Shikamaru is a considered a strategic genius, throughout Naruto we have seen Shikamaru grow as a person and as a ninja. Shikamaru inspires people round him and has had a close friendship with Choji Akimichi, The two met when Choji wanted to play a game of catch with Shikamaru and a group of children, the other children mocked Choji for his weight and Choji left. Shortly after Shikamaru left the group telling them he no longer wanted to play with them, Shikamaru lays on a bench next to Choji and tells him how this is his thinking bench and would Choji like to join him looking at the clouds. Shikamaru has always seen Choji strength and been kind to his friend and Choji has shown the same respect and friendship to Shikamaru.
Things did not start well for Shikamaru in the finishing dead last with Choji, Kiba Inuzuka and Naruto. Shikamaru did not enjoy the class room and spent most of his time sleeping in the court yard, the idea of work in anyway put Shikamaru to sleep very fast most often commenting on how much of a drag things where.
Not much is heard or seen about Shikamaru in the early arcs of Naruto as it focused on Team 7 but it is known that he joins Team 10 which is lead by Asuma of the Sarutobi Clan, it is not until the start of the Chunin exams that we are formally introduced to team 10. During the first exam, Shikamaru is able to avoid putting in any effort thanks to Ino Yamanaka using her special ninjutsu to possess Sakura Haruno, steal her answers and then possess both Chouji and Shikamaru and write down the answers for them. For the second test they are sent into the Forest of Death where they have to combat the other teams to steal scrolls they possess and reach the tower in the center. Sakura's battle with the Sound ninja is spotted by the team and they move in to spectate.
At first Ino was reluctant to come to her friend's aid but after prodding from Shikamaru dives in followed by her teammates. Following their training the three members made their battle formation and attacked, Shikamaru immobilizing Dosu Kinuta with his Shadow Possession jutsu. The team quickly lost the upper hand but the battle is interrupted by Neji Hyuga and his team as well as the newly awakened Sasuke Uchiha.
Shikamaru saw the danger as a Cursemark-covered Sasuke confronted the Sound Ninja about Sakura injuries and ordered Ino and Chouji to retreat with him. As soon as the Sound Ninja were defeated, the three teams helped each other with their injuries and went their separate ways. After they passed the first test, Team 10 went onto the next round which turned out to be single one-on-one rounds against the other ninja. Shikamaru would have to fight Kin Tsuchi of the Sound Village, who he had earlier faced during the first exam.
Kin is able to draw blood from Shikamaru using a technique involving bells, strings and senbon but Shikamaru was using her own trick against her. He had allowed her to use her attack so he could extend his shadow under the strings and capture her in his Shadow Posession Jutsu, there after he removed a shuriken from his pouch forcing Kin to imitate him. Kin pointed out that if he threw the shuriken he would be attacked in kind. Shikamaru threw the shuriken and then ducked. As he did so Kin followed not realizing that her evasive actions and backing up to make full use of her illusory technique had caused her to come to stand right in front of the nearest wall. The contact with the wall knocked Kin out winning the match for Shikamaru.
Temari Vs Shikamaru
The final exam was another battle between the winners of the last round, Shikamaru was matched up with Temari of the Sand Villiage. Throughout the battle Shikamaru attempted several ploys to trick Temari into stepping into a shadow, but none met with success. Temari soon learned that his seeing cowardly behavior was a plot to wait her out until the sun had dropped low enough to give his shadows a wider range. Shikamaru then forces Temari to retreat make to some lengths using his make-shift balloon composed of his jacket to give himself an extra shadow. Then is a shock twist Shikamaru captured Temari, it turned out the whole battle was about manipulating her into position so she would be standing in front of a dug out tunnel that Naruto had made in an earlier battle and caught her with his shadows from behind, when she had been focusing on all of his frontal attacks and distractions.
It looked as if Shikamaru had won the battle when he turned and forfeited the match, saying that he had used to much chakra to fight anyone after this match if he continued and that he did not like to hurt or hit women. Shikamaru's strategy and willingness to retreat when the situation becomes unwinnable impressed judges and sensei and due to his performance during this battle would be later be made into a Chunin with blessing of the Third Hokage.
