Top 10 Worst Naruto Moments

Despite the massive appeal, popularity and love this series has gotten over the years, Naruto is noteworthy of being among Anime's biggest flagship franchises and a benchmark of what Shonen Manga and Anime aspire to look at, joining the ranks of Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist and Death Note in this regard.

BUT! This series has had a good share of incredibly contrived and dumb moments since its decade 1/2 long runtime. Here, state what you think was a totally random and poorly explained moment Naruto has endured.
The Top Ten
1 "The Great Snake Escape"

Sasuke VS Deidara reaches its climax with Deidara severely outmatched and humiliated by Sasuke's superior prowess and elemental advantage. In a last-ditch attempt to win, Deidara commits suicide, via detonating a heart-strapped bomb which covers a blast radius of 10 kilometers, all the while Sasuke is very exhausted himself.

Sasuke escapes using Orochimaru's personal summon, Manda and then using the Sharingan to control him and then hiding in his mouth, causing Manda to the the blow for him.

But here's where things don't make any sense; Sasuke was exhausted and thus, was low on chakra. Furthermore, using the Sharingan and the Summoning Jutsu both require large amounts of chakra individually. Realistically, Sasuke should have been killed in the explosion because if he did use both, he wouldn't have any energy left to move. And if he did succeed in using both techniques, Sasuke should have died anyway as Deidara detonated himself about 2 meters away from Sasuke. Its pretty clear from here that Sasuke had plot armor specifically in this scene so he could have his showdown with Itachi later on.

Why not have Tobi/Obito save Sasuke via Kamui? Sure it'd look weird, considering Tobi would have betrayed his comrade (By then), though it can be subverted later by having it justified by revealing Tobi as "Madara Uchiha", having his own agenda. It'd still be a better getaway than Sasuke developing some ridiculous plot armor element to survive Deidara. Just saying.

2 Naruto Calling Obito "The Coolest!"

Naruto says this after Obito dies defending him. That's cool and all, but...

1 - Obito killed Neji Hyuga right in front of Naruto and Hinata, probably a few hours ago.

2 - Is responsible for the deaths of several of Naruto's comrades throughout the years.

3 - Corrupted Sasuke Uchiha into becoming a hellbent criminal.

4 - And, get this, he is responsible for the attack in Konoha when Naruto was born, and is thus, responsible for the deaths of your parents and the fact that Naruto became ostracized and hated by the village.

So Naruto, don't you think you should reflect back on what Obito has done to you throughout your life. I mean, yeah, you redeemed him, but his atrocities cannot be excused. And even then, realistically, you'd still hold a large amount of contempt on him, even when he died in front of you. "Coolest! "? Jeez, that's an incredibly over-exaggerated remark on someone who is responsible for the death of your parents, loads of your allies and a dear friend.

3 Black Zetsu Being the True Main Antagonist

Madara Uchiha just initiated the Infinite Tsukuyomi and has the surviving protagonists on the ropes. Then, completely out of nowhere, Black Zetsu stabs Madara and reveals he was the one behind the Eye of the Moon plan and the he is the manifested will of Kaguya Otsutsuki. Thus, effectively, Black Zetsu is revealed to be responsible for the many tragedies that happened in the Naruto storyline and thus, the main antagonist.

Except he isn't really a good antagonist. Black Zetsu's character from here devolves severely. What was once a mysterious, sharp-mouthed and shrewd figure is now a cackling momma's boy who constantly praises Kaguya whilst insulting the surviving protagonists. Furthermore, as a main antagonist with such lasting consequences pertaining to his actions, Black Zetsu doesn't have any character traits that could make him interesting or endearing, unlike the previous four main antagonists who had a definite goal with a developed backstory and, at least, a Freudian Excuse.

4 Sakura's "Love Confession" Towards Naruto

Made Sakura more unlikable than she already was. All of this but she still wasn't over Sasuke, made her look like she had some bipolar disorder or something. And if she didn't want Naruto to get hurt trying to bring back Sasuke, why does she make life more complicated for everyone instead of just TALKING to him like any thinking being would? Saying that she doesn't want him to get hurt for her or something, I'm pretty sure that would have made everything easier for everyone. But no she had to be controlling like always and make her allies lives more difficult than villains do.

