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{{translation|'''Sakura Haruno'''|春野サクラ|Haruno Sakura}} is one of the main characters in the series. She is a [[chūnin]]-level [[kunoichi]] of [[Konohagakure]], a talented [[medical-nin]], and a member of [[Team Kakashi]].
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{{translation|'''Sakura Uchiha'''|うちはサクラ|Uchiha Sakura|[[wikipedia:née|née]] {{translation|'''Haruno'''|春野}}}} is a [[kunoichi]] of [[Konohagakure]]. When she is assigned to [[Team 7]], Sakura quickly finds herself ill-prepared for the duties of a ninja and the complications of her team-mates' lives. By training under her master, [[Tsunade]], she becomes a strong kunoichi and an excellent [[medical-nin]], capable of facing the challenges of life as a ninja, as well as helping her friends and loved ones when they need her.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Sakura 001.jpg|thumb|left|Sakura as a child.]]
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[[File:Sakura child.PNG|thumb|left|Sakura early in her Academy career.]]
During her early years in the [[Academy]], Sakura was frequently bullied by others due to her large forehead. To try and combat this, Sakura used her bangs to hide her forehead, fuelling the other kids' teasing by indicating she was sensitive about it. [[Ino Yamanaka]], realising this, helped Sakura by giving her a red ribbon that she used as a way of drawing attention to the cuter features of her forehead, which helped Sakura overcome her insecurity. The two became best friends and Sakura grew more confident, developing her own unique personality under Ino's guidance. Despite this, Sakura felt that she was living in Ino's shadow and longed to prove herself as Ino's equal. Later, when Sakura found out that Ino also had a crush on [[Sasuke Uchiha]], Sakura ended their friendship so that they could compete for Sasuke's love, thus beginning a bitter rivalry between the two.<ref name="ch54">''Naruto'' chapter 54, pages 11-15</ref>
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Sakura had a normal childhood, raised by her parents without any serious tragedy or complication. When she entered [[Konoha]]'s [[Ninja Academy]], some of the girls in her class started picking on her because of her large forehead. Sakura tried to combat their teasing by hiding her forehead with her bangs, but this proved to the other girls that it bothered her and caused them to tease her even more. [[Ino Yamanaka]], one of her classmates, saw this, defended Sakura from her bullies, and encouraged her to embrace her forehead rather than hide it.
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Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped Sakura become comfortable with herself and develop into her own person. Though she felt indebted to Ino for helping her, Sakura began to feel that she was living in Ino's shadow when she, instead, wanted to be Ino's equal. When Sakura found out that they had a crush on the same boy, [[Sasuke Uchiha]], Sakura ended their friendship so that they could compete for Sasuke's love, thus beginning a bitter rivalry between them.<ref name="ch54">Chapter 54, pages 11-15</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Sakura is naturally hot-headed, overbearing, stern and irritable, and because of that temperamental mindset, she tends hit people out of explosive anger and rage on more than one occasion (the victim usually being [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Rock Lee]] when he flirts, and [[Sai]]), and somewhat hypercritical, along with being easily impulsive and stubborn, but most of the time, she is relatively kind, cheerful, and rational. In the anime, Sakura has been shown to be a bit of a flirt and uses this to her advantage: with one such case being when Naruto asked her out for dinner, though she only agreed if he paid for her half as well. She also prefers to speak formally, very reliant on approaches of theory and principle and tends to be a heavy and calculating thinker when it comes to details on almost any matter and very analytic when on or off the job, but she is also capable of being very naive and narrow-minded on certain matters such as Naruto's feelings for her, which went unnoticed until Sai stated it to her or when she tried to force herself to kill Sasuke twice, despite the fact that her heart wouldn't allow her to do it, leaving her vulnerable for Sasuke's attempts on her life, even her attempt to lie to Naruto about loving him instead of Sasuke, ignorant of the fact that Naruto personally witnesses Sakura's most extreme and inimitable signs of love for Sasuke.
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{{imgRight|Inner Sakura.png|Inner Sakura.}}
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At the start of Part I, Sakura typically gives the outward impression of being polite to her superiors, considerate of her peers, and confident in herself. She has occasional moments of bashfulness around [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and competitiveness around [[Ino Yamanaka]], but otherwise appears quite collected. This reservation, though never disingenuous, frequently masks how Sakura really feels: in certain situations she has pronounced feelings of delinquency, jealousy, and anger. Rather than display these emotions to others, she projects them inward, allowing a manifestation of who she truly is - what is labelled {{translation|"Inner Sakura"|内なるサクラ|Uchi Naru Sakura}} - to have the opinions Sakura wants to keep to herself. Inner Sakura, whose appearances are marked by an exclamation of "''[[Shannarō]]!''", is in a sense a personality separate from Sakura herself, a fact that allows her to overcome the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]].<ref>Chapter 73, pages 7-8</ref> At other times, Sakura and Inner Sakura are indistinguishable from each other, usually with regards to [[Naruto Uzumaki]]; if Naruto says or does something that annoys or upsets her, Sakura responds with violence, a reaction that under other circumstances would be delegated to Inner Sakura.
   
Sakura has shown to be strong-willed and determined, not one to lose or give up in a fight easily most prominently seen during her fight with Sasori where despite being told to run by Chiyo, she stayed and fought, though even she admitted that her mental fortitude pales severely in comparison to Naruto, which is why she decided to leave the situation with Sasuke solely up to him after failing at it herself. In addition, she has a very strong need to be useful, and is often easily frustrated with herself for being a burden and not being helpful, often having to rely on either Naruto and Sasuke for help in Part I. One of her greatest regrets was relying solely on Naruto to bring Sasuke back, burdening him with the promise while she couldn't do anything but cry. It was with that resolve that she sought apprenticeship from [[Tsunade]] and since training with her, Sakura has improved, but still frets over her ability to only help others in one way.
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[[File:Sakura's Motivation.png|thumb|left|Sakura's motivation to get stronger.]]
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As Part I progresses, Sakura is increasingly exposed to the difficult realities of the world, difficulties for which she cannot rely upon Inner Sakura to cope with. As an Academy student, Sakura succeeded through studying alone, able to avoid physical trials and thus allowing her to focus on her physical appearance in a bid to appeal to Sasuke. As a [[shinobi]], however, this is insufficient: the long hair she puts so much effort into is a liability that opponents can use against her; missions cannot be completed with mere book smarts and it is necessary to be able to fight so that other shinobi will not kill her or her team-mates. The latter makes Sakura particularly disappointed in herself, as she is unable to contribute much in battle and must rely on Naruto and Sasuke to save her. She sets out to change this about herself, dedicating nearly three years of training to making herself as capable as Naruto and Sasuke; in the meantime, she becomes willing to sacrifice herself to protect them.<ref>Chapter 51, pages 12-17</ref> She looks to Naruto as a model for this goal, inspired by his rapid growth and his determination to be there for her and all those he held dear. When Sakura realises that she is as rude to Naruto as Sasuke usually is to her, she starts treating him better, cheering for his accomplishments and confiding her hopes and fears with him.
   
Unlike the rest of [[Team 7]], Sakura has not suffered any great losses during her childhood. Therefore, Sakura took for granted things that her team-mates desired such as family, friends and especially in Naruto's case recognition. However, when she was chided for this by Sasuke, she began attempting to be more understanding of Naruto especially, and the way he acted.
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Inner Sakura makes one appearance at the very start of Part II and then is never seen again.<ref>Chapter 250, page 18</ref> This is because Sakura is finally in touch with her feelings and is willing to express what she's thinking, a self-comfort she picked up during her training with [[Tsunade]]. Her violent and/or loud outbursts are, as in Part I, uncontrolled and often directed at Naruto, usually as a reaction to his variations of the [[Sexy Technique]] or whenever he ask her out on a date.<ref>Chapter 245, page 18</ref> However, in spite of some moments of being overbearing and cynical, along with teasing him about how he's an idiot, Sakura no longer thinks poorly of Naruto for the most part, now holding his abilities in high regard, ever-worrying for his safety and well-being, and valuing him as one of her closest friends. Naruto, in turn, comes to know Sakura very well, correctly guessing that she actually likes the Sexy Technique, at least so long as it objectifies men rather than women.<ref>Chapter 682, pages 6-8</ref> [[Sai]] eventually points out that Naruto knows Sakura too well for his own good, constantly placing himself in personal peril out of his feelings for her so that Sakura will be happy. Sakura is moved to tears by this, guilty for what she puts Naruto through yet; and despite her attempts to take responsibility for herself, she still relies on him. She ultimately settles for doing whatever she can for him, supporting him and his decisions concerning Sasuke, trying to do more to help him bear the challenges of being a [[jinchūriki]], and fighting at his side whenever possible. She is helped in this goal by Tsunade's influence, who trained her to have a contempt for losing;<ref>Chapter 269, pages 12-15</ref> she will place herself at risk so that others don't need to and to assure her allies' victory.<ref>Chapter 267, pages 15-16</ref>
   
[[File:Sakura determination.png|thumb|Sakura's motivation to get stronger.]]
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Sakura had the same infatuation on Sasuke that most other girls in their Academy class had, due to his good looks and calm and collected personality. Throughout Part I, she attempts to spend extra time with him and get him to reciprocate her feelings, but he consistently refuses to give her any special attention. As she recognises he is a person with imperfections, Sakura's feelings develop into love by the end of Part I, which she confesses to him when he tries to defect from [[Konohagakure]]; though he thanks Sakura, her words don't change his mind.<ref name="ch181">Chapter 181, pages 13-14</ref> This rejection deeply upsets Sakura, driving her to plea for Naruto to bring Sasuke home and, when Naruto fails, motivating her to become stronger so that she can bring Sasuke back herself.<ref>Chapter 236, pages 15-19</ref> Sasuke, however, is even colder to Sakura in Part II: he often shows little concern for her safety when they meet and, at times, has even tried to kill her. She tries to separate herself from her feelings when Sasuke becomes an international criminal, attempting to kill him for Konoha and Naruto's sake and so that he won't sink lower,<ref>Chapter 470, page 7</ref> but her love for him is too great for her to harm him, which nearly cost Sakura her life.<ref>Chapter 481, pages 14-16</ref> She resigns herself to the possibility that Sasuke is beyond redemption, but still, even at the end of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], holds out hope that she may mean something to him.<ref>Chapter 693, pages 5-8</ref> Naruto finally fulfills his promise of bringing Sasuke back after the war, at which point Sasuke apologises to Sakura for his behavior; he even starts exhibiting an interest in starting a relationship with her, poking her forehead at times, a sign of affection he acquired from his [[Itachi|brother]].<ref>Chapter 699</ref>
At the start of the series, Sakura had a deep infatuation for [[Sasuke Uchiha]], rooted in his good looks, cunning, cool attitude, and prodigious talents. For that reason, many of Sakura's early appearances were dedicated to her continuing efforts to win his affection. As the story progressed, she began to recognise Sasuke as a real person with imperfections, and developed a more sincere desire to be there for him and later fell in love with him. Sakura also became concerned that Sasuke will someday abandon her and the rest of Konoha in his quest for power. When her fears came true at the end of Part I, Sakura did all that she could to stop Sasuke from leaving, such as professing her love for him and offering to join him. Despite thanking her and sounding grateful, Sasuke knocked Sakura unconscious and left the village.<ref name="ch181">''Naruto'' chapter 181, pages 13-14</ref>
 
   
[[File:Painful Decision.jpg|thumb|left|Sakura emotionally shattered upon agreeing to stop Sasuke at all costs.]]
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After marrying Sasuke, Sakura became very loyal to him and even refused to leave his side while she was pregnant with their daughter, [[Sarada]]. Sakura raises Sarada on her own due to Sasuke being away on his mission for many years and she frequently reassures Sarada that Sasuke loves them both and will return home once his mission is over. Sakura has a very close relationship with her daughter, although that doesn't mean she doesn't get angry at Sarada at times, and demonstrates how proud she is of her daughter. Although Sakura is very supportive of Sasuke's duties, she is disappointed when he teases her by refusing to show her affection.
Since then, Sakura has made it her personal goal to bring Sasuke home. Although she still worries about his well-being, Sakura is willing to attack him if it means returning him to Konoha, however, as time goes on and Sasuke becomes an increasingly more dangerous criminal, Sakura recognises that Sasuke must be stopped at all costs. Despite agreeing that they had no choice but to kill Sasuke themselves to prevent Konoha from being involved in a war by his criminal actions or his death at a foreign country's hand, Sakura was immensely saddened and distraught at the notion nonetheless to the point where it drove her into trying to take care of the Sasuke situation by herself, showing with her making the rest of [[Konoha 11]] promise to let her be the only one who talks to Naruto while it was her plan from the start to not tell him, along with planning to knock-out her hunt group when getting close to Sasuke despite promising that they would do it together. Later on, she told Naruto that she no longer has any feelings for Sasuke since he just keeps breaking her heart and states that she loves him instead, though Naruto and most of the observers knew that she was lying and suspected that Sakura was hiding something. Her team-mate Sai at the time even commented that she was still in love with Sasuke, which is later proven to be true, and that she wants to kill him by herself so that he does not sink any lower.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 474, pages 7-8</ref> Upon meeting Sasuke once again, Sakura becomes upset by how corrupted Sasuke has become and tries to kill him. She ultimately realises that she lacked the resolve to carry out the action, being brought to tears as she started remembering all they went through together as members of Team 7 which caused herself to be left wide open for Sasuke's nearly successful and fatal counter-attacks. She has since come to accept that Naruto is the only one who can do anything about Sasuke with a stable, strong and clear resolve. Though she is deeply saddened by what Sasuke has become, it is shown when he is mentioned that she is still in love with him nonetheless.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 539, page 16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 1</ref>
 
 
Sakura's relationship with Naruto, like with Sasuke, also changes throughout the series. When they first became a team, she held contempt towards him, going as far as to insult or degrade him at any chance she got, and even stated that the one thing she does not like was Naruto (mainly because he interfered with her attempts to gain Sasuke's affections and for being a constant nuisance at the time ). However, as the series progressed, Sakura realised that her negative views of him were wrong as Naruto continuously showed his worth as a ninja as well as his dedication to his team-mates. After the [[Chūnin Exams]] and missions, Sakura realises that Naruto is getting stronger and envies him, so she decides to train harder. After Sasuke defected from Konoha, Sakura pleads to Naruto, believing him to be the only one capable of bringing Sasuke back. When Naruto promises to bring Sasuke back to Konoha, Sakura realises just how committed Naruto is to her happiness, and how he has always been there for her. However, Naruto fails and is left in the hospital after losing to Sasuke, though he vows to someday fulfil the promise he made to her. Realising the lengths Naruto will go to for her, and inspired by his determination, Sakura spends the next three years training with [[Tsunade]] so that in the future she can join Naruto in his quest to bring Sasuke back.
 
 
In Part II, Sakura learns of the various hardships Naruto faced with the [[Nine-Tails]] and [[Akatsuki]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 252, pages 5-6</ref> Saddened by the impact both forces have had on his life, Sakura becomes protective of Naruto and tries to do whatever she can to help him overcome these obstacles. Sakura begins to empathise with Naruto, and develops a deep friendship with him, due to their spending a lot of time together, even though there are times where she lies to him about certain things, particularly involving Sasuke in a way, along with her hyper criticism still going strong. Despite her criticism, she has developed great fondness towards him and often worries over his well-being. Later, [[Sai]] explains to her just how deep Naruto's love for her truly is, and the level of pain that trying to fulfil his promise has caused, filling Sakura with guilt and regret, ultimately resolving to take care of Sasuke by herself. After the events of the Five Kage Summit, she confesses to Naruto that she loves him, no longer caring about Sasuke, and tries to get him to give up on his promise, an attempt to ease his pain over the promise. However, Naruto does not believe her, and claims she is lying to herself, stating he knows her better than that. Sai later confirms this, and tells Naruto and his group about the ulterior motives of Sakura's confession, stating that it was actually an attempt to release the promise Naruto made for her and distract him while she and her group hunt down and kill Sasuke. Despite this cruel emotional manipulation on her part, Sai, from his perspective as a member of [[Root]], explains that she was only thinking about Naruto's feelings, which is why she refused to tell him the truth about Sasuke being killed, as she knew full-well how much pain that would cause him,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 474, pages 4-5</ref> although Kiba and Lee thought that Sakura needs to have more faith in Naruto's mental endurance and believes that it would have been a better idea to just tell him the truth. Although she is now aware that Naruto loves her, Sakura while still caring for him as a close friend and team-mate, does not reciprocate these feelings for him as they are ultimately one-sided on Naruto's part.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 235</ref> Even when she told Naruto that she loved him and she no longer had any feelings for Sasuke, Naruto wasn't fooled by Sakura's "confession", and knew all too-well that she was lying and that despite the heinous acts Sasuke committed, resulting in him to becoming an international criminal, she was in love with him nonetheless, a fact proven to be true by Sai, and later on by Sakura herself during the war.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 539, page 16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 1</ref>
 
 
=== Inner Sakura ===
 
[[File:Sakura Inner.jpg|thumb|left|Inner Sakura.]]
 
Within Sakura resides {{translation|"'''Inner Sakura'''"|内なるサクラ|Uchi Naru Sakura}}, a manifestation of her inner emotions. In addition to comic relief, Inner Sakura represents Sakura's actual opinion on things when she outwardly displays something opposite. For example, when Naruto played a prank on Kakashi, Sakura outwardly deemed it "childish", but in the inside she enjoyed it. Inner Sakura's appearances are typically marked by an exclamation of {{translation|"''Shānnarō!''"|しゃーんなろー}}. The phrase has no literal meaning, but is usually translated as "''Hell yeah!''", "''Hell no!''", or "''Damn it!''", depending on the situation. The English anime, for censorship reasons, replaced the aforementioned phrases with a forceful "''Cha!''". Inner Sakura is unique as it is in a way a second will within Sakura's mind. When Ino used the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] on her, Inner Sakura was able to repel the user from her body, suggesting that Sakura has a split personality, consisting of the "Inner Sakura" and her normal personality.
 
 
Although she appears quite frequently at the start of the series, Inner Sakura all but disappears midway through Part I, her only other subsequent appearance being at the start of Part II. Sakura, likewise, now performs the emotional, violent outbursts she once relied on Inner Sakura for, much to the dismay of those who are around her at the time (typically Naruto).
 
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== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Long-Hair Sakura.jpg|thumb|Sakura with long hair.]]
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Sakura has fair skin, green eyes, and pink hair. In her youth, she wore her hair as bangs in order to cover her large forehead and fend off her classmates' calling her "{{translation|Forehead Girl"|デコリーン|Dekorīn|engtv=Bilboard Brow}}. [[Ino Yamanaka]] encouraged her not to do this and wear her hair back instead, so that others could see her face. Later in her [[Academy]] career she let her hair get longer because of rumours that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] was attracted to girls with long hair.<ref name="ch54" /> When, during Part I, she realises that long hair is a vulnerability in combat situations, she cuts her hair and keeps it under shoulder-length from that point onward, which she sometimes pins up in a ponytail while working.<ref>Chapter 539</ref> As Sakura gets older, she is noted to become very attractive, with [[Jiraiya]] likening her looks to [[Tsunade]]'s.
Sakura has bright pink hair, large green eyes, and fair skin. Sakura was often bullied due to her rather large forehead hence her nickname of "Billboard Brow", due to this she wore her bangs over her forehead in an attempt to cover it, though Ino encouraged her to wear her hair back. In Part I, Sakura wore a red [[Wikipedia:Qipao|qipao dress]] with white circular designs, with or without short sleeves, with a zipper, tight dark green shorts, and a [[forehead protector]] which she used to accentuate her face.
 
   
[[File:Haruno Sakura at the war.png|thumb|left|Sakura's appearance during the Fourth Shinobi World War.]]
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In Part II, Sakura, now a [[chūnin]], has donned a new attire consisting of a red top with the same design as the upper-half of her Part I outfit, with black gloves, black boots, black shorts, short pink apron skirt, and pink elbow protectors and [[forehead protector]] which is now on a red cloth. Her skirt and elbow protectors are also pink in the anime. Sakura is now also armed with a [[tantō]] which she wears above her [[medical pouch]]. When she's not on a mission, she wears her regular red shirt, with a light yellow shirt under it, and a navy-coloured skirt. In this outfit, she still wears her boots. She later dons the uniform of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] inclusive of a Konohagakure flak jacket, albeit opting to wear a skirt instead of pants and her regular boots. She later changes her skirt to pants to assist the medic unit.<ref name="ch539">''Naruto'' chapter 539</ref>
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In Part I, Sakura wears a red [[wikipedia:qipao|qipao]] dress - at various times either with or without short sleeves - that has a zipper and white circular designs. She also wears tight dark green bike shorts, sandals, and the standard Konoha [[forehead protector]]. Colour illustrations from the manga tend to depict her using nail polish and eye-shadow in Part I, which are not present in the anime. In Part II, Sakura's typical outfit consists of a red top with the same design as the upper-half of her Part I outfit. Accompanying this are black gloves, low-heel, calf-high boots, black shorts underneath a short grey apron skirt, and grey elbow protectors (her skirt and elbow protectors are pink in the anime). The cloth of her forehead protector is changed to red and she starts carrying a medical pouch. Sakura wears the standard Konoha infantry [[flak jacket]] and assorted clothing during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].
   
Another notable trait of Sakura's appearance is her hair. At the series' beginning, Sakura's hair was very long (when she was young, there was a rumour that Sasuke was attracted to girls with long hair).<ref name="ch54"/> After Sakura began to protect the unconscious bodies of Sasuke and Naruto after their battle with [[Orochimaru]], [[Kin Tsuchi]] grabbed Sakura's hair and taunted her for paying more attention to her appearance than practising her technique. Kin kept Sakura captive, holding her tightly by the hair and forcing her to watch [[Zaku Abumi]] attack Lee. This caused Sakura to cut her hair to release Kin's hold on her, and determinedly attacking [[Team Dosu]] with a new goal of surpassing her team-mates. Her hair was very short and messy that time. After the battle, Ino cuts Sakura's hair to make it neater. During the time she trained with Tsunade after the Chūnin Exams, she had let her hair grow back but has since then cut it again in favour of her new, shoulder-length hairstyle. Like Shizune, she also has the tendency to pin her hair up in a ponytail when working.<ref name="ch539"/>
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In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', Sakura wears a sleeveless red qipao dress that reaches her upper thighs, with white trimmings and a white circular design on the back similar to her Part I attire; it is tied with a black obi. She wears black shorts underneath the dress, black gloves, and grey elbow and knee protectors. She has also changed her previous boots to regular black, high heeled ninja sandals. In adulthood, Sakura's attire consists of a short red sleeveless qipao shirt with the [[Uchiha clan]] crest on the back. She also wears light-coloured pants and elbow protectors, as well as high heels. Because she more often spends time at home, she often dons a long white apron and can keep her fingernails long and well-manicured.
 
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
At the start of the series, Sakura's abilities as a ninja were considerably less than those of her team-mates; Sasuke and Naruto, with her greatest strength being her intelligence. After two-and-a-half years of training with [[Tsunade]] however, Sakura's abilities greatly increased to the point that she could hold her own against powerful enemies such as [[Sasori]]. Her skills in other areas have also increased, such as being able to locate Kakashi during the second bell test<ref name="ch246">''Naruto'' chapter 246, pages 10-12</ref> — something Naruto could not do — as well as tricking Sai, Kiba, and Lee into fighting each other so that she put them all to [[Smoke Bomb|sleep]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 482, page 6</ref> Along with physical abilities, Sakura has also inherited her master's resilience and contempt for losing. This was best displayed after she had been surrounded by a cloud of [[poison]], and used an [[explosive tag]] to dispel the cloud of smoke without sustaining much damage herself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 267, pages 15-16</ref>
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[[File:Sakura beats Juubi clones.png|thumb|Sakura defeating dozens of Ten-Tails mini-clones.]]
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In Part I, Sakura lacked any particular combat skill; she noted frequently how much she relied on her team-mates, [[Sasuke]] and [[Naruto]], when on missions. Determined to change herself, she undergoes intense training with [[Tsunade]] for two-and-a-half years, greatly increasing her abilities. Others remark that Sakura will inevitably surpass Tsunade;<ref name="tsunadeII" /><ref name="ch246">Chapter 246, pages 10-12</ref> she is recognised of finally doing so upon mastering and using the [[Strength of a Hundred Seal]] during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref name="ch632">Chapter 632</ref> Sakura's skills further improved in later years: she advanced to the rank of jōnin;<ref name="TheLast" /> Sasuke criticised those who doubted Sakura's abilities and speculated she could defeat [[Shin Uchiha]] by herself;<ref name="ch708">Chapter 700+8</ref> [[Boruto Uzumaki]] listed Sakura as a suitable replacement for Naruto as [[Hokage]].<ref>''Boruto: Naruto the Movie novelisation''</ref>
   
Due to her excellent chakra control, Sakura has been noted to have a natural aptitude for [[genjutsu]], though so far she has only been seen dispelling illusions rather than use them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 116, page 17</ref> It does seem however that she has put these skill towards [[medical ninjutsu]] instead.
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
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One of Sakura's only defining skills in Part I - and in fact the only thing she is consistently better at than Naruto or Sasuke - is her precise control of her own [[chakra]].<ref>Chapter 18, pages 11-12</ref> Such exact use of her chakra allows her to perform [[jutsu]] with maximum efficiency and without wasting any chakra. [[Kakashi Hatake]] informs Sakura that her chakra control makes her well-suited for [[genjutsu]]. She is never actually seen using genjutsu, but she is frequently able to quickly identify when a genjutsu is being used<ref name="ch36">Chapter 36, page 12</ref> and then release herself and others from it.<ref>Chapter 116, page 17</ref>
   
=== Chakra Control ===
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[[File:Cherry Blossom Shockwave.png|left|thumb|Sakura decimating the landscape with her strength.]]
Soon after the start of their first mission, Sakura discovered that she had an excellent control over her chakra, and as such she had an innate ability to use techniques to their maximum efficiency without wasting any chakra. Kakashi pointed out that her ability to gather chakra from every part of the body and then using it with great timing made her superior to her team-mates in that respect.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 72, page 4</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 18, pages 11-12</ref> While this particular ability was never put to great use in Part I, her chakra control became a focal point of Sakura's [[fighting style]] and medical abilities in Part II.
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Tsunade makes Sakura's chakra control a cornerstone of her training, upon which many of her other skills rely in Part II. Offensively, Sakura builds up chakra in her fists (and infrequently her kicks) and releases it on contact with a target, granting her what Naruto constantly refers to as "monstrous strength". When used against living targets, Sakura can break bones, rupture organs, or kill with a single strike. For other targets, Sakura's strength is enough to destroy buildings, upend the earth, or pulverise debris that threatens herself or others. Staying unharmed is paramount to Sakura's fighting style, as she cannot fulfil her role as a medic if anything happens to her; for this reason she remains very alert to an opponent's movements so that she can pick up on patterns and thus know exactly when and how to evade.<ref>Chapter 270, pages 8-10</ref>
   
=== Medical Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Sakura Charging.png|thumb|Sakura releasing her seal.]]
[[File:Poison Removal.PNG|thumb|Sakura using the Delicate Illness Extraction Technique.]]
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Increasing Sakura's available chakra supply is another objective of Tsunade's training, one that takes the longest to reach its intended goal:<ref name="ch632" /> completion of the [[Strength of a Hundred Seal]]. For three years, Sakura gradually stores her chakra into a seal on her forehead, and by the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War she accrues the so-named hundred-times her usual chakra levels. When the seal is [[Yin Seal: Release|released]], Sakura has access to all the accumulated chakra, allowing her to perform jutsu of a greater scale than she is normally able to and,<ref>Chapter 650, page 6</ref> among other things, making her physical attacks even more powerful.<ref name="ch632" /> She can also transfer this chakra to others;<ref>Chapter 685, page 9</ref> in ''The Last: Naruto the Movie'', she is able to fully replenish even Naruto's large reserves, though it takes her three days of constant work to do so.
Sakura's naturally refined control of her chakra had been taken to new heights over the time skip, an ability utilised to its fullest by the training she had done with Tsunade. With her excellent chakra control, Sakura had turned into an excellent combat [[medical-nin]], and had shown herself to be able to heal fatal injuries with relatively little effort, even when more experienced medics would deem it a lost cause. She also has shown extensive knowledge of [[poison]]s having been taught by her senior pupil [[Shizune]] — learning how to imbue weapons such as [[kunai]], with poison.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 485, page 8</ref> She also has an extensive knowledge of herbal medicines, surpassing even the knowledge of [[Chiyo]] as well as other chemicals such as powerful sleeping gases taught to her by Tsunade.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 483, page 3</ref> Her knowledge was great enough to [[Delicate Illness Extraction Technique|withdraw Sasori's advanced poison]] directly from Kankurō's body, and use that as a base template to create multiple [[antidote]]s swiftly afterwards.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 254, page 2</ref> During her fight with Sasori, she was able to start healing herself even with a poisoned sword still lodged in her abdomen.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 274, page 6</ref>
 
   
At the end of Part I when Tsunade observed Sakura successfully heal a fish with the [[Mystical Palm Technique]], Tsunade remarked that Sakura had come so far, and she hadn't seen such talent since Shizune.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 238, page 6</ref> Sakura can also assist with autopsies, as seen when she and Shizune performed an autopsy on a White Zetsu during the Fourth Shinobi World War, and she has knowledge of cells and DNA.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 2</ref> A few individuals have even commented that Sakura has the potential to one day rival Tsunade in terms of medical skill, and perhaps even surpass her given enough time,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 246, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 279, page 10</ref> though Sakura has stated that Tsunade's skills are far greater than her own.
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Sakura's Heals the Alliance.png|left|thumb|Sakura and Katsuyu heal the tired and injured.]]
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Like Tsunade, Sakura can [[Summoning Technique|summon]] segments of [[Katsuyu]], a [[slug]]. By having Katsuyu [[Slug Great Division|divide]] and attach to others, Sakura can [[Katsuyu: Immense Network Healing|remotely]] monitor many allies at once, healing them and replenishing their chakra as needed.<ref>Chapter 634, pages 7-8</ref> Although she doesn't usually use standard [[ninjutsu]], Sakura's [[nature]]s include [[Earth]], [[Water]], [[Yin]], and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" />
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=== Taijutsu ===
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==== Medical Ninjutsu ====
[[File:Cherry Blossom Shockwave.jpg|thumb|left|Sakura's superhuman strength.]]
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[[File:Ino and sakura mystical palm.png|thumb|Sakura (with Ino) heals an injury.]]
Although not known for her strength in Part I, Sakura was still strong enough to knock Ino several metres backwards with only a single strike during their match in the Chūnin Exams. In the anime, during a mission to the [[Land of Tea]], she was seen breaking off the mast of a ship and using the large log of wood as a weapon.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 103</ref>
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The main purpose of Tsunade's training is to teach Sakura [[medical ninjutsu]] and thus make her a [[medical-nin]], qualities that demand Sakura's refined chakra control. As such, Sakura can [[Mystical Palm Technique|heal]] all but the most fatal forms of injury to others or herself, time and her own chakra levels permitting;<ref>Chapter 274, page 6</ref> Tsunade remarks that her proficiency for healing are exceptionally rare.<ref>Chapter 238, page 6</ref> By releasing the Strength of a Hundred Seal, Sakura can put her body in a state in which [[Ninja Art Creation Rebirth — Strength of a Hundred Technique|it heals itself]] so that she doesn't need to stop to treat herself or even be fazed by injury.<ref>Chapter 676, pages 5-6</ref>
   
