Ino Yamanaka is a member of Konohagakure's Yamanaka Clan. She and her fellow members of Team Asuma are the newest generation of Ino-Shika-Cho.
Ino is a fair-skinned girl of average height with blue eyes. Her most noticeable trait in her appearance is her long, blonde hair, which is always seen in a high-ponytail with bangs covering the right side of her face and has grown to hip-length, and she also sports a red clip on the left side of her hair. Now being seventeen years old, she has also become more womanly such as gaining a curvaceous figure, especially in terms of large breasts.
In terms of attire, Ino is more often seen wearing a pair of small silver hoop-earrings and purple, fairly revealing clothing. She wears a short, purple sleeveless blouse that reveals her bare stomach, an open-front purple, knee-length apron-skirt over a shorter, black skirt, with short fishnet shorts underneath. She also wears purple elbow fishnets and wears a pair of the same over her knees. She also wears the stud earrings which was given by her sensei, which reperesents her as a member of Team Ten.
Ino is described as relatively cheerful and can be bossy to people, escpecially to her teammates if they get in her way or their behavior annoys her. She can also be very confident, kind, and outspoken, and not afraid to speak her mind. 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.
Ino tends to take charge of her team-mates due to their lazy and nonchalant natures like when she suggests that Choji should lose weight or Shikamaru needs to stop slacking off. She, however, clearly cares for them, as shown by her relief when Choji 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 Choji 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.
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 teammates 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 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.
Powers and Abilities
- Sensory Perception - Ino, like most members of the Yamanaka Clan, is a sesnory type-nin. She was able to notice the change in Sasuke's chakra under the influences of Orochimaru's jinjutsu and the foul chakra of Kakuzu's four masks.
- Ninjutsu Expert
- Yamanaka Clan Techniques - Ino excels in the techniques of her clan, which are primarily focused around mind-affecting techniques such as the Mind Transfer Jutsu, a technique predominantly used for reconnaissance and espionage, that allows the user to briefly possess someone and control that person's actions. Her body however, is left vulnerable until she cancels the technique. Despite many people thinking that this technique is unbeatable, she can still be forced out of the body if her opponent has a strong enough will. She has also been shown to be able to use the technique on animals, such as a hawk to act as a spy. Ino is also adept at communicating telepathically. Her skills in this were such that she was able to broadcast a message to the entire Allied Shinobi Forces in a short period of time. She can use this technique to act as a medium for a person to communicate with other people telepathically by coming into physical contact with them. Through this method, Ino can convey images such as others memories and their strong feelings. She can also combine her telepathy with her sensory ability to pass on what she senses to an ally so that they can react accordingly. This technique makes up part of Formation E for her generation of Ino-Shika-Cho.
- Medical Ninjutsu - Ino learned medical ninjutsu during the gap in time between Parts I and II. During the gap, it shows that Ino trained in medical ninjutsu alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision. While her abilities in this field have not been explored in depth, Ino has proven to be skilled enough to be able to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing. With her chakra control, she was able to assist Sakura, Hinata, and Shizune in sealing the Three-Tails with the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier, aibet with some difficulty. This also shows her control improved enough to transfer her chakra into multiple people at once.
- Nature Transformation
- Taijutsu Expert - Ino shows exceptional taijutsu skills, as she was able to be in par with Sakura's during the Chunin Exams.
- Great Acrobatic Skills and Reflexes - Ino shows amazing acrobatic skills and reflexes, since she moves like a dancer and perform tricks in mid-air.
- Enhanced Speed
- Enhanced Agility
- Enhanced Durability
- High Intelligence - Ino has shown to possess a great level of intelligence and perception, graduating the top of her class while in the Ninja Academy alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Shino Aburame. This was displayed in the Chunin Exams and cleverly used her hair to make a chakra rope to bind Sakura. In fact in the anime, she was able to tell a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands, a skill proven useful when Ino went to identify Gennō's body and noticed immediately that the corpse wasn't a carpenter or a ninja. She has great deal of knowledge with flowers along with their meaning. Also, during Pain's invasion, she was able to conclude that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work, since it was similar to her clan's.
- Medical Kit
- Inoichi Yamanaka (Father, Deceased)
- Shikamaru Nara (Close friend and teammate)
- Choji Akimichi (Close friend and teammate)
- Asuma Sarutobi (Sensei, Deceased)
- Naruto Uzumaki
- Sasuke Uchiha (Former love interest)
- Sakura Haruno (Best friend and arch-rival)
- Sai (Boyfriend)
- Hinata Hyuga
- Kiba Inuzuka
- Sakura Haruno (Arch-rival)
Background in Other Media
- Ino Yamanaka/Battles & Events