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{{Quote|Naruto Uzumaki|''Quit it with [[Obito Uchiha|your]] stupid reasoning! I meant to say that I'll stand any pain for my friends!! I'm not gonna give up on them!! It might just be me being selfish, but… not having my friends here… is the most painful thing for me!! '''Period!!!!'''''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 628, pages 12-13</ref>}}
 
[[File:Naruto Nakama Anime.png|thumb|Naruto's many friends, allies, and mentors.]]
 
[[File:Naruto Nakama Anime.png|thumb|Naruto's many friends, allies, and mentors.]]
 
<section begin=summary />Due to his friendly nature and his unique charisma, <noinclude>[[</noinclude>Naruto<noinclude> Uzumaki]]</noinclude> has built many relationships over the course of the series that have defined him and others, even [[tailed beasts]] and other [[jinchūriki]]. Many of these relationships started off antagonistic, but through his tenacity and empathy, they developed into deep and lasting friendships.<section end=summary />
 
<section begin=summary />Due to his friendly nature and his unique charisma, <noinclude>[[</noinclude>Naruto<noinclude> Uzumaki]]</noinclude> has built many relationships over the course of the series that have defined him and others, even [[tailed beasts]] and other [[jinchūriki]]. Many of these relationships started off antagonistic, but through his tenacity and empathy, they developed into deep and lasting friendships.<section end=summary />
 
In addition, the villagers of Konoha as a whole had a drastic change in the manner that they view Naruto: moving from what they viewed as a menace and looming threat because of Kurama sealed within him, to a citizen/hero of Konoha whom they genuinely care about and would even go as far as to risk their own lives to ensure that he was safe.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 422, page 2</ref><ref name="ch426">''Naruto'' chapter 426, pages 12-16</ref>
 
   
 
== Kurama ==
 
== Kurama ==
[[File:Naruto and Kurama.png|thumb|The change in dynamics between Naruto and Kurama.]]
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{{Quote|''Naruto… If you really want to do something for [[Tailed Beasts|us]]… then do what you've always done… Prove it to us with your actions! '''That's who you are!'''''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 569, pages 15-17</ref>}}
A relationship that shaped Naruto's character, albeit unintentionally, was with the tailed beast that was sealed within him since the day he was born, [[Kurama]] — the Nine-Tails. Because he was the fox's jinchūriki, though never learning why, Naruto was hated and shunned by most of the villagers and his peers. Even after learning the truth, the isolation only convinced Naruto to desire their acknowledgement prior to meeting Kurama and consciously accessing its chakra. However, having intense hatred and distrust against humans,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 8</ref> Kurama plotted to use Naruto's dependence on its power to consume the boy and eventually break free from the seal. When Naruto resolved to use his own power after accidentally hurting Sakura, Kurama became very antagonistic and made several attempts to gain control over Naruto, before it was bested in combat and stripped of most of its chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 496-499</ref>
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[[file:Naruto and Kurama fist bump.png|thumb|The change in dynamics between Naruto and Kurama.]]
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A relationship that shaped Naruto's character, albeit unintentionally, was with the tailed beast that was sealed within him since the day he was born, [[Kurama]] — the Nine-Tails. Because he was the fox's jinchūriki, though never learning why, Naruto was hated and shunned by most of the villagers and his peers. Even after learning the truth, the isolation only convinced Naruto to desire their acknowledgement prior to meeting Kurama and consciously accessing its chakra. However, having intense hatred and distrust against humans,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 8</ref> Kurama plotted to use Naruto's dependence on its power to gain control over him and eventually break free from the seal. When Naruto resolved to use his own power after accidentally hurting Sakura, Kurama became very antagonistic and made several attempts to influence Naruto, before it was bested in combat and stripped of most of its chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 496-499</ref>
   
However, Kurama's attitude towards Naruto soon began to change during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], when the boy promised to someday resolve its hatred.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 539, pages 1-4</ref> Despite the fox reproaching him for making such a claim, it nevertheless showed Kurama that Naruto was different from the humans it had previously encountered to point of allowing him to utilise his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] without consequence. Kurama then intentionally aided Naruto when the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Madara was fighting against one of Naruto's [[shadow clones]] and the [[Fourth Division]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 13-14</ref>
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However, their relationship soon began to change during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], when the young shinobi promised to someday resolve its hatred.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 539, pages 1-4</ref> Despite Kurama reproaching him for making such a claim, the fox nevertheless had developed a level of respect for Naruto and his determination, even noting that he was different from the humans it had previously encountered, eventually allowing Naruto to utilise the [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] without consequence. Kurama then intentionally aided Naruto when the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Madara was fighting against one of Naruto's [[shadow clones]] and the [[Fourth Division]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 13-14</ref>
   
Afterwards, Naruto told [[Son Gokū]] of his desire to save the tailed beasts and admitted that he was jealous of Killer B's dynamic relationship with Gyūki and wanted the same with Kurama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, pages 15-17</ref> Kurama — having witnessed all of the challenges and endeavours Naruto had in his life — stood by to see if Naruto could truly aid its kin through his actions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 569, pages 12-17</ref> When Naruto successfully freed Son Gokū from Obito's control, Kurama finally became convinced of Naruto's word and offered to meld its chakra with his as a coalition, to which Naruto then removed the [[Torii Seal|seal]] that restrained it and happily acknowledged the fox as his team-mate from Konoha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, page 15</ref>
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Afterwards, Naruto told [[Son Gokū]] of his desire to save the tailed beasts and admitted that he was jealous of Killer B's dynamic relationship with Gyūki and wanted the same with Kurama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, pages 15-17</ref> Kurama — having witnessed all of the challenges and endeavours Naruto had in his life — stood by to see if Naruto could truly aid its brethren through his actions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 569, pages 12-17</ref> When Naruto successfully freed Son Gokū from Obito's control, Kurama finally became convinced of Naruto's word and offered to meld its chakra with his as a coalition, to which Naruto then removed the [[Torii Seal|seal]] that restrained it and happily acknowledged the fox as his team-mate from Konoha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, page 15</ref>
   
 
Their relationship has greatly improved by this action, as shown when Kurama pulled Naruto into the other tailed beasts' subconscious, and teased Naruto about his first and only kiss with Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, page 8</ref> Within that short space of time, the two instantly gained utmost trust in one another, even to the point where Naruto would allow Kurama to momentarily take control of his body without worry.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 594, pages 4-5, 12</ref> Later on, when Obito tried to instil doubt into Naruto as an attempt to weaken his resolve, Kurama asked Naruto to switch once again long enough to reveal that it was sealed within Naruto to give the boy the strength to stop him while proclaiming itself as Naruto's friend, along with the confidence in its jinchūriki's ability to live up to the legacy Minato and Jiraiya left him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 15-17</ref> When Naruto fell into despair over Neji's death, Kurama, with Hinata's aid, managed to break him out of it by reminding him over how his parents died for him as Neji did without a second thought over how his life has an unshakable bond.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 615, page 13</ref>
 
Their relationship has greatly improved by this action, as shown when Kurama pulled Naruto into the other tailed beasts' subconscious, and teased Naruto about his first and only kiss with Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 572, page 8</ref> Within that short space of time, the two instantly gained utmost trust in one another, even to the point where Naruto would allow Kurama to momentarily take control of his body without worry.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 594, pages 4-5, 12</ref> Later on, when Obito tried to instil doubt into Naruto as an attempt to weaken his resolve, Kurama asked Naruto to switch once again long enough to reveal that it was sealed within Naruto to give the boy the strength to stop him while proclaiming itself as Naruto's friend, along with the confidence in its jinchūriki's ability to live up to the legacy Minato and Jiraiya left him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 15-17</ref> When Naruto fell into despair over Neji's death, Kurama, with Hinata's aid, managed to break him out of it by reminding him over how his parents died for him as Neji did without a second thought over how his life has an unshakable bond.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 615, page 13</ref>
   
 
== Parents ==
 
== Parents ==
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{{Quote|Minato Namikaze|''You will find the answer… I believe in you.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 15</ref>}}
 
[[File:Two Suns.png|thumb|Naruto's parents and their faith in him are the source of his strength.]]
 
[[File:Two Suns.png|thumb|Naruto's parents and their faith in him are the source of his strength.]]
 
Throughout most of the series, Naruto never knew his parents due to Hiruzen's attempt to keep his lineage a secret as a way to protect the boy. However, despite not knowing that the Fourth Hokage was his father, Naruto had expressed the utmost respect for his father [[Minato Namikaze]]. Though angry at Minato's chakra imprint at first once learning of their relation and that it was his own father who sealed Kurama inside of him, Naruto quickly got over his anger and expressed pride in being the Fourth [[Hokage]]'s son.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, pages 6-7</ref>
 
Throughout most of the series, Naruto never knew his parents due to Hiruzen's attempt to keep his lineage a secret as a way to protect the boy. However, despite not knowing that the Fourth Hokage was his father, Naruto had expressed the utmost respect for his father [[Minato Namikaze]]. Though angry at Minato's chakra imprint at first once learning of their relation and that it was his own father who sealed Kurama inside of him, Naruto quickly got over his anger and expressed pride in being the Fourth [[Hokage]]'s son.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, pages 6-7</ref>
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During his training to control Kurama's power, Naruto tearfully embraced his mother [[Kushina Uzumaki]] when her chakra imprint came to his aid.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 4</ref> After learning how his parents met and how they died in what actually occurred during Kurama's attack on Konoha, Naruto told his mother that he could finally understand what a parent's love felt like and that he didn't blame her or Minato, instead he felt glad to be their son.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 14-15</ref>
 
During his training to control Kurama's power, Naruto tearfully embraced his mother [[Kushina Uzumaki]] when her chakra imprint came to his aid.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 4</ref> After learning how his parents met and how they died in what actually occurred during Kurama's attack on Konoha, Naruto told his mother that he could finally understand what a parent's love felt like and that he didn't blame her or Minato, instead he felt glad to be their son.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 14-15</ref>
   
On his way to the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto defended his parents with vigour when the Raikage [[A]] insulted Minato on how he failed as the "[[Child of the Prophecy]]" upon his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 541, pages 10-11</ref> Naruto also explained to A that despite his parents died shortly after he was born, their love and faith in him made him strong.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 544, pages 3-8</ref>
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On his way to the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto defended his parents with vigour when the Raikage [[A]] insulted Minato on how he failed as the "[[Child of the Prophecy]]" upon his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 541, pages 10-11</ref> Naruto also explained to A that despite the fact his parents died shortly after he was born, their love and faith in him made him strong.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 544, pages 3-8</ref>
   
 
== Mentors ==
 
== Mentors ==
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=== Iruka Umino ===
 
=== Iruka Umino ===
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{{Quote|''Yeah… the [[Kurama|monster fox]] would do that… but Naruto is different. I've acknowledged him as… one of my excellent students. He may not be the hardest worker… and he is clumsy and no one accepts him… but he already knows what it is to feel pain inside your heart. He isn't the monster fox. He is a member of the [[Konohagakure]]. '''He's Naruto Uzumaki!'''''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 1, pages 43-45</ref>}}
 
[[File:Iruka-popsicle.png|thumb|Iruka comforting Naruto over Jiraiya's death.]]
 
[[File:Iruka-popsicle.png|thumb|Iruka comforting Naruto over Jiraiya's death.]]
As it was because of his parents' death by Kurama's attack that he suffered a miserable childhood, [[Iruka Umino]] initially found it awkward to become a teacher to Naruto, before eventually deciding to be strict with the boy so he could work harder and reach his potential. In time, learning from [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] that the boy acted out with his antics to be acknowledged as he had in his youth, Iruka understood Naruto's loneliness and went out of his way to connect with the boy outside the classroom — treating Naruto like a younger brother. As a result, after Naruto learned of his nature as a jinchūriki and Kurama's role in the deaths of his teacher's parents, Iruka confidently believed in Naruto as a ninja of their village and nothing else.
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As it was because of his parents' death by Kurama's attack that he suffered a miserable childhood, [[Iruka Umino]] initially found it awkward to become a teacher to Naruto, before eventually deciding to be strict with the boy so he could work harder and reach his potential. In time, learning from [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] that the boy acted out with his antics to be acknowledged as he had in his youth, Iruka understood Naruto's loneliness and went out of his way to connect with the boy outside the classroom — treating Naruto like a younger brother. As a result, after Naruto learned of his nature as a jinchūriki and Kurama's role in the deaths of his teacher's parents, Iruka confidently believed in Naruto as a ninja of their village and nothing else. Ultimately, Naruto began looking to Iruka as a father-figure, as he noted to Sasuke at the [[Valley of the End]].
   
 
Even after Naruto graduated, Iruka still treats his former student at the [[Ramen Ichiraku]] whenever he returns from a mission. Though times like that allow him an opportunity to see how Naruto is developing as a [[ninja]], Iruka still tends to worry about him. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Iruka was among the ninja assigned to keep an unaware Naruto safe from the army Obito amassed to take him and Killer B by force. But once Naruto learned of the war, Iruka attempted to talk Naruto out participating in the fight until the youth reminded him of the confidence he had in him years ago. Staging an apparent capture of him while secretly giving his former student a message to come back alive, Iruka was assured by Killer B that he and his teachings are with Naruto in his heart.
 
Even after Naruto graduated, Iruka still treats his former student at the [[Ramen Ichiraku]] whenever he returns from a mission. Though times like that allow him an opportunity to see how Naruto is developing as a [[ninja]], Iruka still tends to worry about him. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Iruka was among the ninja assigned to keep an unaware Naruto safe from the army Obito amassed to take him and Killer B by force. But once Naruto learned of the war, Iruka attempted to talk Naruto out participating in the fight until the youth reminded him of the confidence he had in him years ago. Staging an apparent capture of him while secretly giving his former student a message to come back alive, Iruka was assured by Killer B that he and his teachings are with Naruto in his heart.
   
 
=== Kakashi Hatake ===
 
=== Kakashi Hatake ===
[[Kakashi Hatake]] is the leader of Team 7, the squad Naruto was assigned to after becoming a genin, and one of his first mentors after becoming an official ninja. While at first they had a negative impression of each other, Kakashi came to understand Naruto's unique potential in surpassing Minato. In turn, Naruto would cherish the lessons he learned from Kakashi about friendship and teamwork. After he came back from training with Jiraiya, Kakashi would train Naruto in [[nature transformation]] and acknowledged that Naruto had surpassed him once he developed the [[Rasenshuriken]]. Kakashi was also one of the few people who knew Minato was Naruto's father. When Kakashi later finds himself facing Obito Uchiha, he lacked the drive to fight his former friend until Naruto comes to aid and rekindled Kakashi's will with the resolve to protect his student.
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{{Quote|''Naruto has a mysterious ability… even without saying much, he can become friends with anyone.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 262, page 14</ref>}}
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[[Kakashi Hatake]] is the leader of Team 7, the squad Naruto was assigned to after becoming a [[genin]], and one of his first mentors after becoming an official ninja. Initially seeing Naruto as a slacker, Kakashi soon came to understand that Naruto's unpredictability was his greatest asset and also came to believe in the young man he styled as Konoha's "''number one most unpredictable ninja''". In turn, Naruto would cherish the lessons he learned from Kakashi about friendship and teamwork. After he came back from training with Jiraiya, Kakashi would train Naruto in [[nature transformation]] and acknowledged that he was the only one who could surpass his sensei the [[Fourth Hokage]]. With Kakashi's help, Naruto was able to create and master the [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]] which would become one of the most powerful techniques in his arsenal. When learning of Kakashi's death at the hands of [[Nagato|Pain]] who he had come to fight, Naruto was angered and even named him as one of his reasons for hating him when he claims he wants peace. Kakashi sees much of his beloved friend [[Obito]] inside Naruto and has noted that his ideal and even personality are much like the Uchiha's when he was a child. Naruto's firm resolution in his beliefs has many a time helped Kakashi find the resolve to fight on most recently during the tumultuous [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].
   
 
=== Ebisu ===
 
=== Ebisu ===
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{{Quote|''Naruto is a citizen of Konoha! I have no intention of telling you Akatsuki people anything!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 426, page 16</ref>}}
 
Naruto first met [[Ebisu]] who was Konohamaru's tutor and would later defeat him using the [[Harem Technique]]. Initially, he believed that Naruto was nothing but a worthless nuisance and mocked his dream of becoming Hokage as he believed that only people of high lineage could amount to anything. He said all this about Naruto however, out of the ignorance of not knowing who his [[Minato Namikaze|father]] was. Ebisu was asked by Kakashi to train Naruto for the main match of the [[Chūnin Exams]], even though both he and Naruto were reluctant at first. Ebisu would train Naruto in improving his chakra control by having him do the water walking technique, which proved difficult due to the [[Five Elements Seal|seal]] he got from [[Orochimaru]]. Naruto's training would later be taken over by Jiraiya. At the time of Pain's invasion of Konoha, it was revealed that Ebisu's perspective of Naruto had changed drastically upon seeing what he had done for the village.<ref name="ch426"/>
 
Naruto first met [[Ebisu]] who was Konohamaru's tutor and would later defeat him using the [[Harem Technique]]. Initially, he believed that Naruto was nothing but a worthless nuisance and mocked his dream of becoming Hokage as he believed that only people of high lineage could amount to anything. He said all this about Naruto however, out of the ignorance of not knowing who his [[Minato Namikaze|father]] was. Ebisu was asked by Kakashi to train Naruto for the main match of the [[Chūnin Exams]], even though both he and Naruto were reluctant at first. Ebisu would train Naruto in improving his chakra control by having him do the water walking technique, which proved difficult due to the [[Five Elements Seal|seal]] he got from [[Orochimaru]]. Naruto's training would later be taken over by Jiraiya. At the time of Pain's invasion of Konoha, it was revealed that Ebisu's perspective of Naruto had changed drastically upon seeing what he had done for the village.<ref name="ch426"/>
   
 
=== Jiraiya ===
 
=== Jiraiya ===
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{{Quote|''Never go back on your word… and never give up. That's your ninja way… and as your mentor… I have no business whining! Because… the student's ninja way should be the master's too! Isn't that so, Naruto?!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 15-16</ref>}}
 
[[File:Naruto and Jiraiya.jpg|thumb|Naruto with his mentor and godfather, Jiraiya.]]
 
