Top 10 Best Naruto Characters

Naruto is undoubtedly one of the most popular and iconic anime series of all time, and its legion of devoted fans can attest to its immersive and captivating storytelling. With a vast array of memorable and unique characters, it's no wonder that fans have been debating who the best Naruto character is for years. From the fearless ninja Naruto Uzumaki to the seductive kunoichi Temari, each character brings something special to the table, whether it's their fighting skills, their unique backstory, or their quirky personality.

But what exactly makes a great Naruto character? Is it their impressive jutsu techniques, their unwavering determination, or their relatable flaws and vulnerabilities? Perhaps it's a combination of all of these factors that make a character truly unforgettable.
The Top Ten
1 Itachi Uchiha Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

I always loved and liked this character for many reasons. Then, when I finally had the chance to read about him, it just made me love him even more. Knowing that you'll risk it all just to save your little brother and your heart for the Hidden Leaf Village is truly amazing.

He's also mighty strong and has many tricks up his sleeve. Not to mention, his intelligence is far better and greater than others, which is truly something.

His story was tragic but heroic, just what you want out of a legendary character. He was. I have many other characters in mind who are cool and amazing in their own way, but by far, Itachi is my most favorite one of them all! Love the Naruto anime. Great show!

2 Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

What! Second place! What's Naruto doing in second place? The show wouldn't be called Naruto if he wasn't the main character. It's not called Itachi. It's called Naruto. Naruto!

I don't know if you have or haven't seen some of the latest episodes of Naruto, but in those episodes, Naruto becomes friends with the Nine-Tails, and the Nine-Tails allows Naruto to use all of his power. And Naruto does use it multiple times throughout the series. It wasn't just a one-time thing.

So what I'm saying here is that Naruto is not only the main character of the anime Naruto, but he can easily beat the crap out of Itachi any time, any day.

3 Kakashi Hatake Kakashi Hatake is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. In the story, Kakashi is the teacher of Team 7, consisting of the series' primary characters, Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno.

Kakashi is my favorite character. He's the best! I love everything about him: his backstory, his personality. He's such a cool and smart character. Despite losing everyone he loves (except Gai), he never fell into the dark path.

He stayed loyal to the village even though they treated him like an outcast, and despite the reason why his father ended his life. Anbu Kakashi was the closest thing we could get to his dark side because he had no one to lose. Everyone he loved was already dead until Might Guy came to save him from the darkness.

4 Sasuke Uchiha Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Even though Naruto was the main character of the series, I found Sasuke's character to be the most interesting. In the beginning, I felt as though he was forced to grow up faster than his peers. He was practically the one who made Team Seven a team.

He taught Naruto and Sakura selflessness and teamwork. It broke my heart to see him leave the village, but I feel as though his departure forced Naruto and Sakura to develop a stronger will. In Shippuden, the show became ten times more interesting once Sasuke was brought back into the storyline. Even with him progressively going down a darker path, he is a very debatable character.

Some people love him, some hate him, and some both love and hate him at the same time. Some people absolutely loathe him because of his crimes: attempts to destroy the Leaf, kill all the Kage, nearly killed Karin, brought Orochimaru back, and much more. However, some feel he is justified due to his past. Seeing his family slaughtered, discovering his older brother was forced by the Leaf village's leadership to do it in an effort to keep Sasuke alive and preserve peace. Some argue that the Leaf itself was in the wrong and would deserve every bit of vengeance should Sasuke choose to take that path.

5 Gaara Gaara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He is the jinchuuriki of the one-tailed shukaku and can control sand that is stored in his gourd.

What is Itachi doing in first place? Gaara should be a universe above him! I get why people like Itachi so much, but Sasuke placed above Gaara! I like Gaara for a thousand reasons. He had the WORST childhood. I mean, his own father tried to kill him, and the whole village hated him for being a Jinchuriki. It's not like he chose that path.

