10 sacrifices in Naruto that broke everyone's heart

Shisui Uchiha (Image Via Studio Pierrot)
Shisui Uchiha (Image via Studio Pierrot)

Sacrifices in Naruto have a significant place in the story and have an effect on both the characters and the audience. They emphasize the fundamental ideas of courage, atonement, and the influence of selflessness. Naruto and its characters demonstrate to fans the need to make necessary sacrifices in order to bring about a better world.

The emotional moments in the series are especially strong when it comes to unraveling the sacrifices that various characters have to make for their friends, families, or values. Needless to say, there are several Naruto sacrifices that affected the audience and the plot in a significant way.

Exploring 10 Naruto sacrifices that broke everyone's heart

1) Shisui's plunge into the Naka river

Shisui was among the greatest Uchiha shinobi ever, and a young Itachi admired him deeply. Sadly, Shisui learned that his clan sought to stage a coup, shattering Hashirama's ideal. The Third Hokage wanted him to utilise his dojutsu, the Kotoamatsukami, to mind control them and drive these terrible ideas from their minds because it was evident that Madara's poisonous ways still lived on.

Shisui was unable to complete the act in time because Danzo took one of his eyeballs. He gave Itachi the other eye and jumped off a cliff to warn his people to fight back. It was quite heartbreaking and awakened the Mangekyo Sharingan within Itachi. This led to Itachi helping Naruto and Sasuke later down the line, but what made it even more disheartening is that Shisui's death had to be kept a secret, which is why he never got the commendations he deserved.

2) Obito's sacrifice

Obito Uchiha (Image Via Studio Pierrot)
Obito Uchiha (Image Via Studio Pierrot)

Obito switched sides and joined Kakashi when he realised that he was made into an unsuspecting tool of Madara. Sasuke and Sakura would have been teleported back using Obito's Kamui so they could all battle Kaguya, but Obito devoted his life to save Kakashi. He hoped that by teleporting Kaguya's fatal strike to himself, he would atone for his sins.

However, when Obito headed to the afterlife to see Rin, their former comrade and his childhood sweetheart, Kakashi forgave his former buddy, and Obito sacrificed his eye and handed it to Kakashi in his final moments. It was even more touching as Obito ultimately got his chance at redemption.

3) Jiraiya dying in the Akatsuki war

Jiraiya discovered that the Akatsuki terrorists were commanded by Nagato, Yahiko and Konan, his beloved students whom he had trained when they were young. Jiraiya eventually found himself in the wet region of Amegakure. He was shocked to learn that Nagato had changed into Pain, the Akatsuki commander who possessed six bodies. Jiraiya put up a brave fight against them but was ultimately defeated by their power.

Before passing away, he was able to convey a secret message to Konoha, exposing Pain's identity and providing Naruto with a tip on how to beat him. Jiraiya was regarded as Naruto's godfather and mentor, hence his passing was a great loss to him.

He also inspired many other characters such as Tsunade, Minato, Kakashi, and Nagato himself. Jiraiya passed away without realizing his ambition to achieve inner peace or to publish a magnificent book, but he left behind a legacy of courage and wisdom.

4) Neji's sacrifice in the Fourth Shinobi War

Neji Hyuga on Naruto's Shoulder during the Fourth Shinobi War (Image Via Studio Pierrot)
Neji Hyuga on Naruto's Shoulder during the Fourth Shinobi War (Image Via Studio Pierrot)

One of Naruto's first foes and allies in the series was Neji. He was a Hyuga clan prodigy who triumphed against his fate as a branch member to become a revered jonin. By challenging Naruto in the Chunin Exams and recognizing his potential, he also assisted Naruto in developing as a ninja. Neji fought alongside Naruto in the Fourth Shinobi War against the Ten-Tails and its clone army.

Neji shoved Naruto and Hinata out of the path of one of the Ten-Tails' attack and absorbed the blow in their place. He passed away in Naruto's arms, thanking him for being his friend and affirming his faith in him as the world's savior. Many fans who grew up with Neji as one of the primary characters were shocked by his sacrifice. Additionally, it inspired Naruto and Hinata to keep battling for their future.

5) Minato and Kushina's sacrifice

Naruto's parents, Minato and Kushina, passed away soon after he was born. They were both strong shinobi who loved one another dearly and were overjoyed about the birth of their son. Their joy, though, was fleeting since a masked figure attacked them, releasing the Nine-Tails from Kushina's body, attempting to use them to destroy Konoha.

Despite their best efforts, Minato and Kushina were forced to use a banned method that would put their lives in danger to lock the Nine-Tails inside Naruto. They did so with their last breaths, hoping that their son would grow up strong and happy. They also left him love notes and guidance, which he would hear years later when he encountered them in his mind. One of the most heartbreaking and motivating moments in Naruto's life was the sacrifice of Minato and Kushina.