In Part II, Sakura's taijutsu skills have seen tremendous growth thanks to Tsunade's training. By building up and releasing her chakra with precise timing, Sakura could easily demolish any [[Chakra Enhanced Strength|obstacle and turn it to rubble]]. An opponent struck by her full strength could suffer blunt force trauma resulting in broken bones, ruptured organs, or even death. Through repeated use, Sakura no longer needs to put any conscious effort into using this strength, and so can use it instantly. Her strength, coupled with her medical expertise and the beauty she gained over the time skip, had caused many to see Sakura as a younger version of Tsunade,<ref name="tsunadeII"/> or even someone who could even surpass Tsunade.<ref name="ch246"/> However, while Sakura's strength derives from this technique, Tsunade has been noted to possess incredible raw strength much greater than this ability, which is enhanced even further to monstrous levels when using it. This strength was great enough to completely immobilise a [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]], which are extremely durable, with just one blow.<ref name="ch540">''Naruto'' chapter 540, pages 8-9</ref>
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[[File:Poison Removal.PNG|left|thumb|Sakura extracting a poison.]]
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Sakura's medical expertise extends to more standard medicine as well, enabling her to perform autopsies and examine cells with a knowledge of genetics.<ref>Chapter 545, page 2</ref> If healing ninjutsu proves ineffective, Sakura can make incisions in her patients with [[chakra scalpel]]s so that she can try to directly treat vital organs.<ref>Chapter 663, page 5</ref> From Tsunade, Sakura learns how to make fast-acting sleeping gas.<ref>Chapter 483, page 3</ref> From [[Shizune]], she learns how to concoct poisons that, when coated on weapons, can debilitate others from a single scratch.<ref>Chapter 485, page 8</ref> More often, however, Sakura cures those who have been poisoned: by [[Delicate Illness Extraction Technique|extracting]] the poison from their bodies - which poison-experts like [[Chiyo]] cannot do - she can rapidly create an antidote - even for poisons that [[Sasori]] did not believe anyone but himself could make antidotes for.<ref>Chapter 254, page 2</ref>
Another key component of Sakura's taijutsu is her evasive skill. As a field medic, she cannot afford to be gravely injured or killed on the battle field, as drilled into her by Tsunade when she trained her. Sakura would attempt to read an opponent's fighting style in order to find the dominant hand/foot or anything that the enemy was using. With that, she could increase her evasive skill to impressive levels. Sakura was proficient enough in this that she could figure out Sasori's finger movements and predict the movements of his puppets. Her skill in evasion is so great that she can defeat [[Red Secret Technique: Performance of a Hundred Puppets|one-hundred puppets]] without even being scratched. Although Chiyo aided Sakura in this occasion, she notes that Sakura hardly needed any help.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 270, pages 8-10</ref>
 
   
 
=== Intelligence ===
 
=== Intelligence ===
[[File:Sakura answering questions.jpg|thumb|Given her exceptional intelligence and knowledge, Sakura was able to answer the most advance questions in the Chūnin Exams without cheating.]]
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[[File:Sakura answering questions.png|thumb|Sakura completes the written portion of the Chūnin Exams without cheating.]]
Sakura's original defining characteristic was her intelligence, as seen with her consistently high test scores while in the [[Academy]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 31, page 15</ref> Sakura has a keen talent for observation and analysing, which she uses to overcome most forms of deception.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 36, page 12</ref> Moreover, in the first phase of the Chūnin Exams, Sakura was able to answer all the questions on the paper test quickly, even though the examiner [[Ibiki Morino]] later commented that this feat could not be accomplished by a [[genin]], hinting her exceptional knowledge and intelligence as a student.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 42, pages 9-11</ref> Sakura could also cleverly set traps, that could be triggered by herself to attack the opponent, and even use obvious traps as decoys to lead opponent's into other traps.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 51, page 16</ref> However, Sakura's focus on her studies in the Academy greatly affected her physical performance. Her poor combat skills and stamina prevented her from being helpful during the earlier battles in the series.
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While she was in the Academy, Sakura received consistently high test scores.<ref>Chapter 31, page 15</ref> It is because of her diligence in her studies that Sakura initially struggles in combat situations, for which reason she is added to [[Team 7]] so that she can benefit from the more battle-oriented Naruto and Sasuke; conversely, they would benefit from her large knowledge base. Sakura's intelligence is nevertheless consistently useful, making her observational enough to guess an opponent's tactics from a brief scan of the battlefield and pick up on otherwise minor inconsistencies in conversation;<ref name="ch246" /><ref name="ch540">Chapter 540, pages 8-9</ref> Sasuke deems her analytical skills superior to his [[Sharingan]].<ref name="ch36" /> She has excellent recall, able to quickly put together multiple pieces of information she's previously come across in order to form a hypothesis.<ref>Chapter 540, pages 10-11</ref> Simply put, Sakura is intelligent, such that she can answer the written portion of the [[Chūnin Exams]] by herself, something [[genin]] are not intended to be able to do.<ref>Chapter 42, pages 9-11</ref>
   
In Part II, along with her other attributes, Sakura's exceptional intelligence and keen observation skills also improved during her training with Tsunade, who taught her to read and decipher the attack patterns of her enemies and act accordingly. As a result, she could now read complex patterns in her opponent's attacks, even opponents as strong as Sasori, a feat which even surprised an experienced war veteran like Chiyo.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 270, pages 11</ref> When Sakura along with [[Eight Man Squad|her team]] encountered Tobi and his [[Kamui|technique]], Sakura was able to assume its mechanism and deduce that Tobi was only pretending to be affected.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 395, page 10</ref> Sakura is also shown to be skilled at planning, being able to formulate a plan to kill Sasuke by the use of a poison and prevent Kiba, Sai and Lee from following her by the use of a [[Sleeping Gas Bomb|sleeping gas bomb]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 481, page 15</ref> During the first night of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] had ended, when a spy had infiltrated the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] compound, Sakura was able to work out that the spy wasn't using the [[Transformation Technique]] as the sensors would've detected the spy. When having a talk with ''Neji'', Sakura was able to deceive him and attack him while he was unprepared.<ref name="ch540"/> She was able to extract information from the assassin and piece together the mechanics behind the enemy's abilities, using information she had come across previously, as well as what the clone told her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, pages 10-11</ref>
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In actual combat, Sakura frequently relies on misleading her opponents, either by letting them think they've outsmarted her so that they lower their guard or,<ref>Chapter 51, page 16</ref> in Part II, letting them think they've defeated her so that they come to her, enabling her to defeat them with a single punch.<ref name="ch540"/>
   
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Introduction Arc ===
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=== Prologue — Land of Waves ===
[[File:Teamkakashi.jpg|thumb|The official group photo of Team 7.]]
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Upon being assigned as a member of Team 7, Sakura spent much of her time trying to appeal to Sasuke, despite the fact that Sasuke had no interest in her and had a habit of belittling her. All the while, Naruto tried to appeal to Sakura, despite the fact that she had no interest in him and degraded him whenever given the opportunity. As such, when Kakashi administered a test on the three to see if they would be allowed to become genin, Sakura preoccupied herself with following Sasuke instead of helping Naruto.
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[[File:Team Kakashi.png|thumb|left|Team 7's group photo.]]
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Upon graduating from the [[Academy]] and being assigned to [[Team 7]], Sakura is initially devastated when she learns that [[Naruto Uzumaki]] is to be one of her team-mates; she is immediately afterwards ecstatic to learn that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] is to be her other team-mate. She tries to bond with Sasuke by stating her envy of Naruto's lack of parents, but this only offends Sasuke, who tells her that she is annoying. Sakura is hurt and, on realising that she says similar things to Naruto, decides to try to be nicer to him. Team 7's leader, [[Kakashi Hatake]], tests their qualifications with a [[bell test]], stating that whichever of the three takes one of the two bells on his person will officially become [[genin]]. While Naruto busies himself attacking Kakashi, Sakura seeks out Sasuke to see if she can help him. Kakashi finds her during her search and defeats her with an [[Demonic Illusion: Hell Viewing Technique|illusion of Sasuke dying]]; Naruto and Sasuke are also defeated. Kakashi explains afterwards that the goal of the test was to use teamwork, to do together what none of them could do by themselves. He is persuaded to allow them to try again after lunch, but instructs Sasuke and Sakura not to feed Naruto. Sasuke feeds him anyway, needing him in top-form if they're to work together, and Sakura does the same. Kakashi sees this and, because they care more about the team than listening to his instructions, allows them all to pass.
   
After Kakashi lectured Sakura for this, as well as Naruto and Sasuke for their respective faults, Sakura realised that if they were to become [[genin]], they would need to work as a team, even if that meant breaking the rules. This revelation having been the goal of the test, Kakashi passed the three, Team 7 being the first group to have ever passed his test.
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[[File:Manji Formation.png|thumb|Team 7 protecting Tazuna.]]
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After a series of uneventful [[D-rank]] missions, Naruto is able to secure a [[C-rank]] mission for Team 7: escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]]. Soon after leaving Konoha they are attacked by the [[Demon Brothers]], who go after Tazuna. Sakura immediately places herself in front of Tazuna to protect him and stands her ground until Kakashi captures the brothers. Tazuna confesses that assassins have been hired to kill him but that he couldn't afford the bodyguard detail he needs. Although the mission is now [[A-rank]] in nature - far beyond the skill of genin - Team 7 decides to continue with it. When they reach the Land of Waves and are attacked by [[Zabuza Momochi]], Sakura once again protects Tazuna while Kakashi, and later Naruto and Sasuke, fight Zabuza. Zabuza is ultimately seemingly killed by [[Haku]], allowing Team 7 to escort Tazuna back to his house.
   
=== Land of Waves Arc ===
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Kakashi finds Zabuza's death suspicious and decides to train the team in case he returns. He has them perform the [[Tree Climbing Practice]] to improve their chakra control, which will help them against Zabuza. Sakura masters the exercise on her first try, thus leaving her in charge of protecting Tazuna while Naruto and Sasuke train and Kakashi recovers from his fight with Zabuza. After a week, the rest of the team joins her, but when they reach the bridge that Tazuna has been working on they find Zabuza and Haku waiting for them. Sasuke and later Naruto fight Haku while Kakashi fights Zabuza, once again leaving Sakura in charge of protecting Tazuna. The [[Hiding in Mist Technique|thick mist]] prevents her from seeing how the fight against Haku is going, so she is surprised when Haku suddenly interferes in Kakashi's fight with Zabuza and is killed.
[[File:Manji Formation.png|thumb|left|Sakura and her team-mates protecting Tazuna.]]
 
Sakura accompanied the rest of her team on their first mission to the [[Land of Waves]], to act as bodyguards for [[Tazuna]]. While there, Kakashi administers a [[Tree Climbing Practice]], and Sakura masters the exercise on her first try. This leaves her in charge of escorting Tazuna while Naruto and Sasuke complete the training. When they are later attacked by [[Zabuza]] and [[Haku]], Sakura protects Tazuna while Kakashi, Naruto, and Sasuke battle the enemy. After hearing that Sasuke was apparently killed, Sakura violated Shinobi Rule #25 of not showing any kind of emotions by crying for Sasuke's loss even as she recited it. When Sasuke turned out to have only been in a death-trance, Sakura was relieved that he was alive. Once their mission was completed, Team 7 returned to Konoha.
 
   
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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[[File:Sakura breaks 25th rule.png|thumb|left|Sakura cries for Sasuke.]]
When Team 7 is entered into the [[Chūnin Exams]], Sakura is reluctant to participate because she feels she is too weak. With some reassurance from Sasuke, she agrees to enter. During the first, written portion of the exam, Sakura is one of the few examinees that is able to answer the questions without cheating. She instead spends her time lamenting that Naruto is probably too stupid to answer the questions or know that he is supposed to cheat, and contemplates forfeiting so that he doesn't need to embarrass himself. After seeing Naruto's confidence in himself, she decides against it, and they pass the first phase.
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When Naruto comes looking for Haku, Sakura asks him where Sasuke is. When Naruto refuses to respond, Sakura becomes worried, but stays put because she cannot leave Tazuna's side. When Tazuna offers to come with her, she quickly leads him to where Sasuke is and finds him seemingly dead. Overcome with emotion, Sakura knowingly violates the [[shinobi rules]] and cries for him. When Sasuke later wakes up, Sakura embraces him, explains that Haku has been killed, and shares the news of Sasuke's survival with Naruto. Zabuza also dies, allowing Team 7 to return to Konoha when their injuries heal via Tazuna's newly-constructed [[Great Naruto Bridge]].
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[[File:Sakura Blossoms!.JPG|thumb|Sakura cutting her hair.]]
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
Soon after the start of the second phase of the Chūnin Exams, Team 7 was attacked by [[Orochimaru]]. Although Naruto and Sasuke did their best to defeat Orochimaru, both were rendered unconscious, and Sakura was left to take care of them. When they were attacked by a group of [[Team Dosu|Oto genin]] sent by Orochimaru to kill Sasuke, Sakura tried to defeat them with some traps she had pre-prepared, though the group easily avoided her efforts. Just as the Oto genin were about to turn their attention to Sakura, [[Rock Lee]] came to her rescue, determined to protect Sakura at all costs. Despite his efforts, Lee was defeated, and the Oto genin again turned their attention to Sakura. [[Kin Tsuchi]] immobilised Sakura by grabbing her hair, scolding her for putting more effort into her looks than her abilities as a ninja.
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Team 7 resumes its series of unremarkable missions. After returning from one mission, Sakura tries to spend some time with Sasuke, who rejects her. This places Sakura in a bad mood, causing her to lash out first at Naruto when he suggests to [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]] that he and Sakura are dating, and then at Konohamaru when he insults her for harming Naruto. This all attracts the attention of [[Sunagakure]]'s [[Three Sand Siblings]], who have come to Konoha to take part in the [[Chūnin Exams]]. Sasuke returns and drives the Sand Siblings off, and later Kakashi meets with them to enter them in the Chūnin Exams as well. He neglects to mention that they must enter as a team, worried that Sakura might only participate because of Sasuke, and so is glad when she independently decides to participate. Before the Chūnin Exams begin, Sakura is met by [[Rock Lee]], who asks her to go out with him and offers to protect her with his life. Sakura flatly refuses, being bothered by his eyelashes, hair style, and thick eyebrows.
   
Distraught that people were always fighting for her because she couldn't fight for herself, Sakura resolved to better herself as a ninja. Cutting off her hair to release herself from Kin's grasp, Sakura did what she could to fend off the Oto genin, even going so far as biting to make sure that she couldn't be easily repelled. This display spurred Ino and her team into coming to Sakura's aid, allowing her some rest. The unconscious Sasuke re-awakened after receiving Orochimaru's [[Cursed Seal of Heaven|cursed seal]], and immediately asked Sakura who injured her. Quickly overcome by his new Cursed Seal, he began a violent rampage on the Sound ninja who were present. Frightened by his new behaviour and after having realised that "this is not Sasuke", a tearful Sakura rushed to his side and embraced him, begging him to stop. Her words and embrace got through to him, and his Cursed Seal quickly receded.
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For the Chūnin Exams' first stage, the participating genin are given a written test with ten questions. From looking over the questions, Sakura realises that the questions are too complicated for most genin, especially Naruto, to be able to answer without cheating; Sakura herself is able to answer the first nine questions on her own. Before being given the tenth question, genin are warned that if they answer it incorrectly they will never be allowed to take the Chūnin Exams again. Sakura becomes worried that Naruto is too proud to not try to answer the question, and that when he inevitably gives the wrong answer his disqualification will ruin his dreams of becoming [[Hokage]]. She prepares to forfeit on his behalf, but Naruto insists on answering the tenth question no matter what, causing her to change her mind. For their willingness to face the tenth question despite the potential consequences, Team 7 and the remaining genin pass to the second stage.
   
[[File:Sakura Ino punch.jpg|thumb|left|Sakura fighting Ino during her preliminary match.]]
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For the second stage, teams enter the [[Forest of Death]] for a five day survival challenge. Shortly after the second stage begins, Team 7 is attacked by [[Orochimaru]], who Sasuke and Sakura, sensing his [[killing intent]], realise is far too strong for them to fight. Sasuke tries to surrender in exchange for their lives, but Naruto insists on fighting Orochimaru anyway. Both Sasuke and Sakura are surprised by how well Naruto does, though he is ultimately defeated and knocked unconscious. Sakura pins him to a tree with a kunai to stop him from falling and observes to Sasuke that Naruto, despite all his shortcomings, isn't a coward. This convinces Sasuke to fight Orochimaru as well; Orochimaru becomes impressed by Sasuke and, before he leaves, he brands Sasuke with a [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]], rendering him unconscious as well.
In the preliminary matches of the exam, Sakura was pitted against Ino. After Sakura and Ino exchanged insults, Ino followed Sakura's earlier example and cut her hair, leading Sakura to believe that Ino had lost her mind. In actuality, Ino cut her hair to help her in battle; by sending chakra into her cut hair, Ino was able to tie Sakura in place, allowing her slow-moving [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] to have no difficulties in finding its target. After taking control of Sakura's body, Ino tried to force Sakura to forfeit, but thanks to Naruto's cheering, Inner Sakura was able to force Ino from her body before she could do so. With both girls exhausted from the amount of effort they'd been putting into their fight, Ino and Sakura charged at each other to deal final blows. Striking each other simultaneously, both were knocked out, leading to a draw. As the two recovered, Ino and Sakura began to rekindle their friendship. Though when Ino declared that she wasn't going to just hand Sasuke over to her, Sakura became angered and declared that the same went for Ino as well.
 
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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[[File:Sakura cut hair.PNG|thumb|Sakura cuts her hair.]]
[[File:Sakura protect Sasuke from Gaara.png|thumb|Sakura faces Gaara.]]
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Sakura moves Naruto and Sasuke to a secluded area where she watches over them through the night. In the morning, they are tracked down by [[Team Dosu]], Orochimaru's underlings who have instructions to kill Sasuke. They bypass the booby-traps she laid earlier and move in on her, but she is saved by Rock Lee. Lee fights Team Dosu by himself, planning to make good on his earlier promise to protect her, but is eventually defeated. Sakura begins attacking Team Dosu herself, but she is restrained by [[Kin Tsuchi]], who grabs her by the hair and berates her for how much time she clearly spends on it. Determined to not keep needing the help of others, Sakura cuts her hair to free herself and starts attacking, persevering despite [[Zaku Abumi]]'s many counterattacks.
A month later, while watching Naruto and Sasuke's matches during the finals and marvelling at how their abilities had improved, the [[invasion of Konoha]] began. Sakura was able to repel the [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|sleep inducing genjutsu]] that spread throughout the stadium. Because of this, and because Sasuke had pursued [[Gaara]], Kakashi tasked Sakura with waking and assembling a team to go after him. Upon catching up with Sasuke, Sakura protected him from Gaara's attacks, risking her life to put herself between him and danger. Gaara used his sand to immobilise her, and as the sand slowly suffocated Sakura, Naruto fought to defeat Gaara using Sakura as inspiration to not give up, and save her. After Naruto defeated Gaara, Sakura was freed. Later, Sakura thanked Sasuke for saving her, but he explained to her that it was Naruto who had saved her, and she turned to smile at Naruto, not noticing the scowl on Sasuke's face as she did so. She later attended the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral.
 
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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[[File:Sakura stopping Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Sakura stops Sasuke.]]
Sakura approached Sasuke thinking that he saved her but Sasuke reveals that it was Naruto much to Sasuke's dismay and Sakura looked surprised.
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Sakura's courage convinces the observing [[Ino Yamanaka]] and the rest of [[Team 10]] to come to her defence. Team 10 fights Team Dosu until they are interrupted by Sasuke, imbued with the power of his cursed seal. When he sees Sakura's injuries, Sasuke breaks Zaku's arms in punishment and threatens to do the same to the rest of his team. Sakura is horrified by his actions and embraces him, begging him to stop. Sasuke's cursed seal recedes and he complies, Team Dosu retreats, and Teams 7, 10, and Lee's [[Team Guy]] regroup. When Naruto wakes up he makes fun of Lee's eyebrows, prompting Sakura to strike him. Before they go their separate ways, Lee vows to Sakura that he will become stronger.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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[[File:Double Knockout.png|thumb|Sakura and Ino knock each other out.]]
[[File:An Invitation from the Sound.JPG|thumb|left|Sasuke's goodbye to Sakura.]]
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Team 7 spends several days recuperating from their ordeal but they are able to reach the centre of the forest in time to advance to the Chūnin Exams' preliminaries: a series of one-on-one qualifying matches. Sakura tries to convince Sasuke not to participate because of his cursed seal, but he ignores her, insisting that it's his business and not hers. For her match, Sakura is paired against Ino. They start by trading insults and then punches, surprising Ino because Sakura proves her equal in both categories. Frustrated, Ino follows Sakura's earlier example by cutting her hair, a ruse that allows her to immobilise Sakura while she uses her [[Mind Body Switch Technique]]. In control of Sakura's body, Ino tries to make her forfeit the match, but she is stopped and exorcised by Inner Sakura. They are both exhausted by this, but exchange one final blow, knocking both out.
As time goes by and Sasuke's lust for power grows stronger, Sakura grows concerned that he may abandon Konoha to seek out Orochimaru. Although she spends as much time with him as she can in an effort to deter him from this path, Sasuke finally defects. Having suspected this would happen, Sakura met him at the village's exit, doing what she could to stop him. When it seemed that he was still going to leave, Sakura declared that she was in love with him. She said she would do anything for him, even offering to help him in his quest for power, so long as she could be with him. Sasuke then turned to her and called her annoying. Sakura then threatened to scream and alert the village of his betrayal. Sasuke gives her a soft "thank you" before knocking her unconscious and leaving the village. When she awakens the following morning she tells [[Kotetsu Hagane]] and [[Izumo Kamizuki]], who in turn reports to Tsunade about his departure, leading to the formation of the [[Sasuke Retrieval Team]].
 
   
[[File:Sakura training.png|thumb|Sakura training under Tsunade's tutelage.]]
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When Sakura wakes up, Ino informs her that their match was ruled a tie, and that therefore neither of them will continue to the final rounds. Despite this, they decide to rekindle their friendship, though can't help but continue to bicker over Sasuke. Sakura watches the remaining matches, including Lee's match with [[Gaara]], during which Lee loses and is badly injured. A few days later, Sakura visits the hospital to see Sasuke, but discovers he's already been taken away by Kakashi. While she's there, she sees Lee training despite his injuries, causing him to fall unconscious as a consequence; she leaves the flower she brought for Sasuke with him instead. Sakura worries about Sasuke over the following month, especially when he is missing for his match with Gaara during the finals. He does finally show up (late), and Sakura watches with interest.
When Naruto set out the next day to retrieve Sasuke, Sakura came out to meet him. Sakura begged for Naruto to bring Sasuke back, believing Naruto to be the only person who could get through to Sasuke. Naruto, looking at the crying Sakura, promised her that he would bring Sasuke back, making it his promise to her for a lifetime. This brought more tears as Sakura realised that Naruto knew how she felt and that he had always been there for her.
 
   
After Naruto failed to bring Sasuke back and was left hospitalised in the process, he apologised to Sakura for his failure and asserted that he would definitely keep his promise. Inspired by Naruto's determination, she replied that, next time, they would retrieve Sasuke together, and that she would be there to help him from now on. Determined to never be useless again and to save Sasuke and help Naruto, Sakura then asked to become Tsunade's apprentice, a request which Tsunade happily accepted.
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=== Konoha Crush ===
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[[File:Sakura vs Gaara.png|thumb|left|Sakura defends Sasuke.]]
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Sasuke's match is interrupted by an [[invasion of Konoha]] and a [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|genjutsu]] descends on the stadium where the finals are being held, putting most of the audience to sleep. Sakura is able to dispel the genjutsu, attracting the attention of invading [[Otogakure]] forces. She is saved by Kakashi, who instructs her to wake up Naruto and [[Shikamaru Nara]]. She does so (though Shikamaru was only pretending to be asleep) and when they're assembled, Kakashi sends them and [[Pakkun]] after Sasuke, who is pursuing Gaara. Oto-nin start following them, so Shikamaru falls behind to delay them. Naruto and Sakura catch up to Sasuke in time to save him from one of Gaara's attacks. When Gaara sees Sakura's determination to defend Sasuke, he knocks her unconscious and binds her to a tree. Her bindings dissolve when Gaara is defeated, which Sakura assumes she has Sasuke to thank for. Sasuke corrects her when they get back to Konoha, explaining that it was Naruto who saved her.
   
=== Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs ===
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A few days later, Team 7 attends the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral.
The only filler arc Sakura plays a major part in is the [[Land of Rice Fields Arc]], where she, Naruto and Jiraiya tried to save Sasuke. In the end of the arc Sakura asks Tsunade for medical training. Hence, little was seen of Sakura during the filler arcs, much of her time being preoccupied with training. When she did go out on missions with her fellow genin, Sakura served as the medical specialist, healing the wounds of others and examining bodies. Ino, jealous of Sakura's new-found healing abilities, asked to train with Sakura to be a medical ninja. To Ino's dismay, Sakura immediately proclaimed that Ino would be her [[Wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|junior]] during the course of the training.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 220</ref>
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=== Land of Tea Escort Mission ===
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In the anime, Team 7 is sent to the [[Land of Tea]] to protect [[Idate Morino]] as he runs a race. When [[Team Oboro]] and later [[Aoi Rokushō]] try to stop Idate, Naruto and Sasuke fight them while Sakura remains alert for opportunities for Idate to run to safety. Sasuke is eventually knocked out by Aoi, and Sakura looks after him until Aoi is defeated by Naruto. After Idate wins the race, Team 7 returns to Konoha.
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
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[[File:Sakura running.png|thumb|Sakura attempting to stop Naruto and Sasuke.]]
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Sakura visits Sasuke everyday while he's in the hospital, tearfully hugging him once he finally regains consciousness. She continues looking after him as he recovers, but he repels her kindness, angered by his earlier defeat by his brother, [[Itachi Uchiha]]. When Naruto comes to see him, Sasuke challenges him to a fight, which Naruto agrees to over Sakura's protests. She watches as they exchange attacks on the hospital roof, but decides she can't let things continue when Sasuke prepares a [[Chidori]] and Naruto prepares a [[Rasengan]]. She runs between them to stop them, but neither is able to pull away in time; Kakashi appears and flings them apart, saving Sakura. Sasuke storms off and Kakashi, before he follows, promises Sakura that he'll set things right.
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[[File:Sasuke's goodbye.png|left|thumb|Sasuke thanks Sakura.]]
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Sakura takes Naruto aside afterwards and tells him about the cursed seal Sasuke received from Orochimaru, which she'd until now kept from him at Sasuke's request. She shares her concerns that Orochimaru is trying to tempt Sasuke to defect from Konoha, but Naruto assures her that Sasuke would never do that. This comforts her at the time, but she continues to worry and, that night, waits at the village's exit. Sasuke eventually approaches with his belongings, confirming her fears. Sasuke tells her to go home, but Sakura refuses, instead asking why he always pushes her away and reminding him of all the good times Team 7 has had. She tries to persuade him to stay so that she won't be alone and, when that doesn't work, argues that his revenge against Itachi isn't worth it. When Sasuke remains determined to go, Sakura tells him she loves him and offers to go with him. Sasuke tells her that she is annoying, just as he did after Team 7's formation. Sakura threatens to scream for help, so he knocks her out; he thanks her before he does.
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[[File:Sakura asking Naruto.png|thumb|Sakura asking Naruto to bring back Sasuke.]]
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Sakura is found on a bench the next morning, and when she wakes up she sends word to [[Tsunade]], the new Hokage, that Sasuke has defected. The [[Sasuke Recovery Team]] is formed to go after him, which Sakura approaches as they prepare to set out from Konoha. Sakura begs Naruto to bring Sasuke back to Konoha, believing he is the only person who can get through to him at this point. Naruto vows to do so, even if it takes his entire life, and Sakura cries at his dedication to her. Despite his promise, Naruto is unable to bring Sasuke back. Sakura visits him in the hospital and, after trying to avoid the subject, tells him that she won't hold him to his word. Naruto, however, refuses to go back on what he said. Touched, Sakura apologises to Naruto for what he's gone through and promises to personally help him bring Sasuke back next time.
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=== Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission ===
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[[File:Sakura training.png|thumb|left|Sakura training under Tsunade.]]
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In the anime, Sakura accompanies Naruto and [[Jiraiya]] to the [[Land of Rice Fields]] to investigate one of Orochimaru's lairs and potentially retrieve Sasuke. The mission ends in failure. When they get back to Konoha, Sakura, as in the manga, asks to become Tsunade's apprentice so that she can better meet the challenges she'll face in the future. Tsunade accepts.
 
