Trivia / Naruto

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  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adored by the Network: After the show premiered on Toonami and becoming popular, Cartoon Network aired Naruto episodes ad nauseam. It's even on the page image!
    • On the revived Toonami on [adult swim], the original Naruto was given uncut reruns starting in late 2012. Not much of a problem. In late 2013, it was announced that the show would be leaving and its sequel show, Naruto Shippuden, would be taking its place. However, when the production crew behind Toonami revealed the January 4th lineup, it turns out that not only is Shippuden airing, but the original will be staying, rerunning the first 52 episodes at a later timeslotnote .
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Tobi didn't say "Tobi is a good boy," Zetsu did. As well, a translation error by Sleepy Fans has Sasuke claiming that he wants to kill all five Kages, instead of just Danzo.
  • Cash Cow Franchise
  • Creator's Favorite: Kishimoto stated his favorite female character is Hinata. See here..
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Naruto is voiced by females in both Japanese and English, emphasizing his quirkiness and immaturity.
    • Orochimaru is surprisingly voiced by a woman in Japanese. One has to wonder how her voice is so hoarse...
  • Executive Meddling:
    • If it wasn't for a mandate by his publisher, the author would have never shown Suigetsu or Juugo fighting on-screen.
    • There are rumors that Hidan originally had a more complicated set of abilities planned, but editors thought it would be a better idea to cut that fight short and get to Sasuke earlier; and that Tsunade and Pain were supposed to have a more serious fight, but it was scrapped so Naruto's arrival could be the last chapter of the year.
  • Fan Nickname: A plethora of them, right here.
  • God Never Said That: As a long-running very popular series it was prone to this:
    • Masashi Kishimoto is often mentioned as having said that Sasuke is his favorite character, particularly by people who think he's a Creator's Pet with too much screentime. He actually said Sasuke is his favorite character... to draw.
    • During mid-2014, persistent rumors circulated about how Kishimoto had stated that the manga would end in 2014; in truth, he did say that the manga was nearing completion and was in its final arc, but didn't put forward a concrete deadline. This is a very peculiar example in that the manga did end in 2014 after all, so anyone who believed the rumor was Right for the Wrong Reasons.
    • During the fandom meltdown surrounding the resolution of the series' Romance Arcs, several "translations" of Word of God were strategically circulated that were so out of touch with the original source that they had to have been deliberately engineered to cause grief, facilitate denial and mislead impressionable minds. Those consisted of a myriad in-universe and out-of-universe disheartening "true" reasons that the Official Couple got together - it was only because one of them felt sorry for the other and settled for her as a consolation prize; it only happened because of Executive Meddling and the author caving in to fan demands; the TRUE love standing in its way was there and mutual, but it never got to materialize merely due to some tragic misunderstanding, or ill-conceived and needless martyrdom on the part of the characters - the author failed to follow through on it on a vindictive whim, or because his hand was forced.
      Compared to all of this, the truth is ridiculously banal; the Official Couple got together in the usual way that fictional couples do — because the author decided it would be great if they were to fall in love, so they did. No reservations, no cynical "yeah, but"s about it. Some of the "true" alternate explanations were just fabricated whole-cloth; others were "inspired" by actual Word of God that had little resemblence to them, and instead described considerations that are much less scandalous and are par-for-the-course for the occasion. e.g. "if this character doesn't get with this other character her entire arc becomes kind of pointless", or "the decision to go this way was made long ago anyway, I toyed with other possibilities for a while just to throw fans off".
    • Kishimoto's close involvement with the production of the movie Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja which is heavily loaded with Naruto/Sakura Ship Teasing, made a lot of their shippers to claim that "The movie is Kishi's baby written by him, that means he supports the ship!", in reality Kishimoto was only involved with the characters' designs and story draft, while the actual script of the movie was done by Yuka Mikata, who's (in)famous for her Naruto/Sakura-teasing scene additions to the anime filler.
    • When the series was reaching its end, quite a few fans claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed that in the ending Naruto would have a son named Shinachiku, based on an interview made during the promotion of the aforementioned Road To Ninja movie; in reality during the interview Kishimoto when asked if Naruto would have a child how would he call him, he answered that probably Shinachiku. The real names for Naruto's children turned out to be Boruto and Himawari.
  • No Export for You:
    • Narutimate Accel 2, what would have been known as Ultimate Ninja 5, has been confirmed to be out in the UK, but will not be coming out in the USA (or so says tens of thousands of forum-ers and a semi-official statement, versus a scant few hundred clinging to false hope)
    • Because of the "Quality" of their edits in the first few seasons, Jetix UK never did air the later Seasons of Naruto or anything of Naruto Shipuuden.
  • I Knew It:
    • It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Naruto is the son of the Fourth Hokage, which is something that's common fact for the entire audience. How people in-universe haven't realized this when it's so obvious is still left unanswered.
