Chunin Exams Edit
Gaara and Lee met during the Chuunin Exams, and later they fight in the preliminaries. During their fight, Lee used the Reverse Lotus (Ura Renge) in attempt to win the battle, but Gaara survived by turning his gourd to sand to cushion him. However, Lee's technique took a massive toll on his body. Gaara who lost his temper a bit during the battle, added to Lee's injury by crushing his left arm and leg. Due to those injuries the medics predicted that he would never be able to be shinobi again. Thanks to Tsunade he was able to recover and survive an 50% chance surgery.
Sasuke Recovery Mission EditDuring Sasuke Retrieval arc, Lee fought Kimimaro and nearly got killed, wasn't for Gaara's intervention. Gaara told Lee that he was faster and stronger the last time they fought, and Lee replied that thanks to Gaara he went through a lot trouble although he didn't held a grudge against him. Lee still wanted to fight but Gaara stopped him telling Lee that he was still in no condition to fight. During his fight against Kimimaro, Gaara used his sand to protect Lee too.
Kazakage Rescue Mission Edit
There's not much interaction between Lee and Gaara in part II. During the Kazekage's Rescue arc, Lee, together with the rest of Team Gai, joined Team Kakashi in the mission to save the Kazekage Gaara that was kidnapped by the organization Akatsuki.
Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki Edit
When Guy opens the Gate of Death and Kakashi explains that the move will kill Guy, Gaara recalls the time when Guy saved Lee from him during the chuunin exams. Gaara shows concern for Lee, since his beloved teacher was going to die, but Lee assured Gaara that he couldn't show pity for Guy because this was his teacher's choice and he was going to support it.
- Gaara saved Lee from Kimimaro's attack, and when he saw Lee's injuries he remembered how he attacked Lee during the semi-finals of the chuunin exams, and immediately decided to fight Kimimaro in Lee's place. That can be a sign that Gaara felt guilty for what he did to Lee in the past;
- Lee also revealed that he didn't hold a grudge against Gaara. He seems to hold a lot of respect for Gaara's abilities, which he mentioned several times during their fight against Kimimaro.
- During their fight against Kimimaro, Gaara showed concern for Lee, using his sand to protect him from Kimimaro's attack. In Shippuden episode 260, Gaara is seen supporting Lee as they walk back to the village after the fight.
- While Gaara visits Konoha thinking what to give Naruto and Hinata for their wedding, Rock Lee helps him seeming very supportive on ideas with Kankuro and TenTen for the meantime.
Among the FansEdit
GaaLee is one of the more popular yaoi pairings involving Gaara, and the seemingly the most popular yaoi pairing involving Lee. Reasons for this may have something to do with their opposing personalities, the fact that both had friend-less, lonely childhoods, and how their friendship developed during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc and the fillers. Their rival couples are GaaNaru, LeeTen, LeeSaku, and GaaMatsu.