[[File:Naruto and Jiraiya.jpg|thumb|Naruto with his mentor and godfather, Jiraiya.]]
Even before Naruto met him, [[Jiraiya]] indirectly played a role in his life as he was mentor to both Minato Namikaze and to Nagato due to being foretold that a student under him would be destined for greatness. He was also the one who gave Naruto his name, with the boy named after the protagonist in his "[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi (novel)|The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]" novel, thus making him Naruto's godfather. Because of Orochimaru's defection, and learning of the Akatsuki's existence, Jiraiya was forced to leave the village to spy on the organisation and was unable to take care of his godson during the first twelve years of his life. Jiraiya would only meet Naruto years later during the boy's first Chūnin Exam, being labelled {{translation|"Perverted Hermit"|エロ仙人|Ero-sennin|engtv=Pervy Sage}}.
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Even before Naruto met him, [[Jiraiya]] indirectly played a role in his life as he was mentor to both Minato Namikaze and to Nagato due to being foretold that a student under him would be destined for greatness. He was also the one who gave Naruto his name, with the boy named after the protagonist in his "[[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi]]" novel, thus making him Naruto's godfather. Because of Orochimaru's defection, and learning of the Akatsuki's existence, Jiraiya was forced to leave the village to spy on the organisation and was unable to take care of his godson during the first twelve years of his life. Jiraiya would only meet Naruto years later during the boy's first Chūnin Exam, being labelled {{translation|"Perverted Hermit"|エロ仙人|Ero-sennin|engtv=Pervy Sage}}.
   
 
While more perverted than Naruto, Jiraiya has some similarities to his godson from a desire to bring peace to an unrequited affection for his former team-mate Tsunade. Since their meeting, Jiraiya and Naruto became close with the latter holding him in high regard as he took news of his mentor's death by Pain hard. After being moved to tears from reading "The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi", Naruto confronts Jiraiya's killer and the true identity of Pain, his fellow pupil Nagato. Meeting Nagato face to face, Naruto declared that what he inherited from Jiraiya will help him bring peace in this world, and that if Jiraiya was willing to place his faith in him, then Naruto was willing to believe in himself and stated that he would find peace for the world. Naruto also made a memorial grave in honour of Jiraiya. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, when Tobi and Naruto argued about dreams, Naruto answered back that he thought of Jiraiya as a hero.
 
While more perverted than Naruto, Jiraiya has some similarities to his godson from a desire to bring peace to an unrequited affection for his former team-mate Tsunade. Since their meeting, Jiraiya and Naruto became close with the latter holding him in high regard as he took news of his mentor's death by Pain hard. After being moved to tears from reading "The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi", Naruto confronts Jiraiya's killer and the true identity of Pain, his fellow pupil Nagato. Meeting Nagato face to face, Naruto declared that what he inherited from Jiraiya will help him bring peace in this world, and that if Jiraiya was willing to place his faith in him, then Naruto was willing to believe in himself and stated that he would find peace for the world. Naruto also made a memorial grave in honour of Jiraiya. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, when Tobi and Naruto argued about dreams, Naruto answered back that he thought of Jiraiya as a hero.
   
 
=== Fukasaku ===
 
=== Fukasaku ===
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[[File:Fukasaku attempts fusion.png|thumb|Fukasaku and Naruto.]]
 
Naruto first met [[Fukasaku]] when the elderly toad [[sage]] arrived in Konoha to bring news of Jiraiya's death. Despite Naruto's lack of formality toward Fukasaku upon their first meeting, the toad sage apparently took a liking to the young man as his personality reminded him of his late pupil and found Naruto's nickname for Jiraiya ("Perverted Hermit") to be both very fitting and amusing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 404, pages 6-9</ref> Knowing that Naruto wanted revenge, and that he was ill-prepared for a battle with Pain, Fukasaku took him to [[Mount Myōboku]] to teach him [[senjutsu]]. In light of Naruto's rapid progress in his intense training, Fukasaku believed that the young man would surpass Jiraiya in power, even willing to consider that Naruto was the "[[Child of the Prophecy]]" after he saw how much Naruto loved Jiraiya when he took news of his mentor's death pretty hard.
 
Naruto first met [[Fukasaku]] when the elderly toad [[sage]] arrived in Konoha to bring news of Jiraiya's death. Despite Naruto's lack of formality toward Fukasaku upon their first meeting, the toad sage apparently took a liking to the young man as his personality reminded him of his late pupil and found Naruto's nickname for Jiraiya ("Perverted Hermit") to be both very fitting and amusing.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 404, pages 6-9</ref> Knowing that Naruto wanted revenge, and that he was ill-prepared for a battle with Pain, Fukasaku took him to [[Mount Myōboku]] to teach him [[senjutsu]]. In light of Naruto's rapid progress in his intense training, Fukasaku believed that the young man would surpass Jiraiya in power, even willing to consider that Naruto was the "[[Child of the Prophecy]]" after he saw how much Naruto loved Jiraiya when he took news of his mentor's death pretty hard.
   
 
== Friends and Allies ==
 
== Friends and Allies ==
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Throughout the series, Naruto has gained a vast network of friends and allies that even goes beyond the borders of Konoha with the members of the Konoha 11 being the closest to him. Recently during the Fourth Shinobi World War, his desire to protect his comrades and those dear to him has become so strong that his chakra responded to his subconscious will by going to their aid on its own.
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In addition, the villagers of Konoha as a whole had a drastic change in the manner that they view Naruto: moving from what they viewed as a menace and looming threat because of Kurama sealed within him, to a citizen/hero of Konoha whom they genuinely care about and would even go as far as to risk their own lives to ensure that he was safe.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 422, page 2</ref><ref name="ch426">''Naruto'' chapter 426, pages 12-16</ref>
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=== Konoha 11 ===
 
=== Konoha 11 ===
 
[[File:Konoha 11 Part I.jpg|thumb|The Konoha 11.]]
 
[[File:Konoha 11 Part I.jpg|thumb|The Konoha 11.]]
Naruto gets along well with the entire [[Konoha 11]], as they are all comrades who fought alongside each other for the love of their village and [[Will of Fire]]. He has some sort of rivalry with some of them, such as Kiba and Lee, but they are good friends regardless. That, along with Naruto's accomplishments in saving the village amongst other deeds, made the rest of Konoha 11 appreciate and admire him. Naruto, in turn, was able to convince them to allow him to handle Sasuke alone, when the rest of them wanted to kill him together.
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Naruto gets along well with the entire [[Konoha 11]], as they are all comrades who fought alongside each other for the love of their village and [[Will of Fire]]. He has some sort of rivalry with some of them, such as Kiba and Lee, while being part of a group of Academy dead-lasts, such as Kiba, Shikamaru and Chōji, but they are all good friends regardless. That, along with Naruto's accomplishments in saving the village amongst other deeds, made the rest of Konoha 11 appreciate and admire him. Naruto, in turn, was able to convince them to allow him to handle Sasuke alone, when the rest of them wanted to kill him together.
   
 
==== Sakura Haruno ====
 
==== Sakura Haruno ====
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{{Quote|''Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing… Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto… that impossible dream of yours… I don't want to see it crushed!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 43, page 14</ref>}}
 
[[File:Naruto and Sakura databook 2.jpg|thumb|Naruto and his team-mate, Sakura.]]
 
[[File:Naruto and Sakura databook 2.jpg|thumb|Naruto and his team-mate, Sakura.]]
Naruto had a big crush on [[Sakura Haruno]], but his feelings were not mutual as she was attracted to Sasuke instead. Back then in the [[Academy]], Sakura, like most of their other peers, disliked Naruto because she considered him as a talentless loser. However, when her making fun of Naruto not having any parents offended Sasuke, Sakura realised that she went too far and decided to try to be a bit nicer to Naruto from then on.<ref name="ch3">''Naruto'' chapter 3, pages 21-24</ref>
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Naruto and [[Sakura Haruno]] have had a long-standing friendship that arose from shaky beginnings and gradually grew stronger over the course of the series, enforced by a mutual respect and trust that had not been present at first and a shared goal to return their former team-mate Sasuke Uchiha to the village. Their friendship also bears great resemblances to that of their [[Sannin]] masters, Jiraiya and Tsunade. Naruto's feelings for Sakura have gone un-reciprocated as she in turn has feelings for Sasuke Uchiha instead.
 
While rather disrespectful to Naruto during their few first missions as members of Team 7, Sakura eventually began to see Naruto in a new light due to his constant dedication to his friends. Even though she still had a tendency to lash out at him whenever he annoyed her or side with Sasuke over him, there have been moments when she attempted to be nice to Naruto, such as in explaining the [[Tree Climbing Practice]] during their mission in the [[Land of Waves]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 19, page 13</ref> and willing to forfeit her entry into the [[Chūnin Exams]] when she saw that Naruto didn't have a chance of answering the questions, in order to prevent him from being stuck as a [[genin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 43 pages 12-14</ref> Later, when she learned from Sasuke that Naruto was the one who saved her from Gaara during the [[invasion of Konoha]], she was surprised, but grateful.
 
   
By the time Sasuke defected from Konoha, realising her strong genuine feelings for their former team-mate, Naruto promised Sakura that he would do everything in his power to bring Sasuke back to her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 183, pages 12-14</ref> When Naruto returned after his two-and-a-half year-long training, Sakura was quickly partnered with him as they both become members of the reformed [[Team Kakashi]], resulting in her to understand Naruto even more when his status as a jinchūriki was revealed to her. Their relationship soon developed into a strong friendship, to which it bears great resemblance to that of their mentors, Jiraiya and Tsunade, along with the fact that Naruto's feelings for his team-mate are one-sided and unrequited due to Sakura's love for Sasuke despite the latter becoming an international criminal.
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Back in the [[Academy]] days, Sakura, like most of their other peers, considered Naruto an annoyance because of his constant antics. She even went as far as to accredit his behaviour to the fact that he was an orphan, a statement which offended Sasuke when she shared this belief with him. Sasuke in turn admonished Sakura for saying that, which led Sakura to realise that she had gone too far and decided to be more pleasant towards Naruto from then on.<ref name="ch3">''Naruto'' chapter 3, pages 21-24</ref> Shortly after being assigned to [[Team 7]], Sakura eventually began to see Naruto in a new light due to his constant dedication to his friends, and made good on her resolution to be nicer to Naruto, as shown when she explained the mechanism behind the [[Tree Climbing Practice]] during their mission in the [[Land of Waves]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 19, page 13</ref> and was even willing to forfeit her entry into the [[Chūnin Exams]] upon realising that Naruto would not have been able to pass the first test, which would have resulted in him being stuck as a [[genin]] thus ending his dream to become Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 43 pages 12-14</ref> Later, when she learned from Sasuke that Naruto was the one who saved her from Gaara during the [[invasion of Konoha]], she was surprised, but grateful. By the time Sasuke defected from Konoha, realising her strong genuine feelings for their former team-mate, Naruto promised Sakura that he would do everything in his power to bring Sasuke back to her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 183, pages 12-14</ref>
   
When their new team-mate, Sai, informed Sakura that the strain of making her happy and fulfilling his promise to her have been the source of Naruto's internal pain, she felt guilty for asking too much from Naruto and decided to stop Sasuke from sinking any lower by herself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 13-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 474, pages 8-10</ref> Sakura tried to relieve Naruto from his promise by telling him that she loved him and not Sasuke anymore, but Naruto and the others present immediately knew that she was lying to them. <ref>''Naruto'' chapter 469, pages 10-17</ref> After Naruto saved Sakura from being killed by Sasuke and voiced his resolve that he would shoulder Sasuke's hatred as a friend, she was touched by Naruto's determination, for he had again given her hope that there may still be a happy ending for Team 7.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, pages 9-10</ref> Later, as the Fourth Shinobi World War reached its climax, Sakura resolved to aid Naruto in fighting Obito, stating that he didn't need to carry the burden alone and that everyone would be there to help him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref>
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When Naruto returned from his training with Jiraiya after two years, he and Sakura soon fell into their old ways, displaying that their friendship had not suffered any during the time apart. Later, when Sai informed Sakura that the strain of making her happy and fulfilling his promise to her have been the source of Naruto's pain, she felt guilty for asking too much from Naruto and decided to stop Sasuke from sinking any lower by herself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, pages 13-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 474, pages 8-10</ref> Sakura tried to release Naruto from his promise by telling him that she loved him and not Sasuke any more, but Naruto and the others present immediately knew that she was lying.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 469, pages 10-17</ref> After Naruto saved Sakura from being killed by Sasuke and voiced his resolve that he would shoulder Sasuke's hatred as a friend, she was touched by Naruto's determination, for he had again given her hope that there may still be a happy ending for Team 7.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, pages 9-10</ref>
   
In the anime, when Naruto was near quitting when training for his [[Rasenshuriken|new technique]] with Kakashi and Yamato, Sakura chastised Sai for insulting Naruto about his capabilities. She went on to describe how Naruto would defy the odds and had saved them countless times.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 81</ref> Also only in the anime, Naruto told [[Shizuka]] that though he admitted he fell for Sakura, he knew it was one-sided yet stated all that mattered was her happiness and that he would still try to win her affection.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 235</ref><!--Do not remove, it will be considered vandalism-->
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As the Fourth Shinobi World War reached its climax, Sakura resolved to aid Naruto in fighting Obito, stating that he didn't need to carry the burden alone and that everyone would be there to help him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref> Her understanding and care of Naruto was strengthened when he exclaimed how not having any friends was the most painful thing to him, to the point where she raised the morale of the Shinobi Alliance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 630, pages 8-9</ref> When the reincarnated Minato arrived to the battlefield, he asked Naruto if Sakura was his girlfriend, to which he replied with a "sort of", though his answer angered Sakura and prompted her to punch him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, page 6</ref> After Sakura finally manifested her [[Strength of a Hundred Seal|seal]] and displayed her increased strength by decimating several dozen [[Ten-Tails Fission|miniature Ten-Tails clones]] with ease, it frightened Naruto enough to not joke around with her ever again.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 632, pages 17-20</ref> Later, after Yang-Kurama was extracted from Naruto, Sakura became extremely worried when Naruto's heartbeat became weaker and used her medical ninjutsu to heal him, determined to keep her comrade alive so he'll be able to achieve his goal in becoming Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 663, pages 17-18</ref>
   
 
==== Hinata Hyūga ====
 
==== Hinata Hyūga ====
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{{Quote|''I used to always cry and give up… I made many wrong turns… But you… You helped me find the right path… I always chased after you… I wanted to catch up to you… I wanted to walk beside you all the time… I just wanted to be with you… You changed me! Your smile is what saved me! That is why I'm not afraid to die protecting you! Because… I love you…''<ref name="ch437">''Naruto'' chapter 437, pages 8-16</ref>}}
 
[[File:Hinata defends naruto.jpg|thumb|Hinata defending Naruto.]]
 
[[File:Hinata defends naruto.jpg|thumb|Hinata defending Naruto.]]
Unlike their peers who ostracised Naruto while growing up in the [[Academy]], [[Hinata Hyūga]] instead had a long-standing admiration for him, as she was inspired by his enthusiasm and unyielding determination to never give up no matter what the odds, and she consistently strived to better herself thanks to his influence. In addition, Hinata was one of the very first people to identify Naruto's painful childhood and his desire to be acknowledged,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 76, page 11</ref> and she fiercely believed that he would one day achieve his goal of becoming Hokage. As the series progressed, Hinata's admiration for Naruto soon grew into genuine care and affection, eventually leading her to fall in love with him.
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Unlike their peers who ostracised Naruto while growing up in the [[Academy]], [[Hinata Hyūga]] instead admired him, for she was inspired by his enthusiasm and unyielding determination to never give up. She was one of the first to identify Naruto's painful childhood and his desire to be acknowledged,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 76, page 11</ref> and she fiercely believed that he would one day achieve his goal of becoming Hokage. Hinata's long-standing admiration towards Naruto later grew into genuine care and affection, eventually leading her to fall in love with him.
   
