Rock Lee is an energetic ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village and a member of Team 9. He aims to be a great ninja despite that fact he can't use ninjutsu or genjutsu.
Rock Lee was constantly mocked by his fellow students, while at the academy, because of his inability to use either ninjutsu or genjutsu, even failing to utilize the more simple techniques that all shinobi learn to use at a young age. That would mean all Lee had going for him was taijutsu, and even then that was only average. It seemed impossible that Lee would ever become a ninja, and anyone else in his rare situation would have giving in, but not Lee.
Everyday Lee would push his body to the limits, by constantly training in taijutsu, giving him arduous training regimes, that if he failed to meet his promise for completing one task, he would train in an even more difficult task. It is this hard working determination, which has allowed Lee to succeed as a ninja.
Ever since the academy, Lee has been under the watchful eye of Might Guy, the number one taijutsu specialist in Konoha. Guy saw something special in Lee, becoming proud when Lee was able to complete a task, and greatly appreciating his never gives up attitude. Lee also saw Guy as not just a sensei to him, but also a father figure, becoming extremely upset and angry whenever someone made fun of Guy. Lee was eventually assigned to team Guy, along with Tenten and Neji Hyuga, during that time his appearance and personality greatly resembled Guy’s, such as wearing clothing like him and even having the same style hair cut. It was during this time that Lee developed a rivalry with Neji, believing that with enough hard work, someone like him will be able to surpass a natural genius, although Neji believed he is and always will be superior to Lee and his hard work was pointless.
Lee is very polite and respectful, referring to people in the proper way. He is also very respectful to his opponents and caries a great sense of honour, to the point that his good natured heart stops him from holding grudges, even forgiving Gaara and building a friendship with him, even after he crushed his arm and leg. Lee also believes that all ninja should show respect to their opponents and becomes angry when people fail to do so. He also has the strange personality trait, that by not wanting something, only then will he be able to get it, as seen moments before his battle with Gaara. Lee also has deep feelings for Sakura, asking her to be his girlfriend. Lee has vowed to always protect Sakura, and because of her he has pushed himself even further.
Major Story Arcs
Chunin Exams Arc
Rock Lee is first introduced during the Chunin exams, where upon first sight he seems to be nothing special, until, he is able to stop a kick from Sasuke and a disguised exam proctor. Sasuke is impressed by Lee and later is challenged by him. Lee wanting to prove himself, by defeating another genius, after easily dispatching Naruto, Lee and Sasuke have a short fight, in which Sasuke is shocked by Lee. The fight is eventually stopped by Guy, just before Lee was about to use the front lotus.
During the second exam, this took place in the forest of death, Lee upon saving an endangered squirrel, stumbles across Sakura who was being attacked by the sound Genin, Do su, Kin and Zaku. Lee was able to battle valiantly for a while, but was overcome by the numbers. After Sasuke drives them back, Lee promises to Sakura that the next time they meet he will be stronger. During the final stages of the exams, Lee battled the violent Gaara in an incredible battle, in which Lee uses his most difficult techniques, even opening the first five chakra gates, but he is ultimately defeated, having his arm and leg crushed. He is saved from death when Guy intervenes. After that, the medics say that his life of a ninja is over.
Sasuke Retrieval Arc
Lee would become deeply upset, that his life of a ninja was over and that he would fail to reach his goal. This would not stop him, as even when he was in the hospital, he would sneak out to train, much to the shock of the medical staff and Sakura, who believed he should be resting. When news that the legendary medical ninja Tsunade had returned, Guy saw this as hope for Lee, and that she could heal him. Tsunade inspected the damage, and even though his body had healed to a certain point, the damage was still great.
Tsunade gave Lee the choice of undergoing surgery that only she could perform, and that it would heal him, the only downside was that it only carried a 50 percent chance that he will make it, and a 50 percent chance he will die. Rock Lee had a tough choice, give up his life of a ninja, or risk dying. This scared him greatly, but under the, wise words and encouragement of Guy, Lee underwent surgery and survived. This only made him more determined to succeed.
During the retrieval of Sasuke, Lee suggests that Neji goes with, Naruto, Shikamaru, Choji and Kiba, but he himself is upset that he can’t go and help. Lee later explains to Tsunade why he wants to succeed as a ninja, even at the cost of his own life, saying that despite having no ninjutsu or genjutsu he could still become a great ninja. During this arc, Naruto is fighting Kimimaro, of the sound five, and is about to be killed. At the last moment Lee arrives and kicks Kimimaro away, telling Naruto to go on, while he faces Kimimaro.
