Hinata Hyuga

Hinata Hyuga, born of the prestigious Hyuga clan, became an unconditionally loved character by Naruto fans.

Being inherent to the Chief of the Clan, she was soon to be the successor of the position as a Head. However, Hinata’s timidness resulted in various shortcomings that led her father, Hiashi Hyuga, to lose hope. She failed to pass plentiful ferocious training regimes due to her gentle and frail personality, which proved her unworthy of such a high rank.

Soon after, those leaping expectations that burdened Hinata throughout her early life finally dropped as Hiashi began to look elsewhere regarding the one who’d succeed as the Head of the Clan. This development helped a drained Hinata with a sense of ease as she no longer had the pressure of achieving such a distinctive position.

An incident followed afterward, which played a significant role in Hinata’s life as she found a vision for herself that she did not possess beforehand. Naruto Uzumaki intercepted while she was being bullied despite being outnumbered, causing her to develop a liking for Naruto as she barely knew anyone who’d take a stand for her. This action is one of the main reasons due to which Hinata began to develop into an admirable Shinobi.

Chosen as a member of Team 8, who were: Kiba and Shino under the leadership of Kurenai, Hinata worked extremely hard to earn the respect of her fellow Shinobis, especially Naruto and Neji Hyuga.

Numerous years of hard work and practice shaped Hinata as one of the strongest Hyugas and gave her the ability to help out her comrades during many hard times. After all, all these hardships ended up being a critical factor in marrying Naruto.

Notable skills

Although Hinata’s skill was mediocre until the later stages of Naruto Shippuden, she still managed to showcase specific techniques that caught her comrades and the series’ fans off guard. Her character’s potential gradually unlocked while having a few sparks on and off throughout the series.

Just like Neji, Hinata also had the accord of possessing the intriguing Dojutsu of the Hyuga clan – Byakugan. This mighty prowess granted her the ability to see 360 degrees to a great extent through which she was able to keep check of all the activities surrounding her during battle.

Additionally, her chakra control was profoundly influential in her success in battles. The vigorous Hyuga clan training regimes aided in her proficiency in the art of chakra control. Practicing for multiple years made her chakra control close to that of a Medical Ninja, which in itself is a remarkable feat.

Besides her spectacular chakra control, Hinata also possesses a phenomenal magnitude of skill in Taijutsu. It should come as no surprise due to Hinata being a descend of the Hyuga clan who were always talented in Taijutsu. She was competent in the traditional fighting style of the Hyugas: “Gentle Fist,” which was used in combination with the Byakugan to accurately poke the opponents’ chakra points to block the chakra flow.

Furthermore, Hinata began the flourishment of her own jutsus, such as the “Protecting Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms,” which she used to protect herself from enemy attacks. She also progressed to an extent where she constructed “Gentle Step: Twin Lion Fists,” a tenacious offensive technique.

Matchups

There should be no question regarding the brawniness of Hinata, who went through everlasting compact training to reach the levels she is at right now. She is a vital asset to Konoha as her forte as a Hyuga is incomparable to all those residing in the Hidden Leaf.

Besides being a strong Taijutsu catalyst, Hinata’s preposterous agility and flexibility are among her most dominant features during a battle. Hinata can test her opponents to their fullest and force a mistake to capitalize on it through sheer swiftness.

However, one can never fulfill all the criteria for being the “Perfect Shinobi.” The absence of Ninjutsu and Genjutsu in Hinata’s skill as a Shinobi primarily limits her to close-ranged combat only. To make things worse for her, unlike Neji, she cannot conceal the blindspot of Byakugan accurately. This weakness results in an assortment of bad matchups for her.

Any opponent with the ability to fight at a long-range puts Hinata at an extreme disadvantage. To overcome such a detriment, she may have to use her Byakugan to an adequate amount so that she can be one step ahead of the opponent and close distance steadily. The emploring of this strategy would require a tremendous amount of patience.

This leads us to the primary point regarding the perfect matchup for Hinata, who is qualified in all the essential areas of being a strong Shinobi. However, a Ninja such as Rock Lee, who is also affluent in the art of Taijutsu, is just the right matchup for Hinata. Both of these exceptional Taijutsu users possess a differing style of Taijutsu, one being an expert at the “Gentle Fist” style while another excelling at the “Strong Fist” style. Such a contrast in Taijutsu fighting styles would make it a lot more amusing as it would be a spectacle to watch.

Team Composition

Hinata’s unique fighting style stipends her the freedom to provide either the role of defensive and an offensive shinobi. She can adjust at will if the team asks her, which makes her strikingly versatile and a favorite pick for most of the units. It’s quite evident as she has been a part of Team 8, Konoha 11, Bikōchū Search Team, Peddlers Escort Team, Team Three, Eight Man Squad, Second Division, and Hanabi Rescue Teams.

Although she is an incredible shinobi, her preference would remain for a long-ranged ninja, such as Gaara of the Sand, who dictates the battle in the aspect of the range would be immensely valuable for the team.

Another substantial addition to the team would be a Shinobi occupying an outstanding Genjutsu prowess, none other than Itachi Uchiha himself, leading to a peculiar yet an even team who would rank among the best teams of the Naruto-verse.