Art of Chōji.
|First appearance||Naruto - Chapter 34: Intruders?!|
|MG appearance(s)||Super Smash Flash 2|
|Created by||Masashi Kishimoto|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Kentarō Itō |
Yūmi Kawashima (as a child)
|Voiced by (English)||Robbie Rist|
Chōji Akimichi (秋道チョウジ) is one of the main supporting characters of the series. He is a chūnin-level shinobi of Konohagakure's Akimichi clan and a member of Team Asuma. Along with his teammates; Shikamaru Nara and Ino Yamanaka, Chōji is also a member of the new generation of Ino-Shika-Chō, just like their fathers were before them.
Chōji was born into the Akimichi clan, and is slated to become the Sixteenth Head of the Akimichi (秋道16代目当主) after his father, Chōza. During Chōji's time at the Academy, he was often caught eating in class otherwise getting into trouble along with fellow deviants Shikamaru, Kiba Inuzuka, and Naruto Uzumaki. Together, these four would cut class or otherwise be testing the patience of Iruka Umino, their Academy teacher.
Chōji is a very kind, polite, and caring person. These characteristics are said to be his greatest strength by both his father Chōza and his former teacher Asuma Sarutobi while his greatest weakness was his lack of self-confidence. He is easily motivated by the prospect of food, and becomes highly agitated when somebody calls him "fat" (he refers to himself as "big-boned", "chubby"). Asuma would say that he is just "pleasantly plump". However, he does not hide his love for food and his near constant hunger is also an annoyance to his teammates, as eating often comes before other necessities such as stealth and teamwork.
Food can also make him over-react about silly things, such as who gets the last chip, or when Akamaru tried to take his chips, and he refuses to let anyone else eat the last chip in the bag, even in battle-situation. Chōji also tends to eat a lot when he is angry. Since Part II of the series, however, his eating habits are more controlled and no longer interfere with his duties as a shinobi.
In Super Smash Flash 2
He makes a minor cameo in Super Smash Flash 2, eating in Ichiraku Ramen on the starter stage Hidden Leaf Village. He apppears alongside many other background characters; Rock Lee, Gaara, Shikamaru Nara, Hinata Hyūga and Itachi Uchiha.