I think everybody gets why he went on a killing rampage, so no need to explain that. I just love that after meeting Naruto, he became a good guy. He deserves nothing less. I almost burst into tears when he died. I appreciate Chiyo for giving her life for him. Also, his powers are so cool! I mean, he can win a fight by just doing a hand gesture and saying "sand coffin," and BOOM, dead.

He just has a very chill personality. He really deserved to become Kazekage. I don't care that he has no eyebrows. He's just so hot. Just looking at that picture explains it all. And if you haven't gotten the picture, he's hands down my all-time favorite character.

6 Shikamaru Nara Shikamaru Nara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Shikamaru is one of the best personalities in the series. He doesn't have a traumatic background like others such as Gaara, Itachi, Sasuke, or Naruto himself, which shapes them into the interesting characters they are. But he sure doesn't need it!

He's just a normal guy, or at least that's what he wants to be, up until Asuma's death when he decides he wants to be a cool grown-up. That is probably what makes him so relatable. He aims for averageness, yet, as he grows up, his life moves farther away from being average as he is the most intelligent person in Konoha.

Shikamaru isn't particularly strong, but he manages to not only survive but lead his teams and accomplish his missions just out of strategies and a bravery he doesn't recognize in himself. That also makes him interesting: he's usually confident, but he doesn't brag or look down on others, unlike Sasuke's cool nobody-deserves-me attitude.

Shikamaru is down to earth and he would give his life to protect his village and his friends. He really is a good friend, even if he could seem careless, he's actually pretty sensible, helpful, and loyal. And he does all this without wanting to stand out, in a discreet way. Truly a genius and a genuinely good guy.

7 Hinata Hyuga Hinata Hyuga is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

What makes Hinata a strong character is something that far surpasses the simple idea of her being the kindest of all Naruto characters, which she is. She is among the few characters in the series that consistently demonstrate the ideals and values celebrated by Ninja society: the Will of Fire, and staying true to one's Nindo, their Ninja Way. Hinata, like Naruto and Rock Lee, has always had the most to prove.

Naruto was ostracized as the Jinchuriki and failed for years at the ninja academy. Rock Lee was a failure at ninjutsu and genjutsu and faced the possibility of dying from his surgery or never doing taijutsu again. And Hinata was regarded as a failure as a ninja by her own family, with her father emotionally abusing her as being worthless and her own cousin attempting to murder her. However, all three of them refused to back down and stuck to their ninja way.

All three of them were underdogs who would keep battling even if they were sure they would die. It is these characteristics that made Naruto cheer for a girl he barely knew. Hinata is a true ninja and hero.

8 Rock Lee Rock Lee is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Rock Lee is a very unique, funny, interesting, and overall powerhouse of a character. Lee has charm in his personality and has been my favorite character ever since I first saw him. People like him are why the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" exists.

Although he looks weak, he's incredibly strong. He can't use any Ninjutsu or Genjutsu, and he doesn't need to because he is really that strong, arguably being the best Taijutsu ninja ever. Lee was so strong that he was the second strongest Genin Leaf ninja (he took down Sasuke with ease, plus he doesn't count as a Leaf ninja anymore since he left the village). Overall, he is an amazing character!

9 Jiraiya Jiraiya is a fictional character in the Naruto anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. Introduced in the series' first part, he was a student of Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi and one of the three "Legendary Sannin" along with Orochimaru and Lady Tsunade, his former teammates.

He gave Naruto his name. He was a grandfather to him. He made him the hero. And he came back from the dead to write the numbers on the back. He was the man who trained the 4th Hokage and is a player at the age of 50.

And he also had to conserve as much chakra as he possibly could because he knew absolutely nothing about Pain, while gathering information about him/them at the same time. And they were his students, so he is much stronger than that. He even killed one of them, and Jiraiya had not mastered Sage Mode.

And he was like, "Oh, Itachi and Kisame, I will kill you now," and they even ran away. He could have beaten Pain if he wanted to. So why is he in 15th place? He was the best.

