Neji is from the second branch family of the Hyuuga clan.They are not a part of the main branch and are thus considered lesser. He has struggled to prove that destiny is meaningless and to surpass the main house. Neji is an inheritor of the Byakugan, a Hyuuga blood-line technique. This provides him with a near 360 degree field of vision, telescopic vision, and the ability to see chakra. Although the Byakugan gives him a near 360 degree field he can see very far with it and he also has a blind spot in the lower part of his neck.
Due to the punishments his father received as well as his father's influence, Neji also came to resent the main branch. But this would change when Neji hears that his
father voluntarily sacrificed himself for his twin brother who's apart of the main branch. He believed that his father Hizashi was forced to sacrifice himself for his brother.
Outside of his initial feelings towards his clan, Neji has been shown to be extremely serious and mature for his age, and to have great self-control. In battle, he is able to stay relatively calm in most situations and carefully look at the situation at hand. As stated by Tsunade
, Neji has excellent instincts, both on the battlefield and as a leader. When forced to make difficult decisions on missions, he shows himself able to make a decision through keen observation and analysis.
With this example of overcoming "destiny", as well as finding out the truth about his father's death soon afterwards, Neji abandoned the concept of inescapable fate. No longer bound by the idea that he was stuck at his current status, Neji resolved to become strong enough to never again lose a battle. To do so, he began putting more emphasis on working well with his team, and started to value a mission's successful completion and his team-mates' safety over his own betterment, even encouraging Rock Lee to continue pursuing his own dream. In addition, Neji began trying to remedy the estranged relations between himself and the main house members, most particularly by being kinder to Hinata. His efforts seem to be effective, as he begins training with Hiashi, and, in Part II, even starts to wear traditional Hyūga robes.
Neji has noticeably long dark brown hair, typical of males in the Hyūga clan. In Part I, his hair reached the middle of his back and was tied back a few inches above the end, while two straps attached to a smaller headband underneath his ninja forehead protector frame the sides of his face. In Part II, he got rid of these straps, and allowed his hair, which is now longer, to frame his face instead. Like the rest of his clan, he has very fair skin and possesses the renowned byakugan, which when activated, stimulates the veins and arteries immediately around his eyes to protrude more prominently. His eyes have a gray tint to them.
In Part I, Neji was seen with a black headband that he wore snugly over his forehead. He wore a khaki shirt and dark brown shorts. He also had bandages wrapped around his right arm, chest, and right leg. In Part II, Neji abandoned the bandages and is clad in traditional white and black Hyūga robes. This may or may not have been to facilitate easier execution of his techniques, or to symbolize his warming relations with his clan. Neji is usually seen with a large tan and black drawstring bag, which he carries over his shoulder. Neji was also seen wearing a dull blue shirt with a mesh t-shirt under it.
Before his fight with Naruto during the Chūnin exams in Part I, Neji's facial expression was stern, hard, and cold. As the series progressed, however, his expression relaxes. He is seen smiling and chuckling at times. While still composed, Neji looks to be more calm, confident, and mature, rather than challenging and haughty.
Chunin Exam Arc
In the preliminary matches, Neji was paired up against Hinata. After exchanging blows, Hinata seemed to defeat Neji, only for Neji to reveal that he had plugged up Hinata's chakra points, rendering her Gentle Fist useless. He also hit a chakra point close to one of Hinata's vitals moments beforehand, putting Hinata in a critical condition. However, Hinata refused to back down, insisting that Neji, not she, was fighting against what could not be changed. Neji was about to administer a killing blow when most of the Jōnin
in attendance stepped in to save Hinata. Neji was pitted against Naruto in the first rounds of the finals. Although Neji soon gained the advantage, and cut off Naruto's chakra flow, Naruto was determined to fight against Neji, and prove that fate was not predetermined. But Naruto didn't give up and defeated Neji with an uppercut.
Sasuke Retrieval Arc
Neji was recruited as part of thefive person team to retrieve Sasuke from the sound four . Neji was chosen to be the rear lookout in the single file line Shikamaru organized. When, during the course of the mission, the team was captured by Kidomaru 's webbing, Neji was able to free them, and sent them after the remaining members of the Sound Four while he fought Kidōmaru. Kidōmaru was able to analyze Neji's defenses, and found the blind spot in the Byakugan. Neji realized that Kidōmaru was far more powerful than he was, but was determined to never give up, as he wanted to show those who considered him a genius that their faith in him was correct, and to prove that he no longer surrendered to fate. Neji was severely wounded when Kidōmaru managed to fire an arrow through his chest. However, he was able to keep it from hitting his heart by moving at the last moment. He then was able to push his chakra through the webbing and injure Kidomaru. Once Kidomaru was stunned, Neji finished him off with a flurry of gentle fist style attacks. He then passes out from his own injuries.
Byakugan- The Hyuga family's kekkei genkai that makes their eyes seem the way they do. This technique allows for them to see the many chakra points in a person's body and pinpoint them to make their jutsu useless, and they can make themselves stronger, too.
Eight Trigrams Sixty Four Palms- This technique allows Neji to move at a high speed and hit any sixty four of his opponent. This was even used on Naruto, when he fought him. He has total mastery over this taijutsu move.
Eight Trigrams One-Hundred Twenty-Eight Palms- This is a technique that is much like the Sixty-Four Palms technique. Though this allows Neji to move even faster than the Sixty Four Palms technique allows him to move. Now he can hit 128 of his opponent's chakra points.
Eight Trigrams: Heavenly Palm Spin- This technique is strong enough to deflect almost any attack that is used against him. That attack then sends the attack flying off with twice the power and intensity that it had.
Eight Trigrams: Great Heavenly Palm Spin- This is just a stronger and bigger version of the Heavenly Spin Technique.
Eight Trigrams: Three-Hundred Sixty-One Palms- This technique allows Neji to hit all 361 chakra points of his opponent. This is one of the most dangerous techniques in the Hyuga Clan. This technique can result in instantaneous death or Cardiovascular Collapse.
Eight Trigrams: Empty Palm- This is a more focused version of the Great Palm Spin, just expelled out of his hand.This technique rivals wind gust techniques that Temari uses.
Eight Trigrams: True Palm- This is an extremely powerful move in which he expels chakra out of his hand and can cause massive damage. This is a Mid to Long-range technique.
Eight Trigrams: Eight Gates Bombardment- This technique allows Neji to close off the Eight Gates of Chakra. This technique is said to be an A-ranked Taijutsu, and is the most powerful and dangerous technique in the Hyuga Clan.
Eight Trigrams: Mountain Crusher- This technique is just the Empty or True Palm used at Point Blank Range.