    • Tobi being Obito had been a fan theory circulating for years, until it was proven right in Chapter 599.
      • Zetsu being involved in Obito's survival had also been guessed several years before [1].
      • Almost somewhat of a subversion though. Tobi being Obito was considered by many fans to be so obvious they disregarded the idea outright as way too obvious for the author to do.
    • Another theory that had been pretty popular for quite a while and also confirmed to be true was Naruto and Hashirama being reincarnations of the Younger Son while Sasuke and Madara being reincarnations of the Elder Son.
  • Informed Ability: The databooks run on this. Each character in the databook is given stats. Character's stats seem arbitrary because they are rarely demonstrated and are hard to quantify. For example, Hinata has slightly higher stats than Neji in genjutsu and intelligence, though neither of these are shown to be true. You just have to take word for it.
    • It's worth noting that, according to the databooks, Naruto's stats improved a great deal between the Chunin Exams and the Kazekage Rescue arc. Fans complained he only got a bigger rasengan after three years of training, but it's obvious Jiraiya focused on improving his basic skills.note 
  • Fan Nickname: Has its own page: Naruto.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Yuri Lowenthal traditionally voices some form of the Kid Hero - Sasuke is pretty much the exact opposite of that.
    • Nolan North traditionally voices The Hero - in Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, he voices the villainous Tobi.
    • At the time, Steve Blum as Orochimaru was this.
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, Besides voicing Hayate Gekko, Irwin Daayan also voices Kurama of all characters. Keep in mind in Mexico, he's normally type-casted on voicing pretty boys or Hot-Blooded heroes, and while not the first time voicing characters with deep voices (like Mugen or Tetsu Hayami), maybe it's one the few times he voiced a villanous role, at first.
    • In Latin-America, Tayuya is voiced by Sakura. The REALLY famous one.
  • Referenced by...: Naruto The Abridged Series. LittleKuriboh later started his own abridged series of Naruto, titled Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Star-Making Role: Most of the Los Angeles-based voice actors can, due to the massive popularity of Naruto in the US, claim their role as their best-known. The main exception is Kyle Hebert who is still best known as Gohan. Yuri Lowenthal in particular got really popular after voicing Sasuke.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • Most infamously in regards to everything related to romance in the series (see: the Shipping Rollercoaster). By his own admission, Kishimoto indulged himself on playing with the Ship Tease through the whole series by planting several false leads in order to tease the shipping fans.
    • During 660 he had Madara extract Kurama from Naruto. This was during the holiday week, but for Americans it came on CHRISTMAS. And then we had to wait three weeks for the next chapter.
    • On chapter 674, Kishi released 13 pages before the chapter came out. We find out, he pulled a huge wham chapter in the 4 pages remaining. In which Madara steals Kakashi's Sharingan and enters Obito's alternative world with an exhausted Obito and Sakura alone with him. And it was a double issue, so we had to wait 2 weeks for the next chapter.
    • Kakashi's real face has been a matter of debate for years: what is under that mask? It's never shown, not even on his likeness on the Hokage monument. The tie-in story "Book of Wind" (Ch 700.2) finally reveals it and it's the one Pakkun suggested in "Kakashi's Real Face is Finally Unveiled" manga omake (Ch 420.5). Kishimoto, a troll? Perish the thought!
  • Truth in Television: Somewhat. Chapter 622 says that during times of war in the years when the First Hokage was still a child, the average life expectancy of a shinobi was less than 30 and that this was because of high death rates for children. In Real Life, until modern medicine came about in the 1800's, the average lifespan was significantly lower than it is today. However, this is because infants and young children, whose bodies had not yet developed strong immune systems, were susceptible to diseases and often died. For thousands of years, the average death rate for pre-pubescent children was one in three. Once you reached puberty, though, you were likely to live almost as long as you would now.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kishimoto's early concept (and the series pilot) live in a completely different continuity from the series as we know it today. Originally,
      • While still involving jutsu, Naruto took place in an Urban Fantasy setting, including modern fashion and technology, and there was no trace of a "hidden village" to speak of. The pilot featured a gun, a motorcycle and a murder investigation by the regular, Muggle police.
      • Naruto (the character) was actually a reincarnation of the nine-tailed fox, rather than having had the fox sealed in him (throughout the pilot chapter, a cover story is perpetuated where Naruto is the fox's son). Also, the beast was sealed away not by the 4th Hokage, but by "9 powerful men", of which only one survived - a grumpy old man of high standing which Naruto refers to as "chief", and is obviously a precursor of the third Hokage.