Even though Naruto was initially oblivious to her feelings, he always held Hinata in high regard as a close friend because of her desire to change herself and be acknowledged, something that he can relate to. He has also shown a great deal of care for her, as in the [[Chūnin Exams]], he declined her offer of copying her test due their risk of being disqualified,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 42, page 6</ref> defended Hinata from Neji's contempt toward her,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 78, pages, 16-17</ref> and even vowed with her own blood to defeat Neji in her place.<ref name="ch81"/> When Naruto later revealed his growing doubts about the match and his own abilities to Hinata, she reassured him that he never gave up because he always had the strength to overcome his own failures. Naruto gratefully thanked Hinata for bringing him out of his depression, and he said to her that even though he had thought of her as a shy and quiet girl, he really liked a person like her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 98, pages 8-14</ref> Naruto kept his promise to Hinata and defeated Neji in his match with him, unfortunately, Hinata fell unconscious from watching the ending due to her injuries affecting her.
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Even though Naruto was oblivious to her feelings, he held Hinata in high regard because of her desire to change herself and be acknowledged, something that he could relate to. Naruto also held high expectations of her, such as during the [[Chūnin Exams]], he declined her offer of copying her test due their risk of being disqualified, disbelieving at first that she would allow him to cheat off her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 42, page 6</ref> Later, he defended Hinata from Neji's contempt and even vowed with her own blood to defeat Neji in her place.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 78, pages, 16-17</ref><ref name="ch81"/> When Naruto, for the first time, revealed his growing doubts about the match and his own abilities to Hinata, she reassured him that he never gave up because he always had the strength to overcome his own failures. Naruto gratefully thanked Hinata for bringing him out of his depression, and he said to her that even though he had thought of her as a shy and quiet girl, he really liked a person like her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 98, pages 8-14</ref>
   
During the [[invasion of Pain]], Hinata came to Naruto's aid after he was [[Chakra Disruption Blades|pinned down]] by [[Pain]]. Though knowing she stood no chance against the stronger opponent, Hinata refused to leave Naruto behind as she finally confessed her love and willingness to die for him before being struck down by the Akatsuki leader. Left speechless upon hearing her confession, Naruto took what he thought was her death very hard to the point of instantly allowing Kurama to take full control out of sheer rage.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 437, pages 8-16</ref> But once Naruto returned to normal, he was brought to tears of relief upon learning that Hinata was still alive.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 441, pages 6-7</ref> Using the memory of that event during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] after he saved her from the disguised [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]], Naruto reassured a depressed Hinata that she had become strong, to which she silently thanked him for cheering her up.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 559, pages 3-6</ref>
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During the [[Invasion of Pain]], Hinata came to Naruto's aid after he was [[Chakra Receiver|pinned down]] by [[Pain]]. Though knowing she stood no chance against the stronger opponent, Hinata refused to leave Naruto behind, confessing her love and willingness to protect him, even at the cost of her own life. Left speechless upon hearing her confession, Naruto instantly erupted into a rage after he saw Hinata being struck down by the Akatsuki leader, allowing Kurama to take control and continued the battle with Pain.<ref name="ch437"/> However, once the fox was suppressed, Naruto was brought to tears of relief upon learning that Hinata was still alive.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 441, pages 6-7</ref> Naruto would later remind Hinata of this event during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] reassuring her that she was strong.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 559, pages 3-6</ref> When the Shinobi Alliance began to mobilise to aid Naruto and B against Tobi, Hinata made the decision to be together with Naruto once the war ended.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, pages 9-10</ref>
   
Upon learning that Naruto was fighting against Obito, Hinata quickly made her way to aid Naruto, as well as making a firm resolve to be together with him once the war ends.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, pages 9-10</ref> After Neji died protecting her and Naruto from the [[Ten-Tails]], Hinata, with Kurama's aid, saved Naruto from falling into despair and reaffirmed his [[nindō]]. With his self-confidence restored, Naruto took Hinata's hand and he admiringly thanked her for staying by his side as he fought alongside with her against the Ten-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 614-617</ref>
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After Neji died protecting her and Naruto from the [[Ten-Tails]] and almost falling victim to Obito's rhetoric, Hinata reminded Naruto of their shared [[nindō]], to bring him back from the edge. With her and Kurama's aid, Naruto's self-confidence was restored and he took Hinata's hand, thanking her for staying by his side before transferring Kurama's chakra into her.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 614-617</ref> As the battle progressed, the Ten-Tails prepared to attack the injured Naruto directly, Hinata led a group of the Shinobi Alliance to protect him as Sakura healed his wounds.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 629, page 7</ref> Then later during the war, after taking down one of the Ten-Tails' mini-clones, Hinata continues to motivate herself to keep moving forward so that she could forever be at Naruto's side.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 633, pages 10-11</ref> Later on, when Hinata discovered Naruto's condition from having Yang-Kurama extracted from him, she became immensely worried and rushed across the battlefield to his aid. However, Hinata succumbed to exhaustion as she lost the remainder of her chakra and stumbled on debris before she could reach him, silently praying for his safety.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 662, pages 14-15</ref> When Hinata was ensnared by the [[Shinju]]'s roots after being hit by [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]], Naruto heard her mentally crying out to him and tried to rush to her aid.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 677, pages 11-12</ref>
   
 
==== Neji Hyūga ====
 
==== Neji Hyūga ====
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{{Quote|''Naruto… sometimes your eyes are even better than mine.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 193, page 4</ref>}}
 
[[File:Neji's Fight With Naruto.PNG|thumb|Naruto battling Neji.]]
 
[[File:Neji's Fight With Naruto.PNG|thumb|Naruto battling Neji.]]
In the beginning, Naruto developed a strong dislike towards [[Neji Hyūga]] due to his ideals that no one can ever change their fate. Furthermore, after Neji left his cousin Hinata in critical condition, Naruto vowed to beat him at their match.<ref name="ch81">''Naruto'' chapter 81, page 8</ref> Their match proved not only a physical battle, but also a conflict of ideals with Neji losing on both accounts after revealing his own fight with his fate as a branch member of the [[Hyūga clan]]. When Naruto promised that he would change the fate of the Hyūga clan for him, Neji became a nicer person as he set aside his hatred for the main house, looking after Hinata as he trained with her, and desired to become strong enough to return the favor to Naruto.
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In the beginning, Naruto developed a strong dislike towards [[Neji Hyūga]] due to his ideals that no one can ever change their fate. Furthermore, after Neji left his cousin Hinata in critical condition, Naruto vowed to beat him at their match.<ref name="ch81">''Naruto'' chapter 81, page 8</ref> Their match proved not only a physical battle, but also a conflict of ideals with Neji losing on both accounts after revealing his own fight with his fate as a branch member of the [[Hyūga clan]]. When Naruto promised that he would change the fate of the Hyūga clan for him, Neji became a nicer person as he set aside his hatred for the main house, looking after Hinata as he trained with her, and desired to become strong enough to return the favour to Naruto.
   
Years after, Neji got his chance during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] when he and Hinata came to Naruto's aid in a plan to defeat the Ten-Tails. However, their defences proved no match for the monster, and Neji took a deathblow from the Ten-Tails meant for Naruto and Hinata. As Naruto pleaded why Neji sacrificed himself, the latter, reminding him of their battle years ago replied that Naruto called him a genius. Neji realised in his final moments that, like his father before him, he made the choice to die for those he holds dear.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614</ref> Upon Neji's death, Naruto's resolve was shattered even further as Obito openly mocked Naruto for failing to protect his comrades. However, Hinata and Kurama managed to remind Naruto of his life not being just his own nor should he give up on Neji's death so easily. As his confidence was restored, Naruto thanked Hinata and admitted to himself how he'd never be able to thank Neji enough for everything he had done.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 615, page 19</ref> Naruto then told a saddened Lee that he'll keep the real Neji in his heart forever and stated to Obito that Neji's will isn't dead and used him to moral the Allied Forces.
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Years after, Neji got his chance during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] when he and Hinata came to Naruto's aid in a plan to defeat the Ten-Tails. However, their defences proved no match for the monster, and Neji took a deathblow from the Ten-Tails meant for Naruto and Hinata. As Naruto pleaded why Neji sacrificed himself, the latter, reminding him of their battle years ago replied that Naruto called him a genius. Neji realised in his final moments that, like his father before him, he made the choice to die for those he holds dear.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614</ref> Upon Neji's death, Naruto's resolve was shattered even further as Obito openly mocked Naruto for failing to protect his comrades. However, Hinata and Kurama managed to remind Naruto of his life not being just his own nor should he give up on Neji's death so easily. As his confidence was restored, Naruto thanked Hinata and admitted to himself how he'd never be able to thank Neji enough for everything he had done.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 615, page 19</ref> Naruto then told a saddened Lee that he'll keep the real Neji in his heart forever and stated to Obito that Neji's will isn't dead and used his death to increase the morale of the Allied Forces.
   
 
==== Rock Lee ====
 
==== Rock Lee ====
Calling him {{translation|Centipede Brows|ゲジマユ|Gejimayu|engtv=Bushy Brows}}, Naruto originally saw [[Rock Lee]] as a rival and vice-versa. Lee's victory over Naruto before the Chūnin Exams started was used by the latter as motivation to get stronger. After he stopped Naruto from attacking Neji for nearly killing Hinata, Lee admits his resolve to prove his team-mate's ideals of a fixed destiny being wrong. Seeing him sharing that same resolve, Lee was willing to let Naruto handle Neji in his stead prior to his injuries from fighting Gaara. Wanting to help Lee make a full recovery, Naruto brought Tsunade to Konoha in hopes that she could heal him. Naruto would work with Lee on missions from time to time, some anime-exclusive missions being comedic misadventures. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, mourning over Neji's death, Naruto helped give Lee the strength needed to continue fighting and, with his assistance, helped sever Madara's and Obito's connections to the Ten-Tails.
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[[File:Leaf Gale.jpg|thumb|Lee easily defeats Naruto during their first meeting.]]
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Nicknaming him {{translation|Centipede Brows|ゲジマユ|Gejimayu|engtv=Bushy Brows}}, Naruto originally saw [[Rock Lee]] as a rival and vice-versa. Lee's victory over Naruto before the Chūnin Exams started was used by the latter as motivation to get stronger. After he stopped Naruto from attacking Neji for nearly killing Hinata, Lee admits his resolve to prove his team-mate's ideals of a fixed destiny being wrong. Seeing him sharing that same resolve, Lee was willing to let Naruto handle Neji in his stead prior to his injuries from fighting Gaara. Wanting to help Lee make a full recovery, Naruto brought Tsunade to Konoha in hopes that she could heal him. Naruto would work with Lee on missions from time to time, some anime-exclusive missions being comedic misadventures. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, mourning over Neji's death, Naruto helped give Lee the strength needed to continue fighting and, with his assistance, helped sever Madara's and Obito's connections to the Ten-Tails.
   
 
==== Shikamaru Nara ====
 
==== Shikamaru Nara ====
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{{Quote|''My master entrusted me with a lot, from big things to little things. It's the same for you, an unlimited number of things, don't you think it's about time for us, to be the ones who entrust, not the entrusted, it's a pain in the ass but I can't say that; Someday you'll be the one to treat others to ramen and you'll be called Master Naruto… we can't stay kids forever, like Asuma and Jiraiya, I wanna be as cool as them.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 406, pages 16-17</ref>}}
 
[[File:Leaf Concentration Practice.JPG|thumb|Naruto and the other "dead lasts" in the Academy.]]
 
[[File:Leaf Concentration Practice.JPG|thumb|Naruto and the other "dead lasts" in the Academy.]]
Though a genius, [[Shikamaru Nara]] was a "dead last" student like Naruto during their Academy days. Having noticed the way the other villagers ostracised Naruto, Shikamaru seemed to be one of the first of their peers to see him as more than as a jinchūriki. Furthermore, Shikamaru himself stated that something about Naruto compels him to follow him. Because of this, outside of the missions that may include them working together, Shikamaru would sometimes hang out with Naruto. Having lost his mentor [[Asuma Sarutobi]] prior, Shikamaru played a role in helping Naruto cope with Jiraiya's death. In the anime, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shikamaru asserted that he wishes to protect Naruto and also fight alongside him during the war.
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[[Shikamaru Nara]] was a "dead last" student like Naruto during their Academy days. Having noticed the way the other villagers ostracised Naruto, Shikamaru seemed to be one of the first of their peers to see him as more than as a jinchūriki. Furthermore, Shikamaru himself stated that something about Naruto compels him to follow him. Because of this, outside of the missions that may include them working together, Shikamaru would sometimes hang out with Naruto. Having lost his mentor [[Asuma Sarutobi]] prior, Shikamaru played a role in helping Naruto cope with Jiraiya's death. In the anime, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shikamaru asserted that he wishes to protect Naruto and also fight alongside him during the war.
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When he was weakened by the [[Shinju]], aware that Naruto was always alone, Shikamaru believed Naruto needed an intelligent brother figure, like [[Tobirama]] was to [[Hashirama]], by his side, and resolved to be Naruto's adviser when he becomes Hokage so he would never have to be alone again.
   
 
==== Chōji Akimichi ====
 
==== Chōji Akimichi ====
Originally one of Naruto's fellow "dead lasts" during their Academy days, [[Chōji Akimichi]], like his friend Shikamaru, mostly hangs out with Naruto when not on missions, usually going out to eat. While Naruto can be friendly to Chōji, he tries to avoid mentioning his weight due to the damage Chōji may cause if called "fat". Chōji would often aid Naruto on missions, with the failed mission to retrieve Sasuke back to Konoha being one of them.
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Originally one of Naruto's fellow "dead lasts" during their Academy days, [[Chōji Akimichi]], like his friend Shikamaru, mostly hangs out with Naruto when not on missions, usually going out to eat. Growing up alongside Naruto, he has witnessed Naruto's personal and physical development first hand; something he made mention of during their battle against [[Akatsuki]] members [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]].
   
 
==== Kiba Inuzuka ====
 
==== Kiba Inuzuka ====
Originally one of Naruto's fellow "dead lasts" during their Academy days, both [[Kiba Inuzuka]] and Naruto had a sense of friendship and rivalry with one another. Though he expected an easy win against Naruto in the Chūnin Exams, Kiba lost when his sensory abilities as an [[Inuzuka clan]] member were used against him. Despite the undignified defeat, Kiba maintained his friendship with Naruto and often aided him on missions, along with the failed mission to retrieve Sasuke back to Konoha. It was shown that Kiba wishes to become stronger than Naruto and have a rematch with him. Being one of the few people who are aware of Hinata's feelings for Naruto, Kiba was seen teasing him about it, stating that he doesn't need to act so tough in front of Hinata when arriving to battle the Ten-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 611, page 17</ref>
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[[File:Kiba vs Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto battling Kiba during the Chūnin Exam preliminaries.]]
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Originally one of Naruto's fellow "dead lasts" during their Academy days, both [[Kiba Inuzuka]] and Naruto have a sense of friendship and rivalry with one another. Kiba constantly challenges Naruto's aspirations for the position of Hokage, first ridiculing the young man, but, since his defeat at their [[Chūnin Exams]] and their interactions since. The two young shinobi often challenge each other in terms of skills — though admittedly, Kiba is generally flabbergasted at Naruto's progression when he believes that he has caught up to him.
   
 
==== Ino Yamanaka ====
 
==== Ino Yamanaka ====
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==== Shino Aburame ====
 
==== Shino Aburame ====
Like their other peers, [[Shino Aburame]] originally considered Naruto to be a talentless troublemaker but soon accepted him as a fellow ninja, despite bearing a slight grudge on the youth for not recognising him after being away for nearly three years.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 282, pages 12-14</ref> Regardless, Shino admitted that Naruto had surpassed the rest of their peers, and during the Fourth Shinobi World War, he stated that he himself needed no reason to follow Naruto and aid him without question.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 10</ref>
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Like most of their peers, [[Shino Aburame]] originally considered Naruto to be a talentless troublemaker, but soon accepted him as a fellow ninja, despite bearing a slight grudge on the youth for not recognising him after being away for nearly three years.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 282, pages 12-14</ref> Regardless, Shino admitted that Naruto had surpassed the rest of their peers, and during the Fourth Shinobi World War, he stated that he himself needed no reason to follow Naruto and aid him without question.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 10</ref>
   
 
==== Tenten ====
 
==== Tenten ====
At first, [[Tenten]] didn't have any real thoughts about Naruto until his upcoming match with Neji in the Chūnin Exams. Having seen her team-mate's strength, she instantly thought that Naruto wouldn't stand a chance against Neji, but was soon taken by surprise when the former defeated the latter, and would later grow to respect him. In the anime-exclusive mission, Naruto tends to best describe Tenten as fierce and scary.
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[[Tenten]]'s views of Naruto are somewhat vague. She does however respect Naruto as a comrade and worries about his safety witnessed during the time he confronted Sasuke at the [[Samurai Bridge]] and later during the Fourth Shinobi World War as she rushed to his aid.
   
 
=== Hiruzen Sarutobi ===
 
=== Hiruzen Sarutobi ===
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{{Quote|''The [[Minato Namikaze|Fourth]] wanted the villagers of Konoha to see him as a hero. That was his last wish as he placed the [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style|seal]] and died.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 2, page 13</ref>}}
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[[File:Hiruzen and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Hiruzen.]]
 
Naruto was looked after by [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] after his parents' deaths. The Hokage kept his parents' identity a secret and gave him his mother's last name. He asked the village to never reveal anything about Kurama to Naruto or the children. Naruto was inspired by the Hokage, originally due to the respect they received, including Hiruzen, and hoped to become Hokage himself someday. He would often get under Hiruzen's skin by the disturbances he would make by his pranks or the use Sexy Technique, the latter of which often caused Hiruzen to suffer from nosebleeds due to being a closet pervert. Despite their unique relationship, Naruto deeply cared for Hiruzen and was very saddened by his sudden death, to which he payed his respects to the Hokage at the ceremony for the sacrifices he made for the village. Thanks to Hiruzen's teachings and value, Naruto would continue to help and protect the village after his death.
 
Naruto was looked after by [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] after his parents' deaths. The Hokage kept his parents' identity a secret and gave him his mother's last name. He asked the village to never reveal anything about Kurama to Naruto or the children. Naruto was inspired by the Hokage, originally due to the respect they received, including Hiruzen, and hoped to become Hokage himself someday. He would often get under Hiruzen's skin by the disturbances he would make by his pranks or the use Sexy Technique, the latter of which often caused Hiruzen to suffer from nosebleeds due to being a closet pervert. Despite their unique relationship, Naruto deeply cared for Hiruzen and was very saddened by his sudden death, to which he payed his respects to the Hokage at the ceremony for the sacrifices he made for the village. Thanks to Hiruzen's teachings and value, Naruto would continue to help and protect the village after his death.
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During the Fourth Great Shinobi War, when the [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Hiruzen saved Naruto from nearly dying to the [[Ten-Tails|God Tree]], a half-conscious Naruto sincerely thanked Hiruzen, happy to see him again.
   
 
=== Konohamaru Sarutobi ===
 
=== Konohamaru Sarutobi ===
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{{Quote|''I promised… someday, I would fight Naruto over the name of Hokage! Naruto is my rival, hey!! That's why I can't choose to run away!! Because if I chose that path, Naruto wouldn't be there at the end!!!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 427, pages 2-3</ref>}}
 
[[File:Naruto's fav. student.png|thumb|Naruto and Konohamaru.]]
 
[[File:Naruto's fav. student.png|thumb|Naruto and Konohamaru.]]
 
