Saddest Naruto Deaths

The Top Ten
1 Death of Jiraiya

Before going to the Hidden Rain, he was unsure he would return to the Leaf...but that moment during his fight with Pain when he knew he would die there was devastating and then seeing him so painfully killed. I teared up, but I cried like a baby when Tsunade finally let it hit her that he was gone and of course when Naruto wandered around the village and reminisced about him. It made it so much tougher knowing Jiraiya was Naruto's godfather, and all that time he couldn't tell him.

His death was the saddest. He was one of my favorite characters and I still think about him til this day when I am reading the manga. His was the first and the last time I hope to cry in Naruto. It was like watching a close uncle or your father die. Seeing Naruto so devastated after his death was heartbreaking. The episode where Naruto sat on the bench and hand the pop sickle in his hand split in half. Just made it more of a reality that he was truly dead.

Jiraiya was something that no else in the Naruto universe ever was...father figure. Same could be said for Iruka, however I think he was more of a big brother to Naruto then a father. Besides that Jiraiya has touched the lives of many before his death and because of this his death was just a big deal not just to the characters but what was what motivated Naruto to learn sage mode and save the hidden leaf...well kinda but still the point is without Jiraiya the story would have already ended. Hell I even knew that he died before I watched the episode, I still cried seeing him dying with a smile on his face knowing he completed everything he wanted too do. And not a lot of people can say that.

Itachi isn't the only one who died smiling guys, Jiraiya did too, plus Jiraiya's smile while he was sinking was more sad in my opinion. Everything he did with Naruto and all the past memories he had with the legendary sannin and Sarutobi Sensei and Jiraiya's corpse is also out of reach, so they couldn't even do a proper funeral. Jiraiya the Gallant will always be remembered, the nostalgia is killing me right now I gotta stop typing

2 Death of Itachi

I remember when I figured out about Itachi's death (Through spoilers). I was SO DAMN HAPPY. I hated him with a burning passion. I never understood why the hell someone would go off and kill their entire family. Just like the rest of the leaf. I thought he was a merciless savage. My cousin however (who was way ahead of me in the show), told me that I would be sad when he died, and that he had a good reason for murdering his entire family in cold blood. I didn't believe him, and when Itachi died I was happy. The Obito told his story. Now I was devastated. This poor guy had been hated by the person he loved most, exiled from his village, and killed all of his family because he was commanded to. He gave up his entire life to serve the village, and had the person he loved the most chase him for his entire life, wanting nothing in life but to kill him. Itachi is an amazing man and an amazing brother. If you say otherwise. We can fight.

Itachi died a hero, a hero with a heartbreaking past. He sacrificed everything for the Hidden Leaf Village and everyone judged him based on their asssumptions. Wow, it is unbelievable to me how much he cared for Sasuke and his village, how much he dedicated himself to others, how he didn't have the urge to argue against Danzo. He thought Sasuke's life was more precious than Konoha. The Hidden Leaf treated him like a sacrificial piece, like it was his fate to live that way. He adored his village and will do what it takes to preserve peace, yet they just taken advantage of his traits. No one appreciated what he did and despised him. Itachi was never loved after he killed the Uchiha clan. His story is a little similar to Severus Snape, but way more heartbreaking and surprising. Yet he died smiling and apologized. Itachi is the most selfless and kind-hearted person, I can't imagine what he gone through to protect Sasuke and the Hidden Leaf and how he didn't avenge his village for taking ...more

He has had the most tragic life and in my opinion had the most purest heart in all of Naruto. He gave up everything to protect his brother and the leaf village including becoming a spy and placed in the bingo book. It killed me to watch sasuke kill him when itachi did everything to keep his brother safe. This is by far the saddest death. Oh and on the list the death of fourth hokage and the death of Naruto's parents are the same thing and don't need to be separated.

Itachi was a person who... Well, Itachi was a heartless person, in my opinion when he killed all of the Uchiha's except for Sasuke, but when it came to this, my look to him changed.. I was literally crying all day and all night, two weeks over some stupid anime character, but of course, I do love Naruto, and it's show, but.. It was just so hard...
Seeing Sasuke like that.. But, instead of crying, we all know that the Itachi we should have knownn will always stay in our heart forever

3 Death of Neji

I almost cried for this one. And I don't normally cry. What really got me about this fight is that he sacrificed himself to save the person he used to hate the most. I also hated how he was no longer a part of the Konaha 12. They were incomplete without him. I do like it how he died by his choice, though, making it so that he died in the same way his father did. By free choice.
One thing I didn't understand though: Why the hell didn't he just use Palm Rotation. That way he would've saved himself and Hinata. There was no need to sacrifice himself.

