Nara Shikamaru is perhaps the most intelligent in the Naruto series. Generally had been one of the least expected characters in Naruto that everyone expected to be strong but in Naruto Shippuden, he shows the strongest will, tactic, strategy and intelligence against Hidan and Kakuzu of the Akatsuki. Kakashi even noted that with regards to intelligence Shikamaru had already surpassed him. He is definitely one of the most intelligent among the Konoha Ninja's that even Naruto and Sasuke cannot surpass when it comes to intelligence.

Shikamaru belong to Team Ten or better known as Team Asuma together with Choji and Ino. Ino is a known nemesis of Sakura when it comes to nurturing their abilities while Choji is the fat "not-to-belittle" member of the team who can even be stronger than Sakura.

Character Assessment:

Strength: 5/10
Intelligence: 9/10
Abilities: 6/10
Chakra Strength: 6/10
Popularity Factor: 8/10
Total Assessment Rating: 6.8/10

Shikamaru had been one of the most loyal and beloved followers of Asuma. When Asuma and he together with other Konoha Ninja's encountered Hidan and Kakuzu for the first time, he admitted that he had made the wrong move and calculations. He even told himself that he is the cause of Asuma's death. Wanting to avenge Asuma for his untimely death Shikamaru devised a plan and would set this up together with Choji and Ino. Tsunade not allowing a team to just go with just three members went to stop them but Hatake Kakashi seeing the need to accomplish the mission joined them.

Defeating Hidan and Kakuzu had not been easy. Kakuzu had five hearts which each needed to be killed and Hidan cannot be killed himself. With the intelligence and advance planning of Shikamaru Hidan sees his end buried under the forest of his ancestors. Kakuzu had also suffered his bitter death under Uzamaki Naruto's Wind Style: Rasenshuriken (風遁・螺旋手裏剣, Fūton: Rasenshuriken)

Shikamaru emerges from the sadness of losing Asuma to becoming the new fire that will kept the village of Konoha safe and also the protector of Kurenai Yuhi, who is pregnant with Asuma's child.

Shikamaru Shippuden AMV (Shikamaru vs Hidan)

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