Naruto Uzumaki saw much death, loss, and destruction throughout his life. Despite the way the Konohans treated him, he wanted nothing more than to stop the cycle of death for themselves and his fellow shinobi. Therefore, he dedicated his life to saving his friends and stopping this vicious cycle.
Naruto didn’t start the series as a powerful character, but in the end, he was undeniably the most powerful. All this was because Naruto did not give up, even if the situation demanded his death. On all occasions, Naruto survived. Here are ten of those times Naruto risked his life.
10 tried to protect Sasuke in the pilot arc
Team 7’s first mission puts them in the path of two rogue ninjas from the Village of the Hidden Mist. Haku and Zabuza had a power level far superior to that of Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. Luckily, they had their sensei, Kakashi Hatake, to help them.
Naruto: 10 times Sasuke didn’t live up to his potential
Naruto: 10 times Sasuke almost left Team 7
However, Kakashi was locked in fighting Zabuza, and this left Naruto and Sasuke to fight Haku, who was still much more powerful than the two boys. When Sasuke fell, pierced by Haku’s numerous senbon, Naruto attempted to confront Haku himself. He was only saved by the power of the nine-tailed fox and Haku saved Zabuza by jumping at Kakashi’s attack.
9 Naruto chased after Sasuke and tried to stop him with his fists
Naruto did not want to leave Sasuke in the care of Orochimaru, a villain known for experimenting with children and who wanted Sasuke to take over his body. However, Sasuke was so focused on getting power that he didn’t listen to Naruto and left anyway. This led to their final showdown and a great fight.
Sasuke had always been more skilled than Naruto, and he also had the power of the Curse Mark to bridge the gap between his ability and Naruto’s fox chakra. He legitimately tried to kill Naruto, and Naruto knew how far Sasuke was willing to go.
8 He faced Gaara, who transformed into a gigantic sand demon
When Sasuke chased after Gaara, and Gaara began to transform into the demon Shukaku, Naruto knew he had to do something. He hoped he could summon Gamabunta to help him, but it didn’t work out at first.
Eventually, he was successful and got Gamabunta to take his side to help him fight Shukaku. This was Naruto’s first big fight, but it wouldn’t be the last time he fought on such a scale. Still, he was able to prove himself despite the obvious danger.
7 he fought Orochimaru and Kabuto as a child
Naruto is famous for getting into fights with people much older, more experienced and stronger than him, and when Tsunade was in trouble, Naruto did it again. Not only did he want Tsunade to believe in him, but he also needed her back in the village to save his friends.
So he fought Kabuto. There was no hope that Naruto would win. Kabuto could heal himself, and both he and Orochimaru knew his fox chakra well. However, their efforts were enough for Tsunade to come to her senses and join the fight.
6 he chased after Deidara to save Gaara
The Jinchuriki, among whom are Gaara and Naruto, harbor the tailed beasts, and because of this, many seek them out to use them as weapons or to extract the tailed beasts (which would cause their death). So when Gaara was captured, Naruto had to save him.
When the team finally reached Sasori and Deidara, Naruto ran after Deidara, who was trying to escape with Gaara’s body. This left Sakura to fight Sasori, and resulted in a showdown between Naruto and Deidara in which Naruto only endured thanks to his fox chakra.
5 He went to Orochimaru’s hideout to find Sasuke despite having only a small team
Sasuke did not want to be saved from Orochimaru, and he made it known to Naruto on multiple occasions. However, Naruto saw this for what it was: arrogance. He never gave up trying to save Sasuke, and followed him to Orochimaru’s hideout.
This was life threatening not only because Kabuto and Orochimaru resided there, but also because Sasuke wanted to kill Naruto, anyway. He was twisted by his quest for power, and killing Naruto was something he believed would remove any remaining weaknesses.
4 He appeared in pain to try to change his mind
Naruto saved the entire Hidden Leaf Village from Pain, and Pain had almost single-handedly destroyed the entire village. Even Kakashi, who was unable to keep up with Pain, was killed. Still, Naruto confronted Pain, confident that he could get through to the villain.
He did so, and Pain (who was Nagato) was convinced to revive many of the fallen villagers, including Kakashi. The village finally accepted Naruto for the hero that he was. It was a shame they had to go through so many near death experiences for them to recognize Naruto.
3 led the charge against Kaguya
Naruto continued to protect the village, his friends, and the entire shinobi world. That’s why she fought Kaguya, an Otsutsuki of unmatched power, when she was awakened. Luckily this time he had his teammates by his side, and that includes Sasuke, who had finally made a truce with Naruto.
Although the difference in power between them and Kaguya was great, the advent of teamwork allowed them to achieve what should have been impossible. It was a risky gamble, and they nearly died, but they succeeded.
2 He faced Sasuke again, trying to get him back to the village
One would have thought that after stopping the end of the world as they knew it, Sasuke would have collaborated with the Hidden Leaf Village, or at least stopped his murderous rage against Naruto. However, it took a final battle in the same place where the original took place for Sasuke to see the light.
Both characters nearly died during this fight, and both lost an arm in the process. In the end, however, Sasuke agreed to Naruto and returned to the Hidden Leaf Village as an ally.
1 He protected the entire village from the Otsutsuki on multiple occasions
Fighting the Fourth Ninja War, defeating Kaguya, and stopping Sasuke weren’t the last times Naruto saved the Hidden Leaf Village (and possibly the world). He continued his work as the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village once he reached adulthood.
In the events of Boruto, Naruto fought almost constantly against the Otsutsuki, beings of seemingly unlimited power. He even lost Kurama doing this. However, he continues to risk his life for his village and his friends, even after taking a hit to his power levels.