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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
 
[[File:Child Ino.png|thumb|left|Ino as a child.]]
 
[[File:Child Ino.png|thumb|left|Ino as a child.]]
From a young age, her father, [[Inoichi Yamanaka]], raised her to embody the meaning of the [[Wikipedia:Lespedeza|bush clover]], which symbolises a blunt, candid love.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 616, pages 12-13</ref> She was raised to treasure the bonds that she has with her friends, which led her to become good friends with [[Sakura Haruno]].
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Ino is the only child of [[Inoichi Yamanaka]] and was a popular and confident student during her time in the Academy. There, she met [[Sakura Haruno]], who was teased by other kids for her large forehead. Ino defended Sakura from the bullies and encouraged her to embrace her forehead rather than hide it, becoming good friends with her. Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped Sakura become more confident and develop into her own person. However, 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>Chapter 54, pages 14-15</ref>
 
In the [[Academy]], Ino was considerably more popular and self-confident than Sakura when they met. She convinced Sakura that hiding the size of her forehead was pointless, saying that it only made her look worse. Ino gave Sakura a red ribbon to draw attention elsewhere, suggesting that Sakura had great potential, but had yet to reach it. In the anime, around this time, Ino, along with Chōji and Shikamaru, went searching for a set of kunai Chōji lost. During their search, they met a mysterious boy named [[Yota]]. They soon learned to their amazement that Yota had the ability to manipulate weather, especially through his emotional state. Fearing how the village would respond to an outsider considering how turmoil it had with the other nations, Ino and the others decided to hide Yota's existence, giving him shelter in a treehouse and regularly bringing him food.<ref name="shippuden313">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 313</ref> She also defended Sakura against her would be bullies [[Ami]], [[Fuki]], and [[Kasumi]], pretending that the flowers she had launched into Ami's mouth, which she said reminded her of a vase, were poisoned. This lead to ongoing arguments about Sakura's "Billboard Brow" and Ino's nickname "Ino-pig" (due to her name, Ino, meaning 'boar'). Despite all these arguments, she helped Sakura gain her confidence. When Sakura became attracted to [[Sasuke]], and found out that Ino was attracted to him as well, Sakura ended their friendship, hurting Ino in the process, so she could compete with Ino for his affection.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 54, pages 14-15</ref>
 
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Ino is relatively cheerful yet pushy to the people around, especially her team-mates when she doesn't have her way. Ino also takes a great deal of pride in her appearance, which is evident even during her younger days in the [[Academy]]. She also takes great effort to keep up as well as improve her appearance, as seen from her constant dieting to lose weight in the belief it will make her more attractive.
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From a young age, Ino has been confident, bold, and rarely afraid to speak her mind, sometimes lashing out at others if their personal habits bother her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 173, pages 8-9</ref> She is generally more motivated than her team-mates [[Shikamaru Nara]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]] and tends to take charge of them; Shikamaru finds Ino's forceful behavior, as with most things, "troublesome" and often tries to avoid provoking her.<ref>Chapter 52, page 7</ref> She is also prideful in her appearance and often tries lose weight by dieting in the hopes that it will make her more attractive to boys; she even jokingly suggests that Chōji should do the same to attract girls.<ref>Chapter 174, pages 7-8</ref> Ino is quite knowledgeable about different types and meanings of flowers, sometimes making analogies to them when talking.<ref>Chapter 71, pages 6-8</ref>
 
Ino tends to take charge of her team-mates due to their lazy and nonchalant natures like when she suggests that [[Chōji]] should lose weight or [[Shikamaru]] needs to stop slacking off. She, however, clearly cares for them, as shown by her relief when Chōji survived near fatal injuries. Shikamaru, despite thinking of most girls as "troublesome", typically offers no resistance, being unwilling to deal with how she reacts if she is unable to have her way. Asuma recognised the control she has over the others, and, while dying, told her to look after Chōji and Shikamaru, to ensure that they didn't get into trouble as well as to keep the two on the right track, and also not to lose to [[Sakura]] in neither ninjutsu, nor love.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, page 6</ref>
 
 
[[File:Ino's dream.png|thumb|right|Ino dreams of handsome men like Sasuke and Sai yearning for her.]]
 
Ino often thinks about boys. She was attracted to Sasuke and cried when he was declared an international criminal, showing that she still cared for him despite his descent into darkness. It is hinted that she still loved him during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], when she pictured him as the "love" that the bush clover symbolises. When he returns, Ino runs towards him, only to be stopped by her team-mates [[Shikamaru]] and Chōji. In the anime, after Naruto defeated Pain, she said she could almost fall for him. She is also attracted to Sai, partly because he looks very similar to Sasuke. She flirts with him when first introduced. In fact, she is so attracted to them that she dreams in the Infinite Tsukuyomi that both Sai and Sasuke were fighting over her.
 
 
Despite these faults, she has great compassion and care for her friends, especially shown with Sakura. Even when Sakura ended things between them so they could compete for Sasuke's affections as bitter rivals, Ino later rekindled their friendship again during the [[Chūnin Exams]], but they are still considered rivals by many. She is also very confident, kind, outspoken, and not afraid to speak her mind.
 
   
By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino has demonstrated more bravery and confidence, so much so that she was unfazed when told by Shikamaru how powerful the Gold and Silver Brothers were. She even told her team-mates to man-up when their resolves began to waver. Keeping to the promise she made to Asuma, Ino has resolved to put her life on the line, to protect her team-mates and her village no matter what. By the time her [[Inoichi Yamanaka|father]] died, he believed that she had truly blossomed into the bush clover of the Yamanaka family, and is proud of her bonds with her friends.
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Despite her assertiveness, Ino is a compassionate and kind person at heart, having been raised to embody the meaning of the [[Wikipedia:Lespedeza|bush clover]]: a blunt, candid love who treasures the bonds with her friends.<ref>Chapter 616, pages 12-13</ref> It is these qualities that earned Sakura Haruno's friendship, defending Sakura from bullies who teased her and helping her become confident. Their warm friendship developed into a bitter rivalry over the following years, fueled by competition of Sasuke's affections, ninjutsu and even trading insults, with Ino as {{translation|"Ino-pig"|いのぶた|Ino-buta}} and Sakura as {{translation|"Forehead Girl"|デコリーン|Dekorīn|engtv=Bilboard Brow}}. After the [[Chūnin Exams]], Ino becomes impressed by Sakura's growth and they ultimately rekindle their friendship, while maintaining their rivalry on more amiable terms. She cares greatly for her team-mates as well, showing relief that they survived after the failed [[Sasuke Recovery Mission]],<ref>Chapter 236, page 8</ref>, promising her sensei [[Asuma]] to look after them after he dies,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, page 6</ref> and during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], encouraging them to stay strong in the face of danger.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 529, page 11</ref>
   
Years later, Ino's attraction for Sai deepens and the two get married, also having a son named [[Inojin]]. As a married mother, her personality remains largely the same as she easily scares her son for being late. At the same time, she has developed a great respect for her clan's traditions and legacy, very adamant about passing on the Yamanaka techniques to Inojin and continuing the custom of forming a new generation of Ino–Shika–Chō.
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[[File:Ino's dream.png|thumb|right|Ino dreams of handsome men yearning for her.]]
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Ino had the same infatuation on Sasuke that most other girls in their Academy class had, due to his good looks and cool personality. Even after Sasuke's defection from Konoha, Ino retained her feelings for him to an extent in Part II: she cried when he was declared an international criminal,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 4</ref> and pictured him as the "love" the bush clover symbolises during the Fourth Shinobi World War.<ref>''Naruto ''chapter 616, page 12</ref> Ino meets [[Sai]] in Part II, who not only replaces Sasuke on Team 7, but strongly resembles him in appearance as well. For this reason, Ino becomes immediately smitten with him, flirting with him when first introduced and blushing when Sai called her beautiful.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 312</ref> Although her [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] dream reveals she likes the idea of Sasuke and Sai fighting over her, Ino's affections ultimately shift toward Sai, showing a deeper desire to know more about him as she risks her life to save him in ''[[Shikamaru Hiden]]''. In turn, Sai reciprocates Ino's feelings and the two marry years later, having a son, [[Inojin]]. As a mother, Ino's personality is relatively the same, but she has greater respect for her clan and its traditions, insisting they be passed down to the next generation to form a new Ino–Shika–Chō.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
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Ino - The Last.png|Ino in ''The Last: Naruto the Movie''.
 
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Ino has peach and cream fair skin, light mint green eyes (maya blue in the anime), and long platinum-blonde hair worn in a ponytail, with long bangs framing the right side of her face. Her hair is seen in different lengths: in Part I, her ponytail extends to her waist, but it is later cut and grows to shoulder-length; in Part II, the bangs grow to cover half of her face, her ponytail becomes waist-length, and she sports a red clip on the left; in the ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', her hair is hung loosely and extends to her calves; as an adult, her hairstyle returns to its shape in Part II, but her ponytail reaches her upper-back and sports a black clip. As Ino gets older, she is noted by [[Sai]] to become quite beautiful.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 309, page 12</ref>
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Ino has fair skin, green eyes (blue in the anime), and long pale-blonde hair worn in a ponytail, with bangs framing the right side of her face. Her hair is seen in different lengths: in Part I, her ponytail extends to her waist, but it is later cut and grows to shoulder-length; in Part II, the bangs grow to cover half of her face, her ponytail becomes waist-length, and she sports a red clip on the left; in the ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', her hair is hung loosely and extends to her calves; as an adult, her hairstyle returns to its shape in Part II, but her ponytail reaches her upper-back and sports a black clip. In Part II, Sai notes that Ino is quite beautiful.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 309, page 12</ref>
   
[[File:Ino - The Last.png|thumb|95px|Ino in ''The Last: Naruto the Movie''.]]
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Ino regularly wears a purple outfit consisting of a high-collared blouse and matching apron skirt. In Part I, she sports this attire with bandages on her abdomen and legs, small hoop-earrings, her [[forehead protector]] worn as a belt, and for a time, white arm warmers. In Part II, Ino's outfit is slightly more revealing as she discards her forehead protector and bandages and wears mesh armour on her thighs, elbows and knees. She also replaces her hoop earrings with studs, a gift from [[Asuma Sarutobi]]. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Ino dons the standard Konoha infantry [[flak jacket]] and assorted clothing. In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', she wears a longer skirt that reaches her ankles, high-heeled sandals and pink lipstick.<ref name="TheLast">''The Last: Naruto the Movie''</ref> As an adult, Ino wears her purple outfit with one mesh warmer on her left arm and open-toed sandals. She also dons the standard Konoha uniform while on missions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700+10</ref>
In Part I, Ino wears a purple high-collared blouse with a matching apron skirt, and bandages on her abdomen and legs. She wears her [[forehead protector]] as a belt, has small hoop-earrings and donned purple and white elbow warmers, though she abandons them later on. In Part II, Ino wears a similar purple outfit to the one in Part I, though it is slightly more revealing as she has abandoned her bandages and forehead protector. She also wears mesh armour on her thighs, elbows and knees, and replaces her hoop earrings with studs, a gift from [[Asuma Sarutobi]]. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Ino dons the standard Konoha infantry [[flak jacket]] and assorted clothing. In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', Ino retains some parts of her outfit from Part II, but now wears a longer skirt that reaches her ankles, high-heeled sandals and pink lipstick.<ref name="TheLast">''The Last: Naruto the Movie''</ref> By adulthood, Ino wears her purple outfit with one mesh warmer on her left arm and open-toed sandals. She also dons the standard Konoha uniform while on missions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700+10</ref>
 
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Kanchi.png|thumb|left|Ino sensing chakra around her.]]
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[[File:Kanchi.png|thumb|Ino senses chakra around her.]]
Ino was noted to be an exceptional kunoichi by Asuma in Part I.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, page 3</ref> Her father stated that she has the potential to become the greatest member of the [[Yamanaka clan]].<ref name="NS407">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 407</ref> In Part II, Ino became a [[medical-nin]] and a [[chūnin]], further showing her growth. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], she gained praise from her father on her improved skills.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 530, page 1</ref> Ino has great [[sensor]]y skills, enough to [[Sensing Technique|detect]] changes in another person's chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 56, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 334, page 6</ref> She can lock onto an enemy's chakra's signature and [[Sensing Transmission|transfer]] the information to her allies for their benefit.<ref name="chapt633">''Naruto'' chapter 633, pages 8-12</ref>
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Ino was noted to be an exceptional kunoichi by Asuma in Part I.<ref>Chapter 71, page 3</ref> Her father stated that she has the potential to become the greatest member of the [[Yamanaka clan]].<ref name="NS407">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 407</ref> In Part II, Ino became a [[medical-nin]] and a [[chūnin]], further showing her growth. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], she gained praise from her father on her improved skills.<ref>Chapter 530, page 1</ref>
 
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
 
=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
Although not at Sakura's level, Ino is skilled in controlling her chakra, able to flow it through a [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|medium]] in order to bind targets. By Part II of the anime, her chakra control improved enough to help perform the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]],<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 103</ref> as well as [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] her chakra to others.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 304</ref> Though Ino rarely uses taijutsu,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 72, page 5-6</ref> she has proven to be fairly skilled as shown in her match against Sakura during the Chūnin Exams<ref>''Naruto'' episode 41</ref> and when she held her own against a reincarnated Asuma,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 533, page 6-7</ref> who is a highly skilled taijutsu user himself. Ino also showed impressive strength and speed, being able to tackle Chōji (with an [[Partial Multi-Size Technique|enlarged arm]]) away from Asuma's extremely fast [[Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique]]
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Although not at Sakura's level, Ino is skilled in controlling her chakra, enough to flow it through a [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|medium]] in order to bind targets. By Part II of the anime, her chakra control improved enough to help perform the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]],<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 103</ref> as well as [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] her chakra to others.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 304</ref> Though Ino rarely uses taijutsu,<ref>Chapter 72, page 5-6</ref> she has proven skilled enough to hold her own against against Sakura during the Chūnin Exams<ref>''Naruto'' episode 41</ref> and against a reincarnated Asuma in the Fourth Shinobi World War<ref>Chapter 533, page 6-7</ref> a proficient taijutsu user himself. Ino also shown impressive strength and speed, being able to tackle Chōji, with an [[Partial Multi-Size Technique|enlarged arm]], away from Asuma's extremely fast [[Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique]].
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
[[File:Ino and sakura mystical palm.png|thumb|Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.]]
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[[File:Ino and sakura mystical palm.png|left|thumb|Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.]]
Ino learned medical ninjutsu over the time-skip and was noted to have mastered it by Part II;<ref name="d3"/> the anime shows she trained alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 220</ref> She has proven skilled enough to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 86</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 328, pages 3-4</ref> Ino's [[nature transformation]]s include [[Earth]], [[Water]], [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" />
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Ino has great [[sensor]]y skills, enough to [[Sensing Technique|detect]] changes in another person's chakra.<ref>Chapter 56, page 12</ref><ref>Chapter 334, page 6</ref> She can lock onto an enemy's chakra's signature and [[Sensing Transmission|transfer]] the information to her allies for their benefit.<ref name="chapt633">Chapter 633, pages 8-12</ref> She has also learned medical ninjutsu over the time-skip and was noted to have mastered it by Part II;<ref name="d3"/> the anime shows she trained alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 220</ref> She is skilled enough to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 86</ref><ref>Chapter 328, pages 3-4</ref> Ino's [[nature transformation]]s include [[Earth]], [[Water]], [[Yin]] and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" />
 
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==== Yamanaka Clan Techniques ====
 
==== Yamanaka Clan Techniques ====
[[File:Mind Body Switch Technique.png|left|thumb|Ino using the Mind Body Switch Technique.]]
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[[File:Mind Body Switch Technique.png|thumb|Ino using the Mind Body Switch Technique.]]
As a Yamanaka, Ino specialises in mind-affecting techniques such as the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]], which allows her to briefly possess a target and control their actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Ino can also be forced out of the body if the opponent's will is strong enough. Ino has been shown using this technique on animals for reconnaissance and espionage, as it was originally intended.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 332, page 8</ref> In the anime, she is able to use the [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]] to force her enemies to attack each other.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 145</ref>
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As a Yamanaka, Ino specialises in mind-affecting techniques such as the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]], which allows her to briefly possess a target and take control of their actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Ino can also be forced out of the body if the opponent's will is strong enough. Ino has been shown using this technique on animals for reconnaissance and espionage, as it was originally intended.<ref>Chapter 332, page 8</ref> In the anime, she is able to use the [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]] to force her enemies to attack each other.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 145</ref>
   
[[File:Mind Clone Technique.png|thumb|Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.]]
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[[File:Mind Clone Technique.png|thumb|left|Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.]]
During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino's skill with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved greatly:<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 530, page 1</ref> she can target enemies who are briefly immobilised,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 529, page 17</ref> or possess targets quickly enough to save her allies from incoming danger.<ref name="C533P78">''Naruto'' chapter 533, pages 7-8</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 611, page 10-11</ref> Ino has also learned the [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]], which allows her to control multiple targets at once.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 534, pages 4-5</ref> With the [[Mind Body Transmission Technique]], Ino can communicate telepathically with multiple people at once, convey memories and feelings to others or [[Sensing Transmission|transmit]] what she senses into a target's mind.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 647, page 16-21</ref> By making physical contact with a person, the targets can also communicate with one another while the technique is active.<ref name="chapt630">''Naruto'' chapter 630, page 11-12</ref> In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', her range has expanded enough to receive and broadcast messages around the Earth in a short period of time.
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During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino's skill with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved greatly:<ref>Chapter 530, page 1</ref> she can target enemies who are briefly immobilised,<ref>Chapter 529, page 17</ref> or possess targets quickly enough to save her allies from incoming danger.<ref name="C533P78">Chapter 533, pages 7-8</ref><ref>Chapter 611, page 10-11</ref> Ino has also learned the [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]], which allows her to control multiple targets at once.<ref>Chapter 534, pages 4-5</ref> With the [[Mind Body Transmission Technique]], Ino can communicate telepathically with multiple people at once, convey memories and feelings to others or [[Sensing Transmission|transmit]] what she senses into a target's mind.<ref>Chapter 647, page 16-21</ref> By making physical contact with a person, the targets can also communicate with one another while the technique is active.<ref name="chapt630">Chapter 630, page 11-12</ref> In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', her range has expanded enough to receive and broadcast messages around the Earth in a short period of time.
   
