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Naruto Characters: Ranking The Saddest & The Most Popular

Although the two-part anime ended in 2017, Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto still lives and continues to attract Gen Z to anime.

According to Diamond Lobby, Naruto is the most popular anime in the world right now, beating the likes of One Piece, Attack on Titan, Pokemon, and others.

No one can question Naruto’s popularity and the impact it had on anime culture, but people do wonder about the reason behind it.

And everyone seems to agree on one thing- the characters. Some label the premise as a bit of a cliche, but no one can question the authenticity and complexity of Naruto characters.

These characters are the true essence of the Naruto saga.

As they fight their individual and collective battles, viewers resonate with them on a whole new level. That’s why we still see so many different Naruto character debates pop up everywhere.

So we decided to help settle some of these debates.

Read on as we answer some of the hottest questions about the most popular Naruto characters, starting with a sad list and ending with a fun little game about Naruto character zodiac signs.

So, let’s jump in.

Who has the saddest backstory in Naruto?

who has the saddest backstory in naruto

When it comes to sad backstories, no other anime comes close to the Naruto characters. From the main protagonist to the deadliest of antagonists, it’s hard to find someone with a jolly past. But, the ones listed below have the saddest backstories in Naruto.

1. Kakashi

  • Age: 31
  • Clan: Hatake
  • Status: Dead

From losing his parents and becoming a child soldier at 5, Kakashi has the saddest arc out of all the Naruto characters.

After losing his mother at a very young age, Kakashi only had his father, Sakumo. But after the village shunned Sakumo, he took his own life.

But the deaths didn’t stop there.

Kakashi then lost one of his oldest friends, Obito. As both of them were trying to save Rin, Obito gets crushed under a rock while trying to protect Kakashi. Living without a friend is one thing, but the guilt of knowing that they died protecting you is unbearable.

After that, Kakashi only had Rin left, and he promised Obito that he would protect Rin forever. But, as fate would have it, he killed Rin.

And to top it all off, Kakashi lost his only companion after Minato’s death.

2. Itachi

itachi naruto
  • Age: 21
  • Clan: Uchiha
  • Status: Dead

One of the strongest and saddest- it’s hard to find a more complex Naruto character than Itachi Uchiha. His longing for a peaceful life pushed him to do the darkest of deeds as he wiped out the entire Uchiha clan because they were planning a coup.

But that wasn’t the only motive behind his actions.

Danzo gave Itachi a choice to either kill the entire clan and save himself and his younger brother or let the village annihilate everything. And we all know what he did. He managed to kill every single member of the Uchiha clan, including his parents.

All this to preserve peace and save his younger brother, who’d end up hating him for killing their parents.

3. Naruto Uzumaki

naruto uzumaki
  • Age: 17
  • Clan: Uzumaki
  • Status: Alive

Although Naruto’s backstory is quite sad, we still think he’s had it easier than the Uchiha brothers. Plus, his story is more ironic than sad because he would have had the happiest of backstories if only the villagers understood.

Naruto was orphaned on the night of his birth. As the Nine-Tailed Fox attacked and laid waste to the village, Naruto’s parents captured and sealed the fox inside their newborn. Naruto’s parents die, the Fox gets sealed within Naruto, and the village starts to hate their savior.

The whole village seems to believe that Naruto is the Nine-Tailed Fox, and they start hating the orphan.

Naruto only wants recognition, but he only gets cold eyes.

4. Sasuke

sasuke uchiha
  • Age: 17
  • Clan: Uchiha
  • Status: Alive

Sasuke’s backstory isn’t as sad as it is tragic. If you consider his childhood, Sasuke had everything until that fateful night. But, coming home and watching your whole clan butchered and thrown into the street, including your parents, is a harrowing sight.

And the fact that his older brother did it all makes it even worse for Sasuke.

After that, Sasuke was never the same. Living alone in the same place where he lost everything made Sasuke the cold and silent boy we see throughout the series. And learning the truth about his brother’s actions further increased his trauma.

Even Kakashi couldn’t help him too much.

5. Nagato

nagato naruto
  • Age: 35
  • Clan: Uzumaki
  • Status: Dead

Before becoming Pain, Nagato was a happy child living in a small village, Amegakure, with his simpleton parents. But then he saw 2 Konoha ninjas break into their house and kill his parents.

That’s when he experienced pain for the first time.

He spent a good part of his life alone until he met Konan and Yahiko. At one point, Jiraiya took all three under his wing and trained them in basic ninjutsu.

After Jiraiya moved on, Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko formed Akatsuki. Things were looking good until another Shinobi War took Yahiko’s life. That was the breaking point for Nagato.

