Naruto and Sasuke
You love them and you’ve been following their journey since the beginning of the Naruto Series, today Naruto Merchandise® is unraveling for you the 25 most important facts about Naruto and Sasuke that any fan of the manga should know about them!
Naruto and Sasuke are the main protagonists of the mangas and animes Naruto and Naruto Shippuden and appear to be friends, rivals and ennemies for each other.
Are you ready ? Great, here are the 25 most amazing facts about Naruto and Sasuke !
25. They didn’t like each other from the beginning
It’s no secret to any fan that the relationship between Naruto and Sasuke clearly didn’t start off on the right foot.
Since their first meeting at the academy, the popularity of the young Uchiha did not leave the main protagonist of the work of Masashi Kishimoto indifferent. Particularly jealous of the admiration of the girls towards Sasuke at the Ninja Academy and of his disconcerting ease in class, Naruto couldn’t stand feeling inferior and took a malicious pleasure in regularly rebelling against him in order to feel acknowledged by his comrades.
It is since this period that both protagonists started to feel eager against each other for their own reasons. Sasuke on his side thought that Naruto was just a failure and couldn’t accept him as a friend because of his quest of power to kill his older brother and avenge his clan, and Naruto on his side was so immature at the time that he couldn’t focus on other things than the superficial aspects of Sasuke’s reputation.
24. Their parents were victims of horrible tragedies
Although there were lots of elements separating them as characters and despite their significant differences in their Ninja’s way, Naruto and Sasuke shared the same sad background during their childhood.
Sasuke Parents Death
The impact of his parents death on the young Sasuke is much deeper than the manga might suggest. Indeed, the Uchiha, because of their deep nature that pushes them to feel emotions exponentially, turns each important event of their existence into an additional trigger in the awakening of their Dojutsu.
Indeed, when the young Sasuke realized the tragedy that had just occurred by the hands of the person he loved the most in the world is also the moment when he awakened the first stage of his Sharingan, the Sharingan with 1 Tomoe.
As explained in the various books written by Masashi Kishimoto, the Sharingan is a reflection of the soul of its owner and the more this pupil evolves, the more it means that the Uchiha who wears these eyes has gone through highly emotional events that pushed him into an endless loop of hatred, the famous “Curse of Hatred”.
Thus, this tragedy is the central element in the development of Sasuke Uchiha’s character and thus the main basis of all the choices he will make as the series progresses.
Naruto Parents Death
Unlike Sasuke, Naruto was fortunate not to suffer from the horrible tragedy of seeing his parents die before his eyes.
Naruto’s dad was the Fourth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf and also one of the most powerful Shinobi of his time. However, a horrible event occured the night that Naruto’s mom, Kushina Uzumaki, was giving birth to their child.
Indeed, when a female Jinchuriki gives birth, the seal that seals the Tailed-Beast inside her body is weakened, which makes this kind of event very sensitive. Despite all of Minato’s precautions, a masked man managed to get inside the delivery room and steals the newborn from the midwife’s hands.
After successfully tricking Minato, the masked man managed to recover the Nine Tailed Fox from Kushina’s body and used it to destroy Konohagakure, until Minato came back after taken his family to safety and defeated the main villain.
However, despite the great efforts of both parents, the end of the night was tragic and resulted in Minato’s Death as well as that of his wife Kushina, bravely saving their village from the threat, but unfortunately also leaving their child to grow up alone.
23. They shared the same loneliness of being orphans
Although the two characters couldn’t stand each other at the time, this is one of the rare moments when Masashi Kishimoto offers us a symbolic vision of what the relationship between Sasuke and Naruto was really like. Two children, very different in temperament, but who were in reality two sides of the same coin.
The image you see above is a flashback from the final fight between the two protagonists at the end of Naruto and Sasuke Final fight of the Naruto Shippuden Series.
This staging where we can see each the two adult protagonists next to the younger version of their rival is a way to symbolize that, despite their eager against each other, they knew deep down in their hearts that they understood how each other felt.
It is also the first time that we can see Kid Sasuke and Kid Naruto smiling and feeling a sentiment of relief, acknowledging that they weren’t alone in their loneliness anymore.