He was my favorite character since the beginning. His fighting style and techniques were so awesome. That is until, Naruto defeated him in the Chuunin Exams. I began to like Naruto at that time. But Neji is still number one.

I left Naruto for 4 years and I kept thinking all is well. When I searched for Neji's pictures at Google as a profile pic, I saw "Neji death". I thought that was imaginary. But it was true. I didn't cry when I watched it, I was just sad.

It's a good thing that the Shinobi Forces honored him with a bird formation counterattack. He's still my favorite. But for now, I'll go for Naruto.

I truly loved his character, he had a beautiful back story that most people can relate to. The death of his father and being alone with a curse really got to me. I always felt he has a special connection to Naruto and that Naruto changed him really, into a better and more hopeful person. Also I mean he left Tenten all alone and when she said, "how could you leave me all alone? " that was it, the tears came slowly but surely. Only character I still think about in daily life, why? Who knows.

He was a truly loyal and kind person. He protected Hinata always (well not at the Chunin exams, but he was so furious and upset about the unfairness of his life that he took it out on her. Yet he still cared about her and guarded her from danger in battle.), and pushed aside his past feelings and took care of her like true family, screw the whole 'main' and 'branch' family beliefs! He died with honor. I cried when his curse mark disappeared, but in a sort of happy-sad way, because it finalized his death, but also his freedom. The birds flying above him was really emotional, as it symbolized how he was about to fly free. As Hizashi Hyuga stated about dying, "Doing that is the first time I have the freedom to choose".

4 Death of Minato and Kushina (Naruto's Parents)

Ok. I hate that these two died. And I love them so much, they're probably still some of my favorite characters. But when they died I just wasn't sad. They had been dead for so long before they showed the scene that it wasn't sad for me anymore. For example. I bet no one got sad when they figured out Albert Einstein died, except for the people who were there when it happened. Being warned about something kind of takes away the ability to be sad about it in some circumstances. And this was one of them for me.

I don't usually cry very hard (though I did cry in pretty much every death scene) but when it showed all the flashbacks with those two and when they died I could not stop sobbing. It was the most I had ever cried over anything of this sort.

This was so emotional for me I mean Minato and Kushina were soem of my most favorite characters and I was completely heatbroken when I watched the episode when they died especially the oart when Kishina said tall those words to Naruto before she died it was truly a family moment a sad one at that. Like mother and father like son. If I could I wouldve brought Minakushi back to life. It was so sad the Naruto had to grow up alone.

I didn't cry on their death. I was just pissed off that Naruto lived without the knowing of a parent. And the way Kushina spoke to him about taking care of himself, I was sad but not enough to let me cry.

5 Death of Asuma

I kind of always knew he would die when the episodes leading up to it featured him more than usual. The episodes got us on a personal level with him and showed us into his life so that we could be more affected by his death and so that it will mean something. I did not cry because of his death, I cried because Shikamaru is my favorite character and I could feel his pain and hurt. He's always so chill and laid back but when Asuma died he kind of lost himself and I wanted to hop into the scenes and hug him. Also with Kurinai (Spell check? ) She was heartbroken to say the least, they were one of my otp when they started showing into his life. So many people were affected emotionally and mentally like with Neji's death.

I burst out crying. Asuma is an epic character and when he died I was like 'No, he can't be dead, someone will save him. He's too awesome to die.' But then I cried and cried. Shikamaru didn't really make it any better because of his heartbreaking cries.

All of these are really sad, but I'd say Itachi made me cry the second most, especially after we learned his story. It's sadder because he died known as a criminal and we learned his story after his death. *Cri*

I cried so much, he was one of my favorite characters and I never expected that he would die. I haven't seen the others deaths since I just started to watch naruto again. But man, this is just so sad. All the flashbacks and shikamaru's reaction made it impossible not to cry. But the point is I love asuma, I'm such a big fan of his. It's was devastating to see him go.

Ohh... God I cried insanely at the death asuma... I didn't like asuma that much but the way they showed it... And most importantly.. I cried for shikamaru and his team... Ino and choji... But especially shikamaru... That what would be his reaction? I hated hidan for doing that... But alas... Serves him right for getting buried alive...

6 Death of Konan

Such a wasted character. She wanted to be that bridge to support Yahiko, Nagato and Naruto's views yet she died before completely fulfilling her goal. She would've been such a better character if she survived and joined the Allied Shinobi Forces and fought alongside Naruto to finally be that bridge. Nonetheless, she was amazing and will always be missed. Her death was truly a tragic one alongside many others.

