Top 10 Naruto Characters with the Saddest Backstories or Childhoods

Naruto can have both funny and sad moments. There are moments where characters talk about their traumatic pasts and how they've changed dramatically. They express how they wish that the pain would end. Some of the backstories can be very relatable and may even move you to tears.
The Top Ten
1 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.

Gaara had it way worse than Naruto. His own father tried to kill him! At least Naruto had some people looking out for him. He had to survive six assassination attempts! At least Naruto wasn't being attacked. The whole village hated Gaara. Even the kids didn't play with him. Also, the only person that he thought loved him tried to kill him. I'm so glad that he became Kazekage and was finally respected by the village.

Like Naruto, a creature was put into Gaara's body at birth, and the procedure caused his mother to die. As he grew up, people began to ignore and hate him, even talking behind his back. As a child, he was hunted down by people trying to kill him because of the creature. One of the people closest to him died, causing him to become an insane, psycho, evil young boy, jealous of how everyone has friends and families, but he doesn't... Even Naruto has Sakura, Sasuke.

2 Itachi Uchiha Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

How can anything be sadder than being forced to kill your clan and family, especially since he had always been their pride? Itachi's pain never receded. After Shisui's death, Itachi had no one by his side. He lived his life as a double agent and met his end at the hands of his little brother. He protected Konoha at all costs, even if it meant that he would be scorned. Itachi is an unsung hero.

Itachi was a rogue ninja from the Uchiha clan of the Hidden Leaf. To tell the truth, I definitely think Itachi should be number 2. First Naruto, then Gaara. He awakened the Sharingan at 8 and truly loved his little brother Sasuke. But then someone named Danzo showed up and ruined his life. Itachi saw all of his friends and family die right in front of him, and he killed his own parents because of Danzo. Then he had to die right in front of his little brother to help Sasuke avenge his clan.

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

Naruto was born like Gaara, with a dangerous creature hidden inside his body, his parents gone, leaving him alone, sad, and scared. Everyone hates him, scared that the demon fox will take over his body and attack the village again. He then becomes the class clown in order to get rid of the pain and hopes to achieve his dream of being the 5th Hokage.

His childhood was so sad and depressing. Moments like this make me think the real villains were the villagers. Had it not been for their prejudice and hatred, many of the characters wouldn't have turned evil.

No one wanted to be his friend, and he failed to graduate from the academy three times. The only person who understood him was Iruka.

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

Nagato saw his parents die right in front of him and he was helpless to do anything. With no parents, he had to go door to door for food until he found two friends and a dog. The dog grew on him. One day the dog died in an explosion. On that same day, he saw his best friend die. He created the Akatsuki and killed Master Jiraiya. He felt bad about it but didn't show it.

I think Nagato had the saddest backstory. He not only saw his parents die right in front of him, but he saw the exact same thing happen with Yahiko too. When he had nothing, he had pain greater than Naruto's. After all, he was named Pain when he created the Akatsuki. I think Hanzo deserves to be dead. Nagato was hungry and sad until two friends showed up and came to his aid.

Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko, as war orphans trying to stay alive, probably have the saddest story.

5 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.

I hate Kakashi! He was trash for abandoning a comrade, and the reason why Obito got crushed under a boulder while trying to save a trash Hatake. Their clan shouldn't have existed in the first place. Kakashi is the most useless jinx ever to exist on their team. That's why Madara and some powerful characters never showed much interest in him. He has nothing in terms of raw power. He got his ass slapped and duped by almost every character in the series. And he failed every time. Failed his students. Failed to even save Rin. Failed to become the greatest in their generation and was only elected as a Hokage because he's the son of the White Fang. He has nothing to show off as a stand-alone character. It was always the Uchiha who had everything to flex. He should've died a horrible death in the Pein Arc. Never won a single battle without some help from his genin team and would've never been known for the Sharingan if not for Obito. A spineless character who never possessed a backbone, just the usual background type of character for anyone who simps his sorry ass face. Obito outclassed him a long time ago and will always be the most powerful team member in their generation.

6 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 should've died. What's the purpose of him existing in Naruto when he fuels the rivalry of his two students? He doesn't even possess a single backbone right from the start of the story. It makes me think the whole fandom is so stupid enough not to notice that flaw in his character. Let's just face it, this fandom wasn't entirely brilliant when it comes to discerning a character's weak point. He never was an effective character, and the reason why he doomed his team in the first place. He was so sad and traumatized he rarely even cared if he had a team or not, and even prioritized the mission over a fangirl. I think which is the most intelligent thing he did as a genius leader, and intentionally killed the other teammate who had a lot of guts compared to this ineffectual lunatic. Shame on you for existing, Bakashi.

