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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>}}
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[[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.]]
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<section begin=summary />Due to his friendly nature, tenacity, empathy, and unique charisma, <noinclude>[[</noinclude>Naruto<noinclude> Uzumaki]]</noinclude> has built many relationships over the course of the series that have defined him and others.<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 ==
{{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>}}
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[[File:Naruto meets Kurama.png|thumb|Naruto's first encounter with Kurama.]]
[[File:Naruto and Kurama.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 ostracised by most of the villagers and his peers. Even after learning the truth, the isolation only convinced Naruto to desire their acknowledgement.
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>
 
   
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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Although Naruto had access to its immense [[chakra]], Kurama plotted to use the young shinobi's dependence on its power to gain control over him and eventually break free from the seal. Their relationship soon became even more antagonistic when Naruto discovered this drawback and that he could potentially kill his comrades while under the fox's influence, which made him resolve to rely on his own power and find other ways to get stronger. However, after his close victory against Pain, Naruto realised that even though he had mastered [[Sage Mode]], he could still not avoid using Kurama's power and sought Killer B, the jinchūriki of Gyūki, to learn how to [[Tailed Beast Control|control]] it. With his mother and B's help, Naruto managed to best Kurama in combat, and separate and take most of its chakra.<ref>Chapters 496-499</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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[[File:Naruto and Kurama fist bump.png|thumb|left|The change in dynamics between Naruto and Kurama.]]
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During the start of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], despite Kurama telling him that shouldering the hatred of an entire war and Sasuke was futile, Naruto countered with brimming confidence that regardless of the odds, he would still do something about them, before the young shinobi promised to someday resolve the fox's own hatred as well.<ref>Chapter 538</ref><ref>Chapter 539, pages 1-4</ref> Although reproaching him for making such a claim, Kurama 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>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>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 he could truly aid its brethren through his actions.<ref>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 the young shinobi then removed the [[Torii Seal|seal]] that restrained it and happily acknowledged the fox as his team-mate from [[Konohagakure]].<ref>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>
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Their relationship has greatly improved by this action, as shown when Kurama teased Naruto about his first kiss with Sasuke.<ref>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>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>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>Chapter 615, page 13</ref> Later, despite the Yang half of Kurama being freed from its seal within Naruto, the fox without arguement agreed to Hagoromo's request for it to return within Naruto, showing that it had grown to like his companionship, despite refusing to admit it to others. Two years later, having been restored to its complete self with its other half, Kurama is shown willing to fight alongside Naruto both from within his subconscious and alongside the ninja as two separate entities. Ultimately, Kurama fully adjust to being inside Naruto, able to casually sleep.
   
== Parents ==
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== Family ==
{{Quote|''You will find the answer… I believe in you.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 15</ref>}}
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=== Minato Namikaze ===
[[File:Two Suns.png|thumb|Naruto's parents and their faith in him are the source of his strength.]]
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[[File:Minato & Naruto.PNG|thumb|Minato placing his trust in Naruto.]]
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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Despite not knowing that the Fourth [[Hokage]] [[Minato Namikaze]] was his father, Naruto had expressed the utmost respect for him. 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>Chapter 440, pages 6-7</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>
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On his way to the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto defended his parents with vigour when the [[Fourth Raikage]] insulted Minato on how he failed as the "[[Children of the Prophecy]]" upon his death.<ref>Chapter 541, pages 10-11</ref> Naruto also explained to the Raikage that despite the fact his parents died shortly after he was born, their love and faith in him made him strong.<ref>Chapter 544, pages 3-8</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 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>
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Naruto would later fight alongside his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] father against the [[Ten-Tails]] during the war where Minato not only became proud of how far his son had come as a shinobi, but was also reminded so much of how he was fighting alongside Kushina, moving him to tears of joy.<ref>Chapter 644</ref> After Kaguya's defeat, Minato and the spirits of the other deceased Kage summoned back Naruto's team, the tailed beasts, and an unconscious Madara from the princess's dimension. Before departing, Minato had one final conversation with Naruto, congratulating him for finally ending the war and wished him a happy birthday, with Naruto promising to do his best to follow the teachings Kushina and Minato left him.
   
== Mentors ==
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=== Kushina Uzumaki ===
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 [[Nindō|life philosophy]], shaping him into a better person.
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[[File:Kushina thanks Naruto.png|thumb|Kushina thanks her son before fading into the afterlife.]]
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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. Naruto found his mother is similar to him in terms of personality, and also complimented on her red hair as "beautiful". After learning how his parents met each other, 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 them, instead feeling glad to be their son.<ref>Chapter 498</ref><ref>Chapter 504, pages 14-15</ref>
   
=== Iruka Umino ===
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After his father's passing in Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto explained to Hagoromo how his mother Kushina was a truly good person compared to the heartless Kaguya.<ref>Chapter 692, page 8</ref>
{{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.]]
 
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.
 
   
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.
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Two years after the war, Naruto found a teal and light blue striped scarf knitted by his mother and began treasuring and wearing it to honour her memory. However, this unknowingly interfered with Hinata's attempts to give Naruto a red scarf she knitted to confess her feelings for him. He would later stop wearing his mother's scarf after realising his own feelings for Hinata.<ref name="TheLast">''The Last: Naruto the Movie''</ref>
   
=== Kakashi Hatake ===
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=== Jiraiya ===
{{Quote|''In the ninja world, those who break the rules are trash, that's true, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 8, page 19</ref>}}
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[[File:Jiraiya and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto with his mentor and godfather, Jiraiya.]]
[[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. It is revealed over the course of the fight against Obito that Kakashi admires Naruto's will as sees his old friend's will inside his student which gave Kakashi the strength required to defeat him.
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Inarguably one of the closest relationships Naruto ever had, [[Jiraiya]] indirectly played a role in his life even before he was born, as he was mentor to both Minato 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}}.
   
=== Ebisu ===
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While ultimately more perverted than Naruto, Jiraiya had many similarities to his godson from a desire to bring world peace to an unrequited affection for their respective female team-mates. 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 Obito and Naruto argued about dreams, Naruto answered back that he thought of Jiraiya as a hero.
{{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"/>
 
   
=== Jiraiya ===
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=== Hinata Hyūga ===
{{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>}}
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In their childhood days, Naruto first met [[Hinata Hyūga]] while they were preparing to enroll at the [[Academy]]. Despite not knowing her, Naruto refused to let a group of three bullies insult Hinata and came to her defence, but was outnumbered and easily beaten, with his red scarf trampled over by them. Surprised by how much Naruto stood up for someone he didn't know, Hinata thanked him while Naruto let her keep the scarf since it was ruined.<ref name="TheLast" /> Ever since then, Hinata developed a strong admiration towards Naruto, and because he was treated as an outcast by almost everyone in the village, she found herself able to relate with his desire to be acknowledged and praised. She was also amazed that despite having nothing and no one to rely on, Naruto never gave up in believing he could become something great like Hokage. Inspired by his determination, Hinata ultimately decided to try her best to become strong so she could be acknowledged as well, and adopted Naruto's [[nindō]] of never giving up. Her admiration for Naruto eventually grew into love.
[[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}}.
 
   
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.
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Because of his socially ostracised childhood, Naruto was unaware that Hinata had feelings for him. However, he held her in high regard because of her desire to change herself and be acknowledged. During the [[Chūnin Exams]], Naruto had cheered for Hinata in her match against Neji after watching her cousin's attempt at verbally abusing her into giving up, and even vowed with her blood to defeat Neji in her place.<ref>Chapter 78, pages, 16-17</ref><ref name="ch81">Chapter 81, page 8</ref> A month later, when Naruto revealed to Hinata about his growing doubts on the upcoming match and his own abilities, 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 weird girl, he really liked a person like her.<ref>Chapter 98, pages 8-14</ref> As Naruto departed to train with Jiraiya, Hinata watched him leave, but was unable to bring herself to say goodbye to him. As he left, she vowed to become stronger, and to work as hard as he did.<ref>Chapter 238, page 19</ref>
   