 
=== Intelligence ===
 
=== Intelligence ===
[[File:Ino Hair Trap.png|thumb|left|Sakura falls prey to Ino's trap.]]
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[[File:Ino Hair Trap.png|thumb|Sakura falls prey to Ino's trap.]]
Ino is quite intelligent, graduating at the top of her class in the [[Academy]] alongside [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Shino Aburame]]. She is knowledgeable about flowers, ranging from practical uses to individual symbolic meanings.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, pages 6-8</ref> During her fight with Sakura in the Chūnin Exams, she turned the battle in her favour by simply cutting her hair to [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|bind]] her enemy. The anime shows that Ino is very attentive, able to determine a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 198</ref> During [[Pain's Assault]], she concluded that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 428, page 14</ref>
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Ino is quite intelligent, graduating at the top of her class in the [[Academy]] alongside [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Shino Aburame]]. During her fight with Sakura in the Chūnin Exams, she turned the battle in her favour by simply cutting her hair to [[Chakra Hair Trap Technique|bind]] her enemy. The anime shows that Ino is very attentive, able to determine a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 198</ref> During [[Pain's Assault]], she concluded that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work.<ref>Chapter 428, page 14</ref>
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
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=== Prologue — Land of Waves ===
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Upon graduating
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In the anime, Ino races [[Sakura Haruno]] toward the Academy, where they will be added to new teams along with other graduates of her class. Despite hoping to be on the same team as [[Sasuke Uchiha]], she is devastated that not only Sakura becomes Sasuke's team-mate along with [[Naruto Uzumaki]], but she herself is added to [[Asuma Sarutobi]]'s [[Team 10]] with [[Shikamaru Nara]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]]. Ino immediately lays ground rules for her new team-mates to follow.
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
 
=== Chūnin Exams ===
Though making a few brief appearances earlier in the anime, like getting mad at Naruto alongside Shikamaru for having all of them perform a technique, and racing Sakura and their rivalry towards Sasuke, Ino made her début during the [[Chūnin Exams]]. When the [[Rookie 9]] gathered up in a room for their first exam, she threw herself on Sasuke, saying that she had missed him, much to Sakura's dismay. During the first phase of the exam, she used her [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] to enter Sakura's mind and memorise all her test answers, then sent her mind into [[Chōji]] and [[Shikamaru]]'s minds to give them the answers.
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Despite how recently they graduated from the Academy, Asuma enters Team 10 in the [[Chūnin Exams]] being held in [[Konoha]]. Shortly before the exams begin, Ino greets Sasuke by cheerfully hugging him, much to his, and of course, Sakura's chagrin. For the first stage of the exams, they are given a written test with ten questions too difficult for the standard genin to be able to answer, and for which reason participants are expected to cheat without getting caught. Ino uses her [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] to copy answers from Sakura's exam sheet and transfer the information to Shikamaru and Chōji.
   
[[File:Ino_infiltrates_Kin's_body.png|thumb|Ino infiltrates Kin's body.]]
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[[File:Ino_infiltrates_Kin's_body.png|thumb|left|Ino infiltrates Kin's body.]]
In the [[Forest of Death]], her team was considered the weakest one. They hid behind bushes so as to not get involved in any conflicts. When she and her team found Sakura left to defend herself from [[Team Dosu]] alone, she began to to recall the memories of her childhood with Sakura when she helped Sakura from being bullied, forming a friendship and becoming rivals for Sasuke's affection. Shikamaru asked her if they should help Sakura, to which finally she decided to. She and her team stepped in for Sakura and an unconscious [[Rock Lee]] to fight off the Otogakure-genin. She used her Mind Body Switch Technique on [[Kin Tsuchi]], thinking to use her body as bait to get her team-mates to give up. However, it utterly failed as they were willing to kill their own team-mate forcing Ino to release herself from Kin's body. When Sasuke awoke, he forced the Oto-genin to retreat. After fixing Sakura's hair, she is seen carrying a wounded Lee, until [[Tenten]] jumped down and took him out of Ino's care. Later, her team was one of the few genin teams to make it to the tower, participating in the preliminary exams.
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For the second stage of the exams, Team 10 enters the [[Forest of Death]] to take part in a five-day survival exercise. Team 10 initially spends their time avoiding conflict, hiding whenever they come across another team. When they are soon noticed by [[Neji Hyūga]], Ino tries using her charm to convince Neji into giving her team the scroll, though she fails miserably and her team immediately retreats from Neji's intimidation. When they discover Sakura defending her teammates from a [[Team Dosu|team]] of [[Oto]]-nin by herself, Ino recalls her childhood memories of their friendship and finally decides to help her. Team 10 initiates [[Formation Ino–Shika–Chō]]: Chōji attacks [[Zaku Abumi]] with [[Human Bullet Tank]], Shikamaru immobilises [[Dosu Kinuta]] with his [[Shadow Imitation Technique]], and Ino uses her Mind Body Switch on [[Kin Tsuchi]]. Ino tries to use Kin as a hostage, but Zaku opts to attack Kin himself rather than let her be used against him. Too tired to offer much more of a fight, Team 10 wonders what to do. When Sasuke regains consciousness and activates his new [[Cursed Seal of Heaven|cursed seal]], Ino becomes frightened by the dark change in Sasuke's chakra and released herself from Kin's body. After the Oto-nin retreat, the Konoha genin take their leave, but not before Ino fixes Sakura's hair.
   
[[File:Sakura vs ino.PNG|thumb|left|Ino fighting Sakura during her preliminary match.]]
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[[File:Double Knockout.png|thumb|Ino and Sakura knock each other out.]]
Ino's first match in the preliminary exams was against Sakura. The two did not battle seriously at first since Ino still cared about Sakura, until Sakura, unwilling to have Ino pity her, denounced her even though she didn't want to hurt Sakura. Ino and Sakura battled seriously afterwards, and used up most of their energy in the process. Ino then attempted to enter Sakura's mind after cutting her hair and sending chakra into it to immobilise her. She succeeded and was about to make Sakura raise her hand to forfeit, but was expelled by [[Inner Sakura]]. Low on chakra, Ino and Sakura charged at each other for one last attack, and knocked each other out, resulting in a tie with both of them being eliminated. During Tenten's and Temari's match, they regained consciousness, and rekindled their friendship, but still maintained their rivalry over Sasuke.
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After passing the second stage, the remaining genin take part in one-on-one preliminary matches. For her match, Ino is paired against Sakura. 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 they later wake up, Ino informs her that their match was ruled a tie, and that therefore neither of them will continue to the finals. Despite this, they decide to rekindle their friendship, though can't help but continue to bicker over Sasuke.
   
Ino accompanied Sakura to visit Sasuke in the month between the preliminaries and the finals as they both picked out flowers for him, but found that he was gone. They went to visit Lee as well, only to find him outside, doing push ups when he was supposed to be in bed. She went to the finals with Sakura, and noted that Sakura's team was extraordinary, after seeing [[Naruto]] defeat [[Neji]]. When there was no sign of Sasuke, Sakura started getting depressed. Ino tried her best to keep Sakura in high spirits, and to cheer on for Naruto. She also cheered on Shikamaru when he fought Temari, but was visibly shocked when he chose to give up and quit the match and let Temari win. When the invasion started, she was rendered unconscious by [[Kabuto]]'s genjutsu.
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A few days later, Ino accompanies Sakura to visit Sasuke at the hospital with flowers, but discover he is gone. Instead, they see Lee training despite his injuries, causing him to fall unconscious as a consequence. On the day of the finals, Ino sat with Sakura in the audience and tried to cheer her up when Sasuke hadn't arrived yet. She becomes impressed impressed by Naruto's victory over Neji and cheers for Shikamaru in his match with [[Temari]], though is left shocked when he voluntarily gives up. Sasuke finally arrives for his match with [[Gaara]], and Ino watches the fight with interest, noting to Sakura that her team-mates are amazing.
   
 
=== Konoha Crush ===
 
=== Konoha Crush ===
Ino can be seen at the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral alongside the other villagers, mourning his death.
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Ino and the rest of the audience are [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|put to sleep by genjutsu]] as the [[Konoha Crush]] begins. Several days after the invasion is successfully repelled, she attends the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral.
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
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Team 10 goes to [[Yakiniku Q]] to celebrate Shikamaru's promotion to [[chūnin]], though Ino becomes angered by Chōji's gluttony and nearly insults him before Shikamaru silences her. She reveal she has been dieting to lose weight and make her more attractive, and jokingly suggests for Chōji to do the same before walking off. After the failed attempt to stop [[Sasuke Uchiha]] from defecting from Konoha, Ino and Sakura visited the injured at the hospital, showing great relief at Chōji's survival due to the [[Fifth Hokage]]'s efforts.
   
 
=== Mizuki Tracking Mission ===
 
=== Mizuki Tracking Mission ===
In the anime, when [[Mizuki]] escaped from jail, Ino along with her team-mates saved Naruto from the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] and took over the battle so Naruto could aid [[Iruka]]. Ino tried to possess one of them and was knocked out. She then used her [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique|new technique]], gaining the advantage. Then Ino and her team-mates used their [[Formation Ino–Shika–Chō|new formation]]. Soon they realised they couldn't defeat the brothers, but they were able to resist until [[Tsunade]] showed up and defeated the escapees easily.
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In the anime, Team 10 helps Naruto round up escaped prisoners from the [[Konoha Strict Correctional Facility]]. They use their Formation Ino–Shika–Chō to restrain the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] until Tsunade can arrive to defeat them.
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=== Academy Student Lead Mission ===
 
=== Academy Student Lead Mission ===
In the anime, Ino was assigned to lead a team of three [[Academy student]]s on a survival exercise. Her time with them was not covered much except that she was doing better than Naruto.
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In the anime, Ino is put in charge of a team of [[Academy student]]s to teach them survival skills.
   
 
=== Kaima Capture Mission ===
 
=== Kaima Capture Mission ===
In the anime, she accompanied Naruto, [[Shino]] and [[Anko]] to the [[Land of the Sea]], and helped defeat [[Misumi Tsurugi]], by possessing him and tying his arms to pillars, leaving him trapped in a collapsing room. Ino then used [[Mind Body Disturbance Technique]] on [[Yoroi]] as he attempted to attack Shino, allowing Shino to punch Yoroi away. When Yoroi attempted to attack Ino, Shino sent his bugs after him, thus defeating him.
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In the anime, Ino joins Naruto, [[Shino Aburame]] and [[Anko Mitarashi]] in escorting a delivery ship in the [[Land of the Sea]], as well as investigating a [[Isaribi|possible sea monster]]. The [[Kaima Capture Team]] also encounters [[Misumi Tsurugi]] and [[Yoroi]] from the Chūnin Exams and defeat them.
   
 
=== Matchmaking Proxy Mission ===
 
=== Matchmaking Proxy Mission ===
[[File:Inner Ino.png|thumb|Inner Ino.]]
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[[File:Inner Ino.png|left|thumb|Inner Ino.]]
In the anime, she appeared in a mission with [[Naruto]], in which she tried to replace [[Fuku|Princess Fuku]] who had grown overweight in an attempt to woo her suitor [[Chikara]], the [[daimyō]] of the [[Land of Noodles]]. Ino was barely able to stand the man, but the mission succeeded after Naruto accidentally exposed the real princess. Ino briefly revealed an {{translation|'''Inner Ino'''|内なるいの|Uchi Naru Ino}} due to her anger, similar to [[Sakura]]'s "''Inner Sakura''", during this episode.
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In the anime, Ino, escorted by Naruto, is hired to replace the recently overweight Princess [[Fuku]] in wooing her suitor [[Chikara]]. The mission's predicaments and Naruto's interference angers Ino to a point where she reveals an {{translation|'''Inner Ino'''|内なるいの|Uchi Naru Ino}}, similar to Sakura's "''Inner Sakura''". The mission ends with success, but Ino is baffled as to why some men like chubby women.
   
 
=== Konoha Plans Recapture Mission ===
 
=== Konoha Plans Recapture Mission ===
In the anime, Ino and Sakura were sent to examine a corpse that was believed to be that of [[Gennō]]. Ino hesitated, but eventually entered the room, and concluded, from the condition of the hands, that the corpse was not a ninja or a carpenter, and that Gennō was still alive. After the group found Gennō, she attempted to possess him when he tried to make his escape on a summoned bird; while he let go of the bird, Ino was unable to maintain the technique, as she noted that he had been suffering terrible pain the entire time.
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In the anime, Ino and Sakura are sent to examine a corpse that was believed to be that of [[Gennō]]. They conclude that it is not actually him. Ino later tries to use her Mind Body Switch Technique on the real Gennō, but the tremendous pain his body is under forces her to cancel the technique.
   
 
=== Sunagakure Support Mission ===
 
=== Sunagakure Support Mission ===
In the anime, when the [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]] kidnapped [[Gaara]]'s [[Matsuri|student]] and [[Sunagakure]] asked Konoha for aid, Ino accompanied Shikamaru to help [[Temari]] in her battle. Ino's attempt at immobilising their opponent, [[Kujaku]], failed, leaving her at risk. Kujaku later was defeated by Shikamaru and Temari's combined efforts. Feeling guilty that she did not contribute much to the mission, she asked Sakura to ask Tsunade to add her as a second apprentice. Sakura agreed, but added that Ino would have to acknowledge Sakura as a [[Wikipedia:Senpai and kōhai|senior apprentice]], resulting in Ino refusing (which led to yet another fight).
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In the anime, Ino and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] are sent to help the [[Three Sand Siblings]] defeat the [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]]; she and Shikamaru aid Temari in her fight with [[Kujaku]]. While Kujaku is eventually defeated, Ino feels she contributed little in the fight and, back in Konoha, 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.
   
 
== Interlude ==
 
== Interlude ==
After Naruto left the village to train, Inoichi began training his daughter more extensively in the Yamanaka clan techniques to better continue its traditions. Growing discouraged at the prospect of this training taking years, Ino decided to skip her training, using Chōji's discharge from the hospital as an excuse. To her surprise, Ino learned that all her friends were spending much of their free-time training. Finally, Ino decided to ask Tsunde to train her. Tsunade agreed to take Ino on as a student under the condition that she first pass a resuscitating test within three months. Despite numerous failings, she was making steady progress, due in part to Ino's continued rivalry with Sakura, until finally succeeding. Now officially a student of Tsunade's like Sakura, Ino asked Sakura what made her take this path. Sakura simply said she wanted to be an equal team-mate on missions to her allies. Amazed at everyone else's determination to improve, Ino decided to stop worrying about the time it took to grow and began training more arduously.<ref name="NS406">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 406</ref>
 
 
 
=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
 
=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
In the anime, about two years later during Naruto's absence after he left the village with [[Jiraiya]] for training, Konoha decided to host an early Chūnin Exams alongside Sunagakure. As Team Asuma was one team-mate short since Shikamaru was already a chūnin and therefore ineligible, Ino asked Sakura to be their third member.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 395</ref> Once entering the exams, Ino and her team were randomly split into different rooms to take the written test. Shikamaru, as proctor, explained that everyone only needs to answer one question on the test, but their team's combined score must equal exactly 100 points to pass. Ino [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|telepathically contacted]] her team-mates to discuss which question each should answer.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 396</ref> After time is up, Shikamaru reveals a bonus question that must be answered unanimously. Each team was asks what member of their respective team would be chosen to be a decoy and the one picked will be disqualified. Ino contacts her team again as they see through the ploy. Ino's team ultimately passed the first exam. However, as there were too many participants left, a preliminary round was held so only the first 30 teams to arrive in Sunagakure would qualify for the second exam.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 397</ref>
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[[File:Team Asuma Chūnin Exams.png|thumb|Team 10 during the second Chūnin Exams.]]
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In the anime, about two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train, another Chūnin Exams 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, Ino, Sakura, 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.
   
[[File:Team Asuma Chūnin Exams.png|thumb|left|Team Asuma competing in the Chūnin Exams.]]
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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 confronted by [[Team Ameno]], and Ino is knocked out on her first attempt to attack them. Awakening and remembering her training, she uses her sensing abilities to locate their attackers and [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|telepathically links]] with Sakura and Chōji once more, allowing them to coordinate their attacks and defeat Team Ameno. 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>
Ultimately, Ino's team were among the first 30 teams to make to qualify. The following day, the second exam began. Each teams was given either a Heaven or Earth scroll. They were all required to within three days to obtain a matching set and bring them to the main building in the centre of [[Demon Desert]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 398</ref> On the third day of the exam, Team Asuma lost their provisions in a previous fight and went for an oasis to replenish themselves. After Ino and Sakura got into another heated argument, their bickering quickly ended by the attack of another giant scorpion. Sakura surprised everyone by defeating the creature with a [[Chakra Enhanced Strength|single punch]]. Afterwards, Ino healed Sakura's hand from the attack. As they used the scorpion's meat as new provisions and commented on each other's growth, they reasserted their desire to pass the exams.<ref name="NS406" />
 
   
Not feeling the provisions were enough, the team continued their way to the oasis. Before arriving, they were cut off by a [[Team Ameno|Suna-team]]. Ino attacked first, letting the enemies counter and knocked out. While the enemies then engage Sakura and Chōji, Ino, who feigned being unconscious, begins sensing the enemies' movement and telepathically informs her allies. Soon seeing through Ino's ploy, they erect a [[Blinding Wide Sand Formation: Noise|barrier]] to disrupt her sensory skill. Remembering what her allies and teachers taught her, Ino improvises by [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|linking minds]] with her allies, allowing them to counter-attack and defeat the Suna-nin. While the Suna-nin admit defeat and offer their scroll, Sakura notes that it is unneeded as they already have two matching scrolls.<ref name="NS407" />
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[[File:Tsunade Promoting Genin.png|thumb|left|Ino 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 using her Mind Body Switch Technique, 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>
   
Later, while Sakura collapsed from continuing her chakra training, the team was attacked by another [[Team Saya|Suna team]]. The leader of the team, [[Saya]] attacked with a small doll as her puppet. After snatching some of Ino's hair, she [[Puppet Imitation Technique|possessed]] Ino's mind and forced her to attack Sakura. As Saya's team-mates began to be overwhelmed by Chōji, Saya cancelled her technique on Ino and turned it on Chōji. Ino explained that Saya's technique is similar to the Yamanaka clan's [[Mind Body Switch Technique|own mind techniques]], much to her annoyance. Ino then used her technique to enter Chōji's mind and attempt to free him.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 408</ref> Ultimately, Ino succeeds and expels Saya from Chōji's mind, much to Saya's horror. After which, Chōji regained control of himself and attacked the enemies, forcing them to retreat.
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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 Ino, Sakura, and Chōji to chūnin.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 413</ref>
 
Later, with Ino and Chōji still exhausted from the last skirmish, Saya's team soon returned, keeping Ino and her team pinned down in a [[Sandstorm Technique|sandstorm]] while attacking them with [[Cursed Sand Puppet Technique|sand puppets]]. The Konoha-nin easily dealt with the sand puppets, until one of them was revealed to be [[Mamushi]] in [[Sand Cloak Technique|disguise]] and poisoned Ino and Chōji. Afterwards, building up enough chakra, Sakura propels herself out of the sandstorm and defeat the enemies with a single strike.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 409</ref> Later, Team Asuma was caught in a massive sandstorm.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 410</ref> Ultimately, the team was rescued by the Suna-nin proctors and brought to a building to wait out the storm before resuming the exams.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 411</ref>
 
 
[[File:Tsunade Promoting Genin.png|thumb|Ino and the other genin being promoted to chūnin.]]
 
