Everybody knows about the exuberant shinobi Naruto Uzumaki. He’s that enigmatically blond-haired and blue-eyed brat who wears the all-common-sense-defying orange jumpsuit. Despite being overly enthusiastic, this brash little ninja has had it rather rough. He’s literally carrying around a nine-tailed fox demon inside him (a Kyuubi aptly named the "Nine-Tails"), a burden that’s understandably led to his kinsmen (the villagers of Konoha) fearing/despising him.
Despite this setback, this boisterous ninja’s optimism has never wavered. He’s even had the audacity of believing that he will one day become Hokage, the village leader, despite failing one of the more important prerequisites of the job—achieving likability.
This “if there’s a will, there’s a way” mumbo-jumbo is embellished by Naruto’s nindō (a shinobi rule unique to each ninja) where he won’t run away and will never go back on his word.
All of this (and more) is what makes Naruto stand out. Heck, he consistently ranked in the top two of most popular characters in the first five official Shōnen Jump polls. And out of those, Naruto made first place...twice. Sure, he may have slid down to fourth during the sixth character poll, but he soon regained his status reaching first place once again.
Despite all this, there’s actually a lot you probably don’t know about this shinobi. Here are the top 15 of facts that even the most obsessed Naruto Uzumaki fans aren’t aware of.
15 Naruto Likes This Word A Lot
If you watch Naruto subs, then you’ve probably noticed that Naruto has a knack for saying a certain word at the end of basically everything that comes out of his mouth. You’re not imagining things.
When creating the character, author Kishimoto wanted Naruto to have a childlike catchphrase, later deciding on “dattebayo.” While dattebayo and its variants don’t have an English translation, the effect is similar to when someone, in English, ends their sentence saying “you know?” Basically, this particular verbal tic embellishes Naruto’s bratty disposition.
Now, if you’re a diabolical fiend and watch the dubbed version, then you know that the creators replaced “dattebayo” with the phrase “believe it!” mostly because it matched Naruto’s lip movements.
14 Naruto Likes To Talk-It-Out Now
In the early days, Naruto liked to beat the crap out of his enemies. This isn’t profoundly insightful. It’s common knowledge.
Interestingly, this particular method of fighting changed quite a bit later on. After you finish reading this write-up (only after reading #1 do we give you permission to hit up CrunchyRoll), you’ll realize that from the Pain arc onwards, Naruto defeats his enemies without the intent to kill. Instead, he tends to settle his battles verbally. It makes sense. The kid is growing up. He’s not going to want to beat the crap out of everyone.
Author Kishimoto was aware of this particular change while he was writing, and saw that it as a good thing...well, kinda. See, Naruto is a Shōnen, and this particular genre is normally on the tamer side. In other words, Kishimoto’s Shōnen series was finally becoming more Shōnen-y. While this was a major plus, Kishimoto felt that after all the awesomeness that was Pain, this new direction could very well “kill the mood.”
And that’s why Edo Tensei and his zetsu clones became a major force to contend with in the later episodes/chapters...all so Naruto could have someone to beat down...and be fine doing it.
13 Whiskers, Be Gone!
It’s quite clear that Naruto has some intensely emphatic feelings towards Sasuke. Their relationship, while inherently mercurial, has gone through some crazy stuff since day one.
Even though Naruto’s feelings have never truly diverged from his obsessive want to be just as good as (or better than) Sasuke, Naruto’s amusingly one-side rivalry was initially fueled by jealousy. More directly, Naruto was jealous of Sasuke’s skills and popularity (especially with regard to Sakura).
Well, it seems as though Naruto’s intense emotions towards Sasuke used to affect him on a physical level. They did, at least, when he was simultaneously disgusted and embarrassed by something involving the two of them, during which he would ostensibly generate a great deal of heat that would end up burning his facial hair.
We’re referencing that famous moment during the first episode when Naruto and Sasuke accidentally kissed. You know what we’re talking about. You watched it on repeat. Admit it.
See, at the moment their lips met, Naruto’s whiskers disappeared. They were gone. Ka-poot! And yet, they returned immediately afterwards.
What’s that all about?