Eh. I don't know about the rest of you, but I never really liked Konan that much. I wasn't really sad when she died. I was surprised, but not sad. She went out with a bang... literally. And that was enough for me.

How was Konan not on the list until now? She died to protect her friend and village, which is just like what Jiraiya died. It's even sadder because everything she did was negated by some OP technique!

It wasn't her death but when the blood soaked paper went on her "hop in" card reminding the promise the three made of returning there one day... first time I ever cried watching an anime

7 Death of Kakashi

Yes, Kakashi came back, but that doesn't change how sad his death was. We saw Kakashi from almost the very first episode. He was/is the main character's sensei, his wisdom helped get the storyline on the right track, and he never gave up for what was right. He had the worst childhood ever. His mother died when he was very young, his father committed suicide for saving his friends, and he went into a state of depression after his friends died. That's a lot to throw at one guy, but Kakashi stayed good in the heart. How he made peace with his father after he died brought on a whole new level of sad. Kakashi told his father about his life and how he forgave him, so The White fang could finally rest. Kakashi came into our life as a character in a show or book, but he became a hero in our mind, and he'll leave as a legend.

When Kakashi died it was the most horrible thing EVER. I refused to believe that he was really and truly gone. I kept on trying to reassure myself by remembering that he became the 6th Hokage, and dead people can't be Hokages. But I always shot myself down by remembering that there wasn't any possible way that they could bring him back. They, unfortunately, didn't have the damn Dragon Balls in this universe. When Nagato used Rinne Rebirth I was SO HAPPY. The entire time I was just waiting for Kakashi to pop back to life and when he did I was extremely relieved.

I am not voting for anybody else. We saw Kakashi from almost the first episode. He shaped Naruto into the great man he is. When I saw his death, I was watching with my big, tough brother, and we were both in a puddle of our own tears. He was a fan favorite in my family. For Kakashi to die was to much. Geez, I almost smashed the TV. Thank goodness I didn't...

When I saw this, I came the closest I've ever come to crying in over 15 years. I haven't cried since I was 8, and seeing Kakashi die almost broke that streak. I only continued to watch the series because I wanted to see Pain die. I was so angry, even though Pain is so epically cool.

8 Death of Obito

Obito's death was honestly the worst bro! I was just getting to like him when he went bye bye. The dude was so damn cool, and was actually a pretty nice guy. The way he died was epic though, and none of you guys can deny that. The way Naruto just grabbed at him and he disappeared is a death fit for such a Shinobi!

Both deaths completely sucked, but I'm thinking of the second one. (Sorry if you haven't gotten there yet. Why are you on this page? ) I think this was the only time I was ever more emotional than this was during the Pain arc. He had just realised who he was again, and he was fighting along with Squad Seven as best he could and just generally being awesome. I almost believed for quite awhile that he might actually have a chance to start again and live in Konoha...
OF COURSE it couldn't last. Curse you, Kishi-sensei! First Neji, and now this?
Sigh. I suppose it was bound to happen. He was already on borrowed time. He survived the rocks because of Madara, and then he stayed alive the whole time he was being possessed by Black Zetsu. This dude is amazing. It would have been nice for him and Kakashi to stay together, but I guess now that he's with Rin he'll be happier.

I didn't know Obito was alive when I watched those two episodes. I was literally stunned by Obito's actions and I still couldn't get over it. Obito was my favorite character in the series till the truth about was revealed. Man if it was not for him, all this war wouldn't have happened. But the old Obito still remains my favorite. The saddest moment in the entire Naruto series.

I know Obito is alive... But in the flashback... When I saw it... It was and still is the saddest death for... I couldn't get over it... I cried an ocean of tears... And bit back another ocean that threatened to come all day... I could still cry if made me watch that episode again... !

9 Death of Gaara

Gaara, Gaara, Gaara. An amazing dude. Sure he started off as a demon that we probably all wanted to die, he turned into one of the people we would've hated dying the most. Now, somewhere deep inside I knew that Gaara would have to die eventually. I knew that Madara awakened the Ten Tails and that you needed every other tailed beast to do that far before I ever reached that point in the anime. But I never expected it. When he died I kept on waiting for him to randomly pop awake and explain some long ass strategy that kept him alive even though they took his tailed beast away. But they didn't. Honestly I was probably more angry than Naruto was when I figured out that he was really and truly dead. But I knew that he was alive later on in the show, which really confused me. I didn't see any possible way for him to come back to life. But luckily, in the end. Chiyo came in with the clutch

You know what? Naruto is my favorite character easily but Gaara's death.. It really pulled me hard. The look on Gaara's dead face. Naruto's speech. "It's your fault! If you go dammed sand shinobi hadn't put that monster inside of him, this would of never happened! Do you any idea what burden he carried?!?! Damn the have no right to act like your better, to label us and use us... I couldn't save Sasuke...I couldn't save Gaara...I trained so hard for three years...and nothing has changed..." Naruto's crying...