=== Fukasaku ===
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[[File:Hinata & naruto.png|thumb|Hinata intervenes to protect Naruto.]]
[[File:Attempt.png|thumb|Fukasaku and Naruto.]]
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During [[Pain]]'s [[Pain's Assault|assault]] on Konoha, Hinata immediately came into the fray after she saw Naruto being [[Chakra Receiver Manifestation|pinned down]] by the Akatsuki leader. Worried about her safety, Naruto demanded Hinata to stay away from the fight, but despite knowing that she stood no chance against Pain, Hinata refused to leave and confessed her love and willingness to protect Naruto, even at the cost of her own life. Left speechless upon hearing her confession, Naruto instantly erupted into a rage after he saw Pain stabbing Hinata, allowing Kurama to take control and continue the battle.<ref>Chapter 437, pages 8-16</ref> Later, once Kurama was suppressed, Naruto became very distressed at the thought that he might have killed Hinata and the villagers while he was under the fox's influence, but was brought to tears of relief upon learning that she and the others were still alive.<ref>Chapter 441, pages 6-7</ref> After her wounds were healed by Sakura, Hinata shed tears of joy and relief over the news that Naruto had defeated Pain and he safely returned to the village, and was later seen smiling as everyone celebrated Naruto's victory.<ref>Chapter 443, pages 7-8</ref><ref>Chapter 450, pages 4-5</ref>
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 ==
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[[File:Naruto gives Hinata power.png|thumb|left|Naruto and Hinata connected.]]
=== Konoha 11 ===
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During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after one of Naruto's shadow clones helped Hinata and the [[Second Division]] defeat a group of [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu clones]], she began to lament the fact that though she wanted to protect Naruto, he ended up saving her instead. However, Naruto saw Hinata feeling down on herself and reassured her that she was strong, recounting her coming to his aid against Pain, to which she silently thanked him for.<ref>Chapter 559, pages 3-6</ref> Later on, when Obito attempted to shatter Naruto's belief in himself after Neji sacrificed own his life to protect both Naruto and Hinata from the [[Ten-Tails]], Hinata slapped Naruto out of it by telling him that if his life was connected with everyone who shared his beliefs and were willing to sacrifice themselves for him, he should not give in to despair and have Neji die in vain, reminding him of their shared nindō. 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 and the rest of the Shinobi Alliance.<ref>Chapters 614-617</ref>
[[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, 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 ====
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Two years after the war, Hinata had fixed Naruto's old red scarf and planned to give it to him as a personal gift of love at the [[Rinne Festival]] to once again confess her feelings for him, but encountered problems such as her own shyness and the [[Naruto's Fan Girls|new competition]] with the many young women for Naruto's affections due to his new-found popularity. When Hinata finally made an attempt to give it to him, she saw Naruto wearing a scarf his late mother had knitted for him, which made her sadly back down as she thought it was given by another girl. When [[Toneri Ōtsutsuki]] kidnapped [[Hanabi]], Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai, and Shikamaru were deployed to go and rescue her. While on the mission, they get caught in the [[Gatekeeper]]'s [[Genjutsu Ball Trap|genjutsu ball trap]], which caused them all to drift into a sleep and dream about their own memories. However, inside the trap, the red scarf accidently got out of Hinata's bag and began to wrap around Naruto, allowing her memories to flow into his. Left utterly bewildered after witnessing how long Hinata had loved and acknowledged him, Naruto became fiercely protective of her, even bashful in her presence. When the team arrived in an abandoned [[Ōtsutsuki clan]] village, Naruto saw Hinata knitting the red scarf and realised it was for him, to which he decided to stop wearing his mother's scarf. As he spent time interacting with Hinata, Naruto began to experience a special kind of happiness he had never felt before and realise that her being was irreplaceable and essential to him, and eventually, in their moment alone, confessed his feelings to her, which left her speechless.
{{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.]]
 
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. Naruto had feelings for Sakura that have gone unreciprocated as she in turn has feelings for Sasuke instead.
 
   
Back in the [[Academy]] days, Sakura, like most of their other peers, disliked Naruto because she considered him a lost cause and an annoyance. Sakura was rather disrespectful to Naruto at the start of Part I, even going as far to criticise Naruto's behaviour and blaming it on him not having any parents to reprimand him. However, this offended Sasuke when she shared this belief, prompting 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, though she still had a tendency to side with Sasuke over him or lash out at him whenever he pestered her to go on dates or acted idiotically. However, Sakura did make good on her resolution to be nicer to Naruto, as shown when she explained the [[Tree Climbing Practice]] during their mission in the [[Land of Waves]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 19, page 13</ref> and was 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 ended 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>
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[[File:Naruto and Hinata kiss.png|thumb|Naruto and Hinata's first kiss.]]
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However, driven to save her sister and destroy the [[Tenseigan (Energy Vessel)|Tenseigan]], Hinata gave the red scarf to Naruto and said goodbye to him as she left with Toneri who suddenly appeared to them, much to Naruto's shock and confusion. As Naruto was chasing after them, Toneri attacked Naruto by draining almost all of his chakra, leaving him unconscious along with the scarf being destroyed. After recovering three days later, Naruto fell into a great depression and came very close to giving up on everything, but it wasn't until Sakura consoled him about how deep and unwavering Hinata's feelings truly were that his strength had returned and set out to rescue her. The team then stormed into Toneri's castle, with Naruto arriving just in time to disrupt the wedding ceremony, angering Toneri. To humiliate Naruto, Toneri forced the [[Puppet-Cursing Sphere|brainwashed]] Hinata to attack him, but he managed to free her from Toneri's control, to which in the process, saw Hinata's recent memories, including her attempt at making a replacement scarf, only for it to be callously destroyed by Toneri. Hinata apologised to Naruto for breaking his heart, to which he replied that he already forgave her. As Naruto and Hinata regrouped with the rest of the team (including Hanabi) after the two [[Gentle Step Spiralling Twin Lion Fists|destroyed]] the Tenseigan, Naruto then happily took a small remnant of Hinata's scarf, saying that even in its ruined state, he would cherish it, which left her on the brink of tears of joy by his kind gesture.
   
When Naruto returned to Konoha after his two-and-a-half year-long training, upon their reunion, she briefly flirted with him but Naruto, being thick-headed as ever, did not realise it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 245, page 13</ref> Sakura was quickly partnered with him afterwards as they both became 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, bearing great resemblances to that of their mentors, Jiraiya and Tsunade. 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, page 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 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> 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>
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[[File:New Uzumaki family.png|thumb|left|Naruto and Hinata's new family.]]
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After Naruto defeated Toneri and saved the shinobi world, Hinata asked Naruto about his scarf he was wearing earlier, to which he revealed it was knitted by his [[Kushina Uzumaki|late mother]], leaving Hinata relieved. He then reiterated his love for Hinata and even proposed, with the two sharing their first kiss upon returning to Earth. After several months of dating, Naruto and Hinata got married and started a family together with a son and daughter.<ref name="TheLast" /><ref>''After The Last''</ref><ref>''Sakura Hiden''</ref><ref>''Konoha Hiden''</ref>
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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> 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 answered with a "sort of", though his answer prompted Sakura to strike him for lying and told him to focus on the situation at hand.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 631, page 6</ref> Afterwards, when Naruto told her to stay behind while he and Sasuke fought the Ten-Tails, Sakura told him that she also trained with a [[Sannin]] and would fight along them as their equal, to which Naruto smiled and agreed.
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=== Children ===
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[[File:Naruto family.png|thumb|Naruto and Hinata with their children.]]
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Naruto's first child is a boy named [[Boruto]], with a good talent and an appearance similar to him. His second is a lovely girl named [[Himawari]]. Naruto has shown signs of a loving parent towards his two children, often playing with them whenever he has free time.<ref name="TheLast" />
   
==== Hinata Hyūga ====
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Naruto's promotion to Hokage has him spending less time with his family than he used to, which made Boruto jealous that he had to share his father with the rest of the village, so he did pranks to get his attention. Despite reprimanding Boruto for his behaviour, Naruto understood what his son wanted and spent some time to inspire him to endure any hardship as a true shinobi would.<ref name="ch700">Chapter 700</ref> Eventually, Naruto reached a compromise by using his shadow clones to play hide-and-seek with Boruto, with the condition that he can't use [[Sage Mode]] since that'd make the game too easy, which also helped with his son's training.<ref>Chapter 701, pages 10-15</ref>
{{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>}}
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[[File:Hinata defends naruto.jpg|thumb|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,<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 and crush on 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.<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 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>
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== Konoha Ninja ==
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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>Chapter 422, page 2</ref><ref>Chapter 426, pages 12-16</ref> Two years after ending the war, with Naruto becoming a hero to the entire world, he has gained much fame and popularity throughout the land, regularly receiving gifts from the villagers and women swooning over him, including visitors who came from different parts of the world just to see him.<ref name="TheLast" />
   
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 die for him. 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 resealed, Naruto was brought to tears of relief upon learning that Hinata was safe.<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 at his side once the war ended.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, pages 9-10</ref>
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=== Iruka Umino ===
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[[File:Iruka-popsicle.png|thumb|Iruka comforting Naruto over Jiraiya's death.]]
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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 that the boy acted out with his antics to be acknowledged, just 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, becoming the first person to do so. Ultimately, Naruto began looking to Iruka as a father-figure, as he noted to Sasuke at the [[Valley of the End]].
   
