Kakashi Hatake

Kakashi Hatake


Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Profession… Shinobi for Konohagakure, also known as the Hidden Leaf Village. He is also the leader of the newly formed Team 7, comprised of his students Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno. While his students are fiery-willed ninjas, Kakashi’s skills as a Jōnin-ranked shinobi help him manage the new group of young shinobi. Kakashi desires nothing more than to mentor Team 7 into an impeccable team of capable and respectable ninjas.

Interests… reading. Kakashi is a fan of reading, particularly books from the Icha Icha series. He is repeatedly seen taking books from this series out of his shinobi gear when the opportunity for reading arises. A rather solitary person, it’s hard to imagine Kakashi going out of his way to socialize with others. Still, he is often seen spending time conversing with and competing against Might Guy, a fellow Jōnin-ranked shinobi and teacher to a team of young ninjas.

Relationship Status… single. While he’s a respected ninja of some renown, Kakashi seems to keep everyone at an arm’s length. Sure, he seems to have plenty of connections from his work prior to the formation of Team 7, but it appears that those relationships never become anything more than workplace politeness. Though he takes his job as a teacher seriously and wants the best for his students, his obligations as their leader come before the development of friendly rapport.

Challenge… managing his difficult students. Though he wishes to turn his students into a cohesive team of shinobi, the young ninjas seem to have other plans in mind. The instantaneous rivalry between Naruto and Sasuke leads them to quarrel with each other just as often as it leads them to push themselves to improve. Trying to focus this motivation into a beneficial outlet is easier said than done as his students’ personal desires get in the way of their ability to reliably work as a team. As Kakashi says, he has his work cut out for him: "If I'm still sane by the time I finish their training, it'll be a miracle."

Personality… distant, serious, and blunt. Kakashi may come off as aloof to those around him, and it's easy to see why. He has a habit of showing up incredibly late to most gatherings, and his constant level-headedness often seems to border on boredom, if not outright apathy. But Kakashi is an incredibly serious ninja, approaching fights with an observant eye and unwavering attentiveness. This seriousness can also lead him to come off as painfully blunt when his students require a stern lesson. Though he believes this to ultimately be for the best, hoping that his mentorship can help his students live up to their potential as ninjas. While Kakashi is rarely openly emotional with his students, he values teamwork and the lives of his students over all else, even if it jeopardizes their mission.


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