Killer Bee is a character from the Naruto anime and manga.
Host of the Eight-Tails and brother of the Raikage. A dark-skinned, light-haired muscular man with a penchant for rapping.
Sasuke's Team Hawk, sent to capture his Tailed Beast, engaged him in battle, but he easily kicks their asses and artistically pincushions Sasuke. He then transformed into his full Ox form, but Sasuke subdued it with Amaterasu — or so it seemed. Turns out Bee pulled a fast one on him and escaped unharmed. He then goes off to take a vacation. When the Raikage (his brother) learned of his disappearance, he summoned the other Kage to a summit in order to discuss how to deal with the Akatsuki. They eventually reunite, and Bee was sent to an island turtle with Naruto in order to teach him how to draw more power from the Nine-Tails (and also to secretly keep them safe from Kabuto and Tobi, who want to capture their Tailed Beasts.) They soon learn of the Shinobi World War and manage to escape from the island and join the fight.
Bee's skills were a great asset during the war: managing to fend off the combined might of a resurrected Itachi and Nagato, aiding Naruto in fighting the controlled jinchūriki and fighting the terror of the Ten-Tails. Later B becomes the only jinchūriki besides Naruto and Kushina to survive the direct extraction of a tailed beast but later gains Gyūki back when the tailed beast finds that he misses B's company.
Two years later, Bee aids the rest of the shinobi around the world in fending off gigantic meteors, even operating the Lighting Village's giant laser gun. It is due to Bee's hesitation in vaporizing the moon that Naruto and company survive long enough to write "Mission Accomplished", thus inadvertently saving their lives. He later attends Naruto's wedding.
Years later, an older Bee notes how boring it is to be by himself in his village and wishes to see Naruto.
In the AWA fics, Killer Bee is a student at the AWA Academy.
Killer B has dark skin and a muscular build, as well as white hair (blond in the anime) and a goatee. On his right shoulder, he has a tattoo of the kanji for "iron", which is the Iron Armour Seal that was used to seal Gyūki into him, and on his left cheek, he has a tattoo of a bull's horn (correspondingly, Gyūki has horns like a bull, and the left one is partially missing). His top lip also has a slightly darker hue than his bottom one.
Killer B wears oval shaped sunglasses and a white-coloured forehead protector. He also has his village's standard one-strap-over-one-shoulder flak jacket, and a long, red rope belt tied around his waist, the standard Kumo hand and shin guards, shinobi sandals, and a white scarf around his neck. He originally carried seven swords on his back, but now he only carries two swords on his back and stores the rest inside Samehada.
As a child, B's hair was much shaggier and he wore a simple suit along with his trademark sunglasses and scarf along with Kumo-nin shin-guards. In his adolescent years, his hair grew much longer and he wore it in a stylised, combed-back manner. In these years he donned the standard uniform of the Kumo-nin inclusive of shirt and started carrying two Supervibrato Lightning Release Swords. As he got older, he started wearing his forehead protector like a bandanna.
Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, B's attire consisted of an long, dark, sleeveless vest that left his abdomen exposed along with baggy white pants held up by a cord and standard shinobi sandals. His hair had also gotten noticeably longer and his brow becomes hairless but more prominent.
Killer B is very proud of his own power and also very proud of who he is. Like Naruto Uzumaki, who has great overconfidence at times, Killer B can be quite cocky and stubborn, especially in terms of his own strength, demanding respect from others and asks to be called "Lord Jinchūriki" and his tailed beast be called "Lord Eight-Tails". B has a special way of expressing his pride through song, more specifically in rap-style and tends to use "Bakayarō! Konoyarō!" when referring or speaking to others. He will even write his rhymes in the middle of a fight, or during an important meeting, even if they are no good, which is usually the case. He gets his rapping ideas from his opponents in battle. This sometimes causes the people around him to become greatly annoyed by him. B thinks very highly of his rapping skills and doesn't respect anyone who would make fun of rap or his lyrics.
