Worst-Written Characters In Naruto

Here is everything you need to know about the worst-written characters in Naruto.

Asuma SarutobiAsuma Sarutobi

Some Naruto characters feel badly written not because of what’s in the anime’s script but because of what’s missing. There’s nothing wrong with liking Konohamaru’s uncle Asuma Sarutobi since he does have charisma as Team 10’s leader and protector, but that’s all he’s got.

Asuma felt pretty cool at first, but far too soon, he hit a plateau, and his character’s writing didn’t have much else to offer. He did have some heartfelt parting words and used to play shogi with Shikamaru, but otherwise, Asuma’s writing made him feel like a half-finished character.

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Kiba InuzukaKiba Inuzuka

Kiba Inuzuka is a member of the unofficial Konoha 11 team, but he’s often seen as one of the weakest links for a good reason. The best thing about Kiba is his strong bond with his dog Akamaru, but otherwise, he is a brash and boring boy who’s just a typical shonen action hero.

Kiba has little to say that other Naruto characters haven’t already said, and Kiba’s personality and goals feel so uninspired. He’s redundant around characters like Naruto Uzumaki and Rock Lee, though it was mildly amusing to see him realize his dream to become Hokage in the infinite Tsukuyomi.

Shino AburameShino Aburame

Up to a point, writing Shino Aburame as an aloof man of few words makes him cool. He’s a calm, confident Kuudere with a cool bug-based hidden jutsu. It made him moderately popular in the pre-Shippuden days, but then his character writing petered out.

Shinbo may be cool, but his character writing was just serviceable and a little more. He didn’t have much thematic or personal depth to explore beyond his careful planning. After a point, Shino and many other characters like him were left behind so the story could focus on the real heroes.

Sakura HarunoSakura Haruno

Sakura Haruno stands as one of the most disliked anime characters of all time because of her writing. As a central Naruto character, Sakura was expected to have stellar writing, but she fell short.

On the plus side, Sakura had a glow-up when Shippuden started and became a much better friend for Naruto and, later, Sai. Her character’s bad writing still holds her back, though, from her obnoxious self-centeredness.

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Sasuke’s new teammate Karin had a talent for sensory jutsu. Still, otherwise, she managed to be an even worse Sakura Haruno because she had many of Sakura’s negative traits. Aside from being Sasuke’s chakra sensor, Karin hardly served any purpose in Naruto.

Karin was unlikable right from the start, from her weak characterization to her meanness. Karin later abandoned Sasuke and became somewhat nicer, but the damage was done. Her weak writing made her one of Naruto’s worst characters of all.

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