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=== Mizuki Tracking Mission ===
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In the anime, Sakura focuses on her training, preventing her from helping Naruto with many of the missions he goes on. When he returns from one such mission, she informs him that she's succeeded in healing a fish.
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=== Mix it, Stretch it, Boil it Up! Burn Copper Pot, Burn! ===
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In the anime, Sakura helps Naruto and [[Chōji Akimichi]] rescue [[Ayame]]. To save her from the [[cooking-nin]], they must prepare the perfect ramen; Sakura contributes by pounding the dough of the noodles into shape.
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=== Konoha Plans Recapture Mission ===
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In the anime, Sakura and Ino examine a corpse believed to be that of [[Gennō]]. They conclude that it is not actually him.
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=== Yakumo Kurama Rescue Mission ===
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In the anime, Sakura helps Naruto protect [[Yakumo Kurama]] from the [[Kurama clan]]. When [[Kurenai Yūhi]] is injured during the fight, Sakura heals her wounds.
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=== Gantetsu Escort Mission ===
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In the anime, Sakura, Naruto, and Lee guard [[Gantetsu]] as he is transferred to prison.
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=== Sunagakure Support Mission ===
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In the anime, Sakura and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] are sent to Sunagakure to help the Sand Siblings in their fight with the [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]]; Sakura heals Gaara during his fight with [[Suiko]]. Ino, jealous of Sakura's new-found healing abilities, asks to train with Sakura to be a [[medical-nin]]. Sakura agrees, but Ino is dismayed when Sakura reminds her that she will be her [[wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|junior]] during the course of their training.
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== Interlude ==
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=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
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[[File:Team Asuma Chūnin Exams.png|thumb|Sakura as part of Team 10.]]
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In the anime, about two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train, another Chūnin Exam is held. Because participants must enter as part of three-man teams, Ino invites Sakura to be Shikamaru's replacement on [[Team 10]] since Shikamaru is already a [[chūnin]]. During the first exam, Sakura, Ino, and Chōji are seated in different rooms and are tasked with getting a combined score of exactly 100 points on their written test despite their separation. Ino [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|telepathically contacts]] Sakura and Chōji in order to assign which questions to answer. After the initial testing period is over, they are given a bonus question: each team must unanimously select one of their members to disqualify from the rest of the exams. Team 10 selects nobody, which is the correct answer and which qualifies them for the next phase.
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[[File:Ameno vs Sakura.png|thumb|left|Sakura facing Ameno.]]
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Those who pass the first exam must reach the [[Demon Desert]] within three days in order to participate in the second exam. Team 10 successfully does so and they are given the same objective as they had in the exam several years ago: obtain a scroll from another team. They wander through the desert for three days, losing their provisions to an [[Ame]]-team.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 406</ref> While recuperating at an oasis, they are attacked by [[Team Ameno]]. Ino once again telepathically links with Sakura and Chōji to coordinate their attacks and help them locate their attackers, resulting in Team Ameno's defeat. Once Sakura and Ino heal their injuries, Team Ameno offers them their scroll. However, theirs is the same scroll that Team 10 already has, so they are allowed to keep it. They go their separate ways, agreeing to meet again in the third exam.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 407</ref>
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[[File:Tsunade Promoting Genin.png|thumb|Sakura and the other genin being promoted to chūnin.]]
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Team 10 is later attacked by [[Team Saya]]. [[Saya]] [[Puppet Imitation Technique|possesses]] Ino's mind and forces her to attack Sakura. When Chōji, meanwhile, begins overwhelming Saya's team-mates, Saya possesses his mind instead, and she forces him to attack Sakura using his [[Super Multi-Size Technique]].<ref name="NS408">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 408</ref> Ino is able to release Chōji, forcing Team Saya to retreat. Team 10 is afterwards trapped in a [[Sandstorm Technique|sandstorm]], during which Ino and Chōji are poisoned by a [[Sand Cloak Technique|cloaked]] [[Mamushi]]. Sakura escapes the sandstorm, defeats Team Saya, and then returns to heal Ino and Chōji.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 409</ref>
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Team 10 is eventually found by one of the exam's proctors, who brings them to where all of the other genin are being assembled. They are informed that the Chūnin Exams have been cancelled; reports on the participants' performances will be sent back to their villages, leaving their promotion up to their superiors. When they get back to Konoha, Tsunade promotes Sakura, Ino, and Chōji to chūnin.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 413</ref>
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
[[File:Sakura Haruno Shippūden.png|thumb|150px|Sakura's appearance in Part II.]]
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After Naruto returned from his two and a half years of training abroad, Sakura was one of the first villagers to greet him, and was happy to see him, even noticing he was now taller than she is. However, this doesn't last long, as Sakura asked him if she had changed, to which he responds she hadn't and that she was the same old Sakura. The results of her training with Tsunade first show themselves when she punches Naruto for attempting to demonstrate a new perverted technique for [[Konohamaru]]. Kakashi soon recruited both of them into Team Kakashi and issued another bell test, this time the goal actually being to take the bells. Both are able to show off their new abilities. She shocks Kakashi and Naruto when she uses her super strength taught to her by Tsunade, but in the end are only able to take the bells by tricking Kakashi.
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Tsunade informs Sakura of Naruto's return after two-and-a-half years of training. She goes to greet him and is initially glad that he's back, but is violently disappointed when he quickly gets back into a competition of [[Sexy Technique]]s with [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]]. Kakashi reforms Team 7 with them and gives them another [[bell test]], though unlike last time, taking the bells from him is the real objective. Kakashi vanishes shortly after the test begins and Sakura, after determining that he's nowhere above ground, concludes he's below ground. To force him out, she shatters the earth with [[Cherry Blossom Impact]], frightening both Kakashi and Naruto. Despite their improved abilities, neither Sakura nor Naruto are able to get a bell through conventional means, and it is only by Naruto's threat to spoil the latest ''[[Icha Icha]]'' book that they are able to lower Kakashi's guard long enough to take his bells.
   
After returning from the bell test, they learned that [[Akatsuki]] had captured Gaara. Team Kakashi was assigned to go to [[Sunagakure]] to help rescue him. Upon arriving in Sunagakure, Sakura used her new medical expertise to save [[Kankurō]] from a poison given to him by the Akatsuki member [[Sasori]]. Sakura then made a few antidotes to counteract the poison in case anyone on the team should have need of it. The antidote in hand, Team Kakashi followed Akatsuki's trail, accompanied by [[Chiyo]], a Sunagakure adviser. During this period of time, Sakura first learned that the Nine-Tails is sealed into Naruto.
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While Team 7 tries without success to find a mission to go on that Naruto won't complain about, word reaches Konoha that [[Akatsuki]] has kidnapped [[Gaara]], the [[Kazekage]]. Team 7 is sent to Sunagakure to lend assistance in rescuing Gaara. On their way to Suna, Naruto explains that Gaara was kidnapped because he is the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[One-Tail]], just as Naruto is the jinchūriki of the [[Nine-Tails]]. When they reach Suna, they are informed that [[Kankurō]] was poisoned by Akatsuki member [[Sasori]] in his failed attempt to rescue Gaara, and that none of the village's medics can heal him. Sakura is able to [[Delicate Illness Extraction Technique|remove the poison from his body]], from which she prepares some antidotes, impressing [[Chiyo]]. Chiyo, Sasori's grandmother, ultimately decides to accompany Team 7 as they leave to find Gaara, helping them navigate the local country.
   
Once they arrived at the Akatsuki lair, the team split up, Chiyo and Sakura fighting Sasori while Kakashi and Naruto went after [[Deidara]] and Gaara's body. With both Sasori and Chiyo being master puppeteers, and with all of Sasori's attacks being imbued with his poison, Chiyo controlled Sakura like a puppet to improve her dexterity allowing her to get close enough to Sasori to destroy his puppet armour [[Hiruko]].
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[[File:Sakura breaks the Hiruko puppet in pieces.png|thumb|left|Sakura destroys Hiruko.]]
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On their way to the Akatsuki lair where Gaara has been taken, they are met by [[Itachi Uchiha]], the brother who Sasuke defected from Konoha in order to kill. Although eager to face him, Sakura must leave most of the fighting to Kakashi due to his [[Sharingan]]; when Naruto is trapped in Itachi's genjutsu, Sakura and Chiyo release him. The Itachi is eventually discovered to be an [[Shapeshifting Technique|impostor]], so they continue to the Akatsuki lair. They meet [[Team Guy]] there, who takes down the barrier over the entrance so that Team 7 can get in. [[Deidara]] flies off with Gaara's body as soon as they enter, and Naruto and Kakashi pursue him, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. Chiyo informs Sakura that what appears to be Sasori is actually one of his [[puppet]]s, [[Hiruko]]. She also warns that all of Hiruko's weapons are likely coated with poison. With this in mind, Chiyo [[Puppet Performance: Skilful Achievement with a Human Body|guides]] Sakura to Hiruko unharmed, allowing her to destroy it.
   
[[File:Sakura destroys Sasori's body.png|thumb|left|Sakura destroying Sasori's puppet body.]]
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[[File:Sakura destroys Sasori's body.png|thumb|Sakura punches Sasori's puppet body.]]
As Sasori summons his the [[Third Kazekage]] puppet, much to Chiyo's shock, he begins employing the former Kazekage's [[Iron Sand|ability]] which he had combined with his own poison. As the battle ensues, with Chiyo's [[Puppet Performance: Skilful Achievement with a Human Body|help]], she eventually deduces the puppets movements, Sasori's attack pattern and is ultimately able to destroy it. Revealing that he had turned himself into a puppet as well, Sasori gained the upper hand in the fight and later summoned [[Red Secret Technique: Performance of a Hundred Puppets|one hundred puppets]] to fight against Chiyo's [[White Secret Technique: The Chikamatsu Collection of Ten Puppets]]. After being [[Sealing Technique: Lion Closing Roar|sealed]] by Chiyo, Sasori moved to another puppet body and tried to kill her, only for Sakura to step in as a human shield. With him being distracted, Chiyo stabbed Sasori through the heart. As his life waned, he relished the fact that Sakura would die too, only to be proven wrong by the combination of Sakura's antidote and [[One's Own Life Reincarnation|Chiyo's healing abilities]]. As a reward for defeating him, Sasori spent his last breath to tell Sakura of a spy within Orochimaru's ranks.
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With Hiruko gone, Sasori starts using his [[human puppet]] of the [[Third Kazekage]]. Although it initially appears no different from a standard puppet, such that Chiyo is able to fight it with her [[Mother and Father]] puppets, the puppet is discovered to have access to the Third's [[Iron Sand]], which has also been imbued with poison. The Iron Sand neutralises the Mother and Father puppets and then [[Iron Sand Gathering Assault|forms into blocks]], which Sakura, with Chiyo's guidance again, is able to punch away. Sasori's [[Iron Sand World Method]] proves more difficult to avoid and Sakura receives several scratches, causing her to collapse from the poison. She is able to administer the antidote, however, allowing her to destroy the Third when it moves in to finish her off. Angered by this, Sasori reveals that his own body is a puppet now and he goes after Chiyo. Sakura intercepts him and destroys his body, but he's able to reassemble it.
   
When they caught up with Naruto and Kakashi, Sakura tried to revive Gaara, only to discover that he was already dead. As Chiyo surrendered the rest of her energy to resurrect Gaara, she told Sakura not to give her life for an old woman and predicted that someday she would surpass her master as a kunoichi. After attending Chiyo's funeral, the team returned home.
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Sasori brings out his [[Hundred Puppet Army]] and Chiyo brings out her [[Ten Puppet Collection of Chikamatsu]]. While the two sides battle, Sakura moves closer to Sasori and places a [[Sealing Technique: Lion Closing Roar|seal]] on him. Sasori is able to transfer his living core to another puppet before the seal connects, sneaks up on Chiyo, and attacks. Sakura shields the attack with her body and is both fatally wounded and poisoned. While Chiyo gives her the final antidote, Sasori attacks Chiyo again, only to fall into her trap and have his core stabbed by the Mother and Father puppets. Chiyo then heals Sakura's wound. Having guessed that Sakura was able to create an antidote for his poison - something he thought was impossible - Sasori decides to reward her before he dies: he tells her of a spy his was within [[Orochimaru]]'s ranks who he had plans to meet in [[Kusagakure]] in ten days. Chiyo collapses once he's dead, but refuses Sakura's offer to take her back to Suna to make another antidote.
   
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
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At Chiyo's request, Sakura carries her to Naruto and Kakashi, who have managed to retrieve Gaara. Sakura attempts to revive Gaara, but the removal of the One-Tail has caused him to die. Chiyo uses the [[One's Own Life Reincarnation]] on him, bringing him back to life at the cost of her own. As the jutsu nears completion, Chiyo warns Sakura not to risk her life to protect someone as old as she is again, believing Sakura is too valuable. Gaara is successfully resurrected and, a few days later, Teams 7 and Guy attend Chiyo's funeral in Sunagakure before returning home.
[[File:Team Yamato.PNG|thumb|Yamato-led Team Kakashi reveals themselves to Orochimaru and Kabuto.]]
 
With the information gained from Sasori, Team Kakashi decided to use this as an opportunity to find Sasuke. Because Kakashi was still bedridden after his encounter with Deidara, [[Yamato]] led the team instead. [[Sai]] was also added to the team as Sasuke's replacement, but neither Naruto nor Sakura were willing to view him as such, and had difficulties getting along with him. In fact Sakura even punched him for insulting Sasuke. Their mission being to meet with and capture the spy, Yamato, disguised as Sasori, went on ahead. When the spy, [[Kabuto Yakushi]], ended up being in league with Orochimaru, Yamato called in the team for back up.
 
   
[[File:SakuraHealing.jpg|thumb|left|Sakura healing Naruto after Yamato subdued him.]]
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=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
Naruto quickly engaged Orochimaru in combat, and Sakura was surprised by the very danger of his [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms|tailed forms]]. She was then knocked out after Kabuto was thrown away by Naruto and slammed into her. After regaining consciousness, she realised that Naruto had advanced to his [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Four-Tailed Form|four-tailed form]]. When Sakura approached him to try and bring him to his senses, he attacked and injured her, unaware of what he was doing. Kabuto attempted to heal her wound, saying that they were both enemies of Akatsuki. All he could do was close it, however. Once Yamato forced the Nine-Tails' influence to recede, Sakura tended to his wounds and lamented that all she could do is heal him after a battle. He recuperated, and they continued on to Orochimaru's hideout, where Sai finally proved his worth by helping them find Sasuke. When they were unable to persuade Sasuke to come home with them they attacked him instead. Sakura was able to determine how his [[Chidori Current]] worked, and charged him after charging her fist, attacking Sasuke for the first time ever. However, when Sasuke attacked her with a massive amount of killing intent, [[Yamato]] intervened and took the attack for Sakura. In the end, Sasuke fled with Orochimaru and Kabuto, and Sakura told Naruto very determinedly that tears weren't going to bring Sasuke back. Then, they returned to Konoha.
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With the intel gained from Sasori, Team 7 begins planning to meet the spy in the hopes that it will help them reunite with Sasuke. Kakashi is left bedridden from his fight with Deidara, requiring [[Yamato]] to lead Team 7 as his replacement. The [[Konoha Council]] also requires that [[Sai]] be assigned to Team 7 as Sasuke's replacement. Naruto immediately dislikes Sai, declaring him an inferior version of Sasuke. Sai is happy for this distinction and proceeds to degrade Sasuke for defecting from Konoha. This angers Sakura and she hits him, forcing Yamato to use his [[wood release]] to break up their fight. Despite this incident, Sakura has difficulty holding a grudge against Sai due to his lack of emotion or interpersonal connections. She therefore tries to mediate between Naruto and Sai, explaining to Sai the brotherly bond that Naruto feels to Sasuke. When this fails to make an impression, Sakura gives up on Sai and puts up with him only because they need his help to find Sasuke.
   
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ===
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Yamato disguises himself as Sasori and goes to the [[Tenchi Bridge]] to meet the spy while Naruto, Sakura, and Sai hide nearby. The spy, [[Kabuto Yakushi]], begins telling Yamato about Orochimaru's organisation, but they are interrupted by the appearance of Orochimaru, who teams up with Kabuto to fight Yamato, having intended to kill Sasori. Team 7 comes to his aid and Orochimaru, recognising them, taunts Naruto about Sasuke. Naruto is enraged and strikes him, using the Nine-Tails' power to make his attacks more devastating. The Tenchi Bridge starts to collapse from the stress of his chakra and Sakura is knocked unconscious in the process. She is saved and revived by Yamato, and is then horrified by the damage that Naruto is causing to the surroundings.
   
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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[[File:Sakura Healing.png|thumb|Sakura healing Naruto.]]
Team Yamato was sent to provide back up for [[Team 10]] during their battle with [[Akatsuki]]. Because [[Shikamaru]] was separated from the rest of the group, Sai and Sakura were sent to assist him, though upon arrival they found that Shikamaru had already defeated his opponent. Having not taken part in the battle, Sakura returned to Konoha with the others, and later healed the damage to Naruto's arm from the use of his new technique. Because this made it difficult for him to eat, she offered to feed him. Though he was delighted by the idea, interference from both Sai and Kakashi prevented this from happening. Shortly afterwards they left to find Konohamaru, who had just revealed to have mastered the Shadow Clone Technique. He showed them his variations on the Sexy Technique, [[Sexy: Boy on Boy Technique|one of which]] excited Sakura.
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Orochimaru is eventually able to force Naruto away from himself and closer to Sakura and Yamato. Seeing the lengths he's going to in order to retrieve Sasuke from Orochimaru, Sakura tries to reason with him, but his [[version 2]] form leaves him unable to tell friend from foe and he attacks her. While Yamato restrains Naruto with his wood release, Kabuto heals Sakura's wound, his thanks to Team 7 for killing Sasori. Yamato is able to suppress the Nine-Tails' influence, but its chakra leaves his body badly damaged. Sakura heals him, but is upset that it's the only thing she can do to help him. When Naruto wakes up he can't remember what happened and assumes Sakura's tears are because of something Sai said, which she doesn't correct. When they realise that Sai is missing, Yamato reports that he has joined with Orochimaru and Kabuto.
   
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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Having placed a [[Transmission Wood|trace]] on Sai, Yamato is able to lead Naruto and Sakura to him and by extension Orochimaru's lair. They infiltrate it, locate Sai, and restrain him so that they can go looking for Sasuke. Kabuto finds them and releases Sai to help him fight them, but Sai restrains him instead, curious about the bond that Naruto keeps saying he has with Sasuke; Sai goes searching through Orochimaru's lair in search of Sasuke on Naruto's behalf. While he's gone, Yamato goes through his belongings and finds evidence that Sai has been assigned to assassinate Sasuke. They go after him in order to stop him. When they find him, he explains that he truly does want to help retrieve Sasuke, and in fact has already found him: Sakura and Naruto are speechless to see Sasuke again, but Sasuke reacts with indifference to them. To demonstrate that they mean nothing to him, Sasuke quickly neutralises them all, except Sakura who prepares to attack him. Sasuke is about to counter her attack before Yamato saves her. He then prepares to kill them, but is persuaded not to by Orochimaru and leaves without further comment. Defeated, a tearful Sakura tells a devastated Naruto they need to get stronger and Team 7 returns to Konoha.
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=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Twelve Guardian Ninja ===
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When news reached Konoha that Sasuke had killed Orochimaru, Sakura and Naruto were the first to join Kakashi's [[Eight Man Squad]], and began the hunt. During her search, she barely missed a member of Sasuke's [[Hebi]], [[Karin]], and later regrouped with the others. When [[Kiba]] caught Sasuke's scent, the group followed until they encountered [[Tobi]]. Sakura initially suspected that he was using genjutsu or clone techniques, but after Hinata pointed out that his chakra remained in one location and Tobi managed to escape Shino's bugs, she realised that he was removing parts of his body from existence. She attempted to head to Sasuke's location with her team, but Tobi had already taken him away.
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[[File:R.I.P.Fuen.png|thumb|Sakura defeats Fuen.]]
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In the anime, Yamato leads Team 7 on a mission to the [[Fire Temple]] to investigate a series of grave robberies. During the course of the investigation, Team 7 is separated by an [[Earth Release: Mutability|earthen maze]]. Sakura is attacked within the maze by a giant spider, but she's saved by Sai, whose arm breaks in the process. She tends his injury and they reunite with Naruto and Yamato, but [[Furido's 4-Man Team|the grave robbers]] escape. Team 7 returns to Konoha, and when the grave robbers attack the village, Sakura is drawn into battle with [[Fuen]]. Sakura pretends to fall victim to Fuen's genjutsu, allowing her to punch and defeat Fuen when she moves in to finish Sakura off.
   
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
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Kakashi assembles Naruto, Sakura, and Sai to discuss their failed mission to retrieve Sasuke. Sakura shares her suspicion that Sasuke's skills have been boosted with medication, as his growth rate is unnaturally high. Kakashi believes the best way to prepare them for another encounter with Sasuke is for Naruto to invent a new [[jutsu]]. Once he finally does so after many days of training, Team 7 is sent to help [[Team 10]] in their battle with Akatsuki. Sakura and Sai are sent to provide backup for [[Shikamaru Nara]] during his fight with [[Hidan]] while everyone else focuses on [[Kakuzu]]. When they locate Shikamaru, however, they discover that he's already defeated Hidan. Naruto elsewhere defeats Kakuzu with his jutsu, after which they go back to Konoha.
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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Naruto's new jutsu injures his arm after use, which Sakura treats in Konoha. Because he has difficulty using the arm while it mends, Sakura tries to help him eat when they visit [[Ramen Ichiraku]], but Sai insists on the responsibility. As they leave afterwards, they are met by Konohamaru, who demonstrates his [[Sexy: Girl on Girl Technique]]; Naruto approves but Sakura is disgusted and violently reprimands him. In the manga, Konohamaru responds with [[Sexy: Boy on Boy Technique]]; Sakura approves but Naruto is disgusted and violently reprimands him. Sakura tries to make an excuse when she realises how she reacted, but Konohamaru's suspicions that Sakura is just as much a pervert as he is are confirmed.
Once they returned to [[Konoha]] and learned of [[Jiraiya]]'s death, Sakura tried to comfort both Naruto and [[Tsunade]]. When Naruto blamed Tsunade for the death of Jiraiya, Sakura scolded him. She was then shocked to hear Naruto declare that he would get his revenge. She later tried to help decipher Jiraiya's dying message to find out more about the [[Akatsuki]] leader, [[Pain]], but was interrupted by Pain's attack on the village. After saving some villagers and killing Pain's [[Giant Centipede]], Sakura went to the Konoha hospital, where she was quickly asked to lead the medical front defending the building and healing what injuries she could, impressing Chōji through her leadership and skills.
 
   
[[File:Naruto and sakura.jpg|thumb|left|Sakura thanking Naruto.]]
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=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
When Pain [[Shinra Tensei|destroyed]] the village, Sakura was saved by [[Katsuyu]]. When she sees the village in ruins she cries out for Naruto to return to save everyone. After Naruto's return Sakura could only watch as Naruto tried to defeat the six Pains. She became worried when Naruto entered his [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Six-Tailed Form|six-tailed form]], and was amazed to find out that [[Hinata]] risked her life to try and save Naruto because she loves him. She heals Hinata afterwards and watches as Pain, defeated and converted by Naruto, revives all those who had died during his attack. When Naruto came back to the village after talking to Nagato, Sakura punches Naruto calling him rash for taking on Pain by himself but then hugs and thanks him for saving them.
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In the anime, Team 7 is sent to help [[Team 8]] in their fight with [[Team Guren]]. When they come across the [[Three-Tails]] during the course of the mission, Sakura is assigned to a team responsible for sealing it due to her excellent chakra control. They are interrupted by Team Guren before they can complete the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]], and Sakura tends to the wounded after the Three-Tails goes on a rampage. When Team Guren is defeated, they are recalled to Konoha.
   
=== Konoha History Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
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[[File:Eight Man Squad.png|thumb|Teams 7 and 8 set out.]]
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News reaches Konoha that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru. Realising that this is a good opportunity to try once again to reunite with Sasuke, Kakashi combines Teams 7 and 8 into an [[Eight Man Squad]] with the mission to find either Sasuke or his assumed target, Itachi. They split up to look for leads on either Uchiha; because she doesn't have any particular tracking skills, Kakashi pairs Sakura with two [[ninken]], [[Shiba]] and [[Bisuke]]. They briefly pick up on the trail of one of Sasuke's new team-mates, [[Karin]], but they don't realise this and lose the trail shortly afterwards.
   
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
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=== Fated Battle Between Brothers ===
[[File:Omoi and Karui confrontation.png|thumb|Team Kakashi confronted by Karui and Omoi.]]
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Sakura is later seen in a tent along with Naruto, Kakashi, and [[Shizune]], telling them about Tsunade going into a coma, and that neither she nor Shizune could do anything for her. She tried to cheer Naruto up, but her effort was interrupted by the arrival of [[Kiba]]. Kiba told them that [[Danzō Shimura]] has replaced Tsunade as [[Hokage]] and that he has ordered Sasuke to be executed as a [[missing-nin]]. Naruto and Sakura, hoping they might be able to convince Danzō to change his mind, asked Sai about him. Sai is unable to tell them anything, but their questioning attracted the attention of [[Omoi]] and [[Karui]]. The [[Kumogakure]] ninja informed them of Sasuke's crimes and demanded any information they may have on Sasuke. Seeing how upset this made Sakura, Naruto volunteered to tell them for her the information they wanted to know about Sasuke.
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After they regroup, [[Kiba Inuzuka]] is able to detect Sasuke's scent and they start to follow it. Along the way they are met by [[Tobi]] of Akatsuki, who prevents them from progressing and who is invulnerable to their attacks. Tobi leaves when he receives news that Sasuke has killed Itachi, and Teams 7 and 8 try to reach Sasuke before he does. Unable to find where Tobi has taken Sasuke, they are forced to return to Konoha.
   
Naruto, along with Kakashi and Yamato, went to the [[Land of Iron]] to ask the [[Fourth Raikage]] to forgive Sasuke. While they are gone, Sai informed Sakura of the lengths Naruto has gone to make her happy. He also said that although Naruto loved her, the strain of trying to bring Sasuke home and fulfilling the promise he made to her, cause him nothing but constant pain. Shikamaru joined the conversation on behalf of the other members of the [[Konoha 11]], telling Sakura that Sasuke's actions will only lead to war. Believing that the best course of action would be for them to personally stop Sasuke, Shikamaru asked for Team 7's consent. Sakura agreed, but insisted that she be the one to tell Naruto.
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=== Six-Tails Unleashed ===
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In the anime, they are intercepted by a new assignment to help the [[Tsuchigumo clan]] protect its [[Fury|forbidden technique]]. Kakashi takes Team 8 back to Konoha while Yamato leads Team 7 on the mission. During the mission, Sakura helps fight the [[Magaki group]] and the villagers who are under [[Shiranami]]'s control. Once Shiranami is stopped, Team 7 returns to Konoha.
   
[[File:Sakura's team.png|thumb|left|Sakura forms a team to hunt down Sasuke.]]
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=== Pain's Assault ===
Sakura, Sai, Kiba, and Lee went to the Land of Iron to talk to Naruto. After they located him, Sakura made a false confession of love to Naruto and claimed she no longer cares about Sasuke and encouraged him to give up on the promise he made to her. Naruto, knowing very well that she's still in love with Sasuke and that she doesn't love him, does not believe her and says she is lying to herself. Angered by this, she insisted it was true and then pushed for Naruto to forget his promise to her and focus on the fact that Akatsuki is after him. Naruto, in turn, said that he was also pursuing Sasuke for his own reasons, not just because of his promise to her. Again, furious by this, Sakura left with her group. Ignoring Kiba's questions about why she hasn't told Naruto their plans, she asked him to help her find Sasuke. When they start nearing Sasuke, Sakura tried to set off a knockout gas to incapacitate Kiba, Sai, and Lee. Sai stopped her and, having told Naruto and Kakashi about their plans, instructed them to wait for Kakashi to arrive. She convinced Kiba and Lee to fight Sai with her, but used the knockout gas on them as they began to scuffle.
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[[File:Sakura defeats centipede.png|thumb|left|Sakura defeating the giant centipede.]]
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Sakura is present when Naruto is informed that [[Jiraiya]] died while investigating the leader of Akatsuki, [[Pain]]. She defends Tsunade when Naruto blames her for his death, and then again when Shikamaru tries to get out of helping decipher one of the clues that Jiraiya left behind, aware that Tsunade is grieving over Jiraiya. Sakura later tries to help Shikamaru decipher the clue, but is interrupted by the [[invasion of Pain]]. Sakura heads for the [[Konoha Hospital]], along the way saving a group of civilians from Pain's [[giant centipede]]. She assists with healing the injured once she gets to the hospital, doing as much as she can despite there being more people in need of care than medics available.
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When Pain destroys Konoha, Sakura and the rest of the villagers are saved by Tsunade with the help of [[Katsuyu]]. Tsunade is exhausted by the effort, so Sakura looks after her while Naruto fights Pain. During the battle, Sakura senses Naruto entering another version 2 form as a result of Pain's attack on [[Hinata Hyūga]]. She has Katsuyu relay a message to the villagers to retreat to a safe distance while she treats Hinata. Naruto ultimately defeats Pain and, when he returns to the village, Sakura punches him for taking such a risk and then embraces him as thanks.
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=== Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha ===
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Sakura and [[Shizune]] stay with Tsunade as the village starts to rebuild. In the anime, they give Tsunade's various visitors updates on her condition.
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Sakura informs Naruto that Tsunade is in a coma and that there's nothing that can be done to bring her out of it. While they talk, they are approached by [[Tazuna]] and [[Inari]], who have come to help rebuild Konoha. They ask about Sasuke, who which Naruto avoids going into detail about so as to spare them and Sakura a discussion about Sasuke's defection. After Tazuna and Inari leave, they receive news that [[Danzō Shimura]] has become the next [[Hokage]] and that he has ordered Sasuke be killed as a traitor. Naruto and Sakura approach Sai to ask him how they can convince Danzō to change his mind, but Sai is unable to help. [[Omoi]] and [[Karui]] of [[Kumogakure]] overhear them talking about Sasuke and they ask for information about Sasuke, wishing to kill him for his role in Akatsuki's capture of [[Killer B]]. This news upsets Sakura greatly, so Naruto leads Omoi and Karui away.
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[[File:Painful Decision.png|thumb|Sakura painfully accepts that Sasuke must be stopped at all costs.]]
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Sai later informs Sakura of the abuse Naruto suffered at the hands of Omoi and Karui, as he was unwilling to sell out Sasuke. He also informs her that Naruto has gone to meet with the [[Fourth Raikage]] to try and get a pardon for Sasuke's actions against Kumo. Sakura cannot understand why Naruto would do all this, so Sai explains that it is because he has feelings for Sakura and that he is still trying to fulfil the promise he made to her after Sasuke left the village years ago. Sai adds that his commitment to that promise and by extension Sakura cause Naruto as much pain as Sasuke does. Shikamaru joins their conversation to inform them of the rest of the [[Konoha 11]]'s decision to personally eliminate Sasuke so that he can't continue to implicate Konoha in his crimes nor present the risk of a war. Sakura tearfully agrees with this and volunteers to be the one to inform Naruto.
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[[File:Sakura's team.png|thumb|left|Sakura's team arrives in the Land of Iron.]]
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Sakura forms a team with Sai, Kiba Inuzuka, and [[Rock Lee]] and goes to the [[Land of Iron]] to search for Naruto. When they find him, Sakura tells him that she loves him and that, because of this, he no longer needs to fulfil his promise regarding Sasuke, who she says she no longer has feelings for. This upsets Naruto, who tells Sakura that he dislikes people who lie to themselves. Sakura insists that it's true and that he should start worrying about himself rather than Sasuke. Naruto still does not believe her and informs her that he wants to save Sasuke for his own reasons, not for Sakura. Upset, Sakura departs, but when they're far enough away she instructs her team to start looking for Sasuke. Her team tells her it would have been better to simply tell Naruto the truth about Konoha 11's decision and that she's underestimating him by not doing so, but Sakura adamantly says she couldn't do it.
   