After the storm passed and the second exam was concluded, it was learned that the Chūnin Exams were ended early due to controversy happening in the second exam. Instead, it was decided by Gaara that a report on each participant would be sent to their respective village leader for them to decide if they would be promoted. Upon returning to the village, Ino and her team-mates were all promoted to chūnin status.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 413</ref>
 
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
 
=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
 
=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
Ino made her first reappearance shortly after [[Team Kakashi]] and [[Team Guy]] returned from the successful saving of [[Gaara]], having come to retrieve [[Chōji]] for their mission with [[Asuma]]. Before that, [[Shikamaru]], Chōji, and [[Naruto]] were fighting against the new face [[Sai]]. Chōji told Ino that they were fighting against a weirdo, to which she thought weirdo was being referred to Naruto. She called out his name, happy to see Naruto since she hasn't seen him for a very long time. She appeared again after Naruto and his team returned from their failed attempt to retrieve Sasuke. Kakashi was in the hospital, and Team Asuma went for a visit. Upon meeting Sai, she quickly became interested in him, also noting that he resembled Sasuke to Sakura. Sakura agreed, but told her that his personality is different, and not in a good way.
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Ino comes to retrieve Chōji for their mission with Asuma and, along the way, happily greets Naruto after having not seen him in years. When Team 7 later returns from their failed mission to retrieve Sasuke, Team 10 visits them in the hospital where Kakashi is resting. Ino immediately expresses interest in [[Sai]], who looks very similar to Sasuke, but Sakura tells her that his personality is much different. While their teachers discuss private matters, both teams have lunch at [[Yakiniku Q]]; Ino sits next to Sai and flirts with him. Sai, in an attempt to make friends by giving them nick-names, calls Ino "beautiful", causing her to blush and Sakura to become enraged, as Sai previously called her "ugly".
 
When they all went out to dinner, Ino attempted to get Sai's attention with some subtle flirting. When Sai tried to befriend Ino and Chōji, having earlier come to the conclusion that women (specifically Sakura), didn't like to hear how they really looked, Sai tried the opposite approach by calling Ino "gorgeous", of which is the opposite of what he wanted to say. This resulted in Ino blushing, and enraging Sakura, who Sai had previously called "ugly".
 
   
 
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja ===
 
=== Twelve Guardian Ninja ===
 
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In the anime, when [[Furido's 4-Man Team]] invaded Konoha, [[Fudō]] resurrected some ninja. When she, Chōji, Kiba and Rock Lee joined [[Genma]], he told her to back-up for the medics. She carries on her duties, healing the injured ninja when Shikamaru soon came to ask her the situation. Afterwards, she and him joined the others to help defeat the zombies. Arriving on the battlefield, Ino recognises the tattoo the zombie-nin bare, explaining that these shinobi were from the [[Kohaku Clan]] a clan which was massacred near the Land of Fire's border and one of many villages that have been attacked as of late.
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In the anime, when [[Furido]]'s [[Furido's 4-Man Team|4-Man team]] invades the village, Ino joins other Konoha-nin in fighting off [[Fudō]]'s [[Earth Release Resurrection Technique: Corpse Soil|zombie ninja army]]. She recognises the enemies as members of the [[Kohaku Clan]] and serves as medical support for her allies. When the zombies are defeated, Ino and some of the Konoha 11 set out to assist Team 7 in dealing with [[Sora]]'s [[jinchūriki]] transformation. She tries using her Mind Body Switch Technique to possess Sora in his [[Nine-Tails]]' [[Version 1]] state, but fails as she notes that his consciousness has vanished.
 
Later, after defeat the zombies, she and the others joined Naruto, Sakura and [[Yamato]] who are fighting [[Sora]] in his jinchūriki form. After Chōji hands were burned from touching Sora, she used her Mind Body Switch Technique on him but failed to possess him because of the Nine Tail chakra and said that there's no sign of an human heart left inside of Sora. When Sora attack the group, Yamato used his wood technique to protect them. After he loses the Nine-Tails' chakra, Ino and the others comforted him, and bid him farewell.
 
   
 
=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
 
=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
[[File:Ino healing Asuma.png|thumb|left|Ino trying to heal Asuma.]]
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[[File:Ino healing Asuma.png|thumb|Ino tries to heal Asuma.]]
When Tsunade decided to make a move against [[Akatsuki]], Ino was assigned, along with Chōji, to a [[Nijū Shōtai]] team, led by [[Raidō Namiashi]] and [[Aoba Yamashiro]]. Ino and Chōji arrived as back-up for Shikamaru and Asuma in their fight with Akatsuki members [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]]. When the duo retreated, Ino tried to tend to Asuma's injuries, but the damage to his body was beyond repair. The team couldn't do anything but listen to their sensei's final words. Before dying, Asuma said that Ino is strong-willed and a reliable child, so she should take care of Chōji and Shikamaru since the pair are clumsy. Asuma also told Ino not to lose to Sakura in ninjutsu or romance. Ino then reminisces about her memories with Asuma especially her first days with him as a student, and when she noticed that the bouquet of flowers that Asuma bought were for Kurenai, much to his surprise. After the death of her sensei, Ino screamed with grief and cried on his chest. She was later seen at Asuma's funeral, mourning Team 10's loss alongside Chōji, asking him why Shikamaru hasn't showed up to the funeral.
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Ino and Chōji are assigned to one of the [[Twenty Platoons]], a taskforce assigned to hunt down [[Akatsuki]] members within the [[Land of Fire]]. Led by [[Raidō Namiashi]] and [[Aoba Yamashiro]], the team is called in for back-up when Asuma's team engages [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]] of Akatsuki. When they arrive, however, the Akatsuki members flee and Asuma's injuries are too severe for Ino to heal. Sensing his death, Asuma gives parting words to his students: he tells Ino to look after Shikamaru and Chōji and to not lose to Sakura in any pursuit. Ino tearfully mourns Asuma's death and later attends his funeral in Konoha with Choji, asking him why Shikamaru hasn't arrived.
   
Shikamaru, Ino, and Chōji all agreed to avenge Asuma. Under the guidance of [[Kakashi]], Team 10 later set out to face Kakuzu and Hidan. By using her Mind Body Switch Technique on a hawk, Ino was able to quickly find the Akatsuki duo so Shikamaru's plan could begin, but doing this nearly got her killed after Kakuzu attacked the hawk forcing her to return. During Team 10's fight with Hidan and Kakuzu, Ino was unable to provide much support for her teammates, due to her Mind Body Switch Technique being too much of a risk to use in battle, as stated by Shikamaru. In the anime, she saved Chōji from a fatal blow by Kakuzu before getting grabbed by the neck and was almost choked to death along with Chōji, but they were saved by Kakashi and Shikamaru.
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Once Shikamaru gets everything ready, he sets out with Ino and Chōji to hunt down Hidan and Kakuzu. Tsunade tries to persuade them not to go, but they are all confident in what they plan to do. She tries to hold them back on the grounds that they need a fourth member, at which point [[Kakashi Hatake]] appears and volunteers to be their fourth, causing Tsuande to relent. After the team review their battle strategy, Ino uses her Mind Body Switch Technique on a hawk to locate Hidan and Kakuzu. The team engages the Akatsuki duo in battle, though Ino cannot contribute much to the fight and can only watch it progress. Since Hidan and Kakuzu are formidable working together, Team 10 realises the duo need to be separated if they're to be defeated. Ino volunteers to lead Hidan away, but Shikamaru goes in her place as he states her Mind Body Switch Technique alone is too risky to use in battle.
   
After Naruto arrived along with Sakura, Sai, and Yamato, Ino expressed joy and relief that her friends had come. While Sakura and Sai set out to help Shikamaru, Naruto, with the help of Yamato, defeated Kakuzu with the [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]]. She then healed Naruto and commended him for his constantly growing skill. In the anime, after the teams returned back to the village, Ino visited [[Hinata]]'s and [[Neji]]'s Home and explained to them what happened, specifically about Naruto's new technique.
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Even with each side one member short, Kakuzu still manages to easily overwhelm and capture Kakashi and Team 10. His attempt to kill them is blocked by the [[Typhoon Water Vortex Technique|combined efforts]] of Naruto and [[Yamato]], who arrive with Sakura and Sai to lend assistance. While Sakura and Sai set out to help Shikamaru, Naruto fights Kakuzu and eventually defeats him with his newly-created [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]]. Afterwards, Ino heals Naruto's injuries and praises him for his improved skills before the teams return to Konoha. In the anime, Ino visits Neji and [[Hinata Hyūga]] and tells them about the mission's events and Naruto's new technique.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 390</ref>
   
 
=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
 
=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
 
{{Main|Three-Tails' Appearance}}
 
{{Main|Three-Tails' Appearance}}
In the anime, Ino is placed on [[Team Three]] to seal away the [[Three-Tails]]. To join her was Sakura, [[Hinata Hyūga]], and [[Shizune]] who was the leader. This sealing process took proficient chakra control and since Ino trained as a medical-nin, explains why she was put on the team. When her team practised the sealing technique, she had difficulty withstanding it. But after a short speech from Sakura she stood back up, more determined than ever to complete the task.
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In the anime, Ino participates in a surgical operation at [[Konoha Hospital]] and receives praise another surgeon for her efforts. She is later assigned to a team tasked with sealing the [[Three-Tails]], but experiences more difficulty in maintaining the [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] than her team-mates. They are interrupted by [[Team Guren]] before they can complete the sealing, prompting Konoha to recall them and send [[Anbu]] to seal the Three-Tails in their place.
 
[[File:Four-Corner Sealing Barrier 2.PNG|thumb|Ino helping seal the Three-Tails.]]
 
When her team located the Three-Tails, they started the actual sealing. As the sealing begin to work on the tailed beast, [[Guren]] closed in to disrupt the sealing. Ino begin to get nervous and started losing concentration. Shizune instructed her to relax and focus. Soon enough [[Rock Lee]] and [[Tenten]] arrived to protect her team from Guren and [[Rinji]]. Ino however still remained unfocused and broke hold from the seal and thus disrupted it. When the beast awakened, he emerged from the water bringing forth a tidal wave and breaking the whole seal.
 
 
Later, Ino is found unconscious on Lee's back who carried her from the water and lays her on the beach. Waking up she felt frustrated of how useless she was. She was also seen helping Sakura heal an ill [[Yūkimaru]]. Not long after, they tried sealing the beast again, but were unable to complete it. The task is then left to the [[Anbu]] members.
 
   
 
=== Pain's Assault ===
 
=== Pain's Assault ===
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[[File:Ino crying.png|thumb|left|Ino mourns Shizune's death.]]
When [[Pain]] began his invasion, Ino rushed to her father's location to inform him and all those present of the attack. Having learned something about Pain's identity, Inoichi realised that Pain was animating dead bodies in a manner similar to his own clan's mental manipulation techniques. Ino deduce that the true Pain is in a remote location somewhere relatively close by. Then, they tried to escape, to avoid capture. Despite their attempt, Pain's [[Human Path's Former Body|Human Path]] arrived and captured [[Shizune]], finding out what she knew, before killing her. Ino had mourned for a while for her fellow sensei.
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When [[Pain's Assault]] on Konoha begins, Ino rushed to the village's [[Konohagakure Intelligence Division|Intelligence Division]] to inform her father of the attack. [[Shizune]] soon arrives and they exchange information about Pain's identity and the method of his [[Six Paths Technique|technique]]. They are soon attacked by the [[Animal Path]]'s [[Rhinoceros]], but are shielded by segments of [[Katsuyu]]; in the manga, Ino is shocked by Katsuya's presence, but calmly recognises her in the anime. They relocate with the [[Konoha Cryptanalysis Team]] to further deduce Pain's location, though the [[Human Path (character)|Human Path]] ambushes them and captures Shizune, reading her mind before killing her. Ino mourns Shizune's death.
   
After Pain destroyed the village, Ino tried to revive Shizune, but could do nothing to help her, and regrouped with her father, Shikamaru,[[Shikaku]] and [[Shiho]]. She blames herself for Shizune's death but Shikamaru says that they should focus on the location of the real Pain. After the death of [[Nagato]], she was shocked to see that Shizune was brought back to life. She was then present at Naruto's return, and celebrated with the villagers for his victory. In the anime, she even says that she could almost fall for Naruto, surprising Chōji and Shikamaru.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 175</ref>
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Pain later [[Shinra Tensei|destroys]] the village, but Ino and the villagers saved from harm by Katsuyu. While Naruto fights Pain alone, she and her father meet up with Shikamaru and [[Shikaku Nara]] to pool their knowledge about Pain. With their combined information, they hypothesise that Pain is actually being controlled remotely by someone, likely from the highest point near Konoha. Ino and Shikamaru stay behind while their fathers search for Pain, who is eventually defeated by Naruto and revives everyone he killed in Konoha. Upon Naruto's return to Konoha, Ino joins in the celebration of his victory; in the anime, she says she could almost fall for Naruto, surprising Chōji and Shikamaru.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 175</ref>
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=== Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha ===
 
=== Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha ===
 
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In the anime, Ino and Team 10 round up some hogs for the villagers to eat.
   
 
=== Five Kage Summit ===
 
=== Five Kage Summit ===
 
[[File:Konoha 11 Decision.png|thumb|The "Konoha 11" deciding what to do with Sasuke.]]
 
[[File:Konoha 11 Decision.png|thumb|The "Konoha 11" deciding what to do with Sasuke.]]
When news of Sasuke's affiliation with Akatsuki reaches Konoha, the Konoha 11 gather to discuss what should be done about the affair. The others suggest that they should personally eliminate Sasuke to prevent him from implicating Konoha in a war with the other major villages. Upset by this, Ino cries and was being comforted by [[Chōji]] and [[Tenten]]. [[Kiba]] demanded her stop crying by shouting at her, but she was defended by Tenten. Ino was later seen with the rest of the Konoha 11, hearing Naruto's decision about Sasuke when he returns to the village. He later promises to tell them everything when the time was right.
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News reaches Konoha of Sasuke's recent activity with Akatsuki, specifically his attack against [[Kumogakure]]-ninja. Most of the [[Konoha 11]] decide that Sasuke can no longer be allowed to implicate Konoha in his criminal deeds and they resolve to personally kill him. Crestfallen by this revelation, Ino cries over Sasuke and has to be comforted by Chōji and [[Tenten]]. When Naruto returns to Konoha after learning of this and having his own confrontation with Sasuke, he requests that they leave dealing with Sasuke to him.
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=== Power ===
 
=== Power ===
 
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In the anime, Ino arrived as back up for Team Kakashi, and took care of an injured Sakura. With assistance from her team-mates, she later battled a snake clone of Hidan made by [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Though Hidan began to get the upper hand he died out before any further action could take place. Later the Konoha-nin said their goodbyes and departed.
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In the anime, Ino arrived as back up for Team Kakashi, and took care of an injured Sakura. With assistance from her team-mates, she later battled a snake clone of Hidan made by [[Kabuto Yakushi]].
   
 
=== Paradise Life on a Boat ===
 
=== Paradise Life on a Boat ===
 
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In the anime, Ino along with Sakura and Chōji were assigned a mission to retrieve medical herbs from [[Benisu Island]]. While there, they bump into Naruto, who stopped by the island from his journey to the [[Land of Lightning]] with [[Yamato]], [[Might Guy]] and [[Aoba Yamashiro]] escorting him. Naruto decides to help them out with finding the herbs. A little into the search, she makes fun of Naruto's lack of knowledge of flowers. They are soon confronted by the three ninja from the island who are also after the same herbs they are. The two groups compete over who gets it with the Benisu ninja staying ahead of them. After saving the ninja from a giant creature, they give the Konoha-nin some of the herbs they retrieved.
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In the anime, Tsunade sends Ino, Sakura, and Chōji to [[Benisu Island]] to pick medicinal herbs. Although the locals initially try interfering, Naruto is able to convince them to help instead.
   
 
=== Road to Sakura ===
 
=== Road to Sakura ===
 
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While on her day off, Ino saw Sakura falling to the ground and to her to Tsunade for medical attention. Seeing that Sakura has amnesia, Ino and the rest of Konoha 11 tries to jog her memory by acting differently from their usual selves, but this fails. After encountering Sakura's parents, it is eventually revealed that this Sakura is from an [[Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie|alternate reality]]. When the alternate Sakura disappears, Ino is left to ponder where the real Sakura is.
While on a stroll during her day off, Ino pondered how to spend the day before finding Sakura falling from the sky after a flash of bright light. Helping her out of a tree and taking her to Tsunade for medical attention, Ino is shocked to find out Sakura has amnesia as she tries to keep Tsunade and Shizune from killing her blank friend for pointing out their bust sizes. In her attempt to help jog Sakura's memory, she and the rest of the Konoha 11 present themselves in the way she remembers them: By acting the complete opposite of themselves. After the attempt failed, Ino helps Sakura look for her necklace until they encounter the latter's parents as they have found the item in question. After Sakura strangely cries as she embraces her parents before they leave, Ino learns that the Sakura she has been with all day came from an [[Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie|alternate reality]]. When the alternate Sakura fades away, Ino is left severely confused as she wondered where her real best friend is.
 
