Naruto Ranking: Top Fan-Favorite Characters

From head-to-head battles and from skills to supremacy, who tops in the Naruto ranking?

Naruto franchise sold over 250 million volumes from its first release in September 1999 to May 2019 in 46 different countries. In 2002, the Naruto anime series had premiered in Japan and had its first airing in the United States in 2008. The anime series became popular in several different countries with 5 seasons, garnering 220 episodes. The success of the franchise did not end after the first 5 seasons because it continued to dominate the anime world with NarutoShippuned with 26 seasons and 500 episodes.

Throughout the 720 episodes, who among the characters were your favorites? Are they included in the most voted characters in the Naruto series? Check this list of the top fan-favorite Naruto characters and find out who ranked first:

#8: Jiraiya

Jiraiya, the toad sage, was Naruto’s mentor. Although he was famed as a hermit and a pervert, he was an exceptionally powerful shinobi and hailed as one of the greatest ninjas of his generation. In fact, he was supposed to be the Third Hokage, but he turned down the offer three times. Nevertheless, he was the 8th most popular character in the Naruto series.

#7: Hinata

Who would forget Naruto’s love interest?

HinataHyuga is the oldest daughter of HiashiHyuga and the love interest of NarutoUzumaki. When Hinata first appeared in Naruto, fans gushed over her because of her sweetness and pure personality. Why not? Even Naruto fell in love with her.

#6: Gaara

Gaara is an antagonist-turned-supporting character in the Naruto series. He is a Shinobi of Sunagakure and has a tattoo on his forehead, which means ‘demon loving only himself.

Gaara had a sad past; despite it all, instead of surrendering to the shadows, he made 180-turn and became one of the most loved characters in Naruto. And due to his popularity, it is easy to find Gaara action figures and collectibles.

#5: Shikamaru

Shikamaru Nara is a Shinobi of Konohagakure’s Nara clan. Although he looks lazy, he is one of the great strategist ninjas, making fans vote for him.

#4: Sasuke

SasukeUchiha is one of the last surviving members of the Uchiha clan and a dear friend of Naruto. Although he is one of the main characters in the Naruto series, he became the final villain of the series, fighting Naruto with his might. However, in the end, he returned to hidden leaf village and became friends with Naruto again.

#3: Kakashi

KakashiHatake, 4th in the popularity poll, is the teacher in team 7 with Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura as students. He was standout shinobi and “the ninja who copied over 1000 Justu”. And due to his popularity, you’ll find several Kakashi collectibles and costumes out there. In fact, it is easier to buy a gift for Naruto fans that are Kakashi fans.

#2: Itachi

Come on, who did not find Itachi’s eyes interesting?  

ItachiUchiha, the older brother of SasukeUchiha, is responsible for killing the members of the Uchiha clan. The killing of the members of the Uchiha clan was to stop coup d’etat, acting in his village’s and Sasuke’s best interest. For this reason, Itachi was dubbed by the fans as “the best boy”.

#1: Naruto

NarutoUzumaki, the hero in this series, ranks #1 in the Naruto popularity poll because of his ideals, inspiring several youths. Plus, he is the most powerful ninja in this series after befriending Kurama and reaching Nine-Tails Chakra mode.

So, who do you think is the best character?

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