Naruto Uzumaki is the main protagonist in the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden series. After a very rough beginning as an orphaned outcast in his village, Naruto made mischief so that people would notice him.
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Over the years, he grew from a hot-tempered brat to a powerful shinobi who became the Seventh Hokage. Naruto has many talents and strengths, but he also has several weaknesses, making his character more relatable. Because of his personality, his goals, and his strengths and weaknesses, there are many characters across anime series who would be friends with someone like Naruto.
10 Goku Is An Incredible Fighter With A Goofy And Lovable Personality (Dragon Ball)
Goku is the main protagonist in the Dragon Ball series and is a Saiyan, an extraterrestrial warrior race who strived to be the strongest. After an injury that rid him of his destructive tendencies, Goku trained and went on to become one of Earth’s greatest defenders.
He’s pure of heart, holding a strong sense of loyalty and a lot of love for the people closest to him. Goku is also has a fairly goofy personality and is always willing to protect Earth. In many ways, he is very much like Naruto and they would make amazing friends because of their similarities.
9 Gon Freecss Is Adventurous, Stubborn, And Not So Great At Schoolwork, Just Like Naruto (Hunter X Hunter)
Gon is the protagonist of Hunter X Hunter and becomes licensed as a Hunter as part of his quest to find his father. Much like Naruto, Gon is athletic, adventurous, and not so great at schoolwork. He also has amazing abilities and is dedicated and determined.
Unfortunately, he also lets his anger get the best of him and believes that anger is powerful, even when it risks his own well-being. Though he has a lot of growing up to do, Gon’s core values match Naruto’s and they would become fast friends.
8 Ichigo Kurosaki’s Short Temper And Loyalty To His Comrades Echoes Naruto (Bleach)
In many ways, Ichigo has a number of personality traits and physical features that remind viewers of Naruto. Ichigo is a Shinigami who’s stubborn, strong-willed, short-tempered, rash, and reckless. But he’s loyal to those he loves and fights for what he believes in.
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He’s an exceptional swordsman and often refers to his elders, like Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, as gramps. On top of this, he’s also a very good student, which is something that Naruto was not until he had to work hard so he could become the Hokage.
7 Asta Was Ostracized Because Of His Uniqueness But Never Gave Up (Black Clover)
Asta is a teenager who happens to be a part of the Black Bull Magic Knight Squad, a squad full of unusual and unique members. It’s also known for being the most destructive Magic Knight Squad. Born without mana, or any ability to manipulate magic, Asta was ostracized by almost everyone.
However, through perseverance, willpower, and his unyielding strength, he was able to surpass his limits to protect his friends and one day, hopefully, he’ll become the Wizard King. With their similar backgrounds, personalities, and ambitious dreams, Asta and Naruto would be the type of friends who push each other to get stronger and achieve their goals.
6 Black Star Is A Boisterous Boy Who Doesn’t Fully Understand The Subtlety Of Being An Assassin (Soul Eater)
Black Star, the sole survivor of the infamous Star Clan, is an assassin and shadow weapons master, although he tends to forget that being an assassin means that he has to be quiet. He’s wild, brash, and has a lofty goal that he’s working hard to achieve, much like Naruto.
However, unlike Naruto, Black Star is gifted at school and one of the top students at Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school founded by Death to train meisters and demon weapons.
5 Shoyo Hinata Never Gives Up, In Spite Of His Shortcomings (Haikyuu!!)
Shoyo Hinata is the main protagonist of Haikyuu!!, an anime all about high school, growing up, and volleyball. Unfortunately for Hinata, he’s not tall enough to be considered a natural fit for volleyball. However, that doesn’t stop him from trying. In fact, he has an incredible jump that makes up for his lack of height.
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Much like Naruto, Hinata is loud, energetic, and never gives up, even when the odds are stacked against him. He’s also not very good at schoolwork, something that the two could bond over.
4 Monkey D. Luffy May Lack Intelligence, But His Battle Sense And Bravery Make Him A Fine Leader (One Piece)
Monkey D. Luffy is the main protagonist of One Piece. He’s loud, reckless, immature, and not very intelligent. But what he lacks in intelligence, he makes up for in bravery. He also has a childish wonder to him and a strong sense of adventure.
But when it comes to combat or protecting those he cares about, Luffy sheds his immaturity to become a serious leader for his Straw Hat pirate crew. Naruto and Luffy are very similar in that regard; even though they can be a little silly at times, they’d be there for each other in a heartbeat.
3 Natsu Dragneel Has A Fiery Personality That Matches Naruto’s Spirit (Fairy Tail)
Natsu Dragneel is one of the main characters in Fairy Tail. He’s loud, has a fiery personality, and isn’t the brightest bulb. However, like Naruto, his battle sense and supernatural abilities are on another level. He is also part of the most powerful guild in all of Fiore, also known to be the most chaotic.
With his careless nature and his love for fighting and getting into mischief, Naruto and Natsu are not only alike in many ways, but they’d get along well because of it.
2 Yuji Itadori Has An Inherited Inner Darkness That Naruto Would Relate To (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Yuji Itadori was once a strong and insanely fast teenager until he ate one of the fingers of the King of Curses Ryomen Sukuna, a powerful cursed spirit who serves as one of the main antagonists of the series.
Yuji believes in loyalty, kindness, and the value of life, and will do anything for his comrades — something that he and Naruto have in common. Because of the formidable powers that live inside of them both, they’d be able to bond and create a deep connection based on shared experiences, and maybe even have some advice to offer each other.
1 Edward Elric Is The Youngest State Alchemist With A Dark Past Who Cares Deeply For His Comrades And Loved Ones (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
Edward Elric is an alchemist who, as a child, had an absent father and a mother who died too soon. Edward and his brother performed forbidden alchemy and lost a lot more than they bargained for as a result.
Despite this, Edward is strong-willed and has a decent moral compass. He may act immature and petty at times, but when it comes to his friends, family, and comrades, he’d do just about anything for them. This is a quality that both Edward and Naruto would admire and respect in each other.
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