Tenten is a young-tomboyish girl who was born and raised in the Village Hidden in the Leaves in the Land of Fire. She attended the Ninja Academy and she graduated at 12 years-old and assigned to Team 9 with her classmates Neji Hyuga and Rock Lee. The ninja master they were assigned to was the Jonin, Might Guy. Tenten specialized in summoning weapon jutsus and dreams to become a strong female ninja, just like Sannin of the Leaf Village, Lady Tsunade. Guy would hold Team 9 back for one year before entering them for the Chunin Exams, so they could gain experience first and allow them to mature.
Tenten (テンテン, Tenten) is a supporting character of the Naruto series that was created by Masashi Kishimoto, It first began serialization Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in November 1999. She was first introduced during the Chunin Exam Arc, which began in Volume 4.
She first appeared in Naruto Volume 4, CH. 36 "Sakura's Depression".
" It's not because they're girls you know, Neji. It's just that those two are using kid gloves. It doesn't matter if you're a man or woman in battle. "
Kishimoto has said in interviews that he prefers Tenten over the other four Hidden Leaf girls he designed because of how much he likes her look. Despite saying this, he has barely used Tenten. She has had no canon back story told, unlike the rest of the supporting cast; and none of her fights have ever been seen in the manga. Only the start and aftermath.
As with most of the Team Guy, she is given a primarily Chinese design. This is far more obvious in Tenten. She wears a pink Chinese-style top and pants, and her long brown hair is always shown wrapped in twin buns on the top of her head. Little of Tenten's personality or story is ever shown much in the manga. What little is shown is that she's a type of character who is determined to prove that a girl can do anything a boy can. This is an issue that she and Neji have disagreements about.
Tenten's name comes from the fact that she supposedly never misses a target she's aiming at. She has "Ten" shots and "Ten" hits. The original color images from the manga has shown her original outfit was colored blue, but they are color pink in the anime. Her outfit after the time skip is colored in the anime to match the manga design. Though she has started low in the fan polls of the Naruto characters, she has had slow and steady improvement in her rankings. In the previous three polls she has held the ranks of 29th, 24th, and 22nd.
Major Story Arcs
Chunin Exams Arc
Tenten is the only female member of Guy's team. She was first seen during the Chunin Exams arc where she made it to the preliminaries but lost to Temari, do to an elemental disadvantage.
Search for Tsunade Arc
Kazekage Rescue Arc
Invasion of Pain Arc
Fourth Shinobi War Arc
Powers & Abilities
She has two main jutsu that she uses. The first is her summoning jutsu (Summoning Jutsu! Spiral Scrolls! Iron Barrage!). She grabs a single scroll and summons vast amounts of weapons to throw at her target , it can be considered a weak jutsu because the scroll obstructs her vision and thus lowers her accuracy to (min) 70/100. Her 2nd is the Rising Twin Dragons. She uses this to summon weapons faster and more efficiently, this jutsu, it should be added, does not obscure her vision and makes it easier to battle opponents that are slower moving and/or have bad eyesight, but it should also be added that she does not fare well with this jutsu when being attacked by someone that has a combo of great speed and eyesight, like say [[Neji Hyuga]]. She also has expert accuracy. This is proven by Might Guy by saying that once in a senbon throwing exercise she hit the bulls-eye 100/100 times in quick succession. She also plays a key role in 'Neji Style! Lee Style! TenTen Style! Guy Style! Team Guy Barrage!' which goes as follows : Team Guy lines up about 25 feet behind each other, first is Neji whom is facing the enemy, then lee, then Gai then TenTen, Tenten then transforms into a fuma shuriken which guy proceeds to throw at lee, who grabs it in mid air and sends it flying at Neji, but half way through it transforms back into TenTen (doing very tight mid air flips) she then lands on Neji's hands and is thrown into the air with chakra pulsed feet, does a flip and nails the target in the back of the head with her heel sending him or her flying strait to Neji whom then nails said target in the face with a byakugan strike!
Ninja's are ranked by their proficiency with the various types of jutsu and other statistics. The score rates as a best out of five and are added up in a total score. (source: First, Second, and Third Third Naruto Databook)
Weapons & Equipment
Tenten uses a wide variety of hand-to-hand based ninja weapons and tools in her combat style. So as to now burden herself with heavy weaponry, she stores her weapons using ninjutsu sealing scrolls.
