Here is everything you need to know about Naruto characters that changed the most in Boruto.
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Karin was introduced as the second member of Sasuke Uchiha’s rogue ninja squad, Hebi. At the time, she was valued for her sensory ninja skills and infallible healing ability. She was rude and abrasive towards anyone who wasn’t Sasuke.
During her limited appearances in the Boruto anime, Karin has demonstrated maturity that she was sorely lacking in Shippuden. While her younger self would have flown into a jealous fury at the mere idea of Sasuke having a wife other than her.
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The best way to describe the Jinchuriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox would have been “delinquent.” Unhappy with being ignored by the villagers at large. Naruto would resort to childish pranks like spraying graffiti over the Hokage’s stone faces.
Boruto introduced a more mellow version of the Hokage. He was distraught when he first learned just how much studying to become Hokage would entail. Naruto seems to have taken to his less exciting duties with more enthusiasm than any of his earlier fans would have guessed.
Hinata was a soft-spoken and gentle girl growing up. Her father was overbearing and valued strength above all else, which destroyed her confidence. She had rare moments of uncharacteristic bravery, but for most of her on-screen appearances remained the timid Genin.
In Boruto, Hinata still isn’t exactly the most verbose person, but she’s a lot more self-assured. Realizing that the shinobi life wasn’t for her, Hinata retired to become a homemaker. She ran her home with the structure and discipline expected from an active shinobi.
Sasuke was continually held back by his foolhardiness and inability to fully take stock of a situation before reacting in his youth. The strength of his Uchiha bloodline allowed him to succeed with this strategy or lack thereof.
He’s yet another character that mellowed with age in Boruto. Sasuke as he appeared in the original Naruto series would have been irate at the idea of being in Naruto’s shadow. But now he sees it as penance for his crimes against the Leaf and the ninja world at large. Sasuke is also no longer as irritable as he used to be.
Shikamaru’s laid-back and aloof personality earned him a reputation for being the laziest character in Naruto. If he could help it, Shikamaru never expended any unnecessary energy. He was so committed to doing the bare minimum.
Shikamaru gained a sense of responsibility and conviction that had been missing for most of his shinobi career. As the Hokage’s advisor, Shikamaru has shown similar levels of maturity and discipline to Naruto in his adult years. He might still call some important duties a pain on occasion, but in critical moments, Shikamaru could always be counted upon to defend the village.