Shikaku Nara is a jonin of the Hidden Leaf Village. He is Shikamaru's father and married to Yoshino Nara.
Shikaku Nara is a Jonin from Konohagakure and is likely the leader of the Nara clan. He is the husband of Yoshino Nara and the father of Shikamaru Nara. The name Shika means deer, a very fitting name considering the Nara clan raise and care for deer, using their antlers to create a medicine that help cure the effects of the Akimichi clan's three colored pills. The name Shikaku actually means assassin. His son's appearance greatly resembles himself except Shikaku possesses more mature facial features and scars over his face from numerous battles. His appearances are limited in the anime or the manga but when he does make an appearance he is shown to be giving wise advice to his son, particularly during difficult times such as the death of Asuma.
Just like his son Shikaku was part of the original, Ino-Shika-Cho trio, along with Choza Akimichi and Inoichi Yamanaka. Shikaku says that a woman will always be tender to the man she loves but has not convinced his son. Shikamaru interprets his father's beliefs of women are a result of his mother having his father whipped. The jonin commander of the Nara Clan believes his son has much greater potential than he gives himself credit. His confidence in his son results in many shogi matches with him to further develop his intellect and strategic thinking. Like his son, Shikaku Nara is a rather lazy and carefree person, using Shikamaru’s own catchphrases at times. Although he is also shown to be a bit of an alcoholic he has a strong sense of responsibility and loyalty to his friends and team. He is caring and ready to jump into battle when needed.
The first time Shikaku is seen is during the Chunin exam, where he is with Choza and Inoichi, talking about how troublesome it would be to have a daughter. Shikaku is shown to be getting drunk and trying to convince his son to enjoy the festival, but all Shikamaru wants to do is drag his father home. He is also present during the invasion of Konoha, choking three sand shinobi with a shadow neck bind technique. Shikaku was also there to help his son get through his failed attempt to return Sasuke, helping Shikamaru realize the mission wasn't a complete failure because no one on his team died under his leadership. He makes another appearance after Shikamaru defeats Hidan, the two play a game of shogi where Shikaku defeats his son. Shikaku has also made a brief appearance during Pain’s invasion.
Naruto: Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival! (OVA)
Naruto: Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival! is an OVA that was aired with the first Naruto Movie.