- Fūma Shuriken
- Kunai Grenade
- Chain Wind Staff
Affiliation: Hidden Leaf Village
Registered Ninja #: 012573
Date Of Birth: March 9th
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Blood Type: B
- D-Rank 28 / C-Rank 23 / B-Rank 3 / A-Rank 7 / S-Rank 1
On top of being a character in the main Masashi Kishimoto Naruto manga, Tenten also appears in a gag-spinoff manga that stars Rock Lee and others in chibi design. The series is titled Rock Lee Seishun Fullpower Ninden (ロック・リー青春フルパワー忍伝, Rokku Rī Seishun Furupowaa Ninden) and it written and illustrated by Kenji Taira. It began publication in Shueisha's Super Strong Jump magazine on December 2010.
In the story Tenten and others are drawn in their time skip era outfits, but Rock Lee is trying to get Might Guy's attentions as if they have never met before. In the first chapter, Tenten is shocked to see Rock Lee try to imitate Naruto's Sexy Jutsu by just wearing a bikini. After Might Guy joins him, an infuriated Tenten attacks and defeats both of them in a brutal fashion.
The Naruto anime series is the first direct adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's original manga. It's produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in October 3, 2002. The series lasted for 220 episodes. The last of which aired on February 8, 2007, and it was then followed by the direct equal, Naruto Shippuden. Tenten's first anime appearance was in Naruto - Episode 20 "A New Chapter Begins: The Chūnin Exam!", which aired on February 20, 2003. Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Yukari Tamura, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Danielle Judovits.
In the manga, all of Tenten's battles have gone unseen. It's only been in the anime that the details of her battles is shown. For the filler arc episode in the first Naruto anime series that happened between Episodes 136-220. For these parts of the story, she was given hip holsters on both sides to hold her weapon scrolls. In the filler Cursed Warrior arc (Ep. 162-167), Tenten becomes overexcited at the idea they will be paid extra for the mission they were assigned. This seems to imply that she could also be a money lover. It's unknown if any of these personality traits have any level of canon to the original manga story.
Naruto Shippuden (2007)
The Naruto Shippuden anime series is the second direct adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's original manga. This series is produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in February 15, 2007. Tenten's first appearance in this series is in Naruto Shippuden Ep. 11 "The Medical Ninja's Student", which aired on April 26, 2007. Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Yukari Tamura, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Danielle Judovits.
NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (2012)
The NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (NARUTO-ナルト- SD ロック・リーの青春フルパワー忍伝 , NARUTO Sugoi Doryoku: Rokku Rī no Seishun Furupowā Ninden) anime is a short-comedy adaptation of the of the Naruto spin-off manga series, Rock Lee's Seishun Full Power Ninden. It's produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in April 3. 2012. While not a direct adaptation of the spin-off manga, it follows the same theme of chibi-style characters that focuses on Team 9 in wacky adventures and situations that frequently breaks the fourth wall.
Tenten's first appearance NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals Ep. 1 "Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Yukari Tamura, and the series has not been dubbed in English.
Tenten has had a very limited role in the Naruto franchise anime movies that are produced by Studio Pierrot. She appeared in none of the first season anime movies, and her very first film appearance was in the first movie of the second season, Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007). She had no spoken lines in this movie. She appeared along with many other ninja of the Leaf Village. She was being led by Might Guy and Kakashi Hatake in a counter attack against the film's villain, Mōryō; and his stone soldiers.
She later appeared in Naruto Shippuden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire (2009). She's seen in this film celebrating the recovery of both Naruto and Sai. A rouge ninja named Hiruko appears to declare war and Tsunade assigns Tenten and others to secure the village, then she is ordered to retrieve Naruto and Sakura after they leave the village. This is the first movie where she plays a large role in the battles.
Tenten has had a mixed position in the Naruto game franchise. They have ranged in the genre of fighters, minigames, and even some games with exploration and RPG elements. Tenten's first game appearance was in the PS2 fighter Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (2003), but as a support role character and she was not playable. Her first playable appearance was in the PS2 fighter Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 (2004). She fights using mostly Taijutsu and a kunai knife. Her ultimate attack is the Twin Rising Dragons.
(For a full list of games that feature Tenten, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)