Ino Yamanaka
Ino Yamanaka
Kanji 山中いの
Rōmaji Yamanaka Ino
Race Human
Gender Female
Birthday September 23
Height 163.4 cm
Weight 49.5 kg
Hair Color Blonde
Occupations Botanist
Affiliations Hidden Leaf
Yamanaka Clan
Team 10
Allied Shinobi Forces
Romantic Partners Sai (Husband)
Light Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Manga Naruto Volume #4: Chapter #34
Anime Naruto #1
Film Naruto Shippuden: The Movie
Japanese Ryoka Yuzuki
English Colleen O'Shaughnessey

Ino Yamanaka is a character in the Naruto franchise. Ino Yamanaka is a headstrong ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village and a member of Team 10 as their medic. She uses a family ninja technique that can control the minds of her enemies.


Ino was a popular girl in the Ninja Academy in the Konohagakure. Still, she defended Sakura Haruno as she was often bullied and teased for her awkward looks. Ino befriended Sakura and gave her a pink ribbon for her hair. The pair had been fast friends for much of their lives until they had both developed a crush for the same boy, Sasuke Uchiha. This created a rift between them, and they soon became bitter rivals.

Character Evolution

Ino's personality started as hostile and confrontational with her rival Sakura. As a child, she had short hair by grew it out long after she heard the boy she was interested in liked long hair. It was Ino's rivalry for Sasuke that would be the cause of their friendship deteriorating. She began in the Naruto series at the age of 12 or 13 years old.

Her outfit design as of a sleeveless shirt and high-cut hem shirt. Her mid-drift and legs were covered in bandages. Though arrogant and superficial, Ino has also shown a caring for Sakura when she was put in mortal danger. In her ninja squad with Shikamaru Nara and Choji Akimichi, Ino established herself as the boss.

  • Rank: Chunin
  • Registered Ninja #: 012604
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Blood Type: B

Completed Assignments:

  • D-Rank 23 / C-Rank 9 / B-Rank 6 / A-Rank 2 / S-Rank 0

After a two year time skip in the manga series, Ino is now at the age of 15 or 16 years old. Though the design of her outfit has changed, she is still wearing a deep purple colour. She has a button up top, a skirt, she still uses leg wrappings, but has an exposed mid-drift. At each elbow and knee joint she wears bands in a fishnet pattern. Her hair style was changed slightly so the bangs now cover her right eye. It was after the time skip that Ino's skills were expanded past her mind control techniques and into the field of medical ninjitsu.

Ino's favourite foods are cherry tomatoes and custard pudding, her least favourite is sashimi, and her hobbies include shopping.

Major Story Arcs

Chūnin Exam Arc

Asuma Sarutobi, Ino, Shikamaru Nara, and Choji Akimichi's jonin master, had nominated them to take part in the Chūnin Exam. The first part was a written test, and Ino used her mind-body switch technique on Sakura to copy her answers then pass them along to Shikamaru and Choji. After passing the first part, they were sent to the Forest of Death for part two of the exam. Inside the forest, Ino and her team witnessed Sakura being attacked by Sound Ninja while she fought alone to defend Naruto and Sasuke. Rather than abandoning them, Ino elected to help save Sakura.

At the center of the forest, they held some preliminaries to thin the field for the final part. Ino was paired against Sakura. They two had a fierce hand-to-hand match, but Ino was able to trap Sakura in her possession jutsu. However, Sakura was able to break free before Ino could force Sakura into forfeiting. The battle between the two ended in a double KO, and they were both failed form the exam. Though, this fight helped them start to patch things between them and renew their broken friendship.

Invasion of Konoha Arc

Near the end of the Chūnin Exam, the Sound Village and Sand Villages had united to attack Konohagakure. Ino was among the crowd at the stadium that was put to sleep by the enemy.

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

Ino only learned about how Sasuke had betrayed the village to side with Orochimaru after the fact. Shikamaru and Choji had been on the team to try and retrieve him, and Choji had returned seriously injured. Ino went to the hospital to visit Choji.

Sasuke and Sai Arc

Over two years had passed since Naruto had left the village to train, and Ino ran into him soon after she found Shikamaru and Choji. He had been looking for people to join his team, but they had a mission of the own. Ino later got to meet Naruto and Saukra's new team member, Sai, after they returned from their mission.