Battle For The Village
During the final battle between Sasuke and Gaara, the Sound and Sand Villages decided to make their moves on the Village Hidden in the Leaf. They used a genjutsu to put everyone in the observing stadium to sleep, then had members of both villages invade the stadium and village. Shikamaru was able to dispel the technique, though he pretended to be asleep to avoid taking part in the battle. Sakura noticed Shikamaru pretending to sleep and told him to help in pursuing Sasuke who had chased after a fleeing Gaara. As they chased after Sasuke they where informed by the ninja dog Pakkun whom was leading them to find Sasuke that nine Sound ninja where on their trail. Shikamaru told them to go ahead and follow Sasuke and he would deal with the Sound ninja.
It was not long before they found him, but Shikamaru had set up traps and this allowed him to capture eight of the ninja that came to attack him. He was then able to a find out the one remaining enemie's position by attempting to kill the ones he captured. After the defense of his allies gave away his position Shikamaru found he had spent to much energy in the fight with Temari to capture him. As the jutsu wore off leaving all nine enemies free to attack him, he resigned himself to death but was saved by the rapid intervention of his teacher Asuma who went on to defeat all nine in the blink of an eye.
Due to his show of skill and awareness during the exams, Shikamaru was made a Chunin by the Fifth Hokage. As he knew Team Seven and who they would be trying to save, Shikamaru was ordered on his first assignment of leading and building a team to retrieve Sasuke Uchiha and stop him from joining Orochimaru. Shikamaru set about building his team, but was only allowed to use Genin due to the attack on Konoha and lack of available upper ninja. Shikamaru first enlisted Naruto and Choji and then later Neji and Kiba. As they set out, Shikamaura had already planned an attack, placing Kiba at the front knowing his abilities would pick up any traps laid for them as well as the added partner of Akamaru to aid in an attack. He himself followed Kiba to allow for better communication between the rest of the group as well as close proximity to Kiba. After him he put Naruto third, knowing he could reinforce either the front or the back with his multitude of Shadow Clones. Next in line was Choji, who could follow up with the finishing blow after he, Kiba, and Naruto launched an attack, and had Neji follow up the rear, knowing his Byakugan would cover anything the team missed and prevent attacks from behind.
As they moved and caught up to the Sound Ninja, they where trapped by Jirobo one of Orochimaru’s four men who had taken Sasuke. Sitting down and watching Naruto and Neji striking at the rock formation they where now trapped in Shikamaru formulated a plan of escape, as Naruto struck at one point the others would strike at the weak point that would be on the other side of the trap. When they escaped Choji decied to stay behind and face Jirobo on his own knowing the others would be escaping. Shikamaru told Choji that he better catch up and left with his now only three team mates as they went Shikamaru marked their path so that Choji could follow. As they met each new threat the team broke down one by one to face Orochimaru’s men one on one allowing the team to catch up to Sasuke.
Shikamaru told Naruto to go ahead and as he was one of the only people that could get to Sasuke and stop him. This left Shikamaru to face Tayuya, a female ninja who used a flute to make genjutsu and confuse her enemies. As the battle progressed and Shikamaru began to get the up hand, Tayuya summoned three demons to her side. The demons where controlled by her flute and Shikamaru allowed them to attack him to start with, as this was a ploy to allow Shikamaru to pick up on what notes created what movements. Soon after he took control of the three with his Shadows control and turned them back on their master who was forced to set them send them from where they came.
Her only weapon was her flute and she began casting genjutsu and soon Shikamaru found himself having to come up with a new plan of attack. Throwing a kunai he purposely missed and then fell under the genjutsu. Thinking she had won, Tayuya removed the Kunai that was now stuck in the tree behind her and began to move to slit his throat. When she got close enough Shikamaru launched his surprise attack. He had been pretending to be caught under genjutsu so that she would move into range for his attack. He broke his own finger with his shadow possession jutsu and used the pain to break out.
She had no choice but to use her cursed seal to break free of the attack Shikamaru could feel his chakra fading and knew the battle would be over. Just as he gave up hope a blast of wind broke the air and there stood Temari of the . As she landed in front of him Shikamaru gave a tactical update and with this information she made quick work of Tayuya.
The two of them made their way back to Konoha and discovered that Sasuke had escaped and everyone on the team was greatly injured. Questing everything he had done Shikamaru went to leave Konoha but was met by his father who called him a coward. He said that if he was not there to lead them then some other ninja would have to and he would always question if one of them died could he have stopped it if he was leading. As news arrived telling them that everyone was going to be okay, Shikamaru broke down in tears and swore he would do better next time. After he had the news he said good bye to the people of the Sand village who had come to help and mentioned how annoying women where when he turned his back to Temari.
