The world of Naruto features a dazzling and rich variety of characters, from the bratty but gung-ho Naruto Uzumaki to the lazy but brilliant Shikamaru and the aloof but loyal Neji Hyuga, along with his gentle cousin Hinata Hyuga. Neji died young, but what if he had survived and looked for a romantic partner once the Fourth Shinobi War ended?
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Neji was introduced as a bitter defeatist who doubted the dreams of both Naruto and Hinata, but he changed his tune before long, and soon showed his loyal and brave side when facing true evil. Neji is a responsible, mature, and selfless person, and if he found himself a romantic partner, he’d need someone who shared his worldview or is similarly compatible. Whom should he choose?
10 Itsuka Kendo Would Match Neji’s Sense Of Responsibility (My Hero Academia)
Although Itsuka Kendo is more cheerful and outgoing than Neji Hyuga is, these two characters have a lot of overlap where it counts. Like Neji, Itsuka defines herself by her sense of duty and responsibility, and she is quick to act like the big sister to all her classmates at U.A.
Neji would definitely approve, and he would also be touched by Itsuka’s tender, caring side and her fierce determination to save the entire world from evil. Itsuka, meanwhile, would be insightful enough to see Neji’s warm heart under his cool exterior and cherish it.
9 Misaki Ayuzawa Is No-Nonsense, Like Neji (Maid-Sama!)
As a friend or romantic partner, the tough but kind Misaki Ayuzawa is a good match for anyone who shares her sense of duty and responsibility, and like Itsuka, Misaki acts like a big sister to her classmates. It helps that Neji’s mature personality would never set off Misaki’s angry side.
Misaki is stern but caring, and she will easily form strong bonds with any honest, kind, and genuine person whom she meets. If Neji visited the maid cafe a few times, he and Misaki would certainly take an interest in each other.
8 Nino Nakano Is True To Her Feelings & Likes Cool Guys (The Quintessential Quintuplets)
Nino is the second Nakano sister, and she often presented her standoffish and stubborn side to Futaro Uesugi, but that’s only because she felt rather defensive with a tutor barging into her home. Otherwise, Nino is a much kinder girl, and she is quite honest about her feelings, too.
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Neji Hyuga’s no-nonsense and mature exterior would appeal greatly to Nino, both in terms of personality and Nino’s distinct taste for cool guys, and Neji would recognize Nino for who she is: a somewhat hotheaded but also compassionate girl who knows what she likes. This pairing ought to be interesting.
7 Asami Sato Is Mature & Brilliant (The Legend Of Korra)
Asami Sato may be the wealthy and brilliant leader of Future Industries, but that doesn’t mean she is arrogant or distant with her friends and associates. In fact, it’s the opposite. Asami is a humble person at heart, while also recognizing her strengths and making the most of them. She is well-balanced that way.
Neji would be dazzled by Asami’s grace, maturity, sophistication, and intense desire to make the world a better place, and he would recognize Asami as someone who is in full control of her fate. Whatever she wants, she can build for herself, which should set a good example for Neji.
6 Mikasa Ackerman Is On Neji’s Wavelength As A Cool-Headed Hero (Attack On Titan)
Mikasa Ackerman is a highly talented and effective Scout, and she only gets reckless where her childhood friend Eren Yeager is concerned. Otherwise, Mikasa is cool as a cucumber, and she sets a good example with her mature, brave personality and strong will.
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This means that Neji and Mikasa would get along great on a personal level, and if Eren weren’t in the picture, Mikasa just might fall for Neji after fighting by his side a few times, and vice versa. They have too much in common not to.
5 Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye Is A Compassionate But Deadly Professional (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye is one of many anime characters who has a cool, hard exterior but a warm and fuzzy heart on the inside, a personality that is bound to appeal to Neji Hyuga on the dating market. Neji wants a girlfriend who is wise and mature on the outside to match his personality, but a kind heart is also a must.
Riza Hawkeye checks off all the right boxes in Neji’s eyes. She is a consummate professional during missions and fears no foe, but she also cares deeply for her friends and will do whatever she must to protect them from anything, even from themselves. She won’t let Roy Mustang, her best friend, lose himself to hate, and she’d do the same for Neji.
4 Mirajane Strauss Is A Powerful & Beautiful Wizard (Fairy Tail)
Mirajane Strauss is an S-rank wizard in the Fairy Tail guild, and she is the oldest of the three Strauss siblings, all of whom use Take Over magic. Mirajane is a kind and fun-loving wizard, to be sure, but she also has a strong sense of duty and responsibility, and will immediately put her foot down if justice is threatened.
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Mirajane is sure to dazzle Neji Hyuga with her charming but tough exterior and her intense devotion to her siblings and her guild. Mirajane is both the gorgeous mascot of the guild and its best defender, setting a great example for all her fellows. How can Neji not fall for her?
3 Tatsuki Arisawa Is A Cool & Caring Friend Of Orihime’s (Bleach)
Tatsuki is well-respected among her classmates at Karakura High since she is a skilled martial artist who aims to be the best someday. She is also Orihime Inoue’s best friend and is highly protective of her. She will even confront Ichigo if she thinks Ichigo is partly responsible for Orihime’s misfortunes.
Neji would definitely like Tatsuki’s emphasis on taijutsu, so to speak, and he would admire her grit and ambition to become the strongest she can be. He’d also like her sense of responsibility and pragmatism. Tatsuki is gung-ho and energetic, but also fairly down-to-earth and smart.
2 Ylva Is A Responsible Sister & Mature Beyond Her Years (Vinland Saga)
Thorfinn’s big sister Ylva didn’t often appear in this historical Viking series, but every time she did, she made a great impression. Ylva is the daughter of Thors and Helga, and she is very handy around the house. In the Middle Ages, it pays to be practical and good with cleaning and repair work.
Ylva has largely accepted her humble lot in life, but she’s no pushover. She is smart, responsible, and caring, and she isn’t afraid to call people out on their nonsense. Neji would be charmed by Ylva’s mature and protective personality, and Ylva would recognize Neji as a humble and reliable fighter and friend. Sparks are already flying.
1 Neji Would See Himself In Maki Zenin (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Maki Zenin is a student at Tokyo’s sorcerer school, and her backstory is somewhat similar to Neji Hyuga’s own. Her family doubted her prowess as a sorcerer and denied her many opportunities, so Maki boldly went off to prove herself a great sorcerer all on her own. She won’t let fate decide anything for her.
Neji knows what that feels like, and he would be greatly inspired by Maki’s courage and resolve in such a situation. He’d also appreciate her bold and fearless personality in battle, and the two of them might get a little closer as they fought ninjas or curses together. They have a few things to bond over.
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