   
 
=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
 
=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
 
[[File:Ino in Kinkaku.png|thumb|left|Ino takes control of Kinkaku.]]
 
[[File:Ino in Kinkaku.png|thumb|left|Ino takes control of Kinkaku.]]
When the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] begins, Ino is placed in the [[Fifth Division]]. Ino and other members of her division are later sent to provide support for the [[First Division]]. Ino meets up with Shikamaru and Chōji - sent as backup from their own division - and they team up to help [[Darui]] fight [[Kinkaku]]. Shikamaru restrains Kinkaku with his shadow. Kinkaku almost breaks free but Ino is able to use the Mind Body Switch Technique to transfer her consciousness into his body, saving Shikamaru. In order to capture Kinkaku with the [[Kohaku no Jōhei]], Darui says Kinkaku's name and Ino forces him to respond. As Kinkaku is sucked into the Kohaku no Jōhei, Ino returns to her body. Her watching father compliments her on this improved timing.
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When the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] begins, Ino is placed in the Allied Shinobi Forces' [[Fifth Division]]. She and part of her division are later sent to provide support for the [[First Division]], meeting Chōji and Shikamaru along the way. As they near the First Division's location, Shikaku contacts Shikamaru, Chōji, and Ino and tells them about the first threat they'll need to deal with: [[Kinkaku]], who possesses some of the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra. When they arrive, they use Formation Ino–Shika–Chō on Kinkaku, allowing his capture in the [[Kohaku no Jōhei]]. After Kinkaku's defeat, Team 10 is immediately confronted by a reincarnated Kakuzu, who is interested in fighting them. Shikaku contacts them and instructs them to deal with another threat instead: a reincarnated Asuma.
   
 
[[File:Fūton Fūjin no Jutsu.png|thumb|Ino saves Chōji from Asuma's attack.]]
 
[[File:Fūton Fūjin no Jutsu.png|thumb|Ino saves Chōji from Asuma's attack.]]
The trio next prepares to engage the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] [[Kakuzu]]. [[Shikaku]] instructs them to leave Kakuzu to others and instead focus on Asuma, who had also been reincarnated. Chōji is reluctant to fight their late teacher, so Ino reminds him of Asuma's final words to all of them. They confront Asuma and he comments on how much they have grown before they start fighting. Despite Ino's attempts to encourage him, Chōji still has difficulty fighting Asuma. As Asuma is about to attack Chōji, Ino pushes him out of the way. She then uses the Mind Body Switch Technique on Chōji and spars with Asuma, all the while reminding Chōji of their duty. Chōji eventually pulls himself together and Ino returns to her body. As Chōji goes on the offensive, Ino uses her [[Mind Clone Switch Technique]] on two [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]] to use against Asuma. Asuma is defeated, and before being sealed he congratulates them on their perfect team-work.
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Although none of them want to fight Asuma, they, as his former students, are experts on his fighting style and thus the best-qualified to defeat him. When he notices their presence, Asuma congratulates them for their clear growth since he last saw them. They attack him and he's forced to counter, but he gives pointers about how to avoid his attacks and ultimately defeat him. Although Ino and Chōji are committed to the fight, Chōji has difficulty bringing himself to strike Asuma, to everyone's frustrations, Asuma's included. Ino saves Chōji's life twice from Asuma's attacks and, using the Mind Body Switch Technique on Chōji, tells him he needs to pull himself together so they can defeat Asuma. Once Chōji is able to do so, Ino leaves Chōji's body and [[Mind Clone Switch Technique|takes control of two White Zetsu soldiers]] to attack Asuma, moving him toward Shikamaru and Chōji so they can restrain him. Defeated, Asuma gives them new parting words: that he has nothing more to teach them since their teamwork is now perfect.
   
The battle continues into the night and Ino assists Chōji in defeating the rest of the reincarnated ninja. When the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] attacks she takes cover with her team. After that attack subsides, Ino is seen planning with the rest of her team and Tenten. The next morning, Ino and the rest of the shinobi present are seen standing in circles. This was a countermeasure against the [[White Zetsu Army]] [[Substitute Technique|clones]] that had invaded their ranks until [[Naruto]] could come and differentiate them. Ino asks Shikamaru if they couldn't simply ask each other personal questions but he says no as there was a possibility that the enemy could guess the answers. In the anime, the silence it quickly halted by the reincarnated [[Sound Four]], Orochimaru's personal guard. Shikamaru tells Ino and the others to stay behind as they still can't be certain of who to trust with the White Zetsu still looming. Shikamaru and Chōji then head off to confront their old enemies. Familiar with the Oto ninja's skills, Shikamaru and Chōji quickly defeat them. However, their victory is short-lived when Shikamaru, Chōji, and the Sound Four are engulfed in a [[Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover|strange technique]]. Ino then found her team-mates unconscious and with no chakra flow. Knowing that they wouldn't last long like that, Ino began to [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] her chakra to them, despite the danger of doing it simultaneously between two other people. After contacting her father, Inoichi deduces the truth of the technique, that it removes the victims soul and transports it to another location. He then explains it can be dispelled like genjutsu, by pouring chakra into the actual technique. However, it has a seal that prevents even Inoichi, equipped with special enhancement tools, from being able to detect or communicate with them. Eventually, Naruto found the barrier and destroyed it, allowing Inoichi, telepathically, to dispel the technique and free the Konoha ninja. Upon Shikamaru and Chōji awakening, Ino tearfully hugged them in relief.
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By nightfall, the First Division's battle appears won: all the reincarnated forces have been captured and all present elements of the [[White Zetsu Army]] have been defeated. The [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] suddenly appears on the battlefield and starts devastating the First Division, causing Ino and her team to take cover. The statue later vanishes after [[Tobi]] escapes with the [[Benihisago]] and the Kohaku no Jōhei, which contain the reincarnated [[Gold and Silver Brothers]]. The following day, a new threat emerges in the form of White Zetsus that have infiltrated the Allied Shinobi Forces. In the anime, the reincarnated [[Sound Four]] also attack the members of the former [[Sasuke Recovery Team]]. While Shikamaru and Chōji defeat their opponents, the Sound Four's defeat activates [[Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover]], separating the Recovery Team's souls from their bodies and trapping them within a [[barrier]] in a remote location. Ino risks her life to keep her unconscious team-mates alive by [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transferring]] her chakra to them simultaneously, despite warnings from her other allies. Inoichi telepathically contacts Ino and informs her of the technique's mechanisms, but he is unable to detect the barrier's location and thus have it destroyed so the victims can be freed. Naruto is eventually able to do so, however, and Shikamaru and Chōji's souls are restored to their bodies, causing a relieved Ino to tearfully hug them.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 305</ref>
   
The battle continues on as when they spotted White Zetsu clones and fought them off. It suddenly starts to rain while it is sunny that's when Shikamaru spots a crying boy then huge amount wall of rain falls on Shikamaru that is preventing him from moving. Chōji uses his [[Multi-Size Technique]] to block it while Ino helped Shikamaru up. Shikamaru then uses his [[Shadow Neck Bind Technique]] to bind him and as he does the rain starts getting worse preventing them from moving and causing their techniques to weaken. As that happens the boy started calling their names as then Ino questions how does he know them as Chōji doesn't know him and neither does Shikamaru. The boy then came up to them and plucked their foreheads after that happened they realise that its Yota. Shikamaru questions why he is reincarnated then the boy started to cry and the rain stopped then a big wave of it washed them away that made him realise that he can't control his actions just like Asuma. Yota then started shooting rain bullets that's pushing the trio back and thinking do they have to fight him.<ref name="shippuden313" /> Ino contacted her father and asked to link her to Sakura and found out that she was also fighting Yota along with Kiba and Akamaru. She also found out that Naruto was fighting him and was told that those were not him just White Zetsu clones so she helped Chōji and Shikamaru defeat him and it reverted to a clone.
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Team 10 also encounter their reincarnated childhood friend [[Yōta]], whose emotionally-fueled weather manipulation push the team back. As the trio contemplate having to fight Yōta, Inoichi contacts them and links them to other people fighting Yōta, including [[Kiba Inuzuka]], Sakura and Naruto. Realising the Yōta in front of him is a White Zetsu clone, Ino and her team-mates defeat him.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 305</ref> Naruto goes through the Allied Forces, purging it of White Zetsus. Until he can arrive at their location, the Allies draw circles around themselves and not enter anyone else's in order to not arouse suspicion. Ino suggests asking each other personal questions, but Shikamaru insists not to as it is possible that the enemy could guess correctly. Naruto eventually arrives and removes all the White Zetsus.
 
She then calls out and waves at Naruto when he arrives. After being informed by her father at HQ that Naruto and [[B]] were fighting the "''[[masked Madara]]''", Ino and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] rush to his aid. As she runs, she thanks her father for relaying Naruto's feelings to everyone and promises that she'd make his foretelling of their victory a reality.
 
   
 
=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
 
=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
 
[[File:Ino arrives to the battlefield.png|thumb|left|Ino arrives on the battlefield in time to save her comrades.]]
 
[[File:Ino arrives to the battlefield.png|thumb|left|Ino arrives on the battlefield in time to save her comrades.]]
Arriving just in the nick of time, Ino with Hinata's guidance was able to take control of [[Obito]] in time to veer the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[Tailed Beast Ball|would-be]] fatal attack off course. Though she laments that he was able to break a perfect [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] in only a matter of seconds, [[Hiashi Hyūga]] told her she did a great job, having managed to shift the attack. She stood alongside the rest of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to face their opposition. With their attempt to immobilise the Ten-Tails ended in failure, Ino listened on, crying, as Shikaku imparted what would be his final battle strategy via her father as a Tailed Beast Ball was sent hurtling towards HQ. Ino listened to her father's last words to her, which stated that she had truly blossomed and her bonds with her friends reflect the meaning of the bush clover which she was raised to embody. After, Shikamaru reminded her that they were still in the midst of battle, and that they didn't have time to grieve. She later learns of Neji's death.
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After being informed by her father at HQ that Naruto and [[Killer B]] were fighting the "''[[masked Madara]]''", Ino and the rest of the [[Konoha 11]] rush to his aid. As she runs, she thanks her father for relaying Naruto's strong feelings to everyone and promises that his foretelling of their victory will be realised. Ino and the rest of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] arrive just in time as she, with [[Hinata Hyūga]]'s aid, uses her Mind Body Switch Technique on Tobi (real name [[Obito Uchiha]]) to shift the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[Tailed Beast Ball]] away from Naruto’s group. Shikaku Nara, through Inoichi's telepathic link, relays a plan of restraining the Ten-Tails to the assembled Allied Forces, but the plan is unsuccessful. Obito and [[Madara Uchiha]] are nevertheless concerned by Shikaku's strategies and have the Ten-Tails fire a Tailed Beast Ball at the distant Allied HQ, where Inoichi and Shikaku are stationed. Before the HQ is destroyed, Inoichi tells a crying Ino that he is proud of his daughter for blossoming into the bush clover of the Yamanaka Clan and making strong bonds with her friends.
   
[[File:Ino controls Obito.png|thumb|Ino takes control of Obito.]]
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[[File:Ino comunicates with Allied Forces.png|thumb|Ino communicates with the entire Shinobi Alliance.]]
After [[Kurama]] had gathered enough chakra, Naruto sent [[shadow clone]]s to Ino, and the rest of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to distribute Kurama's chakra to them. Upon receiving the chakra, Ino is enveloped in it, and after the [[Akimichi clan]] stops the Ten-Tails' movements, she quickly used her [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] on [[Obito]] again and after taking control of his body, she was able to alter the course of an attack that was headed for Chōji. Later, when Shikamaru and the other [[Nara clan]] members captured the Ten-Tails with their [[Shadow Imitation Technique]], Ino released her technique and returned to her body.
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With no time to grieve, the remaining Allied Forces enact Shikaku's last plan after being empowered by Naruto's [[version 1]]-like cloaks: a large-scale Formation Ino–Shika–Chō. Obito is unable to break free of Ino's improved Mind Body Switch Technique, which enables her to save Chōji from being skewered by the Ten-Tails' wooden spikes. She releases her technique and returns to her body once Shikamaru and other Nara members restrain the Ten-Tails. The attack succeeds in removing the Ten-Tails from Obito and Madara's control, but this makes its attacks more devastating and indiscriminate. When the Ten-Tails prepares to destroy the Allies with a Tailed Beast Ball, Ino uses the [[Mind Body Transmission Technique]] to connect Shikamaru with [[Kitsuchi]] and teach him a [[Earth Release: Practice Brick Technique|simple protective wall]]. Obliging to Shikamaru's request regardless of her capability, Ino manages through some strain to connect Shikamaru to the rest of the Allies so that he can teach them this same jutsu and use it to try and deflect the Tailed Beast Ball. It breaks through all their defences, but is slowed enough for the reincarnated [[Fourth Hokage]] to arrive in time to save them.
   
[[File:Ino comunicates with Allied Forces.png|thumb|left|Ino communicating with the entire Shinobi Alliance.]]
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[[File:Kagezukami no Jutsu.png|thumb|left|Ino and her team-mates attacking the Ten-Tails' clones.]]
Later on, as the Ten-Tails once again prepared to obliterate the Alliance, Shikamaru requested that Ino use her [[Mind Body Transmission Technique|telepathic]] skills to link him to Kitsuchi, to which she obliged, grateful that Shikamaru had finally devised a strategy. With his plan being to teach the entire army the seals to the simple Earth Release wall technique and then using it to block the Ten-Tails' attack, he then asked Ino if she was able to relay this telepathically to the other shinobi on the battlefield. She responded bluntly that it wasn't a question of was she able to do it, as she would do it no matter what. With some strain, Ino is able to contact all the shinobi and relay the seals necessary to the Alliance for the technique before performing it herself alongside her comrades. Though the situation still looks dire as their feeble [[Earth Release: Practice Brick Technique|earthen]] defences are destroyed by the Ten-Tails' massive Tailed Beast Ball, and even a transformed Killer B proves incapable of stopping the attack, the Alliance shinobi are shocked when the attack simply disappears, unbeknownst to them that the [[Fourth Hokage]] had arrived on the battlefield.
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[[Sasuke Uchiha]] arrives shortly after the Fourth, claiming to now want to help protect Konoha by defeating the Ten-Tails. A surprised Ino immediately rushes toward Sasuke's location before her team-mates warn her to stay away from him. With their whole graduating class together again, which Ino finds nostalgic, the members of Teams 7, 8, and 10 attack the Ten-Tails' [[Ten-Tails Fission|minion]]s. For Team 10's contribution, they use the [[Human Bullet Yo-Yo]], where Ino uses her [[Sensing Technique]] to detect the number of enemies present and transmits the information into Shikamaru's mind so he can have Chōji attack them. Their formation is quite successful, but does not compare to the amount of damage inflicted by Team 7's members. Ino later noticed that something was troubling Shikamaru, but he dismissed her.
 
[[File:Kagezukami no Jutsu.png|thumb|Team Asuma using Formation E on the Ten-Tails' clones.]]
 
With Sasuke soon appearing on the scene too, Ino is shocked to see him, and rushes over to inquire as to why he is here, but is stopped by Shikamaru and Chōji who warns her that he's an enemy. Sasuke notes that she is still as loud as ever. Ino is then, along with the rest of her peers, completely bemused upon Sasuke's revelation that he will become Hokage. As Team 7 reunites, Ino smiles at Shikamaru, noting how nostalgic it feels, what with the Rookie Nine being together again, just like in the Chūnin Exams. She then charges at the Ten-Tails with her friends. With Teams 7 and 8 leading the assault, Ino looks on in disgust as Shino summons a giant parasitic insect to devour one of the Ten-Tails' clones. She then rallies her own team together, for them to perform Formation E. While Chōji uses his Multi-Size Technique, and Shikamaru uses the Shadow Clutch Technique on him, Ino uses her sensory abilities to lock onto all of the clones in the surrounding area, before using the [[Sensing Transmission]] technique on Shikamaru. With Ino acting as the mind, Shikamaru as the body and Chōji as the yo-yo, the trio perform the [[Human Bullet Yo-Yo]] technique, obliterating all of the surrounding clones. As Chōji prepares to double in size to strengthen his assault, Shikamaru states that the team has a lot more to show, with Ino then berating him for his sudden competitiveness with the other teams. She then urges Naruto and Sasuke on as she bears witness to their attack on the Ten-Tails. During this time, Ino questioned Shikamaru about whether or not something was troubling him, but he dismissed her.
 
   
 
=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
 
=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
[[File:Hashirama communication.png|thumb|left|Ino connects Hashirama to the Shinobi Alliance.]]
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[[File:Hashirama communication.png|thumb|Ino connects Hashirama to the Shinobi Alliance.]]
As the battle against Obito continues, Ino once more telepathically links Shikamaru to the rest of the Alliance in order to boost their morale. With the situation looking grim as the Alliance was [[Six Red Yang Formation|trapped]] in a barrier with a [[Tailed Beast Ball]]-firing tree, Ino and the other shinobi soon found themselves shrouded in the previous Version 1 mantles again. She and the other subsequently found themselves on the outside of the barrier, escaping the near-fatal attack thanks to Naruto and Minato's [[Flying Thunder God Technique|action]]. When the God Tree, the Ten-Tails' true form, launches a ravaging attack against the Alliance, Ino manages to successfully avoid having her chakra drained from her. Shikamaru, however, is not so lucky, and Ino and Chōji support their failing comrade. During this time, Hashirama calls out for a member of the Yamanaka clan to telepathically connect him to the whole Alliance, to which Ino complied. Realising that the five Kage were also within range of her technique, she then listened on as Hashirama's clone conveyed what the original had heard about the Eye of the Moon Plan from Madara. With the technique still in effect, Ino was shocked when Naruto's feelings and memories began being conveyed to the entire Alliance via the telepathic link. As the young man remembered the loss he had experienced, Ino sympathised with the loss of Asuma.
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Obito eventually becomes the Ten-Tails [[jinchūriki]], against whom only Naruto, Sasuke, and the four reincarnated [[Hokage]] can fight. Morale starts to sink because of this, so Ino telepathically links Shikamaru to the Alliance in order to boost their morale. When Obito prepares to destroy the Alliance with four Tailed Beast Balls, Naruto and the Fourth Hokage are able to [[Flying Thunder God Technique|teleport]] Ino and everyone to safety through their reactivated version 1-like cloaks. Obito employs a different tactic: recreating the [[God Tree]] to feed off the chakra of whatever Allies it comes into contact with. Ino is able to avoid having her chakra drained, but Shikamaru is not as fortunate and she and Chōji rush to their failing team-mate. When [[Hashirama Senju]] appears, Ino connects him to the Alliance (and the approaching Five Kage) so that he can explain the details of Madara’s [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], but this further demotivates them.
   