At first Lee and Kimimaro are on equal footing, before Kimimaro starts to dominate that match, and right before he is about to kill Lee, he is stopped as Lee takes what he believes is medicine but is instead sake. Upon consuming it he becomes intoxicated and becomes unpredictable, even outclassing Kimimaro, who is forced to use his curse seal. Lee is overpowered and when Lee finally awakens, Kimimaro proves too much, even stopping the front lotus. Lee is saved by the interference of Gaara, who battles Kimimaro. The two are saved from death, when the Kimimaro's illness finally gets the better of him. Lee and Gaara then build a friendship.
Kazekage Rescue Arc
In part Naruto Shippuden, Tsunade sends team Guy to help support team Kakashi during the rescue of Gaara, who is now a Kazekage, and had been taken by the Akatsuki. Team Guy is attacked by Kisame, who traps Lee, Neji and Tenten in a water prison, using clones, while the real Kisame battles Guy. During that fight Guy uses the first six chakra gates, to defeat Kisame. Lee and Tenten were saved by Neji who broke free from his prison and saved the others.
Rock Lee and his team arrived outside the Akatsuki headquarters, a few moments before team Kakashi, despite setting off a few days later. The squads find out that, there is a barrier, and seals located in different locations, that needed to be removed, before they were allowed to enter. When the seals were removed, team Guy had to battle a clone of them. Lee figured out that by becoming stronger they could defeat the clones. Lee and his team defeated the clones, and went back to help team Kakashi, only to find Gaara dead. Lee and a group of others witnessed, Chiyo sacrifice her life to revive Gaara. After they all welcomed Gaara back, Guy was carrying a wounded Kakashi. Lee seeing this as training exercises, Lee asked an annoyed Neji to jump on his back.
Powers and Abilities
Rock Lee despite having no talents in either ninjutsu or genjutsu, is still a very skilled ninja, that through hard work, and a
determination that is perhaps greater than any other, he has been able to succeed. Lee is a master of taijutsu, and the style called strong fist, that deals external damage to the body. Such as breaking bones. This style has been shown to put a lot of strain on the body, when using the more advanced techniques, to a point were only those who have pushed their bodies to the limits, can deal with these moves.
Lee is also incredibly strong and fast, even when wearing his ankle weights, his speed is still impressive. Once he takes them off, his speed vastly increases, which often surprises his opponents. Rock lee has pushed his body so much, and is so determined to succeed, that even when unconscious, he is still able to move, as seen in his fight with Gaara, despite being knocked out, and having his arm and leg crushed, he was still able to get up, through pure muscle memory.
Taijutsu are the martial arts of the Naruto Universe. They do not need chakra, but their strength can be enhanced by the use of chakra in the blows. Some taijutsu however do require the use of chakra to be effective.
- Front Lotus: This Taijutsu attack is a very dangerous attack which needs the release of a first Chakra Gate. It is one of the most common attacks employed by Rock Lee, but it has also been used by Might Guy and Kakashi.
- Shadow of the Dancing Leaf: The shadow of the Dancing leaf is a quick upward kick into an opponent's chin, vaulting them into the air, where the user will then quickly jump up behind them, making any defence by the enemy difficult.
- Pile driver: In this step, the person employing the use of this Jutsu will wrap something around the opponent (in the case of Lee, he uses his arm bandages). The employer of the Jutsu will the wrap their arms around their opponent, and begin spinning them rapidly towards the ground. Right before impact, The employer will then kick off of the opponent, and the Opponent will land head-first into the ground, causing serious harm to the enemy.
- Reverse Lotus: This technique is one of the most dangerous Taijutsu techniques, needing for the opening of at least three chakra gates, which is in itself a feat. The user will then launch their enemy into the air, and following them, delivering a shattering blow which will launch them into the ground, usually being fatal to the opponent. The attack is a gamble, though, since the releasing of so many Chakra Gates at once will leave the user drained and very susceptible to attack.
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 Naruto Databook)
Lee is a natural master in drunken fist, a style that only comes naturally to a person, meaning it can’t be learned or taught. Once Lee consumes alcohol, he becomes an unpredictable fighter, which attacks both friend and foe. This mixed with his already incredible taijutsu abilities, makes him an almost impossible opponent to defeat. In this mode, his speed, reflexes greatly increase, and he can even fight while sleeping. Lee has also learned to open the first five chakra gates. These gates are located, on specific points on a person’s chakra system. Once opened, it pushes the body past its natural limits, increasing all physical attributes. It is said that by opening the final gate, the user will reach a power surpassing any Kage but the strain is so great, they will die.