10 Madara Uchiha Madara Uchiha is a fictional manga and anime character in the Naruto series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He appears for the first time in "Part II" of the manga and the Shippuden anime adaptation, as a major villain.

Not only is he so badass that Kishimoto had no idea how he was going to kill him, resorting to introducing a goddess, he's a more well-rounded character than most would think.

He grew up in a clan where their rules about what's accepted and what's not were ingrained into him, causing him to be at a loss as to what to do when he found out Hashirama was of the Senju. He warned him of the trap the Uchiha had set but decided to cut off their friendship and give everything to his clan.

He was prideful, which prevented him from accepting Hashirama's offers of a truce, which was further cemented after Izuna's death. But he accepted that he was weaker, or not strong enough to protect the Uchiha from the Senju and Hashirama, and accepted the alliance. And he was an amazing villain too. All hail Madara-sama.

The Contenders
11 Obito Uchiha Obito Uchiha, also known by his alias Tobi, is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Obito was so much like Naruto, a knucklehead who had a dream of being respected and acknowledged as the strongest ninja in his village. Both were looked down upon by their village - Naruto for being a Jinchuriki and Obito for being a failure from a strong clan, although Naruto suffered a lot more. They probably would have had similar destinies, if it weren't for Obito sacrificing himself to save Kakashi and Rin.

When Madara saved Obito, Obito looked up to Madara like a grandfather and carried out his requests simply because he was the only one who cared about him. His dream was for world peace, which he shared with Madara.

12 Neji Hyuga

Neji's whole skill set level is nothing but pure beast. He dominates in both offense and defense, and hey, not to mention, he's a pure genius. Naruto, although I do love him, and Sasuke both have extra powers that they can call on, whereas Neji just fights with his God-given skill set and is still beastly!

Naruto has the Nine-Tails, and Sasuke has the dark power from that awful Orochimaru, which gives both of them immense power. Neji just has his own skills. If Neji were to go up against Naruto and Sasuke without their extra powers, Neji would be victorious. That's why Neji reigns supreme over every Naruto character!

On a side note, Temari should have been on here. She is the best girl in Naruto, hands down!

13 Nagato (Pain) Nagato (Also known by his alias "Pain") is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

First, you must understand pain. Then you will realize he deserves to be first.

This guy forced himself to be great just so he could protect the little guys, kind of like Naruto. I really love his personality and devotion. His ideal was strong and effective, though insane: walk a mile in each other's shoes. Forcing pain on people wasn't the best method, but all he wanted was peace.

He should be in the top 5 because even though he isn't an Uchiha, he could stand and utilize the Rinnegan pretty well. His presence sent fear running through everyone. Splitting the paths was a genius idea, not as effective but genius. His Shinra Tensei is the best. The name Pein/Pain is cool. He is a true tragic hero. Understanding that his ideal was too extreme, he gave his life to rectify his sin. Now that's a hero!

14 Deidara Deidara is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

He broke into Gaara's house and dragged him out like a rat!

"Alright, Gaara. You're coming with me!" "No, no! Sand coffin! Sand coffin! Sand coffin!" "Eh, shut up." (Bombs Gaara). "Alright, Sasori. Sorry for keeping you waiting for like thirteen hours. I got the desert rat out of its hole. Let's go?"

I love Gaara. He's a really cool character! I just found it funny how a jerk like Deidara just walks into Gaara's village and steals him as if there were no tomorrow. Plus, Deidara and Tobi were really funny together!

Art is an explosion! Anyone with four mouths, blond hair, blue eyes, and the ability to blow up anything they want is amazing. To whoever thinks Sasuke killed Deidara, you are wrong. It is clearly obvious Deidara sacrificed himself to kill Sasuke (though Sasuke doesn't deserve it).

Deidara gives a whole new meaning to going out with a bang! Pyromaniacs for the win!

