Naruto: 13 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Gaara (2023)

Gaara is the Kazekage of the Village Hidden in the Sand and the former host of Shukaku the One-Tail beast. If most Naruto fans can agree on one thing, they can all say that Gaara is an amazing character and deserves all the love. He’s this great mixture of an insanely powerful ninja combined with a fairly young teenager who’s still healing from a traumatic past and learning to connect with others. He’s endlessly fascinating and wonderfully awesome.

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But how much do you actually know about our favorite sand ninja? He’s not exactly the most open of people, and his whole culture isn’t all that trusting. But over the years, we have learned some interesting things about Gaara. So here are some awesome facts about Gaara you probably didn’t know.

Updated on October 18, 2022 by Gabrielle Huston: Are you a Gaara fan? You're in luck! We've spruced up this article to give this character the love that he deserves.

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13/13 Quite The Double Meaning

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Gaara has a bit of an unusual name; do you know what it actually means? The name Gaara can have two meanings: it can mean “self-loving demon” or “self-loving silk.” This is actually really interesting, considering Gaara’s origins and nature.

Gaara has the One-Tail beast sealed away inside his body, so he technically could be considered a type of demon. And in the beginning, Gaara has such a hatred of people and he only looks out for himself, not caring what happens to others. It makes the name rather interesting.

The story behind the name, however, is a bit more mundane. Kishimoto had the name suggested to him by his editor, who got it from a ski resort.

12/13 Young And Filled With Leadership

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Each village has a leader also known as a Kage. For example, Konoha has a Hokage, and Sunakagure has a Kazekage. The ages of the different Kages often differ, but the average age for them tends to be a bit older. It makes sense; the older you are, the more mature and wiser you are (in theory), so for a village to have a young Kage is a bit rare.

And then Gaara came along. He became the Kazekage of Sunakagure (The Village Hidden in the Sand) at the age of fifteen. This actually makes him the youngest Kage ever recorded. While some people were initially leery of Gaara becoming a Kage, he proved to be quite the popular leader. He eventually earned the respect of the other Kages and the other villages and was instrumental in winning the Fourth Great Ninja War.

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11/13 The Meaning Of This Symbol

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One of the iconic elements of Gaara’s image was the character etched into his forehead. He apparently etched this symbol into his own skin using his sand, after he found out his own uncle tried to kill him. So what does the character mean? Well, it actually means “love.”

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Before he snapped, Gaara tried to win the love of the village, but they turned him away, fearing him. Eventually, he realized that since no one would love him, he would have to love himself, so he would only look out for himself and hate anyone else. As a result, he became a bit of a sociopath, not caring about others and killing people mercilessly. After his fight with Naruto, he grows to realize that he must try to love others again. It’s a beautiful irony that the word love is etched into the skin of a teen who was once the embodiment of hatred.

10/13 His Father Is Kind Of Terrible

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Gaara certainly didn’t have a very happy childhood, and part of that is actually due to his father, Rasa. Seriously, his father may have been acting for good of his village, but as a result, Gaara got pretty screwed over (and screwed up). Not only did his father seal Shukaku the One-Tail in Gaara, but he then tried to have him killed.

Apparently, his father considered him pretty dangerous, and he was trying to draw out Gaara’s powers. He deceived Gaara into thinking that no one loved him, hoping that would help him to draw on his power, and then he arranged to have Gaara killed. There was a total of six assassination attempts on him, all of which obviously proved ineffective. Eventually, Rasa stopped trying to kill him and tried to use him instead. It’s all incredibly messed up.

9/13 A Planned Addict

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Did you know that Gaara was originally going to be an addict? In fact, Gaara’s whole character was going to be pretty different, according to Kishimoto. Even his name went through a few changes since he was going to be called Kumomaru, then Kotaru, before they settled on Gaara. But they were originally going to make him much younger too.

Initially, Kishimoto was going to introduce Kumomaro as an elite seven-year-old ninja who abused substances in order to push himself beyond his physical limitations. Yikes, a seven-year-old substance addict. That’s a little dark, even for Naruto. But Kishimoto decided to go in a different direction. And then Gaara was created. Personally, I rather like his current backstory than the one Kishimoto was going to do. This is why we rewrite, people!

