I agree with you. I like Tenten! I am a great fan for the minor characters...hell, my favorite female is Tayuya. And though I am also a major Temari fangirl, I don't think her losing to Temari makes her any less of a shinobi, or a character. I have always found her to be interesting, and a good character.
I completely can sympathize with "It's like a big slap in the face to people like Kishimoto who spend so much time developing characters and interactions between these characters and then have people complaining and saying how worthless someone is.." I, being a fan of Otogakure, and its nin, get this all the time. My characters were not as developed as ones like Tenten or Lee, but still...they deserve respect, just like any other character.
So...yes, someone does care about this rant. ^_~
Thank you, it made me feel better getting that out in the open XD.
Okay, I'll start in saying that my Tenten-disliking is probably 95% taken from her fans. It was not Tenten that made me dislike her. It was her fans.
The other 5% of my disliking of her comes from the fact that she has seriously...done nothing. You can't even TRY to say that she's done anything because she HASN'T! I have here a list of everything Tenten has done made by a TENTEN FAN!! Someone who holds Tenten as her favorite character made this:
-Thought Sasuke was cute.
-Helped Lee to cheat in the first part of the exam.
-Believed that Lee could've defeated the Sound 3 on his own had he not been protecting Sakura.
-Shook Lee to hell and yelled at him for being stupid.
-Lost to Temari in Chuunin Exam preliminaries.
-In a flashback, it is revealed that she wants to be strong like Tsunade of the Legendary Three.
-Helped Neji to master the Kaiten.
-Explained how Kaiten worked.
-Invited Neji to see the new Hokage.
-Watched Lee and Gai training with interest.
-Becomes a Chuunin
-On a mission with the rest of her team, bumping into Kisame.
-Lands an explosive on Kisame's sword, but he escapes in time.
-Gets caught in a water trap with Neji and Lee
If you can't say that's the worst list ever out of the entire series...well, I don't know. But it's pretty miniscule.
PS: She's a chuunin, not a jounin.
lol that is an awesome list :D
BTW the original poster meant that Temari became a jounin. But we all know Temari's hella buff :D
BTW SASUNARU = CANON LOLZ
2005-11-09 09:32 am (UTC)
I like Tenten!
It's good to know that some people do XD.
If there is anything I have wanted to say to Tenten-haters, you summed it up right here. Congratulations on making a wonderfully written post about unappreciated character.
Thank you! That means a lot coming from a person like you.
Folks shoud learn not to take things so seriously.
I respect TenTen. I agree with the poster who said that Kishimoto sucks at writing women. The only female I find compelling is Hinata. The rest I mildly enjoy or am indifferent towards. The only female I can't stand is Sakura.
Some people really take the fun out of anime sometimes. Especially with character bashing. I mean we all have our preferences and I just wish people would learn to respect them. I love Naruto and everything about it...even down to the minor characters. They make the anime/manga enjoyable and I hate it when people ruin it by complaining just because it doesn't go the way they want it -_-;
Tenten suffers from unfulfilled potiental-- she is cute, motivated, and talented but that is about it. In a cast of dynamic characters, Tenten comes across as more a list of traits than a fully realized character. When other characters like Lee or Ino are introduced you get a instant picture of who they are but less so with Tenten.
I am actually quite fond of Tenten; she is the only one of the girls with an ambition based on impressing a boy and has a rather lethal martial style. Like the other girls, Tenten is overshadowed and underestimated because of the boys (who are freaks by any standards), because she values substance over flash.
Ino is pratically made for espinoge and counterintelligence, Hinata shows real promise in medicine and botany (more so than Sakura ever did), and Sakura is /wasted/ as a Tsunade clone with her natural intelligence being thrown aside for physical power.
Tenten. Tenten was born to be in ANBU, either as a hunter-nin or covert ops. I can not think of a better ability than to hit your marks always for a ninja to have.
I like what you've said, rianax.
Based on Tenten, I can neither hate nor like. Her character lacks a depth so I can't really go either way for her. She has neither character development nor a backstory that I can base my thoughts on. But so far from what I've seen, there's no reason to bash her. As far as her fandom, I neither like nor support NejiTenten. But I have a strange fixiation with Leeten and KankurouTen. So who knows.
Yeah, I didn't write this whole thing so that everyone would convert to a Tenten fan. I just wrote this to get the point across that if you can respect the other ninja for what they are (flaws and all), then there shouldn't really be anyone that disses a character that Kishimoto created.
And...er...I didn't want to go into couplings at all. That wasn't my intention at all for this rant -_-; But yes I feel that all coupling preferences are up to the eyes of the beholder. All well....enough of my ramblings.