5 Kaguya's Role and Impact

In a series that loved to tease major characters and plot advances for years, Kaguya felt like she fell from the sky, and her confusing motivations and vague philosophy contrast starkly with layered, ideals-driven "lesser" villains. Being placed between a war against Madara and the ultimate fight between Naruto and Sasuke makes her feel like a filler villain, except she's supposed to be the final boss for the heroes.

It's also frustrating that while she was portrayed as easily, by far the strongest character in the series, she also had next to no space to show off her great powers, because the Observable Narutoverse consisted of around 5 people by that time.

6 Major Character Neglect

I mean, sure the franchise is about, well, Naruto, but it also had a very colorful cast and many of them even got some spotlight. If anything, look at the fights involving the Sound Four.Five. Those fights were great because it went to display how capable Choji, Neji, Kiba, Shikamaru and Rock Lee were during that time. In addition, the best part about some of the fillers were that at least some characters were able to get some notice and display more of their skills.

This does get carried on to the first half of Shippuden, with some shining moments (Shikamaru VS Hidan being an incredible example). But by the second half, barely anyone was given much attention at all. In fact, the show became less about Naruto and more about the Uchiha Clan and their history and consequences on the present day. It got incredibly frustrating that almost all of the focus was either on Sasuke, Obito and Madara, with Naruto getting some attention. So many characters that could have been explored more were just not shown much and, in the case of a few poor souls, killed off.

Also, the latter half of Shippuden is effectively for me "The Uchiha Clan Soap Opera; featuring Naruto".

7 Antagonist Misidentity

1 - At first, the main antagonist is Orochimaru as he is an incredibly powerful rogue ninja, seeking immortality and as a personal vendetta against Konoha, which happens to be the village he came from.

2 - Then the events of Shippuden play out. Orochimaru becomes second fiddle to the Akatsuki, and the figurehead leader, Nagato is established to be the big bad at this point, with ridiculous powers and a deep-seeded nihilism rooted into him, which drives him to attempt a dark and twisted attempt at world peace. He also appears to be shadowy archetype to Naruto in some ways

3 - Then there's Obito Uchiha, who usurps Nagato as the antagonist. Obito is also the mastermind behind Akatsuki and it's true leader Like Orochimaru, he has a personal vendetta against Konoha, and is similar to Nagato in regards to their nihilistic views. Obito is also a dark counterpart to Naruto in more ways than Nagato was and is by far, the most personal antagonist in the series. His way of attaining world peace is even more twisted and frightening than Nagato's.

4 - Madara Uchiha is then revealed to be the mastermind behind Obito's ambitions and is thus, the ultimate Big Bad of Naruto, being intertwined with the history of Naruto and Sasuke's ancestors, is responsible for several events that play out in tragedy and is a chessmaster in regards to manipulation and event planning. He also was the one responsible for corrupting Obito to become a nihilist and for setting up the plan which Obito was set out to do.

5 - Then, near the end, Madara is usurped by Black Zetsu, who reveals Madara's ultimate goal to be a complete sham and that his goal was simply to bring back his "mother" and take over the world via converting people into White Zetsus. In essence, he the REAL ultimate Big Bad of Naruto.

Yeah, that's a long rundown. But I think Naruto started to suffer a fatigue in regards to who should be the main antagonist. I like Orochimaru, Nagato and Madara, I'm... more

8 Characters and Stories Becoming Progressively Obsolete And/or Ignored

In a series filled with numerous characters and having their own personal story, its kind of a shame this winds up getting wasted in several ways.

Anko Mitarashi is a character who has close ties to Orochimaru, being his apprentice and an inheritor of the Cursed Seal of Heaven. By this, she has an established backstory and there is a good chance she could have some area of character focus and development somwhere in the story. Unfortunately, she never gets to have any prominent focus and winds up getting shafted as a plot device for Kabuto to use during the latter part of Shippuden.