12 Big Gap In Naruto’s Resume
In the shinobi world, there are various types of missions that ninjas are assigned to complete in order to earn their village money. Every mission is separated into six classifications, all of which are based on difficulty. From lowest to highest, there are E-, D- C-, B-, A-, and S-rank missions.
Regardless of how powerful (and awesome) Naruto may be, out of the 16 official missions that he has completed—seven D-Rank, 1 C-rank, 2 B-rank, and 6 A-rank—he hasn’t completed any S-ranks, which are intended for highly experienced jōnin and Kage-level shinobi.
That being said, there was a time when Naruto was tricked into believing that he was assigned his first S-ranked mission (a scenario that proves that he never got and, in turn, never finished one).
In an effort to keep this section spoiler-free, we won’t go into too much detail about it.
Basically, Naruto was easily manipulated by a certain shinobi. They did so by exploiting Naruto’s want...nay...need, to complete his first S-ranked mission by conjuring one out of thin air, all to keep him preoccupied from a certain something. And this bogus task was to evacuate giant animals from...a special island.
11 Naruto’s “Group” Isn’t Actually A Thing
A huge part of ninja training involves students being separated into certain teams; the leader of which, usually a jōnin, acts as their personal teacher/trainer. But, duh, you already knew this.
Anyway, seeing as Konoha is home to the show’s protagonist, many major supporting characters live in this particular village because that’s where Naruto generally spends most of his time, inevitably pulling them into the camera whenever he runs into them.
These major supporting characters’ teams are Team 7, 8, and 10 as well as Team Guy. Combined, the total members of each team is 11 (Team 7’s Sasuke isn’t included for obvious reasons).
In the manga, these shinobi just so happened to work collectively on various missions and were only referred to as “shinobi” from Konoha” as well as other generic terms of acknowledgement. But in the anime, these shinobi were given some extra lovin’. They got their own name! The Konoha 11.
That’s right. In the manga, they weren’t called the Konoha 11. They were just “those guys.” So Naruto wasn’t part of an “in crowd.” He was just a shinobi from Konoha.
10 Naruto’s Ramen Obsession...IRL
Naruto’s life revolves around ramen. He loves the stuff. He’s even formulated a rather special philosophy on this particular food where ramen signifies the act of both loving and being loved by someone. Wow!
The root of Naruto’s crazy noodle obsession can be traced to the shop Ichiraku (which is cited for being Naruto’s favorite ramen). There, Naruto has grown quite close with the owner, Teuchi, as well as his daughter, Ayame, who both view Naruto as their favorite customer.
But there’s more to this shop than meets the eye.
It’s a real place. Like real, as in “IRL.” Ichiraku is an actual shop in Kyushu, Japan. In fact, it’s located near the university where author Masashi Kishimoto went.
9 Naruto Likes Spirals, Spirals, And More Spirals
If you haven’t noticed, spirals abound in Naruto, especially in terms of the titular character himself. Just look at the back of Naruto’s original orange outfit! This isn’t just a coincidence.
If you were proficient in Japanese…or a huge ramen fan…then you’d probably know that Naruto is short for narutomaki, a kind of kamaboko (which is basically a type of Japanese processed seafood that’s specially prepared). Why is this important? Narutomaki has a special design, a pink spiral design used as a topping for...yes...ramen. And as you’re well aware, Naruto really likes ramen...a lot! And that’s probably downplaying it.
Still not convinced? Just look at Naruto’s family name—Uzumaki. It can mean maelstrom and whirlpool.
But wait, there’s more! If you were to combine his first name, Naruto, with the first three letters of his family name, Uzu, and then threw in some letters, what do you get? Bibbidi-bobbidi...Naruto no uzushio. And Naruto no uzushio translates to "Naruto whirlpools" which were named after the city in the Tokushima.
8 Was Naruto A Jōnin-level Shinobi All Along?
What Goku is to Naruto is what Kamehameha is to Kage Bunshin.
The Shadow Clone Technique is kinda Naruto’s thing. Or, at least it was, before Naruto started getting really crazy powerful, using Rasengan, among others. But before all that insanity, Kage Bunshin was his first signature attack.