Hunting the Immortals Arc

Ino and Choji both went to back up Shikamaru and Asuma in their fight with Hidan and Kakuzu, two members of the Akatsuki; but they were too late to help Asuma. His final words to Ino is that she shouldn't let herself lose to Sakura in ninjutsu or romance. Ino and Choji later joined Shikamaru to hunt the two down. Tsunade originally refused to let them leave until Kakashi Hatake agreed to join them.

Ino used her jutsu to possess some birds to find the pair, but Shikamaru felt her techniques were too risky in the fight. Shikamaru eventually led Hidan deeper into the woods as part of their plan, and Naruto, Sakura and Sai joined Ino's segment to finally kill Hidan.

Invasion of Pain Arc

During Pain's attack on the village, Ino rushed to warn her father, Inoichi. She could only witness as one of the Six Paths of Pain attacked and pulled the life force out of Shizune's body. Ino stayed with her father and Shizune's body as Naruto returned to save the village. After Naruto was able to turn Nagato, he used his resurrection technique to revive all of the lives he stole. Shizune was returned, and Ino was among those celebrating Naruto's victory.

Five Kage Summit Arc

In the wake of Pain's invasion, the Konohagakure received word from Kumogakure that Sasuke had attacked them and abducted Killer Bee, the Fourth Raikage's brother, while working for the Akatsuki. The protections on Sasuke had been lifted by Danzo Shimura, and Sasuke was now an internationally wanted criminal with a kill on sight order. Shikamaru called together a meeting of their graduation class to discuss the need to kill Sasuke themselves to prevent any more retaliation. Ino took this news harder than most.

Fourth Shinobi World War Arc

During the Fourth Shinobi World War against the Akatsuki, Ino was in the Fifth Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji helped Darui in his fight with Kinkaku and Ginkaku. Ino saves Shikamaru from Kinkaku as he nearly broke free of Shikamaru's hold, then she forced Kinkaku respond to Darui to capture him inside his own Kohaku no Jōhei technique. She escaped from his body before she was captured and sealed.

Rather than fight the revived Kakuzu, Shikaku Nara, Shikamaru's father, instructed them to focus their fight on Asuma, who had also been revived by the Akatsuki. Ino had to force the reluctant Choji to fight with their former teacher until Shikamaru was able to talk some sense into him. She then used her Mind Clone Switch Technique on two White Zetsu in the fight to seal Asuma.

After the appearance of the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, the White Zetsu changed their plan of attack by morphing into members of the alliance. Ino then followed Shikamaru's plan to draw a circle around themselves and not step out while they waited for reinforcements. When a shadow clone of Naruto appeared, he gained control of the power of the Nine-Tails and was able to spot the fakes.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc

The Shinobi Alliance had unified behind Naruto after dealing with all the White Zetsu clones. He was already in a heated fight with Obito Uchiha, who had been impersonating Madara; and the real Madara Uchiha as they were beginning to revive the Ten Tails. Ino was able to capture Obito and force him to divert the Ten Tails attack to save their lives, but he quickly broke free. During the battle, Shikamaru and Ino both lost their fathers when Obito later targeted the base they were located at. Through Ino's father, they had both spoke to Ino and Shikamaru to pass on their final words along with a battle plan.

When the previous revived Hokage appeared with Sasuke, they all banded together to stop the Ten-Tails. Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji combined thier forces. As Naruto, Sasuke and the Hokages took the lead in the battle. Ino used her abilities to help Shikamaru relay messages to the Shinobi Alliance.


Ino's Jutsu

  • Chakra Hair Trap
  • Mind Body Switch Jutsu
  • Mystical Palm Jutsu
  • Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho

Anime Only:

  • Four-Corner Sealing Barrier
  • Mind Body Disturbance Jutsu

Jutsu Stats

Ninja's are ranked by their proficiency with the various types of jutsu and other statistics. The score rates as a best out of five and are added up in a total score. (source: First, Second, and Third Third Naruto Databook)

Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand Seals Total
2.5 1.5 1.5 2 0.5 2.5 2 2.5 15
3 1.5 1.5 2.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 17
3.5 1.5 3 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 21

Other Media


In the Naruto anime series, the continuity of Ino's appearance drastically changed. She was first seen in Episode 1 and several episodes following, but by the canon manga story shouldn't of appeared until Episode 20.


Despite several anime movies based upon the first series of Naruto, Ino would not appear in any of the movies until Naruto Shippuden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire (2009).


Ino has appeared in a cameo appearance in the Naruto series games, but she would have her first appearance as a playable character in Naruto: Clash of the Ninja 2.

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