To further emphasise his personality, Shikamaru is regularly seen with a lazy or irritated expression. He has shoulder length black hair tied in a spiky ponytail and narrow brown eyes. He wears a simple pair stud earrings. Among the members of Konoha 11, he is the only one to sport an attire more mirroring the standard Konohagakure's one: he has a flak jacket, along with a black long sleeved shirt paired with matching pants and sandals, and green lined mesh armour on his wrists and ankles. The metal part of his forehead protector is worn around his left arm, seemingly sewn onto the shirt itself.
In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Shikamaru's ponytail is further out and much more spiky. He dons a more simple chest-guard with only one pocket on the left side of it. The chest-guard is a forest green with clipped-on shoulder pads and high collar. He also wears taller sandals reaching more past his calves.
Shikamaru appears along with his fellow teammates to mistakenly welcome Sasuke back into the village. Later, Sasuke tries to observe his actions by trying to discover how he has a high IQ, leaving Shikamaru to wonder what he was doing. Afterwards, Shikamaru joins his teammates in a game of kick the can with Sasuke being "it". Shikamaru devises a plan by having everyone charge in at once. However, the group fails to capture the can due to Sasuke using his Sharingan to gain the advantage, however, Naruto completely transforms into the Nine-Tails and kicks not only the can away but Sasuke and destroys half of the village.