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8/13 The First To Hit Him

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Thanks to Gaara’s unique abilities, he didn’t really experience much pain or injury until he was a teenager. The sand acted as a natural protector, keeping him from any type of physical injury. As a result, it was incredibly difficult for someone to even land a hit on Gaara. Well, two people managed to do it during the Chunin exams.

Rock Lee was actually the first person to land a hit on Gaara during their fight. Thanks to Lee’s powerful taijutsu and speed, he managed to punch Gaara, surprising him. This wasn’t enough to defeat him though, and Lee ended up losing. Then Sasuke became the first person to actually injure Gaara. During their battle, Sasuke used his Chidori technique to break through Gaara’s barrier and cause him to bleed. Understandably, Gaara freaked out a bit.

7/13 A Unique Secret Ability

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Even Gaara has a few tricks up his sleeves. Those that are familiar with Gaara just through the anime likely don’t know that he has a rather special ability that he doesn’t use very often. This ability is called the Magnet Release Kekkei Genkai, and it allows him to control iron sand.

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This ability was first revealed in the manga story Gaara Hiden. So why doesn’t he use it very often? It’s actually for a pretty good reason. Gaara doesn’t like people knowing about this ability since it helps ensure he stays one step ahead of his enemies. It’s basically a secret weapon. It also makes sense that if he doesn’t have to use it, he won’t, and his enemies won’t know everything about him. Still, it’s a pretty awesome power.

6/13 Interesting Tastes

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While Gaara is shown to eat occasionally on the show, it wasn’t very often. We're pretty sure people believe that the guy lives on air. But Gaara does eat food, and he does have his likes and dislikes... though they may not be what you expected.

According to the databook that you can find on Gaara, his favorite foods are salted tongue and gizzard. A little strange, but hey, you do you Gaara. On the flip side, his least favorite foods are yokan and marron glace, which are types of sweet confections. So basically, he doesn’t really like sweets at all, and he prefers more savory foods. We can respect that.

5/13 His Hobby May Surprise You

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For someone as powerful and rather emotionally unattached as Gaara, it’s hard to imagine him with doing everyday things or even having simple hobbies. But there are things that Gaara likes to do besides fight, and you’d be surprised what one of his favorite hobbies is. It's cultivating cacti!

Yep, Gaara actually likes to care for cacti. We think this is adorable, and can see why he likes cacti. He even talks about his hobby and why he likes it to other people, which is also amazing. To see this character that was introduced as a rather psychotic killer share his interest in cultivating live plants is a bit surreal. But it shows just how far Gaara has come, too!

4/13 He Has An Interesting Tie To The Matrix

Kishimoto talked about Gaara’s look, saying how his first outfit was actually a little hard to draw often and keep consistent. So, he changed it up toward the end of Part I, and we have to say that Gaara looks pretty good! It definitely makes him look a bit older and more mature. But did you know this outfit had a rather interesting inspiration?

Apparently, Kishimoto said he took from the movie The Matrix for Gaara’s new look. And looking at the two, we can see the similarities. There’s the high collar, the solid colors and the almost trench coat feel to it. It’s kind of cool that action movies like The Matrix can even influence anime shows.

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3/13 He Almost Got Married

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Did you know that Gaara almost got married? Well, it was a bit of an arranged marriage, introduced in Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage. The council of Sunakagure was worried that if Gaara never got married and had kids, the next heir to the Kage role would be from Konoha since Temari married Shikamaru. So, they arranged for him to meet the woman they chose for him, Hakuto.

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Gaara was actually okay with most of this since he saw the logic in it, and when he met Hakuto, he genuinely liked her. But things didn’t work out. Well, meaning that Hakuto was planning to leave Suna with her lover and elope. It was complicated, but in the end, Gaara let them go. We guess he won’t be finding love anytime soon, but we also think he’s okay with that.

2/13 Intense Missions

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The way the missions go in Naruto is that S-rank missions are the highest and most dangerous, followed by A-rank, B-rank, C-rank, and D-rank. Most Genins would complete D-rank and a few C-rank missions. But most genin aren’t Gaara. Since he was a young kid, he had to fight to survive and was often forced to become stronger out of necessity. So, he proved to be quite capable at tougher missions.

When he was only a genin, which is one of the lower rankings in the ninja military, he completed many B-Rank missions. In fact, throughout his career, Gaara has completed 0 D-rank, 9 C-rank, 8 B-rank, 14 A-rank, and 3 S-rank missions. Basically, Gaara is someone you really don’t want to fight, because he will mess you up and make it look like it was painfully easy.

