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Modified & Updated: 25 Jan 2024

Sherman Smith

Reviewed by Sherman Smith


As one of the most beloved and influential anime series globally, “Naruto” has captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, the tale of Naruto Uzumaki and his journey to becoming the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village has delivered an unforgettable blend of action, emotion, and life lessons. But how much do you really know about the world of Naruto? Let’s dive into 11 Naruto facts that are sure to surprise even the most seasoned fans.

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Naruto’s Signature Technique

The Rasengan, Naruto’s signature technique, was originally designed by his father, Minato Namikaze. Although Naruto initially struggles with the Rasengan, he eventually masters it and even develops multiple variations.

The Meaning Behind the Names

Many of the characters’ names in Naruto have meaningful connections. For instance, ‘Naruto’ is the name of a topping used in ramen, Kishimoto’s favorite dish. Sasuke is named after Sarutobi Sasuke, a legendary ninja in Japanese folklore, while Sakura means “cherry blossom.

Inspiration from Dragon Ball

Kishimoto has stated that “Dragon Ball” was a significant inspiration for him while creating Naruto. The parallels can be seen in the camaraderie, character design, and even in the adventurous spirit of the protagonists.

The Sharingan Evolution

The Sharingan, a special eye condition prevalent in the Uchiha clan, wasn’t originally planned to have its eventual Mangekyou and Eternal Mangekyou forms. The evolution of the Sharingan was an idea that developed as the series progressed.

Different Outfits for Naruto

Naruto is almost always seen wearing orange because Kishimoto felt it best suited his personality. However, it was also because orange is a color that complements blue, the color of the skies and oceans in the manga’s backgrounds.

Naruto Orange and Blue

The Akatsuki’s Robes

The Akatsuki’s iconic black and red cloud robes symbolize the rain of blood, reflecting the violent past of many members and their aspirations to cause significant upheaval in the ninja world.

Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru

The legendary Sannin – Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru – are named after characters in the Japanese folklore “The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya.” Their personalities and abilities in Naruto are influenced by their folklore counterparts.

The Reason Behind Naruto’s Whiskers

Naruto’s characteristic whisker marks are due to the influence of the Nine-Tails Fox, Kurama, sealed within him before he was born. The same marks can be seen on his mother, Kushina, during her pregnancy.

Naruto’s Age

By the end of the series, including the time jump in “Naruto: Shippuden” and “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” Naruto is around 32 years old.

Kakashi’s Face Reveal

Fans had to wait until “Naruto: Shippuden” episode 469, for a glimpse of what lies beneath Kakashi’s mask. The reveal was part of a comedic special rather than a pivotal storyline moment.

The Enduring Legacy

Naruto’s impact on pop culture is vast, inspiring many other anime and manga. The series also expanded into movies, novels, video games, and even a live stage play.


These intriguing tidbits only scratch the surface of the depth and complexity in the Naruto universe. The series is a veritable treasure trove of fascinating characters, poignant storylines, and incredible world-building. Whether you’re a new fan or have been following Naruto’s journey from the beginning, there’s always something new to discover in this rich and captivating world.

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