Top 10 Naruto Characters with the Saddest Backstories or Childhoods

Naruto can have both funny, and sad moments. Moments where characters talk about their traumatic pasts and how they've changed dramatically and how they wish that the pain would end... Some of the back stories can be very relatable and may have you in 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 NOBODY. Naruto had people watching out for him, but the only person that Gaara could turn to for help turned out to hate him. It's very depressing and in my opinion the saddest backstory

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

Gaara, was a seed. A seed that would grow into a strong oak. An oak to rest on, and admire. This seed was then corrupted by a man who had little to no virtue, and only saw his son as an opportunity. Granted he did finally reason with his past and forgave his father, but for a long time, that magnificent oak was a ravenous weed. (Still, I don't think anyone can deny that he dealt with this burden like a badass)

Gaara got it worse than Naruto. His father himself attempted to assassinate him, and even gotten Yashamaru, Gaara's uncle who had been there for Gaara during his rough times to attempt to kill him and LIE to him that no one ever loved him just because he had Shukaku in him. Not to mention that everyone was forever scared of him, he would have been forever alone had he not became Kazekage to protect the village, thanks to Naruto.

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

Imagine having to kill your entire clan from a young age when everyone loved you. I can only imagine how difficult his decision was.

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 his little brother's hands. 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 this itachi should be number 2. First naruto then gaara he awakened sharing an at 8 and the truely loved his little brother sasuke. But then someone name 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 and I'm saying HAD to die right in front of his little brother to help his brother sasuke to avenge his clan.

Most kids in Naruto lost there parents, but having no other choice to kill them? And all your friend, the rest of your clan, leaving only your little brother who hates you. That's a lot to throw at one kid. Enough said? Enough said.

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. It's the moment like this that make me think the real villains were the villagers because had it not been for their prejudice and hatred, many of the characters wouldn't have turn evil.

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

He had only few that loved him and everyone even the people who loved him didn't believe in him.

4 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 rival 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 cares 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 thought that Kakashi's backstory is one of the saddest because he knew his dad, but then he committed suicide. It's worse to know somebody and for them to die, then not knowing them at all because you know there love, then you lose it. Obito "died" leaving him with the responsibility of Rin. It wasn't his fault he killed Rin! Do you think he wanted to kill her? That's absurd! Kakashi was left with the guilt that he had failed Obito. Then to make things worse, his sensei died from the 9-tails. He lived a lonely life. Until Team 7 that is...

Mother died when he was very little. Father was hated by village and committed suicide when kakashi was 4 or 5. He found his fathers body. Teammate obito dies to save him. Other teammate Rin kills herself on his chidori. Suffers nightmares and PTSD of her death. Joins ANBU at young age. His sensei the fourth hokage dies. He becomes the last surviving member of his team. Finally gets a genin team and becomes happy. Sasuke defects and leaves. All his students become apprenticed to sannin. No romantic partners. Stares at the memorial stone for hours each day.

Okay, this list is WRONG! Kakashi obviously has the worst backstory. First, his mother died when he was at a VERY young age, he was so young that he doesn't even remember her! Second, his father committed suicide when he was only five or six leaving him all alone. Third, when his life was starting to get better, his teammate (Obito) who he was just getting to become good friends with dies because of him! Then, Obito gave him his Sharingan. After that his other teammate, Rin dies BY HIS HAND to commit suicide to save her village. Rin used his chidori to kill herself. Following Rin's death, Kakashi has constant nightmares and develops PTSD. After that his sensei dies TOO! Finally over their deaths, he gets a genin team (Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke) but soon after, Sasuke leaves the team for revenge and Kakashi feels like it was his fault. OBVIOUSLY WORST LIFE. Poor Kakashi... I love him.

5 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 jeriah. He felt bad about it but didn't show it

I think nagato was the one that had the saddest backstory. He not only saw his parents die right in front of him, but he saw the ecxact 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. He was hungry and sad until two of friends showed up and came to his aid

6 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 got it worse. He literally had no one not even a grandma (she's just a filler character), got frowned upon for not having sharingan by his own clan and stigmatized him as being black sheep (honestly, they're a hypocrite lot no wonder Obito didn't hold a single shred of sympathy when he slaughtered them in coldblood). He wanted to build rapport to this genius? teammate who bullied him constantly, even then he kept an opimistic demeanor all because he had someone to looked up to and cared for and that was his friend and crush, Rin. And she even betrayed and shrugged off his sacrifices when she carelessly almost confessed her feelings for someone who purposely prioritized the mission over her. What's even worst was the realization that he could never be a shinobi again for the rest of his life and was just a tool for a madman's scheme. Obito by far had the worst life and he didn't even given a choice to redeem himself. Felt sorry for him.

He paid the price of saving his comrades. He lost everything, literally everything. We feel sorry for some character shown in the series with dying friends, families and sacrificing their life for the sake of village. At least they are still whole while Obito got the worst on most part. He lost half his body in the process whie everyone gets only mild form of injuries. He will never be that normal shinobi again. He was also twisted and brainwashed by some creepy old guy who had past issues with his clan and made Obito his pawn. His life is a bloody nightmare! And it broke his heart when the girl he cherished committed suicide by her own accord. Thus he succumbed to the darkness within his heart. I felt sorry for the poor guy, he couldn't take a break. The fates were never merciful for him. Without a doubt he is one of the most complex character I deeply root for in the Naruto series.

No one ever comes close to make me cried river of tears seeing how this character's path took on a different route. The Uchiha bloodline is cursed with extreme emotions that lets them do things irrationally. He lost literally everything, he was really alone an orphan, even his body was severely damaged, he's been trained and brainwashed by stupid old Madara at a young age and the only person who is important to him got taken away at once. He lost the moral compass to continue living and even if he returned to the village Madara would ensure his death. Poor Obito could never catch a break! His life truly sucks. I hated you Madara jerk! Obito deserved a chance in life and you destroyed it!

