A Shinobi of the Leaf, Tenten, was part of Team Guy, including Neji Hyuga and Rock Lee. Despite being a supporting character throughout most of the series, her uniqueness makes her unusually memorable without an exaggeration.
From the beginning, Tenten’s inspiration for becoming a potent Shinobi was Lady Tsunade, whose sheer qualities served as motivation for Tenten, who dreamt about reaching such a level of excellence. As Tenten progressed through the academy, she was selected to be a part of Team Guy. Soon after, she started to emulate Tsunade’s style, which was mainly raw strength and unparalleled medical jutsu. Finding no luck in this field due to the complexity, her pride started to depreciate, and she began to doubt her abilities.
The doubt she felt disappeared when she finally came across the fighting style that suited her the best, based on Fūinjutsu, a sealing jutsu through the use of scrolls. This new found fighting style succored her to stop pursuing the form of Tsunade and to perfect her unique techniques instead. Moreover, her belief that women are no less than men in terms of skill led her to train as hard as she could to prove everyone wrong. Her dislike for being dependent on others helped her to become the Shinobi that she is today.
Her kind personality made her a likable Shinobi as she developed comradeship with several well-known Shinobis such as Neji, Rock Lee, Naruto, Sakura, and Ino. Not only was she a fierce ninja, but she was also empathetic towards her comrades whenever they were down.
Conclusively, all these attributes made her amiable character of the series.
Tenten was a brilliant Shinobi who thrived on flourishing herself to be useful in battle. Having minimum skill in Ninjutsu or Genjutsu, her towering interest lay in Fūinjutsu, which was eminently rare as only a few ninjas had mastery in such fighting style.
Her weapon handling skills were exquisite, with a wide variety of weaponry in her arsenal. Tenten, gifted with the ability to wield weapons unknown to her, such as the banana palm fan, a choice weapon of the Sage of the Six paths, Hagoromo himself! Her abilities to wield these weapons with such skill showcased the extraordinary talents of Tenten.
The unique fighting style of Fūinjutsu is Tenten’s primary source of damage dealing with her opponents. She uses scrolls to seal her weapons, which she later unleashes at the critical time and place, being highly dangerous due to her efficient marksmanship as she hardly ever misses her target.
This fighting style moved Tenten into creating various unpredictable attacks, such as attaching paper bombs on her weapons to catch her opponents off guard with an explosion. Being adept at using wire strings helped her maneuver the weapons with more guided precision. She also produced a wide range of deadly scrolls granting her the mixups of either launching a tremendously powerful array of weapons which were unavoidable in case of sluggish reactions or she could summon enormous weapons to aid her in times of difficulty
Regarded as a compelling Shinobi since her time at the academy, Tenten’s gradual growth in the art of Fūinjutsu made a highly respected Shinobi of Konoha. This level of respect is no fluke either; she has proven herself to be an intelligent and steady-handed ninja by participating in multiple life-threatening missions.
Even though Tenten eventually bloomed with talent in Fūinjutsu and Taijutsu, which are more than enough to take down even mightiest of the Shinobis, her lack of Genjutsu and Ninjutsu have always troubled her. Tenten, not being a traditional Taijutsu user, puts her at a disadvantage as her defense is penetrable if her weapons fail to overthrow the opponent.
Due to this very reason, she has a lengthy list of bad matchups. Any ninja with a visual prowess would significantly lower the chances of success for Tenten in a battle as they’d see through the attacks of Tenten with ease. The effect that her weapons would have nullifies in front of a skilled Ninjutsu user. This disparity is simply due to the difference in the power of weapons and Ninjutsu.
Another question we’ve all been wondering, “Does Tenten have any worthy matchups?”. Yes! Indeed she does. Sakura Haruno of Team 7 fulfills all the requirements to be a perfect matchup for Tenten. Both of these dynamic women resort to using Taijutsu only; Tenten mixes it up with her Fūinjutsu while Sakura combines it with her medical jutsu. In such an electrifying battle, Tenten would have to carefully fight with her Fūinjutsu at a moderate range to avoid a monstrous blow from Sakura, who will try her best to close the distance with dodging the incoming projectiles simultaneously.
Tenten has been a part of Team Guy, Konoha 11, Star Guard Team, Team Two, and First Division. Interestingly, she has played the role of assisting her teammates as a valiant anchor. It gives her more freedom in choosing the most effective weapon as she does not have to engage in close combat necessarily.
Despite being accord in Fūinjutsu, Tenten’s absence in the art Ninjutsu and Genjutsu makes her an easy target, due to which she struggles in Ninjutsu battles as she is extremely vulnerable. However, being a supporting unit, she is a positive choice for any given team.
Her presence would be dominant in a team with a specialized Ninjutsu user, such as the likes of Kakashi Hatake, who is not only an excellent tracker and a Taijutsu user but also excels in Ninjutsu. Tenten would be able to benefit from this as her role as a supporting unit would be fluent with someone like Kakashi on the team.
According to the circumstances, Tenten would work well with someone she can coordinate with to pressurize the opponent. Choji, who is a tank, can provide both defensive and offensive duties as well as coordinate with Tenten to create an overwhelming duo.
A team of these three would be the most suitable as it will be a well-organized team with each role assisting each other.