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Neji Hyūga (日向ネジ, Hyūga Neji)
Is a jōnin-level shinobi of Konohagakure's Hyūga clan and a member of Team Guy.

:bulletblue:Neji was born with an unmarked forehead, but when his cousin Hinata (the main branch's heiress) turned three years old, he was branded with the Hyūga Main Family's Juinjutsu by his uncle Hiashi. All branch members carry this curse mark, as it is a symbol that one lives only to serve and protect the main branch.

Neji's father, Hizashi was well aware of Neji's natural talent, and he was frustrated that despite Neji's skill, he still carried the fate of a servant. Hizashi openly showed his anger; consequently, he was punished through Hiashi's activation of his curse seal. Around this time, the Konoha and Kumogakure had signed an alliance treaty. However, that treaty only served as a ticket into Konoha and a way to lower Konoha's guard so the Head Ninja of Kumogakure could abduct Hinata and steal the secrets of the Byakugan. This attempt failed, though, as Hiashi intervened and killed the man in his tracks.

When word of the murder reached Kumogakure, they demanded Hiashi's body as compensation (as his body would hold the Byakugan as well). Konoha wasn't prepared to comply to this request until Hizashi stepped in and offered to give himself up instead. Due to him being bound by the Hyūga Main Family's Juinjutsu when he died, the Byakugan would be sealed away, thus protecting it. Hizashi made this sacrifice willingly in order to protect his brother, family, and village. However, Neji came to believe that the main branch had forced him to do so. This misconception became the primary basis of his nine year grudge against the main branch and of his concrete view on one's unalterable fate.

A year before the start of the series, Neji graduated at the top of his class, and was placed in Team Guy, with Might Guy as the jōnin leader, and Rock Lee and Tenten as his team-mates. After officially being promoted to the rank of genin, Neji declined to reveal his dream, and laughed at Rock Lee for claiming that he could become a great ninja with just taijutsu. During their first year in Team Guy, Lee challenged Neji many times, but always lost. Guy decided to have his team wait a year before taking the Chūnin Exams, in order to ensure that they were prepared. At some point before his first Chūnin Exam, his animosity towards the main branch became apparent to Guy, who made him promise not to let the issue influence his feelings during the examination.

:bulletred:Abilities --
From a young age, Neji has been hailed a natural genius. In Part I, he was labeled the top-ranked rookie in his class, and was said by Rock Lee to be the strongest genin of the Chūnin Exams. His father even stated that with his talent, he could potentially surpass all other members of their clan. Over the time-skip, when most of the former Konoha 11 genin reached Chūnin rank, Neji was the only one to advance to the rank of jōnin.

Neji's Byakugan.
As a member of the Hyūga clan, Neji possesses the Byakugan, a dōjutsu kekkei genkai which grants him x-ray vision, nearly 360° vision, and the ability to see chakra networks. The Byakugan has a small blind spot at the upper thoracic vertebrae, a weakness of which Neji is actually aware of and takes extra precaution in concealing it from opponents. While the Byakugan naturally has only a 50 meter field of vision, Neji is able to increase its range several times by the start of Part II, to at least 800 meters. He is also noted to have a particularly strong Byakugan relative to other members of the Hyūga clan.

Gentle Fist.
Neji specializes in close-range, taijutsu combat. In battle, Neji has shown tremendous agility and dexterity, capable of simultaneously dodging and striking an opponent with no wasted movement. His attacks are fast and fluid, striking in rapid succession to leave very little time for his opponent to find an opening to counter, but also deliberate.

Neji'd fighting style is the signature style of his clan, the Gentle Fist, which takes advantage of the Byakugan's insight into people's chakra pathway system. Gentle Fist allows for severe internal trauma with minimal external force as it relies on surgical injection of chakra into an opponent's chakra pathway system. As Neji's Byakugan is stronger than most, and is able to see special nodes on the chakra network, called tenketsu, Neji can use Gentle Fist to not only damage opponents, but control their chakra flow as well. Using the Gentle Fist, Neji can affect internal organs, and is capable of killing an opponent with a single strike should he aim to harm the heart. In Naruto: Shippūden the Movie, Neji was able to incapacitate a person with a mere tap to the forehead. Training in the Gentle Fist style implies superior chakra regulatory control and mastery of the human chakra network. As a result, Neji can eject chakra from any tenketsu in his body as a means to slow or impede incoming projectiles. He can also release himself from chakra-based substances using this technique. Continuously maintaining this expulsion of chakra allows Neji create a sensory barrier around himself to detect anything that enters his immediate area, making up for the Byakugan's blind spot, although it rapidly depletes his chakra reserves as seen when this tactic was employed against Kidōmaru.