      • The cast was very different. Most of the important characters from the pilot never appear in the series proper, and vice-versa. The closest we have to an exception to this is early concept art, which featured Ichiraku from the Ramen shop; the above-mentioned character very similar to the 3rd Hokage; Kakashi (sans his lazy eye); Iruka (sans his ponytail or scar); Hinata (wearing a modern dress and wristwatch); Ibiki and Anko. It is not known which other characters were planned originally, but it is explicitly known that many were not. In the first databook interview, the author relates how he felt the story "wasn't going anywhere", so he went to his editor for help and was advised to introduce a rival for Naruto - which ultimately led to the introduction of Sasuke, Sakura and most of the rookies.
    • All of the Akatsuki members, notably, were originally intended to resemble monsters with little-to-no human qualities at all, and some of them (particularly Itachi and Kisame) likely only had more sympathetic qualities added with time - this is especially true of the inhuman-looking Kisame and Zetsu (who've always been that way, from what we see), and can also be seen with Kakuzu, Sasori & Hidan (who all mutilated themselves for power, in the process losing their humanity), as well as Deidara with his hands. Even Itachi, Pain and Konan have elements of this, more specifically with their abilities (Itachi with his eyes, Pain with his multiple bodies, and Konan with her ability to turn into paper).
    • Kishi has revealed in a recent interview that he intended to write seinen when his shounen one-shots kept failing, but his editor convinced him to try one last time before trying for seinen. This last try led to the Naruto manga.
    • Naruto was supposed to be a Goggles Do Nothing shonen hero, but the creator found the goggles too tough to draw consistently so he changed it to the ninja headband. The headbands would then be expanded to a cultural motif for the Ninja World and almost every character wears one.
    • Boruto and Himawari were supposed to have the Byakugan, but Kishimoto forgot to draw them with it when Chapter 700 came out. This was retconned in the Hokage Ceremony one shot special, where we see Himawari awakening her Byakugan.
  • The Wiki Rule: Narutopedia.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Inevitable, given the schedule constraints of a weekly chapter and there is no way the author could have planned everything Ten Years in advance. Unlike some other manga writers, Kishimoto rarely pauses for research, and it shows. A lot of turns of plot involve a Retcon in some capacity; a lot of apparent contradictions, plot holes and Ass Pulls make more sense when you adopt an out-of-universe perspective.
    • Hinata was originally intended to play a larger role in the series a lot earlier on- during the Chuunin Exam she suffered a relapse of her injuries from her earlier fight with Neji and collapsed, only to be saved by Kabuto (disguised as a Konoha ANBU), who then proceeded to make ominous remarks before knocking out Kiba. No reason was ever given for him doing this, it was never followed up on and the only upshot of it was that Hinata missed out on seeing Naruto defeat Neji for her. Kabuto was clearly originally intended to take Hinata prisoner for Orochimaru, but this was discarded as distracting from the main plot of the Sand/Sound invasion and would require too much immediate story follow-up.
    • Itachi was originally intended to be the Card-Carrying Villain we all assumed he was; the idea of making him into an Anti-Villain only occurred to the author later (and definitely no earlier than that part where he mentally tortures Sasuke, ostensibly his beloved younger brother all along, for 24 consecutive hours).
    • Comic relief Tobi, Madara-Tobi and Obito-Tobi are evidently three different characters that the plot required at different times, sewn together into a single character on demand (respectively: a comic relief, a Big Bad because Pain was about to exit stage left, and someone with emotional significance to the protagonists so the final battle would have some emotional gravitas).
    • The Kyuubi was the only "tailed beast" planned initially, and the rest were conceived later. (when introduced, Shukaku was stated to merely be a being similar the the Kyuubi, and no one seems to know what a jinchuuriki is, when later it's a major cultural institution that played a major role in keeping the international power balance).
    • During the height of Madara's reign as ultimate villain, Kishimoto outright stated that he doesn't know how he's going to have him lose. His solution was to have him stabbed in the back by a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere; now it's not clear how THAT villain is going to lose.

    Interesting Facts 
  • On fanfiction.net, Naruto has by far the most fanfiction pieces of ANY anime or manga (almost 390,000), well over three times as many as runner-up InuYasha. The only property in any medium with more fanfictions is Harry Potter, making Naruto the second-most popular subject for fanfiction in the world.
  • Rock Lee is a shoutout to Bruce Lee.
  • The name of Kakuzu's attacks are named after Zeon mobile suit from Mobile Suit Gundam, a show that the author mentions he watched as a kid the anecdotes of a much earlier chapter.
  • Might Guy is named after the Hot-Blooded protagonists of Might Gaine and GaoGaiGar, Might Senpuuji and Guy Shishioh.
  • Regarding Konan's ultimate paper bomb attack:
    • To meet the 600 billion quota, she would need to produce 228,159 paper seals every second for 1 month. That's 13,689,546 paper seals every minute; 821,372,779 paper seals every hour; And 19,712,946,700 paper seals every day for one month.
