Tayuya is a foul-mouthed ninja of the Hidden Sound Village and a member of the Sound Four.
Tayuya is a kunoichi from the Hidden Sound Village, bodyguard of Orochimaru and member of the Sound Four together with Sakon, Kidomaru and Jirobo. In the past she worked together with Kimimaro in a group called the Sound Five, which later became the current Sound Four after Kimimaro contracted a rare disease.
Tayuya first appeared in Naruto Volume 13, CH. 115 "The Chunin Exam, Concluded...!!!", and her first anime appearance was in Naruto - Episode 68 "Zero Hour! The Destruction of the Hidden Leaf Village Begins!". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Akeno Watanabe and her english voice actress is Kari Wahlgren.
Tayuya was overbearing and foul-mouthed towards most people, especially Jirōbō, calling him "fatty" and Sakon calling him "birdbrain", as he criticised her over it. She didn't think much of Shikamaru Nara as a leader, but as a weak, useless rat, who ran away when she used her Doki to attack him. Like several of the Sound Four, Tayuya had her own perception of morality as she criticised Shikamaru for sacrificing members of his team to bring back one person who left with them voluntarily. Orochimaru commented that Tayuya has a "doesn't-want-to-lose" mentality that can slow down the team. Like the rest of the Sound Five, Tayuya constantly referred her enemies as "trash".
During this arc, Tayuya and her comrades created an energy barrier to prevent anyone from interrupting the battle between her master Orochimaru and the third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi. When the battle concluded, Tayuya helped Orochimaru to escape from the Hidden Leaf Village.
When the Sasuke Retrieval Team caught up with the Sound Four after having left Neji and Chōji behind to deal with Kidōmaru and Jirōbō, the team managed to catch up with Tayuya and took the barrel Sasuke was being carried in. While trying to take it back Sakon and Ukon were separated from her, leaving her to retrieve it. While attempting to, Tayuya was confronted by Kimimaro, her former leader, who threatened to kill her if she didn't deal with some of the Konoha ninja resulting in her fighting Shikamaru Nara.
Tayuya summoned her three demons, which she controlled with her flute and easily gained the upper hand against Shikamaru, while at the same time activating stage one of her cursed seal. Being unable to read her music, Shikamaru had to fall back and build a strategy. When he finished, he had nine moves. As he used them, Tayuya used her Doki to block them, while Shikamaru observed her finger positions and how her Doki reacted to them. He eventually took control of the three with his shadow, telling her how he found shōgi fun because he can take over his opponent's pieces. Shikamaru then attacked with the three demons prompting Tayuya to return them. Tayuya, activating the second stage of her cursed seal, resisted Shikamaru's shadow. He then activated his Shadow–Neck Binding Technique attempting to choke her and failing.
Picking up the kunai that had missed her she tried to slit his throat but was suddenly punched in the gut and caught by his shadow again, and sees that he broke his finger in order to break the genjutsu revealing that he only pretended to fall prey to her genjutsu. Shikamaru then explained about his plan and how he missed with that kunai on purpose to get her to come closer while he then prepared his Shadow–Neck Binding Technique. When she started relying on brute strength after going into Level 2 of her cursed seal, Tayuya was eventually able to overcome him again after the shadow had shifted back and forth and was almost able to kill Shikamaru.
Temari, however, arrived at the last second, and blew her away with a strong gust of wind. She then tried to use her genjutsu, but Temari blew it away and damaged her flute. She then went into hiding. Shikamaru and Temari then discussed their situation. After Shikamaru suggested they retreat, Temari disregarded him and used her Summoning: Quick Beheading Dance to destroy the forest. When the attack reached the tree Tayuya was hiding behind, it sliced it up, slashing her several times, causing her to scream in pain. Several sliced tree trunk parts then fell on Tayuya's body, crushing her lower half and killing her. Her body then reverted to its original form and she lay dead on the forest floor.
Having used the DNA of the Sound Five in his experiments during his quest to find himself, Kabuto Yakushi gained access to Sakon and Ukon's kekkei genkai which allowed him to access the DNA of the other Sound Five members within his body by creating constructs of them which appeared from the base of his navel-snake. By using Kimimaro's Shikotsumyaku, he could create a bone flute and employ Tayuya's sound-based genjutsu.
Tayuya was very intelligent, and could think of excellent strategies, though not quite parallel with those of Shikamaru. According to him, she would probably be very good in shōgi. She claimed to be the second strongest member of the Sound Four, subsequent only to Sakon.
When in Level 2 Cursed Seal form, her hair grew longer, remaining pink, her skin became a dark shade of brown, and she grew several horns. She also gained immense stamina and endurance, which allowed her to surpass even Shikamaru's various shadow techniques.
Tayuya was the only member of the Sound Four to use sound as her primary fighting style, in the form of her Demonic Flute. She was shown to have immense skill using it. In a fight with Shikamaru she was able to dodge attacks and play her flute simultaneously. Her flute, having been her only weapon, allowed her not carry kunai. This made her vulnerable to close-range combat. Nevertheless, Tayuya still used her flute for a variety of purposes; such as controlling her Doki and performing genjutsu Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains.