Top 10 Best Naruto CharactersNaruto 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.
In this list of the best Naruto characters of all time, let's take a closer look at the most iconic and beloved characters from the series.
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!
Naruto is an anime/manga that is, despite my nostalgic love for the series, littered with poor character writing. By the end of Shippuden, there are hardly any well-written characters. Genuinely, not even one. The best three are Itachi, Shikamaru, and Gaara, but even these three have their issues. And Itachi is no exception. People point out, correctly, that he became a walking asspull. Even still, he is by far the best-written character in the series, the only one with some level of depth, who doesn't just announce whatever it is they're thinking like an exposition robot, and, most importantly, one of the only characters to actually acknowledge his faults and to have even the smallest amount of self-awareness.
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.
First of all, Itachi could not beat Naruto in Sage Mode. Itachi is not even close to being as strong as Naruto. He's got the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode and the full Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, which could literally destroy Itachi in the blink of an eye. The only way you could think that Itachi is better than Naruto is by being a huge fanboy. I mean, the show is literally named after Naruto himself. Do you really think the author would let Naruto lose to someone who's barely even been in the series of Naruto? But I do agree that Itachi would have beaten Sasuke if he wasn't half-blind during their death battle. And that's all.
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.
For me, Kakashi was the most interesting character in this story. His past was just so deep, but he still remained an awesome guy. I just loved his chill attitude. He's like the sensei everyone would wish for.
Kakashi's relationship with Obito was also too cute! Obito's words stuck in his mind forever, and those were the advice he gave Naruto. I honestly wanted more of Kakashi. He is the coolest and most unique character. I will always remember Kakashi, the copy ninja with a Sharingan and a mask that looks great!
Even though Naruto was the main character of the series, I found Sasuke's character to be 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 was the one who 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 strength of will. In Shippuden, I felt the show got 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 people hate him, and some people 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 people 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 the peace. Some people argue that the Leaf itself was in the wrong and would deserve every last bit of vengeance should Sasuke choose to take that path.
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.
Shikamaru might seem like a really lazy guy, but his personality has much more than that. He's the type of guy who'd win the world prize for chess but would still just chill at home. I also loved his catchphrase, What a drag! In my opinion, he was one of the most relatable characters in Naruto.
Intellectual, calm, collected, and really wonderful. I love his pineapple hairdo.
Shikamaru is interesting because he seems really lazy sometimes (which can be a bit annoying), but behind his laziness, he is formulating endless battle strategies. What a badass character! He is so direct about his feelings for his friends and allies too. A really caring man.
And man, when Shikamaru sets his mind to something. HE DOES IT.
Also, Shikamaru and Temari's dynamic is so good.
I love Shikamaru. He might act lazy, but you know he will get the job done if it is important. Even if he might say things are a drag, you know that out of everyone there, he is the one who has the most sense. It's just that you know he is one of the most dependable. I really love the fact that he is determined to remain lazy. He is the most impressive lazy genius. He should be number one on this list, because in the end, you really need brains like his to get out of a tough situation.
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.
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!
He may not be the most powerful among Naruto characters, but he has the best spirit. If paired with any sort of Ninjutsu or Genjutsu, he would become more powerful than any sage who ever lived by the time he reached Itachi's age (obviously, his Taijutsu is enough to make up for it). Based solely on character, Lee is a boss. His personality is the most unique and extreme among all the characters in Naruto (apart from Gai Sensei, who still has slight differences). He's the most perseverant, energetic, strong, and righteous (which doesn't always make the best character, but who in their right mind would want Lee any other way?). He may not yet be the most powerful, but based on unique personality alone, he makes 'Naruto' so much better!
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.
Jiraiya is the best character in the Naruto franchise, next to Naruto himself, and here's why: Jiraiya's goal was to train the savior who would bring about peace to the Shinobi world. That means he is almost wholly responsible for the entire series of Shippuden. The only other "secondary character" who could hold a candle to the code of honor and respect I give this guy is Itachi, because Itachi was so misunderstood and followed his own ninja way. I keep thinking that, in many respects, Jiraiya is Kishimoto himself. His was the only death in Naruto to which I felt any connection. I get that there are a couple of others who may be above Jiraiya in popularity, but let's face it: No one understands Sasuke. His "dark side" just makes him look like a whiny baby. And despite all his power, he's really not that cool of a character. Jiraiya carries the most heart and honor in the entire series, has great comedic relief, and packs serious power. He is the man behind the curtain and is responsible for teaching Naruto how to be a real Shinobi. It's an insult that he isn't in the top five, but hey, all the others have cooler fight scenes, right?
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 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.
Madara is a powerhouse. He is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, knows thousands of jutsu, and was smart enough to plan and predict nearly everything that happened in the Naruto series. He became so strong that the directors had no choice but to get rid of him and introduce someone else because he was getting too strong too fast for them to find a way to get rid of him. Needless to say, he's an Uchiha badass who surpassed the Sage of Six Paths in power and brought the ninja world to its knees.
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.
He is adorable and has a very sad story. He had been doing everything to bring peace and quiet, wished to reunite with his love for life (Rin), and aimed to relieve people from pain - pain from losing their family, love, and home. However, he was deceived and confused (by Madara). He wanted to take a shorter route to accomplish his aim (as he told Naruto during their battle), but eventually, he lost his way. In the end, he gained insight into his sins (credits to Naruto and Kakashi), repented, and made amends, at least by rescuing Sasuke and saving Kakashi's life.
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!