Somehow I knew he would comeback to life simply because he is awesome.

Gaara actually changed his ways, so I'm glad he gained the title of Kazekage and that he was brought back to life in order to fulfill that role

10 Death of Haku

Most memorable moment in the beginning of the Naruto series. The first major encounter leaving you breathless as Haku dies to protect his only reason of existence, Zabuza. It doesn't end there. Shinobi are tied down by their codes such as #25- The mission comes first, a shinobi must never show tears. When Gato disrespectfully battered Haku's dead body and Naruto scolded Zabuza for not caring for his long-time comrade, it was clear even Zabuza, the one they call 'Demon of the Hidden Mist', cannot hold back his true emotions and cries. After Zabuza slaughters Gato he ran out of energy, desperatly limping towards Haku's body. He asks Kakashi a request to see Haku's face one last time. By then I was dropping bullets T^T. Snow falls gently as Zabuza reasons with God to see Haku in the afterlife. RIP Zabuza x Haku

This arc is the reason why I still watch Naruto. Honestly, it's the second saddest scene after Shikamaru get's revenge for Asuma, but it still moved me to tears. A series about the grayness of being a ninja and the struggle between being a person and acting as a tool is really the direction I wanted Naruto to go that I don't think it's gone to today... But whenever that theme pops up I think about Haku's death.

I am gonna say this was the first taste of death many of use saw from Naruto, and we saw why this was sad, none of us could hate Zabuza and Haku, when they passed away, we saw what they went through and felt sorrow for them, Haku could have been just a great shin-obi, just put his faith in the wrong person. This death is up their with Rins death for me, this molded Naruto's Nindo to what it was by the end of the series. Unforgettable.

This is the only episode of naruto and naruto shippuden that made me cry. I have seen every episode of naruto and shippuden but this was the most emotional part. Shortly after in episode 19 one of my favourite scenes of zabuza killing all the bad guys with just a knife in his mouth showing how much he cared for haku just topped it off for me. He was so innocent and so his death was so emotional.

The Contenders
11 Death of Sasuke

Sure he was evil for 300+ episodes, but it was still awesome whenever I saw him in an episode, especially when he fought Itachi and Deidara. But then all of the sudden, here comes Madara and just stabs him in the heart.

MY BABE! DEAD! I was overly obsessed and overly depressed when he died. I was like in love with him...

SPOILER What sasuke is still alive. Also in the movie boruto sasuke and Sakurai have a girl who also has a dream of becoming hokage

He was my favorite character and madara goes and stabs him. I hate madara and whoever killed him I thank

12 Death of Third Hokage

The third Hokage was a legend and he fulfilled his role perfectly. He was also one of Naruto's first friends and it was sad to know he couldn't be there anymore to see him become a great ninja.

The last part when he was closing his eyes, about to die and for the last time sees Orochimaru as a kid... This scene killed me. I replayed and tortured myself over this scene.

I was crying myself to sleep ;-; I wouldn't stop thinking of his death! Stupid Orochimaru!

Sacrificing his life for villagers.

13 Death of Zaku
14 Death of Nagato

Didn't at all get the recognition he should have not an honorable way to die.
A man that was trying to create peace just as how Naruto was trying too. He had very excellent morals and was too amazing of a character to not be with us anymore.
Also the recap over all he went through in life along with him telling all his motives when Naruto was pinned down. He was just too great of a person.

Nagato was awesome. He wasn't just a stereo typical enemy who wanted to dominate or destroy the world. All he wanted was world peace even though his plan to achieve it was different from other peoples. That's why he was so great.R.I. P Nagato.

Nagato, Yahiko, and Konan are my favorite characters from Naruto. They really don't get the recognition they deserve. Nagato might have killed many people, but in the end, he sacrificed himself to bring them back.

Amazing character. Up there with Jiraiya and Itachi definitely. Death should at least be top 5

15 Death of Kurama

Never before have I cried so hard at a media.
When the ending song started playing but with all the time they spent together...I JUST LOST IT! I even knew it was coming, but I still went into mourning mode.

16 Death of Chiyo

Though not the most "good" person, she was still a sweet old lady. She killed sacrificed her own life to save another; the ultimate act of selflessness. And she was willing to do it too. She felt as if she didn't do anything right, and now she would do her final thing, right. It was painful to watch elders pass away, let alone give their own life away.

