Since the series Naruto focuses on a group of young shinobi coming of age, it’s no wonder there’s a timeskip right in the middle of the action. The public does not have to spend time watching three years learning skills, as Naruto Shippuden it picks up just as all the action begins.
With that time jump come a ton of new characters. Of course, a large number of these new characters are adversaries of the titular hero; many of them are linked to the Akatsuki. It’s rare that debuting characters are incredibly likable.
10 Suigetsu is a bad guy, but entertaining
Because many of the characters introduced after the timeskip are villains, it is difficult to find them likeable. Suigetsu is one of the exceptions.
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It is true that he is a trained assassin who has many selfish motivations, but he also goes out of his way to save Sasuke and Karin more than once. Plus, his jokes with Karin are more entertaining than annoying, which is saying a lot, since not many fans enjoy Karin’s addition to the story and her unhealthy obsession with Sasuke.
9 Sai takes time to get used to emotions
Unlike Suigetsu, Sai is not a bad guy. Where most fans find fault with him is the fact that he is brought in as Sasuke’s replacement on Team 7. Sai is very gruff, and a bit stiff at first, but that’s the result of being trained to completely ignore the emotions.
Your desire to understand the emotional states of others is part of what makes you likeable. He doesn’t want to be rigid and uninteresting to the people he meets, and Ino helps him loosen up a bit as the series progresses.
8 Yamato doesn’t have a great story arc
Yamato is a very intriguing character. Experienced as a child, he is one of the few characters to use the Wood Release and his backstory makes for some interesting stories. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much more development than that.
What the public likes about him is his commitment to keeping Team 7 safe after replacing Kakashi. It is especially helpful that he understands exactly how to work with Naruto to help him control the tailed beast within him.
7 Karui makes a hostile first impression, but calms down
Karui doesn’t do much to ingratiate herself with fans when she first appears in the anime. He’s a hot head and his impulsive decision to start a fight with Naruto – which is quite one-sided – didn’t make a good first impression.
Karui tends to be very rebellious at first. But that’s because she is so committed to her team and her village, which is easy to understand and admire. When the world calms down after the Fourth Shinobi World War, it is evident that she finds some peace, as she ends up living in Konoha as Choji’s wife, and not as a shinobi who keeps running headlong on dangerous missions.
6 Shisui might be the nicest Uchiha
Shisui does not appear much in Naruto shippuden. He only appears in flashbacks to explain what happened when Itachi decided to eliminate the entire Uchiha clan. Shisui was older than Itachi and he realized what was happening.
Like Itachi, Shisui tried to protect the people he cared about. He tried to use genjutsu to stop the Uchiha elders who were going after Konoha, but he was also killed by Itachi’s hand. It’s a shame, as Shisui and Itachi could have worked together to fix the mess their clan was in.
5 Guren drastically changes in his bow
Guren is unique in that she only appears in the anime, not the manga, and is not initially very friendly. In fact, she is a villain, and in one of the missions she ends up locking Hinata in glass.
Guren, however, is someone who changes dramatically between his debut and his departure. He comes to worry about the child for whom he accidentally ends up taking responsibility, and it is that child who makes him realize that there is something more to life than simply following Orochimaru’s plans and envying his power. Her multiple confrontations with Naruto also help her see the light and start a new life.
4 Killer B is a true friend of Naruto
Anyone who takes Naruto under his wing can’t be all bad. Sure, Killer B’s tendency to rap through his dialogue may age after a while, but he has a good heart.
Killer B is the one who helps Naruto understand the beast with a tail inside him. It doesn’t hurt that Killer B is a fierce fighter and an incredibly protective friend. He is exactly the type of person Naruto needs in his life when there are so many threats roaming the stories of Naruto shippuden.
3 Rin’s friendly spirit has a tragic end
When Kakashi was a child, he was assigned to a shinobi team with Rin and Obito. Rin and Obito were dedicated to making friends and being the best possible team, while Kakashi was more distant.
Rin’s sweet disposition finally convinces him, but by then it’s too late. Rin is forced to become a jinchuriki when captured on a mission, and instead of bringing the tailed beast within Konoha, which she knows she cannot control, she sacrifices herself, intercepting one of Kakashi’s blows intended for a enemy. It is one of the worst tragedies in the series, and also one of the most important, as it marks Kakashi’s path in his life until he is assigned to be Naruto’s sensei.
2 Fū is the friendliest jinchuriki
Like Rin, Fū is also a jinchuriki. However, she is very different from the other jinchuriki featured before her. While most of them lead lives of isolation and focus on controlling the tailed beast within, Fū is dedicated to making friends and having fun.
Even when the public comes to see his experience in the highly competitive Chunin exams, Fū only wants to play with the other genin. He loves to learn and make new friends, which is why his death by jinchuriki extraction is so painful for the public.
1 Kushina is the most likeable character in Naruto Shippuden
Of all the characters introduced after the timeskip in the franchise, Kushina has to be the most likeable. Audiences not only see her as Naruto’s mother when her spirit meets his, but also in flashbacks of her previous life.
She really wants to be a good mother, has a friend in Jiraiya, and loves Minato deeply. Kushina is prepared for the reality of being a jinchuriki, and strives to control the tailed beast and protect the village. It is not his fault that his only son was born just when a plot was hatched to use the jinchuriki.