This jutsu, however, can do so much more than just create multiple versions of the user. As Naruto learned during his elemental-affinity training, a Shadow Clone user will “absorb” the knowledge and experience that each shadow clone gained...once they have “poofed” out of existence.
In other words, it’s a great way to expedite one’s training.
But what’s so intense about this jutsu is that in order to conjure it, the user needs to have a high amount of chakra reserves. As such, it’s considered a Jōnin-level jutsu. And seeing as Naruto has a seemingly endless supply of chakra (and can perform the technique), means he can do a Jōnin-level jutsu.
7 Naruto’s Databook Inconsistency
Who doesn’t enjoy attacks that can cause destruction at an exponential level (at least, when you’re not the target)? Such is the case with the Truth-Seeking Balls, which are capable of “transforming” the victim into dust (where transformation signifies obliteration). Anyway, Naruto gains the ability to create nine of these hand-sized, black-colored orbs.
Naruto is also the recipient of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki’s powers, the legendary Sage of Six Paths.
Sure, that’s cool and all, but it’s important to note that both of these powers contain Yin-Yang Release. This is a problem because, apparently, in the fourth databook, Yin Release is not listed as a nature Naruto has mastered.
Does that mean Naruto doesn’t actually have those aforementioned abilities? Or was it just an error?
From that databook, the unknown fact you didn’t know is that Naruto can perform Yin-Yang-Release techniques, but has only mastered Yang-Release, not Yin-Release.
6 A Hairdo Of Champions
If, for whatever reason, you wanted to see if Naruto looked like another ninja from Konoha, you’d have a great deal of trouble doing so because Naruto is one unique-looking dude.
If anything, you’d be better off comparing him to another shinobi, personality-wise. The obvious choice would be Konohamaru Sarutobi. Heck, Konohamaru has declared Naruto to be both his rival and role model! But that’s neither here nor there.
Anyway, if you were going to take on the difficult endeavor of seeing who Naruto looks like in Konoha, the last person you’d turn to would be Kankuro.
Kankuro’s fashion statement alone makes him an unlikely candidate (just look at that face paint!). Sure, his outfit may be derived from traditional bunraku puppeteer costumes, but we’re doing lookalikes, not history comparisons.
However, Naruto does look the most like Kankuro!
How, you ask?
When Kankuro takes off his hood, you’ll notice that he has a very similar hairstyle. Heck, it’s exactly the same! The only difference is the color.
5 The Naruto Who Begot Naruto
We think it’s safe to say that even people who don’t care about Naruto know that the story revolves around a human boy. Sure, they might not know that he’s a Jinchūriki (nor would they know that Jinchūriki are humans who have tailed beasts sealed inside them), but it’s easy to tell that he’s a member of the human race.
However, here’s a little fact that many Naruto fans (and therefore non-fans) don’t know. Before Naruto was a human ninja kid, creator Masashi Kishimoto originally published a one-shot manga in Akamaru Jump on August 18, 1997 about a character named Naruto, who wasn’t really Naruto (at least, not the Naruto you know). Instead of having a demon fox sealed within him, Naruto was actually a demon fox, who just so happened to live his life as a human boy.
However, in this first Naruto story, that isn’t to say that there wasn’t a fox with nine tails wreaking havoc on the ninja world. Such a creature did exist and that creature was Naruto’s father. Conflict!
Interestingly, Naruto, the actual fox, lived a very similar life, compared to that of Naruto, the Jinchūriki. For some reason, “Fox Naruto” chose to live in the very village where daddy decided to wreak havoc on. Knowing who Fox Naruto’s dad was, the villagers obviously didn’t like Naruto. They understandably feared him as well. Sounds familiar?
If that bums you out, let’s focus on some happy stuff. Fox Naruto, like Human Naruto, knew the Henge (transformation) technique, whereby Fox Naruto would transform into an attractive young woman, but he could also turn into a bat.
4 Naruto, The Kitsune
If you’re hyper-aware of Japanese mythology, then you probably already know this. But for the vast majority of us who only nerd out over mythos in anime that the anime actually references directly with words, then this might come to you as a shock. Naruto’s development found quite a bit of inspiration from the Japanese kitsune, a type of yōkai, or spiritual entity. Why does this matter? Because kitsune is oftentimes translated as fox spirit. Hmm. Naruto’s Kyuubi is a fox demon.