I've always believed that Kakashi's backstory is one of the saddest. He knew his father, but then his father committed suicide. It's worse to have known someone and then lose them, than never to have known them at all. You experience their love and then lose it. Obito "died," leaving him with the responsibility of Rin. It wasn't his fault that he killed Rin! Do you think he wanted to kill her? That's absurd! Kakashi was left with the guilt of having failed Obito. Then, to make things worse, his sensei died from the 9-tails attack. He lived a lonely life until Team 7 came along.

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

Sasori's parents were killed when he was just a child, by Kakashi's father. His grandmother, reluctant to deliver the bad news, told him they were on a long mission and would be back soon. But he eventually discovered that they weren't coming back. She taught him puppet art, and he created puppet versions of his parents so he could be hugged again. Then, at his death, his grandmother used his puppet parents to attack him. Despite being able to easily dodge them, he experienced one last human emotion: the desire to embrace them one more time. He died with swords in his heart and his parents holding him.

I voted Sasori because I just felt what kind of pain he feels, growing up without receiving love from parents, just like me growing up in a broken family. As a child, I just couldn't understand the vast emptiness I felt inside. Until now, I feel like a puzzle with a missing piece. Sasori smiles, but you can see the sorrow in his eyes, just like me.

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

I like how the list is, and I think Sasuke should be third. Now, I'm not saying what happened to him and his clan wasn't bad. It's how he was after that which leads me to think he should be third on the list.

Sasuke had admirers and people who wanted to take him in. This kid was a stranger brought to the Leaf Village, and they accepted him right away. While almost everyone wanted to get close to him, he pushed them all away and allowed himself to continue being hurt.

He didn't have to work to earn those people's trust like Naruto did. He had a family who loved him, unlike Gaara, who was going to be killed by his uncle, who was ordered by his father to do so. So even though Sasuke lost everything he had with the Uchiha Clan, he had the chance to start a new life with people who cared for him, something that Naruto and Gaara always wanted.

I do like Sasuke a bit. He is cool, and his wanting to get revenge on his brother seems reasonable. He would've been second if he hadn't allowed himself to continue to be hurt. He still could've planned his revenge while trying to make the best he could with his life, but no, he just wanted to continue to feel the pain he felt.

9 Madara Uchiha Madara Uchiha (うちはマダラ, Uchiha Madara) was the legendary leader of the Uchiha clan. He founded Konohagakure alongside his rival, Hashirama Senju, with the intention of beginning an era of peace. When the two couldn't agree on how to achieve that peace, they fought for control of the village, a conflict which ended in Madara's death.

Honestly, I'm surprised no one has thought about him yet. He sees his brothers and family members die all the time, and then when he finally finds someone to talk to (Hashirama), the two families pull them apart just because of the last name. Then his only brother left gives him his eyes because he was going to die anyway... so underrated.

He lost three brothers in his childhood. The last brother, whom he loved deeply, was also killed. He truly wished for peace. But his life was ruined by BZ and Kaguya.

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

I don't see any true fan here. This guy obviously deserves the 1st place on the list. Itachi's pain is nothing compared to this guy's burden. Well, he didn't have brother's issues anyway. I won't say anything. This guy is the embodiment of paracetamol, in my opinion. What a sacrifice? A true heroic anime character that gives us a life lesson.

The Contenders
11 Karin Uzumaki

She was used and abused as a child by Kusagakure because of her chakra transferring skills. Her mother died when she used too much chakra on a patient in the hospital.

12 Haku

As a child, Haku saw his mother get killed by his stepfather and has had people chase and try to destroy him because of his ice powers, leaving him poor and alone. Then he meets the man that changed him, Zabuza, and begins to feel protective towards him, even though he doesn't like treating people like they're humans.

Cry, Haku, cry. You got the worst childhood here, but you can't even be higher on this list.

13 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.
14 Kabuto Yakushi Kabuto Yakushi is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Kabuto's backstory is actually so sad! When he was thanking his mother constantly, it broke my heart. The fact that the mother doesn't recognize who he was is upsetting because she was the one to give him an identity. To have that taken away again is painful. He has no idea who he is, no identity, nothing. He was alone from the very beginning. All he ever wanted was to find himself, to know who he truly is.