The Raikage has noted that Killer B is not the type of person to work with the strategies created by people and that he would only bring chaos into a battlefield; in his youth he was already seen completing missions, that were supposed to be assigned for both him and his brother, without A's knowledge. The Raikage also notes that he is the only being that B will listen to, as he is able to keep him in check. Despite all this, B knows talent when he sees it, and respects those with it. The primary example is his fellow Kumo jinchūriki, Yugito Nii, who he looked up to for her extreme skills. He had also praised Sasuke Uchiha after their fight, stating he was one of the strongest shinobi he had ever fought. B has a very close relationship with his older brother, the Raikage. According to Motoi, the reason behind him becoming a jinchūriki was for the sake of his brother, even if it meant being shunned by the villagers. He didn't complain, and was always cheerful and determined.
Due to the fact that he was confined to the village very soon after his brother assumed office and made the village's guardian, B desperately wished for a vacation and was even ready to fake his capture for one. When the Fourth Raikage, Darui and C learned that B was not captured by Akatsuki, they immediately guessed his intentions and were not surprised by it, though they were very displeased. This lead to him receiving his brother's "Iron Claw" as punishment. B also tends to fist bump with others. This ties into his rapper personality and also serves as a means of communication of sorts, with others without the need to speak.
However, when someone close to him is in danger, Killer B has no qualms about putting himself at risk to save them, if necessary, as seen when he prioritised the safety of his singing master Sabu and his pet, Ponta over confronting Kisame Hoshigaki head-on when the Akatsuki confronted his entourage. This caring nature differentiates him from a typical jinchūriki, most of whom are cynical and uncaring towards others due to their circumstances. However, it was hinted that his past as a jinchūriki may not have been unlike Naruto's, since Motoi claimed that being a fellow jinchūriki, B understands what Naruto went through. He has a casual relationship with Gyūki, frequently engaging in friendly conversation with it, even sitting upon its nose when not in combat. He was also completely unaffected by Naruto's Harem Technique, resisting lustful advances and even appearing indifferent. However, he is not completely unaffected by such things, as he noticed Tsunade's chest, which his brother reprimanded him for and he later stared at Yugito's own chest when it was shown during his fight with Tobi's Six Paths. This is later explained as having a preference toward older women, at one point confessing it during the fight against Tobi, much to his tailed beast's surprise and chagrin.
From the time of his debut to the Fourth Shinobi World War, Killer B is shown to have matured a great deal. A as well as Darui and C believed having Killer B on the battlefield would be chaotic both from the battlefield and from chaos he himself would create. However, this would end up to be proven wrong as he was a good mentor and role model to Naruto, matured a great deal too with his help, and together ended up helping the Allied Shinobi Forces.
B is also very kind and compassionate, having befriended all the giant animals on the Island Turtlewhich may indicate that he has a liking for animals, as well as never expressing any ill will towards Motoi who tried to take his life, nor against the villagers who used to shun him.
B is shown to have taken a liking to Naruto during their time together, even supporting his desire to join the war after getting past Iruka, based on what he learned about Naruto while training him and knowing that there would be no point trying to stop him if Iruka couldn't. B even wanted to visit Naruto in Konoha after the latter became Hokage even though Gyūki talked him out of it stating that Naruto had little free time on his hands, unlike B.
As the guardian of Kumo, Killer B is an extremely powerful shinobi, being able to single-handedly overwhelm the entire team Taka consisting of other dangerous fighters. As a child, he accomplished missions by himself that were meant to be executed as a team with his partner A, causing him to note that B has more talent than he did. Even Minato Namikaze stated that B was a ninja with a great power rather than simply a jinchūriki. Using Gyūki's power, B could hold his own against Kisame Hoshigaki of Akatsuki, and later two tailed beasts during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
Main Article: Jinchuriki Forms
B is a jinchūriki of Gyūki, and has achieved complete control of his tailed beast by training at the Falls of Truth, becoming a perfect jinchūriki. Because he has a strong relationship with Gyūki, it can aid B by disturbing his chakra to dispel genjutsu or granting B more of its own chakra, resembling a willing partnership more so than actual dominance. Despite being forbidden from transforming by his brother, he disregards this either when training or fighting strong opponents. While B can easily access and utilise Version 1 and 2 transformations, his most powerful form is the Tailed Beast Mode. In this state, he can fire Tailed Beast Balls and generate powerful tornadoes by spinning its tentacles rapidly. B can also regenerate any of Gyūki's tentacles if they are lost; this ability, however, does not extend to its horns, as one of them was cut off by A.
