|“||The truth is.. I've always known in my heart, there was nothing I could have done for you. But I love you..!! No matter what's happened, I still care for you more than I can bear.. If I could had taken all your pain... onto myself to comfort you, I would have.. and here we are again, and still all I can do is sit here and cry. ...I'm so pathetic..! But...Sasuke! If I still have a place in your heart, no matter how small it may be.. then please.. I'm begging you, don't slip away any further..! If we just stayed together.. forever.. Then I'm sure.. some day.. things would go back to how they used to be..||„|
|~ Sakura reconfessing her love for Sasuke|
Sakura Haruno is the tritagonist of the Naruto Manga and Anime series and one of the main supporting characters in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime/manga series. She is a chūnin-level kunoichi of Konohagakure, a talented medical-ninja, and a member of Team Kakashi.
She is voiced by Chie Nakamura in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Kate Higgins in the English version of the anime.
BackgroundSakura was born on March 28, to parents, Kizashi Haruno and Mebuki Haruno.
During her early years in the Academy, Sakura was frequently bullied by others due to her large forehead. To try and combat this, Sakura used her bangs to hide her forehead, fueling the other children's teasing by indicating she was sensitive about it. Ino Yamanaka, realising this, helped Sakura by giving her a ribbon that she used as a way of drawing attention to the cuter features of her forehead, which helped Sakura overcome her insecurity. The two became best friends and Sakura grew more confident, developing her own unique personality under Ino's guidance. Despite this, Sakura felt that she was living in Ino's shadow and longed to prove herself as Ino's equal. Later, when Sakura found out that Ino had a crush on Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura ended their friendship so that they could compete for Sasuke's love, thus beginning a bitter rivalry between the two.
As a little girl, Sakura was insecure and highly self-conscious about her large forehead; covering it with her bangs. It was not until she met Ino, whom defended her from bullies and became her friend, did she become more self-confident. However, while Sakura was noted for being an honor student for her scholastic intelligence in the Academy, she became narcissistic as she was more interested in her appearance and Sasuke as opposed to practicing her ninja skills. Because of this, she found Naruto's advances and attempts to gain her attention irksome, calling him childish and foolish, citing his lack of a family as being a reason he was such an annoyance to everyone in the village. Sasuke pointed out that this was because Sakura never experienced loss in her life and this couldn't understand himself ot Naruto, prompting her to look at things from Naruto's perspective in an effort to understand her teammates. Over time, Sakura became more mature as she developed a mutual friendship with her teammates. As her core, Sakura is compassionate, determined, and courageous, willing to sacrifice herself and combat those she knows to be superior to her to defend her team. She has shown that despite her being overcritical, overbearing, and blunt at times, especially with Naruto, she can be supportive of her friends. By Part II, Sakura displayed that she doesn't back down from a fight, noting that she inherited her master's contempt for losing. Sakura can also be reckless, due to her desire to catch up in strength with Naruto and Sasuke, her overprotectiveness of them, and her need to prove her worthiness as a ninja, which often leads her to impulsively attack her opponents and get rescued by her comrades.
At the start of the series, Sakura had a deep infatuation for Sasuke Uchiha, rooted in his good looks, cunning, cool attitude, and prodigious talents. For that reason, many of Sakura's early appearances are dedicated to her continuing efforts to win his affection. As the story progresses, she begins to recognise that Sasuke is a real person with imperfections, and develops a more sincere desire to be there for him and later fell in love with him. Sakura also becomes concerned that Sasuke will someday abandon her and the rest of Konoha in his quest for power. When her fears come true at the end of Part I, Sakura does all that she can to stop Sasuke from leaving, such as professing her love for him and offering to join him. Despite thanking her and sounding grateful, Sasuke knocks Sakura unconscious and leaves the village. Since then, Sakura has made her personal goal to bring Sasuke home, which becomes a recurring component of her role in Part II. Although she still worries about his well-being, Sakura is willing to attack him if it means returning him to Konoha. As time goes on and Sasuke becomes an increasingly more dangerous criminal, Sakura recognises that Sasuke must be stopped at all costs. Later on she tells Naruto that she no longer has any feelings for Sasuke since he just keeps breaking her heart. However, her team-mate Sai at the time suspected she was still in love with Sasuke, which is later proven to be true. Upon meeting Sasuke once again, Sakura becomes upset by how corrupted Sasuke has become and tries to kill him, but she ultimately cannot bring herself to do so, being brought to tears as she started remembering all they went through together as members of Team 7. She has since come to accept that Naruto is the only one who can do anything about Sasuke and decided to she would put her faith in both of them after seeing Naruto's resolve to bring Sasuke back no matter what. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, when Sasuke returned to fight alongside the Allied Shinobi Forces, Sakura, although happy he was back, was confused about his motives for assisting the Allies. This was confirmed with his intention to start a revolution through destruction and rebirth. Sakura tried to get Sasuke to return home, proclaiming her love for him once more, only to be silenced with genjutsu by Sasuke. Ultimately, after Naruto and Sasuke's final clash, the latter, having been redeemed, apologized to Sakura for all he had put her through. Despite her slight hesitation, she tearfully forgave him. After a couple of years, Sakura convinced Sasuke to let her accompany him on his traveling, during which they got married, she quickly became pregnant with his child, and she gave birth to their daughter, Sarada. While Sasuke spends several years away on a top-secret mission, Sakura remained supportive of his duties and is content with her marriage and family.
