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ROCK LEE
CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY AND PLAYER APPLICATION
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-ROCK LEE
← Gender: Male
← Age: 17 years
← Chunin
← November 27
← Blood: A
-TEAM
← Maito Gai
← Hyuuga Neji
← Tenten
-ABILITY
← Total 3
← Latent 4
-STATS
← Ninjutsu <1 *
← Taijutsu 5
← Genjutsu <1 *
← Luck 2
← Intel 2.5
← Force 4
← Speed 4.7
← Stamina 4
← Seal <1 *
-LIKES
← Gai-Sensei
← Sakura-san
← Neji & Tenten
← Squirrels
← Turtles
← Green
← Curry
← YOUTH


  • DESCRIPTION

    PHYSICAL   

    - It’s certainly hard to forget Rock Lee. In an attempt to emulate his sensei, mentor, and all-purpose role-model, Maito Gai, Lee’s black hair is cut into a stylish and shiny bowl-cut. His brows are naturally that thick, thank you, and it only helps to cultivate Gai-like image. Those big, saucer-round eyes and odd lower lashes give him a perpetually youthful look and help when he has one of his many ‘in awe of Gai-sensei’ moments. His clothing consists of an attractive green spandex jumpsuit (though some, Neji and Sakura for example, have turned up their noses at the garment), orange legwarmers (usually serving the added purpose of covering heavy training weights), and standard blue ninja sandals. His red Konoha-emblem forehead protector is worn as a belt, and the bandages around his hands and forearms protect him during training and battle.

    - With the more recent addition of the Chunin vest (following his promotion) to his already absurd costume, Lee is one step closer to completing his replica-of-Gai-sensei fashion statement. Except…Lee’s vest is closed. Hm.


  • DESCRIPTION

    PERSONALITY   

    - Lee is an extremely polite, good-natured, nice individual and tries to be on his best behavior, even when talking to an opponent in battle—this is a trait probably thoroughly ingrained in him by Gai, but also just a natural characteristic of Lee’s speech and behavior. He tends to speak in declarations punctuated with looks of such determination and fiery spirit it would be hard to deny his enthusiasm for…well, anything and everything, especially if such things have to do with Gai-sensei or one of Gai’s youthful philosophies. He is blindly ecstatic about anything related to Gai, and for good reason—Gai is not just his mentor and possibly greatest friend, but inspiration and helping hand and one of the first people to ever give him a chance. Lee is eternally grateful to him.

    - The kid is not the brightest crayon in the box—ignoring the color of his wardrobe—but Lee genuinely means well, tries hard, and is determined to help. Lee worries over his friends and team, doesn’t worry enough over himself, and has a tendency to put himself into enormously risky situations if he thinks it might save someone he cares about. He’s also very competitive in his own right, and likes a good physical challenge. Although he’s never beaten him, Neji is perhaps Lee’s favorite opponent.

    - He has no tolerance for even a lick of alcohol; drinking turns Lee into a hiccupping, tripping drunken-fist master who is hell-bent on proving himself to Gai (present or not) and eager to take on anyone in the room. Not only is he powerful and destructive in this form, but he’s nearly impossible to predict. It is generally advisable to not stand in his way, to not talk to him—not even look at him. He does not distinguish friend from foe then—everyone is a potential challenger. He recovers quickly enough, however, and returns to his pleasant self, confused over the chaos he has wrought.


  • INFORMATION

    BIOGRAPHICAL   

    - Not much is known about Lee’s life before his days in the ninja academy. He has yet to mention his family, and some have speculated that, due to his inability to mould chakra, said family may have disowned him. Or perhaps he is an orphan of the wars. There is no direct evidence for any of this, and Lee’s past remains a blank page in the book of his life. What is known of his childhood, however, is defined by the role the academy and his classmates play in shaping his self-image.

    - At a young age, Lee is teased by his peers when it becomes apparent that he fails in two of the three categories of basic ninja skills, leaving only Taijutsu on which to hang his hopes of becoming a ninja. But he is determined to still be a splendid ninja in the eyes of Konoha and to prove himself, and he just barely graduates on the merits of his Taijutsu. Maito Gai, a jounin of Konoha and Taijutsu specialist, observes little Lee with admiration, and decides to take him under his wing. Gai’s rival, Hatake Kakashi, comments that Lee and Gai are not all that different…and it isn’t just the eyebrows. Perhaps Gai is just the man to teach the hot-blooded loser.