B can also partially transform parts of his body to resemble those of Gyūki's without a chakra cloak, such as his own arm or quickly forming all eight tentacles on his back. These partial transformations can be used for various offensive, defensive, or supplementary purposes. Stemming from Gyūki's 'octopus' trait, B can produce ink from his mouth to write lyrics as a makeshift pencil, blind his enemies, or form ink clones that can immobilise and seal his targets.
Despite having Gyūki extracted from him by the fully resurrected Madara Uchiha, B survived the process by using one of his partner's severed tentacles as a medium to sustain his life. Gyūki would later be resealed inside B after the Fourth Shinobi World War, undoing any problems.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
As a jinchūriki, Killer B possesses a massive quantity of strong chakra and stamina, enough to fight throughout an entire day, even while fully transformed. He could quickly recover and return to battle with no ill effects shortly after being hit by his own Tailed Beast Ball. His tantalising chakra even caused Samehada to betray its master Kisame to join B. Even the Shinju was attracted to B's reserves and chased him with far more roots and branches than other shinobi in the area.
B's fighting style consists of fast unpredictable movement, aptly named, Disturbance Taijutsu. Like his brother, B generally makes use of wrestling moves, instead of standard taijutsu, which is supplemented by his immense strength. He could successfully perform a Lightning Release: Double Lariat with A as a child, and defeat a giant bear in a sumō match as an adult. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, B's raw strength had surpassed his brother's, even in his fully-powered state. He is also durable enough to withstand being electrocuted by Sasuke, punched hard by Jūgo, and even hit by A with no visible damage. He has also shown great speed and reflexes, able to surprise the Yellow Flash when they fought.
B is quite knowledgeable in fūinjutsu, being able to distinguish between the superiority of the Four Symbols Seal and his own Iron Armour Seal as well as possessing a unique style of fūinjutsu.
While carrying only two swords in his youth, B has greatly developed his kenjutsu in adulthood. Combining kenjutsu with his unique fighting style, Disturbance Taijutsu, B can make use of another technique, Acrobat — a unique style in which B holds seven blades in between his left armpit, both elbows, right leg, stomach, the right side of his neck, and in his mouth. As strange as it appears, B is very skilled in this style, easily pressuring his enemies with unpredictable swings from various angles in a manner similar to hip-hop dance. When he finds an opening, he can quickly impale his opponent with several blades. His ability to impale his opponents is extremely pinpoint accurate, often hitting vital spots. Killer B mentioned Sasuke only survived being impaled by him because he used Chidori Current to deflect the blades that impaled him.
B's kenjutsu could overwhelm even the most trained swordsmen, some of whom possess the Sharingan. He can also use the blades as mid-range projectiles, create an "Eighth" sword by using Gyūki's chakra, and quickly slice rocks into various shapes. After acquiring Samehada as his main weapon, B has integrated it into his fighting style by using the sword's ability to 'cut' chakra. B can also coordinate attacks with Samehada, and use it to store some of his swords when not in use.
B is capable of using Lightning, Fire, Water, and Yang Release nature transformations. With lightning, he has displayed the ability to flow lightning-natured chakra through his blades to increase their cutting power. B's skill with Lightning Release can charge a sharp but weak pencil-point to pierce straight through a large tree trunk and even through the ground. As stated by Kisame, B does this by increasing the vibration frequency of his lightning chakra high enough to surpass the standard penetrative force of Wind Release techniques.
Despite his seemingly carefree nature, Killer B possesses sharp wit, as shown when he used the Body Replacement Technique to switch places with one of Gyūki's tentacle so he could escape Sasuke's Amaterasu. He can also be very persuasive and deceptive, as he quickly turned Naruto's attention away from leaving the Tailed Beast Temple by offering to train him. He also has the ability to interpret someone's "heart" as well as transmit his own feelings merely through touching someone (which is usually done through a fist bump). This ability was first demonstrated when he was training with Naruto in the Tailed Beast Temple, again when Iruka expressed his wishes to protect Naruto to him and when he stopped his brother from attacking Naruto.
- His name is a reference to the famed rap group, the Wu-Tang Clan, often referred to as the "Killer Bees".
- Bī is the Japanese pronunciation of the letter "B" (as well as the Japanese pronunciation of "Bee"). This parallels the names of other Kumogakure shinobi such as F and J for example.
- During a fierce battle with Taka, B quoted Muhammad Ali's famous line, "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".