 
[[File:Sasuke attack Sakura.png|thumb|Sasuke attacking Sakura from behind.]]
 
[[File:Sasuke attack Sakura.png|thumb|Sasuke attacking Sakura from behind.]]
Sakura found Sasuke about to kill [[Karin]]. She stopped him and told him that she wanted to join him, even if that means betraying Konoha. Suspicious, Sasuke told her to show her resolve by killing Karin. Pretending to agree, Sakura approached them, thinking that if she killed him now, it will all be over. Karin interrupted her by warning her that Sasuke was about to kill her, but his attack was blocked by Kakashi. Kakashi instructed Sakura to heal Karin and to leave once she had done so. However she snuck up on Sasuke and tried once again to kill him, but she then started to remember all the times they had together and she was ultimately unable to bring herself to do it.
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When Kiba finally locates Sasuke, Sakura has him give her precise directions to where he is. She then attempts to knock out the team with sleeping gas, but is stopped by Sai, who has guessed that she plans to personally kill Sasuke. When he attempts to detain them on Kakashi's instructions, Kiba and Lee engage Sai, giving Sakura a chance to use the sleeping gas. She proceeds to where Sasuke is and announces her desire to join with him, even if that means helping destroy Konoha. To prove her loyalty, Sasuke instructs Sakura to kill the badly-injured Karin. Sakura approaches them, contemplating how best to strike Sasuke, but is alerted by Karin that Sasuke is attacking her from behind with [[Chidori]]. Kakashi arrives in time to stop him and, aware of what Sakura was planning, volunteers to be the one to kill Sasuke so that she won't need to, especially when he holds himself responsible for not preventing the situation.
   
[[File:Naruto saves Sakura.png|left|thumb|Team 7 re-unites.]]
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[[File:Naruto saves Sakura.png|thumb|left|Team 7 re-unites.]]
Sasuke noticed Sakura and seized her by the throat and attempted to kill her, she was then rescued by Naruto. Naruto then prepared himself to attack Sasuke after Kakashi tells him and Sakura that he will personally take care of Sasuke and wishes for them not to witness it. Kakashi states that Sakura's kunai was crafted by Sakura herself, with poison learned from [[Shizune]], and that it would most likely not work as Orochimaru would have made him immune to it. After Naruto voiced his determination that he and Sasuke will die together one day in battle, and that he would shoulder Sasuke's hatred as a friend, Sakura was touched by Naruto's determination, and showed her gladness that he showed her a way for Team 7 to still have a happy ending. However, Naruto suddenly collapsed from the poison kunai that Sasuke used to nick Naruto's face when he saved Sakura from him, and Sakura panicked, and gave him an antidote on Kakashi's request. After Sakura gave Naruto the antidote, Naruto says he still feels sick. When Naruto asks who Karin is, Sakura replies that she's a partner of Sasuke, which Karin denies. When the group are ready to leave the bridge, Kakashi reminds Sakura that she left something behind to which he is refering to Kiba and the others. [[Team 7]] and Karin are later seen with the sleeping Kiba, Akamaru, Lee and Sai and Kakashi expects Sakura to apologise to them after they awake to which she will.
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Sakura heals Karin's injury and, in her unstable mental state, joins the battle. She starts attacking Sasuke from behind, but ultimately can't bring herself to harm him and cries at her own failure. Sensing her, Sasuke grabs her by the throat, takes her kunai, and prepares to kill her with it, but she is saved by Naruto. Naruto and Sasuke talk and conclude that only they are suitable to fight each other, which they will do at some future date; Sakura is upset that her resolve isn't as strong as theirs and she decides to trust Naruto and Sasuke in fulfilling her dream of Team 7 having a happy ending. After Sasuke leaves with Tobi, Naruto passes out from the poison of her kunai and a panicked Sakura gives him the antidote. Sakura then uses an antidote to wake Sai, Kiba, and Rock Lee up. After returning to the village, Naruto meets with the Konoha 11 as soon as they're back to tell them his decision, which Sakura defends when they accuse Naruto of being unrealistic.
   
[[File:Konoha 11 reunited.png|thumb|The "Konoha 11" meet to discuss Sasuke.]]
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When Tsunade finally wakes from her coma, Sakura goes around the village sharing the good news. Sakura is later informed of the upcoming war against the Akatsuki from Tsunade, and Sakura, while uneasy at fighting against Sasuke, is given the task to keep a watchful on eye on Naruto.
After returning to Konoha, Sakura is seen present with the rest of her friends, wondering as to what Naruto is hiding from them, remembering his statement about his and Sasuke's death in a possible fight. She is then seen out of breath when she meets up with Naruto at the Ramen Ichiraku, and she is happy to inform him that Tsunade is awake. Teuchi then offers her a bowl but, being in a rush to tell people the good news, she turns it down. She then tells Naruto she will see him later.
 
   
=== Chikara Arc ===
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In the anime, Team 7 is sent to investigate the attack on [[Tonika Village]]. They encounter Kabuto Yakushi and are forced to fight his [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated forces]] while he escapes. They fight Kabuto and his forces several more times, during one of which Sakura is knocked out by the [[Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone]], but Kabuto is ultimately driven off.
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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=== Paradise Life on a Boat ===
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In the anime, Tsunade sends Sakura, Ino, and [[Chōji Akimichi]] to [[Benisu Island]] to pick medicinal herbs. Although the locals initially try interfering, Naruto is able to convince them to help instead.
   
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
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[[File:Sakura healing Guy.png|thumb|Sakura healing Guy.]]
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When the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] begins, Sakura is added to the [[Third Division]] of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]. Before the armies mobilise for war with Akatsuki, Sakura heals [[Might Guy]], whose exhaustion mystifies her. The Third Division is called to assist the [[Surprise Attack Division]], and when they arrive Sakura recognises the reincarnated [[Haku]] and [[Zabuza Momochi]] amongst the Surprise Attack Division's attackers. When Zabuza asks her how Naruto is doing, Sakura replies that he's well. Zabuza and Haku are forced to attack the Third Division, so they take up defensive positions; having encountered them before, Sakura advises those near her to take a [[Manji Formation]]. When casualties start growing, Sakura heals the wounded.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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[[File:Sakura Defeats 'Neji'.png|thumb|left|Sakura defeats "Neji".]]
[[File:Sakura healing Guy.png|thumb|left|Sakura healing Guy before the start of the war.]]
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Sakura is eventually reassigned to the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]]'s compound to heal the wounded that are sent there. During the night, three [[medical-nin]] are killed despite the major precautions they took to secure the location, placing everyone on high alert. Sakura is approached by [[Morio]] during this time, who she recognises as someone she healed earlier; he gives her a love letter, but she turns him down and explains she is in love with someone else. [[Neji Hyūga]] visits her after Morio leaves to discuss the suspected killer. When, during the conversation, Neji proves unaware that [[Tonton]] is a pig, Sakura realises he is an impostor and attacks him. The disguise disappears, revealing a [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]]. From the Zetsu's comments and previous reports she's read about its abilities, Sakura is able to determine how its [[Substitute Technique]] works and alerts the Allied HQ. She and Shizune later perform an autopsy on the Zetsu's body and discover its [[Wood Release]] capabilities.
Sakura is placed within the [[Third Division]] and is later seen using her [[Mystical Palm Technique]] to heal [[Might Guy]] and wondering how he got to be in this condition right before the war, while a worried [[Lee]] looks on. Later on, Sakura is seen with her division as a red flare goes off and Kakashi orders them to go the [[Surprise Attack Division]]. Along with her division, they encountered Zabuza and Haku who were about to attack the Surprise Attack Division. She was shocked to see Zabuza and Haku again.
 
   
After Haku and Zabuza's personalities were wiped out along with those of [[Pakura]] and [[Gari]], Kakashi orders his squadrons to group themselves around the sensor ninja in the [[Manji Formation]]. Lee then tells Sakura that he'll protect her no matter what, to which Sakura tells him to also be careful as last time Zabuza attacked from the only weak spot of the formation: the centre. When the battle began in earnest, Sakura began healing the wounded.
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In the anime, during the following day, the Medical Division is attacked by several reincarnated shinobi and a scroll of dead Allied forces is stolen. Sakura joins a team to go after them and most of the reincarnated shinobi are sealed, but [[Hayate Gekkō]] escapes with the scroll. She goes after him and fights him until [[Yūgao Uzuki]] arrives to finish him off. Later, security at the Medical Division remains high, with nobody having an effective way of identifying disguised Zetsu. Two Zetsu eventually bypass bodyguards assigned to Sakura, though she is saved by the arrival of Naruto, whose [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] allows him to find and eliminate all the Zetsu.
   
As the battle came to a halt when night fell, Sakura went to the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] compound to heal all the wounded that were being moved to a central location. She attends to an unknown ninja's wound before ''Neji'' arrives. After she finishes she tells him that he should take the opportunity to get as much rest as possible. She is later seen outside one of the barracks after being alerted that three jōnin level medics were killed by an unknown assailant. When they surmise that a spy must've entered their numbers despite their stringent security measures, she dismisses the [[Transformation Technique]] as their method as the sensors would've detected them and assumes that one of their own must be under the enemy's control. Later as she prepares to start her rounds again, she is approached by the [[Iwa Shinobi|ninja]] she had healed earlier who hands her a love letter saying that he didn't know if he'll survive the war or not. She takes the letter and thanks him, but tells him that she loves [[Sasuke Uchiha|someone else]].
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[[File:Allied Forces Jutsu.png|thumb|The Allied Shinobi Forces arrive.]]
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With the Zetsu army defeated, the Allied Shinobi Forces are sent to assist Naruto in his fight with Tobi. When they arrive, Sakura heals Kakashi and Might Guy and then joins in the Allies' attack on the [[Ten-Tails]]. The attack fails and many die in the Ten-Tails' counterattack, but Naruto is able to give protective [[version 1]]-like cloaks to most of the allies in time. When Naruto is injured saving everyone from [[Tenpenchii]], Sakura heals him and encourages the other Allies not to give up hope, even in the face of the Ten-Tails' [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. They are saved by the arrival of the reincarnated [[Fourth Hokage]]. The Fourth thanks Sakura for healing Naruto, his son, and asks if she is Naruto's girlfriend. When Naruto suggests this is true, Sakura headbutts him and tells him to focus on the situation. Naruto complains she gave him more injuries and she retorts she will heal him again.
   
[[File:Sakura Defeats 'Neji'.png|thumb|Sakura defeats "''Neji''".]]
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[[File:Team 7 Reunited.png|thumb|left|Team 7 together again.]]
After one last compliment, the Iwa shinobi leaves the tent visibly disappointed that Sakura was in love with someone else, Sakura soon afterwards becomes saddened as she starts thinking about Sasuke. Moments later, Neji then enters her tent asking her if she was ok. He then tells her that he doesn't blame her for being upset given the current situation. Sakura says that they need to be vigilant to which ''Neji'' agrees. He then asks for Shizune as he had made some headway in uncovering who the culprit was. Sakura tells him that she's attending to [[Tonton]] who had sprained her leg. ''Neji'' then says it's better than her arm to which Sakura agrees that she would still be able to form seals. He then asks her to take a look at his hand again to which she agrees, telling him to sit down. As he draws for a kunai to kill Sakura, she slams him to the ground. Surprised he inquires how she knew and retorts that piglets don't have hands. After being punched the transformation technique wears off and the White Zetsu clone resumes him original appearance. Sakura then interrogates the Zetsu about how he was able to get onto the compound undetected. Together with this information and a report Yamato had compiled on Zetsu, she pieces together the Zetsu's abilities and then leaves the clone in the hands of two shinobi to inform headquarters of this latest discovery.
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Sasuke arrives shortly after the Fourth, intent on joining the Allies so that he can protect Konoha. Sakura is shocked by Sasuke's sudden arrival and asks him of his intentions, and is dumbfounded, as with the rest of the Konoha 9, by his declaration he will be Hokage. Naruto and Sasuke prepare to fight the Ten-Tails and Sakura, as she says she is not weak and will assist them as a member of Team 7, joins them. The now reunited Team 7 charges into battle with the Ten-Tails' army of [[Ten-Tails Fission|clones]]; after charging her [[Strength of a Hundred Seal]], Sakura is able to defeat many at a time. Because there are too many Ten-Tails' clones, Team 7 each performs their own [[Summoning Technique|summoning]]s: Sakura summons Katsuyu and has it adhere to all the Allies nearby so that she can [[Katsuyu: Immense Network Healing|heal them remotely]]. While Naruto and Sasuke fight the Ten-Tails itself, Sai asks Sakura if she trusts Sasuke. Sakura says she is happy he's back and she does trust him. Sai believes her words are truthful, but knows her smile is a fake.
   
[[File:Sakura and Shizune autopsy.png|thumb|left|Sakura and Shizune autopsying a White Zetsu Army clone.]]
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
After reporting the findings to Shizune, they then perform an autopsy on the body of the clone and realises the similarity in their DNA to that of [[Yamato]] and by extension, [[Hashirama]]'s. They then begin to piece together the truth behind the [[White Zetsu Army]] clones.
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[[File:Tsunade&Sakura Byakugo no In.png|thumb|Sakura and Tsunade work together.]]
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When Tobi, real name [[Obito Uchiha]], becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Sakura can only watch from a distance as Naruto, Sasuke, and the reincarnated Hokage fight him. Obito eventually recreates the [[God Tree]], which absorbs the chakra of many of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Sakura instructs Katsuyu to heal them, but Katsuyu explains that its [[Slug Great Division|divisions]] suffered the same fate as the shinobi they were attached to. To do what she can, Sakura runs over to Shikamaru and starts trying to heal him. It is ultimately Naruto who saves Shikamaru and the others, remotely restoring the [[Version 1]] cloaks thought absorbed by the God Tree. Tsunade then arrives, congratulates Sakura for the work she's done, and requests her help in summoning an even large segment of Katsuyu. Katsuyu dissolves across the battlefield, allowing Tsunade and Sakura to constantly rejuvenate everybody as they unite against Obito.
   
The next day, they are approached by a pair of ninja, one of whom appears to be gravely injured and the other desperately requesting her assistance. The Akimichi guarding the medics is adamant that they stay back, uncertain of who's who. Sakura, unable to turn them away after hearing the kunoichi beg them not to let her husband die in her arms, agrees to help. The pair then reveal themselves as [[Substitute Technique|imposters]] and attack. Before she can be attacked however, Naruto's [[shadow clone]] [[Twin Rasengan|promptly]] takes them down, much to the surprise of Sakura and Shizune.
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[[File:Sakura healing critical Naruto.png|thumb|left|Sakura attempts to heal Naruto.]]
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Although Obito is defeated, [[Madara Uchiha]] and [[Tobi (Zetsu)|another Zetsu]] still remain. The prolonged fighting exhausts Tsunade and leaves Sakura and Shizune with little chakra to spare. When Gaara brings Naruto to them, in need of emergency life support following the removal of the Nine-Tails from his body, Sakura boards his [[Desert Suspension]] to lend what support she can. When her normal [[medical ninjutsu]] fails to do anything, Sakura makes an [[Chakra Scalpel|incision]] in Naruto's chest and manually pumps his heart to keep him alive. Gaara brings them to the Fourth Hokage so that he can seal his half of the Nine-Tails' chakra into Naruto, but the chakra is intercepted by [[Black Zetsu]]. When Madara - the Ten-Tails' new jinchūriki - arrives, Kakashi uses [[Kamui]] on Sakura and Naruto to get them to safety in [[Kamui's dimension]]. They are shortly afterwards joined by Obito, who has decided he wants to help Naruto. Though wary of Obito, Sakura allows him to seal the Nine-Tails' chakra he took from Black Zetsu into Naruto, thus saving his life.
   
[[File:Naruto Alliance.png|thumb|Sakura, along with the remainder of the Allied Shinobi Force, arrive at the battlefield.]]
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[[File:Team 7 vs Madara.png|thumb|Team 7 attacks Madara.]]
After being informed by [[Inoichi]] from HQ that Naruto and [[B]] were fighting the "''[[masked Madara]]''", Sakura and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] rush to his aid. As she runs, she thinks to herself that Naruto always got left with insurmountable tasks but this time would be different as not only her, but everyone would be there fighting alongside each other this time. Upon arriving at the battlefield, she immediately began to tend to the wounded Kakashi and Might Guy. She later stood with the remaining members of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] as they prepared to face their opposition. Positioning herself behind [[Darui]] to lend support when necessary, Sakura was buffeted by the [[Ten-Tails]] as it emerged from the hole in had been trapped in. Narrowly dodging the [[Wood Release: Cutting Technique|wooden stakes]] being fired by the [[Ten-Tails]], Sakura later watched on in horror as Neji sacrificed his life to protect Hinata and Naruto.
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Naruto goes back to fight Madara when he regains consciousness, leaving Obito with Sakura. Obito asks Sakura to destroy his [[Rinnegan]], explaining it's the only way to guarantee Madara can't use the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. Before she's able to do so, Madara arrives in Kamui's dimension and Obito sends Sakura away so that Madara can't kill her. She explains what happened when she regroups with Team 7 and tries healing Kakashi after Madara stole his eye, but Naruto instead gives him a new one. As they wait for Madara's inevitable return, Sakura questions Sasuke what he meant when he said he would be Hokage, but receives no answer because they have a war to worry about. Sensing Madara coming, Kakashi reminds them of their first lesson as Team 7: the importance of teamwork. When Madara is brought back by Black Zetsu using Obito's body, Sakura launches the first attack. She is stabbed with a [[Truth-Seeking Ball]] and is saved by Naruto (who grabs her) and Sasuke (who cuts the rod Madara stabbed her with). Sakura is saddened because she thinks Sasuke is not concerned about her. Madara, now in possession of two Rinnegan, ascends into the sky and, despite Naruto and Sasuke's attempt to stop him, casts the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
   
== Movies ==
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
=== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ===
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Sakura joined her fellow members of Team 7 on a mission to protect the actress [[Yukie Fujikaze]], as she and the production group she worked for travelled to the [[Land of Snow]]. Throughout the movie, Sakura encountered the [[Yukigakure]]-ninja [[Mizore Fuyukuma]], and eventually distracted him with her [[Sakura Blizzard Technique]]. She was later seen looking out at the newly created Spring country, holding Sasuke's head in her lap.
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While the world around them falls to the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Sasuke uses his Susanoo to shield Naruto, Sakura, and Kakashi from its effects. Sakura asks what is happening but is saddened when Sasuke tells her she doesn't need to know because she can't do anything about it. When they emerge, they find Madara has bound the world's population with [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]] and trapped them all within perpetual dreams. Madara confronts them and insists that he has ended all conflicts and that only Team 7, as the only remaining opposition, would seek to renew the cycle of death that plagued the world for centuries. As he's talking, Madara is stabbed from behind by Black Zetsu, who transfers to him from Obito's body to convert him into Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, Black Zetsu's true master.
   
=== Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel ===
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[[File:Kakashi saves Sakura.png|thumb|left|Kakashi saves Sakura.]]
Sakura was sent out on a team with Naruto and Shikamaru to deliver a pet ferret to a village where its rightful owners could pick it up. After arriving and finding the village in ruins, they were attacked by mysterious warriors led by [[Temujin]], a knight wielding the power of the [[Stone of Gelel]]. Their conflict with him resulted in Sakura and Shikamaru becoming separated from Naruto, only to rejoin him later after several conflicts with Temujin's allies. During a final battle with the wolf-like [[Fugai]], Sakura killed her by using metal pillars to reflect her ear-splitting howl, which caused the pillars to collapse in on her.
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Kaguya, the origin of chakra, now has access to the chakra supplies of everyone trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. She wants Team 7's chakra as well, so she transports them to one of [[Kaguya's Dimensions]]: a sea of lava. Kakashi grabs Sakura, ties himself to an unconscious Obito with a scroll, and pins Obito to a wall in order to save them. Sakura is sad as Sasuke explains to Naruto that he only saved Sakura and Kakashi earlier because they happened to be near Naruto and he is willing to sacrifice his comrades if it means ensuring he and Naruto will survive to save the world. The heat causes the scroll to burn up, but Naruto sends a [[shadow clone]] to catch them. Because only Naruto and Sasuke can defeat Kaguya, they are forced to watch from a distance; Sakura is mortified when Naruto uses the [[Sexy Reverse Harem Technique]] on Kaguya, and then mortified again when it works. Kaguya eventually relocates them to another dimension and then banishes Sasuke to another, separating him from Naruto.
   
=== Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom ===
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[[File:Sakura wrapping her seal around Obito.png|thumb|Sakura and Obito search for Sasuke.]]
[[File:Sakura's healing technique.PNG|thumb|left|Sakura's healing technique.]]
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When Obito regains conciseness and is caught up about what's been happening, he offers to help retrieve Sasuke and requests Sakura's help. Naruto attacks Kaguya with hundreds of shadow clones to force her to retreat to her central dimension; Obito and Sakura secretly follow. When Kaguya goes back to fight Naruto, Obito begins piercing through her various dimensions with Kamui while Sakura heals the stress this causes to his body. They do finally locate Sasuke, but Obito is unable to keep the portal open long enough for Sasuke to run to it. When she thinks she failed, Sakura is exhausted and collapses but is caught by Sasuke, who explains he used [[Amenotejikara]] to switch places with Sakura's flak jacket and thanks her and Obito. Obito teleports them back to the dimension where Naruto is and sacrifices himself to save Naruto from Kaguya.
Sakura was assigned along with Naruto and Rock Lee to protect the [[Land of the Moon]]'s prince during his world trip. Sakura displayed some of the immense strength learned from Tsunade by destroying a wall with a single punch, and her improved taijutsu skills during a fight with genjutsu user [[Karenbana]], who was hired to kill the prince. For Sakura's second fight with Karenbana, she could tell where she was because she could smell her perfume. Sakura was almost knocked out during her first encounter with Karenbana. During her second encounter with Karenbana, Sakura got trapped in Karenbana's genjutsu, resulting in her being knocked out by Karenbana, then after waking up (before the final blow), she shattered a chandelier above the two combatants' heads with two thrown shuriken, causing glass to fall on the floor. Sakura was then able to hear Karenbana's movements by the sound of the glass crunching under her feet. Sakura delivered a bone-crushing punch to Karenbana's jaw, ending the genjutsu and the fight. In the movie, Sakura used some healing techniques on the King and tried to heal an injury.
 
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=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
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[[File:Team 7 defeats Kaguya.png|thumb|left|Team 7 defeats Kaguya.]]
Sakura was assigned to protect and escort [[Shion]], the head priestess of the [[Land of Demons]], to the tomb of the ancient demon [[Mōryō]]. To aid her in this mission, she was joined by Naruto, Lee, and [[Neji]] (who was assigned as team captain). Upon their arrival at the temple, Sakura and her team were forced to face off against a [[Gang of Four|group of ninja]], with unusually powerful mastery of elemental ninjutsu. Sakura used her tremendous strength to aid Lee in fighting them off as Neji went in search for the priestess.
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Despite his death, Obito's spirit is able to briefly return to allow Kakashi to use [[Susanoo]], which he uses to save Sakura from one of Kaguya's attacks. When Kaguya creates an [[Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball]] to finally kill them all, Kakashi, realising that this is their last opportunity, forms a plan of attack: Kakashi pierces through her; Naruto uses shadow clones to exhaust some of her countermeasures and Kakashi uses Kamui on the rest; Sasuke moves closer to her in order to place a seal on her; Sakura punches her when she tries to escape. Kaguya is defeated, the [[tailed beasts]] are removed from her body, and she is trapped alongside Black Zetsu with [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei]]. As Sakura and Naruto panic over how they are going to get back home, the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] summons them all back from Kaguya's dimensions and congratulates them for their victory.
   
During the journey to Mōryō's tomb, Sakura was put in charge of carrying Shion, something the latter claimed was very uncomfortable (causing Sakura to go into a fit of rage), but she was paralysed after Kusuna injected her with his [[Secret Anaesthesia]], causing her to fall off a tree, but luckily Neji caught her and had enough time to recover. After a hard battle with Shizuku, Sakura was able to join her team in taking down their opponents by first tricking them into using up their medically-enhanced chakra.
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[[File:Sasuke pierces Sakura.png|thumb|Sakura caught in Sasuke's genjutsu.]]
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The Sage of Six Paths explains how Naruto and Sasuke can end the Infinite Tsukuyomi, but Sasuke has plans before that: starting a revolution by killing the tailed beasts and [[Five Kage]], which he believes will change the world for the better. Sad and angry, Sakura pleads with him, acknowledging that there's literally nothing that she can do to change his mind, but asks if there's some part of him that cares about her and is willing to return to her. He once again tells her that she is still annoying before knocking her out with a genjutsu. Kakashi scolds Sasuke for this by saying Sakura never stopped trying to save him and loving him is only breaking her heart. When she finally wakes up later that night, Kakashi tells her that Naruto and Sasuke have gone to have their last fight. They locate Naruto and Sasuke the following day at the [[Valley of the End]], both having lost an arm and unable to move. As she heals them, Sasuke tries to speak to her but she tells him not to so she can concentrate on healing them. Guilt-ridden, Sasuke apologises to Sakura for everything he's done and, after exclaiming him with criticism, she tearfully accepts his apology and Team 7 comes together for good, smiling and laughing.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
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== Blank Period ==
Sakura was first seen at a hospital during/after the attack on Konoha, and commenting on the injured villagers who had been saved by the mysterious old man, [[Shinnō]]. Sakura was assigned with Naruto and Hinata to escort a boy (who was really a girl) named [[Amaru]], and Shinnō, her sensei, back to their village. During their journey, Sakura and Naruto were separated from Hinata. They both then found the [[Zero-Tails]], which fed on the darkness of human souls and somehow took over Amaru's body. Sakura tried to fight it, but was defeated easily. She was then left behind when the ruins began to fly away, and only reappeared to watch the ruins explode from Naruto's repeated Rasengan attacks. Sakura was last seen lecturing Naruto at the end, most likely for being so reckless. Hinata was talking to her afterwards, probably telling her about Sasuke.
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[[File:Sasuke talks to Sakura.png|thumb|left|Sasuke pokes Sakura's forehead.]]
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After the war, Sasuke is pardoned for his crimes based on the good word of Naruto and Kakashi (who has been selected to become the Sixth Hokage). Sasuke leaves Konoha to wander the world on a journey of redemption and Sakura asks him to wait until his prosthesis arm is finished, but Sasuke declines. Sakura then offers to come with him. He again declines, explaining that his journey is one of atonement and that she has no part in that, leaving Sakura disappointed and gloomy. He then pokes her head, promising to see her again and thanks her, and Sakura blushes at the realisation that he is returning her feelings.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
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=== Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky ===
Sakura was first seen with Naruto and Kakashi when Sai got ambushed by a bunch of birds which knocked him down and Naruto aided him and both got attacked, only to get saved by Kakashi and Sakura. Sakura healed both of them and forced them into the hospital bed. Naruto and Sai who both got out of the hospital bed and went to the restaurant to celebrate their recovery both got slapped by Sakura for leaving the hospital. After when [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] announced a Fourth Ninja War will start, Sakura was one of the Konoha 11 who got assigned to secure the village. Later Tsunade said that Kakashi is a missing-nin and that they shouldn't go after him. She got dismissed and overheard Tsunade's talk with Shikamaru that Naruto is locked up. She went there to go see him and he told her how Kakashi was controlled and he's planning to die for the village. Sakura broke the cell and freed him then they both went after him.
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A year after the end of the war, Sakura is part of a Konoha platoon sent to the [[Blood Prison]] in anticipation of an attempted jailbreak by the [[Ryūha Armament Alliance]]. When they get there, Sakura helps collect passengers ejected from the approaching [[Tobishachimaru]] and then, after the Tobishachimaru crashes nearby, heals the survivors.
   
On their way they found Kakashi, but got stopped by Shikamaru and the rest of the rookies. Sakura and Naruto both stated that they're going to rescue him no matter what and that they won't abandon their sensei. They got ambushed; Shikamaru decided they can go ahead while they hold off the enemies. Sai later comes and brought Naruto and Sakura with him on the ride to save Kakashi. Gaara then attacked them and said that he won't let them go any further. Naruto then fought Gaara while they went ahead. When they found Kakashi, he was still under the technique that Tsunade put on him, and Naruto, Sakura, Sai, and Shikamaru all engaged Hiruko in battle, but due to lack of knowledge of the bloodlines he acquired, they were defeated. After Naruto saved Kakashi, Sakura engaged the combined summon form of Hiruko's minions with the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] while her team-mate and sensei fought Hiruko himself. After the battle, Sakura stood victorious with her friends while smiling softly.
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=== Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness ===
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Two years after the end of the war, Naruto talks to Sakura about [[Shikamaru Nara]]'s recent cold behavior. She reminds him that Shikamaru is working hard in preparation for Naruto someday becoming [[Hokage]], causing Naruto to wonder if he's worth whatever trouble Shikamaru is going through. When Shikamaru later goes missing in the [[Land of Silence]], Naruto and Sakura join a combined Konoha and [[Suna]] coalition sent to rescue him. By the time they arrive, [[Temari]] is in combat with a brainwashed Sai; Sakura punches Sai away from Temari and then heals Temari's injury. After Shikamaru is saved and his mission is completed, Sakura is part of a force that stays behind to help the Land of Silence stabilise.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower ===
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=== The Last: Naruto the Movie ===
Along with Naruto, Sai and Yamato, Sakura is assigned to capture [[Mukade (movie)|Mukade]], a Konoha missing-nin whose purpose is to get the power of the Ryūmyaku from the ruins of [[Rōran]], once a glorious city which was destroyed during the war. Mukade manages to absorb the seal the [[Minato Namikaze|Fourth Hokage]] used and is engulfed by a huge light. Naruto tries to stop him and disappears along with Yamato. Sakura tries to follow them, only to be stopped by Sai's ink bird while she cries and screams Naruto's name.
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{{Main|The Last: Naruto the Movie}}
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[[File:Sakura Saves Naruto.png|thumb|Sakura freeing Naruto from genjutsu.]]
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Two years after the end of the war, Sakura notices [[Hinata Hyūga]] working on a scarf to give Naruto for the [[Rinne Festival]]. Sakura encourages her, but warns her that Naruto may not have a real grasp of the love Hinata has for him. To that end, Sakura orchestrates some opportunities for Hinata and Naruto to spend time together, but none work. Shortly afterwards, Hinata's sister, [[Hanabi Hyūga]], is kidnapped by [[Toneri Ōtsutsuki]] and they are assigned to a [[Hanabi Rescue Team|team]] sent to rescue her. They follow Toneri's trail to a cave and, when they enter it, they are trapped in a genjutsu. In the movie's novelisation, Sakura quickly identifies her dreams of Sasuke as just that, forces herself awake, and wakes up the rest of the team. At the end of the cave they find the [[Gatekeeper]], the creator of the genjutsu, which Sakura, Shikamaru, and Sai join forces to destroy.
   
