What exactly is Gaara of the Desert? Is it a type of sand? Or is it an Ogre that eats unsuspecting travelers? You're going to be amazed. Because Gaara of the Desert is a character in the Japanese Anime and Manga “Naruto.”
Gaara of the Desert has an interesting name and is associated with many Japanese names and concepts that have to do with his character. A Japanese letter is written on Gaara's head. It means love, and is the second character in his name. The first Kanji character in his name means self, and the last means carnage. Therefore his name can mean carnage loving self, or boy loves to kill.
The name fits well with the character because Gaara of the Desert is a killer. Gaara killed a man just for passing him on the road when he was six, thus his father became very worried. His father sent assassins to kill Gaara, but instead Gaara killed them. Gaara even killed some ninjas his father sent against them.
Gaara of the Desert is around 12 when Naruto first starts. Gaara's father had intended him to become a death machine. His father placed a demon inside the boy, which is what gives him his hyper violent nature and the powers he has to kill. Because of this demon, Gaara can never sleep because if he does the demon will take control.
Gaara of the Desert was originally designed as a foil, or antagonist, for the main hero Naruto. They shared similar origins. But the choices they make in life were not the same. Simply put Naruto used his powers for good while Gaara used his for evil. The two fight throughout the series. Naruto destroys Gaara by taking out the demon. But later Naruto brings Gaara back to life.
Every hero needs a villain to bring out the best in him. Gaara of the Desert has filled this role throughout the Naruto narrative. He is very well liked by fans of the series, and his battles with Naruto are considered the high points of both the Manga and the Anime.
The bottom line is don't cross Gaara of the desert.