15 Might Guy

Are you kidding me? Might Guy at 29? This guy is the reason Kakashi never succumbed to darkness. He gave Rock Lee a purpose in life, who then inspired Naruto that hard work can also yield results. He proved that hard work can beat talent. In spite of having minimal chakra, he went head-to-head with Kisame and Madara - Kisame, who was the tailless Tailed Beast, and Madara, who had all the Tailed Beasts inside him, plus the Rinnegan.

Why on earth is he not number 1? Naruto would've only been half as good as it was without him. Naruto had willpower, but he also had talent. It's true, he really did.

Might Guy, on the other hand, had absolutely nothing going for him, and he'd still give Naruto a good fight. Might Guy's life and character are the real testament to what can be achieved with effort and persistence, not Naruto.

16 Orochimaru Orochimaru is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

He's the most evil villain in the Naruto series. He has truly amazing abilities and is kind of immortal - he couldn't be killed, only sealed. He could really stand in battle against the Tailed Beast Naruto, even in a body that had lost a significant amount of power and health.

Sasuke attacked him when Orochimaru was at his weakest, in really bad health. Maybe otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to beat him? Oh, and lastly... he killed the Third Hokage!

One of the best Naruto villains! I'm not even sure if he's actually a villain or not. Later in the series, his intentions become really complex. I really love his never-ending ambition to achieve his goals - it really inspires me. For some people, he may be twisted and creepy, but for me, he's just perfect!

17 Minato Namikaze Minato Namikaze was the fourth Hokage of Village Hidden in the Leafs and the man responsible for sealing the nine-tailed demon fox inside Naruto Uzumaki when he was born. Doing so cost him his life, and before dying he asked that the villagers not see Naruto as the monster within him, instead wanting... read more

Minato is the greatest because, from the beginning, everybody said that he was the strongest shinobi ever to have lived! However, stronger enemies appeared in every chapter, making even the Kyubi look not that strong anymore. That's why other parts of the story have to be mightier than the 4th should be!

But remember, Orochimaru summoned the first and the third, and they were good, but even the third was able to seal them away with a jutsu from the 4th. It makes me sad to see such a great character become what he did!

Minato was, from the first page and will be until the last page, the greatest ever!

18 Temari Temari is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Temari is the coolest kunoichi. She wasn't written to be a fangirl, except for two seconds of fangirling over Sasuke when they met, which just allows for her actual personality to shine through.

She's brave and fierce, but also really caring.

Unlike the majority of female Naruto characters, she has a distinct personality that was not to serve as an object nor provider of affection to any of the male cast. Adding to this, she has proven to be more than capable of defending herself against other ninjas while being able to effortlessly defeat others (see her fight with Tenten).

Overall, she is a breath of fresh air, so to speak, when it comes to the cast. Her tomboyish personality, while initially brash and hurtful, can become quite addictive over time.

19 Tsunade Tsunade is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Tsunade is so strong, strong-willed, powerful, awesome, beautiful, and to top it all off, she is caring and hilarious too! She has saved so many lives thanks to her impeccable healing skills, proposing that every squad should contain a medical ninja. Her character has such a tragic past.

However, Tsunade has proven that she can overcome this by showing strength and courage, particularly seen when she battled Orochimaru and eventually accepted her title as Hokage. For two to two and a half years, she trained Sakura to become much stronger in battle and also stronger in terms of mentality, as seen when Sakura performs medical ninjutsu or is within battle.

Without Tsunade, they wouldn't have survived the Second Shinobi World War or when Pain struck, since the village would have literally been turned into dust. It's also amazing how much she cares about characters such as Naruto, where she literally gambled everything upon him and allowed him to participate in the Fourth Shinobi World War. This is what I would call an incredible character!

20 Konan Konan is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

There are so many reasons. She is the only woman strong enough to make it into the Akatsuki. She is the strongest female. Her chakra bank is beyond huge. She was brave enough to fight the strongest shinobi alive with hardly any chance of survival. She came close to defeating Tobi.