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 be at Naruto's side.<ref name="chapt633"/>
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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. Naruto upon reading the message swallowed it to keep his sensei's words close to him. Iruka was assured by Killer B that he and his teachings are with Naruto in his heart. Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Iruka watched on proudly as Naruto finally achieved his lifelong dream of becoming Hokage. Iruka also notes that Naruto's son Boruto tends to ironically act like his father in pulling pranks for attention from Naruto.
   
==== Neji Hyūga ====
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=== Hiruzen Sarutobi ===
{{Quote|''Naruto… sometimes your eyes are even better than mine.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 193, page 4</ref>}}
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[[File:Hiruzen and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Hiruzen.]]
[[File:Neji's Fight With Naruto.PNG|thumb|Naruto battling Neji.]]
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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 paid his respects to the Hokage at the ceremony for the sacrifices he made for the village. Likewise, he was very verbal about his anger towards people insulting Hiruzen's memory. Thanks to Hiruzen's teachings and value, Naruto would continue to help and protect the village after his death.
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.
 
   
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.
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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]] in its tree form, a half-conscious Naruto sincerely thanked Hiruzen, happy to see him again.
   
==== Rock Lee ====
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=== Konohamaru Sarutobi ===
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.
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[[File:Naruto's fav. student.png|thumb|Naruto and Konohamaru.]]
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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 simply 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 him. Having trained under Naruto 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.<ref>Chapter 428, pages 4-6</ref>
   
==== Shikamaru Nara ====
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=== Team 7 ===
{{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>}}
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==== Sasuke Uchiha ====
[[File:Leaf Concentration Practice.JPG|thumb|Naruto and the other "dead lasts" in the Academy.]]
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[[File:Young sasuke and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Sasuke in their Academy days.]]
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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Naruto's relationship with [[Sasuke Uchiha]] was the highlight of the majority of his life. Their relationship was complicated, especially due to the circumstances of their ancestors' feud dating back to the beginning of Shinobi; Naruto and Sasuke are the latest reincarnations of [[Asura]] and [[Indra Ōtsutsuki]], the sons of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]].
   
==== Chōji Akimichi ====
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When he first met with Sasuke back in the Academy days, Naruto wanted to befriend him, 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 pain of being an orphan well enough, to the point of taking offence to Sakura blaming Naruto's stupidity on him not having parents.<ref name="ch3">Chapter 3, pages 21-24</ref> As the series progressed, Naruto came to view Sasuke as a brother. In turn, Sasuke gained respect for Naruto, and saw him as a dear friend and rival until the events of the Chūnin Exams convinced him to defect from Konoha to train under Orochimaru to achieve his goal to avenge his clan against his brother Itachi, one prime reason was realising that Naruto was starting to surpass him.
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.
 
   
==== Kiba Inuzuka ====
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Even after failing to stop Sasuke from leaving, Naruto still strived to bring him back home as a promise to Sakura despite Sasuke's willing defection and eventual corruption. When Naruto came to understand both the nature of the cycle of hatred and the reason behind Sasuke's malice, his desire to save him grew even stronger.<ref>Chapter 451, pages 8-10</ref><ref>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, begging the [[Fourth Raikage]], who had branded Sasuke an international criminal following his attack on Kumogakure, to pardon Sasuke for his crimes against his village.<ref>Chapter 454, pages 9-13</ref><ref>Chapter 457, pages 9-10</ref>
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 13</ref>
 
   
==== Ino Yamanaka ====
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Naruto would later learn that Obito turned Sasuke even further against Konoha by telling him why the Uchiha clan was killed off. According to him, Naruto and Sasuke were mortal enemies, whose respective embodiments of the [[Will of Fire]] and the [[Curse of Hatred]] were fated to clash. It was then that Naruto revealed to Sakura that his wish to bring Sasuke back to Konoha was no longer fueled by the promise he made to her, but rather his own desire to save his best friend. 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 viability 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 had not changed and their innate rivalry still caused Naruto and Sasuke to challenge each other in every way, even more so when Sasuke announced his desire to become Hokage, and Sasuke's witnessing of Naruto's new-found abilities on the battlefield during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
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.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 175</ref>
 
   
==== Shino Aburame ====
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[[File:Naruto & Sasuke together.png|thumb|left|Naruto and Sasuke's battle comes to an end.]]
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>
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Later, when both Naruto and Sasuke met Hagoromo and learning of their status as reincarnations, Naruto declared that even though they were not real brothers, he was confident that together they could change the world. Sasuke, meanwhile, acknowledged Naruto as his best and only friend, but would have to kill him to "erase the past". After they successfully [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei|sealed]] Kaguya, Sasuke revealed his intent to begin a revolution and noted that Naruto was the only one capable of stopping him. Hagoromo somberly believed this was a result of the constant fighting between his sons, but Naruto was quick to state he was not Asura and Sasuke was not Indra, and he also revealed his intent to end the brothers' feud and his feud with Sasuke. The two engaged in an arduous battle, with both teens losing their dominant arms as a result. Lying together as they waited to be rescued, Naruto explained that even after everything they had put each other through, he and Sasuke were still friends. Brought to tears by Naruto's resolve, Sasuke forfeited the fight, realising that he was always envious of Naruto, just like how he had been envious of Itachi. With their friendship restored, the two were able to undo the Infinite Tsukuyomi together, and thus finally ended the feud of Asura and Indra. After the war, Naruto used his influence as a hero to absolve Sasuke of his status as an international criminal. As Sasuke once again left the village to travel the world, Naruto came to greet him and gave returned the forehead protector Sasuke had discarded before his defection, with the surrogate brothers promising to one day skirmish again.<ref>Chapters 694-699</ref>
   
==== Tenten ====
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Two years later, Sasuke briefly returned to Konoha to stop a meteor from destroying it, stating that only he could protect the village in Naruto's absence.<ref name="TheLast" />
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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=== Hiruzen Sarutobi ===
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==== Sakura Haruno ====
[[File:Hiruzen and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Hiruzen.]]
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[[File:Naruto and Sakura databook 2.jpg|thumb|Naruto and his team-mate, Sakura.]]
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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Back in the Academy days, [[Sakura Haruno]] considered Naruto an annoyance because of his constant antics. She even went as far as to accredit Naruto's 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" /> 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>Chapter 19, page 13</ref> She 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>Chapter 43 pages 12-14</ref> Later, when she learned from Sasuke that Naruto was the one who saved her from Gaara during the [[Konoha Crush]], she was surprised, but grateful. When Sasuke defected from Konoha, Naruto, aware of her feelings for their former team-mate, promised Sakura that he would do everything in his power to bring Sasuke back to her.<ref>Chapter 183, pages 12-14</ref> Despite Naruto's failure, Sakura was inspired by his determination to fulfil his promise, and became Tsunade's apprentice to help Naruto retrieve Sasuke.<ref>Chapter 236, pages 12-20</ref>
   
=== Konohamaru Sarutobi ===
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Even after Naruto returned from his training with Jiraiya after two-and-a-half years, both he and Sakura displayed that their friendship had not suffered during the time apart and continued to grow, bearing great resemblances to those of their [[Sannin]] masters. Shortly after learning that the Akatsuki was targeting Naruto because he was a jinchūriki, Sakura became protective of him and constantly tried to repay the many things he has done for her. Some time after [[Pain's assault]] on Konoha, when Sai, remembering his conversation with Naruto, informed Sakura that the strain of making her happy and fulfilling his promise to her to save Sasuke 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>Chapter 457, pages 11-12</ref><ref>Chapter 458, pages 13-16</ref><ref>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>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 even if both were to die, 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>Chapter 487, pages 9-10</ref>
{{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.]]
 
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 ===
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When the Fourth Shinobi World War reached its climax, Sakura resolved to aid Naruto in fighting against Obito, Madara, and the Ten-Tails, stating that he didn't need to carry the burden alone and that everyone would be there to help him.<ref>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>Chapter 630, pages 8-9</ref> Later, after Yang-Kurama was extracted from Naruto, Sakura expressed great concern when he was in critical condition and used her [[medical ninjutsu]] to keep her friend alive, swearing she would not let him die when was close to achieve his goal in becoming Hokage.<ref>Chapter 663, pages 17-18</ref>
{{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>}}
 
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]].
 
