There is rarely a character in the series Naruto that hasn’t had a dark past, and that’s what makes it so interesting. Almost every character in the franchise has had their fair share of tragedy, but some have had it more than others.
There are many characters in Naruto whose actions were impacted by the lives they had to live. With that in mind, here is a list of five characters who suffered the most in Naruto.
Arguably one of Naruto’s most tragic characters, Itachi Uchiha bore the burden of killing his own brothers to prevent a coup in the Uchiha clan, orchestrated by his own father. All this in order to protect the village.
Itachi had to live a life in the shadows, while inspiring Sasuke to grow stronger, and ultimately sacrifice his life for Sasuke to awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan.
It makes sense that Itachi Uchiha has a distinct fan base.
Sharingan’s Kakashi had to go through unimaginable tragedies throughout his life, to the point of considering himself a failure.
He must have watched his father kill himself when he was just a child. He lost his friend Obito in tragic circumstances (and under a rock). Additionally, Rin committed suicide while walking in his Chidori, a death that haunted him for the rest of his life.
He had to carry this burden in solitude, and as if that wasn’t enough, he had to watch his favorite student turn against the Leaf and basically become another Madara.
The series has not been kind to its protagonist either.
Ever since the Nine-Tailed Beast, which slaughtered Leaf Village, was sealed inside Naruto, the villagers avoided him and didn’t let their children play with him either.
Naruto was really alone in his childhood, the insistent looks did everything to alienate this child, who didn’t know why. When he finally got the recognition he had always wanted, he had to bid a hasty and unexpected farewell to his mentor and father figure.
The transformation of Gaara, from the monster of Naruto to the venerable kazekage of Naruto Shippuden, was a pleasant surprise. However, he had to face the same tragic childhood as Naruto, maybe even worse.
He was essentially a “Frankenstein monster” for the Hidden Sable Village, and was treated like a weapon. He was isolated by the villagers not out of disgust, but out of fear.
Obito’s move to the dark side was a huge surprise to fans, and it was truly heartbreaking. Life was never fair for this broken antagonist, for he truly spent it “in hell”.
After seeing Rin die, he broke down and took his first steps in the shadows by becoming Madara Uchiha’s instrument. However, he found his true calling towards the end, when his fight with Naruto made him realize what he was about to do.
He died a hero, giving his life for his friends in arms.