First Manga Appearance: Chapter 35
First Anime Appearance: Episode 20
Name Meaning: A traditional Japanese handball game, A name
Character Study: One of the strongest kunoichi who is not a Kage, Temari is the skilled older sister of Gaara. Her friendly terms with Shikamaru have caused many fans to ponder their relationship possibilities.
Chuunin Exam | DB 1
Pre-Timeskip | DB 2
Post-Timeskip | DB 3
Height: 165.0 cm
Weight: 47.9 kg
Registration ID: 53-004
Hidden Village: Sand
Team: Gaara, Kankurou, Baki
Academy Grad Age: 12
Chuunin Exam Age: 17
Jounin Age: ?
Jutsu: Dai Kamaitachi, Fuusajin, Kamaitachi, Kirikiri Mai, Tatsuno Ooshigoto, Weasel Kuchiyose
Known Elements: Fuuton (Anime only)
Weapons: Giant Fan
Temari is the daughter of Yondaime Kazekage and the older sister of Kankurou and Gaara. Temari graduated from the Ninja Academy at the age of 12. At some point she bore witness to Gaara going into his full Shukaku mode, which shocked and sickened her. The village leaders began to resent the way their village was being treated by the Wind Country Daimyou. For that reason Suna planned to invade and attack Konoha with Hidden Sound. Little did they know that Sound was using Suna for their own ends, with Orochimaru killing Temari's father and then impersonating him to further draw them into war.
Plans were in place for Gaara to be used in the invasion, so she and her team entered into the Chuunin Exam under their sensei Baki. When they arrived in Konoha other Leaf Genin confronted them about why they were there. Temari mocked them for not realizing there was a Chuunin Exam happening. She and her team took their leave and then went to the first test. The skillfully trained team easily made it past the first portion of the exam and then entered the second. Due to Gaara's Shukaku protection they breezed through this portion as well. When they sought out their scroll, Gaara took the forefront and easily killed the Rain ninja who attacked them. When Gaara's bloodlust began to get the better of him Temari pleaded with him to listen to her and calm down. He finally relented and they made it to the test finish in record time.
In the third test preliminary matches of the Chuunin Exam, Temari was placed against TenTen. Utilizing her wind techniques, Temari was able to totally nullify TenTen's ranged weapon attacks and utterly defeat her. Tossing the unconscious TenTen aside Rock Lee jumped to his teammate's defense. He moved to attack Temari after she insulted TenTen's abilities, but Might Guy stepped in to stop him from fighting before his time came. She and her siblings each won their preliminary match and they began their month long wait for the third and final test.
In the third test Temari was placed against Nara Shikamaru. Shikamaru expressed his discontent with having to fight a woman and Temari took it personally. Both ninja were skilled strategists and the match went back and forth as each fighter felt the other out. Temari launched numerous slicing wind gusts and while Shikamaru hid from the shadows attempting to bind her with his shadow. Shikamaru's intellect won out in the end, as he used his shadow to maneuver Temari into position to capture and bind her. Though she thought she was going to lose, Shikamaru gave up because he was almost out of chakra.
When the invasion was finally launched, Temari and Kankurou moved to escort the wounded Gaara outside the village to allow him to transform. On the way Sasuke gave chase and Temari stayed behind to delay him. She quickly caught back up with Gaara and watched as he rampaged in his Shukaku form. To her surprise though, he was fought evenly by Uzumaki Naruto, who had summoned Gamabunta to help him. Naruto's strong will to protect his friends won out though, and Gaara was defeated. Coming to her exhausted brothers aid, Temari and Kankurou fled. With Gaara's and Orochimaru's defeat the invasion failed and Suna retreated. In the following weeks Suna would bow to Konoha's terms and once again become their ally. This help would soon be needed when Uchiha Sasuke left Konoha to seek out power under Orochimaru.
Tsunade dispatched a Genin team led by Shikamaru to retrieve Sasuke and also contacted Suna for help. With the Leaf in trouble with the Four Sounds, Temari and her siblings arrived and she chose to assist Shikamaru. She asked for information on her opponent Tayuya and when Shikamaru suggested retreat she said shouldn't be underestimated. Wiping blood on her fan she summoned Kamatari the weasel and scythes which cut down the forest and Tayuya. Shikamaru felt Temari was even scarier than his own mother and she gave an embarrassed grin back, stating she may have overdid it.
While the Konoha ninja were saved from death, they failed to return Sasuke. The Sand siblings returned to Konoha with the injured ninja from Konoha. At the hospital Shikamaru expressed his fears for his friends and Temari chided him for his frailties. They soon took their leave and Temari told Shikamaru they'd be there if they needed help again. Shikamaru grinned and continued his bemused comments about women. A shortwhile later in an anime filler arc, Shikamaru got his chance to pay Suna back, coming to the aid of Temari when ninja abducted an academy trainee from their village.
In the following years Temari passed the Chuunin Exam and advanced in rank to Jounin. During this time she began serving as a liaison to Leaf to help plan the Chuunin Exams with fellow examiner Shikamaru. When she learned that her younger brother Gaara had been captured by Akatsuki, she quickly returned home to lend help. She arrived too late and remained behind to guard her village when Naruto and his team began to track down Gaara's abductors. When Kankurou was sufficiently recuperated, she and he alongside numerous other Sand ninja raced to help Gaara. They arrived in time to see Chiyo bring him back to life. She was greatly relieved and later wished the Leaf ninja goodbye when they left Hidden Sand.
BSS: Before Series Start
ASS: After Series Start
(All dates approximate - There is no official comprehensive timeline)
15 Yrs. BSS - Temari Born.
3 Yrs. BSS - Graduates Academy.
0 - Series Start.
6 Mo. ASS - Enters Chuunin Exam, Defeats TenTen in prelims.
7 Mo. ASS - Wins against Shikamaru due to forfeit, Escorts Gaara out of village.
9 Mo. ASS - Comes to Konoha's aid against Sound Four.
10 Mo. ~ 3 Yrs. 3 Mo. ASS - Increases skills and strength, Passes Chuunin Exam, Selected to become Jounin.
3 Yrs. 3 Mo. ASS - Helps proctor Chuunin Exam, Comes to Gaara's aid when captured by Akatsuki.