Almost immediately after, Naruto and Yamato come back from the past but they don't remember what happened to them. As [[Team Kakashi]] leaves the ruins, they are approached by a [[Sāra's Daughter|girl]] who claims that she felt a disturbance on the Ryūmyaku. The girl says she's the daughter of the former Queen of Rōran and bears a Konoha Chakra Blade, telling them that her [[Sāra|mother]] received it from a [[Naruto Uzumaki|hero]] in a dream. As she leaves, Naruto claims that he has the feeling he saw her in a good dream. Annoyed, Sakura then grabs and pulls on Naruto's ear and yells at him for being a pervert.
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When they exit the cave, they find themselves in the middle of a vast landscape, what they later learn is the interior of the [[Moon]]. While resting after a day of exploring the nearby ruins, Hinata voluntarily joins with Toneri and Naruto is badly injured by Toneri while trying to stop her. Sakura spends three days of around-the-clock care to heal him, during which time Naruto talks in his sleep, which indicate to Sakura that he now shares Hinata's feelings. When he wakes up, Naruto visits Sakura as she recovers from her exhaustion, thanks her, and expresses his fears that Hinata fell in love with Toneri. Sakura reassures him that Hinata's feelings for him are too strong to change so suddenly and that she must have had some reason for going with Toneri. She further says she believes Naruto's crush on her was due to his desire to defeat Sasuke, whom she loves. When Sakura's ready, they storm Toneri's castle; Sai and Sakura go looking for Hanabi while Naruto and Shikamaru go looking for Hinata. While rescuing Hanabi, Sakura finds the tattered remains of the scarf Hinata made for Naruto, which she gives to him when they regroup. Toneri is defeated, Naruto and Hinata express their feelings for each other, and the team returns to Konoha.
   
=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
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=== Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze ===
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When the Fourth Shinobi World War ended, Sakura assisted with healing those injured and displaced by the conflict. Although the adults recovered quickly and were put at peace by the end of hostilities, children struggled to recover from the stress of the War and the deaths of those they knew. In order to help them deal with this, Sakura and [[Ino Yamanaka]] opened a clinic within the [[Konoha Hospital]] that would assess and treat children's mental health. The program proves very successful, in part because Sakura works tirelessly to make it so, a dedication that worries her friends. Two years after the war ends, Sakura and Ino travel to Sunagakure to help the village lay the groundwork for its own mental health clinic; along the way, Ino tells her about the romantic relationships that their peers - Ino included - are getting involved in, causing Sakura to wonder about Sasuke and herself.
   
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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In Suna, Sakura and Ino are called before [[Gaara]], who informs them of a man matching Sasuke's appearance and chakra signature that is evidently planning to destroy Konoha. They want to believe it was someone disguised as Sasuke, but can come up with no practical explanations for the man having Sasuke's chakra signature. Hoping to keep Sasuke's apparent plans a secret, Gaara asks Sakura to personally inform Kakashi of the plot against Konoha. Sakura and Ino do so as soon as they return to Konoha, and Kakashi shares their belief that it is an impostor. When, several days later, rumours of this impostor's actions start to spread, Kakashi sends a message Sasuke to ask if he knows anything about it, though Sasuke doesn't reply. Sakura becomes concerned about this and confides in Naruto, who hypothesises that Sasuke finds the rumours too ludicrous to give them any attention.
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Attacked by [[Tobi]], Sakura ended up being sent alongside Naruto to [[Genjutsu World|another world]] by the mysterious new dōjutsu. Other than finding her friends, along with Sasuke, being the exact opposite of who they normally are and being terrified of the alternate Hinata's boldness towards her, Sakura learns that her parents died in this world and her father was the Fourth Hokage. She enjoys the fact that the alternate Sasuke flirts with her and actually returns her feelings by giving her a rose that makes her shy with him. She later sees him giving roses to a lot of other girls, breaking her heart. She is also saddened that he's not the Sasuke that she fell for. The world they are sent to is the result of Sakura's wish of being free of her parents as she wanted to be free of parental control from them, while Naruto wants a world where he has his parents, however, as she has some time without them, at first she enjoys it, she realises she made a mistake and begins to understand Naruto's pain of not having parents and realising how lonely Naruto has felt growing up and how she took him for granted about not having parents and feels guilty for wishing she didn't have parents, as she took them far too lightly.
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Naruto's words put Sakura at ease. She meets with Tsunade to discuss possible ways of mimicking another person's chakra signature, and comes up with a theory of somebody extracting Sasuke's chakra from his skin and hair samples that have been gathered in large amounts. Sakura runs into Sai afterwards and she tells him her theory, which, based on information he came across during his own unrelated investigation into [[Kido Tsumiki]], he believes to be true. Because they are all evidently working on the same case, Kakashi makes them a team; Ino dubs themselves "[[Ino–Saku–Sai]]". While returning from interviews regarding Kido and his personal [[Anbu]], Sakura comes across what is apparently Sasuke being arrested. She realises after she approaches that it's a genjutsu, but is injected with a drug that renders her unconscious before she can get away.
   
As the events occur, the [[Road to Sakura|Sakura of the other world]] ends up in Konoha with similar confusion as Ino and the Konoha 11, believing her to be their Sakura with memory trouble, try to help her by acting out their other-world counterparts. But upon seeing the Kizashi and Mebuki of that world while looking for her necklace, the other Sakura tearful regains her memories and thanks Ino for her help before teleporting away, leaving the girl confused.
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Sakura wakes up to find herself bound and imprisoned. She tries to break out, but the drug she was injected with hinders her strength and chakra. Kido comes to visit her soon afterwards, explaining that he wants to draw Sasuke out with news of her kidnapping. Once he's captured Sasuke, he'll kill Sakura to strengthen Sasuke's [[Sharingan]], in turn making Kido's planned synthetic Sharingan more effective. Sakura keeps Kido engaged in the conversation while she gathers enough chakra to break free; having finally seen the Sasuke impostor, she tells Kido its many minor flaws that make it inferior to the original. When she's ready, Sakura breaks out of the basement, through the floors above, and finally the roof with a single [[Cherry Blossom Impact]]. Outside, she meets Sai and Ino and teams up with them against Kido and his men. Sakura is drawn into a fight with the Sasuke impostor, who chokes her using his one of Kido's synthetic [[tailed beast]] cloaks. Sakura breaks free and, as she beats him unconscious, warns him to never impersonate Sasuke again.
   
== Video Games ==
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=== Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding ===
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While looking for a present to give to Naruto and Hinata for their wedding, Sakura finds a picture frame that she thinks would be perfect. Ino finds the exact same picture frame at the exact same moment, and their fight over who will buy it causes both of them to be expelled from the store, neither of them able to purchase the picture frame. Ino blames Sakura for what's happened, insisting Sakura's unnatural strength and large forehead make her uncouth and, more particularly, unlikely to ever be married. Sakura is deeply insulted by the accusation and challenges Ino to a cooking competition to prove that she would make a good wife.
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[[File:Sakura_congratulates_Naruto_and_Hinata.PNG|thumb|Sakura congratulating Naruto and Hinata|left]]
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Sakura and Ino make their own [[soldier pill]]s; Sakura puts pudding, Ino's favourite dessert, into hers so that Ino will have no choice but to approve of her recipe. When she meets Ino the next day, however, she finds that Ino wants to use [[Chōji Akimichi]] as an impartial judge. Chōji samples each of their soldier pills and finds them so delicious that he starts putting them into his mouth by the handful. He soon collapses to the ground with blood running from his nose. Both suspect that the other poisoned their soldier pills, so sample them in order to identify the poison and thus save Chōji. Neither can taste poison, but they do taste their favourite desserts: Ino loves the pudding in Sakura's and Sakura loves the anmitsu in Ino's. Chōji gets up soon afterwards, having finally recovered from his blood sugar overload, and he praises both of their soldier pills. Sakura and Ino reflect on their like-mindedness and how their competitions always push each other to be better. They, therefore, decide to go shopping together, helping each other find a gift even better than a picture frame. Sakura later attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding by herself, but thinks about Sasuke travelling somewhere.
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=== Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise ===
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Sakura is mentioned in a letter written by Naruto and given to Sasuke while he is on his journey. In it, Sakura compares his current duties of protecting the village from the shadows to that of his childhood dream of joining the Konoha Military Police Force.
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== Epilogue ==
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[[File:Sakura pokes Sarada.png|thumb|Sakura pokes Sarada's forehead.]]
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A couple of years after the war, Sakura accompanies Sasuke on his travelling and they get married. When she becomes pregnant, she still refuses to leave his side. When Sakura went into labour, Sasuke brought her to one of Orochimaru's hideouts and had [[Karin]] help with the delivery. Sakura gives birth to their daughter, [[Sarada]] and returns to Konoha with her family. When Naruto became Hokage, Sakura watched his inauguration with her daughter. At some point, Sakura attended a Five Kage Summit with Sasuke, who informed the Kage about uncovering evidence of Kaguya forming a new White Zetsu Army. Agreeing to keep this information secret, Sasuke leaves Konoha to continue his research and Sakura raises Sarada on her own. Over the years, Sarada would ask about her father and Sakura assured Sarada that Sasuke loves her and that, when he completes his important mission, he'll come home; when these conversations go on for too long, Sakura pokes Sarada's forehead and promises to continue them some other time, which is Sasuke's usual sign of affection. For a time, this is enough for Sarada, who likens her own complicated relationship with Sasuke to [[Boruto Uzumaki]]'s relationship with his own father, Naruto.
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=== Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring ===
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As her graduation from the [[Academy]] approaches, Sarada starts asking Sakura about Sasuke with greater earnest. Sakura struggles to answer questions about Sasuke's childhood, leading Sarada to question if Sasuke and Sakura are even married. This upsets Sakura and she punches the ground, which then inadvertently destroys their house. Sakura faints at the realisation of what she's done.
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[[File: Sakura saves the day.PNG|thumb||left|Sakura attacks Shin.]]
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She later wakes up to find herself in the care of [[Shizune]], who informs her that Sarada has left the village to look for Sasuke. After chuckling at her daughter's recklessness, Sakura goes after her. Sakura arrives in time to save Sasuke and Sarada from [[Shin Uchiha]], rupturing his organs. Sakura starts apologising to Sarada for not being more open with her, but Sasuke insists that he's to blame. They are cut off by the appearance of one of Shin's [[Sharingan Spying Creature|creatures]], which teleports him, one of his injured [[Shin Uchiha (Clones)|"sons"]], and Sakura to his hideout. Shin asks her to transplant organs from the son into him, which she refuses both because he's an enemy and because his son is only a child. Shin performs the operation himself, explaining to Sakura while he does so that his sons are really his clones, and thus deserve no special consideration. Sakura is disgusted by Shin's philosophy on genetics and offspring, declaring he has no idea what it's like to be a real parent.
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[[File:Uchiha family photo.png|thumb|Sakura's family portrait.]]
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When Shin completes his surgery, Sakura, having revealed she was pretending to be a helpless hostage to get information on Shin for Sasuke, begins attacking him, though she is overwhelmed and stabbed by scalpels. Sasuke and the others arrive to help shortly after the fight starts and Sasuke removes some of the scalpels that Shin stabbed Sakura with. Happy to see her husband, Sakura thanks Sasuke. Shin's clones, meanwhile, kill Shin because of how he's mistreated them. The clones then attack them and Sakura stands in front of Sarada to protect her, but Sarada jumps into the fight and uses her Sharingan and chakra enhanced strength to defeat most of the clones, shocking Sakura. With the fighting done, Sakura hugs Sarada and expresses relief that Sarada is alright while Sarada apologises for doubting her. Sasuke accompanies them back to Konoha and spends some time with Sarada and Sakura, even posing for a family photo that their home has been missing. Sakura and Sarada see him off as he leaves Konoha again; when Sarada becomes sad, Sasuke hugs her and pokes her forehead, promising to return as Sakura looks on with a smile. Sakura gives him a prepared lunch and hopes for a kiss in return, but he departs without further comment, depressing Sakura as she waves goodbye.
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=== Boruto: Naruto the Movie ===
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[[File:Sakura air punch.png|thumb||left|Sakura saves people from Momoshiki's attack.]]
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One day, when Sarada leaves to train for the upcoming [[Chūnin Exams]], Sakura sees her off. Before she goes, Sarada notes that Sakura must be happy since Sasuke has come back to Konoha, to which Sakura replies that Sarada must be the happiest. Later, during the exams' final matches, Sakura watches with [[Temari]] and [[Ino]], cheering loudly when Sarada wins her first match. The finals are interrupted by an attack from [[Kinshiki]] and [[Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki]], who proceed to destroy the stadium; Sakura punches the falling debris to protect herself and the other spectators. After Kinshiki and Momoshiki kidnap Naruto, Sakura heals [[Hinata]], who was badly injured in her failed attempt to save him. When Boruto prepares to join Sasuke in rescuing Naruto, Sakura carries Hinata to him so that she can reason with him. However, seeing Boruto reminds Hinata, like Sakura, of a younger Naruto, so she allows him to go.
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[[File:Sasuke and Sakura watching Team Konohamaru.png|thumb|Sakura and Sasuke watch over the next generation.]]
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Naruto is successfully rescued and life returns to normal when he gets back to Konoha. As Sarada and her [[Team Konohamaru|team]] leave for a mission, Sakura watches them with Sasuke.
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== In Other Media ==
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=== Movies ===
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==== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ====
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Team 7 is sent on a mission to protect the actress, [[Yukie Fujikaze]], as she travels to the [[Land of Snow]]. During the course of the mission, Sakura encounters [[Mizore Fuyukuma]] several times. She eventually uses the [[Sakura Blizzard Technique]] to distract him while Sasuke hurls [[Fubuki Kakuyoku]] into Mizore, causing their [[Chakra Armour]]s to explode. When the Land of Snow is converted to the "Land of Snow", Sakura and Sasuke watch it together.
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==== Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel ====
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Naruto, Sakura, and [[Shikamaru Nara]] are sent to deliver [[Nerugui]] to its rightful owners. When they arrive at the village where Nerugui's owners live, they are attacked by [[Temujin]]'s warriors, who wield the power of the [[Stone of Gelel]]. Sakura is eventually forced to fight the wolf-like [[Fugai]]; she uses metal pillars to reflect Fugai's ear-splitting howl, thus causing the pillars to collapse on her and kill her.
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==== Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom ====
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Naruto, Sakura, and [[Rock Lee]] are assigned to protect the [[Land of the Moon]]'s prince during his world trip. During the mission, she's makes several uses of the medical ninjutsu and increased physical strength she gained from training with Tsunade, the latter particularly in her fights with [[Karenbana]]. Sakura struggles against Karenbana during their first encounter because of Karenbana's ability to turn invisible. During their second meeting, Sakura notices how much perfume Karenbana wears, helping her to defend herself. Later in the fight she breaks a chandelier, scattering glass across the floor that allows her to find Karenbana and knock her out.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie ====
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Naruto, Sakura, and Lee are led on a mission by [[Neji Hyūga]] to escort [[Shion]], the head priestess of the [[Land of Demons]]. When they arrive at the tomb of [[Mōryō]], they are forced to fight the [[Gang of Four]], who they eventually drive off. Sakura later tries to carry Shion to safety, but they are followed by [[Kusuna]] and Sakura is injected with [[Secret Anaesthesia]]. Once she recovers, she helps her team defeat Kusuna and his men.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds ====
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During the [[Land of the Sky]]'s attack on Konoha, Sakura heals the injured who are brought to the hospital. Afterwards, Naruto, Sakura, and [[Hinata Hyūga]] are assigned to escort [[Amaru]] and [[Shinnō]] back to their village. During their journey, Amaru's body is possessed by the [[Zero-Tails]]; despite trying to fight it, Sakura is defeated. Naruto leaves Sakura behind as he goes after Amaru.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire ====
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Sakura is part of a team sent to investigate the most recent in a series of kidnappings of people with [[kekkei genkai]]. During the investigation, Naruto and Sai are injured by strange animals. Sakura heals them and, when they get back to Konoha, forces them to spend some time in the hospital. [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] later declares war on the ninja villages and Sakura is assigned to secure Konoha's borders. When she learns that Kakashi has defected and that Naruto has been imprisoned to stop him from going after Kakashi, she helps him escape and accompanies him. When they, with help from Shikamaru and [[Sai]], find Kakashi - who is under Hiruko's control - they fight Hiruko's chimeric animals, save Kakashi, and ultimately Hiruko is defeated.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower ====
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Team 7 goes to the ruins of [[Rōran]] to capture [[Mukade (movie)|Mukade]]. While fighting Mukade, Naruto and [[Yamato]] vanish, only to reappear immediately afterwards with no memory of what they've just been through. When they leave Rōran they are approached by a [[Sāra's Daughter|girl]], whose [[Sāra|mother]] met Naruto when he was sent to the past. Though he's unaware of this, Naruto claims he saw the girl in a good dream he had, causing Sakura to pull his ear and call him a pervert.
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==== Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison ====
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When Naruto is accused of trying to assassinate the [[Fourth Raikage]], Sakura is surprised and is the only member of Team 7 to try and argue for his innocence. Despite this, he is imprisoned in the [[Blood Prison]]. Sakura is later part of a force sent to the Blood Prison to rescue Naruto, and while there helps capture escaping prisoners. Naruto is badly injured during the ordeal and Sakura is unable to heal him, forcing [[Ryūzetsu]] to save him instead with her [[Dragon Life Reincarnation]]; Sakura then tries and fails to revive Ryūzetsu. When they get back to Konoha, Sakura asks Naruto if her earlier surprise was convincing, as the entire thing was staged.
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==== Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie ====
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Sakura and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] successfully defend Konoha from an [[Akatsuki]] attack. When they return to the village, Sakura's parents, [[Mebuki]] and [[Kizashi Haruno]], embarrass her with their concern for her safety. She meets with Naruto later to complain about her parents' protectiveness. As they talk, they are attacked by [[Tobi]], who uses the [[Limited Tsukuyomi]] to send them to a [[Genjutsu World]] where their dreams come true: Naruto has his parents and Sakura doesn't have hers. She enjoys it for a while - especially because her parents died saving the village and thus Sakura gets special treatment from the villagers - but she eventually starts to experience the loneliness of not having parents that Naruto has known for his entire life. Sakura is eventually kidnapped by [[Menma]] on Tobi's instructions and the Genjutsu World's Akatsuki is hired to rescue her. Sakura then saves Naruto from Menma who in turn saves her from Tobi, thus breaking the Limited Tsukuyomi. Back home again, Sakura rushes to her parents and hugs them, glad to be back.
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=== Video Games ===
 
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In video games set during Part I, Inner Sakura is used as a technique due to Sakura's lack of technique of her own. Sakura has also shown a talent for genjutsu in some video game appearances, most involving Inner Sakura.
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In many video games set during Part I, Inner Sakura is featured prominently in Sakura's movesets due to Sakura's lack of a defining fighting style; games vary between using Inner Sakura as a genjutsu or as an actual physical embodiment. Sakura is also one of several ''Naruto'' characters to appear in the story mode of ''[[J-Stars Victory VS]]''.
   
 
== Creation and Conception ==
 
== Creation and Conception ==
Although Sakura is the most recurring female character in ''Naruto'', [[Masashi Kishimoto]] did not originally intend for Sakura to be the heroine of the series, even stating on occasion that he still has a hard time viewing her as a heroine. Kishimoto attributes this to him being unable to draw good heroine characters, and fashioned Sakura as a girl who cannot understand men, the best example of a heroine he could come up with. Sakura's creation is a result of Kishimoto's desire to make a somewhat irritating character who was well-intentioned. Despite these elements, Kishimoto grew fond of Sakura, feeling that many of her personality traits are common among all people, thus giving her a sense of real humanity.
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Although Sakura is the most recurring female character in ''Naruto'', [[Masashi Kishimoto]] did not originally intend for Sakura to be the heroine of the series. Kishimoto attributes this to his being unable to draw good heroine characters, and fashioned Sakura as a girl who cannot understand men, the best example of a heroine he could come up with. Sakura's creation is a result of Kishimoto's desire to make a somewhat irritating character who was well-intentioned.<ref name="Heroine"/> Despite these elements, Kishimoto is fond of Sakura, as he feels that many of her personality traits are common among all people, thus giving her a sense of real humanity.<ref name="Design">[[Volume 3]], page 146</ref> When asked in an interview if there is something about Sakura's background that was never revealed, Kishimoto explains that he has never thought of Sakura as she is a "normal girl."<ref>November 2009 English ''Shonen Jump'', page 11</ref>
 
When designing Sakura, Kishimoto focused on her silhouette and created a costume as simple as possible. This is a divergence from the other main characters of the series, whose costumes are very detailed. The leggings are the most notable aspect of her design, as they are meant to show that she is very active. At the start of the series her leggings extended below her knees and closely resembled trousers. As Part I progressed, the leggings became increasingly shorter and tighter. Similar to his inexperience with drawing heroines, Kishimoto lacked the experience needed to make Sakura "cute" when he first began drawing her. Although he implies that her appearance has become cuter since then, Kishimoto and much of the ''Naruto'' manga staff agree that Sakura was "far from cute" at the start of the series.
 
   
Sakura's most well-known physical characteristic is her broad forehead. Because of this, Kishimoto at times focuses too much effort on drawing it in scenes or promotional artwork where Sakura is featured prominently. This results in her forehead appearing too large. When designing Sakura in her Part II appearance, Kishimoto decided to change her clothes to a more lively karate suit style. The upper part, though, still has a China-esque feeling to it, so as to make her more feminine.
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When designing Sakura, Kishimoto focused on her silhouette and created a costume as simple as possible. This is a divergence from the other main characters of the series, whose costumes are very detailed. The leggings are the most notable aspect of her design, as they are meant to show that she is very active.<ref name="Heroine"/> At the start of the series her leggings extended below her knees and closely resembled trousers. As Part I progressed, the leggings became increasingly shorter and tighter.<ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 121</ref> Similar to his inexperience with drawing heroines, Kishimoto lacked the experience needed to make Sakura "cute" when he first began drawing her. Although he implies that her appearance has become cuter since then, Kishimoto and much of the ''Naruto'' manga staff agree that Sakura was "far from cute" at the start of the series.<ref name="Heroine">''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 140</ref><ref name="Forehead">''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 122</ref>
   
In colour illustrations of Sakura from Part I of the manga, her leggings, boots, and forehead protector are almost exclusively depicted as being teal, and she frequently has her nails painted sea-foam green, with matching or pink eye shadow. In the original ''Naruto'' anime, however, her leggings are a darker green and her forehead protector and boots are the same blue as those worn by other ninja, and she wears no visible cosmetics. Her colour scheme in ''Naruto: Shippūden'' accurately reflects her appearance in colour illustration from Part II of the manga.
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Sakura's most well-known physical characteristic is her broad forehead. Because of this, Kishimoto at times focuses too much effort on drawing it in scenes or promotional artwork where Sakura is featured prominently. This results in her forehead appearing too large.<ref name="Forehead"/> When designing Sakura in her Part II appearance, Kishimoto decided to change her clothes to a more lively karate suit style. The upper part, though, still has a Chinaesque feeling to it, so as to make her more feminine.<ref>''[[Sha no Sho]]'', page 343</ref>
   
Kishimoto's staff have said that Sakura's pink hair was originally intended to give her a unique style and to resemble cherry blossoms, after which she is named.
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Kishimoto's staff have said that Sakura's pink hair was originally intended to give her a unique style and to resemble cherry blossoms, after which she is named.{{Citation needed}}
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* The name "''Haruno''" means "''spring field''", and the name "''Sakura''" means "''[[Wikipedia:Cherry blossom|cherry blossom]]''", a flower which is cherished in [[Wikipedia:Japan|Japan]] due to its beauty and its almost-tragically short life span (cherry blossoms have historically been associated with the [[Wikipedia:Samurai|samurai]]). The cherry blossom also serves as the [[Wikipedia:Floral emblem#Japan|national flower]] for the nation of Japan. In Japanese, {{translation|"''Haruno Sakura''"|春野・桜}} means "''spring field of cherry blossoms''", which may be an origin of the name. It can be also used in the game, [[Wikipedia:Hanafuda|Hanafuda]], as a month card of {{translation|sakura|桜|flowering cherry}}.
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* Sakura's name, when read as {{translation|"Haru no Sakura"|春の桜}}, can also be interpreted as "cherry blossoms in spring."
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* The name "Sakura" literally means {{translation|"[[wikipedia:cherry blossom|cherry blossom]]"|桜}}, a flower which is cherished in Japan due to its beauty and its almost-tragically short life span (cherry blossoms have historically been associated with the [[wikipedia:samurai|samurai]]). It also serves as the national flower for the nation of Japan. Her family name "Haruno" means {{translation|"spring field"|春野}}. In Japanese, her full name can be interpreted as {{translation|"spring field of cherry blossoms"|春野桜|haruno sakura}} or {{translation|"cherry blossoms in spring"|春の桜|haru no sakura}}. Sakura's name can also be a reference to a suit of cards used in the [[wikipedia:Hanafuda|Hanafuda]] card game.
* In the June 2006 issue of ''Shōnen Jump'', Kishimoto stated that Sakura would be the best ninja instructor out of Team 7 and is the closest to being normal, despite having flaws in her personality.
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* Sakura placed well in the [[Naruto Character Popularity Polls]], reaching an all-time high of fifth most popular.
* In the ''Naruto'' character popularity polls, Sakura was placed 5th in the first, 14th in the second, 9th in the third, 10th in the fourth, 8th in the fifth, and 12th in the sixth. She finished 6th in the seventh with 9,701 votes and in the newest poll, she tied with Sai in 12th place.
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* In the ''[[Live Spectacle Naruto]]'', the role of Sakura was played by Yui Ito.
* Sakura had one of the longest battle scenes in the anime (eight full episodes), giving her roughly three hours of battle screen time. This is when she and Chiyo were fighting Sasori.
 
* In the [[Tōmei datta Sekai|seventh ''Naruto Shippūden'' opening]], Sakura was shown fighting [[Konan]] with [[Ino]] and [[Hinata]], though in the manga, they did not fight her.
 
* Despite being the heroine of the series, Kishimoto stated himself during the 2010 interview that Hinata would make a better heroine than Sakura, this is due to the fact that because Sakura not only has a 'normal' background in comparison to Hinata but also because he has a hard time making good roles for female characters like Sakura, having stated on several occasions that he has a very hard time viewing her as the heroine of the series. However, Kishimoto also stated that he would try to have Sakura play more of a heroine role in the future.
 
* Her hair is shown quite different between the anime and the manga. Her hair was not too long in the manga for her first appearance. The hair also seems much longer in the anime after the haircut in [[Chūnin Exams]]. Sakura also shown with a shoulder-length spiky hair in Part II of the manga and in Part II of the anime her hair is straight and a little shorter.
 
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Sakura's hobbies are playing trivia games and memorising new material for her medical studies.
 
** Sakura's hobbies are playing trivia games and memorising new material for her medical studies.
 
** Sakura wishes for a rematch with [[Ino]].
 
** Sakura wishes for a rematch with [[Ino]].
** Sakura's favourite foods are syrup-coated [[Wikipedia:Red bean paste|anko]] [[Wikipedia:Dumplings|dumplings]], [[Wikipedia:Umeboshi|umeboshi]], and [[Wikipedia:Anmitsu|anmitsu]], while her least favourites are anything spicy.
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** Sakura's favourite foods are syrup-coated [[wikipedia:Red bean paste|anko]] [[wikipedia:dumpling|dumpling]]s, [[wikipedia:umeboshi|umeboshi]], and [[wikipedia:anmitsu|anmitsu]], while her least favourites are anything spicy.
 