As Naruto joined Sasuke in a senjutsu-enhanced clash against Obito, Naruto's chakra begins forming around Shikamaru once again. While Sakura is amazed that Naruto is splitting his focus between fighting and aiding them, Ino corrected her. Ino explains that through her telepathy, she can tell that Naruto was focused purely on his battle, but subconsciously still desired to save his allies. From this strong will, Naruto's chakra was reacting to those it is infused with. She then watched in concern as Shikamaru struggled back to consciousness, and relievedly thanked Sakura for her efforts once he returned to full strength as well as Naruto. When Tsunade, with Sakura's assistance, summons one tenth of Katsuyu's body to the battlefield, the Hokage orders Ino to relay this to alliance, an action she promptly carries out.
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[[File:Konoha 11 attacking Obito.png|thumb|left|Ino and her comrades attack Obito with Naruto's Rasengan.]]
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Ino’s active telepathy also conveys Naruto's feelings and memories, as well as those of Hashirama, to the entire Alliance, giving them the morale they need to keep fighting. While Naruto and Sasuke engage Obito in battle, a version 1 cloak begins forming around Shikamaru as Sakura heals him; Ino senses from her technique that it is due to Naruto’s subconscious desire to protect his comrades. After thanking Naruto and Sakura for Shikamaru's recovery, Ino relays Tsunade's message, when she arrives on the battlefield, of Katsuyu's healing abilities to the Alliance. She then helps Naruto defeat Obito, first by joining the rest of the Konoha 11 in hitting Obito with one of Naruto's [[Rasengan]], and then by assisting the Allies in pulling the [[tailed beasts]]' chakra from Obito's body.
   
[[File:Konoha 11 attacking Obito.png|thumb|Ino and her comrades attacking Obito with Naruto's Rasengan.]]
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[[File:Infinite Tsukuyomi Victimes 4.png|thumb|Ino caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
Obito manifested a gigantic Yin–Yang shield and Hagoromo's legendary holy weapon and in order for it to be destroyed, Naruto created nine Rasengan in Kurama's tail and contacted Ino and the rest of Konoha 11 plus Sai to join in on it. Once near Kurama's tails, Ino and the others are enveloped in even more chakra which resulted them with the Tailed Beast Mode much to their shock. Naruto tells them to break down through Obito's defences with the Rasengan so he and Sasuke could have a direct shot at attacking him. Ino and the others launched their attack and Naruto and Sasuke were able to deal a devastating blow to him. Once again instructed by Shikamaru, Ino and the rest of the Alliance lent their strength in wresting the tailed beasts' chakra from Obito.
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Even with Obito defeated, other threats still remain: a final [[Tobi (Zetsu)|Zetsu]] begins [[Wood Release: Several Hundred Hands|overwhelming]] most of the Alliance, which they're all too weak to put up much fight against. During this time, Ino reacts with shock when she senses Naruto's weakened physical state, caused by the Nine-Tails' extraction from his body. When the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] is cast upon the world, Ino alongside most people are immobilised by the genjutsu and [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees|restrained]].
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[[File:Infinite Tsukuyomi Victimes 4.png|thumb|left|Ino caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
 
With Madara's eventual full revival and Obito's apparent incapacitation, Ino and the rest of the Alliance is approached by [[Tobi (Zetsu)|Tobi]] who overwhelms them with a [[Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands|massive Wood Release]]. As the Alliance struggles against this new threat, Ino reacts with shock and concern upon sensing the drastic weakening of Naruto's chakra when the Nine-Tails was extracted from him. Despite all of the Alliance's efforts, Ino is still caught in the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. In the genjutsu, Ino dreamed of Sasuke and Sai fighting over her while her still-alive father watched his daughter with pride as she enjoyed herself, asking the two not to fight over her.
 
   
 
=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
 
=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
Ultimately, she later woke up once the Infinite Tsukuyomi was dispelled by Sasuke and Naruto after they ended the war.
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In her dream, Ino is fought over by Sasuke and Sai as she joyfully asks them not to, while her still-alive father watches her with pride. Naruto and Sasuke eventually release the Infinite Tsukuyomi, freeing Ino and the rest of the world and thus ending the Fourth Shinobi World War.
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== Blank Period ==
 
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=== The Last: Naruto the Movie ===
 
=== The Last: Naruto the Movie ===
 
{{Main|The Last: Naruto the Movie}}
 
{{Main|The Last: Naruto the Movie}}
[[File:Team 8 in the Last.png|thumb|Team Asuma passing by the Academy.]]
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[[File:Team 8 in the Last.png|thumb|left|Team 10 walk by the Academy.]]
Two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino watches in fascination at how popular Naruto has become since saving the world, noting to her team-mates that he has actually become a quality man. She later joined her team, Naruto and Sakura at Ichiraku's. Ino invites Hinata but [[Naruto's Fan Girls|Naruto's fan girls]] came, leading the latter quickly leave before she can give Naruto a red scarf. When the meteors begin falling on Earth, Ino uses her telepathy to alert Kakashi. Later, she receives a message from [[Kumogakure]] who planned to activate a [[Chakra Cannon]] and informs Kakashi what was happening at the Five Kage Summit. Following [[Toneri Ōtsutsuki]]'s defeat, Ino announces to the Earth and its people that they were safe due to the efforts of the [[Hanabi Rescue Team]]. Sometime later, Ino is seen enjoying Sai's company while in Konoha.<ref>The Beast that was Shot by Love!!</ref>
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Two years after the war, Team 10 walk by the Academy where Naruto is teaching a class, Ino noting he has become very popular with many people, mostly women, since saving the world. Team 10 later has dinner with Naruto and Sakura at [[Ichiraku Ramen]], and Ino invites Hinata to come sit with them when she appears. Using her telepathy, she alerts the [[Sixth Hokage]] of meteors falling towards Earth and receives a message from [[Kumogakure]] about a telecommuted Five Kage Summit. After [[Toneri Ōtsutsuki]] is defeated, Ino announces to the Earth and its people that they were safe due to the [[Hanabi Rescue Team]]. Sometime later, Ino is seen enjoying Sai's company while in Konoha.<ref>The Beast that was Shot by Love!!</ref>
   
 
=== Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze ===
 
=== Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze ===
 
{{Main|Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze}}
 
{{Main|Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze}}
Ino appears as one of the main characters, as Sakura's close friend and assistant. She and Sakura opened a clinic within the Konoha Hospital that would assess and treat children's mental health. Later, she invites Sakura out to a tea with her, but Sakura declines because she has paperwork she wants to do.
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Ino appears as one of the main characters, as Sakura's close friend and assistant. She and Sakura opened a clinic within the Konoha Hospital that would assess and treat children's mental health. Later, she invites Sakura out to a tea with her, but Sakura declines because she has paperwork she wants to do.
   
 
One week later, Ino and Sakura go to Sunagakure in order to open a clinic for children. On the way, Ino speaks to her friends about Shikamaru and [[Temari]]'s relationship and tells her that Chôji often goes to Kumogakure, where his girlfriend [[Karui]] lives. Sakura asks Ino about her own feelings and she reveals her crush on Sai, but that she doesn't know how to express her feelings to him.
 
One week later, Ino and Sakura go to Sunagakure in order to open a clinic for children. On the way, Ino speaks to her friends about Shikamaru and [[Temari]]'s relationship and tells her that Chôji often goes to Kumogakure, where his girlfriend [[Karui]] lives. Sakura asks Ino about her own feelings and she reveals her crush on Sai, but that she doesn't know how to express her feelings to him.
   
The two kunoichi meet a Suna shinobi who escorts them to their conference with the village's doctors. Afterwards, however, they are summoned before [[Gaara]], the Kazekage, who informs them that [[Sasuke]] has been to Suna. Gaara repeats to them the conversation that Sasuke had with the terrorist group two days earlier, which he (who was surveying the group anyway) witnessed with his Third Eye. Although he, Ino and Sakura want to believe it was someone disguised as Sasuke, they can come up with no practical explanations for the man having Sasuke's chakra signature.
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The two kunoichi meet a Suna shinobi who escorts them to their conference with the village's doctors. Afterwards, however, they are summoned before [[Gaara]], the Kazekage, who informs them that [[Sasuke]] has been to Suna. Gaara repeats to them the conversation that Sasuke had with the terrorist group two days earlier, which he (who was surveying the group anyway) witnessed with his Third Eye. Although he, Ino and Sakura want to believe it was someone disguised as Sasuke, they can come up with no practical explanations for the man having Sasuke's chakra signature.
   
 
When Ino and Sakura return to Konoha, they inform Kakashi about the situation. Kakashi is also convinced that the man conspiring against Konoha was a lookalike of Sasuke, but he has no reliable way of contacting Sasuke in order to confirm this. He shares Gaara's recommendation to do nothing at the moment so that unsubstantiated assumptions can't be spread against Sasuke.
 
When Ino and Sakura return to Konoha, they inform Kakashi about the situation. Kakashi is also convinced that the man conspiring against Konoha was a lookalike of Sasuke, but he has no reliable way of contacting Sasuke in order to confirm this. He shares Gaara's recommendation to do nothing at the moment so that unsubstantiated assumptions can't be spread against Sasuke.
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Later, as Sakura with Sai's information think that Kido and [[Magire]] are behind the Sasuke impostor, Kakashi orders Ino, Sakura and Sai to team up, since they are investigating the same thing. Ino dubs themselves [[Ino–Saku–Sai]] and they promise to keep each other informed of their findings.
 
Later, as Sakura with Sai's information think that Kido and [[Magire]] are behind the Sasuke impostor, Kakashi orders Ino, Sakura and Sai to team up, since they are investigating the same thing. Ino dubs themselves [[Ino–Saku–Sai]] and they promise to keep each other informed of their findings.
   
Later, [[Lee]] tells Ino and Sakura that he saw Anbu near the [[Naka Shrine]] two years ago. However, on their way to meet up with Sai, Sakura sees two Anbu trying to take Sasuke into custody for terrorist activity. She goes to them to lend assistance, either to free the real Sasuke or apprehend the impostor, but discovers that it is all a genjutsu. She dispels it, but is immediately injected with a drug that renders her unconscious.
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Later, [[Lee]] tells Ino and Sakura that he saw Anbu near the [[Naka Shrine]] two years ago. However, on their way to meet up with Sai, Sakura sees two Anbu trying to take Sasuke into custody for terrorist activity. She goes to them to lend assistance, either to free the real Sasuke or apprehend the impostor, but discovers that it is all a genjutsu. She dispels it, but is immediately injected with a drug that renders her unconscious.
   
Ino runs to Sai in order to inform him about Sakura's capture by Kido. Ino is embarrassed by his lack of clothes, since Sai was taking a shower before Ino's arrival. While he gets dressed, Ino contacts Kakashi and informs him of what's happened. He advises not getting anyone else involved in the rescue as that might only provoke Kido to kill Sakura. He also informs them that the Fourth Raikage is contemplating a Kage Summit to discuss reports of Sasuke's activity.
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Ino runs to Sai in order to inform him about Sakura's capture by Kido. Ino is embarrassed by his lack of clothes, since Sai was taking a shower before Ino's arrival. While he gets dressed, Ino contacts Kakashi and informs him of what's happened. He advises not getting anyone else involved in the rescue as that might only provoke Kido to kill Sakura. He also informs them that the Fourth Raikage is contemplating a Kage Summit to discuss reports of Sasuke's activity.
   
Sai and Ino go to one of Kido's hideouts and Ino [[Sensing Technique|senses]] the interior for Sakura's chakra. She isn't there, but Sai decides they should see what intel they can get anyway. Ino uses the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] on the hideout's sentry while Sai captures them, her first time using such a tactic without Shikamaru or Chōji. When the sentry, an acquaintance of Sai's, is unwilling to answer their questions, Sai forces Sakura's whereabouts from him by tickling him with a paintbrush. They go to the hideout where Sakura is being kept, but find that she's already escaped and is on the offensive.
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Sai and Ino go to one of Kido's hideouts and Ino [[Sensing Technique|senses]] the interior for Sakura's chakra. She isn't there, but Sai decides they should see what intel they can get anyway. Ino uses the [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] on the hideout's sentry while Sai captures them, her first time using such a tactic without Shikamaru or Chōji. When the sentry, an acquaintance of Sai's, is unwilling to answer their questions, Sai forces Sakura's whereabouts from him by tickling him with a paintbrush. They go to the hideout where Sakura is being kept, but find that she's already escaped and is on the offensive.
   
Sakura breaks out of the basement, through the floors above, and finally the roof with a single [[Cherry Blossom Impact]]. When she sees Sai and Ino, she tells them what she's learned about Kido and the drugs he's making. They are surrounded by many Anbu, Magire, and Kido himself, who tells them that he plans to sell his drugs not only as tools of war but as ways in which to cause those wars, thus giving him a never-ending source of revenue. Ino doubts that such drugs would ever have a market because the powers they grant are unearned, which Kido declares as naive, just like their clinic for children's mental health. He instructs his Anbu to use their synthetic tailed beast cloaks to either capture or kill Sakura and the others, no longer having a preference for their fate.
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Sakura breaks out of the basement, through the floors above, and finally the roof with a single [[Cherry Blossom Impact]]. When she sees Sai and Ino, she tells them what she's learned about Kido and the drugs he's making. They are surrounded by many Anbu, Magire, and Kido himself, who tells them that he plans to sell his drugs not only as tools of war but as ways in which to cause those wars, thus giving him a never-ending source of revenue. Ino doubts that such drugs would ever have a market because the powers they grant are unearned, which Kido declares as naive, just like their clinic for children's mental health. He instructs his Anbu to use their synthetic tailed beast cloaks to either capture or kill Sakura and the others, no longer having a preference for their fate.
   
 
Sakura, Sai, and Ino work well together despite being outnumbered. Sakura is drawn into a fight with the Sasuke impostor, who chokes her using his synthetic tailed beast cloak. Sakura breaks free and, as she beats him unconscious, warns him to never impersonate Sasuske again. This has the added benefit of revealing that the synthetic cloaks disappear when their user loses consciousness; Sai and Ino also discover that the cloaks have time limits. Sai recommends they use this information to end the fight quickly.
 
Sakura, Sai, and Ino work well together despite being outnumbered. Sakura is drawn into a fight with the Sasuke impostor, who chokes her using his synthetic tailed beast cloak. Sakura breaks free and, as she beats him unconscious, warns him to never impersonate Sasuske again. This has the added benefit of revealing that the synthetic cloaks disappear when their user loses consciousness; Sai and Ino also discover that the cloaks have time limits. Sai recommends they use this information to end the fight quickly.
   
Sakura, Sai, and Ino defeat all their opponents but Kido and Magire. Since Magire is a medic-nin, they decide to separate Kido from him so that Magire can't heal his injuries. Sai and Ino exchange attacks with Magire, but neither side is able to hit the other. Magire activates a synthetic tailed beast cloak and, with its tails, is able to create glowing orbs that detonate on contact. While Sai tries and fails to overpower Magire with his [[Super Beast Imitating Drawing|Super Beast Imitating Drawings]], Ino takes control of an eagle which she uses to stab Magire from behind with a poisoned kunai. Magire's movements slowed, allowing Sai to deliver a finishing blow. Kakashi arrives to help soon after Magire is defeated, with Naruto and Hinata accompanying him. Together, they head into the forest to help Sakura. However, she defeat Kido with her [[Cherry Blossom Impact]].
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Sakura, Sai, and Ino defeat all their opponents but Kido and Magire. Since Magire is a medic-nin, they decide to separate Kido from him so that Magire can't heal his injuries. Sai and Ino exchange attacks with Magire, but neither side is able to hit the other. Magire activates a synthetic tailed beast cloak and, with its tails, is able to create glowing orbs that detonate on contact. While Sai tries and fails to overpower Magire with his [[Super Beast Imitating Drawing|Super Beast Imitating Drawings]], Ino takes control of an eagle which she uses to stab Magire from behind with a poisoned kunai. Magire's movements slowed, allowing Sai to deliver a finishing blow. Kakashi arrives to help soon after Magire is defeated, with Naruto and Hinata accompanying him. Together, they head into the forest to help Sakura. However, she defeat Kido with her [[Cherry Blossom Impact]].
   
Ino along with Sai, Naruto, Hinata and Kakashi joined Sakura and congratulate her on her victory. However, they are interrupted by news that several of Kido's Anbu have fled the village. Ino and the others immediately give chase, but on reaching the Anbu they find them all defeated with a combination of fire and genjutsu. They guess that it was Sasuke's doing and that he chose not to stick around when he confirmed Kido was defeated. Although they're disappointed that Sasuke didn't at least say hello, they are glad that the entire ordeal is over. After Ino–Saku–Sai is dismissed by Kakashi, Sakura is called to a meeting with Suna-medics. Ino offers to go with her, but Sakura tells her to instead have lunch with Sai.
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Ino along with Sai, Naruto, Hinata and Kakashi joined Sakura and congratulate her on her victory. However, they are interrupted by news that several of Kido's Anbu have fled the village. Ino and the others immediately give chase, but on reaching the Anbu they find them all defeated with a combination of fire and genjutsu. They guess that it was Sasuke's doing and that he chose not to stick around when he confirmed Kido was defeated. Although they're disappointed that Sasuke didn't at least say hello, they are glad that the entire ordeal is over. After Ino–Saku–Sai is dismissed by Kakashi, Sakura is called to a meeting with Suna-medics. Ino offers to go with her, but Sakura tells her to instead have lunch with Sai.
   
 
=== Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding ===
 
=== Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding ===
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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 latter accusation and challenges Ino to a cooking competition to prove that she would make a good wife. Ino puts [[Military Rations Pill]]s in Sakura's favourite dessert, anmitsu, and Sakura does the same in Ino's favourite dessert, pudding. The next day, Ino wants to use Chōji 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.
 
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 latter accusation and challenges Ino to a cooking competition to prove that she would make a good wife. Ino puts [[Military Rations Pill]]s in Sakura's favourite dessert, anmitsu, and Sakura does the same in Ino's favourite dessert, pudding. The next day, Ino wants to use Chōji 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.
   