After becoming a mother, Sakura is shown to be very loving and caring to her daughter, Sarada; this is seen when Sarada had no problem telling her mother about her feelings about Boruto and her father. That doesn't mean she doesn't get angry at her daughter, as when Sarada questioned the validity of her marriage, Sakura responded by smashing the ground. Seeing her daughter was acting out of sadness rather than anger, Sakura apologized and reassured Sarada that he father would be home soon. Sakura is very protective of her family, as she became enraged when Shin attempted to kill her husband and daughter. During Sasuke's absence, Sakura adopted Itachi's habit of poking Sarada in the forehead like Itachi always did with Sasuke. Sakura also has deep pride for her daughter and didn't hesitate to loudly cheer for Sarada from the audience during the Chunin Exams, even though she embarrassed Sarada. She also demonstrates loyalty to Sasuke, which is seen when she pretended to be a helpless hostage to trick Shin into revealing information about his plans on Sasuke's behalf. However, Sakura retians some of her childish antics, such as expecting to receive a kiss from Sasuke but was left disappointed when he comically declined her.
Sakura's relationship with Naruto Uzumaki, like with Sasuke, also changes throughout the series. When first teamed up together, Sakura viewed Naruto as a talentless idiot who deliberately tried to ruin her life, the result of Naruto's efforts to win her heart interfering with her similar efforts with Sasuke. However, as the story progresses and Naruto continuously shows his worth as a ninja as well as his dedication to his team-mates, Sakura realises that her initial perceptions of him were wrong. After the Chūnin Exams and missions, Sakura realises that Naruto is getting stronger and envies him, so she decides to train harder. After Sasuke defected from Konoha, Sakura pleads to Naruto, believing him to be the only one capable of bringing Sasuke back. When Naruto promises to bring Sasuke back to Konoha, Sakura realises just how committed Naruto is to her happiness, and how he has always been there for her. However, Naruto fails and is left in the hospital after losing to Sasuke, though he vows to someday fulfil the promise he made to her. Realizing the lengths Naruto will go to for her, and inspired by his determination, Sakura spends the next three years training with Tsunade so that in the future she can join Naruto in his quest to bring Sasuke back. In Part II, Sakura learns of the various hardships Naruto faces: the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox and Akatsuki.Saddened by the impact both forces have had on his life, Sakura becomes protective of Naruto and tries to do whatever she can to help him overcome these obstacles. Sakura begins to empathise with Naruto, and develops a deep friendship with him, due to their spending a lot of time together. Later, Sai explains to her just how deep Naruto's love for her truly is, and the level of pain that trying to fulfil his promise has caused, filling Sakura with guilt. After the events of the Five Kage Summit, she confesses to Naruto that she loves him, no longer caring about Sasuke, and tries to get him to give up on his promise. However, Naruto does not believe her, and claims she is lying to herself, stating he knows her better than that. Sai seems to confirm this and tells Naruto that Sakura's confession was actually an attempt to release him from his promise, and possibly distract him while she hunts down Sasuke. Though being told that Naruto loves her, Sakura, while still caring for him as a friend and team-mate, doesn't reciprocate his feelings. Despite this, Naruto and Sakura remain as close friends for the rest of their lives and develop a bond that mirrors that of a brother and sister. Sakura went as far as to encourage Hinata to knit a scarf for Naruto as a way to confess her love to him and offered Naruto advice on his feelings for Hinata. Sakura is close to Naruto and Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari, as both refer to her as "Aunt Sakura".