1/13 His Backstory Is Kishimoto's Favorite

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One of the things that Naruto does really well is that it gives pretty interesting backstories even to the characters you may not like initially. As a result, you could sympathize with any character, even if they’re a villain. Gaara’s backstory in particular is really an amazing one.

When we first meet Gaara, he seems pretty sociopathic and has this deep hatred for all people, but also this cold indifference to them. Combined with his amazing power, he’s genuinely scary, and makes for a good “villain.” Then we get to his backstory, and we learn about his terrible childhood and how he was twisted and in so much pain. It’s heartbreaking. We’ve never changed our mind about a character so fast. Kishimoto himself has said that Gaara’s backstory is his favorite from Part I. We don’t blame him; it’s truly incredible.

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FAQs

What is Gaara's secret? ›

Gaara has the One-Tail beast sealed away inside his body, so he technically could be considered a type of demon. And in the beginning, Gaara has such a hatred of people and he only looks out for himself, not caring what happens to others.

Who does Gaara have a crush on? ›

The Couple

GaaMatsu (我愛マツ GaaMatsu) is the term used to refer to the romantic relationship between Gaara and Matsuri.

What is Gaara's favorite food? ›

Gaara's favorite foods are salted tongue and gizzard, while his least favorite are sweet bean jelly and marron glacé.

What is Gaara's full name? ›

Nevertheless, he refrained from giving him a complete name like Gaara Yuzawa. Another early name was a younger child named "Kumomaru" but was avoided by Kishimoto. However, after multiple changes, he became Gaara.

Did Gaara father love him? ›

Rasa confessed to Gaara that Karura always loved him and that he himself ordered Yashamaru to attack Gaara and lie to him.

Who marry with Gaara? ›

Gaara meets the woman the Suna Council has found as his partner for the marriage meeting: Hakuto of the Hōki family.

What is Gaara weakness? ›

10/10 Weakness: His Sand Clumps & Falters Against Water

Gaara's sand may provide resistance against most elements (such as earth and fire), though it has a veritable weakness against water. When moistened, it becomes crumpled and more difficult for the Kazekage to control.

Can Gaara marry someone? ›

Gaara didn't marry anyone. If you're wondering who he had a slightly romantic relationship with, that would be Shijima. Gaara's romantic experiences are mostly highlighted in the light novel, Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage .

Who is Gaara's twin? ›

Meet Sanya. She is cold, heartless, and curious when it comes to outsiders. However, she is loving, caring, protective, and wouldn't hesitate to kill you if you mess with her twin, Gaara. Sanya has green eyes with a hint of light amber.

Can Gaara sleep now? ›

Gaara most likely Was able to sleep after he was revived by *Chiyo If not then he has some serious problems.

Who is Gaara's best friend? ›

Ino is her best friend as Sakura considers Naruto, “more than family”.

Who is Gaara's mom? ›

Karura. Karura (加流羅, Karura) was a citizen of Sunagakure and the wife of Rasa, the Fourth Kazekage. Karura bore Rasa three children: Temari and Kankurō prior to being pregnant with their youngest child: Gaara.

What is written on Gaara forehead? ›

This is one of the most probable reasons why Gaara has the mark on his forehead, which is Kanji for the word “love.” While Naruto didn't specifically mention the correlation between Gaara's mother and the sand, Yashamaru certainly believed that it was the will of his elder sister manifested in the sand that protected ...

Is Gaara's mother in his sand? ›

Gaara has two types of sand. The sand of his mother can be found in his gourd, and is of a limited amount, it protects Gaara automatically. The other type is the sand Gaara controls in the environment around him using his chakra.

Who created the 10 tailed beast? ›

Kaguya later gave birth to a pair of sons who inherited all of her powers. One of these sons would grow up to become the Sage of the Six Paths. Jealous that her sons had inherited powers similar to herself, Kaguya became one with the God-Tree and her body and mind formed the Ten-Tailed Beast.

Who defeats Gaara? ›

1/10 Naruto Uzumaki

Having defeated Gaara once before, the seventh Hokage's power has only increased while his friend's has stagnated.

Is Gaara evil or good? ›

He was formerly a villain in the early part of Naruto, being a threat in the Chunnin Exams. He was a misanthrope due to discrimination and isolation he experienced in childhood because the Shukaku, or the One-Tailed Demon sealed inside of him. His hatred was extinguished by Naruto Uzumaki upon his defeat.