22. Both their families are cursed
The Uchiha as well as the Uzumaki are families coming from an ancestral lineage of Ninjas dating back to the appearance of human beings on Earth. It is therefore interesting to realize that the two families also share the same fate.
The Uchiha Clan
It is known that when an Uchiha is victim of tragic events, a special chakra is secreted in their brain and especially in their optic nerves. Therefore, every time a member of the Uchiha clan suffers from a highly emotional event like a loss of a relative for example, the power of their eyes increases as well as their pain.
This circle of power and hatred is known as “Curse of Hatred” and is what makes the Uchiha clan so dangerous and fearless in combat. As Tobirama explained to Sasuke during the Fourth Shinobi War:
The Uzumaki Clan
This is why Naruto, along with his mother and ancestors, suffered enormously of being considered as weapons before being human beings first.
The Tailed-Beasts, object of conquest for many Hidden Villages, have also often made their hosts endure difficult situations where they became targets to capture by other nations, which made them live in seclusion from the other inhabitants.
21. Both them and their children didn’t want to be in the same team
Although being all calculated by the Third Hokage, the creation of Team Kakashi, formerly named “Team 7”, raised a lot of nervousness among its members that wouldn’t accept to end up in the same team.
While Sasuke’s deepest goal was to become more powerful in order to avenge his clan, having a drag like Naruto unable to perform basic ninja actions went against the destiny he had set for himself.
His daughter, Sarada Uchiha, also went through this stage. Wanting to become the future Hokage and having Naruto as a model, joining a team in which she considered Boruto a dead point, was not acceptable and as far as asking the Hokage to change teams.
However, in the end, both of them acknowledged that this opportunity to teammate with their comrade will be help them to fulfill their goal and decided to give it a chance.
Like father like daughter !
20. They both were students of a Legendary Sannin
While Sasuke was excelling in every aspect of being a ninja, he was soon amazed at how fast Naruto seemed to get close to him.
In the Forest of Death, as Sasuke was about to get killed by Orochimaru’s snake, Naruto appeared blocking the attack of the huge creature and giving back the same pretentious words that Sasuke had said after saving him on their first mission in the Land of Waves.
Following this event, Sasuke realized that he was not progressing fast enough and took the decisive step of joining Orochimaru, one of the three legendary Sannin, to get his help on his quest for power.
It was also during this period that Naruto met his future mentor, Jiraiya, the 2nd Legendary Sannin of the Hidden Leaf who took Naruto as a student just as he took his father, Minato Namikaze, at the time.
Naruto, in his quest to bring Sasuke back to the village, followed Jiraiya for 2 years. 2 years where he followed his master’s instructions and became the experienced Shinobi that all fans found at the beginning of the Naruto Shippuden series.
19. Their masters were also rivals
Masashi Kishimoto has the strong habit of repeating himself in his work. Indeed, in the different episodes and chapters revealing the past of the 3 Legendary Sannin, we learned that the masters of the main heroes wew not very different from their students.
The genius, Orochimaru, and the good-for-nothing, Jiraiya, is more or less the same situation we discovered at the very beginning of the manga between Naruto and Sasuke.
This is probably one of the reasons why Naruto and Jiraiya have such a deep connection in their personalities. They both suffered from being considered inferior to their rival, from realizing that the girl they loved preferred the other guy and that their ambitions were never taken seriously by most people in the village.
But you as much as us, you know what happened in the end. The drags became important figures in their villages, and their words and actions changed the destinies of many who were lucky enough to cross their path.
18. They can talk to each other’s heart in battle
As Sasuke explained to Naruto during their first fight at the Final Valley, the powerful Ninjas can speak to each other’s heart by exchanging blows.
This is what we discovered during the various fights that the two main protagonists have been engaged in. During these moments, each one of them can express his ideas and wishes to their opponent in order to try to change the outcome of the confrontation.
However, the situation in which Sasuke Uchiha founded himself in during most of the Naruto series made it impossible to resolve the situation without a deadly combat.
That’s what Sasuke sincerity revealed to his rival during their first real confrontation:
“It’s too late, Naruto. It’s already too late, I can’t go back anymore.”