Two Years Later
Two years later we meet Shikamaru when Naruto runs into him and Temari. Naruto is shocked to find them with each other and ask’s if they where a couple, The two of them deny it and said that they where working on a plan for their students in the next Chunin exams. Naruto attempts to form a team to find and free Sasuke but Shikamaru is unable to aid him due to his responsibilities in training the new students. Later a new Ninja appears and Naruto along with Shikamaru and Choji join in trying to question the stranger. He quickly makes his escape, however, and it is later discovered that the Ninja was Sai, the newest member of Team 7.
Attack Of The Undead
During the Fire Temple arc Shikamaru was kept back at Konoha using his strategic mind in the defense around the village. The town was attacked by Furido and a team of rouge Ninja who each held great powers. During the attack all the dead during the Sand and Sound Invasion and including the dead of the towns Furido had attacked all came to life and attacked the village. Shikamaru was ordered to lead the counter attack and using everyone’s combined strengths was able to push the enemy line back as the other groups dealt with the four ninja’s. Later Shikamaru was able to bind the three tales beast back using his Shadow Imitation and bind it back within Sora one of the fire temples young students who had become a friend of Naruto’s the two would later do battle and it would only be Naruto that was able to bring him back from the madness.
Death Of Asuma
All this time Asuma had been working as a member of Niju Shotai, a team of ninja made by the Hokage to track down and kill members of the criminal organization, the Akatsuki. The team consisted of four shinobi, Asuma, Shikamaru, Izumo Kamizuki, a well trained Jounin and finally Kotetsu Hagane another of Konoha's top Ninja's. During one of their mission they had managed to track down two of the Akatsuki members named Hidan and Kakuzu, who were dropping off a bounty they had taken from the Fire Temple (one of the dead priest’s).
As Hidan waited outside for his partner to do his business with the bounty collectors Niju Shotai came across him. Shikamaru used his Shadow Possession to capture and restrain Hidan and the rest of the team set about finishing him off. It turns out that Hidan is actually an immortal and their attacks had done nothing to harm him. Right after that, Kakuzu appeared and launched an attack that broke off Shikamaru's jutsu, allowing Hidan to engage the rest of the team. As the battle raged on Asuma found himself facing Hidan and soon had the upper hand until Hidan cut Asuma along the arm and used his blood to start a ritual. As the ritual took place, all the damage done to Hidan was now being done to Asuma as well, and since Hidan was immortal the damage had no effect on him. It looked as if Asuma was done for when Hidan went to stab himself in the stomach which would kill Asuma, but Shikamaru trapped him again and made him walk out of his ritual circle, breaking the hold he had on Asuma.
Asuma powered his blades with wind chakra and charged the immortal, praying that cutting of his head would finally kill him. Asuma succeeded with the blow and as Hidan's head landed on the floor he began to laugh. Even this had not killed him. Kakuzu once again jumped in and broke up the battle, reattaching Hidan's head with some of his own sewing thread and joined the fight facing Izumo and Kotetsu. This allowed Hidan to step back into the ritual circle, and although Shikamaru rushed to help his master, his chakra was too depleted, and while he was running Hidan made the final blow, impaling himself and killing Asuma. Just then Choji and Ino arrived into battle with two other Jounin, which forced Kakuzu and Hidan to make their escape, leaving the death of Asuma in their wake. As Asuma died, he told Shikamaru that one day he may be Hokage and that some times a knight must be sacrificed to protect the king. Shikamaru took Asuma's last cigarette and began to smoke it, flicking the lighter cap back and forth and said it was the smoke that had brought tears to his eyes.
The whole village could be seen mourning Asuma's death and all but one attended his funeral. Shikarmaru was busy coming up with a plan for revenge, and when he was finished with his plans and had collected what he needed, he met up with Choji and Ino to track down Hidan. They all had a strong connection to Asuma and wished to help their old team mate. But before they could leave Tsunade appeared and said that they where not ready and this type of mission would need a four man group. Then from nowhere Kakashi Hatake appeared and offered his help, convincing the Hokage that they were going anyway and he could at least keep his eye on them. Shikamaru changed his plan so that he could use Kakashi, impressing the Jounin with his analytic mind and prowess.