** Sakura has completed 34 official missions in total: 12 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 7 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Sakura has completed 34 official missions in total: 12 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 7 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
** Sakura's favourite phrase according to the first databook is {{translation|"''A life with love throughout!''"|一生愛の人生よ!|Isshōai no jinsei yo!}} and her favourite word according to the second and third databooks is {{translation|"''courage''"|勇気|yūki}}.
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** Sakura's favourite phrase according to the first databook is {{translation|"''A life with love throughout!''"|一生愛の人生よ!|Isshōai no jinsei yo!}}, and her favourite word according to the second and third databooks is {{translation|"''courage''"|勇気|yūki}}.
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* In the June 2006 issue of the English ''Shōnen Jump'', Kishimoto stated that Sakura would be the best ninja instructor out of Team 7 and is the closest to being normal, despite having flaws in her personality.
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* During a 2010 interview, Kishimoto stated that many who work with him have told him Hinata would have made a better heroine than Sakura. Kishimoto said that despite not initially being portrayed like one, he would be showing a more heroine side of her from then on.{{Citation needed}}
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Sakura show her sandals add one centimetre onto her height.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To herself about [[Naruto Uzumaki]]) "''Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing… Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto… that impossible dream of yours… I don't want to see it crushed!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 43, page 14</ref>
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* (To herself about [[Naruto]]) "''Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing… Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto… that impossible dream of yours… I don't want to see it crushed!''"<ref>Chapter 43, page 14</ref>
* (To herself) "''I've always considered myself to be a true ninja… but those were just empty words, because Sasuke and Naruto were always in the lead! But now it's my turn to take the lead, and all of you can watch me from the background!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 53, page 16</ref>
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* (To herself) "''I've always considered myself to be a true ninja… but those were just empty words, because Sasuke and Naruto were always in the lead! But now it's my turn to take the lead, and all of you can watch me from the background!''"<ref>Chapter 53, page 16</ref>
* (To herself, about [[Ino Yamanaka]]) "''Ino… I have always believed those words you told me. I always hoped they were true. I wanted to be like you. You were my goal. Thanks to that, I'm here now. That is why, Ino, I want this to be an all out fight. Unless I… really surpass you, it's meaningless.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, page 13-14</ref>
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* (To [[Sasuke]]) "''I… I love you with all my heart!… If you were to stay here with me, there would be no regrets… because every day we'd do something fun, we'd be happy I swear!… I would do anything for you! so… Please just stay with me!''"<ref name="ch181" />
* (To Ino) "''Didn't you know? Women have to be strong in order to survive!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 73, page 8</ref>
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* (To [[Chiyo]]) "''I may not have amazing weapons like a puppet in me, but what I do have is my master's contempt for losing!"''<ref>Chapter 269, page 14</ref>
* (About Naruto) ''"I… kinda envy your strength, Naruto…"''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 105, page 3</ref>
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* (About Naruto and Sasuke) "''Naruto's here because he's made up his mind… my resolve is nothing compared to his now! I'm supposed to be a ninja, but all I've ever done is lean on him and cry… I was supposed to change that… I came here and I thought I was ready. But I can't do anything… I can't say anything. The only thing that remains for me… is to believe in them!''"<ref>Chapter 487, page 3</ref>
* (To [[Sasuke Uchiha]]) "''I… I love you with all my heart!… If you were to stay here with me, there would be no regrets… because every day we'd do something fun, we'd be happy I swear!… I would do anything for you! so… Please just stay with me!''"<ref name="ch181"/>
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* (To the [[Allied Forces]] after being inspired by Naruto) "''He's making us realise that he considers all of us his comrades!!! I'm going to make sure Naruto has a full recovery! Every one of us must do what's in their power! If we're going to die any way… …then it's better to die fighting than to do nothing!!''"<ref>Chapter 630, page 9</ref>
* (To [[Chiyo]]) "''I may not have amazing weapons like a puppet in me, but what I do have is my master's contempt for losing!"''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 269, page 14</ref>
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* (To [[Sarada|her daughter]]) "''Sarada, you and I are very precious to your dad. That's exactly why he can't come home. I don't think you'll be able to understand it now...but the day will come when you do.''"<ref name="ch708"/>
* (To [[Yamato]]) "''Same as always… I can only do the dumbest of things for Naruto…''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, page 10</ref>
 
* (About Naruto) "''I'm the one who made Naruto suffer the most… I've just been getting it wrong… just been messing it up… I don't want to get it wrong anymore… don't want to screw it up anymore.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 14</ref>
 
* (About Naruto and Sasuke) "''Naruto's here because he's made up his mind… my resolve is nothing compared to his now! I'm supposed to be a ninja, but all I've ever done is lean on him and cry… I was supposed to change that… I came here and I thought I was ready. But I can't do anything… I can't say anything. The only thing that remains for me… is to believe in them!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, page 3</ref>
 
* (To herself) "''Naruto… You saved Konoha… And now you're trying to save the entire shinobi world… You always get left with these insurmountable tasks… But no matter what you say this time, we're going to be together… Not just me… We're all going to fight together this time!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref>
 
   
 
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Sakura Part 1

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Sakura Boruto Movie

春野サクラ Haruno Sakura

  • Sakura Uchiha (うちはサクラ, Uchiha Sakura)[7]
  • Forehead Girl (デコリーン, Dekorīn, English TV: Bilboard Brow)[8]
  • Tsunade Number Two (綱手二号, Tsunade Nigō)[9]
Debut
Manga Volume #1, Chapter #3
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Aries March 28 Icon_-_Search.png
Gender Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part I: 12-13
  • Part II: 15-17
Height
  • Part I: 148.5 cm1.485 m
    4.872 ft
    58.465 in
    -150.1 cm1.501 m
    4.925 ft
    59.094 in
  • Part II: 161 cm1.61 m
    5.282 ft
    63.386 in
  • Blank Period: 165 cm1.65 m
    5.413 ft
    64.961 in
Weight
  • Part I: 35.4 kg78.044 lb-35.9 kg79.146 lb
  • Part II: 45.4 kg100.09 lb
Blood type O
Classification
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012601
Academy Grad. Age 12
Chūnin Prom. Age 14
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Sakura Uchiha (うちはサクラ, Uchiha Sakura, née Haruno (春野)) is a kunoichi of Konohagakure. When she is assigned to Team 7, Sakura quickly finds herself ill-prepared for the duties of a ninja and the complications of her team-mates' lives. By training under her master, Tsunade, she becomes a strong kunoichi and an excellent medical-nin, capable of facing the challenges of life as a ninja, as well as helping her friends and loved ones when they need her.

Background Edit

Sakura child

Sakura early in her Academy career.

Sakura had a normal childhood, raised by her parents without any serious tragedy or complication. When she entered Konoha's Ninja Academy, some of the girls in her class started picking on her because of her large forehead. Sakura tried to combat their teasing by hiding her forehead with her bangs, but this proved to the other girls that it bothered her and caused them to tease her even more. Ino Yamanaka, one of her classmates, saw this, defended Sakura from her bullies, and encouraged her to embrace her forehead rather than hide it.

Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped Sakura become comfortable with herself and develop into her own person. Though she felt indebted to Ino for helping her, Sakura began to feel that she was living in Ino's shadow when she, instead, wanted to be Ino's equal. When Sakura found out that they had a crush on the same boy, Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura ended their friendship so that they could compete for Sasuke's love, thus beginning a bitter rivalry between them.[10]

Personality Edit

Inner Sakura

Inner Sakura.

At the start of Part I, Sakura typically gives the outward impression of being polite to her superiors, considerate of her peers, and confident in herself. She has occasional moments of bashfulness around Sasuke Uchiha and competitiveness around Ino Yamanaka, but otherwise appears quite collected. This reservation, though never disingenuous, frequently masks how Sakura really feels: in certain situations she has pronounced feelings of delinquency, jealousy, and anger. Rather than display these emotions to others, she projects them inward, allowing a manifestation of who she truly is - what is labelled "Inner Sakura" (内なるサクラ, Uchi Naru Sakura) - to have the opinions Sakura wants to keep to herself. Inner Sakura, whose appearances are marked by an exclamation of "Shannarō!", is in a sense a personality separate from Sakura herself, a fact that allows her to overcome the Mind Body Switch Technique.[11] At other times, Sakura and Inner Sakura are indistinguishable from each other, usually with regards to Naruto Uzumaki; if Naruto says or does something that annoys or upsets her, Sakura responds with violence, a reaction that under other circumstances would be delegated to Inner Sakura.

Sakura&#039;s Motivation

Sakura's motivation to get stronger.

As Part I progresses, Sakura is increasingly exposed to the difficult realities of the world, difficulties for which she cannot rely upon Inner Sakura to cope with. As an Academy student, Sakura succeeded through studying alone, able to avoid physical trials and thus allowing her to focus on her physical appearance in a bid to appeal to Sasuke. As a shinobi, however, this is insufficient: the long hair she puts so much effort into is a liability that opponents can use against her; missions cannot be completed with mere book smarts and it is necessary to be able to fight so that other shinobi will not kill her or her team-mates. The latter makes Sakura particularly disappointed in herself, as she is unable to contribute much in battle and must rely on Naruto and Sasuke to save her. She sets out to change this about herself, dedicating nearly three years of training to making herself as capable as Naruto and Sasuke; in the meantime, she becomes willing to sacrifice herself to protect them.[12] She looks to Naruto as a model for this goal, inspired by his rapid growth and his determination to be there for her and all those he held dear. When Sakura realises that she is as rude to Naruto as Sasuke usually is to her, she starts treating him better, cheering for his accomplishments and confiding her hopes and fears with him.

Inner Sakura makes one appearance at the very start of Part II and then is never seen again.[13] This is because Sakura is finally in touch with her feelings and is willing to express what she's thinking, a self-comfort she picked up during her training with Tsunade. Her violent and/or loud outbursts are, as in Part I, uncontrolled and often directed at Naruto, usually as a reaction to his variations of the Sexy Technique or whenever he ask her out on a date.[14] However, in spite of some moments of being overbearing and cynical, along with teasing him about how he's an idiot, Sakura no longer thinks poorly of Naruto for the most part, now holding his abilities in high regard, ever-worrying for his safety and well-being, and valuing him as one of her closest friends. Naruto, in turn, comes to know Sakura very well, correctly guessing that she actually likes the Sexy Technique, at least so long as it objectifies men rather than women.[15] Sai eventually points out that Naruto knows Sakura too well for his own good, constantly placing himself in personal peril out of his feelings for her so that Sakura will be happy. Sakura is moved to tears by this, guilty for what she puts Naruto through yet; and despite her attempts to take responsibility for herself, she still relies on him. She ultimately settles for doing whatever she can for him, supporting him and his decisions concerning Sasuke, trying to do more to help him bear the challenges of being a jinchūriki, and fighting at his side whenever possible. She is helped in this goal by Tsunade's influence, who trained her to have a contempt for losing;[16] she will place herself at risk so that others don't need to and to assure her allies' victory.[17]

Sakura had the same infatuation on Sasuke that most other girls in their Academy class had, due to his good looks and calm and collected personality. Throughout Part I, she attempts to spend extra time with him and get him to reciprocate her feelings, but he consistently refuses to give her any special attention. As she recognises he is a person with imperfections, Sakura's feelings develop into love by the end of Part I, which she confesses to him when he tries to defect from Konohagakure; though he thanks Sakura, her words don't change his mind.[18] This rejection deeply upsets Sakura, driving her to plea for Naruto to bring Sasuke home and, when Naruto fails, motivating her to become stronger so that she can bring Sasuke back herself.[19] Sasuke, however, is even colder to Sakura in Part II: he often shows little concern for her safety when they meet and, at times, has even tried to kill her. She tries to separate herself from her feelings when Sasuke becomes an international criminal, attempting to kill him for Konoha and Naruto's sake and so that he won't sink lower,[20] but her love for him is too great for her to harm him, which nearly cost Sakura her life.[21] She resigns herself to the possibility that Sasuke is beyond redemption, but still, even at the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, holds out hope that she may mean something to him.[22] Naruto finally fulfills his promise of bringing Sasuke back after the war, at which point Sasuke apologises to Sakura for his behavior; he even starts exhibiting an interest in starting a relationship with her, poking her forehead at times, a sign of affection he acquired from his brother.[23]

After marrying Sasuke, Sakura became very loyal to him and even refused to leave his side while she was pregnant with their daughter, Sarada. Sakura raises Sarada on her own due to Sasuke being away on his mission for many years and she frequently reassures Sarada that Sasuke loves them both and will return home once his mission is over. Sakura has a very close relationship with her daughter, although that doesn't mean she doesn't get angry at Sarada at times, and demonstrates how proud she is of her daughter. Although Sakura is very supportive of Sasuke's duties, she is disappointed when he teases her by refusing to show her affection.

Appearance Edit

Sakura has fair skin, green eyes, and pink hair. In her youth, she wore her hair as bangs in order to cover her large forehead and fend off her classmates' calling her "Forehead Girl" (デコリーン, Dekorīn, English TV: Bilboard Brow). Ino Yamanaka encouraged her not to do this and wear her hair back instead, so that others could see her face. Later in her Academy career she let her hair get longer because of rumours that Sasuke Uchiha was attracted to girls with long hair.[10] When, during Part I, she realises that long hair is a vulnerability in combat situations, she cuts her hair and keeps it under shoulder-length from that point onward, which she sometimes pins up in a ponytail while working.[24] As Sakura gets older, she is noted to become very attractive, with Jiraiya likening her looks to Tsunade's.

  • Sakura in Part I.
  • Sakura in Part II.

In Part I, Sakura wears a red qipao dress - at various times either with or without short sleeves - that has a zipper and white circular designs. She also wears tight dark green bike shorts, sandals, and the standard Konoha forehead protector. Colour illustrations from the manga tend to depict her using nail polish and eye-shadow in Part I, which are not present in the anime. In Part II, Sakura's typical outfit consists of a red top with the same design as the upper-half of her Part I outfit. Accompanying this are black gloves, low-heel, calf-high boots, black shorts underneath a short grey apron skirt, and grey elbow protectors (her skirt and elbow protectors are pink in the anime). The cloth of her forehead protector is changed to red and she starts carrying a medical pouch. Sakura wears the standard Konoha infantry flak jacket and assorted clothing during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

  • Sakura in The Last: Naruto the Movie.
  • Sakura in adulthood.

In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Sakura wears a sleeveless red qipao dress that reaches her upper thighs, with white trimmings and a white circular design on the back similar to her Part I attire; it is tied with a black obi. She wears black shorts underneath the dress, black gloves, and grey elbow and knee protectors. She has also changed her previous boots to regular black, high heeled ninja sandals. In adulthood, Sakura's attire consists of a short red sleeveless qipao shirt with the Uchiha clan crest on the back. She also wears light-coloured pants and elbow protectors, as well as high heels. Because she more often spends time at home, she often dons a long white apron and can keep her fingernails long and well-manicured.

Abilities Edit

Sakura beats Juubi clones

Sakura defeating dozens of Ten-Tails mini-clones.

In Part I, Sakura lacked any particular combat skill; she noted frequently how much she relied on her team-mates, Sasuke and Naruto, when on missions. Determined to change herself, she undergoes intense training with Tsunade for two-and-a-half years, greatly increasing her abilities. Others remark that Sakura will inevitably surpass Tsunade;[9][25] she is recognised of finally doing so upon mastering and using the Strength of a Hundred Seal during the Fourth Shinobi World War.[26] Sakura's skills further improved in later years: she advanced to the rank of jōnin;[27] Sasuke criticised those who doubted Sakura's abilities and speculated she could defeat Shin Uchiha by herself;[28] Boruto Uzumaki listed Sakura as a suitable replacement for Naruto as Hokage.[29]

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

One of Sakura's only defining skills in Part I - and in fact the only thing she is consistently better at than Naruto or Sasuke - is her precise control of her own chakra.[30] Such exact use of her chakra allows her to perform jutsu with maximum efficiency and without wasting any chakra. Kakashi Hatake informs Sakura that her chakra control makes her well-suited for genjutsu. She is never actually seen using genjutsu, but she is frequently able to quickly identify when a genjutsu is being used[31] and then release herself and others from it.[32]

Cherry Blossom Shockwave

Sakura decimating the landscape with her strength.

Tsunade makes Sakura's chakra control a cornerstone of her training, upon which many of her other skills rely in Part II. Offensively, Sakura builds up chakra in her fists (and infrequently her kicks) and releases it on contact with a target, granting her what Naruto constantly refers to as "monstrous strength". When used against living targets, Sakura can break bones, rupture organs, or kill with a single strike. For other targets, Sakura's strength is enough to destroy buildings, upend the earth, or pulverise debris that threatens herself or others. Staying unharmed is paramount to Sakura's fighting style, as she cannot fulfil her role as a medic if anything happens to her; for this reason she remains very alert to an opponent's movements so that she can pick up on patterns and thus know exactly when and how to evade.[33]

Sakura Charging

Sakura releasing her seal.

Increasing Sakura's available chakra supply is another objective of Tsunade's training, one that takes the longest to reach its intended goal:[26] completion of the Strength of a Hundred Seal. For three years, Sakura gradually stores her chakra into a seal on her forehead, and by the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War she accrues the so-named hundred-times her usual chakra levels. When the seal is released, Sakura has access to all the accumulated chakra, allowing her to perform jutsu of a greater scale than she is normally able to and,[34] among other things, making her physical attacks even more powerful.[26] She can also transfer this chakra to others;[35] in The Last: Naruto the Movie, she is able to fully replenish even Naruto's large reserves, though it takes her three days of constant work to do so.

Ninjutsu Edit

Sakura&#039;s Heals the Alliance

Sakura and Katsuyu heal the tired and injured.

Like Tsunade, Sakura can summon segments of Katsuyu, a slug. By having Katsuyu divide and attach to others, Sakura can remotely monitor many allies at once, healing them and replenishing their chakra as needed.[36] Although she doesn't usually use standard ninjutsu, Sakura's natures include Earth, Water, Yin, and Yang Release.[5]

Medical Ninjutsu Edit

Ino and sakura mystical palm

Sakura (with Ino) heals an injury.

The main purpose of Tsunade's training is to teach Sakura medical ninjutsu and thus make her a medical-nin, qualities that demand Sakura's refined chakra control. As such, Sakura can heal all but the most fatal forms of injury to others or herself, time and her own chakra levels permitting;[37] Tsunade remarks that her proficiency for healing are exceptionally rare.[38] By releasing the Strength of a Hundred Seal, Sakura can put her body in a state in which it heals itself so that she doesn't need to stop to treat herself or even be fazed by injury.[39]

Poison Removal

Sakura extracting a poison.

Sakura's medical expertise extends to more standard medicine as well, enabling her to perform autopsies and examine cells with a knowledge of genetics.[40] If healing ninjutsu proves ineffective, Sakura can make incisions in her patients with chakra scalpels so that she can try to directly treat vital organs.[41] From Tsunade, Sakura learns how to make fast-acting sleeping gas.[42] From Shizune, she learns how to concoct poisons that, when coated on weapons, can debilitate others from a single scratch.[43] More often, however, Sakura cures those who have been poisoned: by extracting the poison from their bodies - which poison-experts like Chiyo cannot do - she can rapidly create an antidote - even for poisons that Sasori did not believe anyone but himself could make antidotes for.[44]

Intelligence Edit

Sakura answering questions

Sakura completes the written portion of the Chūnin Exams without cheating.

While she was in the Academy, Sakura received consistently high test scores.[45] It is because of her diligence in her studies that Sakura initially struggles in combat situations, for which reason she is added to Team 7 so that she can benefit from the more battle-oriented Naruto and Sasuke; conversely, they would benefit from her large knowledge base. Sakura's intelligence is nevertheless consistently useful, making her observational enough to guess an opponent's tactics from a brief scan of the battlefield and pick up on otherwise minor inconsistencies in conversation;[25][46] Sasuke deems her analytical skills superior to his Sharingan.[31] She has excellent recall, able to quickly put together multiple pieces of information she's previously come across in order to form a hypothesis.[47] Simply put, Sakura is intelligent, such that she can answer the written portion of the Chūnin Exams by herself, something genin are not intended to be able to do.[48]

In actual combat, Sakura frequently relies on misleading her opponents, either by letting them think they've outsmarted her so that they lower their guard or,[49] in Part II, letting them think they've defeated her so that they come to her, enabling her to defeat them with a single punch.[46]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 1.5 1 3 3.5 0.5 1 1 4 15.5
Second 2 1 3.5 4 1 1 1.5 4 18
Third 3 3 3.5 4 3 3 2.5 4 26

Part I Edit

Prologue — Land of Waves Edit

Main article: Prologue — Land of Waves

Team Kakashi

Team 7's group photo.

Upon graduating from the Academy and being assigned to Team 7, Sakura is initially devastated when she learns that Naruto Uzumaki is to be one of her team-mates; she is immediately afterwards ecstatic to learn that Sasuke Uchiha is to be her other team-mate. She tries to bond with Sasuke by stating her envy of Naruto's lack of parents, but this only offends Sasuke, who tells her that she is annoying. Sakura is hurt and, on realising that she says similar things to Naruto, decides to try to be nicer to him. Team 7's leader, Kakashi Hatake, tests their qualifications with a bell test, stating that whichever of the three takes one of the two bells on his person will officially become genin. While Naruto busies himself attacking Kakashi, Sakura seeks out Sasuke to see if she can help him. Kakashi finds her during her search and defeats her with an illusion of Sasuke dying; Naruto and Sasuke are also defeated. Kakashi explains afterwards that the goal of the test was to use teamwork, to do together what none of them could do by themselves. He is persuaded to allow them to try again after lunch, but instructs Sasuke and Sakura not to feed Naruto. Sasuke feeds him anyway, needing him in top-form if they're to work together, and Sakura does the same. Kakashi sees this and, because they care more about the team than listening to his instructions, allows them all to pass.

Manji Formation

Team 7 protecting Tazuna.

After a series of uneventful D-rank missions, Naruto is able to secure a C-rank mission for Team 7: escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves. Soon after leaving Konoha they are attacked by the Demon Brothers, who go after Tazuna. Sakura immediately places herself in front of Tazuna to protect him and stands her ground until Kakashi captures the brothers. Tazuna confesses that assassins have been hired to kill him but that he couldn't afford the bodyguard detail he needs. Although the mission is now A-rank in nature - far beyond the skill of genin - Team 7 decides to continue with it. When they reach the Land of Waves and are attacked by Zabuza Momochi, Sakura once again protects Tazuna while Kakashi, and later Naruto and Sasuke, fight Zabuza. Zabuza is ultimately seemingly killed by Haku, allowing Team 7 to escort Tazuna back to his house.

Kakashi finds Zabuza's death suspicious and decides to train the team in case he returns. He has them perform the Tree Climbing Practice to improve their chakra control, which will help them against Zabuza. Sakura masters the exercise on her first try, thus leaving her in charge of protecting Tazuna while Naruto and Sasuke train and Kakashi recovers from his fight with Zabuza. After a week, the rest of the team joins her, but when they reach the bridge that Tazuna has been working on they find Zabuza and Haku waiting for them. Sasuke and later Naruto fight Haku while Kakashi fights Zabuza, once again leaving Sakura in charge of protecting Tazuna. The thick mist prevents her from seeing how the fight against Haku is going, so she is surprised when Haku suddenly interferes in Kakashi's fight with Zabuza and is killed.

Sakura breaks 25th rule

Sakura cries for Sasuke.

When Naruto comes looking for Haku, Sakura asks him where Sasuke is. When Naruto refuses to respond, Sakura becomes worried, but stays put because she cannot leave Tazuna's side. When Tazuna offers to come with her, she quickly leads him to where Sasuke is and finds him seemingly dead. Overcome with emotion, Sakura knowingly violates the shinobi rules and cries for him. When Sasuke later wakes up, Sakura embraces him, explains that Haku has been killed, and shares the news of Sasuke's survival with Naruto. Zabuza also dies, allowing Team 7 to return to Konoha when their injuries heal via Tazuna's newly-constructed Great Naruto Bridge.

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams Team 7 resumes its series of unremarkable missions. After returning from one mission, Sakura tries to spend some time with Sasuke, who rejects her. This places Sakura in a bad mood, causing her to lash out first at Naruto when he suggests to Konohamaru Sarutobi that he and Sakura are dating, and then at Konohamaru when he insults her for harming Naruto. This all attracts the attention of Sunagakure's Three Sand Siblings, who have come to Konoha to take part in the Chūnin Exams. Sasuke returns and drives the Sand Siblings off, and later Kakashi meets with them to enter them in the Chūnin Exams as well. He neglects to mention that they must enter as a team, worried that Sakura might only participate because of Sasuke, and so is glad when she independently decides to participate. Before the Chūnin Exams begin, Sakura is met by Rock Lee, who asks her to go out with him and offers to protect her with his life. Sakura flatly refuses, being bothered by his eyelashes, hair style, and thick eyebrows.

For the Chūnin Exams' first stage, the participating genin are given a written test with ten questions. From looking over the questions, Sakura realises that the questions are too complicated for most genin, especially Naruto, to be able to answer without cheating; Sakura herself is able to answer the first nine questions on her own. Before being given the tenth question, genin are warned that if they answer it incorrectly they will never be allowed to take the Chūnin Exams again. Sakura becomes worried that Naruto is too proud to not try to answer the question, and that when he inevitably gives the wrong answer his disqualification will ruin his dreams of becoming Hokage. She prepares to forfeit on his behalf, but Naruto insists on answering the tenth question no matter what, causing her to change her mind. For their willingness to face the tenth question despite the potential consequences, Team 7 and the remaining genin pass to the second stage.

For the second stage, teams enter the Forest of Death for a five day survival challenge. Shortly after the second stage begins, Team 7 is attacked by Orochimaru, who Sasuke and Sakura, sensing his killing intent, realise is far too strong for them to fight. Sasuke tries to surrender in exchange for their lives, but Naruto insists on fighting Orochimaru anyway. Both Sasuke and Sakura are surprised by how well Naruto does, though he is ultimately defeated and knocked unconscious. Sakura pins him to a tree with a kunai to stop him from falling and observes to Sasuke that Naruto, despite all his shortcomings, isn't a coward. This convinces Sasuke to fight Orochimaru as well; Orochimaru becomes impressed by Sasuke and, before he leaves, he brands Sasuke with a Cursed Seal of Heaven, rendering him unconscious as well.

Sakura cut hair

Sakura cuts her hair.

Sakura moves Naruto and Sasuke to a secluded area where she watches over them through the night. In the morning, they are tracked down by Team Dosu, Orochimaru's underlings who have instructions to kill Sasuke. They bypass the booby-traps she laid earlier and move in on her, but she is saved by Rock Lee. Lee fights Team Dosu by himself, planning to make good on his earlier promise to protect her, but is eventually defeated. Sakura begins attacking Team Dosu herself, but she is restrained by Kin Tsuchi, who grabs her by the hair and berates her for how much time she clearly spends on it. Determined to not keep needing the help of others, Sakura cuts her hair to free herself and starts attacking, persevering despite Zaku Abumi's many counterattacks.

Sakura stopping Sasuke

Sakura stops Sasuke.

Sakura's courage convinces the observing Ino Yamanaka and the rest of Team 10 to come to her defence. Team 10 fights Team Dosu until they are interrupted by Sasuke, imbued with the power of his cursed seal. When he sees Sakura's injuries, Sasuke breaks Zaku's arms in punishment and threatens to do the same to the rest of his team. Sakura is horrified by his actions and embraces him, begging him to stop. Sasuke's cursed seal recedes and he complies, Team Dosu retreats, and Teams 7, 10, and Lee's Team Guy regroup. When Naruto wakes up he makes fun of Lee's eyebrows, prompting Sakura to strike him. Before they go their separate ways, Lee vows to Sakura that he will become stronger.

Double Knockout

Sakura and Ino knock each other out.

Team 7 spends several days recuperating from their ordeal but they are able to reach the centre of the forest in time to advance to the Chūnin Exams' preliminaries: a series of one-on-one qualifying matches. Sakura tries to convince Sasuke not to participate because of his cursed seal, but he ignores her, insisting that it's his business and not hers. For her match, Sakura is paired against Ino. They start by trading insults and then punches, surprising Ino because Sakura proves her equal in both categories. Frustrated, Ino follows Sakura's earlier example by cutting her hair, a ruse that allows her to immobilise Sakura while she uses her Mind Body Switch Technique. In control of Sakura's body, Ino tries to make her forfeit the match, but she is stopped and exorcised by Inner Sakura. They are both exhausted by this, but exchange one final blow, knocking both out.

When Sakura wakes up, Ino informs her that their match was ruled a tie, and that therefore neither of them will continue to the final rounds. Despite this, they decide to rekindle their friendship, though can't help but continue to bicker over Sasuke. Sakura watches the remaining matches, including Lee's match with Gaara, during which Lee loses and is badly injured. A few days later, Sakura visits the hospital to see Sasuke, but discovers he's already been taken away by Kakashi. While she's there, she sees Lee training despite his injuries, causing him to fall unconscious as a consequence; she leaves the flower she brought for Sasuke with him instead. Sakura worries about Sasuke over the following month, especially when he is missing for his match with Gaara during the finals. He does finally show up (late), and Sakura watches with interest.

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush

Sakura vs Gaara

Sakura defends Sasuke.

Sasuke's match is interrupted by an invasion of Konoha and a genjutsu descends on the stadium where the finals are being held, putting most of the audience to sleep. Sakura is able to dispel the genjutsu, attracting the attention of invading Otogakure forces. She is saved by Kakashi, who instructs her to wake up Naruto and Shikamaru Nara. She does so (though Shikamaru was only pretending to be asleep) and when they're assembled, Kakashi sends them and Pakkun after Sasuke, who is pursuing Gaara. Oto-nin start following them, so Shikamaru falls behind to delay them. Naruto and Sakura catch up to Sasuke in time to save him from one of Gaara's attacks. When Gaara sees Sakura's determination to defend Sasuke, he knocks her unconscious and binds her to a tree. Her bindings dissolve when Gaara is defeated, which Sakura assumes she has Sasuke to thank for. Sasuke corrects her when they get back to Konoha, explaining that it was Naruto who saved her.

A few days later, Team 7 attends the Third Hokage's funeral.

Land of Tea Escort Mission Edit

Main article: Land of Tea Escort Mission In the anime, Team 7 is sent to the Land of Tea to protect Idate Morino as he runs a race. When Team Oboro and later Aoi Rokushō try to stop Idate, Naruto and Sasuke fight them while Sakura remains alert for opportunities for Idate to run to safety. Sasuke is eventually knocked out by Aoi, and Sakura looks after him until Aoi is defeated by Naruto. After Idate wins the race, Team 7 returns to Konoha.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission

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Sakura attempting to stop Naruto and Sasuke.

Sakura visits Sasuke everyday while he's in the hospital, tearfully hugging him once he finally regains consciousness. She continues looking after him as he recovers, but he repels her kindness, angered by his earlier defeat by his brother, Itachi Uchiha. When Naruto comes to see him, Sasuke challenges him to a fight, which Naruto agrees to over Sakura's protests. She watches as they exchange attacks on the hospital roof, but decides she can't let things continue when Sasuke prepares a Chidori and Naruto prepares a Rasengan. She runs between them to stop them, but neither is able to pull away in time; Kakashi appears and flings them apart, saving Sakura. Sasuke storms off and Kakashi, before he follows, promises Sakura that he'll set things right.

Sasuke&#039;s goodbye

Sasuke thanks Sakura.

Sakura takes Naruto aside afterwards and tells him about the cursed seal Sasuke received from Orochimaru, which she'd until now kept from him at Sasuke's request. She shares her concerns that Orochimaru is trying to tempt Sasuke to defect from Konoha, but Naruto assures her that Sasuke would never do that. This comforts her at the time, but she continues to worry and, that night, waits at the village's exit. Sasuke eventually approaches with his belongings, confirming her fears. Sasuke tells her to go home, but Sakura refuses, instead asking why he always pushes her away and reminding him of all the good times Team 7 has had. She tries to persuade him to stay so that she won't be alone and, when that doesn't work, argues that his revenge against Itachi isn't worth it. When Sasuke remains determined to go, Sakura tells him she loves him and offers to go with him. Sasuke tells her that she is annoying, just as he did after Team 7's formation. Sakura threatens to scream for help, so he knocks her out; he thanks her before he does.