The sheer amount of hate I see in Naruto fandom baffles me (especially on Narutoforums, but ugh, that's another rant entirely). I mean, look at the last few posts in this community. I don't get it. I love the series, and I adore most of the characters. Even the ones I don't love, I don't actually dislike; I'm just not interested in them.
Mind you, I understand why people are pissed off at the fandoms of various characters and pairings. There are few things on the entirety of the intarweb that piss me off as much as the NaruSaku fandom (LOL NARUTO SHOULD GET EVERYTHING HE EVER WANTED AND SCREW WHATEVER SAKURA WANTS BECAUSE SHE'S JUST THE GIRL AND BY THE WAY SASUGAY SUX ANYONE WHO THINKS HE DOESN'T SUCK DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE SERIES). And the Tenten fandom is downright scary sometimes with the way her fangirls project themselves onto her. But reason to hate a character, especially as vehemently as some people do? No. It's just the stupid fandom.
I know what you mean about the NaruSaku shippers. They tend to blast a lot of other pairings and characters. I'm a NaruSaku shipper, but I never go that far because at the moment anything can happen with the pairings and yeah that's just gonna lead to another rantish thing so I'll stop.
*raise brow*...maybe I missed something when I started liking Tenten, but I've never seen anything scary from the Tenten fandom *feels like she missed something*. I mean from the places I've been to at least I've seen few members, but even then I don't see them going "OMG TENTEN IS THE GOD OF ALL NINJA BOW BEFORE HER" sorta thing. *shrug*
I really don't get why people say Tenten is so useless and weak sometimes. I mean, I'm not under the illusion that she's ZOMG!ACTUALLY-TOTALLY-POWERFUL-AND-CAN-BEAT-ITACHI-WITH-ONE-FINGER or anything, but has anyone considered the fact that she could probably beat Sakura, Ino, or Hinata in a one-on-one fight hands down? During the Chunnin Exams, for example, neither Ino nor Sakura were particularly strong. Sakura, didn't even have anything other than Academy level ninjutsu, taijutsu, and genjutsu and Ino had her family's secret jutsu. Neither of which would have been all that effective on Tenten seeing as how she'd beat the crap out of Sakura and Ino wouldn't have been table to catch Tenten in the Mind-Body-Switch and I doubt the hair thing (sorry, I really can't remember jutsu names) would've caught her so Ino would've lost too. And Hinata? Tenten trains with NEJI regularly. I'm sure she can at least hold her own in a fight against a Hyuuga, especially one like Hinata. Yet people constantly say she's useless and weak.
I just...like her. She's sort of the level, balanced one out of all of the kunoichi. I mean Ino's EXTREMELY bossy and Hinata is EXTREMELY shy and don't even get me STARTED on Sakura. But Tenten's just an all round balanced girl who has a dream (like you said, NOT revolving around impressing a guy) and is willing to work hard and help out her friends.
Haha, wow. I actually reread my post and wish I could redo my analysis as well as change some of the things I've posted in reply to some members about Tenten.
Tenten is definitely not weak or useless. I think people would find it better to understand her if they pay attention to her role on her team. I mean...just like you said, her main point is balance and stability in her team. She's very effective in that sense.
And I really do love all the characters, so to say that one character is weaker and completely useless against another, is a bit ridiculous to me because all of the girls have proved their worth somewhere down the line.
....I'm being cut short, but to summarize my opinion on Tenten. She is important, perhaps not yet developed properly, but still important in order to complete the team dynamics. She keeps up with her team, even now during the time-jump and has grown in power, which in turn has gained the proper recognition from her team about her worth (check databooks). In fact, she even listed Temari and Sakura as her desired opponents in her character bio in the databooks. She definitely needs more screen time, but at the same time deserves a realistic outlook on her character as a whole.
I agree with you completely! She's amazing and incredibly talented... and just because we don't get that fact forcibly crammed down our throats by events in the manga/anime, a lot of people (stupid ones, eh?) miss it entirely. She can hit the target 100 of 100 times in senbon throwing, and people say she sucks? Please.
Personally, the minor characters are my favorites, and I LOVE Tenten. They're all intricate in their own ways, and perhaps even more fascinating for not knowing anything about them. To me it means that later in the manga Kishimoto is likely to use them in some surprise plot thing.
You know, I think a lot of the so-called 'fans' are almost completely incapable of grasping what's going on beyond the main characters, and they miss things... many things. Chalk it up to stupidity, but it still makes me ill.
Even though this post is like, from forever ago. But hey, it still stands.