First Manga Appearance: Chapter 36
First Anime Appearance: Episode 21
Name Meaning: Moving about or spot, In hiragana or katakana it indicates a diacritical value changing the phonetic value of the marked character
Note: Like her teammates, TenTen bears certain Chinese stylings including her name and her style of hair and dress.
Character Study: Relegated to the background, TenTen has not had much focus in the series, mainly providing a grounded counterpoint to her teammate Lee and sensei Guy.
Chuunin Exam | DB 1
Pre-Timeskip | DB 2
Post-Timeskip | DB 3
Height: 164.0 cm
Weight: 47.3 kg
Registration ID: 012573
Hidden Village: Leaf
Team: Might Guy, Hyuuga Neji, Rock Lee
Academy Grad Age: 12
Chuunin Exam Age: 15
Jutsu: Tobidougu, Sougu Tensasai, Soushouryuu
TenTen is the young weapon master in the series, preferring to attack her opponent from afar with various weapons. She is one of the less expanded upon supporting cast members. TenTen graduated from the Academy at the age of 12 and looked up to Legendary Sannin Tsunade, hoping to one day be as great a kunoichi as her. After graduation TenTen was placed on a team with Rock Lee and Hyuuga Neji under Might Guy. TenTen would form a close relationship with her teammates, often training extensively with Neji. She would greatly admire Neji and come to strongly believe in his abilities. Over the following year her team would take on several missions. A year after graduating Guy entered his team into the Chuunin Exam. By this point the three Genin worked well together and were eager to prove their skills against the rest of the competition.
TenTen and her team would breeze past the opening test of the Exam and then enter the second test. During this time Lee split off from the group and came to the aid of Sakura and her teammates. TenTen and Neji would find him injured from a battle with the Sound Genin. The injured Lee was passed off to TenTen for treatment. Showing her squads more physical approach she violently shook the young man to reawaken him. The squad then took their leave and obtained their needed scroll, passing on to the next portion of the exam.
In the third test preliminaries, TenTen was placed against Sand kunoichi Temari. This opponent proved the worst match for TenTen. TenTen carefully measured out her opponent and began launching weapon after weapon at her target. Temari quickly and easily blew the incoming projectiles away though. TenTen's great accuracy was for nothing, as Temari used her cycling winds technique to launch TenTen into the air and slice her. The injured TenTen then fell through the air and landed back first on Temari's folder fan. Unconscious, TenTen was eliminated from the Chuunin Exam.
Over the next month she would help Neji prepare for his match with Naruto. She then went to the exam stadium to watch Neji in his fight. Being familiar with Neji's fighting style and abilities, she was able to easily predict how Neji would react in the fight. She complemented Naruto's strength but felt there was no way Neji could lose to Naruto. She was surprised when he eventually did get defeated, and she acknowledged Naruto's strength. She and her team continued to train and she assisted Neji in pushing his abilities even further by focusing on the vision capacity of his Byakugan.
As the years passed she and her team eventually passed the Chuunin Exam. When a request came in from Suna to help rescue their Kazekage from Akatsuki, Guy and his team were sent to help. The team raced to Hidden Sand and was stopped in a delay maneuver. In the River Country they faced off against Hoshigaki Kisame. Kisame managed to avoid most of their attacks, get the drop on the team and imprison TenTen, Neji and Lee in water prisons. Neji broke them free and Guy managed to eventually defeat their opponent.
The team then proceeded on to Akatsuki's base. When they removed the seal guarding the cave, they were faced with earthen doppelgangers. The copies used their same exact weapons and abilities. The team managed to eventually defeat the guardians and assist Naruto and Kakashi, who were chasing Akatsuki member Deidara. TenTen's team stopped Deidara escape. Neji soon saw that Deidara planned to blow himself up. Hatake Kakashi had enough time though to send Deidara to another location using his Mangekyou Sharingan. With Deidara stopped, elder Sand kunoichi Chiyo was able to revive Gaara. They returned to Sand, wished their comrades goodbye and returned to Konoha.
BSS: Before Series Start
ASS: After Series Start
(All dates approximate - There is no official comprehensive timeline)
13 Yrs. BSS - TenTen Born.
1 Yrs. BSS - Graduates Academy.
0 - Series Start.
6 Mo. ASS - Enters Chuunin Exam, Loses to Temari in Third Round Preliminaries.
7 Mo. ASS - Knocked out during Third Test by Kabuto's Genjutsu.
10 Mo. ~ 3 Yrs. 3 Mo. ASS - Increases skills and strength, Passes Chuunin Exam.
3 Yrs. 3 Mo. ASS - Meets Naruto again, Travels to River Country to save Gaara, Fights with her team against Hoshigaki Kisame.