   
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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Two years after the war, Sakura helped Naruto realise his feelings for Hinata, even noting that they are more genuine and real in comparison to his crush on Sakura, as it never went deeper than wanting to win her over as another means of competing with Sasuke, whom she has feelings for. Some time after they succeeded their mission to save Hinata's sister [[Hanabi]], Sakura was one of the many guests that attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding.<ref name="TheLast" />
   
=== Sai ===
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==== Kakashi Hatake ====
{{Quote|''This… is what it means to have friends… I understand it perfectly… Naruto.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 573, page 13</ref>}}
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[[File:Kakashi and Naruto.PNG|thumb|Naruto alongside his sensei, Kakashi.]]
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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[[Kakashi Hatake]] is the leader of Team 7, the squad Naruto was assigned to after becoming a [[genin]], and one of his first mentors. Initially seeing Naruto as a slacker who didn't understand camaraderie, Kakashi soon came to understand that Naruto's unpredictability was his greatest asset and also came to believe in the young man he labeled Konoha's "Show-Off, Number One Unpredictable, Noisy 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]], and realised not long after that Naruto had surpassed him as well. 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 Naruto learned of Kakashi's death at the hands of [[Pain]], he was enraged and later noted Kakashi as one of the many reasons Naruto had to hate him.
   
=== Yamato ===
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Kakashi sees much of his beloved friend Obito inside Naruto and has noted that his ideals and personality are much like the Uchiha's when he was a child. Kakashi also sees some of his sensei (and Naruto's father), Minato Namikaze, in Naruto so much that he momentarily mistook him for the Fourth Hokage upon seeing him in Tailed Beast Mode for the first time. When Kakashi began to falter against Obito, he looked to Naruto for inspiration; seeing him as a representative of the old Obito, Kakashi realized the only way he could protect that was to kill the current Obito.
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 ===
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Years after the war, Kakashi, now the Sixth Hokage, came to trust in Naruto's capabilities enough to name him his successor as the Seventh.
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.
 
   
=== Itachi Uchiha ===
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==== Sai ====
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 [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|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.
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[[File:Sai stops Karui.png|thumb|Sai standing up for Naruto.]]
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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 be 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 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 [[Itachi's Crow|a crow]] in Naruto's body with hopes that he may never need to use it.
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=== Shikamaru Nara ===
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[[File:Ep88choji.png|thumb|Naruto and the other "dead lasts" in the Academy.]]
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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 compelled 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 some ways, Shikamaru had became one of Naruto's best friends and strongest bonds among his male friends.
   
Eventually, after Itachi's death, the crow is revealed to be embedded with [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s Sharingan with Itachi installing a [[Kotoamatsukami|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.
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During the Fourth Shinobi World War, when he was weakened by the [[Ten-Tails]], 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. Years after the war, this dream became true, as Shikamaru accompanied Naruto to the Five Kage Summit as both his advisor and personal bodyguard.<ref name="ch700" />
   
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.
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=== Rock Lee ===
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[[File:Lee Appears.png|thumb|Lee defending Naruto.]]
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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 admitted 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.
   
=== Nagato and Konan ===
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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. To strike the final blow on Obito, Naruto enabled Lee to wield a [[ninjutsu]] for the first time by giving him a Rasengan he created. When Lee questioned whether he could do it or not, Naruto gave a shout of encouragement.
{{Quote|''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.]]
 
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.
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=== Neji Hyūga ===
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[[File:Naruto vs Neji.png|thumb|Naruto battling Neji.]]
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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" /> 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.
   
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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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>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>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.
   
=== Jinchūriki and the Tailed Beasts ===
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After the war ended, Naruto and the rest of Konoha attended Neji's funeral, and Naruto was shown reflecting on the death of his friend.<ref>Chapter 699, page 13</ref>
[[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 the Six Paths]]. Later, the Ten-Tails itself sees the images of all the tailed beasts (except Gyūki) and the Sage's silhouette behind Naruto.<ref name="ch629">''Naruto'' chapter 629, page 5</ref> Even after the Ten-Tails has "consumed" the other tailed beasts, Naruto still plans on freeing them from it.<ref name="ch635">''Naruto'' chapter 635, page 11</ref>
 
   
==== Gaara and Shukaku ====
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=== Tsunade ===
{{Quote|''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>}}
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[[File:Naruto protects Tsunade.png|thumb|Naruto protecting Tsunade.]]
[[File:Naruto saves Gaara.png|thumb|Naruto's friendship with Gaara, a former enemy from Sunagakure.]]
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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]].
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 [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|extracting]] Shukaku. Though he criticised [[Chiyo]] for sealing the tailed beast inside him, Naruto offered his chakra to her for Gaara's [[One's Own Life Reincarnation|revival]].
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Tsunade found Naruto similar to her younger brother [[Nawaki]] both in appearance and personality. In fact, the three are all descended from the [[Uzumaki clan]].
   
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.
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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 "grandma", and likewise he is the only one Tsunade has ever allowed to refer to her in such a manner. 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 was the only Kage who argued in favour of Naruto being allowed to fight with them. Though outvoted, the other Kage eventually agreed with her resolve. Watching Naruto head off into battle, Tsunade looked on with an expression of nostalgia, sadness, and pride on her face. Two years after the war, she attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding to congratulate them.<ref name="TheLast" />
   
The only time Naruto met [[Shukaku]] was during the failed Invasion of Konoha, where it attempted to kill him and [[Gamabunta]] on sight. Because it was not included in Tobi's Six Paths of Pain, Shukaku was the only tailed beast who had not come to terms with Naruto nor had the chance to once the Ten-Tails was revived. Despite this, the Ten-Tails sensed Shukaku's chakra within Naruto and Naruto did express his desire to release Shukaku along with the other tailed beasts from the Ten-Tails.<ref name="ch629"/><ref name="ch635"/>
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== Former Konoha Ninja ==
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=== Kabuto Yakushi ===
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[[File:Naruto vs. Kabuto.png|thumb|Naruto using Rasengan against Kabuto.]]
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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 worked under Orochimaru, Kabuto became his enemy and defeated him in a fight that nearly killed him were it not for Tsunade.
   
==== Killer B and Gyūki ====
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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 [[Power (Arc)|Power arc]], Naruto only faced the shinobi that Kabuto reincarnated for the Fourth Shinobi World War.
[[File:B intercepts.png|thumb|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.
 
   
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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=== Itachi Uchiha ===
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[[File:Itachi's Genjutsu.png|thumb|Naruto talking to Itachi.]]
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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 [[Uchiha Clan Downfall|downfall 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.
   
== Rivals and Enemies ==
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When encountered by Itachi again years later, Itachi seemed to express concern over Naruto being alone and asked to talk with him. Naruto refused, intending to capture Itachi and use him to bring Sasuke back to the village. Itachi questioned why Naruto would go so far for Sasuke, and Naruto told him that Sasuke was more of a brother to him than to Itachi. This made Itachi smile, but he still put him under genjutsu. In the genjutsu, Itachi asked Naruto what he would do if Sasuke were to attack the village, and Naruto stated he would save Sasuke and Konoha; although Itachi questioned that he might have to endure hardships, Naruto simply responded with his [[nindō]]. Unbeknownst to Naruto, this caused Itachi to acknowledge Naruto and trust him to redeem Sasuke. Taking his leave, Itachi placed [[Itachi's Crow|a crow]] containing chakra in Naruto's body with hopes that he may never need to use it.
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 ===
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Eventually, after Itachi's death, the crow is revealed to be embedded with [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s Sharingan with Itachi installing a [[Kotoamatsukami|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 Downfall, 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. After Nagato was sealed away, he decided to depart to stop Kabuto and release all the reincarnated ninja to give their side a fighting chance, leaving Naruto and Killer B to deal with Sasuke and Madara. Naruto, however, declared he would accomplish both tasks on his own. Seeing that Naruto was becoming arrogant, Itachi told him to put his faith in his comrades as they had put their faith in him. He also told Naruto that being the Hokage means to be able to care for the village while also gaining utmost acknowledgement from them beforehand. This changed Naruto's worldview and gave him a new incentive to become Hokage.
{{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.]]
 
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.
 
   
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>
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=== Obito Uchiha ===
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[[File:Naruto and Obito.png|thumb|Kakashi points out the similarities between Naruto and Obito's former self.]]
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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 in to hatred and despair, and later became his ally in the fight against Madara and Kaguya after having a positive change of heart. Though he saw Naruto of no concern, Obito had 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 distracted 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 Downfall 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 were fated to battle each other.
   