The evil path that Sasuke had chosen to follow was already engraved deep inside his heart and the only thing capable of quenching his thirst for hatred was his quest for power to take revenge on his brother.
17. They both acknowledged each other as their rival
What is interesting to analyze is that the differences between Naruto and Sasuke did not prevent the young Uchiha from having strong feelings of friendship and rivalry for the main hero of the manga.
He knew it and felt it since their childhood, Naruto was the only one who could understand the situation he was in. He who had lost everything, from the hands of the person he loved most in the world, this utter feeling that drowned him in an ocean of hatred, only Naruto could understand it, and he knew it.
16. Naruto is the first person that Sasuke considered as his closest friend
Sasuke had finally find someone who understood him. However, this didn’t mean good for Naruto. In fact, Sasuke’s goal and resolution at the time was to rip off all the strings that he had with his previous relations and Naruto was the strongest one.
Remembering the words of his older brother, Sasuke decided during the fight at the Valley of the End to destroy once and for all his ties with Naruto, whom he considered his closest friend.
Thinking that, once he would be alone, with no one important to prevent him from achieving his goal, he could acquire a power strong enough to take his revenge on Itachi.
15. Sasuke tried to kill Naruto several times
Closest friend yes, but with no compassion at all. Sasuke tried many times to end Naruto’s life to obtain the power of the Mangekyou Sharingan.
However, just as he had finally defeated his rival, Sasuke decided to abandon his plan to kill Naruto and thus not to give his brother the satisfaction to control his younger brother destiny. He was going to find a way to acquire the powers he needed on his own, no matter what.
But that didn’t stop him from scaring us several times, right?!
During their reunion in one of the Hideouts of Orochimaru, Sasuke had been bathed in hatred and darkness for 2 years, and was no longer the Sasuke that Naruto and Sakura had known. His goal was clear and he wouldn’t let anyone get on his way.
After learning the truth about his brother, Sasuke set himself the goal to destroy Konohagakure in order to avenge his brother. That’s why he confronted the leader of the Anbu, Danzo Shimura, in a dead fight from which Sasuke emerged victorious thanks to Tobi’s help.
However, the arrival of the former Team 7 proved us again that Sasuke was still evil at the time. Like when Sakura, emotionally incapable of killing her lifelong love, was almost murdered by Sasuke and his Chidori except for Naruto’s intervention in extremis.
Without the intervention of Tobi, who felt that Sasuke was unable to endure a second major combat, this situation would probably have turned into another death match between Naruto and Sasuke.
14. Naruto never gave up on Sasuke
Though insulted, humiliated and almost killed by his rival lost inside the darkness of his heart, Naruto never gave up on Sasuke. Every day, the hero’s only goal was to save his best friend from the hands of his sordid fate. Why do you wonder? Simply because Naruto could have ended up just like Sasuke.
If you remember correctly, Naruto looked a lot like Sasuke when he was younger. He suffered greatly from the looks of hatred and disgust that the other residents of Hidden Leaf Village had for him.
Without Iruka Sensei’s words, recognizing Naruto as a person and not as the demon who had killed his parents 12 years earlier, Naruto might very well have ended up like Sasuke, trapped in a cycle of hatred.
That’s why Naruto couldn’t abandon Sasuke, it would have been like abandoning himself the moment he needed help the most.
Furthermore, Naruto cherishes all the bonds that he creates. Leaving most of his life alone without any sibling made him desperately looking for something that was taken away from him because of his condition of Jinchuriki. Now that he thought that he had created a tie that would make him look at Sasuke as a brother, he couldn’t resolve himself to let this being destroyed by revenge.
13. They are the reincarnation and Symbolism of Brothers Rivalry
If you’ve read or watched Naruto Shippuden’s story through to the end, you’ve discovered that the bond Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha share dates back to long before they were born.
Indeed, the Uchiha clan and the Uzumaki clan are the descendants of the lineages of the sons of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, Indra and Asura.
Indra Ōtsutsuki was the ancestor of the Uchiha, a shinobi who inherited the intelligence and the Ninjutsu powers of the Rikudo Sennin, but also his Dojutsu.