Sakura is shown to have a short temper at times, and has hit people out of anger before on more than one occasion (the victim usually being Naruto), but is usually relatively kind, cheerful, gentle, and positive. She has a very strong sense of being useful, and is often frustrated with herself for being a burden and not being helpful. One of her greatest regrets was relying solely on Naruto to bring Sasuke back, burdening him with the promise while she couldn't do anything but cry. It was with that resolve that she sought apprenticeship from Tsunade and since training with her, Sakura has improved considerably since Part I, but still frets over her usefulness plenty. She is rather sensitive and is quick to cry, usually because of things relating to Naruto and Sasuke. Sakura is shown to have a strong will, and refuses to give up on fights. She likens this to a contempt for losing, and this only becomes stronger since her training with Tsunade. She is generally clear-headed and rational when faced with a crisis, though her emotions have been known to cloud her thoughts at times. Unlike the rest of Team 7, Sakura has not suffered any heavy losses during her childhood. Therefore, Sakura takes for granted things that her team-mates desire, such as family and friends. She nevertheless tries to be understanding of her team and others, and does not hesitate to ask if she does not understand something or if it bothers her.
Within Sakura resides "Inner Sakura" (内なるサクラ, Uchi Naru Sakura), a manifestation of her inner emotions. In addition to comic relief, Inner Sakura represents Sakura's actual opinion on things when she outwardly displays something opposite. Inner Sakura's appearances are typically marked by an exclamation of "Shānnarō!" (しゃーんなろー). The phrase has no literal meaning, but is usually translated as "Hell yeah!", "Hell no!", or "Damn it!", depending on the situation. The English anime, for censorship reasons, replaced the aforementioned phrases with a forceful "Cha!". Inner Sakura is unique as it is in a way a second will within Sakura's mind. When Ino used the Mind Body Switch Technique on her, Inner Sakura was able to repel the user from her body, suggesting that Sakura has a split personality, consisting of the "Inner Sakura" and her normal personality.
Although she appears quite frequently at the start of the series, Inner Sakura all but disappears midway through Part I, her only other subsequent appearance being at the start of Part II. Sakura, likewise, now performs the emotional, violent outbursts she once relied on Inner Sakura for, much to the dismay of those who are around her at the time (typically Naruto).
Sakura had long hair. Sakura has bright pink hair, green eyes, and fair skin. Sakura was often bullied due to her rather large forehead hence her nickname of "Billboard Brow". In Part I, Sakura wore a red qipao dress with white circular designs, with or without sleeves, with a zipper, tight dark green shorts, and a forehead protector which she used to accentuate her face.
In Part II, Sakura, now a chūnin, has acquired a new outfit consisting of the same basic red top as in Part I, with black gloves, black boots, black shorts, short grey apron skirt, and grey elbow protectors. Her skirt and elbow protectors are pink in the anime. Sakura is now also armed with a chūnin's tantō (which she wears above her medical pouch, but she has never been seen using it in combat). The cloth of her forehead protector has also changed to red in colour. When she's not on a mission, she wears her regular red shirt, with a light yellow shirt under it, and a navy-coloured skirt. In this outfit, she still wears her boots. She later dons the uniform of the Allied Shinobi Forces inclusive of a Konohagakure flak jacket, albeit opting to wear a skirt instead of pants and her regular boots. She later changes her skirt to pants to assist the medic unit. Another notable trait of Sakura's appearance is her hair. At the series' beginning, Sakura's hair was very long (when she was young, there was a rumour that Sasuke was attracted to girls with long hair). After Sakura began to protect the unconscious bodies of Sasuke and Naruto after their battle with Orochimaru, Kin Tsuchi grabbed Sakura's hair and taunted her for paying more attention to her appearance than practising her technique. Kin kept Sakura captive, holding her tightly by the hair and forcing her to watch Zaku Abumi attack Lee. This caused Sakura to cut her hair to release Kin's hold on her, and determinedly attacking Team Dosu with a new goal of surpassing her team-mates. Her hair was very short and messy that time. After the battle, Ino cuts Sakura's hair to make it neater. Sakura's hair grows after the exam. Sakura has kept her new, shoulder-length hairstyle for the rest of the series. As shown in a flashback, she grows her hair again during the time skip, but later cuts it. She, like Shizune, also has the tendency to pin her hair up in a ponytail when working.