Even though he and Naruto had a rough start when they first met, [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]] is the second person to acknowledge Naruto as he is. This was due to Naruto not seeing Konohamaru as Hiruzen's grandson like everyone else in Konoha originally did. Though he pretended to be Naruto's rival for the position of succeeding Hokage, Konohamaru clearly has a deep and understanding friendship with Naruto and appears content to be the Seventh Hokage as he is perfectly convinced that the older boy will become the Sixth.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 1</ref> Having trained under him to learn the [[Sexy Technique]], Konohamaru devised his own variations of the unorthodox transformation technique. At some point, Naruto would go on further to teach him the [[Rasengan]], further establishing both a brotherly and mentor-pupil relationship.
 
Even though he and Naruto had a rough start when they first met, [[Konohamaru Sarutobi]] is the second person to acknowledge Naruto as he is. This was due to Naruto not seeing Konohamaru as Hiruzen's grandson like everyone else in Konoha originally did. Though he pretended to be Naruto's rival for the position of succeeding Hokage, Konohamaru clearly has a deep and understanding friendship with Naruto and appears content to be the Seventh Hokage as he is perfectly convinced that the older boy will become the Sixth.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 1</ref> Having trained under him to learn the [[Sexy Technique]], Konohamaru devised his own variations of the unorthodox transformation technique. At some point, Naruto would go on further to teach him the [[Rasengan]], further establishing both a brotherly and mentor-pupil relationship.
   
 
=== Tsunade ===
 
=== Tsunade ===
Naruto's relationship with [[Tsunade]] began when he aided Jiraiya in looking for her as an ideal successor to their mentor Hiruzen. Upon finding her, Naruto challenged Tsunade after she said only fools would want to become Hokage, accepting her wager of mastering the [[Rasengan]] within a week. Despite her reluctance to become Hokage and lack of faith, Tsunade was loyal to her village and attempted to kill her former team-mate Orochimaru before Kabuto used her hemophobia to his advantage. When Naruto defeated Kabuto with a fully mastered Rasengan, Tsunade overcame her phobia to aid him and accepted the position of Fifth Hokage. As a sign of thanks for restoring her faith in their village, Tsunade entrusted Naruto with her [[First Hokage's necklace|grandfather's necklace]].
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{{Quote|''It's because to be Hokage… is your dream… isn't it Naruto? One last time… just one last time… I place the odds on you.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 168, pages 15-16</ref>}}
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Naruto's relationship with [[Tsunade]] began when he aided Jiraiya in looking for her as an ideal successor to their mentor Hiruzen. Upon finding her, Naruto challenged Tsunade after she said only fools would want to become Hokage, accepting her wager of mastering the [[Rasengan]] within a week. Despite her reluctance to become Hokage and lack of faith, Tsunade was loyal to her village and attempted to kill her former team-mate Orochimaru before Kabuto used her haemophobia to his advantage. When Naruto defeated Kabuto with a fully mastered Rasengan, Tsunade overcame her phobia to aid him and accepted the position of Fifth Hokage. As a sign of thanks for restoring her faith in their village, Tsunade entrusted Naruto with her [[First Hokage's necklace|grandfather's necklace]].
   
Overall, the two have a very strong relationship based on mutual love and respect, one that could almost be called familial as Naruto is the only person to refer to Tsunade as "granny". Tsunade aided Naruto in not only keeping the [[Konoha Council]] from restricting his movement, but also supporting his search for Sasuke and keeping him out of Konoha's [[Bingo Book]]. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tsunade is the only Kage who argued in favor of Naruto being allowed to fight with them. Though outvoted, the other Kage eventually agree with her resolve. Watching Naruto head off into battle, Tsunade looked on with an expression of nostalgia, sadness, and pride on her face.
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Overall, the two have a very strong relationship based on mutual love and respect, one that could almost be called familial as Naruto is the only person to refer to Tsunade as "granny". Tsunade aided Naruto in not only keeping the [[Konoha Council]] from restricting his movement, but also supporting his search for Sasuke and keeping him out of Konoha's [[Bingo Book]]. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tsunade is the only Kage who argued in favour of Naruto being allowed to fight with them. Though outvoted, the other Kage eventually agree with her resolve. Watching Naruto head off into battle, Tsunade looked on with an expression of nostalgia, sadness, and pride on her face.
   
 
=== Sai ===
 
=== Sai ===
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{{Quote|''This… is what it means to have friends… I understand it perfectly… Naruto.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref>}}
 
When Naruto first met [[Sai]], they had a rough start due to Sai's constant criticism and regards of Sasuke as a traitor. However, the two got to understand each other better during their attempt to retrieve Sasuke with Naruto now considering Sai a member of Team Kakashi. Inspired by Naruto, noting that he reminded him of his own brother [[Shin]], Sai works to become a more social person though his attempts can sometimes be awkward. Although Naruto's ties to Sasuke were his overall motivation for bettering himself, Sai began to feel what he believed to anger over Sasuke becoming beyond redemption with all the grief that he caused for Naruto through his crime-riddled vendetta. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sai finally reaches a full understanding of friendship before arriving to Naruto's side during his battle with the Ten-Tails.
 
When Naruto first met [[Sai]], they had a rough start due to Sai's constant criticism and regards of Sasuke as a traitor. However, the two got to understand each other better during their attempt to retrieve Sasuke with Naruto now considering Sai a member of Team Kakashi. Inspired by Naruto, noting that he reminded him of his own brother [[Shin]], Sai works to become a more social person though his attempts can sometimes be awkward. Although Naruto's ties to Sasuke were his overall motivation for bettering himself, Sai began to feel what he believed to anger over Sasuke becoming beyond redemption with all the grief that he caused for Naruto through his crime-riddled vendetta. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sai finally reaches a full understanding of friendship before arriving to Naruto's side during his battle with the Ten-Tails.
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=== Yamato ===
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Initially, being an [[ANBU]], [[Yamato]] was assigned by Tsunade to temporarily lead Team Kakashi while Kakashi was bed-ridden. He was specifically chosen due to possessing [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA, which allowed him to use [[Wood Release]] techniques, therefore enabling him to suppress Kurama's chakra within Naruto when needed. During his first few missions with the team, Yamato could be seen using his "scare tactics" on Naruto, by widely opening his eyes and talking to Naruto in a creepy voice. Nevertheless, Yamato has a deep passion for Naruto's safety.
   
 
=== Might Guy ===
 
=== Might Guy ===
Though first seeing him as an eccentric weirdo, Naruto warmed up a bit to [[Might Guy]] after becoming friends with his apprentice Rock Lee. In turn, Guy grew to respect Naruto for his strong will, optimism, and determination. This respect is shown when Guy once gave Naruto one of his jump suits with the insistence that it will help improve his training. In the anime, Naruto has shown further respect and appreciation for Guy's shinobi prowess, asking him strongly to be instructed in [[taijutsu]]. Also, in the anime, Kakashi voiced his trust in Guy watching over Naruto for his training to master [[Kurama]]'s power, knowing he would treat Naruto like his own students.
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Though first seeing him as an eccentric weirdo, Naruto warmed up to [[Might Guy]] after becoming friends with his apprentice Rock Lee and seeing Guy's true strength. In turn, Guy grew to respect Naruto for his strong will, optimism, and determination. This respect is shown when Guy once gave Naruto one of his jump suits with the insistence that it will help improve his training to which the young man accepted without reservation. In the anime, Naruto has shown further respect and appreciation for Guy's shinobi prowess, asking him strongly to be instructed in [[taijutsu]]. Also, in the anime, Kakashi voiced his trust in Guy watching over Naruto for his training to master Kurama's power, knowing he would treat Naruto like his own students.
   
 
=== Itachi Uchiha ===
 
=== Itachi Uchiha ===
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=== Nagato and Konan ===
 
=== Nagato and Konan ===
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{{Quote|Nagato|''You are an odd kid… You remind me of myself when I was young… I couldn't believe in what Jiraiya believed in… nor believe in myself… but you chose a different path. In you I can see another future. I… will believe in you…''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 448, pages 16-17</ref>}}
 
[[File:Two students.png|thumb|Naruto meeting Nagato and Konan.]]
 
[[File:Two students.png|thumb|Naruto meeting Nagato and Konan.]]
 
Like Naruto and his father, [[Nagato]] and [[Konan]] were apprentices under Jiraiya. However, events resulting from the death of their friend [[Yahiko]] forced Nagato and Konan to stray from their ideals as Obito warped the organisation they created into the current version of the Akatsuki that Naruto faces. After defeating Pain, one of six corpses that Nagato used as a vessel for his Deva Path ability, Naruto confronts Nagato. Though angry at Nagato for killing their mentor and destroying Konoha, Naruto asked him how, as a fellow student of Jiraiya, could have strayed so far from their master's teachings. Hoping that Naruto would come to agree with his solution for peace, Nagato told him his past and how he came to the conclusion to believe that only pain and suffering would save the world.
 
Like Naruto and his father, [[Nagato]] and [[Konan]] were apprentices under Jiraiya. However, events resulting from the death of their friend [[Yahiko]] forced Nagato and Konan to stray from their ideals as Obito warped the organisation they created into the current version of the Akatsuki that Naruto faces. After defeating Pain, one of six corpses that Nagato used as a vessel for his Deva Path ability, Naruto confronts Nagato. Though angry at Nagato for killing their mentor and destroying Konoha, Naruto asked him how, as a fellow student of Jiraiya, could have strayed so far from their master's teachings. Hoping that Naruto would come to agree with his solution for peace, Nagato told him his past and how he came to the conclusion to believe that only pain and suffering would save the world.
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Although Naruto agreed with Nagato's conclusion, he could never accept it as he explains that putting an end to the cycle of hatred is the only way to achieve true peace. Amazed by Naruto's resolve to the point of being spared, Nagato decided to put his faith in the youth as he sacrifices himself to revive everyone he killed during his invasion while wishing for Naruto's dream of peace to become a reality. Konan, showing admiration for Naruto as he touched Nagato's heart along with her own, gave Naruto a bouquet as a sign of a truce and her new undying faith in him. Though she later died by Obito's hand, Konan continued to have faith that Naruto's light can extinguish Obito's darkness.
 
Although Naruto agreed with Nagato's conclusion, he could never accept it as he explains that putting an end to the cycle of hatred is the only way to achieve true peace. Amazed by Naruto's resolve to the point of being spared, Nagato decided to put his faith in the youth as he sacrifices himself to revive everyone he killed during his invasion while wishing for Naruto's dream of peace to become a reality. Konan, showing admiration for Naruto as he touched Nagato's heart along with her own, gave Naruto a bouquet as a sign of a truce and her new undying faith in him. Though she later died by Obito's hand, Konan continued to have faith that Naruto's light can extinguish Obito's darkness.
   
After Nagato's [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnation]], he is shown to be kinder and carefree to the point he was even willing to start making jokes, something that surprised Naruto. His opinion of Naruto also strengthened after he last saw him, pointing out to Itachi Uchiha that he wasn't surprised that Naruto was able to advance his control over Kurama's power since they both had studied under the same master. Upon Nagato's sealing, he bid Naruto farewell and how he would leave Naruto to finish the story their master started with a better ending than before.
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After Nagato's [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnation]], he is shown to be kinder and carefree to the point he was even willing to start making jokes, something that surprised Naruto. His opinion of Naruto also strengthened after he last saw him, pointing out to Itachi Uchiha that he wasn't surprised that Naruto was able to advance his control over Kurama's power since they both had studied under the same master. Upon Nagato's sealing, he bid Naruto farewell and how he would leave Naruto to finish the story their master started with a better resolution than before.
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=== Obito Uchiha ===
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{{Quote|''You remind me of myself… Naruto… yeah… just like when I was young… but, that'll all change with time…''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 611, pages 7-8</ref>}}
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[[File:Madara wants to talk.png|thumb|Obito talks to Naruto.]]
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Similar to Naruto in his youth in many ways before his presumed death during the [[Third Shinobi World War]], [[Obito Uchiha]] was at first a reflection of the person Naruto would become if he ever gave into hatred and despair, and later became his ally in the fight against [[Madara Uchiha]] and [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]] after having a change of heart. Though he saw Naruto of no concern, Obito has been the cause of almost everything negative in Naruto's life, having been the one who used the newborn as a hostage, started Kurama's [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|attack on Konoha]], and indirectly killed his parents. Years later, after adopting the name Tobi, he would encounter Naruto again when he distracts the youth and the rest of the [[Eight Man Squad]] from interfering with Sasuke's fight against Itachi. Tobi later appeared before Naruto again, revealing the truth behind the Uchiha clan massacre and how he engineered Sasuke's descent into darkness. Though Tobi claimed his actions were for world peace, he embraced being called a monster while proclaiming that Naruto and Sasuke are fated to battle each other.
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Though Tobi initially saw Naruto as a means to stimulate Sasuke for his ambitions, the youth's inadvertent thwarting of his plans forced him to plunge the entire ninja world into war to expedite his plans. Even after Naruto broke his thrall over the tailed beasts he captured, Tobi reiterated his contempt for Naruto and reassured himself that the boy is no match for him. However, as Kurama stated, Naruto was made a jinchūriki for the purpose of defeating him. Ultimately, it was because of Naruto that Tobi is finally exposed as Obito. While using the Ten-Tails to fight him, Obito realised the similarities between himself and Naruto as he vainly attempted to point out the futility of the youth's struggle against him and Madara. But when Naruto vowed to make sure none of his friends die and expressing disapproval on Obito's nihilistic outlook on life, the Uchiha resolved to put both him and the Allied Shinobi Forces into the same despair he experienced. Though he almost succeeded in breaking Naruto with his guilt over his "inability" to protect Neji, Obito's plan failed when Hinata and Kurama intervened. As a result, now above his psychological warfare, Naruto tells Obito that the only difference between them is that he wants to keep the bonds he made with his friends.
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However, before finally separating Obito from the tailed beasts, Naruto showed a more sympathetic side towards him after experiencing visions of the Uchiha's past — even going as far as to shedding tears for Obito's loss.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 652, page 11</ref> Naruto told Obito that if things were different, he would have looked up to him because like himself, Obito also dreamed of becoming Hokage. To this end, Naruto proclaimed that even though the Uchiha claimed he was no one, there was no sense in Obito hiding any longer, and that he was going to tear off his true mask once and for all.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 652, pages 16-17</ref> After forcing the tailed beasts out of Obito's body, Naruto did not let Sasuke give the final blow to the defeated enemy, and even tried to reason with Kakashi so that Obito would be given the chance to atone for his crimes instead of being killed by his old comrade, though it was [[Minato]] who stopped him. Ultimately, Naruto succeeded in changing Obito's mindset and it led Obito to attempt to revive everyone he had killed with the [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]]. After finding out that Obito had used that technique, and was forced to revive Madara, Naruto displayed a hint of sadness over the fact that Obito was at the time doomed to perish after using the technique, despite the two fighting against each other moments before.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 659, pages 9-10</ref> Later on, with Yang-Kurama being extracted by Madara who became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki in the process, Naruto and Obito's lives cross once again when the latter managed to stop Black Zetsu from giving the just stolen Yin-Kurama to Madara and take a small portion of Shukaku and Gyūki's chakra from him, and then transferring them to the dying young shinobi, saving his life and allowing him to gain portions from all the tailed beasts' chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 664-666</ref> Naruto would later return the favour by using his newfound abilities to save Obito's life. When Obito was revived, Naruto expressed delight that he was alive and despite their history, they both put it aside in order to stop [[Kaguya]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 683</ref>
   
 
=== Jinchūriki and the Tailed Beasts ===
 
=== Jinchūriki and the Tailed Beasts ===
 
[[File:Jinchūriki.jpg|thumb|300px|Naruto and the other most recent jinchūriki.]]
 
[[File:Jinchūriki.jpg|thumb|300px|Naruto and the other most recent jinchūriki.]]
Although he never knew every one of them personally, the jinchūriki and the tailed beasts are all considered by Naruto as his comrades (he met [[Utakata]] in the anime-exclusive [[Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc]]). During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Naruto encountered the other jinchūriki that were [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] by Kabuto and the tailed beasts that were under Obito's control. Naruto understood their pain and resolved to aid them, in turn convincing Kurama to trust the human as Naruto was taken into the tailed beasts' shared subconsciousness along with the other jinchūriki. The jinchūriki and their tailed beasts each introduce themselves while placing their faith in Naruto and Kurama through fist bumps. While their jinchūriki were allowed to pass on, the tailed beasts each gave Naruto a part of their [[chakra]] before being pulled back into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] prior to its regeneration into the [[Ten-Tails]]. The tailed beasts as a collective (except Shukaku) agree that Naruto is the one spoken about by the Sage of Six Paths.
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Although he never knew every one of them personally, the jinchūriki and the tailed beasts are all considered by Naruto as his comrades. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Naruto encountered the other jinchūriki that were [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] by Kabuto and the tailed beasts that were resealed in their respective jinchūiki. Naruto understood their pain and resolved to free them from Obito's control, which in turn convinced Kurama to trust the human as Naruto was taken into the tailed beasts' shared subconsciousness with the other jinchūriki.
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The jinchūriki and their tailed beasts each introduce themselves while placing their faith in Naruto and Kurama through fist bumps. While their jinchūriki were allowed to pass on, the tailed beasts each gave Naruto a part of their [[chakra]] before being pulled back into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] prior to its regeneration into the [[Ten-Tails]]. Even when Obito became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Naruto, through the combined effort of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and [[Taka]], eventually was able to extract all of the sealed tailed beasts from Obito's body.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 651-652</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 654, pages 14-15</ref> The tailed beasts had collectively agreed that Naruto was the one spoken about by the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], and began to aid Naruto in fighting against the [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revived]] Madara.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 656-658</ref>
   
 
==== Gaara and Shukaku ====
 
==== Gaara and Shukaku ====
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{{Quote|Gaara|''He was the one who taught me to deepen my bond with my people. Thanks to him, I was able to regain my true self. That village has him, the one who cherishes a friend's bond more than anyone I know. Naruto Uzumaki… Knowing him and the friends he holds so dear, they will overcome this disaster and grow even stronger from it.''<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 182</ref>}}
 
[[File:Naruto saves Gaara.png|thumb|Naruto's friendship with Gaara, a former enemy from Sunagakure.]]
 