Some members of the Konoha 11, like Shino Aburame, Kiba Inuzuka and Rock Lee, who were represented as characters who have defining personalities and even a goal, particularly with Kiba wanting to become Hokage and Lee wanting to win Sakura's affection and be just as good as his role model Might Gai. While they had focus at first, Shippuden drastically subverts this, especially for poor Kiba and Shino, who never get any role prominence and contribute nothing important to the story.

In addition, I think there are several storylines which unfortunately don't get explored often. The Hyuga Affair, which was a defining moment for Neji and Hinata's characters and backstory could have been explored more often, or how about showcasing a plotline displaying Minato's journey to becoming the Hokage. There's so many great opportunities here, but they never get to be focused at all. And that feels incredibly disappointing if you ask me.

For more elaboration, as this is about the worst moments (I;m only describing moments and character motives that could have been explored more often), I'll consider doing another Naruto list regarding wasted potential.

9 Talk No Jutsu

This is Naruto's ultimate technique. No joke. Basically, all he has to do is reach out to some opponent and talk them out of being a villain. It hasn't happened to everyone, but boy, does it get pretty annoying. And realistically, nihilists don't immediately change their viewpoint of the world that quickly and convincingly.

Also, this is one of the reasons I like Madara; he's totally immune to this BS.

Naruto's speech convincing Nagato, is a case that I find to be incomprehensible.

10 Uchiha Clan Characters Randomly Getting New Abilities

Sasuke Uchiha is so guilty of this point. Look back at the series, and you'll find out he develops and learns new skills out of nowhere and randomly, especially during the latter parts of Shippuden. Its gotten to the point where even Obito, of all people, starts to question how does Sasuke learn so many moves in such a short time span. I mean, he can use the Rinnegan abilities to very good use upon receiving them, which makes little sense, and while Sasuke is a genius, it still takes practice to fully master it.

This gets extended to the Uchiha in general. Susanoo was quite random when it appeared for the first time, I'll admit that. Madara is also very guilty here; he constantly displays feats that are incredibly contrived and ridiculous to talk about. He's suddenly revealed to have the Rinnegan, his clones are strong enough to have their own Susanoo, and worst of all (In two cases), he can summon Susanoo even without having any eyes and use the Gedo Statue to full use with only one Rinnegan Eye! In the case of the latter, it took Nagato three days to extract a tailed beast from its jinchuriki, and that's with the help of several Akaksuki members, in addition to having both Rinnegan eyes. Madara can instantly extract a tailed beast all by himself.

The Contenders
11 Sakura Criticising Naruto for Not Having Parents to Educate Him
12 Sasuke Wanting to Become Hokage
13 Sakura Thinking She's on Naruto and Sasuke Level
14 Team Guy vs Clones

One of the most boring fights in the show. Not only was it basically 3-4 episodes of nonsense spewing, it was solved by, "Being better than you were yesterday?" What is that? Seriously a really retarded asspull. Should've honestly made this battle offscreen.

15 Sakura Breaking Her Friendship with Ino Over Sasuke
16 Neji's Death
17 Sasori Let Chiyo Kill Him

Sasori was an artist that have choosed eternal life and art to make puppets. Also he doesn't have emotions, since he is a cold assassin.
But is revelated that he choose to not dogde Chiyo's attack.
But why? Because he have wanted to die with his "parents"? That doesn't make sense.
Sasori was killed because of plot.

18 Black Zetsu Kills Madara
19 Sakura Poisons Naruto
20 Sasuke Wants to Destroy the Hidden Leaf Village

Your brother sacrificed everything for you and the hidden leaf village, and THIS is how you honor him? Can someone explain why people love him in Shippuden? - TheDarkOne_221b

21 Sakura Punching Naruto
22 Naruto Doesn't Punch Sakura Back
23 Kakashi Perfect Susano’o
24 Naruto Thinks Obito is Awesome
25 Kakashi Saves Sakura
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