He definitely had the saddest backstory. He was the character in the Narutoverse I esteemed the most. Despite the hardships and the stupid brainwashing by Madara he turned out good in the end. Obito just wasn't born inherently evil he's a victim too and the product of the twisted shinobi tragic world.

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

His parents were killed when he was just a kid, by Kakashi's father. His grandma, not eager to say the bad news, told him that it was just a long mission and they would be back soon. But he found out on his own that they weren't. She taught him puppet art, and he makes a puppet mom and dad so he can be hugged again. Then at his death, his grandma used his puppet parents to attack him, and even though he could easily dodge it, he had this one last human emotion where he wanted to embrace them one moe more time. With swords in his heart and parents holding him.

I voted sasori because I just felt what kind of pain he feels growing up without recieving love from parents, just like me growing up in a broken family, as a child I just can'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.

Sasori had to live his whole life without his parents and turned his only friend into a puppet.

I bet he's impatient because he waited his entire life for his parents to return.

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 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 to why I think he should be third on the list.

Sasuke had admirers, and people who wanted to take him in. This kid was stranger who was 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 let himself to continue being hurt.

He didn't have to work to earn those people's trust like Naruto did, and 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, which is something that Naruto and Gaara always wanted.

I do like Sasuke a bit, he is cool, and him wanting to get revenge on his brother seems reasonable. He would've been be ...more

How on earth is Naruto story sadder? Sasuke was neglected by his father and then used as a replacement. The brother he loved and adored murdered his clan and then showed him how he did and then made him feel worthless and pathetic. So he strived to kill his brother because of his pain and solitude. He had to live with all the memories and pain. Then he abandons his village and is branded a traitor, he finally kills itachi but then learns the truth. Which makes him feel guilty 4 killing his brother. Then the good memories flood in making it harder. So he wants to destroy konoha for causing such pain to the uchiha. Then he has to sever the bonds he had and when his brother reanimation comes he just loses his brother again because his brother still wants to protect the village. And through all his darkness and hatred he decides to protect the village..so his pain is unbearable he is alone. And the fangirls and admirers he had didn't count because that were just people who admired him ...more

Even though his early life was very tragic, his downfall when he was older was his fault. He chose to be selfish and betray all of his friends and people who cared about him just to get revenge.

Ditto everyone else who made some fabulous Sasuke comments. The only time I cried this whole series was with Sasuke's childhood story. It is truly a devastating story and deserves 1st place. Naruto and Gaara had sad stories too, but Sasuke's made me cry, earning his my vote.

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, ...read more.

Honestly 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 2 families pull the 2 a part just because of the last name. Then his only brother left gives him his eyes because he was gonna die anyway...so underrated

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

10 Haku

As a child he's seen his mother get killed by his step father and has had people chase and try to destroy him because of his ice powers leaving him poor and alone. Then she meets the man that changed him, Zabuzza 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

The Contenders
11 Kabuto Yakushi

Kabuto's backstory is actually so sad!
When he was thanking the mother constantly, it broke my heart.
The fact that the mother doesn't recognise who he was, that was upsetting because the mother was the one to give him an identity, and that to be taken away again, is painful. He has no idea who he is, has no identity, no nothing. He was alone from the very beginning. All he ever wanted was to find himself, know what who he truly is.
Danzo literally ruined his life by trying to dispose kabuto and the mother. How tragic must have that been.

The way that he was thanking Mother and that when Mother didn't recognise him. And also the fact that he always checks his clock if it's 9 pm and says "I would be sleeping by now"

12 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 saw her Paper Release when she was still a kid, then maybe she and her friends were with Orochimaru by now!

Konan is a kunoichi of the akatuski and the hidden rain. She was a war orphan with her three friends chibi, nagato, and yahiko. Though yahiko and chibi died they still continent their organization call the akatuski. But instead of yahiko being the leader nagato took over as leader.

13 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 comparing to this guy's burden. Well he didn't have brother's issues anyway. I won't say anything. This guy 's the embodiment of paracetamol imao. What a sacirifing? A true heroic anime character that gives us a life lesson.

14 Karin Uzumaki
15 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.
16 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.

17 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.

Anyone think of hashirama? While his story isn't the saddest it's still pretty sad... mostly like madara's but hashirama tries to find humor in most situations and if he can find any he tries to do or say something to lift the moods of anyone around.

18 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

19 Inari

Never having a father and being bullied he's 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 and always laughs when around him 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.

20 Sai

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

21 Neji Hyuga

I think Neji had a sad past; I mean he witness 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. Lost his father and began to feed a hate for the main clan family.

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

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

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

23 Isaribi

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

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 got really a sad childhood, I mean do you know what it feels like to have a father that always look down to you?, a father that hates your existence, that it doesn't matter to him if you are dead or alive, not just a father but a WHOLE CLAN that looks down to you, and where is Hinata's mother? She is either dead, (poor 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 everyday of your life with a sibling that wants to KILL YOU? Not blessing life I guess

She got really a sad childhood, I mean do you know what it feels like to have a father that always look down to you?, a father that hates your existence, that it doesn't matter to him if you are dead or alive, not just a father but a WHOLE CLAN that looks down to you, and where is Hinata's mother? She is either dead, (poor 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 everyday of your life with a sibling that wants to KILL YOU? Not blessing life I guess

She does have a sad past than most female characters I would call her the third female one with the saddest past but she is no where near what happened to sasuke, Naruto, gaara, etc.

For me. Hinata, Gaara, Sasuke, Obito, Naruto and Konan are the saddest. But Hinata's backstory really hits me the most.

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 the realistic motivation for all the loosers.

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