Naruto: These are the most important male characters in all anime

Naruto“It has a zillion episodes where you end up meeting a zillion different characters. Obviously, having a gigantic number of characters at the cast level means that not all of them can have the same relevance, although even with so many to choose from the truth is that it is ‘relatively easy to determine the most important. Of course, it is even easier if we focus on, for example, the most relevant male characters from “Naruto”.

So, now I am going to leave you with the key men of the “Naruto” anime, those whose name and actions actually stand out above the rest. (THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEVERAL OF NARUTO’S MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERS).

Naruto Uzumaki

  • The protagonist The undisputed standout of the franchise is none other than Naruto Uzumaki.
  • Naruto is a ninja from the village of Konoha who grows without parentswho died very shortly after he was born.
  • A quirk that haunts Naruto himself throughout the entirety of the anime is the fact that have the 9-tailed fox sealed inside. With this he becomes known as a Jinchuuriki, a series of chosen ones inside which one of the legendary bijuu is sealed, whose destructive power is such that it can end a village of ninjas by itself.
  • From the beginning of the Naruto anime we know him as an extroverted and rebellious ninja, and with an ambitious dream like few others: become the hokage of konoha, and in the best hokage of all time. What does this mean? Well, he wants to be the most important ninja in the entire village, something like the ‘president’ of it.
  • Early in his career as a ninja, Naruto made close ties with characters like Sakura or Sasukeand will follow the trail of ninjas like Kakashi or Jiraiya that they will end up becoming figures that will act as a teacher for their person.
It is the protagonist of the franchise and as such is the most important character in all the anime.

Sasuke Uchiha

  • Surely the most important character in the Naruto franchise after the protagonist himself.
  • Sasuke is born in a condition very similar to Naruto’s for the part that he grows up without parents or family of any kind, since all this was previously killed. Obviously, he is also a ninja from Konoha.
  • Sasuke’s biggest quirk is that He belongs to the Uchiha lineage., one from which the most powerful ninjas of all time usually come out. Likewise, it is a bloodline that has access to the Sharingan, one of the 3 great Dojutsu (or visual technique) that allows access to Jutsus of great power.
  • Like Naruto himself, Sasuke also has an ambition that will make him not stop until he sees it fulfilled: assassinate a certain man who was the culprit of his entire clan to disappear.
  • In his career, in addition to forming a team with Naruto and Sakura and having Kakashi as sensei, he will see influenced by other figures such as Orochimaru. Of course, Sasuke’s trajectory ends up taking some rather dark bumps as the anime progresses.
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Sasuke ends up becoming a friend and rival for Naruto who forces a lot of the great events of the anime

kakashi hatake

  • One of the most powerful ninja in Konoha from the first moment we meet him in the anime.
  • Kakashi Hatake is also known as ‘The Copy Ninja‘, due to the fact that he possesses the ability to imitate virtually any Jutsu he sees instantly before him.
  • Kakashi is known in the Naruto anime for being the leader and master of ninja genin team 7made up precisely of the previously mentioned Naruto and Sasuke as well as Sakura, its third member.
  • Kakashi has a Jonin rank, which is the highest ninja rank one can acquire prior to Hokage rank. Basically, we know Kakashi directly as one of the most powerful and promising ninjas in the entire Konoha village.
Kakashi becomes a key character from the moment he starts training team 7

hiruzen sarutobi

  • Third Hokage of Konoha and a key figure in the early stage of the Naruto anime.
  • It’s not just about someone tries to protect the protagonist from the franchise of the events of 12 years before the anime started, in relation to the 9-tailed fox and his parents, but also harbors immense power.
  • His presence during Orochimaru’s assault on Konoha It ends up being decisive so that the deaths do not pile up at the beginning of the anime.
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The third Hokage tried to do everything to protect the memory of Naruto and his parents.


  • One of the 3 legendary Sannin of Naruto, and which ends up taking the darkest path of all of them.
  • Orochimaru makes himself known by become the first great antagonist of the entire Naruto anime, revolving many arcs from the first stage of the anime around his actions.
  • Orochimaru becomes a weighty influence on Sasukeeven going so far as to grant him his mark of the curse with which to try to turn him into a future receptacle for his person.
  • Orochimaru has multiple ninja ambitions that he will do anything to achieve. Among these are Get to know all the Jutsus created and establish a system that allows reincarnate eternally.
  • As one of the 3 legendary Sannin, studied under the third Hokage of Konoha and was a partner of Jiraiya and Tsunade.
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Orochimaru is the first major antagonist we see in action in the anime.

