EMPATPAGI.COM- There are many reasons why Naruto is one of the most popular anime of all time. Starting from the protagonist who is fun to watch, the cruel villain, and the thrilling battles are just some of the factors that make fans fall in love with this anime series.
But what distinguishes Naruto from most other anime is the ability of this series to make characters feel like humans, this causes fans to feel an emotional attachment to the characters.
Many shinobi are shown to have such good character development that they feel like real people. Of the several characters in the Naruto series who have heroic, selfless, and emotional traits, their deaths have had a big impact on fans.
8 Saddest Deaths In Naruto, Ranked
8. Shikaku &Inoichi Yamanaka
Shikaku and Inoichi are the father of Shikamaru and Ino, the two shinobi have an important role in the Fourth Great Ninja War. Like his son, Shikaku is a genius and is trusted to lead the shinobi alliance.
Inoichi has a mastery of his clan secret techniques and uses these techniques to telepathically communicate with the allied forces. By combining their abilities, the two of them turned out to be a serious threat to Madara, so Madara insisted on killing them both.
They both realize that their death is near, and they leave touching messages to their children, advising them on how to live a good life and reminding them of how much they are loved.
7. Zabusa &Haku
They are both the first antagonist characters to appear in Naruto. Even though they are both tough and cruel shinobi, they have a very interesting life story.
Born and raised by a gang of assassins from the Village of the Mist, they seldom have the bonds that are built between individual team members. However, after meeting Team 7, Zabuza and Haku realized that there was more hope in life than the bloodshed they had done. In the final moments before his death, Zabuza understood the importance of Haku as a partner during his lifetime.
6. Hiruzen Sarutobi
The Third Hokage and leader of Konoha Village when the Naruto series started, Hiruzen proved to be a wise and considerate ninja. He was first introduced as the strongest Hokage in Konoha's history. Hiruzen's role was very important and he often had to make difficult decisions for the sake of the village.
When Orochimaru planned to destroy Konoha Village, Hiruzen had thought that he would have to face the legendary Sannin, he realized that this battle could be fatal due to his advanced age. Hiruzen finally sacrificed his life to ensure Orochimaru could do nothing more to destroy the village he had long led and protected.
5. Asuma Sarutobi
Asuma is a tough shinobi who has a smoking habit. Throughout the Naruto series, Asuma is seen teaching and nurturing his team consisting of Shikamaru, Chōji, and Ino. Asuma managed to teach the best to the three of them.
In addition, he also helps Naruto in mastering the wind element and he is also a person who really likes helping others. Asuma was killed by Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu. Asuma died in Shikamaru's arms, and reminded Shikamaru to protect the next generation, including his son Asuma, who was not born at that time.
4. Neji Hyuga
Neji underwent a tremendous change in character, similar to Gaara. Neji begins his story as an arrogant prodigy and has the burden of responsibility in carrying out the good name of his clan, Neji finally learns from Naruto that he can determine his own destiny.
Thanks to Naruto, Neji finally promises to work hard, become stronger, and protect the people he cares about. And he actually made it happen. Neji became the strongest member of the Hyūga clan and died protecting Hinata and Naruto, two people who had taught him so many things.
3. Itachi Uchiha
Initially, Itachi Uchiha was shown as a cold, heartless, cruel shinobi, and killed all the Uchiha clan mercilessly. What's more, she left Sasuke alive and kept her from having nightmares of her parents' death through genjutsu.
Naruto fans must have been waiting for the moment when Sasuke killed Itachi and avenged his clan. But Sasuke (and his fans) later learned that Itachi killed his own clan in order to protect Konoha Village, and Itachi was willing to sacrifice and become a criminal for his actions.
2. Obito Uchiha
Fans still have doubts about how to define the nature of Obito. However, at the end of the Naruto series, Obito won the hearts of the fans with his act of self-sacrifice. During this time he did not realize that he was being used as a pawn by Madara.
But when given the opportunity to repent, Obito took the opportunity, and he saved Kakashi's life and gave the team of 7 a chance to save the world. After an emotional break with Kakashi, Obito is seen reuniting with Rin and finding peace for the first time in a long time.
Jiraiya is a flirtatious hermit, famous writer, and legendary shinobi, basically, Jiraiya is loved by everyone. Jiraiya is a Sannin and he is a great teacher to Naruto, sometimes Naruto considers Jiraiya to be his own father, guiding Naruto through a complicated life while making him stronger in the process.
Jiraiya was truly a person with a selfless nature, he was also willing to raise orphans like Naruto, protect Konoha, and train Naruto even though he knew that there was something inside Naruto that could potentially pose a threat.
Jiraiya died fighting Pain. In his dying moments, Jiraiya reflected on his life, believing that he had contributed even if only a little to the world before putting his trust in Naruto. If it weren't for Jiraiya, the shinobi world might not exist anymore.