The Japanese manga series has had 720 episodes since the television series was first broadcast in 2002. Now with the title of the sixth best-selling manga series in the world, Naruto continues to be a fan favorite. We’ve been introduced to multiple characters over the years, some getting appraisals from fans while others have faced criticism. So, which characters have made it to the top of the list of coolest Naruto characters?
According to Shonen Road, here are the Top 10 coolest Naruto characters. The expert anime magazine includes excerpts from and articles on your favorite manga series, such as rankings and various characters’ backstories. To find more ranked lists of your favorite Naruto characters, check out articles by the Shonen Road magazine.
9. Obito Uchiha
Obito Uchiha’s character remains a mystery for most of the series, and he was believed to be dead after the Third Great Ninja War. Later it is revealed he is the person behind the mask of Tobi and very much alive. With his tragic past and immense power due to the Sharingan, Rinnegan, Six Paths techniques, and being a Ten-Tailed beast Jinchuriki, he became a fan favorite.
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8. Madara Uchiha
Madara Uchiha is arguably the strongest Uchiha before Sasuke replaces him. Like Obito, Madara also possesses the Sharingan, Rinnegan, and Six Paths techniques and becomes a Jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails. However, he can use every Six Paths technique and has power in both eyes, unlike Obito, making him a more powerful and cooler character in the eyes of the fans of the show. His character is also one of the very few characters that challenge the watchers’ ideals and make them question their own ideals.
Jiraiya is a significant figure in Naruto’s life throughout the series. He trained Naruto and made him a strong and capable ninja. Although fans might dislike Jiraiya’s character due to certain traits of his personality, he was still a father figure for Naruto and a reputable personality in Konoha.
6. Hinata Hyuga
The evolution of Hinata Hyuga’s character from a shy age mate of Naruto to a strong woman who supports him endlessly is admired by fans. She is introduced as the eldest daughter of the Hyuga clan, but later she becomes Naruto’s wife. However, she is not limited to the role of his wife. Later her role as a capable ninja in the Fourth Great Ninja War is also highlighted in the series. Her character might be the only one with little to no criticism from fans.
5. Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru Naru was a big part of Naruto’s childhood and remains one of his closest friends throughout the series. He also helps Naruto cope with the loss of his mentor, Jiraiya, which made his character gain admiration from the fans.
4. Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha is one of the few ninjas who pose a great threat to Naruto in the entire series. His possession of the Rinnegan and Susanoo makes him incredibly powerful and capable of defeating Naruto. However, his relationship with Naruto goes back and forth between being enemies willing to kill each other and allies wanting to defeat a common enemy throughout the series. Exploring the dynamics of his relationship with Naruto made Sasuke one of the top characters in the series.
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3. Kakashi Hatake
Despite the difficulties his character faces from an early age, he has a calm and collected nature. Kakashi Hatake also has many hidden talents and the Sharingan under his belt, enabling him to achieve great heights and become a highly skilled ninja. All these traits of his personality make him a highly likable character.
2. Itachi Uchiha
Itachi Uchiha is not a highly likable character at the start of the series, but fans empathize with him when the truth is revealed. We learn about all the sacrifices, including his family, best friend, and even his reputation as a ninja, he had to make without any other choice.
- Naruto Uzumaki
It is no surprise that the series’ protagonist is number one on this list. Naruto’s journey from start to end is inspiring to fans of the series. Despite all the hardships, he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village and became an incredibly powerful ninja.