At the start of the series, Sakura's only defining characteristic was her intelligence, as seen with her consistently high test scores while in the Academy. Because of this, Sakura has a keen talent for observation and analysing, which she can use to overcome most forms of deception. Moreover, in the first phase of the Chūnin Exams, Sakura was able to answer all the questions on the paper test quickly, even though the examiner Ibiki Morino later commented that this feat could not be accomplished by a genin. However, Sakura's focus on her studies in the Academy greatly affected her physical performance. Her poor combat skills and stamina prevented her from being very helpful during the earlier battles in the series.
After two-and-a-half years of training with Tsunade however, Sakura's abilities greatly increased to the point that she could hold her own against powerful enemies such as Sasori. Her skills in other areas have also increased, such as being able to locate Kakashi during the second bell test - something Naruto could not do - as well as tricking Sai, Kiba, and Lee into fighting each other so that she put them all to sleep. She has similarly become more resilient, as she is able to survive an explosive tag at close range while surrounded by a cloud of poison and still get up afterwards.
Soon after the start of her first mission, Sakura discovered that she had an excellent control over her chakra, and as such she had an innate ability to use techniques to their maximum efficiency without wasting any chakra. Kakashi pointed out that her ability to gather chakra from every part of the body and then using it with great timing made her superior to her team-mates in that respect. While this particular ability was never put to great use in Part I, her chakra control became a focal point of Sakura's fighting style and medical abilities in Part II.
Medical NinjutsuSakura using the Delicate Illness Extraction Technique.Sakura's natural control of her chakra had been taken to new heights over the time skip, an ability utilised to its fullest by the training she had done with Tsunade. With her excellent chakra control, Sakura had turned into an excellent combat medical-nin, and had shown herself to be able to heal fatal injuries with relatively little effort, even when more experienced medics would deem it a lost cause. She also has shown extensive knowledge of poisons having been taught by her senior pupil Shizune— learning how to imbue weapons such as kunai, with poison. She also has an extensive knowledge of herbal medicines, surpassing even the knowledge of Chiyo as well as other chemicals such as powerful sleeping gases taught to her by Tsunade. Her knowledge was great enough to withdraw Sasori's advanced poison directly from Kankurō's body, and use that as a base template to create multiple antidotes swiftly afterwards. During her fight with Sasori, she was able to start healing herself even with a poisoned sword still lodged in her abdomen, a feat Sasori remarked at.
At the end of Part I when Tsunade observed Sakura successfully heal a fish with the Mystical Palm Technique, Tsunade remarked that Sakura had come so far, and she hadn't seen such talent since Shizune. Sakura can also assist with autopsies, as seen when she and Shizune performed an autopsy on a White Zetsu during the Fourth Shinobi World War, and she has knowledge of cells and DNA.
Although not known for her strength in Part I, Sakura was still strong enough to knock Ino several metres backwards with only a single strike during their match in the Chūnin Exams. In the anime, during a mission to the Land of Tea, she was seen lifting and manoeuvring a very large and thick wooden log.
In Part II, Sakura's taijutsu skills have seen tremendous growth thanks to Tsunade's training. By building up and releasing her chakra with precise timing, Sakura could easily decimate any obstacle and turn it to rubble. An opponent struck by her full strength could suffer blunt force trauma resulting in broken bones, ruptured organs, or even death. Through repeated use, Sakura no longer needs to put any conscious effort into using this strength, and so can use it instantly. Her strength, coupled with her medical expertise and the beauty she gained over the time skip, had caused many to see Sakura as a younger version of Tsunade, or even someone who could even surpass Tsunade. However, while Sakura's strength derives from this technique, Tsunade has been noted to possess incredible raw strength much greater than this ability, and is enhanced even further to monstrous levels when using it. This strength was great enough to completely immobilise a White Zetsu, which are extremely durable, with just one blow.