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. He also stated his intention to become Hokage and correct the mistakes of the previous ones, which riled Naruto up in a way similar to their old days as comrades and rivals.
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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 was 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 was 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 told Obito that the only difference between them was that he wanted 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>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>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 [[Outer Path — 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>Chapter 659, pages 9-10</ref>
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[[File:Obito's final moments.png|left|thumb|A reformed Obito bids farewell to Naruto after saving his life.]]
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Naruto's and Obito's lives crossed once again when the latter stopped Black Zetsu from giving the just stolen Yin-Kurama to Madara, who recently became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. Taking a small portion of Shukaku and Gyūki's chakra from Madara and transferring them to the dying Naruto (who had Yang-Kurama extracted from him by Madara), Obito managed to save Naruto's life and allowed him to gain portions of chakra from all the tailed beasts.<ref>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>Chapter 683</ref> Later, Obito would take [[All-Killing Ash Bones|a fatal blow]] for Naruto, leaving Naruto to try and desperately heal him. Obito, knowing his time was up, however, made final amends with Naruto and willed his dream of Hokage to him before dying at Naruto's side. Naruto was enraged when Black Zetsu continued to mock him after his death. In the end, Naruto looked up to Obito for wanting to become Hokage, protect his friends, and make peace, something he had always related to, going so far as to call him "awesome".
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== Non-Konoha Ninja ==
 
=== Zabuza Momochi and Haku ===
 
=== Zabuza Momochi and Haku ===
[[File:Water Release Water Clone.png|thumb|Naruto's first encounter with Zabuza.]]
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[[File:Naruto vs Haku.PNG|thumb|Naruto talking with Haku.]]
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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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.
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When Naruto reprimanded Zabuza for not appreciating Haku's actions after hearing the older shinobi talking ill of Haku's sacrifice, Zabuza, who was hiding his actual feelings of sadness for someone he grew to care about, finally opened his heart and killed his [[Gatō|former employer]], before he died 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 encountered Kakashi, who revealed that Naruto had grown into a fine and well-known shinobi since their deaths.
   
=== Orochimaru ===
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=== Nagato and Konan ===
{{Quote|''This child… intrigues me to no end!''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 293, page 15</ref>}}
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[[File:Naruto meets nagato.png|thumb|Naruto meeting Nagato and Konan.]]
[[File:Gathering of the Snakes.PNG|thumb|Naruto vs. Orochimaru.]]
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Like Naruto and his father, [[Nagato]] and [[Konan]] were apprentices under Jiraiya. However, events resulting from the death of their friend [[Yahiko]], particularity at the hands of certain [[Hanzō|power-hungry]] [[Danzō Shimura|ninja]], 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 was facing. After defeating Pain, one of six corpses that Nagato used as a vessel for his Deva Path ability, Naruto confronted Nagato. Though angry at Nagato for killing their mentor and destroying Konoha, Naruto asked him how, as a fellow student of Jiraiya, could he 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.
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.
 
   
=== Kabuto Yakushi ===
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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, something this meeting would ultimately drive Naruto to pursue. 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 even in her final moments.
{{Quote|''You should know what it's like, Naruto, the pain of not having a true identity.''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 356, pages 15</ref>}}
 
[[File:Attack! Fury of the Rasengan!.JPG|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.
 
   
=== Obito Uchiha ===
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After Nagato's [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnation]], he was 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 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.
{{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>}}
 
[[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 into 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 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 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 loathes Obito for his nihilism, openly expressing disgust at nearly everything Obito said to him.
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=== Jinchūriki and the Tailed Beasts ===
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[[File:Jinchūriki.jpg|thumb|Naruto and the other most recent jinchūriki.]]
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Although he didn't know all of them personally, the [[jinchūriki]] and the [[tailed beasts]] were 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 jinchūriki. Naruto understood their pain and resolved to free them from Obito's control, which in turn convinced Kurama enough to trust the human as Naruto was taken into the tailed beasts' shared subconscious with the other jinchūriki. As stated by [[Han]], Naruto's words and actions also allowed the tailed beasts and their jinchūriki to get along and come together on [[Son Gokū]]'s behalf.
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[[File:FistBump.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts sharing their chakra and putting their faith in Naruto.]]
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The jinchūriki and their tailed beasts each introduced 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>Chapters 651-652</ref><ref>Chapter 654, pages 14-15</ref> The tailed beasts had collectively agreed that Naruto was the one spoken about by [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], and began to aid Naruto in fighting against the [[Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revived]] Madara,<ref>Chapters 656-658</ref> and later [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], lending him their [[Sage Art: Super Tailed Beast Rasenshuriken|powers]].
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[[File:Gaara awakens.png|thumb|Naruto's friendship with Gaara, a former enemy from Sunagakure.]]
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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 [[Konoha Crush]], 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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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 [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|extracting]] [[Shukaku]]. Though he criticised [[Chiyo]] for sealing the tailed beast inside him, Naruto offered his chakra to her for Gaara's [[One's Own Life Reincarnation|revival]].
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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.
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When they met again on the battlefield during the Fourth Shinobi World War, his earlier decision motivated by the need to protect his friend, Gaara eventually came to accept that he 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. When Yang-Kurama was extracted from Naruto, Gaara went to extreme lengths to keep him alive, such as battling Madara after he became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. After Naruto was revived, he told Naruto that he wished to share a cup of sake with him after he became Hokage.
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Two years after the war, Gaara argued in favour of not destroying the [[moon]], as Naruto and [[Hanabi Rescue Team|his team]] were still there. He later attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding, while shaking hands with Hinata.<ref name="TheLast" />
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[[File:B and Naruto.PNG|thumb|Naruto and B bumping fists.]]
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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, [[Fourth Raikage|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.
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Naruto Nakama Anime

Naruto's many friends, allies, and mentors.

Due to his friendly nature, tenacity, empathy, and unique charisma, Naruto Uzumaki has built many relationships over the course of the series that have defined him and others.

Kurama Edit

Naruto meets Kurama

Naruto's first encounter with 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 ostracised by most of the villagers and his peers. Even after learning the truth, the isolation only convinced Naruto to desire their acknowledgement.

Although Naruto had access to its immense chakra, Kurama plotted to use the young shinobi's dependence on its power to gain control over him and eventually break free from the seal. Their relationship soon became even more antagonistic when Naruto discovered this drawback and that he could potentially kill his comrades while under the fox's influence, which made him resolve to rely on his own power and find other ways to get stronger. However, after his close victory against Pain, Naruto realised that even though he had mastered Sage Mode, he could still not avoid using Kurama's power and sought Killer B, the jinchūriki of Gyūki, to learn how to control it. With his mother and B's help, Naruto managed to best Kurama in combat, and separate and take most of its chakra.[1]

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The change in dynamics between Naruto and Kurama.

During the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War, despite Kurama telling him that shouldering the hatred of an entire war and Sasuke was futile, Naruto countered with brimming confidence that regardless of the odds, he would still do something about them, before the young shinobi promised to someday resolve the fox's own hatred as well.[2][3] Although reproaching him for making such a claim, Kurama 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.[4] 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.[5] Kurama — having witnessed all of the challenges and endeavours Naruto had in his life — stood by to see if he could truly aid its brethren through his actions.[6] 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 the young shinobi then removed the seal that restrained it and happily acknowledged the fox as his team-mate from Konohagakure.[7]

Their relationship has greatly improved by this action, as shown when Kurama teased Naruto about his first kiss with Sasuke.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Later, despite the Yang half of Kurama being freed from its seal within Naruto, the fox without arguement agreed to Hagoromo's request for it to return within Naruto, showing that it had grown to like his companionship, despite refusing to admit it to others. Two years later, having been restored to its complete self with its other half, Kurama is shown willing to fight alongside Naruto both from within his subconscious and alongside the ninja as two separate entities. Ultimately, Kurama fully adjust to being inside Naruto, able to casually sleep.

Family Edit

Minato Namikaze Edit

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Minato placing his trust in Naruto.

Despite not knowing that the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze was his father, Naruto had expressed the utmost respect for him. 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.[12]

On his way to the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto defended his parents with vigour when the Fourth Raikage insulted Minato on how he failed as the "Children of the Prophecy" upon his death.[13] Naruto also explained to the Raikage that despite the fact his parents died shortly after he was born, their love and faith in him made him strong.[14]

Naruto would later fight alongside his reincarnated father against the Ten-Tails during the war where Minato not only became proud of how far his son had come as a shinobi, but was also reminded so much of how he was fighting alongside Kushina, moving him to tears of joy.[15] After Kaguya's defeat, Minato and the spirits of the other deceased Kage summoned back Naruto's team, the tailed beasts, and an unconscious Madara from the princess's dimension. Before departing, Minato had one final conversation with Naruto, congratulating him for finally ending the war and wished him a happy birthday, with Naruto promising to do his best to follow the teachings Kushina and Minato left him.

Kushina Uzumaki Edit

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Kushina thanks her son before fading into the afterlife.

