Name: Gaara of the Desert
Rank: From Genin ot Kazekage of Hidden Sand
Changes: After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Gaara took
the highest leap, going from Genin to the Kazekage of Hidden Sand. Inspired by Naruto to protect those precious to him to
be truely strong, Gaara's powers have developed far more extensively. He has gained greater control of the sand around him
and can create new sand by crushing the surrounding rock.
Name: Haruno Sakura
Rank: Genin to Chuunin
Changes: Under the guidiance of the 5th Hokage Tsunade, Sakura greatly improved her techniques.
She has gained the ability to greater manipulate chakra giving her super-strength and she has learned medical jutsu to
compliment her already high abilities in Gen Jutsu. Sakura has kept her hair short and wears a short-skirt and no sleeves
outfit. When in battle, she also will put on dark gloves to protect her fists when attacking with her new powers.
Name: Hyuuga Neji
Changes: Neji was one of the few who advanced to Jounin. Though a Jounin, Neji does not wear
a flak jacket, instead wearing a robe-like shirt and pants. This may be to allow him to better release his chakra for his
Byakugan techniques. Neji also still works with his fellow teammates Lee, TenTen and former master Gai.
Changes: Though he has risen in rank, he still retains an outfit very similar to old one.
He now has a loose cloth hanging off his waist and wears three scrolls on his back. It appears he can use these scrolls to
summon Karasu, Kuroari and a new third puppet named Sanshouuo. He has also modified his kabuki make-up to a new third style.
Rank: Chunnin Examiner (Elite)
Changes: Shikamaru was already a Chuunin and stayed at that rank over the years. He has gotten
a new job however, serving as a Chuunin Examiner. Shikamaru's outfit has modified slightly. He has replaced his older shirt
and pants with a long sleeve and pant variation which ends in fishnet.
Name: Rock Lee
Changes: Nothing really changed about Rock Lee but now, he looks exactly like Maito Gai.
Lee now wears a Chuunin flak jacket over his training outfit. With Lee's growth in height, he looks very close in appearance
to Gai. Lee also still works with his fellow teammates Neji, TenTen and former master Gai.
Rank: Jounin, Sand liason to Leaf
Changes: Temari was one of the higher advances, owing to her older age and advanced skills.
She advanced to the rank of Jounin and serves as a liason between Hidden Sand and Hidden Leaf. In this position, she has helped
in the overseeing of a new Chuunin Exam. She has changed her outfit to a more form-fitting short sleeved kimono. The light
coloured sash across her waist allows her to carry her fan.
Name: Ten Ten
Changes: TenTen advanced to the rank of Chuunin. TenTen currently
wears clothing similar to her previous ones, a little Chinese in appearance. She also now wears a large summoning
scroll on her lower back, which she uses for her new projectile throwing techniques.
Name: Uzumaki Naruto
Changes: After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank... Naruto didn't.
A consequence of being away from the village was he could not participate in the Chuunin Exams. This doesn't mean
he is unskilled however. The years spent being Jiraiya's apprentice has helped Naruto refine his skills and learn many new
ones. Naruto's outfit has undergone modification, however, even though I suspect that is is still orange, after
being worn to shreds during trainings. The jacket is much more form fitting and the upper shoulders area is now black
in color. The forehead protector has also changed into a new longer black bandana.