Naruto: 10 Things That Make No Sense About Temari
Temari is the fan-wielding kunoichi of Naruto. She’s a powerful force to be reckoned with, though not everything about her makes sense.
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It’s hard to think about the Hidden Sand of Naruto without the iconic trio of Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari popping into one’s mind almost instantaneously. For a while in the series, they were really the only ninja from the Sand that viewers were familiar with, and they turn from being well-designed villains into well-loved heroes by the end of it all. Gaara even receives the ultimate redemption in the form of becoming the Kazekage, while Kankuro and Temari serve as two of his advisors and lead fulfilling shinobi lives of their own.
Out of the Sand Trio, especially before Gaara’s redemption, Temari was the most well-liked out of the bunch by fans for her bold personality and eye-catching, unique design. Despite this, though, there are quite a few things about her character that don’t exactly add up.
10 Why Wasn’t She Compatible With The Jinchuriki?
It’s common knowledge for anyone who’s seen the series that Gaara ends up becoming the jinchuriki, but he actually wasn’t the first choice for the role. Since Temari, Gaara, and Kankuro are all siblings, with Temari and Kankuro being the eldest, they were actually chosen as candidates ahead of Gaara. However, neither of them were compatible, so Gaara was chosen instead.
However, it’s really not made clear what this means exactly. Were they simply not strong enough to handle its power, or is it some other unexplained reason?
9 Misaligned Actions & Values
Although she leans far more towards valuing peace in Part II, these values are seriously questioned within the first. Temari is the only one out of the Sand Siblings to question whether their plan to go to war with Konoha was actually a good idea, insinuating that she’d prefer peace over fighting. Despite this, though, she’s shown to be quite dismissive and cruel throughout the first part. She makes fun of and provokes Leaf Village ninja into fighting her and her siblings, and she’s shown simply smiling and waving to victims who get crushed by Gaara. These actions just don’t line up with the peaceful values she supposedly holds.
8 Her Infinite Tsukuyomi Dream
While trapped inside of the Infinite Tsukuyomi, victims see their deepest desires play out. It was revealed that Temari’s deepest desire is to be so respected by her siblings that they constantly come to her for advice, but this isn’t a dream that really makes sense. Kankuro and especially Gaara end up as exceptional ninja who really don’t need to be constantly leaning on someone else for support. If anything, with how much she cares for them and how quickly she rushes to their aid, it’d make more sense for her deepest desire to simply be keeping them safe from harm rather than being a source of guidance for them.
7 Her Soft Spot For Shikamaru
While it’s true that Temari and Shikamaru make quite the cute couple, how they fell for each other doesn’t exactly make a lot of sense. After all, when Temari and the others first arrived at the Leaf Village, she provoked and made fun of the Hidden Leaf.
She also doesn’t form the best opinion about Shikamaru from her fight against him during the Chunin Exams. She hates the way that he basically dominates the fight but then surrenders, thinking that continuing on would be “too much of a pain.” It just seems like her soft spot for him came out of absolutely nowhere, and it would’ve been nice to have their relationship feel more natural.
6 Tendency For Violence
The series has a pretty bad tendency of giving its female characters anger issues for no good reason other than for comedic value, which really doesn’t hold up well. Sakura fell victim to this, as she started out less violent toward Naruto in the beginning but eventually turned him into a walking punching bag throughout Shippuden.
Likewise, while Temari could be strict with Shikamaru early on, it was always to a relatively healthy extent. However, after she married Shikamaru, she’s shown blasting both him and their son out of the house after being ignored, which just feels incredibly out of place for her character.
5 Why Did She Change Her Headband Placement?
In Part One, Temari is shown to clearly wear her headband around her neck, which is a pretty unique position that adds flair to her design. However, in Part Two, her headband has moved to the standard place on her forehead, and it isn’t ever explained why.
This wouldn’t seem like such an out-of-place change if other shinobi moved their forehead protectors to their intended place when they become older, but this isn’t the case. Shikamaru, Sakura, and Hinata, who all also have non-standard headband places, keep them in the same spot when their designs change.
4 Her Fans
Whenever Temari escorted Gaara to the Five Kage Summit, she decided to seal her fan inside of a giant scroll that she then carried with her. In addition to this, she also took with her a smaller fan, but this doesn’t make a lot of sense. Since she’s still carrying the scroll with her, one would assume that she’d still need to whip out her trusty giant fan to fight. Carrying an additional fan that’s really only for aesthetic purposes seems like it would get in the way more than anything, and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
3 Back-And-Forth Design
While it’s not uncommon for characters to make a major hairstyle change between designs, Temari is a bit of a peculiar case. She wears her hair in four pigtails until two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, where she switches to double pigtails instead. After settling down in Konoha as Shikamaru’s wife, she begins styling her hair back into four pigtails.
If she kept it as is, that would make sense, as it’s pretty common for people to try out a new style and then decide they’re most comfortable with their original style. However, in Boruto, she’s seen once again rocking double ponytails. It feels more as if the writers couldn’t figure out what they wanted her design to be and kept flip-flopping rather than a conscious decision on Temari’s part as a character, and it just comes across as odd.
2 Why Can Her Fan Glide?
It’s revealed that Temari’s fan is able to be used as a makeshift transportation device, as she can ride on it as it glides through the air. However, given the fact that her fan is made out of iron and likely steel as well, it really shouldn’t have any properties that would allow it to float. This wouldn’t even make sense if she only had a simple paper fan, but given just how heavy her weapon is, this part of her skill set is especially confusing.
1 Her Officially Listed Intelligence
Temari is shown to be a rather skilled strategist, able to think on her feet and remain out of Shikamaru’s grasp for most of their fight. This is even more impressive when one remembers that Shikamaru is a master strategist with an IQ of over 200.
What doesn’t make sense is what her official intelligence is listed as in the first databook. Despite having been praised as a highly-skilled strategist even after losing her fight against Shikamaru, her intelligence is only listed as an incredibly average two-and-a-half out of five, where one would expect at least a three or higher.
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