During his training to control Kurama's power, Naruto tearfully embraced his mother Kushina Uzumaki when her chakra imprint came to his aid. Naruto found his mother is similar to him in terms of personality, and also complimented on her red hair as "beautiful". After learning how his parents met each other, 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 them, instead feeling glad to be their son.[16][17]

After his father's passing in Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto explained to Hagoromo how his mother Kushina was a truly good person compared to the heartless Kaguya.[18]

Two years after the war, Naruto found a teal and light blue striped scarf knitted by his mother and began treasuring and wearing it to honour her memory. However, this unknowingly interfered with Hinata's attempts to give Naruto a red scarf she knitted to confess her feelings for him. He would later stop wearing his mother's scarf after realising his own feelings for Hinata.[19]

Jiraiya Edit

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Naruto with his mentor and godfather, Jiraiya.

Inarguably one of the closest relationships Naruto ever had, Jiraiya indirectly played a role in his life even before he was born, as he was mentor to both Minato 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 ultimately more perverted than Naruto, Jiraiya had many similarities to his godson from a desire to bring world peace to an unrequited affection for their respective female team-mates. 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 Obito and Naruto argued about dreams, Naruto answered back that he thought of Jiraiya as a hero.

Hinata Hyūga Edit

In their childhood days, Naruto first met Hinata Hyūga while they were preparing to enroll at the Academy. Despite not knowing her, Naruto refused to let a group of three bullies insult Hinata and came to her defence, but was outnumbered and easily beaten, with his red scarf trampled over by them. Surprised by how much Naruto stood up for someone he didn't know, Hinata thanked him while Naruto let her keep the scarf since it was ruined.[19] Ever since then, Hinata developed a strong admiration towards Naruto, and because he was treated as an outcast by almost everyone in the village, she found herself able to relate with his desire to be acknowledged and praised. She was also amazed that despite having nothing and no one to rely on, Naruto never gave up in believing he could become something great like Hokage. Inspired by his determination, Hinata ultimately decided to try her best to become strong so she could be acknowledged as well, and adopted Naruto's nindō of never giving up. Her admiration for Naruto eventually grew into love.

Because of his socially ostracised childhood, Naruto was unaware that Hinata had feelings for him. However, he held her in high regard because of her desire to change herself and be acknowledged. During the Chūnin Exams, Naruto had cheered for Hinata in her match against Neji after watching her cousin's attempt at verbally abusing her into giving up, and even vowed with her blood to defeat Neji in her place.[20][21] A month later, when Naruto revealed to Hinata about his growing doubts on the upcoming match and his own abilities, 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 weird girl, he really liked a person like her.[22] As Naruto departed to train with Jiraiya, Hinata watched him leave, but was unable to bring herself to say goodbye to him. As he left, she vowed to become stronger, and to work as hard as he did.[23]

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Hinata intervenes to protect Naruto.

During Pain's assault on Konoha, Hinata immediately came into the fray after she saw Naruto being pinned down by the Akatsuki leader. Worried about her safety, Naruto demanded Hinata to stay away from the fight, but despite knowing that she stood no chance against Pain, Hinata refused to leave and confessed her love and willingness to protect Naruto, even at the cost of her own life. Left speechless upon hearing her confession, Naruto instantly erupted into a rage after he saw Pain stabbing Hinata, allowing Kurama to take control and continue the battle.[24] Later, once Kurama was suppressed, Naruto became very distressed at the thought that he might have killed Hinata and the villagers while he was under the fox's influence, but was brought to tears of relief upon learning that she and the others were still alive.[25] After her wounds were healed by Sakura, Hinata shed tears of joy and relief over the news that Naruto had defeated Pain and he safely returned to the village, and was later seen smiling as everyone celebrated Naruto's victory.[26][27]

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Naruto and Hinata connected.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, after one of Naruto's shadow clones helped Hinata and the Second Division defeat a group of White Zetsu clones, she began to lament the fact that though she wanted to protect Naruto, he ended up saving her instead. However, Naruto saw Hinata feeling down on herself and reassured her that she was strong, recounting her coming to his aid against Pain, to which she silently thanked him for.[28] Later on, when Obito attempted to shatter Naruto's belief in himself after Neji sacrificed own his life to protect both Naruto and Hinata from the Ten-Tails, Hinata slapped Naruto out of it by telling him that if his life was connected with everyone who shared his beliefs and were willing to sacrifice themselves for him, he should not give in to despair and have Neji die in vain, reminding him of their shared nindō. 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 and the rest of the Shinobi Alliance.[29]

Two years after the war, Hinata had fixed Naruto's old red scarf and planned to give it to him as a personal gift of love at the Rinne Festival to once again confess her feelings for him, but encountered problems such as her own shyness and the new competition with the many young women for Naruto's affections due to his new-found popularity. When Hinata finally made an attempt to give it to him, she saw Naruto wearing a scarf his late mother had knitted for him, which made her sadly back down as she thought it was given by another girl. When Toneri Ōtsutsuki kidnapped Hanabi, Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai, and Shikamaru were deployed to go and rescue her. While on the mission, they get caught in the Gatekeeper's genjutsu ball trap, which caused them all to drift into a sleep and dream about their own memories. However, inside the trap, the red scarf accidently got out of Hinata's bag and began to wrap around Naruto, allowing her memories to flow into his. Left utterly bewildered after witnessing how long Hinata had loved and acknowledged him, Naruto became fiercely protective of her, even bashful in her presence. When the team arrived in an abandoned Ōtsutsuki clan village, Naruto saw Hinata knitting the red scarf and realised it was for him, to which he decided to stop wearing his mother's scarf. As he spent time interacting with Hinata, Naruto began to experience a special kind of happiness he had never felt before and realise that her being was irreplaceable and essential to him, and eventually, in their moment alone, confessed his feelings to her, which left her speechless.

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Naruto and Hinata's first kiss.

However, driven to save her sister and destroy the Tenseigan, Hinata gave the red scarf to Naruto and said goodbye to him as she left with Toneri who suddenly appeared to them, much to Naruto's shock and confusion. As Naruto was chasing after them, Toneri attacked Naruto by draining almost all of his chakra, leaving him unconscious along with the scarf being destroyed. After recovering three days later, Naruto fell into a great depression and came very close to giving up on everything, but it wasn't until Sakura consoled him about how deep and unwavering Hinata's feelings truly were that his strength had returned and set out to rescue her. The team then stormed into Toneri's castle, with Naruto arriving just in time to disrupt the wedding ceremony, angering Toneri. To humiliate Naruto, Toneri forced the brainwashed Hinata to attack him, but he managed to free her from Toneri's control, to which in the process, saw Hinata's recent memories, including her attempt at making a replacement scarf, only for it to be callously destroyed by Toneri. Hinata apologised to Naruto for breaking his heart, to which he replied that he already forgave her. As Naruto and Hinata regrouped with the rest of the team (including Hanabi) after the two destroyed the Tenseigan, Naruto then happily took a small remnant of Hinata's scarf, saying that even in its ruined state, he would cherish it, which left her on the brink of tears of joy by his kind gesture.

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Naruto and Hinata's new family.

After Naruto defeated Toneri and saved the shinobi world, Hinata asked Naruto about his scarf he was wearing earlier, to which he revealed it was knitted by his late mother, leaving Hinata relieved. He then reiterated his love for Hinata and even proposed, with the two sharing their first kiss upon returning to Earth. After several months of dating, Naruto and Hinata got married and started a family together with a son and daughter.[19][30][31][32]

Children Edit

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Naruto and Hinata with their children.

Naruto's first child is a boy named Boruto, with a good talent and an appearance similar to him. His second is a lovely girl named Himawari. Naruto has shown signs of a loving parent towards his two children, often playing with them whenever he has free time.[19]

Naruto's promotion to Hokage has him spending less time with his family than he used to, which made Boruto jealous that he had to share his father with the rest of the village, so he did pranks to get his attention. Despite reprimanding Boruto for his behaviour, Naruto understood what his son wanted and spent some time to inspire him to endure any hardship as a true shinobi would.[33] Eventually, Naruto reached a compromise by using his shadow clones to play hide-and-seek with Boruto, with the condition that he can't use Sage Mode since that'd make the game too easy, which also helped with his son's training.[34]

Konoha Ninja Edit

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.[35][36] Two years after ending the war, with Naruto becoming a hero to the entire world, he has gained much fame and popularity throughout the land, regularly receiving gifts from the villagers and women swooning over him, including visitors who came from different parts of the world just to see him.[19]

Iruka Umino Edit

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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 that the boy acted out with his antics to be acknowledged, just 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, becoming the first person to do so. 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. Naruto upon reading the message swallowed it to keep his sensei's words close to him. Iruka was assured by Killer B that he and his teachings are with Naruto in his heart. Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Iruka watched on proudly as Naruto finally achieved his lifelong dream of becoming Hokage. Iruka also notes that Naruto's son Boruto tends to ironically act like his father in pulling pranks for attention from Naruto.