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Sakura asking Naruto to bring back Sasuke.

Sakura is found on a bench the next morning, and when she wakes up she sends word to Tsunade, the new Hokage, that Sasuke has defected. The Sasuke Recovery Team is formed to go after him, which Sakura approaches as they prepare to set out from Konoha. Sakura begs Naruto to bring Sasuke back to Konoha, believing he is the only person who can get through to him at this point. Naruto vows to do so, even if it takes his entire life, and Sakura cries at his dedication to her. Despite his promise, Naruto is unable to bring Sasuke back. Sakura visits him in the hospital and, after trying to avoid the subject, tells him that she won't hold him to his word. Naruto, however, refuses to go back on what he said. Touched, Sakura apologises to Naruto for what he's gone through and promises to personally help him bring Sasuke back next time.

Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission Edit

Main article: Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission

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Sakura training under Tsunade.

In the anime, Sakura accompanies Naruto and Jiraiya to the Land of Rice Fields to investigate one of Orochimaru's lairs and potentially retrieve Sasuke. The mission ends in failure. When they get back to Konoha, Sakura, as in the manga, asks to become Tsunade's apprentice so that she can better meet the challenges she'll face in the future. Tsunade accepts.

Mizuki Tracking Mission Edit

Main article: Mizuki Tracking Mission In the anime, Sakura focuses on her training, preventing her from helping Naruto with many of the missions he goes on. When he returns from one such mission, she informs him that she's succeeded in healing a fish.

Mix it, Stretch it, Boil it Up! Burn Copper Pot, Burn! Edit

Main article: Mix it, Stretch it, Boil it Up! Burn Copper Pot, Burn! In the anime, Sakura helps Naruto and Chōji Akimichi rescue Ayame. To save her from the cooking-nin, they must prepare the perfect ramen; Sakura contributes by pounding the dough of the noodles into shape.

Konoha Plans Recapture Mission Edit

Main article: Konoha Plans Recapture Mission In the anime, Sakura and Ino examine a corpse believed to be that of Gennō. They conclude that it is not actually him.

Yakumo Kurama Rescue Mission Edit

Main article: Yakumo Kurama Rescue Mission In the anime, Sakura helps Naruto protect Yakumo Kurama from the Kurama clan. When Kurenai Yūhi is injured during the fight, Sakura heals her wounds.

Gantetsu Escort Mission Edit

Main article: Gantetsu Escort Mission In the anime, Sakura, Naruto, and Lee guard Gantetsu as he is transferred to prison.

Sunagakure Support Mission Edit

Main article: Sunagakure Support Mission In the anime, Sakura and the rest of the Konoha 11 are sent to Sunagakure to help the Sand Siblings in their fight with the Four Celestial Symbols Men; Sakura heals Gaara during his fight with Suiko. Ino, jealous of Sakura's new-found healing abilities, asks to train with Sakura to be a medical-nin. Sakura agrees, but Ino is dismayed when Sakura reminds her that she will be her junior during the course of their training.

Interlude Edit

In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths Edit

Main article: In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths

Team Asuma Chūnin Exams

Sakura as part of Team 10.

In the anime, about two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train, another Chūnin Exam is held. Because participants must enter as part of three-man teams, Ino invites Sakura to be Shikamaru's replacement on Team 10 since Shikamaru is already a chūnin. During the first exam, Sakura, Ino, and Chōji are seated in different rooms and are tasked with getting a combined score of exactly 100 points on their written test despite their separation. Ino telepathically contacts Sakura and Chōji in order to assign which questions to answer. After the initial testing period is over, they are given a bonus question: each team must unanimously select one of their members to disqualify from the rest of the exams. Team 10 selects nobody, which is the correct answer and which qualifies them for the next phase.

Ameno vs Sakura

Sakura facing Ameno.

Those who pass the first exam must reach the Demon Desert within three days in order to participate in the second exam. Team 10 successfully does so and they are given the same objective as they had in the exam several years ago: obtain a scroll from another team. They wander through the desert for three days, losing their provisions to an Ame-team.[50] While recuperating at an oasis, they are attacked by Team Ameno. Ino once again telepathically links with Sakura and Chōji to coordinate their attacks and help them locate their attackers, resulting in Team Ameno's defeat. Once Sakura and Ino heal their injuries, Team Ameno offers them their scroll. However, theirs is the same scroll that Team 10 already has, so they are allowed to keep it. They go their separate ways, agreeing to meet again in the third exam.[51]

Tsunade Promoting Genin

Sakura and the other genin being promoted to chūnin.

Team 10 is later attacked by Team Saya. Saya possesses Ino's mind and forces her to attack Sakura. When Chōji, meanwhile, begins overwhelming Saya's team-mates, Saya possesses his mind instead, and she forces him to attack Sakura using his Super Multi-Size Technique.[52] Ino is able to release Chōji, forcing Team Saya to retreat. Team 10 is afterwards trapped in a sandstorm, during which Ino and Chōji are poisoned by a cloaked Mamushi. Sakura escapes the sandstorm, defeats Team Saya, and then returns to heal Ino and Chōji.[53]

Team 10 is eventually found by one of the exam's proctors, who brings them to where all of the other genin are being assembled. They are informed that the Chūnin Exams have been cancelled; reports on the participants' performances will be sent back to their villages, leaving their promotion up to their superiors. When they get back to Konoha, Tsunade promotes Sakura, Ino, and Chōji to chūnin.[54]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Main article: Kazekage Rescue Mission Tsunade informs Sakura of Naruto's return after two-and-a-half years of training. She goes to greet him and is initially glad that he's back, but is violently disappointed when he quickly gets back into a competition of Sexy Techniques with Konohamaru Sarutobi. Kakashi reforms Team 7 with them and gives them another bell test, though unlike last time, taking the bells from him is the real objective. Kakashi vanishes shortly after the test begins and Sakura, after determining that he's nowhere above ground, concludes he's below ground. To force him out, she shatters the earth with Cherry Blossom Impact, frightening both Kakashi and Naruto. Despite their improved abilities, neither Sakura nor Naruto are able to get a bell through conventional means, and it is only by Naruto's threat to spoil the latest Icha Icha book that they are able to lower Kakashi's guard long enough to take his bells.

While Team 7 tries without success to find a mission to go on that Naruto won't complain about, word reaches Konoha that Akatsuki has kidnapped Gaara, the Kazekage. Team 7 is sent to Sunagakure to lend assistance in rescuing Gaara. On their way to Suna, Naruto explains that Gaara was kidnapped because he is the jinchūriki of the One-Tail, just as Naruto is the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails. When they reach Suna, they are informed that Kankurō was poisoned by Akatsuki member Sasori in his failed attempt to rescue Gaara, and that none of the village's medics can heal him. Sakura is able to remove the poison from his body, from which she prepares some antidotes, impressing Chiyo. Chiyo, Sasori's grandmother, ultimately decides to accompany Team 7 as they leave to find Gaara, helping them navigate the local country.

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Sakura destroys Hiruko.

On their way to the Akatsuki lair where Gaara has been taken, they are met by Itachi Uchiha, the brother who Sasuke defected from Konoha in order to kill. Although eager to face him, Sakura must leave most of the fighting to Kakashi due to his Sharingan; when Naruto is trapped in Itachi's genjutsu, Sakura and Chiyo release him. The Itachi is eventually discovered to be an impostor, so they continue to the Akatsuki lair. They meet Team Guy there, who takes down the barrier over the entrance so that Team 7 can get in. Deidara flies off with Gaara's body as soon as they enter, and Naruto and Kakashi pursue him, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. Chiyo informs Sakura that what appears to be Sasori is actually one of his puppets, Hiruko. She also warns that all of Hiruko's weapons are likely coated with poison. With this in mind, Chiyo guides Sakura to Hiruko unharmed, allowing her to destroy it.

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Sakura punches Sasori's puppet body.

With Hiruko gone, Sasori starts using his human puppet of the Third Kazekage. Although it initially appears no different from a standard puppet, such that Chiyo is able to fight it with her Mother and Father puppets, the puppet is discovered to have access to the Third's Iron Sand, which has also been imbued with poison. The Iron Sand neutralises the Mother and Father puppets and then forms into blocks, which Sakura, with Chiyo's guidance again, is able to punch away. Sasori's Iron Sand World Method proves more difficult to avoid and Sakura receives several scratches, causing her to collapse from the poison. She is able to administer the antidote, however, allowing her to destroy the Third when it moves in to finish her off. Angered by this, Sasori reveals that his own body is a puppet now and he goes after Chiyo. Sakura intercepts him and destroys his body, but he's able to reassemble it.

Sasori brings out his Hundred Puppet Army and Chiyo brings out her Ten Puppet Collection of Chikamatsu. While the two sides battle, Sakura moves closer to Sasori and places a seal on him. Sasori is able to transfer his living core to another puppet before the seal connects, sneaks up on Chiyo, and attacks. Sakura shields the attack with her body and is both fatally wounded and poisoned. While Chiyo gives her the final antidote, Sasori attacks Chiyo again, only to fall into her trap and have his core stabbed by the Mother and Father puppets. Chiyo then heals Sakura's wound. Having guessed that Sakura was able to create an antidote for his poison - something he thought was impossible - Sasori decides to reward her before he dies: he tells her of a spy his was within Orochimaru's ranks who he had plans to meet in Kusagakure in ten days. Chiyo collapses once he's dead, but refuses Sakura's offer to take her back to Suna to make another antidote.

At Chiyo's request, Sakura carries her to Naruto and Kakashi, who have managed to retrieve Gaara. Sakura attempts to revive Gaara, but the removal of the One-Tail has caused him to die. Chiyo uses the One's Own Life Reincarnation on him, bringing him back to life at the cost of her own. As the jutsu nears completion, Chiyo warns Sakura not to risk her life to protect someone as old as she is again, believing Sakura is too valuable. Gaara is successfully resurrected and, a few days later, Teams 7 and Guy attend Chiyo's funeral in Sunagakure before returning home.

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Edit

Main article: Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission With the intel gained from Sasori, Team 7 begins planning to meet the spy in the hopes that it will help them reunite with Sasuke. Kakashi is left bedridden from his fight with Deidara, requiring Yamato to lead Team 7 as his replacement. The Konoha Council also requires that Sai be assigned to Team 7 as Sasuke's replacement. Naruto immediately dislikes Sai, declaring him an inferior version of Sasuke. Sai is happy for this distinction and proceeds to degrade Sasuke for defecting from Konoha. This angers Sakura and she hits him, forcing Yamato to use his wood release to break up their fight. Despite this incident, Sakura has difficulty holding a grudge against Sai due to his lack of emotion or interpersonal connections. She therefore tries to mediate between Naruto and Sai, explaining to Sai the brotherly bond that Naruto feels to Sasuke. When this fails to make an impression, Sakura gives up on Sai and puts up with him only because they need his help to find Sasuke.

Team Yamato

Team 7 confronts Orochimaru and Kabuto.

Yamato disguises himself as Sasori and goes to the Tenchi Bridge to meet the spy while Naruto, Sakura, and Sai hide nearby. The spy, Kabuto Yakushi, begins telling Yamato about Orochimaru's organisation, but they are interrupted by the appearance of Orochimaru, who teams up with Kabuto to fight Yamato, having intended to kill Sasori. Team 7 comes to his aid and Orochimaru, recognising them, taunts Naruto about Sasuke. Naruto is enraged and strikes him, using the Nine-Tails' power to make his attacks more devastating. The Tenchi Bridge starts to collapse from the stress of his chakra and Sakura is knocked unconscious in the process. She is saved and revived by Yamato, and is then horrified by the damage that Naruto is causing to the surroundings.

Sakura Healing

Sakura healing Naruto.

Orochimaru is eventually able to force Naruto away from himself and closer to Sakura and Yamato. Seeing the lengths he's going to in order to retrieve Sasuke from Orochimaru, Sakura tries to reason with him, but his version 2 form leaves him unable to tell friend from foe and he attacks her. While Yamato restrains Naruto with his wood release, Kabuto heals Sakura's wound, his thanks to Team 7 for killing Sasori. Yamato is able to suppress the Nine-Tails' influence, but its chakra leaves his body badly damaged. Sakura heals him, but is upset that it's the only thing she can do to help him. When Naruto wakes up he can't remember what happened and assumes Sakura's tears are because of something Sai said, which she doesn't correct. When they realise that Sai is missing, Yamato reports that he has joined with Orochimaru and Kabuto.

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Sakura charges at Sasuke.

Having placed a trace on Sai, Yamato is able to lead Naruto and Sakura to him and by extension Orochimaru's lair. They infiltrate it, locate Sai, and restrain him so that they can go looking for Sasuke. Kabuto finds them and releases Sai to help him fight them, but Sai restrains him instead, curious about the bond that Naruto keeps saying he has with Sasuke; Sai goes searching through Orochimaru's lair in search of Sasuke on Naruto's behalf. While he's gone, Yamato goes through his belongings and finds evidence that Sai has been assigned to assassinate Sasuke. They go after him in order to stop him. When they find him, he explains that he truly does want to help retrieve Sasuke, and in fact has already found him: Sakura and Naruto are speechless to see Sasuke again, but Sasuke reacts with indifference to them. To demonstrate that they mean nothing to him, Sasuke quickly neutralises them all, except Sakura who prepares to attack him. Sasuke is about to counter her attack before Yamato saves her. He then prepares to kill them, but is persuaded not to by Orochimaru and leaves without further comment. Defeated, a tearful Sakura tells a devastated Naruto they need to get stronger and Team 7 returns to Konoha.

Twelve Guardian Ninja Edit

Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja

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Sakura defeats Fuen.

In the anime, Yamato leads Team 7 on a mission to the Fire Temple to investigate a series of grave robberies. During the course of the investigation, Team 7 is separated by an earthen maze. Sakura is attacked within the maze by a giant spider, but she's saved by Sai, whose arm breaks in the process. She tends his injury and they reunite with Naruto and Yamato, but the grave robbers escape. Team 7 returns to Konoha, and when the grave robbers attack the village, Sakura is drawn into battle with Fuen. Sakura pretends to fall victim to Fuen's genjutsu, allowing her to punch and defeat Fuen when she moves in to finish Sakura off.

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

Main article: Akatsuki Suppression Mission Kakashi assembles Naruto, Sakura, and Sai to discuss their failed mission to retrieve Sasuke. Sakura shares her suspicion that Sasuke's skills have been boosted with medication, as his growth rate is unnaturally high. Kakashi believes the best way to prepare them for another encounter with Sasuke is for Naruto to invent a new jutsu. Once he finally does so after many days of training, Team 7 is sent to help Team 10 in their battle with Akatsuki. Sakura and Sai are sent to provide backup for Shikamaru Nara during his fight with Hidan while everyone else focuses on Kakuzu. When they locate Shikamaru, however, they discover that he's already defeated Hidan. Naruto elsewhere defeats Kakuzu with his jutsu, after which they go back to Konoha.

Naruto's new jutsu injures his arm after use, which Sakura treats in Konoha. Because he has difficulty using the arm while it mends, Sakura tries to help him eat when they visit Ramen Ichiraku, but Sai insists on the responsibility. As they leave afterwards, they are met by Konohamaru, who demonstrates his Sexy: Girl on Girl Technique; Naruto approves but Sakura is disgusted and violently reprimands him. In the manga, Konohamaru responds with Sexy: Boy on Boy Technique; Sakura approves but Naruto is disgusted and violently reprimands him. Sakura tries to make an excuse when she realises how she reacted, but Konohamaru's suspicions that Sakura is just as much a pervert as he is are confirmed.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance In the anime, Team 7 is sent to help Team 8 in their fight with Team Guren. When they come across the Three-Tails during the course of the mission, Sakura is assigned to a team responsible for sealing it due to her excellent chakra control. They are interrupted by Team Guren before they can complete the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier, and Sakura tends to the wounded after the Three-Tails goes on a rampage. When Team Guren is defeated, they are recalled to Konoha.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission

Eight Man Squad

Teams 7 and 8 set out.

News reaches Konoha that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru. Realising that this is a good opportunity to try once again to reunite with Sasuke, Kakashi combines Teams 7 and 8 into an Eight Man Squad with the mission to find either Sasuke or his assumed target, Itachi. They split up to look for leads on either Uchiha; because she doesn't have any particular tracking skills, Kakashi pairs Sakura with two ninken, Shiba and Bisuke. They briefly pick up on the trail of one of Sasuke's new team-mates, Karin, but they don't realise this and lose the trail shortly afterwards.

Fated Battle Between Brothers Edit

Main article: Fated Battle Between Brothers After they regroup, Kiba Inuzuka is able to detect Sasuke's scent and they start to follow it. Along the way they are met by Tobi of Akatsuki, who prevents them from progressing and who is invulnerable to their attacks. Tobi leaves when he receives news that Sasuke has killed Itachi, and Teams 7 and 8 try to reach Sasuke before he does. Unable to find where Tobi has taken Sasuke, they are forced to return to Konoha.

Six-Tails Unleashed Edit

Main article: Six-Tails Unleashed In the anime, they are intercepted by a new assignment to help the Tsuchigumo clan protect its forbidden technique. Kakashi takes Team 8 back to Konoha while Yamato leads Team 7 on the mission. During the mission, Sakura helps fight the Magaki group and the villagers who are under Shiranami's control. Once Shiranami is stopped, Team 7 returns to Konoha.

Pain's Assault Edit

Main article: Pain's Assault

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Sakura defeating the giant centipede.

Sakura is present when Naruto is informed that Jiraiya died while investigating the leader of Akatsuki, Pain. She defends Tsunade when Naruto blames her for his death, and then again when Shikamaru tries to get out of helping decipher one of the clues that Jiraiya left behind, aware that Tsunade is grieving over Jiraiya. Sakura later tries to help Shikamaru decipher the clue, but is interrupted by the invasion of Pain. Sakura heads for the Konoha Hospital, along the way saving a group of civilians from Pain's giant centipede. She assists with healing the injured once she gets to the hospital, doing as much as she can despite there being more people in need of care than medics available.

When Pain destroys Konoha, Sakura and the rest of the villagers are saved by Tsunade with the help of Katsuyu. Tsunade is exhausted by the effort, so Sakura looks after her while Naruto fights Pain. During the battle, Sakura senses Naruto entering another version 2 form as a result of Pain's attack on Hinata Hyūga. She has Katsuyu relay a message to the villagers to retreat to a safe distance while she treats Hinata. Naruto ultimately defeats Pain and, when he returns to the village, Sakura punches him for taking such a risk and then embraces him as thanks.

Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha Edit

Main article: Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha Sakura and Shizune stay with Tsunade as the village starts to rebuild. In the anime, they give Tsunade's various visitors updates on her condition.

Five Kage Summit Edit

Main article: Five Kage Summit Sakura informs Naruto that Tsunade is in a coma and that there's nothing that can be done to bring her out of it. While they talk, they are approached by Tazuna and Inari, who have come to help rebuild Konoha. They ask about Sasuke, who which Naruto avoids going into detail about so as to spare them and Sakura a discussion about Sasuke's defection. After Tazuna and Inari leave, they receive news that Danzō Shimura has become the next Hokage and that he has ordered Sasuke be killed as a traitor. Naruto and Sakura approach Sai to ask him how they can convince Danzō to change his mind, but Sai is unable to help. Omoi and Karui of Kumogakure overhear them talking about Sasuke and they ask for information about Sasuke, wishing to kill him for his role in Akatsuki's capture of Killer B. This news upsets Sakura greatly, so Naruto leads Omoi and Karui away.

Painful Decision

Sakura painfully accepts that Sasuke must be stopped at all costs.

Sai later informs Sakura of the abuse Naruto suffered at the hands of Omoi and Karui, as he was unwilling to sell out Sasuke. He also informs her that Naruto has gone to meet with the Fourth Raikage to try and get a pardon for Sasuke's actions against Kumo. Sakura cannot understand why Naruto would do all this, so Sai explains that it is because he has feelings for Sakura and that he is still trying to fulfil the promise he made to her after Sasuke left the village years ago. Sai adds that his commitment to that promise and by extension Sakura cause Naruto as much pain as Sasuke does. Shikamaru joins their conversation to inform them of the rest of the Konoha 11's decision to personally eliminate Sasuke so that he can't continue to implicate Konoha in his crimes nor present the risk of a war. Sakura tearfully agrees with this and volunteers to be the one to inform Naruto.

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Sakura's team arrives in the Land of Iron.

Sakura forms a team with Sai, Kiba Inuzuka, and Rock Lee and goes to the Land of Iron to search for Naruto. When they find him, Sakura tells him that she loves him and that, because of this, he no longer needs to fulfil his promise regarding Sasuke, who she says she no longer has feelings for. This upsets Naruto, who tells Sakura that he dislikes people who lie to themselves. Sakura insists that it's true and that he should start worrying about himself rather than Sasuke. Naruto still does not believe her and informs her that he wants to save Sasuke for his own reasons, not for Sakura. Upset, Sakura departs, but when they're far enough away she instructs her team to start looking for Sasuke. Her team tells her it would have been better to simply tell Naruto the truth about Konoha 11's decision and that she's underestimating him by not doing so, but Sakura adamantly says she couldn't do it.

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Sasuke attacking Sakura from behind.

When Kiba finally locates Sasuke, Sakura has him give her precise directions to where he is. She then attempts to knock out the team with sleeping gas, but is stopped by Sai, who has guessed that she plans to personally kill Sasuke. When he attempts to detain them on Kakashi's instructions, Kiba and Lee engage Sai, giving Sakura a chance to use the sleeping gas. She proceeds to where Sasuke is and announces her desire to join with him, even if that means helping destroy Konoha. To prove her loyalty, Sasuke instructs Sakura to kill the badly-injured Karin. Sakura approaches them, contemplating how best to strike Sasuke, but is alerted by Karin that Sasuke is attacking her from behind with Chidori. Kakashi arrives in time to stop him and, aware of what Sakura was planning, volunteers to be the one to kill Sasuke so that she won't need to, especially when he holds himself responsible for not preventing the situation.

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Team 7 re-unites.

Sakura heals Karin's injury and, in her unstable mental state, joins the battle. She starts attacking Sasuke from behind, but ultimately can't bring herself to harm him and cries at her own failure. Sensing her, Sasuke grabs her by the throat, takes her kunai, and prepares to kill her with it, but she is saved by Naruto. Naruto and Sasuke talk and conclude that only they are suitable to fight each other, which they will do at some future date; Sakura is upset that her resolve isn't as strong as theirs and she decides to trust Naruto and Sasuke in fulfilling her dream of Team 7 having a happy ending. After Sasuke leaves with Tobi, Naruto passes out from the poison of her kunai and a panicked Sakura gives him the antidote. Sakura then uses an antidote to wake Sai, Kiba, and Rock Lee up. After returning to the village, Naruto meets with the Konoha 11 as soon as they're back to tell them his decision, which Sakura defends when they accuse Naruto of being unrealistic.

When Tsunade finally wakes from her coma, Sakura goes around the village sharing the good news. Sakura is later informed of the upcoming war against the Akatsuki from Tsunade, and Sakura, while uneasy at fighting against Sasuke, is given the task to keep a watchful on eye on Naruto.

Power Edit

Main article: Power In the anime, Team 7 is sent to investigate the attack on Tonika Village. They encounter Kabuto Yakushi and are forced to fight his reincarnated forces while he escapes. They fight Kabuto and his forces several more times, during one of which Sakura is knocked out by the Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone, but Kabuto is ultimately driven off.

Paradise Life on a Boat Edit

Main article: Paradise Life on a Boat In the anime, Tsunade sends Sakura, Ino, and Chōji Akimichi to Benisu Island to pick medicinal herbs. Although the locals initially try interfering, Naruto is able to convince them to help instead.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

Sakura healing Guy

Sakura healing Guy.

When the Fourth Shinobi World War begins, Sakura is added to the Third Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Before the armies mobilise for war with Akatsuki, Sakura heals Might Guy, whose exhaustion mystifies her. The Third Division is called to assist the Surprise Attack Division, and when they arrive Sakura recognises the reincarnated Haku and Zabuza Momochi amongst the Surprise Attack Division's attackers. When Zabuza asks her how Naruto is doing, Sakura replies that he's well. Zabuza and Haku are forced to attack the Third Division, so they take up defensive positions; having encountered them before, Sakura advises those near her to take a Manji Formation. When casualties start growing, Sakura heals the wounded.

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Sakura defeats "Neji".

Sakura is eventually reassigned to the Logistical Support and Medical Division's compound to heal the wounded that are sent there. During the night, three medical-nin are killed despite the major precautions they took to secure the location, placing everyone on high alert. Sakura is approached by Morio during this time, who she recognises as someone she healed earlier; he gives her a love letter, but she turns him down and explains she is in love with someone else. Neji Hyūga visits her after Morio leaves to discuss the suspected killer. When, during the conversation, Neji proves unaware that Tonton is a pig, Sakura realises he is an impostor and attacks him. The disguise disappears, revealing a White Zetsu. From the Zetsu's comments and previous reports she's read about its abilities, Sakura is able to determine how its Substitute Technique works and alerts the Allied HQ. She and Shizune later perform an autopsy on the Zetsu's body and discover its Wood Release capabilities.

In the anime, during the following day, the Medical Division is attacked by several reincarnated shinobi and a scroll of dead Allied forces is stolen. Sakura joins a team to go after them and most of the reincarnated shinobi are sealed, but Hayate Gekkō escapes with the scroll. She goes after him and fights him until Yūgao Uzuki arrives to finish him off. Later, security at the Medical Division remains high, with nobody having an effective way of identifying disguised Zetsu. Two Zetsu eventually bypass bodyguards assigned to Sakura, though she is saved by the arrival of Naruto, whose Nine-Tails Chakra Mode allows him to find and eliminate all the Zetsu.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

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The Allied Shinobi Forces arrive.

With the Zetsu army defeated, the Allied Shinobi Forces are sent to assist Naruto in his fight with Tobi. When they arrive, Sakura heals Kakashi and Might Guy and then joins in the Allies' attack on the Ten-Tails. The attack fails and many die in the Ten-Tails' counterattack, but Naruto is able to give protective version 1-like cloaks to most of the allies in time. When Naruto is injured saving everyone from Tenpenchii, Sakura heals him and encourages the other Allies not to give up hope, even in the face of the Ten-Tails' Tailed Beast Ball. They are saved by the arrival of the reincarnated Fourth Hokage. The Fourth thanks Sakura for healing Naruto, his son, and asks if she is Naruto's girlfriend. When Naruto suggests this is true, Sakura headbutts him and tells him to focus on the situation. Naruto complains she gave him more injuries and she retorts she will heal him again.

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Team 7 together again.

Sasuke arrives shortly after the Fourth, intent on joining the Allies so that he can protect Konoha. Sakura is shocked by Sasuke's sudden arrival and asks him of his intentions, and is dumbfounded, as with the rest of the Konoha 9, by his declaration he will be Hokage. Naruto and Sasuke prepare to fight the Ten-Tails and Sakura, as she says she is not weak and will assist them as a member of Team 7, joins them. The now reunited Team 7 charges into battle with the Ten-Tails' army of clones; after charging her Strength of a Hundred Seal, Sakura is able to defeat many at a time. Because there are too many Ten-Tails' clones, Team 7 each performs their own summonings: Sakura summons Katsuyu and has it adhere to all the Allies nearby so that she can heal them remotely. While Naruto and Sasuke fight the Ten-Tails itself, Sai asks Sakura if she trusts Sasuke. Sakura says she is happy he's back and she does trust him. Sai believes her words are truthful, but knows her smile is a fake.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

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Sakura and Tsunade work together.

When Tobi, real name Obito Uchiha, becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Sakura can only watch from a distance as Naruto, Sasuke, and the reincarnated Hokage fight him. Obito eventually recreates the God Tree, which absorbs the chakra of many of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Sakura instructs Katsuyu to heal them, but Katsuyu explains that its divisions suffered the same fate as the shinobi they were attached to. To do what she can, Sakura runs over to Shikamaru and starts trying to heal him. It is ultimately Naruto who saves Shikamaru and the others, remotely restoring the Version 1 cloaks thought absorbed by the God Tree. Tsunade then arrives, congratulates Sakura for the work she's done, and requests her help in summoning an even large segment of Katsuyu. Katsuyu dissolves across the battlefield, allowing Tsunade and Sakura to constantly rejuvenate everybody as they unite against Obito.

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Sakura attempts to heal Naruto.

Although Obito is defeated, Madara Uchiha and another Zetsu still remain. The prolonged fighting exhausts Tsunade and leaves Sakura and Shizune with little chakra to spare. When Gaara brings Naruto to them, in need of emergency life support following the removal of the Nine-Tails from his body, Sakura boards his Desert Suspension to lend what support she can. When her normal medical ninjutsu fails to do anything, Sakura makes an incision in Naruto's chest and manually pumps his heart to keep him alive. Gaara brings them to the Fourth Hokage so that he can seal his half of the Nine-Tails' chakra into Naruto, but the chakra is intercepted by Black Zetsu. When Madara - the Ten-Tails' new jinchūriki - arrives, Kakashi uses Kamui on Sakura and Naruto to get them to safety in Kamui's dimension. They are shortly afterwards joined by Obito, who has decided he wants to help Naruto. Though wary of Obito, Sakura allows him to seal the Nine-Tails' chakra he took from Black Zetsu into Naruto, thus saving his life.

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Team 7 attacks Madara.

Naruto goes back to fight Madara when he regains consciousness, leaving Obito with Sakura. Obito asks Sakura to destroy his Rinnegan, explaining it's the only way to guarantee Madara can't use the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Before she's able to do so, Madara arrives in Kamui's dimension and Obito sends Sakura away so that Madara can't kill her. She explains what happened when she regroups with Team 7 and tries healing Kakashi after Madara stole his eye, but Naruto instead gives him a new one. As they wait for Madara's inevitable return, Sakura questions Sasuke what he meant when he said he would be Hokage, but receives no answer because they have a war to worry about. Sensing Madara coming, Kakashi reminds them of their first lesson as Team 7: the importance of teamwork. When Madara is brought back by Black Zetsu using Obito's body, Sakura launches the first attack. She is stabbed with a Truth-Seeking Ball and is saved by Naruto (who grabs her) and Sasuke (who cuts the rod Madara stabbed her with). Sakura is saddened because she thinks Sasuke is not concerned about her. Madara, now in possession of two Rinnegan, ascends into the sky and, despite Naruto and Sasuke's attempt to stop him, casts the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes While the world around them falls to the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Sasuke uses his Susanoo to shield Naruto, Sakura, and Kakashi from its effects. Sakura asks what is happening but is saddened when Sasuke tells her she doesn't need to know because she can't do anything about it. When they emerge, they find Madara has bound the world's population with God: Nativity of a World of Trees and trapped them all within perpetual dreams. Madara confronts them and insists that he has ended all conflicts and that only Team 7, as the only remaining opposition, would seek to renew the cycle of death that plagued the world for centuries. As he's talking, Madara is stabbed from behind by Black Zetsu, who transfers to him from Obito's body to convert him into Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, Black Zetsu's true master.

