[[caption-width-right:300:(clockwise from bottom middle) [[TheHero Naruto]], [[TheLancer Sasuke]], [[BadassTeacher Kakashi]], [[BigBrotherMentor Iruka]], and [[TheChick Sakura]].]]

InAWorld rife with {{Ninja}}, one boy seeks to become the [[ToBeAMaster greatest ninja there ever was]]. That boy is Naruto Uzumaki, a twelve-year-old ninja-in-training who tries to make up for his lack of talent and intellect with enthusiasm and sheer determination.

However, Naruto's cheerful disposition hides a dark secret: when he was but a baby, his hometown of Konohagakure ("The Village Hidden In the Leaves") was attacked by a monstrous [[{{Kitsune}} creature]] known as the Kyūbi ("Nine-Tailed Fox"). The beast was eventually subdued, but not before it had killed many of the strongest ninja of the village. Furthermore, the beast had to be sealed and contained in the infant Naruto's body, and the boy has had to grow up with the stigma of basically being a [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan living prison]] for a malevolent monster.

But like any good {{Shonen}} protagonist, Naruto doesn't let this slow him down. He continues to pursue his ambition of becoming the next Hokage ("Fire Shadow", a title for the [[TheLeader head ninja]] of his village). The manga ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', written by Creator/MasashiKishimoto, follows the story of his pursuit of greatness, with the help of his teammates (Angst-ridden AntiHero Sasuke and hot-headed potential love-interest Sakura), and eventually moves to encompass their struggles against {{Big Bad}}s such as Orochimaru, ruthless leader of the rival village of Otogakure ("Village Hidden in the Sound"), and the S-Class criminal organization Akatsuki.

On February 8, 2007, the original anime ended after 220 episodes, of which 96 were filler and 85 of those were infamously consecutive. The continuation, ''Naruto: Shippuden'', debuted on February 15, 2007. It focuses on the further adventures of the now-16-year-old Naruto. ''Shippuden'' concluded on March 23, 2017, ending after 500 episodes. The ending of ''Shippuden'' in turn concluded the entire Naruto series on a [[LongRunner staggeringly high]] 720 episodes played over the course of fifteen years.

The English dub ran on Creator/CartoonNetwork[='s=] Creator/{{Toonami}} in the U.S. When the news first spread that ''Naruto'' was hitting the States, despite the fanbase's fears, [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] had little, if any interest. But Creator/VizMedia had plenty of interest, since they scooped up the license and dubbed it for the U.S. audiences. At first, it seemed like it would be marketed as a kiddie show with blood - NeverSayDie was in full effect - but the Wave Country arc onwards saw free usage of the words "kill", "die", etc.

Also notable is that as of January 2009, an official English-subtitled version of the anime will be available for a subscription fee as little as ''an hour'' after the Japanese broadcast on and available subtitled ''for free'' on ''Naruto''[='s=] [[http://naruto.viz.com/ official website]], which started with the beginning of ''Naruto: Shippuden'' and has since caught up. For American users, the television site {{Creator/Hulu}} [[http://www.hulu.com/naruto features the episodes]] for free a week after they're aired, catching up at the same rate. Which is good, considering Creator/CartoonNetwork stopped airing the show when there were only 11 episodes of filler left (though luckily episodes in either language are still available on [=iTunes=] and coming out on DVD). If, like many of us, you don't live in the U.S., you can also watch ''Naruto'' for free within an hour of it being broadcast in Japan at [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/naruto-shippuden Crunchyroll]].

Dubbed episodes of ''Naruto: Shippuden'' [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-09-10/disney-xd-to-add-naruto-shippuden-in-u.s aired]] on Creator/DisneyXD for some time but have since been taken off the network. The broadcast dub was somewhat more edited than the Creator/CartoonNetwork version. Uncut dubbed episodes are available on [=iTunes=], usually released before the TV broadcast.

