Might Guy is one of the strongest ninja in the entire Leaf Village, as well as the rest of the known world. However, friends and foes alike often underestimate him due to his appearance and the fact that he never actually goes all-out.
Just to put his power into perspective, other than the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju, Might Guy is the only person who was able to fight against Madara Uchiha as his equal. So, just how did Guy become this strong, and who is he really?
That might seem like a loaded question, but the answer is quite simple. Might Guy is just someone who works extremely hard to prove himself, much like his student, Rock Lee. And, like Lee, his focus is on taijutsu.
Might Guy was trained initially by his father, Might Duy because he dreamed of being a splendid shinobi. However, his father was a perpetual genin-ranked ninja who was only ever sent on lost cat finding missions. So, just how was he able to become so strong under such a “weak” teacher?
Persistence. Guy’s biggest strength is his determination, which is impossible to break. He trained mercilessly, doing hundreds or thousands of reps of each of his workouts back to back. These workouts involved things like running, push-ups, sit-ups, and even mountain climbing, to name a few.
When he was young, he also started a lifelong rivalry with Kakashi Hatake, who would become his closest friend. While Kakashi was the prodigy, Guy was the one who had to work for everything. Kakashi was the perfect rival for him, and to this day they stand tied in their various competitions.
Might Guy is generally known as the most substantial taijutsu user, but he can actually use some ninjutsu too. He can use Fire and Lightning release, along with a summoning jutsu. Guy’s summoning is a giant tortoise named Ningame, but he isn’t used all that frequently.
Further, Guy is capable of canceling high-level genjutsu. Even if he can’t cast his own genjutsu, the ability to break free from the genjutsu of his opponent is a great skill to have.
But, taijutsu is what sets Guy apart from the rest. Not only is he exceptional at unarmed combat, but he can also use just about any hand-held weapon there is. His personal favorite is a pair of nunchaku referred to as Sōshūga which he uses against opponents he can’t physically touch.
His most notable taijutsu skill is his use of the Eight Inner Gates technique, which opens up the major chakra pathways in the body to give him access to overwhelming power. Within each gate, there are also special attacks Guy can use.
Some of these attacks include the Morning Peacock, Daytime Tiger, Evening Elephant, and finally Night Guy. Night Guy is the most potent move Guy can use and is considered a forbidden technique because it requires the Eighth Gate of Death to be opened. With this attack, he was almost able to defeat Madara Uchiha’s Ten-Tails Jinchuriki form on his own.
As hard as it might be to imagine, Guy doesn’t really have any bad match-ups. Yes, he focuses almost solely on his taijutsu, but his level of taijutsu is so high due to his Eight Inner Gates Technique that it’s able to overcome just about any obstacle.
He’s stronger and faster than just about any other taijutsu user, he can break free from genjutsu users, and he can use Ningame to block the attacks of ninjutsu users. On the other side of things, there isn’t really much his opponents can do to stop Guy’s attacks.
The only reason Madara wasn’t killed by Guy is that he was unable to land a direct hit due to the truth-seeking orbs. But, those aren’t something many other ninjas have access to outside of Naruto Uzumaki and a possible Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, so it’s fair to say that it’s not a practical issue Guy would have to deal with.
Even someone like Suigetsu who’s literally made out of the water and therefore can’t be punched or kicked to death doesn’t really stand a chance against Guy. For that match-up, in particular, Guy still has access to his Lightning release.
Really, the worst match-up Guy has is against himself. This is because if he goes all-out, he’ll die as a result. Even when he goes almost all-out, he’ll still be severely injured simply due to the impact of his own attacks.
There are two different team compositions Guy works well on. The first is a fully taijutsu-based team, like his own team, Team Guy which included Neji Hyuga, Rock Lee, and Tenten. The second is an all-around team composed of taijutsu, genjutsu, and ninjutsu specialists.
Since Guy is one of the most versatile taijutsu users around, it only makes sense to pair him up with one of the most versatile ninjutsu users around, Kakashi Hatake. As a bonus, these two know each other’s strengths, and weaknesses, and so can adequately cover for each other.
However, neither one of them is really a genjutsu specialist. For this role on the team, Kurenai Yūhi (Sarutobi) is the perfect fit. Kakashi can focus on defending along with some attacking via his ninjutsu, Kurenai can play support with her genjutsu, and Guy can go all out with his taijutsu.
Shikadai and Ino are also two pretty good options to be paired with Guy simply because their abilities restrict the opponent from evading. That said, they’re both reasonably vulnerable while using their respective jutsu, so another team member would need to be involved in defending them.
Gaara could fit this role well considering his “ultimate defense,” but his defense could also just be paired well with Guy’s offense anyway.