Naruto cosplay Gaara
Gaara is one of main protagonists and very popular character from the Naruto series. Gaara is a ninja of Sand village and is the Fifth Kazekage . Gaara is also the youngest child of the past Kazekage, and the younger brother of both Kankuro and Temari. He was the Jinchuriki of the One-Tailed Shukaku and, being raised as a tool of Sand, Gaara gained the nickname Gaara of the Sand Waterfall (Sabaku no Gaara: English "Gaara of the Desert"). Though Gaara debuted as a major antagonist, as the series progresses, he became one of the serie's main protagonists.
Before Gaara's birth, his father ordered village elder to seal the One-Tailed Shukaku within him, in hopes that Gaara would become the ultimate weapon for Sand village. Because a sacrifice was needed for doing so, Gaara's mother, Karura, was used. Before she died, Karura cursed village, hoping Gaara would avenge her death. Gaara was trained by his father, but raised mainly by his maternal uncle, Yashamaru.
Because of the deamonic power of Shukaku, the villagers of Sand resented and feared Gaara even as a small child, seeing him only for the monster sealed within him. For a time, Yashamaru looked to be to be the only person who cared for Gaara. When Gaara would unintended harm others due to his subconscious abilities granted to him by Shukaku, Yashamaru would be the only one who understood that Gaara didn't wilful harm them. Gaara's father, however, did not see Gaara in the same light, and viewed Gaara's frequent attacks upon villagers as a result of a failed experiment that was a threat to a village.
Because of the danger Gaara represented, his father began trying to deprivee of him. He began sending assasins to kill him, though when all attempts were met with failure, the Kazekage requested Yashamaru to kill Gaara. As a result, Yashamaru tried to assassinate Gaara, only to fail just as those before him. Gaara delivered a fatal blow to him. When Gaara realized that it was Yashamaru, he was aghast, and screamed, before bursting into tears. Although Gaara tried to dismiss Yashamaru's attack as an order of the Kazekage, Yashamaru corrected him, by saying that he had willingly accepted the mission. Having never truly loved Gaara, Yashamaru hoped that by killing Gaara, he would avenge the death of his beloved sister, who had named Gaara after the phrase "a self-loving carnage", a sign of her intense hatred for Sand village, not as love for her son. In the last effort to kill Gaara, Yashamaru detonated a numbers of bombs covering his body, asking Gaara to "please die". Using his sand, Gaara survived the blast, and lost the only person he thought had cared for him. Since this incident, Gaara became a reserved and cruel person who would kill anyone to prove his existence and to obtain recognition from the village.
While Gaara had initially tried to be friendly towards others, despite their fear of him, Yashamaru's actions and words changed him. Realizing that nobody loved him, Gaara used his sand to create the kanji on his forehead "love" (愛, ai), as a symbol of a "demon loving only himself", and to live up to his name, as Karura intended. I finally understand. I'm alone. I wont believe in anyone , or love anyone. I'm alone. Gaara became emotionally cold, all but silent, and consumed with a bitter loathing for everyone but himself and "Mother".He learned to find pleasure, and eventually a reason to live, in annihilating the numerous assassins sent to kill him – and, by extension, anyone who threatened his existence. This was only worsened by the occasional demand by Shukaku for blood to sate its blood lust. Gaara's insomnia, forced upon him by the fear that the demon will eat his conscience if he were to fall asleep, only furthered his instability and desire to kill. In fact, his hatred extends to his siblings, as he never saw them as such, and was fully willing to kill them were they to cross him. In time, Gaara's father came to recognize Gaara and the uses he could serve, and canceled all assassination orders.
Gaara's childhood was, in many ways, similar to Naruto Uzumaki's, though more unhappy due to his lack of anyone, who he could call a friend. Both were lonely and desired to be liked, loved, and acknowledged as an individual, free of others' prejudices — they were themselves, not the demons they were forced to "contain" — and both were driven into a desperate state. While Naruto consequently developed the misconception that pranks and mischief would bring him the attention , Gaara came to the conclusion that he could conserve and confirm his own existence by killing any and all who challenged it, securing an extreme form of existentialism as his key personality trait. In the absence of others' acknowledgment, he could compensate by valuing only himself to the exclusion of everyone else. Gaara never had anyone to bond with, not even his father or siblings, as they all despised and feared the Shukaku that resides within him. The person who was closest to being friendly with Gaara was the deceitful Yashamaru, who ultimately betrayed him. As result, Gaara did not understand the concept of fighting for anything other than himself until his confrontation with Naruto.
