In the Naruto sphere, there may not be a character that gets more disrespected than Tenten. Even during the Chunin exams, she was never made into a big deal and her ability to use ninja weapons never seemed like they got expanded upon as much as they could have. She was always just a character that existed, nothing more.
It’s a shame as there were a few directions they could have taken her that would have at least helped make her useful rather than an also-ran character. Unfortunately, they were never done, and she got lost in the shuffle. Even then, there’s quite a bit about her that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
10. Getting Off-Screened
Sometimes an off-screen fight can help build a bad guy towards their future fight, as this did to a degree with Temari vs Shikamaru. It’s still rather confusing why Tenten’s fight couldn’t be shown though. The entire team was being built up as strong throughout the exams up to that point. Seeing Temari manhandle Tenten if even for a few panels, would have done more to build up both characters instead of treating Tenten like she didn’t matter at all.
9. Closeness To Neji
While he lightens up as the series progresses, thanks to Naruto’s influence, it’s odd that Tenten is so close to him even before then. Sure, they are a team, and he’s the only other serious person on it thanks to the dynamic duo of Rock Lee and Might Guy, but he wasn’t a very personable guy. Most of the time he was too infatuated with himself until the latter half of the series. It’s the same issue with certain characters infatuation with Sasuke despite his actions, neither made a whole lot of sense. Makes even less sense when she doesn’t even react to his death right away.
8. Proving Girls Can Be Just As Strong As Guys
This mentality itself isn’t what doesn’t make sense, it’s that it’s never really capitalized on. Having a character like this can be cool, especially in a series where guys are prototypically stronger than the girls.
Instead, all of her words ring hollow since she never wins a single fight in the whole series (that’s not against herself), and many of the female characters in the show are just secondary to their male counterparts. It’s an issue with Naruto as a whole.
It’s said that she could hit a target 100 out of 100 times with a kunai, making her one of the best marksmen in all of Konoha. On the surface, there’s nothing wrong with that, even if that success rate is abnormally high. The problem, and it’s an issue with many of the claims about her, none of it is shown. It’s all just stated that she can do it rather than shown to us in an actual fight how good she is. It doesn’t make sense for her to be that good with kunai and never have it come into play during a battle.
6. Ability To Use Any Weapon
As with many things on this list, this is an ability that doesn’t get too expounded on very much, and as a result, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s one thing to be able to pick up a sword and swing it around without any prior knowledge. It’s quite another to be a master of it without much training. Tenten is more the latter, effectively able to use any weapon she gets her hands on, even wielding the Bashosen to kill one of Kakazu’s hearts despite its heavy chakra consumption.
5. Fuinjutsu Usage
Her use of storing weapons in scrolls is something that seems lackluster at first glance, but can be incredibly powerful when you realize it could be used for more than just that. It’s a talent she’s very skilled at, possibly the most skilled in all of Konoha.
The style can be used for sealing chakra and even living beings, but it’s never expounded on in her case. Outside of the anime, they don’t even have her store other things in her scrolls when she could easily handle something as large as a boat.
4. Opening A Weapon’s Shop In A Time Of Peace
It’s played for laughs in Boruto and rightfully so. Opening a weapon shop, no matter how enjoyable you find them, during a time of peace, makes no sense at all and doesn’t even seem in character for her. She’s never been an overtly dumb character, and during many of the fillers has shown to be fairly smart. This just makes her look dense and incredibly one tract minded, only able to focus on weapons and nothing else in her life. Then again, with what little screen time she gets, weapons are her defining trait.
3. Disgust Towards Ranmaru
This happens in the Kurosuki Family Removal arc that has Raiga as the main villain. When they find out Ranmaru has not only been helping Raiga but is a cripple, Tenten feels an immense amount of disgust towards the boy. She hates it when people can’t take care of themselves, having to rely on others. While the sentiment is understandable, and she’s able to help him stand on his own two feet by the end of the arc, her initial reaction is a little harsh and nonsensical.
2. Kishimoto’s Favorite Among The Konoha 11
This has more to do with the author than the character herself. According to Kishimoto, she’s his favorite character among the Konoha 11 (Hinata, Ino, and Sakura). His reasoning is he likes her design most and you can see some of that with how nicely designed her outfits are compared to a Sakura. What makes no sense is how that can be said, yet, only Ino is used less than she is throughout the series. Kishimoto may have liked drawing her, but he sure didn’t like it enough to involve her in the plot.
1. Ability To Retain Memories Of The War In Infinity Tsukuyomi
It gets explained away due to her touching one of the Six Path Sage’s tools, but even then, it’s still a little confusing. Does just touching his weapons give you a piece of his chakra, thus some control over the sage’s power? It’d be interesting if true considering Tenten’s obsession with the tools after using the Bashosen. It led to her dream is a little more unique and interesting than the others, however, it felt like the reasoning was only there to add a little filler.