6. Tsunade

tsunade senju
  • Age: 55
  • Clan: Senju
  • Status: Alive

The Fifth-Hokage elect has lost everyone she has ever loved, and the saddest part is that she blames herself.

During the Second Shinobi War, Tsunade lost two people she loved the most in this world. The first casualty was her younger brother, Nawaki, who died fighting. However, the death of her first love, Dan, was the most traumatic.

Tsunade was supposed to be the greatest medical ninjutsu in the world. But when Dan was bleeding out in her hands, she couldn’t do anything to save him. As Dan died, so did Tsunade’s will to change the ninja world.

That’s also when Tsunade developed her fear of blood.

7. Konohamaru

konohamaru sarutobi
  • Age: 12
  • Clan: Sarutobi
  • Status: Alive

Because of his eccentric behavior, fans tend to overlook just how sad Konohamaru’s story really is.

He was the grandson of the Third Hokage and everyone looked after him but no one really recognized him, just like Naruto. For the whole village, he was just the grandson of the Third Hokage and nothing else.

Konohamaru lost his parents at a very young age, then Orochimaru killed his grandfather, and later on, Akatsuki killed his uncle. All this while Konohamaru was still in training and couldn’t do anything to protect anyone.

By the time he graduated, Konohamaru was all alone.

8. Kabuto

kabuto yakushi
  • Age: 24
  • Clan: Yakushi
  • Status: Alive

Nono Yakushi found Kabuto in a war-stricken village. Kabuto was only a child and had suffered amnesia because of a head injury. So, Nono took him to the Konoha orphanage.

As he trained in the orphanage, Kabuto developed great medical ninjutsu skills. So, Danzo recruited him for the Root organization as a spy/medical-ninjutsu.

During one of his missions, Kabuto ended up killing the woman who saved him, nurtured him back to life, and gave him his name. However, in her last moments, Nono failed to recognize Kabuto because Danzo had been giving her someone else’s photographs.

This broke Kabuto and he decided to join Orochimaru in his missions to try and carve a new identity for himself.

9. Konan

  • Age: 35
  • Clan:
  • Status: Dead

Konan is another one on the long list of people who lost their all during the Second Shinobi War. Born in the Hidden Rain Village, Konan saw her parents perish during the war. The orphan somehow survived and returned to life after she met Yahiko. The duo then formed Akatsuki after saving Nagato’s life.

As the trio grew up, Konan and Yahiko fell in love.

The news of Akatsuki’s power and influence started spreading throughout Amegakure, and Hanzo felt threatened. Hanzo kidnaps Konan and asked Nagato to kill Yahiko in order to save Konan.

Nagato couldn’t bring himself to do it, so Yahiko stabbed himself in front of Konan. That’s when the Akatsuki died, and Konan and Nagato became mercenaries for hire.

10. Yamato

yamato naruto
  • Age: 27
  • Clan: Ibura
  • Status: Alive

Yamato’s backstory is on-par with Sasuke when it comes to trauma.

As a child, Yamato was one of the 60 children that Orochimaru experimented on. All 60 children were injected with First Hokage’s DNA, and Yamato was the only survivor. He saw every single one of the 59 children pass away.

As he escaped Orochimaru’s facility, trouble followed him too.

Danzo took in Yamato and turned him into a child soldier of Root. In the end, Yamato’s survival instincts got him out of that too as he eventually joined the Anbu.

Who is the best Naruto character other than Naruto?

Naruto is a decent protagonist with a kick-ass backstory and an engaging development arc. But what if we take him out of the equation?

Who is the best Naruto character after Naruto?

Well, to each their own, but we choose the Dark Knight- Itachi Uchiha. And here’s why.

who is the best naruto character other than naruto

The Hero In Disguise

Itachi was presented as the most hateful and deadly villain of Naruto, but as it turned out, he was a hero no one knew about. Itachi slaughtered his own people just to protect the innocent civilians.

Preserving the Uchiha Clan

Everyone thinks of Itachi as the destroyer of the Uchiha clan, but the truth is that he saved his clan from a horrid fate. The Uchiha clan would have lost all its pride had they attacked the village according to plan.

So, Itachi killed them all, made them martyrs, and took the whole blame.

But that’s not all. Itachi spared his younger brother and seeded hatred in his heart. He wanted Sasuke to kill him so that he’ll redeem the Uchiha clan.

uchiha clan death

Strength, Skill, & Wisdom 

Apart from the various sacrifices, Itachi was one of the most skilled Shinobi who awakened his Mangekyuo Sharingan at only 13 years of age. He also has the best Genjutsu.

But perhaps the most impressive thing was his coming back from the dead to defeat the Reanimation Jutsu and end the Fourth Shinobi War.

