10 most useless Naruto characters, ranked

Naruto Uzumaki (Image via Netflix)
Naruto Uzumaki (Image via Netflix)

Naruto, the unprecedented hero who fans grew up to love and adore so much, gifted fans with an array of favorites, be it scenes or characters. However, as fans grew up mastering the nitty-gritty of the show, they understood how some of the characters in Naruto lived up to expectations, and how some never did.

This list discusses the characters who did not contribute to the plot of Naruto, and are, let's say, better left out.

Disclaimer: The article was to reflect the power ranking changes that came into effect as the story progressed further.


10 Naruto characters like Iruka, Karin, Ino, and more who did not make the cut, ranked

10) Iruka Sensei

Iruka sensei (image via Studio Pierrot)
Iruka sensei (image via Studio Pierrot)

In the Naruto series, Iruka Umino is among the key supporting characters. A shinobi of Chunin level, he lives in Konohagakure and instructs at the academy. A barrier Ninjutsu fanatic, Iruka has shown a flair for a number of ninjutsus, but it appears that his abilities end there.

He appears to be a competent chunin, but he doesn't have any further progress in the series. He is well-versed and can perform bits and pieces of this and that. However, he is nowhere near as great a superpower to be looked upon as Kakashi or Naruto.


9) Shino

Iruka sensei (image via Studio Pierrot)
Iruka sensei (image via Studio Pierrot)

Shino hails from the Aburame clan, a Konohagakure-based bloodline with special skills based on their bond with insects. There is no doubt that he has got incredible insect skills.

His particular power involves manipulating many species of insects that may be used to assault or absorb chakra from foes. To confuse and deceive his opponents, he may even manufacture bug duplicates of himself.

Shino's zealous devotion to defending others may cause him to underutilize his powerful abilities and refrain from participating in confrontations that he might easily win. Shino's best character attribute, thus, renders him an inferior warrior.


8) Karin

Karin's identity remained a mystery for most of the Naruto series (image via Studio Pierrot)
Karin's identity remained a mystery for most of the Naruto series (image via Studio Pierrot)

Karin's character may be portrayed in parallel with that of Cassie, from Euphoria. She's pretty, boasts of her bloodline, and is head over heels for a guy who wouldn't even look twice at her.

Many showgoers are unaware that Karin was a member of the illustrious Uzumaki clan, which included Mito, the wife of Hashirama, and Kushina, the mother of Naruto, who were both recognised for being able to subjugate the tailed beasts.

However, Karin fell in love with Sasuke, hard, and that was all the screen time and character development fans got out of her. Her sole function in the anime seemed to be smitten with a male lead, and her desire to settle down.


7) Rasa

The fourth Sunagakure Kage (image via Studio Pierrot)
The fourth Sunagakure Kage (image via Studio Pierrot)

The father of Gara and the fourth Sunagakure Kage, Rasa, could manipulate Gold Dust with his Gennkai. While Rasa was a formidable opponent, he was far from the most powerful Kage ever. In truth, his powers were very mediocre, and he was easily destroyed by Orochimaru.

Rasa again appeared in the Fourth War and faced Gaara, although he struggled to leave an impact once more. Apart from his ability to subdue Shukaku, he has nothing to back up his strength with.


6) Ino

Ino Yamanaka (image via netflix)
Ino Yamanaka (image via netflix)

Ino is the weak link of her clan, owing to her low Chunin rank and her relatively young age. Ino, like Sakura, is a medical ninja, although her powers have never matched Sakura's.

She was also obsessed with Sasuke, which caused a rift between the two. She hasn't grown or resolved much beyond the fact that she isn't as obnoxious anymore.


11) Rock Lee

Rock Lee in Six Gates Release Mode (Image via Studio Pierrot)
Rock Lee in Six Gates Release Mode (Image via Studio Pierrot)

Nobody can forget the battle between Lee and Gara, which is regarded as one of the finest combat scenes in the Naruto anime series. Rock Lee, the taijutsu maniac, had one of the greatest entrances in the series.

Lee is only able to employ physical attacks in a world where ninjutsu and genjutsu are regarded as the ultimate trump cards. Lee got off to a wonderful start as he possessed all the characteristics of a fantastic anime character.

While the Naruto plot developed, Lee's character development stalled, his participation in the key arcs decreased, and he made little to no significant contributions to the narrative, in contrast to his mentor Might Guy. In the end, Lee's involvement served just to pass the time or served as a humorous character in filler episodes.


4) Shizune

Shizune, as seen in the anime Naruto (Image via Studio Pierrot)
Shizune, as seen in the anime Naruto (Image via Studio Pierrot)

Shizune is Tsunade's personal aide, and as a result, she is an expert med-nin. Her brain and abilities are unquestionably superior to Sakura's. Shizune can hold her ground pretty well in battle as well. One such instance is her one-on-one sparring sequence with Kabuto.

However, she somewhat lacks brute strength. Instead of showing physical finesse in a war, she prefers and relies more on poison, rendering her helpless in some situations.


3) Ten Ten

The creator of Naruto misused Tenten (Image via Studio Pierrot)
The creator of Naruto misused Tenten (Image via Studio Pierrot)

Tenten will undoubtedly be regarded as one of Naruto's most useless characters. Tenten continues to dabble with scrolls, even as other characters master new skills throughout the story. With screentime as little as what was appointed to her, nothing impossible could have seriously been achieved anyway.

However, as a result of sheer willpower and determination, she did improve upon her skills. Tenten ultimately gained medical ninjutsu powers, although they pale in comparison to Sakura's.


2) Sakura

Sakuna Harano (image via Netflix)
Sakuna Harano (image via Netflix)

Sakura appears to be less proficient when compared to the other members of Team Seven, Sasuke and Naruto. The sequences to evidence the facts are numerous.

Sakura fails to prove herself important or useful in the battle between Team Seven and Zabuza. When faced with one-on-one combat, she is defenseless and must rely on other members of Team 7 for assistance.


1) Kiba

Kiba's dreams of becoming Hokage represent more than just an offhand gag (Image via Studio Pierrot)
Kiba's dreams of becoming Hokage represent more than just an offhand gag (Image via Studio Pierrot)

Kiba is incapable of winning fights without the assistance of his pet hounds. He is completely reliant on them and is rendered complete without their assistance. Kiba lascs both ninjutsu and genjutsu. Due to his reliance on direct melee confrontation, these create a variety of exploitable flaws that his opponents may exploit.

Furthermore, his grandiose ambitions are unattainable for a variety of reasons. Kiba has never shown the scholarly discipline required for a Kage, with more reasons other than the fact that he lacks Naruto's talent as well.


In summation

Although there are many characters in the Naruto series, not all of them may significantly impact the story. The value of a character is a matter of opinion, and each one, regardless of its influence, adds to the rich and varied universe of Naruto.


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This article was modified on Thursday, September 07, at 03:30 am.