Chūnin Exam Arc
Neji and Tenten were placed in the same team along with Lee. During the Chunin Exams, Neji specifically told his team to find some information on the scrolls, and then come back to their designated spot. Later, both Neji and Tenten return, but Lee does not appear. Because of Lee's lateness, Neji and Tenten begin to sleep on a tree.
During the Preliminary Exams when Tenten and Temari are chosen to battle, Neji notes that it will be a an interesting fight, meaning he knows Tenten is a strong opponent.
When Tenten is defeated, Neji says she fought well, despite the fact that the fight had finished rather quickly.
Konoha Crush ArcDuring the fight against Neji and Naruto , she is shown to have full faith that Neji will win. She says there is no way Naruto could win aganist Neji and his techniques.
Kazekage Rescue Mission Arc
Similar to their relationship in Part I, Tenten still shows a great admiration for Neji. They, along with Lee, come to aid Team Kakashi in their mission to save Gaara from the Akatsuki.The two still work well as a team.
During their fight with Kisame, the three members was captured by Kisame's Water Prison. Neji notices that Tenten is at her limit and he is concerned. When Neji broke out of his own sphere, he quickly rushed over to Tenten and helped her.
Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Arc
After Neji's death in the manga, Tenten watches Guy's hot-blooded actions. Thinking to herself that no good will come from being with her remaining teammates, Tenten asks Neji why he left her alone.
In the anime, Tenten is shown to be more emotional by shedding a tear and thinking why Neji left her. She sheds a tear before saying she was never going to forgive him.
When caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Tenten dreams of more mature versions of Lee and Guy as well as Neji being alive.
- They both have confidence in the other's abilities.
- Neji and TenTen are constantly shown together throughout the series.
- They both trust each other.
- Although Tenten didn't react to Neji's death right away in the anime, she did later on ask Neji why he had left her. She sheds a tear, saying she would never forgive him.
Among the Fans
NejiTen is a relatively popular couple in the fandom. It is one of the most popular pairings involving Neji and the most popular pairing involving Tenten. It's likely supported due to their strong friendship. Despite Tenten's lack of reaction towards Neji's death, the fandom is still standing strong to this day. It's a rival pairing to NejiHina and LeeTen.
- Neji and Tenten have the same theme song in Part I of the anime, but Neji's theme song is more upbeat, whereas Tenten's theme song has a slower beat.