The original ''Naruto'' (Part 1, not ''Shippuden'') [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgorm1dZ-Rc returned]] to the [[{{Uncanceled}} newly-resurrected]] ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' in uncut form as of December 1st, 2012. On November 6th, 2013, [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/66229144430/another-big-honkin-toonami-announcement-hey the crew announced]] that the original ''Naruto'' (Part 1) would be leaving on November 30th, 2013 and that ''Naruto: Shippuden'' would be premiering in January 2014, around the same time as ''Space Dandy''. Both the original ''and'' ''Shippuden'' are also streaming on Creator/NeonAlley.

In case you hadn't gathered yet, ''Naruto'' was the [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff most popular manga/anime in America]] during the mid-to-late [[TheNoughties Noughties]] and early [[TheNewTens Tens]], outselling all other series by a significant margin, just like ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Dragon Ball Z]]'' was during TheNineties. In 2013, it was still among the top-selling series, and has consistently remained in the top five until it approached its ending, when it started slowly dropping into the top ten.

In what many view as the EndOfAnAge, the ''Naruto'' manga ended on November 10th 2014, finishing its remarkable 15-year run and becoming the first of the [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Big]] [[Manga/OnePiece Three]] to reach its epilogue.

This isn't the end of the franchise, though. A 10-chapter continuation mini-series, titled ''[[Manga/NarutoGaiden Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring]]'', and a series of side-story ''LightNovel/NarutoHiden'' novels were published in the spring of 2015, with the full sequel series ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' beginning its run the subsequent spring. These are all part of the "Naruto New Era Opening Project", which seeks to continue the Naruto franchise in various ways. Furthermore, Creator/LionsGate has expressed interest in developing a LiveActionAdaptation of the series, with Michael Gracey in talks to direct the project.

There are many story arcs, not including filler:
* Introduction Arc (Volumes 1-2; Chapters 1-8), (Episodes 1-5)
* Land of Waves Arc (Volumes 2-4; Chapters 9-33), (Episodes 6-19)
* Chunin Exam Arc (Volumes 4-13; Chapters 34-114), (Episodes 20-67)
* Invasion of Konoha Arc (Volumes 13-16; Chapters 115-138), (Episodes 68-80)
* Search for Tsunade Arc (Volumes 16-19; Chapters 139-171), (Episodes 81-100)
* Sasuke Retrieval Arc (Volumes 20-27; Chapters 172-238), (Episodes 107-135)
* Kakashi Gaiden (Volume 27; Chapters 239-244), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 119-120)
* Kazekage Rescue Arc (Volumes 28-32; Chapters 245-281), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 1-32)
* Sasuke and Sai Arc (Volumes 32-35; Chapters 282-310), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 33-53)
* Hidan and Kakuzu Arc (Volumes 35-38; Chapters 311-342), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 72-89)
* Itachi Pursuit Arc (Volumes 38-43; Chapters 343-402), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 113-118, 121-143)
* Invasion of Pain Arc (Volumes 44-48; Chapters 403-449), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 152-175)
* Five Kage Summit Arc (Volumes 48-52; Chapters 450-488), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 197-219)
* Shinobi World War Arc (Volumes 52-72; Chapters 489-699), (''Shippuden'' Episodes 220-222, 243-302, 321-346, 362-393, 414-426, 458-479)
* Epilogue (Volume 72; Chapter 700)

See the [[Recap/{{Naruto}} recap page]] for information about these arcs.

!!!For spinoff series and video games, see ''Franchise.{{Naruto}}''.

''Not'' to be confused with [[Manga/{{Narutaru}} the series]] with the similar-looking name. And '''''DEFINITELY''''' not to be confused with a terrifying horror manga called ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}''. ([[NightmareFuel/{{Naruto}} Then again...]])

* [[Naruto/TropesAtoK Tropes from A to K]]
* [[Naruto/TropesLtoZ Tropes from L to Z]]
* [[Naruto/AnimeAndOthers Anime And Other Media]]
* [[YMMV/{{Naruto}} Subjectives and audience reactions go there.]]

''[[VerbalTic "Dattebayo!"]]/[[{{Catchphrase}} "Believe it!"]]''
''[[spoiler:[[StealthPun "A ninja must see through deception."]]]]''