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Darui

DaruiKai

ダルイSluggish

Debut (Manga)

Chapter #454

Appears in

Manga only

Gender

Male

Species

Human

Previous partner(s)

C

Affiliation
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Kirigakure
Previous affiliation(s)
100px-Kumogakure Symbol.svg
Kumogakure
Previous team(s)
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First Division
Occupation

Mizukage's Bodyguard

Previous occupation(s)

Raikage's Bodyguard
First Division General of the Allied Shinobi Forces

Home country
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Land of Lightning
Hometown
100px-Kumogakure Symbol.svg
Kumogakure

Kekkei Genkai
Hiden Jutsu
Nature Type
Jutsu
Weapons

Darui (ダルイ, Darui), famed as the Guardian of the Treasured Tools (後見人の宝具, Kōken'nin no Hōgu), is a former jōnin-level ninja of Kumogakure, who formerly functioned as a bodyguard and escort to the Fourth Raikage at the Kage summit, along with his fellow jōnin C. He currently serves as an interim-shinobi for both Kirigakure and Kumogakure, clearing missions for both along with protecting the Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths within a hidden shrine.

It is known that, in his past, In his past, Darui was known as an illustrious wanderer, travelling between the Five Great Shinobi Countries and studying under various powerful masters, including the Third Raikage and the Fourth Mizukage. This era of his life is still shrouded in mystery, however.

Appearance

Darui has a dark skin tone, a slightly bulbous nose, a lazy look in his eyes and white hair in a shaggy hair style. He also appears to be quite tall in stature. Darui has so far only been seen in a high collared sleeveless uniform and one-strap-over-one-shoulder Flak Jacket of a Kumogakure Jōnin. Darui also has the characters for Water (水) and Lightning (雷) tattooed on his right and left shoulders respectively, denoting his chakra's elemental nature affinities; Water Release and Lightning Release. The tattoo on his left arm also signifies that he has inherited the Third Raikage's technique, and it has been confirmed the tattoo on his right means the same thing, but as an inheritance from the Fourth Mizukage. The lightning tattoo also allows him to cancel any Black Lightning that touches his skin, as a safe measure should his technique ever be turned against him.[1]

As a sword-user, Darui wields a large, cleaver-like blade, which is seen carried on his back during the Kage summit, although he doesn't seem to carry it around at his home village. During his staying in Kirigakure, however, he's again seen carrying it around almost constantly.

Personality

Darui's demeanor is very similar to that of Kakashi Hatake's: He is portrayed as being easy-going and mellow; when compared to the Fourth Raikage's over-the-top exit through a window, (destroying the surrounding wall along with it), he tells C that he'll just use the door. Whilst having a more laid-back demeanor compared to his leader, Darui isn't lazy, leaping to the Raikage's defense when the bodyguards of the other Kage overreact to the Raikage's reactions. He also has a habit of referring to things or events as being "dull" (だるい, darui) a play on his name.

In battle, Darui can maintain his cool even in the face of overwhelming power, shown by his calmness during the Fourth Great Shinobi War, even when pitted against a force of thousands of Zetsu clones and lots of infamously strong shinobi resurrected by the Summoning: Impure World Resurrection technique, among them famous Konoha ninja, Akatsuki and the illustrious Gold and Silver Brothers. Darui is also very apologetic, even apologizing for other people's actions, a trait he'd never noticed himself; this attribute led him to say "sorry" (すみません, sumimasen) just as much as "dull". He is also very loyal to the Raikage who considers Darui his 'second right hand'.[2] He adresses the Raikage with "boss" rather than "Raikage-sama", further implying a close bond between the two.

History

Synopsis

Abilities

Darui has shown to be an exceptionally skilled fighter and, despite his personality, has demonstrated excellent reflexes and overall battle proficiency during his fights. The fact that he was chosen as the First Division General of the Allied Shinobi Forces further evidences how great his abilities are. Darui learned how to create Black Lightning under the tutelage of the Third Raikage, making his lightning techniques even more powerful. His abilities have earned him the praise and recognition of the Fourth Raikage himself, who appointed Darui as his personal bodyguard and considered him his right-hand man.[2]

It has been shown that, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, his chakra reserves are great enough to not die of chakra exhaustion after using three of the Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths and still have enough chakra left to continue fighting.[4] After the war, he has shown repeated use of the tools without sustaining prolonged damage, although he has expressed dissatisfaction regarding their usage in battle.

Darui is in top condition, being able to hold back the hot-headed A during one of his senseless rampages (albeit with effort). Darui is also very fast; even without the use of the Body Flicker Technique he can appear behind an opponent's back unnoticeable and dodge continuous close-range assaults.