6) Asuma's sacrifice

Asuma Sarutobi (Image Via Studio Pierrot)
Asuma Sarutobi (Image Via Studio Pierrot)

Shikamaru, Ino, and Choji were members of Team 10 under the leadership of Asuma, one of Konoha's most skilled jonin. He was also Hiruzen's son and Kurenai's lover, and they were expecting a child together. He was a calm and gentle instructor who genuinely cared about his pupils and imparted useful knowledge to them, including forming strategies and using chakra blades.

Asuma came into contact with Hidan and Kakuzu during the Akatsuki War, two immortal members of the group who proved to be too much for him. Hidan's ceremonial curse, which connected their suffering, caused him to die. Asuma gave Shikamaru his last will and testament and instructed him to look after Kurenai and their kid. He also presented him with his chakra blades. Team 10 was devastated by Asuma's passing since they regarded him as a father figure.

7) Itachi's sacrifice for Sasuke and Konoha

Sasuke and Itachi (Image Via Sportskeeda)
Sasuke and Itachi (Image Via Sportskeeda)

When he was just 13 years old, Sasuke's elder brother Itachi slaughtered their whole clan. He spared Sasuke's life and told him to hate him and seek revenge for what he did. He later became a rogue ninja who hunted down other Uchiha survivors like Obito after joining the Akatsuki. However, it was later revealed that Itachi did all this under orders from Konoha's leaders.

Itachi gave up his name, his joy, and his family for Konoha's peace and security. He also wanted Sasuke to be free from the restrictions of their clan's curse since he loved him more than anything else in the world. Additionally, he gave Sasuke part of his powers so he could watch over him from a distance.

Itachi's sacrifice was one of the most complex and noble ones in Naruto that changed Sasuke's perspective on life.

8) Hiruzen's sacrifice to stop Orochimaru

Hiruzen and Orochimaru battle (Image Via Studio Pierrot)
Hiruzen and Orochimaru battle (Image Via Studio Pierrot)

During Orochimaru's invasion of Konoha during the Chunin Exams finals, Hiruzen confronted his former student who had become obsessed with immortality and power. While fighting them and attempting to reason with Orochimaru, Hiruzen realized that he had gone too far down the evil road.

Hiruzen decided to use an ultimate technique called Reaper Death Seal which would allow him to seal away Orochimaru's soul at the cost of his own. After performing the hand seals, he summoned the Shinigami, a death god that would take both their souls.

With the sealing completed, the Shinigami gradually started consuming Hiruzen's soul. Hiruzen could still move and speak with difficulty, allowing him to finish his last words to Orochimaru and the village. He expressed regret for not being able to stop Orochimaru and left his will to the following generation. He also expressed his love for Konoha and his hope for peace.

Hiruzen's sacrifice was a heroic act that saved Konoha from Orochimaru's destruction. He also showed his loyalty and compassion for his former student until the end.

9) Chiyo's sacrifice to save Gaara

Chiyo lying in Sakura's hands (Image Via Studio Pierrot)
Chiyo lying in Sakura's hands (Image Via Studio Pierrot)

When Chiyo and the others arrived at the Akatsuki hideout where they found Gaara's lifeless body, Chiyo decided to use her life-force transfer technique, which could revive a dead person at the cost of her own life. She asked Naruto to lend her some of his chakra, as she was too old and weak to perform the technique by herself.

Chiyo successfully revived Gaara and died with a smile on her face, telling Naruto that he had changed her view on life and that he was the hope for the future. She also apologized to Gaara for sealing Shukaku inside him and causing him so much pain. Chiyo's sacrifice was a noble act that redeemed her for her past mistakes and gave Gaara a second chance to live.

10) Nagato’s sacrifice to revive the fallen

Nagato invaded Konoha with his Six Paths of Pain, six corpses that he controlled remotely using his chakra. He claimed that he was doing this to make Naruto understand his pain and to force the world into unity. Naruto challenged Nagato’s ideology and showed him his determination to find a better way to end the conflict. Additionally, he served as a reminder of his actual identity and how Obito Uchiha had misled him by posing as Madara Uchiha and giving him the Rinnegan.

Naruto's comments touched Nagato, and he made the decision to have faith in him. At the expense of his own life, he revived everyone he had murdered in Konoha with his Outer Path, Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. He gave Naruto control of his Rinnegan and instructed him to utilise it for good. He also expressed his regrets to Konan, his only remaining friend and comrade. Nagato's offering served as both atonement for his transgressions and a ray of hope for the future.


Through these sacrifices, Naruto teaches us that heroism extends beyond physical strength and abilities, encompassing the willingness to make difficult choices and endure personal hardships for the greater good.

These sacrifices serve as powerful reminders of the capacity within each individual to rise above adversity and inspire change, resonating with fans long after the series' end.