Danzo literally ruined his life by trying to dispose of Kabuto and the mother. How tragic that must have been.

The way he was thanking Mother, and that time when Mother didn't recognize him. Also, the fact that he always checks his clock to see if it's 9 pm and says, "I would be sleeping by now."

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

Rock Lee was laughed at by his peers for not having genjutsu or ninjutsu. So what? You shouldn't pick on anybody! I'm glad Lee showed them they were wrong about him.

He proved everyone wrong.

So sad. I started crying.

16 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.

Has anyone thought of Hashirama? While his story isn't the saddest, it's still pretty sad. It's mostly like Madara's, but Hashirama tries to find humor in most situations. If he can't find any, he tries to do or say something to lift the moods of those around him.

17 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.

Konan should be ranked before Karin Uzumaki because she was almost killed. And of course, if Orochimaru had seen her Paper Release when she was still a kid, then maybe she and her friends would be with Orochimaru by now!

Konan is a kunoichi of the Akatsuki and the Hidden Rain. She was a war orphan along with her three friends, Chibi, Nagato, and Yahiko. Though Yahiko and Chibi died, they still continued their organization called the Akatsuki. But instead of Yahiko being the leader, Nagato took over as leader.

18 Neji Hyuga

I think Neji had a sad past. I mean, he witnessed from a very young age that fate was chosen as soon as an individual is born. (Which is sadly true in our current world today). He witnessed his father's death and the discriminatory system of his tribe, which had a great impact on him as an individual. Neji is an underrated yet brilliant character that deserves to be at least in the top 15!

So sad. He lost his father and began to harbor hate for the main clan family.

19 Sai

His brother died at a young age, and there's more that I'm too lazy to explain. He should be about #16.

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

Come on, guys, Kimimaro's story is so sad. He was feared by his clan, who kept him in a jail cell, and then they all died, and then he met Orochimaru, who he thought he was important to, but he wasn't at the end. Not to mention that he literally died from a fatal illness. Kimimaro just wanted to feel wanted.

21 Inari

Never having a father and being bullied, Inari has been sad and left alone. But when he meets a man named Kaiza who saved him from drowning, he begins to feel loved and is finally happy. He always laughs when around Kaiza, as if he were his father. Kaiza then does become his father as well as a hero. But when Kaiza is captured, tortured, and killed by Gazo, Inari changes and becomes lonely and quiet, never laughing or rarely smiling, with his father always on his mind.

22 Isaribi

Her life was harder than Naruto's, but her backstory wasn't the saddest. She at least lived a happy life after going through hell.

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

I felt so bad for her. How Orochimaru had killed her younger brother and her beloved, and how it changed her...

Her life is so sad and nobody even notices? I knew she wasn't going to be in the top tens, but she should. She's so misunderstood, honestly. Her brother dies, Dan dies, Jiraiya dies, and Hashirama as well. They were really close when she was young, so I had to put her on the list. She lived most of her life thinking that she was cursed.

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

Of course, her backstory is nothing compared to Gaara, Naruto, Sasuke, Itachi, but she really had a sad childhood. I mean, do you know what it feels like to have a father that always looks down on you? A father that hates your existence, to the point that it doesn't matter to him if you are dead or alive. Not just a father, but a whole clan that looks down on you. And where is Hinata's mother? She is either dead, which is poor for Hinata, or... she doesn't care if her little daughter is treated poorly, which is even worse.

Do you know what it feels like to find yourself living every day of your life with a sibling that wants to kill you? Not a blessed life, I guess.

Hinata Hyuga had a truly sad childhood. Can you imagine what it feels like to have a father who constantly looks down on you? A father who hates your existence to the extent that it doesn't matter to him if you are dead or alive. And it's not just her father, but her whole clan looks down on her. Where is Hinata's mother in all of this? She is either dead, which is heartbreaking for Hinata, or worse, she doesn't care that her little daughter is being treated poorly.

Can you fathom what it's like to live every day of your life with a sibling who wants to kill you? That's certainly not a blessed life.

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

His father was the joke of the village, and nobody respected him. He trained his hardest and kept pushing himself past normal limits to become a respectable shinobi. He saw his father die for something he truly loved and cared for, and he was willing to do the same when he fought Madara.

He is the most relatable character and has realistic motivation for all the losers.

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