Neji is the best! He's hot, strong, and smart, and the only Jonin of all the K11. He also had many difficulties in the past, and with a little help from Naruto and Hiashi, he became the amazing Neji of today. Even though he acts like the cool guy that doesn't care, in actuality he really cares for Lee, Tenten, Hinata, and the rest of the K11. And that's still not mentioning that he sacrificed his life for Hinata and Naruto.
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 (kinda 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!
I love Pain because he's not just a character but a symbol of pain. To know true pain is his philosophy, and he utilizes his god-like powers to ensure his enemies are destroyed. Besides that, he infiltrated and destroyed a whole village, all while fighting some Kage-level ninja (Kakashi, Naruto, etc.). And if that's not enough, he resurrected all the ninja he killed afterward. Plus, his essence and aura are almost palpable. I mean, you can feel the power from this guy, and his voice and his theme mix well together. Pain is also one of the scariest characters, and everything he does, he thinks is alright because bringing pain to people is what he thinks is fair and righteous, and he feels justified for his actions. Even though he is just being manipulated by Nagato, Pain (Pein) is one of the best characters and the best villain. P.S. Itachi is a good guy.
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!
I like Deidara a lot, and I think he has really cool abilities, but I think he says "Art is an explosion" too much. Also, he helped kidnap Gaara, and he was a jerk toward Sai. Translation: he bashed my all-time favorite character, called him a weakling, threw bombs at him, and abusively used his brother as a human bomb. I shall enter the manga solely to kill him in the most slow and painful way possible. I'm sorry, I do like Dei, but I think Sai should be here. Ugh, people are going to hate me.
He is the most evil villain in the Naruto series. He has truly amazing abilities and is kind of immortal, as he couldn't be killed but instead was sealed. He could really stand in battle against the tailed 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 3rd Hokage!
One of the best Naruto villains! Not even sure if he is 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 is just perfect!
I hated when Orochimaru died. But once I saw that Kabuto 'absorbed' some of him, then I was a bit happier. Orochimaru was a good character that added contrast to Naruto. He was one of the first villains shown in Naruto. I'm not sure why he is so far down on the list.
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.
It's sad. Truly great characters are down here. I can't stress enough how much he embodies the shinobi way. He literally was willing to kill himself to save his friends. I am inspired by this man - a man who looks out with a positive outlook but doesn't deny that something is wrong. A man who will do anything for others but also makes mistakes. Amazing.
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!
Definitely better than Sasuke, he protected the village from the 9 tails and sealed Kurama away. Itachi and all the other leaf shinobi would be dead if it weren't for Minato. He was Jiraiya's student, and two of his own students surpassed him! He mastered sage mode and created the Rasengan! Besides Kaguya, he is the fastest ninja. He saved Kushina from the Kumo ninja and sacrificed his own life for all of Konohagakure, and he was Hokage!
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, and her tomboyish personality, while initially brash and hurtful, can become quite addictive over time.
How is she so far down here? A girl who truly can hold her own. She would do anything for her brother, and she is one of the few females who is on par with the males, being called one of the best wind style users alive. Why was she so underutilized? It hurts to think about it. Her battles have been great to watch, and she has an enjoyable personality. One of the best female characters in the entire series.
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, where she proposed 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/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!
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.
The only reason she was in the Akatsuki was because she was friends with Nagato. She screwed everyone over by not destroying Pain's eyes. She can't think for herself. Even Naruto's talk no jutsu swayed Pain, and Konan just went along with it. She also thought she could kill Obito, but she mistook him for Madara. So, she thought she could take out Madara Uchiha.
What?!?!? Kiba? 13?!?! You've got to be kidding me! He should be right next to Gaara! He's so hot! What's wrong with you people! He may not be the best at techniques, but he is wild and fearless. That's what makes him THE BEST! And he's the most adorable anime character I've seen! Other than Gaara.
Yahoo! Let's go, Akamaru and all the other Kiba Inuzuka fans. Kiba should be in the top ten. Come on, he's strong, cute, funny, has cool wolf and dog-like jutsu, and is just downright awesome! Come on, who doesn't love dogs like Akamaru and a ninja like Kiba? Awesomest tag team in Naruto. Kiba is my favorite!
While this might be an underappreciated opinion, I love Kiba and wish he had more screentime and development, considering he is Hinata's teammate. Amazing design (especially in Shippuden), unique concept, cool abilities - one of the best aspects of fanfiction is that it can finally give Kiba the love he deserves as the incredible character he is.
Funny, strong, brave, and talented, he's just a really likable guy. I think his compassion, even in great times of adversity, is really admirable, and 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, and 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. Able to inspire people into following him, etc. He even managed to turn the Uchiha against Madara. He had them fooled. That's a whole clan full of assassins who excel at deception. Best actor.
The hero of humanity. Without him, Konoha wouldn't exist, and the world of shinobi would have been under the control of evil forces. He is the model for any shinobi in Naruto. Even Madara almost worshipped him.
Suigetsu is awesome! When he was younger, he and his brother Mangetsu trained to become one of the 7 ninja swordsmen of the mist. After Mangetsu became one of the seven and then died, Suigetsu's dream was shattered, and 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 is the best Naruto character and that he is totally amazing.
He should be at least in the top 15. He has Zabuza's awesome sword and he is very cocky, which means he has confidence in himself. Also, he has awesome water powers. He also collects swords and isn't too weak.
I love his sassy attitude. His character design is AWESOME! I love his pointy teeth and his white hair. Also, his name is perfect.
I think she is gorgeous and hot. But I'm sad that she didn't get attention from Masashi 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 2 seconds. Now try and replicate that, haters!
Best female character in Naruto by far. Ino Yamanaka for the win!
Sage of Six Paths is one of the coolest dude characters by far.
I think this guy is the best. The people who gave him a thumbs down are just haters.