It did not take long for them to find Hidan and Kakuzu again. His plan started using the two knives that Asuma had used, pinning the shadows of the Akatsuki members, then he went on to use his Shadow Possession once again to give him complete control over the two of them. Before he could finish the, though, Kakuzu escaped. Shikamaru still had complete control of Hidan and now attacked Kakuzu with his own team mate, but it was all a ploy to corner the faster moving Kakuzu and allow Kakashi to sneak up behind him and attack him with Chidori. They thought they had won but in fact Kakashi had only destroyed one of Kakuzu hearts, and he still had four more. Kakashi and Team 10 where forced to come up with a new plan of attack. Now that they where the one's on the defensive, they had to split them up. After a short physical exchange, Shikamaru once again caught Hidan and lead him away from Kakuzu as Kakashi, Ino, and Choji faced off against the other Akatsuki member.
Leading him into the nearby forest where Shikamaru had set up exploding scrolls prevented Hidan from escaping. As they reached their destination, Shikamaru's chakra ran out and Hidan went on the attack, quickly cutting Shikamaru and starting his ritual. Now seeing how smart Shikamaru was, Hidan took no chances and stabbed himself in the heart. Shikamaru fell to the ground clutching his chest, but this once again was a trick. When Kakashi had struck Kakuzu with his Chidori, he had taken a small amount of blood as ordered and given it to Shikamaru as part of his plan. Knowing that his Shadow Possession was going to fail, Shikamaru had kept the blood and as Hidan went to strike, threw the blood onto his weapon and then cut himself. Hidan had actually stabbed Kakuzu in the heart and not Shikamaru.
Hidan still had no idea that this had happened and as he went to leave Shikamaru sprang into action and tried to chop of his head with one cut, but it was not deep enough. He was left with no choice but to use his Shadow Stitching jutsu again, but this time it was much weaker and Hidan forced himself out to attack Shikamaru who pulled out his trump card. His end game technique that used all the exploding scrolls he had placed around to tie up Hidan above the ground. Now with Hidan captured, Shikamaru went to the floor below Hidan and activated a seal he had placed upon the ground before the battle and the ground beneath Hidan disappeared to reveal a pit. Shikamaru had planned this all along, this was to be the outcome no matter what had happened each move and step had lead to this moment. Shikamaru then told Hidan about the forest they where in and that it belonged to the Nara clan and only his clan where allowed to enter and leave. It was protected not just by his clan but the actual forest itself, no one would retrieve his remains and this would be his final resting place. Placing one of Asuma's cigarettes in his mouth he lit it with Asuma's lighter and then threw it, making all the scrolls explode all at once and Hidan's body parts fell into the hole. Hidan's head lay at the top swearing revenge and Shikamaru caused a cave in and walked away.
Once back with the team he found Naruto was with them and he had delivered that last blow that killed Kakuzu, now with this behind them they returned to the village. Shikamaru finally visited Asuma's grave leaving the lighter with his old master as a final goodbye.
After the death of Jiraiya, Naruto's master, Shikamaru was ordered to help decipher his last message. Unable to break it, he went to help Naruto get over the loss of his master, explaining that one day the two of them will have students and they would do everything in their power to protect them. With the help of Naruto and another scientist, Shikamaru was able to break the code, which read: "The Real One Is Not There". Now it was up to Shikamaru to figure out what Jiraiya had meant by this cryptic message, but before he could find the answer Konoha was attacked by Pein. Choji himself and Kakashi where among the first to enter the battle, fighting the main Pein body.
They where soon defeated and Kakashi was killed. Shikamaru and his father came across Ino and her father and tried to work out what Pein's powers where. They figured out Pein's real body must be near by so Inoichi, Shikaku and Ino went on to find him, but when Pein attacked the village as a whole, Shikamaru received a broken leg and could not help even when Naruto was fighting Pein one on one. He wanted to help but was told he would just get in the way. In the end, Naruto beat Pein and convinced him to bring everyone that he killed in his attack back to life. Afterwards, Shikamaru was among the people who welcomed the hero home.
After the battle Sasuke is declared a enemy of Konoha by Danzo who was appointed the new Hokage after Tsunade's fell to her injuries. After meeting with the rest of the Konoha teams, Shikamaru hunts for Team 7, unaware that Naruto has already left to talk to the leader of Kumogakure. So he finds Sakura and ask if she will give him permission to hunt down Sasuke and that he wishes to speak to Naruto about it. Sakura tells him that she will go instead to tell Naruto and she heads of to the land of iron.