Of course, anyone can draw comparisons to anything and everything. That’s why we’re using Macquarie University’s PhD candidate Amy Plumb as reference, giving some validation to this particular section.
Let’s do some more paralleling. There’s another type of kitsune in Japanese mythology known as the ninko, which is an invisible spirit that possesses humans. Sure, Kurama didn’t possess Naruto on purpose. He was sealed inside. But there’s some similarity there.
A ninko can also only be perceived by the human it’s possessing. Okay, well, we know that anyone can see a Kyuubi. But then again, not really. No one can actually see a Kyuubi that’s sealed inside the Jinchūriki (unless the Jinchūriki summons its power), but the Jinchūriki can “see” it. And by see, we’re referencing all that footage when Naruto “talks” to Kurama from behind those giant bars.
Here’s one other detail. Kitsune, in Japanese lore, are noted for having up to nine tails. Hmm. Kurama is known as the Nine Tails because he has...uh...nine tails. Maybe Amy Plumb is on to something.
3 Insane Growth Spurt
Back in the day when Naruto and the anime-only-designated Konoha 11 were just starting as Academy Students, Naruto was the shortest one. In part one, he is documented to being 145.3 cm. The tallest “Konoha 11” at that time was Rock Lee who stood at a height of 158.5 cm.
But by the end, something happened. Naruto became ostensibly the tallest, going through some sort of crazy growth spurt. Naruto is said to be 180 cm. Meanwhile, Rock Lee only stands at 177 cm.
However, there’s an interesting discrepancy that no one has really touched upon. Many sources cite Naruto as being initially the shortest of all Konoha 11 before ultimately becoming the supposed tallest. However, Shino Aburame, a “Konoha 11” ninja, is documented at the end as being 182 cm. Hmm.
So does that mean Naruto was the shortest and became the second tallest? Or is that 182 cm wrong?
2 Bowel Problems?
Naruto doesn’t really take care of himself. Endeavoring to generate such a list of how he doesn’t, would be suicidal. The ones that pertain to this particular section are Naruto’s horrific eating habits.
Sure, with Naruto being a kid and/or adolescent jerk with no parents, it’s understandable that he wouldn’t bother adopting healthier routines, especially when doing so requires extra effort.
By eating poorly and not taking care of his body, Naruto has done a lot to his digestive system. One of the ways in which his body negatively reacts to these pastimes, which include being a glutton of ramen as well as drinking expired milk, is through his stomach region revolting.
As a result, Naruto has experienced bowel problems at various times throughout the anime/manga. Without going into detail (because it’s disgusting), you can find Naruto wrestling with unpleasant bodily functions in episode three, when he’s in the Forest of Death during the Chuunin Exam, twice during the Bikochu arc and once during episode 192.
1 The Relationship Between Naruto And Luffy
A lot of anime/manga fans are aware of the “war,” or, to be more concise, the competition between Naruto and One Piece. However, it’s not much of a stretch to say that many don’t know that there are some interesting correlations between both Shōnen, especially between Luffy, from One Piece, and Naruto.
For one, the author of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, stated that Sanji was originally going to be named Naruto. But all of that changed when Naruto was about to become a series. Best to avoid confusion, right?
Naruto also made a background appearance on the cover of One Piece’s 766 chapter. If you take a look at the cover, you’ll notice that there’s a person behind Nami who’s wearing a changpao with the Konoha symbol. That character is implied to be Naruto.
As you can see, Naruto is eating meat on the cover, which is Luffy’s favorite food, while Luffy is eating ramen, Naruto’s favorite food. Plus, it should be noted that the chapter with said cover was released during the same week as the final two Naruto manga chapters.
Also, in the 700th chapter of the Naruto manga, the symbol of the Straw Hat Pirates (as seen in One Piece), is graffitied onto something that “belongs” to Naruto (which implies another fact about him and which we can’t elaborate on since we don’t want to be a major spoiler). Better start watching and reading then!
SOURCES: Anime News Network, LeafNinja, Naruto.Wikia, ScreenRant