There’s no way any other Naruto character could have done all this by himself. The man did unfathomable things just to protect the Shinobi world.

If that doesn’t make him the coolest, most bad-ass Naruto character, then nothing will.

10 Most Popular Naruto Characters

Moving on from facts and opinions, now’s the time to list your favorite Naruto characters. Here are the 10 most popular Naruto characters as voted by fans on Ranker.

1. Itachi

itachi uchiha
  • Age: 21
  • Clan: Uchiha
  • Status: Dead

A highly misunderstood character for the most part of the series turned into a fan favorite as soon as the truth was revealed.

It’s hard to find a Naruto fan who doesn’t like Itachi. The man practically saved the Shinobi world with his last sacrifice. And not to mention the role he played in forming another fan-favorite character, Sasuke Uchiha.

2. Kakashi

kakashi hatake
  • Age: 31
  • Clan: Hatake
  • Status: Dead

Kakashi has one of the most tragic childhoods but it didn’t stop him from becoming the coolest sensei to Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. The mystery around Kakashi washes away as the series progresses, and fans fall in love with him.

Plus, his journey from the most reserved Shinobi to the village leader was heartening to experience.

3. Naruto

  • Age: 17
  • Clan: Uzumaki
  • Status: Alive

We were surprised to see Naruto at number 3, but it is what it is. The voters have chosen, and so the main character around whom the whole series revolves is only the third most popular character in Naruto.

It is understandable, to be honest. Being the main character, Naruto edges close to being OP which can be off-putting to some.

Also Read: All Naruto Hand Signs & Seals: Meanings & How-To Guide

4. Minato

minato namikaze
  • Age: 24
  • Clan: Namikaze
  • Status: Dead

Naruto’s father, the Fourth Hokage, is already dead before the series begins. For a long time, no one knew that he was Naruto’s father. He was just mentioned as a legend of the village who defeated the Nine-Tailed Fox and sealed it inside Naruto.

That one battle and plenty of talk about his skills made the fans fall in love with Minato.

5. Jiraiya

  • Age: 54
  • Clan: Ogata
  • Status: Dead

Although Jiraiya had a twisted/perverted sense of humor, he was still monumental in shaping Naruto.

He was the one who helped Naruto unlock his true physical prowess. Jiraiya was also the first mentor of the Akatsuki. He trained the three orphans and then left as if he didn’t know them.

The seemingly carefree attitude masked his deep love for all his students, and the fans love him for that. Of course, others just love his sick sense of humor. Not us, though.

6. Shikamaru

  • Age: 17
  • Clan: Nara
  • Status: Alive

Frankly, we thought Shikamaru would be a little higher up on the list. He was the only one, apart from Hinata, who’d hang out with Naruto.

As the story progresses the two become close friends, and he still remains Naruto’s right-hand man.

But there’s another reason fans love Shukamaru so much. He is one of the smartest Shinobi. Watching the teenager instruct the Hokage and his army was a treat for Shikamaru fans.

7. Gaara

  • Age: 17
  • Clan: Kazekage
  • Status: Alive

Want to know what would have happened if everyone accepted Naruto instead of leaving him on his own? Look at Gaara.

Gaara houses the one-tailed beast, and instead of helping him, Gaara’s family turns him into a formidable weapon. Through training, Gaara eventually controls his inner beast just like Naruto. And after their fight, Gaara joins forces with Naruto along with his siblings.

He also played a vital role in the Fourth Shinobi War, and fans adore this dangerous yet compassionate fighter.

8. Pain

pain naruto
  • Age: 35
  • Clan: Uzumaki
  • Status: Dead

From an orphan to the founding member of Akatsuki, it’s hard not to love the fascinating Pain.

Although he didn’t start out as a villain, we saw his transformation into one. Losing his best friend was hard on him. Eventually, he did let go of his inner darkness after his fight/talk with Naruto, but not before killing Jiraiya.

Fans love him for his journey more than anything else.

9. Kurama

kurama naruto
  • Age: 1000+
  • Clan:
  • Status: Alive

Fans did not have the best of introductions to the Nine-Tailed Fox, but we got to see its true self later on. As Naruto and Kurama’s relationship developed, fans saw that Kurama is far from the destroyer it was portrayed as at the start of the series.

The truth is that the Fox is a handy ally for Naruto and bails him out on several occasions.

Spoiler Alert – Kurama will die in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

10. Might Guy

might guy
  • Age:  31
  • Clan:
  • Status: Alive

While Might Guy was portrayed as the goofy sensei in Naruto, Madara Uchiha considered him the strongest Shinobi of all. And even though he wasn’t a natural, Guy managed to master Taijutsu through sheer hard work.