Another key component of Sakura's taijutsu are her evasive skills. As a field medic, she cannot afford to be gravely injured or killed on the battle field, as drilled into her by Tsunade when she trained her. Sakura would attempt to read an opponent's fighting style in order to find the dominant hand/foot or anything that the enemy was using. With that, she could increase her evasive skill to impressive levels. Sakura was proficient enough in this that she could figure out Sasori's finger movements and predict his movements of his puppets. Her skill in evasion is so great that she can combat one-hundred puppets without even being scratched. Although Chiyo aided Sakura in this occasion, she notes that Sakura hardly needed any help.
Sakura's relationship with Sasuke plays a critical role in the series and is, by far, the most significant relationship in her life. sakura has had a crush on Sasuke since she first saw him during their days in the Academy when they were small children, rooted from his good looks and his calm, collected attitude. Despite knowing he was popular among all the girls at the Academy, including her best friend Ino, Sakura vowed to win him over and grew her hair long after hearing a rumor that Sasuke liked girls with long hair. After being placed on the same team, Sakura was overjoyed and spent more time trying to win his affection rather than focusing on her ninja training. However, Sasuke had a low opinion about her due to her immaturity and inconsideration for others, especially for Naruto. After he called her annoying for criticizing Naruto for being an orphan, Sakura decided Sasuke was right and she made attempts to be nicer to Naruto. During their time as Team 7, Sakura continued trying to impress Sasuke and blush at anything he said or did that she found attractive of him. However, her infatuations began to change when she believed Sasuke had been killed by Haku and cried over his body before reacting with relief that he was okay. As she started to realize that Sasuke was actually a person with imperfections and was suffering physically and mentally from his past and desire for revenge, Sakura became very caring and worried for his well-being, and made it a priority to help him as much as possible. This allowed Sakura's feelings for Sasuke to grow stronger and she genuinely fell in love with him, to the point where she is able to know his true self; she instantly knew he wasn't himself as he was under the Cursed Seal of Heaven and convinced him to stop his rampage on the ninjas who hurt her earlier by hugging Sasuke and pleading for him to stop. It seemed that Sasuke started to develop romantic feelings for Sakura as well as he noticed how much she really cared about him and he was willing to risk his life to protect her because he didn't want to lose someone dear to him again, and even exhibited jealousy when Sakura learned Naruto saved her from Gaara. Ultimately, thinking his bonds with his friends made him weak, Sasuke decided to sever those bonds and defect from Konoha and Sakura, who had suspected this, met with him at the village's gate and they talked about their times together. When Sasuke refused to change his mind, Sakura broke down and confessed that she loved him and wanted to join him if she could make him happy. Although touched, Sasuke feigned indifference, called her annoying, and knocked her out to keep her from alerting the village but not before thanking her for everything. Over the next three years, Sakura trained with Tsunade to grow strong enough to where she can help Naruto find Sasuke. When they reunited, Sakura was shocked when Sasuke denounced any connection to her and was willing to attack him to bring him back to Konoha. Sakura still held deep care for Sasuke to where she didn't tolerate anyone bad-mouthing him. However, as Sasuke became a dangerous international criminal, Sakura became distraught when her comrades concluded that killing Sasuke was the only way to prevent him from starting a war among the nations. Sakura attempted to deal with Sasuke on her own but realized not only was she outmatched by him but she couldn't bring herself to do it, which almost caused Sasuke to kill her twice and this left Sakura visibly shaken in horror. With Naruto's resolve to save Sasuke no matter what, Sakura decided to put all of her faith in Sasuke and Naruto of fulfilling her dream of seeing Team 7 together again. As the war was announced, Sakura was uneasy that she and her comrades would likely be fighting against Sasuke and she also rejected a fellow comrade's love confession because she was in love with someone else, who was revealed to be Sasuke. She was shocked that Sasuke was offering to help the Allied Forces in the war and, when Sai asks about Sakura's feelings about Sasuke's arrival, she smiled and said that she was happy that he was back and that she trusted him. Sai noticed that her words were sincere, but her smile was fake . This was confirmed when Sasuke announced his intent to start a revolution through destruction and rebirth. Sakura tried once more for Sasuke to return home by telling him she loved him but Sasuke knocked her out with genjutsu and said he found no reason for them to love each other. Kakashi counters that Sakura wasn't trying to win his love and she was suffering from loving him. Afterwards, a redeemed and guilt-ridden Sasuke apologized to Sakura for everything he put her through, to which Sakura reacted with hesitation but tearfully accepted. Before leaving for his journey of redemption, Sakura and Sasuke spent some time together and began a relationship, leading Sasuke to truly fall in love with her. Sakura asked to accompany him on his journey but he declined and promised he would return to her. A couple of years later, Sakura did join him on his traveling, during which they got married and she quickly became pregnant with his child, and gave birth to their first and only daughter, Sarada. Despite Sasuke being away from his family for years, his and Sakura's marriage turned out to be a good one. Sakura remained truly in love with Sasuke for the rest of her life and she is very supportive of his ninja duties.
