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Top 10 Memorable Naruto Characters


Introduction to Naruto

Naruto is the story of a adolescent Ninja named Naruto. Due to being an outcast when he was a little kid, he vowed to gain recognition from his villagers of Konoha. He strives to become a Hokage, which is the leader of Konoha and the strongest of all ninja's in the village.

12 years before the anime started, a powerful creature known as the nine-tailed demon fox assaulted Konoha, killing a lot of villagers. The leader of Konoha at that time, the fourth Hokage, decided to seal the demon fox within Naruto and sacrificed his life in the process. As a result, Naruto was despised as he was "blamed" for the cause of death of the fourth Hokage. The story begins here...


1) Naruto

For me, the main character is always memorable. Naruto's personality is described as extremely persistent, hard-working, funny, unpredictable and a "never say die" attitude. At the start of the anime, he was looked down upon as the kid that destroyed the village. He was a lonely kid because he had no friends. As a result, he would use his humor and silliness to get some attention. He is often found screwing around with his sensei(means teacher in Japanese), Iruka.

Although he goofs around, he can actually be serious at what he does if he put his heart to it. As the anime goes on, he goes on and learn powerful ninjitsu's(ninja skills) such as the Shadow Clone, Naruto Combo and Rasengan. Jiraiya, his second master was surprised at the speed Naruto learned Rasengan. Naruto has tremendous amount of chakara(energy) due to having the nine-tail demon fox within him. Later in the anime, he fought with some of the most feared enemies, Itachi, and he was able hold his own. All those training and hard work definitely paid off for the young and promising ninja.

2) Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke is a promising young ninja from the village of Konoha. He originates from the clan called Uchiha. He is the only survivor of that clan, as his brother Itachi murdered his entire clan and left him as the sole survivor. He possesses the Sharingan, which is a powerful eye that can copy and create illusions.

As a result of the tragedy, Sasuke never shows too much emotion. His personality is described as intelligent, cool and cold. His personal agenda was to eliminate his brother Itachi to avenge his family. At the start of the anime, Sasuke and Naruto became rivals due to Sakura. However, he formed a good friendship with Naruto as the story went on. He protected Naruto from an enemy's needle. That promptly fired up Naruto and made Naruto value friendship.

Unfortunately,a twist of events after meeting Itachi made Sasuke desperately seeking for more power, hence making Sasuke defect from Konoha. He left the village to find Orochimaru and hone is skills.

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3) Kakashi

Kakashi is the sensei of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. He is a mysterious guy, as depicted by his mask. He wears his ninja protector diagonally to cover his left eye. His nickname is "copy ninja Kakashi", as he possess the Sharingan just like Sasuke. He is known to have copied over 1000 ninja skills over his lifetime. The only original skill that he created was called the "Lightning Edge", which he passed on the Sasuke after he graduated from the Chuunin Exam.

He enjoys reading a book called "icha-icha paradise" by the Legendary Sannin, Jiraiya. He is a skillful ninja that was able to fend off Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura's attack while reading the book.

4) Jiraiya

Jiraiya is one of the Legendary Sannin, alongside Orochimaru and Tsunade. He is a pervert that likes to peek at women and write dirty novels. Despite that, he is extremely skillful in ninja skills. He is able to summon a powerful giant toad and various toad related skills.

He is extremely loyal to Konoha, and he turned down the chance to be the fifth Hokage when the third Hokage was killed by Orochimaru. I wouldn't want a pervert to lead the village too!


5) Hinata

Hinata is a gentle ninja that looks harmless, but she stings if you let her taijutsu(melee combat) hit you. She is part of the Hyuuga Clan, that specializes in hand to hand combat. A hit to your body severely hurts your organs and nerves. Any sort of physical contact is extremely deadly. She possesses the Byakugan, that is able to see through walls and see other ninja's nerve systems. It is like Superman's X-ray eyes.

She is a very caring character, and she has a secret crush on Naruto. She secretly cheers for Naruto when Sasuke fought with him during the Chuunin exam. Naruto inspires Hinata to be a better ninija, and has earned the respect of Hinata.

Unfortunately, the author of Naruto does not develop them to be together as a couple, which I was thoroughly disappointed.

6) Gaara

Gaara grew up similar to Naruto, being sealed with the one-tail demon. His childhood consisted of ninja's trying to assassinate him because of the demon. He carries a gourd on his back. It has sand that automatically protects him, so he never felt pain before. However, he is emotionally tortured due to all the people that died trying to kill him. As a result, he never trusted anyone, even his own siblings. He is also nicknamed "Gaara of the Desert". His skills with manipulating sand is extremely dangerous and feared by opponents.

When Gaara met Naruto, he didn't saw Naruto as a threat due to his silliness. However, when they fought during the siege of Konoha, he finally saw Naruto as a true ninja, and got his respect. They became good friends after that.