[[File:Naruto saves Gaara.png|thumb|Naruto's friendship with Gaara, a former enemy from Sunagakure.]]
 
When Naruto first met [[Gaara]] prior to the [[Chūnin Exams]], he was unaware that he was a jinchūriki like himself until he and Shikamaru stopped him from finishing off the hospitalised Lee. Ever since their encounter, Naruto understood that Gaara had been through the same pain like he had. Though he was afraid to fight Gaara at first, later during the [[Invasion of Konoha]], Naruto was able to overcome this fear after seeing both Sasuke and Sakura in danger and was determined to protect them both from Gaara. When Naruto defeated him, Gaara, in great shock, questioned him why was he so strong. Naruto explained that despite having suffered a relentless lonely life, he never gave up hope on being acknowledged as a person and ultimately found friends who truly cared for him.
 
When Naruto first met [[Gaara]] prior to the [[Chūnin Exams]], he was unaware that he was a jinchūriki like himself until he and Shikamaru stopped him from finishing off the hospitalised Lee. Ever since their encounter, Naruto understood that Gaara had been through the same pain like he had. Though he was afraid to fight Gaara at first, later during the [[Invasion of Konoha]], Naruto was able to overcome this fear after seeing both Sasuke and Sakura in danger and was determined to protect them both from Gaara. When Naruto defeated him, Gaara, in great shock, questioned him why was he so strong. Naruto explained that despite having suffered a relentless lonely life, he never gave up hope on being acknowledged as a person and ultimately found friends who truly cared for him.
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At the [[Five Kage Summit]], when Sasuke attacked the meeting, Gaara tried to convince him to go back to light, but Sasuke's refusal forced Gaara to consider any attempt Naruto made to reach his former friend futile, along with possibly damaging his faith in him and his devotion to his friends. He later confronted Naruto about this face-to-face, stating to Naruto that if he were to become [[Hokage]], he would be placed in a position of either saving Sasuke or protecting Konoha's people from him. When they met again on the battlefield, his earlier decision motivated by the need to protect his friend, Gaara eventually came to accept that he may have made an error in judgement when he decided to isolate Naruto from the war, willing to place his trust in him again. Stating likewise, Naruto insisted that he had no plans on dying before becoming Hokage, and said that Gaara's position as Kazekage didn't mean that he should treat him like a kid.
 
At the [[Five Kage Summit]], when Sasuke attacked the meeting, Gaara tried to convince him to go back to light, but Sasuke's refusal forced Gaara to consider any attempt Naruto made to reach his former friend futile, along with possibly damaging his faith in him and his devotion to his friends. He later confronted Naruto about this face-to-face, stating to Naruto that if he were to become [[Hokage]], he would be placed in a position of either saving Sasuke or protecting Konoha's people from him. When they met again on the battlefield, his earlier decision motivated by the need to protect his friend, Gaara eventually came to accept that he may have made an error in judgement when he decided to isolate Naruto from the war, willing to place his trust in him again. Stating likewise, Naruto insisted that he had no plans on dying before becoming Hokage, and said that Gaara's position as Kazekage didn't mean that he should treat him like a kid.
   
Due to its strong desire to kill him during their only meeting, [[Shukaku]] is the only tailed beast who had not come to terms with Naruto nor had the chance to once the Ten-Tails was revived.
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The first time Naruto met [[Shukaku]] was during the failed Invasion of Konoha, where it attempted to kill him and [[Gamabunta]] on sight. Despite their hostile encounter and not having the chance to come to terms with one another since then, Naruto expressed his desire to save Shukaku along with the other tailed beasts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 635, page 11</ref> After being freed from Obito, Shukaku, though having an intense rivalry with Kurama and exclaiming that it would not pass any sort of opportunity to surpass the fox, started aiding Naruto in his fight against Madara. After having a portion of its chakra sealed inside Naruto, it echoed Naruto's statement by telling [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]] that his plan to create the tailed beasts were not in vain.
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In the anime, Naruto first encountered him during a [[Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc|mission]], seeing him initially as an enemy between an argument between Utakata and [[Hotaru]]. Later, Naruto and Utakata began working together whilst protecting Hotaru, and would come to trust each other as friends and comrades. Naruto's constant praise of his [[Jiraiya|master]] would eventually lead Utakata to wonder if his [[Harusame|own]] had really betrayed him, as well as partially convince Utakata to accept Hotaru as his own student.
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Later, during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Naruto expressed shock upon seeing a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Utakata with the [[Six Paths of Pain#Obito's Paths|other jinchūiki]], before being pulled into a mental plane. Talking with Utakata, Naruto was shocked to discover he was a fellow jinchūiki, and displayed sadness and anger that Utakata was yet another that was captured and killed by [[Akatsuki]]. Ultimately before losing his consciousness, Utakata thanked Naruto for listening as he relayed his true feelings about Hotaru. Upon witnessing how Naruto treated [[Son]] and him trying to free them, Utakata and [[Saiken]] alongside the other jinchūiki and tailed beasts decided to put their faith in him and Kurama, by giving him some of their chakra through a fist bump. Saiken would come to agree with Kurama's suggestion that Naruto was the one the Sage had spoken to them about.
   
 
==== Killer B and Gyūki ====
 
==== Killer B and Gyūki ====
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When Naruto first met [[Killer B]], he thought his raps were a little bit weird, but after discovering that he was a jinchūriki like him and had full control, he immediately requested B to train him. After gaining B's respect, the two became good friends and can actually relate to one another, even by communicating with B's raps and fist bumps, something that [[Yamato]], much to his own frustration, couldn't understand what they were saying. Naruto in return shows respect for B, calling him uncle. B was also willing to help him fight Kurama within his subconscious with [[Gyūki]]'s help. B even stood up for him against his brother, [[A]], when he tried to kill him and stated he would keep his promise from Iruka to protect Naruto, even going as far as to offer up his own life in exchange for A allowing Naruto to continue on. The two then fought off against Obito and his Six Paths of Pain and could understand the other tailed beasts' suffering from Obito's control.
 
When Naruto first met [[Killer B]], he thought his raps were a little bit weird, but after discovering that he was a jinchūriki like him and had full control, he immediately requested B to train him. After gaining B's respect, the two became good friends and can actually relate to one another, even by communicating with B's raps and fist bumps, something that [[Yamato]], much to his own frustration, couldn't understand what they were saying. Naruto in return shows respect for B, calling him uncle. B was also willing to help him fight Kurama within his subconscious with [[Gyūki]]'s help. B even stood up for him against his brother, [[A]], when he tried to kill him and stated he would keep his promise from Iruka to protect Naruto, even going as far as to offer up his own life in exchange for A allowing Naruto to continue on. The two then fought off against Obito and his Six Paths of Pain and could understand the other tailed beasts' suffering from Obito's control.
   
With regards to its relationship with the other tailed beasts, Gyūki mentioned that it and the other tailed beasts disliked Kurama for its habit of ranking their strength based on their number of tails despite knowing it's the strongest.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 11</ref> However, it insisted that was no reason for not helping Naruto to control Kurama's power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 493, page 7</ref> Gyūki, along with B, were even more impressed by Naruto when he was able to get Kurama to cooperate with him.
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Despite Gyūki disliking Kurama for its habit of ranking the tailed beast's strength based on their number of tails, it insisted that was no reason for not helping Naruto to control the fox's power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 493, page 7</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 11</ref> Gyūki, along with B, were even more impressed by Naruto when he was able to get Kurama to cooperate with him.
   
 
== Rivals and Enemies ==
 
== Rivals and Enemies ==
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Over the progression of the series, Naruto has also made enemies and rivals out of a number of individuals, both new foes and former allies, with varying influences on his life.
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=== Sasuke Uchiha ===
 
=== Sasuke Uchiha ===
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{{Quote|''Just shut up for once! What the hell do you know about it?! It's not like you ever had a family in the first place! You were on your own right from the beginning, what makes you think you know anything about it?! Huh?! I'm suffering now because I had those ties, how on earth could you possibly understand, what it feels like to lose all that!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 229, pages 9-10</ref>}}
 
[[File:Young sasuke and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry during their childhood.]]
 
[[File:Young sasuke and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry during their childhood.]]
Ever since he first met with [[Sasuke Uchiha]] back in the [[Academy]] days, Naruto instantly saw him as his rival and was bent to prove himself as an equal before both youths were made members of Team 7. Even though he thought of Naruto as a loser, Sasuke understood the pains of being an orphan well to the point of taking offence to Sakura blaming Naruto's stupidity on him not having parents.<ref name="ch3"/> As the series progressed, Naruto came to view Sasuke as a brother. In turn, Sasuke also saw Naruto as a dear friend until the events of the Chūnin Exam arc convince him to defect from [[Konoha]] to train under Orochimaru to achieve his goal to avenge his clan against his brother Itachi.
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When he first met with [[Sasuke Uchiha]] back in the [[Academy]] days, Naruto wanted to befriend Sasuke, knowing that he too was alone. But when Sasuke proved to be better than him at everything, gaining popularity and admiration, Naruto grew jealous and made it his goal to surpass him. Ever since then Naruto instantly saw him as his rival and was bent to prove himself as an equal before both youths were made members of Team 7. Even though he thought of Naruto as a loser, Sasuke understood the pains of being an orphan well to the point of taking offence to Sakura blaming Naruto's stupidity on him not having parents.<ref name="ch3"/> As the series progressed, Naruto came to view Sasuke as a brother. In turn, Sasuke also saw Naruto as a dear friend until the events of the Chūnin Exam arc convince him to defect from [[Konoha]] to train under Orochimaru to achieve his goal to avenge his clan against his brother Itachi, one prime reason is realising that Naruto is starting to surpass him.
   
 
Even after being defeated by Sasuke in an attempt to stop him from leaving, Naruto still strived to bring him back home despite Sasuke's willing defection and eventual corruption. When Naruto came to understand both the nature of the cycle of hatred and the reason of Sasuke's malice, his desire to save Sasuke grew even more.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 451, pages 8-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 8-11</ref> It became so immense that Naruto was willing to take physical abuse from the [[Kumo]]-nin rather than sell Sasuke out, pleading with the [[Fourth Raikage]] to pardon Sasuke for his crimes against his village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 454, pages 9-13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 457, pages 9-10</ref>
 
Even after being defeated by Sasuke in an attempt to stop him from leaving, Naruto still strived to bring him back home despite Sasuke's willing defection and eventual corruption. When Naruto came to understand both the nature of the cycle of hatred and the reason of Sasuke's malice, his desire to save Sasuke grew even more.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 451, pages 8-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 8-11</ref> It became so immense that Naruto was willing to take physical abuse from the [[Kumo]]-nin rather than sell Sasuke out, pleading with the [[Fourth Raikage]] to pardon Sasuke for his crimes against his village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 454, pages 9-13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 457, pages 9-10</ref>
   
Naruto would later learn that Tobi poisoned Sasuke against Konoha upon telling him why the Uchiha Clan was killed off. According to him, Naruto and Sasuke are now mortal enemies as they respectively embody the [[Will of Fire]] and the [[Curse of Hatred]]. Finding Sasuke, yet refusing to back down or kill him with the intent to bare his friend's hatred, Naruto concluded that reasoning him out of destroying Konoha is no longer a possible option and believed that they would most likely die during their fated conflict. Regardless of the scenario that he would have no choice but to kill him the next time they meet, Naruto still recognised Sasuke as a friend.
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Naruto would later learn that Tobi poisoned Sasuke against Konoha upon telling him why the Uchiha clan was killed off. According to him, Naruto and Sasuke were considered mortal enemies as they respectively embody the [[Will of Fire]] and the [[Curse of Hatred]] respectively. Finding Sasuke, yet refusing to back down or kill him with the intent to bare his friend's hatred, Naruto concluded that reasoning him out of destroying Konoha was no longer a possible option and believed that they would most likely die during their fated conflict. However, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sasuke renounced his intent to destroy Konoha and joined forces with his former team-mates against Madara and the Ten-Tails. The dynamics between the two have not changed and their innate rivalry still causes Naruto and Sasuke to challenge each other in every way, now more than ever since Sasuke's announcement that he wanted to be Hokage, and Sasuke's witnessing of Naruto's new-found abilities on the battlefield during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].
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Later, when both Naruto and Sasuke met the [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki|Sage of the Six Paths]] and learning they are the reincarnations of his sons, Naruto declares even though they are not real brothers, he was confident together they could change the world.
   
 
=== Zabuza Momochi and Haku ===
 
=== Zabuza Momochi and Haku ===
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{{Quote|Zabuza Momochi|''He must be pretty famous these days, after helping you defeat the two of us…''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 15</ref>}}
 
[[File:Water Release Water Clone.png|thumb|Naruto's first encounter with Zabuza.]]
 
[[File:Water Release Water Clone.png|thumb|Naruto's first encounter with Zabuza.]]
 
A relationship that shaped Naruto's character, giving him his ninja way and the determination to protect others was during his first [[C-rank]] mission of escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]] where he met two mercenary [[Missing-nin]] hired to kill Tazuna — [[Zabuza Momochi]] of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] and his ward [[Haku]]. While he met Zabuza only twice in his life on the battlefield, Naruto unknowingly met Haku between the two fights. Both youths got into a discussion over protecting those who were precious to them, with Naruto gaining his unselfish desire to protect his friends and to never give up. By the time Naruto learned Haku was his enemy during their battle, he was reluctant to take his life before Haku acted on his own ideals and sacrificed himself to protect Zabuza after being inflicted with numerous injuries.
 
A relationship that shaped Naruto's character, giving him his ninja way and the determination to protect others was during his first [[C-rank]] mission of escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]] where he met two mercenary [[Missing-nin]] hired to kill Tazuna — [[Zabuza Momochi]] of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] and his ward [[Haku]]. While he met Zabuza only twice in his life on the battlefield, Naruto unknowingly met Haku between the two fights. Both youths got into a discussion over protecting those who were precious to them, with Naruto gaining his unselfish desire to protect his friends and to never give up. By the time Naruto learned Haku was his enemy during their battle, he was reluctant to take his life before Haku acted on his own ideals and sacrificed himself to protect Zabuza after being inflicted with numerous injuries.
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=== Orochimaru ===
 
=== Orochimaru ===
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{{Quote|''This child… intrigues me to no end!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 293, page 15</ref>}}
 
[[File:Gathering of the Snakes.PNG|thumb|Naruto vs. Orochimaru.]]
 
[[File:Gathering of the Snakes.PNG|thumb|Naruto vs. Orochimaru.]]
Naruto first encountered [[Orochimaru]] during the Chūnin Exam, unaware of the true identity of [[Shiore|his opponent at the time]], and was quickly knocked out. Naruto learned that he is one of the [[Sannin]] and the one who attacked the village, first meeting Orochimaru officially while trying to help Tsunade. Originally, before watching him defeat Kabuto, Orochimaru viewed Naruto as no threat to him until realising his potential and tried to kill him. After Sakura revealed their previous encounter with the disguised Orochimaru and that he was targeting their team-mate, Naruto resolved to train to face Orochimaru after he lured Sasuke with the promise of power. When they meet again years later, Orochimaru provokes Naruto into fighting him. But when Naruto uses Kurama's power to fight him, Orochimaru finds himself struggling against the youth and manages to escape. However, knowing of Naruto's role in the death of his former partner [[Sasori]], Orochimaru saw the boy to be more useful in taking out his former Akatsuki allies. Though Naruto hoped that Orochimaru's death would mean that Sasuke would return to the village, it only led to a more tragic turn of events.
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Naruto first encountered [[Orochimaru]] during the Chūnin Exam, unaware of the true identity of [[Shiore|his opponent at the time]], and was quickly knocked out. Naruto learned that he is one of the [[Sannin]] and the one who attacked the village, first meeting Orochimaru officially while trying to help Tsunade. Originally, before watching him defeat Kabuto, Orochimaru viewed Naruto as no threat to him until realising his potential and tried to kill him. After Sakura revealed their previous encounter with the disguised Orochimaru and that he was targeting their team-mate, Naruto resolved to train to face Orochimaru after he lured Sasuke with the promise of power. When they meet again years later, Orochimaru provokes Naruto into fighting him. But when Naruto uses Kurama's power to fight him, Orochimaru finds himself struggling against the youth and manages to escape. However, knowing of Naruto's role in the death of his former partner [[Sasori]], Orochimaru saw the boy to be more useful in taking out his former Akatsuki allies. Though Naruto hoped that Orochimaru's death would mean that Sasuke would return to the village, it only led to a more tragic sequence of events. After his [[Evil Releasing Method|revival]] during the Fourth Shinobi War, Orochimaru looked into Naruto's memories and feelings alongside the Allied Shinobi Forces on the battlefield and looked on solemnly as Naruto remembered the [[Jiraiya's Memorial|memorial]] he made for Jiraiya. Seeing how the young shinobi refused to give up and fall into despair, Naruto gained a measure of Orochimaru's respect, who immediately decided to join him in battle and assist in defeating Obito.
   
 
=== Kabuto Yakushi ===
 
=== Kabuto Yakushi ===
[[File:Attack! Fury of the Rasengan!.JPG|thumb|Naruto defeating Kabuto with a Rasengan.]]
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{{Quote|''You should know what it's like, Naruto, the pain of not having a true identity.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 356, page 15</ref>}}
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[[File:Naruto vs kabuto.png|thumb|Naruto defeating Kabuto with a Rasengan.]]
 