Who was the 1st Kazekage? ›

Reto (烈斗, Reto) was the First Kazekage (初代風影, Shodai Kazekage, literally meaning: First or Founding Wind Shadow) who founded Sunagakure in the Land of Wind, and was said to have gathered all the desert-dwelling shinobi under his control with his overwhelming power.

Who Killed fourth Kazekage? ›

Before the finals for the Chūnin Exam began, Rasa was murdered by Orochimaru by impaling him in the chest with his sword. Having also killed his guards, Orochimaru used his Vanishing Facial Copy Technique to pose as the Kazekage, making it easier for him to manipulate Sunagakure.

How tall is Gaara in Boruto? ›

Naruto Statistics Chart
NameAgeHeight
GaaraPart 1: 12-13 Part 2: 15-17Part 1: 147 cm (4'10") Part 2: 166 cm (5'5")
Rock LeePart 1: 13-14 Part 2: 17Part 1: 160 cm (5'3") Part 2: 172 cm (5'8")
JiraiyaPart 1: 50-51 Part 2: 54191 cm (6'3")
OrochimaruPart 1: 50-51 Part 2: 54Part 1: 179 cm (5'10") Part 2: 172 cm (5'7")
9 more rows
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How old is Naruto right now? ›

At the age of thirteen, he enters the chunin exams, a process by which young, inexperienced genin ninja can advance in rank and undertake actual ninja assignments. Throughout the remainder of Naruto, the character remains thirteen years old. Naruto: Shippuden begins after a time skip that also occurs in the manga.

Is Shukaku a Tailed Beast? ›

Shukaku (also known as the One-Tail) is a character in the Naruto series. It is a Tanuki-like sand demon who is one of the nine Tailed Beasts.

Who is Gaara's child? ›

Shinki (シンキ, Shinki) is a jōnin of Sunagakure and the adoptive son of Gaara. He serves as a unit leader as well as an advisor to the Fifth Kazekage as a member of the Suna Council.

Can Gaara beat Sakura? ›

She may be able to fight back for a time, but Gaara would ultimately overwhelm Sakura.

Is Gaara stronger than pain? ›

Gaara from the Fourth Great Shinobi World War arc might be exceptionally strong, but it is tough for him to beat someone like Pain. Gaara's Sand Release can cause a ton of problems, and he is also well-versed in sealing techniques. However, Pain's Chibaku Tensei alone is strong enough to decide the match.

Is Gaara stronger than Sasuke in Boruto? ›

Gaara. The Chunin Exams arc of Naruto saw several powerful ninjas assemble in Konohagakure, and Gaara was easily the strongest of the lot. As expected, Sasuke had his eyes on him and the two fought during the Chunin Exams. While Sasuke did extremely well against Gaara, he wasn't able to defeat him.

Who married iruka? ›

The Couple

KakaIru (カカイル; KakaIru) is the term used to refer to the romantic relationship between Kakashi Hatake and Iruka Umino. It is the most popular Naruto couple in Japan.

Will Gaara be in Boruto? ›

Kinshiki and Momoshiki kidnap Naruto, so Gaara joins the other Kage, Sasuke, and Naruto's son, Boruto, in rescuing him.

Who did Rock Lee have a kid with? ›

Who was Gaara's only student? ›

Matsuri (マツリ) is a genin level kunoichi from Sunagakure. She is also Gaara's very first student. In the anime, she is part of a genin team alongside Yukata and Mikoshi.

Who is Gaara's grandmother? ›

Chiyo, often called Honoured Grandmother Chiyo by the Sunagakure villagers, was the village's poison, and puppet expert.

Who is Gaara's first friend? ›

Responding to the Four-Tails, Gaara says Naruto is his first friend.

Can Gaara use sage mode? ›

Knowing the dangers of such power, Gaara slowly and carefully practiced absorbing natural energy into his body and releasing it again before it could overwhelm him. Then he learned to balance it with his physical and spiritual energy until he could create senjutsu chakra. With this, he attained Sage Mode.

Why does Gaara wear eyeliner? ›

It's just a physical feature resulting from the Tailed Beast inside of him, like Naruto's “whiskers” on his cheeks.

