Gaara of the Desert

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is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. Kishimoto designed Gaara as a foil to the series' titular character, Naruto Uzumaki, as the two were born through similar circumstances, but develop vastly different personalities as they deal with their troubled upbringing. Initially introduced as an antagonist and Naruto's rival, the two eventually develop a bond as kindred spirits and become close friends as the series progresses.

In the anime and manga, Gaara is a ninja affiliated with Sunagakure, and is the son of Sunagakure's leader, the Fourth Kazekage. As a fetus, his father attempted to turn him into a human weapon by placing a tailed beast into him, and he was ostracized by the Sunagakure villagers. As a result, he develops into a ruthless killer, slaying others without remorse, and treating his siblings Kankuro and Temari with contempt. His battle with Naruto during the series changes this outlook, and he begins to aid others in order to emulate Naruto. In Part II of the series, he becomes Sunagakure's Fifth Kazekage. Gaara has appeared in several pieces of Naruto media, including the second featured film in the series, the third original video animation, and several video games.

Numerous anime and manga publications have commented on Gaara's character. IGN labeled the disparity between Naruto and Gaara as "emotional" and "a tad creepy". Anime News Network called Naruto's fight against Gaara the high point of the entire series. Among the Naruto reader base, Gaara has been popular, placing high in several popularity polls, and always making it to the top ten characters. Numerous pieces of merchandise have been released in Gaara's likeness, including plush dolls and key chains.

Naruto author Masashi Kishimoto created Gaara as a foil to the series' protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki. He and Naruto have a similar background: he was rejected by his peers and fellow villagers for being the host of a tailed beast, Shukaku, a situation that Kishimoto describes as "very much like Naruto's". Gaara's development from this state into a highly withdrawn, sadistic character was intended to induce sympathy for him from readers, as it was contrasted against Naruto's development into a cheerful troublemaker. Gaara's backstory became one of Kishimoto's favorite stories from Part I; Kishimoto had to revise his illustrations in such chapters in as he wanted readers to understand more Gaara's mental state.

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Result Opponent A Score   B Score
Win Kuchiki Byakuya 45 to 37
Loss Carnage 30 to 78
Win Neji Hyuuga 68 to 29
Win Shino Aburame 45 to 37
Loss Darth Sion 26 to 57
Loss Carnage 35 to 67
Loss Vega 58 to 60
Win Reptile 61 to 54
Loss Aang 49 to 54
Loss Sektor 46 to 59
Loss Mewtwo 38 to 71
Loss Sandman (Marvel) 49 to 62
Win Haku (Naruto) 53 to 52
Loss Captain Jack Sparrow 44 to 65
Win Super Grover 62 to 51
Loss Venom 32 to 64
Loss Rhino 39 to 56
Loss Kuchiki Byakuya 12 to 13
Win Storm Shadow 21 to 13
Win Lust 16 to 10
Loss The Hulk 3 to 20
Win Sentinels 16 to 7
Win Neji Hyuuga 7 to 4