The middle child of The Sand Siblings, Kankuro is fiercely protective of Gaara.
Kankuro is a puppeteer and uses these as deadly extensions of his being.
Kankuro (カンクロウ, Kankurō?) is the second oldest of the three siblings. For the first half of the series, he is frequently at odds with Gaara, though he tends to hold his tongue for fear of being killed. In Part II, once Gaara begins to reveal his dreams and motivations to Kankuro, Kankuro becomes very protective of Gaara; he lashes out at anyone who speaks poorly of Gaara and when Gaara is kidnapped, he readily risks his life to save him. Kankuro is a talented puppeteer, and has thus far been shown to have three puppets in his arsenal: Karasu (烏?, lit. Crow), Kuroari (黒蟻?, lit. Black Ant), and Sanshōuo (山椒魚?, lit. Salamander). Crow is used for offensive purposes, Black Ant traps opponents in its body to make them easier targets, and Salamander protects Kankuro and his allies from enemy attacks. The puppets are all destroyed by their original creator, Sasori, in Part II. Kankuro is later seen using Sasori’s body as his new puppet
He is frequently up late in his workshop/bedroom working out the finer details on new, experimental puppets, but still favorites Crow.
Although fearless is other respects, he is still somewhat uncomfortable of the “kinder, gentler” Gaara, and still falls back on automatic attempts to appease him. He’s taken a firmer stance in his relationship with Kaji, and wishes them to be wed…if he can work up the nerve to talk to Gaara about it.