Hiruzen Sarutobi Edit

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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 paid his respects to the Hokage at the ceremony for the sacrifices he made for the village. Likewise, he was very verbal about his anger towards people insulting Hiruzen's memory. 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 Ten-Tails in its tree form, a half-conscious Naruto sincerely thanked Hiruzen, happy to see him again.

Konohamaru Sarutobi Edit

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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 simply 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 him. Having trained under Naruto 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.[37]

Team 7 Edit

Sasuke Uchiha Edit

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Naruto and Sasuke in their Academy days.

Naruto's relationship with Sasuke Uchiha was the highlight of the majority of his life. Their relationship was complicated, especially due to the circumstances of their ancestors' feud dating back to the beginning of Shinobi; Naruto and Sasuke are the latest reincarnations of Asura and Indra Ōtsutsuki, the sons of the Sage of the Six Paths.

When he first met with Sasuke back in the Academy days, Naruto wanted to befriend him, 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 pain of being an orphan well enough, to the point of taking offence to Sakura blaming Naruto's stupidity on him not having parents.[38] As the series progressed, Naruto came to view Sasuke as a brother. In turn, Sasuke gained respect for Naruto, and saw him as a dear friend and rival until the events of the Chūnin Exams convinced him to defect from Konoha to train under Orochimaru to achieve his goal to avenge his clan against his brother Itachi, one prime reason was realising that Naruto was starting to surpass him.

Even after failing to stop Sasuke from leaving, Naruto still strived to bring him back home as a promise to Sakura despite Sasuke's willing defection and eventual corruption. When Naruto came to understand both the nature of the cycle of hatred and the reason behind Sasuke's malice, his desire to save him grew even stronger.[39][40] It became so immense that Naruto was willing to take physical abuse from the Kumo-nin rather than sell Sasuke out, begging the Fourth Raikage, who had branded Sasuke an international criminal following his attack on Kumogakure, to pardon Sasuke for his crimes against his village.[41][42]

Naruto would later learn that Obito turned Sasuke even further against Konoha by telling him why the Uchiha clan was killed off. According to him, Naruto and Sasuke were mortal enemies, whose respective embodiments of the Will of Fire and the Curse of Hatred were fated to clash. It was then that Naruto revealed to Sakura that his wish to bring Sasuke back to Konoha was no longer fueled by the promise he made to her, but rather his own desire to save his best friend. 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 viability 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 had not changed and their innate rivalry still caused Naruto and Sasuke to challenge each other in every way, even more so when Sasuke announced his desire to become Hokage, and Sasuke's witnessing of Naruto's new-found abilities on the battlefield during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

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Naruto and Sasuke's battle comes to an end.

Later, when both Naruto and Sasuke met Hagoromo and learning of their status as reincarnations, Naruto declared that even though they were not real brothers, he was confident that together they could change the world. Sasuke, meanwhile, acknowledged Naruto as his best and only friend, but would have to kill him to "erase the past". After they successfully sealed Kaguya, Sasuke revealed his intent to begin a revolution and noted that Naruto was the only one capable of stopping him. Hagoromo somberly believed this was a result of the constant fighting between his sons, but Naruto was quick to state he was not Asura and Sasuke was not Indra, and he also revealed his intent to end the brothers' feud and his feud with Sasuke. The two engaged in an arduous battle, with both teens losing their dominant arms as a result. Lying together as they waited to be rescued, Naruto explained that even after everything they had put each other through, he and Sasuke were still friends. Brought to tears by Naruto's resolve, Sasuke forfeited the fight, realising that he was always envious of Naruto, just like how he had been envious of Itachi. With their friendship restored, the two were able to undo the Infinite Tsukuyomi together, and thus finally ended the feud of Asura and Indra. After the war, Naruto used his influence as a hero to absolve Sasuke of his status as an international criminal. As Sasuke once again left the village to travel the world, Naruto came to greet him and gave returned the forehead protector Sasuke had discarded before his defection, with the surrogate brothers promising to one day skirmish again.[43]

Two years later, Sasuke briefly returned to Konoha to stop a meteor from destroying it, stating that only he could protect the village in Naruto's absence.[19]

Sakura Haruno Edit

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Naruto and his team-mate, Sakura.

Back in the Academy days, Sakura Haruno considered Naruto an annoyance because of his constant antics. She even went as far as to accredit Naruto's 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.[38] 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.[44] She 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.[45] Later, when she learned from Sasuke that Naruto was the one who saved her from Gaara during the Konoha Crush, she was surprised, but grateful. When Sasuke defected from Konoha, Naruto, aware of her feelings for their former team-mate, promised Sakura that he would do everything in his power to bring Sasuke back to her.[46] Despite Naruto's failure, Sakura was inspired by his determination to fulfil his promise, and became Tsunade's apprentice to help Naruto retrieve Sasuke.[47]

Even after Naruto returned from his training with Jiraiya after two-and-a-half years, both he and Sakura displayed that their friendship had not suffered during the time apart and continued to grow, bearing great resemblances to those of their Sannin masters. Shortly after learning that the Akatsuki was targeting Naruto because he was a jinchūriki, Sakura became protective of him and constantly tried to repay the many things he has done for her. Some time after Pain's assault on Konoha, when Sai, remembering his conversation with Naruto, informed Sakura that the strain of making her happy and fulfilling his promise to her to save Sasuke 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.[48][49][50] 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.[51] After Naruto saved Sakura from being killed by Sasuke and voiced his resolve that he would shoulder Sasuke's hatred as a friend even if both were to die, 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.[52]

When the Fourth Shinobi World War reached its climax, Sakura resolved to aid Naruto in fighting against Obito, Madara, and the Ten-Tails, stating that he didn't need to carry the burden alone and that everyone would be there to help him.[53] 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.[54] Later, after Yang-Kurama was extracted from Naruto, Sakura expressed great concern when he was in critical condition and used her medical ninjutsu to keep her friend alive, swearing she would not let him die when was close to achieve his goal in becoming Hokage.[55]

Two years after the war, Sakura helped Naruto realise his feelings for Hinata, even noting that they are more genuine and real in comparison to his crush on Sakura, as it never went deeper than wanting to win her over as another means of competing with Sasuke, whom she has feelings for. Some time after they succeeded their mission to save Hinata's sister Hanabi, Sakura was one of the many guests that attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding.[19]

Kakashi Hatake Edit

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Naruto alongside his sensei, Kakashi.

Kakashi Hatake is the leader of Team 7, the squad Naruto was assigned to after becoming a genin, and one of his first mentors. Initially seeing Naruto as a slacker who didn't understand camaraderie, Kakashi soon came to understand that Naruto's unpredictability was his greatest asset and also came to believe in the young man he labeled Konoha's "Show-Off, Number One Unpredictable, Noisy 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, and realised not long after that Naruto had surpassed him as well. 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 Naruto learned of Kakashi's death at the hands of Pain, he was enraged and later noted Kakashi as one of the many reasons Naruto had to hate him.

Kakashi sees much of his beloved friend Obito inside Naruto and has noted that his ideals and personality are much like the Uchiha's when he was a child. Kakashi also sees some of his sensei (and Naruto's father), Minato Namikaze, in Naruto so much that he momentarily mistook him for the Fourth Hokage upon seeing him in Tailed Beast Mode for the first time. When Kakashi began to falter against Obito, he looked to Naruto for inspiration; seeing him as a representative of the old Obito, Kakashi realized the only way he could protect that was to kill the current Obito.

Years after the war, Kakashi, now the Sixth Hokage, came to trust in Naruto's capabilities enough to name him his successor as the Seventh.

Sai Edit

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Sai standing up for Naruto.

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 be 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.

Shikamaru Nara Edit

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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 compelled 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 some ways, Shikamaru had became one of Naruto's best friends and strongest bonds among his male friends.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, when he was weakened by the Ten-Tails, 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. Years after the war, this dream became true, as Shikamaru accompanied Naruto to the Five Kage Summit as both his advisor and personal bodyguard.[33]

Rock Lee Edit

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Lee defending Naruto.

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 admitted 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.

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. To strike the final blow on Obito, Naruto enabled Lee to wield a ninjutsu for the first time by giving him a Rasengan he created. When Lee questioned whether he could do it or not, Naruto gave a shout of encouragement.

Neji Hyūga Edit

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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.[21] 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.