[[File:Sakura, Ino, and Tenten at Hinata's wedding.png|thumb|left|Ino taking a photo with the others at Hinata's wedding.]]
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[[File:Sakura, Ino, and Tenten at Hinata's wedding.png|thumb|The "Konoha 11" girls taking a photo at Hinata's wedding.]]
Sakura suspects Ino put poison in her soldier pills, intending for Sakura to try one and fall deathly ill. Ino suspects the same of Sakura. In order to save Chōji they must identify the poison as soon as they can: each samples the other's soldier pills so that they can identify what type of poison it is. Neither can taste poison, but they do taste their favourite desserts, Ino loving the pudding in Sakura's and Sakura loving 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. She later attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding, taking a photo of herself along with Hinata, Sakura, and Tenten. In the group photo with everyone else, she was seen holding Sai's hand, showing they were in a relationship at the time.<ref name="TheLast"/>
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Sakura suspects Ino put poison in her soldier pills, intending for Sakura to try one and fall deathly ill. Ino suspects the same of Sakura. In order to save Chōji they must identify the poison as soon as they can: each samples the other's soldier pills so that they can identify what type of poison it is. Neither can taste poison, but they do taste their favourite desserts, Ino loving the pudding in Sakura's and Sakura loving 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. She later attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding, taking a photo of herself along with Hinata, Sakura, and Tenten. In the group photo with everyone else, she was seen holding Sai's hand, showing they were in a relationship at the time.<ref name="TheLast"/>
   
 
=== Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise ===
 
=== Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise ===
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== Epilogue ==
 
== Epilogue ==
[[File:Choji, Ino Sai and Karui waiting their sons.png|thumb|Ino and the others waiting for their children.]]
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[[File:Choji, Ino Sai and Karui waiting their sons.png|thumb|left|Ino and the others wait for their children.]]
Years later, Ino eventually married Sai and together had a son named [[Inojin]]. In the appointment of Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Ino is seen watching the ceremony along with other villagers. She has begun training Inojin in the Yamanaka clan techniques and [[cooperation ninjutsu]] of the Ino–Shika–Chō trio to become part of its newest generation. Ino becomes irritated when her son and the others don't show up to practice and then discusses with [[Karui]] as to why practising the formation is important even in such peaceful times.
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Years later, Ino and Sai marry and have a son, [[Inojin]], who Ino begins to trains to be part of a new generation of Ino–Shika–Chō alongside Shikamaru's and Chōji's children. As such, she is irritated when their children don't arrive to practice and talks with [[Karui]] about the importance of practising the Ino–Shika–Chō formation even in such peaceful times.
 
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=== Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring ===
 
=== Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring ===
 
{{Main|Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring}}
 
{{Main|Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring}}
Ino comes back from a mission with [[Chōji]] as Sakura, Naruto, Sasuke, [[Chōchō]] and [[Sarada]] return to the village. She muses about Chōchō's shock towards her father's changed figure. Ino is shown to be pleasantly surprised to see Sasuke again after such a long time, and greets him. However, when Ino talks to Sasuke, Sarada interrupts her, mistakenly believing the older woman to be attracted to her father, which amuses Sakura and confuses Ino.
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Ino returns from a mission with Chōji as Sakura, Naruto, Sasuke, [[Chōchō]] and [[Sarada]] return to the village. She muses about Chōchō's shock towards her father's changed figure. While Ino happily greets Sasuke, Sarada believes Ino is making a move on her father and interrupts her, which amuses Sakura and confuses Ino.
   
 
=== Boruto: Naruto the Movie ===
 
=== Boruto: Naruto the Movie ===
 
{{Main|Boruto: Naruto the Movie}}
 
{{Main|Boruto: Naruto the Movie}}
[[File:Kunoichi_in_chunin_exams.png|thumb|left|Ino watching the Chūnin Exams.]]
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[[File:Kunoichi_in_chunin_exams.png|thumb|Ino watching the Chūnin Exams.]]
While hanging out with Sakura and Temari one day, Ino watched as Naruto's shadow clones raced around to help out the villagers since he was too busy with other work. Ino later attended the final round of Chūnin Exams, sitting with Temari and Sakura. She seems exasperated when Shikadai gave up against Boruto much like his father did when he was younger. When Momoshiki and Kinshiki initiate the attack, Ino leaves the arena along with Hinata and Himawari. Later, Ino observes the battle that is going on between the Kage, Sasuke, and the enemies.
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Ino hangs out with Sakura and Temari one day and they see Naruto's shadow clones running around to help out villagers. The three women later sat together to watch the Chūnin Exams' final round, where Ino becomes exasperated when [[Shikadai Nara]] mirrors his father's actions in his youth by giving up against [[Boruto Uzumaki]]. When [[Momoshiki]] and [[Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki]] attack the arena, Ino leaves the audience along with [[Hinata]] and [[Himawari Uzumaki]] and observes the ensuing battle.
   
 
== In Other Media ==
 
== In Other Media ==
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
{{youthwiki|Ino Yamanaka}}
 
{{youthwiki|Ino Yamanaka}}
* The name "Ino" generally does not carry a meaning, but put into content of her family, her name is short for "Inoshishi", which means {{translation|"boar"|猪}}, hence Sakura calling her {{translation|Ino-pig-chan|いのブタちゃん|Ino-buta-chan}}. Her family name "Yamanaka" means {{translation|"among the mountains"|山中}}. Wild boar are heavily associated with mountains in Japan, and are even called the {{translation|whales of the mountains|山鯨|yamakujira}}, because of the amount of meat they produce.
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* The name "Ino" is short for "Inoshishi" which means {{translation|"boar"|猪}}, hence Sakura calling her {{translation|Ino-pig-chan|いのブタちゃん|Ino-buta-chan}}. Her family name "Yamanaka" means {{translation|"among the mountains"|山中}}. Wild boar are heavily associated with mountains in Japan, and are even called the {{translation|whales of the mountains|山鯨|yamakujira}}, because of the amount of meat they produce.
 
* Her family owns a flower shop called [[Yamanaka Flowers]], where she works part-time.
 
* Her family owns a flower shop called [[Yamanaka Flowers]], where she works part-time.
 
* In the manga, it was never revealed how or why Ino became a medical-nin. Her choice to study under Tsunade was anime-exclusive.
 
* In the manga, it was never revealed how or why Ino became a medical-nin. Her choice to study under Tsunade was anime-exclusive.
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** Ino has completed 40 official missions in total: 23 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 2 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Ino has completed 40 official missions in total: 23 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 2 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Ino's favourite phrase is {{translation|"The many [[Wikipedia:Hanakotoba|meanings of flowers]]"|花言葉の数々|Hanakotoba no kazukazu}}.
 
** Ino's favourite phrase is {{translation|"The many [[Wikipedia:Hanakotoba|meanings of flowers]]"|花言葉の数々|Hanakotoba no kazukazu}}.
** Ino's favourite item is the flower she gave Sakura when they were children.
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** Ino's favourite thing is the flower she gave Sakura when they were children.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Sakura]], when she asks her why she gave her a ribbon) "''Because… I thought it would be a waste for you to wither away as a bud. There's no meaning to a flower unless it blooms. It might turn out to be… a flower more beautiful than a [[Wikipedia:Cosmos (plant)|Cosmos]].''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 71, pages 13-14</ref>
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* (To [[Sakura]], when she asks her why she gave her a ribbon) "''Because… I thought it would be a waste for you to wither away as a bud. There's no meaning to a flower unless it blooms. It might turn out to be… a flower more beautiful than a [[Wikipedia:Cosmos (plant)|Cosmos]].''"<ref>Chapter 71, pages 13-14</ref>
 
* (To Sakura) "''Who're you calling "pig", you billboard brow?!''"
 
* (To Sakura) "''Who're you calling "pig", you billboard brow?!''"
* (To Sakura) "''You've bloomed into a beautiful flower.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 73, page 18</ref>
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* (To Sakura) "''You've bloomed into a beautiful flower.''"<ref>Chapter 73, page 18</ref>
 
* (To [[Chōji]] about [[Asuma]]) "''Listen, I know how you feel… the three of us, Team Ten… We went on a lot of missions with Asuma-sensei. Shikamaru and I don't want to fight him either. But it's '''because''' we know him so well that we can stop him with the least risk to the army. Don't you remember what those earrings are supposed to represent Chōji?''"<ref name="C533P78" />
 
* (To [[Chōji]] about [[Asuma]]) "''Listen, I know how you feel… the three of us, Team Ten… We went on a lot of missions with Asuma-sensei. Shikamaru and I don't want to fight him either. But it's '''because''' we know him so well that we can stop him with the least risk to the army. Don't you remember what those earrings are supposed to represent Chōji?''"<ref name="C533P78" />
 
* (To [[Shikamaru]]) "''It's not a matter of can or can't, I'm doing it!''"<ref name="chapt630" />
 
* (To [[Shikamaru]]) "''It's not a matter of can or can't, I'm doing it!''"<ref name="chapt630" />

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Ino Part III

山中いの Yamanaka Ino

  • Ino-pig (いのぶた, Ino-buta)[6]
  • Mrs. Beauty (美人さん, Bijin-san)[7]
Debut
Manga Volume #4, Naruto Chapter #34
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Konoha Ninpōchō
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
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Birthdate Astrological Sign Libra September 23 Icon_-_Search.png
Sex Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part I: 12–13
  • Part II: 16–17
Height
  • Part I: 149.3 cm
    1.493 m
    4.898 ft
    58.78 in
    151.2 cm
    1.512 m
    4.961 ft
    59.528 in
  • Part II: 162.2 cm
    1.622 m
    5.322 ft
    63.858 in
  • Blank Period: 164 cm
    1.64 m
    5.381 ft
    64.567 in
Weight
  • Part I: 38.2 kg
    84.217 lb
    38.5 kg
    84.878 lb
  • Part II: 46 kg
    101.413 lb
Blood type B
Classification
Occupation
  • Botanist
  • Leader of the Konoha Barrier Team (Manga only)
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012604
Academy Grad. Age 12
Chūnin Prom. Age 14
Family
Nature Type
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Ino Yamanaka (山中いの, Yamanaka Ino) is a member of Konohagakure's Yamanaka clan. She and her fellow members of Team Asuma are their generation's Ino–Shika–Chō trio.

Background

Child Ino

Ino as a child.

Ino is the only child of Inoichi Yamanaka and was a popular and confident student during her time in the Academy. There, she met Sakura Haruno, who was teased by other kids for her large forehead. Ino defended Sakura from the bullies and encouraged her to embrace her forehead rather than hide it, becoming good friends with her. Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped Sakura become more confident and develop into her own person. However, 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.[8]

Personality

From a young age, Ino has been confident, bold, and rarely afraid to speak her mind, sometimes lashing out at others if their personal habits bother her.[9] She is generally more motivated than her team-mates Shikamaru Nara and Chōji Akimichi and tends to take charge of them; Shikamaru finds Ino's forceful behavior, as with most things, "troublesome" and often tries to avoid provoking her.[10] She is also prideful in her appearance and often tries lose weight by dieting in the hopes that it will make her more attractive to boys; she even jokingly suggests that Chōji should do the same to attract girls.[11] Ino is quite knowledgeable about different types and meanings of flowers, sometimes making analogies to them when talking.[12]

Despite her assertiveness, Ino is a compassionate and kind person at heart, having been raised to embody the meaning of the bush clover: a blunt, candid love who treasures the bonds with her friends.[13] It is these qualities that earned Sakura Haruno's friendship, defending Sakura from bullies who teased her and helping her become confident. Their warm friendship developed into a bitter rivalry over the following years, fueled by competition of Sasuke's affections, ninjutsu and even trading insults, with Ino as "Ino-pig" (いのぶた, Ino-buta) and Sakura as "Forehead Girl" (デコリーン, Dekorīn, English TV: Bilboard Brow). After the Chūnin Exams, Ino becomes impressed by Sakura's growth and they ultimately rekindle their friendship, while maintaining their rivalry on more amiable terms. She cares greatly for her team-mates as well, showing relief that they survived after the failed Sasuke Recovery Mission,[14], promising her sensei Asuma to look after them after he dies,[15] and during the Fourth Shinobi World War, encouraging them to stay strong in the face of danger.[16]

Ino&#039;s dream

Ino dreams of handsome men yearning for her.

Ino had the same infatuation on Sasuke that most other girls in their Academy class had, due to his good looks and cool personality. Even after Sasuke's defection from Konoha, Ino retained her feelings for him to an extent in Part II: she cried when he was declared an international criminal,[17] and pictured him as the "love" the bush clover symbolises during the Fourth Shinobi World War.[18] Ino meets Sai in Part II, who not only replaces Sasuke on Team 7, but strongly resembles him in appearance as well. For this reason, Ino becomes immediately smitten with him, flirting with him when first introduced and blushing when Sai called her beautiful.[19] Although her Infinite Tsukuyomi dream reveals she likes the idea of Sasuke and Sai fighting over her, Ino's affections ultimately shift toward Sai, showing a deeper desire to know more about him as she risks her life to save him in Shikamaru Hiden. In turn, Sai reciprocates Ino's feelings and the two marry years later, having a son, Inojin. As a mother, Ino's personality is relatively the same, but she has greater respect for her clan and its traditions, insisting they be passed down to the next generation to form a new Ino–Shika–Chō.

Appearance

  • Ino's appearance in Part I.
  • Ino's appearance in Part II.
  • Ino in The Last: Naruto the Movie.

Ino has fair skin, green eyes (blue in the anime), and long pale-blonde hair worn in a ponytail, with bangs framing the right side of her face. Her hair is seen in different lengths: in Part I, her ponytail extends to her waist, but it is later cut and grows to shoulder-length; in Part II, the bangs grow to cover half of her face, her ponytail becomes waist-length, and she sports a red clip on the left; in the The Last: Naruto the Movie, her hair is hung loosely and extends to her calves; as an adult, her hairstyle returns to its shape in Part II, but her ponytail reaches her upper-back and sports a black clip. In Part II, Sai notes that Ino is quite beautiful.[20]

Ino regularly wears a purple outfit consisting of a high-collared blouse and matching apron skirt. In Part I, she sports this attire with bandages on her abdomen and legs, small hoop-earrings, her forehead protector worn as a belt, and for a time, white arm warmers. In Part II, Ino's outfit is slightly more revealing as she discards her forehead protector and bandages and wears mesh armour on her thighs, elbows and knees. She also replaces her hoop earrings with studs, a gift from Asuma Sarutobi. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino dons the standard Konoha infantry flak jacket and assorted clothing. In The Last: Naruto the Movie, she wears a longer skirt that reaches her ankles, high-heeled sandals and pink lipstick.[21] As an adult, Ino wears her purple outfit with one mesh warmer on her left arm and open-toed sandals. She also dons the standard Konoha uniform while on missions.[22]

Abilities

Kanchi

Ino senses chakra around her.

Ino was noted to be an exceptional kunoichi by Asuma in Part I.[23] Her father stated that she has the potential to become the greatest member of the Yamanaka clan.[24] In Part II, Ino became a medical-nin and a chūnin, further showing her growth. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, she gained praise from her father on her improved skills.[25]

Chakra and Physical Prowess

Although not at Sakura's level, Ino is skilled in controlling her chakra, enough to flow it through a medium in order to bind targets. By Part II of the anime, her chakra control improved enough to help perform the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier,[26] as well as transfer her chakra to others.[27] Though Ino rarely uses taijutsu,[28] she has proven skilled enough to hold her own against against Sakura during the Chūnin Exams[29] and against a reincarnated Asuma in the Fourth Shinobi World War[30] a proficient taijutsu user himself. Ino also shown impressive strength and speed, being able to tackle Chōji, with an enlarged arm, away from Asuma's extremely fast Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique.

Ninjutsu

Ino and sakura mystical palm

Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.

Ino has great sensory skills, enough to detect changes in another person's chakra.[31][32] She can lock onto an enemy's chakra's signature and transfer the information to her allies for their benefit.[33] She has also learned medical ninjutsu over the time-skip and was noted to have mastered it by Part II;[3] the anime shows she trained alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision.[34] She is skilled enough to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing.[35][36] Ino's nature transformations include Earth, Water, Yin and Yang Release.[4]

Yamanaka Clan Techniques

Mind Body Switch Technique

Ino using the Mind Body Switch Technique.

As a Yamanaka, Ino specialises in mind-affecting techniques such as the Mind Body Switch Technique, which allows her to briefly possess a target and take control of their actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Ino can also be forced out of the body if the opponent's will is strong enough. Ino has been shown using this technique on animals for reconnaissance and espionage, as it was originally intended.[37] In the anime, she is able to use the Mind Body Disturbance Technique to force her enemies to attack each other.[38]

Mind Clone Technique

Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino's skill with the Mind Body Switch Technique has improved greatly:[39] she can target enemies who are briefly immobilised,[40] or possess targets quickly enough to save her allies from incoming danger.[41][42] Ino has also learned the Mind Clone Switch Technique, which allows her to control multiple targets at once.[43] With the Mind Body Transmission Technique, Ino can communicate telepathically with multiple people at once, convey memories and feelings to others or transmit what she senses into a target's mind.[44] By making physical contact with a person, the targets can also communicate with one another while the technique is active.[45] In The Last: Naruto the Movie, her range has expanded enough to receive and broadcast messages around the Earth in a short period of time.

Intelligence

Ino Hair Trap

Sakura falls prey to Ino's trap.

Ino is quite intelligent, graduating at the top of her class in the Academy alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Shino Aburame. During her fight with Sakura in the Chūnin Exams, she turned the battle in her favour by simply cutting her hair to bind her enemy. The anime shows that Ino is very attentive, able to determine a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands.[46] During Pain's Assault, she concluded that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work.[47]

Stats

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

Part I

Prologue — Land of Waves

Main article: Prologue — Land of Waves Upon graduating In the anime, Ino races Sakura Haruno toward the Academy, where they will be added to new teams along with other graduates of her class. Despite hoping to be on the same team as Sasuke Uchiha, she is devastated that not only Sakura becomes Sasuke's team-mate along with Naruto Uzumaki, but she herself is added to Asuma Sarutobi's Team 10 with Shikamaru Nara and Chōji Akimichi. Ino immediately lays ground rules for her new team-mates to follow.