Nijūmon

Despite the Nijūmon technique being a common one throughout the ninja world, Darui has shown a mastery of the particular skill like no-other. Portrayed during his fight with Bakuto was capable of firing a water jet and a Storm Release technique at the same time from different hands, whilst at the same time combining the two with his already-put-up Water Release: Water Encampment Wall, which had been charged with another Storm Release technique that had been turned against him. This thoughtful combination was capable of driving a warrior as powerful as the Land of Sound's new leader into a vulnerable position.[1]

Kenjutsu

When the Fourth Raikage smashed the table and the bodyguards moved to protect their respective Kage, Darui showed a long and fairly broad sword that is peculiar from others swords as it folds in two to be sheathed and unfolds when in use. He has shown exceptional skills in kenjutsu, as he was able to clash with Suigetsu Hōzuki's Kubikiribōchō and easily overwhelm and pin him in conjunction with his chakra flow. He was also skilled enough to literally disarm Kinkaku during their brief clash,[5] and knock Ginkaku into Kinkaku's Kōkinjō while quickly seizing the Shichiseiken and Benihisago.[6]

Darui has shown high adept use of Kumogakure's Cloud-Style kenjutsu[1]. even when faced with a more adept and experienced swordsman, like Bakuto Harī, Darui cleverly uses his opponent's own battle styles against them, such as when he exploited the limited range of his own cleaver against the combined hindrance of Bakuto's twin swords at close range, during their respective battle.[1]

Nature Transformation

Darui Natures

Darui using Lightning and Water Release at once.

Darui has also shown to be proficient with Water Release and Lightning Release techniques, being able to use them both simultaneously. His proficiency is seen in the fact that he can overpower A-ranked jutsu of other shinobi with a mere C-rank of his own. Darui is shown using a kekkei genkai known as Storm Release, which combines both lightning and water chakra to create beams of light that can be guided like missiles and cause powerful explosions, along with many other variations centering around beams and blasts of light.

Like Killer Bee, Darui is also proficient with the use of "Chakra Flow" with ballistic weapons; he has been seen using a lightning-empowered shuriken to slice through a metal blade in-order to save Killer Bee from Kisame Hoshigaki's attempt to cut off Killer Bee's legs.

Darwesomness

Darui's Black Lightning.

The two tattoos Darui bears on both of his shoulders stand for the two extraordinary applications he can use for his basic nature types. In the case of his Lightning Release, this is called "Black Lightning", a special form of lightning passed down to him by the Third Raikage, which he even improved during and after the Fourth Shinobi World War. With the power of the "Black Lightning", he could use the Lightning Release: Black Panther to immobilize and/or kill several enemies. According to one of his comrades, he is the only person to have inherited the Third Raikage's Black Lightning.

It is said Darui holds another special elemental form, most likely related to water due his tattoo, although this statement hadn't been elaborated upon. This special form of water is probably inherited from the Fourth Mizukage.

Treasured Tools

Darui Tools

Darui wielding Benihisago and Shichiseiken.

Although commonly not guarding them at the shrine and not utilizing them in battle, Darui is famed nowadays as "the only person capable of wielding the treasured tools", and has used them to great avail on some noteworthy occasions. Although he expressed difficulty wielding only two of them during his original fight with the Gold and Silver Brothers, he can currently use all five tools for prolonged durations. The Raikage has commented that Darui has conquered the "soul" of the tools, meaning only he can currently wield them.

It's not known how Darui can achieve wielding the tools without dying due chakra depletion, nor how he recovered all five tools after the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Quotes

  • (To Kinkaku and Ginkaku) "It kills me to do this to such a great men. Some of that Silver and Gold plating may start to flake off a little when my Storm Release hits you! Even it's a little slow!"
  • (To Ginkaku) "I'm the Boss's right arm, and I'll never be just a tool!"
  • "It's true that words can be used to lie and deceive. But when it really counts, they're also the only way to tell the truth about how you feel right here."
  • (To Kinkaku, upon defeating him.) "Silver and gold may shine more brightly than copper, and are more valuable because of it. But if you gather enough copper together, it's worth just as much as that one gold coin. You acted like you were solid gold, but I guess it was all a front... that's why we won! Sorry we had to strip off that gold plating."

Trivia

  • Darui is Japanese for "sluggish," "dull," referring to his lazy, languid way of speaking.
  • A running gag with Darui is that every time A destroys a wall when leaving a room, Darui apologizes for A and tries to use the door while C thinks they should just use the hole in the wall too.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sounds within the Blackness
  2. 2.0 2.1 Naruto chapter 528, page 03-04
  3. Naruto chapter 526, page 17
  4. Naruto chapter 528, page 13-15
  5. Naruto chapter 527, page 15
  6. Naruto chapter 528, page 10-13

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