Fourth Shinobi World War
As the Akatsuki grew impatient in waiting to collect the Eight and Nine Tailed Beasts, the remaining members teamed up with Kabuto and his White Zetsu army. With Tobi, masquerading as Madara Uchiha, declaring war on the ninja world, the five nations did something unprecedented in the history: made an alliance. The ninja of the world gathered their forces and Shikamaru was put in Gaara's Division as well as made the proxy leader of the division, due to Gaara also being the main Commander to all the other battle divisions. Shikamaru is first deployed towards The Land of Lightning. Before long, his division is called over to aid the First Division in their fight against Kinkaku and Ginkaku. They arrive and quickly enact their Ino-Shika-Cho attacks, leading with Choji's signature Human Boulder jutsu, and once he was thrown upwards by Kinkaku, Shikamaru trapped him in his Shadow Possession jutsu. Before long, though, Kinkaku's immense strength allowed him to break out and attack Shikamaru with his tail, but Ino intervened. Taking control of the enemy ninja with her Mind Transfer jutsu, Ino speaks the phrase Kinkaku had said the most in his life which allowed him to be sealed by the Sage;s Amber Purifying Pot.
They didn't get any respite, however, as right after they were called to engage the reincarnated Asuma Sarutobi, Shikamaru's former sensei. Shikamaru and Ino resolved themselves to fight their former master, but Choji had his doubts which stopped him from physically hurting Asuma and preventing the team from sealing him. Even though Shikamaru attempted to talk Choji into fighting spirit and Asuma called him "fat", something that would usually enrage Choji in the past, he still couldn't bring himself to harm Asuma and Ino needed to step in with her Mind Transfer to save him. As Asuma attacked Choji again, his father Chouza jumped in to save him and took the brunt of his fire attack. growing ever more angry with Choji, Shikamaru convinced him that they are adults now and need to man up and do the protecting. His words reached finally reached Choji in time for him to enter his butterfly mode, enhance his strength, and defeat Asuma with a powerful punch. As Asuma was being sealed, he told them their formation was perfect.
After Asuma was sealed, Shikamaru helped his shinobi allies finish off the rest of the White Zetsu clones and seal the last of the Edo Tensei ninja. As they were finishing up, Tobi appeared behind them and summoned his Gedo Statue and attempted to steal the Sage's Ninja Tools that were used to seal Kinkaku and Ginkaku. The statue repelled attacks from giant Choji and Chouza and overpowered an attempt to trap him between two large slabs of earth summoned by Kitsuchi, greatly injuring many of the shinobi in the area. As Tobi was moving in to grab the gourd, Shikamaru managed to trap him in his jutsu, earning praise from the Akatsuki leader. Shikamaru didn't have much time to relish the fact, though, as the Gedo Statue moved to stomp him, but he was saved by the timely arrival and intervention of Choji. As Tobi left with what he came for, night fell and both sides of the conflict dug in to wait it out until the morning.
The next day it is revealed that White Zetsu have infiltrated the Shinobi Army and are disguising themselves as members of the army. When they would get another ninja alone with them, they would kill him, and they did this both to healthy and even injured shinobi. When Shikamaru hears of the news, he orders Ino and Choji to draw circles around themselves and not to leave the circles until they could make sure none of them were White Zetsu in disguise. Should they leave the circle, Shikamaru would regard them as hostile and attack them, so none of them left their circles until Naruto arrived and with his new Nine Tails power, rooted out all the undercover White Zetsu and prevented them from killing anymore Allied Shinobi.
As the war raged on, Shikamaru became informed that Naruto and Killer Bee have started fighting the "masked Madara" and that he is putting his life on the line for the rest of the Shinobi world. Shikamaru, his other classmates, and the rest of the Allied Forces all travel over to help out the two jinchuuriki. As the whole of the Allied forces arrive to aid Naruto and Bee, Shikamaru's father Shikaku lays out a plan to trap and immobilize the newly summoned Ten Tails. The shinobi follow the plan to the letter, trapping the Ten Tails in the ground, but only for a short time. The Ten Tails was actually only gathering its power and evolving, and it soon broke out of the tap and began attacking the ninja. Aware now of the damage the Shinobi HQ could so, Tobi and the now revived Madara Uchiha began attacking far away cities and the shinobi HQ. Knowing his time was coming to and end, Shikamaru's father relayed the next plan to him before the blast hit, letting him know that he is now the chief strategist for the Allied forces.