Chūnin Exams

Main article: Chūnin Exams Despite how recently they graduated from the Academy, Asuma enters Team 10 in the Chūnin Exams being held in Konoha. Shortly before the exams begin, Ino greets Sasuke by cheerfully hugging him, much to his, and of course, Sakura's chagrin. For the first stage of the exams, they are given a written test with ten questions too difficult for the standard genin to be able to answer, and for which reason participants are expected to cheat without getting caught. Ino uses her Mind Body Switch Technique to copy answers from Sakura's exam sheet and transfer the information to Shikamaru and Chōji.

Ino infiltrates Kin&#039;s body

Ino infiltrates Kin's body.

For the second stage of the exams, Team 10 enters the Forest of Death to take part in a five-day survival exercise. Team 10 initially spends their time avoiding conflict, hiding whenever they come across another team. When they are soon noticed by Neji Hyūga, Ino tries using her charm to convince Neji into giving her team the scroll, though she fails miserably and her team immediately retreats from Neji's intimidation. When they discover Sakura defending her teammates from a team of Oto-nin by herself, Ino recalls her childhood memories of their friendship and finally decides to help her. Team 10 initiates Formation Ino–Shika–Chō: Chōji attacks Zaku Abumi with Human Bullet Tank, Shikamaru immobilises Dosu Kinuta with his Shadow Imitation Technique, and Ino uses her Mind Body Switch on Kin Tsuchi. Ino tries to use Kin as a hostage, but Zaku opts to attack Kin himself rather than let her be used against him. Too tired to offer much more of a fight, Team 10 wonders what to do. When Sasuke regains consciousness and activates his new cursed seal, Ino becomes frightened by the dark change in Sasuke's chakra and released herself from Kin's body. After the Oto-nin retreat, the Konoha genin take their leave, but not before Ino fixes Sakura's hair.

Double Knockout

Ino and Sakura knock each other out.

After passing the second stage, the remaining genin take part in one-on-one preliminary matches. For her match, Ino is paired against Sakura. 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 they later wake up, Ino informs her that their match was ruled a tie, and that therefore neither of them will continue to the finals. Despite this, they decide to rekindle their friendship, though can't help but continue to bicker over Sasuke.

A few days later, Ino accompanies Sakura to visit Sasuke at the hospital with flowers, but discover he is gone. Instead, they see Lee training despite his injuries, causing him to fall unconscious as a consequence. On the day of the finals, Ino sat with Sakura in the audience and tried to cheer her up when Sasuke hadn't arrived yet. She becomes impressed impressed by Naruto's victory over Neji and cheers for Shikamaru in his match with Temari, though is left shocked when he voluntarily gives up. Sasuke finally arrives for his match with Gaara, and Ino watches the fight with interest, noting to Sakura that her team-mates are amazing.

Konoha Crush

Main article: Konoha Crush Ino and the rest of the audience are put to sleep by genjutsu as the Konoha Crush begins. Several days after the invasion is successfully repelled, she attends the Third Hokage's funeral.

Sasuke Recovery Mission

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission Team 10 goes to Yakiniku Q to celebrate Shikamaru's promotion to chūnin, though Ino becomes angered by Chōji's gluttony and nearly insults him before Shikamaru silences her. She reveal she has been dieting to lose weight and make her more attractive, and jokingly suggests for Chōji to do the same before walking off. After the failed attempt to stop Sasuke Uchiha from defecting from Konoha, Ino and Sakura visited the injured at the hospital, showing great relief at Chōji's survival due to the Fifth Hokage's efforts.

Mizuki Tracking Mission

Main article: Mizuki Tracking Mission In the anime, Team 10 helps Naruto round up escaped prisoners from the Konoha Strict Correctional Facility. They use their Formation Ino–Shika–Chō to restrain the Legendary Stupid Brothers until Tsunade can arrive to defeat them.

Academy Student Lead Mission

Main article: Academy Student Lead Mission In the anime, Ino is put in charge of a team of Academy students to teach them survival skills.

Kaima Capture Mission

In the anime, Ino joins Naruto, Shino Aburame and Anko Mitarashi in escorting a delivery ship in the Land of the Sea, as well as investigating a possible sea monster. The Kaima Capture Team also encounters Misumi Tsurugi and Yoroi from the Chūnin Exams and defeat them.

Matchmaking Proxy Mission

Inner Ino

Inner Ino.

In the anime, Ino, escorted by Naruto, is hired to replace the recently overweight Princess Fuku in wooing her suitor Chikara. The mission's predicaments and Naruto's interference angers Ino to a point where she reveals an Inner Ino (内なるいの, Uchi Naru Ino), similar to Sakura's "Inner Sakura". The mission ends with success, but Ino is baffled as to why some men like chubby women.

Konoha Plans Recapture Mission

In the anime, Ino and Sakura are sent to examine a corpse that was believed to be that of Gennō. They conclude that it is not actually him. Ino later tries to use her Mind Body Switch Technique on the real Gennō, but the tremendous pain his body is under forces her to cancel the technique.

Sunagakure Support Mission

In the anime, Ino and the rest of the Konoha 11 are sent to help the Three Sand Siblings defeat the Four Celestial Symbols Men; she and Shikamaru aid Temari in her fight with Kujaku. While Kujaku is eventually defeated, Ino feels she contributed little in the fight and, back in Konoha, 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

In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths

Team Asuma Chūnin Exams

Team 10 during the second Chūnin Exams.

In the anime, about two years after Naruto leaves Konoha to train, another Chūnin Exams 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, Ino, Sakura, 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.

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.[48] While recuperating at an oasis, they are confronted by Team Ameno, and Ino is knocked out on her first attempt to attack them. Awakening and remembering her training, she uses her sensing abilities to locate their attackers and telepathically links with Sakura and Chōji once more, allowing them to coordinate their attacks and defeat Team Ameno. 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.[49]

Tsunade Promoting Genin

Ino 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.[50] Ino is able to release Chōji using her Mind Body Switch Technique, 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.[51]

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 Ino, Sakura, and Chōji to chūnin.[52]

Part II

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission

Ino comes to retrieve Chōji for their mission with Asuma and, along the way, happily greets Naruto after having not seen him in years. When Team 7 later returns from their failed mission to retrieve Sasuke, Team 10 visits them in the hospital where Kakashi is resting. Ino immediately expresses interest in Sai, who looks very similar to Sasuke, but Sakura tells her that his personality is much different. While their teachers discuss private matters, both teams have lunch at Yakiniku Q; Ino sits next to Sai and flirts with him. Sai, in an attempt to make friends by giving them nick-names, calls Ino "beautiful", causing her to blush and Sakura to become enraged, as Sai previously called her "ugly".

Twelve Guardian Ninja

Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja (Arc) In the anime, when Furido's 4-Man team invades the village, Ino joins other Konoha-nin in fighting off Fudō's zombie ninja army. She recognises the enemies as members of the Kohaku Clan and serves as medical support for her allies. When the zombies are defeated, Ino and some of the Konoha 11 set out to assist Team 7 in dealing with Sora's jinchūriki transformation. She tries using her Mind Body Switch Technique to possess Sora in his Nine-Tails' Version 1 state, but fails as she notes that his consciousness has vanished.

Akatsuki Suppression Mission

Ino healing Asuma

Ino tries to heal Asuma.

Ino and Chōji are assigned to one of the Twenty Platoons, a taskforce assigned to hunt down Akatsuki members within the Land of Fire. Led by Raidō Namiashi and Aoba Yamashiro, the team is called in for back-up when Asuma's team engages Hidan and Kakuzu of Akatsuki. When they arrive, however, the Akatsuki members flee and Asuma's injuries are too severe for Ino to heal. Sensing his death, Asuma gives parting words to his students: he tells Ino to look after Shikamaru and Chōji and to not lose to Sakura in any pursuit. Ino tearfully mourns Asuma's death and later attends his funeral in Konoha with Choji, asking him why Shikamaru hasn't arrived.

Once Shikamaru gets everything ready, he sets out with Ino and Chōji to hunt down Hidan and Kakuzu. Tsunade tries to persuade them not to go, but they are all confident in what they plan to do. She tries to hold them back on the grounds that they need a fourth member, at which point Kakashi Hatake appears and volunteers to be their fourth, causing Tsuande to relent. After the team review their battle strategy, Ino uses her Mind Body Switch Technique on a hawk to locate Hidan and Kakuzu. The team engages the Akatsuki duo in battle, though Ino cannot contribute much to the fight and can only watch it progress. Since Hidan and Kakuzu are formidable working together, Team 10 realises the duo need to be separated if they're to be defeated. Ino volunteers to lead Hidan away, but Shikamaru goes in her place as he states her Mind Body Switch Technique alone is too risky to use in battle.

Even with each side one member short, Kakuzu still manages to easily overwhelm and capture Kakashi and Team 10. His attempt to kill them is blocked by the combined efforts of Naruto and Yamato, who arrive with Sakura and Sai to lend assistance. While Sakura and Sai set out to help Shikamaru, Naruto fights Kakuzu and eventually defeats him with his newly-created Wind Release: Rasenshuriken. Afterwards, Ino heals Naruto's injuries and praises him for his improved skills before the teams return to Konoha. In the anime, Ino visits Neji and Hinata Hyūga and tells them about the mission's events and Naruto's new technique.[53]

Three-Tails' Appearance

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance In the anime, Ino participates in a surgical operation at Konoha Hospital and receives praise another surgeon for her efforts. She is later assigned to a team tasked with sealing the Three-Tails, but experiences more difficulty in maintaining the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier than her team-mates. They are interrupted by Team Guren before they can complete the sealing, prompting Konoha to recall them and send Anbu to seal the Three-Tails in their place.

Pain's Assault

Ino crying

Ino mourns Shizune's death.

When Pain's Assault on Konoha begins, Ino rushed to the village's Intelligence Division to inform her father of the attack. Shizune soon arrives and they exchange information about Pain's identity and the method of his technique. They are soon attacked by the Animal Path's Rhinoceros, but are shielded by segments of Katsuyu; in the manga, Ino is shocked by Katsuya's presence, but calmly recognises her in the anime. They relocate with the Konoha Cryptanalysis Team to further deduce Pain's location, though the Human Path ambushes them and captures Shizune, reading her mind before killing her. Ino mourns Shizune's death.

Pain later destroys the village, but Ino and the villagers saved from harm by Katsuyu. While Naruto fights Pain alone, she and her father meet up with Shikamaru and Shikaku Nara to pool their knowledge about Pain. With their combined information, they hypothesise that Pain is actually being controlled remotely by someone, likely from the highest point near Konoha. Ino and Shikamaru stay behind while their fathers search for Pain, who is eventually defeated by Naruto and revives everyone he killed in Konoha. Upon Naruto's return to Konoha, Ino joins in the celebration of his victory; in the anime, she says she could almost fall for Naruto, surprising Chōji and Shikamaru.[54]

Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha

Main article: Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha In the anime, Ino and Team 10 round up some hogs for the villagers to eat.

Five Kage Summit

Konoha 11 Decision

The "Konoha 11" deciding what to do with Sasuke.

News reaches Konoha of Sasuke's recent activity with Akatsuki, specifically his attack against Kumogakure-ninja. Most of the Konoha 11 decide that Sasuke can no longer be allowed to implicate Konoha in his criminal deeds and they resolve to personally kill him. Crestfallen by this revelation, Ino cries over Sasuke and has to be comforted by Chōji and Tenten. When Naruto returns to Konoha after learning of this and having his own confrontation with Sasuke, he requests that they leave dealing with Sasuke to him.

Power

Main article: Power (Arc) In the anime, Ino arrived as back up for Team Kakashi, and took care of an injured Sakura. With assistance from her team-mates, she later battled a snake clone of Hidan made by Kabuto Yakushi.

Paradise Life on a Boat

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

Road to Sakura

Main article: Road to Sakura While on her day off, Ino saw Sakura falling to the ground and to her to Tsunade for medical attention. Seeing that Sakura has amnesia, Ino and the rest of Konoha 11 tries to jog her memory by acting differently from their usual selves, but this fails. After encountering Sakura's parents, it is eventually revealed that this Sakura is from an alternate reality. When the alternate Sakura disappears, Ino is left to ponder where the real Sakura is.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

Ino in Kinkaku

Ino takes control of Kinkaku.

When the Fourth Shinobi World War begins, Ino is placed in the Allied Shinobi Forces' Fifth Division. She and part of her division are later sent to provide support for the First Division, meeting Chōji and Shikamaru along the way. As they near the First Division's location, Shikaku contacts Shikamaru, Chōji, and Ino and tells them about the first threat they'll need to deal with: Kinkaku, who possesses some of the Nine-Tails' chakra. When they arrive, they use Formation Ino–Shika–Chō on Kinkaku, allowing his capture in the Kohaku no Jōhei. After Kinkaku's defeat, Team 10 is immediately confronted by a reincarnated Kakuzu, who is interested in fighting them. Shikaku contacts them and instructs them to deal with another threat instead: a reincarnated Asuma.

Fūton Fūjin no Jutsu

Ino saves Chōji from Asuma's attack.

Although none of them want to fight Asuma, they, as his former students, are experts on his fighting style and thus the best-qualified to defeat him. When he notices their presence, Asuma congratulates them for their clear growth since he last saw them. They attack him and he's forced to counter, but he gives pointers about how to avoid his attacks and ultimately defeat him. Although Ino and Chōji are committed to the fight, Chōji has difficulty bringing himself to strike Asuma, to everyone's frustrations, Asuma's included. Ino saves Chōji's life twice from Asuma's attacks and, using the Mind Body Switch Technique on Chōji, tells him he needs to pull himself together so they can defeat Asuma. Once Chōji is able to do so, Ino leaves Chōji's body and takes control of two White Zetsu soldiers to attack Asuma, moving him toward Shikamaru and Chōji so they can restrain him. Defeated, Asuma gives them new parting words: that he has nothing more to teach them since their teamwork is now perfect.

By nightfall, the First Division's battle appears won: all the reincarnated forces have been captured and all present elements of the White Zetsu Army have been defeated. The Demonic Statue of the Outer Path suddenly appears on the battlefield and starts devastating the First Division, causing Ino and her team to take cover. The statue later vanishes after Tobi escapes with the Benihisago and the Kohaku no Jōhei, which contain the reincarnated Gold and Silver Brothers. The following day, a new threat emerges in the form of White Zetsus that have infiltrated the Allied Shinobi Forces. In the anime, the reincarnated Sound Four also attack the members of the former Sasuke Recovery Team. While Shikamaru and Chōji defeat their opponents, the Sound Four's defeat activates Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover, separating the Recovery Team's souls from their bodies and trapping them within a barrier in a remote location. Ino risks her life to keep her unconscious team-mates alive by transferring her chakra to them simultaneously, despite warnings from her other allies. Inoichi telepathically contacts Ino and informs her of the technique's mechanisms, but he is unable to detect the barrier's location and thus have it destroyed so the victims can be freed. Naruto is eventually able to do so, however, and Shikamaru and Chōji's souls are restored to their bodies, causing a relieved Ino to tearfully hug them.[55]

Team 10 also encounter their reincarnated childhood friend Yōta, whose emotionally-fueled weather manipulation push the team back. As the trio contemplate having to fight Yōta, Inoichi contacts them and links them to other people fighting Yōta, including Kiba Inuzuka, Sakura and Naruto. Realising the Yōta in front of him is a White Zetsu clone, Ino and her team-mates defeat him.[56] Naruto goes through the Allied Forces, purging it of White Zetsus. Until he can arrive at their location, the Allies draw circles around themselves and not enter anyone else's in order to not arouse suspicion. Ino suggests asking each other personal questions, but Shikamaru insists not to as it is possible that the enemy could guess correctly. Naruto eventually arrives and removes all the White Zetsus.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Ino arrives to the battlefield

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

After being informed by her father at HQ that Naruto and Killer B were fighting the "masked Madara", Ino and the rest of the Konoha 11 rush to his aid. As she runs, she thanks her father for relaying Naruto's strong feelings to everyone and promises that his foretelling of their victory will be realised. Ino and the rest of the Allied Shinobi Forces arrive just in time as she, with Hinata Hyūga's aid, uses her Mind Body Switch Technique on Tobi (real name Obito Uchiha) to shift the Ten-Tails' Tailed Beast Ball away from Naruto’s group. Shikaku Nara, through Inoichi's telepathic link, relays a plan of restraining the Ten-Tails to the assembled Allied Forces, but the plan is unsuccessful. Obito and Madara Uchiha are nevertheless concerned by Shikaku's strategies and have the Ten-Tails fire a Tailed Beast Ball at the distant Allied HQ, where Inoichi and Shikaku are stationed. Before the HQ is destroyed, Inoichi tells a crying Ino that he is proud of his daughter for blossoming into the bush clover of the Yamanaka Clan and making strong bonds with her friends.

Ino comunicates with Allied Forces

Ino communicates with the entire Shinobi Alliance.

With no time to grieve, the remaining Allied Forces enact Shikaku's last plan after being empowered by Naruto's version 1-like cloaks: a large-scale Formation Ino–Shika–Chō. Obito is unable to break free of Ino's improved Mind Body Switch Technique, which enables her to save Chōji from being skewered by the Ten-Tails' wooden spikes. She releases her technique and returns to her body once Shikamaru and other Nara members restrain the Ten-Tails. The attack succeeds in removing the Ten-Tails from Obito and Madara's control, but this makes its attacks more devastating and indiscriminate. When the Ten-Tails prepares to destroy the Allies with a Tailed Beast Ball, Ino uses the Mind Body Transmission Technique to connect Shikamaru with Kitsuchi and teach him a simple protective wall. Obliging to Shikamaru's request regardless of her capability, Ino manages through some strain to connect Shikamaru to the rest of the Allies so that he can teach them this same jutsu and use it to try and deflect the Tailed Beast Ball. It breaks through all their defences, but is slowed enough for the reincarnated Fourth Hokage to arrive in time to save them.

Kagezukami no Jutsu

Ino and her team-mates attacking the Ten-Tails' clones.