Sakura's relationship with Naruto is a second significant bond she shares in the series. Having known each other since childhood due to being classmates at the Academy, Sakura had a low opinion of Naruto and though of him as annoying due to his tendency to pull off pranks. While she knew that Naruto had a crush on her, she was unaware for a long time that Naruto was actually deeply in love with her and that Naruto was holding back his feelings due to her feelings for Sasuke, whom he felt needed Sakura the most. When they are were assigned to Team 7, Sakura was disappointed while Naruto was delighted, and she went as far as to criticize Naruto for his actions by blaming him having no parents. This angered Sasuke, who was also an orphan, and his criticism of her caused her to realize how much she hurt Naruto's feelings and decided to make attempts to be nicer to him. During their time as Team 7, while Sakura was still annoyed with Naruto and vented her anger at him for his immature actions, her attempts to befriend Naruto turned out to be sincere, to the point where she felt sorry for him when he was struggling in the first test of the Chunin Exams and was willing to forfeit to help him, but Naruto vowed to never give up, which inspired her to give her best in her fight against Ino. Sakura also came to support Naruto's dream of becoming Hokage despite her earlier claims it was a stupid dream for someone as childish as him. Naruto is very considerate and protective of Sakura, and he often risks his life to save her from danger, which she is very grateful for and she often tries to find ways to repay him for everything he does for her. By the time Sasuke defects, Sakura had come to view Naruto as a dear friend and a brother-figure. In her despair of being unable to stop Sasuke, she went to Naruto and pleaded with him to bring Sasuke back because he was the one person who could do such a task. Despite his own feelings for her, Naruto made a "promise of a lifetime" to Sakura that he would bring Sasuke back no matter what. When he ultimately fails but still vowed to keep his promise, this inspired Sakura to become Tsunade's apprentice so she can get strong enough to help Naruto find Sasuke. After three years of separation, Sakura was amazed of how mature and grown up Naruto looked but was still annoyed with his perverted and idiotic actions. Some people suspected that Sakura was a little attracted to Naruto after this but she continued treating him as a best friend. After learning he is the Nine Tails jinchuriki and is targeted by the Akatsuki, Sakura realized the validity of the hardships Naruto went through as a child and she became protective of him, and willing to do anything to help him as much as possible. When Sai told her how much Naruto loved her, she was left in shock which then turned into despair as she came to believe the promise Naruto made to her was making him suffer. She tried freeing him from this promise by telling him that she loved him, but Naruto didn't believe her because he knew how much she loved Sasuke. It was later revealed that Sakura indeed lied because she was planning to kill Sasuke without getting Naruto involved. Thankfully, Naruto was able to save Sakura from being killed by Sasuke and his vow to save Sasuke at all costs gave Sakura some hope in having Team 7 together again. Overtime, Sakura came to believe that Naruto would in fact become Hokage and was willing to do anything to help him achieve his dream. Once Sasuke reciprocated her feelings and Naruto was developing feelings for Hinata, Sakura offered him advice on love and how to confess to Hinata. As the years passed, Sakura and Naruto remained close friends.
Kakashi is Sakura's teacher from Team 7. Being the only girl on the team, Kakashi seemingly had a soft spot for Sakura due to him unwilling to let her directly confront Haku and Zabuza, and he was always near her during combats. Kakashi tried to reassure Sakura that naruto and Sasuke would make up when Sasuke forced Naruto into a battle, but when Sasuke defected and Sakura was left in despair, Kakashi blamed himself for being an ineffective teacher. He also condemned himself for "lying" to Sakura when he knew the possibility of Sasuke betraying them was high. Kakashi considers Sakura to be a very simple girl who can easily be understood, such as when he immediately knew that she was lying when she told Naruto she loved him. Initially, Kakashi was unwilling to kill Sasuke but after saving Sakura from being killed, Kakashi was enraged and told Sakura he would deal with Sasuke so that Sakura wouldn't have to take on such a heavy burden. Kakashi has a high opinion of Sakura due to her powerful strength and intelligence, but he is still protective of her, even going as far as to criticize Sasuke for ignoring the pain he was putting Sakura through.
