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Template:Infobox Character (fixed)Ino Yamanaka is a kunoichi of Konohagakure's Yamanaka clan and a former member of Team 10. She is a childhood friend of Sakura Haruno, helping her develop her own identity. When they discovered they both liked Sasuke Uchiha, their friendship ended. The two eventually make amends and rekindle their friendship, but still retain a competitive attitude towards each other. In the anime, when Sakura begins to excel in healing techniques, Ino becomes her surrogate apprentice, hoping to be more useful to her friends and teammates as a capable medical ninja. In terms of combat abilities, Ino specializes in mind-altering techniques. To use these techniques, Ino transfers her consciousness to her opponent's mind, gaining control over their body which she can then use to attack others. In the series epilogue, Ino ended up marrying Sai and they have a son Inojin. In the Japanese anime, her Japanese voice actress is Ryoka Yuzuka, and her voice actress in the English adaptation is Colleen Villard.

Background

Early Life

Ino and Sakura as children

Ino and Sakura as children.

Ino was born the only child of Inoichi Yamanaka and was a popular student during her time in the Academy. There, she met Sakura Haruno, who was teased by the other kids due to her large forehead. Ino defended Sakura from the bullies and encouraged her to embrace her forhead rather than hide it, becoming good friends with her. Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped Sakura become more confident and develop into her own person. However, when Sakura found out they had a crush on the same boy, Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura approached Ino and informed her of her liking towards Sasuke. Ino took it to end their friendship, starting their dislike towards each other in the beginning of the series.

Personality

Appearance

Abilities

Ino is an extremely skilled and capable kunoichi, having being made to the Head of Konoha Barrier Team, as well as the Head of the Yamanaka Clan. The anime also shows that she is a member of Konoha Toture and Interrogation Force. She is regarded as the strongest Sensor-type Shinobi in Konoha, also a highly professional Medical Ninja, as well as the strongest wielder of Yamanaka Clan's mind-related hiden ninjutsus.

Chakra and Physical Prowess

Kanchi

Ino senses chakra around her.

Although not at Sakura's level, Ino is very much skilled in controlling her chakra, enough to flow it through a medium in order to bind targets. By Part II of Naruto, her chakra control improved enough to help perform the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier, as well as transfer her chakra to others.

Although Ino rarely uses taijutsu, she has proven to be skilled enough in battle against Sakura during the Chunin Exams, and against a reincarnation Asuma in the Fourth Shinobi World War, a proficient taijutsu user himself. Ino has also shown impressive strength and speed, able to tackle Choji, with an enlarged arm, away from Asuma's extremely fast Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique.

Ninjutsu

Ino and Sakura mystical palm

Ino using the Mystical Palm Technique.

Ino has great sensory skills, enough to detect changes in another person's chakra. She can lock onto an enemy's chakra signature and transfer the information to her allies for their benefit. She has also learned medical ninjutsu over the time-skip and was noted to have mastered it by Part II; the anime shows she trained alongside Sakura under Tsunade's supervision. She is skilled enough to diagnose the severity of an attack with just a glance or during healing. Ino's nature transformations include Earth, Water, Yin, Yang and in the anime Fire Release.

Yamanaka Clan Techniques

Mind Body Switch Technique

Ino using the Mind Body Switch Technique.

As a Yamanaka, Ino specialises in mind-affecting techniques, such as the Mind Body Switch Technique, which allows her to briefly possess a target and take control of their actions. She can also use this technique on animals for reconnaissance and espionage, as it was originally intended. Ino's body, however, is left vulnerable to attack while the technique is active, and therefore it is not suited for battle. She can also be forced out of the body if the opponent's will is strong enough. In the anime, she learns the Mind Body Disturbance Technique, which allows her to force her enemies to attack each other.

Mind Clone Technique

Ino using the Mind Clone Switch Technique.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Ino's speed with the Mind Body Switch Technique has greatly improved; able to quickly save her allies from incoming danger on multiple occasions. Ino has also learned the Mind Clone Switch Technique, which allows her to control multiple targets at once. With the Mind Body Transmission Technique, she can communicate telepathically with multiple people at once, convey memories and feelings to others or transmit what she senses into a target's mind. By making physical contact with a person, the targets can also communicate with one another while the technique is active. In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Ino's telepathic range has expanded enough to receive and broadcast messages across the Five Great Shinobi Countries in a short period of time.