Why Gaara cover his eyes? ›

It is stated that Gaara has his dark circles around his eyes because Shukaku won't let him sleep because Gaara will lose control if he does. After the extraction of Shukaku, Gaara still has these circles around his eyes.

What is Kankuro's full name? ›

Saitō Dōsan, warrior and merchant, also known as Nishimura Kankurō Masatoshi.

Who is the closest person to Naruto? ›

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What is Gaara's best move? ›

1. Saikou Zettai Kogeki: Shukaku no Hoko. The strongest jutsu that Gaara has. Hence the name, this technique is a combination technique of Shukaku Shield which can be said as 'the strongest' shield.

Is Temari Gaara sister? ›

Yes, it's been established even in Part I that those three are siblings, when Kankuro remarks that even though Garra's his little brother, he's still scared of him. In Shippuden, they're also remarked as the Sand Siblings; Temari's the oldest of the three, Kankuro being second-oldest, and Garra's the youngest.

What can break sand Shield? ›

Properties
  • Paper Bomb Kunai(only if it's already on the caster afte the justu was casted; will not stop ot if the explosion happens during casting)
  • Scientific Ninja Tool "Purple Lightning"
  • Scientific Ninja Tool "Fire Release Bullet"(will also repell)
  • Sage Art: Wind Style Rasen Shuriken.
  • Almighty Push.

Who killed Karura? ›

Lawrence Njoroge tells police he hatched plan to. eliminate family three months ago.

Does Gaara have a face tattoo? ›

As many fans know, on Gaara's forehead is depicted the symbol “ai”, which signifies love. In the general context, it means “demon loving only himself”. Therefore, the main meaning of Gaara's tattoo is a misunderstood person who is constantly looking for love.

Is Naruto Chinese or Japanese? ›

Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, premiered in Japan in 2007, and ended in 2017, after 500 episodes.

How old is Gaara in Boruto? ›

Gaara of the Sand only grew stronger in the Boruto series. He was barely able to keep up against Urashiki Otsutsuki. While Urashiki didn't really show his true powers, Gaara did a good job in being able to seal him for a while. Gaara is about 32 to 33 years old in the show.

Can Gaara use gold sand? ›

When confronting the Second Mizukage, Gaara incorporated some of his father's gold dust into his own sand in order to both cool and weigh down the Mizukage's exploding clone, after the clone's own heat fused the gold onto its body.

Can Gaara control all sand? ›

While Gaara is capable of controlling any sand, he keeps specially-made sand (特別製の砂, Tokubetsu Sei no Suna) in his gourd, also made from this sand. This sand is infused with his chakra, allowing him to make faster and more powerful attacks, as well as being used to make his Shield of Sand.

Can Gaara control sand without Shukaku? ›

Gaara died when they removed the Shukaku from Gaara but he was brought back to life by Granny Chiyo but he can still control sand even without the Shukaku.

What's that thing on Gaara's back? ›

Naruto's Gaara of Sunakagure always carries a huge gourd on his back. Within the seal-decorated vessel lies Gaara's chakra-infused sand that he can freely manipulate to attack and defend. Now fans can enjoy a practical representation of his gourd with this personal, high-quality bag!

What is the seal on Gaara's forehead? ›

After realizing nobody loved him, Gaara used his sand to create the tattoo on his forehead, "ai"(愛)which signifies "love", as a symbol of a "demon loving only himself."

Why does the sand protect Gaara? ›

Overview. When Gaara was a child, his uncle, Yashamaru, told him that the Shield of Sand was the product of his mother, Karura. Karura's love for Gaara was so great that, in death, her spirit possessed the sands and used them to protect him.

What does Gaara's tattoo say? ›

As many fans know, on Gaara's forehead is depicted the symbol “ai”, which signifies love. In the general context, it means “demon loving only himself”. Therefore, the main meaning of Gaara's tattoo is a misunderstood person who is constantly looking for love.

What is the black around Gaara's eyes? ›

Naruto has the whiskers because he has the nine tailed fox, Gaara has the dark circles around his eyes because he has the Shukaku which is like a raccoon, these are trademark features that a jinchuuriki possesses depending on which of the tailed beast they have, as to why they are still there is most likely because ...

How old is Gaara in Naruto? ›

Gaara's birthday is January 19th. In part one of the show, he is between 12 and 13 years old. In part two, Gaara ages from 15 to 17 years old.

Who is Gaara's wife? ›

He has no wife.

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