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Garu is a 12 year old boy (Turns 13 in the episode "The Cursed Tie") . He is deuteragonist in the Pucca series. He is a skilled, shy, and quite serious-natured ninja who is the best friend of the arrogant Abyo and the titular character's unrequited love interest.
He is the only person that seems to realize that he is not actually Pucca's boyfriend, while everybody else thinks that Garu returns the same feelings that Pucca has displayed for him. To Pucca's frustration, he rarely returns any form of affection and always tries to escape Pucca's attempts to kiss him. It is possible that Garu secretly does like Pucca back, since he frequently spends time with her. At the end of the episode He Loves Me Not, he gives Pucca a bouquet of flowers, though he may have done so out of fear rather than affection. It is possible that the reason Garu does not admit his love back is because he thinks people will laugh at him and he will bring dishonor to his ancestors. Garu can sometimes be mean, callous and even a bit selfish to other characters including his close friends and Pucca, though he usually makes it up to them whenever he has gone too far. His inert tendency to be selfish was highlighted in the television episode Romancing the Clone, where Garu's clone broke Pucca's heart in the blink of an eye. Details about Garu's family is unknown except for Tobe occasionally referencing his ancestors. Despite trying to avoid Pucca's advances toward him, Garu's feelings toward her are shown to be strongly platonic. Interestingly enough, one can come to separate conclusions about Garu's true feelings, depending on which series one chooses to follow. In the original Flash cartoons, it was suggested that Pucca and Garu were a couple, and he occasionally gave her boxes of chocolate and other amourous gifts. In one episode, he melted down his beloved sword to make a little ring for her, and in another, he left a rose on her windowsill. The TV series, on the other hand, has shown that he does care about her as a friend. In the episode, And The Band Played Rong, Tobe called Pucca Garu's 'stupid girlfriend' causing Garu to become extremely irate. Garu's feelings, however, have never been strongly implied in more than a platonic fashion. Most residents of Sooga assume they are dating, much to Garu's chagrin and Pucca's delight. He has openly admired her combat skills more than once, but is almost immediately driven off by her lovey-dovey forcefulness. To date, he has only shown romantic affection with Pucca in the episode Full Moon Pucca, while he was under the moon's influence. In the episode Garu Down Under, Garu DID show care for Pucca. When the Australian who wanted Garu as his "Son". After Abyo gotten hit with the boomerang and landed on Pucca and Garu's ride, Pucca fell off the ride, Garu caught her hand just in time so she wouldn't fall off. In addition, in the episode "House of Doom", Garu was the one to save Pucca from the waving cat trap in his basement. And in the end of "Puccapatra", when Pucca kisses him, he does not try to run away. He takes the kiss but grunts angrily and waves his arms. Garu is capable of superhuman athletics and endurance (i.e. such as running around the entire world without tiring), although Pucca still manages to get the best of him. Much like Pucca, he does not talk at all in the TV series, continuing to only use the grunting sounds from the Flash cartoons. It's briefly mentioned in the TV series that he's taken a vow of silence. It is interesting to note in the episode Romancing the Clone, Garu's clone speaks throughout the entire episode in an obnoxious manner due to the effects of a dishonor potion made by Jumong who gave it to Tobe to spray Garu with it. In the episode Rootin' Tootin' Ninjas, when he accidentally rolls down a mountain with Abyo, who lands ungracefully upon him, a muffled "get off me," can be heard. This is the only time where Garu is heard saying a complete sentence. In the episode Trial by Fury, The Judge (Master Soo) says, "Sheesh, I thought the guy would never shut up," after Garu takes the stand during the trial, although this was done in a more light-hearted fashion than anything. In Secret Santa Garu at one point in the episode was about to read aloud to Tobe (disguised as Santaat the time) his list of things he wanted for Christmas, but Tobe cut him off as he triggered the trap he set for Garu. In Hooray for Bollywood, he and Pucca both sing, although it's heavily implied that they were lip-synching. He also cries and screams in pain from breaking his leg in A Leg Up. In Tobe's Nighttime Troubles, which technically may not count as him talking, a cuckoo clock at one point opens to reveal a small wooden figure of him calling "cuckoo." Garu has been shown to almost immediately accept a quest if told it will bring him "great honor." The reason for this, although never revealed in the TV series, most likely stems from one of Garu's ancestors bringing dishonor upon his family (as was revealed in the original Flash cartoons). Several female characters have either been in love or infautated with him, including Pucca, a Swiss girl named Heidi, The Queen of the Giant Termites (who appeared in the episode "Chop Chewie"), and a female rabbit who lived inside Santa's magic hat (who appeared in the episode "Abra Ca Pucca"), which would suggest that he is rather attractive, and has thus earned the nickname "handsome." Even the show's English theme song states he is "a pretty boy." Unlike Pucca, Abyo, and Ching, Garu lives independently, living in a small house just outside Sooga Village with his pet cat, Mio. Garu's house has been revealed in House of Doom to carry booby traps and other mechanical objects with the traps and objects that are either activated automatically when certain items in the house are removed or touched in any way.
Garu, like many ninjas, dresses in black. On his ninja jumpsuit is a large red heart. He keeps his hair up in his iconic pigtails because his hair is quite long, as seen in the episode Fab Abyo. Garu is often referred to as a 'pretty boy' or 'handsome' and has attracted several females over the course of the show. He also has a smart and loyal cat named Mio.(Mio fell in love with another cat).
Garu is an excellent ninja. He has displayed advanced swordsmanship and an incredibly grasp on ninjutsu. He has inhuman endurance (i.e running around the world without tiring) and can perform super athletic feats without batting an eyelid. He has earned himself the "Fire Wasp Ninja" status with his combat skill level. Garu possesses an ability called the "Garusion Illusion," which allows him to create multiple clones of himself that give him the edge in a seemingly uneven fight. He has also demonstrated his exstensive ability to play the erhu, which quickly lulls people to sleep. Some of Garu's techniques are based on master Hiel Kikyu's skills.
Pucca: Garu is Pucca's unwilling love interest who shows a firm dislike of her constant affections. He is shown to respect her as a friend, but has also shown a strong dislike at being referred to as her boyfriend. He has cheered her up by feigning affection for her on more than one occasion. He is shown to be his happiest when Pucca is not bothering him, implying that Garu is well-aware of her crush and does not return her feelings.
Abyo: Garu's best friend who more often than not irriates Garu, he is always sparring with the ninja whenever he is given the opportunity. Although Garu is his superior in fighting, Abyo is constantly challenging him. They both agree on disliking the clinginess of Ching and Pucca respectively, and would much rather spar than pursue any sort of romance.
Ching: Garu's good friend. He respects her sword abilities and gets along with her quite well. She does, however, often support Pucca's pursuits of him, much to his chagrin.
Tobe: Garu's eternal rival whose schemes to eradicate Garu once and for all mostly fail even without Pucca's intervension. Garu spars with Tobe much more intensely than with other people, indicating that Garu considers Tobe to be a much more serious opponent. It is interesting to note that they got along insanely well when they were stuck together in Stuck on Goo, having empathy for each other's hardships and implying that their fundamental personalities click quite well.
Ring Ring: Garu is shown to greatly fear her, and will challenge her on something almost to immediately back down on it. He seems to find her tolerable, such as when he happily rescued her in Four Alarm Fire, but will not shrink back from opposing her when she is being evil, such as in He Loves Me Not.