Darui (ダルイ, Darui) is a former jōnin-level ninja of Kumogakure, who formerly functioned as a bodyguard and escort to the Fourth Raikage at the Kage summit, along with his fellow jōnin C. Following the conclusion of the Fourth Shinobi World War, he was appointed as the Fifth Raikage (五代目雷影, Godaime Raikage).
It is known that, in his past, In his past, Darui was known as an illustrious wanderer, travelling between the Five Great Shinobi Countries and studying under various powerful masters, including the Third Raikage and the Fourth Mizukage. This era of his life is still shrouded in mystery, however.
Darui has a dark skin tone, a slightly bulbous nose, a lazy look in his eyes and white hair in a shaggy hair style. He also appears to be quite tall in stature. IN the past, Darui was only seen in a high collared sleeveless uniform and one-strap-over-one-shoulder Flak Jacket of a Kumogakure Jōnin. Darui also has the characters for Water (水) and Lightning (雷) tattooed on his right and left shoulders respectively, denoting his chakra's elemental nature affinities; Water Release and Lightning Release. The tattoo on his left arm also signifies that he has inherited the Third Raikage's technique, and it has been confirmed the tattoo on his right means the same thing, but as an inheritance from the Fourth Mizukage. The lightning tattoo also allows him to cancel any Black Lightning that touches his skin, as a safe measure should his technique ever be turned against him.
Having ascended to the position of Raikage, Darui is now normally seen wearing the uniform that comes along with it, although rarely if every donning the hat, commenting that it is "far too dull". As a sword-user, Darui wields a large, cleaver-like blade, which was seen carried on his back during the Kage summit, although he doesn't seem to carry it around at his home village.
Darui's demeanor is very similar to that of Kakashi Hatake's: He is portrayed as being easy-going and mellow; when compared to the Fourth Raikage's over-the-top exit through a window, (destroying the surrounding wall along with it), he tells C that he'll just use the door. Whilst having a more laid-back demeanor compared to his leader, Darui isn't lazy, leaping to the Raikage's defense when the bodyguards of the other Kage overreact to the Raikage's reactions. He also has a habit of referring to things or events as being "dull" (だるい, darui) a play on his name.
In battle, Darui can maintain his cool even in the face of overwhelming power, shown by his calmness during the Fourth Great Shinobi War, even when pitted against a force of thousands of Zetsu clones and lots of infamously strong shinobi resurrected by the Summoning: Impure World Resurrection technique, among them famous Konoha ninja, Akatsuki and the illustrious Gold and Silver Brothers. Darui is also very apologetic, even apologizing for other people's actions, a trait he'd never noticed himself; this attribute led him to say "sorry" (すみません, sumimasen) just as much as "dull". He is also very loyal to the Raikage who considers Darui his 'second right hand'. He adresses the Raikage with "boss" rather than "Raikage-sama", further implying a close bond between the two.
After becoming Raikage himself, Darui became a little bit more conscientious, although still complaining as much as ever about all the "dull" customs he has to go through. Even though he has admitted he doesn't consider him the right man for the job, he still strives to perform it as excellent as he can, in legacy of the "boss". Darui considers his ascension to be very ironic, seeing he belongs to the Gobetsu clan, who's task was in the first place to serve the line of Raikage.
Powers & Abilities Edit
Darui has shown to be an exceptionally skilled fighter and, despite his personality, has demonstrated excellent reflexes and overall battle proficiency during his fights. The fact that he was chosen as the First Division General of the Allied Shinobi Forces further evidences how great his abilities are. Darui learned how to create Black Lightning under the tutelage of the Third Raikage, making his lightning techniques even more powerful. His abilities have earned him the praise and recognition of the Fourth Raikage himself, who appointed Darui as his personal bodyguard and considered him his right-hand man.
It has been shown that, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, his chakra reserves are great enough to not die of chakra exhaustion after using three of the Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths and still have enough chakra left to continue fighting. After the war, he has shown repeated use of the tools without sustaining prolonged damage, although he has expressed dissatisfaction regarding their usage in battle.