When Naruto first met [[Kabuto Yakushi]], he saw him as an ally during the [[Chūnin Exams]]. Despite his seeming politeness and helping the younger ninja out, Kabuto has some fixation on him. Eventually, when Naruto later discovered that he works under Orochimaru, Kabuto became his enemy and defeated him a fight that nearly killed him were it not for Tsunade. However, three years later, Naruto learns that his win inspired Kabuto to undergo the painful process of modifying his body with Orochimaru's DNA after his master's defeat. Stating that Naruto was his inspiration for the risky act, Kabuto handed over a book containing intelligence on the Akatsuki before taking his leave with the hope that he can settle things with Naruto after honing his new abilities and dealing with Sasuke. Though he crossed paths with Kabuto during the [[Chikara Arc]], Naruto only faced the ninja that Kabuto reincarnated for the Fourth Shinobi World War.
 
When Naruto first met [[Kabuto Yakushi]], he saw him as an ally during the [[Chūnin Exams]]. Despite his seeming politeness and helping the younger ninja out, Kabuto has some fixation on him. Eventually, when Naruto later discovered that he works under Orochimaru, Kabuto became his enemy and defeated him a fight that nearly killed him were it not for Tsunade. However, three years later, Naruto learns that his win inspired Kabuto to undergo the painful process of modifying his body with Orochimaru's DNA after his master's defeat. Stating that Naruto was his inspiration for the risky act, Kabuto handed over a book containing intelligence on the Akatsuki before taking his leave with the hope that he can settle things with Naruto after honing his new abilities and dealing with Sasuke. Though he crossed paths with Kabuto during the [[Chikara Arc]], Naruto only faced the ninja that Kabuto reincarnated for the Fourth Shinobi World War.
   
=== Obito Uchiha ===
 
[[File:Madara wants to talk.png|thumb|Obito talks to Naruto.]]
 
Similar to Naruto in his youth in many ways before his presumed death during the [[Third Shinobi World War]], [[Obito Uchiha]] is a reflection of the person Naruto would become if he ever gave in to hatred and despair. Though he saw the boy of no concern, Obito has been the cause of almost everything negative in Naruto's life, having been the one who used the newborn as a hostage, started Kurama's [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha|attack on Konoha]], and indirectly killed his parents. Years later, after adopting the name Tobi, he would encounter Naruto again when he distracts the youth and the rest of the [[Eight Man Squad]] from interfering with Sasuke's fight against Itachi. Tobi later appeared before Naruto again, revealing the truth behind the Uchiha clan massacre and how he engineered Sasuke's descent into darkness. Though Tobi claimed his actions were for world peace, he embraced being called a monster while proclaiming that Naruto and Sasuke are fated to battle each other.
 
 
Though Tobi initially saw Naruto as a means to stimulate Sasuke for his goals, the youth's inadvertent thwarting of his plans forced him to plunge the entire ninja world into war to expedite his plans. Even after Naruto broke his thrall over the [[tailed beasts]] he captured, Tobi reiterated his contempt for Naruto and reassured himself that the boy is no match for him. However, as Kurama stated, Naruto was made a [[jinchūriki]] for the purpose of defeating him. Ultimately, it was because of Naruto that Tobi is finally exposed as Obito. While using the Ten-Tails to fight him, Obito realised the similarities between himself and Naruto as he vainly attempts to point out the futility of the youth's struggle against him and Madara. But when Naruto vowed to make sure none of his friends die, disapproving on his new twisted outlook on life, Obito resolved to put both him and the Allied Shinobi Forces into the same despair he experienced. Though he almost succeeded in breaking Naruto with his guilt over his 'inability' to protect Neji, Obito's plan failed when Hinata and Kurama intervened. As a result, now above his psychological warfare, Naruto tells Obito that the only difference between them is that he wants to keep the bonds he made with his friends. Because the Uchiha represents the polar opposite of his own ideals, Naruto detests Obito for his nihilism, openly expressing disgust at nearly everything Obito said to him.
 
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

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Quit it with your stupid reasoning! I meant to say that I'll stand any pain for my friends!! I'm not gonna give up on them!! It might just be me being selfish, but… not having my friends here… is the most painful thing for me!! Period!!!![1]

—Naruto Uzumaki

Naruto Nakama Anime

Naruto's many friends, allies, and mentors.

Due to his friendly nature and his unique charisma, Naruto Uzumaki has built many relationships over the course of the series that have defined him and others, even tailed beasts and other jinchūriki. Many of these relationships started off antagonistic, but through his tenacity and empathy, they developed into deep and lasting friendships.

Kurama Edit

Naruto… If you really want to do something for us… then do what you've always done… Prove it to us with your actions! That's who you are![2]
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The change in dynamics between Naruto and Kurama.

A relationship that shaped Naruto's character, albeit unintentionally, was with the tailed beast that was sealed within him since the day he was born, Kurama — the Nine-Tails. Because he was the fox's jinchūriki, though never learning why, Naruto was hated and shunned by most of the villagers and his peers. Even after learning the truth, the isolation only convinced Naruto to desire their acknowledgement prior to meeting Kurama and consciously accessing its chakra. However, having intense hatred and distrust against humans,[3] Kurama plotted to use Naruto's dependence on its power to gain control over him and eventually break free from the seal. When Naruto resolved to use his own power after accidentally hurting Sakura, Kurama became very antagonistic and made several attempts to influence Naruto, before it was bested in combat and stripped of most of its chakra.[4]

However, their relationship soon began to change during the Fourth Shinobi World War, when the young shinobi promised to someday resolve its hatred.[5] Despite Kurama reproaching him for making such a claim, the fox nevertheless had developed a level of respect for Naruto and his determination, even noting that he was different from the humans it had previously encountered, eventually allowing Naruto to utilise the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode without consequence. Kurama then intentionally aided Naruto when the reincarnated Madara was fighting against one of Naruto's shadow clones and the Fourth Division.[6]

Afterwards, Naruto told Son Gokū of his desire to save the tailed beasts and admitted that he was jealous of Killer B's dynamic relationship with Gyūki and wanted the same with Kurama.[7] Kurama — having witnessed all of the challenges and endeavours Naruto had in his life — stood by to see if Naruto could truly aid its brethren through his actions.[8] When Naruto successfully freed Son Gokū from Obito's control, Kurama finally became convinced of Naruto's word and offered to meld its chakra with his as a coalition, to which Naruto then removed the seal that restrained it and happily acknowledged the fox as his team-mate from Konoha.[9]

Their relationship has greatly improved by this action, as shown when Kurama pulled Naruto into the other tailed beasts' subconscious, and teased Naruto about his first and only kiss with Sasuke.[10] Within that short space of time, the two instantly gained utmost trust in one another, even to the point where Naruto would allow Kurama to momentarily take control of his body without worry.[11] Later on, when Obito tried to instil doubt into Naruto as an attempt to weaken his resolve, Kurama asked Naruto to switch once again long enough to reveal that it was sealed within Naruto to give the boy the strength to stop him while proclaiming itself as Naruto's friend, along with the confidence in its jinchūriki's ability to live up to the legacy Minato and Jiraiya left him.[12] When Naruto fell into despair over Neji's death, Kurama, with Hinata's aid, managed to break him out of it by reminding him over how his parents died for him as Neji did without a second thought over how his life has an unshakable bond.[13]

Parents Edit

You will find the answer… I believe in you.[14]

—Minato Namikaze

Two Suns

Naruto's parents and their faith in him are the source of his strength.

Throughout most of the series, Naruto never knew his parents due to Hiruzen's attempt to keep his lineage a secret as a way to protect the boy. However, despite not knowing that the Fourth Hokage was his father, Naruto had expressed the utmost respect for his father Minato Namikaze. Though angry at Minato's chakra imprint at first once learning of their relation and that it was his own father who sealed Kurama inside of him, Naruto quickly got over his anger and expressed pride in being the Fourth Hokage's son.[15]

During his training to control Kurama's power, Naruto tearfully embraced his mother Kushina Uzumaki when her chakra imprint came to his aid.[16] After learning how his parents met and how they died in what actually occurred during Kurama's attack on Konoha, Naruto told his mother that he could finally understand what a parent's love felt like and that he didn't blame her or Minato, instead he felt glad to be their son.[17]

On his way to the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto defended his parents with vigour when the Raikage A insulted Minato on how he failed as the "Child of the Prophecy" upon his death.[18] Naruto also explained to A that despite the fact his parents died shortly after he was born, their love and faith in him made him strong.[19]

Mentors Edit

Naruto has had several mentors over the course of the series. Through their guidance Naruto honed his skills and became one of Konoha's most powerful ninja. Many of their teachings have had a profound influence on Naruto's own life philosophy, shaping him into a better person.

Iruka Umino Edit

Yeah… the monster fox would do that… but Naruto is different. I've acknowledged him as… one of my excellent students. He may not be the hardest worker… and he is clumsy and no one accepts him… but he already knows what it is to feel pain inside your heart. He isn't the monster fox. He is a member of the Konohagakure. He's Naruto Uzumaki![20]
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Iruka comforting Naruto over Jiraiya's death.

As it was because of his parents' death by Kurama's attack that he suffered a miserable childhood, Iruka Umino initially found it awkward to become a teacher to Naruto, before eventually deciding to be strict with the boy so he could work harder and reach his potential. In time, learning from Hiruzen Sarutobi that the boy acted out with his antics to be acknowledged as he had in his youth, Iruka understood Naruto's loneliness and went out of his way to connect with the boy outside the classroom — treating Naruto like a younger brother. As a result, after Naruto learned of his nature as a jinchūriki and Kurama's role in the deaths of his teacher's parents, Iruka confidently believed in Naruto as a ninja of their village and nothing else. Ultimately, Naruto began looking to Iruka as a father-figure, as he noted to Sasuke at the Valley of the End.

Even after Naruto graduated, Iruka still treats his former student at the Ramen Ichiraku whenever he returns from a mission. Though times like that allow him an opportunity to see how Naruto is developing as a ninja, Iruka still tends to worry about him. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Iruka was among the ninja assigned to keep an unaware Naruto safe from the army Obito amassed to take him and Killer B by force. But once Naruto learned of the war, Iruka attempted to talk Naruto out participating in the fight until the youth reminded him of the confidence he had in him years ago. Staging an apparent capture of him while secretly giving his former student a message to come back alive, Iruka was assured by Killer B that he and his teachings are with Naruto in his heart.

Kakashi Hatake Edit

Naruto has a mysterious ability… even without saying much, he can become friends with anyone.[21]

Kakashi Hatake is the leader of Team 7, the squad Naruto was assigned to after becoming a genin, and one of his first mentors after becoming an official ninja. Initially seeing Naruto as a slacker, Kakashi soon came to understand that Naruto's unpredictability was his greatest asset and also came to believe in the young man he styled as Konoha's "number one most unpredictable ninja". In turn, Naruto would cherish the lessons he learned from Kakashi about friendship and teamwork. After he came back from training with Jiraiya, Kakashi would train Naruto in nature transformation and acknowledged that he was the only one who could surpass his sensei the Fourth Hokage. With Kakashi's help, Naruto was able to create and master the Wind Release: Rasenshuriken which would become one of the most powerful techniques in his arsenal. When learning of Kakashi's death at the hands of Pain who he had come to fight, Naruto was angered and even named him as one of his reasons for hating him when he claims he wants peace. Kakashi sees much of his beloved friend Obito inside Naruto and has noted that his ideal and even personality are much like the Uchiha's when he was a child. Naruto's firm resolution in his beliefs has many a time helped Kakashi find the resolve to fight on most recently during the tumultuous Fourth Shinobi World War.

Ebisu Edit

Naruto is a citizen of Konoha! I have no intention of telling you Akatsuki people anything![22]

Naruto first met Ebisu who was Konohamaru's tutor and would later defeat him using the Harem Technique. Initially, he believed that Naruto was nothing but a worthless nuisance and mocked his dream of becoming Hokage as he believed that only people of high lineage could amount to anything. He said all this about Naruto however, out of the ignorance of not knowing who his father was. Ebisu was asked by Kakashi to train Naruto for the main match of the Chūnin Exams, even though both he and Naruto were reluctant at first. Ebisu would train Naruto in improving his chakra control by having him do the water walking technique, which proved difficult due to the seal he got from Orochimaru. Naruto's training would later be taken over by Jiraiya. At the time of Pain's invasion of Konoha, it was revealed that Ebisu's perspective of Naruto had changed drastically upon seeing what he had done for the village.[23]

Jiraiya Edit

Never go back on your word… and never give up. That's your ninja way… and as your mentor… I have no business whining! Because… the student's ninja way should be the master's too! Isn't that so, Naruto?![24]
Naruto and Jiraiya

Naruto with his mentor and godfather, Jiraiya.

Even before Naruto met him, Jiraiya indirectly played a role in his life as he was mentor to both Minato Namikaze and to Nagato due to being foretold that a student under him would be destined for greatness. He was also the one who gave Naruto his name, with the boy named after the protagonist in his "The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi" novel, thus making him Naruto's godfather. Because of Orochimaru's defection, and learning of the Akatsuki's existence, Jiraiya was forced to leave the village to spy on the organisation and was unable to take care of his godson during the first twelve years of his life. Jiraiya would only meet Naruto years later during the boy's first Chūnin Exam, being labelled "Perverted Hermit" (エロ仙人, Ero-sennin; English TV "Pervy Sage").

While more perverted than Naruto, Jiraiya has some similarities to his godson from a desire to bring peace to an unrequited affection for his former team-mate Tsunade. Since their meeting, Jiraiya and Naruto became close with the latter holding him in high regard as he took news of his mentor's death by Pain hard. After being moved to tears from reading "The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi", Naruto confronts Jiraiya's killer and the true identity of Pain, his fellow pupil Nagato. Meeting Nagato face to face, Naruto declared that what he inherited from Jiraiya will help him bring peace in this world, and that if Jiraiya was willing to place his faith in him, then Naruto was willing to believe in himself and stated that he would find peace for the world. Naruto also made a memorial grave in honour of Jiraiya. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, when Tobi and Naruto argued about dreams, Naruto answered back that he thought of Jiraiya as a hero.

Fukasaku Edit

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Fukasaku and Naruto.

Naruto first met Fukasaku when the elderly toad sage arrived in Konoha to bring news of Jiraiya's death. Despite Naruto's lack of formality toward Fukasaku upon their first meeting, the toad sage apparently took a liking to the young man as his personality reminded him of his late pupil and found Naruto's nickname for Jiraiya ("Perverted Hermit") to be both very fitting and amusing.[25] Knowing that Naruto wanted revenge, and that he was ill-prepared for a battle with Pain, Fukasaku took him to Mount Myōboku to teach him senjutsu. In light of Naruto's rapid progress in his intense training, Fukasaku believed that the young man would surpass Jiraiya in power, even willing to consider that Naruto was the "Child of the Prophecy" after he saw how much Naruto loved Jiraiya when he took news of his mentor's death pretty hard.

Friends and Allies Edit

Throughout the series, Naruto has gained a vast network of friends and allies that even goes beyond the borders of Konoha with the members of the Konoha 11 being the closest to him. Recently during the Fourth Shinobi World War, his desire to protect his comrades and those dear to him has become so strong that his chakra responded to his subconscious will by going to their aid on its own.

In addition, the villagers of Konoha as a whole had a drastic change in the manner that they view Naruto: moving from what they viewed as a menace and looming threat because of Kurama sealed within him, to a citizen/hero of Konoha whom they genuinely care about and would even go as far as to risk their own lives to ensure that he was safe.[26][23]

Konoha 11 Edit

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The Konoha 11.

Naruto gets along well with the entire Konoha 11, as they are all comrades who fought alongside each other for the love of their village and Will of Fire. He has some sort of rivalry with some of them, such as Kiba and Lee, while being part of a group of Academy dead-lasts, such as Kiba, Shikamaru and Chōji, but they are all good friends regardless. That, along with Naruto's accomplishments in saving the village amongst other deeds, made the rest of Konoha 11 appreciate and admire him. Naruto, in turn, was able to convince them to allow him to handle Sasuke alone, when the rest of them wanted to kill him together.

Sakura Haruno Edit

Always acting like a fool who only knows one thing… Hokage, Hokage. I'm sorry Naruto… that impossible dream of yours… I don't want to see it crushed![27]
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Naruto and his team-mate, Sakura.

Naruto and Sakura Haruno have had a long-standing friendship that arose from shaky beginnings and gradually grew stronger over the course of the series, enforced by a mutual respect and trust that had not been present at first and a shared goal to return their former team-mate Sasuke Uchiha to the village. Their friendship also bears great resemblances to that of their Sannin masters, Jiraiya and Tsunade. Naruto's feelings for Sakura have gone un-reciprocated as she in turn has feelings for Sasuke Uchiha instead.