Itachi Uchiha

  • Itachi Uchiha is, as his last name reveals, a member of the Uchiha clan, specifically the Sasuke’s older brother.
  • Itachi is the ‘sole survivor’ alongside Sasuke of the entire massacre of the Uchiha clan that takes place years before Naruto’s own anime starts.
  • This ninja is considerate one of prodigious talentstanding out even within an Uchiha lineage that has been characterized by leaving some of the most powerful ninjas in the entire history of Konoha.
  • Itachi is above all a specialist in the use of Genjutsusomething characterized by having an advanced Sharingan.
  • Throughout the entire Naruto anime, Itachi’s presence is a ambition and obsession that constantly marks both the path and the decisions that Sasuke makes little by little.
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Itachi is the character that strongly marks the initial steps of Sasuke


  • Like Orochimaru, Jiraiya is one of the 3 great ninjas of Naruto to have the title of Sannin.
  • Jiraiya is about a perverted ninja who, despite everything, has the respect of many for his career as a ninja.
  • It quickly becomes a key figure for Narutowhom he becomes his disciple and helps to train under what will become the most different technique of the blond ninja: the rasengan.
  • Although Jiraiya was a prodigious ninja, he stood out above all for two techniques in particular: his summons of toads and its ability to activate the Sage mode. With this in his arsenal, Jiraiya was long known as one of the most powerful and reputable jonin to be found within Konoha.
Master of Naruto and the closest thing to a father in life that the protagonist of the franchise could enjoy


  • Pain is quickly introduced as a villain of fearsome power in Naruto, thus being the leader of the Akatsuki organization.
  • Pain leads the role of Naruto’s ‘villain’ for a good season after the time jump of the first part, targeting himself and the rest of the Akatsuki members obtaining and extracting the bijuu.
  • Likewise, Pain stars in one of the most painful murders in all of Narutoboth for the fans themselves and for the character, who lives it closely.
  • Pain has access to the Rinnegan thanks to Madaraand that Dojutsu is precisely what makes him an enemy of fearsome power.
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The leader of Akatsuki is one of the most fearsome ninjas after the timeskip of the anime

Minato Namikaze

  • The Fourth Hokage of Konoha Village and regarded as one of the most powerful ninjas the village has ever seen.
  • Minato is eventually revealed as naruto’s fathersomething easily distinguishable by the color of hair that both share.
  • Minato was known under the pseudonym ‘Konoha’s Yellow Flash‘, mainly due to its unquestionable speed.
  • Minato was capable of using a large number of advanced Jutsus, though he is mostly remembered for save the village of Konoha by sealing the nine-tailed fox inside Naruto and thus avoid the total destruction of the Hidden Leaf Villa.
The fourth hokage of Konoha is key in the survival of Konoha and the life of Naruto himself

obito uchiha

  • Known in his early appearances as ‘Toby‘ (yes, a pun on his real name), this member of the Uchiha is actually a third surviving lineage.
  • Obito Uchiha was a ninja from Konoha, Kakashi Hatake and Rin’s partnerand a student of none other than Minato Namikaze.
  • Originally Obito was believed to have died at a young age during a team exercise, Kakashi himself believed it when he saw it with his eyes, but in reality it was rescued by Madara Uchiha.
  • Over time, the vision of the world that Obito had was distorted until he ended up becoming one of the greatest antagonists in all of Naruto, carrying out Madara’s will in all manner of heinous acts.
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Obito is one of the characters with one of the most complex narratives of all anime

Madara Uchiha

  • One of the most powerful ninjas in all of Konoha history and the main antagonist for much of the final stage from the Naruto anime.
  • This member of the Uchiha is the one in charge of avoiding the death of Obitowhom he ends up controlling to ensure his resurrection in the future.
  • Although he dies in the first instance, many years before the official Naruto anime starts, this is naive to end up being revived and become a threat of almost immeasurable power.
  • His use of all kinds of advanced dojutsu makes his threat the biggest of all Naruto (Except for Kaguya).
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Madara Uchiha becomes from a certain point a villain as few are seen in Naruto

And these are the most important male characters that one will find in “Naruto”. Obviously, by this I do not mean that others such as Gaara, Neji, Might Guy and others are not ‘important’, but what I wanted was to collect those names that have an absolutely key impact on the most important moments in the history of “Naruto”.

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