising 6 October 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke 4 July 2008 6 November 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Shinobi Rumble 22 April 2010 8 February 2011
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

Trivia Edit

  • As an Anbu member, Sai refers to Kakashi as his Senpai out of respect.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Sai's hobbies are drawing and calligraphy.
    • Sai wishes to fight Kakashi Hatake.
    • Sai's favourite word is "Comrades" (仲間, Nakama).
    • Sai's favourite food is momen tofu, while his least favourite is mitarashi dango.
    • Sai has a frank, obedient and submissive personality.
  • In the seventh Naruto Shippūden opening, Sai is shown fighting Asura Path, though in the manga, they do not fight; in fact, he isn't even present in Konoha when Nagato and Konan attacked.
  • In the seventh character poll, Sai placed 12th place, alongside Sakura, with 2,188 votes each.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Naruto) "The way you fight, are you a boy or a girl?"[17]
  • (To Sakura) "A smile can get you out of a tough situation, even if it is fake."[22]
  • (To Sakura) "I've drawn hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures so far… other pictures have the situation at the time, and the artist's feelings… like portraits have the person's name… but don't pictures usually have titles…? To be more precise, even if I try to give them titles, I just can't do it. I don't feel anything… they don't put me in mind of anything."[23]
  • (To Sakura) "…I don't have any of what you'd call "emotions"."[24]
  • (To Sasuke) "Even when I force myself to smile. It seems I'm the type of person who ends up being hated."[25]
  • (About Sasuke) "…yet by just looking into his eyes, does this mean I fear Sasuke deep within my heart, despite being unable to recognise it myself…?"[26]
  • (To his team) "Sai is the name I was given for this mission… I'm nobody. I am a tool for Lord Danzō. I don't exist."[27]
  • (To his team about his adoptive brother) "We weren't connected by blood, but he did compliment me on my drawings quite a bit."[28]
  • (To his team about the picture book) "The centre of two pages were the ones I wanted to show my brother the most, but since he's dead, I can't remember what I wanted to draw on them."[29]
  • (To Kabuto) "If people change… then so can I. But some things never change. Bonds. I'd like to learn more about them."[30]
  • (After finishing the picture book) "This is what I wanted to show my brother. The picture of our dreams."[31]
  • (To Sakura) "Lately when I look at Naruto I've been able to feel it… his sadness. And when he thinks of Sasuke there's a heat coming from his gut and I know that's anger. For Naruto's sake, for Konoha's sake, we need to do something ourselves instead of always relying on him."[32]
  • (To himself) "This… is what it means to have friends… I understand it perfectly… Naruto."[33]

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 76-79
  2. Third Databook, page 95
  3. Naruto: Shippūden episode 263
  4. Naruto chapter 305, page 14
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Naruto: Shippūden episode 284
  6. Naruto chapter 286
  7. Naruto chapter 452, page 8
  8. Naruto chapter 488, page 9
  9. Naruto chapter 286, page 3
  10. Naruto chapter 285, page 5
  11. Naruto chapter 312, page 7
  12. Naruto chapter 516, page 16
  13. Naruto chapter 518, pages 13
  14. Naruto chapter 520, page 19
  15. Naruto chapter 524, page 14
  16. Naruto chapter 559, pages 7-9
  17. 17.0 17.1 Naruto chapter 283, page 19
  18. Naruto chapter 304, page 7
  19. 19.0 19.1 Naruto chapter 308, page 2
  20. Naruto chapter 517, pages 14-16
  21. Naruto chapter 518, pages 12-13
  22. Naruto chapter 286, page 11
  23. Naruto chapter 287, page 6
  24. Naruto chapter 288, page 17
  25. Naruto chapter 301, page 4
  26. Naruto chapter 301, page 8
  27. Naruto chapter 303, pages 4-5
  28. Naruto chapter 303, page 10
  29. Naruto chapter 303, page 11
  30. Naruto chapter 304, pages 7-8
  31. Naruto chapter 304, pages 16-17
  32. Naruto chapter 459, pages 6-7
  33. Naruto chapter 573, page 13
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