Back in the Academy days, Sakura, like most of their other peers, considered Naruto an annoyance because of his constant antics. She even went as far as to accredit his behaviour to the fact that he was an orphan, a statement which offended Sasuke when she shared this belief with him. Sasuke in turn admonished Sakura for saying that, which led Sakura to realise that she had gone too far and decided to be more pleasant towards Naruto from then on.[28] Shortly after being assigned to Team 7, Sakura eventually began to see Naruto in a new light due to his constant dedication to his friends, and made good on her resolution to be nicer to Naruto, as shown when she explained the mechanism behind the Tree Climbing Practice during their mission in the Land of Waves,[29] and was even willing to forfeit her entry into the Chūnin Exams upon realising that Naruto would not have been able to pass the first test, which would have resulted in him being stuck as a genin thus ending his dream to become Hokage.[30] Later, when she learned from Sasuke that Naruto was the one who saved her from Gaara during the invasion of Konoha, she was surprised, but grateful. By the time Sasuke defected from Konoha, realising her strong genuine feelings for their former team-mate, Naruto promised Sakura that he would do everything in his power to bring Sasuke back to her.[31]

When Naruto returned from his training with Jiraiya after two years, he and Sakura soon fell into their old ways, displaying that their friendship had not suffered any during the time apart. Later, when Sai informed Sakura that the strain of making her happy and fulfilling his promise to her have been the source of Naruto's pain, she felt guilty for asking too much from Naruto and decided to stop Sasuke from sinking any lower by herself.[32][33] Sakura tried to release Naruto from his promise by telling him that she loved him and not Sasuke any more, but Naruto and the others present immediately knew that she was lying.[34] After Naruto saved Sakura from being killed by Sasuke and voiced his resolve that he would shoulder Sasuke's hatred as a friend, she was touched by Naruto's determination, for he had again given her hope that there may still be a happy ending for Team 7.[35]

As the Fourth Shinobi World War reached its climax, Sakura resolved to aid Naruto in fighting Obito, stating that he didn't need to carry the burden alone and that everyone would be there to help him.[36] Her understanding and care of Naruto was strengthened when he exclaimed how not having any friends was the most painful thing to him, to the point where she raised the morale of the Shinobi Alliance.[37] When the reincarnated Minato arrived to the battlefield, he asked Naruto if Sakura was his girlfriend, to which he replied with a "sort of", though his answer angered Sakura and prompted her to punch him.[38] After Sakura finally manifested her seal and displayed her increased strength by decimating several dozen miniature Ten-Tails clones with ease, it frightened Naruto enough to not joke around with her ever again.[39] Later, after Yang-Kurama was extracted from Naruto, Sakura became extremely worried when Naruto's heartbeat became weaker and used her medical ninjutsu to heal him, determined to keep her comrade alive so he'll be able to achieve his goal in becoming Hokage.[40]

Hinata Hyūga Edit

I used to always cry and give up… I made many wrong turns… But you… You helped me find the right path… I always chased after you… I wanted to catch up to you… I wanted to walk beside you all the time… I just wanted to be with you… You changed me! Your smile is what saved me! That is why I'm not afraid to die protecting you! Because… I love you…[41]
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Hinata defending Naruto.

Unlike their peers who ostracised Naruto while growing up in the Academy, Hinata Hyūga instead admired him, for she was inspired by his enthusiasm and unyielding determination to never give up. She was one of the first to identify Naruto's painful childhood and his desire to be acknowledged,[42] and she fiercely believed that he would one day achieve his goal of becoming Hokage. Hinata's long-standing admiration towards Naruto later grew into genuine care and affection, eventually leading her to fall in love with him.

Even though Naruto was oblivious to her feelings, he held Hinata in high regard because of her desire to change herself and be acknowledged, something that he could relate to. Naruto also held high expectations of her, such as during the Chūnin Exams, he declined her offer of copying her test due their risk of being disqualified, disbelieving at first that she would allow him to cheat off her.[43] Later, he defended Hinata from Neji's contempt and even vowed with her own blood to defeat Neji in her place.[44][45] When Naruto, for the first time, revealed his growing doubts about the match and his own abilities to Hinata, she reassured him that he never gave up because he always had the strength to overcome his own failures. Naruto gratefully thanked Hinata for bringing him out of his depression, and he said to her that even though he had thought of her as a shy and quiet girl, he really liked a person like her.[46]

During the Invasion of Pain, Hinata came to Naruto's aid after he was pinned down by Pain. Though knowing she stood no chance against the stronger opponent, Hinata refused to leave Naruto behind, confessing her love and willingness to protect him, even at the cost of her own life. Left speechless upon hearing her confession, Naruto instantly erupted into a rage after he saw Hinata being struck down by the Akatsuki leader, allowing Kurama to take control and continued the battle with Pain.[41] However, once the fox was suppressed, Naruto was brought to tears of relief upon learning that Hinata was still alive.[47] Naruto would later remind Hinata of this event during the Fourth Shinobi World War reassuring her that she was strong.[48] When the Shinobi Alliance began to mobilise to aid Naruto and B against Tobi, Hinata made the decision to be together with Naruto once the war ended.[49]

After Neji died protecting her and Naruto from the Ten-Tails and almost falling victim to Obito's rhetoric, Hinata reminded Naruto of their shared nindō, to bring him back from the edge. With her and Kurama's aid, Naruto's self-confidence was restored and he took Hinata's hand, thanking her for staying by his side before transferring Kurama's chakra into her.[50] As the battle progressed, the Ten-Tails prepared to attack the injured Naruto directly, Hinata led a group of the Shinobi Alliance to protect him as Sakura healed his wounds.[51] Then later during the war, after taking down one of the Ten-Tails' mini-clones, Hinata continues to motivate herself to keep moving forward so that she could forever be at Naruto's side.[52] Later on, when Hinata discovered Naruto's condition from having Yang-Kurama extracted from him, she became immensely worried and rushed across the battlefield to his aid. However, Hinata succumbed to exhaustion as she lost the remainder of her chakra and stumbled on debris before she could reach him, silently praying for his safety.[53] When Hinata was ensnared by the Shinju's roots after being hit by Infinite Tsukuyomi, Naruto heard her mentally crying out to him and tried to rush to her aid.[54]

Neji Hyūga Edit

Naruto… sometimes your eyes are even better than mine.[55]
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Naruto battling Neji.

In the beginning, Naruto developed a strong dislike towards Neji Hyūga due to his ideals that no one can ever change their fate. Furthermore, after Neji left his cousin Hinata in critical condition, Naruto vowed to beat him at their match.[45] Their match proved not only a physical battle, but also a conflict of ideals with Neji losing on both accounts after revealing his own fight with his fate as a branch member of the Hyūga clan. When Naruto promised that he would change the fate of the Hyūga clan for him, Neji became a nicer person as he set aside his hatred for the main house, looking after Hinata as he trained with her, and desired to become strong enough to return the favour to Naruto.

Years after, Neji got his chance during the Fourth Shinobi World War when he and Hinata came to Naruto's aid in a plan to defeat the Ten-Tails. However, their defences proved no match for the monster, and Neji took a deathblow from the Ten-Tails meant for Naruto and Hinata. As Naruto pleaded why Neji sacrificed himself, the latter, reminding him of their battle years ago replied that Naruto called him a genius. Neji realised in his final moments that, like his father before him, he made the choice to die for those he holds dear.[56] Upon Neji's death, Naruto's resolve was shattered even further as Obito openly mocked Naruto for failing to protect his comrades. However, Hinata and Kurama managed to remind Naruto of his life not being just his own nor should he give up on Neji's death so easily. As his confidence was restored, Naruto thanked Hinata and admitted to himself how he'd never be able to thank Neji enough for everything he had done.[57] Naruto then told a saddened Lee that he'll keep the real Neji in his heart forever and stated to Obito that Neji's will isn't dead and used his death to increase the morale of the Allied Forces.

Rock Lee Edit

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Lee easily defeats Naruto during their first meeting.

Nicknaming him Centipede Brows (ゲジマユ, Gejimayu; English TV "Bushy Brows"), Naruto originally saw Rock Lee as a rival and vice-versa. Lee's victory over Naruto before the Chūnin Exams started was used by the latter as motivation to get stronger. After he stopped Naruto from attacking Neji for nearly killing Hinata, Lee admits his resolve to prove his team-mate's ideals of a fixed destiny being wrong. Seeing him sharing that same resolve, Lee was willing to let Naruto handle Neji in his stead prior to his injuries from fighting Gaara. Wanting to help Lee make a full recovery, Naruto brought Tsunade to Konoha in hopes that she could heal him. Naruto would work with Lee on missions from time to time, some anime-exclusive missions being comedic misadventures. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, mourning over Neji's death, Naruto helped give Lee the strength needed to continue fighting and, with his assistance, helped sever Madara's and Obito's connections to the Ten-Tails.

Shikamaru Nara Edit

My master entrusted me with a lot, from big things to little things. It's the same for you, an unlimited number of things, don't you think it's about time for us, to be the ones who entrust, not the entrusted, it's a pain in the ass but I can't say that; Someday you'll be the one to treat others to ramen and you'll be called Master Naruto… we can't stay kids forever, like Asuma and Jiraiya, I wanna be as cool as them.[58]
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Naruto and the other "dead lasts" in the Academy.

Shikamaru Nara was a "dead last" student like Naruto during their Academy days. Having noticed the way the other villagers ostracised Naruto, Shikamaru seemed to be one of the first of their peers to see him as more than as a jinchūriki. Furthermore, Shikamaru himself stated that something about Naruto compels him to follow him. Because of this, outside of the missions that may include them working together, Shikamaru would sometimes hang out with Naruto. Having lost his mentor Asuma Sarutobi prior, Shikamaru played a role in helping Naruto cope with Jiraiya's death. In the anime, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shikamaru asserted that he wishes to protect Naruto and also fight alongside him during the war.

When he was weakened by the Shinju, aware that Naruto was always alone, Shikamaru believed Naruto needed an intelligent brother figure, like Tobirama was to Hashirama, by his side, and resolved to be Naruto's adviser when he becomes Hokage so he would never have to be alone again.

Chōji Akimichi Edit

Originally one of Naruto's fellow "dead lasts" during their Academy days, Chōji Akimichi, like his friend Shikamaru, mostly hangs out with Naruto when not on missions, usually going out to eat. Growing up alongside Naruto, he has witnessed Naruto's personal and physical development first hand; something he made mention of during their battle against Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu.

Kiba Inuzuka Edit

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Naruto battling Kiba during the Chūnin Exam preliminaries.

Originally one of Naruto's fellow "dead lasts" during their Academy days, both Kiba Inuzuka and Naruto have a sense of friendship and rivalry with one another. Kiba constantly challenges Naruto's aspirations for the position of Hokage, first ridiculing the young man, but, since his defeat at their Chūnin Exams and their interactions since. The two young shinobi often challenge each other in terms of skills — though admittedly, Kiba is generally flabbergasted at Naruto's progression when he believes that he has caught up to him.

Ino Yamanaka Edit

Like her friend Sakura, Ino Yamanaka originally considered Naruto as a loser compared to Sasuke. However, upon seeing Naruto's strength and unshakeable resolve during the Chūnin Exams, Ino gradually grew to respect and like him as a friend. While she would often aid Naruto on missions with others, she partnered up with him only once in an anime-exclusive two-man mission that left her flabbergasted and getting into an argument with Naruto on the way back home. In the anime, after Naruto defeated Pain, Ino remarked that she could almost fall for him, much to her team-mates' shock.[59]

Shino Aburame Edit

Like most of their peers, Shino Aburame originally considered Naruto to be a talentless troublemaker, but soon accepted him as a fellow ninja, despite bearing a slight grudge on the youth for not recognising him after being away for nearly three years.[60] Regardless, Shino admitted that Naruto had surpassed the rest of their peers, and during the Fourth Shinobi World War, he stated that he himself needed no reason to follow Naruto and aid him without question.[61]

Tenten Edit

Tenten's views of Naruto are somewhat vague. She does however respect Naruto as a comrade and worries about his safety witnessed during the time he confronted Sasuke at the Samurai Bridge and later during the Fourth Shinobi World War as she rushed to his aid.

Hiruzen Sarutobi Edit

The Fourth wanted the villagers of Konoha to see him as a hero. That was his last wish as he placed the seal and died.[62]
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Naruto and Hiruzen.

Naruto was looked after by Hiruzen Sarutobi after his parents' deaths. The Hokage kept his parents' identity a secret and gave him his mother's last name. He asked the village to never reveal anything about Kurama to Naruto or the children. Naruto was inspired by the Hokage, originally due to the respect they received, including Hiruzen, and hoped to become Hokage himself someday. He would often get under Hiruzen's skin by the disturbances he would make by his pranks or the use Sexy Technique, the latter of which often caused Hiruzen to suffer from nosebleeds due to being a closet pervert. Despite their unique relationship, Naruto deeply cared for Hiruzen and was very saddened by his sudden death, to which he payed his respects to the Hokage at the ceremony for the sacrifices he made for the village. Thanks to Hiruzen's teachings and value, Naruto would continue to help and protect the village after his death.

During the Fourth Great Shinobi War, when the reincarnated Hiruzen saved Naruto from nearly dying to the God Tree, a half-conscious Naruto sincerely thanked Hiruzen, happy to see him again.

Konohamaru Sarutobi Edit

I promised… someday, I would fight Naruto over the name of Hokage! Naruto is my rival, hey!! That's why I can't choose to run away!! Because if I chose that path, Naruto wouldn't be there at the end!!![63]
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Naruto and Konohamaru.

Even though he and Naruto had a rough start when they first met, Konohamaru Sarutobi is the second person to acknowledge Naruto as he is. This was due to Naruto not seeing Konohamaru as Hiruzen's grandson like everyone else in Konoha originally did. Though he pretended to be Naruto's rival for the position of succeeding Hokage, Konohamaru clearly has a deep and understanding friendship with Naruto and appears content to be the Seventh Hokage as he is perfectly convinced that the older boy will become the Sixth.[64] Having trained under him to learn the Sexy Technique, Konohamaru devised his own variations of the unorthodox transformation technique. At some point, Naruto would go on further to teach him the Rasengan, further establishing both a brotherly and mentor-pupil relationship.

Tsunade Edit

It's because to be Hokage… is your dream… isn't it Naruto? One last time… just one last time… I place the odds on you.[65]

Naruto's relationship with Tsunade began when he aided Jiraiya in looking for her as an ideal successor to their mentor Hiruzen. Upon finding her, Naruto challenged Tsunade after she said only fools would want to become Hokage, accepting her wager of mastering the Rasengan within a week. Despite her reluctance to become Hokage and lack of faith, Tsunade was loyal to her village and attempted to kill her former team-mate Orochimaru before Kabuto used her haemophobia to his advantage. When Naruto defeated Kabuto with a fully mastered Rasengan, Tsunade overcame her phobia to aid him and accepted the position of Fifth Hokage. As a sign of thanks for restoring her faith in their village, Tsunade entrusted Naruto with her grandfather's necklace.

Overall, the two have a very strong relationship based on mutual love and respect, one that could almost be called familial as Naruto is the only person to refer to Tsunade as "granny". Tsunade aided Naruto in not only keeping the Konoha Council from restricting his movement, but also supporting his search for Sasuke and keeping him out of Konoha's Bingo Book. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tsunade is the only Kage who argued in favour of Naruto being allowed to fight with them. Though outvoted, the other Kage eventually agree with her resolve. Watching Naruto head off into battle, Tsunade looked on with an expression of nostalgia, sadness, and pride on her face.

Sai Edit

This… is what it means to have friends… I understand it perfectly… Naruto.[66]

When Naruto first met Sai, they had a rough start due to Sai's constant criticism and regards of Sasuke as a traitor. However, the two got to understand each other better during their attempt to retrieve Sasuke with Naruto now considering Sai a member of Team Kakashi. Inspired by Naruto, noting that he reminded him of his own brother Shin, Sai works to become a more social person though his attempts can sometimes be awkward. Although Naruto's ties to Sasuke were his overall motivation for bettering himself, Sai began to feel what he believed to anger over Sasuke becoming beyond redemption with all the grief that he caused for Naruto through his crime-riddled vendetta. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sai finally reaches a full understanding of friendship before arriving to Naruto's side during his battle with the Ten-Tails.

Yamato Edit

Initially, being an ANBU, Yamato was assigned by Tsunade to temporarily lead Team Kakashi while Kakashi was bed-ridden. He was specifically chosen due to possessing Hashirama Senju's DNA, which allowed him to use Wood Release techniques, therefore enabling him to suppress Kurama's chakra within Naruto when needed. During his first few missions with the team, Yamato could be seen using his "scare tactics" on Naruto, by widely opening his eyes and talking to Naruto in a creepy voice. Nevertheless, Yamato has a deep passion for Naruto's safety.

Might Guy Edit

Though first seeing him as an eccentric weirdo, Naruto warmed up to Might Guy after becoming friends with his apprentice Rock Lee and seeing Guy's true strength. In turn, Guy grew to respect Naruto for his strong will, optimism, and determination. This respect is shown when Guy once gave Naruto one of his jump suits with the insistence that it will help improve his training to which the young man accepted without reservation. In the anime, Naruto has shown further respect and appreciation for Guy's shinobi prowess, asking him strongly to be instructed in taijutsu. Also, in the anime, Kakashi voiced his trust in Guy watching over Naruto for his training to master Kurama's power, knowing he would treat Naruto like his own students.

Itachi Uchiha Edit

Though he learned from Sasuke that he is looking for his brother, Itachi Uchiha, Naruto had no idea that Sasuke intended to kill Itachi for the massacre of their clan. By the time Naruto learned of this, he was attacked by Itachi when the Akatsuki sent him and Kisame Hoshigaki to capture him. Naruto was forced to stand by and watch Sasuke's failed attempt of revenge that lead him to defect from Konoha.

When encountered by Itachi again years later over his interest in Sasuke, Naruto told him that Sasuke was more of a brother to him than to Itachi. This made Itachi smile as he asked if that resolve would be as strong if Sasuke thought to attack the village, delighting with Naruto's answer of finding a way protect the village and save Sasuke without killing him. Taking his leave, Itachi placed a crow in Naruto's body with hopes that he may never need to use it.

Eventually, after Itachi's death, the crow is revealed to be embedded with Shisui Uchiha's Sharingan with Itachi installing a command that would compel Sasuke to protect Konoha. However, reincarnated and under the control of Kabuto during the Fourth Shinobi World War, tasked alongside Nagato to capture Naruto and Killer B, Itachi is forced to sacrifice his gambit to free himself from Kabuto's control and aid Naruto. Upon learning that Naruto was told the truth of the Uchiha clan massacre, gaining his respect for the lengths he would go to protect their village and promise not to reveal it to anyone else, Itachi entrusts Sasuke's well being to Naruto as he departed to stop Kabuto and release all the reincarnated ninja to give their side a fighting chance.

Itachi was also one of the few people who knew the identities of Naruto's parents and was well aware of his dream of becoming Hokage.

Nagato and Konan Edit

You are an odd kid… You remind me of myself when I was young… I couldn't believe in what Jiraiya believed in… nor believe in myself… but you chose a different path. In you I can see another future. I… will believe in you…[67]

—Nagato

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Naruto meeting Nagato and Konan.