Intelligence

Ino Hair Trap

Sakura falls prey to Ino's trap.

Ino is quite intelligent, graduating at the top of her class in the Academy, alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Shino Aburame. She can be quite deceptive in battle, feigning emotion to deceive her opponents into lowering their guard so that she can capture them, at the same time overcoming her Mind Body Switch Technique's inherit weakness. The anime shows that Ino is very attentive, able to determine a person's occupation by glancing at the condition of their hands. During Pain's Assault, she concluded that Pain's real body must be around the village for his technique to work.

New Era (Plot)

Academy Arc

Ino goes on a trip with Sakura to a seaside cliff where Sasuke and Sakura went on their first date. Ino asks Sakura if Sasuke contacted her. Sakura says no, wondering what Sasuke is doing at the moment. Ino leaves Sakura alone in order to let her remember about her first date with Sasuke.

Choji, Ino, Sai and Karui waiting for their children

Ino and Sai waiting for Inojin.

On the day of the Five Kage Summit in Konoha Ino becomes irritated that her son Inojin didn't turn up to his training, and tells Karui of the importance of their children practising the Ino-Shika-Cho formation even in such peaceful times.

Sarada Uchiha Arc

At the village gate beside Choji, Ino spots Sakura, Naruto, Sasuke, Chocho Akimichi and Sarada Uchiha returning to the village. She muses about Chocho's shock towards her father's changed figure. While Ino happily greets Sasuke, Sarada believes Ino is making a move on her father and interrupts her, which amuses Sakura and confuses Ino.

Versus Momoshiki Arc

Kunoichi in chunin exams

Ino watching the Chunin Exams.

Ino hangs out with Sakura and Temari one day and they see Naruto's shadow clones running around to help out villagers. The three women later sat together to watch the Chunin Exams' final round, where Ino becomes exasperated when Shikadai Nara mirrors his father's actions in his youth by giving up against Boruto Uzumaki. When Momoshiki and Kinshiki Otsutsuki attack the arena, Ino leaves the audience along with Hinata and Himawari Uzumaki and observes the ensuing battle.

Mitsuki's Disappearance Arc

When two chunin guards were attacked at the village's main entrance and Mitsuki got disappeared, the village went into lockdown. Ino was called with the rest of the Jonins for immediate action, and during it, she began healing them at the Medical Department. When Ino could heal one of the guard to a stable condition, she probed into his mind by using the Psycho Mind Transmission Jutsu to extract his memory and further information about the attack, and gets shocked to discover that Mitsuki willingly left with attackers. Ino informs the situation to Naruto and the rest at the Top Secret Meeting held at the Medical Department. Boruto and Sarada, who overheard the meeting were not able to believe what Ino saw, but Sarada explains what Ino saw from her jutsu can never be wrong.

Kawaki Arc

While Ino was working at the Yamanaka Flowers, Naruto, Sarada and Kawaki enetered the shop to buy a replacement for the vase Kawaki broke. Ino greeted them, and recognized Kawaki from her earlier talk with Naruto. Naruto gets closer to Ino and discreetly informs her that kawaki has people after him, and asks for continued and complete support from the Sensory Division, the divison which she leads. Ino tells Naruto to calm down, since she was already on the process. After their private talk, Naruto stepped backwards and explained Ino that they were there for a vase, although Ino knew the main reason why Naruto came to her was to confirm the activity of Sensory divison. Ino offered a range of vases, and when Kawaki picked a vase, Ino offered to add some free flowers to it. The sight of the stems of the flowers Ino offered triggered Kawaki, reminding him of his childhood, and caused him to drop the vase. Ino and Naruto tried to calm him down, and after he did, Ino gave him a new vase, and the three left the shop. Ino tells them to drop by next time, and points out Kawaki was handsome.

After sometimes, as Ino finished helping another customer, she detected an intruder entering the village. Just to make sure, Ino telepathically contacted the Sensory Division, who recieved the chakra afterwards and confirmed that without a doubt it was an unknown chakra signature. Ino immediately changes her telepathic link to Naruto, and informed him about the intruder on the way. Ino also figured that the intruder was aiming towards Naruto. Naruto gets alert, and he instructs Ino not to mobilize any of the military police and he will deal with the enemy himself.

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