Sasuke Uchiha arrives shortly after the Fourth, claiming to now want to help protect Konoha by defeating the Ten-Tails. A surprised Ino immediately rushes toward Sasuke's location before her team-mates warn her to stay away from him. With their whole graduating class together again, which Ino finds nostalgic, the members of Teams 7, 8, and 10 attack the Ten-Tails' minions. For Team 10's contribution, they use the Human Bullet Yo-Yo, where Ino uses her Sensing Technique to detect the number of enemies present and transmits the information into Shikamaru's mind so he can have Chōji attack them. Their formation is quite successful, but does not compare to the amount of damage inflicted by Team 7's members. Ino later noticed that something was troubling Shikamaru, but he dismissed her.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Hashirama communication

Ino connects Hashirama to the Shinobi Alliance.

Obito eventually becomes the Ten-Tails jinchūriki, against whom only Naruto, Sasuke, and the four reincarnated Hokage can fight. Morale starts to sink because of this, so Ino telepathically links Shikamaru to the Alliance in order to boost their morale. When Obito prepares to destroy the Alliance with four Tailed Beast Balls, Naruto and the Fourth Hokage are able to teleport Ino and everyone to safety through their reactivated version 1-like cloaks. Obito employs a different tactic: recreating the God Tree to feed off the chakra of whatever Allies it comes into contact with. Ino is able to avoid having her chakra drained, but Shikamaru is not as fortunate and she and Chōji rush to their failing team-mate. When Hashirama Senju appears, Ino connects him to the Alliance (and the approaching Five Kage) so that he can explain the details of Madara’s Eye of the Moon Plan, but this further demotivates them.

Konoha 11 attacking Obito

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

Ino’s active telepathy also conveys Naruto's feelings and memories, as well as those of Hashirama, to the entire Alliance, giving them the morale they need to keep fighting. While Naruto and Sasuke engage Obito in battle, a version 1 cloak begins forming around Shikamaru as Sakura heals him; Ino senses from her technique that it is due to Naruto’s subconscious desire to protect his comrades. After thanking Naruto and Sakura for Shikamaru's recovery, Ino relays Tsunade's message, when she arrives on the battlefield, of Katsuyu's healing abilities to the Alliance. She then helps Naruto defeat Obito, first by joining the rest of the Konoha 11 in hitting Obito with one of Naruto's Rasengan, and then by assisting the Allies in pulling the tailed beasts' chakra from Obito's body.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Victimes 4

Ino caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Even with Obito defeated, other threats still remain: a final Zetsu begins overwhelming most of the Alliance, which they're all too weak to put up much fight against. During this time, Ino reacts with shock when she senses Naruto's weakened physical state, caused by the Nine-Tails' extraction from his body. When the Infinite Tsukuyomi is cast upon the world, Ino alongside most people are immobilised by the genjutsu and restrained.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

In her dream, Ino is fought over by Sasuke and Sai as she joyfully asks them not to, while her still-alive father watches her with pride. Naruto and Sasuke eventually release the Infinite Tsukuyomi, freeing Ino and the rest of the world and thus ending the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Blank Period

Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky

Main article: Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky Ino makes an appearance in this novel.

Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness

Main article: Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness When Shikamaru is heading to the mission to investigate Gengo, he sees his childhood friends and team-mates, Ino and Chōji. He feels that they are so innocent that he doesn't have the heart to tell them about the mission. However, later when Temari noticed Shikamaru's weirdness and goes to negotiate with Konogakure, Ino, Chōji and Sakura go to save Shikamaru and other shinobi of Konogakure. Aside from worrying about her friend Shikamaru, Ino is more eager to save Sai, the one who is under Gengo's genjutsu and whom she has a crush on. Despite the danger for herself, Ino sank deeply into Sai's mind to salvage his consciousness. She feels that she want to know more about Sai when sinking down. Later, when Sai is successfully saved by her, he express his gratefulness to "Miss Beautiful".

The Last: Naruto the Movie

Main article: The Last: Naruto the Movie

Team 8 in the Last

Team 10 walk by the Academy.

Two years after the war, Team 10 walk by the Academy where Naruto is teaching a class, Ino noting he has become very popular with many people, mostly women, since saving the world. Team 10 later has dinner with Naruto and Sakura at Ichiraku Ramen, and Ino invites Hinata to come sit with them when she appears. Using her telepathy, she alerts the Sixth Hokage of meteors falling towards Earth and receives a message from Kumogakure about a telecommuted Five Kage Summit. After Toneri Ōtsutsuki is defeated, Ino announces to the Earth and its people that they were safe due to the Hanabi Rescue Team. Sometime later, Ino is seen enjoying Sai's company while in Konoha.[57]

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

Main article: Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze Ino appears as one of the main characters, as Sakura's close friend and assistant. She and Sakura opened a clinic within the Konoha Hospital that would assess and treat children's mental health. Later, she invites Sakura out to a tea with her, but Sakura declines because she has paperwork she wants to do.

One week later, Ino and Sakura go to Sunagakure in order to open a clinic for children. On the way, Ino speaks to her friends about Shikamaru and Temari's relationship and tells her that Chôji often goes to Kumogakure, where his girlfriend Karui lives. Sakura asks Ino about her own feelings and she reveals her crush on Sai, but that she doesn't know how to express her feelings to him.

The two kunoichi meet a Suna shinobi who escorts them to their conference with the village's doctors. Afterwards, however, they are summoned before Gaara, the Kazekage, who informs them that Sasuke has been to Suna. Gaara repeats to them the conversation that Sasuke had with the terrorist group two days earlier, which he (who was surveying the group anyway) witnessed with his Third Eye. Although he, Ino and Sakura want to believe it was someone disguised as Sasuke, they can come up with no practical explanations for the man having Sasuke's chakra signature.

When Ino and Sakura return to Konoha, they inform Kakashi about the situation. Kakashi is also convinced that the man conspiring against Konoha was a lookalike of Sasuke, but he has no reliable way of contacting Sasuke in order to confirm this. He shares Gaara's recommendation to do nothing at the moment so that unsubstantiated assumptions can't be spread against Sasuke.

As Sai is investigating on Kido, Kakashi informs Sakura and Ino of the rumours about Sasuke's activity that have been reported by him. Ino is initially more concerned by the risks Sai may be facing, but Sakura steers things back to what the rumours mean for Sasuke. Since Sasuke was so instrumental to the victory during the Fourth Shinobi World War, the five Kage are still willing to believe it is not Sasuke planning against Konoha. However, if news of his actions gets out and public opinion turns against him, the Kage will be forced to do what they can to stop him.

Later, as Sakura with Sai's information think that Kido and Magire are behind the Sasuke impostor, Kakashi orders Ino, Sakura and Sai to team up, since they are investigating the same thing. Ino dubs themselves Ino–Saku–Sai and they promise to keep each other informed of their findings.

Later, Lee tells Ino and Sakura that he saw Anbu near the Naka Shrine two years ago. However, on their way to meet up with Sai, Sakura sees two Anbu trying to take Sasuke into custody for terrorist activity. She goes to them to lend assistance, either to free the real Sasuke or apprehend the impostor, but discovers that it is all a genjutsu. She dispels it, but is immediately injected with a drug that renders her unconscious.

Ino runs to Sai in order to inform him about Sakura's capture by Kido. Ino is embarrassed by his lack of clothes, since Sai was taking a shower before Ino's arrival. While he gets dressed, Ino contacts Kakashi and informs him of what's happened. He advises not getting anyone else involved in the rescue as that might only provoke Kido to kill Sakura. He also informs them that the Fourth Raikage is contemplating a Kage Summit to discuss reports of Sasuke's activity.

Sai and Ino go to one of Kido's hideouts and Ino senses the interior for Sakura's chakra. She isn't there, but Sai decides they should see what intel they can get anyway. Ino uses the Mind Body Switch Technique on the hideout's sentry while Sai captures them, her first time using such a tactic without Shikamaru or Chōji. When the sentry, an acquaintance of Sai's, is unwilling to answer their questions, Sai forces Sakura's whereabouts from him by tickling him with a paintbrush. They go to the hideout where Sakura is being kept, but find that she's already escaped and is on the offensive.

Sakura breaks out of the basement, through the floors above, and finally the roof with a single Cherry Blossom Impact. When she sees Sai and Ino, she tells them what she's learned about Kido and the drugs he's making. They are surrounded by many Anbu, Magire, and Kido himself, who tells them that he plans to sell his drugs not only as tools of war but as ways in which to cause those wars, thus giving him a never-ending source of revenue. Ino doubts that such drugs would ever have a market because the powers they grant are unearned, which Kido declares as naive, just like their clinic for children's mental health. He instructs his Anbu to use their synthetic tailed beast cloaks to either capture or kill Sakura and the others, no longer having a preference for their fate.

Sakura, Sai, and Ino work well together despite being outnumbered. Sakura is drawn into a fight with the Sasuke impostor, who chokes her using his synthetic tailed beast cloak. Sakura breaks free and, as she beats him unconscious, warns him to never impersonate Sasuske again. This has the added benefit of revealing that the synthetic cloaks disappear when their user loses consciousness; Sai and Ino also discover that the cloaks have time limits. Sai recommends they use this information to end the fight quickly.

Sakura, Sai, and Ino defeat all their opponents but Kido and Magire. Since Magire is a medic-nin, they decide to separate Kido from him so that Magire can't heal his injuries. Sai and Ino exchange attacks with Magire, but neither side is able to hit the other. Magire activates a synthetic tailed beast cloak and, with its tails, is able to create glowing orbs that detonate on contact. While Sai tries and fails to overpower Magire with his Super Beast Imitating Drawings, Ino takes control of an eagle which she uses to stab Magire from behind with a poisoned kunai. Magire's movements slowed, allowing Sai to deliver a finishing blow. Kakashi arrives to help soon after Magire is defeated, with Naruto and Hinata accompanying him. Together, they head into the forest to help Sakura. However, she defeat Kido with her Cherry Blossom Impact.

Ino along with Sai, Naruto, Hinata and Kakashi joined Sakura and congratulate her on her victory. However, they are interrupted by news that several of Kido's Anbu have fled the village. Ino and the others immediately give chase, but on reaching the Anbu they find them all defeated with a combination of fire and genjutsu. They guess that it was Sasuke's doing and that he chose not to stick around when he confirmed Kido was defeated. Although they're disappointed that Sasuke didn't at least say hello, they are glad that the entire ordeal is over. After Ino–Saku–Sai is dismissed by Kakashi, Sakura is called to a meeting with Suna-medics. Ino offers to go with her, but Sakura tells her to instead have lunch with Sai.

Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding

Main article: Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding Ino goes into a shop so as to buy a present for Naruto and Hinata's wedding. She reaches for a picture and is met by Sakura's hand doing the same. Sakura uses her superhuman strength to pull the picture frame from Ino's hand, to which Ino responds by claiming the picture frame is ugly and a terrible gift. The two get into an argument so heated that they are thrown out of 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 latter accusation and challenges Ino to a cooking competition to prove that she would make a good wife. Ino puts Military Rations Pills in Sakura's favourite dessert, anmitsu, and Sakura does the same in Ino's favourite dessert, pudding. The next day, Ino wants to use Chōji 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.

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Sakura suspects Ino put poison in her soldier pills, intending for Sakura to try one and fall deathly ill. Ino suspects the same of Sakura. In order to save Chōji they must identify the poison as soon as they can: each samples the other's soldier pills so that they can identify what type of poison it is. Neither can taste poison, but they do taste their favourite desserts, Ino loving the pudding in Sakura's and Sakura loving 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. She later attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding, taking a photo of herself along with Hinata, Sakura, and Tenten. In the group photo with everyone else, she was seen holding Sai's hand, showing they were in a relationship at the time.[21]

Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise

Main article: Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise Ino appears in the novel.

Epilogue

Choji, Ino Sai and Karui waiting their sons

Ino and the others wait for their children.

Years later, Ino and Sai marry and have a son, Inojin, who Ino begins to trains to be part of a new generation of Ino–Shika–Chō alongside Shikamaru's and Chōji's children. As such, she is irritated when their children don't arrive to practice and talks with Karui about the importance of practising the Ino–Shika–Chō formation even in such peaceful times.

Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring

Main article: Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Ino returns from a mission with Chōji as Sakura, Naruto, Sasuke, Chōchō and Sarada return to the village. She muses about Chōchō's shock towards her father's changed figure. While Ino happily greets Sasuke, Sarada believes Ino is making a move on her father and interrupts her, which amuses Sakura and confuses Ino.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Main article: Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Kunoichi in chunin exams

Ino watching the Chūnin Exams.

Ino hangs out with Sakura and Temari one day and they see Naruto's shadow clones running around to help out villagers. The three women later sat together to watch the Chūnin Exams' final round, where Ino becomes exasperated when Shikadai Nara mirrors his father's actions in his youth by giving up against Boruto Uzumaki. When Momoshiki and Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki attack the arena, Ino leaves the audience along with Hinata and Himawari Uzumaki and observes the ensuing battle.

In Other Media

Movies

Naruto Shippūden the Movie

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

Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

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

Video Games

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

Game nameJapanese releaseEnglish release
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive15 July 201022 March 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke4 July 20086 November 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 45 April 200724 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 520 December 200727 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing14 July 201624 August 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 310 December 200911 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 221 October 201019 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 318 April 20135 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 44 February 20169 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations23 February 201213 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution11 September 201416 September 2014
Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 24 December 200326 September 2006
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 221 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 320 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 421 November 2005
Naruto: Konoha Senki12 September 2003
Naruto: Ninja Council 327 April 200622 May 2007
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 213 July 200614 October 2008
Naruto: Shinobi Collection2014
Naruto: Shinobi Collection Shippū Ranbu27 July 2015
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 230 September 200412 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 322 December 200525 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress30 March 200624 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online14 April 201320 July 2015
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm15 January 20094 November 2008

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

Live Action

Live Spectacle Naruto

Main article: Live Spectacle Naruto Anju Inami plays as Ino in this stage play adaption.

Trivia

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  • The name "Ino" is short for "Inoshishi" which means "boar" (), hence Sakura calling her Ino-pig-chan (いのブタちゃん, Ino-buta-chan). Her family name "Yamanaka" means "among the mountains" (山中). Wild boar are heavily associated with mountains in Japan, and are even called the whales of the mountains (山鯨, yamakujira), because of the amount of meat they produce.
  • Her family owns a flower shop called Yamanaka Flowers, where she works part-time.
  • In the manga, it was never revealed how or why Ino became a medical-nin. Her choice to study under Tsunade was anime-exclusive.
  • Ino was ranked as the 29th most popular character in the seventh Naruto character popularity poll. She placed 14th in the fifth poll, 17th in the sixth poll and 23rd in the fourth poll. She finished 30th in the first poll.
  • According to the first Naruto fanbook, Ino had the best overall grades in the Academy. She had the highest grade in assertiveness and the second-highest grade in ninjutsu, taijutsu, genjutsu, cooperation, and class attitude, being beat by Sasuke in ninjutsu, taijutsu and genjutsu. However, in chapter 3, Iruka states that Sasuke's grades were first among all 27 graduates.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Ino's hobby is shopping.
    • Ino wishes for a rematch with Sakura.
    • Ino's favourite foods are cherry tomatoes and pudding, while her least favourite is sashimi.
    • Ino has completed 40 official missions in total: 23 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 6 B-rank, 2 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
    • Ino's favourite phrase is "The many meanings of flowers" (花言葉の数々, Hanakotoba no kazukazu).
    • Ino's favourite thing is the flower she gave Sakura when they were children.

Quotes

  • (To Sakura, when she asks her why she gave her a ribbon) "Because… I thought it would be a waste for you to wither away as a bud. There's no meaning to a flower unless it blooms. It might turn out to be… a flower more beautiful than a Cosmos."[58]
  • (To Sakura) "Who're you calling "pig", you billboard brow?!"
  • (To Sakura) "You've bloomed into a beautiful flower."[59]
  • (To Chōji about Asuma) "Listen, I know how you feel… the three of us, Team Ten… We went on a lot of missions with Asuma-sensei. Shikamaru and I don't want to fight him either. But it's because we know him so well that we can stop him with the least risk to the army. Don't you remember what those earrings are supposed to represent Chōji?"[41]
  • (To Shikamaru) "It's not a matter of can or can't, I'm doing it!"[45]

References

  1. First Databook, pages 130-131
  2. Second Databook, page 161
  3. 3.0 3.1 Third Databook, pages 178-179
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fourth Databook, page 197
  5. Retsu no Sho, page 31
  6. Naruto chapter 39, page 4
  7. Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding
  8. Chapter 54, pages 14-15
  9. Naruto chapter 173, pages 8-9
  10. Chapter 52, page 7
  11. Chapter 174, pages 7-8
  12. Chapter 71, pages 6-8
  13. Chapter 616, pages 12-13
  14. Chapter 236, page 8
  15. Naruto chapter 328, page 6
  16. Naruto chapter 529, page 11
  17. Naruto chapter 459, page 4
  18. Naruto chapter 616, page 12
  19. Naruto chapter 312
  20. Naruto chapter 309, page 12
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Last: Naruto the Movie
  22. Naruto chapter 700+10
  23. Chapter 71, page 3
  24. Naruto: Shippūden episode 407
  25. Chapter 530, page 1
  26. Naruto: Shippūden episode 103
  27. Naruto: Shippūden episode 304
  28. Chapter 72, page 5-6
  29. Naruto episode 41
  30. Chapter 533, page 6-7
  31. Chapter 56, page 12
  32. Chapter 334, page 6
  33. Chapter 633, pages 8-12
  34. Naruto episode 220
  35. Naruto: Shippūden episode 86
  36. Chapter 328, pages 3-4
  37. Chapter 332, page 8
  38. Naruto episode 145
  39. Chapter 530, page 1
  40. Chapter 529, page 17
  41. 41.0 41.1 Chapter 533, pages 7-8
  42. Chapter 611, page 10-11
  43. Chapter 534, pages 4-5
  44. Chapter 647, page 16-21
  45. 45.0 45.1 Chapter 630, page 11-12
  46. Naruto episode 198
  47. Chapter 428, page 14
  48. Naruto: Shippūden episode 406
  49. Naruto: Shippūden episode 407
  50. Naruto: Shippūden episode 408
  51. Naruto: Shippūden episode 409
  52. Naruto: Shippūden episode 413
  53. Naruto: Shippūden episode 390
  54. Naruto: Shippūden episode 175
  55. Naruto: Shippūden episode 305
  56. Naruto: Shippūden episode 305
  57. The Beast that was Shot by Love!!
  58. Chapter 71, pages 13-14
  59. Chapter 73, page 18
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