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Monday, May 30, 2011

Kakashi hAtake's PersOnality


Kakashi became more stern and serious following his father's death, following all the rules and scorning any who disobeyed them, like his team-mate Obito Uchiha. This
caused Obito to resent Kakashi, as Kakashi showed little kindness to his team-mate. This
changed when Obito was mortally wounded in a mission, and Kakashi and Obito
became friends in the latter's final moments.

Obito's death had a huge impact on Kakashi's personality. He is now more cheerful and
shows greater concern for his team-mates and students, placing their safety over the successful completion of a mission, as well as believing that teamwork is essential to
overall success as a team. He is also regularly late for appointments, making obvious
excuses just like Obito before him. This is because of his frequent visits to the memorial
where Obito's name is engraved, where he loses track of time. However, Kakashi is still
just as carefree and emotionless as he was during his youth, often speaking bluntly
about sensitive topics.

Kakashi claims to have lost everyone who was close to him, causing some reluctance to
allow others to get close to him. Of the people who are still alive, Kakashi is on the best
terms with his students, although he is on good terms with almost everyone in Konoha.
After the formation of Team 7, he begins taking a special interest in their development,
as shown from his regular checking up on Naruto and his eating habits. He similarly
refuses to go on a mission at the end of Part I so that he can stop Naruto and Sasuke from killing each other. Kakashi is just as devoted to his friends and the rest of Konoha,
such that his signature jutsu, the Lightning Cutter, had been made on the principle of duty, and perfected on the principle of protecting loved ones.

Kakashi has a rather solitary and matter-of-fact attitude. His calm and detached
demeanour has been called “cool, hip, and trendy” many times by Might Guy. Despite his increasingly growing reputation and prowess as a ninja, Kakashi has shown no signs
of arrogance, and is rather modest about his abilities, as shown when he readily praises
others for leaps in their combat abilities and stating on more than one occasion that
Naruto has surpassed him in power. When suggested by many for him to become
Hokage, Kakashi admitted that such a position was unfit for him. His naturally calm
attitude is used to his advantage in battle, as it becomes easier for him to maintain his composure to stay focused on the situation at hand, and ultimately notice everything
around him. As a result, he can quickly adjust to any situation to make keen and
thought-out decisions, allowing him to stay steps ahead of his opponents.

Kakashi has an ongoing, albeit one-sided, rivalry with Guy. In trying to prove himself
superior to Kakashi, Guy challenges him to competitions of questionable value ranging
from Rock, Paper, Scissors to running races. Guy has a record of 50 wins to 49 losses,
which he is particularly proud of, despite these competitions having little accuracy due
to their large variations. Kakashi, on the other hand, shows very little interest in their
competitions, which only further inspires Guy to defeat Kakashi and his "coolness". However, Kakashi did show disappointment when he learned that Guy taught Lee how to open the dangerous Eight Gates, which turned to sympathy when Guy shows how much his student meant to him.

Kakashi is an avid fan of the Icha Icha series of novels by Jiraiya, showing that he might be slightly perverted. He is typically seen reading one of the books when not involved
in a fight, making it the only one of his reportedly several hobbies that is ever seen in
the series. He even went and read it during his first fight against Naruto, as Naruto was,
at that time, too weak to pose much of a threat. Despite his fondness for the books, he
grows uncomfortable when reading passages to others (even around Pakkun and his ninken), presumably embarrassed by the adult content (as noted when they were decoding Jiraiya's last message). Naruto, on one occasion, has used these books against
Kakashi during their second bell test, threatening to spoil the ending of the latest
instalment to force Kakashi to leave himself vulnerable (by shutting his eyes and
blocking his ears) to prevent learning the ending of the story. Kakashi felt humiliated
when he realised that Naruto hadn't read past the first ten pages, and that he was

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