Naruto is a popular and well-liked anime series. Many of us have fond recollections of rushing to our television sets and turning them on so that we wouldn’t miss a single second of the show. Those of us who grew up watching the show as adults, on the other hand, have become increasingly aware of how much the characters we previously adored and admired were, in reality, big jerks. This list will go through a handful of these personalities, as well as a few more who we’ve always despised (for good reason). These are the characters on Naruto who are the most despised, ranging from irritating to venomous.
For a brief period of time, Kabuto Yakushi was a fascinating villain. He was Orochimaru’s young and ambitious comrade who seemed to be more dedicated to him than anybody else. Kabuto frequently claimed that he wanted to become the perfect ninja by whatever means necessary on service of Orochimaru, and even engaged in numerous terrible experiments on his behalf. He came close, but not for any really compelling reasons. He basically became the ultimate Orochimaru fanboy in the end. One may claim that he replaced Orochimaru, but that argument falls flat because Orochimaru never died and maybe practically eternal, making Kabuto feel a little pointless in the end.
To put it mildly, Tenten was one of the numerous and forgettable characters who existed solely for the sake of existing. Despite professing to be a formidable shinobi, she was easily defeated by the Temari. Despite the fact that Fuinjutsu is her expertise, she is unable to pass the Chunin Exams. While many characters in Naruto grow and develop, Tenten stays a one-dimensional character throughout. The worst aspect is how terribly her character is written as if she was thrown in as an afterthought by the writers. For example, her abilities might have easily prevented Madara from using the Treasured Tools, but like with all of her confrontations (or lack thereof), her abilities were never completely exploited.
Early on in Naruto, Konohamaru was a bit endearing, if irritating. He was a typical snooty little child who admired Naruto Uzumaki and aspired to be just like him. In this world of lightning blades and summoning huge beasts, he was frequently in danger and felt a little “useless.” However, Konohamaru has shed part of his hatred. He learned the Rasengan technique from Naruto as a child and grew up to be a Jonin team leader in Boruto. Many people, though, still associate him with the obnoxious kid role.
Karin was a member of Sasuke’s Taka unit, which was led by the villain. She boasted of being a descendant of the illustrious Uzumaki bloodline, which included Naruto’s mother. However, her character was presented as the traditional (negatively) insane female who was obsessed with a man and would go to any length for him. What was particularly ironic was Sasuke’s treatment of her, which included leaving her for dead. Despite everything he had put her through, Karin only wanted to be in a poisonous relationship with a toxic man. Her sole function in the anime, like that of the other female characters, was to fall head over heels in love with one of the male characters, as if to impress them with how “cool” he is into the minds and thinking of viewers/ audience.
The presence of so many women on this list comes as no surprise. After all, Kishimoto was known for penning dreadful female characters in his previous works. Shizune was ultimately simply another useless female character in the Naruto-verse, despite being Dan Kato’s niece and Tsunade’s right-hand lady, and despite having been under Tsunade’s tutelage for longer than Sakura. Worse, her abilities were inequitably distributed. Sakura succeeds in unlocking the Strength of a Hundred Seal Technique, but Shizune fails terribly because her main role in the series is that of Tsunade’s personal secretary.
Rasa, let’s face it, was a lousy husband, father, and human being. He experimented on his pregnant wife and unborn child (remember when he imprisoned a beast within his child?). As a result, his wife died, and their child turned out to be an immensely powerful individual incapable of controlling his own abilities. Worse, since he didn’t want to deal with the problem he’d made (his monster son), he dispatched assassins to “take care of him.” Expect no mention of him at the next Father’s Day gathering.
It’s no surprise that there are more women here than men at this time. Hinata had no real role in the show, aside from her lack of character development and limited screen time. Except for being madly and irreversibly in love with Naruto, who becomes the focus of her universe. Despite the fact that the series has over 500 episodes, we still have no idea who her friends are, what her life goals are, or what (if) her life beyond Naruto is like, as she remains blissfully unaware of her emotions until the very end.
As a sort of second Sakura character, Ino is generally despised. She was superficial, nasty, and much more irritable than Sakura in Part One. She was also obsessed with Sasuke, which caused a rift between her and Sakura. Outside of a couple of bold moments, this is never fully resolved. Ino, like many other characters, got less “annoying” by being shown less frequently. She hasn’t changed much in terms of growth and resolution, other than the fact that she’s no longer as obnoxious. However, she has proven to be an excellent mother in Boruto, and she and Sai form a cute couple.
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Naruto’s last boss turned revealed to be a woman! Who could have predicted that?! One may start to wonder if Kishimoto had finally turned the corner and realized that women, too, can be characters who are much more than their gender. But, alas, such aspirations were quickly dashed when fans saw that not only was this big baddie revealed at the last possible moment (with no foreshadowing), but her backstory was so ridiculous that even die-hard fans couldn’t explain her presence. That’s saying a lot considering this is a following dedicated to an anime about ninjas who can turn into huge frogs.
Boruto Uzumaki, in an ironic twist, is the most loathed character in his own anime. In many respects, he shares his father’s disposition, but he’s also so rebellious that he has no true attachment to his own community or family. It’s been hinted that he’ll do horrible things in the future that would end up being disastrous, and it appears that fans didn’t warm up to a new Naruto but made things worse.
The issue isn’t so much with Sasuke as it is with his zealous followers. People are free to love characters that are complex or essentially bad. But employing justifications like “He’s simply a misunderstood character!” to justify such a character’s heinous conduct doesn’t hold water. Sasuke was not just an arrogant (for no apparent reason) character, but his motivations were also inconsistent, shifting, and dependent on the plot’s convenience. No amount of blind devotion for him can compensate for the fact that he was responsible for the annihilation of his entire village, as well as a slew of other heinous atrocities.
Sakura is known for being weak, superficial, and completely devoted to Sasuke (who couldn’t care less if she lived or died). She breaks up with Ino over Sasuke (which makes her a bad friend), and she’s practically worthless in critical bouts like those with Kaguya and Obito. Her animosity toward Naruto persists simply because it must to, although, in her defense, Sasuke has done far worse. Despite this, she has fewer fans who defend her as a character than Sasuke, who is truly a genocidal monster.
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Orochimaru is one of the more legitimate entries on this list, as he is deservedly reviled for his horrible deeds, such as murdering orphans in order to become immortal. However, it would be more appropriate to despise him for being entirely absolved of his awful deeds. All of this is due to Naruto’s ideology of “forgiving your adversaries,” which includes newborn murders. There’s forgiving others for their moral blunders and errors, and then there’s ignoring the reality that a bunch of infants was murdered.
In Naruto, many people expected Sakura to be the best entry here, but she’s already received a lot of hatred (and disproportionately so). There are characters that have done ten times as much damage as she has and yet receive only a tenth of the ire. One such character is Danzo. Among the many heinous acts he perpetrated, he directed The Foundation to create an army of flawless soldiers, ordered the mass massacre of the Uchihas, and backed the destruction of Konoha. He absolutely deserves to be at the top of this list for his cruelty and callousness.
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