Aa member of the Hyūga clan's branch house, Neji is forbidden to learn the clan's secret techniques, but managed to deduce their workings simply through observation. He has learned many of the clan's most powerful techniques, such as the Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven, which allows him to repel every attack. He can also use the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms, an extremely strong offensive move with which he's able to rapidly dispatch enemies by striking many of their tenketsu in fast succession, making it hard for them to both move and control chakra. Since mastering these techniques, Neji has begun to refine and strengthen them for more specialized needs. In Part II he has learned the Eight Trigrams Empty Palm, a more focused version of the Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven, with which he can expel chakra from his palm to attack opponents out of his physical reach. In the anime, he was able to increase the number of strikes in Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms by doubling it. He can also collaborate with Hinata, using Eight Trigrams Empty Wall Palm. When trapped by an enemy, he could use the Gentle Fist Art One Blow Body, to release chakra from the tenketsu to free himself.

:bulletyellow:Quotes --
■"Once a failure, always a failure. You can't change that."
■"Do you understand now? You have no way of beating me!"
■(To Naruto) "These eyes of mine show me many things. One thing they've shown me… people's limitations are set, fixed, and unchangeable. Only a fool wastes his time trying to become something he can never be!"
■(To Naruto) "The curse represents a mark of the bird in a cage… It is… the symbol of being tied down to an inescapable destiny."
■(To Naruto) "There's no method but death to escape this horrible curse."
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nemesi0717 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I love all of your works. Great!!!
aryaputra0099 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I'm still feeling sad, knowing he died... :iconcrydesuplz:
cowtape Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he was my fav too :iconcrydesuplz:
TrollTaco Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
This is so awesome!
mchristi1491 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NEJIIIII!!!!! >< i miss you Neji!!!!!!
ashiita Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :OOO
TimeturnerJasmy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I love Neji :D
You did a great job with this pic!
I really hated the last Naruto chapter Q__Q Neji died... Why him?
ChiesWolf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I have the same feeling xD
Why him...?
TimeturnerJasmy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not fair, is it? I hope he will be revived. That will most likely be the case, since only a few Naruto-charakters died for real till now :)
ChiesWolf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Ya... i hope so^^
TYLEE-CIRCUS Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
his quotes are really great. and he's great too <3
Misaswisa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OmJ!!!!! So awesome!! I luv the way it looks!!!!!!!!!
Amazing!!!!! And very INFORMATIVE!!!
Great job!!! :heart: it!
XxFantasyDreamerxX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! O_O
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Fushinaneno Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I love Neji and you did a great job with his description which is very detailed !
Yurishi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student General Artist
really good ^^
xXDaxieXx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
You did a good job, nice pic.☺
Fire-n-ice-ninja Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job and I love this!! :heart:
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
My third favourite guy in the series, right after Naruto. Awesome job on him. :)
ERS93 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks man, ive been meaning to do a Neji 4a while now :D
MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing! <3 I love the concept and your coloring style! ;u;
KakaGaiFangirl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Amazing colors!!:love:
chloenaruto Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
the blue dots are the lives of this pic
SakuraDreamerz2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Woah! Neji looks amazing in this piece! Great job!
ritsukachoo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
neji got attacked by a bucket of purple paint while reaching for the blue baubles?? anyways, lovely work~
ERS93 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, deep analysis :B
ritsukachoo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Hehe, indeed ;) love it though.
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ERS93 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dude:thumbsup:소무ㅏㄴ 영ㄷ
InfectedRaasClart Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
no problem :)
LuckyTenshi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice done!! :D
ERS93 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanKS!!
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