Darui is in top condition, being able to hold back the hot-headed A during one of his senseless rampages (albeit with effort). Darui is also very fast; even without the use of the Body Flicker Technique he can appear behind an opponent's back unnoticeable and dodge continuous close-range assaults.
Despite the Nijūmon technique being a common one throughout the ninja world, Darui has shown a mastery of the particular skill like no-other. Portrayed during his fight with Bakuto was capable of firing a water jet and a Storm Release technique at the same time from different hands, whilst at the same time combining the two with his already-put-up Water Release: Water Encampment Wall, which had been charged with another Storm Release technique that had been turned against him. This thoughtful combination was capable of driving a warrior as powerful as the Land of Sound's new leader into a vulnerable position.
When the Fourth Raikage smashed the table and the bodyguards moved to protect their respective Kage, Darui showed a long and fairly broad sword that is peculiar from others swords as it folds in two to be sheathed and unfolds when in use. He has shown exceptional skills in kenjutsu, as he was able to clash with Suigetsu Hōzuki's Kubikiribōchō and easily overwhelm and pin him in conjunction with his chakra flow. He was also skilled enough to literally disarm Kinkaku during their brief clash, and knock Ginkaku into Kinkaku's Kōkinjō while quickly seizing the Shichiseiken and Benihisago.
Darui has shown high adept use of Kumogakure's Cloud-Style kenjutsu. even when faced with a more adept and experienced swordsman, like Bakuto Harī, Darui cleverly uses his opponent's own battle styles against them, such as when he exploited the limited range of his own cleaver against the combined hindrance of Bakuto's twin swords at close range, during their respective battle.
Nature Transformation Edit
Darui has also shown to be proficient with Water Release and Lightning Release techniques, being able to use them both simultaneously. His proficiency is seen in the fact that he can overpower A-ranked jutsu of other shinobi with a mere C-rank of his own. Darui is shown using a kekkei genkai known as Storm Release, which combines both lightning and water chakra to create beams of light that can be guided like missiles and cause powerful explosions, along with many other variations centering around beams and blasts of light.
Like Killer Bee, Darui is also proficient with the use of "Chakra Flow" with ballistic weapons; he has been seen using a lightning-empowered shuriken to slice through a metal blade in-order to save Killer Bee from Kisame Hoshigaki's attempt to cut off Killer Bee's legs.
The two tattoos Darui bears on both of his shoulders stand for the two extraordinary applications he can use for his basic nature types. In the case of his Lightning Release, this is called "Black Lightning", a special form of lightning passed down to him by the Third Raikage, which he even improved during and after the Fourth Shinobi World War. With the power of the "Black Lightning", he could use the Lightning Release: Black Panther to immobilize and/or kill several enemies. According to one of his comrades, he is the only person to have inherited the Third Raikage's Black Lightning.
It is said Darui holds another special elemental form, most likely related to water due his tattoo, although this statement hadn't been elaborated upon. This special form of water is probably inherited from the Fourth Mizukage.
- (To Kinkaku and Ginkaku) "It kills me to do this to such a great men. Some of that Silver and Gold plating may start to flake off a little when my Storm Release hits you! Even it's a little slow!"
- (To Ginkaku) "I'm the Boss's right arm, and I'll never be just a tool!"
- "It's true that words can be used to lie and deceive. But when it really counts, they're also the only way to tell the truth about how you feel right here."
- (To Kinkaku, upon defeating him.) "Silver and gold may shine more brightly than copper, and are more valuable because of it. But if you gather enough copper together, it's worth just as much as that one gold coin. You acted like you were solid gold, but I guess it was all a front... that's why we won! Sorry we had to strip off that gold plating."
- Darui is Japanese for "sluggish," "dull," referring to his lazy, languid way of speaking.
- A running gag with Darui is that every time A destroys a wall when leaving a room, Darui apologizes for A and tries to use the door while C thinks they should just use the hole in the wall too.