    • In 2007, all the newspapers in the world only sell about 395 million copies per day (55 million in the U.S).
    • Assuming Konan's paper seals have the same dimensions as a standard playing card (63 mm x 88 mm), 600 billion paper seals would have a surface area of 3,326 kilometers squared. New York City has a surface area of 790 kilometers squared. Konan's papers could blot out the sun in New York City four times over.
    • A standard 52-card deck weights 94g. 11,538,461,500 decks could be made from Konan's paper: weighing at a total of 1,195,583 tons.
    • One ton of non-recycled office paper uses 24 trees (each tree 40 feet tall and 6-8 inches in diameter). Without ninja magic, 28,693,992 trees would have to be slaughtered.
    • The typical thickness of a playing card is 0.25mm. If Konan were to stack up all her paper, it would have a height of 150,000 kilometers. The diameter of Jupiter is only 142,984 kilometers. It would take a stack of over 11 Planet Earths to reach 150,000 kilometers.
    • The total volume of the paper at 831,600 cubic meters exceeds the volume of the BP oil spill at 4.9 million barrels or 780,000 cubic meters. Konan's papers could soak up the BP oil spill.
    • Konan's attack produced one billion explosions per second. If the amount of energy released from one of those explosions is equal to just one gram of TNT then the amount of energy release per second is equivalent to 1 kiloton of TNT. The total amount of energy released from the 10 minute onslaught is equivalent to 600 kilotons of TNT, which translates to 0.6 megatons. To put this into perspective:
      • The Little Boy atomic bomb exploded on Hiroshima with an energy of about 15 kilotons of TNT.
      • The highest yield nuclear weapon ever detonated was Tsar Bomba, at 50 megatons.
      • The variable-yield B83 nuclear bombs in the current US arsenal have a maximum yield of exactly twice this estimate of Konan's total assault, at 1.2 megatons.
      • This chart of nuclear weapon yields suggests that this estimate of Konan's assault would carry a total yield of somewhere between the Ivy King and the B83.
    • Supposing four tags are the size of one book's leaf of paper, bound in sets of 200 leaves (400 pages), that's 800 tags per book. Squeeze those on to double sided bookshelves, eight shelves high, eight books per foot. Konan filled a library building, ten stories high, each story having twenty-two quarter mile long shelves. Imagine every sheet of paper in the French Bibliotheque Nationale exploding four times.
    • It would be simpler if Konan had some kind of doubling power where she could split paper bombs into double the number of equal sized paper bombs with a fixed input of time and chakra. If she had, starting with a single paper bomb she would only have to employ this jutsu ceiling(lg2(6,000,000,000)) = 33 times. Then again, the implications of allowing such a jutsu to operate without bound are catastrophic- even according to the highest estimate, it would only take 186 applications of the jutsu for the mass of produced paper bombs to exceed that of the observable universe.
    • From this we can determine that Masashi Kishimoto Cannot Do Math.
  • Mifune is named after Toshiro Mifune, famous for his portrayal of samurai in movies of Akira Kurosawa. Interestingly enough, the name of his sword is Meifou Kurosawa.
  • Every time two Akatsuki members fought, an Uchiha was involved and won.
  • Mizuki was created to be as offensive to Naruto as possible. How so, you ask? His least favorite food is ramen.
  • Naruto and Gaara have a lot in common, their father is the Yondaime and their mothers died after they were born, their hobbies deal with taking care of plants (Naruto: gardening, Gaara: taking care of cactus. By Shippuden they're the same size (height and weight). Also they both want to fight Sasuke. Also if you add the Month and Day of their birthdays you get 20. They were also made Jinchuuriki when they were babies.
    • Word of God says this was intentional to make Gaara as the Foil to Naruto. And if that's not all, their fathers as well as the events of meeting their fathers also play out very similarly to each other.
  • The Third, Fourth, and Fifth Kazekage have all had some variety of telekinetic control over sand—the Third with his Iron Sands, the Fourth with his Gold Dust, and the Fifth (Gaara) being...Gaara. (It's almost like they pay attention to terrain advantage or something.)
  • Deidara is the only known person who was alive and fought a living Kage straight up and won, Gaara in his own village: What happened between the Third Kazekage and Sasori is unknown, The Fourth Kazekage was slain by Orochimaru in an ambush, the battle between The Third Hokage and Orochimaru was a draw at best (if because Orochimaru wasn't trying as hard as he could have), Minato defeated Tobi, but gave his life to seal the Kyuubi in Naruto and Danzo wasn't officially sworn in.
  • Mitarashi Anko is the name of two types of dango. Ain't that funny?
  • Hinata's big Throw the Dog a Bone moment (chap. #615) came out on the week of her birthday, December 27th. (Fans following early leaks/scanslations got it exactly on her birthday, but that's probably a coincidence.)
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