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Kakashi saves Sakura.

Kaguya, the origin of chakra, now has access to the chakra supplies of everyone trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. She wants Team 7's chakra as well, so she transports them to one of Kaguya's Dimensions: a sea of lava. Kakashi grabs Sakura, ties himself to an unconscious Obito with a scroll, and pins Obito to a wall in order to save them. Sakura is sad as Sasuke explains to Naruto that he only saved Sakura and Kakashi earlier because they happened to be near Naruto and he is willing to sacrifice his comrades if it means ensuring he and Naruto will survive to save the world. The heat causes the scroll to burn up, but Naruto sends a shadow clone to catch them. Because only Naruto and Sasuke can defeat Kaguya, they are forced to watch from a distance; Sakura is mortified when Naruto uses the Sexy Reverse Harem Technique on Kaguya, and then mortified again when it works. Kaguya eventually relocates them to another dimension and then banishes Sasuke to another, separating him from Naruto.

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Sakura and Obito search for Sasuke.

When Obito regains conciseness and is caught up about what's been happening, he offers to help retrieve Sasuke and requests Sakura's help. Naruto attacks Kaguya with hundreds of shadow clones to force her to retreat to her central dimension; Obito and Sakura secretly follow. When Kaguya goes back to fight Naruto, Obito begins piercing through her various dimensions with Kamui while Sakura heals the stress this causes to his body. They do finally locate Sasuke, but Obito is unable to keep the portal open long enough for Sasuke to run to it. When she thinks she failed, Sakura is exhausted and collapses but is caught by Sasuke, who explains he used Amenotejikara to switch places with Sakura's flak jacket and thanks her and Obito. Obito teleports them back to the dimension where Naruto is and sacrifices himself to save Naruto from Kaguya.

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Team 7 defeats Kaguya.

Despite his death, Obito's spirit is able to briefly return to allow Kakashi to use Susanoo, which he uses to save Sakura from one of Kaguya's attacks. When Kaguya creates an Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball to finally kill them all, Kakashi, realising that this is their last opportunity, forms a plan of attack: Kakashi pierces through her; Naruto uses shadow clones to exhaust some of her countermeasures and Kakashi uses Kamui on the rest; Sasuke moves closer to her in order to place a seal on her; Sakura punches her when she tries to escape. Kaguya is defeated, the tailed beasts are removed from her body, and she is trapped alongside Black Zetsu with Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei. As Sakura and Naruto panic over how they are going to get back home, the Sage of the Six Paths summons them all back from Kaguya's dimensions and congratulates them for their victory.

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Sakura caught in Sasuke's genjutsu.

The Sage of Six Paths explains how Naruto and Sasuke can end the Infinite Tsukuyomi, but Sasuke has plans before that: starting a revolution by killing the tailed beasts and Five Kage, which he believes will change the world for the better. Sad and angry, Sakura pleads with him, acknowledging that there's literally nothing that she can do to change his mind, but asks if there's some part of him that cares about her and is willing to return to her. He once again tells her that she is still annoying before knocking her out with a genjutsu. Kakashi scolds Sasuke for this by saying Sakura never stopped trying to save him and loving him is only breaking her heart. When she finally wakes up later that night, Kakashi tells her that Naruto and Sasuke have gone to have their last fight. They locate Naruto and Sasuke the following day at the Valley of the End, both having lost an arm and unable to move. As she heals them, Sasuke tries to speak to her but she tells him not to so she can concentrate on healing them. Guilt-ridden, Sasuke apologises to Sakura for everything he's done and, after exclaiming him with criticism, she tearfully accepts his apology and Team 7 comes together for good, smiling and laughing.

Blank Period Edit

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Sasuke pokes Sakura's forehead.

After the war, Sasuke is pardoned for his crimes based on the good word of Naruto and Kakashi (who has been selected to become the Sixth Hokage). Sasuke leaves Konoha to wander the world on a journey of redemption and Sakura asks him to wait until his prosthesis arm is finished, but Sasuke declines. Sakura then offers to come with him. He again declines, explaining that his journey is one of atonement and that she has no part in that, leaving Sakura disappointed and gloomy. He then pokes her head, promising to see her again and thanks her, and Sakura blushes at the realisation that he is returning her feelings.

Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky Edit

Main article: Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky A year after the end of the war, Sakura is part of a Konoha platoon sent to the Blood Prison in anticipation of an attempted jailbreak by the Ryūha Armament Alliance. When they get there, Sakura helps collect passengers ejected from the approaching Tobishachimaru and then, after the Tobishachimaru crashes nearby, heals the survivors.

Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness Edit

Main article: Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness Two years after the end of the war, Naruto talks to Sakura about Shikamaru Nara's recent cold behavior. She reminds him that Shikamaru is working hard in preparation for Naruto someday becoming Hokage, causing Naruto to wonder if he's worth whatever trouble Shikamaru is going through. When Shikamaru later goes missing in the Land of Silence, Naruto and Sakura join a combined Konoha and Suna coalition sent to rescue him. By the time they arrive, Temari is in combat with a brainwashed Sai; Sakura punches Sai away from Temari and then heals Temari's injury. After Shikamaru is saved and his mission is completed, Sakura is part of a force that stays behind to help the Land of Silence stabilise.

The Last: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: The Last: Naruto the Movie

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Sakura freeing Naruto from genjutsu.

Two years after the end of the war, Sakura notices Hinata Hyūga working on a scarf to give Naruto for the Rinne Festival. Sakura encourages her, but warns her that Naruto may not have a real grasp of the love Hinata has for him. To that end, Sakura orchestrates some opportunities for Hinata and Naruto to spend time together, but none work. Shortly afterwards, Hinata's sister, Hanabi Hyūga, is kidnapped by Toneri Ōtsutsuki and they are assigned to a team sent to rescue her. They follow Toneri's trail to a cave and, when they enter it, they are trapped in a genjutsu. In the movie's novelisation, Sakura quickly identifies her dreams of Sasuke as just that, forces herself awake, and wakes up the rest of the team. At the end of the cave they find the Gatekeeper, the creator of the genjutsu, which Sakura, Shikamaru, and Sai join forces to destroy.

When they exit the cave, they find themselves in the middle of a vast landscape, what they later learn is the interior of the Moon. While resting after a day of exploring the nearby ruins, Hinata voluntarily joins with Toneri and Naruto is badly injured by Toneri while trying to stop her. Sakura spends three days of around-the-clock care to heal him, during which time Naruto talks in his sleep, which indicate to Sakura that he now shares Hinata's feelings. When he wakes up, Naruto visits Sakura as she recovers from her exhaustion, thanks her, and expresses his fears that Hinata fell in love with Toneri. Sakura reassures him that Hinata's feelings for him are too strong to change so suddenly and that she must have had some reason for going with Toneri. She further says she believes Naruto's crush on her was due to his desire to defeat Sasuke, whom she loves. When Sakura's ready, they storm Toneri's castle; Sai and Sakura go looking for Hanabi while Naruto and Shikamaru go looking for Hinata. While rescuing Hanabi, Sakura finds the tattered remains of the scarf Hinata made for Naruto, which she gives to him when they regroup. Toneri is defeated, Naruto and Hinata express their feelings for each other, and the team returns to Konoha.

Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze Edit

Main article: Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze When the Fourth Shinobi World War ended, Sakura assisted with healing those injured and displaced by the conflict. Although the adults recovered quickly and were put at peace by the end of hostilities, children struggled to recover from the stress of the War and the deaths of those they knew. In order to help them deal with this, Sakura and Ino Yamanaka opened a clinic within the Konoha Hospital that would assess and treat children's mental health. The program proves very successful, in part because Sakura works tirelessly to make it so, a dedication that worries her friends. Two years after the war ends, Sakura and Ino travel to Sunagakure to help the village lay the groundwork for its own mental health clinic; along the way, Ino tells her about the romantic relationships that their peers - Ino included - are getting involved in, causing Sakura to wonder about Sasuke and herself.

In Suna, Sakura and Ino are called before Gaara, who informs them of a man matching Sasuke's appearance and chakra signature that is evidently planning to destroy Konoha. They want to believe it was someone disguised as Sasuke, but can come up with no practical explanations for the man having Sasuke's chakra signature. Hoping to keep Sasuke's apparent plans a secret, Gaara asks Sakura to personally inform Kakashi of the plot against Konoha. Sakura and Ino do so as soon as they return to Konoha, and Kakashi shares their belief that it is an impostor. When, several days later, rumours of this impostor's actions start to spread, Kakashi sends a message Sasuke to ask if he knows anything about it, though Sasuke doesn't reply. Sakura becomes concerned about this and confides in Naruto, who hypothesises that Sasuke finds the rumours too ludicrous to give them any attention.

Naruto's words put Sakura at ease. She meets with Tsunade to discuss possible ways of mimicking another person's chakra signature, and comes up with a theory of somebody extracting Sasuke's chakra from his skin and hair samples that have been gathered in large amounts. Sakura runs into Sai afterwards and she tells him her theory, which, based on information he came across during his own unrelated investigation into Kido Tsumiki, he believes to be true. Because they are all evidently working on the same case, Kakashi makes them a team; Ino dubs themselves "Ino–Saku–Sai". While returning from interviews regarding Kido and his personal Anbu, Sakura comes across what is apparently Sasuke being arrested. She realises after she approaches that it's a genjutsu, but is injected with a drug that renders her unconscious before she can get away.

Sakura wakes up to find herself bound and imprisoned. She tries to break out, but the drug she was injected with hinders her strength and chakra. Kido comes to visit her soon afterwards, explaining that he wants to draw Sasuke out with news of her kidnapping. Once he's captured Sasuke, he'll kill Sakura to strengthen Sasuke's Sharingan, in turn making Kido's planned synthetic Sharingan more effective. Sakura keeps Kido engaged in the conversation while she gathers enough chakra to break free; having finally seen the Sasuke impostor, she tells Kido its many minor flaws that make it inferior to the original. When she's ready, Sakura breaks out of the basement, through the floors above, and finally the roof with a single Cherry Blossom Impact. Outside, she meets Sai and Ino and teams up with them against Kido and his men. Sakura is drawn into a fight with the Sasuke impostor, who chokes her using his one of Kido's synthetic tailed beast cloaks. Sakura breaks free and, as she beats him unconscious, warns him to never impersonate Sasuke again.

Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding Edit

Main article: Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding While looking for a present to give to Naruto and Hinata for their wedding, Sakura finds a picture frame that she thinks would be perfect. Ino finds the exact same picture frame at the exact same moment, and their fight over who will buy it causes both of them to be expelled from the store, neither of them able to purchase the picture frame. Ino blames Sakura for what's happened, insisting Sakura's unnatural strength and large forehead make her uncouth and, more particularly, unlikely to ever be married. Sakura is deeply insulted by the accusation and challenges Ino to a cooking competition to prove that she would make a good wife.

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Sakura congratulating Naruto and Hinata

Sakura and Ino make their own soldier pills; Sakura puts pudding, Ino's favourite dessert, into hers so that Ino will have no choice but to approve of her recipe. When she meets Ino the next day, however, she finds that Ino wants to use Chōji Akimichi as an impartial judge. Chōji samples each of their soldier pills and finds them so delicious that he starts putting them into his mouth by the handful. He soon collapses to the ground with blood running from his nose. Both suspect that the other poisoned their soldier pills, so sample them in order to identify the poison and thus save Chōji. Neither can taste poison, but they do taste their favourite desserts: Ino loves the pudding in Sakura's and Sakura loves the anmitsu in Ino's. Chōji gets up soon afterwards, having finally recovered from his blood sugar overload, and he praises both of their soldier pills. Sakura and Ino reflect on their like-mindedness and how their competitions always push each other to be better. They, therefore, decide to go shopping together, helping each other find a gift even better than a picture frame. Sakura later attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding by herself, but thinks about Sasuke travelling somewhere.

Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise Edit

Main article: Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise Sakura is mentioned in a letter written by Naruto and given to Sasuke while he is on his journey. In it, Sakura compares his current duties of protecting the village from the shadows to that of his childhood dream of joining the Konoha Military Police Force.

Epilogue Edit

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Sakura pokes Sarada's forehead.

A couple of years after the war, Sakura accompanies Sasuke on his travelling and they get married. When she becomes pregnant, she still refuses to leave his side. When Sakura went into labour, Sasuke brought her to one of Orochimaru's hideouts and had Karin help with the delivery. Sakura gives birth to their daughter, Sarada and returns to Konoha with her family. When Naruto became Hokage, Sakura watched his inauguration with her daughter. At some point, Sakura attended a Five Kage Summit with Sasuke, who informed the Kage about uncovering evidence of Kaguya forming a new White Zetsu Army. Agreeing to keep this information secret, Sasuke leaves Konoha to continue his research and Sakura raises Sarada on her own. Over the years, Sarada would ask about her father and Sakura assured Sarada that Sasuke loves her and that, when he completes his important mission, he'll come home; when these conversations go on for too long, Sakura pokes Sarada's forehead and promises to continue them some other time, which is Sasuke's usual sign of affection. For a time, this is enough for Sarada, who likens her own complicated relationship with Sasuke to Boruto Uzumaki's relationship with his own father, Naruto.

Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Edit

Main article: Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring As her graduation from the Academy approaches, Sarada starts asking Sakura about Sasuke with greater earnest. Sakura struggles to answer questions about Sasuke's childhood, leading Sarada to question if Sasuke and Sakura are even married. This upsets Sakura and she punches the ground, which then inadvertently destroys their house. Sakura faints at the realisation of what she's done.

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Sakura attacks Shin.

She later wakes up to find herself in the care of Shizune, who informs her that Sarada has left the village to look for Sasuke. After chuckling at her daughter's recklessness, Sakura goes after her. Sakura arrives in time to save Sasuke and Sarada from Shin Uchiha, rupturing his organs. Sakura starts apologising to Sarada for not being more open with her, but Sasuke insists that he's to blame. They are cut off by the appearance of one of Shin's creatures, which teleports him, one of his injured "sons", and Sakura to his hideout. Shin asks her to transplant organs from the son into him, which she refuses both because he's an enemy and because his son is only a child. Shin performs the operation himself, explaining to Sakura while he does so that his sons are really his clones, and thus deserve no special consideration. Sakura is disgusted by Shin's philosophy on genetics and offspring, declaring he has no idea what it's like to be a real parent.

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Sakura's family portrait.

When Shin completes his surgery, Sakura, having revealed she was pretending to be a helpless hostage to get information on Shin for Sasuke, begins attacking him, though she is overwhelmed and stabbed by scalpels. Sasuke and the others arrive to help shortly after the fight starts and Sasuke removes some of the scalpels that Shin stabbed Sakura with. Happy to see her husband, Sakura thanks Sasuke. Shin's clones, meanwhile, kill Shin because of how he's mistreated them. The clones then attack them and Sakura stands in front of Sarada to protect her, but Sarada jumps into the fight and uses her Sharingan and chakra enhanced strength to defeat most of the clones, shocking Sakura. With the fighting done, Sakura hugs Sarada and expresses relief that Sarada is alright while Sarada apologises for doubting her. Sasuke accompanies them back to Konoha and spends some time with Sarada and Sakura, even posing for a family photo that their home has been missing. Sakura and Sarada see him off as he leaves Konoha again; when Sarada becomes sad, Sasuke hugs her and pokes her forehead, promising to return as Sakura looks on with a smile. Sakura gives him a prepared lunch and hopes for a kiss in return, but he departs without further comment, depressing Sakura as she waves goodbye.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Boruto: Naruto the Movie

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Sakura saves people from Momoshiki's attack.

One day, when Sarada leaves to train for the upcoming Chūnin Exams, Sakura sees her off. Before she goes, Sarada notes that Sakura must be happy since Sasuke has come back to Konoha, to which Sakura replies that Sarada must be the happiest. Later, during the exams' final matches, Sakura watches with Temari and Ino, cheering loudly when Sarada wins her first match. The finals are interrupted by an attack from Kinshiki and Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki, who proceed to destroy the stadium; Sakura punches the falling debris to protect herself and the other spectators. After Kinshiki and Momoshiki kidnap Naruto, Sakura heals Hinata, who was badly injured in her failed attempt to save him. When Boruto prepares to join Sasuke in rescuing Naruto, Sakura carries Hinata to him so that she can reason with him. However, seeing Boruto reminds Hinata, like Sakura, of a younger Naruto, so she allows him to go.

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Sakura and Sasuke watch over the next generation.

Naruto is successfully rescued and life returns to normal when he gets back to Konoha. As Sarada and her team leave for a mission, Sakura watches them with Sasuke.

In Other Media Edit

Movies Edit

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Edit

Main article: Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Team 7 is sent on a mission to protect the actress, Yukie Fujikaze, as she travels to the Land of Snow. During the course of the mission, Sakura encounters Mizore Fuyukuma several times. She eventually uses the Sakura Blizzard Technique to distract him while Sasuke hurls Fubuki Kakuyoku into Mizore, causing their Chakra Armours to explode. When the Land of Snow is converted to the "Land of Snow", Sakura and Sasuke watch it together.

Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel Edit

Main article: Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel Naruto, Sakura, and Shikamaru Nara are sent to deliver Nerugui to its rightful owners. When they arrive at the village where Nerugui's owners live, they are attacked by Temujin's warriors, who wield the power of the Stone of Gelel. Sakura is eventually forced to fight the wolf-like Fugai; she uses metal pillars to reflect Fugai's ear-splitting howl, thus causing the pillars to collapse on her and kill her.

Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom Edit

Main article: Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom Naruto, Sakura, and Rock Lee are assigned to protect the Land of the Moon's prince during his world trip. During the mission, she's makes several uses of the medical ninjutsu and increased physical strength she gained from training with Tsunade, the latter particularly in her fights with Karenbana. Sakura struggles against Karenbana during their first encounter because of Karenbana's ability to turn invisible. During their second meeting, Sakura notices how much perfume Karenbana wears, helping her to defend herself. Later in the fight she breaks a chandelier, scattering glass across the floor that allows her to find Karenbana and knock her out.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie Naruto, Sakura, and Lee are led on a mission by Neji Hyūga to escort Shion, the head priestess of the Land of Demons. When they arrive at the tomb of Mōryō, they are forced to fight the Gang of Four, who they eventually drive off. Sakura later tries to carry Shion to safety, but they are followed by Kusuna and Sakura is injected with Secret Anaesthesia. Once she recovers, she helps her team defeat Kusuna and his men.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds During the Land of the Sky's attack on Konoha, Sakura heals the injured who are brought to the hospital. Afterwards, Naruto, Sakura, and Hinata Hyūga are assigned to escort Amaru and Shinnō back to their village. During their journey, Amaru's body is possessed by the Zero-Tails; despite trying to fight it, Sakura is defeated. Naruto leaves Sakura behind as he goes after Amaru.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire Sakura is part of a team sent to investigate the most recent in a series of kidnappings of people with kekkei genkai. During the investigation, Naruto and Sai are injured by strange animals. Sakura heals them and, when they get back to Konoha, forces them to spend some time in the hospital. Hiruko later declares war on the ninja villages and Sakura is assigned to secure Konoha's borders. When she learns that Kakashi has defected and that Naruto has been imprisoned to stop him from going after Kakashi, she helps him escape and accompanies him. When they, with help from Shikamaru and Sai, find Kakashi - who is under Hiruko's control - they fight Hiruko's chimeric animals, save Kakashi, and ultimately Hiruko is defeated.

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower Edit

Main article: Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower Team 7 goes to the ruins of Rōran to capture Mukade. While fighting Mukade, Naruto and Yamato vanish, only to reappear immediately afterwards with no memory of what they've just been through. When they leave Rōran they are approached by a girl, whose mother met Naruto when he was sent to the past. Though he's unaware of this, Naruto claims he saw the girl in a good dream he had, causing Sakura to pull his ear and call him a pervert.

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison Edit

Main article: Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison When Naruto is accused of trying to assassinate the Fourth Raikage, Sakura is surprised and is the only member of Team 7 to try and argue for his innocence. Despite this, he is imprisoned in the Blood Prison. Sakura is later part of a force sent to the Blood Prison to rescue Naruto, and while there helps capture escaping prisoners. Naruto is badly injured during the ordeal and Sakura is unable to heal him, forcing Ryūzetsu to save him instead with her Dragon Life Reincarnation; Sakura then tries and fails to revive Ryūzetsu. When they get back to Konoha, Sakura asks Naruto if her earlier surprise was convincing, as the entire thing was staged.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Sakura and the rest of the Konoha 11 successfully defend Konoha from an Akatsuki attack. When they return to the village, Sakura's parents, Mebuki and Kizashi Haruno, embarrass her with their concern for her safety. She meets with Naruto later to complain about her parents' protectiveness. As they talk, they are attacked by Tobi, who uses the Limited Tsukuyomi to send them to a Genjutsu World where their dreams come true: Naruto has his parents and Sakura doesn't have hers. She enjoys it for a while - especially because her parents died saving the village and thus Sakura gets special treatment from the villagers - but she eventually starts to experience the loneliness of not having parents that Naruto has known for his entire life. Sakura is eventually kidnapped by Menma on Tobi's instructions and the Genjutsu World's Akatsuki is hired to rescue her. Sakura then saves Naruto from Menma who in turn saves her from Tobi, thus breaking the Limited Tsukuyomi. Back home again, Sakura rushes to her parents and hugs them, glad to be back.

Video Games Edit

Sakura Haruno is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Jump Ultimate Stars 23 November 2006
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan 14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 22 February 2007
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 Council 4 19 July 2007 2 June 2009
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 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact 20 October 2011 18 October 2011
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 4 4 February 2016 9 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 11 April 2003 7 March 2006
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 4 December 2003 26 September 2006
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Konoha Senki 12 September 2003
Naruto: Ninja Council 2 29 April 2004 10 October 2006
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Ninja Destiny 14 December 2006 20 March 2008
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 22 July 2004 23 October 2007
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja 30 October 2007
Naruto: Shinobi no Sato no Jintori Kassen 26 June 2003
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 23 October 2003 26 June 2006
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008
Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 16 November 2006 4 September 2007

In many video games set during Part I, Inner Sakura is featured prominently in Sakura's movesets due to Sakura's lack of a defining fighting style; games vary between using Inner Sakura as a genjutsu or as an actual physical embodiment. Sakura is also one of several Naruto characters to appear in the story mode of J-Stars Victory VS.

Creation and Conception Edit

Although Sakura is the most recurring female character in Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto did not originally intend for Sakura to be the heroine of the series. Kishimoto attributes this to his being unable to draw good heroine characters, and fashioned Sakura as a girl who cannot understand men, the best example of a heroine he could come up with. Sakura's creation is a result of Kishimoto's desire to make a somewhat irritating character who was well-intentioned.[55] Despite these elements, Kishimoto is fond of Sakura, as he feels that many of her personality traits are common among all people, thus giving her a sense of real humanity.[56] When asked in an interview if there is something about Sakura's background that was never revealed, Kishimoto explains that he has never thought of Sakura as she is a "normal girl."[57]

When designing Sakura, Kishimoto focused on her silhouette and created a costume as simple as possible. This is a divergence from the other main characters of the series, whose costumes are very detailed. The leggings are the most notable aspect of her design, as they are meant to show that she is very active.[55] At the start of the series her leggings extended below her knees and closely resembled trousers. As Part I progressed, the leggings became increasingly shorter and tighter.[58] Similar to his inexperience with drawing heroines, Kishimoto lacked the experience needed to make Sakura "cute" when he first began drawing her. Although he implies that her appearance has become cuter since then, Kishimoto and much of the Naruto manga staff agree that Sakura was "far from cute" at the start of the series.[55][59]

Sakura's most well-known physical characteristic is her broad forehead. Because of this, Kishimoto at times focuses too much effort on drawing it in scenes or promotional artwork where Sakura is featured prominently. This results in her forehead appearing too large.[59] When designing Sakura in her Part II appearance, Kishimoto decided to change her clothes to a more lively karate suit style. The upper part, though, still has a Chinaesque feeling to it, so as to make her more feminine.[60]

Kishimoto's staff have said that Sakura's pink hair was originally intended to give her a unique style and to resemble cherry blossoms, after which she is named.[citation needed]

Trivia Edit

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  • The name "Sakura" literally means "cherry blossom" (桜), a flower which is cherished in Japan due to its beauty and its almost-tragically short life span (cherry blossoms have historically been associated with the samurai). It also serves as the national flower for the nation of Japan. Her family name "Haruno" means "spring field" (春野). In Japanese, her full name can be interpreted as "spring field of cherry blossoms" (春野桜, haruno sakura) or "cherry blossoms in spring" (春の桜, haru no sakura). Sakura's name can also be a reference to a suit of cards used in the Hanafuda card game.
  • Sakura placed well in the Naruto Character Popularity Polls, reaching an all-time high of fifth most popular.
  • In the Live Spectacle Naruto, the role of Sakura was played by Yui Ito.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Sakura's hobbies are playing trivia games and memorising new material for her medical studies.
    • Sakura wishes for a rematch with Ino.
    • Sakura's favourite foods are syrup-coated anko dumplings, umeboshi, and anmitsu, while her least favourites are anything spicy.
    • Sakura has completed 34 official missions in total: 12 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 7 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
    • Sakura's favourite phrase according to the first databook is "A life with love throughout!" (一生愛の人生よ!, Isshōai no jinsei yo!), and her favourite word according to the second and third databooks is "courage" (勇気, yūki).
  • In the June 2006 issue of the English Shōnen Jump, Kishimoto stated that Sakura would be the best ninja instructor out of Team 7 and is the closest to being normal, despite having flaws in her personality.
  • During a 2010 interview, Kishimoto stated that many who work with him have told him Hinata would have made a better heroine than Sakura. Kishimoto said that despite not initially being portrayed like one, he would be showing a more heroine side of her from then on.[citation needed]
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Sakura show her sandals add one centimetre onto her height.

Quotes Edit

  • (To herself about Naruto) "Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing… Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto… that impossible dream of yours… I don't want to see it crushed!"[61]
  • (To herself) "I've always considered myself to be a true ninja… but those were just empty words, because Sasuke and Naruto were always in the lead! But now it's my turn to take the lead, and all of you can watch me from the background!"[62]
  • (To Sasuke) "I… I love you with all my heart!… If you were to stay here with me, there would be no regrets… because every day we'd do something fun, we'd be happy I swear!… I would do anything for you! so… Please just stay with me!"[18]
  • (To Chiyo) "I may not have amazing weapons like a puppet in me, but what I do have is my master's contempt for losing!"[63]
  • (About Naruto and Sasuke) "Naruto's here because he's made up his mind… my resolve is nothing compared to his now! I'm supposed to be a ninja, but all I've ever done is lean on him and cry… I was supposed to change that… I came here and I thought I was ready. But I can't do anything… I can't say anything. The only thing that remains for me… is to believe in them!"[64]
  • (To the Allied Forces after being inspired by Naruto) "He's making us realise that he considers all of us his comrades!!! I'm going to make sure Naruto has a full recovery! Every one of us must do what's in their power! If we're going to die any way… …then it's better to die fighting than to do nothing!!"[65]
  • (To her daughter) "Sarada, you and I are very precious to your dad. That's exactly why he can't come home. I don't think you'll be able to understand it now...but the day will come when you do."[28]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, pages 100-105
  2. Second Databook, pages 130-135
  3. Shō no Sho, page 9
  4. Third Databook, pages 136-142
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fourth Databook, pages 143-145
  6. Retsu no Sho, pages 22-23
  7. 7.0 7.1 Zai no Sho, page 32
  8. Chapter 71, page 7
  9. 9.0 9.1 Chapter 245, page 19
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chapter 54, pages 11-15
  11. Chapter 73, pages 7-8
  12. Chapter 51, pages 12-17
  13. Chapter 250, page 18
  14. Chapter 245, page 18
  15. Chapter 682, pages 6-8
  16. Chapter 269, pages 12-15
  17. Chapter 267, pages 15-16
  18. 18.0 18.1 Chapter 181, pages 13-14
  19. Chapter 236, pages 15-19
  20. Chapter 470, page 7
  21. Chapter 481, pages 14-16
  22. Chapter 693, pages 5-8
  23. Chapter 699
  24. Chapter 539
  25. 25.0 25.1 Chapter 246, pages 10-12
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Chapter 632
  27. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named TheLast
  28. 28.0 28.1 Chapter 700+8
  29. Boruto: Naruto the Movie novelisation
  30. Chapter 18, pages 11-12
  31. 31.0 31.1 Chapter 36, page 12
  32. Chapter 116, page 17
  33. Chapter 270, pages 8-10
  34. Chapter 650, page 6
  35. Chapter 685, page 9
  36. Chapter 634, pages 7-8
  37. Chapter 274, page 6
  38. Chapter 238, page 6
  39. Chapter 676, pages 5-6
  40. Chapter 545, page 2
  41. Chapter 663, page 5
  42. Chapter 483, page 3
  43. Chapter 485, page 8
  44. Chapter 254, page 2
  45. Chapter 31, page 15
  46. 46.0 46.1 Chapter 540, pages 8-9
  47. Chapter 540, pages 10-11
  48. Chapter 42, pages 9-11
  49. Chapter 51, page 16
  50. Naruto: Shippūden episode 406
  51. Naruto: Shippūden episode 407
  52. Naruto: Shippūden episode 408
  53. Naruto: Shippūden episode 409
  54. Naruto: Shippūden episode 413
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Art Collection: Uzumaki, page 140
  56. Volume 3, page 146
  57. November 2009 English Shonen Jump, page 11
  58. Art Collection: Uzumaki, page 121
  59. 59.0 59.1 Art Collection: Uzumaki, page 122
  60. Sha no Sho, page 343
  61. Chapter 43, page 14
  62. Chapter 53, page 16
  63. Chapter 269, page 14
  64. Chapter 487, page 3
  65. Chapter 630, page 9
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