Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.
Serving as the eponymous protagonist of the series, he is a young ninja from the fictional village of Konohagakure. The villagers ridicule Naruto on account of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox—a malevolent creature that attacked Konohagakure—that was sealed away in Naruto’s body.
Despite this, he aspires to become his village’s leader, the Hokage. His carefree, optimistic and boisterous personality enables him to befriend other Konohagakure ninja, as well as ninja from other villages.
He appears in the series’ films and in other media related to the franchise, including video games and original video animations (OVA), as well as the sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, where his son, Boruto Uzumaki, is the protagonist.
When creating him for the initial part of the series, Kishimoto kept the character “simple and stupid,” while giving him many attributes of an ideal hero. Kishimoto gave the character a dark side by adding tragedy to the character’s past.
He has revised Uzumaki’s image many times, providing the character with different clothes intended to appeal to Western audiences and to make him easier to illustrate. Kishimoto changed his design for Part II of the storyline, which starts two-and-a-half years after Part I.
The character’s development has been praised by anime and manga publications and has drawn scholarly attention. Although some initially saw him as a typical manga and anime protagonist comparable to those in other shōnen manga, others have praised his personality and character development as he avoids stereotypes.
15 Naruto Uzumaki Facts
For Fanboys and Fangirls who want to know all they can about the 7th Hokage, we’ve put together a list of 15 things fans probably don’t know about Naruto Uzumaki.