After the war ended, Naruto and the rest of Konoha attended Neji's funeral, and Naruto was shown reflecting on the death of his friend.[58]

Tsunade Edit

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Naruto protecting 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 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.

Tsunade found Naruto similar to her younger brother Nawaki both in appearance and personality. In fact, the three are all descended from the Uzumaki clan.

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 "grandma", and likewise he is the only one Tsunade has ever allowed to refer to her in such a manner. 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 was the only Kage who argued in favour of Naruto being allowed to fight with them. Though outvoted, the other Kage eventually agreed with her resolve. Watching Naruto head off into battle, Tsunade looked on with an expression of nostalgia, sadness, and pride on her face. Two years after the war, she attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding to congratulate them.[19]

Former Konoha Ninja Edit

Kabuto Yakushi Edit

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Naruto using Rasengan against Kabuto.

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 worked under Orochimaru, Kabuto became his enemy and defeated him in 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 Power arc, Naruto only faced the shinobi that Kabuto reincarnated for the Fourth Shinobi World War.

Itachi Uchiha Edit

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Naruto talking to Itachi.

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 downfall 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, Itachi seemed to express concern over Naruto being alone and asked to talk with him. Naruto refused, intending to capture Itachi and use him to bring Sasuke back to the village. Itachi questioned why Naruto would go so far for Sasuke, and Naruto told him that Sasuke was more of a brother to him than to Itachi. This made Itachi smile, but he still put him under genjutsu. In the genjutsu, Itachi asked Naruto what he would do if Sasuke were to attack the village, and Naruto stated he would save Sasuke and Konoha; although Itachi questioned that he might have to endure hardships, Naruto simply responded with his nindō. Unbeknownst to Naruto, this caused Itachi to acknowledge Naruto and trust him to redeem Sasuke. Taking his leave, Itachi placed a crow containing chakra 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 Downfall, 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. After Nagato was sealed away, he decided to depart to stop Kabuto and release all the reincarnated ninja to give their side a fighting chance, leaving Naruto and Killer B to deal with Sasuke and Madara. Naruto, however, declared he would accomplish both tasks on his own. Seeing that Naruto was becoming arrogant, Itachi told him to put his faith in his comrades as they had put their faith in him. He also told Naruto that being the Hokage means to be able to care for the village while also gaining utmost acknowledgement from them beforehand. This changed Naruto's worldview and gave him a new incentive to become Hokage.

Obito Uchiha Edit

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Kakashi points out the similarities between Naruto and Obito's former self.

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 in to hatred and despair, and later became his ally in the fight against Madara and Kaguya after having a positive change of heart. Though he saw Naruto of no concern, Obito had 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 distracted 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 Downfall 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 were 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 was 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 was 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 told Obito that the only difference between them was that he wanted 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.[59] 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.[60] 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 Outer Path — 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.[61]

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A reformed Obito bids farewell to Naruto after saving his life.

Naruto's and Obito's lives crossed once again when the latter stopped Black Zetsu from giving the just stolen Yin-Kurama to Madara, who recently became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. Taking a small portion of Shukaku and Gyūki's chakra from Madara and transferring them to the dying Naruto (who had Yang-Kurama extracted from him by Madara), Obito managed to save Naruto's life and allowed him to gain portions of chakra from all the tailed beasts.[62] 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.[63] Later, Obito would take a fatal blow for Naruto, leaving Naruto to try and desperately heal him. Obito, knowing his time was up, however, made final amends with Naruto and willed his dream of Hokage to him before dying at Naruto's side. Naruto was enraged when Black Zetsu continued to mock him after his death. In the end, Naruto looked up to Obito for wanting to become Hokage, protect his friends, and make peace, something he had always related to, going so far as to call him "awesome".

Non-Konoha Ninja Edit

Zabuza Momochi and Haku Edit

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Naruto talking with Haku.

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.

When Naruto reprimanded Zabuza for not appreciating Haku's actions after hearing the older shinobi talking ill of Haku's sacrifice, Zabuza, who was hiding his actual feelings of sadness for someone he grew to care about, finally opened his heart and killed his former employer, before he died 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 encountered Kakashi, who revealed that Naruto had grown into a fine and well-known shinobi since their deaths.

Nagato and Konan Edit

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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, particularity at the hands of certain power-hungry ninja, 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 was facing. After defeating Pain, one of six corpses that Nagato used as a vessel for his Deva Path ability, Naruto confronted Nagato. Though angry at Nagato for killing their mentor and destroying Konoha, Naruto asked him how, as a fellow student of Jiraiya, could he 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, something this meeting would ultimately drive Naruto to pursue. 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 even in her final moments.

After Nagato's reincarnation, he was 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 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.

Jinchūriki and the Tailed Beasts Edit

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Naruto and the other most recent jinchūriki.

Although he didn't know all of them personally, the jinchūriki and the tailed beasts were 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 jinchūriki. Naruto understood their pain and resolved to free them from Obito's control, which in turn convinced Kurama enough to trust the human as Naruto was taken into the tailed beasts' shared subconscious with the other jinchūriki. As stated by Han, Naruto's words and actions also allowed the tailed beasts and their jinchūriki to get along and come together on Son Gokū's behalf.

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The tailed beasts sharing their chakra and putting their faith in Naruto.

The jinchūriki and their tailed beasts each introduced 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.[64][65] The tailed beasts had collectively agreed that Naruto was the one spoken about by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, and began to aid Naruto in fighting against the revived Madara,[66] and later Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, lending him their powers.

Gaara Edit

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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 Konoha Crush, 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 during the Fourth Shinobi World War, his earlier decision motivated by the need to protect his friend, Gaara eventually came to accept that he 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. When Yang-Kurama was extracted from Naruto, Gaara went to extreme lengths to keep him alive, such as battling Madara after he became the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. After Naruto was revived, he told Naruto that he wished to share a cup of sake with him after he became Hokage.

Two years after the war, Gaara argued in favour of not destroying the moon, as Naruto and his team were still there. He later attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding, while shaking hands with Hinata.[19]

Killer B Edit

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Naruto and B bumping fists.

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.

Two years after the war, B, who was controlling one of the chakra cannons, couldn't use it to destroy the moon since Naruto was still on it, still valuing their friendship. He later attended Naruto and Hinata's wedding, while bumping fist with Naruto.[19]

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  1. Chapters 496-499
  2. Chapter 538
  3. Chapter 539, pages 1-4
  4. Chapter 561, pages 13-14
  5. Chapter 568, pages 15-17
  6. Chapter 569, pages 12-17
  7. Chapter 570, page 15
  8. Chapter 572, page 8
  9. Chapter 594, pages 4-5, 12
  10. Chapter 597, pages 15-17
  11. Chapter 615, page 13
  12. Chapter 440, pages 6-7
  13. Chapter 541, pages 10-11
  14. Chapter 544, pages 3-8
  15. Chapter 644
  16. Chapter 498
  17. Chapter 504, pages 14-15
  18. Chapter 692, page 8
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 19.9 The Last: Naruto the Movie
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  21. 21.0 21.1 Chapter 81, page 8
  22. Chapter 98, pages 8-14
  23. Chapter 238, page 19
  24. Chapter 437, pages 8-16
  25. Chapter 441, pages 6-7
  26. Chapter 443, pages 7-8
  27. Chapter 450, pages 4-5
  28. Chapter 559, pages 3-6
  29. Chapters 614-617
  30. After The Last
  31. Sakura Hiden
  32. Konoha Hiden
  33. 33.0 33.1 Chapter 700
  34. Chapter 701, pages 10-15
  35. Chapter 422, page 2
  36. Chapter 426, pages 12-16
  37. Chapter 428, pages 4-6
  38. 38.0 38.1 Chapter 3, pages 21-24
  39. Chapter 451, pages 8-10
  40. Chapter 462, pages 8-11
  41. Chapter 454, pages 9-13
  42. Chapter 457, pages 9-10
  43. Chapters 694-699
  44. Chapter 19, page 13
  45. Chapter 43 pages 12-14
  46. Chapter 183, pages 12-14
  47. Chapter 236, pages 12-20
  48. Chapter 457, pages 11-12
  49. Chapter 458, pages 13-16
  50. Chapter 474, pages 8-10
  51. Chapter 469, pages 10-17
  52. Chapter 487, pages 9-10
  53. Chapter 573, page 13
  54. Chapter 630, pages 8-9
  55. Chapter 663, pages 17-18
  56. Chapter 614
  57. Chapter 615, page 19
  58. Chapter 699, page 13
  59. Chapter 652, page 11
  60. Chapter 652, pages 16-17
  61. Chapter 659, pages 9-10
  62. Chapters 664-666
  63. Chapter 683
  64. Chapters 651-652
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