Mastering the Shadows: Becoming Shikamaru Nara

From Lazy Genius to Tactical Mastermind: Tips, Techniques, and Outfit Essentials for Shikamaru

A cloud-gazing shinobi; lethargic Shikamaru boasts an exceptional intelligence which grants him the ability to be victorious in any and all combats. So, he’s appointed to certain duties which he finds extremely bothersome, but accepts anyway in order to prove his mettle to his predecessors and successors. An only child of his parents; Shikamaru usually left the playground to peer at the sky since his supposedly ‘stupid’ best friend Chōji was not allowed to play with the other children. 

As a grown up, he became a spitting image of his father by growing a goatee. Yet, he clinged to the same nonchalant attitude because stripes on a ninja are hard to change. However, Shikamaru turns out to be a man of principle as well as ambition and becomes an advisor to Naruto Uzumaki, the Seventh Hokage. He exhibits an IQ of 200 and is capable enough to formulate plans spontaneously among his marvelous shinobi powers and abilities.

Following his defeat by Naruto, Gaara embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption. He is inspired by Naruto’s unwavering belief in friendship and begins to seek connections with others. Gaara’s encounter with Naruto sparks a profound change within him, leading him to renounce his previous destructive tendencies and strive to become a protector of his village. Moreover, Gaara’s relationship with his siblings, Kankuro and Temari, improves significantly. They become a supportive and loving family, helping Gaara overcome his past traumas and embrace his role as a leader and protector.

Shikamaru Nara possesses an exceptional intellect, utilizing strategic genius in combat. He employs Shadow Manipulation jutsu, controlling shadows to ensnare and immobilize foes. His techniques also include the Shadow Possession jutsu, allowing him to control the movements of his target by connecting their shadows, and the Shadow Stitching jutsu, which restrains his opponents.

Channeling Shikamaru Nara: From Laid-Back Attitude to Strategic Brilliance

  • A faithful companion: Although Shikamaru is lethargic, he is ruthlessly loyal to his loved ones. At the same time, he is willing to go the extra mile to defend his friends and family from any peril.
  • Unflappable: He holds the ability to stay calm and composed in any crisis so that he has a clear mind to think about the remedy when he is in dire straits.
  • Hesitant about leadership: Shikamaru has a proclivity to stave away problems and duties so that he can lead a cushy life. Nonetheless, he is wildly capable of directing the public and when the circumstances require, he invariably shows up.

Young lad of the shadow clan

  • Sleek hairstyle: His spiky, sleek and black hair constitute his trademark look. It is usually styled as a ponytail.
  • Apparel: Shikamaru dons a greek flak jacket with a Nara symbol on its back. Also, he has a brown shirt with fishnet on it underneath the jacket.
  • Practical accessories: His younger self wears a kunai pouch to throw it at his enemies immediately and before getting hurt.
  • Blue ninja shoes: He also puts on his blue shoes that complete his looks and are traditionally Japanese.

Style as the adult shikamaru

  • Hairstyle: Older Shakamaru still wears spiky black hair as a ponytail which is classier and more mature than his ponytail as a young child. 
  • Clothing: He puts on subdued colors as an adult which is symbolic of maturity with age. Also, as a shinobi, he is able to work covertly and carry out his tasks in a better manner. Moreover, his jacket with a stand-up collar has the Nara clan emblem at the back.
  • Accessories: Adult Shikamaru often wears gloves and belts which are more practical rather than aesthetic.

His Most Memorable Lines

“Sometimes I wish I was a cloud, just floating along, going wherever the breeze takes me.”

“It’s stupid to talk about things you’re not. Be yourself and you’ll be fine.”

– Shikamaru, Naruto Shippuden

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Written by Garima Saini

A self-professed nihilist with a strong affinity for cinema, literature, fashion, music and all things creative (in that order). Being a neophyte at the art of content-writing, I always endeavor to engender meaning through whatever little opportunity I get in this domain. An aspiring director of motion pictures with a knack for observation, I marry it with creative writing to weave words and concoct worlds of fascination.

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