Like Naruto and his father, Nagato and Konan were apprentices under Jiraiya. However, events resulting from the death of their friend Yahiko forced Nagato and Konan to stray from their ideals as Obito warped the organisation they created into the current version of the Akatsuki that Naruto faces. After defeating Pain, one of six corpses that Nagato used as a vessel for his Deva Path ability, Naruto confronts Nagato. Though angry at Nagato for killing their mentor and destroying Konoha, Naruto asked him how, as a fellow student of Jiraiya, could have strayed so far from their master's teachings. Hoping that Naruto would come to agree with his solution for peace, Nagato told him his past and how he came to the conclusion to believe that only pain and suffering would save the world.

Although Naruto agreed with Nagato's conclusion, he could never accept it as he explains that putting an end to the cycle of hatred is the only way to achieve true peace. Amazed by Naruto's resolve to the point of being spared, Nagato decided to put his faith in the youth as he sacrifices himself to revive everyone he killed during his invasion while wishing for Naruto's dream of peace to become a reality. Konan, showing admiration for Naruto as he touched Nagato's heart along with her own, gave Naruto a bouquet as a sign of a truce and her new undying faith in him. Though she later died by Obito's hand, Konan continued to have faith that Naruto's light can extinguish Obito's darkness.

After Nagato's reincarnation, he is shown to be kinder and carefree to the point he was even willing to start making jokes, something that surprised Naruto. His opinion of Naruto also strengthened after he last saw him, pointing out to Itachi Uchiha that he wasn't surprised that Naruto was able to advance his control over Kurama's power since they both had studied under the same master. Upon Nagato's sealing, he bid Naruto farewell and how he would leave Naruto to finish the story their master started with a better resolution than before.

Obito Uchiha Edit

You remind me of myself… Naruto… yeah… just like when I was young… but, that'll all change with time…[68]
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Obito talks to Naruto.

Similar to Naruto in his youth in many ways before his presumed death during the Third Shinobi World War, Obito Uchiha was at first a reflection of the person Naruto would become if he ever gave into hatred and despair, and later became his ally in the fight against Madara Uchiha and Kaguya Ōtsutsuki after having a change of heart. Though he saw Naruto of no concern, Obito has been the cause of almost everything negative in Naruto's life, having been the one who used the newborn as a hostage, started Kurama's attack on Konoha, and indirectly killed his parents. Years later, after adopting the name Tobi, he would encounter Naruto again when he distracts the youth and the rest of the Eight Man Squad from interfering with Sasuke's fight against Itachi. Tobi later appeared before Naruto again, revealing the truth behind the Uchiha clan massacre and how he engineered Sasuke's descent into darkness. Though Tobi claimed his actions were for world peace, he embraced being called a monster while proclaiming that Naruto and Sasuke are fated to battle each other.

Though Tobi initially saw Naruto as a means to stimulate Sasuke for his ambitions, the youth's inadvertent thwarting of his plans forced him to plunge the entire ninja world into war to expedite his plans. Even after Naruto broke his thrall over the tailed beasts he captured, Tobi reiterated his contempt for Naruto and reassured himself that the boy is no match for him. However, as Kurama stated, Naruto was made a jinchūriki for the purpose of defeating him. Ultimately, it was because of Naruto that Tobi is finally exposed as Obito. While using the Ten-Tails to fight him, Obito realised the similarities between himself and Naruto as he vainly attempted to point out the futility of the youth's struggle against him and Madara. But when Naruto vowed to make sure none of his friends die and expressing disapproval on Obito's nihilistic outlook on life, the Uchiha resolved to put both him and the Allied Shinobi Forces into the same despair he experienced. Though he almost succeeded in breaking Naruto with his guilt over his "inability" to protect Neji, Obito's plan failed when Hinata and Kurama intervened. As a result, now above his psychological warfare, Naruto tells Obito that the only difference between them is that he wants to keep the bonds he made with his friends.

However, before finally separating Obito from the tailed beasts, Naruto showed a more sympathetic side towards him after experiencing visions of the Uchiha's past — even going as far as to shedding tears for Obito's loss.[69] Naruto told Obito that if things were different, he would have looked up to him because like himself, Obito also dreamed of becoming Hokage. To this end, Naruto proclaimed that even though the Uchiha claimed he was no one, there was no sense in Obito hiding any longer, and that he was going to tear off his true mask once and for all.[70] After forcing the tailed beasts out of Obito's body, Naruto did not let Sasuke give the final blow to the defeated enemy, and even tried to reason with Kakashi so that Obito would be given the chance to atone for his crimes instead of being killed by his old comrade, though it was Minato who stopped him. Ultimately, Naruto succeeded in changing Obito's mindset and it led Obito to attempt to revive everyone he had killed with the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. After finding out that Obito had used that technique, and was forced to revive Madara, Naruto displayed a hint of sadness over the fact that Obito was at the time doomed to perish after using the technique, despite the two fighting against each other moments before.[71] Later on, with Yang-Kurama being extracted by Madara who became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki in the process, Naruto and Obito's lives cross once again when the latter managed to stop Black Zetsu from giving the just stolen Yin-Kurama to Madara and take a small portion of Shukaku and Gyūki's chakra from him, and then transferring them to the dying young shinobi, saving his life and allowing him to gain portions from all the tailed beasts' chakra.[72] Naruto would later return the favour by using his newfound abilities to save Obito's life. When Obito was revived, Naruto expressed delight that he was alive and despite their history, they both put it aside in order to stop Kaguya.[73]

Jinchūriki and the Tailed Beasts Edit

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Naruto and the other most recent jinchūriki.

Although he never knew every one of them personally, the jinchūriki and the tailed beasts are all considered by Naruto as his comrades. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto encountered the other jinchūriki that were reincarnated by Kabuto and the tailed beasts that were resealed in their respective jinchūiki. Naruto understood their pain and resolved to free them from Obito's control, which in turn convinced Kurama to trust the human as Naruto was taken into the tailed beasts' shared subconsciousness with the other jinchūriki.

The jinchūriki and their tailed beasts each introduce themselves while placing their faith in Naruto and Kurama through fist bumps. While their jinchūriki were allowed to pass on, the tailed beasts each gave Naruto a part of their chakra before being pulled back into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path prior to its regeneration into the Ten-Tails. Even when Obito became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Naruto, through the combined effort of the Allied Shinobi Forces and Taka, eventually was able to extract all of the sealed tailed beasts from Obito's body.[74][75] The tailed beasts had collectively agreed that Naruto was the one spoken about by the Sage of the Six Paths, and began to aid Naruto in fighting against the revived Madara.[76]

Gaara and Shukaku Edit

He was the one who taught me to deepen my bond with my people. Thanks to him, I was able to regain my true self. That village has him, the one who cherishes a friend's bond more than anyone I know. Naruto Uzumaki… Knowing him and the friends he holds so dear, they will overcome this disaster and grow even stronger from it.[77]

—Gaara

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Naruto's friendship with Gaara, a former enemy from Sunagakure.

When Naruto first met Gaara prior to the Chūnin Exams, he was unaware that he was a jinchūriki like himself until he and Shikamaru stopped him from finishing off the hospitalised Lee. Ever since their encounter, Naruto understood that Gaara had been through the same pain like he had. Though he was afraid to fight Gaara at first, later during the Invasion of Konoha, Naruto was able to overcome this fear after seeing both Sasuke and Sakura in danger and was determined to protect them both from Gaara. When Naruto defeated him, Gaara, in great shock, questioned him why was he so strong. Naruto explained that despite having suffered a relentless lonely life, he never gave up hope on being acknowledged as a person and ultimately found friends who truly cared for him.

From that day on, Naruto's undying devotion and desire to protect his loved ones inspired Gaara to take on a similar path, and over time, he eventually became the Fifth Kazekage of Sunagakure and was finally able to connect with his people and be acknowledged as a person rather than a jinchūriki. When Naruto insisted to save Gaara from the Akatsuki, he lamented to find that they killed Gaara by extracting Shukaku. Though he criticised Chiyo for sealing the tailed beast inside him, Naruto offered his chakra to her for Gaara's revival.

At the Five Kage Summit, when Sasuke attacked the meeting, Gaara tried to convince him to go back to light, but Sasuke's refusal forced Gaara to consider any attempt Naruto made to reach his former friend futile, along with possibly damaging his faith in him and his devotion to his friends. He later confronted Naruto about this face-to-face, stating to Naruto that if he were to become Hokage, he would be placed in a position of either saving Sasuke or protecting Konoha's people from him. When they met again on the battlefield, his earlier decision motivated by the need to protect his friend, Gaara eventually came to accept that he may have made an error in judgement when he decided to isolate Naruto from the war, willing to place his trust in him again. Stating likewise, Naruto insisted that he had no plans on dying before becoming Hokage, and said that Gaara's position as Kazekage didn't mean that he should treat him like a kid.

The first time Naruto met Shukaku was during the failed Invasion of Konoha, where it attempted to kill him and Gamabunta on sight. Despite their hostile encounter and not having the chance to come to terms with one another since then, Naruto expressed his desire to save Shukaku along with the other tailed beasts.[78] After being freed from Obito, Shukaku, though having an intense rivalry with Kurama and exclaiming that it would not pass any sort of opportunity to surpass the fox, started aiding Naruto in his fight against Madara. After having a portion of its chakra sealed inside Naruto, it echoed Naruto's statement by telling Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki that his plan to create the tailed beasts were not in vain.

Utakata and Saiken Edit

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Naruto alongside Utakata.

In the anime, Naruto first encountered him during a mission, seeing him initially as an enemy between an argument between Utakata and Hotaru. Later, Naruto and Utakata began working together whilst protecting Hotaru, and would come to trust each other as friends and comrades. Naruto's constant praise of his master would eventually lead Utakata to wonder if his own had really betrayed him, as well as partially convince Utakata to accept Hotaru as his own student.

Later, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto expressed shock upon seeing a reincarnated Utakata with the other jinchūiki, before being pulled into a mental plane. Talking with Utakata, Naruto was shocked to discover he was a fellow jinchūiki, and displayed sadness and anger that Utakata was yet another that was captured and killed by Akatsuki. Ultimately before losing his consciousness, Utakata thanked Naruto for listening as he relayed his true feelings about Hotaru. Upon witnessing how Naruto treated Son and him trying to free them, Utakata and Saiken alongside the other jinchūiki and tailed beasts decided to put their faith in him and Kurama, by giving him some of their chakra through a fist bump. Saiken would come to agree with Kurama's suggestion that Naruto was the one the Sage had spoken to them about.

Killer B and Gyūki Edit

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Killer B standing up for Naruto.

When Naruto first met Killer B, he thought his raps were a little bit weird, but after discovering that he was a jinchūriki like him and had full control, he immediately requested B to train him. After gaining B's respect, the two became good friends and can actually relate to one another, even by communicating with B's raps and fist bumps, something that Yamato, much to his own frustration, couldn't understand what they were saying. Naruto in return shows respect for B, calling him uncle. B was also willing to help him fight Kurama within his subconscious with Gyūki's help. B even stood up for him against his brother, A, when he tried to kill him and stated he would keep his promise from Iruka to protect Naruto, even going as far as to offer up his own life in exchange for A allowing Naruto to continue on. The two then fought off against Obito and his Six Paths of Pain and could understand the other tailed beasts' suffering from Obito's control.

Despite Gyūki disliking Kurama for its habit of ranking the tailed beast's strength based on their number of tails, it insisted that was no reason for not helping Naruto to control the fox's power.[79][80] Gyūki, along with B, were even more impressed by Naruto when he was able to get Kurama to cooperate with him.

Rivals and Enemies Edit

Over the progression of the series, Naruto has also made enemies and rivals out of a number of individuals, both new foes and former allies, with varying influences on his life.

Sasuke Uchiha Edit

Just shut up for once! What the hell do you know about it?! It's not like you ever had a family in the first place! You were on your own right from the beginning, what makes you think you know anything about it?! Huh?! I'm suffering now because I had those ties, how on earth could you possibly understand, what it feels like to lose all that![81]
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Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry during their childhood.

When he first met with Sasuke Uchiha back in the Academy days, Naruto wanted to befriend Sasuke, knowing that he too was alone. But when Sasuke proved to be better than him at everything, gaining popularity and admiration, Naruto grew jealous and made it his goal to surpass him. Ever since then Naruto instantly saw him as his rival and was bent to prove himself as an equal before both youths were made members of Team 7. Even though he thought of Naruto as a loser, Sasuke understood the pains of being an orphan well to the point of taking offence to Sakura blaming Naruto's stupidity on him not having parents.[28] As the series progressed, Naruto came to view Sasuke as a brother. In turn, Sasuke also saw Naruto as a dear friend until the events of the Chūnin Exam arc convince him to defect from Konoha to train under Orochimaru to achieve his goal to avenge his clan against his brother Itachi, one prime reason is realising that Naruto is starting to surpass him.

Even after being defeated by Sasuke in an attempt to stop him from leaving, Naruto still strived to bring him back home despite Sasuke's willing defection and eventual corruption. When Naruto came to understand both the nature of the cycle of hatred and the reason of Sasuke's malice, his desire to save Sasuke grew even more.[82][83] It became so immense that Naruto was willing to take physical abuse from the Kumo-nin rather than sell Sasuke out, pleading with the Fourth Raikage to pardon Sasuke for his crimes against his village.[84][85]

Naruto would later learn that Tobi poisoned Sasuke against Konoha upon telling him why the Uchiha clan was killed off. According to him, Naruto and Sasuke were considered mortal enemies as they respectively embody the Will of Fire and the Curse of Hatred respectively. Finding Sasuke, yet refusing to back down or kill him with the intent to bare his friend's hatred, Naruto concluded that reasoning him out of destroying Konoha was no longer a possible option and believed that they would most likely die during their fated conflict. However, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Sasuke renounced his intent to destroy Konoha and joined forces with his former team-mates against Madara and the Ten-Tails. The dynamics between the two have not changed and their innate rivalry still causes Naruto and Sasuke to challenge each other in every way, now more than ever since Sasuke's announcement that he wanted to be Hokage, and Sasuke's witnessing of Naruto's new-found abilities on the battlefield during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Later, when both Naruto and Sasuke met the Sage of the Six Paths and learning they are the reincarnations of his sons, Naruto declares even though they are not real brothers, he was confident together they could change the world.

Zabuza Momochi and Haku Edit

He must be pretty famous these days, after helping you defeat the two of us…[86]

—Zabuza Momochi

Water Release Water Clone

Naruto's first encounter with Zabuza.

A relationship that shaped Naruto's character, giving him his ninja way and the determination to protect others was during his first C-rank mission of escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves where he met two mercenary Missing-nin hired to kill Tazuna — Zabuza Momochi of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist and his ward Haku. While he met Zabuza only twice in his life on the battlefield, Naruto unknowingly met Haku between the two fights. Both youths got into a discussion over protecting those who were precious to them, with Naruto gaining his unselfish desire to protect his friends and to never give up. By the time Naruto learned Haku was his enemy during their battle, he was reluctant to take his life before Haku acted on his own ideals and sacrificed himself to protect Zabuza after being inflicted with numerous injuries.

Hearing Zabuza talk ill of Haku's sacrifice as the boy serving his purpose as his tool, the older ninja hiding his actual feelings of sadness for someone he grew to care about, Naruto reprimands Zabuza for not appreciating Haku's actions with Zabuza finally opening his heart as he kills his former employer before dying from his wounds. Soon after Zabuza and Haku were buried, Naruto admitted to Kakashi that he liked the two with his mentor feeling the same way. When Kabuto brought the pair back to life for the Fourth Shinobi World War, Zabuza and Haku encounter Kakashi who reveals that Naruto had grown into a fine and well-known shinobi since their deaths.

Orochimaru Edit

This child… intrigues me to no end![87]
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Naruto vs. Orochimaru.

Naruto first encountered Orochimaru during the Chūnin Exam, unaware of the true identity of his opponent at the time, and was quickly knocked out. Naruto learned that he is one of the Sannin and the one who attacked the village, first meeting Orochimaru officially while trying to help Tsunade. Originally, before watching him defeat Kabuto, Orochimaru viewed Naruto as no threat to him until realising his potential and tried to kill him. After Sakura revealed their previous encounter with the disguised Orochimaru and that he was targeting their team-mate, Naruto resolved to train to face Orochimaru after he lured Sasuke with the promise of power. When they meet again years later, Orochimaru provokes Naruto into fighting him. But when Naruto uses Kurama's power to fight him, Orochimaru finds himself struggling against the youth and manages to escape. However, knowing of Naruto's role in the death of his former partner Sasori, Orochimaru saw the boy to be more useful in taking out his former Akatsuki allies. Though Naruto hoped that Orochimaru's death would mean that Sasuke would return to the village, it only led to a more tragic sequence of events. After his revival during the Fourth Shinobi War, Orochimaru looked into Naruto's memories and feelings alongside the Allied Shinobi Forces on the battlefield and looked on solemnly as Naruto remembered the memorial he made for Jiraiya. Seeing how the young shinobi refused to give up and fall into despair, Naruto gained a measure of Orochimaru's respect, who immediately decided to join him in battle and assist in defeating Obito.

Kabuto Yakushi Edit

You should know what it's like, Naruto, the pain of not having a true identity.[88]
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Naruto defeating Kabuto with a Rasengan.

When Naruto first met Kabuto Yakushi, he saw him as an ally during the Chūnin Exams. Despite his seeming politeness and helping the younger ninja out, Kabuto has some fixation on him. Eventually, when Naruto later discovered that he works under Orochimaru, Kabuto became his enemy and defeated him a fight that nearly killed him were it not for Tsunade. However, three years later, Naruto learns that his win inspired Kabuto to undergo the painful process of modifying his body with Orochimaru's DNA after his master's defeat. Stating that Naruto was his inspiration for the risky act, Kabuto handed over a book containing intelligence on the Akatsuki before taking his leave with the hope that he can settle things with Naruto after honing his new abilities and dealing with Sasuke. Though he crossed paths with Kabuto during the Chikara Arc, Naruto only faced the ninja that Kabuto reincarnated for the Fourth Shinobi World War.


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