    - So, by luck or design or a little of both, Lee is placed on Gai’s genin squad along with the oppressed genius of the Hyuuga clan, Hyuuga Neji, and Tenten, a young girl who has shown much promise in weapons mastery. Each of Gai’s team demonstrates a strong drive to achieve something in their upcoming ninja career, but it is Lee who perhaps shows the most extreme initiative, training into the wee hours of the morning in order to surpass each new goal—if he cannot do one, he has a new and greater goal lined up to achieve in place of that. Gai eventually catches Lee in the midst of training and his words of encouragement, about hard work and dedication, are inspirational to the young genin.

    - Through their natural differences, Neji becomes his rival—Lee needs someone to compete with in order to grow stronger, Neji feels a need to assert his greatness over someone, and because the two boys have such opposite philosophies on life. But the Hyuuga doesn’t take kindly to being the so-called rival to a loser, and he makes that more than clear every time be beats Lee down. Neji argues that Lee cannot rise above his current status, and Lee argues in return that hard work and effort will pay off someday and he will become a splendid ninja—one capable of besting Neji in battle. Lee is the antithesis of Neji’s argument, but the boys are one and the same—a lower status by someone else’s design and forced to rise above through their own will and desire…like the symbol of the Lotus blossom.

    - To help Lee become stronger, and to give him the edge he will need to survive as a ninja in a world where his opponents will not be forgiving for the areas his skills lack in, Gai teaches Lee the Front and Reverse Lotus techniques and instructs him in how to open the Celestial Gates. Lee learns to open five of the eight and is very excited with the trump card he holds. But the technique comes with a stipulation: Lee must promise not to use it except under extreme circumstances, such as to save his very precious person. Lee apparently agrees.

    - The little team known as Team Gai grows strong.

    - But Gai holds his team back for a year to further their abilities and prolong their childhood. The students are antsy, however, and then all too soon the next year rolls around and Lee, Neji, and Tenten are part of the Chuunin exams that will pit them against the now famed Rookie Nine, and the infamous siblings from Suna. Gai’s students are confident—perhaps, not unlike their sensei at times, a bit overconfident.

    - Leading up to the exam, Team Gai meets Kakashi’s Team Seven and Lee falls instantly for the little pink-haired girl. In an effort to both impress her and to get a chance to fight the genius Uchiha, Lee challenges Sasuke. His subsequent fights with Naruto and Sasuke prove that Kakashi’s rookies should not underestimate their opponents, no matter how silly they look, nor should Lee expose too many of his techniques unwisely. Sasuke, though shown a weakness to his Sharingan, manages to copy a couple of Lee’s Taijutsu. When Lee almost uses his initial Lotus, Gai and ninkame intervene, and Lee is reminded of his promise.

    - Gai’s squad passes the first part of the exam easily enough and without further incident, and in the Forest of Death sequence, Lee branches off from his teammates to assist Sakura against the Sound squad threatening her unconscious teammates. Lee suffers a blow from sound-waves to his inner ear and is knocked out. When he comes to, Team Ten has intervened and Sasuke has already finished off the fight. He is a little dismayed he did not get to shine for Sakura as well as he would have liked, and promises that the Lotus of the Hidden Leaf blooms twice. Lee promises to get stronger.

    - Too many teams pass the second round, and the Chunin exams go into individual-based eliminations before the final round. After watching Neji take down his cousin Hinata (and stepping in to stop Naruto from fighting Neji out of turn), the impatient Lee finally gets his turn to fight Gaara of the Desert in the nearly last bout of the exam. It is a fight few could really say they expected him to win. Most are ill-prepared to fight Gaara, and Lee’s speed only makes him little more than a feisty mouse skittering just past the claws of the perturbed and bloodthirsty cat. With Gai’s permission, however, Lee drops his heavy practice weights and increases his speed, opens five gates and unleashes both the Front and Reverse Lotuses on the Sand-nin. Still, Gaara appears relatively unharmed. Ultimately, before Gaara can deal the final blow of a sand coffin attack, Gai steps in and ends the fight. Lee struggles to his feet one last time, on willpower alone, broken and battered, and is assured he is a splendid ninja. But the fact that Lee comes out alive, suffering a broken arm and leg, multiple abrasions, apparently irreparable tissue damage from opening five of the Gates, and yet still manages to break into Gaara’s ultimate defenses says something not just for hard work, but for Lee’s undying determination to fight to survive.