Should be wayy higher. Her growth in her character in her few episodes, saving Sakura multiple times, Gaara and in a way Sasori. She saw her flaws and was the first person in shippuden at least to tell Naruto to persue his dream (despite that she didn't like the Hidden Leaf). Her story with Sasori and so much is amazing and her after reincarnation is amazing too.

Surprised this is not higher. She was an old woman who thought low of herself, didn't care about much, and when she fought alongside Sakura, and revived Gaara, had me balling out tears.

It was remarkable a true act of selflessness. She was wiling to go on a mission at the age of I don't know what! But at least she died to save one of the best characters, Gaara.

17 Death of Hamura Otsutsuki
18 Death of Aoi
19 Haku

I just hated the thought of a child dying even if haku wasn't much of a child anymore it just hit me in the feels especially due to how he sacrificed himself anyone who agrees with me?

20 Death of Sakon & Ukon

I didn't really find their death that sad, but seeing as they are one of my all-time favourite characters, I did cry a little. I just loved them so much, even if they were what they were.

Death of Sakon and Ukon is worthless. Better change it to Kimimaro who has painful past though his early death is kinda upseting.

Damn, you weaklings! Sakon you are pathetic and ukon you are just a jerk!

Why is this on the list? This death wasn't sad whatsoever.

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

Shisui has to be my favorite Uchiha. Out of all of the Uchiha, he was most like Naruto, he thought of the village and even his clan before himself, and even when he got mangekyou sharingan, he never lost sight on protecting the village. He was Itachi's best friend, and taught him a lot of the ideals he believed, including putting the village and his brother before himself. He protected the village as much as he could before he gave his eye to Itachi and commited suicide. He unlocked Itachi's mangekyou sharingan, he went out like a true hero.

Shisui was one of the smartest and ethical Ninja in the series, his death led to the coup. Which he could have been able to stop with his kotoamatsukmai had danzo not intervined. He was the guiding big brother to Itachi and helped shape itachi's will of fire. Personally I think that his death was great for the story but the anguish and grief heard from itachi when he dies gets me every time.

To be honest, I don't have a lot of context on Shisui but I know that he was an exceptional ninja who was taken advantage of by Danzo when he deserved way better and should've been acknowledged more.

It's so sad to see your favorite character die.

22 Death of Goku

I can't believe he died. When Madara went Super Saiyan and stabbed him in the neck with a kunai before kamehamehaing him. Not only did Madara get all the Dragon Balls but HE STOLE Goku'S MOVE.

I can't believe that you guys don't know it was Kirito from Sao who killed him with his Kamehameha wave after naruto rasenganed him in the foot, also Vegeta walks in and takes credit and Donald trump asks aang to make him a wall.
(Aang is from the last airbender)

23 Death of Choji's Father

Choji's father never died, when he went to tell Tsunade what Pains ability was, she said he was still alive.

Choji doesn't deserve to see that ever.

He got killed when pein destroyed the village with his almighty push. I am glad pein got what he deserved from Naruto. really sad. even though choji cries in front of his father and kakashi when there both dead. please vote.

24 Death of Yahiko

At first I thought he is the Pain that destroyed the village and killed Kakashi and all those people (skipped the filler), but when I saw the flashbacks during Pain's Assault he was my favorite of the three and I cried for days when he sacrificed himself for Nagato and Konan.

I cried so much when Yahiko died. Can't even imagine how Nagato must've felt, if he hadn't killed Yahiko, Konan would've died... Nagato and Yahiko's story is sad, and the way Yahiko had to die is even sadder.

He had to be killed by his best friend in order to save another friend. Yahiko died to save his two friends he grew up with. So sad.

25 Death of Fourth Hokage

I believe it's the saddest death, the death of Minato and Kushina. It just shows love between parents and son, plus also sacrifices to protect the hidden Leaf. It's just sad for Naruto to have never met his parents right after his birth, the most saddest part is when Kushina was saying all the stuff that Naruto has to do after he grows up.

Hiruzen's passing was awful. However, he died gracefully and with good will and meaning. He stopped Orochimaru (to an extent, I should add), and saved the Konoha for a while until the next Great Shinobi War. I cried so hard when he died, it was like losing and grandfather.

This was by far the saddest death in Naruto, when he and Kushina just jumped in front of the nine-tails to protect Naruto and their final words they left him, that was just sadness to the max.

Sad. Just sad. He protected the hidden leaf, and his son from Kurama. If Obito never existed Minato would still be alive. I don't like Obito but I guess he just wanted a prefect life.

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