As explained previously, the Sharingan is a very special pupil whose powers reflect the curse inherited by all the owners of these eyes, a fate that any member of the Uchiha clan possesses and that comes from the destiny that they share with their ancestor, Indra.
Asura Ōtsutsuki was the ancestor of the Senju, a shinobi who inherited mostly from the teachings of the Rikudo Sennin, the Ninshū (忍宗, Literally meaning: Shinobi Sect).
The Ninshū was the religion created by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki and were meant to give people a better understanding of themselves, as well as others, and lead the world into an era of peace. With that background, Asura grown up a Shinobi with a big heart and devotion to others well-being.
Although he was the younger son of the God of the Shinobi, he will be then entrusted with the role of succeeding his father instead of his brother and this decision was the seed that sowed discord between the two brothers.
Feeling betrayed by the father he cherished and respected more than anything else, Indra fell into rebellion and decided to take revenge by confronting his brother on the battlefield.
An identical situation to the one that Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju faced during the creation of Konohagakure, and a situation that repeats himself again between the two main characters of the manga, Naruto and Sasuke who are the reincarnation of Indra and Ashura.
12. They both lost an arm to prove their point
Because what would be rivalry without a bit of mutilation?! At the end of Naruto Sasuke final fight, we find the two rivals lying on the ground, an arm blown off each.
This situation offered both protagonists the opportunity to convey their feelings to the other with their words rather than their fists. During many sequences, we can see Sasuke realizing that the path he had chosen was not necessarily the one he had imagined.
Being able to relive the memories of his rival, he also realizes that what Naruto wanted to create was far more valuable than the selfish feud he had been trying to wage all his life, and that he was very lucky to have such a friend to rely on.
He then will decide to not receive a hand prothesis cells as a punishment for his past actions.
11. Sasuke cried after hearing Naruto’s feelings at the gate of death
This personal realization that Sasuke had just experienced during this magnificent episode and the endless friendship that Naruto carried towards him to the gates of death brought the most powerful Uchiha to tears.
He who had dedicated his life to destroy all the relationships he had created in order to finally be the sole master of the gloomy destiny he planned to bring to life, finally realized what was really important to him.
By realizing this, he was finally able to relieve his soul and become again worthy of the love that his older brother had for him.
The three members of the Team 7 can finally regroup again at the end of the episode, peacefully, thanks to Naruto actions and words.
10. The eternal rivals finally became best friends
This beautiful image is from the end of the Naruto Shippuden series when Sasuke and Naruto perform the rat hand sign together to release the Infinite Tsukuyomi. This event marks the end of the Fourth Shinobi War and the quarrel between Naruto and Sasuke that can finally become best friends after so many years.
Back at the village, Sasuke is put under very high surveillance by the authorities until his sentence is pronounced. Meanwhile, Naruto rests in the hospital and is stunned to discover that Kakashi has been crowned Sixth Hokage.
Finally, the verdict is in and Sasuke will not be executed, thanks to the testimonies of Kakashi and Naruto. Sasuke is thus forgiven for all his actions against the Hidden Leaf Village and is released from his chains.
He then will decide to take a road of atonement alone in order to find himself and decide what he wants to do with the rest of his life.
9. Naruto pardoned Sasuke
But before leaving the territory, Sasuke is awaited outside the village by his rival and best friend, Naruto.
The two main characters can then exchange a few words until Naruto hands an object to Sasuke. Eyes astonished to see the object in question in Naruto’s hands, Sasuke remembers the past and agrees with honor to retrieve symbolically his old headband from the hands of the one who saved him and brought him back to his senses.
Sasuke Headband Meaning
You wonder what this gesture means? Then know that this is an action that symbolizes the end of the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, an arc that began long time ago, in the middle of the manga Naruto.
Returning his headband to Sasuke is the official proof of Sasuke’s return to the Village, an act that Sasuke will repeat in the manga Boruto where he will symbolically offer this same headband to Naruto’s son who, like him at the time, was completely lost, in order to show him the way, in the same way that his best friend had reached out to him in the past.