In is Sakura's former best friend, although they reconcile after the Chunin Exams. They first met when they were children; Sakura was bullied for her large forehead and Ino became her first friend after teaching her how to show more of her cute features. They were best friends for a while until Sakura announced to their friends that she had a crush on Sasuke and was surprised when she learned Ino also liked Sasuke. Because of this, both girls ended their friendship so they can compete for his affection. Although avoiding each other sometimes, they were matched against each other in the Chunin Exams, which they used as a way to see not only who was the strongest but who deserved Sasuke more. At the end, the match ends with both knocking the other out and the two reconcile but still intended to fight each other for Sasuke. While still being rivals in some sorts, they became friends again and were often helping each other in combat and on personal matters, often related to Sasuke's troubles. As adults, after Sakura marries Sasuke and Ino marries Sai, the two are more friendly with each other and considered best friends again.
Tsunade is Sakura's superior and teacher. Both are similar in personalities in regards to their short tempers and tendency to be blunt and criticize others. Tsunade cares a lot for Sakura, after the girl came to her on her own accord to ask Tsunade to take her as a student, which Tsunade agreed because she knew Sakura was determined to help Naruto find Sasuke at all costs. Sakura holds deep respect for Tsunade for being the Fifth Hokage but, like so many others, she is afraid of Tsunade's temper and often warns others to be careful how they speak to her. During the war, as Sakura proved herself as a worthy successor of Tsunade's, it was believed that Sakura would surpass her teacher.
Sarada is Sakura's daughter with Sasuke. Sakura loves her daughter dearly and she sees a lot of Sasuke in Sarada. After Sasuke left home for his mission, Sakura raised their daughter on her own and the two have a close relationship. Sarada had no problem telling her mother her feelings about boys and particularly about Boruto. However, as sarada got older and began questioning her parents' marriage due to Sasuke being away for so many years, Sakura reacted angrily but then she apologized for yelling at her. Over the years, as Sarada asked questions about her father, Sakura always told her that Sasuke was an important mission and he would come home once it was over. While she was speaking the truth, Sakura didn't explain what kind of mission Sasuke was on because of an agreement she made with Sasuke to keep it a secret out of concern any knowledge of it spreading and bringing threats that would endanger her and Sarada. As Sarada thought Sasuke didn't care about them, Sakura was always quick to insist that Sasuke loved them both and he was protecting them. Although annoyed with Sarada running away to find the answers to her questions, Sakura didn't blame her because she felt she and Sasuke should have explained the situation to Sarada earlier. When Sarada believed Sakura was not her real mother, she was enraged but after calming down, she realized she still loved her mother. Sakura later admits she was told of Sarada's doubts and confirms Sarada is her biological daughter, also expressing relief that Sarada is alright and joy when Sasuke tells Sarada that she is the proof of his love for Sakura. After this, Sakura and Sarada's relationship improves significantly, and Sarada finds it amusing to tease her mother by telling her how happy she gets when Sasuke comes home. Sakura also has deep pride for her daughter, but her ways of expressing her pride for sarada often embarrass the girl.
- Understandably why she never says it, Sakura's hobby is following and watching Sasuke and her dream is to marry Sasuke. Despite years of him rejecting her feelings and the possibility of them as a couple being slim to none, Sakura achieves her dream of winning Sasuke's love and marrying him.
- Sakura started having feelings for Sasuke even before they entered in the Academy and her innocent crush on him turned into an obsessive infatuation after learning he was popular among the girls. However, her infatuation for him turned into genuine and true love.
- During the war, Sakura's medical ninjutsu is noted to almost be as great as Tsunade's, and after the war ended, she was deemed "the most powerful medical ninja" in not only Konoha but likely the world.
- There is evidence that Sakura did have a crush on Naruto in Part II due to her being impressed by the change in his appearance and personality, her great concern for his well-being, and there was speculation among the fans that there was some truth in her false confession to Naruto. But it was not strong enough to waver her love for Sasuke and she adamantly denied any romantic interest in Naruto.
- Sakura is similar to Amy Rose because of their pink hair and green eyes, have a anger and sweet side, infatuated with another person, and their red clothing.