7) Itachi

Itachi is the older brother of Sasuke, and was responsible for killing the entire clan. He is an exiled S-class ninja wanted by Konoha. After the death of the third Hokage, he re-appeared in Konoha, as he wanted to find out how his younger brother is doing.

Itachi possesses the Sharingan as well, except that he has a much more powerful version than Sasuke. He is able to ignite black flames that cannot be put out by water. He also casts powerful illusions to ninja's that cannot detect illusions very well.

The main purpose of Itachi was to protect his little brother from knowing the real truth behind the massacre of his own clan. It is truly a painful twist to the story that I find extremely sad.

8) Orochimaru

Orochimaru is one of the main antagonists in the anime. Being a Legendary Sannin, he is deemed the next genius Konoha has ever produced. Unfortunately, he took the dark path and decided to pursue the goal of immortality, and did many cold-blooded experiments using ninjas as test specimens to learn how to prolong his life.

Due to that, he turn into an exiled S-class ninja wanted by Konoha. He is known to be cunning and sly, and would do anything to prolong his life. He uses snake like skills, and he can summon huge snakes.

He was also responsible for the siege of Konoha and the death of the third Hokage, who was ironically his teacher. He attempted to capture Sasuke to use him and takeover his body to prolong his life. That attempt failed though.

9) Kabuto

Kabuto is a Konoha medical ninja working as a spy for Orochimaru. He is also extremely cunning. During the Chuunin exam, he pretended to be a weak ninja, so that he would not be suspected for any type of illegal activity. His main goal was to gather information from Konoha for Orochimaru.

During his fight with Naruto in the clash of the Legendary Sannins, he showed his true strength. Naruto was barely able to defeat him due to his superb medical ninja skills. He specializes in destroying muscles, pressure points and other parts of the body, so that the person is left damaged internally.

10) Tsunade

Tsunade is the last of the Legendary Sannins. She is an excellent medical ninja that specializes in healing. She might look really young, but she is actually older than she looks. She uses her special skills to keep her youthful appearance. Tsunade also possesses extraordinary strength. She can knock out anyone with her punches.

During the course of the anime, Tsunade is seen drinking and avoiding Konoha. Jiraiya looked for her after the death of the third Hokage to inform her that the village needs a new Hokage and she is appointed by the Konoha council. She reluctantly refuses at first, but eventually accept that role after the fight with Orochimaru. Naruto played a huge part in this as he protected her during that fight with his "never say die attitude".


These are my top 10 favorite characters in Naruto. Perhaps you might disagree with my list. And if so, who are your favorite characters in Naruto?

Naruto Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Naruto's favorite food?
    • Cake
    • Beef
    • Ramen
    • Orange
  2. Name the guy Sasuke wants to kill.
    • Jiraiya
    • Kakashi
    • Itachi
    • Gaara
  3. What is Kakashi's last name?
    • Hatake
    • Minoto
    • Uchiha
    • Nobosuke
  4. Who is Hinata's crush?
    • Rock Lee
    • Neji
    • Naruto
    • Sasuke
  5. Name Sakura's mentor.
    • Jiraiya
    • Tsunade
    • Orochimaru
    • Third Hokage

Answer Key

  1. Ramen
  2. Itachi
  3. Hatake
  4. Naruto
  5. Tsunade

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Haime from Batangas on November 20, 2015:

amazing truth behind Itachi's mission, extremely sad before he killed his parents.

hina on May 25, 2015:

Yay NaruHina did end up happening, contrary to the belief of the article

Joseph from Makati on March 28, 2013:

Haha Thanks man, let me know when you are done with your 30 hubs. I just recently registered here though so i am not totally familiar here but i will read their faqs section. Good luck. :)

Seet (author) from California on March 28, 2013:

I will do it by next week. I am working on the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge, I will accept your request. :D

Joseph from Makati on March 28, 2013:

Hey, Hikapo.. I will be waiting. :) It would also be great if you do the same for One Piece and Bleach since these Anime have a lot viewers. Wouldn't be nice? :)

Seet (author) from California on March 28, 2013:

I had a hard time choosing between Shikamaru and Tsunade. I do agree that Sakura did become much better in Shippuden, but in Naruto, she didn't do much at all.

Christopher Gordon from Massachusettes on March 28, 2013:

Honestly, I feel that Sasuke becomes a weaker and weaker character as the series goes on. His motivations for his actions stop making sense after awhile.

I also particularly liked Shikamaru as a character in both his attitude and abilities. Sakura also became a much better character in Shippuden.

Seet (author) from California on March 28, 2013:

Will make one for them soon :D

Joseph from Makati on March 27, 2013:

I wish the team Akatsuki were listed here as well. :)

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