8. They share the title of Hokage
Although this is not official information from the author of the manga, Masashi Kishimoto, many fans express their respect to the young Uchiha for his change of personality and go as far as to consider Sasuke the second Hokage in his own right.
Naruto himself refers to Sasuke as the “Shadow Hokage“, due to the fact that Sasuke supports him and protects the Village from the outside while he protects it from the inside.
This situation is a beautiful outcome that the author chose to represent in his sequel of the Naruto Series. A way for him to close the ugly tendency of the leaders of the Hidden Leaf village to fight each other about finding who really deserves the title of leader.
7. Naruto’s influence changed Sasuke
First very arrogant and only seeking to destroy all the bonds he had created, Sasuke Uchiha has changed a lot from the evil character that he was in the two first mangas of Masashi Kishimoto.
Feeling accepted by the village and being acknowledged by his eternal rival and best friend changed him into becoming the respectable ninja he is today.
Sasuke ensures now the security of Konohagakure, in the shadows, just like his older brother did at the time he joined the Akatsuki. Isn’t it a beautiful ending ?
6. Their powers complement each others
Because yes, we spent almost two whole mangas watching them beat each other up, but now we can finally see what happens when they join their strengths!
As explained in our point on the ancestors of the Uchiha and Uzumaki clans, the chakras of Naruto and Sasuke being respectively wind and fire, they are very compatible and this has been shown several times in the anime.
For example, we can quote the powerful Amaterasu Rasen Shuriken which is a combination of the Futon Rasen Shuriken with Enton that Naruto and Sasuke used against Ten-Tails during the Fourth Shinobi War
But what is the most symbolic is the fusion of the Kurama Mode of Naruto Uzumaki with the Susanoo of Sasuke Uchiha which creates the famous Kurama Susanoo armor mode. Here are two beautiful images to remind you how badass this thing is!
5. They both married the girl that loved them from the beginning
It was logical that the continuation of the adventures of the Shinobi world needed to give birth to a new generation, but to do so, Masashi Kishimoto had to decide once and for all who was going to end up with whom.
Personally, we find that the different choices the author of the manga made seem very logical to us. In order to stay on the logic with which he had concluded his previous manga, marrying Naruto to Hinata and marrying Sasuke to Sakura was undoubtedly a way to show his readers that it is the acts throughout a life that matter.
Naruto and Hinata
Hinata, for example, always had a deep admiration for Naruto since she first met him as a child. Their paths later crossed at the Ninja Academy where the two characters were part of the same volley, but it is especially in Naruto Shippuden that their relationship has profoundly evolved.
Naruto, returning from a two-year training session with his master Jiraiya, was still as self-confident about his ambitions as ever, an attitude that Hinata greatly appreciated due to his very shy nature.
Thus, it was not illogical to see the Byakugan Princess take example on Naruto and gain confidence in herself. We can cite for example the time when she was the only one to stand between Naruto and Pain to protect his crush. It was also during this intervention that she finally confessed her feelings to Naruto before being brutally stabbed by Pain.
Not to mention that it was Hinata who enabled Naruto to defeat Madara and Obito. While Obito had just destroyed Naruto’s ideals by murdering Shikaku Nara, Inoichi Yamanaka and Neji Hyuga before his eyes, Hinata slaps Naruto before our astonished eyes.
Hinata, who had just suffered the loss of her cousin whom she considered an older brother, expressed to Naruto all the confidence she had in him. Naruto’s words “I will never let my comrades die” were not empty words for her, but words that every ninja on the battlefield held in their hearts, words that bound their lives together.
If Naruto did lose faith in those words, it would mean that all the deaths until now will have been in vain, and this was what Naruto needed to hear. He wasn’t fighting for everyone, but all of them were fighting for everyone along side him.
With those words, Hinata saved Naruto’s spirit and this is why they were meant to be together.
Sasuke and Sakura
In a similar vein, Sakura has always shown great affection for the handsome dark-haired boy of the Uchiha clan. However, Sasuke being what he was at the time, never met the expectations of the pink-haired Kunoichi.