Naruto: You can't kill me. I have a real monster inside me.
Gaara: A monster? Then I am the same. As you said, I did not grow in nice environment. I took the life of woman who was called my mother when I was born. To became ultimate ninja, my father used technique to bind an incarnation of sand to me. I was monster at the birth.
I stole my mother life and was created to become village's masterpiece. These past six years, starting from when I was six, my father tried to assasinate me numerous times. A being that is too strong eventually becomes an embodiment of fear. To Kazekage, my father, I was trump card... but at the same time, I was threat. I am only relic of the past they want to get rid of. So why I exist and live? I asked myself that question, but I couldn't find an answer. But I need those reasons while I am still alive. Or it would be same as being dead. And this is what I concluded. I exist to kill everyone other than me. I finally found a relief inside the fear of being assassinated at any time. By killing the assassins, I was able to recognize my reason to live.
I fight only for myself, and love only myself. As long as I think that other people exist to make me feel that, the world is wonderful. As long as there are people to kill in this world... to make me experience the joy of living... My existence will remain.
After being defeated by Naruto, Gaara was shocked to find that Naruto knew very well the pain that Gaara had endured all his life. He was even more surprised that Naruto never gave up hope on being acknowledged as a person and ultimately found friends who truly cared for him. Seeing the determination that Naruto had to protect his friends made Gaara question his own path in life. Realizing that he gave up too easily, Gaara decided to follow Naruto's path, wishing to become Kazekage of Sunagakure so he could be connected to his people, and hopefully have them finally acknowledge his existence as a person. Over the next few years, Gaara's determination to find happiness became apparent from his decision to rely on his own power rather than his inner demon's. Gaara eventually formed a close friendship with Naruto.
Although he remained ruthless against his opponents, Gaara appears extremely protective of his allies and innocent people, as seen when he protected his village from Deidara; and his siblings, Darui and even the Raikage against Sasuke. He also appears to deeply understand those who have suffered from loneliness and hatred in the past by the look in their eyes, such as Naruto, or even Sasuke.
To Sasuke : You... have the same eyes as I have. Eyes that seek power ,and are filled with hate and murderous intent. You are similar to me. You have the eyes that know true solitude... Eyes that know loneliness is this world's worst kind of pain. Same eyes as mine. Eyes that are itching to kill the one, who put you in the hell known as solitude...
Gaara is a little shorter than the average males of his age. He has pale skin and short, straight red hair. Gaara's eyes are light turquoise and the pupils of his eyes are mostly invisible. Gaara also has no eyebrows. He has two very notable traits in his outward appearance: firstly, he has the kanji "love" (愛) on the left side of his forehead. Secondly, he has tanuki-like black eye rings, having them since his birth due to insomnia caused by the Shukaku. Gaara's forelocks are parted from the left side, making the kanji more visible. Gaara is often seen to stand straight, with his arms crossed over his chest.
Before time skip, Gaara appeared in three different costumes. When he was seen for the first time, he wore black full body suit with t-shirt-like sleeves, ¾-length legs, and an open neck. With this, he wore a white cloth over his right shoulder and the left side of his hips, and a wide leather band system over the left shoulder and right side of his hips. With this leather band, he carried around his gourd containing his sand. He also wrapped his forehead protector over the band. In his childhood flashbacks, he was seen wearing beige poncho-like clothing with full-length blue trousers and a short-sleeved black t-shirt.
In the Sasuke Retrieval arc, and in the final pre-Shippuden filler arc, he switched his previous black overalls to a red-brown one with longer sleeves and an upright collar.
After time skip, he wore full-length dark trousers, a long-sleeved red coat with a flaring hemline, and a purplish grey vest. He is also seen wearing Kazekage robes, and a simple black tunic-trousers suit, the latter one greatly resembling Kankuro's suit, and worn for the memorial of Elder Chiyo. All the time, he has been seen wearing some sort of black shoes.
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