With his father's last plan, Shikamaru orders Naruto to distribute some of his chakra to each member of the Allied Forces. Once empowered by Naruto's version-1 chakra-like cloaks, the remaining Allied Forces enact Shikaku's last plan: a large-scale Formation Ino–Shika–Chō. Shikamaru and other members of the Nara clan use their Shadow Possession Jutsu to hold the Ten-Tails' in place while the rest of the Alliance attacks. The attack succeeds in removing the Ten-Tails from Obito and Madara's control but as a consequence, the Ten-Tails' attacks become more devastating, lashing out without any control or remorse. When the Ten-Tails prepares to destroy the Allies with one of its Tailed Beast Balls, Shikamaru has Ino use the Mid Transfer jutsu to connect him with Kitsuchi so that the Rock ninja could teach him a simple protective wall jutsu. With this knowledge, he then has Ino connect him to the rest of the shinobi so that he can teach them this same jutsu in an attempt to deflect the Tailed Beast Ball. Even though the shinobi use the jutsu and erect multiple rock walls, it's still not enough to completely stop the Tailed Beast Ball as it heads towards them. However, due to Shikamaru's quick thinking, the thousands of rock walls were able to slow the Tailed Beast Ball down slow enough so that the reincarnated Fourth Hokage could teleport the attack harmlessly away into the nearby ocean.
Along with the other three reincarnated Hokage, Sasuke Uchiha appears on the battlefield as well, telling Naruto and his other classmates that he intends to fight with Konoha and defend it. Wary of the Uchiha for what he's done in the past, Shikamaru reluctantly agrees to his help along with the rest of the Konoha 11. As this is going on, the four Hokage erect a barrier around the Ten Tails to prevent it from escaping and the Ten Tails creates thousand of smaller versions of itself to fight off the ninja. Together again for the first time in years, Shikamaru and his classmates team up to engage the Ten Tails minions after being allowed in he barrier by the Kage. Opting to go with their Human Yo-Yo, Formation E, Shikamaru took control of an enlarged Choji and swung him around with his Shadow, hitting and taking out targets that Ino sensed with her technique. As the Ten Tails minions grew too big for the ninja to advance any further, Team 7 summoned their animal companions to help out, Sakura's healing, while Naruto and Sasuke's took the fight to the Ten Tails' main body. As they neared, Shikamaru, along with the rest of the Rookie Nine, encouraged the two of them to stay strong as their attacks hit the main body.
At the same time, Kakashi had been fighting Tobi, now revealed as Obito Uchiha, in the Kamui realm, and both had injured each other through the chest. Obito took the worst injury, however, and as he teleported back, Madara took control of him and attempted to bring himself back to life through one of the Six Paths of Pein jutsus. Before that could happen, however, Minato strikes down Obito, preventing him from bringing Madara back and managing to keep him an Edo Tensei. As Obito's life was fading, however, he took control of the Ten Tails and became its jinchuuriki.
Shikamaru has an IQ of over 200, beyond that of a genius. Despite being a Jounin, Asuma has never beat him in shogi. During his fight with a Sand ninja, he realized that it was impossible to defeat her although he had thought of over 100 of strategies. Shikamaru is a good planner and is able to devise brilliant strategies to defeat his enemies, becoming the Seventh Hokage's aid later in his life.
Shikamaru is calm and collected and lazy at times. He is very easy-going and can really get on Naruto's nerves. In the chunun exam in the last part he won against Temari, but he ended up quitting. Naruto was so furious because he did not understand. Shikamaru says how was so tired and he does not have a lot of chakra left. But, there are times when Shikamaru isn't lazy. When they went to rescue Sasuke. Shikamaru says:
"I know I seem lazy at times, but not today because now I'm responsible for all your lives. I really did not like Sasuke but, he is part of our village and I have to protect him thats our leaf way"
Everyone is surprised of how he was not being lazy. Shikamaru can be annoying and lazy but his a great leader. For that he became a Chunin, before Shipudden. Shikamaru is nice sometimes too, he's great to he's beat friend Choji they been best friends for years. Shikamaru is a great ninja.
- "Shadow Possession" where he extends his shadow to connect to his opponent's shadow. By doing this, he can force their bodies to mirror his movements.
- "Shadow Strangle" where after using his Shadow Possession, he can cause a hand-shaped shadow to reach up the opponent's body and choke them to death. The nearer the user is to his opponent,the stronger the grip. However, those with great strength like Tayuya are able to resist and force the shadow hand off.
- "Shadow Stitching" where he extends tendrils from his shadow that can bind or stab his opponents. He can also use these to snare items and throw them at his opponents.
He'd gain Asuma's special trench-knives which take on their user's attributes, allowing him to immobilize his opponents by stabbing their shadows.
There are limits to his techniques, however. The range is limited and lasts only 5 minutes, and those with enough chakra or enough strength can resist it. He also cannot use his techniques if it's too dark because he requires shadows.