Oddly enough, this never stopped her from continuing to love Sasuke to the point where it became almost a running gag for many fans, and we can understand them.
To show so much devotion for someone who didn’t respect her, neither as a teammate nor as a human being, and went as far as trying to assassinate her several times, it’s clearly because Masashi Kishimoto had decided from the beginning that these two characters were destined to end up together.
Moreover, at the end of the manga Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke was in the midst of questioning his identity and we imagine that it was very beneficial for him to be able to count on Sakura to gradually resume the habit of feeling attachment to other characters.
4. They both are terrible fathers
It was to be expected, between never having had a real paternal figure and occupying functions that keep them away from their family most of the time, it was normal that the two protagonists wouldn’t become doting fathers
The role of a Hokage is to protect the village and its inhabitants in all circumstances, and this involves being present most of the time… at the office to read and sign documents. Not very glamorous, we agree.
However, Naruto takes his role as a leader very much to heart and always tries to do his best and give his 100% in the different commitments he decides to take on, even if it means neglecting his own family in a major way.
For his part, Sasuke is hardly ever present in the village and his daughter, Sarada Uchiha, spent most of her childhood without knowing her father.
It is only at the age of 12 years old that Sarada finally met Sasuke, in a situation where her father did not even recognize her. Come on Sasuke… But hey, Sasuke is what he is, and the road of atonement that he chose to follow is what allowed him to reaccept himself as an individual, so we can definitely forgive him this little goof.
On the other hand, we really can’t accept the fact that he wanted to take his 12 year old daughter on his back, thinking that it would please her. On that subject, he really could have made an effort….
3. Their children grew up idealizing the other father
Going hand in hand with the previous point, the fact that Sarada and Boruto had to grow up with paternal figures that he and she did not accept logically aroused their admiration for the fonction of the opposite parent.
Indeed, the goal of Sarada, who greatly admires the devotion of the Seventh Hokage, is to one day wear the cloak and the headdress of the chief of the Hidden Leaf Village.
For Boruto, the fact that he had to endure the absence and neglect of his father throughout his childhood repressed in him the desire to follow the same path as Naruto and his grandfather.
After meeting Sarada’s father, Boruto fell in love and shown a great admiration for the Shinobi that protects the village in the shadows. That’s why he set himself the goal of becoming Sarada’s right hand man when she will become Hokage.
2. They both are models for Boruto
However, don’t think Boruto doesn’t love and respect his father, far from it. The Otsutsuki arc, the movie “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” and the arc back in the past have clearly shown us that Boruto has a lot of admiration for his father’s journey.
The strength and admiration that Naruto has shown throughout his Ninja adventure has left a strong impression on Boruto, not to mention that lots of similarities can be found between these two characters.
Nevertheless, Boruto’s heart goes out to the role of Sasuke Uchiha. The young ninja probably sees in Sarada’s father the image of a cool, dark and badass ninja with amazing powers that he hopes to become one day.
Personally, we really appreciate this decision taken by the author and look forward to finding out what the future holds!
1. Naruto is what protects Sasuke from turning evil again
Last but not least, an important element of the plot of the Naruto Series to remember is the fact that the only thing preventing Sasuke from becoming an evil character again is the presence of Naruto himself.
Indeed, Naruto has always taken it upon himself to contain all the hatred and to protect the world from Sasuke’s evil acts. Therefore, in the event that Naruto perishes before Sasuke, we can imagine that this loss could bring back the Evil Sasuke that we know from Naruto Shippuden.
The “Curse of Hatred” of the Uchiha clan is real and if Naruto dies, nobody will be able to stop Sasuke who would thus become the most powerful Ninja of the Shinobi world without any rival.
0. (BONUS) They are two faces of the same coin
We decide to conclude this beautiful article on a symbolic point that is very important to us, the fact that Naruto and Sasuke are now one and the same entity.
Coming from the same ancestral lineage of Ninjas, with perfectly compatible chakra natures, sharing the title of Hokage and having symbolically lost each other opposite arm, Naruto and Sasuke have become the essence that what the Ninja world has to offer, their destiny linked together until the end, and their history engraved in our hearts forever.