    - In the time between this and the rest of the exam, it is clear something about Lee broke through to Gaara. Perhaps it was his ability to slip past the sand defense with his speed. Perhaps it was Gai stepping in, but whatever it was, Gaara seeks out Lee in the hospital. With sand crawling up the bed in preparation for a finishing move on the unconscious Lee, the Sand-nin very nearly would have killed him had it not been for Shikamaru and Naruto.

    - When the Chunin exams resume again, Lee arrives too late to see Naruto beat Neji and begin to turn around the Hyuuga’s outlook on life and Fate. During Sasuke’s performance against Gaara, Lee is impressed by the skill and speed the Uchiha has acquired since last they fought. Sasuke makes such advances, and Lee’s injuries quite possibly have permanently stagnated any attempts at becoming the kind of ninja he so longs to be. He doesn’t have long to contemplate this difference, however. When the exam is called short by an attack, Lee, like many of the spectators, is knocked out by a genjutsu.

    - He thus misses the fight between Naruto and Gaara but—just as with Naruto’s fight with Neji—Lee will experience firsthand the aftereffects of the battle: the transformations of Naruto’s opponents.

    - In his teammate, Lee begins to see a change. Neji is coming to realize the prospect of hard work and where that can take him, and for that, Lee is thankful…not just to have his own beliefs reconfirmed, but because Neji finally realizes how to escape his own cage. Lee, however, is now confined to the hospital, injured and barely able to walk, training in moments when he can sneak out of bed and do one armed pushups in the hospital courtyard. His dreams of becoming a splendid ninja seem to be as broken as his body. Gai hopes that the great Tsunade-sama, sought out by Naruto and Jiraiya as the next Hokage, will be Lee’s saving grace.

    - At first, even for Tsunade, Lee’s condition seems hopeless. But the odds are fifty-fifty, and with Gai’s promise to die if he dies, Lee takes his chances for the sake of a dream. The gambit pays off this time. Lee survives, but when the squad led by Shikamaru sets out to retrieve Sasuke, he is told to wait behind. He follows anyway, and staves off Kimimaro so Naruto can continue after Sasuke. When Lee himself gets into dire straits, it is Gaara of the Desert who comes to his unexpected rescue, showing the first signs of that reforming bond between Sand and Leaf that Naruto was responsible for bringing about. Lee accepts the help, and forgives Gaara for the trouble he has caused him.

    - During the next three years in which Naruto is off to train with Jiraiya, Lee and Tenten become Chuunin and Neji a Jounin, but Team Gai remains intact. Their first mission of importance calls upon them to rescue Gaara, now Kazekage, and to back up Kakashi’s squad.


  • SKILLS

    TECHNIQUES   

    - Exclusively Taijutsu. He possesses no ability to do Genjutsu and Ninjutsu. But due to his extreme training methods, he possesses amazing speed and strength, and uses these abilities to their maximum in the fighting arena.

    - ( Gouken Ryuu ) (Strong Fist) is the style of Taijutsu taught to Lee by Gai-sensei and, as the translated name suggests, it is a hand-to-hand combat style that focuses attention on strength, and on damaging the opponent with powerful attacks to bring them down with hard-hitting attritional damage.

    - ( Suiken Ryuu ) (Drunken Fist) based on a traditional style of Chinese martial arts that uses seemingly loose coordination, pratfalls, odd postures, and fluid movements to mimic the staggering stances of a drunken boxer. Lee, however, lapses into the style when actually intoxicated and is apparently quite masterful at it. Unfortunately, he is also equally unpredictable and will try and fight whoever is in the area. He used it once by accident against Neji and Gai when he mistook Gai’s sake for his own cup, and later during the fight against Kimimaro, due to a mix-up between his medicine and Tsunade-sama’s sake.

