Naruto He is one of the friendliest protagonists in anime. He’s always up for making friends no matter where he is, and he doesn’t hesitate to help them out if they need a helping hand.
But while his friends have always been very important to him, there are people who had a bigger impact on his life growing up. These helped to form the hero that we know and adore today, with his defects and virtues.
In this opportunity we will review who were the most important people for Narutoignoring his parents who unfortunately passed away on the day of his birth.
Hiruzen Sarutobi, the grandfather who Naruto never had
The Third Hokage was always a caring person who considered all the members of his village as part of his family. This was what inspired Naruto to become the Hokage that he is today.
Naruto he was a lonely child for most of his childhood, shunned by children and adults alike. However, the third Hokage always took care of him, made sure he had food and even accompanied him when he was alone. Sarutobi was probably like that grandfather he never had, and you can see Naruto devastated at his funeral. Although his death inspired him to keep the will of the blade alive.
Iruka Umino was like his father or older brother
Iruka appeared from the first chapter of the series, as he was the professor of the academy of Naruto. At first he was very strict with him especially since the fox demon killed his parents during the attack on the village.
But we soon discover that Iruka was willing to leave his grudge behind when he risked his life to protect Naruto, even when no one else believed in him. This was a gesture Naruto he never forgot, and even asked Iruka to act as his father at their wedding.
Tsunade, the “grandmother” who trusted him
The legendary Tsunade was the fifth Hokage and one of the strongest kunoichi in history, but also one of the most important people for Naruto.
Tsunade was one of the few people who trusted Naruto when he wasn’t famous yet. She treated him like he was her little brother, and he treated her like a very young “grandma.” In the arc of Pain we saw how Naruto he paid her back stating that the Hokage shouldn’t get her hands dirty in matters like that.
He was also elated when one of the Pain charged towards her, showing that he considers her an important person who must be protected.
Jiraiya, more than the godfather of Naruto
The legendary Sanin was more than just a teacher for Naruto. Jiraiya became his godfather, as he was also the sensei of his father, Minato Namikaze. In fact, it was in honor of Jiraiya that Naruto got his name.
Jiraiya taught him to Naruto to become an exceptional ninja with high-level jutsus such as the Rasengan or the control of the Nine-Tailed Fox’s chakra. As if that were not enough, he protected him for years from the Akatsuki, the most dangerous evil organization.
We could see how important Jiraiya was to Naruto when he found out about her tragic death. We have rarely seen it so sad.
Kakashi may not have been Naruto’s closest teacher, as his bond with Jiraiya seemed much stronger. However, his love for Kakashi cannot be doubted.
Kakashi taught him some essentials of the ninja world, and we’re not just talking about fighting. The phrase of never abandoning a friend stuck with Naruto for a lifetime. Also, they have known each other longer and have become much closer over the years.
Sakura Haruno, his childhood love
The romantic interest of Naruto by Sakura Haruno was something that moved the plot at the beginning of the series. However, when our protagonist accepted that she was in love with Sasuke, her relationship turned into something more valuable.
Sakura became a kind of sister to Narutoto the point that he had to save her several times (including from herself). Naruto he has supported Sakura whenever she needed it with words of encouragement and promises that were hard to keep. They were always very close as best friends and have one of the most unique dynamics in anime.
Sasuke Uchiha and the mysterious tie with Naruto
Yes ok Naruto he made good relationships throughout his history, his bond with Sasuke Uchiha was special.
It always seemed like they were bound by more than just lived experiences, something fans didn’t really understand until the Fourth Ninja War arc. In this it is explained that both were the reincarnation of two Otsutsuki brothers destined to face each other.
But the friendship between Sasuke and Naruto it was more than that. They both met as two orphaned children with a tragic past, and they formed a short but intense friendship supporting each other. They both risked their lives for each other until the end, and despite the hard times, they ended up making peace.
Hinata Hyuga, the love of his life
Maybe most of the series Naruto He may have ignored Hinata, but that doesn’t make her any less important to him.
In Naruto The Last, the acclaimed hero discovers that his feelings for Hinata were always there, he just didn’t realize it. This was evidenced when Pain seriously injured her, causing such strong anger in Naruto and Kurama, that he is released almost completely.
Hinata is today one of the most important people in NarutoBut it always was in some way. She was there to support him when he doubted himself, and he confessed that he always liked people like her. That they both formed a family was something that millions of fans wanted to see.