But all that fades away against Kakashi. Fans love his interactions/competitions with Kakashi.

And those scenes along with his infectious energy is why we believe Might Guy made the top 10 list above characters like Sasuke, Hinata, and others.

We’re not done quite yet. How’d you like to find your Naruto twin? 

Read on for a list of Naruto character zodiac signs and birthdays for a fun little game.

Main Naruto Characters Names & Birthdays

main naruto characters names and birthdays list

Instead of listing all Naruto characters, and giving you the longest list of characters ever, we decided to help you find your Naruto twin.

Here’s a list of 90+ male and female Naruto character birthdays and zodiac signs.

Male Naruto Characters – Birthday & Zodiac Signs

CharacterBirthdayZodiac Sign
Naruto UzumakiOctober 10Libra
Itachi UchihaJune 9Gemini
Kakashi HatakeSeptember 15Virgo
Sasuke UchihaJuly 23Leo
Shikamaru NaraSeptember 22Virgo
JiraiyaNovember 11Scorpio
Minato NamikazeJanuary 25Aquarius
GaaraJanuary 19Aquarius
Madara UchihaDecember 24Leo
Might GuyJanuary 1Capricorn
PainSeptember 23Virgo
Obito UchihaFebruary 10Aquarius
Rock LeeNovember 27Sagittarius
Neji HyuugaJuly 3Cancer
DeidaraMay 5Taurus
OrochimaruOctober 27Scorpio
SasoriNovember 8Scorpio
SaiNovember 25Pisces
Shisui UchihaOctober 19Libra
HidanApril 2Aries
Kiba InuzukaJuly 7Cancer
Zabuza MomochiAugust 15Leo
Kisame HoshigakiMarch 18Pisces
Hashirama SenjuOctober 23Scorpio
Tobirama SenjuFebruary 19Pisces
Killer BeeMay 15Taurus
KankurouMay 15Taurus
Shino AburameJanuary 23Aquarius
KimimaroJune 15Gemini
KakuzuAugust 18Leo
Kabuto YakushiFebruary 29Pisces
Asuma SarutobiOctober 18Libra
YamatoAugust 10Leo
Iruka UminoMay 26Gemini
Konohamaru SarutobiDecember 30Capricorn
Chouji AkimichiMay 1Taurus
TeuchiAugust 10Leo
YahikoFebruary 20Pisces
Danzou ShimuraJanuary 6Capricorn
Hiruzen SarutobiFebruary 8Aquarius
DaruiJanuary 6Capricorn
UtakataJune 16Gemini
Izuna UchihaFebruary 10Aquarius
Indra OtsutsukiJanuary 4Capricorn
AJune 1Gemini
OmoiDecember 26Capricorn
Shiranui GenmaJuly 17Cancer
Gekkou HayateNovember 2Scorpio
Hagoromo OtsutsukiAugust 6Leo
Shikaku NaraJuly 15Cancer
SakonJune 20Gemini
YaguraApril 3Aries
Dosu KinutaJune 12Gemini
JuugoOctober 1Libra
Sakumo HatakeSeptember 3Virgo
Kotetsu HaganeJuly 21Cancer
Fugaku UchihaAugust 16Leo
EbisuMarch 8Pisces
Izumo KamizukiNovember 25Sagittarius
YashamaruMay 23Gemini

Female Naruto Characters – Birthday & Zodiac Signs

female naruto characters birthday and zodiac signs list
CharacterBirthdayZodiac Sign
Hinata HyugaDecember 27Capricorn
Sakura HarunoMarch 28Aries
TsunadeAugust 2Leo
TemariAugust 23Virgo
KonanFebruary 20Pisces
Kushina UzumakiJuly 10Cancer
Ino YamanakaSeptember 23Libra
HakuJanuary 9Capricorn
TenTenMarch 9Pisces
Suigetsu HozukiFebruary 18Aquarius
Kaguya OtsutsukiAugust 15Leo
Rin NoharaNovember 15Scorpio
Anko MitarashiOctober 24Scorpio
KarinJune 20Gemini
Hanabi HyuugaMarch 27Aries
Terumi MeiMay 21Gemini
TayuyaFebruary 15Aquarius
Yuuhi KurenaiJune 11Gemini
Mikoto UchihaJune 1Gemini
ChiyoOctober 15Libra
FuuAugust 8Leo
ShizuneNovember 18Scorpio
SamuiJanuary 7Capricorn
Yugito NiiJuly 24Leo

And that brings us to the end.

We hope this settles some of your debates about Naruto characters or heats them up some more.

Do let us know who you think is the saddest Naruto character and who should top the popularity charts.

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