If she had had full knowledge of his abilities, she would have been able to extend the length of time her jutsu lasted and would have won. She was loyal to Yahiko and Nagato, and she has a unique jutsu.

Also, she is beautiful - like, really beautiful.

21 Kiba Inuzuka

Why is Kiba so low? He's a cool guy. He's my favorite character from when I was a kid because of his relationship with Akamaru.

He was kind of a rival to the protagonist, so obviously sometimes he seems obnoxious. But he's actually a good friend to Naruto. Jealousy and everything considered, as he watches Naruto who was a loser when they were kids go farther in life than him, has to be tough. Give him a break.

I think most of the times he says he's going to be Hokage instead of Naruto, he's honestly just kind of joking. He isn't mean-spirited towards Naruto, just a little bratty, but Naruto gives it right back. They enjoy each other's company, especially as they grow up.

He's also a good friend to his team! He tries to bond with Shino even when they're opposites and he's very sweet when taking care of Hinata. And of course, he's best friends with Akamaru since childhood and that's just wholesome.

22 Hashirama Senju Hashirama Senju is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. He was a legendary shinobi who led the Senju clan prior to and after forming Konohagakure with his rival, Madara Uchiha. After the founding of Konoha, he became the First Hokage.

He's funny, strong, brave, and talented - just a really likable guy. I think his compassion, even in times of great adversity, is really admirable. I like how he makes time for people and is accommodating when he really doesn't have to be. He's always going the extra mile.

Also, he's an absolute boss in battle. I love how he and Tsunade are related - they're both great characters in their own right, but their family link just makes them all the more likable.

Freaking badass. Strong, manipulative, a great leader. He was able to inspire people into following him. He even managed to turn the Uchiha against Madara - that's a whole clan full of assassins who excel at deception. Best actor.

23 Sakura Haruno Sakura Haruno is the main heroine of the series "Naruto Shonen Jump!" and Naruto Shippuden. She is the only female ninja of Team Seven. Her family consists of her mother, Mebuki Haruno, and her father Kizashi Haruno. Her clan is likely not very well known around Konoha and up until "Boruto: Naruto Next... read more

Her flaws are what actually make her human and more relatable. So what if she beats Naruto up? I can't stand it whenever someone bashes her for some stupid reason like "her boobs are too small" or "she's weaker than Hinata." As a remark, I would like to say I do not hate Hinata as a character in the story, but I do hate the fandom. I don't see as many Sakura-lovers bashing Hinata as Hinata-lovers bashing Sakura.

I tried liking Hinata but found it impossible only because of the fandom. Anyway, back on topic, there are countless reasons why I love Sakura more. (This is also related to shipping). In contrast to Hinata, she is the girl who constantly remembers Naruto's hopes and dreams, mainly being Hokage. In all my years reading Naruto, I have never seen Hinata mention this once. The only thing closest to it is her slapping Naruto awake after Tobi tempted him to go dark.

24 Suigetsu Hozuki

Suigetsu is awesome! When he was younger, he and his brother Mangetsu trained to become one of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. After Mangetsu became one of the seven and then died, Suigetsu's dream was shattered. He changed his dream to collecting all of the swords.

Suigetsu's ability for fighting is awesome. His ability to liquefy himself at will really helps in battle. My opinion is that he's the best Naruto character and that he's totally amazing.

He should be at least in the top 15. He has Zabuza's awesome sword, and he's very cocky, which means he has confidence in himself. He also has awesome water powers, collects swords, and isn't too weak.

25 Ino Yamanaka Ino Yamanaka is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

I think she's gorgeous and hot. I'm sad that Masashi didn't give her more attention to make her more powerful than other kunoichi. Why do I like her? Because she values the friendship between her and Sakura and puts her love aside.

A badass kunoichi with a badass jutsu. She saved the world in two seconds. Now try and replicate that, haters!

Best female character in Naruto by far! Ino Yamanaka for the win!

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