Naruto Clans
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Naruto Clans
Konoha is home to a number of powerful clans, a few of which even have kekkei genkai abilities. Those that do not are still just as formidable.

Aburame Clan:

The Aburame clan is perhaps the most mysterious clan of Konoha. Not much is known about this clan, except that they use insects as weapons. One defining trait of the Aburame clan is that all of its (known) members wear dark sunglasses that hide their eyes...Read More

Akimichi Clan:

The Akimichi clan is one of the four noble clans of Konoha. They are able to convert calories into chakra, which they then use in their hidden technique, Multi-Size Technique and its various related jutsu.
The Akimichi clan seems to have a special relationship with the Nara clan and Yamanaka clan. For at least two generations, members of these three families have formed an "Ino-Shika-Cho trio", named after the first part of the names of the members. The Akimichi members are the Cho in the trio. "Ino", "Shika" and "Cho" are the names of three cards needed for a highly prized trick of "Inoshikacho" in the Hanafuda.
The name "Akimichi" means "the road in the season of autumn". "Aki" means "autumn", which is a time of harvest. "Michi" means street, which is where vendors sell food.

Hyuga Clan:

The Hyuga clan is one of oldest noble clans in Konoha. Clan members possess a kekkei genkai, the Byakugan, which they utilize in the associated Gentle Fist style. Members of the clan are typified by their lavender eyes, which lack pupils.
The clan is separated into the main house and the branch house, with the latter being subservient to the former. The branch house members are controlled through the use of a cursed seal, and the special clan techniques that they can learn are correspondingly restricted by the main house. This association exists to protect the Byakugan from outsiders, as the cursed seal removes the Byakugan from branch members upon death. This has led to tensions between the main and branch houses, at least in recent generations...Read More

Inuzuka Clan:

The Inuzuka clan is known for their use of dogs as fighting companions. Clan members are apparently given their own canine partner or partners when they reach a certain age. Thereafter, the shinobi and his/her dog(s) are practically inseparable. Clan members have distinctive red fang markings on their cheeks, animalistic eyes, and enlarged canine teeth.
The name "Inuzuka", meaning "house of dogs", belongs to a clan which was one of the most powerful in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan during the Edo period. They were known as "dog warriors" and worshipped Inu ("Dog"), a deity representing the zodiac sign of the dog. The name "Inuzuka" also originates from Hakkenden, a novel about a dog samurai.
The (known) Inuzuka members are all named after a part of the body of a dog (nose, claw, fang), while their dogs are named after colors (red, gray, black).

Kurama Clan:

The Kurama clan is a clan of extremely skilled genjutsu users, introduced in the anime. This talent in genjutsu is due to the unnamed kekkei genkai that the clan possesses. However, once every few generations, a member of the clan will be born with such enormous skill in genjutsu that their illusions can actually produce tangible effects that occur in reality. They were originally one of the more prominent clans in Konohagakure, but their numbers have severely dwindled.

Nara Clan:

The Nara clan is known for their manipulation of shadows and tending of deer, which graze in a large area of Nara clan forest. They have kept a book with medicine preparations and effects for generations. Among the medicine described in this book are the secret pills used by the Akimichi clan. The men from this family are very lazy and tend to be attracted to overbearing women. The Nara members are the Shika in the "Ino-Shika-Cho" trio.
The name "Nara" is from the real city of Nara, Japan, and is a famous place for the number of deer ("Shika") that live there. The deer there are said to bow whenever they are given treats yet also said to be very aggressive.

Uchiha Clan:

The Uchiha clan is a clan specializing in fire-based jutsu and possesses a kekkei genkai, the Sharingan. They were the founders of the Konoha Military Police, whose emblem bears the Uchiha crest. They were once one of the most powerful clans in Konoha, but the entire clan was killed by Itachi Uchiha, with the sole exception of his brother Sasuke Uchiha. Itachi and Sasuke are currently the only extant members of the clan...Read More

Yamanaka Clan:

The Yamanaka clan runs a flower shop and specializes in manipulating the minds of their opponents. The Yamanaka members are the Ino in the "Ino-Shika-Cho" trio. The name "Yamanaka" means "in the middle of the mountain".
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