I couldn't help but notice, out of the blue, that most of those labeled as genius's have dark brown/black hair, while those who have abnormal colors are labeled drop out's. This does not apply to feminine characters since Kishimoto spices them up whether they're good or not. Here are some/most cases: labeled characters: 12 (darker haired) / 21 (total labeled) Labeled Geniuses(Clearly labeled as geniuses) -Neji -Sasuke -Orochimaru -Itachi -Shikamaru -Saru -Kakashi -DeiDei (Manga chapter states) -Haku -Sasori -Gaara -Yondaime Saru, Shika, Itachi, Oro, Sasuke, Haku, Neji have dark brown/black hair (7/12 in favor of dark brown/black). Assumed Geniuses(Those who have shown amazing abilities/strength at young ages, but are never actually pointed out to be geniuses) -Kisame Kisame, blue/dark hair (1/1 in favor of colored)... Clearly Dropouts(Clearly labeled Dropouts) -Jiraiya -Naruto -Gai -Lee -Obito Jiraiya, Naruto have colored hair (3/5 in favor of dark brown/blackl). Possible Dropouts(Those who have discoloured hair, but have not been recognized as either) -Zetsu ... -Hidan (lacks shinobi skills, overuse of ritual) -AL .. Hidan is a one trick pony, with sloppy skills as shinobi, he happens to have colored hair. The other 2 we don't know anything about. Ok, the likelihood of Zetsu and the AL being dropouts is slim, but I'll keep them here until we actually know there not (3/3 color) Anomalies -Kakashi -Sasori -Gai -Lee -Dei -Obito -Yondi -Gaara Overall, it seems as though Kishimoto labels black haired nin geniuses, this doesn't mean that all black haired nin are geniuses. There are very few exceptions to this, as to the reasons why... is it cultural? Bias? Fav color? hmm.. Anyone else think their's something fishy going on as to why most geniuses have black (japanesesque hair) while dropouts tend to have colored hair? PS: If there are any I have forgot don't hesitate to post them down and I'll include them in this post. This thread is also not intended to be bias in anyway or to hate on Kishimoto, just analyzation... take it as it is. Edited: -Moved Dei to genius, thanks to mustang (even if he's a one-trick pony!). -Yondi out of drop out, guess my memory is shot -Gaara, Saru, Haku and Sasori added to stated genius -Lee moved down to drop out, since he is originalyl named one and arguably "genius of hardwork" isnt much of a title. -Dark brown/black hair is one category, the other is colored... why, because dark brown/black are very similar and the major hair colors of japanese, not racist!