The Legacy of Naruto: Ninja, Hero, Legend

Tracing the Journey of the Ninja Who Inspired a Generation

A show that has come to define multiple generations, Naruto and its titular character Naruto Uzumaki have become staples of pop culture and no discussion on anime is complete without a reference to the show. Naruto and its sequel Naruto Shippuden is perhaps the absolute epitome of what a Shonen show should be with great characters, an incredible setting and a story arc that progresses naturally. Everyone loves Naruto. He’s loveable, stubborn with a never give up attitude, relentless in his pursuits and above all a willpower that won’t let him quit even in face of insurmountable obstacles.

Naruto Uzumaki, a young orphan, is the protagonist of the Naruto story. He aspires to be the strongest ninja and become the village’s leader, or Hokage, in Hidden Leaf Village. But Naruto was born with a burden: twelve years ago, a malicious creature known as the Nine-Tailed Fox attacked the village. Now, he is the host of this beast.

Through some grueling training, requirements and an urge to help his friends, Naruto grows more and more powerful, eventually becoming one of the most powerful Shinobi in the world. He has helped save the ninja world a number of times by utilizing his signature technique like the Shadow Clone Jutsu to their fullest potential.

  • Shadow Clone Jutsu: He was frequently teased at the academy for not being able to create a well-thought-out, functional shadow clone. But when Iruka sensei was in danger, Naruto was able to create countless shadow clones in order to vanquish Mizuki, his first villain. Throughout the series, Naruto’s hallmark move was this jutsu, which he got so skilled at using. Naruto is renowned for using hundreds of clones at once, although other ninja only create a few at a time. 
  • Rasengan: Naruto’s other signature jutsu is the Rasengan. A potent and recognizable ninjutsu move from the Naruto anime, the Rasengan was invented by Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage. It’s a method that entails shaping chakra into the shape of the palm of the hand to form a small, whirling ball of energy that, when struck, can do great harm. During his training with the renowned Sannin Jiraiya, Naruto Uzumaki picks up the Rasengan. Through sheer willpower and repetition, Naruto eventually masters the technique, even if he first struggles with its complexity. He adds his own spin, develops variants like the Big Ball Rasengan and Rasenshuriken, and even combines it with his shadow clones for greater strength, all in an effort to further perfect it.

As he grows older, the villagers reject and isolate Naruto because they think he has the Nine-Tails locked inside of him. Despite this, Naruto is unflinching and full of optimism, frequently pulling practical jokes and mischievous antics to attract attention. He enrolls in the Ninja Academy, where he is trained by their sensei, Kakashi Hatake, and meets his comrades, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. They come together to create Team 7 and set out on missions to demonstrate their ninja prowess.

Along the way, Team 7 faces a number of obstacles, such as competing ninja clans, renegade ninjas, and the evil Akatsuki organization, which wants to use the power of the Tailed Beasts—including the Nine-Tails that are locked inside Naruto—to achieve its goals. Along the journey, Naruto makes friends with the Fifth Hokage Tsunade, his mentor Jiraiya, and other ninjas like Hinata Hyuga, Shikamaru Nara, and Rock Lee.

As the show goes on, Naruto gains access to strong skills like the Rasengan and Sage Mode, learns more about his ancestry, and uncovers the truth behind the Nine-Tails’ attack on the town. In addition, he faces strong opponents like Pain, Orochimaru, and Madara Uchiha, all of whom are threats to the hamlet and the ninja community as a whole.

The Fourth Great Ninja War, which pits Naruto and his comrades against Akatsuki’s armies and the resurrected Madara Uchiha—who wants to use the Ten-Tails to impose his idealized worldview—is where the story comes to a close. In the decisive battle that finally results in their reconciliation, Naruto squares up against Sasuke, his longtime friend and adversary.

Following the war, Naruto realizes his dream of becoming the Seventh Hokage, keeping his word to restore harmony to the village and respect the legacy of his predecessors. As the narrative comes to a close, Naruto accepts his leadership position and instills his morals in the ninjas of the future.

The qualities that define Naruto Uzumaki’s personality are his boundless optimism, tenacity, and excitement. Naruto has endured rejection and adversity throughout his life, yet he never loses hope and never gives up on his goals.

Naruto is known for having an endless supply of vigor and excitement. Frequently noisy, gregarious, and prone to excitability, he can occasionally cause difficulty for himself or bother people around him. But his eagerness to succeed and his readiness to take on obstacles are also fueled by this vivaciousness.

How to enact him

  • Compassion and Empathy: Always be willing to stand up for what is right. Just like Naruko, make sure you care about your friends and your loved ones, and that you are compassionate and empathetic.
  • Optimistic Attitude: So many things went wrong in Naruto’s life, but he never lost hope and that is surely something we can learn from him. Maintain a positive outlook and be determined.

Most importantly, never give up. Embrace the problems and difficulties in your life and view them as a lesson. Remember that life comes from you, and not at you.

Naruto’s Costume Guide

Naruto’s attire throughout most of the show is seen wearing his iconic orange jumpsuit. The outfit consists of the orange jumpsuit, a Blue Flak jacket that includes pockets and straps which provides extra protection during combat, a forehead protector flaunting the symbol of the Hidden Leaf Village and black sandals. The bright orange color symbolizes Naruto’s vibrant and energetic personality.

Get the exact outfit here:
Naruto outfit

In the post-time-skip Naruto Shippuden anime series, Naruto dons a somewhat altered rendition of his iconic orange jumpsuit. He frequently wears a black T-shirt underneath the shorter jacket. In addition, especially during conflicts, he occasionally wears a red coat or cloak over his attire.

Cosplay Naruto Shippuden:
Naruto outfit (kids)
Naruto outfit (adult)
Naruto outfit (kids)
Naruto outfit (adult)

“Failing doesn’t give you a reason to give up, as long as you believe.”
Anata ga shinjite iru kagiri, shippai shite mo akirameru riyū ni wa narimasen.

– Uzumaki Naruto

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Written by Zahra Farooqui

If not found writing an article, Zahra can be found stopping to pet every single street cat, brewing some coffee, listening to Kun Faya Kun, pondering existentialism or bawling her eyes out to Fleabag. She won't be found finishing her law assignments, something she's actually supposed to be doing.

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