    - ( Dynamic Entry ) is Gai-sensei's patented entry technique that first deploys a kunai to distract and follows up with a swift kick coming in from the blind side. Possibly enough to debilitate the enemy before he knows what hit him, it is effective, if somewhat annoying to the opponent or ally who survives the attack with his wits about him; Gai may never live down the kicks he gave Jiraiya and Kisame. Lee uses it more often when making a heroic save, and has generally had better timing than his sensei…generally.

    - ( Konoha Kage Buyou ) Leaf Whirlwind, and its stronger variation, delivers a set of powerful spinning roundhouse kicks to an opponent. Used with Lee airborne, it can knock several blows to the enemy's head, sometimes effectively knocking them off to the side or to the ground. A good combination could even KO a weakened opponent.

    - ( Konoha Kage Buyou ) (Leaf Shadow Dance) kicks an opponent in the air where they have less of a chance to launch a return assault. Used primarily in preparation for the Front Lotus technique (see below), Lee then shadows the airborne opponent, appearing behind them like, as the name implies, a shadow. It is one of the moves copied from him by Sasuke during their first encounter.

    - ( Konoha Reppuu ) is a kick designed to sweep low to the ground and knock an opponent off his feet. He uses it against Naruto to send the other boy spiraling into a wall. It is usually a good opening move as it breaks the concentration of the opponent and forces them to either trip, or sidestep, or jump, leaving them generally open for further attack by one of Lee’s quick follow-up techniques.

    - ( Konoha Shoufuu ) is a straight-legged upper-cut kick intended to disarm an opponent by striking their weapon-arm, or to strike under the chin and knock them backwards and upwards. A hard enough, well-placed kick to the jaw could possibly instantly knock out an opponent or even snap their neck.

    - ( Weapons ) Lee is also seen with nunchucks which he has seemingly not yet mastered.


  • SKILLS

    SPECIAL ABILITIES   

    - No bloodline limit (a fact he is quite proud of in his own way, even if it is difficult to be without). Lee is a master—the “genius,” some say—of hard work. All of his skills have been learned through practice—failure after failure—and persistence. He does not know the meaning of the phrase “to give up,” although it is clear he has contemplated it from time to time. In place of a bloodline limit, he has the ( Celestial Gates ) which enable him to break past his own physical limitations at great cost to his body.

    - ( Omoto Renge ) the Front Lotus, is one of the great weapons in his arsenal, but also a brutal double-edged sword. Gai makes him promise to not use it unless for a precious person and, with his sensei’s permission, Lee unleashes it against an unsuspecting Gaara in the preliminaries of his first Chuunin exam. Opening the Initial Gate, he breaks past his own barriers and increases both speed and power to amazing rates. Launching the opponent in the air with a few swift kicks, he wraps them in his own bandages and brings both himself and the opponent crashing towards the ground, spinning like a corkscrew. At the last second, he jumps free, leaving the opponent to plummet head first into the ground. This near lethal technique strains Lee's own body, however, leaving him vulnerable in its aftermath, and leaving his body in disrepair.

    - ( Ura Renge ) Reverse Lotus, opens the first five gates (though it seems it is only necessary to open the first three—but Lee opened five), releasing the barriers in his body that keep him body’s limitations in check. In exchange for the increase in speed and power and stamina, his muscles undergo heavy strain and breakage. The move primarily consists of a battery of attacks to put his opponent into the air and then while following their body down again. Because of the Gates and the Lotus, Lee is the first to come anywhere close to breaking past Gaara’s extreme defenses. It wasn’t enough, however, and since the injuries incurred in that battle, Lee hasn’t used the Lotus or the Gates to the same extreme again.

for senjuu_legacy roleplay ← Rock Lee is played by Penbee
image credit ???


* - honestly, the chart looks like it credits him about 0.33-0.5 points worth but for arguement's sake, it's a null point

Date: 2008-10-21 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umi-noiruka.livejournal.com
tss, too bad, not yet an IC post Iruka could comment :p
Your Lee seems extremely interesting. It's nice to see such a deep and careful background ^^ (should I post mine too o.O?)
Can't wait to have Iruka interact with Lee ;)

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